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Friday, 17 November

21:55

Secretary of Health and Human Services: Who Is Alex Azar? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

When President Donald Trump had to find another Secretary of Health and Human Services after Tom Price resigned in disgrace after less than eight months in office, he turned again to Vice President Mike Pences Indiana gang. In one of its members, Alex Azar, Trump has another corporate executive who will be called upon to regulate the industry he recently left.

 

Alex Michael Azar II was born June 17, 1967, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, to Alex, an ophthalmologist, and Linda Azar. Azars grandfather came to the United States from Lebanon. Alex later moved with his family to Salisbury, Maryland, where his father set up a successful medical practice. Azar graduated from Parkside High School in Salisbury and went on to Dartmouth College, where he earned a B.A. in government and economics in 1988. He then went to Yale Law School, earning a J.D. in 1991.

 

Azar, a member of the right-wing Federalist Society, then clerked for J. Michael Luttig, a judge on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, before moving in 1992 to clerk for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

 

Azar worked briefly as an associate at the law firm of Kirkland and Ellis. In September 1994, Ken Starr hired Azar as an assistant independent counsel in the investigation of President Bill Clinton. In this position, he argued that the White House must turn over notes of meetings between First Lady Hillary Clinton, her private lawyer and the White House counsel because members of the federal government are not protected by attorney-client privilege. Azar left the independent counsels office in 1996 to return to private practice, this time as a partner at Wiley, Rein and Fielding.

 

During the 2000 presidential election, Azar worked for the Bush-Cheney campaign and was one of the lawyers contesting the Florida election results on behalf of the GOP. After the Supreme Court decided Bush v Gore in Bushs favor, Azar was repaid by being named general counsel for the Department of Health and Human Services. In April 2005, he was promoted to deputy secretary and chief operating officer for the department and unanimously confirmed by the Senate two months later. In 2006, he used his position to lobby the government of the United Kingdom to allow advertisements for the muscle relaxant DTC and to allow drug manufacturers to advertise directly to patients.

 

Azar left government service in January 2007 to become senior vice president for corporate affairs and communications for drug giant....

18:05

Chaos Ensues After Man Accidentally Shoots Himself And Wife In Church During Gun Safety Talk "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Maybe thoughts and prayers arent the remedy following a shooting, after all. At the First United Methodist Church in East Tennessee, about 20 senior citizens gathered around for a holiday meal. After the meal, the group of elderly churchgoers decided to discuss gun safety. There has, after all, been a spate of mass shootings recently as many as 317 so far this year. They got the idea for the conversation reportedly after a nearby countys sheriffs department held similar seminars at its local churches, according to Tellico Plains Police Chief Russ Parks.

Well, Ive got my gun on me, an 81-year-old member of the church in Tellico Plains said, according to Parks,  The Washington Post reports. The man then pulled out his holster in which he had a .38-caliber Ruger handgun. He promptly removed the magazine for everyone to see, then cleared the chamber and showed the gun to his fellow parishioners.

The churchgoers discussed how to safely bring guns to church, then spoke of the deaths with recent mass shootings, like, for example, the recent Texas massacre in which a gunman shot 26 people dead as they sat in church.

The 81-year-old man put the magazine back into the gun and put the gun back in the holster, Parks explained, but then later, while parishioners were cleaning up, one church member who had missed the demonstration asked the man to see the firearm and thats when everything turned chaotic inside the church.

The 81-year-old accidentally pulled the trigger without realizing the gun was loaded, then a  bullet fired across the palm of the mans hand and toward his 80-year-old wife, who was sitting in a wheelchair next to him, entering her lower left abdomen, then it went out of the right side of her abdomen, into her right forearm and out the backside of her forearm. Followin...

17:58

The Chillie Group, Neutral Bay, Sydney How The Chillie Group treat their staff with usury and contempt "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A Paul Kelly Design interior installed by The Chillie Group

Im a builder project manager with 45 years construction experience. Ive did a three month stint recently for The Chillie Group based in Neutral Bay, Sydney, Australia.

Firstly, let me clarify, The Chillie Group comprises two men Graham Wem and Paul Milton. There is one part-time mother, Bec, who helps out with administrative duties. I was the only experienced full-time project manager and since I left there is no full-time support staff.

Graham Wem is an interior designer by background a failed architect and Paul Milton is a trade carpenter. Despite their lack of building qualifications and experience, these two Sydney men have combined to do well, on a very limited scale, in the Sydney pub and club industry.

Being a two-man band with two full-time carpenters, they have very limited reach and should only be trusted with small projects to say $1.5 to $2 million contract value. They lack the project management skills, site management skills and personnel infrastructure to undertake larger projects.

Ive done far larger projects since the 1980s and working for The Chillie Group was a walk in the park for me.

Although seemingly decent and polite, The Ch...

17:57

Apple delays release of HomePod until early 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

An Apple spokesperson:

We cant wait for people to experience HomePod, Apples breakthrough wireless speaker for the home, but we need a little more time before its ready for our customers. Well start shipping in the US, UK and Australia in early 2018.

Im disappointed that HomePod wont be released, but if its not ready, Apple is making the right decision. I would rather wait for a couple of months than have a product thats not working properly.

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17:21

Victor Swallow: Historic store was a vibrant part of the Oglala Sioux community "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

My generation from about 70 to 90 years old have many stories about events we have witnessed and also stories about people we knew and history of certain places.

17:01

Native Sun News Today: Lakota mother fights to keep her daughter's dream alive "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Seventeen years into her already remarkable life, SuAnne Big Crow made her journey to the spirit world. Her dream of Happytown lives in the hearts of the people she loved.

16:38

Khan!!! "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

[VIDEO] Click through to the main Loop post. If you are at all a Star Trek fan, watch all the way to the end, well worth it.

16:26

Gyasi Ross: Native child gunned down by police officer on his own homelands "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Unfortunately, many times when brown-skinned people call 911 for help, they get killed instead.

16:24

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

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

16:19

These are the 61 best documentaries of all time "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Vogue:

Documentaries can be a hard sell, but its one thats getting easier all the time. Once viewed as something stiff and obligatory, documentary film has, in recent years, risen to the top of the heapthanks in no small part to some of the earth-shaking, needle-pushing, and ultimately world-changing films that are listed here, which find their focus in war, love, sex, death, and everything in between. And as for this listits only qualifier is that these are the critically acclaimed, historically important, and pivotal films that a person who cares about film (and in doing so, often cares about humanity, in general) should really get to know.

Its a list, with all that is good and bad about such things, but a pretty good list.

Note that its in alphabetical order.

Read this on The Loop

16:19

Syrian War Report November 17, 2017: Government Forces Once Again Storming Al-Bukamal - Veterans Today "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

from SouthFront The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), Hezbollah and Irans Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) are storming the Syrian border city of al-Bukamal from 3 directions after having liberated Tal Salasse, the village of Hamdan and the airstrip and reached the Euphrates River north of it. According to pro-government sources, the SAA and its allies []

16:19

Should Turkey Trust The US? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

TheLastAmericanVagabond.com

Last week, the Turkish Armed Forces entered Afrin in Syrias Aleppo. According to the Syria-based Kurdish Hawar News Agency, Turkey also intends to deploy troops near the Raju area and place its armored vehicles there. Many Syrian experts believe that Ankara cooperates with the U.S.-backed Harakat Nour al-Din al-Zenki. Earlier, Spokesman of the armed opposition []

The post Should Turkey Trust The US? appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

16:18

Saudi king to relinquish power in favor of son next week: Report - Veterans Today "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Jim W. Dean - Leaks began last night that those under arrest at the Ritz-Carlton detention facility are being pitched a 70% haircut in their cash and assets as the ticket price to go home

16:17

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

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

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

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

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

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

Infrastrukturapokalypse: Die Keystone-Pipeline leckt ein bisschen.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Da war wohl der Zensor pinkeln:

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

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

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

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

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

Wo die Staatsanwaltschaft das Verfahren einstellte?

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

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

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

Unfassbar!

16:16

Must see: Pulled over for speeding, NY Democrat goes into epic meltdown "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Jennifer Schwartz Berky, 53, is a Democrat legislator of Ulster County in mid-Hudson Valley, New York. Last May, Berky was pulled over for a minor speeding infraction going 43-mph in a 30-mph zone. Her response was to go into Continue reading

16:15

Tesla Launches an Electric Semi Truckand a New Sports Car "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Ultra-efficient electric truck could revolutionize freight transportif Tesla can deliver Photo: Tesla Elon Musk shows off his car company's latest models, the Semi truck and the Roadster sports car

Elon Musk unveiled Teslas fifthand sixthvehicles at a characteristically glitzy event in Los Angeles last night. An audience of potential customers and current Tesla owners witnessed smooth acceleration, excellent cornering and impressive performanceand those were just the exploits of the electric Semi truck they had turned up to see.

The crowd was then treated to the surprise unveiling of what is destined to be not only the worlds longest-range electric car, but also the fastest production car of any flavor: the new Tesla Roadster.

The unveiling of the two vehicles amounted to a triumphant evening for Elon Musk, who has been struggling through what he admits has been production hell with ongoing delays to his companys mass market Model 3 car.

A big rig and a sports car point Tesla in the direction Elon Musk has envisioned Photo: Tesla

Although the new Roadster is destined to grab headlines, it was the launch of the Semi heavy-duty truck that could have the most impact on the worlds roads. The truck, which is powered by a Model 3 motor on each of its four drive wheels and boasts a drag coefficient lower than a Bugatti Chiron, can drive 800 kilometers (500 miles) on a single charge of its lithium-ion battery pack.

Tesla would not confirm the packs capacity or chemistry, but did say that it is very similar to another product sold by Tesla (probably either the Powerwall domestic or Powerpack utility-scale battery). It says the Semi weighs roughly the same as existing diesel trucks fully loaded with fuel.

The pack will be able to take on 650-km-worth of charge in 30 minutes at a new generation of charging stations, called Megachargers, that Musk will soon roll out to Semi drivers operating anywhere in the world. The Megachargers will deliver solar power generated from Tesla solar panels, selling it at a flat rate of 7 cents per kilowatt-hour in the United States. That is just over half the national average rate of 13.1 cents per kWh.

At that price, says Musk, the Semi will cost just 78 cents per kilometer ($1.26 per mile) to...

16:14

This simple AirPods hack can dramatically improve the sound quality "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

[VIDEO] Thomas Ricker, The Verge:

Since the AirPods are notoriously leaky due to their open-air design, that got me to thinking: what if I could close the air gap to simultaneously block ambient noises while increasing the bass response? Thats when I found this video on the PoltergeistWorks YouTube channel.

Ive embedded the video in the main Loop post, will dig through my gear to see if I can get my hands on a pair of foam covers that will fit over the AirPods, give this a try.

I do get the premise. The foam covers will make for a better fit and a tighter seal. The big work is poking the holes in the covers to allow the sensors to work properly. Will that improve the sound? Maybe for some.

Regardless, I found it interesting, thought it worth a share.

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16:13

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Expand Networks, Strengthen Spaces

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

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

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

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

16:11

Daily Digest 11/17 - Good News Friday: Water As A Human Right, The Changing Colors Of Our Living Planet "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Daily Digest 11/17 - Good News Friday: Water As A Human Right, The Changing Colors Of Our Living Planet
  • Arkansas town reaches settlement in 'debtors' prison' lawsuit
  • Navy's Largest Floating Hospital Docks In Puerto Rico
  • Canada Moves Closer to Gender Equity for Indigenous Women
  • HBCUs In Maryland Win A Decade-Old Lawsuit Over The Lack Of Investment In Education
  • To think critically, you have to be both analytical and motivated
  • Denver votes to require environment-friendly green roofs
  • Water as a Human Right: How Philadelphia Is Preventing Shut-Offs and Ensuring Affordability
  • The Changing Colors Of Our Living Planet

Join the conversation

16:10

Russia China Build Up A New Economic Geography "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Russia China Build Up A New Economic Geography Author: F. William Engdahl  Journal-NEO On November 8 Russias large mining group Norilsk Nickel announced it had begun operations at a new state-of-the-art Bystrinsky mining and processing plant outside of Chita in...

The post Russia China Build Up A New Economic Geography appeared first on The Daily Coin.

16:10

Real-ID allows police to control 'fundamental aspects of our daily lives' (Updated) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"


Thanks to Real-ID, DHS has created a national ID system right under everyone's noses.

According to the above video, Tennessee is 'Spreading the Good Word' that DHS now has the power to suspend and revoke anyone's drivers license or identification card.

A recent article in the Lebanon Democrat, reveals how DHS and the Tennessee Department of Safety have suspended more than a quarter of a million drivers licenses (DL) for failure to pay traffic tickets.

"On Oct. 5, Judge Altea Trauger ordered the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security to reinstate Fred Robinson and Ashley Spragues licenses by Oct. 11 or as soon after as possible."


It is the same story in Texas. Back in 2013, the Dallas News warned everyone that the DMV had suspended 1.3 million people's DL's for failing to pay traffic tickets.

States across the country, allow DHS run law enforcement to suspend people's DL's and ID's for failure to pay tickets. (Click here to watch DHS run law enforcement videos.)

Think long and hard about what that means.

DHS now has the ability to affect nearly every aspect of Americans lives.

Real-ID allows DHS to control 'fundamental aspects of our daily lives'

The article also mentions, that DHS run law enforcement can now control people's lives by suspending or revoking...

16:09

Refugees help Dutch butterflies "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

This video shows white admiral butterflies in Sang en Goorkens nature reserve in North Brabant province in the Netherlands.

Dutch Vroege Vogels radio reported on 16 October 2017 that refugees, living in the refugee centre in Oisterwijk in North Brabant province, are helping to create a better habitat for white admiral butterflies.

The refugees help other volunteers to cut some trees in a woodland near Liempde village to improve the habitat for these rare butterflies.


16:07

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

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

16:07

NATO chief apologises to Turkey over Norway incident "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

AFP

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H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdogan President of the Republic oF Turkey. Image Courtesy-Strathclyde-Telegraph

BRUSSELS (AFP)  The head of NATO apologised Friday over a training exercise in Norway after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan withdrew troops in protest at an incident he deemed offensive.

Erdogan said he had ordered the 40 troops to be removed from the exercise a desktop drill not involving boots on the ground after an image of the founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, and his own name were included as targets.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, a former Norwegian prime minister, apologised for upsetting Turkey, a key member of the alliance but one which has caused disquiet recently with its increasingly close relations with Russia.

I apologise for the offense that has been caused. The incidents were the result of an individuals actions and do not reflect the views of NATO, Stoltenberg said in a statement.

Turkey is a valued NATO ally, which makes important contributions to allied security.

The Trident Javelin exercise in Stavanger, southern Norway, is described on a NATO website as a computer assisted exercise without troops on the ground, aimed at improving command structures for big operations.

The decision by Ankara, a NATO member since 1952, to buy the S-400 air defence system from Russia caused concern among its Western allies, but Turkey remains an important and active member of the alliance.

Stoltenberg was at pains to stress that the individual responsible for the incident was not one of NATOs staff.

He was a civilian contractor seconded by Norway and not a NATO employee, Stoltenberg said.

It will be for the Norwegian authorities to decide on any disciplinary action. NATO has been in contact with the Norwegian authorities on this issue.

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16:07

Assam Citizen Register Set to Miss Yet Another Deadline "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Registrar General of India has sought permission from the Supreme Court to push the deadline for updating the National Register of Citizens in Assam to July 31 2018.

NRC officials verifying documents in Morigaon, Assam. Credit: Sangeeta Barooah Pisharoty.

NRC officials verifying documents in Morigaon, Assam. Credit: Sangeeta Barooah Pisharoty.

New Delhi: The process of updating the National Register of Citizens (NRC) is set to miss another deadline as the office of the Registrar General of India (RGI) has submitted before the Supreme Court that the task of preparing the updated NRC would be completed by July 31, 2018.

The RGI which began the process of updating the 1951 NRC in Assam in 2014,  using March 24, 1971 as the cut-off-date for Indian citizenship as per the Assam Accord missed the SCs earlier deadline of March 31, 2016 and was given a fresh date of December 31, 2017.

The ruling BJP government, which came to power in Assam  in 2016, had announced early updation of NRC as one of its poll promises.

Submitting a special leave petition before the two-judge bench of the apex court on November 15, the RGI, represented by the state coordinator for NRC, Prateek Hajela, reasoned in a status report that around 2 crore...

16:07

How criminals clear your stolen iPhone for resale "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Charlie Osborne, ZDNet lays out one particular attack chain designed to clear your iPhone so they can resell it.

Fascinating, and worth reading, just so you know what might be coming if someone ever gets their hands on your iOS device.

Read this on The Loop

16:06

Robot Apocalypse: With Artificial Intelligence We Are Summoning the Demon (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Robot Apocalypse: With Artificial Intelligence We Are Summoning the Demon (VIDEO) | AI | Multimedia Science & Technology Sleuth Journal Special Interests

Have you noticed all of the news lately about artificial intelligence and robotics, including some things that sound like absolutely terrible ideas? Its like scientists are deliberately trying to bring on a robot apocalypse. They clearly dont watch the same movies that I do.

People are getting more and more onboard with this type of technology. From Alexa to Siri, humans are interacting with artificial intelligence on a regular basis. Siri makes jokes, making the voice from your phone seem more human. It all seems so non-threatening until you look a little deeper.

Robot exoskeletons

With robotic exoskeletons, scientists are handing over superior strength, agility, and endurance to human beings.

For example, Ford has been rolling out robotic exoskeletons for their workers in an attempt to battle human weakness. The wearable technology is called the EksoVest and it increases upper body strength, supports the arms, decreases fatigue, and reduces the chance of injury.

Its related to technology created by DARPA, which has been trying to create supersoldiers with robotic technology for decades.

Over the years, DARPA has invested billions into exoskeleton suits for ground troops. This wearable robotic system gives soldiers the ability to carry heavier objects, run faster, and even leap over large obstacles. (source) Imagine trying to take on an enemy (or rogue soldier) who basically has superpowers.

Gosh, what could possibly go wrong with this?

Artificial intelligence with mental illness

Then we have a computer scientist who is deliberately creating AI with mental illness.

This tortured artist of an AI is called DABUS, short for device for the autonomous bootstrapping of unified Sentience. It was created by computer scientist Stephen Thaler, who used a technique called generative adversa...

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Saccharomyces boulardii: a Healthy Probiotic "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Saccharomyces boulardii: a Healthy Probiotic | yogurt | General Health Special Interests Saccharomyces boulardii: a Healthy Probiotic | yogurt1-300x200 | General Health Special Interests

When it comes to cultivating a healthy, balanced gut, Saccharomyces boulardii (sometimes referred to as Saccharomyces cerevisiae) is one of the best probiotics available. Although many probiotics are bacteria, Saccharomyces boulardii is different in that its actually a strain of bakers yeast. Like other probiotics, however, Saccharomyces boulardii is a multitasker that helps maintain gut health, supports overall well-being, and even discourages gastric distress.[1] Lets take a closer look at the benefits of Saccharomyces boulardii, how it strengthens the gut, and where you can find it.

The Health Benefits of Saccharomyces boulardii

Although probiotics reside throughout the body, the majority reside in the gut. There, probiotics support digestion, boost the immune system, and defend against harmful organismsjust to list a few of their contributions. The specific benefits of probiotics depend on the species or strain, which is why a gut environment that includes a robust, diverse mix of probiotics is one of the best strategies for encouraging good health.

Saccharomyces boulardii contributes to the biodiversity of the microbiota and protects the gut from organisms that provoke the immune system. It co...

16:03

Dual Citizens in Congress? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

You are not entitled to that information! Thats what a staffer in Senator Markeys office bluntly told me when I called to ask for help in identifying Members of Congress who hold dual citizenship. Seems thats a question no one wants to hear. The Internet sources are flaky, with only unreliable estimates for both House []

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Worlds first human head transplant a success, controversial scientist claims "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

T he worlds first human head transplant has been carried out on a corpse in China in an 18-hour operation that showed it was possible to successfully reconnect the spine, nerves and blood vessels.

At a press conference in Vienna on Friday morning, Italian Professor Sergio Canavero, director of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group, announced that a team at Harbin Medical University had realised the first human head transplant and said an operation on a live human will take place imminently.

The operation was carried out by a team led by Dr Xiaoping Ren, who last year successfully grafted a head onto the body of a monkey.

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Clinton slams possibility of Uranium One investigation as an abuse of power "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Hillary Clinton is obviously getting nervous over the Uranium One scandal, Hannity says

(INTELLIHUB) Hillary recently gave a lecture on the rule of law and downplayed the Uranium One investigation despite the existence of a video deposition given by a former Uranium Minister of  Kazakhstan in which the minister admits he and others were extorted by former Madam Secretary.

Peter Schweizer joined Sean Hannity on Fox News Thursday night to explain how its about to get a lot more interesting.

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Goodbye, TechShop "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The CEO of TechShop, [Dan Woods], has hit the legal E-stop and declared Chapter-7 bankruptcy for the business. All ten US locations were shuttered on Wednesday with absolutely no advance warning. You can read the full statement from [Dan] here.

We are deeply saddened to hear of TechShops closing, and while it wasnt implausible that this might happen someday, the abrupt shuttering must come as a painful shock to many for whom TechShop was an important part of their personal and professional lives. We owe a lot to the work and effort they put forth; they led the way as a pioneering makerspace and for more than ten years, TechShop provided access to tools, taught classes, and created opportunities for the DIY world that are still as important today as they were in the mid-aughts.

Leading the Way

Jim Newton, founder of TechShop, originally wanted a space to tinker with his pet projects. Im a frustrated inventor who needs to have access to this kind of stuff. And people always say that the best companies are the ones where the founders are passionate about what they are creating, which is exactly what I am, Jim said in an interview in 2007, at the beginnings of TechShop.

It turned out that there were a lot of other tinkerers who wanted to work their pet projects too.

...

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How to Install and Use Docker on Linux "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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How to Install and Use Docker on Linux

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They Cheated Death: 5 Stories of Lone Plane Crash Survivors (PHOTOS) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

plane crash

A four-year-old girl has become the sole survivor of a plane crash in Russias Far East, miraculously sustaining only non-life-threatening injuries. RT looks at remarkable stories of people who escaped death in air disasters where others did not.

On Wednesday, a small plane went down in the Khabarovsk Region as it was trying to descend to an airport in the village of Nelkan. The hard landing saw the aircraft collapse, and two crew members and four passengers died. The plane fell from a height of 600 meters in a forest, but the four-year-old girl survived the accident. She suffered concussion and a broken leg, Interfax reported, citing a source in the local transport watchdog service. The girl has been transferred to a local hospital in serious condition, according to the facility.

Heading to see her grandmother, the child was travelling without her parents, but accompanied by a local school teacher. The woman reportedly covered the girl with her body to protect her from injuries, according to witnesses who came to the crash site.

READ MORE: Plane crash in Russian Far East kills up to 6, child survives reports

Record-breaking fall

On January 26, 1972, 22-year-old flight attendant Vesna Vulovic was on board Yugoslav Airlines Flight 367 when the plane blew up midair en route to Belgrade. The incident took place near Srbska Kamenice, in Czechoslovakia. Of the 28 people on that plane, Vesna was the only one who made it, falling to the ground from 10,160 meters (33,000 feet) after a suspected terrorist bomb placed aboard went off. She endured multiple fractures, and spent 27 days in a coma, followed by 16 months in the hospital. The young flight attendants miraculous survival entered the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest non-fatal fall without a parachute. People always want to sit next to me on the plane, she once said. Vesna later returned to work with the airline, taking on a desk job, although...

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Weekend long read "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

1) At the Tablet Tony Badran takes a wider look at the Lebanese PMs recent resignation.

Saudi Arabias minister of state for Gulf affairs, Thamer al-Sabhan, ratcheted up the rhetoric this week, and stated that Saudi Arabia will treat the Lebanese government as a hostile government which has declared war, because of Hezbollahs involvement in military operations in Yemen and elsewhere targeting Saudi troops and the Saudi homeland itself.

Rhetoric aside, it is in fact hard to see how Lebanon cannot be held responsible for attacks facilitated and conducted by the entity that controls the countrys government and armed forces which is why few nations with any choice in the matter would choose to be run by a terrorist organization, especially one that is controlled by a foreign country.

2) At Mosaic magazine, Nicholas Rostow explains How the Balfour Declaration Became Part of International Law.

...

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School Nixes Boys Fake News T-Shirt On Field Trip To CNN HQ "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Only junior social justice warriors can make a political statement. Via Fox News: A Georgia family is under fire for allowing a seventh grader to wear a T-shirt that mocked liberal news network CNN on a school field trip to CNNs Atlanta headquarters but the boys parents think the school violated the First Amendment []

15:59

The Incredibly Evil Khazarian Mafia Behind Pearl Harbor Attack (Part II) - Veterans Today "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

by Jonas E. Alexis and Mark Dankof   Jonas E. Alexis: We have touched on quite a number of issues with regard to the Pearl Harbor attack thus far. Many people still dont know that Roosevelt deliberately lied to the American people. Prolific historian Thomas Fleming, who passed away last July at the age of []

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Saudi Arabia, Israel Co-Sponsor UN Bill Condemning Iran, Syria for Human Rights Abuses "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

On Tuesday, the third committee of the UN General Assembly passed three non-binding resolutions condemning alleged human rights violations and free speech restrictions in specific countries Iran, Syria and North Korea. Though non-binding resolutions cannot become law and technically carry no legal weight, they are seen as expressing the UNs approval or disapproval regarding a specific situation. A similar resolution condemning the human rights situations in all three countries had previously been passed by the General Assembly in 2013.

The passage of the resolution regarding North Korea was unusual in that, in a departure from normal procedure, the committee adopted the resolution without a vote. The resolution specifically condemned the North Korean government for diverting resources to its military namely its nuclear weapon and ballistic missile programs instead of providing aid to its population. The representative of the North Korean government at the United Nations called the resolution a product of the political and military confrontation and plot conspiracy of the United Nations and other hostile forces.

The most heavily debated of the UN resolutions was that targeting Syria, as it placed the blame for the deaths of 400,000 Syrian civilians squarely on the shoulders of the Syrian government led by Bashar al-Assad. It further accused the Syrian government of being the sole party responsible for weaponized hunger, use of chemical weapons, and escalated ethno-religious tensions in the country. The resolution was drafted by Canada and co-sponsored by Israel and Saudi Arabia, making it the first time the two former enemies had jointly sponsored a bill.

The resolution also condemned Iranian militias active in Syria, as well as Lebanese Hezbollah calling on them to leave the country at once, despite the fact that the Syrian government invited these parties to participate in the conflict.

The Syrian delegation asserted that the resolution reflected the hysteria of the Saudi government, which had long colluded with Qatar and other nations to destabi...

15:58

Tips for Maintaining a Great Self-Service Knowledge Base "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Tips for Maintaining a Great Self-Service Knowledge Base | knowledge-lightbulb | News And Opinions

One of the most straightforward, common-sense IT practices, self-service knowledge management can be difficult to implement properly. High-quality knowledge bases can reduce incoming service tickets, empower users to find solutions to their own, and even help spread some helpful IT knowledge around the office, potentially having a dramatic impact on the number of technology problems needing direct attention from help desk staff.

Conversely, poorly maintained knowledge bases could confuse users and create more issues than they solve. For any IT knowledge base to be useful, it needs consistent and planned upkeep to stay current, usable, and concise. With software, personnel, and hardware constantly changing over the life-cycle of any given database, clearly outlined procedures for knowledge base maintenance is needed.

Following a handful of simple, easy-to-follow guidelines will drastically improve how effective your knowledge base will be to your end-users.

Designate a Knowledge Base Administrator

First and foremost, assign someone with good organizational skills to have overarching control of the knowledge base. This person will be responsible for the database from a macro perspective; they will ensure that the information in the knowledge base is consistently updated, evaluate new or changing issues that need addressing, and have the final word on database administration. Having one person designated for this task will give your platform a cohesive direction. This is essential in creating a working database that end-users can take advantage of to solve their technical issues.

Databases without a c...

15:58

California Residents On Edge After A Swarm Of 10 Earthquakes Hits Near The San Andreas Fault "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

California Residents On Edge After A Swarm Of 10 Earthquakes Hits Near The San Andreas Fault | Earthquake-Bricks-Public-Domain | Environment Special Interests US News

Is the San Andreas Fault starting to wake up?  On Monday, a swarm of 10 significant earthquakes struck Monterey County, California.  The largest was a magnitude 4.6 earthquake that could be felt all the way over in San Francisco.  Of course this comes at a time when other portions of the Ring of Fire are starting to awaken as well.  For example, just yesterday I wrote about the alarming eruption of Mt. Popocatepetlthat just took place down in Mexico.  For decades the west coast of North America has been relatively stable compared to the rest of the Ring of Fire, but now that is changing.

So should those living along the west coast be on alert?  Without a doubt, the shaking that happened on Monday definitely got a lot of attention

4.6-magnitude earthquake rattled Monterey County on Monday and was felt more than 90 miles away in San Francisco, officials said.

The quake hit at 11:31 a.m. about 13 miles northeast of Gonzales, near Salinas, and was followed by nine smaller aftershocks, with the largest measuring magnitude 2.8, said Annemarie Baltay, a seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park.

Some experts are trying to assure us that we have nothing to be concerned about, but others are claiming that an earthquake swarm such as this...

15:57

Moors Murderers: Victims who escaped speak out in chilling documentary "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Myra Hindley and Ian Brady, both now dead, lured at least five children away to their deaths and buried them on Saddleworth Moor above Manchester in the 1960s. One of the children they targeted, 'latchkey kid' Tommy Rhattigan, was seven when he was approached by a woman with a blond beehive - who he now knows was Hindley - while on playground swings in the dark. 'There was this coyness about her,' he said. 'She asked why was I here on my own, was I afraid of the dark. I can still smell the perfume and hairspray and her eyes, these blue eyes looked really kind.' Comment: Psychopaths feign emotion in order to take advantage of others - Study

15:57

'Wi-Fi allergy' killed her. UK Mum fights for wireless to be removed from all schools and hospitals "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A mum who claims a Wi-Fi allergy drove her teenage daughter to suicide is fighting for wireless internet to be removed from every school and hospital in the UK. Debbie Fry's daughter Jenny was found dead aged 15 in woodland near her home in the Cotswolds, Oxfordshire, in 2015. Mrs Fry claimed at her daughter's inquest that Jenny's life was made a misery as she had electro-hypersensitivity (EHS). Comment: Calcium channels, free radicals and the effects of EMF explained

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

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

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

15:57

Pale Moon Project Rolls Out The Basilisk Browser Project "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The developers behind the Pale Moon web-browser that's been a long standing fork of Firefox have rolled out their first public beta release of their new "Basilisk" browser technology...

15:57

N.F.L. Denies Jerry Joness Call for Special Owners Meeting "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The N.F.L. has rebuffed a request by the Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to call a special owners meeting in less than two weeks to discuss the current negotiations to extend Commissioner Roger Goodells contract.

The request for an emergency meeting was the latest tactic by Jones to try to derail the negotiations, which have gone on for nearly six months and are largely complete. Jones had been a nonvoting member of the compensation committee, which is handling the contract discussions, but he was removed two weeks ago because he threatened to sue the N.F.L. and the other six committee members if they did not halt the negotiations.

Jones has been trying to impede the negotiations since mid-August, when Goodell suspended the Cowboys star running back, Ezekiel Elliott. But Joness threat to sue the league and his fellow owners ignited one of the most vicious intraleague fights in years, throwing the N.F.L. into further discord while it tries to grapple with a host of other complex issues. The fight over Goodells contract has become so intractable that several owners have warned Jones that his efforts are hurting the league, and could prompt penalties.

Still, Jones has persisted. In a letter sent to Goodell on Thursday that was reviewed by The New York Times, Jones said he wanted to give all the owners...

15:54

Meteorologist reveals the simple hack to defrost your windscreen in SECONDS and you have the two ingredients needed in your kitchen "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Meteorologist Ken Weathers is an East Tennessee WATE 6 News weatherman Posted home video on YouTube thats racked up hundreds of thousands of views He mixes two parts Isopropyl alcohol, (rubbing alcohol), and one part water Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-5088809/Weatherman-reveals-simple-hack-defrost-windscreen.html#ixzz4yhWMZqjk Filed under: enviroment Tagged: defrost your windscreen in SECONDS

15:54

US: Polar vortex to bring 'extended period of severe winter weather', amidst already record breaking cold "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Autumn in Siberia often provides a glimpse into what winter has planned for the Great Lakes, including the Buffalo Niagara region. So prepare to bundle up this winter. Comment: Siberian snow theory points to early, frigid winter in U.S. Expect a frigid winter with at least one visit from a lobe of the polar vortex, according to climate researchers funded by the National Science Foundation. "I think the combination of La Nia and an anticipated disruption of the polar vortex could focus the worst of this winter's weather around the Great Lakes," said Judah Cohen, a meteorologist at Atmospheric and Environmental Research, a firm specializing in environmental research.

15:53

Deleted messages on WhatsApp can still be read using notification log "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

WhatsApps Delete for everyone feature ineffective, as recipients can still read it via notification log

WhatsApp users were elated when the instant messaging application service announced the Delete for everyone message option couple of weeks ago. The new message recall feature called Delete for everyone (or Delete for me) in WhatsApp allows users to remove specific messages forwarded in group and individual chats that they didnt intend to send within a timeframe of 7 minutes.

However, according to a popular Spanish Android blog Android Jefe, WhatsApp is not actually deleting the messages and the recipient can still read a recalled text. Apparently, the deleted message is stored in the notification log of the recipient.

What we found is that the messages are stored in the notification register of the Android system. So, its just a matter of entering that record to see the messages that the other person deleted, the blog states.

The deleted messages on WhatsApp can be read by using any third-party app, reads the log. While there are few apps in the Google Play Store that can do so, one such app is Notification History.

Here is how one can read deleted WhatsApp messages, according to the blog:

  1. Users can access deleted WhatsApp messages by downloading a new app named Notification History via Google Play Store.
  2. Once the Notification History app is downloaded, users need to search the Android notification log along with the messages timestamp and date for reading it.
  3. Alternatively, if the users want to read the deleted message without downloading any third party app, then they just need to tap on Widgets > Activities > Settings > Notification log.

However, there are a few caveats to this method, as per the blog. Firstly, a message would actually have to generate a notification on your smartphone for it to be read. Further, the notification log keeps communications for a few hours at the most and clears out all of them in case of a restart. Also, only the first 100 characters of the deleted message can be read in case the text is retrieved. In addition, media such as photos and videos cannot be viewed, as it saved only text messages.

Please note that the process of reading deleted WhatsApp message is applicable only on Android devices and not iOS devices. You can download Notification History via the...

15:53

Stand in Solidarity with Leonard Peltier Slated for Sunday, November 19 in Los Angeles "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Nine-foot-tall statue of Leonard Peltier

Published November 17, 2017

LOS ANGELES Artist Rigo 23 began work on a statue of prominent Native American activist and political prisoner, Leonard Peltier, in 2016. Before the statue was installed at American University, Rigo took its feet to sites of Native significance across the U.S., including Alcatraz Island, the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, and the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. He then invited the public and supporters to stand and be photographed on the feet of Peltier in solidarity.

In advance of The Mains upcoming exhibition Rigo 23: Ripples Become Waves, a one-day program will bring the feet of the statue to Beta Main, test site for The Main. The public will once again be invited to stand on the feet of the statue in support of Peltier, political prisoners, and all Indigenous peoples facing persecution. Participants will be photographed by LA-based Navajo photographer Pamela J. Peters.

A selection of Peters photographs taken during the program will be on view at Beta Main, alongside the complete statue, as part of Rigo 23: Ripples Become Waves beginning February 25, 2018.

WHAT:

Stand in Solidarity with Leonard Peltier

WHEN:

Sunday, November 19, 2017; 1 4 p.m. PST

WHERE: 

Beta Main | 114 W. 4th St., Downtown Los Angeles, Californai 90013

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15:51

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

Brian X. Chen, New York Times:

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

And:

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

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

And:

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

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

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

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

Interesting article, looking forward to reading the comments.

Read this on The Loop

15:51

Kaspersky: NSA Worker's Computer Was Already Infected With Malware "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Refuting allegations that its anti-virus product helped Russian spies steal classified files from an NSA employee's laptop, Kaspersky Lab has released more findings that suggest the computer in question may have been infected with malware. Moscow-based cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab on Thursday published the results of its own internal investigation claiming the NSA worker who took

15:50

Warehouses Full of US-Made Lethal Weapons Found by Syrian Army "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Warehouses Full of US-Made Lethal Weapons Found by Syrian Army from Sputnik News The Syrian Army has liberated new quarters of Deir ez-Zor from Daesh terrorists. During the operation the army found large warehouses with a huge number of lethal...

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FAKE POLLS: Recent Alabama Polling Shows 3 Point Party Spread in State Where Trump Won by 27 Points "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Guest post by Joe Hoft

A Fox News Poll of 649 likely voters in Alabama released on Thursday and conducted between Monday and Wednesday of this week shows Democratic candidate Doug Jones with an eight point lead over Republican candidate Judge Roy Moore in the December 12 special election for the Alabama U.S. Senate seat once held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, 50 percent to 42 percent, with a 3.5 percent margin of error.

That poll stands in striking contrast to a Fox10/Strategy Research poll of 3,000 likely voters in Alabama released on Wednesday and conducted on Monday of this week that shows Moore with a six point lead over Jones, 49 percent to 43 percent, with a two percent margin of error.

The 14 point differential between the two polls conducted over the same three day period contributes to the great uncertainty surrounding the election thrown into chaos by unsubstantiated allegations of sexual harassment made against Judge Moore over the past week by several women

Another unusual aspect of the Fox News Poll released on Thursday that shows Democrat Jones with an eight point lead over Moore is that it appears to contain a sample of Alabama likely voters in which 51 percent voted for Donald Trump and 48 percent voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Presidential election.

The FOX10 poll also includes a sampling of respondents where 51% voted for President Trump and 48% voted for Hillary Clinton a 3 point margin.

In 2016 President Trump won Alabama with 62% of the vote to Hillary Clinton with 34.4% of the vote a 27 point margin.

In a estimate using simple statistics, if the polls used the same ratios that President Trump won by in the election, Judge Roy Moore would lead Democrat Jones by 30 points (60% to 30%) in the Fox10 poll and by 15 points (51% to 35%) in the Fox News poll. 

The results of this simple extrapolation of the polling numbers show that Judge Roy Moore is still way ahead of his Democrat challenger in Alabama no matter what the me...

15:50

An Open Secret: Saudi Arabia and Israel Get Cozy "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

16-11-2017 | 11:13 Vivian Salama  In the Middle East, your enemys enemy is your friend.   For Israel, Saudi Arabias growing willingness to confront Iranian influence in the Middle East presents an opening for an awkward alliance. As the kingdoms dynamic new crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, tries to rally an anti-Iran coalition, Israel []

15:49

Claim: climate change will stunt Chinese manufacturing "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

From the UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SANTA BARBARA, and the temperature in Chinese sweatshops may go up a degree department. Hot and bothered Environmental economists studying the impact of climate change on manufacturing in China predict substantial losses by mid-21st century To date, most empirical evidence on climate change impacts have focused on the agricultural

15:49

FLASHBACK: Neo-Nazi extremists sentenced for spate of bomb-attacks in Sweden "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Three men with previous links to a neo-Nazi organization have been jailed in connection with bomb attacks in the Gothenburg area last winter. The three men were charged last month in connection with a series of bomb incidents, including a blast at a refugee centre on January 5th this year which left an immigration office staff member seriously injured. Two months earlier, on November 11th, a bomb went off outside the Syndikalistiskt Forum Kafe, a well-known far-left haunt. No one was injured in that blast. Then an explosive device was found on January 25th at a campground which was temporarily housing migrants. It failed to detonate.

15:48

US-backed Forces Capture 6 Villages From ISIS In Euphrates Valley (Map) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have captured the villages of  Hawayij, Ruqayb, Hawi Thibyan, Dhiban, Tayyani and Shinan from ISIS in the Euphrates Valley in the province of Deir Ezzor.

