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Saturday, 23 December

01:38

8 dead, 9 missing as Tropical Cyclone "Tembin" hits Philippines, next in line Vietnam and Thailand "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

At least eight people have been killed and nine are missing since Tropical Cyclone "Tembin," known locally as Vinta, started affecting the Philippines this week. Tembin made landfall along the east coast of Mindanao early Friday, December 22, 2017, with...... Read more

Floods and landslides as record rain hits Hawaii "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Several days of heavy rain caused widespread flooding on Maui and the Big Island, Hawaii this week. Heavy rains started Tuesday night but the worst hit Wednesday, December 20. According to NWS, Kahului Airport recorded nearly 67 mm (2.65 inches) of rainfall in 1...... Read more

Scientists determine there are seven species of silky anteater, not one "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A study published earlier this month in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society describes six distinct new species of silky anteater, meaning there are now officially seven species of the elusive mammal, not just one. Silky anteaters are small, nocturnal animals that live in the canopies of trees in the tropical forests of South and Central America. They are known as very discreet and thus difficult to find, which helps explain why Cyclopes didactylus, the common anteater, was one of the least studied anteaters in the world and had been considered to be a single species up until now. Flvia Miranda, a researcher at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Brazil and the studys lead author, told National Geographic that she first suspected there might be more than one silky anteater species after noticing that populations in the Brazilian Amazon had different fur colorations than those in the Atlantic forest. Miranda and a team of researchers set out to study the silky anteater more closely, but due to the animals secretive nature, it took them two years to finally capture a specimen from which they could take DNA samples. We spent many months during 19 expeditions in the Amazon and other rain forests searching for the little anteater, Miranda said in a statement. Her team eventually collected 33 samples of DNA from wild anteaters and examined more than 280 museum specimens from around the world in order to determine that silky anteaters are actually far more genetically and

Selective logging reduces biodiversity, disrupts Amazon ecosystems: study "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Coprophanaeus lancifer, the largest crepuscular tunnelling dung beetle species found in the Amazon study region. Photographed in the Brazilian Amazon, 2016. Photo by Filipe Frana Reduced-impact-logging techniques are now used globally. This forestry approach, also called selective logging, aims to preserve biodiversity and maintain forest ecosystem functions while extracting commercially valuable timber. However, new research shows that even low-levels of timber extraction can have a detrimental effect on biodiversity that includes impacts on important ecosystem engineers such as dung beetles. Reduced-impact logging (RIL) became popular in the 1990s because it promised to provide timber without the ecologically devastating effects of clear-cutting. There are no published estimates of the global scale of RIL schemes, but a Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) report in 2015 found that more than 2.1 billion hectares (8.1 million square miles) of forest is under a forest management plan, and 438 million hectares (1.7 million square miles) are internationally certified. Meanwhile, evidence has been mounting over the last decade that selective logging may not be the win-win scenario it was once thought to be. Tree being logged by a worker within the Brazilian timber concession where the study was conducted. Photo by Filipe Frana Low level logging impacts dung beetles In a study published online in Biological Conservation in October, an international research team compared the species richness of dung beetles and their effectiveness at removing dung, both before and after selective logging, at thirty-four sites in the Amazonian Jari Florestal logging concession

Why Does My Dogs Tongue Hang Out Of His Mouth? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

We associate a panting, pink tongue with a happy, relaxed dog but what if your pup cant seem to hold his tongue inside his mouth for more than a few minutes at a time? Could a dogs tongue perpetually waving in the wind like a flag be a sign that somethings wrong?
 
A dogs tongue has many jobs: Its an air conditioner, a hydration system, an instrument for giving all those loving smooches and licks. The hardworking organ responds to taste, touch, heat, cold and pain, expanding and contracting depending on the dogs needs in the moment.
 
Its only natural that pet parents would be concerned if their dogs tongue sticks out say all the time. But, for some dogs, a flappy tongue is natural; here's how to tell the difference: 

Is it all genetics?



Luckily, the condition, sometimes referred to as hanging tongue syndrome, is often simply be a matter of being born that way, explains Dr. Holly Ahlgrim, of DoveLewis Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital in Portland, Oregon.
 
A dogs tongue that constantly hangs out is a genetic condition mostly found in smaller pups and flat-faced pups likes pugs and Pekingese dogs, Ahlgrim tells The Dodo. Many times their tongue may be too large for the mouth or jawbone.
 
Centuries of breeding have produced petite dogs such as the Chihuahua, Cavalier King Charles spaniels and brachycephalic breeds (those dogs with smooshed faces) who are prone to this endearingly derpy face. If your dog has experienced this condition for the majority of her life, Ahlgrim notes, its generally not something to be concerned about, as it wont in itself negatively affect your dogs health.

Watch the teeth

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Man Goes To Take A Shower And Finds Someone's Already In There "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A man in Thailand got quite a surprise when he went into his bathroom shower and tried to turn on the faucet. 

Credit: WFFT

A wide-eyed little animal was clinging to the showerhead, staring right back at him. 

The animal was a Sunda slow loris, a vulnerable wild animal who is often stolen from the wild to be sold on the black market as a pet. 

Luckily, this particular slow loris had just lost his way. 

Credit: WFFT

"He was found clinging to a showerhead," Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand (WFFT) wrote. "He may have lost his way or been searching for food."

Rescuers from WFFT arrived to help the little guy out of the shower and into an examination room at the center, where veterinarians could evaluate whether he was fit to return to the wild.

Credit: WFFT

Credit: WFFT

Even though this slow loris wasn't so unfortunate as to be trafficked as a pet, his rescue story indicates another threat facing animals like him:...

Disabled Pup Gets Perfect Pink Wheelchair Just For Him "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A mysterious injury left a yellow Lab mix named Kanuk without the use of his back legs. But devoted dog lovers in Texas are hoping to find a forever home for the 11-month-old pup just in time for the holidays.

Credit: Catherine Prystup

He likes to play; he likes to run around and chase things. Hes just a little slower doing it, Catherine Prystup, who is fostering Kanuk for Lucky Lab Rescue and Adoption, told The Dodo.

Vets who examined Kanuk think he suffered some sort of spinal injury when he was young and at this point experts dont think surgery will help. His condition is not expected to worsen; how he is now, is how he will stay, Prystup said. He doesnt require any additional care, he doesnt have extensive issues, he could live to be 15 years just fine.  

To protect his feet when he walked, rescue volunteers first got Kanuk booties.  

Then volunteers had an idea: his front legs worked just fine, so what if they found him some wheels to help him get around? Volunteers with the nonprofit rescue put out a plea on Facebook asking if anyone had a device they could try.

Within a couple of hours, an email popped up in the rescues inbox from a woman named Amy Countryman with the Animal Emergency Hospital of Mansfield, Texas. Countryman could help Kanuk.

I read the post from Lucky Lab and reached out immediately to offer the cart to them, Countryman told The Dodo. One of our clients donated a large pink custom wheelchair when their dog passed away in hopes we could find someone who needed it. We weren't sure we would ever find a dog of that size who could use it, but we held onto it for...

Wild Baby Elephant Helps People Wake His Mom Up After Rescue "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The villagers heard the elephant before they knew what was going on she was crying out, sounding very distressed. When they went to investigate, they found a baby elephant, who was probably about 3 weeks old, trapped inside of a pit on the southern end of South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. But the baby wasnt the one making most of the noise the cries came from his mother, who was desperately trying to free her baby.

The pit wasnt actually that deep people had probably been digging up soil there to use for brick molding, which had left a shallow hole in the ground. But the baby elephant was too small to get out on his own. And as hard as she tried, the mother elephant couldnt get him out either.

Credit: Conservation South Luangwa

The mum was inside the pit with him, and frantically running around trying to help him out, but she also couldnt quite manage, Rachel McRobb, CEO and cofounder of Conservation South Luangwa (CSL), told The Dodo.

A team from CSL, a wildlife vet and park rangers came to the rescue. The first thing they did was tranquilize the mother so shed stay safe and calm. Then they helped the baby.

Credit: Conservation South Luangwa

I jumped in the pit with the baby and got three scouts to help lift him out, McRobb said. They then carried him over to his mum before we woke her up.

Credit: Conservation South Luangwa

The baby elephant didnt need much coaxing he made a beeline for his mom and stayed close to her as the vet gave her an antidote to the tranquilize...

Puppies Go Looking For Trouble And End Up With Hot Pink Tongues "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Meet Apolo and Angel a pair of adorable Rottweiler puppies who just so happen to be the prime suspects behind one recent case of domestic vandalism. 

They weren't caught red-handed, exactly, but came pretty darn close to it.

Credit: Amanda Sena

Apolo and Angel live at home in Brazil with owner Amanda Sena and her family. Though just 4 months old, the pups have already built quite a reputation as troublemakers. In fact, they recently learned to work together to open doors, entering rooms where they're not allowed.

"They help each other be naughty," Sena told The Dodo. "When I think I've seen it all, they still manage to surprise me."

The other day, Apolo and Angel pulled off their most memorable act of mischief to date.

Credit: Amanda Sena

This paper flower belongs (or rather, belonged) to Amanda's sister. It was a decoration from an Hawaii-themed birthday she'd had, which she'd decided to hang onto as a keepsake. But Apolo and Angel clearly weren't deterred by such sentimentalities.

Amanda was at home with a friend this week when she heard a strange sound coming from outside. Upon investigating, she discovered the shredded remnants of that paper flower strewn about in the yard. The puppies tried to make a break for it.

"It was the biggest mess," Amanda said. "I asked my friend to go after them to see if there was anything in their mouths."

And sure enough ...

Credit: Amanda Sena

There was no paper in their mouths to incriminate them, but Apolo and Angel's tongues ha...

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Friday, 22 December

23:11

Surveillance Battles: 2017 in Review "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

If youve been following EFFs work, youll know that weve been fighting against the creeping surveillance state for over 20 years. Often, this means pushing back against the National Security Agencys dragnet surveillance programs, but as new technology becomes available, new threats emerge.

Here are some of the biggest legislative fights we had in 2017.

FISA Section 702

Section 702 is a surveillance authority that is part of the FISA Amendments Act of 2008. It was created as a way for the intelligence community to collect foreign intelligence from non-Americans located outside of the United States. However, the way the law is currently written allows the NSA to incidentally collect communications from an untold number of Americans. We say untold because the government has never disclosed how many law-abiding Americans have had their communications vacuumed up by the NSA and other intelligence gathering organizations. In addition to being used to prevent terrorism, Section 702 allows for that collected information to be used in ordinary law enforcement activities. As we have witnessed in several recent Congressional hearings, even members of Congress tasked with overseeing these programs literally dont know how many Americans have been impacted by this program because the FBI, the DOJ, and the NSA have refused repeated requests share that information.

Section 702 authority was set to expire on December 31, 2017, which means that Congress had a chance to make the many necessary changes needed to protect their constituents from excessive government surveillance. Various members of Congress have introduced some great bills, but other bills do nothing to prevent unwarranted dragnet surveillance.

We are disappointed that Congress hasnt prioritized having a transparent debate about how law enforcement and intelligence agencies should be using their spying authorities while also respecting Americans Fourth Amendment rights. Sadly, as we approached the potential sunset of Section 702 at the end of the year with no consensus in sight, Congressional leadership punted by tacking a three week extension of Section 702 into a...

23:03

Paper giant RAPP bows to peat-protection order after Indonesia court defeat "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

JAKARTA A court in Indonesia has ordered a subsidiary of the countrys second-biggest pulp and paper company to comply with a government order aimed at preventing land fires and haze. The Jakarta State Administrative Court ruled that the legal basis for PT Riau Andalan Pulp and Papers (RAPP) to seek to overturn the order from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry to conserve the peat forests within its existing concessions was invalid. The ruling, handed down on Thursday, means the companys work plans the blueprint for which parts of its concessions it intends to operate in over the coming years are void and must be revised pursuant to the government order. The newly revised work plans will significantly impact our business activities, RAPP said in a statement. Nevertheless, we will comply with the directives from the ministry. The company said it would inform its operations teams about the ruling and ensure the well-being of employees and contractors who are affected by todays court decision. RAPP is a subsidiary of paper giant APRIL, itself a part of the Royal Golden Eagle conglomerate, owned by Indonesian billionaire Sukanto Tanoto. Its work plans were invalidated in the wake of widespread land fires in 2015 and the resultant massive haze, stoked in large part by the drainage of Indonesias vast peat swamps rendering them highly combustible by companies like APRIL and its main competitor, Asia Pulp & Paper, as well as palm oil firms. Smoke from the fires sickened half a

Der neue US-Botschafter in den Niederlanden berzeugt ... "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Der neue US-Botschafter in den Niederlanden berzeugt auf ganzer Linie:

Dutch journalist to new US Ambassador: you said there were 'no go zones' in Netherlands, where are they?

Ambassador: That's fake news, I didn't say that

Journalist: We can show you that clip now.

Er vertritt die Trump-Regierung exzeptionell akkurat!

Na kein Wunder, dass Juristen hufig keinen Bock auf ... "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Na kein Wunder, dass Juristen hufig keinen Bock auf moderne IT-Technik haben. Schaut mal, was denen als "elektronisches Anwaltspostfach" aufgezwungen wird.

Einem IT-Dienstleister war nmlich aufgefallen, dass der beA-Client nicht den Public Key, sondern den Private Key des von T-Systems signierten Zertifikates verteilte.
Auch ansonsten scheint das nicht sehr attraktive Software zu sein.

Es gibt ein paar neue schne Beispiele fr Bilderkennungs-Irrefhrung. ... "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Es gibt ein paar neue schne Beispiele fr Bilderkennungs-Irrefhrung. Das Googlestichwort fr die Disziplin heit "adversarial examples". Wer sich fr dafr interessiert, kann coole Dinge finden.

Rckblickend: Scheie, dass ich das nicht in Alternativlos 41 angesprochen habe. Ich hatte das dieses Jahr sogar in zwei Vortrgen explizit angesprochen, um mal aus dem Deep-Learning-Hype die Luft rauszulassen.

Neulich so: Polizei hlt bei Vergewaltigungsvorwrfen ... "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Neulich so: Polizei hlt bei Vergewaltigungsvorwrfen entlastende Beweise zurck.

Heute so: Oh ach gucke mal, es gibt einen 2. Fall! In beiden der selbe Polizeibeamte.

Wenn ihr euch jetzt denkt, hey, das sieht aber nicht gut aus, dann stimmt Scotland Yard euch zu:

But the collapse of two cases in similar circumstances in a matter of days has prompted senior officers to launch a review of every live rape case currently being investigated by the force.
Die befrchten offensichtlich, es knnte sich um ein systemisches Problem handeln, nicht blo um einen verwirrten Einzeltter.

Hintergrund scheint zu sein, dass die Polizeistatistik bei Vergewaltigungsfllen blo 11,2% Aufklrungsquote hat, und da haben sich die Cops wohl gedacht, hey, dann helfen wir da halt mal ein bisschen nach!1!!

Im brigen mchte ich mal darauf hinweisen, dass es unredlich ist, auf der einen Seite bei 11% Aufklrungsquote auf eine hohe Dunkelziffer zu schlieen, aber bei 1% Vergewaltigungsvorwrfen, die sich als Bullshit herausstellen, nicht. Solche Dinge mssen ergebnisoffen untersucht werden, und ohne ideologische Scheuklappen. Ansonsten verursacht man nicht weniger Opfer sondern mehr (z.B. die Mnner in den beiden Fllen oben).

22:00

December 23 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"


1789 - The ship Guardian carrying stores for the colony struck an iceberg and was forced back to the Cape. It never reached the colony in New South Wales.


1790 - During the second raid on Australia's First Peoples as ordered by Gov Phillip ;
Dawn they broke camp, theChristmas tidal surge flooded in; we were suddenly stopped by a creek, about sixty yards wide, which [before] appeared dry from the tide being out. We were immersed, nearly to the waist in mud, so thick and tenacious.
I am sinking resounded on every side. Our distress would have terminated fatally, had not a soldier called out to those on shore to cut boughs off trees and throw them to us; a lucky thought, which certainly saved many of us from perishing miserably. Our march ended at sun-set, without our seeing a single native.
Having escaped what Captain Tench described a Serbian Bog with guns rendered unserviceable by the mud his exhausted troops spent another sleepless night under stars.

1825 - Surveyor Heneage Finch arrived in Newcastle from Sydney by crossing the Hawkesbury River at Wiseman's Farm

1829 - Arrival of ship William. Passenger Sir Edward Parry Commissioner of Australian Agricultural Company was on board.

1836 - George Steveson wrote in his journal whilst on board the Buffalo anchored off the South Oz coast;
"For the last three evenings we have neared the land just in time to be too late to proceed; & we have regularly tacked & stood out to sea a sufficient distance to occupy the whole day in returning.
The breeze however is a little fresher this evening & we shall probably go on. Our worthy captain has been openly bragging of having imposed upon the Commissioners by telling them of a 90 or 100 days passage;
while he says that he knew all along, & in fact told Mrs Hindmarsh, at Portsmouth, that we should not be at Port Lincoln before December 22 (yesterday) For, said he, (I record the words) If I had said a longer time to them, I should not have been able to get the Buffalo !! So our precious Governor feels no scruple in telling, & no shame in avowing that he has told a gross falsehood on a point of the last importance to the welfare of the Colony! What may we not expect in the way of imposition after this?"

1837 - Today saw the first sale of land on which stood the famously glamorous South Australian Hotel (originally built as a bank) in North Terrace, Adelaide (demolished by interstate faceless executives of Ansett Transport Industries in 1971).

1839 - A School for Aboriginal children opened in Adelaide.

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21:55

Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education: Who Is Frank Brogan? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Frank T. Brogan, who led Floridas public school system, served as the states lieutenant governor and went on to be in charge of two states university systems, was nominated December 11, 2017, to head the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education in the Department of Education.

 

Brogan was born September 6, 1953, in Lafayette, Indiana, one of six children. Brogans mother was widowed and worked as a waitress. The family moved to Cincinnati in 1955 and Brogan eventually attended All Saints School and Moeller High, where he graduated in 1971. He then attended the University of Cincinnati, earning a B.S. in elementary education in 1976. In 1981, Brogan added an M.A. in educational leadership from Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in Boca Raton.

 

Brogan began his career not in education, but selling insurance for L.M. Reid in Fort Lauderdale. Two years later, Brogan joined the Martin County School District as a fifth-grade teacher, was made dean of students at Indiantown Middle School in 1983, named principal of Murray Middle School the following year and in 1988 was elected Martin Countys Superintendent of Schools.

 

In 1994, Brogan won election as Floridas commissioner of education, but not without opposition from teachers unions. Their concerns were justified when, four years later, Brogan was Jeb Bushs running mate in the state gubernatorial election.  We never got comfortable that he had kids at heart, Jeff Wright, a political action specialist with the Florida Teaching Professionals-National Education Association, told the Associated Press. We felt many of his moves were political.

 

Brogan was a good fit with Bush, echoing his stance promoting voluntary prayer and the teaching of creation theory in public schools. Brogan also supported Bushs push for charter schools, later boasting of their supposed success in testimony to Congress.

 

Bush and Brogan won election, and re-election in 2002, and Brogan began to be talked up as a candidate for governor after Bushs term was up. However, Brogan left the statehouse the following year to assume the presidency of his alma mater, FAU. The move boosted Brogans salaryand pension potentialenormously, going from $117,990 to about $500,000 a year.

Brogan was credited with raising FAUs profile and putting it on a more secure financial footing.

He was successful enough that in...

21:49

What It Means to Fight for Technology Users in 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

EFF fights for technology users. We believe that empowering and protecting users should be baked into laws, policies, and court decisions, as well as into the technologies themselves. Since our founding in 1990, we have paired this goal with the common-sense recognition that in order to properly consider these questions, you need to listen to the voices of those who understand, deeply, how the technology works.

This guidestar has served us from the very beginning of EFF. EFF helps courts and lawmakers recognize that the speech of Internet users must be protected against government censorship, that technology users should not be subject to overbroad search and seizure, and that strong encryption ensures that users have security and privacy in the digital world. We work to protect against copyright and patent laws that threaten technologies that empower users to co-create our culturetechnologies like podcasts, user-created videos, and peer-to-peer filesharing. As users come to rely on the Internetto find a job, connect with loved ones, speak out on issues of the day and organize for a better tomorrowEFFs role in standing up for users becomes increasingly important. 

So what does it mean to stand for the users in 2017 and looking into 2018? It means standing up to protect the fundamentals of democracy online, especially addressing the newly urgent needs of users organizing politically, while keeping up our longstanding role of encrypting the Web and combating mass surveillance. Specifically, it means:

  • Fighting against illegal search and seizure of digital devices at the border, and educating users about how to protect their privacy even as invasive searches have ratcheted up significantly under the Trump Administration.
  • Leading the way in identifying, tracking, and sounding the alarm about broadband provider violations of network neutrality, and seeking to build real competition through municipal broadband and other options.
  • Developing materials to help technologically-savvy people better teach their fellow activists, colleagues, friends, and loved ones to protect themselves with the newly-launched Security Education Companion.  This is the latest step in our effort to ensure that everyone who needs it has basic Surveillance Self-Defense.
  • Tracking and exposing government surveillance and hacking, using tools that include the Freedom of Information Act, lawsuits, and the publication of our own investigations into state-sponsor...

21:42

Judge rm -rf Grsecurity's defamation sue-ball against Bruce Perens (Register) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Register reports that the grsecurity defamation suit filed against Bruce Perens has been tossed out of court. "On Thursday, the judge hearing the case, San Francisco magistrate judge Laurel Beeler, granted Peren's motion to dismiss the complaint while also denying for now his effort to invoke California's anti-SLAPP law."

21:41

How to Recapture the True Spirit of Christmas in a Toxic Age "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

I think there must be something wrong with me, Linus. Christmas is coming, but Im not happy. I dont feel the way Im supposed to feel.

  Charlie Brown, A Charlie Brown Christmas

I keep waiting to encounter the kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant Christmas-time environment that Charles Dickens describes in A Christmas Carol: when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.

Instead, every time I read a news headline or flip on the television or open up an email, I run headlong into people consumed with back-biting, partisan politics, sniping, toxic hate, meanness, unfriending and materialism.

How is it that despite all of the blessings and advantages we in the United States possess, as a nation we continue to major in minors, prioritizing politics and profit margins over decency and human-kindness?

Weve been operating in this topsy-turvy, inside-out, upside-down state of being for too long now, but the absence of goodwill, charity and human kindness is especially apparent now, with Christmas just around the corner when, as Charles Dickens notes, Want is keenly felt, and Abundance rejoices.

For instance, Americans spent an estimated $6.9 billion dollars on federal elections in 2016. And what do we have to show for it? More of the same. The halls of Congress and the White House are as polluted as ever.

The countrys endless wars, foreign occupations and targeted drone killings have stretched our military thin, robbed us of resources needed to shore up our infrastructure, and left us vulnerable to blowback, and yet the U.S. government has committed close to $6 trillion to advance wars in the Middle East and prop up the military industrial complex.

Pork barrel legislation, waste, corruption and general mismanagement have also contributed to the governments ballooning $20 trillion debt. Yet the politicians continue to find ways to steal from those who can least afford it, while leading lives of luxury and excess.

Local governments continue to enact policies criminalizing homelessness and making it difficult for those who attempt to feed or shelter....

21:41

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

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21:35

Free Ahed Tamimi! "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Ahed Tamimi, 16 years old and a prominent activist in the occupied Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh, whose courage along with that of her family in standing up to armed Israeli soldiers, land confiscation and settlement construction stealing the resources and even the well of their village has become world-renowned, was seized by occupation soldiers who invaded the Tamimi family home on the morning of 19 December 2017. Aheds father, Bassem, posted on Facebook that Ahed was targeted for arrest after she was attacked by Israeli media after she protested occupation soldiers in Nabi Saleh who shot a 14-year-old boy in the head with a rubber-coated metal bullet; the boy, Mohammed Tamimi, is in a medically-induced coma.

21:33

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

- PrepareWithBill - Food Storage You Can Depend On. 888-756-8727 https://preparewith.com/Bill.Still Good morning, Im still reporting on: Did The FBI Try To Stop Trump?, 1949 Synopsis: Congressman Jim Jordon of Ohio summed up what is now known about the FBIs illegal involvement in trying to prevent Donald Trump from becoming President of the United States. [insert] 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 - Kangen Water, ionized, alkaline water, website: https://www.TopShelfWater.com - Rugged Reserves, home of the solar-powered tactical flashlight with a 100% lifetime guarantee. Call 800-621-7902. Website: https://RuggedReserves.net/billstill - - Denas Pair Relief Store - exclusive importers of the Denas PCM 6 portable pain relief device. Call Coach Jimmy at 503-395-4142, or check the website: https://www.denaspainreliefstore.com Still Report BTC address: 18Ky2c3CgPY3eu5N7ySoM3X6NjgEAN2w4v Connect with me; Bill Still: newspaper editor/publisher, economics reporter - top US publications, authored 22 books, 4 documentary videos & daily host of this Y/T channel, THE STILL REPORT: https://plus.google.com/u/0/109353617116072656672 Get the word Out: Please LIKE, COMMENT & SHARE! Our website: http://www.billstill.com Considered by informed insiders as the ultimate resource for surviving economic or financial collapse/crash and attaining the unvarnished truth about the latest US and world news, current events in Washington, and todays United States political climate. Please Like, Comment & Share. Bill Still is a former newspaper editor and publisher. He has written for USA Today, The Saturday Evening Post, the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, OMNI magazine, and has also produced the syndicated radio program, Health News. He has written 22 books and two documentary videos and is the host of his wildly popular daily YouTube Channel the Still Report, the quintessential report on the economy and Washington. Connect with Bill Still: https://www.youtube.com/user/bstill3 https://plus.google.com/u/0/+BillStill http://billstills.blogspot.in/ https://twitter.com/billstill https://www.facebook.com/TheStillReport https://www.pinterest.com/billstills/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/billstill http://billstills.tumblr.com/ https://billstills.wordpress.com/ https://www.diigo.com/profile/billstill https://www.reddit.com...

21:33

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

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21:31

Epic troll: Syrian Army fights jihadists in Idlib using American weapons captured from ISIS "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Syrian Arab Army's (SAA) Tiger Forces arrived in northern Hama this week with a big surprise from their previous operations in the Deir Ezzor Governorate. Units from the Tiger Forces were seen armed with US-manufactured weapons that were seized from the Islamic State (ISIS) during the two month long battle in Deir Ezzor. According to a military source in Hama, the Syrian Army's Tiger Forces are planning to use the US-manufactured weapons against the jihadist rebels in the upcoming battle for the Idlib Governorate. Among the US-manufactured weapons transferred to the Idlib front were a large number of TOW missiles that were previously supplied by Washington to the rebel forces in Syria before they were later sold to the Islamic State.

21:30

How To Monetize Your Gold With Gregor Gregersen (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

How To Monetize Your Gold With Gregor Gregersen Video Crush the Street Gregor Gregersen shares his insights and explains how we can make our wealth in Gold work for us and generate an income, we also look at cryptocurrency...

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21:29

Bernie Sanders and the progressive renaissance of 2018 and 2020 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Sanders platform in the 2016 primaries, which was significantly but not fully included in the Democratic platform at the convention, will provide the policy blueprint for the next Democratic presidential campaign and the next great Democratic president. Sanders or a candidate like Sanders, will turn the progressive vision into the law of the land after the 2018 and 2020 elections.

21:27

Catalonia votes: Separatist parties secure absolute majority, Puigdemont to regain power "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Pro-independence parties have again secured an absolute majority in the Catalan parliament, with former regional leader Carles Puigdemont poised to regain the power he had been stripped of by Madrid. With over 99.5 percent of the votes counted, the trio of pro-independence parties: the Together for Catalonia (JxCat), headed by deposed regional president Puigdemont, the Esquerra Republicana (ERC) and the Popular Unity Candidacy (CUP) are likely to secure 70 parliamentary seats collectively, with 68 required for an absolute majority in the 135-seat assembly. Although the Citizens Party won the election by a small margin in terms of vote share, it will only pick up 37 seats, and unlikely to form a unionist majority. While the preliminary results signal a likely victory for the secessionists, it shows a great rift among Catalans on the question of independence. The unionist and pro-independence parties are only separated by a couple percent of votes. The snap elections were called by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in October, in the aftermath of the independence referendum deemed illegal by Madrid. The October 1 independence plebiscite was marred by a central government sanctioned police crackdown on voters.

21:20

Marine Leader: War Coming "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

About time somebody kicked Russias ass. Via Military.com: VAERNES GARRISON, Norway The stated goals of the Marine Corps newest rotational force in Norway are to enhance partnerships with European allies and improve the services ability to fight in cold weather. But on a brief visit to the 300-member unit ahead of Christmas, the commandant []

21:17

FSF adds PureOS to list of endorsed GNU/Linux distributions "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has announced that it added PureOS to its list of endorsed Linux distributions. "'PureOS is a GNU operating system that embodies privacy, security, and convenience strictly with free software throughout. Working with the Free Software Foundation in this multi-year endorsement effort solidifies our longstanding belief that free software is the nucleus for all things ethical for users. Using PureOS ensures you are using an ethical operating system, committed to providing the best in privacy, security, and freedom,' said Todd Weaver, Founder & CEO of Purism."

21:16

Moglen fires back at the Software Freedom Conservancy "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Here's the latest from Eben Moglen on the Software Freedom Law Center's trademark attack against the Software Freedom Conservancy. "We propose a general peace, releasing all claims that the parties have against one another, in return for an iron-clad agreement for mutual non-disparagement, binding all the organizations and individuals involved, with strong safeguards against breach. SFLC will offer, as part of such an overall agreement, a perpetual, royalty-free trademark license for the Software Freedom Conservancy to keep and use its present name, subject to agreed measures to prevent confusion, and continued observance of the non-disparagement agreement."

In the spirit of non-disparagement, it also says: "In view of this evidence and the sworn pleading submitted by the Conservancy, we have now moved to amend our petition, to state as a second ground for the cancellation that the trademark was obtained by fraud."

21:16

Black Lives Matter Gearing Up To Fight For Net Neutrality "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Imagine if, in the moment when Philando Castile was shot by a police officer in Minnesota, his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, wasnt able to livestream it on Facebook. What if Missouri residents could not tweet, in the moments after a Ferguson officer shot Michael Brown? Social media is, in part, the reason these cases of police brutality are known worldwide. Thats why a broad coalition of activists in the Black Lives Matter movement says it plans to fight the FCC, after the policy keeping the world wide web accessible to all communities changed Dec. 14. Commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to repeal Obama-era rules that discouraged internet service providers from discriminating against customers and censoring information to support their bottom lines.

21:15

2017 Year In Review "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

2017 Year In Review

Every year, friend-of-the-site David Collum writes a detailed "Year in Review" synopsis full of keen perspective and plenty of wit. This year's is no exception. As with past years, he has graciously selected PeakProsperity.com as the site where it will be published in full. It's quite longer than our usual posts, but worth the time to read in full. A downloadable pdf of the full article is available here, for those who prefer to do their power-reading offline. -- cheers, Adam

Introduction

He is funnier than you are.

~David Einhorn, Greenlight Capital, on Dave Barrys Year in Review

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21:14

Teal Upholstered Dining Chairs "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Teal Upholstered Dining Chairs - You can tell when your church seats are due for replacement. It's no secret that worn out seating isn't comfortable. They reflect badly on a church and therefore are unappealing, not to mention structurally unsound. Structurally seating can give way at any given moment, hurting a congregation member or possibly embarrassing.

When purchasing church seats, caliber is non-negotiable; it is always better to put money into a couple of pops of quality chairs that will last for years to come instead of purchase a space full of inexpensive chairs that will begin to fall apart at the seams by the moment they're first employed. You get what you purchase, when it comes to seats. As they will last longer than diminished quality chairs while quality seats might not be cheap, they provide a far greater worth. Investing in chairs that are good will even provide your congregation an enhanced worship experience and a comfortable environment.

It could be difficult if the church is currently financially overrun by other monetary obligations to acquire church seats. Fortunately, there are a couple ideas that you may use even in the face of a church budget that is tight to make sure that you can purchase quality church chairs for your congregation.

21:11

By the numbers: The results of Russia's military op in Syria "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Russian troops have completed their pull-out from Syria after the official end to the anti-terrorist operation announced by Vladimir Putin. As Russia's defense minister presented the final data on Russia's 27 month-long mission at a meeting of an internal military panel on Thursday, Sputnik listened in and summarized the most significant figures. Pinpoint Precision Russian Aerospace Forces carried out 34,000 sorties. 100 more strikes were carried out by Russian Navy vessels and subs. Goodbye Jihadists 60,318 terrorists, including 819 commanders, were killed. 2,840 of the militants killed were Russian-born. Farewell to Arms 718 clandestine arms factories were destroyed by the Russian military, while the combined efforts with the US and European powers also saw the elimination of Syria's chemical weapons stockpile. Weapons Testing The operation saw the testing of 215 new weapons systems, allowing for almost 702 bugs to be fixed. It also saw the first military deployment of the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier. Prelude to Peace Russian forces helped liberate 1,024 cities and settlements, while demining units cleared 17,138 buildings and other structures of tens of thousands of pieces of unexploded ordinance.

21:10

Giant catfish saved by Thai villagers "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

This video says about itself:

22 December 2017

Villagers rescued a 440-pound Mekong giant catfish displaced by recent flooding in southern Thailand.


21:10

REVEALED: The FBI plot to overthrow the presidency and commit organized TREASON in America "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

REVEALED: The FBI plot to overthrow the presidency and commit organized TREASON in America by: Jayson Veley  Natural News Most people never thought they would see the day that the FBI would become so politicized that many of its members actively lie...

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21:09

Russia and China Lay Economic Foundation Based on Golden Rule "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Russia and China Lay Economic Foundation Based on Golden Rule by Rory The Daily Coin One of the many themes we support at The Daily Coin is the constant progress happening across the emerging markets, especially the nations involved...

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21:09

Iraq's Abadi contemplates taking control of Kurdistan as riots forebode new crisis "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

MPs in Baghdad must have pinched themselves when a KRG delegation recently asked them for money. It might have been straight forward if Iraq's PM could pay government salaries for taking control of the country. But then the French got involved and elections are being rushed. Barely weeks before, Iraq's Kurdish Regional Government (KRG), heralded by Masoud Barzani its (then) President, soldiered ahead with the independence referendum plan, despite being told quite clearly not to do so by Baghdad and other regional players who had geopolitical and economic investments in Iraq. That led to a spectacular blunder as within days of the euphoria fading, oil fields in the Kirkuk region had been taken back by Iraqi forces making the elite in Erbil look at best stupid, and at worse, like a corrupt posy of amateurs playing monopoly with other people's money. The loss of Kirkuk cannot be underestimated in its political and economic impact. Until then, the KRG was producing 600,000 barrels of oil a day and barely managing to meet the (then) monthly overheads of a semi-autonomous state of around $700 million a month. The list of foreign investors who were not being paid monies promised in advanced oil sales for cash, was also growing.

21:08

Why is Gold and Silver Jumping For Joy? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Why is Gold and Silver Jumping For Joy? by Rory The Daily Coin Did I miss some important news article that has caused gold and silver to ramp up this morning? I understand Yellen the felon made her annual...

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Russian Justice Ministry document suggests all foreign-funded media to be labeled 'foreign agents' "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A draft order released by the Russian Justice Ministry suggests that the government may decide to label all media outlets receiving foreign funding as "foreign agents." The document posted on the Internet on December 21 sets out proposed regulations for the implementation of a law signed by President Vladimir Putin in November that empowered the ministry to designate foreign media outlets as foreign agents. The Justice Ministry declared Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), Voice of America (VOA), and seven affiliated news services "foreign agents" on December 5, but has not pinned the designation on any other media outlets. The draft order says that "a foreign media outlet is considered to be carrying out the function of a foreign agent" if it receives money or property from foreign states, organizations, or citizens, or from foreign-funded Russian entities. The wording suggested that if the document is approved and issued, all foreign media outlets would be considered foreign agents.

21:08

Poland is not backing down "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

If the European Commission thought Poland would back down in the wake of its decision to trigger the Article 7 process that could ultimately lead to Warsaw losing EU voting rights, it was dead wrong. President Andrzej Duda addressed the nation on Wednesday evening, and announced he would sign two controversial laws that critics say tighten political control over the country's judicial system, and which the Commission has referred to the European Court of Justice. What was striking about Duda's speech was the tone. Unlike previous fiery responses from Warsaw during the two-year confrontation with Brussels over changes made by the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, the president was remarkably non-confrontational. "We're bringing in very good solutions in Poland that will serve to improve the justice system," Duda said, decrying criticism of the measures but not directly mentioning the Commission's actions from earlier in the day. It's an approach that was replicated across the Polish capital on Wednesday, as Warsaw digested the blow from Brussels, which launched its Article 7 procedure and put Poland on a path that could ultimately lead to the suspension of its EU voting rights over concerns about the rule of law.

21:07

Why Putin confounds fickle US media "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

In the space of a week, Russian President Vladimir Putin went from descriptions in the US media as "an influential international statesman" to reiteration of hackneyed claims of "KGB spy" who is somehow in cahoots with President Trump. That's a pretty impressive versatile range of roles, according to the US media - and all just in the space of a few days. The wild mood swing says more about the US media, than it does about Putin's alleged character. When the Russian leader flew into Syria last week to announce the end of military operations there, after a successful two-year campaign to defeat a Western-backed insurgency, top US media outlets seemed to acknowledge Putin's newfound global authority.

21:06

10 Things You Can Only Expect From a Mature Man "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

There are mature people of all ages. I have met some very childish 40-year-olds and some well-rounded 20-year-olds, it just depends on where they are in their lives.

If you are mature and in a relationship with someone who is not things usually will not last long. Immature behaviors can and will damage any relationship. Below you will find a list of things that are true to being in a relationship with a mature man. Being on the same level makes all the difference in the world.

10 Things Only Mature Men Will Do:

1. A mature man will not be afraid to be vulnerable.

He will not be afraid to show his emotions. When something is bothering him he will talk to you about it. He knows being open with one another is important.

2. A mature man will tell you how things are.

He will not sugar coat things for you. He gives you the whole truth and nothing but the truth. You do not have to worry about him lying to you.

3. A mature man does not disrespect you.

He will be respectful. He will not be rude and talk down to you, and in turn, you will both build one another up. He will be someone you do not mind spending time with.

4. A mature man treats you with the kindness you show him.

He will be kind to you and appreciate the kindness you show him. He will not take you for granted and he will not use you as a doormat. You get what you give.

5. A mature man will respect your boundaries.

He will not cross your boundaries. He will respect them and give you time. There is nothing wrong with having healthy boundaries in a relationship. Actually, having boundaries is suggested within ANY relationship.

6. A mature man wants to grow with you.

He wants to make a life with you. He is all about planning the future and growing together. It is not all about him and his dreams. He pushes you to chase yourself as well.

7. A mature man not run from criticism.

He will not be upset when you tell him that he has made a mistake. You both can and will talk these things out. You both are able to face constructive criticism with a good outlook.

8. A mature man will face his problems.

He will not act as if he is better than everyone else. When there is a problem he does not ignore it. He knows when he has something that needs to be taken care of and he takes care of it.

9. A mature man will stand up for you.

...

21:06

Charlottesville Police Chief Resigns "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

So it seems that the Chief of Police in Charlottesville is going to resign.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Alfred Thomas, the police chief in Charlottesville, Virginia, has announced his retirement on Monday after 27 years of law enforcement service. The decision comes just weeks after the release of a critical review of his department's reaction to a violent white nationalist rally over the summer.

[...] Earlier this month, former U.S. Attorney Tim Heaphy released findings from a monthslong investigation into law enforcement's response to the violent rally in August. The report criticized Thomas' "slow-footed response" and found that police failed on multiple fronts, leading to "deep distrust of government" in the local community. It also found a lack of preparation and coordination between state and city police and a passive response by officers to the chaos.

State police and Charlottesville police were unable to communicate by radio the day of the rally because they were on different channels, the report said, and commanders "instructed their officers not to intervene in all but the most serious physical confrontations."

All I can say, is that it was a good thing the antifa were there to do the job of the police, defending people from violent attack.


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21:04

Trump is the first to protect the electric grid from EMP, cyberattacks "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

President Trump became the first national leader to call for protecting the U.S electric and communications grid against an electromagnetic attack like one practiced in North Korea. Deep in his new national security strategy released this week, he made good on a campaign promise to move quickly to make the fixes that proponents have long called for. Two of the chief advocates, William R. Graham and Peter Vincent Pry, executives of the nation's first Congressional EMP Commission, said in a statement, "President Trump understands, even if everyone in his administration does not, that 'strategic stability' and 'longstanding strategic relationships with Russia or China' are best maintained - not by a policy of mutual vulnerability - but by a policy of 'Peace Through Strength.' Protecting the nation from all missile threats and EMP should be the cornerstone of a 'Peace Through Strength' policy." The duo claim that protecting the grid would not be expensive and could done fast and with commercial products, a solution Trump endorsed in his strategy. An attack, according to a past EMP Commission report, could lead to the deaths of 90 percent of the population in a year.

21:02

Guest Post: THE BBC's OFFICIAL FESTIVE FIFTY BIAS TECHNIQUES... "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"


Courtesy of Monkey Brains in the comments, here's MB's John Peel-style Festive Fifty which observers of BBC bias everywhere may enjoy this pre-Christmas weekend. 

So raise your mulled wine glasses please, ladies and gentlemen, and let the countdown begin...

(Be warned though. The Undertones won't be at Number One).


A seasonal message from Lord Hall, Director General of the BBC


1. Bias by News Agenda Choice. The biggie. If we dont report it, its not news. And we dont like to report things like the Synagogue attack in Stockholm, no go areas in the UK or the New Years Eve events in Cologne a while back. 

2. Bias by News Prioritising. OK, sometimes we cant avoid reporting something but we can certainly give it very low priority. It only needs to appear for a nanosecond for us to be able to say that we have done our journalistic duty. 

3. Bias in Perpetuity. If we like a storyTories racist says reportwe might leave it up on our website for months to make sure just about everyone gets to se...

21:02

1,000 days of war: The starvation plan for Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Dan Glazebrook | Middle East Eye | December 19, 2017 Presenting themselves as shocked bystanders to the growing famine in Yemen, the US and UK are in fact prime movers in a new strategy that will massively escalate it. The protagonists of the war on Yemen the US, UK, Saudi Arabia and the []

21:01

Jake Tapper Condemns United Nations UN gave moral platform to dictators and human rights abusers Resolution rejecting Donald Trumps recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital an unneeded insult "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Possibly is something else afoot at the United Nations, something that allows the representative of the Assad government to lecture the United States for moving its embassy?

86 % of the condemnations issued by the U.N. are aimed at Israel.

Haaretz Dec 22, 2017 6:05 PM

CNNs Jake Tapper called out the United Nations for giving a moral platform to dictators and human rights abusers and singling out Israel by passing a resolution rejecting Donald Trumps recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital.

The United Nations General Assembly, from 2012-2015, has adopted 97 resolutions specifically criticizing an individual country, and of those 97, 83 have focused on Israel. That is 86 percent, said Tapper.

Tapper insisted there are many issues inherent with Trumps decision, but scoffed at the fact that leaders responsible for humanitarian crises and human rights abuses are now lecturing the United States over its Israel policy.

Now certainly Israel is not above criticism, but considering the genocide of the Rohingya people in Myanmar, the lack of basic human rights in North Korea, the children starving in the streets of Venezuela, the citizens of Syria targeted for murder by their own leader using the most grotesque and painful of weapons, you have to ask is Israel truly deserving of 86 percent of the worlds condemnation? Or possibly is something else afoot at the United Nations, something that allows the representative of the Assad government to lecture the United States for moving its embassy?

 

Haaretz
read more: https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/1.830680


21:01

41 Million Americans Are Living In Poverty This Christmas "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

41 Million Americans Are Living In Poverty This Christmas | Girl-Sitting-In-Doorway-Public-Domain | Economy & Business Sleuth Journal Special Interests

Even though the stock market continues to set new record high after new record high, poverty is exploding all over America.  It is being reported that 41 million people are living in poverty at this moment, and 9 million of them do not receive a single penny of income from anyone.  Once you have been unemployed for long enough, you dont qualify for unemployment payments any longer, and once you are on the street there is nowhere for other governments programs to send a check to.  I have previously discussed the rising epidemic of homelessness in our nation, but most people dont want to think about that sort of a thing these days.  Even though New York City has the most homeless since the Great Depression, and even though homelessness in Los Angeles is at an all-time record high, most people want to pretend that everything is just fine.

Well, the truth is that everything is not just fine.

A reporter from the Guardian recently traveled with a special UN envoy to some of the most impoverished areas of the United States.  His report...

21:00

An opinion on the EPA Gravy Train and why shutting it down is a good thing "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Foreword by Paul Dreissen. Author, advisor and former US Senate aide and Colorado Department of Natural Resources director Greg Walcher has written an important article on how sue-and-settle lawsuits ignored and abused our fundamental rights to legal due process from their very beginning while enriching the environmentalist groups that brought the legal actions. He

21:00

New Article at Return of Kings: Star Wars: The Last Jedi is One of the Worst Films of the Decade "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

I review the incoherent, leftist travesty that is Star Wars: The Last Jedi at ROK:

Poe is by far the most interesting character in the movie, even considering how the script goes out of its way to shit on him. You can practically hear the writers muttering, Fuck you, toxic masculinity! every time hes on screen. Despite being forward-thinking and courageous, Poe is constantly slapped down by his female superiors for being too hot-headed. For example, despite his bravery in taking out one of the First Orders cruisers at the beginning of the movie, Leia demotes him for being reckless.

Click here to read the rest.

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21:00

Siding with despots, dictators and assorted other scumbags "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The legacy of Murray McCully, Bill English and now Jacinda Ardern and Winston Peters is we have developed a reputation of siding with despots, dictators and assorted other scumbags. The Israel Institute of NZ reports: New Zealand has further entrenched UN discrimination against the only Jewish state by voting with the mob, against sovereign nations []

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Google Co-Founder Leaves Google Sexual Harassment? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Via NY Post: Eric Schmidt shocked Silicon Valley with a surprise announcement Thursday that hes stepping down as executive chairman of Googles parent company, Alphabet. The 62-year-old tech tycoon who, according to Google co-founder Sergey Brin, was originally tapped as CEO in 2001 to provide adult supervision for himself and Larry Page said []

21:00

Self Defence Law in Australia. REFERRAL TO LAW AND SAFETY COMMITTEE. "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"


Wednesday 22 November 2017
REFERRAL TO LAW AND SAFETY COMMITTEE

John Barilaro Deputy Premier Minister for Regional NSW Minister for Skills Minister for Small Business Wednesday 22 November 2017 REFERRAL TO LAW AND SAFETY COMMITTEE The Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW .
John Barilaro today wrote to the Legislative Assembly Committee on Law and Safety to request it inquire into the operation of the Firearms Act 2016 in relation to people to reasonably believe they are proportionately responding to a threat to them or their family. The Committee has since published the terms of reference which also include:
The adequacy of protections for victims of a home invasion in responding to a threat;
Previous incidents involving a response to a threat which resulted in the suspension of a firearm license; and
The current awareness of firearms license holders of their rights and responsibilities. ...

21:00

Christmas Dreams Inspired by Irving & Bing "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Christmas Dreams Inspired by Irving & Bing
by Tom Purcell

"I dream of White Christmas this year. I speak of the Irving Berlin classic made famous by Bing Crosby - a sweet, wistful song that holds more power over me with each passing year.

According to CBS News, many speculate that Berlin was inspired to write the song in the late 1930s, while working on a movie in Beverly Hills and feeling homesick for his family in New York. The holiday season was especially challenging for him. His three-week-old son had died on Christmas 1928. Berlin visited his grave every Christmas, and the sadness of his son's death also influenced the song.

Berlin had set the half-finished song aside for a few years before finishing it during the Christmas season of 1940 or 1941. Only 54 words, it would become a quintessentially American song - one that, to me, celebrates the American civility, prosperity and opportunity that Berlin was blessed to experience.
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The High School Student Whos Building His Own Integrated Circuits "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Sam Zeloof has turned his parents garage into a 1970s-era fab Photo: Beth Deene

Photo of Sam Zeloof Photo: Beth Deene

Electronics enthusiasts like being able to make things themselves. In IEEE Spectrums Hands On column, weve detailed how readers can make their own solder reflow ovens, conductive ink, and synthetic aperture radars. But making DIY integrated circuits seemed impossibly out of reach. After all, building a modern fab is astronomically expensive: For example, in 2017 Intel announced it was investing US $7 billion to complete a facility for making chips with 7-nanometer-scale features. But Sam Zeloof was not deterred. This 17-year-old high school student has started making chips in his garage, albeit with technology thats a few steps back along the curve of Moores Law.

Zeloof says he has been working on his garage fab, located in his home near Flemington, N.J., for about a year. He began thinking about how to make chips as his way of trying to learn whats going on inside semiconductors and transistors. I started reading old books and old patents because the newer books explain processes that require very expensive equipment.

A key moment came when Zeloof found Jeri Ellsworths YouTube channel, where she demonstrated how she had made some home-brew silicon transistors a few years ago. After I saw [Ellsworths] videos I started to make a plan of how I could actually start to do this.

It took Zeloof about three months to replicate Ellsworths transistors. That was getting my feet wet and learning the processes and everything, and acquiring all the equipment, he says. My goals from there were to build on what she did and make actual ICs. So far, he has made only simple integrated circuits with a handful of components, but he is aiming to build a clone of the ur-microprocessor, the Intel 4004, released in 1971. Its got...

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Here's why Wall Street is furious at the Trump tax plan "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Back in October 2016, the "millionaire, billionaire, private jet owners" of America's elitist, liberal mega-cities (A.K.A. New York and San Francisco) celebrated the tax hikes that a Hillary Clinton presidency would have undoubtedly jammed down their throats proclaiming them to be a 'patriotic duty'. Unfortunately, now that Trump has given them exactly what they apparently wanted...an amazing opportunity to 'spread their wealth around"...they're suddenly feeling a lot less patriotic. Of course, as we've noted numerous times, while most people across the country and across the income spectrum will benefit from the Republican tax reform package, the folks who stand to lose are those living in high-tax states with expensive real estate as their SALT, mortgage interest and property tax deductions will suddenly be capped. And, as Bloomberg points out today, that has a lot of Wall Street Traders in New York drowning their sorrows in expensive vodka and considering a move to Florida.

20:58

The UN General Assembly vote on Jerusalem: Waffle House Waitress fails the US again "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Threats and insults directed at UN Member States merely hardened attitudes against the US Not for the first time Nikki Haley as the US's UN ambassador has acted in a way which furthers her own political interests within the US as opposed to those of the Trump administration of which she is a part. I say this because of her extremely ill-advised conduct both in the UN Security Council session on Monday and during the extraordinary UN General Assembly session today. Any well-informed diplomat should have known prior to the UN Security Council and General Assembly sessions that the great majority of UN Member States would oppose US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Any well-informed diplomat would have so advised the President and would also have advised the President that any vote against the US in the UN General Assembly would be both overwhelming and symbolic.

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Demonstrating against Trump is not a crime "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

This video from the USA says about itself:

Stoked! Journalist Alexei Wood & First J20 Defendants Found Not Guilty as 188 Still Face Trial

22 December 2017

In a blow to the Trump administrations efforts to silence dissent, the first trial of people arrested at Inauguration Day Disrupt J20 protests ended Thursday with all of the defendants found not guilty of all charges. Six people faced multiple felonies and 50 years in prison for just being in the area where anti-fascist and anti-capitalist protesters were marching. During the protest, police blockaded more than 200 people into a corner in a process known as kettling and carried out mass arrests of everyone nearby, including medics, legal observers and some journalists.

This first case was closely watched as a bellwether for free speech, because one of the six people on trial was Alexei Wood, an independent photojournalist from San Antonio, Texas, whose work focuses on resistance movements. He came to document protests during the inauguration on January 20 and live-streamed the street detentions by police and even his own arrest. Alexei Wood joins us from Washington, D.C., and we speak with Jude Ortiz, a member of the organizing crew of Defend J20 and the Mass Defense Committee chair for the National Lawyers Guild.

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Take Action with New Plug-In: YouTube is a Platform for Fascism "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The post Take Action with New Plug-In: YouTube is a Platform for Fascism appeared first on It's Going Down.

While the white supremacist far-Right has scrambled to regroup after many of their social media accounts, websites, and chat servers have been shut down in recent months, antifascists must remain vigilant in stamping out the fires of the far-Rights recruitment and radicalization system.

