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Thursday, 20 December

01:00

John Lanchester: The Case of Agatha Christie "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Her great talent for fictional murder is to do with her understanding of, and complete belief in, human malignity. She knew that people could hate each other, and act on their hate. Her plots are complicated, designedly so, and the backstories and red herrings involved are often ornate, but in the end, the reason one person murders another in her work comes down to avarice and/or hate. She believed in evil, not necessarily in a theological sense thats a topic she doesnt explore but as a plain fact about human beings and their actions. She isnt much interested in the ethics or metaphysics of why people do the bad things they do. But she is unflinchingly willing to look directly at the truth that they do them.

Owen Bennett-Jones: Trouble at the BBC "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

I have never believed the claim that the BBC is independent of government influence since conducting an interview with the then foreign secretary Jack Straw in 2004. Our interaction came at a moment when there was a slight difference in the line being taken by the Foreign Office and Number Ten about the various inquiries into Iraq exactly the sort of thing BBC journalists were paid to niggle away at. When I kept going on about it, Straw eventually lost his temper and swore on tape. Scoop! The difficulty was that the Foreign Office funded the World Service. As I left King Charles Street, I called the BBC to say I had a story. By the time I got back to the office, a manager had already called FCO officials to apologise.

T.J. Clark: Bellini and Mantegna "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

I believe that both Mantegna and Bellini were alert to every difficult turn and rebalancing in Lukes verses, and thought hard as they painted about how to convert such turns into touches, faces, ways of looking and holding, intervals between people, drapery (a word whose matter-of-factness conceals, in the greatest artists, metaphor after metaphor of human strangeness), proximity, expression. Ruskin, in his pages on Bellini, goes on to assert that the third attribute of the best art the first two are consistency of workmanship and perfect serenity is that it compels you to think of the spirit of the creature, and therefore of its face, more than of its body. The more than here strikes me as wrong: as much is conveyed by Mary and Simeons hands and arms, or the set of necks on shoulders, as by their mouths and eyes. But the faces are triumphs Ruskin is right. In them, but also in the whole play of bodily acceptance and withholding, everything Lukes words suggest is made manifest.

Joanna Biggs: Sylvia Plath at 86 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Plath grows up in Cold War America, deceived by a God who let her father die, wanting more than anything to be a writer and to marry a man who would make her feel like she had a vodka sword in her stomach, always. And she gets it when she arrives in Cambridge in 1956, meets her black marauder and marries him in mothers gift of a pink knit dress three and a half months later. But the world, even when it gives her what she wants, also doesnt. Literary success is baseless, fleeting; the marriage dissolves in betrayal, arguments, abandonment. The hard work has come to ash. Awake at 4 a.m. when the sleeping pills wear off, she finds a voice and writes the poems of her life, ones that will make her a myth like Lazarus, like Lorelei. But now she knows that her conception of her life, psychological and otherwise, is no longer tenable, and never was. Now what? I love you for listening, Plath, abandoned and alone, tells her analyst Ruth Beuscher in a letter late in 1962. The rest of us are listening at last.

Letters "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The letters page from London Review of Books Vol. 40 No. 24 (20 December 2018)

Table of contents "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Table of contents from London Review of Books Vol. 40 No. 24 (20 December 2018)

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Saturday, 15 December

14:30

Farmers Market Wayville "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Adelaide families now have the opportunity buy fresh food directly from producers from all over SA at the Adelaide Showground Farmers Market. The 20,000 strong crowd that turned up for the farmers market which formed the centrepiece of the 'Go Organic Festival' in September in 2005 encouraged the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society (RAHS) to back the foundation of a permanent farmers market by a not-for-profit community organisation. The market opened on October 1st 2006 with a massive crowd of 10,000 shoppers and runs each Sunday (apart from the weeks of the Royal Show) from 9am-1pm.

In the tradition of farmers markets, it is a food market at which both food producers and consumers can get a fair price for food produced in SA and support regional and sustainable land use. The market guarantees that you buy direct from the producer and is known for its strict adherence to the ethics of farmers markets which now number in their thousands worldwide as families seek to avoid overstored food from major retailers who pass on meagre prices to farmers. In Australia, the farmers market movement is represented by the Australian Farmers Market Association and SA's peak body, the SA Farmers Market Association, will soon be launched.

The Adelaide Showground location is superb, with a major bike trail, the Glenelg tram line, a major rail line, numerous bus routes all converging to make it one of the most accessible sites in Adelaide. Parking is also easy and cheap.

120 producers offer their extraordinarily diverse products (everything from oysters to almonds and bread to boysenberries!). It is accessed from the car parks at the Leader Street (southern) end of the Showgrounds.  

Becoming a member brings with it 10% discount on all purchases as well as a right to vote in the management of the market. Details and memberships are available at www.adelaidefarmersmarket.com.au.

The Food Forest is a foundation stallholder at the market and presents a wide range of foods, always including its signature specialty - organically certified pistachio nuts. We are there on alternate weeks (we run short courses on the other weekends).

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Thursday, 13 December

09:19

Ethiopia: Khat farming threatens food security, biodiversity, women, and agroforestry "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

WONDO GENET, Ethiopia Agroforestry has been the major agricultural farming system in southern Ethiopias Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples (SNNP) regional state for millennia, passed on from generation to generation. For centuries, diverse home gardens of trees, shrubs, and vegetables like enset and coffee grown in close combination have enabled millions of smallholder farmers to maintain household food security while benefiting environmental conservation and sustainable rural development. However, this traditional land use is facing a huge challenge in the region as a new cash crop farming economy has grown: farmers who previously practiced agroforestry are increasingly converting to monocultures of a semi-legal, somewhat narcotic drug called khat. The dawn of khat monoculture In the 1960s and 70s, khat (Catha edulis) cultivation was widely practiced in the eastern part of the country because of high consumption in the area and for export to neighboring Djibouti and Somalia. An article published in 1973 clearly showed that khat was replacing the high quality harrar coffee there, but its expansion in southern Ethiopia as well as northern and western parts of the country is a recent development, where it is expanding at a high rate. A monoculture of khat in Sidama. Image by Tesfa Alem-Tekle for Mongabay. Khat cultivation in SNNP region has a recent history, although it varies from place to place, says Dr. Beyene Teklu, a researcher at Hawassa University. Farmers used to grow it in very small plots in the southern SNNP zone of Sidama, but since the 1990s, most

06:22

Skinny Dog Who Was Thrown Over Fence Is So Happy And Healthy Now "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

One morning in July, staff at Columbus County Animal Shelter in North Carolina looked out into the shelter yard and discovered a dog theyd never seen before. The shelter yard was completely fenced in, which means that someone had picked up the dog, thrown him over the shelter fence, and left him there

Credit: Anne Mellon

The poor dog, later named Sully, was in horrendous condition. He was severely underweight, heartworm positive, and anemic, and he was suffering from a tick disease and a skin infection. As the shelter was already so full of dogs with issues similar to Sullys, they posted about him on Facebook in hopes that someone would see him and want to help. Luckily, it worked. 

Credit: Anne Mellon

Anne Mellon, a foster mom with Hope Animal Rescue, follows a bunch of the shelters around North Carolina, and is always on the lookout for dogs in need that Hope Animal Rescue can take into their care. When she saw Sully, she could see he needed help as soon as possible. 

As soon as I saw the shelter staff post Sullys pictures and videos, it broke my heart, Mellon told The Dodo. I knew right away we had to go get him. 

Credit: Anne Mellon

Mellon and her roommate agreed to foster Sully through Hope Animal Rescue and welcomed him into their home. It was clear that Sully had suffered severe neglect at the hands of humans, but despite everything hed been through, he was so gentle with his new foster parents. He just seemed thrilled to finally be with people who truly cared about h...

05:09

Abandoned Donkey's Hooves Grew So Long They Looked Like Elf Slippers "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

For a long time, Mara, a donkey suffering in a field in Romania, might as well have been invisible.

Credit: Four Paws

Because donkeys often work on farms as working animals, their suffering can go undetected for a long time. And when people have no need for them anymore, many donkeys are just abandoned and left to fend for themselves.

Credit: Four Paws

No one knows just how long Mara was on her own. By the time rescuers arrived to help her, her rescue was considered an emergency.

Credit: Four Paws

"Abandoned by her former owner, Mara the donkey lived a lonely life in terrible living conditions for a very long time," Jeta Lepaja, a spokesperson for Four Paws, an international animal rescue organization, told The Dodo. "Its a miracle she even survived."

Credit: Four Paws

Fortunately, Mara managed to catch the sight of someone who actually saw her for the individua...

04:44

The Anunnaki -- Anunnakis Gold Rush and Colonization of Earth "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Anunnaki

Anunnakis Gold Rush and Colonisation of Earth

The creation of man

Traditional genesis is nonsense


Cosmological Facts

Approximately 450,000 years ago, a group of humanoid aliens arrived by spacecraft on planet Earth. They came from a planet about three times the size of the Earth, which was called Nibiru by the Sumerians. Nibiru was described in ancient Sumerian literature as the twelfth planet of our solar system. The Sumerians were far ahead of modern man in the field of astronomy, declares the Detroit News in an article. The Sumerians also counted the Moon and the Sun as planetary bodies, thus reaching the total of twelve, the same number that the assembly of Anunnaki sovereigns consists of.



It is striking that the Sumerians of ancient times, who are said to have been engaged in the development of writing; accurately described and schematised the planets Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto, while these three planets can only be observed today with the use of a telescope. Modern-day man only discovered Uranus in 1781, Neptune in 1846 and Pluto in 1930.

Zechariah Sitchin writes, The epic of creation is a very plausible explanation for the current composition of our solar system. Why shouldnt we accept this as a gift in and of itself, as nothing more and nothing less than the exposition of cosmological facts as the Sumerians knew it, as it was told to them by the extraterrestrial beings of the Nephilim?

The Sumerian texts describe how Nibiru, a solitary planet, came into our solar system more than four billion years ago and, and narrowly escaped a collusion with a large planet named Tiamat, which became fractured by the pressure of gravity. Later on, Niburu, which was referred to as Maldek at that time, its Babylonian name, had another close-shave encounter with Tiamat. The two celestial bodies were thrown off-balance by gravity and collided. Tiamat was subsequently bombarded by its own accompa...

04:36

Israeli Mayor Walls Work!, 2474 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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04:36

China Cuts Tariffs on Cars, 2473 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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04:34

(Video) X22 Report -- Episode 1739: Fed Backed into a Corner | [DS] in Process of Being Removed "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"



Published on Dec 12, 2018

Dick's sporting good is looking to close down 35 stores across 18 states. US debt is approaching 22 Trillion dollars, this is part of the plan, push the debt level and the economy to the edge. China purchases soybeans from the US. Millennial's are worse off then previous generations. The next push is the US removing itself from the WTO. There is a big economic structure change coming and this change is not just here in the US but it is across the world.



Published on Dec 12, 2018

Judge rules that Trump justified in ending Obama immigration program. More whistleblowers come forward in regard to the CF. Tom Finton will testify against the CF. Trump says he might need to get involved in the Huawei CFO case. Trump trapped Pelosi and Schumer on the border issue. Canada signs the UN Migration Pact. Korean troops verify removal of each other's posts. Q drops more bread, proofs, France and the event to put an end to the protests. Q then has some Holiday fun and trolling the MSM.

04:33

"A Look to the Heavens" "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Blown by the wind from a massive star, this interstellar apparition has a surprisingly familiar shape. Cataloged as NGC 7635, it is also known simply as The Bubble Nebula. Although it looks delicate, the 7 light-year diameter bubble offers evidence of violent processes at work. Above and left of the Bubble's center is a hot, O-type star, several hundred thousand times more luminous and around 45 times more massive than the Sun. A fierce stellar wind and intense radiation from that star has blasted out the structure of glowing gas against denser material in a surrounding molecular cloud.
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The intriguing Bubble Nebula and associated cloud complex lie a mere 7,100 light-years away toward the boastful constellation Cassiopeia. This sharp, tantalizing view of the cosmic bubble is a composite of Hubble Space Telescope image data from 2016, released to celebrate the 26th anniversary of Hubble's launch.

04:32

THE REAL COLLUSION: Obamas FBI Paid More on Russian Dirt and Fake News in 2016 Election Than Russia Did "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

On Tuesday Google CEO Sundar Pichai was called in to testify before the House Judiciary Committee.

Pichai was called in to explain Google business practices including data collection and targeting of conservative voices.

During questioning Pichai dashed the hopes of Democrats everywhere when he admitted Russia spent only $4,700 on advertisements during the 2016 election.
Which is next to nothing In a campaign where Hillary Clinton spent nearly a billion dollars!

Russia also paid around $70,000 on Facebook ads to attract both Trump and Hillary supporters. Russia spent around $6,000 on Facebook ads the last six weeks of the election which had no effect on the election.

So we are looking at a total of around $75,000 spent by Russia to run ads on US social media during the 2016 election both to promote Hillary AND Donald Trump.

Meanwhile, the FBI spent much more for Russian dirt than Russia paid on collusion.

The FBI picked up the tab for the Steele dossier along with the DNC and Hillary campaign. The FBI paid Steeles travel and other expenses while he was putting together his slanderous dossier on Trump.

The Clinton campaign paid DNC lawyer Marc Elias and his law firm Perkins Coie paid Fusion GPS and later denied knowledge of the same dossier they paid for.

And the FBI paid Michael Steele from Fusion GPS $160,000 for travel expenses while he was digging up dirt for his fake dossier.

The FBI actually spent more on fake news during the 2016 election than Russia did!

You wont see THAT in the liberal mainstream news anytime soon!

...

04:32

"Sign Over The Gates Of Hell..." "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

"Sign over the gates of Hell: 
'Doesn't mean you're a bad person.'"
 ~ Robert Brault

04:30

2471, Huge Court Win for Project Veritas, 2471 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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04:30

Merk Research: Axels Take U.S. Business Cycle (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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04:30

Birds on Broadway: A Q&A with the Audubon Mural Projects Avi Gitler "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Naturalist and painter John James Audubon published Birds of America in the 19th century. Audubon had set out to paint every bird in North America, and the book contained 435 life-size water colors made from dead specimens, though he tried to make the illustrations look as alive as possible. Now, a public art project is bringing new bird life to uptown Manhattan in John James Audubons old neighborhood in New York City. The Audubon Mural Project is an ongoing collaboration between the National Audobon Society and Gitler &____ Gallery. So far, 80 murals of 101 bird species have been painted, spanning 133rd to 165th street on Broadway. The project will eventually end at 193rd street, at the end of Audubon Avenue. Theres also an Audubon Sculpture Project in the works, which will be completed next year. Avi Gitler is the co-producer of the Audubon Mural Project and the Audubon Sculpture Project, both of which are focused on birds of North America threatened by climate change. Gitler is the owner of Gitler &____ Gallery, which is located between 149th and 150th streets on Broadway, in the Hamilton Heights area of New York City. Gitler was raised in Hamilton Heights, a place that he has great affection for. These public art projects did not start with a grand plan, Gitler says. In 2014, an artist painted a flamingo to bring attention to Gitlers newly opened gallery. The gallery owner and an artist-friend made a connection to the life of John James Audubon,

Guatemala: An indigenous community rejects, then accepts, a protected area "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

RO SARSTN, Guatemala Riding in a small motorboat along the Atlantic coast of Guatemala, Francisco Cuz Acal looked over his left shoulder at the lush forest cover whizzing by. To his right lay nothing but open water. Straight ahead, far off in the distance, he could just barely make out the Belizean coastline behind a misty haze. Cuz Acal was cruising along the eastern edge of the Ro Sarstn Multiple Use Area, 350 square kilometers (135 square miles)of land home to more than 300 species of tropical birds and other animalsthat the Guatemalan government declared a protected area in 2005. The 41-year-old has always lived off the land in La Guaira Cocol, a community along the Ro Sarstn, providing for his family through fishing, agriculture and selling wood when necessary. The local indigenous Qeqchi community, 78 percent of the population in the 21 communities along the Ro Sarstn, has always felt an affinity and respect for its land. But as the population has grown, the community has not always considered how its practices could impact the environment. There could arrive a time when none of this exists, and our kids who are growing up wont see any of it if it all is destroyed,said Cuz Acal, a Qeqchi and vice president of La Guaira Cocols local government. Thats why its important to take care of it and maintain it, so that when they are older, theyll know what nature is like, what the forest is like, and what the

Sich mit Hnden hinter dem Kopf in "ich werde gerade ... "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Sich mit Hnden hinter dem Kopf in "ich werde gerade vom Unrechtsstaat verhaftet" hinknien ist jetzt Protest-Symbol der Jugendlichen in Frankreich.

Die Russen haben ja schon immer einen sehr eigenen ... "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Die Russen haben ja schon immer einen sehr eigenen Humor gehabt. Aktuell: Yandex Maps verpixelt Militrbasen anderer Lnder und tut es so offensichtlich, dass sie damit die Existenz mehrere geheimer Basen besttigt haben.

Yandexs highly specific blurring reveals the location of several sensitive facilities, Turkish military bases, Israeli nuclear facilities, and Israeli Patriot missile batteries. Facilities in Turkey really stand out, as the entire country is available in high resolution. Incirlik Air Base, used by the United States and home to B61 tactical nuclear weapons, is pinpointed by a big blurry mess as shown above. A savvy person could then use unblurred images of Incirlik to define the exact physical parameters of the base.
LMAO :-)

Sagten wir, wir liefern keine Rstungsgter mehr ... "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Sagten wir, wir liefern keine Rstungsgter mehr an Saudi Arabien?

Nun, h, brauchen wir ja auch nicht.

Die Bundesregierung will trotz des Lieferstopps fr Rstungsgter nach Saudi-Arabien andere europische Nationen nicht am Export von Waffensystemen hindern, an deren Entwicklung Deutschland beteiligt ist. So plant Berlin nach SPIEGEL-Informationen kein Veto einzulegen, wenn Grobritannien in den nchsten Jahren den gemeinsam entwickelten Kampfjet Eurofighter nach Saudi-Arabien verkauft.
Wir verdienen ja auch ber Bande, und dann ist auch noch jemand anderes der Buhmann. Win-Win!

Making War on the Planet:Geoengineering and capitalism's creative destruction of the earth (John Bellamy Foster) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

12/12/2018 - A short fuse is burning. At the present rate of global emissions, the world is projected to reach the trillionth metric ton of cumulative carbon emissions, breaking the global carbon budget, in less than ...

04:29

"The Beginning Of A New Day..." "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

"This is the beginning of a new day.
You have been given this day to use as you will.
You can waste it or use it for good.
What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it.
When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever;
in its place is something that you have left behind...let it be something good."
- Author Unknown

04:29

Pelosi vs Trump Live WH Showdown, 2472 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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04:27

Foundation: The Fall Of The American Galactic Empire "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Foundation: The Fall Of The American Galactic Empire
by James Quinn

The fall of Empire, gentlemen, is a massive thing, however, and not easily fought. It is dictated by a rising bureaucracy, a receding initiative, a freezing of caste, a damming of curiosity - a hundred other factors. It has been going on, as I have said, for centuries, and it is too majestic and massive a movement to stop.  Isaac Asimov, "Foundation"

Any fool can tell a crisis when it arrives. The real service to the s...

04:25

Chet Raymo, Stretching The Imagination "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Stretching The Imagination
by Chet Raymo

Professor, that stuff you spoke of in class this morning- about the beginning of the universe..."
Yes?
"Well, you know how you said that the universe began 14 billion years ago as an infinitely small point...?"
Yes, that appears to be the case. An explosion from a point of infinite energy. Space and time expanding from nothing. Matter coalescing from cooling radiation. Stars, galaxies...
"To tell the truth, I'm having a hard time believing it. I mean, the idea that everything that exists today, the billions and billions of galaxies, stars and planets, life, everything, was contained within something no bigger than a pinprick. I mean, come on...do you really expect me to swallow that?"
...

04:23

The Poet: Mary Oliver, October "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

October

"Theres this shape, black as the entrance to a cave.
A longing wells up in its throat
like a blossom
as it breathes slowly.

What does the world
...

04:20

The Daily "Near You?" "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Kazan, Tatarstan, Russian Federation. Thanks for stopping by!

04:20

Hijacked Yellow Vests Coming To US?, DEW Bill, Farm Bill Yemen Secret, US al-Tanf Terror & MKULTRA Is Real "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (12/12/18). The House of Representatives voted today on whether to proceed with the latest Farm Bill. Tucked inside of it is a resolution that would suspend the War Powers []

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04:19

"A Stick-In-The-Mud..." "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

At this point I reveal myself in my true colors, as a stick-in-the-mud. I hold a number of beliefs that have been repudiated by the liveliest intellects of our time. I believe order is better than chaos, creation better than destruction. I prefer gentleness to violence, forgiveness to vendetta. On the whole I think that knowledge is preferable to ignorance, and I am sure that human sympathy is more valuable than ideology. I believe that in spite of the recent triumphs of science, men havent changed much in the last two thousand years; and in consequence we must try to learn from history. History is ourselves.

I believe in courtesy, the ritual by which we avoid hurting other peoples feelings, by satisfying our own egos. And I think we should remember that we are all part of a great whole, which for convenience we call nature. All living things are our brothers and sisters.
- Kenneth Clark, Civilization

04:18

Gregory Mannarino, Post Market Wrap-Up 12/12/18 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Gregory Mannarino, Post Market Wrap-Up 12/12/18

04:10

The 1 Budget Change to Make You Rich "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The 1 Budget Change to Make You Rich by Robert Kiyosaki Daily Reckoning Even more than our education, our habits reflect our lives. Habits are very easy to develop and very hard to break, and once theyre developed, they...

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04:07

Why Green New Deal Advocates Must Address Militarism "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Medea Benjamin and Alice Slater, December 12, 2018

From Common Dreams

In the spirit of a new year and a new Congress, 2019 may well be our best and last opportunity to steer our ship of state away from the twin planetary perils of environmental chaos and militarism, charting a course towards an earth-affirming 21st century.

The environmental crisis was laid bare by the sobering December report of the UN Climate panel: If the world fails to mobilize within the next 12 years on the level of a moon shot, and gear up to change our energy usage from toxic fossil, nuclear and industrial biomass fuels to the already known solutions for employing solar, wind, hydro, geothermal energy and efficiency, we will destroy all life on earth as we know it. The existential question is whether our elected officials, with the reins of power, are going to sit by helplessly as our planet experiences more devastating fires, floods, droughts, and rising seas or will they seize this moment and take monumental action as we did when the United States abolished slavery, gave women the vote, ended the great depression, and eliminated legal segregation.

Some members of Congress are already showing their historic mettle by supporting a Green New Deal. This would not only start to reverse the damage we have inflicted on our collective home, but it would create hundreds of thousands of good jobs that cannot be shipped overseas to low wage countries.

Even those congresspeople who want to seriously address the climate crisis, however, fail to grapple with the simultaneous crisis of militarism. The war on terror unleashed in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attack has led to almost two decades of unchecked militarism. We are spending more money on our military than at any time in history. Endless wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Syria and elsewhere are still raging, costing us trillions of dollars and creating humanitarian disasters. Old treaties to control nuclear arms are unraveling at the same time that conflicts with the major powers of Russia and China are heating up.

Where is the...

04:05

Theresa May Tells American Investors Brexit Britain Is Up for Grabs "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

First published in October 2018

Britain will be unequivocally pro-business after it leaves the European Union, Theresa May has promised American investors. To neoliberal politicians, this was always the endgame.

The prime minister told the Bloomberg Global Business Forum in

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04:02

Emotion recognition based on paralinguistic information "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington have recently explored the use of machine learning for emotion recognition based solely on paralinguistic information. Paralinguistics are aspects of spoken communication that do not involve words, such as pitch, volume, intonation, etc.

Recent advances in have led to the development of tools that can recognize by analyzing images, voice recordings, electroencephalograms or electrocardiograms. These tools could have several interesting applications, for instance, enabling more efficient human-computer interactions in which a computer recognizes and responds to a human users emotions.

In general, one may argue that speech carries two distinct types of : explicit or linguistic information, which concerns articulated patterns by the speaker; and implicit or paralinguistic information, which concerns the variation in pronunciation of the linguistic patterns, the researchers wrote in their paper, published in the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series. Using either or both types of information, one may attempt to classify an audio segment that consists of speech, based on the emotion(s) it carries. However, from speech appears to be a significantly difficult task even for a human, no matter if he/she is an expert in this field (e.g. a psychologist).

04:02

Indiana County Installs Christmas Tree In Honor Of Officers Killed In The Line Of Duty "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Via WXIN: A special tribute to fallen officers is on display at the Boone County Sheriffs Office. They installed a Christmas tree with 137 blue ornaments to represent the 137 officers killed in the line of duty this year, including Boone Countys own Deputy Jacob Pickett. It means a lot to all of us []

04:02

Factory robot malfunctions and impales worker with 10 foot-long steel spikes "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A CHINESE factory worker has survived being skewered with ten metal spikes when a machine malfunctioned.

The 49-year-old, named as Mr Zhou, was working on the night shift at a porcelain factory in Hunan Hunan province when he was struck by a falling mechanical arm.

The accident resulted in him being impaled with foot long, half inch thick metal rods, the Peoples Daily reported.

04:02

"Just Cause 4" Cracked a Day After Release - But it Gets Worse "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Submitted via IRC for SoyCow1984

Just Cause 4 Cracked a Day After Release - But it Gets Worse - TorrentFreak

The much-anticipated action-adventure game Just Cause 4 was released on December 4, protected by Denuvo. On December 5, cracking group CPY posted the game online, Denuvo defeated. While this is yet another hammer blow to the anti-tamper system, the game is currently 'enjoying' a review average of just 5/10 on Steam, which could exacerbate the problems.

[...] This long-anticipated AAA action-adventure title is the follow-up to Just Cause 3, which was also protected by Denuvo. That game was released in December 2015 but wasnt cracked until the end of February 2017.

Compare that with Just Cause 4. The game was released on December 4, 2018 then cracked and leaked online December 5, 2018. Just Cause 3 and Just Cause 4 were both defeated by cracking group CPY, who are clearly getting very familiar with Denuvos technology.

[...] While having the game appear online the day after release is bad enough, another problem is raising its head. According to numerous reviewers on Steam, the game is only worthy of a thumbs down based on complaints about graphics, gameplay, and numerous other issues.

Related: Hitman 2s Denuvo Protection Cracked Three Days Before Launch


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04:00

Pivot3 delivers policy-based security for hybrid cloud solutions "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Pivot3 revealed new policy-based security management capabilities in its Intelligence Engine. These expanded capabilities allow organizations to automate and simplify the process of protecting sensitive data with security for encryption and key management. Pivot3s new platform enhancements also facilitate regulatory compliance as customers acquire and manage data across the edge, core and cloud. With security threats on the rise and regulations around data security increasing, CIOs and CISOs face new challenges as they seek to More

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04:00

What Your Doctor Won't Tell You About Your Flu Shot "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Its flu season again and the media hype machines are loading up the teleprompters to deliver their seasonal barrage of fear and guilt in an effort to maximize vaccine uptake. Besides being fully backed and marketed by all major corporate media outlets, the seasonal flu shot comes with many additional advantages.

Overburdened healthcare workers get to free up their schedules by not having to waste time with cumbersome informed consent before each injection. Both the vaccine industry and the healthcare workers injecting the flu shot shoulder no responsibility or legal liability for injuries causes by their vaccine products.

Researchers also get a free pass since inert placebo controls are not required by regulatory oversight and licensing bodies while safety testing allowing the industry to omit the scientific method.     

Sidestepping vital checks and balances like informed consent, proper safety studies and financial liability must be done in order to achieve herd immunity right? If there is a perfect utopia of a herd immunity world, such a place will never be achieved with the current flu shot.


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04:00

The Indiscreet Charm of the Gilets Jaunes "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

CJ Hopkins So it appears the privatization of France isnt going quite as smoothly as planned. As I assume you are aware, for over a month now, the gilets jaunes (or yellow vests), a multiplicitous, leaderless, extremely pissed off, confederation of working class persons, have been conducting a series of lively protests in cities and towns throughout the country to express their displeasure with Emmanuel Macron and his efforts to transform their society into an American-style neo-feudal dystopia. Highways have been blocked, toll booths commandeered, luxury automobiles set on fire, and shopping on the Champs-lyses disrupted. What began as a suburban tax revolt has morphed into a bona fide working class uprising. It took a while for the Golden Boy of Europe to fully appreciate what was happening. In the tradition of his predecessor, Louis XVI, Macron initially responded to the gilets jaunes by inviting a delegation of Le Monde reporters to laud his renovation of the Elyse Palace, making the occasional condescending comment, and otherwise completely ignoring them. That was back in late November.

03:59

Apitherapy: Natural practitioner uses bee venom to heal patients without drugs or surgery "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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(Natural News) A doctor from Cairo, Egypt, has adopted a unique and unusual approach to healing that involves using bee stings rather than man-made chemicals and surgical equipment to help his patients overcome disease. While most...

03:59

The telltale signs of iron deficiency "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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(Natural News) These days, more people are going for vegan and plant-based diets and although these have their fair share of advantages, they are also causing people to become deficient in essential nutrients. Iron deficiency is the most prevalent nutritional disorder. According to the World Health Organization, it affects more than 30 percent of the worlds

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03:59

7 home remedies that may help treat athletes foot "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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(Natural News) Athletes foot or tinea pedis is a fungal infection that cause...

03:59

Birth control gel for men being tested in Seattle "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

It takes two people to make a baby. But to prevent pregnancy, the burden has almost always fallen on the woman. A new method being tested at the University of Washington aims to change that. The UW School of Medicine is one of three sites testing a contraceptive gel for men, which works by reducing sperm production when applied daily on the upper arms or shoulders, according to researchers. If the trials are successful, the substance may soon be available to people seeking to avoid unplanned pregnancies whose options traditionally have relied on more than a dozen options for women, including pills, implants, shots, patches and rings, compared with just condoms for men. "We are neglecting 50 percent of the population with our current methods," Dr. Stephanie Page, a UW School of Medicine endocrinologist and the study's principal investigator, said in a phone interview. "There's every reason for men to be more engaged."

03:50

It Is A Fact That History Repeats Itself "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

It Is A Fact That History Repeats Itself by David Schectman Miles Franklin If one offered investors a fat tail put option that never decays or expires, costs about -1% pa to carry, has no counter party risk &...

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03:50

War, Anniversaries and Lessons Never Learned "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Article discusses wars and consequences -- often more wars.

03:47

George H.W. Bushs Bitter Legacy in the Middle East "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By As`ad AbuKhalil | Consortium News | December 12, 2018 Any sober assessment of late President George H.W. Bushs political legacy was drowned last week by the avalanche of hagiography by the mainstream media. This served, in part, the role of catharsis. The more loudly the members of the media praised Bush, whose family has []

03:43

First Lady Melania Trump Visits U.S. Military and Families "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Earlier today First Lady Melania Trump visited Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Joint Base Langley-Eustis and the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush. Continuing to blaze her own trail, our First Lady actually flew on a v-22 Osprey.   We are off Continue reading

03:43

French lessons in democracy for all the world to learn "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

French people are standing up for their rights and speaking out for many others around the world who are sick at the injustice of capitalism. None more so than people of Western states who have had to endure decades of economic austerity while a tiny elite become ever more obscenely wealthy. In addition to the irrational malign distribution of wealth that capitalism bestows, Western states - that is, the oligarch-serving politicians - spend and waste inordinate financial resources on militarism and waging criminal wars. For the fourth weekend in a row, the French public have taken to the streets of Paris and other major cities to demand economic justice. They also want President Emmanuel Macron to resign. Macron has so far kept his usual aloof silence on the protests, leaving it up to his prime minister Edouard Philippe to placate the angry nation.

03:42

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro: 'Bolton is preparing plan for my assassination, with help from Bogota' "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has accused US National Security Advisor John Bolton of preparing a plot to murder him, and also has called out Colombian leader Ivan Duque as Bolton's accomplice. "John Bolton is leading the plan to unleash violence and conduct a coup to introduce a transitional government" in Venezuela, Maduro said at press-conference, which was broadcast live on his Facebook page. "Bolton is preparing a plan for my assassination." Trump's national security adviser has organized the training of mercenaries and paramilitary units "in various places" to be used against Venezuela, he said. Maduro claimed that more than 730 armed thugs are ready to launch provocations and to attack military bases in Venezuela. According to the Venezuelan leader, Bolton's plot is being carried out with the heavy involvement of Colombia, with its president Ivan Duque being "his accomplice." Maduro then slammed Duque as Washington's puppet, who "can't even go to the toilet without...

03:41

Sowell says "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

03:38

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

75 Land Barons Arrested
 13 DEC, 2018 - 00:12 

Commission of Inquiry into the sale of State land in chairperson Justice Tendai Uchena (second from left) address the media while flanked by commissioners Mr Steven Chakaipa (left) Dr Heather Chingono (second from right) and Mrs Petronella Musarurwa during a press conference in Harare today. (Picture by Memory Mangombe)

Daniel Nemukuyu Senior Reporter
Zimbabwe Herald

AN  inquiry into the illegal sale of State land in urban areas is now 60 percent complete and so far, 75 land barons have been arrested for fraud, theft of trust funds and other corruption-related offences.

Government appointed a commission to investigate the irregular sale of State land in and around urban areas in February this year.

It is chaired by Supreme Court judge, Justice Tendai Uchena.

The commissions findings will be given to President Mnangagwa.

Of the 75 suspects, 25 have appeared in court and their cases are still pending.

Parallel to the public hearings, the chief investigator in the commission of inquiry, Superintendent Godfree Muza and his team was instituting criminal probe where prima facie evidence points to a criminal offence.

Addressing a Press conference in Harare yesterday, Justice Uchena said the commission had covered six provinces where investigations had been conducted on 79 farms.

Therefore we have made inquiries on 79 urban State land units or farms. Currently, we are working on producing reports for the six provinces we have covered.

The commissions outstanding work in is four provinces which are as follows: Harare, Mashonaland West, Mashonaland Central and Midlands.

The provinces covered are Manicaland, Masvingo, Mashonaland East, Matabeleland North, Matabeland South and Bulawayo, said Justice Uchena.

In an interview on the sidelines of the Press briefing, Superintendent Muza said 75 land barons had been arrested and 25 taken to court.

Some 25 matters are pending before the courts while about 50 others are still under investigation, he said.
......

03:38

George H.W. Bush: A Legacy of Honor and Hypocrisy "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

I agree wholeheartedly that President George H.W. Bush was a remarkable man. But history will not be as kind to him as the past few days suggest.

03:34

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

2018 Review: Eritreas Year of Significant Peace with Neighbors
Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban
Africa News

Eritrea prior to July 2018 had been projected as an isolated nation. Stifled by perceived Ethiopian aggression following a border war and also by a United Nations Security Council, UNSC, sanctions regime dating back to 2009.

Information Minister Yemane Meskel in an interview with the BBC says, all was okay with Asmaras relations in the international community save for a deliberate smear campaign .

So much has changed since one peace deal was signed the July 9, 2018 peace and cooperation deal between Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki in Asmara.
en after taxi drop-off in southern city suburb, says prosecutor

Not only has it opened the two countries and its people up to each other in different areas, its effect has been concretely felt across the wider Horn of Africa region.

In 2018, Asmara became a diplomatic hub with regional leaders flying in, to hold talks on different levels. So far three leaders across the region have been hosted by the Eritrean government.

Abiy has been to Asmara twice in as many months. The historic trip that culminated in the peace deal in July and then an unannounced visit in September as he returned from Beijing where he attended the FOCAC summit.

The first trip was largely diplomatic and the first step to the normalization of ties, the second had more business to it as the PM visited Eritrean ports of Assab and Massawa.

It wasnt long before it emerged that the Somali president Mohammed Abdullahi Mohammed Farmaajo was due in Asmara. The two leaders of government announced the normalization of relations between them. Someway, somehow their rift remotely tied with the then regime in Ethiopia.

Farmaajo returned to Asmara in September and joined Abiy during the unannounced visit referred to earlier. That was when the first tripartite summit was held between the three leaders of government. The second such summit was recently held in Bahir Dar, Ethiopias Amhara region.

Then there was the trip of South Sudanese president Salva Kiir. Afwerki hosted Kiir whiles admonis...

03:33

America ramps up pressure on Pakistan again "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

United States has just designated Pakistan as one of the countries of Particular Concern (CPC) for its violation of religious freedoms but has waived sanctions that go with the tag. This is a half-measure. The new designation will not serve intended purpose in forcing Pakistan to give a better deal to minorities and to yield to US pressure on Afghan peace process.

03:30

THE BATTLE FOR TRUMPS BORDER WALL. HERE WE GO! (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

THE BATTLE FOR TRUMPS BORDER WALL. HERE WE GO! Video The Red Elephants Video Source

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03:30

Groundbreaking poll: American support for one democratic state is equal to support for two state solution in Israel "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A new poll conducted by Shibley Telhami at the University of Maryland shows unprecedented support among Americans for the one-state solution in Israel/Palestine, and stronger sanctions against Israel for the occupation, as well as growing criticism of the Israeli role in U.S. politics. Here are some of the findings of the poll (PDF), which was conducted in September and October among 2,352 Americans: 35 percent support a single democratic state in which both Jews and Arabs are full and equal citizens;36 percent support Israeli and Palestinian states side by side;11 percent support maintaining the occupation indefinitely;8 percent support Israeli annexation of the occupied Palestinian territories without offering equal citizenship to Palestinians. Comment: So this means that roughly 20% of those polled in the US couldn't care less about the well-being of Palestinians - while a larger percentage is growing in the opposite direction.

03:30

Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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03:30

Location targeting: How phone apps track every step you take and every stop you make - then selling it "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

You're being watched constantly, at least if you have a cell phone with apps on them. A recently published report showed how seemingly innocuous apps were gathering information about how a person goes about their day. They refresh constantly, collecting data about your location. These companies are tracking every step you take, every stop you make, and then selling it to the highest bidder. Now, before I get the predictable chorus of people telling me they'd never ever use a smartphone and that if they did have one they wouldn't enable location data on it, I can call BS (baloney sandwiches) on at least 44% of you because...well...Google tells me this. I get emails from Google every week telling me from what type of devices people access my website. I did not sign up to ask for this information - this is what Google does. So while many of you are not using a mobile device, many of you are.

03:30

Sysdig introduces new capabilities to secure Kubernetes-based applications "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Sysdig released new features for Sysdig Secure, part of the Sysdig Cloud-Native Intelligence Platform. The Sysdig platform is the unified platform that provides cloud-native security, monitoring, and forensics. These enhancements add Kubernetes auditing and vulnerability management, service-based access control, and security analytics, along with simplified compliance to give users a view of the health and risk profiles of their container environments. With the introduction of Sysdig Secure 2.2, Sysdig continues to provide enterprise customers, like More

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03:29

4.4 temblor strikes parts of Tennessee, Georgia and the Carolinas along New Madrid fault "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A 4.4. magnitude earthquake has struck parts of Tennessee, Georgia and the Carolinas and seismographs have also recorded a secondary shock in the area. The US Geological Survey (USGS) traced the earthquake to Decatur, Tennessee, but it has been felt in neighboring states too. The convulsion occurred along the New Madrid Seismic Zone, which is along the Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi state lines.

03:29

Why the Test of American Institutions is Positive (Not Just Negative) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

America Proved it Still Works This WeekGood. But Its Going to Have to Keep Proving It, in Bigger Ways.

At last, some good news. A Presidents corrupt lawyer was sentenced to jail time. Let me try and interpret it as best I can. In times like thesewe shouldnt underestimate the power of such events, and what they mean. Ill sum up my thoughts in this simple dictum: the test of American institutions isnt just negativeits positive. Heres what I mean by that.

What the Cohen sentencing proves is that American institutions are still functional. In the barest, most minimal way, perhaps. We can and should expect the judiciary to put bad guys in jailpretty simple. Now, you might think In being harsh, mean, uncharitable, but I think that itself is cause for celebration. Because for the last several years, youve probably wonderedand been right to wonderdoes anything around here work anymore? Youve probably been angry, frustrated, disappointed, and enraged, maybe in that order. So to see just vivid proof of functioning institutions is indeed a genuinely good and welcome sightnot just a relief, or a consolation, but something to applaud.

It would be overly generous to say that the sentence, and indictment, proves something like two branches of American government are operating robustly, effectively, at the heights of competenceboth the executive and judiciary. But its probably fair to say that its evidence, at least, that the judiciary stands untaintednot in whole, but enough to function when it needs to, most crucially, most vitally, in order to quite literally save the republic from the fate of many other nations: sudden, unexpected implosion. Take a good look at Britain these days, my friends.

Still, its also important to really understand that idea, that word, function, in a subtle way. Functioning can mean two things. Negative functioningwhich is the prevention of malady, illness, harm. And positive functioningwhich is the expansion of health, of possibility, of what can be achieved. Do you see the difference? Negative function is an immune system working well. Positive function is a mind soaring to new breakthroughs, or a body leaping to new heights.

So which kind of function has America proven its still capable of this week? Negative function. Its immune system has shown that its still viable enough, alive enough, strong enough, to fight off truly existential threats, like the encroachment of authoritarianismthreats which promise the death of the body social. It is as if Americas immune system suddenly kicked in to fight off a lethal infectionat the moment it counted most. Againthats no small thing. We should and must recognize for the goodand welcomenews that it is. To see....

03:29

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Deadly Crash Highlights Concerns of Misconduct by U.S. Troops in Africa
By Thomas Gibbons-Neff
New York Times
Dec. 11, 2018

WASHINGTON The American military is investigating a weekend vehicle accident in Niger that killed a French soldier in which the driver, a United States Green Beret, is suspected of drunken driving, Defense Department officials said.

The fatal accident on Saturday which occurred while the soldiers were off duty comes as concerns about misconduct have put the American militarys elite forces under increased scrutiny in the past year. The Pentagon is already preparing to withdraw hundreds of troops from Africa as part of a strategy to shift military resources to counter threats from China and Russia.

Maj. Casey R. Osborne, a spokesman for Special Operations Command Africa, said on Tuesday that the American soldier was evacuated to Europe for medical treatment and there was an ongoing investigation into this incident.

The French soldier, Brigadier-Chef Karim El Arabi, was treated at the scene and evacuated to Agadez, in central Niger, before he died early Sunday morning, Major Osborne said.

Two American military officials said the driver was believed to have been drinking before the accident. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing investigation.

French media reported that Brigadier-Chef Arabi was with the 2nd rgiment de Hussards de Haguenau. The accident happened on a base in Aguela, Niger, near the city of Arlit, an area where American commandos have been stationed.

The American soldier who was driving the vehicle, and has not been identified by name, suffered a head injury when the vehicle rolled over. He was assigned to 3rd Special Forces Group, the same unit that lost two of its members in a bomb blast in Afghanistan last month and was involved in an ambush in northern Niger in October 2017, when four American soldiers were killed.

Emmanuelle Lachausse, a spokeswoman for the French Embassy in Washington, said in an email that an investigation is ongoing into the circumstance of Brigadier-Chef Arabis death but offered no further comment. The French have roughly 4,500 troops spread across West Africas Sahel....

03:28

What was the content of the text message she received from Richie Hardcore about Karel Sroubek? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The full transcript from Hansard is below. Question No. 2: Prime Minister 2. Hon SIMON BRIDGES (LeaderNational) to the Prime Minister: What was the content of the text message she received from Richie Hardcore about Karel Sroubek? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS (Deputy Prime Minister) on behalf of the Prime Minister: An unsolicited message from Richie [] The post What was the content of the text message she received from Richie Hardcore about Karel Sroubek? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:25

Theresa Mays No-Brexit/Brexit Deal "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

First published on November 15, 2018

On June 23, 2016, majority UK voters supported leaving the EU what Western Europe countries never should have agreed to in the first place subordinating their sovereignty to America.

The European Union

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03:24

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

US Military Probes Niger Crash that Killed French Soldier
A member of the Barkhane mission standing next to a French air force Mirage in Niamey. (LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/File)

12 Dec 2018
Agence France Presse

The US military is investigating a car crash that killed a French soldier in Niger, including whether alcohol was a factor and whether an American service member was driving, a US official told AFP on Wednesday.

The crash happened late Saturday in northern Niger, where French forces operating under the anti-jihadist Operation Barkhane are deployed.

An American soldier was in the car and a US defense official said both the French and US militaries are probing the incident.

The official could not speak for the French investigation, but said the US probe would look at who was driving and if they had been under the influence of alcohol.

"We are investigating all circumstances," the official said.

In a statement, US Africa Command said the "accident was not related to combat or to any active operations."

The US service member, assigned to US Special Operations Command, was medically evacuated to Europe for treatment.

Citing anonymous Pentagon officials, the New York Times on Tuesday reported the American is a Green Beret and he had been behind the wheel.

France's 4,500-member Barkhane anti-terror force in West and Central Africa has intervened mainly in Mali, while focusing on training in Burkina Faso and the other nations of the G5 Sahel military alliance -- Chad, Mauritania and Niger.

But in recent weeks operations have also extended to Burkina Faso.

US troops work across Africa with partner militaries to provide training, intel sharing and support.

The Pentagon last month announced it would trim about 10 percent of the 7,200 US troops in Africa as part of a broader shift in focus towards "Great Power" competitors such as China and Russia.

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03:15

Sierra (NZ) -- QAnon: Gold will Destroy the FED "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Source: Dinar Chronicles

Q has hosted an extraordinary question and answer session. Here is the BIG question for currency holders...
https://qntmpkts.keybase.pub/

Q post number 2619...



'Do we have the gold?'

'Yes.
Gold shall destroy FED.'
Q

This post confirms that the gold-back standard is about to destroy the Federal Reserve System. And once the Fed is gone, so is the Deep State. They have lost their corrupt funding system. Q promised 'structure change' with the Federal Reserve. It must be very very close. 'Gold will destroy FED.'

There is sobering news in some of the other answers. Q post number 2611...

'Is JFK Jr alive?'

'No'
Q

I am hoping wistfully that Q is spreading deliberate disinformation with this response. We would love for JFK Junior to be alive. We would love to think that he has been plotting with President Trump all along to destroy the Deep State.

Q post number 2613...

'Is JA (Julian Assange) stateside?'

'No'
Q
...

03:12

Parkland, Florida School Massacre Panel Recommends Allowing Willing And Trained Teachers To Be Armed "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

If Aaron Feis had been armed, he could have saved lives. Via Huff Po: FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) The panel investigating the Florida high school massacre recommended Wednesday that teachers who volunteer and undergo extensive background checks and training be allowed to carry concealed guns on campus to stop future shootings. The Marjory Stoneman []

03:11

X-raying Nigerias 2013-2018 broadband plan "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Having missed the target in the current plan, Nigeria is on the verge of coming up with another National Broadband Plan post-2018. Stakeholders have, however, called for more actions from government to deliver broadband to all Nigerians. SAMSON AKINTARO reports   That Nigeria has missed the 30 per cent broadband penetration target billed to be []

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03:11

2019: Atiku, Ezekwesili sign peace accord "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Former Vice President and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and the presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, yesterday signed the Peace Accord in respect of the 2019 general elections. The two personalities were absent on Tuesday at the ceremony where President Muhammadu []

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03:10

California Has A Commie Plan To Tax Text Messages "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

California Has A Commie Plan To Tax Text Messages by Mac Slavo SHTFPlan Apparently, not enough things are being taxed in California, so the state has come with another way to steal even more money from its citizens. California...

The post California Has A Commie Plan To Tax Text Messages appeared first on The Daily Coin.

03:10

County Court hearing tomorrow - application to lift suppression order on Pell matters "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

This email is from Victoria's County Court to "The Media". From: Date: 13 December 2018 at 12:35:40 pm AEDT To: Subject: Director of Public Prosecutions v George Pell - Update Dear Media, Please note that the matter of the Director of Public Prosecutions v George Pell is currently...

03:09

Imo State has been in trauma for 12 years Araraume "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Senator Ifeanyi Araraume, who represented Imo North senatorial district of Imo State in the National Assembly between 1999 and 2007, is the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the forthcoming 2019 general elections. In this interview, he speaks on governance in the state under Governor Rochas Okorocha, why he is contesting []

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03:08

Paul Ryans One Parliamentary Trick To Block Congress From Challenging Saudi Arabias War In Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

As the United States Senate was about to advance a war powers resolution against the Saudi Arabia-led war in Yemen, the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives sabotaged any further votes against the war in the House.

Representative Paul Ryan and other GOP leaders in the House took the unconventional route of tucking language into a rule that applied to the farm bill. The rule passed by a very narrow vote of 206-203.

The language said provisions of the war powers resolution process shall not apply during the remainder of the One Hundred Fifteenth Congress to a concurrent resolution introducedwith respect to Yemen.

Nearly all Democrats in the House voted against the rule except for five DemocratsRepresentative Jim Costa, Representative Al Lawson, Representative Collin Peterson, Representative Dutch Ruppersberger, and Representative David Scott.

Peterson claimed he didnt know a damn thing about the provision before it was added, but he clearly did not understand the seriousness of his vote. All it did say was that they couldnt have a vote or something.

In November, the GOP engaged in a similar maneuver. While the Yemen war powers resolution picked up momentum in the Senate, they stuck a provision to block votes against the war in a bill involving wolves.

Perhaps, this is how the outgoing Speaker of the House expresses his gratitude for a Defense Department Medal for Distinguished Public Service that was bestowed upon him on November 28.

Representative Ro Khanna, a Democrat who has been one of the principal sponsors of an anti-war resolution in the House, reacted, Americans around this country are wondering what does a farm bill have to do with the war in Yemen, and the answer is absolutely nothing.

You wonder why people are frustrated with Congress, why they think Congress lacks common sense. Its because no one understands why you would have a vote on a farm bill, and you would tie it to a vote on war and peace in Yemen.

The only reason the leadership is doing this is because they know that there are dozens of Republicans that will stand with Democrats to stop the killing in Yemen. How do they know this? Because Senate Republicans are voting to stop the killing in Yemen, Khanna added.

Indeed, the war powers resolution sponsored by Senator Bernie Sanders and Senator Mike Lee passed in the Senate by a vote of 60-39. Seven Republicans voted to advance the resolution.

It previously advanced in November with 63 votes, and when that happened Republican Senator Bob Corker, chair of the Se...

03:05

Buhari awaits NASS date to present 2019 budget "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

as FEC approves $22.9m maritime security President Muhammadu Buhari is yet to receive a date from the National Assembly (NASS) for the presentation of the 2019 appropriation bill. Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, yesterday, confirmed that following the approval by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) at a special session last []

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03:03

Executivo da Shell revela influncia da empresa no Acordo de Paris "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Segundo um alto executivo da Royal Dutch Shell, a petrolfera teria ajudado a redigir o acordo climtico de Paris.

A empresa, porm, tambm a nona maior emissora mundial de gases do efeito estufa.

O executivo David Hone, consultor-chefe de mudanas climticas da Shell, fez seus comentrios na conferncia internacional sobre mudanas climticas, a COP 24, na ltima sexta-feira. Hone falou com sinceridade sobre o tamanho da influncia que sua empresa teve na redao do Acordo de Paris, por meio de seu envolvimento com a Associao Internacional de Comrcio de Emisses, a Ieta.

O Acordo a pea central da conferncia na Polnia, que se encerra no prximo dia 14, onde os delegados esto tentando elaborar um regulamento para sua implementao. A Ieta uma organizao de lobby corporativo que tem entre seus associados empresas produtoras de combustveis fsseis, e que defende solues climticas de mercado at mesmo nas discusses sobre clima na ONU.

A julgar pelo que ele conta, esse envolvimento foi incrivelmente bem-sucedido. Conduzimos por quatro anos um processo para que a necessidade do comrcio de unidades de carbono fosse parte do Acordo de Paris. Podemos ficar com parte do mrito pela simples incluso do Artigo 6 [do Acordo de Paris], disse Hone em um evento paralelo do Ieta no centro de conferncias de Katowice, na Polnia. Ns elaboramos uma proposta inicial. Muitos elementos dessa proposta inicial constam do Acordo de Paris. Depois preparamos uma outra proposta para o regulamento, e percebemos que alguns elementos apareceram no texto.

Jesse Bragg, diretor de comunicao da organizao Corporate Accountability [Responsabilidade Corporativa], comentou: De certa forma, sou bastante grato Shell pela honestidade com relao a algo que os ativistas vm dizendo h muito tempo: que as prprias empresas responsveis pela crise esto na mesa de negociaes redigindo as pretensas solues para nos tirar dela.

Pelas regras da Conveno-Quadro das Naes Unidas sobre a Mudana do Clima, apenas agentes estatais podem negociar oficialmente sobre o texto dos acordos climticos, incluindo o Acordo de Paris. Sindicatos, organizaes de sociedade civil e empresas podem ser observadores do processo.

Hone acrescentou que vem conversando com algumas delegaes e que a posio [da Unio Europeia] no muito diferente do ponto de vista da Shell.

O Artigo 6, o dispositivo pelo qual a Shell quer levar crdito, destaca os mercados de carbono como uma das principais formas pelas quais as empresas de petrleo e outros gra...