Now, the SDF is developing further its advance on the eastern bank of the Euphrates with the aim of reaching the border with Iraq.

US-backed Forces Capture 6 Villages From ISIS In Euphrates Valley (Map)

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15:48

The hypocrisy of the hard-right "taking us back to the 1970s" mob. "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"


We're all familiar with the endlessly recycled right-wing propaganda trope about how Labour are supposedly "taking us back to the 1970s" aren't we?

We're also well aware that the right-wing narrative that the 1970s was unrelentingly crap is an absolute myth, and that despite the oil shocks and the periods of industrial unrest it was a time of affordable housing, full employment, decent wages, rapidly improving social conditions, great music, train fares that cost less than just doing the trip by car, free university education, and the highest levels of social mobility the UK has ever seen.

We also know that stuff like facts and evidence don't matter a jot to the people who mindlessly regurgitate right-wing propaganda tropes as if they're visionary political insights rather than something they've just mindlessly absorbed from the right-wing gutter press.

It barely takes a puff of critical thinking skills to tear this "back to the 70s" trope to shreds, yet the mindless political rote learners just can't do it.

Just look at the headline policies in the Labour manifesto and consider these facts:

  • The rip-off private energy companies only formed after the privatisation of the National Grid in 1990 (long after the 1970s).
  • The shambolic Tory privatisation of the railways happened in 1994 (long after the 1970s).
  • The Royal Mail was only sold off at significantly below its true market value in 2013...

15:46

Gauging the Success of Bangladeshs Anti-Terror Crackdown "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

 

Since launching an anti-terror crackdown in response to a high-profile attack on a popular Dhaka caf in July 2016, Bangladesh has not experienced another major attack. Yet 16 months on from the siege at the Holey Artisan Bakery during which terrorists massacred 20 civilians with sharp weapons before Bangladeshi commandos stormed the building fears over violent extremism in the South Asia nation remain ever-present.

Despite thousands of arrests and the deaths of top militant leaders at the hands of state security forces, there are still signs of heightened political tensions and renewed militant activity just below the surface. These signs are raising new concerns over the potential for separatist violence and a new wave of attacks in a country that until recently had very little experience dealing with terrorism.

Whilst Bangladeshs improved law enforcement capabilities have almost certainly prevented further bloodshed over the past year, the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has faced criticism over its somewhat contradictory approach to confronting terrorism. At the same time as pledging to tackle Islamist militants head-on, the government has been accused of facilitating an environment in which extremist ideology can flourish.

This report explores whether Bangladeshs counter-terrorism crackdown will ultimately prove successful in keeping a lid on militant activity, and asks whether the government in Dhaka is doing enough to combat the radical ideology fueling the violence.

 

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15:45

Kaspersky Investigators Reveal How NSA Hacking Tools Were Stolen "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Uzair Amir

In its latest report, Kaspersky Lab revealed the findings of

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15:44

Leaked Democrat Donor and Activist Conference Agenda Shows White Men No Longer Welcome in Party "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A secretive Democrat donor and activist conference is being held this week in California. The conference is a place for progressives to meet and share goals and discuss issues of common interest.

A copy of the conference agenda was leaked to the Washington Free Beacon who reported on it today. Pelosi will headline the event along with George Soros.

But if you skim through the weekend agenda two things are clear:
Democrats want to spread their far left California values of open borders, Socialism and identity politics across the US
And white men are no longer valued or welcome in todays Democrat Party.

A secretive three-day conference where big money liberal donors are plotting the next steps of the resistance will be headlined by Friday speeches by billionaire George Soros and Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, according to internal documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

The Democracy Alliance, a donor club of deep-pocketed liberal donors that each pledge to direct hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding to approved left-wing groups, descended on Californias posh La Costa Resort on Wednesday morning for its fall donor summit. The group continued its tradition of secrecy, promising all members and guests of the summit their participation would remain confidential.

The first page of the conference agenda, which was obtained by the Washington Free Beacon and can be viewed in its entirety below, lays out participation guidelines, explaining that the Democracy Alliance is a safe place for donors and activists to meet. Guests are instructed not to share members names with the press and not to post to any social media sites, to contact Democracy Alliance if the media or a blogger contacts them, and to refrain from leaving sensitive materials out where others may find them.

This latter direc...

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Saudi Arabia: Hezbollah to Disarm as Hariri Talks of Return to Lebanon "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Beirut (MEE Adel al-Jubeir condemned Hezbollah as a first class terrorist organization destabilizing Lebanese politics.

Saudi Arabias foreign minister has called for Lebanons Hezbollah to be disarmed and denied that the countrys prime minister was being held against his will in the kingdom.

Saad Hariri, who announced his shock resignation from Saudi Arabia on 4 November, is remaining in the kingdom of his own free will and free to leave when he pleases, according to the foreign minister.

Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir
Image: Wikimedia Commons

These are false allegations. The accusation that Saudi Arabia is detaining a prime minister, and particularly a political figure who is an ally is untrue, Adel al-Jubeir said, speaking at a press conference in Riyadh.

Hariri cited the influence of Iran and their Lebanese benefactor Hezbollah on the countrys politics as the primary reason for his resignation.

On Thursday, Jubeir accused Hezbollah of trying to destabilize the region and said they must be disarmed.

Related: Lebanese President: Saudis Detaining Hariri Is Act Of Aggression

He said Hezbollah is a first class terrorist organization and said that consultations and coordination between peace-loving countries and Lebanon-loving countries are underway to try to find a way that would restore sovereignty to Lebanon and reduce the negative action which Hezbollah is conducting in Lebanon.

Hezbollah has kidnapped the Lebanese system, he added.

Lebanons president said on Thursday that he hoped the crisis surrounding Hariris resignation was near its end after Hariri said he would travel to France.

French president Emmanuel Macron has invited Hariri and his family to France, providing a diplomatic way out for him to leave Saudi Arabia without any side losing face.

Related: Where Is Saad Hariri? Nobody Knows

Hariri to leave in 48 hours

Lebanese president Michel Aoun said earlier this week th...

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McConnell-allied nonprofit received millions from Rove-linked group in 2016; neither disclosed donors "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

One of the most active political organizations in the 2016 election cycle wasnt a political organization at all. It was a nonprofit allied with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that received all of its money from anonymous donors and hardly reported any of its political spending to the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

Known as One Nation, it drew from a war chest that swelled with seven- and eight-figure checks from a few secret donors and spent tens of millions of dollars not on employees it has none or social welfare programs it didnt really have those either but on expensive ad campaigns to help Republicans keep their majority in the Senate.

Form 990 annual tax filings obtained by The Center for Responsive Politics show that One Nation spent nearly $73 million in 2015 and 2016, and at least $40 million was spent assisting Republicans successful campaign to hold their majority in the Senate.

Social welfare organizations, such as One Nation, are supposed to have social welfare as their primary purpose hence the name social welfare organization but the IRS has never defined what primary purpose actually means. As a result, it is generally interpreted to be less than 50 percent of overall spending. One Nations $40 million of electioneering would put it well over the 50 percent mark, at a minimum, potentially jeopardizing its tax-exempt status, if the IRS decides to scrutinize the groups activities.

The only known donor to One Nation, according to a separate tax return obtained by The Center for Responsive Politics, was Crossroads GPS, another social welfare organization that is run by the same people who run One Nation and which, like One Nation, doesnt have to disclose its donors.

Ground support for Senate Republicans

The number of ads One Nation bought for 2016 Senate elections ranked 27th on a list of top 50 outside groups over a cumulative 16-year period, according to a joint report published...

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Bombshell BBC Report Confirms US Struck A Secret Deal With ISIS "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

(Anti Media) At a moment of widespread acknowledgement that the short-lived Islamic State is no longer a reality, and as ISIS is about to be defeated by the Syrian Army in its last urban holdout of Abu []

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Pentagon mistakenly retweets post for President Trump to resign "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Defense Secretary James Mattis will get an earful from his boss this morning after an authorized user of the Pentagon Twitter account retweeted and then swiftly deleted a tweet calling for President Donald Trump to resign after the president slammed Sen. Al Franken while remaining silent about Alabama Sen. Candidate Roy Moore.

Pentagon spokesman Col. Rob Manning said in a statement that an authorized operator of the Defense Departments official Twitter site erroneously retweeted content that would not be endorsed by the Department of Defense. The operator caught this error and immediately deleted it.

Chief Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White posted the same statement on Twitter.

The Defense Department account has 5.2 million followers.

President Trump stirred up a late-night controversy of his own Thursday after calling a picture of Al Frankenstein groping the breasts of Los Angeles radio host Leeann Tweeden really bad.

He also accused Franken on hypocrisy, tweeting: And to think that just last week he was lecturing anyone who would listen about sexual harassment and respect for women. Lesley Stahl tape?

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One employee walked out bawling couldnt take it anymore "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Above~Minnesota state Sen. John Jasinski, R-Faribault, holds up his personal license plate during a hearing at the Minnesota Capitol on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. Because of problems with a state computer system, such plates cannot be transferred from one vehicle to another right now.

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15 Black Men Arrested By a Corrupt Cop Are Cleared of All Convictions "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

(CHICAGO) One by one, the men told the same story: A Chicago police officer would demand money from them. And if they didnt pay, they would find themselves in

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

From the Calcalist interview:

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

And:

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

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

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

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Jury deadlocks, mistrial declared in Menendez bribery case "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A mistrial was declared in the bribery, conspiracy and fraud trial of Senator Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey), as the 12-person jury deadlocked on all 18 counts against the Senator and his co-defendant following the 11-week trial. Newark, New Jersey US District Court Judge William H. Walls declared a mistrial Thursday following a 15-hour jury deliberation. Federal prosecutors have not stated whether or not they will retry Menendez, 63, and co-defendant Salomon Melgen, 63, a wealthy Florida eye doctor and friend of Menendez, on federal charges of bribery, conspiracy and fraud that were brought against them in the case, the North Jersey Media Group reported. The most serious charge levied against the two men by the US Department of Justice carried a maximum prison sentence of 20 years. Both Menendez and Melegen have denied the charges against them.

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My Life as an Influencer "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

It's tough to be a top influencer, balancing trends and tweets, pols and plugs. Read all about it. Sympathize with me. Follow me. Live with me. Be me.

KDE Applications 17.12 Sees Some New KF5 Ports, Other Apps Dropped "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The beta of KDE Applications 17.12 is now available ahead of next month's official debut for this quarterly update to the collection of official KDE programs...

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NEO Theresa May jumps the Russia bashing band wagon again - Veterans Today "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

PM Theresa May uses Russia as a whipping boy to divert attention away from the soup bowl of political problems she may be drowning in now.

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Erdogan slams US support for ISIS, says Turkey does not want allied relationship in Syrian offensive "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Turkish President Erdogan has claimed that US actions in Syria are not in line with relations between allies. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused Washington of sponsoring the Daesh terrorist group as well as failing to fulfill the promise to withdraw Syrian Kurdish forces from the Syrian regions liberated from Daesh militants. "They [the US] said they were fighting Daesh, but what did they do instead? Gave Daesh a load of dollars... We do not want to enter into an allied relationship with them on Afrin. The United States has constantly violated our agreements. In Manbij, in Raqqa. When we offered to work there together, they promised that not a single member of the PYD [Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party] would remain there, don't worry," said Erdogan, expressing deep disappointment over the US' non-compliance with the agreements reached.

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Art as Protest: Challenging the New Norms of the New American Century "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Her playful use of imagery, complex use of dimension within each painting, ruefully enigmatic references to highlight various political and social issues of our day come together as a where's Waldo of political discourse.

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President Poroshenko promised Ukraine would 'live in a new way' - citizens increasingly turning to shoplifting "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

President of Ukraine Pyotr Poroshenko promised the Ukrainians that they would "live in a new way" under his leadership. Indeed, the time has passed, now every Ukrainian feels all the 'delights' of European life. Comment: A Dynamic Analysis of Ukraine Politics: The Crooks, the Clowns and the Nazis According to Ukrainian media, statistics have been published, which says that stores lose about 1 - 1.5% of profit precisely because of theft. Store directors note that every year the theft is increasing, because prices are inexorably growing, so some are simply forced to take such a step. However, there are those who make money on this.

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Russian senior senator says new Pentagon budget threatens normalization of Russia-US relations "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The $700 billion US military spending bill, recently approved by the Senate, could destroy any future attempts to restore relations between the United States and the Russian Federation, the head of the upper house Foreign Relations Committee says. "The US senate has approved the 2018 draft defense budget. Among other things the draft contains the part on 'countering Russian aggression' ... which definitely is not only new money allocated for the needs of the military, but also an attempt to create new long-term strategies that, if realized, can completely destroy any hope for normalization in Russia-US relations," Konstantin Kosachev wrote on Facebook.

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Russia proposes bill for exclusive domestic shipping along Northern Sea Route "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Ships under the Russian flag could get the exclusive right to transport oil and gas along the Northern Sea Route, according to Russian President Vladimir Putin who proposed the measure to boost the country's shipbuilding industry. It will increase the volume of shipping, strengthen the position of the domestic shipping companies, and create additional opportunities for fleet renewal, he said.

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PUTIN & TRUMP COULD SAVE THE WORLD (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

PUTIN & TRUMP COULD SAVE THE WORLD Video SGTReport Do you think Vladimir Putin has forgotten the Bolshevik revolution or the Rothschild hand that was behind it? Under his rule, Christianity has spread throughout Russia like wild fire. What...

The post PUTIN & TRUMP COULD SAVE THE WORLD (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

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Arrested Buffalo Township Couple Sue After Police Mistook Hibiscus Plants For Marijuana "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A Buffalo Township couple is suing the township police and the Nationwide Insurance Co. after, their lawsuit says, hibiscus plants growing in their backyard were mistaken for marijuana plants. In

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Obama Warned Us This Would Happen "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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

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

One concern was proper staffing.

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

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

Another concern was Trumps lack of respect for the truth.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

On the House side, the omens look...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A...

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

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

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

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

Did that refresh your recollection?

Good.

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

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

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

I have a couple of other interesting tidbits to note.

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

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

Two quotes from this Time interview:

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

And:

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

A good read, relatively short but interesting.

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Russian minister blasts Netherlands' decision to not return 500 Scythian gold artifacts to Crimea "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Russian Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky has described a decision by a Dutch court not to return a collection of Scythian gold to Crimea as a "most dangerous precedent," and threatened to sever all museum ties with the Netherlands. "If this ruling comes into force, I would have no right to sanction any exhibitions in the territory of the country that creates the most dangerous precedent regarding the confiscation of cultural treasures," Medinsky said during an interview with RIA Novosti. The minister was reacting to a decision by a court not to return 500 Scythian gold artifacts, which Dutch museums had borrowed from Crimean collections.

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No Support for Climate Change Victims as Fiji Sides With Historical Polluters "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By not giving decisive actions that prioritised vulnerable people a permanent place on the agenda, along with the expertise and the means to do so, the Fijian Presidency has failed in its mandate.

Fijian warriors performed a traditional kava ceremony, where tea from the root of the kava plant was brewed and presented to the COP leaders. Credit: Aruna Chandrasekhar

Fijian warriors performed a traditional kava ceremony, where tea from the root of the kava plant was brewed and presented to the COP leaders. Credit: Aruna Chandrasekhar

Aruna Chandrasekhar is a researcher and photojournalist working on issues of development, land alienation, indigenous rights and corporate accountability in India for the last six years. She tweets at @aruna_sekhar.

Bonn: In a huge blow, the Conference of Parties (COP) at the UN climate talks adopted a decision with no concrete support for victims on the frontlines of climate change in developing countries, after strong lobbying by developed countries.

The decision was adopted after the US, Australia, Canada and the European Union (EU) aggressively blocked financial support for impacts that the developing world cant yet cope with or adapt to. As of now, the extremely weak text only offers encouragement for countries to mobilise public funds to deal with the most catastrophic disasters of our times. In its adoption, the COP presidency has yielded to the pressures of negotiators from the biggest emitting nat...

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ECB denies EU auditors access to Greek bailouts information on banking confidentiality reasons "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The European Central Bank (ECB) challenged an attempt by the European Court of Auditors (ECA), the watchdog of EU finances, to examine the Banks role in the Greek bailout and reform programmes and refused to provide access to some requested information, citing banking confidentiality. The European Court of Auditors published a report assessing the effectiveness

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Border Patrol chief says agents now ''empowered" under Trump "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost said the Trump administration's rhetoric regarding protecting America's borders in the face of illegal immigration has a lot of agents "feeling empowered to actually enforce the laws that are on the books." Provost, who's been with the agency for nearly 23 years, said "the men and women out there really just want to enforce those laws that they have been trained to enforce, that've been - and I think they feel empowered to do their jobs now." "From the Border Patrol perspective right now, having that support and having the ability to go out and do the job that they were hired for is certainly bringing up their morale," Provost told Politico's "Women Rule" podcast recently. Comment: Is she sure about that? US Border Patrol losing agents faster than they can hire them due to remote working conditions, competition with other agencies Provost is the first woman to lead the U.S. Border Patrol in its 93-year history. She was named the agency's acting chief earlier this year after serving as deputy under Ronald Vitiello, who is now acting deputy commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, which oversees the Border Patrol. While she acknowledges her role is a milestone for women in the agency, Provost said she's reluctant to wear it as a badge of honor for all to see. She said, instead, she sees no difference between male and female agents.

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Dental Health: Children "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Photo of Tracy BrabinTracy Brabin Shadow Minister (Education)
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the reasons for inequalities in children's oral health across the UK.

Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health
Photo of Steve BrineNational dental surveys show that inequalities in childrens oral health are associated with deprivation, geography and ethnicity. For example, children in the north of England have higher levels of tooth decay than those in the south; and those from Chinese and Eastern European backgrounds have higher levels of tooth decay than other ethnic backgrounds.

Oral health inequalities are influenced by socio-economic factors, for example, differences in levels of income and employment experienced by different groups; and by behaviours such as, having a poor diet high in sugar and low access to fluoride.

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The MTAs Next Big Boondoggle? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

There is one thing that New York Citys crumbling, hazardous, $43-billion indebted transit system needs to do to fix itself: replace the MetroCard with an app. Thats according to Joseph Lhota, chair of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and his allies on the agencys governing board.

This $574 million plan, announced by the MTA board on Oct. 25, will implement a fare system the utilizes contactless bank cards and mobile payments to replace the MetroCard. Transactions will be conducted through apps like Apple Pay, as well as contactless cards, credit or debit cards embedded with chips that rely on wireless near field communication technology.

The move to a truly 21st-century method of payment represents a critical step in our overall efforts at modernizing the subway system and improving service for all our customers, Lhota, appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in June, said.

Tapping a credit card or smartphone at a turnstile instead of a MetroCard could amount to a significant timesaver for New York commuters. In addition, the new technology will allow all-door boarding on buses, reducing travel time. These undeniable improvements, however, come at a time of unprecedented emergency at the agency.

Just as the MTA board began extolling the introduction of the costly fare system, New York City Councilmember Helen Rosenthal released a call for an independent commission to study the MTAs runaway costs.

By every available metric, the MTA has the highest capital costs in the world, spending several times more than other global cities for similar projects, the chair of the City Councils Contracts Committee wrote on Oct. 24 in a public letter to Lhota signed by 27 of her colleagues. In a related press release, Rosenthal noted that while Paris was able to build a new line for $370 million per mile, Phase I of the Second Avenue subway cost $2.7 billion per mile.

The contactless fare scheme might seem less absurd if it increased the transit systems efficiency. This may not be the case.

The MTA has commissioned Cubic Transportation Inc., which designed the MetroCard, to install the new fare system.

The company has a singular record of failures in the United States.

Chicagoan blogger Olivia Cole described Cubics Ventra payment system as proof that CTA hates us after the Chicago Transit Authority int...

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Pentagon Forces US Congress to Drop Linkage of Pakistan Aid To LeT "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Indian government is likely disappointed by the development although officials stressed that the overall trend line on Pakistan remained promising.

Credit: Reuters

The DoD allegedly strongly insisted that curbing the Haqqani network must remain the top priority and adding LeT was like shifting the goal post for Pakistan. Credit: Reuters

Washington: The US Department of Defence (DoD) put pressure on key Congressional committees to drop a provision linking financial aid to Pakistan with Islamabad taking demonstrable action against Lashkar-e-Taiba.

The DoD prevailed upon key Democratic and Republican aides in the House Armed Services to remove the conditionality introduced by the Senate. The provision was part of the bill meant to finance the US armed forces for 2018 known as the National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA).

The provision was dropped last week when the Senate and the House versions of the NDAA were being reconciled before being voted into law. Congressional aides said that the DoD strongly insisted that curbing the Haqqani network must remain the top priority and adding LeT was like shifting the goal post for Pakistan.

But I thought that was the idea of the new South Asia policy, one Democratic Party observer said somewhat sarcastically, referring to President Donald Trumps August speech nailing Pakistan and terrorist groups thriving on its soil. One of the presidents pillars was being harder on Pakistan. It makes sense to be harder on Pakistan.

The Indian government is likely disappointed by the development although officials stressed that the overall trend line on Pakistan remained promising. The amount of US aid is shrinking while the portion...

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Mavis Medicine for the Soul "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Its time for more love. At least Mavis Staples seems to think so.

Its been a little over a year since Donald Trump elected President and I, at least, think reasons to be happy are few and far between. Everyone on both sides is rehashing and relitigating the 2016 election. We cant agree on much, except that we all cant believe were where we are. I feel as if every piece Ive written or read in the past few months has included the phrase in a country so divided. How do we make it out of this crisis? Hell, how do we make it out of 2017?

Ive got love to give and its time for more love, Staples sings.

Thank God for Mavis, I say to myself.

A gospel and R&B legend, Staples has been performing for more than 60 years. Bob Dylan called her singing voice the most mysterious thing Id ever heard and proposed to marry her in the mid-1960s. She and her family were also close with Dr. Martin Luther King and Staples connections to the civil rights movement make her latest album that much more poignant.

With If All I Was Was Black she once again plants her flag in the resistance. Written and produced by Jeff Tweedy of the bands Wilco and Tweedy, the album is a unique entry in the growing list of recent artistic expressions of dissent. It doesnt come across as particularly angry. It doesnt name names or point fingers. It proposes resistance through love and understanding.

We Go High borrows its central phrase from Michelle Obamas famous speech. Staples proclaims, I know they dont know what theyre doing when they tell their lies, spread around rumors. I know theyre still human and they need my love.

The songs on this album probably arent going to reach the ears of anyone who didnt walk away from Michelles speech with a sense of hope. Staples is trying to reach the people who align with her politics. She wants to talk them off the ledge. This wont be the album that unites us. Rather, its a gentle urging to liberals and lefties to reach out and try to bring our conservative brethren up to speed.

Nowhere is this more resounding than the standout track Build a Bridge. Staples mourns the fact that in a country so divided, we sequester ourselves: Im tired of us living so lonely. And she presents a seemingly impossible solution. Gonna build a bridge right over the ocean, so you can walk right over to me, she sings, her voice elevated by a supporting chorus in an arrangement that seems to indicate this will require a group effort.

Tweedy does a fantastic job showcasing Staples voice throughout the album. The instrumentation adds only w...

15:24

Preliminary Thoughts about Saudi Arabia "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Entering the Post-American Century

Brief summary, for those not up to date on todays news: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, aka MBS, has decided to consolidate his power rather forcefully, arresting ten prominent princes, including the leader of the National Guard, ministers, and the like for corruption, and simply killing two others. This comes a month after Jared Kushner visited, spending several days staying up well into the night with MBS. David Ignatius gives a good summary at the Washington Post.

Just to make this more complicated, yesterday Saad al-Hariri, the Prime Minister of Lebanon and son of Rafiq Hariri, the Lebanese PM assassinated by Syria in 2005, came to visit Riyadh and abruptly announced his resignation, claiming that Iran and Hezbollah were planning to assassinate him, as well. He is currently hiding out at an undisclosed location. Damned if I know what this means.

Mohammed bin Salman with Vladimir Putin in 2015. Official Kremlin photograph.

1. This takes either balls of steel or brains of jell-o. These people are not only powerful, some of themlike Miteb ibn Abdullah, head of the National Guard and son of the previous king, or al-Waleed bin Tilal, who controls the Kingdom Holding Companyhave sizeable power bases of their own. It looks like at least one of the killings, of Abdul Aziz, youngest son of the prior king, wasnt intended specifically as a hit, but was killed while resisting arrest. (The other one, of Mansour bin Mukrin, was a helicopter crash that lacked a certain subtlety)

So theres a short window during which MBS is effectively holding them hostage to guarantee the obedience of their factions, but thats not likely to last very long, and if he fucks up and any of them die, that card goes away immediately.

Given that he does not control the National Guard, this could go very badly very quickly.

2. As a result, MBS has to consolidate power pretty much completely in the next 24 hours, or very nasty things will happen to him. The good option is if hes simply executed and we return to power-struggle-as-usual; the bad option would be if he partially consolidates power, and this turns into an all-out civil war.

3. The Sunni part of the Islam...

15:22

2017 sees rise in sightings of legendary Loch Ness moster "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

More people claim to have caught a glimpse of the legendary Loch Ness monster in 2017 than in any other year this century. Up to eight official sightings of the fabled creature were recorded in Scotland's most famous waterway this year alone. The most recent sighting came in early November when genetic scientist Dr. Jo Knight, of Lancaster University, spotted something "very dark" while monster hunting with her son in Urquhart Bay, a favourite haunt of Nessie. But, after taking hundreds of pictures, she concluded it might not actually have been the legendary leviathan after all.

15:21

Tax Proposals Most Likely to Pass in Washington "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

While the differences between the two versions stand out, the similarities are an indicator of items that could actually pass

Nov. 17, 2017 5:30 a.m. ET

Lawmakers in the House of Representatives and Senate have separate tax-overhaul bills with a multitude of differences, but the similarities between them are a good indicator of what could actually pass.

Right now, the differences stand out most. Republicans in the House, for example, have voted to shrink the mortgage-interest deduction and end the write-off for large medical expenses and teachers expenses. Senate Republicans want to keep the current deductions for mortgage interest and large medical expenses. And they would expand the write-off for teachers expenses.

Republicans in both chambers want to cut taxes for pass-through businesses such as partnerships and S corporations, but in very different ways.

There are provisions that appear in both bills, and these are likelier than others to make it to the finish line. There are also a few proposals that were in both bills but have been discarded, and are likely to stay out.

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Here are areas of overlap between the House and Senate tax bills for individual taxpayers.

STANDARD DEDUCTION AND PERSONAL EXEMPTION. Both bills would almost double the deduction taxpayers get if they dont itemize writeoffs on Schedule A. For 2018, this break would rise to $24,400 in the House bill and $24,000 in th...

15:20

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

Adam Engst, TidBITS:

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

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

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

Read this on The Loop

15:18

So much to do... "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

This is the last day of our member drive. In the immortal words of Johnny Reed, "We've got a long way to go and a short time to get there." Our goal is to grow this movement to #2000Strong. Help this important message reach more people by becoming one of our first 2,000 members. 

Join the movement Our member meetup last night

Our member meetup last night

I gave a lecture yesterday at the 65th Annual Conference on the Economic Outlook at the University of Michigan. This was a gathering of economists, finance officers and others from Michigan public policy circles. I pulled no punches in my talk. It's always amazing to me when people who routinely work in numbers eight, nine and even ten digits long on behalf of the public are surprised by the core Strong Towns message. I showed them our classic Taco John's analysis and they were stunned. My friends, we have so much urgent work to do!

After the lecture, Bo Wright (our Development Director) and I went over to our Strong Towns member/reader meetup. We had ten Strong Towns fans RSVP, but 25 showed up. Way to represent, Michigan! One kind woman drove two hours to be there; that was very humbling. On the way to our accommodations in downtown Detroit, Bo remarked to me how engaged our members are, how they grasp our strategy and always want to talk about our work to grow the movement. It's an observation I share. You all are amazing!

And speaking of amazing members.... Probably our most frequent request from our members is for us to develop a platform where members and others interested in Strong Towns (let's optimistically call them "future members") can connect with each other. I've wanted to do this for a long time, but privacy concerns and other technical barriers have kept it from floating up to the top of this list. This week in a member discussion on our Slack platform, we talked about it and developed an easy, cheap and I think very effective way to make this happen. I'm really excited; look for that before the end of the year.

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15:18

Politicians blaming Russia for everything "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Theresa May drinking

This photo from London shows British Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May drinking at the recent Lord Mayors Banquet; where she blamed Russia for the problems caused by her own government, thus avoiding having to look at the woman in the mirror.

By Solomon Hughes in Britain:

Putin is not responsible for Trump or Brexit

Friday 17th November 2017

Blaming our problems on Russian hacking and fake news is a way of ignoring Britains very real problems, writes SOLOMON HUGHES

DID RUSSIA interfere in the US presidential election? Did Russia meddle in the Brexit referendum?

Probably yes. Probably no. Does this mean Vladimir Putin is responsible for Donald Trump winning the US election? Does it mean Russia caused Brexit?

It doesnt. But a lot of confused liberals are pretending it does as a way of hiding from the real world in a fantasy land stalked by a bare-chested Russian ogre.

A moments thinking can come up with the many examples of one nation interfering in the affairs of another. The US has years of...

15:17

Baby sperm whale dies at Juno Beach, Florida "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A baby Sperm whale that was stranded near the Juno Beach Pier on Wednesday has died, Jupiter police said. Video posted to Twitter by Matthew Longfellow shows dozens of beachgoers trying to help the whale. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was also on scene. However, the whale died a few hours later while being sedated. #BREAKING: @MaxineBentzel reports that the baby Sperm Whale at Juno Beach will be euthanized. #SouthFL pic.twitter.com/fA12QifqdD Matthew Longfellow (@Longfellow_TV) November 15, 2017

15:17

Russia threatens to cut museum ties with the Netherlands over Crimea gold "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Russia has threatened to cut off museum exchanges with the Netherlands if it upholds a decision to give Ukraine ancient gold artefacts left in limbo when Russia annexed Crimea. Speaking with state news agency RIA Novosti on Thursday, culture minister Vladimir Medinsky said a 2016 court decision to hand over more than 2,000 Crimean artefacts to Kiev was "absolutely politicised" and "destroys the system of exchanging exhibits". Russia has appealed the ruling. Comment: The sore losers in the corrupt western establishment have been pulling out all the stops to intefere with Crimea's democratic vote to return to within Russia's borders: Revisiting the Crimean referendum: The truth behind Crimea's reunion with Russia "This can be compared only with the plundering of museums during Napoleon's Italian campaigns or the fascist aggression" of the Second World War, Mr Medinsky said. "If this ruling comes into force, I won't have the right to sanction any exhibits on the territory of a country where a most dangerous precedent of seizing cultural treasures is being created," he added.

15:17

F Trump Truck Driver Has Been Arrested On An Outstanding Warrant "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

She failed to keep a low profile. Via KTRK: The owner of the truck with a F (expletive) Trump and f (expletive) you for voting for him sticker has been arrested for an outstanding warrant out of Rosenberg. Karen Fonseca was arrested for an outstanding warrant from August. Records show she was accused of fraud. []

15:16

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

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

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

Read this on The Loop

15:15

Critique of the Classical Theory of Education Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Glenn Rikowski

CRITIQUE OF THE CLASSICAL THEORY OF EDUCATION CRISIS

 

 

Glenn RikowskiVisiting Fellow, College of Social Science, University of Lincoln, UK

 

 

 

 

This is a paper prepared for the International Centre for Public Pedagogies (ICPuP), International Seminar for Public Pedagogies at the University of East London for 21st February 2018. See the post below for details.

The paper is now available on Academia, see: https://www.academia.edu/35164258/Critique_of_the_Classical_Theory_of_Education_Crisis

 

ABSTRACT

The Classical Theory of Education Crisis is the default theory utilised by educational theorists for understanding the constitution and explanation of education crises in contemporary society. Following a brief outline of the concept of crisis, and the histiography of the notion of education crisis from the Second World War to the neoliberal recession of 1980-82, there is a an outline of The Clas...

15:15

Stamping it out? Housing in the Budget "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Its that time of year when we all read the runes from the Treasury in an effort to anticipate what will be announced in the Budget next week. We know the government is acutely aware that nothing ranks more highly with the disaffected young voter than the question of housing. Small surprise, then, that many are predicting the Chancellor will announce at least a temporary reprieve from stamp duty for first time buyers on Wednesday next week. But would such a change really be the intergenerational boost it purports to be?

No-one outside the Treasury has much that is good to say about stamp duty (other than it is very easy to collect). But is it really a critical barrier stopping young people today from becoming home owners? Analysis of UK Finance figures suggests that more than a quarter of (mortgaged) first time buyers purchase properties below the 125,000 threshold, and therefore pay no stamp duty at all. In many parts of the country the tax is not a constraint on buying a first home in a significant way so what does explain the falling ownership rates of young people?

Our work suggests that it is sluggish incomes, higher house prices and restricted credit which have created the real barriers to home ownership over time. In Figure 1, we track the number of years it has taken the median household headed by a young person to save for the upfront costs of buying a home. As this makes clear, exempting such households from stamp duty would do little to bring the prospect of their becoming home owners back in line with previous generations. The policy would save them just 772 in stamp duty today a figure dwarfed by the median deposit of over 25,000 they have to find to turn their home-owning dream into reality.

That is not to say there arent some first time buyers for whom a stamp duty holiday would make a real cash difference. With the 2 per cent tax paid on homes costing 125,000-plus, and then levied at high...

15:15

THE GOP TAX BILL IS WHAT POST-POPULARITY DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Republican tax bill, in both its House and Senate versions, is awful:

... the Senate tax-cut bill ... lavishes generous permanent tax breaks on corporations, while modest tax cuts for the middle class would vanish into thin air after 2025. Millionaires would enjoy average tax cuts of $5,580 in 2027, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation, at which point families earning less than $75,000 a year would pay more taxes.

... it calls for the repeal of the Affordable Care Acts mandate for most people to have health insurance. This would leave 13 million people without insurance and drive up premiums for many others who are already struggling to afford coverage, all in the interest of reducing spending by $338 billion so Republican lawmakers can cut taxes for big businesses....

And if that werent bad enough, this bill, along with a similar measure that the House passed on Thursday with lightning speed, would, because of a 2010 budget law, trigger automatic cuts to Medicare and other important programs that low-income and middle-class Americans depend on.
It's wildly unpopular:
American voters disapprove 52 - 25 percent of the Republican tax plan....

The wealthy would mainly benefit from this tax plan, 61 percent of American voters say, while 24 percent say the middle class will mainly benefit and 6 percent say low-income people would mainly benefit.

American voters say 59 - 33 percent that the Republican tax plan favors the rich at the expense of the middle class.

Only 16 percent of American voters say the Republican tax plan will reduce their taxes, while 35 percent of voters say it will increase their taxes and 36 percent say it won't have much impact on their taxes.

Only 36 percent of voters believe the GOP tax plan will lead to an increase in jobs and economic growth, while 52 percent do not believe it.
And yet even observers who believe Democrats could benefit from a wave election in 2018 think that might not be enough to win them the House (and a Senate majority would be even harder to attain).

We're now living in an era of post-popularity democracy. Republicans simply believe, with good reason, that they don't need popular proposals in order to retain power. They believe they can survive extraordinarily unpopular p...

15:15

Budapest furious at US initiative to fund rural media - considers it 'political intervention': "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

On Wednesday, the Hungarian Foreign Ministry summoned US envoy David Kostelancik to formally complain about Washington's new $700,000 initiative to fund rural media outlets in the country. The program provides technical and financial assistance to these media outlets, granting them increased exposure as well as small grants. The point of the initiative is nominally to train and equip Hungarian journalists to defend independent media that faces the "negative trends" of increasing pressure and intimidation from Budapest. "The United States has publicly and privately expressed our concerns about the status of the free press in Hungary on multiple occasions," an anonymous US State Department official told Reuters. "Hungary has committed to upholding these standards." The Hungarian government sees things differently. "The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has summoned the US charg d'affaires, asking for an explanation, and told him that we consider this a political intervention by the US Department of State ahead of the elections," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Tamas Menczer.

15:14

Los Angeles broadcaster accuses Senator Al Franken of sexual harassment "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A Los Angeles radio host accused Senator Al Franken, a Democratic senator from Minnesota, of kissing and groping her during a 2006 USO tour in the Middle East. She posted a photo on her Twitter account to support her claim. "He groped me, without my consent, while I was asleep," broadcaster Leeann Tweeden wrote on Thursday. Her account includes a photo of Franken posing for the camera as he reaches for Tweeden's breasts while she appears to be asleep. She also accused Franken of kissing her against her will.

15:14

Keystone Pipeline Shut down After Leaking 210,000 Gallons of Oil "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Pierre, SD (TAM The contentious Keystone Pipeline has been temporarily shut down after a 210,000-gallon oil leak was discovered in South Dakota.
Keystone Pipeline Protest
Image: Flickr 350.org

According to local ABC News affiliate KSFY:

Brian Walsh with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources tells KSFY News they were alerted to the leak at 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning by TransCanada.

The leak was in the Keystone Pipeline located in an agricultural area in Marshall County. There have been no reports of the oil entering any waterways or water systems at this time.

Walsh said 5,000 barrels of oil have leaked, and at 42 gallons a barrel, that totals 210,000 gallons of oil.

The pipeline has been shut off and the leak has been covered. An emergency response plan has been activated to get more staff and contractors to the site for clean up.

Related: Media Blackout: Surface-To-Air Missile System Deployed At Standing Rock

The Keystone Pipeline, which carries crude oil from Canadas tar sands to American refineries, has been a source of contention for years and was suspended under the Obama administration. One of President Trumps first acts in office was authorizing the construction of both the Keystone and Dakota Access pipelines.

Environmentalists and Native American groups in the U.S. and Canada opposed both projects. The recently completed Dakota Ac...

15:12

As Trial Begins, Trump Protest Attendees Face 60 Years In Prison "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Chris Steele for Truthout - A combined total of 12,000 years in prison is what close to 200 protestors, journalists and legal observers are facing from attending a protest at the January 20 inauguration of President Donald Trump. After a superseding indictment, the US prosecution is seeking to charge each person with 60 years for allegedly urging a riot, breaking less than 10 windows and conspiracy charges. The US Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia claims that the property damage totals to more than $100,000. DC police spent $300,000 on weapons and equipment for the inauguration and just added $150,000 to the DC budget to review police conduct during the inauguration. While many lawyers are calling the blanket felonies and excessive charges unprecedented, civil liberty advocates are worried about the precedent these extensive charges and grandiose metadata subpoenas will have on chilling free speech and stifling dissent. Social activist and community organizer, Carlo Piantini, who is a J20 defendant explained in an interview with Truthout that, "Charges like these are intended to silence communities when the time comes for people to resist, whether that be the activist community, the anarchist community, or any other."

15:12

Soda Wars: Colombia's Soda Cartel "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

She Took On Colombia's Soda Industry. Then She Was Silenced.

It began with menacing phone calls, strange malfunctions of the office computers, and men in parked cars photographing the entrance to the small consumer advocacy group's offices. Then at dusk one day last December, Dr. Esperanza Cern, the head of the organization, said she noticed two strange men on motorcycles trailing her Chevy sedan as she headed home from work. She tried to lose them in Bogot's rush-hour traffic, but they edged up to her car and pounded on the windows. "If you don't keep your mouth shut," one man shouted, she recalled in a recent interview, "you know what the consequences will be."

The episode, which Dr. Cern reported to federal investigators, was reminiscent of the intimidation often used against those who challenged the drug cartels that once dominated Colombia. But the narcotics trade was not the target of Dr. Cern and her colleagues. Their work had upset a different multibillion-dollar industry: the makers of soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages.

