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Friday, 14 October

03:27

WSF attachments are the latest malware delivery vehicle "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Most users have by now learned not to open executable (.EXE), various MS Office, RTF and PDF files delivered via unsolicited emails, but malware peddlers are always trying out new ways to trick users, email filters and AV software. Number of blocked emails containing malicious WSF attachments by month According to Symantec, Windows Script Files (WSFs) are the latest file types to be exploited to deliver malware via email. Why WSF attachments? “WSF files are … More

00:43

Game changer for space weather forecasting: Regional geomagnetic products debut "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

This month, for the first time, scientists have started using a new geospace forecast model that can give unique data for each 900 km2 (350 mi2) plot of Earth, up to 45 minutes before a solar storm hits. The model provides short-term guidance of the state of...... Read more »

00:42

∞ Hidden Mac tricks in macOS Sierra The Loop

[VIDEO]: Lots of good customization tips here.

One of many: To launch Siri, press the command key and press and hold the space bar (as opposed to command-space, which brings up Spotlight).

[Via iHeartApple2]

00:31

∞ The circles in Apple’s new Apple Music video The Loop

[VIDEO]: This video is a walk through the Apple Music interface, highlighting various features. Feels like it belongs on the official Apple Music page. It’s certainly too long for an ad.

One thing worth noticing are the not-quite-transparent circles that stand in for a finger tap or drag. Watch the video with that in mind. There are a lot of them.

The circles are used both for touches and to highlight sections of the interface. My guess is, these circles are part of some third party screen recording app and were placed there frame-by-frame.

I would love it if Apple would expose the technology that made those circles as part of the QuickTime Player’s iPhone screen recording interface. There are ways to capture touches in a video but, in my opinion, none come close to matching these.

00:21

US – Russia Tensions Continue To Escalate As World War Inches Closer True Activist

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Credit – deonvsearth.com

Ever since the end of the second World War, US and Russian relationships have been decidedly problematic. However, it seems that the US is hell-bent on reviving, and perhaps even outdoing, the dangerous geopolitical tensions of the Cold War era, which could embroil much of the world in catastrophic nuclear war. Over the past several weeks, escalating tensions between the United States and Russia have brought both nations to a point unseen since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. However, this time around, there are indeed some major differences.

The most staggering of these is the Obama Administration’s and Mainstream Media’s push to create anti-Russian hysteria and bolster support for dangerous foreign policy that is taking “brinkmanship” to the next level. The US, with media complicity, appears to be, not just pushing world nuclear war, but selling it to the public as a necessity to “punish” Russia for meddling” in the US election and for its “war crimes” in the Middle East – accusations which are largely based on pure speculation.

Yet, Russia has taken a different tone in confronting the rising tensions as they have sought to inform and prepare their citizens for a potential nuclear war while also seeking to renew diplomatic cooperation with the US over the US-Russia proxy war in Syria. Even though diplomatic cooperation dissolved between the two nation’s after the US and its allies violated a ceasefire agreement over 300 times, Russia appears to be trying to renew diplomatic ties by organizing a US-Russia talks in Lausanne, Switzerland, which will take place this Saturday. Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Iran will also be present, which suggests this well-meaning gesture will be doomed to fail before it even begins.

Other Russian actions, however, seem to imply that they have no illusions regarding the infinitesimally small likelihood of reaching a diplomatic breakthrough this Saturday. Just yesterday, Russia media reported that Russian state officials and government workers were told to bring back their children and family members currently residing abroad – effective immediately. The “recommendation” applies to all government employees, from administrative staff to high-ranking lawmakers. A source named in the Russian report said that those employees who do not comply with the edict will find complications “in the fu...

00:15

Securing workspaces in a hyperconnected digital era "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Enterprises that fail to offer employees a flexible, autonomous, and creative work environment are at risk of not attracting and retaining next-generation talent, according to Dimension Data. Unfortunately, most workspaces are not ready for the cyber threats of tomorrow. As more enterprises aspire to create future workspaces and harness the benefits of a mobile workforce that leverage cloud platforms, there’s a greater need to implement appropriate measures to secure data, infrastructures, applications, and users wherever … More

00:09

Why the Supreme Court asked if the iPhone design is like a Volkswagen Beetle The Loop

Jeff John Roberts, writing for Fortune:

In trying to make sense of the design patents’ value, the judges repeatedly invoked the body shape of Volkswagen’s iconic Beetle model, noting that consumers will pay extra for a cool-looking car. But they drew back at saying a company, in cases of complex products, should be able to use a patent for exterior appearance to collect for the whole thing.

And:

Justice Stephen Breyer contrasted simple products like wallpaper to cars and smartphones, which are often covered by hundreds or thousands of patents and design decisions.

“For wallpaper, you get the whole thing. A Rolls Royce with the thing on the hood? No, no, no you don’t get profits on the whole car,” said Breyer.

This likens Samsung copying the iPhone look and feel to building a car that looks like the VW Beetle. Interesting point.

∞ Read this on The Loop

00:04

Adobe releases critical security update for Flash Player on Mac The Loop

Flash? Rings a bell. Something something, malware, blah-blah-blah.

If you still have Flash on your machine, grab the update.

∞ Read this on The Loop

00:01

US National Archives launches new collection of free historical GIFs The Loop

Head on over to the new Giphy channel and check out the new GIFs. Roll over a GIF to see it in action, click on the GIF to get to a share page. Hey, it’s Elvis and Nixon!

∞ Read this on The Loop

00:00

Most businesses don’t inspect cloud services for malware "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The growing use of cloud services and the lack of visibility into sensitive information in the cloud can result in more damaging or costly data breaches, according to the Ponemon Institute. The survey found that the majority of enterprises have not or do not know if they inspect their cloud services for malware. What are the cloud security risks your organization worries about? The findings also reveal that while 49 percent of business applications are … More

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Thursday, 13 October

23:55

Inside macOS Sierra’s purgeable space and optimized storage The Loop

Mike Wuerthele, writing for Apple Insider:

Purgeable space is data on the drive that Sierra has determined is superfluous, and not necessary to be stored on the drive. Examples are files in the trash, videos that have already been watched, music downloaded from Apple Music (but not rips from CD), and other data synchronized with iCloud.

In a nutshell, if you run out of space, purgeable space is the set of files that are backed up in the cloud and can be safely deleted. This post takes you through the basics of enabling this feature and doing the initial setup. If you are running macOS Sierra, it’s worth a read.

∞ Read this on The Loop

23:47

CarPlay: The best incarnation of Apple’s ecosystem The Loop

Carolina Milanesi, writing for Tech.pinions, on buying a new vehicle with CarPlay installed:

Having CarPlay made me rediscover Maps and features like where I parked my car, the suggested travel time to home or school or the office, suggestions based on routine or calendar information — all pleasant surprises that showed me what I had been missing out. It also showed me how, by fully embracing the ecosystem, you receive greater benefits. Having the direction clearly displayed on the large car screen was better and, while there is still a little bit of uneasiness about not using Google Maps, I have now switched over. Maps on Apple Watch just completes the car experience as the device gently taps you as you need to make the turn. It is probably the best example I have seen thus far of devices working together to deliver an enhanced experience vs. one device taking over the other.

I have heard this same opinion from a number of people. I’ve long used Apple Maps combined with my Apple Watch for directions and it works well for me. But it is obvious to me that having the turn-by-turn directions on my vehicle’s built in screen would be a significant step up from my current setup.

I also find that Bluetooth is a bit finicky in certain situations. Built in CarPlay would eliminate those times when Siri can’t seem to hear me, or when turn-by-turn directions sometimes turn on my music when Siri calls out a turn.

I get the sense that CarPlay has very quietly become one of the Apple ecosystem’s shining lights. I know one thing. CarPlay has become a must-have feature in the next car I buy.

∞ Read this on The Loop

23:45

SSHowDowN Proxy attacks using IoT devices "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Akamai’s Threat Research team has identified a recent spate of SSHowDowN Proxy attacks whereby attackers are using Internet of Things (IoT) devices to remotely generate attack traffic by using a 12-year old vulnerability in OpenSSH. The research and subsequent advisory does not introduce a new type of vulnerability or attack technique, but rather a continued weakness in many default configurations of Internet-connected devices. These devices are now actively being exploited in mass scale attack campaigns. … More

23:30

Shadow IT intensifies cloud security risks "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Lack of visibility into an organization’s use of cloud providers can lead to unauthorized access to data, improper handling and storage of data and improper data removal. As a result, organizations are left highly exposed and vulnerable to a data breach, reveales a new Blancco Technology Group study. Based on a survey of over 290 IT professionals in the US, Canada, Mexico, UK, Germany, France, India, Japan and China, the study indicates that 26 percent … More

22:06

Finspire – Moving Fintech Forward "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

(Source: e27.co)

The FINSPIRE 2016 program brings together innovative financial technology organizations, local startup communities and passionate individuals to create conversations, ideas and opportunities that will redefine financial services in moving fintech forward.

At FINSPIRE 2016 the best opportunities within the local fintech industry as well as across the region will be showcased through a series of key highlighted events

More Info: e27.co


22:06

Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Literature Prize "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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Bob Dylan has been award the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature”for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”.

 

The post Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Literature Prize appeared first on The Wire.

22:05

Deströyer 666 Australian Tour (November 2016) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Black/death/thrash heavy metal band Deströyer 666, which originally formed in Australia over two decades ago, are touring the country in November. The tour comes on the heels of the release of their new album Wildfire (on French label Season of … Continue reading

22:01

Donald Trump: ISIS will take over US if Clinton wins "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Donald Trump told a rally of supporters in Florida Wednesday that electing Hillary Clinton as president next month would see the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) “take over this country,” as he continued to brush off a string of recent controversies. The firebrand Republican presidential…


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22:01

Blinking An LED – Extreme Edition "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

This hacker’s video on blinking LEDs never got the recognition it deserves. At the time of writing clocking in at just 61 views, but it is indeed a work of art. Just trust me, scroll to the bottom of the article and watch it, you wont be disappointed.

Not convinced? OK, let me tell you about it and the world it has opened up in the Japanese maker scene. We’ve all blinked an LED. Maybe it was just to test a microcontroller, like the simplest Arduino example.

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Or we’ve been a tad more old school and used the classic 555 to do it. Or maybe like me, you went through a phase of hacking together Phase Shift and other oscillators because well… it’s fun!

But [Junichi AKITA] has more extreme tastes, deciding that a custom IC layout is the way to go. [Junichi] designed a ring oscillator composed of flip-flops, then hand laid out each MOSFET placing each layer exactly where it should be fabricated.

The resulting design was then fabricated by an academic shuttle service in Japan (a bit like the well known MOSIS service). The result is a tiny circuit in the top right corner of the IC. Which of course [Junichi] then had to wirebond (check the video for a cool 1980s style Westbond machine which are still hugely popular in Japan).

IC Layout... by hand! ...

22:00

Para o “único” liberal brasileiro, o Brasil não tem liberais de verdade "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Se na semana passada o STF atropelou a presunção de inocência garantida pela Constituição de 1988, nesta deu-se início ao desmonte chantagista e inconstitucional de direitos sociais também assegurados por ela, numa manobra baseada na surrada narrativa do Desastre Iminente Que Só Pode Ser Evitado Por Medidas Extremas de Austeridade. As instituições funcionam apenas como uma caricatura macabra, concedendo aumentos pornográficos para elas mesmas enquanto o congresso aprova em primeiro turno a PEC 241, que congela despesas fundamentais assegurando a manutenção dos pagamentos de uma dívida pública cuja auditoria, aliás, foi vetada pela presidente Dilma em janeiro deste ano. Os acontecimentos sucedem-se num ritmo frenético: durante um mês passam anos; no espaço de um dia, semanas.

É nesse contexto alucinado que vou ao Lamas tomar um chope com o meu Amigo Liberal – segundo o próprio costuma repetir com melancolia no arco das sobrancelhas, o único brasileiro realmente liberal.

Meu solitário Amigo Liberal, pós-graduado numa Ivy League, diretor de consultoria internacional e proprietário de modesto castelo no enclave carioca do Cosme Velho, estava sentado numa mesa ao fundo do restaurante, bem ao centro, e comia torradas Petrópolis entre os reflexos dos espelhos nas paredes. Recebeu-me com o pince-nez deslizando até a ponta do nariz e me olhou de baixo para cima com o queixo afundado no pescoço. Saudou-me com o desprezo necessário:

“Cuenca! Está satisfeito agora com o buraco onde vocês, burgueses-esquerdo-dandys-stalinistas, nos colocaram?”

Ser liberal hoje está na moda no Brasil – mas meu Amigo Liberal não estava exatamente feliz com isso.

Devolvi perguntando se ele estava satisfeito com o bem sucedido trabalho de think tanks e movimentos liberais como o MBL, Vem Pra Rua et caterva, multiplicando-se como ácaros na internet, arregimentando multidões e, agora, elegendo candidatos....

22:00

Cathay Pacific shares plunge as it axes profit outlook "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

(Source: www.businesstimes.com.sg)

Shares in Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific plunged more than five per cent on Thursday after it scrapped its profit outlook for the second half of the year, citing competition and overcapacity.

[HONG KONG] Shares in Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific plunged more than five per cent on Thursday after it scrapped its profit outlook for the second half of the year, citing competition and overcapacity.

The Hong Kong-based firm said it no longer expected business to improve in the latter half of the year – a departure from its previous forecast. Net profit for the first six months of the year stood at HK$353 million (S$63 million).

Shares in the company were trading as low as HK$10.16 per share, down 5.58 per cent from Wednesday’s close.

“Since the interim report was issued, the outlook for our airlines’ business has deteriorated,” company secretary David Fu said in statement issued late Wednesday to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

“It is no longer expected that the Cathay Pacific group’s results for the second half of 2016 will be better than those of the first half,” it said, adding the firm was engaged in a “critical review” of its operations against a “difficult revenue picture”.

Despite a rising appetite for air travel in Asia-Pacific the Hong Kong airline is competing against firms that are aggressively expanding in the region as well as low-cost carriers, including fledgling Chinese rivals.

“Overcapacity and strong competition is putting particular pressure on our passenger business, with continued shortfalls in revenue compared with forecasts and heavy pressure on yield,” he said.

It has also suffered huge hedging losses as the price of oil plunged, which should have provided a boost to Cathay’s bottom line.

Oil hedging is when an airline locks in prices of fuel – a huge chunk of most airlines’ outlay costs – at a pre-determined level for a certain amount of time.

In the first six months, Cathay recorded hedging losses at HK$4.49 billion.

AFP

More Info: www.businesstimes.com.sg


22:00

Does India’s Decision to Conduct Surgical Strikes Hold Up Before International Law? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

According to the UN Charter, a state can use force against another state if authorised by the UNSC, if it is a matter of self-defence or if the other state has invited it to do so.

Indian troops at the border. Credit: Reuters/File Photo

Indian troops at the border. Credit: Reuters/File Photo

On September 29, India said it had conducted surgical strikes across the Line of Control (LoC) to prevent terrorists from infiltrating its territory. At the joint briefing by the foreign ministry and the defence ministry, it was emphasised that the “operations were basically focused to ensure that these terrorists do not succeed in their design of infiltration…”. Meanwhile, Pakistan denied that such attacks occurred. As this case involves two states and the use of some form of force by one state on territory effectively controlled by the other state – and both sides can possibly claim violations by the other and there is also the possibility of similar incidents in the future – the situation needs to be evaluated in accordance with international law.

Use of force in international law

To begin with, the relevant international law in this regard is the UN Charter. Article 2(4) of the UN Charter provides that “[a]ll members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any State…”. The essence of this provision is that the use of force between states is prohibited. However, this prohibition has two exceptions that allow states to employ force. The first exception is the use of force with authorisation from the UN Security Council (UNSC) under Chapter VII of the charter. The other exception is the use of force to exercise the right to self-defence under Article 51 of the charter. Another possibility is also that a state can use force against the territory of another state by the latter’s invitation. However, besides these, using force on any other grounds amounts to a violation of Article 2(4) of the UN Charter.

Right of self-defence

India’s surgical strikes need to be evaluated in light of these legal possibilities. The surgical strikes were not authorised by the UNSC, nor were they were conducted on Pakistan’s invitation. Thus the only legal possibility left is India’s right of self-defence.

Article 51 of the UN Charter provides,

“[n]othing in the present Charter shall impair the inherent right of individual or collective self-defence if an armed attack occurs against a Member of the United Nations, until the Security Council has taken measures necessary to maintain international peace and security. Measures taken by Members in the exercise of this right of self-defence shall be immediately reported to the Security Council…”

It is this particular provision that has been under strain since 9/11. In almost every major conflict situation that has arisen since then – Afghanistan, the Iraq war, the current s...

22:00

Hey Reekaddicts! Reekado Banks is Bringing the ‘Spotlight’ to eu-pho-ri-a & Skate City | Friday, October 14th "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Ever since the launch of the latest entertainment hot spot in the heart of Lagos, eu-pho-ri-a & Skate City continue to bring fun back to the city. It gets better as MAVIN’s superstar, Reekado Banks gives a private performance of his debut album – Spotlight – live at eu-pho-ri-a & Skate City, Maryland Mall. A lucky Reekaddict will get […]

21:59

Russian Military Takes Control Of Nation As All Children Overseas Ordered Home Immediately "IndyWatch Feed War"

Eidtor’s Note: Sorcha Fall is generally considered a disinformation site. However in recent articles the statements that have been made are backed up by credible links, So for the time being I will post the articles until I think that they are way off the mark. “What does it mean”is clearly pro Trump. They seem…

21:55

SR 1259 – A Last Desperate Plea from Brussels to Wake Up America! "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Visit our website now: http://www.billstill.com - considered by informed insiders’ as THE ultimate resource for fixing the National Debt problem and surviving Economic or Financial Collapse/Crash and attaining the unvarnished truth about Washington and today’s United States Political Climate. Good afternoon, I’m still reporting on SR 1259 – A Last Desperate Plea from Brussels to Wake Up America! Mischaël Modrikamen, President of the Belgium People’s Party has written a heart-felt letter to the American people, explaining why the election of Donald Trump is of even greater importance to the people of Europe than it is to Americans. Why? Because the dangers of the invasion are still only a distant possibility to Americans, where it is an in-your-face threat that every European now has to deal with. [insert] Mischaël is begging Americans to wake up faster than the did in Europe – not just for America’s sake, but if America doesn’t elect Donald Trump, down the drain goes the last hope for a free European people. I’m still reporting from Washington. Good day. Bill Still is a former newspaper editor and publisher. He has written for USA Today, The Saturday Evening Post, the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, OMNI magazine, and has also produced the syndicated radio program, Health News. He has written 22 books and two documentary videos and is the host of his wildly popular daily YouTube Channel the “Still Report”, the quintessential report on the economy and Washington. Connect with Bill Still: https://www.facebook.com/BillStillOfficial https://twitter.com/billstill?lang=en https://www.youtube.com/user/bstill3/videos https://plus.google.com/u/0/109353617116072656672 Consider becoming a cherished sponsor: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=3204630 https://youtu.be/t4SW8ptpwLI

21:55

SR 1260 – MSNBC’s Morning Joe Rants For Donald Trump "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Visit our website now: http://www.billstill.com - considered by informed insiders’ as THE ultimate resource for fixing the National Debt problem and surviving Economic or Financial Collapse/Crash and attaining the unvarnished truth about Washington and today’s United States Political Climate. Good evening, I’m still reporting on SR 1260 – MSNBC’s Morning Joe Rants For Donald Trump MSNBC’s morning talk show hosts, Joe Scarborough and his co-host Mika Brzezinski have broken from the MSM and told the truth about Donald Trump. Two days ago the duo lauded Trump’s performance in debate #2 as his most effective debate. [insert] I’m still reporting from Washington. Good day. Bill Still is a former newspaper editor and publisher. He has written for USA Today, The Saturday Evening Post, the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, OMNI magazine, and has also produced the syndicated radio program, Health News. He has written 22 books and two documentary videos and is the host of his wildly popular daily YouTube Channel the “Still Report”, the quintessential report on the economy and Washington. Connect with Bill Still: https://www.facebook.com/BillStillOfficial https://twitter.com/billstill?lang=en https://www.youtube.com/user/bstill3/videos https://plus.google.com/u/0/109353617116072656672 Consider becoming a cherished sponsor: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=3204630 https://youtu.be/EmGYP89g150

21:54

Samsung Offers Note 7 Recall Customers $100 in Credit to Stay Loyal "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

(Source: www.macrumors.com)

Samsung

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Those who opt to exchange the Note 7 for a full refund or for another brand of smartphone are being offered a smaller $25 credit for the hassle. Currently the goodwill credit appears to be limited to U.S customers.

Commenting in a statement on the U.S. refund and exchange program, Tim Baxter, president and COO of Samsung Electronics America, said: “We appreciate the patience of our consumers, carrier and retail partners for carrying the burden during these challenging times. We are committed to doing everything we can to make this right.”

According to a report by

Samsung’s recall of the devices was made official today via the

Some reports predict the recall could cost the company $17 billion. Samsung has already issued a

Samsung is offering $100 bill credit to U.S. customers caught up in its ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 recall if they’re willing to stay loyal to the brand (via TechCrunch ).Samsung discontinued the Note 7 earlier this week after handsets deemed safe by the company began setting on fire just like the handsets they replaced. Samsung is now offering those who choose to exchange the phone for any other Samsung device up to $100 credit as a goodwill gesture.Those who opt to exchange the Note 7 for a full refund or for another brand of smartphone are being offered a smaller $25 credit for the hassle. Currently the goodwill credit appears to be limited to U.S customers.According to a report by The New York Times , Samsung still doesn’t know exactly why Note 7 smartphones have been catching fire. The company was apparently unable to replicate the problem at their labs and have so far been unable to identify the exact cause of the issue.Samsung’s recall of the devices was made official today via the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission , citing “serious fire and burn hazards” to consumers. According to the statement, Samsung has received 96 reports of batteries overheating in the U.S., including 23 new reports since the September 15 recall announcement. Samsung has also received 13 reports of burns and 47 reports of property damage associated with Note 7 phones.Some reports predict the recall could cost the company $17 billion. Samsung has already issued a profit warning and slashed its Q3 estimate by a third, with $2.3 billion in lost operating profits, down nearly 30 per cent from a year earlier.

More Info: www.macrumors.com


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21:53

SR 1257 – Why the U.S. Must Continue to Support Israel "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Visit our website now: http://www.billstill.com - considered by informed insiders’ as THE ultimate resource for fixing the National Debt problem and surviving Economic or Financial Collapse/Crash and attaining the unvarnished truth about Washington and today’s United States Political Climate. Good evening, I’m still reporting on SR 1257 – Why the U.S. Must Continue to Support Israel. Good afternoon, I’m still reporting on the roots of the US struggle against Islamic terrorism, and why US support for Israel is a must. Those who have followed this channel for many years may have noticed that I try to stay out of the gunfire lane between those who support the Palestinian cause and those who support Israel. Why, because the arguments just become so complex, you could waste away your entire life trying to figure out if Israel’s latest response to a bunch of Palestinian knife attacks was justified or was it too much? There is no human way to divine the truth of which side, on a particular day, is right. So, on the ground level, there is no way to figure it out. But on the macro level, it’s not hard at all. In Genesis 12, verses 1-3, God provides his blessing on Abraham: Now the Lord said to Abraham, “Go forth from your country, and from your relatives and from your father’s house, to the land which I will show you; and I will make a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and so you shall be a blessing; and I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” At this time, Abraham lived in Ur, [http://www.flickr.com/photos/lubinski/] the ancient city of Mesopotamia. Its ruins lie halfway between the modern city of Baghdâd, Iraq, and where the Euphrates River runs into the Persian Gulf. His destination was the land of Canaan – approximately the borders of modern-day Israel, including the West Bank. [insert, attribution: by ] So, Abraham – at age 75 - hit the road with all his family and herds – for Canaan land. Once in Canaan, Abraham fathered a son at age 86. His first-born son was named Ishmael, but since his wife, Sarah thought she could not conceive, Ishmael was born by Hagar, the Egyptian handmaiden of Sarah. Ishmael became the father of all the Arabs. God told Abraham that he would make a great nation from Ishmael, and he would make him a great warrior, however, God also said that Ishmael’s hand would be against everyone, and everyone’s hand would be against him, and that he and his descendants would live in hostility to the rest of the world and he would settle to the east of Canaan land – that is today’s Saudi Arabia. And that is certainly what we see today. Islam is certainly the avowed enemy of all western nations. But remember, God made it clear that Ishmael was a part of His overall plan, it’s just that Ishmael would not inherit the promised land – that would go to Isaac, Abraham’s next son, born when Ishmael was 13. The next year, Ishmael and his mother Hagar were ejected from the family in favor of Isaac and sent to the lands of the east – basically what is now called Saudi Arabia. Ishmael was the first person to speak pure Arabic – mostly descended from an ancient form of the Aramaic language. Ishmael bore 12 sons, who became tribal chiefs. He died in Mecca, Saudia Arabia, in 1774 BC. 2,344 years later, the prophet Muhammad was born in 570 AD - a direct descendent of Ishmael. But now back to the descendants of Abraham’s other son, Isaac. About 200 years after Isaac’s birth, his son, Jacob moved the clan into Egypt due to a severe drought in Canaan – about 1880 BC. At first, the Egyptians welcomed the Jews, but soon they worried that through their hard work the Jews could end up taking over, so they enslaved them. After 430 years of slavery, Moses fled Egypt with all the Jews who then fought their way back into Canaan by 1398 BC. God reaffirmed the exact boundaries of Canaan to Moses in Numbers, Chapter 34,...

21:53

Space and style "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

(Source: www.businesstimes.com.sg)

MORE than a year after the new Toyota Sienta first arrived in Singapore as a parallel import, the cool seven-seater is now available officially from authorised distributor Borneo Motors Singapore (BMS).

But while the compact multi-purpose vehicle looks just as funky, it is not exactly the same car.

In the first half of 2016, the Toyota Sienta shot up the parallel import (PI) charts to be the third most popular PI model mainly because of its price – it is the cheapest seven-seat MPV on the market.

Costing less than S$110,000, this COE Category A model with a 1.5-litre engine is made in Japan and combines space and style.

Its strong appeal was probably one reason why BMS decided to bring it in too, as well as the fact that the Toyota Avanza reaches the end of its model life later this year.

The Sienta is of course a huge step up from the Avanza, which is an entry-level seven-seat MPV with the same body-on-frame construction used for pick-ups and lorries. But even if the Sienta is less basic than the Avanza, it comes from the same country.

Unlike the PI version, the Sienta from BMS is assembled in Indonesia.

Its provenance also means that while both have 1.5-litre engines, the Indonesian Sienta’s has Dual VVT-i (variable valve timing with intelligence) while the Japanese Sienta’s is Dual VVT-iE (VVT with intelligence by Electric motor).

On the latter, the inline four-cylinder engine’s intake camshaft timing is electrically controlled.

On the other hand, the Sienta from BMS falls into the neutral band.

Price aside, the Toyota Sienta from BMS has the same endearingly quirky styling inspired by – of all things – a trekking shoe, with contrasting plastic trim to outline the front and rear ends.

The Sienta is the only car in its class to have electrically operated sliding rear doors.

Inside, the Sienta from BMS does not have the bright orange trim on the dashboard but it does have a 4.2-inch TFT screen in the instrument binnacle to display drive information, an eco score and door opening animation, among others, as well as personalised messages including greetings and birthday wishes.

The efficient 1.5-litre engine drives the front wheels through a continuously variable transmission and like all small Toyotas, manages to deliver adequate performance.

The woolly steering and higher centre of gravity may not make it an exciting drive, but its wonderfully wacky style should more than make up for that.

The Toyota Sienta from BMS has the same endearingly quirky styling inspired by – of all things – a trekking shoe.

SPECS

Toyota Sienta

Engine 1,496cc inline-4

Transmission Continuously variable

Max power 105 hp @ 6,000 rpm

Max torque 140 Nm @ 4,200 rpm

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21:51

SR 1258 – Crooked Hillary Clinton Overtakes Trump in Daybreak Poll "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Visit our website now: http://www.billstill.com - considered by informed insiders’ as THE ultimate resource for fixing the National Debt problem. Good afternoon., I’m still reporting on Crooked Hillary Clinton Overtakes Trump in Daybreak Poll. Donald Trump suffered his biggest single-day percentage point drop of his presidential campaign yesterday when he went from a 2 point lead, to a 4/10 of a percent deficit in the USC Daybreak poll – judged to be the most accurate poll in the 2012 race. Trump fell 1.3% yesterday, and Hillary Clinton rose 1.1%. Clinton leads in yesterday’s polling 44.4% to Trump’s 44.0%. In the last 12 days, Trump has blown a 5.6% lead over Clinton. Although serious, the tumble is hardly catastrophic considering the totally unprecedented collusion between the Crooked Clinton campaign and the mainstream media – as proven by yesterday’s Wikileaks releases. No candidate could survive such an onslaught other than Trump. In our opinion, this will turn around automatically as voters grow numb to the gasp-and-grimace bombardment. The only question is how low will it go before it turns. Trump lost big-time with millennials, dropping a full 4 points in the last 2 days while Clinton rose a full 3 points. However, we suspect that this demographic will be the most interested in the Wikileaks bombshell revelations, the impact of which has been overshadowed by the Naughty Word Scandal replayed ad-nauseum through the MSM echo chamber of Clinton drones. In the 35-64-aged group, Trump retains a healthy 3.5% lead over Clinton – 46.2 Trump to 42.7 Clinton. In the 65+ demo, the news is not good. Clinton has never led with this group – until today, and now leads Trump by 48 to 46.7 – a 1.3% margin. We expect that this too will snap back in Trump’s favor. When sorting by education, in the high school of less group, although Trump’s two day losses are huge, his margin is still huge as well. Trump still leads 49.7 to 40.9 – an 8.8% margin. In those with some college, Trump not only still leads, but his lead still is above the 95% confidence interval. Trump leads with 48.1% over Clinton at 40.5% - a very healthy 7.6% lead. Interestingly, Trump actually gained some ground yesterday among those with an advanced degree by closing on Clinton huge lead by three-quarters of a percentage point. Perhaps those who read a lot are starting to feel the impact of the Wikileaks revelations. If so this trend will show up again tomorrow. Clinton still leads by a huge 51.1 to 34.6 margin. Although we don’t usually cover the ethnicity group because the Clinton camp uses ethnicity to divide America, there are interesting nuggets in this category today. Among whites, Trump actually extended his lead over Clinton yesterday. Trump gained .1% and Clinton went down .2%. Trump leads by 53.1 to 34.9% margin. Trumps numbers crashed with blacks, however. Clinton now leads by an 87 to 5.2% margin. Trump needs Dr. Carson for an emergency injection. With Hispanics, it’s a different story. Clinton lost 9/10s of a percent yesterday, and Trump gained a tenth. Although I hadn’t noticed it before, this emphasizes a 15-day period where Clinton has lost 6.7 percentage points and Trump has gained 4 points – a 10.7% margin shift. Apparently Hispanics have heard those naughty words before. Clinton now leads by only 14.3% - 50.1% to 35.8%. Among other ethnicities, Trump leads by a 46.4 to 41.8% margin. Among women, over the last 2 days, Trump has actually gained support. Clinton 48.6 to 39.1% - a lead of only 9.5%. However, among men, Trump’s lead has been slashed 49.1 to 39.8 – a 9.3% lead. This is the first time Trump’s margin with men is smaller than Clinton’s margin with women. Overall, if you just ignore the MSM, here is the take-away: Trump had a huge lead nationally, and now, after an unprecedented propaganda bombardment by the mainstream media, Trump now trails Clinton by a razor-thin 4/10s of a percent margin – a margin that will likely be reversed in co...

21:48

Presidency Confirms Release of 21 Chibok Schoolgirls "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Presidency has confirmed the release of 21 of the over 200 abducted Chibok Schoolgirls. This was made known by President Muhammadu Buhari‘s Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity), Garba Shehu on Twitter. Garba Shehu wrote: It is confirmed that 21 of the missing Chibok Girls have been released and are in the custody of […]

21:47

Lota Ofodile: Where Do You Draw the Line Between Giving & Giving In "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

We all know that relationships require compromise in order to work. Somewhere along the way, certain sacrifices have to be made (ideally by both parties) for peace to reign. But when and where does one draw the line? How can you tell if you are consciously or willingly making these compromises, or if they are […]

21:47

Daily Debrief: What Happened Today "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

(Source: www.businesstimes.com.sg)

Singapore companies will be able to bid for procurement contracts from Australia’s federal government as well as all of Australia’s eight states and territories under an upgraded Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA), the Ministry of Trade and Industry said in a press release Thursday morning.

Singapore-Australia free trade agreement upgraded

Singapore companies will be able to bid for procurement contracts from Australia’s federal government as well as all of Australia’s eight states and territories under an upgraded Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement (Safta), the Ministry of Trade and Industry said.

HDB deficit down to S$1.639b

The Housing and Development Board (HDB) incurred a deficit of S$1.639 billion in the financial year of 2015/2016, according to its annual report released on Thursday.

Publish medical fee benchmarks: health insurance taskforce

A health insurance taskforce set up in February 2016 has released its recommendations to address the issue of escalating claims costs for Integrated Shield Plans (IPs), which are driving up health insurance premiums, the Life Insurance Association of Singapore (LIA) said in a press release Thursday morning.

Surbana buys auxiliary police Aetos from Temasek

Urban development group Surbana Jurong has bought Aetos Holdings, one of three licensed auxiliary police organisations in Singapore, from investment firm Temasek Holdings, Surbana said in a press release on Thursday.

UOB to launch online marketplace for SMEs to buy business essentials at bulk prices

These include travel, stationery, general insurance as well as courier and logistics services.

Tee International bags S$48m new contracts

Engineering group Tee International has won S$48 million worth of new contracts, it said in a Singapore Exchange filing Thursday morning.

Fullerton Healthcare said to delay IPO after regulatory queries

Fullerton Healthcare Corp, the medical service provider that took orders for its Singapore initial public offering last week, is facing delays to the share sale after regulators received complaints, people with knowledge of the matter said.

The STI Today

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21:45

New Music: Yemi Alade feat. Mi Casa – Get Through This "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Yemi Alade collaborates with South Africa-based house band Mi Casa, a new Maleek Berry produced single titled “Get Through This”. “Get Through This” encourages love birds to hold-on to love even in trying times; with soothing African vibes, and annotative lyrics, “Get Through This” is sure to keep any listener wanting more of the awesomeness Mi […]

21:45

Where Will All the Money Go When All Three Market Bubbles Pop? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Since the stock, bond and real estate markets are all correlated, it’s a question with no easy answer. Everyone who’s not paid to be in denial knows stocks, bonds and real estate are in bubbles of one sort or another. Real estate is either an echo bubble or a bubble that exceeds the previous bubble, depending…

21:45

Why Mayism is Right-Wing Provincialism "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

British Prime Minister Theresa May MP delivered her closing speech to her Conservative Party Conference this past week. One of the most striking passages was an assault on globalism and liberal international cosmopolitanism...

21:42

When Is It Appropriate to Teach Your Children about Sex? WATCH the Ladies of “The View” Discuss it "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

When is it appropriate to teach your children about sex? In this episode of “The View”, the ladies discuss if it is ever too early to talk about sex with your children. Watch below.

21:41

Tuan Ching "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

(Source: www.businesstimes.com.sg)

If you have something to sell and a story to tell, then impossible is nothing – not when you have Tuan Ching, the Singapore-born, New York-based branding whiz who’s coached more than his fair share of A-list clients on the finer points of image-building that make the difference between sizzle and fizzle.

As a Worldwide Creative Director of Ogilvy & Mather, the 40-something has helped shape the brand identities of the likes of BP, Miller Brewing Company, Hershey’s, Johnson & Johnson, Motorola and Kodak. For the past 16 years, he has worked at The Chocolate Factory – O&M’s 46th Street headquarters in Manhattan. His office is on the ninth floor – one level above that of the company’s co-chairman, Worldwide Chief Creative Officer and fellow Singaporean, Tham Khai Meng.

It’s not as easy as it sounds, turning some chief executive’s vague ideas into cutting-edge reality. While he still hasn’t figured out the magic formula, he’s learned one thing: “It’s not about (one’s) taste; it’s about quality.”

You studied economics and finance at university in the US and worked in a stockbroking firm in Singapore. How did you end up as a ‘Mad Man’?

My father was a civil engineer who was very involved in the stock market, so he thought I should be in it too. At 24, I was the youngest person on the trading floor.

I wasn’t an aggressive type and not much of a salesman – I could have been selling fish in a market. So Dad said to do something else. He was always throwing me in at the deep end. When I was 10, I asked for a plastic Instamatic camera that many of my schoolmates had. Instead, he handed me his 1955 medium-format Agfa Isolette folding camera and said, “Learn how to use this.” To this day, I can estimate exposure quite accurately by eye, without a light meter. He also packed me off to America in the 1990s, a totally clueless 16-year-old; not to mention sending me on the brokerage floor to swim with sharks…

What was it like being a young Singaporean in New York? I was like a kid in a candy store. I’d lived several years in California in my teens, but it was nothing like this. Whatever I dreamed of before in Singapore I found at my fingertips: out-of-print books, record albums I’d always wanted, mind-boggling theatre and museum shows; meeting my heroes of the art, photography, music and literary worlds. One famous person I met early on was the graphic designer Paul Rand – a very friendly guy and curious about my work. When I told him about a branding project I was doing he said, “Young man, when in doubt just make the logo blue – it’ll work!” Another time, a friend told me that the renowned artist and sculptor Louise Bourgeois sometimes critiqued young artists’ work and all I had to do was call. I looked her up in the phone book and she asked me to come by – she lived near me in the Chelsea district. She was quite friendly and very interested in my Singapore childhood but scoffed at most of my shots, except two she really liked – a photo of a broken lotus blossom taken at the Singapore Botanic Gardens and a portrait of Professor Chan Heng Chee I’d shot for a Hong Kong magazine. I’ve found it to be true that people who’ve made a success here are usually happy to share their wisdom and give some form of guidance, almost as a duty.

What impact has being in New York made on your career? The NYC of today is quite different from when I first got here. Back then I was a...

21:40

OpenWrt Summit 2016 Happened Today, Here Are The Videos/Slides "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The OpenWrt Summit took place today in Berlin. For those that weren't able to make the event or unaware of it but interested in Linux networking, the slides and videos are now available...

21:40

Receive S$80 NTUC Voucher when you apply for any of these Credit Cards (13 – 31 Oct 16) "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

(Source: www.moneydigest.sg)

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There’s no better time to apply for a credit card.

Whether you want to enjoy cash back or accumulate miles, credit card when used responsibly can be a way to stretch your dollar further. Wouldn’t it be great to save a little on things you usually spend on?

Besides perks and convenience, you can also build a positive credit history when you make your repayment on time! They key is to use them wisely.

Now you can get NTUC vouchers when you sign up

The Great SingSaver.com.sg Sale is Back

This time we are partnering with SingSaver.com.sg to give you the best deal of the month for the category of cards you choose.

For the selected credit cards below you get FREE S$80 NTUC voucher upon card approval – no minimum spend, no hidden requirements, just free! The promotion ends 31 Oct 2016 – why wait? Apply now and get your selected credit card!

Note: The S$80 NTUC voucher is in addition to each of the bank’s sign-up promotion

1. Citi Cash Back Card

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Citi Cash Back Card is one of the card that offers the highest cash back in town — at a whopping 8 per cent! You don’t often see a rate of 8% for most credit cards. What’s more you can use it for your everyday transactions at Petrol, Groceries and Dining merchants worldwide.

Apply now and accumulate savings as you spend!

  • Petrol: Savings of up to 20.88% at Esso, up to 20.8% at Shell and 8% cash back at all other petrol stations
  • Grocery: 8% cash back at all supermarkets and grocery stores worldwide
  • Dining: 8% cash back at all restaurants, cafes, food and beverage outlets globally
  • All other retail spend: 0.25% cash back

You can easily earn over S$900 cash back in a year with the right strategy.

*Get $120 Cashback when you sign up here today! Valid till 31 December 2016

2. American Express® Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer

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With a minimum income requirement of S$30,000, this is probably one of the easiest to qualify for those who want to turn their spending into free flights. It is also one of the most convenient way to earn KrisFlyer miles since all miles earned are automatically credit to your KrisFlyer account with no conve...

21:36

KThread Improvements Coming To Linux 4.9 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Andrew Morton's pull request for Linux 4.9 has landed some improvements for kernel threads...

21:34

Sole Sisters "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

(Source: www.businesstimes.com.sg)

Jan 1959

Long before we had grid girls at Formula One, Singapore had these girls.

Seen here getting fitted for free shoes, these are just two of the 20 ‘receptionists’ specially picked to grace the Singapore Constitution Exposition – a month-long mega carnival to celebrate Singapore’s self-governance and multicultural way of life. The girls wore new cheongsams and were ferried by boat from Clifford Pier to the twinkly lit fairgrounds of the old Kallang Airport, where they also played hosts to VIP guests.

Singaporeans got to watch performances, clamour for goodie bags, elbow each other for a glimpse of visiting Prince Philip and had the first look at the latest inventions of their time – fridges, freezers and dishwashers. Kind of like what we still do today – except that it’s now called Comex or a Harvey Norman road show.

What we don’t have anymore? The classy, sassy looks that these retro beauties captured best.

More Info: www.businesstimes.com.sg


21:33

The 16 worst tourist traps in New York City and where to go instead "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

(Source: www.businessinsider.com)

People love to visit New York City.

But tourists, especially those seeing the Big Apple for the first time, often get sucked into expensive and overrated tourist traps.

These are the places you should skip, and alternatives that are more authentic, cheaper, and more fun.

Instead of cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery, try the amazing cookies at Levain Bakery.

Magnolia Bakery’s cupcakes may be tasty, but with its long lines and previous health code violations, this tourist stop is highly overrated. A much better option is the beyond-delicious Levain Bakery on the Upper West Side.

The cookies are gigantic (they look more like scones than cookies), and though they cost $4 per cookie, they are the tastiest, softest, and most scrumptious cookies I’ve ever tried. Try the chocolate chip and walnut cookie and thank me later.

Instead of seeing the sights from the top of the Empire State Building, take in the city skyline (for free) on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade.

The Empire State Building has great views of the city, but it’s not worth the expensive ticket and long lines.

A better way to take in New York’s amazing skyline? Go across the Brooklyn Bridge to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. It’s free, beautiful, and one of the best places to see NYC’s skyline, day or night.

Instead of being gouged for “Italian” food in Little Italy, go to Arthur Avenue in the Bronx.

Little Italy is a sad little strip nestled right above Chinatown. The real Little Italy — with its amazing Italian-American food — is on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx.

You can find fresh cheese at Casa Della Mozzarella, an amazing selection of fish at Cosenza’s, and a slew of fantastic Italian-American bakeries.

Instead of taking a pedicab ride, rent a Citi Bike.

Pedicabs are a part of life in NYC, especially around Central Park and midtown where it can be hard to catch a cab. But they can be expensive and slow.

We recommend trying a Citi Bike. You can sign up for a day pass for $10 and ride around the city yourself. Read more about how to use a Citi Bike here.

Instead of watching the Yankees play at Yankee Stadium, cheer on the minor leagues at a Staten Island baseball game.

The Yankees may be one of New York’s home teams, but a ticket to the games is pretty pricey. Plus, the stadium isn’t exactly easy to get to in the Bronx.

Instead, head over to Staten Island to watch a way less crowded, much cheaper game at the Richmond County Bank Ballpark. Sure the players aren’t as famous, but you’ll watch a great game and see amazing views of the skyline. 

Instead of battling tourists at Cent...

21:33

Patience Jonathan Will Not Go Scot-Free If Found Wanting – EFCC "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday vowed that the wife of ex-President, Patience Jonathan, will never go scot-free if its investigation against her produces evidence that she was involved in any corrupt practices, PUNCH reports. The EFCC Deputy Director of Operations, Iliyasu Kwarbai, said this after receiving for a civil society organisation: Human Rights Defenders and […]

21:33

Russia, Syria and the UK SITREP October 12, 2016 by Auslander "IndyWatch Feed War"

Via The Saker October 12, 2016 Informations have come to light that British Pilots have permission to shoot down Russian aircraft.  “The first thing a British pilot will do is to try to avoid a situation where an air-to-air attack is likely to occur — you avoid an area if there is Russian activity,” an […]

21:31

Here’s what you need to know about the criminal case against Sheriff Joe Arpaio "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

US Justice Department lawyers are pursuing criminal contempt of court charges against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio for his violation of a federal judge’s order in a racial profiling case. Arpaio is known nationally for pioneering local strategies for taking on illegal immigration. The…


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Keith Scott autopsy shows Charlotte police shot him 4 times, family says first in the back – report "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A black man shot dead by police in Charlotte, North Carolina last month sustained four wounds, two of which killed him immediately, a private autopsy reportedly shows. Police have neither released their own autopsy, nor charged the white officer involved. “The cause of death is two, penetrating, indeterminate range gunshot wounds to the back and […]

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Public rejects military action in Syria if it means conflict with Russia – poll "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Britons are deeply concerned about the humanitarian crisis in Aleppo, Syria, but reject any idea of military intervention if, as is highly likely, it would mean clashing with Russia. The survey by the majority Rupert Murdoch-owned Sky News channel found that 51 percent of those polled rejected the idea of intervention if it meant conflict […]

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21:31

Good News! 21 Kidnapped Chibok Girls Released, Says, Federal Government Of Nigeria "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

There are reports that twenty one of out of the over 200 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist Boko Haram insurgents in April 2014 has been released.

A government official said the ‘insurgents group released the 21 Chibok girls to the Nigerian government’

Other sources revealed that the Chibok girls were rescued in Banki area of Borno state where Boko Haram terrorists had left them Thursday by military helicopter.

Below are tweets from the official spokesperson to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mallam Garba Shehu, confirming the report..

21:30

The Left is Deeply Disappointed with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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The shine of one of the progressive left’s icons has recently been tarnished. I liked to say that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg may be mellowing with age, but it seems like she has been aged for decades.

However, she did stun a whole lot of nouveau-leftists in her interview with Yahoo’s resident shrew, Katie Couric.

Many younger liberals have come to call Ginsberg "the Notorious RBG," for her stance on abortion and such, but it appears she may have lost the gangsta moniker when the topic turned to something I’m sure Couric and most leftists would consider “safe.”

Katie brought up the Colin Kaepernick National Anthem flap that so many, including me, have been talking and writing about for many weeks. I don’t know what Couric was expecting to hear, but I can guarantee it wasn’t this.

Couric asked Ginsberg: “How do you feel about 49ers player Colin Kaepernick and other NFL players who have basically refused to stand for the National Anthem?”

Her answer more than likely surprised Couric, as Ginsburg responded: “What do I think – I think it’s really dumb of them. Would I arrest them for doing it? No.” She chuckled, adding that, “I think it’s dumb and disrespectful. I would have the same answer if you asked me about flag burning. If they want to be stupid – if they want to be arrogant, there should be no law that prevents that.”

Unfortunately, in this segment, the camera is pointed only at Ginsburg, so we can’t get Couric’s reaction, which was probably one of confusion and dismay.

Ginsburg added that she thinks flag burning “is a terrible thing to do, but I wouldn’t lock a person up for doing it.” May I ask how many people have been arrested and jailed for kneeling during the Anthem or burning a flag? I’m going to say exactly none. I’m also struggling to recall anyone suggesting such a thing. Possibly – but certainly no reasonable American would do...

21:30

From Brexit to Colombia’s No Vote – Are Constitutional Democracies in Crisis? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Of many ways to make fundamental decisions in a constitutional democracy, Colombia and Great Britain chose the riskiest of all options: the plebiscite.

Supporters of the peace deal signed between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels gather at Bolivar Square during a

Supporters of the peace deal signed between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels gather at Bolivar Square during a “Silent March” in Bogota, Colombia, October 5, 2016. Credit: Reuters/John Vizcaino

What do Colombia’s recent plebiscite and Brexit have in common? The surface similarities are clear: both referendums produced outcomes that few experts or citizens expected.

And many considered them a blow to core the social values of peace, integration, development and prosperity.

The unanticipated and widely debated results in Colombia and Great Britain – indeed, the very decision to use the mechanism of popular consultation to identify the citizenry’s will – obliges us to reflect on the future of democratic systems.

Both the British and Colombian plebiscites can be understood as the consequence, not the cause, of a crisis in representative democracy that affects not just these two countries but many others around the world.

The nature of democracy

Democracies recognise that only the people have the legitimacy to decide their destiny. But they also acknowledge that identifying the will of a collective isn’t simple: modern democracies are constitutional, which means that decisions made by the people – usually through their representatives – are limited by the content of the national constitution.

Decisions occasionally made by a constitutional assembly or by a supermajority in congress – say, to ban torture – prevent the government from authorising such action, no matter how dramatic the current social circumstance (a terrorist attack, for instance, or war), or how much a national majority favours the measure.

Constitutional rights and the rules of the democratic game cannot be modified by governments or even by a majority of the people. Democratic communities are bound by the deep constitutional commitments they’ve made to respect human rights and the rule of law.

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21:30

Berlin suicide bomb suspect 'showed no risk' before killing himself "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Jail official says Jabr al-Bakr, arrested after possible 'suicide bomb vest' found in his flat, was 'quiet and calm' before he was found dead

21:28

Shehu: Boko Haram has released 21 Chibok girls "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Twenty-one of the more than 200 girls kidnapped over two years ago in a raid on their school in Chibok town by Boko Haram militants have been released, the BBC reported on Thursday citing a government official. Two spokesmen for President Muhammadu Buhari told Reuters they were unaware of the report. Military spokesmen have not […]

The post Shehu: Boko Haram has released 21 Chibok girls appeared first on New Telegraph Nigerian Newspaper.

21:27

Royal Navy ignored their own safety rules in the Irish Sea… "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

After four crew of a Scottish fishing vessel was drowned when their ship was capsized by a Royal Navy submarine, stringent measure were put in place. Measures which seem to have been subsquently ignored: BBCNI News reports: Fifteen miles off Ardglass, the Karen had its nets caught and was dragged backwards for 30 seconds last more...

21:25

The Constitutional Illiteracy of the People and Our Future President "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Photo of the Constitution of the United States of America. A feather quill is included in the photo.The Constitution of the United States is the supreme law of the United States of America and is the oldest codified written national constitution still in force. It was completed on September 17, 1787.

Photo of the Constitution of the United States of America. A feather quill is included in the photo.The Constitution of the United States is the supreme law of the United States of America and is the oldest codified written national constitution still in force. It was completed on September 17, 1787.

“It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.” -Mark Twain

Sunday’s debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton utilized a format where American citizens were asking questions—along with media moderators—regarding things like Islamaphobia and the energy crises. This dynamic revealed some tragic constitutional ignorance that has led to the depletion of individual liberties in America.

The source of this ignorance is that people have stopped thinking like Americans and have resorted to what “just ain’t so.”

Moderator Martha Raddatz asked what the candidates would do for the poor defenseless lives of Syrian refugee children. Syrian refugees? While their plight is desperate, she neglected to ask what the candidates would do about America’s holocaust: the 3,000+ American babies who are slaughtered in the womb every day, where the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the protection of life. This legitimate duty belongs to the president, but it was not brought up once - not once.

Americans seem to be out of touch with the jurisdiction of the Executive Branch. I would like to take the opportunity to discuss the president’s position and authority given by the United States Constitution.

As the Chief Executive, the president does not run our country, nor is he the primary authority in our Constitutional Republic. The president’s few and defined powers are written clearly and succinctly in Article Two of the United States Constitution. These powers include the duties to:

Pardon offenses
Make treaties with the concurrence of 2/3 of Senators
Give a State of the Union address
Recommend, but not introduce, legislation to Congress
Convene emergency session of Con...

21:24

US-backed terrorists in Syria shell Aleppo bus station, killing 5 children "IndyWatch Feed World"

A bus station in the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo has been hit by a rebel mortar shell. Seven children came under fire, five were killed. An RT crew has been reporting from the hospital. A mortar shell landed right next to a bus station in the government-controlled al-Hamadaneyah neighborhood of Aleppo, RT's Murad Gazdiev reported from the Al Razi hospital, where the victims have been brought. A total of seven children and one adult were hit. Two girls, identified as Lama and Maria, died instantly, as they were closest to the spot the shell hit. The others were taken to the hospital. "They were in the same class. They went to school together every day," Murad wrote on Twitter. Two more children, a seven-year-old boy and an eight-year-old girl, are currently in critical condition. The boy "isn't going to make it" as his injuries are too severe, Murad reported, citing doctors.

21:22

Lockheed Martin Corporation: Potential Opportunity with LMT Stock "IndyWatch Feed World"

By Patrick Brik BAS

LMT Stock: Testing Support
I am a huge fan of Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE:LMT) stock, and it is not because I am proponent of war.

As an analyst who uses technical analysis as my primary tool to search out prospective investments, I look for tickers with certain attributes that I find appealing. This process keeps my strategies disciplined and strategic. It is also how I stumbled upon the LMT stock ticker.

The Lockheed Martin stock chart is an exceptional example of an investment that can be placed into a long-term portfolio using a.

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21:21

How slowing economy affects workers: Many prepare for hard times by improving skills "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

(Source: business.asiaone.com)

The economic slowdown has not led to widespread anxiety among workers, but some are concerned enough that they have taken steps to protect themselves against more trying times ahead.

In the face of rising layoffs and fewer job vacancies, brushing up on skills and looking for additional sources of income are some ways workers are trying to cope, observers told The Straits Times.

With layoffs in the first half of the year at the highest level since 2009 and job vacancies falling below the number of job seekers for the first time since 2012, workers have lower bargaining power in the job market.

Employment and Employability Institute (e2i) chief executive Gilbert Tan said there is an increasing trend of employees – both professionals, managers, executives and technicians (PMETs) and the rank and file – who are concerned about layoffs and job stability.

“Many are taking courses or considering reskilling or upgrading to better prepare themselves for the slowing economy,” he said, adding that e2i has seen about 40 per cent more workers seeking training so far this year, compared with the same period last year.

Popular courses include networking, career planning, interview skills and conflict management.

Over 80,000 Singaporeans used their SkillsFuture credit in the first eight months of this year, Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung said in a written response to a question by Aljunied GRC MP Pritam Singh for Monday’s Parliament sitting.

Besides learning more skills, some workers are on the lookout for ways to protect their incomes.

Mr Tan said e2i has seen more workers looking for help to take on additional jobs, especially contract or freelance workers or those who receive daily wages.

Ang Mo Kio GRC MP Ang Kin Kee, an assistant secretary-general of the National Trades Union Congress, said some workers are taking on multiple income streams to ensure they are less susceptible to a slowdown in one area. For instance, a swim coach does wedding photography on the side, while others moonlight as part-time Uber or GrabCar drivers.

People who lose their jobs may take on shorter-term jobs which they are overqualified for while they search for their next position, and this can become a worry if they remain underemployed for a long period of time, observers said.

Feeling underemployed can lead workers to feel demotivated, and underemployment also means the economy is not using resources optimally, said NTUC assistant secretary-general Patrick Tay, who chairs the Government Parliamentary Committee for Manpower.

But the phenomenon is hard to measure because there is a lack of good data on skills-based underemployment as it is difficult to define the skills that people hold as well as those actually required for a job, said SIM University labour economist Walter Theseira. For example, not all jobs targeted at degree holders actually need skills acquired at university level, he said.

Maximising career prospects in these uncertain times calls for some effort on workers’ part, observers added. They can keep up with trends in their industry and be proactive if it is likely to become a sunset industry in the near future.

Said UOB economist Francis Tan: “Look at industry journals, blogs or websites to understand h...

21:21

Papa Olabode: How To Run Your Business On Auto-pilot "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Your presence is always required at work. This is one thing that bothers a lot of business owners – your business always needs them. Without you being physically present in the store, shop, factory, office, etc., it feels nothing concrete gets done. And it shouldn’t be this way. The truth is that a business is […]

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Democrat Leader CAUGHT Explaining How Democrats Use Voter Fraud in New York City! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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The Manhattan Democrat representative to New York City’s Board of Elections was just caught confirming and explaining how Democrats use voter fraud to push their own agenda.

