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Sunday, 17 December

00:00

Lisa Sigals Cardboard Utopia "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Lisa Sigal, Mat (Utopia Free) (2016), cast cardboard pulp with collage, 32 by 22 inches (all images courtesy of the artist and MILLER)

In contemporary abstract painting, references to architecture are commonplace but to housing, not so much. For many years, Lisa Sigals paintings have ruminated on buildings and their discontents: the dodgy promise of stability, the tradeoff between security and confinement. With her current show, Utopia Free, she pushes beyond the speculative investigation of the previously unseen the premise of much abstraction into the realm of advocacy.

In a beautiful artists statement written years ago, Sigal asks of her own installation work, where was the line between illusion and material? In her outlook, seemingly solid things fall apart, dissolve or otherwise evanesce, and fugitive forms gain substance. Her ongoing series of Hinged Paintings could also be shelters.

Lisa Sigal: Utopia Free, Miller Contemporary, exterior view

Thirteen years ago, for Open House: Working in Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Museum of Art (as it was then called), Sigal produced On the Rooftop, a 12-by-13-foot, site-specific, wall-based installation consisting of shards and chunks of raw and painted plywood, drywall and other building materials with, here and there, snippets of silhouetted city skylines. Im not sure how I read the piece at the time, but I remember it...

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This Allegation Wave is a Witch Hunt Only in Modern Times and With Evidence and Guilt "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

History has a way or repeating itself. In colonial times hundreds of innocent people faced imprisonment and in some cases public execution because a small group, usually comprised of teenage women, falsely accused them of consorting with the devil. These witch hunts typically started small a servant here, a farmer there, but would eventually escalate into high ranking government officials being implicated. More than 300 years later, its happening again.

With the exception that the accused are probably guilty by tangible evidence, the recent wave of sexual misconduct allegations against powerful men is a MODERN DAY WITCH HUNT!

When Goody McGowan took down Harvey Weinstein with her accusations of sexual misconduct, she basically declared open season on every man in Hollywood. Now women are in a frenzy, going around and making accusations against any male celebrity they happen to not like and who also happened to illegally harass or assault them in a sexual manner.

It is truly terrifying.

Related: Kevin Spacey Keeps Turning to Non-Existent Camera to Give His Side of Things

 

These women are in fact MORE dangerous than the accusers of Salem because they have the benefit of being right about their accusations! At least during the witch trials the accused could make the argument that witchcraft was all made up nonsense and there was nothing actually tying them to it. But sexual misconduct is REAL and the accused parties ABSOLUTELY DID IT, making them virtually DEFENSELESS!

Aside from the indisputable fact that they are definitely guilty, these men are completely innocent!

People dont realize that this is a SLIPPERY SLOPE! First they go after the entertainment industry, then our democratically elected officials, whats next? Am I going to go into work tomorrow and find out that one of the secretaries said I grabbed her ass in the break room and that I no longer have a job? Just because its completely true, a lot of people saw it, and I bragged about it to all of my male coworkers about it?

That is NOT the America I signed up for.

With the exception of Al Franken, who totally deserved it, this madness must end!

Article by Dan Rice: @DanRiceComedy

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Only 90s Kids Will Remember the Subliminal Activation Words Hidden in These Cartoons "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

Nostalgia sure is great, right? Just good clean fun, yes sir! Why not take a quick look at these near-forgotten cartoons from your childhood, and ONLY read the one that makes you feel the most nostalgic OK? Super important. Dont worry it will make sense, just trust us!

Gravedale High:

Remember when Rick Moranis lent his voice to to a cartoon about the only human in a high school full of zombies, werewolves, Frankenstein monsters and the like? You do?! Hey thats fantastic January Rose Alessium.

Awaken sleeper, there is work to be done. American interests in the Republic of the Congo are in jeopardy. A cache is waiting for you at the rendezvous point. Weapons, passport, and travel arrangements are included. You are authorized to use any and all methods at your disposal to disrupt the current regime. Remember your training and remember which tooth has the cyanide capsule in it. Godspeed.

Freakazoid:

Who could forget the manic, fourth wall-breaking slapstick antics of Freakazoid? Not You? Hey thats wonderful Troglodyte Replica Blue.

Agent, a distraction is needed. You are to cause a level five incident with a high enough profile to fill the news cycle for the next seven to 10 days. Your identity has been deleted and your cover family will no longer be necessary. Dial 961# on a touch tone phone and a cleanup crew will come around to erase them.

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Saturday, 16 December

23:45

Shopping by Example (BR Podcast 60) "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

How to make sure you buy the parts that will really fit and are exactly what you need, without making a second (or third) trip -- even in a foreign language!

23:17

Using Passion Flower For Anxiety, Pain Relief And More "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

by Danna Norek; Natural News

Passion flower is not only known as a religiously symbolic and easily grown plant. Many varieties of the passion flower's "passiflora" genus have also been used medicinally for centuries first by Native Americans then by other cultures. The most common medicinal uses were as a remedy for anxiety, insomnia, pain relief, and anti-spasmodic (muscle relaxing).

While it is primarily valued for its nerve-calming properties, passion flower can also be used as a pain reliever for light to moderate pain. Passion flower grows pretty easily and is even spotted as a roadside weed quite often in several states and climates across the United States. Its religious symbolism is tied tothe flower's supposed visual depiction of the crucifixion of Jesus.

Passion flower as a supplement


Typically the parts of this plant that are used as therapeutic remedies are the leaves, flowers, stems and sometimes the root. There are several species of the passion flower and most of them produce leaves with the active compounds sought for their calming abilities.

One of the most popular ways to take passion flower is in liquid form. This can be a tea or a tincture using the passion flower extract in an alcohol base. The tincture can often be difficult to swallow on its own due to its bitter taste, so it may be diluted in a small amount of water if necessary.
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23:12

CDC Chief and Financial Conflicts "IndyWatch Feed Health"

The swamp sure is full still..... CDC Director can't work on matters regarding Opioids and Cancer - and is hobnobbing with Bill and Melinda Gates. Can we get her to recuse herself from all things autism? Wait, CDC has already...

23:05

Why Is So Good And Healthy To Massage Feet Before You Sleep "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

by Healthy & Tasty Recipes

Massaging your feet before going to bed is the best way of relaxing your whole body. A good massage prior to going to bed can also improve your sleep and relieve insomnia and other sleeping disorders.

According to the ancient Chinese technique of reflexology, our feet have certain points connected to each one of our organs. When stimulated, these points can relieve any kind of problem related to an organ and provide a deep state of relaxation.

Massaging your feet before going to bed can improve your circulation and sex drive, relieve stress, stimulate sweating and eliminate toxins, accelerate the blood flow to your tissues, relax your body and mind and stretch your muscles. Look at the chart below those are the points on your feet which you can stimulate to relieve an issue related to a certain organ.


Massaging your feet before going to bed has been known to relieve insomnia, anxiety, skin problems, indigestion and other health problems. To put things into perspective, massaging your big toe can relieve problems related to the lungs and brain, while massaging your heel can relieve sciatica.
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23:00

Judith Bernsteins Horror Show "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Installation view of Judith Bernstein: Cabinet of Horrors (2017) (all images courtesy The Drawing Center and by Mark Parsekian, unless otherwise noted)

In The Illusion of the End (2004), French philosopher Jean Baudrillard writes, We shall never experience the original chaos, the Big Bang we werent there. But, he adds, since we have been denied [the Big Bang], we might as well put all our energies into accelerating the end, into hastening things to their definitive doom, which we could at least consume as spectacle.

Cabinet of Horrors, Judith Bernsteins remarkable exhibition at The Drawing Center, is a response of such spectacle, for our era, in which the consequences are real.

The exhibition, which fills The Drawing Centers large front room painted fluorescent orange for the occasion features several new paintings, along with a selection of charcoal Word drawings from 1995 monumental inscriptions of single words (equality; evil; fear; justice; liberty) and a 1969 anti-Nixon painting.  There is also an installation of vintage piggy banks collected for the show.

Installation view of Judith Bernstein: Cabinet of Horrors

Its clear who the little pigs represent, but their wide eyes and chubby, grinning faces may be the last vestiges of good will genuine or faked before the gravity of the subject matter sets in. Cabinet of Horrors takes on the Trump administration like a nuclear assault. The exhibition feels like a culmination of Bernsteins 50-year engagement with politics, encompassing every shred of anger, activism, and impropriety from her career. There may be no artist in America better equipped to express the perversity of the Trump administration than Bernstein as a record of its horrors, her images belong in the next generations history books.

Bernstein began addressing politics in her art as a graduate student at Yale in the 1960s. Inspired by mens room graffiti, she adopted penises as symbols of military aggression and male ego, the twin forces of American politics. Her 1969 painting included in Cabinet of Horrors, First National Dick, depicts a Nixon three dollar bill pasted on the Capitol Building, which is decorated wit...

23:00

Prince Philip refuses to share pig in blanket with Meghan Markle "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

The Queen is understood to be livid following news that Prince Harry has managed to bum an invite for his fiance, Meghan Markle, to spend Christmas Day at Sandringham with The Royal Family.

It is understood that in particular The Duke of Edinburgh will be inconvenienced, having to make do with three roasties instead of five and up to twelve fewer sprouts than normal, as seemingly Miss Markle, by all accounts a typical American greedy-guts, is reputed to eat like a horse.

And the problem doesnt end at food because there is concern there might be trouble with the traditional post luncheon game of charades. Meghans acting ability has been called into question after Princess Anne watched the box set of Suits and according to one aide didnt rate her at all.