Their organization, Educar Consumidores, was the most visible proponent of a proposed 20 percent tax on sugary drinks that was heading for a vote that month in Colombia's Legislature. The group had raised money, rallied allies to the cause and produced a provocative television ad that warned consumers how sugar-laden beverages can lead to obesity and diet-related illnesses like diabetes. The backlash was fierce. A Colombian government agency, responding to a complaint by the nation's leading soda company that called the ad misleading, ordered it off the air. Then the agency went further: It prohibited Dr. Cern and her colleagues from publicly discussing the health risks of sugar, under penalty of a $250,000 fine.

Related: Scientists Find Shorter Telomeres in Immune Cells of Soda Drinkers
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15:10

Helga Zepp-LaRouche: Americans Must Discover What Really Happened on Trumps China Trip "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Helga Zepp-LaRouche: Americans Must Discover What Really Happened on Trumps China Trip from LaRouche PAC Helga Zepp-LaRouche, founder of the Schiller Institute, today called on the American people to disregard the lies and blackouts about President Trumps trip to China...

The post Helga Zepp-LaRouche: Americans Must Discover What Really Happened on Trumps China Trip appeared first on The Daily Coin.

15:10

Pakistan issues last warning to Islamists blocking entrance to capital "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Khadim Hussain Rizvi, leader of the Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan an Islamist political party, attends Friday prayers during a sit-in in Rawalpindi, Pakistan November 17, 2017. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood Reuters

By Asif Shahzad

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) Pakistans government on Friday issued a final warning to members of a hard-line Islamist party who have blocked a main road into the capital since last week, raising fears of a violent clash as they refuse to budge.

Hundreds of supporters of the Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan party have been blocked the road to Islamabad for nearly 10 days, demanding that the minister of law be sacked for what they term blasphemy.

You all are being given a last warning, the Islamabad deputy commissioner said in the order.

A court had already ordered the party to end the protest, the order added. After this final announcement, you all are being warned to end the illegal sit in immediately.

Tehreek-e-Labaik blames the minister, Zahid Hamid, for changes to an electoral oath that it says amounts to blasphemy. The government puts the issue down to a clerical error.

Pakistans blasphemy law has become a lightning rod for Islamists, especially since 2011 when the liberal governor of Punjab province, Salman Taseer, was murdered by a bodyguard for questioning the law that mandates the death penalty for insulting Islam or the Prophet Mohammad.......

15:10

Stanford official Snehal Naik responds to charge that he sabotaged Robert Spencer event, issues no denial "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Yesterday I reported about how Stanford officials Nanci Howe and Snehal Naik actively aided and abetted the destruction of my event at Stanford University, making sure that the room was packed with student fascists who quickly walked out, and then barring those who wanted to come in from entering. Now Naik has responded on his []

15:10

Secret Informant in Fear for His Life After Jeff Sessions DOJ Leaks His Name One Week Before Testifying Against Clinton Crime Family "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Guest post by Joe Hoft

The Jeff Sessions DOJ leaked the name of the FBI informant in the Clinton Uranium One bribery case.

On the Sean Hannity Show it was reported that the Sessions DOJ told Reuters the mans name who has information on the Clinton Foundation and Uranium One is William D. Campbell.

Campbell he worked as a consultant for a Russian firm.  According to reporter John Solomon the informant is a consultant and his evidence will show Russian agents with suitcases of cash ready to bribe the Clintons for US uranium.

Investigative reporter John Solomon from The Hill told Sean Hannity on Thursday the consultant has video of briefcases full of money used to bribe US officials in the Russia uranium scandal involving Hillary Clinton.

Solomon says the Reuters report today downplaying the informant is completely inaccurate.

The informant says he is in fear for his life since he was outed by the Sessions DOJ.

Campbell will reportedly testify on Monday if he makes it that long.

Via Hannity:

Lets hope Campbell pre-recorded his testimony.  Since he is implicating the Clintons in the largest case of treason in US history he has got to be a marked man.

 

The post Secret Informant in Fear for His Life After Jeff Sessions DOJ Leaks His Name One Week Before Testifying Against Clinton Crime Family appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

15:06

FCC Clears Path For New Wave Of Media Consolidation "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Staff of Freepress - WASHINGTON On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines to erase several longstanding media-ownership limits that prevented one broadcast company from controlling too much media in a single market. The agency rolled back a local television-ownership rule that barred a broadcaster from owning multiple stations in smaller local markets and weakened the standards against owning more than one top-rated station in the same market. The FCC also gave its blessing to so-called joint sales agreements, or JSAs, which allow a single company to run the news operations of multiple stations in a single market that would otherwise compete against each other. The vote also overturned the newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership rules, which prevented a single company from owning a daily newspaper, TV and radio stations in the same market. Todays moves clear the way for the right-wing Sinclair Broadcast Groups proposed $3.9 billion merger with Tribune Media, a deal government agencies including the FCC are now reviewing. Should regulators approve the merger, the resulting broadcast giant would control more than 233 local-TV stations reaching 72 percent of the countrys population, far in excess of national limits set by Congress on broadcast-TV ownership.

15:05

Salmans Shake-Up: Saudi Maneuvers Are Bad For The American People "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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The Ritz Carlton Hotel in downtown Riyadh is now serving as a temporary prison, holding some of the 201 people that have been detained on the orders of Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman. 1800 bank accounts have been frozen.

The drama is escalating on the international front as well. The Saudis are blaming Iran for a recent missile attack from Yemen. The Prime Minister of Lebanon has resigned from his post, while in Riyahd, and echoes Saudi rhetoric against Hezbollah. The price of oil is rising again, the highest its been in two years, approaching $58 per barrel.

Whats going on? Something is clearly boiling below the surface on the Arabian Peninsula. How can we interpret these chaotic moves?

Middle-Men for Wall Street & London

Why does the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia exist? Did it simply arise naturally? Does the mindset of the people living in the region simply long for this Wahabbi autocracy? This is what certain forces would like us to believe. But the reality is that the rise of the House of Saud, and the prolonged life of this absolute monarchy that beheads and tortures, is closely linked to forces outside the region, namely, western oil bankers.

The British empire discovered in their efforts to dominate the region that Ibn Saud, known as Abdulaziz in the Arab world, was a great middle man. In 1915, a friendship and cooperation pact was signed with this autocratic ruler, and the British supplied him with huge amounts of weapons. It was mainly due to British military and financial support that Ibn Saud was able to beat down all his rivals, and dominate the Peninsula. In 1938, oil was discovered, and the third Saudi state, established due to British intervention, became even more valuable to its western backers.

In 1944, the oil bankers of the United States moved in on the game. While British Petroleum and HSBC have kept a finger in Riyahd, it was the Rockefellers Standard Oil, predecessor of todays Exxon-Mobil, along with other American petro-billionaires who became the primary purchasers of Saudi crude.

At this point Saudi Arabia is a top purchaser of US military hardware, and has the fourth largest army on earth. The Kingdom sits at the center of a network of gulf states with similar political and economic models. In the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain,....

15:04

This week, Russian citizens have been arrested for displaying Nazi symbols, protesting in the presence of Putin and... intolerance towards Cossacks "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Our partners at OVD-Info give us the latest on freedom of assembly and political detentions in Russia. 

OVD-Info report makes it to the top of Yandex's news aggregator, Russia's most popular search engine.

We continue our partnership with OVD-Info, an NGO that monitors politically-motivated arrests in Russia. Every Friday, we bring you the latest information on freedom of assembly. 

This week we report on how OVD-Info found its way to the top of the Yandex search engine, whats wrong with the charges against a defendant in the 26 March case, and how Russian police gather information from people who have been arrested.

We begin with the news

The FSB has opened a criminal investigation against Vyacheslav Maltsev, the leader of the Artpodgotovka movement, for organising a terrorist group. Despite this, Maltsev apparently has no problems at all. He recently stated that he has been given political asylum in an EU country.

Vyacheslav Maltsev. Source: Youtube. Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for preparing (non-existent) acts of terrorism in Crimea, has spent the past two weeks in solitary co...

15:02

I've Been Banned From Facebook For Sharing An Article About False Flags "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

My personal Facebook account, which has the maximum 5,000 friends and an additional 5,000+ followers, has been blocked from posting for three days. My page hasn't been blocked yet, but we'll see; I"

15:02

Moodys Boost to Modi: What We Should and Shouldnt Celebrate "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The old rating of Baa3 has really not come in the way of either more foreign investment or higher foreign borrowing. So, is the celebration a little overdone?

On Friday, the credit rating agency bumped India up one notch. Credit: Reuters

The Narendra Modi government is celebrating the upgrade of Indias sovereign credit rating by Moodys Investors Service. The new rating places India at Baa2, up a notch from Baa3. The outlook has also been raised from positive to stable, while other ratings including the one for short-term local currency have seen an upgrade by a notch each.

It is important to place Moodys action in perspective and understand what this upgrade actually means. Also, what all should the government be wary about to maintain the newly acquired rating and even improve it further in the coming years?

Indias last upgrade by Moodys was 13 years ago in 2004. And that was a far bigger development. That was when India re-entered the investment grade category on a rating scale devised by Moodys, after a gap of six years. From June 19, 1998 (in the aftermath of Indias nuclear tests in Pokhran) to January 22, 2004 India remained classified in the non-investment or junk category.

Things were not so bad in the 1980s. From January 28, 1988 to October 3, 1990, India had a credit rating of A-2, the highest investment grade rating it ever got. But on October 4, 1990, it was downgraded to Baa1 in the wake of Indias twin crisis of worsening balance of payments and fiscal indiscipline. On March 26, 1991, it was further downgraded two notches to Baa3, which was the last category of inv...

15:02

Saudi Arabias Incompetence Would Be Comical If It Werent Killing So Many People "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Iranian Islamic Republic Army demonstrates in solidarity with people in the street during the Iranian revolution in 1979. They are carrying posters of the Ayatollah Khomeini, the Iranian religious and political leader.

15:01

Dramatic Recovery in Parkinsons Patient with Gluten Free Diet "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

November 18th, 2017 By Sayer Ji Contributing writer for Wake Up World Could glutens toxicity extend to the nervous system, producing symptoms identical to classical Parkinsons disease? A remarkable case study adds to a growing body of research indicating that wheats neurotoxicity is greatly underestimated. A remarkable case report describing the dramatic recovery of a 75-year-old Parkinsons []

15:01

Desperate For War: U.S. Army Now Taking Applicants With Histories Of Mental Illness, Drug Abuse And Self-Mutilation "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

In desperation to keep the war machine running at full steam, the US military seeks to grow its armed forces with 80,000 more troops by September 2018, regardless of how mentally fit the recruits .

What does this represent to America and the world at large> War is coming!!!

USA Today reports:

People with a history of self-mutilation, bipolar disorder, depression and drug and alcohol abuse can now seek waivers to join the Army under an unannounced policy enacted in August, according to documents obtained by USA TODAY.

The decision to open Army recruiting to those with mental health conditions comes as the service faces the challenging goal of recruiting 80,000 new soldiers through September 2018. To meet last years goal of 69,000, the Army accepted more recruits who fared poorly on aptitude tests, increased the number of waivers granted for marijuana use and offered hundreds of millions of dollars in bonuses.

Expanding the waivers for mental health is possible in part because the Army now has access to more medical information about each potential recruit, Lt. Col. Randy Taylor, an Army spokesman, said in a statement. The Army issued the ban on waivers in 2009 amid an epidemic of suicides among troops.

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15:00

3 Troubling Signs of the Expanding War on Childrens Health "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

child health

There are some disturbing trends developing in childrens welfare, tell-tale signs of which are emerging from mainstream media sources. Its an assault on the health, sovereignty and well-being of our children. If youve ever wondered why people are so much more insane today than they used to be, theres a real chance it could be because of the things we are doing to kids these days.

Robbing Children and Their Parents of Health Sovereignty

For decades now, American municipalities have been fluoridating public water supplies, a practice which may very well be considered medication without consent, a violation of basic human rights. This is particularly more serious for children, as their small bodies receive much higher relative doses than adults. Even the government has had to admit that fluoridation is not as beneficial for teeth as weve been told,  and studies are demonstrating that exposure to fluoride may be damaging to developing of child intelligence, causing lower IQ.

Beyond fluoridation, parents are increasingly being superseded by the government when making health decisions for their children. This is happening with regards to vaccination, as one mother was recently jailed for choosing not to vaccinate her child, and while in police custody the state administered vaccines without parental consent. Major illnesses like cancer are also now grounds for state health tyranny. In 2016, Cassie C, a teenager from Connecticut was forced to undergo chemotherapy even though her and her parents had decided against it.

Allowing and Promoting Sex Changes for Children

The state is now allowing children to undergo gender transitions. Physicians are labeling children with gender identity disorder, or gender dysphoria, clinical names for what we used to call Tom-Boys/Girls. Children who behave as though they are of the opposite sex is nothing new, but now doctors governments are making sex change procedures ava...

15:00

Matt Forney After Hours, Episode 2: Gamma Mindset "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

On this episode of Matt Forney After Hours, Im joined by Davis Aurini, Daniel Friberg and Melissa Mszros for a discussion on gamma males: what they are, what makes them tick, why theyre so dangerous, and how you can deal with them. We talk about our experiences dealing with gamma males and how theyve tried to ruin our lives, such as how former Arktos editor-in-chief John Morgan tried to destroy the company at the behest of Counter-Currents Greg Johnson. This episode originally aired on March 24, 2017.

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15:00

In Just Two Years, 77 Holistic Health Practitioners Have Been Found DEAD "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

chiropractor

Dr. Annie Fairbanks was found fatally shot in her home, along with her husband and two children. Shes the 77th holistic practitioner/doctor to found dead in the past two years makes the strange twists in all these cases even odder.Fairbanks was said to have been shot by her husband, who also shot their 3-year-old daughter and 9-month-old son before turning the gun on himself. But friends and loved ones have contacted Erin Elizabeth over at Health Nut News, who has been documenting the deaths of so many in the world of holistic medicine since 2015, to express doubts of the official claim of murder-suicide within hours of the discovery of the bodies.

Elizabeth has done a lot of the heavy work documenting not only the deaths of 77 people in the holistic field (which included Justine Damond, who was shot by a police officer) but has kept up with updated information.

junstinedamond

She specifically updates on those that died under mysterious circumstances, all that documentation, with links to each relevant portion from the death notifications to the updated autopsies, to the follow-up investigations, found on her Holistic Doctor Death Series page.

Stepping back from each individual death, the sheer amount of people from one specific subset of the medical industry, one that believed and practiced natural medicine and methods to deal with medical issues that did not involved big pharma, all dying in such a short amount of time, is absolutely astounding.

It is given that heart attacks and suicides occur across the country on a daily basis, but the circumstances of some of these cases, as well as family testimony, shows that there is more than meets the eye and the official accounts simply defy logi...

15:00

Republicans Choking On Ryan's Tax Scam? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"


Ryan got his Republican tax scam through the House yesterday 227-205. No one doubted it would pass the House. Only 13 Republicans dared to stand up for their constituents instead of the multimillionaires and billionaires who will benefit from this travesty. Most were from New York, New Jersey and California. All the Republicans in New Jersey voted "NO" except the richest and most crooked of the lot: Tom MacArthur. In New York most of the Republicans stood with their constituents instead of Trump, including Elise Stefanik, Dan Donovan, Peter King, Lee Zeldin and John Faso. Katko stuck it to his constituents badly--afer announcing he's retiring. The ones who need to be defeated by their constituents in 2018 are Tom Reed, Claudia Tenney and Chris Collins, all crackpot wing-nuts. And then California-- only 3 of the House's 14 Republicans stood with their constituents: Issa, Rohrabacher and McClintock. So, the signatories to the California GOP Suicide Pact:
Goal Thermometer Ed Royce (CA-39)
Mimi Walters (CA-45)
Steve Knight (CA-25)
Jeff Denham (CA-10)
David Valadao (CA-21)
Devin Nunes (CA-22)
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14:58

Save The Columbia, Save The Salmon "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Staff of LRInspire - The Columbia Salmon and Trout were already struggling. Dams, overfishing and polluted waters are just three examples of human activity that have had a devastating impact on the rivers fish life. Dams, for instance, have prevented access to at least 55% of the natural spawning grounds for the River fish. The Columbia is also one of the most consistently overfished bodies of water in the United States according to the Pacific Fishery Management Council. In 2014 the Columbia River Keepers identified many of the major pollutants in the River. Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) which are industrial products or chemicals that were banned as long ago as 1979 still contaminate our rivers. High levels of these were detected in the Columbia at a concentration 27,000% above levels the EPA considers safe for unrestricted consumption. Mercury levels were at a level over 300% EPA safe level. Also present were heavy metals such as chromium and lead as well as Endochrine disrupting toxic flame retardants. Raw Sewage. Moreover, we learned, its the wanton indifference to the cycle of life that hurts the most. This was never more true than with the events of the 5 and 25th of October which prompted this gathering. On the 5th half a million gallons of feces, urine and detergent-rich laundry waste was released into the Columbia River. 20 days later, another 100,000 gallons of raw sewage was released in a mere 15 minutes.

14:57

Trump administration shuts down international anti-corruption efforts "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Months ago, in one of his first official acts as president, Donald Trump approved a measure repealing a requirement that mandated American oil and gas majors disclose how much money they had given to foreign governments. The measure, in essence, would have forced companies like Chevron and ExxonMobil to disclose if they were bribing corrupt, authoritarian governments overseas. At the time, Trump's move was met with widespread condemnation from pro-transparency groups. For Global Witness, an international NGO, the repeal represented an effort to "enable the corruption President Trump told us all he would end," with the decision "pos[ing] a grave threat to U.S. national security." A statement from Publish What You Pay, a group of civil society organizations that pushes for financial transparency, described the repeal as a "retrogressive step for oil, gas and mining industry transparency and for the global battle against corruption." The administration, however, paid no mind to those concerns and repealed the regulations anyway. Since then, things have only gotten worse. Earlier this month, with little fanfare, the administration announced that the United States would also be pulling back from commitments to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), a consortium that, as Reuters described, "sets a global standard for governments to disclose their revenues from oil, gas, and mining assets, and for companies to report payments made to obtain access to publicly owned resources." The extraction sector is still widely considered the most corrupt industry in the world, and the EITI - supported by more than 50 countries and the former Obama Administration - remains one of the foremost groups tasked with ending trans-national corruption.

14:56

Black Lives Matter Group Deletes Trump Poll After Unexpected Results "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The poll was taken out of context. (Sarcasm) Via BPR: A Black Lives Matter aligned Twitter account made the ill-fated decision to post their own poll on President Donald Trumps job performance. and oh, did it ever backfire! In a move that equates to a lawyer never asking a question they dont already know the []

14:55

Election 2017: What an Honestly Counted US Election Might Look Like "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA (Analysis) In the wake of last weeks off-off-year mini-election in the U.S., theres been a lot of undisguised celebrating going on, even among the professionally impartial. Protests, parades, petitions, polls, tweets, and op-eds may be indicators of national mood, but elections remain the only official scorecard our democracys periodic and infrequent opportunity for the public to weigh in, on the record. With America riven apart and in a state approaching an all-out internal Cold War, even the smallest sampler menu of official results takes on a Delphic dimension.

As an advocate for electoral integrity, I have long labored to bring public awareness to the security vulnerabilities and susceptibility to fraud of computerized American elections. Indeed, along with a number of perseverant colleagues, I have gone further and associated that susceptibility and its all-but-certain exploitation with the rightward veer of American politics during the computerized voting era. So it was no surprise that, from the moment Election 2017s results started rolling in, I found myself on the receiving end of a fair number of See, I told you there was nothing to worry about! pokes.

However . . .

Lest anyone for a minute believe that the November 7 results the Democratic sweep and across-the-board thumping of Brand Trump provide assurance that our elections are now secure and that no one is targeting 2018 or 2020 for vote-count manipulation, please understand that that is seriously wishful thinking.

There are very good reasons that entities with the capacity to interfere with the counting process in these particular contests would have taken a pass, as it appears they did:

1) The actual victory margins in key contests were large altering outcomes would have brought the smell test into play. Even in the beacon of democracy, where election theft is a conspiracy theory ranking somewhere between 9/11 Truth and alien abduction, there is a limit to how strange and shocking results can be without provoking suspicion and investigation. Reversing a 5 percent margin of victory would easily pass the smell test; a 15 percent margin might pose an unacceptable risk.

2) The election manipulators basic operational algorithm is a simple one: maximize victories and minimize losses, within bounds of acceptable levels of risk of detection. This calculus is, however, tempered by long-range strategic considerations. The 2017 prizes, significant as they may be, were a drop in the bucket compared to what is on the table in 2018. Given the now-heightened scrutiny of our election processes (and of course concerns about the Russians), it would make little strategic s...

14:51

Short and powerful rainstorm floods Keratsini suburb of Pireaus (picts, videos) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

One more area was flooded on Friday morning when a short but powerful rain-and thunderstorm stroke the West Attica. This time the bad weather front stroke Keratsini suburb of Piraeus in West Attica. Ten kilometers way from downtown Athens, the capital of a European country in the 21st century. Torrential rains flooded streets within minutes,

The post Short and powerful rainstorm floods Keratsini suburb of Pireaus (picts, videos) appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.

14:50

The Asymmetric Trade in Gold "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Asymmetric Trade in Gold by Jim Rickards Daily Reckoning Dear Reader, Gold opened last week at $1,270 per ounce and finished the week at $1,276, about where it is now. There were some spills and thrills along the...

The post The Asymmetric Trade in Gold appeared first on The Daily Coin.

14:49

Inside COP23 Protest Involving Thousands Of Bikers "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Sam Allen for Transition Network - Gesa Maschkowski co-founder of Transition Initiative Bonn im Wandel, researcher and Transition Trainer reports from COP23. The November sun was shining when more than 10,000 people some say 25,000 from all over the world demonstrated for climate justice in Bonn, two days before this years UN Climate Change Conference, COP23 started. Three thousand cyclists joined the demonstration coming from Cologne on the highway to COP23. They put their messages on posters, bikes, cars, statues, they shouted and sang Planet first!, Stop Pretending Start defending, Leave the coal in the hole old and young, people with hopes, fears, anger and love, showing the beauty of creativity, cooperation and diversity within a contradictory time. The 25,000 who demonstrated in Bonn are a symbol for meaningful collaborative action on a global level. We are proud and grateful to host guests from all over the world, to get requests from other organizations, to meet people we have never met before and to engage for the same common goals. There is also cooperation happening at the city administration level. The city of Bonn set up a Climate Tour with events and exhibitions during COP. They invited various civic organisations from Bonn. Our Transition Initiative is a cooperation partner in five of six events.

14:47

Re: Security risk of server side text editing ... "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Posted by Bram Moolenaar on Nov 17

Please check out patch 8.0.1300.

14:47

U.S. troops in Afghanistan taught for years not to oppose culturally accepted practice of child sex abuse "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

What are we in Afghanistan for, if not to stand for our own values and the principles of human rights? Instead, U.S. officials for years were aiding and abetting the destruction of these boys lives and all too often sacrificing the lives of our own troops. This is beyond shameful. Those are the ones []

14:45

'Perfect gemstones': Russia exhibits its unique collection of 5 diamonds worth $10mn (PHOTO, VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A collection of five unique diamonds, cut in Russia from a single 179-carat crystal, has dazzled connoisseurs in New York. Priced at some $10 million, the set includes Russia's most expensive and clearest stone ever produced. "These are perfect gemstones. Russia has never seen such a quality before," said Pavel Vinikhin, the CEO of the diamond division of the Russian mining giant Alrosa. The exhibition in Carnegie Hall was the diamonds' final stop before they go on sale in an online auction on November 29. The New York venue winds up the roadshow that saw the gems displayed in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vladivostok, Hong Kong and Israel.

14:42

Who is behind MuddyWater in the Middle East? Likely a politically-motivated actor "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Researchers are investigating a mysterious wave of attacks in the Middle East that was dubbed MuddyWater due to the confusion in attributing the.

Security experts at Palo Alto Networks are monitoring long-lasting targeted attacks aimed at entities in the Middle East and that are difficult to attribute.

The experts called the campaign MuddyWater due to the confusion in attributing these attacks that took place between February and October 2017 targeting entities in Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Israel, United Arab Emirates, Georgia, India, Pakistan, Turkey, and the United States to date.

Threat actors used PowerShell-based first stage backdoor named POWERSTATS, across the time the hackers changed tools and techniques.

This blog discusses targeted attacks against the Middle East taking place between February and October 2017 by a group Unit 42 is naming MuddyWater states the analysis from PaloAlto Networks.

MuddyWater attacks are characterized by the use of a slowly evolving PowerShell-based first stage backdoor we call POWERSTATS. Despite broad scrutiny and reports on MuddyWater attacks, the activity continues with only incremental changes to the tools and techniques.

MuddyWater attackers used a set of weaponized documents that were also used in recently observed incidents targeting the Saudi Arabian government. The same set of documents is similar to ones associated with a series of attacks discovered by experts at Morphisec.

The malicious documents associated with this last wave of attacks had been tailored according to the target regions.

Some of the attacks were attributed to the FIN7 that launched a campaign aimed at employees involved in SEC Filings.

Palo Alto Networks believe that the recent wave of attacks might have been mistakenly associated with the FIN7 group, it also reported that a C&C server delivering the FIN7-linked DNSMessenger tool was in MuddyWater attacks as well.

The hackers maintained the same final payload while changing delivery methods between attacks.

Based on these connections we can be confident that all the files and infrastructure [] are related, since more than one of these can be used to link each of the samples discussed in each case, Palo Alto notes.

The hackers used well known tools, including Meterpreter, Mimikatz, Lazagne, Invoke-Obfuscation, and more.

In some recent attacks, the threat actor used GitHub to host the POWERSTATS backdoor.

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14:42

Will the Saudi deterrence succeed after Boukamal and before Hodeidah? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Will the Saudi deterrence succeed after Boukamal and before Hodeidah? Written by Nasser Kandil, 17, 2017 It seems that the bilateral imposed by facts, realities, and balances of forces based on the exclusion of any American Saudi Israeli foolishness that may lead to major war on one hand, And on the other []

14:42

Prayer and Meditation for Saturday, November 18, 2017 He will see to it that justice is done for them speedily Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Saturday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 496

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Reading 1 WIS 18:14-16; 19:6-9

When peaceful stillness compassed everything
and the night in its swift course was half spent,
Your all-powerful word, from heavens royal throne
bounded, a fierce warrior, into the doomed land,
bearing the sharp sword of your inexorable decree.
And as he alighted, he filled every place with death;
he still reached to heaven, while he stood upon the earth.For all creation, in its several kinds, was being made over anew,
serving its natural laws,
that your children might be preserved unharmed.
The cloud overshadowed their camp;
and out of what had before been water, dry land was seen emerging:
Out of the Red Sea an unimpeded road,
and a grassy plain out of the mighty flood.
Over this crossed the whole nation sheltered by your hand,
after they beheld stupendous wonders.
For they ranged about like horses,
and bounded about like lambs,
praising you, O Lord! their deliverer.

Responsorial Psalm  PS 105:2-3, 36-37, 42-43

R. (5a) Remember the marvels the Lord has done!
or:
R. Alleluia.
Sing to him, sing his praise,
proclaim all his wondrous deeds.
Glory in his holy name;
rejoice, O hearts that seek the LORD!
R. Remember the marvels the Lord has done!
or:
R. Alleluia.
Then he struck every first born throughout their land,
the first fruits of all their manhood.
And he led them forth laden with silver and gold,
with not a weakling among their tribes.
R. Remember the marvels the Lord has done!
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14:38

FLASHBACK: Obama may have been elected with illegal votes from non-citizens "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A large number of non-citizens cast ballots in U.S. elections and it's possible that the illegal votes were responsible for President Obama's 2008 victory, according to an in-depth academic study that confirms Judicial Watch's assessment that foreign nationals have helped Democrats steal elections. Non-citizens tend to favor Democrats and Obama won more than 80% of the votes of non-citizens in the 2008 sample gathered by the Cooperative Congressional Election Study (CCES), a large-scale academic survey project operated by teams of researchers from across the country. In fact, enough ineligible voters cast ballots in 2008 to conceivably account for Democratic victories in a few close elections, CCES researchers found. A respected Ivy League professor is coordinator of the CCES which has produced national sample surveys, stratified by state and type of district, in every federal election since 2006. This allows the optimal study of congressional and state races as well as an ideal setting for understanding the relationship between the congressional and presidential elections.

14:35

CNN Female Panel Brushes Aside Franken Allegations: He Was Just a Comedian "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Stuck in the spin cycle. Via News Busters: A Thursday afternoon CNN Newsroom panel showcased political tribalism as three liberal journalists downplayed the disturbing sexual misconduct allegations against Democratic Senator Al Franken (Minn.) by harping on the fact that Franken was just a comedian while those against Roy Moore and President Trump were far more []

14:33

Saudi Claims to Ease Yemen Blockade a Cruel Fiction "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

(HRW)  Saudi Arabia today attempted to sell its changes to the full blockade on all Yemen land, air, and sea ports as concrete humanitarian progress today.

They arent.

The Saudi ambassador to the United Nations, Abdallah al-Mouallimi, said the coalition would allow ports in allied government-controlled territory to openin Aden, the countrys second largest city, for examplebut all ports in the Houthi-Saleh controlled northlike Hodeida port and Sanaa airportwere to remain closed until the coalition decided sufficient steps had been taken to prevent weapons from entering the country.

Under the laws of war, the coalition can block weapons from going to its adversary, the Houthi-Saleh forces, but it also must allow humanitarian assistance to the civilian population and not use starvation as a weapon of war. The full blockade violated these legal obligations, but so does the ostensibly scaled-down version: the Saudi government seems to be seeking global praise for ending the blockade on its own allies.

The same day the ambassador made his remarks, the UNs lead humanitarian agency released a short report. Read in the context of Yemens grave humanitarian crisismillions close to starvation, the worlds worst cholera epidemic, the vast majority of the population reliant on aidthe report portends the devastating impact of the coalitions blockade.

Yemen is dependent on imported food, medicines and fuel. Nearly 80 percent of importscommercial and humanitariancome through Hodeida and Saleef ports, both to remain shuttered by Saudi Arabia. Other ports, like Aden, are crucial and should remain openbut no port, including Aden, has the capacity to handle the hundreds of thousands of metric tons of cargo it takes to feed and treat Yemens civilian population, or to fuel its hospitals.

Last year, the coalition closed Sanaa airport. Many thought it was temporary. More than a year later, the airport remains closed. If the same happens with Hodeida port, Yemens civilians will further suffer. Many could die.

Before Saudi Arabias complete closure of Yemen air, sea and land space last week, the UN was already raising alarm bells,...

14:30

Fishing Community Protest Against Ocean Grabbing Highlights Growing Need to Protect Blue Economy "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The worlds fisherpeople are mobilising to protect their livelihood and commons, which are increasingly under threat from over-production and encroachment.

A fisherman casts his net into the Kathajodi River in Cuttack district. Credit: Reuters/Stringer/Files

Twenty years to the date it was founded in Delhi, the Seventh General Assembly of the World Forum of Fisher People (WFFP GA-7) is being held in New Delhi again this week. Delegates have come from almost 50 countries across every continent. The assembly will conclude with a rally and public meeting on November 21, World Fisheries Day. Now, as then, the forum is being hosted by Indias National Fishworkers Forum (NFF) a federation of fishworkers unions and associations from all the coastal states. A central focus of the WFFP GA-7 will be the linked issues of ocean grabbing and food sovereignty.

According to Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) statistics, almost 60 million people across the world are employed...

14:30

IRS DEMANDS COINBASE RECORDS ON BITCOIN USERS (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

IRS DEMANDS COINBASE RECORDS ON BITCOIN USERS Video Junius Maltby TDC Note Dont foret to claim all your gains on your taxes or may get a knock on the door or an unannounced garnish on your wages. The...

The post IRS DEMANDS COINBASE RECORDS ON BITCOIN USERS (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

14:27

Panama eyes trade deal with China after ditching Taiwan "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

AFP

POOL/AFP | China-Panama relations have turned over a new leaf, Chinese leader Xi Jinping said during talks with Panamas President Juan Carlos Varela

BEIJING (AFP)  
Panama and China agreed Friday to study the possibility of reaching a free trade agreement after the Central American nation ditched Taiwan and recognised Beijing.

The memorandum of understanding was among 19 cooperation agreements signed by the two countries as Panamas President Juan Carlos Varela met Chinese leader Xi Jinping in Beijing.

The two nations also reached agreements related to agriculture, civil aviation and maritime transport, as well as tourism to facilitate visits by Chinese tour groups to Panama.

After the United States, China is the second-most frequent user of the Panama Canal.

China-Panama relations have turned over a new leaf, Chinese leader Xi Jinping said during talks with Panamas President Juan Carlos Varela, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

Varela was treated to a state visit as he met Xi at the massive Great Hall of the People. On Thursday, Varela inaugurated his countrys new embassy in Beijing.

With Panama establishing relations with China in June, Taiwan is now only recognised by 20 nations.

Mainland China and Taiwan split after a civil war in 1949 and while Taiwan sees itself as a sovereign nation, it has never formally declared independence.

Beijing sees Taiwan as a renegade province that is part of Chinese territory and will be brought back into the fold at some point.


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14:26

Microsoft Is Trying To Make Windows Subsystem For Linux Faster (WSL) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

In our benchmarks of Windows Subsystem for Linux that allows a Linux environment to run atop Windows 10 via this new WSL kernel subsystem, the performance overall has overall been very good and often performing better than virtualized options. But the main area of poor performance is I/O, except now it's being worked on by Microsoft for greater improvements...

14:26

NASA expert outlining search for extraterrestrials says we will find alien life within 20 years "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Alien life could be found within the next few decades, according to NASA scientists leading the exhaustive search. In recent years, capabilities have snowballed; the discovery of Pluto in 1930 was once thought a once-in-a-lifetime feat, yet not even 100 years later, over 3,500 exoplanets from thousands of star systems have since been located. Experts say the search is heavily guided by characteristics of our own planet, helping scientists to weed out inhospitable worlds from those that may have promise for life, such as the icy moons Enceladus and Europa.

14:26

Russian astronomers show big 'unusual orbit' asteroid 3200 phaeton approaching Earth "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The astronomer community at Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University used its own Astro-Model simulation environment to produce a virtual image of object 3200 Phaethon approaching the Earth, plus the expected Geminids meteor shower. December 17, 2017 will see an interesting astronomic event in the form of object 3200 Phaethon approaching our planet. This is a fairly large asteroid nearly 5 kilometers in diameter, which will fly past the Earth within 10 million kilometers, close by space standards. The asteroid derives its name from its unusual orbit that in perihelia brings it closer to the Sun than any other named asteroid (20 million kilometers). To compare: Mercury, the closest planet to the Sun in the Solar system, is 46 million kilometers from the Sun. Comment: This is the closest crossing by one of many asteroids threatening our planet of late: Close call? Asteroid could pass Earth by 11k miles, 95% closer than the moonHouse-sized asteroid will come 'damn close' to Earth next week as it passes only 27,000 miles awayNearly three-mile wide Asteroid Florence will pass close to earth on September 1stClose pass by asteroid 2017 GMAsteroid 2017 DG16 to fly by Earth at 0.34 LD - 5th known NEA to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since January 8, 2017

14:25

US Calls Venezuela Global Threat At UN As EU Approves Arms Embargo "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Lucas Koerner for Venezuela Analysis - The US chaired an informal meeting at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Monday to discuss the situation in Venezuela despite a boycott from leading members such as China and Russia. The crisis in Venezuela today poses a direct threat to international peace and security. Venezuela is an increasingly violent narco-state that threatens the region, the hemisphere, and the world,Washingtons ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, declared during the session. Also present at the meeting were Organization of American States Secretary General Luis Almagro and UN High Commissioner Human Rights Prince Zeid bin Raad, both vocal critics of the government in Caracas. The meeting was also boycotted by Bolivia and Egypt, who objected to Washingtons interference in Venezuelan internal affairs. The situation in Venezuela is an issue that is entirely the responsibility of Venezuelans and of course does not constitute a threat to international peace and security, said Bolivian UN Ambassador Sacha Llorenty at a press conference alongside his Russian, Chinese, and Venezuelan counterparts Monday. Thanking the other nations for their support, Venezuelan UN Ambassador Rafael Ramirez denounced the US for abusing its prerogatives as a permanent UNSC member to impose its geopolitical agenda in violation of the UN Charter.

14:22

Japan gets ready for tens of thousands of North Korean evacuees in case of war "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Japan is examining plans to deal with a possible influx of tens of thousands of North Korean evacuees in the event of war breaking out in the region, it has emerged. Rescue teams would bring boats fleeing the Korean Peninsula into designated ports before checking individuals for criminal records and deporting anyone seen as a threat, it is claimed. Details of the contingency plans come amid heightened tensions between Japan and Kim Jong-un's North Korea. Tokyo and America launched a joint naval drill today in a show of force aimed at Pyongyang, whose nuclear ambitions dominated US President Donald Trump's recent Asia trip. According to the Yomiuri newspaper, those fleeing North Korea would be temporarily allowed to stay in the country, housed in emergency detentions centres - most likely in Southern Japan.

14:19

Does this Tintype Show Pat Garret and Billy the Kid? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Six years ago North Carolina lawyer Frank Abrams bought this tintype for $10 at a flea market. He was intrigued, he says, because it seemed to be from the old west, not the sort of thing one normally finds at North Carolina flea markets. He hung it in his house and gave it little thought until he heard about an alleged photo of Billy the Kid that had been valued at $5 million. Looking carefully at this and comparing it to photos of famous western characters, he decided that the man on the far right must be Pat Garret.

You know, "Poor Billy Bonney, you're only twenty-one, and Garret's got your name on every bullet in his gun. . . ." Here is another photograph of Garret, and below are two others. I see the resemblance, but would you say that is definitely the same man? No doubt somebody will go at this with high-tech software, and maybe the image of the man on the far right is clear enough for us to get a pretty good idea. Certainly there are plenty of images of Garret to work with.

Garret was one of those men who was a gambler and a brawler in his youth but then went straight and became a real terror to men just like he had been when he was a little younger, including his old friends. He was elected sheriff of Lincoln County, New Mexico in 1880. One of...

14:18

Get out of jail card - Saudi offer in corruption crackdown: 'cough up the cash and go home' "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Government demanding up to 70% of rich detainees' wealth in return for their freedom, newspaper reports Authorities in Saudi Arabia are offering businessmen and members of the royal family detained on allegations of corruption an opportunity to pay for their freedom, according to media reports. Around 200 princes, ministers, senior military officers and wealthy businessmen have been held in five-star hotels across the country since last week, many of them at the opulent Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh. Quoting "people briefed on the discussions", the Financial Times reported that the Saudi government was demanding up to 70% of the individuals' wealth in return for their freedom. If settlements are agreed, hundreds of billions of dollars would be diverted into the country's depleted coffers. Saudi Arabia recorded a budget deficit of $79bn last year and low oil prices have pushed the country into a recession.

14:18

Teleportation in Argentina: The quandary of Route 5 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

To drive along the segment of National Route 4 connecting Trenque Lauquen and Santa Rosa can lead to unforeseen situations, such as instantaneously going from kilometer 460 to the kilometer 580 marker, a circumstance that leads to surprise, incredulity and even fear -- all of this arising from an experience that UFO researchers have dubbed teleportation. In truth, the episodes regarding this phenomenon, which affects conventional vehicles and trucks alike, still has not been given a definite explanation by ufologists, who acknowledge that this segment of the highway is an area in which teleportation occurs and has considerable history. There was a free for all of case histories of these events between January and December 2012, after which teleportation reports subsided and ceased to be of interest to the media. However, no one can say they do not occur, or that those who experience them refuse to tell their stories. Luis Burgos of Investigadores de Campo Unidos (ICOU) believes teleportation is a phenomenon anchored to Route 5, which has historically been the epicenter of prominent UFO cases, although there is a lack of probative elements that can serve to build a theory aimed at explaining the anomaly.