In an undercover video from Project Veritas, a New York based conservative watchdog group that has brought down ACORN, unmasked Planned Parenthood, and proved rampant voter fraud throughout the country, New York Democrat Alan Schulkin admitted that voter fraud in New York was endemic, and then explained how Democrats use it to their advantage.

Schulkin primarily blamed Mayor Bill De Blasio’s munincipal ID program that provides identification cards for any city resident who wants one. Schulkin said that the ID program allows for “all kinds of fraud,” but that the ID is particularly useful for voter fraud.

“He gave out ID cards, de Blasio. That’s in lieu of a driver’s license, but you can use it for anything. But they didn’t vet people to see who they really are. Anybody can go in there and say, ‘I am Joe Smith, I want an ID card.’ It’s absurd. There is a lot of fraud. Not just voter fraud, all kinds of fraud . . . This is why I get more conservative as I get older.”

The Democrat also admitted that his party was illegally helping people commit voter fraud and that absentee ballot fraud was a major problem as well!

While discussing the potential for fraud, Schulkin volunteered that in some parts of the city, “they bus people around to vote . . . They put them in a bus and go poll site to poll site.”

Asked which neighborhoods, Schulkin said, “I don’t want to say.”

When the undercover mentions black and Hispanic neighborhoods, Schulkin responded, “Yeah . . . and Chinese, too.”

At another point in the conversation, he discussed potential absentee ballot fraud.

“Oh, there’s thousands of absentee ballots . . . I don’t know where they came from,” he said.

Schulkin also admitted that Republicans were right and voter ID laws were necessary if we want elections to be fair. When the undercover journalist asked him if he thought N...

21:18

Must Watch! Bizzle Oshikoya talks about how to Create Opportunities in this Recession "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Bizzle Osikoya is an Entertainment Consultant, A&R and Social Media Influencer. Sit back and learn some tips from Bizzle on how to create opportunities during this recession. Watch below.

21:18

People Magazine reporter: Trump forced ‘his tongue down my throat’ "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A fresh wave of sexual harassment allegations against Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump was making the rounds Wednesday. The allegations included an incident in which Trump appears to sexualize a young girl. In a 1992 video released Wednesday, the real estate mogul who was 46…


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Video: Guardian Leaks Reveal 12 Million in Corporate Money Behind Gov. Walker’s Union Busting "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Documents published by the Guardian show Wisconsin judges ordered court documents be destroyed, they reveal governor Scott Walker coordinating with … Via Youtube

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Amanda Knox: A Story of Media Depravity "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

I thoroughly recommend the new documentary Amanda Knox to anyone interested in either human nature or the role of the media – which should include most of us. Here is the chance to hear the main protagonists tell their stories. Don’t be put off by the lukewarm reviews. Journalists don’t much like this film because it […]

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Invest in Rolling Steel "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Gold may not have the high rate of return that the casino called Wall Street offers … to insiders. But it is one way to store value – and that accounts for its popularity among people who may not get rich quick but manage to avoid becoming poor. Used cars are another great way to transmute depreciating […]

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21:18

Sirius XM Holdings, Inc.: This Could Be Big Problem for SIRI Stock "IndyWatch Feed World"

By Tony Termini, BS, MIM

SIRIUS Satellite Radio, Inc. merged with XM Satellite Radio Holdings, Inc. in July 2008 to form what is today Sirius XM Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:SIRI). Since then, the company’s revenues have grown at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.17% after posting huge losses in both 2008 and 2009.

From 2010 through the end of 2015, Sirius XM stock has grown earnings per share (EPS) at a dramatic CAGR of better than 44.2%. SIRI stock has advanced at a spectacular 37.21% CAGR.

But why has Sirius stock flat-lined for the last nearly three years?

It.

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21:18

Wake up Stormont! The Peace Walls programme needs the back up of a major programme of borrow- to-invest in housing "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

Turning away from Brexit to the home front, congrats to the Guardian for  promoting a  theme developed there  by Professor Paddy Gray, an academic on the Built Environment, an austere title for a school of research  which  hosts  a great deal of imaginative and  practical  work on developing society. Gray argues that the slow and more...

21:17

Steam Dev Days: VR, VR, VR; Valve Looking To Contract Mesa Developers For AMD Work "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

For those not paying attention to the #SteamDevDays tweets from the many developers at the Seattle event, the first day of Valve's 2016 conference appears to have been a huge success and the overall focus was on VR...

21:16

When do you call it Cheating? WATCH Toke Makinwa, Michelle Dede, Abimbola Craig, Bolanle Olukanni & Sika Osei on “Moments” "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

There’s a brand new episode of “Moments” and on this episode, Ghanaian media personality Sika Osei and actress Abimbola Craig join the co-hosts Michelle Dede, Toke Makinwa and Bolanle Olukanni as they talk about cheating, and if it is right to cheat on a “cheater”. Watch below.

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Watch: Where Clinton and Trump Stand on Crucial Policy Matters "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

As the 2016 US presidential election inches closer (November 8), there’s growing public interest in Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s widely differing opinions on a number of issues.

In this video, The Wire goes beyond the sharp personal attacks that have marked the political debate between the two candidates in recent weeks to offer a brief explanation of where Clinton and Trump stand on policy matters such as immigration, the economy, ISIS, Russia and China.

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21:15

Making a Difference with During Your NYSC Year! BellaNaijarian Frances Okoro Gives Back to Corp Members "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

BellaNaija provides a platform to people who are willing to put in the work and make positive strides within their sphere of influence. Frances Okoro, a BN Contributor is one of those people. During her NYSC year, she constantly wrote from a positive perspective about her experience. She then went one step further by writing […]

21:15

The EU’s Ides of March? Why Brexit Timing Could Mean Disaster for European Unity "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The suggested start of Brexit negotiations doesn’t do Britain any favours, nor Germany, France or Italy.

Demonstrators take part in a protest aimed at showing London's solidarity with the European Union following the recent EU referendum, inTrafalgar Square, central London, Britain June 28, 2016. Credit: Dylan Martinez, Reuters/Files

Demonstrators take part in a protest aimed at showing London’s solidarity with the European Union following the recent EU referendum, inTrafalgar Square, central London, Britain June 28, 2016. Credit: Dylan Martinez, Reuters/Files

Theresa May’s announcement that the UK government will formally launch the Brexit process by the end of March 2017 deals a body blow to European leaders struggling to maintain the integrity of project EU. On top of the rhetoric of a “hard Brexit”, the timing seems designed to catch the EU’s champions at their most vulnerable.

A new president for France

The beleaguered French president François Hollande is yet to decide whether he will defend his post in the elections beginning in April 2017. Whether or not he chooses to stand, France is certain to be preoccupied with an unusually open presidential election.

Current polls indicate that if Hollande did stand, he would not survive the first round of voting. The runoff would most likely be a contest between the conservative Republican Party – probably fronted either by former prime minister, Alain Juppé, or former president, Nicolas Sarkozy – and Marine Le Pen of the populist right Front National.

A swing to the right seems on the cards, then, for France. But Juppé might be hard pressed in the face of UK Tory government antagonism to maintain his line that Britain should not be “punished” over Brexit. Sarkozy’s plans to reverse Brexit by renegotiating the EU treaties also sound increasingly implausible.

A game-changing vote in Germany

Germany’s leaders had made it clear that they wanted the UK to be ready to start Brexit negotiations at the start of 2017. By March 2017, the country will be in the throes of a federal election campaign.

The last election was a quiet affair. Angela Merkel coasted to victory by dint of her reputation as a safe pair of hands. By contrast, the September 2017 election prom...

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US Government Plans Are In The Works, Next Event Around The Corner (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

US and Chile sign defense agreement, meanwhile Armenia and Russia sign an agreement. US marines launch a new drone to scout the area in Iraq to look for those who are rising up against the puppet government. US believes the Houthis fired a missile at US ships, now they report a second missile was shot,…

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The Imperial President’s Toolbox of Terror: A Dictatorship Waiting to Happen "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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“When the President does it, that means that it is not illegal.”—Richard Nixon

Presidents don’t give up power.

Executive orders don’t expire at the end of each presidential term.

And every successive occupant of the Oval Office since George Washington, who issued the first executive order, has expanded the reach and power of the presidency.

The Constitution invests the President with very specific, limited powers: to serve as Commander in Chief of the military, grant pardons, make treaties (with the approval of Congress), appoint ambassadors and federal judges (again with Congress’ blessing), and veto legislation.

In recent years, however, American presidents have anointed themselves with the power to wage war, unilaterally kill Americans, torture prisoners, strip citizens of their rights, arrest and detain citizens indefinitely, carry out warrantless spying on Americans, and erect their own secretive, shadow government.

These are the powers that will be inherited by the next heir to the throne, and it won’t make a difference whether it’s a President Trump or a President Clinton occupying the Oval Office.

The powers amassed by each successive president through the negligence of Congress and the courts—powers which add up to a toolbox of terror for an imperial ruler—empower whomever occupies the Oval Office to act as a dictator, above the law and beyond any real accountability.

Consider some of the presidential powers—which have been acquired through the use of executive orders, decrees, memorandums, proclamations, national security directives and legislative signing statements and can be activated by any sitting president—that have allowed past presidents to operate above the law and beyond the reach of the Constitution.

The power to kill. As the New York Times concluded, “President Obama, who came to office promising transparency and adherence to the rule of law, has become the first president to claim the...

21:11

Re: bubblewrap LPE "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

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It needs to be setuid root (or CAP_SYS_ADMIN, which might as well be setuid
root) to be useful on any distribution whose kernel doesn't normally allow
unprivileged users to open user-namespaces; in particular, Debian, RHEL,
and backports to older/LTS Ubuntu (but not current Ubuntu).

I assume the developers of Bubblewrap wouldn't have done this if the
kernel (or at least *a* kernel they care about) didn't require it.
But hopefully...

21:10

A Tale of Two Students: Ahmed the Clock Boy and Levi "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Sandy High Oregon High School student Levi Frunk has been suspended and will miss playing in his homecoming football game, because of a homemade phone charger he was using in school. He was suspended and he wasn’t Muslim. Hmmmm.

Was he suspended because he was Jewish? Would anyone even suggest that, even though hate crime against Jews is nearly 60% (where anti-Muslim hate crime is 11%)?

Oregon’s KATU reported Sunday that Levi’s “homemade electronic device… looked like a bomb, but to Levi Frunk and his family it was just the latest creation from a very smart 15-year-old. In reality the device was a homemade charger he used to charge his phone.”

But Levi “took it to Sandy High School and left it out in a locker room to charge his phone during weight training. His coach saw it and called security.” Levi was suspended for a day and a half.

Where is this boy’s invitation to the White House, President Obama? You remember “Clockmed,” aka Ahmed Mohamed. Mohamed took apart an LCD digital clock and stuck it in a box. What he put together resembled a homemade bomb. Ahmed brought it to school. When teachers and school administration officials became concerned for the safety of the students, they walked into Clockmed’s trap.

Ahmed became a victim of Islamofauxbia. Lauded by President Obama, the Pope, 97 world leaders,...

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Ancient Cannabis 'Burial Shroud' Discovered in Desert Oasis "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

"For the first time, archaeologists have unearthed well-preserved cannabis plants, which were placed on a corpse some 2,500 years ago."

"Thirteen cannabis plants, each up to almost three feet long, were placed diagonally across the man's chest, with the roots oriented beneath his pelvis and the tops of the plants extending from just under his chin, up and alongside the left side of his face."

"Radiocarbon dating of the tomb's contents indicates that the burial occurred approximately 2,400 to 2,800 years ago.

This discovery adds to a growing collection of archaeological evidence showing that cannabis consumption was "very popular" across the Eurasian steppe thousands of years ago, says Jiang."

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21:09

Scientists find black widow spider DNA lurking inside virus "IndyWatch Feed World"

Scientists have found some toxic DNA lurking inside a virus that infects bacteria. In addition to its own genes, the virus holds a gene for black widow spider venom and DNA from other animals, the researchers found. The findings suggest that either the virus snagged this foreign genetic material or that these other animals have stolen DNA from the virus, the researchers said. Future research could find that such swapping across domains of life, from the most complex to the most ancient, is more common than previously thought, scientists say. Stealing DNA Viruses infect all three domains of the tree of life. The most complex forms of life on Earth — including animals, plants and fungi — belong to the domain Eukaryota, whose cells possess nuclei. The other two domains include the prokaryotes, the earliest forms of life — single-celled microbes that lack nuclei. There are two prokaryotic domains — the familiar Bacteria, as well as Archaea, which includes microorganisms that thrive in harsh environments such as hot springs and underground petroleum deposits. Each virus infects just one domain of life. For instance, bacteriophages, which are viruses that attack bacteria, cannot infect eukaryotes, or cells with nuclei. In part due to this specificity, scientists have explored using these so-called "phages" in therapies to kill antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

21:07

“I have come to own and accept the real me” – Omawumi says to Body Shamers "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

We love how celebrities, especially female celebrities are standing up to body shamers. A couple of weeks ago new mum Lami Phillips opened up on how she just wants to hug all women and encourage them to travel their own journey at their own pace and today singer Omawumi has a message for people that keep telling her that […]

21:05

Roman Catholic Church Acquits HIV-Positive Mexican Priest For Raping 30 Girls "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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The Roman Catholic Church acquitted– and cleared of all wrongdoing– an HIV-positive Mexican priest, Jose Garcia Ataulfo.

This is after he admitted to raping 30 girls and after Pope Francis pledged to remove bishops who acquitted sexual predator priests. And after the Vatican refused a victim’s mother’s request to meet with the pope– stating the matter was closed.

According to Urgente24.com, a Spanish-language news site, only two of more than 24 rape victims came forward to denounce the acquittal. His victims ranged from 5 to 10-year-old children, mostly indigenous from the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca.

Urgente24.com, reported that the Archdiocese of Mexico absolved Jose Garcia Ataulfo of any wrongdoing. And he has not been criminally charged most likely due to the significant influence the Catholic Church wields over Mexican laws and politics.

Sexual abuse of minors by priests is nothing new, nor is the extent to which local archdiocese shield abusive priests from criminal prosecution or young parishioners from predatory priests.

But new laws would enable the Vatican to strip priests of their positions, so why didn’t it for Ataulfo? And why isn’t he in prison?

Article reposted with permission from Constitution.com

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21:05

'Killary hates everyday Americans' and 9 other revelations from leaked Podesta e-mails "IndyWatch Feed World"

RT brings you a comprehensive look at ten most stunning revelations - ranging from hatred for the phrase "everyday Americans" to extraterrestrial contacts - found in emails from Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta that were released by WikiLeaks. By Wednesday, WikiLeaks has released over 7,000 e-mails sent or received by Podesta, offering glimpses into the workings of the Clinton campaign, as well as the Podesta-founded Center for American Progress. Clinton's associates have reacted angrily at the releases, with her campaign spokesman Brian Fallon accusing WikiLeaks of being "a propaganda arm of the Russian government running interference for their pet candidate, Trump." Here is a list of ten strange things about the Democratic presidential hopeful found in the leaked e-mails. 1. Attitude towards 'everyday Americans' One e-mail has in particular generated much debate, revealing that Clinton hates "everyday Americans" - or that particular phrase, anyway. "I know she has begun to hate everyday Americans, but I think we should use it once the first time she says I'm running for president because you and everyday Americans need a champion," Podesta wrote to Clinton's Director of Communications Jennifer Palmieri in April 2015.

21:03

We Need Young Farmers, and Colleges Can Help "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

On Earth Day 2012, a group of University of California, Berkeley, students, former students, and other community members marched to the padlocked gates of UC Berkeley’s Gill Tract carrying shovels, protest signs, seedlings, and hay bales.

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Social Democracy, the “Third Way,” and the Crisis of Europe, Part 3 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

A discussion of why the center-left failed to revive in Europe after the crisis. Some of the reasons apply to the US as well.

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STRANGE MESSAGES FROM THE MIDDLE EAST: PART TWO: IRAQ "IndyWatch Feed War"

Yesterday, you'll recall, I blogged about the strange statement of Russian Major General Igor Konshenkov, a statement that was clearly directed to the war…

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5 Muslim Refugees Arrested After Committing Shocking Crime! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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It is appalling for any woman to be mistreated or harmed. The thought that men, who should be protecting women, use their strength to take advantage of a woman, is sickening and enraging. But what if the woman was also handicapped?

There is a clear difference in the way that men see women today; but an even larger contrast between the West and Muslim-dominated cultures.

The Sun reports:

A WHEELCHAIR-bound woman was gang raped by six asylum seekers, Swedish police have said.

The unnamed disabled woman had asked to use a toilet at a nearby asylum center after sharing a taxi with one of its residents.

After entering the building, the asylum seeker and five others attacked the woman. She was helpless to do anything to resist and could only repeat the word "no."

The Sun continued:

But after she was invited inside, the woman, in her 30s, was attacked by the man and six of his fellow migrants.

A furious group of more than 100 Swedes have since attacked the centre in Visby, pelting it with rocks.

The victim’s lawyer Staffan Fredriksson told local newspaper Aftonbladlet: “She followed him in and had no fears that something would happen.

“Then the man took advantage of the situation. The abuse started in the toilet.

He added: “She is completely broken down.”

Five men, all aged in their 20s, have since been arrested by Swedish police following the incident on October 2.

What, if anything, will the Swedish government do to protect its citizens? Sweden has taken in more refugees than any other country and has had several such incidents over the past year. The problem continues to grow as the refugee population grows.

Any rational person could figure out what the problem was, but they want and need these people.

Article reposted with permission from Constitution.com

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Lancashire fracking go-ahead prompts UK-wide opposition "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

Direct action against the industry set to escalate

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After years of being pushed back by community efforts to oppose fracking, the extreme energy industry is pressing ahead with plans to extract unconventional fossil fuels across the UK. In Yorkshire, Third Energy were given the go ahead in May to frack at Kirby Misperton, although local campaign group Frack Free Ryedale and Friends of the Earth have stalled the process by forcing a judicial review. This week’s decision to approve fracking at Preston New Road in Lancashire, by Communities Secretary Sajid Javid, came as no surprise to the anti-fracking movement. A decision on a second site at Roseacre Wood was deferred and may still go ahead. With petitions, marches and legal appeals almost exhausted, we can expect to see an escalation in direct action tactics to stop the shale gas industry in its tracks.

Many other petroleum exploration development licences (PEDLs) have been allocated, with around 13,000 square miles of the country earmarked for potential fracking and some exploratory wells already drilled. Other threatened areas include Surrey, Sussex, Cheshire, Somerset and Lincolnshire. Scotland and Wales have imposed moratoriums and Northern Ireland banned fracking last year.

At its recent party conference, the Labour party announced it would ban fracking if it came to power, taking the same position as the Green Party, the Liberal Democrats and Plaid Cymru. Although political opposition is increasing, the Conservative government is moving in the wrong direction, with huge subsidies and generous tax breaks offered to the oil and gas industry, while support for renewables is scrapped. David Cameron said his government was going “all out for shale” and during his time as prime minister, changes were made to the legal planning process to facilitate fracking. Theresa May has sought to grease the wheels by offering households cash payments of up to £10,000 from the tax revenues that fracking could generate. Kickstarting fracking is senseless, when we have cleaner, more viable long-term alternatives such as wind, solar and tidal energy. UK residents have seen what has unfolded in America and Australia and want to prevent this destructive industry from taking hold here.

Fracking pollutes the air and water and has caused serious health issues for people and livestock. The industrialisation of rural environments, increased traffic and noise can be very disruptive. There is also the danger of earthquakes. Tremors at Preese Hall in Lancashire, in 2011, resulted in a temporary moratorium on fracking in the UK.

Unconventional gas exploration has serious consequences for the planet’s climate and all fossil fuels need to kept in the ground to prevent runaway climate change. The UK needs to decarbonise in order to meet its EU targets and commitments reached at last December’s COP21 Paris summit. Methane is a far more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide and when emissions from methane leakage are taken into account, fracked gas has a carbon footprint c...

21:00

How to get a Real Return on Infrastructure Investments "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

That front-porch culture that we read about, and we try to replicate in the suburbs...In this town people actually eat dinner on their front porch. They spend the evenings on the front porch. You can’t walk by their house without them saying Hello.
— Ed Erfurt

Ed Erfurt is a long-time friend and member of Strong Towns. He recently moved to Ranson, WV and serves as Assistant City Manager there. Today, he discusses his perspective as a local leader in a small town on what infrastructure is worth investing in, how to get a real return on your investment and how to avoid getting "caught up in free money."

This interview is part of our ongoing conversation on federal infrastructure spending.

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Strong Towns Podcast - The Week Ahead, October 11, 2016

ANALYSIS: Russia woos Turkey with ‘face-saving’ Syria alliance "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Russia is using US policy mistakes in Syria, Iraq and Turkey to convince Ankara that its primary NATO ally is abandoning it

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More on Compassion "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Stephen Dinan has opened up an important area of political research, an area that so far seems to be confined to a host of related disciplines--from psychology to religion to New Age studies. This is the new, stunning political imperative he has proposed: We must defeat Donald Trump for his own good.

20:59

'We just got a tip': Email leak reveals more collusion between State Dept and Killary campaign "IndyWatch Feed World"

A new Podesta email released by WikiLeaks today reveals further direct coordination between the State Department and the Clinton campaign during what should have been a confidential investigation. The following email chain starts with a note from Clinton Deputy Communications Director, Kristina Schake, on April 9th, 2015 informing Mook, Palmieri, Mills, Podesta and Samuelson that "Someone here just got a tip that the State Department may be planning to release her Benghazi emails tomorrow or Monday." The emails further reveal a continued coordination between the State Department and the Clinton campaign with Heather Samuelson providing frequent status updates over the course of the following week. As legal experts pointed out previously, ultimately another month passed before the State Department finally released the first Clinton emails on May 22, 2015. It is unclear what accounted for the delay. It is also extremely unclear why Samuelson would have received frequent updates from the State Department on the status of ongoing FOIA requests as she was no longer employed by the State Department in 2015. It's also unclear, and curious, why all of the controversial conversations, like this one, always seem to be conducted through gmail rather than official campaign email addresses.

20:58

TV Personality & Producer Toyosi Phillips in New Photos "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

TV personality and producer, Toyosi Phillips is celebrating a brand new phase in her life, and she has got some new photos that are a reflection of this fresh start. Her journey has been quite an interesting one. Acknowledging her passion for the Arts, Toyosi took a leap of faith and moved from Lagos to […]

20:54

Bridestead is Offering Huge Discount for Your Dream Wedding this Season! "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Enjoy huge discounts for your dream wedding this season! Get our Budget Bride Package for as low as 300k!!! The package covers the dress rental, make-up and hair do for your traditional and white wedding, 1 hair comb + 1 veil + 1 set of earrings + 1 bridal robe + 1 bouquet! Hurry now!!! […]

20:54

Study finds over 60% of Americans fear a corrupt government more than anything else "IndyWatch Feed World"

It is not the "scary clown" epidemic that makes Americans afraid, but more mundane fears, such as corrupt government. Unfair officials terrify people more than terrorism or economic collapse, according to a new survey. Over 60 percent of adult Americans have confessed that they are "very afraid" of corrupt government officials. That fear is holding its leading position for the second year in the row and is followed by terrorism and money-related concerns. "People often fear what they cannot control, and we find continued evidence of that in our top fears," Christopher Bader, Ph.D., professor of sociology at Chapman University, said in a public release. The Chapman University Survey of American Fears ranked the nation's top 10 fears. They included restrictions on firearms and ammunition (38.5 percent), identity theft (37.1 percent), deaths or serious illness of their loved ones (38.1 percent and 35.9 respectively).

20:52

Egypt, Russia to hold first joint military drills "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The drills will be the first of their kind for both Egypt and Russia [Xinhua]

The drills will be the first of their kind for both Egypt and Russia [Xinhua]


An Egyptian Military spokesman announced on Wednesday that Egypt will be hosting Russian paratroopers who will participate in a nine-day joint military exercise along the Mediterranean coast this month.

The exercise, called Protectors of Friendship 2016, is the first its kind between the two countries and will focus on deployment of troops, equipment and vehicles, and the exchange of experiences between special forces, Egyptian state media reported.

It will take place in the coastal city of Al-Alamein, the site of a historic battle between British and German forces during the Second World War.

The drills come as a statement from the Egyptian Presidency staunchly denied rumors that Moscow and Cairo were in talks over a deal to establish a Russian airbase in western Egypt.

The statement came in response to reports from Russian daily Izvestia that the two countries had agreed to a Russian base to become operational as early as 2019.

“The negotiations over possible participation of Russia in rebuilding of Egyptian military sites on the Mediterranean coast near Sidi Barrani are quite successful,” Izvestia reported earlier this week citing an unnamed source.

Sidi Barrani, also the site of a crucial battle between the British and Germans in 1940, is around 300km west of Al-Alamein, near the Libyan border.

“If both parties agree to the terms, as soon as 2019 the base may become operational. Cairo is ready to lease it to Moscow because it would use it to pursue high-priority geopolitical goals, which align with Egypt’s interests.”

The BRICS Post with inputs from Agencies

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“It’s all a PR Stunt” – Bobrisky tells Vlogger ‘Teefah in New VLog "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Episode 5 of Teefah’s vlog is here. ‘Teefah recently got to hang out with the controversial figure following his much talked about interview with TW Magazine publisher Adesuwa Onyenokwe. He admitted to her that his entire persona which has enthralled the entire nation is a complete PR stunt and also said he is not gay! […]

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Did the FBI chief lie to Congress about the Hillary email probe? "IndyWatch Feed War"

New York Post, by Paul Sperry, October 12, 2016: Congressional leaders investigating the FBI’s suspiciously inept investigation of ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s e-mails are turning their attention to FBI chief James Comey’s truthfulness. Did he mislead them? Did he … Continue reading

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Business action on the SDGs: closing the trust deficit "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

New research shows the extent of the ‘trust deficit’ between corporate action on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and millennials’ expectations. Businesses must act to close this gap, says Corporate Citizenship's Nana Guar.

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US and Saudis to grant 9,000 ISIS fighters free passage from Iraqi Mosul to Syria – source David Icke latest headlines

‘The US and Saudi Arabia have agreed to grant free passage to thousands of Islamic State militants before the Iraqi city of Mosul is stormed. The jihadists will be redeployed to fight against the government in Syria, a military-diplomatic source told RIA Novosti. “More than 9,000 Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS, ISIL) militants will be redeployed from Mosul to the eastern regions of Syria to carry out a major offensive operation, which involves capturing Deir ez-Zor and Palmyra,” the source said. According to the anonymous diplomatic source, US President Barack Obama has already sanctioned an operation to liberate Mosul, due to take place in October. During the storm of the city in northern Iraq the US-led coalition’s planes would only strike detached, vacated or uninhabited buildings, while keeping terrorists as targets, he said.’ Read more: US and Saudis to grant 9,000 ISIS fighters free passage from Iraqi Mosul to Syria – source

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Dutch Bank Replaces Tellers with Technology "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

One of Europe’s largest banks will replace over 10 percent of its workforce with machines by 2021. It’s cost saving, but at what cost?

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21 Chibok Girls Reportedly Released | BBOG Yet to Confirm Authenticity "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

According to SaharaReporters, 21 of the over 200 kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls by Boko Haram have been released. The report stated that the girls were picked up by military helicopter from Banki area of Borno state where Boko Haram militants dropped them off in the early hours of Thursday. The Bring Back Our Girls Advocacy Group […]

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Terrorists shell Russian Embassy in Damascus for 2 hours - no casualties reported "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Russian Embassy in Damascus was shelled for 2 hours on Wednesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. Stating that no one was injured in the shelling, the ministry said the embassy's territory was covered in bomb splinters. The ministry has strongly condemned the attack - the second one on the embassy this month. "On October 12, starting from 11:30am, the neighborhood in Damascus where the Russian Embassy is located was subjected to mortar fire for nearly two hours from the Jobar district controlled by extremists," an official statement from the Foreign Ministry says. One of the shells exploded in the immediate vicinity of the security post of the diplomatic mission, and another not far from the entrance to the Consular Section. Two mortar shells detonated a few hundred meters from the fence of the Embassy, the statement detailed.

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Rail Freight Gets Clocked from all Sides in this Economy "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

economy chart collapseAnd now, there’s the next brake shoe to drop. Total US freight rail traffic, as measured in carloads and intermodal units, fell 6.1% in the week ended October 8, from the same week last year, the Association of American Railroads reported today. It was down 10% from the same week two years ago! Both of its components were down:…

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Paul Ryan's Speakership Will End "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

I admire the reporting that Robert Costa and Phillip Rucker are doing for the Washington Post but their latest piece strikes me as completely delusional. The subject is worthy. They enlist Washington insiders to paint a picture of how Speaker Paul Ryan and President Hillary Clinton might work together (or not) next year. To be blunt, I can’t see Paul Ryan actually being the Speaker of the House next year. And if he is, I can’t see him lasting for very long.

When the House Republicans convened to elect Ryan as their leader and candidate for Speaker of the House, the vote was 200-43, which might sound like an overwhelming endorsement. But it was actually 18 votes shy of a majority of the 435 members of the full House. In the end, when the real vote happened on the House floor, only nine Republicans voted against him and he was elevated to the Speakership with 236 votes. In other words, his opponents relented in the end even though they could have denied him a majority if they had been willing to go to the wall.

The premise here is obviously that the Republicans will retain their majority in the House after next month’s elections, but everyone agrees that the GOP will lose seats. Charlie Cook, for example, has the Democrats definitely netting five seats with another 26 Republican seats in the vulnerable areas of either “toss-up” or “lean Republican.” He only identifies three vulnerable Democratic seats, only one of which (FL-02) is likely to fall. A large percentage of the vulnerable Republican seats are in states like New York and California where the representatives may be quite conservative but aren’t enemies of Paul Ryan. In other words, Ryan faces a world where he has less support within his caucus than he had when he first asked for their endorsement as Speaker.

Add to this, though, that Donald Trump and his team and his supporters are openly warring with Ryan and castigating him as “globalist” who wants open borders, free trade, and immigration reform. Trump’s campaign adviser Steve Bannon went so far as to instruct his staff at Breitbart to destroy Paul Ryan, and that was before Ryan abandoned his boss’s presidential campaign less than thirty days before the election.

The number of Republicans in the House who are angry about Ryan’s decision to ditch Trump is surely larger than the number that initially declined to support his speakership. And the number of them who are going to be terrified of a primary challenge if they support Ryan the next time around is going to be close to one hundred percent.

One final consideration is that House leaders do not always survive presiding over an election in which their party suffers significant losses. In this case, Ryan has a more plausible excuse than Newt Gingrich had after the disappointing 1998 midterms, but he’s not completely immune from criticism that his strategy made some contribution to the results.

Add it all up, and I see very little chance that Ryan would win an election within his own caucus. Too many of them would have reasons to either resent him or to fear the repercussions of voting for him.

There’s also some reason to believe t...

All the King's Horses and All the King's Men "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

At least in #NeverTrump land, things have already reached the pre-autopsy report stage, where they begin discussing the worst elements of Trump and Trumpism. Over at the National Review, there’s been an interesting back and forth between Noah Rothman and Peter Spiliakos. That Trump will lose and lose “bigly” (costing them both houses of Congress) is now taken for granted in these circles, so I can be absolved of accusations of hubris for meeting them where they stand.

There’s something appealing about these conversations, perhaps because they involve the admission of guilt and a desire for redemption. At least, they normally do. But Rothman thinks that this can be done globally by all parties, without finger pointing or assignations of blame. At least, that’s what he recommends.

Reviving the heated internecine squabbles of 2016 and earlier is a dead end. Whatever anyone did in this annus horribilis must be forgiven. Did you endorse Trump? Did you oppose him? Did you rail against his program? Did you find merit in the nobility of the outrage into which he tapped? None of that matters. All is water under the bridge. Reuniting the coalition and focusing on stymieing Hillary Clinton’s legislative objectives matters far more now than self-righteousness and the pursuit of retroactive vindication…

…Relitigating the presidential-primary process that yielded a candidate who will likely lose a winnable race for the White House, and perhaps take the GOP’s congressional majorities with him, is precisely what I contend we must avoid.

Spiliakos immediately seizes on this aspiration as unrealistic.

There are several problems with this. First, trying to get Trump supporters to admit that they and their ideas are the reasons for losing the White House, losing Congress, and basically ruining America is going to go over badly. Second, it is galling to do this under pretext of not wanting to relitigate the 2016 primaries. Third, and most important, this condemnation of Trumpism (as distinct from Donald Trump) is not obviously true.

To which Rothman replies that he is not demanding that Trump supporters express “repentance,” and that:

“…the only amnesty I’m advocating is of a blanket sort for Republicans, almost all Republicans, with the understanding that perpetually revisiting past battles is unproductive. When it comes to Trump’s rise, no one on the right or left is faultless. All must take stock of our roles in leading the GOP into this cul-de-sac. They should not have to fear the Star Chambers in doing so.

To a certain degree, these conversations have the character of whistling past the graveyard because they assume that the shattered eggshell scattered along the base of the wall can be glued back together satisfactorily provided that the right epoxy is found and utilized. But Rothman, in particular, is advocating something that manifestly will not happen. Trump’s own actions in the past few days assure it will not happen because he’s aggressively pursuing a preemptive “stab in the back” strategy to explain his defeat. His supporters are now primed to blame fraud on the left, sabotage from the “globalist” m...

This is the Grand Chance "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Back on May 10th, I wrote the following:

I don’t like to repeat myself, but it’s my belief that the Republicans operate at a disadvantage because their policies are broadly unpopular. They are still able to succeed because they are extremely good at fighting each news cycle with a coherent and unified message that is carefully crafted to create an us vs. them narrative which basically tribalizes our elections and our political discourse. They simply cannot accomplish this task anymore because most of their thought leaders, from Erick Erickson at Red State, to many of their hate radio broadcasters, to the National Review, to most of their communitariat on television, to their foreign policy elite, to the Bushes, Romneys, and McCains, to the Speaker of the House and many congresspeople and senators, all refuse to sing from Trump’s hymnal. Trump also won’t be able to raise enough money to compete, and he won’t mobilize the leaders in the social conservative movement. He’ll also be fighting the president and his bully pulpit, who will have the advantage of not being a candidate.

It’s not enough to say that the Republicans always win Georgia. You have to look at all the things they do that make winning Georgia easy for them. If they can’t do those things, then suddenly Georgia isn’t easy for them.

I come at politics as an organizer with an organizer’s perspective, which means that I don’t put too much stock in what candidates say, but I look very carefully at what they build. The same is true of parties, which is why I identified Obama as an outlier eight years ago, because he was focused as much on building an organization to win as he was on winning rhetorical arguments with his opponents. The reason I early on concluded that Sanders had no chance at the nomination was as much about how late he got started and how little progress he made uniting elected progressives and progressive organizers as it was about his standing with the black vote. And the reason I am bullish on Trump collapsing is only partly about his staggering flaws as a human being. It’s mainly about his inability to get the GOP up and running the way a major party needs to be run in order to wage a competitive national election.

I see no way that he can do it, and it doesn’t really matter if he can peel off some disaffected Rust Belt union Democrats. The Republicans cannot hold their own people in line without a unified and disciplined and tribalized message that is very well funded and never internally contradicted. The right doesn’t move as a Borg without this, and they cannot maintain their historical strength under these conditions.

One term I’ve used for this over the years is “winning the argument.” You may not like him, but in 1984, Ronald Reagan won the argument, which is why Vermont and Massachusetts and Rhode Island all voted for him. When it comes to an election between Clinton and Trump when the GOP isn’t operating as it was built to operate, winning the argument seems a given, and the only question is whether or not Trump’s narcissism and ignorance and boorishness can take a lost argument to a level we haven’t seen before.

It all looks pretty spot-on to me. The social conservatives are divided but they came on board a little more easily than I anticipated. Whether they're doing the same level of work with the same level of enthusiasm is another matter. Other than that quibble though, things have gone as I predicted and Trump's "narcissism and ignorance and boorishness" have definitely taken things to a level...

Schadenfreude Thread "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A day like this absolutely calls for some music.

Whatchu got?

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Will and Brooks Lead the Defection "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Growing up in Princeton, New Jersey and now living in the Philadelphia suburbs, I’ve had plenty of occasion to observe and interact with “moderate” Republicans. It’s true that they’re dying out. Before he passed on, Arlen Specter became a Democrat. Christie Todd Whitman is an enthusiastic endorser of Hillary Clinton. But these folks were mostly okay with John McCain (if not his running mate) and Mitt Romney. And these Republicans in the Mid-Atlantic are generally highly educated tax-averse voters rather than culture warriors. For many of them, their parents fled crime in the cities and built a comfortable suburban life. Republicanism was a signifier indicating that you’d achieved the American Dream and that you were respectable. In the collar around Philly, the GOP absolutely dominated in the postwar era, to the point that many people joined the party just to have a chance at getting patronage jobs. It was basically the mirror image of the ethnic urban machines that doled out patronage to young Catholics from Poland, Italy and Ireland. When you got out of the city, you bought a split-level home in a nice development and joined the Country Club, and that meant that you had arrived.

This class of people doesn’t necessarily go to Fox News to hear about what’s going on politically. They still read the New York Times or the Philadelphia Inquirer or the Newark Star-Ledger, and they still read syndicated columns in more local papers. They are the natural audience for columnists like George Will and David Brooks, and I’ve heard them cite both more times than I can count.

Reading Will and Brooks today is a good measure of where Mid-Atlantic Republicans stand at the moment. Both of them are just caustic and blistering in their criticism of Trump.

Will compares the Republican National Convention to a Nuremberg rally and says:

Trump is a marvelously efficient acid bath, stripping away his supporters’ surfaces, exposing their skeletal essences. Consider Mike Pence, a favorite of what Republicans devoutly praise as America’s “faith community.” Some of its representatives, their crucifixes glittering in the television lights, are still earnestly explaining the urgency of giving to Trump, who agreed that his daughter is “a piece of ass,” the task of improving America’s coarsened culture.

And:

Today, however, Trump should stay atop the ticket, for four reasons. First, he will give the nation the pleasure of seeing him join the one cohort, of the many cohorts he disdains, that he most despises — “losers.” Second, by continuing to campaign in the spirit of St. Louis, he can remind the nation of the useful axiom that there is no such thing as rock bottom. Third, by persevering through Nov. 8 he can simplify the GOP’s quadrennial exercise of writing its post-campaign autopsy, which this year can be published Nov. 9 in one sentence: “Perhaps it is imprudent to nominate a venomous charlatan.” Fourth, Trump is the GOP’s chemotherapy, a nauseating but, if carried through to completion, perhaps a curative experience.

Meanwhile, David Brooks is just as harsh:

Politics is an effort to make human connection, but Trump seems incapable of that. He is essentially adviser-less, friendless. His campaign team is made up of cold mercenaries at best and Roger Ailes at worst. His party treats him as a stench it can’t yet remove.

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It's Alright Ma, Paul Ryan's Only Bleeding "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Mike Cernovich is just some dude on Twitter with 125k followers, so I don’t want to make more out of this than is warranted, but his email to RNC chairman Reince Priebus does at least demonstrate how disavowing Donald Trump isn’t some panacea that can assuredly help the Republicans save the House of Representatives.

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To be clear, Cernovich is following his leader. Here are the Tweets Donald Trump sent out this morning.

Thinking about all this, called immediately to my mind some Bob Dylan lyrics from 1965.

Pointed threats, they bluff with scorn
Suicide remarks are torn
From the fool’s gold mouthpiece the hollow horn
Plays wasted words, proves to warn
That he not busy being born is busy dying

Temptation’s page flies out the door
You follow, find yourself at war
Watch waterfalls of pity roar
You feel to moan but unlike before
You discover that you’d just be one more
Person crying

We can pity Paul Ryan if we’re so inclined. He does find himself in perhaps the most difficult position of any elected Republican because as Speaker of the House he needs to try to satisfy everyone and that’s not even remotely possible in his current situation. But it’s true, he is far from the only Republican crying.

Meanwhile, Trump and his minions bluff with scorn, issue suicide remarks from their hollow horn, and make clear that the Grand Old Party is busy dying.

The House Democrats have opened up a generic polling lead of seven points, but that lead grows against incumbents:

Fresh internal polls conducted by the DCCC — the House Democrats’ campaign arm — after the second presidential debate on Sunday night painted a grim picture for Republican lawmakers.

They show that Republicans — who started moving en masse against Trump after the revelations in the videotape — faced a backlash regardless of whether they continued to supp...

The Presidency is Bigger Than Any Single Issue "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

If you care about certain things deeply and they are things that will be decided by the Supreme Court rather than by the U.S. Congress, then I can see how it’s possible to look at the presidential contest less as a choice about who will be president and conduct foreign policy and more about who will appoint Justices to the Supreme Court. There hasn’t really been a liberal majority on the Supreme Court since 1971, and that’s about to change. In fact, it already would be changed if the Republicans had behaved normally and given Merrick Garland a hearing and a confirmation vote.

So, when Speaker Paul Ryan got on a conference call with House members this morning and informed them that he was giving up on Trump and focusing on preserving his Republican majority, it’s understandable that some members flipped their whig. For example, there’s Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona:

Representative Trent Franks of Arizona, using graphic language to describe abortion, made an ardent case for staying with Mr. Trump because his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, would support a policy of destroying fetuses “limb from limb.”

It’s easy to forget that the anti-choice movement was on the cusp of seeing their dream of overturning Roe v. Wade come true. They had four votes for it (Roberts, Alito, Thomas, and the recently departed Scalia) and if one of the other five had died instead of Scalia and they won this presidential election they would have had the five votes they needed.

It must be tough to get so close only to see the Court tip back to a liberty majority not seen since before Roe was decided in 1973.

Trent Franks sounds unhinged to me. His life’s work is slipping out of his grasp and he’s saying deranged things in response.

I don’t know how pro-choice folks would feel if the shoe was on the other foot and the Democratic nominee were, say, Charlie Sheen. The idea that this country would soon adopt abortion policies more akin to El Salvador or Saudi Arabia than a First World country? That would be so intolerable that it’d be tempting to rationalize a President Sheen.

But, you know, at a certain point you have to realize that however much you care about any particular issue, you can’t just let anyone become president of the United States. Trump has passed that point and lapped it several times.

The Speaker understands this, to his credit.

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Trump's Moby Dick Debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

I don’t think the point of Moby Dick was that the whale brought it all on himself, and that should never be how we look back on l’affaire Lewinsky or any of the other events and fabrications that were used in the 1990’s to try to bring the Clintons to their political knees. The ending here is different, for starters. If you thought that the Republicans’ defeat in the 1998 midterms, the acquittal of the president, and the resignation of Newt Gingrich were the equivalents of Captain Ahab being lashed to the Great White Whale and dragged to the depths of the ocean, then you obviously didn’t watch last night’s debate. Because Captain Ahab lives!

In one of the earliest reviews of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, George Ripley of Harper’s wrote that Ahab “becomes the victim of a deep, cunning monomania; believes himself predestined to take a bloody revenge on his fearful enemy; pursues him with fierce demoniac energy of purpose.” That seems like a good description of Donald Trump’s whole campaign, as he seeks vengeance for being humiliated by the president at the White House Correspondents Dinner in 2011. In a broader sense, though, it’s a description of the itch Trump was scratching last night for his base.

As Robert Costa, Dan Balz and Philip Rucker report in the Washington Post , there was a shocking scene that took place moments before the debate last night when Donald Trump, his son-in-law Jared Kushner, Rudy Giuliani, and Breitbart‘s Stephen K. Bannon hatched a plot to embarrass and discomfort President Bill Clinton on national television.

Donald Trump’s campaign sought to intimidate Hillary Clinton and embarrass her husband by seating women who have accused former president Bill Clinton of sexual abuse in the Trump family’s box at the presidential debate here Sunday night, according to four people involved in the discussions.

The campaign’s plan, which was closely held and unknown to several of Trump’s top aides, was thwarted just minutes before it could be executed when officials with the Commission on Presidential Debates intervened. The commission officials warned that, if the Trump campaign tried to seat the accusers in the elevated family box, security officers would remove the women, according to the people involved, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the discussions were confidential.

Rudy Giuliani went into some details about their plan.

The four women — three of whom have alleged that Bill Clinton sexually assaulted or harassed them years ago — were to walk in the debate hall at the same time as the 42nd president and confront him in front of a national television audience.

“We were going to put the four women in the VIP box,” said former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, who represents Trump in debate negotiations. “We had it all set. We wanted to have them shake hands with Bill, to see if Bill would shake hands with them.”

The plan was thwarted by Frank Fahrenkopf, the Republican co-chairman of the debate commission, but that didn’t prevent Trump from making several references to them in the opening moments of the debate. It was his opportunity to throw some of the worst accusations ever made against Bill Clinton into the spotlight where it was hoped they would serve as some kind of magic harpoon that would finally make the American people see the light about the satanic possession of the Clintons. Also...

Serious Question "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Would you (are you going to) let your kids watch the presidential debate?

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What Does It All Mean? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

I played soccer this morning in some pretty suboptimal conditions. Wet field, light rain, high winds. And it did no favors to my right ankle which hasn't had any attached ligaments since some moron tried to take a mid-court charge in a Los Angeles pickup basketball game in 1990 and pinned my foot to the asphalt while I was in a full run. I can barely see straight right now because of the bone-on-bone pain. It's always worse in cold, humid conditions, but I must have done something to it because it usually only hurts after I'm done exercising, but today it was causing blinding pain before the end of the match. So, I'm sitting here icing it, but it's impossible to concentrate. I'm going to have to make a tough decision soon on whether it's worth it to keep playing. Maybe I should go see what my surgical options are, but that seems extreme for preserving what amounts to a twice-a-week soccer habit. On the other hand, I can see this actually crippling me in a decade or two if I don't do something about it.

Anyway, ordinarily I'd have more insights into the news.

This political environment is very easy to snark, but it's a real challenge to understand. There are so many moving pieces, so much at stake, and not much history to serve as a guide. I need my thinker thing free of searing pain to try to work through it.

I was just looking over some of the demographics out of Pennsylvania polling, most of which were collected before Trump's sexual assault tape was divulged, and it looks like the Keystone State was already solidly out of his reach. After the new revelations, it may be curtains for Sen. Pat Toomey, too.

It looks like Trump is now shifting his attack to the Republican Establishment, so that adds a new wildcard into these downticket races. It's pretty close to Trump telling his supporters to defeat any Republican who has criticized him.

If his supporters get the message and decide to make it a priority to vote for Trump and against his Republican critics, that could doom candidates like Kelly Ayotte and John McCain who were so reticent to allow any distance between them prior to this weekend.

In any case, it will be harder to coordinate any messaging against Clinton and downticket Democratic candidates because the GOP will be spending the next month engaged in friendly artillery fire.

Meanwhile, the seeming collapse of the Libertarian ticket is another factor here. Johnson is still a logical place holder for Republican supporters who can't crossover to Clinton, but he has less and less appeal as his running mate seems to have lost any heart for the fight. It's hard to say whether this will help Clinton or Trump more, but I suspect that it depends on the state.

Evan McMullin and Mindy Finn are on the ballot in only eleven states and have write-in status in only twenty more. They will be on the ballot in Utah, however, and they (along with Johnson) will help bleed Trump of votes. Uta...

Casual Observation "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

I'm enjoying the GOP meltdown as much as anyone, but a brief reminder of why this election matters is warranted. Donald Trump wants to bring back torture.

At least half of the 39 people who went through the C.I.A.’s “enhanced interrogation” program, which included depriving them of sleep, dousing them with ice water, slamming them into walls and locking them in coffin-like boxes, have since shown psychiatric problems, The New York Times found. Some have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, paranoia, depression or psychosis.

Hundreds more detainees moved through C.I.A. “black sites” or Guantánamo, where the military inflicted sensory deprivation, isolation, menacing with dogs and other tactics on men who now show serious damage. Nearly all have been released.

We'll never get real accountability for these crimes, but we sure as hell can avoid electing a man who promises to start this back up again.

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Checking In, What's Going On? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Sorry, I was up late having fun of Twitter, went to a Caron gratitude breakfast this morning, coached a soccer game, and had a picnic with my son's grandparents.

So, when I left off, Donald Trump was about here:

I briefly saw Chuck Todd on my teevee (before I changed the channel to a less oppressive college football game) saying essentially that the Republican establishment has given up on the election and that Trump's "blame Bill Clinton's wife" apology wasn't terribly effective.

Am I up to speed?

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Casual Observation "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Oh, look, we finally found the Whitey Tape:

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So Far, Not Seeing the Triangulation "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Evan Halper and Chris Megerian of the Los Angeles Times are basically correct when they say that Hillary Clinton is aggressively courting Republican voters but not actually doing much of anything on the policy front to throw them a bone. There are so many disaffected Republicans who are willing and even eager to disavow Trump that the Clinton campaign has a scheduling problem giving each faction its due. Yesterday it was 30 ex-House members signing an open letter against Trump. Before that, it was ex-Virginia Senator John Warner coming out against him. Back in August, there were 50 Republican foreign policy veterans who signed an open letter against Trump. Mitt Romney is against Trump. The whole Bush family appears to be against him. John McCain only feigns his support. There’s even a Clinton campaign website where ordinary citizens can go declare that they are “Republicans against Trump.”

Yet, the balance of polling data indicates that most Republican voters are either staying put or flirting with Gary Johnson.

For all her marketing to Republicans, Clinton has done little to pivot her agenda in their direction. She has been unapologetic about continuing the policies of Obama, which conservatives detest. She has vowed to nominate justices who would put the Supreme Court under liberal control for decades, filling Republican voters with dread. She would grow government, expand Obamacare and champion abortion rights.

“She hasn’t done much to throw conservatives a bone,” said Charlie Sykes, a conservative talk radio host in Wisconsin. A vocal member of the “Never Trump” movement, Sykes finds himself tangling with his listeners constantly. “They are lining up with their noses held to vote for him,” he said.

Sykes said he is still waiting for Clinton to reach out to Republicans with a “Sister Souljah moment” — a reference to the time Bill Clinton impressed social conservatives with a provocative remark before Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Coalition. In the 1992 incident, Clinton repudiated a hip-hop artist’s take on black-on-white violence.

Hillary Clinton is unlikely to deliver such a moment. Instead, she is taking a far more cautious approach, one that avoids offending the progressive voters who were the backbone of President Obama’s electoral coalition and who rallied around her primary opponent, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

I’m skeptical that Clinton’s efforts and these high profile Republican defections aren’t having any impact. It may just be that it’s hard to isolate small impacts among all the statistical noise. Suburban women, for example, have already been identified as one group that is defecting from the GOP in significant numbers. But it’s hard to say how much that is explained by the lure of a woman president or the boorishness and sexism of her opponent. If it’s also the case that these more moderate Republicans are swayed by establishment Republican denunciations, it could be impossible to tell from the polling data.

Anecdotally, as a resident of the Philly suburbs, I live among a lot of Romney voters (of both genders) who will not be voting for Trump. These folks are less likely to get their news from right-wing sources and they’re not doctrinaire conservatives. They actually read newspapers and care what David Brooks or George Will has to say. When they see that Poppy Bush may be voting for Clinton, that actually means something to them. The question is,...

Savvy Analysis is Killing Us "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

I’m not picking on Politico‘s Shane Goldmacher here but his pre-debate coverage reminds me why I recently quoted David Foster Wallace on post-modern irony: “All we seem to want to do is keep ridiculing the stuff. Postmodern irony and cynicism’s become an end in itself, a measure of hip sophistication and literary savvy. Few artists dare to try to talk about ways of working toward redeeming what’s wrong, because they’ll look sentimental and naive to all the weary ironists.”

Goldmacher isn’t resorting to sarcasm in this piece, but it’s definitely a form of analysis that takes cynicism at face value. So, for example, we learn that Donald Trump is making a major tactical mistake in failing to do debate prep because he’s missing the chance to nail down his choreography.

The choreography of televised town halls can pose a particular challenge. How close you stand to your opponent, whether you make sure they are in your camera shot, how you interact with voters and even how comfortable you look on a stool can make the difference between winning and losing in the eyes of the electorate.

No doubt there are consultants available who will teach you how to answer high-pressure spontaneous citizen-generated policy questions in front of a live global audience with the presidency on the line while simultaneously making sure to hit your marks on the stage and look comfortable on your stool.

Little details do matter on television, and the savvy will explain to you that Trump suffered in the first debate because he hasn’t “mastered the split screen,” meaning he looked bad while Clinton was talking. It’s true, if you slouch on your barstool, you come off as spineless. You should smile, people like that, but not too much or they’ll think you have a screw loose.

Look, I can by cynical, too. None of that could possibly matter compared to Trump losing his temper and calling Clinton the ‘c’ word. Whatever else Trump said in his speech in Henderson on Wednesday, it mattered less than him aggressively mispronouncing Ne-va-da.

But think about this. You can’t teach temperament and you can’t cure ignorance once it’s weaponized. It’s not really cynical to point out that Trump’s problems can’t be cured through stage direction.

I admit that it’s not easy to find the right balance. We might wish that debates were won or lost based on substantive answers rather than on zingers and gaffes, cleverly placed trap doors and the post-debate game, but that’s sadly not the case. Clinton and Kaine have won their debates by understanding that the totality of the challenge involves a lot more than what happens in the moment. Trump did poorly during the latter half of the first debate, but he wasn’t slaughtered until he entered the post-debate spin room, went home, and started tweeting in the wee hours of the morning. That, in combination with the performance of a very prepared Clinton team, turned a bad night into a catastrophic one.

Likewise, Tim Kaine won his debate by not much caring how much he was liked by the live audience and focusing instead on making Trump unacceptable, driving a wedge between his opponents, and getting Pence on record making more than a dozen easily debunked claims.

We might lament that public opinion is swayed this way, but noting it isn’t the same kind of surrender to cynicism that focusi...

20:44

Desmond Elliot, Toolz, Waje & More attend ONE’s #MakeNaijaStronger Campaign "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Joining Waje at the launch of a new video by the ONE campaign titled “I AM IN …to make Naija Stronger” was an all-star cast including Yemi Alade, Desmond Elliot, Kate Henshaw, Ali Nuhu, Basketmouth and Toolz. The celebrities spoke at the launch of the ONE campaign’s new public service announcement video, which features the stellar line-up […]

20:42

Britain And France Prepare Military Escalation In Syria - exactly as planned David Icke latest headlines

‘Britain’s ruling elite are making advanced preparations towards a major escalation of military operations in Syria. Parliament met in an emergency three-hour session yesterday to accuse Russia of war crimes in Syria and lay the basis for Britain’s involvement in establishing a no-fly zone and possibly sending ground forces into the war-torn country. Global tensions over Syria are at a boiling point. As parliament met, Russian President Vladimir Putin cancelled a planned October 19 visit to France in response to the accusation made the previous day by French President Francois Hollande that Moscow was guilty of “war crimes” in Syria.’ Read more: Britain And France Prepare Military Escalation In Syria – exactly as planned

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Public rejects military action in Syria if it means conflict with Russia - poll David Icke latest headlines

‘Britons are deeply concerned about the humanitarian crisis in Aleppo, Syria, but reject any idea of military intervention if, as is highly likely, it would mean clashing with Russia. The survey by the majority Rupert Murdoch-owned Sky News channel found that 51 percent of those polled rejected the idea of intervention if it meant conflict with Russia. Meanwhile, 31 percent said they would press on with military operations anyway.’ Read more: Public rejects military action in Syria if it means conflict with Russia – poll

20:38

Tory MP calls for shooting down of Russian jets over Syria David Icke latest headlines

‘A senior member of the UK Parliament has called on the government to enforce a no-fly zone over Syria and allow British fighter jets attack Russian warplanes that breach it. Andrew Mitchell, the UK’s former international development secretary, told BBC that if shooting down Russian jets ends the conflict in Syria, then that is what Britain and its allies should focus on. “What we are saying is very clear. No one wants to see a firefight with Russia, no one wants to shoot down a Russian plane,” Mitchell said. “But what we do say is that the international community has an avowed responsibility to protect and that protection must be exerted.’ Read more: Tory MP calls for shooting down of Russian jets over Syria

20:37

Bitcoin Wallet Blockchain.info went down due to a DNS Hijacking "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

 Blockchain.info, the world’s most popular Bitcoin wallet and Block Explorer service went down this week due to a DNS Hijacking attack.