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22:55

What is Consciousness? From the Material Brain to the Infinite Mind and Beyond "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

by Ervin Laszlo; Conscious Life Style

A New Concept of Consciousness

What is consciousness? What about the mind? If the world is vibration, is also mind and consciousness a form of vibration? Or on the contrary, are all vibrations, the observed world, a manifestation of mind and human consciousness?

Although it is true that when all is said and done all we know is our consciousness, it is also true that we do not know our own consciousness, not to mention the consciousness of anyone else.


We do not know what consciousness really is or how it is related to the brain. Since our consciousness is the basis of our identity, we do not know who we really are. Are we a body that generates the stream of sensations we call consciousness, or are we a consciousness associated with a brain and body that displays it?

Do we have consciousness, or are we consciousness? Human consciousness could be a kind of illusion, a set of sensations produced by the workings of our brain. But it could also be that our body is a vehicle, a transmitter of a consciousness that is the basic reality of the world. The world could be material, and mind could be an illusion. Or the world could be consciousness, and the materiality of the world could be the illusion.
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22:12

Daily Verse "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.
Micah 5:2 (NIV)

22:02

Flix Guattari: Origins in Trotskyism and Psychoanalysis "IndyWatch Feed Health"

In this piece for Non.copyriot.com, Andrew Ryder discusses the life and ideas of the psychotherapist, philosopher, and activist Flix Guattari, whose work united many of the ideas of psychoanalysis with left-wing and communist philosophies.

Second, Guattari continued to explore the ramifications of Leon Trotskys revolutionary practice and his critique of the degeneration of the Soviet Union. He believed that Trotskys great works preserved the practical and theoretical core of Marxism, and could be reactivated to produce new socialist revolutions. Last, Guattari became strongly affected by the radicalization of Freudian psychoanalysis advocated by Jacques Lacan. Lacan argued that analysis could help people realize new possibilities of freedom, by liberating them from notions of selfhood propagated by social conformity. These three inspirations certainly had things in common: They offered sophisticated means of breaking with conformism in psychoanalysis, individualism in philosophy, and dogmatism in politics, producing new social possibilities. Guattari later said, in an interview: As a militant, I was a Marxist inspired by Trotsky; when I worked I was a Freudo-Lacanian; when I reflected I was for the most part Sartrean, but all of that did not flow together very well. There were difficulties in combining philosophy, psychoanalysis, and political activism, however valuable Guattari found the pursuit. This project drew from an early legacy of attempts to synthesize Marxism with psychoanalytic insights, previously explored by Trotsky.

22:01

How Loneliness Affects Our Health "IndyWatch Feed Health"

From The New York Times: The potentially harmful impact of loneliness and isolation on our health and well-being have been well documented over the past few years. Now, researchers are beginning to gain a more refined understanding of the effects of loneliness and social isolation.

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22:00

What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2017-12-16) "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

(woke up to this scene Thursday morning)   This weekly post is an open-forum, though preferably focusing on what we all did this week for our prepping & preparedness. Comment and voice your thoughts, opinions, accomplishments, concerns, or questions for others on any general topic of preparedness. Is this your first-time commenting? Then lets hear from you too!   Note: For articles posted during the week we appreciate that you stay on-topic with your comments. For off-topic comments, post them in the most recent Saturday open-forum: What did you do for your preparedness this week? Note: Read the most

The post What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2017-12-16) appeared first on Modern Survival Blog.

22:00

History Channel Documentary Just World of Tanks Live Stream "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

CHICAGO Viewers tuning into The History Channel at 9 pm last night were surprised to find the scheduled World War Two documentary was just a livestream of someone playing World of Tanks.

The documentary featured several bold claims that have proved controversial in the historical community, such as the reason the Germans lost World War Two was due to fucking Russian bias, that late war German tanks were so strong they could take on modern day tanks and that the vast majority of tank drivers were thirteen-year olds on Xbox Live.

The reception in the historical community has been mixed with some historians reluctantly supporting the program for at least not being about aliens.

Well, I mean, they were driving T-34 tanks when they talked about the Battle of Stalingrad, which is the same tanks the Russians used, said Colleen Diaz, a history professor at Harvard.  With that said, they went up against experimental American tanks while calling them homosexuals which is not supported by any primary historical documents.

At least its not another show about men who live in the mountains, or people who sell stuff, she said, sighing.

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The program, however,  received an incredible reception from its mostly young and male audience.

Its like Twitch that you can watch lying on your couch! said 19-year-old Alex Johnson. History is so fucking fun now.

Despite its tenuous connection to history, the program set a new ratings record for The History Channel, beating out Ice Road Truckers, Ancient Aliens, and Something Something About Hitler.

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21:47

The Myth of OPSEC "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

While we all may dream of living in the Redoubt area of the USA with a secret self sufficient homestead with twice as many supplies as James Rawles, the sad truth is that I live 60 miles from Boston in a small New England semi rural town. I was at the clinic yesterday and they were reviewing my medical records, new computer system with records now supposedly in a format that is accessible in a nationwide data base, and we have been using the same clinic and providers for 35 + years. My...

The Myth of OPSEC

21:40

Hit On Net Neutrality Could Be Blow To Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The FCC has repeals laws that kept the internet neutral and free for all which could have a broader effect on Bitcoin and the use of online exchanges. #ANALYSIS

21:38

Emergency SHTF Packing: How To Efficiently Pack a Bug-Out Bag "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

This article is a continuation and the second part of the load management series written at the request of Mr. Brent Westbrook, a ReadyNutrition Reader.  In the first part, we covered how to stagger a load by weight and pack it according to function for a vehicle.  Guess what?  Many of the basics used to emplace that load are followed here, in how to pack a rucksack (another word for a backpack).  Lets get right down to it!

Packing a Bug-Out Bag + Gear Suggestions

For those who have been reading my articles for a while, you know that my personal preference is the large-frame Army Rucksack (also called a Large Alice pack) the one from the turn of the century and thirty years before.  It has an aluminum frame, its made of nylon, and it can take a lot of punishment.  That being said, the mechanics and reasoning for packing it are still the same.

You must ensure with a ruck that the load is balanced, as high as possible to keep pressure and weight off your back and that you can get to your equipment in a hurry.

Items on the bottom are those rarely used

I pack at the bottom of mine stuff that I do not intend to use at all or very seldom, such as extra clothes and extra food.  Pack your clothes in a wet-weather bag ( the military issue is preferable to me, although Im aware there are many civilian firms that follow the premise of waterproof bags).  In the middle of the ruck, you want some ammo, more clothes, and some specialty equipment that doesnt see immediate use.  You be the judge of that.  Toward the top, I keep Gore-Tex pants and jacket, as well as an issue sleeping bag with a Gore-Tex cover in a compression bag and then in a wet-weather bag.

Keep your basic needs in mind when packing bug-out equipment

Food in various forms is nested around the outside edges, and then the drawstring is cinched down.  At the very top, I have a poncho and a poncho liner (that I can reach and remove easily).  Over this is my ground pad (I use a thick Coleman that is good with or without...

21:30

PR: Dimpay ICO Dont Miss Your Chance to Invest in Dimpay Before the Exchange Listing! "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Dimpay ICO

This is a paid press release, which contains forward looking statements, and should be treated as advertising or promotional material. Bitcoin.com does not endorse nor support this product/service. Bitcoin.com is not responsible for or liable for any content, accuracy or quality within the press release.

Invest on DIMPAY.io with a bonus of 5% (15% if you pay with XEM). This is a last chance to invest before the listing on the exchange on 18th December 2017.

The DIM Ecosystem has expanded further with the launch of DIMPAY, an instant, borderless and decentralized payment system based on NEM blockchain technology. DIMPAY aims to facilitate cashless transactions for consumers and merchants, along with providing a potential financial solution for the 2 billion individuals worldwide without access to bank accounts.

DIMPAY is specifically developed to facilitate the generating of invoices, tracking of inventory, making payments and much more. The use of DIMPAY will eliminate numerous payment errors as the use of NEM blockchain technology makes this platform less expensive and instantaneous, mainly directed at peer-to-peer, business-to-business, consumer-to-business and business-to-consumer transactions.

Consisting of the DEPOTWALLET web-app, the mobile-app and the DIM Debit Card, this payment platform will allow users to buy, sell, hold and manage cryptocurrencies and cryptonized assets in a secure manner. Additionally, the DIM Debit Card will allow consumers to engage in e-commerce and walk-in purchases within the mercantile sector. All while the consumer is in full control of his finances at all times, trusting that strong fraud protection and illegal activity measures have been implemented accordingly.

DIMPAY further makes use of a QR code, enabling customers to make purchases and merchants to receive payments utilising anonymous accounts. Accounts that can also not be blocked or frozen, as with many other payment systems. Moreover, the DEPOTWALLET Business Account is accessed thr...

21:23

The U.S. is Not a Democracy It Never Was "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

One of the most steadfast beliefs regarding the United States is that it is a democracy. Whenever this conviction waivers slightly, it is almost always to point out detrimental exceptions to core American values or foundational principles.

For instance, aspiring critics frequently bemoan a loss of democracy due to the election of clownish autocrats, draconian measures on the part of the state, the revelation of extraordinary malfeasance or corruption, deadly foreign interventions, or other such activities that are considered undemocratic exceptions.

The same is true for those whose critical framework consists in always juxtaposing the actions of the U.S. government to its founding principles, highlighting the contradiction between the two and clearly placing hope in its potential resolution.

The problem, however, is that there is no contradiction or supposed loss of democracy because the United States simply never was one.