03:00

CISOs mission resonates with healthcare peers "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The vision of a standardized method to assess the risk management posture of third party suppliers to healthcare firms envisioned by the recently-formed Provider Third Party Risk Management Council is gaining momentum and support throughout the industry as security leaders from both healthcare providers and their suppliers embrace the unified approach. Led by governing members consisting of Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) throughout the healthcare sector, the Council and its growing number of participants are More

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03:00

Electoral bill: APC Reps vow to scuttle move to veto Buharis assent "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the House of Representatives have threatened to stop any attempt by their opposition colleagues to override President Muhammadu Buharis veto on the bill. The APC caucus, which disclosed this yesterday ahead of the commencement of debate on the presidents letter rejecting the bill, defended Buharis decision, []

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03:00

U.S. designates Boko Haram, ISIS entities of particular concern "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

  The United States has announced the designation of the Boko Haram terrorist group as an entity of particular concern. The U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo in a statement, designated Boko Haram alongside the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), al-Qaida and al-Shabab. Pompeo also designated Saudi Arabia, Iran, Burma, North Korea, among []

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03:00

George H. W. Bush Met With Bin Laden Family on the Morning of 9/11 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Bush-Bin Laden Meeting

One of the pieces of evidence of fishy business we havent covered before is the fact that, one day before the 9/11 attacks, as well as the morning of, the recently deceased George Herbert Walker Bush had a meeting with Shafiq bin Laden, the brother of Osama bin Laden, the supposed mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks.

Is this not fairly convincing evidence in itself that the bin Laden family, and Osama, may have been working for the Western military industrial complex? Prof Michel Chossudovsky, Canadian economist and University of Ottawa professor emeritus explains it sardonically:

"It was a routine business meeting on September 10-11, no conflict of interest, no relationship to the 9/11 attacks which allegedly were carried out on the orders of Shafiqs brother Osama, no FBI investigation into the links between the Bush and bin Laden families." Read more here


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03:00

Whaleoil wisdom "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

This piece of Whaleoil wisdom was brought to you by the Whale Meat Company Limited Edition, BUY NOW only a limited number of packs available! Your Christmas holiday breakfast will be elevated to a new level with NEW black pudding and NEW pork & bacon sausages for breakfast. Your wait for an excellent black pudding is over. [] The post Whaleoil wisdom appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:59

Bankers Games victory excites UBA "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Five-time champions, United Bank for Africa at the weekend November 24, 2018 beat Fidelity Bank in the football final of the just concluded 2018 Nigeria Bankers Games at the YABATECH Sports Complex.   UBA Chairman, Tony Elumelu, who was present at the stadium, to cheer the roaring lions to victory over the defending champions Fidelity []

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02:58

Banks borrowed N51.53trn from CBN in 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Apex bank earned N36.30bn through lending facility     Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) in the country borrowed the sum of N51.53 trillion from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) through the Standing Lending Facility (SLF) window of the apex bank last year, the 2017 Annual Activity report of the regulators Banking and Payments System Department []

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Washington and Lee: What's in a Name? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

It's one thing to oppose Donald Trump because you don't like his policy toward Iran or Cuba, or to disagree with him on education or his refusal to recognize the problem of climate change. It's an entirely different thing, however, to once again pit Americans against each other because of the color of their skin or because of one's own feelings of racial superiority.

02:58

Assets forfeiture: SCourt fixes March 8 to determine Jonathans fate "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Supreme Court yesterday fixed March 8, 2019 to deliver judgment in an appeal filed by former First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, challenging the powers of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for forfeiture of her properties when she has not been convicted for any offence.   The apex Court fixed the date after []

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02:58

Bushfire threat to vital koala habitat "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Salamander Bay bushfire threatens homes, vital koala habitat in Port Stephens, ABC 11 Dec 18  An entire koala population in Port Stephens could be wiped out after a fire devastated their habitat near Port Stephens, an animal rescue group fears.

An estimated 16 hectares of the Mambo Wetlands, north of Newcastle, was scorched on Monday night, according to Port Stephens Koalas.

The reserve is about 40 per cent of the vital koala habitat.

The blaze broke out near the Salamander Bay shopping centre about 6:30pm and dozens of firefighters spent the night backburning to protect homes.

It burnt away more than 80 hectares of swampy scrub, which made access difficult for fire crews.

The fire flared up to a watch and act level at 3:00am, but weather conditions eased in the early hours and the blaze was brought under control.

Carers from the rescue group today surveyed the damage and fielded calls about stranded and injured wildlife.

Simone Aurino, senior carer at Port Stephens Koalas, said the reserve was one of the most important areas in the Tomaree Peninsula.

It has a viable breeding population and its central to all the other habitats, she said.

Its a really, really essential habitat.

Ms Aurino said the blaze would lead to significant flow-on effects which may not be known for some time.

It has the potential to wipe out the population in this area, its really quite devastating, she said.

The habitats been changed, so the animals are going to move....

02:57

Enugu Sports Club endorses Ugwuanyi for second term "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

An exclusive and influential social organisation in the South-East geo-political zone, Enugu Sports Club has endorsed the re-election bid of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State in 2019. The club gave the endorsement when members of its executive committee paid a solidarity visit to Ugwuanyi at the Government House, Enugu, on Wednesday. Presenting their stance, []

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02:55

Australias Liberal Coalition govt cosying up to coal megaminer Adani "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Adani met with environment department 40 times in six months
Coalition holding Adanis hand through mine approvals, Greens senator says,
Guardian, Lisa Cox and Ben Smee, Tue 11 Dec 2018 
 The federal environment department had 40 meetings in six months with Adani representatives to discuss the Carmichael coalmine project, according to responses to a Senate estimates committee.The department met Adani executives in person at the companys Brisbane offices, as well as conducting teleconferences, on matters i...

02:54

Australia needs to legislate for equality not religious exceptionalism "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Todays announcement by Prime Minister Scott Morrison that the religious freedom review report will be released, has prompted calls for stronger federal protections from discrimination for LGBTIQ+ people.

Attempts to protect religious freedom should not undermine the right to equality for other groups in society, said Anna Brown, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre and incoming Chief Executive of Equality Australia.

No one should be turned away or mistreated because of their faith. However, we remain deeply concerned that attempts to legislate to protect religious freedom will come at the expense of equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people.

We will be carefully considering the detail of the Governments response, but remain concerned that future legislation will enshrine state sanctioned discrimination against LGBT children and impunity for church leaders who cause harm, said Ms Brown.

Discrimination against LGBT students and staff in schools

The Prime Minister has referred the issue of whether religious schools should be allowed to lawfully discriminate against LGBT staff and students to the Australian Law Reform Commission. A law reform commission inquiry would follow two senate inquiries into this issue, and numerous inquiries into religious freedoms in recent years.

We dont need an inquiry to tell us that kids and teachers should be protected at school, said Ms Brown.

Our Government needs to listen to the Australian community, many of whom have lost faith in religious institutions and their ability to keep children safe. Its time to remove these anachronistic rules and privileges for religious organisations that allow them to bully children.

Lets take the misinformation out of this debate. Schools already have the ability to set reasonable rules and standards of behaviour to uphold their religious ethos both for students and in employment. The ALP Bill simply removes an exemption that allows religious schools to discriminate against students. Its that simple.

We need greater transparency and legal protections to ensure that vulnerable young people are safe at school and teachers can be safe when they go to work, said Ms Brown.

Religious Discrimination Act and Religious Freedom Commissioner

The Prime Minister has announced plans to take a Religious Discrimination Act to the next federal election, and is proposing to introduce a Religious Freedom Commissioner, despite the Expert Panel specifically not supporting the creation of a specific position.

We support a Religious Discrimination Act in principle, but would need to see the detail of what the Mor...

02:54

Former Mayor of Shiloh, Israel: Border Wall Cut Down Illegal Immigration to ZERO in 2017 (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

David Rubin, the former mayor of Shiloh, Israel, spoke with Tucker Carlson on Wednesday on the effectiveness of the border wall in Israel with Egypt.

On Tuesday Democrat leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer told President Trump that border walls were a waste of money. Democrats insist walls are racist and immoral.

Rubin refuted those claims saying the Israeli border wall cut down on illegal immigration to ZERO.

Mayor David Rubin: Between 2010 and 2012 there were 55,000 illegal immigrants into Israel Rapes and murders in those areas skyrocketed in those years The Israeli government made a decision. They were going to build a wall, a high-tech steel wall on teh southern border, the border between Egypt and Israel It was almost completed in 2015. In 2016 the wall was up. In 2016 there were 11 illegal immigrants that entered Israel. And then they raised the height of the wall, an additional several feet. And then in 2017 there was not one illegal immigrant that made it through the southern border into Israel.

Via Tucker Carlson Tonight:

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02:53

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

ICC: France Arrests Central African Republic Militia Leader
2018-12-12 21:25

A senior leader of a Central African Republic militia has been arrested in France on a warrant issued by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity and war crimes including murder and torture.

The court says that Patrice-Edouard Ngaissona was arrested by French authorities on Wednesday. It gave no further details of his arrest or what he was doing in France.

The court says in a statement that Ngaissona was the most senior leader and "National General Coordinator" of the Anti-Balaka, a mainly Christian militia accused of targeting Muslims in interreligious and intercommunal fighting since 2013, when predominantly Muslim Seleka rebels seized power in the capital. The violence left thousands dead and displaced hundreds of thousands more.

Another Anti-Balaka leader, Alfred Yekatom, was sent to the ICC last month.

02:52

Desire - By Richard T. Sale "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

It was a tall, unbelievably beautiful tree, finely shaped, with a great, green spreading crest, black dark green leaves, pales blossoms and long, sharp thorns. But in spite of its being a splendid sight, some said it was deadly. Certainly...

02:51

Coalition designs underwriting tender so it can choose what it wants, including coal RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Coalition underwriting documents allow government to pick and choose its favoured projects and adjust the criteria to suit. Even emissions intensity may not be a factor. The post Coalition designs underwriting tender so it can choose what it wants, including coal appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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02:50

Parliamentarians & their staff will be protected from public hearings and findings of corruption in Morrison's CIC "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Scott Morrison's media release on his Commonwealth Integrity Commission is below. The Attorney General's 21 page paper on the new bureaucracy is here: https://www.ag.gov.au/Consultations/Documents/commonwealth-integrity-commission/cic-consultation-paper.pdf The biggest question I have after reading those documents is "Why?". Why are we creating this new body? The CIC will have two divisions: Law Enforcement...

02:50

December 12 Energy News geoharvey "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Opinion: Trumps Losing, Lonely Fight to Save Coal President Trump has stood by coal whenever he could. He appointed a former coal lobbyist to the Federal Energy Management Commission. His administration promoted coal at COP 24. And yet the industry has not yet benefited from having an energetic booster in the Oval Office. []

via December 12 Energy News geoharvey

02:50

DRAGONFLY: Google Employees Publicly Rebel Against Building a Dystopian New Search Engine "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

DRAGONFLY: Google Employees Publicly Rebel Against Building a Dystopian New Search Engine By Meadow Clark The Organic Prepper More than 1,400 Google staff, many journalists, and human rights organizations are calling on Google to halt its controversial project called...

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02:49

1414 Degrees molten silicon biogas energy storage system set for trial in S.A. RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A world-leading, Adelaide-made 10MWh molten silicon energy storage system is on its way to Glenelg, where it will be tested at an SA Water treatment plant. The post 1414 Degrees molten silicon biogas energy storage system set for trial in S.A. appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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02:49

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

France Gives 1,400 Assault Rifles to Central African Republic Army
Weapons were seized from a gunrunning boat intercepted off Somalia two years ago

11 DECEMBER 2018 - 17:41
AGENCY STAFF

France handed over 1,400 AK-47 assault rifles and three amphibious vehicles to the Central African Republic on Tuesday to shore up its beleaguered armed forces.

French defence minister Florence Parly oversaw the ceremony at MPolo military base in the capital, Bangui.

The military aid was announced in Paris in November, with 24m in civilian assistance.

One of the worlds poorest nations, the CAR has struggled to recover from a 2013 civil war after president Francois Bozize, a Christian, was overthrown by mainly Muslim Seleka rebels.

In response, Christians, who account for about 80% of the population, organised vigilante units called anti-Balaka, referring to  balaka machetes used by Seleka rebels.

Thousands of people died in the violence, 700,000 were displaced internally and another 570,000 fled abroad.

With its troops hamstrung by poor training and lack of equipment, the UN-backed central government controls only a fraction of the countrys territory.

In 2013, the UN Security Council imposed an arms embargo, still in place.

Exemptions are made for weapons shipments for the security forces  approvd by a UN sanctions committee responsible for ensuring the weapons do not end up in the hands of militias in the corruption-prone country.

The panel gave the green light in 2017 for Russia to supply 1,700 AK-47s to the national forces in January and gave its approval again to the French shipments.

But in June, France, Britain and the US blocked a CAR request for approval of Chinese weapons deliveries.

From Frances point of view, there is in principle no obstacle to ending the embargo permanently, Parly said on Tuesday. What is important is that these weapons, after they are delivered to the Central African armed forces, can be identified, stored and traced.

The CAR has an army of only 7,000, in a population of 4.5-million, facing about as many militia fighters.
...

02:49

Know your NEM: Wind and solar is boosting competition RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The wind and solar boom is clearly adding to competition, but 5GW of battery storage in coming years will really focus the minds of incumbent utilities. The post Know your NEM: Wind and solar is boosting competition appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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02:48

10 days of solar: Australian rooftops can host up to 61GW of rooftop solar RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

New report finds there is potential for up to 61GW of solar PV installations on Australias residential rooftops. The post 10 days of solar: Australian rooftops can host up to 61GW of rooftop solar appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via 10 days of solar: Australian rooftops can host up to 61GW of rooftop solar RenewEconomy

02:44

Emergency Preparedness and Safety for Families [Part 1] [Video] "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Power outages and other emergencies are unexpected. While they can happen anytime, they are likely during winter storms. Taking the time to plan ahead can make the difference between being comfortable or suffering. Families need essentials like drinking water, food, medication, first aid, staying warm and dry. Additionally, a device for communicating with the outside []

02:42

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Kabila Rubbishes Corruption Claims Against Family, Ready to Handover Power
Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban
Africa News

The Democratic Republic of Congos outgoing president, Joseph Kabila, has rubbished claims that members of his family were unduly profiting from mining concessions in the country.

He challenged those peddling such allegations to provide tangible evidence if they really had any. The most known such report is one published in 2016 by the Bloomberg news portal.

I probably believe that people who write those reports live on another planet which is not this planet. Feel free to give me the names of those family members and those permits, they dont exist.

Asked whether his wife and children were not holding mining rights, he responded: Do you know how old my children are in order for them to have mining rights?

Thats where stupidity begins, allow me to use the word. I hope that one of these days someone will come up with something that is tangible instead of them being allegations left and right, he added.

Kabila was speaking in an interview with the BBC in Kinshasa. He also touched on other areas of interest like life after the presidency and the extent to which democracy had grown under his watch.

He said he would have a lot on his plate when he leaves the presidency adding that it was going to be easy to handover power to anyone who emerged winner of the December 23 polls which he said was going to be free and fair and that people were going to be allowed to vote freely.

02:42

Her, OS Sentience, and the Desire to Love "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

After watching Spike Jonzes epic sci-fi film Her, I felt as if my mind was, metaphorically of course, absolutely blown away. The film far exceeded my expectations of how it would make me feel, let alone make me think! I found myself wanting to tell everyone I knew to stop what they were doing and take the time to really watch it, listen to it, and absorb it. I spoke of other great films that captured both my heart and mind, like Robot and Frank, but no film has ever really achieved what Spike Jonzes Her achieves.


A review of Spike Jonzes 2013 sci-fi film.

02:41

Australia first rooftop solar trading trial kicks off in WA RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Western Australia energy minister launches world-leading active, billed, peer-to-peer trading trial allowing 40 households to buy and sell rooftop solar, across the grid. The post Australia first rooftop solar trading trial kicks off in WA appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via Australia first rooftop solar trading trial kicks off in WA RenewEconomy

02:39

8th SNAICC National Conference- hosted by SNAICC National Voice for our Children "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

2 5 September 2019, Adelaide Convention Centre

About the Conference

The conference is hosted by SNAICC National Voice for our Children. SNAICC is the national non-government peak body in Australia representing the interest of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

The conference is convened to assist with the achievement of the SNAICC vision: An Australian society in which our communities are empowered to determine their own future; where the rights of our children, young people and families are protected; where our cultural identity and achievements are valued; and our children and families have access to culturally appropriate services.

As the largest Conference of its type in the southern hemisphere the SNAICC Conference provides the opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations, policy makers, researchers, government representatives, other non-government organisations and industry representatives to gather and make renewed commitments to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

The Conference provides a powerful and inspiring learning experience for attendees and features:

  • International and local keynote speakers
  • Over 70 concurrent sessions, yarning circles, panels and workshops
  • Displays, poster presentations, exhibitors
  • Cultural highlights and performances
  • Social events and opportunities to network and connect with peers

It is expected that the 2019 Conference will again attract a diverse audience of 1000 participants from all over the country. This will provide a dynamic networking and learning opportunity for attendees...

02:39

Oil Bust 2.0 Kicks off with Parker Drilling Bankruptcy "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Parker Drilling announced Wednesday morning that it had filed for a pre-arranged chapter 11 bankruptcy. The storied drilling contractor has been in business since 1934. It has been involved in oil fields from Alaskas Prudhoe Bay and the Siberian Artic to the Caspian Sea and China, in addition to its work in the US. The company had somehow survived the first Oil Bust this decade (now called Oil Bust 1, 2015-2016), but was so weakened that it became one of the first casualties of Oil Bust 2.

 

 

 

https://wolfstreet.com/2018/12/12/oil-bust-2-kicks-off-with-parker-drilling-bankruptcy/

02:37

Rollins College Undersea Overseer "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Earlier this year my alma mater Rollins College recognized my career with an alumni achievement award. I received the award back in April and at the ceremony I got to meet the mayor of Oakland and the US Secretary of the Navy, who were also award recipients. A few months later they published a story about my career in our alumni magazine (and dubbed me the Undersea Overseer) which made me sound way cooler than I actually am. And since all things college confer privileges and responsibilities (otherwise known as kuleana), I was asked to give a talk at an Alumni gathering in Washington, DC in November.

The text of that talk (with a few of the photos I used in my powerpoint presentation) is pasted below. It's kind of long and a bit rambling because it was supposed to be a 25 minute talk and also I ramble a lot.

I've never written about The Pew Charitable Trusts Boonie Dog Show and the gentle ribbing I get for it at work, so if you only want to read one part, I suggest skipping to that.  Enjoy!


Thank you, please, hold the applause.  My name is Angelo Villagomez, I work for The Pew Charitable Trusts on the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy. This is a partnership with Pew and the Bertarelli Foundation to create large marine protected areas in our worlds ocean. If Twitter or Instagram are your thing, you can follow me at TaoTaoTasi which means people of the ocean in the Chamorro language. Alright, lets get started.


Megalodon, the largest shark to ever live, has been spotted in the Mariana Trench. No, Im just kidding.

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02:35

Ted Lieu: I Would Love To Be Able To Regulate Content Of Speech But 1st A Stops Me "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Another loon from California. Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA): "I would love to be able to regulate the content of speech. The First Amendment prevents me from doing so" pic.twitter.com/2LYevmIqrT Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) December 12, 2018

02:34

Whyalla goes greener with $145m solar greenhouse, as Gupta effect grows RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

In a big reveal alongside GFG Alliances Sanjeev Gupta, Whyalla City Council announces China-backed deal to build 70 hectare solar powered intensive horticulture facility. The post Whyalla goes greener with $145m solar greenhouse, as Gupta effect grows appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via Whyalla goes greener with $145m solar greenhouse, as Gupta effect grows RenewEconomy

02:30

12 days of Christmas songs 2 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Todays song sprang from a starting idea by LP and We Three Kings of Orient Are. We three teams, disorientated are, Opposed to oil and opposed to car. Try sharing an e.scooter with Nanaia Mahuta The elections seem so far Oh, Winston gave us this bad lot No one voted for what we got Leftward leaning, [] The post 12 days of Christmas songs 2 appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:30

THE BEAR IS HERE: Is Your Exit Blocked? (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

THE BEAR IS HERE: Is Your Exit Blocked? Video ITM Trading Video Source

The post THE BEAR IS HERE: Is Your Exit Blocked? (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

02:30

Online voting trial for 2019 local elections scrapped but zombie like is not dead "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Todd Niall writes at Stuff

Nine councils have dropped a joint plan to trial online voting in next years local body elections.

Good, Adam has blogged before about this idea. Most recently in this post, which has useful links.

Yet this idea refuses to die. It is a zombie policy, which just keeps rising from the grave and is promoted by misguided people.

Like the Walking Dead the idea, has due to costs, been deferred.

The working party said it was hugely disappointed about 2019, but would press on. 

With rising postal costs, sections of our communities currently unable to vote privately, and growing disengagement with elections generally, there is simply too much at stake to give up now, spokeswoman Marguerite Delbet, from Auckland Council, said.

Perhaps the group might provide answers to the following:-

1 What about the digital divide?

2 What about the cost duplication with potentially having to provide at least two options?

3 If postal voting is stopped, does that mean effective voter supptression for a segmen tof the community.

4 Perhaps the lack of voter disengagement is because many feel local government never listens anyway.

Online voting has been provided for in legislation since 2001, but requires specific regulations and has been a stop-start affair over recent years.

The government announced in 2013 that an online trial would be allowed for the 2016 local body elections.

That decision was reversed six months out from the 2016 elections by then-associate local government minister Louise Upston.

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02:30

Cyborg, Or Leafy Sensor Array? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Some plants react quickly enough for our senses to notice, such as a Venus flytrap or mimosa pudica. Most of the time, we need time-lapse photography at a minimum to notice while more exotic sensors can measure things like microscopic pores opening and closing. As with any sensor reading, those measurements can be turned into action through a little trick we call automation. [Harpreet Sareen] and [Pattie Maes] at MIT brought these two ideas together in a way which we havent seen before where a plant has taken the drivers seat in a project called Elowan. Details are sparse but the concept is easy enough to grasp.

We are not sure if this qualifies as a full-fledged cyborg or if this is a case of a robot using biological sensors. Maybe it all depends on which angle you present this mixture of plant and machine. Perhaps it is truly is the symbiotic relationship that the project claims it to be. The robot would not receive any instructions without the plant and the plant would receive sub-optimal light without the robot. What other ways could plants be integrated into robotics to make it a bona fide cyborg?

Via IEEE Spectrum.

02:25

Free Hawai`i "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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02:25

Cryptography Failure Leads to Easy Hacking for PlayStation Classic "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Submitted via IRC for SoyCow1984

Cryptography failure leads to easy hacking for PlayStation Classic

Plug-and-play hardware lacks even basic functional security for crucial bootrom.

In the days since the PlayStation Classic's official release, hackers have already made great progress in loading other PlayStation games (and even non-PlayStation software) onto the plug-and-play device. What's more, it seems some sloppy cryptography work on Sony's part is key to unlocking the device for other uses.

Console hackers yifanlu and madmonkey1907 were among those who were able to dump the PlayStation Classic's code via the system's UART serial port in the days after its release. From there, as yifanlu laid out on Twitter, the hackers found that the most sensitive parts of the system are signed and encrypted solely using a key that's embedded on the device itself, rather than with the aid of a private key held exclusively by Sony. In essence, Sony distributed the PlayStation Classic with the key to its own software lock hidden in the device itself.

takyon: PlayStation Classic is an ARM-based video game console that ships with the ability to play 20 preloaded games made for the original PlayStation console (released in 1994). Sony will not add additional games, but since the console uses the free and open source PCSX emulator and can be easily hacked, adding new content shouldn't be a problem.


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02:24

President Trump Signs Executive Order Establishing Opportunity and Revitalization Council (Video and Transcript) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Earlier today President Trump signed President Trump signed an executive order establishing the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council. The Council will be chaired by the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson, and comprised of 13 Federal agencies. Continue reading

02:23

If Democrats Fracture, This Will Be the Fault Line "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

"We must develop an international movement that takes on the greed and ideology of the billionaire class and leads us to a world of economic, social and environmental justice," Senator Sanders noted earlier this year. "Will this be an easy struggle? Certainly not. But it is a fight that we cannot avoid."

02:22

Silica paradox: Scientists discover seemingly impossible material "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

An international team of physicists and materials scientists from NUST MISIS, Bayerisches Geoinstitut (Germany), Linkoping University (Sweden), and the California Institute of Technology (U.S.) has discovered an impossible modification of silica-coesite-IV and coasite-V materials, which seems to defy the generally accepted rules for the formation of chemical bonds in inorganic materials formulated by Linus Pauling, who won the 1954 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for that discovery. The research results were published in Nature Communications on November 15th, 2018.

According to Paulings rules, the fragments of the atomic lattice in inorganic materials are connected by vertices, because bonding by faces is the most energy-intensive way to form a chemical connection. Therefore, it does not exist in nature. However, scientists have proved, both experimentally and theoretically, using NUST MISIS supercomputer, that it is possible to form such a connections if the materials are at ultra-high pressure conditions. The obtained results show that fundamentally new classes of materials exist at extreme conditions.

In our work, we have synthesized and described metastable phases of high-pressure silica: coesite-IV and coesite-V. Their crystal structures are drastically different from any of the earlier described models, says Igor Abrikosov, leader of the theoretical research team. Two newly discovered coesites contain octahedrons SiO6, that, contrary to Paulings rule, are connected through common face, which is the most energy-intensive chemical connection. Our results show that the possible silicate magmas in the lower mantle of the Earth can have , which makes these magmas more compressible than predicted before.

02:22

First look at a bulletproof Tesla Model X armored vehicle "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Electric vehicles, especially Teslas vehicles, are not being left out when it comes to armored vehicles.

After a Model S earlier this year, weve now got a look at what could be the first Tesla Model X armored vehicle.

We heard a rumor that Teslas showroom in Mexico City was displaying a bulletproof Model X.

02:17

Study reveals Indias free trade deals come at a cost "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

13 December 2018: A recent study by think-tank Third World Network into Indias free trade deals with Japan, South Korea and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has increased Indias trade deficit, reports Hindu Business Line. In other words, there are more imports to, and less exports from India.

The study notes the rising trade imbalance over the past decade between India and its trading partners, coupled with little benefit by way of increased ease of movement for skilled professionals.

These results are important and likely influential as the Indian government continues re-examining its trade policies. In recent years it has cancelled existing bilateral agreements that contained rights for investors to sue governments (ISDS), and last month made the uncommon but welcome announcement of studies commissioned into potential impacts of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) deal. The Indian government is concerned the RCEP will allow Chinese companies to flood its domestic markets, impacting on local workers.

The report suggested it is of particular concern that Indias exports have slowed significantly at a time when trade deals have provided additional market access. Companies in trading partner countries are gaining an advantage through trade liberalisation it seems, while companies in India are losing out.

02:17

Stand With Okinawa "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The devastation of Henoko is part of a larger, world-wide U.S. imperialist footprint. What happens in Okinawa matters for Indigenous peoples everywhere. (Photo: AFP)

The devastation of Henoko is part of a larger, world-wide U.S. imperialist footprint. What happens in Okinawa matters for Indigenous peoples everywhere. (Photo: AFP)

By Mo Yonamine

From Common Dreams, December 12, 2018

Dont cry here, an 86-year-old Okinawan grandmother I had never met before told me. She stood next to me and took my hand. I had been visiting my family in Okinawa with my four children early in August and had traveled to Henoko, in the northeastern region of our main island, to join the protest against the U.S. militarys relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station from Futenma, located in the center of an urban district, to Camp Schwab, in a more remote coastal region. My teenage daughter, Kaiya, and I had spent the day with a crowd of elders holding protest signs in front of the gates of Camp Schwab. Rows and rows of more than 400 trucks hauling large rocks passed by, ready to outline an ocean area for the new base, equivalent to the size of 383 football fields. Our beautiful, tropical ecosystem with all of its internationally proclaimed and protected biodiversity was to soon be crushed, destroying coral and marine life. This, despite the overwhelming opposition of Indigenous island people. I began to cry as I held up my protest sign.

Grandma is going to cry when I get home tonight so I will be crying with you, she said squeezing my hand. Here, we fight together. We watched as trucks flooded through the gate of the military base where Japanese police had pushed us away moments before. With tears in her eyes she said, It wouldnt be strange if we all jumped in front of every one of those trucks, because this is our ocean. This is our island.

Four months have passed since I joined the Okinawan elders back home and so many have continued to hold sit-ins every week for some, every day despite being forcefully removed by Japanese riot police. Meanwhile, the concrete blocks an...

02:16

Julian Assange Rejects Offer to Leave Embassy, 2470 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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02:15

Pentagon: Turkish Unilateral Action in Northeast Syria Would Be Unacceptable "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Sputnik 13.12.2018 WASHINGTON A Turkish unilateral military operation in northeast Syria if launched would be unacceptable and Ankara should consult with the United States to address the security situation, Defense Department spokesperson Cmdr. Sean Robertson told Sputnik. Earlier, Ankara announced that the Turkish military would launch an operation against Kurdish forces. Unilateral military []

02:10

Tom Luongo: The End of France as We Know It? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Tom Luongo: The End of France as We Know It? for Gold, Goats and Guns When an event grabs headlines like the protests in France have I temper my reactions to it.  I didnt give the Yellow Vest protests much...

The post Tom Luongo: The End of France as We Know It? appeared first on The Daily Coin.

02:09

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo U.N. Press Conference (Video and Transcript) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivers remarks to the media following his presentation to the U.N. surrounding ongoing issues with Iran, the failed JCPOA and the updated U.S. sanction policy. . [Transcript] SECRETARY POMPEO: Good afternoon, everyone. We had a Continue reading

02:05

US Senate Votes to End US Support for Saudi War on Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The United State Senate has voted to end President Donald Trumps support for the Saudi war on Yemen. The senators voted 60-39 Wednesday to advance a resolution for further debate and a later vote in the chamber.

02:02

Watch Rocket Lab Launch a Cubesat Fleet for NASA Tonight! "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The California-based startup Rocket Lab will launch 10 tiny satellites into orbit for NASA tonight, and you can watch it all live online.

A Rocket Lab Electron booster is scheduled to launch NASAs ElaNa-19 mission from the companys private Launch Complex 1 on the Mahia Peninsula of New Zealands North Island. Liftoff is scheduled for 11:07 p.m. EST (0407 Dec. 13 GMT) during a 4-hour launch window that closes at 3 a.m. EST (0800 GMT). You can watch live via Rocket Labs website, beginning about 20 minutes before liftoff. You can also watch the launch here on Space.com, courtesy of Rocket Lab. Bad weather may be a concern for the launch, company officials said.

Tonights launch will mark Rocket Labs first flight for NASA and the fourth orbital flight of the companys Electron booster over all. After two test flights (nicknamed This Is A Test and Still Testing), the company successfully launched its first commercial mission (dubbed Its Business Time) last month.

02:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Click the image for a high-res view The Safest and Most Risky World Debts Dont lend or borrow from the orange to red ones, you may suffer from buyers remorse? The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:00

Andrew McCarthy BLASTS Judge Napolitanos Accusations of Trump Campaign Violations : Thats Not What Happened at All! (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Former Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York and author Andrew McCarthy joined Lou Dobbs to discuss the latest charges against former Trump attorney Michael Cohen. Cohen was sentenced to three years on Wednesday for crimes discovered after federal prosecutors initiated an investigation on the former Trump ally.

McCarthy went off on Judge Andrew Napolitano for his misrepresentation of the law in attacking President Trump.

Andrew McCarthy: What I am saying is it remains to be seen whether this was actually a crime or not even if it happened in the way Cohen did. I was quite surprised just a few minutes ago watching Judge Napolitano on the program right before yours say a federal judge had ruled that this is a campaign finance violation. Thats not what happened at all. What happened was the Southern District charged what was very dubiously allegedly an in-kind campaign finance donation and Cohen elected, I think on strategic reasons, to plead guilty to that charge without challenging the underlying question which is a profound legal question about whether it actually is an in-kind contribution or not. The judge never ruled on that What happened here is the judge accepted the guilty plea but that is not binding on President Trump. So if he was ever charged he would have the opportunity to argue that this is not a campaign contribution. Cohens concession on this point is not binding on the president in any way.

VOTER POLL: Does Trump have your vote in 2020?

Via Lou Dobbs Tonight:

The post Andrew McCarthy BLASTS Judge Napolitanos Accusations of Trump Campaign Violations : Thats Not What Happened at All! (Video) appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

Ocasio-Cortez Touts New House Rule That Makes It Easier To Raise Taxes "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

She thinks raising taxes is good. Via Daily Caller: House Democrats caved to their progressive wing Tuesday and decided to scrap a rule that would have required a three-fifths supermajority vote to pass any new tax hikes. Democratic New York Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez celebrated the move. When I first won, folks said we were too []

02:00

The Other GOP Election Scandal That May Lead To A Special Election-- FL-15 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"




Florida's 15th congressional district-- the heart of Florida-- connects the Tampa Metro to the Orlando Metro, hitting the suburbs of both while being primarily agricultural. The two biggest population centers are Lakeland and Brandon... and neither is all that big.

The district is marginally red-- with an R+6 PVI. Obama lost both times he ran and Trump beat Hillary by 10 points-- 53.1% to 43.1%. It used to be Adm Putnam's district but Dennis Ross won it when Putnam went on to be state Agriculture Commissioner. Ross decided to retire this year and, with help from Marco Rubio, state Rep Ross Spano won a Republican primary against ex-state Rep Neil Combee. Meanwhile, self-described "moderate," Kristen Carlson, an EMILY's List candidate, beat a progressive Navy vet, Andrew Learned. She outraged him by self-funding around $100,000 into her campaign.

In the general, Carlson spent $2,038,400 to Spano's $851,583, a hefty chunk of which was illegally obtained. More on that in a moment. Ryan's SuperPAC spent $1,744,302 attacking Carlson and the DCCC responded with just $694,360, pretty much sealing her fate. The race was rated a toss up leaning towards Spano. 538 gave him a 57.9% chance to win and her a 42.1% chance. Every legitimate poll showed Spano ahead of her, though not prohibitively so. The biggest part of the district is in the Tampa suburbs (Hillsborough Co.) and that was very close with just a small lead for Spano, His lead in Lake County was also small, but Spano lead her by a very wide margin in Polk County. Overall, the results looked like this:


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01:59

Standing United with The Unistoten! "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

by Murray Bush

Crowd takes over lobby of TransCanada Pipelines subsiary Coastal GasLinks office this morning in defence of the sovereignty of Unistoten land. The company wants an injunction to trespass for LNG pipeline construction.

More photos here!

01:55

Navajo Council Delegate Crotty provides testimony on missing and murdered Indigenous Women to the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Council Delegate Amber Kanazbah Crotty provides testimony on missing and murdered
Indigenous women before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs in Washington D.C. on Dec. 12, 2018. (Photo courtesy of the Navajo Nation Washington Office)

Published December 12, 2018

WASHINGTON  Council Delegate Amber Kanazbah Crotty (Beclabito, Cove, Gadiihi/ToKoi, Red Valley, Tooh Haltsooi, Toadlena/Two Grey Hills, Ts anoztI) provided testimony on missing and murdered Indigenous women before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on Wednesday during an oversight hearing entitled, Missing and Murdered: Confronting the Silent Crisis in Indian Country.

The Committee invited individuals from Indian Country to provide testimony and recommendations to address the growing number of missing and murdered Indigenous women across the country. The oversight hearing also provided an opportunity for tribes to advocate for the passage S. 1942, also known as Savannas Act, which was named after Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind of North Dakota who was murdered in 2017.

I am here today on behalf of the Navajo Nation to implore this Committee to intervene to stop the alarming rates of our tribal members who turn up missing or murdered, stated Delegate Crotty. Our Nation continues to observe firsthand the disastrous outcomes that stem from the lack of resources that exist for tribes and states to maintain databases on Indigenous missing persons, or the failure across multiple jurisdictions to effectively communicate with tribes to coordinate efforts to reduce the loss of our children, our mothers, and all of our women.

Delegate Crotty, who also chairs the Naabikyti Committees Sexual Assault Prevention Subcommittee said the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women also affects transgender women, not only in rural areas, but also in urban areas.

In 2005 and 2009, three Navajo transgender women were missing in Albuquerque, and were later found murdered all within a block of one another. As you can see, this epidemic of violence against our women is not limited within our a...

01:54

PM Morrison announces establishment of Commonwealth Integrity Commission "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

In his brief remarks, the PM said "the government" had been working on a 'sensible, measured, carefully considered' proposal for an integrity commission with real teeth since January. They kept that a very good secret! Here's the Attorney General's public statement: On 13 December 2018, the Australian Government announced that...

01:53

Crying Wolf Over The Great Barrier Reef "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Dr Peter Ridd | The Global Warming Policy Forum | December 12, 2018 Scientists from James Cook University have just published a paper on the bleaching and death of corals on the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) and were surprised that the death rate was less than they expected because of the adaptability of corals []

01:51

In the act of eating: food culture in late capitalism "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Somehow over the last decade, food has become supreme arbiter moving around the cultural landscape and absorbing our biggest fears and desires, before transforming everything into a caf-ready salve. Whats strange about food cultures claim to authenticity is not so much the baroque propositions slow food, local food, homemade food only that the stuff we eat has taken on such a potent, transformative quality in the first place.

01:51

China Set to Shock Markets with Low Glyphosate Residue Limits in Food Imports "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

 

By Sustainable Pulse

China is set to introduce maximum residue limits (MRLs) of 200 parts per billion (ppb) or lower for glyphosate in all imported final food products and raw materials including grains, soybeans and other legumes before the end of 2019, according to Sustainable Pulse sources.

The Chinese introduction of low MRLs, which are officially based on health concerns following the classification of glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen in 2015 by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, has been expected by both U.S. and Australian farming organizations for some time.

SEE: Iran Is Labeling GMOs So Is America Really The Land Of The Free?

Chinas action would likely decrease the global use of glyphosate as a desiccant. The practice, known as desiccating, pre-harvest spraying or crop topping, is favored by many conventional farmers as a way to hasten the even ripening of grains, such as wheat, oats and barley, as well as legumes and other crops such as sunflowers and potatoes, even though it is not a recommended use of the increasingly controversial weedkiller. Desiccation leads to higher levels of the herbicide in harvested crops and final food products.

In Australia the largest farming co-operative, CBH, with revenue of AUD $3.47 billion and profit of AUD $247.6 million last year, has already acted to ban desiccation according to the...

01:50

Italy: The Brewing Storm "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Italy: The Brewing Storm By Claudio Grass Over the last couple of years, the main challenge to EU cohesion has been Brexit, with the media sharply focused on the negotiations and all relevant developments. Since the release of the draft...

The post Italy: The Brewing Storm appeared first on The Daily Coin.

01:50

Under Trump, U.S. Debt Grew by Size of Brazilian Economy in Just Two Years "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Via: Los Angeles Times: U.S. government debt is on track this year to rise at the fastest pace since 2012, as a stronger economy fails to keep pace with the wave of red ink thats rising under the Trump administration. Total public debt outstanding has jumped by $1.36 trillion, or 6.6%, since the start of []

01:48

China Tariffs are a Regressive Tax on Americans, and Risk a Recession "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

"I am a Tariff Man," Trump tweeted last week. "When people or countries come in to raid the great wealth of our Nation, I want them to pay for the privilege of doing so." We are right now taking in $billions in Tariffs. MAKE AMERICA RICH AGAIN." But -- Tariffs are paid by American consumers. Trump has made Americans poorer.

01:47

Amazon workers in Staten Island launching campaign to unionize "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A group of Amazon employees at the company's recently opened Staten Island warehouse has launched a unionization effort amid concerns about working conditions, according to multiple reports.Bloomberg reported on Wednesday that a committee at the...

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UN migration pact protest this Saturday December 15th "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Gday, Following last weekends successful event, the same organisers are hosting a demonstration outside the prime ministers office in Mount Albert. Time: 12 PM 4 PM Place:  658 New North Road, Morningside,  Auckland This weekend will feature people in hazmat suits and a large banner, alongside the yellow hi-vis vests to show solidarity with [] The post UN migration pact protest this Saturday December 15th appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:45

Native Rights are Human Rights: Congresswoman-Elect Deb Haaland Joins House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer in Rallying to Defend the Gwichin & Arctic Refuge "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Congresswoman-elect Deb Haaland rallies for Indigenous Rights on Capitol Hill

Published December 12, 2018

WASHINGTON Incoming House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and Congresswoman-elect Deb Haaland (D-NM), joined fellow lawmakers Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Rep. Ruben Gallego and Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA) at yesterdays Indigenous Solidarity Rally at the House Triangle on Capitol Hill in support of the Gwichin Nation whose homeland and cultural existence is once more threatened by extractive industry development. To the Gwichin, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is Izhik Gwatsan Gwandii Goodlit, The Sacred Place Where Life Begins, but to the Trump Administration it is coveted for potential fossil-fuel development.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer at the Gwichin Nations Indignous Solidarity Rally on Capitol Hill

The rally came as Interiors National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) published a peer-reviewed report which concludes that the Arctic is experiencing a prolonged span of unparalleled warming unlike any period on record. NOAAs report further undermines Interior Secretary Zinkes position as a climate change skeptic. Among the tribal representation at the rally, the Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council, the Great Plains Tribal Chairmans Association and the Global Indigenous Council provided a joint-statement which is the most comprehensive insight and summation of what continues to be one of Indian Countrys most urgent human rights challenges.

The statement is published here, in full, exclusively by Native News Onl...

01:42

Adaptable drone folds while flying to get through gaps "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Although quadcopter drones show promise as a means of exploring hazardous environments such as disaster sites, they do have one drawback theyre wide, limiting their ability to squeeze through tight spaces. An experimental new drone addresses that problem, by folding into different shapes while in flight.

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First Nation Sues Alberta, Says Oilsands Project Threatens Sacred Site "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

by The Canadian Press / Edmonton Sun

An aerial view of Fort McKay, Alta., Monday, Sept. 19, 2011. An Alberta First Nation is suing the province over development approvals that it says threaten sacred land the government has promised to protect. The Fort McKay First Nation filed the lawsuit in an Edmonton court late last week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

An Alberta First Nation is suing the province over development approvals that the band says threaten sacred land the government has promised to protect.

We will not stand idly by and let the area be destroyed, Jim Boucher, chief of the Fort McKay First Nation, said in a news release.

Fort McKay, a community of 800 about 80 km from Fort McMurray, is surrounded by open-pit oilsands mines on three sides. The closest is within four kilometres.

Band members have long considered the pristine area around Moose and Namur lakes, west of the community, their last refuge for traditional hunting, trapping and berry-picking. The lawsuit argues there has been so much development in the region from energy exploration to forestry to agriculture that Moose Lake is all Fort McKay has left.

Without the preservation of the Moose Lake area, the plaintiffs will no longer be able to meaningfully exercise their treaty rights, says the statement of claim, which contains allegations that have not yet been proven in court.

(Moose Lake) is now under imminent threat from industrial activity that has been or will be approved by Alberta.

The provincial government did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The alleged threat comes from an approval granted last June by the provinces energy regulator for an oilsands project that would come within two kilometres of Moose Lake. Prosper Petroleums $440-million, 10,000-barrel-a-day plans were vigorously opposed by Fo...

01:42

A radical new neural network design could overcome big challenges in AI "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Researchers borrowed equations from calculus to redesign the core machinery of deep learning so it can model continuous processes like changes in health.

01:42

[$] LWN.net Weekly Edition for December 13, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The LWN.net Weekly Edition for December 13, 2018 is available.

01:40

Drone Video Captures Killer Whales Trailing Behind New Zealand Swimmer "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

At Hahei Beach in New Zealand, a drone video captured 3 killer whales trailing closely behind a swimmer.

Swimmer Judie Johnson was wearing a black wet suit at the time, and feared it could be mistaken for a seal and provoke an attack. She says she originally mistook the Killer Whales for dolphins until she noticed the color on their backs.

Fortunately, they swam alongside her for a couple minutes before swimming away from her. Yikes.


h/t Abc7 Chicago

The post Drone Video Captures Killer Whales Trailing Behind New Zealand Swimmer appeared first on The Mind Unleashed.

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Why Reevaluate Saudi Relations Now? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Back in 2006 and 2007, and again in 2011, I wrote about how I view American Exceptionalism. One of the things I focused on was the alliance America made with Saudi Arabia and how it made sense in the context of lessons learned from World War Two, particularly around the centrality of oil supplies for any future confrontation with Stalins Soviet Union in the European theater.  I didnt see then, and I still do not see now that America was motivated by imperialism or greed or disrespect for Muslim culture and human rights when it decided to help develop the kingdoms energy supplies. Having said that, things developed as they developed, and in retrospect our relationship with the House of Saud has been a deal with the devil.

We have always had justifiable reasons for wanting access to the oil fields there, and we still have good reasons for wanting cooperative relations with the Saudi government.  But we cant deny that the relationship has corrupted us and that is has corrupted them.  It seems inevitable that wed eventually reach a point where the American people and even Congress would question whether the relationship could continue.

I actually agree with Trump in the limited sense that we ought not decide whether to support the princes war in Yemen or whether to sell the kingdom billions of dollars in arms based on the Khashoggi case. Where we differ is that I dont think we should have been doing those things in the first place. Yet, at the same time, I also know that we dont have great choices and that the president is expressing a real concern when he says I really hope that people arent going to suggest that we should not take hundreds of billions of dollars [in arm sales] that theyre going to siphon off to Russia and to China.

Having Saudi Arabia in our corner has always been, from the very beginning, just as much about denying access to oil and...

Byron York: An Evil Energizer Bunny "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

On Tuesday, lawyers for former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn filed a Memorandum in Aid of Sentencing with the District Court for the District of Columbia. They hoped to convince Judge Emmet Sullivan to follow the recommendations of the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) and restrict Flynns punishment to probation and community service when he issues his sentence on December 19th.

There are several interesting things about this document, but I am going to focus on just one of them.  There is a description (self-serving, to be sure) of how Michael Flynn was initially interviewed by the FBI on January 24, 2017, and it conflicts with one of the Republicans recurring talking points about Flynn.  I wrote about this most recently on December 5, but also a year before on December 4, 2017, three days after it became public knowledge that Flynn had become a cooperating witness.

The Memorandum in Aid of Sentencing gives a better explanation of what actually happened, and it dovetails exactly with I wrote in both of my pieces on York.  At 12:35pm on January 24, 2017, then-deputy director of the FBI Andrew McCabe called General Flynn in his West Wing offic........

A Catastrophic Meeting with Chuck and Nancy "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A full transcript of the acrimonious Oval Office meeting that occurred Tuesday between President Trump, Vice-President Pence, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi is available here. It was an extraordinary humiliating experience for the president, and the fallout is already being felt on Capitol Hill.

Jerry Moran is a Republican senator from Kansas. Hes obviously not pleased with Trumps performance. And its not just that Trump voluntarily offered to take the mantle of responsibility for a government shutdown. He had invited the Democratic leaders to the White House because he needs their help and then he proceeded to spew a fire hydrant level of lies about the border wall and related topics that Schumer and Pelosi shot down with mocking contempt.

On several occasions, Pelosi begged Trump to stop forcing them to contradict him in public in front of the press before the negotiations could even begin, but he insisted on pressing on, only to get owned over and over again.

Schumer laughed at him for attempting to say that he had gotten some kind of mandate out of the midterms: When the president brags that he won North Dakota and Indiana, hes in real trouble. He pointed out that he had just repeated the same lies about the border wall that had inspired the new Bottomless Pinocchio rating from the Washington Post. He caught Trump in a contradiction, saying that our border security was terrible after having opening his remarks by touting its effectiveness. He pointed out that Trump hasnt even spent the money for border security that he received last year. Then he told Trump that he had called for a government shutdown twenty separate times and got Trump to commit the mother of all blunders:

TRUMP: And Ill tell you what, I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck, because the people...

Wanker of the Day: Orrin Hatch "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

There was a time in the 1990s when I considered Sen. Orrin Hatch a serious legislator. I certainly didnt agree with him on much, but at a time when the Republican Party seemed to have gone mad with a malignant form of Clinton Derangement Syndrome, Sen. Hatch appeared to be more interested in public policy than in waging partisan holy war. In 1997, he teamed up with Teddy Kennedy to enact the Childrens Health Insurance Program, a decision that drew heavy criticism from many of his colleagues.

When the time came, though, Hatch voted to remove Bill Clinton from office for both perjury and obstruction of justice, thereby defining lies told about ill-advised office trysts with an intern as a high crime. If I had been paying closer attention to politics in the 1990s, I might never have credited Hatch with a serious or upright nature at all.

You can see how nakedly partisan he is today by his dismissal of President Trumps campaign finance-related felonies.

Retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch defended President Donald Trump on Monday, saying he doesnt believe he committed any crimes.

The Utah Republican told CNNs Manu Raju that he didnt have any concerns about allegations that Trump directed his former lawyer Michael Cohen to pay hush money to two women with whom Trump allegedly had affairs.

No because I dont think he was involved in crimes but even then, you know, you can make anything a crime under the current laws; if you want to you can blow it way out of proportion you can do a lot of things, Hatch said, according to a Raja tweet.

Hatch said the Democrats would do anything to hurt the president.

When told the federal prosecutors for the Southern District of New York were making the allegations, Hatch said, OK but I dont care; all I can say is hes doing a good job as president.

Raju also tweeted that Hatch told him, Presiden...

It's Not Hateful to Advocate Tolerance "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

F.H. Buckley of the New York Post is right about one thingthe Hate Has No Home Here signs that have cropped up across America are about vice signaling. People put the sign in their yard because there is something wrong going on in their country.  The signs began appearing shortly after Donald Trump was inaugurated and immediately moved to limit immigration by Muslims, including war refugees.  Whenever I pick my son up from school, I pass by several of these signs, and I take them to register strong disapproval with the president, his immigration policies and his political movement.  While I agree with Mr. Buckley that they are not about virtue signaling, I do not think they are normally aimed at Trump-supporting neighbors or intended to sow division within my community.

Thats how Mr. Buckley experiences the signs though when he encounters them in his non-diverse middle class Washington DC neighborhood while he is walking his dog.  He sees them less as exhortations for tolerance than expressions of hate.

Without getting into the argument about whether you can advocate tolerance while showing intolerance for intolerance, it should be obvious that any political speech of any kind will have the effect of making someone feel defensive.  Someone could put up signs that are much more explicit: I oppose President Trumps immigration policies or I support offering asylum to political refugees, those fleeing violence, and victims of ethnic cleansing.  Those signs would also make Trumps supporters uncomfortable. Even a generic sign for a political candidate will divide a community.  For that reason, many people decline to put political signs in their yards or on their cars, but its certainly everyones right to publicly signal their political opinions.

The rest of Buckleys column is even more of a mess. He manages to compare the supposed hatefulness of putting a No hate here sign in your yard to reflexively accusing war veterans of being potential rapists and advocating for transgender rights.  For Mr. Buckley, what all of these things have in common is that they are supposedly strategic and partisan ploys to define conservative values as depraved.

In the case of war veterans, liberals allegedly consider them suspect because of their toxic masculinity, and in the case of transgender rights, the idea is to keep pushing the envelope on sexual mores until conservatives cry foul. Then the liberals can accuse conservatives of having unenlightened beliefs.

I dont really know if Mr. Buckley believes any of this or if he just enjoys making money writing books like The Republican...

Trumps Lying Inspires the Bottomless Pinocchio "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Over the years, Ive been frustrated enough times by the performance of high-profile fact checkers like Politifact and Glenn Kesslers Washington Post operation, that Ive become wary of appealing to them for an objective measure of the truth. Nonetheless, they serve a vital purpose and while their conclusions can sometimes bend over backwards to credit obviously deceitful assertions or raise unwarranted doubts about truthful ones, they usually do a decent job of laying out the available record.

It looks like Kessler has grown frustrated too, at least with the president, as The Fact Checker will now offer a new rating that is worse than the previous booby prize: the Bottomless Pinocchio. Kessler was inspired by Trumps decision to lie 86 separate times while campaigning for Republican midterm candidates about funding for his border wall with Mexico.

As Kessler points out, Trump originally insisted when he ran for president in 2015-16 that he would force the Mexican government to pay for a border wall, but he dropped that plan almost immediately and asked Congress to give him the money. Thats not the inspiration for the Bottomless Pinocchio, however.

Shortly after becoming president, Trump dropped the Mexico part, turning to Congress for the funds instead. When that, too, failed Congress earlier this year appropriated money for border security that could not be spent on an actual wall Trump nevertheless declared victory: Weve started building our wall, he said in a speech on March 29. Im so proud of it.

Despite the facts, which have been cited numerous times by fact-checkers, Trump repeated his false assertion on an imaginary wall 86 times in the seven months before the midterm elections, according to a database of false and misleading claims maintained by The Post.

The lie that inspired the new rating is th...

Casual Observation "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The president committed crimes and it's the Republicans' turn to say this doesn't matter. It will grow increasingly painful to maintain that position. Campaign finance violations to cover up infidelity is the least of it, and yet that's already painful enough.

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Serious Question "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Any one else feel like the president is taking his insanity to a new level?

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The Justice Department Accuses Trump of Felonies "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Late Friday afternoon, the Southern District of New Yorks and the Special Counsels sentencing memoranda on Michael Cohen were released, along with the Special Counsels breach determination in respect to their plea deal with Paul Manafort. Collectively, they probably did not live up to the hype, but thats really only because the crimes detailed within are comparatively minor compared to many of the more serious crimes that have been alleged.

Of the three, the most immediately damaging is the Southern Districts submission. And thats because it accuses the president of the United States of having knowingly committed multiple campaign finance related felonies and then spells out precisely why these crimes are so damning. In short, Donald Trump defrauded the American people by illegally denying them vital information they needed to make an informed choice on Election Day in 2016. If he were not presently serving as our president, Donald Trump would assuredly be prosecuted for these crimes exactly as Michael Cohen has been, and as the ringmaster and beneficiary of the conspiracy, his sentence would be the more severe.

Paying off a porn star and Playboy bunny to conceal his infidelity might not be seen as the kind of high crime envisioned in the Constitution of meriting impeachment, but this case is complicated by its consequence for the very outcome of the election and by the subsequent coverup that took place while Trump was in office. The prospect is very real that Donald Trump would not be the president at all if he had not committed these crimes, and his criminal conduct in office is more serious than his criminal conduct on the campaign trail.