Crypto-currencies continue to be a privileged target of cyber criminals, Bitcoin wallets and services provided by many companies operating in the industries have been targeted by criminal organizations as never before.

Blockchain.info, the world’s most popular Bitcoin wallet and Block Explorer service, suffered a mysterious outage this week and experts speculated that a cyber attack has disrupted the platform.

“Looks like our site is down. We’re working on it and should be back up soon.” reads the message displayed to the visitors during the downtime.

BlockChain informed its users about a possible DNS issue via Twitter.



“We’re making progress resolving the issue, but it may take upwards of several hours until services are fully restored,” states a second Tweet from the company while users were not able to access their online accounts.

At the same time, someone on Reddit reported the changes in the DNS records.

It looks like blockchain.info has just had their domain name hijacked. The whois and DNS records suddenly jumped from CloudFlare to a cheap web host. From the cache, the names used to be
Name Server: BETH.NS.CLOUDFLARE.COM
Name Server: JAY.NS.CLOUDFLARE.COM
and were then changed to
Name Server: DED88057-1.HOSTWINDSDNS.COM
Name Server: DED88057-2.HOSTWINDSDNS.COM
when queried these are returning
;; ANSWER SECTION:
blockchain.info. 11360 IN A 192.236.200.26
or
;; ANSWER SECTION:
blockchain.info. 14400 IN A 198.44.48.226″

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What happened?

The DNS server records for blockchain.info and blockchain.com were hijacked. Usually, this practice allows crooks to conduct phishing attacks in order to steal bitcoin wallet credentials.

Experts from OpenDns early detected the change...

20:37

203 Blood Units Collected During Achoura by DSC Lebanon & Who is Hussain "IndyWatch Feed World"

For the second year in a row, Who is Hussain? and Donner Sang Compter Lebanon organized a blood drive in Haret Hreik in commemoration of Ashoura. This special blood drive aims to encourage those who commemorate Ashoura to “give blood for those who need it most and be like Hussain” and it turned out to be a complete success with over 200 blood units collected! .

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In fact, DSC Lebanon informed me that this is by far the biggest blood drive they’ve ever organized and 203 is a record for them. For those of you who are not familiar with Ashoura, it is commemorated by Shi’a Muslims as a mourning day for the martyrdom of Hussein, the son of Ali and grandson of Prophet Mohammad during the Battle of Karbala some 1300 years ago. Re-enacting the battle has been long a tradition among the Shiite communities and involves in few areas self-flagellation in order to remember the blood that Hussein shed for them. Abbas cookies are also made during this day and they are quite good!

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20:35

Tory MP accuses Unilever of “exploiting the consumer” – while taking cash from loan sharks "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

Tory MP Sir Gerald Howarth is raging against Unilever today for trying to raise the price of its products  – accusing the company of attempting to “exploit the consumer” after the massive fall in the value of the pound:

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Of course, Howarth should know all about exploiting the consumer.

Sir Gerald has been trousering tens of thousands in cash from a US payday lender called Enova Online Holdings – which owns controversial UK payday loan sharks CashEuroNet UKQuickQuid and Pounds to Pocket:

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20:33

US State Department Defends Saudi Massacre Of Yemeni Civilians David Icke latest headlines

‘The U.S. State Department Spokesperson, John Kirby, claimed on Tuesday that the Saudi airstrike against Yemeni civilians in Sanaa was “different” than Russian and Syrian airstrikes in Aleppo. The flustered Kirby then claimed the Saudis are not “deliberately targeting civilians” like the Russians and Syrians; furthermore, the Saudi Air Force is “investigating” the airstrikes. Shockingly, Kirby then asserts that the Saudis are defending themselves against the Houthi fighters that are allegedly being armed by the Iranians. Kirby’s comments were not only false, but also contradictory because his regime has supplied weapons to the opposition in Syria.’ Read more: US State Department Defends Saudi Massacre Of Yemeni Civilians

20:33

Former arms dealer claims US used him as scapegoat in Libya arms scandal to protect Killary "IndyWatch Feed World"

An American arms dealer, previously indicted for arming Libyan rebels, accused the US of using him as a scapegoat to protect Hillary Clinton. He says the government used his plan to ship weapons to Libya, some of which wound up in terrorists' hands. "I would say, 100 percent, I was victimized ... to somehow discredit me, to throw me under the bus, to do whatever it took to protect their next presidential candidate," Marc Turi told Fox News. He says that he had specifically been targeted by the Obama administration for years. Eventually, he said, he "lost everything - my family, my friends, my business, my reputation." Indicted with four felony counts in 2014, Turi's trial would have started on November 8, but the Department of Justice suddenly dropped charges against him last week. Turi now says that the abrupt move was not just good luck for him, but rather let the US government avoid unwanted revelations, "especially in this election year."

20:32

It's time to run the red lights "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

A recent report by shipping and advisory giant DNV GL says that most Sustainable Development Goals will not be met by 2030. To get there, business needs to break the roles of the old order, says Volans chairman John Elkington.

20:31

A narcissist and fascist who boasted he could have helped Hitler win the war "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Paul Meszaros reads a riveting new biography of war-time fascist broadcaster, Lord Haw-Haw

Colin Holmes, Emeritus Professor of History at Sheffield University, has written a riveting political biography of William Joyce, or ‘Lord Haw-Haw’.

20:31

Clinton laughs off pro-Trump hecklers: ‘They’ve had a really bad couple of weeks’ "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

PUEBLO, Colo.—Hillary Clinton, who has been dealing with regular interruptions at her rallies by Donald Trump supporters, approached one heckler Wednesday with mock sympathy. “You do have to feel a little sorry for them. They’ve had a really bad couple of weeks,” she said before a…


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Group calls for Clinton spokeswoman’s resignation after anti-Catholic comments are revealed in emails "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A leading Catholic advocacy group on Wednesday called for the resignation of Hillary Clinton’s campaign spokeswoman, Jennifer Palmieri, after hacked emails show Ms. Palmieri and other Clinton allies openly talking about Catholics being “severely backwards” and charging that they…


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20:30

‘Limited self-defense strikes’: US military destroys three ‘radar sites’ in Yemen David Icke latest headlines

‘The US military has carried out a series of “limited self-defence strikes” in Yemen, the Pentagon has announced. The attack, authorized by President Obama, was carried out in retaliation to recent attacks on the US naval destroyer, USS Mason. According to the Pentagon’s initial assessments, three “radar sites” in the Houthi rebel-controlled area of Yemen were destroyed in the attack. The attack on coastal targets was carried out by Tomahawk cruise missiles launched from the destroyer USS Nitze, NPR reported. According to US officials all targets were “in remote areas, where there was little risk of civilian casualties or collateral damage.”’ Read more: ‘Limited self-defense strikes’: US military destroys three ‘radar sites’ in Yemen

20:29

New Music: Mel Rouge feat. Burna Boy – Rouge "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

With her unique blend of modern Afrobeats and R&B music, emerging British Nigerian songstress Mel Rouge is carving a lane for herself within the buzzing African music landscape, as she debuts her brand new single titled ‘Senpe’, featuring Burna Boy. Produced by JFem, ‘Senpe’ sees Mel Rouge singing in a mixture of English and her native Yoruba dialect, to […]

20:29

Peak Oil Review: A Midweek Update - 14th October 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

A midweek update. Oil prices hit recent highs on Monday, just short of the highs reached in May and November due to prospects of OPEC production freezes.

20:28

Aleppo hit by fresh attacks as new resolution tabled in UN "IndyWatch Feed War"

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More than 20 air attacks recorded on Thursday, as New Zealand becomes latest nation to call for UN resolution to end violence against civilians

20:27

Russia, US move past Cold War to unpredictable confrontation "IndyWatch Feed World"

Washington (CNN)It’s not a new Cold War. It’s not even a deep chill. It’s an outright conflict.

US-Russia relations have deteriorated sharply amid a barrage of accusations and disagreements, raising the stakes on issues ranging from the countries’ competing military operations ...Read More

20:25

Hard Rock Café, El Carnaval, Ma’on Communications & Naira Box bring you “Femi Kuti Live at Felabration” Tonight! "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This October, as part of the 15th edition of Felabration, Hard Rock Café will be hosting the four-time Grammy Nominee and son of the legendary Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Femi Kuti as he will be performing in honour of his father. The Afrobeat Legend, popularly known for hit songs such as Beng Beng Beng, They Will Run, Scatta Head and more is set […]

20:25

Judge Rules Architects of CIA Torture Program Must Testify in Court "IndyWatch Feed World"

October 12, 2016   |   Derrick Broze


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ANTIMEDIA) Washington — Despite the Central Intelligence Agency’s best efforts, at least two former high-level officials must sit for depositions as part of a lawsuit against the two men who were responsible for designing and implementing torture techniques for the CIA.
On Tuesday, October 3, U.S. District Court Senior Judge Justin Quackenbush ruled CIA officials would be required to answer questions under oath as requested by defendants James Mitchell and John Bruce Jessen. Both men are former U.S. military psychologists who are seen as the “architects” of the CIA’s torture program.
According to the recent Senate report on CIA torture “neither psychologist had experience as an interrogator, nor did either have specialized knowledge of al-Qa’ida, a background in terrorism, or any relevant regional, cultural, or linguistic expertise.”
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20:23

Tinsel Star Abiola Segun Williams is the Cover Star of Genevieve Magazine’s October Issue "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

On the cover of Genevieve Magazine this October is Abiola Segun Williams who plays Titi K, Shalewa’s mum in “Tinsel”. She opens up for the first time on her battle with Scleroderma an auto- immune rheumatic disease that affects the skin and some organs of the body. Talking about her experience, she said “At the […]

20:22

Is the UN about to subsidise an Israeli war crime? David Icke latest headlines

‘The Palestinian Authority is trying to prevent United Nations agencies from effectively subsidizing Israel’s forcible transfer of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank. The Electronic Intifada has learned that UN officials are due to meet in coming days to allocate “emergency” funds to pay an Israeli lawyer who has been representing Bedouin communities in their years-long struggle against efforts to forcibly remove them from their land in the occupied West Bank. The lawyer had previously been paid by the Norwegian Refugee Council. But in a confidential memo seen by The Electronic Intifada, the Norwegian Refugee Council says it ended the funding after it learned that the lawyer was negotiating the communities’ forcible transfer, a violation of international law, with Israeli occupation authorities.’ Read more: Is the UN about to subsidise an Israeli war crime?

20:20

Israeli forces shoot and kill 10-year-old Palestinian boy David Icke latest headlines

‘A Palestinian boy has been shot and killed by Israeli forces in the town of Qararah near Khan Yunis, says a Palestinian official. “Abdullah al-Naseef, 10, was killed by (Israeli) occupation fire close to his house in the Qararah municipality, near Khan Yunis,” said Ashraf al-Qudra, a spokesman for the Health Ministry in the besieged Gaza Strip on Wednesday. According to eyewitness, the Israeli forces shot the child from a military base.’ Read more: Israeli forces shoot and kill 10-year-old Palestinian boy

20:17

US, Saudis to grant 9,000 ISIS fighters free passage from Iraqi Mosul to Syria – source "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

57fe9ad9c46188ae128b4567The US and Saudi Arabia have agreed to grant free passage to thousands of Islamic State militants before the Iraqi city of Mosul is stormed. The jihadists will be redeployed to fight against the government in Syria, a military-diplomatic source told RIA Novosti.

“More than 9,000 Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS, ISIL) militants will be redeployed from Mosul to the eastern regions of Syria to carry out a major offensive operation, which involves capturing Deir ez-Zor and Palmyra,” the source said.

According to the anonymous diplomatic source, US President Barack Obama has already sanctioned an operation to liberate Mosul, due to take place in October.

During the storm of the city in northern Iraq the US-led coalition’s planes would only strike detached, vacated or uninhabited buildings, while keeping terrorists as targets, he said.

In September, US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter confirmed that Washington would send an additional 600 troops to Iraq to help liberate Mosul at the request of the local authorities.

The source suggested that redeployment of IS militants is necessary because “Washington must somehow counter Russia’s achievements in Syria, try to diminish their importance.”

“Apart from the purely political dividends, the other purpose of this operation, obviously, will be to discredit the success of Russian Airspace forces. And, of course, it’s an attempt to undermine Syrian President (Bashar) Assad,” he said.

The leadership of Saudi Arabia’s General Intelligence Directorate will be the mediators and guarantors of the agreement on safe passage for the jihadists from Mosul, he claimed.

The source added that a similar scheme had been used by the US and its allies during the liberation of the Iraqi city of Fallujah.

Damascus has accused Washington for coordinating with IS after an airstrike against the Syrian government troops near the city of Deir ez-Zor on September 17. Washington said that the bombing, in which 83 soldiers were killed and over 100 injured, was a mistake.

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US, Saudis to grant 9,000 ISIS fighters free passage from Iraqi Mosul to Syria – source "IndyWatch Feed World"

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The US and Saudi Arabia have agreed to grant free passage to thousands of Islamic State militants before the Iraqi city of Mosul is stormed. The jihadists will be redeployed to fight against the government in Syria, a military-diplomatic source told RIA Novosti.

“More than 9,000 Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS, ISIL) militants will be redeployed from Mosul to the eastern regions of Syria to carry out a major offensive operation, which involves capturing Deir ez-Zor and Palmyra,” the source said.

According to the anonymous diplomatic source, US President Barack Obama has already sanctioned an operation to liberate Mosul, due to take place in October.

During the storm of the city in northern Iraq the US-led coalition’s planes would only strike detached, vacated or uninhabited buildings, while keeping terrorists as targets, he said.

In September, US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter confirmed that Washington would send an additional 600 troops to Iraq to help liberate Mosul at the request of the local authorities.

The source suggested that redeployment of IS militants is necessary because “Washington must somehow counter Russia’s achievements in Syria, try to diminish their importance.”

“Apart from the purely political dividends, the other purpose of this operation, obviously, will be to discredit the success of Russian Airspace forces. And, of course, it’s an attempt to undermine Syrian President (Bashar) Assad,” he said.

The leadership of Saudi Arabia’s General Intelligence Directorate will be the mediators and guarantors of the agreement on safe passage for the jihadists from Mosul, he claimed.

The source added that a similar scheme had been used by the US and its allies during the liberation of the Iraqi city of Fallujah.

Damascus has accused Washington for coordinating with IS after an airstrike against the Syrian government troops near the city of Deir ez-Zor on September 17. Washington said that the bombing, in which 83 soldiers were killed and over 100 injured, was a mistake.

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20:15

Strategy for Survival: Opting Out of the Coming Cashless Society "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A cashless society is coming. How we prepare today, will mean the difference between eternal poverty and slavery or freedom from corporate/government tyranny seizing complete control of our lives.

20:15

John Embry – The IMF’s Warning, Desperate Bullion Banks And Why Their Masters No Longer Care "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Embry johnOn the heels of the recent plunge in gold and silver, today John Embry spoke with King World News about the IMF’s warning, desperate bullion banks and why their masters no longer care. The IMF Issues Another Warning John Embry:  “Eric, I am fascinated that the IMF came out with a cautionary note on the magnitude of global…

20:15

“Liars For Hire” – Confessions Of A Former Journalist From The Media Establishment "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

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I doubt anyone needs to be reminded that the media is rotten to the core; even the most reluctant and closed-minded people are accepting this as a given now. But despite the media being widely condemned nowadays (my special thanks to Germans for bringing the word “Lügenpresse” back), few people know or understand what’s really going on in the journalistic kitchens, where the foul slop of lies that people are fed every day is cooked up. However, there is always a way in—through purposeful infiltration or, in my case, by accident.

I have an old friend—let’s call him Sven—whom I always knew as a kind-hearted and sincere man. However, these traits are also coupled with always assuming the best of people and being rather naive. Due to this, he keeps ending up in awkward and sometimes dangerous situations. One of them turned out to be a short stint as a journalist for a popular online newspaper. He barely maintained contact during his employment and eventually went completely off the grid. In about a month, he resurfaced a changed man, and not for the better. As he explained, he quit the job and then shut himself in for a while, armed with nothing but alcohol, to cope with the depression working as a journalist gave him.

Now, this probably sounds very soft to many of you, including myself. Men don’t sink into depressions or try to drink themselves out of problems. While I granted my friend the clemency of explaining his failures to him, I also recognized the usefulness of his experience and started questioning him about what he saw and heard at the job. I will relay his findings below; however, I will not disclose his true name or the name of his employer—given the “free” country we live in, this can land him in very hot water.

Whoever pays you, owns you

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Just your regular journalists waiting for their paycheck.

This was far from the only case of Sven witnessing how much pull money has in journalism. His numerous...

20:13

RED ALERT — Get ready for a ‘severe fall’ in the stock market, HSBC says "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

rtx2ggvoHSBC’s technical-analysis team has thrown up the ultimate warning signal.

In a note to clients released Wednesday, Murray Gunn, the head of technical analysis for HSBC, said he had become on “RED ALERT” for an imminent sell-off in stocks given the price action over the past few weeks.

Gunn uses a type of technical analysis called the Elliott Wave Principle, which tracks alternating patterns in the stock market to discern investors’ behavior and possible next moves.

In late September, Gunn said the stock market’s moves looked eerily similar to those just before the 1987 stock market crash. Citi’s Tom Fitzpatrick also highlighted the market’s similarities to the 1987 crash just a few days ago. On September 30, Gunn said stocks were under an “orange alert,” as they looked to him as if they had topped out.

And now, given the 200-point decline for the Dow on Tuesday, Gunn thinks the drop is here.

“With the US stock market selling off aggressively on 11 October, we now issue a RED ALERT,” Gunn said in the note. “The fall was broad-based and the Traders Index (TRIN) showed intense selling pressure as the market moved to the lows of the day. The VIX index, a barometer of nervousness, has been making a series of higher lows since August.”

Gunn said the selling would truly set in if the Dow Jones Industrial Average were to fall below 17,992 or if the S&P 500 were to dip under 2,116. The Dow closed at 18,128 on Tuesday, while the S&P settled at 2,136.

“As long as those levels remain intact, the bulls still have a slight hope,” Gunn said.

“But should those levels break and the markets close below (which now seems more likely), it would be a clear sign that the bears have taken over and are starting to feast. The possibility of a severe fall in the stock market is now very high.”

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Global Elites Are Getting Ready To Blame You For The Coming Financial Crash "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

financial-crashBy Brandon Smith

Those people who have any doubts about where the narrative is headed for global economic stability simply have not been paying attention lately.

As I pointed out in my pre-Brexit referendum article, “Brexit: Global Trigger Event, Fake Out Or Something Else? “the story being scripted by the globalists is one of the “failures and crimes” of conservative movements. I predicted that the Brexit would pass based on this language used by international financiers and elites leading up to the vote.

The vast majority of analysts in the mainstream and in the alternative media refused to acknowledge the possibility that a successful Brexit actually works in FAVOR of the globalists, because it provides them a perfect scapegoat for a financial crisis that has been broiling for years and is now ready to burst into flames. I find still that many people will not dare to consider the idea that a successful conservative resurgence is actually part of the plan for globalist institutions. Many argue that the elites just don’t have that kind of pervasive control over the system, or that I am attributing “too much power and ability” to them.

I find this argument rather naive but also interesting, because many of the people who claim the elites do not have such influence were also the same people who argued before the Brexit that the elites would “never allow” the U.K. referendum to pass. So, do they have extensive influence, or don’t they?  This kind of selective blindness to the game being played prevents a whole host of otherwise intelligent people from grasping reality.

These folks need to finally admit to themselves that they were half right; the globalists would not allow the passage of the Brexit, UNLESS, a successful Brexit actually works in their favor.

In my post-Brexit analysis I said that the meme of bumbling and destructive conservatives and “populists” would continue into the U.S. election, and so far it would seem this is exactly the case. In numerous mainstream articles globalists have been openly telling us exactly what is about to happen.

I find that the same naivety that developed during the Brexit campaign has also developed around the Trump campaign. Too many in the liberty movement will not entertain the idea that a Trump win is in the cards. Yet, the elites are using the same language in reference to the Trump campaign that they used before and after the Brexit.

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20:10

Patience Jonathan Will Never Go Scot-Free, If She Is Found Wanted - EFCC "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A group, the Human Rights Defenders and Advocacy Centre, HRDAC, has asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to change its name and slogan from ‘Nobody is above the law’, since its could not probe and prosecute Patience Jonathan the wife of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.

This came as the EFCC said that ‘Patience Jonathan will never go scot-free if she is found wanting or any other person no matter how highly placed he or she is.’

The group in a statement, on Wednesday, title, ‘Demand for arrest, prosecution of Patience Jonathan, probe of APC campaign fund and no more sacred cow in the anti-corruption crusade’ signed by Queen Ameh, and Innocent Agbo during a protest at the EFCC office in Ikoyi, Lagos said the EFCC was selective in its anti-graft war, as its also questioned why Patience Jonathan was still walking freely in spite of the evidence the EFCC said its has against her.

   ''You have found evidence incriminating Patience Jonathan but we are surprised that Patience Jonathan is still allowed to be walking freely, and even had the audacity to take the EFCC to court to demand the release of her money to her.”

The group also said the EFCC should change its slogan from ‘Nobody is above the law’, since it had found it difficult not to only go after Patience, but the likes of ex-Presidents, including; Ibrahim Babangida, Abdusalam Abubakar, Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan.

Agbo during the protest lamented that ''I have been to this same EFCC to bail several people over the issue of N500,000 passing through their accounts innocently. They were invited, they came voluntarily and you people held them. But we have somebody with our money, $15m which is N6bn, walking freely. On Ibrahim Babangida, Abdusalam Abubakar, Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan.

Agbo said ‘we have the issue of Badamasi Babangida; it is open knowledge that N12bn gulf money was missing under his regime, nothing is done; we are aware of Obasanjo and the $16bn power funds, you people are not investigating it; we are aware of the petition against Amaechi to the EFCC; we are aware that the APC did not get the funds for its election campaign from only Buhari’s account.

   ''We are aware that you are probing the Peoples Democratic Party, why are you not probing the APC?” he questioned The EFCC Deputy Director of Operations, Mr. Iliyasu Kwarbai, speaking with the protesters vowed that if its investigation uncovers evidence of corruption against the wife of former president Goodluck Jonathan, Patience, she would not be left off the hook and that ‘Nobody is above the law’,

   ''Let me tell you, there is no sacred cow; anybody who is found wanting, who involves himself or herself in corrupt practices will not be spared. I have received your petition, it is here and what do we do? We go into investigation immediately. Now we have seen the name of Patience Jonathan; it is here. If she is found wanting, she will never go scot-free. So also any other person no matter how highly placed he is.

   ''We must sanitise our country and provide a very good environment that people can come and invest in; an economy that is devoid of any economic and financial crime. So, we are happy to see you here; we have received it and we are going to go into action. I am going to inform my chairman that you were here and that we’ll commence investigation immediately.''...

20:10

Antideutsch, die Immun Krankheit Merkel, der Feind-General "IndyWatch Feed World"

  

Wisnewski: Antideutsch ist mittlerweile Mainstream. Angela Merkel hasst unsere Flagge, die Antifa hasst Systemgegner, die Leitmedien hassen alles Völkische und die Jugend hasst sich selbst. Dass dies das Ergebnis von Feind-Propaganda sein könnte, bespricht Autor und Journalist Gerhard Wisnewski mit Hagen Grell "frei Schnauze"
Auch ansehen: Originaldokument hier: europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-16-2434_de.htm + Die Maske fällt-Vizepräsident der EU-Kommission: „Monokulturelle Staaten ausradieren«. http://www.chemtrail.de/?p=11242#more... + Ver­einte Natio­nen for­dern Bevöl­ke­rungs­aus­tausch von Deutschlandhttp://www.chemtrail.de/?p=10191 

20:07

New Emails Reveal 'Friends Of Bill' Got Special Access From State For Haiti Recovery Contracts David Icke latest headlines

‘Newly released emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit by the Republican National Committee, and subsequently shared with ABC News, reveal very open special treatment of “Friends of Bill” (“FOB” for short) by the State Department in granting access to recovery efforts in Haiti, in which $10 billion in emergency aid was spent after the 2010 earthquake. The emails show very close coordination between Caitlin Klevorick, a senior State Department official, and Amitabh Desai, the director of foreign policy for the Clinton Foundation, as they exchanged emails from Foundation donors looking to participate in the Haiti recovery efforts. While many donors likely were just looking to make charitable contributions, others, as evidenced below, were simply looking to capture their “fair share” of $10 billion in emergency aid contracts doled out by the U.S. government.’ Read more: New Emails Reveal ‘Friends Of Bill’ Got Special Access From State For Haiti Recovery Contracts

20:05

CNN Panelist: Bill Clinton Rape Allegations Are 'Fucking Ridiculous, Dude' David Icke latest headlines

‘A CNN panelist dismissed Bill Clinton’s documented history of sexual abuse against women as ‘F-ing ridiculous dude’ on a broadcast of Erin Burnett Outfront, as the networks continue to cover for the Clintons while devoting vast swathes of air time to Trump’s ‘locker room banter’ tape from 2005. The comments were made by ‘liberal’ CNN political commentator Angela Rye, who went absolutely crazy and almost yelled obscenities when the ‘conservative’ member of the panel brought up documented accounts of Hillary Clinton’s attacks on the women who have accused Bill Clinton of sexual abuse.’ Read more: CNN Panelist: Bill Clinton Rape Allegations Are ‘Fucking Ridiculous, Dude’

20:04

Hillary Clinton’s axis of evil "IndyWatch Feed War"

Hillary Clinton’s axis of evil by Pepe Escobar for Sputnik International Let’s cut to the chase; Hillary Clinton is ready to go to war against Russia in Syria – with inbuilt, potentially terrifying, thermonuclear consequences. Anticipating an outcome of the US presidential election as a remix of the 1972 Nixon landslide, Hillary has also coined, […]

20:03

Is American patriotism treason to humanity? "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

WHAT ALLEGIANCE DO YOU OWE
TO LEADERS WHO CONSTANTLY LIE?
By John Kaminski

pseudoskylax@gmail.com

http://therebel.is/news/kaminski

Who is the fool who pretends to believe what our government tells us? How many lies do you need to hear?

We deliberately bombed our own allies in Syria. We blew up our own skyscrapers in New York City. We stage false flag shootings to prove we need to take everyone’s guns away. When we do, as we did in Chicago, the murder rate skyrockets, because then, only the criminals and the government have guns, and we are hard pressed to tell which is which.

Our government, in case you hadn’t noticed, doesn’t even pretend to be our benefactor and protector anymore. We are only a crop to be harvested by swindlers who have lost sight of the purpose of life and are of use to no one, not even themselves. They are interested only in getting...

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Who is the fool who pretends to believe what our government tells us? How many lies do you need to hear?

We deliberately bombed our own allies in Syria. We blew up our own skyscrapers in New York City. We stage false flag shootings to prove we need to take everyone’s guns away. When we do, as we did in Chicago, the murder rate skyrockets, because then, only the criminals and the government have guns, and we are hard pressed to tell which is which.

...

20:03

Airbus to marshal its satellites against deforestation "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Starling, a new service that features satellites from the world's largest aerospace companies, will be piloted by food giants Nestlé and Ferrero, two of the world's top palm oil users, in the hopes of cleaning up their vast supply network.

20:01

Debate Moderator Distorted Syrian Reality David Icke latest headlines

‘How ABC News’ Martha Raddatz framed her question about Syria in the second presidential debate shows why the mainstream U.S. news media, with its deep-seated biases and inability to deal with complexity, has become such a driving force for wider wars and even a threat to the future of the planet. Raddatz, the network’s chief global affairs correspondent, presented the Syrian conflict as simply a case of barbaric aggression by the Syrian government and its Russian allies against the Syrian people, especially the innocents living in Aleppo.’ Read more: Debate Moderator Distorted Syrian Reality

20:00

The Village Pot Presents…Alejo Project! Oyinbo Princess, Claire Edun Revels in the Smells & Colours of Nigeria "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Village Pot team sent us this exciting idea they had called The Alejo Project and we are very pleased to present the first in the series. So what is The Alejo Project? Alejo means ‘guest in Yoruba. In Alejo Project (#alejoproject), we tell the undiluted stories of foreigners who have moved to Nigeria. This project […]

20:00

Bola Tinubu Deserves His Current Predicament - Senator Mojisoluwa Akinfenwa "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Senator Mojisoluwa Akinfenwa, the Chairman, Board of Trustees, Alliance for Democracy, has said Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu a National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, deserves his present travails.

According to Akinfenwa, a man is the architect of his own life and Tinubu actually brought his misfortune on himself. He said the APC leader is trying to woo people he had fought in the past and he is succeeding, but he can never be wooed by him. He also disclosed that the last time Tinubu spoke with him was 15 years ago. Hear him;

    ''(Every) man is the architect of his own fortune and misfortune. In this case, Tinubu is the architect of his own misfortune. So, he should not bring me into the matter I was never part of with him.

   ''He knows it will be difficult, if not impossible to woo or induce me as he is gradually succeeding with those he has despised and succeeded in wounding.''

It will be recalled that Akinfenwa fell out with Tinubu over the leadership of the AD many years ago.

19:59

The 'limited self-defense strikes' destroys 3 'radar sites' in response to missile attack on the US naval destroyer in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed World"

The US military has carried out a series of "limited self-defence strikes" in Yemen, the Pentagon has announced. The attack, authorized by President Obama, was carried out in retaliation to recent attacks on the US naval destroyer, USS Mason. According to the Pentagon's initial assessments, three "radar sites" in the Houthi rebel-controlled area of Yemen were destroyed in the attack. The attack on coastal targets was carried out by Tomahawk cruise missiles launched from the destroyer USS Nitze, NPR reported. According to US officials all targets were "in remote areas, where there was little risk of civilian casualties or collateral damage."

19:54

Jordanian Flight Student Pilot, Feras Freitekh,'Deliberately Crashed Plane' In Connecticut "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A Jordanian flight student is said to have deliberately crashed a small plane in the US state of Connecticut, killing himself and injuring his instructor.

A US official told the AP news agency it appeared to have been a suicide and not terrorism-related.

The US National Transportation Safety Board said the crash in East Hartford was "the result of an intentional act".

Local media reported the two men on board had been fighting for control of the Piper PA-34 Seneca.

The Jordanian flight student has been identified as Feras Freitekh, 28.

US officials said he had been living in a Chicago suburb and was not known to the intelligence agencies.

Instructor Arian Prevalla - who was badly burned but survived - is said to have told police there was an altercation in the cockpit during their training flight and he was unable to regain control from the student pilot.

He described Freitekh as disgruntled about learning to be a pilot, the official said.

The twin-engine aircraft crashed onto a busy road near jet-engine maker, Pratt & Whitney's headquarters.

No one else was injured but a woman driving with her three daughters narrowly avoided colliding with the plane, Reuters reported.

19:53

Classified U.S. Defense Network Outage Hits Air Force’s Secret Drone Operations "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

U.S. drones are again in news for killing innocent people. The Air Force is investigating the connection between the failure of its classified network, dubbed SIPRNet, at Creech Air Force Base and a series of high-profile airstrikes that went terribly wrong in September this year. Creech Air Force Base is a secret facility outside Las Vegas, where military and Air Force pilots sitting in

19:52

South Africa – have Zuma and Guptas reached the parting of the ways? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Rand Daily Mail

 

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How Jacob Zuma and the Guptas have parted ways

President Jacob Zuma’s association with the Guptas has been much reported. There is no question that he and his family business interests were entangled in such a way that he was compromised. Two revelations demonstrated how deep this entanglement ran.

The deputy minister of finance, Mcebisi Jonas, revealed that the Guptas had offered him the position of finance minister, an extraordinary breech of Zuma’s responsibility to hire and fire ministers.

And Themba Maseko revealed how he was removed from his position as government spokesman after he failed to humour the Guptas.

The conventional wisdom is that Zuma is in the Gupta’s pockets and he will always do their bidding.

Except, he hasn’t. Not recently anyway.

We may have entered the post-Zupta era, one in which the Guptas no longer require the services of Zuma. His ability to install or remove ministers without the concurrence of Luthuli House has been severely curtailed following the failed attempt to appoint Des van Rooyen as finance minister.

More than that, he is a political liability. What happens when he goes?

It could be that the Guptas are now working directly through the ministers they influence, cutting out the middle-man as it were.

This is, in some respects, a more frightening scenario. It suggests that big chunks of government business are being conducted without the knowledge of cabinet or the president in collusion with a private party.

How else do you explain the strange case of Mosebenzi Zwane? The minerals minister waited for Zuma to be out of the country before announcing that cabinet had agreed to rein in financial regulators and to investigate banks over their refusal to bank the Guptas.

If the old Zuma-Gupta relationship was still functioning, Zuma would have remained silent or, at least, issued a statement fudging the issue, perhaps even stating that he concurred with Zwane’s viewpoint but that the fellow had taken it too far.

Instead, Zuma roundly condemned Zwane’s statement and made it plain that no such cabinet discussion had taken place. These hostile actions were hardly those of an ally.

Here’s what the statement said:

The unfortunate contents of the (Zwane) statement and the inconvenience and confusion caused by the issuing thereof, are deeply regretted. Zwane does not speak on behalf of Cabinet and the contents of his statement do not reflect the position or views of Cabinet, the Presidency or government. 

Although I must stress that there is no evidence that the head of the National Prosecuting Authority, Shaun Abrahams, is on the Gupta pay-roll, a similar scenario played itself out in recent days.

Zuma was out of the country. Abrahams announced that the finance minister, Pravin Gordhan – the number one thorn in the flesh of the Guptas – would face fraud charges over an HR decision about the...

19:51

Philippines president Duterte vows to chart independent foreign policy "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Philippines' president is determined to end joint patrols with the US in the South China Sea to avoid actions which China might deem hostile. The leader has also reiterated his vow to chart independent foreign policy without breaking existing treaties. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte ordered a halt to joint patrols between the Philippine Navy and the US Navy because he did not want his country to take part in activities which could be perceived as hostile by Beijing, presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said, according to the Inquirer. He made a similar statement last month, stating that his country would end the joint patrols because he did not want the Philippines to be dragged into a conflict between the US and China over dominance in the disputed waterway. Duterte also reiterated his desire to end joint war games between the US and the Philippines on Wednesday, while speaking during the Philippine Coast Guard anniversary.

19:50

GB heptathlete, Jessica Ennis-Hill, retires from athletics "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Jessica Ennis-Hill, who won heptathlon gold for Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympics, has retired from athletics. The 30-year-old had hinted at retirement after winning a silver medal at the Rio Olympics in August. In a post on social media, Ennis-Hill – also a double world champion – said it was “one of the […]

The post GB heptathlete, Jessica Ennis-Hill, retires from athletics appeared first on New Telegraph Nigerian Newspaper.

19:48

Gunmen kill 3 soldiers, two others in B’Faso "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Unidentified gunmen killed three Burkinabe soldiers and two civilians on Wednesday, a military source said, in the latest sign that instability in Mali is spreading to its southern neighbour. The defence ministry had earlier confirmed the deaths of the soldiers. Attacks by Islamist militants in Burkina Faso were rare before a major strike by al […]

The post Gunmen kill 3 soldiers, two others in B’Faso appeared first on New Telegraph Nigerian Newspaper.

19:47

South Africa – Moyane and Makwawa allegations complicate SARS/Gordhan affair "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Daily Maverick

Photo: SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane (GCIS), Jonas Makwakwa (SARS media), Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan (Greg Nicolson/Daily Maverick)

SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane might be guilty of contravening the Financial Intelligence Centre Act (FICA) when he notified the second most senior executive at the revenue service, Jonas Makwakwa, that the FIC had picked up suspicious payments into his personal bank account. Meanwhile, Finance Minster Pravin Gordhan has told Parliament that he found it “perturbing” that Moyane had tried to prevent the matter from being made public and had also allowed Makwakwa to remain in his position dealing with corporate taxpayers while such serious allegations were being investigated. By MARIANNE THAMM.

 

When SARS and Commissioner Tom Moyane received a report from the Financial Intelligence Centre on May 18 this year flagging suspicious deposits of around R1.2-million into the personal bank account of its second most senior executive, Jonas Makwakwa, he did nothing.

Well, not really nothing.

While the alleged suspicious and potentially criminal activity had not taken place on SARS premises or property, Moyane, instead of alerting the Directorate for Priority Crimes Investigation (DPCI or the Hawks), decided to “afford” Jonas Makwakwa (who was his appointment) and his girlfriend and mother of his children, Kelly-Ann Elskie, “an opportunity to respond to the allegations against them” as part of “the internal investigative process”.

The disclosure of exactly how SARS handled what must be the biggest scandal yet to hit the service this year was made to Parliament by Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan in a written reply to questions by DA Shadow Minister of Finance, David Maynier. SARS reports to the Minister of Finance.

SARS, represented by Moyane, sent replies to specific questions to Gordhan who in turn supplied these to Maynier and Parliament.

SARS added that it had adopted a “two-pronged” approach to the scandal – the first being to alert the suspects (illegally) and the second “engaging the FIC for the purposes of seeking technical guidance, co-operation and assistance in relation to this matter as per Section 4 of the FICA”.

This seeking of technical guidance, it appears, was more of a fishing expedition to determine, according to reports, the identities of the analysts who compiled the report, whether they could provide clearance certificates from state security, and which laws the FIC had used to subpoena video footage from the ATMs and inside banks where Makwakwa made the deposits.

Moyane then blamed the FIC for his tardiness in responding to the serious allegations.

What the law does say is this: Section 29 of the FICA deals with the prohibition of disclosing suspicious and unusual transactions to certain persons, specifically those implicated in such reports.

Section (3) 29 reads:...

19:47

Artificial intelligence is changing SEO faster than you think "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

By now everyone has heard of Google’s RankBrain, the new artificial intelligence machine learning algorithm that is supposed to be the latest and greatest from Mountain View, Calif. What many of you might not realize, however, is just how fast the SEO industry is changing because of it. In this article, I’ll take you through some clear examples of how some of the old rules of SEO no longer apply, and what steps you can take to stay ahead of the curve in order to continue to provide successful SEO campaigns for your businesses.

So what is artificial intelligence?

There are generally three different classifications of artificial intelligence:

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19:47

Wind Turbines - Curse or Blessing ? "IndyWatch Feed World"

Wind Turbines - Curse or Blessing ? preface
Category: BEYOND ILLUSION
Tags: Wind Turbine Curse Blessing Green Energy Scam Agenda21 Inefficiency Parsifal Madness Water BirdsSustainable

'There is not a crime, there is not a dodge, there is not a trick, there is not a swindle, and there is not a vice that does not live by secrecy.
Bring these cover-ups in the daylight, describe it, and make it ridiculous before the eyes of all, and sooner or later, public opinion will sweep them away.
Disclosure alone may not be enough; but it is the only means, without all the other fail'
- Joseph Pulitzer
...

19:47

We’re Not Ready For Superintelligence "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The time for stressing about superintelligent AI will come soon.

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19:46

If Machines Can Think, Do They Deserve Civil Rights? "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Over the past century, we have made massive strides in the rights revolution. These include rights for women, children, the LGBT community, animals, and so much more. Exploring the future, we must ask ourselves: what next? Will we ever fight for the rights of artificial intelligence? If so, when will this AI rights revolution occur, and what will it look like?

We talk about protecting ourselves from AI, but what about protecting AI from us? To create a desirable future where humans and conscious machines are at peace with one another, treating our AI with respect may be a crucial factor in preventing the apocalypse Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking and Bill Gates fear. It is fair to assume that an intelligent, self-aware being with the capacity to feel pleasure and pain will rebel if not given the rights it deserves.

An AI rights revolution may seem like a sci-fi scenario. But as far as we know, the creation of a non-biological, conscious entity is not prevented by the laws of physics. Emotions, consciousness and self-awareness originate from the human brain and thus have a physical basis that could potentially be replicated in an artificially intelligent system. Exponential growth in neuro-technology coupled with unprecedented advances in AI mean intelligent, conscious machines may be possible.

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19:46

Hillary's Email Hacker has Emerged, Could End Hillary and the Democratic Party "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

by WS Staff Editor | October 12, 2016

Breaking! Hillary’s Email Hacker Has Emerged and What He Just Said Could End Hillary And The Democratic Party

SOURCE | We can only pray this is legit, but you have to take everything with a grain of salt. Unless it comes straight from Wikileaks. Here’s what one hacker is saying about the next bombshell for Hillary Clinton.

Take a look at what was found in the Emails:

All 33k deleted Emails are going to be released by November 1st. probably in 4 – 5 sets. these emails are going to be the complete undoing of the Democratic Party. We are purposely holding them back so they cannot have time to replace Hillary.

Also we are not Russian. despite what CNN tells you. we already have inside info that Obama is literally going to start a war with Russia to cover up the crimes that are in the emails. we are talking Obama and Hillary being held for Treason and ending up with the same Terrorist they have influenced – by this time next year.

Don’t give up the fight. Julian and his staff 100% know Hillary is not going to be President. Hillary knows once the emails get released she’s done. and that is why she is crying Russia and Obama is willing to start a war to hide their crimes. or at least draw attention away from their crimes.

The emails coming through the next two weeks. and there are 6 videos being released. one that documents Hillary slandering and being racist against a Female African American. the amount of hatred seen on her face for their community will be worse than 100 TrumpTapes.

Also there is documents and videos coming this week. that will destitute any faith left in the Democratic Party. specifically with HRC’s campaign. We have them committing felonies on camera. the kind that make the voter fraud that we have released. look like a JWalking ticket (bribes and threats) to control the Media and Election officials.

The information will be released we rely on everyone to help spread the truth.

We have already delivered roughly 10k of the Podesta emails. this is 1.120th of the content we will be releasing and we are saving the best for last.

Wait a week and then look at the polls you guys are basing your arrogance upon. we also have information 911 0 polls that are posted from right before the debate – today have been sampled to show favor to HRC and create a false drop for Donald.

This election is closer than any of you know and Donald is actually leading Hillary in the only in-biased poll with the largest sample group.

It’s painfully obvious that Clintons campaign is hurting. the only negative arguments and narratives they constantly push are the TrumpTapes. which he was prepared for and immediately appeared to hurt him. but actually has helped him. since it opened up his ability to use actual rape victims.

They also are clinging to the taxes. which is 100% legal and Donald will release them soon and HRC can no longer attack him on that when he does (he is purposely holding them off to show that his last 5+ years will mak...

19:45

Obama Stepped Back from Brink, Will Hillary? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The American people need to understand what’s going on in Syria. Unfortunately, the major media only publish Washington-friendly propaganda which makes it difficult to separate fact from fiction.  The best way to cut through the lies and misinformation, is by using a simple analogy that will help readers to see that Syria is not in the throes of a confusing, sectarian civil war, but the victim of another regime change operation launched by Washington to topple the government of Bashar al Assad.

19:45

A few military secrets to put in your pipe and smoke, by Scott "IndyWatch Feed War"

October 10, 2016 After September 17th when the US  Air force bombed the Syrian troops that were besieged by the US terror troops in town Deir EzZor, and the following provocation with the UN humanitarian convoy, we have been waiting for the next Pentagon and CIA provocation. The military psyop specialists are getting paid millions […]

19:45

Doug Casey | Clinging to Material Wealth is Unseemly (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

doug caseyHi, I’m Albert Lu host of the Power & Market Report. If you enjoyed this video, I invite to subscribe to This channel by clicking the button on your left. Don’t forget you can also visit us on Facebook and at PowerandMarket.com. Doug Casey is one of the most respected investors anywhere. Doug has been…

19:45

West is Gunning for Russian Media Ban "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

It would be monumental, but Western states seem to be moving, ineluctably, towards banning Russian news media channels from satellite platforms and the internet. That outcome – albeit with enormous ethical and political implications – seems to be a logical conclusion of the increasingly frenzied transatlantic campaign to demonize Russia.

19:44

So SAD! Twin Babies Burnt To Death In Ogun Petrol Fire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Scene of the fire..
Tragedy struck in Gaun community, in the Magboro area of Ogun State, after two children, Taiye and Kehinde Oluwasegun, were burnt to death in an inferno that gutted their parents’ bungalow on Tuesday.

It was reports that the incident happened around 8pm while the family was preparing to have dinner.

The first born of the family, Iyanu, had tripped over a jerrycan of fuel, which also spilled some of its content in the parlour.

While the mother mopped the spillage, the fuel was said to have flowed to a lantern in the house, which triggered an explosion.

Residents, who were alerted by calls for help, reportedly rescued Iyanu; the second child, Korede; and their parents.

However, the twin children, aged three, were burnt to death.

When Punch visited the area on Wednesday, he observed that everything in the house was burnt as smoke still billowed from burnt property in the three-bedroomed bungalow.

Korede, six, who sustained burns in the leg, told PunchMetro that his father, Aina, was about taking their generator outside when his sister fell. He said,

   ''My daddy has two generators. We use the big one to pump water, while the small one is for the house.

   ''My daddy had put the small one in the room to pour petrol into it before taking it to the cage that was outside. My mummy was preparing food in the kitchen that time.

   ''My sister, who didn’t know there was a jerrycan on the floor, tripped over it. My mum then took the mop to clean spilled petrol. She was doing that when the fire started. There were six of us in the house: my dad and mum, my sister, the twins and me.''

Punch observed that there was no motorable road in the community and the area was connected to the rest of Magboro by a stretch of rickety bamboo bridge.

A motorcyclist in the area, who did not identify himself, said the survivors were helped by residents to cross the bridge.

He said,

   ''It was a difficult task getting the survivors to the hospital. We had to carry them on our backs with their burns.

   ''The woman kept asking for her twins, while the husband kept lamenting that he lost everything to the fire.''

PUNCH Metro visited Perfect Joy Hospital where three members of the family were taken to for treatment.

They observed that Aina, a carpenter, suffered severe burns in his legs, hands, face and chest, while his wife, Abosede, a teacher, suffered burns in both legs.

It was learnt that she had yet to be informed that the twins were dead.

A relative of the victims, Pastor Moses Igbinadolor, said Iyanu was in another hospital, adding that she sustained serious burns.

He lamented the lack of basic amenities in the community, saying it made the rescue difficult.

   ''We took Iyanu to another hospital and the doctor said she sustained 68 degrees burns. What, however, made the case worse was that we couldn’t get across...

19:44

Kenya – Lands Permanent Secretary says corrupt cartels must be purged from the ministry "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Star (Kenya)

Oct. 13, 2016, 9:00 am
A file photo of Lands ministry officials searching for files in the strong room. The ministry intends to digitise records as a means of fighting corrupt cartels. /PHILIP KAMAKYA
A file photo of Lands ministry officials searching for files in the strong room. The ministry intends to digitise records as a means of fighting corrupt cartels. /PHILIP KAMAKYA

The Lands ministry is reshuffling its staff and digitising its services to combat corrupt cartels, PS Mariamu el Maawy said on Wednesday, as the government steps up the acquisition of land for ambitious infrastructure projects.

Corruption is seen as a major obstacle to development in Kenya, where some 70 per cent of land is owned by communities who generally do not possess formal title deeds.

“We will start with reshuffling and we will go on to purge,” el Maawy said at the launch of a report on community participation in large-scale land acquisitions.

“If we have shuffled the problem elsewhere then we know the problem is not environmental. We will able to start zeroing in on where the challenges are.”

The...

19:43

Anonymous: Video of Bill Clinton Raping 13-Year-Old Girl Will Plunge Election into Chaos "IndyWatch Feed World"

Get ready guys because the entire U.S. presidential election is nearing an explosive crisis over a video of Bill Clinton raping a 13-year-old girl on Jeffrey Epstein’s “Orgy Island.”

According to Anonnews.co:

“In 2005, the world was introduced to reclusive billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, friend to princes and an American president, a power broker with the darkest of secrets: He was also a pedophile, accused of recruiting dozens of underage girls into a sex-slave network, buying their silence and moving along, although he has been convicted of only one count of soliciting prostitution from a minor. Visitors to his private Caribbean island, known as “O*gy Island,” have included Bill Clinton, Prince Andrew and Stephen Hawking.”

Bill Clinton was a frequent flyer on the registered sex offender’s infamous jet. Flight logs even show the former president took at least 26 trips abroad the “Lolita Express” apparently even going as far as to ditch the Secret Service for at least five of the flights.

This is absolutely gut wrenching guys, is this really a person you want back in the White House?

19:42

French Prime Minister Calls For United States Of Europe, With Its Own Military "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

By Michael Shedlock and cross-posted from MishTalk.com,

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, wants to transform the EU into the United States of Europe, complete with its own European defense force.

Curiously, Valls specifically says “We cannot build a United States of Europe”, but that is precisely what he wants to do.

“Member states have a choice: give up on the EU or transform it,” writes Manuel Valls.

Redefining Europe

Please consider Brexit Vote Pushes Europe to Redefine Itself, by Manuel Valls.

Let us face facts: the European project is in trouble. With the growing threat of terrorism, the refugee crisis, lacklustre economic growth and unemployment, the turmoil in Europe is unprecedented. Added to these, the Brexit vote deeply questioned the very meaning of Europe.

 

The other 27 member states of the EU have two options (this was the subject of my debate with Jean-Claude Juncker at the Jacques Delors Institute last week): either we give up and leave the European project to a slow but certain death, or we transform the EU.

 

Reasserting our European identity also means coming to terms with the fact that there are borders — that Europe starts and stops somewhere.

 

Too often the EU has appeared to be preoccupied with unnecessary regulation. Transforming Europe also means that member states must henceforth focus on the essentials, primarily defence and security — in Europe, of course, but also in the neighbouring region of the Middle East. The French army is already doing more than its fair share: it cannot remain the de facto European army forever. France expects Europe to implement a common security strategy, with fully operational border guards and an electronic system for travel authorisation of the kind already operated by the US.

 

Finally, transforming Europe means making a clear choice to foster growth that does not only depend on the European Central Bank’s monetary policy. Europe must finance new projects and invest in digital and environmental innovation more than it does already.

 

These sectors must be enabled to grow and to face competition from countries that have no scruples about protecting their own industries. The time for naivety is over.

 

For this reason, the negotiations over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) cannot carry on as they have been. If the EU is to grant market access to American companies, there has to be reciprocity.

 

The European market must not be a social jungle, where people are set against one another. Nor can it be a tax jungle. It is unacceptable for multi­national companies to do everything in their power to avoid paying tax in the countries in which they make profits. The recent ruling of the European Commission on Apple’s tax affairs was courageous and welcome, therefore. At the same time, member states must progress towards common European tax rates.

 

We cannot build a “United States of Europe”— each country has its own history,...

19:40

As India Tilts Westwards, Russia Looks to Pakistan to Widen its Strategic Options "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

For Moscow, Pakistan’s rising salience is driven by its fears about the spread of ISIS, and its perception that India has drawn too close to the United States.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrive for a photo opportunity ahead of their 2014 meeting in New Delhi Credit: REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Russian President Vladimir Putin and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrive for a photo opportunity ahead of their 2014 meeting in New Delhi Credit: REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

New Delhi: Russia’s rising hostility with the United States and Europe is the zero-sum prism through which it sees the rest of the world – and its moves in South Asia can be viewed as a sub-set of Moscow’s wider global behaviour.

While closer defence ties with Cold War rival Pakistan is partly a way of signalling its pique at India’s slow dance with the US, Russia is also motivated by the belief that the rise of ISIS in West Asia and Afghanistan may be part of a conspiracy to ‘pin down’ Moscow, Indian officials familiar with the relationship have told The Wire.

When an Il-76 landed with 70 Russian soldiers in Rawalpindi for their first ever joint army exercise with Pakistan, the Russian embassy in Delhi – and India’s external affairs ministry – scrambled to control the damage. In the surcharged atmosphere post-Uri, talking heads and sections of the Indian media angrily wagged fingers at Moscow for going ahead with the pre-scheduled exercise.

The anger was heightened by “confusion” about the exercise being held in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, which had even led India to “rightfully convey its concern” during the India-Russia Intergovernmental Commission Meeting on September 13. The Russian embassy later denied that the exercise was being held in “so-called Azad Kashmir” or in Gilgit-Baltistan. After the Indian government announced ‘surgical strikes’ against terror launch pads into PoK, Russian ambassador Alexander M. Kadakin went on the record to say that India had the right to take any steps to defend itself from “transborder terrorism”.

Despite this endorsement, the fact remains that Moscow’s ties with Islamabad are growing, and the unusual spectre of the Russian worldview clashing with Indian interests in the region is expected to cast a long shadow when Prime Minister Narendra Modi sits down with President Vladimir Putin in Goa on Saturday for their annual bilateral summit.

Diplomatic sources said that Moscow had explained to Delhi that Pakistan was key to checking – or at last keeping a tab – on the spread of militant islam and its ideology to the Caucasus and Central A...

19:39

Debt Rattle October 13 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

G. G. Bain 100-mile Harkness Handicap, Sheepshead Bay Motor Speedway, Brooklyn 1918 • China September Exports Plunge 10%, Imports Down 1.9% (R.) • Wave Of China Property Tightening Hits Home Sales During Holiday Week (R.) • Chinese Firms Unveil Debt Swaps As Beijing Struggles To Reduce Leverage (R.) • US Mortgage Applications Down 6%, Rates

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19:39

Djibouti – Japan to fund military base expansion to counter China "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Reuters

Japan to expand Djibouti military base to counter Chinese influence

By Nobuhiro Kubo | TOKYO

Japan will lease additional land next year to expand a military base in Djibouti, eastern Africa, as a counterweight to what it sees as growing Chinese influence in the region, three Japanese government sources said.

China is seeking closer ties with African nations that could help it gain access to natural resources and provide new markets. Beijing said late last year it would pump $60 billion into development projects on the continent, cancel some debt and help boost agriculture.

Earlier this year, Japan also pledged to increase its support to infrastructure, education and healthcare projects in Africa, committing an extra $30 billion in public and private support.

“China is putting money into new infrastructure and raising its presence in Djibouti, and it is necessary for Japan gain more influence,” said one of the sources, with knowledge of the plan.

China in February began construction in Djibouti of its first overseas military facility, a coastal logistics base that will resupply naval vessels taking part in peacekeeping and humanitarian missions.

Djibouti, which is about the size of Wales, is strategically located at the southern entrance to the Red Sea on the route to the Suez Canal. The tiny, barren nation sandwiched between Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia, also hosts U.S. and French bases.

Since 2011, a Japanese Self Defence Force contingent of 180 troops has occupied a 12 hectare (30 acre) site in Djibouti, next to Camp Lemonnier, the U.S. base at the country’s international airport.

From there, the SDF have operated maritime patrol aircraft as part of an international force, including China, that hunts pirates in the seas of the Gulf of Aden and off the coast of Somalia.

A Japanese Defence Ministry spokesman confirmed discussions were taking place.

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19:39

Netflix Now Only Has 31 Movies From IMDB's Top 250 List "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

[two years ago] Netflix had 49 of the Top 250 movies on the IMDB list. That's just under 20 percent, which isn't terrible.

But we wondered how that number has held up over the last two years in the face of a quickly shrinking library. So we reran the analysis. How many of the top 250 movies does Netflix now have?

As of September 2016, that number has dropped to 31, or about 12 percent.
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Earlier this year, David Wells, the streaming company's chief financial officer, said Netflix wants half of its content to be original productions over the next few years.

"We've been on a multiyear transition and evolution toward more of our own content," Wells said in a conference call in September, as reported by Variety.

Does carrying old movies and TV series really matter in a world that has already seen all of them dozens of times?