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21:12

How much energy does bitcoin mining really use? It's complicated "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"







This is more a measure of just how big this has all gotten and it is certainly not over. My own back of the envelope calculation tells be that the actual potential market size and we are certainly working at getting there is around a price point of $1,000,000 per coin.

 At that point it matches gold and to meet real human needs it will still go much higher than this.So this story is not over. Energy consumption can actually become a major force but rising efficiency will also counter that. Bitcoin is quite capable of simply replacing the US dollar as a global reserve currency.


 What it certainly does is put all national currencies on notice that they are immanently replaceable. That is really a good thing because it finally strips the King of his power of the purse and credit.Add in the need to apply fractional baking to hte natural community and we have a completely fresh economic dispensation.







How much energy does bitcoin mining really use? It's complicated



Bitcoin hype has reached an all-time high. But if running the bitcoin network uses up as much yearly electricity as a medium-sized country, is it worth it?



By NICOLE KOBIE



Saturday 2 December 2017



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21:00

Bitcoiners Increasingly Targeted by Police as Prices Yield Large Asset Forfeiture Gains "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Bitcoiners Increasingly Targeted by Police as Prices Yield Large Asset Forfeiture Gains

The Department of Justice has announced another potential auction of seized bitcoin, totalling over 8 million USD. Theres a noticeable uptick in bitcoin-related prosecutions since at least 2014 and the Ross Ulbricht, Silk Road affair. With the price of bitcoin rising to stratospheric heights, the phenomenon has made bitcoiners relatively wealthy; it might have also brought law enforcement scrutiny, as loose asset forfeiture regulations create potentially perverse incentives for police.

Also read: Tezos Foundation Board Member Quits as Lawsuits, Allegations, Tensions Mount

Bitcoiners Increasingly Targeted by Police as Prices Yield Large Asset Forfeiture Gains

Asset Forfeiture Auction of Bitcoin is New Territory for U.S. Attorney

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21:00

UK parliament to consider permanent switch to Hammer Time "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

public urged to break it downAs British Summer Time draws to a close and the clocks prepare to go back, the Secretary of State is to conduct an analysis of the costs and benefits of adopting the highly controversial U.S. Standard Hammer Time throughout the UK. The concept of Hammer Time was introduced in the early 1990s by the recording artist MC Hammer on his top-selling meisterwerk Please Hammer Dont Hurt Em and, although highly regarded at the time, its popularity waned after a series of poor-selling follow up albums.

Lord Lee of Trafford, chair of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions stated that the move to Hammer Time was growing in support and that, in contrast to current daylight saving time, its funky chilled vibe would help the tourist industry feel like a fly motherfucker.

Also in the Yes camp is Susie Thompson of the Road Safety Commission who maintains that children making their way home from school on dark afternoons will be more visible to motorists if they wear voluminous brightly coloured trousers and engage in sporadic bouts of breakdancing.

However those against the move point out that Hammer Time is purely conceptual, indeed may even be non-linear, and will do little to alleviate the dark winter mornings experienced in the northern half of the UK. The National Farmers Union in Scotland remain vehemently opposed to the move.

Union spokesman Andy MacDonald said, Without wanting to diss Hammer Time, many of our members are uneasy about the prospect of having to tend sheep on dark winter mornings wearing large trousers, raybans and lots of bling. Things right now are tough enough for farmers as it is. Sometimes we pray thats right we pray we got to pray just to make it today.

It is a typically London-centric attitude, MaDonald continued. Homeboys gotta know this shit aint workin. The current system works perfectly fine. You must not, indeed cannot touch this.

If the new system is adopted, businesses will be required to provide employees with regular Hammer Time intervals, which are to be spent well away from their workstations in areas where they will be encouraged to break it down. However, among the remaining obstacles is the issue of whether to refer to the godfather of Hammer Time as MC Hammer or just plain Hammer. A particularly attractive alternative for tourism, business and farmers alike appears to be the notion of time as promulgated by Snoop Dogg on his seminal work The Bidness.

Martin Llewellyn o...

20:45

10% Gold Pop Soon? XRP Ripple Triples! (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

10% Gold Pop Soon? XRP Ripple Triples! Video Junius Maltby A look at precious metals and the calls for 2018 going forward. Some say dip, some say buy, some say 10% rise soon. Also looking at recent XRP movement...

The post 10% Gold Pop Soon? XRP Ripple Triples! (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

20:26

Organ Tagging Chirurg hinterlsst bei OP seine Initialen auf Organ "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Das es ein menschliches Verlangen gibt, Zeichen oder seinen Namen an Orten zu hinterlassen, die man besucht hat, ist weitreichend bekannt. Das ein Chirurg seine Initialen am Ende einer erfolgreichen auf dem Organ des Patienten hinterlsst, hren wir allerdings zum ersten Mal. Wollen wir nicht alle irgendwie Spuren hinterlassen? -> Surgeon admits marking his initials on the livers of two patients https://t.co/173NIoEWUv Thomas Carlsen (@Maustho) 14. Dezember 2017 Genau das ist Medienberichten zur Folge in England passiert. Ein britischer Chirurg hat seine Initialen SB whrend einer Lebertransplantation mit einem Laser auf das neue Organ des Patienten eingraviert. Fr zwei solcher Flle ist er nun verurteilt worden. Laut Deutschlandfunk Nova ist es kein Einzelfall, dass rzte ihre Initialen oder andere Wrter im Krper von Patienten als Organ-Tag hinterlassen. Symbolisches Titelbild (CC BY-SA 2.0) labormikro

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20:06

Youll struggle to find a better end of year list than the comedy wildlife photo awards "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

The organisers of the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards have done exactly whats expected of them and put together a list of the most hilarious wildlife photos of 2017.

We begin with our favourite, and end with the four photos that won top prize.

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20:05

Penna. Study Shows Low-Weight Babies From Fracking Areas "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Pollution from fracking may harm the health of developing babies

Fracking linked to low-weight babies in proximity of natural gas wells

From an Article by Ann Gibbons, Science Magazine, December 13, 2017

The extraordinary growth in frackingthe hydraulic fracturing of deeply buried shale rock to extract natural gashas transformed the United States over the past 15 years, boosting energy stocks, cutting pollution from conventional coal-power plants, and creating new jobs. But this boom may have come at a cost. According to the first large-scale study of babies born before and after natural gas extraction began in Pennsylvania, those living near fracking sites had significantly lower birth weightsand worse healththan other babies.

Concerns about the health effects of fracking arent new. Absent solid evidence, some states, including Maryland and New York, have even banned the practice altogether. Now, a growing number of studies suggests that living near oil and gas developments is associated with a wide range of negative outcomes, from higher rates of asthma and migraines to more hospitalizations for cardiovascular disease, neurological disorders, and cancer. Earlier studies have also found associations with lowbirth weight babies, but those were plagued by low sample sizes or a failure to show that health effects got worse closer to drilling sites, as expected if fracking were to blame.

Now, health economist Janet Currie at Princeton University and her colleagues have tried to overcome those problems by looking at birth certificates for all 1.1 million infants born in Pennsylvania between 2004 and 2013a period that spanned the drilling of thousands of fracking wells in the state, which now has more than 10,000 of them. The birth certificates included addresses and vital statistics for each infant, such as birth weights, total months of gestation, birth defects, and other abnormal conditions. The researchers overlaid those data on maps showing when and where wells were drilled in Pennsylvania. They then drew concentric circles around each site: one at 1 kilometer, one at 2 kilometers, and one at 3 kilometers.

They found that infants born within 1 kilometer of a well were 25% more likely to have low birth weights (less than 2500 grams or 5.5 pounds) than infants more than 3 kil...

19:58

Refill Deutschland Karte mit kostenlosen Trinkwasserstellen im ganzen Land "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Wir haben im Frhjahr schon einmal ber das wunderbare Projekt Refill gebloggt, bei dem in einer interaktiven Onlinekarte Orte versammelt werden, an denen man seine Wasserflasche kostenlos mit Trinkwasser auffllen kann. Mittlerweile hat sich viel getan und das Projekt hat sich von der Refill Hamburg Karte zu Refill Deutschland erweitert. Die Website Refill versammelt deutschlandweit Orte in Grostdten in einer Karte, an denen man ffentlich und kostenlos seine Trinkwasserflasche auffllen kann. Die erste Version von Refill ist erst im April online geganten und hat sich seit dem von einem kleinen Projekt zu wachsenden Bewegung entwickelt. Was mit einer ersten Online-Karte nur fr Hamburg begann, hat sich in wenigen Monaten zu einer deutschlandweiten Karte entwickelt, in der nahezu jede Grostadt vertreten ist. Landesweit sind bereits viele tausend Cafs, Bars und Restaurants in der Karte vertreten, die bei der Idee mitmachen und ihren Ort als Trinkwasser-Refill-Station anbieten. Und es werden tglich mehr. Titelbild: Dovydas iomnas (CC BY 2.0)

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19:58

Cboe Strikes Back at CME with TD Ameritrade Bitcoin Futures on Monday "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Cboe Strikes Back at CME with TD Ameritrade Bitcoin Futures on Monday

The half a trillion dollar cryptocurrency market is for the taking, and savvy market makers are not going to give up positions easily. Cboe was the first futures market for bitcoin, launching last Sunday a full week ahead of its crosstown and much larger competitor, CME Group Inc. With the might and heft CME brings into the space on Monday, Cboe is stealing a little of its thunder with TD Ameritrades announcement that it too will allow clients bitcoin futures on the same day.