Truthfully, however, this is still relatively small potatoes in the greater scheme of things and it alone is not going to convince the Senate Republicans to march up Pennsylvania Avenue and ask Trump to pack his bags.

There are more serious implications in all three of todays court filings that relate to Michael Cohens seeming fear of organized crime and Russian intelligence, as well as Trump, Manafort and Cohens dealings with Kremlin-connected Russian figures. Unfortunately, most of this is left to our imaginatio...

Senator-Elect Josh Hawley Could Go to Prison "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

With Rep. David Valadao of Californias 21st District conceding to T.J. Cox, the Democrats have locked in a forty seat gain in the 2018 midterm elections. It could go as high as forty-one if a new election is held in North Carolinas Ninth District. The absentee ballot shenanigans that have been exposed there certainly warrant it, and at a minimum it does not look likely that Republican Mark Harris will be seated in the House of Representatives.

But the Republicans also have a problem in the Senate, as Ed Kilgore explains. It appears to be a fairly straightforward scandal although its resolution promises to be anything but.

Missouri attorney general Josh Hawley was the Republican Partys nominee to take on Senator Claire McCaskill, and he was successful in his effort. The problem is that he improperly used his old office to run for his new one. McCaskill raised this issue in the last days of the campaign, but Hawley scraped by nonetheless. Having won, however, hasnt made the problem go away, and now he faces an inquiry.

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft has launched an investigation into the way Attorney General Josh Hawley ran the office, Ashcrofts deputy general counsel wrote to a Democratic-allied group Thursday

The complaint came after the Kansas City Star reported on Oct. 31 that political advisers who would run Hawleys U.S. Senate campaign also directed taxpayer-funded staff, confusing the attorney general offices chain of command.

The advis...

Casual Observation "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

In my opinion, Joe Manchin never should have received a slot on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee in the first place. He wasn't a reliable vote and there was always the possibility that this day would come. Having let him on the committee, however, the solution isn't to deny him the leadership position by ignoring his accrued seniority. The solution is to convince one of the senators who have more seniority to serve as the ranking member on the committee rather than opting for their current positions. There's no way Ron Wyden is giving up his top position on the Finance Committee and Maria Cantwell can represent her state's aeronautical industry best on the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. That leaves either Debbie Stabenow or Bernie Sanders. Stabenow seems happy at Agriculture but if she cares about the climate, she will move over. Bernie likes his spot on the Budget Committee but it's worthless in the minority. He should make the jump to Energy to deny Manchin the slot, but he won't because when has he ever been a team player?

So, it looks like Manchin will be the top Democrat on the Energy Committee and positioned to become the chairman when the Democrats retake the majority. It's probably worth begging Stabenow not to let this happen. Most likely, Amy Klobuchar would take her top slot on the Agriculture Committee, and that would be a good spot for her. It might even give her a little boost if she decides to run for president.

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Trump Will Be Brought Down By His Own People "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

On June 3, 1973, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein signaled the end of Richard Nixons presidency with a big scoop in the Washington Post. They reported that ex-White House counsel John Dean had told Senate investigators and federal prosecutors that he discussed aspects of the Watergate cover-up with President Nixon or in Mr. Nixons presence on at least 35 occasions and that he was planning to testify under oath at the Senates Watergate hearings, regardless of whether he is granted full immunity from prosecution.

I dont think too many observers realized at the time that the jig was up, but Woodward and Bernstein had the goods.

One of the strongest charges against Mr. Nixon that Dean has made to investigators refers to a meeting Dean said he had with Mr. Nixon shortly before the sentencing of the seven Watergate defendants March 23, Dean said that Mr. Nixon asked him how much the defendants would have to be paid to insure their continued silence, in addition to $460,000 that had already been paid, the sources said.

Dean, the sources reported, maintains that he told Mr. Nixon the additional cost would be about $1 million, and Dean also claims the President replied there would be no problem in paying that amount.

On May 1, 1974, Nixon was compelled to release most of the transcripts of his secret recordings, among which was a tape that confirmed that John Dean was telling the truth about Nixon being willing to pay $1 million in hush money. On May 9, 1974, impeachment hearings began in the House Judiciary Committee.

What people couldnt really imagine on June 3, 1973 is what the effect would be over having members of Nixons inner circle testify against him. Certainly, John Deans testimony before Congress captured the nations attention and, once their existence was revealed, created an unstoppable momentum for the release of the Nixon tapes.  People can be forgiven for not knowing what the future would bring, but we have this precedent now to help imagine our near future.

When Robert Mueller brings his case, however he brings it, that will not be the end of the story. He has built his case by interviewing nearly everyone in Trumps inner circle, many of whom have become cooperating witnesses and many others of whom have doubtlessly opted to tell the truth rather than risk perjury or obstruction of justice charges. Their information is locked in in FBI transcripts and grand jury testimony, and they can be called before Congress to t...

Democrats Should Concede Nothing on Wall "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Parts of the government are due to shut down Friday through lack of funding. To prevent this from happening, the House of Representatives just passed a two-week stopgap continuing resolution.

It will provide funding for the departments of Homeland Security, State, Interior, Justice, Transportation and Commerce, among others, until Dec. 21. The legislation also provides a two-week stop-gap for the National Flood Insurance Program and extends programs included in the last stopgap measure, such as the Violence Against Women Act for an additional two weeks.

The Senate is expected to follow suit later on Thursday. This will hardly solve the problem, however. Unless a deal on President Trumps border wall is struck, Congress will have to pass another continuing resolution before the members go home for Christmas or we will end the year with a crippled government.

Nancy Pelosi is still the House Minority Leader rather than the Speaker of the House, so she cant dictate anything at this point, but she seems just fine with punting on the wall for the remainder of the fiscal year.

Pelosi said said her preferred solution for meeting the new deadline is for Congress to pass the six appropriations bills that appropriators have agreement on with a continuing resolution for the DHS [Department of Homeland Security] measure.

As Greg Sargent explains, the Senate Democrats are generally uninterested in paying for a project the president repeatedly guaranteed would be funded by the Mexican government, but they have agreed to plop down $1.6 billion for enhanced border security. That money can be spent on certain kinds of fencing but explicitly cannot be spent on a wall. Now the Republicans are trying to say its a win and Trump should claim victory while the Democrats are insisting its not a win and the president can take it or leave it.

So far, Trump doesnt seem inclined to accept either the congressional Republicans definition of a wall or the $1.6 billion level of funding. He wants $5 billion.

The Senate Republicans have tried to explain that the votes arent there for $5 billion and that theyve already struck a deal for the $1.6. Trump doesnt seem to care.  As a result, we...

Good Riddance to the Weekly Standard "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Billionaire Philip Anschutzs DC Media is a parent to both the Trump-critical Weekly Standard and the pro-Trump Washington Examiner. Its not surprising that theyre looking to expand the Examiner and shutter the Standard.

As Jim Antle, editor of The American Conservative, told Politicos Jason Schwartz, I think, in general, people dont visit conservative websites and read conservative magazines to read that the president is terrible. So what do you do when your writers and editors have concluded the president is terrible?

Its a little different on the left. I can tell you from experience that its easier to get traffic on the left by trashing the Democratic Party and its leaders than it is to praise or defend them. But its still generally true that partisans are looking for some kind of orthodoxy from publications before they will consider them allies or recommended reading. The Weekly Standard has evidently run afoul of this principle, although there is some dispute over the exact cause of their demise. For me, it would be related to the fact that its founder Bill Kristol may be the most famously and reliably wrong person in America.

Thats not it, however.

And despite the Standards dwindling circulation, unnamed staffers told Voxs Jane Coaston last night that the magazines closure would reflect corporate infighting more than untenable financial pressure (MediaDC, in any case, has deep pockets: its parent company is owned by the billionaire Philip Anschutz). As one source told Coaston, This isnt a natural death.

Maybe there is an editorial reason for killing off the Standard. It could be that Mr. Anschutz ha...

The Right Has a Michael Flynn Hangover "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Since the Special Counsels Offices (SCO) much anticipated sentencing memo for Michael Flynn was heavily redacted, most of the early response has been aimed at guessing what was included that we were prevented from reading. Theres plenty of quality speculation (see, e.g., Nancy LeTourneau on Jared Kushner and Marcy Wheeler on Reza Zarrab). Byron York, however, is stuck in his own right-wing misinformation bubble.

It probably doesnt behoove the right to spend a whole lot more time treating Michael Flynn as a martyr now that its clear that he sat for nineteen separate meetings with the SCO, but they invested an enormous amount of time in that effort over the last two years.  York is really stuck on two talking points that they developed.

The first is that the intelligence community (and outgoing Obama administration) originally went after Flynn for possibly violating the Logan Act, which prohibits negotiations by unauthorized persons with foreign governments having a dispute with the United States. Enacted in 1799, the law has almost never been enforced, and it has never resulted in a conviction. For York, this was a disingenuous pretense for going after the Trump transition team.

The second talking point revolves around the fact that the FBI agents who originally interviewed Michael Flynn did not report back that they detected any signs of deception on Flynns part. When he was still FBI director, James Comey admitted this to the House Intelligence Committee and (reportedly) to the Senate Judiciary Committee, too. Andrew McCabe, then serving as the FBIs deputy director, confirmed it.

Taken in tandem, these two arguments created a narrative that Flynn had done nothing illegal or wrong by talking to Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the transition, and that he hadnt actually lied when he was questioned about those conversations. In other words, Flynn was...

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Vaticans finance chief Cardinal George Pell guilty of sexually abuse "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

https://www.breitbart.com/faith/2018/12/12/australian-court-finds-cardinal-pell-guilty-of-sexual-abuse/

A Melbourne court has reportedly convicted the Vaticans finance chief, Cardinal George Pell, of sexually abusing two choir boys in the 1990s when he was archbishop of Melbourne.

After more than three days of deliberations, the court handed down a guilty verdictTuesday by a unanimous consent of the jury. If the verdict is confirmed, it will be the highest-ranking condemnation of a Church official for a crime of sexual abuse.

Last year, Cardinal Pell requested a dispensation from his duties in Rome to travel to Melbourne to defend himself against the charges against him, which he...

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No future for cars, but a bright one for cyclists "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Julie Anne Genter is on a mission to create cycleways right through the country to encourage more people to get on bikes and give cyclists the freedom to safely cycle wherever they like. This freedom to cycle comes at the expense of motorists when car lanes are turned into cycle lanes. Mike Hosking is very unhappy [] The post No future for cars, but a bright one for cyclists appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

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Tom Fitton: Transparency Revolution is Needed at DOJ on Mueller Operation (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Tom Fitton: Transparency Revolution is Needed at DOJ on Mueller Operation Video Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton appeared on CPAC Radio to discuss Michael Cohens plea deal to Mueller and where the Mueller probe into alleged Trump/Russia collusion during the...

The post Tom Fitton: Transparency Revolution is Needed at DOJ on Mueller Operation (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

01:30

Post Reports for 12 Dec 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

https://www.washingtonpost.com/podcasts/post-reports/michael-cohen-sentenced-today-says-hes-free-from-trump/?utm_term=.37432ce0bac8

WAPOs Post Reports, their recently introduced daily podcast, carried these 3 items in the 12122018 edition

1 Michael Cohens sentencing

2 Google CEOs trip to Capitol Hill

3 Melania Trump not wanting to be FLOTUS

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Suspect In 1987 Bombing That Targeted American Soldiers Leads Migrant Group Demanding Entry To US "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

But yeah, no danger with people like this behind the effort. Via Daily Caller: A suspect in a 1987 bombing that wounded six American soldiers in Honduras is leading a group of migrants demanding entry into the United States. Alfonso Guerrero Ulloa organized a march of approximately 100 migrants to the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana, []

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On se dirige vers une agriculture financiarise "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

12 Dec 2018 | JDLEOn peut se poser la question de savoir s'il y a pas de grands groupes agro-alimentaires et financiers derrire l'achat des terres en France

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Greenpeace Afrique et des artistes camerounais lancent une campagne contre l'accaparement des terres "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

12 Dec 2018 | APOLes vidos et les sketches humoristiques constituent un moyen utilis par les acteurs tels que Nsang Dilong, Freddy Kristel et AleneMenget pour prsenter le grave problme de l'accaparement des terres d'une manire comprhensible pour tous les Camerounais.

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Links 12/12/2018: Mesa 18.3.1 Released, CNCF Takes Control of etcd "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

GNOME bluefish

Contents

GNU/Linux

  • Desktop

    • Dells 2018 XPS 13 DEThe best out of the box Linux laptop gets the best OS

      It has been six years since Dell first introduced its XPS Developer Edition moniker, which refers specifically to the companys XPS laptop models that ship with Ubuntu Linux (and not Windows) pre-installed. Ever since, Dell has been producing some of the best Linux ultrabooks in recent memory.

      Ars has already put the Windows-boasting XPS 13 through its paces earlier this year since the device received a serious overhaul in 2018. Dell bumped up the hardware specs, revamped the thermal system, and introduced a new rose and white version, for instance. But how is latest edition of the premier just works Linux laptop doing with the added muscle?

    • Microsoft Keeps Track Of Your Activity Even If You Forbid It

      At first, it was just speculation doing rounds on the Reddit, but when Chris Hoffman from How-To-Geek looked further, it was confirmed that Microsoft does keep Activity History even when we tell it not to.

      Rather than telling you how the story unfolded, I will instead show you because its not just me or Chris, its affecting everyone who has a Windows 10 PC.

      ...

01:22

Investors call on BP, Exxon, Shell to defend EPA methane regulations "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Last week, investors representing $1.9 trillion assets under management called on 30 oil and gas companies, urging them to publicly oppose the EPA's proposed weakening of its methane rules. This letter is signed by investors including CalSTRS, the New York City Comptroller's Office, and Robeco, all of which have joined together to say no to these regulatory []

01:20

Classy First Lady Melania Trump Visits Service Members Aboard USS George HW Bush Sports a George H. W. Bush Hat "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Beautiful First Lady Melania Trump made history today when she visited the USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier.

She visited the USS George H. W. Bush sporting a George H. W. Bush hat.

The First Lady visited Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Joint Base Langley-Eustis & the USS George H W Bush aircraft carrier today.

Melania Trump children at the annual US Marines ToysforTots party in the Washington area.

The First Lady has been busy this past month. She attended the G20 with President Trump earlier this month.

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01:18

Flashback: When the US Government Fed Plutonium to Kids & Pregnant Women "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Remember this moment to understand how truly corrupt the government can be.

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The post...

01:14

THIS IS HUGE! Judge Sentencing General Flynn Demands to See FBI 302 Documents on Flynn Ambush Interview "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Judge Sullivan, who is assigned to General Flynns case is demanding to see the FBI summary 302 report about the ambush Flynn interview according to a new court filing.

Counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok showed up to the White House on January 24th, 2017 along with Special Agent Joe Pientka to interview General Flynn; the meeting was arranged by former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

Flynn was told not have his lawyer with him and soon after the FBI agents began to question him he realized he was being ambushed over his phone calls to Russian Ambassador Kislyak.

The FBI agents who ambushed General Flynn on January 24th, 2017 didnt write their 302 reports on their interview until 7 months later on August 22nd this is also AFTER Rosenstein wrote his August 2nd memo expanding Muellers scope.

Congressional investigators have long suspected the 302 summary notes on Flynn were altered to make it appear he was lying.

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe previously testified to Congress that the two agents who interviewed Flynn didnt detect any deception.

The 302 report may not be released to the public because it may be filed under seal.

The American people deserve answers as to why the 302 summary report on the Flynn interview wasnt taken at the time of the ambush or was it rewritten several months later to exclude Peter Strzok since he was removed from Muellers team?

Comey, Yates, Strzok and McCabe set General Flynn up to not only remove him from his post as NatSec Advisor, but to catch him in a perjury trap.

The Special Counsel must file its reply to Wednesdays court filing by December 14th.

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01:12

Watch Trump's new climate adviser run away from Amy Goodman "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Before he started taking stairs two at a time, Wells Griffith told Goodman that she was harassing him.

01:10

Markets Weekly Bill of Health "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Brent LaBounty

Dec 12 Volatility is the word of the week in looking at the markets overall trend and momentum. Headlines across the world are driving market sentiment. Markets spiked on the news that the Huawai Executive was released on bail...

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01:07

The EU Defense Industry: Consolidation toward an EU Army? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Summary

The idea of collective EU defense has been around since the abortive European Defense Community of 1952. Yet over 50 years later, the continent still lacks the shared vision and organizational structures required to turn its oft-cited goal of strategic autonomy into a reality. The challenge is compounded by the state of the European defense industry, which is fractured, organized along national lines, riddled with inefficiencies, and largely unable to maintain the extensive manufacturing base necessary to compete with global arms sales giants in the United States and Russia.

Yet the geopolitical shocks of the Ukraine crisis and the Trump presidency have shattered old paradigms, breathing new life into History on a continent that has been happy to ignore security matters since the end of the Cold War. Now the EU has its vision, but can Brussels push through integration in the ever-sensitive security sphere right when populist nationalism is surging across the continent? EU leaders are hoping that by incentivizing voluntary cooperation, they can induce the kind of industrial consolidation that would allow the EU to take greater responsibility for its own defense (and incidentally emerge as a major player in the global arms market).

 

The post The EU Defense Industry: Consolidation toward an EU Army? appeared first on Geopolitical Monitor.

01:04

Only Australia joins the US at pro-coal event during COP24 climate summit "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Contributed from Victoria

Sad to see that Australia has stood out for the wrong reason at the COP 24 summit at Katowice in Poland.

The badge of dubious distinction is for being the only country supporting the United States in its defence of the coal industry and opposition to real action to reduce carbon emissions.

Australias representatives at international forums and government have long been regarded as puppets, without a thought independent from Washingtons. This latest disgrace in the name of Australia can only confirm this view.

The cringe worthy performance was all the worse, because it was not merely lining up in a debate. Australia stood unwaveringly beside the United States, at a separate event run by that country, when every other other nation was in Poland to discuss doing more to take on the threat of global warming. Whichever ways you look at it, this was a pretty low act.

None of the other nations at the summit attended the event, called US innovative technologies spur economic dynamism, and designed to showcase ways to use fossil fuels as cleanly and efficiently as possible, as well as the use of emission-free nuclear energy.

They had good reason to stay away.

Protesters managed to get into the event and cause considerable disruption to the proceedings

Patrick Suckling, Australias ambassador for the environment, disgraced himself before a backdrop of the American flag, with all sorts of insincere mumbo jumbo about the need to reduce emissions. The thrust of his talk was that the fossil fuel must continue, and that carbon emissions can be stored.

While having to recognise, in the face of the overwhelming evidence, that emissions must come down, an effort was made to sidestep the issue was  by talking about being technologically neutral.

Simon Bradshaw, Oxfam Australias climate change policy adviser, said it was extremely disappointing to see Australia line up behind the US in pushing a pro-coal idea.

It is a slap in the face of our Pacific island neighbours, for whom bringing an end...

01:03

New London Food Strategy published "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Following feedback from thousands of you on the priorities for a new strategy

01:02

Theresa May wins leadership ballot by 200 votes to 117 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/brexit-chaos-theresa-may-wins-leadership-ballot-by-200-votes-to-117/news-story/906d6ca5f85961f1b5b11b87c95821df

An emotional British Prime Minister Theresa May has won a snap leadership vote of confidence after promising Tory backbenchers she would step down before the next general election.

Count official Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee, announced this morning:

The result of the ballot held this evening is that the parliamentary party does have confidence in Theresa May as leader of the Conservative party.

Mrs May won the vote with 200 votes for and 117 against. She needed 158/9 to win a majority of the 316 Conservative MPs...

01:02

Hold the Phone on Flynn Sentencing Judge Emmet Sullivan Has Questions "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Interesting, very interesting.  As noted in the Flynn sentencing memo last night there were some curiously framed explanations of events surrounding his FBI inquisition. Now Judge Emmet Sullivan wants expanded information, and wishes to see the actual notes (FD-302) that Continue reading

01:00

Large Scale Fisheries Operations Proposed for Marianas "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Pacific Islands News Association is one of the best resources for tuna news in the Pacific.  This week they are reporting from Honolulu for the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) and have filed several reports about the politics surrounding the tuna industry.

A story about the Marianas caught my eye, from the story:
Meanwhile, Northern Marianas Governor Ralph Deleon Guerrero Torres called on the WCPFC for financial assistance to develop their fisheries.

We have fisheries resources in our waters but lack access to capital needed to institute large scale fisheries operations (emphasis mine). In this regard CNMI Is interested in how the commission can insist some members and territories to obtain increased benefits and capacity derived from tuna Fisheries in the region," said Torres.
I know Governor Torres.  He is my second cousin.  Like all Pacific Island men, he considers himself a fishermen.  He's also a jobs guy.  He prides himself in bringing the casino to Saipan and all that has resulted from that.  I assume he sees fishing as an additional economic activity that could buoy up the economy.  That is a valid point of view, and is in line with the Trump Administration priorities to exploit American natural resources.  And the governor is very much a Trump guy.  But I don't think Saipan will have any industrial fisheries anytime soon for the following reasons:

1. Tan Holdings owns one of the largest fishing companies in the world.  If fishing was profitable in the Marianas, they would already be fishing there.  Just ask Jerry Tan.

2. There have been several heavily subsidized attempts to start industrial fishing in the Marianas, and they have all gone belly up.  The Lady Carolina, the longline vessel wrecked in our lagoon, made more money taking tourists to look at fish than it ever did trying to catch fish.

3. There are no local people who will want to work on a fishing boat for weeks at a time.

So not only do I think it won't happen, but I think it is a bad idea for the following reasons:

1. The fishing fleet based out of Hawaii has been exposed using slave labor.  Saipan has enough human trafficking problems with the casino.  A fishing fleet would invite more abuse.

2. If Saipan wants commercial fishing, we should be talking to Palau, Micronesia, the Marshalls, and the other members of the PNA, rather than taking our cues from...

01:00

Classic Silent Film: The Lost World (1925) Lewis Stone,Bessie Love,Wallace Beery "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Adapted from Arthur Conan Doyles 1912 novel

From Wikipedia

The Lost World is a 1925 American silent fantasy monster adventure film adapted from Arthur Conan Doyles 1912 novel of the same name. The film was produced by First National Pictures, a major Hollywood studio at the time, and stars Wallace Beery as Professor Challenger. It was directed by Harry O. Hoytand featured pioneering stop motion special effects by Willis OBrien, a forerunner of his work on the original King Kong. Doyle appears in a frontispiece to the film, absent from some extant prints.

In 1998, The Lost World was deemed culturally, historically or aesthetically significant by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry Because of its age the film is in the public domain, and can be legally downloaded online.

From a lost expedition to a plateau in Venezuela, Paula White brings the journal of her father explorer Maple White to the eccentric Professor Challenger in London. The journal features sketches of dinosaurs which is enough proof for Challenger to publicly announce that dinosaurs still walk the earth. Met with ridicule at an academic meeting at the Zoological Hall, Challenger reluctantly accepts a newspapers offer to finance a mission to rescue Maple White. Professor Challenger, Paula White, sportsman Sir John Roxton, news reporter Edward Malone (who is a friend of Roxton and wishes to go on the expedition to impress his fiance), a skeptical professor Summerlee, an Indian servant Zambo, and Challengers butler Austin leave for the plateau.

At their campsite at the base of the plateau, the explorers are shocked when a large rock falls, sent their way by an Apeman perched on top of an overhead ledge. As the crew look up to see their attacker, Challenger spies overhead a Pteranodon (mistakenly calling it a Pterodactylus) killing and eating a young Toxodon which proves that the statements in Maple Whites diary are true. Leaving Zambo and Austin at the camp, they cross a chasm onto the plateau by cutting down a tree and using it as a bridge, but it is knocked over by a Brontosaurus, leaving them trapped.

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01:00

Compare and contrast the two word clouds "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Here is the word cloud about National leader Simon Bridges that was created from a poll of 1000 people by Labours pollster UMR. Below is the word cloud about Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern that was created from a poll of 834 people using Whaleoils online pollster Slido. For the most up to date results click here.   The post Compare and contrast the two word clouds appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:00

Delta Promotes Ruth Bader Ginsburg Delusional Movie Clip "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Are they kidding? And this woman is on the Supreme Court. "You cant spell truth without Ruth. Catch Ruth Bader Ginsburg's story in @RBGmovie on Delta Studio and learn how shes making moves for equality. pic.twitter.com/xqouD0kkQN Delta (@Delta) December 12, 2018

01:00

Moveable Feast Cafe 2018/12/13 Open Thread "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

2018/12/13 00:00:03Welcome to the Moveable Feast Cafe. The Moveable Feast is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of

01:00

HPR2704: Intro to Scribus "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Scribus is a page layout application. If you are familiar with common publishing industry tools, then Scribus will be very familiar to you, but if you're used to word processors or graphic applications, then Scribus will probably confuse you. In this episode, Klaatu talks about the workflow of page layout, and how to do some basic tasks in Scribus. The example files Klaatu produces in Scribus are available at http://slackermedia.info/tank/scribus-by-example.tar.gz Fair warning: this episode is actually "about" steganography. The key you need is OGG.

00:59

Radar anomaly seen across Illinois, Kentucky possibly part of war games? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A storm-like image appearing on radar has led inhabitants in the Midwestern region of the US to reexamine a mystery they thought they'd solved. Local reports indicate the radar anomaly came from a military aircraft, but it's unclear where the aircraft could have originated. A multicolored streak covering portions of radar in western Kentucky shocked the National Weather Service on Monday. The streak lingered for about 10 hours, even though there was absolutely no rain falling, reports Evansville Courier & Press.

00:59

Three Clinton Foundation Whistleblowers To Testify About Tax Crimes, Pay-For-Play "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Allegations made are quite explosive, says Rep. Mark Meadows.

The post...

00:59

A World of Multiple Detonators of Global Wars "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

We will proceed to identify great power confrontations and then proceed to discuss the stages of proxy wars with world war consequences. Read essay [PDF]

00:58

On Causing Popes to Topple and People to Rise: A Special Year End Message and Update from Kevin Annett December 12, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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I am for those who have never been mastered, 
the sworn poet of every dauntless rebel Walt Whitman

 
Greetings to all of you who are not a part of this season to be brain dead!

First, a story.

My buddy Jake was my inside man for a lot of years in the head office of the United Church of Canada. After feeding our movement lots of dirt on the sordid crimes of the clergy of that particular denomination, and helping to convict a few of them, Jake was fired from his job last week after he was caught sticking copies of our most recent leaflet in the hymn books of a Toronto United Church just before its Sunday service. 

The leaflet, a copy of which is attached, asks parishioners to take a Pledge of Non-Cooperation with Criminal Churches. Jake is 74 years old and has no pension and no family to support him. Merry frigging Christmas from the United Church.

But all is not lost. As it turns out, Jake has responded to his sacking by planting his considerable bulk outside the residence of the church official who made him jobless, bearing a sign that reads Remember Maisie Shaw this Christmas Eve: Bring home all the murdered children. murderbydecree.com .

(Maisie Shaw was a 14 year old native girl who was murdered by Reverend Alfred Caldwell at the United Churchs Alberni Indian residential school on December 24, 1946)
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00:56

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Cameroon Separatist Leader Goes on Trial for 'Terrorism'
2018-12-07 06:03

A separatist leader from the anglophone west of Cameroon went on trial Thursday on charges of "terrorism" and "secession" over unrest that has claimed hundreds of lives.

Julius Sisiku Ayuk Tabe, president of the self-declared "Republic of Ambazonia", was arrested in neighbouring Nigeria and extradited to Cameroon in January this year along with 46 others.

The military court in the capital Yaounde is trying Ayuk Tabe and nine co-defendants on charges of "condoning and financing terrorism" as well as insurrection and "hostility against the motherland".

Cameroon's 22 million people are mainly French-speakers, but around a fifth are English-speaking, concentrated in the Northwest and neighbouring Southwest regions of the West African country.

Resentment at perceived discrimination against anglophones in education, the judiciary and the economy fanned demands for autonomy in 2016.

Then last year, as longtime President Paul Biya refused any concessions, radicals declared the independent state of Ambazonia and took up arms.

Attacks by the secessionists and a crackdown by the authorities have led to the death of at least 500 civilians as well as more than 200 members of the security forces, according to the International Crisis Group (ICG).

More than 300,000 people have fled the violence, many of them living hand-to-mouth in the forests, and some across the border into Nigeria.

Clashes persist on a near-daily basis.

Ayuk Tabe and most of his co-defendants make up the political wing of the separatist movement, advocating negotiation with Yaounde.

The court rejected a demand for Ayuk Tabe's release from detention in mid-November.

The trial was adjourned Thursday to January 10 to allow the defence - comprising more than 80 lawyers - to study the charges.

The prosecution plans to call 70 witnesses, according to a list seen by AFP.

00:53

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Conflict in Cameroon is Extracting a Heavy Toll on Ordinary People
2018-12-12 14:29
Julius A. Amin, University of Dayton

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has let Cameroons President Paul Biya know that his nation will no longer host the 2019 African Nations Cup competition. The decision is a humiliation. Once a powerhouse of Africas football, Cameroons reputation had dropped significantly.

CAFs decision serves as a reminder that the country is sinking, and something must be done.

Until a few years ago Cameroon was a nation on the move. Despite its many political, economic and social problems, the country was peaceful, attracted people from all over for tourism, business, and education.

For example the University of Dayton had, over two decades, run immersion programmes in the country, and so did many other American universities. Cameroon was also an international centre where major conferences, symposia, and cultural activities took place.

The nation was a major banking centre, as well as host to Nigerian businessman Aliko Dangotes many activities, and more recently the proposed site of car assembly plants to be constructed by Indian and Chinese businesses. And the list goes on.

But the Anglophone conflict has taken its toll. A peaceful protest which began three years ago against the marginalisation of Anglophone Cameroon quickly turned violent as some called for the regions complete secession from Cameroon to form the Ambazonia Republic. As a result Cameroons military force and the Ambazonia Defence force have been locked in a deadly embrace with no end in sight.

Already in the 7th term of office as president, Biyas obsession with a military solution to the crisis has exacerbated tensions, as well as the misery of ordinary people.

Beneath CAFs rationale that Cameroon was ill-ready, ill-equipped and ill-prepared to host the games was a sense that the country is deeply insecure. The cities of Limbe and Buea in the heartland of Anglophone Cameroon were going to host the games. But routine kidnappings, attacks, road closings, and killings in the region would have undermined the essence of the games.

CAFs announcement coincided with the failure of a....

00:53

Feed a fishery, starve a seabird "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Competition for fish stocks with fisheries to feed humans could be forcing seabirds to go hungry, according to new research. The study, published Dec. 6 in the journal Current Biology, reveals that seabirds share of fish has dropped by nearly 20 percent over a span of 40 years. Expanding large-scale fisheries, meanwhile, have increased their haul by 10 percent in the same period. What makes those facts doubly concerning is that seabird communities have dwindled, said David Grmillet, the studys lead author. Research published in 2015 found a 69 percent slide in their numbers since 1950. African penguins (Spheniscus demersus), such as the one pictured here, are facing extinction. Research has found that penguin numbers dropped by a quarter since 1950. Image by David Grmillet/CNRS. In a statement from the University of British Columbia, Grmillet, a biological oceanographer at CNRS, the French National Center for Scientific Research, likened fisheries impact on seabirds to a boa tightening its grip on prey. The research overlaid maps of the feeding areas of 276 species of seabirds with the take zones of human fisheries and compared them over two periods, the 1970s and 1980s, and the 1990s and the 2000s. The team tallied up the amount eaten by seabirds around the world, as well as how much fish humans are thought to have pulled from the oceans, during those stretches. Seabirds had an average of around 70 million metric tons (77 million tons) available to them each year between 1970 and 1989. That figure

00:52

Womans Stark Warning After Finding Out That the Innocent Pimple Was Deadly Cancer "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

While a lot of people ignore those little pimples that come up, some of them turn out to be more than expected. Skin cancer is a very real issue and some of the smallest issues can end up being deadly.

Jess Pasco, an Australian woman in her 30s had a pimple come up and instead of ignoring it she went with her gut and had it checked out. This harmless pimple turned out to be a form of cancer known as Basel Cell Carcinoma. As someone who had faced this kind of thing before she knew that getting small things like this checked out was very important.

Pasco told The Sun as follows in regards to her situation:

A year earlier, I wouldnt have known what youre meant to look for.

Like most people, I thought skin cancer was just a black mole. If I wasnt conscious like I am now, I wouldnt have thought anything of it and wouldve ignored it.

When you have a skin cancer on your face, cutting out isnt really preferable.

It can leave a pretty big scar. So I was given this cream for eight weeks that basically gets your immune system to attack the cancer.

I had a severe reaction. It was a massive sore much bigger than the cancer itself. It was really red, painful and pus-filled. I had it for probably four months.

Image Credit: Jess Pasco

You see, not too long ago (within a year) Pasco had went to her normal doctor for a check-up and mentioned a freckle to him that had not been there before. That freckle had grown while she was still in Uni and literally changed colors all on its own. The spot on her leg turned out to be cancerous and so when the spot on her face came up she knew that she should not ignore it.

She was fortunate both times to catch things before they got to the point where they were going to spread but not everyone ends up as lucky. Skin cancer is....

00:50

Our Words Literally Change Our Brain, So Speak Your Words Carefully and With Love "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

While most of us do not think about the way we speak often, it has a serious impact on not only the people around us but ourselves as well. Of course, the world of researching this kind of thing is complicated but it is still quite clear that being overly negative can affect your brain itself.

In the book, Words Can Change Your Brain Andrew Newberg a neuroscientist and Mark Robert Waldman explained as detailed as they could how the things we say can and do affect our minds. They wrote that just one word could influence the expression of genes that regulate our stress on both a physical and emotional level, which is quite true. The more positive we are the less likely we are to be stressed.

They wrote as follows:

By holding a positive and optimistic [word] in your mind, you stimulate frontal lobe activity. This area includes specific language centers that connect directly to the motor cortex responsible for moving you into action. And as our research has shown, the longer you concentrate on positive words, the more you begin t woo affect other areas of the brain. Functions in the parietal lobe start to change, which changes your perception of yourself and the people you interact with. A positive view of yourself will bias you toward seeing the good in others, whereas a negative self-image will include you toward suspicion and doubt. Over time the structure of your thalamus will also change in response to your conscious words, thoughts, and feelings, and we believe that the thalamic changes affect the way in which you perceive reality.

A study from back in 2013 actually proved exactly as stated above. You see the language we use has the power to literally reshape the way we see the world and in that change our brains. The outlook you have on life or your dispositional attitude can make you either love life and the things around you or hate literally everything. Have you ever heard someone that made your stomach sink? This happens to us all at one point or another and while we dont like to admit it, is proof that words are far more powerful than we tend to reveal.

Permitting negative concepts and words into your mind and allowing them to become thoughts you give power to will bring more fear and stress into your life. The more you use angry or negative words, in general, the more alarming the messages will be moving within your mi...

00:50

A new variant of Shamoon was uploaded to Virus Total while Saipem was under attack "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A new variant of the Shamoon malware, aka DistTrack, was uploaded to VirusTotal from Italy this week, but experts havent linked it to a specific attack yet.

Shamoon was first observed in 2012 when it infected and wiped more than 30,000 systems at Saudi Aramco and other oil companies in the Middle East.

A second variant of the same threat was discovered by researchers at Palo Alto Networks in January 2017 and it was able to target virtualization products.

DistTrack is able to wipe data from hard drives of the infected systems and render systems unusable. Like other malware, Shamoon leverages Windows Server Message Block (SMB) to spread among systems of the target network.

The code of the original Shamoon includes a list of hard-coded domain credentials used to the target a specific organization and steal credentials, but a variant uploaded to VirusTotal this week doesnt contain these credentials.

Google security firm Chronicle discovered a file containing Shamoon uploaded to its VirusTotal database.

The new Shamoon was set to detonate on Dec. 7, 2017, at 11:51 pm, but only uploaded yesterday. reported  Axios website.

Chronicle notes that attackers may have set the attack date to the past perhaps by changing 2018 to 2017 in order to start an attack immediately. Another possibility, said Brandon Levene, head of applied intelligence at Chronicle, is that the malware was compiled in the past as part of preparations for a later attack.

The new variant presents other anomalies, for example, the list of the command and...

00:49

25+ Images That Show What the World Would Be Like If Animals Treated Us the Way We Treat Them "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The relationship between humans and the animal kingdom has long been one of reliance, where we rely on them for food, clothing, and companionship while domestic animals rely upon us for food, shelter, and love. But, have we taken advantage of this dynamic?

There is no denying the incredible impact that we have on the animal kingdom. With over 1,300 endangered or threatened species just in the United States. We would love to point fingers and blame a number of natural causes, including earthquakes, volcanoes, and more. However, the truth is that we are driving these creatures to the point of extinction with our over-hunting, extensive forestation and pollution.

At the same time, over 69 million dogs and 74 million cats live in homes across the United States. Even the domesticated animals, however, arent free from the toxic impact of the human population. Hundreds of thousands of animals suffer at our hands, victims of abuse and neglect, while even more are left alone in animal shelters, abandoned by those that they loved. Heartbreaking, isnt it?

Imagine a world where the tides were turned, where we were the ones at the mercy of their decisions, actions and selfish behaviors. Close your eyes and allow yourself to feel the vulnerability and fear that they would feel in these situations. If that isnt enough to inspire you to reconsider where your food comes from and whether you need that fur coat, I dont know what is!

This is the message that artists and illustrators across the globe are hoping to share through their work, depicting situations in which the roles are reversed, and we are at the mercy of the animal kingdom. There is something powerful about visually seeing these situations, opening our eyes and our hearts, calling on us to question the decisions that we make and the way that we live our lives. Weve put together an incredible collection of just such images.

Here are 25+ thought-provoking images that highlight the truth about how animals are treated in our society:

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00:49

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Cameroons Anglophone Separatists Have Created Their Own Cryptocurrency 
By Amindeh Blaise Atabong in Yaound Cameroon
Quartz
December 12, 2018

Increasingly determined and bold separatists seeking the international recognition of the self-proclaimed Federal Republic of Ambazonia (Southern Cameroons) have created a crypto-currency which they claim is the first to be fully nation-backed.

Known as AmbaCoin, 20,082 of the Ambazonian crypto bond had already been bought, out of 100,000,000 on pre-sale as of Nov. 10. One AmbaCoin sells for 25 cents (circa 140 CFA franc) and the main initial coin offering of the crypto-currency is scheduled for Dec. 24. It is said to be backed by the rich natural resources of the breakaway region.

The AmbaCoin was conceived and built by a group of anonymous Anglophone separatist scholars, technocrats and developers. But it has gained the support of frontline secessionists and separatist movements. When news of the crypto-currency was made public last month, Chris Anu, who has the title secretary of state for communications & IT for the Federal Republic of Ambazonia, posted a sample of the crypto-currency bond on his Facebook page and said: We are getting there folks.

In the last five decades in Africa, especially in areas where people want to create a country of their own out of another, people have been opting to put their faith in a form of exchange other than a currency which is globally accepted. During the Nigerian civil war (1966-1970), the then self-declared Republic of Biafra adopted the Biafran pound as legal tender, abandoning the Nigerian pound it had been using before independence.

There is also a plethora of unrecognized countries in the past which came up with currencies in their efforts to be independent. The Katangas in DR Congo came up with their own franc currency in the 1960s, while the Rhodesian pound was the currency of Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) from 1964 to 1970.

A statement on the website of AmbaCoin indicates that plans are already underway for the creation of a traditional fiat currency for Ambazonia that will be used to peg the future price of AmbaCoin. The English...

00:45

New logo for the Coalition government revealed "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The post New logo for the Coalition government revealed appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:44

A World of Multiple Detonators of Global Wars "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

We face a world of multiple wars some leading to direct global power conflagrations and others that begin as regional conflicts but quickly spread to big power confrontations.

We will proceed to identify great power confrontations and then proceed to discuss the stages of proxy wars with world war consequences.

In our times the US is the principal power in search of world domination through force and violence. Washington has targeted top level targets, namely China, Russia,and Iran; secondary objectives include Afghanistan, North and Central Africa, Caucuses and Latin America.

China is the prime enemy of the US for several economic, political and military reasons: China is the second largest economy in the world; its technology has challenged US supremacy; it has built global economic networks reaching across three continents. China has replaced the US in overseas markets, investments and infrastructures. China has built an alternative socio-economic model which links state banks and planning to private sector priorities. On all these counts the US has fallen behind and its future prospects are declining.

In response the US has resorted to a closed protectionist economy at home and an aggressive military led imperial economy abroad. President Trump has declared a tariff war on China; and multiple, separatist, and propaganda wars; and an aerial and maritime war of encirclement.

The first line of attack is exorbitant tariffs on Chinas exports to the US and its vassals. Secondly, is the expansion of overseas bases in Asia. Thirdly, is the promotion of separatist clients in Hong Kong, Tibet and among the Uighurs. Fourthly, is the use of sanctions to bludgeon EU and Asian allies into joining the economic war against China. China has responded by increasing its military security, expanding its economic networks and raising economic tariffs on US exports.

The US economic war has moved to a higher level by arresting and seizing a top executive of Chinas foremost technological company, Huawei.

The White House has moved up the ladder of aggression from sanctions to provocation, it is one step from military retaliation. The nuclear fuse has been lit.

Russia faces similar threats to its domestic economy and its overseas allies, especially China and Iran .Moreover the US has broken its compliance with the interm...

00:44

Labor won't rule out using 'accounting tricks' to meet emissions reduction targets "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Mark Butler says party will make decision on using carryover credits from the Kyoto protocol after Paris rule book' establishedThe shadow climate minister Mark Butler has not ruled out using carryover carbon credits from the Kyoto protocol to help Labor meet its more ambitious emissions reduction targets in the event it wins the next election.Butler expressed reluctance about using accounting tricks as part of Labor's climate policy arsenal, but told the ABC he would not make a decision [...]

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US warns Turkey against 'unilateral action' on Kurdish fighters in Syria "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Pentagon warning came hours after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country plans to launch new military operation in Syria

00:41

The Economy Rigging That Impacts Americans "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

I apologize in advance for my shortcomings in trying to de-wonk multinational economics and the financial constructs that impact, at the core, the U.S. worker and consumer.  Its a big issue to tackle in digestible portions.  However, that said some Continue reading

00:39

Autistic student dies after being restrained in California school, state suspends certification "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The California Department of Education has suspended the certification of a private El Dorado Hills school where an autistic teen stopped breathing last week after being restrained by staff. The 13-year-old student subsequently died. The CDE announced Thursday evening that it was investigating the circumstances around the fatal incident on Nov. 28 at Guiding Hands School on Windplay Drive. El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson also confirmed his office is investigating the death but declined further comment. A source familiar with the incident said a teacher at Guiding Hands School is under investigation after a 'prone restraint' was used to subdue the child for roughly an hour. A prone restraint involves immobilizing a student in a face down position.

00:38

(Why) The World is Forgetting What it Means to be Civilized "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

How Capitalism is Costing Us Civilization

The Reason Were Repeating History, Instead of Forging a Better Future

Theres a theme that keeps coming up in discussion I have lately, with people from around the world. If the rich and powerful countries of the world are failingwho should we aspire to be? Its a good question. It cuts to the heart of now. This age, where all the old ways, systems, ideas seem to be failing catastrophically, brings with it a crisis of selfhood (which is why identity politics have flared up, too.) We dont know who we are anymoreor who we should be.

Thats not so strange. Capitalism, which ruled the world, and is now collapsing, tells us were nobody, that we have no inherent value, worth, our purpose whatsoever. The price of modern capitalism was any deeper self than what you earned, acquired, exploited. And yet we can see that happily trading away our souls and selves for riches that never came wasnt exactly the worlds best idea. So on the one hand, we have a new kind of freedom, but that leaves us in a bind. Who are we? Are we just failed proles? Are we budding social democrats? Are we the same old brutal colonizers and slavers were descended from? Waitwho should we want to be? Can you feel that pained cry rising up around the world? I can.

The way that I answer that question goes something like this. The question of selfhood that the world doesnt quite know its asking yet is really about the idea of civilization, what it means to be civilized, what the work and purpose of civilization, as a verb, really is. I mean that in a subtle and even a delicate waynot in a superior and condescending one.

When we say that rich countries are failing, what we mean is that is that wealth, industrialization, modernization, brought it with certain maladies, certain malaises. Today, its easy to see that the worlds great problems all fall into four categoriesinequality, stagnation, climate change, and division.

Now, funnily enough, the great thinkers of the past predicted all these, with eerie precision. The existentialists spoke of ennui, a sense of gripping boredom, the ultimate pointlessness of consumerist status competitionand also of angst, the terrible despair beneath it, when one is trapped, no exit, as Sartre memorably said, living a life which is said to have no intrinsic worth, purpose, meaning, value. Durkheim coined the term anomie, referring to the disintegration of social bonds, and the sense of meaninglessness that arose from atomization, of markets conquering communities. Marx spoke of immiserationthe fools choice of either being exploited and exploiting right back, or being abandoned. Weber spoke of the danger of society reverting to....

00:38

Could the arrest of Meng Wanzhou have anything to do with Huawei challenging Western cellphone monopolies? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The arrest of Chinese telecommunications CFO Meng Wanzhou has sent shockwaves through the global markets. The context of the smartphone industry and the challenges facing big monopolies from Russia and China is vital background information for anyone who wants to understand these recent, dramatic events. One of the favorite talking points of defenders of free markets is "capitalism made your iphone." According to the meme, those who believe in socialism or Marxism are presented as total hypocrites if they own smartphone as only the profit system's rewarding of entrepreneurship could ever produce such a technological creation. However, a little investigation reveals that the entire premise of the meme is false. The first cellphone was created by Leonid Ivanovich Kupriyanovich, a Moscow-based engineer in 1955 who conducted his research in state-run facilities. Furthermore, the screens of most smartphones are illuminated by Light Emitting Diodes (LED), the first of which was invented...

00:35

How one video changed a life "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Steve Brawner,  2018 by Steve Brawner Communications, Inc.

How powerful can a short video be? Powerful enough to change a boys life and a familys.

In March 2015, Chrystal and Adam Baker were living a normal life in Alexander. Read the rest

The post How one video changed a life appeared first on independentarkansas.com.

00:35

Butina Handler Torshin Reportedly Linked To FSB, Russian Mafia, the NRA & the Trumps "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Maria Butinas apparent handler-mentor is Torshin. Torshin has been reportedly connected to the Taganskaya Russian mafia, who have been accused of money-laundering in New Jersey. Spanish prosecutors think that one of Torshins associates may have run financial operations for the late Russian mobster Ivankov. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2018/03/15/russian-politician-who-reportedly-sent-millions-to-the-national-rifle-association-nra-has-long-history-in-spain/ On his reported FSB connection and more see: El Pais, 3 Apr 2017: https://archive.is/wCYXM Butina, herself, was engaged in a years-long conspiracy to work covertly in the United States as an undeclared agent of the Russian Federation and maintained contact information for individuals identified as employees of the Russian FSB Case 1:18-cr-00218-TSC, Doc 8, 07/18/18, p. 3 of 12: https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/4609962/7-18-18-US-Motion-for-Pretrial-Detention-Butina.pdf

According to Robert Friedmans Red Mafiya (2009), when the FBI couldnt find Ivankov they finally found him living in Trump Tower. Lost him again and he was found in Trumps Taj casino in New Jersey, which had become a favorite destination for Russian mafia, according to Friedman. Coincidence?

Bloomberg reported in 2016 that Torshin had met Donald Trump, Sr., and in May, 2016, he shared a dinner table with Trump Jr at the NRA convention in Louisville, Kentucky. See: Mobster or Central Banker: Spanish Cops Allege This Russian Both, by Esteban Duarte, Henry Meyer, Evgenia Pismennaya http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-08-09/mobster-or-central-banker-spanish-cops-allege-this-russian-both

Trump National Security Advisor John Bolton seems implicated as he appeared in a related Right to Bear Arms video for Russia: http://youtu.be/TUYbR33yvc0. Bolton served in the Office of the Counsel to President Reagan, as well as in the Trump adminstration. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, former Reagan speechwriter (1981-87) is also connected to Torshin. https://www.reaganlibrary.gov/sreference/white-house-staff

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00:34

Face Meet Egg "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

For days now, all one has been able to read about British politics has been endless opinion pieces on the impending demise of PM May as a result of a Tory party spill motion.

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The pundits were wrong.  She won the vote and by a not small margin.  Not only that, but Tory party rules prevent any challenge for twelve months, by which time some critical Brexit deadlines will have passed.

So, she is strengthened but not out of the woods.

00:33

Northern cardinals in American deserts, new study "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

This August 2018 video from the USA is called 10 Fun & Interesting Facts About Northern Cardinals.

From the American Museum of Natural History in the USA:

Cardinals living in adjacent deserts are sharply distinct in genetics and song

New research investigates whether dialect differences might indicate new species

December 12, 2018

New research suggests that populations of the Northern Cardinal one of the most ubiquitous backyard birds in the United States are undergoing speciation in two adjacent deserts. This study, which analyzed genetics and vocal behavior, gives clues about the early steps in bird speciation. The study is published in the journal Ecology and Evolution.

In general, songs are really important for describing and identifying birds, said lead author Kaiya Provost, a comparative biology Ph.D. Candidate in the American Museum of Natural Historys Richard Gilder Graduate School. Most studies assume that differences in song are important in the process that gives rise to new bird species. But looking at speciation using both genetics and behavior in wild birds can be really difficult. We went out to test both of these spheres of biology on wild desert birds to look at the full story.

The researchers focused on Northern Cardinal populations in two deserts: the Sonoran Desert, which covers parts of Arizona, California, and Mexico; and the Chihuahuan Desert, which covers parts of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and Mexico. The deserts are separated by about 120 miles of high-elevation plains. Analysis on the DNA of the birds in these areas shows that the two populations have been separated for at least 500,000 years and possibly for as long as 1 million years, which might be old enough for the speciation process to finish, Provost said.

In parallel, the researchers examined the song-related behavior of these populations. Songs play a crucial role in a birds ability to attract and impress a potential mate. If two birds cant communicate with each other, for instance, by singing different types of songs, they are less likely to breed. Over time, po...

00:31

Sports Illustrated Chooses Christine Blasey Ford To Present Award To Sexual Assault Survivor "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

In her first public statement since September, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford presents Sports Illustrateds Inspiration of the Year Award to Rachael Denhollander https://t.co/2lBOB9nVDk pic.twitter.com/AjRYVYfOmS Sports Illustrated (@SInow) December 12, 2018 Way to distract from Denhollander with this creepy woman. Via Daily Wire: On Tuesday evening, Sports Illustrated announced the person they were acknowledging as []

00:30

Males can destroy but males will also build "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Left and those of the misguided feminist mindset are wrong to categorise all men together. Generally, male soldiers liberate women from the depravity of militant jihadists and male police officers will arrive to take out the criminal terrorists. Some believe that white masculinity is toxic and must be suppressed. Men are the problem. We [] The post Males can destroy but males will also build appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:29

Chicago Organizers Have Message For Next Mayor: Support Peoples Agenda Or Face Resistance "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The West Side is the heartbeat of Chicago, said Janice Peters. You can get to anywhere from this place anywhere in Chicago.

Peters, an organizer with the group Action Now, was with about 50 people, who boarded a bus on a cold, windy November morning to tour several Chicago neighborhoods. They heard from community leaders and talked with each other about what they want the next mayor of Chicago to support.

The bus tour was organized by the Grassroots Collaborative, a Chicago-based coalition of community groups that organizes around issues of homelessness, immigration, economics, and education. It began at Lincoln Yards, an area along the north branch of the Chicago River slated for massive development by real estate company Sterling Bay.

From there, the tour made five stops: Jackson Park, the site chosen for the Barack Obama Presidential Library; a public school on the south side; a pair of homes in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood; Roseland Hospital; a safety net hospital on the south side, and the site of a proposed new $95 million police academy on the west side.

Peters once loved the neighborhood she lives in on the west side so much that she bought a house.

It used to be a great community full of black-owned businesses, where black and brown people could get along, she declared. The proposed police academy however, she added, is a sign of gentrification and an attempt to push marginalized people out of an already blighted neighborhood.

Theyre moving us out, theyre pushing us out, theyre tearing everything down. Now they want to put more police in our community to overpolice us and scare us out of our community, Peters said.

Now, as the 2019 race for mayor in Chicago heats up, community groups and activists have an opportunity to reshape the city in a more equitable fashion.

Chicagoans on a bus tour about economic inequality hosted by the Grassroots Collaborative pose at Jackson Park, the site of the Barack Obama Presidential Library. (Photo by Aaron Cynic)

If there are two things everyday Chicagoans have, it is a long memory and a low tolerance for bullshit (though the latter often gets stonewalled by people with far more power who pay no mind to the former)...

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Hillicon Valley Presented by AT&T Officials warn of threat from Chinese spying | China blamed for Marriott hack | Trump open to intervening in Huawei case | FCC mulls ending merger ban on 'Big Four' networks | California floats tax on texts "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Welcome to Hillicon Valley, The Hill's newsletter detailing all you need to know about the tech and cyber news from Capitol Hill to Silicon Valley.Welcome! Follow the cyber team, Olivia Beavers (@olivia_beavers) and Jacqueline Thomsen (@jacq_thomsen...

00:27

THE TRUMPS TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE BUSHES' GOOD GRACES "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

I'm reasonably certain that the Trump family would have steered clear of anything with the Bush name on it prior to George H.W. Bush's funeral. But the Bushes graciously invited President Trump and his wife to Poppy's funeral -- and now the Trumps are returning the favor by using a naval vessel named after Bush as a backdrop for some self-serving propaganda on Fox:

WEDNESDAY: FLOTUS Sits Down With Hannity for Exclusive Interview Aboard USS George HW Bush

First lady Melania Trump will sit down with Sean Hannity Wednesday for an exclusive interview aboard the USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier.