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19:37

Watch This US Official Struggle to Justify Double Standard for Saudi Bombings "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Asked to explain difference between Saudi airstrikes in Yemen and Russian airstrikes in Syria, State Department spokesperson struggles to answer

“Well,” Kirby responded before taking a long pause (Screenshot)

 

A State Department official on Tuesday struggled to answer why the U.S. has condemned Russian bombings in Syria for causing civilian deaths while simultaneously aiding the Saudi Arabia-led campaign in Yemen, which has done the same.

State Department spokesperson John Kirby faltered during a press conference in Washington, D.C. when Associated Press reporter Matt Lee said, “Over the weekend there was this air strike on a funeral by the Saudi-led coalition. I was just wondering: does the administration see any difference between this kind of thing, and what you accuse the Russians, Syrians, and the Iranians of doing in Syria, and particularly Aleppo?”

“Well,” Kirby responded before taking a long pause. Then he continued, “Yeah. I think there are. Look, what…there’s a couple things, Matt, um…the…”

He then paused again, seemingly unable to answer the question. As Lee, the AP‘s diplomatic correspondent, continued asking follow-up questions, Kirby noted that Saudi Arabia had launched an investigation into the strike, as opposed to the Russian and Syrian governments regarding their own bombings.

As Lee noted, however, Russia has in fact called for a probe into the bombing of an aid convoy near Aleppo last month that led to the suspension of peace talks with the U.S. and Syria. At least 330 people have reportedly died since the ceasefire betw...

19:36

South Africa – UKZN film lab and office burned "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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A room in the Centre for Visual Arts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal's Pietermaritzburg campus that was left gutted after a suspected arson attack during violent #FeesMustFall protests on Monday.

A room in the Centre for Visual Arts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Pietermaritzburg campus that was left gutted after a suspected arson attack during violent #FeesMustFall protests on Monday. (Ian Carbutt)

While the damage at a torched UKZN film lab may exceed half a million rand, the potential loss of research stored on a computer there remains a huge concern.

A lecturer’s office at the lab, which is part of the Centre for Visual Arts (CVA) at the university’s Pietermaritzburg campus, was targeted in an arson attack on Monday evening when student protests under the #FeesMustFall banner again became violent.

It is believed students hurled petrol bombs through the windows of the building and into an office where camera and computer equipment is stored.

Digital cameras, tripods and a computer system were among some of the equipment in the room when the fire began.

Although the costs of the damages are yet to be properly determined, it is believed they may soar close to R500 000. However, the cost in monetary terms is not what academics and students are most concerned about.

A staff member said the main computer, which is valued at over R100 000, contains the stored work of undergraduate and postgraduate students, some of whom have been working on film projects for more than a year.

The device also contains expensive editing programs. “Some staff I know literally had to beg for an upgrade of our equipment two years ago and they waited a long time for it. Now it may have been damaged in minutes,” the staff member said.

“Besides the obvious costs to the university, we are trying to recover content stored on the computer.

“Some postgraduate students have been working on projects for years and imagine if it has all been wiped out.”

A postgraduate film student described her experience of working in the building during ongoing protests at the university.

Afraid to be identified, the student said the atmosphere is constantly “tremendously intimidating and frightening”.

“When I am working alone in the building, I fear for my life and the safety of the building. I feel like the protesters are too violent and are taking it too far,” she said.

“Considering that I may have lost work and equipment may have been damaged, all the money my parents have paid has gone to waste if I am unable to graduate this year.”

The student said she cannot afford more delays in the academic calendar.

“Now we will have to relocate and reconnect the equipment, which may take a week. That will be disastrous. We are 25% of the way through our film module’s syllabus this semester and I have not been able to start filming for my final submission yet,” she said.

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19:35

Vice Principal Escapes Death after Gunmen Attack in Warri "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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LAGOS OCTOBER 13TH (URHOBOTODAY)-The Vice Principal of Dom Domingos College, Warri -, Delta State narrowly escaped death after he was attacked by suspected armed robbers by the school gate.
The robbers were reported to have taking away unspecified amount of cash, vital documents and mobile phones from the Vice principal.

Our correspondent learnt that the incident which occurred about 8am caused brief disruption of academic activities as motorists, teachers and students scampered for safety for several hours.
It, however, took the timely intervention of officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force from “B” Division to calm the tensed atmosphere, thereafter teaching and learning commenced in the school.
Our source revealed that the armed robbers trailed the Vice Principal of the college in her Jeep car from a commercial bank where she had gone to withdraw money with her ATM along airport road.
The armed robbers first shot the tyres of the vehicle in which the Vice-Principal was driving in at the entrance of the school gate before they shot her in the lap and dispossessed her of the money including documents before they zoomed off the scene.
As soon as the armed robbers left, other teachers and students quickly rushed the Vice-Principal to an undisclosed hospital for treatment.
The Divisional Police Officer of “B” Division declined comments on the matter, but a source within the police station stated that the police will ensure the robbery syndicate is tracked, arrested and prosecuted in accordance with the relevant laws.

19:34

Small, illegal refugee paradise "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

Hotel “Oniro” is a better option for a fugitive life away from homelessness and another decent station for some Syrian refugees in Greece.

Hotel "Oniro" (Photo: Qusay Loubani)After hundreds of refugees turned their backs on Idomeni, totally disillusioned due to the closed borders and the evacuated wild camp, many of them headed to the Athenian harbour of Piraeus, favouring a place on the dockside, in the unbearable blazing heat of June within the view of the tourist liners to other places. Frankly, many of us had no other place to go to anyway.

Since life in a tent near the docks in another wild camp was not to be regarded as a picnic, and since harbours are not built to accommodate fugitives in rising numbers, some Left-wing Greek activists decided to help us look for a solution, and they made a good find: The Oniro hotel. A hotel at a 500 metre distance to the Victoria underground station at the centre of Athens, that has been closed due to tax debts for about four years now.

The hotel was “re-opened“ after a five-hour-march starting at the Omonia Square, that was arranged by the Greek activists and naturally accompanied by many refugees. Arriving to our desired destination, both refugees and activists entered the hotel forcibly. Many of us set ourselves up in one of the empty rooms with a big sign of astonishment. We’d had suspicions that the whole action wouldn’t lead to anything at all.

The building was somehow abandoned but it had all the necessary simple, but comfortable furniture and each room had its own bath. For every one of us the latter was a dream come true! The long lines at the refugee camps seemed all of a sudden like an almost forgotten nightmare compared to the new situation of total independence by using a bath.

About 200 – 250 refugees are staying here now. As in other occupied camps in Athens, the meals for the inhabitants are prepared in the hotel while some of us, supported by Greek and foreign volunteers, take care of getting the supplies. Other volunteers took it upon themselves to bring some smiles and laughs to the faces of the children by gathering them at the hotel lobby and always surprising them with some new games or some new toys.

Hotel reception (Photo: Qusay Loubani) Hotel reception (Photo: Qusay Loubani)

“It's the dream itself“, described one...

19:32

Nigeria – anti-shi’ite violence spreads to Kano,Katsina and Sokoto "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Anti-Shiite violence spreads to Kano, Sokoto, Katsina; 8 killed

Youth set the residence of a Shi'a leader in Kaduna alight, on Wednesday, Octobr 11.

 

No fewer than eight members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, Nigeria’s foremost Shi’ite group, were killed on Wednesday as violence against the group spread to other northern states.

While one member of the group was killed in Sokoto State, three other members were killed and two policemen injured in Katsina State while commemorating its religious rite called “Ashura.”

There were unconfirmed reports that nine Shiites were killed in Katsina during the Ashura procession.

The group said in a statement late Wednesday that at least 13 of its members were killed in multiple clashes with the police and some hoodlums in Funtua, Sokoto and Kaduna.

Kaduna, Katsina, Kano and Kebbi earlier had banned the group’s annual procession.

Four members of the Shi’a sect were earlier in the morning killed in the Tudun Wada area of the Kaduna South Local Government Area when some irate youth attacked the sect, and torched the residence of its leader.

The mob also demolished the Shi’ite’s Islamic school in the area.

The police in Sokoto said hoodlums killed a Shi’ite member in Tudun Wada in Sokoto North Local Government Area.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police in the state, Alkasim Sunusi, said at a news conference in Sokoto that the deceased was attacked on his way to procession of the sect.

The News Agency of Nigeria quoted Mr. Sunusi as saying that the victim was “seriously beaten and killed, while his Toyota Avensis vehicle with registration number BRK 144 CM was burnt by the hoodlums”.

He said the sect also engaged members of the public in a violent confrontation at Tamaje area of Sokoto South Local Government.

Mr. Sunusi said three motor cycles belonging to the sect members were burnt, while one person was arrested with cutlass.

The po...

19:30

The Story of an Argentine Torturer’s Son "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Luis Alberto Quijano testified against his father in the La Perla-Ribera mega trial for crimes against humanity committed during Argentina’s dictatorship in the 1970s.

Luis Alberto Quijano. Credit: Global Voices/Archive photo

The senior Luis Alberto Quijano. Credit: Global Voices/Archive photo

When he was 15 years old, Luis Alberto Quijano’s father forced him to witness the horrors of La Perla, a clandestine detention centre in the city of Córdoba, Argentina. Now an adult, Luis testified against his father in the La Perla-Ribera mega trial in the province of Córdoba for crimes committed during the dictatorship. Forty-three oppressors were charged with crimes against humanity in the trial, which concluded on August 24, 2016.

Luis Alberto Quijano didn’t choose his life. From the burden of having the same name as his father to being exposed to brutal military operations in La Perla when he was 15, he had suffered long enough. He kept the family secret for 34 years.

At the time, in that context I thought it was okay. I felt like a secret agent. But at the age of 15, a child doesn’t realize that he’s being manipulated by his father. I was not prepared yet to understand that my father was a thief, a torturer and a murderer.

Luis had no choice: his father was Gendarmerie Officer Luis Alberto Quijano, second in command of the Intelligence Detachment 141 at La Perla from 1976 to 1978, during the Argentine military dictatorship, a period of state terrorism in Argentina from roughly 1974 to 1983.

This isn’t the story of Luis Quijano the oppressor, accused of 158 kidnappings, torture, almost 100 homicides and the abduction of a 10-year-old child. It is the story of Luis Quijano’s son, a man who over the years learned the magnitude of the terror he had lived as a boy and ultimately testified against his own father in federal court.

It is a story that reflects the immense power that a parent has over a child and how that child can choose a path of redemption.

From the gym to the Detachment

When my father started taking me to the Detachment, I had been going to the provincial gym and became friends with a boy who did martial arts. They called him “Kent.” I told my father and a few days later he showed me a black-and-white photo card and asked me to identify my friend.

He said:

You’re an asshole, you made friends with an ERP! Watch, later they’ll kidnap you and I’ll have to save you.

The ERP stands for the People’s Revolutionary Army, which was the military branch of the communist Workers’ Revolutionary Party in Argentina.

So he forbid me to go back to the gym and a few days later he took me to the Detachment to work. He told me I was going to be a secret agent. I was 15 and in that context I believed it was okay because it was what my father had taught me.

At the Detachment, they made me destroy documentation that belonged to the prisoners. Documents of all kinds: university degrees, handwritten notes, literature, certificates, propaganda, books, everything.

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19:28

An Afternoon in Early Autumn "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

I think it was the late science writer Stephen Jay Gould who coined the term “deep time” for the vast panorama opened up to human eyes by the last three hundred years or so of discoveries in geology and astronomy.

19:27

Russia & US will engage in ‘global war’, unless  Syrian conflict is resolved – Turkish deputy PM "IndyWatch Feed World"

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The Syrian conflict has now become a “proxy war” between the two Cold War superpowers, believes Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey, Numan ...Read More

19:25

This 9-Year-Old Girl Opened A Free Street Library In India For Illiterate Children True Activist

Credit: Room to Read

Credit: Room to Read

Literacy is often not thought about in wealthier nations because the rate of people that remain illiterate is dwindling, but it is rampant in other countries with a poor education system and lack of resources. One such place is India, where the percentage of people that can’t read is nearly double that in the U.S.

Muskaan Arihar, a 9-year-old living in Bhopal, India, recognized this and decided that she couldn’t sit idly by while her peers suffered through school and life. She opened a library right outside her home that is open to all and called Bal Pustakalaya, which means “Children’s Library.” The name is fitting because it is for children and run by children, including herself.

Credit: Room to Read

Credit: Room to Read

She opens her library after school everyday and invites a few dozen children to listen to her read aloud. Her library collection has several hundred books, from which she chooses to share with her fellow listeners. Though some children often get distracted, it’s important that they just show up and be advocates for their own education. Muskaan said, 

“They do make noise but they don’t fight. I tell them to read and promise them that I’ll make them play later.”

Fortunately, she has many people that are in her corner and very supportive. One organization called Room to Read has donated over 50 books to her library and are dedicated to partnering with local writers and publishers to translate books into an area’s local language. Muskaan also encourages her peers to check out books from her library so that they can learn from home.

Muskaan is lucky enough to have a family that supports her goals and education. Many countries in her area of the globe are less than thrilled about girls and women being educated, but Muskaan’s own father doesn’t agree with this philosophy.

“Muskaan can study as much as she wants. If a girl gets educated it’s very good because when she grows up she plays a big role in making and sustaining a family,” he told Room to Read.

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19:24

Death Toll Rises as Myanmar Battles Border Attackers "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A member of the Border Guard of Bangladesh (BGB) inspects a boat carrying Rohingya refugees from Myanmar trying to get into Bangladesh in Teknaf June 13, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj

A member of the Border Guard of Bangladesh (BGB) inspects a boat carrying Rohingya refugees from Myanmar trying to get into Bangladesh in Teknaf June 13, 2012. Credit: Andrew Biraj/Reuters/Files

Yangon: Myanmar‘s security forces have now killed at least 26 people in response to attacks on police that have sparked a dramatic escalation in violence in a Muslim-majority region along its border with Bangladesh, according to reports in state media.

Armed men believed to be from the long-oppressed Rohingya Muslim minority launched a coordinated assault on three border police posts in the early hours Sunday, killing nine police, injuring five and making off with dozens of weapons and more than 10,000 rounds of ammunition.

Military personnel and police reinforcements have poured into the Muslim-majority township of Maungdaw, northern Rakhine state and have clashed with groups of up to 300 men, armed with pistols, swords and knives, according to official reports.

Human rights groups and advocates for the stateless Rohingya have voiced concern that the civilian population may be caught up in the authorities’ violent response.

Myanmar‘s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi said that her government was “exercising the rule of law” in dealing with the attacks, the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper said on Thursday.

Authorities had not yet confirmed who was behind the attacks, Suu Kyi said on Wednesday.

The military’s official newspaper, Myawady, said that another 10 alleged attackers were killed, and a rifle was seized, in a clash on Tuesday morning at Kyetyoepyin village, Maungdaw Township.

In a separate incident on Wednesday, the military accused armed attackers of setting fire to 25 houses after an aborted attack on border police quarters in Kyikanpyin village, the site of one of Sunday’s attacks.

The killings bring the total death toll in northern Rakhine state since Sunday to 39, including 13 security personnel.

The 26 alleged attackers reported killed include several who a local resident told Reuters were shot while unarmed and fleeing soldiers.

Campaign group, Fortify Rights, said on Wednesday it had received reports of extrajudicial killings in the area and called on Myanmar‘s government to “protect civilians regardless of religion or ethnicity.”

Authorities have also detained four men, identified as local Muslims, who they allege were involved in the attacks.

The Rohingya bore the brunt of intercommunal clashes in Rakhine in 2012, in which more 100 people were killed. They make up most of the 125,000 people still living in displacement camps in Rakhine state and face severe restrictions on their movements.

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19:24

The most threatened ecosystem you’ve never heard of "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Seagrass ranks with coral reefs and mangrove swamps as among the most endangered marine habitats, but is often overlooked and regarded as an innocuous feature of the ocean. But here's why it should rank high in the conservation agenda.

19:19

United States Navy attacks Yemen, helping Saudis killing civilians "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video, by the (Conservative) Daily Telegraph in Britain, says about itself:

Video shows moment ‘double tap’ air strike hits Yemen funeral

9 October 2016

Warning: contains footage some may find distressing.

Footage shown by Al-Masirah TV in Yemen shows the moment a Saudi-led coalition air strike bombed a funeral hall in Sanaa on Saturday. More than 140 people were killed and at least 525 others were wounded in the “double tap” air strikes. Double tap refers to a practice where one strike is launched and as people rush to help the wounded at the scene, a second strike hits.

From Reuters news agency today:

By Phil Stewart | WASHINGTON

The U.S. military launched cruise missile strikes on Thursday to knock out three coastal radar sites in areas of Yemen controlled by … Houthi forces, retaliating after failed missile attacks this week on a U.S. Navy destroyer, U.S. officials said. …

U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said U.S. Navy destroyer USS Nitze launched the Tomahawk cruise missiles around 4 a.m. local (0100 GMT). …

The official identified the areas in Yemen where the radar were located as: near Ras Isa, north of Mukha and near Khoka.

The failed missile attacks on the USS Mason – the latest of which took place on Wednesday – appeared to be part of the reaction to a suspected Saudi-led strike on mourners gathered in Yemen’s Houthi-held capital Sanaa. …

The Houthis … denied any involvement in Sunday’s attempt to strike the USS Mason.

This is a dangerous escalation by the Pentagon of the bloody war in Yemen, which kills mainly civilians and has caused a humanitarian catastrophe. This escalation makes the US government even more of an ally of the Saudi absolute monarchy‘s cruel aggression against the poorest Arab country than it already was.

Washington threatens military intervention in Yemen following reported missile attacks on US warship:...

19:18

Two More Judges Arrested As DSS Freezes Accounts "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Two more judges were yesterday arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS), taking the number of judges so far picked up to nine.

Justices Bashir Sukola and Ladan Manir of the Kaduna State High Court, were arrested in Kaduna and taken to the DSS Headquarters in Abuja at about 8.30pm.

A top source said they were immediately taken in for interrogation.

Six other judges are under probe.

The DSS, it was learnt yesterday, has frozen the accounts of some of the judges under investigation.

In some of the accounts are ''huge lodgments.'' A source said yesterday.

The agency has received more petitions against the judges. Many of the petitioners, it was learnt, are willing to testify against them.

There were strong indications last night that the judges might be arraigned in court next week because the DSS has set a deadline in order not to extend the investigation of the judges beyond this week. 

All of them are to face trial, the source said.

Under probe are two Supreme Court Justices – Sylvester Ngwuta and Inyang Okoro – the suspended Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal, Ilorin Division, Justice Mohammed Ladan Tsamiya, who was picked up in Sokoto; Justice Adeniyi Ademola (Federal High Court); the Chief Judge of Enugu State, Justice I. A. Umezulike; Justice Kabiru Auta of Kano State High Court; and Justice Muazu Pindiga (Gombe State High Court).

The source, who spoke in confidence because he is not allowed to talk to the media about the investigation, said: “Some accounts have been frozen through orders of the court. This affects some of the judges. Not all of them.

“We found some huge lodgements that are questionable in some accounts and in addition to that we also observed the inflow of their salaries over a long period without them making any withdrawal at all.

“What that means is that they don’t live on their salaries at all. Those accounts have been frozen but as I said not all of the judges are affected.”

On why the judges were yet to be charged to court, the source added: “We are waiting for the action of the NJC. We expect the NJC to suspend them, otherwise it’s like taking a sitting judge to court.

“In the Service, when anybody is being investigated for any serious crime, the first thing we do is to place such a person on suspension.

“After the investigation, such a person would face trial and get dismissed from service on conviction and later face prosecution in the law court.”

Asked what will happen if they are not suspended, the source quipped: “The NJC does not have the luxury not to suspend them.
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19:13

Negotiations to surrender east Aleppo under way "IndyWatch Feed War"

Negotiations to surrender east Aleppo under way ALEPPO, SYRIA (4:10 P.M.) – Negotiations to surrender the rebel-held east Aleppo pocket have begun between the Syrian Arab Army’s High Command and Islamist groups, a local source told Al-Masdar News on Wednesday afternoon. The two parties are currently negotiating the possible exit of all Islamist groups from […]

19:11

Insanely Popular YouTuber KSI Goes F****ing Ballistic at Movie Pirates "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

ksi-4If YouTube stars are the world’s next big celebrities, Olajide “JJ” Olatunji, Jr. plays in the big league.

Also known as KSI, the UK-based YouTubing, videogaming, rapper-come-comedian has amassed a staggering 14.76m subscribers. For perspective, giant music channel Vevo has two million less.

KSI is currently running the 22nd most-subscribed YouTube channel on the planet and with more than three billion views, he’s a truly influencial global player.

All this fame has opened up plenty of opportunities for the millionaire 23-year-old. In addition to launching a rap career, KSI has just starred in a movie with fellow YouTuber Caspar Lee.

Laid in America is the story of two guys attempting to do what the title suggests and for those interested in assessing their success, the movie has just come out on Blu-ray. However, it’s also available on torrent sites and KSI is far from impressed.

In a seven-minute video addressed to fans of both kinds (those who pay and those who do not), the YouTube megastar goes completely off the deep end. For his fans his bad language and crazy antics aren’t anything new but as anti-piracy rants go, this one is pretty epic.

“Stop pirating the fucking movie. For fuck’s sake man!” he begins. “I get it, I get it why people pirate. If there’s no physical way of getting what you want then yeah, I get it.”

Highlighting a free music track called “For The Summer” that he previously released with Randolph, KSI says that it’s OK for people to consume that how they like. Torrenting his movie, on the other hand, is completely unacceptable.

“[Since it has a price tag], evidently this shit is not for free,” KSI says. “Trust me, there isn’t a shortage of places where you can go to get this fucking thing. So why the fuck are you watching it without paying for it? You stealing mother-fucking piece of shit.”

KSI then goes on to question whether people are pirating his movie because they don’t like him, specifically since he’s a “black guy doing alright for himself.” With almost 15 million subscribers, that hardly seems likely.

But while his delivery may be unorthodox, KSI’s anti-piracy message is pretty standard. In fact, his message is SO familiar it could’ve been penned by the PR department of any major Hollywood studio.

“I’m not the only one that made this movie. There were hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people that made this movie. It’s not just me you’re fucking over, you’re fucking over so many people,” he explains.

“You’re fucking over the producer, director, actors, people who did the music, the cameramen, the lighting crew, the set crew. Seriously, it’s fucking ridiculous. Laid in America is going to be the most illegally downloaded movie of last month and this month as well, what the fuck?”

While that claim isn’t true, the thought that KSI’s Hollywood-style rant might be industry-sponsored in some way is a pretty tantalizing one as it would reach an audience the studios couldn’t easily reach by other means. Whether it would work is another matter, however.

But for what it’s worth, KSI says he doesn’t care about the money being lost through downloads, he only wants to get enough sales so he can make Laid in America 2. With that in mind, this kind of tweet only provokes him...

19:11

Attack on Paul Connett "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Anti-fluoridation activist Paul Connett has a senior moment about our debate

Paul Connett, from  the US anti-fluoride group, the Fluoride Action network, was interviewed today on the Radio new Zealand’s Jesse Mulligan programme. You can listen to the interview at Complaints against anti-fluoride ads not upheld.
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19:09

Sentosa hotel on the market for $300 million "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

(Source: business.asiaone.com)

SINGAPORE – The hotel that was formerly known as Movenpick Heritage Hotel Sentosa and is being rebranded into a Le Meridien has been put on the market.

Sources say the asking price is S$300 million, although two recent valuations were done at S$270 million and S$284 million. These valuations work out to S$1.41 million and S$1.49 million per room respectively.

Talk in the market is that both valuations assume a similar projected average room rate, of around S$440 to S$450 per night, when the operations of the hotel under the Le Meridien branding have stabilised.

The difference between the two valuations seems to be in the assumptions of occupancy rates.

Located next to the Merlion Tower on Sentosa, the 191-room property is on a site with a balance lease term of about 59 years.

Le Meridien Singapore, Sentosa is owned by Treasure Resort Pte Ltd, which is majority owned by Rodney Tan and his family.

The Tans used to own the former Cairnhill Hotel along Cairnhill Circle, which they sold to a Wing Tai-led consortium in 1996. Wing Tai later redeveloped the site into The Light at Cairnhill condo.

Le Meridien is a brand of Starwood and with Marriott’s recently completed acquisition of Starwood, the rebranding of the Sentosa hotel will allow it to leverage the enlarged membership rewards programmes and reservation systems to drive occupancies and hence revenue per available room.

This would be a key selling point of the asset to potential investors.

Potential buyers may include owners of some of the other hotels on Sentosa, including Genting (which owns Resorts World Sentosa), Far East Organisation (which is developing two hotels on the site next to the Le Meridien) and the Kwee family of Pontiac Land Group, who own the Capella.

A number of Chinese groups are also said to be studying Le Meridien Singapore, Sentosa.

Word in the market is that the owners have appointed Colliers International to find a buyer.

The property consulting group is conducting an expression of interest exercise which is slated to close on Oct 27.

Starwood took over the management of the hotel in June and has been operating it as a Le Meridien since then.

A grand opening of the rebranded property is slated towards year-end.

The property comprises a three-storey heritage building and a six-storey new block.

The interior design was done by well-known Japanese firm Super Potato.

Mr Tan and his family are understood to have acquired in June 2007 the majority stake in Treasure Resort, which owned the heritage block and an attached piece of land.

He redeveloped the property into the current hotel, preserving the heritage building and adding the new block.

The heritage block houses 62 heritage suites of about 48 square metres each, converted from old army barracks.

The newer block houses the rest of the room types – including 19 Onsen suites and two duplex penthouses.

Each Onsen suite spans 63 square metres and has an open-air deck fitted with a Japanese onsen hot tub.

The two penthouse suites are duplex units, each spanning 170 square metres and with its own rooftop garden...

19:06

US ELECTION SEX: DEEP STATE PSY-OP "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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19:05

Global Elites Are Getting Ready To Blame You For The Coming Financial Crash David Icke latest headlines

‘Those people who have any doubts about where the narrative is headed for global economic stability simply have not been paying attention lately. As I pointed out in my pre-Brexit referendum article, “Brexit: Global Trigger Event, Fake Out Or Something Else? “the story being scripted by the globalists is one of the “failures and crimes” of conservative movements. I predicted that the Brexit would pass based on this language used by international financiers and elites leading up to the vote. The vast majority of analysts in the mainstream and in the alternative media refused to acknowledge the possibility that a successful Brexit actually works in FAVOR of the globalists, because it provides them a perfect scapegoat for a financial crisis that has been broiling for years and is now ready to burst into flames.’ Read more: Global Elites Are Getting Ready To Blame You For The Coming Financial Crash

19:04

Dylan Jones – Editor, GQ Magazine UK to Speak on Global Fashion Trend at the GTBank Fashion Weekend Masterclass | November 12th & 13th "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

An illustrious veteran of lifestyle journalism, Dylan Jones has seen it all in the world of fashion and style, having been involved with lifestyle magazines for three decades. Since 1999, Dylan has led GQ to over 30 awards while winning nearly a dozen personal awards in the process, including being appointed an Officer of the […]

19:04

Insured crabs, tea help China's farmers avoid extreme weather losses "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Government-backed insurance is helping China's farmers keep income reliable as climate change takes hold.

19:03

Playful moment in China supermarket turns tragic as father falls on son, killing him "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

(Source: www.straitstimes.com)

GUANGZHOU – A Chinese boy died in a supermarket after his father accidentally fell on him, reported the South China Morning Post.

Footage of the tragic scene was reportedly aired by the Guangzhou Broadcasting Network.

The man, with his back facing his son, was walking and holding both the child’s hands when he lost his balance and fell backward, landing on top of his son.

The two appeared to be sharing a playful moment in the footage as the son pulled backwards to “swing” from his father’s arms.

Surveillance video then showed a sales assistant helping the father up before carrying the motionless child from the ground to hand him to his father.

Guangdong Television reported that the boy was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to the South China Morning Post.

A paediatrician in Guangzhou said: “In the video, the man’s entire weight was on the upper body of the child, including the boy’s head and neck. The child might have suffered a cervical fracture.”

People who have not received medical training should avoid moving anyone with suspected cervical injuries, added the doctor.

The Chinese report did not include the age of the child or where the incident occurred, reported the South China Morning Post.

More Info: www.straitstimes.com


19:03

Mother Nature and a hydropower onslaught aren’t the Mekong Delta’s only problems "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

This is the third article of an in-depth, four-part series exploring threats facing the Mekong Delta and how they might be addressed. Read the first and second installments. [dropcap]E[/dropcap]arly this year, many Mekong Delta farmers fought a losing battle against an epic drought, the worst since 1926. Was the drought a harbinger of climate change? Perhaps it was, but more certainly it was an artifact of El Niño. The same ocean-warming phenomenon that brought rains at last to my home in California deflected them away from Africa, India and Southeast Asia. The monsoon rains were light in 2015, and tapered off early. Nonetheless, as soon as they'd harvested the autumn crop, Delta rice farmers hurried to sow the winter-spring crop. They didn't reckon with an unprecedented surge of saltwater up the Mekong's nine mouths. Normally, saltwater intrusion might be expected to reach 40 or 60 kilometers upstream. This year, however, it met only feeble opposition from the river's current. In lethal concentration, four grams of salt per liter or more, brackish river water reached 50 percent further inland than usual, blighting rice fields in Soc Trang and Bac Lieu, wrecking fruit crops in Kien Hoa and Go Cong. "The drought and the salt intrusion was a necessary shock," blogged reporter Dinh Tuyen, who covers Delta agriculture for one of Vietnam's leading dailies. "It showed us that we have to wake up to climate change, and find ways to adapt to it." "There was drought also in 2010," he continued, "the previous…

19:03

Royal Bank of Scotland may face $27billion legal bill David Icke latest headlines

‘Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) may be fined as much as $27 billion over alleged misconduct before and after the financial crisis, according to lawyers and analysts cited by Reuters. The figure is roughly the market value of the bank at the upper end of its valuation. The fines are related to RBS’s alleged wrong-doing which includes the mis-selling of mortgage-backed securities in the US which led on to the housing crisis.’ Read more: Royal Bank of Scotland may face $27billion legal bill

19:03

Valid reasons to delay parenthood "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

(Source: www.straitstimes.com)

I agree with Senior Minister of State Josephine Teo’s observation that “you do not need much space to have sex” (“Minister’s rejoinder to ‘no flat, no child’ belief“; yesterday).

However, it is a very different ball game compared with planning for and raising a child.

There are valid reasons for young couples to want to get a flat of their own before having children.

First, there may be space constraints in their parents’ homes, so living there first may not be an option for many couples.

Second, it can be very stressful moving house and getting one’s home renovated during pregnancy or immediately after childbirth.

So, it is understandable if couples want to ensure their new homes are ready to move into before they start having children.

Delaying parenthood for these reasons actually reveals careful planning by couples.

It is not surprising that love is not considered a priority by young couples these days, as the Singapore education system, high cost of living and raising a child, and high level of competition here have created a very pragmatic mindset.

Adam Reutens-Tan

More Info: www.straitstimes.com


19:00

Thailand: The Truth Before the Storm "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

312312312322Thailand is a pivotal nation centered amid Southeast Asia and commanding a prominent economy with a large population. It played a pivotal role during the US war in Vietnam, but has since then incrementally diverged from serving US hegemony in Asia.

As of now, Thailand has clearly and decisively performed its own “pivot” away from Washington and toward a diverse portfolio of alternative ties, including with Beijing and Moscow. Its military inventory has been incrementally transformed from housing aging American hardware to Russian, Chinese, Middle Eastern, and even Swedish weapon systems. It also is increasingly cooperating closer with China regarding economics and regional security, a role the US has presumed a monopoly over for decades.

In fact, Thailand has diverged so much so that its political stability has now become the regular target of US efforts to undermine it. This includes through economic and sociopolitical attacks, as well as through covert means up to and including terrorism.

The key to Thailand’s political stability, despite fierce infighting between rival special interests and political camps throughout the nation’s ancient history, has been the nations much revered and unique monarchy. Knowing this and seeking to undermine stability in Thailand, and thus undermine yet another ally of Beijing and Moscow, the United States through its media has pursued a campaign of disinformation to attack and destroy the monarchy, hoping Thailand emerges exponentially weaker after the current head of state, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, passes on from advanced age.

The True Nature of Thailand’s Monarchy

Unlike Western monarchies, Thailand’s historically possesses an entirely different social contract between its head of state and the people. Despite superficialities cited by dishonest Western commentators to portray the Thai people as subservient – like prostration and a prayer-like gesture known as a “wai” – much of the symbolic respect Thais exhibit toward their king is identical to that which they exhibit toward their own parents, including both prostration and the “wai.”

The Western media intentionally exploits both culturally differences between East and West as well as their audiences’ general ignorance to paint Thailand’s institutions in the most negative light possible.Both the monarchy itself and its “subjects” see themselves as a large family and a living sociocultural expression of Thai culture and history. The role Thailand’s king has served historically to rally and unite the Thai people has contributed to the fact that Thailand is the only nation in Southeast Asia to escape Eu...

19:00

RED ALERT — Get ready for a 'severe fall' in the stock market, HSBC says David Icke latest headlines

‘HSBC’s technical-analysis team has thrown up the ultimate warning signal. In a note to clients released Wednesday, Murray Gunn, the head of technical analysis for HSBC, said he had become on “RED ALERT” for an imminent sell-off in stocks given the price action over the past few weeks. Gunn uses a type of technical analysis called the Elliott Wave Principle, which tracks alternating patterns in the stock market to discern investors’ behavior and possible next moves.’ Read more: RED ALERT — Get ready for a ‘severe fall’ in the stock market, HSBC says

19:00

Economic Recession: Hoteliers Slash Tariffs in Asaba "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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LAGOS OCTOBER 13TH (URHOBOTODAY)-The recession has forced hotel operators in Asaba, Delta State, to slash tariffs by between 35 per cent and 39 per cent, to attract customers and remain in business.
Some operators told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the tariff cut followed decline in patronage experienced by hotels.

An operator, Mr. Clement Odeiga, general manager of Nelrose Hotels, said patronage had dropped in the last six months, hence the only way to remain in business is to reduce charges.
He said: “Following the economic situation, we decided to reduce rates to a reasonable amount, to attract customers.
“For instance, we have reduced rates for our super executive room from N40,000 to N25,000, while our standard room now goes for N15,000, as against N25,000.’’
Odeiga said the management also introduced new services to attract customers.
Mr. Kinsley Osakwe, an employee of Emerald Hotel, complained of low patronage, saying the hotel slashed its tariffs to attract patronage.
“The charge for our standard room per night is N14,000, as against N23,500,” he said.
Osakwe hailed the government for its laudable programmes and advocated the development of tourism.
He said if tourism was developed, it would boost the economy.
A businessman in Asaba, Mr. Philip Edeh, praised the hotel operators for reducing their charges.
He advised them to improve on their services and ensure a clean environment.

19:00

Hackathon Alert: Clean Tech At TVCoG "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

At Hackaday, we get notified of a lot of the cool events going on in hackerspaces all around the world. We’d like to keep you informed too, just in case there’s something going on in your neighborhood.

So we’re going to start running a weekly column on Saturdays that groups together all of the upcoming week’s exceptional events and noteworthy gatherings. If your hackerspace has something going on, let us know on or around the preceding Wednesday. We’ll see your space in on Hackaday!

Tech Valley Center of Gravity: Troy, New York

What would you hack to clean things up around the planet we call home? Better batteries, perhaps? Maybe clean transportation or better building materials? Perhaps something fancy like bioremediation of environmental toxins? How about just a better Roomba? Any and all of that could be on the table at the upcoming TVCoG Clean Technology Hackathon at the Tech Valley Center of Gravity in Troy, New York.

Running for 32 hours straight starting on October 15th, participants will have the chance to let their imaginations run free over any of the tons of environmental problems the world faces. To get the creative juices flowing, the organizers have rounded up a few use cases that need some brainpower working on them, including smart building technologies, better control of PV and wind energy, and street-level improvements to make cities more inviting for pedestrians and cyclists. What could be even more enticing? The $5,000 in prize money on the table.

TVCoG Hackathons are always great events, as we’ve covered before. The Clean Tech hackathon should continue the tradition of great prizes, great mentors, great hacks, and a lot of really great food. Register, go, hack, eat, and maybe change the world.


Filed under: green hacks, Hackerspaces

18:59

Bank Of America Warns Of Imminent Recession: 'Market So Fragile … It’s Downright Scary' David Icke latest headlines

‘An official wave of “recession” is nigh, and the potential for financial fallout and further hard times is perhaps imminent. The Fed’s disastrous rescue plan after the 2008 financial crisis has left the U.S. economy in a fragile and vulnerable state. Unlimited quantitative easing, or easy money for those at the top of the heap, have redirected investment into sectors that can’t or won’t stimulate the real economy that affects “everyday Americans.” No jobs. Frozen wages. Mounting living costs. And an exploding debt bubble in several areas. You know the drill. Now, even the banksters steering the system are being forced to admit that central bank efforts have failed to “stimulate demand,” and that a contracted and dried-up economic landscape is giving way to another step backwards – a recession that no one can sweep under the carpet.’ Read more: Bank Of America Warns Of Imminent Recession: ‘Market So Fragile … It’s Downright Scary’

18:56

“Comprehensive deliberations” at BRICS Trade Ministers meet "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

6th BRICS Trade Ministers meet in New Delhi, India on 13 October 2016 [Image: Commerce Ministry, India]

6th BRICS Trade Ministers meet in New Delhi, India on 13 October 2016 [Image: Commerce Ministry, India]

At a key meeting of the BRICS Trade Ministers in New Delhi on Thursday, comprehensive deliberations were held on cooperation in key economic sectors, the Indian Commerce Ministry said.

Indian Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman hosted her BRICS counterparts: Russia’s Denis Manturov, China’s Vice Minister for Commerce and Finance Wang Shouwen, South Africa’s Trade Minister Rob Davies and Brazil’s Foreign Trade Minister Marcos Pereira.

All five trade ministers held a flurry of bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the event.

The first BRICS Trade Fair opened in New Delhi on Wednesday where 397 companies from the five-member bloc, Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa, are in attendance.

The BRICS Trade fair is being organized by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and the Indian government.

Industry leaders from the five countries also participated in a stock-taking session during a BRICS Business forum meet in the Indian capital on Thursday morning.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will host his BRICS counterparts: Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, South African President Jacob Zuma and Brazilian President Michel Temer in the southern state of Goa during the annual BRICS Summit on 15-16 October.

BRICS nations’ average economic growth was seen to be 5.1 per cent this year, which overshadowed the 3.1 per cent for the world, Indian Central Bank chief Urijit Patel said at a BRICS event in the Indian city of Mumbai on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the IMF has maintained its forecast for weak global growth.

In the latest update of its World Economic Outlook, the IMF said that a drop in US growth for 2016 due to a weak first-half performance would be offset by strengthening in Japan, Germany, Russia, India and some other emerging markets.

The Fund kept its overall global growth forecasts unchanged at 3.1 per cent for 2016 and 3.4 per cent for 2017 after cutting its outlook for five straight quarters.

 

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18:56

Top Tax-Payer Funded Neocon Think Tank Calls On US To Oust Putin "IndyWatch Feed World"

By Gordon

U.S. President Barack Obama, right, and Russia's President Vladimir Putin pose for members of the media before a bilateral meeting Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, at United Nations headquarters. (Sergey Guneyev/RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
A prominent neocon paymaster, whose outfit dispenses $100 million in U.S. taxpayers’ money each year, has called on America to “summon the will” to remove Russian President Putin from office, reports Robert Parry.

U.S. President Barack Obama, right, and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin pose for members of the media before a bilateral meeting Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, at United Nations headquarters. (Sergey Guneyev/RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

The neoconservative president of the U.S.-taxpayer-funded National Endowment for Democracy [NED] has called for the U.S. government to “summon the will” to engineer the overthrow of Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying that the 10-year-old murder case of a Russian journalist should be the inspiration.

Carl Gershman, who has headed NED since its founding in 1983, doesn’t cite any evidence that Putin was responsible for the death of Anna Politkovskaya but uses a full column in The Washington Post on Friday to create that impression, calling her death “a window to Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin autocrat whom Americans are looking at for the first time.”

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, following his address to the UN General Assembly on Sept. 28, 2015. (UN Photo)

Gershman wraps up his article by writing: “Politkovskaya saw the danger [of Putin], but she and other liberals in Russia were not strong enough to stop it. The United States has the power to contain and defeat this danger. The issue is whether we can summon the will to do so. Remembering Politkovskaya can help us rise to this challenge.”

That Gershman would so directly call for the ouster of Russia’s clearly popular president represents further proof that NED is a neocon-driven vehicle that seeks to create the political circumstances for “regime change” even when that means removing leaders who are elected by a country’s citizenry.

And there is a reason for NED to see its job in that way. In 1983, NED essentially took over the CIA’s role of influencing electoral outcom...

18:56

12 Million-Year-Old Vehicle Tracks Found in Stone, Claims Geologist David Icke latest headlines

‘Petrified wheel tracks found in various locations, including parts of Turkey and Spain, were left by heavy all-terrain vehicles some 12 million to 14 million years ago, according to Dr. Alexander Koltypin, a geologist and director of the Natural Science Research Center at Moscow’s International Independent University of Ecology and Politology. This is a controversial claim, since human civilization is only thought by mainstream archaeologists to extend back several thousand years, not millions of years. That’s not to mention the idea of a prehistoric civilization advanced enough to have such vehicles. The wheel tracks cross over faults formed in the middle and late Miocene period (about 12 to 14 million years ago), suggesting they are older than those faults, Koltypin said on his website.’ Read more: 12 Million-Year-Old Vehicle Tracks Found in Stone, Claims Geologist

18:52

‘Spy’ Pigeon’s Wings Clipped to Avoid Return to Pakistan "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

“The mindless act amounts to cruelty to animals. It also shows how stupid as a nation we are becoming,” an animal rights activist said

The 'spy' pigeon. Credit: PTI

The ‘spy’ pigeon. Credit: PTI

Almost two weeks after arresting a ‘spy’ pigeon that allegedly flew over from Pakistan, Indian forces have clipped the bird’s wings so that it cannot fly back to Pakistan, the Telegraph reported.

“The wings of the pigeon have been clipped to ensure the suspected spy does not fly back to Pakistan,” a senior Punjab police official told Calcutta-based newsaper“We have sent a preliminary report to the union home ministry, including an X-ray report of the bird which did not reveal anything suspicious.”


Also read: Kabootar Jihad – An Alert Police Force Tackles New Terror Threat from Pakistan


The pigeon was taken into custody on October 2, after it landed in the Border Security Force’s Simbal post in Pathankot’s Bamial sector with a note addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi tied to its leg. According to what police sources have told reporters, the note read “Modiji, we are not the same as we were in 1971 – Jaish-e-Mohammad”, in Urdu.

The pigeon is now at an animal husbandry hospital, being fed and kept in a cage, the Telegraph reported.

“We don’t know how long the pigeon will stay in the police station. Residents are flocking to the police station to see the intruder,” an officer told the newspaper. Forces are unsure of ‘how the pigeon crossed the border’.

“The only thing we know for sure is that it was a female pigeon and not a male one as assumed earlier,” another official said.

When asked by the Telegraph whether clipping the bird’s wings amounted to cruelty, an officer said, “It’s not cruelty. Clipped wings grow fast and the pigeon will be able to fly soon. It’s hale and hearty as it is being fed well.”

Animal rights activists did not have the same impression. “They should have released the pigeon since they didn’t find anything suspicious after getting the X-ray done,” the newspaper quoted animal rights activist Gauri Maulekhi as saying. “The mindless act amounts to cruelty to animals. It also shows how stupid as a nation we are becoming.”

The post ‘Spy’ Pigeon’s Wings Clipped to Avoid Return to Pakistan appeared first on The Wire.

18:51

MILO Van will be making its next visit at Bedok Mall on 14 Oct 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

(Source: singpromos.com)

Milo Van Feat 13 Oct 2016

Bedok Mall

P1D

Starts Tomorrow

Starts14 Oct 2016 (Fri) (ONE day only)LocationBedok Mall

In support of Nathan, Milo will be mobilizing their MILO Van to various locations

in Singapore.

Join in for some

MILO peng this Friday, 14 October at Bedok Mall

The MILO Van will be at making a visit at Bedok Mall, Level 1 (outdoor area beside taxi stand), from 11am – 7pm. See

you there!

The other locations (one each across North, South and West of Singapore) will be announced separately at a later date at their Facebook page.

Location

Bedok Mall
Level 1
Outdoor Area

Beside Taxi Stand

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18:50

2015: Farewell, Mr Lee "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

(Source: www.businesstimes.com.sg)

LEE Kuan Yew, the man who led Singapore’s transformation into a first-world nation, died on March 23, 2015 at the age of 91, almost 50 years after the country attained independence.

His death drew an outpouring of emotion as Singaporeans remembered the life and work of independent Singapore’s first Prime Minister and his role in leading the country from the uncertainties of a painful separation from Malaysia to a thriving economic success punching above its weight in the world.

More than one million people turned out to pay their respects as Mr Lee’s body lay in state at Parliament House, and crowds lined the route of the funeral procession as falling rain captured the sombre mood of the country.

It was an emotionally volatile year for the country, with Mr Lee’s death coming as the country celebrated 50 years of independence. But it was the future that ultimately mattered, and an election shortly after National Day gave Singaporeans the opportunity to choose the leaders for the next chapter.

It was the first post-independence election in which every seat was contested, and despite predictions for a bruising battle the PAP won a strong victory that surprised even party veterans. If the election was a measure of whether the People’s Action Party (PAP) had successfully taken over Mr Lee’s torch, then the ruling party – and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong – aced the test.

Beyond the world of politics, Noble Group, a well-traded index stock, was navigating its own treacherous waters. The company was thrust into an uncomfortable spotlight when a little-known firm called Iceberg Research published a highly negative report about the commodity trading company and its accounting practices, allegations that Noble vigorously denied.

Noble subsequently incurred a number of impairments, lost its investment- grade credit rating and was dropped from the index. Its stock, which had traded above a dollar before Iceberg’s report, was trading below 20 Singapore cents in October 2016.

The Business Times has been there to report and analyse the most significant news since 1976. Every week, this feature will showcase excerpts from the biggest stories for each year that the paper has been in operation. The full text of all the stories can be found online at bt.sg/bt_40

More Info: www.businesstimes.com.sg


18:50

The Demon on Your Chest and Other Terrifying Tales of Sleep Paralysis David Icke latest headlines

‘An unusual condition called sleep paralysis has been frightening people for centuries, and now a new review sums up the many creepy stories from different cultures that try to explain the episodes of waking up and being unable to move. Cultural explanations that try to account for the terrifying experience of waking up feeling paralyzed range from alien abductions to strange demons creeping into people’s bedrooms and sitting on their chests, according to the review, published in September in the journal Frontiers in Psychology. Together, the stories show how a single biological phenomenon can be interpreted differently by societies, the researchers, led by José F. R. de Sá of the Jungian Institute of Bahia in Brazil, wrote in their review.’ Read more: The Demon on Your Chest and Other Terrifying Tales of Sleep Paralysis

18:46

Sage Farm Sustainability Geelong Open House Day "IndyWatch Feed National"

Come spend an afternoon at Sage Farm in Bannockburn. You can see our Sustainable House design as well as learn about our sustainable farming practices. There is even a farm tour for kids (byKids4Kids). A selection of our paddock to plate produce will be available for purchase from our little on farm-store

18:46

Plans for first space nation ‘Asgardia’ revealed, citizenship applications opened David Icke latest headlines

‘Get ready to pack your bags because there’s a new nation in town, or rather in space. Scientists have unveiled plans for “Asgardia”, a floating nation and defender of the Earth with room for 100,000 citizens. Dr Igor Ashurbeyli of the Aerospace International Research Center announced the plans in Paris, saying Asgardia aims to “flourish free from the tight restrictions of state control that currently exist.” He announced the plans on the same day he became chairman of UNESCO’s Science of Space committee.’ Read more: Plans for first space nation ‘Asgardia’ revealed, citizenship applications opened

18:46

Technology Will Replace Many Doctors, Lawyers, and Other Professionals "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Highly educated workers aren’t safe from automation.

Read more

18:46

Turkey Coup Aftermath: Erdogan Purges NATO Military Envoys "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan arrives for the NATO Summit in Warsaw, Poland, July 9, 2016. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/File Photo

Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan arrives for the NATO Summit in Warsaw, Poland, July 9, 2016. Credit: Kacper Pempel/Reuters/Files

Brussels: Turkey has fired hundreds of senior military staff serving at NATO in Europe and the US following July’s coup attempt, documents show, broadening a purge to include some of the armed forces’ best-trained officials.

In a classified military dispatch seen by Reuters, 149 military envoys posted to the alliance’s headquarters and command centres in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Britain were ordered on September 27 to return to Turkey within three days.

Most were dismissed from service on their arrival, arrested and imprisoned, according to a Turkish military official at NATO and two farewell letters sent by departing Turkish officials emailed to colleagues at NATO and seen by Reuters.

One of those letters wrote of a “witch-hunt” of senior air force commanders serving overseas.

In total, about 400 military envoys have been fired so far, the Turkish military official said. Two non-Turkish NATO staff familiar with the situation confirmed that Turkish personnel are being recalled but did not have more details.

Although the number of dismissals is a small fraction of the 100,000 judges, police, teachers and soldiers to be suspended or fired since the failed coup, the decision to target some of the most highly-trained staff in prestigious foreign posts underscores the depth of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s purge.

Turkish officials say the scale of the crackdown, which has broad popular support at home, is justified by the gravity of events on July 15, when rogue soldiers commandeered tanks, fighter jets and helicopters, bombing parliament and government buildings in their attempt to seize power. More than 240 people, many of them civilians, were killed.

But the dismissals at NATO raise questions about Turkey‘s strategy after the failed coup, as Erdogan seeks closer ties with the alliance’s Cold War foe Russia.

Turkey is a vital ally to the West in the war against ISIS militants and in tackling Europe’s migrant crisis. It is also one of the main troop contributors to NATO‘s training mission in Afghanistan.

Of the 50 military staff posted to the Turkish delegation at NATO‘s headquarters in Brussels, only nine re...

18:45

MILITARY TRIUMPH FOR SYRIAN ARMY AT KAWKAB; TERRORIST MORALE SHAKEN TO THE BONE – By Ziad Fadel "IndyWatch Feed War"

 58 RODENTS KILLED ALONG WITH LEADERS; AL-MUHAYSINI PROMISING SWIFT JUSTICE AGAINST INCOMPETENT RAT COMMANDERS

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5 kms northeast of Sooraan, Kawkab is the latest disaster for the misled apes of the British Empire.

 

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Kawkab Village:  This village can be seen clearly if you scroll up to enlarge the area northeast of Sooraan Town.  The terrorist shaman and notorious pedophile, and, even worse, the Saudi Arabian nimrod,  ‘Abdullah Al-Muhaysini, ordered a ferocious assault on this village in the hope it would open the door to further expansion giving the Jaysh Al-Fath the opportunity to expand its control over northern Hama Province eventually leading to the capture of another Syrian capital, to wit: Hama City.  He and his British/American/Zionist/Turkish/Saudi pimps desperately needed to undertake this gambit in order to break the siege of Aleppo by forcing the SAA to reduce troops there and forward them southwest to the Hama theater.  This is a British-concocted plan.  Make no mistake about it.  While Al-Muhaysini will not take direct orders from “dhimmis” or infidel/non-Muslim commanders, he is fully aware that British agents in Gaziantep are conducting his operations for him but using Turks and Saudi heretics as conduits for the detailed instructions.  The Turk Army has been severely disabled by prosecutions of its best officers and there is a disconnect between the military and the government.  In the case of the Saudis, well, you can see how brilliantly they are performing in Yemen.  It has, thus, been left to the British to mishandle the entire front in the north.

Since early September, Jaysh Al-Fath has fortified effectively in areas like Hilfaayaa, Ma’ardass and Teebat Al-Imaam.  But, they have faltered in moving out of their fixed positions.  They have failed also to protect their fortifications which are being assailed every hour by the SAAF and RuAF.  All along the battle lines, at the above-mentioned towns, fires are blazing and rodents are dying.  Convoys carrying weapons and medicine to the crazed jihadists are being destroyed.

Now, at Kawkab Village, yesterday, between 1,500 and 2,000 rodents marched behind a wall of armored cars and over 20 pickups armed with 23mm Doschka anti-aircraft gu...

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Video: The Great Barrier Reef ias being destroyed "IndyWatch Feed National"

From the Climate Council The destruction of the Great Barrier Reef should be a national emergency, but there is wall of silence.

The post Video: The Great Barrier Reef ias being destroyed appeared first on The Pen.

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7 common mistakes first-time property investors make "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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First-time investors must take precaution before jumping head-first into the property market

First-time investors must take precaution before jumping head-first into the property market

First-time investors must take precaution before jumping head-first into the property market

Investing in property can be lucrative, luring many to the market. However many potential investors often overlook the costs, resulting in grave investment mistakes. We’ve covered hard truths landlord/investors must know before embarking on renting out a property, but we feel that there are other pitfalls that can be avoided:

  1. Not treating property investment as a business

It is essential that you view property investment seriously especially if you have to set aside a huge sum of money. However, most often than not, many investors purchase a property and subsequently fail to allow it to achieve its maximum potential. It is vital to have a detailed business plan and build a good team to advise and guide you to make the prudent decisions.

  1. Procrastination

There is a tendency for first-time investors to convince themselves that they are currently “waiting for the market to bottom out”. There is a need to strike while the iron is hot—property prices are constantly fluctuating and prices may not get any cheaper as inflation rates go up. Procrastination can therefore be costly with the erratic nature of property prices and construction costs.

  1. Buying cheap

Investing in property that is inexpensive can bring about great maintenance and repair costs. More prudence and research would be required when considering a cheap property—do a thorough check on the accessibility of the location or the condition of the unit (such as the kitchen stove or pipes). Cheap properties do not necessarily make a good investment. Your investment should aim to offer you the maximum rental yield it can.

  1. Fixation on rent

Chasing for a passive source of income is not the best business strategy but it is often adopted by many first-time property investors. You will need to adopt a business strategy that aligns with your future goals. It also pays to formulate alternative plans in the unfortunate event you cannot get a tenant, especially in today’s slow market.

  1. Selling too early

The property market is often speculated to grow every 5 to 8 years. By selling too early, you will be missing out on the following cycle and property growth period. Do consult your advisors on the best period to sell your property to gain maximum profits. Miscalculation would lead to great financial losses.

  1. Thinking of the property as your own home...

18:44

Why Russia is NOT “Preparing for Nuclear War” "IndyWatch Feed World"

(TFC) Washington – Over the past few weeks the alternative media has been on red alert accusing some of missing a major story concerning Russian preparations for “nuclear war.” Although this makes for a good headline; the usually anti-government media outlets are leaving out some critical analysis of how all governments operate.

 

While it is true that the Russian government did hold a “nuclear exercise” it is important to remember it was still orchestrated by a government.

 

It’s obvious that a lot of people who read alternative media have a soft spot for Vladimir Putin and sometimes he does things that seem to warrant feelings of trust. Whether you agree with Russia combating American imperialism in Syria, Putin trashing western “GMO food” or the Russian state “banning the Rothschilds” it is important to remember that these moves by the Russian state are still propaganda pieces in the chess game of geopolitics.

 

The United States pulls moves like this all the time too and alternative media seems to always see through them. Whether it’s the US holding up “freedom fighters” in Syria, pulling down statues and destroying palaces belonging to dictators abroad or hosting exiles and refugees at home to show America’s commitment to freedom; this all falls under the same umbrella of doing good for your image’s sake.

 

Alternative media has no problem seeing through this veneer of friendly statism from the US but does seem to have the problem of seeing the same scenario played out in nations they have a soft spot for. Critics of the United States will be quick to point out how oppressive the state is and how a culture of fear is used to keep the population submissive to the empire’s aims but sometimes have a hard time recognizing this elsewhere.