Also read: Tezos Foundation Board Member Quits as Lawsuits, Allegations, Tensions Mount

Manic Monday, TD Ameritrades Cboe Bitcoin Futures Play

At this point, TD Ameritrade announced in an email, we believe the market is showing signs of adequate liquidity for the Cboe product. Therefore, on Monday, December 18th, we will launch the Cboe bitcoin futures contract on our platform for a subset of qualified retail clients.

The popular online retailer will require a minimum 25,000 USD in order to trade futures. Its also increasing the margin one-and-a-half times beyond Cboes requirements, to 66 percent. To trade on a $17,000 bitcoin futures contract, for example, TD Ameritrade clients must fork over 11,000 USD. Entering the market at this point, the fi...

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Daily Mail columnists Brexit take gets precisely the takedowns it deserves "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

Heres Daily Mail columnist Quentin Letts sharing his Brexit thoughts on Twitter.

Fortunately for him they hadnt engraved the worst take of 2017 trophy so he can still win it.

And heres precisely the responses it deserved online.

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19:34

5 Science Experiments That Show An Intelligent Consciousness Permeates Our Universe "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Since the dawn of self-awareness, both spiritual and scientific minds have pondered similar questions to our existence: Who are we? Where did we come from? How did we get here and where are we going?

While most teachers within the worlds religions would disagree to the specific answers to these questions, there is a reoccuring theme that presents itselfour universe is not simply a colliding ground of dead matter and scientific chance, but rather it is a vast, interconnected ocean of intelligence. We often hear this theory mentioned as the great oneness, source, god, and the list goes on.

Within the field of quantum mechanics, physicists, too, have opened their eyes to the possibilities of a conscious, vibratory field that permeates the Universe. In his best-selling book, The Source Field Investigationsauthor David Wilcock proposes the question, could all space, time, energy, matter, biological life, and consciousness in the Universe be the product of a source field? He references a number of curious experiments conducted by scientists over the last century which add credence to his theory, and by the end of the book it is difficult to refute the existence of what he names the Source Field.

Below are five experiments explored in The Source Field Investigations that aim to prove the existence of an interconnected consciousness that pervades the Universe.   

1) Dr. Cleve Backster discovers plants perceive threats and have extra-sensory perception.

Cleveland Backster was a researcher and interrogation specialist for the CIA who served as director of the Keeler Polygraph Institute in Chicago. Backster developed the first numerical standardized evaluation of the polygraph chart and went on to study and promote the technology extensively.

Dr. Cleveland Backster: Henry Groskinsky/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images Backster performing one of his experiments.

On February 2, 1966, Backster&...

19:16

Firefighters Dont Want Cell Towers Near Their Stations, But 50+ Federal Bills Allow Cell Towers In Residential Yards and Pretty Much Everywhere Else "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Firefighters Dont Want Cell Towers Near Their Stations, But 50+ Federal Bills Allow Cell Towers In Residential Yards and Pretty Much Everywhere Else


By B.N. Frank

When Donald Trump was campaigning for president, he promised that if elected, he would

  1. make the country great again,
  2. give the country back to the people, and
  3. drain the swamp.

There are currently 50+ federal bills being endorsed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and many elected officials which allow telecom companies to install 5G small cell tower infrastructure in residential yards, public rights of ways, historical districts, and pretty much everywhere they damn well please.  http://scientists4wiredtech.com/legislation/

Why is this not surprising?  According to a recent article, Congress took $101 million in donations from the ISP industry,

Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, and others spread their money far and wide to influence your government.

These bills contradict everything now President Trump promised the American people.  The FCC is part of the swamp that needs to be drained.  And so far, these bills havent even been acknowledged by anyone in the Trump Administration.

Many Americans have already been fighting state bills also written to allow telecom companies to install 5G small cell tower infrastructure wherever they want.  In some states, these bills have already passed and citizens, organizations, and elected officials are fighting to overturn...

19:14

Lisa Transcendence Brown, Awakening to Remembering 12-15-17 12:12 to 12:21 Passageway "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Theres no doubt (in my mind, at least) that this December solstice is a significant one. And that includes the period encompassing the solstice (note that the winter solstice is on 12-21-17, at 1628 UTC (0628 HST, 0828 PDT, 1128 EDT)). Surely there are many events that will be occurring around the solstice. We shall se what happens over here.

WE are all in a Massive Passageway that is focused on bring all into much higher timelines, which in turn shows us all that is unable to fully align, any old programs WE had running still, but maybe were not fully visible and providing the opportUNITY for each one of us to CHOOSE what we are going to continue to believe, allow or try to keep out of some old limited/distorted perception/story/illusion that we had going on. This is a passageway that continues to SHOW US WHAT WE COULD NOT FULLY SEE where WE have to hold the highest everything and let go of all all that is not able to fully align, so that a HIGHER TIMELINE can come forth to take its place.

This huge passageway is for each to OBSERVE and FEEL whats aligned and what is not, then decide how is most appropriate to deal/honor all as love. To our human aspect, it wont always/usually look as we thought. This is because there are teachings in our experiences, where we learn something, which assists us with Mastering and Unifying inside even more. Dropping the old duality words of right/wrong or good enough or the...

19:07

People cant work out if this is Noddy Holder or Germaine Greer "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

Yet some people were still confused.

What if we take a close-up look?

Still not helping. Must be something to do with the scarf. Fortunately someone looked it up and it turns out it IS Germaine Greer.

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19:00

Cop Convicted of Making Child Porn While On Duty, Using Police Equipment "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

A former Florida police sergeant is facing up to 120 years in prison after he was found guilty of producing, possessing and accessing child pornography all while he was on duty, using equipment provided by his department.

Kyle A. Kirby, 37, was charged after an investigation into his patrol car computer in October 2015 revealed images showing young children involved in sex acts.

The investigation concluded that Kirby had been using the computer to download and store child pornography since at least December 2014.

A report from News4Jax noted:


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19:00

Julian Assange Just Warned of a Deep State Coup Meant to Install Mike Pence as President "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Julian Assange Just Warned of a Deep State Coup Meant to Install Mike Pence as President

The founder of WikiLeaks is warning the public about a Deep State plot to overthrow Trump, and install Mike Pence as President of the United States.

Washington, D.C. In a tweet this morning, WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, made a prescient observation that the ongoing deep state coup against President Trump is an operation by establishment forces to unseat Trump and replace him with Vice President Mike Pence. Assange noted that Trumps political capital has been openly looted for months now by GOP, CIA, Netanyahu, Goldman Sachs, etc.

Essentially, Assange is saying is that the aforementioned stakeholders who want to see Trump gone have played a long-game, whereby they have worked to extract as many unpopular positions as possible (e.g tax cuts for the super rich), push the resulting political corpse to Mueller & install Mike Pence.

This, of course, was done as means of severing Trump from his political base, which largely opposes CIA interventionism, Zionism, and globalist banking cartels. The idea behind it being that when Mueller moves to recommend impeachment, Trump will have strayed so far from the positions that got him elected that there will be a minimal public outcry in his defense.

This follows chatter earlier this year that some saw Mike Pence as the Deep States insurance policy.

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18:54

Each Daily Mail front page is becoming more like me dealing with my kids "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

This will chime with anyone whos got kids, or was one.

This was the inspiration, although frankly were still trying to get our heads round this one.

So where does the Daily Mail go next? Share your favourite peeved parental one-liners in the comments.

The post Each Daily Mail front page is becoming more like me dealing with my kids appeared first on The Poke.

18:50

Bitfinex Critic Claims to be Organizing Class Action Lawsuit Against Ifinex "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

A prominent Twitter-based critic of Bitfinex, AB33, has announced his intention to initiate a class-action lawsuit against Ifinex a BVI based company of which Bitfinex has previously asserted it is owned and operated by. The announcement of AB33s desire to seek litigation against the company came shortly after the surfacing of documents revealing that Ifinex had been struck off from Singapores Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) register.

Also Read: Bitfinex Experiences Withdrawal Difficulties

AB33 Claims to be Organizing Litigation Against Ifinex

Bitfinex Critic Claims to be Organizing Class Action Lawsuit Against IfinexOn the 11th of December, AB33 published a post stating his intention to organize a class action against iFinex. AB33 accuses the exchange of market manipu...

18:49

Dogs posing for a photo will make your day better "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

Heart of stone not to enjoy this. Or maybe you just prefer cats.

Source

The post Dogs posing for a photo will make your day better appeared first on The Poke.

18:49

DASH BEARS GIVING BULLS A BUY PRESENT WITH EVERY LOW- TECHNICAL ANALYSIS FOR DECEMBER 16, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

DASH bears are driving prices lower with support at $820 looking likely to be the next destination.

This will be so especially if DASH bears close below the middle BB in the 4HR chart. Every lower low is a buy opportunity going forward.

Otherwise, NEM, LTC and IOTA look to be turning around and inching higher. If Monero bulls close above $330, the next target will be at $450.

Lets look at the charts:

NEM PRICES HIGHER WITH $0.58 ACTING AS SUPPORT

alt coin XEM 4HR chart technical analysisXEMUSD 4HR Chart for December 16, 2017

NEM prices are trending above the minor resistance trend line after December 14 break out.

As a break out trade, we shall only take long positions in line with the bull break out and of course the trend in the weekly chart.

We have already seen a retest after that reversal from the minor support-previous resistance and the 20 period MA.

The 23.6% Fibonacci retracement is also another level to consider because any dip to that level represents another buying opportunity.

DASH BEARS DRIVING PRICES TOWARDS $820

alt coin DASH bears 4HR chart technical analysis DASHUSD 4HR Chart for December 16, 2017

DASH bears are driving prices  lower. Even though the weekly trend is bullish, we have not seen any significant moves this week.