Hannity will also take viewers behind the scenes with Mrs. Trump as she visits military bases and speaks with personnel....
They know that Bush the Elder is much more widely admired than President Trump. They want reflected glory, and they're shameless enough to go out and grab it. And, of course, the shameless sycophant Hannity is on call and ready to help.

00:26

LG's Automated Craft Beer System Could Make Homebrewing Much Easier "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Submitted via IRC for SoyCow1984

The company is set to debut its HomeBrew system at CES 2019. It's a capsule-based beer-making machine that relies on automation and fermentation algorithms, and is completely self-cleaning, so it's a seriously fuss-free way of brewing your own beer. Depending on the beer type (there are five: American IPA, American Pale Ale, English Stout, Witbier and Czech Pilsner), the system can produce up to five liters of beer in about two weeks -- you can check on its status at any time using the companion app for iOS and Android.

Source: https://www.engadget.com/2018/12/11/lgs-homebrew-craft-beer-system-ces-2019/


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00:22

Game Over. Canadian Mining Companys Papua New Guinea Deep Sea Mining Experiment Fails "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

MiningWatch Canada  | December 11, 2018

Nautilus Minerals aspirations to be the worlds first deep sea mining company sink to the bottom of the ocean on news that the project support vessel critical to the development of the companys deep sea mining project in Papua New Guinea has been purchased for repurposing by Indian company MDL Energy.

Dr. Helen Rosenbaum of the Deep Sea Mining Campaign said: Nautilus Production Support Vessel was the centrepiece of their model of operation. Without the support vessel its difficult to see Nautilus ever developing its Solwara 1 project. Given Nautilus dire financial circumstances it is fair to say the game is over. There seems little chance of them re-paying their bridging loans when these become due in less than a month. The Solwara 1 experiment can be deemed a failure, and the people of the Bismarck Sea of Papua New Guinea have hopefully been spared an environmental disaster.[1]

Dr. Catherine Coumans of MiningWatch Canada stated, If Nautilus sinks, the amazing hydrothermal vents targeted for mining with their unique and diverse life forms will be given a reprieve, as will the marine...

00:21

Shocking testimonies released about Israeli crimes at Gaza border "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Palestine Information Center December 12, 2018 On the 70th anniversary of UN resolution 194, the Palestinian Return Centre (PRC) issued a new report entitled Voices of Return: Documenting Israels Repression of the Great March of Return. The new report is based on a PRC submission to the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on the []

00:21

The FCC Has Made the Same Mistake for Text Messaging That It Did for Net Neutrality "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Almost exactly a year ago, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to strip net neutrality protections from the Internet and reclassify Internet Service Providers as an information service rather than a common carrier telecommunications one. This year, the FCC has voted to classify text messaging the same way.

This classification is not just a minor legal technicality. It can have real effects on our ability to use text messaging for political speech and supporting charities. This is why EFF joined 19 other groups in signing a letter urging FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to either classify SMS and short codes as a common carrier or, at the least, wait to make a decision until the effects of classifying text messaging as an information service could be studied under todays circumstances.

Currently, short-messaging services (SMS) and short codesthe five- or six-digit numbers you often see attached to charity appeals that allow you to donate by textare not classified under the traditional scheme. Classifying text messages under Title II would require wireless carriers to contribute to the Universal Service Fund, which funds initiatives to, among other things, increase the availability and affordability of phone and Internet services for rural and low-income users.

Title II classification would also prevent wireless companies from interfering with text messaging and operate in a non-discriminatory manner. History shows us that when the wireless carriers exerted discretion over text messaging, it effectively amounted to censorship and hampered the ability of people and groups to organize. In 2007, Verizon blocked text messages from NARAL on the grounds of controversy. In 2010, T-Mobile was accused of blocking texts from a medical marijuana service. That same year, Sprint demanded Catholic Relief Services end a texting-b...

00:20

Democrat Rep. Ted Lieu: I Would Love To Regulate Speech "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

In a segment on CNN Tuesday afternoon, Rep. Ted Lieu lamented that fact that the First Amendment prevents him from regulating speech.

00:20

U.K.s May Wins No-Confidence Vote by MPs Unhappy Over Brexit "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

LONDON British Prime Minister Theresa May survived a political crisis over her Brexit deal Wednesday, winning a no-confidence vote by Conservative lawmakers that would have ended her leadership of party and country.

But the margin of victory 200 votes to 117 leaves May a weakened leader who has lost the support of a big chunk of her party over her handling of Britains exit from the European Union. It also came at a steep price as she promised not to run for re-election in 2022. Britains Brexit problem, meanwhile, remains unsolved as May seeks changes to her EU divorce deal in order to make it more palatable to Parliament.

May said she was pleased to have received the backing of my colleagues but acknowledged that a significant number had voted against her in Wednesday evenings secret ballot.

I have listened to what they said, May promised as she stood in a darkened Downing St. after what she called a long and challenging day.

The threat to May had been building as pro-Brexit Conservative lawmakers grew increasingly frustrated with the prime ministers handling of Brexit. Many supporters of Brexit say Mays deal, a compromise that retains close economic ties with the EU, fails to deliver on the clean break with the bloc that they want.

The balloting came after Mays Conservative opponents, who circled the beleaguered prime minister for weeks hoping to spark a no-confidence vote, finally got the numbers they needed to call one.

The vote was triggered when at least 48 lawmakers 15 percent of Conservative legislators wrote letters asking for a no-confidence ballot.

On Monday, May postponed a vote to approve the divorce deal to avoid all-but-certain defeat. She has until Jan. 21 to bring it back to Parliament after she hopes winning concessions from the EU.

The result of the vote was announced to loud cheers from lawmakers gathered in a stuffy, ornately wallpapered room in the House of Commons. Under party rules, May cannot be challenged again by fellow Conservatives for a year.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, an ally, said the result showed that May has the support of her party.

This is a clear statement by the parliamentary party they want her to go forward, they want her to lead us through Brexit, he told Sky News.

But pro-Brexit lawmaker Mark Francois said the result was devastating for May, who has lost the support of a third of her party in Parliament.

If I were her, I wouldnt be pleased with this at all, Francois said. I think she needs to think very carefully about what to do now.

Before the vote Wednesday, May had vowed to fight for the leadership of her party and the country with everything Ive got,...

00:18

Stopping British deportation of refugees terrorism, people protest "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

This 11 December 2018 video from London, England says about itself:

Thousands Turnout to Support the Stansted 15 Home Office Protest 11.12.2018 (full event)

Today over 300 people including politicians, artists and academics have signed a letter in support of the #Stansted15 and nearly 5000 people protested outside the Home Office.

Read it and share.

If you didnt get a chance to sign the letter theres a petition now up and running which you can sign here.

Campaigners for the release of the Stansted 15 convicted of terrorism offences they now face lengthy prison sentences for non-violent defence of refugees

This photo shows campaigners for the release of the Stansted 15 convicted of terrorism offences they now face lengthy prison sentences for non-violent defence of refugees.

00:15

A tedious old ritual with a new twist "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

For the last 20 years, ever since then speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich shut down the government by refusing to pass funding bills as part of a power play with then president Bill Clinton, we have had basically budget gridlock with the usual process of passing appropriation bills being sidelined and replaced by stop-gap Continuing Resolutions (CR) being passed. The only exceptions seem to be appropriations for the military and tax cuts for the wealthy, both of which seem to have no problems being passed.

The threats of shutdowns are now raised on a regular basis, sometimes several times a year, depending on the length of the time the previous CR specified. But Gingrich suffered for his shutdown and ever since then the two parties have tried to pin the blame for it on the other side. The next deadline for a shutdown is on Friday, December 21. In his meeting with the two Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer yesterday, Trump got baited into declaring that he would be happy to take responsibility for the next shutdown that he said he would order if he did not get more funding for his precious border wall.

Given the very public stances taken at this very testy meeting, it is hard to see what face-saving deal can be arrived at to avoid a shutdown. Stephen Colbert reviewed the ridiculous meeting at which Trump made contradictory statements about the wall and Pelosi taunted Trump that he did not have the votes to pass funding for the wall even in the current Republican majority house. (Thanks to DonDueed)not have the votes to pass funding for the wall even in the current Republican majority house. (Thanks to DonDueed)
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00:13

The Hideously Absurd Russophobic Prosecution Of Maria Butina "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

I vividly remember thinking that when she first became news for infiltrating the NRA, for which there were plenty cute pictures taken, I remember thinking she would have been 22 or 23 years old when as a super- devious Russian redhead she allegedly penetrated the trillion dollar NRA, and the trillion dollar Republican Party, and the Trump campaign, which according to some people is now worth negative $1 trillion.

If any of said organizations allow for a 22-year old to take all of their most secret and damning secrets and send them to her alleged puppet master Vladimir Vladimirovich, I say they deserve everything theyre getting. But it IS the sort of thing that if you want to report it like its actual news, you sure need to be convincing, you need proof, that sort of thing, not the anti-Putin innuendo US media rely on as their main standard today. Butina with no proof is just a nice by now 30-year old girl who happens to be Russian.

 

 

https://www.theautomaticearth.com/2018/12/politics-and-economics-in-times-of-crisis/

 

 

00:13

Crackpot Democrat Ted Lieu: I Would Love to Be Able to Regulate the Content of Speech (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Crackpot Democrat Ted Lieu (D-CA) admitted on CNN on Wednesday that he would love to regulate the content of speech.

He said this regarding accusations and credible evidence that the tech giants are eliminating conservative speech in America.

Facebook alone eliminated over one billion conservative page views from their platform in the last year.

Lieu was speaking to CNN host Brianna Keilar when he made the honest comments about about freedom in America.

Via Washington Free Beacon:

After CNN host Brianna Keilar praised Lieu for the clever stunt, she wondered if Democrats should have used more of their time to question the Google leader about how it and other tech companies can work to prevent the spread of conspiracy theories and other online trolling.

Its a very good point you make, Lieu said. I would love if I could have more than five minutes to question witnesses. Unfortunately, I dont get that opportunity. However, I would love to be able to regulate the content of speech. The First Amendment prevents me from doing so, and thats simply a function of the First Amendment, but I think over the long run, its better the government does not regulate the content of speech.

Spoken like a true Democrat.

The post...

00:13

Washington Post editor hits tech companies for pregnancy ads after losing baby "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

An editor at The Washington Post criticized technology companies over their ad algorithms targeting pregnant women, explaining in an opinion piece published Wednesday that she continued to see advertisements for maternity products...

00:10

California Considering Taxing Text Messages "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

In their constant quest to tax everything. Via Mercury News: Texting your sweetheart that youre on your way home? California may soon charge you for that. This is no LOL matter, critics say. State regulators have been ginning up a scheme to charge a fee for text messaging on mobile phones to help support programs []

00:09

Oral questions:13 December 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Questions to Ministers Dr DUNCAN WEBB to the Minister of Finance: What are the priorities for Budget 2019? Hon SIMON BRIDGES to the Prime Minister: What was the content of the text message she received from Richie Hardcore about Karel Sroubek? Hon MICHAEL WOODHOUSE to the Minister of Immigration: Other than Karel Sroubeks lawyer and family members, who made representations on his behalf in [] The post Oral questions:13 December 2018 appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:02

U.S. Muslim Leaders Headline UAE Conference at Expense of American Muslim and Palestinian Rights "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

American Muslims for Palestine | December 12, 2018 WASHINGTON, D.C. Last Wednesday, a group of prominent and select American Muslim leaders traveled to the United Arab Emirates to participate in the fifth annual conference of the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies (FPPMS), which is sponsored by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abdullah []

00:01

Maidan in France, or a national uprising? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Ollie Richardson for The Saker Blog Before diving into the topic of this article I would like to pay a special tribute to the late William Blum. For those

00:01

Earth's magnetic field may be headed for a cataclysm says latest French study "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

We've reported on Earth's magnetic field before, including studies claiming that the planet's poles may reverse at any time and studies saying that Earth is probably not headed for a polar reversal at all. At the heart of these studies is the undeniable, millennia-old weakening trend in the planet's magnetic field, which, depending on your point of view, is either a temporary phenomenon that will eventually reverse itself (as it has in the past), or the harbinger of a cataclysmic breakdown of the Earth's entire magnetic shield and a subsequent flip of the magnetic poles. The most recent study from the EDIFICE project, a geophysical research initiative based in France, claims we're headed for a cataclysm. According to Dr. Nicolas Thouveny, one of the principal investigators for EDIFICE: "The geomagnetic field has been decaying for the last 3,000 years. If it continues to fall down at this rate, in less than one millennium we will be in a critical (period)."

00:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: The old Wool Shed at Maraekakaho.  SH50 Sth of Fernhill / Hastings. window@whaleoil.co.nz Please put View From Your Window in the subject line For a year now Bluburd has sponsored View From Your Window and provided a fantastic prize each month of either a one-kilo [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:00

Disgusting Conflict of Interest: Theresa Mays Husbands Investment Firm Made a Financial Killing from the Bombing of Syria "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Prime Minister took the decision to bomb Syria under the full knowledge that her husbands investment firm would make a financial killing from the resultant bloodbath.

The post Disgusting Conflict of Interest: Theresa Mays Husbands Investment Firm Made a Financial Killing from the Bombing of Syria appeared first on Global Research.

00:00

Benjamin Britten A Time There Was award winning film by Tony Palmer "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Tony Palmers film about Benjamin Britten

There are always dates that resonate forever in our lives I remember exactly what I was doing when.; or even I was there The death of Kennedy, for instance. For me that date is May 30th 1962. By chance I had been taken to the newly opened Coventry Cathedral by a friend to hear a big new choral piece by Britten, and there I met John Culshaw who, as head of DECCA, was then in the process of committing Brittens entire works to disc. And thank God he did. To him, we should all be eternally grateful. That big new piece was, of course, the world premire of the War Requiem. I remember the utter silence that followed the performance. No words, let alone applause, could express what we all felt, a feeling that has never left me every time I hear music by Britten. Years later I was able to repay a tiny part of my gratitude to him for what he had given us with a film called Britten & his Festival about the opening of the original Snape Concert Hall in 1967. I can, with modesty, say that he loved the film, with the consequence that after he had died, Peter Pears, his lover and long-time inspiration, asked me to make a more substantial film in memory. This film, made in 1979, with Janet Baker, Julian Bream, Richter, Leonard Bernstein, Brittens brother & sisters, Pears himself and a host of close friends, was the result. I could never properly repay my debt to him, of course, but I hoped (and hope) the film would enable others to share something of this strange, haunted man, and his gift to us. Humphrey Carpenter once played the Young Persons Guide on his programme In Tune on Radio3. Following the tumultuous fugue at the end, there was a long pause, and eventually Humphrey said: that, ladies and gentlemen, is pure genius. Yes, it is. TONY PALMER Winner: Prix Italia

00:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Bills passage clears way for Dam construction:

The passing of the Tasman District Council (Waimea Water Augmentation Scheme) Bill has cleared the way for the construction to begin on the largest dam to be built in New Zealand for more than 20 years, Nelson MP Nick Smith says.

The Bill passed by 112 8 votes and clears the way for a sustainable solution to the regions long standing water problems.

The passage of this Bill concludes a 17-year tortuous process for developing and gaining approval for a sustainable solution for the regions water problems. This Bill resolves the last issue of access to the conservation and LINZ land. . . 

Govt adopts Nationals Bill to stop livestock rustling:

Rangitikei MP Ian McKelvie is pleased that his Sentencing (Livestock Rustling) Amendment Members Bill has been adopted by the Government as a Supplementary Order Paper on the Crimes Amendment Bill.

Stock rustling is a crime that cuts to the heart of many rural families and the farming community.

Theft of livestock from farms or property is estimated to cost the farming community over $120 million a year. More recently, the risk to farms of Mycoplasma bovis spreading through stock theft has added strength to the call to take action. . . 

Something festive for Fonterra farmers? A hint of solace would be a start Point of Order:

Fonterras  suppliers will be choking on their  Xmas  rations, as they  digest the  price  blows  the co-op  has delivered.  First,  the dairy giant has  revised down  its  forecast milk payout  range  for the season to $6-$6.30 from the  earlier  $6.25-$6.50, and, second,  it is clawing back  some of the $4.15/kg  advance payment  rate.

Farmers  in  January will be paid  $4/kg for the  milk they supplied in  December plus the  co-op  is  clawing  back  15c/kg for all the  milk  supplied   between  June and November.

It  is  not   surprising that farmers   with  costs of  production  running   at  or above  $6/kg  are  reported to  be  shocked  and  angry.   Even those  efficient  operators   who have  lower  operating costs  wont be...

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23:59

Hi Andrew, "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Hi Andrew,

This is quite an old post now but thanks for finally finding the article and taking the time to make a lot of assumptions/guesses about the inner workings of PayPal business processes.

I find it interesting that the 180 day was suddenly unwritten when this article went viral on Twitter, meaning I got a new gold standard of instant service and my money was returned within hours. Also, PayPal had to suspend account cancellations for 24h, that was nice.

Business wise, things are going great. I moved my projects, two eCommerce clients, and a public SaaS to Stripe. There was no 20% dip, or any dip at all anywhere in fact, and all the businesses have carried on naturally growing - customer feedback has even highlighted how seamless the new SaaS payment-flow is!

Stripe is great, I barely even realise I have it, it just fits in so perfectly in to all scenarios and does what it does. Plus theres new great UI releases, services, and products being released on a fairly consistent basis.

I got my money back from PP and closed my account, havent really thought about PayPal for a long time now. Its been nice to get friends/family to close theirs too, PayPal is becoming like Facebookits still popular, but most people have moved on and its just your parents using it.

23:59

Who does Emmanuel Macron owe? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Emmanuel Macron did not feel destined for a career in politics. As a young man, he hoped to become a philosopher, then a senior civil servant, then a business banker. To help him on his way, he frequented Uncle Sams fairy godmothers the French-American Foundation and the German Marshall Fund of the United States. []

23:57

Can a New Political Party Save America From Itself? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Democrats are most able to effectively and deceptively pose as a popular opposition party and to claim that the solution to the nation's problems is to vote them into power. They expose their corporatism when they hold key elected positions and reveal themselves as entirely inadequate to the task of representing the people.

23:51

Health Care Sign-Ups Lag as Saturday Deadline Looms "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

WASHINGTON With just days left to enroll, fewer people are signing up for the Affordable Care Act, even though premiums are stable, more plans are available and millions of uninsured people can still get financial help.

Barring an enrollment surge, the nations uninsured rate could edge up again after a yearslong coverage expansion that has seen about 20 million people obtain health insurance.

status report Wednesday from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services showed nearly 20 percent fewer new people signed up than at about the same time last year. New sign-ups drive the growth of the HealthCare.gov marketplaces, helping keep premiums in check.

The sign-up deadline in most states is this Saturday, for coverage beginning Jan. 1. A few states that run their own health care websites have later deadlines.

Trying to encourage enrollment, former President Barack Obama posted a whimsical video on social media Monday encouraging young adults to sign up for his signature program. That same day, a crush of people tried to enroll in what was the highest traffic this open enrollment season.

Disappointing sign-ups will add to the long-running political blame game over health care. Democrats accuse the Trump administration of sabotage on the health law. Republicans counter that pricey Obama-law premiums are too high for solid middle-class people who dont qualify for taxpayer-financed subsidies.

The Trump administration said in a statement this week our primary goal is to provide a seamless open enrollment experience for HealthCare.gov consumers and ensure that those who want coverage offered through the (program) can enroll in a plan. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar also posted his own straightforward video pitch on Twitter.

The new numbers suggest there may be less demand for government-subsidized insurance during a time of strong economic growth. But interviews with current and former officials, consumer organizations and independent experts also revealed several factors that appear to be cutting into enrollment.

Lack of a strategy for expanding HealthCare.gov, the federal insurance marketplace.

The Trump administration didnt set sign-up targets for the health overhaul, according to a report this summer from the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office. Such targets are a standard management tool for government agencies.

Marketing does matter, said Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, a state-run insurance marketpl...

23:51

Warming Arctic Causes Arctic Ice Growth- Seriously NASA? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Go back to the post: Propaganda is the Art of Overwhelming Logic
And yes, it's relative.
(outlink at above post) Contradictions (A and not-A)

In classical logic, the law of non-contradiction (LNC) (also known as the law of contradiction, principle of non-contradiction (PNC), or the principle of contradiction) states that contradictory statements cannot both be true in the same sense at the same time, e.g. the two propositions "A is B" and "A is not B" are mutually exclusive. It is the second of the three classic laws of thought.
Contradictory Statement: Warming Arctic Causes Arctic Ice Growth

Warm
a: having or giving out heat to a moderate or adequate degree warm weather a warm fire
b : serving to maintain or preserve heat especially to a satisfactory degree a warm sweater
c : feeling or causing sensations of heat brought about by strenuous exertion

Ice Forms: How does the water freeze?

Freezing happens when the molecules of a liquid get so cold that they slow down enough to hook onto each other, forming a solid crystal.

Ask a scientist
Liquids boil when their molecules heat up to the point that they start moving so quickly that they can vaporize and turn into a gas. For water, this happens at 212 degrees Fahrenheit. Freezing happens when the molecules of a liquid get so cold that they slow down enough to hook onto each other, forming a solid crystal. For pure water, this happens at 32 degrees Fahrenheit.
For salt water it's lower.
 
Recap:
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23:50

The Iranian Regime is Trying to Wait Out Trump "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Guest post by Todd Winter

American sanctions are increasing on the Iranian regime, as the Trump administration attempts to reimpose costs on the Mullahs for their malign behavior in supporting terror around the world and continuing efforts to develop a nuclear weapon. In a recent discussion in Washington, D.C., hosted by the Turkish Heritage Organization, panelist Retired General Daniel Christman, former Superintendant of West Point, and combat commander in Vietnam, proffered that the Trump administration has obviously decided to push for regime change in Tehran.

Iran already has the money from the Iran Deal, or the JCPOA; all it has to do is wait out the president. It believes it can pursue its path of support for terror, ballistic missile development, and nuclear weapons, with support from the European Union, Russia, China and others. Iran saw far worse conditions during the Iran-Iraq War; they know Trump is not there forever. They believe they can get through this. The danger for them, and for the United States, is an inadvertant, military incident in the Persian Gulf.

Dov Zakheim, a defense strategy expert, offered the idea that even Congress is not on board with the president when it comes to Iran, Saudi, and even relations with Turkey. He stated that Turkish-American relations are bad but Ankara does desire a good relationship with the United States. Even in the face of the current Russia bromance between Turkish President Erdogan and Russia President Vladimir Putin, and the sale of the Russian S-400 air defense system to the Turkish military, Zakheim believes the historical Russian threat to Turkey, reminiscent of the Crimean War, is much more of a factor in the relationship. Zakheim believes we will both try to develop common interest in the region.

Christman seconded these comments, but added that Iran is the biggest issue in the region, and a reason for the U.S. to keep troops in the Middle East. Both men believe that Turkey will eventually get the F-35 fighter from Washington, in some kind of deal between the Ergogan and Trump adminstrations that will also settle the issue of the YPG military units on the Turkish, Syrian border.

Zakheim added the United States needs Syria to stay together, and that is the best way to restrain the YPG against Turkish interests. A broken Syria would lead to problems for Jordan, Israel, Iraq, and Turkey in the long run.

Turkish retired General Naim Baburoglu joined the conversation via video link from Istanbul and outlined several challenges to...

23:50

Australian marsupial lions, new research "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

This 2011 video from Australia says about itself:

Our World Bone Diggers The Marsupial Lion | Storyteller Media

Bone Diggers: Mystery of a Lost Predator

Australia is known for its cute marsupials, the koala, the kangaroo and the wombat among others. Very few people are aware that there was once a marsupial that was a deadly creep up and get ya predator that was more ferocious than a sabre tooth tiger. It was Thylacoleo Carnifex the Marsupial Lion, Australias lost predator.

The Nullarbor Plain is a remote treeless desert resting between the Great Australian Bight and the Great Sandy Desert. It is hard, stony countryflat and featureless.

In May of 2002 an group of cavers, in an Indiana Jones style operation, discovered three caves, which had never been entered by man. The entrance to one of the caves was mere shoulder-width, vertical tube that rapidly expanded to cathedral proportions. In the first cave their head torches illuminated a sight that caused scientific wonderment and a world-wide media frenzy. At the far end of a side tunnel the cavers discovered the pristine and complete skeleton of the fabled marsupial lion, Thylacoleo.

It lay there as if it had died only a year ago. The skeleton was bleach white against the red earth and not a speck of dust on it. Their immediate reaction was to take a photo and get out their main concern was to preserve the site for scientific analysis.

The photo of Thylacoleo and the cave coordinates ended up on the desk of Dr John Long, vertebrate palaeontologist, a world renowned Bone Digger with the Western Australian Museum. Within a matter of weeks funding and an expedition to recover the remains had been arranged. It would prove a journey full of surprises both during the expedition and later as the remains were studied. The first surprise to take John and his team by surprise was the age of the remains. He was sure the...

23:47

The GCSB appear to be breaking the law again "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

When Parliament passed the Intelligence and Security Act 2017, one of the aims was ostensibly to give Ministers greater clarity over the spying activities they were being asked to authorise, so they could properly judge the necessity and proportionality of the breaches of human rights they were being asked to approve. As part of this, warrant applications were required to include greater detail. But are the spy agencies actually meeting those requirements? The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has reviewed the first 9 months of warrants under the new Act, and the conclusion is only "maybe".

Obviously there are teething problems when a new law is introduced, in this case compounded by the refusal of spy agencies to cooperate with IGIS beforehand on how it would be interpreted. The good news is that the SIS seems to have got with the programme, taken the IGIS' recommendations on board, and are now complying with the law. The story is different for the GCSB, and the IGIS identifies several major issues:

  • Seeking Type 2 warrants (which only authorise actions against foreigners) rather than Type 1 warrants (required for anything targeting a New Zelaander) for activities which they expect to result in the incidental collection of the private communications of New Zealanders. This means they are subject to a lower level of scrutiny, require only the approval of the rubberstamp Minister, and the "incidental intelligence" can be retained and used if they "incidentally" turn up anything interesting.
  • Using extremely broadly-defined classes of targets, where it is not entirely clear who might be a lawful target and who might not be (in at least one case, anyone who the GCSB had a "reasonable suspicion" that they might have a reasonable suspicion of).
  • Using tortured definitional games and reference to other warrants (in some cases, forward-looking references to future warrants that have not yet been authorised or even applied for) to obscure exactly who they are targeting and what they are doing, frustrating the goal of clarity and impeding the Minister's ability to assess the necessity of the warrant.

The IGIS's overall assessment: "I...

23:46

Can artificial intelligence save one of the worlds most beautiful lakes? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Toxic algae is overtaking Lake Atitln. Now AI may help the lake recover.

23:45

Is fresh Christmas ham still on your to do list? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Due to customer demand, we have extended the cut off date for ordering to this Friday **The 14th of December is your LAST chance to order. Some simple guidelines for how to glaze your fresh Christmas Ham The half or whole Whale Meat Company cooked on the bone ham will arrive smoked, cooked and chilled, but [] The post Is fresh Christmas ham still on your to do list? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:43

14 Things to Keep in Mind As 2018 Ends, And 2019 Begins "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The time has come! As we move through the holiday season, complete with the craziness of family meals, decorations, holiday shopping and more, many of us are already looking forward to the New Year. However, before you step into 2019, there are a few things you should consider.

The New Year means many things to many people. For some, it is a fresh start, a chance to draw a line in the sand and start all over as they work towards greater things. For others, however, its a challenging time as it reminds us that were another year old, and potentially not where we envisioned we would be at this age when we were growing up. Then there are those that really have no care for the New Year at all, seeing it as just another day. Regardless of how you view it, it has come knocking and theres no way to stop it from coming in. Are you ready for 2019? Before you answer that, there are a few considerations that may help you to make this the best year to date

Dont forget these 14 things as you step into 2019, leaving 2018 behind you for good:

#1 Look at just how far you have come.

Its easy to say that you dont feel like youve actually accomplished anything as you take a look back over the last year, but that is due to the fact we often only look for the major success. However, I encourage you to take a step back and look a little closer. Take note of the small victories. Baby steps in the right direction mean that you are still moving forward. They may not seem like much on their own, but combined, they can add up to great things!

#2 Practice gratitude each and every day.

You have two choices in every situation either to embrace the positive or the negative. Which one do you believe will move you forward? Rather than focusing on the problems, struggles and difficulties, take some time to step back and look at your life. Find reasons to be grateful for all that you have, all that you have done and all that you have yet to do. There is always something to be thankful for if you look closely enough.

#3 Take note of who was by your side through the good and the bad.

Friends will come and go, some sent to be part of our lives for just a short period before moving on while others are here by our side for the foreseeable future, supporting and encouraging us through thick and thin. These are the people you need to take note of, the people you can count on to be there when things get tough, the ones who truly want the best for you. Be a source of strength, encouragement, and motivation for one another as you step into the New Year.

#4 Recognize the fact that you mad...

23:43

Antarctic Scientists Are About to Drill Into One of the Most Isolated Lakes on Earth "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Buried beneath 4,000 feet of Antarctic ice lies Lake Mercer, a subglacial body of water that formed thousands of years ago and has been long separated from the rest of the world. A project to explore this lakeand its mysterious contentsis finally set to begin later this month.

Called Subglacial Antarctic Lakes Scientific Access, or SALSA for short, the project aims to uncover new knowledge about Antarcticas subglacial lakes, of which over 400 are known to exist. Over the next two months, SALSA scientists will explore one of the largest subglacial lakes in West Antarctica, a body of water known as Lake Mercer. The team will bore through some 4,000 feet (1,200 meters) of ice using a 60-centimeter-wide drill capped with hot water. In addition to extracting water and mud samples, the researchers will deploy a remotely operated vehiclea scientific first for a subglacial lake.

23:43

Philadelphia, PA: Announcing New Issue of Anathema "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The post Philadelphia, PA: Announcing New Issue of Anathema appeared first on It's Going Down.

Announcing the brand new issue of Anathema, a long running anarchist publication in Philadelphia.

Volume 4 Issue 11 (PDF for reading 8.5 x 11)

Volume 4 Issue 11 (PDF for printing 11 x 17)

In this issue:

  • Cash Bail
  • Yellow Vests From Afar
  • Brosnan Security In Chico
  • Welcome To The Future
  • Revolutionary Letter #18
  • On Splitting
  • N17 Report
  • Black December
  • Phones & Security Culture

23:43

Droplets of primordial soup are cooked up by scientists "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

And all three of these shapes were exactly what the PHENIX scientists observed. Its our first good peek at what the universe began forming in its very earliest moments after the Big Bang.

23:42

First lab-grown steak unveiled as scientists say it will be available to buy within two years "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The first lab-grown steak will be available to buy in two years after scientists finally produced meat with the correct appearance, shape and texture of a real slice of beef.

Up to now, researchers have produced small amounts of cell-grown meat, which have been mixed together to create hamburger patties and sausages, but making an entire steak has proved elusive.

Now Israeli food technology company Aleph Farms has announced it has succeeded in using natural beef cells to grow the three dimensional structure of a minute steak which mimics the muscle and tissue of real meat.

23:42

The Macron Implosion: Will it Spread to Other EU Members? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Yellow Vest Movement weekend 8 and 9 December Round 4. Some say they are the worst riots in France since the student-driven mini-Revolution of May 1968. Over the four weekends, hundreds of thousands were in the streets, middle class people, from students to workers to outright employees and housewives. The police force increases by every new Round and so do the demonstrators. Today more than 8,000 police, a considerable increase from last weekends 5,000-plus. Tens of thousands Yellow Vests demonstrated; police reported more than 1,600 arrests.

There are tanks in the streets not seen for at least ten years burning cars and shop fronts, vandalized buildings. The police are fighting them with teargas, water cannons and rubber bullets. Police brutality seems to be unavoidable, However, apparently more moderate than on other occasions. Nevertheless, a Youtube is circulating, where a group of riot gear protected police beat up a helpless Yellow Vest, already on the ground and defenseless. These are the pictures you see on TV.

And the globalized everybodies throughout Europe and the (western) world sit comfortably in their fauteuils, shaking their heads the French again; they are never content, always want more having apparently no idea that what they, the French workers, had rightfully accumulated in terms of social funds and public infrastructure hospitals, schools since WWII (instead of paying for a heavy army) is being legally stolen by a small elite who put a Rothschild banker Macron in power to pass the necessary legislation to make the fraud legal.

Voil. So simple. Most of the fauteuil warriors have no idea that the hangmen are stealthily coming to them too. By the time they wake up and see the light irradiated by the French Yellow Vests it might be too late. Its not for nothing that Europe, under the command of the unelected European Commission (EC), has become increasingly militarized and a conglomerate police state, to be ready when general discontent spreads and political and social upheavals start. We may be at that point.

For now, the Hot Spot is Paris, in particular the lush Champs lyses, symbol for the rich and powerful, the French elite. But the movement is spreading rapidly to other cities in France, and would you believe, to other EU countries, like Belgium and the Netherlands. They have seen the yellow light and realized that what the French claim back has been stolen from them too.

The malaise is not just French, Belgian, Dutch or German, but, of course, also persists in Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece, the latter countries and people about whom you hardly hear and read anymore.  They are done with. The banking cartel has them under control. No public attention needs to focus on their plight anymore. Except for Italy, their brazen resistance to Brussels, is still a problem...

23:40

Daily Inspiration --- Memory that does not depend on a brain "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

We are conditioned to think that our selves and our precious memories, built over a lifetime, are all dependent on this fragile, perishable body. Most crucial is the brain, because that is where we imagine that we live.

23:40

Petition to Stop the K 5 Billion Ramu Nickel Extension Project and Shut Down of Basamuk Refinery "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

On Saturday, 01 December 2018, we the landowners and the mine-impacted communities of Basamuk held a public forum at Ganglau Village.  I did education and awareness on:

  • The 2019 Budget, the Medium Term Development Plan III (2018 2022) and where Rai Coast is positioned in these plans;
  • The recently held APEC Meetings and some of the decisions that came out of that which will affect the people; and
  • The APEC gift K5 Billion Deal MOU signed on 16 November 2018 between PNGs Mining Minister Hon. Johnson Tuke and the Chinese Government for Ramu Nickel Extension Project.

Following the...

23:39

How to Make the Most of the Remaining Days of 2018, According to the Zodiac "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

This year is coming to an end and whether youre excited about the year to come or not, it is coming. Time is not going to slow down so you might as well appreciate 2018 for all it has brought you to and through.

The year 2018 is almost over and with that, we should all be preparing for the things to come. That being said, making the most of the days we have left and ending things on a positive note will set the mood for a very interesting and fun 2019. Below I am going to go over what each zodiac sign should be doing right now to make the best of their current situation. While it is up to you whether you take this advice or not, at least give it a chance to sink in.

Aries

The year 2018 has shown you a lot about yourself that you otherwise would not have been able to see. You have overcome great odds and are moving forward at a rapid rate. While it might seem like things are moving too fast now is not the time to slow down.

Stop looking back and keep looking forward. The past cannot do anything for you now and you need to move on from it. Dont let yourself go into 2019 stuck in any kind of ruts, let progress come into your life as it has been and see where you end up.

Taurus

The year 2018 has brought you through problems that really made you feel as if you were going to break but you did not. You made it through and are stronger because of it. You need to take the time you have right now to give yourself a moment of relaxation before 2019 makes its way here. The year to come is going to really knock you off of your feet.

Gemini

The year 2018 has been all about getting things back to normal as your previous years were quite terrible. You are really on your way to great things and you need to remember that. Take a little time to reflect on the gifts youve received this year and all the chances youve taken that have paid off.

Sure, you had to face more ups and downs than you would have liked to but you made it through them all. With the help of your support system, you can do anything and you need to show them how thankful you are. Now is the time to really show your appreciation in a big way.

Cancer

The year 2018 has really been full of exploration for you. Youve moved on from people who were only using you and made your way to those who actually care. While leaving those who were not doing you any good behind was hard, it was important. Maybe you need to spend some time getting to know yourself more before 2019 makes its way here.

Leo

The year 2018 helped you truly find freedom. As someone who is strong but guarded youve been searching for freedom for so long, finally having it feels amazing doesnt it? Spend some time exploring....

23:38

Australia turns back on allies as it refuses to cut emissions above Paris pledge "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

EU and 27 countries vow to toughen commitments as environment minister's address at COP24 UN climate change summit accused of flying in face of realityAustralia will not commit to larger carbon emissions reductions above its Paris agreement target, despite a coalition of former allies and Pacific neighbours urging greater cuts.In Paris in 2015 Australia was a part of a bloc of countries called the High Ambition Coalition, which includes the UK, the EU, New Zealand, the Marshall [...]

23:36

US Senators Wyden & Tester Led Charge To Overturn Trump Admins Dark Money Rule & Won 50-49 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

December 12, 2018
Wyden, Tester Lead Charge to Overturn Administrations Controversial Dark Money Rule
Bipartisan Senate Vote Sheds More Light on Dark Money
Washington, D.C.  Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) led the charge today to repeal a controversial new rule allowing dark money groups to hide the identities of their donors.

After the U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced in July that they would no longer require certain tax-exempt organizations to report the names of their major donors to the IRS, Wyden and Tester introduced a Resolution of Disapproval under the Congressional Review Act to overturn the controversial decision and bring more transparency and accountability to our democracy. That resolution passed the Senate 50-49.

Today the Senate voted on a bipartisan basis to throw out Trumps dark money rule and bring transparency back to our elections, Wyden said. This is a huge first step in Americas fight against anonymous political insiders looking to tighten their grip on Washington. I urge Paul Ryan to act swiftly on this issue of great importance and lead the House in reversing course on the Trump administrations reckless decision. 

These dark money forces are a threat to our democracy and they must be reined in, Tester said.  Todays action sheds more light on the wealthy few who are trying to buy our elections and drown out the voices of regular folks.  We must wrestle our country back and continue to bring transparency and accountability back to political campaigns.

More than 30 other Senators signed on to Wyden and Testers resolution, forcing todays vote on the Senate Floor.

Under the Congressional Review Act, members of Congress must introduce a disapproval resolution within 60 calendar days from when the final rule was issued. After 20 calendar days, the resolution can be discharged from Finance Committee without a Committee vote. At that point, a motion to proceed to the resolution may be made on the Senate floor, so long as it is supported, in writing, by at least 30 Senators.

You can read the Senators Congressional Review Act Resolution here.https://www.tester.senate.gov/files/Legislation/OTT18278.pdf
A copy of Wydens prepared floor remarks today on this topic is available here.
https://www.finance.senate.gov/ranking-members-news/wyden-statement-on-vote-to-overturn-treasury...

23:34

If Democrats Want a 'Green New Deal,' These Congressional Investigations Need to Happen "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Read time: 11 minsA startling new report on climate change from the Trump administration makes clear that if the U.S. government and other major polluters don't do more to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the resulting climate impacts will be dramatic and costly, both to the U.S. economy and the long-term livability of the planet. These dire warnings are nothing new, but they come at a time when the Democratic party appears potentially willing to invest serious political capital on the [...]

23:31

Trump Comments Upend U.S. Approach to Huawei, Trade Talks "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

WASHINGTON The United States and China have taken pains this week to emphasize that their trade talks are entirely separate from the U.S. case against a top Chinese technology executive. But with a few words, President Donald Trump obliterated the distinction.

Trump said Tuesday hed wade into the case against Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of telecommunications giant Huawei, if it would help produce a trade agreement with China.

If I think its good for what will be certainly the largest trade deal ever made which is a very important thing whats good for national security I would certainly intervene if I thought it was necessary, Trump told Reuters in an interview.

The comment suggests Meng could be a political pawn in negotiations and makes things more awkward for Canada, which arrested her on Americas behalf during a Dec. 1 layover at the Vancouver airport.

Responding to Trumps comment, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday: Regardless of what goes on in other countries, Canada is, and will always remain, a country of the rule of law.

Are we now saying: You violated U.S. law but if youre willing to buy more U.S. soybeans we can look the other way? asked Wendy Cutler, a former U.S. trade negotiator who is now vice president at the Asia Society Policy Institute.

A Canadian court on Tuesday released Meng on bail, confining her to Vancouver and its suburbs while she awaits possible extradition to the United States. The U.S. accuses Huawei, the biggest global supplier of network gear for phone and internet companies, of using a Hong Kong shell company to do business with Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions.

In what appears to be retaliation against Canada for arresting Meng, Chinese authorities on Monday detained a former Canadian diplomat, Michael Kovrig, in Beijing.

Trumps comments were very unfortunate and probably did not reflect a great deal of thought, said Roland Paris, a former foreign policy adviser to Trudeau. We have a judicial process under way and it will take its course. Canada is paying a significant price for doing the right thing by upholding the rule of law and discharging its treaty obligations. President Trump should be aware of that.

A senior Canadian government official told reporters that China informed the Canadian government on Wednesday that Kovrig was in the custody of Beijing state security, but did not say why he was detained or where he was being held. Hours earlier, Chinas foreign ministry denied any knowledge of the detention.

Canada has also asked China for extra security at its embassy because of protests and anti-Canadian sentiment and has advised foreign service staff to be prudent and take precautions, another official....

23:30

Whaleoil Transcript: Mike Hosking & Julie Anne Genter on cycleways "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Newstalk ZB http://120.138.20.16/WeekOnDemand/ZB/auckland/2018.12.12-07.30.00-D.mp3 Starts at 8:05 Mike In the spirit of Christmas, lets talk cycles and cycleways with Julie Anne Genter who is with us this morning, good morning. Julie Anne Good morning. Mike Now are we talking cycling or cycle lanes because cycling I am all for, cycle lanes Im not. Julie Anne Okay. [] The post Whaleoil Transcript: Mike Hosking & Julie Anne Genter on cycleways appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:30

Venezuelas Maduro Accuses John Bolton Of Preparing Plot To Assassinate Him "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has accused US National Security Advisor John Bolton of preparing a plot to overthrow and murder him He also has called out  the Colombian leader Ivan Duque as being Boltons accomplice. [...]

The post Venezuelas Maduro Accuses John Bolton Of Preparing Plot To Assassinate Him appeared first on News Punch.

23:30

Intel Announces Faster Processor Patched for Meltdown and Spectre "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Intel just announced their new Sunny Cove Architecture that comes with a lot of new bells and whistles. The Intel processor line-up has been based off the Skylake architecture since 2015, so the new architecture is a fresh breath for the worlds largest chip maker. Theyve been in the limelight this year with hardware vulnerabilities exposed, known as Spectre and Meltdown. The new designs have of course been patched against those weaknesses.

The new architecture (said to be part of the Ice Lake-U CPU) comes with a lot of new promises such as faster core, 5 allocation units and upgrades to the L1 and L2 caches. There is also support for the AVX-512 or Advanced Vector Extensions instructions set which will improve performance for neural networks and other vector arithmetic.

Another significant change is the support for 52-bits of physical space  and 57 bits of linear address support. Todays x64 CPUs can only use bit 0 to bit 47 for an address space spanning 256TB. The additional bits mean a bump to a whooping 4 PB of physical memory and 128 PB of virtual address space.

The new offering was demoed under the companys 10nm process which incidentally is the same as the previously launched Cannon Lake. The new processors are due in the second half of 2019 and are being heavily marketed as a boon for the Cryptography and Artificial Intelligence Industries. The claim is that for AI, memory to CPU distance has been reduced for faster access, and that special cryptography-specific instructions have been added.

23:30

G. Edward Griffin: Are The YELLOW VEST Protests Coming To CANADA? (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

G. Edward Griffin: Are The YELLOW VEST Protests Coming To CANADA? Video Press for Truth The Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau is planning to dramatically increase taxes on carbon emissions to combat climate changehe plans to set a...

The post G. Edward Griffin: Are The YELLOW VEST Protests Coming To CANADA? (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

23:30

The US Wants to Bring Back the Shah of Iran "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A brief historiography of Iran 1953 to the present.

23:30

The Criminal Justice Reform Bill Youve Never Heard Of "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Mitch McConnells Senate has quietly passed juvenile justice legislation that would ban states from holding children in adult jails.

23:29

Frances Yellow Vest Protesters Want to Fight Climate Change "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

by Emily Atkin / New Republic

Nearly 2,000 people were arrested during anti-government protests in France over the weekend, the fourth in a row that the Yellow Vest demonstrations have turned violent. French President Emmanuel Macron has not yet addressed his countrys growing crisis. (He is expected to do so on Monday.) But Americas president did so on Saturday, arguing that the violence is proof that no one wants to fight climate change.

Trump isnt the first to characterize Frances protests as a populist uprising against environmentalism. Last week, T...

23:27

India & UAE agree to trade in local currencies "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

https://www.rt.com/business/445987-india-dollar-free-agreement/

New Delhi and Abu Dhabi have inked a currency swap agreement to boost trade and investment without involvement of a third currency like the US dollar.

The swap is for an amount of two billion UAE dirham or 35 billion Indian rupees (US$495 million), according to the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi.

The bilateral currency swap agreement between India and UAE is expected to reduce the dependency on hard currencies like the US dollar, the embassy said.

It is also expected to give a push for the local currencies of the two nations and may reduce the impact of volatility in exchange rate arising from the dependency on a third currency. It is also expected to reduce the transmission costs arising from exchange rate risk, the embassy added.

The sides also discussed cooperation in energy, security, trade, investments, space, defense, and so on.

With more than $50 billion in bilateral trade, the two countries are each others largest tra...

23:26

"Im increasingly suspicious of claims that we are in a deregulatory environment...Look for the US to continue taking regulatory steps to close itself off from the rest of the world." Bonus #QotD "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"


"One often hears about the Trump administrations deregulation push. But how real is it? Is the number of regulations rising or falling? One Mercatus Center study found that growth in federal regulations slowed during 2017 ... 
    "Slower growth is a good thing, but it doesnt represent 'deregulation.' 
    "There are many areas where regulation is still increasing [especially] ... foreign investment, immigration paperwork and mail delivery. Three very different types of regulation, with one thing in common. The US government seems increasingly suspicious of the rest of the world. Look for the US to continue taking regulatory steps to close itself off from the rest of the world. I expect [the US] to remain much more open than places like Cuba and North Korea, but less so than places like Canada and Australia. 
    "Meanwhile, Im increasingly suspicious of claims that we are in a deregulatory environment..." 
        ~ Scott Sumner, from his post 'Regulation Watch' [Emphasis mine]
. 

23:25

The U.S. Governments Plan Is to Conquer Russia by a Surprise Invasion "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

December 11, 2018 by Eric Zuesse for The Saker Blog The following combination of articles explains and they link to conclusive evidence proving that the United States Government is actually designing its nuclear forces now with the intention to win a nuclear war against Russia (World War III), and no longer (if they []

23:25

US lawmakers urge Pompeo to take action over arbitrary detentions in Egypt "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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In letter to secretary of state, dozens of US lawmakers say at least 15 citizens and permanent residents are detained in Egypt

23:23

Virgin Galactic to attempt flight to space this week "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Virgin Galactic is headed for the Big Black! https://spacenews.com/virgin-galactic-to-attempt-flight-to-space-this-week/


WASHINGTON Virgin Galactic plans to perform the next test flight of its SpaceShipTwo suborbital spaceplane as soon as Dec. 13, a flight that could be the first by the vehicle to reach at least one definition of space.

In a Dec. 11 statement, the company said the next powered test flight of VSS Unity, the second SpaceShipTwo, is planned for a window that opens Dec. 13 from the Mojave Air and Space Port in California. The flight would be the fourth powered flight for this vehicle and the first since July. The statement came shortly after the publication of airspace restrictions in the vicinity of the airport for rocket launch and recovery for Dec. 13 through 15.

At a basic level, this flight will aim to fly higher and faster, the company said in its statement. We plan to burn the rocket motor for longer than we ever have in flight before, but not to its full duration.

23:23

Change-4 Successfully Enters Lunar Orbit "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Next stop: the Lunar Farside

Chinas Change-4 lunar mission, the first-ever soft-landing endeavor on the lunar farside, launched successfully on 8 December at 02:23 Beijing time (7 December at 18:23 UTC) via a Long March 3B rocket from Xichang Satellite Launch Center. The launch carried a lander and a rover toward the Moon. On 12 December at 8:45 Beijing time (16:45 UTC), the spacecraft arrived in lunar orbit, preparing for a landing in early January.

Chang'e-4 lander and rover

23:22

How would you like a vaccine against the effects of aging? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

How would you like to take one injection that has multiple genes that improve cellular repair and regeneration, keeping your cells younger and healthier longer? Today, BioViva and Rutgers University are embarking on an ambitious research project to do just that; we are tackling humanities greatest foe suffering and death due to aging.

Read the press release here:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-12/bui-rua121018.php

23:16

Khalid Albaih Google Is Watching You! "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

DATE: 26 January 2012
ORGINALLY PUBLISHED IN: Unknown
REPUBLISHED FROM: https://www.cartoonmovement.com/p/3310/cartoons

23:16

Update: Meadows No Longer Being Considered For White House Chief of Staff "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Congressman Meadows is no longer being considered to replace John Kelly as White House Chief of Staff, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in statement Wednesday.

Congressman Mark Meadows is a great friend to President Trump and is doing an incredible job in [C]ongress. The President told him we need him in Congress so he can continue the great work he is doing there.

President Donald Trump floated the idea this weekend of naming Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), Chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, as his new Chief of Staff.

Citing three sources close to the president, Axios reported on Sunday evening that President Trump asked people privately who they think he should name to replace John Kelly. And Trump has additionally been asking those close to him what they think of Meadows.

Meadows previously said in a statement that serving as Chief of Staff would be an incredible honor.

The North Carolina Congressman is a huge ally to President Trump and is one of the few lawmakers who is actually trying to expose the evil Clinton cabal and Deep State machine.

The post Update: Meadows No Longer Being Considered For White House Chief of Staff appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

23:15

Trump spending more taxpayers money on militarism "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

This 11 December 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

Trump To Explode Military Budget

Trump is now requesting an enormous increase to the defense budget. John Iadarola discusses how much Trump wants to add to the military budget on The Damage Report.

23:15

Connecticut: 300 People Protest Yales Investments in Fossil Fuels and Puerto Rican Debt "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

by Lorenzo Arvanitis and Selena Cho / Yale Daily News

photo by Marisa Peryer

The Yale Police Department arrested 48 people the vast majority of whom were Yale undergraduates on Friday, ending a five-hour sit-in at the lobby of the Yale Investments Office. A coalition of student groups, including Fossil Free Yale and Despierta Boricua, organized the event to protest Yales holdings in the fossil fuel industry and Puerto Rican debt.

Forty-three students, two graduate students, two New Haven residents and one faculty member history professor Jennifer Klein were cited for trespassing after refusing to leave the lobby of the Yale Investments Office after 5 p.m. the time the Investments Office closes. In an interview with the News, University spokesperson Tom Conroy said police officers informed the students that the building was closing at 5 p.m., and that they would be given a ticket if they chose to remain in the lobby.

The Friday rally was another chapter in a six-year student campaign to urge the University to instruct its fund managers to cancel their holdings in Puerto Ricos debt and divest from the fossil fuel industry. Yale holds an undisclosed number of shares in Exxon Mobil Corp., the largest oil company in the world, and directly invests $78 million in natural gas producer Antero Resources, according to Yales most recent 13F filings to the Securities and Exchange Committee. The Universitys Form 990 for tax year 2015 also indicates that, as of June 2016, the University had about 3 percent of its endowment invested in a fund operated by the Baupost Group, a hedge fund which owns nearly $1 billion of Puerto Ricos $70 billion debt.

Yale profits off of climate destruction and the continued exploitation of Puerto Rico, members of Fossil Free Yale said in a statement. We envision and demand a Unive...

23:14

Trump Nominates U.S. Army General Mark Milley for the Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Who Previously Said That Russia Is the No.1 Threat to the U.S. "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

First published December 10, 2018, updated December 12, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump has nominated U.S. Army General Mark Milley who is currently Chief of the Army to succeed Marine General, Joseph Dunford as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs

The post Trump Nominates U.S. Army General Mark Milley for the Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Who Previously Said That Russia Is the No.1 Threat to the U.S. appeared first on Global Research.

23:14

Gerald Celente: 2019 Trends Forecast Uprisings and Zombies "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Gerald Celente: 2019 Trends Forecast Uprisings and Zombies by Rory The Daily Coin We are seeing what can only be defined as a trend that is spreading all around the world populism. The globalist are terrified that...

The post Gerald Celente: 2019 Trends Forecast Uprisings and Zombies appeared first on The Daily Coin.

23:12

FBI Entraps Young Woman Into Terrorism Charges By Becoming Her Entire Social Circle "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A young woman with a crush on Dylan Storm Roof was entrapped by the FBI and hit with terrorism charges (archived). As per their usual modus operandi, the USG stooges further isolated and aggravated the socially isolated young woman until their became her entire social circle after which, the stooges arrested her in Toledo, Ohio. Earlier this week, also in Toledo, an FBI radicalized ISIS sympathizer was arrested after being similarly prepped for captivity by USG stooges (archived).

23:12

Government Reverses Course, Sending 4-Year-Old Boy Back to His Father "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

It looked like a happy holiday reunion: A 4-year-old boy wearing a Spider-Man baseball shirt sprinted across an airport baggage claim area in Austin, Texas, late Tuesday night and flung himself into his fathers arms, then immediately pulled toys out of his bag as if trying to catch his father up on all that was new in his life.