Recent articles have come out regarding the radical Rights far reaching presence on YouTube, hypothesizing that the right has utilized YouTubes platform because it is a stage for hateful content to spread isolated and unchallenged. On YouTube, any user need only find a single right-leaning video, which will then send them down a rabbit hole filled with hours upon hours of related white supremacist, misogynist, and/or far-Right content. With over 1.5 billion people accessing YouTube every month, YouTube must decide whether they will continue to provide their massively powerful platform for far-Right groups and personalities to recruit followers to their movements.

YouTube Complicity

Why has YouTube has allowed such hateful content to exist so abundantly on their platform, given their hate speech policy? A hate speech policy that is not enforced is as good as no policy at all.

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Racist content is widely available on YouTubes platform, though it clearly violates YouTubes hate speech policy

Granted, YouTube has been notorious for malicious and unmoderated comments (a fact parodied by The Onions YouTube Reaches 1 Trillion Racist Comments) begging the question if this chronicled t...

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Re: Recommendations GnuPG-2 replacement "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Posted by Solar Designer on Dec 22

It's actually the same documentation - just a different place in it,
which I didn't notice until you pointed it out. So this option is
documented differently in different places in the documentation. Some
of those refer to different ones of the tools, but others might be just
repeats of what's supposed to be the same info yet is not? Confusing.

Weird. Was this discussion with "GPG developer" anywhere public?

Did you...

20:54

Communists vs. Fascists "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

We speak of red and blue states, but our violent political division exists within each city block, and often within the same household. Spouses have divorced over their fealty to Trump or Hillary, war criminals both, just like Obama, Bush and Clinton, etc., all brown noses of the military banking complex and Israel. Branding each other Fascist or Communist, we absolve our common enemies.

20:53

Two hospitalized, dozens injured in Madrid, Spain train crash "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Two people have been hospitalized and dozens more injured after a double-decker commuter train crashed into a barrier near Madrid. The incident occurred at around 4pm local time outside the Alcala de Henares station some 40kms (24 miles) east of the Spanish capital Friday, the country's railway operator Renfe confirmed. The company has now opened an investigation into the crash but said the train was travelling at a "very low speed."

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Brexit? It's the Bolsheviks fault! MPs' Russian interference debate "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

In a debate titled "Russian interference in UK politics and society," Parliament saw literally tens of MPs packed like sardines into a chamber built for hundreds. Sardines with lots of legroom and space to spread, as several did. The poorly attended (come on, it is almost Christmas) debate was called by Tom Brake, who is one of the rarer sights in the House these days - a Liberal Democrat MP. When there's so few of your party in Parliament, jumping on a helpful bandwagon is one way of getting 15 minutes to speak - and alleged Russian interference in the Brexit vote via social media is one of the fastest, most-popular bandwagons you'll find at the moment.

20:51

Berlin: Rigaer 94. A call to resistance. "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The police state unleashes its full range of possibilities: early this Monday, presumably 100 faces of people, who took part in the events of Hamburg, got published. The state campaign yielded completely its disguise of prosecution and started a smear, that should break any kind of resistance. Lets not be silent towards these incidents, this general attack on the last social and resistant elements remaining. To burn this society of snitches and murderers and fascism at the stake is a still unaccomplished duty.

It is clear to every reasonable human being, that the episode of Hamburg was absolutely necessary. The lies and fake debates of the repression authorities and the system conformant and right wing media did not achieve to rewrite the successful resistance against the G20. In one of the most self-confident democratic regimes of the whole world with a differentiated apparatus of power and the image of invincibility, ten thousands of people dared to upraise, taking great risks and partly serious consequences for their own lives. A composition of protests, resistant and offensive actions transformed the summit of the ruling powers into a disaster. A disaster for the brand of Hamburg, Germany and the most powerful themselves, whose most important meeting now has an unpredictable future.

A disaster is what the summit was also for the police. This institution that has, in the German empire as in fascist Germany and that of democracy never just been the executive but first and foremost the legitimating power of this nation of murderers and losers. We all know how deeply ingrained the ideology of the police-state is in our society.
A society that threw a dead Rosa Luxemburg into the Landwehrkanal, even behind a bookshelf chased Anne Frank and sent her, with millions of other subhumans to Death-camps; this society which in the end declares a German-national military(1) as the resistance, is fascist. The security-apparatus of the BRD, formed by the same butchers that hunted partisans and antifascists for the german nation all over europe without mercy , is fascist. The wider society and the executive powers reunited in the hunt on communists and brought the machinery against the guerilla groups that fortunately shot the bullet at the german embodied fascist Hans-Martin Schleyer to a till then never seen perfection, just a few years after the liberation.

The faces of the resistance were pasted up on wanted-posters on every corner, on every intersection one had to expect to be controlled by heavily armed police, the reintroduction of death-sentence was taken into consideration and put into practice through police work. The discourse in society, directed by the staff of media, politics and police set the course for countless fatal shootings , white torture and special laws against large parts of society. The police state, still in its infancy a...

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Baltimore's murder rate increased again in 2017 - and here's how your city is doing... "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Once again this year, the Brennan Center for Justice has analyzed violent crime stats from the 30 largest cities in America to provide some insight on national trends. Not surprisingly, this year's report is full of more bad news for the residents of cities like Baltimore and Chicago that have experienced devastating spikes in homicides over the past two years. Looking at homicides per capita in 2017, Baltimore is clearly the most dangerous large city in the U.S. with a murder rate that is more than 4x the average of other large cities and some 40% higher than the second most dangerous city of Detroit. To put things in perspective, the murder rate in Baltimore is now exactly tied with Venezuela at 57.2 murders per 100,000 residents.

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Americans have no savings and with very good reason "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Americans have no savings and with very good reason: housing, education, and health care have seen extraordinary inflation while wages are stagnant. from My Budget 360 It has now become a daily ritual in which story after story of broke...

The post Americans have no savings and with very good reason appeared first on The Daily Coin.

20:50

10 Surprising Facts About Christmas That You Probably Didnt Know "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Its that time of year again, and whether you love the Christmas season, or dread it more than Scrooge, its likely that you dont know these surprising facts about the holiday. And while many of us may struggle to make conversation during Christmas dinner, if you come prepared with these, you are sure to enlighten and entertain your entire family.

Tis the season to be.fully informed..so keep reading and prepare to have your mind blown.

1. Coca-Cola Was the Creator of the Red Suit Adorned By Santa

Throughout the years, Santa has worn many different colored suits. From green, to white and even blue, it wasnt until the 1930s that his suit became red when he was featured in a Coca-Cola ad. 

2. Jingle-Bells Actually Started As a Thanksgiving Tune

When asked about favorite Christmas carols, it is likely that Jingle Bells will make the top of the list. However, Jingle Bells wasnt always a Christmas carol. James Lord Pierpont, an organist from Savannah, Georgia first introduced the song at a Thanksgiving celebration at his church. The song was later reintroduced in 1857 with its current name as a Christmas song. (Its also the first song to be broadcast from space.)

3.  There Is Actually No Mention Of December 25th in the Bible

While we all know Christmas to be the celebration of Jesus birthday, there is no mention of December 25th in the Bible. Furthermore, historians actually believe that he was born in the spring. 

4. Mistletoe Is Much More Than A Reason to Kiss

If someone was to ask you what mistletoe was for, its likely you would respond by saying it has to do with kissing. And while that is true, mistletoe represents much more than that. Celtic and Teutonic legend says that mistletoe can heal wounds, increase fertility, encourage luck and can even ward off evil spirits. The Victorians later created the kissing tradition.

5. Christmas Celebrations Across the World

Here in the U.S, Christmas is typically celebrated by giving presents, eating festive food and spending time with family. However, not all nations celebrate the same. In Portugal, a feast is held on Christmas day for the living and the deceased. Those from Australia and New Zealand celebrate by going to the beach or by having a barbecue. In Greece, it is believed that goblins run rampant during the 12 days of Christmas and gifts are not typically exchanged until January 1st.

6. 15,000 Peo...

20:49

Level Up Digital Freedom "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has just launched the Year End Challenge, the final opportunity to raise funds to protect online civil liberties and the open Internet before the end of 2017. If you join before the end of 2017, youll help EFF receive additional challenge grants totaling $39,350! EFF is a U.S. 501(c)(3) nonprofit and donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Take the challenge

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This has been an extraordinary year filled with both triumphs and new challenges to civil liberties, but member support has allowed EFF to fight back. In just the last few months, EFF launched a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security to protect travelers from unlawful searches at the U.S. border; scored a victory against persistent spying by automated license plate readers; expanded our network of grassroots activists; and developed new digital security education tools to strengthen every community.

Looking ahead, we are carving a path forward in the fight for net neutrality and pushing for crucial reforms to rein in NSA spying. As we anticipate new battles and regroup for rematches, we build on more than 25 years of impact litigation, advocacy, and technology to protect users and defend digital civil liberties. These are long battles that will change the way that we learn and interact for years to come, and we need public support help to succeed in setting things right.

EFF is tremendously grateful for everything that members have helped us accomplish in the name of free expression, privacy, and the future of innovation. I urge you to reach out and support organizations like EFF that are stemming the tide of modern dystopia and building a better digital future.

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Syrian Army Secures Large Part Of Mughr al-Mir In Western Ghouta. Militants Request Negotiations (Map, Videos) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Syrian Army Secures Large Part Of Mughr al-Mir In Western Ghouta. Militants Request Negotiations (Map, Videos)

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On December 22, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) secured a major part of the village of Mughr al-Mir north of the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) stronghold of Beit Jinn in the Western Ghouta region, according to Syrian pro-government sources.

Earlier, local sources said that the SAA imposed a fire control over Mughr al-Mir after successfully besieging the village from the northern, eastern and western directions.

The SAA killed two HTS fighters and destroyed two HTS vehicles armed with heavy guns during the clashes around Mughr al-Mir, according to local sources.

An SAA officer who is taking part in the ongoing military operation in Western Ghouta told South Front that the SAA is currently negotiating with HTS to expel its fighters to the northern Idlib governorate.

The SAA officer also revealed that most HTS fighters and commanders support a deal with the SAA. However, many foreign fighters who are stationed in Beit Jinn are against such a deal, according to the officer.

HTS will likely accept the deal once the SAA fully captures Mughr al-Mir and attacks Beit Jinn. Till then HTS commanders in Western Gho...

20:48

Jill Stein: Americans need evidential proof of Russian culpability in election meddling "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein told Fox News Thursday night that Americans "have yet to see the proof" that Moscow meddled in last year's election. Stein confirmed earlier this week that the Senate Intelligence Committee had contacted her campaign to request documents, including emails, as part of its investigation into Russian activities and alleged collusion between campaigns and foreign interests. "I think there are legitimate aims here in the investigation," Stein told Fox News' Tucker Carlson Tonight. "Interference in our election is much bigger than the Russians and ... I would like to see the evidence of Russian culpability here." Stein compared the Russia investigation to the run-up to the Iraq War, saying, "We didn't get to really see the evidence [then] ... We are still paying that price -- $5.5 trillion and counting. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me a gazillion times, shame on all of us." Stein also addressed her attendance at a now-infamous dinner in Moscow marking the 10th anniversary of RT, a Russian state-run news and propaganda channel. She was photographed sitting at a table with Russian President Vladimir Putin and future national security adviser Michael Flynn, who is now cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

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EU, UK claim 'unfair' US tax bill to incentivise companies to move to America "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

European finance ministers are "worried" the Republican's newly passed tax bill will make the US "go from being a high-tax to a low-tax country" and "unfairly" incentivise companies to move to America from the EU and the UK. This is truly terrifying. From Deutsche Welle: Last week, the finance ministers of Europe's five biggest economies - Germany, France, the UK, Spain and Italy - wrote an anxious letter to their American colleague, US Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin, and copied it to all senior Republican politicians in the Congress and Senate. The letter's thrust: The draft US tax bill, if passed as written a week ago, would represent a break with global fair-taxation rules as applied to corporations, and represent a thinly disguised form of trade war. "The United States is Europe's single most important trade and investment partner," the finance ministers wrote. "It is important that the U.S. government's rights over domestic tax policy be exercised in a way that adheres with international obligations to which it has signed-up. The inclusion of certain less conventional international tax provisions could contravene the US's double taxation treaties and may risk having a major distortive impact on international trade." A day later, a similar letter was sent to Mnuchin by the European Commission's four most senior economic officials and made many of the same points. Their letters reportedly "didn't get much of an answer."

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Trump administration considers plan separating families caught entering US illegally "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Trump administration is considering a plan that would see families separated after entering the US illegally, according to officials cited by media outlets. The move could keep children away from their parents for years. The policy being examined would send parents who are caught crossing into the country illegally to adult detention facilities. Meanwhile, their children would be placed in a juvenile shelter or with a "sponsor." That sponsor could be a relative living legally in the United States, although the administration may also tighten those rules, according to The New York Times. The plan could potentially see families applying for asylum being separated for years, as such cases take a substantial amount of time to move through the system due to a backlog of more than 600,000 pending cases.

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Intuitive Anarchy: Not Your Father's Utopia "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The term, Intuitive Anarchy, expresses the idea of a novel way to deal with social and political authority. Instead of taking an oppositional stance like other forms of anarchy, Intuitive Anarchy bypasses authority altogether.

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WITH TAX CUTS PASSED, MAYBE THERE'S NOTHING LEFT OF CONSERVATISM EXCEPT THE TRUMP CULT "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The little girl who thanks President Trump "for letting us say 'Merry Christmas' again" in this extremely early campaign ad is getting a lot of attention:



Charlie Pierce writes, "There's more than a little North Korea in this one." He's right, except for one thing: North Koreans are compelled to pay homage to the Dear Leader, and there are very serious consequences if they fall short in this effort. Members of the intended audience for this ad joined the personality cult voluntarily.

What's left of conservatism? In Washington, it's long been focused almost exclusively on tax cuts for the wealthy -- and now that that's accomplished, what remains as a rallying point for the base is nothing other than Trump worship, along with a legacy list of long-standing resentments.

And look, here's GOP congressman Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania expertly blending the two (on Fox, naturally):


I will tell you what. For those people on the Trump train or not on the Trump train, this is high-speed rail right now. And so if youre not on the Trump train, you get on the train or get off the tracks. Youre gonna get run over. Look, the House had done its work in the appropriations. We had our 12 bills ready to go. Unfortunately it didnt get through the Senate. But the big news the big news is for America, you look at today, and I can tell you walking around the streets of Pittsburgh, people walking more erect, not just whispering Merry Christmas but saying Hey, Merry Christmas. You can feel it, you can see it. And Im not just bumping sunshine for the sake of bumping sunshine. I am telling you, this is a different country. In 11 months, this president has changed the entire complexion of our entire country and our place in the world. We are no longer leading from behind, we are leading from the front and everybody else is looking to us and saying go, go, go.
Going into 2018, Democrats will be told by many Very Serious Pundits that they need a plan of action in order to win over voters. But Republicans won't have a plan of action -- all they'll have is "Trump is awesome and liberals suck!" Conservatism shrank itself down to a single idea -- tax cuts -- and now that the cuts are on the books, there's just Trump worship. I don't think voluntary North Korea-ism is going to hold the House (maybe the Senate), but we'll see.

20:45

David Gornoski on Anthropology and Liberty "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By: David Gornoski, Jeff Deist
Mises Weekends with Jeff Deist

David Gornoski is a Christian libertarian writer, frequently featured at The American Conservative and Foundation for Economic Education. David takes inspiration from the work of the late Stanford professor Rene Girard, whose mimetic theory strongly influenced a young Peter Thiel. David's goal is to ground libertarianism in cultural anthropology, in particular by applying Girard's "scapegoat theory" to the modern state. Instead of allowing progressives to dominate arts, film, and literature, libertarians should become the storytellersand show government for the villain it is.



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Amtrak safety, rail transit and infrastructure issues "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

(Journalists Resource) On May 12, 2015, an Amtrak regional train carrying 245 passengers derailed in Philadelphia, killing eight people and sending 185 others to local hospitals. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) determined that the train had been traveling too fast around a curve. In a report released in 2016, the agency said the most likely reason the engineer failed to slow for the curve was because of his loss of situational awareness. He was distracted by an emergency involving another train.

As the U.S. Government Accountability Office noted in a December 2013 report, a new safety system called positive train control (PTC) was supposed to be implemented by the end of 2015 precisely to prevent accidents caused by human factors. This system and its accompanying 2015 deadline were mandated under the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008, which was passed in response to several fatal rail accidents between 2002 and 2008. PTC was described as a groundbreaking wireless communications system comprised of integrated technologies capable of preventing collisions, over-speed derailments and unintended train movements. The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), charged with overseeing PTCs development and roll out, had not implemented it on the stretch of rail going through Philadelphia, as Matthew Yglesias of Vox first noted.

In September 2015, the federal government released a report saying nearly 70 percent of railroads were not going to implement PTC until after the Dec. 31, 2015 deadline an estimated one to five years afterward. Congress extended the deadline to Dec. 31, 2018, although railroads may qualify for an additional extension if they meet certain criteria.

Below is a selection of research and reports relating to Amtrak, rail transit a...

20:41

The sexual revolution's war on fathers "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Divorce cases in the U.S. now account for 35 to 50 percent of civil litigation, at a cost to the public purse of billions of dollars per year. Out of these cases has grown a vast panoply of ancillary bureaucracies: social workers, psychologists and psychiatrists, child protection experts and enforcers, counselors, mediators, divorce planners, forensic accountants, and so forth. Behind a smoke screen of piety concerning the difficult job they have to do in "helping" or "providing services," their purpose is the human equivalent of the breaker's yard: They tear asunder the superstructure of the family and then move to the foundations, demolishing relationships between husband and wife, between parents and children, and even sometimes between the children themselves. In his scrupulously researched book on how the sexual revolution has proven a war against fathers, Stephen Baskerville, professor of government at Patrick Henry College, describes the costs of divorce:

20:40

Jims Mailbox "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

There is no greater risk economically or terminally to mankind other than robots when driven by Artificial Intelligence. This is not sci-fi, but the end of times. Jim   Jim/Bill, Greed is good? People:  Greedy for stock profits. Amazon:  Greedy for bottom line profits. 55,000 robots to be added this year, on top of the... Read more

The post Jims Mailbox appeared first on Jim Sinclair's Mineset.

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How does a Multistakeholder Co-op work? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Lauren and Phil: The Ecological Land Co-operative (ELC) was set up to address the lack of affordable sites for ecological land-based livelihoods. A life on the land is a dream for many, but one in which the barriers are high, and the ELC recognised that this needed to be addressed.

The ELC develops affordable, residential smallholdings to new entrants to ecological agriculture. Their approach aims to overcome two key barriers: high land prices and planning permission.

The ELC is a membership organisation: on joining, members become part of the group of people who collectively own the Co-operative and decide how it should be run.

It is a multi-stakeholder co-operative with three types of membership each of which share a proportion of voting rights:

  • Investor Members have invested money in the Co-operative, share 25% of voting rights and receive returns on their investment.
  • Worker Members are those people that work for the Co-operative. Like Investor Members, they also share 25% of voting rights. Worker Members are employees and volunteers that work at least 15 days each year.
  • Steward Members are ecological land managers and share the remaining 50% of voting rights. Voting rights were awarded primarily to Steward Members as they are the principal beneficiaries but often do not have the time to both run their smallholding and serve on the Board of Directors. This category of membership was designed principally for the Co-operatives smallholders but can be applied for by qualified ecological land users who do not farm one of our smallholdings.

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Netanyahu calls UN 'House of lies' preemptively rejects vote on Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Key countries to watch in vote: eastern and central EU countries, non-Muslim African states, India and Mexico. Netanyahu thanks Trump and Haley for 'courageous and uncompromising' stand for Israel. Calling the United Nations a "House of Lies," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu preempted by some five hours a vote scheduled to take place there Thursday on the status of Jerusalem and said that "Israel completely rejects the vote even before it takes place." "Jerusalem is our capital, we will continue to build it, and the embassies of countries - first that of the United States - will move to Jerusalem," he declared. "This will happen." Netanyahu's words came at a dedication ceremony for the new Assuta Medical Center in Ashdod. The UN is expected to easily pass a resolution in the General Assembly pushing back against US President Donald Trump's recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move its embassy there. A similar resolution in the Security Council was vetoed on Monday by the US.

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How I Changed My Holiday Traditions to Match My Values "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

[T]hese days, Im starting my own traditions, which include observing the African American cultural holiday Kwanzaa. That doesnt mean I cant celebrate Christmas; its just given me a new approach to doing so.

In 1966, Maulana Karenga created Kwanzaa (derived from a Swahili phrase meaning first fruits), a weeklong celebration to introduce and reinforce seven values, called Nguzo Saba, of African culture. Karenga is a professor and chair of Africana Studies at California State University, Long Beach. He said he created Kwanzaa specifically for African Americans, who did not have a day that celebrated their unique history and experience in the United States. While the early years of the holiday was in resistance to racism and White supremacy and rejected Christianitytherefore Christmas outrightthe holiday has evolved to embrace all people of African descent no matter their religion.

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20:35

Lounge Chair with Ottoman "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Lounge Chair with Ottoman - There are lots of things you want to bear in mind, if you're likely to get a simple seat. At this moment, this guide will give you tips that can help you to easily meet with the ideal seat you're searching for. Just take a look at the following tips. As the very first step, you have to decide about the possible size restrictions for the seat you are going to purchase and additionally the maximum dimensions may be when, for example, you're likely to move your new chair through a narrow door or whether you are likely to squeeze it into a tiny living room. This is very important especially once tilted back with recliners, which often should be pulled off from the wall and could obstruct the traffic patterns.

The next step would be to carefully consider about the color as the easy chair will become a part of your decoration for several decades. You should choose something that you could live with for extended moment. Perhaps, you can select a seat which may be updated with pillow. The next step which you have to do is to discover the idea about the type of upholstery before you begin to shop it you desire. In fact, the leather can be perfect for the family with toddlers and pets. Also cotton can be OK for adults.

The next step would be to test the chair. It's possible to attempt to take a seat in the chair for several minutes to be able to estimate comfort. In any case, you need to consider the textures of the texture of the fabric as you examine it. The itchy or scratchy material must be passed by. The last step is to check whether the pattern of the cloth is matched correctly. When it is a stripe print, plaid, and so on, the layout on the back area of the chair has to line up with the pattern on the cushion and also on down to the very front of base.

20:33

Musical Interlude: Ludovico Einaudi, Night "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Night

The project grew out of the ideas and musical sketches that Einaudi jotted down in a notebook whilst on tour around the world. Einaudi describes the project as a night-time landscape. A garden faintly visible under the dull glow of the night sky. A few stars dotting the darkness above, shadows of the trees all around. Light shining from a window behind me. What I can see is familiar, but it seems alien at the same time. Its like a dream - anything may happen.

Expressive and with a more open compositional structure, sonic colors are created through the close blending of the piano with the strings and percussion, and from the use of electronics which amplifies the sound of the piano, projecting it like a shadow in all directions."

Ludovico Einaudi, Night, taken from the album "Elements."

20:31

Ho-ho-hOpen Thread "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"



Twas the weekend before Christmas, when all through the blog
Not a creature was stirring, not even a hedgehog...
...so please give your reindeer a rest, pop down our chimney and deliver your comments whenever you can.

Thank you for your support and Merry Christmas!

20:30

Can anyone else sniff the stench of a cover up? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The report into the alleged botulism poisoning of a Tokoroa family has been released, late on Friday afternoon, just before the holiday period. If you want to bury a story that is the best time to do it. I smell a cover upbecause it isnt botulism. A Waikato family thrashed wildly, behaved like children and []

The post Can anyone else sniff the stench of a cover up? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:30

Blue passports are a sop to backwards-looking blue-kippers and an absolute insult to the rest of us "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"


Theresa May's latest ploy to appease the hard-right ultra-nationalist Blue-kip demographic that she's so fundamentally reliant upon since her catastrophic vanity election is her announcement that post-Brexit passports will be blue.

This blue passport policy is clearly a ploy to shore up Tory support from the older more Brexit-enthusiastic generations. It's obvious from the way this change of passport colour is being continually framed as getting our blue passports back.

Almost nobody under the age of 30 will have any recollection of having a blue passport, and a hefty proportion of under-40s will only remember having had the burgundy passport that was introduced in 1988.

Framing this 500 million expenditure as getting our blue passports back is rhetoric to appeal to the nostalgia of backwards-looking members of the older generations.

Meanwhile it's a great big "screw you" to the younger generations who voted so heavily in favour of remain and can't even remember the times of blue passports and visa applications for travel in eastern and southern Europe.

To these younger generations (and the significant minority of the older generations who voted against giving the hard-right of the Tory party the green light to conduct a shambolic let's just make it up as we go along stagger out of the EU), the blue passport will serve as a constant visual reminder of the rights that have been confiscated from them against their will.
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20:30

The Strangelovian Russia-gate Myth "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Strangelovian palaver of Russia-gate is embraced by many liberals as some totem to ward off the vile Donald Trump, but this dishonest process only furthers the cause of American Empire and risks global destruction, says poet Phil Rockstroh. By

20:30

RAW VIDEO: OKeefe Deconstructs Mediaites Defamatory Article (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

RAW VIDEO: OKeefe Deconstructs Mediaites Defamatory Article Video Veritas Visuals On December 22nd, Mediate reporter Caleb Ecarma ran a story based on an interview they operated with James OKeefe and defamed him, saying he is a convicted felon and...

The post RAW VIDEO: OKeefe Deconstructs Mediaites Defamatory Article (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

20:30

Rickroll The Masses With A Coin Cell Throwie "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

If there is one educational institution that features on these pages more than any other, it may be Cornell University. Every year we receive a pile of tips showing us the engineering term projects from [Bruce Land]s students, and among them are some amazing pieces of work. Outside the walls of those technical departments though, we suspect that cool hacks may have been thin on the ground. English Literature majors for example contain among their ranks some astoundingly clever people, but they are not known for their handiness with a soldering iron or a lathe.

Were happy to note then that someone at Cornell who is handy with a soldering iron has been spreading the love. In the form of coin cell powered throwies that intermittently Rickroll the inhabitants of the institutions halls of residence. We have few technical details, but they seem to be a simple affair of a small microcontroller dead-bug soldered to a coin cell and a piezoelectric speaker. If we were embarking on such a project wed reach for an ATtiny of some description, but similar work could be done with a PIC or any number of other families.

The Cornell Daily Sun write-up is more a work of investigative journalism detailing the perplexed residents searching for the devices than it is one of technical reference. Were pleased to note that the university authorities have a relaxed attitude to the prank, and that no action will be taken against the perpetrator should they be found.

Thus wed like to take a moment to reach out to the Cornell prankster, and draw their attention to our Coin Cell Challenge competition. There is still time to enter, and a Rickrolling throwie would definitely qualify. This isnt the first tiny Rickrolling prank weve shown you on these pages.

Thanks [Simon Yorkston] for the tip.


Filed under: Microcontrollers, Musical Hacks, News

20:29

Why Loss of Net Neutrality Hurts Democracy "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The principle of every person having equal access to the Internet represented a strong pillar of modern democracy and its removal represents another victory for profit-dominated plutocracy, as Dennis J Bernstein explains.   By Dennis J Bernstein Despite its

20:29

City Spends $8,700 On Boulders To Prevent Homeless Camping "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

It was recently reported that the city of San Francisco spent $8,700 installing large boulders under overpasses to prevent homeless people from setting up camps. There were numerous homeless encampments in the area until they were recently forced out of the area, and now the Citys government is doing everything they can to keep the camps out of the area.

Emily Cohen, a policy manager at the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing told reporters that they would be working to keep camps out of the area.

The intention of our encampment resolution work is to resolve an encampment and work with the neighbors and the community to make sure folks dont move back in. That means having conversations with people who come back to the space and saying, youre not able to camp here any more this is no longer a camping zone, Cohen said.

Unfortunately, these moves arent giving people very many places to go, aside from overcrowded homeless shelters that dont take everyone, and are often not preferred to the freedom of living on the streets.

Larry Stringer, deputy director of operations at Public Works told Mission Local that the new boulders were designed to keep the homeless out.

We put them in there to help deter re-encampment a bit and for aesthetics, just to change it up. Its more cost-effective than what we were doing. We were doing cleanups three or four times a week to keep garbage out, Stringer said.

It may be true that it is more cost effective than what they were doing before, but it certainly not the best way to apply $8,000 to this issue.

Many of the people who lived in these encampments say that the boulders arent even that much of a deterrent.

Its stupid. You could still put something there, and two of us could easily move them, encampment member Robin Walter said.

Stringer said that while there are no legal penalties for tampering with the boulders, people could get tickets for trespassing if they continue to camp under there. The rocks have just forced the homeless population to camp further down the road, and Stringer says that they will put rocks in that area as well.

Last month The Mind Unleashed reported that the city of Seattle was planning to set up razor-wire fencing to keep homeless populations from camping. Then,......

20:28

Sheriffs Office Directs Officers Not to Ticket Pedestrians for Failing to Carry ID "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Jacksonville Sheriffs Office has told its officers not to ticket pedestrians for not carrying a drivers license and is voiding six such citations it erroneously issued.

The tickets were identified in mid-November by ProPublica and the Times-Union in their Walking While Black investigation, which documented significant racial disparities in pedestrian citations and unearthed constitutional concerns surrounding how the Sheriffs Office uses them as a policing tool.

Lt. Chris Brown of the departments Professional Oversight Unit wrote in an email that its investigation into the tickets had been sustained, and the citations were in the process of being voided. All but one of the pedestrians who received the false tickets is black.

Additionally, a bulletin was issued to the entire department explaining that Florida State Statute 322.15, which prohibits the possession of mutilated licenses and requires licenses to be carried, only applies to motorists, Brown said.

In late June, Devonte Shipman filmed his pedestrian stop in the Arlington neighborhood. The resulting video went viral and spurred the ProPublica/Times-Union investigation. Although Shipman voluntarily identified himself, he was told he needed to carry a drivers license and was cited by Officer Jack S. Bolen.

The Sheriffs Office voided that ticket after the Times-Union identified it as being given in error, and launched an administrative investigation into Bolens conduct recorded in the video. The status of that investigation is unknown, but as of Dec. 7, Officer Bolen was working in the departments Teleserve unit, which often indicates an ongoing review.

ProPublica and the Times-Union identified six others instances of pedestrians receiving that citation from sheriffs officers, and one such ticket issued by a Jacksonville Beach police officer.

Earlier this month, Jacksonville Beach Police Department Commander Steve Corbitt said his agency voided that ticket and conducted a training session in which it stressed that the citation is only meant for motorists. Each officer signed an acknowledgment that they received the training.

You found an error and yall were correct, Corbitt said. Were appreciative that you brought it to our attention.

ProPublica and the Times-Union also identified 353 erroneous crosswalk tickets in Duval County, and...

20:27

WATCH: Cop Passed Out as He Reportedly Responded to Call at a Grocery Store "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

passed outA citizen filmed a police officer who had allegedly passed out while responding to a call at a local grocery store, sparking a firestorm of a debate.

20:26

Train collision near Vienna, Austria leaves dozens injured "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A two-train collision resulted in a pair of carriages being overturned near the Austrian capital Vienna. Over a dozen people were injured, local transport company confirmed. The crash happened at around 6pm local time near the station of Kritzendorf, north of Vienna. Roman Hahslinger, a spokesman for railway company OBB, said a Railjet intercity train with 30 people on board struck an empty regional train, resulting in the Railjet train tipping over. Vienna's S-Bahn said in a tweet that emergency workers treated 15 people who were injured in the crash. However, the chief of the local fire department, Franz Resperger, told noe.ORF.at that initial information suggests 20 people were injured. Resperger also told ORF that two helicopters and a large number of rescue workers were on the scene. The cause of the crash is still unknown. Rescue services had to free some of the trapped passengers from the carriages, authorities said. A rail replacement bus has been set up to service the route.

20:24

Transcending the Cave and the Matrix "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Gary Z McGee, Staff Writer
Waking Times

Nature is busy creating absolutely unique individuals, whereas culture has invented a single mold to which all must conform. It is grotesque. ~U. G. Krishnamurti

The mold which culture conforms to is the Cave that Plato elaborated on, and the Matrix that Neo had to overcome. As such, our Matrix/Cave is the cultural mold we tend to cling to. Therefore, in order to progressively evolve (as individuals and as a species), indeed, in order to transcend the Cave and overcome the Matrix, we must be willing to break the cultural mold. This is easier said than done, because fear of the unknown is ever-present.

Heres the thing, down and dirty: Soul-Initiation requires ego-annihilation. This isnt complete destruction, mind you. Its creative destruction. Similar to the way a caterpillar gets annihilated in the cocoon and then put back together again in the form of a butterfly, an ego-centric perspective gets annihilated by overcoming an existential threshold and then comes back together again in the form of a soul-centric perspective. But unlike the caterpillar which acts on instinct to create its cocoon, the human animal must act on courage to create their cocoon phase.

This requires a leap of courage. Three, in particular. The courage to question yourself, the courage to destroy yourself, and the courage to rebirth yourself. Lets break it down.

Question Thyself

Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. ~George Bernard Shaw

Both the Cave...

20:23

In The News Today "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Jim Sinclairs Commentary We do not take US dollars. Snow Flakes be advised. Bitcoin only. Strong Gold In 2018 Vs New World Currency December 21, 2017 In 1988, the UK magazine, The Economist forecast that 2018 would be the year of a new currency which they named the Phoenix. Quite a mind boggling prediction 30... Read more

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20:22

Woman and 6yo boy killed by deputies during lengthy Texas manhunt "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A 6-year-old boy was shot and killed by Bexar County sheriff's deputies as they opened fire on a woman who was thought to have a gun at a mobile trailer park after a lengthy manhunt. No gun was found. The woman, a wanted felon and a suspect in a car theft, had been trying to break into a mobile home on Thursday when deputies caught up to her on the front porch after a several hours manhunt, and opened fire. The child was inside the home with several adults who were not hurt.

20:19

The United Nations Long Ago Lost Its Moral Authority To Tut-Tut At Trump Over Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

On December 21, the 193-member UN General Assembly held an emergency special session at the request of Arab and Muslim states. The session was aimed at rebuking President Trumps recent announcement to recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital.

Not surprisingly, the special session passed a non-binding resolution approved by 128 states, declaring Trumps announcement is null and void and must be rescinded. But this resolution only serves as the latest example that the UN lacks moral authority to resolve the thorniest world affairs.

The UN Is a Hotbed of Corruption

Its well-known that the UN is one of the most corrupt organizations on this planet. The UN has never issued any detailed reports on how it spends the funds member states contribute. It rarely subjects its accounting and finance to external audit.

The last time any independent inquiry of the UNs finance and accountability was done was in 2005, by Paul Volcker, a former head of Americas Federal Reserve. The independent commission investigated the UNs then-largest humanitarian aid program, the oil for food program established in 1995 to allow Iraq to sell oil in exchange for food, medicine, and other humanitarian needs. The 2005 investigation of this program discovered massive corruption involving Benon Sevan, the former head of the UNs oil-for-food program in Iraq, Alexander Yakovlev, an officer in the UNs procurement department, and then-UN general secretary Kofi Annans son Kojo.

After the disclosure that the UNs humanitarian program was a huge scandal, the UN vowed to reform. A special anti-corruption task force it set up in 2006 was dissolved at the end of 2008. Since then, little has changed and corruption continues to be business as usual inside the UN.

In 2015, several Chinese business people were arrested by the FBI in the New York for allegedly paying bribes to the president of the UN general assembly, John Ashe, to perform certain services for wealthy Chine...

20:15

'Russiagate' Exposes America's Loss of Integrity "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Robert Scheer and Jill Stein: 'Russiagate' Exposes America's Loss of Integrity

DEC 21, 2017
As the Senate continues to investigate any potential Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, its gaze has turned to Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein. Mainstream Democrats have criticized Stein for attending a 2015 dinner in Russia that was also attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin and future White House national security adviser Michael Flynn.
In a new interview with Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer, Stein clears up any misgivings about her trip to Russia---something Stein has also addressed in a Facebook live video. The two go on to examine the larger problem of the "Russiagate" hysteria permeating American politics.
"I want to just be very clear that we oppose election interference, in all capacities," Stein states. "People are concerned about the integrity of our elections, and how our elections are being manipulated and degraded by all kinds of things. It would be nice if these intelligence agencies, who are screaming 'Russia, Russia, Russia,' would please release the evidence."
"We have now the old-fash...

20:15

Muslim Cleric To Doctors: Dont Use Un-Islamic Red Cross Symbol "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

KOZHIKODE: Controversial Salafi preacher Abdul Muhsin Aydeed has come up with a suggestion that Muslim doctors should not use the Red Cross emblem or the Rod of Asclepius symbol (representing Greek God of healing), as they are against the monotheism in Islam. In a post titled Some Islamic Advise to Doctors which appeared on Alaswala []

20:15

Putin urges Russians to end discord over the Soviet era "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Putin cited a host of Soviet era achievements in science, space exploration, the country's defense, social sphere, healthcare and education As Russia marks the centenary of the October Revolution, President Vladimir Putin has urged the society to end discord over the Soviet era. "This year, the centenary of the October Revolution, we have been seeking to encourage the society to abandon confrontation, to see themselves as a single society and realize that we are continuing our common centuries-long history," Putin told a session of the Council for Culture and Art. "Whether we like certain years or not, but there was everything there - bad things, but also a lot of good things that should not be forgotten," he said. As fears were voiced at the session over negative consequences of people's discord over the Soviet era times, Putin acknowledged the problem.

20:13

"Yet The Whos Sang Merrily" "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

"Yet The Whos Sang Merrily"
by Gracy Olmstead

"Last Christmas Eve, I was in the ER. My husband was deployed, and Id been fighting a nasty illness for weeks. Things took a turn for the worse on Christmas Eve, and so my dad drove me to the hospital around 11 oclock that evening. This isnt how Christmas is supposed to be, I remember thinking. The whole holiday season had been full of sickness and sleepless nights, eternal work and emails, family grief and trauma. Each day seemed submerged in a cloud that I couldnt rise above. The happy moments - spent reading with my baby, baking Christmas treats, talking with old family and friends - all seemed bathed in a shadow of exhaustion and sadness.

That Christmas Eve, I felt completely empty of emotional and physical strength. But as I was tended to by the cheeriest of doctors and nurses, as well as by my kind father, I realized how deeply Id bought into the modern lie of Christmastime: if youve been nice, not naughty, youll have a perfect holiday season. We adults pretend not to believe in Santa Claus, but we often act as if the month of December is graced by some sort of beneficent fairy: one who will prevent plans from going askew, relationships from being dashed. Nothing bad can happen at Christmastime, we assure ourselves - subconsciously if not consciously. Id been good for goodness sake. So why had everything gone wrong?
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20:11

Couple Married For 69 Years Forced Apart After Getting Sent To Separate Care Homes "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

An elderly Canadian couple were forced to kiss and say goodbye this week after being sent to separate care homes. Herbert and Audrey Goodine who have been together for 73 years, 69 years as a [...]

20:11

An Open Letter to Doug Jones "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Dear Senator-Elect Doug Jones, Congratulations on your historic victory Tuesday night. We were glad to see, based on your nationally televised comments that evening at your campaign watch party that you are aware of the significant role that Black voters played in delivering your victory. We appreciate the thanks that you have expressed, but we []

The post An Open Letter to Doug Jones appeared first on Guardian Liberty Voice.

20:10

Italian "ambulance of death" worker arrested on suspicion of murdering patients to earn money "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Police in Italy have arrested an ambulance worker on suspicion of murdering people to earn money for a funeral parlour with alleged links to the mafia, CBS News partner BBC News reported. Local Italian media were referring to the case as the "ambulances of death" scandal, as the worker was accused of injecting air into the veins of patients while they were being transported in an ambulance, causing them to die of an embolism, the BBC said.

20:10

'Weird, strange trumpet sounds' heard in Queens, New York "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

*Audio Only* - I apologize about the video of my window screen, but I finally caught the noise with my phone and that's all I was concerned about. I was drifting back to sleep with my sick kid when this sound jostled me awake, I threw open the window and just let it record. (( Friday, December 15th approximately 8:30 AM. )) This is maybe the 5th time I've heard this in the past 1.5 to 2 years. I always hear it when I'm near my home in Queens, New York. The sounds can vary but are always extremely loud coming from everywhere, lasting 5 to 10 minutes. Interestingly enough, a few different "intuitives" that I've asked have all told me the same thing. That it's coming from the Earth because the earth puts out its own vibration and noises but only now are we actually able to hear it. The earth is going through some major shifts so it's producing these loud vibrating noises but it's nothing to fear.

20:10

China must relax birth controls to defuse population time bomb, top think tank warns "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Researchers say two-child policy is falling short and more action needed to balance rapidly greying society

South China Morning Post

PUBLISHED : Friday, 22 December, 2017, 9:39pm
UPDATED : Friday, 22 December, 2017, 11:29pm

20:10

Vegas Police Captain Behind Gunfire Location System Reported Missing, Endangered "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Vegas Police Captain Behind Gunfire Location System Reported Missing, Endangered By Matt Agorist The Free Thought Project UPDATE: The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department reports Capt. James Larochelle has been found as is safe. Click here to sign up for The...

The post Vegas Police Captain Behind Gunfire Location System Reported Missing, Endangered appeared first on The Daily Coin.

20:10

Investigation reveals racist texts police officers sent to each other "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

An investigation into two Florida police officers has revealed a shocking series of racist text messages sent to one another in a group chat. The internal probe was launched by the Edgewater Police Department in the east of the state after colleagues reported officers William Wetherall and Matthew Snyder over the contents of messages sent during a shift in September this year. Despite the two accused resigning after being confronted with screenshots of their exchanges in October, senior EPD officers nevertheless launched an investigation. The report, which has been seen by RT.com, details how Wetherell and Snyder made multiple comments and shared memes disparaging African Americans. The group exchange begins with a meme from Snyder captioned: "This just in... No work boots were stolen in the looting."Wetherell then replies, saying: "Because black people don't steal things for work." To which Snyder writes in return: "That's how you starve them. Hid [sic] their paycheck under their work boots."

20:09

Coconut Oil Fights Deadly Yeast Infections, Study Suggests "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Coconut Oil Fights Deadly Yeast Infections, Study Suggests | coconut-oil-wooden-spoon | Natural Medicine Special Interests

A common food oil has been found to have potent antifungal properties that could literally save lives. 

The coconut palm is perhaps the worlds most widely distributed and versatile food-medicine, and has been prized and even revered by indigenous cultures for a wide range of health complaints since time immemorial. Increasingly, scientific evidence is emerging validating its traditionally ascribed health benefits, and more, including supporting brain healthprotecting the heart, and even reducing stress and depression.

Now, a new study led by researchers at Tufts University has found that coconut oil is highly effective at controlling the overgrowth of the opportunistic fungal pathogen Candida albicans in mice.

Published in the American Society for Microbiologys journal mSphere and titled, Manipulation of Host Diet to Reduce Gastrointestinal Colonization by the Opportunistic Pathogen Candida Albicans, the study identified C. albicans as the most common human pathogen, with a mortality rate of about 40% wh...

20:09

Committed Russophile Boris Johnson Goes to Moscow to Perform a Pantomime "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Russia Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov with off-colour British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

Downing Street let its pug off the leash this week, allowing it to board a plane to Moscow.

It was the first time a UK Foreign Secretary has set foot in Russia there since William Hague went five years ago. Many had high hopes that Boris Johnson would be able to string consecutive sentences together without mumbling an incoherent quip or insult, but alas their hopes were dashed:

The foreign secretary described relations between Britain and Russia as a very old diplomatic relationship, dating back to Ivan the Terrible. He then admitted that Lavrov had pointed out that Ivan the 4th is the official title of the former Russian tsar.

Todays meeting comes on the heals of Johnsons fighting remarks earlier this week about British-Russian relations being at a very low ebb.

Past comments by Johnson include him saying that Russia was in danger of becoming a pariah nation, along with a string of other gaffs.

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has repeated allegations of Russian meddling in Western politics during talks with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov, claiming there is abundant evidence of election interference in Germany, France, the US and other countries although no actual proof of US and UK conspiracy theory has ever been presented to the public.

He also claimed that Russia was somehow destabilizing Europe, stating, Our relations with Russia cannot be business as usual whilst Russia continues to attempt to destabilize European states, including Ukraine.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told a Moscow press conference on Friday that London could not ignore Russias interference in political processes around the world, its involvement in the conflict in eastern Ukraine or the ill-treatment of gay people...

20:08

Western Media Consumed by Myanmar Monster of Own Creation "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

December 23, 2017 (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - Years ago, those confronting and questioning the Western media's "pro-democracy" narrative regarding Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, her National League for Democracy (NLD) political party and her supporters including saffron-clad supposed "Buddhist monks," were ridiculed and dismissed.


Warnings that Suu Kyi's political movement was nothing more than a foreign-funded attempt to co-opt the people and resources of the Southeast Asian state of Myanmar - a former colony of the British Empire still referred to widely in the West by its colonial nomenclature, "Burma" - were dismissed as mere conspiracy theories.

Meanwhile, concerns that violence targeting Myanmar's Rohingya minority was in fact being bolstered by Suu Kyi's rise to power were intentionally and concertedly sidestepped by the Western media who attempted to conceal the true nature of Suu Kyi's political party and the core "values" of her support base and shift blame onto the ruling military-led government.

It was inevitable that upon taking power, Suu Kyi and the NLD - enabled by decades of US-UK-EU financial, political, and material support - the progressive veneer applied to this "democracy icon" would begin to peel, and the true nature of her and her followers would reveal itself.

Consumed by a Monster of Their Own Creation 

In an immense amount of irony, prominent Western media organizations like Reuters now find themselves decrying the very government they themselves spent decades helping into power, as the government cracks down on reporting over the ongoing Rohingya crisis.

Two Reuters employees - Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo - were reportedly arrested after illegally obtaining documents from Myanmar police. Reuters and the myriad of faux-human rights advocates that conspired with the US, British, and European governments to put Suu Kyi into power are now calling on the Myanmar government - though not Suu Kyi by name - to release their colleagues.

...

20:08

Western Media Consumed by Myanmar Monster of Own Creation "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

December 23, 2017 (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - Years ago, those confronting and questioning the Western media's "pro-democracy" narrative regarding Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, her National League for Democracy (NLD) political party and her supporters including saffron-clad supposed "Buddhist monks," were ridiculed and dismissed.


Warnings that Suu Kyi's political movement was nothing more than a foreign-funded attempt to co-opt the people and resources of the Southeast Asian state of Myanmar - a former colony of the British Empire still referred to widely in the West by its colonial nomenclature, "Burma" - were dismissed as mere conspiracy theories.

Meanwhile, concerns that violence targeting Myanmar's Rohingya minority was in fact being bolstered by Suu Kyi's rise to power were intentionally and concertedly sidestepped by the Western media who attempted to conceal the true nature of Suu Kyi's political party and the core "values" of her support base and shift blame onto the ruling military-led government.

It was inevitable that upon taking power, Suu Kyi and the NLD - enabled by decades of US-UK-EU financial, political, and material support - the progressive veneer applied to this "democracy icon" would begin to peel, and the true nature of her and her followers would reveal itself.

Consumed by a Monster of Their Own Creation 

In an immense amount of irony, prominent Western media organizations like Reuters now find themselves decrying the very government they themselves spent decades helping into power, as the government cracks down on reporting over the ongoing Rohingya crisis.

Two Reuters employees - Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo - were reportedly arrested after illegally obtaining documents from Myanmar police. Reuters and the myriad of faux-human rights advocates that conspired with the US, British, and European governments to put Suu Kyi into power are now calling on the Myanmar government - though not Suu Kyi by name - to release their colleagues.

...

20:06

Danish zoos accept pets as predator feed "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Denmark, which has previously sparked controversy with its unorthodox ways of slaughtering animals deemed unfit for breeding and dissecting them in front of the public, has taken things to a whole new level by collecting people's unwanted house pets as feed for carnivores. For those willing to do away with their pet, hungry predators at the Copenhagen Zoo and Givskud Zoo are more than ready to take over. Both zoos are eagerly accepting pet animals as feed for carnivores like lions, tigers, wolves and Tasmanian devils.

20:04

Stunning halo, sundogs captured over Montana ski resort "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Kameron Barge captured this amazing ice halo around the sun at Whitefish Mountain Resort - a ski resort in Whitefish, Montana - on December 7, 2017. He originally posted it at Spaceweather.com's gallery, saying: As we rode the chair down into the clouds today, we begin seeing all sorts of halos, and sun dogs! I wondered about the glittery look of the photo, and, as usual, turned to sky optics expert Les Cowley of the website Atmospheric Optics. Les told me: This is an exceptional ice halo display made by diamond dust ice crystals. The key is the location, a ski resort. The snow blowers emit small nuclei on which large snowflakes grow. A by-product is tiny almost optically perfect halo-forming crystals that form slowly in the air up to a few miles downwind ... these are the diamond dust. The diamond dust is the reason ski resorts are the best places to see fine halo displays.

20:04

Biggest Smoking Gun of All?: Tom Fitton & Gregg Jarrett Explain Seriousness of Clinton Campaign Funding Trump Dossier "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton and Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett appeared on Hannity, Thursday evening to break down mounting evidence suggesting the Clinton campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential election.  

Video credit: Fox News Insider

FOX News Insider reports:

You have suppression of a Clinton investigation on another matter, with this over-the-top, Clinton campaign-funded attack on President Trump that the FBI took like a baton from the Clinton camp and ran with, said Fitton, referring to the dossier.

Fitton said he hopes FBI agents who were involved in the Uranium One inquiry have whistleblower protection before they speak out, calling it a serious situation.

Jarrett said there remains little evidence of Trump-Russia collusion, while there is a plethora of evidence of collusion between the Clinton campaign and Russia.

Its a crime to pay a foreign national, including a Russian, money for information on a political opponent during a campaign, said Jarrett said, adding that the dossier may be the biggest smoking gun of all.

Despite potential legal ramifications for members of the Clinton campaign, Hillary went on live television in November to defend paying for the Trump dossier.

20:03

No, Misanthropes, It Wasnt Okay For The Grinch To Hate The Whos "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Theres a meme going around this holiday season that seeks to justify the Grinchs quest to stop Christmas from coming. In true Internet fashion, it rewrites history and gets facts wrong to give its distributors a false sense of moral superiority.

Just so were clear, the saying goes. The Grinch never really hated Christmas. He hated people, which is fair.

But lets go back to the source material. This idea is refuted in the very first line of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, both book and movie versions.

Every Who down in Whoville liked Christmas a lot

But the Grinch who lived just North of Whoville did not!

The Grinch hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season!

Now, please dont ask why. No one quite knows the reason.

Now, granted, it is not the commemoration of the birth of the Christ child that seems to upset him. Its the festivities surrounding Christmas, specifically that they involve a lot of NOISE! NOISE! NOISE! NOISE!

Its the Whos singing he finds most noxious. The Whos gather each Christmas and sing in the town square. If this happened all the time, his complaint would be legitimate. If this were some kind of bizarre Stars Hollow rock opera performed day in and day out by quirky townspeople, Id be annoyed, too. But its not. Its Christmas. It happens once a year, and he makes that pretty clear.

And the more the Grinch thought of this Who ChristmasSing,

The more the Grinch thought, I must stop this whole thing!

Why, for fifty-three years Ive put up with it now!

I MUST stop this Christmas from coming! But HOW?

And theyll shriek squeaks and squeals, racing round on their wheels.

They&#8217...

20:00

December 22: Daily Contrarian Reads "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Dangerous Delusion of Price Stability The major central banks vigilant pursuit of positive but low inflation has become a dangerous delusion. It is dangerous because the policies needed to achieve the objective could have unwanted side effects; and it is a delusion because there is currently no good reason to be pursuing the objective []

20:00

2:00PM Water Cooler 12/22/2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Today's Water Cooler: Boeing and Embraer, Clinton 2018, California, tax reform, durable goods, manufacturing, Bitcoin rout, ACA enrollment

20:00

Can Humanity Transcend Murder? This Week on The Disinfocast "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Hmmm, lets see, cheap beer, solar worship, and yeah, communications from beyond compelling me to contemplate the seemingly impossible. This is the podcast you are looking for. l. To listen, hover over... The post Can Humanity Transcend Murder? This Week on The Disinfocast appeared first on disinformation.