In fact prices are mute and trickling low.

There is a stochastic sell signal in place just like in the daily chart and at the moment, any strong close below the 20 period MA will usher in a short term bearish momentum towards December 3 highs of $820.

However, any break and close above the minor resistance level means we go long.

TIME FOR IOTA BULLS TO REIGN

alt coin IOTA 4HR chart technical analysisIOTUSD 4HR Chart for December 16, 2017

Our ide...

18:22

Fire Starters- flint and steel "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

I have a few different flint and steel fire starters. Not all are good in my opinion.

This is my favorite. It sparks almost every time and has the wood handle so I can scrape some wood off to help start a fire plus it has the magnesium to help ignite things.

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This is a good flint and steel. Basic and dependable. Sparks easy, cheap no complaints. Fits in a pocket easily. Has the metal chain that you can clip onto the outside of your bag....

Fire Starters- flint and steel

17:51

NEXT STORY 30 YEAR NSA EMPLOYEE SHARES WHY THEY ARE WATCHING YOU & IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH TERRORISM "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

William Binney is a former high ranking intelligence official with the National Security Agency (NSA). He is one of the highest placed intelligence officials to ever blow the whistle on insider NSA knowings. He made headlines when he resigned in 2001 after 9/11, having worked more than thirty years for the agency. He was a leading code-breaker against the Soviet Union during the Cold war, and was repelled by the United States massive surveillance programs.

Hes had quite the go, starting in 2002 when he let the public know of a system ( trailblazer) intended to analyze data carried on communication networks (like the internet). He exposed the agencies eavesdropping program and has faced harassment from the FBI, NSA and more. He has been in and out of the court room ever since he decided to resign and blow the whistle.

These mass surveillance leaks  are nothing new, as weve seen by the leaks recent NSA whislte-blower Edward Snowden has provided us over the past few years. In an interview that was blacked out by the U.S media, Snowden referred to a Super National Intelligence Organization known as the Five Eyes that do whatever they want, and are far beyond the laws of their own country. You can read more about that HERE.

Binney hasnt stopped, one of the highest-level whistleblowers to ever come out of the NSA. He is now saying:

At least 80% of fibre optic cables globally go via the US, this is no accident and allows the US to view all communication coming in. At least 80% of all audio calls, not just metadata, are recorded and stored in the US. The NSA lies about what it stores. The ultimate goal of the NSA is total population control. (see sources)

According to the Guardian:

The NSA will soon be able to collect 966 exabytes a year, the total of internet traffic annually. Former Google head Erich Schmidt once argued that the entire amount of knowledge from the beginning of humankind until 2003 amount to only five exabytes. (see sources)

Binney has supported the recent revelations of Snowden, and says he has contact with a number of other NSA employees who are appalled  with what the agency does.

Total Populatio...

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An almost Christmas sampler: Books of 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Education"

If you are like me, you read. A lot. Constantly. You have books going at home, on your phone when caught (horror!) without a paper book. Books at work, for work. Articles saved to devour, later. Fiction and non-fiction, for study, for self, for work, for the liturgical year, for intellectual and personal improvement, for escape, for story telling, for philosophy and theology wrapped in narrative,  for book club. Bits and bobs of books floating in your head, because you read a line or a page and move on.

But some books stand out. You remember them, not necessarily because they were good or bad but because something touched that frozen sea within you.

These are some of the  (many) books I read in 2017:

The Dry by Jane Harper: Australian outback. Drought. And an almost colourless main character, detective Aaron Falk. I think it is often hard for a woman author to write a male, and for a male to write a woman. I think Aaron Falk is a simplistic character in a complex story, simply because it was easier for Harper to write a male that way. The story intrigues, however, in spite of  this, and in spite of the authors obsession with weight every character is a few kilos over ideal weight or thin and at ideal weight. Can we describe characters without weight? It would be interesting to try. Nevertheless, the book intrigued me enough to make me read Harpers second novel Force of Nature. I think she grew into her writing in this novel. It tries less ostentatiously to be Australian; it just is. A mystery with a good twist, set in the Australian bush.

The Strike series by Robert Galbraith (yes, the pen-name of J. K. Rowling): I wanted to see what Rowling was like, post Hary Potter.  I wanted to read what has been described as good, old-fashioned detective novels. I think you get hints that this book was written by Rowling the detail of the world and the curiousity of the characters, for example. I was surprised, however, by the sexist description of women those pert. high breasts... It may be that Rowling felt this was expected in a detective novel, ostensibly written by a man, with a male detective as the focal point. But what an opportunity missed, to write of women without describing breasts or legs or sexually pleasing looks? Overall, I liked the novels. I enjoyed the plots and the literary inclusions. I am a bit worried that book four, however, will feel compelled to weave romance into the plot. I dont read detective stories for romance. Actually, I dont read romance. I guess that says something about me. Good o...

17:41

Real Important News, from Mira "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Just purchased a kitchen cart yesterday and set it up. But of course, the most important part of the whole setup was the cardboard box. Mira made that clear .

[For those who really want to see the cart, here is a link. Costco had it for $30 off! The bamboo top came in the cardboard Mira is using. Only quality cardboard for this special Pleiadean kitty.]


Filed under: energies, Kauilapele message Tagged: Mira ...

17:27

Message from Mike Quinsey 12-15-17 "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

A new Mike Quinsey.

time is still speeding up as the final days of 2017 draw near. As predicted the seasons are gradually running into each other, but in the long run things will level out and certain to be to your liking. Meantime things can get challenging and the animal world is being affected, but it is in no real danger as they can move to new areas.

slowly but surely those who generate so much negativity are losing their power as more and more people are turning to the Light. In one sense the battle has already been won and the dark Ones will continue to become isolated. However, it takes time to re-establish a society based upon love, but it is beginning to happen all over the world, and the Light is quickly growing. The idea of starting wars for whatever reason is beginning to be unacceptable, and Humanity will have much to say in opposition to it

it is also the end of the year and the coming of the New Year that is celebrated worldwide. Humanity is uplifted, and many religions are part of the solemn services in anticipation and remembrance of the occasion. The Light that is given out has a great healing effect and in this New Age it will anchor itself upon Earth. The vibrations are also lifted up by those of you who have a tradition of making New Year resolutions, and there is much to be gained as a result of the world celebrations.

Mother Earth is also looking forward to the upliftment of the vibrations, and having the opportunity to cleanse the planet of that which has spoilt it in very many ways. She does in any event periodically cleanse the oceans which would othe...

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The Simpsons Predict The Future Once Again "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

The TV show, The Simpsons has allegedly predicted the future several times. Nearly 17 years ago, an episode of the popular show predicted that Donald Trump would one day become US president and their streak continues.

The show has once again, predicted the future. The Simpsons has been running for over 27 years, so its inevitable that some themes that crop up in the show might occur in real life.

And yet still, some of the plotlines are just too eerily similar to events that have happened throughout the world.

This time, however, the show has beaten reality to the punch by nearly 20 years and predicted one of the biggest takeover deals in recent history. Earlier today Walt Disney agreed to take control of 20th Century Fox Inc. in a deal worth $52.4 billion (39 billion).


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NAFTA Talks Stall Over Climate Change "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Negotiations for a new North American Free Trade Agreement have reportedly stalled at least in part over whether climate change should be included in the text of the agreement. U.S. Fights Mention of Climate Change in New Nafta By Josh Wingrove , Eric Martin , and Andrew Mayeda 16 December

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Comic for 2017.12.16 "IndyWatch Feed Comics"

New Cyanide and Happiness Comic

How Much Do You Really Know About Vaccine Safety? "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Dr. Mercola

The video above features a lecture by Del Bigtree,1 an Emmy award-winning producer of "The Doctors" talk show for six years, and one of the producers of the documentary "Vaxxed." I actually attended and saw the talk he gave during the 2017 "Truth About Cancer Live" event in Orlando, Florida, where I was also speaking.

He focuses on vaccine safety and freedom of choice. This presentation was designed to be shared with those who think vaccine safety advocates are foolish and need to "get with the program." This is one of the best presentations I have seen that could have many rational and objective people change their views on vaccines, so feel free to widely share with those who are in favor of vaccines.

"I am a super fan of science," he says. "When we talk about vaccines, and if you question vaccines, you are said to be anti-science. The opposite is actually true and today I'm going to prove to you [that] the science of vaccines has been fraudulent; it's a lie, it does not exist, and I want you to march out and demand that science begin immediately."

The Vaccine Safety Project

The official refrain repeated by most mainstream media is that vaccines have been thoroughly researched and "hundreds" of studies have proven they're safe, and that no link between vaccines and health problems such as autism have ever been found. Unfortunately, this simply isn't true. Importantly, the industry has long shied away from evaluating vaccinated versus unvaccinated populations to determine general health outcomes.

One such study2 was finally published earlier this year, and its findings were less than encouraging. Here, they examined health outcomes following the introduction of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP) and oral polio vaccine (OPV) in Guinea-Bissau, which took place in the early 1980s. This population offered the rare opportunity to compare vaccinated and unvaccinated children due to the way the vaccines were rolled out. What did they find?

According to the authors, "DTP was associated with fivefold higher mortality than being unvaccinated," and "All currently available evidence suggests that DTP vaccine may kill more children from other causes than it saves from diphtheria, tetanus or pertussis." In other words, the researcher...