He had a Woody doll from Toy Story, a coloring book and stickers. There were a lot more toys in his suitcase, the boy squealed, between hugs and kisses. And, he announced, his eyes widening at the sight of a couple of fake reindeer displayed on baggage carousel 1, hed seen reindeer for real. Some of them have horns, the boy giggled, poking his index fingers from each side of his head.

This reunion wasnt about the holidays, however. It was the bittersweet homecoming of a father and son from El Salvador whod been separated for more than 11 weeks and 1,800 miles for reasons the United States government still has not made entirely clear. Brayan and his father, Julio, are among a small, new wave of family separations that immigration lawyers and advocates say signal an unofficial continuation of the Trump administrations controversial zero-tolerance policy.

Brayan, with striking reddish-blond hair, and his 27-year-old father came to the U.S. seeking refuge from gang violence in September but were separated at a border detention facility in Texas. Brayan was sent to temporary foster care in New York, Julio to an immigration detention facility outside San Antonio. ProPublica is not using their last name because the family is worried that Julios wife and stepson could face gang threats in El Salvador.

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23:11

House prices crash by 50%..RBA launches $300 billion bank rescue in outrageous forecast "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

https://www.news.com.au/finance/economy/australian-economy/house-prices-crash-by-50-per-cent-rba-launches-300-billion-bank-rescue-in-outrageous-forecast/news-story/dfe04760314817d932f6a82c32fd19b6

The Reserve Bank could be forced to step in with a $300 billion bailout program to rescue Australias banks if the housing credit crunch accelerates into a doom loop that causes property prices crash by 50 per cent, plunging the country into recession.

Thats according to Saxo Banks latest Outrageous Predictions report, which outlines a series of unlikely but underappreciated events that could send shockwaves across financial markets if they were to occur.

This is not an official forecast, its an outrageous forecast that could happen if certain factors were to fall into line, but something we put maybe a 1 per cent probability on, said Sydney-based Saxo Bank market strategist Eleanor Creagh.

Its the first time Australia has featured in the Danish investment banks annual list, which this year includes scenarios like Apple snapping up Tesla for $US520 per share or a solar flare striking earth, wiping out satellites and causing $US2 trillion worth of damage.

The Au...

23:10

Police Use Facial Recognition Doorbells To Create Private Watchlist Networks "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Police Use Facial Recognition Doorbells To Create Private Watchlist Networks by MassPrivateI  Activist Post Earlier this year, I reported that Amazons spying Ring doorbells are being installed everywhere and how everyones privacy is at stake. But a recent CNN article revealed that Amazon wants...

The post Police Use Facial Recognition Doorbells To Create Private Watchlist Networks appeared first on The Daily Coin.

23:07

New FCC Data Indicates Future Broadband Access for Most Americans Will Be a Monopoly "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) produced its first Communications Marketplace Report, a biannual report recently required by Congress, to comprehensively assess the status of Americas communications and media market. And heres the good news: if what you want is a choice of slow, outdated Internet, then the United States market looks great.

The major takeaway of this report, which provides policymakers in D.C. and the states a wide-ranging view of available data to see trends in the Internet, is that competition for broadband only looks good at slow speeds while a vast majority of Americans (EFF estimates at least 68 million) are facing monopoly or no access to high-speed broadband. In comparison to our international counterparts, the FCC currently ranks the U.S. in fifth place globally (an improvement from our 11th place showing last year) for fixed broadband speeds and 23rd place for mobile broadband speeds (yet curiously found that we have universal access to 4G LTE networks).

In short, we still do not have an accurate picture of how bad the broadband monopoly problem is. The methodology the FCC relies on for collecting information is flawed. Namely, if one household in a census block has broadband, the data reports that an entire census block has access to the same service. The agency acknowledges that this risks overcounting deployment, but does not describe its plan to improve data collection.

The FCC Has Acknowledged That Fiber to the Home Deployments Have Been Slowing Down in the U.S., Resulting in the Monopoly Problem

The faster the speed you want, the fewer choices are available to you until, like a majority of Americans, you effectively return to monopoly options or no options at all. The cause of this is tucked into the report where the FCC noted that new construction plans for fiber networks appears to have slowed recently. We at EFF wholeheartedly agree and submitted comments to the FCC for this report to raise the alarm and push back against AT&Ts and Verizons plan to make a bad situation worse.

This slowdown coincides with the complete deregulation of the ISP industry under the Restoring Internet Freedom Order and a massive tax cut stim...

23:06

Public Pressure Could Halt US Support of Yemen War "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Notwithstanding deeply entrenched US support for Saudi Arabia, outrage over the Saudis' torturous murder of Khashoggi, as well as campaigns by several progressive groups, have galvanized congressional opposition to US assistance for Saudi killing in Yemen.

23:06

Podcast: How The Feminist Dream Leaves Women Unfulfilled "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Bre Payton and Inez Stepman discuss the need for honesty about women's careers, relationships, and desires to start families.

23:06

Macron Must Go: Yellow-Vest Lessons for Student Organizers Across Turtle Island "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The post Macron Must Go: Yellow-Vest Lessons for Student Organizers Across Turtle Island appeared first on It's Going Down.

An open letter from students in the US to French comrades that also spells out lessons and similarities between struggles.

Now more than ever, universities are in a state of crisis.

American students are facing down gruesome levels of debt profiteering and escalating right-wing attacks against public higher ed and thats just the tip of the iceberg.

As the nationwide turn towards fascism advances, campus climates have worsened accordingly. The feds have deported DACA-protected Americans, rolled back standards for sexual violence on campuses, and equipped racist college police departments with military weaponry. Campus-contracted pigs pepper-spray demonstrators at point-blank range and harass student organizers, turning campuses into active sites of class warfare. A system of higher-ed that was designed to deserve the elite in the first place has laid bare it sharpest fangs.

While student movements in the U.S. have and will continue to organize against the neoliberal status-quo, their efforts remain a shell of the student revolts seen in France. Evoking the spirit of 1968, university activism there has re-embraced its militant roots in the wake of strongman Emmanuel Macrons rise to power. Students have resisted the Macronian austerity agenda by blockading entire campuses, battling university-contracted fascist militias, and even initiating disruptive nationwide strikes alongside left-wing trade-unions. As the low cost and open-access principles of French higher education dissolve, so does complacency among the working-class students caught in the crosshairs.

In a serious blow to Macrons flailing bid to tame the crisis, Frances future its youth blockaded up to 300 middle and high schools in a week-long stand-off with riot police. In addition to airing their concerns over Macrons unpopular changes to Baccalaureate exams, these young militants publicly echoed the tax, wage, and labor-related concerns fueling the larger publics growing resentment of the Macronian project.

The birth of Frances Yellow Vest struggle has given further lifeblood to militant university activism against state repression. When the self-styled emperor Macron acceded to Yellow Vest tax demands in an attempt to curb wide-scale rioting, he effectively confirmed that large-scale direct action is an effective means of putting the brakes on his maniacal drive to starve and kill off the working class.

Emboldened by this....

23:04

The company that owns your local news might also influence federal politics "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

WGN local news station in Chicago

(Scott Olson/Getty Images)

On Dec. 3, it was announced that Tribune Media would be acquired by Nexstar Media Group for over $4 billion. The resulting company will own over 200 television stations, giving it incredible access to American homes across the country through their local news programing.

Although less overtly political than their cousins on cable, local news stations have come under increased scrutiny after the viral controversy aroused in early 2018 by a must-run segment on stations owned by Sinclair Media. In the segment, news anchors read from a script decrying biased and false news on social media and other news outlets. The script was passed down from Sinclairs corporate office in Maryland.

Unfortunately, some members of the media use their platforms to push their own personal bias and agenda to control exactly what people think said the script. This is extremely dangerous to a democracy.

Many Americans rely on stations owned by companies like Sinclair, Tribune Media and Nexstar Media Group to stay informed on local politics. But, aside from their reporting, these organizations dabble directly in politics and elections more than one might expect.

Nexstar Media Groups PAC for instance has steadily ramped up its spending on political causes from 2014, with $27,100 spent that year,...

23:04

Placebo In the Cold Light of Morning "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Song has a Dorian grey momentwhere his pleasures have made him ugly

23:01

AMDGPU For Linux 4.20 Gets The Final Radeon RX 590 Fix, Adds The New Vega PCI IDs "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

With just over one week to go until the expected Linux 4.20 kernel release, Alex Deucher of AMD today sent in the latest batch of fixes to the DRM tree for landing at the end of this cycle...

23:00

Satirical image of the day "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The post Satirical image of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:00

Top IOF Official: Israeli Army Not Ready for War with Hezbollah "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

  Local Editor Israeli Occupation Forces [IOF] Ombudsman General Yitzhak Brick has once again warned that the IOF is unprepared for the challenges it faces. Brik spoke Wednesday before the Knesset Oversight Committee, telling Israeli MKs that he was concerned that the Israeli entity may repeat the catastrophe we had before the Yom Kippur War. The []

22:59

Why Russia Has No Right to Surrender to the West "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Aleksandr Neukropny Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard cross posted with http://www.stalkerzone.org/why-russia-has-no-right-to-surrender-to-the-west/ source: https://topcor.ru/4060-pochemu-rossii-net-smysla-kapitulirovat-pered-zapadom.html The ultimatums that are sounded by the US and NATO towards Russia become more

22:59

Kushner: Peace plan to provide safety to Israelis, hope to Palestinians "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Maan December 12, 2018 BETHLEHEM The much-anticipated Middle East peace plan, also known as Deal of the Century, will be released in the next couple of months, according to Jared Kushner, a senior White House adviser and son-in-law of the United States President Donald Trump. Kushner spoke to Fox News, on late Monday, []

22:57

Former Trump Lawyer Gets 3 Years in Prison "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

From VOA News:
Former Trump Lawyer Gets 3 Years in Prison
Last Updated: December 12, 2018 3:11 PM, by Ken Bredemeier
Michael Cohen, the longtime personal attorney for U.S. President Donald Trump, was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison, after telling a New York judge that his blind loyalty to the U.S. leader led him to cover up his dirty deeds.

U.S. Judge William Pauley imposed the sentence on Cohen for an array of crimes, including his role in arranging $280,000 in hush money payments to two women who alleged they had affairs with Trump, and for lying to Congress about Trumps efforts to build a skyscraper in Moscow.

The judge told the 52-year-old Cohen that somewhere along the way, he had lost his moral compass.

Cohen, who worked for Trump for 12 years, once bragged that he would take a bullet to support Trump. More recently, however, Cohen had turned against Trump and said at his sentencing that working for Trump was a personal and mental incarceration.

My weakness could be characterized as a blind loyalty to Donald Trump, Cohen said.

Now, Cohen also holds the distinction of being the closest figure to Trump sentenced to prison in the wide-ranging criminal investigations of Trumps 2016 campaign, its links to Russia and whether, as president, Trump obstructed justice by trying to thwart the probes being conducted by federal prosecutors in New York and special counsel Robert Mueller in Washington.

Several other prominent figures in Trumps orbit, including his former campaign chairman and his first national security advisor, have yet to be sentenced for various offenses.

Cohen attorney Lanny Davis said that after Mueller completes his investigation, Cohen would cooperate with congressional committees as they consider possible wrongdoing by Trump and his aides. Some Democrats in the House of Representatives have called for Trumps impeachment when they assume control of the chamber next month.

Mr. Trumps repeated lies cannot contradict stubborn facts, Davis said.

Cohens lawyers asked that he serve no prison time, but Cohen took full responsibility for his crimes, including those implicating the president of the United States. He said that his allegiance to Trump led him to take a path of darkness instead of light.

Pauley rejected leniency for Cohen, saying, This court firmly believes that a significant term of imprisonment is fully justified in this highly publicized case to send a message.

The judge ordered him to surrender...

22:55

Cohen Sentencing US Attorneys Office Announces Agreement With American Media Inc., Related To Its Payment Of $150,000 To A Woman To Influence 2016 Presidential Election "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

U.S. Attorneys Southern District of New York News Press Releases
Department of Justice
U.S. Attorneys Office
Southern District of New York
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Michael Cohen Sentenced To 3 Years In Prison
U.S. Attorneys Office Also Announces Non-Prosecution Agreement with American Media, Inc., Related to Its Payment of $150,000 to a Woman to Influence 2016 Presidential Election

Robert Khuzami, Attorney for the United States, Acting Under Authority Conferred by 28 U.S.C. 515, announced that MICHAEL COHEN was sentenced today to three years in prison for tax evasion, making false statements to a federally insured bank, and campaign finance violations.  COHEN pled guilty on August 21, 2018, to an eight-count information before U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III, who imposed todays sentence.  In a separate prosecution brought by the Special Counsels Office (SCO), COHEN pled guilty on November 29, 2018 to one count of making false statements to the U.S. Congress and was also sentenced on that case today, receiving a two-month concurrent sentence.

According to the allegations in Information 18 Cr. 602 (WHP), filed by the United States States Attorneys Office for the Southern District of New York (the Office), as well as previous court filings and statements in public court proceedings:

Between 2012 and 2016, COHEN concealed more than $4 million in personal income from the Internal Revenue Service, avoiding more than $1.3 million in income tax.  COHEN also made false statements to a federally insured financial institution to obtain a $500,000 home equity loan.  Finally, in 2016, COHEN made or caused two separate payments to women to ensure that they did not publicly disclose their alleged affairs with a presidential candidate in advance of the election.  In one instance, COHEN caused American Media, Inc. (AMI), which was identified in previous court filings as Corporation-1, to make a $150,000 payment to one woman; in the other, COHEN made a $130,000 payment to another woman through an LLC he incorporated for the purpose of making the payment.  COHEN was reimbursed for the latter payment in monthly installments disguised as payments for legal services performed pursuant to a retainer, when in fact no such retainer existed.  COHEN made or caused both of these payments in order to influence the 2016 election and did so in coordination with one or more members of the campaign.

In addition to the sentence of imprisonment, Judge Pauley also ordered COHEN, 52, of New York, New York, to pay a fine of $50,000, to forfeit $500,000, to pay $1,393,858 in restitution to the IRS, and to pay a mandatory $800 special assessment.  Separa...

22:51

They Went to Jail for Justice by David Swanson "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

by David Swanson Writer, Dandelion Salad Lets Try Democracy, July 9, 2018 December 12, 2018 C.J. Hinke has produced probably the best collection Ive read of writings by and about conscientious objectors and war refusers behind bars. Its called Free Radicals: War Resisters in Prison. The book is a bit of a time capsule, somewhat []

22:50

The Powers-That-Be Were Everywhere Yesterday "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Powers-That-Be Were Everywhere Yesterday By Ed Steer YESTERDAY in GOLD, SILVER, PLATINUM and PALLADIUM The gold price went vertical the moment that trading began in New York at 6:00 p.m. EST on Sunday evening in New York.  but the...

The post The Powers-That-Be Were Everywhere Yesterday appeared first on The Daily Coin.

22:49

Supermicro says independent investigation found no spy chips on its motherboards "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

An independent audit has found no evidence that malicious chips were planted on Supermicros motherboards, debunking Bloomberg claims that servers at Amazon and Apple were being spied upon by China.

22:47

Mexico: Statement From the National and International Campaign for the Freedom of the Political Prisoners of Tlanixco and the Yaqui Tribe "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The post Mexico: Statement From the National and International Campaign for the Freedom of the Political Prisoners of Tlanixco and the Yaqui Tribe appeared first on It's Going Down.

Statement on indigenous and ecological political prisoners in Mexico.

Movement for the Freedom of the Defenders of Water and Life of San Pedro Tlanixco

To the People of Mexico and the World

To the Media

The history of Indigenous peoples can be different. Each community cares for and uses their natural resources according to their necessities, times and manners. Each community organizes, struggles and resists but also each community receives the beating in their territories from one or more heads of the capitalist hydra. Although not all of us are beaten in the same way and at the same time, all Indigenous peoples, not only us, have suffered violations, exploitation, repression, and hatred from those that seek to own our territory, resources and that have little by little taken away our culture. Today we are here as a consequence of that commonality: two Indigenous communities, although we are very distant geographically, our hearts are united due to the pain and rage of having our compaerxs kidnapped by the state.

Our history, the history of San Pedro Tlanixco in its struggle for water and now for freedom, began more than 20 years ago. The Indigenous Nahua community of San Pedro Tlanixco is located in the foothills of the mountain of Toluca, which because of its location has fresh water springs, rivers, forests and resources that have always been cared for and used by the community. However, at the end of the 1980s in the face of the intensification of the neoliberal system and the flower industry in the municipality of Villa Guerrero, the history of our community took a turn and we began to struggle in defense of water against the voracity of the flower businessmen.

The businessmen of Villa Guerrero, neighbors to the south of the community, began their aberration to dispossess us of our fresh water springs to use them in their own interest. They did so with the complicity of the state government, forcing the community to sign an agreement to stop using the water in exchange for a well.

The flower businessmen led by their representative Alejandro Isaac Basso, claimed to have a title of concession for the river. However, in the year 2000, the community obtained a title of concession in favor of four fresh water springs. When the flower businessmen found out they were not...

22:47

Qanon - Tic Toc "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"


 
The count down is surely underway and we have useful housekeeping here.

Turns out that the Freedom Caucus was formed in 2015 and included Mil Intel plus White Hats, Trump and compatriots worldwide to stop the takeover of all forms of freedom.  This provided the necessary base and consensus allowing Trump to proceed.   We have seen parts of it but by deduction we knew this had to have happened for Trump to run in the first instance.   This was the hostile takeovers of all hostile takeovers.
The first phase is to reboot nationalism in order to stop the globalists cold.   Once stopped we may well see a different outcome.  I certainly perceive such a different outcome as plausible.
Right now though the cabal is about to all be indicted..


Dec 10 2018 2576 Q !!mG7VJxZNCI ID: a22a92 No.4243831  

Dec 10 2018 15:24:28 (EST) NEW
https://twitter.com/SamanthaJPower/status/1071755419499069441
Those with the most to lose are the loudest.
Those who 'knowingly' broke the law in a coordinated effort [treason] are the most vocal.
Crimes against Humanity. 

Q

2575 Q !!mG7VJxZNCI ID: a22a92 No.4243710 
Dec 10 2018 15:20:23 (EST) NEW
The plan to have the FED raise rates [steep inclin...

22:45

US erects observation posts on Syria-Turkey border despite Ankaras dissent "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Press TV December 12, 2018 The US military says it has established observation posts in northern Syria with the purported aim of preventing clashes between Turkish forces and US-backed Kurdish militants, despite Ankaras strong opposition to the plan. At the direction of Secretary (James) Mattis, the US established observation posts in the northeast Syria []

22:44

The Most Toxic Retailers on the Planet "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

December 13th, 2018 By Dr. Joseph Mercola Contributing writer for Wake Up World The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) requires that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency compile and keep a current list of chemical substances manufactured or processed in the U.S. That list1 currently includes about 85,000 chemicals. Among them are 10,000 chemicals allowed to be added to []

22:44

FCC mulls ending merger ban on 'Big Four' broadcast networks "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted Wednesday to review media ownership rules and potentially overturn one preventing the four major broadcast networks from merging with each other. The FCC will seek comments on the rule...

22:43

Sentsov Awarded EU Freedom Of Thought Prize For Peaceful Protest Against Russias Illegal Occupation Of Crimea "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Sentsov was not in the Parliament to collect the award in person, because he remains in prison in Siberia .

Sakharov Prize ceremony: Oleg Sentsov is a fighter by nature EU affairs
 
The 2018 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought was awarded to Ukrainian filmmaker and writer Oleg Sentsov during a ceremony at the Parliament in Strasbourg on 12 December.


President Antonio Tajani (middle) presents the award to Oleg Sentsovs cousin Natalya Kaplan and his lawyer Dmitriy Dinze

Sentsov was not in the Parliament to collect the award in person, because he remains in prison in Siberia, serving a 20-year sentence for plotting acts of terrorism against the Russian de facto rule in Crimea.

His cousin Natalya Kaplan and lawyer Dmitriy Dinze represented him during the...

22:39

One World Government Is Now INEVITABLE - The UN Global Migration Compact EXPOSED! "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The global compact for migration is the first, intergovernmentally negotiated agreement, prepared under the auspices of the United Nations, to cover all dimensions of international migrationThe Global Compact for Migration was adopted on Monday by leading representatives from 164 Governments at an international conference in Marrakesh, Morocco, in an historic move described by UN Chief Antnio Guterres as the creation of a roadmap to prevent suffering and chaos. In this video Leigh Stuart of Press For Truth breaks down her coverage of the Ottawa rally against the migration compact while explaining why Canadians (and people of the world) should be concerned with the hidden agenda when it comes to global migration.

22:38

Contextualizing the Apostle Paul (REVIEW ESSAY) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The conservative columnist Ross Douthat published a column titled "The Return of Paganism" in the New York Times (dated December 12, 2018). But the biblical scholar Paula Fredriksen contextualizes the Apostle Paul in the context of first-century paganism in her timely book Paul: The Pagans' Apostle (Yale University Press, 2017). From what she says about first-century paganism, it does not seem to me that paganism is returning.

22:38

Congressional scorecard finds federal agencies improving on IT "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A new congressional scorecard released this week found that federal agencies are gradually improving in their use of information technology.The House Oversight and Government Reform committee unveiled its biannual Federal Information...

22:37

Oren Ziv // Sent to prison for trespassing on his own land | 972 Magazine "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Sent to prison for trespassing on his own land | 972 Magazine: The sheikh believes his arrest was part of an attempt to drive the Negevs Bedouin population off its land.

They sprayed our crops [with pesticides] for years and did not succeed. They demolished our buildings and did not succeed, says Abu Madiam. They destroyed our future and the future of our children and did not succeed. They are left with only one option: to do away with the people of Al-Araqib and send them to prison. If they think sending me to prison will act as a deterrent, theyre making a big mistake.

Despite the violence and daily harassment, Abu Madiam remains optimistic: I believe justice is on my side.

The government is re-opening wounds from 1948. Instead of putting a Band-Aid on it so it can heal, theyre pouring salt on it, says Abu Madiam. Those who remained in what became Israel after the expulsion of 1948 are now being expelled again. This time they are using a different method.

Israels primary tactic, used in other villages and in East Jerusalem, is to express willingness to recognize Bedouin ownership claims to their land and even compensate them for it but only if they agree to give it up.

22:34

Secret Camera Catches Who Was Really 'Vandalizing' Family's Christmas Lights "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

It was almost the perfect crime until someone caught it all on camera.

Last week, police in St. Charles Parish, Louisiana, got a call from an upset family whose Christmas lights kept getting destroyed by vandals overnight. A crook had struck the property five times within the past month, cutting the strand of lights in half near the sidewalk.

The frustrated family decided to set up a camera to catch the brazen vandal once and for all. Sure enough, he returned that night, but it was the last suspect they couldve imagined: a wild rabbit.

On the night vision security footage, the rabbit is seen standing at the edge of the sidewalk in the familys yard. Realizing the coast is clear, he sneakily hops over to the ground-level lights and nibbles at the wire for a few seconds. Once hes satisfied, he quickly takes off into the night.

The footage surely got a laugh from Sheriff Greg Champagne, who later shared the video on his Facebook page jokingly asking for citizens to come forward to help police identify the rabbit. The post has since gone viral, with over 13,000 views in one week.

Credit: Facebook/Greg Champagne

We have been diligently investigating, Champagne joked. Finally, after cameras were put in place, the perpetrator was filmed in the act. Anyone that can assist us in identifying this brazen criminal is asked to contact us.

The video comes as no surprise to pet rabbit owners, who know just how much the critters love to nibble on stray electrical cords if theyre not kept out of reach. Wires likely attract rabbits because they resemble hanging tree branches or roots, which both domestic and wild rabbits enjoy chewing on.

...

22:32

Finian Cunningham: Washington abusing legal process to conceal economic banditry "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The blatant arrest of a Chinese telecoms executive in Canada on behalf of the US is shrouded in obscure legalistic claims. But the bottom line is clear; the US is abusing the legal process to pursue lawless economic interests. This hegemonic conduct by the US is undermining international law and leading to chaos. The recklessness of American unilateral diktat is unsustainable and is risking inevitable war with someone, sometime, somewhere. China's anger over the latest legal spat resonates with similar grievances against the US felt by Russia, Iran, Venezuela, and even American allies in Europe, due to Washington's high-handed arbitrariness. The US is behaving like a bandit state, imposing its demands as it alone sees fit for its presumed advantage - under the cover of legalistic probity. The detention of Meng Wanzhou on December 1 while boarding a commercial flight out of Vancouver was carried by Canadian federal police on behalf of US authorities. It was not even clear on what...

22:30

UNCC Staff Says Figure Hanging From Noose On Campus Part Of Art Department Class Project "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

It will go in the books as a hate crime. Via WBTV: UNC Charlotte is looking into an incident where a figure hanging from a noose was spotted on campus. School staff says the figure, now removed, was part of a final project for one of the art departments classes. But that wasnt clear to []

22:30

Gresham College: Prof. Sir Geoffrey Nice Q.C. Human Rights To Srebenica: Srebrenica: Genocide and Trials with Nena Tromp #5/6 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

From Human Rights to Srebenica

The lectures will cover various themes The first three will address Human Rights (the origin of the notion of special human rights in history and philosophy, and what have been the major Human Rights impacts and effects, regardless of origin); followed by a personal review of Sir Geoffreys own life in the law in a light hearted event to amuse with some personal history; and two lectures on the trials about Srebrenica in the year of the 20th anniversary (July 1995) of the massacre

https://youtu.be/QX8RaJDh_80

About this lecture

The results of the last twenty years of trials about Srebrenica in the year of the 20th anniversary (July 1995) of that massacre. This lecture will trace through court evidence what happened. It will also point out what is missing about the involvement of the warring parties and the international community.

22:30

As Israel crimes on Gaza border hit zenith, US backs bill targeting Palestinian anti-occupation leaders "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Palestine Information Center December 12, 2018 RAMALLAH The US House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a bill that would target for sanctions Hamas resistance movement and Hezbollah over allegations of using civilians as human shields, guaranteeing that it will become law, JTA reported. The bill describes Hamas and Hezbollah groups as repeated practitioners []

22:30

Whaleoil word cloud poll: Simon Bridges "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

To take part in the Whaleoil word cloud poll on National leader Simon Bridges Go to slido.com Enter the event code #M946 **NOTE you will be invited to ask questions as this slido is designed for use at a conference. We ONLY want to create a Whaleoil word cloud so click on polls NOT questions. [] The post Whaleoil word cloud poll: Simon Bridges appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:28

Unprecedented New Map Unveils Illegal Mining Destroying Amazon "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch
Waking Times

first-of-its-kind map has unveiled widespread environmental damage and contamination of the Amazon rainforest caused by the rise illegal mining.

The survey, released Monday by the Amazon Socio-Environmental Geo-Referenced Information Project (RAISG), identifies at least 2,312 sites and 245 areas of prospecting or extraction of minerals such as gold, diamonds and coltan in six Amazonian countriesBolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. It also identified 30 rivers affected by mining and related activities.

The scope of illegal mining in the Amazon, especially in indigenous territories and protected natural areas, has grown exponentially in recent years, with the rise in the price of gold, said Beto Ricardo, head of the RAISG, in an accompanying report about the map.

Survey reveals more than 2,000 points and 200 illegal mining areas in six Amazonian countries.RAISG

The map is a compilation of primary information from RAISG partners, analysis of satellite images and news stories published in the six countr...

22:27

TIC-TOC HANNITY SHOW: Lots of Sealed Indictments Big Announcements Coming Soon on Dossier, FISA Abuse and Uranium One Deal (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

On Tuesday Sean Hannity invited journalists Sarah Carter and John Solomon and attorney Gregg Jarrett on to discuss the recent developments in the Washington DC swamp.

At the end of the segment Sean Hannity delivered some much-needed good news to Trump supporters.

Towards the end of the segment Sarah Carter said there were, Lots of sealed documents, Sean. Lots of sealed indictments, about to drop.

Sean Hannity: I know that everybodys frustrated because this has only been a one-sided investigation, on all things Trump. But, and I think you will all confirm with me is that my sources tell me that all of this is coming out, from the dossier, the FISA abuse to the Uranium One deal.  All agree?  I have very good sources.  You guys do too.

They better act quick. The deep state vultures is circling the president.
Trump administration officials better act quick.

POLL: Should Hillary Be In Jail?

Via Hannity:

The post TIC-TOC HANNITY SHOW: Lots of Sealed Indictments Big Announcements Coming Soon on Dossier, FISA Abuse and Uranium One Deal (VIDEO) appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

22:26

RISK TAKING CAN END BADLY. "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"



A recently graduated young lady went on tour from her home in the UK, after her graduation and lost her life in New Zealands largest city after travelling through South America.

A very sad end of a life about to  possibly bloom with contributions to society of potential  benefits never to be discovered.

She died, it is alleged at the hands of a rather dubious male character who had exhibited behaviour causing disquiet to a degree that previous flatmates had asked him to depart from  their shared accommodation.

Now I cannot be arsed to research how many young people indulging in various risky activities have died doing stuff that can end ugly.  Burnouts, bungy jumping, jet boats. river swimming, drinking, fighting, horse riding, motorbikes,  climbing, hang gliding, skydiving, cycling, lime scooters, boxing, getting out of bed all have a potential  for a fatal outcome should things go awry.
Dating via Tinder has many happy and successful tales of personal fulfillment in experiencing desire driven travel, bit like hitch hiking in some ways,  but and in this sad case a very final and devastating "BUT"!
The last published information gleaned from cctv suggests this unfortunate young lady might have been her disappearing into the residential zone of her alleged killer.

Meanwhile how many other young and not necessarily young people not even indulging in what many might see as risky activity died during the last week in this country and the vacuous Prime minister would never even know they had died.

Not a  shrinking violet when a perceived opportunity presented to her we had a cringe worthy crocodile  tear dribbling media stunt to  show how deeply she really cares.

Currently on tour and seeing on the interwebby a reported truck versus small car on  the outskirts of my newly adopted urban settlement resulting in fatality on a section of Highway the CoL has deemed not to be needing already scheduled fourlaning so as to free up spondulucks for virtue signalling tram installation in the very city where the doomed UK citizen had her life ended. Afaik the Prime Minister has no such need to shed tears for anyone involved in that tragedy so far away from her personal bubble space and almost certainly no political advantage accompanying

ps I note some of her virtue signalling support crew are attempting to expand the sad demise of a tourist into a general  mauling of all who perpetrate violence with an emphasis on males.

Risk taking can end badly and sometimes  death comes unexpectedly unannounced.

RiP Grace Millane

22:24

CIA Covert Operative William Barr Nominated by Trump for Attorney General. His Role in the Iran Contra Affair "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Should William Barr serve as the highest law enforcement official of the country?

For a presidential administration whose mandate was the eradication of corruption, the draining of the swamp, and the restoration of law?

With the nomination of William Barr

The post CIA Covert Operative William Barr Nominated by Trump for Attorney General. His Role in the Iran Contra Affair appeared first on Global Research.

22:23

Washington Is Changing The World Order Against Its Own Interests "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Considering the hyper-sonic speed, trajectory changeability and massive power of Russian nuclear weapons, war with Russia will result in nothing whatsoever being left of the US and its vassals, who sold out European peoples for Washington's money.

22:22

Grouper fish mating sounds, new research "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

This 3 September 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

Goliath groupers on 85 ft down ship wreck in West Palm Beach, Florida during spawn season.

From Florida Atlantic University in the USA:

Eavesdropping on groupers mating calls key to survival

New technique to identify groupers by their sounds

December 12, 2018

Summary: Many fish produce sounds for courtship and mating, navigation, and defending their territories. Scientists analyze these sounds to study their behavior such as reproduction. Since grouper spawning is brief and it takes them a long time to reach sexual maturity, they are vulnerable to overfishing. Eavesdropping on them is key to their survival. Researchers have developed a novel acoustic monitoring technique to classify grouper species by their sounds or grouper calls, with accuracy of about 90 percent.

Eavesdropping on groupers mating in their natural habitats isnt creepy. In fact, its imperative to ensuring their survival. For years, scientists have used passive acoustic monitoring techniques to study the behavior of fishes. A particular application of this technique is used to observe the reproductive cycle of fishes, including groupers.

In a new study, researchers from Florida Atlantic Universitys College of Engineering and Computer Science and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute and collaborators, have taken this technology to the next level using deep neural networks a set of algorithms modeled after the human brain. They have developed an effective method to classify grouper species by their sounds or grouper calls.

Results of the study, published in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, show that with this new approach, the researchers achieved vocalization classification accuracy of about 90 percent for four species of groupers red hind (E. guttatus), Nassau grouper (E. striatus),...

22:19

New York AG Announces Plans to Weaponize Office to Target Political Opposition. "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Did you get your yellow vest yet?  The recently elected New York Attorney General, Letitia James, makes a public declaration that she intends to fully weaponize her office to target the Trump family. On the bright side, democrats can no Continue reading

22:14

UPDATED: May survives Tory leadership vote by 200 to 117 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

She may be safe tonight but the Brexit compromise is still to be resolved in parliament

Laura Kuenssberg

On Nolan this morning I pointed out that if theres no majority for Mrs Mays agreement with the EU, its a dead letter.

This is the end of the internal revolution, but unless she can get Labour MPs to put their hands up in large numbers, its hard to see it how it progresses with 117 Tories signalling they just dont want it.

Her haste to trigger article 50, the policing of any move to draw in other parties in Westminster to develop a consensus by the ideologues on the Tory right means that whats come out of the sausage factory is something few parliamentarians actually want.

As Newton Emerson pointed out that last week the EU and the Republic have not sufficiently distinguished between a weak British position and a weak British government.

God knows what happens next.

UPDATE: Dodds on Newsnight saying that nothing has changed with the confidence and supply agreement, and says they will support the PM and will NOT back a confidence motion against Mrs May.

However, Nicholas Soames suggestion on the same programme that some letter of comfort attached to the current agreement will cut any ice with the DUP is somewhat naive. No party has a longer experience of the weakness of annexes and letters than the DUP.

22:13

Climate Change: Ignoring the cow in the room "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Earlier in the year the government ran a consultation on improvements to the Emissions Trading Scheme, aimed at making it actually work. Yesterday, they announced their decisions. Most importantly, the total number of units available to the ETS will be capped, with future caps announced five years in advance to give the market certainty about how much they can pollute. The implication is that the cap will shrink towards our targets. Secondly, units will be auctioned by the government. Which is broadly what we needed to do in the first place, before the scheme became a polluter support scheme loaded with free allocations and exemptions to subsidise incumbents. Speaking of those free allocations, they will continue for the moment, but there will apparently be a decision on them next year. And for the system to actually function, they need to be eliminated as quickly as possible (a five year transition period seems more than fair IMHO).

The other big change is the price cap. At the moment, polluters can simply bank their units and pay $25 / ton - a strategy which makes sense when carbon prices are higher than that (as they are ATM). The government will replace this with a "cost containment reserve", which will auction a set number of new units into the system if prices rise too high. These units will be backed by an equivalent tonne of removals, so in theory it means no net pollution. But it both undermines the ability of the scheme to actually reduce pollution, and creates a pool of credits future governments will be tempted to sell or give away to their donors. Obviously, price spikes are bad for polluters, but that's the point. If the carbon price is "too high" for a polluter, the market is sending a signal that what they do is no longer viable, and that they should either pollute less or shut down. We accept this logic for every other business input: wood, petrol, electricity, wages. We should treat carbon - which threatens our fucking lives - no differently.

These are useful changes, but still just tinkering around the edges. The core decision - what to do about agriculture - has again been put off, left hanging while the Zero Carbon Act consultation considers whether we even have a target for agricultural emissions, let alone whether we should make farmers pay their way. And until we do the latter, our ETS will ignore our biggest source of pollution, and be fundamentally broken and unfit for purpose.

22:13

Israel to build Embassy Quarter in occupied Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

MEMO | December 12, 2018 Israel is to build an embassy complex in occupied Jerusalem, a year after US President Donald Trump announced his plans to relocate the American Embassy to the city. Israels Construction and Housing Ministry announced today that it plans to build a complex with space for nine separate embassies in occupied []

22:10

Mika Drops Horrid Homophobic Slur on Live TV Says Pompeo a Wannabe Dictators Butt Boy "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Mika Drops Horrid Homophobic Slur on Live TV Says Pompeo a Wannabe Dictators Butt Boy by Jim Hoft The Gateway Pundit TDC Note What?!?! Mika, daughter of Zbige still has a job?!? Say it aint so. ####...

The post Mika Drops Horrid Homophobic Slur on Live TV Says Pompeo a Wannabe Dictators Butt Boy appeared first on The Daily Coin.

22:08

GNOME 3.31.3 Released As Another Step Towards GNOME 3.32 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

GNOME 3.31.3 was released today as the latest development stepping stone towards next March's GNOME 3.32 desktop environment update...

22:06

Lebanons President Discusses with Hezbollah Delegation Cabinet Formation Process "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

December 11, 2018 Source The Lebanese President Michel Aoun received on Tuesday Hezbollah Secretary Generals political aide Hajj Hussein Al-Khalil and head of Loyalty to Resistance bloc MP Mohammad Raad as the discussions tackled the latest developments of the cabinet formation process. After the meeting, MP Raad told the reporters that it was a brainstorming []

22:05

Taylor Swift used facial recognition software to check crowds for known stalkers "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Pop star Taylor Swift reportedly used facial recognition software at a Los Angeles concert venue to scan the crowd for any of her known stalkers.A display inside a kiosk at her Rose Bowl Show in May was equipped with a facial-recognition camera...

22:04

Khalid Albaih Good Bye 2011 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

DATE: 31 December 2011
ORGINALLY PUBLISHED IN: Unknown
REPUBLISHED FROM: https://www.cartoonmovement.com/p/3310/cartoons

22:02

Goodyear Shutters Venezuela Operations, Blames Sanctions "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The tire manufacturer claimed that economic conditions and sanctions have made production impossible.

22:01

Facebook censorship of leftist United States Young Turks site "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

This 11 December 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

Whistleblower Exposes Facebook Censorship Techniques Mindblowing

22:01

Calls For Lesbian Comic Wanda Sykes To Host Oscars After Kevin Harts Exit "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Safe bet for the Trump-bashing fest and presentation of participation trophies. Via NBC News: After comedian Kevin Hart stepped down last week as 2019s Oscars host following the unearthing of past homophobic tweets and jokes, speculation and opinions quickly surfaced online about who would and should take his place at the February awards show. Among []

22:01

Hezbollahs Psychological War Leaves Israeli Soldiers Panicked! "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Local Editor Hezbollah intensified a psychological warfare against the Zionist occupation entity as the so-called Operation Northern Shield enters its second week, leaving the enemys soldiers traumatized with what is really happening on the ground. In further details, the resistance movement has been releasing footage of Israeli soldiers on the occupied territories, but the point []

22:00

Climate Justice Forum: PRDC on Highway 95 Ruling, Idaho Track Inspections & Lake Bridge Litigation, Kalispel Airshed Redesignation, Keystone XL Work Injunction, Oregon Oil Terminal Permit, Washington Methanol Refinery 12-12-18 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Wednesday, December 12, 2018, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features Paradise Ridge Defense Coalition board members and news discussing an Appeals Court decision on Highway 95 expansion, and articles on north Idaho track inspections and lake rail bridge litigation, airshed redesignation of the Kalispel Tribe reservation, federal court denial of Keystone XL pipeline pre-construction work, a revised port permit for an Oregon oil train terminal, and a proposed Washington methanol refinery.  Broadcast for seven years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show describes continent-wide resistance to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

22:00

Tis the season to be jolly "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Well, not for everyone. This year, more people than ever need help. RNZ  reports: quote. Hundreds of people lined up outside Eden Park in Auckland today but they were not clambering to get to their seats for a rugby game. Instead, they were there for food and Christmas gifts from Auckland City Mission to those [] The post Tis the season to be jolly appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:00

Electric Drift Trike Needs Water Cooling "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Electric vehicles of all types are quickly hitting the market as people realize how inexpensive they can be to operate compared to traditional modes of transportation. From cars and trucks, to smaller vehicles such as bicycles and even electric boats, theres a lot to be said for simplicity, ease of use, and efficiency. But sometimes we need a little bit more out of our electric vehicles than the obvious benefits they come with. Enter the electric drift trike, an electric vehicle built solely for the enjoyment of high torque electric motors.

This tricycle is built with some serious power behind it. [austiwawa] constructed his own 48V 18Ah battery with lithium ion cells and initially put a hub motor on the front wheel of the trike. When commenters complained that he could do better, he scrapped the front hub motor for a 1500W brushless water-cooled DC motor driving the rear wheels. To put that in perspective, electric bikes in Europe are typically capped at 250W and in the US at 750W. With that much power available, this trike can do some serious drifting, and has a top speed of nearly 50 kph. [austiwawa] did blow out a large number of motor controllers, but was finally able to obtain a beefier one which could handle the intense power requirements of this tricycle.

Be sure to check out the video below to see the trike being test driven. The build video is also worth a view for the attention to detail and high quality of this build. If you want to build your own but dont want to build something this menacing, we have also seen electric bikes that are small enough to ride down hallways in various buildings, but still fast enough to retain an appropriate level of danger.

22:00

DW: Inequality how wealth becomes power #1/2 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Germany is one of the worlds richest countries, but inequality is on the rise. The wealthy are pulling ahead, while the poor are falling behind. For the middle classes, work is no longer a means of advancement. Instead, they are struggling to maintain their position and status. Young people today have less disposable income than previous generations. This documentary explores the question of inequality in Germany, providing both background analysis and statistics. The filmmakers interview leading researchers and experts on the topic. And they accompany Christoph Grner, one of Germanys biggest real estate developers, as he goes about his work. If you have great wealth, you cant fritter it away through consumption. If you throw money out the window, it comes back in through the front door, Grner says. The real estate developer builds multi-family residential units in cities across Germany, sells condominium apartments, and is involved in planning projects that span entire districts. Entrepreneurs are more powerful than politicians, because were more independent, Grner concludes. Leading researchers and experts on the topic of inequality also weigh in, including Nobel-prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, economist Thomas Piketty, and Brooke Harrington, who carried out extensive field research among investors from the ranks of the international financial elite. Branko Milanovi, a former lead economist at the World Bank, says that globalization is playing a role in rising inequality. The losers of globalization are the lower-middle class of affluent countries like Germany. These people are earning the same today as 20 years ago, Milanovi notes. Just like a century ago, humankind is standing at a crossroads. Will affluent countries allow rising equality to tear apart the fabric of society? Or will they resist this trend?

22:00

Paleo alternatives to cows milk "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Best of 2018: What Does Incrementalism Actually Mean? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

One of our favorite posts of this year, and one well be referring readers back to for a long time to come, was this one from longtime guest contributor Andrew Price. Andrew has a remarkable knack for taking concepts that would be abstract and academic in other hands, and illustrating them clearly in terms you need no special education or background to understand. In this case, we mean literally illustrating.

Incremental development is a key Strong Towns principle. We believe that relying on small, incremental investments in improving a placesuch that you get feedback and can pivot, adapt, and learn from experienceis a more resilient strategy for growth and prosperity than big, silver-bullet projects. But its often hard to communicate just what this looks like on the ground. Weve been asked, Do you mean slower development? Or less development? Or smaller buildings? Not necessarily is the answer to all three.

We asked Andrew to make a little visual guide to building incrementally, and we love what he came up with. Here it is, re-featured as part of our Best of 2018 series. Strong Towns Staff.


Strong Towns talks a lot about incremental change as opposed to sudden change. But what exactly does it mean? Let's explore a few different forms that incrementalism can take, accompanied by hand drawn diagrams.

Incremental Intensification

Land-use patterns change over time. In the diagram below, we have a block of detached single family homes, and there is growing demand to accommodate more people.

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On the left, we see incremental intensification: each lot is allowed to redevelop as its owner sees fit. Some of the single family homes turn into duplexes. Some time later, the least intensified lots (the single family homes) might turn into small apartment buildings. The remaining single family homes and duplexes turn into mid-rise apartment buildings.

On the right, we see sudden intensification, of a type that often occurs when the lot-by-lot conversions described above are either illegal according to the zoning code, or infeasible for one reason or another. The only practical action for homeowners is to hold on to...

Tom Emmer: The Republican Party's New Super-Villain? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"


How do you replace Michele Bachmann-- in Minnesota's reddest district? Bachmann's old district (MN-06)-- in St. Cloud and the exurbs north and west of Minneapolis-- has a PVI of R+12. Democrats win the state but Obama lost MN-06 twice and Hillary was crushed there-- with just 33.2% of the vote. When Bachmann was forced into retirement after serious ethics charges, the GOP was determined tp find someone even further right than her. They dug up a guy named Tom Emmer, a crackpot from the state House who had earlier lost a gubernatorial election.

Emmer is best known in Minnesota for deciding the people who don't deserve a living wage are waiters and other people who scrape by on tips. He proposed a change to the law that would count tips toward the minimum wage requirement. "With the tips that they get to take home," he said, "there are some people earning over $100,000 a year. More than the very people providing the jobs and investing not only their life savings but their families' future." Perfect replacement for Bachmann, right?

Now a member of the House Financial Services Committee, he stinks of corruption, having sucked down $1,318,123 in bribes from the same institutions he's supposed to be overseeing. The GOP loves that and it helped for them to decide a couple of weeks ago to skip over Ann Wagner-- a girl-- to give Emmer the chair of the NRCC.

Earlier today, we mentioned Emmer's woman problem, but he has an even more overwhelming problem. The anti-red wave that swept 40 of his colleagues out of Congress November 6, is still raging and likely to be even stronger this cycle-- his cycle. He says...

Good Candidates Won't Be Enough in 2020We Must Overhaul Our Entire Voting System "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

My advice in the wake of the midterms I give as a strategist for democracy, not for Democrats or the Left. For any party or electoral group, it is the same: Earn the trust of the changing American electorate by passing better voting rules. Last November, democracy itself was on the ballot: redistricting reform, voter access, voting methods, voting rights and campaign finance reform. And democracy won. Landslide majorities backed fairer elections in states both red and blue. The [...]

21:59

Did Supernovae Kill Off Large Ocean Animals? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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A supernova only 150 light years away from Earth could trigger major planetary changes

The post Did Supernovae Kill Off Large Ocean Animals? appeared first on Alternative News Network.

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RIP George H. W. Bush and the Rest "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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The death of former President George H. W. Bush last month has spurred many an analyst to take up their swords and pens of partisanship for either canonizing or condemning the former leader of the free world.

Here at NEO, I found the most concise and objective (truthful) analysis so far, from Deena Stryker. The lady who once interviewed Fidel Castro captured the essential truth of our time in her description of the side story of the Bush state funeral, the sorry state of leadership consisting of country club elites led by the 43rd president and his colleagues:

The younger Bushs visible grief added to the pathos. However, the media managed to find an upbeat human interest story in the alignment of past presidents and their wives, obligatory attendees at the ceremony in the National Cathedral. Former President Bill Clinton leaned toward his neighbors with a smile, while Hillary stared straight ahead, determined to avoid any suggestion of amity toward her former rival, Donald Trump, from whom she was separated by President Carter and the Obamas, both of whom shook hands with Trump and First Lady Melania.

In Strykers short encapsulation I found the essence of all that is wrong with America and the world. The sideshow, the celebrity fanaticism, the gag reel that hundreds of millions have grown accustomed to, this is what we have become. George H. W. Bush maybe had a role in the killing of J.F.K. Probably; he had many others killed when he led the CIA. Certainly, thousands died in the wake of the initial war with Iraq, and as for Iran Contra, God knows what kind of carnage came of that. But, just as Stryker set the stage for this latest political clown show, the good and evil of the elder Bush is nothing but a symptom of our greater folly.

Googling the Bush funeral after reading Deenas piece I was struck by the images of past presidents arrayed in a list by the Mountain View technocrats. Just type in Bush, and down the page, you will probably see what I did. A block labeled U.S. Presidents, which contains (in order) Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Richard Nixon, and the fallen John F. Kennedy. In this order, we see as profound and correct an explanation for the worlds current problems as exists. Let me explain.

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Climate change talks lead to renewed pledge to cut emissions "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

EU, Canada, New Zealand and developing countries to keep global warming below 1.5CThe EU and scores of developing countries have pledged to toughen their existing commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to enable the world to stay within a 1.5C rise in global warming.The promise, which follows increasingly dire scientific warnings, was the most positive message yet to come from the ongoing talks in Poland. Related: US accused of obstructing talks at UN climate change summit [...]

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Nikki Haley's swansong at the UN was an embarrassment "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The 6 December was the first anniversary of US President Donald Trump's announcement that he recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital and that he would move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city. The announcement was cheered by Israel and its supporters for whom international laws and conventions are at best meaningless and at worst an irritant. Trump suggested that this move would help bring peace to the Holy Land. How wrong he was. Anyone but a diehard Zionist would have told him that he was deluded to think this, but nobody in his administration would have done so, because those tasked with developing a peace deal fall into this category. One of these cheerleaders for Apartheid Israel is Nimrata Randhawa, better known to the world as Nikki Haley, the US Representative to the United Nations. In the UN Security Council, she can wield the US veto to protect Israel but she is unable to do that in the General Assembly, where no state has a veto. Her swansong in the...

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Christopher Steele disclosed made up nonsense from his trash dossier to longtime Clinton crony, court documents reveal "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Christopher Steele, the author of the infamous anti-Trump dossier, disclosed information from his Trump-Russia investigation to a longtime Clinton crony because of his position on a State Department advisory board, according to court documents filed on Tuesday. According to the court filing, Steele told a court in the United Kingdom on Aug. 1 that he provided Strobe Talbott, the Clinton insider, with anti-Trump research because of his position on the Foreign Affairs Policy Board, an independent advisory board set up in 2011 by then-Sec. of State Hillary Clinton. Clinton appointed Talbott chairman of the advisory board, and he served in that role through John Kerry's tenure.

21:58

Honduran Caravan Migrants Demand Trump Let Them Into US Or Pay Them $50,000 Each to Go Home "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Honduran caravan migrants camping out in Tijuana, Mexico are now demanding reparations from the United States.

About 100 Hondurans marched over to the US consulate in Tijuana, Mexico Tuesday morning demanding Trump let them into the United States or pay them $50,000 each to go home.

The group organizer, Alfonso Guerrero Ulloa of Honduras said its a small sum of money compared to everything the United States has stolen from Honduras.

The Trump admin should tell these migrants to pound sand in response.

The San Diego Tribune reported:

Two groups of Central American migrants made separate marches on the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana Tuesday, demanding that they be processed through the asylum system more quickly and in greater numbers, that deportations be halted and that President Trump either let them into the country or pay them $50,000 each to go home.

The first group demanding action, numbering about 100, arrived at the U.S. Consulate at about 11 am Tuesday. The migrants said they were asking that the Trump Administration pay them $50,000 each or allow them into the U.S.

When asked how the group came up with the $50,000 figure, organizer Alfonso Guerrero Ulloa of Honduras, said they chose that number as a group.

It may seem like a lot of money to you, Ulloa said. But it is a small sum compared to everything the United States has stolen from Honduras.

The groups letter criticized American intervention in Central America. They gave the U.S. Consulate 72 hours to respond. They said they had not decided what to do if their demands were not met.

I dont know, we will decide as a group, Ulloa said.

Several hundred Honduran migrants have self-deported after realizing they wouldnt easily be able to enter the US.

Mexico previously deported about 500 Hondurans after they stormed the San Ysidro port of entry and tried to illegally cross into the US.

According to the San Diego Tribune, approximately 2,500 Hondurans have applied for humanitarian visas in Mexico.

A few dozen Hondurans however have trickled over into the US by cli...

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After Youth Activists Storm Their Offices, 13 More House Members Agree To Support a Green New Deal "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

WASHINGTON, D.C.Philadelphians Abigail Leedy, 17 years old and skipping school for the day, and Dwight Wilson, 24, led a group of more than 20 activists to the office of their congressman, Rep. Dwight Evans (D-Pa.), on Dec. 10, 2018. The group, affiliated with the climate advocacy organization Sunrise Movement, was there to demand that House members support a new select congressional committee to draft a Green New Deal.  Advocates say a select committee, which Democrats could create [...]

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May Survives No Confidence Vote With Wide Margin Of Support "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Update 4: During a brief address to her Tory peers after the results were announced, May said that she had listened to her critics, but that now it is time to get on with it and pass a Brexit withdrawal...

The post May Survives No Confidence Vote With Wide Margin Of Support appeared first on The Daily Coin.

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Quote of the Day: On Neo-Puritanism and "Meddlesome Preferences" "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"


"[There may be] an implicit recognition by all parties ... that, although each may have preferences over the others' behaviour, any attempt to impose one person's preferences on the behaviour of another must be predicted to set off reciprocal attempt to have one's own behaviour constrained in a like fashion. An attitude of 'live and let live, ' or mutual tolerance and mutual respect, may be better for all of us, despite the occasional deviance from ordinary standards of common decency. 
    Such an attitude would seem to be that of anyone who claimed to hold to democratic and individualistic values, in which each person's preferences are held to account equally with those of others. By contrast, the genuine elitist, who somehow thinks that his or her own preferences are superior to, better than, or more correct than those of others, will, of course, try to control the behaviour of everyone else, while holding fast to his or her own liberty to do as he or she pleases. 
        ~ James Buchanan, from his essay on 'Politics & Meddlesome Preferences'

[Hat tip Jim Rose]
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The US Wants to Bring Back the Shah of Iran "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The US had a great deal going from 1953 to 1979 with the Shah of Iran.  For 25 years Iran was a cornerstone of the US usurping the British Empire in the Middle East, following World War Two.  Iran was

The post The US Wants to Bring Back the Shah of Iran appeared first on Global Research.