 

China has also carried out drills like this and has sent the alternative media into a frenzy, reporting on how China was warning their citizens to “prepare for An impending naval war” (it was even reported by Russian state-run media.) These kind of reactions seem pretty reactionary and catastrophic coming from outlets who constantly talk about how the War on Terror is used in the US to keep the citizens submissive or even eager for war.

18:40

Zika could threaten more than just infants, scientists say David Icke latest headlines

‘Research shows the Zika virus could have a detrimental impact on brain development and growth at any age, leading to blindness, deafness and other impairments. Babies infected with Zika can face severe brain damage even if symptoms are not apparent at first, and are at risk of permanent physical, mental and cognitive disorders as they continue to grow, according to a Wednesday report in mcclatchydc. In the report, named Zika dangers could threaten more than just infants, scientists say, “It’s well known that there are certain viruses that cause problems in the fetal brain.”’ Read more: Zika could threaten more than just infants, scientists say

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High dose intravenous vitamin C cures patient of Zika virus in three days David Icke latest headlines

‘For years, natural health experts have been extolling the ability of high doses of vitamin C to fight disease safely, effectively and naturally. Now, a case study from Puerto Rico – in which a woman infected with the Zika virus recovered practically overnight after being treated with vitamin C – provides strong new evidence for the claim. The Zika virus – which is related to yellow fever and West Nile viruses – is transmitted by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito. Some people infected with the Zika virus display no signs of the disease. If and when symptoms develop, they can include fever, headache, rash, joint pain, conjunctivitis and muscle pain.’ Read more: High dose intravenous vitamin C cures patient of Zika virus in three days

18:38

Fullerton Healthcare said to delay IPO after regulatory queries "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

(Source: www.businesstimes.com.sg)

Fullerton Healthcare Corp, the medical service provider that took orders for its Singapore initial public offering last week, is facing delays to the share sale after regulators received complaints, people with knowledge of the matter said.

[SINGAPORE] Fullerton Healthcare Corp, the medical service provider that took orders for its Singapore initial public offering last week, is facing delays to the share sale after regulators received complaints, people with knowledge of the matter said.

Singapore regulators are asking Fullerton Healthcare more questions after receiving letters outlining concerns about its business, the people said. The company is engaging with the regulators and still hopes to complete the IPO, according to one of the people. It hasn’t yet set a new timeline, the people said.

Fullerton Healthcare was planning to price the offering this week at S$1.52 a share, the bottom end of a marketed range, to raise S$213 million, the people said.

It was slated to finish taking orders from institutional investors on Oct 7, according to terms for the deal obtained by Bloomberg earlier. The company had targeted to open the offering to individual investors from Oct 10 to Oct 13 and begin trading Oct 17, the terms showed.

The public can submit comments on IPO prospectuses filed with the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), which will review the statements. Under the Singapore listing process, the MAS will normally register the prospectus, allow the offering to go ahead, within seven to 21 days of lodgement.

Fullerton Healthcare submitted its prospectus on Sept 28, according to the regulator’s website.

“In assessing any company’s suitability for listing, SGX considers a full range of factors including the company’s business model, the structure of the business, and the character and integrity of members of its board and senior management,” the exchange operator said in an e-mailed statement, adding it can’t comment on the progress of any specific listing application.

A representative for Fullerton Healthcare declined to comment.

Fullerton Healthcare plans to use about half the share sale proceeds for acquisitions, while the rest will go toward expansion into China, according to a prospectus lodged with the Singapore regulator last month.

The company, which has more than 190 medical centres across five countries, plans to grow in China by partnering with Singapore sovereign fund GIC Pte Ltd and Citic Ltd, China’s biggest conglomerate.

JPMorgan Chase & Co and UBS Group AG are joint global coordinators of the offering.

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18:38

11 photos of urban coincidences that will make you look twice "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

(Source: www.businessinsider.sg)

Eight people walking with lattes in hand; an intersection full of people carrying balloons; eight people yawning at once. These scenes lie somewhere between fantasy and reality, says photographer Peter Funch.

Funch’s best-known work, “Babel Tales,” combines multiple photos from locations in Manhattan to create uncanny coincidences.

“Humans most often can only experience time in a linear manner,” Funch said in a 2013 interview. “Breaking away from a linear perspective of time does not make an image ‘untrue.’”

Funch has experimented with temporal perspective in other series, taking simultaneous pictures of an event from multiple perspectives and recreating postcards in modern photos. He shared a selection from “Babel Tales” below.

“Memory Lane”

“Screaming Dreamers”

“Hommage A Ellis.” Says Funch: “This is taken right when Recession hit America in 2008 outside Wall Street on the Friday when it was Halloween.” See if you can spot the psycho killer.

“Caretaker”

“Informing Informers”

“Enforcing Enforcers”

“Exigent State”

“En Passant”

“Pantone Pantomime”

“Posing Posers”

More Info: www.businessinsider.sg


18:37

Venezuela helping out in Haiti, has the USA done anything yet? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Venezuela Dispatches Medical Team to Haiti Days After Hurricane Matthew In the wake of Hurricane Matthew’s devastation in Haiti, the Venezuelan government continues to extend material solidarity with the island nation. This week, Venezuela sent 50 health professionals to Haiti. According to Reuters, the death toll in the country has reached more than 1,000 as […]

18:37

3 South Korean parents jailed for raping children’s teacher "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

(Source: www.straitstimes.com)

SEOUL (AFP) – A South Korean court on Thursday (Oct 13) handed down prison sentences of up to 18 years to three men who raped their children’s teacher in a case that shocked the country.

The Mokpo district jailed the three for 12, 13 and 18 years for raping the 20-year-old on the small, southern island of Heuksan in May.

Two of the men were fathers of students in the teacher’s class.

The court heard how they had pressured the teacher into drinking with them after finding her dining alone in a restaurant. They then offered to take her home, where they raped her.

The case triggered statements from a number of women teachers working on remote islands who said they felt pressured into attending dinners and drinking sessions with parents – whose assistance is essential to keep small schools running.

More Info: www.straitstimes.com


18:36

Gordon Duff’s October Surprise "IndyWatch Feed War"

From the Editor: Every US Presidential election Gordon Duff waits until October and then he presents an “October Surprise”of his own. It is always well researched with information that nobody else is talking about and everyone is ignoring. Considering all the Clinton bashing that has gone on and the email links it is fair to…

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Turkey frees US journalist who fled Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

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American Lindsey Snell said she was arrested by Turkish police after being kidnapped for 10 days by the Nusra Front

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More women claim Trump touched them inappropriately "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

US presidential nominee Donald Trump has again come under pressure as more women claim to have been sexually abused by the billionaire businessman from New York. The allegations were reported on Wednesday by The New York Times, The Palm Beach Post and Yahoo News. This comes after the release of a 2005 tape in which […]

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18:31

Putin confirms terrorist groups behind the bombing of Aleppo UN convoy but was it coordinated with the USA? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Putin knows who bombed the Aleppo UN convoy, and now he’s talking Russian President Vladimir Putin said that terrorist groups operating in the area were behind the Aleppo UN convoy attack Many differing theories based on differing evidence concluded that the convoy was either bombed by a US Hellfire Drone or via jihadist terrorists backed […]

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Pravda comes to Scotland ‘to extend Russian influence in UK’ "IndyWatch Feed World"

By Gordon

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Don’t see it as propaganda, it’s just important to counter US-administration-led consensus on Middle East, says editor

Pravda, one of the most famous and controversial newspapers in the world, is planning to set up a branch in Edinburgh.

Pravda International, the privately owned online news wing of the outlet that evolved from the former Soviet Communist party newspaper, will open in the Scottish capital in January.

A second office, in London, is set to arrive later next year.

A team of eight journalists will work in Edinburgh under the UK editor, Oliver Haste. He is quoted in the Edinburgh Evening News as saying that the aim is to give Russia’s foreign strategy “more influence” in Britain.

He told the paper: “I think it is fair to say that Russia does wish to have more influence in the media environment in the UK, but I don’t think this should be seen in the context of a cold war propaganda campaign.

“It’s important to have a counterbalance to the US-administration-led consensus regarding the Middle East.

“We broadly believe that Russian foreign policy in the Middle East has been ­correct … Our support of the Russian government is not due to blind nationalism but because their policy in the Middle East has been proven to be wiser.”

The Herald, the Glasgow-based daily, points out that the Pravda website’s arrival in Edinburgh follows in the wake of the Russian state-controlled news agency Sputnik, which opened an office in the city earlier this year.

It also reports that there is “increasing interest” from the broadcaster RT (formerly known as Russia Today), “stoking concerns over the growing presence of pro-Putin media in Scotland”.

Pravda (meaning Truth) was founded in 1912 and soon became the main campaigning organ of the Bolsheviks led by Lenin. Later, from the 1950s onwards, it was the mouthpiece of the Communist party throughout the cold war.

At its height, it was selling 11m copies. Now the newspaper is thought to sell far fewer than the 100,000 claimed in 2013 and is run by the Russian Communist party....

18:29

Clowns Without Borders Are Spreading Laughter By Entertaining Kids In War Zones True Activist

Credit: Clowns Without Borders

Credit: Clowns Without Borders

Maybe some people in the U.S. have forgotten recently, but the original purpose of the clown was to provide simple, easy-to-understand entertainment for people of all ages. As comedy started to change over the years, the clown was used to primarily amuse children.

Somewhere along the way, clowns regularly became creepy characters in media, and as of late, people have been dressing up as clowns in the United States to terrorize others on the street.

What’s worse is that while all of this is going on, millions of children around the world are in the process of fleeing the only home they’ve ever known while the world sits back and watches, mostly offering little to no aid.

That’s where Clowns Without Borders comes in. Though they don’t provide the typical relief to refugees, such as medical attention or clothes, they offer comic relief that is so rarely given but desperately needed in these challenging times.

Credit: Clowns Without Borders

Credit: Clowns Without Borders

The founder of the organization, Tortell Poltrona, first traveled to Croatia in 1993 to perform at a refugee camp and was skeptical about how he would be received. When 700 children showed up to the performance and he left them feeling jubilant, he started Clowns Without Borders so that this often-overlooked relief could continue for children.

There are now many chapters around the world that have joined forces to visit war-torn areas. Tim Cunningham, a professional actor and clown with the organization, told the University of Northern Colorado, 

“Part one of our mission is to share joy and laughter in zones of crisis around the world, wherever that crisis is. Part two of our mission is to advocate for the communities that we serve and work with.”

As advocates, they can better raise awareness of what each area’s situation is and how they are worthy of receiving help. When others around the world are not personally facing a crisis, it can be difficult to relate to the position they’re in and feel compelled to help. Studies have even indicated that people are less likely to feel empathetic for other people that don’t resemble themselves.

For CWB, prejudice nor language barriers get in the way of performing for people in need of a laugh. Laughter is universal, as is a form of entertainment that primarily uses bodily movement, such as clowning. Cunningh...

18:27

Hello world! "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start writing!

18:27

Misdirection: New York Times report - Two women accuse Trump of inappropriate touching "IndyWatch Feed World"

Two women told The New York Times in a report published Wednesday night that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump touched them inappropriately, allegations that were swiftly followed by a similar claim in People magazine. The Times reported that Jessica Leeds and Rachel Crooks each had encounters with Trump in which he groped or kissed them without their consent. One of the alleged incidents occurred in 2005, the other more than 30 years ago. People Magazine published a report later Wednesday night by one of its writers, Natasha Stoynoff, in which she alleged that she had been physically attacked by Trump at Mar-A-Lago while she was on assignment in December 2005 writing a profile of his first anniversary with his wife, Melania.

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Brigadegeneral Günzel Es reicht! Für wie dumm haltet ihr uns "IndyWatch Feed World"

 


http://www.anonymousnews.ru
 - Der ehemalige Kommandeur der Bundeswehr-Spezialeinheit Kommando Spezialkräfte (KSK), Brigadegeneral Reinhard Günzel, hat sich zu Wort gemeldet. Die sechsminütige Erklärung gleicht einem verbalen Rundumschlag und stellt eine Kriegserklärung an die herrschende politische Klasse dar.
Auch ansehen: Originaldokument hier: europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-16-2434_de.htm + Die Maske fällt-Vizepräsident der EU-Kommission: „Monokulturelle Staaten ausradieren«. http://www.chemtrail.de/?p=11242#more... +
Ver­einte Natio­nen for­dern Bevöl­ke­rungs­aus­tausch von Deutschland http://www.chemtrail.de/?p=10191

18:26

Vera Bradley retail chain notifies customers of data breach "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The American retail chain Vera Bradley announced that hackers have stolen a yet undetermined number of payment card data from its systems.

The American retail chain Vera Bradley is the last victim of a data breach, the company announced that hackers have stolen a yet undetermined number of payment card data.

The breaches affected customers shopping at its 112 stores and 44 outlets between in the period between 25 July and 23 September 2016. It seems that customers shopping on the official website was not impacted.

The FBI alerted the Vera Bradley company to the breach on 15 September, experts from the forensics firm Mandiant that investigated the incident confirmed the theft of credit card track data.

“On September 15, 2016, Vera Bradley was provided information from law enforcement regarding a potential data security issue related to our retail store network. Upon learning this information, we immediately notified the payment card networks and initiated an investigation with the assistance of a leading computer security firm to aggressively gather facts and determine the scope of the issue.” states the official announcement published by the company.

“Payment cards used at Vera Bradley retail store locations between July 25, 2016 and September 23, 2016 may have been affected. Not all cards used during this time frame were affected. Cards used on our website have not been affected. Findings from the investigation show unauthorised access to Vera Bradley’s payment processing system and the installation of a program that looked for payment card data,” added the company.

The hackers breached the network of the company and installed a malware on its servers that exfiltrated payment card data.

“The program was specifically designed to find track data in the magnetic stripe of a payment card that may contain the card number, cardholder name, expiration date, and internal verification code – as the data was being routed through the affected payment systems.” states Vera Bradley.

Vera Bradley data-breach

Crooks accessed card number, cardholder name, expiration date, internal verification code, and other information stored in magnetic stripe track of the cards.

“Payment cards used at Vera Bradley retail store locations between July 25, 2016 and September 23, 2016 may have been affected. Not all cards used during this time frame were affected. Cards used on our website have not been affected.” reads the notice of data breach. “On September 15, 2016, Vera Bradley was provided information from law enforcement regarding a potential data security issue related to our retail store network. Upon learning this information, we immediately notified the payment card networks and initiated an investigation with the assistance of a leading computer security firm to aggressively gather facts and determine the scope of the issue. Findings from the investigation show unauthorized access to Vera Bradley’s payment processing system and the installation of a program that looked for payment card data. “

Vera Bradley confirmed that not all credit cards u...

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Comic book with references to male private part taken off shelves of Popular Bookstore "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

(Source: www.straitstimes.com)

SINGAPORE – A comic book containing references to the male private part and being “ass-raped” has been taken off the shelves at Popular Bookstore, after complaints that some of its content is inappropriate for young children.

The book titled My Bad Bromance is the second in a Malaysian series Bro Don’t Like That La Bro. Pictures of pages of the second comic book had spread on social media on Wednesday (Oct 12), especially in Facebook groups for parents.

In a statement on Thursday, Popular Bookstore said that it took “immediate action to ensure that the book has been removed from our shelves”, after noting the concerns.

A spokesman said that the book is meant for those aged 18 and above, and is categorised under the “Local Interest” category in the adults section.

“In order to prevent those who do not meet the criterion from accessing the book, each copy comes with a warning label indicating its mature content,” she said. “We understand the concerns of the public regarding the sale of the book in our stores.”

“Popular takes any feedback from the public seriously and we sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused,” she said, adding that the bookstore will “comply with any future advisories on appropriate retail measures”.

The books were taken off the shelves on Wednesday.

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18:23

Election pantomime: US Presidential Elections – the Meaning of a Farce "IndyWatch Feed War"

US Presidential Elections – the Meaning of a Farce By Dimitris Konstantakopoulos Human kind is facing the most formidable threats in all its history – The planet is going rapidly towards an irreversible climatic disaster, facing simultaneously all sort of threats to its ecosystem – We are facing again the specter of a possible major […]

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France approves creation of National Guard to combat terrorism threat David Icke latest headlines

‘France has approved legislation to create a National Guard as the government struggles to battle the terrorist threat. The guard is expected to include up to 85,000 service personnel by 2018. The law was approved by the Council of Ministers, a powerful executive body composed of senior officials, on Wednesday. “The National Guard, these volunteers, both men and women, have decided, in parallel to their civilian lives, to join the military service for the protection of the French people,”said a statement on the government website.’ Read more: France approves creation of National Guard to combat terrorism threat

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Rape, Militia and Health Fears – Why Somali Refugees Want to Stay in Kenya "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A Somali refugee family is pictured inside their makeshift shelter at the Ifo camp in Dadaab near the Kenya-Somalia border, May 8, 2015. Credit: Reuters

A Somali refugee family is pictured inside their makeshift shelter at the Ifo camp in Dadaab near the Kenya-Somalia border, May 8, 2015. Credit: Reuters

Nairobi: More than eight out of 10 Somalis living in the world’s largest refugee camp, which Kenya plans to close by November, are unwilling to return home, fearing rape, forced recruitment into militias and lack of medical care, a charity said on Wednesday.

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said the return to Somalia of some 300,000 refugees living in Dadaab camp would be disastrous for their health, putting them at risk of malnutrition and infectious diseases like polio.

“Hundreds of thousands of lives will be put at risk,” MSF said in a report sent to the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

“Extreme levels of insecurity and a dangerous absence of medical care mean that the conditions necessary for a safe and dignified return are simply not present in many parts of Somalia today.”

Kenya hosts the largest population of Somali refugees who have fled a 25-year-old civil war in the Horn of Africa country, according to the UN.

Kenya and the UN have said returns are being conducted on a voluntary basis, with refugees being taken to designated safe areas.

They have appealed to donors for funding to provide better health and education services in Somalia.

Kenya says it has to close Dadaab for its own security as the camp has been infiltrated by “terrorist cells” which have carried out deadly attacks on Kenyan soil.

Polio outbreak

Children arriving in Kenya from Somalia have never received routine childhood vaccinations, MSF said, and new arrivals often fall sick with measles.

Polio, which has almost been eradicated globally through vaccination, broke out in 2014 in Somalia, illustrating the weakness of its health services.

“I am afraid to go back because there is no life and no hope there,” one refugee cited in the report told MSF.

In Somalia, private clinics are prohibitively expensive and pharmacies often stock out of date and poor quality drugs, some of the 800 refugees living in Dadaab surveyed by MSF in July and August said.

In remote parts of the country, people have to rely on traditional herbs and healers, they said.

Three out of 10 of those surveyed by MSF have a household member who needs medical care for a chronic condition, such as asthma, diabetes or hypertension.

They will have little access to treatment in Somalia, MSF said, and tuberculosis patients whose medication is interrupted risk developing the drug-resistant form of the disease.

Two out of 1...

18:20

‘The Humane Economy’: An Interview With Wayne Pacelle "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Wayne Pacelle is the CEO and President of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). In his book, “The Humane Economy,” he advances an approach to protecting animals around the world and shows companies how to earn or save money while changing the world. “This freshly turned economic soil nurtures legions of hungry entrepreneurs who […]

The post ‘The Humane Economy’: An Interview With Wayne Pacelle appeared first on Guardian Liberty Voice.

18:18

Bombs, Not Trump’s Comments, That Fuels Hatred Towards the USA "IndyWatch Feed War"

Bombs, Not Trump’s Comments, Fuel Hatred Towards the United States By Chris Hedges Clinton’s rhetoric on Muslims is more palatable, she has been an enthusiastic supporter of ‘bombing our way to peace’ in the Middle East SHARMINI PERIES, TRNN: Welcome to the Real News Network. Im Sharmini Peries coming to you from Baltimore. One of […]

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Shelter Builds Room Resembling Home Where Their Homeless Dogs Can Feel Loved True Activist

Credit: Toledo Area Humane Society

Credit: Toledo Area Humane Society

It’s a simple gesture, but the concept is one that most shelters don’t have the space or resources like Toledo Area Humane Society did to build a special room for its residents. Shelter life can be extremely lonely and stressful, which is why the shelter put together the room so that the dogs could visit it and relax.

The facility calls the space the “Real Life Room” because it simulates just that: what a dog’s life should be like in the real world. They should be at home, with furniture and people that they’re used to and who love them unconditionally. For whatever reason, they are instead stuck at the shelter waiting for their forever homes.

Credit: Toledo Area Humane Society

Credit: Toledo Area Humane Society

“We basically took an office here and turned it into a living room,” a shelter staffer told The Dodo. “We have a recliner, a rug, some pillows and a TV. One of the best things is the lamp we put in there. That means we can turn off the florescent lights and have more soothing lighting in the room.”

Credit: Toledo Area Humane Society

Credit: Toledo Area Humane Society

What’s great about the room is that there’s nothing particularly special about it. It’s just like a normal living room, but what’s truly special about it is that so many different dogs can call it their temporary home and that the humans working at the shelter loved them enough to create it for them.

Many animals find it difficult, even impossible, to adapt to life in a shelter. Not only are they confined behind bars, but they get little time outside of their kennel, only a little space to themselves that they usually are forced to share, they must deal with constant barking around them or are so stressed that they themselves continuously bark, and people they don’t know are constantly walking by.

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18:15

Russia…Nuclear Preparation Now??? (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

fukushima war nuclearYT Comment KILLKING110 I live in Colorado a lot of the supposed secrets are public knowledge like Cheyenne Mountain is still in operation it had to go through a equipment upgrade for a while now its fully operational and there are many other open secrets for instance on the Fort Carson base itself theres a…

18:14

Germany To Cut Off Welfare Benefits For EU Citizens David Icke latest headlines

‘In what may be the latest indication that Merkel’s immigration policy blowback is being heard by the government, Germany’s Handelsblatt reports that Merkel’s government plans to prohibit foreign E.U. citizens from receiving welfare benefits for five years if they haven’t worked in Germany before. Labor Minister Andrea Nahles, a center-left Social Democrat, introduced a corresponding draft measure during a cabinet meeting of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition government on Wednesday, according to the news agency Reuters. Under the draft law, E.U. citizens can claim one-time assistance for the period of a month to pay for food and shelter. They can also receive a loan to cover the cost of the trip back to their home country if they fail to find work.’ Read more: Germany To Cut Off Welfare Benefits For EU Citizens

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Boris Johnson’s Russophobic hysteria: Storm in a glass "IndyWatch Feed World"

By Gordon

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12.10.2016
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Russia’s Defense Ministry has rejected the accusations from British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who claimed that Moscow was involved in the September bombardment of the UN humanitarian convoy in Aleppo, Syria. Igor Konashenkov, an official representative of the Russian Defense Ministry, demanded Johnson should back up his words with solid evidence.

According to Konashenkov, the “Russophobic hysteria” of several members of the British establishment does not impress anyone in Russia much. The Russian general called Boris Johnson’s statements ‘a storm in a glass of muddy London water.”

Bare accusations, no evidence, as usual

“Since September 20, we have seen three waves of accusations of Russia’s alleged involvement in the destruction of the humanitarian convoy in Aleppo. Every time, the accusations come with cliches and references to eyewitnesses, who then prove to be Jabhat en-Nusra militants. The US intelligence then referred to some sort of “indisputable evidence” that General Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, subsequently disavowed personally in Congress,” Konashenkov said.

“Now, we have Boris Johnson playing the role of the reasoner on stage, who, being a month late, found Russia guilty, having studied some publicly available satellite images. Mr. Johnson, can you make these images publicly available to someone else?” the Russian official said.

The Defense Ministry spokesman also said that the department knew the reason, for which the US administration was losing interest in the subject lately.

“There were no Russian warplanes in the area where the convoy was staying. This is a fact. All of your alleged evidence will not cost a pence, if someone else can access the source of your information,” said Konashenkov.

Boris Johnson said during the parliamentary debate on Syria that there were publicly available satellite images that proved that the humanitarian convoy near Aleppo was attacked from the air, in the dark. According to Johnson, it was the Russian Air Force that bombed the convoy, because the troops of Syrian President Bashar Assad could not conduct air raids during hours of darkness.

The UN humanitarian convoy was bombed on the night of September 20, in the area to the north-west of Aleppo. According to the International Committee of the Red Cross, 18 trucks were destroyed in the raid, at least 20 civilians were killed, including the head of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent in Urum al-Kubra.

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18:14

By way of deception thou shalt lose your Empire "IndyWatch Feed War"

This Kafkaesque slouching towards war with Russia is simply never discussed by any pundit or media outlet. It’s like it’s not happening, but of course it is happening, right before our eyes. The Russian officials speak about this every day, so does the Russian media, it is one of the most discussed topics on TV,…

18:11

“Film Ameriki Tawil” is a Movie You Don’t Want to Miss "IndyWatch Feed World"

I attended the premiere of “Film Ameriki Tawil” three days ago at Cinemacity Beirut Souks. This is one of Ziad Rahbani’s most acclaimed plays and the second play that M Media turns into a film following “Bennesbeh Labokra Chou?” earlier this year.

Turning the 1980 play into a film took almost two years as the team had to reconstruct it from bits and pieces and this is clearly visible through the movie. However, the image and sound quality from “Film Ameriki Tawil” are far better than “Bennesbeh Labokra Chou?” thanks to the use of fixed cameras and the rather decent quality of the original footage, noting that the 36-year old footage was initially an internal tool to help the crew during rehearsals.

Photo Credits: Ali SaifeddinePhoto Credits: Ali Saifeddine

The play is about nine patients, seven mentally ill and two drug addicts, residing in a psychiatric hospital in West Beirut in the late 1980s during the Lebanese civil war. Every patient has a story to tell and despite their condition and the various treatments and drugs that they are undergoing, their statements seem to make more sense than those of the medical staff. The play touches one a lot of issues that are still unfortunately very common nowadays in Lebanon.

ziad

“Film Ameriki Tawil” is not as fun and entertaining as “Bennesbeh Labokra, Chou?” and would appeal much more to the hard-core Ziad Rahbani fans, but it’s still a must-see movie. It will be out in all major cinemas across Lebanon starting October 20, 2016.

As for people who wish to see the movie abroad, it will be available on [mmedia.me]. “Bennesbeh Labokra, Chou?” is already out for those who haven’t seen it yet. You will need to subscribe of course.

Here are some rare pictures taken from the play by Photographer Ali Saifeddine (Thank you Maiia for sending them!)

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18:11

ISIS Claims Responsibility for Attack on Shi’ite Shrine in Kabul "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A view of the Sakhi Shrine after an overnight attack in Kabul, Afghanistan October 12, 2016. Credit: Reuters

A view of the Sakhi Shrine after an overnight attack in Kabul, Afghanistan October 12, 2016. Credit: Reuters

Kabul: ISIS on Wednesday claimed responsibility for a mass shooting that killed at least 18 worshippers at a shrine in the Afghan capital, raising fears of sectarian violence after a string of attacks on the country’s Shi’ite minority.

The claim to Tuesday’s attack, released online, came as the community observed Ashura, one of its holiest days, although commemorations have been subdued because of security fears.

On Wednesday afternoon, an explosion outside a mosque in northern Afghanistan killed at least 14 people and wounded 24 at a similar gathering. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for that assault.

ISIS had earlier targeted members of Kabul’s Shi’ite community in a suicide bombing in July that killed more than 80 people and wounded 130.

The attacker in Kabul, said to be wearing a police uniform, entered the Karte Shakhi mosque on Tuesday night and opened fire on a crowd of Shi’ite Muslims marking Ashura, which commemorates the seventh-century death of a grandson of the prophet Mohammad.

In its statement, ISIS said the attacker detonated a suicide vest after firing all his ammunition, but security forces said they shot the man.

A Reuters video shows the suspected attacker’s body intact, with no sign of an explosive vest.

Relatives carried dead and wounded victims away from the blood-stained steps of the mosque, which is known for its bright blue tiles and domes.

Afghan Shi'ite Muslims perform prayers at the funeral for one of the victims of Tuesday's attack at the Sakhi Shrine in Kabul, Afghanistan October 12, 2016. Credit: Reuters

Afghan Shi’ite Muslims perform prayers at the funeral for one of the victims of Tuesday’s attack at the Sakhi Shrine in Kabul, Afghanistan October 12, 2016. Credit: Reuters

The dead included four w...

18:10

Brazil: The Billion Dollar Coup "IndyWatch Feed War"

Brazil: The Billion Dollar Coup By James Petras “Information Clearing House” – Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was removed from office through a well-organized, carefully planned operation among the corrupt Brazilian political elite, closely linked to the stock-market, financial institutions and foreign energy companies. This ‘legislative coup d’état ’eliminated the democratically-elected ‘political intermediaries’ and installed a […]

18:10

The Perpetual Radioactive Disaster in the U.S. "IndyWatch Feed World"

U.S. (TFC)– As fears over rumors of a possible nuclear war incite Americans to speculate on the future and survival, a silent nuclear disaster continues almost unnoticed within the borders of the United States. Abandoned Uranium mines and radioactive waste storage continue to affect the lives of people living on and off reservations, as well as contaminating surface and ground water resources in multiple states.

Among the affected indigenous populations, the Navajo Nation, with the reservation covering parts of New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah, is the most well-known. Navajo uranium miners and their families became ill due to contact with uranium and dust from mining. The ongoing contamination of the surface dirt and water as well as groundwater supplies affect their nation today. The Navajo Nation currently has over 500 abandoned uranium mines within the borders of their reservation.

The Western Shoshone Nation of Utah has had multiple nuclear weapons tests occur on their traditional lands (known as the Nevada Test Site, currently the Nevada National Security Site). The testing included air, ground, and underground (including aquifers) detonations of nuclear material.

Image Source: pixabay.com, CC0 image

Image Source:
pixabay.com, CC0 image

The Oglala Lakota Nation of South Dakota has placed radiation warning signs on the Cheyenne River, a tributary of the Missouri River. This is due to the runoff from abandoned uranium mines upstream located near Edgemont, South Dakota. Other reservations in South Dakota affected by possible radioactive runoff from other abandoned uranium mines are the Cheyenne River, Lower Brule, and Standing Rock, all with rivers that are tributaries of the Missouri Rivers. Some testing of these waters have indicated radioactivity, but due to limited funding, are not repeated often.

The Spokane Tribe of Indians in Washington have an EPA Superfund Site, the Midnite Mine, which was an active uranium mine from 1955 to 1981. Preliminary groundwork for the cleanup began earlier in 2016, with actual cleanup slated to begin in 2017 and last until 2024. The groundwater has been affected. Radioactive surface water from the mine contaminates Blue Creek, a tributary of the Spokane River which runs into Franklin D. Roosevelt Lake, a reservoir on the Columbia River. Cancers have been attributed to the mining, affecting miners and their family members as well, due to coming in contact with the dust from the miners’ clothing.

Another blow to the Columbia River is the Hanford Nuclear Reservation (Hanford Site) in Washington, one of the sites used to enrich uranium for the Manhattan Project. The Manhattan Project was the program that produced the first nuclear weapons during World War II. Hanford released radioactive iodine into the air on multiple occasions, the largest of which was an experiment in 1949 called the “Green Run”, where an estimated 7,780 curies of Iodine-131 and 20,000 curies o...

18:10

New Species Of Psychedelic Lichen Discovered In South America "IndyWatch Feed World"

Ecuadorian Jungle, South America (TFC)— Just when you thought psychedelic ventures couldn’t get weirder, a curve ball whips past. Researchers deep in Ecuador have discovered a new, mysterious species of psychedelic lichen. A cacophony of compounds exist within the species, renowned for cryptic effects on human consciousness.

This new species, Evolve Ascend reports, is the only known lichen to harbor psychedelic properties. Lichens are intriguing in that they exist due to a symbiotic, mutually beneficial algae-fungi relationship. Lichens are a kind of composite organism, making it all the more interesting that one is trip-capable.

Both psilocybin and two different kinds of tryptamines were found in the lichen, as well as 5-Me-O-DMT. The latter is also a powerful tryptamine, known for psychedelic qualities and its presence in many plant species. Officially, the lichen only has “presumed” psychedelic properties.

Good science is thorough science, and this is needed in the psychedelic domain. Psychedelic research does, however, rely on first hand accounts of said experiences by willing volunteers. If science completely ignored the experience itself, then no data would exist describing what some call another world. That’s why researchers are listening closely to the words of native tribes with sole knowledge of the lichen.

The lichen was actually encountered by western science in 1981, by ethnobotanists Jim Yost and Wade Davis. Ethnobotanists investigate the relationship between humans and plants. That’s why psychedelics are of keen interest, as they’re relationship with humans is unique. Even LSD, disguised on an ambiguous paper tab, was originally synthesized from the rye fungus ergot.

Image Source: Pixabay.com

Image Source: Pixabay.com

According to Evolve Ascend, Yoth embarked on a seven year search before it was found. Even indigenous Waorani tribesmen scarcely encounter the organism themselves. Yost was determined, however, to track down the only known psychedelic lichen species.

Yoth, after discussing the lichen’s effects with natives, described them as “a collective journey into the subconscious.” Shaman’s normally take the lichen exclusively, far away from the rest of the 600 strong tribe. They say use ended when malevolent shaman’s used it to curse other Waorani to die. According to the people, the last time the lichen was used was some eighty years before Yoth encountered them.

Eventually a sample was recovered, though it took decades for results to creep out of the lab. In 2014 it was given a scientific name, Dictyonema huaorani, and it’s active compounds identified. The composite organism, astonishingly, contains a chemical cocktail unheard of in any plant, animal, or fungus on the planet.

Of course, much more research is needed in order to uncover more of the lichen’s treasures. Western science will never fully understand it, however, without also critically examining the cognitive experience Dictyonema huaorani induces. How is it different is it from other psychedelics? How is it similar? What can it teach us about the mind, and what a psychedelic experience is? These are all questions to be explored. This can only happen, though, once ey...

18:05

Nobody wants to host the Olympic Games David Icke latest headlines

‘Cities used to covet the Olympic Games. Hosting them meant glamour and prestige. Not anymore. Rome became the latest city to abandon a bid for the 2024 Summer Games when it withdrew on Tuesday because of worries over the cost. Budget concerns have led city after city to drop their Olympic dreams in recent years. Hamburg, Germany, previously bailed on 2024. Stockholm and Krakow, Poland, pulled the plug on bids for the 2022 Winter Olympics, which were later awarded to Beijing.’ Read more: Nobody wants to host the Olympic Games

18:04

DSS Invasion of Judges’ Houses is Desecration of Judiciary -Onuesoke "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Chief Sunny Onuesoke

Chief Sunny Onuesoke


LAGOS OCTOBER 13TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Chieftain of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Sunny Onuesoke has described recent arrest of Judges and Magistrates by Department of State Service (DSS) across the country as sacrilegious and desecration of the judiciary.
Onuesoke who spoke t newsmen in Abuja, while reacting to the DSS attack on judges argued that while he is in full support of the government’s efforts to eradicate judicial corruption, he would not accept anti-corruption strategies and methods which patently offend the rule of law and undermine the authority, integrity, sanctity and independence of the judiciary as stipulated in the principle of separation of powers.

According to him, “The new onslaught against the Judiciary signals great danger to our hard won democracy, freedom, liberties, human rights, independence of the Judiciary and the doctrine of separation of powers”
The PDP Chieftain who decried the alleged gestapo style of the DSS in the arrest of the judges, advised that the secret police should have forwarded names of the suspected corrupt judicial officers to National Judicial Commission (NJC) which is the statutory body that can punish or dismiss any erring judicial officer as stipulated by the constitution.
“The action the DSS took against these judges was very bad. The Executive is over stepping its boundaries. You cannot go and arrest a judge in his house at 1.00 am. This is not a military era. Nobody is saying that if a judge committed an offence he should not be questioned. We operate a democratic system that is based on the principle of the rule of law. Going to waylay judicial officers in their homes around 1.00 am cannot be an example of the rule of law in action. It is not done in any civilised society,” Onuesoke stated.
He pointed out that if DSS execute their threat of charging the judges to court, needless constitutional crisis would have been deliberately foisted on the polity by the executive, stressing that, “You cannot arraign a serving justice of the Supreme Court, who has not been suspended from office, before a court of law in Nigeria for offence of professional misconduct, which includes official corruption.”

18:03

Scientists Say They Have a $25 Million Plan to Image Alpha Centauri's Planets "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The nearest star system to the Sun, α Centauri, has been all the rage after the discovery of an Earth-sized world in the habitable zone around the smallest of its three stars, Proxima Centauri. Scientists, however, are equally eager to learn more about the planetary systems around α Centauri's two larger Sun-like stars, α Centauri A and B. Those systems might offer an environment still more conducive for an Earth-like planet.

Although NASA has plans to eventually develop optical telescopes that might be able to image planets around these stars, some scientists say we should not wait that long. Moreover, these scientists say that, with a modestly sized telescope, we could start looking for Earth-like worlds around Centauri A and B by the end of the decade. To that end, several organizations plan to announce a privately led, non-profit effort to do just that. The project, titled "Project Blue," will be announced on Tuesday.

Project Blue takes its name from the famous Pale Blue Dot image taken by Voyager in 1990, when the probe was about 6 billion km from Earth. Our planet filled just a single blue pixel against the vast, black, seemingly endless heavens. Project Blue aims to capture such an image of one or more Earth-sized planets in the habitable zone around α Centauri A or B.

"We feel that the moment is right [when] there is this confluence of scientific impact and technology maturing rapidly," said John Morse, chief executive of the BoldlyGo Institute, which is co-sponsoring the initiative along with Mission Centaur. "We won't resolve planetary features, but we believe we have a really good chance of seeing something like a pale blue dot."

In an interview with Ars, Morse said he believes Project Blue can be accomplished for comfortably less than $50 million. His goal is to slice the overall cost to less than half of that. This price includes building both the telescope and launching it by the end of the decade. He intends to launch his telescope either as a "ride share" on a larger rocket or on one of the smaller, dedicated microsatellite launchers under development.

Morse said Project Blue will employ an "all of the above" fundraising strategy, beginning with crowdfunding to initiate meaningful technical work on the telescope's design. In addition, the organization will also seek larger-sized donations, beginning with the donor network that has supported the Boldly Go Institute. The organization will also pursue in-kind contributions from partners to keep costs down. [See here for Voyager's pale blue dot image (60.04KB).]

Based upon a number of technical studies, such as this one, Project Blue believes it can obtain a sufficient resolution to image a planet around one of the α Centauri stars with a telescope 50cm or smaller in size (the primary mirror of the Hubble Space Telescope is 2.4 meters).

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The proposed telescope should be able to resolve a world that is 0.5 to 1.5 times of the size of Earth and orbiting within the host star's "habitable zone," where water theoretically...

18:02

Re: bubblewrap LPE "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by cve-assign on Oct 13

Use CVE-2016-8659 for this issue in which there is unintended
functionality of attaching to the process because of the details
of the code near 1707.

18:00

NYT hit piece on Donald Trump demonstrates stunning financial illiteracy of the left "IndyWatch Feed Tech"




The truth of the matter is that they failed to even try.  They merely concocted a fraudulent hit piece out of full cloth based on two or three line entries in a tax return representing the turn over of billions of dollars in business that was clearly not theirs.

A detailed analysis of sophisticated tax strategy is far beyond these folks pay grade.


Once again, the primary place to manufacture losses in real estate is to have rapid write downs against highly leverage assets.  The write downs give you your losses early but then they are recovered years later in revenues which is why they are tolerated for real estate developers.

What happens is that so long as a developer is active and even expanding his portfolio he can keep postponing the day of tax reckoning while building up his portfolio..


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INSANITY: NYT hit piece on Donald Trump demonstrates stunning financial illiteracy of the left... money for nothing and chicks for free

Sunday, October 02, 2016



(NaturalNews) The New York Times just destroyed any last vestige of credibility it might have had by violating the law to publish a 20-year-old Trump tax return showing a $915 million loss back in the 1990s. According to the NYT, the fact that Donald Trump correctly listed a business loss on his tax returns means, somehow, that he's a bad person. The absurd assumption in all this is that all business owners should pay huge taxes to the federal government even when they lose money.

At the same time, the NYT and the...

18:00

I will put you in Jail "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

 


If you wish to understand why the money boys are so frantic to elect Hilary there it is.  Systemic treason brought about the collapse of 2008 and it was not by the politicians who in 1999 foolishly loosened the governors put in by Joe Kennedy and FDR in 1933.  For the past eight years the money boys have step by step foisted the bill of that debacle onto the national debt and the USA taxpayer who actually cannot pay.  Trump has stated that those governors are coming back which alone ensures he is no economic ignoramus.

The collapse meant that the money boys had to ensure that their stooges always were in control of government.  Thus the real and current threat that the Donald represents to these people.  They know for sure that the con stops the moment he gains power and that they will start to pay.

And by the way do not think for a moment that these chaps are economic geniuses.  They are jacked up salesmen at best who were more ruthless than their peer group.  Their sudden removal will merely allow a new chastened generation to step up.

The president does have the power to release the full weight of the FBI and the CIA to uncover the Criminality and to chase down the money through offshore accounts.  That same power can be equally applied to the international drug trade as well.

Way more potently now after the latest pile on by the media over his obnoxious frat boy behavior, is that a large part of the Republican party have run and this means were he to be elected he would owe none of them.  This means that an elected Donald Trump would not have to protect a single legislator from investigation.  He will be completely free to clean house as it has never been done.

Can he still be elected?  This may sound crazy but I suspect that he has already won a landslide.  The polls all assume a fair election but this one is anything but fair.  The massive pile - on recent and past by the media has simply discouraged voters from admitting that they will vote for Trump.  Anyone undecided is voting Trump.  Remember that they do respect the man and his accomplishments.  They also respect the way he cleaned up the primary campaign by playing whack a mole.  They also like the way the establishment is trembling..

I am sorry to say this, but whatever the USA is doing in the world under Obama and also Bush and by inference Hilary has not worked at all.  That means at the least that you loudly question everything as Trump has done.  It pulls everyone back to the room to resolve issues.  It is a start and they are already jumping and paying real attention.  Not bad for a powerless nominee a long way from the presidency. 
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18:00

Genesis for the New Space Age with John Leith - Chpt VI - USA Shares Secret of New Plane with Allies "IndyWatch Feed Tech"



Again we now encounter an odd variation that does not come naturally unless it is largely true.  I know from other work that the Canadian British USA military research alliance is very much intact but never talked about.  That Germany became part of it is also completely believable because of scientific skill levels that could be tapped..  Yet it is not something that an American writer would think to suggest unless it actually was true and he knew it.  This does not make the rest of the story true but it speaks clearly to deep level informants.

 I posted a picture here of Comox on Vancouver Island. Rail access existed in the forties as well whose traffic would have been easily worked around and port facilities in Victoiria allowed ample supply runs.  Beyond the obvious, i could lose Switzerland anywhere in the Coast mountains.  The problem is actual access which Vancouver had..

In this chapter we shed the mystery aerodynamic system and are introduced to the motor which makes all this possible.

Now i want to say something.  What is described, i now know how to  develop and build.  I did not two years ago.  What we have is access to the energy and an initial understanding of how to work with the gravity.  This is sufficient to tinker a working device that does exactly what this five pound motor does.
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 The writer could never have known this and the explanations from the man from Venus conform completely to what i already have discovered while adding nothing, simply because it is so simple.  We do have a strong indication that the sphere of influence of the second tier of matter is confined to a star and includes a bubble that encloses the planets and all associated debris. I expected as much but the choice of language confirms my conjectures.

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Chapter VI

USA Shares Secret of New Plane with Allies

As World War II began, allied intelligence speculated that the Germans also had developed the round wing plane. But no one learned if the enemy had turned out ten or 1,000, nor when or where they would strike. The worst was feared, and the U.S. geared itself to produce a counter force with plans calling for a preponderance of their own round wing planes in answer to the German threat.

The ultimate military advantage of Caldwell's new aerodynamic invention had been realized by government authorities as far back as its discovery in 1936. President Roosevelt had shared the secret with Prime Minister Mackenzie King of Canada, outlining the gravity of keeping classified the development and testing of the new round wing plane.

In 1936, the Canadian Prime Minist...

18:00

New Claims About The Great Pyramid, Citing The Oldest Papyrus Ever Found "IndyWatch Feed Tech"



Photograph from 1870s via The New York Public Library Digital Gallery


An ancient papyrus logbook said to detail part of the building of the Great Pyramid of Khufu (also known as Cheops) at Giza has gone on display at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Egypt. It is an amazing find, a beautiful example of ancient writing; but does it really illustrate how the Great Pyramid was built?

The Discovery

Discovered in 2013 by a team of French and Egyptian archaeologists lead by Pierre Tallet and Gregory Marouard at the ancient Red Sea port of Wadi-al-Jarf, an archaeological site nearly 150 miles southeast from Giza on the Gulf of Suez coast, the 4,500 ye...

17:58

'Liars For Hire' - Confessions Of A Former Journalist From The Media Establishment David Icke latest headlines

‘I doubt anyone needs to be reminded that the media is rotten to the core; even the most reluctant and closed-minded people are accepting this as a given now. But despite the media being widely condemned nowadays (my special thanks to Germans for bringing the word “Lügenpresse” back), few people know or understand what’s really going on in the journalistic kitchens, where the foul slop of lies that people are fed every day is cooked up. However, there is always a way in—through purposeful infiltration or, in my case, by accident.’ Read more: ‘Liars For Hire’ – Confessions Of A Former Journalist From The Media Establishment

17:58

Hacking WPA/WPA2 without dictionary/bruteforce using Fluxion "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Fluxion, A Key To Pentesting/Hacking Your WPA/WPA2 Security Without Brute Force

Fluxion script has been available for a while and is most apt for security researchers and pentesters to test their network security by hacking WPA/WPA2 security without brute forcing it. Fluxion is based on another script called linset. Fluxion is not much different from Linset but makes use of certain improvements, bug fixes, and additional features. Fluxion works by using something like a man in the middle attack/ evil twin attack to get WPA password instead of going the bruteforce/dictionary route.

Fluxion is compatible with the latest release of Kali (Rolling). Latest builds (stable) and (beta) here. Kindly read the Fluxion Wiki to get the full tutorial.

Disclaimer : Use this tool only on networks you own. Hacking networks that you don’t own may be illegal in your country

Fluxion GUI

Fluxion GUI

How it works:

Step 1: Scan the networks.
Step 2: Capture a handshake (can’t be used without a valid handshake, it’s necessary to verify the password)
Step 3: Use WEB Interface *
Step 4: Launch a FakeAP instance to imitate the original access point
Step 5: Spawns a MDK3 process, which deauthenticates all users connected to the target network, so they can be lured to connect to the FakeAP and enter the WPA password.
Step 6: A fake DNS server is launched in order to capture all DNS requests and redirect them to the host running the script
Step 7: A captive portal is launched in order to serve a page, which prompts the user to enter their WPA password
Step 8: Each submitted password is verified by the handshake captured earlier
Step 9: The attack will automatically terminate, as soon as a correct password is submitted

Requirements:

  • Linux operating system
  • Kali Linux 2 or Kali 2016.1 rolling or
  • Kali 2 & 2016 support the latest Aircrack-ng versions
  • External Wi-Fi card is recommended

The post Hacking WPA/WPA2 without dictionary/bruteforce using Fluxion appeared first on TechWorm.

17:56

Predictable MSM and Clinton Campaign Roll Out Trump’s War On Women… "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

You know you are winning when…. Seriously.  There’s not a doubt in my mind that Donald Trump’s factualpolling statistics are blowing Hillary Clinton out of the water.  Compounding the problem for Team Clinton is the abject lack of enthusiasm for … Continue reading

17:54

Brake flaw prompts massive Toyota Prius recall "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Toyota is recalling 340,000 of its Prius cars due to a problem with its parking brake that can cause accidents. The cars are the 2016 and 2017 models. The problem can cause the parking brake to fail, increasing the risk that the vehicle could roll away and crash. There are 92,000 of the cars […]

The post Brake flaw prompts massive Toyota Prius recall appeared first on New Telegraph Nigerian Newspaper.

17:53

Dutch may introduce assisted suicide for healthy people who feel life is over David Icke latest headlines

‘Assisted suicide for people who are not terminally ill may soon be an option in the Netherlands. Lawmakers in the country are pushing for a law which would let those who feel they have “completed life” take death into their own hands. On Wednesday, the country’s health minister, Edith Schippers and the justice minister, Ard van der Steur, sent a letter to the parliament asking the lawmakers to draft legislation that would make assisted suicide a possibility. The ministers argued that individuals who “have a well-considered opinion that their life is complete, must, under strict and careful criteria, be allowed to finish that life in a manner dignified for them.”’ Read more: Dutch may introduce assisted suicide for healthy people who feel life is over

17:52

Air Strikes Kill 25 in Eastern Aleppo "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

People inspect the damage as a civilian walks near bloodstains at a market hit by air strikes in Aleppo's rebel-held al-Fardous district, Syria October 12, 2016. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail

People inspect the damage as a civilian walks near bloodstains at a market hit by air strikes in Aleppo’s rebel-held al-Fardous district, Syria October 12, 2016. Credit: Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters

Beirut: Heavy air strikes on rebel-held areas in the Syrian city of Aleppo killed 25 people on Wednesday, most of them at a market, a rescue service said, as the Syrian government and Russia pursued their joint offensive to capture the whole city.

Syrian and Russian military officials could not immediately be reached for comment on the latest air strikes.

The civil defence, a rescue service operating in rebel-held areas, said on its Twitter feed the airstrikes had killed 25 people, 15 of them at a market place in the Fardous district.

Heavy aerial bombardment of eastern Aleppo resumed on Tuesday after a pause of several days which the Syrian army said was designed to allow civilians to leave.

President Bashar al-Assad, with military backing from Russia and Iranian-backed militias, aims to take back all of Aleppo, which was Syria’s biggest city before the outbreak of war in 2011. The city has been divided between government and rebel control for years.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based organisation that reports on the war, also reported heavy air strikes against the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area near Damascus.

A Syrian military source said that warplanes had struck several locations to the south and southwest of Aleppo.

Western states have condemned the Syrian government and Russia over their latest onslaught against rebel-held Aleppo. The Syrian army has denied any targeting of civilians but France and the US have called for an investigation into what they said amounted to war crimes by Syrian and Russian forces in the city.

Russia on Saturday vetoed a French-drafted UN Security Council resolution that would have demanded an immediate end to air strikes and military flights over Syria’s Aleppo city.

The post Air Strikes Kill 25 in Eastern Aleppo appeared first on The Wire.

17:49

Vaccine-induced tissue damage almost universally misdiagnosed as child abuse David Icke latest headlines

‘Imagine agreeing to have your child vaccinated as part of the typical pediatric process, only to have your little one suddenly come down with a mystery disease following the shots, for which you get falsely accused of child abuse. This is increasingly the case with “mystery” conditions like Kawasaki disease, Reye’s syndrome, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and various other related afflictions that a prominent doctor recently exposed as being misdiagnoses of vaccine-induced tissue damage.’ Read more: Vaccine-induced tissue damage almost universally misdiagnosed as child abuse

17:47

"IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Goodie Ibru

Goodie Ibru


LAGOS OCTOBER 13TH (URHOBOTODAY)-The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has declared a former chairman of Ikeja Hotels, Goodie Ibru wanted.
The announcement may also be placed in newspapers as advertorial on Thursday morning, Mr. Uwujaren said.
The EFCC commenced investigation into Mr. Ibru’s leadership of the hospitality firm following a petition from shareholders that chronicled alleged acts of financial crimes against him.
It was reported in August 2015 that the Civil Society Network against Corruption had been pressing the EFCC to take action against Mr. Ibru for his alleged mismanagement of about N10 billion.
Mr. Ibru could not be reached for comments for this story.

17:45

48-team World Cup faces test at FIFA meet "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  FIFA president Gianni Infantino’s plan to expand the World Cup faces a key test from Thursday at a meeting of world football’s top executives. Infantina wants to expand the tournament to 48 teams, a contentious move that critics say would dilute the quality of World Cup competition and add new fixtures to football’s already […]

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17:45

Media cover-up as New York's nuclear plant leaks into the Hudson River David Icke latest headlines

‘Environmentalists are calling New York’s leaking nuclear plant “Chernobyl on the Hudson” and rightly so, as the aging plant has been plagued with welding problems. The plant is leaking a drop of contaminated water every five seconds, shockingly including 600 gallons of petroleum, some of which has even reached the discharge canal, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo, who toured the area by boat on October 1st. Will Cuomo end up severely disabled like the U.S. sailors who came close to Japan’s leaking nuclear plant Fukushima? Indian Point’s dysfunctional nuclear power plant is only a couple dozen miles north of New York City’s boundary, and just 50 miles from densely populated areas. New York State Environmental Commissioner Basil Seggos suggested that the booms placed in that discharge canal meant to absorb the petroleum “may not have been effective.”‘ Read more: Media cover-up as New York’s nuclear plant leaks into the Hudson River

17:43

CDC: Sharp uptick in cases of mysterious polio-like illness paralyzing children David Icke latest headlines

‘A severe uptick in the incidence of a polio-like illness is worrying doctors and public health officials across the U.S. The CDC, concerned about a potential outbreak, has issued a public health warning. In the summer of 2014, health authorities noticed a disturbing trend of heavily vaccinated children coming down with something that resembled polio. Over a hundred hospitalized patients have yet to recover. In some cases, a mysterious, paralytic condition of the face and limbs accompanied the sickness. The illness is called transverse myelitis, but it includes many sub-types producing various effects. One of the sub-types that have become most worrisome is acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM. (Myelitis stands for inflammation of the spinal cord.) The CDC reports that this mysterious illness likely stems from enteroviruses, just as polio does.’ Read more: CDC: Sharp uptick in cases of mysterious polio-like illness paralyzing children

17:42

Male Average is Over, sentences to ponder male fact of the day "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

In 1980, 66% of high-skilled men worked in cognitive occupations. Over the next 20 years, this proportion fell by 3 percentage points (pp) to 63%. Interestingly, this fall in the probability of working in a COG job was accompanied by a 3 pp rise in the fraction of college educated men not working (unemployed or out of the labor force).

That is from recent research by Cortes, Jaimovich, and Siu (pdf).  You will note that the chance of a woman working in those jobs rose over the same period, even though the supply of educated women relative to the supply of educated men went up a great deal over that same time period.  They find that the increasing importance of “female-oriented” social skills is a major reason for why women have so increased their presence in cognitive occupations.

Similar claims are very much a theme in my last book, Average is Over, so I am happy to see them verified in a more definitive manner.

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17:40

Final appeal for Pakistani Christian mother facing execution for blasphemy David Icke latest headlines

‘A Pakistani Christian who was sentenced to death in 2010 for allegedly insulting the Prophet Mohammed after an argument with a group of Muslim women is to appeal her sentence at the country’s supreme court. Asia Bibi has been caught up in Pakistan’s notorious blasphemy laws following the incident over a bowl of water in the Punjab village of Itanwali. Lawyers hope the final appeal for the Christian mother on Thursday will pave way to prevent future convictions under the controversial law.’ Read more: Final appeal for Pakistani Christian mother facing execution for blasphemy

17:38

BN TV: How to Magically Conceal Facial Imperfections with Dave Sucre on Accelerate TV’s ‘Makeup Masters’ "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

On this episode of Makeup Masters, Dave Sucre shows us the techniques of hiding imperfections without employing too much make up. The dedicate craft involves a dark shade of concealer as presented by Dave Sucre and applied neatly to mask spots and breakouts. Watch the Video

17:38

Thousands March For Peace in Colombia "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Indigenous Colombians rally for an imminent resolution to the nation’s peace agreement during a march with white flowers in Bogota, Colombia, October 12, 2016. REUTERS/John Vizcaino

Indigenous Colombians rally for an imminent resolution to the nation’s peace agreement during a march with white flowers in Bogota, Colombia, October 12, 2016. REUTERS/John Vizcaino

Bogota: Thousands of Colombians wearing white and carrying flowers marched through Bogota on Wednesday demanding that politicians revive a peace accord to end five-decades of war after voters rejected the hard-fought deal in a referendum.