14:17

Founder Of Internet On Future Of Web: Nasty Storms Are Brewing "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Tim Berners-Lee for The Guardian - Sir Tim Berners-Lees optimism about the future of the web is starting to wane in the face of a nasty storm of issues including the rollback of net neutrality protections, the proliferation of fake news, propaganda and the webs increasing polarisation. The inventor of the world wide web always maintained his creation was a reflection of humanity the good, the bad and the ugly. But Berners-Lees vision for an open platform that allows anyone to share information, access opportunities and collaborate across geographical boundaries has been challenged by increasingly powerful digital gatekeepers whose algorithms can be weaponised by master manipulators. Im still an optimist, but an optimist standing at the top of the hill with a nasty storm blowing in my face, hanging on to a fence, said the British computer scientist. We have to grit our teeth and hang on to the fence and not take it for granted that the web will lead us to wonderful things, he said. The spread of misinformation and propaganda online has exploded partly because of the way the advertising systems of large digital platforms such as Google or Facebook have been designed to hold peoples attention. People are being distorted by very finely trained AIs that figure out how to distract them, said Berners-Lee. In some cases, these platforms offer users who create content a cut of advertising revenue. The financial incentive drove Macedonian teenagers with no political skin in the game to generate political clickbait fake news that was distributed on Facebook and funded by revenue from Googles automated advertising engine AdSense.

14:16

A paleoclimatology tool is shown to give false positives "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A popular tool to trace Earths oxygen history can give false positives From the GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY and the settled science department: For researchers pursuing the primordial history of oxygen in Earths atmosphere, a new study might sour some Eureka! moments. A contemporary tool used to trace oxygen by examining ancient rock strata can

14:15

Quotes of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"


Not sure if this has been posted but Jesus, this is wrong on levels yet to be described by science.  [Jeremy Parkinson writing in Facebook on 9 November 2017 with regard to a US newspaper opinion piece describing New Zealand as being in the grip of the far right]


The number of MPs and senators suspected of failing to obey the Constitutions requirements on dual citizenship is now 28 to 30 by some counts, and only the High Court can rule on their status.
 [journalist Malcolm Farr in news.com.au, 10 November 2017]


"What is #absurd is people who under our constitution are illegitimately elected to parliament think that the problem is with the constitution" ...

14:12

SOMALIA: US escalates Somalia fight while Pentagon downplays buildup "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

STUTTGART, Germany There are now 500 U.S. troops in Somalia, where the military has carried out daily airstrikes in the past week, but the Pentagon refuses to call it a buildup. I would not associate that with a buildup, as youre calling it, Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie told reporters Thursday in Washington. I []

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14:10

Mining Asteroids for Fun and Maybe Profit "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Volatiles for propulsion and life support only scratch the surface of what we might extract once viable mining communities begin tapping the asteroids. Metals like platinum remind us how readily available some resources will be in space as opposed to trying to dig them out from the depths of our planet. Centauri Dreams regular Alex Tolley continues to explore these matters in todays essay, which looks at how companies will turn a profit and what kinds of targets most justify early efforts. Key to our hopes for asteroid mining is reducing the costs of getting payloads into space. Thats a driver for an infrastructure whose demands may well produce the propulsion solutions well need as we push outside the Solar System.

by Alex Tolley

Theres gold in them thar hills M. F. Stephenson

Introduction

In 1848, James Marshall discovered gold at Sutters Mill, on the American River, in foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains of California.  The California gold rush ensued.   Science fiction stories have been replete with such miners eking out a living in the asteroid belt, hoping for that lucky strike and the discovery of the gold asteroid. While gold is no longer used to back the value of fiat currencies, other metals have arisen to take their place as valuable elements, from platinum to the so-called rare earth elements.  John Lewis [5] estimated that the asteroid resources of the solar system vastly exceeded the potential supplies on Earth and that reserves were far more accessible than those deep within the Earths crust or even below it.

Despite this, there is not a single mining company currently extracting such vast wealth.  One reason is the same as the absence of seabed mining for manganese nodules the legal position of those resources.  Those legal restrictions are now being actively changed as the possibility of being able to mine these bodies becomes more feasible.  Yet so far, only startups have formed with distant plans to extract those vast riches.

So assuming that those resources are legally owned by the prospectors, just how viable is the space mining business?

The possible approaches to mining include the classic platinum group metals,  Fe-Ni metals, carbon, rocks for radiation shielding, and most recently, volatiles, especially water, for propulsion and life support.  The question is what to target, and how to do it profitably.

Appro...

14:10

John Williams & Chris Waltzek Ph.D. (Podcast) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

John Williams & Chris Waltzek Ph.D. Podcast Radio Gold Seek Highlights Alternative economist, John Williams of Shadowstats.com sees economic Armageddon on the horizon. Over $100 trillion in US obligations make maintaining the national debt, impossible. The actual inflation rate...

The post John Williams & Chris Waltzek Ph.D. (Podcast) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

14:09

Back-To-Back Bad Hearings For Dominion This Week "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Staff of We Are Cove Point - The last two days saw two hearings about different Dominion Energy gas infrastructure projects in Southern Maryland. Tuesday night, there was a zoning permit for a compressor station Dominion wants to build near Accokeek, and Wednesday, there was a hearing to change Dominions largest state-level permit for its export terminal being built at Cove Point in a way that would allow more pollution into the surrounding community. Dominion representatives left both hearings with grumpy faces. The Tuesday night hearing was in front of the Charles County Appeals Board, which is deciding whether to issue the special exemption Dominion needs to build a compressor station in an area otherwise set aside for conservation near Accokeek, right near the line between Charles and Prince Georges Counties. This was the fourth of five hearings on the matter, and this one was devoted entirely to hearing public comment. Dominion and the unions it typically works with kept up their practice of requiring union members to come from all over the area to create an image of public support for Dominions side. This is often done by fining the workers if they dont show up. Perhaps two hundred workers crowded the parking lot outside the hearing and eventually the hearing room. Most were dressed in their work gear, many having recently gotten off a shift at the export terminal in Cove Point. A string of about 10 pro-Dominion speakers opened up the public testimony.

14:08

[KR1150] Keiser Report: Business of #Russiagate "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max and Stacy discuss the international oligarchy exposed by the Paradise Papers. In the second half, Max interviews Max Blumenthal about the business of #Russiagate.

14:07

Clinton probe given 'special' status, FBI emails reveal "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Hillary Clinton email investigation was given "special" status by the FBI, newly released documents reveal. The disclosures focus on correspondence between former FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. McCabe wrote in an email to FBI press officials that the Clinton email probe was being controlled by a small number of high-ranking officials at the Bureau's headquarters in Washington DC. "As I now know the decision was made to investigate it at HQ with a small team," McCabe wrote in the October 23, 2016 email. "WFO [Washington field office] provided some personnel for the effort but it was referred to as a 'special' and I was not given any details about it." McCabe said he had no input into the Clinton email investigation when it began in the summer of 2015. He was assistant director of the FBI Washington office at the time.

14:07

Protests in Somaliland As Opposition Claim Election Fraud VIDEO "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Waddani Party supporters on Thursday took to the streets of various opposition strongholds to protest what they claim to be election irregularities. In Burco police had to use live bullets to disperse protestors who had lit bonfires and closed main roads. Earlier a spokesman for Somalilands Waddani opposition party claimed fake ballot papers were used []

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14:07

Assaults against Muslims in U.S. have surpassed 2001 level "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The number of assaults against Muslims in the United States rose significantly between 2015 and 2016, easily surpassing the modern peak reached in 2001, the year of the September 11 terrorist attacks, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of new hate crimes statistics from the FBI. In 2016, there were 127 reported victims of aggravated or simple assault, compared with 91 the year before and 93 in 2001. But assaults are not the only form of hate crime carried out against Muslims and other religious groups. The most common is intimidation, which is defined as reasonable fear of bodily harm. Anti-Muslim intimidation also increased in 2016, with 144 reported victims, compared with 120 the previous year. These numbers, however, are still dwarfed by the 296 victims of anti-Muslim intimidation in 2001.

14:06

Israeli govt minister says there will be one million West Bank settlers in the next 10-20 years "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Israel minister: We must plan for a million settlers in the West Bank
MEMO 15 Nov An Israeli minister said yesterday that the state must start planning for a million settlers in the West Bank, according to a report in the Jerusalem Post. This will happen it is only a question of when, Jerusalem Affairs Minister Zeev Elkin said, adding that it could be anywhere between the next 10 to 20 years, depending on the pace of construction. The minister also dismissed the idea of a Palestinian state in the occupied Palestinian territory. Halas [enough in Arabic] with the story of two states. There is no other option but the state of Israel, certainly between the Jordan [River] to the [Mediterranean] sea there will be one state. The minister made the remarks at a conference on settler population growth in the West Bank titled On the Way to a Million. Elkin urged settler leaders to prepare plans for expansion. If everyone does this, I believe that the numbers will become the reality of our lives, he said. The head of Amana, which supports settlement construction, claimed that Ariel settlement could double in size to reach 40,000 residents, and Efrat could more than double, hitting 20,000 settlers. Meanwhile, the paper reported, Peace Now has released new figures on settlement activity in 2017, noting that, to date, plans had been advanced for 6,742 new settler homes and 3,154 tenders had been issued. In 2016, the figures were 2,613 and 42 respectively. Without any official declarations, the Israeli government is preventing the viability and contiguity of a future Palestinian state, while treating lands in Area C as its own, Peace Now said.
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20171115-israel-minister-we-must-plan-for-a-million-settlers-in-the-west-bank/

Israel to expropriate Palestinian land for settlement expansion in northern West Bank
BETHLEHEM (Maan) Israeli authorities on Tuesday reportedly notified Palestinian farmers that they intend to expropriate plots of land near the village of Shofeh, southeast of Tulkarem in the northern occupied West Bank, in order to expand the nearby illegal Israeli settlement of Avnei Hefetz. Official Palestinian Authority-owned Wafa news agency reported that Israeli authorities informed the Palestinian liaison office that the state intends to use land in the village in order to open roads and build pla...

14:03

Video: Living Under Fire "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

It was an ordinary summer day for the Nawajaa family in the quiet village of Ibziq, a small Bedouin community located in the northern Jordan Valley area of the occupied West Bank.

At around 7 a.m. 16-year-old Uday and his brother Diaa, 18, set off into the mountains surrounding their village to graze their flocks, as they did every day. Three hours later, they returned to eat breakfast and give their goats water.

At 2 p.m, the brothers set out again, this time with their uncle Daas.

I was tending to the flock, as Uday was wandering underneath a tree, about 30 meters away, Diaa told Mondoweiss. Suddenly, I heard an explosion.

I ran over to Uday to see what happened. But a few seconds later, he was dead.

Uday had stumbled upon an unexploded ordnance, left behind by the Israeli army, which conducts weekly training exercises in Ibziq and the surrounding areas.

Ibziq is one of dozens of villages in the Jordan Valley that Israel has designated as an active military firing zone.

Rashid Khdeir, a local activist, told Mondoweiss that around 56% of the land in the Jordan Valley has been declared firing zones by the army.

The army uses these areas to train using live ammunition and explosive devices, Khdeir said, adding that Palestinians in these firing zones are routinely forced out of their homes for the duration of the armys training activities, sometimes for days at a time.

Udays story, while sudden and tragic for his family, is not an uncommon occurrence in the Jordan Valley.

Khdeir, along with many locals, told Mondoweiss stories similar to Udays, in which locals either lost their lives or their limbs. With more than half of its land used as active military training zones, the Jordan Valley is littered with unexploded ordnances.

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14:02

Narco-a-Lago: Donald Trump Made Millions from Panama Development Used to Launder Drug Money "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

President Donald Trump has made millions from selling his name to a Panama development used to launder money from Latin American drug cartels, a Global Witness investigation reveals today.

After licensing his name to the Trump Ocean Club in 2006, Trump appears to have turned a blind eye to the source of the buyers funds and the background of some of the individual brokers (1). The investigation, Narco-a-Lago: Money Laundering at the Trump Ocean Club, Panama provides powerful evidence that profits from Colombian cartels narcotics trafficking were laundered through the Trump Ocean Club. Trump was one of the beneficiaries, since he received a cut of all sales. Trumps Presidential disclosures show he was still making money from a management contract for the Trump Ocean Club when he took office in 2017.

This must be investigated. Donald Trump has made millions from a project used by Latin American drug cartels to launder money. The warning signs were there for a responsible businessperson, but it seems Trump didnt want to know, said Eryn Schornick, Senior Policy Advisor at Global Witness.

The Trump Ocean Club in Panama was one of Trumps most lucrative licensing deals: initial projections indicate that he was set to make $75.4 million by 2010. Sources close to the development described it as Ivankas baby, and confirmed that Trumps daughter was in overall charge of the licensing venture for the Trump Organization.

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14:02

SOMALIA: PM Khaire Vows to Flush Out Al Shabaab "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire has vowed to root out Al Shabaab from its remaining positions in the south and central Somalia in a major anticipated military offensive. PM Khaire, speaking in the southern port town of Barawe said his government is committed to stepping up the fight against Al Shabaab, calling on the []

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14:01

Fracked Off. Fossil Fuel Fight Continues "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Staff of Native Daily Network - Environmental Racism, in general terms, is the disproportionate impact of environmental hazards on people of color. Colonial Racism is that and more. For indigenous communities, its when they are denied legal process. It is when their opinions, values, traditions and beliefs are not considered factors. In Tacoma, like at Standing Rock, that is exactly what is happening to the Puyallup Tribe of Indians. In fact, the likely winner of the Tacoma mayoral election, Victoria Woodards, is an ardent supporter of fracked gas as she erroneously believes that its an acceptable bridge fuel. Despite the facts being presented to her, she has never wavered from that opinion. Even when she was ejected from the Puyallup Tribes landing at the annual Canoe Journey, she didnt waver. Its no real surprise then that big financial backers for her election campaign were Puget Sound Energy, TOTE Maritime (who will be the primary customer of the LNG facility) and other Port of Tacoma interests. The outgoing Mayor, who Woodards succeeds, famously shut the doors on the several hundred Native Women who were marching to City Hall for the Citizens Forum. Colonial Racism is going strong in Tacoma even among groups who claim to stand against bigotry. Political expediency, it seems, is more important than that.

14:00

Helping Institutions Embrace Open Access "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

World over, a large number of universities and institutions are making way for open access repositories. Why have Indian researchers shied away from it?

=Panelists discussing institutional policies for open access. (Credit: Souvik Mandal)

Panelists discussing institutional policies for open access. (Credit: Souvik Mandal)

On October 28, 2017, a group of panelists in the faculty hall at Indian Institute of Science (IISc), discussed the framework of policies that can help academic institutions embrace open access in letter, spirit and action. The discussion was a part of week-long activities organised by DST Centre for Policy Research (DSTCPR) at IISc to increase awareness and acceptability for open access publishing in India.

The panel included Jayant Modak, deputy director, IISc, Satyajit Mayor, director of National Centre for Biological Sciences and inStem, Padmini Ray Murray, vice-chair, Global Outlook: Digital HumanitiesN.V. Sathyanarayana, chairman and managing director,...

14:00

Does the Supreme Court Really Have to Decide It All? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Examining five decisions of the Supreme Court that were not matters that required the apex courts scrutiny.

Supreme Court of India. Credit: Reuters

A maelstrom is currently brewing in the Supreme Court over a controversy that involves itself. On a regular day, whilst the Supreme Court is an exciting place to practice for young litigating lawyers and every day issues of constitutional and public importance are decided, over the years there have been decisions that the apex court has passed, which the highest court of our country need not have spent its time over (in my respectful view). Some may call this judicial activism. The NEET entrance test case, the case relating to liquor ban on national highways, the Supreme Court directing the Centre to set up a policy on drought management, the regulation of Bitcoins, write-offs by public sector banks are some examples. Many of them are good precedents set by the Court to galva...

14:00

Lancaster Against Pipelines Rally on Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Lancaster County: No Sunrise Pipeline!

Lancaster Against Pipelines; Update on the Lakewood 3

Dear Friends and Co-Workers

This past Saturday, 50 local residents spent the morning defending Lancaster County against Williamss invasion of our community, delaying land-destruction at five different sites.

IN THE AFTERNOON, A LARGE-SCALE ACTION IN MARTIC TOWNSHIP SHUT DOWN A TREE-CLEARING OPERATION FOR HALF THE DAY, CULMINATING WITH THE ARRESTS OF THREE INCREDIBLY BRAVE WOMEN, THE LAKEWOOD 3. They stayed on site, after police issued their final warning, to defend the neighborhoodand the mature forestfrom being ripped apart for this unnecessary export pipeline.

These three local heroes were arrested for peacefully doing the right thing: using civil disobedience to publicly defy the corporate purchase of our political system and the degradation of our neighborhoods. They join the CHAPEL 23 and the QUILT 6 who were arrested last month for peacefully defending farmland owned by the Adorers of the Blood of Christ in Columbia, PA.

So long as Williams continues to desecrate our county, we will continue to resist.

JOIN US THIS COMING SATURDAY AT 10 AM FOR ANOTHER DAY OF ACTION ALONG THE PIPELINE ROUTE IN LANCASTER COUNTY.

DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 18 at 10 AM

MEETING PLACE: Climbers Run Nature Preserve, 226 Frogtown Rd, Pequea, PA 17565

SATURDAYS ARRESTS BRING THE TOTAL NUMBER TO THIRTY-TWO IN THE PAST MONTH ALONE. Considered alongside the hundreds of others who have participated in these actions, these numbers show the commitment of community members to make real sacrifices for what they believe in.

Pipeline supportersthose who work for the industry or have been fooled into submission by its million dollar advertising campaignsask why we continue protesting now that construction has begun. The pipeline is a done deal, they say.

We wholeheartedly disagree. Last weeks construction haltand the $8M Williams lost daily, in addition to the millions of dollars it cost Williamss exporter, Cabot Oil & Gasshows that the Atlantic Sunrise project is far from a done deal.

WE REFUSE TO THROW UP OUR HANDS IN DEFEAT. TOO MUCH IS AT STAKE.

Community resistance is key to keeping investors nervous and politicians accountable. It also keeps our voices in the ears o...

14:00

Penguin: The Arctic Silk Road "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Arctic Silk Road: A Huge Leap Forward For China And Russia

The Silk Road, renamed the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), is developing infrastructure along land and sea trade routes. However, little is known about Chinas initiative in the Arctic Circle, which represents a new route that Beijing is now able to develop thanks to technology together with the strategic partnership with Russia.

14:00

TrunkSpaceHosting Pre Black Friday Offer "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Hey guys, I know its been a little bit since weve shared an offer weve been hoarding them for Black Friday, but we have one here that were able to share with you all now, coming from TrunkSpaceHosting.

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14:00

One Officer, Scores of Tickets and a Familiar Racial Disparity "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

It was just before 9 a.m. one day last July, and Noemi Martinez was on her way from one job interview to the next, running to catch a bus on Atlantic Boulevard in Jacksonville, Fla. Sprinklers from a nearby nursery were showering water onto the broken sidewalk in front of her, so Martinez walked out into the shoulder of Lee Road and pressed on.

Things were fairly urgent for Martinez, 52. An eviction notice had been pasted on her apartment door on Jacksonvilles West Side. A job was vital, and shed just interviewed for work as a bus driver. Now, she was off to interview for a position as a customer service representative at Florida Blue, the health insurance giant.

Just then, Officer C.J. Brown of the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office cruised by on his motorcycle. Martinezs luck could hardly have been worse.

Brown wrote more pedestrian tickets than any other member of the sheriffs force over the last five years. And so at 8:58 a.m. on July 19, 2017, he issued a $62.50 citation to Martinez: Pedestrian failed to use sidewalk. Walking in roadway where sidewalks provided.

Ive never been stopped for anything and youre going to stop me for walking, when I was doing everything right, Martinez recalled saying to Brown. He stopped me as if I was a criminal.

ProPublica and the Times-Union examined more than 2,200 pedestrian tickets issued to people in Jacksonville from 2012 to 2017, and found that 55 percent of them were issued to blacks despite the fact that the citys population is just 29 percent African American. The sheriffs office says the tickets are issued in an effort to limit pedestrian fatalities and combat crime.

Brown has fully embraced the ticket enforcement effort. Records show Brown issued 198 pedestrian tickets over five years, four times the total of the next most prolific officer. Slightly more than 60 percent of his tickets went to blacks, meaning one of every 10 blacks to receive a pedestrian ticket in Jacksonville from 2012 to 2017 was cited by Brown.

Top officials with the sheriffs office said they had no issue with Browns performance, or whom he ticketed. The sheriffs office said Brown wrote a large volume of tickets because hed been assigned to special enforcement shifts as part of a state-funded effort to make Jacksonville safer for pedestrians.

However, the Times-Union and ProPublica discovered Browns work on those shifts could not have accounted for his number of tickets. Those special enforcement shifts were aimed at issuing warnings, not tickets. Officers working those shifts actually wrote modest numbers of tickets...

The Breakthrough: Used as Guinea Pigs by the U.S. Military, Then Discarded "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

When we think of the harm that befalls soldiers during wartime, specific images come to mind. The fallout from scientific experiments especially those carried out by our own government isnt one. But that was the reality of tens of thousands of military men in the 1940s, who were poisoned with mustard gas by the U.S. government to see how their bodies would react. It took decades to bring to light the vast scope of the experiments, and it couldnt have been completed without the work of two NPR journalists.

For years, veterans were sworn to secrecy about the tests, prohibited from even discussing them with doctors. While this curtain was lifted in the 1990s, and Congress and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs promised medical care and services, many vets didnt get it. NPR reporter Caitlin Dickerson and research librarian Barbara Van Woerkom found records for and called hundreds of vets who were used in these experiments, and their work paved the way for the men who are now well into their 80s to receive the care and recognition they needed.

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Dickerson was new to the investigative desk when she began working with Van Woerkom, whod been gnawing around the edges of the story for years. She said she understood right away the urgency of what Van Woerkom was sitting on. There was also this element of time, because most of the men who were used in these tests had died, and those who were still around were in their 80s or 90s, she said. It felt sort of dire.

Dickerson started calling them. Because the men were older, communication was sometimes difficult. But they finally started opening up. They told her about their skin flaking off, about chronic health problems they couldnt fully report to their doctors. Many hadnt even told their wives about the experiments.

Some of them said, I just cant believe that the government did this to me. I trusted them. I trusted that they werent going to hurt me, said Van Woerkom.

The pair set off to see if they could prove, systematically, that the government failed to keep the promise to get these vets care. They dug through the VAs medical benefits database and found a pattern: In denied claim after denied claim, the VA asked the vets for more proof that they were actually involved in the experiments proo...

13:58

Two Killed as Kenyan Police Disperse Supporters Cheering Opposition Leader "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Kenyas Anti-riot police fire tear gas to disperse supporters of Kenyan opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition in Nairobi, Kenya November 17, 2017. REUTERS/Baz Ratner Reuters

By Thomas Mukoya and Baz Ratner

NAIROBI (Reuters) Two people were killed on Friday as Kenyan police tried to disperse supporters cheering a convoy carrying opposition leader Raila Odinga from the airport to central Nairobi, a Reuters photographer said.

Police fired tear gas at the convoy and used water cannon as they tried to stop it reaching the capitals main business district, live footage on Kenyan TV showed. Some protesters threw stones at police. TV footage showed two vehicles on fire.

The deaths occurred as police and protesters fought on one of the main roads leading to the business district, the photographer said. Police spokesmen did not immediately respond to phone calls.

Odinga has called for a National Resistance Movement to protest against the outcome of a repeat presidential election last month which saw President Uhuru Kenyatta win a second, five-year term with 98 percent of the vote after Odinga boycotted the contest. Only 39 percent of registered voters took part.

The repeat poll was ordered by the Supreme Court after it annulled the results of the August election, won by Kenyatta, over procedural irregularities.

In what is seen as the last chance for legal scrutiny of the vote, the court will rule on Monday on cases that seek to nullify the rerun election.

The political crisis has stirred fears for the stability of the east African nation, a regional hub for trade, diplomacy and security........

13:58

President Trumps Biggest Blunder "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

President Trumps Biggest Blunder

 

Attorney General Jeff Sessions should be on his last legs as a minion of the Deep State. Roger Stone says he is out! Let the prosecutions begin! However, for some unexplained reason, the best friend of the Deep State is still safe in his position of Attorney General. In many ways, Jeff Sessions is worse than Loretta Lynch.

AG Sessions has announced that he is refusing to prosecute Wasserman Schultz and Lois Lerner despite overwhelming evidence against them.

Didnt President Trump promise to drain the swamp? Then, why is the swamp still growing?

America is outraged and here is the story.

Hillary Clinton Jr., Wasserman Schultz, Is Untouched by Sessions depite Rmapnt Criminality Including Murder

 

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I have called her the next Hillary Clinton. Already the trail of bodies is beginning to accumulate along with her penchant for the obfuscation of the truth and obstruction of justice. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is ready to crash and burn because she does not have all the mafia-style protections that Hillary Clinton has amassed since the her ddays connected Mena cartel Arkanside days. The noose is tightening and it is only a matter of time until this Hillary Clinton style upstart crashes and burns.

Before getting into the two latest stunning developments connected to Wasserman Schultz, lets take a look at recent history in order to gain some perspective.

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Saudi Arabia should be afraid of U.S. oil dominance "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

One of the more important recent developments in global energy is the resurgence of U.S. energy production, thanks in large part to the shale revolution. Now, after half a century as a net importer, the U.S. is poised in the coming decade to become a net exporter, as imports from historic sources decline and demand for U.S. energy products abroad grows. According to the IEA's World Energy Outlook, the U.S. is set to be a dominant force in energy production for the foreseeable future, as the surge from shale triggers the biggest boom in production in more than 50 years.

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Keshe: Belgium/Netherlands Child Murder Cult Exposed - Veterans Today "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Editors note:  This organization, described below, tried to murder Mehran Keshe and his wife some years ago.  Keshe, for those who are unaware, is an Iranian born nuclear physicist/engineer, who has developed free energy technology. The group submitting the document is untrained, informal and at times misguided but they are all we have.  We have []

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Portuguese man owar and fish "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

This video says about itself:

Fish Paralysed By Man O War Tentacles Blue Planet II

17 November 2017

The Portuguese Man o war has venomous tentacles which can hurt and even kill fish. As it floats on the surface of the ocean, it looks beautiful and harmless but packs a killer sting.

This video says about itself:

What Does It Take To Be A Blue Planet II Cameraman? #OurBluePlanet BBC Earth

15 November 2017

Filming wildlife takes cameraman Ted Giffords to some of the remotest corners of the planet. What inspired him to start the journey in the first place?

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Alabama Will Vote for Moore, Trump Asia Trip, Plan on Inflation "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Alabama Will Vote for Moore, Trump Asia Trip, Plan on Inflation by Greg Hunter USA Watchdog The saga of Roy Moore continues with twists and turns and dirty tricks by the Deep State. Its been revealed that a so-called...

The post Alabama Will Vote for Moore, Trump Asia Trip, Plan on Inflation appeared first on The Daily Coin.

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The Uber Tipping Equilibrium "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

What is the effect of tipping on the take-home pay of Uber drivers? Economic theory offers a clear answer. Tipping has no effect on take home pay. The supply of Uber driver-hours is very elastic. Drivers can easily work more hours when the payment per ride increases and since every person with a decent car is a potential Uber driver its also easy for the number of drivers to expand when payments increase. As a good approximation, we can think of the supply of driver-hours as being perfectly elastic at a fixed market wage. What this means is that take home pay must stay constant even when tipping increases.

But how is the equilibrium maintained? One possibility is that as riders tip more, Uber can reduce fares so that the net hourly wage remains constant. Since take home pay doesnt change we will have just as many drivers as before tipping. Under the tipping equilibrium the only change will be that instead of the riders paying Uber and then Uber paying the drivers, the riders will also pay something to the drivers directly and Uber will pay the drivers a little bit less. The drivers end up with the same take home pay.

But suppose that Uber doesnt want to reduce fares or is somehow constrained from doing so. Does the model break down? Sorry, but the laws and supply and demand cannot be so easily ignored. If Uber holds fares constant, the higher net wage (tips plus fares) will attract more drivers but as the number of drivers increases their probability of finding a rider will fall. The drivers will earn more when driving but spend less time driving and more time idling. In other words, tipping will increase the driving wage, but reduce paid driving-time until the net hourly wage is driven back down to the market wage.

At this point many people will object that I am a horrible person and this is all theory using unrealistic Econ 101 assumptions of perfectly competitive markets, rationality, full information etc etc. To which my response is that the first claim is plausible but irrelevant while the second is false. A new paper, Labor Market Equilibration: Evidence from Uber, from John Horton at NYU-Stern and Jonathan Hall and Daniel Knoepfle, two economists at Uber, looks at what happens when Uber increases base fares:

We find that when Uber raises the base fare
in a city, the driver hourly earnings rate rises immediately, but then begins
to decline shortly thereafter. After about 8 weeks, there is no detectable
difference in the average hourly earnings rate compared to before the fare
increase. With a higher fare, drivers earn more when driving passengers, and
so how do drivers make the same amount per hour? The main reason is tha...

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Erdogan Pulls Turkey Troops From NATO Exercise Says incident on Thursday deemed offensive to himself and the founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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ANKARA (TURKEY) (AFP)  President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday said Ankara had pulled out 40 Turkish troops from a NATO exercise in Norway, in a new outburst of tensions with its Western allies.

Erdogan said in a televised speech to ruling party members he had ordered the troops to be removed from the exercise after an incident on Thursday deemed offensive to himself and the founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

Turkey, which became a member of NATO in 1952, is a key member of the alliance but tensions have grown in recent months over its crackdown after the failed coup and Ankaras increasingly close alliance with Russia.

Without going into detail over the incident, Erdogan said an image of Ataturk and his own name were used and these were the targets.

He said Turkeys top general Hulusi Akar and EU Affairs Minister Omer Celik who were on their way to a NATO conference in Halifax, Canada had informed him of the incident.

They said this has happened and we are going to take out our 40 soldiers. And I said absolutely, dont hesitate, take them out right now' Erdogan said.

Its not possible to have this kind of alliance, he added, speaking in front of giant pictures of himself and Ataturk, who founded modern Turkey out of the ruins of the Ottoman Empire in 1923.

Turkish officials contacted by AFP said there were for now no further details on the incident. There was also no immediate comment from the Norwegian military.

Some Turkish media speculated that his comments indicated that images of Ataturk and Erdogan had been used for target practice in the exercise.

NATOs website lists two military exercises that are currently ongoing in Norway. It was not clear what drill Erdogan was referring to and there was no immediate comment from NATO.

While Turkey is still playing an active role in the alliance, its Western allies have been particularly troubled by a deal for Ankara to purchase an S-400 air defence system from Russia.

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 November 17 at 7:25 AM
ANKARA, Turkey Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that Turkey has withdrawn 40 soldiers from a NATO military exercise in Norway, after the countrys founding leader Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and Erdogan himself were allegedly depicted as enemies.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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10 Friday AM Reads "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

My end of week morning train reads: Birth of an Idea: How AAII Got Started (AAII) Chart Crimes (The Irrelevant Investor)  Will the future bring amazement or dismay? Q&A with Tim OReilly (AEI) see also Five Technologies That Will Rock Your World (Dealbook) The Music Industrys New Gatekeepers (Wall Street Journal)  Youre Doing

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In office, Hillary overturned ban to let Islamist with ties to terrorist funding into US, now he's accused of rape "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Democrats are the great protectors and defenders of women - or so they claim. Of course, when it comes to actually keeping predators away from women, the name "Clinton" should be a giant red flag. The number of sexual abuse claims and even rape cases that can be linked in one way or another to the Clinton inner circle is appallingly high... and now there's yet another crime to add to that list. Comment: Read and weep: Daniel Greenfield: Every Democrat presidential candidate in 25 years had pedophile ties A Muslim Swiss national by the name of Tariq Ramadan is currently facing rape and assault claims by three different women. During the early 2000s, the Bush administration found ties between Ramadan and terrorist funding, and banned the Islamic professor from entering the United States. Despite those terrorist connections and the fact that Tariq Ramadan is the grandson of the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton decided in 2010 that the Islamist should be allowed to come to America.

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Keystone Pipeline Leaks 210,000 Gallons of Oil in South Dakota "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

from AP

TransCanada Corp.s Keystone pipeline leaked an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil onto agricultural land in northeastern South Dakota, the company and state regulators said Thursday, but state officials dont believe the leak polluted any surface water bodies or drinking water systems.

Crews shut down the pipeline Thursday morning and activated emergency response procedures after a drop in pressure was detected resulting from the leak south of a pump station in Marshall County, TransCanada said in a statement. The cause was being investigated.

TransCanada Corp.s Keystone pipeline leaked an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil onto agricultural land in northeastern South Dakota, the company and state regulators said Thursday, but state officials dont believe the leak polluted any surface water bodies or drinking water systems.

Crews shut down the pipeline Thursday morning and activated emergency response procedures after a drop in pressure was detected resulting from the leak south of a pump station in Marshall County, TransCanada said in a statement. The cause was being investigated.

Discovery of the leak comes just days before Nebraska regulators are scheduled to announce their decision Monday whether to approve the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline,...

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New Fed Chief Powell A Swamp Critter Extraordinaire "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Is the New Fed Chief Jeremy Powell a Swamp Critter Extraordinaire?
Trump surrounding himself with elites disconnected from everyday society
Realities of Americas difficulties not recognised by US power makers
Powell will likely continue to protect Wall Street over Main Street
Savers should diversify to protect themselves from Feds ponzi policies

Just like many of his other campaign promises, Trump isnt doing a great job of draining the swamp. His nominee for Fed Chair is Jerome Powell.

Powell is a swamp critter extraordinaire so declared by Bill Bonner last week. Were inclined to agree. Name-calling is poor sportsmanship when it comes to politics, but hey, Trump started it.

When Trump traveled around the United States campaigning for the most privileged position in the country he lashed out at the seemingly abstract promise to Drain the Swamp at every opportunity. He used it to criticise anything he didnt like about the status-quo.

He made the swamp critters the fall-guys for every hardship Americans were facing. In many ways he was right.

Yet as has been the case throughout the last eleven months, Trump hasnt done a great job of turning rhetoric into reality.

He has continued to fill the swamp rather than drain it. Spending by lobbyists has reached levels unseen since 2012. Secretaries are flying in private government jets and Trump uses Republican Party money to fund his own legal expenses.

This is nothing compared to the senior appointments he has made. Trump has taken swamp critters and placed them in positions of such power and influence one wonders what his supporters make of it all.

Hypocrisy was a word heard frequently during the Obama Presidency. Obama was great with words and preached peace while practicing war. Trumps hypocrisy is on a whole new level.

Powell is just his latest appointment. With an estimated fortune of $55 million the likely new Fed Chair  has spent his career in Washington flip-flopping be...

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After Muslim outrage, Miss Iraq apologizes for selfie with Miss Israel "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

This anger is not just political, just as the political conflict between Israel and the Palestinians isnt political, either. The Quran depicts the Jews as inveterately evil and bent on destroying the well-being of the Muslims. They are the strongest of all people in enmity toward the Muslims (5:82); they fabricate things and falsely ascribe []

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

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

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

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

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Twitter: Our Blue Check Marks Aren't Just About "Verification" "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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

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

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

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

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


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NATO apologises after Turkey pulls out of Norway drill over alleged incident "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said a drill in Norway had used himself and Ataturk as 'targets'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Who Pays More Taxes?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1. Clarify Which Records Must Be Submitted to NICS

T...

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

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

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

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

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

Money Is the Root of All Federal Evils

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Or Silent Hill?

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

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

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

These Reports Are Greatly Exaggerated

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our Responsibilities Differ Based on Our Station in Life

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stunning Direction, Writing Wanting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Making Overtures to China

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

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

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

How Trump became the Russian Mafias bitch

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

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

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

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

Reuters/Philimon Bulawayo

Reuters/Philimon Bulawayo 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Its Like Telling People Not to Breathe. Maybe You

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cryptocurrency Isnt a Good Platform for Commerce

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

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

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

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

Or Maybe Theyre Serious

Cryptocurre...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Kosmos: Liminal Leadership "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Liminal Leadership

Nora Bateson

KOSMOS, Fall / Winter 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Sohini C. is a freelance journalist.

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

On November 8, however, the situation in the in-patient ward in his hospital moved him to write in prose. He published a long post in Bengali at 10:46 pm. The response was viral: the post was shared 925 times in a week (it was up under his own name until November 15 midnight; now, a friend has posted the same text on his timeline and it stands). On 11:40 am on November 10, he received a letter from the West Bengal Health and Family Department, suspending him until further notice. The grounds mentioned on the letter, Dr Choudhury says over the phone, are misinterpretation to the public as well as derogatory [remarks] to the hospital administration as well as general health administration (sic).

Whatever I say is the truth, or else entirely...

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

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

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

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

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

Medical destruction: Its not just opioids

by Jon Rappoport

November 17, 2017

Some people are just waking up to medical destruction, by way of news on the opioid epidemic (my article archive on Opioids is here).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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EXCLUSIVE: Saudi torture victims include former king's son "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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

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

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

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Aerial Archaeology in the Saudi Desert "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

13:18

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

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

13:16

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

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

13:15

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

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

13:15

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

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

13:14

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

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

13:10

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

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

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13:09

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

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

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13:08

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

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

13:06

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mugabe too shaky for China?

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

13:05

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

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

13:05

The Spider-man raccoon "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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

13:04

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

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

13:01

The Complicated Situation Around Lebanon "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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

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

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

13:00

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

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

13:00

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

AFP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quiet could shat...

13:00

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

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

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

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13:00

"Economic Development" Is a Corporate Welfare Scheme "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By: Nathan Keeble
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The Beacon Center, a libertarian think tank based in Nashville, has released a new film highlighting and describing the impact of corporate welfare in Tennessee. Starring University of Tennessee professor Glenn Reynolds, Rigged tells the story of small business owners in Memphis who were harmed by the massive tax breaks which the Shelby County government bestowed upon the furniture giant Ikea for opening a location in the Memphis area. The film has sparked a renewed focus on cronyism across the state.

Just recently, the four largest media firms in the state published the results of a ten month investigation into Tennessees subsidy and incentive programs. They found that the volunteer states corporate welfare programs amount to $2.5 billion annually. The Times Free Press reports that the Department of Economic and Community Development, whose raison d'tre is to dole out state privileges, has increased its spending by 80 percent since Bill Haslam became Governor.

The investigation also lamented the lack of oversight and accountability. The Times Free Press concludes that it is impossible to conclude if these corporate welfare programs have succeeded even on their own metric, creating jobs. Some officials didnt even have records of the size of their handouts. However, one does not need to have numbers to prove that cronyism is inherently detrimental to an economy.

Why Cronyism is a Fools Errand

The main benefit touted by supporters of corporate welfare programs is its ability to create jobs. Proponents maintain that businesses who receive subsidies, tax credits, and other privileges would not be able to profitably locate themselves within their community. The establishment of these business means more and potentially better jobs for workers in their area. These jobs provide incomes for workers and therefore raise their living standards as well. Without corporate welfare programs, proponents maintain that they would likely face unemployment and economic hardship.

The first flaw in this reasoning is the idea that jobs would not be created in the absence of corporate welfare policies. While it is true that businesses may be lured to different areas through these policies, focusing on these immediate and visible results is to ignore the full effects of the policy.

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Leftist Billionaires Virtue Signal on Tax Cuts "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By: Gary Galles
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As happens every time any sort of tax change that can be demonized as tax cuts for the rich is proposed, the Trump administrations framework for tax reform has been met with tax me more virtue signaling. The latest installment I have seen was Im a billionaire. Tax me more, in the October 6 Los Angeles Times. There billionaire Tom Steyer wrote, As a billionaire, I would profit substantially from the tax cuts proposedBut I am strongly oppose to even one more penny in cuts for rich people and corporations, because it would defund the critical public programs on which American families depend.

Unfortunately, such a signal of virtue is actually a signal of vice. Higher income earners already pay a vastly disproportionate share of the taxes used to fund government programs. Since those far higher taxes arent paying for greater benefits, Steyers position is essentially once of coerced charity--higher income people should be forced to pay more so that the government can give more to others, who didnt earn itand if other rich people dont volunteer for higher taxes like I do, it is only because they are selfish (though one wonders why those who want something for nothing arent considered more selfish).