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20:00

I would have dearie, but you took my tax cut "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Jacinda Ardern wants us to all help the needy: Queues out the door at the Auckland City Mission show just how much impoverished Kiwis need help, the Prime Minister said. Jacinda Ardern and senior Government ministers visited the mission on Thursday, witnessing the demand for food parcels. All of us have been aware of the huge []

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20:00

Lives ruined on Manus: Australian cruelty & Dutton's perfidy "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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KEITH JACKSON

NOOSA A prominent Australian academic has asked PNG Attitude to publish two related reports from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which he says, despite my knowledge of the situation in Lorengau, shock me profoundly.

Its not just the perfidy of Peter Dutton and his echoes in the ministry, the academic writes, but also just how limited the medical services are in Manus for Manusians - and the mutual unhappiness of some Lorengau people and the asylum seekers.

The global reporting of their plight does such damage to PNG and to Australia.

It sure does. In fact in September 2015, with this issue searing my conscience, I quit my Labor Party membership after more than 40 years, writing to its head office:

The inability of Federal leader Shorten and his colleagues to make a distinction between a moral approach to major issues - with asylum seeker policy pre-eminent - and short-term political manoeuvring is inconsistent with my membership of what was once a decent, reformist, community-based political party.

Now UNHCR has published two papers which evidence those excesses of Australias inhumane policy in Manus which has shocked many Australians and lowered the opinion of our country around the world.

We have been shackled to this global dishonour as a result of our nations cruelty to refugees who fled extraordinary danger to seek asylum in our country and have had their lives further trashed as a result.

In publishing its documents, UNHCR says that there is an apparent culpable absence of a transitional strategy for people of concern who were moved into the Manus Island community, which has made the need for risk mitigation strategies urgent and compelling.

The agency calls on the governments of Australia and PNG to a road map to address this continuing disaster, especially in relation to accommodation and health services.

It also asks the two countries to find a mutually trusted and credible intermediary able to establish lines of....

19:57

Selling Drones, Exporting War "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

America is the world's leader in drone technology, and the companies that have developed them see even bigger profits on the horizon if they can sell them to America's allies around the globe. They promise results, but the American use of drones in places like Iraq and Afghanistan has not led to any resolution of those conflicts. Only the body count has increased.

19:56

The Commodore 64 and Operating Systems Part 2 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Commodore 64 and Operating Systems Part 2

 

Games for GEOS on the Commodore 64

So, now we continue with this look at operating systems and how theyre relevant to the Commodore 64.

The Commodore Kernal is a collection of routines which was used on all Commodore computers and updated for new models up to and including the Commodore 128, before Commodore abandoned it for the Amiga, as well as their own PC clones using third party PC BIOS ROMs and MS-DOS. You can read about this crap on http://sta.c64.org/cbm64krnfunc.html and https://www.c64-wiki.com/wiki/Kernal  The only really useful functions are to accept input, provide output, open files, load files, save files, and close files.

The way these calls are used has already been demonstrated in a previous post about the C128 built in MONITOR program. An example of this is below.

LDX #$00
LDA $1820,X
JSR $FFD2
INX
CPX #$0D
BNE $1802
JMP $1800
BRK

The program above uses $FFD2 CHROUT to output characters onto the text screen. These characters are held as data starting at address $1820 on the C128, but this should be $1020 on the C64, due to the different memory map. The program starts at $1800 on the C128, but this should be $1000 on the C64. You can read more about this in my post https://commodore64crap.wordpress.com/2013/10/29/the-commodore-128-the-fixed-and-upgraded-commodore-64-part-2/

CP/M only has 31 functions or calls, but the good excuse for this is that it came out in 1978, instead of 1982. The most useful calls are CONIN and CONOUT, to input and output characters from the keyboard. Apart from this there are functions for boot, both cold boot and warm boot. A cold boot starts from scratch, while a warm boot remembers what you were doing before your computer crashed and you reset the OS.

The home computers such as the C64, Sinclair ZX Spectrum, Atari 8 bit, Acorn BBC Micro, Acorn Electron, Amstrad CPC and MSX, etc all booted into BAS...

19:54

Another $600K in Taxpayer Money Used to Settle Senate Misconduct Claims No Congressmen Named "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Senate Rules and Appropriations Committee released new data Thursday evening revealing another 13 cases in which $600,000 in taxpayer money was used to settle Senate misconduct between 1997 to present, however; no names were given.

The data released didnt give specifics about the settlements so it is unknown if sexual harassment was involved, however; it does show one settlement for $14,260.25 for a sex discrimination violation.

Other settlements include age, race and disability discrimination.

President Trump wants the names of Congressmen who have settled sexual harassment cases to be released to the public.

Congress has a rampant sexual harassment problem. In fact the problem is so bad that female lawmakers and aides keep a creep list of men who are notorious for lewd behavior.

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) recently told MSNBCs Chuck Todd that taxpayers have paid over $15 million to settle sexual harassment lawsuits against members of Congress!

WE WANT NAMES!

Twitter was set ablaze in late November after the Congressional Office of Compliance released a year-by-year breakdown of harassment settlements and other awards without details.

Americans are furious over these settlements. Every member of Congress should be named, shamed and forced to resign in disgrace.

 

The post Another $600K in Taxpayer Money Used to Settle Senate Misconduct Claims No Congressmen Named appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

19:53

A day after UN vote on Jerusalem, Israeli aggression intensifies in the West Bank "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

There appears to be more Israeli soldiers in force today in Beit El, north of Ramallah, scattered along the hilltops close to the illegal settlement. The air is tense as the soldiers hold back from firing the amount of rubber bullets and tear-gas they are known to be capable of. Palestinian protestors know if it is silent and appears calm on the Israeli soldiers end of a clash, a plan is most likely about to erupt.

Without fail, Israeli soldiers start running in from both sides, this time in full uniform, unlike last week when mustarabeen infiltrated the protestors. There is chaos as they try to catch as many youth as they can. For a minute, a few look defeated and swear out loud as some Palestinians escape their hands. Shots are fired and one Palestinian is debilitated. Two soldiers pick up the man and hold him down against the roundabout in the center of the road.

Sound bombs are rapidly fired and explode into the air, sending fear and chaos to all at the scene. This gives enough time for close to 20 soldiers to gather around the one man they managed to arrest. The soldiers, full of aggression, fire their guns as continuously as possible into the air and at the surrounding crowd. Theyre guarding their new prisoner, kicking and pushing back journalists, pointing guns in their faces as well as the Red Crescent workers trying to get to the man who is bleeding. Its mayhem. One of the first aid workers fall back after having a gun shoved into his eye.

Red Crescent workers are threatened with guns while trying to deliver first aid in Ramallah. (Photo: Rhiannon F)

We are a service for the people, they shouldnt hurt us, a young Red Crescent worker told Mondoweiss. One of our team, got shot in the eye and was taken to hospital, he continued to explain. This doesnt scare the remaining team though. Although we suffer from the IOF (Israeli Occupation Forces) we will keep doing our job because its a service for the people. Another round of tear gas is fired, a stronger kind than the last days, dispersing the crowd enough for the soldiers to drive the arrested man away.

A 23-year-old protester from Ramallah said Palestinian people are accustomed to this type of attack from Israel. The soldiers came from all around, shot that guy, attacked him and arrested him, he said, wearing an Anonymous mask. We are familiar with such events from the Israeli soldiers; arresting people, attacking Red Crescent [workers], even journalists. The 23-year-old has been at Beit El every day since Trumps announcement. We are going to do everything in or...

19:53

11 Russian athletes banned for life by IOC over alleged doping violations "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The International Olympic Committee has banned 11 Russian athletes for life over alleged doping violations at the Sochi Games in 2014. The Olympic governing body announced on Friday it had banned the athletes based on findings from the Oswald Commission, which is looking into alleged doping violations at the 2014 Winter Games held in Russia. Comment: The IOC continues its witch hunt against Russian athletes, but does nothing to Western athletes like Justin Gatlin, whose agent was caught on film admitting that "all American sprinters" take performance-enhancing drugs. That's real evidence, yet the politicized IOC ignores it. They have lost all credibility. Among those sanctioned are Tatyana Ivanova and Albert Demchenko, who won silver medals in luge events at Sochi, and cross-country skiers Nikita Kryukov and Alexander Bessmertnykh, also silver medalists in Sochi. Speed skaters Ivan Skobrev, who won silver and bronze medals at the Vancouver 2010 Games, and Artem Kuznetsov were also sanctioned.

19:53

Justice Department requests explanation from FBI on evidence found in Clinton-facilitated Uranium One deal "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

FBI agents have been asked to explain evidence regarding the probe into a deal that gave a Russian company control of 20 percent of US uranium and involved Hillary Clinton. Justice Department prosecutors have been asking the agents to describe the results of the now dormant investigation in recent weeks. The agents have also been asked if there was any inappropriate effort to stop any prosecution from taking place, law enforcement sources told NBC News. A source told the news outlet that there were allegations of corruption regarding the Uranium One deal. However, no charges have been filed. The NBC report comes after Attorney General Jeff Sessions directed federal prosecutors last month to "evaluate certain issues" surrounding Clinton's alleged corrupt role in the Uranium One deal. Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs Stephen Boyd wrote a letter to House Judiciary Committee chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), in which Boyd said that Sessions had "directed senior federal prosecutors to evaluate certain issues raised in your letters."

19:53

The Washington Post Says That Fedcoin Will Be Bigger Than Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Washington Post Says That Fedcoin Will Be Bigger Than Bitcoin | nwo-pyramid-dollar | Economy & Business Federal Reserve Bank

Fedcoin doesnt even exist yet, and yet the Washington Post is already hyping it as the primary cryptocurrency that we will be using in the future.  Do they know something that they rest of us do not?  Just a few days ago I warned that global central banks could eventually try to take control of the cryptocurrency phenomenon, and so I was deeply alarmed to see the Post publish this sort of an article.  We want cryptocurrencies to stay completely independent, and we definitely do not want the Federal Reserve and other global central banks to start creating their own versions.  Because of course once they create their own versions they will want to start restricting the use of any competitors.

The one thing that could derail the cryptocurrency revolution faster than anything else would be interference by national governments or global central banks.  Unfortunately, now that Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies are getting so much attention, it is inevitable that the powers that be will make a move.

On Monday, the Washington Post published an opinion piece by Professor Campbell R. Harvey of Duke University that was entitled Bitcoin is big. But fedcoin is bigger.  These days, there is an agenda behind virtually everything that the Washington Post publishes, and so it is not just a coincidence that they have published an article with fedcoin in the title.  Here is how that article...

19:52

"Vitae Summa Brevis" "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

"Vitae Summa Brevis"

 "They are not long, the weeping and the laughter,
Love and desire and hate:
I think they have no portion in us after
We pass the gate.
They are not long, the days of wine and roses;
Out of a misty dream
Our path emerges for a while, then closes
Within a dream."

- Ernest Dowson

Vitae summa brevis spem nos vetat incohare longam is a quotation from Horaces
First Book of Odes: The shortness of life prevents us from entertaining far-off hopes.

19:52

Teen YouTube star gunned down after hurling insult at cartel boss on social media "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A Mexican YouTube star known for videos showing him drinking to excess was gunned down after hurling an insult at a notorious cartel boss on social media, authorities said. Juan Luis Lagunas Rosales, better known as "The Pirate of Culiacn," was just 17 but had amassed thousands of followers on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, where he posted pictures and videos of himself downing bottles of booze, or standing alongside scantily clad Latina women, large quantities of marijuana or shiny sports cars. In one recent video, Rosales apparently insulted Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, also known as "El Mencho," head of the New Generation Cartel of Jalisco.

19:51

Putin: New US national security strategy is offensive & aggressive, Russia must take note "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Putin: New US national security strategy is offensive & aggressive, Russia must take note

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Washingtons new national security strategy is aggressive, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said, adding that Moscow will take the US stance into consideration.

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Both the US and NATO have been accelerating build-up of infrastructure in Europe, the Russian leader said Friday. Referring to the defense strategy recently put out by Washington, Putin said it was definitely offensive speaking in diplomatic language.

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And if we switch to military language, then its character is definitely aggressive, the president added, speaking at a Russian Defense Ministry meeting.

With NATOs build-up in Europe, the US has violated the 1987 treaty on the elimination of intermediate-range and shorter-range missiles, Putin pointed out.

Formally, Americas missile-defense launchers now based in Poland are meant to counter threats, he said. The point is, and specialists know about it very well, those launchers are all-purpose. They can also be used with existing sea-launched cruise missiles with the flight range of up to 2,500 km [1,550 miles]. And in this case, these missiles are no longer sea-launched missiles, they can be easily moved to land, Putin added.

Russias Defense Ministry should take into account Western military strategies, Putin said, adding that Russia has a sovereign right and all possibilities to adequately and in due time react to such potential threats.

There are efforts to disrupt strategic parity through deployment of global anti-missile defense system and other strike systems equatable to nuclear weapons, the Russian leade...

19:50

Doug Casey on Anarchy and Voluntaryism "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Doug Casey on Anarchy and Voluntaryism by Doug Casey Casey Research Youre likely aware that Im a libertarian. But Im actually more than a libertarian. I dont believe in the right of the State to exist. The reason is...

The post Doug Casey on Anarchy and Voluntaryism appeared first on The Daily Coin.

19:46

SOTT FOCUS: But Where's Natasha? Boris Goes to Russia, Cracks Jokes, Gets Told Off by Lavrov, Still Wants Trade with Russia "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Bungling, bumbling British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson is the first British FM to visit Russia in the last five years. Today he was in Moscow for talks with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov. Johnson described Russian-UK relations as "going through a bad patch", but called for more progress on bilateral ties and coordination on issues "that matter to people of the world", like Iran, North Korea, Syria's future, and the fight against terrorism. "One of the reasons for coming here is that there is no point in simply sitting on the sidelines and complaining about each other. We have to engage and we have to talk to each other. Be in no doubt that I want to see an improvement of relations between our peoples," he said, adding that the two countries should "work hard" to address difficulties and "find a way forward" to cooperate where it is possible. Johnson affirmed that despite poor relations, he remains "a committed Russophile" - making sure to point out his partly Russian ancestry.

19:46

Justice Department claims that increasing traffic stops by 56% will lower crime (Updated) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

  


In what can best be described as government sanctioned theft, our justice system has devised a new way to take money and liberty from minorities.

As you will see, police are using traffic citations to help balance budgets and much more.

According to an article by Fox 6 Now,  Milwaukee law enforcement claimed that increasing traffic stops by 56% resulted in a reduction in violent crime.
Traffic tickets have increased 136 percent
  
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19:45

Rand Paul: Obama Administration Plotting Against Trump Might Be Worse Than Watergate "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A couple of perp walks and they will start talking. Via Washington Examiner: Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., argued Thursday that senior Obama administration officials might be guilty of trying to keep President Trump from getting elected last November. Time to investigate high ranking Obama government officials who might have colluded to prevent the election of []

19:45

Beyond Cynicism: America Fumbles Towards Kafkas Castle "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Beyond Cynicism:
 America Fumbles Towards Kafkas Castle
by James Howard Kunstler

Nobody knows, from sea to shining sea, 
why we are having all this trouble with our republic.
- Tom McGuane

"Can a people recover from an excursion into unreality? The USAs sojourn into an alternative universe of the mind accelerated sharply after Wall Street nearly detonated the global financial system in 2008. That debacle was only one manifestation of an array of accumulating threats to the postmodern order, which include the burdens of empire, onerous debt, population overshoot, fracturing globalism, worries about energy, disruptive technologies, ecological havoc, and the specter of climate change.

A sense of gathering crisis, which I call the long emergency, persists. It is systemic and existential. It calls into question our ability to carry on normal life much farther into this century, and all the anxiety...

19:45

While The US Obsesses Over Iran, Saudi Arabia Just Executed 10 Women In Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

TheLastAmericanVagabond.com

Saudi Arabia a country that now sits on the U.N. Womens Rights Commission just executed ten women in an aerial bombardment that appeared to target a wedding procession in Yemen. According to Haaretz, a prominent Israeli newspaper, witnesses and health officials speaking on the condition of anonymity say an airstrike by a Saudi-led coalition warplane struck []

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19:40

How the Government Botched the Case Against Cliven Bundy "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The FBI are running operations out of the BLM Single Engine Air Tanker base next to Burns Municipal Airport in Oregon, pictured on Jan. 10, 2016.

19:40

Cannabis bill bad medicine "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Claytons Medical Cannabis Amendment Bill has been criticised for doing little but blowing smoke in the eyes of those suffering from chronic pain and illness. The legal defence the Bill will provide for terminally ill people who use cannabis is bizarre. It remains illegal to grow cannabis, and it remains illegal to supply cannabis, []

19:39

12 Things That Prove He Actually Gives A Sh*t About You "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Sometimes in love, it is a bit harder to tell whether or not someone actually cares than it should be. When someone really cares about you they do a lot of things differently.

While most relationships will be duds at some point you will meet the guy who puts everyone else to shame. This guy will make you feel like nothing else could ever matter. Relationships like this are not as common as they should be. If he does the things below he really does give a shit about you.

12 Things That Prove He Actually Gives A Shit About You:

1. He misses you when you are not around.

When you are apart he misses you. He texts you to let you know that you are on his mind and he does sweet things to remind you that you are important. Sure, personal space is fine but that doesnt mean a sweet message should not be sent from time to time.

2. He isnt afraid to show you off.

He wants to hold your hand in public and kiss you in the grocery store. He wants to show everyone how proud he is that you are in his life. You matter to him.

3. He cares when you are feeling down.

He is not going to give you the cold shoulder when you are crying. He is there for you one hundred percent. You have a real partner in this one.

4. He wont hesitate to stand up for you.

He is not going to sit by and let anyone say anything bad about you. You are important and he wants the world to know how amazing you are. He respects you and expects others to do so as well.

5. He goes out of his way to make you smile.

He will bring you flowers when you are down and make cheesy jokes just to get a smirk. He wants you to be happy. If he can brighten your day it will also brighten his own.

6. He makes you feel pretty.

He always compliments you and tells others how great you are. He wants you to feel just as beautiful as he believes you are. If you could see yourself through his eyes you would be in awe. While some men may show attention to other women, he has eyes only for you.

7. He pushes you to be better.

He pushes you to grow and be who you want to be. He wants you to chase your dreams and reach your goals. He is all about cheering you on.

8. He loves your flaws.

He loves all of you. He is just as excited about your flaws as he is your perfect points. He shows off all of you, even the parts you cannot stand.

9. He...

19:39

Top U.S. Marine general: Theres a war coming "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

 

BY JOSH DELK
The Hill
December 22, 2017
11:16 AM EST
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The Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Robert Neller, told troops Thursday that theres a war coming and urged them to be prepared.

I hope Im wrong, but theres a war coming, Neller told Marines stationed in Norway, during a visit there, according to Military.com. Youre in a fight here, an informational fight, a political fight, by your presence, he added. 

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Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, Gen. Robert Neller

The commandant pointed to Russia and the Pacific theater as the next major areas of conflict, predicting a big-ass fight in the future.

Just remember why youre here, he said. Theyre watching. Just like you watch them, they watch you. Weve got 300 Marines up here; we could go from 300 to 3,000 overnight. We could raise the bar.

Nellers visit comes amid tensions between Russia and NATO allies. Russia warned neighboring Norway that the presence of American troops could hurt relations, after Norway decision to host a new unit of U.S. soldiers through the end of 2018.

The administration says the Marines are there to enhance ties with European NATO allies and train in cold-weather combat.

In a question-and-answer session with the troops, Neller said the U.S. could shift its focus after years of fighting in the Middle East to Eastern Europe, citing Russias conflicts with Ukraine and Georgia.

On Monday, President Trump unveiled a new national security strategy that focused on the threats posed by Russia and China to U.S. interests.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/366174-marine-corps-commandant-theres-a-war-coming?__twitter_i...

19:39

Was Putin thanking CIA for helping thwart terrorist attack in Russia a joint Trump-Putin PR move? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A quiet December 17 Sunday morning in the U.S. was shaken by a geopolitical sensation. Many long-time Russia watchers could hardly believe their eyes. The cause for their surprise was a three-paragraph press release on the official website of the Russian president Vladimir Putin detailing an unexpected and unusual phone conversation between Putin and the U.S. president Donald Trump. According to the press release, Putin "thanked" Trump for the information provided to the Russian intelligence agencies by the CIA which "was enough to locate and detain" the individuals who planned to commit terrorist acts in several well-known public places in St. Petersburg, including the Kazan Cathedral.[i] Putin asked Trump to "convey his appreciation" to the CIA director (who was, interestingly, not named) and the CIA operatives involved in the intelligence sharing. Last, but not least, Putin "assured" Trump that the Russian intelligence agencies would return the favor, if they ever came into possession of the information of similar importance for the U.S. national security. Soon after the Kremlin's press release, there was a press release from the White House. The White House release essentially repeated what was already stated by the Kremlin. However, it included a sentence which, in my opinion, is very significant for understanding Putin's action. "Both leaders agreed that this serves as an example of the positive things that can occur when countries work together." The press release also stated that Trump called the CIA director Mike Pompeo "to congratulate him, his very talented people, and the entire intelligence community on a job well done!"[ii]

19:38

Wrought Iron and Wood Chairs "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Wrought Iron and Wood Chairs - A patio is all about relaxing. At least that's what I believe. My wife might have other ideas, like how great the terrace space could be to establish a few card tables to get her hearts club. But mepersonally, I think that it's good tom possess some pace to be quiet and think about the day that's merely slipping away to the sunset.

And the best aspect of the relaxing time for me personally is my patio chair. Other individuals have their own idea on how best to decorate their own patios, although I personally enjoy my teak patio recliner. But regardless of what style your terrace is, seats are a vital part of the patio decor of anyone.

And online, there are so many styles to select from. There are the elegant looking Adirondack style chairs with their springs seat and armrests that are oversized; for resting on a cold drink on, perfect. Sometime it is possible to find these with matching ottomans to present your feet a well deserved break. My neighbor gets his chaise lounge that his wife got for their anniversary. I have seen him on many an evening sitting outside with a glass of iced tea on his deck.

19:38

New Gift-Wrapped UFO Revelations From The Pentagon: Whats Going On? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

TheLastAmericanVagabond.com

Youre walking through a sea of misinformation, disinformation, lies, speculation, goofball theoriesand suddenly, the wise men behind the curtain decide to reach out and hand you unvarnished facts that blow your mind. Whats going on? We have an entirely new gambit in the UFO disclosure game. From loudwire.com (Dec.21): [Musician Tom] DeLonge is currently working []

The post New Gift-Wrapped UFO Revelations From The Pentagon: Whats Going On? appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

19:37

Whenever I see TPUSA signs, I always think Toilet Paper USA "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Ive never been shy about saying that I despise Turning Point USA. Its a horrible organization that makes rancid pro-capitalism arguments from a Libertarian perspective, and that tangles it all up in an anti-diversity reactionary package that Republicans all love. Theres somebody at my university who slaps up their stupid declarative posters everywhere, which means that just walking down a hallway give my superior rectus and oblique ocular muscles a painful workout.

Welp, now TPUSA has been investigated. Theyre worse than I thought, which means theyre probably on par for a sleazy right wing organization.

Perhaps most troubling for an organization that holds up conservatives as the real victims of discrimination in America, Turning Point USA is also alleged to have fostered an atmosphere that is hostile to minorities. Screenshots provided to me by a source show that Crystal Clanton, who served until last summer as the groups national field director, sent a text message to another Turning Point employee saying, i hate black people. Like fuck them all ... I hate blacks. End of story.

The good news: she got fired. The bad news: it was probably for making their opinions public, not for having those opinions.

Former Turning Point employees say that the organization was a difficult workplace and rife with tension, some of it racial. Gabrielle Fequiere, a former Turning Point employee, told me that she was the only African-American hired as a field director when she worked with the group, three years ago. In looking back, I think it was racist, she said. At the time, I was blaming myself, and I thought I did something wrong. Fequiere, who now works as a model, recalled that the young black recruits that she brought into the organization suddenly found themselves disinvited from the groups annual student summit, and that when she herself attended, she watched speakers there who spoke badly about black women having all these babies out of wedlock. It was really offensive.

Also, they sponsored Milo Yiannopoulos.

Speakers at Turning Point events on various college campuses have been accused of going out of their way t...

19:37

Baby injured in raccoon attack inside home in Philadelphia "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Distraught parents said a raccoon attacked their baby girl inside their own home. Four-month-old Journi Blake Rodgers' injuries are so bad that she's getting treatment at the hospital. Neighbors were horrified when shown images of the child, bloodied following the attack. Her family said it happened Wednesday in their first-floor apartment on the 2100 block of North 22nd Street. "A raccoon dragging an innocent baby off a bed onto the floor," said the child's uncle, Kenny McDuffy. "What was he going to do? Eat her? Kill her?"

19:37

Only We Can Bring Peace to Syria "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

There will always be people who celebrate even the cruelest of tyrants, be it out of ignorance, sadism, fear, or being advantaged by these rulers. But does that make a tyrants regime legitimate?

19:36

2 dead, 97 injured after M5.2 earthquake hits Tehran, Iran "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Two people have died and nearly 100 were injured after a M5.2 earthquake hit near Tehran, capital of Iran on Wednesday, December 20, 2017. The quake hit at a depth of 15 km (9.3 miles) at 19:57 UTC (23:27 local time) just 2.8 km (1.7 miles) WSW of Malrd...... Read more

Der Guardian hat einen interessanten Artikel ber ... "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Der Guardian hat einen interessanten Artikel ber die Atomenergie, speziell darber, dass gerade einige Lnder Mammutprojekte fr neue Atommeiler anstoen. Es geht natrlich vor allem um die Briten und ihr Projekt "Hinkley Point". Die Geschichte davon ist zwar auch interessant und erinnert ein bisschen an S21 und BER, aber der fr mich interessanteste Punkt war dieses Statement hier:

Andrew Stirling believes that there was a crucial, largely unspoken, reason for the governments rediscovered passion for nuclear: without a civil nuclear industry, a nation cannot sustain military nuclear capabilities. In other words, no new nuclear power plants would spell the end of Trident. The only countries in the world that are currently looking at large-scale civil power newbuild programmes are countries that have nuclear submarines, or have an expressed aim of acquiring them, Stirling told me.
Ach SO ist das!

19:35

Presidential decree gives green-light to Hellinikon Project in old Athens airport "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A presidential decree giving the go-ahead to the development of Hellinikon south of Athens was signed by four ministers in charge of the investment on Friday, in the presence of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. The decree will need to be reviewed by the Council of State within 2017, exactly as foreseen in our original plan,

The post Presidential decree gives green-light to Hellinikon Project in old Athens airport appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.

19:34

The gut reacts: Repeated low-grade bacterial infections can trigger severe inflammatory disease "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A startling discovery published today in the journal Science reveals how your past history of minor bacterial infections can add up with age to cause a severe inflammatory disease. Small bacterial infections that may go unnoticed and which the body easily clears without treatment, such as occurs during mild food poisoning, nevertheless can start a chain of events that leads to chronic inflammation and potentially life-threatening colitis. These new findings may also help identify the long-mysterious origins of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Researchers worked for eight years to make this breakthrough. The project was led by Jamey Marth, Ph.D., and included lead author Won Ho Yang, Ph.D.; Michael Mahan, Ph.D.; Douglas Heithoff, Ph.D.; and Peter Aziz, M.Sc., who hold joint appointments at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP) and UC Santa Barbara's Center for Nanomedicine (CNM), in collaboration with Victor Nizet, M.D., at UC San Diego and Markus Sperandio, M.D., at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich. Together they began this long-term study with a radically different hypothesis to investigate the origin of chronic inflammatory diseases spanning colitis and IBD. Their hypothesis reflected multiple clues. First, it has become increasingly evident that the genetic makeup of an individual plays a limited role in the onset of common inflammatory diseases, including colitis and IBD. Twins show relatively small concordance for both individuals developing IBDs, for example. Such findings implicate unknown environmental factors in disease origins.

19:33

Deep-Seabed Mining is the Next Frontier in the Environmental Plunder of Planet Earth "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Vic Bishop, Staff Writer
Waking Times 

Deep sea explorers continue to discover new forms of sea life in the depths of the worlds ocean, but our oceans are being pursued by mining companies as a huge potential market for minerals extraction.

The next frontier of mining is going to be in the ocean, because theres a lot of these rare earth elements and minerals in the sea. [Source]

The seabed contains potentially trillions of dollars worth of gold alone, as well as copper, cobalt, and many other minerals useful in the production of technology and consumer items. The process is highly controversial, and activists have been working for years to stop this before it starts. Essentially, giant remote-operated equipment is sent to the sea floor to grind up and disintegrate the bed, and material is pumped to containment vessels at the surface.

Considering that the first 10-15 centimeters of the ocean floor is where the vast majority of deep-sea life lives, processes like this on an industrial scale would spell disaster for life there. While deep-sea mining has been of interest to mining companies for decades, since 2000 a small number of exploration contracts have been permitted around the world, but the first actual operating license is about to be granted for mining the seas in Papua New Guinea. This would signal the beginning of a race to carve out mining contracts for states and companies, dividing up an enormous portion of the earth which has until now been relatively untouched.

There are concerns relating to impact of the mining systems on the sea floor, the creation of sediment plumes as a result of seabed operations, the integrity of the riser pipes and the release of waste materials following pre-processing of the minerals at the sea surface, says MIDAS, which conducted research from the Pelagia vessel from 2013-2016. The scale of these impacts needs to be assessed so that the development of regulations to control mining acti...

19:33

Antipodean Albatross problems "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

This 2016 video is called Antipodean Albatross Antipodes Island New Zealand.

From BirdLife:

22 Dec 2017

Two males for every female: Antipodean Albatross in breeding crisis

Antipodean Albatrosses court for years, mate for life and work together to raise their young but human activity is causing a sex ratio imbalance that is destroying their lifelong romance. This year, they have been uplisted to Endangered on the IUCN Red List due to worrying population declines.

By Jessica Law

The live slow, die old strategy has been working for the Antipodean Albatross Diomedea antipodensis for millennia. Breeding exclusively on a few New Zealand islands, this majestic bird mates for life, laying a single egg with each breeding attempt. Since it takes a whole year to hatch the egg and raise the chick, they are only able to reproduce once every two years. But they dont even start thinking about breeding until they are at least seven years old sometimes more like twenty and even then, the process entails a long and drawn-out courtship involving song and dance routines, and spanning over several years.

It sounds like a Jane Austen novel, but investing a lot of time and energy in safely raising a few healthy young is a strategy that has paid off until now. Recent surveys of Adams Island and the Antipodes Islands have shown a steep decrease in population size and the number of nests found. The Antipodes Islands, which house the largest population nearly half of the worlds Antipodean Albatrosses are showing the biggest decline. Here, numbers have fallen by a staggering 12% a year in the past 13 years. And the overall population is estimated to have more than halved in the decade between 2004 and 2014.

What could be the reason for this catastrophic decline? There are many likely causes. Warming oceans are decreasing the albatross food supply, meaning that they need to travel to new areas to find food. Antipodean Albatrosses are specialists in low-energy flying, riding updrafts created by the wind and waves and covering vast distances while rarely needing to flap their wings. However, their increa...

19:33

[Watch] Anti-Nuclear Nuns Interviewed by Heidi Hutner "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Sister Ardeth Platte and Sister Carol Gilbert, famous for their peaceful protests for nuclear disarmament, interviewed by Prof. Heidi Hutner.

The post [Watch] Anti-Nuclear Nuns Interviewed by Heidi Hutner appeared first on DiaNuke.org.

19:33

Google Play Store to Set Minimum API Level for New and Updated Apps "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Google fights fragmentation: New Android features to be forced on apps in 2018

While Apple's app store is heavily regulated, the Google Play Store has mostly lived its life under Google's laissez-faire attitude. As long as you didn't get caught by Google's malware scanning, your app was free to do just about anything.

But lately, Google's hands-off approach seems to be changing. The company tried to restrict Android's powerful accessibility APIs only to accessibility apps, but after a power user revolt, Google is currently rethinking that plan.

The Play Store's biggest change is coming in 2018, though. Recently Google announced it will start setting a minimum API level that new and updated apps will be required to use. This is a technical change but a massive one. Basically, Google will stop accepting old app code from developers. The move won't harm support for devices running old versions of Android, but it will require developers to adopt new Android features and restrictions as they come out.

Previously: Google Pauses Crackdown on Apps That Use Accessibility Features


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19:32

A&E consultant to British journalists: Please start reporting the truth about the NHS "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Posted on Facebook:

Dear Journalists,

As an A&E consultant I am writing to ask for your help.

Up and down the country our A&E departments are in meltdown, our staff are at breaking point and we need your help.

Patients are being left in corridors because there are no ward beds for them to go to, staff are leaving shifts demoralised and exhausted and most importantly our patients are not getting the care they deserve.

We need the public to know about this, not to scaremonger, but for the truth to be out there as the only way to get politicans to change is by voters knowing the reality and prioritising the NHS at the ballot box.

But without the public understanding what is going on, we will continue to have this crisis year after year after year. This is where we need your help. We need you to report the reality and not peddle the propaganda from our politicians.

The crisis is much worse than what you report. We all talk about the 4 hour target and that we get around 90%. But that includes all the patients who dont need admission. But for the ones who need admission, the % who get admitted within 4 hours is so so so much lower than that. And for those patients, it is crucial for their well being, that they get admitted within four hours.

Why are you not asking for these figures? That would help reveal the truth.

Then you report 12 hour breaches. But in England (but not the rest of the UK) the clock starts ticking when a specialist senior has seen them. So they can be in A&E for 18 hours and not be a 12 hour breach.

Why are you not asking for the figures of patients who stay in A&E for more than 12 hours? That would help reveal the truth

And what about asking how many patients are spending time in corridors?

Because if you did reveal these figures you would soon see the real extent of the crisis. And it is a crisis. One which will lead to a breaking point soon unless something changes.

The fault does not lie with the patients. Yes a few inappropriately attend but they are not the problem; they can be quickly turned around and discharged. The fault is not with....

19:30

A good judge tells a ratbag she can pay it back or spend Christmas in the slammer "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A ratbag who stole money from a granny has been given a choice by Judge Tony Adeane, pay back what she stole or spend Christmas in the slammer: She stole $1800 from a 91-year-old and wanted to pay her back at $2 a week while she spent $60 a week gambling. But Judge Tony Adeane wasnt having []

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19:30

Its Okay to Say Merry Christmas (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Its Okay to Say Merry Christmas Video Mark Dice Its the most wonderful time of the yearbut not for every one! hahaha. Click here to sign up for The Daily Coin FREE newsletter covering precious metals, war, health and prepper suggestions! Video Source

The post Its Okay to Say Merry Christmas (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

19:30

Trump threatens to cut UN aid over Jerusalem vote "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Cutting the voluntary contribution works for me. Heck, cutting all contributions would be even better. Heres how much the US gives to the UN, according to the Council on Foreign Relations: In 2016, the United States remained the largest donor Continue reading

19:30

Rev. Chris Hedges: Christmas, Charity, Anti-Empire and the Revolutionary Jesus + Transcript "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Dandelion Salad Note: DS updated this post yesterday with a new interview with Abby Martin on the same topic: Abby Martin: Coca Farmers Massacred In Colombia Under Pressure From Trump Originally published Dec. 24, 2014 with Chris Hedges TheRealNews on Dec 24, 2014 Rev. Chris Hedges and Rev. David Bullock discuss the real meaning of Christmas []

19:29

Youth mobilization challenges election fraud in Honduras "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

by Jeff Abbott

Salvador Nasralla marches with protesters

Salvador Nasralla, the presidential candidate for the opposition in Honduras, marches with protesters on December 10. (WNV/Jeff Abbott)

The anger and frustration in the streets of Honduras following the controversial November 26 presidential election is palpable. Everyone seems to have an opinion about the electoral process, which was marked by accusations of fraud carried out by the incumbent president of Juan Orlando Hernndez of the National Party.

In Honduras second largest city, San Pedro Sula, small groups of semi-truck drivers have Fuera JOH, or get rid of Juan Orlando Hernndez, written on their mud flaps or posted in the windows of their vehicles. When I was staying in the city center, the silence of the night was broken with loud chants of Fuera JOH from the streets.

The accusations of fraud sparked the widespread movement against Orlando Hernndez. Hondurans have carried out weekly marches through the major cities that have drawn hundreds of thousands across the country. According to Jesus Garza, a Honduran political and human rights analyst, these marches have been among the largest in the countrys history.

Many of these marches are organized by the opposition political party La Alianza Contra de la Dictadura, or the Alliance Against the Dictator, led by former president Manuel Zelaya, but Garza points out the vast majority of actions including the establishment of roadblocks on major roads across the country are spontaneous.

In almost weekly actions protesters have blocked over 80 points along the highways with burning tires across the country. These actions have been met with intense repression from the military, in coordination with the national police.

These actions have remained largely peaceful, but several incidents have turned into street battles, with small groups of protesters throwing rocks at police and military. Organizers claim that these are more than likely infiltrators from gangs. They fear that this could justify the escalation of the situation and more repression.

Faced with the growing unrest, the Honduran government declared a state of siege on December 1 that suspended the constitution and established a curfew between 6 p.m. and 6...

19:29

Digmine Cryptocurrency Miner spreads via Facebook messenger "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Researchers from security firm Trend Micro observed crooks spreading a new cryptocurrency mining bot dubbed Digmine via Facebook Messenger.

Watch out for video file (packed in zip archive) sent by your friends via Facebook messenger, according to the researchers from security firm Trend Micro crooks are using this technique to spread a new cryptocurrency mining bot dubbed Digmine.

The bot was first observed in South Korea, experts named it Digmine based on the moniker ( bot) referred to in a report of recent related incidents in South Korea.  Digmine infections were observed in other countries such as Vietnam, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Vietnam, Philippines, Thailand, and Venezuela.

Attackers are targeting Google Chrome desktop users to take advantage of the recent spike in the price of cryptocurrencies.

Digmine is a Monero-cryptocurrency mining bot disguises as a non-embedded video file, under the name video_xxxx.zip, but is actually includes an AutoIt script.

The infection starts after the victims click on the file, the malicious code compromise the system and downloads its components and related configuration files from a command-and-control server.

Facebook Messenger works across different platforms, but Digmine only affects Facebook Messengers desktop/web browser (Chrome) version. If the file is opened on other platforms (e.g., mobile), the malware will not work as intended. reads the analysis published by TrendMicro.

Digmine is coded in AutoIt, and sent to would-be victims posing as a video file but is actually an AutoIt executable script. If the users Facebook account is set to log in automatically, Digmine will manipulate Facebook Messenger in order to send a link to the file to the accounts friends. 

Researchers obse...

19:28

'Mysterious magnetism': Metal sticks to stomach of Syrian boy in bizarre trick (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Every superhero has a moment when their special powers becomes clear. For web-slinging Spider-Man, it was after a radioactive arachnid bite. In Zulfikar Ibrahim's case, he found out his belly doubled as a magnet during dinner. Hailing from Syria's port city of Latakia, the young boy has become something of a mini-celebrity for his seemingly strange ability to stick metal objects to his stomach. His grandparents are hoping his apparent condition can be studied abroad to get to the bottom of his mysterious "magnetism." "We were concerned about this phenomenon. Speaking frankly, I don't want it to affect him," said Zulfikar Ibrahim's grandfather. "Since Russia is specialized in this subject, we want this phenomenon - or this biological energy - to be cultivated and studied in Russia." In 2014, Russian schoolboy Nikolai Kryaglyachenko made headlines when he claimed an electrical accident left him with powers of human magnetism. Hence, the belief that Russian specialists may have some insight into Ibrahim's new found skills.

19:28

Free at last: A UN without US diplomatic blackmail "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Dr Daud Abdullah | MEMO | December 22, 2017 Not for the first time, the free world has stood up for truth and justice in Palestine. The General Assemblys vote against President Trumps decision on Jerusalem was a victory for the rule of law over the law of the jungle. It now leaves both []

19:27

Sick! Texas mother charged with faking son's illness, boy had numerous pointless hospital visits and surgeries "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

An 8-year-old Dallas boy may have endured more than 300 unnecessary doctor visits, gone through more than a dozen pointless surgeries and suffered life-threatening treatment complications after police and child protective officials say his mother faked multiple illnesses beginning when he was a newborn. Kaylene Bowen-Wright is charged with injury to a child and was jailed on $150,000 bond, reported CBS DFW. The child and his two siblings were removed from the home by child welfare officials last month. An investigation by Child Protective Services (CPS) found Bowen-Wright took her son, Christopher, to hospitals in Dallas and Houston with a variety of complaints, resulting in 323 medical appointments and 13 "major" surgeries, CBS DFW reports. He's been on a feeding tube, confined to a wheelchair, developed a blood infection that landed him in the ICU, and has spent time in hospice care, Dr. Suzanne Dakil wrote in an affidavit provided to the CPS investigator. The agency's report indicated it was likely a case of Munchausen Syndrome by proxy, where a caregiver fakes or creates a child's symptoms to receive attention, sympathy or other benefits. A CPS investigation also found Bowen-Wright cut her son's hair and posted a picture of him in a Make-A-Wish shirt claiming he had cancer in an effort to raise money.

19:27

Alt Media Journalist Broke a Story Before Local News, So She Was Arrested, Charged With Felonies "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

journalistAn alternative media journalist reported a story before her local media did and so she was arrested and charged with felonies.

19:26

Qaddafis son Saif Al-Islam to run for Libya presidency "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

In this file photo, Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafis son Seif Al-Islam speaks during an interview with Reuters in Tripoli Mar. 10, 2011. (Reuters)

CAIRO: Former Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafis son Saif Al-Islam plans to run for the countrys presidency in elections next year, nearly seven years after his father was deposed and killed.

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The younger Qaddafi, 45, enjoys the support of major tribes in the country, said family spokesman Basem A...

19:26

How each country voted at the UN on Jerusalem resolution "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The United Nations has voted by a huge majority to declare a unilateral US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital "null and void". At an emergency session of the body's General Assembly on Thursday, 128 countries voted in favour of a resolution rejecting US President Donald Trump's controversial decision on December 6. Nine countries voted against, while 35 abstained. Trump had earlier threatened to cut aid to UN members who would vote against his decision.

19:25

Sessions orders Justice Department to reopen investigation of Killary's Uranium One connections "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

We all know what Hillary is and was for years. This is why she should be jail, purged of all the stolen money that the Clintons have ripped off the citizens of the U.S., and placed in prison. That goes for all the Obama administration as well. If our elected representatives and the people they employ are not held accountable for their crimes then there is no justice for any of us. Sadly that never happened because it is absolutely well known that Comey lied and saved Hillary Clinton. We all know that Comey has been on the Clinton payroll for decades. Luckily it seems that the sleeping giant is waking up! White House, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered Justice Department prosecutors to question FBI Agents about their investigations into the Uranium One deal, NBC News reports.

19:22

Former CIA Director Slams Trump Over UN Bullying, Openly Suggests Hes Acting Like A Dictator (TWEET) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Many people have raised the alarm regarding the fact that Donald Trump is dangerously close to becoming an autocrat. The thing is, democracies become autocracies right under the peoples noses, because they can often look like democracies in the beginning phases. This was explained by Republican David Frum just a couple of months into Donald Trumps presidency, in a piece in The Atlantic called How to Build an Autocracy.

In fact, if you really look critically at what is happening right now the systematic discrediting of vital institutions such as the free press and the Federal Bureau of Investigation as well the direct weaponization of the Department of Justice in order to go after Trumps former political opponent, 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, and you have the makings of an autocracy. We are more than well on our way. Further, one chamber of Congress, the House of Representatives, already has a rogue band of Republicans who are running a parallel investigation to the official Russian collusion investigation, with the explicit intent of undermining and discrediting the idea that Trump could have possibly done anything wrong with the Russians in order to swing the 2016 election in his favor.

All of that is just for starters, too. Now, we have Trump making United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley bully and threaten other countries in the United Nations who voted against Trumps decision to change U.S. policy when it comes to recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish State. Well, one expert, who is usually quite measured, has had enough of Trumps autocratic antics: Former CIA Director John O. Brennan. The seasoned spy took to Trumps favorite platform, Twitter, and blasted the decision:

19:22

Banksy x Danny Boyle - The Alnertivity "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"



In March this year, graffiti artist Banksy opened The Walled Off Hotel in the little town of Bethlehem - a place under Israeli occupation, overlooked by a vast security wall and with checkpoints controlling the roads in and out.

In a bid to bring some festive cheer to what he said was "the least Christmassy place on earth", Banksy decided to stage an 'Alternativity' in the carpark of his hotel around the corner from Manger Square, Bethlehem. But as a famously anonymous graffiti artist who had never put on a play, he was going to need some help - and who better than celebrated Oscar-winning film director and maestro behind the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony, Danny Boyle?

Accepting this unorthodox request from a man he has never met, Danny admits the closest he has ever been to the Middle East is a fortnight in Majorca. Thrown in at the deep end, he travels to the occupied Palestinian territories to create a spectacular show from scratch.

Shot over six weeks, this fascinating documentary follows the action as Danny overcomes the many restrictions to assemble a cast and crew, meeting local children, theatrical performers and a great many donkeys along the way.

19:20

Boulders Placed Along Busy San Francisco Interchange To Deter Homeless "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Walls dont work. Sanctuary for some but not all. Via KPIX 5: San Francisco is working to keep clear a popular camping spot for the homeless by having crews place huge boulders on areas under the Highway 101 interchange at Cesar Chavez St. The streets and ramps beneath 101 on the edge of Potrero Hill []

19:17

The never-ending crisis of Zionism "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

After a video came out this week of two young Palestinian women slapping Israeli soldiers in the occupied village of Nabi Saleh, the Israeli leftwing group Peace Now tweeted that the soldiers were heroes for not responding violently, and issued a statement commending the soldiers for demonstrating moral fortitude in the face of an attempted stunt to blacken Israels image.

The day those women slapped the soldiers, their 14-year-old cousin was shot in the face by Israeli soldiers, blood pouring from his head like a fountain, and he had to undergo a lengthy operation.

Peace Now didnt say anything about that.

Both young women were later arrested. The 16-year-old, Ahed Tamimi, faces a possibly lengthy sentence so that Israel can maintain its honor. Peace Now has not issued a statement about that.

I find this so dispiriting it is hard to put one word after another. But people should know: this is the world Zionism made. In which a leftwing organization cares about Jewish soldiers maintaining their honor and purity of arms; and has nothing to say about human rights violations against an occupied, subject people.

This is a story about Jewish identity being rooted in trauma; and how long will it take us to overcome that trauma?

The Palestinian experience today is a lot like the Jewish experience of pogroms 100 years ago and more in eastern Europe. As Jews were beaten and killed by marauding gangs with the blessing of the state American Jews were not silent. Jews acted. Our leaders went to the White House. Important Jewish organizations were formed. The most powerful Jew in the world, the banker Jacob Schiff, supported the Russian revolution because he so hated the czar. The most brilliant Jew in the world, Franz Kafka came out of his office in Prague to see Jews being beaten and he went to Zionist meetings.

Today millions of Palestinians under occupation are being humiliated, deprived of freedom, their children given no chance to dream of a better life and the leftwing Zionist organization says a 16-year-old Palestinian woman whose cousin was maimed and who slapped a soldier in the courtyard of her house is carrying out a stunt.

Peace Now urges separation: the occupation corrodes Israel and its image, and will continue until Israel extricates itself from the Palestinians.

Jewish separation from Palestinians is a delusion. It is like whites separating from blacks in the U.S. Israel is 20 percent non-Jewi...

19:16

Your favorite Paint maybe removed from Windows soon "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The released list said the features will be deprecated and eventually be removed. It meant the app will still be available, but it wont be integrated with new features. But Microsoft faced a lot of negativity from people across the globe and later confirmed that paint will continue to be available on the Microsoft store.

The message was brief, and it didnt clear whether Paint will be removed in the next Windows 10s feature update, which is about to arrive in the upcoming springs, or not. We are waiting for Microsofts next update on this. But its for sure that our beloved app from childhood, MS Paint will be removed soon.

 

 

The post Your favorite Paint maybe removed from Windows soon appeared first on TechWorm.

19:16

Analysis: How Consensus for Corporate Rate Cut Turned Into Partisan Tax Brawl "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

If there are problems with tax law, Republicans are unlikely to have willing partners in Democrats to fix it

President Donald Trump congratulates House Speaker Paul Ryan during an event at the White House to celebrate Congress passing the tax bill earlier this week.
President Donald Trump congratulates House Speaker Paul Ryan during an event at the White House to celebrate Congress passing the tax bill earlier this week. PHOTO: CHIP SOMODEVILLA/GETTY IMAGES

WASHINGTONBoth candidates in the 2012 presidential election ran on a corporate tax cut.

Five years later, a unified Republican government made that a reality, and a bipartisan idea has turned into a deeply partisan brawl.

President Donald Trump signed the 21% corporate tax rate into law Friday and Democrats are talking about which pieces of the bill they will keep and which they will toss aside should they assume power.

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19:14

Nikos Maziotis Attacked at #Korydallos #Prison "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Nikos Maziotis was assaulted by another prisoner while recovering from his recent hunger strike. The assault left him with broken ribs and head injuries.

political-prisoner

Originally published by Athens Indymedia. Translated by Black Cat.

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

Nikos Maziotis Attacked at Korydallos Prison

Nikos Maziotis was assaulted by another prisoner while recovering from his recent hunger strike. The assault left him with broken ribs and head injuries.

The attack against Nikos Maziotis happened inside his cell. Approximately ten prisoners took part in the attack, out of which 2-3 were more aggressive than the rest.

Nikos Maziotis was mainly hit on his head and his ribs and was stabbed in his stomach. Despite the cowardly attack by ten prisoners and the bodily exhaustion following 36 days of hunger strike, he managed to resist.

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19:14

New Gift-Wrapped UFO Revelations From the Pentagon: Whats Going On? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

UFO

Youre walking through a sea of misinformation, disinformation, lies, speculation, goofball theoriesand suddenly, the wise men behind the curtain decide to reach out and hand you unvarnished facts that blow your mind. Whats going on?

We have an entirely new gambit in the UFO disclosure game.

From loudwire.com (Dec.21): [Musician Tom] DeLonge is currently working with former Pentagon official Luis Elizondo at To The Stars Academy of Arts & Science, which was founded by the ex-Blink guitarist. This is a new UFO research and merchandising outfit.

DeLonge has taken it upon himself to expose the truth about UFOs. His new partner, Luis Elizondo, used to work for the Pentagonand, boom, the mainstream press is suddenly telling us that Elizondo headed up a super-secret, $22 million a year Dept. of Defense UFO research group, from 2007 to 2012, the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program (AATIP).

According to the NY Times and The Independent, the program had, and still has, metal pieces from a UFO(s), has been studying the pieces, and doesnt knew what theyre made of.

The press has also just released a 2004 Dept. of Defense jackpot video purporting to show a US fighter jet off the coast of San Diego encountering a UFO, which hovers in place, wiggles, dances around, and suddenly zooms away at a shocking velocity.

The Independent: Commander David Fravor and Lieutenant Commander Jim Slaight were on a routine training mission 100 miles out into the Pacific when they were asked to investigate the object.

Commander Fravor told The New York Times the object was about 40ft long, had no plumes, wings or rotors, and outpaced their F-18s. It was big enough to churn the sea 50ft below it, he said.

My, my. All these revelations, all of a sudden. Bingo, bango, bongo.

Years of, We dont have any information, we dont have any comment on the subject, and then, out of the blue, Yes we do and here it is.

Let all the WHY NOW? speculations begin.

I would point out that, if this is a test to gauge public reaction to: THERE IS LIFE ELSEWHERE IN THE UNIVERSE AND A FEW OF THEM SHOWED UP HEREthe result of the test appears to be, so far: Are we having the beef stew again tonight?

This is interesting. People arent crowding into the streets and going wild. There are no parades. Presidents of countries arent holding major press conferences. I did read a piece about Trump drinking water again and possibly having trouble sipping it.

HELLO? WE ARENT ALONE IN TH...

19:13

Eric Schmidt stepping down as chair of Alphabet board "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"


Google's parent company Alphabet on Thursday announced that Eric Schmidt will step down as chairman, remaining on the board but shifting into a role as a technical advisor. "In recent years, I've ...

Saturn's Rings "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

An article at on Nature.com titled Saturn's Young Rings (20 December 2017) , touts a presentation at the Fall Meeting of the AGU based on the gravitational effect of the rings on the Cassini probe. The researchers claim that this force is not strong enough to retain the rings. Using the data they calculate that the rings are young, only 100 to 200 million years old! Although the rings are known to be primairily water ice, modern science cannot determine the origin of all this ice, since the current hypothesis is that Jupiter and Saturn are 90% hydrogen and 10% helium. The leading hypothesis is that two comets, or a comet and a satelllite collided inside the Roche limit and the pieces ended up forming the rings. No concern is offered as to the similarity in the sizes of the chuncks of ice.