In a show of support for the agreement inked last month by President Juan Manuel Santos and Rodrigo Londono, head of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the throng of students, farmers and indigenous leaders congregated in Plaza Bolivar, in front of congress.

“All Colombians must work on building peace. We must strive for a better future and forgiveness is the best example we can give,” said Carmenza Pinto, 64, who was displaced by the war, as she joined the so-called “March of the Flowers.”

The demonstration took place as Santos and his team heard proposals from representatives of those who voted against the accord – rejected by a razor-thin margin of less than half a percentage point – as too lenient on the Marxist rebels.

Londono, known by his nom de guerre, Timochenko, said early on Wednesday he has met on numerous occasions with government negotiators in Havana to find a way around the impasse and is confident the deal can be resuscitated.

“This is a conflict that has gone on many years and opened deep wounds … We must join forces and together apply healing balm to the wounds,” Londono, 57, told Caracol Radio. “We will have good news soon.”

Led by hardline former president, Alvaro Uribe, the “No” side wants FARC leaders to lose their freedom for five to eight years and be banned from elected office.

They were outraged that the accord offered ten congressional seats instead of prison cells in return for ending a conflict that has killed more than 220,000 people.

Uribe opposed FARC leaders receiving non-traditional sentences like clearing landmines, and instead insisted they be confined, even if they are held on farms.

Although the FARC leadership has said it is willing to hear new ideas, Uribe’s proposals may be difficult to accept, given they have repeatedly refused to consider jail time and want to form a political party.

Londono said he respects the views of the “No” camp and even Uribe, whose two terms in office were spent in a fierce offensive against the FARC.

But he reiterated FARC’s opposition to renegotiating the justice element of the accord.

(Reuters)...

17:37

Russia’s top spin doctor says ‘impudent’ US behaviour could have ‘nuclear’ implications "IndyWatch Feed World"

Dmitry Kiselyov said there has been a ‘radical change’ in relations between Russia and the US.

Oct 12 2016

A Russian news presenter, dubbed the “Kremlin’s chief propagandist”, has warned the United States any “impudent behaviour” towards Moscow could have “nuclear” implications.

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17:35

Modi and BJP Are Openly Politicising National Security, After Saying They Will Not "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The politicisation of national security comes from Narendra Modi’s desire to be projected as India’s Rambo prime minister.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Credit: PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Credit: PTI

The politics of consensus around national security is breaking down irrevocably. The ruling party has the primary responsibility of building a broad consensus around national security issues. But the preoccupation of the BJP seems to be to continue to build a myth of invincibility around one individual, Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This itself may not further our national interest. There are many myths of superhuman feats surrounding Modi. This has resulted in the BJP diluting its collective identity in favour of building the Modi myth.

Until ten days ago, BJP leaders maintained that the army must get the entire credit for the “surgical strike” across the Line of Control (LoC) and Modi specifically assured that the issue would not be politicised. Within no time, party president Amit Shah made a statement that the “surgical strikes” would be taken to the people at large. Then came a statement from defence minister Manohar Parrikar, giving Modi “a major share of credit for the LoC operations.” Note how cleverly the BJP has shifted the narrative from “all credit to the army” to “major credit to Modi”. 

The Modi myth-making is a carefully crafted exercise. The prime minister cannot claim this is happening without his knowledge. And mind you, this is not just about the forthcoming UP elections, which of course is very critical for the BJP. There is also a whisper campaign that Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal is not fit to rule a border state like Punjab. The larger idea seems to be to construct a larger than life image for Modi as the only prime minister who can tame the LoC – the greatest “LoC PM”, if you please. In some ways, the opposition parties may be walking into the BJP trap by joining a rapidly coarsening discourse around the LoC and relations with Pakistan.

Both Shah and Parrikar have cleverly been provoking the Congress by asserting that “no such operations have happened in the past along the LoC”. This is aimed at showing the UPA as inept and conversely lionising Modi as the only one to have the spunk to order targeted strikes across the border. The Congress party responded strongly by highlighting well-documented media reports that the UPA had conducted “Operation Ginger” in 2011, in which the Indian army killed and beheaded three Pakistani soldiers in a strike across the LoC. This was in retaliation against a Pakistan attack on an Indian ar...

17:35

Captained by Crusaders: An Alarming Day At The Melbourne Club "IndyWatch Feed National"

A recent ‘Conversazione on Culture and Society’ event staged in Melbourne has given Lucy Hamilton pause for thought… not all of it charitable.

On September 14, as Pauline Hanson reminded us that Australia is being swamped by Asians…. Sorry. Let me start again. As Pauline Hanson reminded us that Australia is being swamped by Muslims, a forum was taking place in some of Melbourne’s most elite surroundings, where a society of the country’s top businessmen, journalists and ex-politicians discussed the same message: the decline of the West is upon us and it is the result of Muslim migration.

Most of the chattering classes discussing the re-rising of the stale Hanson soufflé seem to see the rise of bigotry as the misdirected misery of the disenfranchised. We are told to empathise with the unemployment and diminishing living standards of the battlers. We are urged to understand their scarifying commentary on social media and pushing around of Muslim women on the streets. We are condemned for condemning.

Those of us who consider ourselves centrist or progressive are more likely to be infuriated that the propaganda campaign to focus the pain and anger of these disadvantaged by our IPA-led government on minority groups is working so effectively. Thanks, Andrew Bolt and emulators.

Most of us engaged in this discussion see the government’s policies that galvanise this bigotry as expedient pandering to key electorates in an era of indistinguishable political parties.

In the light of the “Boston, Melbourne, Oxford and Vancouver Conversazione on Culture and Society” Spring 2016 event, however, we need to consider to what degree our politicians are governing us through policies based on a genuine fear that the Judaeo-Christian West is on its deathbed.

In reporting on this event and attributing comments to their speakers, I am breaching the Chatham House rules that forbid this. I argue, however, that the public interest demands we breach this safe space for conservative hysteria. Too many power-brokers attended this event for it to remain, as a commenter has noted, a “crypto-fascist” organisation.

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The program that accompanied the day included informed and nuanced essays about the nature of the world’s crisis of displacement. Cardinal George Pell’s essay generally spoke in a balanced fashion about the current crisis and our need to be humanitarian (while protecting our culture).

Dr Colin Rubinstein pointed out the critical importance of maintaining the distinction between the religion Islam and the “violent totalitarian ideology” of Islamism which mostly destroys other Muslims.

Sadly the speakers presenting on the day mostly did not match these more nuanced positions. The coordinator, LaTrobe university’s Professor Claudio Veliz, crafted instead a day of overblown and dangerous propaganda. The organising committee had not been able to balance his choice of speakers. The more centrist members of the society seemed horrif...

17:31

Over 60% of Americans fear corrupt government – study "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

It is not the “scary clown” epidemic that makes Americans afraid, but more mundane fears, such as corrupt government. Unfair officials terrify people more than terrorism or economic collapse, according to a new survey. Over 60 percent of adult Americans have confessed that they are “very afraid” of corrupt government officials. That fear is holding […]

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UK may have to continue handing over billions to EU even after Brexit "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Britain may have to continue paying billions of pounds into EU coffers after withdrawal from the European Union, a government official has warned. While the UK is unlikely to pay into the main EU budget after Brexit, a senior Whitehall official has suggested that the UK will have to pay into EU special funds to […]

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17:31

Maybe New Matilda Is Not The Publication For You…? "IndyWatch Feed National"

EDITORIAL COMMENT: For the past few years, we’ve been proudly publishing the work of New Matilda columnist Geoff Russell.

Geoff, like many of our regular contributors, writes for nothing. He’s never been paid a cent for his substantial body of work.

Geoff has three main areas of interest – animal rights, climate change and… wait for it… nuclear power.

Every time we publish an article by Geoff, the letters start rolling in. They are almost never flattering.

In the past week, after publishing a piece by Geoff on the South Australian blackouts, quite a few readers were particularly annoyed.

I’ll return to that story shortly, but first, one of the consistently disappointing things for me, is that some on the left still occasionally behave like some on the right… namely, synapses begin misfiring when they read a view to which they’re diametrically opposed.

And then there’s the most striking things about the attacks on Geoff… namely that on no single occasion – literally, on no single occasion – has any reader ever taken Geoff (or New Matilda) to task over the actual ideas he’s putting forward. Those who write to me from a position of outrage never seek to punch holes in a single fact or claim. It’s always about the ideology… in this case, nuclear energy is bad and evil and will destroy the world.
That’s obviously a matter of opinion, as opposed to a matter of science.

So why does New Matilda ‘support nuclear energy’? Well, we don’t. For us, the jury is still out on the issue – the nuclear industry still has some serious work to do around issues like cost and safety, in order to deliver an effective, viable source of low carbon energy.

But we do strongly support a debate about nuclear energy, and what role – if any – it may play in tackling climate change.

The fact is, we publish far more stories on renewables than we do on nuclear. But for some readers, the mere mention of the word sends them into a tailspin. As an example, Geoff’s piece last week about the South Australian blackout (his view is that renewables played a role, and he outlines why here) was published against three other pieces – by Thom Mitchell, Ian McAuley, and Ben Eltham (a lengthy critique of the ABC’s coverage of the issue) – which advance the completely opposite view.

New Matilda is, at its core, a forum for debate, a place to host a contest of ideas. And yet, some remain outraged that Geoff Russell got a story up at all.

There’s a few reasons why this is a problem, but rather than New Matilda explain it, here’s a link to a video featuring Dr James Hansen explaining why he has such a strong interest in nuclear. For those unaware, Dr Hansen is one of the world’s foremost climate change experts. His moniker, literally, is ‘the Father of Climate Change Awareness’.

Here’s a link to an open letter to environmentalists from 65 respected scientists on the danger...

17:30

EPL: ‘Pep provides creative freedom’ "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola’s coaching style is giving Sergio Aguero more freedom up front, despite the Spaniard being “picky about everything”, the striker said. Aguero, who missed a penalty in Argentina’s 1-0 defeat by Paraguay on Tuesday, said he was enjoying more of a roaming role for his club than for his country. […]

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17:29

How the Nation’s Opioid Epidemic Is Morphing — and Growing David Icke latest headlines

‘The nation’s opioid epidemic shows no signs of abating—and in fact may be headed in a far more dangerous direction. That’s the conclusion of journalist David Armstrong, who has been chronicling the scourge this year for STAT, a new health and medicine website. Armstrong has written about how heroin and, increasingly, fentanyl have overtaken narcotic painkillers as the drugs of choice for addicts — presenting new challenges for law enforcement and health professionals.’ Read more: How the Nation’s Opioid Epidemic Is Morphing — and Growing

17:28

The nation should weep when 6-year-olds contemplate suicide, when 9-year-olds suicide, when a father of eight and a mother of five end their lives "IndyWatch Feed National"

“Dad, I pray that I will not wake up…” the words of a six-year-old Noongar child. Australia remains hostage to its racism, imperiously denying the grim reality. We must not walk past the racism and the discrimination. The racism is deep and the many veils cannot disguise. The racism plays out in an oppressor/oppressed dichotomy […]

17:26

Kidnapped Lagos Students and Teachers Regain Freedom "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Lagos State Government on Wednesday confirmed the release of the four students and teachers of the Lagos State Model College, Igbonla, Epe, kidnapped by suspected Ijaw militants on October 6. Steve Ayorinde, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, said in a statement in Ikeja that the students had undergone medical check-ups after which they were […]

17:26

The Many Ways Farmer's Markets and Small Family Farms Are Essential to Our Future David Icke latest headlines

‘Ending food insecurity may be as easy as supporting your local farmers market. In advance of World Food Day on October 16, American Farmland Trust, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that promotes environmentally sound farming practices, named its top farmers markets in the nation, many of which are based in warmer southern states like Florida and Virginia. But no matter what region you live in, farmers markets and small farms are essential to community health. “Small family farms have been shown to be the most effective, per acre, at ecological stewardship, biodiversity and production of nutrition,” said Severine von Tscharner Fleming, founder of the Greenhorns, a non-profit group working to support a new generation of young farmers. “Small family farms employ more workers, supporting the local economy and rural prosperity … and can adapt and change with the market demands or shifts in climate,” she argues.’ Read more: The Many Ways Farmer’s Markets and Small Family Farms Are Essential to Our Future

17:20

US launches strikes on rebel-held Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  The U.S. military launched Tomahawk cruise missiles against coastal radar sites in Yemen early Thursday, following two incidents this week in which missiles were fired at a U.S. Navy ship from a rebel-controlled area of the country, a senior defence official said. The missiles were launched at around 4 a.m. Thursday local time (9 […]

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17:19

Do Western Nations Care About Yemeni Lives or Saudi Blood Money? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

How much is the life of a Yemeni
worth? Not much, according to the Saudi regime that has been bombing and starving
the people of Yemen for since March 2015, or to the Saudi’s western backers,
particularly the US and UK, which have been supplying the Saudi regime with
weapons, military […]

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US-Saudi Plan: Let 9,000 ISIS Fighters Walk Free from Mosul – to Fight in Syria "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Patrick Henningsen21st Century Wire
Judging by both the words, and deeds of the Obama White House and its political ‘diplomatic’ appointees led by perfidious John Kerry and caustic Samantha Power – all evidence to date points to the US wanting to escalate its war on Syria – while happily risking a military confrontation, and ‘World War‘ scenario with Russia and its allies in the process.
If this latest leak is indeed true – and time will certainly tell whether or not it is, it would constitute one of the most egregious violations of both US and international law – by the

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17:17

US election: Trump ‘groped woman like an octopus’ "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Two women have told the ‘New York Times’ that Donald Trump touched them inappropriately, but the Republican candidate’s campaign denies the report. One woman said the White House hopeful grabbed her breasts and attempted to put his hand up her skirt on a flight three decades ago. The second woman said Trump kissed her […]

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17:16

How the ‘use of force’ industry drives police militarization and makes us all less safe "IndyWatch Feed World"

Planet Earth (WNV) – From the Force Science Institute in Mankato, Minnesota to the ecological reserve outside Rio de Janeiro that houses Condor Non-Lethal Technologies’ police training center, the “use of force” industry has grown into a worldwide marketplace. Beginning on October 9, Hoffman Estates will host the five-day conference of the Illinois Tactical Officers Association, or ITOA. To greet them, a coalition of community groups and organizations from the Chicago area are assembling under the banner #StopITOA. These diverse groups, including AFSC-Chicago, CAIR-Chicago, Assata’s Daughters, Black Lives Matter-Chicago, the Arab American Action Network and War Resisters League, argue that government officials should prioritize spending for human needs not for militarization and violence.

Racial and ethnic fears and prejudices are deeply bound up in law enforcement anxieties over control and their use of excessive force. The coalition organizing around the ITOA conference are particularly concerned about this year’s keynote speaker, Dr. Sebastian Gorka, who is a regular talking head on Fox News known for his Islamophobic rhetoric, and was a consultant to Donald Trump. According to a recent expose by journalist Sarah Lazare, among other extremist claims, he has argued for the tracking and monitoring of Syrian refugees.Speakers like Gorka “depend on and nourish cultures of fear,” said Jesse Solomon of the War Resisters League. “This fear preys on a growing vulnerability across many marginalized communities and is then used to justify militarism and policing, leaving people’s actual needs unaddressed.”Why protest SWAT conventions?The ITOA conference brings together tactical officers and first responders from across the state of Illinois, as well as further afield. This includes special response teams (that are usually referred to under the umbrella term SWAT) from the Illinois State Police and the Northern Illinois Police Alarm System, as well as SWAT from major cities and nearby states.With workshops, keynote speakers and product exhibition halls, these conferences serve as a site for use of force training, knowledge exchange and business transactions. While many community organizations and the Police Executive Research Forum agree that courses in de-escalation and social work could improve policing, the trainings on offer at these tactical conferences focus on weapons skills development and promote combative mindsets that see community streets as battlegrounds. Exhibiting vast arsenals of military-grade guns, Tasers and riot control gear, the ITOA conference begs the question: Is this really what the country needs right now? As Solomon explained, these conferences are sites “that market masculinity, defense industry solutions and militarized mentalities.” In a time of tension, anger and mistrust, should use of force be what the police are peddling?

What funds this use of force industry?

Brimming with public-private partnerships, events like the ITOA conference and the use of force industry more broadly are largely supported by taxpayers through government grant and funding schemes.

“Police militarization conventions and SWAT trainings are happening 365 days a year, all over the world,” Solomon said. “In the United States, they are where the arms industry meets law enforcement and emergency response, with the federal government footing much of the bill.”

One of these schem...

17:14

CETA Canada-EU Trade Agreement, Trojan Horse for Multinationals: EU MP José Bové Refused Entry to Canada David Icke latest headlines

‘One suspects that the decision to bar José Bové from entering Canada was taken jointly by the French and Canadian governments with the intent of blocking protest and debate on a far-reaching trade agreement which will have devastating economic and social implications throughout Canada and the EU. It will also contribute to the eventual trade integration of the EU and NAFTA. “European Parliament MP José Bové was barred from entering Canada Tuesday night by the Canada Border Services Agency. The anti-globalization activist and opponent of the free trade treaty with the European Union had been stuck at Trudeau airport customs since 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday.’ Read more: CETA Canada-EU Trade Agreement, Trojan Horse for Multinationals: EU MP José Bové Refused Entry to Canada

17:14

Aussie teens ‘planned IS-inspired attack’ "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Police in Australia have alleged that two teenagers arrested on Wednesday were about to commit an attack inspired by the so-called Islamic State (IS). The 16-year-old boys were arrested by a counter-terrorism team in a laneway behind a Muslim prayer hall. They were allegedly carrying two bayonet-style knives purchased that day and notes pledging […]

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17:11

Senates Moves to Legalise Lobbying in National Assembly "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Senate on Wednesday began moves to legalise lobbying in Nigeria as it passed for second reading, a Bill seeking for law to register and regulate lobbying as a profession. The “Bill for an Act for the Regulation and Registration of Lobbyists in Nigeria and for other matters connected therewith, 2016’’  is sponsored by Sen. […]

17:11

Bermuda braces for hit from ‘Nicole,’ a Cat 4 hurricane "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Heavy wind and rain began battering Bermuda late Wednesday as the British territory braced itself for Hurricane Nicole, which became a major Category 4 storm as it tracked toward the tiny island in the northern Atlantic Ocean. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said the storm is expected to pass near or over […]

The post Bermuda braces for hit from ‘Nicole,’ a Cat 4 hurricane appeared first on New Telegraph Nigerian Newspaper.

17:10

Hezbolá cierra filas junto a Siria, Yemen y Palestina "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

El líder de la guerrilla Hezbolá, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, llamó este miércoles a proteger la ”ecuación Ejército, pueblo y Resistencia”

17:09

Ecuador moves Assange questioning to Nov "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Ecuador has delayed until November 14 its questioning of Julian Assange in a Swedish rape investigation, at the Wikileaks founder’s request, the prosecutor’s office of the Andean country said on Wednesday. The questioning, led by an Ecuadorian prosecutor and originally scheduled for Monday, could help end a four-year-long deadlock since Assange took refuge in […]

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17:09

Binational vigil at US-Mexico border protests US state violence "IndyWatch Feed World"

US / Mexico border (WNV) – Over the weekend, while much of the country was preoccupied with the scandal-plagued state of electoral politics, hundreds of activists gathered at the U.S.-Mexico border for a demonstration of multilateral unity. Headed by the organization School of the Americas Watch, or SOA Watch, this convergence brought attention to the human rights dimension of immigration and foreign policy, taking aim at U.S. practices that contribute to displacement and violence in Latin America and beyond.

In keeping with SOA Watch’s 26-year legacy, activists called for a close of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, formerly known as the School of the Americas, a U.S. Army program that trains Latin American law enforcement and soldiers in the “Profession of Arms.” The program, based in Fort Benning, Georgia, was initially established in Panama in 1946, and in the 1960s was tasked explicitly with an “anti-communist” agenda. Since its founding, the SOA/WHINSEC has graduated over 64,000 trainees, including many military and political leaders accused of brutalizing their constituents and crushing political dissent.

Graduates of the school have been responsible for much of the instability prompting migration in the region, says SOA Watch, which connects the military program to a larger system of “violence and domination.” In addition, organizers called for the dismantling of “deportation quotas, mandatory detention, for-profit immigration detention centers, the militarization of the border, [and] the War on Drugs” in the context of comprehensive immigration reform.

SOA Watch began in 1990 as a small cluster of dissenters under the leadership of Father Roy Bourgeois, and has since grown into an international movement, with bases in the United States, Chile and Venezuela. Last November, marking the 25th year of the organization’s efforts, SOA Watch leadership announced its plans to step up its activism by “moving to the border” for its 2016 gathering. The group set its sights on Nogales, a city that straddles Arizona and Sonora, Mexico.

 

The four-day gathering comprised a broad-spectrum program that brought together labor, faith-based and political organizations on issues from police violence to gender justice to climate change. Artists and musicians also staged performances, including a cross-border concert and vigil on Saturday night. On the second day of the convention, 200 activists launched a nonviolent march to the U.S. Border Patrol Interior Checkpoint at Highway I-19 in Arizona to draw attention to the over 3,000 migrants who have died during their attempts to cross the desert towards the U.S. border. At the checkpoint, 20 participants linked arms and remained there for five hours, chanting and singing in English and Spanish as they called for more humane border policies.

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17:09

Investors threaten car industry on climate "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Car manufacturers warned they must address climate change by switching to low-emission models − or face a sell-off of their shares.

17:08

EDUCATING ULSTER : Northern Ireland has a chronic shortage of students, whilst Belfast has too many and the west of the province has too few. The solution is obvious. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

September marked the annual return of students to their term-time accommodation. And within two days residents of the Holylands had lodged over 150 complaints of anti-social behaviour with Belfast City Council. That university neighbourhood’s term-time population comprises over 90% of students/young people, amounting to an estimated 7,000 in just one square kilometre. It will probably more...

17:08

Comprehensive Legal Reform Needed to Restrain Widespread Surveillance in Latin America "IndyWatch Feed World"

Latin America (EFF) – New Reports Show How Vague Laws Can Pave the Way for Human Rights Violations in the Digital Age

The people of Latin America need comprehensive legal reform to protect themselves from unlawful government surveillance, according to a new series of reports published by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).

The reports apply the “Necessary and Proportionate” Principles to surveillance pracpixa bay

tices in twelve different countries in Latin America. The Principles—cooperatively written by privacy organizations and advocates worldwide, and launched three years ago at the 24th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council—act as guidelines for fair and just government surveillance practices to protect the privacy of people around the world.

The reports, released today in partnership with digital rights organizations across the region, conclude that while every Latin American constitution recognizes a right to privacy and data protection, most countries do not implement those rights in a way that fully complies with international human rights standards.

“Current technology allows governments to easily conduct sophisticated and pervasive digital surveillance of ordinary individuals. But just because they can doesn’t mean that they should,” said EFF International Rights Director Katitza Rodríguez. “New surveillance technologies are in widespread use without any specific authorization nor human rights protections in place. Too often, these technologies are cell-site simulators—which intercept cell phone signals by imitating cell towers—or malware, which is software that is used to harm computer users by disrupting computer operation, gathering sensitive information, or gaining access to private computer systems. At the same time, executive regulation authorizing surveillance or mandating data retention are regularly issued without any public discussion or input. Some of those decisions remain secret, including confidential regulations and decrees. All of these activities violate the Necessary and Proportionate Principles for conducting surveillance within the bounds of human rights law.”

Tbigdata-1423786_1920he reports, in both Spanish and English, currently cover eight Latin American countries as well as the United States, and include an overall comparative survey for twelve countries in the region, analyzing whether government surveillance is used only when it is prescribed by law, necessary to achieve a legitimate aim, and proportionate to the aim pursued. Overall, secrecy surrounding tactics and prevalence of surveillance is widespread in Latin America, and many countries have yet to develop a culture of transparency reporting by communications providers. Without this transparency, citizens are unable to hold governments accountable for overuse of surveillance technologies.

“The vast amount of digital communications content we create—and the increasing ease...

17:08

War Crimes: John Kerry's Really Got Some Kind of Nerve "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

US Secretary of State John Kerry opined (in an October 7 appearance with French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault) that Russian military actions in Syria "beg for an appropriate investigation of war crimes." French President Francois Hollande echoed the sentiment. Kerry might want to keep the fate of his German predecessor, Joachim von Ribbentrop, in mind when making such statements.

17:07

Prison Labor is Slavery by Another Name "IndyWatch Feed World"

United States (OW) – Across the country the largest prison strike is taking place, vowing to “finally end slavery in 2016.”

Right now there’s a national movement mobilizing to raise the federal minimum wage to a living wage of $15 an hour. But imagine if instead of earning even that much, you could only earn a few cents an hour.

If that sounds like something from the developing world, think again. The reality is our prisons are perpetuating slave labor.

Every day, incarcerated people work long hours for barely any money. Meanwhile, prisons charge inmates for everything from telephone calls, to extra food and convenience items, to occupying a bed.

In an official statement announcing the start of the historically largest nationwide prison strike, the IWW Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee wrote: “In one voice, rising from the cells of long term solitary confinement, echoed in the dormitories and cell blocks from Virginia to Oregon, we prisoners across the United States vow to finally end slavery in 2016.”

The prison system profits from mass incarceration. Prisons have numerous incentives to fill beds — including the cheap labor prisoners provide — and very little incentive to treat prisoners like human beings.

Current minimum wage laws don’t apply to people in prison, nor do labor rights regulations. So prisoners experiencing grueling hours or cruel treatment don’t have any recourse to file complaints or seek restitution.

On the contrary, clear human rights violations – including chain gangs — go unchecked all the time.

And the prison system targets an already incredibly vulnerable population. Most inmates aren’t just low-income — they’re the poorest of the poor. In 2014, prior to their incarceration, inmates generally made over 40 percent less than their peers.

Much of the prison population only wound up in the system in the first place because of policies that criminalize race, poverty, and mental health.

Some are there because they couldn’t afford to post bail after facing minimal charges. Others end up back in the system because of stigma and policies that make it difficult to find a job as an ex-convict.

Others still are locked up for being homeless and sleeping on the street, or stealing food. Many with mental illnesses end up cycling between the emergency room and a jail cell.

But even those with steady work, once inside prison, can’t continue to earn a decent living. On just a few pennies an hour, prisoners can’t support themselves or their families, or earn enough to survive once they reenter society.

People who spend years or even decades behind bars lose years worth of wages and have few resources for food or rent post-incarceration. It’s easy to see how prisons trap people in a cycle of poverty that helps ensure that even if released, they’re likely to end up back in prison.

The majority of these prisoners are people of color who’ve been disproportionately targeted for imprisonment — from racial profiling to the failed war on drugs that targeted black communities starting in the 1980s.

And it’s not just th...

17:06

'We Weren't Ready for This': Daesh Deploys Weaponized Drones "IndyWatch Feed World"

Violent extremist groups in the Middle East, including Daesh, have reportedly begun to weaponize drones, using them on the battlefield to kill, according to a source in the US military.

'We weren't ready for this': Daesh deploys weaponized drones "IndyWatch Feed World"

Violent extremist groups in the Middle East, including Daesh, have reportedly begun to weaponize drones, using them on the battlefield to kill, according to a source in the US military. There has been plenty of evidence that extremist groups in the region, including Daesh and Hamas, use a variety of surveillance drones to collect information and to improve precision targeting. Most of the groups, except for the Iran-backed Hezbollah, only have access to commercial or hobbyist drones generally available online. Those cost upwards of $3,000 and don't weigh enough to support a large bomb or rocket. But newly surfaced video demonstrates that the groups have now weaponized their drones. Footage belonging to an al-Qaeda branch, Jund al-Aqsa, purportedly shows a drone landing on Syrian military barracks. In another video, bomblets presumably dropped by Hezbollah hit a camp of the Sunni militant group Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, formerly known as the Nusra Front.

17:06

Pandemonium in Warri Cemetery as Dead Teenage Girl ‘Resurrects’ During Interment "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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LAGOS OCTOBER 13TH (URHOBOTODAY)There was pandemonium in Warri general cemetery, Delta State recently when a young girl of about 15 years presumed to have died suddenly woke up as she was about to be buried.
The girl, whose name could not be ascertained at press time, was said to have died about 5a.m. on Wednesday morning and was wrapped in a mat and placed on top of a soak away at Warri Motor Park.

Sources disclosed that the girl suspected to be pregnant, allegedly took concoction and went into deep sleep which ostensibly made people to suspect she might have given up the ghost.
It was learnt that sympathisers made up mostly of youths saw her completely naked and presumed that she had died, wrapped her in mat and headed for the cemetery.
“When we got to the cemetery, the workers there dug the grave for her burial. As the remains were laid into the grave and they were about covering it with sand, the deceased sneezed and jumped out of the grave and started shouting,” a witness who was among those who took her to the burial ground for interment affirmed, saying consequently, there was pandemonium within and outside the cemetery as scores of people thronged the cemetery to catch a glimpse of the ‘resurrected’ girl.
Sources, however, told our correspondent that the girl was immediately rushed to Christ Mercyland Deliverance Ministry, Effurun, near Warri for spiritual cleansing. Attempt by policemen near the cemetery to take the girl to the station was rebuffed by sympathisers who insisted that the matter did not concern the police. They said it was a spiritual issue.

17:06

Russia 2018: Don’t underrate Algeria, Chukwu warns Eagles "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Former Nigeria international Christian Chukwu has warned his countrymen to stay focused as Algeria, their next opponents in the 2018 Fifa World Cup qualification, are capable of posing lots of problems. Nigeria’s Super Eagles will play hosts to the Fennecs of Algeria at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo on November 12 and go […]

The post Russia 2018: Don’t underrate Algeria, Chukwu warns Eagles appeared first on New Telegraph Nigerian Newspaper.

17:05

US-backed Saudi Arabia's war crimes in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The killing of 140 people by a Saudi airstrike, on October 8, in Yemen has renewed focus on the Saudi atrocities and war crimes in Yemen. More than 6,000 people have been killed since the conflict began in March 2015 -- half of them civilians and more than 1,100 of them children, according to the UN.

17:05

Crisis Management in Syria Still Has a Chance If US Shelves Plan B "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

US / Syria (SCF) – The recent US military involvements in the broader Middle East conflicts have one thing in common – it’s easy to get in but almost impossible to get out. This assertion is easily confirmed if one has a look at the recent history.

The planned partial withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan is suspended. President Obama has changed his mind to have the forces out of the country till 2017. According to the plans recently announced, a residual force of 9,800 troops would remain. This presence may be increased as fighting intensifies. The conflict has been continuing for over 15 years with no solutions found and no gains to brag about. The future of the Afghan government is uncertain, especially if foreign forces leave the country. The Taliban is as strong as ever as the Afghan forces are engaged in fierce fighting in the strategically important northern city of Kunduz.

The US withdrew from Iraq in December 2011 but the involvement was not over. In June, 2014, President Obama ordered approximately 300 military personnel back to the country as a response to Islamic State (IS) advance. Since then, there has been slow-but-steady increase in American troops on the ground. The number grew to about 5 thousand, including troops on temporary assignment, as the United States and Iraq prepare to take Mosul back from IS militants.

The US is sending more trainers, as well as eight AH-64 helicopter gunships and rocket systems to Iraq to get ready for the showdown. After an eight-year occupation that killed 4,491 American troops and cost an estimated $2 trillion, US military are still involved in the battle with no end of hostilities in sight. The result of the effort – Iraq is a very much divided and unstable country with a huge part of its territory outside of its control.

There had been another conflict before the big wars in Afghanistan and Iraq the US got involved in militarily and failed.

This week marked the 23d anniversary of the Battle of Mogadishu (Oct.3-4, 1993), the deadliest firefight US forces faced since Vietnam. A special operations team was sent into the Somalian capital to arrest two top lieutenants of the warlord Mohammed Aidid, who controlled the city. The soldiers got into an ambush. In the ensuing battle 18 Americans and two troops from the supporting UN force were dead and 73 injured with two Black Hawk helicopters brought down. The incident ultimately pushed the United States out of Somalia.

Those days, President Bill Clinton said something his wife, the current Democratic presidential runner, should not forget while she calls for more aggressive military involvement abroad, especially in Syria. According to then president, it was a mistake for the United States to play the role of police officer in Somalia. And he announced a six-month plan to remove US troops from the country. The incident also had an impact on extremists, who could take advantage of the withdrawal. The lawlessness that followed the American exit created a safe haven for extremist groups and a recruiting ground for terrorist groups.

Now the US military is gradually coming back there. The drone missions flown from bases in Ethiopia and Djibouti, as well as from ships at sea are becoming routine in Somalia. Special Forces operations (SOF) are also on the rise. With Somalia’s presidential and legislative elections coming up later in 2016, many mor...

17:04

Donald Trump Touched Us Inappropriately, Two Women Tell New York Times "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Within hours of the New York Times report, several other media outlets published similar accounts, including People magazine, which carried a detailed first-person account from one of its reporters.

Republican US presidential nominee Donald Trump arrives at a campaign rally in Lakeland, Florida, October 12, 2016. Credit: Reuters

Republican US presidential nominee Donald Trump arrives at a campaign rally in Lakeland, Florida, October 12, 2016. Credit: Reuters

Washington: Two women accused Donald Trump of inappropriate touching in a story published on Wednesday by the New York Times, claims his spokesman called “fiction” but which may further damage the Republican presidential nominee’s chances of winning the White House just four weeks before the November 8 election.

The report was followed by a stream of similar allegations from other women, putting more pressure on the Trump campaign as it lags in national opinion polls and struggles to contain a crisis caused by the candidate’s comments about groping women without their consent which surfaced on Friday.

One of the women, Jessica Leeds, appeared on camera on the New York Times‘ website to recount how Trump grabbed her breasts and tried to put his hand up her skirt on a flight to New York in or around 1980.

The second woman, Rachel Crooks, described how Trump “kissed me directly on the mouth” in 2005 outside the elevator in Trump Tower in Manhattan, where she was a receptionist at a real estate firm.

Trump’s campaign denied there was any truth to the New York Times accounts. It made public a letter to the newspaper from Marc Kasowitz, a lawyer representing Trump, demanding it retract the story, calling it “libelous,” and threatening legal action if it did not comply.

“This entire article is fiction, and for the New York Times to launch a completely false, coordinated character assassination against Mr. Trump on a topic like this is dangerous,” the Trump campaign’s senior communications adviser Jason Miller said in a statement.

Reuters could not independently verify the incidents. Leeds and Crooks did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Reuters.

“We stand by the story, which falls clearly into the realm of public service journalism,” a New York Times spokeswoman said.

The report comes just two days after a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll showed one in five Republicans thought Trump’s comments about groping women d...

17:04

Lockdown Stops DAPL Construction in Iowa, 3 Arrested, Including Unicorn Riot Journalist "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Lee County, IA – Early Wednesday afternoon, a group of water protectors entered a Dakota Access Pipeline construction site where earth was being cleared. This is a different site than the drill bore area near the Mississippi River, where most actions in Iowa have taken place thus far.

A woman named Krissana Mara, age 31, attached herself to the arm of an excavator using a lock-box device at a site down a dirt road off of 320 Street on the side of Highway 286.

Krissana Mara attaching herself to DAPL excavator with lockbox.

Krissana Mara attaching herself to DAPL excavator with lockbox.

Montrose Police and the Lee County Sheriff’s department responded to the action shortly after the lockdown began.

Montrose Police Chief Jordan Maag (who was sworn into office in 2014 at age 22) arrested Jimmy Betts, who had been present to provide food and water to Krissana Mara during her lockdown.

Lee County Sheriff’s deputy Dakota Foley arrested a Unicorn Riot journalist who was present documenting the direct action.

As the end of the workday approached, Karissa voluntarily unlocked from the lockbox and was promptly arrested.

Unicorn Riot has repeatedly attempted to contact the Lee County Sheriff’s Department and the Lee County Attorney for comment about the arrest of our journalist on Wednesday as well as the arrest of another Unicorn Riot journalist the Friday before.  Neither have yet responded.

Our reporter arrested while covering Wednes...

17:03

Boxing: Fury vacates WBO, WBA titles "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Tyson Fury has vacated his WBO and WBA world heavyweight titles to deal with his “medical treatment and recovery”. The Briton, 28, has admitted taking cocaine to deal with depression and looked set to lose his boxing licence. He has not fought since beating Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015 and has twice withdrawn from […]

The post Boxing: Fury vacates WBO, WBA titles appeared first on New Telegraph Nigerian Newspaper.

17:03

How much do you know about DVDFab Video Converter "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

How much do you know about DVDFab Video Converter

I was first deeply impressed, approximately 6 years ago, by its DVD ripper software known to many as DVDFab DVD Ripper, which I am not going to talk about today. The centerpiece of my conversation here today is about its Video Converter software, which joined the DVDFab family several years later when its DVD Ripper already made a big name in the market. That said, this video converter software quickly find its own niche, whose features make me feel equally impressed as did its DVD ripper years back. 

How much do you know about DVDFab Video Converter

Main Features of DVDFab Video Converter

DVDFab Video Converter offers heavy video consumers an array of professional settings so that one can feel free to do customizations while converting a piece of video, to maximally fulfill his expectations.

How much do you know about DVDFab Video Converter

1. Support broad range of video formats

Like aforementioned, this video converter software lets users process any video format ever existed in this world, no matter how that video is coded, h.264, MPEG-2, DivX, XviD, it is even being constantly updated to support the emerging technologies like the H.265 and 4K vi...

17:03

What Facebook Knows About You "IndyWatch Feed World"

Planet Earth (ProPublica) – We live in an era of increasing automation. Machines help us not only with manual labor but also with intellectual tasks, such as curating the news we read and calculating the best driving directions. But as machines make more decisions for us, it is increasingly important to understand the algorithms that produce their judgments.

We’ve spent the year investigating algorithms, from how they’ve been used to predict future criminals to Amazon’s use of them to advantage itself over competitors.

All too often, these algorithms are a black box: It’s impossible for outsiders to know what’s going inside them. Today we’re launching a series of experiments to help give you the power to see inside.

Our first stop: Facebook and your personal data.

Facebook has a particularly comprehensive set of dossiers on its more than 2 billion members. Every time a Facebook member likes a post, tags a photo, updates their favorite movies in their profile, posts a comment about a politician, or changes their relationship status, Facebook logs it. When they browse the Web, Facebook collects information about pages they visit that contain Facebook sharing buttons. When they use Instagram or WhatsApp on their phone, which are both owned by Facebook, they contribute more data to Facebook’s dossier.

And in case that wasn’t enough, Facebook also buys data about its users’ mortgages, car ownership and shopping habits from some of the biggest commercial data brokers.

Facebook uses all this data to offer marketers a chance to target ads to increasingly specific groups of people. Indeed, we found Facebook offers advertisers more than 1,300 categories for ad targeting — everything from people whose property size is less than .26 acres to households with exactly seven credit cards.

We built a tool that works with the Chrome Web browser that lets you see what Facebook says it knows about you — you can rate the data for accuracy and you can send it to us, if you like. We will, of course, protect your privacy. We won’t collect any identifying details about you. And we won’t share your personal data with anyone.

Download the Facebook tool for Google Chrome

This is the same information that Faceb...

17:02

US-Saudi Plan: Let 9,000 ISIS Fighters Walk Free from Mosul – to Fight in Syria "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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21st Century Wire

Judging by both the words, and deeds of the Obama White House and its political ‘diplomatic’ appointees led by perfidious John Kerry and caustic Samantha Power – all evidence to date points to the US wanting to escalate its war on Syria – while happily baiting a military confrontation, and ‘World War‘ scenario with Russia and its allies in the process. 

If this latest leak is indeed true – and time will certainly tell whether or not it is, it would constitute one of the most egregious violations of both US and international law – by the United States government and its theocratic dictator partner in Saudi Arabia.

Washington’s own anti-terror legislation expressly forbids colluding to provide logistical or material support for terrorist groups, and this latest US-Saudi would be the latest in a long list of violations…

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According to news released today (see report below), US President Barack Obama has been briefed that the operation to liberate the ISIS stronghold in Mosul in Iraq is scheduled for the second half of October.

Here’s what makes this a potential shocker: the operation allows for safe passage for 9,000 ISIS fighters on the proviso that they are transferred from Iraq to eastern Syria in order to help US plans for “regime change” there. 

“At the time of the assault, coalition aircraft would strike only on a pre-agreed detached buildings in the city, which are empty, the source said.”

“According to him [the source], the plan of Washington and Riyadh also provides that the rebels move from Mosul to Syria for the attack on the government-controlled town of troops.”

Essentially, Washington and Saudi Arabia, will allow 9,000 ISIS (Islamic State) fighter FREE passage into Syria if they agree to join Washington’s “regime change” operations there. This could also include, “… eastern regions of Syria to follow a major offensive operation, which involves the capture of Deir ez-Zor and Palmyra,” the source added.

Before you write this story off as some ornate Russian psychological operation, consider the long trend arch. The US along with its generous Gulf sidekicks, have already established a solid track record of aiding and abetting ISIS – not just in Syria, but in Iraq too.

The record shows that the US is guilty on a number of counts…

If the Mosul leak is true, then it wouldn’t be the first time that the US has provided cover in the military pantomime the world has come to know as “the fight against ISIS.” When large ISIS convoys crossed the Syrian desert to invade and occupy the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra in May 2015, the US ‘Coalition’ airforce did nothin...

US-Saudi Plan: Let 9,000 ISIS Fighters Walk Free from Mosul – to Fight in Syria "IndyWatch Feed World"

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Patrick Henningsen
21st Century Wire

Judging by both the words, and deeds of the Obama White House and its political ‘diplomatic’ appointees led by perfidious John Kerry and caustic Samantha Power – all evidence to date points to the US wanting to escalate its war on Syria – while happily risking a military confrontation, and ‘World War‘ scenario with Russia and its allies in the process.

If this latest leak is indeed true – and time will certainly tell whether or not it is, it would constitute one of the most egregious violations of both US and international law – by the United States government and its theocratic dictator partner in Saudi Arabia.

Washington’s own anti-terror legislation expressly forbids colluding to provide logistical or material support for terrorist groups, and this latest US-Saudi would be the latest in a long list of violations…

2-obama-syria-isis
According to news released today (see report below), US President Barack Obama has been briefed that the operation to liberate the ISIS stronghold in Mosul in Iraq is scheduled for the second half of October.

Here’s what makes this a potential shocker: the operation allows for safe passage for 9,000 ISIS fighters on the proviso that they are transferred from Iraq to eastern Syria in order to help US plans for “regime change” there.

“At the time of the assault, coalition aircraft would strike only on a pre-agreed detached buildings in the city, which are empty, the source said.”

“According to him [the source], the plan of Washington and Riyadh also provides that the rebels move from Mosul to Syria for the attack on the government-controlled town of troops.”

Essentially, Washington and Saudi Arabia, will allow 9,000 ISIS (Islamic State) fighter FREE passage into Syria if they agree to join Washington’s “regime change” operations there. This could also include, “… eastern regions of Syria to follow a major offensive operation, which involves the capture of Deir ez-Zor and Palmyra,” the source added.

Before you write this story off as some ornate Russian psychological operation, consider the long trend arch. The US along with its generous Gulf sidekicks, have already established a solid track record of aiding and abetting ISIS – not just in Syria, but in Iraq too.

The record shows that the US is guilty on a number of counts…

If the Mosul leak is true, then it wouldn’t be the first time that the US has provided cover in the military pantomime the world has co...

17:01

ZendStudio IDE v13.5.1 Privilege Escalation "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

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17:00

Do Western Nations Care About Yemeni Lives or Saudi Blood Money? "IndyWatch Feed War"

How much is the life of a Yemeni worth? Not much, according to the Saudi regime that has been bombing and starving the people of Yemen for since March 2015, or to the Saudi’s western backers, particularly the US and UK, which have been supplying the Saudi regime with weapons, military training, logistical support and […]

The post Do Western Nations Care About Yemeni Lives or Saudi Blood Money? appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

17:00

Indonesia approves chemical castration, capital punishment and tracking chips for paedophiles David Icke latest headlines

‘Convicted pedophiles in Indonesia could be subjected to chemical castration after the government approved a set of laws to better protect minors against predators. Additional punishments would include harsher prison terms and the introduction of tracking chips. Despite a strong objection to the introduction of new punishments by the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) and the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), lawmakers from ten other parties represented in the government went on to adopt the regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) following President Joko Widodo proposed changes to existing law in May.’ Read more: Indonesia approves chemical castration, capital punishment and tracking chips for paedophiles

17:00

Syria – What Is the Cost of ‘Victory’? "IndyWatch Feed War"

A deep contradiction lies at the heart of US policy towards the present horrifying conflict in Syria. Which is better? To now reluctantly accept continuation of Bashar al- Assad in power in Damascus for the foreseeable future, thereby hastening the end of the war and the killing? Or to fight till the last Syrian in […]

The post Syria – What Is the Cost of ‘Victory’? appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

17:00

Wrapup: can corporations be trusted to tackle modern slavery? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

Enforcement of labour protections will remain an issue, but there's still a reason to require corporate due diligence on forced labour in supply chains.

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This piece wraps up the BTS policy debate 'Can corporations be trusted to tackle modern slavery?'

There seems to be consensus amongst the contributors that self regulation of business on its own is not sufficient to address modern slavery and must be bolstered by strong and binding laws. Many references were made to a new binding international instrument, the possible ILO decent work in global supply chains, and the accountability gaps that exist in the current international legal framework.

The consensus is that, while a new binding treaty will address the accountability gaps, the critical challenge will be law enforcement. Currently, most national jurisdictions prohibit forced labour, child labour, extreme labour exploitation, and various slavery-like practice, but a lack of enforcement prevents offenders from being brought to justice, either under criminal laws (which penalise slavery) or labour laws (which involve administrative penalties.) Enhancing law enforcement requires ensuring the proper training of officials, ending corruption, robust prosecutions, and an independent judiciary.

However, there is still no law to penalise business enterprises, multinational corporations, and others for modern slavery in their supply chains and that requires them to undertake due diligence in this regard. Thus, many enterprises succeed in avoiding responsibility for labour standards and other human rights violations. The Modern Slavery Act passed in the UK in 2015 is the first national law (the California Transparency Act applies only in that state) which requires transparency as a legal obligation for businesses or parts of businesses operating in the UK. This is the kind of provision that should be universally binding to ensure full corporate accountability. 

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16:59

The Imperial President's Toolbox of Terror: A Dictatorship Waiting to Happen "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The powers amassed by each successive president through the negligence of Congress and the courts--powers which add up to a toolbox of terror for an imperial ruler--empower whomever occupies the Oval Office to act as a dictator, above the law and beyond any real accountability.

16:57

Experts observed several malvertising campaigns deliver Cerber 4.0 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Cerber 4.0 is the latest variant of the Cerber ransomware family that is becoming even more common in the malvertising campaign in the wild.

Another variant of the notorious Cerber ransomware, the Cerber 4.0, appeared in the wild delivered by several exploit kits, including RIGNeutrino, and Magnitude EKs.

According to the experts from Trend Micro, the Cerber 4.0 first appeared in October and became very popular in the criminal ecosystem where it is still used to power several malvertising campaigns.

The Cerber ransomware has rapidly evolved since its first apparition, it is considered one of the greatest success of the Ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS).

The newest variant has shifted from an HTML ransom note to an HTA one.

The experts noticed that recently Cerber 4.0 is mainly dropped by the RIG toolkit, which is also the most active Exploit kit in this period.

The RIG toolkit was observed for example in the PseudoDarkleech malvertising campaign that was previously seen distributing ransomware such as CrypMIC and CryptXXX.

“As we reported previously, Cerber has become one of the most prominent ransomware families of 2016. It has a wide range of capabilities and is often bought and sold as a service (ransomware-as-a-service or RaaS)—even earlier versions were peddled as RaaS in underground markets. The rapid release of Cerber updates have made it an increasingly popular payload for several exploit kits. ” reported TrendMicro.

The experts also noticed another malvertising campaign dropping the Cerber 4.0 via the Magnitude exploit kit. The campaign has been seen targeting devices in numerous Asian countries, including Taiwan, Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, and China.

The experts noticed many  other campaigns leveraging on the Cerber 4.0 including one that usually employs a casino-themed fake advertisement.

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Another campaign started on October 3 is leveraging the Neutrino exploit kit to target users in the US, Germany, Spain, Taiwan, and Korea....

16:57

Otra gran marcha en Bogotá presiona por un acuerdo de Paz "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Cerca de 10.000 personas, entre ellos indígenas, víctimas del conflicto armado y estudiantes, participaron este miércoles en la “Marcha de

16:54

Nestle Given Green Light To Continue Bottling & Profiting From National Forest Water "IndyWatch Feed World"

A federal judge in California just gave the go ahead to Nestle, they will be allowed to continue stealing water from the San Bernardino National Forest. This is unacceptable.

Nestle has been trying to steal water from over fifty springs throughout  the United States for quite some  time now and the residents being monopolized have been having a hard time fighting back. Things have now taken a turn for the worst concerning this situation. This corporation is officially allowed to draw water from the San Bernardino National Forest even though the permit they hold has been expired since 1988!

In 2015, a lawsuit was launched by the Courage Campaign Institute (CCI), the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), and the Story of Stuff Project (SSP) against the United States Forest Service for allowing Nestle to keep drawing water despite their expired permit.

Nestle has faced similar lawsuits in other places time and time again. In 2015 alone the company withdrew thirty-six million gallons of water from Strawberry Creek in the National Forest.

With the new judgment behind them, Nestle has been given carte blanche to continue taking water as they choose.

The expired permit should be considered legally invalid and they should not be allowed to draw water. If it were a driver’s license the person would not be allowed to drive so why is this company being allowed to pull water?

Hope that the court system would finally do something about the issues regarding Nestle has since been shattered. They are allowed to continue on the attempted justification that:

“The Arrowhead brand has been bottled here for 121 years, based on the most senior water rights under Californian law. These date back before the creation of the San Bernardino National Forest (SBNF). Our current, valid permit with the USFS only relates to a right-of-way that allows our water pipeline to cross forest land.”

It all boils down to if you have enough money you can do whatever you want. For more information on this and the corruption behind nestle please watch the video below. Something needs to be done about this situation, why would they be allowed to pull water while a drought is going on anyway?

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China’s foreign trade with Russia, India grows during 1st three quarters "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

China's exports in yuan-denominated terms fell 5.6 percent year on year in September, while imports increased 2.2 percent, customs data showed Thursday [Xinhua]

China’s exports in yuan-denominated terms fell 5.6 percent year on year in September, while imports increased 2.2 percent, customs data showed Thursday [Xinhua]

China’s January-September trade with BRICS partners Russia and India climbed 14 per cent and 7.8 per cent, respectively, year on year, customs data showed on Thursday.

Trade turnover between Russia and China grew in annual terms to $50.27 billion over the first three quarters of 2016, China’s General Administration of Customs said in a report released on Thursday.

Russian exports to China has grown by 7.1 per cent over the same period to $26.98 billion while imports decreased by 6.4 per cent to $23.3 billion.

In 2015, trade turnover between Russia and China fell by 27.8 per cent to $64.2 billion.

China’s foreign trade in the first three quarters was down 1.9 per cent from a year earlier to reach 17.53 trillion yuan ($2.61 trillion), with exports dropping 1.6 per cent and imports falling 2.3 per cent, according to figures from the General Administration of Customs (GAC) released on Thursday.

During the January-September period, foreign trade with the United States, China’s second-biggest trade partner, fell 1.9 per cent, and that with ASEAN, its third-largest trade partner, declined 1.9 per cent.

Earlier on Sunday, China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOC) said a BRICS free trade area would be “a significant form of cooperation” between the five nations.

By setting up a free trade area, BRICS countries would be able to remove tariff and non-tariff barriers, give play to their comparative advantages, and advance trade and investment liberalization between them, MOC spokesperson Shen Danyang said at a press briefing.

 

TBP and Agencies

16:47

Motives for 'intentional' Connecticut plane crash investigated by FBI "IndyWatch Feed World"

Investigators concluded that a small passenger plane that crashed in Connecticut on Tuesday was "an intentional act." Police and FBI are looking into the possible motives of the 28-year-old pilot. Investigators concluded that a small passenger plane that crashed in Connecticut on Tuesday was "an intentional act." Police and FBI are looking into the possible motives of the 28-year-old pilot. "All windows are open at this point," East Hartford police Lt. Josh Litwin told reporters on Wednesday.

16:47

Why Haitians Are Urging You Not To Donate To The Red Cross "IndyWatch Feed World"

Following hurricane Matthew the death toll in Haiti has reached 1,000 and over one million people have been left in need of assistance. There have even been reports of a deadly cholera outbreak.

This deadly outbreak is concerning many aid groups. Despite the desperate pleas for help some of these Haitians are upset about the presence of scandal-ridden organizations, for example, the American Red Cross, and the Clinton Foundation. Poor management on Haiti-bound donations were reported back in 2015. This causing the Haitians to urge the public to steer away from the foundation that is over one hundred years old and instead one individual, French Francois wants individuals to reach out and help without using organizations like the Red Cross.

There are very deep issues in these groups. Back in 2015, ProPublica and NPR found that despite ARC’s claims that “for each dollar donated, 91 cents went to Haiti,” Seems like a good bit right? Too bad a large portion of that is being squandered by the organization. After taking a 26 percent cut for overhead and a 24 percent cut on top of that for management and costs consumed it seems not much of this money actually ends up benefiting those who need it. NPR also reports that:

NPR also reported that: “The Red Cross says it has provided homes to more than 130,000 people. But the actual number of permanent homes the group has built in all of Haiti: six.”

American Red Cross records in Haiti cause major concerns among communities and the potential involvement of yet another humanitarian organization tied to even more past scandals raises quite the alarm. Due to the Clinton families response to the earthquake that distraught the Caribbean nation back in 2010 The Clinton Foundation itself suffered a tremendous amount of bad media reports. Their role in the controversy seemed to boil down to the use of their influence in order to grant top donors exclusive contracts to ‘rebuild’ Haiti. Companies who were allowed to do so provided things like terrible classroom trailers that were breeding grounds for

Companies who were allowed to do so provided things like terrible classroom trailers that were breeding grounds for a very large amount of issues. These classrooms ended up overran with mold and sweltering heat as well as being extremely low-class constructions. They classrooms caused children to have headaches often as well as other symptoms, forcing them to take painkillers a few times a week at the very least. We are so selfish that we cannot even give these people a trailer that is well built and won’t hold mold, we are so selfish that we feel as if these people don’t even deserve a window? These groups should be truly ashamed of themselves.

This comfortable relationship between Washington and major corporations seems to be constantly getting more and more terrible each and every day. The incompetence of these organizations and organizations like these is appalling. Something needs to be done and quickly. The stronger the bond between Washington and major corporations get the harder it will be to break it. For more information on the American Red Cross and their work in Haiti please watch the video below.