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A match made in heaven "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Donald Trump is flailing around trying to find someone to serve as his chief of staff. As I wrote earlier, the position will only attract grifters because Trump, his family, and his close associates are all grifters and no one who has any sense of self-respect or integrity would take on the job. So it is no surprise at all that odious Piers Morgan is publicly applying for the job and has given 10 reasons why he should get it. His reason #10 is actually correct: You need someone whose reputation wont be remotely tarnished by working with you and who wont mind in the slightest if you suddenly fire him. Morgans reputation is that of being an annoying and stupid person and there is no way that even Trump could tarnish it even more.

Of course, Morgans so-called application is just a stunt by a publicity-seeking buffoon. But given Trumps penchant for hiring people because he has seen them on TV (like Larry Kudlow as his economic advisor and Heather Nauert as his nominee for ambassador to the UN), he may actually take the offer seriously. Of course, since Morgan is not a US citizen (as far as I am aware) he would thus not be eligible to receive the kind of security clearances the job needs.

But Morgan is exactly the kind of sycophantic clown whom Trump would consider to be perfect for the job, a kiss up-kick down kind of person. Morgans application itself is an example of the combination of preening boastfulness and fawning obsequiousness that anyone who applies for this job needs to emulate if they are to have any hope of getting it.

[T]he key thing is to have someone at your side that understands you, has known you a long time, likes you and commands your respect.

When you made me your first Celebrity Apprentice a decade ago, you told me in the live NBC finale: Piers, youre a vicious guy. Ive seen it. Youre tough. Youre smart. Youre probably brilliant, Im not sure. Youre certainly not diplomatic. But you did an amazing job and you beat the hell out of everybody youre my Celebrity Apprentice.

Lets be honest, what more could you possibly want from your Chief of Staff? You could have been talking about yourself!

These two were made for each other.

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University of Sydney removes professor for criticism of war propaganda over Syria Iraq and Palestine. "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The University of Sydney has suspended Professor Tim Anderson for showing students an info graphic,  including a Nazi swastika over the Israeli flag. It is nor antisemitic. The purpose was to provide a view on the nature of the Israeli governments ongoing physical attacks on the Palestinians. Tim Anderson  is appealing the suspension.

This has come about in the context, where there is also considerable opposition, to the proposal of the  Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation, chaired by former prime minister John Howard, to fund a course in western tradition at the university.

A group of 30 fellow academics in the university has signed an open letter criticising the universitys action and calling for academic freedom.

The suspension of Dr Tim Anderson pending the termination of his employment is an unacceptable act of censorship and a body-blow to academic freedom at the University of Sydney, the letter states.

Put together, the suspension and the proposed new course, indicate a turn towards using the university as a propaganda unit promoting western superiority, justifying western intervention in the rest of the world and the silencing of critics.

Below is Tim Andersons own brief account of what happened to him.

Yesterday [7 December] University of Sydney Provost Stephen Garton suspended me from my position as a senior lecturer and banned me from entering the university. I have worked as an academic at this University for more than 20 years and am appealing the decision to a Review Committee.

This move is the culmination of a series of failed attempts by management to restrict my public comments. I have always rejected such censorship. The latest complaint concerns my advisory analysis of the Israeli attacks on Gaza. Examine the graphic below and decide for yourself whether or how this infographic might be offensive.

These complaints, over the last 18 months, have been petty and absurd. In my view they represent an unusually aggressive regime of political censorship, in which no decent university should be involved.

Most of the management complaints have to do with my criticisms of war propaganda against Syria, Iraq and Palestine. I dont accept such censorship.

Stephen Garton has ignored the intellectual freedom rule of the university, which states that academic staff are entitled to express unpopular or controversial views, provided that in...

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FSF Licensing and Compliance Lab: 2018 and the future "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

We are currently running a fundraising drive to launch free software to new frontiers. Would you consider supporting the work of the Free Software Foundation (FSF) and Licensing and Compliance team by becoming a member or making a donation today?

I am the current licensing and compliance manager for the FSF, though I've had several roles in my time here. The Lab handles all the free software licensing work for the FSF. Copyleft is the best legal tool we have for protecting the rights of users, and the Lab makes sure that tool is at full power by providing fundamental licensing education. From publishing articles and resources on free software licensing, to doing license compliance work for the GNU Project, to handling our certification programs like Respects Your Freedom, if there is a license involved, the Lab is on the case.

While the GPLv3 celebrated its tenth anniversary last year, there still remains a lot to be done in helping developers understand how to best use it and other GNU licenses. The Licensing and Compliance Lab, along with a team of volunteers, has for many years answered questions from the community. This year, we were delighted for Jake Glass to join the team as an intern, and are grateful for his help in improving licensing materials as well as answering questions from the community. The world of free software has grown so much over the past decade that we want to help make it as easy as possible to use free software and track the licenses in projects. Many organizations are developing tools to help tackle this issue, such as the Software Package Data Exchange (SPDX). But these tools are only useful if they are accurate and support best practices. Looking to improve the situation, we worked together with SPDX to make sure that their identifiers correctly reflected the licensing choices of...

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A Crisis in the Making: Know Your Rights or You Will Lose Them "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

John W. Whitehead, Rutherford
Waking Times

If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.Thomas Jefferson

We are approaching critical mass, the point at which all hell breaks loose.

The government is pushing us ever closer to a constitutional crisis.

What makes the outlook so much bleaker is the utter ignorance of the American peopleand those who represent themabout their freedoms, history, and how the government is supposed to operate.

As Morris Berman points out in his book Dark Ages America, 70 percent of American adults cannot name their senators or congressmen; more than half dont know the actual number of senators, and nearly a quarter cannot name a single right guaranteed by the First Amendment. Sixty-three percent cannot name the three branches of government. Other studies reveal that uninformed or undecided voters often vote for the candidate whose name and packaging (e.g., logo) are the most powerful; color is apparently a major factor in their decision.

More than government corruption and ineptitude, police brutality, terrorism, gun violence, drugs, illegal immigration or any other so-called danger that threatens our nation...

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Googles Pichai on antitrust: Theres more international competition than ever "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Googles Pichai on antitrust: Theres more international competition than ever by Ina Fried   Axios Google CEO Sundar Pichai spent most of his three hours of testimony before the House Judiciary Committee yesterday dealing with allegations of conservative bias, though he...

The post Googles Pichai on antitrust: Theres more international competition than ever appeared first on The Daily Coin.

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US and Iran trade barbs at UN over Iranian ballistic missile programme "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Mike Pompeo claims Iranian missiles can strike US, while Irans deputy UN ambassador says Tehran's missile programme is defensive in nature

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US Senate moves ahead with Yemen motion, while House blocks similar effort "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Motion to halt US aid to Saudi-led coalition in Yemen clears second hurdle in Senate, while House of Representatives blocks similar measure

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Serbian investigative journalist targeted with arson attack "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

New York, December 12, 2018--Serbian authorities must ensure the safety and well-being of investigative journalist Milan Jovanovi and bring those responsible for today's arson attack on his property to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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FLASHBACK: Clinton IT aide pleads Fifth, skips hearing "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Three IT specialists involved with Hillary Clinton's private email server on Tuesday refused to testify before the House Oversight Committee on deletions of some of Clinton's emails. One of these three, Bryan Pagliano - the former State Department employee who set up the server - defied a subpoena and failed to appear at the hearing altogether. The other two, engineers at the outside firm that managed Clinton's server, appeared under subpoena but invoked their Fifth Amendment rights in response to every question. Outraged Republicans quickly threatened reprisal against Pagliano, who has long been a flashpoint in various investigations into the server.

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Gateway To Saturn: The Antarctic Mystery "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

We call our city Christchurch. The Elites call it Gateway. Gateway to what? Lets find out! By Martin Harris This blog continues from: https://uncensored.co.nz/2018/12/03/containers-blood-adrenochrome-and-el-ite-posession/ Even before the devastating earthquakes that changed my home city forever, there were hints of something strange afoot. A local council obsession with Atlantean themed construction projects; a strange edifice fronting our []

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MACKAY Mackay burglar admits to string of crimes across region "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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A MACKAY woman has admitted to a string of property crimes across the region. Monica Lou Lawton, 29, fronted Mackay Magistrates Court over video

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France: Strasbourg Bans Public Demos As Massive Manhunt Underway For Christmas Market Shooter "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A massive manhunt is underway in France to find the suspect following a shooting at a Christmas market in Strasbourg on Tuesday night which left three people dead. Witnesses claimed that the suspect yelled God is [...]

The post France: Strasbourg Bans Public Demos As Massive Manhunt Underway For Christmas Market Shooter appeared first on News Punch.

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Symbolic: Washington 'swamp' overrun by actual vermin "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

But their target isn't corrupt officials or shady political fixers; it's Rattus Norvegicus, the common Norway Rat. Comment: Shame. The nation's capital is facing a spiraling rat infestation, fueled by mild winters and a human population boom. Washington's government is struggling to keep pace, with the pest control department fielding a record number of calls. Comment: Mild winters? On one recent day, Pittman and Cornes, both veteran Health Department employees, are working within sight of the Capitol, shoveling dry ice pellets into suspected rat burrow entrances. On another, they're summoned about six blocks north of the White House, at 16th Street and M, where residents have complained of an outbreak. "Rats adapt to everything. They can be like geniuses," Pittman said. Comment: And again with the symbolism. On the grounds of a church, Cornes and Pittman poke around, expertly spotting telltale holes and matted dirt trails that signal rat burrows. Cornes uses an instrument like an...

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PERTH Catholic priest Father Joe Walsh charged with stealing $252000 from Subiaco church "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Catholic priest Father Joe Walsh charged with stealing $252000 from Subiaco church .

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The 66-year-old from Hamilton Hill appeared briefly in Perth Magistrates Court this morning and was not required to plead to six charges of stealing.

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PERTH Fallen footy legend Ben Cousins to face two new drugs charges after being arrested over domestic "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Fallen footy legend Ben Cousins to face two new drugs charges after being arrested over domestic .

December 11, 2018 at 10:33PM .

He is also scheduled to appear in Perth Magistrates Court on December 19 for the remaining 16 charges. The court appearances are just another

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PERTH Catholic priest accused of $250000 theft "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Catholic priest accused of $250000 theft .

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Joseph Walsh, 66, appeared in Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday charged with six counts of stealing from a Subiaco church between 2014 and

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Yemen's warring parties to reopen Sanaa airport, resume oil exports: Report "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Delegates from Yemen's Saudi-backed government and Houthi rebels told Reuters that Sanaa airport will be reopened

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Bethan McKernan and Martin Chulov // Turkey primed to start offensive against US-backed Kurds in Syria | World news | The Guardian "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Turkey primed to start offensive against US-backed Kurds in Syria | World news | The Guardian: Long frustrated by US support for Kurdish militias Turkey views as terrorists, Erdoan has threatened to push deeper into north-eastern Syria since sending Turkish forces into the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in February.

The president said during a televised speech in Ankara on Wednesday that the operation was imminent. We will begin our operation to free the east of the Euphrates [river] from the separatist organisation within a few days, he told MPs.

Our target is not the American soldiers, it is the terror organisations that are active in the region.

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Vegan NBA star John Salley invests in plant-based pesticide to rival Monsanto/Bayer "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

John Salley, the four-time NBA champion, vegan, and wellness entrepreneur has decided to buy a stake in the plant-based pesticide company, PureCrop1. Besides his financial support, he will also act as a spokesperson. Speaking about the partnership, Salley said, I have successfully invested in several early-stage companies and feel PureCrop1 is a game changer, valuable []

The post Vegan NBA star John Salley invests in plant-based pesticide to rival Monsanto/Bayer appeared first on Health Nut News.

21:32

Blockchain: What's Not To Like? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Digital preservationist, David Rosenthal, has a blog post discussing his recent Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) talk about distributed ledger technology. CNI is a joint initiative of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and EDUCAUSE to promote the use of digital information technologies to advance scholarship and education. The discrepancy between the available capacity in transactions per second and what is actually needed, plus the excessive power consumption, suggests that many attempted uses for distributed ledgers are inappropriate and counterproductive.

I gave a talk at the Fall CNI meeting entitled Blockchain: What's Not To Like? The abstract was:

We're in a period when blockchain or "Distributed Ledger Technology" is the Solution to Everything, so it is inevitable that it will be proposed as the solution to the problems of academic communication and digital preservation. These proposals typically assume, despite the evidence, that real-world blockchain implementations actually deliver the theoretical attributes of decentralization, immutability, anonymity, security, scalability, sustainability, lack of trust, etc. The proposers appear to believe that Satoshi Nakamoto revealed the infallible Bitcoin protocol to the world on golden tablets; they typically don't appreciate or cite the nearly three decades of research and implementation that led up to it. This talk will discuss the mis-match between theory and practice in blockchain technology, and how it applies to various proposed applications of interest to the CNI audience.

Below the fold, an edited text of the talk with links to the sources, and much additional material. The colored boxes contain quotations that were on the slides but weren't spoken.

Earlier on SN:
BitCoin's Record Drop may have Started Scaring Miners Away
Cryptocurrency Miners Are Building Their Own Electricity Infrastructure


Original Submission

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21:31

Vatican Finance Chief Cardinal George Pell Convicted Of Sexual Abuse In Australia With Supression Order Barring Australian Reporting On Conviction "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A jury in Melbourne, Australia decided to unanimously convict Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell of sexual abuse occurring when he was the Archbishop of Melbourne (archived). Cardinal Pell is a strong proponent of Argentine Anti-Pope Francis's Child Molestation and Socialism agenda. The convicting court issued an order supressing reports of the conviction by the compliant Australian media.

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5 Detained In Christmas Market Attack In France "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Motive not being released by authorities. Update to this story. Via TOI: French authorities detained five people as they hunted Wednesday for a suspected extremist who sprayed gunfire at one of Europes most famous Christmas markets in the eastern city of Strasbourg. Meanwhile, medical officials lowered the death toll from Tuesday nights attack from three []

21:30

Pelosi vs Trump Live WH Showdown "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Pelosi vs Trump Live WH Showdown from Bill Still President Trump met with the incoming Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, and the incoming Senate Leader, Chuck Schumer in a bipartisan effort to hammer out a border...

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Call from the Yellow Vests of Commercy Calling for Popular Assemblies | anarchistnews.org "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Call from the Yellow Vests of Commercy Calling for Popular Assemblies | anarchistnews.org: A statement from the Yellow Vests shows the political sophistication we must develop as similar social struggles emerge in the declining United States.

An excellent friend in Paris forwards this:
Pour transmettre aux anglophones qui seraient intresss

Call from the Yellow Vests of Commercy to set up popular assemblies
We will not be ruled. We will not be divided and bought off.
NO TO RIP OFF! LONG LIVE DIRECT DEMOCRACY!
NO NEED FOR REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES!

For nearly two weeks the movement of yellow vests has brought hundreds of thousands of people in the streets all over France, often for the first time. The price of fuel was the drop of diesel that set the plain on fire. The suffering, the enough-is-enough, and the injustice have never been so widespread. Now, all across the country, hundreds of local groups are organizing themselves in their own different ways.

Here in Commercy, in the Meuse, we have been operating from the beginning with daily popular assemblies, where each person participates equally. We organized to block entrances to the city and service stations, and filtering road blocks. In the process, we built a cabin in the central square. We meet there every day to organize ourselves, decide next actions, interact with people, and welcome those who join the movement. We also organize solidarity soups to live beautiful moments together and get to know each other. In equality.

But now the government, and some parts of the movement, propose to appoint representatives for each region! That is to say a few people who would become the only interlocutors to public authorities and summarize our diversity. But we do not want representatives who would end up talking for us!

Whats the point? At Commercy a punctual delegation met the sub-prefect, in big cities others met directly with the Prefect: they ALREADY have conveyed our anger and our demands. They ALREADY know that we are determined to finish off with this hated president, this detestable government, and the rotten system they embody!

And thats what scares the government! Because he knows that if they begin to give in on taxes and fuels, they will also have to back down on pensions, the unemployed, the status of civil servants, and all the rest! They also knows VERY WELL that they risk intensifying a GENERALIZED MOVEMENT AGAINST THE SYSTEM!

It is not to better understand our anger and our demands that the government wants representatives: it is to supervise and bury us! As with the union leadership, they look for intermediaries, people with whom they could negotiate.....

21:30

Tovas Pearls of Wisdom "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

From the laughingly entitled Newshub we got these pearls of wisdom imparted to us by Tova OBrien, (Ardern cheerleader aka Newshub Political Editor), via the increasingly weird Duncan Garner.

Its been a busy year in politics with a new coalition government learning the ropes and a cluster of political scandals gripping the nation.

We are now in the silly season of journalists and others awarding their high, lows, best, worst assessments of the NZ political scene.

Newshub Political Editor Tova OBrien awarded her Government superlatives on The AM Show this morning, and it was one now-former National MP who swept the awards.

No surprise, OBrien awarded Jami-Lee Ross her gold star. Then read the following and then hit your head with a hammer. It will make you feel much better.

The best political move of the year went to Jami-Lee Ross and his kamikaze efforts in parliament in October.

Driving from Auckland to Wellington, stealing your bosses thunder just before hes about to give you the axe, resigning, holding court with the press gallery with their jaws dropped on the ground for an hour, she explained as an unprecedented effort by Mr Ross.

Really! This was the best political move. Only in the bubble that has engulfed those at Newshub such as OBrien,Gower and Garner, such that they are obsessed with bringing down Bridges and National.

Frankly, on that basis the captains call by Ms Ardern re oil and gas exploration surely qualified or,taking baby Neve to floor of UN.

Ms OBrien followed this with gem

She said the way it was all done was absolutely mind-boggling and shed never seen anything like it.

Clearly, she has led a very sheltered life. Especially as she spent time in Europe as Newshubs correspondent obviously she never noticed the stuff going on in the British Parliament.

Then, with her next pick, she unsheathed her stiletto and rammed it into Simon Bridges.

But the awards for Mr Ross didnt end there, also gaining OBriens award for worst political performance, a prize shared with his previous boss, Simon Bridges.

So JLR was the worst performance....

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8 Major Warning Signs of Pancreatic Cancer That You Should Never Ignore "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

There are many forms of cancer but it seems pancreatic cancer often goes without being spoken about. While it is a very real threat not many know the signs and symptoms.

Here in the US, around 48,900 people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer each year and roughly 40,000 die from it each year as well. According to Heath Communities by the year 2030 pancreatic cancer is expected to become the second-leading cause of death here in the states. Because it is hard to diagnose and quite aggressive in nature it is quite complicated and hard to overcome.

When it comes to our bodies we need to pay attention to the changes that occur. You never know exactly what something could mean for you, even the smallest issues can turn into serious problems. Cancer is a disease that affects all areas of our lives whether we realize it or not. It takes a serious toll on not just our bodies but also our mental states.

We dont often notice the signs of pancreatic cancer when it is in its earlier stages because they are not very prominent. Most of them are very easy to dismiss and so that is exactly what we tend to do, ignore them. Pancreatic cancer begins in the tissues of your pancreas and from there spreads rapidly.

For those who might not be aware, the pancreas is an organ in the abdomen that lies below the lower part of your stomach. This makes it hard to visualize with imaging procedures. The pancreas is important as it releases enzymes that help our bodies to manage our blood sugar and so forth.

Below I am going to go over some of the more common signs that you might be experiencing pancreatic cancer. While some of these issues can end up being other things, it is best to get them checked out. It might not seem like much, but the smallest issues can be the biggest problems in the long-run. These signs are not going to present themselves unless it has progressed in some way so getting things checked out is important. Pancreatic cancer doesnt typically have a good prognosis, so timing is EVERYTHING.

8 Warning Signs Of Pancreatic Cancer That Should Not Be Ignored:

1. Rapid Weight Loss

If you begin rapidly and losing weight without explanation, your pancreas might not be functioning properly. Digestive issues and weight loss are often very much linked. You would in this case potentially be losing weight because the malignant cancer cells within your pancreas are eating up your bodies nutrients.

2. Yellowing Skin/Jaundice

If your skin and the w...

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The Question of Wealth in the 21st Century "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Lesson the 21st Century Needs to Learn From the 20th to Prosper, Develop, and Grow

When I look around, I see a world struggling to understand itself. Every century in which progress occurs must learn from the lastand the problem today is that we havent yet done that. What is wealth? Where does it come from? To whom should it belong? Why are they getting richerand me and mine poorer? These are what the spasms of rage, despair, and fury that mark this time ask.

The 20th century revealed to us, for the first time, I think, a beautiful answer to a profound question: that of the nature and origins of wealth. Yet the 21st century has yet to learn its lessons. Hence, the tumult and upheaval of this age.

I want to distill the lesson that I think the 20th century taught us into its simplest, rawest form. Now, bear with me, because this will be a difficult, demanding readmaybe both emotionally and intellectually. But I think (I hope) that it will also be a rewarding one, helping clarify and illuminatebut you are to be the judge of that. So give it a bit of time to sink in, room to breathe, come back read it in several goes if you have to.

Imagine that I took whatever you had. I intimidated you, I threatened you, maybe I forced you, or perhaps I even used some clever legal maneuver to trick you. The interesting question is: what could I really take? I could take your money. I could take your possessionsyour home, belongings, and so forth. Imagine that I was cunning enough to indenture or enslave you. What more could I take? I could take your time, your energy, your musclessome component of your labour, as economists might say.

Now. What couldnt I take? I couldnt take trust and belonging and respect. I couldnt make you love or even admire me. I couldnt take your happiness and peace of mind, and make it my own. I couldnt take your longevity and healthnor your sense of purpose and passion. I couldnt take your intelligence and knowledge. I couldnt take your creativity and imagination. I couldnt really improve or better my own ability to make breakthroughs and discoveries. I couldnt take your soul and make it mine, ethics, morality, justice, and courage. In fact, strangely enough, by taking from you what I could put to immediate use, profit, gain, I would have sacrificed all the things which matter most to me.

Lets put all that a little more formally. I could take you financial and natural and physical capitalmoney, land, property, possessions. I could even take, maybe, a little bit of your human capital, ability to do work. But I wouldnt be able to take any of the following: your emotional, creative, intellectual, social, civic, ethical capital, to name just a few...

21:30

First year students with no skin in the game "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

When Jacinda Ardern uttered those words this years on us just over a year ago, those of us with just a small clue knew exactly what would happen.  Students would sign up on a whim with no intention of seeing the year out.  Because its free, right?  No skin in the game. As predicted by [] The post First year students with no skin in the game appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

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Five Years of Record Warmth Intensify Arctic's Transformation "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Sea ice is the thinnest it's been at any time in the last 30 years, and wild reindeer and caribou populations continue to decline -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

21:28

Selcos SHTF Survival Lessons Part 3 G to L "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Reading time: 4,280 words, 10 pages, 10 to 17 minutes.

If you havent read the first two introductory pages in Part 1, I recommend you do so. Among the things I wrote was that Selco is the most credible source for prepping and survival advice that I have ever read. He survived the Balkan war of the 90s and one year in a besieged city with no electricity, water, sewage, food distribution, medical system, police, etc. I arranged Selcos lessons in alphabetical order to make it easier to search and review because Selco provides such an abundance of experience.

If you havent read it, here is Part 2.

CONTENTS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER Part 3 G to L

GANGS
GEAR
GENDER ROLES
GOLD & SILVER
GRAY MAN
GRIEF
GUNS see FIREARMS Part 2
HATE
HEADING FOR THE HILLS
HEAT
HELPLESSNESS
HELP THE DYING
HEROES
HOME
HONOR
HOPE IS DANGEROUS
HYGIENE
INFECTIONS see MEDICINE Part 4
JUDGING
KEYBOARD WARRIORS
KILLING
KNIVES see WEAPONS Part 5
LAUNDRY
LEADERSHIP
LIGHT
LONE WOLF

GANGS were a major problem. After the SHTF, gangs formed quickly. Ordinary people joined gangs because it was easier to steal than acquire honestly. Gang leaders were the worst kind of people. If they want what we have, theyll eventually get it, so we need to be invisible or part of a group so tough and well-armed it wasnt worth the gang attacking us. If you expecting some kind of fair fight or honor in SHTF, forget it right now. Selco also said that gangs even had their own prisons, houses for fun, sometimes they abducted people for ransom, sometimes just for fun, there was no rule.

At first, gangs will look for traditional valuables like money, jewelry, etc. and if we make it difficult, theyll likely look elsewhere. Later, once they realize the SHTF, theyll look for food, water, ammo, etc. and theyll be more desperate and wont let obstacles stop them. Well organized gangs will control the looting and the food supply.

Gangs will go for the easiest targets so; we stand a better chance of surviving if we make it difficult for them. This requires manpower, guns, ammo, and training. The larger our group, the better are our chances for survival. See LONE WOLF below.

Gangs, either drunk or high on drugs, usually attacked early in the morning around 3:00 or 4:00. It was tough resisting 10 or 20 armed g...

21:28

Check Out The Incompetent PR Response To The Expose On The Womens Marchs Anti-Semitism "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A Women's March PR flack tried to spin Tablet Magazine's expose detailing anti-Semitism and shady financial practices within the organization. She failed.

21:20

Lame Duck Congress Attacks Nordstream 2 with Trump "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Jim W. Dean - A lame duck Republican Congress was obviously paying homage to the Deep State with this weird reasoning that it wanted to sanction the Nord Stream 2 builders to save the EU from Russian energy blackmail in the future, and yet the US is doing right now.

21:20

EFF To U.S. Supreme Court: Rule Carefully In Free Speech Case About Private Operators, State Actors, and the First Amendment "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter provide an opportunity for everyone to have a voice on the Internet, to communicate with friends, post their views, and comment on movies or the president. However, the fact that they provide a broad, open platform for speech doesnt automatically mean they are public forums in the sense your towns official Facebook page or @realDonaldTrump are. Those are run by the government or its officials, who, when it comes to the First Amendment, are state actors and cant block people from the forum without complying with First Amendment standards. Facebook and Twitter, on the other hand, are platforms created and run by corporations, which are private entities that can curate and edit content.

The distinction between private entities and state actors providing forums for communication is crucial for the free speech rights of Internet users and the platforms they use. In a brief filed yesterday in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court, we explained that private entities do not become state actors simply by providing their own platforms for use by other speakers.

The case before the court, Manhattan Community Access Corp. v. Halleck, doesnt actually involve social media platformsits about whether a public access television station is a state actor that violated the First Amendment rights of two producers by taking down their videos that criticized the station. But the courts decision could have a profound impact on online speech. Heres why: the television station is operated by a privately owned nonprofit. The State of New York has no control over or say in the stations content. It does appoint two of the nonprofits 13-member board of directors. A lower court ruled that the station was an arm of the state actor and couldnt block the videos.

Although EFF does not have a position on whether the public access broadcaster in the case is a public forum, our brief urges the Supreme Court to rule narrowly and take great care in writing its opinion. We want to make sure nothing the court says in this case can be used in unintended ways in the far different context of privately operated Internet platforms. A broadly written opinion, adopting a low threshold for governmental involvement, could threaten the First Amendment rights of platform operators to curate content, and c...

21:19

Demand Investigation Before New Base Built In Okinawa "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Okinawa is heading for a crisis.  After decades of delays, the Japanese Defence Ministry is poised to begin dumping earth into the pristine coral garden of Okinawas Oura Bay to build a super base for the US Marines.  The Prefectural Government opposes it, the grassroots vigil at the construction site has continued for more than 5000 days, the actual sit-in (blocking construction vehicles) over 1000 days.  The Okinawa Chapter of Veterans For Peace is launching a campaign to persuade the US Government Accountability Office to launch an investigation of this flawed project, which, with a nudge from Congress, they just might do.

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Scientists Outfit Bees With Wireless Sensors to Create a "Living IoT Platform" "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A research team tries to turn bees into living drones by gluing wireless sensor platforms to their backs

Drones are growing in popularity for their ability to serve as a kind of eye in the sky. However, they can generally only last up to 30 minutes on a charge because of the limits of current battery technology.

Now, a research team at the University of Washington has found a way to make bumblebees act like tiny drones. The group has developed a platform for sensing, computing, and wireless communication devices thats small enough to piggyback on the insects.

"We wanted to leverage nature's best flying machines," says Shyam Gollakota, a computer scientist at the University of Washington, who led the research. "Insects can feed themselveswe don't need to keep recharging their batteries. Fats and sugars can store much more energy for their weight than batteries."

The scientists experimented with three species of bumblebees and found that healthy worker bees could fly and hover while carrying up to roughly 105 milligrams. Knowing this, the researchers developed an electronic platform that weighs only 102 milligrams and measures just 6.1 by 6.4 millimeters in size. It includes a 70-milligram rechargeable lithium-ion battery that can last up to seven hours, as well as a microcontroller, antenna, and sensors that could analyze humidity, temperature, and light intensity once every four seconds. Then, the research team glued these platforms onto the backs of bees. "All the electronics we used were off-the-shelf components," Gollakota says.

A close-up of tweezers holding a wireless sensor platform. Photo: Mark Stone/University of Washington

To use as little electricity as possible, the design eliminates many conventional radio components. Instead, it communicates by modifying radio signals that scatter off it, wirelessly offloading data at rates of roughly 1,000 bits per second after the bees return to their hives.

The researchers noted they currently have no way of controlling the movements of the bees. Still, they could pinpoint the insects positions. Instead of using a power-hungry GPS device, their design relies on special radio transmitters placed around the area in which the bees are expected to fly. These transmitters serve as beacons, and keep track of the bees locations as long as the bees stay within 80 me.......

21:18

Ukrainian army mines roads south of Donetsk "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Ukrainian army has begun to mine roads in Kiev-controlled Donbass on the eve of a massive offensive, said the head of the DPR People's Militia command press service Daniil Bezsonov. "In light of the offensive on Mariupol direction, Kiev forces have been mining roads in Slavnoye, Berezovoye, Taramchuk (south of Donetsk)." Bezsonov said the mines will probably hit civilian vehicles first and foremost.

21:18

Man Replies to His Own Wanted Add on Facebook, And Its the Funniest Thing Ever "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

With an average of 2.23 billion monthly active users, Facebook has become a central hub for our activity online. While the social media giant provides us with a seemingly unending flow of entertainment but I bet youve never seen anything like this!

In an attempt to modernize their efforts to connect with the public, a number of law enforcement agencies have taken to Facebook in recent years. They use the platform to share important information and breaking news, seek assistance from the general public, and to help make their officers appear more human more than just the badge and uniform. Many have found great success in these efforts. At one point, there was even a police department lip sync challenge that quickly went viral.

The Richland, Washington Police Department is no exception, their Facebook page currently followed by over 30,000 people. Sharing everything from their upcoming Cookies & Cocoa public outreach event to warnings about the winter road conditions following a recent episode of freezing rain, it is clear that they have the best interests of their community in mind.

On November 28th, department officials took to the Facebook page for what they referred to as Wanted Wednesday, sharing the following: Wanted Wednesday! Anthony Akers (38) is wanted by the Department of Corrections for Failure to Comply. If you have any information please call 509-628-0333

While the department was seriously hoping that the post would return some information to assist in locating Akers, they in no way expected what followed. Among the many replies joking about the mans appearance or suggesting that he needs to be locked up for a long time, one comment stood out from the others. Anthony Akers himself took to Facebook, replying with Calm down, Im going to turn myself in.

Keeping their calm and remaining professional, the department account responded by providing Akers with a clear set of instructions, stating: Hey Anthony! We havent seen you yet. Our business hours are 8:00 am 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. Of course if you need a ride you can call non-emergency (509-628-0333) and we will pick you up.

...

21:17

Thanks To NATO: Organ Trafficking "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"



African slaves cut open for their kidneys in Libya's burgeoning organ 

trafficking market

An undercover operation exposed Libya's slave market where desperate immigrants are sold as manual labourers.

...

21:16

Clinton Foundation CFO Spills Beans to Investigators "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The CFO of the Clinton Foundation, thinking he was meeting an old professional acquaintance, admitted to investigators that the charity had widespread problems with governance, accounting and conflicts of interest, and that Bill Clinton has been commingling business and

The post Clinton Foundation CFO Spills Beans to Investigators appeared first on Global Research.

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Re: Multiple telnet.c overflows "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Posted by Tavis Ormandy on Dec 12

The energy I spent asking if a security boundary being crossed was
minimal. I think the answer is that you do not know of any cases of
this being a security boundary, but you feel that all bugs are
security bugs whether or not a security boundary is crossed, because
you don't know how someone might be using the software.

It certainly does, thank you. I think we disagree on what qualifies as
a vulnerability, but I'm still very grateful...

21:15

Read the top five posts from yesterday "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Our Whats Hot post and Must Read posts up the top of our home page are based on the two articles from the day before that attracted the most comments. This post is to provide you with the links to the top five most read posts as the vast majority of our readership do not comment and the post with the [] The post Read the top five posts from yesterday appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:15

"IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Matthias Scheiblehner on why his Seattle construction firm Metis converted into a worker co-op.

Watch more from Democracy At Work

 

Go to the GEO front page

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Mercury is Now Direct, And This Is What It Means For Your Zodiac Sign "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

When Mercury moves into retrograde everyone goes to great lengths to prepare themselves and adjust their actions in order to compensate, aware of the incredibly challenging times that it will bring, but have you ever considered just what the Planet of Communication has in store for your life when it maintains its usual, direct movement?

Mercury may be small in relation to the other plants in the solar system, but dont underestimate its power! Ruling over our ability to communicate and reason, this planet has the ability to open doors for our future, or to leave us in complete chaos. Unlike retrograde movement, where this energy is altered and twisted, direct movement is the best time to leverage Mercurys power in our life. It is during this time that its operating smoothly, encouraging us to express our thoughts and feelings, making our opinions known in the world.

This can give us the confidence to accomplish great things, propel ourselves forward to great success. At the same time, it provides us with the tools necessary to overcome obstacles and establish closer connections with the people in your life.

On December 6th, Mercury moved from retrograde movement back to direct, bringing the chaos and confusion to an end. The weeks leading up to this time were anything but easy, testing our patience even at the best of times. It will remain in direct movement until March 5th, 2019. What are you doing to make the most of this time?

Here is everything you need to know about Mercury Direct in 2019, according to your zodiac sign:

Aries (Mar 21 Apr 19)

When faced with the need for change or restructuring in your life, your first instinct is to tackle the big, significant areas that demand your attention. While this may give you the impression that you are making things happen, youll always find yourself falling just short of where you want to be. The truth is that you regularly overlook the small details, the little things you do on a day-to-day basis that are either moving you forward towards your goals and dreams or holding you back from everything you hope to accomplish. You need to take some time to reconsider your daily habits, making changes where necessary. They may seem small, but they will add up to great things.

Taurus (Apr 20 May 20)

Youre determined that you are going to accomplish all that you have set your mind to make happen, a drive that motivates you and keeps you plugging forward. However, despite your best efforts, you find that you are often coming up against great obstacles. The truth is that we each have strengths and weaknesses, and no o...

21:13

The Physics of Karma You Never Learned in School "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Rosanne Lindsay, Contributor
Waking Times

They say karma is a bitch. But thats true only when you are.

Karma is the philosophy of What Goes Around Comes Around. And karma is created with each choice we make. An action for an action. In Hinduism and Buddhism, karma is defined as an action, work or deed.  It refers to the principle of causality where the intent and actions of an individual influences the future of that individual.

The idea that past lives dictate current reality is a belief system that ties us to past lives in a negative feedback loop to repay past sins. We have to be leery of any belief system. This belief system also causes us to worry about the future consequences of our current actions. It is a dictate that mirrors the ideology of the Catholic Church that tells us to repent for our sins. It is a mindset that takes us out of our truth as co-creative beings.

Knowing who we really are is powerful. We co-create through our own energy just by being present. Everything is energy and energy flows as a waveform, as color waves, sound waves, thought waves, atomic waves, and love. Love is energy. We originate from love which comes from the Creator.

Everything is vibration. Just as an atom is mostly empty space energy vibration so are we. We may know the physics of energy, that is, energy cannot be created or destroyed, but can only change form. But we are here to recognize that we are eternal energy beings here to be of service to others.

Instant Karma

In this life, each of us makes choices that determine our personal reality. Together, with others, we co-create our collective reality. Individual reality ties to the greater reality since we are all connected through consciousness and to the Creator. We are individual sparks of the Creator Source that seeks knowledge to know itself.  No one is above another but we are tested to know what our unique truth is. The more that each of us can align body, mind, soul, and spirit, which comes through the heart, the closer we come to that truth.

Each of...

21:11

Status of Women in Cooperatives "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Women and cooperation play a significant role in the Indian economy especially as no other country in the world has a co-operative movement as large and as diverse as India. Even prior to the current day cooperatives, the concept of cooperation & its activities prevailed in several parts of India known differently i.e., Devarai or Vanarai, Chit funds, Kuries, Bhishis, Phads (some of these were utilized by women solely)...In fact, the leaders of the Indias independence saw the cooperative movement as an important tool in carrying forward the policy of rapid and equitable economic development, becoming a part of the National Five year Development Plan efforts. The Self-Help Group model of development a type of cooperation, mostly common amongst poor women is a 20th century social innovation is a micro level privatization of the financial inclusion cooperative model. Cooperatives find explicit mention in two places in the Indian Constitution. First, as part of Article 43 as a Directive Principle which enjoins the State to promote cottage industry through individual or cooperative basis in rural areas and second, in schedule 7 as entries 43 and 44 in the Union list and as entry 32 in the State list.

...Today, the co-operative movement in India is the largest in the world with more than 0.6 million individual cooperatives catering to over 240 million members. The movement has permeated all walks and sectors of life, i.e., agriculture, horticulture,credit and banking, housing, agro-industries, sugar, rural electrification, irrigation, water harvesting, labour, weaker sections, dairy, consumers, public distribution system, international trade, exports, agri-business, human resource development, information technology, etc. The cooperative sector generates self-employment to 17.80 million people and has a membership of around 1 million women in 3740 womens cooperatives. The cooperative movement has now covered 100 per cent of villages in India along with 65 percent of households bringing rapid transformation both in social, political and economic....

21:10

Gold Price Analysis: Closer to a Significant Monetary Event "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Gold Price Analysis: Closer to a Significant Monetary Event By Hubert Moolman TDC Note Not sure I believe a moon shot is in order, and I really dont wish for one. I would prefer to see a steady upward...

The post Gold Price Analysis: Closer to a Significant Monetary Event appeared first on The Daily Coin.

21:09

Intellectual Freedom at the University of Sydney, Offensive to Israel: Prof. Tim Anderson "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By trying to expel me over anti-war statements, University of Sydney Provost Stephen Garton has widened the free speech debate and deepened on campus fears. Since the main criterion for his attack on me was public comments considered offensive, more

The post Intellectual Freedom at the University of Sydney, Offensive to Israel: Prof. Tim Anderson appeared first on Global Research.

21:07

Distressing, degrading and high-risk woman forced to give birth alone in prison cell "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Western Australias Independent Inspector of Custodial Services today released a damning report into the circumstances surrounding a young Aboriginal woman who gave birth alone in a prison cell. 

The woman was known to be heavily pregnant to prison guards and pleaded for help for over an hour. Guards observed her giving birth through the hatch door to her cell, however they did not open the door until several minutes after the birth. 

The Inspector described what happened as distressing, degrading and high risk.

Shahleena Musk, Senior Lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre, said that this was a shocking indictment on Western Australias prison system. 

The pain, fear and suffering that this young woman must have experienced is simply unimaginable. That such a catastrophic failure of care can occur is this day and age speaks volumes about the fundamental inhumanity of prisons. The Western Australian government should be doing everything it can to ensure women and certainly pregnant women are not behind bars, said Ms Musk.

The Inspector found that: 

  • Cascading and intersecting failures put the woman and her child at high risk, both before and after the birth. 

  • Prison staff downplayed the seriousness of the events when reporting to head office. 

  • The Western Australian Government has never undertaken proper planning or investment for female prisoners. 

Ms Musk said that pregnant women and women with young children should be allowed to serve their sentence in the community. 

Prison is an inherently unsafe place. Women and their children should have every opportunity to be together in safety.  Beyond drastically reducing the number of women being forced into prison, the Western Australian Government should also introduce a leave system that allows pregnant women and women with caring responsibilities to serve their sentences in the community, said Ms Musk.

Last week the Australian Bureau of Statistics released data showing that womens imprisonment rates increased at double the rate of mens across Australia. The Western Australian Government locks up Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at a rate like no other in the nation.

Most women behind bars are survivors of violence, many are mothers. They are being separated from their families and communities and countless lives are being torn apart. We need a new approach to justice one that prioritises supporting people over propping up dead-end prisons, said Ms Musk.

The Inspectors report can be found...

21:04

Elkharts Acting Police Chief Has Previously Been Demoted, Reprimanded and Suspended "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

When Ed Windbigler was suspended last month as the police chief in Elkhart, Indiana, his No. 2, Todd Thayer, became the Police Departments public face, appearing at a town hall meeting, before a civilian oversight commission and on the radio.

In each setting, Thayer defended the department the thin blue line protecting law-abiding citizens from predators and all the other garbage and attacked the media, with references to tabloid journalism and ambush reporting.

On Monday, Windbigler resigned under pressure from Elkhart Mayor Tim Neese, who said he wants new leadership after reports by the South Bend Tribune and ProPublica about how Windbigler minimized the beating of a handcuffed man. The news organizations have also reported that Windbigler repeatedly promoted officers with disciplinary histories. Efforts to reach Windbigler for comment have been unsuccessful.

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21:03

Re: Multiple telnet.c overflows "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Posted by Tavis Ormandy on Dec 12

That would certainly qualify, but the attack your describing does not
seem relevant to this bug, no?

Tavis.

21:03

Will the Supreme Court Come to Trump and Manaforts Rescue? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

This piece originally appeared on The Progressive.

In all likelihood, Terance Martez Gamble never thought hed become a party in a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision, let alone one on double jeopardythe principle, inscribed in the Fifth Amendment, that prohibits criminal defendants from being tried and convicted twice for the same offense.

Yet thats exactly what has happened to Gamble, a twenty-nine-year-old Alabama man with an eleventh-grade education, who is doing time in federal prison after being separately prosecuted by state and federal authorities for the same 2015 gun-possession crime. He is the petitioner in a case now before the U.S. Supreme Court called, Gamble vs. The United States of America.

Gambles lawyers maintain that his dual prosecutions run afoul of double jeopardy and the Fifth Amendment. The high court on December 6 heard oral argument on his appeal in an eighty-minute session, a sign of the heightened importance of the issues raised. Normally, the court devotes only an hour to oral argument.

The case, which has divided civil rights lawyers and civil liberties groups, could impact Special Counsel Robert Muellers Russia probe and affect President Donald Trumps ability to pardon such targets of the probe as Paul Manafort, who are potentially exposed to both federal and state criminal liability.

Gambles legal troubles date back to 2008, when he was convicted in an Alabama court of second-degree robbery. Seven years later, his difficulties multiplied when was pulled over late at night by a police officer in Mobile, Alabama, for driving his black Dodge Charger with a broken headlight.

Upon approaching the car, the officer smelled marijuana coming from the passenger compartment. The officer ordered Gamble out of the vehicle and conducted a search, which disclosed a loaded 9mm handgun, a digital scale, and two baggies of marijuana.

Gamble was prosecuted in an Alabama court for violating state drug laws and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was convicted and sentenced to a year in state prison, which he finished serving in May 2017.

While his state prosecution was pending, Gamble was indicted by a federal grand jury for illegally possessing the 9mm pistol under a...

21:03

Vatican's third in line Cardinal George Pell convicted for sexually abusing choir boys "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The highest-ranking Catholic Church official to face such criminal charges. The Vatican's third most powerful official has been convicted in Australia on all charges he sexually abused two choir boys there in the late '90s, according to two sources with knowledge of the case. A unanimous jury returned its verdict for Cardinal George Pell on Tuesday (Australian time) after more than three days of deliberations, the sources said, in a trial conducted under a gag order by the judge that prevented any details of the trial being made public. Pell, the Vatican's finance chief and the highest Vatican official to ever go on trial for sex abuse, left Rome in June 2017 to stand trial in Melbourne. As that trial was about to get underway in June, a judge placed a suppression order on all press coverage in Australia, according to the order reviewed by The Daily Beast. Prosecutors applied for the order and it was granted to "prevent a real and substantial risk of prejudice to the proper...

21:02

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Searching Travelers Devices At An Alarming Rate According To Govt Watchdog "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Aaron Kesel U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers are searching the electronic devices of travelers at an alarmingly increasing rate a new watchdog report has...

21:01

Ukraine sets up for a possible winter offensive in LDNR "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Everything is pointing to Ukraine starting a winter offensive in Donbass and the possible use of a chemical weapon false flag event to kick it off. The Ukraine of 2018 is far different than what Europe was expecting. Instead of economic and social reform that was promised at Ukraine's 2014 Euro-maidan coup, the government of Petr Poroshenko is taking a brute force approach to retaining power past the 2019 elections. European and NGO supporters have been worried that the powers given with Poroshenko's martial law declaration may be too spellbinding for Poroshenko. They are worried Kiev will trample on human and civil rights in Ukraine.

21:00

Air NZ strike now to go on for 3 days "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

right on Christmas. Newshub reports that it is clearly not enough for the Air New Zealand engineers to strike on December 21st, which is the busiest travel day of the year. There are people travelling on the 22nd and the 23rd too. So now the strike will go on for 3 days just to [] The post Air NZ strike now to go on for 3 days appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:00

Junte-se a ns na luta por transparncia e informao "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Ns fazemos um jornalismo sem medo e sem amarras no Intercept. Lutamos por transparncia e enfrentamos os poderosos, no importa quem sejam. Nossos reprteres investigam governos, corporaes e indivduos com total liberdade. Este tipo de trabalho exige dedicao, habilidade, fontes e recursos tambm.

Em 2019 ns no queremos apenas dar continuidade ao nosso trabalho. Queremos ir mais longe, investir ainda mais em grandes reportagens, expandir a redao e realizar pautas em todo o pas. O Brasil estar sob um novo governo e ns no queremos dar um dia de sossego aos poderosos. E para revelar para o mundo tudo que est acontecendo, precisamos do seu apoio.

 


 

Quem nos acompanha sabe que o Brasil vive um momento em que a democracia e os cidados esto sob ataque. Enquanto a grande mdia demite jornalistas, evita crticas ao governo e ignora questes importantes para o pas, o jornalismo independente pode fazer a diferena. por isso que o Intercept precisa da sua ajuda para contar ao mundo o que est acontecendo no Brasil.

Este um chamado para nossos leitores. Torne-se um apoiador recorrente do Intercept e nos ajude a ir mais longe. Voc pode contribuir com R$ 25, R$ 50, R$ 100 ou mais e pode compartilhar essa mensagem com seus amigos, lembrando a importncia do nosso trabalho. Toda colaborao importante.

Ns ficamos impressionados com o tamanho do apoio dos nossos leitores na campanha para financiar a cobertura das eleies uma das mais bem-sucedidas da histria do jornalismo independente brasileiro. E isso nos encorajou a criar esta campanha recorrente.

Enquanto os grandes jornais esto demitindo jornalistas, queremos contratar mais e mostrar um caminho novo e mais revigorante para o jornalismo. Temos uma nica meta: causar o maior impacto possvel. E sem o apoio da nossa comunidade, no acontecer.

Vem com a gente. Seu apoio essencial para que nosso jornalismo continue independente, feroz e cada v...

21:00

Five Things NOT To Gift To A Loved One This Holiday Season If You Have A Heart Or A Brain (Or A Soul) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Patricia Burke If you or you loved one have a heart and a brain, including your dog, cat, gerbil, mouse, gecko, or parrot, there...

21:00

Mayor Rahm Emanuel Pushes For A 20 To 30 Cent Per Gallon Increase To Fund Major Transportation Bill "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Break out the yellow vests. Via Chicago Tribune: Mayor Rahm Emanuel and a group of suburban leaders on Tuesday called for a 20 to 30 cent per gallon increase in the states gas tax to fund a major statewide transportation bill. Emanuel spearheaded the push during a City Hall news conference in which he was []

21:00

No-one wins when bystanders hurt by strikes "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The threatened strike by Air New Zealand workers has been averted.

Thank goodness.

Had it gone ahead, the strike for three days from next Friday would have disrupted flights for tens of thousands of travellers and a lot of freight.

The threat was enough to cause considerable angst to a lot of people and did the workers cause no good.

Any sympathy people might have had for their claims was more than outweighed by the stress and distress over the fears that planned travel for weddings, graduations, reunions, homecomings, work and Christmas was going to be impossible.

Unions do themselves and their workers no favours with these sorts of threats which take those of us old enough to remember back to the bad old days when strikes routinely upset travel plans.

The government must accept part of the blame too, as Barry Soper writes:

If politics is about perception, the perception is that the countrys going to hell in a trade union hand basket.

Parliaments bear pit was on fire yesterday with the booming Gerry Brownlee lambasting the Government for returning New Zealand to cloth cap control by the unions with Air New Zealand engineers threatening to down tools for three days from December 21 (the strike threat was removed late last night).

National riled the Government saying there are now more strikes than there have been since Jacinda Ardern was at primary school. . .

Its true when Ardern was at primary school 30 years ago the trade union movement was all powerful and battling a government that made the recent changes to workplace law look like a Sunday school picnic.. . 

Now the muscle is again being flexed and if Labours feeling flustered, its got itself to blame.

Changes to the way the party selected its leader was taken away from its MPs six years ago and handed over to the partys membership and its trade union affiliates who have 20 per cent of the vote, with caucus getting 40 and the rest going to paid-up card carriers. . .

Uni...

21:00

Intelligence Squared: The Great Realignment Britains Political Identity Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

From about a year ago with Stephen Sackur, Hilary Benn,Ken Clarke, Helen Lewis,David Goodhart,Anand Menon

21:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Threats are the last resort of a man with no vocabulary.  Tamora Pierce who celebrates her 64th birthday today.

21:00

Thailand: Lift Draconian Speech Restrictions "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Expand Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha arrives at a weekly cabinet meeting at the Government House in Bangkok, Thailand, January 17, 2017.  2017 Reuters/Chaiwat Subprasom (New York) Thailand's junta should immediately end restrictions on the right to free expression so that credible national elections can be held on February 24, 2019, Human [...]

20:53

Times Person of the Year Hypocrisy "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

On Tuesday, Time magazine announced its annual Person of the Year Award, honoring what it called Guardianswho have taken great risks in pursuit of greater truths.

Times editors ignored the most highly deserving investigative, muckraking, truth-telling journalists of our time,

The post Times Person of the Year Hypocrisy appeared first on Global Research.

20:53

Former Trump Attorney and Consigliere Michael Cohen Gets 3 Years in Prison "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trumps former personal attorney and consigliere, has been sentenced to three years in federal prison. The judge has also imposed nearly $2 million in fines, forfeitures and restitution.

Cohen had previously pled guilty to tax fraud, campaign finance violations, and lying to Congress.

The prosecutors had called for a substantial sentence, saying that while Cohen cooperated up to a point, he declined to be fully candid about the extent of illegalities with which he might have been involved.

For an inkling of those, see this investigative piece we published in 2017. Some lead to interesting places in the former USSR.

However, both Cohen and his attorney Lanny Davis indicated that Trumps former right-hand man might be ready to reveal a lot more about the president down the road.


Jared Kushner, Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn all members of President Donald Trumps inner circle past and present have been scrutinized by the media, and their various Russia ties are being investigated by the press and Special Counsel Robert Muellers team. One figure, however, managed to fly largely under the radar until very recently: Michael Cohen, Trumps former right-hand man and in-house attorney.

Cohen, who came out of nowhere to occupy a prominent spot in Trumps orbit, has his own unique links to Russia and Ukraine. In fact, he might be one of the missing links that ties the president to shady figures and shady money from the former Soviet Union (familiarly known as FSU).

The following story, in documented detail, lays bare Cohens dealings, his ties to the FSU, and how he could trigger a world of trouble for the president if he ever decided to reveal what he knows about Trumps business empire.

Among the points illustrated below:

Michael Cohen and Felix Sater, two key figures in Trumps businesses in recent years, both have backgrounds tied to the FSU

Both men knew each other; both began entering Trumps orbit around the same time....

20:53

How to create a crossword puzzle "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

While I rarely do them nowadays, I have a soft spot in my heart for crossword puzzles. My mom and I used to sit on the couch, solving them together, when I was a kid. This look into how some of them get created is fascinating.

20:52

Tech Giants Warn US Govt. Against EUs Article 13 Plans "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Under President Trump, the United States has worked hard to put several new trade deals in place.

The administration is also working on a new trade agreement with the EU for which the US Trade Representative recently asked the public for input.

This week the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA), which includes Amazon, Cloudflare, Facebook, and Google as members, sent in its thoughts.

The submission includes a stark warning against the EUs proposed copyright reform plans, including Article 13, which could open the door to upload filtering.

Its no secret that the proposal is a topic of intense debate within the EU. The tech companies, however, warn the US Government that its effects may hurt the US economy as well.

The CCIA cautions that the proposed changes could increase liability for large Internet services by weakening the safe harbor protections provided by current EU law. At the same time, it will be at odds with the DMCAs safe harbor provisions.

The proposed Copyright Directive disrupts settled law protecting intermediaries by weakening established protections from U.S. Internet services in the 2000 EU E-Commerce Directive, and by imposing an unworkable filtering mandate on hosting providers that would require automated notice-and-stay-down for a wide variety of copyrighted works.

If adopted, the Directive would dramatically weaken these long-standing liability protections, which suggests that most modern service providers may be ineligible for its protections, the CCIA says.

The tech companies note that EU officials have identified US companies as the intended targets of these proposals. They fear that the plans will result in implicit upload filter requirements.

Under Article 13 of the proposal, the Directive now implies that online services must procure or develop and implement content recognition technology. The decision to compel affirmative filtering of all Internet content, including audiovisual works, images, and text, based on that contents copyright status, is alarming and profoundly misguided.