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The Big Picture Of How We Got Into This Mess And How We Get Out Of It "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

There's too much yelling these days, so we made this a silent video. Hope you find it helpful. Best wishes for a 2018 that's better for America than 2017 was.

19:10

Violating the Sacred: GMO Chestnuts for the Holidays? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By BJ McManama, Indigenous Environmental Network with Anne Petermann and Ruddy Turnstone, Global Justice Ecology Project

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose We dont even have to provide the score for you to hear this song clearly in your head. The Christmas Song written in 1945 by Bob Wells and Mel Torm is a classic. However, by that time in history, the American chestnut (Castanea dentata) trees had almost completely vanished. They had fallen victim to an airborne fungus introduced by the import of an ornamental chestnut from Japan.  

This was an epic loss. Before Europeans clearcut huge swaths of eastern woodland forests, chestnut saplings and large sheets of bark were used to build naturally strong and weather resistant Longhouses for the Haudenasaunee and many other tribes. And in most cases, it was done without killing the trees. The leaves provided medicine for countless generations who lived up and down the eastern seaboard. The nuts were ground into flour, boiled, and eaten raw.

But American chestnut trees were quickly targeted as the wood of choice beginning with the first boat-load of immigrants. They dominated the forests of the New World and were felled to build ships, settlements, and furniture. Huge beams were cut for dwellings of all sizes. The wood was dense, naturally rot resistant, and prized by woodworkers across the North American continent. The nuts were roasted and ground into flour for cakes, puddings, and breads.

Today, chestnuts are still a staple during the holidays and winter months, and the majority of these come from European or Chinese stock.

There is no question why decades of dedicated and extensive research has been done to return the American chestnut  to the forests it once dominated. The most promising to date has been the conventional breeding techniques done to combine...

19:10

What The GOP Pols Have WroughtA Fiscal, Economic And Political Monster, Part 2 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

What The GOP Pols Have WroughtA Fiscal, Economic And Political Monster, Part 2 by David Stockman Contra Corner In Part 1 we revived Senator Howard Bakers famous description of the giant Reagan Tax Cut of 1981 as a riverboat gamble,...

The post What The GOP Pols Have WroughtA Fiscal, Economic And Political Monster, Part 2 appeared first on The Daily Coin.

19:09

Suddenly, Americas Trade Deficit Isnt So Awful "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Tax avoidance depresses corporate earnings from exports. Some of that will end with the bill Republicans just passed.
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Bloomberg
By Noah Smith
December 22, 2017, 5:00 AM EST
An American product, sold there, profit booked elsewhere.

 Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Its possible that more than half of the U.S.s trade deficit is a mirage an artifact of corporate shenanigans designed to avoid taxes.

Official statistics say that the U.S. trade deficit is about 3 percent of gross domestic product smaller than in the 2000s, but still historically large:

A Hole Thats Not as Deep as It Looks

U.S. trade deficit as a percent of gross domestic product

Source: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

But a recent Goldman Sachs note about tax reform makes the startling claim that the real trade deficit is much smaller less than 1.5 percent. That note contained the following chart:

If this chart is right, the trade deficit has shrunk by more than half since the early 2000s, and is now considerably smaller than it was in the 1980s. Theres even the possibility that this is a low estimate drawing on...

19:09

China-Israel fact of the day "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Chinese money is increasingly flowing into Israeli hi-tech companies and is likely to overtake the US as the number one source of foreign investment for the Jewish state.

Here is the full article, via the excellent Mark Thorson.

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19:08

The NCAA Makes Billions, College Athletes Get Nothing. LaVar Ball Wants to Shake Up the System. "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Lonzo Ball #2 of the UCLA Bruins handles the ball during the second half of the college basketball game against the Arizona Wildcats at McKale Center on February 25, 2017 in Tucson, Arizona.

19:07

Presso popular faz votao de licena para Anglo American ser adiada em Minas Gerais "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

O processo de licena da mineradora Anglo American em Minas Gerais deu um passo atrs na manh desta sexta (22). Na noite anterior, The Intercept Brasil publicou as recomendaes do Ministrio Pblico do Estado de Minas Gerais e do Ministrio Pblico Federal, bem como o abaixo-assinado de ambientalistas, ativistas e moradores da regio de Conceio do Mato Dentro (MG); todos contra a liberao de ampliao de uma barragem de rejeitos que viria a se tornar a maior do estado.

Uma reunio da Cmara de Atividades Minerrias do Conselho Estadual de Poltica Ambiental de Minas estava marcada para as 9 horas da manh desta sexta. Na pauta original, o primeiro processo administrativo a ser contemplado seria o de licenciamento da expanso da barragem de rejeitos.

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Trecho da pauta original da reunio marcada para sexta (22).

No entanto, os conselheiros foram informados de que o assunto fora retirado de pauta nesta manh. A SEMAD [Secretaria de Estado de Meio Ambiente e Desenvolvimento Sustentvel], primando pelo dilogo, entendeu por bem retirar o processo de pauta, comprometendo-se a retornar j no prximo compromisso, anunciou Renato Teixeira Brandao, presidente da CMI, ao incio da reunio. Sua fala foi interrompida por aplausos. A prxima reunio da Cmara est marcada para o dia 19 de janeiro e aguarda-se que o assunto volte a ser discutido, ento.

A antroploga e coordenadora do Movimento pela Soberania Popular na Minerao (MAM), Maria Julia Andrade, comemora a retirada de pauta que classifica como um fruto da organizao e mobilizao das comunidades atingidas, que acionaram rgos como o MInistrio Pblico: Significa que as comunidades ganharam tempo para pressionar mais e que podero ter um natal mais em paz com as suas famlias. Mas lembra que a histria est longe do fim:

As comunidades abaixo da barragem de rejeitos tm uma pauta muito firme: querem ser reassentadas, assim como outras famlias que tiveram suas casas rachadas e nascentes assoreadas pelo mineroduto da empresa. A nova licena vai ser dada sem considerar o...

19:05

National Park Service removes climate action plans from website "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

This post was originally published on the Environmental Data & Governance Initiatives blog. By members of EDGIs Website Monitoring Team: Toly Rinberg, Gretchen Gehrke, Andrew Bergman, and Justin Schell

92 documents describing national parks climate action plans have been removed from the Climate Friendly Parks (CFP) Program website. The CFP Program, which is part of the Department of the Interiors National Park Service (NPS) [1], helps national parks adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change, with approaches that include planning for the impacts of sea level rise and developing strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. A prerequisite for becoming a CFP member is com...

19:05

The Left Has No Answer to Wingnut Welfare "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

In the summer and fall of 2004, I was busy organizing Delaware and Montgomery counties in the Philadelphia suburbs. My employer was Project Vote through a partnership with ACORN, and yes a lot of the funding came from George Soros. You can check the numbers yourself, but my teams measurably boosted voter registration in blue areas of those counties and ran a disciplined and effective get out the vote effort on election day, helping John Kerry carry Pennsylvania. After the disappointing national results, I developed and launched by blog Booman Tribune in March 2005.

Before long, I fell in with a salon of writers that orbited around the pseudonymous Atrios, soon to be revealed as a former economics professor named Duncan Black. Animated most by antiwar fervor, this group included not just writers you probably know like Susie Madrak and Chris Bowers, but others who had smaller followings but no less talent. It also included lawyers and community organizers who had brilliant minds and a willingness to sacrifice in the cause of fighting the Bush administration and bringing about an end to their adventure in Iraq. Some would become soldiers in Barack Obamas field organization, and others would serve as delegates at the National Convention. Politicians began to flock to our meetings, seeking our approval or at least to mute our criticisms. Even Pat Toomey made an appearance when he began to think about running for Senate. Cable news started featuring some of our articles during special segments they developed to look at what was being discussed on the blogs. But for all our energy and talent, I dont think any of us ever got a dime from George Soros. We didnt get a dime from anyone. There was no leftwing equivalent of wingnut welfare or pipeline that would move us through think tanks and partisan magazines like the National Review and Weekly Standard to plum positions at the New York Times and Washington Post.

What happened was predictable. Most of the talent was squandered as people had no choice but to make economic decisions that precluded much political activity. On the plus side, we can look back and be grateful that we werent corrupted or coopted, but its hard not to see this as a missed opportunity for the left, especially when you realize that it was repeated all over the country.

The Republicans do not have as much natural talent in the creative fields to begin with, and they certainly dont waste what they have. You can see this clearly in Jane Meyers major new.........

Trump is Trying to Corrupt the United Nations "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The basic premise of the United Nations, according to the Trump administration, is that the U.S. spends a lot of money on the organization and in return we expect other members to vote the way we want them to vote. If they dont, we may punish the entire organization. We may punish individual countries in other ways by withholding or canceling economic or military or humanitarian aid. We also will react negatively to anything that can be perceived as disrespect, and if the United Nations as a whole questions our foreign policy decisions, that is definitely a sign of disrespect rather than substantive or moral disagreement.

I dont think we have to get too complicated here or delve into the details of any particular case. This behavior is corrupt. The United Nations does many things, but at its heart it is a set of legislative bodies and associated committees. And our position is that these bodies are not free to vote according to their conscience without fear of retribution to the institution, the individual members, or both.

Realistically, the members of any legislative body are subject to outside pressure, bullying, and retribution. Thats politics. But these elements of politics always push up against ethical boundaries, sometimes crossing them. We try to balance that out with sunshine and accountability, so we have requirements that people disclose who is giving them money and we make lobbyists register and abide by certain guidelines. We limit what kind of gifts are allowed and we have ethics committees that try to limit bribery and kickbacks.

Whats truly unusual in this case is that the legislative body itself is being threatened. Its far different to be a lawmaker who has to decide how to vote based in part on fundraising considerations and threats from lobbying groups, and to be a lawmaker who feels he has to vote a certain way or else the body he serves will be stripped of funding and perhaps see a reduction in its area of responsibility or its influence.

Obviously, the United States is going to use its power as leverage within the United Nations, as do other major powers. But its a major transgression to attack the institution itself. Its also unseemly to so brazenly threaten individual nations in an effort to coerce their votes. This, too, is corrosive to the health of the institution. And its deeply resented all across the world, among our closest allies and our foes alike.

All of this would apply to any topic, but that the topic is as controversial as Jerusalem makes matters even worse. And it....

Did the GOP Hurt Itself With the Tax Bill? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Its well worth reading John Judiss essay that raises doubt about how certain it is that the Republicans will suffer in the midterm elections, or even in 2020, due to the passage of their plutocratic tax bill. Even if you dont agree with many or most of his points, you should at least consider them. So, why are the Democrats too optimistic about the political windfall they think they get?

Judis begins by asserting that most American voters dont object to inequality unless there is nothing in it for them. We can debate exactly how true that is, but Judis points out that however skewed toward corporations and the rich the bill might be, there are some things in it that less affluent people will notice and appreciate, including the increase in the child credit and standard deduction and lower rates.

He predicts with some justification, I think, that people dont really care about the deficit and that banging on about the deficit isnt necessarily sensible anywayneither on the merits nor on the politics. And while he predicts that the bill will cause the same kind of irresponsible and unregulated speculation that caused problems in the 1920s and in the lead-up to the Great Recession, he feels that in the short-term the tax bill will boost consumer spending and corporate investment, giving a boost to the economy.

He acknowledges that the changes in how state and local taxes and mortgage deductions are handled will alienate suburbanites in high-tax states, but he see the fallout from that as limited to the possible loss of a few extra House seats, with little benefit in other parts of the country or in statewide races.

He sees it as an optical problem that the individual cuts sunset in 2025 but the corporate rates do not, but expects this to manifest itself as a political liability in 2025, not in 2018 or 2020.

He concludes by expressing skepticism about polling that shows that the bill is unpopular, as he doesnt think it is an expression of a substantive opposition to the features of the legislation.

Im inclined to concede most of these points, but the areas where I disagree could be important.

Given that Donald Trump was just elected president, taking the cynical view of the American electorate might seem like the appropriate default position to adopt, but I dont think its fair or supportable to say that Americans simply dont care about wealth inequality. I think a lot of people care about it, and I believe it can be politically activated with or without demagoguery. During the Great Recession, Americans were being taxed at an historically low rate, but it proved easy to mobilize an impassioned political reaction based on the idea that we.........

Why Are People So Down On Hillary? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

I got caught up by some unexpected events this afternoon, so this will just be a casual observation. I notice that Hillary Clinton has never been more unpopular. Im not sure what explains it as I would consider it normal for her numbers to improve as people get to see Donald Trump in action as our president.

The article attributes it to dings shes taken from Donna Brazile, ongoing criticism from Bernie supporters and recent revelations that her campaign had a contract with Fusion GPS for the opposition research provided, in part, by the Steele Dossier. None of those explanations sound convincing to me. On the other hand, I have no alternative explanations for why she and Trump have almost identical approve/disapprove numbers.

Youd think shed get some sympathy for the way the Russians went after her campaign, but it seems like people are just growing more angry with her for failing. Maybe they just didnt like her book, or theyre just angry about the choices they had in the last election and are taking it out on each candidate equally.

Its still strange to me. A 61% unfavorable number is awfully high for a person who lost the election with a popular vote majority and isnt directly responsible for any of the nonsense were seeing in Washington DC right now.

Do you have any theories of your own?

Discuss

19:03

Slat Back Dining Chair "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Slat Back Dining Chair - You will realize that your spine or your back hurt, should you work at a computer on a regular basis occasionally. Simple massages can resolve this and a new office chair might assist. A lot of people suffer from repetitive stress injury and also it can be wise to get. By way of example, wonders can be worked by a new chair with lumbar support for your spine - you might also want to think about wrist grips for your keyboard and mouse.

There are a enormous variety of options available on the web so it is a fantastic idea to begin. It is totally up to you which options you choose to select. However, when it comes to purchasing things you'll want to contemplate doing a little bit of research prior to making any decisions. It's a fantastic idea to scope out the industry and find out before you buy the first thing which you see what is available.

Doing a bit of price comparison is a smart idea as that way you can make confident that you're getting yourself the best bargains on the web. Just remember to go at your own pace and use paper and a pencil to keep an eye on your progress. Don't hesitate to rush in to anything. Overall, purchasing a new office seat is actually simple but you'll have to consider different choices. Doing some investigation will surely help you keep up to date with what's available on today's market and it should save you quite a bit of money.

19:03

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Abayomi Azikiwe, PANW Editor, Interviewed by the Hampton Institute: 'Coups and History: An Interview on Zimbabwe'
Brenan Daniels
Hampton Institute
December 21st, 2017
http://www.hamptoninstitution.org/zimbabwe-coup-interview.html#.Wj1FElWnHIU

This is the transcript of a recent interview with Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of Pan African News Wire. Azikiwe is an author and journalist who has published three books on African and world affairs over the last 15 months. He is a regular contributor to various international news publications and satellite television networks such as Press TV, RT and TVC Nigeria. Azikiwe is often cited in research reports and academic books on African and global policy analysis. Also in this discussion is Netfa Freeman, an Analyst and Events Coordinator for the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), a longtime organizer in the Pan-African and international human rights movement, and former Liaison for the Ujamma Youth Farming Project in Gweru, Zimbabwe. Netfa hosts and produces the radio show Voices With Vision on WPFW 89.3 F. The interview focuses on the recent coup in Zimbabwe, putting it in current and historical context.

The coup in Zimbabwe seemed to happen all of a sudden. What were the events leading up to it?

Abayomi Azikiwe: These factional dispute within the Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) ruling party have been coming to a head for over three years. With the expulsion of the former Vice President Joice Mujuru and her supporters in Dec. 2014, the stage was set for an intensified struggle between those aligned with the now Interim President Emmerson D. Mnangagwa on the one side and the forces surrounding First Lady Grace Mugabe on the other.

The Generation 40 Group aligned with the First Lady appeared to be gaining the upper hand when the-then Vice President Mnangagwa was expelled during early Nov. Nonetheless, the Lacoste Group, the supporters of Mnangagwa, had strong backing within the military and this was the determining aspect of the struggle which shifted power t...

19:03

Leadership Down In Twelve Months "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Its tough at the top By Roger Childs Its been a year full of surprises in New Zealand politics. Every party of any significance experienced leadership changes, and even the old campaigner, the mercurial Winston Peters, got a shock in the election. Probably the most unexpected move from the top was in December 2016, when []

19:02

Un-Merry Christmas: The Perverse Incentives to Over-Consume and Over-Spend "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Isnt it obvious that if we set out to design the most perverse, toxic and doomed system possible, wed end up with the Keynesian Cargo Cults insane permanent growth/Landfill Economy?

Few topics are off-limits nowadays: the personal and private are now splashed everywhere for all to see.

One topic is still taboo: the holidays perverse incentives to over-consume and over-spend, lest our economy implode. This topic is taboo because it strikes at the very heart of our socio-economic system, which is fundamentally based on permanent growth, the faster the better, as if unlimited expansion on a finite planet is not just possible, but desirable.

In the current Mode of Production, the solution to every social and economic ill is to grow our way out of it.

The solution to unemployment: jump-start growth by expanding consumption, spending and borrowing.

The solution to stagnant wages: jump-start growth.

The solution to declining profits: jump-start growth.

The solution to government deficit spending: jump-start growth.

And so on.

So what happens when most people have not just the basics of life, but a surplus of stuff? Where is the growth going to come from if people already have everything?

The answer is three-fold:

1. Replace a perfectly good product with a new product and dump the old one in the landfill.

2. Buy duplicates and put the surplus products in the closet or storage facility.

3. Buy gimmicks (Pet Rocks, etc.) that are tossed in the dump shortly after the holiday gift-giving season ends.

But does this Landfill Economy make sense? The cheap oil is about gone, and so does it make any rational sense to burn the last of the cheap fossil fuels on assembling stuff nobody needs in China, shipping it thousands of miles to retailers or Amazon warehouses, adding it to the immense piles of stuff most households already own, and then shipping the old but still functional products to the landfill, just to keep the economy humming?

This is of course insane. Decisions arent being made as if scarcity matters; the goals and incentives are set to encourage perverse and destructive overconsumption and overspending: not only are we squandering resources in the sacrifice to the false gods of growth, were indebting households to do so,...

19:01

Petroyuan - The demise of the petrodollar "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Petrodollars have dominated the global energy markets for more than 40 years. But now, China is looking to change that by replacing the word dollars for yuan. Nations, of course, have tried this before since the system was set up by former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in tandem with the House of Saud back in 1974 Vast populations across the Middle East and Northern Africa quickly felt the consequences when Iraq's Saddam Hussein decided to sell oil in euros. Then there was Libya's Muammar Gaddafi's pan-African gold dinar blueprint, which failed to create a splash in an oil barrel. Fast forward 25 years and China is making a move to break the United States petrodollar stranglehold. The plan is to set up oil-futures trading in the yuan, which will be fully convertible into gold on the Shanghai and Hong Kong foreign exchange markets. The Shanghai Futures Exchange and its subsidiary, the Shanghai International Energy Exchange (INE), have already run four simulations for crude futures. It was expected to be rolled out by the end of this year, but that looks unlikely to happen. But when it does get off the ground in 2018, the fundamentals will be clear - this triple oil-yuan-gold route will bypass the mighty green back. The era of the petroyuan will be at hand.

19:00

Random Thoughts to Wrap Up 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Markets, Music and a Defense of Wall Street Some random observations and thoughts to close out 2017. Bloomberg, December 22 2017     The year is winding down and, with it, my final column for 2017 (Ill still do my daily reads for the rest of the year because I cannot help myself).   Looking

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Analog Equivalent Rights (4/21): Our children have lost the Privacy of Location "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Privacy:In the analog world of our parents, as an ordinary citizen and not under surveillance because of being a suspect of a crime, it was taken for granted that you could walk around a city without authorities tracking you at the footstep level. Our children dont have this right anymore in their digital world.

Not even the dystopias of the 1950s Nineteen Eighty-Four, Brave New World, Colossus, and so on, managed to dream up the horrors of this element: the fact that every citizen is now carrying a governmental tracking device. Theyre not just carrying one, they even bought it themselves. Not even Brave New World could have imagined this horror.

It started out innocently, of course. It always does. With the new portable phones which, at this point, meant something like not chained to the floor authorities discovered that people would still call the Emergency Services number (112, 911, et cetera) from their mobile phones, but not always be capable of giving their location themselves, something that the phone network was now capable of doing. So authorities mandated that the phone networks be technically capable of always giving a subscribers location, just in case they would call Emergency Services. In the United States, this was known as the E911 regulation (Enhanced 9-1-1).

This was in 2005. Things went bad very quickly from there. Imagine that just 12 years ago, we still had the right to roam around freely without authorities being capable of tracking our every footstep this was no more than just over a decade ago!

Before this point, governments supplied you with services so that you would be able to know your location, as had been the tradition since the naval lighthouse, but not so that they would be able to know your location. Theres a crucial difference here. And as always, the first breach was one of providing citizen services in this case, emergency medical services that only the most prescient dystopians would oppose.

Whats happened since?

Entire cities are using wi-fi passive tracking to track people at the individual, realtime, and sub-footstep level in the entire city center.

.....

19:00

Saturday soapbox "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Saturdays soapbox is yours to use as you will within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. Youre welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse, but not abuse.

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There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humour.  Charles Dickens


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19:00

New Gift-Wrapped UFO Revelations from the Pentagon: Whats Going On? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Jon Rappoport, Guest
Waking Times

Youre walking through a sea of misinformation, disinformation, lies, speculation, goofball theoriesand suddenly, the wise men behind the curtain decide to reach out and hand you unvarnished facts that blow your mind. Whats going on?

We have an entirely new gambit in the UFO disclosure game.

From loudwire.com (Dec.21): [Musician Tom] DeLonge is currently working with former Pentagon official Luis Elizondo at To The Stars Academy of Arts & Science, which was founded by the ex-Blink guitarist. This is a new UFO research and merchandising outfit.

DeLonge has taken it upon himself to expose the truth about UFOs. His new partner, Luis Elizondo, used to work for the Pentagonand, boom, the mainstream press is suddenly telling us that Elizondo headed up a super-secret, $22 million a year Dept. of Defense UFO research group, from 2007 to 2012, the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program (AATIP).

According to the NY Times and The Independent, the program had, and still has, metal pieces from a UFO(s), has been studying the pieces, and doesnt knew what theyre made of.

The press has also just released a 2004 Dept. of Defense jackpot video purporting to show a US fighter jet off the coast of San Diego encountering a UFO, which hovers in place, wiggles, dances around, and suddenly zooms away at a shocking velocity.

The Independent: Commander David Fravor and Lieutenant Commander Jim Slaight were on a routine training mission 100 miles out into the Pacific when they were asked to investigate the object.

Commander Fravor told The New York Times the object was about 40ft long, had no plumes, wings or rotors, and outpaced their F-18s. It was big enough to churn the sea 50ft below it, he said.

My, my. All these revelations, all of a sudden. Bingo, bango, bongo.

Years of, We dont have any information, we dont have any comment on the subject, and then, out of the blue, Yes we do and here it is.

Let all the WHY NOW? speculations begin.

I would point out that, i...

19:00

Whaleoil General Debate "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Morning everyone, and welcome to Whaleoils daily General Debate post (another one called Backchat will start at 6pm). To participate youll need to register a free Disqus account. There are some rules, and if there is one thing about Whaleoil that you need to know is that these rules are dispassionately and strictly enforced.  (No []

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Jerry Nadler Will Chair The House Judiciary Committee, For The Trump Impeachment Hearings "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"


On Wednesday morning the House Democratic caucus voted to replace John Conyers as Ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee with Jerry Nadler (D-NY). The secret ballot was 118 votes for Nadler and 72 for Zoe Lofgren (D-CA). Nadler won not because of any of the usual Democratic Party identity politics bullshit but because he's the best qualified member of the Judiciary Committee and the most capable member to lead an impeachment investigation into Trump which is likely to begin early in 2019.

As soon as Conyers was forced into retirement, Zoe Lofgren swooped in to claim the ranking member position. The problem for most members is that Lofgren is corrupt and interested in leading the Judiciary Committee because her major Silicon Valley campaign donors don't want to see any anti-trust activities that could impede their drives towards monopolistic dominance. She plays ball with them and it would have been catastrophic to make her chair of the committee. Lofgren is right under Nadler in seniority. The best members of the committee, with very little seniority, are Ted Lieu, Pramila Jayapal and Jamie Raskin. I'm sure the 3 of them will feature prominently in the impeachment hearings.

On Wednesday there was a demonstration of why Lofgren was so totally unfit for the job. Two reform-minded members of Judiciary-- Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and David Cicilline (D-RI)-- introduced, along with Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Mark Pocan (D-WI) crucial anti-trust legislation, the 21st Century Competition Commission Act (H.R. 4686), which would fund the creation of a new body charged with investigating the impact of corporate mergers and increasing market concentration. The representatives bill would model the new commission on the Temporary National Economic Committee that...

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Will NICTAs SIM card plan de-register millions of phone users? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Cell phone towerBUSA JEREMIAH WENOGO | PNG Informal Economist

PORT MORESBY Of late, NICTA, Papua New Guineas National Information & Communications Technology Authority, amplified its calls for phone owners to register their SIM cards or face de-activation.

One particular aspect of this that baffled me was how NICTA would deal with rural phone users.

Thanks largely to Digicels widespread installation of towers many folk in the rural areas of PNGare now able to communicate with relatives and friends living in other parts of the country.

This has significantly changed the lives of many Papua New Guineans. It has happened slowly but has been profound in its consequences.

For most communities the road to connectivity started out as a faint signal only reachable on the highest mountains or from the tallest trees. In fact many communities in PNG that are still out of cotact.

But for them scaling a peak or climbing a tall tree are worth the pain and sweat if they are able to hear the voice of their loved ones. Ive been there myself and know the feeling which many Papua New Guineans share. It's a great feeling.

I remember the days when we gave envelopes and parcels to a friend or relative departing our village to pass on to the recipient and then waited for months -sometimes years - for a reply. If we were lucky the package reached its destination.

At times of critical news to do with deaths, births or major life events passed through multiple people and many days to reach its destination. I recall those days well enough to say that the introduction of mobile phones was a major breakthrough; a much needed intervention.

Now Im afraid that those dreadful days are about to resurface with the de-activation of thousands if not millions of SIM cards.

While urban phone users have multiple options available to them to register SIM cards, the millions-strong rural majority will be caught by surprise if NICTA does not find a way to register their SIM cards.

More awareness is needed in rural areas to ensure that as many users as possible register their SIM cards. It will be unjust and unfair if rural phone users miss out and of course this will also affect their families and relatives living in urban areas who will be unable to contact them.

There are options for NICTA to register rural...

Art, Craft, Make, Hack, Whatever "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Anyone who has spent much time reading Hackaday, or in the real world in or around a few hackspaces, will know that ours is a community of diverse interests. In the same place you will find a breathtaking range of skills and interests, people working with software, electronics, textiles, and all conceivable materials and media. And oftentimes in the same person: a bare-metal kernel guru might spend their time in a hackspace making tables from freight pallets rather than coding.

Through it all run a variety of threads, identities if you will, through which the differing flavours of our wider community define themselves. Words like Hacker and Maker you may identify with, but when I mention words like Crafter or Artist, perhaps they might meet with some resistance. After all, artists paint things, dont they, and crafters? They make wooly hats and corn dollies!

Its fair to say that Hackaday readers would likely be on the technical end of the spectrum of hackspace members. We cover a huge range of projects, but running through them are strong themes of electronics, software, workshop time, and cutting-edge techniques. This is a moving target, and we often find ourselves on the steep uphill part of a Gartner-style hype cycle of cool projects. For instance while anything to do with 3D printing would have been a story on its own a decade ago now its merely another way parts are produced. You know what you like, and though some of you are sometimes a little hasty to declare that some projects are Not Hacks, were probably in broad agreement as to the kind of topics and projects that grab our attention.

But boundaries can be blurry. Take crafting, for instance. You wont see any corn dollies on Hackaday, but if you were to walk past the corn dolly stand at a summer craft fair you might well stop and be fascinated by the blacksmiths forge, or the chair bodgers treadle lathe next door. Theyre both traditional crafts, or at least they are where this is being written, so are we being too hasty on the subject? Getting a little more controversial, textile work is most definitely a craft, but tell me that it is not also engineering when you have watched someone take some fabric, a two-dimensional medium, and fashion it by eye into a three-dimensional garment that is not only functional, but looks good. Not forgetting of course, that our textilist has also done all this effectively with the garment inside out. As a member of a hackspace with a thriving textile space it is an obvious ey...

18:59

GoFundMe Set Up For Homeless Man Who Helped Female Police Officer Take Down Suspect (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A very brave female police officer in South Carolina was struggling to take down a large black male suspect earlier this week when a homeless man came in to help her.

Ashley Hardesty, a female police officer was called to a gas station in South Carolina Tuesday after a man punched a female clerk in the face and threatened to harm others with a knife.

A homeless man was praised as a Good Samaritan this week when he jumped in to help the female police officer who was struggling to take down a violent male suspect.

Fox News reported:

Cray Turmon was captured on video this week tackling a man who was wrestling with a police officer outside a gas station in Columbia.

Shes a woman slammed to the ground and shes an officerI saw her belongings hit the ground, Turmon told WACH. Shed done everything she couldIt was going to get ugly, ya know? Something had to be done.

Columbia Police said the suspect who was arrested, Donald Songster Brown, is accused of punching a woman inside the gas station and threatening to harm her and another person with a knife. The 39-year-old is facing multiple charges, including attempted murder, armed robbery and kidnapping.

Cray Turmon lives at a local homeless shelter. Someones got to stand up. Someone told me if you dont stand up for something, youll fall for anything. So I stood for something yesterday, Turmon told WLTX Wednesday.

The video shows a female police officer who wouldnt back down even in the face of a violent man, who even after being tased and pepper-sprayed, continued to fight back. The female officer charged at the man like a bull. She was knocked down several times and continued to fight.

Amazing bravery.

VIDEO:

A GoFundMe was set up...

18:59

Report Reveals 92 Percent Of Foreign Nationals In Federal Prisons Are Illegal Immigrants "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Via Fox News: A new report published Thursday by the Trump administration shows that 92 percent of foreign nationals in federal prisons are in the U.S. illegally a revelation that Attorney General Jeff Sessions said proves why the U.S. needs to follow through on President Trumps proposed immigration reform. The 2017 report, from the []

18:58

In the Face of Supply Chain Attacks, Stay the Course "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Paul Townsend (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Were witnessing the growth of attacks on supply chainstrusted distribution channels for delivering software and hardware. I want to tell you a bit about these attacks, because youre going to hear more reporting about them in the future.

Supply chain attacks typically turn trusted websites into hosts for malicious installer downloads, and infected servers into hosts for evil software updates.

And we have now been officially warned: Security experts agree that its a growing trend.

Its technically true that software-based supply chain attacks are growing, and that they have real potential for damage. Its not because these attacks are new, but instead, supply chain attacks have nowhere to go but up. Theyve been quite rare until this year, and were beginning to see more in the wild.

For most of us, its smart to be aware of the possibility of these attacks, but critically assessing your risk should lead you to one conclusion: Forego needless installations, and keep your software updated. In other words, dont freak out, and do what you should have been doing the whole time.

Whats a supply chain anyway?

In a software supply chain, an attacker might target a developers infrastructure to add malicious code to their development environment, the servers used to distribute their software, update servers, or other links in the chain.

An attacker can also physically tamper with hardware embedded in consumer technology. For example, security researchers have built malicious replacement screens for mobile devices, which log users keystrokes, and quietly take unwanted photos.

But while tampering with physical devices demands the appropriate equipment, tampering with software supply chains to distribute malware is cheaper and works at scale.

To see how these rare attacks work, lets walk through a few recent examples.

The ol software switch-a-roo

Normally when downloading something,...

18:57

Reaction to the UN vote on the US and Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

As @MikeCarlton01 said, NZ had the integrity and guts to vote against the US on the #Jerusalem resolution at the UN. Australia wimped out and abstained in today's @nzherald pic.twitter.com/Ubj5kSuR9r Rod Emmerson (@rodemmerson) December 22, 2017 There has also been some predictable wailing at the Whale: Forget about US sovereignty, lets stick it to []

18:55

Iraqs Kurdish Problem Leaves the US No Way Out "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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The latest developments in Iraq have put the US in another dilemma. It wants out of that country, but cant actually leave because everything which is going on there is the product its own US foreign policy. It is affected by everything that goes on there, it cant just walk away.

The various conflicting forces there can rightly say, like Eichmann: that they are only obeying orders, and making good on the promises made to them. If anyone doesnt like the direction their country, or region of it, is taking they will simply blame the US for their plight. They will not blame other Iraqis, as none of the promises made were Iraqs idea. All this will create another anti-US coalition the White House can ill afford to deal with, with things going so badly in Syria right now.

Haider al-Abadis Iraqi government is supposed to be slowly removing influence of the US which installed it after Saddams overthrow. However he has to contend with rampant corruption which was largely introduced by the US as a ploy to increase its influence on the country. For as long as he fails to achieve that, he will himself be seen as a US puppet who doesnt want to re-establish Iraqi sovereignty, regardless of his track record.

Manifestations of this corruption include the so-called ghost soldier troops al-Abadi has kicked out. These were employed in the Iraqi Army without having any duties, principally as a means of topping up their senior officers salaries. This institutionalised corruption in the army to make it still beholden to the US, and left it the only means of earning a decent living. They also include the privatisation of Saddam-era public services, which the US insisted on prior to a new government being formed, only to exploit the contract process for its own ends.

Al-Abadi is damned if he does and damned if he doesnt, due to forces beyond his control. But the same can be said of the Kurdistan Regional Government in Erbil. This was in effect another US creation, as the de facto autonomy of the region was enshr...

18:52

29 Ways Mental Illness Reveals Itself As We Grow Up "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Approximately 1 in 5 children in the United States are either currently suffering or will, at some stage of their lives, suffer from a seriously debilitating mental disorder. Stop for a moment and allow the gravity of that number to sink in.

Children today are battling with mental illness at a frightening rate, impacting their development, their education and the relationships that they form at a young age, shaping their ability to form and maintain healthy relationships as an adult. Even more shocking than the number of children battling mental illness in this country is the limited access to care, denying many of our youth the help that they need at such a vulnerable time. In fact, it has been reported that over 1.7 million youth who have been diagnosed with major depressive episodes did not receive treatment. The result? Suicide is currently the 3rd leading cause of death among young aged 10-24.

Source: Pixabay

 

Looking at the statistics, it is hard to deny that we are failing our youth today. It is our responsibility to step up and do better. The first step in changing the face of mental health for the youth in America is better understanding the struggles that they face every day. In an effort to learn from the first-hand experiences of those who have been there, the writers at The Mighty decided to pose a question to their mental health community.

Whats one thing you did because you grew up with a mental illness?

The answers that they received in response were shocking, enlightening and disheartening. A topic often seen as taboo, the discussion provided important insight into the minds of those who suffer. It is time to break the silence, empowering youth across the nation, to be honest about their own mental health experiences and encouraging them to reach out for help when needed.

...

18:52

More bluff and bluster? Daily Telegraph confirms that US 'preparing to attack' North Korea "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

An article in the British newspaper the Daily Telegraph is reporting that the US is now very close to deciding on a list of options for military strikes against North Korea. The Daily Telegraph claims that its article is based on inside information provided to it by officials of the US and British governments: .........this newspaper talked to around a dozen current and former officials in America and Britain about policy towards North Korea. The conversations show that the Trump administration is more willing to consider military options to end the conflict than widely assumed. The Daily Telegraph outlines some of the options which are being discussed

18:50

A deafening media silence on the Obama-Hezbollah scandal "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Obama protected Hezbollah. Getty Images

By David Harsanyi

Politico published a jaw-dropping, meticulously sourced investigative piece this week detailing how the Obama administration had secretly undermined US law enforcement agency efforts to shut down an international drug-trafficking ring run by the terror group Hezbollah. The effort was part of a wider push by the administration to placate Iran and ensure the signing of the nuclear deal.

Now swap out Trump for Obama and Russia for Iran and imagine the eruption these revelations would generate. Because, by any conceivable journalistic standard, this scandal shouldve triggered widespread coverage and been plastered on front pages across the country. By any historic standard, the scandal should elicit outrage regarding the corrosion of governing norms from pundits and editorial boards.

Yet, as it turns out, theres an exceptionally good chance most of your neighbors and colleagues havent heard anything about it.

Days after the news broke, in fact, neither NBC News, ABC News nor CBS News whose shows can boast a collective 20 million viewers had been able to find the time to relay the story to its sizeable audiences. Other than Fox News, cable news largely ignored the revelations as well.

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Most major newspapers, which have been sanctimoniously patting themselves on the back for the past year, couldnt shoehorn into their pages a story about potential collusion between the former president and a terror-supporting state.

Perhaps if President Trump had tweeted about the story, outlets wouldve squeezed something in.

Even when outlets did decide to cover the story, they typically framed it as a he-said/she-said. Politico Reporter Says Obama Administration Derailed Hezbollah Investigation, reads the NPR headline. Did Josh Meyer of Politico say something about Obama or did he publish a 14,000-word, diligently sourced, document-heavy investigative piece? If you get your news from NPR, youd never know.

Fact is, the Drug Enforcement Agency began its classi...

18:50

Poem of the Week: Twelve Days "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Twelve Days of Christmas This is a Christmas classic, but probably few of us can remember the full complement of gifts! Whether it can be strictly characterised as a carol is debatable as it has no religious connotations. However, it remains popular because of its originality, positive message and humour. It may have originated []

18:50

Go, Boston! City Passes Ban On Single-Use Plastic Bags "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Good news! Plastic bags which are detrimental to the environment and wildlife will soon be outlawed in Boston. After a year of hearing pleas from both sides, Mayor Martin J. Walsh signed a measure banning single-use plastic bags.

Reportedly, his primary concern is that the ban will adversely affect low-income residents and seniors. My concern about [banning] plastic bags is just the cost, I just think the cost is going to be shifted over to the consumer, said Walsh.

However, the environment took precedent, as future generations will inherit this planet. Walsh admitted that environmental arguments swayed his opinion. In theory, its great for the environment. Theres no question about that, the Mayor said. As a result of the new measure, shoppers will have to use reusable bags or pay 5 cents for a thicker, reusable plastic bag or a paper bag with handles.

As TreeHugger reports, not everyone is happy about the development. Some low-income individuals say the ban is not fair and will make affording groceries more difficult. However, it is worth noting that some cities charge mo...

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33 3 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

 

Executive Order Blocking the Property of Persons Involved in Serious Human Rights Abuse or Corruption

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18:48

Yemeni Houthis Fire Another Missile at Riyadh "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Retaliating against the US/Saudi war an blockade on Yemen, ongoing for nearly three years, massacring civilians, responsible for the worlds gravest humanitarian crisis, Houthi fighters twice launched missiles against Saudi Arabian targets around its capital, Riyadh.

The regime is the regions leading Arab state human rights abuser, second only to Israeli state terror against Palestinians, ongoing daily for decades.

In early November, Houthis fired a Volcano scud missile at Riyadhs international airport, falsely called Iranian-supplied, the Big Lie repeated by neocon Nikki Haley.

The US/Saudi land, sea and air blockade prevents most essentials to life from getting in, virtually impossible for easily spotted weapons like missiles.

On December 19, Houthis fired another missile aimed at the Riyadh Al-Yamama palace, king Salmans official residence.

Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdulsalam confirmed the launch, saying a Volcano missile with a range of 800 km was used.

According to Yemens al-Masirah TV, citing military sources, the missile targeted a gathering of Saudi officials, with no further elaboration.

A Saudi statement said the missile was intercepted and destroyed, causing no damage or injuries state-controlled media issuing a similar comment.

According to AFP, a loud explosion was heard at 1050 GMT, shortly before the Yamamah palace meeting.

Citing Yemeni sources, Al-Alam news said an explosion occurred about 1.5 km from Americas Riyadh embassy.

In early December, a Yemeni military spokesman said no Saudi palaces or other Riyadh locations are safe.

According to the Houthis defense ministry, all Saudi palaces, its military and oil facilities are in range of its fighters missiles.

A...

18:47

Number of NATO Troops Near Russian Borders Tripled Since 2012 Defense Minister "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Sputnik 22.12.2017 Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Friday that NATO has doubled the number of its military drills since 2012 in the vicinity of Russias borders, adding that Moscow is scrutinizing the exercises. Speaking at the final meeting of the Defense Ministrys board, Sergei Shoigu said that the US missile defense system []

18:45

Gearing up for January 20, 2018 : A Week of Outreach and Solidarity Events "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

On January 20, 2018, people around the US will host solidarity and outreach events to support defendants from Trumps inauguration, Standing Rock, and other ongoing struggles and to create new connections for the road ahead. Here, you can read about a few examples of these events and some resources you can use to organize your own! Read the original call here: Build the Base, Take the Initiative.

Events are in the works from Bloomington, Indiana to as far away as South Korea. Well post them here on an ongoing basis until our next announcement. To include an event of your own, email us at rollingthunder@crimethinc.com. To learn more about how to support the J20 defendants, read Seven Things You Can Do to Support the J20 Defendants; you can donate to support them here.

Screen a Documentary on Anti-Fascist Resistance

Still trying to figure out what you want to do to organize a solidarity and outreach event in your community for the week of January 20, 2018? Heres one possibility: you could screen a brand new documentary about anti-fascist resistance that is being released just for the occasion, courtesy of our comrades from globaluprisings.org!

The film will be available online by midnight Central European time at the end of January 19, so anyone can organize a screening and download it to show on January 20. If you need to communicate with someone in advance about showing the film, email info@weinterruptthisprogram.org.

Heres a trailer for the film:

Since the election of Donald Trump, acts of racist violence have proliferated across the United States. Racists and misogynists feel emboldened to express and act on their views. White nationalist groups and resurgent traditional white supremacist groups such as the Ku Klux Klan have used Trumps victory to gain new recruits. All that...

18:45

Cops Kill 7-Year-Old Boy While Executing Unarmed Woman in a Neighborhood Full of Kids "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Schertz, TX An unnamed 7-year-old boy, who had just begun his Christmas break this week, was killed by fearful police who opened fire on an unarmed woman.

According to police, they were searching for a suspect wanted for an alleged car theft. Their target was a woman in her 30s who had fled into a nearby mobile home park.

The family is now in shock after their 7-year-old boy was shot in the abdomen by police as they opened fire on the female suspect. Sadly, the little boy would not survive his wounds.

As New 4 San Antonio reports, Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said one of the deputies found the suspect in a closet who allegedly told him,I have a weapon, Im gonna shoot you. She fled on foot, while the officer pursued her into a wooded area. Salazar said the deputy lost sight of her, so the deputy called backup. The suspect was found crossing a river and officers pursued her in water that was up to their chin.

Salazar claimed the woman had threatened to harm several witnesses which also made them think she had a weapon of some sort.

When police pursued the woman into another neighborhood, they said they found her on someones porch trying to break into the home.

Salazar claimed the woman caused the multiple armed deputies to be in direct fear of their lives, so multiple deputies opened fire to execute her. The woman was unarmed.

The deputies irrational fear and subsequent deadly and violent response ended as their rounds pierced the home in which the 7-year-old boy was playing, killing him. The woman was also killed on the scene.

Police conducted an extensive search of the scene to attempt to find a weapon that wouldve justified opening fire on the woman. However, no weapon was found. Salazar explained that officials are now conducting another search throughout the entire area to find this alleged weapon mentioned in the officers statements.

Its a tragedy, obviously, Salazar said.

Salazar said they are not sure who fired the shot that killed the little boy.

We dont want to leave any stone unturned, Salazar. We want everybody to have answers here. Right now, its just too soon to tell.

The neighborhood, according to the reports was packed with children whod just all started their Christmas vacation. For one family, their Christmas will now be a nightmare thanks to multiple poli...

18:44

Fasting can boost brainpower and give more energy to neurons "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Could regular fasting make you smarter? People following regimes like the 5:2 diet usually do so for weight loss, but some who try it say it makes them mentally sharper too. If this is true, experiments in mice may offer an explanation. In these animals, enforced fasting has been found to cause changes in the brain that are likely to give neurons more energy, and enable them to grow more connections. Mark Mattson of the National Institute on Aging in Maryland and his team looked at 40 mice that consumed the same total calories, but either ate normally every day or ate nothing every other day.

18:43

Corporations Are Trying To Sell The GOP's Narrative On Tax Cuts "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Republican lawmakers have sold the corporate portion of their tax cuts with the claim that it is actually about helping workers. Their argument is that the corporate tax cut will lead to so much growth that the increase in wages will actually be considerably larger than the tax cut itself.

18:42

Putin: New US national security strategy is offensive & aggressive, Russia must take note "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

RT | December 22, 2017 Washingtons new national security strategy is aggressive, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said, adding that Moscow will take the US stance into consideration. Both the US and NATO have been accelerating build-up of infrastructure in Europe, the Russian leader said Friday. Referring to the defense strategy recently put out by []

18:41

Brazil to maintain control over Embraer: Temer "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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AFP | Brazils President Michel Temer said the government would not relinquish control over the aircraft manufacturer Embraer

BRASLIA (AFP)  Brazilian President Michel Temer on Friday ruled out relinquishing government control over aircraft manufacturer Embraer but said partnership talks with Boeing were welcome.We welcome an injection of foreign capital. What we are not considering is a question of transferring control, Temer said in Brasilia. The government holds a so-called golden share in Embraer, the worlds third biggest airplane builder.

Embraer and the US aerospace giant announced Thursday that merger talks were underway, triggering an immediate sharp rise in the Brazilian companys share price.

A merger between the two companies would build on their existing alliance on the KC-39 military plane and would permit the much-bigger Boeing to fill a gap in its fleet with regional single-aisle planes.

A transaction also would rebut an alliance between Boeing archrival Airbus and Canadas Bombardier to build smaller planes.

However the political sensitivity over Embraers ownership and immediate opposition from the unions means that Boeing is more likely to seek something less than a full takeover, such as a joint venture.

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18:41

Bedouin community uses Christmas celebration to challenge Israeli land grab "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A dozen Palestinian Bedouin children gather on top of Pope Mountain and prepare for the first ever Christmas tree lighting in the area. The mountain echoes with the beats of the famous song Mawtinee (Homeland) as the children, the community head council, the Archbishop Hanna Atallah, Fr. Jamal Khader and other Palestinian officials like Walid Assaf and Dr. Mustafa Barghouti pose under the tree.

While Damascus Gate has been the central point of protest in light of US president Donald Trumps recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Palestinians have also been confronting the declaration through other means. With Jerusalem once more sparking protests, the residents of Jabal al-Baba used the Christmas holiday to reaffirm the need to defy Israeli policy of forced displacement, and the plans to take over the areas of E-1 northeast of the city.

Perched on top of a mountain overlooking the settlement of Maale Adumim on one end, and East Jerusalem on the other, the Bedouin community has been in a decades-long struggle to remain on their lands.

(Map: UN OCHA)

The latest Trump declaration will not only affect the 330,000 Palestinian Jerusalemites, but Palestinians surrounding Jerusalem as well. The E-1 area extends further than the quarters of the old city and East Jerusalem, to include the surrounding settlements and, more relevantly, the Palestinian communities in between.

Although Bethlehem turned off its Christmas tree for a few days following Trumps decision, the holiday celebrations are still ongoing in the region. Archbishop Atallah Hanna stood on a wooden panel and declared to the guests that our message this Christmas is that we are rooted in the soil of this land, and the tree that we light is hundreds of years old with its roots deep in the land. This is who we are as Palestinians, deeply rooted in the earth of the land.

Archbishop Atallah Hanna (Photo: Mariam Barghouti)

Community leader Atallah Jahalin reiterates the celebration as a form of defiance to Israeli aggression against Palestinians, and the fact that the latest Trump decision does not only attack Palestinian Muslims, but the population as a whole and that includes Christians. Its a fact that has been ignored by the international community he tells Mondoweiss. The story is not just that of Jabal al-Baba or Jerusalem or Muslims, bu...

18:41

FYROM considers Referendum over Macedonia name dispute with Greece "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The government of Former Yugoslavia Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) is  mulling plan to hold a national referendum over the name dispute with Greece, deeming that it would be better if citizens decided whether to accept a new name, as a compromise with Greece, local media reported Thursday. It seems that government and all political actors

The post FYROM considers Referendum over Macedonia name dispute with Greece appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.

18:40

FIRE-EARTH Conference in Progress Resolution 1006 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

CJ OCT TML FIRE-EARTH Conference in Progress 122201  Details available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. All Groups Latest FIRE-EARTH ALERTS, FORECASTS, ANALYSIS, BULLETINS and MESSAGES available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.   Advertisements Filed under: News Alert Tagged: 122201, CJ, FIRE-EARTH Alerts, FIRE-EARTH Conference, FIRE-EARTH PULSARS, OCT, Resolution 1006, TM

18:40

British Columbia N D P.....John Horgan, is he Dr Jeckyll or Mr Hyde(hide) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"




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A first term government, merely months old and already fatigue has set in, the dog days of December, the fatigue I refer to is mutual, John Horgan's government has already turned stale and has resorted to using public communications bureau to silence critics, grassroot members speaking up on Site C are now ridiculed by the party insiders, dismissed as unreasonable activists....John Horgan has also engaged in the "re-announcement" of previous government announcements, even worse for John Horgan, he's re-announcing BC Liberal announcements....so sad, so early into a 4 year mandate and John Horgan already sounds like what he and the NDP party said they hated..that being a disrespectful, dismissive thorny government....a government that feeds intelligent voters, feeds progressive voters tepid gibberish, ...John Horgan now treats issue savvy supporters as mere turnips bound for road rash...

There's been a recent string of elected politicians who came to office and sorely disappointed...I won't go into the Stephen Harper era, I will venture towards Justin Trudeau...remember Trudeau's election promise on electoral reform..that promise vanished first...a new era with First Nation, an era built on respect....a new environmental review process, and a promise of protecting our environment, as well as a vow to honour Canada's commitment to the Paris Accord...well..?

Site C..approved...Kinder Morgan...approved..Petronas..approved..NEB, still not reformed, still industry driven..

Justin Trudeau gave British Columbia voters and progressive voters the middle finger..

Thy Justin Trudeau speaketh in forked gibberish tongue...He fool nobody, even his own supporters know that Trudeau speaketh crappolla...
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18:40

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Pan-African Journal: Special Worldwide Radio Broadcast for Sun. Dec. 17, 2017--Hosted by Abayomi Azikiwe
Listen to the Sun. Dec. 17, 2017 special edition of the Pan-African Journal: Special Worldwide Radio Broadcast hosted by Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire.

To hear the recording of this episode just go to the following URL:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/panafricanjournal/2017/12/18/pan-african-journal-special-worldwide-radio-broadcast

This program features our regular PANW report with dispatches on the second day of the 54th African National Congress National Elective Conference being held at NASREC in Johannesburg, South Africa; Zimbabwe's ruling party ZANU-PF is assessing the recently-held Extraordinary Congress which took place last week; Egypt is continuing with its development of the natural gas industry in this North African state; and yet another report is surfacing in the United States corporate media related to the death of an African American Green Beret in the West African state of Niger.

In the second hour we continue our coverage of the 54th ANC NEC featuring analysis of the event along with an interview with the ANC Women's League President Bathabile Dlamini. We listen as well to a portion of the nominations process chaired by ANC speaker of the parliament Baleka Mbete. 

18:37

Notes on Taxes "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"


Everything happens along Party lines these days. That's just how it is. 

Background - This is the first significant reform of the U.S. tax code since 1986. President Reagan signed major legislation for corporations and individuals in 1986. Since then, serious tax reform has eluded Republicans, though they repeatedly called for it as the tax code became longer and more arcane.

The Tax Reform and Jobs Act may result in you paying more or less tax. It will clearly help generate jobs and will help the economy along broad lines.

The wicked, lying, corrupt, smug, sly mainstream media have been working overtime to repudiate the benefits to the nation, characterizing the tax cut as a give-away to the rich. Clearly, the big winners are businesses who are being taxed at 21% rather than the 35% they were paying. The Democrats seem to want to return to the years of Obamanation when the DJI was 5,000 points lower. Whatever.