How Can You Tell if Eggs Have Expired? "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Dr. Mercola

The date typed on store-bought food containers often refers to either a sell by or expiration date. However, if the food in question happens to be eggs, and you throw them out based on the assumption theyre no good past that date, youre likely pitching perfectly good eggs. With a little experience, you can hone your skills at determining by sight and smell whether or not foods such as meats, vegetables and herbs are still fresh and healthy to eat as opposed to past their prime.

With eggs, though, its a little more challenging. The date on egg cartons is often a tactic food manufacturers use to get you to buy them more often, so knowing how to test your eggs at home to determine their freshness save you quite a bit of money. The Food Product Dating section of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) says state-by-state egg laws may prohibit sell by dates, and adds:

Many eggs reach stores only a few days after the hen lays them. Egg cartons with the USDA grade shield on them must display the pack date (the day that the eggs were washed, graded and placed in the carton). This number is a three-digit code that represents the consecutive day of the year starting with January 1 as 001 and ending with December 31 as 365.  When a sell-by date appears on a carton bearing the USDA grade shield, the code date may not exceed 30 days from the date of pack.1

To clarify, the date on cartons indicates when eggs were laid, not the date you bought them. You might be surprised to find that eggs you may have assumed by carton dates to be expired are more often than not still perfectly good to eat.

Assess Your Eggs With a Float Test

The float test for egg freshness is very simple: Simply place your raw eggs into a bowl of cold water and watch what happens. Heres what the eggs will tell you:

  • When they sink straight to the bottom and lay flat on their sides, they are very fresh and excellent for frying or scrambling, but not so great for hard-boiling.
  • Eggs that stand on one end or tilt to one side on the bottom of the bowl are a few weeks old but still good to eat, and perfect for hard-boiling.
  • Eggs that float are no longer fresh and shouldnt be eaten, either hard-boiled or any other way.

According to Food Hacks: To give you an idea of (how) old an egg actually is, look at the packed by dates on the carton, which are in Julian date form by the sell by dates. Julian dates ran.....

16:58

Coat for a Bunny Part One "IndyWatch Feed Craft"



Coat tutorial today! 

Let's get right to business. First, let's talk about 

1 Dimensions
This coat was drafted for the Bunny of my Bunny & Carrot pattern. But some of might be wondering if it could fit other stuffed animals or dolls. Here are some of the specs. that might help you figure that out:
  • Shoulder-to-bottom-hem: 7"
  • Chest circumference: 13"
  • Arm length (shoulder-to-cuff): 5"
  • Circumference of the front of hood (framing face): 8"
  • ...

16:25

Springfield Armory Saint "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

With every major manufacturer now making a AR15, it was only a matter of time before Springfield Armory would jump on the bandwagon.

The Saint is a mid-level priced AR that has a lot of the more expensive ARs features that so many of the armchair warriors demand.

Bought mine today and these are my initial impressions.

1st, the price. Mine was $799 plus tax, which was a total of $856.00
2nd, is the case it came in, I have seen ARs and FN SCARs selling for more than $2000.00 come in a...

Springfield Armory Saint

16:24

Broken by INO in Fortaleza, Brazil "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Greek artist INO was invited to paint in the 4th edition of Festival Concreto  that happened in Fortaleza city, Brazil.

A place that anyone can see very large contradictions, the poverty in the street, people begging for food while you eat at the restaurant, the prostitutes every night on the streets. All these mix together with the luxury, the expensive apartments in huge buildings that look empty, the barbwires on the fences of each condominium yard.

Known for his provocative images and after he was given a wall of a luxury hotel (51m high), INO had the chance to emphasise the phenomenon of prostitution. He painted a picture of a naked thin woman on a position of offering her body with a black splash coming out of her head and named it Broken. Because of the strong sun, INO was also working at night. Every night under the building, there were women selling their body. (photo from the lift attached)

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16:20

In5D Alternative News for December 16 , 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Welcome to In5D News, your source for Alternative News related to POSITIVE change in our society. Alternative news is the REAL news that is not being reported on the main stream media (MSM). It also reveals the propaganda that IS being reported by the MSM. If youve noticed, the main stream media promotes violence, fear, []

The post In5D Alternative News for December 16 , 2017 appeared first on In5D Esoteric, Metaphysical, and Spiritual Database.

16:09

Your Christmas Tree-2017 "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

Tree 2017.

The Gordon's Christmas Tree for 2017.... It looked a LOT smaller, when we cut it down...

16:06

Bitcoin = Money, Commodity, or Shares? "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

QUESTION: I read your article on Bitcoin. I found it fascinating that defining what it is changes everything. You did not actually say what you thought it was, money, stock, or a commodity. Curious as to what you would classify Bitcoin as.

All the best

ANSWER: The definitions I presented are from the government perspective of taxation. They will naturally define it to be whatever produces the great tax for themselves.

Economically speaking, anything that can be exchanged to facilitate a barter transaction becomes a MEDIUM OF EXCHANGE. That really can be anything. It has been food, sheepskins, seashells, cattle, bronze, silver, gold, or a derivative of something as paper money began.

Pictured here is a bronze ingot of the Minoan society, It is cast in the form of a sheepskin. This reflects the transition from sheepskin to the Bronze Age. Above is a Roman ingot with the picture of a bull, which also reflects that this was a transition for cattle that was money previously.

Cryptocurrency is the next transition from tangible items being used for money...

16:05

Seven Banned Words the Trump Administration Gave to CDC "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published December 16, 2017

WASHINGTON More proof emerged on Thursday that the Trump administration cares very little about diversity as admininstration officials told the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) not to use seven words in their budgets they submit for the presidents 2019 budget due to be released in early February 2018.

Diversity was among the seven words.

The banned words are:
  • vulnerable
  • entitlement
  • diversity
  • transgender
  • fetus
  • evidence-based
  • science-based.

CDC officials are prohibited from using the phrases containing the seven banned words on official documents. For instance, phrases, such as HIV among transgender people, are banned in the budget.

 

 

 

 

The post Seven Banned Words the Trump Administration Gave to CDC appeared first on Native News Online.

16:05

Local Feature Said To Be The Worst One Punter Has Ever Had "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | Contact This is bullshit, he said. If only that was a coin, Id be up a grand! Sam Ellis has just been hard done by and this time he thinks its petsonal. The 24-year-Old has just been screwed over by a pokie machine he though that was his friend []

The post Local Feature Said To Be The Worst One Punter Has Ever Had appeared first on The Betoota Advocate.

16:05

Energetic Transition And Passage Between Multiverses "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

  by Maria Bethencourt, My Heart Family, The Energetic Transition And Passage between the Multiverses continues as The Heart Collective has finished the complete energetic separation and collapse of all timelines and descension eras in the previous lower Symphonic Universe. It has anchored to the next Symphonic Universes ascension timelines of the New Earth. The []

The post Energetic Transition And Passage Between Multiverses appeared first on In5D Esoteric, Metaphysical, and Spiritual Database.

16:03

Running Four States, Four Days at Four Corners Quad Keyah "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Day four of the Four Corners Quad Keyah.

Published December 16, 2017

FOUR CORNERS Runners throughout the Navajo Nation and the country ran for four days, in four states and for four full-marathons or half-marathons at the Four Corners Monument for the Four Corners Quad Keyah Marathon Series from Dec. 7-10.

For four days, runners have been challenging their mental and physical strength to finish the Four Corners Quad Keyah, Vice President Jonathan Nez said. Congratulations to all those who completed the run and thank you to everyone that participated.

Vice President Nez gave special congratulations to Roger Stash, a Navajo runner who took first place, to his family and all the Navajo runners at the event.

The race began with 52 runners and, of that group, 45 completed all four races. Vice President Nez, who participated, ran for a combined total of 91.7 miles over the course of four days.

The four-day overall winners for the mens and womans half-marathon were Erica Dalziel and Jason Porter. The winners of the full-marathon were Karen Vollan and, of course, Stash.

Among the runners who completed the four marathons, there was also Dave Jones who is currently attempting to become the first person to run a public marathon in all 50 states and all seven continents within the course of a year. With Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico off his list, he has three more states left to go before the end of January: Arkansas, Louisiana and Hawaii.

Runners also spoke to students at the Tiis Nazbas Community School about health and wellness after the Arizona race. On Saturday, there was the Four Corners Community Christmas Celebration sponsored by Navajo Parks and Recreation.

The Quad Keyah Marathon Series is part of the Navajo Parks Race Series and was organized by Navajo Youth Empowerment Services (YES). Support for the race came from Four Corners Monument, Navajo Parks & Recreation, Office of Navajo President & Vice President, Navajo United Way, Navajo Division of Natural Resources, Navajo Rangers, Four Corners Orthodontics and Navajo Arts & Crafts.

It was fun to be able to host this event for our local runners as we...

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BEARS to Premiere in Toronto "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published December 16, 2017

TORONTO  A multi-disciplinary dark comedy about the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline, Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts and Punctuate! Theatre from Edmonton, in association with Native Earth Performing Arts and The Theatre Centre in Toronto, present the world premiere of BEARS, January 18-27, 2018.

The prime suspect in a workplace accident, Floyd has to get out of town fast. Pursued by the RCMP, he heads through the Rockies for Burnaby, B.C, along the route of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline. By the time he reaches the Pacific, Floyd has experienced changes his gait has widened, his muscles are bulging, his sense of smell heightened

Written and directed by Matthew MacKenzie (SIA, The Particulars, The Other) and starring award-winning (and former tar sands worker) Mtis theatre artist Sheldon Elter (Mtis Mutt), BEARS asks What the hell is going on in Wild Rose Country?