According to the latest proposals, Article 13 would not impose a general monitoring requirement. However, it may require Internet services to ensure that infringing content is not reuploaded, which is hard to achieve without automated filters.

The CCIA points out the lack of speci...

20:51

We Have To Make Sure the Green New Deal Doesn't Become Green Capitalism "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Incoming Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made waves in late November when she called for a Green New Deal (GND)a plan to transition the U.S. economy to become carbon neutral over the course of 10 years. In a draft resolution, she proposes the formation of a Select Committee to develop a plan for massive public works programs, powered by a jobs guarantee and public banks, with the goal of meeting 100 percent of national power demand through renewable sources. [...]

20:49

Re: Multiple telnet.c overflows "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Posted by Hacker Fantastic on Dec 12

Hi Tavis,

The "little used" package you mentioned is in some distributions a
dependency of "xorg-xinit" (:: removing inetutils breaks dependency
'inetutils' required by xorg-xinit in Arch Linux). The security boundary in
the Mikrotik example is "escape of restricted shells" which is also in the
TLDR; advisory. If you are unhappy with how I described the issue and wish
to spend time and ultimately money...

20:49

The Indiscreet Charm of the Gilets Jaunes "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

So it appears the privatization of France isnt going quite as smoothly as planned. As I assume you are aware, for over a month now, the gilets jaunes (or yellow vests), a multiplicitous, leaderless, extremely pissed off, confederation of working class persons, have been conducting a series of lively protests in cities and towns throughout the country to express their displeasure with Emmanuel Macron and his efforts to transform their society into an American-style neo-feudal dystopia. Highways have been blocked, toll booths commandeered, luxury automobiles set on fire, and shopping on the Champs-lyses disrupted. What began as a suburban tax revolt has morphed into a bona fide working class uprising.

It took a while for the Golden Boy of Europe to fully appreciate what was happening. In the tradition of his predecessor, Louis XVI, Macron initially responded to the gilets jaunes by inviting a delegation of Le Monde reporters to laud his renovation of the Elyse Palace, making the occasional condescending comment, and otherwise completely ignoring them. That was back in late November. Last Saturday, he locked down central Paris, mobilized a literal army of riot cops, preventatively arrested hundreds of citizens, including suspected extremist students, and sent in the armored military vehicles.

The English-language corporate media, after doing their best not to cover these protests (and, instead, to keep the American and British publics focused on imaginary Russians), have been forced to now begin the delicate process of delegitimizing the gilets jaunes without infuriating the the entire population of France and inciting the British and American proletariats to go out and start sett...

20:47

The Sixth Extinction: Biological Annihilation. Vertebrates, Insects and Plants "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

If youve been paying attention to whats happening to the nonhuman life forms with which we share this planet, youve likely heard the term the Sixth Extinction. If not, look it up.  After all, a superb environmental reporter, Elizabeth Kolbert

The post The Sixth Extinction: Biological Annihilation. Vertebrates, Insects and Plants appeared first on Global Research.

20:45

Flashback: Obama Offered $150,000 Bribe to Silence Crackpot Preacher Jeremiah Wright No Charges Were Filed "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Mueller Special Counsel and New York District Attorneys Office seek to destroy President Trump for paying out $130,000 in hush money to two former paramours.

The New York District Attorneys office has picked up the case because New York state crimes can not be pardoned by a president.

Most experts believe paying hush money is not a crime.
The media believes the alleged bribe ranks as one of the worst criminal act in US history.

Now this

Barack Obama also offered hush money to a close associate before the 2008 election.

Barack Obamas crackpot anti-Semitic and anti-American pastor caused a stir in the summer of 2008 after video was released of the pastor screaming, Goddam America from his church pulpit.

Obamas closest friends sent Reverend Wright an email offering him $150,000 in hush money to go silent before the election.
And he did.

Years later Jeremiah Wright admitted to author Ed Klein that he had been offered the $150,000 bribe to go away.

Via The New York Post:

Man, the media ate me alive, Wright told me when we met in his office at Chicagos Kwame Nkrumah Academy. After the media went ballistic on me, I received an e-mail offering me money not to preach at all until the November presidential election.

Who sent the e-mail? I asked Wright.

It was from one of Baracks closest friends.

He offered you money?

Not directly, Wright said. He sent the offer to one of the members of the church, who sent it to me.

How much money did he offer you?

One hundred and fifty thousand dollars, Wright said.

Did Obama himself ever make an effort to see you?

Yes, Wright said. Barack said he wanted to meet me in secret, in a secure place. And I said, Youre used to coming to my home, youve been here countless times, so whats wrong with coming to my home? So we met in the living room of the parsonage of Trinity United Church of Christ, at South Pleasant Avenue right off 95th Street, just Barack and me. I dont know if he had a wire on h...

20:43

Why I disagree with Scott Sumner on China "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

U.S. government investigators increasingly believe that Chinese state hackers were most likely responsible for the massive intrusion reported last month into Marriotts Starwood chain hotel reservation system, a breach that exposed the private information and travel details of as many as 500 million people

Story here.  And:

Armed with a rich array of personal data, an intelligence agency can also tailor an approach to a person to see whether the individual can be recruited as a spy or blackmailed for information. The passport data, which is not often collected in data breaches, probably was a particularly valuable find for the hackers.

You will note that no one is trying to sell the data.  And this:

The report, citing two people briefed on the investigation, reported China had launched an intelligence-gathering campaign which included hacking into health insurance companies and hacking security clearance files of millions of people living in the U.S. The New York Times reported the hackers are believed to be employed by the Ministry of State Security, which is Chinas spy agency. The paper noted that the revelation that China was behind the Marriott hack comes as the U.S. government is gearing up to launch actions against Chinas trade that include indicting Chinese hackers that work for the government. The New York Times noted the Marriott hacking isnt expected to be part of the indictments but does add a sense of urgency to the moves the White House was mulling.

The Trump administration is also planning on declassifying intelligence reports that show China had been trying to create a database of American executives and government officials that have security clearances, reported The New York Times.

I could go on.  I am genuinely unsure what are t...

20:42

Micah Spangler // On the Front Lines of Humanitarian Aid: Midwives Providing Lifesaving Care to Rohingya Refugees | unfoundation.org "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

On the Front Lines of Humanitarian Aid: Midwives Providing Lifesaving Care to Rohingya Refugees | unfoundation.org: We are here 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Jhumur Rani Saha proudly told me as I toured the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) clinic in Coxs Bazar where she and her team work, a humble four room bamboo structure encircled by a dense thicket of makeshift shelters and tents. At any time, a woman can come. We must always be ready.

A year ago, this refugee camp didnt exist. Last summer, the Rohingya, an ethnic Muslim minority from western Myanmar, began flooding across the countrys border with Bangladesh.

As some 20,000 Rohingya refugees arrived daily, they brought with them stories of the unspeakable atrocities that forced them to suddenly flee their homes: Thousands of women raped, countless men executed, and precious young babies thrown alive onto fires all by the hands of the Myanmar military.

20:41

Micah Spangler // On the Front Lines of Humanitarian Aid: Midwives Providing Lifesaving Care to Rohingya Refugees | unfoundation.org "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

On the Front Lines of Humanitarian Aid: Midwives Providing Lifesaving Care to Rohingya Refugees | unfoundation.org: We are here 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Jhumur Rani Saha proudly told me as I toured the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) clinic in Coxs Bazar where she and her team work, a humble four room bamboo structure encircled by a dense thicket of makeshift shelters and tents. At any time, a woman can come. We must always be ready.

A year ago, this refugee camp didnt exist. Last summer, the Rohingya, an ethnic Muslim minority from western Myanmar, began flooding across the countrys border with Bangladesh.

As some 20,000 Rohingya refugees arrived daily, they brought with them stories of the unspeakable atrocities that forced them to suddenly flee their homes: Thousands of women raped, countless men executed, and precious young babies thrown alive onto fires all by the hands of the Myanmar military.

20:40

Justin Brake // Tiny House Warriors establish new village to resist pipeline, assert Secwepemc sovereignty - APTN NewsAPTN News "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Tiny House Warriors establish new village to resist pipeline, assert Secwepemc sovereignty - APTN News: The new village sits alongside an access road on the edge of Blue River, about 100 feet from a family campground and across the road from Kinder Morgans planned workers accommodation complex.

Three tiny houses are accompanied by four tents, a camping gazebo, and a small kitchen area covered by a green tarp when not in use.

Kanahus and her sisters children run around with the dog and take short strolls up the road. She is joined by two of her sistersSnutetkwe and Mayukher mother Beverly, children, niece and about a half dozen land defenders and water protectors from the occupied Tongva, Mohawk and Purepecha territories.

Filmmaker Jahnny Lee of the Yong-In Clan Korea Nation, a filmmaker who helped shoot Akicita: The Battle of Standing Rock, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, is also at the Tiny House Warriors village documenting the resistance.

All of those present at the village are Indigenous.

20:39

National Enquirer Parent Co Reaches Non-Prosecution Deal For Non-Crime with SDNY in Deep State Effort to Get Trump "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

New York prosecutors turned the screws on Trumps former lawyer Michael Cohen to get to President Trump.

Michael Cohen appeared in a Manhattan court Wednesday to face sentencing on nine charges and was sentenced to 36 months in prison.

The New York Prosecutors also revealed that they reached a non-prosecution agreement (for a non-crime) with the National Enquirers parent company AMI over Trumps hush payment to Playboy bunny Karen McDougal.

Muellers thugs and New York prosecutors are forcing people into plea deals to admit guilt to non-crimes in order to ensnare President Trump.

REWIND

As previously reported in July, CNN aired a private recording of President Trump discussing with his attorney Michael Cohen how they would purchase rights to Playboy model Karen McDougals story about their 2006 affair.

The private recording is from a conversation between Trump and Cohen in September of 2016; Cohens lawyer Lanny Davis provided the recording to CNN.

McDougal sold her story to the National Inquirer for $150,000 but the tabloid, favoring Trump, didnt run the story a practice known as catch-and-kill.

Rudy Giuliani previously said Trump had no idea he was being recorded, didnt make a payment and that he had done nothing wrong.

Now the prosecutors reached a deal for a non-crime in an effort to get Trump.

Via SDNY:

In one instance, COHEN caused American Media, Inc. (AMI), which was identified in previous court filings as Corporation-1, to make a $150,000 payment to one woman; in the other, COHEN made a $130,000 payment to another woman through an LLC he incorporated for the purpose of making the payment.  COHEN was reimbursed for the latter payment in monthly installments disguised as payments for legal services performed pursuant to a retainer, when in fact no such retainer existed.  COHEN made or caused both of these payments in order to influence the 2016 election and did so in coordination with one or more members of the campaign.

The Office also announced today that it has previously reached a non-prosecution agreement with AMI, in connection...

20:37

Theresa May tells Tory MPs she will step down before 2022 election ahead of no-confidence vote "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Theresa May has told Conservative MPs she knows they will not let her lead them into another general election in 2022, though "in my heart" she would have liked to. The prime minister was addressing a packed meeting of the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers, shortly before colleagues began voting in a no-confidence ballot that will determine whether she can remain in her post. MPs present said the prime minister made clear she would have liked to fight the next general election - to make up for the Conservatives' poor performance in 2017 - but signalled that she would step down before 2022. However, when pressed by colleagues, MPs said she carefully avoided offering a specific date at which she would resign. "She recognises a lot of people are not comfortable with her leading us into a future general election," said the May loyalist and Conservative party deputy chair James Cleverly, who emerged early from the meeting and spoke to reporters.

20:34

The IRS Has Been Weaponized Against the Working Poor "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

When Natassia Smick, 28, filed her familys taxes in January, she already had plans for the refund she and her husband expected to receive. Mainly, she wanted to catch up on her credit card debt. And she was pregnant with their second child, so there were plenty of extra expenses ahead.

Since Smick, who is taking classes toward a bachelors degree, and her husband, a chef, together earned around $33,000 in 2017, about $2,000 of that refund would come from the earned income tax credit. Its among the governments largest anti-poverty programs, sending more than $60 billion every year to families like Smicks: people who have jobs but are struggling to get by. Last year, 28 million households claimed the EITC.

Smick, who lives outside Los Angeles, thought shed get her refund in a month or so, as she had the year before. But no refund came. Instead, she got a letter from the IRS saying it was conducting a thorough review of her return. She didnt need to do anything, it said. Smick waited as patiently as she could. She called the IRS and was told to wait some more.

It wasnt until four months later, in July, that she got her next letter. The IRS informed her that she was being audited. She had 30 days to provide supporting documentation for basically everything. As she understood it, she needed to prove that she and her husband had earned what theyd earned and that her child was her child.

By this point, Smick was home with her baby. She set about rounding up W-2s, paycheck stubs, bank statements and birth certificates. Proving that her 4-year-old had lived at the familys address for most of the year, as the EITC requires, was the hardest thing, but she did her best with medical records, some papers from his day care, and whatever else she could think of.

She sent it all off and hoped for a quick resolution, but the next IRS letter quashed that hope. The IRS said it would review her response by Feb. 16, 2019 six months away. Collectors were calling about the credit card bills. She didnt know how shed make it that long.

Smick couldnt understand why this was happening. All she had done was answer the questions on TurboTax. Isnt it rich people who get audited? We have nothing, she said, and its just frustrating knowing that we have nothing.

It seemed there was nothing she could do. And when she called the IRS to ask how it could possibly take so long to review her documents, she remembers being told that there was nothing they could do, either: The IRS was extremely short staffed, the person said.

Budget cuts have crippled the IRS over the past eight years. Enforcement staff has dropped by a third. But while the number of audits has fallen across t...

20:34

Litigation and Other Formal Complaints Concerning Targeted Digital Surveillance and the Digital Surveillance Industry "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

This is a living resource document providing links and descriptions to litigation and other formal complaints concerning digital surveillance and the digital surveillance industry. If you have additional resources to add to this document, please send to Siena Anstis: siena [at] citizen lab [dot] ca. This document was last updated on December 12, 2018.

NSO Group
Gamma Group
Amesys
Qosmos
Other

NSO Group

Company background

NSO Group is an Israeli-based company which develops and sells a spyware called Pegasus. It is majority owned by Francisco Partners, a global private equity firm with offices in San Francisco and London that invests in the technology industry. In the past few years, investigations into NSO Group have revealed some information about the companys operations. A non-exhaustive list of resources follows:

20:33

Forget cholesterol, this is what will stop your heart "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

(Click here to listen to the Nourish Balance Thrive podcast. On you arrive to the page, simply click the play bottom at the top of the article.) Cholesterol is a waxy substance found in nearly every cell of your body and is essential to good health. It plays a role in hormone production, digestion and []

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20:33

FIRE-EARTH Conference: Giga Trends The Gaza Strip Scenario "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

IN PROGRESS TIA [September 24, Confidential 10] RNR [December 3, Confidential 10] GTEG [December 11, Confidential 10] Nominated Groups: Executive Based on earth dwellers inability to change direction, economy and lifestyle, together with assessment of the elite Zeitgeist, the available data and trends, as well as History of civilization (past experience) Current socioeconomic developments (present []

20:32

Its all on in Downing st "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

As taken from Lab Testeds comment in the General debate: The No Confidence Vote on Theresa May started at 7 am NZ time and will be completed by 9 am NZ time. The results will immediately be counted, verified and announced. She needs a simple majority of Conservative party MPs who decide to vote Reuters [] The post Its all on in Downing st appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:32

DOES TRUMP HAVE ONLY THREE MOTIVES? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Is Paul Krugman right about this?







I'm not sure about this. On...

20:31

Dem megadonor Steyer posts job listing for high-level campaign staffers on LinkedIn "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Billionaire philanthropist Tom Steyer is putting out feelers on the professional networking website LinkedIn for several high-level campaign staffers in three crucial early-voting states.The posting, which seeks applications for state director...

20:31

U.S. Navy to release genetically engineered organisms into the ocean, unleashing mass genetic pollution with devastating consequences "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

No longer content to tinker with the genetic design of crops and humans, scientists at the behest of the U.S. Military are now turning their attention to the worlds oceans. As reported by Defense One, the Pentagon is looking at various ways in which to genetically engineer marine microorganisms into living surveillance equipment capable of detecting enemy submarines, divers and other suspicious underwater traffic.

The Military is also looking at using genetic engineering to create living camouflage in which creatures react to their surroundings to avoid detection, along with a host of other potentially nefarious applications.

While such modifications might appear to offer benefits to national security endeavors, there will be a price to pay as is always the case when scientists interfere with genetic design. What will the effects of mass genetic pollution be on our oceans, and what irreversible and devastating results may be unleashed? (Related: First GMO ever produced by genetic engineering poisoned thousands of Americans.)

Unleashing engineered organisms without knowing the consequences

Military officials, who insist that this type of research is still in its infancy, are being supported in their endeavors by the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL).

Defense One explained the research in more detail:

You take an abundant sea organism, like Marinobacter, and change its genetic makeup to react to certain substances left by enemy vessels, divers, or equipment. These could be metals, fuel exhaust, human DNA, or some molecule thats not found naturally in the ocean but is associated with, say, diesel-powered submarines. The reaction could take the form of electron loss, which could be detectable to friendly sub drones.

In an engineered context, we might take the ability of the microbes to give up electrons, then use [those electrons] to talk to something like an autonomous vehicle, explained NRL researcher, Sarah Glaven, who was speaking at an event hosted by the Johns Hopkins Universitys Applied Physics Lab. Then you can start imagining that you can create an electrical signal when the bacteria encounters some molecule in their environment.

Researchers have already proven, in a laboratory environment, that the genes of E. Coli bacteria can be manipulated to exhibit properties that could prove useful...

20:31

CCCB: Oliver Twist "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Its Thursday, so it must be time to bake something and read a book Ive avoided reading for a couple of decades.

Ive done cake and cookies, so why not bread? Nutty bread. Looks like the flour:nut ratio is 25:10, and I have no idea whether thats like totally nuts.

I have baked a couple of loaves of bread before, but theyve never been like actually any good.

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20:30

SPECIAL: WWIII Starts 14 December 2018 in Ukraine? Russian Military Briefing Video (English Captions), Nuclear Analysis by Eric Zuesse, Comment by Robert Steele "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Turn on Closed Captions (CC) for English Sub-Titles

Executive Summary: Ukraine attacks Russia 14 December after a false flag. US nuclear capabilities not quite ready, US military aviation is at 40%, US naval vessels are totally vulnerable to electromagnetic neutralization, and US ground forces are vulnerable to geospatial neutralization, hence US under Trump may not respond. This is however a wild card event and must be recognized as a potential trigger event. This is a counterintelligence alert.

Below the fold: Zuesse analysis, Steele Comment.

The U.S. Governments Plan Is to Conquer Russia by a Surprise Invasion

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20:30

Jacindas lowlights of 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Newshub has written an article about Jacindas lowlights (and highlights) of 2018. Im sorry, readers. I just cant resist this. Buckle up. First of all, there is the photo above, where our prime minister looks like a bag lady next to the Duchess of Sussex. When it comes to style, you have either got it [] The post Jacindas lowlights of 2018 appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:30

Soft Rotating Pneumatic Actuators "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

When we think of pneumatic actuators, we typically consider the standard varieties of pneumatic cylinder, capable of linear motion. These can be referred to as hard actuators, made of rigid components and capable of great accuracy and force delivery. However, soft actuators have their own complementary abilities such as being able to handle more delicate tasks and being less likely to injure human operators when used in collaborative operations. The Whitesides Research Group at Harvard University has undertaken significant research in this field, and released a paper covering a novel type of soft pneumatic actuator.

The actuator consists of a series of soft, flexible sealed chambers which surround a wooden dowel in the center. By applying vacuum to these various chambers, the dowel in the center can be pulled into up to eight different positions. Its a unique concept, and one we can imagine could have applications in various material processing scenarios.

The actuator was built by moulding elastomers around 3D printed components, so this is a build that could theoretically be tackled by the DIYer. The paper goes into great detail to quantify the performance of the actuator, and workshops several potential applications. Testing is done on a fluid delivery and stirring system, and a tethered robotic walker was built. The team uses the term cVAMS cyclical vacuum actuated machine to describe the actuator technology.

The world of soft robotics is a hot bed of development, and we look forward to further work in this field. Its not just Harvard, either weve seen interesting work from Yale and from the Hackaday community too!

 

20:29

Toyin Abraham, Joke Silva, star in kathryn faseghas 2 weeks in lagos "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Award winning filmmaker Kathryn Fasega is set to produce an unusual love story in Lagos Nigeria which features prominent Nigerian actors like Joke Silva, Jide Kosoko, Tina Mba, Beverly Naya, Toyin Abraham, Shaffy Bello, Fathia Williams, Mawuli Gavor, Tina Mba and many more. Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday the 11th Of December, Kathryn []

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20:28

Police in Russia on manhunt for attackers who threw grenade at cops "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Russian police are on a manhunt for unknown attackers who reportedly threw a grenade at two police officers near a mall in the southern Republic of Ingushetia. The seriously injured officers have been taken to hospital. The policemen suffered multiple shrapnel wounds to their hands and legs, a source told TASS. "They remain conscious. Their condition is of moderate severity, non-critical," he added. The Ingushetia police have confirmed that two of its servicemen were injured outside a shopping center in the city of Nazran on Wednesday. The officers were trying to detain two men, who resisted arrest and threw a grenade at them. Other reports said the policemen were sitting in a parked car at the time of the attack. The perpetrators were reportedly killed by return fire and are being identified.

20:28

Russia Slams Illegal US Occupation Of Southwest Syria "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The United States has built a dozen or more bases from Manbij to Al-Hasakah, including four airfields, and American-backed forces now control all of Syria east of the Euphrates, an area about the size of Croatia. On Tuesday a top Russian military official slammed the United States for illegally occupying a massive zone in southwest Syriasurrounding the []

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20:26

2019: Police, EFCC in secret pact to destabilize PDP states Secondus "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus has alleged secret pact between the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) and the Nigeria Police to destabilize PDP controlled states. Secondus said in a statement by his special adviser media Ike Abonyi, mentioned Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom and Ebonyi as states pencilled down []

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20:25

Methane rollbacks test BP, ExxonMobil, Shell commitments to support Paris goals "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Ben Ratner and Nat Keohane As business executives join leaders from government and civil society for COP24 in Katowice, Poland, a regulatory rollback across the Atlantic puts a sharp focus on the seriousness of energy companies' commitments to support the goals of the Paris Agreement. The recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change special report []

20:25

How the United States Kept Arms Flowing into South Sudan "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

South Sudan faces several arms embargo. How has the government continued to get weapons?

20:25

Scanning for Flaws, Scoring for Security "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Is it fair to judge an organizations information security posture simply by looking at its Internet-facing assets for weaknesses commonly sought after and exploited by attackers, such as outdated software or accidentally exposed data and devices? Fair or not, a number of nascent efforts are using just such an approach to derive security scores for companies and entire industries. Whats remarkable is how many organizations dont make an effort to view their public online assets as the rest of the world sees them until its too late.

Image: US Chamber of Commerce.

For years, potential creditors have judged the relative risk of extending credit to consumers based in part on the applicants credit score the most widely used being the score developed by FICO, previously known as Fair Isaac Corporation. Earlier this year, FICO began touting its Cyber Risk Score (PDF), which seeks to measure an organizations chances of experiencing a data breach in the next 12 months, based on a variety of measurements tied to the companys public-facing online assets.

In October, FICO teamed up with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to evaluate more than 2,500 U.S. companies with the Cyber Risk Score, and then invited these companies to sign up and see how their score compares with that of other organizations in their industry. The stated use cases for the Cyber Risk Score include the potential for cyber insurance pricing and underwriting, and evaluating supply chain risk (i.e., the security posture of vendor partners).

The company-specific scores are supposed to be made available only to vetted people at the organization who go through FICOs signup process. But in a marketing email sent to FICO members on Tuesday advertising its new benchmarking feature, FICO accidentally exposed the FICO Cyber Risk Score of energy giant ExxonMobil.

The marketing email was quickly recalled and reissued in a redacted version, but it seems ExxonMobils score of 587 puts it in the elevated risk category and somewhat below the mean score among large companies in the Energy and Utilities sector, which was 637. The October analysis by the Chamber and FICO gives U.S. businesses an overall score of 687 on a scale of 300-850.

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20:23

B.S. Alert: The Katowice Declaration on Forests for Climate "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

CHRIS LANGREDD-MONITOR.ORG Before the UN climate meeting started in Katowice last week, the Polish government put out a statement about its presidency of COP24. Predictably, the Polish governments statement makes no mention of the necessity of keeping fossil... Read More

20:21

Among leading global trends: Disparity "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

It's hardly a secret that there was an abrupt increase in income disparity pretty much all across the globe in the period from 1980 to 2017, as it has been recently confirmed by a report released by World Inequality Lab (WIL). Pretty much the same conclusion was voiced by a group of international analysts led by prominent French economist, Thomas Piketty. The report's findings could easily be described as shocking. Upon compiling the World Wealth and Income Database, Thomas Piketty and his colleagues revealed today the global level of income disparity fell to levels seen back in 1913! In November, the Global Wealth Report of Credit Suisse bank revealed that the level of global welfare increased by 6.4% in the period from mid-2016 to mid-2017, while adding that half this increase would benefit the notorious 1% of the world's inhabitants. Last year alone, the number of millionaires across the globe increased by 2.3 million people. A recent study by the University of Michigan revealed...

20:19

Forget Russia: 'Get-Trump' talk suddenly shifts into campaign finance "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Prosecutors investigating President Trump made big news Friday, but it wasn't about Russia. Rather, in their sentencing recommendation for fixer Michael Cohen, lawyers with the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York wrote that in the final weeks of the 2016 campaign, candidate Trump directed Cohen to pay off Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, who wanted money to keep quiet about sexual dalliances. While such arrangements are legal, prosecutors argued that since the payoffs occurred during the campaign, they were violations of campaign finance laws. Cohen, who is cooperating because prosecutors nailed him for tax evasion and bank fraud in his private business, pleaded guilty to two felony campaign finance violations. So no one has to talk about an "alleged" campaign finance scheme; there's already a guilty plea. But what was really significant about the sentencing memo was that prosecutors specifically said Trump told Cohen to do it. "With respect to both payments,...

20:19

Joe Manchin Will Be the Top Democrat on the Energy Committee "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer released a list of committee assignments Tuesday that brought bad news for environmental activists: Joe Manchin, the pro-coal West Virginia senator who narrowly held onto his deep-red seat this November, will now be the highest-ranking Democrat on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. In his new role, Manchin isn't likely []

20:19

2019: Delta Young Professionals back Okowa for re-election, assures of support "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

For embarking on massive economic development and accomplishing projects that have brought about human capacity development and provided jobs for youths in Delta state, the Nigerian Young Professional Forum, NYPF, led by its national president and chairman, Moses Siloko Siasia, has thrown its weight behind the re-election bid of incumbent governor, Senator Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, []

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20:19

Michael Cohen sentenced: 3 years prison for tax evasion, violating campaign finance laws, lying to banks, Congress "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

An emotional Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former lawyer and fixer, was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison after pleading guilty to nine federal charges stemming from his failure to report millions of dollars in income and making secret payments to women who claimed they had affairs with Trump. One of the charges, lying to Congress about his dealings concerning a proposed Trump Tower in Moscow, stemmed from special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into the Trump campaign's potential collusion with Russia in the 2016 election. Standing before Judge William Pauley, Cohen, 52, who came to the Manhattan courtroom with his wife and two children, said blind loyalty to Trump led him to "choose darkness over light." He said that he will work to prove history wrong and that he is not the villain in this investigation. He appeared to tear up as he apologized to his family and to the people of the United States. "I am truly sorry and I promise I will be better," he said....

20:18

Lawmakers ream CEO of Google: Tap 'idiot' and get 'Trump', news is crappy and my phone's a spy! "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Angry at Google's perceived liberal bias and furious that the search engine would ever link to negative information about them, US Representatives vented to Google CEO Sundar Pichai about their embarrassing tech problems. Pichai was hauled before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday to answer questions about his company's perceived liberal bias, data collection and privacy policies, and its planned expansion into China. The CEO was all smiles, and opened by promising to "build products worthy of the trust users place in us," before the floor was given to lawmakers' questions. From the ideological to the absurd, these questions quickly went off the beaten track.

20:18

An critical bug in Microsoft left 400M accounts exposed "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Waqas

A bug bounty hunter from India, Sahad Nk who works forSafetyDetective, a cybersecurity firm, has received a reward from Microsoft for uncovering and reporting a series of critical vulnerabilities in Microsoft accounts. These vulnerabilities were present on users Microsoft accounts from MS Office files to Outlook emails. This means, all kinds of accounts (over 400 []

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20:17

Memo states: FBI recommended Flynn not have lawyer present, not advised of consequences as per FBI 302 report "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who arranged the bureau's interview with then-national security adviser Michael Flynn at the White House on Jan. 24, 2017 - the interview that ultimately led to Flynn's guilty plea on one count of making false statements - suggested Flynn not have a lawyer present at the session, according to newly-filed court documents. In addition, FBI officials, along with the two agents who interviewed Flynn, decided specifically not to warn him that there would be penalties for making false statements because the agents wanted to ensure that Flynn was "relaxed" during the session. The new information, drawn from McCabe's account of events plus the FBI agents' writeup of the interview - the so-called 302 report - is contained in a sentencing memo filed Tuesday by Flynn's defense team.

20:17

Mind The Red PonziIts Death Wobble Has Begun "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Today, in his latest note, Edwards doubles down on his assertion that a China hard-landing may be the grey rhino that investors are ignoring even as he once again admits that naysayers, such as I, have consistently been proved wrong about the ability of Chinas policymakers to successfully navigate choppy waters without capsizing the economic ship. And it is wholly natural that investors, having been proved overly bearish about the economy in the past, have given up worrying about a Chinese hard landing but now that ship looks to be taking on water once again.

 

 

 

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-12-12/albert-edwards-trumps-tariffs-have-launched-chinese-death-wobble

 

20:16

'It's called transparency!' Trump, Schumer, Pelosi, Pence in a heated border wall debate, cameras rolling "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Tensions were high at the Oval Office as Donald Trump and top Democratic lawmakers, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, clashed over funding for his border wall and the government shutdown in front of the cameras. The officials raised their voices, pointed fingers and kept interrupting each other during a rare public spat that went on in front of the amazed journalists for more than 16 minutes. Trump repeatedly warned that he was going to shut down the government if his project of a wall on the US-Mexico border doesn't get $5 billion in funding next year. The Democrats have so far been only willing to allocate $1.3 billion so that president could fulfill his campaign promise. "I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck," Trump said, adding that the Americans didn't want criminals and terrorists crossing into the country.

20:16

AN OPEN LETTER TO BIANCA OJUKWU. By Law Mefor "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Since you walked the red carpets as a beauty queen, many of us have followed you. Though beauty contest is More

20:16

Alan Dershowitz shoots holes into Mueller's investigation - a dose of reality "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz issued a stark warning about special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation Friday following several major developments in the controversial investigation centering around Michael Cohen, the former personal lawyer to President Donald Trump. What did Dershowitz say? Speaking with Fox News host Tucker Carlson, Dershowitz predicted Mueller would ultimately "blur the line between crimes and sins" in an effort to paint Trump in negative light. The reason? According to Dershowitz, it's because Trump has not committed a crime. It's only if Mueller's team "stretch...vague laws" will they potentially secure criminal prosecution, Dershowitz explained. "I don't see any crimes," Dershowitz said. "Collusion itself is not a crime. Using information given by Russia to Wikileaks would not be a crime unless the campaign participated with Wikileaks in the hacking itself. There's no evidence to support that." "So what I'm afraid is going to happen is this special...

20:15

Limited edition: Special Christmas breakfast pack with BLACK pudding! "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

OMG yum. That black pudding was fantastic! When was the last time you said that? Now you can treat yourself for Christmas. The Whale Meat Company has a limited number of boxes with the NEW black pudding that has the stamp of approval from the Whale Meat Taste Test Panel. How do you make a [] The post Limited edition: Special Christmas breakfast pack with BLACK pudding! appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:15

IDF delegation to Moscow to discuss 'right' to oppose Iran in Syria "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

An Israeli military delegation will state at the upcoming consultations in Moscow that the Jewish state has a "right and obligation" to oppose the presence of Iranian forces and Hezbollah in Syria, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday. A meeting of representatives of the Russian and Israeli General Staffs will take place Wednesday in the Russian capital within the framework of Netanyahu's agreements with Russian President Vladimir Putin. As quoted by his press service, Netanyahu said: "This evening an IDF [Israel Defense Forces] delegation will leave for Moscow, according to my agreement with President Putin. It will explain our operation here [in Lebanon] and it will make it unequivocally clear that Israel maintains its right and obligation to act against an Iranian military entrenchment in Syria, also a Hezbollah entrenchment in Syria and that of Iran's proxies here, in their attempt to dig tunnels under the border." The prime minister made these remarks during a...

20:15

Re: Multiple telnet.c overflows "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Posted by Bob Friesenhahn on Dec 12

Is a network connection between two machines not a 'privilege
boundary'? If the remote machine has the ability to subvert the
accessing machine (e.g. by transmitting something which causes harm to
the client) then that seems to qualify.

Bob

20:14

Erdogan: Turkey to begin military operation east of the Euphrates, target YPG "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

"We are determined to make that area livable and peaceful," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday. Turkey intends to launch a military operation in the north-east of Syria in coming days, the Turkish president said, adding that this step will facilitate political solution for the region. "The time has come to carry out our intention to neutralize terrorists in the east of the Euphrates. In the coming days, an operation will be launched there. The United States has been informed. We decisively want to bring peace and tranquility to civilians in the east of the Euphrates, as we have already done in other regions of Syria," the president said. Earlier, the Turkish Security Council stated that the main threat to the political settlement in Syria is coming from the Kurdish-held territories in the country's northeast. The Security Council said in a statement: "During the meeting [its participants] pointed out that the main threat to the political settlement in Syria is...

20:13

Three Clinton Foundation Whistleblowers To Testify About Tax Crimes, Pay-For-Play "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Following allegations of sloppy accounting, potential tax fraud and pay-to-play, the Clinton Foundation will be under a Congressional microscope this week after three whistleblowers have come forward and agreed to testify one of whom secretly submitted 6,000 pages of documents to the IRS and FBI in August of 2017, and all three of whom have submitted various []

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20:12

An Anarchist View of State Formation-- Review of Peter Gelderloos, Worshipping Power: An Anarchist View of Early State Formation "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

41eova2ydhl.jpgReview of Peter Gelderloos, Worshipping Power: An Anarchist View of Early State Formation
A review of Peter Gelderloos'anarchist analysis of how states are formed and developed.

20:10

Crackdown in Beijing: Using Twitter is more dangerous than street demonstrations "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Oiwan Lam Authorities in Beijing have launched a nationwide crackdown on mainland Chinese Twitter users. The December 5 release of 42 testimonies collected by...

20:07

William Blum: Anti-Imperial Advocate "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

In the incessant self-praise of the US imperial project, kept safe in a state of permanently enforced amnesia, occasional writings prod and puncture.  Mark Twain expressed an ashamed horror at the treatment of the Philippines; Ulysses Grant, despite being a victorious general of the Union forces in the Civil War and US president, could reflect that his country might, some day, face its comeuppance from those whose lands had been pinched.

In the garrison state that emerged during the Cold War, the New Left provided antidotes of varying strength to the illusion of a good, faultless America, even if much of this was confined to university campuses.  Mainstream newspaper channels remained sovereign and aloof from such debates, even if the Vietnam War did, eventually, bite.

The late William Blum, former computer programmer in the US State Department and initial enthusiast for US moral crusades, gave us various exemplars of this counter-insurgent scholarship.  His compilation of foreign policy ills in Rogue State: A Guide to the Worlds Only Superpower, was written with the US as sole surveyor of the land, all powerful and dangerously uncontained.  To reach that point, it mobilised such familiar instruments of influence as the National Endowment for Democracy and the School of the Americas, a learning ground for the torturers and assassins who would ply their despoiling trade in Latin America.  The imperium developed an unrivalled military, infatuated with armaments, to deal with its enemies.  Forget the canard, insists Blum, of humanitarian intervention, as it was espoused to justify NATOs bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999.

His Killing Hope: US Military and CIA Interventions since World War II, remains his best and potently dispiriting affair, one in which Washington and its Christian warriors sought to battle the International Communist Conspiracy with fanatical, God-fearing enthusiasm.  In this quest, foreign and mostly democratically elected governments were given the heave-ho with the blessings of US intervention. Food supplies were poisoned; leaders were subjected to successful and failed assassinations (not so many were as lucky as Cubas Fidel Castro); the peasantry of countries sprayed with napalm and insecticide; fascist forces and those of reaction pressed into the service of Freedoms Land.

The squirreling academic, ever mindful of nuts, has been less willing to embrace Blum. This has, to some extent, been aided by such curious instances as the mention, by one Osama bin Laden, of Rogue State in a recording that emerged in 2006.  If I were president I could stop terrorist attacks against the United States in a few days. Permanently.  Sales surged at this endorsement from t...

20:06

Nearly 70 Former Judges Call for ICE to Make Courthouses Sanctuary Spaces "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Almost 70 former state and federal judges have signed a letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Ronald Vitiello asking that they stop arresting illegal immigrants at courthouses.

The letter claims that the arrests instill fear and get in the way of the criminal justice system, but ICE says they only target gang members or people who have already been ordered to leave at courthouses.

We know firsthand that for courts to effectively do justice, ensure public safety, and serve their communities, the public must be able to access courthouses safely and without fear of retribution, the judges wrote.

The former judges also call for other sensitive places like schools and places of worship to be treated as sanctuary zones.

According to a report from the Hill, ICE arrests increased in 2018 under President Trump, compared with the same period in 2017. Arrests of undocumented immigrants rose 17 percent in the first three fiscal quarters of 2018.

ICE has not responded to the letter.

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20:06

Re: Multiple telnet.c overflows "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Posted by Tavis Ormandy on Dec 12

Yes, the bug exists on NetBSD, but in order for it to be a security
issue, there has to be an example of this bug being used to cross a
privilege boundary. I assume we agree that not every bug is a security
bug, there has to be some sort of supported security boundary that the
bug allows an attacker to violate. The question I'm asking is can you
elaborate on which security boundary is being crossed? I don't dispute
the bug exists and...

20:04

Philadelphias Perverse Civil Asset Forfeiture Machine Has Finally Come to An End "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Brittany Hunter Philadelphia may be the birthplace of our Constitution, but its civil asset forfeiture program is anything but constitutional. The program has become...

20:01

Fossil Award to Australia for not ruling out Kyoto carbon credits for Paris target use "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

It just wouldn't be a United Nations Climate Change conference COP in recent years without Australia at the Fossil of the Day Awards. And this year does not disappoint. The failure to rule out use of Kyoto carbon credits to meet it's low Paris Agreement 2030 targets while demanding robust accounting and transparency is just too galling. Even best buddy New Zealand reckons, Crikey, using Kyoto

20:00

Chuck Schumer Earns Progressive Ire With Joe Manchin Promotion "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

At a time when people throughout the U.S. and around the world are rallying behind bold solutions to the climate crisis and urgently warning that there is no time to waste, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) decided late Tuesday to betray his constituents and the planet, groups warned, by promoting fossil fuel servant Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) to the top Democratic spot on the powerful Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

Appointing Senator Manchin as ranking member of the Energy Committee is completely at odds with any plan for real climate action, May Boeve, executive director of 350.org, said in a statement. Manchin has taken every opportunity to put Big Oil before the health and safety of communities and our climate.

Erich Pica, president of Friends of the Earth, argued that the appointment of the pro-coal West Virginia senator to a top Energy Committee slot is a stark failure of Chuck Schumers leadership in the midst of dire scientific warnings that the world must cut carbon emissions in half by 2040 to avert planetary catastrophe.

Schumer is out of touch with the progressive voters who will continue to push for a Green New Deal in the next Congress, Pica declared, alluding to the demonstrators who have flooded the halls of Congress and faced mass arrests in recent weeks to pressure lawmakers to support ambitious climate solutions.

The West Virginia senators promotionwhich was ratified Tuesday evening by members of the Senate Democratic caucuscame amid a wave of opposition from environmental groups, who adopted an anyone but Manchin stance in the weeks leading up to Tuesdays announcement.

Not even this foolish decision can stop the groundswell of momentum thats building for a Green New Deal.
May Boeve, 350.org

Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-...

20:00

Senate votes to prevent dark money from getting even darker "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Jon Tester, Ron Wyden, dark money vote 12-12-18

A dark money measure introduced by Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) narrowly passed the Senate Dec. 12. (Bill Clark/Roll Call/Getty Images)

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday narrowly approved a resolution to overthrow a new Treasury Department policy that no longer requires some 501(c) tax-exempt nonprofits including politically active 501(c)(4) dark money groups to disclose donor names and addresses in tax returns submitted to the IRS.

Under prior policy, donor names and addresses were only reported to the IRS, which was required to keep that information confidential from the public to protect the identities of donors.

Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) forced the vote under the Congressional Review Act to repeal the new guidance, enacted by the Treasury in July.

The resolution passed 50-49, with every Democrat and Independent voting in favor, along with Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who ...

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2:00PM Water Cooler 12/12/2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Today's Water Cooler: Lighthizer on NAFTA, Biden trial balloons, Pelosi v. Trump v. Schumer, NC-09 election fraud, the Lochnerized First Amendment, consumer prices, business inflation expectations, real estate, Bitcoin, Tesla, corporate planning and climate, @Jack meditates, Fortnite

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WelcomeHosting KVM VPSs in Los Angeles 6GB KVM VPS for just $9/mo & more! "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Its been a while since we heard from Brian at WelcomeHosting, however, they recently contacted us with some exclusive offers to share with the community this holiday season. They are offering KVM VPS services out of Los Angeles with some amazing discounts for our community. They are offering various different pricing structure options based on the plan, however, the most savings and value are to be had when choosing to pay using an annual billing cycle. For example, the 6GB KVM VPS is just $69/year when paid annually, instead of $9/mo!

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20:00

Join the dots: Sroubek Hardcore Ardern "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Michael Woodhouse has been doing a fine job in Parliament, chipping away at Iain Lees-Galloway and exposing the information surrounding Sroubeks immigration status. His latest efforts in the house today were rewarded by an admission from Ms Ardern that she received a text from Richie Hardcore when Sroubek was initially granted residency. Newstalkzb has the [] The post Join the dots: Sroubek Hardcore Ardern appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

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Christian Groups Win Obamacare Birth Control Battle "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Birth control is an individual responsibility. Via Washington Examiner: Christian organizations do not need to comply with Obamacares birth control mandate, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. Judge Philip Brimmer of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado ordered that the federal government cannot enforce the provision, which obligates employers to pay for health []

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Suitable accommodation for seasonal worker programs "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Accommodation is one of the largest expenses incurred by seasonal workers participating in Australias Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP) and New Zealands Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme (RSE). The cost of accommodation varies depending on the employer and availability in the area. The provision of suitable accommodation is a condition of the pastoral care policy of both programs and is the responsibility of employers, not the workers. Workers must pay for this provided accommodation with deductions taken from their pay regardless of whether they are earning an income or not. There has been public criticism about accommodation for seasonal workers in Australia and New Zealand. Reports have shown that some Pacific workers have been placed in overcrowded and substandard lodgings with inadequate facilities and rates set too high (this was also noted by an SWP agent in March 2018 in personal communication with the author of this article). This blog looks at some of the challenges, as well as changes that have recently occurred in relation to accommodation standards in the RSE, and argues that such changes should also be considered in the SWP. More research is recommended, in addition to better oversight from governments.

RSE and SWP accommodation

Seasonal workers are employed in regions where accommodation is often scarce, especially in peak seasons. Many growers, in particular small-scale operations, consider it burdensome to provide adequate accommodation and pastoral care for their labourers. RSE employer surveys reveal that suitable and reasonably-priced accommodation for workers to live in for periods of up to nine months remains one of the most challenging aspects of pastoral care for some employers.

There have been many unsubstantiated claims that accommodating RSE workers have inflated rental prices in various regions, such as Marlborough in New Zealand, and as RSE worker numbers increase the scarcity of housing is becoming apparent. Growers have responded in various ways; Hotus Ltd, an RSE employer based in Blenheim, recently built customised accommodation for their workers. The....

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English language declines as education system fails "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

ClassroomJIMMY AWAGL

KUNDIAWA - Papua New Guinea is a country of a thousand tribes and languages. It has countless stories, myths, legends and ballads telling of the value of life from the past to the present.

But a poor literacy rate is having a drastic effect on the present and threatens to be even worse in the future.

During the days of our forefathers there was no culture of reading. However there was a culture of narrating and listening, and the great orators and wise leaders although unable to read and write - passed on the wisdom orally from one generation to the next.

In an illiterate society, their accounts were valuable but could never be verified by the written word, which is now the norm in PNG.

Since the inception of schools and their rapid expansion in the 1960s, students have been inculcated in the literacy arts which brought about a forced immersion into English and into Western culture and civilisation.

Amazingly, most of them were taught in English from their first day in school.

The students at that time embraced English meaningfully in their hearts as a precious commodity and a valuable means of personal transformation and realisation of ambition.

Their illiterate parents and relatives understood this almost from the beginning of colonial contact and enthusiastically pushed the cause of education and the literacy that accompanied it.

It was a journey of discovery for everyone.

Most of the teachers were expatriates and command of English was of a high standard. The colonial administration ensured there were sufficient books and magazines for everyone to read.

The emphasis on English as the formal language of education supplemented the lingua franca and traditional vernacular languages and brought Papua New Guinea into the modern world with a globally useful language.

The teaching methods introduced from outside ensured that students read, wrote and spoke competently in this new tongue which transcended tribal and national boundaries.

And so English played a pivotal role in breaking down the norms and barriers between illiteracy and literacy. Students who were educated between the late 1950s and the 1980s are as fluent in English as any native speaker.

But all that is disappearing. Those students are now ageing and retired or retiring...

First direct evidence that later school day really does help teenagers "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Since Seattle high schools decided to start an hour later, students have been getting more sleep and school attendance and grades have improved

19:59

Presence of Foreign Forces in Yemen Unjustifiable: Ansarullah "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Al-Manar | December 12, 2018 Spokesman for Yemens revolutionary Ansarullah movement Mohammad Abdulsalam, who heads a delegation in the ongoing peace talks in Sweden, said the presence of foreign forces in the Arabian Peninsula country cannot be justified. Speaking to the Arabic-language al-Masirah TV on Tuesday night, Abdulsalam said the foreign troops presence in Yemen []

19:58

The Israel Lobby Tried To Weaponize Anti-Semitism To Take Down Marc Lamont Hill And It Backfired "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Lamont Hills critics tried to make his support for Palestine about anti-Semitism unacceptable in any circumstances rather than a political critique of Israel and its apartheid policies. The pro-Israel lobbys ongoing efforts to weaponize anti-Semitism has been dealt a major blow after a prestigious American university refused to sack one of its professors []

The post The Israel Lobby Tried To Weaponize Anti-Semitism To Take Down Marc Lamont Hill And It Backfired appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

19:58

School Causes Uproar After Removing Jesus From Christmas Concert "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Christmas season is here and with it another slate of holiday controversies.  Should people say, Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas and the usual Xmas controversial saga?  Although December 25 is not the actual day Christ was born, Christians will fight to the end to claim ownership of this date. Truth is, other holidays also occur []

19:57

Are 75% of Americans ignorant of what its government has done in its name in world affairs? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A late November Gallop poll has 75% of Americans believing the US "has a special responsibility to be a leading nation in world affairs". What does this mean? Leading how? A "leading" nation initiating coups, wars, overthrowing legitimately elected gov'ts? Are 75% of Americans ignorant of what its gov't has done in in its name in world affairs?

19:55

djay for iOS adopts subscription model and free download "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

After more than 8 years as a paid-for app, djay for iOS is changing. With the latest release, we are now offering a single universal app as a free download which offers everything you need to DJ, along with an affordable new monthly Pro subscription service with power user features, video mixing, music production tools, and most importantly, unlimited access to a large library of audio loops, samples, FX, and visuals.

Changing your business model is always tricky, no matter what your app does. The company posted an extensive explanation on its web site that should answer most questions from customers, including the differences between the free and subscription-based app. Ive always loved djay and the people behind the app, so Ill be interested to see how this transition goes for them.

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19:55

Uber Allegedly Ignored Safety Warnings Before Self-Driving Fatality "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Submitted via IRC for SoyCow1984

Uber allegedly ignored safety warnings before self-driving fatality

Just days after Uber announced its plans to resume testing of its self-driving taxis, new information reveals that a whistleblower had made the company aware of the technology's safety failures before the incident in Arizona last March, which saw a pedestrian struck and killed by one of Uber's vehicles, and which led to the suspension of all testing activity.

According to The Information, Robbie Miller, a manager in the testing-operations group, sent a cautionary email to a number of Uber's executive and lawyers, warning that the vehicles were "routinely in accidents resulting in damage. This is usually the result of poor behavior of the operator or the AV technology."

It appears the email was prompted by an incident in Pittsburgh, where just a few days before Miller sent the message an Uber prototype swerved completely off the road and onto the sidewalk, where it continued to drive. According to Miller's email, the episode was "essentially ignored" for days, until Miller raised it with other managers. He also noted that towards the end of 2017, it took two weeks for engineers to investigate the logs of a separate Arizona incident, in which an Uber vehicle almost collided with another car.


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19:53

Apple HomePod prices drop as cheap smart speakers take off "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Turns out most consumers arent willing to invest more than $200 in a smart speaker. Thanks to deals, the HomePod is now within $50 of that price range.

Signs that Apples HomePod smart speaker has been less than a blockbuster are increasingand the market for lower-priced smart speakers is expanding.

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19:52

Afghan forces abandon western district after Taliban pressure "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

RT | December 12, 2018 Afghan forces have abandoned a remote district in the west of the country, leaving the area to Taliban insurgents. The government had failed to re-supply dozens of troops stationed there, provincial officials said on Wednesday. The Shebkoh district of Farah province, bordering Iran, has been under Taliban siege for months. []

19:49

FLASHBACK: El Paso: This town is proof that Trump's wall can work "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

When charges of "racism" and "xenophobia" fail, Democrats' fallback argument against President Trump's proposed border wall is that it simply "won't work," so why waste billions building it? Tell that to the residents of El Paso, Texas. Federal data show a far-less imposing wall than the one Trump envisions - a two-story corrugated metal fence first erected under the Bush administration - already has dramatically curtailed both illegal border crossings and crime in Texas' sixth-largest city, which borders the high-crime Mexican city of Juarez. In fact, the number of deportable illegal immigrants located by the US Border Patrol plummeted by more than 89 percent over the five-year period during which the controversial new fence was built, according to Homeland Security data reviewed by me. When the project first started in 2006, illegal crossings totaled 122,261, but by 2010, when the 131-mile fence was completed from one end of El Paso out into the New Mexico desert, immigrant...

19:47

Israel, the 'only democracy in the Middle East' rejects bill to 'maintain equal rights amongst all its citizens' "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Knesset voted down today, by a margin of 71-38, the Basic Law: Equality bill, tabled by MK Mossi Raz (Meretz). The text of the bill was clear and concise: "The State of Israel shall maintain equal political rights amongst all its citizens, without any difference between religions, race and sex." This is a direct quote from Israel's Declaration of Independence. Following the resignation of Defense Minister Lieberman a few weeks back, the governing coalition has a razor-thin margin of one vote: it controls 61 one votes out of 120. However, the coalition enjoyed the support of Yesh Atid, led by Israel's Trump wannabe, Yair Lapid. Its eleven votes are unlikely to have delivered victory to the opposition, however, as many members of the Zionist Camp fled the hall before the vote.

19:47

George H. W. Bush Met With The Bin Laden Family On The Morning of 9/11 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Its always interesting to read the comments on a post that tries to get to the truth about 9/11. Comments ridiculing these efforts as conspiracy theory are still popping up, despite the fact that an overwhelming majority of Americans and global citizens believe that something fishy happened that day and that an adequate explanation as to what happened []

The post George H. W. Bush Met With The Bin Laden Family On The Morning of 9/11 appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

19:46

Bao, a heartwarming short film from Pixar "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Im obviously biased but I love that this is set in Canada. Sadly, its in Toronto.

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19:45

Shes Ba-ack-> Sports Illustrated Uses Blasey Ford to Give Award to Actual Victim And Trash Kavanaugh (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Shes baa-aack!

On Tuesday evening, Christine Blasey Ford gave her first public statement since testifying against President Trumps Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh in September.

Christine Blasey Ford appeared on video Tuesday to present this years Sports Illustrated Inspiration of the Year award to former gymnast Rachael Denhollander and without saying his name, she attacked Justice Kavanaugh one more time.

Last week, Rachel Denhollander was awarded Sports Illustrateds Inspiration of the Year.

Denhollander was the first woman to publicly accuse former Michigan State and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar of sexual assault.

Denhollander filed a federal lawsuit against Nassar at the U.S. District Court for the Western District fo Michigan. Two-hundered and fifty-one other former gymnasts, along with 23 husbands of gymnasts, also brought up claims consolidated into her suit.

Following Denhollanders lead, more than 300 women in total have said they were sexually assaulted by Nassar.

Christine Blasey Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her decades ago at a drunken high school party yet offered zero contemporaneous witnesses and couldnt even remember the exact year the alleged abuse took place, but shes the best woman Sports Illustrated could find to present the award. Figures.

I am honored to speak with you from afar about a woman I admire so much, a woman who suffered abuse as a vulnerable teenage athlete, who found the courage to talk publicly to stop the abuse of others. Her courage inspired others survivors to end their silence, and we all know the result, Christine Ford said in a baby voice.