Three Years Ago - the following taxes were implemented as part of the so-called Affordable Care Act:
  • Medicare tax went from 1.45% to 2.35%
  • The top income tax bracket was raised from 35% to 39.6%
  • The top income payroll tax went from 37.4% to 52.2%
  • Capital gains tax went from 15% to 28%
  • Dividend tax went from 15% to 39.6%
  • A 3.5% real estate transaction tax was imposed.
There was also the individual mandate tax for those who chose not to buy government sanctioned healthcare insurance.

I read a piece on CNN that stated that Obama tax reform was larger than the present tax bill. It's a blatant lie, but it's what we've come to expect from CNN and other news outlets.

18:37

Earthworks cheers PA move on methane and pushes for DEP and Gov. Wolf to fulfill their promises "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

After years of government promises and public anticipation, Pennsylvania will soon have brand-new rules to reign in future fracking pollution. Last week, I attended the quarterly meeting of the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee (AQTAC) to witness the exciting announcement. New permit requirements will compel operators of future gas facilities to control methane emissions, both from planned releases and from leaks.

Because Earthworks, our partners, and frontline communities want to see meaningful state action on dangerous emissions from shale gas operations and cleaner air for all Pennsylvanians, we applaud the DEP for this significant progress. Yet at the same time, DEP and Governor Wolf must use this momentum to fulfill a longstanding promise and even more urgent goal: controlling current pollution from  thousands of existing facilities throughout the Commonwealth. 

Why this milestone matters--And why its not enough

Stronger permit conditions for polluters are an important step forward and owed in great part to the public, whose concern and input proves the importance of this issue. According to DEP representatives, the department received over 10,000 written comments and questions from the public in response to earlier drafts of the permits.

These new measures--which DEP promises will enter into force in early 2018--will help limit Pennsylvanias contribution to climate change, since methane is a greenhouse gas 87 times more potent than carbon dioxide in its capacity for climate disturbance. In fact, the oil and gas industry as a whole bears the blame for a full quarter of national methane emissions.

Pollution from gas wells and facilities also harms health. A host of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) cause respiratory problems, headaches, and other problems, and include carcinogens like  toluene, benzene, and formaldehyde. Many of these pollutants are scientifically established to negatively affect human health.

From every angle, reducing the methane that escapes from gas facilities makes sense.

But DEPs new permit requirements will only help control future pollution. What about the more than 10,000 fracked wells already perforating the state, the numerous processing and pumping facilities--and the more than 1.5 million Pennsylvanians living within dangerous proximity to fracking infrastructure? The DEP outlined a tentative answer to that question at the recent AQTAC meeting. What they proposed should have people living near existing gas i...

18:34

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Pan-African Journal: Worldwide Radio Broadcast for Sat. Dec. 16, 2017--Hosted by Abayomi Azikiwe
Listen to the Sat. Dec. 16, 2017 edition of the Pan-African Journal: Worldwide Radio Broadcast hosted by Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire.

To hear the podcast of this edition just log on to the following URL:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/panafricanjournal/2017/12/17/pan-african-journal-worldwide-radio-broadcast

The program features our regular PANW report with dispatches on the African National Congress National Elective Conference where a new leadership of the Republic of South Africa's ruling party will be selected; another bombing has been carried out against a police academy in the Horn of Africa state of Somalia; opposition parties and coalitions in the West African state of Togo has called for regional assistance in resolving a political standoff with the government of President Faure Gnassingbe; and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will soon pay a state visit to the Republic of Sudan.

In the second hour we will look at the Extraordinary Congress of the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front Party (ZANU-PF).

Finally we review some features of the African National Congress 54th National Elective Conference which began on today at the University of Johannesburg. 

18:34

Internet Raises Funds For Homeless Man Who Stood In Rain To Guard Strangers Money "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

When presented with an opportunity to make quick cash (ie. steal it), what would you do? Most people, unfortunately, would likely act on that opportunity. Fortunately for a man who had made the mistake of leaving his cash in an easily accessible spot, a homeless man named James John McGeown guarded it until he returned.

The Telegraph reports that McGeown was standing outside a court in Glasgow when he spotted a car with its window down. Inside, a bag of money was left in full view. Concerned for the owner, McGeown decided to wait outside of the car and guard it.

For two-and-a-half hours, the homeless man waited in the rain. Because he couldnt wait forever, he eventually decided to hand the bag into a nearby solicitors office, who called the police. After receiving his funds back, John McMonagle, from Clydebank, called the gracious act amazing. To reward McMonagle, he later started a GoFundMe campaign.

Homeless James noticed the window down and seen the handbag, McMonagle explained. He stood in the frozen rain for two-and-a-half hours to make sure no one entered my car. He was so cold he took the bag and rummaged through it to see if there was any ID.

This man is homeless and alcohol dependent and an absolute gentleman, ...

18:32

KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Cloud Native Computing Foundations flagship conference gathers adopters and technologists from leading open source and cloud native communities in Seattle, WA on December 11-13, 2018. Join Kubernetes, Prometheus OpenTracing, Fluentd, Linkerd, gRPC, CoreDNS, containerd, rkt, CNI and more, as the community gathers for three days to further the education and advancement of cloud native computing. 

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18:31

India is on the right side of history over Palestine "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By M K Bhadrakumar | Indian Punchline | December 23, 2017 It is reasonable to surmise that the Indian decision to vote in the UN General Assembly on Thursday against the US president Donald Trumps recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel would only have been taken at the level of Prime Minister Narendra []

18:31

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Racism in America: After Mississippi and Alabama Debacles Trump Sinks Deeper into Political Abyss
Doug Jones victory over Roy Moore in Senate exposes the bankruptcy of alt-right ideology

By Abayomi Azikiwe
Editor, Pan-African News Wire
Thursday, December 14, 2017

Two recent major decisions by United States President Donald Trump and his advisors have rendered the 45th head-of-state much weaker in the opinion of the majority of the American people. The visit to Jackson, Mississippi for the inauguration of a museum honoring African American leaders and the presidents endorsement of Judge Roy Moore in his senate bid, have both been disastrous.

Moore, an ultra-conservative was facing allegations of sexual misconduct with minors while he was in his 30s. So confident that he would prevail in the hotly-contested race against Democrat Doug Jones, upon losing Moore refused to concede defeat.

Trumps visit to the opening of a Civil Rights Museum in Jackson, Mississippi on December 9 was met with broad rejection by the African American people of the state and the throughout the country. Many viewed the effort as a cynical and hypocritical attempt to shed the stain of racism which has permeated his electoral campaign and administrative policies. Several African American elected officials refused to attend the event including Congressman John Lewis of Georgia, the former Chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in mid-1960s.

Jackson, Mississippi, the capital of one of the poorest states in the U.S., has been a focal point in the struggle of the African American people since the conclusion of the Civil War. During the Reconstruction period from 1865 through the successive decades, African Americans took a pro-active posture through the organization of political and economic initiatives which were inevitably crushed through force of arms by white law-enforcement agents, the judicial system and vigilante groups such as the Ku Klux Klan.

One of the most prominent of these politicians in Mississippi in the Reconstruction era was Blanche Bruce who held various positions including Bolivar County sheriff, tax collector, supervisor of education as well as being sergeant-at-arms fo...

18:31

Up next Mail order M.D. degrees with specialty in Shamanism "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Missouri first in US to let physicians practice without completing residency (Or, Now Hiring, Battlefield Medics?) A Missouri law allowing medical school graduates to treat patients without having completed a designated residency program the first law of its kind in the U.S. went into effect after nearly three years, according to 41 Action []

Three Amazon Studios execs leave for Apple "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Tara Sorensen, the head of Amazon kids programming, will take on a similar role at Apple as the company pushes more into developing original content. She will report to Apples chief content officers Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht, themselves former Sony TV executives. Along with Sorensen, international development executive Carina Walker and business affairs chief Tara Pietri will also depart Amazon for Apple, with Pietri leading Apples legal affairs division. Walker will again be an international creative executive, reporting to fellow Amazon alum Morgan Wandell.

Apple is getting serious. Its going to be an interesting 2018 in the video space.

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18:31

Why Do Palestinian Leaders Send Out More Protesters? After UN Vote, You Proved Your Point "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Palestinians threw Molotov cocktails and rocks at IDF and border police who responded with riot dispersal methods.

By ANNA AHRONHEIM

The Jerusalem Post

DECEMBER 22, 2017 14:34
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Two killed in clashes with IDF in another 'Day of Rage'

A wounded Palestinian demonstrator dressed as Santa Claus is evacuated during clashes with Israeli troops, at a protest as Palestinians call for a Day of Rage in response to US President Donald Trumps recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital, near the border with Israel in the southern Gaza . (photo credit: REUTERS/IBRAHEEM ABU MUSTAFA)

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Palestinians launched more anti-US, anti-Israel protests on Friday, and at least two demonstrators were killed in the Gaza Strip, a health official said, after the UN General Assembly rejected Washingtons recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital.

Two Palestinians were said to have been killed by Israeli fire during the clashes, and another 20 were reported to have been wounded

One of the dead was identified as 24-year-old Zakaria Al-Kafarneh, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

The second, Mohammed Nabil Muhaisen, was 29, according to Palestinian media reports.

Mohammed Abu Hajar, dressed as Santa Claus, was among the wounded after he was shot during clashes near the town of Abasan al-Jadida, east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.

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18:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Santa Claus who is 100% all bloke was originally known as Saint Nicholas( not Saint Nicola) Hes the face of Christmas and someone children around the world have loved for centuries, but now people are calling for jolly old Father Christmas (aka Santa Claus) to be renamed. []  there have also been calls for the magical figure []

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18:30

President Trump Signs Tax Bill in Oval Office (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

In an effort to meet the goal of signing the Tax Cut Bill before Christmas, and in order to initiate the tax reforms in FY 2018, President Trump signs the tax reform bill today in the oval office. President Trump Continue reading

18:30

Establishment panic? G-20 members pushing to discuss Bitcoin at next meeting "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Considering the lengths to which the G-20 goes to "not discuss" Japan's burgeoning debt-to-GDP and monetization scheme, you know the elites are starting to panic when Germany backs France's call for a full discussion on the regulation of Bitcoin at their next G-20 meeting. As Coindesk reports, France's finance minister is planning to push for a discussion on bitcoin regulation at a G-20 summit in 2018. Citing French news network LCI, Reuters reported yesterday that Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said in an interview that he will ask Argentina, which is set to take control of the G20 presidency, to put bitcoin on the agenda during an upcoming gathering in April.

18:30

Automobiles Freed Us from the Tyranny of Horses "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By: Ryan McMaken
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Thanks to the automobile, Americans live in an age of extremely inexpensive transportation, by historical measures. 

In the United States in 2015, there was approximately one motor vehicle per 1.21 people. With the exception of the small, wealthy city states of San Marino and Monaco, the United States employs more motor vehicles than any other country. 

Even if we make similar calculations using just "passenger cars," the number of vehicles per person remains quite high: fewer than 2.3 people per passenger car. 

People who don't like automobiles tell us this is a symptom of bad urban planning and a dysfunctional American obsession with cars. This may or may not be the case, but the number of automobiles is also a function of a society's wealth. 

It's not a mere coincidence that Monaco, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein countries with some of the world 's highest levels of wealth and income also have the largest numbers of vehicles per capita. 

We can also see this reflected in American use of motor vehicles over time. 

In 1960, there was one motor vehicle in the US per 2.4 people. By 1985, that number of people per vehicle had dropped to 1.3, and 30 years after that, was down to 1.21. In times of recession, total vehicles tend to stall reflecting the connection to economic conditions. As with median income, total vehicles per capita has moved little since 2001, and as of 2015, total vehicles per capita had still not returned to the 2008 peak level of one vehicle per 1.19 people.1

Many More Cars than Horses Per Capita 

If we look at automobile ownership a century ago, when the age of the automobile was just beginning, the number of vehicles per capita was, not surprisingly, much lower....

18:28

Two arrested for Hacking DC Security Cameras Before Trump Inauguration "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Waqas

In Feb 2017, two people were arrested in the United

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18:28

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Zambia Must Clarify Whether it Will Host an Israel-Africa Summit
Gathering amid unprecedented Palestine solidarity demonstrations would go against historical continental support for nationally oppressed peoples

By Abayomi Azikiwe
Editor, Pan-African News Wire
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Several news articles were published in early December indicating that Zambian President Edgar Lungu has agreed to host a summit meeting between African Union (AU) member-states and the State of Israel. (See Jerusalem Post, Dec. 3, 2017)

These reports first surfaced during the inauguration ceremony for Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi. President Lungu attended the second induction into office by Kenyatta who is the leader of East Africas largest economy.

Lungu met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the Kenyatta inauguration events. The Zambian leader was photographed shaking hands with Netanyahu during the meeting.

A similar summit was scheduled earlier in 2017 in the West African state of Togo. However, mass demonstrations by Togolese opposition parties and coalitions demanding the resignation of the government of President Faure Gnassingbe for undemocratic practices, forced Lome to postpone the announced summit.

Zambias largest newspaper the Lusaka Times reported on December 5 that:

President Edgar Lungu, who met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week at the re-inauguration ceremonies for Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi, told ZNBC that For whatever reason, we have been given the mandate to host this summit which will bring its own benefits to Zambia. President Lungu said Prime Minister Netanyahu had asked Zambia to host an Africa-Israel summit that was originally scheduled for Togo in September.

Despite this claim of mystification by President Lungu, it is quite obvious that there were definite reasons why Zambia was targeted to host the meeting. The Southern African state is one of the few countries within the AU which has a military attache stationed in Israel where it opened an embassy in 2015. Israel does not have an embassy in Zambia.

Lungu paid a state visit to....

18:28

Humiliation at UN is sign that Washington's a washed-up superpower "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The humiliating condemnation of the US this week at the UN General Assembly over its Jerusalem policy revealed both Washington's contempt for democracy and international law, and just how isolated America has become globally. The overwhelming rejection of President Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital by 128 member nations at the UN is a signal event of how far US international standing has slumped. Leader of the free world? More like a miscreant whose overbearing megalomaniacal ego is no longer tolerable to virtually everyone else. Even close US allies among the NATO military alliance voted against Washington's position. Britain, France, and Germany joined with other international powers, Russia, China, Japan, South Korea, India, and Brazil, to repudiate Trump's decision taken earlier this month to recognize Jerusalem.

18:27

KubeCon + CloudNativeCon China 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

KubeCon + CloudNativeCon gathers all CNCF projects under one roof. Join leading technologists from open source cloud native communities to further the advancement of cloud native computing.

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KubeCon + CloudNativeCon China 2018

18:26

Is Facebook Using Your Phones Camera And Microphone To Spy On You? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Do you ever feel like youre being watched when theres nobody else around? Decades ago, if the answer to that question was yes, doctors mightve advised you to see what they called a headshrinker. But technological progress has a funny way of turning situations on their head. For example, at the turn of the 20th []

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18:26

Pope Francis Uses Birthday As Excuse To Throw Pizza Party For Sick Children "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Pope Francis is keeping with the tradition of helping others on his birthday. Last year, the 266th and current Pope of the Catholic Church invited a group of homeless people to join him for breakfast at his residence in Santa Marta. This year, to celebrate his 81st birthday, the Pope threw a huge pizza party for sick children.

The joy of children is a treasure, said the Pope during his Vatican meeting with the children being treated by the Pediatric Dispensary of Santa Marta. A joyous spirit is like good land that grows life well, with good fruit.

On the day of the celebration, December 17, Pope Francis urged the children to speak with their grandparents. He also encouraged the grandparents to begin speaking more with the children. He requested the children not be uprooted children, without the memory of a people, without the memory of the faith, without the memory of so many beautiful things that have made up history, without the memory of values.

During his address, the Argentine Pope also asked parents to guide their kids and ...

18:25

Garden Furniture Swing Chair "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Garden Furniture Swing Chair - Chairs are so frequent that we hardly think about these. There are likely among the most famous and earliest forms of seats comfort known to mankind. Irrespective of how old or long ago chairs were invented they still continue to grow. Chairs nowadays are made for various chairs functions that vary from office seats to overall home seats etc..

Chairs today come in several of shapes sizes and layouts. A chair today's task isn't only to help making it effortless for individuals to sit serves an ecstatic function. It has to appear nice and blend in well for. For instance office chairs will need to appear nice and fit nicely with a workplace setting rather than an easy chair or rocking chair that needs to fit in well with a domestic atmosphere.

Nowadays chairs can be purchased from any shop and they're also created from a number of materials which includes timber. In the previous chairs were only made of wood however, the most recent progress in technology has made it feasible for people to purchase seats made of plastic, fiber, metal etc..

18:24

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Trump Declaration on Jerusalem Unleashes Palestine Solidarity Demonstrations Worldwide
United Nations Security Council debate illustrates increasing isolation of United States Israeli policy

By Abayomi Azikiwe

Under the tremendous weight of domestic scrutiny and criticisms of his policies, President Donald Trump issued yet another executive order mandating the transferal of Washingtons embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Trump was following the sentiments of many within the United States Congress which provides unconditional support to the State of Israel. Both the Democratic and Republican parties have continued to allocate billions in tax dollars and weaponry annually to the Israeli government which is utilized to suppress the national will of the Palestinian people.

Demonstrations immediately erupted inside Palestine in numerous cities, towns and villages denouncing the decision by Trump. Clashes took place between the Palestinians and the Israeli security forces which fired rubber bullets, live ammunition and teargas at unarmed largely youthful protesters.

On December 8, two Palestinians were killed in attacks by Israeli forces in Gaza. This area of the country is considered the largest open air prison in the world which has been subject to periodic bombing operations by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).

Israeli authorities have accused Palestinian fighters from Hamas of firing rockets into various areas of the country during December 8-12. No casualties have been reported on the Israeli side and only minor property damage occurred.

Nonetheless, in what is described as retaliatory attacks on Gaza, several missile and airstrikes were conducted by the IDF and the Israeli Air Force (IAF). Initial claims that two Islamic Jihad combatants were killed on December 12 by an IAF strike was later modified saying the deaths were the result of the mishandling of explosives.

Islamic Jihad did acknowledge that two members of the engineering division of the Al Quds Brigades, its military wing, were killed in northern Gaza without claiming any IDF culpability in the deaths. A statement issued by the Al Quds Briga...

18:24

Trump Signs Historic Tax Reform Into Law, Fulfilling Christmas Promise "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Pres. Trump signs $1.5 trillion tax overhaul at the White House. https://t.co/jL2aOXaOsY pic.twitter.com/zSuM3uayH9 ABC News (@ABC) December 22, 2017

18:24

Changing faces and population growth "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

I think that Duncan Garner has had a go at this before, but here he goes again: Dear NZ, how do we want to look in 20 years?  I went to Kmart on Wednesday to buy some new underpants and socks. Now, normally this outing to the mall wouldnt be a big deal but this []

18:23

3yo girl abandoned in Iraqi jail for 'ISIS widows' brought back to family in Russia "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

One more child whose parents fled Russia to join Islamic State in the Middle East and died there has been brought back to her homeland. However, hundreds more minors are believed to be stranded in war-torn Iraq and Syria. Three-year-old Sofia Zaynukova from the southern Russian republic of Dagestan had been discovered in an Iraqi prison where wives and widows of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) fighters are held. The girl, whose parents traveled to the region to join the terrorist group years before, was looked after by a woman, who picked her up after a deadly airstrike in Mosul. The woman said the girl's mother was buried under the rubble. Zaynukova's father left Dagestan in 2015, having deceived his own parents by saying he was traveling to a nearby city to get medical treatment accompanied by the girl and her mother. He ended up as an IS fighter in Iraq, just as his brother did. That man's daughters, Sofia's cousins, Khadija, 5, and Fatima, 3 were reunited with their grandparents earlier this year. "I lost my two sons, but I was given my granddaughters back," their grandfather says. Daughters of his elder son were brought back home from a Baghdad orphanage after having been spotted in an RT video about children whose parents were killed fighting for IS. The family then started looking for the third missing child, Sofia. See video here.

18:22

10 Motivational And Uplifting Quotes That Will Help You Start Over "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Fattima Mahdi Truth Theory

Life can be hard at times. Though it might seem like your hopes and dreams have been dashed, it is never too late to pick yourself up and start over. Here are ten quotes that will motivate and uplift you to find happiness again.

  1. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call failure is not the falling down, but the staying down. Mary Pickford
  2. The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide youre not going to stay where you are. John Pierpont Morgan
  3. Its never too late to be who you might have been. George Eliot
  4. Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together. Marilyn Monroe
  5. You are not stuck where you are unless you decide to be. Wayne W Dyer
  6. The beginning is always today. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
  7. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Lao Tzu
  8. You cant start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one. Anonymous
  9. Do not wait until conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning make...

18:21

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

United States Coordinated War in Yemen Intensifies After Saleh Assassination
Despite Trumps statement on the need to end the economic blockade, bombings and ground operations continue against the Ansurallah forces

By Abayomi Azikiwe
Editor, Pan-African News Wire
December 11, 2017

Former Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh was assassinated outside of the capital of Sanaa on December 4 just days after he had ordered his supporters to refuse any form of cooperation with the Ansurallah (Houthis) movement.

In the immediate aftermath of the killing, Ansurallah leader Abdul-Malik al-Houthi went on national television to describe a plot in which Saleh was said to have been a part of aimed at facilitating the much coveted dominance of Saudi Arabia over the people of Yemen. Saleh, who was pressured into retirement during mass demonstrations in the early months of 2011, had entered into an alliance with the Ansurallah against the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) which has carried out a devastating air and ground campaign in Yemen since March 2015.

The following day on December 5, tens of thousands of supporters of Abdul-Malik al-Houthi participated in demonstrations in the capital of Sanaa which celebrated what they said was the defeat of a plot to undermine the defense of the country from United States backed Saudi attempts to take control of Yemen. Ansurallah leaders said the action of switching sides by Saleh was tantamount to treason against the country.

On December 6, U.S. President Donald Trump issued a statement demanding that the blockade of key Yemeni ports be lifted in light of the horrendous humanitarian crisis inside the regions most impoverished state. Trump claimed that he had directed administration officials to contact their Saudi Arabian counterparts to urge them to allow much needed food, medicines and supplies into the country.

Nonetheless, not one word was said about reigning in the U.S.-manufactured fighter jets and ordnances laying waste to cities, towns and villages throughout the country. The U.S. provides intelligence coordinates which guide the bombing operations along with refueling technology. Both the previous administration of President Barack Obama and his successor....

18:20

Wine 3.0-RC3 Released With Two Dozen Fixes "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The third weekly release candidate to next month's Wine 3.0 is now available for testing...

18:20

Going after "vaccine hesitancy": How the medical-pharmaceutical-media apparatus suppresses vaccine safety concerns and protects financial interests "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

World Mercury Project Targeted by the AAP and IAC American consumers, particularly parents, should be asking some hard questions about why the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) apparently have no interest in improving vaccine safety. In the face of snowballing vaccine scandals-from fudged safety trials that use other vaccines as placebos, to persistent use of neurotoxic aluminum adjuvants, to the accelerated rollout of unproven vaccines that may be causing more problems than they solve-these and other vaccine advocacy organizations are not only turning a blind eye but are actively circling the wagons while beefing up public relations (PR) intended to stifle discussion. These PR efforts are on revealing display in an April 2017 IAC webinar on "Vaccines and the New Administration" that unsurprisingly singles out the activities of the World Mercury Project and its Chairman, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Expressing equal parts alarm and disdain, the AAP rhetorically asks, "Vaccine safety: here we go again...?"

18:19

6 Inspiring And Life Affirming Movies That You Need To Watch Image "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Fattima Mahdi Truth Theory

We all see greatness in ourselves. However, some of us either doubt its existence, believing its an illusion created by our narcissism, or simply lack the courage to actualise it, fearing rejection and failure. Whatever the case may be for you, this list of inspiring and life affirming films stand as a demonstration of just how wondrous we can be when we choose to believe in our greatness and, through dogged determination, reach our potential.

1. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007, Julian Schnabel)

Directed by Julian Schnabel and written by Ronald Harwood, this French language film tells the true story of Jean-Dominique Bauby, a man who suffers a massive stroke that leaves him with a condition called locked-in syndrome. In near complete physical paralysis, with the exception of his respiratory system and left eye, he eventually resolves to begin the painstaking process of writing a memoir about his experience, through a system called partner-assisted scanning: which involved a person slowly reciting the alphabet and Bauby blinking his left eye when they landed on the right letter.

That memoir became The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.

2. Life is Beautiful (1997, Roberto BenignThe Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007, Julian Schnabel)

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18:19

More on the 2004 UFO intercept by US Navy "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

"In his debrief comments, Dave, his WSO and the two other crews stated the object had initially been hovering like a Harrier. They described it as uniformly white, about 46 feet long (roughly fighter-sized), having a discernible midline horizontal axis...

18:19

Amnesty Urges Israel To End Lethal Violence Against Palestinian Protesters "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Amnesty International has urged Israeli authorities to end the use of excessive force against protesters in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), accusing Israeli forces of arbitrary and abusive violence against unarmed civilians.

In a statement released yesterday, the international human rights group drew attention to Palestinian casualties over the last two weeks, with four killed and more than 3,000 injured by Israeli forces during demonstrations in the opt.

Amnesty described Israeli forces use of live ammunition against protesters as particularly alarming, citing the killing on 15 December of Ibrahim Abu Thurraya, who it says was shot in the head by an Israeli soldier from 15 metres away as he sat with a group of young protesters.

Referring to eyewitness accounts, Amnesty says Abu Thurraya was waving a Palestinian flag and chanting slogans, and in possession of a slingshot, which he did not use.

Israeli authorities must stop using excessive force against protesters once and for all. The fact that live ammunition has been used during protests in Gaza and the West Bank is particularly shocking, said Philip Luther, Amnestys Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa.

Under international human rights law lethal force can only be used when lives are at imminent risk, which clearly was not the case in the examples we have documented, he added.

According to Luther: Israeli authorities have consistently refused to investigate killings of Palestinians by Israeli soldiers or police or at least not done so to international standards.

He continued:

As long as Israeli officers are not held to account for abusing their powers, the pattern of unlawful killings will continue, and Palestinians will be denied their right to peaceful protest without fear of injury or death.

The senior Amnesty official urged Israel to properly investigate all incidents in whic...

18:18

Just signed up for Informed Delivery "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Informed Deliver is a cool new feature offered by the post office. It sends you an email letting you know ahead of time what is going to be delivered to your mailbox, A friend told me about it and I dont have any experience with it but pleasantly surprised the post office is so cool!

 

 

18:18

This morning in blogging: Bigger than Iran-Contra "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Indeed, with billions of drug trade money funding terrorists, and tens of thousands of lives ruined, The secret backstory of how Obama let Hezbollah off the hook makes Iran-Contra look like pikers. Read my post, This morning in blogging: Bigger than Iran-Contra. AND,

18:18

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Abayomi Azikiwe, PANW Editor, Delivers Statement to Press TV: 'Trump Destroying Civil Rights Movement: Analyst'
Mon Dec 11, 2017 10:28AM
presstv.ir
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/12/11/545221/US-Trump-destroying-civil-rights-movement

US President Donald Trumps support for white supremacists and other far-right groups is insulting to racial minorities and risks harming the civil rights movement, says an analyst in Detroit.

Abayomi Azikiwe, an editor at the Pan-African News Wire, made the remarks in an interview with Press TV about the controversies surrounding the opening of a civil rights museum in the state of Mississippi.

The event, attended by Trump, had been boycotted by several African-American leaders in protest of the president's policies and record on race relations.

Black congressman John Lewis, a civil rights icon who marched with Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s, said on Thursday that he would not go to the museum opening because of Trumps presence.

The Democratic lawmaker from Georgia had also skipped Trump's presidential inauguration in January.

Calling Trumps attendance a stain on the event, Azikiwe said the president had done everything in his power to destroy the legacy and the gains of the civil rights movement.

Trump came to Jackson, Mississippi, not as an effort to commit to the realization of African American liberation and freedom, but as a way of deflecting attention away from his gross anti-civil rights, pro-racist and neo-fascist agenda, he added.

Azikiwe said Trump had insulted people from many races and not just African Americans.

He said the Republican presidents recognition of Jerusalem al-Quds as the new capital of Israel was another example of his lack of respect for people of different races and religions.

There has to be a fundamental transformation of the US society in order to eliminate racism and in order to eliminate all forms of national oppre...

18:16

Linux Kernel Summit "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

 

The Linux Kernel Summit brings together the worlds leading core kernel developers to discuss the state of the existing kernel and plan the next development cycle.

Event Title: 
Linux Kernel Summit

18:16

New Gift-Wrapped UFO Revelations From The Pentagon: Whats Going On? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Jon Rappoport Youre walking through a sea of misinformation, disinformation, lies, speculation, goofball theoriesand suddenly, the wise men behind the curtain decide to reach...

18:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The word for today is logomachy (noun) 1. A dispute about words. 2. A dispute carried on in words only; a battle of words. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : English logomachy comes straight from the Greek noun logomacha battle of words. The Greek noun is very rare and also very late, first []

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18:15

Beyond Digital Addiction: Your Kids May Be Affected by Wi-Fi and Electronic Devices Even If You Arent "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Hope S. Good Emotional, Mental and Physical Health may be affected.  Symptoms May Not Be Immediate.  Misdiagnosis is Common.  Medication offers no cure.  Just...

18:15

Spirituality: My Father's House by Patricia del Carmen Loaiza "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Submitted to Operation Disclosure | By Patricia del Carmen Loaiza

December 22,2017


Gods WILL, not mine, be done,

According to divine law and in conscious awareness of current affairs and the planet earth's situation I call this now.

My understanding from Father is that collectively, the apostasy has reached the point where judgment must be rendered in order that all is fulfilled. The day of Reckoning is here, I come forward as channel to transmit and to present this humanity with a Compendium, an Epitome, a sypnosis. The cordial and Benevolent Word of God. I am your protectress, daughter of Cronus and Rhea and the wife and sister of ZEUS.

It is my great honor and privilege to carry and to convey our beloved Creator's message this Christmas, I have agreed to bring forward a summary of information to be revealed to all of you. Our beloved Father, is the Supreme deity of the ancient Greeks, a son of Cronus and Rhea, brother of Demeter, Hades, Hera, Hestia and Poseidon and Father of a number of gods, demigods and mortals, he is identified with Jupiter and who we think highly off, we treasure, venerate and adore Him. With all consideration, faith and exaltation, beloved King, Master Jesus.

The veils within are lifting as the Christ-mass codes for completion of Ascension are pouring in by Divine Decree thru The Resurrection Solstice Portal. Even if in this moment you feel lost, in pain, or in fear.....Trust this is the beginning of the End. All Celestial Forces and Star Nation Alliances are gathered to usher in this Divine Annointment of The Cosmic Christ in ALL, whether you are consciously aware of it or not. It is an Offering, an invitation to choose The Light, to choose love and let all else behind. It is given freely. Remember: thy that chooses is the CHOSEN ONE.

The One, who is known as Sanat Kumara is The Head of the Spiritual Hierarchy for Planet Earth. He has variously been called The One Initiator, The Ancient of days, The fountain head of The Will, etc. prior to coming to this planet he had lived 900,000 lives throughout the Universe, many of then as planetary saviors and lives of leadership for planetary civilizations.

Aproximately 18 million years ago , The SOLAR LOGOS (The Creator of this System of Planets...

18:14

Call for use of dengue vaccine to be halted in most cases "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Experts call for a susppension of most use of the worlds first dengue vaccine because of concerns that it could put some people at heightened risk of severe disease.

18:13

'We are 911!': Tyrant cops threaten to kick innocent family out of their own house "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

When a man purchased an abandoned house at a city auction for tax-delinquent properties one year ago, he had no idea that the same people who were supposed to protect him from trespassers, would be the ones to illegally enter his property and threaten him. Mohammad Ismail told Buffalo News that he knew the decrepit house was going to need a lot of work when he purchased it for $14,000-as it had not been lived in for years-but he had big plans to renovate it into a home for his wife and four children. Ismail said that after his purchase of the home was finalized, and he obtained a building permit, he was working on the house on April 18 when he was approached by two Buffalo police officers. Officers Christopher Fields and Debra A. Strobele were both in uniform when they arrived in a patrol car. Fields claimed he was the owner of the house, and he threatened that he would arrest Ismail and take him to jail if he did not leave. Ismail complied and said he left the house and went to City Hall to confirm that he owned the home. The report from Buffalo News confirmed that Ismail is the owner, and noted that records from the city's Division of Housing and Inspection show that there were "numerous code violations at the property stretching back to 2013, the year Fields took ownership of the house."

18:12

Linux Security Summit "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

 
Event Title: 
Linux Security Summit

18:11

Australia ends anti-ISIS strikes in Iraq & Syria, pulls fighter jets "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Royal Australian Air Force is withdrawing its jets from anti-terrorist missions in Iraq and Syria, shifting its focus to "support" and provide "counter-terrorism services" to the Iraqi Security Forces. Iraq formally declared its fight against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) over on December 9 after three years of heavy combat. Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the withdrawal of the Russian Air Force from Syria two days later. Having carried out its first combat mission against IS in Iraq in September 2014, Australia is now recalling most of its airpower from the region, after having faithfully served the US-led Coalition. "The Australian government has determined we will bring home our six Super Hornet strike aircraft from the Middle East, marking the end of Australia's air strike operations in Iraq and Syria," Defence Minister Marise Payne announced Friday. "We can be immensely proud of the contribution our Hornet crews have made to the fight against Daesh. There's no doubt our air strike operations have made a difference."

18:09

Spanish Options to Thaw a Frozen Conflict in Catalonia "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Spanish State of Autonomies model ought to be replaced with either a federal or confederate model, as the Catalonia crisis has proved that the current model is no longer adequate.

The post Spanish Options to Thaw a Frozen Conflict in Catalonia appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

18:09

Puerto Rico Homeowners Brace for Another Disaster: Foreclosures "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Protestors rally against foreclosures on Puerto Rican families affected by Hurricane Maria, outside the offices of TPG Capital, December 20, 2017 in New York City. The activists claims that TPG Capital's mortgage service companies are aggressively foreclosing on families in Puerto Rico after many people were displaced from their homes following Hurricane Maria.

18:09

Global Warming and Extreme Weather "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Andy May This is #6 of 7 posts on the hazards of global warming.  If you cant read the sign, it says Global Warming, Absolute Truth that can not be questioned.  The other two are discussing a global warming research vessel that was trapped in the ice. One wonders why the article doesnt mention the

18:08

Pentagon Confirms Multiple US Ground Operations In Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

TheLastAmericanVagabond.com

While the Pentagon has been very secretive about what theyve been doing in Yemen all year, on Wednesday officials confirmed that they have carried out multiple ground operations, as well as 120 airstrikes in 2017. US operations havent been well-documented at all, in January, almost immediately after the inauguration, the US attacked the village of []

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18:08

EPA gives Monsanto an early holiday present - produces a revised cancer assessment that favors the pesticide industry's bottom line over public health "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Remember weedkiller and environmental nightmare, Roundup? EPA continues to argue that it does not cause cancer - dismissing concerns from independent scientists and mounting evidence suggesting otherwise. EPA's release of its revised assessment of the cancer-causing potential of glyphosate (the main ingredient in the weedkiller Roundup), is just what we'd imagine Monsanto, and the rest of the agribusiness giants, would've asked for this holiday season. To the surprise of no one, this year's assessment remains relatively unchanged from last year's, finding that glyphosate is "not likely to be carcinogenic to humans."

18:08

The Cornel West-Ta-Nehisi Coates feud and the role of intellectuals "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Cornel West published an article in the Guardian where he criticized Ta-Nehisi Coates for as representing the neoliberal wing of the black freedom struggle and failing to take a sufficiently strong stand against the predations of US capitalism and imperialism and Barack Obamas complicity in them.

This wing reaps the benefits of the neoliberal establishment that rewards silences on issues such as Wall Street greed or Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and people.

The disagreement between Coates and me is clear: any analysis or vision of our world that omits the centrality of Wall Street power, US military policies, and the complex dynamics of class, gender, and sexuality in black America is too narrow and dangerously misleading. So it is with Ta-Nehisi Coates worldview.

Coates rightly highlights the vicious legacy of white supremacy past and present. He sees it everywhere and ever reminds us of its plundering effects. Unfortunately, he hardly keeps track of our fightback, and never connects this ugly legacy to the predatory capitalist practices, imperial policies (of war, occupation, detention, assassination) or the black elites refusal to confront poverty, patriarchy or transphobia.

This raised the hackles of Coatess defenders and as a result of the resulting acrimony, Coates has closed his Twitter account.

Naomi Klein and Opal Temeti write an important piece at The Intercept where they say that this should not be seen as an issue dealing with just the black community or one where people reflexively choose sides with one person against the other, but raises questions that should be addressed by the intellectual community at large, that transcend the specifics of the West-Coates disagreement.

We see this debate as a political opportunity, one that has far less to do with either of these brilliant men and everything to do with how, at a time of unfathomably high stakes, we are going to build a multiracial human rights movement capable of beating back surging white supremacy and rapidly concentrating corporate power. As women, both Black and white, both American and Canadian, we see the question like this: What are the duties of radicals and progressives inside relatively wealthy countries to the world beyond our national borders? A warming world wracked by expanding and unending wars that our governments wage, finance, and arm a world scarred by unbearable poverty and forced migration?

Though West directed his crit...

18:08

Putin: New US national security strategy is offensive and definitely aggressive, Russia must take note "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Washington's new national security strategy is "aggressive," Russian President Vladimir Putin has said, adding that Moscow will take the US stance into consideration. Both the US and NATO have been "accelerating build-up of infrastructure in Europe," the Russian leader said Friday. Referring to the "defense strategy recently put out" by Washington, Putin said it was "definitely offensive... speaking in diplomatic language." "And if we switch to military language, then its character is definitely aggressive," the president added, speaking at a Russian Defense Ministry meeting.

18:07

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Pan-African Journal: Special Worldwide Radio Broadcast for Sun. Dec. 10, 2017--Hosted by Abayomi Azikiwe
Listen to the Sun. Dec. 10, 2017 special edition of the Pan-African Journal: Worldwide Radio Broadcast hosted by Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire.

To hear the recording of this episode just go to the following URL:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/panafricanjournal/2017/12/11/pan-african-journal-special-worldwide-radio-broadcast

The program features our regular PANW report with dispatches on the Tanzanian United Nations peacekeepers who were recently killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC); the oil industry in Angola is currently undergoing a change of leadership; President Joseph Kabila of the DRC wants to label the rebel groups involved in violent attacks in various parts of the country as terrorists; and the South West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO) has elected a new politburo for the ruling party.

In the second hour we will turn our attention to the 50th anniversary of the Massey Lectures delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. over the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).

Finally we listen to the address by Palestine Authority President Mahmoud Abbas before the United Nations General Assembly in New York City during September 2017.

18:06

The GOP Killing of the Golden Goose 3.0 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Youre kidding yourself if you think cutting taxes is really cutting taxes. Were simply deferring massive taxes unfairly and immorally putting huge debt burdens on future generations and that is just wrong.

David Stockman


How does that old saying go?

Fool me once, shame on you.

Fool me twice, shame on me.

What do you say when youre fooled a third time? Because thats exactly what happened this week when the Republicans passed something they call the Tax Reform, and Jobs Act.

So here we are again, folks. At least here I am again. Because for me this is the third time in the span of some 36 years, a time that consumed nearly my entire journalism career. I saw the Ronald Reagan tax cuts and the George W. Bush tax cuts. And I saw the social and fiscal wreckage left behind by both.

When Reagans second term ended he had little to nothing to show for his tax cuts. (See chart below) The economic growth did not explode, as promised, job growth didnt either. The only thing that had exploded was the federal deficit due to lower tax revenues.

When Reagans successor, George H.W. Bush, took office in 1989, he inherited a budget debt of $2.8 trillion, three times larger than it had been when Reagan took office 8 years earlier.

Another Reagan promise was to slash regulations, which he did, most memorably on the nations once conservative Savings and Loans. Eight years later George H. W. Bush found himself with a Savings and Loans industry in near total collapse. Estimates were it could cost nearly $200 billion to replace depositors money and save what was left of the industry.

Which is why, despite his campaign pledge, Watch my lips; no new taxes! Poppa Bush had to raise taxes. He simply had no choice. Reagans tax cuts had not boosted revenue, had not boosted job growth and the country wasnt just broke, but nearly $3 trillion in the hole.

In September 1990, two years into George H.W. Bushs first term, Bush announced a tax plan that would cut $500 billion from the deficit over f...

18:06

Loneliness found to have a surprising link to Type 2 diabetes "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Weird. A recent study discovered an intriguing relationship between social isolation and the development of type 2 diabetes, suggesting that having a smaller network of friends could possibly make us prone to the illness. As with any such research, the precise nature of this link isn't clear. But it's as good a reason as any to reach out and make sure those isolated and alone this Christmas know they have friends to share the holiday with. While type 1 diabetes is a lifelong auto-immune disease that typically develops in childhood, type 2 diabetes refers to the body's increasing resistance to insulin, which can develop at any age and slowly progress.

18:05

To Women Everywhere From A Man Who Has Had Enough "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Fattima Mahdi Truth Theory

It is clear that women and men behave very differently and have different ways of communicating and interacting.There are certain common habits that seem especially annoying to members of the opposite sex and it often drives them insane. We often read hilarious rants from women about men, but we dont often see the gender-reversed scenario until now. One man has taking it upon himself to let women know just how he feels in a thread via Cartalk:

  1. Learn to work the toilet seat. If its up, put it down. We need it up, you need it down. You dont hear us bitching about you leaving it down.
  2. ALL men see in only 16 colors. Peach is a fruit, not a color.
  3. If you wont dress like the Victorias Secret girls, dont expect us to act like soap opera guys.
  4. If you think youre fat, you probably are. Dont ask us. We refuse to answer.
  5. Dont cut your hair. Ever. Long hair is always more attractive than short hair. One of the big reasons guys fear getting married is that married women always cut their hair, and by then youre stuck with her.
  6. ...

18:04

Com verba de R$ 1,1 bi, plenrio vazio e projeto intil, Alesp funciona como puxadinho de Alckmin "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Pouco antes das 15h de uma quarta, 29 de novembro, havia apenas trs deputados no plenrio da Assembleia Legislativa do Estado de So Paulo (Alesp). Como um discursava sobre a possibilidade de o governo demitir 30 mil professores temporrios e os outros dois compunham a mesa diretora, o plenrio estava completamente vazio, ainda que o painel eletrnico registrasse 94 presenas e nenhuma ausncia.

Nas galerias, de onde visitantes podem assistir aos debates e votaes, havia apenas uma dezena de alunos de uma escola pblica de Nova Europa, interior do estado. Eles acompanharam por alguns minutos o deputado que falava para as cadeiras vazias (e para a cmera da TV Assembleia), depois seguiram para outras dependncias da casa.

O corao do legislativo paulista funciona a maior parte do tempo assim, quase que totalmente vazio, com exceo de quando h votaes de interesse do governo. A a base aliada, que conta com 80% dos deputados, comparece em peso e aprova os projetos de Geraldo Alckmin (PSDB) em ritmo acelerado.

H atualmente oito mil propostas de lei prontas, mas sem previso de serem votadas.

Na legislatura atual, portanto a partir de janeiro de 2015, entre leis ordinrias e complementares, o governador presidencivel enviou 95 projetos. Todos aprovados. No mesmo perodo, o deputado Carlos Giannazi (PSOL), um dos parlamentares mais atuantes da casa, encaminhou 125 projetos. Aprovou onze:um orientava a diminuio de alunos em sala de aula, quatro diziam respeito denominao de lugares (tneis, escolas, viadutos, etc), um dava o ttulo de utilidade pblica a  uma associao beneficiente e cinco criavam dias em homenagem homenagem a algo, entre eles o dia estadual do violo na MPB.

A gigantesca diferena na taxa de sucesso tem a ver com o fato de que o plenrio , na prtica, um grande teatro. Assim como na maior parte das casas legislativas, as decises de fato so tomadas nas reunies do colgio de lderes, que ocorrem a portas fechadas, s teras e quartas-feiras. Ali, as lideranas dos partidos, do governo e da minoria, decidem o que vai tramitar e o que vai seguir na fila. Como Alckmin tem a maioria e a presidncia da casa, so raros os projetos de oposio que conseguem ir adiante. H atualmente oito mil propostas de lei prontas, mas sem previso de serem votadas.

Permaneam como esto

O prdio da Alesp tem 50 mil metros quadrados e ergue-se em frente ao parque do Ibirapuera, num bairro nobre, longe do centro e com carncia de transporte pblico o que faz com que protestos e manifestaes tornem-se raridade. Cada deputado recebe um salrio de R$ 25,3 mil e pode contratar 32 pessoas a um custo total de at R$ 160 mil. O oramento de todo esse sistema considervel: R$ 1,1 bilho ao ano para criar leis pa...

18:03

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Pan-African Journal: Worldwide Radio Broadcast for Sat. Dec. 9, 2017--Hosted by Abayomi Azikiwe
Listen to the Sat. Dec. 9, 2017 edition of the Pan-African Journal: Worldwide Radio Broadcast hosted by Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire.

To hear the podcast of this episode just click on the website below:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/panafricanjournal/2017/12/10/pan-african-journal-worldwide-radio-broadcast

The program features our regular PANW report with dispatches on the ongoing demonstrations in Palestine and around the world condemning the declaration of United States President Donald Trump moving the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem; bombing attacks by the Gulf Cooperation Council against the Middle Eastern state of Yemen are continuing in the aftermath of the assassination of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh; the ruling ZANU-PF party in Zimbabwe is making preparations for the upcoming special congress to chart the course for the next year; and 15 United Nations Peacekeepers have been killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In the second hour of the program we look back at the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Massey Lectures featuring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in December 1967.

Then we pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of the death of African American rhythm and blues artist Otis Redding.

18:03

The Regalia of Queen Puabi "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Penn Museum is redoing their Middle Eastern rooms, including the famous finds from the Royal Tombs of Ur. This is the regalia of Queen Puabi as they will now be displayed. If you go to the museum web site you can see old images of previous versions.


The headdress.


18:02

The Land of Death "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

All cause mortality for white men. They're dying in Appalachia.

This is from the Atlas of United States Mortality, released in 1998 and one of our government's stranger creations.

That's for 1988-1992, but it has only gotten worse, as this more recent map shows. The gap in life expectancy between the longest- and shortest-lived counties is 20 years.

18:02

McCarthy-Style Targeting of Jill Stein Proves Democrats Have Truly Lost The Plot "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

OPINION The collusion circus is coming for Jill Stein. The US Senate Intelligence Committee has asked the 2016 Green Party presidential candidate to hand over documents amid accusations she was part of a Russian plot to elect Trump.

The news was met with delight by some pro-Hillary Clinton Democrats who have long expressed a visceral hatred of Stein simply because she had the audacity to run for president an act which they say hurt their candidates chances of winning by unnecessarily splitting the vote on the left. In the greatest democracy in the world (supposedly) Stein committed the unforgivable sin of running for office and winning some votes. There can only be one explanation for this, the Russiagaters say: Stein was a Russian plant, designed to pull votes away from Clinton to tip the election in Trumps favor. In their increasingly warped minds, nothing else could possibly make sense.

Jill Stein at the exhibition to mark the RT television channel's 10th anniversary, December 10, 2015
(screenshot)

Never mind that Stein also ran for president in 2012, ran for governor in Massachusetts in 2002, as a candidate for the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 2004, for Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth in 2006 and for Massachusetts governor again in 2010 all of which she lost. Given her track record of not winning, its hard to believe Putin would choose Stein to pin his hopes on as the candidate to pull most votes away from Clinton in 2016. But anything is possible, right? Maybe Stein has been a secret Russian asset lying in wait all this time. That, apparently, is what some loony Democrats would have us all believe.

In the real world, however, there is absolutely no reason to believe Stein has anything to do with an alleged Russian plot to elect Trump evidence for which also remains elusive. Steins primary transgressions are as follows: In 2015, she attended a gala event to mark RTs tenth anniversary in Moscow, where she (god forbid) sat at the same table as Vladimir Putin. Rumors abound that Russia paid for Steins trip to Moscow, an accusation which she strongly denies (and claims she has the receipts to prove it). Perhaps even worse than setting foot on Russian soil though, Stein has often dared to express opinions tha...

18:02

A Path to Power for the American Left "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Living through this era of rotten feelings is like being trapped in an endless dystopian movie. We now live under an alliance of the old-guard conservatives and the far right (evangelicals, Tea Party and overt white supremacists), funded up the yin-yang by billionaire lunatics. This alliance includes theocrats like Vice President Mike Pence and open fascists, and their beliefs are surging into the mainstream.

The goal of this real-life hydra, which now dominates all three branches of government, has gone beyond the old conservative dream of dismantling the social benefits brought about by the New Deal. Now they are set on destroying whats left of bourgeois democracy. A Hunger Games story is emerging in its place: a tightly controlled state, militarized police, unregulated monopolies, privatized services, a powerless and destitute working class and a culture pulsing with the venom of war and racial hatred.

The role of the electoral opposition largely falls to the corporate-friendly Democratic Party centrists, now decidedly in the minority in Congress despite the GOPs low polling numbers. The centrists did not plan it that way. They play that role because no one else is in any position to put up a fight at that level of politics. But theyre lousy at it. They blew the election and they know it, but they dont want to confront their mistakes.

Instead, they are praying for the cavalry, a fairy godmother, any superhero from the power centers of society to come to their rescue. Their appeal has always been to the moderate wing of capitalists: You need us, keep us funded and well keep them dogies rollin. To the public, their appeal is: Well protect you if you come through with the votes. Between the money guys indifference and being out-organized in key sectors of key states, those appeals fell flat. Yet they seem to know no other way to play politics.

The Democratic centrists main hope right now is that the Mueller investigation will bring Trump down with a crash, la Watergate. They envision a scenario in which Trumps Russian ties get him legally branded a traitor to America. This would get them off the hook for their bungling the election and tarnish the Republicans image enough to give them a path back to power. It would also enable them to win without offering a strong alternative that would draw on their bases eagerness for change; for more, not less, social welfare and stability, for peace at home and abroad and for democratic rights.

This works out nicely under the tunnel-view formula the center-clingers have cultivated for decades. Follow the shift to the right halfway, keep the left at b...

18:01

A Deafening Media Silence On The Obama-Hezbollah Scandal "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A scandal like no other and they cant be bothered? No bias there Via NY Post: Politico published a jaw-dropping, meticulously sourced investigative piece this week detailing how the Obama administration had secretly undermined US law enforcement agency efforts to shut down an international drug-trafficking ring run by the terror group Hezbollah. The effort was []

18:00

Federal judge says it is the role of Congress to address Trumps emolumental issues "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

On Thursday, a federal judge dismissed a foreign emoluments lawsuit against President Donald J. Trump alleging that he violated the Constitution through his businesses because of a lack of standing, and said that this should be resolved by Congress.

We would likely be living in a different world if elected officials were legally bound to carry out the political promises they made prior to taking office, wrote Judge George B. Daniels of the United States District Court in Manhattan wrote in his ruling.

In our democracy, once a candidate is elected to...

18:00

Its Unprecedented: Bank Of New York Freezes $23 Billion In Kazakh Assets "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Tyler Durden | Zero Hedge | December 21, 2017 Kazakhstan may have the worlds best potassium, but as of today it also has a very big problem, or rather 22.6 billion problems. Overnight, Bank of New York Mellon said it had frozen $22.6 billion in assets held by Kazakhstans National Oil Fund in a []

18:00

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Proverbs 23 17 Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the Lord.

The post Daily Proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

18:00

The Three-Body Problem "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Ben Hunt As much as I dislike the chickens on our farm, I love my bees. Do they sting? Of course, they sting. The swarm is a wild animal. But after a few painful years, Im no longer a ham-handed goofball with my hives, and a morning...

Americans Are Addicted to Homeownership, and the Government is the Pusher "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By: Doug French
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Americans loved their houses. Their four walls and a roof always went up in value, until it ended. But, now housing is back: 2008 was just a bad dream. Jared Dillian has written a dandy piece for Bloomberg making the case for housing to be taken from its preferred status in the tax code. Mr. Dillian has the website The Daily Dirtnap and wrote the wonderful book Street Freak.

Eliminate deductions for mortgage interest and property taxes and tax any capital gains the way Uncle Sam does on stocks and other assets, says Dillian. Encouraging people to go into hock for 30 years to buy an illiquid asset is nonsense, he says. This makes the economy more fragile. We should instead think about ways to make it more anti-fragile, Dillian writes.

He continues,

So, sure, it's nice that homeownership forces people to build equity in an asset, even if it is a profoundly crappy asset, because left to their own devices, they probably wouldnt save anything at all. But, ideally, wouldnt we want people diversified across a range of assets, instead of having all their eggs in one basket?