Because individual rich tax volunteers would pay only a small fraction of the actual cost of the programs they favor, forcing others to pick up almost all the tab, they provide just one more example of how the immense payoffs to taking others property through government lead people to torture logic to justify why others deserve your money more than you do, with government merely the necessary mechanism to achieve the required charity. 

However, the coercive charity logic is faulty. Few have made that clearer than F.A. Harper. In Liberty: A Path to Its Recovery, over a half-century ago, he decimated the charity excuse for violating liberty.

The right to the product of ones own laboris not in conflict with compassion and charity. Leaving these matters to voluntary action, rather than to apply compulsion, is in harmony rather than in conflict with Christian ethics assistance given voluntarilyis truly charity; that taken from another by forceis not charity at all, in spite of its use for avowed charitable purposes. The virtue of compassion and charity cannot be sired by the vice of thievery.

Political charity violates the esse...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In other news, Betteridges Law of H...

12:59

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

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

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

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

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

12:57

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

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

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12:56

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

By Darius Shahtahmasebi of The Anti-Media.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

12:55

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

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

12:52

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

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

12:51

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

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

12:49

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

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

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

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

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

12:48

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

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

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12:45

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

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

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12:44

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

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

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12:41

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

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

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12:36

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

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

12:35

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

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

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12:34

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

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

12:27

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12:27

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

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

12:25

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

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

12:22

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

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

12:21

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

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

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

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

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

12:21

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

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

12:20

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

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

12:20

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

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

12:19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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12:19

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

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

The post Govt secures 5million in emergency fund for floods victims, Greece to ask for EU aid appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.

12:18

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

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

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghassemi (YouTube screenshot)

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghassemi (YouTube screenshot)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12:17

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

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

12:10

EU countries pledge to accept 34,000 refugees after UN rebuke "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Sixteen EU member states say they are ready to accept 34,000 refugees from North Africa and the Middle East after the UN accused Brussels of helping Libyan authorities intercept Europe-bound refugees, Press TV reported. The offer to admit more refugees meets the European Commission's stated goal of letting in at least 50,000 refugees over the next two years in a bid to discourage them from making the risky Mediterranean crossing.

12:07

Fake News: Fox's Shep Smith's 'debunking' of Uranium One story full of holes "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Fox News' Shepard Smith drew applause from liberal media outlets Tuesday in a "fact check" marred with mispronunciations and misrepresentations. Smith, one of Fox's top liberals and who frequently opposes the network's narratives, spoke at length on his show Shepard Smith Reports after Attorney General Jeff Sessions floated the idea of a special counsel to investigate recent revelations surrounding the 2010 partial sale of Canadian firm Uranium One to Russian energy giant Rosatom. The sale was approved by the Obama administration as it included the sale of 20 percent of U.S. uranium to the Russian giant.

12:06

Apple Planning on Adding Rear-Facing 3D Sensors to Future iPhones for Augmented Reality Capabilities "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

In a bid to make the iPhone an augmented reality device, Apple reportedly plans to add a rear-facing 3D sensor to the iPhone in the coming years, using a different technology than that used in the front-facing Face ID sensor:

Apple Inc. is working on a rear-facing 3-D sensor system for the iPhone in 2019, another step toward turning the handset into a leading augmented-reality device, according to people familiar with the plan.

Apple is evaluating a different technology from the one it currently uses in the TrueDepth sensor system on the front of the iPhone X, the people said. The existing system relies on a structured-light technique that projects a pattern of 30,000 laser dots onto a user's face and measures the distortion to generate an accurate 3-D image for authentication. The planned rear-facing sensor would instead use a time-of-flight approach that calculates the time it takes for a laser to bounce off surrounding objects to create a three-dimensional picture of the environment.


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12:05

The future of DfID "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A controversy forces Britain's aid minister out of office, and a new one takes her place. What does it mean for the Department for International Development?

12:05

World watch Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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

12:04

Very succesful XX Birthday Festival "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

We celebrated our 20th. anniversary of the ADM from Thursday, October 12th. through Saturday. October 14th. with the biggest festival we've ever organized and on top of that with also a symposium on Cultural Free Spaces.

There were two main stages: The Mohawk stage, a giant mobile stage of Konvooi Exceptioneel that came from Groningen

12:03

Keystone Pipeline Shut down After Leaking 210,000 Gallons of Oil "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

(ANTIMEDIA)  The contentious Keystone Pipeline has been temporarily shut down after a 210,000-gallon oil leak was discovered in South Dakota.
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12:02

Consciousness Began When the Gods Stopped Speaking "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

In this piece for Nautilus, Veronique Greenwood discusses the legacy of Julian Jaynes, a psychologist best known for theorizing that consciousness was a cultural development resulting from the existence of language.

Its a remarkable thesis that doesnt fit well with contemporary thought about how consciousness works. The idea that the ancient Greeks were not self-aware raises quite a few eyebrows. By giving consciousness a cultural origin, says Christof Koch, chief scientific officer at the Allen Institute for Brain Science, Jaynes disavows consciousness as a biological phenomenon.'

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Iraqi forces take last IS-held town in the country "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Fall of Rawa leaves Islamic State with no territory left in Iraq

12:01

Frances Macron Gambles on Jobless Benefits for Those Who Quit "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Extending countrys already indebted unemployment insurance will foster growth, leader says, but unions and businesses are skeptical

French President Emmanuel Macron arriving last month for a meeting with a labor-union leader at the lyse Palace in Paris. Photo: ETIENNE LAURENT/EPA/Shutterstock

Nov. 17, 2017 5:30 a.m. ET

PARISShould freelancers and workers who quit their jobs receive unemployment checks? President Emmanuel Macron of France thinks so.

The 39-year-old former investment banker is negotiating with labor unions and businesses to smooth the way for his plan to extend unemployment paymentsuntil now mainly reserved for fired or laid-off workersto people who voluntarily leave their jobs. That includes people shaking up their careers to start their own businesses or take up on-demand work like driving for Uber.

Such a change would be a groundbreakingand riskyinnovation for an economy as big as Frances, and a considerable gamble for Mr. Macron, who swept into leadership earlier this year under the banner of a host of more traditional changes to Frances labor policies.

The president says he wants France to be at the vanguard of countries experimenting with ways to manage the global shift from traditional salaried employment to a more fluid job market defined by startups and the gig economy. His plancoupled with an overhaul of state-financed trainingaims to backstop workers so they can take the kinds of professional risks that Mr. Macron sees as fueling economic growth.

Society is changing. Im not proposing to protect you against society or this change; I am proposing to arm you to find a place in this society, Mr. Macron said in a television interview last month.

His proposal is a st...

12:01

November 18 in history "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

326  Old St. Peters Basilica was consecrated.

1105 Maginulf elected the Antipope Sylvester the IV.

1210 Pope Innocent III excommunicated Holy Roman Emperor Otto IV.

1302 Pope Boniface VIII issued the Papal bull Unam sanctam (One Faith).

1307  William Tell shot an apple off of his sons head.

1421 A seawall at the Zuiderzee dike broke, flooding 72 villages and killing about 10,000 people.

1477  William Caxton produced Dictes or Sayengis of the Philosophres, the first book printed on a printing press in England.

1493  Christopher Columbus first sighted Puerto Rico.

1626  St. Peters Basilica was consecrated.

1686  Charles Francois Felix operated on King Louis XIVs anal fistula after practicing the surgery on several peasants.

1730  Frederick II (Frederick the Great), King of Prussia, was granted a royal pardon and released from confinement.

1785 David Wilkie, British artist, was born (d. 1841).

1793 The Louvre was officially opened.

1803 The Battle of Vertires, the last major battle of the Haitian Revolution, leading to the establishment of the Republic of Haiti, the first black republic in the Western Hemisphere.

1809 In a naval action during the Napoleonic Wars, French frigates defeated British East Indiamen in the Bay of Bengal.
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12:00

Ethical analysis of racialized sexual fetishes "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

There are a lot of people who would rather their sexual habits and porn consumption be infinitely separated from ethical analysis, but we are unfortunately products of our time and place. Cico Three has an excellent, if somewhat technical analysis on interracial porn, examining the historical themes and consequences of white/black pairings depicted in pornography:

Skin Diamond notes that, Interracial is only interracial if it involves a Black man and a white girl. Sexton concurs writing, to be considered interracial, especially in the U.S. context, [a relationship] must involve a Black person. This is not always the case, of course, and there are myriad historical examples of hysteria prompted by the prospect of sexual encounter between whites and nonblack people of color. What I sense, however, is that within the racist imagination, relationships with blacks, whether the other is white or a nonblack person of color, constitute interracial relationships par excellence.

Diamond continues, Technically, most of my porn is interracial but because Im a Black chick, it doesnt count. People only wanna see the taboo of a Black man with a white girl. Diamonds analysis of her scenes with white or other non-Black men not counting speaks again to the inviolability of Black women and has two meanings. It doesnt count in both marketing and accounting. This plays out in different earning potential for white and Black women performers.

The higher earning potential happens in two ways. White women performers, especially successful ones, often follow a progression of roles. Lexington Steeledescribes it, There are situations where it could be the industry, whether its her boyfriend, her husband or management that suggests she either doesnt do [interracial] at all, or waits until a certain time when her rates can appreciate over time. Where its: girl-girl to boy-girl to anal to DP [double penetration] to, and then the ultimate she can charge her most is when she finally does interracial. This is career path is unavailable to Black women performers whose scenes are always already racial but never inter from an earning perspective, even when explicitly pointed out as such. For example Nyomi Banxxx recalled about a scene with a white male performer, I had this conversation with my agent. I had this conversation with a director, because we were arguing about rate. I said, I need to get paid for an interracial rate, IR. No thats not IR. This is one reason why Misty Stone says, Black performers do the same amount of work...

12:00

Watch: The Story of Binota Gayen, First Woman E-Rickshaw Driver in Govindpuri "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

When Binota Gayen bought her rickshaw in May last year, she became the first woman e-rickshaw driver in Govindpuri, Delhi.

She has been mocked by neighbours and also braved aggression from her male peers, but none of that has stopped Gayen from becoming a proud, self-employed woman fearlessly driving around the roads of South Delhi.

The post Watch: The Story of Binota Gayen, First Woman E-Rickshaw Driver in Govindpuri appeared first on The Wire.

12:00

1948 Talbot Lago T26 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

French automobile producer Talbot produced spectacular cars. The earlier Talbot Lagos were outrageous, gorgeous, and unique. This 1948 is understated in its elegance, a uniquely beautiful car. The design cues are a harbinger of things to come from other marquees such as Ferrari. Example such as this one regularly fetch 7 figures at auction.     Source: Classic

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12:00

Is Behavior Economics Good Economics? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By: Frank Shostak
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Recently, a relatively new economics called Behavioral Economics (BE) has started to gain popularity. Its practitioners such as Daniel Kahneman, Vernon Smith and Richard Thaler were awarded Nobel prizes for their contribution in the field of BE.

The BE framework emerged on account of dissatisfaction with the neo-classical theory regarding consumer choices. A major problem with the neo-classical theory that people presented as if a scale of preferences is hard-wired in their heads. Regardless of anything else, this scale remains the same all the time.

The practitioners of BE hold that this is a very unrealistic case. Hence, to make the mainstream framework more realistic they suggested introducing psychology into economics.

It is held that peoples emotional state is going to influence their decision-making process. Thus, if consumers are becoming more optimistic regarding the future then this is going to be an important message to businesses regarding their investment decisions.

According to BE researchers whether consumers are generally patient or impatient determines whether or not they are inclined to spend or save today. If they are more patient and save more, then this can generate funds for entrepreneurs new investment projects.

Behavioral economists emphasize the importance of personality. An emphatic person is regarded more likely to make altruistic choices. Impulsive people are more likely to be impatient and not so good at saving up for their retirement. Venturesome people are more likely to take risks  they will be more likely to gamble (see Michelle Baddeley's Behavioural Economics. A Very Short Introduction).

While the BE criticism of mainstream economics is valid, the question arises whether BE solves the issue of unchanged consumer preferences and presents consumers as real people and not as human machines.

The key here is the definition of what human beings are all about. According to BE, people are not rational in a sense that they are using reason in various decisions. According to BE practitioners, the key driver for consumer choices are emotions. For instance, the Nobel Laureate Vernon Smith holds,

People like to believe that good decision making is a consequence of the use of reason, and that any influence that the emotions might have is antithetical to good decisions. What is not appreciated by Mises and others who simila...

Running Bitcoin node and ElectrumX server "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

I've been tempted to run own ElectrumX server for quite some. First attempt was to run this on Turris Omnia router, however that turned out to be impossible due to memory requirements both Bitcoind and ElectrumX have.

This time I've dedicated host for this and it runs fine:

Electrum connecting to btc.cihar.com

The server runs Debian sid (probably it would be doable on stretch as well, but I didn't try much) and the setup was pretty simple.

First we need to install some things - Bitcoin daemon and ElectrumX dependencies:

# Bitcoin daemon, not available in stretch
apt install bitcoind

# We will checkout ElectrumX from git
apt install git

# ElectrumX deps
apt install python3-aiohttp

# Build environment for ElectrumX deps
apt install build-essentials python3-pip libleveldb-dev

# ElectrumX deps not packaged in Debian
pip3 install plyvel pylru

# Download ElectrumX sources
su - electrumx -c 'git clone https://github.com/kyuupichan/electrumx.git'

Create users which will run the services:

adduser bitcoind
adduser electrumx

Now it's time to prepare configuration for the services. For Bitcoin it's quite simple - we need to configure RPC interface and enable transaction index in /home/bitcoind/.bitcoin/bitcoin.conf:

txindex=1
listen=1
rpcuser=bitcoin
rpcpassword=somerandompassword

The ElectrumX configuration is quite simple as well and it's pretty well documented. I've decided to place it in /etc/electrumx.conf:

COIN=BitcoinSegwit
DB_DIRECTORY=/home/electrumx/.electrumx
DAEMON_URL=http://bitcoin:somerandompassword@localhost:8332/
TCP_PORT=50001
SSL_PORT=50002
HOST=::

DONATION_ADDRESS=3KPccmPtejpMczeog7dcFdqX4oTebYZ3tF

SSL_CERTFILE=/etc/letsencrypt/live/btc.cihar.com/fullchain.pem
SSL_KEYFILE=/etc/letsencrypt/live/btc.cihar.com/privkey.pem

REPORT_HOST=btc.cihar.com
BANNER_FILE=banner

I've decided to control both services using systemd, so it's matter of creating pretty simple units for that. Actually the Bitcoin one closely matches the one I've used on Turris Omnia and the ElectrumX the one they ship, but there are some....

11:59

Malaysia Airlines recovery shadowed by politics "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Buffeted by two of global aviation's recent worst disasters, the renationalized carrier's foreign-led restructuring has been hit by alleged political meddling


Buffeted by two of global aviations worst disasters in recent history, Malaysia Airlines (MAS) plans for a turnaround were never going to be easy. Alleged political meddling in the state-held airline is complicating matters, with the recent resignation of two foreign chief executives raising even wider questions.

In August 2014, Khazanah Nasional, Berhad a Malaysian state investment fund that previously owned 69% of the carrier, became its sole stakeholder in a US$430 million bailout.

Earlier that year, MAS lost two aircraft, the still unresolved disappearance of Flight MH370 and the shooting down of Flight MH17 over Ukraine, sending its finances into a downward spiral.

The national carrier was delisted from the countrys stock market, effectively renationalizing the carrier, and aggressively restructured. Khazanah unveiled a five-year recovery plan, dubbed as rebuilding a national icon, to reverse massive losses and return to profitability in three years. The plan set a target date of March 2019 for a new initial public offering.

Two foreign chief executives were hired in short succession to professionalize management and in hope that international expertise could restore its fortunes. MAS has cut 6,000 jobs since Khazanahs takeover while various unprofitable long-haul routes to North and South America have been discontinued.

Read the full story at the Asia Times.
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11:56

A Youthful Remedy for Africas Youth Unemployment "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

To create enough jobs for its young people, African countries will need to improve education, expand access to financial services, and encourage civic participation, among other measures. But the biggest impact will come when young people are fully empowered to pursue entrepreneurship.

11:55

Sylvester Stallone Denies Claims He Sexually Assaulted Teenage Fan In 1986 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Actor Sylvester Stallone has vehemently denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl in a Las Vegas hotel room. According to a police report, the teenager claimed Stallone, who was 40 at the time, [...]

11:55

The Chemweb With Robert Deutsch "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Killing Me
Ive watched them poison land and sea for far too many years.
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11:55

Electronic Ban lifted onboard MEAs flights bound to London "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Middle East Airlines just announced today to all its passengers that the ban on the carriage of larger phones, laptops and tablets in the cabin on-board MEA flights to London was finally lifted. Seven months ago, the UK issued a flight ban on anything electronic larger than a normal smartphone for direct flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.

The carriers affected are Turkish Airlines, Pegasus Airways, Atlas-Global Airlines, Middle East Airlines, Egyptair. Royal Jordanian, Tunis Air and Saudia.

11:46

Consultant Climate Policy and Finance "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

South Pole's climate experts provide advice to corporations, governments, development banks and cities on the design, implementation and monitoring of policies, programs, projects and green financing solutions, as well as the use of existing and upcoming market-based instruments, to tackle the challenge of climate change mitigation.

11:45

New York Fed: Underlying Inflation Hits 11-Year High "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

New York Fed: Underlying Inflation Hits 11-Year High by Wolf Richter Wolf Street Something is moving beneath the surface. Today is inflation day. After the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its Consumer Price Index for October this morning, several...

The post New York Fed: Underlying Inflation Hits 11-Year High appeared first on The Daily Coin.

11:43

Moodys raises India rating, citing reforms "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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AFP | Prime Minister Narendra Modi swept to power three years ago on a promise to reform Indias economy and create jobs for the growing youth population

NEW DELHI (AFP)  Moodys on Friday upgraded Indias credit rating for the first time in more than a decade, citing economic reforms introduced under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.The move comes almost two months after the Moodys and Standard & Poors lowered their ratings on regional rival China citing the countrys ballooning debt burden.

Moodys raised its rating on India to Baa2 from Baa3, the first such move since January 2004, saying recent reforms would enhance productivity, stimulate foreign and domestic investment and foster strong and sustainable growth.

These include a new national goods and services tax and a controversial 2016 ban on high-value bank notes aimed at tackling widespread tax evasion.

Continued progress on economic and institutional reforms will, over time, enhance Indias high growth potential, the agency said.

Modi swept to power in 2014 on a promise to reform Indias economy and create jobs for a burgeoning youth population.

But critics point out that joblessness remains high and the reforms have not come without pain.

They have acted as a drag on growth, which hit a three year low of 5.7 percent in the first quarter of the current financial year.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley called the upgrade a belated recognition of all the positive steps which have been taken in India in the last few years.

Its extremely encouraging that theres an international recognition and it merely furthers our determination to follow the track which we have embarked upon, Jaitley told reporters.

The move boosted Indian stocks more than one percent, while the rupee strengthened to 64.86 against the dollar, from Thursdays 65.29.


11:41

Why the Elite Are Dumping the Dollar and Running to Cryptocurrency: The Life Boat Project "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

 

Why are worlds elite running from the US dollar? What is taking its place?

11:40

AMDGPU DC Pull Request Submitted For Linux 4.15 Kernel - 132,395 Lines Of Code "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

One day after submitting the main DRM feature pull request for Linux 4.15, David Airlie of Red Hat has submitted the secondary pull request that would feature the long-awaited introduction of AMDGPU DC into the mainline kernel...

11:37

UK pushes for trade talks to solve Northern Ireland border issue Theres a sense of jumping into the dark here. Johnson and Coveney publicly disagree on a series of issues during early morning press conference "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney and UK Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Boris Johnson

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DUBLIN (AFP)  British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Friday called on Brussels to move on to post-Brexit trade talks to solve the Irish border issue, despite a warning from the EU that London still had work to do.

The issues of the Northern Irish border and how it works are intellectually, intimately bound up with the questions of the customs union, the single market, Britains relationship with those.

Those questions have been reserved by the (European) Commission for study in stage two of the negotiations. I think logically now is the time to proceed to stage two, Johnson said at a Dublin press conference with his Irish counterpart Simon Coveney.

Deciding the future of Britains only land border with the European Union has been a top priority for Brussels, with all sides determined to avoid a return to a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

We need to get on with this, but our view is that you can only really crack the problem in the context of a wider understanding of how the new customs arrangements are going to work, said Johnson.

May under pressure?

The foreign ministers comments followed a warning from European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker, who on Friday said Britain must do more work before moving onto trade talks.

The clock is ticking. I hope that we will be able to come to an agreement as far as the divorce is concerned at the December council (summit) but work has still to be done, Juncker told reporters as he arrived at an EU summit in Gothenburg, Sweden.

British Prime Minister Theresa May and her Brexit minister, David Davis, are also in Gothenburg for the ?European Social Summit.

After London failed to convince Brussels last month that sufficient progress had been made in divorce talks to move onto negotiating a future trade deal, Davis on Friday called on the EU to compromise.

Surprise, surprise: nothing comes for nothing in this world, he told the BBC in Gothenburg.

Various EU countries can see there are big, big benefits in the future deal that were talking about, he added.

Arriving at the summit, May said she hoped the EU would respond positively to British proposals so that negotiators could move on to discuss future ties.

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11:35

Intel Coffee Lake & Cannonlake Thermal Support In Linux 4.15 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

While Intel Coffee Lake hardware is shipping already, a few bits of tardy kernel code for these "8th Gen Core" CPUs is only hitting the Linux 4.15 kernel. The Intel DRM driver is most notably enabling Coffee Lake graphics by default in 4.15, but there's also some thermal code now landing among other changes now happening...

11:35

Capitalism Collapsing from Inequality... Blame Russia! "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

No one who is promoting the Russiagate allegations is trying to debate William Binneys allegations. Instead, all of the newsmedia are plastered with allegations of Russias meddling in American democracy.

11:33

Dissolution of Cambodia's main opposition party condemned "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

An interntional legal organisations has joined in condemnations of Cambodia's Supreme Court decision to dissolve the main opposition political party.

11:33

The Clash of Civilizations for Dummies: Judeas War Between Christianity and Islam. "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The clash of Civilizations for Dummies: Judeas War Between Christianity and Islam   By Sabba, 16NOV17 INTRODUCTION In this day and age where the Jews DO control the media and thus maintain 110% control of the discourse, most people have heard the phrase of clash of civilizations, a paradigm whereby the world of Islam []

11:30

Top 5 Top Veterans Stories in Todays News Nov. 17, 2017 - Veterans Today "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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11:28

Brexit: Davis says the UK has compromised in talks "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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David Davis: Nothing comes for nothing in negotiationsVideo:http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-42023765

David Davis says he has been offering some creative compromises and not always got them back in Brexit talks.

He told the BBCs Laura Kuenssberg many EU countries do want to move on in the negotiations because they can see it is very important to their economies.

But it was, he added, a 27 country decision.

The EU says negotiations cannot move on to trade until questions about the UK divorce bill, citizens rights and Northern Ireland are resolved.

The Brexit secretary said the UK had made concessions on the right of EU citizens to vote in local elections in the UK among other things.

In a speech in Berlin on Thursday, he warned against putting politics above prosperity in Britains post-Brexit relationship with the EU.

He outlined his hopes for a deal that allows for the freest possible trade in goods and services and said he thought it incredibly unlikely there would be no deal.

BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said Mr Daviss speech was delivered politely but implied pretty significant frustrations on the UK side with the EUs attitude.

The Brexit Secretary, she added, had not offered anything specific including on what the EU regards as the vital issue of money in his speech to move things on.

Creative compromises

Asked whether it was Germany and France that were most reluctant to open the next phase of talks, Mr Davis said they cle...

11:26

Red Scares, Then and Now "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Russias interference in American and European elections constitutes a serious offense. But by treating Russian President Vladimir Putin and his cronies as an existential threat, Western leaders are playing directly into the Kremlins hands, and validating its false narrative about Russias place in the world.

11:25

Brexit has caused Europeans to doubt what sort of country Britain is, David Davis says "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Brexit Secretary insists to German audience that UK is the same country it was before the vote

By Jon Stone Europe Correspondent
The Independent

Brexit has caused Europeans to doubt what sort of country Britain is, David Davis admits

Britains vote to leave the EU has left many Europeans with doubts about what kind of country we are following last years vote to leave the bloc, the Brexit Secretary says.

Speaking to an audience in Berlin, David Davis insisted that the UK did not want to isolate itself after withdrawal and that the UK was the same country that weve always been as he spelled out his vision for a bespoke, comprehensive trade deal between Britain and the EU covering services as well as goods.

The minister also insisted that the decision to leave the single market and customs union was not an ideological one and that the UK had decided to quit the economic bloc out of respect for the indivisibility of the EUs four freedoms.

I recognise that, since the referendum last year, some in the European Union have had their doubts about what kind of country we are, or indeed what we stand for, he said, speaking at the Sddeutsche Zeitung economic conference.

Now if you want to know the mind of a nation all one must do is read its press, so with that in mind I looked through some copies of Suddeutsche Zeitung. I read that Britain wants to isolate itself, that we are  short-sighted islanders, or Inselbewohner.

Well Im afraid I have to disagree. We are the same country we have always been, with the same valu...

11:20

Holistic Doctors Are the Most Endangered Species In America "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

 

Holistic doctors are the most endangered species in America. At least 77 holistic doctors have been murdered in the past 2 years.

 

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11:16

Unblock my $5.8 million, N3.5 billion, Patience Jonathan urges court "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience, on Thursday asked the Federal High Court, Abuja, to set aside an order which froze her bank accounts containing $5.8 million and N3.5 billion. Mrs. Jonathan asked the court to set aside the order it made on May 30 on the grounds that it had expired. The former first lady told the court, through her counsel, Mike Ozekhome, that the order of interim forfeiture, including the one issued on October 10 had been spent and could not be extended. According to her,...

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11:15

Are The Globalists Moving Forward With Their One Currency Agenda? (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Are The Globalists Moving Forward With Their One Currency Agenda? Video X22 Report The report is out the Obamacare signups are those who already had Obamacare they are renewing, the new signups are nonexistent. Al Franken is caught groping...

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11:15

2018 Budget: Buhari, Osinbajo to spend N11.545 billion "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Details of the 2018 budget have revealed that the State House which comprises the president and vice presidents offices, and state house administration will spend N11.545 billion in 2018.   The President and his Vice, Yemi Osinbajo will also spend N1.001 billion on travels in 2018.   The amount breaks down to N751.3 million for international travels, and N250.02 million for local travels.   Another N907 million would be spent on a phased acquisition of new vehicles and spare parts in the presidential fleet during the year.   N83. 77 million will...

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11:15

Eastern Europe's Dark past Could Hinder Its Future "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Doing this is crucial for the health of the democracy of these countries, and it is also crucial for us. If the events of this past weekend are any indication, one day the American public may wake up to an Eastern Europe whose governments overwhelmingly draw inspiration and legitimacy from heroes with dark nationalist pasts, including Nazi collaboration. By the time that happens, it may very well be too late to change anything.

11:13

Climate Clown Macron Taunts Trump, Demands Green Trade Tariffs "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Guest essay by Eric Worrall French President Climate Clown Emmanuel Macron has demanded green trade tariffs be raised against countries which do no share the EUs climate goals. Emmanuel Macron vows to replace every dollar Donald Trump withdraws from climate change efforts French President says France will step in to maintain funding for major international

11:13

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11:12

US Military and CIA Leaders May Be Investigated for War Crimes "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

US Military and CIA Leaders May Be Investigated for War Crimes

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11:12

Palestinian torture survivors hunt ghosts of their past "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Palestinian torture survivors hunt ghosts of their past   Jesse Rubin The Electronic Intifada 14 November 2017 A scene from Raed Andonis Ghost Hunting. Somewhere in Ramallah, footsteps echo against the concrete of an empty warehouse basement. Raed Andoni guides a handcuffed and hooded man into a cavernous, gray room, his hand on the mans []

11:08

Libya: damned if we do and damned if we dont "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Given the complex attitudes towards foreign interventions in Libya, we need a clear strategy that stands up to local, regional, and international scrutiny.

Soldiers of the Libyan UN-backed government forces gather on a street in Aziziya, Warshaffana, Libya, on Nov. 10, 2017 hours after taking control of the largest military camp in the area. Picture by Hamza Turkia/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images. All rights reserved.Frustrated by the lack of media time given to local Libyan reactions to international actions, I have just finished a project funded by the Remote Control Project to interview a wide range of local stakeholders (including civil society activists, businessmen, officials, Islamist leaders, former ministers and former fighters) to elicit views on the less-well known but ongoing international military intervention in the Libyan conflict since the NATO campaign to topple Gadhafi ended in 2011.

The responses highlighted the damned if you do, damned if you dont dilemma faced by governments currently seeking to contain the spread of violent extremist groups in the country and protect their own security. On the one hand, foreign intervention has generally elicited a negative response in Libya, where pride in national sovereignty and mistrust of international intentions run deep. Then, on the other, there is a keen sense of abandonment following the ousting of Gaddafi when the international community left the country vulnerable to meddling by a wide range of local and regional actors.

How to resolve the conflict in Libya remains one of the most difficult and important questions facing policy-makers today. The country has been mired in crisis ever since the toppling of the former Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gadhafi in 2011. Beyond the humanitarian costs of the ongoing turmoil, the boost in available weapons has fuelled conflicts across the continent. Libyas proximity to....

11:07

EU Army, Biden Gaga, Digital Pills New World Next Week "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

This week on the New World Next Week: the EU superstate gets its army; Biden and Gaga team up for sexual assault trauma centers; and the digital pill comes to a schizophrenic near you.

11:06

Nationalism needs the inspiration so desperately needed in these early days of that better nation. "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Aaron Murray, political researcher working in London. He is also on Twitter @aaronmurray87

Engraved on the Canongate wall of the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood is a phrase Alasdair Gray described as inspiring but not boastful. Work as if you live in the early days of a better nation it reads. Widely attributed to Gray, it is the creation of Canadian poet Dennis Lee from his exploration of citizenship, Civil Eligies. In recent years it became a credo of the Scottish nationalist movement in advance of 2014s independence referendum.

The call encapsulates what inspired so many in the movement for an independent Scotland. Often branded as narrow-nationalists, the Yes movement was not without fault, but in its ranks were those who sought not just a different state, but a better nation. Even the most hardened unionist would find it difficult to critique the work which went into imagining a new Scotland. The case for independence was often branded idealistic and naive, but only because those behind the movement refused to limit their vision to a new passport and a more powerful parliament.

In Ireland the constitutional question is back in a way few could have foreseen even a decade ago. The hedgerow border, so irrelevant over the last two decades, is threatening to make a return and on a weekly basis we hear personal stories of how it could divide hinterlands, halt economic cooperation and ruin some lovely gardening if erected in its former guise.

High time, you would imagine, for the endeavour needed in the early days of that better nation. But nationalism in the north, where any debate on unity will ultimately be held, seems high on confidence, but bereft of ideas, filled with outrage but short on solutions and where flexibility and new coalitions are required, it tends to its old guard and die-hard believers.

At Augusts File an Phobail in Belfast Deputy Leader of Sinn Fein Mary Lou Mc Donald delivered a talk titled A United Ireland is inevitable. Inevitability is the descriptor of choice in nationalist circles. Content with organising the victory parade before securing qualification, proponents of unity are using language which is at best premature, at worst exclusionary and arrogant. What does talk of inevitability say to loyalist communities who fear the imposition of a united Ireland? It says little of a shared journey to a new Ireland which would protect all persuasions and cultures. It fails to recognise the body of work required to put flesh on the bones of the nebulous concept of Irish unity. And, ultimately, it sends a tacit message to believers to sit back and wait for the promised land without moderating their own views.

Within nationalism there are sporadic takes on persuading the majority of the citizens of the north who look sceptically at unity. Sinn Feins Matt Carthy wrot...

11:06

Video: Fighting to show the truth in Gaza "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Video: Fighting to show the truth in Gaza   I want to change my perspective, go and see different places in the world, says Ezz Zanoun, a Palestinian photographer in Gaza. In 2006, Ezz witnessed his brother Mohammad, a photographer, get hit by an Israeli missile that exploded 10 meters from him. Mohammad was severely []

11:05

Kaspersky provided further details on NSA Incident. Other APTs targeted the same PC "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Kaspersky Lab publishes a full technical report related to hack of its antivirus software to steal NSA hacking code.

In October, anonymous source claimed that in 2015 the Russian intelligence stole NSA cyber weapons from the PC of one of its employees that was running the Kaspersky antivirus.

Kaspersky denies any direct involvement and provided further details about the hack, but it wasnt a good period for the firm.

In September, the US Government banned the Russian security firm from all federal government systems.

The PC was hacked after the NSA employee installed a backdoored key generator for a pirated copy of Microsoft Office.

Kaspersky Lab, published in October a detailed report on the case that explains how cyber spies could have easily stolen the software exploits from the NSA employees Windows PC.

In October many media accused Kaspersky of helping the Russian intelligence for the detection of the US cyber-weapons on the PC via its security solutions, but according to the security firm the situation is quite different.

According to the telemetry logs collected by the Russian firm, the staffer temporary switched off the antivirus protection on the PC, and infected his personal computer with a spyware from a product key generator while trying to use a pirated copy of Office.

On September 11, 2014, Kaspersky antivirus detected the Win32.GrayFish.gen trojan on the NSA employees PC, some time later the employee disabled the Kaspersky software to execute the activation-key generator

Then the antivirus was reactivated on October 4, it removed the backdoored key-gen tool from the NSA employees PC and uploaded it to Kasperskys cloud for further analysis.

Kaspersky offered to hand over the source code of its solution to the US experts, to prove it wasnt up involved in any cyber espionage operation.

Back to the present, Kaspersky published a new report that sheds the light on the investigation conducted by the firm on the NSA-linked Equation Group APT.

Kaspersky began running searches in its databases since June 2014, 6 months prior to the year the alleged hack of its antivirus, for all alerts triggered containing wildcards such as HEUR:Trojan.Win32.Equestre.*. The experts....

11:04

London Grenfell disaster victims named "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

This 16 November 2017 video from London, England is called Grenfell fire: Police Reveal Final Death Toll Five Months After Tragedy.

By Peter Lazenby in Britain:

Police name last Grenfell victims

Friday 17th November 2017

Labour calls for sprinkler cash as final death toll hits 71

LABOUR again called on the government to find the cash to install sprinklers in high-rises yesterday after the final two victims of the Grenfell Tower fire were identified.

Mother and daughter Victoria King, 71, and Alexandra Atala, 40, were said by family members to have died side by side.

The total number who died is 71, including a baby who was stillborn in hospital after his parents escaped the tower.

Shadow housing minister John Healey said: Now the agonising wait is over and it has finally been confirmed that 71 people died in the devastating Grenfell Tower fire, we again send our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost loved ones.

The government must now step up its work to help the survivors of the terrible fire at Grenfell Tower, most of whom are still in hotels more than five months after the fire.

Ministers must also use the forthcoming Budget to urgently act to make the homes of high-rise re...

11:03

Scotland On Track For Record Renewable Energy Year; Why Are Scottish BiFab Wind Energy Jobs In Danger? #BattleforBiFab "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Is it just a weird coincidence that this happened during the Climate Conference? Or is it a backdoor attempt to make Scotland depend on coal, oil and gas, especially if Germanys RWE (called Npower in the UK) and the UKs SSE merge? SSE owns 40% of the Beatrice Offshore Wind Ltd (BOWL) project, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) owns 35%, and Chinas Red Rock Power owns 25%, according to the SSE web site. BiFab is a (sub)contractor on the BOWL project to Dutch SHL. RWE operates the largest open pit coal mine in Europe.

Even as Scotland is on track for a record year of renewable electricity generation, with output in the first half of 2017 17% greater than the same period in 2016., and renewables delivered the equivalent of 54% of Scotlands gross electricity consumption in 2016, Scottish wind energy jobs are endangered due to a contract dispute. Approximately 1400 jobs are in jeopardy in Scotland because a Scottish subcontractor (BiFab) to Dutch (SHL) the (main) contractor, working for British utility SSE, hasnt been paid for work done. Reportedly over 2/3rds of the work has been completed by BiFab but theyve been paid for less than 40% by SHL. (On SSE see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SSE_plc )

2 1/2 minute video on BiFab and the work-in: http:...

11:01

Dramatic family rescue as torrential rains flood Central Greece (videos, picts) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

With boats and paddles rescue teams of the Greek fire brigades try to bring a family of four  into safety. They are trapped in the floods in Variko by Litochoro in Central Greece. Tons of water fell in the Prefecture of Pieria in Central Greece in the last twelve hours flooding large parts of agricultural

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11:00

CRYPTO-CORRUPTION "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The more I hear about crypto-currencies, the more I don't like them. In fact, I tend to get very cautious when it becomes more

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11:00

Bezos Cashes in on Lobbying Washington With Amazons $53 Billion Deal to Supply Pentagon "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2018, in addition to including passages involving regime change in Venezuela and exorbitant expenditures on the maintenance and expansion of American empire, continues to surprise: its latest draft includes a measure that will cement a multi-billion dollar deal between the Department of Defense (DOD) and the U.S. mega-corporation Amazon, run by the worlds richest man, Jeff Bezos.

If the NDAA is approved in its current form, which is highly likely according to experts, Bezos Amazon sets to gain $53 billion in revenue by becoming the chief supplier of an array of goods to the Department of Defense. The deal is laid out in a section titled Procurement Through Commercial E-Commerce Portals, in which the DOD would be required to purchase commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products such as office supplies from e-commerce portals dominated by Amazon.

Though congressmen including the NDAAs author, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) have asserted that there will be healthy competition among such portals, Amazons massive advantages in these markets are clear, particularly given how Amazon often overtakes markets on its own free market platform by edging out third-party vendors.

11:00

How I Realized My Social Anxiety Was A Hidden Career Asset "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Theres an undeniable power in being exquisitely attuned to others needs and perceptions.

I know firsthand how difficult social anxiety can be to deal with. But after many hours spent hiding in bathrooms and crying at work, Ive been surprised to discover that it can also be a wonderful gift. Researchers have found that those of us who struggle with social anxiety are exquisitely attuned to other peoples needs. I always joke that the reason Im so good at client services is that I am deathly afraid my clients will be unhappy.

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11:00

Explainer: Questions the Modi Government Needs to Answer on the Rafale Fighter Jet Purchase "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Breaking down the details of the defence contract and key political debates around it.

A Dassault Aviation logo is pictured on the company booth during the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) at Cointrin airport in Geneva, Switzerland, May 24, 2016. Credit: Reuters/Denis Balibouse/Files

A Dassault Aviation logo is pictured on the company booth during the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) at Cointrin airport in Geneva, Switzerland, May 24, 2016. Credit: Reuters/Denis Balibouse/Files

New Delhi: Listen, all of you keep asking me so many questions and I happily answer them. I want to ask why dont you question the prime minister over the Rafale deal. Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi...

10:59

Debate: Rejecting Commonalities Between Ambedkar and Periyar Is Equivalent to Denying Facts "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Ambedkars position on Brahmins and on post-independent India was quite similar to Periyars.

B.R. Ambedkar (left), Periyar. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

I am puzzled by P.A. Krishnans response to my piece in The Wire. To reiterate, I wrote that piece to essentially show that both anti-caste crusaders Babasaheb Ambedkar and Periyar had a lot in common, worked in tandem on several issues and believed that Brahamanical Hinduism was fundamental to the perpetuation of the caste system. I also tried to show that by talking about Brahmins, both Ambedkar and Periyar referred to a governing class that wielded power along multiple realms, their power emanating from caste ideology sanctioned by Brahmanical Hinduism. I wanted to point out that Ambedkars position on Brahmins, and on post-independent India, was quite similar to Periyars, contrary to what Krishnan wants us to believe.