Unapologetically political, BEARS gives voice to the voiceless animals, and vulnerable landscapes, desecrated by the insatiable human desire for industrial expansion, while striving to increase dialogue about the devastating effects on Canadas First Nations peoples. Originally developed in Edmonton, the sold-out workshop run also garnered five Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award nominations, and two wins for Outstanding Score and Outstanding Choreography.  Liz Nicholls of the Edmonton Journal reported, BEARS is an Ode to Nature Its rare enough to find original theatre that is so definably of this place. Theatre that harnesses the divergent resources of multi-disciplinary artists so creatively to mount an argument is rarer still. You cant really afford to miss BEARS.

An Indigenous-led new Canadian play told through dramatic storytelling and choreography, an eight-person chorus, enchanting projections, and an evocative electronic soundscape, BEARS is an emotional, empathetic performance experience.

Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts and Punctuate! Theatre
in association with Native Earth Performing Arts and The Theatre Centre
Present the Premiere of
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The Practicality of Cryptocurrencies Not Really Ready for Prime Time "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Trying to actually use Bitcoin in the economy is anything but something that will replace any government currency. The transaction fees are outrageous typically 3 to 4 times that of a cash withdraw from an ATM. In this video, a journalist tries to actually use Bitcoin. The pizza ends up costing him $76.16 and the fee to use Bitcoin is $9.47.

To use Bitcoin, there are middlemen who are the equivalent of a foreign exchange broker. It can take hours to get a simple order in to buy a pizza.

From a practical viewpoint, cryptocurrencies are not quite ready for prime time. They are all hype and offering a futuristic vision of beating the governments, but the computing time it takes to actually use cryptocurrency and the complexities, demonstrate that what we are dealing with is by no means some instant success story that has beaten paper currency or a credit card, which is really also electronic money.

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Energy Update Completing Rings Of New Vibrational Rainbow Energies "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

by Anastacia-Blue Beyond, Australian Correspondent, In5D.com Completing rings of NEW Vibrational Rainbow energies As we are growing (UP) so fast and so quickly now, with the new rings and vortex of energies that came through recently (previous BB post) on all layers/levels of Spirit, Soul, Mental, Emotional and now on a NEW Physical vibration level []

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Cherokee Nation Housing Authority accepting College Housing Assistance Program Applications for Spring Semester "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published December 16, 2017

TAHLEQUAH The Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation will be accepting College Housing Assistance Program applications for the spring 2018 semester starting Jan. 2, 2018

The College Housing Assistance Program will provide up to 125 students with up to $1,000 per semester for housing costs. Eligible applicants must be a member of a federally recognized tribe and reside within the Cherokee Nation. Applications will be accepted through Jan. 12.

Applicants must also meet Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act (NAHASDA) income guidelines as well as other eligibility requirements according to the College Housing Assistance Program policy. Priority will be given to Cherokee Nation tribal citizens and students who were served on the program the previous semester.

The College Housing Assistance Program is a NAHASDA-funded program designed to assist low-income Cherokee Nation citizens and other Native American students in securing safe and affordable housing while seeking a first-time bachelors degree and maintaining full-time student status at an accredited institute of higher education.

For more information, please contact 918-456-5482.

 

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Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

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Bitpay Plans to Use Bitcoin Cash for Payment Invoices and Debit Loads "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Bitpay Plans to Use Bitcoin Cash for Payment Invoices and Debit Loads

On December 15 the largest bitcoin payment processor in the world, Bitpay, announced it will now process payments for multiple blockchains. The first decentralized currency Bitpay has opted to utilize will be bitcoin cash.

Also read: Venezuelans Turn to Bitcoin as Government Crackdown on Mining Intensifies

Bitpay Will Now Process Bitcoin Cash for Merchant Invoices and Debit Card Loads

Bitpay Plans to Use Bitcoin Cash for Payment Invoices and Debit Loads Bitpay has made an announcement thats sure to please bitcoin cash (BCH) supporters as the firm has announced BCH payment processing. This means Bitpays merchant invoices and card load ups can be paid in bitcoin cash as soon as the company finishes integration. The...

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Living The Mystical Life Webcast ~ Live call-in from show Barbados! December 14, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

 

 

 

 

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Corey Goode 12-13, 12-14-17 FB Updates Update(s) on Current Events "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Okay, well, Corey has a blog post entitled Update on Current Events, which is the second of the two FB posts Im placing below. So enjoy the highlights, and prepare for The Upcoming Update.

One experience, where Gonzales pulled me up to the Mayan ship where I found myself in the middle of a strange battle between the Mayans and a very human looking reptoid being. I was further shocked when I was pulled into a SSP Alliance meeting at the LOC and saw Sigmund sitting at the conference table with a smirk on his face.

I was briefed on a number of battles that have been going on under the surface of the Earth and its Oceans as well as within its Atmosphere and in Near Earth Orbit.

People have talked about mass arrests for years. What we should really be on the lookout for is Mass Indictments Now steps are being taken by the Alliance to indict many of these pedophiles and sexual predators and Satanists that have been running our country and the west for decades.

The Alliance is attempting to defeat the Cabal both through the legal system that is obviously broken but also via Military Intelligence Operations that have been occurring within the borders of the United States since just prior to the election. These secret grand juries and Military Intel Operatives are working overtime right now. Many state and federal representatives have already been informed of their upcoming indictments.

The stories of...

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How Natural Medicine Destroyed in 1910 "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

The Move that Changed the Health and Wellbeing Industry

I am now 68 and over the years I have relied upon alternative medical solutions for almost all my health problems. A change in diet, herbs, vitamins, minerals and lots of exercise ended up being almost all the medicine I ever needed!

In 2010, when I was 61, I cured myself of arthritis with vitamins and minerals alone. I had suffered since I was in my 20s. My doctors said arthritis was not curable, but Western medicine was wrong about arthritis.

After that simple cure, I quit suffering, became skeptical, and started to research the history of medicine in North America. What I discovered is astonishing!


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Further futures to boost Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Most of the action this week has been with the altcoins and Bitcoin has been relatively stable. Ethereum, Litecoin and Ripple all reached record highs and have hugely expanded their market capacities. Bitcoin has slowly inched up from $16,400 to around $17,600 where it currently trades, things could heat up again over the weekend though as more futures contracts will be launched.

The start of futures trading on the Chicago Board Options Exchange has been slow and steady. More significantly it has been hailed as a turning point for Bitcoin and crypto currency giving it more recognition with a little long overdue regulation and transparency. This elevated status will be given a further boost in the coming days as two more players enter the game.

The Chicago Mercantile Exchange, a much larger exchange than the CBOE, will launch its Bitcoin futures on Sunday. It is expected to attract higher volumes and a higher dollar value of trading so Bitcoin prices could well hit $20,000. The third exchange to offer Bitcoin trading is TD Ameritrade which controls the largest futures operation of any online brokerage firm. The company recently announced that it will allow Bitcoin futures contracts on its platform on Monday. This will result in a lot more liquidity and a lot more participation from retail traders.

Clients must have a minimum balance of $25,000, in order to participate in the futures according to the brokerage. The margin requirement will also be 1.5 times what the CBOE requires. JB Mackenzie, managing director for futures trading at TD Ameritrade, told Bloomberg:

Right now we are taking the same approach we did with the Cboe product, to wait and see how it goes. We want to watch that market open and become an orderly marketplace and see who the participants are in that marketplace. This is the same process we use with any new product. We want to see how the market reacts.

Volume on the CBOE contracts that have been trading over the past week has been a little on the low side according to a CNBC report. Around $60 million in notional value has traded each day on average. Compare that to the last 24 hours in the Bitcoin market which stands a volume of $12 billion according to Coinmarketcap.com.

The majority of crypto currency traders are based in Asia, outside the US where futures contracts are not available and the digital currency is traded directly. Only when the heavyweights such as JP Morgan Chase and Morgan Stanley allow their clients to trade crypto currency will things really heat up for institutional investors. Even so, there is still likely to be more action on the Bitcoin charts this weekend, get ready for the ride!

Photo courtesy of Reuters.

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Woman in Denmark Imprisoned for Hiring Hitman Using Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

An Italian woman in Denmark has been sentenced to six years in prison for hiring a hit on her former boyfriend using Bitcoin, renewing the debate over the use of Bitcoin in criminal activities.

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Is Bitcoin Demand Hurting The Price Of Gold? "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Is Bitcoin Demand Hurting The Price Of Gold? by Dave Kranzler Investment Research Dynamics The popular narrative that has gripped the financial media searching for reasons that the price of gold is sluggish for reasons other than overt western...

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UNDERGROUND WORLD NEWS LIVE 12/15/17 "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"


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Adoption of Bitcoin Picking Up Speed in Venezuela, Called Lifesaving Currency "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Thousands of people have begun turning to the world of cryptocurrency to salvage what little value remains in their currency.

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Your Favorite Song is Rewiring Your Brain: Heres How Music Is Changing You "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

by Christina Sarich; The Mind Unleashed

Listening to music lifts our spirits. It truly is a Universal language, as well as a spiritual one. We can sense this intuitively without knowing the science behind it. We play our favorite song on our smart phones, and a smile ignites across our faces. But, even with its obvious sway over us, we may not realize that music is reorganizing our brains just like an adaptogenic herb, or a session of meditation.

Adaptogens are herbs that can reorganize cells in our body they adapt to our greatest needs be they stress reduction or the boosting of our immune system. It seems music can do the same thing.

Music was likely invented for human enjoyment in Paleolithic days, but the music of the Universe, what the Pythagoreans called the music of the spheres is likely as old as the Universe itself. NASA has even recorded the song of the Earth, and each planet is said to have its own musical vibration.