The real nub of his argument is people should be encouraged to save and invest, not consume and take on years of debt. However, this continues to be the age of Keynesianism, where saving is bad, while consumption is good for the economy.

Gregory Bresiger explained Keynesian fallacies on mises.org, Yet penalizing thrift, the lifeblood of job creation and better tools that make current workers more efficient, has hurt the nations ability to grow and employ millions of young people looking for jobs. Thats because Keynesianism, according to its modern interpreters, amounts to a celebration of consumption. It is a belief that government spending combined with low savings rates lead to permanent booms.

The growth in wealth, so far from being dependent on the abstinence [savings] of the rich, as is commonly supposed, is more likely to be impeded by it, John Maynard Keynes wrote in The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money.

The more virtuous we are, the more deter...

PNG mobile revolution about to enter new high-speed phase "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Mobile revolutionSCOTT WAIDE | Pacific Media Watch

LAE - In 2007, when Digicel entered the PNG market, Papua New Guineans realised how much in unnecessary charges they had been paying for mobile and internet services.

Until then, the mobile phone monopoly run by a government subsidiary, BeMobile Communications, forced customers to pay K125 for a mobile start-up kit which contained a SIM card, and K100 in phone credits.

Digicel slashed costs and flooded the market with up to one million handsets selling at K30 a piece with free SIM cards.

Over the last 15 years, the implementation of government legislation and regulations have drastically improved the digital landscape in Papua New Guinea.

Research this year conducted by the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) puts the figure of internet users in PNG at 960,000.

There are more than three million mobile subscribers, which means at least four of 10 people own a mobile phone.

However, despite 15 years of legislative and regulatory reforms and general improvements, the country still lags behind in ICT infrastructure and the cost of services.

Statistically speaking, Papua New Guineans continue to pay among the highest mobile data rates in the Asia Pacific region.

Three of PNGs top mobile service providers; Digicel, BeMobile Vodafone, and Telikom are the six most expensive service providers in Asia Pacific.

Papua New Guineas closest neighbours Indonesia, New Zealand, Fiji and Australia are among the top six countries that have the cheapest rates.

Ten years on and Papua New Guineans are on the brink of another phase of development.

The governments budget policy for 2018 highlights that a new high-speed internet cable funded by the Australian government will be laid from Australia to PNG. It will take 24 months to complete.

This is expected to take care of PNGs ballooning ICT demands over the next 25 years.

The submarine cable will complement the investments to mobile telephone infrastructure to improve the availability of 3G and 4G services to more Papua New Guineans.

Through community-based programmes, NICTA also has plans to support the expansion of access to high-speed broadband internet connectivity to selected communities.

As Papua New Guinea....

Senate Leader Mitch McConnell Holds Year-end Press Conference "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Earlier today Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell held a year-end press conference to discuss the results of 2017:

Differences Between Cold and Hot Brewed Coffee "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Most of the coffee consumed is prepared using hot water, but recently there has been a very large rise in the popularity and market share of cold brewed coffee. Cold brew is coffee that is prepared using room temperature water and steeping times that range from 8 to 24 hours (this is not the same as iced coffee, which is hot-brewed coffee that is served over ice), and this is supposed to alter the flavor, aroma, and compounds of the finished product. Major coffee chains such as Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts have jumped in with various products to capitulate on this market complete with claims of delivering a rich, smooth coffee with an inherently sweeter flavor reminiscent of dark chocolate and producing a drink that is not as acidic as that made using hot water. As with many food fads that first hit the scene, there are many strongly held claims made about the importance of things like the steeping times ("9.95 hours at 1 drip per every 0.8 seconds") or grind type based upon reasonably-sounding science, but very few claims that are supported by actual evidence.

In a recent paper in Nature Scientific Reports, Megan Fuller and Niny Rao at Thomas Jefferson University investigated the differences in the concentrations of caffeine and acid (3-chlorogenic acid) in four different coffee samples when brewed both by hot and cold methods. They took medium and dark roast coffees in both medium and coarse grinds.

Their results found:

  • Acid and caffeine were found at higher concentrations in cold brew coffee made with medium roast over dark roast
  • Grind size did not significantly impact the acid or caffeine level in cold brew
  • Caffeine was substantially higher in cold brew over hot brew for coarse grind, but not statistically significantly higher for medium grind
  • Acid concentration and pH levels were comparable between hot and cold brew methods
  • Acid and caffeine concentrations reached equilibrium in only 6 or 7 hours instead of 10+ hours that some suggest is necessary

Previously: How Cold Brew Has Changed the Coffee Business


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Canonical's Mir 2018 Plans Include Some Potentially Interesting IoT Features "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

When Canonical announced they would be dropping their Unity 8 plans but that Mir would still be maintained, their reason at the time for maintaining it were "Internet of Things" (IoT) use-cases. While not yet clear, Canonical is privately working on Mir IoT plans for 2018...

17:56

No. 928: November Durable Goods Orders, Home Sales and Revised GDP "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

(SGS Subscription required) New-Home Sales Reporting-Illusion Reflected Absurd Volatility: Multi-Decade-High Surge of 17.5% in November 2017 Sales Was a Gimmick; Considering Massive Downside Revisions, Recast Sales Boom Contracted by 1.9% (-1.9%); Headline Detail Still Shy by 47.2% (-47.2%) of Recovering Pre-Recession Peak Boosted Heavily by Unstable Seasonal Adjustments, November Existing-Home Sales Jumped 5.6% Month-to-Month, Still Holding Shy by 20.0% (-20.0%) of Recovering Its Pre-Recession Peak As Hurricane-Disruptions Work Out of the New Orders System, Real Annual Durable Goods Growth Slowed Sharply, Ex-Volatile Commercial Aircraft Real New Orders for Durable Goods Remained Down by 9.7% (-9.7%) from Recovering Its Pre-Recession Peak Third Estimate of Real Third-Quarter 2017 GDP Revised to 3.16% (Previously 3.30%), versus 3.06% in Second-Quarter 2017 Second Estimate of Third-Quarter Gross National Product (GNP) Revised to 3.65% (was 3.47%); Gross Domestic Income (GDI) Revised to 2.03% (was 2.53%) Better-Quality Economic Measures Still Show No Full Recovery from the Collapse into 2009 and No Economic Expansion

17:56

Politicians, royals and celebs speak out for Palestinian teen who slapped soldiers "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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After the 17-year-old's appearance in Israeli military court this week, high-profile figures share messages of support for Ahed al-Tamimi

17:55

Less of Ho Ho and More of Hell! "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Dave Daubenmire has figured out what christmas hath wrought people arent properly terrified anymore! This is awful, it should be a time of psychogod fear, none of this wimpy little baby nonsense, which tends to make people go awww instead of falling to their knees in abject terror. After all, the porno store and the slut store are celebrating christmas, they have decorations! The horror of it all, I tell ya.

It is not the paganism that is undermining the Gospel, although it is, but rather the incomplete story of the birth of Christ. Christ came to save us from our sins

This all came to a head last Sunday when I drove by our local porn shop only to discover that the building was covered with Christmas decorationsincluding reindeer on the front lawn. Immediately the thought popped into my head the light came into the world but the darkness perceived it not. There is something seriously wrong when the porn shop is joining in the celebration of the birth of the One who came to destroy sin.

How could both the church and the porno shop be celebrating the same thing? Simple. The American Church no longer teaches that we are to fear the Lord.

Statistics show that young Americans are leaving the church in droves. The more we strive to make Christianity more relevant the more decadent the culture becomes. Where have we gone wrong I found myself thinking as I drove past the slut shop all decorated in gay apparel?

Um, is the porno store the same as the slut shop? Enquiring minds want to know, Dave. Why shouldnt it (or they) celebrate a Very Merry? How do you know they are specifically celebrating the birth of the One? Did you go in and ask? Lots of people celebrate the solstice, and they have every right to do so. I have pointed out, too many times, that your little babe was not born on Dec. 25th. Other gods were, so perhaps they are celebrating those births, who knows? Anyroad, you dont have a lock on this holiday. You know it has pagan roots, you dont care, you like it anyway. You dont care about the commercialism, you like it anyway. Oh, those are bad, but that is not what is destroying Christianity in America.

Suddenly, it hit me. The Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes.

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17:55

POTUS Trump Signs Tax Bill Into Law Leaves Swamp For Mar-a-Lago (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Senate approved Trumps tax bill 51-48 in a midnight showdown earlier this week.

This is the biggest tax overhaul in 30 years.

 President Trump signed the tax bill into law Friday before heading to Mar-a-Lago.

POTUS Trump touted all of the perks in the tax bill. Trillions of dollars will be returning to the US from overseas:

President Trump also blasted Democrats on Twitter saying they only want to raise your taxes!

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted, . delivers. Tax cuts signed. Economy booming. America winning again!

A quick recap of the positive res...

17:54

Palestinians Celebrate United Nations Vote On Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

n an emergency session, the overwhelming majority of the worlds nations at the UN General Assembly voted 128-9 in favor of a resolution calling on the United States to overturn its decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital. This collective act of defiance took place despite threats from Trumps ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, to take names of countries voting against the United States and Israel, and threats by Trump to cut US aid to those countries. Israels ambassador to the UN accused the world bodys members of being puppets to the Palestinian puppet masters, following Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahus description of the UN as a house of lies.

17:53

Third world values and spaces to destroy Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad. "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Baltimore Murder Rate Surges Again In 2017 (Now Tied With Venezuela); Heres How Your City Fared [Like the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia proved, the end destination of socialism is a cataclysmic catastrophe. In countries like Venezuela, and North Korea, this is all too apparent. Leftists sympathizers across the globe and in America cant seem to []

17:53

Bitcoin bubble bursting? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Bitcoin is now below $12,300. Remember on Monday it was above $19,000 https://t.co/BfHQOZRsIa pic.twitter.com/KBCKfIxtcS Bloomberg (@business) December 22, 2017 This seemed inevitable, it was just a matter of when, and how many speculators get burned. Some people can make money for nothing, most dont. Bitcoin Tumbles More than 25% as Sharks Beginning to Circle []

17:52

USA - Parsons receives grant to bring back flouridation "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Parsons (KS)- Parsons receives a $35 thousand dollar grant to bring fluoridation back to the water treatment center.

The city stopped the process of adding fluoride to the water a few years ago after old pipes started to corrode. Once those issues were fixed, the additive was never re-introduced into the system.

The $35 thousand dollar grant is being provided by the National Association of County and City Health officials after the application was accepted. Parsons is now looking into more funding for the rest of the project.

"That's not going to cover all the costs, so right now staff is preparing a budget to show what the whole cost would be. That will go in front of the city commission here in the next couple of weeks, says Jim Zaleski, City of Parsons.

The next city commissioners meeting will be held Thursday, December 28th.

17:50

World Repudiates US Over Jerusalem Despite Haleys Pre-Vote Bullying and Temper Tantrum on UN Stage "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

In a speech one critic likened to a bully throwing a temper tantrum on the world stage, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Thursday slammed U.N. member states for refusing to line up in support of President Donald Trumps decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and threatened to withdraw funding if America continues to be disrespected.

The United States will remember this day in which it was singled out for attack in the General Assembly for the very act of exercising our right as a sovereign nation, Haley declared in a speech at U.N. headquarters in New York. When a nation is singled out for attack in this organization that nation is disrespected. Whats more, that nation is asked to pay for the privilege of being disrespected. In the case of the U.S. we are asked to pay more than anyone else for that dubious privilege.

Watch:

Despite Haleys threatsand her complaint that the U.S. isnt seeing sufficient return on its investmentthe U.N. General Assembly voted 128-9 to declare Trumps Jerusalem move null and void. Guatemala, Togo, Honduras, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, and Palau voted with the U.S and Israel against the resolution. Canada was among the 35 nations that abstentions.

The General Assemblys overwhelming rebuke of the Trump administration came just a day after Haley warned in a Facebook post that yes, the U.S. will be taking names during the vote.

 

17:49

How to Get Away With Bankruptcy Fraud "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The boxy building that houses JC Foreclosure Service doesnt look like much. Drive past, and you might miss it among the gas stations and body shops and small homes here in Bell, a working class, Hispanic enclave in the south part of Los Angeles County. The only thing that might catch your attention is the bold red writing on the front window that says, in Spanish, WE MODIFY YOUR LOAN. EVICTIONS. BANKRUPTCIES.

But inside, a kind of magic happens. The owner of the business, Carlos Baez, is a master of a Los Angeles art: contorting bankruptcy into a tool for profit. When his clients come to him, desperate to stay in their homes, he can promise help as long as they keep paying him by harnessing the power of bankruptcy to stop foreclosure. Baez is not a lawyer and records show the hundreds of cases hes filed are often shoddily prepared and thrown out within a few months. But actually winning lasting debt relief for his clients isnt the point. The goal is to buy time which he does again and again.

Of course, there are laws to prevent such abuse of the system. If someone files again and again, bankruptcys protections can be revoked. But Baez has another technique he often uses. On paper, his clients appear to transfer ownership in their homes to a group of people who get 5 percent apiece. Its a trick that can turn one homeowner into four homeowners, each of whom can file for bankruptcy, one after the other. It doesnt matter if these new homeowners are real. By the time a flesh-and-blood person must appear at a hearing, a month or two has passed. Then the case is dismissed and a new homeowner comes forward. Rinse and repeat.

With tricks like this, foreclosure can be kept at bay for months and sometimes years. Its the kind of brazen fraud one would expect to be swiftly spotted and punished. But this is Los Angeles, where Baez is not a remarkable innovator, but merely one more practitioner in a decades-old local industry. Hes been at it for more than 10 years. Its hard to keep track of all the bankruptcy laws hes broken and based on his answers to my questions, he wont be stopping anytime soon. Hes helping his clients, he says, and thats what bankruptcy is for.

I came to Los Angeles because national filing data showed something remarkable was happening there. No other district in the country has anywhere close to the number of cases filed without an attorney as the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California, a warning sign because debtors generally fare much worse without legal representation. Digging deeper, our analysis found thousands of cases filed each year that bore the hallmarks of fraud.

Moreover, it turned out this is an open secret not only among the judges and cour...

17:49

Space Saver Dining Table and Chairs "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Space Saver Dining Table and Chairs - There are things that you want to bear in mind, if you're likely to get a simple seat. At this moment, this guide will offer you several tips that can allow you to meet with the seat you are searching for. So, just take a look at these advice. As the first step, you need to decide about the possible size limitations for the seat you are going to buy and also the maximum measurements can be in case, for example, you are likely to move your new chair through a narrow doorway or if you are likely to squeeze it into a small living space. This is very important particularly when tilted back with recliners, which should be pulled off from the wall and may also obstruct the traffic patterns.

The next step would be to carefully consider concerning the color since the chair will become a part of your decoration for several decades. You should select something which you may live with for extended time. Maybe, you can pick a neutral chair that can be upgraded with trendy pillow. The step you have to do is to get the idea about the sort of upholstery before you start to store it you want. In fact, the difficult leather could be excellent for the family with pets and toddlers. White cotton could be OK for adults.

The fourth step is to check the seat. It is possible to attempt to sit at the seat for many minutes in order to assess comfort. In any case, as you examine it, you will need to consider the textures of the feel of the fabric. The scratchy or itchy material must be passed by. The previous step is to check if this fabric's pattern is matched. The pattern onto the rear area of the chair should lineup with the pattern onto the cushion, if it is a stripe print, plaid, and so on and also on down to the very front of seating base.

17:48

Kissingers Fingerprints All Over Trump's Foreign Policy "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Kissingers Fingerprints Are All Over Trump's Foreign Policy

Gilbert Doctorow
 
 
Those who believe that Donald Trump is witless, a moron to quote Rex Tillerson, were proven wrong on December 18 when the President released his National Security Strategy (NSS).  Those who believe that the Deep State operates entirely on its own, without taking any cues from incoming presidents were also proven wrong.
 
Going through this 68 page document issued in keeping with tradition by each administration at regular intervals, I find very important changes in language from where official America has been operating these past 25 years suggesting that, after all, Henry Kissinger has made a come-back and may well be this presidents mentor on international affairs, as seemed to be the case during the electoral campaign and into the first months following his inauguration, before the removal of Flynn and the running aground of Trumps foreign policy initiative in March.
 ...

17:48

KVM Forum "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

KVM Forum is an annual event that presents a rare opportunity for developers and users to meet, discuss the state of Linux virtualization technology, and plan for the challenges ahead.

Learn more

 

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17:46

In Major Blow To US, Pakistan Prepares To Abandon Dollar For Trade With China "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

TheLastAmericanVagabond.com

Pakistan is the latest country to jump on the anti-U.S. dollar bandwagon, Reuters reports. Pakistan is considering a proposal to replace the U.S. dollar with the Chinese yuan for bilateral trade between Pakistan and China. Between 2015 and 2016, bilateral trade between the two countries totaled $13.8 billion. According to Reuters, Pakistans Interior Minister, Ahsan Iqbal, []

The post In Major Blow To US, Pakistan Prepares To Abandon Dollar For Trade With China appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

17:44

VN bevestigt Palestijns recht op zelfbeschikking, land en grondstoffen "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

VN bevestigt Palestijns recht op zelfbeschikking, land en grondstoffen

Bij de Verenigde Naties ging deze week alle aandacht uit naar de resoluties over Jeruzalem. In stilte werden twee andere belangrijke resoluties aangenomen, die elementaire rechten van de Palestijnen bekrachtigen.
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17:42

Paul Craig Roberts 228 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Americas Collapsing Prestige

Americas Collapsing Prestige
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17:41

Open Source Summit Europe "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The leading conference for technologists and open source industry leaders

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17:40

New Study Linking Global Warming To Refugees Is Most Idiotic Use Of Statistics Seen In A Long Time "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

How do people who purport to be scientists come up with such illogical and ridiculous conclusions? Via Daily Caller: Global warming activists have seized upon a study purporting to link temperature changes to mass migration from the third world to Europe, in an apparent attempt to attack the Trump administration. The study, published Friday in []

17:40

Truth About Power and Capitalism "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Truth About Power and Capitalism: A Socialist Response to the Tax Bill

Friday, December 22, 2017 By Richard D. WolffTruthout | Op-Ed 
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17:40

Chinese Man Gets 5-Year Prison for Running 'Unauthorized' VPN Service "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

While continuing its crackdown on services that help Chinese citizens to bypass Great Firewall, Chinese authorities have sentenced a man to five-and-a-half years in prison for selling a VPN service without obtaining a proper license from the government. Earlier this year, the Chinese government announced a ban on "unauthorized" VPN services, making it mandatory for companies to obtain an

17:38

Anti-Trump demonstrators acquitted in Washington "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

This 21 December 2017 video from the USA says about itself:

In this Majority Report clip, we discuss how six defendants were found not guilty of all charges after being arrested for protesting Donald Trumps inauguration.

All six defendants in a crucial trial involving demonstrators arrested during President Donald Trumps inauguration were found not guilty of all charges on Thursday.

The trial of the six defendants Jennifer Armento, Oliver Harris, Brittne Lawson, Michelle Macchio, Christina Simmons and Alexei Wood began in mid-November. It raised major First Amendment issues and was seen as a bellwether that could determine whether the government will proceed with the prosecutions of many of the nearly 200 other defendants who have trials scheduled throughout the next year.

Despite Thursdays verdict, Justice Department prosecutors appeared ready to take all of the remaining defendants to trial.

Read more here.

By Patrick Martin in the USA:

Jury acquits all six defendants in first trial of Inauguration Day protesters

22 December 2017

A Washington DC jury has acquitted all six defendants of all charges against them, in the first trial of the victims of mass arrests by police during the inauguration of President Trump last January 20.

The so-called J20 defendants faced sentences of as long as 50 years in prison if they had been convicted on the seven counts each one faced, including two of rioting and five of destruction of property. Instead, the jury delivered not-guilty verdicts on all 42 separate counts. Judge Lynn Leibovitz previously dismissed one of the most serious charges, felony inciting to riot, for all six de...

17:35

"The separation of Church and State is no longer observed": Church plays same 'inglorious' role as in Nazi Germany - AfD leader "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Vast parts of the Christian Church in Germany are getting more involved in politics, taking on a role it had under the Third Reich, a top AfD politician has told clerics in response to their criticism of the right-wing party. "We now know that the official Churches, whether Evangelical [Protestant] or Catholic, are politicized through and through," Alice Weidel, Alternative for Germany Party (AfD) parliamentary group leader, told Focus magazine on Thursday. "The separation of Church and State is no longer observed." Apart from a "few exceptions," the Church now has "the same inglorious role [it] played in the Third Reich," she said. Weidel's harsh words came in response to comments by the Protestant Bishop Markus Droge, who questioned whether one "could credibly engage as a Christian in the AfD."

17:35

Embedded Linux Conference Europe "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

 
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17:34

Apple Faces Lawsuits Over Its Intentional Slowing of Older iPhones "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Via: Guardian: Apple is facing lawsuits over the revelations that it intentionally slows down older iPhones without user consent. Apple has admitted to slowing down the iPhone 6, 6S, 7 and SE when their batteries are either old, cold or have a low charge to prevent abrupt shutdowns. Two separate class-action lawsuits were filed Thursday, []

17:33

We Agree Assault Is Bad. Lets Agree on How to Punish It. "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

 

(OW)  Our national debate about sexual harassment and assault seems to be missing a bit of nuance. As a woman whos been sexually harassed and assaulted many times, heres how I see it.

Sexual predators arent the same as pigs. Roy Moore is a predator. His systematic, frequent pursuing of teenage girls at a shopping mall when he was in his 30s shows a pattern of intentional behavior. He was after children too young to consent to sex.

Film producer Harvey Weinstein, who systematically entrapped women trying to make it in the film industry, is a predator. A monstrous one.

Al Franken sounds like a pig.

A pig is the man who stares at your chest instead of your face when talking to you. A pig might try to touch you under the pretense of being friendly, or joking, or accidentally brushing up on you.

The pig might think hes being hilarious or just having good fun. He may even think hes flattering you. You should feel grateful he chose you as a woman worthy of his sexual attention.

The last pig I encountered smacked my behind. Twice. The first time it happened, I didnt know what to say. It wasnt OK, but what do you say?

As a woman Im socialized to always remain polite. Since I couldnt think of an appropriate, non-confrontational polite response, I said nothing.

The second time, I was ready. This wasnt OK, and I was willing to risk an unpleasant confrontation.

Dont do that, I said.

Why not? the man asked.

Because I didnt give you permission, I snapped back.

And? he said. He held up one finger, as if he were making a list and Id just given him one item but there had to be more.

What? No.

I didnt give you permission is the only reason I need. But I added, And were arent dating. He nodded, accepting my reasons. I was enraged. Dont touch my butt shouldnt require explanation or justification.

There seems to be a spectrum, from the small-time pig to the most heinous sexual predator. And different punishments fit different crimes. It also matters if the perpetrator apologizes, and if he stops the problematic behavior.

Yet the way were haphazardly applying consequences doesnt reflect the severity of the crime, the trustworthiness of the evidence, or the sincerity of the apology.

Donald Trump bragged about assaulting women, and many women have come forward to allege hes assaulted them, yet hes in the White House. Roy Moore pursued teenage girls when he...

17:32

Trump doubles down, praises Nikki and makes a fool of himself "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Arms crossed, like he is pouting.  Thinks being rich puts him above the (in this case, international) law. Pathetic. Here are the results of the vote:

17:31

The Best Albums of 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

As the old Confucian adage has it, it is a curse to be born into interesting times. But it is also a blessing, a blessing in the sense that some of the worlds finest art is borne out of personal and political struggle. Fraught blessings indeed, but as this year in music proves, the world is full of them: stirrings of hope, dreams, resistance and joy. If, as the poet Diane di Prima once put it, The only war that matters is the war against the imagination, then we can count many victories this year in its defense.

Vince Staples // Big Fish Theory

Vince Staples has spent the past couple of years carving out a special place in the rap universe all for himself. Perhaps the most charming and unreserved musician to offer cultural commentary for the likes of GQ and Pitchfork, hes never seemed to be one to hold back. With Big Fish Theory, Staples digs his heels deeper into his predilection for powerfully illustrating the black experience and the state of hip-hop, all while pushing his sound further into club and dance music. Of any album this year, Big Fish Theory is the one to really push your systems bass to its limits. The album title evokes the phrase big fish in a small pond and Staples is quickly establishing himself as a rapper with fewer and fewer peers.

Hurray for the Riff Raff // The Navigator 

Hurrays lead singer, Alynda Segarra, a Nuyorican who currently calls New Orleans home, delves into her complex background on this bluesy record a testament to soul-searching, radical transformation with a bit more of an electrical edge than her previous Americana records. The song Rican Beach is a subtle ode to Puerto Rican resistance. Living in the City finds Segarra singing of the joys and struggles of urban existence. The lyrics are simultaneously somehow abstract and intimate and are matched with a guitar part that perfectly evokes a line of taxi engines growling at a red light.

Converge // The Dusk In Us

Storied metalcore band Converge released their first album in five years in 2017, and it found them at possibly their most accessible. The Dusk In Us is loud, fast and full of wild time signatures, but moments of clarity bubble up through the noise. Lead vocalist Jacob Bannon made it a personal priority to be heard and understood this time around, while still pushing his vocals into cord shredding territory. Every instrument is mathematically precise and the band syncs together almost mechanically. When Bannon screams, You dont know what....

17:30

Americas NEXT victim Saudi Arabia? (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Americas NEXT victim Saudi Arabia? Video Inessa S As 2017 draws to a close, and the war in Syria is almost over this short doco looks at the next possible area of conflict in the Middle East....

The post Americas NEXT victim Saudi Arabia? (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

17:30

Video Friday: Happy Robot Holidays, AI Folding Laundry, and RoboThespian's TED Talk "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos Image: PAL Robotics/YouTube Happy Robot Holidays!

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. Well also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next two months; heres what we have so far (send us your events!):

IEEE IRC 2018  January 31-2, 2018  Laguna Hills, Calif.
HRI 2018  March 5-8, 2018  Chicago, Ill.

Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy todays videos.


PAL Robotics StockBot and I share the same holiday party strategy: Find a corner to stand in, and slowly rotate.

PAL Robotics ]


At the Autonomous Systems Lab, the Robotic Systems Lab, and the Vision for Robotics Lab at ETH Zurich, sometimes robots do everything to fulfill a childs dream, even if that dream is of some freaky unicorn monster thing.

Cyclops robot Santa is the BEST Santa.

[ ETH Zurich ]


Happy holidays from UPenns resident robots: ESE puppy, Fetch, Spiral Zipper, Crazyflies, Tic Toc, Minitaur, and Turtlebot.

That self-wrapping Minitaur is adorbs.

[ GRASP Lab ]

Thanks Dinesh!


ArtiMinds Robotics has convinced me that cake should be a holiday staple. And not the gross fruit kind, I mean the kind with frosting.

[ ArtimMinds Robotics ]


Its not every Christmas that you see a B...

Joule Thief Steals in Favor of Christmas "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A lot of things tend to get stretched during the holiday season, like shopping budgets and waistbands and patience. This year, [Chris] is stretching the limits of both the mini breadboard and the humble 1.5 V LR44 coin cell with his joule thief-driven LED mini Christmas tree.

With the push of a micro momentary, the joule thief circuit squeezes enough power from an LR44 to boot an MSP430 microcontroller, which needs 1.8 V 3.6 V. After boot, the micro takes control of the joule thief circuit and milks it whenever the voltage falls below 3.2 V. This tree may be small in stature, but its feature-rich. A push of the same momentary button cycles through four different light shows, ending with a medley of all four. Be dazzled after the break.

The code for this tiny tree, which features an awesome ASCII breadboard layout and schematic, is up on GitHub. [Chris] has it listed among a few other manageable bare-metal 430 projects that would be great for beginners at pure C. If that sounds like you, why not give yourself the gift of learning a new language?

Weve seen some spirited ways of lighting LEDs, but doing it with candle power takes the fruitcake.


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17:27

Swedish Gang Rapes: Hundreds Protest After Third Attack In Weeks Leaves 17-Year-Old Hospitalized "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Hundreds took to the streets in the southern Swedish town of Malmo this week to protest the governments response to a three brutal gang rapes of teenage girls over a three week period  the most recent of which took place in a playground last Saturday and left a 17-year-old girl hospitalized. 

Authorities havent disclosed the identity of the suspect(s) and have offered scant details of the attack though it has been described by authorities as particularly brutal, with unconfirmed reports on social media claiming the victim had lighter fluid poured in her vagina and set on fire.

We have been policemen for a long time, several of us, I have been working for 35 years, and we have not had such a thing before. Youve really crossed a border, its a very unusual treatment, says Inner Police Commander Mats Attin to SVT News Skene. SVT (translated)

Attin adds that the 17-year-old victim was exposed to a special ruthlessness, during the violent encounter, however he did not go into further detail. We have received information from the public that we find very interesting. This is a horrendous crime, said Anders Nilsson who is leading the preliminary investigation.

Police say that there is no obvious connection between the incidents, which all took place between midnight and 3am, at playgrounds, in which the assailants were all young men and unknown to their teenage victims, reports SVT.  The DNA of the perpetrators has been sent off for analysis, with police hoping to receive answers during the Christmas holidays.

Swedish authorities initially told residents not to worry, however they changed their tune in light of mounting public outrage telling local women These predators focus on single women who move themselves outside, adding Its about common sense. We are not warni...

17:25

Silence. "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Illustrations to Tales of Mystery and Imagination, by Edgar Allen Poe, by Harry Clarke, 1919. Click for full size.

But there was no voice throughout the vast, illimitable desert.

17:24

Two Bags of Cash for Boko Haram: The Untold Story of How Nigeria Freed Its Kidnapped Girls "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The fate of the Chibok schoolgirls sparked a global manhunt, a social-media sensation and a secret negotiation

May 6, 2017

The convoy of Land Cruisers rattled down a dusty road near Nigerias border with Cameroon, plunging into the remote forest stronghold controlled by fighters from Boko Haram. If everything went to plan, they would arrive at the rendezvous point before 4 p.m.

Inside the trucks sat five captured fighters, freshly extracted from prison, the first piece of the governments proposed bargain. In a separate vehicle, according to people involved in the deal, a security detail guarded Nigerias principal concession to the Islamist terror group, a black duffel bag containing two million euros in plastic-wrapped cash.

The journey had started under a drizzling rain in a town torched by insurgents and bombed by jets during a decade of war. Lookouts were charting their progress, the passengers assumed, and the road was notorious for improvised explosives. One misstep could derail months of planning.

The two men most responsible for engineering this moment had split up that afternoon. For nearly three years, they had roamed the world together, organizing secret talks with Boko Haram. One of them was Zannah Mustapha, a former Nigerian barrister who had founded a school for orphans. He had listened to endless diatribes and broken up fights at the negotiating table. He had mourned when other deals collapsed in a hail of gunfire.

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17:24

Americas Collapsing Prestige "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Americas Collapsing Prestige

Paul Craig Roberts

The Niki Haley moron appointed as US ambassador to the UN by Trump to destroy Americas reputation in the world is today sucking her thumb. All her threats to cut off US money to countries that voted against Trumps illegal and unilateral action of establishing Jerusalem as Israels capital had no effect. The world gave Nikki and Trump the bird, voting 129 to 9 against the rogue governments of the US and Israel. The Chinese government referred to Trumps effort to impose Israels will on international law as typical American arrogance.

Wherever one looks, Washington is digging Americas grave. The Russians view Trumps, or rather the military/security complexs, national security speech the same as I do. Russian President Putin said that Washingtons strategy is definitely offensive and definitely aggressive. Russia has taken note, Putin said.

The world is fed up with Washington. If the fools governing us persist,
they are going to destroy themselves along with the rest of us.

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17:22

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Esl writing essay activities ought to stay. Creating skills even have business. Writing the 1st draft 7. The span article is employed broadly for various kinds of documents. Title should be participating and let it be apparent to some reader just what the composition will be about. It simply goes without saying that different assortments of essay might necessitate specific deflections in the essential article construction. Therefore, our composition sel businesses cover every distinct niche knowledge. The skills create a defined structure as well as to guarantee an appropriate circulation in your essay will certainly be represented within the mark you get. Even supposing its the instance the course does not request you to submit a paper, it may ask you to compose an essay assessment.

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Here are a number of outstanding essay issues that kids may possibly detect straightforward to compose. The development of the expert composition needs a great deal of knowledge type the writer, but the very first stage to understand as well as to recall might be the peculiarity of the essays construction. Writing is terrifying for a whole lot of studentsand men and women in general. Modern-day research is no Thing nevertheless a skill sorcerer. Its still increasing the variety of miracles day after day. Convincing writing may be decent alternative to get children interested on paper. The publication additionally is a wonderful gift and souvenir.

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17:22

WTH? Motive of Vegas Shooter May Take a Year to Release, Says FBI "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

An FBI official is now saying it may take until next October for law enforcement to tell us why Stephen Paddock gunned down hundreds of people from a Mandalay Bay hotel window leaving 58 dead.

WHY??

Las Vegas Review-Journal reported:

The chief of the FBIs Las Vegas office said he expects the agency to release a report on the Oct. 1 massacre before the tragedys first anniversary.

Now thats a long time for some people, but speaking for the FBI, thats light speed, all right? Special Agent in Charge Aaron Rouse said.

Rouse spoke with the Las Vegas Review-Journal during an extensive interview Wednesday at the FBIs Las Vegas office.

He said reports from other agencies that responded to the mass shooting are being released at different times.

The FBI official also says we may never know the motive of the Las Vegas shooter. Unbelievable.

I believe that there is one person and one person alone to blame for what happened on One October, and that is Stephen Paddock, Rouse said.

During the course of the investigation, Rouse said, the FBI brought in about 400 different specialists to help catalog evidence.

This was the largest mass shooting in modern US history and law enforcement cant figure out his motive?

The Islamic State tripled down on their claim Paddock converted to Islam several months before he gunned down hundreds of people, however; law enforcement quickly debunked this claim before they examined all of the evidence.

FBI official, Rouse denied Paddock was radicalized by ISIS or had any affiliation with extremist groups or co-conspirators.

Vegas Sheriff Lombardo speculated Paddocks gambling problem may have factored into his motive for carrying out a mass shooting.

This case has everyone raising eyebrows as timelines have shifted many times. Mystery has also surrounded the security guard who was shot in the hallway at the Mandalay Bay.

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17:22

Police launch manhunt in Fresno California after series of random shootings on vehicles "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Police in California's Central Valley have launched a manhunt for at least one suspect after a series of 10 random shootings on vehicles left one woman wounded this holiday season, officials said on Thursday. Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims has warned the shooting attacks, which have occurred in her jurisdiction and neighboring Madera County, could turn deadly. "If this keeps going, it's going to be a matter of time before we have a murder investigation," Mims said at a news conference. "That's what we're trying to avoid." Witnesses described the suspect's vehicle as a dark colored pick-up truck with oversized tires, Mims said. The motive for the shootings is unknown, the Fresno County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

17:20

Border Wall Contractors Face Growing Boycotts From Dem-Led Cities "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Scummy Democrats. Via Fox News: As President Trump pushes forward with his promised U.S.-Mexico border wall, companies competing for the chance to work on the multi-billion-dollar project are facing mounting boycotts from local Democratic lawmakers moving to blacklist the border builders. Coordinated efforts have been launched in California, Arizona, Illinois, New York and Rhode Island []

17:20

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Is there any way we could have a thread for the more lightweight stuff like music and general chat? Do it here. Please no personal attacks or bickering. Anything abusive, provocative or inflammatory may be deleted.

17:18

Cinco polmicas de 2017 para saborear na ceia de Natal "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Ento Natal, e o grupo da famlia vai se materializar ao vivo e em cores na ceia. Entre a pergunta sobre os namoradinhos e a discusso sobre celulite da Anitta em seu novo clipe, o assunto pode virar o homem nu no museu ou a PEC do aborto. Isso sem falar daquele primo adolescente que pediu o livro do Bolsonaro no amigo oculto e do tio que acredita que racismo no existe.

Listamos alguns assuntos que renderam muitos textes nas redes sociais em 2017 para que voc possa se preparar e ter as melhores respostas para os parentes nessa data festiva.

A arte est nua

Em um curto espao de tempo, tivemos o encerramento da exposio Queermuseu Cartografias da Diferena na Arte Brasileira, a polmica sobre a performance de um artista nu no Museu de Arte Moderna de So Paulo e a discusso sobre a classificao etria da mostra Histria da Sexualidade, no Museu de Arte de So Paulo. Pedofilia e Zoofilia passaram a ser associadas teoria Queer. E o assunto foi parar na Comisso de Segurana Pblica e Combate ao Crime Organizado da Cmara dos Deputados ( sim, isso mesmo).

A patrulha teve patrocnio do incansvel Movimento Brasil Livre MBL. O grupo atacou a arte com o intuito de oferecer a soluo ( um candidato presidncia, provavelmente ) e ditar a pauta das redes sociais enquanto os acontecimentos em Braslia seguiam em segundo plano.

Racismo

No Brasil, o nico racismo reconhecido o reverso. Quando o preto abre a boca para denunciar algum ato racista real, taxado de vitimista e escuta logo que toda a sua argumentao no passa de mimimi. Afinal, somos todos humanos.

Quando Tas Arajo fala que pessoas mudam de calada quando veem seu filho negro, o ........

17:17

Health Benefits of Chia Seeds and Best Way to Incorporate into your Diet "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Health Benefits of Chia Seeds and Best Way to Incorporate into your Diet | chia | General Health

In Latin America, particularly Mexico, chia seeds have been prized for centuries.  Now, they are finally starting to be appreciated elsewhere as people across the world begin to discover just what these amazing little seeds have to offer.

Fiber, protein and nutrients galore

The three headline benefits of chia seeds address three of the most pressing health issues in modern society.

Fiber

Modern eating habits mean that many of us are probably getting less fiber than we should.  The fact is that foods such as breakfast cereals and breads may take time to chew, which is usually a good indication of a decent fiber content, but unless they are made with actual whole grains, then they are unlikely to have the sort of fiber level you may think.  Foods designed to be eaten on the go, such as burger buns and hot dog rolls and even many sandwich breads actually tend to be quite low in fiber.

Chia seeds are about one third fiber, which means that they can go a long way towards filling this gap and, indeed, filling our stomachs so we feel comfortably full and are less inclined to start snacking.  Whats particularly good about chia seeds is that they hold water, which also helps to keep us feeling full as well as to keep us hydrated.

Protein

Vegetarians and vegans have a particularly high need for protein from plant-based sources and even those who eat meat may wish to look for economical and healthy alternatives.  Chia seeds are about one seventh protein, which is enough to be a useful source, particularly given all their other health benefits.  Its worth noting that protein is also a very filling good group, which is another reason why chia seeds are so filling.

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17:17

Chicago WCKG radio station manager says UN troops already in Chicago. UN armored vehicles stored in State Dept warehouse in Maryland "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Chicago, a gun-control city ravaged by gun homicides, is in Cook County, Illinois. On December 14, 2017, in complete defiance of protocol and in violation of U.S. sovereignty, County Cook Commissioner Richard Boykin told CBS Chicago that were headed to Continue reading

17:16

Catalonia Election Results a Stinging Defeat For Spains Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy has said he is willing to talk with Catalonias new government after an electoral upset by separatists. Whether he is willing to meet with ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont is less clear.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (Reuters/S. Perez)

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Friday that he expects a new era based on dialogue with Catalonias new leaders after separatist parties won a parliamentary majority in Thursdays key regional election.

Speaking at a press conference in Madrid, Rajoy said he was willing to speak with the regions new leaders as long as they do not violate the Spanish Constitution.

He also ruled out the possibility of holding a new national election.

Infografik Catalonias way to independence

The results of Thursdays regional vote exposed the divide between the regions citizens concerning the issue of independence. A coalition of secessionist parties won a narrow absolute majority in the Catalan regional parliament during the election. However, the single party with the most seats was the pro-Madrid Citizens party.

Read moreSpain warns EU of Russian meddling in Catalan separatist movement

Rajoy brushes off Puigdemonts offer to meet

During Fridays press conference, Rajoy sidestepped a question on whether he would be willing to take up an invitation from ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont to meet following the election results.

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17:15

Media watch Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

23 December 2017 Media Watch is a focus on New Zealand media, blogs and social media. You can post any items of interested related to media. A primary aim here is to hold media to account in the political arena. A credible and questioning media is an essential part of a healthy democracy. A general []

17:14

Spains unionist prime minister has just given us an object lesson in how not to hold a country together "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

If ever a political leader has worked hard to dismember his own country, it is the Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy.

Provoking a crisis, pinning all on a regional election and refusing all concessions was a reckless gamble that stood no chance of achieving a consensus. A narrow majority for remainng in Spain would have been little better. You dont achieve national cohesion out of a zero sum game.

His crassest mistake was to criminalise the leaders of the biggest secessionist movement in Catalonia without even the excuse that they were apologists or protagonists  for violence like the Basque militants ETA and the Batasuna party. He cant even release the Catalan politicians from gaol and allow their leader Carles Puigdemont  back in the country to resume his presidency. Thats in the hands of the independent courts, not his.

Although it spills over into Catalonia, the  Basque country remained  quiet through the political turbulence. Why? Because its people were exhausted by decades of intermittent violence and a continually faltering peace process. When Eta hung up the guns, Madrid felt vindicated. The Basques seem satisfied with extensive tax autonomy.

This is what the Catalan majority  might have settled for. But a Madrid strapped for cash refused. Would sweeping tax powers now be too little, too late?

The election results makes a deal  fiendishly difficult. The combined independence movement retains its overall majority but with two fewer seats.

Combined unionists won the largest share of the vote and provide the largest party but no party won more than a quarter of the seats. The smallest and most militant seccessionists hold the balance of power.

Those of us with long memories of the Troubles shook our heads at the sight of baton-wielding Spanish police breaking into party offices and arresting duly elected Catalan government leaders.

For all its bitterness this happened to elected leaders opposed to violence in Ireland only at the height of the war of independence and when the anti-violence Arthur Griffith was among those  caught in the net.  ( I grant that Parnells earlier detention in Kilmainham in 1881 was doubtfully legal).  The first Dail was able to meet unmolested in the Mansion House. In more  recent times, local politicians from Hume to Paisley and Robinson  were arrested out of rioting and banned demonstrations with the latter two actually serving short prison sentences.

After 1974, British policy increasingly differentiated between the advocacy of violence and its practice, with Sinn Fein despite its dubious position on violence, eventually becoming the big beneficiary.

If the Catalan crisis persists, the threat of violence may well be....

17:12

Billiard Chairs for Sale "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Billiard Chairs for Sale - If your church chairs are due for replacement, you are able to tell. It is no secret that all worn chairs out isn't comfortable. They reflect poorly to a church and therefore are unappealing, as well as structurally unsound. Structurally seating can give way at any given time, hurting a congregation member or possibly embarrassing.

When buying church chairs, caliber is non-negotiable; it is always better to put money into a couple of rows of quality chairs that will endure for years to come instead of buy a space full of inexpensive chairs which will begin to fall apart at the seams by the moment they're first employed. When it comes to seating, you get what you purchase. As they will last more than lower quality chairs while quality chairs might not be cheap, they offer you a value. Investing in good chairs will provide your congregation a more comfortable environment and an worship experience.

It may be challenging in the event the church is financially overrun by other monetary obligations to obtain new church chairs. There are a couple of ideas that you may use in the face of a church budget that is tight to ensure that you are able to buy quality church chairs to your congregation.

17:12

FBI Informant's Misconduct Continued after Red Fawn was Jailed "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Informant Heath Harmon of Fort Berthold, North Dakota,owned revolver Red Fawn is charged with firing. Paid FBI informant engaged in intimate relationship with Red Fawn and continued intelligence gathering after Red Fawn was jailed Heath Harmon By Brenda Norrell Censored News Updated Dec. 22, 2017 The misconduct of paid FBI informant Heath Harmon, 46, of Fort Berthold, North Dakota,

17:11

Indigenous Pacific Conservationists to Follow on Twitter in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

This was a hard blog to write. It started with a tweet and a realization that there aren't a lot of people using Twitter in the Pacific.

I thought it would be an easy exercise to find indigenous people who work in Pacific conservation on Twitter. I can easily list off two dozen who have been on my payroll. And I've also met people at countless workshops and meetings I've attended in the region. Plus I have a huge family! Surely, they are all on Twitter, right?

That would be a negative, ghost rider. It's shocking how few conservation professionals in the Pacific are on Twitter. This isn't to say that folks in the islands aren't conducting science communication; Most of the people I know in the Pacific are on Facebook, and many are on Instagram. But the communities they work in don't share information the way we do here in Washington, DC. But without Twitter, they're not using what I consider to be the most popular social network with funding and granting communities, as well as the big academic and NGO institutions in more developed countries. The topic of why this is could be an entire blog unto itself, so I'll just stop there and get on with it.

So I decided to make a list. I hope that this is just a preliminary list, because I could use your help identifying more people.

I do have a few caveats. I will only list people who are currently active on Twitter. So people who have one tweet in the last three months don't make the list. Neither do people who syndicate their Facebook or Instagram feeds to Twitter. I want to link to people that are active on Twitter. And this is meant to be a list of people from the Pacific who are working on conservation in the Pacific. But not everyone is a strict conservationist, a few are politicians who have championed environmental causes. And they don't have to necessarily be indigenous (there's a Jamaican Hawaiian Jewish American from the Marianas on the list). And they don't have to be currently in the Pacific, as long as they are still working on conservation or in school. I also recognize that there are a whole lot of expatriot conservation practitioners in the region, and many of them are on Twitter. This is not that list. I'm trying to make a distinction here with people who are from the region (apologies, I hope yo...

17:11

De Facto Travel Restrictions Now Exist For Americans "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The United States is no longer a free country governed by a Constitution that protects civil liberty. Neither Russia nor China, much less an alliance between them, will accept Washington's hegemony. If the hubris-crazed fools in Washington persist, we are all going to die.

17:10

Discussing the Petroyuan with Alasdair Macleod (Podcast) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Discussing the Petroyuan with Alasdair Macleod Podcast TFMetals Report One of the key stories for 2018 will be the emerging petroyuan and the threat it will pose to the current monetary system and US dollar hegemony. Alasdair Macleod has...

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17:10

Open Forum Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

23 December 2017 This post is open to anyone to comment on any topic that isnt spam, illegal or offensive. All Your NZ posts are open but this one is for you to raise topics that interest you.  If providing opinions on or summaries of other information also provide a link to that information. Bloggers []

17:09

MACKAY Axe-wielding ice addicts paranoia led to police stand-off "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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17:09

Not quite the "last da Vinci": Two more paintings attributed to Leonardo surface since record-breaking sale of Salvator Mundi "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Before Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi sold at auction for a record-shattering $450.3 million, it was marketed around the world as "the last Da Vinci" in private hands. It turns out there is another-even two-out there. And at least one dealer thinks they could be worth as much as $200 million each. Both are smaller-scale, devotional paintings depicting the same image: the Virgin Mary with the Christ child in her lap. The baby is holding a cross-shaped stick used to wind yarn, which has inspired the shared name, The Madonna of the Yarnwinder. "They are both in private hands," said Martin Kemp, a da Vinci scholar and emeritus research professor of art history at Oxford University in the U.K. "I know both owners." (Christie's says they do not comment on works that are not consigned and stand behind their presentation of Salvator Mundi.)

17:09

Temer warns pension reform failure will hurt Brazils credibility "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Brazils President Michel Temer

Reuters

BRASILIA (Reuters) Brazils President Michel Temer warned on Friday the country would face economic volatility and loss of international credibility if a bill overhauling its costly social security system is not passed by Congress early next year.

Speaking to reporters, Temer acknowledged that corruption accusations had undermined his popularity and delayed passage of a pension reform bill that is now scheduled to be put to a vote on February 19.

He said his government would not support a candidate in the 2018 presidential elections that does not back pension reform.

Reporting by Anthony Boadle; Editing by Daniel Flynn


17:05

Police Have A Motive For Man Who Ran Down Shoppers In Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

But hes still not known to be a member of a terrorist group. Via Twitchy: As Twitchy reported early Thursday, a 32-year-old Australian citizen of Afghan descent was arrested after targeting Christmas shoppers with his car. Both the driver and a second man, who was photographing the aftermath of the attack and who also reportedly []

17:05

SOTT FOCUS: Manufacturing Dissent: The Guardian sez Russia Behind 'Online Conspiracy Theory About White Helmets' "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

On Monday a senior Guardian 'technology reporter' named Olivia Solon published the findings of her investigation into 'conspiracy theories' that the White Helmets 'Syrian civil defense' organization is an outreach of terrorist groups in Syria managed to dominate online discussion. The result was an incredible hit-piece against alternative media sites - particularly 21st Century Wire, which published original research by journalist Vanessa Beeley - whose work has done much to expose Western lies about the war in Syria. And it's all ultimately Russia's fault, of course... How Syria's White Helmets became victims of an online propaganda machine The Russia-backed campaign to link the volunteer rescuers with al-Qaida exposes how conspiracy theories take root: 'It's like a factory' Reading just the headline and first paragraph, you've already caught the gist of it. Solon constructs a tale about a grand conspiracy involving "anti-imperialist activists, conspiracy theorists and trolls with the support of the Russian government" to account for why people believe the alternative (and largely accurate) narrative about the White Helmets over the official, Western narrative that the While Helmets are actually 'white knights saving Syrians from their evil government'.

17:02

Jonathan Jackson How I became Orthodox "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Jonathan Jackson How I became Orthodox Holywood actor, recipient of five Emmy Awards, at an interview given in Pemptousia during his recent visit to the Monastery of Vatopedi Mount

17:02

RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan ridicules "false and obsolete" intel report which forced RT America to register as foreign agent "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The US Department of Justice based its decision to demand RT America register as a foreign agent on the intelligence community's report accusing RT of influencing the 2016 election, a DOJ official said. The report, issued by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) in January 2017, "was certainly relevant to our decision to examine them more recently," National Security Division Deputy Assistant Attorney General Adam Hickey told reporters on Thursday. He cited no other factors that contributed to the decision. "Thank you DOJ for finally confirming what many have suspected, about how the sausage is made: RT America was forced to register as a foreign agent at least partially on the basis of a report filled with false facts, obsolete data and blatant errors," said RT's editor-in-chief, Margarita Simonyan.

17:00

Fletch I Want To Believe "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Words for Thads SEO standards. Must type words for internet. Not wanting to over abstract the art that is already overly abstracted. This is already meta meta. Is this enough meta description yet?... The post Fletch I Want To Believe appeared first on disinformation.

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17:00

A Fairly Normal Fall "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

We have had some warm periods and some cool ones.   Some wet periods and some dry ones. 

But looking at the entire fall, everywhere came out in the wash, leaving us with a fairly typical fall.

As we will see there is an important message in all this:  the weather on a particular day is often not "normal" but that is itself "normal", with mean conditions for a particularly date averaged over above-normal and below-normal gyrations of past years.

Consider temperatures during the past 12 weeks at Seattle-Tacoma Airport (below).  The purple and blue lines show the average maximum and minimum temperatures, respectively.   We had some warmer than normal periods, but almost the same number of below-normal ones.   This is what a normal fall looks like temperature-wise.

Did we approach or exceed some daily temperature records?   Yes, as shown below, with purple dots being the daily high and the blue dots the daily low records for Seattle-Tacoma Airport.  Sea Tac achieved a daily high record in early November and tied some low records earlier in the period. 
Keep in mind that it is normal to break some daily records...we do this all the time. 

Why is it normal?  Because there is a certain amount of random variability in the weather/climate systems and sometimes the requirements for unusual events just come together naturally.

What about precipitation?  Similar points.  Below is the cumulative precipitation at Sea-Tac, with observed shown by purple and "normal" by the blue line.  This fall is ending up slightly wetter than

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17:00

BITCOIN, GOLD, SILVER, STOCKS, BONDS (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

BITCOIN, GOLD, SILVER, STOCKS, BONDS Video Gregory Mannarino Click here to sign up for The Daily Coin FREE newsletter covering precious metals, war, health and prepper suggestions! Video Source

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17:00

A Merrier Christmas Sales Season "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Kurt Kallaus Our theme that a new business cycle expansion began in 2016 is easy to see when looking at the renewed strength in the basic industrial and material sectors, which we have highlighted in past newsletters. Less obviousand just as important however...