How much money did Sports Illustrated pay Blasey Ford to continue her attacks on Kavanaugh?

VIDEO:

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Never-before-seen UN report on Kosovo's gruesome organ harvesting campaign "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

For decades, Serbian investigators and a few Western officials including ex-Hague Tribunal prosecutor Carla Del Ponte have accused Kosovar Albanian officials of presiding over a gruesome campaign to harvest the organs of Serbian POWs. Now, for the first time, Sputnik has been shown excerpts from a UN report investigating the matter. Milovan Drecun, chairman of Serbia's parliamentary committee on Kosovo-Metohija, has shown Sputnik Serbia never-before-seen papers from a 2004 UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) report on the so-called 'Yellow house' in northern Albania, a site alleged to have been at the heart of the illegal organ harvesting operation run by Albanian Kosovar mafias between 1998 and 2001. A copy of this report was obtained by a Serbian parliamentary working group collecting evidence of alleged war crimes committed by the Kosovo Liberation Army against the Serbian people.

19:38

i l l u s i o n "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

LyricsI know its hard to tell how mixed up you feel
Hoping what you need is behind every door
Each time you get hurt, I dont want you to change
Because everyone has hopes, youre human after allThe feeling sometimes wishing you were someone else
Feeling as though you never belong
This feeling is not sadness, this feeling is not joy
I truly understand, please dont cry nowPlease dont go, I want you to stay
Im begging you, please, please dont leave here
I dont want you to hate for all the hurt that you feel
The world is just illusion trying to change youBeing like you are, well, this is something else
Who would comprehend? But some that do lay claim
Divine purpose blesses them, thats not what I believe
And it doesnt matter anywayA part of your soul ties you to the next world
Or maybe to the last but Im still not sure
But what I do know is to us the world is different
As we are to the world, I guess you would know thatPlease dont go, I want you to stay
Im begging you, please, please dont leave here
I dont want you to hate for all the hurt that you feel
The world is just illusion trying to change youPlease dont go, I want you to stay
Im begging you, please, oh please dont leave here
I dont want you to change for all the hurt that you feel
This world is just illusion always trying to change youPlease dont go, I want you to stay
Im begging you, please, please dont leave here
I dont want you to hate for all the hurt that you feel
This world is just illusion, trying to change youPlease dont go, I want you to stay
Im begging you, please, oh please dont leave here
I dont want you to change for all the hurt that you feel
This world is just illusion always trying to change you

Songwriters: Marcus Harris / Simon Anthony James Finnegan

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19:35

Okowa Approves Completion Of Section C2 Of Ughelli/Asaba Road, Kwale-Beneku Bridge, Others "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"


LAGOS DECEMBER 11TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Succour is on the way for motorists plying the Ughelli/Asaba Road as the State Government has approved the completion of the dualization of (Section C2), Ogwashi-Uku to Asaba axis of the road.
Speaking after the State Executive Council (EXCO) meeting presided over by the State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, in Asaba on Tuesday, the State Commissioner for Information, Ogbueshi Patrick Ukah, stated that majority of the decisions taken were in line with the determination of the State Government to take advantage of the dry season to achieve a lot in construction of roads.
Also approved is the construction of Kwale-Beneku Bridge and approach roads in Ndokwa West and Ndokwa East Local Government Areas and the construction of Olomoro internal roads in Isoko South.
According to the Commissioner for Information, the construction of Engr. Oyubu Godspower Street to link Ibori Road in Oghara, Ethiope West and that of Kpakiama link roads in Bomadi Local Government were equally approved
Other roads that got the nod of the EXCO are the construction of Obi-Ogo Eziokpor/Umuoshi Eziokpor Road in Ukwuani Local Government, that of access road from Otumara Road to Western Delta University, Oghara, Ethiope West, Egbo bypass, Igbide, Isoko South, Niki-Tobi and Market Roads, Essama in Bomadi Local Government.
Ogbushi Ukah further disclosed that the state Commissioner for Basic...

19:30

Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

This is Subscriber Content. You can access subscriber content, including crosswords, sudoku, polling, commentary and podcasts by subscribing to one of our membership packages. The post Daily crossword appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

19:30

Erik Wemple on how one media outlet is reacting in the age of Trump "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

This article by Erik Wemple makes some useful points as to how media might better handle news in todays world.

19:30

SPECIAL: Deep State Meng Wanzhou CFO of Huawei UPDATE 5: Xi Trump Sending Joint Message to Elites? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

DefDog

20181210 updated 20181212

The effort to arrest Meng Wanzhou started last summer apparently, and the warrant was issued on 22 August. Nobody bothered to tell Trump (intentionally perhaps) and he was unaware of it at the time of the G2-Summit in Argentina. The potential fallout can make sure that China becomes a real enemy (watch how retaliation plays out) and the DC crowd will have their perfect storm.

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19:30

Migrant Group Demand Trump Either Let Them In Or Pay Them Each $50G To Turn Around "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The caravan isnt about amnesty, it is about money. Via Fox News: Two groups of Central American migrants marched to the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana on Tuesday with a list of demands, with one group delivering an ultimatum to the Trump administration: either let them in the U.S. or pay them $50,000 each to go []

19:29

DRAGONFLY: Google Employees Publicly Rebel Against Building a Dystopian New Search Engine "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Meadow Clark More than 1,400 Google staff, many journalists, and human rights organizations are calling on Google to halt its controversial project called Dragonfly....

19:29

Syria triumphant: The entire nation mobilized and won "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Yes, there is rubble, in fact total destruction, in some of the neighborhoods of Homs, Aleppo, in the outskirts of Damascus, and elsewhere. Yes, there are terrorists and 'foreign forces' in Idlib and in several smaller pockets in some parts of the country. Yes, hundreds of thousands of people lost their lives and millions are either in exile, or internally displaced. But the country of Syria is standing tall. It did not crumble like Libya or Iraq did. It never surrendered. It never even considered surrender as an option. It went through total agony, through fire and unimaginable pain, but in the end, it won. It almost won. And the victory will, most likely, be final in 2019.

19:28

Declassified: The CIA Used Brain Surgery to Make Remote Control Dogs "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Newly declassified CIA documents have revealed further details of the horrific experiments that took place during the agencys infamous Project MKUltra.

MKUltra was a CIA operation that involved extreme methods of mind control that were tested on US and Canadian citizens. The projects began in the 1940s and ran until the 1970s when the details of the experiments were exposed because victims began speaking out about the conditions that they were subjected to.

There were 150 sub-projects within the MKU program, many involved advanced brainwashing techniques using mind-altering drugs, sensory deprivation and electroshock therapy.

In the most recent documents, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request made by investigative reporter John Greenewald, new details were revealed about some of the animal experimentation that took place during MKU.

Greenewald published a large cache of files from the release on his website, The Black Vault, which has taken a special interest in government mind control operations and other secret programs. In one declassified letter a behavior modification expert describes his work in conducting brain surgery on six different dogs to rewire their brains so they could be controlled remotely.

The author of the letter writes:

As you know, I spent about three years working in the research area of rewarding electrical stimulation of the brain. In the laboratory, we performed a number of experiments with rats; in the open field, we employed dogs of several breeds.

Another report is also in the file, which was titled Remote Control Behavior with Rewarding Electrical Stimulation of the Brain, and published in 1965.

The report stated:

The specific aim of the research program was to examine the possibility of controlling the behavior of a dog, in an open field, by means of remotely triggering electrical stimulation of the brain, the report states. Such a system depends for its effectiveness on two properties of electrical stimulation delivered to certain deep lying structures of the dog brain: the well-known reward effect, and a tendency for such stimulation to initiate and maintain locomotion in a direction which is accompanied by the continued delivery of stimulation.

From the descriptions made in the report, the experiments seemed extremely inhumane, with notes that the surgical procedur...

19:27

Palestinians Offer New Details of Israels Botched Gaza Raid "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip The small town of Abassan in the Gaza Strip is a tough place to infiltrate everyone knows everyone else and outsiders passing through quickly attract attention. So when strangers drove through town, suspicious Hamas security men stopped the van and questioned those inside.

The answers didnt add up.

With their covers about to be blown, the Israeli undercover forces inside the vehicle opened fire, setting off a fierce battle that left eight people dead and triggered a brief but intense round of cross-border fighting.

A month after the exchange, the raid remains clouded in mystery. The Israeli army has kept mum, while Hamas officials have declined to comment publicly as they investigate the incident. With each side protective of its secrets, and possibly keen to spread disinformation, the full story may never be known.

But based on interviews with Hamas officials, a picture is emerging of a carefully planned Israeli intelligence operation in which agents posing as Palestinian aid workers may have gone undetected for up to two weeks before it went awry. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity, citing a Hamas gag order.

In the meantime, Hamas has tightened security in Gaza and is questioning foreign visitors such as journalists and aid workers; it has also sentenced six alleged collaborators to death.

We take security measures after any security incident to ensure it doesnt happen again, said Iyad al-Bozum, spokesman for Hamas Interior Ministry, which is leading the investigation.

Israel and Hamas are bitter enemies that have fought three wars since the Islamic militant group seized control of Gaza in 2007 from the rival Palestinian Authority. Israel and Egypt have blockaded Gaza by air, land and sea since the takeover.

Sending an undercover unit into Gaza would be complicated and risky. With Gaza fenced off, the border area is closely watched by Hamas. Only a handful of crossings operate. Parachuting in or bursting through the border would almost certainly be detected.

Hamas officials believe the Israeli team was disguised as aid workers and entered Gaza through the Israeli-controlled Erez crossing, a fortress-like facility through which all civilian traffic passes.

On the Gaza side of the crossing, the team passed through two checkpoints one controlled by the Palestinian Authority and the second controlled by Hamas using forged IDs with the names of well-known local Palestinian families. Hamas has released a number of images of people it says were squad members. In Israel, the military censor barred publication of the photos, forcing local media to blur the images.

The Associated Press spoke to eight Hamas figures, including some security officials......

19:25

Michael Flynn is Getting Off Easy "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

As we await Special Counsel Robert Muellers court filing on Michael Flynn, you may enjoy the opportunity to refresh your memory about him and his possible significance to the Russia investigation. I wrote about Flynn incessantly from the moment on November 18, 2016 that he was announced as the incoming National Security Advisor until he became a cooperating witness on December 1, 2017 and went completely off the grid.

This is actually just a sampling of the pieces I did on Flynn, but they collectively cover all the really good stuff. There are his notorious Flynn Facts that were basically made up crap he told his staff while serving as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency. There is his seat at Putins head table during the 2015 RT network gala dinner. Theres his suspicious relationship with a Russian woman named Svetlana Lokhova at Cambridge University that aroused the interest of the counterintelligence community. Theres the Peter W. Smith suicide story. Theres the plot to kidnap Fethullah Glen from his Pennsylvania home and secretly ship him to Turkey for execution. Theres the undisclosed lobbying and floated nuclear proposals in Saudi Arabia.  There are Trump Tower meetings with latter-day Austrian Nazis who have since made a formal alliance with Vladimir Putin. There is so much more.  Indeed, Michael Flynn was the worst staffing decision ever made.

19:23

Linux Is Already In Good Shape For The New Features Of Intel Gen11 Graphics & Icelake "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Besides seeing Icelake demos at the Intel Architecture Day that were running on Ubuntu, with closely tracking the Linux kernel's development most of the new features presented for Sunny Cove and Gen11 graphics have already been merged or at least available in patch form for some months within the Linux ecosystem. Here's a look at the features talked about yesterday and their state on Linux...

19:23

Cohen Attorney Lanny Davis: Cohen Will Work with Mueller for Next Three Months Finding a Trump Crime Before Heading to the Slammer "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen appeared in a Manhattan court Wednesday to face sentencing on nine charges.

Cohen was targeted by federal prosecutors because he worked for Republican Donald Trump.

They discovered crimes after he became a target.

Cohen wept as he begged the judge to give him no jail time. He threw Trump under the bus and said it was his blind loyalty that led him to cover up the Presidents dirty deeds, CNBC reported.

I take full responsibility for each act that I pled guilty to the personal ones to me and those involving the president of the United States of America, Cohen said in federal court in Manhattan before he was sentenced.

Blind loyalty to Trump led me to take a path of darkness instead of light, Cohen told the judge.

Before Judge William Pauley sentenced Cohen to 36 months in prison, he said, Mr. Cohen pled guilt to a veritable smorgasbord of fraudulent conduct and each of these crimes standing alone warrant considerable punishment.

Michael Cohen was heckled by Democrats outside the courtroom.

Cohens attorney Lanny Davis said his client will spend the next three months before heading to jail working with (composing) Robert Mueller everything he possibly can about President Trump in hopes Mueller can get him a reduced sentence.

19:20

The next Prime Minister? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

 Six MPs who could succeed Theresa May

BRITAIN-POLITICS-CONSERVATIVE

Boris Johnson 

If Theresa May loses a vote of no confidence on Wednesday evening, the starting gun will be fired on who will be the next Prime Minister.

With no obvious candidate to succeed her, the race to Downing Street is set to be highly unpredictable.

City A.M. looks at six of the most likely candidates:

Boris Johnson CITY TALK 

David Cameron Continues His Cabinet Reshuffle

 
Boris Johnson quit cabinet over Mays Brexit deal and has pilloried it from the sidelines ever since (Source: Getty)

It feels like Boris Johnson has been running a continuous leadership campaign since about 2007, but the former London Mayor famously ducked the challenge in 2016 after being knifed by Michael Gove.

His tenure as foreign secretary did little to cover himself in glory (F*** business was one of his more enduring interventions) but he still has as loyal band of followers who believe he is the man to unite the country.

Johnson, complete with a slimmer waistline and neater haircut, was spotted walking through one of Parliaments cafes with Owen Paterson on Wednesday morning just hours after Paterson had put in a letter calling for Theresa May to go.

Strength: Charismatic

Weakness: Serious times need serious peopleis that really BoJo?

Odds (to be next Prime Minister): 5/1

Dominic Raab

The British Prime Minister Confirms That Her Cabinet Back Brexit Draft Agreement

 
Dominic Raab quit as Brexit secretary last month (Source: Getty)

The second Brexit secretary to quit this year, Dominic Raab was being talked up as a future Conservative party leader long before he was promoted to Cabinet.

A lawyer by trade who worked in the Foreign Office, Raab could present himself as a level-headed operator ready to take over the neg...

19:18

List of U.S. Broadcast News Segments on Cell Phone and WiFi Radiation Health Risks and Concerns. Are Your Local Stations On It? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By B.N. Frank Unfortunately, decades of research has already proven that exposure to all sources of cell phone and wireless WiFi radiation is NOT HARMLESS...

19:17

MiniRHex Makes Wiggly-Legged Unstoppability Tiny and Affordable "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

For about $200, you can build a surprisingly capable six-whegged robot with googly eyes

RHex (pronounced rex) is a unique hexapedal robot that uses hybrid wheel-legs (whegs) to get around. Its surprisingly adaptable, able to adjust its gait to conquer a variety of obstacles and terrains, and it can even do some impressive parkour. RHex has been around for nearly two decades, which is practically forever in robot years, but because of how versatile it is you still see it doing cool new stuff from time to time.

Wow. This is how to make a good robot video, folks.

MiniRHex weighs in at under half a kilogram, but can support a payload of up to 3 kilograms. Six Dynamixel XL320s power the legs, driven by a ROBOTIS main board that talks to your computer via Bluetooth. Most of the structure of the robot is 3D printed, which keeps the cost quite low: If you have access to a 3D printer and a laser cutter, the entire robot will run you just over $200, or around $250 if you also need to buy the Bluetooth module and a charger for the battery. Theres a tiny amount of soldering plus some software setup that doesnt look too difficult, and the instructions seem very easy to follow.

As you can see from the video, MiniRHex can, with a little bit of work, clamber over obstacles at least as high as it is, and it can scamper along at several body lengths per second. These arent optimized gaits eitherwhile MiniRHex can currently take advantage of an alternating tripod gait as well as a pronking gait, theres still plenty of room for optimization. Beyond just tweaking the gait in software, the size and springiness of the legs themselves can be adjusted as well, which is one of the reasons why RHex platforms are so interesting to work with. Heres some preliminary gait testing with MiniRHex on a treadmill; watch until the end for a few outtakes.

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19:16

Re: Multiple telnet.c overflows "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Posted by Hacker Fantastic on Dec 12

Hi Tavis, thanks for the input - I referenced Mikrotik as a vendor using a
vulnerable implementation that can be used to escape restricted shells.
This is just one example of a instance where a restricted shell could be
escaped when using inetutils, or when the vulnerable code path reached
unexpected systems (like NetBSD). As Mikrotik case is not an oss security
issue I did not post the advisory here, but as I shared to you already on
social...

19:15

How to upgrade, renew or change your Whaleoil subscription "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

If your subscription has not automatically renewed it may be because you hadnt ticked for it to automatically renew when you set it up because your credit card has expired because you have removed your credit card details from Paypal. because of insufficient funds If you want to update your credit card details click here. If [] The post How to upgrade, renew or change your Whaleoil subscription appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

Child Sex Slavery Ring Run by Former Israeli Soldier Dismantled by Colombian Police "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

MEDELLN, COLOMBIA A large child sex slavery ring overseen by Israelis was dismantled by Colombian police earlier this week, in a story that has shocked Colombia and much of Latin America but received minimal coverage from mainstream Western media outlets. The network had been active since 2011 and expressly recruited young, underage females in situations of economic hardship or domestic abuse to work as sex slaves catering to Israeli tourists visiting Colombia.

Colombian authorities first began to investigate the sex slavery network in June 2016 following the murder of Israeli citizen Shay Azran in the Colombian city of Medelln. Soon after, Azrans murderer was found to be another Israeli, Assi Ben Mush, an ex-IDF soldier who was known for his past involvement in both drug and human trafficking in the early 2000s. However, Mush was never arrested for Azrans murder.

As authorities delved deeper into Mushs current activities while investigating the homicide, they determined that he was the owner of a hostel in Cartagena, Colombia and that he was also one of the coordinators of tourism packages sold exclusively to Israeli men visiting Colombia.

According to judicial sources cited by El Colombiano, the tourism packages sold by Mush and his cohorts involved taking Israeli men most of them businessmen or men who recently ended their compulsory military service in the IDF to parties at a variety of locales such as hostels, hotels, farms and yachts, where the main attraction was the sexual exploitation of underage women and the mass consumption of narcotics and alcohol. The sites where the exploitation occurred offered lodging or services exclusively to Israeli tourists, a practice that is surprisingly common in frequented tourist destinations throughout South America.

Mush was expelled from Colombia in November of last year after a massive sex party was broken up by police and illicit drugs were found at the scene. By that time, authorities had already determined the existence of the network and his accomplices.

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19:14

'Force, intimidation & tear gas': Palestinian news editor says IDF raid to seize CCTV footage totally unnecessary, would have been freely given if asked for "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

There was no need for the IDF to raid the Palestinian news agency office in Ramallah and use force and tear gas to seize CCTV footage, as they could have asked for it and got it, WAFA editor Maher Abukhater has said. Israeli soldiers raided the office of the Palestinian news agency WAFA in the West Bank on Monday. According to the agency, soldiers fired tear gas and seized footage from surveillance cameras while searching the building. Israel gave no reason for the raid, but it is believed the action is connected to the IDF's search for the perpetrator of an attack on Sunday which left seven Israelis wounded. RT spoke to Maher Abukhater, English desk editor at the Palestinian news agency, who was there at the time of the raid and described how events unfolded.

19:13

Campaign to oust May being coordinated from Iain Duncan Smiths office "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The campaign to oust Theresa May is being coordinated from the office of former leader Iain Duncan Smith, it can be revealed by City A.M.

A group of Brexiters determined to end Mays leadership gathered in the plush office in Parliament on Wednesday afternoon to discuss tactics ahead of the no confidence vote set to begin just hours later.

Former Brexit minister Steve Baker the shop steward of the European Research Group was among those in the meeting, along with Duncan Smiths old Maastricht rebel ally Sir Bernard Jenkin.

Duncan Smith has repeatedly claimed he would not submit a letter of no confidence to trigger a vote as he was subject to such an action when he was leader in 2003 although he has said it is time for a change.


19:09

DJ Mashdup and His Interview With Global News Ink "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

In 2014, DJ Mashdup released Jus the Groove musicology mix on Biggroove Records, which specializes in House Music. Additionally, DJ Mashdup presented shows for Party Vibe Radio and Tranzsista Radio. His music has been played on DJ sets by Boy George and David Guettas vocalist Tara McDonald. Making music is his main love, but he []

19:08

Demon underneath John DeLorean and the invention of the future "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The story of John DeLoreans rise and fall is one of the most fascinating in American business.

Read this on The Loop

19:08

The EU and the Warning Signs of Fascism "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Things are spiraling out of control in Europe, faster than many predicted. Outside of Brexit, there is a strong anti-EU feeling in Hungary, Spain, Italy, Greece and France. The EU is in danger of crumbling, and people afraid of losing power are prone to extreme acts of dictatorial control.

How long before the EU truly becomes the authoritarian force that people from both ends of the political spectrum have always feared?

 

The EU Defence Force

Earlier this year, the EU voted to punish one of its own members, Hungary, for the internal policies of its elected government. To be clear about this whatever you think of Viktor Orban, he was elected by the people of Hungary. He is their legally recognised democratic leader. Hungary voted for him in contrast, Hungary did NOT vote for any of the 448 MEPs who supported the motion, posed by Dutch MEP Judith Sargentini, that:

The Hungarian people deserve betterThey deserve freedom of speech, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice and equality, all of which are enshrined in the European treaties.

Note that democracy is not included on that list. Tolerance, justice and equality, but not democracy. A Freudian slip, perhaps.

The European Parliament vote was, itself, a corrupt nonsense  one in which abstentions were disregarded so the 2/3rds majority could be reached. Forcing through a bill that, essentially, calls for a change of regime in Hungary via:

appropriate measures to restore inclusive democracy, the rule of law and respect for fundamental rights in Hungary

One suggested punishment The Nuclear Option is a loss of voting rights. Hungary would still be a member of the EU, would still have to pay into the EU, would still have to obey all EU laws and regulations, but would no longer have a say in what those laws were.

This would, notionally, be in defence of inclusive democracy.

How long before disapproval and punishment of certain leaders turns into outright removal? Can we really say that would never happen?

This month, Paris (and other French cities) have seen the massive Gilets Jaunes protests against the fuel tax, austerity and income inequality. The violent repression of these protests has received no criticism from either individual member states of the EU, or the EU itself. However, an armored vehicle...

19:07

Egypt Bans Yellow Vests Fearing Gilets Jaunes "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

 The Egyptian authorities have quietly clamped down on the sales of reflective yellow vests fearing that they could prompt copycat protests inspired by the Gilets Jaunes demonstrations taking place in France. The measure was taken as a precaution as Egypt approaches the seventh anniversary next month of the revolution that toppled the dictator Hosni Mubarak after a 30-year rule. Any form of public gatherings are banned.

According to testimonies from industrial equipment dealers in Cairo, retailers have been instructed not to sell yellow vests to walk-in buyers and to restrict business to wholesale deals with verified companies, but only after obtaining permission from the security forces.

They seem not to want anyone to do what they are doing in France, said one retailer. Another added that, The police came here a few days back and told us to stop selling them. When we asked why, they said they were acting on instructions. Both spoke to reporters on the condition of anonymity, for fear of reprisals from the authorities.

Security officials confirmed that the restrictions would remain in place until the end of January, but the Interior Ministry refused to comment on the issue. Over the past two years, hundreds of police officers and soldiers have been deployed across the country to quash any protests or commemorations of the revolution

19:04

Why we need to get this Tory rabble out of power before holding another EU referendum "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"


There's no doubt that British politics has become incredibly polarised, with the divisions over Brexit being the prime example. However it's always important to remember that the most vocal on either side of the polar divide actually represent relatively tiny factions of the British public as a whole.

Brextremists


The Brextremists relentlessly pushing for a "no deal" socio-economic meltdown (so they can cash in by speculating against Britai when the crash they engineered happens) are obviously a bunch of raving headbangers, many of whom were deeply involved in the staggeringly dishonest and unlawfully funded Leave campaign in 2016.

I don't think I really need to go into much more detail about how much everyone should detest the hard-right Brextremists.

Remain extremists


On the other polar opposite of Brexit the extremism is no less severe. Any hint of criticism of the EU (no matter how deserving or justifiable) and certain pro-EU factions will savage you online. And woe betide anyone who supports Jeremy Corbyn because the hatred the Remain extremists have for him is seemingly the only thing that outweighs their opposition to Brexit.

Just take the Tory Remain icon Anna Soubry as an example. This is a woman who openly admits that she'd rather enforce a ruinous Brexit under Tory rule than have "no Brexit" under Labour rule, yet the #FBPE Remainer echo chamber still absolutely adores her and hangs on her every word.


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19:04

Help Boycot Israel "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"


 
Dear supporter,

Israels far-right government and its lobby groups are pumping tens of millions of dollars into efforts to silence advocates of Palestinian human rights. They are waging a war of repression on the BDS movement precisely because with your support, our movement is effectively exposing and challenging Israels grave violations of Palestinian human rights and its brutal regime of military occupation and apartheid.

Please donate to help us continue our critical work despite Israels repression. 
See here for 18 highlights of the BDS movements impact in 2018.

Israels expensive campaign to bully, smear and repress supporters of Palestinian rights has backfired. It has in fact strengthened the resolve of BDS activists who, with your support, took the movement to a new height in 2018. It has also triggered unprecedented condemnation by prominent human rights organizations and civil rights networks concerned with freedom of expression.
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Gleichbehandlung ist ein Menschenrecht "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Alle Menschen sind frei und gleich an Wrde und Rechten geboren. Mit diesem Satz beginnt die Allgemeine Erklrung der Menschrechte: Am 10. Dezember 1948 einigten sich 56 Mitgliedsstaaten der Vereinten Nationen auf einen Katalog unveruerlicher Rechte, die fr alle Menschen gelten egal welcher Hautfarbe, Religion, politischer berzeugung oder welchen Status man in der Gesellschaft inne hat.

Und wie sieht es in der Realitt aus? Fakt ist, dass wir auch nach 70 Jahren Menschrechte jeden Tag erkmpfen mssen.

19:04

Outside Legal Expense Fees, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Background

In November of 2016, I requested under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) that the FBI send over their expenses for outside legal fees for Fiscal Years 2014, 2015 and 2016.

It was not until November 30, 2018, that responsive documents were finally sent to me.

Document Archive

 Outside Legal Expense Fees, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Fiscal Years 2014, 2015 and 2016 [9 Pages, 1.2MB]

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19:02

Michael Cohen Heckled Outside Court After Sentencing: Cohen Is Goin to Jail! (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen appeared in a Manhattan court Wednesday to face sentencing on nine charges.

Cohen was targeted by federal prosecutors because he worked for Republican Donald Trump.

They discovered crimes after he became a target.

Cohen wept as he begged the judge to give him no jail time. He threw Trump under the bus and said it was his blind loyalty that led him to cover up the Presidents dirty deeds, CNBC reported.

I take full responsibility for each act that I pled guilty to the personal ones to me and those involving the president of the United States of America, Cohen said in federal court in Manhattan before he was sentenced.

Blind loyalty to Trump led me to take a path of darkness instead of light, Cohen told the judge.

Before Judge William Pauley sentenced Cohen to 36 months in prison, he said, Mr. Cohen pled guilt to a veritable smorgasbord of fraudulent conduct and each of these crimes standing alone warrant considerable punishment.

Michael Cohen was heckled by Democrats outside the courtroom.
One heckler is heard screaming, Cohen is goin to jail!

The post...

19:01

How To Stay Grounded When You Have Zero Potential "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Ground is an interesting topic when it comes to engineering. Either its the reference level for a digital circuit (not necessarily at zero volts, either), or its the return path for current, or its the metal chassis, which shouldnt be the return path for current or else somethings terribly broken. Erika Earls talk at this years Hackaday Superconference is all about ground.

The first type of ground to talk about is the ground in your outlets and walls. The AC safety ground is the third pin on your plug that should be attached to the chassis of your washer/dryer on one end, and somehow connected to the neutral wire somewhere near your breaker box. The theory of this being if a conductor touches the chassis of a lamp or appliance, all the current will go along that ground bus saving you from electrocution. It should also trip the circuit breaker.

But really were rarely dealing with mains power around here. When it comes to electronic design, were mostly dealing with analog grounds and digital grounds in circuits. Sometimes these are the same, sometimes theyre not, but theyre both usually referenced to 0 Volts, Add in some considerations for EMC, and ground loops, and you have an astonishing amount of knowledge wrapped up in having zero potential.

If you want to know about what ground actually is, this isnt a talk to miss. Erika has tons of experience chasing down grounds as an audio engineer, and her career highlights including the director of hardware engineering at Slate Digital and the Senior Technical Engineer at LAs legendary Village Recording Studios. Theres a lot of experience here, and if you want to where to find your ground, Erika is the person to ask.

19:00

Jacks Walk "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

 

Jack is back, voyager, all rights reserved

There was a bit of bad news when Jack saw the vet yesterday. It turns out that Larry the Lump was not a lipoma (fatty cyst), but instead is something called a spindle cell tumor. Its a benign type of tumor so theres no chance it will spread, but it will regrow. How fast it will regrow is anyones guess. It took about 5 years to reach its removal size of 10 cm. so we may need to deal with it again in a few years. I hope not. Jack is 10 now and is already a young senior citizen even though he thinks hes still a puppy.

There was good news too, though. The incision has healed perfectly and the Dr. removed exactly the right amount of skin to allow totally free movement of the joint and not sag. She says that Jack and I may resume our adventures. Hooray! Here is the boy blissfully scenting the air at our local park.

19:00

NY AG Says She Intends Go After Trump and His Family, Even If She Has To Change Law To Do So "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Can we say abuse of power, folks? This used to be for third wold countries. But with the left, its now here. Via NBC: New York Attorney Gen.-elect Letitia James says she plans to launch sweeping investigations into President Donald Trump, his family and anyone in his circle who may have violated the law once []

19:00

Robert Spencer in FrontPage: Jihad in Strasbourg "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Cherif Chekatt reminds Emmanuel Macron that climate change is not the only threat France faces. My latest in FrontPage: Emmanuel Macron, Frances youthful wunderkind, Europes poster child for globalism and socialism, has been absorbed lately with furious protests and riots over a confiscatory new tax he placed on gasoline in order to fight what he []

19:00

DW: Playboy millionaire or saint? The case of Florian Homm "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Sex, drugs & dollar bills ex-banker Florian Homm lived a life of excess. Although the bachelor has swapped prostitutes for prayer, he remains one of the FBIs Most Wanted. Find out more in FROM HELL TO HEAVEN THE CASE OF FLORIAN HOMM. A successful career on the stock market ended with allegations of defrauding investors and fixing stock prices. Now Florian Homm claims to be a devout Catholic. Hes cracked his cocaine addiction and now teaches economics of course, by the book. But he faces a 225-year jail sentence if he steps foot on US soil.

19:00

Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Good morning, welcome to our daily Whaleoil General Debate. Our evening General debate is called Backchat and will start at 6 pm On General debate, you are encouraged as a commenter to share your own stories, discuss other news, bring NEW news, catch up with friends or make new friends with other commenters. To participate youll [] The post Whaleoil general debate appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

19:00

Best of 2018: The Real Reason Your Local Mall is Failing "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Its the holiday season. Today when I pick my kids up from school, the younger daughter and I are going shopping for Mom. Stella knows what she wants to get her momhas known for a whilebut the place we would have gone for it is no more. Herbergers has closed after a rather long and feeble wind-down of weirdly non-discounted prices. That had a lot of (cheapskate) locals waiting for the real deals to emerge so they could scrounge the carcass for overlooked goodies.

The local paper reported that Herbergers was coming back and people went nuts. Turns out, its returned as a modern retailer, which means it has a website. Hard to argue with that strategy, but it does leave us with this half-empty building. And buying jewelry for Mom just isnt the same online. The kid is old-fashioned.

As we ponder a world in which the countrys largest city feels the need to subsidize the countrys largest retailerto the tune of billions of dollarsits hard to know what comes next for retail. I made the argument here that we need to be prepared to walk away from this stuff as it fails, to re-embrace our core downtowns as economic ecosystems, not just quaint shopping areas for tourists. Is Stella getting her old-fashioned nature from me? Are our cities destined to be coffee shops, gas stations, and online everything else?

Time will tell. What I do know is that we dont control our own destiny, and that was our choice. We are free at any time to choose otherwise. Will we?


In high school, when I took my girlfriend (now my wife) to the Christmas Ball, I bought my clothes at the nicer of the two clothiers in town: Herberger's. The other JC Penny  is where I bought most of my regular school clothes. That was life in a small town in the early 1990's. Still is.

At least until the last year. It was thirteen months ago that we found out that the JC Penney was going to close. It had moved from its old location in the East Brainerd Mall (where it had moved from its original location in downtown Brainerd) to the Highway 371 bypass strip  the "classic case" of transportation investment success, according to one of our most respected policy advocates  but even that wasn't enough to save it.

Last week we found out we were going to lose our other big store. With the forced liquidation of Bon-Ton, parent company of Herberger's, the last major retailer in my hometown is gone. Here's....

Tok Pisin breaks through as ANU offers it as a subject "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

DictionaryPAUL OATES

GOLD COAST - Finally, could it be that there is some light at the end of a very long tunnel.

I have previously written to Federal and State governments about the desirability for Papua New Guineas main lingua franca, Pidgin English (or Tok Pisin), to be listed as an optional subject taught in our schools along with Indonesian, Mandarin and Japanese.

After consistently being rejected at all levels of government from the Gillard school curriculum review to state government education department level, there suddenly seems to have been a breakthrough in common sense.

On page 28 of yesterdays The Australian newspaper in the higher education section, there appeared Sean Powells article Want to speak Tok Pisin? ANU offers more regional languages.

Apparently Tok Pisin is now to be ranked along with Burmese and Mongolian and offered by the ANUs Open Universities Australia as one of 14 languages in both short and degree length courses.

The courses will have a blend of online and face-to-face teaching.

The Dean of the ANUs College of Asia and the Pacific, Professor Michael Wesley, says competency in regional languages will play a decisive role in shaping our future world.

As Raymond Sigimet said in PNG Attitude this morning, "For the average Papua New Guinean, if a foreigner can communicate using Tok Pisin, the foreigner is already considered a friend."

The Director of the ANUs school of history, culture and language, Professor Simon Haberle, considers mono-lingual Australians are at a disadvantage.

Journalist Sean Powell didn't quite get the research right, however, referring to Tok Pisin as PNG's native language.

Its not a native or vernacular language, of course, being a lingua franca, and one of PNGs four official languages sitting alongside English, Hiri Motu and Braille.

The devil will be in the detail. Who will develop the Tok Pisin curriculum for the ANU and who will be present the subject and assignments?

Bihain bai yumi lukim laga? Well find out soon enough, I guess.

18:56

Googles China HQ Burst Into Flames "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A roaring fire burst through the roof and caused mass evacuations at Googles office in Beijings Zhongguancun tech district known as Chinas Silicon Valley.

The fire, which broke out at 11am local time, burned through the roof of Googles glass-fronted office building, sending a plume of thick, black smoke into the air.

Employees inside were evacuated from the building, but allowed to return later on, tech journalist Raymond Zhong reported. The cause of the fire is still unknown.

The news came after a bomb threat led police in California to evacuate Facebooks Menlo Park headquarters. No suspicious packages were found, and the all clear was sounded late Tuesday afternoon.

It also came hours after Googles CEO was grilled by the US House Judiciary Committee on a range of topics, including his companys planned expansion into China. The plan, revealed earlier this year, would involve Google building a censored search engine approved by the Chinese government.

At Tuesdays hearing, Pichai said that Google has no plans to build a censored search engine right now, but did not rule out the idea in the future.

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18:56

Air NZ strike notice lifted "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Air New Zealand strikes planned for three days before Christmas have been called off. This will be a relief for the many people who would have been affected. Air New Zealand strike notice liftedhttps://t.co/9YzWFozOOm pic.twitter.com/vno9rYRsn7 Newstalk ZB (@NewstalkZB) December 12, 2018 I presume some sort of agreement or compromise has been made between the []

18:56

Landmark Maternal Health Legislation Clears Major Hurdle "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Congress moved a big step closer on Tuesday toward addressing one of the most fundamental problems underlying the maternal mortality crisis in the United States: the shortage of reliable data about what kills American mothers.

The House of Representatives unanimously approved H.R. 1318, the Preventing Maternal Deaths Act, to help states improve how they track and investigate deaths of expectant and new mothers.

The bipartisan bill authorizes $12 million a year in new funds for five years an unprecedented level of federal support for states to create review committees tasked with identifying maternal deaths, analyzing the factors that contributed to those deaths and translating the lessons into policy changes. Roughly two-thirds of states have such panels, but the legislation specifically allocates federal funds for the first time and sets out guidelines they must meet to receive those grants.

Were going to investigate every single [death] because these moms are worth it, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., the lead sponsor, testified at a hearing in September. Lisa Hollier, president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, called the legislation a landmark.

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18:53

The rise of the recommendation site "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

With all the fake/paid for reviews we are subjected to, its great to have a recommendation site you can trust.

Read this on The Loop

18:51

Michael Cohen Sentenced to Three Years in Federal Prison "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

NEW YORK Michael Cohen, who as President Donald Trumps personal lawyer and fixer once vowed he would take a bullet for his boss, was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for an array of crimes that included arranging the payment of hush money to two women that he says was done at the direction of Trump.

The sentence was in line with what federal prosecutors asked for. Sentencing guidelines called for around four to five years behind bars, and prosecutors asked in court papers that Cohen be given only a slight break. He is ordered to surrender March 6.

Cohen, standing alone at the defense table, shook his head slightly and closed his eyes briefly as the sentence was announced by the judge.

U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III said Cohen deserved modest credit for his decision over the summer to admit guilt and cooperate in a federal investigation of efforts by Russians to influence the presidential election, but his assistance does not wipe the slate clean.

Somewhere along the way Mr. Cohen appears to have lost his moral compass, the judge said. As a lawyer, Mr. Cohen should have known better.

Cohen told the judge just before he was sentenced that loyalty to Trump led him astray.

It was my blind loyalty to this man that led me to take a path of darkness instead of light, he said. I felt it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds.

Cohens lawyers had argued for leniency, saying he decided to cooperate with investigators rather than hold out for a possible pardon.

He came forward to offer evidence against the most powerful person in our country, Cohens lawyer, Guy Petrillo, told the judge during the hearing.

Cohen, 52, pleaded guilty in August to evading $1.4 million in taxes related to his personal businesses. In the part of the case with greater political repercussions, he also admitted breaking campaign finance laws in arranging payments in the waning days of the 2016 election to porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal, both of whom said they had sexual encounters with Trump.

Cohen became the first and so far, only member of Trumps circle during two years of investigations to go into open court and implicate the president in a crime, though whether a president can be prosecuted is a matter of legal dispute.

Last month, Cohen also pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about Trumps business dealings in Russia. He admitted hiding the fact that he was negotiating a proposal to build a Trump skyscraper in Moscow well into the presidential campaign. He said he lie....

18:50

Cohen sentenced to 3 years in prison for Trump hush money payments "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Michael Cohen, ex fixer lawyer for Donald Trump, has been sentenced to 3 years in prison in the United States for paying hush money to silence women during the 2016 election campaign. RNZ: Donald Trump ex-lawyer Michael Cohen sentenced to 3 years prison He was jailed for his role in the payment of hush money []

18:50

Erdogan: Turkey will launch new military operation against YPG in Syria "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Undefined

Kurdish People's Protection Unit is a US-backed militia and one of the main sources of tension between Turkey and the United States

18:49

Stoneman Douglas report calls on the sheriff's office to investigate SEVEN deputies who 'failed to confront Nikolas Cruz during the horrific mass school shooting' "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Stoneman Douglas report calls on the sheriff's office to investigate SEVEN deputies who 'failed to confront Nikolas Cruz during the horrific mass school shooting' | 12 Dec 2018 | A new report on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre has called on police to investigate seven deputies it claimed did not respond fast enough. The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission found that the Broward Sheriff's Office displayed deficiencies in everything from training and command to individual performance in its response to the Parkland shooting. It has recommended that the sheriff's office investigate the performance of seven deputies who failed to engage the gunman despite hearing gunshots at the school...The report comes a week after BSO Capt Jan Jordan resigned and Sgt Brian Miller was placed on paid suspension following their response to the shooting. Jordan oversaw the city of Parkland on February 14 and Miller was the first sergeant to arrive at the scene. Law enforcement officers told investigators Jordan appeared to be in a trancelike state and overwhelmed as she tried to direct the initial response to the attack.

18:49

Erdogan expands gold business partnership with Venezuela despite sanctions "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

In less than one year, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro have become two chummy leaders who embrace and watch out for each other in tough times. In reality their political mindsets, worldviews and lifestyles are totally contradictory. Maduros predecessor, Hugo Chavez, who lifted Maduro from the bottom to the zenith, had become friends with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad while challenging US hegemony.

What makes Erdogan and Maduro close buddies is their joint perception of being targeted by the US government. When Maduro was coming to Ankara to congratulate Erdogan for winning the June 24 elections, he saluted Erdogan as the global leader of the new multipolar world.

Maduro has other reasons to feel close to Erdogan, primarily their joint economic hardships.

Venezuela, the fifth-biggest oil producer of the world and once the engine of leftist Latin America, became a bankrupt country where many of its people go hungry. The IMF says Venezuelas inflation is 1.37 million percent. His opponents attribute to this disastrous situation to a populist administration that doesnt produce solutions. According to Maduro, however, the real culprit is the US-origin embargo, blackmail, coup conspiracies, black marketers and speculators who have joined the economic war.

Turkey still has the 17th-biggest economy in the world but is going through a dark period of 25% inflation, sinking Turkeys currency and collapsing companies. Both leaders have similar concepts of democracy, which is, I came from the election box, I will go with it. I dont care about the yelling from the streets.

Despite these abnormal, politically contradictory conditions, a new synchronism has emerged: Gold brotherhood.

For about a year, Maduro, wary of EU sanctions, has been sending his gold to Turkey for processing. But when President Donald Trump signed an executive order Nov. 1 imposing sanctions on Venezuela, many wondered what Ankaras reaction would be. The sanctions are likely to have a particular effect on trade with Turkey, with tons of gold sent there annually for refinement and processing, Bloomberg news service said.

Erdogan went to Venezuela after the G-20 summit in Argentina to formalize the Turkish-Venezuelan partnership at the Venezuela-Turkey Business Forum. Two countries signed bilateral cooperation agree...

18:47

"Troubles..." "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

"I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind.
Some come from ahead and some come from behind.
But I've bought a big bat. I'm all ready, you see.
Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!"
- Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel

18:46

Roberto Benavidez "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The artist's statement, in its entirety:
Half-breed, South Texan, queer, figurative sculptor specializing in the piata form; playing on themes of race, sexuality, art, sin, humor and beauty.
These "piatas" -- the quotes are because they aren't full of candy and you're not supposed to smash them, but anyway that's what Benavidez calls them -- are based on images from the Luttrell Psalter and Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights.




18:46

Provocation Sells "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Interesting aside from Mark Zuckerberg as he rambled about possible changes in how Facebook polices its content:

He called this borderline contentcontent that doesnt break Facebooks rules, but that walks right up to the line without crossing it. No matter where we draw the lines for what is allowed, he wrote, as a piece of content gets close to that line, people will engage with it more on averageeven when they tell us afterwards they dont like the content.

Borderline content getting more engagement applies not only to news but to almost every category of content, he added. For example, photos close to the line of nudity, as with revealing clothing or sexually suggestive positions, got more engagement on average before we changed the distribution curve to discourage this. The same goes for posts that dont come within our definition of hate speech but are still offensive.
People may be offended, but they still look.

18:46

Russia Slams Illegal US Occupation of Southwest Syria "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

On Tuesday a top Russian military official slammed the United States for illegally occupying a massive zone in southwest Syria surrounding the American garrison of al-Tanf, effectively protecting some 6,000 armed militants that Russia has designated terrorists.

The Head of Russias National Defense Control Center, Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev, called the US-occupied area the last stronghold of evil which continues to fester with militants on the territory of the independent state. He identified a 55 km zone surrounding the base in a desert region along the Syrian-Iraq border, which American special forces and US-backed FSA groups have held since 2016 after taking the key crossing from ISIS.

Perhaps, only our American partners do not want to see up to date how much has been done to revive peaceful life in Syria. They are holding with incomprehensible stubbornness the occupied 55 km area around al-Tanf where 6,000 armed militants are on the loose and are preventing the disbanding of the Rukban refugee camp, the general said at a Syrian-Russian inter-departmental coordination headquarters, according to TASS.

The Rukban camp falls within the US-occupied perimeter and is home to between 50,000 and 60,000 refugees stuck near the desolate Jordanian and Iraqi frontier, especially after Jordan closed its side of the border in 2016. Russia has accused US forces of preventing humanitarian aid from reaching the camp, except through the mediation of armed groups operating in the area, with some militants based in the camp itself.

Russias Foreign Ministry asked previously this week:

Why do the US partners insist on joining the militants from illegal armed groups to render humanitarian aid and not give their consent to real assistance to those in need in Rukhan?

Recent reports suggest the camp is on the brink of mass starvation, with the US and Damascus trading blame for holding up U.N. aid convoys into the camp, which is also occupied by armed groups fighting the Syrian government.

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18:44

Were sanctions against North Korea a factor in the death of Otto Warmbier? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

On 10 October 2018, several American doctors, who were involved in caring for and treating the fairly well-known Otto Warmbier, confirmed the theory, proposed by the student's parents, that Otto's teeth and gums looked as if they had been cut with a saw, and as a result, the US citizen had died from torture inflicted on him. This "medical conclusion" was sent to a court in Washington. In response, on 27 October, the Head Doctor at a Pyongyang hospital reminded the public that US doctors, who took part in repatriating the student, gave the North Korean side a medical note stating that at the time of transfer he was in normal state of health. The doctor also referred to an article in the American newspaper USA Today from 21 June 2017, which mentioned the fact that a neuropathologist from the US University of Cincinnati carried out a medical examination of Warmbier, and confirmed absence of any signs of starvation or physical abuse, either in the form of fractures or damage to...

18:44

Plant-Rich Diets May Help Prevent Depression New Evidence "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Camille Lassale, UCL

 

Being depressed can negatively affect your appetite and what you eat, but can bad eating habits bring your mood down? Our latest study, a systematic review of the best available evidence, found a clear link between the quality of a persons diet and their risk of depression. And it goes beyond the effect of diet on body size or other aspects of health that can affect mental health.

We took extra care in including only studies that took age, sex, income, body size, general health, smoking and physical activity into account in their analyses. That way we could be sure that the associations between diet and the risk of depression are independent of these factors.

We aggregated the results of several studies and found a clear pattern that following a healthier, plant-rich, anti-inflammatory diet can help prevent depression. Of the 41 studies in our review, four specifically looked at the link between a traditional Mediterranean diet and depression over time on 36,556 adults. We found that people with a more Mediterranean-like diet had a 33% lower risk of developing depression than people whose diet least resembled a Mediterranean diet.

Following a traditional Mediterranean diet, that is avoiding processed foods and foods that are high in saturated fat and sugar (pro-inflammatory foods) and favouring foods rich in o...

18:43

MSM Trying to Call Routine US Black Sea Activity Strategic Manoeuvre Admiral "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Sputnik 12.12.2018 In an interview with Sputnik, Retired Rear Admiral of the Turkish Navy Cem Grdeniz has commented on CNN reports that the US is preparing to send a warship to the Black Sea. The message emphasises that the US may require Turkey to allow its military ships to pass through the Bosphorus into []

18:43

"Trumps Oval Office Showdown: Just More Showbiz" "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

"Trumps Oval Office Showdown: Just More Showbiz"
By Bill Bonner

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND "A fight with the Fed one week. A trade war with China the next. And now, its a war with the Democrats. Donald J. Trump knows how to keep the cameras rolling. From Bloomberg: "President Donald Trump staged a confrontation Tuesday with the two top congressional Democrats before television cameras in the Oval Office as the dispute over funding for his border wall turned publicly acrimonious. The drama may raise the chances of a partial government shutdown when funding for some agencies runs out after Dec. 21. The televised back-and-forth between the leaders will likely figure prominently as politicians seek to assign blame for any disruptions that result."

Just Showbiz: The sturm and drang keeps the groundlings entertained. If you want to draw a crowd, pick a fight. The Donald picks fights and draws crowds. And he plays his role well. He is a big man. Confident beyond reason. A winner. The cock of the walk. But behind the scenes, the situation is more complicated.

Russian leader, Vladimir Putin had it figured out long ago. It works like this, he told reporters (here, we paraphrase and elaborate). A president comes into office. Some guys in suits come to visit. They tell him what he can and cant do. No, he can...

18:42

NASA offers advice on how to rescue Tony Stark "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

NASA directed Marvel to listen for a signal from Stark saying Avengers, we have a problem. #INQEntertainment


MANILA, Philippines Tony Stark being stranded in space without food, water or air in the Avengers: Endgame trailer stirred the emotions of many Marvel fans.

18:42

MSNBC Anchor Mika Drops Horrid Homophobic Slur on Live TV Says Pompeo a Wannabe Dictators Butt Boy (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Homophobia flourishes on MSNBC.

MSBNC crank Joy Reid was accused of posting homophobic slurs online earlier this year.

The hateful posts were recently discovered on her former website The Reid Report before she became a host on far left MSNBC.

Twitter user Jamie_Maz tweeted:

Joy Reid denied her attacks on gays.

But Joy Reid lied.

Joy Reid said hackers put the content on her website but a look back on The Wayback Machine shows the original text included the controversial anti-gay screed.

NBC stood by homophobe Joy Reid and her lies.

Now this
On Wednesday Mika Brzezinski became the latest MSNBC host to drop a homophobic slur. She did this on live TV.

Mika accused Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of being a wannabe dictators butt boy.

She still has a job.

Donald Trump Jr. weighed in.

18:39

Cyber attack hit the Italian oil and gas services company Saipem "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Some of the servers of the Italian oil and gas services company Saipem were hit by a cyber attack early this week.

 Saipem has customers in more than 60 countries, including Saudi Arabian oil and gas giant Saudi Aramco. It could be considered a strategic target for a broad range of threat actors.

The attack has been identified out of India on Monday and primarily affected the servers in the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Kuwait.

Main operating centers in Italy, France and Britain had not been affected.

The attack affected only a limited number of servers in its infrastructure, Saipem said it is working to restore them using backups, a circumstance that could suggest that a ransomware hit the company.

Saipem told Reuters the attack originated in Chennai, India, but the identity of the attackers is unknown.

The servers involved have been shut down for the time being to assess the scale of the attack,Saipems head of digital and innovation, Mauro Piasere, told Reuters. 

There has been no loss of data because all our systems have back-ups, he added.

Saipem

The Italian oil services company Saipem was hit by a cyber attack, it confirmed the event but has shared a few details about the attack.

We have no proof of the origins or reasons for the attack, though this is being investigated, a Saipem spokesperson said via email.

We are collecting all the elements useful for assessing the impact on our infrastructures and the actions to be taken to restore normal activities, the firm said in a statement.

At the time it is impossible to attribute the attack, it is not clear is the company faced a targeted attack or if was hit in a broader camp...

18:39

US lawmakers to hold hearings on Saudi Arabia next year, House Democrat says "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Undefined

US House committee hearings will examine 'all aspects of Saudi Arabia' and its relationship with US, Congressman Eliot Engel says

18:38

Groundbreaking poll: American support for one democratic state equal to support for two state solution "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A new poll conducted by Shibley Telhami at the University of Maryland shows unprecedented support among Americans for the one-state solution in Israel/Palestine, and stronger sanctions against Israel for the occupation, as well as growing criticism of the Israeli role in U.S. politics.

Here are some of the findings of the poll (PDF), which was conducted in September and October among 2,352 Americans:

  • 35 percent support a single democratic state in which both Jews and Arabs are full and equal citizens;
  • 36 percent support Israeli and Palestinian states side by side;
  • 11 percent support maintaining the occupation indefinitely;
  • 8 percent support Israeli annexation of the occupied Palestinian territories without offering equal citizenship to Palestinians.

And when broken down by age the results are even more stark; among 18-and-34-year-olds support for one state climbs to 42 percent.

In addition, the poll asked what a two-state supporter would back if the two-state solution was no longer possible. In this scenario, 64 percent supported a single democratic state and only 26 percent supported the continuation of Israels Jewish majority in the government even if it means that Palestinians will not have citizenship and full rights.

The poll also reveals support for stronger U.S. sanctions against Israeli colonization of the West Bank, and rising criticism of the Israeli role in American politics.

When asked How do you believe the U.S. should react to new settlements? 40 percent of poll respondents support economic sanctions against Israel, and this number rises to 46 percent among registered Democrats.

And finally, when asked How much influence do you believe the Israeli government has on American politics and policies? 38 percent of Americans say too much influence and this number goes up to 55 percent among Democrats.

There is....

18:37

The Republican Partys future "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Heres the state of Britains right wing party, supposedly being torn apart by Brexit:

Alan Duncan, a junior minister in the Foreign Office, said of the Tory MPs who had triggered the confidence vote: This is an act of irresponsibility, foolishness and national vandalism.

Any attempt to replace the prime minister in the middle of all this is utterly reckless and brainless. Anyone who has done this should be ashamed of themselves. They are not acting in the national interest.

If Mrs May lost a vote of confidence or decided to resign, it would plunge the party into a formal leadership contest; there is no clear frontrunner to replace her and any contest would be highly divisive and could take weeks to play out.

Now lets look at the condition of the right wing party in an Engl