If Periyar can be read as a Brahmin-hater, so can Ambedkar. If Periyar can be read as an anti-national, so can Ambedkar. What I therefore tried to show was that both of them read the Brahmins as a governing class and the nationalist movement as one dominated by a Brahmin-Baniya elite seeking to reinforce their power in the guise of nationalism. Merely upholding Nehru and Gandhi as ones teachers does not constitute a response to the critique of the nationalist movement put forward by Ambedkar and Periyar.

Krishnan has nothing to say in his response to any of my statements. On the contrary, he chooses to find fault in my piece...

10:57

You Will Know a Liberal By Their Lies- Roy Moore "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

 

It is the simplest detective work I have done. How to tell that Roy Moores detractors are lying.

 

 

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10:50

Debt Rattle November 17 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Arthur Rothstein Night view, downtown section. Dallas, Texas 1942   Americas Racial Wealth Gap Is Staggering And Government-Created (BI) Australias Private Debt Juggernaut Rolls On (LFE) John Malone says Amazon is a Death Star (CNBC) Einhorn Says Issues That Caused the Crisis Are Not Solved (BBG) Corporate Zombies Are

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10:50

Todays EPO and Team UPC Do Not Work for Europe But Actively Work Against Europe "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Their goal is to have more European companies sued (lawyers profit from it)

The day that the software sector forms a clear front against software patents, as pharma does for a unitary patent system will be the day our cause comes close to winning. Pieter Hintjens (he died last year)

Summary: The tough reality that some Europeans actively work to undermine science and technology in Europe because they personally profit from it and how this relates to the Unitary Patent (UPC), which is still aggressively lobbied for, sometimes by bribing/manipulating the media, academia, and public servants

WE HAVE often shown that EPO benefits US interests more than European interests because large multinational corporations take precedence/priority over local European companies. Moreover, the EPO often contracts US-based companies, e.g. for PR/reputation laundering. What is even the point calling it EPO? The only European thing about it is the staff. We said that years ago.

What is even the point calling it EPO? The only European thing about it is the staff.Yesterday, the EPO published (warning: epo.org link) this news [sic] that reinforces the view regarding detachment from science and technology. The EPO listens not to industry or actual engineers; it does not even listen to European ones. It often feels like the EPO is working for US lobbies (IPO and AIPLA, which are aggressively in favour software patents [1, 2]) and in the EPOs own words:

The EPO and the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO a US association of patent attorneys mainly in industry) have a long standing relationship. IPO is, together with the AIPLA, the American counterpart for Trilateral and IP5 industry meetings.

What an inappropriate meeting. Longtime readers of ours probably know the true nature of IPO and AIPLA; they are not friends/allies but foes/enemies of science and technology. They only serve themselves. What motivates the EPO to meet t...

10:49

Iran says Frances biased stance threatens regional stability "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Frances Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian attends a joint news conference with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, November 16, 2017. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser

November 17, 2017

ANKARA (Reuters) Iran accused France of fuelling tension in the Middle East by taking a biased stance on Tehrans regional policy, state TV reported on Friday.

It seems that France has a biased view towards the ongoing crises and humanitarian catastrophes in the Middle East this view fuels regional conflicts, whether intentionally or unintentionally, Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi was quoted as saying.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Thursday that France was worried about Irans involvement in the Middle East crisis and the countrys disputed ballistic missile program.

Iran has repeatedly rejected Frances call for talks on its missile program, saying it was defensive and unrelated to a nuclear agreement with world powers in 2015.

Paris suggested that new European Union sanctions against Iran may be discussed over its missile tests. But EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini seemed to dismiss that idea on Tuesday, keen to avoid risks to the hard-won deal that curbed Irans nuclear activity.

(Writing by Parisa Hafezi, editing by Larry King)

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10:46

Saudi Coup Signals War And The New World Order Reset "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The following article by Brandon Smith was originally published at Alt-Market.com.

For years now, I have been warning about the relationship of interdependency between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia and how this relationship, if ended, would mean disaster for the petrodollar system and by extension the dollars world reserve status.

In my recent articles Lies And Distractions Surrounding The Diminishing Petrodollar and The Economic End Game Continues,  I point out that the death of the dollar as the premier petrocurrency is actually a primary goal for establishment globalists. Why? Because in an effort to achieve what they sometimes call the global economic reset, or the new world order, a more publicly accepted centralized global economy and monetary framework is paramount. And, this means the eventual implementation of a single world currency and a single global economic and political authority above and beyond the dollar system.

But, it is not enough to simply initiate such socially and fiscally painful changes in a vacuum. The banking powers are not interested in taking any blame for the suffering that would be dealt to the masses during the inevitable upheaval (or blame for the suffering that has already been caused). Therefore, a believable narrative must be crafted. A narrative in which political intrigue and geopolitical crisis make the new world order a NECESSITY; one that the general public would accept or even demand as a solution to existing instability and disaster.

That is to say, the globalists must fashion a propaganda story to be used in the future, in which selfish nation-states abused their sovereignty and created conditions for calamity, and the only solution was to end that sovereignty and place all power into the hands of a select few wise and benevolent men for the greater good of the world...

10:46

A bright spot in mediaAxios just raised $20M "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Politico cofounder Jim Vanderheis news startup Axios has raised $20 million in a round of funding, reports the Wall Street Journal. The round was co-led by Greycroft Partners and Lerer Hippeau Ventures. Over the last year, the site has gained prominence as a destination for short-form news bits, analysis, as well as insider-y/access pieces. This strategy, at

Politico cofounder Jim Vanderheis news startup Axios has raised $20 million in a round of funding, reports the Wall Street Journal. The round was co-led by Greycroft Partners and Lerer Hippeau Ventures.

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10:45

New Pension Legislation Doomed to Fail "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

New Pension Legislation Doomed to Fail From Birch Gold Group The pension crisis has been news for some time now, but its finally gotten so bad that U.S. politicians are now proposing legislation to solve the problems facing private pensions. But...

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10:45

How America"s Deep State Operates to Control the Message "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

It is not possible to overstate the power of certain constituencies and corporate lobbies in the United States. These pressure groups, joined by powerful government agencies, many of which have secret agendas that focus on national security, constitute what is increasingly being recognized as Deep State America.

10:42

China builds worlds fastest wind tunnel to test weapons that could strike US within 14 minutes "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Other countries including Russia, India and Australia have also tested some early prototypes of the aircraft, which could be used to deliver missiles including nuclear weapons.


Researchers want new facility to be up and running by 2020 as race to develop hypersonic technology intensifies.

10:41

Russian Troll Turns Out To Be Glasgow Security Guard "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Russian Troll Turns Out To Be Glasgow Security Guard A Twitter handle alleged to be a prime example of a Russian troll account was actually run from Glasgow by a Scottish security guard. Asked about his tweets, the Scotsman said he is just anti-crony capitalism. On Monday, crowdfunded journalism outlet Byline published an article detailing []

10:40

Researcher finds 'infinitesimal' 400 tweets from Russia which UK government claimed 'influenced' entire country's vote on Brexit "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The claims around alleged Russian meddling in British politics has been stirred by allegations that fake Twitter accounts attempted to influence the Brexit vote. But while the mere suggestion was enough to make mainstream headlines, little was said about the "infinitesimal" quantity of tweets involved. According to Sky News, fake Twitter accounts created by an outlet known as the Russian Internet Research Agency have been accused of carrying out a "determined, coordinated attempt to interfere during the EU referendum." The findings came out of analysis carried out by Yin Yin Lu, a researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute, who revealed she found just 400 tweets sent out before, during and after the 2016 EU referendum by Russia based usernames.

10:40

US Joins EU calls on Cambodia to undo opposition party ban "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

AFP

AFP/File | The US joins a chorus of condemnation from the European Union and activists after the ruling that effectively allows Hun Sens party to run in next years polls uncontested

WASHINGTON (AFP)  The United States Thursday demanded Cambodia reverse its ban on the countrys main opposition, warning the dissolution of the party would strip 2018 elections of legitimacy.Washington hit out after Cambodias Supreme Court, effectively controlled by strongman premier Hun Sen, outlawed the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) and banned more than 100 of its politicians, accusing the party of plotting to overthrow the government.

The US joined a chorus of condemnation from the European Union and activists following the ruling that essentially allows Hun Sens party to run uncontested in next years polls.

The verdict is the culmination of a strangling of dissent in Cambodia, with CNRP president Kem Sokha jailed for treason in September as part of a crackdown that has also seen media outlets shuttered, journalists jailed and activists harassed.

The United States blasted Thursdays ruling as a setback for democracy in Cambodia, calling for the government to undo its recent actions against the CNRP (and) release imprisoned CNRP leader Kem Sokha.

In a statement, the White House said leaders must also allow opposition parties, civil society and the media to maintain their legitimate activities.

On current course, next years election will not be legitimate, free, or fair, the statement said, adding the US would pull support for Cambodias National Election Committee.

The US has previously rejected Cambodias allegations of American involvement in plotting to oust the government as baseless.

Although US President Donald Trump met with Hun Sen at a regional summit last week, the US leader did not comment on the brewing political crisis.

EU rebuke

Washingtons condemnation came after the European Union said next years elections have been stripped of credibility with the CNRP pulled from the race.

A situation in which all parties, including the CNRP, their leaders and their supporters are able to carry out freely their legitimate functions, must be swiftly restored, an EU spokesperson said in a statement.

It warned that respect of fundamental human rights is a prerequisite of Ca...

10:36

Syria: Russia blocks extension of chemical attacks probe "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

BBC News

Men receive treatment after a gas attack in the Syrian town of Khan SheikhounImage captionA nerve gas attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun in April killed more than 80 people. Reuters photo

Russia has vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that would have extended an international inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

It is the 10th time Moscow has used its veto powers at the UN in support of its ally since the conflict began.

US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, accused Russia of undermining the organisations ability to deter future chemical attacks.

The Russian ambassador dismissed the criticism.

The Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) was set up in 2015 to identify perpetrators of chemical attacks. It is the only official mission investigating the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

Moscow strongly criticised the inquiry when it blamed the Syrian government for a deadly nerve agent attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun in April. Syria denies using banned chemical weapons.

Mrs Haley described the latest Russian veto as a deep blow.

Russia has killed the investigative mechanism which has overwhelming support of this council, she said.

By eliminating our ability to identify the attackers, Russia has undermined our ability to deter future attacks.


What is the Joint Investigative Mechanism?

  • Created in 2015 with unanimous backing from the UN Security Council and renewed in 2016 for another year
  • Involves the UN and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
  • Has previously concluded tha...

10:34

Wild sheep flock "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

This September 2017 video shows a mouflon wild sheep flock in Hoge Veluwe national park in the Netherlands.

Gr Pape made this video.


10:32

Google Says Broader Right to Be Forgotten is 'Serious Assault' On Freedom "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Internet never forgets.

Google's general counsel has signalled the company intends to fight, hard, against broad interpretations of the European Union's right to be forgotten.

Kent Walker, the company's general counsel and senior veep, put his name to a strongly-worded post on Wednesday, US time. Titled "Defending access to lawful information at Europe's highest court", the post argued that forthcoming cases in the European Court of Justice "represent a serious assault on the public's right to access lawful information."

Walker wrote that French courts' request for a European Court of Justice ruling on personal data collection effectively seeks a regime under which "all mentions of criminality or political affiliation should automatically be purged from search results, without any consideration of public interest."


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10:30

Hundreds of youths clash with police in downtown Brussels "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Clashes erupted between police and a group of people on Place de la Monnaie in Brussels, Wednesday. Those gathered had arrived at the spot after rapper Vargasss 92 urged his fans to meet him at the square, where he allegedly planned to shoot an unauthorised video.

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10:29

German spy chief warns against Russias military ambitions "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Germanys top spy, Bruno Kahl, has delivered a dramatic warning about Russias military ambitions in the European Union. But some analysts think that such alarmism only plays into the Kremlins hands.

Zapad exercises

The president of Germanys foreign intelligence agency, the BND, has delivered his starkest warning yet about Russias growing power. Speaking at the Hanns Seidel political foundation in Munich on Monday, Bruno Kahl outlined Russias growing ambitions and questioned whether the European Unions defense capabilities are adequate.


The headquarters of Germanys Federal Intelligence Service, or BND, in Pullach in August 2013. (Stephan Jansen/DPA/AFP/Getty Images)

Kahl said the BND had observed unsettling modernization and troop distribution on the part of Russias army during the recent Zapad training exercises along the borders of the Baltic EU member countries. In the entire military region in the west, but also in the south and the north, the scope of the armed forces has reached new heights, he said.

He also said the Kremlin was aiming to take a leading role on the European continent again. Part of that is weakening the EU and pushing the US back and especially driving a wedge between the two, Kahl said. To say it clearly: Instead of a partner for European security we have in Russia a potential danger. The world political actor Russia is back and it will be an uncomfortable neighbor.

Bruno Kahl BND Chief

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Bruno Kahl says Russ.....

10:25

How We Can Be Certain That Mueller Wont Prove Trump-Russia Collusion "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Caitlyn Johnstone | Medium | November 12, 2107 A while back I figured out a trick for using Twitter as a tool to find out what sorts of things establishment loyalists really dont want me saying. Once I discover a really hot button, I write an article that bangs on that button as hard []

10:24

AWAKE AND AWARE VERSUS IGNORANTLY BLISS "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Written by John Miranda

That is not the polite way to describe todays society, it is the correct way to describe it. While MSM 24/7 continues to tell us we are a country equally divided with continuous hints of a civil war November 4th ANTIFAs National Day of Resistance was a complete flop, nobody showed up. That we are equally divided and plagued with violence everywhere is a MSM MYTH. The problematic areas of violence are essentially restricted to Democratic Party controlled Sanctuary Cities, where illegal alien criminals are not under the laws of our land.

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10:23

Mugabes Defiance of Generals Leaves Zimbabwe in Political Limbo "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Bloomberg

By Mike Cohen, Brian Latham and Godfrey Marawanyika

November 17, 2017, 1:52 AM EST
  • Military says its still in discussions with the president
  • Mugabes refusal to quit hinders transitional government plan
General Constantino Chiwenga on Nov. 13.

Photographer: Jekesai Njikizana/AFP via Getty Images

Zimbabwe entered a third day of political limbo as talks dragged on between President Robert Mugabe and military generals who took power and want him to end his 37-year rule.

While the military said Friday at a briefing in Harare, the capital, that its in discussions with the president and has made significant progress in what it says is an operation to remove criminals surrounding Mugabe, it gave no indication of whats likely to happen to him or who will lead the southern African nation.

The state-owned Herald newspaper published photographs on Thursday showing Mugabe, 93, meeting with armed forces commander Constantino Chiwenga at State House. Father Fidelis Mukonori, a prominent Catholic priest, is mediating the talks, which have included officials from neighboring South Africa.

This military intervention may linger on a few days more, but the outcome will remain that this is the final endgame for Zimbabwe, said Theo Venter, a political analyst at North-West Universitys business school in Potchefstroom, west of Johannesburg. The risk with all well-intended military interventions in politics is that the generals will eventually default to their normal state of command and control. In that case, this will then be a fully fledged coup detat.

The new rulers plan to set up a transitional administration until elections can be held to restore stability, according to two people familiar with the situation. But f...

10:23

From Field to Fuel, There is an Easy Solution to Indias Air Pollution Problem "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Gasification of rice straws can solve the problem of air pollution, and with it many others, if only the government was willing to employ it.

Security personnel stand guard in front of the India Gate amidst the heavy smog in New Delhi. Credit: Reuters

Delhis air pollution has reached a level of severity where alarm has turned into panic. Every morning its citizens wake up with dread in their hearts, to a dark grey sky. These are not clouds: take a flight to Mumbai, or anywhere for that matter, and at 3,000 feet you will burst forth into a crystal blue sky. Below, on the ground, visibility is down to between 100 and 200 metres; the air spells of smoke. Children waiting for school buses, or the hapless ones who are forced to live in slums cough and sneeze in the frigid, poisonous air. Every day for the past nearly two weeks,...

10:22

Photos: Self Driving Vehicle Crashes on First Day of Use in Las Vegas "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

On the first day of an AAA insurance sponsored driverless shuttle in downtown Las Vegas, the vehicle crashed in a minor collision. It was the first test of the driverless vehicle, a failure of the big presentation that the Mayor of Las Vegas Carolyn Goodman attended.

A representative with the City of Las Vegas said:

The autonomous shuttle was testing today when it was grazed by a delivery truck downtown. The shuttle did what it was supposed to do, in that its sensors registered the truck and the shuttle stopped to avoid the accident. Unfortunately, the delivery truck did not stop and grazed the front fender of the shuttle. Had the truck had the same sensing equipment that the shuttle has the accident would have been avoided. Testing of the shuttle will continue during the 12-month pilot in the downtown Innovation District.

Las Vegas is the first city in the US to have a self-driving shuttle fully functioning, driving with the rest of the cars.

In the very first hour however, the shuttle crashed into a delivery truck quite softly. The trucks driver was cited by the LVPD.

The vehicle is set to immediately hit the brakes if something crosses its path, and it did this time: but a truck still crashed into it and it could have been much worse.

According to a local 3 News article:

The shuttle is set to run in a continuous loop downtown. Those checking out the shuttle system wont see anything else like it across the entire country. The goal is to get at least a quarter-million people locals and visitors, alike onboard, trying out the driverless technology, first hand.

As of now, the rides are free. The shuttle can be boarded at any of the three stops located on Fremont and Carson Streets between Las Vegas Boulevard and 8th Street.

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10:21

Weekly report on israels terrorism against the State of Palestine "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (09 15 November 2017) A house belonging to the family of Nemer al-Jamal was blown up in Beit Sorik village Israeli forces continue systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) (09 15 November 2017)   Israeli forces continued to apply the collective []

10:15

Ireland not ready to let Brexit talks move to stage 2 Boris Johnson says UK Committed To Early Settlement "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Reuters

DUBLIN (Reuters) Ireland is not ready to allow talks on Britains withdrawal from the European Union to move to the second phase next month, Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said on Tuesday.

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Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade in Ireland Simon Coveney speaks on stage during the Fine Gael national party conference in Ballyconnell, Ireland November 10, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Yes we all want to move onto phase two of the Brexit negotiations but we are not in a place right now that allows us to do that. We have very serious issues, particularly around the (UK-Irish) border, that need more clarity, Coveney told a news conference before a meeting with his British counterpart Boris Johnson.

Reporting by Padraic Halpin; Editing by Robin Pomeroy

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Britains Johnson says work to be done to solve Irish border issue

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10:15

Silver and Gold: If You Dont Hold It, You Dont Own It (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Silver and Gold: If You Dont Hold It, You Dont Own It Video Silver fortune Make no mistake, we live in a paper and digital paradigm. Though it may last for sometime, it is all the more reason to choose...

The post Silver and Gold: If You Dont Hold It, You Dont Own It (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

10:15

Through Night Vision Goggles, Afghan Conflict Becoming a Proxy War "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Reports say that in devastating attacks on security personnel in Kandahar and Farah provinces on successive nights on Monday and Tuesday, Taliban used night vision technology and laser weapons. Unofficial accounts put Afghan casualties at over 70 security personnel.

10:14

The Weekend Quiz November 18-19, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Welcome to The Weekend Quiz. The quiz tests whether you have been paying attention or not to the blogs I post. See how you go with the following questions. Your results are only known to you and no records are retained.

1. Larger fiscal deficits as a percentage of GDP typically mean that there are less real resources available for other productive uses.



2. For a nation running a current account deficit, national income adjustments will ensure government fiscal balance is in deficit if the private domestic sector seeks to increase its saving overall as a percentage of GDP.



3. If the central bank pays a positive interest rate on overnight reserves then it no longer would have to conduct open market operations to ensure its policy rate is sustained (ignore any reserve requirements).


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10:13

Tumhari Sulu Reminds Us That Stories of Muted Desires Are Also Worth Telling "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Vidya Balan-starrer is about reinventing lives and giving ourselves a second chance despite discouragement.

Vidya Balan in Tumhari Sulu.

Quite early in Tumhari Sulu, the films lead, Sulochana, or Sulu (Vidya Balan), opens the door of her house and sees two air hostesses entering the opposite flat. She smiles, tries to initiate a conversation, and fails. They have nothing in common. Afterwards she goes to her bedroom, puts a handbag on her shoulder, and imitating the poise of those women, considers herself in the mirror. Sulu who is in the house all day, cooking, cleaning and waiting has not stopped dreaming.

Her desires are not grand: wanting to open a business, to do anything she can truly own. She participates in a local egg-and-spoon race, and other competitions that lend identities to those who long for them: Fastest Vegetable Cutter, Best Singer of Lata Mangeshkar Sad Song. Sulu wins these awards, and shes proud of them. The nameplate of her house reads Mr and Mrs Ashok. Sulu doesnt mind being Mrs Ashok but, deep down, she wants to be more.

Its a story so common that most of us dont see it as one. At the movies, most stories feature hopefuls, strivers and achievers. But what about those left to applaud from the sidelines? Countless films have been made on ambitious young adults, most of them men, battling adversity. But the muted desire of a housewife whiling away the time listening to the radio, daydreaming about what her life could have been is still desire.

Tumhari Sulu isnt just a slice-of-life drama; it is a corrective measure. It doesnt present its challenge as a manifesto; the writing is, for the most part, so confident and controlled that it charms you slowly, making you...

10:13

Syrian Military Uses Ballistic Missile Against ISIS In Al-Bukamal As Its Troops Advance In City (Video, Map) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Syrian Military Uses Ballistic Missile Against ISIS In Al-Bukamal As Its Troops Advance In City (Video, Map)

A screenshot from the video

On November 17, a fierce fighting continued between pro-government forces and ISIS in the Syrian city of al-Bukamal, near the border with Iraq.

Earlier this week, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), Hezbollah and the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) once again entered the city. The advance was supported by massive artillery and air strikes on ISIS positions there. The Syrian military even used a Soviet Tochka-U ballistic missile against the ISIS positions.

Since then, the fighting has been ongoing.

The ballistic missile launch can be found at 0:40:

On November 16, the SAA and its allies stablished a full control over Tal Salasse, the silos, the village of Hamdan and the airstrip near al-Bukamal.

Syrian Military Uses Ballistic Missile Against ISIS In Al-Bukamal As Its Troops Advance In City (Video, Map)

Click to see the full-size map

The post...

10:10

Tajikistan: Russia Shows Off Jeweler-Like Accuracy of Iskander-M Missile "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Ten-day military exercises in Tajikistan by a Moscow-led security alliance have seen the renewed deployment of a short-range ballistic missile system recently introduced to the region.

TASS news agency cited Yaroslav Roschupkin, a spokesman for Russias Central Military District, as saying on November 17 that an Iskander-M complex fired rockets from the Lyaur military range, just south of Dushanbe, over a range of 130 kilometers at a dummy terrorist training camp. The target was at a location in the Harbmaidon training ground, close to the border with Afghanistan.

Roschupkin said the Iskander-M had struck its target to within a 10-meter degree of accuracy and that the test had confirmed the systems invisibility to detection equipment.

The deployment of the missile system is part of the closing chapter of the three-stage Combat Brotherhood 2017 exercise bringing together troops from member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. The stated aim of the drill, which concludes on November 20, was to destroy a terrorist camp in the mountains. More than 5,000 military personnel, 60 planes and helicopters, and 1,500 items of weaponry and other equipment have been deployed over the course of the exercise.

The use of the Iskander-M in this theater raises some perplexing questions, however.

The system was initially brought to Tajikistan in May for use at anti-terror exercises by armed forces from the Commonwealth of Independent States, another post-Soviet bloc. That marked the first ever use outside Russia of the Iskander-M, which is capable of delivering nuclear payloads and is designated by NATO as the SS-26 Stone.

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10:09

The Holylands: a manifesto for urban renewal "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Emmet McDonough-Brown is an Alliance Party Councillor for Botanic.

Since my election in 2014, Ive devoted a fair bit of time and effort to the challenges faced by the Holylands and its community of settled residents. I wont rehearse the full and inglorious history of how we arrived here but the experiences that residents have endured are just awful.

I consider myself an optimist though (which is why I joined Alliance!) and it has always been my view that the issues are fixable. Heres my quick-fire set of proposals which, I feel, would improve the area and help restore it to an area of residential character:

1. Reduce the number of Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMOs)

2. Re-introduce wardens

3. Make those responsible for anti-social behaviour fully accountable

4. Encourage Housing Associations to acquire homes and make them available for family use

5. Enforce bye-laws prohibiting the consumption of alcohol in public places

6. Police the area and implement fixed penalties for urination, disorderly behaviour, breach of the peace, etc.

7. Consider additional legislation to force the closure of pubs and off-sales to maintain public order

8. Support the residential core both financially and technically to re-assert its primacy

9. Use Landlord Registration to drive improvements in the quality of housing stock

10. Require universities and colleges to make on-site accommodation available

11. Invest strategically. Support projects which will build community and cohesion

This is not an exhaustive list and isnt presented in any particular order. The organisations and agencies which can assist (Belfast City Council, PSNI, QUB/UU/BMet, Housing Executive) have been too flat footed for too long. A step change is urgently needed.

Legislation and policy change doesnt happen overnight, I accept, but many of the issues relate to day to day decision making by statutory agencies. Police could target enforcement action tomorrow; the Council could support residents with resource tomorrow; and universities could part-fund a warden scheme tomorrow. Why dont they?

Landlords are often (fairly) singled out not only for contributing to the decline of the area but of extracting profit while doing so. Where is their sense of civic duty; if their tenants cause harm in the community, do they really think they can shirk responsibility? Some of the larger ones seek to actively frustrate efforts to improve the area. That cannot be right.

Its taken a long time to get this bad and will take time to improve. Im committed to playing my part. Can everyone else say the same?......

10:05

Julie Bishop is a dangerous, lying, neglectful crook who has put Australia at risk through her knowing support for Islamists "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

I've just been sent this clip from 7 news. You think I'm a bit angry? It's apparently now "news" that Australian aid went to terrorists. 18 months ago I wrote both personally to BISHOP and to her department. Home Archives Profile Subscribe Search Request for comment from DFAT on new...

10:04

German coalition talks to resume, may take several days "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

AFP and AP

Odd Andersen, AFP | Prime Minister of the Baden-Wurtemberg state and Green Party politician Winfried Kretschmann (left) leave as talks in Berlin to form a new government were broken off

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2017-11-17

Talks on forming a new German government were set to resume Friday after negotiators haggled deep into the previous night without resolving their differences. Participants suggested that they may need several more days.

Germanys Sept. 24 election left Chancellor Angela Merkels two-party conservative bloc seeking a previously untried coalition with the pro-business Free Democrats and the traditionally left-leaning Greens. After four weeks of exploratory talks, their immediate aim now is to establish enough common ground to embark on formal coalition negotiations.

The parties aimed to wrap up the talks on Thursday night but, after haggling for about 15 hours, agreed to adjourn until Friday. So far, they have struggled to overcome major longstanding differences, particularly on immigration and climate change-related issues, but also on financial questions.

We decided jointly that we should use the coming days to overcome the differences that still exist, said the Free Democrats leader, Christian Lindner.

Failure could lead to new elections as the center-left Social Democrats, Merkels partners in the outgoing government, are adamant they will go into opposition after a disastrous result in September. Polls so far suggest that a new vote would produce a very similar parliament to the current one, making efforts to form a new government similarly difficult.

A decision to open coalition negotiations, which would likely last several more weeks, would require approval by a Greens congress later this month.

We will use this weekend to achieve a good solution, Merkels chief of staff, Peter Altmaier, told ARD television. He wouldnt specify when exactly the talks might conclude.

I think the problems can be solved, he said. I think we have a responsibility to our country, and I am convinced that m...

10:04

PERTH Balga murder: Third man charged over Dejan Dimitrovski death "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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A 30-year-old man from Carlisle has been charged with murder and will appear in the Perth Magistrates Court on Friday. Earlier this year, Amirali

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10:04

USA - Arguments made for both sides at public hearing on water fluoridation "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"


BY TA NYA TERRY 810-452-2645  tterry@mihomepaper.com
BURTON  People voiced strong opinions both for and against the fluoridation of water at a recent public hearing held at the Genesee County Drain Commissioners office (GCDC) Nov. 8. Drinking water at GCDCs newly built treatment plant connected to the Karegnondi Water Authority (KWA) pipeline has been test-treated, and GCDC plans to begin distribution of water to clients in the next several weeks. In order to cease the addition of fluoride in the water, there must be either a vote by the Genesee County Board of Commissioners or the passage of a referendum ballot question instructing GCDC to do so.
John OBrien, director of the water and waste division at the GCDC office, who was facilitator of the public hearing, said this would affect the communities which receive water from the water supply district: Flushing Township, the city of Flushing, Richfield Township, Flint Township, Burton, Davison Township, Swartz Creek and Grand Blanc Township, as well as 11 other municipalities.
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10:04

Russia vetoes 'unbalanced' US resolution on Syrian chemical weapons "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A Russian resolution on the international inquiry into chemical attacks in Syria has been rejected by the UN Security Council, shortly after Russia vetoed a rival proposal by the US, calling it flawed and unbalanced. The US and Russia both put forward their respective resolutions to the UN Security Council on how the OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) should proceed with investigating alleged chemical weapons attacks in Syria, including the April incident in Khan Shaykhun. Washington pinned the blame for that attack on the Assad government without waiting for any solid evidence, and JIM inspectors never actually went on the ground to investigate. The vetoed US resolution on extending the JIM mandate was supported by 11 members of the Security Council. Apart from Russia, Bolivia opposed the resolution, while China and Egypt abstained.

10:04

The strange journey of Lebanon's Saad Hariri "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

In early November, Lebanese PM Saad Hariri shocked the world by unexpectedly flying to Saudi Arabia and announcing his retirement. The Lebanese people suspected foul play on the part of Riyadh. Now they may finally have a chance to hear the full story. In the latest twist in this incredible tale, Saad Hariri is expected to leave Saudi Arabia for France in several days before traveling to Beirut where he will reportedly formally resign as prime minister. To say Hariri's return will be a momentous event would be a great understatement. Naturally, speculation is rife among Lebanese citizens that Hariri, a Sunni Muslim politician with strong bonds to Saudi Arabia, was coerced to quit. Lebanese President Michel Aoun said Thursday that he looked forward to Hariri's return following the latter's acceptance of the French invitation. "I await the return of PM Hariri to Beirut so we can decide on the situation of the government - if he wants to resign or rescind his resignation," Aoun said, according to presidential sources quoted by Reuters.

10:04

US House of Representatives approves 'Tax Cuts and Jobs Act' "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The House of Representatives has approved a game-changing rewrite of the US tax code proposed by President Donald Trump. No Democrats voted for the bill. Tax reform now faces an uphill battle in the divided Senate. On Thursday, the Republican majority voted to approve HR1, or "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act." The final vote was 227 in favor and 205 against. All of the Democrats opposed the bill, and over a dozen Republicans joined them. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) and his top staffers have worked to bring a few holdouts over to his side. Trump himself met with the House Republican leadership earlier in the day.

10:04

Diplomatic Lavrov: No evidence US works with ISIS, despite acting 'suspiciously' "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Originally at Breakingnews.sy Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said that Moscow has no evidence of US coordination with the terrorist group ISIS, though it does consider Washington's actions to be negatively impacting counter-terrorism operations in Syria. At a joint press conference held with his Argentine counterpart Jorge Faurie in Moscow on Thursday, Lavrov stressed that there is no evidence that the US-led international "anti-ISIS" coalition has been coordinating with the terrorist group ISIS. When asked by journalists on the withdrawal of the remaining ISIS elements from the Syrian city of Raqqah, Lavrov said there is no evidence that the withdrawal was executed in coordination with the US-led forces, however, the whole thing nevertheless remains suspicious, which is why Moscow asked Washington to provide details on the events there.

10:02

Command line fun: Insult the user when typing wrong bash command "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

You can configure sudo command to insult user when they type the wrong password. Now, it is possible to abuse insult the user when they enter the wrong command at the shell prompt.

10:02

How desperate Bahrain is trying to please the Emiratis and the Saudis "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The recent 'spying' charges against Ali Salman are a sign of the vindictive nature of a regime and a ruling family that has systematically constructed a police state in Bahrain

10:01

Armidale, Australia : Shopping Center Intervention in Solidarity with Refugees on Manus Island "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

November 13th: People in So-Called Armidale, NSW, staged interventions in the towns commercial hubs during peak afternoon shopping hours, using a megaphone to project statements and extracts of articles from Iranian refugee, Behrouz Boochani, who has been detained on Manus Island since 2014.

While hundreds of men are facing starvation, thirst and threats of violence on Manus Island, the interventions disrupted the everyday monotony and insulation of our daily routines. These actions aimed to amplify the voices of refugees that are silenced, distorted and disregarded in our society.

In solidarity with refugees in their fight for total freedom.

In German

10:00

I Cut My Weekly Goals In Half And Got Twice As Much Done "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Sometimes being too optimistic and ambitious can get in the way of getting anything done. Setting smaller goals can lead to bigger results.

We live in the age of  FOMO, which extends beyond possessions and experiences to achievements.

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The Washington Post Is A Software Company Now "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The newspaper created a platform to tackle its own challenges. Then, with Amazon-like spirit, it realized there was a business in helping other publishers do the same.

There is no map, and charting a path ahead will not be easy. We will need to invent, which means we will need to experiment.

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10:00

US Received No Permission from the UN to Intervene in Syria Despite Their False Claim. Russian Foreign Ministry "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

US Received No Permission from the UN to Intervene in Syria Despite Their False Claim. Russian Foreign Ministry By Paul Antonopoulos The United States received no permission from the United Nations to intervene in Syria, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday. We were surprised to hear a statement made by US Defense []

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Climate change and nuclear threats are twins "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Climate change and nuclear threats feed off each other and should be treated in unison, an influential US think-tank says.

Cheap Flamethrower Is Predictably Worrying "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Wed never criticize somebody for coming up with a creative way to save a few bucks. In truth, pickings would be pretty slim around here if we deleted every project or hack where cost savings was a prime motivator. That being said, theres still some things you should probably spend a few extra dollars on. You know, the essential things in life that you need to know will be safe and reliable, like your car andyour flamethrower.

While we dont have any information about what kind of car [Steve Hernandez] is driving, but over on Hackaday.io, hes posted some info about his 3D printed wrist-mounted flamethrower. The final result does look pretty impressive, but given the subject matter and the lack of any safety gear, we would firmly plant it in the Dont try this at home category.

At the heart of this flamethrower is a solenoid valve recovered from a Glade air freshener. Rather than spraying out the smell of lilacs, this valve has found a new purpose in life by squirting out butane from a pressurized can. The butane is then ignited by a spark gap made up two nails connected to a 300 kV boost coil.

[Steve] designed the frame of this creation in OpenSCAD, and printed it out in a single piece. It holds the butane can and solenoid in positi...

09:59

[security bulletin] HPESBMU03794 rev.1 - HPE Insight Control, Multiple Remote Vulnerabilities "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Posted by security-alert on Nov 17

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Version: 1

HPESBMU03794 rev.1 - HPE Insight Control, Multiple Remote Vulnerabilities

NOTICE: The information in this Security Bulletin should be acted upon as
soon as possible.

Release Date: 2017-11-15
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09:58

Israel May Demand Iran Leave Southern Syria, but Russia Sets the Rules of the Game "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

For Moscow, the presence of Iranian troops is legitimate Assad himself invited them

Amos Harel Nov 17, 2017 8:13 AM
Haaretz

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Russian President Vladimir Putin greets his Syrian counterpart Bashar Assad upon his arrival at the Kremlin in Moscow, October 21, 2015. AFP

A single brief statement by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday cleared up the strategic picture in southern Syria and the entire region. Three days after the signing of the agreement between Russia, the United States and Jordan about the cease-fire arrangements there, Lavrov disavowed the section of the accord that says foreign forces will be kept out of Syrian territory. Irans presence in Syria is legitimate, he said, and therefore Russia did not promise to compel the Iranians to withdraw their forces from the country.

This claim by Moscow, which also applies to the Russian forces there, rests on Iran and Russia having been invited into Syria by the Assad regime. This invitation by the Syrian sovereign ostensibly bestows legitimacy on the presence of these countries military forces in Syria, even with Russia conveniently ignoring the ongoing atrocities the Assad regime has been committing against its own citizens for the past six and a half years.

The only thing the Russians agreed to was a stipulation that the Iranians and the Shiite militias that answer to them would be kept five kilometers from the lines of contact with the rebels. For Israel, this means that the Iranians will be on the Golan Heights, just five to 10 kilometers from the border, depending on what areas are held by the rebels. This is the reason for Israels disappointment with the agreement, a feeling that has only intensified in the wake of Lavrovs statement.

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The Russian foreign ministers statement contained another hidden message: Moscow will be the one that decides what happens in Syria. The total lack of an American response to Lavrovs comments, so soon after State Department officials boasted at a press briefing about the section of the agreement regarding the withdrawal of foreign forces, proves yet again whos really running the show in Syria.

The reason for Russian support of Iran, despite Russias generally close and positive ties with Israel, is simple: The Iranians, and especially their Hezbollah proxies, are providing the Russians and the Assad regime with the ground forces upon which the regimes survival hinges. Keeping the current regime in power is mission number one for the Russians, because that way they can maintain all the advantages an image of....

09:57

Coal pollution continues to spread in Latin America "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Despite growing global pressure to reduce the use of coal to generate electricity, several Latin American and Caribbean countries still have coal projects underway.

09:57

BREAKING: Charles C. Johnson Matches @Cernovich Offer For Congressional Harassment Settlement Details, Reward For Info Now At $20,000 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

GotNews Editor-in-Chief Charles C. Johnson has matched journalist Mike Cernovichs $10,000 offer for details of the Congressional Office of Compliances sexual harassment settlements, taking the reward for information to a whopping $20,000. Johnson announced Thursday night that he will also pay $10,000 to anyone who can provide him with verifiable proof of any sitting United []

The post BREAKING: Charles C. Johnson Matches @Cernovich Offer For Congressional Harassment Settlement Details, Reward For Info Now At $20,000 appeared first on GotNews.

09:55

Don Quijones: The Next Italian Bank Threatens to Topple "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Health of Italian banks remains fragile, with several teettering; resolution or taxpayer-funded bailout appears increasingly likely.

09:53

[security bulletin] HPESBMU03795 rev.1 - HPE Matrix Operating Environment, Multiple Remote Vulnerabilities "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Posted by security-alert on Nov 17

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09:52

New Accuser Confirms She Got Roy Moore Banned From The Mall (VIDEOS) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Alabama Senate Candidate Roy Moore (R- Of Course) has a mounting list of women who say that he sexually harassed or assaulted them when they were teenagers. Another piece of that story is the rumor that Moore was so creepy with the girls that he was banned from a local mall in his hometown of Gadsden, Alabama. That rumor had been unsubstantiated until now.

Becky Gray was working at the Gadsden Mall when she encountered Roy Moore, then an assistant district attorney. She was in her early 20s, and he was in his 30s. She said that Moore had taken a creepy liking to her, and constantly visited her at the mall. According to Gray, Moore hung out at the mall on Friday and Saturday nights like teenagers do. She says of the situation:

I mean, youve got to understand when youre that age, somebody in their 30s might as well have been 40 or 50 to me anyway. Hed come back through [the department store] and if I was working, he would stop by and chit chat and that sort of thing, and it just kind of got creepy to me. Every Friday and Saturday night, he was down at the mall. Nobody his age is at the mall! You know, parents are dropping off their 12 year olds and 13 year olds, 14 year olds. I mean, come on, I just thought that was really creepy even way back then.

Roy Moore repeatedly harassed Becky Gray at work, and she went to her manager about his behavior:

I went to my manager and talked to him about it and asked him, basically, what could be done. Later on, hecame back through my department and told me that [Moore] had been banned from the mall.