16:59

What We Can Do Now "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Where is the revolution? Where is the outrage and disgust with what the United States has become and what domestic and global horrors are being legislated in our names and inflicted upon us daily ? What can we do about it that will not land us in prison? Here are a few thoughts:

16:57

Hameed Ali Did Not Surpass Dikko Indes Record As Comptroller General "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Very Funny that I woke up this morning to see Buharis supporters celebrating that Col. Hameed Ali of the Nigerian More

16:57

The most vaccinated & most unhealthy state in the United States: Mississippi "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

I came across a very odd opinion piece last week in the Daily Beast by pediatrician Paul Offit, MD of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, PA. The article is titled "The Unhealthiest State in America Has the Best Vaccination Rate," and it opened by referencing a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) providing a state-by-state comparison of vaccination rates children in kindergarten during the 2016-17 school year.1,2 Dr. Offit is a well-known vaccine developer, mandatory vaccination proponent and spokesperson for the vaccine industry, so the title of his piece would seem to pose a conundrum for him. I was curious to see just how he would explain how the unhealthiest population in the nation is also the most highly vaccinated with a 99.4 percent vaccination rate among kindergarten children. I assumed that he would simply disassociate the two and proceed to give a long list of reasons (other than vaccination) why Mississippians are so unhealthy, such a high incidence of poverty, poor nutrition, polluted natural resources, etc.

16:57

The changing situation in Libya: Marshal Khalifa Haftar goes on the offensive "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

On 18 December, the Supreme Commander of the Libyan Army, Marshal Khalifa Haftar announced the expiration of the Skhirat Agreement on the subject of national reconciliation, signed on 17 Dec 2015 under the auspices of the United Nations. One of its participants was the government of Fayez al-Sarraj, which lacked support from Parliament and the Libyan armed forces. The agreement, signed in Morocco, was renewable only once and provided for the formation of a government and was agreed to by all parties for a period of one year. Despite the fact that F. al-Sarraj's government's term ended on December 17, the UN Security Council stressed that the Skhirat Agreement should remain the only method of resolution of the current crisis in Libya until the general election next year. In a speech on television, which took less than seven minutes, Haftar said: "the legality of this so-called political agreement has expired along with all the structures created with it. The armed forces will not follow the orders of any party that has not received its legitimacy from the Libyan people." The Field Marshal stressed that supreme command of the Libyan armed forces is in direct communication with the international community to resolve the Libyan situation and offers its vision of the political process and the holding of a general election. In this way, Haftar confirmed that henceforth, the government of F. al-Sarraj is illegal, having lost the two-year legitimacy it received in accordance with the Skhirat Agreement and that now all power has passed into the hands of the military. This means that the commander of the Libyan army is willing to go into an armed conflict with al-Sarraj if he decides to resist.

16:55

When the hustlers came calling - How the US swindled Russia in the early 1990s "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Due to a historic data-dump on December 10th, the biggest swindle that occurred in the 20th Century (or perhaps ever) is now proven as a historical fact; and this swindle was done by the US Government, against the Government and people of Russia, and it continues today and keeps getting worse under every US President. It was secretly started by US President George Herbert Walker Bush on the night of 24 February 1990; and, unless it becomes publicly recognized and repudiated so that it can stop, a nuclear war between the US and all of NATO on one side, versus Russia on the other, is inevitable unless Russia capitulates before then, which would be vastly less likely than such a world-ending nuclear war now is. This swindle has finally been displayed beyond question, by this, the first-ever complete release of the evidence. It demonstrates beyond any reasonable doubt (as you'll verify yourself from the evidence here), that US President G.H.W. Bush (and his team) lied through their teeth to Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev (and his team) to end the Cold War on Russia's side, when the US team were secretly determined never to end it on the US-and-NATO side until Russia itself is conquered. And this swindle continues today, and keeps getting worse and worse for Russians.

16:55

Congress Demands DOJ Turn Over Evidence Related To Obama-Hezbollah Drug Trafficking "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Congress has demanded that the Department of Justice turn over all documents related to a disturbing report from POLITICO that the Obama administration quashed a massive DEA investigation into a $200 million per month drug trafficking and money laundering scheme on U.S. soil which was directly funding Hezbollahs various terror campaigns around the world. Add []

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16:55

Vulture. "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Two fierce birds oppose each other in a circle. The Bestiary illustrators did not know vultures, so the bird tends to look similar to the eagle.

Text Translation:

Of vultures.  The vulture, it is thought, gets its name because it flies slowly. The fact is, it cannot fly swiftly because of the large size of its body. Vultures, like eagles, perceive corpses even beyond the sea. Indeed, flying at a great height, they see from on high many things which are hidden by the shadows of the mountains. It is said that vultures do not indulge in copulation and and are not united with the other sex in the conjugal act of marriage; that the females conceive without the male seed and give birth without union with the male; and that their offspring live to a great age, so that the course of their life extends to one hundred years, and that an early death does not readily overtake them.

What can they say, those people who are by nature accustomed to mock the mysteries of the Christian faith, when they hear that a virgin gave birth, yet maintain that childbirth is impossible for an unmarried woman, whose virginity is undefiled by intercourse with a man? What they do not deny is possible in vultures, they think is impossible in the mother of God. female bird gives birth without a male and no-one disputes it; but because Mary, betrothed as a virgin, gave birth, they question her chastity. Do we not make them aware that our Lord, from his very nature, affirms the truth?

Vultures regularly foretell from certain signs that men will die. This is one such sign, from which they learn and make ready: when opposing armies prepare for the lamentable event of war, the birds follow in a large flock, signifying by this that many will fall in battle to be the vultures prey. Again of vultures There is a path which no fowl knoweth, and which the vultures eye hath not seen (Job, 28:7). Who is meant here by the word bird if not he who by his ascension made a place in heaven for our fleshly body, which he assumed? Christ is also fittingly represented by the word vulture. The fact is, if a vulture, in flight, sees a corpse, it sets itself down to feed on it, and is often overtaken by death when it descends to the dead animal from a great height. It is right, therefore, that Christ, who was Gods mediator and our redeemer, should be signified by the name vulture. While remaining in the heights o...

16:52

Time to Take Nigeria Back! THIS REPUBLIC. By Shaka Momodu. "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

December 22, 2017 Fellow Nigerians, it is no longer in the realm of speculation that our reticent general would seek More

16:51

Boris Johnson confronts Moscow over allegations of Brexit meddling "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Boris Johnsons visit to Moscow descended into a slanging match as the Russians accused him of making up allegations of Brexit meddling in an ugly public disagreement.

Mr Johnsons trip to Moscow, the first undertaken by a UK foreign secretary in five years, was aimed at breaking the deadlock between the two nations.

But the Foreign secretary and his counterpart traded blows over allegations of Russian hacking in British elections as Mr Johnson became the first to officially call the nation out on its actions.

The extraordinary exchanges, which played out in front of journalists and diplomats, saw the two men accuse each other of being dishonest as Mr Lavrov claimed there had been no attempts to derail the British democratic process via cyber hacking.

Interrupting, Mr Johnson rejected the claim, stating instead that none of the attempts had been successful and pointedly referring to widespread Russian interference in elections around the world.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, right, meets his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, in Moscow
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, right, meets his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, in Moscow CREDIT:ANDREW PARSONS FOR THE TELEGRAPH
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16:50

Russia and China Challenge Dollar Domination "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Russia and China Challenge Dollar Domination Author: F. William Engdahl  Journal-NEO The Russian government has recently announced it will issue nearly $1 billion equivalent in state bonds, but denominated not in US dollars as is mostly the case. Rather it...

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16:50

OpenGL vs. Vulkan Linux Gaming Performance Ending Out 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

For those wondering how the Vulkan vs. OpenGL performance is for various Linux games as we near the end of 2017, here are some test results from the benchmark-friendly Linux games that offer both OpenGL and Vulkan renderers. Tests were done with two Radeon graphics cards and two NVIDIA graphics cards using the latest available Linux GPU drivers.

16:48

Daily Digest 12/22 - Good News Friday: Giving Thanks For The Winter Solstice, Designing For Access "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Daily Digest 12/22 - Good News Friday: Giving Thanks For The Winter Solstice, Designing For Access
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16:48

Fleeing the Empire State: New York losing residents to other states due to lack of opportunity, cost of living "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

New York over the past year continued to lose more residents to other states than it gained - even as the overall population grew slightly thanks to a continued influx of immigrants, Census data shows. During the 12-month period ending July 1, the state lost a net 190,508 residents to other states, according to the data. That pushed the net outmigration to over 1 million people since 2010 - the largest of any state, according to a review by the Empire Center, a fiscal watchdog group. The net loss since 2010 is actually less than the net migration outflow of nearly 1.6 million during the comparable period of 2000-07, the Empire Center's E.J. McMahon said in the review. "The stories continue to be a lack of economic opportunity upstate ... and downstate it's just cost," McMahon said. "The city and downstate can't hold people because there's not enough affordable living."

16:47

Graphic video of vehicular jihad attack in Melbourne, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Video footage from the Australian jihad attack yesterday . You know the 1 the authorities & media are attempting to cover up & blame on drugs pic.twitter.com/TjxO4MqlaR Tommy Robinson (@TRobinsonNewEra) December 22, 2017 Warning: the video does show people being mown down, albeit at a distance. Last June, the Islamic State published a []

16:46

When the Israeli Right and BDS activists agree "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Right-wingers like Miri Regev and BDS activists have come to the same conclusion: that after 50 years of occupation, it is impossible to separate the economy of the settlements from Israels economy as a whole.

Construction workers clear land for new caravans in the settlement of Ofra, West Bank, January 29, 2017. (Yaniv Nadav/Flash90)

Construction workers clear land for new caravans in the settlement of Ofra, West Bank, January 29, 2017. (Yaniv Nadav/Flash90)

The Israeli government is in the midst of an internal debate that mirrors a debate in left-wing and progressive circles worldwide: whether to boycott only the settlements or the Israeli economy as a whole.

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Just last week Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approved yet another economic agreement with the European Union, wherein the Israeli government de-facto agrees to boycott Jewish settlements in the occupied territories (or at least to cooperate with such a European boycott), by allowing only businesses within Israel proper to apply for grants for economic partnerships with businesses in European states.

The EU has been consistent about its policy of recognizing the Green Line, the pre-1967 Israeli border, as the sole boundary of Israeli legitimacy. On one side stands a sovereign state and a welcomed partner in trade and diplomacy; on the other, an illegitimate military occupation that violates international law. In the eyes of the EU and other supporters of selectively boycotting the settlements, these two sides of the Green Line are ostensibly unrelated. This is the distinction that Netanyahu, and his government, accepted (once again) by signing the agreement.

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16:45

Tropical Storm Unleashes Deadly Destruction on Philippines Four Years After Super Typhoon Haiyan "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

(GV)  Philippine officials reported that at least 46 people were killed while another 28 are still missing after tropical storm Kai-Tak (local name Urduja) battered Eastern Visayas, the region hardest hit by super typhoon Haiyan (local name Yolanda) four years ago.

Eastern Visayas is composed of the three main islands Biliran, Leyte, and Samar, which are the easternmost islands of the central Philippine island group of Visayas. Facing the Pacific Ocean to its east, the region is the typical entry point of tropical storms to the Philippines.

Most of the people killed or missing mostly by landslides, authorities say hail from the province of Biliran, which posted 25 dead and 25 missing people. Over 44,000 families have been evacuated and at least 16,000 passengers were stranded in various areas of the Philippines.

Tropical storm Kai-Tak caused damage to five bridges that effectively cut off Biliran from Leyte and the rest of the region, thus posing challenges on the bringing of heavy equipment and supplies to the island.

Activist Joshua Musico Sagdullas writes for Eastern Visayas-based alternative news site Eastern Vista to ask if the new government has learned any lesson at all from the devastation wrought by super typhoon Haiyan in November 2013:

What we expected was for the rain to pour and winds to howl, we thought work would be suspended for a day or two and some roads impassable due to slight debris pile up. We would never have thought the storm would cause evacuation-efforts spanning three regions or paralyzed the economy of close to three provinces in Eastern Visayas.

Netizens and journalists have used the hashtag #UrdujaPH on social media to give updates on the storm and post photos of its impact. Groups have also taken to social media to call for donations and disaster relief efforts, especially for some of the most affected areas like Biliran.

16:45

Waters: We Will Not Allow Unconscionable Fox News, GOP And Trump To Undermine Mueller "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Maxine has a brand-new bag. Via Breitbart: Thursday at the so-called #ProtectMueller press conference, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), said Fox News, President Donald Trump and right-wing Republicans were attempting to smear FBI special counsel Robert Muellers Russia investigation. Waters said, There are growing attempts by right-wing media, some Republican members of Congress and President Donald []

16:43

WATCH: Man Exposes Govt Conspiracy In Court and Is Swarmed by Cops, Tasered, Arrested "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

courtAs he was presenting evidence of widespread corruption and conspiracy in an Alaskan court, a 51-year-old man was tackled, tasered, and arrested.

16:42

US Foreign Aid: Bad for America, Bad for the World "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Thomas L. Knapp | Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy | December 21, 2017 Ahead of a vote in the United Nations General Assembly on a resolution condemning US recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital,  president Donald Trump and UN ambassador Nikki Haley threatened states voting for the resolution with the loss of US financial []

16:40

Taxes, trade and GDP "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Noah Smith has a good post on a topic thats getting a lot of attention in the blogosphere.  It seems that the recently enacted tax reform is likely to dramatically boost reported exports, without (necessarily) impacting actual exports at all:

Heres an example adapted from Guvenen et al.s paper. Suppose that NoahCorp produces the NoahPhone, using research, design and branding done in the U.S., then sells it to people in Japan. Normally, the revenue from that sale would be counted in U.S. exports. But in order to avoid paying corporate tax on the profits from the sale, NoahCorp sells its patents and brands to NoahCorp Ireland for a pittance. It then declares that the profit from the Japanese phone sale actually goes to the Ireland subsidiary, not the U.S. parent company. The parent then doesnt have to pay U.S. corporate tax. And the phone sale doesnt get counted in U.S. exports. . . .

The result of all this profit-shifting is that the U.S. trade deficit seems wider than it really is, while U.S. income on foreign investments gets overstated. It looks like the U.S. is really bad at selling things overseas, but very good at choosing its foreign investments. For many years, pundits believed that wise U.S. investing was partially making up for uncompetitive manufacturing now, it turns out that both of those stories might be different aspects of the same illusion.

With the new and lower corporate tax rate, companies will now be willing to declare this revenue as income from US exports.  And that could have political implications for an administration that is all about smoke and mirrors and marketing:

Nothing real will be changing, of course. The same phones will still be sold, and the same intellectual property will be created. But it will look like a huge win for the Donald Trump administration, which pledged to cut trade deficits.

Im a bit skeptical that this will work.  Unless Im mistaken, any gain in the trade account will be offset by deterioration in the services account as investment income declines, leaving the current account unaffected.  (Someone tell me if Ive made a mistake here.)  And its the current account that pundits focus on, not the trade account.

On the other hand, this would tend to boost reported GDP, without boosting actual GDP.  It will be interesting to see how large the effect will be, and how durable.  My hunch is that any boost to growth would be modest (below 1%) and temporary.

I dont worry at all about the President taking credit for things that are not real, as the public sees through the phony data.  When Trump took office he cla...

16:39

Saucer Chair for Adults "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Saucer Chair for Adults - There are a number of parts of furniture that every business needs: a good office chair to sit in, reception seats for your guests to wait for, a table to meet in, and conference seats to sit in during meetings. Whether you are currently working at a fortune 500 company or a small startup company, pretty much every business requires a set of conference chairs to finish their meeting area. A meeting space or A conference room is a location where workers and customers meet to go over ideas and strategies for your company, and these meetings could last for long periods of time. Whether it is your employees or your clients that'll be receiving the maximum use out of your seminar chairs, you need to be certain that they are comfy while seated. Conference chairs also give you the chance to provide your meeting room a professional appeal and also the ability to express your organization's culture. As with every other piece of timing, furniture and attention should be given to what kind of convention chair will be excellent for your business.

The first thing to keep in mind when purchasing a pair of conference chairs is the overall atmosphere of your business and your furniture. Does your office already have a modern style or is it more conventional in look? It is important to fully comprehend the essence of your business as well, for instance, if you're a law office that is famous for its professionalism and traditionalism, you would not wish to buy a pair of contemporary looking conference chairs to your meeting room. You would probably need to opt for a chair with leather that is and a wood trim to complete your traditional appearance. Be sure if your furniture and style are mismatched that may come off as inexpensive and unprofessional to match your office with a styling. Furniture truly has the capability to shape the way so it is important for them to depart with a positive feeling, your guests perceive your company.

After specifying the next step is to pick in. Leather is possibly the choice contains the broadest selection of styles to pick from and to choose. It is also quite a durable option, gives off a feeling of professionalism, and easy to clean. The only drawback to leather is the fact that it is pricey; if you will use your seminar space it could be better to go for a leather alternative that's more affordable. Vinyl is yet another choice that is broadly chosen than its leather counterpart yet looks almost identical, because it's normally a bit cheaper in price. Think about a mesh design or even a fabric.

16:38

Juan Gonzlez: De Blasio Reconsidered "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

When Juan Gonzlez retired last year from a long and distinguished career as a reporter, including 29 years at the New York Daily News, he didnt miss it. Forty years was enough, he said recently as we walked over to a Chelsea coffee shop following his morning stint co-hosting Democracy Now!. 

That may be. But Gonzlez still has an unerring instinct for where the big story may lie. This fall he came out with his fifth book, Reclaiming Gotham: Bill de Blasio and the Movement to End Americas Tale of Two Cities (New Press, 2017) that looks at the impact of New York Citys 109th mayor and other progressive urban leaders like him who have taken power in recent years. 

Where many on the left have been critical of de Blasio for his close ties to the real estate industry and his tepid attempts to reform the NYPD, Gonzlez argues that de Blasio has accomplished more for the working people of the city than any mayor since Fiorello LaGuardia in the 1930s. Nonetheless, he adds, de Blasio will need a hard push from activists to fulfill the most important items on his second-term agenda.   

John Tarleton: After 20 years of rule by Mayors Giuliani and Bloomberg, there was tremendous anticipation following Bill de Blasios 2013 election on the promise to address the Tale of Two Cities. How do you assess de Blasios performance so far as he prepares to begin a second term?

Juan Gonzlez: I place de Blasio in the context of a much broader movement that has erupted across the United States in recent years that has brought progressive mayors to power in a number of cities. De Blasio is not the most progressive of these elected officials. The difference is that de Blasio administers the largest city in America, a city that is the center of world capitalism, that directly employs more than 300,000 people and whose $82 billion annual budget exceeds that of many nations. So were talking about a huge administrative apparatus that is now being led by someone who espouses progressive views.

Cities today are the only hope for progressive politics.

I supported John Liu in the 2013 Democratic primary, not de Blasio. So I have actually been surprised by how much of a progressive agenda he has enacted universal pre-k, paid sick leave, increased minimum wage and much more. You would have to go back to Fiorello La Guardia in the 1930s to come up with a mayor who has directly and concretely affected the lives of ordinary New Yorkers at the level that de Blasio has.....

16:37

Arabic press review: Saudi Ritz Carlton prisoner dies after torture "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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And in Algeria, a diplomatic crisis with Saudi Arabia is averted

16:34

Argentinas Macri Fights a Political War on Two Fronts "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

 

Summary

Argentinian President Mauricio Macris government faces a backlash over pension reforms and the indictment of former President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner for treason.

Macris pension reforms are part of his plan to lower Argentinas deficit and ultimately revitalize its economy. However, the reforms have been met with violent protests on the streets of several major cities.

Kirchner was accused of treason for covering up Iranian government involvement in the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center an attack that killed 85 people. Kirchner and her supporters claim that the charges are false and constitute political persecution from the Macri government.

 

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16:34

BROKE=> DNC Closes November Millions in Debt, Lowest Fundraising in 10 Years "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Things are not looking good for the DNC.

Not only did they get hit with another FEC complaint this week, they closed November millions in debt after the lowest fundraising in 10 years.

In contrast, the RNC closed November with a surplus according to the FEC.

According to a report by The Daily Caller, this was the worst November for the DNC going back to 2007.

The DNC has struggled to raise money all year.

As previously reported, under the leadership of former Obama official Tom Perez, an FEC report revealed the DNC finished the month of June $3.3 million in debt.

Theyre broke. Just like their policies.

The DNC also got hit with another FEC complaint Monday.

The complaint alleges Hillary and the DNC used state chapters as strawmen to go around campaign donation limits and ultimately laundered the money back to her presidential campaign.

Hillary Clinton and the DNC were hit with their first FEC complaint in late October for hiding the Russia dossier payment.

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16:32

That UN Vote: "How are the mighty fallen" "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Prior to the vote which rejected the U.S. President's "gift" of Jerusalem to Israel, the U.S. Representative to the UN, Nikki Haley, warned nations that votes against the U.S. would be remembered. She added, "We will take names," sounding more like a Mafia Don than a diplomat...

16:32

Washingtons Pre-War Demonization Formula Is Targeting Iran, Again "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

WASHINGTON (Analysis) The United States has had Iran in its crosshairs for decades and current media coverage indicates that US-Iranian relations are only getting worse. In 1953, the CIA overthrew Irans democratically elected leader, Mohammed Mossadegh, and replaced him with a brutal U.S.- and U.K.-backed dictator, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. As is typically the case with covert CIA operations, the U.S. had other concerns when it made the decision to lead a coup against Irans democratically elected government and opted for a dictatorship instead. As explained by The Guardian:

Britain, and in particular Sir Anthony Eden, the foreign secretary, regarded Mosaddeq as a serious threat to its strategic and economic interests after the Iranian leader nationalised the British Anglo-Iranian Oil Company, latterly known as BP. But the U.K. needed U.S. support. The Eisenhower administration in Washington was easily persuaded.

The Shahs subsequent reign and stranglehold over Iran sowed the seeds of anti-Western discontent. The Iranian people overthrew the Shah in the historic 1979 revolution, and have almost completely rejected Western influence ever since. Shortly afterward, the U.S. backed Saddam Hussein in Iraq to take out Iran in a nonsensically brutal conflict that lasted close to a decade, nearly killing off an entire generation. Further, the U.S. knew Saddam Hussein was using chemical weapons against the Iranian people and enabled him to do so all the while secretly selling arms to the Iranians in order to maximize the death toll. 

As political analyst Noam Chomsky famously ...

16:30

Happy Holidays Versus Merry Christmas and Other Dumb Debates "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

As the world continues in a downward spiral, the season for dumb debates is in full swing. Christians are wasting energy on the same Happy Holidays versus Merry Christmas useless chatter. Since December 25 is not the actual day Christ was born, why not consider the fact that several holidays fall in December. In addition []

The post Happy Holidays Versus Merry Christmas and Other Dumb Debates appeared first on Guardian Liberty Voice.

16:30

Baltimore Officers Text Messages Offer Glimpse At Mindset After Freddie Gray Arrest, And As Prosecutors Zeroed In "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Another martyr for the cause created with a false narrative. Via Baltimore Sun: It was the day after Freddie Grays death from injuries suffered in Baltimore Police custody, and Officer Zach Novak who was involved but never charged in Grays arrest responded to a text message from another officer about how he was []

16:30

Cryptos Will Become Very Trendy in 2018 (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Cryptos Will Become Very Trendy in 2018 Video Silver Fortune Long Island Iced Teas name change to Long Blockchain, is just the beginning of cryptocurrencies becoming incredibly trendy. However, dont be surprised if there is more fluff to these...

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NFLs biggest audience of season cant save sagging ratings "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Too bad, so sad. Via NY Post: The NFL scored its biggest TV audience of the season in the Pittsburgh Steelers controversial loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday night but it wasnt enough to reverse overall viewership Continue reading

16:30

CRISPR Treatment for Some Inherited Forms of Lou Gehrig's Disease Tested in Mice "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

First step toward CRISPR cure of Lou Gehrig's disease

University of California, Berkeley scientists have for the first time used CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing to disable a defective gene that causes amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease, in mice, extending their lifespan by 25 percent.

[...] The mice were genetically engineered to express a mutated human gene that in humans causes about 20 percent of all inherited forms of the disease and about 2 percent of all cases of ALS worldwide. Though the genetic cause is not known for all cases of ALS, all are accompanied by the premature death of motor neurons in the brain stem and spinal cord. The neurons allow the brain to control muscles, so loss of this connection means loss of muscle control.

[...] The UC Berkeley research team used a virus that Schaffer's team engineered to seek out only motor neurons in the spinal cord and deliver a gene encoding the Cas9 protein into the nucleus. There, the gene was translated into the Cas9 protein, a molecular scissors that cut and disabled the mutant gene responsible for ALS.

In this case, Cas9 was programmed to knock out the mutated gene SOD1 (superoxide dismutase 1). The onset or start of the disease was delayed by almost five weeks, and mice treated by the gene therapy lived about a month longer than the typical four-month lifespan of mice with ALS. Healthy mice can live a couple of years.

Lou Gehrig's disease = amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

In vivo genome editing improves motor function and extends survival in a mouse model of ALS (open, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aar3952) (DX)

Previously: New Therapy Halts Progression of Lou Gehrig's Disease in Mice


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16:29

Study of Neutron-Star Merger Uncovers New Mystery: The Cocoon "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Astronomers have thought powerful cosmic explosions called short gamma ray bursts could be the handiwork of colliding neutron stars. A new study says not so quickly.

A hidden or 'choked' jet (white) powers a radio-emitting 'cocoon' (pink). Credit: NRAO/AUI/NSF: D. Berr

A hidden or choked jet (white) powers a radio-emitting cocoon (pink). Credit: NRAO/AUI/NSF: D. Berr

For the first time ever, humankind observed the dramatic collision and merger of two neutron stars on August 17, 2017. The spectacular event, whose progress was tracked by the gravitational-wave observatories in the US and Italy, produced a big explosion, released gravitational waves and unleashed a sea of radiation. Designated GW170817, the event has since been recognised as the breakthrough scientific discovery of the year by multiple science magazines.

The collision of two neutron stars is an unusual event because there are few other events in the universe that are equally energetic and also release gravitational waves and electromagnetic waves at the same time. So when they collide, astronomers doing all kinds of research want to get their hands on the data because it could tell us things there are few other opportunities to find out.

For example, GW170817 put to test one long-held idea about a kind of remarkably enormous explosion called short gamma ray bursts (SGRBs). The current understanding of SGRBs within the scientific community is that these phenomena may be related to neutron star mergers, Kunal Mooley, an astrophysicist at Oxford University, told The Wire.

Scientists have thought that colliding neutron stars are the main sources of SGRBs in the universe. These explosions are so bright, they tempora...

16:29

Chicago police say Facebook 'secret groups' used to sell guns, drugs "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Police in Chicago said on Thursday they have arrested 50 people suspected of using "secret groups" on Facebook to deal in guns and drugs, and have teamed up with the world's largest social media network to crack down on criminal trafficking online. Announcing the arrests at a news conference, Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson initially criticized Facebook as being unhelpful during a 10-month investigation by his department. "Quite frankly, they haven't been very friendly to law enforcement to prevent these things," he told reporters. However, police later said the department and the California-based company agreed to work collaboratively "to target any illegal activity on the platform."

16:26

Listen To These Timeless Christmas Poems, Essays, And Speeches "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

On this special edition of The Federalist Radio Hour, Ben Domenech, publisher of the Federalist, reads some of the most well-known writings of the Christmas season, as well a several lesser known poems and speeches from our countrys past.

Hark! Laughter like a lion wakes
To roar to the resounding plain.
And the whole heaven shouts and shakes,
For God Himself is born again,
And we are little children walking
Through the snow and rain.
-G.K. Chesterton

Listen to Christmas addresses from Churchill, Reagan, and Coolidge, as well as classic poems and essays from Chesterton, Dickens, Bohoeffer, R. C. Sproul and more.

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16:25

Hackers Spreading Digmine Monero Mining Malware via Facebook "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Waqas

If you frequently use Facebook Messenger then we advise that

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16:25

Israel has detained 148 Palestinian children since Trumps Jerusalem speech 2 weeks ago "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Violence / Detentions West Bank / Jerusalem

PPS:  490 Palestinians detained by Israeli forces since Trump decision on Jerusalem
BETHLEHEM (Maan) 20 Dec Israeli forces detained at least 28 Palestinians overnight between Tuesday and Wednesday from the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, according to official Palestinian and Israeli sources. The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) reported that 14 Palestinians were detained from the West Bank. According to the group, the Israeli army detained four Palestinians in Bethlehem, including a 15-year-old, three from the Hebron area, three from the Ramallah district, two from Jenin and two from the Nablus district. PPS added that Israeli police forces also detained 11 Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem.
The group said that as of Tuesday, the total number of Palestinians detained by Israeli forces since the beginning of the protests that followed US President Donald Trumps recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital was 490, including 148 minors and 11 women.
Israeli military raids into Palestinian cities, towns, and refugee camps are a near daily occurrence. Prisoners rights group Addameer recorded 6,198 Palestinians were detained by Israel as of October. The group has estimated that some 40 percent of Palestinian men will be detained by Israel at some point in their lives.
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80 Palestinians wounded by Israel in West Bank
MEMO 21 Dec Israeli occupation forces wounded 81 Palestinian protesters across the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem yesterday, the Anadolu Agency reported the Palestinian Red Crescent (PRC) saying. In a statement, the PRC said that its staff offered first aid to three Palestinians wounded with live ammunition and 23 others with rubber-coated steel bullets. Meanwhile, 43 Palestinian protesters suffered from suffocation due to the heavy tear gas fired at them by the Israeli occupation forces and 12 others suffered burns and bruises. Witnesses said Israeli occupation forces had a heavy-handed response to Palestinian protesters at the Qalandia checkpoint, near Ramallah, at Nabi Saleh village, Bab Al-Zawiyeh and Halhoul in Hebron, at Al-Naqqar area in Tulkarm and at the Israeli military checkpoint of Huwwara near Nablus.
Since 6 December, when the US President Donald Trump announced his administr...

16:24

Trump says US foolishly spent $7 trillion in the Middle East "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

After Jerusalem defeat at UN General Assembly, US president tweets it is time to start focusing funds on rebuilding America

By
Times of Israel

December 22, 2017 5:03 PM

US President Donald Trump speaks about tax reform legislation in the Grand Foyer of the White House in Washington, DC, December 13, 2017. (AFP/Saul Loeb)

US President Donald Trump speaks about tax reform legislation in the Grand Foyer of the White House in Washington, DC, December 13, 2017. (AFP/Saul Loeb)

US President Donald Trump said Friday it was time to focus funds on the US rather than foreign spending, tweeting: After having foolishly spent $7 trillion in the Middle East, it is time to start rebuilding our country!

The tweet came a day after Trump suffered a defeat at the United Nations General Assembly, which easily passed a resolution condemning his administrations recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital.

Trump had warned before the vote that the US could punish recipients of foreign aid who voted against the US at the General Assembly. On Wednesday he said countries take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars, and then they vote against us.

Well, were watching those votes. Let them vote against us, well save a lot. We dont care.

It was not clear whether Fridays tweet was in reference to this threat, as the full text focused on the need for bipartisan support for investment in infrastructure.

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16:22

Welcome to Our Newest Staff Member - Maru Chvez Fonseca "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Welcome to Our Newest Staff Member - Maru Chvez Fonseca

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Cultural Survival welcomes the newest member of our team, Maru Chvez Fonseca, as the Indigenous Rights Radio Program Manager. Cultural Survival's Indigenous Rights Radio producers bring the latest information on Indigenous Peoples' rights and how they are being implemented around the world. 

Maru grew up in the region of Los Tuxtlas, Veracruz, Mexico.  At age 15 she migrated to Mexico City to complete her studies at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). During Perestroika, a political movement for reformation within the Communist Party of the Soviet Union...

The Technology and The Problems of Employee Monitoring "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

There are hundreds of software and hardware solutions available on the market to monitor a vast array of activities. The price of user activity monitoring software ranges from several thousand dollars down to free.

Most solutions can log keystrokes typed, application and website usage, detailed file usage, incoming and outgoing chats and e-mails, internet connections, windows interacted with, internet packet data, desktop screenshots, software installations, and much more.

The software can present all activities logged in easy-to-read graphical reports. Employers can set specific alerts to notify management when an employee performs a certain action or is perhaps not meeting productivity goals. Keystroke monitoring is perhaps one of the most invasive types of monitoring.

There are programs that generate reports detailing every key pressed on a keyboard. The companies that make the appliances to monitor employees cite uses for their products to stop leaking sensitive information, stop breaking laws, stop violating company policies, limit legal liability, and to monitor and recover lost crucial communications to name a few.

Companies can implement easily and stealthily the advance monitoring systems allowing the employer to monitor workers without their knowledge. The corporation may install hardware devices at the firewall that will track all electronic transactions or can remotely install software made invisible to the computer user.

The technology to monitor an employees activities is extremely sophisticated and fully capable of exposing any action taken on a business computer. The practice of employee monitoring is in practice by large and small businesses throughout the world. It is also very important to note that employers are monitoring more than just computer usage, many also employ telephone and video monitoring.

According to California state law on California Public Utilities Commission, organizations monitoring phone calls are required to inform participants of the recording or monitoring of the conversation by either putting a beep tone on the line or playing a recorded message (1983, General Order 107-B).

Many companies also observe employees using video surveillance equipment. Over the last couple of decades, devices that they are completely oblivious to are recording an increasing number of events in every citizens daily lives. There is an all-out assault of tools including hardware, software, telephone systems, and video recordings that organizations are using to protect themselve...

16:20

Ron Paul Just Exposed How the New Tax Cuts Will Actually Hammer the Middle Class "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

tax cutsFormer Texas Congressman Ron Paul is calling out Congress for celebrating ostensible tax cutsthat will hammer middle-class Americans.

16:19

Flat Earth is a Flat tire for the Truth movement "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

 

yeah i said it.....you wanna red pill these blue pills? save flat earth for last...another thing that bothers me with the flat earth thing is that when it came it was all of a sudden everywhere overnight no slow growth no building momentum...just guys acting like us spitting out grapefruitseeds telling you this is what they dont want you to know....remember theyre studying our every move and constantly looking for smarter ways to deceive us all the time and this studying includes focusing on behavior patterns hand movement tone of voice all that makes something convincing and they're studying up on all that and using it against us...and they know that saying "the earth is flat" is a good way to shut down a mind that might have been opened otherwise. Flat earth may or may not be true ...that's not the issue the issue is what saying "the earth is flat" will do to the receptiveness of the listener.

16:18

U.N. Freedom Of Speech Expert Concerned About Net Neutrality "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

GENEVA (Reuters) - The U.N.s freedom of speech expert said on Wednesday he was concerned about the ramifications of a decision in the United States to roll back net neutrality, since it could lead to small and independent voices being drowned out on the web. Last week the U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal rules intended to ensure a free and open internet, setting up a court fight over a move that could recast the digital landscape. David Kaye, an American law professor and the U.N. Human Rights Councils independent expert on freedom of expression, said net neutrality, the idea that all internet traffic should be treated the same regardless of content, was essential.

16:17

New gift-wrapped UFO revelations from the Pentagon: whats going on? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

New gift-wrapped UFO revelations from the Pentagon: whats going on?

by Jon Rappoport

December 22, 2017

Youre walking through a sea of misinformation, disinformation, lies, speculation, goofball theoriesand suddenly, the wise men behind the curtain decide to reach out and hand you unvarnished facts that blow your mind. Whats going on?

We have an entirely new gambit in the UFO disclosure game.

From loudwire.com (Dec.21): [Musician Tom] DeLonge is currently working with former Pentagon official Luis Elizondo at To The Stars Academy of Arts & Science, which was founded by the ex-Blink guitarist. This is a new UFO research and merchandising outfit.

DeLonge has taken it upon himself to expose the truth about UFOs. His new partner, Luis Elizondo, used to work for the Pentagonand, boom, the mainstream press is suddenly telling us that Elizondo headed up a super-secret, $22 million a year Dept. of Defense UFO research group, from 2007 to 2012, the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program (AATIP).

According to the NY Times and The Independent, the program had, and still has, metal pieces from a UFO(s), has been studying the pieces, and doesnt knew what theyre made of.

The press has also just released a 2004 Dept. of Defense jackpot video purporting to show a US fighter jet off the coast of San Diego encountering a UFO, which hovers in place, wiggles, dances around, and suddenly zooms away at a shocking velocity.

The Independent: Commander David Fravor and Lieutenant Commander Jim Slaight were on a routine training mission 100 miles out into the Pacific when they were asked to investigate the object.

Commander Fravor told The New York Times the object was about 40ft long, had no plumes, wings or rotors, and outpaced their F-18s. It was big enough to churn the sea 50ft below it, he said.

My, my. All these revelations, all of a sudden. Bingo, bango, bongo.

Years of, We dont have any information, we dont have any comment on the subject, and then, out of the blue, Yes we do and here it is.

Let all the WHY NOW? speculations begin.

I would point out that, if this is a test to gauge public reaction to: THERE IS LIFE ELSEWHERE IN THE UNIVERSE AND A FEW OF THEM SHOWED UP HEREthe result of the test appears to be, so far: Are we having the beef stew again tonight?

This is interesting. People arent crowding into the streets and going wild. There are no parades. Presidents of countries arent holding major press conferences. I did read a piece about Trump drinking water again...

16:16

Italian police arrest 'ambulance of death' worker on suspicion of murdering patients "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Police on the Italian island of Sicily have arrested an ambulance worker suspected of killing people to earn money from a funeral parlour linked to the mafia. The man is alleged to have injected air into the veins of at least three terminally ill patients as they were transported back to their homes. He is said to have been paid 300 (265) for each corpse. Italian media have dubbed it the "ambulances of death" scandal. Police arrested the man after a contact, said to be a reformed mafia member, gave details to authorities in the city of Catania and to an investigative TV programme. The ambulance worker is charged with voluntary homicide.

16:15

Tiger Zinda Hai Will Make You Laugh at the Wrong Time for the Wrong Reason "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Big-budget mainstream entertainers dont usually rely on smart writing, but key plot turns in Tiger Zinda Hai, in place to magnify Salman Khans stardom, make no sense at all.

A still from Tiger Zinda Hai. Credit: YouTube

Tiger (Salman Khan) can do almost everything. He can intimidate and overpower wolves. He can shoot bullets, fire bazookas, ride a horse, drive a hummer, run fast, evade danger. But his resume lacks one quality: He doesnt know how to defuse a bomb. In Tiger Zinda Hais climax, an Indian nurse, Poorna (Anupriya Goenka), needs help, but Tiger, for a change, cant be the hero. Poorna, one among the 25 Indian nurses held captive by ISC (a militant group modeled on ISIS), has a bomb strapped to her. Tiger turns to Namit (Angad Bedi), his team member, an expert in defusing bomb, who says, This is not possible, sir.

Like most men, Tiger doesnt take no for an answer. Hes livid, scolding Namit to try harder. Namit does his best; he still says its impossible. Tiger, looking more ominous than the bomb, the very embodiment of Impossible says Im possible, finally tells Namit, Dekh in nurses ko! [look at these nurses], as if their distressed faces have codes of deactivating the bomb. Namit looks at them. Then Tiger says, Ho jaana chahiye [should be fine] to another team member and leaves. Tiger, as always, was right. Namit somehow finds a way to kill the bomb. Tigers resume has a new skill: motivational speaker.

This scene perfectly encapsulates Tiger Zinda Hai, which makes you laugh at the wrong time for the wrong reason. Khan is known for starring in action dramas where he vanquishes his enemies alone. But here the scale is ginormous: Khans Tiger is up against an ISIS-like group, feared by the armies and intelligence services of the world. But with some help...

16:15

Australia: Muslim who drove into crowd in Melbourne complained about mistreatment of Muslims after his arrest "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Police initially ruled out terrorism as a motive and said he was a mentally ill drug addict, despite the fact that a second Muslim was standing by with a bag full of knives. Now, however, reality is breaking through: We havent ruled out terrorism and we continue to explore it, said Victoria states acting police []

16:14

The Rebirth of Russias Global Interests "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

 

Several media outlets recently carried a curious, eyebrow-raising story concerning a particular shawarma restaurant in Gaza. The owner of the eatery, which is located in the Jabaliya refugee camp, offered a whopping 80% discount to North Korean nationals as a sign solidarity with the Pyongyang regime which has taken a more confrontational stance against not only the United States since the beginning of the Trump presidency likely to take advantage of Trumps background as a businessman in attempt to negotiate a favorable security treaty but against Israel as well, as seen in the exchange of strong words this past April. While it may be tempting for one to dismiss this interesting Gaza restaurant episode as merely stemming from more recent heightened geopolitical tensions both in the Middle East and Northeast Asia peripheries of Eurasia, the affection and strategic bond between the Palestinian liberation movement (the most publically known face of which is the Palestinian Liberation Organization PLO) and the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK) can be traced back decades to the dawn of international terrorism.  This restaurant episode offers a quick glimpse into a shadow nexus of terror midwifed in the Cold War geopolitical environment, with its keystone of former Soviet and now Russian strategic ambitions.

While the DPRK is often repeatedly described in the establishment media as a hermit kingdom, the term was originally a descriptor for the highly centralized and reclusive Joseon Korean regime that reigned for five centuries until it met its end in the early 20th century. Contrary to popular perception, the Stalinist Cold War reincarnation of the old despotic Neo-Confucian state is recognized as legitimate by the vast majority of governments across the world, despite only 24 states having established embassies in Pyongyang (as of October 2017). Conversely, 47 states officially host DPRK embassies. And indeed Pyongyang has in the decades past involved itself in various regional tensions around the world, more than it is commonly realized. The MENA region is no exception, with DPRK involvement often taking the form of arms transfers and training for the personnel of various underground terrorist groups, often themselves sponsored by the former Soviet Union, a mega-state entity that placed a high premium on the Middle East region with its wealth of resources and other vital interests.

Moscow had intelligence agents operating in Palestine immediately after the Russian Revolution.   However, Moscows interest in the region was heightened after the fou...

16:14

A Fight to the Death for the Elephants "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Via: Los Angeles Times: Kambale Mate huddled beneath a tangle of grass, looking up at bright stars in a moonless sky, a tumble of chaotic events cascading through his mind. Where were the other wildlife rangers, Jean de Dieu Matongo and Joel Meriko Ari? Were they alive? He had been a ranger for only five []

16:13

West grows wary of Chinas influence game "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Australias Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbulls attempt to paraphrase Chairman Mao last week was not just a mildly farcical example of political theatre. It also marked an important turning point in a decades-long debate over how the West should respond to Chinas rise.

Aodaliya renmin zhan qi lai! The Australian people have stood up, Mr Turnbull told reporters in mangled Mandarin a deliberate echo of Maos declaration in 1949 that the Chinese people had stood up, thus ending a century of humiliation at the hands of colonial aggressors.

Mr Turnbull was defending new Australian laws drafted this month which are designed to limit the influence of foreign governments and which have one particular target in mind the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

With only a brief pause following the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, most developed democracies have engaged with China since the late 1970s in the belief the country would integrate into the US-led global order and eventually become more like them.

But those assumptions are now under assault as the West belatedly realises China has no intention of opening up its political system. At the same time, there is growing disquiet over Beijings efforts to shape the way Western countries think about its authoritarian model.

In just the past two weeks, the intelligence services of Germany and New Zealand have publicly warned about the threat of Chinese espionage and influence operations in their countries. Last week, the US Congress held a hearing to discuss the long arm of China.

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16:12

Massive flooding hits Cagayan de Oro, Philippines following Storm Vinta "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Massive flooding, reminiscent of the deadly 2011 Tropical Storm Sendong, hit this city Friday morning, December 22, after Tropical Storm Vinta (international codename: Tembin) battered Mindanao Thursday night. The City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Department (CDRRMD) placed the city on red alert Friday morning as the Cagayan River reached its critical level. "It was like Sendong all over again, but only this happened in the morning," a resident said. Sendong (international codename: Washi) ravaged Northern Mindanao and Caraga regions on the night of December 16, 2011, leaving more than 1,200 people dead -- at least 900 bodies were found in Cagayan de Oro.

16:12

Justice Dept Claims Increasing Traffic Stops By 56% Decreases Violent Crimes "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

I kid you not they cant justify taxation by citation anymore because of historically low crime rates So now they resort to this!

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16:11

What is Trump's plan? Approval of lethal arms to Ukraine a sideways move to nowhere "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Washington Post reports President Donald Trump has approved providing lethal weapons to Ukraine's armed forces. Specifically, according to the report, the decision opens the door for delivery of items like Model M107A1 sniper systems and ammunition, plus associated parts and equipment, with a value of $41.5 million. At the same time, presidential approval is reportedly still being withheld from providing Javelin man-held anti-tank missiles, which Kiev also wants. The decision to provide lethal "defensive" weapons comports with repeated Congressional authorizations, passed with overwhelming bipartisan support since 2014. While former President Barack Obama declined to act on those authorities, President Trump evidently has now done so. With regard to the domestic political purposes of the decision, it seems to be another Trump effort to appear wisely Solomonic by "splitting the baby": look "strong" by making a muscular judgment but don't go all the way. It's the same ploy he used in recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital (but not yet moving the US embassy, which he could easily do by switching the plaques of the US Consulate General in West Jerusalem with the current embassy in Tel Aviv) and by "de-certifying" the Iran deal (but not pulling the US out of it, yet).

16:10

How To Build A Campfire With Wet Wood (Bushcraft Skills) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

How To Build A Campfire With Wet Wood (Bushcraft Skills) by Kelly S  The Survivalist Blog Survival is all about being prepared for any scenario that comes your way. You should have protections against wildlife; you should have the necessary equipment...

The post How To Build A Campfire With Wet Wood (Bushcraft Skills) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

16:10

Nethserver: An Ideal Server Platform for Your Small Business "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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16:09

MACKAY Mackay magistrates court mackay qld "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

MACKAY December 23, 2017 at 12:58AM ,

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MACKAY Warrnambool magistrates court list "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

MACKAY December 22, 2017 at 11:49AM ,

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16:09

MACKAY Car theft, burglary: Mackay man pleads guilty "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

MACKAY December 22, 2017 at 06:14AM ,

Car theft, burglary: Mackay man pleads guilty

December 22, 2017 at 06:14AM ,

A MACKAY thief who confessed to stealing a car from a community services organisation while on probation, along with a raft of other dishonesty offences, remains free on bail. Matthew Ronald Brown, 37, faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday. He entered guilty pleas to nine charges, including

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16:09

Internet Movement Will Make Net Neutrality 2018 Campaign Issue "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Now that the Federal Communications Commission has jettisoned its rules banning internet service providers from blocking or discriminating against lawful content, the issue is heading for Congress. And if the activists who first brought the issue into the limelight have a say, it will become an issue in the 2018 election campaign. Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Massachusetts) already announced plans to introduce a joint resolution to reverse the FCC's decision. Several advocacy groups, including Demand Progress, Free Press, and Fight for the Future are calling on Congress to pass it. It's a long shot: both houses of Congress and the president would need to sign on. But letting net neutrality die is politically risky for Republicans, some of whom are pushing for scaled-back consumer protections to replace the FCCs rules.

16:08

Pathogenic research: Scientists can now create air transmissible Ebola and other lethal viruses "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Three years ago, several mishaps occurred with vials of viruses that could have been potential bioweapons in the wrong hands. A moratorium on deadly virus creation was installed, but the ban was just reversed on Tuesday allowing scientists to begin manipulating benign pathogens into deadly, epidemic-worthy human disease. Not only do the scientists want permission to create with abandon, they'd like to keep the results secret - i.e., keep them unpublished so that the work doesn't get into "the wrong hands" and cause an act of bioterror... Now that the government has lifted the ban, scientists essentially have carte blanche to breed laboratory horrors.

16:08

432 Hz Unlocking The Magnificence Of The 3, 6 and 9, The Key To The Universe! "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

432 Hz Unlocking The Magnificence Of The 3, 6 and 9, The Key To The Universe! by Michael Lee Hill If you only knew the magnificence of the 3, 6 and 9, then you would have a key to...

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16:07

California cops investigating 10 random shootings targeting drivers "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Fresno and Madera County law officers are now investigating up to 10 shootings in which drivers are randomly fired upon, officials said Thursday. Detectives are looking for a dark-colored, four-wheel-drive pickup with oversize tires and an extended or crew cab, Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims said during a news conference Thursday morning. She was joined at the conference by Madera County Sheriff Jay Varney and California Highway Patrol Capt. Eric Johnson, commander for the Fresno area. Valley Crime Stoppers also upped the reward to $3,000 for anyone who provides information leading to an arrest. One person has been injured in the random shootings, a woman who sustained shrapnel wounds, apparently from broken glass. But, "If this keeps going, we are going to have a murder investigation," Mims warned. The initial round of shootings happened between Nov. 27 and Dec. 7 in Fresno and Madera counties. In each case, the victims said they heard loud bangs as a vehicle passed them heading the opposite direction. More have occurred since then.

16:07

Suspected Cleveland Gang Member Arrested In Connection With Hate Crime For Punching A Woman Simply For Being White "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The tables are slowly turning. Via Cleveland Com: A suspected gang member was arrested early Thursday in connection with an August incident in which he is accused of punching a 51-year-old woman in what police called a hate crime. Jermaine Hines Jr., 24, was arrested about 2 a.m. Thursday. Police have not released information regarding []

16:07

Vice President Pence: President Trump has put Pakistan on notice "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

For too long has Pakistan provided safe haven to the Taliban and many terrorist organisations, but those days are over. President Trump has put Pakistan on notice. As the President said, so I say now: Pakistan has much to gain from partnering with the United States, and Pakistan has much to lose by continuing to []

16:05

Scientific Bullshit How Science Is Used To Deceive The Public "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Did you know that there was a shocking study published in the Public Library of Science Journal, that foundup to 72% of scientists admitted their colleagues were engaged in questionable research practices, and just over 14% of them were engaged in outright falsification?[1] 

If thats not bad enough, between 1977 and 1990 the FDA found scientific flaws in 1020% of all the studies they audited.[2]

But it gets even worse; scientists at the Thousand Oaks biotech firm Amgen, set out to double-check the results of 53 landmark published studies in their fields of cancer research and blood biology.

What they found was shocking; only 6 of the 53 studies could be proven valid. Thats means almost 90% were flawed, yet passed off to the public as fact. [3]

In other words, theres a lot of scientific bullshit floating around my friends.

This becomes especially concerning when we consider how science seems to have replaced organized religion as the new authority that should blindly be obeyed in many ways.

People speak of it as if it is infallible, and anyone who questions the high priests of science are generally attacked, degraded, and dismissed as modern day heretics.

But science, just like any religion, is not a god that only speaks unadulterated Truth.

It is far from being infallible and is constantly in need of being updated, upgraded, challenged, revised, and changed, for the simple fact that science is subject to the narrow confines of mankinds tiny flawed human perception; which is forever growing and expanding and easily skewed by things like prejudice, pride, and corruption.

In and of itself, science is obviously inanimate and can do neither good nor bad because it has no mind of its own.

It is not a person, so we need to stop talking about science like it is a super hero. It is simply a vehicle that requires a driver, and the destination obviously differs from one driver to the next.

Source : New Kind Of Human

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16:04

Undocumented Youth Are Not Bargaining Chips, Say Dreamers Arrested on Capitol Hill "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Erika Andiola breathed a sign of relief as she walked outside of a Washington, D.C. jail on Wednesday night. She had spent five days there but avoided her worst nightmare being handed over to immigration authorities.

Andiola, 30, made national headlines when she was arrested on Capitol Hill last Friday along with a group of Dreamers, undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as minors who won protections under an Obama-era program rescinded by President Donald Trump. Capitol Police arrested the seven Dreamers and one ally, after they staged a sit-in outside the offices of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla. Andiola and her fellow protesters were on a hunger strike while in jail, and her Facebook post about being detained went viral over the weekend.

The group was demanding that Schumer and Curbelo vote against a must-pass federal spending bill unless it contains a measure known as the DREAM Act, which would bring protections for Dreamers, without any compromises on harsher immigration policies.

Our lives are at stake, said Andiola, a former presidential campaign staffer for Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in an interview with The Intercept minutes after she left jail. Undocumented youth are not bargaining chips.

We were very clear: Dont throw our Dreamers under the bus.

In a sign of intra-party tension on the issue, more than a dozen members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus followed the Dreamers lead and stormed Schumers office Thursday afternoon before demanding answers for the delay on measure addressing the Dreamers. Rep. Ral Grijalva, D-Ariz., told Bloomberg that Schumer had agreed more Senate Democrats should vote down the bill but said he feared the party being blamed for a government shutdown. We were very clear: Dont throw our Dreamers under the bus, Rep. Luis Gutirrez, D-Ill., said after the meeting.