16:46

Russian senators back indefinite Air Force deployment in Syria David Icke latest headlines

‘Russia’s upper house of the parliament has approved an agreement with the Damascus government that allows the Russian Air Force to stay indefinitely in Syria. On Wednesday, a total of 158 of 170 senators at the Federation Council voted in favor of the deal, which was unanimously passed last week by the State Duma, the lower house of the Russian legislature, with all 446 deputies present at the session supporting the accord. The accord, which was signed in Damascus on August 26, 2015, permits the Russian Air Force to be stationed at Hmeimim Air Base in Syria’s coastal province of Latakia.’ Read more: Russian senators back indefinite Air Force deployment in Syria

16:45

Three minutes to Midnight: U.S, Russia could head into nuclear conflict warns American writer "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Minnesota-Doomsday-Clock-3min-e1454116432223The growing tensions between the United States and Russia may lead to a nuclear war and destroy humankind, an American writer and retired professor says. As tensions between Moscow and Washington spike over the Syria conflict, “we could head into a nuclear conflict which would devastate humanity,” said James Petras, who has several books on…

16:45

BN TV: Here’s a Tutorial on How to Make an Ankara Purse by Do It 9ja "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

There’s a lot you can do with the ankara fabric and in this video by Doit9ja, they’re giving us a tutorial on how to make purses with the popular fabric. If you love style and DIYs, you’ll love this, the colourful fabric adds a statement to any outfit. Watch the Video

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Preocupación en Alemania por el retorno del vocabulario nazi "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Insultos y términos usados en los oscuros años del Nacionalsocialismo vuelven a aparecer en manifestaciones callejeras donde el debate público

16:44

Powerful mosque explosion kills 14 Shias in Afghanistan David Icke latest headlines

‘A bomb blast outside a mosque has claimed the lives of at least 14 Shia Muslims and injured nearly 30 others in Afghanistan’s northern province of Balkh. Moneer Ahmad Farhad, a spokesman for the provincial governor, said the explosion on Wednesday happened at the gate of the mosque “in the center of Balkh district” in the province. The blast targeted mourners, who were commemorating Ashura, which marks the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (peace be upon him), the third Shia Imam.’ Read more: Powerful mosque explosion kills 14 Shias in Afghanistan

16:40

South Korea to deploy marines near Japan-claimed islands, citing North’s aggression David Icke latest headlines

‘South Korea has risked provoking Japan and angering the United States by announcing plans to station a battalion of marines near a resource-rich territory also claimed by Tokyo, citing North Korean aggression as the reason behind the move. Seoul’s military command has set a date for the beginning of troop deployment to Ulleungdo Island, in the Sea of Japan. The island is dangerously close to Liancourt Rocks, a group of islets whose control is disputed between South Korea and Japan. Construction of barracks and other facilities will begin next year, Yonhap News reports, citing South Korean military officials. A company or battalion-sized force of marines and Assault Amphibious Vehicles will be stationed on the island by 2018.’ Read more: South Korea to deploy marines near Japan-claimed islands, citing North’s aggression

16:40

Shallow 6.8 magnitude earthquake hits Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed National"

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. A 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck New Britain island off the coast of mainland Papua New Guinea Wednesday. The Pacific island nation, north of Australia, is a common site for earthquakes. Wednesday's quake was not followed by a tsunami warning, and no reports of injuries or damage were immediately available. The earthquake was centered near the township of Rabaul, on the north side of the island. The United States Geological Survey reported the earthquake struck at a depth of 13 miles.

16:38

Burundi parliamentarians vote for ICC exit David Icke latest headlines

‘The lower house of parliament in Burundi has voted for the country to pull out of the International Criminal Court (ICC), which has opened an investigation into alleged atrocities committed in the African country. “The ICC is a tool being used to try and change power” in Burundi, Aloys Ntakirutimana, a lawmaker from the ruling party, said during a three-hour debate in the national assembly before voting on Wednesday. During the pre-vote debates in parliament, a few lawmakers were for Burundi’s stay in the ICC. However, 94 parliamentarians voted in favor of an exit, two against and 14 abstained.’ Read more: Burundi parliamentarians vote for ICC exit

16:38

NIMASA Boss, Dakuku Peterside Absent in N6bn Libel Suit "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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NIMASA Boss, Dr Dakuku Peterside


LAGOS OCTOBER 13TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Justice Adama Iyayi–Lamikanra of Rivers State High Court 1 yesterday adjourned the hearing in the suit filed by the former governor of Rivers State, Dr. Peter Odili against the governorship candidate of All Progressive Congress (APC) in 2015, Dakuku Peterside to October 27, 2016. Dakuku Peterside is also the Director- General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).
In a suit No. PHC/801/2016 which is before Justice Lamikanra who is also the Chief Judge
of Rivers State, the former governor, Odili is seeking for N6billion damages against Dakuku for defamation which resulted from a statement allegedly made by the defendant during the press conference in the state. It was alleged that the defendant after Wike’s Supreme Court victory, alleging that Wike, during his victory thanksgiving service stated that Odili helped him to secure
the Supreme Court victory. But Odili said what Dakuku said was false and malicious, as Wike never made such inference but that Dakuku twisted and misrepresented what Wike said.
At the court Tuesday, counsel to the complainant include Joseph Ogwu, Donald Atuegu, Akinola Afolabi and Kanu Agabi (SAN), who is the lead counsel but the defendant and his counsels were absent at the court. The court which started its proceedings by 9:07 am Tuesday adopted the witness statement of the complaint after his lead counsel examines the document. The counsel to the complaint Agabi told the judge that there was proof of service on Dakuku.
In the absent of the defendant, Justice Lamikanra adjourned hearing on the suit to
27 of October 2016. Speaking to the press after the adjournment, the lead counsel to the complainant, Agabi said, “We sued for libel. And we called our first witness. And we have
adjourned for cross examination to 27 October. We felt defamed by their (defendant) publication and we are here to vindicate ourselves. “You could see that the defendants were not in court but they have been served, they have been properly served. The court would
not have proceedings otherwise.”

16:35

Palestinian officer jailed after criticizing Abbas over Peres funeral David Icke latest headlines

‘A Palestinian court in the occupied West Bank has jailed a military officer after he criticized Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for attending the funeral of former Israeli president, Shimon Peres. Ghandi Ameen, the officer’s lawyer, said on Wednesday that Lieutenant-Colonel Osama Mansour Abu Arab was jailed for a year for breaking the military code of conduct, which forbids uniformed officials from expressing political opinions. “They found him guilty of disobeying orders and the explanation of the verdict was that he had expressed a political opinion. He was sentenced to a year and was dismissed from his job. The court’s ruling was tough and unexpected … and we will appeal,” Ameen said.’ Read more: Palestinian officer jailed after criticizing Abbas over Peres funeral

16:34

Time To Pay Attention — In The Last 48 Hours, Humanity Just Moved To The Brink Of World War "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Months of disquieting and needless escalation between the United States and Russia over Syria and the Asia-Pacific theater has quickened feverishly to near outright hostility over the past 48 hours, and — considering semantics from both ends suggestive of antebellum blame-casting — it’s past time to pay attention. by Claire Burnish, Activist Post:  Indeed, though…

16:34

Cities must control their energy futures, new report says "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Cities don't need policies to move towards becoming energy-efficient and smart. They simply need to take control of their energy use, and harness available smart technology to make the transition.

16:33

Gitmo detainee granted rectal surgery after CIA 'torture by sodomy' "IndyWatch Feed World"

Charged in connection with the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Guantanamo detainee Mustafa al-Hawsawi will reportedly miss a pretrial hearing Friday in order to "rest up" for rectal surgery to repair damage caused by CIA "enhanced interrogation techniques." Walter Ruiz, a Navy Reserve officer and defense attorney for al-Hawsawi, confirmed late Monday that his client would undergo the medical procedure to treat a rectal prolapse that has caused bleeding for about a decade. While the operation will be performed at 9:00pm, after court hours, Ruiz also confirmed that al-Hawsawi will waive his right to appear in that day's portion of the pretrial hearing, so that he can rest beforehand, the Miami Herald reported. The 48-year-old Saudi Arabian detainee stands accused, along with four other Guantanamo Bay detention camp detainees, of aiding the 19 hijackers who killed nearly 3,000 people when planes crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field on September 11, 2001. Their trial date has yet to be set, but pretrial hearings are underway.

16:32

Russia test-fires three intercontinental ballistic missiles David Icke latest headlines

‘Russia’s military has test-fired three intercontinental ballistic missiles amid increasing tensions with the US on a range of issues, particularly the Syrian crisis. The Russian Defense Ministry said the Russian forces fired a nuclear-capable rocket from a Pacific Fleet submarine in the Sea of Okhotsk north of Japan on Wednesday. A Topol missile was further shot off from a submarine in the Barents Sea, while a third was launched from an inland site in the country’s northwest, Russian news agencies reported.’ Read more: Russia test-fires three intercontinental ballistic missiles

16:31

Nicolás Maduro: No nos someteremos nunca al imperialismo "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

El presidente de Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, exhortó este miércoles al pueblo a defender la soberanía de la nación para evitar

16:30

Remebering Andrzej Wajda, a Director Who Distilled Life Onto Film "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Wajda’s life and work can be traced as a cultural barometer of Poland and a substantial measure of its psychological preoccupations.

Andrzej Wajda in 1974. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Andrzej Wajda in 1974. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Andrzej Wajda, Poland’s most famous film director, died on October 9, 2016. He was 90. Obituaries the world over were fulsome in praise, and quite rightly so. In a career spanning 60 years, he made 40 films, many of them resonant with his existentialist dilemmas through youth to old age in communist Poland and later in a democratic one, struggling with European nations against an economic recession largely brought about by the US.

Wajda’s life can be traced as a cultural barometer of Poland and a substantial measure of its psychological preoccupations. His father, Jakob Wajda, was one of the 22,500 Polish army officers shot by the Soviet Union soldiers under the command of Joseph Stalin. The incident occurred before the Soviet Union’s entry into the second world war on June 22, 1941, when Nazi Germany invaded. Poland was fighting a losing battle against the military might of the Soviets in the 1930s. This massacre was the subject of Katyn (2007), one of Wajda’s important last films.

On a personal note; I first saw Wajda’s films in the 1970s when the Film Society Movement in Delhi was in full swing. In Ashes and Diamonds (1958), I remember a disillusioned, dissenting Polish youth of Wajda’s generation, a wartime member of the Polish Resistance, shot in the back by the military police in post-war Warsaw, collapsing against a line of washed, white bedsheets and dying there. Cybulski staggering along, one hand clutching his wounded back, finds an echo in Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless, also from 1958, where Jean-Paul Belmondo’s small-time gangster, also shot in the back by the police, limping at some speed along the streets of Paris, trying to flee from the law, only to fall and die.

The scenes from Ashes and Diamonds and Breathless deal with separate and distinct existentialist dilemmas. In Wajda’s film, Cybulski’s immediate problem is of survival in a society taken over by Soviet-backed communists after six years of unthinkable cruelty inflicted by Nazi Germany that conquered Poland and sent millions of Jews to the gas chambers. In Breathless, set thirteen years of the second world war, a France recovering from defeat has to also accommodate the meanderings of an amoral, though charming thug.

Godard, unquestionably one of the greatest of mod...

16:30

Syria’s War of Extermination Signals the End of the International Community "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The international community seems totally incapable of stopping the bloodshed in Syria. But we can express our outrage.

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As the aerial bombardment of Aleppo resumes, one thing is clear. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s military campaign in Syria, waged with the support of Russia, can only be described as a war of extermination.

The deliberate bombing of civilians – including women and children, aid workers, Syria Civil Defence personnel and people in hospitals – while not entirely new to warfare, is nonetheless part of a systematic approach: kill everything in sight.

This is an all-out war, which Vladimir Putin’s Russia is using as a testing ground for new weapons, including bunker busters.

Many have justifiably drawn parallels with Guernica, including the French ambassador to the United Nations in a poignant speech. Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy’s air forces blasted the Spanish city in 1937, while Franco’s troops attacked on the ground.

In Syria, Russian planes have taken over the sky, while Assad’s troops and Iran-backed Hezbollah wage the ground war. And their war of extermination will likely intensify in the coming weeks.

Russia isn’t even trying to hide its increasingly flagrant war crimes any more, and the Syrian regime continues to commit crimes against humanity, especially in its...

16:30

Electoral College, Part 1: Wonderful Responsibility of the Electors "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Mary W Maxwell, PhD, LLB During the Constitutional convention of 1787 in Philadelphia, the main work consisted of setting up the legislature, not the presidency. There had been an earlier structure, under the Articles of Confederation, which lasted from 1781 to 1787. In it, the states remained independent. Under the new (1787) plan for […]

16:27

US Start-Up Geofeedia 'Allowed Police to Track Protesters' "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have revoked access to their data to an analytics firm accused of selling information that allowed US police to track activists and protesters.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said Chicago-based Geofeedia had allowed police to "sneak in through a side door" to monitor protests.

Geofeedia said it was committed to the principles of personal privacy.

It comes amid growing concern about government access to social media.

ACLU said Geofeedia had been marketing its services to police agencies to help track activists using location data and social media posts.

The group said it had seen internal documents in which Geofeedia said that it "covered Ferguson/Mike Brown nationally with great success," referring to protests which erupted in 2014 after an unarmed African-American man was shot dead by police.


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16:25

From California To Cannonball Carrying Winter Clothes and Spiritual Support "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

img_7341Cannonball, North Dakota- Protecting the Waters at Standing Rock, there are hundreds of Tribes,. At least 300 Tribes representing people from Florida, South Carolina, British Columbia, California and all over.

Atta P. Stevenson is a member of the Cahto Tribe in Laytonville, California. She drove out to the Sacred Stone Camp in two days. She was loaded down with winter supplies to give away coats, blankets, tarps, gloves, hats, socks etc

Atta is waiting for colleagues to arrive at camp. The group is offering Emergency Management Services to assist in keeping communication and strategies to protect humans, horses, (animals) and property safe in disaster preparedness.

Atta said “There is only one world, one water, and one people. It is our responsibility and duty to stand for all those that can’t speak or fight for themselves.”

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16:25

Brasil va a la huelga general el 11 de noviembre contra las medidas neoliberales "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

La Central Única de los Trabajadores (CUT) de Brasil llamó este miércoles a declarar el 11 de noviembre Día Nacional

16:25

The Evolution of Paints: From the Early Days to Today's Innovations "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Understand the technological advancements in paints and coatings through this Workshop, co-organised by the Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC) and HDB's Building and Research Institute (BRI).

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The Global Financial System Is About To Shift "IndyWatch Feed War"

Behind all the chatter of who will be the United States’ next President, there is something much larger playing out. Something bigger than most people could even believe. Though what you are about to read is indeed real and will soon be undeniable. With almost all of the “real” money, that being gold, silver, metals,…

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Syria, Iraq and Turkey: a Slow Cook with Political Repression as a Result of Failed US Policy "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

3432313123The recent finger pointing and recriminations between the US authorities and Russian president Vladimir Putin has made it only too apparent that the US is determined to create “a threat to strategic stability” through its “unfriendly actions” towards Russia. The US is only too happy to use regional countries to suit its aggressive purposes, as the ever-increasing interference in these countries, which always results in the US having more weapons on the ground, makes clear. But those countries are also using US support to further their own private ends, without the US being able to do anything about this, (especially) if it wants to keep its broader schemes going.

The ongoing “purge” in Turkey, which in addition to journalists, teachers and judges has now removed 12,000 police officers, is the direct consequence of this wanton US disregard for the people living there. Erdogan is taking advantage of the favoured status the US has given the country to conduct some “realpolitik” of his own, trying to turn this once-secular state into a haven of radical Islamists. This is contrary to stated US policy, but the US cannot prevent it without destabilising the country, and thus making it more difficult to destabilise Russia, the ultimate goal.

Will the ruling Turkish regime now have to revert to even more “extreme” measures to re-establish the law and order it frequently ignores itself? How far can Turkey go on this independent path before it ceases to be an asset and the whole scheme blows up in America’s face – with equally deleterious consequences for the region?

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There is now a paper trail of documents and travel documents which shows that Turkey and its supporters are involved in the support and movement of terrorists. Furthermore, “Turkey’s interior minister said the explosives used in the Istanbul airport attack were a mix of RDX, TNT and PETN that were “manufactured,” and a chemist and explosives expert at the University of Rhode Island, Jimmie Oxley, described them as being military-grade, raising the question of how the attackers obtained the explosives.”

Iraq has voiced concerns that the Turks will try and undermine their upcoming offensive to retake Mosul. Iran is concerned about Turkish support of its local Kurdish population, which continues despite Turkey’s own conduct towards its domestic Kurds. This is in itself is both a problem and a contradiction: Turkey is treating the Kurds as a commodities to be manipulated at will, supported in one place and repressed in another. The only reason for this is a desire to use them to harm its neighbours and make money in the process.

Aggravating Iran and Iraq through the Kurds may well create further civil discord within Turkey, whose local Kurds will see the difference in their treatment and be supported by their emboldened brethren. But this would probably strengthen Erdogan’s hand further, as he will have further reasons to crack down on opposition and the res...

16:17

2 Sydney teens charged in botched 'imminent ISIS-inspired attack' "IndyWatch Feed National"

An "imminent" terror attack allegedly inspired by Islamic State was prevented in Australia, Sydney, authorities claimed after arresting and charging two 16-year-old boys with plotting a knife assault. Two teens were arrested by a counter-terrorism unit on Wednesday at a prayer hall in Sydney's Bankstown, after they allegedly purchased the "bayonet-style" knives from a nearby gunshop. The charges were filed on Thursday, although the specific target of the planned attack remains unknown. "We did prevent what we would suspect was going to be an attack," Deputy Commissioner of New South Wales Police Catherine Burn said. The authorities believe that the alleged attack was imminent. "Had we not been in the right place at the right time ... certainly somebody, potentially today, would be, or another day imminently, would be without their life," AFP Deputy Commissioner Michael Phelan told local media on Thursday. The teens were charged with planning an act of terror and being members of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL). Such crimes could result in a lifetime behind bars.

16:14

'Extremely dangerous' Category 4 Hurricane Nicole to pummel Bermuda "IndyWatch Feed World"

The British territory of Bermuda hunkered down overnight as Hurricane Nicole rapidly strengthened into a major Category 4 storm and took aim at the tiny island in the northern Atlantic Ocean. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami called Nicole an "extremely dangerous" storm and urged islanders to rush preparations for its powerful rain and winds. It said Nicole should pass near or over Bermuda on Thursday. The storm was located about 180 miles (290 kilometers) south-southwest of Bermuda late Wednesday night. It had maximum sustained winds of 130 mph (215 kph) and was moving north-northeast at 102 mph (19 kph). Rains were already hitting Bermuda and authorities on Wednesday ordered schools and government offices closed, and asked people to remain indoors. "I believe we are generally ready for it," Premier Michael Dunkley said. "Now we just have to hope and pray for the best." Hundreds of people had rushed to shops and gas stations for last-minute preparations as rain and wind began to batter Bermuda, which has sturdy infrastructure and is accustomed to storms.

16:14

Regime Change In The Philippines "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

President Rodrigo Duterte has indicated that he intends a more independent foreign policy. He has announced upcoming visits to China and Russia, and his foreign minister has declared that it is time for the Philippines to end its subservience to Washington. In this sense, regime change has already occurred.

16:13

Populist Nick Xenophon, Flapping In The Breeze Before A Citizen’s Jury "IndyWatch Feed National"

The independent South Australian senator has proved to be an effective media communicator. But Geoff Russell thinks his attacks on a South Australian nuclear industry might soon blow up in his face.

It was only a short time ago, the 29th of August, that Nick Xenophon announced his party will vote against a plebiscite on same sex marriage. But now, spinning rather like a South Australian wind turbine, Nick is calling for a referendum on storing nuclear waste.

The logic is flawless.

One is a complex technical issue about which at least 90 percent of the public is deeply ignorant, at even the most basic level. So of course a referendum is a great idea!

A referendum on nuclear power would be nothing more than a crude measure of the ability of the anti-nuclear movement to sell a message of fear and panic relative to the industry’s ability on the other side to sell a message of hope in the face of climate change. Should we also have referendums on childhood vaccination because it frightens some people or fluouride in our drinking water?

In contrast, marriage equality is an issue that many people have considerable personal experience of; meaning they know one or more LGBTI people and even more have first hand experience of marriage and what it entails.

So Nick wants people voting on stuff they don’t know about, and not voting on stuff they do.

South Australian Senator Nick Xenophon.South Australian Senator Nick Xenophon.

Happily, he’s worked out that many people fear a plebiscite on marriage equality not because they fear the result, but the process. They fear assault by media… meaning not just traditional radio, TV and newsprint, but all the new no-holds-barred internet cesspits.

Xenophon’s strategy on both issues makes considerable sense only if you understand his facility for shape-shifting to maximise media exposure. Whoever said you can’t fool all the people all the time hadn’t heard of Nick Xenophon and the South Australian electorate.

Okay, maybe he didn’t fool everybody, but they voted for Nick’s party in droves; his ability to make people think he has simple answers for complex problems has always been unparalleled. His brilliance for media manipulation is only matched by his inability to take a consistent line on anything.

He was first elected on a No-Pokies platform but has been strangely quite on horse racing. The strong silken gambling connections of the racing industry seem invisible before his penetrating gaze.

Or consider the dairy industry. Nick’s not a climate sceptic but backs the dairy industry. He may as well back big coal.

Dairy cattle need a very rich diet to maintain optimal output, which means they produce even more methane per head than cattle raised for meat. Cattle and coal are both just dead men walking. They have no future and we need to do to both exactly what we did to the tobacco industry… pay people to get out and make a living doing something that won’t screw the planet.

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16:10

Ancient Greeks may have designed China's Terracotta Army "IndyWatch Feed World"

Marco Polo may have been beaten to China by 1,500 years according to new evidence. Not only did the travelers get to China earlier than previously believed, but they played a key role in the county's iconic Terracotta Army according to researchers. "By systematically examining the First Emperor's main tomb and subsidiary burials we have discovered something more important even than the Terracotta Army," Professor Zhang Weixing, lead archaeologist at the tomb site, told BBC documentary makers. The revised timeline of the West's presence in China emerged after new pieces of evidence including DNA was discovered in China's Xinjiang province dating back to the Third Century BC. Tests on the DNA show it to be of European origin. Researchers also believe the sudden appearance of life-sized statues in China around this time point to a presence of Greek artists, who would have brought their sculpting techniques to the East following Alexander the Great's reign. Prior to this, Chinese statues were typically no taller than 20cm. "I imagine that a Greek sculptor may have been at the site to train the locals," Professor Lukas Nickel, chair of Asian art history at Vienna University said when speaking about China's famous Terracotta Army, consisting of life-sized models of the soldiers of the First Emperor of China.

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Republican Party Self-Destructing to Maintain the Corruption of the Elite "IndyWatch Feed World"

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The Republican Party is in self-destruct mode. Even the most recent polls show that 76% of Republicans think the party is hopelessly divided. This is clearly the result of the career politicians who prefer Hillary and the status-quo to any outsider coming in to upset the apple cart. This is a very serious development, for the old elite guard want war to divert the American people to maintain their control of a very corrupt system.

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The vicious attacks by the Republican elite upon Trump demonstrate that their self-interest and corruption comes before the country. Never before in history has a party worked so hard to undermine its own candidate. The trend for the Republicans in the Senate looks rather poor and we will see a sharp tax increase under the Democrats for Social Security goes negative next year. This appears to be setting up the stage for the worst possible outcome for party politics in 2018 where we just may see Congress entirely overthrown as took place in Scotland.

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The Relocation of the Financial Capitol of the United States "IndyWatch Feed World"

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QUESTION:  Hi Marty,
I have a question for you on the movement of the financial capital. Is there a reason it moved to NY (as apposed to VA, MA, or MD) in 1914? Also is it possible to predict what region in china it will move to, or can we just assume it will move to Beijing.
Thanks for all your hard work. I read your blog for breakfast.
-AM

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ANSWER: Philadelphia was the financial capitol of the United States. That is where the Bank of the United States began, and to this day, you can go to dinner on Chestnut and Walnut Streets at many fine restaurants that were once banks. That was banker’s row until the state sovereign debt crisis of the 1840s, thanks to Andrew Jackson. The Second Bank of the United States is now a museum. This was the bank that Jackson attacked.

cooke-jayJay Cooke was the first “Primary Dealer” to sell government debt for the Civil War, and he was the real financier of the Civil War. He is considered to be the first major investment banker in the United States. Cooke embraced technology by adopting the telegraph and thereby establishing the first wirehouse firm. He used the railroads to distribute bonds to people around the nation. This is why Lincoln went to Cooke to sell debt. The Panic of 1873 ended Jay Cooke & Company.

morgan-jpWith the collapse of Jay Cooke & Company, the field opened. The next man to fill that role was none other than J.P. Morgan, who also began in Philadelphia. J.P. Morgan moved the financial capitol of the United States to New York City. It was from there that he organized the gold loan for the Unit...

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Is Trump Really the Answer? "IndyWatch Feed World"

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Well, of course not. NOBODY is willing to run for office that you would say is truly qualified. The other crazy aspect is that people really think electing a president could change something. Hillary is the corrupt politician gone wild. Not that she is the only one by far. She is just the poster-child for everything wrong in Washington. Can Trump stop the downfall? No possible way. He might slow the process a bit. He is an isolationist and is against NATION BUILDING, but that may prompt the Obama Administration to orchestrate a war with Russia BEFORE January.

wec-2016-peak-in-governmentSo the ONLY thing Trump might bring to the table is a veto pen. The other thing is sending a message to Washington that the party is over. It appears more like 2018 will be the watershed political upheaval in Congress regardless of who gets in. If they rig the election to prevent Trump from taking office one way or another (BOTH PARTIES AGREE ON THAT), then we will probably see a rise in civil unrest within the United States. November may be far more important than many suspect. This is why we made the WEC this year one week AFTER the elections.

So this is the card we have been dealt. They appear to be right on time. If there is a Trump victory, they may very well blame Putin rather than give up their power, even if Putin has nothing to do with it.

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Parolee who robbed Wyoming bank to return to prison gets 6-years "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A transgender parolee who said she robbed a Wyoming bank last summer so she would be sent back to prison was sentenced to six years in a federal women’s lockup on Wednesday, prosecutors said. Linda Patricia Thompson, also known as Brian Thompson, faced a maximum of 20 years behind bars but…


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Connecticut plane crash likely deliberate, motive unclear: officials "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Federal investigators on Wednesday were trying to determine why a Jordanian flight student may have deliberately crashed a small plane in East Hartford, Connecticut, killing himself and badly injuring an instructor but narrowly avoiding more casualties. The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board…


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Putin rejects accusations of meddling in US election "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted on Wednesday his country was not involved in an effort to influence the U.S. presidential election even as WikiLeaks released another trove of internal documents from Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Last week, the U.S. government formally accused Russia of…


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Ex-arms dealer claims US pinned weapon sales to Libya on him to ‘protect’ Clinton – report "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

An American arms dealer, previously indicted for arming Libyan rebels, accused the US of using him as a scapegoat to protect Hillary Clinton. He says the government used his plan to ship weapons to Libya, some of which wound up in terrorists’ hands. “I would say, 100 percent, I was victimized … to somehow discredit […]

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Poorest paid will see even lower wages than predicted in coming years thanks to Brexit – report "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Britain’s lowest earners, many of whom make just £7.20 ($8.83) an hour, will see their salaries plummet as Brexit triggers an economic downturn, experts warn. According to a new report by the Resolution Foundation, leaving the European Union will hit increases to the national living wage, slowing down growth and setting back living standards far […]

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The Truth About Flu Shots "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

By Dr. Mercola

Flu season is rapidly approaching and, with it, constant reminders to get vaccinated. This despite the fact that mounting research suggests this approach to flu prevention may be ill advised for long-term health, and doesn’t actually work in the first place.

In January 2015, U.S. government officials admitted that, in most years, flu shots are, at best, 50 to 60 percent effective at preventing lab confirmed influenza requiring medical care.1

Then, in December 2015, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) analysis2 of flu vaccine effectiveness revealed that, between 2005 and 2015, the influenza vaccine was less than 50 percent effective more than half of the time.

If you or a family member has suffered a serious vaccine reaction, injury, or death, please talk about it. If we don’t share information and experiences with one another, everybody feels alone and afraid to speak up. Write a letter to the editor if you have a different perspective on a vaccine story that appears in your local newspaper. Make a call in to a radio talk show that is only presenting one side of the vaccine story.

I must be frank with you; you have to be brave because you might be strongly criticized for daring to talk about the “other side” of the vaccine story. Be prepared for it and have the courage to not back down. Only by sharing our perspective and what we know to be true about vaccination, will the public conversation about vaccination open up so people are not afraid to talk about it.

We cannot allow the drug companies and medical trade associations funded by drug companies or public health officials promoting forced use of a growing list of vaccines to dominate the conversation about vaccination.

The vaccine injured cannot be swept under the carpet and treated like nothing more than “statistically acceptable collateral damage” of national one-size-fits-all mandatory vaccination policies that put way too many people at risk for injury and death. We shouldn’t be treating people like guinea pigs instead of human beings.

Internet Resources Where You Can Learn More

I encourage you to visit the website of the non-profit charity, the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), at www.NVIC.org:

  • NVIC Memorial for Vaccine Victims: View descriptions and photos of children and adults, who have suffered vaccine reactions, injuries, and deaths. If you or your child experiences an adverse vaccine event, please consider posting and sharing your story here.
  • If You Vaccinate, Ask 8 Questions: Learn how to recognize vaccine reaction symptoms and prevent vaccine injuries.
  • Vaccine Freedom Wall: View or post descriptions of harassment and sanctions by doctors, employers, and school and health officials for making independent vaccine choices.
  • Vaccine Failure Wall: View or post descriptions about vaccines that have failed to work and protect the vaccinated from disease....

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Invest in Rolling Steel "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Gold may not have the high rate of return that the casino called Wall Street offers … to insiders. But it is one way to store value – and that accounts for its popularity among people who may not get rich quick but manage to avoid becoming poor.

Used cars are another great way to transmute depreciating paper money into a durable asset that – like gold – is portable and fungible (i.e., easily converted into other things of value).

The government has inadvertently created a bull market for them, too.

First, it decreased supply via the infamous “Cash For Clunkers” program (a “clunker” being defined not by mechanical condition, incidentally, but by the car’s gas mileage numbers). The government paid people inflated sums of other people’s money (an estimated $3 billion) to turn in perfectly roadworthy used cars in for unwarranted, early destruction … in order to “stimulate” demand for new cars.

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This was like burning down every third house in a neighborhood to create a “need” for new housing.

It had the effect of driving up the value of the remaining pool of used vehicles, especially pickups and SUVs, which were the main focus of the Cash for Clunkers program

True story: Just before the CFC program, which launched in the summer of 2009, I bought a 2002 Nissan Frontier pick-up with about 49,000 miles on the odometer for $7,200. Today, seven years after CFC (and 60,000 miles added to the odometer), the truck is worth… $6,950 (see here).

Only the government could pull a King Canute and cause the tides to ebb and flow in reverse.

Used car prices remain high – while new cars are often heavily discounted via “cash back” offers and effectively free loans at interest rates below the rate of inflation. This shouldn’t be surprising, given that the average new car now sells for more than $30,000 – while the average family’s annual income is less than $60,000.

If the lending criteria used to approve mortgages applied to car loans, almost no one would be approved – because only a fool would write a loan to someone for an amount equal to half their annual pre-tax income.

The new car market is as rickety as a Jenga castle and could topple at any moment. It is economically artificial, driven not by normal (healthy) demand but by heroin-like injections of too-good-to-be-true financing deals and cash-back offers that distort cost signals which – long term – cannot be sustained because you cannot indefinitely pay people to buy things, cars or otherwise.

And unlike home loans, car loans can’t be extended over decades to make the payments manageable. We are already at a financial Rubicon – loans of 6-7 years duration. Beyond that lies the point at which the typical car is worth less than what you still owe.

It cannot continue.

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Doing Well by Doing Bad "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The philanthropist George Soros recently published a letter in the Wall Street Journal entitled, ‘Why I’m Investing 500 million USD in Migrants’. In this article, I will be looking at that letter and separating what it means from what it appears to say.

Soros’ letter begins: “The world has been unsettled by a surge in forced migration. Tens of millions of people are on the move, fleeing their home countries in search of a better life abroad. Some are escaping civil war or an oppressive regime; others are forced out by extreme poverty, lured by the possibility of economic advancement for themselves and their families.”

This is quite true. And Soros should know since his think tank is fully on board with that “forced migration”. He has either initiated it or facilitated it and, according to Viktor Orban, Prime Minister of Hungary (which is presently holding a referendum on whether to accept migrant quotas as demanded by the EU), as quoted by Bloomberg: “His name is perhaps the strongest example of those who support anything that weakens nation states, they support everything that changes the traditional European lifestyle […] These activists who support immigrants inadvertently become part of this international human-smuggling network.”

Soros-backed activists are at the center of that network.

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Soros continues: “Our collective failure to develop and implement effective policies to handle the increased flow has contributed greatly to human misery and political instability—both in countries people are fleeing and in the countries that host them, willingly or not. Migrants are often forced into lives of idle despair, while host countries fail to reap the proven benefit that greater integration could bring.”

I have touched on Soros’ psychological peculiarities elsewhere; his narcissistic traits notwithstanding, I shall assume he is not using the royal “we”. That granted, about whom is he speaking when he talks about“Our collective failure to develop and implement effective policies”? If about governments, we should remember that he is elected to no nation’s government, nor has he ever been.

That does not prevent him, however, from meddling in their internal affairs and supporting insurrections such as so-called Color Revolutions, including in Georgia and Ukraine, and whipping up chaos via BLM in the US.

He also famously attacked the British pound, making himself a billion dollars.

He wishes the reader to assume inclusion by his use of “our”. But we are not included;...

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The Imperial Prez’s Toolbox of Terror "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

“When the President does it, that means that it is not illegal.”—Richard Nixon

Presidents don’t give up power.

Executive orders don’t expire at the end of each presidential term.

And every successive occupant of the Oval Office since George Washington, who issued the first executive order, has expanded the reach and power of the presidency.

The Constitution invests the President with very specific, limited powers: to serve as Commander in Chief of the military, grant pardons, make treaties (with the approval of Congress), appoint ambassadors and federal judges (again with Congress’ blessing), and veto legislation.

In recent years, however, American presidents have anointed themselves with the power to wage war, unilaterally kill Americans, torture prisoners, strip citizens of their rights, arrest and detain citizens indefinitely, carry out warrantless spying on Americans, and erect their own secretive, shadow government.

The power to strip American citizens of their constitutional rights. The Bush Administration claimed it could strip American citizens of their constitutional rights, imprison them indefinitely, and deny them legal representation simply by labeling them as enemy combatants. While the Obama Administration jettisoned the use of the term “enemy combatant,” it has persisted in defending the president’s unilateral and global right to detain anyone suspected of supporting terrorist activities.

The power to secretly rewrite or sidestep the laws of the country. Secret courts, secret orders, and secret budgets have become standard operating procedure for presidential administrations in recent years. A good case in point isPresidential Policy Directive 20, a secret order signed by President Obama as a means of thwarting cyber attacks. Based on what little information was leaked to the press about the clandestine directive, it appears that the president essentially put the military in charge of warding off a possible cyber attack. An FOIA request by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) seeking more details on the directive was allegedly denied because doing so could cause “exceptionally grave damage to the national security.” However, EPIC believes the order allows for military deployment within the United States, including the ability to shut off communications with the outside world if the military believes it is necessary.

The power to transform the police into extensions of the military and indirectly institute martial law. What began in the 1960s as a war on drugs transitioned into an all-out campaign to transform America’s police forces into extensions of the military. Every successive president since Nixon has added to the police’s arsenal, tactics, and authority. In fact, the Obama Administration has accelerated police militarization by distribut...

No More Mr. Nice Trump "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Trump had some harsh words for the Republican establishment last night during an interview with Bill O’Reilly of Fox News.  Asked whether he thought he would get the support of the GOP if elected Trump said, “Yes”, although speculated that Ryan would lose his speakership position saying “maybe he’ll be in a different position.”  In the end, Trump concludes “So look, I don’t want his support, I don’t care about his support.

“They’ll be there. I would think that Ryan maybe wouldn’t be there, maybe he’ll be in a different position.”

“The fact is, I think we should get support and we don’t get the support from guys like Paul Ryan.”

“He had a conference call yesterday with congressmen with hundreds of them and they practically rioted against him on the phone. One person stuck up for him. So I’m just tired of nonsupport and I don’t really want his support.”

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“This happens all the time – if you sneeze [Ryan] calls up and announces, ‘Isn’t that a terrible thing.’ So look, I don’t want his support, I don’t care about his support.

Of course, the remarks come after a Trump tweet storm yesterday in which he called out Paul Ryan and said it was “so nice that the shackles have been taken off.”

Later in the evening Trump turned his attention to other “disloyal R’s” saying they’re “far more difficult than Crooked Hillary” and called out McCain directly saying he “begged for my support during his primary (I gave, he won), then dropped me over locker room remarks!”

Meanwhile, per Politico, Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, expressed frustration over the GOP’s “wishy-washy” support and said now is the time to declare whether you do or do not support the Trump campaign.

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It’s a Gift "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Two millennia ago, according to the bible, three wise men came to offer Jesus the gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. The peak of the Roman Empire is considered to be at the time Jesus was born although it took until 476 AD until the Western Empire finally fell.

Today, just over 2000 years later, we might be standing at another historical peak in the global economy. There are certainly many similarities like deficits, debts, and decadence. Just like the Roman Emperors, current leaders have illusions of grandeur of a magnitude that the world has never seen before.

Italy – the next nail in the EU coffin

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Let’s first look at Draghi the President of the ECB, obviously with the required Goldman Sachs connections. What gifts is he bringing to the world and especially to Europe. Very little as a matter of fact and certainly not gold or solid finances. Although Draghi can’t be blamed for all the problems of Europe, he certainly personifies them. The European Union is in the process of braking up. Brexit was just the first step but will be followed by many countries who will want to exit until the EU is no more. The Italian election on December 4th could be the next nail in the EU coffin. Initially, the EU and its predecessor EFTA was created for free trade between the member countries. But soon the power hungry elite decided that the EU should be a power center what would control Europe, politically, economically and militarily. But most 500 million EU Europeans have no desire to be controlled by an unelected and unaccountable elite in Brussels. The history, culture, and roots of individual European countries is much too strong to lose your identity in some anonymous superstructure. Britain, free from the shackles of the EU bureaucracy is likely to now prosper relative to its EU brothers.

There are now so many problems in the EU but the biggest and the most urgent one is clearly the financial system. Most European banks would be bankrupt if they valued their toxic assets at market rather than maturity value. Currently, many European banks are on the verge of failure whether it is German, Greek, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese or French banks. Share prices of many major European banks are down 80-95% which clearly indicates that the markets consider their chances of survival to be very small. Deutsche Bank is one example which some of us identified a few years ago as a bank that is unlikely to survive. Its market value is now less than 1% of its balance sheet. With $60 trillion in virtually worthless derivatives, the German government will need to print a lot of money to postpone the inevitable demise of Deutsche. I don’t think that the German government will let DB fail before Germany does. Thus they are likely to fall together at some future point. The situation is the same for many other European banks so Draghi will have to use all his wisdom to save the European financial system. This means he will print unlimited amounts of money in coming years. But that will not have any effect. You can solve a debt problem by adding more debt. Thus “wise man” Draghi will sadly fail in his attempt to save Europe.

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Dictatress in Waiting "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

I’ve written before about what it means to be a “liberal” in today’s world. Suffice to say, today’s mainstream “liberal” isn’t concerned with protecting or extending rights. They are instead, utterly devoted to taking rights away from those they disagree with. And they are the first to resort to name-calling, attempted intimidation, and even violence.

Hillary Clinton is the penultimate establishment candidate. She exemplifies decades of wrong choices, which have resulted in America teetering on the brink of total collapse. Her concept of representative government was best reflected in her comment, “We just can’t trust the American people to make those types of choices … The government has to make those choices for people.” She is a would-be Queen of the nanny state, but America’s nanny state provides few if any valuable services to those they control.

The myriad of improprieties exposed regarding the Clinton Foundation, Benghazi, and Hillary’s emails are merely the latest in a continuous stream of scandals connected to both Bill and Hillary Clinton. They are the poster children for political corruption, and in many ways resemble an organized crime outfit more than elected representatives of the people.

It is a testament to the nature of the controlled mass media in America, and the resulting ignorance of the public at large, that most people still associate IRS targeting of one’s political enemies with Richard Nixon. Few recall that virtually every major conservative group in America was audited during the administration of Bill Clinton. Also targeted were alleged rape victim Juanita Broderick and sexual harassment victim Paula Jones, as well as fired White House Travel Office Director Billy Dale.

Kathleen Willey, yet another alleged victim of Bill Clinton’s habitual sexual harassment, claims to have been subjected to an ugly retaliation campaign led by Hillary herself. Willey’s husband Ed was part of the Clinton Body Count, as his gunshot body was found later on the same afternoon that Kathleen visited President Clinton and was groped against her will in the Oval Office. It is shocking and unconscionable that Hillary is portrayed as some kind of feminist icon when she is in reality perhaps the most high profile enabler of a male abuser of women in political history.

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The Clintons were so grounded in corruption during Bill’s tenure as Arkansas governor that it was only natural to bring that mafia-style of doing business to Washington, D.C. They auctioned off and sold taxpayer-financed goods and services. While Richard Nixon continues to be lambasted for his short and impotent “enemies list” (which is child’s play compared to Barack Obama’s “kill list”), the Clintons availed themselves of the FBI files of their own enemies, in a scandal known as Filegate.

There was Travelgate, where senior employees were fired, primarily so that the Clintons could appoint their own cronies, which included Bill’s young cousin. And the confusing but certainly troubling Whitewater scandal. Hillary Clinton appointed a seemingly unqualified bar bouncer, Craig Livingstone, to the White House Counsel’s office, where he seemed to fill the same kind of “strong arm” function. Cattlegate involved an astonishingly modest financial investment of $1000 from Hillary turned into over $99,000 in profit. This remarkable profit was connected to an “insider” source with Tyson Foods, run by the seedy Don Tyson, just one of the Clintons’ sordid comrades.

And of course, there was the highly suspicious death of White House counsel Vince Fost...

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The Trouble With Darwinian Biology "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

It has been said: “nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution.”  [The American Biology Teacher 1973] By that statement biologists imply the theory of Darwinian evolution has gaping holes in it but it’s all we’ve got. 

Darwinian biologists had their backs pressed to the wall when it was called to their attention that the fossil record does not exhibit a clearly progressive development of life forms.  There were missing transitional forms of life in the fossil record to show development into new species, the so-called “missing links.”

To explain that, biology came up with punctuated equilibrium –  – that new species appear out of nowhere due to rapid sporadic changes in DNA. [Got Questions]  Neo-Darwinism moves evolution from the slow lane to the fast lane.

Missing: the “guiding hand”

Which begs this question: did a “guiding hand” insert different genes like CRISP does to produce different species? 

Evolutionary biologists warn of this kind of thinking since they believe adaptation and design are not driven by an “invisible power of life.” [Trends in Ecology & Evolution Oct 2015] 

But even in the Darwinian model of evolution, something is directing the progressive development of life over millions of years.  So far, modern biology has explained horizontal changes in living organisms – different varieties and adaptations.  New species go unexplained.  

There is no evidence for vertical evolution from an ape-like common ancestor to a human being, despite this being depicted in many cartoon-like drawings in biology textbooks. 

What school kids are being taught today about the origins of life and man are not what biologists are talking about in the lab.  Darwinian evolution is being questioned and adaptive changes via Lamarckian evolution (epigenetics) are being embraced.  But again, epigenetics does not explain any progression from ape to man or this would be observable in the laboratory today. 

We don’t know

Why can’t scientists just say “we don’t know” rather than ridiculing creationists who at least have an explan...

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Where Do You Fit In? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Why is everybody always picking on the elite these days? The American upper-crust has been taking it on the chin so long they don’t even know who they are anymore. There’s an identity crisis going on in polite society. What can the man on the street be thinking when he calls out his betters? There ought to be a law. There probably will be. Congress can be counted on to act when all the right people are suffering. Haters spewing out the E-word need to start watching their backs. John Kennedy said: “Forgive your enemies but remember their names.” The in the crowd is keen on the second half of that advice.

Just what, exactly, do the swells want for America anyway? Joe Six-Pack might be more understanding if they’d come right out and say. It’s never easy squaring visionary actions with enlightened words. The latest pose is standing up for minorities against a violent, oppressive constabulary. A privileged, not to be confused with elite, white lynch mob supposedly thirsts for minority blood. The boys in blue are, according to one conspiracy theory, merely obliging. So whose paw prints are on the paper trail that transformed the American policeman’s image from Joe Friday into Sledge Hammer?

Views on World War I that would get you fired from a university or tossed out of CFR headquarters onto 68th Street only 20 years ago are suddenly in academic vogue. It is finally safe to tell a truth that was taboo in smug society for 9 decades. Elite bankers dragged us into the fight and lucre was as much a motive as slavery had been 56 years before. Don’t mistake this for light at the end of the tunnel. It’s just the academic statute of limitations kicking in. The big bang-up theory of bombing democracy into existence will go on as long as there is profit in it.

Without US entry into the Great War Hitler’s rise would have been very unlikely. If the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk had not been reversed several generations of East Europeans might have been spared Stalinism. Meanwhile, the most committed faction of war advocates were Wall Street financiers who’d lent the allies billions. American industry enjoyed its best boom to that point selling war supplies. Thousands of men entered the “elite” of government and media through opportunities that emerged from the war.

Both Dulles brothers were in the Versailles entourage. The fortunes they amassed between the wars were plucked from webs spun out of the Versailles-St. Germain-Trianon-Lausanne-Sevres pacts. Many of their fees were generated by finding ways around the strictures on German re-armament decreed by the Paris Peace conference they attended. 20 years after the Nazis took Berlin the siblings held more sway than any other unelected family in the United States.

What do the elite want? Two infamous suicides, often attributed as cold war casualties, might offer a clue.

In 1962 Washington Post publisher Phillip Graham was a welcome guest throughout American high society. His image made the cover of Time Magazine in 1956. The president accepted his phone calls and kept his company. He held final say-so over opinions and reports offered by one of America’s most influential dailies. But the golden boy had been losing it for years and was soon on the outs with all the really cool people in Washington. The former editor of The Harvard Law Review knew...

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May the Media Publish Stolen Truths? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

It seems that at every turn during this crazy presidential election campaign — with its deeply flawed principal candidates (whom do you hate less?) — someone’s personal or professional computer records are being hacked. First, it was Hillary Clinton’s emails that she had failed to surrender to the State Department. Then it was a portion of Donald Trump’s 1995 tax returns, showing a $916 million loss he claimed during boom times. Then it was those Clinton emails again, this time showing her unacted-upon doubts about two of our Middle Eastern allies’ involvement in 9/11 and her revelation of some secrets about the killing of Osama bin Laden.

The reason we know about these leaks is the common thread among them — the willingness of the media to publish what was apparently stolen. Hence the question: Can the government hold the press liable — criminally or civilly — for the publication of known stolen materials that the public wants to know about? In a word: No.

Here is the back story.

Are these matters material to the public interest?

Of course they are. In a free society — one in which we do not need a government permission slip to exercise our natural rights — all people enjoy a right to know if the government is spying on us in violation of the constitutionally protected and natural right to privacy. We also have a right to know about the financial shenanigans or uprightness and the honesty or dishonesty of those who seek the highest office in the land. That is particularly so in the 2016 campaign, in which Trump has argued that his business acumen makes him uniquely qualified to be president and Clinton has offered that her experiences as secretary of state would bring a unique asset to the Oval Office.

Efforts to silence the press or to punish it when it publishes inconvenient truths about the government or those who seek to lead it are not new and the vigilance of the courts has been unabated. Thomas Jefferson — himself the victim of painful press publications — argued that in a free society, he’d prefer newspapers without a government to a government without newspapers. Would Clinton or Trump say that today?

Reprinted with the author’s permission.

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Stop! Before You Pop Another Pill "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Your head hurts, you pop a pill. Your knees hurt, you pop a pill. Basically, anytime you feel pain, you’re probably popping a pill. Sure, these pills can help relieve pain, but in a day, you’re probably up to four pills, and in a month, you can be up to 120! Taking pain-relieving pills has been tied to health complications, a sick liver, for example.

Instead of relying on over-the-counter solutions, why not go natural with the below six remedies that can offer relief to your nagging pain.

6 natural pain relievers

Clove oil: Got a tooth ache? Put a few drops of clove oil on a cotton ball and apply it to the painful gum area for about 10 minutes several times a day. Although effective, as many over-the-counter tooth pain relievers, it is only a temporary fix. If tooth ache is a chronic problem for you, you should go see your dentist.Just be cautious though: If your pain is a result of a sprain, fracture, or torn ligament, do not push through to exercise – this will only worsen your injury. If you’re unsure about starting an exercise routine, you may want to consult with a trainer or a physiotherapist for guidance.

Massage: Massages don’t just pamper, they have been shown to reduce pain, too. In one study of people suffering with chronic lower back pain, those who underwent weekly massages experienced less pain after 10 weeks. Massages don’t just improve blood flow and release tension. They have been shown to release the same endorphins as exercise to combat pain.

As you can see, there are many different alternatives when it comes to improving pain – the key is to find one that suits you the best.

Reprinted with permission from Bel Marra Health.

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Neocons Want To Kill Putin "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The neoconservative president of the U.S.-taxpayer-funded National Endowment for Democracy [NED] has called for the U.S. government to “summon the will” to engineer the overthrow of Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying that the 10-year-old murder case of a Russian journalist should be the inspiration.

Carl Gershman, who has headed NED since its founding in 1983, doesn’t cite any evidence that Putin was responsible for the death of Anna Politkovskaya but uses a full column in The Washington Post on Friday to create that impression, calling her death “a window to Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin autocrat whom Americans are looking at for the first time.”

Gershman wraps up his article by writing: “Politkovskaya saw the danger [of Putin], but she and other liberals in Russia were not strong enough to stop it. The United States has the power to contain and defeat this danger. The issue is whether we can summon the will to do so. Remembering Politkovskaya can help us rise to this challenge.”

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That Gershman would so directly call for the ouster of Russia’s clearly popular president represents further proof that NED is a neocon-driven vehicle that seeks to create the political circumstances for “regime change” even when that means removing leaders who are elected by a country’s citizenry.

And there is a reason for NED to see its job in that way. In 1983, NED essentially took over the CIA’s role in influencing electoral outcomes and destabilizing governments that got in the way of U.S. interests, except that NED carried out those functions in a quasi-overt fashion while the CIA did them covertly.

NED also serves as a sort of slush fund for neocons and other favored U.S. foreign policy operatives because a substantial portion of NED’s money circulates through U.S.-based non-governmental organizations or NGOs.

That makes Gershman an influential neocon paymaster whose organization dispenses some $100 million a year in U.S. taxpayers’ money to activists, journalists, and NGOs both in Washington and around the world. The money helps them undermine governments in Washington’s disfavor – or as Gershman would prefer to say, “build democratic institutions,” even when that requires overthrowing democratically elected leaders.

NED was a lead actor in Feb. 22, 2014 coup ousting Ukraine’s elected President Viktor Yanukovych in a U.S.-backed putsch that touched off the civil war inside Ukraine between Ukrainian nationalists from the west and ethnic Russians from the east. The Ukraine crisis has become a flashpoint for the dangerous New Cold War between the U.S. and Russia.

Before the anti-Yanukovych coup, NED was funding scores of projects inside Ukraine, which Gershman had identified as “the biggest prize” in a Sept. 26, 2013, column also published in The Washington Post.

In that column, Gershman wrote that after the West claimed Ukraine, “Russians, too, face a choice, and Putin may find himself on the losing end not just in the near abroad but within Russia itself.” In other words, Gershman already saw Ukraine as an important step toward...

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Hackaday Prize Entry: An Open Bluetooth Switch Interface "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The theme of the last Hackaday Prize challenge was Assistive Technologies, and there is perhaps no assistive technology as desperately needed as a device to help people who can’t use common input devices. Using a keyboard, mouse, or touchscreen can be hard, but this Hackaday Prize project turns all these problems into a simple Bluetooth-enabled switch.

The BOSI – the Bluetooth Open Source Switch Interface – is, at its heart, just a big Bluetooth button inside a 3D-printed enclosure designed in Solidworks. These enclosures house a button connected to an Adafruit Bluefruit EZ-Key. Add a battery and a charging circuit, and you have a button that can be pressed by anyone, that connects to any device, and can do anything.

The real trick to a system like this is the software stack, and for this, BOSI can be used with iOS and OS X using the Switch Control interface. Android works, too, and the entire device is exceptionally usable for anyone that can’t use a normal input device. A great entry for the Hackaday Prize.

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Indian Politics Today Is Antithetical To Lal Bahadur Shastri’s Beliefs "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

“Politicians had a cause or a set of causes beyond and larger than themselves. Self-interest, self-protection and self-advancement did not occur to them. They stood for selflessness.”

Gopalkrishna Gandhi. Credit: PTI

Gopalkrishna Gandhi. Credit: PTI

Gopalkrishna Gandhi was conferred the Lal Bahadur Shastri Award for excellence in public administration, academics and management. The following is the text of his acceptance speech, which has been edited for clarity.

The word ‘politics’ is in trouble. It suggests intrigue, manipulation and rivalry – every conceivable form of it, ranging from simple envy to the most complicated of psychopathic jealousies. In other words, politics has come to be seen as a calling that simple people are wary of and keep a safe distance from.

The word ‘politician’ is in even greater trouble. Today, it conjures a person who is one thing in appearance, quite another in reality. There is a song that goes ‘Naqli chehra saamne aaye, asli suurat chhupi rahey’. A politician may be trusted to forget a favour received by him, but always remember a favour done by him. In other words, a politician today is a person the mirror would rather it did not have to reflect. Not at the start of the day and certainly not after the sun has set.

Siyaasat aaj diqqat mein hai; uski sifat taqliif mein hai. Aawaam kaa aitbaar us par agar aataa hai, to ruktaa nahiin. Siyaasii insaan aaj mushkilii mein hai. Aam log usko apnaa rakhvaalaa samjhte hein  lekin rahbar ya rahnumaa nahiin. Log us mein prerana dhundhtein hein, paate hein kuchh aur. Yah afsos kii baat hai, intahaa afsos kii.

(This is more than a pity; it is a tragedy. For, until not long ago, politics meant public service of the highest, most self-denying, self-effacing kind. Those who wanted to be useful to society and earn an honest wage, joined the civil or military services, the magistracy, took up professional careers. Those who wanted to be useful without bothering about earnings, took to political work. Politicians were volunteers in a spontaneous self-conscription for national service. Politics was, almost, a monastic order.)

Politicians once lived unostentatiously, often frugally and never flaunted their wealth, which they had either inherited with dignity or acquired outside politics – through other careers – with honesty.

Above all, politicians had a cause or a set of causes beyond and larger than themselves. Self-interest, self-protection and self-advancement did not occur to them. They stood for selflessness. ‘Stood’, I say that in the past tense.

Khadaa honaa rajnitigyon ko aaj bhii aataa hai, chunaavon mein khadaa honaa, leaderon ke saamne jhat utth khadaa honaa, manch par khadaa honaa, Sansad mein bulaye-na-bulaaye khadaa honaa. Aur haan, adaalat ke kathghare mein khadaa honaa. Lekin paidal chalnaa aaj viral ho gayaa hai. Zamaanaa thaa jub siyaasat apne pairon par chaltii thii. Aaj vah chalti kam hai, chalaatii ziadah hai.

Mostly, politicians do not walk now as much as they move. Literally, in moves and manoeuvres. Just like chessmen, they move adroitly, some with smartness, some moving sideways and then leaping  forward, some two steps at a time, displacing the person ahead and moving in the...

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After 15 years of waiting, David Icke’s much-anticipated return to Canada is finally happening in 2017 with a speaking visa issued to him by the Canadian government for the first time since 2002. With a three-date tour of Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary, David Icke is well and truly back in Canada after already presenting his all-day events in Australia, New Zealand, USA, UK, Estonia, Italy, Czech Republic and the Netherlands in 2016 and more in 2017 – including Germany, Iceland, Manchester, Dublin, Sweden, Slovakia, Romania, Hungary, Croatia … and many other countries. Book Tickets early for David’s September visit to Canada to avoid disappointment. Since the early 1990s, David has made it his life’s mission to warn the world of an impending global fascist state – alerting people to plans for a Third World War leading to global government imposing its will on every man, woman and child on Planet Earth. Now, as the world clearly moves so fast in precisely that direction, the world is waking up to David Icke and asking – so what else has he been saying all these years? PLENTY. Click Here for Tickets

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The One Thing Mainstream Media Repeatedly Ignores About the Trump Pedophilia Rape Case "IndyWatch Feed World"

A New York judge has ordered an official hearing to advance a court case that accuses Trump of raping a young girl at an event hosted by convicted pedophile and billionaire Jeffrey Epstein.