In addition to Becky Grays account, there is an account that Moore was banned from the mall by a man named Greg Legat who also worked there at the time. Here is video of his confirmation:

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09:52

Is Fluoride Harmful For Health? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"



One of the substances that hold a high esteem in the public health organizations for its effects on the dental health but is controversial at the same time is fluoride which is not only found in the water of many countries but many products such as toothpaste as well.
Fluoride was added to the public water supplies in most of the parts of the United States as well as many other countries after popular studies done on its benefits for oral hygiene were conducted and released in the 1960s.
Ever since fluoride has held a constantly changing status and whether or not it should be added to the public water supplies as a dental health product or additive is frequently debated among the people and researchers.
One of the side of the debates claims fluoride to be a fundamental need for the better oral health of the local people.
Many of the public health organizations support this view and argue its addition should be encouraged and continued.
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09:50

Reverse Midas Touch: 2015 German intelligence memo forecast Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince's reckless actions "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Kudos to Germany's spooks. Back in December 2015, the German foreign intelligence agency, BND, distributed a one-and-a-half-page memo to various media outlets titled: "Saudi Arabia - Sunni regional power torn between foreign policy paradigm change and domestic policy consolidation." The document was pretty astonishing, both in its undiplomatic bluntness and remarkable prescience. "The current cautious diplomatic stance of senior members of the Saudi royal family will be replaced by an impulsive intervention policy," the memo warned, focusing on the role of Mohammed bin Salman, who had been appointed as deputy crown prince and defense minister at the age of 30 earlier that year. Both MBS, as he has come to be known, and his elderly father King Salman, the BND analysts wrote, want Saudi Arabia to be seen as "the leader of the Arab world" with a foreign policy built on "a strong military component." Yet the memo also pointed out that the consolidation of so much power in a single young prince's hands "harbors a latent risk that in seeking to establish himself in the line of succession in his father's lifetime, he may overreach," adding: "Relations with friendly and above all allied countries in the region could be overstretched."

09:48

NZ - Council defends use of fluoride in water supplies "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"


09:47

Trauma must not become your injurious oppressor "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Our days on this earth are not many and what we do with our days matters, not only for us but for those around us and for those whom we leave behind. Trauma is a part of life, few are unscarred. However for far too many, trauma overwhelms them and subsumes their personality. Trauma becomes []

09:47

10 Compelling Reasons Why the Vegas Shooting Has Disappeared from Headlines "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The following article by Jay Syrmopoulos was originally published at The Free Thought Project

Las Vegas, NV With the 24/7 news cycle constantly in full swing, important stories at times get lost in the constant onslaught of non-stop information. The mainstream media gatekeepers essentially dictate what social and cultural memes are injected into the public consciousness, what topics are discussed, and which cases are given publicity and thoroughly investigated with journalistic rigor.

With such oligarchical control of the mass media the media gatekeepers of information decide what stories stay in the glare of the public spotlight, and which ones are allowed to fade from the headlines.

Without question, one would reasonably expect the most deadly mass shooting in recent American history, which took place in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017, to maintain a strong presence in the headlines especially given the lack of answers surrounding the case.

The scant information released by investigators indicates that Stephen Paddock, 64, who by all accounts was independently wealthy and a Vegas high-roller, opened fire on a music festival from a 32nd-floor hotel room at the Mandalay Bay Casino.

The massacre left 58 dead and 546 injured, yet one and a half months later and there are still few answers even to the most basic of questions.

Now, a month and a half later, there are few answers to the most deadly mass shooting in recent U.S. history and perhaps even more strange the case has been jettisoned from the 24/7 mainstream media cycle, despite the fact that the most basic of questions have yet to be answered.

One would assume that such a high-profile case would garner widespread interest from investigative teams across the spectrum of major broadcast mass media and cable news, and yet, there are no penetrating journalistic investigations delving into the many unanswered questions.

In fact, coverage and investigation into the highly dubious shooting are virtually non-existent outside of online alternative news media.

Here are the few facts that we know thus far, and they seem to raise more questions than answers:

1. The official timeline of the mass shooting has been...

09:46

US Killing Far More Civilians in ISIS War Than Admitted "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

US Killing Far More Civilians in ISIS War Than Admitted by Azmat Khan & Anand Gopal Late on the evening of Sept. 20, 2015, Basim Razzo sat in the study of his home on the eastern side of Mosul, his face lit up by a computer screen. His wife, Mayada, was already upstairs in bed, []

09:45

More Hillary Chronicles "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

More Hillary Chronicles By Andrew P. Napolitano  Lew Rockwell The Department of Justice will soon commence an investigation to determine whether there should be an investigation (you read that nonsense correctly) of a scandal involving the Clinton Foundation and a...

The post More Hillary Chronicles appeared first on The Daily Coin.

09:45

Secretary Mattis Is Off Base: US Military Presence in Syria Has No Legal Grounds "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Although the US has many times stated that its target is IS only, it appears that its intentions may go beyond the stated objective. In fact, Washington is seeking to retain post-conflict zones of influence within the country, where the American presence is illegal.

09:41

WHO WOULD WIN? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Who would win? One big curly brace or one hundred tiny semicolons?
WHO WOULD WIN? ONE BIG CURLY BRACE OR 100 TINY SEMICOLONS?

09:41

[SECURITY] [DSA 4037-1] jackson-databind security update "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Posted by Sebastien Delafond on Nov 17

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November 16, 2017 https://www.debian.org/security/faq
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Package : jackson-databind
CVE ID : CVE-2017-15095

It was...

09:40

ATTENTION ALL RABBIT HOLE INVESTIGATORS AND SEEKERS OF TRUTH "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Well meaning and well trained sheep for years have shouted, You cant believe whats on the internet.then they used the internet shills like Snopes to prove what they do not want to hear is indeed not worthy of hearing. All the while they have no clue they are being led to the slaughter. The ones that have mocked the real rabbit hole investigators and tried to pull them down and stomped on them with their fat boots should be on their knees kissing the tips of their toes for not stopping because they shouted stupid barbs at them all! ONWARD ALL YOU TRUTH SEEKERS!

That being said it is time to join those who are exposing the TRUTH!  Get on board and as FEMA used to tells us WHEN YOU SEE SOMETHING SUSPICIOUS REPORT IT!

Report it to who needs to hear it and that is the people!  Share what you see, what you hear, your thoughts on it and your ideas of what it sounds like to you!  Do not be afraid of being called crazy, tin foil hat, or any of the politically correct belittling  words. Those do not exist anymore in this war.  This is a war between truth and lies- good versus evil!

SPEAK OUT YOU HAVE THE MICROPHONE TODAY!  SOCIAL MEDIA GIVES YOU A VOICE!

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09:40

Workers repair hydrogen leak at Cooper Nuclear power plant "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Workers repair hydrogen leak at Cooper Nuclear power plant | 15 Nov 2017 | A coolant leak in one of Cooper nuclear power plant's turbines in southeast Nebraska has been repaired. Nebraska Public Power District spokesman Mark Becker said the hydrogen leak was repaired before 6 p.m. Tuesday. The leak was discovered earlier that day by maintenance workers. The plant near Brownville, Nebraska, continued operating after the leak was found Tuesday morning.

09:39

Two Meetings "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Human Wrongs Watch

By Uri Avnery*

11/11/17

DURING THE last few days, I met with two old friends: Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin.

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Uri Avnery

Well, the term friends may not quite be appropriate. Certainly, Arafat called me my friend in a recorded message for my 70th birthday, but Rabin called nobody friend. That was not his character.

I am glad that I knew both from close up. Without them, my life would have been poorer.

I DONT think I ever met two more different people than these two.

Arafat was a warm person. An emotional person. His embraces and kisses were ceremonial, but they also expressed real sentiment. I brought many Israelis to meetings with him, and they all recounted that after ten minutes in his company they felt as if they had known him for years.

Rabin was the exact opposite. Like me, he abhorred...

09:38

GOP closer to big win with House tax vote; Senate unclear "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) Republicans have stretched closer to delivering the first big legislative victory for President Donald Trump and their party, whisking a $1.5 trillion overhaul of business and personal income taxes through the House. Thorny problems await in the Senate, though.

The House passage of the bill Thursday on a mostly party-line 227-205 vote also brought nearer the biggest revamp of the U.S. tax system in three decades.

But in the Senate, a similar measure received a politically awkward verdict from nonpartisan congressional analysts showing it would eventually produce higher taxes for low- and middle-income earners but deliver deep reductions for those better off.

The Senate bill was approved late Thursday by the Finance Committee and sent to the full Senate on a party-line 14-12 vote. Like the House measure, it would slash the corporate tax rate and reduce personal income tax rates for many.

But it adds a key feature not in the House version: repeal of the Affordable Care Acts requirement that everyone in the U.S. have health insurance. Elimination of the so-called individual mandate under the Obama health care law would add an estimated $338 billion in revenue over 10 years that the Senate tax-writers used for additional tax cuts.

U.S. President Donald Trump has emerged from a meeting with House Republicans on Capitol Hill, telling reporters on his way out, the tax is going very well. (Nov. 16)

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has projected that repeal of the mandate would result in 13 million more uninsured people by 2027, making it a political risk for some lawmakers.

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09:35

Kenya Supreme court election ruling due Monday "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Kenya's Supreme Court has concluded the hearing of presidential petitions challenging the validity of the 26 October presidential election.

09:33

Saudi Arabia Wants to Fight Iran to the Last American "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Saudi Arabia Wants to Fight Iran to the Last American By Trita Parsi Both Tel Aviv and Riyadh viewed Washingtons reorientation towards Asia with concern. They feared it would weaken Washingtons commitment to their security while also potentially making the United States more inclined to reach an accommodation with Iran. Those fears rose dramatically as []

09:31

Pants on fire: Five months on, London police remove two more bodies from Grenfell Tower "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Grenfell Tower fire took the lives of 71 people, police have said, after recovering what they believe to be the last of the bodies. Comment: They have only just done so?? Officers investigating the disaster said on Thursday they had identified the final two people who died as 71-year-old Victoria King and her 40-year-old daughter, Alexandra Atala. "We were devastated to hear of our sister Vicky's fate and that of her daughter, Alexandra, in the Grenfell Tower tragedy," their relatives said in a statement. "Some comfort can come from the knowledge that she and Alexandra were devoted to one another and spent so many mutually supportive years together. They died at each other's side and now they can rest together in peace. We will remember them always."

09:31

Pentagon Moves to Develop Banned Intermediate Missile "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Washington is raising pressure on Russia, saying it is violating an arms control treaty

Updated Nov. 16, 2017 6:30 p.m. ET

The U.S. is laying the groundwork to build a type of missile banned by a Cold War-era pact unless Russia abandons its own pursuit of the weapons, U.S. officials said.

The U.S. militarys preliminary research and development, previously undisclosed, is aimed at potentially reviving an arsenal of prohibited ground-based, intermediate-range missiles if Moscow continues violating the pact, the officials said.

American officials say they dont want to end the Cold War-era accord, known as the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, or the INF, but rather bring Russia back into compliance. Washington hopes to show Moscow the kinds of new American weapons Russias armed forces would face if they dont stop violating the INF, U.S. officials say.

The U.S. told Russia of its research project in recent weeks, according to U.S. officials, but said was ready to abandon it if Russia returns to compliance, the officials said.

The idea here is we need to send a message to the Russians that they will pay a military price for violation of this treaty, one U.S. official said. We are posturing ourselves to live in a post-INF worldif that is the world the Russians want.

A Russian official said Thursday that the U.S., not Moscow, has been violating the treaty through its missile-defense installations in Europe. The U.S. denies that claim. The official added that Russian President Vladimir Putin has said a U.S. treaty withdrawal would bring an immediate and reciprocal Russian response.

In m...

09:31

From Bangladesh: Bearing Witness to My Countrys Genocide and Meeting the Survivors "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Human Wrongs Watch

By Dr. Maung Zarni*

13 November 2017 TRANSCEND Media Service  We just got home in UK last night.  This is my little reflection on what we witnessed.  I came home with a long list of To-Dos.

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09:29

War on ISIS Whose Side Are The USA Really On? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

War on ISIS Whose Side Are We Really On? By Ron Paul & Daniel McAdams On Sunday, Defense Secretary James Mattis said in a press conference that the US military would remain in Syria for the long haul, as long as there are ISIS who want to fight he said. He falsely claimed that []

09:28

UN Slams Stupid Saudi War on Yemen: Save the Children "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Local Editor 17-11-2017 | 08:42 UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is very much disappointed that the Saudi-led coalition is refusing to lift its blockade of Yemen and has written directly to Riyadhs representative, his spokesman said Thursday. After repeated appeals by UN officials were ignored, Guterres wrote to the Saudi ambassador on Thursday to ask for []

09:26

[SECURITY] [DSA 4039-1] opensaml2 security update "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Posted by Salvatore Bonaccorso on Nov 17

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https://www.debian.org/security/ Salvatore Bonaccorso
November 16, 2017 https://www.debian.org/security/faq
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Package : opensaml2
CVE ID : CVE-2017-16853
Debian Bug :...

09:25

State of the Nation: The California Cesspool of Judicial Corruption is Inconceivable "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

#PEDOGATE: The California Cesspool of Judicial Corruption is Inconceivable

Posted on November 14, 2017 by State of the Nation



CHILD TRAFFICKING AT THE INTERSECTION OF BRIBED CALIFORNIA JUDGES, CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES, AND THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

David Samuels
An Exclusive SOTN Investigative Report

We are all too familiar with how Child Protective Services has been implicated as a major source of Child Trafficking, but what we are not aware of is how the bribed State Judges and the Department of Health and Human Services make it all possible. Lets take the California Superior Court System as an example. What you are about to hear should chill you to the bone. It is a story of Judicial Treachery on a scale unprecedented in US history and is 100% true.

To understand how this all works, we must understand the landscape and how it almost came to an end in California.

Associate Justice Patricia Benke wrote in her 37-page opinion of Sturgeon v. County of Los Angeles (2008) 167 Cal.App.4th 630 (Sturgeon I), The duty to prescribe judicial compensation is not delegable. Thus the practice of the County of Los Angeles (the county) providing Los Angeles County superior court judges with employment benefits, in addition to the compensation prescribed by the Legislature, is not permissible. This affirmed the principle that judicial compensation is a state, not a county, responsibility. The Appeals court found that by providing substantial employment benefits to its superior court judges, defendant County of Los Angeles (the county) violated article VI, section 19 of our Constitution, which requires that compensation for judges be prescribed by the Legislature. https://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/cali...

09:23

Holy Spirituality with Conipinikins: Well Ill Be a Monkeys Auntie "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

As a Forgiveness-prayer disciplined disciple of Atonement-devotion, and a Mystic Monk Sannyasini in continual meditation, after taking my car to a mechanic for an inspection, the garage took advantage my helpless gender navet, and added things to the bill, like Needs expensive muffler bearings. Ridiculous Usury-labor for these illusory installations seemed like Blackmail, even more than being treated like a sex-object in the Satanic money-system, meant only for, more male advantages, that kept me from being able to sleep in the New Peace of my night-time meditation/sleep pattern gift.

What is on the mechanics mind to lose sight of, my gender vulnerability, and how do I speak about our failure together, if the garage is, already consciously intending to give me a hard time? I dont want to be a naive victim, and say the obvious, while they are doing these things to hurt me on purpose, but I do have the power to say NO to them to become more effective tomorrow if I want to go somewhere else to face similar abuse.

Only a half hour of prayer, and all my many Spiritual insights provide me with relief now. I have unconscious guilt, rage, and Toxic shame from being raped, and murdered by Satanic-elite Patriarchs, and Yes that means I dont, even know about more of it. I seem normal, and the, almost new car is in tip top shape, just like the mechanic seems normal, and the garage is in tip top shape too.

I have PTSD, on top of current traumatic stress disorder from the Satanic Earth Paradigm here in mirror-double Karmic Hell, so of course I have unconscious guilt enough to Co-create a car inspection-fail. Last lifetime I raped, and murdered a daughter, who never left Home until I died as her awful woman-hating Father, and that was, already enough Toxic shame to, actually Co-create this lifetime as a Daughter to, directly experience the harm I did before as that Karmic Father past-lifetime.

I have that old Karmic divisive-gender role-reversal lifetime rage/shame, along with this lifetime as an owned Daughter, raped and murdered by two Patriarchs, that both experiences Co-create enough unconscious guilt, and hidden Toxic shame to, still Co-create all the failure anomalies in this important-to-me Car-inspection deal gone bad, already. Welcome to my Sex Abuse Holiday-anniversary World, where for 40 years after my Step-father, and Mother beat me to death, what happens in my Christmas orgasms, is ten times body-betrayal worse than any Satanic-elite Halloween cannibal-boast.

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09:22

09:19

ON PARLIAMENT AND OTHER THINGS "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Been an interesting week and I was fortunate enough to be in Parliament for a number of maiden speeches and the after-match hospitality.     It is my experience that you get to see new members at their best in making their maiden speeches ... before they get ground down by the very institution of Parliament and the caucus machine.

There were good speeches from across the political spectrum and I'm loathe to single out any particular one (or two) but I will ... the speeches from Denise Lee (National, Maungakiekie) and Paul Eagle (Labour, Rongotai) where they laid bare personal tragedies in their lives were particularly moving.   I commend them for their courage in sharing those moments with us.     I wish them and every new MP well ... Parliament is a fishbowl and not for the fainthearted.   Some will leave the House having made a name for themselves; others will leave disappointed.

We're now seeing the result of National's bluff when, on the first sitting day of Parliament, Labour folded and agreed to increase the number of seats on Select Committees to 108.    Of the thirteen Committees constituted National has parity of numbers on eight of them.

For the record those Committees comprise Economic Development, Science and Innovation (10 members - Nat 5, Lab 3, NZF 1, G 1);  Foreign Affairs, Defence & Trade (8 members - Nat 4, Lab 3, G 1); Governance & Administration (8 members - Nat 4, Lab 4); Health (8 members - Nat 4, Lab 4); Justice (8 members - Nat 4, Lab 4); Maori Affairs (8 members - Nat 4, Lab 2, NZF 1, G 1); Primary Production (8 members - Nat 4, Lab 3, NZF 1) and Regulations Review (six members - Nat 3, Lab 3).   That's going to make it 'interesting' ... especially for the Government Whips.

I wear my political bias on my sleeve and so here are a couple of messages for those who would argue that the Government ain't legitimate ... get over it; it is.   It's a product of MMP and, while MMP is a bastard system, its our system and it ain't gonna change anytime soon.    National should treat the next 2 years, ten months as a gift to renew and reinvigorate.    When you're the Opposition the grass roots membership can have a huge say in policy development ... it's much easier to advocate new ideas outside government rather than when you oc...

09:15

Why We Should Be FREAKED OUT About Amazon, Al Franken Investigates Self (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Why We Should Be FREAKED OUT About Amazon, Al Franken Investigates Self Video We Are Change In this video, Luke Rudkowski of WeAreChange gives you the latest breaking news on the Al Franken KABC anchor scandal, Amazon along with...

The post Why We Should Be FREAKED OUT About Amazon, Al Franken Investigates Self (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

09:12

South African economy resurgent on consumer demand, exports "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

South African bulk exports surged by 30.7 per cent y/y in October to a new record

Is the South African economy finally turning a corner? [Xinhua]


The recent data point to a resurgent South African economy after it exited a technical recession in the second quarter. Bulk exports surged by 30.7 per cent year-on-year (y/y) to a new record of 16.7 million metric tonnes (Mt) in October after a 5.1 per cent y/y gain in the first nine months of this year and a 2.8 per cent drop in 2016.

The October 2017 tonnage eclipsed the previous record of 16.4 Mt set in January 2015 and was set despite a severe storm that disrupted port operations in the main port of Durban.

Inventory replenishment and surging net exports were supposed to be the drivers of economic growth this year, but it now seems as if domestic households, which account for some 60 per cent of economic activity, are joining the party as well.

In both August and September, real retail sales grew by 5.4 per cent y/y, which was the highest y/y increase since May 2013. This brought the increase for the third quarter to 4.1 per cent y/y, almost double the 2.2 per cent y/y rise seen in the second quarter. The recovery in consumer demand was not confined to retail sales as new vehicle sales have shown a y/y increase from June to October.

In September, the second quarter 2017 gross domestic product (GDP) data released by Statistics South Africa exceeded the consensus forecast of 2.1 per cent as it came in at a 2.5 per cent growth rate at a seasonally adjusted annualised (saa) pace. The first quarter contraction was revised to show a 0.6 per cent drop rather than a 0.7 per cent fall.

On a year ago basis growth accelerated to 1.1 per cent in the second quarter from 1.0 per cent in the first quarter and 0.7 per cent in the fourth quarter.

Agriculture, mining hold strong


In terms of detail, the production measure of GDP showed that the weakness in the first quarter was broad-based with only the agriculture and mining sectors expanding out of the ten production sectors, while...

09:10

Ares Kodi Project Calls it Quits After Hollywood Cease & Desist "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

This week has been particularly bad for those involved in the Kodi addon scene. Following cease-and-desist notices from the MPA-led anti-piracy coalition Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment, several addon developers and repositories shut down.

With Columbia, Disney, Paramount, Twentieth Century Fox, Universal, Warner, Netflix, Amazon and Sky TV all lined up for war, the third-party developers had little choice but to quit. One of those affected was the leader of the hugely popular Ares Project, which quietly disappeared mid-week.

The Ares Wizard was an extremely popular and important piece of software which allowed people to switch Kodi builds, install third-party addons, install popular repositories, change system settings, and carry out backups. Its installed on huge numbers of machines worldwide but it will soon fall into disrepair.

The mighty Ares Wizard in action

[This week] I was subject to a hand-delivered notice to cease-and-desist from MPA & ACE, Ares Project leader Tekto informs TorrentFreak.

Given the notice, we obviously shut down the repo and wizard as requested.

The news that Ares Project is done and never coming back will be a huge blow to the community. The project just celebrated its second birthday and has grown exponentially since it first arrived on the scene.

Ares Project started in Oct 2015. Originally it was to be a tool to setup up the video cache on Kodi correctly. However, many ideas were thrown into the pot and it became a wee bit more; such as a wizard to install community provided builds, common addons and few other tweaks and options, Tekto says.

For my own part I started blogging earlier that year as part of a longer-term goal to be self-funding. I always disliked seeing begging bowls out to support server costs, many of which were cheap 5-10 per month servers that were used to gain 100s in donations.

The blog, via affiliate links and ads, could and would provide the funds to cover our hosting costs without resorting to begging for money every weekend.

Intrigued by this first wave of actions by ACE in Europe, TorrentFreak asked for a copy of the MPA/ACE cease-and-desist notice but unfortunately, Tekto flat-out refused. All he would tell u...

09:09

Save elephants from Trump, petition "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Donald Trump Jr. - Elephant hunter

From Avaaz.org:

This is Donald Trumps son with the tail of an elephant he killed. Trump just gave him a sick gift, changing the law to let bloodthirsty American hunters murder elephants and bring their heads home as trophies. Lets build a massive global campaign to shame the US into dropping this disgusting plan Avaaz will work with African countries to deliver our call at a major wildlife protection meeting in days.

Trump Jr. shot and mutilated an elephant and now his dad is rewarding him by making it so anyone can join the slaughter and bring home elephant body parts as souvenirs, even as ivory poaching threatens to wipe these amazing creatures out.

Save the elephants, drop this disgusting plan!

To President Trump, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and conservation authorities around the world:

Elephants are facing extinction and this is no time to strip them of protection. Trophy hunting drives the slaughter of elephants, increases demand for their body parts, and projects a double standard that makes it harder to tackle ivory poaching. We call on you to do all you can to reverse the US decision to allow the import of elephant trophies, before it is too late.

Save the elephants, drop this disgusting plan!

The Trump administration says it will only lift the ban on trophy imports from Zambia and Zimbabwe, countries it says have sustainable, well-managed elepha...

09:07

Good to Know (Perhaps) That Food Is Being Nuclearised "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME, Nov 16 2017 (IPS) It might sound strange, very strange, but the news is that scientists and experts have been assuring, over and again, that using nuclear applications in agriculture and thus in food productionare giving a major boost to food security. So how does this work?

Using nuclear sciences to feed the world. Credit: FAO

To start with, nuclear applications in agriculture rely on the use of isotopes and radiation techniques to combat pests and diseases, increase crop production, protect land and water resources, and ensure food safety and authenticity, as well as increase livestock production.

This is how the UN food and agriculture organisation and the UN atomic energy agency explain this technique, highlighting that some of the most innovative ways being used to improve agricultural practices involve nuclear technology.

Both the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have been expanding knowledge and enhancing capacity in this area for over 50 years.

Climate Change

One reason is that the global climate is changing, altering the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events and seriously impacting food security.

Rising sea levels, ecosystem stress, glacier melt and altering river systems exacerbate the vulnerability of particular social groups and economic sectors, FAO reports, adding that it is also altering the distribution,...

09:02

Credibility, Independence and Moral Authority of Supreme Court Have Been Dented: Former Law Minister Ashwani Kumar "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The recent standoff between members of the judicial fraternity in the Supreme Court could have been avoided, says Kumar.

Ashwani Kumar. Credit: Norbert Schiller, CC BY-SA 2.0

The recent standoff between members of the legal and judicial fraternity in the Supreme Court over moving of two related petitions  one by the Campaign for Judicial Accountability and Reforms (CJAR), represented by senior advocate Prashant Bhushan, on November 8, and another by senior advocate Kamini Jaiswal on November 9 which dealt with the issue of a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation into a medical college case and a conspiracy to bribe judges of the Supreme Court, could have been avoided, according to senior advocate and former Union law minister Ashwani Kumar.

Speaking to The Wire, he talked about a range of issues, starting from the filing of the PIL before a bench of the second-most senior judge in the apex court, Justice J. Chelameshwar, who had referred the petition filed by Jaiswal, represented by senior advocate Dushyant Dave and advocate Abhimanue Shresth...

09:01

Midnight Meme Of The Day! "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"


-by Noah

The scandal of Republican Senate Candidate Judge Roy Moore didn't happen in a vacuum. Politicians of all stripes have all too often felt entitled when it comes to depravity. But, one party, the Republican Party, has perfected it. That Moore has openly acted as he has for decades and been continually rewarded with the backing of his party is no mistake. Nothing about Moore slipped through the cracks. That, sooner or later, a high profile Republican would implode in a scandal of sexual deviance before our eyes was inevitable. The general Republican attitude towards rape provided the environmental conditions that gave us Judge Roy Moore. Call it what it is: Republican Rape Culture. When Republicans say "If True," that's their new "Thoughts & Prayers,"  "Fake News," and "Legitimate Rape;" all of which are tools of avoidance used by depraved sleazebags and cowards as cover.

As today's meme points out, there is no shortage when it comes to Republican apologists for rape. Just as Alabama's Republicans today are loudly defending their candidate, and today's Republican National Committee supports him with on the ground operatives and money, national Republicans had no problem with rape during the Iraq war. No, I'm not talking about soldiers raping women; I'm talking about what happened when employees of Dick Cheney's Halliburton/KBR gang raped a fellow female employee and then locked her in a shipping container to cover up their crime and, probably, in hopes that she would just die. The reaction to the news of this was swift. Decent Americans wanted justice for the victim. The problem was that she had no rights when it came to filing charges against her assailants and her employer. The perps needn't have worried about the consequences of their heinous actions. Why? Because a republican president, George W. Bush had signed an order prohibiting such charges being filed against war contractors like Halliburton/KBR. I'll let you wonder just whose idea that might have been b...

09:00

How To Deal With A Passive-Aggressive Coworker "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Resist the urge to be passive aggressive right back. Try one of these five methods instead.

We all know that person who uses sarcasm, snide remarks, and stalling tactics to vent their anger. It can seem childish and sometimes frustrating, but it can also be damaging to your career if the passive-aggressive person is a coworker whose actions are directed toward you.

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09:00

This Barbaric Form of Medieval Justice Actually Worked "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"


  

 
Of course the history books do not understand just how deliberate the whole process was and how psychologically clever.  It was all really meant to force the guilty to confess through extreme presentation.

obviously the priest would soon be pretty sure that the prisoner was innocent or not in this process and he had ample opportunity to fake the final test.  This would generally work well enough in the small communities to which it was applied.


 Just as obviously even this could go wrong, but then so does what we do as well.  I cannot say that we are less blood thirsty.
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This Barbaric Form of Medieval Justice Actually Worked
 
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Today, we might not approve of their methods but the result back then was improved criminal justice.

by Peter T. Leeson
 
https://fee.org/articles/this-barbaric-form-of-medieval-justice-actually-worked/

The quest for criminal justice is fraught with uncertainty. Did the defendant commit the crime, or is he a victim of incriminating circumstances? Is he guilty as charged, or has he been charged guilty by an overzealous prosecutor? Unsure about the truth, we o
 

The only ones who know for sure whether a defendant is guilty or innocent are the defendant himself and God above. Asking the defendant to tell us the truth of the matter is usually useless: spontaneous confessions by the guilty are rare. But what if we could ask God to tell us instead? And what if we did? And what if it worked?
 

For more than 400 years, between the ninth and the....

09:00

Retired FBI Special Agent Blows the Whistle on the Real Robert Mueller "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

 

The jury is still out on Robert Mueller and i now expect to be surprised positively.  Recall though that all must cooperate with their political masters and that if those masters are bent, then that cooperation can become unpleasant.  Standing in often is merely a better choice that all alternatives and protects against a future opportunity to establish redress.

Now he has a free hand to do the right thing in terms of the Russian investigation.  He has understood that the house cleaning must inevitably land on the Clinton doorstep and thus he stuffed his ranks with paid up Democrats.  Everything else is window dressing to shroud the thrust of the core investigation.

It is noticeable that the investigated have become deathly silent. 

We already know enough to understand that the whole Russian interaction with the Clintons is at least bizarre and obviously reckless as well.  I actually suspect that the whole uranium tale was about laundering money and the uranium was a front to justify State Department involvement.  something made it happen and certainly not the fine judgement of Hillary.

This report confirms that the path forward was politicization for the head of the FBI..

Retired FBI Special Agent Blows the Whistle on the Real Robert Mueller

09:00

Should Facebook Notify Readers When Theyve Been Fed Disinformation? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Tech companies have the capabilities to introduce more stringent methods of policing propaganda and fake news. Heres whats holding them back.

Last week, YourNewsWire.com, a website that traffics in wild conspiracy theories, published a blog post falsely claiming that the gunman in the recent Sutherland Springs, Texas, church shooting was found to be a member of an anti-fascist group targeting white conservative churches. The post rapidly spread online while reputable fact-checking sites including Snopes and PolitiFact raced to debunk the story within 24 hoursbut not before it was shared more than 250,000 times on Facebook.

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09:00

10 of the Most Life-Changing Principles in a Spiritual Awakening "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Spiritual awakening is not a state, experience or goal to reach in the future. As the Buddha taught, it is not a superhuman achievement or attainment. You dont have to travel to India to find it. It is not a special state of perfection reserved for enlightened beings, the lucky or the privileged few.

It is not an out-of-body experience, and it does not involve living in a cave, detaching yourself from the realities of this world. It cannot be transmitted to you by a fancy guru, nor can it be taken away or lost. You do not have to become anyones disciple or follower.

It is a constant and ancient invitation throughout every moment of your life to embrace yourself exactly as you are, in all your glorious imperfections.

It is about being present, coming out of the epic story of past and future (the story of my life) and showing up for this precious moment, knowing that even your feelings of non-acceptance are accepted here.


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09:00

The Staggering Toll of the Russian Revolution 100 Years on "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"




That our culture still accepts the doctrines supporting Marxism at all tells us more of the perniciousness of our Academia where brainwashed professors who cannot think in any other manner continue to teach the rubbish they were themselves taught.


Thus we were foisted with the likes of one Barack Obama who could not help but be who he was made into.   I am truly more impressed by how resilient the political system is than by anything he was.  That it has then thrown up the most powerful counter revolution in history is astonishing to watch.


Perhaps now we can have a true intellect revolution as well.

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The Staggering Toll of the Russian Revolution

Never has there been such an insidious and deadly ideology as Marxism-Leninism. 
...

09:00

Kapiti Coast Strawberry Festival "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The proceeds from our Strawberry Festivals go towards paying for all the services our patients need doctors, nurses, pain-relieving medication, counselling, home visits and much, much more. Saturday 18 November 9am-3pm This year its all happening in the grounds of Kapiti School on Rimu Road, opposite the Council Buildings and the Library. As well []

09:00

Decimated: Germanys birds disappear as insect abundance plummets 76 percent "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Drastic bird reduction in bird populations in Germany, 1998 and 2009. Graphic: NABU

 

Do we really have to have a 70% collapse in  food production brought about by excessive use of insecticides before the whole industry comes to its senses?  We are certainly trying hard enough.

Perhaps it is time to charge back all costs until we prove it is true.

We do know better.  Reporters dancing around the obvious is becoming tiresome. .

Decimated: Germanys birds disappear as insect abundance plummets 76 percent

By Morgan Erickson-Davis
27 October 2017

 http://www.desdemonadespair.net/2017/10/decimated-germanys-birds-disappear-as.html?m=1
(Mongabay) A new study in PLOS ONE reveals a 76 percent reduction in Germanys flying insect biomass over the past 27 years while another reports the countrys bird abundance has declined 15 percent in just over a decade.

While the causes behind the insect decline havent yet been conclusively studied, the PLO...

09:00

ON FIRE! TRUMPS BACK FROM HISTORIC ASIA TRIP AND EVERYONE NOTICED THIS ONE GAME CHANGING THING "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Sub for more: nnn.is/the_new_media | Cillian Zeal for the Conservative Tribune reports, In a bold speech last week at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, President Donald Trump made waves by giving a speech in which he pledged to put America first. And, by the time he had left, we had seen the first fruits of that attitude.

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Working for former masters in Madagascar: a win-win game for former slaves? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Workers and landowners in the Malagasy highlands see sharecropping as an arrangement where both benefit, but that only holds as long as the former masters benefit most.

Rice fields in Madagascar. Georgia Popplewell/flickr. (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Despite being formally illegal since the 1970s, sharecropping is one of the more common working agreements between landowners and their labourers in the highlands of Madagascar. Sharecropping agreements are often represented as a sort of win-win game by both landowners and tenants, particularly for rice cultivation, the main agricultural sector of the island. They have allowed otherwise landless families to install themselves in fertile regions for anywhere from a few years to several generations while keeping two-thirds of the production for themselves. At the same time, landowners, without moving a finger, obtain rice to satisfy domestic consumption or to resell, prevent others from illegally occupying their land, and maintain a strong emotional and economic link to the land of their ancestors (tanindrazana) and their family tombs, a crucial benefit if they have moved to urban areas.

Tenants must maintain the fields and provide their own fertiliser. They may occupy the local house of the landowners at no cost, and in the intercropping period plant crops other than rice. These help the land to regain its fertility and can provide sustenance or additional income for the family. In regions where labour is scarce and the landowners have other, more important sources of revenue such as a position in the government or a flourishing trade activity tenants furthermore can be relatively confident that they will not being evicted in the long run and that the landowners will look the other way if they keep slightly more than their share of the harvest.

Despite their benefits, sharecropping arrangements conceal a number of practices and representations that reinforce power structures and economic inequalities. This is particularly important in a post-slavery context such as that found in the Malagasy highlands, where slave ancestry is strongly stigmatised and the descendants of slaves continue...

08:57

Possible Anti-Aging Mutation Discovered in Indiana Amish Community "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Amish Mutation Protects Against Diabetes and May Extend Life

Amish people living in a rural part of Indiana have a rare genetic mutation that protects them from Type 2 diabetes and appears to significantly extend their life spans, according to a new study.

The findings, published on Wednesday in the journal Science Advances, shed light on the processes underlying cellular aging and could lead to new therapies for chronic diseases, some experts say. The researchers are planning at least one follow-up trial that will recreate the effects of the mutation so they can study its impact on obese people with insulin resistance, a precursor to diabetes.

The mutation described in the new paper affects a mysterious protein called plasminogen activator inhibitor-1, or PAI-1, that is known primarily for its role in promoting blood clotting. The mutation was first identified in 1991 in a secluded Amish farming community in Berne, Ind. An estimated 5 percent of the community carries the mutation, which causes them to produce unusually low levels of PAI-1.

Scientists have long suspected that PAI-1 has other functions outside of clotting that relate to aging. Dr. Douglas Vaughan, a cardiologist at Northwestern medical school, noticed, for example, that mice that had been genetically engineered to produce high levels of the protein age fairly quickly, going bald and dying of heart attacks at young ages. People who have higher levels of the protein in their bloodstreams also tend to have higher rates of diabetes and other metabolic problems and to die earlier of cardiovascular disease.

Also at Science Magazine, which notes a possible downside to the mutation:

The girl, who lived in an Indiana Amish community, nearly bled to death during what should have been routine scalp surgery. Now, more than 20 years later, scientists studying her and other Amish have discovered that the mutation that nearly killed her could have a good side. She harbors two mutant copies of a gene, and therefore lacks a protein that manages blood clotting, but researchers found that people with one inactivated gene copy outlive their peers by a decade and gain protection against diabetes.

A null mutation in SERPINE1 protects against biological a...

08:53

20 Million Google Home and Amazon Echo devices are affected by the Blueborne flaws "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Millions of AI-based voice-activated personal assistants, including Google Home and Amazon Echo, are affected by the Blueborne flaws.

A series of recently disclosed critical Bluetooth flaws that affect billions of Android, iOS, Windows and Linux devices have now been discovered in
Millions of AI-based voice-activated personal assistants, including Google Home and Amazon Echo, are affected by the recently discovered Blueborne vulnerabilities.
The recently discovered BlueBorne attack technique was devised by experts with Armis Labs. Researchers discovered a total of eight vulnerabilities in the Bluetooth design that expose devices to cyber attacks.
Billions of mobile, desktop and IoT devices that use Bluetooth may be exposed to a new remote attack, even without any user interaction and pairing. The unique condition for BlueBorne attacks is that targeted devices must have Bluetooth enabled.

Once an attacker compromises a Bluetooth-enabled device, he can infect any other device on the same network.

The IoT security firm Armis now reported that an estimated 15 million Amazon Echo and 5 million Google Home devices are vulnerable to BlueBorne attack.

Following the disclosure of the BlueBorne attack vector this past September, Armis discovered that critical Bluetooth vulnerabilities impact the Amazon Echo and Google Home. These new IoT voice-activated Personal Assistants join the extensive list of affected devices. reads the blog post published by Armis.

Personal Assistants are rapidly expanding thro...

08:50

UN Urges Immediate Lifting of Humanitarian Blockade in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Human Wrongs Watch

With much of Yemens air, sea and land entry points closed, heads of three United Nations agencies on 16 November 2017 called for immediate lifting of such blockade in the conflict-ravaged southern Arabian country so that lifesaving humanitarian supplies can pass.

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The Al Hudaydah port is a major lifeline for Yemen, bringing in food and humanitarian assistance. These cranes have been out of service since mid-2015, with little hope of repair anytime soon. Photo: Giles Clarke/OCHA

 

While the Saudi-led military coalition has partially lifted the recent blockade of Yemen, closure of much of the countrys air, sea and land ports is making an already catastrophic situation far worse, said a joint statement issued by World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director David Beasley, UN Childrens Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Anthony Lake, and World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

The space and access we need to deliver humanitarian assistance is being choked off, threatening the lives of millions of vulnerable children and families, the statement added.

Since 2015, Yemen has been in a conflict between forces loyal to President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and those allied to the Houthi rebel movement.

The UN agency chiefs jointly appealed for the coalition to permit entry of lifesaving supplies to Yemen, de...

08:46

Greg Hunter, Weekly News Wrap-Up 11/17/2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Weekly News Wrap-Up 11/17/2017
By Greg Hunters USAWatchdog.com

The saga of Roy Moore continues with twists and turns and dirty tricks by the Deep State. Its been revealed that a so-called robocall campaign to try and find dirt on Senate candidate Roy Moore happened after he won the GOP primary. Now, the only piece of evidence in multiple accusations that Roy Moore committed sexual misconduct has been called into question. Moore and his attorney are charging a yearbook inscription from the 1970s, that proves contact with one of the alleged victims, is a forgery and a fraud. Moore denies any and all wrongdoing and is going to sue two women with the most damaging claims.