On Thursday evening, a day after the Dreamer activists were released, Congress passed a temporary stopgap spending bill to avoid a government shutdown. The bill merely extends government funding until January 19 and did not include any measures on the Dreamers. Schumer and Curbelo kept their word by voting against the bill, but...

16:01

Coin Cells: The Mythical Milliamp-Hour "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Just how much metaphorical juice is in a coin cell battery? It turns out that this seemingly simple question is impossible to answer at least without a lot of additional information. The problem is that the total usable energy in a battery depends on how you try to get that energy out, and that is especially true of coin cells.

Energizer specs its 2032s at 0.2 mA

For instance, ask any manufacturer of the common 3 V lithium 2032 batteries, and theyll tell you that its got 230 mAh. That figure is essentially constant across brands and across individual cells, and if you pull a constant 0.2 mA from the battery, at room temperature and pressure, youll get a bit more than the expected 1,150 hours before it dips below the arbitrary voltage threshold of 2.0 V. Just as it says on the tin.

What if you want to do anything else with a coin cell? Run an LED for a decade? Pull all the energy out right now and attempt to start a car? We had these sorts of extreme antics in mind when we created the Coin Cell Challenge, but even if you just want to do something mundane like run a low-power radio sensor node for more than a day, youre going to need to learn something about the way coi...

16:01

A Review Of The Most Disturbing Events Of 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A Review Of The Most Disturbing Events Of 2017 | eye-sun | Sleuth Journal Special Interests US News War Propaganda World News

With events like the British vote to leave the EU, the peak of the mass Muslim immigration into Europe, the surprise (for some people) upset win of Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential election and the subsequent leftist riots, it may be difficult to top the absolute geopolitical and social mayhem of 2016. However, when examining recent history and ongoing trends, its important to understand that these shifts are often cumulative; they tend to build upon each other like sheets of ice on a mountainside, storing up energy for a great avalanche.

We witnessed what I would consider a moderate build up and avalanche in the economic world in 2008, and of course this merely set the stage for an evolving form of fiscal collapse for the ten years that followed. This time around though, that ongoing collapse will surface in the form of currency crisis and treasury bond crisis, as well as all the international tensions and conflicts that come with these financial atom bombs. If I was to define the year of 2017 and its place in the grand scheme, I would say it represents the moment that the path became obvious for the next decade, at least for those that have been paying attention.

There have been some incredible revelations this year, things that will change the face of global economics and international relations, but most them have gone unnoticed in the mainstream overall. Here are just a few of the earth shattering events that will lead to unprecedented instability in 2018, probably through to the year 2030.

Coup In Saudi Arabia

I outlined the implications of this powder keg in the Middle East in considerable detail in my articles Lies And Distractions Surrounding The Diminishing Petrodollar and Saudi Coup Signals War And Global Economic Reset. But, I dont think that the gravity of the situation is being taken seriously by very many people yet.

The rise of prince Mohammed Bin Salman to the status of dictator in the Saudi government is disturbing enoug...

16:01

UAE bans Tunisian female nationals from entering the country "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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The restriction applies to women and girls of all ages and those transferring in Dubai for onward flights to other destinations

16:00

Weekend long read "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

1) At the Jerusalem Post Lahav Harkov highlights an issue ignored by the BBC in all its generous coverage of the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas claims that he is a defender of Christian Arabs in areas under his control. He repeatedly said that Jerusalem is a Muslim and Christian but not Jewish holy city in his speech to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation last week.

But the Palestinians track record, even before putting a damper on Christmas this year, should leave Christians skeptical.

In 1950, the Christian population of the Bethlehem area was 86%, according to the National Catholic Reporter. Today, its only 12%, and Christians are only 2% of the Palestinian population, even though they were more than twice that a generation ago. The situation in Gaza, controlled by the terrorist group Hamas, is even worse. When Hamas took control in 2006, there were 6,000 Christians, and as of a year ago, there were 1,100. In Israel, the Christian population has stayed mostly stable at around 2%, growing by about 5,000 in the past 20 years.

2) Writing at the Globe and Mail, Matti Friedman describes the Jerusalem that BBC audiences never see....

16:00

MUST WATCH: Stefan Molyneux Interview (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

MUST WATCH: Stefan Molyneux Interview Video InfoWars Alex Jones and Stefan Molyneux cover the waterfront talking all things Christmas, Tax Cuts, and the battle to save Western Civilization from total, and complete, leftist annihilation. Click here to sign up for...

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16:00

Jesus Stood Up To The Roman Empire And Hed Resist US Empire Today "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Jesus is too much for us. The churchs later treatment of the gospels is one long effort to rescue Jesus from extremism.author Gary Wills, What Jesus Meant

OPINION The Christmas narrative of a baby born in a manger is a familiar one.

The Roman Empire, a police state in its own right, had ordered that a census be conducted. Joseph and his pregnant wife Mary traveled to the little town of Bethlehem so that they could be counted. There being no room for the couple at any of the inns, they stayed in a stable, where Mary gave birth to a baby boy, Jesus.

Unfortunately, Jesus was born into a police state not unlike the growing menace of the American police state. When he grew up, he had powerful, profound things to saythings that would change how we view people, alter government policies and change the world. Blessed are the merciful, Blessed are the peacemakers, and Love your enemies are just a few examples of his most profound and revolutionary teachings.

When confronted by those in authority, Jesus did not shy away from speaking truth to power. Indeed, his teachings undermined the political and religious establishment of his day. It cost him his life. He was eventually crucified as a warning to others not to challenge the powers-that-be.

Yet what if Jesus, the revered preacher, teacher, radical and prophet, had been born 2,000 years later? What if, instead of being born into the Roman police state, he had been born and raised in the American police state?

Consider the following if you will.

Had Jesus been born in the era of the America police state, rather than traveling to Bethlehem for a census, Jesus parents would have been mailed a 28-page American Community Survey, a mandatory government questionnairedocumenting their habits, household inhabitants, work schedule, how many toilets were in their home, etc. The penalty for not responding to this invasive survey can go as high as $5,000.

Instead of being born in a manger, Jesus might have been born at home. Rather than wise men and shepherds bringing gifts, however, t...

16:00

Toyota Could Become Teslas Next Big Headache "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Oil Price Toyota Motor Corp. is making a serious commitment to bringing electrified vehicles into its fleet. The move goes against the widely held perception that the Japanese automaker was taking a very different path...

Hacked Dog Pics Can Play Tricks on Computer Vision AI "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

An MIT student lab shows how to trick computer vision AI so it sees the wrong objects in pictures Photo: Dageldog/iStock

Tricking Googles computer vision AI into seeing a dog as a pair of human skiers may seem mostly harmless. But the possibilities become more unnerving when considering how hackers could trick a self-driving cars AI into seeing a plastic bag instead of a child up ahead. Or making future surveillance systems overlook a gun because they see it as a toy doll.

An independent AI research group run by MIT students has demonstrated a new way to fool the computer vision algorithms that enable AI systems to see the worldan approach that could prove up to 1000 times as fast as other existing ways of hacking black box systems whose inner workings remain hidden to outsiders. That idea of a black box perfectly describes the neural networks behind the deep learning algorithms enabling computer vision services for Google, Facebook, and other companies. In fact, the MIT team showed how its attack algorithm could readily trick Googles service to misclassify dogs and all sorts of objects.

In a new paper, Athalye and his colleagues at the  LabSix research group group describe how they exploited the Google Cloud Vision API that has been made publicly available to developers who want their programs to have the capability to perform  image labeling, face and landmark detection, optical character recognition (OCR), and tagging of explicit content.  But the LabSix group notes that any computer vision service that relies upon deep learning such as  Amazon Rekognition or Clarifais image classificationcould be vulnerable to their approach.

Its one thing to show that an algorithm works in controlled scientific settings, and another thing to show that it works against real-world systems, says Anish Athalye, a PhD candidate in computer science at MIT . Based on our experiments, we were fairly confident that we should be able to break Google Cloud Vision, but its always cool to see it actually work in practice.

The black b...

15:59

Racing the Machine "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Economists have always believed that previous waves of job destruction led to an equilibrium between supply and demand in the labor market at a higher level of both employment and earnings. But if robots can actually replace, not just displace, humans, it is hard to see an equilibrium point until the human race itself becomes redundant.

15:58

Haley: US being asked to pay for the privilege of being disrespected, threatens to cut off funding to UN "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Brava. Long overdue. Why should we subsidize our enemies? The US should withdraw from the UN and expel it from New York. Haley at U.N.: The U.S. Will Remember This Day When It Was Singled Out and Attacked, by Conor Beck, Washington Free Beacon, December 21, 2017: U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley []

15:57

PERTH Record billion dollar haul of methamphetamine seized in Australia drugs bust "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Record billion dollar haul of methamphetamine seized in Australia drugs bust .

December 22, 2017 at 06:26PM .

nearby and we are watching. Police have charged the men, each of whom faces a maximum penalty of life in prison. The two men charged in Perth are scheduled to appear in Perth Magistrates Court today, while the six men charged in Geraldton will appear in Perth Magistrates Court on 17 January.

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://newburghgazette.com/2017/12/22/record-billion-dollar-haul-of-methamphetamine-seized-in/&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNFUdbnR9XmGEZhLhLcWecM52nOyqQ

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PERTH Australias biggest ever methamphetamine haul sees 1.2 tonnes of the drug seized at Geraldton "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Australias biggest ever methamphetamine haul sees 1.2 tonnes of the drug seized at Geraldton .

December 22, 2017 at 01:15PM .

Sean Michael Dolman and Stephen John Baxter, both 37, appeared briefly in the Perth Magistrates Court this morning and were not required to plead to a charge of importing a commercial quantity of a border-controlled drug. Neither of them applied for bail and they were remanded in custody to appear

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-22/huge-methamphetamine-raid-off-geraldton/9280172&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNEVq1XoCkHvlXcb29ahhP4bVZg3PQ

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15:57

PERTH Drugs worth $1 billion seized in massive meth bust "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Drugs worth $1 billion seized in massive meth bust .

December 22, 2017 at 01:09PM .

Two men from South Australia, Stephen John Baxter and Sean Michael Dolman, both aged 37, were later arrested at a hotel in Hillarys in northern Perth and charged for their alleged involvement in the drug importation. They appeared in Perth Magistrates Court today, where they were not required to

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/drugs-worth-1-billion-seized-in-massive-meth-bust/news-story/430d6155c92c6df5434708f469fc97c1&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNFi_QisPb7HYBviKADciSEtOsjAlA

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15:57

PERTH Biggest meth haul in Australian history seized in WA "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Biggest meth haul in Australian history seized in WA .

December 22, 2017 at 05:52PM .

Two 37-year-old South Australian men, Stephen John Baxter and Sean Michael Dolman, were later arrested at a Perth hotel and appeared briefly in Perth magistrates court on Friday. The other six men appeared in Geraldton magistrates court. Australian federal police deputy commissioner of operations

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/dec/22/biggest-meth-haul-in-australian-history-seized-in-wa&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNE56Z5HuPPo96mTc2p5nUuJYE09RA

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PERTH Eight arrested and 1.2 tonnes of methamphetamine seized in WA "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Eight arrested and 1.2 tonnes of methamphetamine seized in WA .

December 22, 2017 at 05:18PM .

criminals should always assume we are nearby and we are watching. All eight men have been remanded in custody. The two men charged in Perth are scheduled to appear in Perth Magistrates Court today, while the six men charged in Geraldton will appear in Perth Magistrates Court on 17 January.

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://tenplay.com.au/news/national/december-2017/eight-arrested-and-1-2-tonnes-of-methamphetamine-seized-in-wa&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNEovKgtgi7LODPazpLYGh28tNqLXg

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PERTH Four NSW men charged over record 1.2 tonnes of meth in WA "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Four NSW men charged over record 1.2 tonnes of meth in WA .

December 22, 2017 at 04:38PM .

More than 4000 kilometres from home and under the cover of a still Western Australian night, the three New South Welshman were just metres from reversing off a lonely timber wharf when it happened. Heavily armed Tactical Response Group officers swarmed the men and their large hire van.

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/four-nsw-men-charged-over-record-12-tonnes-of-meth-in-wa-20171222-h09gwe.html&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNFb3SAcwkCpXvutfM6wKAeNtxI7CQ

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PERTH Australias largest ever drug haul seized "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Australias largest ever drug haul seized .

December 22, 2017 at 08:07PM .

Two 37-year-old South Australian men, Stephen John Baxter and Sean Michael Dolman, were later arrested at a Perth hotel and appeared briefly in Perth Magistrates Court on Friday. Another six men were acquitted. AFP Deputy Commissioner of Operations, Leanne Close, said police were continuing

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://aliveforfootball.com/2017/12/australias-largest-ever-drug-haul-seized/&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNEjw84NaIKBuO1yJQDAspEVpman5w

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15:57

PERTH 45 year-old Central Coast man arrested in record WA drugs bust "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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45 year-old Central Coast man arrested in record WA drugs bust .

December 22, 2017 at 04:33PM .

The two men found at the hotel in Hillarys are due to face Perth Magistrates Court on Friday. The other six are due to reappear in Perth Magistrates Court on January 17. All eight are Australian nationals. AFP Deputy Commissioner of Operations Leanne Close said the investigation into the syndicate

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://www.theherald.com.au/story/5138969/45-year-old-central-coast-man-arrested-in-record-wa-drugs-bust/&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNF7qMGZF_MD8ab5r5Jma_JOF5wGEA

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15:55

Security updates for Friday "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Security updates have been issued by Debian (bouncycastle, enigmail, and sensible-utils), Fedora (kernel), Mageia (dhcp, flash-player-plugin, glibc, graphicsmagick, java-1.8.0-openjdk, kernel, kernel-linus, kernel-tmb, mariadb, pcre, rootcerts, rsync, shadow-utils, and xrdp), and SUSE (java-1_8_0-ibm and kernel).

15:55

Little Kid Table and Chair Set "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Little Kid Table and Chair Set - There are a few parts of furniture that every business needs: a great office chair to sit down in, reception seats for your visitors to wait in, a desk to meet at, and conference seats to sit in during meetings. Whether you're currently working at a fortune 500 company or a small start up business, more or less every company requires a fantastic set of convention chairs to complete their meeting area. A conference room or even a meeting room is a location where both employees and clients meet to discuss plans and ideas for your business, and occasionally these meetings could last for hours on end. Whether it is your workers or your customers that'll be receiving the most use from your seminar chairs, you need to be certain that they are comfortable while seated. Seminar chairs also supply you with the opportunity to provide your meeting room a appeal and the ability to communicate your business's culture through design. Just as with any other piece of time, furniture and consideration ought to be given to what sort of conference chair will be great for your business.

The first point to remember when purchasing a set of conference chairs is the overall atmosphere of your preexisting furniture and your company. Does your office is it traditional in appearance or already have a design that is modern for it? It's necessary to completely understand the character of your business as well, for example if you are a law office that's best known for its professionalism and traditionalism, you wouldn't wish to get a set of contemporary looking conference chairs for your meeting room. Instead you would most likely wish to opt for a chair with leather that is and a timber trim to finish your look. Be sure to match your whole office with a styling that is similar, if your furniture and style are mismatched this can come off as affordable and simple. Furniture has the power to shape the way so it is important for them to leave with a positive impression your guests perceive your business.

The next thing to do is to select the sort of material the chairs would be upholstered after deciding the design you will want for your conference seats in. Leather is possibly the choice to go with and has the widest choice of styles to pick from. It is also a option, easy to clean, and provides an aura of professionalism. The only disadvantage to leather is the fact that it is expensive; if you will use your conference space it could be better to choose a leather alternative that's cheaper. Vinyl is yet another chosen choice than its own leather counter...

15:55

Festive Indoor Space. "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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15:55

Debunking Mainstream Economists on Secular Stagnation and the Loanable Funds Fallacy "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

An important, accessible takedown of the loanable funds theory, on which a ton of bad policy rests.

15:52

Does a bad year for hunting mean a brighter future for animals? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Does a bad year for hunting mean a brighter future for animals?

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15:50

Swedish Police Set to Take Over Pirate Bay Domains "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Way back in 2013, anti-piracy prosecutor Fredrik Ingblad filed a motion targeting two key Pirate Bay domain names ThePirateBay.se and PirateBay.se.

Ingblad filed a complaint against Punkt SE (IIS), the organization responsible for Swedens top level .SE domain, arguing that the domains are tools that The Pirate Bay uses to infringe copyright.

In April 2015 the case was heard and a month later the Stockholm District Court ruled that The Pirate Bay should forfeit both ThePirateBay.se and PirateBay.se to the state. The case later went to appeal.

In May 2016, the Svea Court of Appeal handed down its decision which upheld the decision of the Stockholm District Court, finding that since they assisted with crimes, the domains could be seized.

With that established a question remained should the domains be seized from Pirate Bay co-founder and domain owner Fredrik Neij or from IIS, the organization responsible for Swedens top-level .SE domain?

The Court subsequently found that domain names should be considered a type of intellectual property, property owned by the purchaser of the domain. In this case, therefore, IIS was not considered the owner of the Pirate Bay domains, Fredrik Neij was.

Neij subsequently appealed to the Supreme Court, arguing that the District Court and the Court of Appeal wrongly concluded that a domain name is a type of property that can be confiscated.

Today the Supreme Court handed down its decision, siding with the lower courts and determining that the domains ThePirateBay.se and PirateBay.se can indeed be seized by the state.

The Supreme Court declares that the right to domain names constitutes property that may be forfeited as the Court of Appeal previously found, its judgment reads.

Since the decision was handed down, things have been moving quickly. Kjetil Jensen of Online Group, the parent company of domain registry Binero, informs TorrentFreak that the police have already moved to take over the domains in question.

Today Binero, Binero.se, (registrar for thepiratebay.se and piratebay.se) received an executive request from Swedish Police to take over ownership of the domain names thepiratebay.se and piratebay.se because the Swedish Supreme Court now allows the domain names to be seized, Jensen says.

The WHOIS of the domain names shows that the domain names no longer have any active name servers and the next step in this process is that the Police will take over the ownership of the domain names.

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15:50

De Facto Travel Restrictions Now Exist For Americans "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

De Facto Travel Restrictions Now Exist For Americans Dear Friends, I apologize for dumping this on you at Christmas, a time for peace and joy. But these are the facts. We can ignore them only at our peril. Click here...

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15:48

County Commission Chair Calls Colleague B*TCH After Contentious Meeting "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

What started off as a routine order of business at the December 21st Multnomah County Commissioners meeting turned into a shouting match, and one commissioner alleges that the county chair dropped the B-Bomb after the meeting.

The Portland-centric Multnomah County chair Deborah Kafoury was attempting to pass a resolution naming former interim chair, and current county COO Marissa Madrigal as her designee, which is someone who would take over the duties of the chair should the chair become incapable of performing her duties. Madrigal had taken over as interim chair when former chair Jeff Cogen resigned in shame after an affair and sex scandal.

Fellow commissioner Loretta Smith piped up and had concerns over Madrigals apparent conflict of interest, as she is a currently county employee, when before when she took the job, she was a staffer of Cogens.

Kafoury wanted none of it, and the first shouting match ensued. Calm was eventually restored, and one citizen came up to testify, and suggested the commission take a look at other candidates. Then the shouting match started back up again between Smith and Kafoury, with Smith wanting legal counsel opinion on the matter, Kafoury trying to shut her up, and Kafoury eventually gaveling the meeting over, tabling the issue until next weeks county commissioner meeting.

Then, after the public left and the cameras were off, Smith alleges that Kafoury called her a BITCH right to her face.

KOIN6 Reports:

In the beginning of the meeting, Kafoury brought up the topic of who should replace her in the event she is no longer able to do her job. She chose the current COO of Multnomah County, Marissa Madrigal.

However, Smith expressed her concerns about Madrigals ability to be impartial in the position.

The two argued over the choice of Madrigal before taking public comments from the audience. After one man was done speaking, Smith tried to ask him a question when Kafoury can be heard cutting her off saying All those in favor, vote aye.

Kafourys expletive toward Smith reportedly happened after the cameras stopped filming.

Smith shed light on the incident afterwards when she relea...

15:47

Frenchwoman disappeared after honouring dissident Xiaobo in China "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Isaac Lawrence, AFP | A visitor looks at a biography of the late Chinese Noble laureate Liu Xiaobo at the International Book Fair in Hong Kong on July 20, 2017.

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Latest update : 2017-12-22

A French citizen and her husband have been incommunicado for a week after the couple travelled to southern China to paint a tribute to the late democracy activist and dissident Liu Xiaobo, friends and witnesses said Friday.

Marine Brossard and Hu Jiamin painted a mural at the entrance of a public exhibition in Shenzhen on December 15, but city authorities covered the wall with a banner the same evening, witnesses told AFP. Tributes to Liu are censored in China.

Brossard is a French national, but Hus nationality is unclear, a friend who has known them for over five years said.

AFP tried to call Hu several times this week, but an automated message said his phone was switched off.

The couple had travelled from their home in the French city of Lyon to participate in the Shenzhen-Hong Kong Biennale of Urbanism Architecture, witnesses who spoke with the couple in Shenzhen told AFP.

We have been trying to reach them but we havent been able to confirm anything, said the friend of the couple, who asked for anonymity due to safety concerns.

Their painting depicted an empty blue chair inside a room with red bars, an apparent reference to Liu, who was in prison when he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010.

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15:46

H.R. McMaster: Jihad terrorists are irreligious "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Denial or willful ignorance? Why hasnt this deluded clown been fired yet? Why was he hired in the first place? H.R. McMaster Does It Again: Calls Islamic Terrorism Irreligious, by Aaron Klein, Breitbart, December 20, 2017: NEW YORK H.R. McMaster, President Trumps embattled national security adviser, has once again minimized the religious motivations of []

15:45

German School Cancels Christmas Celebration After Muslim Student Complains "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A 600-year-old tradition bites the dust. A 600-year-old school in Germany has ditched Christmas celebrations during class time after a Muslim pupil said that carols were incompatible with Islam. After a stir in local media over reports that the Johanneum Gymnasium in Lneburg had cancelled Christmas following a Muslim girls complaint that the songs conflicted []

15:45

Meet Zanco tiny t1, the worlds smallest mobile phone "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Zanco Tiny T1 is a fully functional 2G phone that one can use for calling and texting

At a time, where the screen size of smartphones are getting bigger and having bezel-less look, an UK-based company has come up with the worlds smallest mobile phone that is the size of a thumb.

Called Zanco Tiny t1, the phone has been developed by Clubit New Media, an 18-year-old company involved in retail and wholesale distribution of video games, collectibles, novelty gifts and gadgets. Zanco tiny t1 has been listed on a Kickstarter campaign.

The creation of the Zanco Tiny T1 was motivated purely by the challenge of whether or not it was possible to create a phone so small, Robert Lattibeaudiere, operations manager at creators Clubit New Media, told Digital Trends. In the immortal words of Jeff Goldblum, We spent so long figuring out if we could, we never stopped to ask if we should.

The phone comes with 0.49 inch (12.mm) OLED display along with 6432 pixels resolution. It is powered by a 200mAh battery, which will give users three days of standby time and up to 180 minutes of talk time. The device is powered by a MediaTek MTK6261D motherboard paired with 32MB of onboard storage. The tiny phone comes with an alphanumeric keyboard below which theres a mic and a loudspeaker. The Zanco tiny t1 measures 46.7x21x12mm and weighs around 13 grams.

Branded as a talk and text mobile phone, Zancos tiny t1 can store up to 300 phone  numbers and 50 text messages, which means it will allow users to make calls and send text messages. However, it does not support internet browsing or games due to space constraint. It accepts a Nano SIM, has Bluetooth connectivity and can be charged using a Micro USB. The tiny phone only operates on the 2G network and not support for 3G or 4G frequencies. The tiny t1 is a quad-band phone and is available in two 2G band frequencies 850/1900 and 900/1800. The device works with any mobile phone network and the Nano-SIM can be changed at any time if the user wants to change his or her network.

Currently, the Zanco Tiny T1 is a fully functioning prototype, and is ready to go into mass production, assures Lattibeaudiere. Once the Kickstarter has ended it will only be an estimated 14 weeks to produce and deliver to backers, he said. It has taken 2 years of research and development to get to this point. The Kickstarter is to ascertain if the world is ready for a phone so small.

Zanco is currently running a Super Early Bird offer and the tiny t1 comes at a price tag of EUR 30 (approx Rs. 2,280). The phone is expected to start shipping to most countries in the world in....

15:45

Why You Shouldn't Fear 'Slaughterbots' "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A dystopian future in which killer robots are massacring innocents is terrifying, but lets be clear: It's very much science fiction Image: Slaughterbots/YouTube A scene from "Slaughterbots," a film that depicts a dystopian future in which autonomous lethal drones fall into the hands of terrorists.

This is a guest post. The views expressed here are solely those of the author and do not represent positions of IEEE Spectrum or the IEEE.

Killer drones in the hands of terrorists massacring innocents. Robotic weapons of mass destruction breeding chaos and fear. A video created by advocates of a ban on autonomous weapons would have you believe this dystopian future is right around the corner if we dont act now. The short video, called Slaughterbots, was released last month coinciding with United Nations meetings on autonomous weapons. The UN meetings ended inconclusively, but the video is getting traction. Its gotten over 2 million views and has sparked dozens of news stories. As a piece of propaganda, it works great. As a substantive argument for a ban on autonomous weapons, the video fails miserably.

Obviously, a world in which terrorists can unleash swarms of killer drones on innocent civilians would be terrible, but is the future the video depicts realistic? The movies slick production quality helps to gloss over its leaps of logic. It immerses the viewer in a dystopian nightmare, but lets be clear: Its very much science fiction.

The central premise of Slaughterbots is that in the future militaries will build autonomous micro-drones with shaped charges that can fly up to someones head and detonate an explosive, killing the person. In the film, these slaughterbots quickly fall into the hands of terrorists, resulting in mass killings worldwide.

Lethal Micro-drone Image: Slaughterbots/YouTube The lethal micro-drones depicted in Slaughterbots use face recognition to identify their targets and then fly up to them and detonate shaped explosives.

The basic concept is grounded in technical reality. In the real world, the...

15:44

Slovakia seizes gas headed to Ukraine for non-payment of 2007 debt "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A court in Slovakia has arrested gas supplies destined for Ukraine over an unpaid debt dating back a decade. Slovakia is Ukraine's largest gas supplier since Ukraine stopped buying gas directly from Russia. Kiev's debt dates back to 2007 after it failed to pay an Italian supplier for gas. When Ukraine was unable to pay the $21 million owed, the Italian company went to the European Arbitration Court in Stockholm, which ordered the arrest of gas supplies bound for Ukraine's state gas monopoly Naftogaz, according to Ukrainian media.

15:44

Deep snow covers Mauna Kea summit in Hawaii "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Heavy snow has fallen on Mauna Kea, and more is expected as a Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for Hawaii Island summits. The Mauna Kea Access Road remains closed at the Visitor Information Station, rangers say. "Plan on difficult travel conditions," the National Weather Service stated this morning. "Additional snow accumulations of 6 to 10 inches, with localized amounts up to 12 inches, are expected." Mauna Kea already appears to be buried, according to the view from the observatory webcams that are not iced-over.

15:42

Ottawas foreign policy swamp an unhealthy quagmire "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Yves Engler  December 21, 2017 Drain the swamp was a popular Donald Trump campaign slogan that referred to reducing the influence of Washington lobbyists. While the three words reflect an extreme lack of ecological consciousness wetlands need to be protected and recreated, not destroyed the image of politicians slogging their way through []

15:40

Man jailed for 5 years, fined US$76,000 for selling VPN in southern China China Will Fortify Its Censorship Whatever the Cost "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Prison sentence comes amid Beijings crackdown on internet censorship

South China Morning Post

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 21 December, 2017, 9:24pm
UPDATED : Friday, 22 December, 2017, 4:18pm

15:40

RAF Croughton: US DoD contractors steal imagery from UK Secret Bases website! "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

RAF Croughton's planning application for the next generation satellite communications (SATCOM) Joint Intelligence Analysis Complex (JIAC) is controversial. Not least, because prime US DoD contractors Mott MacDonald and HLM Architects stole imagery from this UK Secret Bases website to illustrate it! Updated 22nd December 2017 with a conclusion to the whole story and details of coverage in a major news article on global tech website The Register, plus security news website Cyber Security Intelligence.

15:36

Exploring the Truth on German Soil (Holocaust, History & Palestine) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

  December 18, 2017  /  Gilad Atzmon Following is the talk I delivered in Babylon, Berlin on 14.12.2017. Together with Ken Jebsen, Evelyn Echt Galinski and the organisers (Marxist outlet NRhZ) I have been subject to an insane defamation campaign. Despite being banned by the venues owner Mr. T. Grossman, I delivered my message and as you could []

15:36

Venezuelas Constituent Assembly Approves New Tax Law "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The legislation will allow the president to fix a punitive tax unit that can be used to fine businesses when they break the law.

15:35

Houston: Imam says Judgment Day will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews. The Muslims will kill the Jews "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

This is not extremist Islam. This is the standard, mainstream religion. Its a hadith in a collection that Muslims consider authentic: Abu Huraira reported Allahs Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the []

15:32

Wage Theft Robs Billions From Workers Each Year Study "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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US workers lose more than $50 billion annually in wage theft by employers, whether by being asked to work off the clock or not being paid properly, a study by the Economic Policy Institute states.

Given that wage theft disproportionately affects workers from low-income households who are already struggling to make ends meet the loss of wages can be devastating, lead author Celine McNicholas from the Economic Policy Institute said.

Through the efforts of the federal Department of Labor, state labor departments and private lawyers, almost $2 billion has been recovered in 39 states during 2015 and 2016. But with the wage theft estimated at more than $50 billion per year, that represents just a fraction of the losses.

Wage theft occurs when employers refuse to pay promised wages, remunerate employees for only some of the hours they worked, or fail in overtime payments when an employee works for more than 40 hours in a week.

This constitutes theft of nearly 10 percent of a minimum wage employees annual earnings which can mean the difference between paying the rent and utilities or risking eviction or the loss of gas, water, or electric service, the report said.

A full-time minimum wage worker earns $7.25 an hour, around $15,000 a year. If an employer asks workers to work 15 minutes off the clock before and after an 8-hour shift, the extra half hour of unpaid work amounts to around $1,400 per year, the report states.

Several cities have passed legislation empowering local law enforcement to police wage theft. Under the Obama administration, the Department of Labor hired more investigators to go after problematic employers. It is unclear what will happen to the program under the Trump administration, which requested a 21 percent cut in the departments budget for fiscal year 2018, according to Bloomberg.

California recovered nearly $117 million for workers between 2015 and 2016, followed by New York which won back $84.6 million. When adjusted by the size of the workforce, Connecticut, with its 1.6 million workers, was able to recover $9.66 per capita over those two years. By comparison, Indiana, with its 3.3 million workers, only recovered 19 cents pe...

15:31

'Not the world's gendarme': Putin will scale down Russia's military spending "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Moscow will not engage in an exhausting arms race, and the country's military spending will gradually decrease as Russia does not seek a role as the "world gendarme," President Vladimir Putin said. Moscow is not seeking to get involved in a "pointless" new arms race, and will stick to "smart decisions" to strengthen its defensive capabilities, Putin said on Friday during an annual extended meeting of the Defense Ministry board. "Intelligence, brains, discipline and organization" must be the cornerstones of the country's military doctrine, the Russian leader said.

15:30

How Palestinians can transform statelessness into strength "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Trumps Jerusalem decision hurts. But it takes time to know why.

The Palestinians have spent an age coping with reality. The reality of wilting leaders, of capricious allies and an endlessly raw deal. Theyve learned the reality of being broke and on the dole to one or another prince or career diplomat at State. More than a hundred years into Zionism, theyve learned the emotional reality of being weak.

Disappointment, heaving, despairing rage, cynicism and a black outlook jockey for space behind the brows of a boneheaded people. Fool me once, shame on you; but fool the Palestinian leadership as many times as you like.

Unerringly, Palestinian leaders seem to place the hopes of an entire people on a faithless set of actors. Europe, America, and Arab leaders consistently violate commitments. Its nothing personal its just real-world interests leave little room for the considerations of the weak. Nor are the Palestinians particularly special. In a world of great powers, justice is more often a drab retrospective, long after the virtuoso has died. Thats been true for the Vietnamese, the people of Cambodia, Myanmar, Algeria, Bosnia, Nicaragua and everywhere else.

So are the Palestinians the sorry itinerants of the 20th century destined to be the losers of the 21st century?

Maybe, but maybe not. Palestinian weakness is the result of a lot of things not least, bad luck. Herzls Plymouth Rock crashed into the shores of Jaffa, but someplace else could have been the object of this present-day analysis. Luck isnt hereditary and 1948 is ancient history. But an unlearned history will cascade into the future, inevitably.

The Palestinian struggle developed in revolutionary times. The 19th and 20th centuries saw the nations of Latin America, Africa and Asia surge in a post-colonial spasm. Many of those peoples achieved independence from a corrupt, rapacious and racist Europe. Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson (and Acheson and Rusk) failed to understand that the revolutionary Marxism of the period was an expression of anti-colonialism. Korea, Vietnam and Palestine were all viewed through the prism of anti-Soviet chauvinism. The American war against communism was, in reality, a war against self-determination.

Ho Chi Minh won his nationalistic, revolutionary war but Yasser Arafat failed to. The Vietnamese updated their analysis and moved on today, Vietnam is a modernizing country. Marxist tropes have given way to the realities of comparative trade advantages.

The Palestinian strategy in the 1960s was appropriate to the zeitgeist. The theory accorded well enough with the reality of the times. Appeals to the non-aligned nations, popular armed struggle, anti-Capitalism and revolutionary socialism worked elsewhere in one combination or another. Why should....

15:30

Top Ten Conspiracy Theories That Turned FACT in 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Matt Agorist In 2013, Professor Lance Dehaven-Smithin a peer-reviewed book published by the University of Texas Pressshowed that the term conspiracy theory was developed...

15:30

Crypto Silver & End of Price Manipulation | Keith Neumeyer (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Crypto Silver & End of Price Manipulation | Keith Neumeyer Video Silver Doctors CEO of First Majestic Silver Keith Neumeyer tells Silver Doctors the silver market will adapt blockchain technology ending the price manipulation. Click here to sign up for...

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15:29

Truth In Your Face "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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German Speaking website Muslim-Market interviewed me this week about the current debate around my recent appearance at the NRhZ ceremony.  We spoke about History, the Holocaust, Israel, Jewishness... all those things Germans prefer to shove under the carpet.    

http://www.muslim-markt.de/interview/2017/atzmon.htm

MM: Mr. Atzmon, there has been a lot of nonsense written about you in the western media because of your critical positions on Israel. We would like to use this interview to understand your opinion and to correct the false reports. It is said, for example, that you are relativizing Hitler's crimes against the Jews. Is that true?

Atzmon: I will be as clear as I can. To start with, I am subject to slander and defamation because I extended my critique of Israel beyond the boundaries of mere political criticism or denunciation of Zionism.

I realised that since Israel defines itself as the Jewish State we better find out what the J word stands for: Who are the Jews? What is Judaism and what is Jewishness? While Israeli Jews have a relatively good understanding of these 3 concepts and how they relate to one another and to Zionism, to Israeli politics and to Israeli existence, the Jewish Diaspora and Jewish Left in particular prefer to keep these notions blurred and confusing. This is the primary reason for the campaign against me. I moved the discourse beyond the banal Zionism vs. anti rant. Those who follow my work understand that digging into Jewishness, the ideology at the core of choseness, of which Zionism is just one symptom, provides many answers. Further, if I am correct, it may suggest that the solidarity movement was led astray for decades and didnt achieve a thing for good reason. I should also mention that in my work I have never criticised Jews as people, or as a race, biology or ethnicity. I also refrain from dealing with Judaism (the religion). I restrict myself to criticism of ideology, politics and culture.

M...

15:26

After UN General Assembly Supported Palestinians, Hamas Leaders Called For Red Bloody Day in West Bank "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Continuing its protest of Trumps Jerusalem recognition, and fearing that riots may quiet down, terror groups Gaza chief Yahya Sinwar offers detailed instructions for violence

  • Hamas chief Yahya Sinwar addresses followers in the Gaza Strip in a televised speech, December 21, 2017. (Screen capture: Al-Aqsa Television)
    Hamas chief Yahya Sinwar addresses followers in the Gaza Strip in a televised speech, December 21, 2017. (Screen capture: Al-Aqsa Television)
  • Muslim worshipers hold a portrait of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan following Friday noon prayer in Jerusalem's Old City's al-Aqsa mosque compound on the Temple Mount, December 22, 2017. (AFP Photo/Ahmad Gharabli)
    Muslim worshipers hold a portrait of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan following Friday noon prayer in Jerusalems Old Citys al-Aqsa mosque compound on the Temple Mount, December 22, 2017. (AFP Photo/Ahmad Gharabli)
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15:25

Have Some Flowers, Part 2. "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

From Charly, click for full size!

Charly, all rights reserved.

15:25

Trump Administration Is Trying To Push Through an Extension of Controversial Spying Measure "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Derrick Broze In an attempt to avert government shutdown, the Trump administration is calling for vote on a spending bill which includes a temporary...

15:22

Oh the Humanity! Crypto Carnage as Bitcoin is down Almost $8000 from its Highs "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

by John Galt
December 22, 2017 09:20 ET

Millennial know it alls, meet gravity:

...

15:20

Toward A Plastic-Free Future "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Simply recycling just doesnt cut it; we need a major lifestyle shift. Here are some options

15:20

Dining Table and Chairs for Sale "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Dining Table and Chairs for Sale - There are things that you want to keep in mind, if you're likely to get a simple seat. At this moment, this guide is going to give you a few tips that can assist you to meet with the ideal seat you are looking for. Thus, just take a peek at these tips. As the very first step, you will need to decide about the potential size constraints for the seat you're likely to buy and also the maximum dimensions might be if, for example, you're going to move your new chair through a narrow doorway or whether you are going to squeeze it into a very small living room. This is very important especially if tilted back with recliners, which should be pulled off from the walls and might block the traffic patterns.

The next step would be to thoroughly consider about the color since the easy chair will become a part of your decor for several decades. You should choose something you could live with for extended moment. You can select a chair which can be upgraded with pillow. The third step which you need to do is to find the thought about the kind of upholstery before you begin to shop it you would like. Actually, the tough leather can be excellent for the household with toddlers and pets. White cotton might be OK for careful adults.

The fourth step is to check the seat. So as to evaluate comfort, it is possible to attempt to sit at the seat for many minutes. Anyway, as you examine it, you will need to think about the textures of the fabric's feel. The scratchy or itchy material must be passed by. The final step is to check whether the fabric's pattern is matched properly. If it's big print, a stripe, plaid, and so on, the layout on the rear area of the chair has to line up with the pattern on the cushion and also on down towards the front of base.

15:20

Finally! I discover who is pulling my strings and sending me those fat paychecks! "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Ive been hearing so much over the years about this guy, George Soros, who is supposedly my puppetmaster. Unfortunately, I knew nothing about Soros except that he was a really rich guy, and right-wing nutjobs seemed to think he was hiding under their bed. Now, all is explained.

OK, so hes a billionaire philanthropist who donates to good causes. Thats about it.

15:18

Make America Weak Again "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Humorist P. J. O'Rourke famously said, "Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work and then they get elected and prove it." After 11 months of total Republican control in Washington, the United States has been weakened across-the-board. Here are ten ways that Donald Trump and company have diminished American society.

15:18

MAGA Hat Ornaments Not So Great "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

House Republicans Dont Know Some Very Basic Facts About The Tax Bill They Wrote (Jimmy)

The author writes, House Republicans swear they had enough time to review a 500-page conference report released last Friday night before they voted on what they thought would be the final tax bill Tuesday. But when we asked GOP lawmakers supporting the legislation this week for just one basic detail of the bill the tax bracket percentages for individual income hardly anyone could list them.

Preventable Cholera in Yemen Reaches Over 1 Million Cases (Jimmy)

The author writes, There are currently one million people infected with cholera in wartorn Yemen, the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced on Wednesday. Some 2,225 people have died [of] the disease since 27 April, it added. Cholera is a disease that causes acute diarrhoea that could lead to the death of those affected within hours if not treated. Malnourished children aged five and under are most prone to the disease.

Opioid Deaths Are Spreading Rapidly Into Black America (Jimmy)

The author writes, Drug deaths among blacks in urban counties rose by 41 percent in 2016, far outpacing any other racial or ethnic group. In those same counties, the drug death rate among whites rose by 19 percent. The data, released on Thursday, suggests that the common perception of the epidemic as an almost entirely white problem rooted in overprescription of painkillers is no longer accurate.

Intel Vets Tell Trump Iran Is Not Top Terror Sponsor (Jimmy)

Consortium News writes, A group of US intelligence veterans urges President Trump to stop his administrations false claims about Iran being the leading state sponsor of terrorism when US allies, such as Saudi Arabia, are clearly...

15:16

China mulls law to punish those who slander heroes and martyrs Nobody can take a knee "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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AFP/File | Since President Xi Jinping took office in 2012, he has stressed a drive to infuse every aspect of Chinese education with patriotic spirit in a campaign to strengthen the legitimacy of the ruling Communist Party

BEIJING (AFP)  China is considering a law that would punish those who insult or slander heroes and martyrs, according to a report Friday from the countrys top legislature.The Standing Committee of the National Peoples Congress (NPC) said on its website that it is examining a proposal on the Protection of Heroes and Martyrs Law in order to promote the spirit of heroic martyrs and patriotism.

Since President Xi Jinping took office in 2012, he has stressed a drive to infuse every aspect of Chinese education with patriotic spirit in a campaign to strengthen the legitimacy of the ruling Communist Party.

The NPC approved legislation last month to punish anyone who disrespects the national anthem with up to three years in prison.

Laws covering the use of the national flag and national emblem have been in place for years.

The new draft law makes entities such as public security bureaus and internet operators responsible for protecting the reputation and honour of heroes and martyrs, the official Xinhua state news agency reported.

It stipulates they must handle information that may infringe on this duty in a timely matter, Xinhua said.

The NPC discussed related legislation during its annual meeting this March, but the previous proposal focused on civil liability, whereas the latest draft mentions criminal consequences.

Those who appropriate, damage or contaminate memorials, and insult or slander heroes and martyrs, may receive administrative penalties from public security or even criminal sanctions, the draft reads, according to Xinhua.

The illicit appropriation of land and facilities around heroes and martyrs memorials would also be forbidden.

Last month, Chinas ubiquitous dancing aunties were ordered to not congregate in solemn places like martyrs cemeteries.

And in June of last year, a Chinese court ordered an apology from Hong Zhenkuai, editor of an influential magazine, for questioning the official story of the Five Warriors of Mount Langyashan, touted as patriotic heroes for jumping off a cliff rather than surrendering to the Japanese during World War II.

The Beiji...

15:16

happy hols "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

ASS will be closing this evening (Friday 22nd December) and not re-opening until Tuesday 2nd January.
We will be popping in to pick up and respond to messages so leave a message on our answerphone or email us and we will get back to you.
There wont be a Practical Squatters Evening on the 26th either.
Crisis will have their usual homeless drop-ins and there should be hostels open for those looking. Good luck and see you next year.

15:16

Thank you world for this symbolic vote. Now the Palestinians need concrete action "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

All states who voted in favour of the UN General Assembly resolution should make the most of this momentous global cohesion and back up their political positions with action

15:15

Masked Intruders Broke Into WikiLeaks Head Legal Office In Madrid, Tape Security Cameras "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Aaron Kesel As the war against the CIA heats up, masked intruders (likely belonging to the Central Intelligence Agency) broke into WikiLeaks head legal...

15:15

Effects of Inflation on Market Capitalization "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Source: NYTimes   Fascinating pair of charts from NYT showing the impact of inflation on relative market cap. Look at the inflation adjusted differences between Cisco (#4 inflation adjusted vs #7 not adjusted ), JPM Chase (19 vs 12), AT&T new (not on list versus 19), Wells fargo (not on list versus 15) and Lucent (16

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15:15

Home and Dry? In My Opinion, Yes "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Submitted to Operation Disclosure | By RT

The modern age, redpill taking Hamlet's big decision, to be, or not to be in favour of full or partial disclosure seems a little empty in that it isn't as if the govt are holding a referendum on it.

Also, the argument for partial or complete disclosure is a non issue, to recognise it as anything other is to talk in terms of 'not accepting it from 'them', ' as if there really is a negative power base left of any kind with which we are contending.

It is setting up or breathing life into paper dragons that we then wave around to frighten ourselves with or be wary of their 'power'.

Similarly the idea that 'they' might try and put out a partial disclosure as a distraction doesn't seem convincing. It again puts life into paper dragons - beasts that have already been contained and only wait to be rolled out in chains for the triumphal march.

Why feed such an idea.

More likely the thinking behind a partial disclosure comes from a more benign quarter and goes something like this:

"If we off load all the truth at once it maybe a little heavy on the media and present the average blue-piller with too much of a challenge. If we, however, put out a partial disclosure we know there are more than enough researchers out there who can and will pick up the baton and take advantage of the interest and space created in the media around the topic to start building up a fuller picture so that - eventually and very soon - the ground will be prepared and ready for the whole truth to be disclosed - and coming about in this almost organic fashion it is sure to be better assimilated."

Clearly full disclosure would be better, but to argue for it against partial - if partial is in any sense looming - is to argue against your/our own ability to flip it, to make the difference, to deliver the haymaker punch and that is like trying to scrape white off of rice - you can only doubt your own abilities so much and then it becomes a joke.

The most confidence inspiring stance to take on the issue is to say, 'Partial or full. Bring it on. Just kick tha...

15:14

Rarely seen white morph gyrfalcon from the high Arctic spotted in New Brunswick, Canada "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A women from Bouctouche got the sighting of a lifetime this week after spotting the largest known falcon in the world. Nora Hebert found a white morph gyrfalcon at Caissie Cape Wharf near Grande-Digue on Monday. "He was right beside the road eating his lunch," said Hebert. She said the bird was spooked when she got out her car, but she was able to snap a few pictures before it flew away. "Oh my God, I have to get a picture of him," said Hebert, telling the tale to Information Morning Moncton. The white morph gyrfalcon is a bird with shades of white, gray and dark brown. Their bodies are thick and their tail is long. Females are typically larger than males.

15:13

Children Learn What Theyre Taught, by Robert Gore "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Many millennials embrace Marxism. So do their parents and grandparents.

From the millennials abilities will supposedly flow the wherewithal to fund needs: their elders entitlements, debt, and ever-expanding blob of a government. Horror of horrors, polls and studies indicate that many millennials are embracing Marxism: they want somebody to fund their needs! Where did they learn this nonsense?

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15:12

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

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

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

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

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

15:11

McCollums bill on Palestinian childrens rights: Now is the time to act "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Earlier this week, Israeli soldiers dragged 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi out of bed and arrested her. Last week, soldiers had shot her cousin, 14-year-old Mohammad, in the face with a rubber bullet, and Ahed tried to remove two soldiers from her family property after the incident. Mohammad was put in a medically induced coma to dislodge the bullet and reconstruct his jaw. A video of Ahed confronting the soldiers was used as the pretext for her arrest. These children hail from Nabi Saleh, a West Bank village under constant threat by the Israeli army for its weekly protests against land seized for the illegal settlement of Halamish. This is only one of many instances that demonstrate the excessive force used against Palestinian children by Israeli occupation forces.

Now, more than ever, it is urgent for Congress to pass Betty McCollums proposed bill, which would prevent the use of US tax dollars for the Israeli militarys detention and mistreatment of Palestinian children.

As an observer at Israeli military courts, I regularly witness harrowing scenes of injustice and a lack of due process. One particular case haunts me that of Jamil,* a short, skinny 14-year-old, also accused of throwing stones at Israeli soldiers, escorted into military court with his ankles shackled. Jamil first appeared before the court during his interrogation, with the military prosecutor requesting an extension. I sat with his father, who was still disoriented from the night their home was raided and his son dragged out of bed and whisked away by Israeli soldiers without warning or reason. Jamils father was worried about the young boys health, because he was born with a heart murmur. The judge granted the prosecution their request in an incredibly short hearing, and Jamil was taken back to interrogation. Days later, he was brought before the judge again. This time, he was missing two brackets of the braces on his teeth.

What happened to your braces? his father whispered furtively to him, since family members are not allowed to interact with the detainee in court.

I fell, he responded.

We both immediately knew what Jamil would not say for fear of more brutal consequences later.

While shocking, this treatment and abuse is not unique. Since the beginning of the second Palestinian uprising against Israels occupation in the early 2000s, over...

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Western Media Consumed by Myanmar Monster of Own Creation "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Years ago, those confronting and questioning the Western medias pro-democracy narrative regarding Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, her National League for Democracy (NLD) political party and her supporters including saffron-clad supposed Buddhist monks, were ridiculed and dismissed.

Warnings that Suu Kyis political movement was nothing more than a foreign-funded attempt to co-opt the people and resources of the Southeast Asian state of Myanmar a former colony of the British Empire still referred to widely in the West by its colonial nomenclature, Burma were dismissed as mere conspiracy theories.

Meanwhile, concerns that violence targeting Myanmars Rohingya minority was in fact being bolstered by Suu Kyis rise to power were intentionally and concertedly sidestepped by the Western media who attempted to conceal the true nature of Suu Kyis political party and the core values of her support base and shift blame onto the ruling military-led government.

It was inevitable that upon taking power, Suu Kyi and the NLD enabled by decades of US-UK-EU financial, political, and material support the progressive veneer applied to this democracy icon would begin to peel, and the true nature of her and her followers would reveal itself.

Consumed by a Monster of Their Own Creation 

In an immense amount of irony, prominent Western media organizations like Reuters now find themselves decrying the very government they themselves spent decades helping into power, as the government cracks down on reporting over the ongoing Rohingya crisis.

Two Reuters employees  Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were reportedly arrested after illegally obtaining documents from Myanmar police. Reuters and the myriad of faux-human rights advocates that conspired with the US, British, and European governments to put Suu Kyi into power are now calling on the Myanmar government though not Suu Kyi by name to release their colleagues.

Reuters employee Andrew Marshall has recently flooded his social media accounts with despe........

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Facebook Continues Handing Data To Governments Worldwide "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Aaron Kesel Facebook is continuing to show its disregard for privacy as it hands its user data to governments all over the world. According...

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Report: Election hackers targeted journalists globally "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Russian hacking group "Fancy Bear" targeted more than 200 journalists around the world with phishing emails during the 2016 U.S. presidential election, The Associated Press reports.One New York-based writer, Masha Gessen, said that...

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More On The Importance Of Primaries In Wave Election Cycles "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"


This whole PPP Twitter thread on recent polling is interesting for folks who enjoy following elections on a congressional level. In almost every case they polled Republican incumbents against "generic Democrats," in other words, whomever wins the primary. In wave elections, even a dullard with nothing to say and no qualifications-- or even worse-- can be swept into office. In fact, the only time among the pieces of the thread I used where PPP didn't use "generic Democrat," were when they instead used extremely conservative Democrats endorsed by the Blue Dogs and being pushed by the DCCC, Anthony Brindisi in New York and "ex"-Republican shithead Brad Ashford. So Ashford has proven himself unfit for office and Omaha voters noticed it and defeated him last year after one really terrible term that found him consistently backing his Republican colleagues. He was, at all times, one of the worst Democrats in the House. But the DCCC loves corrupt right-wing conservatives like Ashford. They look at him and it feels like they're looking in the mirror. Besides, they hate the alternative, an outspoken progressive woman, Kara Eastman, a real reformer and exactly what Ben Ray Lujan does not want in the Democratic House caucus.

So what about Brindisi, a New York assemblyman? His website's issues page is carefully designed to say pretty much nothing about issues. It's vintage DCCC. Take healthcare for example:
I believe that everyone should have access to good health care. Thats why I strongly opposed the heartless bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), raise premiums and take coverage away from more than 20 million Americans. This bill strips protections for people suffering from pre-exis...

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Were capable of so much more & most of us dont know it "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

MIT Just Created Living Plants That Glow Like A Lamp, And Could Grow Glowing Trees To Replace Streetlights   The fact brawn regularly triumphs over brainpower is hardly a quirk of Nature. If anything, with mammals especially, its the hard & fast rule. When it comes to procreation often only the strongest & most aggressive are the ones that get

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Commune Activists File Appeal with Supreme Court Over Mayorship Ban "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

They are demanding that the Supreme Court recognize El Maizal commune leader Angel Prado as mayor.

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