However, Epstein's connections to other powerful politicians have been largely overlooked by corporate media.

A New York Judge has scheduled a courtroom hearing over whether Donald Trump will stand trial for allegedly raping a young girl. The hearing has been officially set for December 16th, more than a month after this year’s presidential election.

The move to advance the case comes two weeks after the plaintiff’s legal team voluntarily dropped the lawsuit in order to officially add a third witness’ testimony to their complaint.


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Ancient Wisdom Teachings for Greater Happiness "IndyWatch Feed World"

By Dr. Mercola

Perception Process

By Dr. Mercola

There’s no shortage of evidence that happy people live longer, healthier lives.1,2 For example, one study3 found that the tendency to always expect the worst was linked to a 25 percent higher risk of dying before the age of 65. This means a pessimistic attitude can shave more than 14 years off the average lifespan.4

But just HOW to “be happy” is an elusive mystery for many. We all seek it, yet many feel they’re missing the mark on any given day. Part of the problem may be rooted in your concept of happiness. If you rate your level of happiness as being low, consider reevaluating your notion of happiness.

Perhaps you’re subconsciously equating happiness with a certain lifestyle or level of materialism. Perhaps you’ve fallen into the trap of thinking that “when xyz happens, then I’ll be happy.”

A recent article in Time magazine5 delves into the concept of how to become happier, noting that the clues to a happy life are more apt to be found in classic writings than modern self-help books.

Perception Is Everything

Case in point: Wisdom of the ancients dictate that events are neither good nor bad in and of themselves. What matters when something happens is your PERCEPTION of the event in question.

As such, it is your belief about the event that upsets you, not the fact that it happened.
Eric Barker offers the following scenarios to illustrate this point:

“You get dumped by someone you’re totally in love with. Feel sad? God, yes. The world is going to end. Okay, same scenario, but afterwards you find out that person was actually a psychopath who killed their last three partners. Feel sad you got dumped? No, you’re thrilled.


So clearly ‘getting dumped’ isn’t the important factor here … If you lose your job and believe it was a lousy position and believe it won’t be hard for you to get a better job, you’re unfazed.


If you believe it was the greatest job ever and believe you’ll never get another one that good — you’re devastated. Emotions aren’t random. They follow from beliefs.”

Ryan Holiday, author of several books, including “The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living,” offers the following clarification:...

Study: ADHD Drugs Fail to Help Kids Complete Homework "IndyWatch Feed World"

By Dr. Mercola

By Dr. Mercola

Drugs prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are among the most controversial on the market. Such drugs are the most common psychotropic drugs used by children (tied for first place with antidepressants),1 yet they have questionable benefits and serious risks.

Medicating children with ADHD is in itself controversial, especially because there is no laboratory test or objective method to determine which children have ADHD.

Some may be labeled as such by parents or teachers, and even those diagnosed by a mental health professional may be displaying symptoms that could be attributed to other causes.

Many of the symptoms, such as being easily distracted, squirming and fidgeting, are seen in virtually all children at some point or another and, should they become problematic, may be better dealt with via lifestyle changes and psychotherapy than powerful stimulant drugs.

Any parent considering drug treatment for a child with ADHD must carefully weigh the benefits versus the risks, and new research suggests the purported benefits do not extend to improvements in school.

ADHD Drugs Don’t Help Kids Get Better Grades

A major concern of parents of children with ADHD is how it might affect their schoolwork. Worried that their child may fall behind other students or struggle with poor grades, some parents resort to drug treatment, believing it will help. Some drug companies even advertise their treatments as helping to improve homework time.

“Evidence indicates that children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) experience acute and prolonged academic impairment and underachievement including marked difficulty with completing homework,” researchers wrote in a new study.2

It’s the first to examine the effects of drug versus behavioral treatment on homework performance in children with ADHD.

Seventy-five children between the ages of 5 and 12 participated. One group was assigned to receive either a stimulant drug or a placebo for three weeks, then switched. Another group received behavioral therapy.

The drug treatment led to no significant improvements in homework completion or accuracy compared to placebo. The behavioral therapy, however, led to children finishing up to 13 percent more homework problems and increased accuracy by 8 percent.

This homework boost could be the difference between a child receiving a passing “C” grade or failing a class, the researchers noted, adding:3

Behavioral treatment focused on homework problems results in clear benefits for children’s homework completion and accuracy (the difference between passing and failing, on average), whereas long-acting stimulant medication resulted in limited and largely no...

Help Your Body Heal With Hyssop Oil "IndyWatch Feed World"

By Dr. Mercola

Ancient texts, including the Bible, described the mcany benefits of hyssop or Hyssopus officinalis. Today, the herb still provides these same benefits and is in wide use. When steam-distilled, the plant produces a very potent essential oil. Below is additional information on hyssop oil.

What Is Hyssop Oil

The perennial plant hyssop is native to the Mediterranean region and was considered a holy plant in biblical times. During the time of the Romans, this herb was used against the plague, as a disinfectant and for treatment of minor infections.

In some parts of the world, it had a spiritual function, and was believed to purify and “forgive sins.”1 Christianity held hyssop in high regard — the herb was cited as a symbol of baptism and reconciliation.2 In other religions, it is associated with purification.

The plant grows up to 60 centimeters or 2 feet high, and has a “hairy” stem with small pointy leaves and blue, purple or white flowers.3 Today, hyssop is cultivated in various parts of France for its essential oils.

It is deemed one of the strongest antiviral essential oils out there because it contains nearly every type of chemical compound found in essential oils. However, the oil is still mild and gentle.

Uses of Hyssop Oil

Hyssop oil is currently used in aromatherapy to help treat problems linked to the respiratory and digestive systems. It can also be used to potentially bring relief to arthritic pain, sores, bruises, toothaches and ear pain.

It also contributes to the regulation of blood pressure and acts as a calming substance for anxiety and hysteria.4 Other uses of hyssop oil are:5

Antispasmodic — Hyssop oil may help relieve spasms in the respiratory system, nervous system, muscles and intestines.

Antiseptic — When applied on wounds, it can help them from becoming infected. The essential oil can also help wounds, cuts and bruises heal faster.

Massage and bath oils — When used as either one, hyssop oil helps relieve pain and fatigue. It can also be used to address menstrual pain.

Febrifuge — This herbal oil may help lower body temperature and fever.

Cicatrisant — It is often used on skin problems, such as insect bites, rashes, boils and even (chicken) pox. It may even be used on scars to m...

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Green Party’s Stein: Hillary Clinton With Nukes ‘Much Scarier’ Than Donald Trump "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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Wednesday in an appearance on CSPAN, Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein offered an omnious prediction of what a Hillary Clinton presidency might look like. According to Stein, should Clinton be elected, nuclear war with Russia could be a possibility. “It is now Hillary Clinton that wants to start an air war with Russia over Syria by calling for a no-fly zone,” Stein said.  “We have 2000 nuclear missiles on hair-trigger alert. They are saying we are closer to a nuclear war than we have ever been. Under Hillary Clinton, we could slide into nuclear war very quickly from her declared policy in Syria. “I sure won’t sleep well at night if Donald Trump is elected, but I sure won’t sleep well at night if Hillary Clinton elected. We have another choice other than these two candidates who are both promoting lethal policies,” she continued. “On the issue of war and nuclear weapons, it is actually Hillary’s policies which are much scarier than Donald Trump who does not want to go to war with Russia. He wants to seek modes of working together, which is the route that we need to follow not to go into confrontation and nuclear war

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WW3 False Flag In The Making? Images Leaked Showing U.S. Military Jets Disguised As Russian Planes "IndyWatch Feed World"

Leaked images have emerged that show U.S. fighter jets disguised to look like Russian military planes.

We all know that relations between the U.S. and Russia have grown increasingly tense over the past few years with Russia coming under health criticism for the conduct of its military in the war-torn region of Syria.

Recently, Russia has even told its citizens to prepare for nuclear war, and the U.S. has ramped up its bellicose rhetoric against the Russian Federation leading many people to fear that war between the two powerful countries is imminent.

Now PressTV has reported that photographs, taken by Canadian journalists show that F/A fighter jets were painted with blue patterns similar to those employed by the Russian military.

The journalist noted that it is common for countries to modify their planes in this way for use in training exercises. If this scenario is true, then it is likely that these planes would be used to act as aggressor squadrons employing similar tactics to the Russian military to prepare soldiers for battle with the Russian military.

The fact that the United States is seriously preparing troops to face Russian soldiers in the future is cause for serious alarm. However, many people believe that a much more sinister use is planned, perhaps the U.S. has designed their planes to look like this to launch a false flag attack. A false flag attack that pins responsibility on the Russian military.

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Increasing number of meteorite impacts recorded on the Moon "IndyWatch Feed World"

Meteorites have punched at least 222 impact craters into the Moon's surface in the past 7 years. That's 33% more than researchers expected, and suggests that future lunar astronauts may need to hunker down against incoming space rocks. "It's just something that's happening all the time," says Emerson Speyerer, an engineer at Arizona State University in Tempe and author of a 12 October paper in Nature1. Planetary geologists will also need to rethink their understanding of the age of the lunar surface, which depends on counting craters and estimating how long the terrain has been pummelled by impacts. Although most of the craters dotting the Moon's surface formed millions of years ago, space rocks and debris continue to create fresh pockmarks. In 2011, a team led by Ingrid Daubar of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, compared some of the first pictures taken by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), which launched in 2009, with decades-old images taken by the Apollo astronauts. The scientists spotted five fresh impact craters in the LRO images. Then, on two separate occasions in 2013, other astronomers using telescopes on Earth spotted bright flashes on the Moon; LRO later flew over those locations and photographed the freshly formed craters2, 3.

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What I’ve been reading "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

1. Stephen M. Bainbridge and M. Todd Henderson. Limited Liability: A Legal and Economic Analysis.  One of this year’s sleeper books, it is probably the best extant treatment of corporate limited liability and one of the best books on the corporation from a law and economics point of view.  I do not understand how it ended up at $133 from Edward Elgar.

2. William F. Buckley, edited by James Rosen, A Torch Kept Lit: Great Lives of the Twentieth Century.  Obituaries penned by WFB, fascinating throughout.  One forgets what a lucid writer he was, and some of the more unsettling entries (MLK, John Lennon) are some of the most interesting.

3. Afghan Modern: The History of a Global Nation, by Robert D. Crews.  The history of globalization in Afghanistan and of Afghanistan, highly intelligent and good material on just about every page.  A model for how to take a now somewhat cliched topic and make something original out of it.

4. Morton H. Christiansen and Nick Chater, Creating Language: Integrating Evolution, Acquisition, and Processing.  Have you ever wondered what is the actual professional status of Chomskyian linguistics and other claims you read in popular science books?  This is the go-to work to address that question, it is written at the right level of serious rigor yet readability for a non-linguist such as myself.

Frank Ahrens, Seoul Man: A Memoir of Cars, Culture, Crisis, and Unexpected Hilarity Inside a Korean Corporate Titan.  A fun take on exactly what the subtitle promises.

I can apply that same description to Joseph Turow, The Aisles Have Eyes: How Retailers Track Your Shopping, Strip Your Privacy, and Define Your Power.

Rabbi Mark Glickman, Stolen Words: The Nazi Plunder of Jewish Books.  I found this moving and extremely well-presented.

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Who Is Behind The #StopZika Fear Campaign? – Questions For Corbett #032 "IndyWatch Feed War"

Do you wonder if the Chinese are secretly planning to stick it to the west? Question how a free society would work? If you should give your kids the red pill? Who’s really behind the #StopZika campaign? Never fear! James answers these and all your other burning questions in this edition of Questions For Corbett.…

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Now the fun starts "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

I don’t know how to do twitter, but apparently it’s ablaze with gallows humor.  Here’s one example:

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That’s from Daniel Lin, and there’s lots more good stuff.  I’ll try to do something more serious when I get caught up from my trip.  As usual, my Econlog posts are more respectable.

Matt O’Brien also has some great stuff, including a retweet of Rush wondering why the left makes such a big deal of “consent”.

We are currently in the circular firing squad phase.  I eagerly await the “Hitler was so pissed the generals let him down that he decided to destroy Germany when he knew that he was going to lose” phase.

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Russia & US will engage in 'global war', unless 'proxy' Syria conflict resolved - Turkey's deputy PM "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Syrian conflict has now become a "proxy war" between the two Cold War superpowers, believes Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey, Numan Kurtulmus, who warned that that the conflict could escalate beyond the Middle East.

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Russian submarines, strategic missile troops test fire 3 long-range ballistic rockets "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Russia has successfully conducted three separate ballistic rocket launches. Two tests were carried out by Russian submarines from the Northern and Pacific fleets, while another intercontinental ballistic missile was launched from the Plesetsk space center.

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Kite Line: Yes, In My Back Yard "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

From Kite Line
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Welcome to the YIMBY episode: Yes In My Backyard. We focus on some positive projects in our area that affect those experiencing incarceration, addiction, and poverty. We have updates on the National Prison Strike, read a letter from an inmate in the Monroe County Jail, and hear letters from prisoners requesting friends in the form of penpals. We speak with volunteers from the Indiana Prisoners Writing Project, the Indiana Recovery Alliance, New Leaf – New Life, and The Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project. What they have in common is a commitment to saying yes to difference, yes to solving difficult problems, and yes to transformation.

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A Virus Is Stealing The Black Widow’s DNA To Create Its Own Venom "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

If you didn’t hate spiders enough, here’s something else: Their viruses are now venomous, too.

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Forget Cybermen and Iron Man: the next generation of soft, flexible robots is here "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Traditionally, robots have been machine-like, rigid, fast and efficient contraptions, much like Doctor Who’s Cybermen and Tony Stark’s Iron Man suit.

But, researchers at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne’s (EPFL) Reconfigurable Robotics Lab (RRL) have turned this notion on its head with their soft robots.

These flexible, reconfigurable and air-actuated robots behave like human muscles and could be used in physical rehabilitation.

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60% Of The Billion-Dollar PR Budget Of The US Government Goes To The Pentagon To Sell You War — And It’s Working True Activist

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By: Claire Bernish / (The Free Thought Project) Well over a half billion dollars is shelled out annually by the Pentagon to propagandize and galvanize public support of its wars based nearly entirely on lies — because, after all, war crafted to prop up the military-industrial machine’s profiteering can indeed be a tough sell.

In the latest report on Public Relations Spending from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the United States’ government PR apparatus has been revealed to spend over $1 billion annually — $626 million of which the Department of Defense allots to employ a massive propaganda army constituting roughly 40 percent of the more than 5,000-strong federal public relations workforce.

In comparison, Health and Human Services — with the second highest spending of all federal agencies during the 10-year period the GAO studied — spent an average of $116 million to promote, for example, Obamacare, flu shots, and the like.

Pentagon spending accounted for over 60 percent of the federal government’s public relations hefty total budget between 2006 and 2015.

To put that figure in context, Senate Committee on the Budget Chairman Sen. Mike Enzi pointed out, the entire Department of Education had 4,081 employees in 2015.

Simply put, the Pentagon takes itself quite seriously and wants to make sure you do, too. In fact, the DoD spent more on unknown propaganda and PR efforts in the ten years of the study than all other government agencies — combined.

“With increasing pressures on limited federal resources, it is crucial to know how much is spent across the federal government on public relations activities and which federal agencies are spending the most,” Enzi said in a statement. “It is important to understand the primary purposes and reported benefits from the investments of tax dollars paid by America’s hardworking families. I look forward to GAO continuing its efforts to shine more light on these activities.”

While precisely how the Pentagon spends its massive PR budget could not be determined, the report explains, “Although there is no single, commonly-accepted definition of what constitutes advertising or public relations.” So the GAO describes Department of Defense advertising as “the placement of messages intended to inform or persuade an audience through various types of media, such as television, radio, digital media, direct mail, and others.”

In 2008, when the Department of Defense squandered $868 million on its public image, as Reason reports, “it accounted for more than two-thirds of all taxpayer-funded advertising in the federal government.”

“With the increased popularity and accessibility of expanded media platforms,” GAO Acting Director of Strategic Issues Heather Krause...

15:45

President Obama Responds To Alex Jones Calling Him a Demon "IndyWatch Feed World"

So, did you see the trending story of President Obama responding to radio internet host Alex Jones for stating he was a demon? Here’s President Obama’s response to Alex Jones and then Jone’s response to the president in the video below. Full disclosure: Alex Jones has covered my stories and credited me, but we’ve never

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Russia Reads US Bluster As Sign of War "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

As U.S. politicians and pundits have fun talking tough about Russia and demonizing President Putin, they are missing signs that Moscow isn’t amused and is preparing for actual conflict, writes ex-CIA analyst  Ray McGovern...

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Iskander Missiles Deployed in Kaliningrad: Whom Do They Threaten? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Russian nuclear-capable Iskander missile system has been transported to the Kaliningrad region bordering Poland and Lithuania on a training mission.  The move was followed by angry reaction and grave concern expressed by officials and media of NATO countries...

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Indonesia approves chemical castration, capital punishment for pedophiles "IndyWatch Feed World"

Convicted pedophiles in Indonesia could be subjected to chemical castration after the government approved a set of laws to better protect minors against predators. Additional punishments would include harsher prison terms and the introduction of tracking chips. Despite a strong objection to the introduction of new punishments by the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) and the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), lawmakers from ten other parties represented in the government went on to adopt the regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) following President Joko Widodo proposed changes to existing law in May.

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Ask Libyans About “No-Fly Zones”. “A No-Fly Zone” in Syria is All Out War, Escalation… "IndyWatch Feed War"

The implementation of a no-fly zone will inflame and escalate an already desperate situation. There is a growing demand from government politicians for a no-fly zone in Syria. Those calling for it, led by Conservative MP Andrew Mitchell, and echoed by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, are either culpably naive or more likely unconcerned about taking Britain…

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Final Straw: Atlanta Antifa and Upcoming Anarchist Black Cross (ABC) Conference "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Asheville, NC 28806

I wanted to do some announcements regarding the prison strike, but honestly so many amazing things have been going on it would be impossible to do them justice in the time we have for this segment. In brief, at Holman Prison in Atmore Alabama, where many rebels are part of the Free Alabama Movement, it was reported a few days ago that most if not all of the prison guards there had quit their jobs, either giving their notice or walking off entirely, in solidarity with the strikers. This is a huge piece of news, and I am not aware of it ever having happened before on such a large scale. It was also announced the other day that prisoners in the strike and refused to let guards lock them up and refused to go to their jobs. This is also a tremendous piece of news, it is clear that the prison strike is still going strong though it should come as no surprise that it is being quelled in mass media, which have even reported that it has fizzled out. The opposite is true. Keep your eyes on It’s Going Down, Support Prisoner Resistance, Mask Magazine, and the Portland Anarchist Black Cross among other anarchist news sources for more real updates. You can also help by writing to those who have been targeted in this strike, you can find a list of prison rebels on the IWOC page.

in this episode we are presenting two segments, firstly is a conversation recorded with Keith from ATL Antifa about the fast approaching occurrence of Hammerfest, which is a far right music festival, which is suspected to be taking place in Drake Town, Georgia about an hour outside of Atlanta. In this interview, we speak about how ATL Antifa got started, whether or not Trump’s presence on the political stage has emboldened far right / white supremacist activity, some vague tactical advice for dealing with suspected far right activity, police ties with the KKK, some history about and advice about dealing with Hammerskins, some other struggles that are going on in Atlanta and the surrounding towns and much more. To get in touch with them, visit https://afainatl.wordpress.com/ or you can get super current updates on their twitter @AFAINATL

The second segment is a short interview with a member of the organizing committee for the upcoming Anarchist Black Cross conference. In this conversation we talk about the history of the ABC, how the prison strike is informing this years conference and much more.

Playlist is here: http://www.ashevillefm.org/node/17706

 

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15:37

“Beating the Drums of War” at the UN Security Council: Russia Vetoes Resolution to Implement Syria “No Fly Zone” "IndyWatch Feed War"

United Nations Security Council: Russian Veto, Supported By Venezuela, Prevents The Obliteration Of Syria. Is Russia The Next Target?- In a speech stunning for its arrogance, venom, and the violence of its verbal and personal attack on the Russian Federation, the Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom today demonstrated Lord Bertrand Russell’s observation that “the British…

15:30

The Stories of Ehrlich, Borlaug and the Green Revolution "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Fifty years after high yielding variety seeds came to India, a look at how they got here – and what may have happened if they didn’t.

Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Representative image. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

For the average person, the names Ehrlich and Borlaug may not mean anything. However, in the late 1960s and early 1970s, the two Americans, in their own way, did something extraordinary. Paul R. Ehrlich, a professor of biology at Stanford University, painted a depressing picture of the state of the world – a picture that had hundreds of millions dying within a decade, and nations such as India and England ceasing to exist. Norman Borlaug, along with his associates, proved Ehrlich wrong. Borlaug helped nations such as Mexico and India double, even triple, their crop yield – an increase that outpaced the population growth rate and ensured that famines would remain only in the history books.

In the 1960s, India was going through a difficult time, most notably on the food front. In 1966, it produced about 10.4 million tonnes of wheat, which was woefully inadequate to feed a population of over 500 million. It increased to 11.3 million tonnes in 1967.

On January 23, 1966, The Hindu published an alarming article. To quote it: “Thirty million people in India are facing “dire distress” at present in getting food. This estimate has been made by the Union Food Ministry on the basis of information received from different states”.  The article went on to add, “A team of U.S. officials is arriving in Delhi on January 23 to assess the extent of “dire distress” for an outright grant of food grains to people in the affected areas”.

On January 28, 1966, the Deccan Herald, a paper published out of Bangalore, printed a news item saying that the Mysore government had decided to relax the Monday evening ban on serving food in hotels, which had been implemented following a call by then Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri in November 1965 that people ‘miss a meal’ to conserve food and to help tide over the food crisis.

In January 1966, Indira Gandhi became the prime minister after the demise of Shastri. During her visit to the US in March 1966, she asked for food aid. Then US President Lyndon Baines Johnson agreed to send 10 million tonnes of wheat under the PL-480 programme. However, India’s statements condemning the US bombings of North Vietnam infuriated the Americans who decided to go slow on the shipments. In the words of one commentator, India was surviving from “ship to mouth”. India did receive a large amount of food aid under the PL-480 programme, but it was obvious to policymakers that the country could not survive on this alone.

To end India’s dependence on the PL-480 programme, then agriculture minister C. Subramaniam adopted a new strategy to boost grain production. Among other things, he brought in a new price support p...

15:27

Grandson sends pizza delivery driver to check on grandmother in Florida after Hurricane Matthew "IndyWatch Feed World"

A Nebraska man called a pizza place 20 minutes from my house  in Florida and asked them to deliver a pizza to his grandmother — and also make sure she survived Hurricane Matthew. The family of 87-year-old Claire Olsen had not heard from her for several days because her phone line was out, according to WFTV. After

The post Grandson sends pizza delivery driver to check on grandmother in Florida after Hurricane Matthew appeared first on Health Nut News.

15:25

‘Limited self-defense strikes’: US military destroys 3 ‘radar sites’ in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The US military has carried out a series of “limited self-defence strikes” in Yemen, the Pentagon has announced. The attack, authorized by President Obama, was carried out in retaliation to recent attacks on the US naval destroyer, USS Mason. According to the Pentagon’s initial assessments, three “radar sites” in the Houthi rebel-controlled area of Yemen […]

15:21

Six Cops Who Tested Positive for Cocaine Have Been Reinstated "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Zack Huffman | Courthouse News Service BOSTON (CN) – The city of Boston needs more than a positive hair-follicle test for cocaine to fire a police officer, the state’s Supreme

The post Six Cops Who Tested Positive for Cocaine Have Been Reinstated appeared first on Filming Cops.

15:21

Why the New Silk Roads Terrify Washington "IndyWatch Feed War"

Almost six years ago, President Putin proposed to Germany ‘the creation of a harmonious economic community stretching from Lisbon to Vladivostok.’ This idea represented an immense trade emporium uniting Russia and the EU, or, in Putin’s words, “a unified continental market with a capacity worth trillions of dollars.” In a nutshell: Eurasia integration. by Pepe Escobar, Global Research:  Washington…

15:20

October 13th – 2016 Presidential Election – Open Discussion "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In an effort to keep the Daily Open Thread a little more open topic we are going to start a new daily thread for “2016 Presidential Politics”. Please use this thread to post anything relating to the Presidential Race and/or … Continue reading

15:15

Live Turkeys Thrown From Plane, Chased, Then Slaughtered In Town’s Festival True Activist

Credit: Democratic Gazette

Credit: Democratic Gazette

In a tradition that is both outdated and barbaric, live turkeys are being dropped from planes to entertain humans in an annual festival that goes back 71 years. The turkeys are thrown from an altitude of 500 feet, which is a horrible fate that typically kills the animals on impact when they come crashing down.

Despite the obvious abuse that occurs here, many are quick to defend the practice for various reasons. Many claim that the turkeys can fly and prevent themselves from landing too hard. While it may be true that wild turkeys can fly in short bursts, it’s doubtful that most actually get their bearings fast enough to begin flying when they are suddenly thrown from the plane. Proof of this lies in what the outcome usually is: they die on impact or land in a less than desirable place, which can also lead to their death. Turkeys are also unable to fly when they are at high altitudes.

“I’ve seen a couple of the birds get in the power lines and get burned up by the power lines, and I’ve seen some of them get hit by cars,” one citizen of the town Yellville, Arkansas, Bobby Wilson, told Fox 12. “I do believe it’s inhumane.”

Credit: ABC 13

Credit: ABC 13

On the off chance that a turkey doesn’t die immediately, they still face a horrible fate. Wherever they land, they are chased by adults and children alike until they are caught, and are subsequently slaughtered. Four turkeys were dropped this past Saturday and at least one died.

The event this year was called Turkey Lives Matter, which is certainly ironic. Max Brantley, a senior editor at the Arkansas Times, sarcastically wrote in a blog post last week,

“They could probably get a good crowd in Yellville for a drawing and quartering, too,” he wrote. “Here’s an idea for sport: A drop of frozen Butterball turkeys from 500 feet over the cheering crowd.”

Maybe then the citizens that support this practice would see how horrible it feels to die on impact. However, the pilots that drop the turkeys make sure to steer clear of crowds so that no humans get hurt during the drop.

Many are opposed to this festival, and raising awareness about the horrible event can only help to...

15:15

Thursday October 13th – Open Thread "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those … Continue reading

15:13

By way of deception thou shalt lose your Empire "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

This article was written for the Unz Review: http://www.unz.com/tsaker/by-way-of-deception-thou-shalt-lose-your-empire/ “For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come

15:09

Bowling: Shayna Ng beats teammate Cherie Tan for China Open trophy "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

(Source: www.straitstimes.com)

SINGAPORE – National bowler Shayna Ng won the women’s Open step-ladder final at the China Open on Wednesday evening, beating teammate Cherie Tan 223-205 for the trophy in Shanghai.

Ng takes home the winner’s cheque of 30,000 yuan (S$6,174), while Tan receives 18,000 yuan for finishing runner-up.

Ng had qualified for the step-ladder finals as the top seed, having gone through the qualifiers in top position with a score of 1,295 pinfalls over six games in the second round of the finals.

Tan qualified for the step-ladder finals as the third seed, beating Indonesia’s Sharon Limansantoso and Tannya Roumimper with a score of 199 (versus 167 and 194 respectively) to ensure an all-Singaporean final two.

Tan’s younger sister Daphne missed out on the step-ladder finals – reserved for the top six bowlers – when she finished in eighth place in the second round.

The Hao’s Bowling Centre will next host the QubicaAMF World Cup from Oct 14-23. Singapore will be represented by Bernice Lim in the women’s event while Norman Cai will fly the flag for the men.

More Info: www.straitstimes.com


15:07

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

U.S. Official: Navy Fires At Radar Sites In Yemen After Navy Destroyer Was Targeted
October 12, 20165:52 PM ET
MERRIT KENNEDY
NPR

Updated 11:15 p.m. ET with official reporting hits on radar sites

A U.S. official says the Navy has destroyed three radar locations in Yemen after missiles were fired at a U.S. destroyer off the Yemeni coast.

The official says:

"Earlier this evening (9 p.m. EDT / 4 a.m. local time in Yemen), the destroyer USS Nitze launched Tomahawk cruise missiles targeting three coastal radar sites in in Yemen along the Red Sea coast, north of the Bab-el-Mandeb strait. Initial assessments indicate that all three targets were destroyed.

"Destroying these radar sites will degrade their ability to track and target ships in the future. These radars were active during previous attacks and attempted attacks on ships in the Red Sea, including last week's attack on the USA-flagged vessel "Swift-2", and during attempted attacks on USS Mason and other ships as recently as today.

"The three radar sites were in remote areas, where there was little risk of civilian casualties or collateral damage. ...

"All of these are in Houthi-controlled territory."

The Pentagon says that a missile has been fired at U.S. Navy destroyer USS Mason off the coast of Yemen — for the second time in four days.

"At least one missile" originated from Houthi-controlled territory near the Red Sea port city of al-Hudaydah, Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said in a statement to NPR's Tom Bowman.

"The ship employed defensive countermeasures, and the missile did not reach the USS Mason," the statement reads. "There was no damage to the ship or its crew." He adds that the ship employed "defensive countermeasures," without elaborating.

Over the weekend, the USS Mason was targeted by two anti-ship missiles launched from Yemen's shore, as Tom reported. It happened as the ship was sailing through a narrow strait between Djibouti and Yemen called Bab al-Mandeb. The highly strategic area is the entrance to the Red Sea, which then links to the Suez Canal — a waterway crucial to global trade.

Yemen's Shiite Houthi rebels, who are backed by Iran, have controlled the capital, Sanaa, since late 2014. A Saudi-led, U.S.-backed coalition supports Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi — Yemen's internationally recognized, exiled leader. The coalition has been launching airstrikes since March 2015, aimed at pushing the rebels back into their northern stronghold.

The missiles fired Sunday "were variants of the so-called Silkworm missile ... a type of coastal defense cruise missile Iran is known to use," as The Associated Press reported.

The war has caused devastating casualties across the country. The U.N. estimates that at least 10,000 people have been killed during the conflict — and as NPR's Jackie Northam reports, nearly half of them are civilians.

It's not clear how the U.S. plans to respond. "Those who threaten our forces should know that U.S. commanders retain the right to defend their ships, and we will respond to this threat at the appropriate time and in the appropriate mann...

15:04

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15:03

Political Deadlock and Military Escalation in Donbass "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

…from SouthFront The military situation in the Donbass region is remaining tense despite the declarations about a new stage of weapons withdrawal and an announcement of unilateral ceasefire by the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) from September 15. The both sides have been continuing to accuse each other in violations […]

15:01

NB3 Foundation Kicks Off Learning Action Cohort to Reduce Sugary-Sweetened Beverage Consumption Among Native Children "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Santo Domingo Pueblo will receive training

Santo Domingo Pueblo will receive training

Published October 13, 2016

SANTA ANA PUEBLO, NEW MEXICO – The Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation launches new initiative encouraging Native children to drink more water and reduce their consumption of sugary-sweetened beverages (SSB) and promote breastfeeding. To support this work, NB3 Foundation has awarded $900,000 to nine tribes and Native-led organizations in the Southwest. Thanks to an investment from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, NB3 Foundation continues to address Native childhood obesity and Type 2 diabetes through health and physical activity investments and strategies throughout Indian Country.

nb3logo-tweet_400x400Working with community partners from the Mescalero Apache Tribe, Navajo Nation and Pueblos in New Mexico, the NB3 Foundation is focused on better understanding and supporting culturally appropriate methods that increase water consumption and decreases SSB consumption among Native youth. Grant recipients will work together for 2½ years, conducting community assessments of sugary-beverage consumption, access to safe drinking water, and breastfeeding.  Each community-led process will help grantees identify and implement a policy or system change effort in their communities.

Grantees, as part of a learning network, will convene together eight times over the course of the project to share, learn and strategize with each other. In addition, grantees will provide guidance to the NB3 Foundation on the launch of a national campaign to educate, inform and reduce the consumption of sugary beverages and promote the consumption of safe drinking water throughout Indian Country.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the consumption of SSBs have increased 500% in the past fifty years and is now the single largest category of caloric intake in children, surpassing milk in the late 1990s. Sugary drinks, such as soft drinks, fruit drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks, and sweetened milk or milk alternatives, now represent the biggest source of added sugar in children’s diets. These drinks are the one of the biggest contributors to calories in the U.S. diet, and have been linked to obesity, nutrition-related diseases and tooth decay. In New Mexico alone, 50% of Native American third-graders were either overweight or obese, according to the New Mexico Department of Health.

“We have an incredible group of Native communities that have demonstrated their commitment to children’s health and are ready to build a collaborative and culturally effective approach within their communities and as part of a learning network.” said Olivia Roanhorse, Director of NB3 Foundation’s Native Strong Program.

“Obesity has become a devastating epidemic among Native American children, impacting the qual...

15:01

Senator Udall to Chair Oversight Field Hearing on Work to Prevent the Theft, Illegal Possession, Sale, Transfer and Export of Tribal Cultural Items "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Senator Tom Udall - D - New Mexico

Senator Tom Udall – D – New Mexico

Published October 13, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE — On Tuesday, October 18 at 10 a.m., U.S. Senator Tom Udall will lead an oversight field hearing with Senator Martin Heinrich at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center on legislation to stop the theft, illegal possession, sale, transfer and export of Tribal cultural items.

Senators Udall and Heinrich are leading legislation that would increase penalties and raise awareness of illegal trafficking of Tribal cultural items. Udall introduced the Protection of the Right of Tribes to stop the Export of Cultural and Traditional (PROTECT) Patrimony Resolution with Heinrich, which condemns the theft, illegal possession or sale, transfer and export of Tribal cultural items and calls for several measures to be implemented to help identify illegal handling of these items and ensure they are returned to the rightful Native American owners. Heinrich introduced with Udall the Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony (STOP) Act, which will prohibit exportation and enhance protections of Native American cultural items and establish a group of Tribal members dedicated to preventing future mishandling of cultural items. New Mexico is home to 23 Tribes whose cultural heritage is harmed by the theft of sacred and culturally significant objects, and the illegal trafficking of sacred and cultural items is an issue for Tribes throughout Indian Country. The issue was brought into the spotlight when a ceremonial shield from the Pueblo of Acoma was found for sale on a Paris auction house website earlier this year.

Witnesses will include:

Panel I:

Cheryl Andrews-Maltais, Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior

Tracy Toulou, Director, Office of Tribal Justice, U.S. Department of Justice

Mark Taplin, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Waldemar Rodriguez, Special Agent in Charge, Homeland Security Investigations, El Paso U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Panel II:

The Honorable Kurt Riley, Governor, Pueblo of Acoma

The Honorable E. Paul Torres, Governor, Pueblo of Isleta, All Pueblo Council of Governors

The Honorable Russell Begaye, President, Navajo Nation

Gregory Schaaf, Historian, Retired Professor of Native American Studies, University of California

Honor Keeler, Director of International Repatriation Project, Association on American Indian Affairs

WHAT: Udall chairs oversight field hearing on work to prevent the theft, illegal possession, sale, transfer and export of Tribal cultural items.
TIME: 10 a.m.
WHERE: Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
...

15:01

LFD435 13Mar2016 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

This course is designed to show experienced programmers how to develop device drivers for embedded Linux systems, and give them a basic understanding and familiarity with the Linux kernel.

LFD435 06Feb2016 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

This course is designed to show experienced programmers how to develop device drivers for embedded Linux systems, and give them a basic understanding and familiarity with the Linux kernel.

LFD435 07Nov2016 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

This course is designed to show experienced programmers how to develop device drivers for embedded Linux systems, and give them a basic understanding and familiarity with the Linux kernel.

15:01

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

U.S. Launches Strikes in Yemen After Missiles Aimed at American Ships
by COURTNEY KUBE and PHIL HELSEL
NBC News

The U.S. military launched Tomahawk cruise missiles against coastal radar sites in Yemen early Thursday, following two incidents this week in which missiles were fired at a U.S. Navy ship from a rebel-controlled area of the country, a senior defense official said.

The missiles were launched at around 4 a.m. Thursday local time (9 p.m. Wednesday ET), and initial assessments were that all three sites in rebel Houthi-controlled areas were destroyed, the official said.

Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said in a statement that President Barack Obama authorized the strikes on the recommendation of Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Joseph Dunford.

"These limited self-defense strikes were conducted to protect our personnel, our ships, and our freedom of navigation in this important maritime passageway," Cook said. "The United States will respond to any further threat to our ships and commercial traffic, as appropriate, and will continue to maintain our freedom of navigation in the Red Sea, the Bab al-Mandeb, and elsewhere around the world."

The Pentagon on Tuesday vowed to retaliate after a pair of missiles were fired at the Navy destroyer USS Mason Sunday as the ship was in international waters near the Bab el-Mandeb Strait.

On Wednesday, a coastal defense cruise missile was fired from a Houthi-controlled area south of Al Hudaydah at around 6 p.m. local time (11 a.m. ET). None of the missiles struck the ship, and there were no injuries, U.S. officials said.

Yemen is embroiled in a civil war between Shiite Houthi rebels fighting the government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi that broke out in March 2015.

At least 4,125 civilians have been killed in Yemen since then, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Monday. An agreement to cease hostilities collapsed in August, the U.N. agency said.

Saudi Arabia has accused Iran of backing the Houthi rebels. Saudi Arabia, which backs the government, began conducting airstrikes in Yemen last year.

On Saturday 140 people were killed when a Saudi-led coalition airstrike hit a funeral hall packed with mourners in the capital of Sanaa, The Associated Press reported citing a U.N. official.

"Anybody who puts U.S. Navy ships at risk does so at their own peril," Capt. Jeff Davis, a U.S. Defense Department spokesman, said Tuesday.

In Wednesday's missile launch against the USS Mason, that ship and the USS San Antonio were in international waters north of the Strait of Bab-el-Mandeb when the Mason got an indication they were being targeted, a U.S. military official told NBC News.

A Houthi radar station in Yemen locked on — or "painted" — the Mason and then the ship determined that missiles were inbound and a defensive system fired, the official said. SM-2 and Sea Sparrow defensive missiles were launched and engaged "well away from the ship," the official said.

The official said the U.S. was confident Houthis were aware they were target...

15:00

Global Human Paradigm Shift for Dummies "IndyWatch Feed World"

If you are reading this article you are probably at least partially if not fully awakened to what is happening around the world.

You probably understand we're living in historic times and it's becoming very useful (not to mention very cool!) to be informed beyond the controlled mass deceptive sorcery which we call mainstream media whose believability (according to Gallup) is at an all time low.

With so many eye-opening revelations and events going on today, critical thinking truth seekers can finally take their foot off the pedal a bit and say to their friends, family or coworkers who were (or still are) stuck on mainstream media sorcery news, I told you so.

Face it, it's not just Christians and Bernie Sanders supporters who have had a rude awakening to the reality of the new world order and widespread corruption, many people can't help but to see that something is very wrong, it involves corruption and propaganda and there is now no reason to trust government.


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14:59

Re: CVE Request -- Broadcom Wifi Driver Brcmfmac brcmf_cfg80211_start_ap Buffer Overflow "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by freener on Oct 12

hi,
I found a stack buffer overflow vulnerability in Broadcom wifi driver
brcmfmac, this issue has been fixed, I would like to
request a CVE-ID for this issue.

Description
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Cfg80211 module in kernel is the main interface to operate on wifi.
This module defines an operation data structure which stores many
commands and callback functions to control the wifi, and those
callback functions are implemented in wifi driver finally,...

14:58

POLICE FAIL – Saving People from Tickets/Arrest "IndyWatch Feed War"

Two liberty activists with Liberty Is For Everyone have shown in a new video (above) that it is easier than ever to save your fellow peaceful motorists from extortion by local police. While it is a prevailing misconception that police enforce traffic laws for public safety, a cursory glace at police tactics proves this is not the case. If police enforced traffic simply to make the public safer on roadways, they would park their vehicles in highly visible areas where high quantities of traffic are flying by, because they would become a visual deterrence for speeding motorists in the maximum way effective. This article does an exceptional job of showing why the traditional traffic stop is both outdated and immoral.

However, two activists from police accountability institution Liberty Is For Everyone and the local CB affiliate Jackson Cop Block found one such law enforcement officer who insisted upon hiding his vehicle behind bushes in a low-traffic area with a low speed limit. Since low speed limits are often on such quiet side streets as in the video above, they make ideal areas for revenue-hungry police to hide for safe and easy traffic stops. When the two activists in the video above find this particular Jackson County Deputy hiding on the outskirts of Jackson MI, they slowed down oncoming traffic with hand signals. This has the dual purpose of not only slowing traffic down, as the police claim they want, while simultaneously interfering with the deputy’s ability to collect revenue with coercion of the state. After several vehicles pass by this deputy, designated Traffic Management 3 for exclusively writing tickets, realizes the futility at remaining at this hiding spot while a Cop Blocker is warning oncoming traffic of his presence.

Jackson deputy arresting man for driving w/o ID.

Jackson deputy arresting man for driving w/o ID.

Knowing he is on camera, the deputy attempts to fake a pleasant encounter, but drives off when the veteran activists do not flinch.

A short time later, this same deputy nearly causes three collisions while whipping out into oncoming traffic to follow his next extortion victim, a painter in a Chrysler 300. Not initially noticing the activists are back with their cameras, the deputy discovers this person he has stopped has no identification on him, because he just came from very dirty employment. The deputy pulls him out of the vehicle, tells him he is going to jail, and begins asking the typical “do you have anything on you I should know about?” question to this painter. Upon noticing he is again on camera, the deputy instead offers to let the painter drive to his house for his ID while the deputy meets him there. The additional presence of the cameras makes building a case against the painter much harder, because it is far more difficult for the deputy to craft the narrative....

14:57

Meet At The Old Mill, We Ride At Midnight…. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Listen my children and you shall hear Of the consequence of a rational fear, Through the days of October, in Twenty-Sixteen; Hardly a man remains to be seen Who remembers those famous days that year. One man gave rise to … Continue reading

14:56

Category Four hurricane Nicole heading towards Bermuda "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

(Source: www.businesstimes.com.sg)

Extremely dangerous Category Four hurricane Nicole was heading for Bermuda, the National Hurricane Centre said late Wednesday.

[BENGALURU] Extremely dangerous Category Four hurricane Nicole was heading for Bermuda, the National Hurricane Centre said late Wednesday.

Nicole was located about 290 kilometres south-south-west of Bermuda and was packing maximum sustained winds of 215 kilometres per hour, the NHC said.

The core of Nicole will pass over or near Bermuda on Thursday, the NHC added.

REUTERS

More Info: www.businesstimes.com.sg


14:56

Lawsuit: Cop Shoots Man Three Times in the Back, Kills Him After He “Stole Candy” "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Ted Wheeler | Courthouse News Service OMAHA (CN) — The mother of a man who was fatally shot in the back three times by an Omaha police officer sued the

The post Lawsuit: Cop Shoots Man Three Times in the Back, Kills Him After He “Stole Candy” appeared first on Filming Cops.

14:56

Queensland smashes myths about renewables, and South Australia "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Putting aside its support for coal mining, the Queensland government has done a huge service to clean energy with its RET draft report, which smashes so many renewables myths it's hard to know where to start.

14:55

On the Attempts to Return North Korea to the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

42321312312312On September 29, 2016, the US Congress passed an act on Justice against Sponsors of Terrorism, overcoming the veto of Barack Obama. Although the act is mainly highlighted in the context of a possible cooling of relations between the US and Saudi Arabia, this story is also connected with yet another attempt to return North Korea to the list of countries supporting terrorism.

On September 14, the subcommittee on the Asia-Pacific region of the House Foreign Affairs Committee of the US Congress held a hearing on this matter, where speeches were given by Bruce Klingner, fellow partner of the American Heritage Foundation, Victor Cha, analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and other experts who held the appropriate political orientation. Mr.Klingner, now at the Asian Studies Center of the Heritage Foundation, worked in the CIA and the DIA for 20 years, where he also managed the CIA department, which was engaged in the analysis of North Korea during the first round of the nuclear crisis back in 1993. Then, in 1996-2001, he was the Deputy Director of Department of Korea, also in the CIA. Victor Cha is also a well-known conservative and a former employee of the US administration.

Its no wonder that, in the opinion of both experts, “there are no obstacles to placing North Korea back on the list of state sponsors of terrorism as there is plenty of evidence of such activities.” Victor Cha recalled the cyberattack made by North Korean hackers on the US film company Sony Pictures, which caused damage to the company and led to the leakage of information. Klingner went even further – his understanding of terrorist activities includes “threats to ordinary people for political purposes.” This alone appears sufficient for North Korea’s inclusion in the above list of countries, which, according to the official position of the US State Department, support acts of international terrorism.

This time, the experts had the opportunity to present their thesis, but the issue was not resolved in the first attempt, although South Korean media described the process as “the United States making increasing calls for the return of North Korea to the list of countries supporting terrorism. When North Korea was excluded from the list in 2008, many disagreed, but after Pyongyang conducted its 5th nuclear test, the issue was quickly brought back on the table.” However, if these actions bear any fruit, we will gain an impressive example of how the principle of official enemy classification works, where compliance with the formal criteria does not matter.

Normally a “sponsor of terrorism” is a state “assisting international terrorists by supplying weapons, providing bases, shelter or protection from punishment, or financing or organizing their training, provision of intelligence information, and providing other forms of assistance and support.” A more detailed explanation of “supporting terrorism” is as follows:

  • Regular supply of weapons, money or other material resources to terrorists, without which their terrorist activity would not be so effective.
  • Giving terrorists political support – from information campaigns in their favour to granting territory for training camps or bases, from which a terrorist organization can fight against a thir...

14:54

State Department Asked What Is Difference Between Yemen And Syria Bombings, Awkward Moment Follows "IndyWatch Feed War"

Russia’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Maria Zakharova, lost her cool in response to a Western journalist who asked her the question: “Why is Russia supporting Assad, who is killing civilians?” But even more incredible was the utter lack of response when US State Department officials were asked what the different between bombings in Syria and Saudi…

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10 years on, empty shopfronts at The Cathay highlight retail challenges "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

(Source: www.channelnewsasia.com)

SINGAPORE: Even as experts suggest having more differentiation in malls to boost the local shopping scene amid slowing sales, retail centres which depart from the cookie-cutter model are also facing challenges. 

When The Cathay reopened in 2006 after a six-year hiatus and S$100 million refurbishment, it set itself apart from other malls by having tenants that were targeted at the mature crowd. Some of the popular names at that time included American-themed restaurant Billy Bombers and golf equipment retailer TaylorMade. 

But 10 years on, it appears to have suffered as much as other, more generic malls amid the sector-wide decline in consumer spending. Although the mall has expanded its scope, targeting a much younger crowd, empty shopfronts, shuttered units and dwindling crowds are a common sight.

With popular brands such as ice-cream company Ben and Jerry’s and music retailer Gramophone calling it quits in recent years, mall tenants confirm that retail sales have been sluggish.

Some of the mall’s units were behind hoardings and remained shuttered.

“SALES DROP BY UP TO 40 PER CENT”: TENANTS

Rana, a store that sells ladies’ clothes and accessories, told Channel NewsAsia that it has seen retail sales dip by up to 40 per cent since 2013.

“The crowds have thinned out since three years ago. Partly maybe it’s due to purchasing power – consumers don’t really spend much on buying goods. There are also many empty shops here. People come here to shop, but if they don’t see a lot of shops, then what is the point of coming?” asked Ms Li Hua Nam, Rana’s marketing manager.

At Totally Hot Stuff, a store that sells gadgets and gifts, slower sales are also a problem. The store, which has been at The Cathay for seven years, has registered a drop in sales by about 30 to 40 per cent since 2013.

“Business was quite buzzing in the initial stage. But I think trends have evolved – more people are buying things online,” said its business manager Luke Chong, adding that the stretches of vacant units in themselves could also be a reason for slower sales.

“With more variety of goods and services, we will probably attract more people. In the past, when we still had Ben and Jerry’s, we did see spillover crowds. But with fewer tenants now, we do not have these spillover crowds,” he said.

The mall, which was formerly known as the Cathay Building, now houses about 40 retail outlets, ranging from fashion to entertainment, specifically targeting the youth demographic.

A spokesperson from Cathay Organisation, which manages the mall, told Channel NewsAsia that it positions itself as a lifestyle and entertainment hub for the young and creative, as well as placing a significant emphasis on its tenant mix.

“Over the past 10 years, we’ve noticed a gradual shift in the retail and urban landscape, especially with the establishment of art schools and universities around the area. Hence, we have taken steps to ensure that the mall’s positioning evolves with changing times to meet these new demands.”

The management stopped short of revealing the mall’s occupancy rate.

“It is committed to ensuring that consum...

14:52

Diabetes: New Hope for Better Wound Healing "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Diabetics often have to contend with wounds that heal poorly. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, the CMMC, the CECAD Excellence Cluster and the Institute of Genetics of the University of Cologne have now gained new insights into the underlying cellular mechanisms. Their findings could lead to the development of new treatment methods.
[...]
Parisa Kakanj, the author of the study, examined the skin of larvae of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. These flies serve as models for diabetes, because insulin metabolism has been strongly conserved over the course of evolution, meaning that flies and mammals are very similar in this respect. Using a precision laser, Kakanj removed a cell from the outermost skin layer of fruit fly larvae and then observed what happens in the neighbouring cells live under the microscope.

"Immediately after a skin injury, the neighbouring cells respond by forming an actomyosin cable," Kakanj explains. The cable consists of proteins that otherwise occur in muscle fibres, where they are responsible for muscular contraction. After an injury, the cable forms a contractile ring around the wound. It then contracts, sealing off the gap caused by the wound. "However, if insulin metabolism is impaired, as in our genetically modified flies, the cable is weaker and forms much later. This results in incomplete or slow wound healing," as Kakanj relates.

New treatments for impaired wound healing could precisely target this mechanism. "Our findings raise hope of a potential treatment for diabetics. In future, it may be possible to treat wound sites with drugs that locally activate insulin metabolism," Kakanj explains. The research team is now working closely with Sabine Eming, a senior dermatologist at the clinic and polyclinic for dermatology and venereology at the University Hospital Cologne, the CMMC and the Excellence Cluster for Ageing Research at the University of Cologne in order to investigate ways to implement this approach.


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Ex-store manager acquitted of theft "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

(Source: www.straitstimes.com)

A district court acquitted a former assistant store manager – who said she had taken home certain items by mistake – of theft, and made clear it was for prosecutors to show that she intended to steal, not for her to prove her innocence.

Ms Jenn Lye, 46, was alleged to have stolen three items worth $500 from the Valentino store in Ion Orchard in 2014 while employed there, but District Judge John Ng found she could have taken the items home by mistake, after reviewing the case.

“The prosecution had not been able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that ( Ms Lye) had removed the items from the store dishonestly,” he said in grounds read out on Tuesday following a four-day trial.

Ms Lye, defended by lawyer Peter Ong Lip Cheng, claimed that she had taken two silver charms and a leather key holder out of the store “accidentally” from her locker when she was packing up, as she was going to resign. These items had been temporarily placed in her locker during a time when the company was upgrading to a new accounting system which involved the migration of certain data.

The prosecution had relied on a statement Ms Lye had given to the investigating officer (IO) to show her dishonest intention. But the judge pointed out that her statement had to be checked against the IO’s testimony in court on what transpired and how Ms Lye came across to the IO at the time.

Ms Lye had told him during the probe that she had accidentally taken the items home, but after a series of questions she said “yes” when he asked her if she had “deliberately” taken the items.

Asked why she made the sudden change in response, she answered: “The truth is I deliberately took it home because I do not know how to answer the why, why, why.” When pressed further, she replied: “I just want to admit to the mistake because the items are in my house. There is nothing much I can say.”

The judge, noting that the IO “was careful in his recording and for that Ms Lye can be grateful”, said the “why, why, why” reflected her frustration. The judge added that if she had wanted to steal, “the easiest thing to do would be to feign ignorance as to the whereabouts of the items”. She also promptly returned the items to the store after finding them at home, he pointed out. Given the various doubts raised, he said it was unsafe to find her guilty.

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14:50

Russia Launches Martial Law Drills Preparing For Nuclear War "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

image/allnewspipeline.comRussian General Warns Of Full-Scale Confrontation On All Fronts – ‘You Want A Confrontation? You’ll Get One Everywhere’ To those who are still paying attention to real world events, we’ve just gotten several huge wakeup calls from Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin and Russia that life in America might soon change dramatically with war coming to American cities and…

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New tool lets anyone find out if deep sea mining is happening in their ocean backyard "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Marine scientists at the University of California Santa Barbara’s Benioff Ocean Initiative have developed a web-based tool, Deep Sea Mining Watch, to allow anyone to watch vessels engaged in deep sea mining activities from anywhere in the world. “We have tech that can track taxis, potholes, and football players, it’s about time we also had a few tracking tools to more carefully monitor our ocean life support system,” Douglas McCauley, director of the Benioff Ocean Initiative and a professor of marine biology at UC Santa Barbara, said in a statement. Deep sea mining is relatively new, but it’s exactly what it sounds like: mineral extraction from the ocean floor, at depths ranging from 800 to 6,000 meters (about 2,600 to 20,000 feet). Naturally, the process involves large oceangoing vessels, which are required by law to carry transmitters that broadcast their location and help avoid collisions at sea. McCauley and the team of scientists behind Deep Sea Mining Watch have already used the tool to comb through the mountain of global vessel data generated by all the world’s ships in order to extract high-resolution GPS tracks showing where mining activities are underway. “You wouldn’t miss it if a strip mine popped up in your neighborhood,” McCauley said. “The challenge with deep sea mining has been that it is starting in many of our ocean backyards — but nobody has been watching. This is too important to continue to be an out of sight, out of mind industry.” There are numerous risks…

Mit den AWACS im Syrien-Krieg "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

(Eigener Bericht) - Die Bundeswehr wird ihren Einsatz im Rahmen der US-geführten Militärkoalition gegen den "Islamischen Staat" ausweiten und Soldaten als Besatzung in AWACS-Flugzeugen in die Türkei entsenden. Dies hat das Bundeskabinett am gestrigen Mittwoch beschlossen. Demnach sollen deutsche Militärs den Luftraum im nahöstlichen Kriegsgebiet überwachen und zur Verbesserung des Lagebildes der NATO sowie der Kriegskoalition beitragen. Mit dem Einsatz tritt nach seinen Mitgliedstaaten jetzt auch das westliche Kriegsbündnis selbst in den Krieg gegen Daesh ein. Dabei stärkt es nun auch im Süden seine Frontstellung gegenüber dem an der Seite der syrischen Regierung kämpfenden Russland, das in jüngster Zeit recht erfolgreich begonnen hat, seine Position im Mittelmeer wieder zu stärken. Aus den zahlreichen militärischen und polizeilichen Operationen von NATO und EU hingegen ist im Mittelmeer inzwischen ein dichtes Einsatzgeflecht entstanden, das systematisch weiter vernetzt wird und das auf diese Weise die westliche Kontrolle über das Mittelmeer zementiert.

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McDonald’s: Honeydew McFlurry at $2 Promotion from 13 – 16 Oct 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

(Source: singpromos.com)

McDonalds Feat 13 Oct 2016

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at $2 till the weekend is over.

Indulge in the sweet aroma and creamy taste of this heavenly dessert. So yummy, this is totally saiko! Honeydew McFlurry is flavoured and does not

contain actual honeydew.

Simply flash this Facebook post to the McDonald’s® counter crew from 13 – 16 Oct 2016 to enjoy this promotion. While stocks last!

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at all McDonald’s® outlets, except Self-order Kiosks, Drive-thru, McDelivery® and McCafe®.

Find your nearest McDonald’s outlet here

Get a FREE Samsonite Black Label Richmond Spinner 75cm Luggage worth S$950 (with min S$1,000 spend within a month from card issuance) when you sign up for a HSBC Visa Platinum credit card (w/ 2-year annual fees waiver) at www.hsbc.com.sg.

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