President Donald Trump is back from Asia and, by all accounts, it went very well. Trump got agreements of nearly $300 billion in new business for America, and Trump says, The future has never been brighter.

The recent purchase of a rare Da Vinci painting of Jesus Christ just went for $450 million at auction. Is this crazy, or is it a sign that the rich are trying to protect their money from inflation by compressing it into a rare work of art? Some say this is just a sign of the beginning...

08:46

The Three Things Everyone Really Wants "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

And You Do, Too

One of the strangest things about life is that, deep down, whether or not we admit it, we hunger for the same things, no matter who we are, or where were from, or what we do. Not material things, of course. But nor what were taught to desire: money, sex, fame, and power, all of which are just easy ways to pretend we dont really want something deeper, truer, more meaningful and lasting and significant and worthy from this life. Pretending all that, which is living a lie, leads to great inner pain which, if its not tended to, only grows. Ill come back to that.

To be seen, to be held, and to be known. Theyre the three things everyone wants. I can prove it to you with a sentence: imagine you had all the material stuff in the world you ever wanted, all the money, sex, power, and so on, now double it, now double it again, but no onenot a single soulever really saw you, held you, or knew you. Id bet youd be depressed, hollow, and broken in just a year or two, because every bit of pleasure would only hurt that much more.

The strange truth is this. Though these are the three things everyone really wants, almost no one knows how to give them (except maybe babies and puppies), and so the world spins in pain, anger, shame, and rage. Lets consider it for a moment. How often do people really see you? Hold you? Know you? What happens when they dont? You feel a little ashamed, angry, afraid, or guilt, dont you? And so, in every single interaction that we have, from the smallest to the biggest, to most trivial to the most significant, arent these three things all that were really looking for? So as a result, those tiny few that can give us these three magical things we immediately gush over, adore, and celebrate, saying theyre full of charisma or warmth or energy, and so on.

The trickthats a terrible shorthand, so let us say instead the giftin life therefore is to give them generously, freely, with abandon. If you can see people, hold people, and know people, quite simply, people will love you. You will be able to relate to people, as the pop-psycho lingo goes, but its better to say that youll feel more alive, overflowing with a sense of really being here, now, this, you. Not because you are seen, held, or known back. You often wont be, and you dont need to be: its not some kind of trade. Something subtler and greater happens. The gift is itself the reward. That doesnt make any sense yet, I know. It will, after I discuss each one briefly.

To see someone, really see someone. Its the hardest thing of all. Why is that? Because seeing another person asks us to be naked, too. To see clearly, we must drop our own veils. We cannot see anyone if we are only idealizing, romanticizing, or the....

08:45

An Insignificant Man Recalls the Heady Early Days of Aam Aadmi Party "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The documentary dives into the inner workings of AAP but doesnt lose sight of the human drama.

insignificantman_02

A still from the documentary An Insignificant Man

This article was originally published on October 27, 2016 is being republished on November 17, 2017 in light of the films release.

In early 2013, in a small office in Ghaziabad, Arvind Kejriwal was seated at a table, talking to a few people, explaining to them the importance of volunteers. He asked them to spread the word about the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP); it was recently formed, and he could do with some additional manpower. At that instant, someone present in the room couldnt control his excitement, and said that hed like to volunteer full-time. Kejriwal was surprised. What do you do? He asked. Im a manager at Barclays, the man replied, but for you Im ready to quit my job. Another man said, Sir, Im a huge admirer of you.

This small scene from An Insignificant Mana documentary on AAP, recently screened at the Mumbai...

08:45

Golden Catalysts "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Golden Catalysts by Jim Rickards Daily Reckoning The physical fundamentals are stronger than ever for gold. Russia and China continue to be huge buyers. China bans export of its 450 tons per year of physical production. Gold refiners are...

The post Golden Catalysts appeared first on The Daily Coin.

08:45

Special Counsel Mueller Issued Subpoena for Russia-Related Documents From Trump Campaign Officials "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Special Counsel Mueller Issued Subpoena for Russia-Related Documents From Trump Campaign Officials | 16 Nov 2017 | Special counsel Robert Mueller's team in mid-October issued a subpoena to President Donald Trump's campaign requesting Russia-related documents from more than a dozen top officials, according to a person familiar with the matter. The subpoena, which requested documents and emails from the listed campaign officials that reference a set of Russia-related keywords [LOL!], marked Mr. Mueller's first official order for information from the campaign, according to the person. The subpoena didn't compel any officials to testify before Mr. Mueller's grand jury, the person said.

08:44

GeForce GTX 900 Series Re-Clocking Patches Updated By Karol Herbst "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Frequent Nouveau open-source NVIDIA driver contributor Karol Herbst has posted his latest patch series in working towards GeForce GTX 900 "Maxwell 2" graphics processor re-clocking...

08:44

Bullets and Burns: Portraits of Injured Rohingya Refugees "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Rohingya refugee Kalabarow, 50, poses for a photograph at Leda refugee camp, in Bangladesh, October 15, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Jorge Silva

Rohingya refugee Kalabarow, 50, poses for a photograph at Leda refugee camp, in Bangladesh, October 15, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Jorge Silva

Coxs Bazar, Bangladesh: The two Rohingya Muslim brothers, six-year-old Mohamed Heron and four-year-old Akhter, held each other as they showed burns on their arms and torsos that their uncle says resulted from Myanmars armed forces firing rockets at their village.

Two of their siblings, one seven years old and the other a 10 month old infant, died in the attack, according to their uncle, Mohamed Inus. Their father was held by the military and has not been heard of since.

These two children survived when our village was fired on with rockets, Inus told Reuters at Kutupalong refugee camp, near Coxs Bazar in Bangladesh.

They were among a number of Rohingya who showed their wounds to a Reuters photographer who visited Kutupalong a...

08:40

MACKAY Special delivery: Mackay woman caught posting drugs to ex "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

MACKAY November 17, 2017 at 08:52AM ,

Special delivery: Mackay woman caught posting drugs to ex

November 17, 2017 at 08:52AM ,

Day, 21, faced Magistrate Damien Dwyer in Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday, pleading guilty to supplying drugs on May 22. Day had no prior

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MACKAY Alleged: Mackay man accessed 1000s of child porn images "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Alleged: Mackay man accessed 1000s of child porn images

November 17, 2017 at 04:45AM ,

Terrence Bell, 68, remains on bail after fronting Mackay Magistrates Court on Thursday, unrepresented by a lawyer. Hes been charged with

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MACKAY Burglar, car thief didnt feel safe in home after break-in "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

MACKAY November 17, 2017 at 07:33AM ,

Burglar, car thief didnt feel safe in home after break-in

November 17, 2017 at 07:33AM ,

Mitchell Francis Callaghan, 22, from Mackay faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday, pleading guilty to two counts of car theft, stealing and

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08:37

ECHR rules against Greece over Tsalikidis mysterious death in wiretap scandal "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The European Court of Human Rights has ordered Greece to pay damages to relatives of  Vodafone executive Costas Tsalikidis who was found dead on the eve of the governments discovery of a major illegal wiretapping operation that had targeted the countrys political and military leadership. In a statement, the ECHR said judges ordered Greece to

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08:34

If Were All Paying our Municipalities, Where Does our Money go? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

If you want to buy or rent a house, start a business, use your mobile phone or landline, consume electricity or water, you are paying municipalities. Municipalities benefit from almost every service out there in a way or another yet we rarely know how this money is spent, even though its our right to do so as per Article 45 of the Municipal Act.

I recommend you check out the below campaign by NAHNOO NGO and this website Municipalities Under the Spotlight to know more about your rights and how to obtain copies of the municipal councils decision, municipal Budget statements, and financial reports.

Unfortunately, the real problem in most municipalities in Lebanon is that those who were born there are favored over those who live there since their votes dont count and theres nothing much you can do to ask for reforms or transparency if you werent born or cant vote there.

08:32

Salt pond in Antarctica, among the saltiest waters on Earth, is fed from beneath "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

At the base of the Transantarctic Mountains lies a geological oddity. Don Juan Pond is one of the saltiest bodies of water on the planet, filled with a dense, syrupy brine rich in calcium chloride that can remain liquid to minus 50 C (122 F), far below the...... Read more

Can agroforestry propel climate commitments? Interview with Peter Minang "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Paris Agreement, reached at COP21 in December 2015, aims to keep global temperature rise this century to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) are the main tool for defining countries contributions to the Agreement, and most developing country NDCs identified agroforestry as a key part of their climate strategy. The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) is attending the COP23 climate summit in Bonn, Germany, and just released a policy brief on agroforestrys central role in governmental efforts to achieve their NDCs. Report coauthor Peter A. Minang took some time to explain how agroforestrys contribution could be enhanced.   AN INTERVIEW WITH PETER MINANG   Giovanni Ortolani for Mongabay: How is agroforestry represented in current NDC ambitions? Peter Minang: Agroforestry is largely represented as an integral part of climate smart agriculture and landscape restoration. More than 90% of countries cite agriculture as a key part of their NDCs. Moreover, tropical forest countries also cite agroforestry as integral to their strategies for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, as well as for sustainable intensification and ecological agriculture in areas adjacent to forests. Mongabay: What is the emission reduction potential of agroforestry? Peter Minang: Agroforestry currently covers about one billion hectares globally. We estimate that agroforestry is currently holding the equivalent of up to 20 years of emissions from deforestation (i.e. up to 34 petagrams of carbon or Pg C). This is perhaps the highest potential for carbon neutrality within the agricultural sector. Cacao agroforestry system in

An early warning system for locating forest loss "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A satellite-based alert system can now detect fine-scale deforestation in near-real time, enabling managers or rangers in tropical forests to respond to early stages of deforestation. Anyone can now register to receive free weekly alerts of tree cover loss, created by the Global Land Analysis & Discovery (GLAD) lab at the University of Maryland, through Global Forest Watch (GFW), the online forest change monitoring platform. The GLAD alerts identify areas of likely recent tree cover loss within pixels of 30 meters on each side. Western Amazon rainforest in Madre de Dios, Peru with small clearings that typically begin near rivers. Photo credit: Sue Palminteri Advance warnings at this scale could facilitate more timely, and therefore more effective and efficient, interventions to activities such as illegal tree cutting along roads or existing clearings. They would likely help the manager of a forestry concession, ecotourism lodge, or state park quickly locate and verify a report that forest has been cut down illegally inside the area, without having to hire a plane or continuously send out patrols across the area. Near-real-time forest loss alerts can also facilitate forest monitoring by providing agency officials or NGOs with up-to-date information about patterns of deforestation for their species range, protected area, region, or country. For example, the Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project (MAAP) uses GLAD alerts as a first step in identifying deforestation hotspots in the Peruvian Amazon. The MAAP team uses new alerts of tree cover loss to investigate deforestation events. They follow up on

08:32

Frozen In Time: 63-Year-Old Mom And Her Middle Aged Daughters Stun The World With Their Youthful Looks "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Sure, most already praise those of Asian descent for having a youthful look for far longer than most, but this Taiwanese family takes the cake. They are proof that if you take care of yourself you can look young forever.

This family has recently taken the internet by storm as photos of them have gone viral. The family consists of Lure (41), Fayfay (40), Sharon (36), and their mother who is as the title suggested 63 years of age. However, the mother looks as if she is not a day over 30, and the daughters all look like teenagers. No, really they look like teenagers!

These sisters say they actually were lucky enough to inherit their youthful looks from their mother, but, of course, there is more to it than that. These lovely ladies have beauty secrets for days. Before we get into that though, take a look at the images of them below.

Credit: Lure Hsu/Weibo Credit: Fayfay Hsu Credit: Sharon Hsu

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08:31

V-Tight Gel (unverified) - 2,013,164 breached accounts "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

In approximately February 2016, data surfaced which was allegedly obtained from V-Tight Gel (vaginal tightening gel). Whilst the data set was titled V-Tight, within there were 50 other (predominantly wellness-related) domain names, most owned by the same entity. Multiple HIBP subscribers confirmed that although they couldn't recall providing data specifically to V-Tight, their personal information including name, phone and physical address was accurate. V-Tight Gel did not reply to multiple requests for comment.

08:30

Russia Casts 10th Veto of UN Action on Syria "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Representatives of Russia and Bolivia vote in the United Nations (UN) Security Council on a bid to renew an international inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria during a meeting at the UN headquarters in New York, US, November 16, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Lucas Jackson

Representatives of Russia and Bolivia vote in the United Nations (UN) Security Council on a bid to renew an international inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria during a meeting at the UN...

08:30

The Deep Focus Routine That Keeps WeWork COO Jen Berrent Centered "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

If I go days without meditating, people will feel it.

Almost every morning, I work out or meditate or do yoga. If I go days without meditating, people will feel it in the office for sure. I have a son who gets up at 7 a.m., so I do all that stuff before and then I spend time with him.

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08:30

The No-Filter Leadership Style Of Instagram COO Marne Levine "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Make sure youre solving the right problem.

At Instagram, we have an open floor plan. Its got a calm, clean, simple aesthetic, but theres also inspiration on the walls, with video and photos and stories from the community. I love our work space and feel really productive sitting at my desk. But the place where I feel most productive is in my conference room. Its name, No Filter, is a popular hashtag on Instagram, but its also the tone I want to set for every conversation that happens here. If people dont use a filter, theyre more direct. And were able to be more efficient and effective.

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08:30

Editorial: Rajasthan Government Must Ensure Padmavati Is Released, Not Pander to Mobs "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Politicians and Senas threatening violence need to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

It is now becoming a regular occurrence. In advance of a films release, someone or the other claims it is offensive to their community and demands it be banned. Often, the aggrieved party hasnt even seen the film, but why should that matter perception is enough. They threaten to protest and, depending on the volume of the noise they can create and if there is a vote bank involved, politicians respond, coming down on the side of the protestors.

We have seen this often enough and the latest edition is the outrage of a section of the Rajput community against Sanjay Leela Bhansalis film Padmavati. Members of the Shree Rajput Karni Sena dont want the film to be released because they say it defames the Rajput queen. The film itself is based on a tale that was popularised by the 16th-century sufi poet Malik Muhammed Jayasi.

They have heard that the film shows her consorting with the invader Allauddin Khalji and that, for them, is intolerable. Have they seen the film, or even read the script? No, but why should that matter. In our post-truth times, facts dont matter and if WhatsApp says something, it must be true. In January, they had vandalised the sets of the film, forcing Bhansali to shift the venue of the...

08:29

A Legacy of Environmental Racism "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Joseph Gaines was sitting on his porch in the Charlton-Pollard section of Beaumont, Texas, on a recent evening in June, sipping beer and chatting with some of his neighbors about the NBA playoffs, when a loud boom cut through the night and a stream of fire lit up the sky. A few minutes later, a []

08:28

Revisiting a five year-old BBC story "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Five years ago this week the BBC was very busy promoting a story about the tragic death of the son of one of its employees in the Gaza Strip.

As readers may recall:

On the evening of November 14th 2012, soon after the incident had happened, BBC Arabic in Gaza broke the story when it interviewed Jihad Masharawi as he held his sons body. That film footage was used the next day in a report by Jon Donnison which appeared on BBC television news and can be seen here

On the same evening, BBC employees began Tweeting about the event, including for example the BBCs correspondent in Washington who sent the following Tweet retweeted by others 3,441 times:

On the day after the incident November 15th  the [then] head of the BBC Jerusalem Bureau and chair of the Foreign Press Association, Paul Danahar, arrived in the Gaza Strip and visited the Masharawi house from where he began sending a series o...

08:27

German Coalition Talks Miss Deadline as Parties Remain At Odds "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A picture shows the Reichstag building, seat of the German lower house of parliament (Bundestag) during exploratory talks about forming a new coalition government in Berlin, Germany, November 16, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Hannibal Hanschke

A picture shows the Reichstag building, seat of the German lower house of parliament (Bundestag) during exploratory talks about forming a new coalition government in Berlin, Germany, November 16, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Hannibal Hanschke

Berlin: Chancellor Angela Merkels efforts to forge a three-way ruling coalition could stretc...

08:27

Genetic study: Ashkenazi Jews are substantially of Western European origin "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The origin of the Ashkenazi Jews, who come most recently from Europe, has largely been shrouded in mystery. But a new study suggests that at least their maternal lineage may derive largely from Europe. Though the finding may seem intuitive, it contradicts the notion that European Jews mostly descend from people who left Israel and the Middle East around 2,000 years ago. Instead, a substantial proportion of the population originates from local Europeans who converted to Judaism, said study co-author Martin Richards, an archaeogeneticist at the University of Huddersfield in England. Tangled legacy Little is known about the history of Ashkenazi Jews before they were expelled from the Mediterranean and settled in what is now Poland around the 12th century. On average, all Ashkenazi Jews are genetically as closely related to each other as fourth or fifth cousins, said Dr. Harry Ostrer, a pathology, pediatrics and genetics professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and the author of Legacy: A Genetic History of the Jewish People (Oxford University Press, 2012).

08:25

Alabama Will Vote for Moore, Trump Asia Trip, Plan on Inflation "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Greg Hunters USAWatchdog.com (WNW 310 11.17.17) The saga of Roy Moore continues with twists and turns and dirty tricks by the Deep State. Its been revealed that a so-called robocall campaign to try and find dirt on Senate candidate Roy Moore happened after he won the GOP primary.  Now, the only piece of evidence in []

08:21

Government hospitals on sale! "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

How do governments push for privatisation of public property? The theory goes that first they neglect and starve the system of funds. When failing services spoil public perception, they accuse the institution of not working properly. The solution they suggest is to give the institution to private players. Here is a classic example of this []

08:18

Kazakhstan: Editor's Parole Release Ordered in Surprise Ruling "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A court in Kazakhstan has ordered the release on parole of a prominent journalist who was sentenced last October to serve six years in prison on fraud charges.

Lawyers filing the parole appeal for Seitkazy Matayev, 63, said their client had exhibited exemplary behavior while in prison and that he was suffering from circulation trouble, Tengri News reported on November 16.

Many were shocked by the trial against Matayev, a largely establishment figure who headed Kazakh Journalists Union. In the early 1990s, he worked as President Nursultan Nazarbayevs first post-independence press secretary.

Matayev and his son, Aset, who was sentenced to five years in prison, were arrested in February 2016 on suspicion of tax evasion and misappropriating money granted to their KazTAG news agency as part of a much-criticized state media subsidy program. Prosecutors put the amount of funds supposedly defrauded funds at around $1 million.

Matayev vehemently denied the charges, insisting he was the victim of a politically orchestrated campaign. In his final appeal to court he accused the chairman of the lower house of parliament, Nurlan Nigmatullin, of engineering his downfall. Nigmatullin had taken over as speaker in June after leaving his previous post as head of the presidential administration.

In spring, Matayevs sentence was commuted by amnesty to two years and eight months.

Prosecutors have a 15-day window in which to appeal the release ordered by the court in Kapchagay, a town in the Almaty region. That likelihood is not to be excluded. The prosecution argued in the November 16 hearings that the court should reject the parole appeal as Matayev had failed to provide sufficient compensation for the financial damages he is accused of causing.

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08:17

1973: On this Day in History, Nixon insists that he is not a crook - Veterans Today "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

people have got to know whether or not their President is a crook. Well, Im not a crook. Ive earned everything Ive got.

08:15

Action for Manus Island refugees Sunday 19 November, 1pm @ Aotea Square "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Jacinda Ardern announced today that it could take up to 5 months to come to a deal with Australia to take 150 of the 600 men stranded on Manus whilst the Australian government has effectively abandoned them, demolishing parts of the detention center and cutting off water, power and food supplies in a situation the UNHCR describes as "desperate".

We demand that our new government negotiates directly with the Papua New Guinea government to BRING THEM HERE.

Please join us on Sunday @ 1pm at Aotea Square & lets lift our voices for peace & justice. Please share the Facebook event with your friends & family.

Cant make it on Sunday?

There is plenty you can do. Here are four ways you can take action on this urgent issue:

1: Sign & share the petition demanding the NZ Government #BringThemHere on Facebook or Twitter, and forward this email to a friend.

2: Tweet at our PM @jacindaardern and/or Immigration Minister @IainLG and/or @TurnbullMalcolm here are a couple of suggested tweets:

Hundreds of refugees on Manus in desperate situation. @TurnbullMalcolm needs to evacuate now. We need to bring them here @jacindaardern @iainLG

Refugees on Manus Island in danger as detention centre shuts. We need to urgently #BringThemHere! #RefugeesWelcome @jacindaardern @IainLG @TurnbullMalcolm

3: Call or email your MP, Jacinda Ardern and Iain Lees-Galloway directly: jacinda.ardern / 04 817 9370 & iain.lees-galloway / 04 817 6967

4: Send a message of solidarity directly to refugees on Manus & let them know we stand with them and want them here. Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani is being held on Manus & is reporting the situation there tweet at him @BehrouzBoochani or use #BringThemHere

Thanks for taking action today!

Auckland Peace Action


08:12

Protest for Manus: Dutton blusters as Manus defies the siege "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Refugee Action Coalition Media Release Media Release Emergency rally: still no safe settlement as Manus defies the siege Despite constant claims from the Prime Minister and Immigration Minister that new relocation areas are safe and ready, photos from West Lorengau on Manus Island show that the area is still a construction site. Duttons claim that

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08:11

8 Signs You Have An Intense Personality That Can Be Intimidating To Others "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Sometimes in life, we are just far too real for the rest of the world to handle. There are deep personalities that just operate on a level other people cannot understand.

If you are someone who spends a lot of time working to understand everything you possibly can on a more intense level you most likely have a deep personality. This is a good thing; people with deep personalities have all of the following traits.

8 Things People Who Have Deep Personalities Do:

1. You dont NEED the attention of others.

You are not a people pleaser and dont need other people to feel validated. You know well that you only need the attention of yourself to be truly happy. Wasting your time worrying about what other people think is not going to help anyone.

2. You cannot stand ignorance.

Ignorance gets under your skin more than anything else. You work hard to educate others and ensure that you are educated as well. When someone denies something that is fact, you get very worked up. With that being said, you know how to keep your composure in most situations, and no not let ignorant people get the best of you.

3. You dont like small talk.

You like conversation with meaning. Meaningless conversation bores you because you see how truly unnecessary it is. Sure, those who shallowly ask how your day is have good intentions but you know theyd rather not speak at all.

4. You know all too well that actions speak louder than words.

You dont look for people to say they will do something you focus on whether or not they actually do what they say. People all too often say one thing and do another. You are generally the first to call them out as well as the first to notice.

5. You are a great listener.

You are able to listen to other peoples problems from a nonbiased perspective. People often come to you for advice, because your opinion is valued.

6. You speak your mind.

You dont care what others think when something needs to be said you say it. You know where you stand, and you are not afraid of anyone. Speaking your mind comes naturally.

7. You are happy with who you are as a person.

You know who you are and are okay with it. You arent constantly searching for you...

08:04

What if new Google management decided that a search should cost $20, take eight hours, and be deliberately unreliable? (Bitcoin.) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Bitcoin:Toy with the following idea: with people used to Google searches having been free, instant and reliable for years, a new Google management decides that a price market should develop for searches, with Google prices suddenly costing upwards of 20 dollars, taking hours to complete, and being notoriously unreliable. Does this sound like a good scenario? Does this sound like a recipe for winning? Its what has happened to Bitcoin the old bitcoin under the new management of Blockstream (who keep insisting, against all evidence to the contrary, that theyre not in charge of bitcoin).

Nobody I know shows off bitcoin (Bitcoin Legacy) to their friends anymore. Its painfully embarrassing. Nobody I know uses bitcoin for anything anymore, for the reason that transactions take hours to complete, cost upward of $20 (my last two transactions cost $30 and $70, respectively), and have been made unreliable by design, through something called RBF.

When I got into bitcoin in 2011, transactions were free, reliable, and instant. Not free as in very cheap, but actually free. The vast majority of transactions did not pay a transaction fee, and this was also Satoshi Nakamotos original intention, according to email archives. It makes sense: you want to be able to write code that optimizes your money across addresses and databases without paying a lot of transaction fees in the process just for moving your own data around. It was extremely useful, it was amazingly cool to show off

Around 2014, a couple of people hijacked Bitcoin, for all intents and purposes, stripped the original known coder (Gavin Andresen) of his coding access privileges, and set out in a new direction. Bitcoin transactions should cost money, they decided, a lot of money, because the network wasnt sustainable otherwise (nevermind that it worked just fine with subcent optional transactions had worked just fine up until that point). The company was called Blockstream, and they were met with such fierce opposition from the community, they literally had to start deleting every post off the bitcoin forums (bitcointalk, Reddits /r/bitcoin, and the mailing list) that challenged the narrative that it was utterly moronic to deliberately congest the network to make it slow, unreliable, and expensive.

Yes, it just so happened that the people who formed this Blockstre...

07:59

And All the Men and Women Merely Soldiers "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Since September 11, 2001, the United States has been fighting a war on terror. Real soldiers have been deployed to distant lands; real cluster bombs and white phosphorus have been used; real cruise missiles have been launched; the first MOAB, the largest non-nuclear bomb in the U.S. arsenal, has been dropped; and real cities have []

07:52

Two prominent Minnesota Democrats call on Al Franken to resign "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Two prominent Minnesota Democrats call on Al Franken to resign | 16 Nov 2017 | Two prominent members of Minnesota's Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party are calling on Sen. Al Franken to resign his Senate seat following allegations of sexual misconduct. Although many other Democrats have called the former comedian's actions disturbing, state auditor Rebecca Otto and Megan Thomas, president of the party's official Feminist Caucus, say he should leave office.

07:51

Confederate monuments are and always have been monuments to white supremacy "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

At a Tuesday afternoon press appearance, President Trump defended the alt-right protest on the campus of the University of Virginia Friday night at which demonstrators carrying tiki torches gave Nazi salutes and chanted slogans including, Jews will not replace us! as being about a defense of Southern heritage. The rally-goers, the president says, []

07:47

Global monetary policy, big banks & geo-politics in the Trump era "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The following is the transcript from my speech: Shifting US-Japan Geo-Politics, Banking Landscape and Financial Regulations in the Trump Era. It was given on July 11, 2017 at the Canon Institute for Global Studies in Tokyo, Japan: President Trump has talked a lot about America First. Over the last 6 months, we have seen that []

07:45

Zimbabwe: Mugabes Fate Hangs in the Balance Amid Coup Confusion "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Soldiers are seen on the armoured vehicle outside the parliament in Harare, Zimbabwe, November 16, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Philimon Bulawayo

Soldiers are seen on the armoured vehicle outside the parliament in Harare, Zimbabwe, November 16, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Philimon Bulawayo

Harare: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabes fate hung in the balance on Friday as he apparently resisted efforts to make him step down following a seizure of power by the army, until this week a key pillar of his 37-year-rule.

The military said on national television it was holding talks with Mugabe on the way forward and that it would advise the nation on their outcome as soon as possible.

The US, a longtime critic of Mugabe over allegations of human rights abuses and election rigging, is seeking a new era for Zimbabwe, the State Departments top official for Africa said, an implicit call for the non...

07:44

Gang-Rape by Multiple Soldiers, Forced Public Nudity and Sexual Slavery in Military Captivity against (Muslim) Rohingya Women and Girls "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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16 November 2017 Following a visit to Bangladeshs Coxs Bazar, where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar have settled in makeshift camps, a UN envoy has called for enhanced measures to protect and assist victims of sexual violence among the displaced population.

UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Pramila Patten at a government health post in Konapara, Bangladesh, during a visit that also included Coxs Bazar. Photo: Office of the Special Representative

My observations point to a pattern of widespread atrocities, including rape, gang-rape by multiple soldiers, forced public nudity and humiliation, and sexual slavery in military captivity directed against Rohingya women and girls, UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Pramila Patten said.

The humanitarian crisis caused by escalating violence in Myanmars Rakhine state is causing catastrophic suffering.

Over 600,000 Rohingya refugees have fled across the border to Bangladesh since 25 August. The UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) estimates Bangladesh now hosts more than 800,000 Rohingya refugees.

Pattans visit, mainly to Bangladeshs capital, Dhaka, and to Coxs Bazar, from 5 to 13 November, was to better understand the nature, patterns and trends of sexual violence related to the con...

07:41

Poland: Pozna United Against Nationalism "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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On November 15th Poznan Against Nationalism coalition organized a demonstration in the center of Poznan, Poland. The people of Poznan have proven they will not be threatened by fascists and the fake news they spread their strategy based on creating fear and tension did not succeed.

The antifascist demonstration was around 700-people strong. The anti-nationalist demonstration was organized as a reaction to a meeting with deputy Robert Winnicki, a neofascist who spreads hate and xenophobia. He is a member of Mlodziez Wszechpolska (MW). The presence of that important guest was an attempt to legitimize the vicious attacks of nationalists.

Winnicki, who is known for an attempted attack against a Roma settlement in Wroclaw, became the face of the fascist far-right in Poland. He came to Poznan to meet with the local nationalists at a bar in the centre of the city.

After the antifascist demonstration was announced, nationalists were trying to spread fake news about the so-called Antifa planning to vandalize the city of Poznan with the help of their militant comrades from France, the rumours were widely spread by the right-wing media. Neo-nazis also announced a counter-demonstration against the left.

The anti-nationalist demonstration was also a reaction to various neo-nazi attacks in Poznan. Last March, right after a nationalist rally, a group of 30 masked men attacked an anarchist bookshop Zemsta, which was full of guests at the time. The previous attack took place two weeks before, another one happened last month. They have attacked various demonstrations, for example the Gay Pride march, they also attacked a LGBT organizations office and have taken down rainbow flags.

Anti-racists from different organizations (anti-hate groups, pro-refugee NGOs, LGBTQ community, left-wing and democratic parties) then decided to form a united front against nationalism and mobilized for the demonstration. They wanted to show that the symmetry between anti-fascism and nationalism as two opposing ideologies cannot be drawn.

It is also important to mention that last Saturday, on November 11th neo-nazis once again marched through Warsaw in the so-called Independence March, which has been called the largest neo-fascist gathering in Europe. They were chanting white power slogans, held banners that read Europe should be either white or deserted, some of them were seen seig-heiling, which is illegal in Poland. The spokesperson of MW in Warsaw said that his organization does not represent racism but racial separatism and he added that a black person could not be Polish.

The de...

07:38

Thousands witness the Sun Blinking, turning Black and Red, Holographic Moon and Sun "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

October 2017: Some natural phenomenon do involve reddish sun, but when it starts blinking, turning black and even changing its shape it seems this is something else

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07:32

Mexico Enacts Law to Help Find Thousands Missing in Gang Violence "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Relatives of missing people hold a protest, outside Los Pinos presidential residence, for the strengthening of the new general law on disappearance, in Mexico City, Mexico November 16, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Carlos Jasso

Relatives of missing people hold a protest, outside Los Pinos presidential residence, for the strengthening of the new general law on disappearance, in Mexico City, Mexico November 16, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Carlos Jasso

Mexico City: Mexico on Thursday undertook to focus more resources on the search for missing people, the number of which has grown dramatically in rece...

07:31

Climatic Change, Global Economy and Conflicts Drive Food Insecurity and Undernourishment in Sub-Saharan Africa "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Human Wrongs Watch

Adverse climatic conditions, a sluggish global economy and conflicts are key factors driving food insecurity in sub-Saharan Africa, the United Nations agriculture agency on 16 November said.

Woman on her way to collect water in drought stricken Chikwawa district, Malawi Photo: OCHA/Tamara van Vliet

According to the Food and Agriculture Organizations (FAO) 2017 Africa Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition report, chronic undernourishment appears to have risen from 20.8 to 22.7 per cent between 2015 and 2016 pointing to the need to build affected communities resilience and find peaceful solutions that strengthen food security.

The number of undernourished people rose from 200 to 224 million, accounting for 25 per cent of the 815 million people undernourished in the world in 2016, said Bukar Tijani, FAO Assistant Director-General of and Regional Representative for Africa.

Under the theme The Food Security and Nutrition Conflict Nexus: Building Resilience for Food Security, Nutrition and Peace, this years report was launched at the joint FAO/WHO [World Health Organization] Africa Regional Symposium on Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition,  in Abidjan, 16 to 17 November 2017.

Major factors have caused this surge in hunger: the proportion of the population that has experienced severe food insecurity because of their inability to access food has risen in the region; as well, adverse climatic conditions and conflict,...

07:30

Woman Says George H.W. Bush Groped Her When She Was 16: 'I Was a Child' "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Roslyn Corrigan was sixteen years old when she got a chance to meet George H.W. Bush, excited to be introduced to a former president having grown up dreaming of going into politics.

But Corrigan was crushed by her encounter: Bush, then 79 years old, groped her buttocks at a November 2003 event in The Woodlands, Texas, office of the Central Intelligence Agency where Corrigans father gathered with fellow intelligence officers and family members to meet Bush, Corrigan said.

Corrigan is the sixth woman since Oct. 24 to accuse Bush publicly of grabbing her buttocks without consent.

My initial reaction was absolute horror. I was really, really confused, Corrigan told TIME, speaking publicly for the first time about the encounter.

The first thing I did was look at my mom and, while he was still standing there, I didnt say anything. What does a teenager say to the ex-president of the United States? Like, Hey dude, you shouldnt have touched me like that?


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07:25

After Banning Opposition, Cambodia Faces International Action "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Police officers block a street near the Supreme Court during a hearing to decide whether to dissolve the main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, November 16, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Samrang Pring

Police officers block a street near the Supreme Court during a hearing to decide whether to dissolve the main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, November 16, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Samrang Pring

Phnom Penh: The US promised concrete steps against Cambodia and the European Union raised a threat to vital trade preferences after the main opposition party was banned ahead of elections.

The Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) was dissolved by the Su...

07:25

Presumed Leonardo da Vinci Painting Sold for $450 Million "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

'Leonardo da Vinci artwork' sells for record $450m

A 500-year-old painting of Christ believed to have been painted by Leonardo da Vinci has been sold in New York for a record $450m (341m). The painting is known as Salvator Mundi (Saviour of the World).

It is the highest auction price for any work of art and brought cheers and applause at the packed Christie's auction room.

Leonardo da Vinci died in 1519 and there are fewer than 20 of his paintings in existence. Salvator Mundi, believed to have been painted sometime after 1505, is the only work thought to be in private hands.

Bidding began at $100m and the final bid for the work was $400m, with fees bringing the full price up to $450.3m. The unidentified buyer was involved in a bidding contest, via telephone, that lasted nearly 20 minutes.

Related: The Picture Under the "Mona Lisa"
"Masterpiece" Painting Sold for $165 Million to Help Fund Criminal Justice Reform


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07:24

IT IS TIME TO SPEAK OF A PECULIAR THING "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Welcome to the rabbit hole its time to speak of wonderful topics over tea.  Glad to see so many came, now let me speak my mind.  Have a biscuit while you listen.  The rabbit will pour the tea.

Today lets speak of a peculiar thing, like Corporate Elites who can drill for oil but oh dear, they can never drill a well for water.  At least they found an answer to the problem for the citizens in Africa while they suck all the oil from their ground and strip the minerals like diamonds and gold from their veinsthe ones that run deep in the ground.  Their fleshly veins get vaccines, diseases, and new plagues to spread around.  But fear not for they have found a way to quench their thirst, miraculous in nature and so different from all Ive seen it is called a filter.  Yes, a water filter that villagers can take with them to the stream and suck up toxic water and hope it will end up clean!

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07:24

Let them sell the Norman Rockwells "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Berkshire Museum, yes.  They were going to sell 40 paintings at Sothebys, including two very special Norman Rockwells, but at the last minute a court decision halted the sale, claiming (with only thin justification) that the sale would violate the museums trusts.  That is the setting of my latest Bloomberg column, here is one bit:

The sad truth is that the people running the Berkshire Museum just dont care that much about American art any more, at least not from an institutional point of view. Given that reality, its actually better if they are not entrusted with important artworks.

The courts decision now means it will be hard to pull off the sale with fully clear rights to the titles, although the courts judgment will be re-examined in December. Both the uncertainty and the surrounding negative publicity will scare off buyers and may spoil the market for a long time to come.

There is much more at the link.  The argument against selling, of course, is that in a world of frequent sales all museums will find it hard to make credibly binding commitments to their donors, who often do not want their donated works recycled in the marketplace.  But the equilibrium of zero selling is one that will destroy a great deal of value in the art world.  Note that this problem will become increasingly relevant as the clock ticks and the number and inappropriateness of past museum commitments piles up.  If nothing else, sooner or later insolvency sets in.  Rust never sleeps.  And so on.

Should churches really own all that land in the downturns of major American cities?

The post Let them sell the Norman Rockwells appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

07:17

Bogus Trademark Claim Blocks Band From Using Name They Had For 20yrs "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Intellectual Property is often sold as a legal measure to protect artists from scammers who may attempt to replicate their brand, but more often than not these types of legal avenues are taken advantage of by opportunists and exploited by publishers to the detriment of truly creative people. This situation plays out on a regular basis, I experienced this firsthand when getting my first book published, and noticed a similar situation in the news this week when rock band Skitzo Calypso had the majority of their releases pulled from multiple distributors because an artist in an entirely different genre, with a somewhat similar name, trademarked their name and as a result was able to have any artist with a related name to be taken off the market. One of the bands caught up in the crossfire was Skitzo Calypso of Baltimore, who I have been following for most of their 20+ year career.

This week, I saw the band announce through their Facebook page that the bulk of their back catalog was going to disappear from Spotify, Amazon, Itunes and all of their distributors partners. I reached out to Skitzo Calypso front man Brad Cox for the details and was shocked to learn just how easy it is for opportunists to knock their perceived competition off the map using bogus IP claims. Not only was the artist in question 7 years-old at the time of the bands first official release, but their name is even spelled differently, although many of the letters are the same. Brad did not want to put the other artists name to the public because he is hoping to handle this behind the scenes diplomatically, but early efforts have not been fruitful. He also said that it is only one word in the name that is being disputed, which makes the claim even more ridiculous.

Its like saying there cant be a Lil Wayne, Lil John, and Lil Kim because of Lil or a Guns N Roses and LA Guns because of Guns, Brad said in an interview with The Mind Unleashed.

Brad went on to say that he has spent the past several days stuck in a customer service nightmare, where none of the legal departments will even respond to him and are just diverting the claim to the legal system, basically forcing him into court.

The legal departments literally wont talk to you or adhere to basic logicthey award the complainant control for frivolous disputes. Im not asking for a lawyer from the company to defend me, but I am asking for a certain level of common sense he attributed to these types of situations, he said. To add insult to injury, the band has not toured or played live since the recent passing of one of their long-time members, so for the foreseeable future, streaming their music was the only way for fans like myself to relive 20 years of memories, but now that lifeline is threatened and the band intends to fight back.......

07:16

Vegas Tourism In a Tailspin Since the Massacre "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Since the Vegas false flag event, the people are voting with their feet. Tourism is down dramatically and there is no end in sight.

 

 

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07:12

Pruitt's (polluter) priorities "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

EPA Scott Pruitt

We saw this coming with Scott Pruitt. Long before he became Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), his allegiances to industry were clear. And with new policies at the agency, he's paving the way for even more corporate sway over how our air, soil, water and communities are protected (or not).

In his latest move, Pruitt recently announced that scientists receiving EPA funding for their research will no longer be allowed to advise the agency's rulemaking. While conflict of interest rules have long been on the books, this change in policy is, he says, to "ensure independence."

But Pruitt has made no such decrees about corporate-backed researchers.

And as many national outlets report, he is anticipated to stack EPA advisory bodies including the Scientific Advisory Panel, Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee and Board of Scientific Counselors with representatives from the very industries whose products and practices are being reviewed. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) put it this way:

Pruitt is purging expert scientists from his science boards and replacing them with mouthpieces for big polluters."

Welcome, foxes, to the hen house.

"Goodbye science, hello industry"

In hi...

07:10

R600 Gallium3D Shader Image Support Lands, Other R600g Patches Pending "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

As a follow-up to OpenGL 4.2 Support Could Soon Land For AMD Cayman GPUs On R600g, the patches have landed in Mesa 17.4-dev Git! Plus other R600g patches are on the mailing list for review...