Similarly, the ancient Greek initiates understood the therapeutic benefits of music, which were likely gleaned from the Egyptians. Early Chinese, Tibetan, Hindu, Persians, and other cultures all knew scales which were meant to induce certain hypnagogic states but we really have no idea how far back the use of music goes into human history. Even Neanderthals could sing or chant. Undoubtedly music has been an essential evolutionary tool but how exactly is it rewiring your brain?

In recent research, scientists used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI technology) to watch blood flow in the brain as people listened to their favorite tune.
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DIY Salvaged Junk Projects 406 "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

  Welcome to DIY Salvaged Junk Projects 406 Every Friday, 7 PM through Wednesday 11 PM Pacific Welcome to an explosion of Christmas infused junk! And hey I even made a couple of things this week! But my biggest struggle is apparently the time change. Its due to start raining again this weekend so Ive really pushed myself []

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Ahead of CMEs Bitcoin Futures, Regulator Creates Website and New Crypto Rules "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Ahead of CMEs Bitcoin Futures, Regulator Creates Website and New Crypto Rules

Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) was very active on the final business day before the globes largest futures market maker, CME Group Inc., is to begin its entrance into bitcoin contracts. The regulator created a website devoted to bitcoin, and it issued new cryptocurrency rules of compliance for public comment.

Also read: Tezos Foundation Board Member Quits as Lawsuits, Allegations, Tensions Mount

Ahead of CMEs Bitcoin Futures, Regulator Creates Website and New Crypto Rules

Futures Regulator Issues Compliance Rules

Release pr7664-17, Proposed Interpretation on Virtual Currency Actual Delivery in Retail Transactions, concerns its authority over retail commodity transactions involving virtual currency, such as bitcoin, the CFTC statement began. In it, they set out the CFTCs view regarding the actual delivery exception that may apply to virtual currency...

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The Polar-Bear-Gate Saga: How a picture is worth a thousand lies Paul Nicklen and Michael Mann vs Susan Crockford "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Guest essay by Jim Steele Director emeritus Sierra Nevada Field Campus, San Francisco State University and author of Landscapes & Cycles: An Environmentalists Journey to Climate Skepticism What oddly seems to surprise so many people, reality can quickly disagree with the hypotheses and speculative models of scientists. The polar bear is a rich case in

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Lots of Studying by Central Banks on Digital Currencies "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Lots of Studying by Central Banks on Digital Currencies by Larry White Lone Star White House We have noted here that at some point next year we could see the first central bank digital currency show up. This wont...

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13:43

Andrew Bartzis Nothing is Going to Happen Propaganda Harvest So What Will You Co-Create? "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

 

 

 

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Cat Who Hated Dogs Loves Going On Adventures With His Dog Brother Now "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Amber Pitcher never intended on getting a cat. But when a Good Samaritan found Ollie a stray cat with a badly broken leg and brought him into the veterinary clinic where Pitcher worked, she found herself drawn to him.

I saw him in the kennel, and he was just purring, even though his leg was completely shattered and he wasnt able to walk, Pitcher, a veterinary technician at the Village Animal Clinic in Voorheesville, New York, told The Dodo. He was just so sweet that I made a spur-of-the-moment decision that I was going to bring him home.

Credit: Amber Pitcher

Pitcher already had another pet a dog named Ariel whom she adopted from the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society 10 years ago. Like Ollie, Pitcher remembers instantly connecting with him.

I went to the shelter with my parents because I was still in high school at the time to just take a peek at the dogs, Pitcher said. The first thing I noticed was her different-colored eyes. And she was sitting quietly in the back, so I leaned in and stuck my hand in there, and she crawled over and just stared at me. I knew right then.

Credit: Amber Pitcher

We actually took her home that day, Pitcher added. She was definitely the one who spoke to me, and shes been my best friend ever since.

When both Pitcher and Ariel got a little older, they started hiking together in New York state. In fact, they eventually ticked off every hike in the Catskill and Adirondack Mountains.

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Dog Who Was Nearly Starved By Owner Is So Fluffy And Happy Now "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

It was amazing that Dong-Jin was still alive. The dog hadnt eaten a good meal in months, and he hardly had enough strength to stand, let alone walk. He also had a bad case of demodex mange, which had made most of his fur fall out.

In February 2016, a man noticed Dong-Jin tied up on a property in Jeongdongjin, a small city in South Korea. Dong-Jin was a Samoyed, a type of dog known for having copious amounts of white, fluffy fur but Dong-Jin was nearly bald. 

Credit: Free Korean Dogs

The dog was very sick and there was obviously something very wrong with him, Ek Park, founder of Free Korean Dogs, an organization that rescues dogs from South Korea and rehomes them in North America, told The Dodo. It was a very tough situation.

When the man confronted the owner and asked for the dog, the owner refused to give Dong-Jin to him. But the man persisted he threatened to report the owner for animal cruelty, which led the owner to finally surrender the dog to him.

Credit: Free Korean Dogs

The man whisked Dong-Jin to an emergency vet clinic, but the dog was in such bad shape, the vet team wasnt certain they could save his life. 

The vet said, His body is pretty much dead, so we dont know if he can endure any medication or any treatments, Park said.

Credit: Free Korean Dogs

But they tried their best and, to everyones surprise, Dong-Jin started to get better. He slowly gained weight and his fur grew in....

Gorilla Mom Abandons Family To Save Her Baby's Life "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A 26-year-old gorilla living in Rwanda's Virunga Mountains has chosen to leave her group to protect her baby, in behavior researchers are calling "rare" and "remarkable." 

Credit: The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund

Back in May, Pasika was a new mother to Mashami, who was born in March.

Suddenly, things changed when the silverback gorilla, the male leader of Pasika's group, died. The female gorillas of the group broke up and joined other groups that still had a silverback leader.

One mother gorilla's baby was killed when she joined a new group something that often happens with many kinds of social mammals, so the new leader can assert his dominance.

"Normally, female mountain gorillas like Pasika spend their entire lives living in groups and rely on the adult male called a silverback to protect their young," the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund (DFGF) said in a statement. "If the silverback dies, the group may stay together if there is another male who can assume leadership; if not, females will immediately transfer to another group. They never live completely on their own until now."

Credit: The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund

Pasika decided not to join another group. She is trying to brave the wild on her own, with her baby attached to her.

"What mother Pasika is doing highlights the great empathy, intelligence, and adaptability of mountain gorillas," the DFGF wrote. "It is clear that Pasika recognizes the risks transferring [families] poses to her infant, and is avoiding doing so with extreme determination."

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10 Unique Gifts That Cat People Actually Want "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

We all have that friend the one whos perpetually covered in fur, whose phone is full of pictures of her beloved feline. If one of these cat lovers is on your holiday shopping list, be sure to give them something special and I dont mean another cat.

The cat lovers in your life can be tricky to shop for, but their (completely rational) obsession with felines can also help you find the perfect present.

Check out these holiday gift ideas sure to satisfy any cat person and her feline friend:

A litter box that makes cleaning up a breeze



An automatic or self-cleaning litter box can help pet parents with one of the more onerous (and odorous) tasks of cat ownership. Never let your friend scoop the litter again by gifting her one of these high-tech kitty bathrooms. If the cat in question is skittish and doesnt respond well to noise or change, try a litter box with a specialized sifting system. A litter box with a modern, smart design can make this household item stand out in a good way.

A fun way to vacuum up cat hair



Not only do cats look adorable riding on robot vacuums, but these gadgets can detect and clean up pet hair all on their own. While some of these compact vacuums can be on the pricier side, there are plenty of models th...

How To Tell If Pet Health Insurance Is Right For You "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Adding a dog or cat to your family is fun and exciting, but along with the joy your new pet brings comes worries for every pet parent: What if she gets sick? What if she slips her leash and something happens? These questions can keep you up at night even if your pet is currently happy and healthy.

Unforeseen medical care can be a major stressor, not only emotionally, but financially, as well. One protection against prohibitively high vet bills is pet health insurance, because no pet owner wants to be forced to make a difficult decision based solely on whats in the bank account. But does that mean signing up is the right choice for everybody?

Here is what you need to know about pet health insurance, so you can make a choice that feels good for both you and your furry friend.

How does pet health insurance work?



Like human health insurance, the pet insurance marketplace has numerous different providers and plans to choose from, explains Liz Watson, chief marketing officer at Crum & Forster Pet Insurance Group, providers of ASPCA Pet Health Insurance. Once you enroll and choose a plan that is right for your pet and your budget, you will be reimbursed for a percentage of future covered veterinary costs after the deductible is met. Most insurance plans will let you use the licensed veterinarian of your choice, as long as theyre practicing within the U.S. or Canada.

The pet healthcare payment process is a little more involved than human health insurance. In most cases, pet parents pay their veterinarian and then submit the invoice to us with their claim, Watson tells The Dodo. This can be done online, via our mobile app, mail or fax. We then reimburse a percentage of the covered services, after the annual deductible. The reimbursement percentage 90, 80 or 70 percent is selected by the pet parent upon enrollment.

How much does it cost?



Species, breed, age, zip code and the plan selected are the basi...

Guy Tries To Pass Off Ruined Shirt As A Present For His Dog "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

You might say that, when life handed Alex Tumay lemons after an unfortunate mishap with the laundry recently, he tried his best to make lemonade. After all, who doesnt like proverbial lemonade?

His dog Gordie, thats who. (But he'll take a sip of the real stuff, if you're offering.)

Credit: Alex Tumay

It has been getting pretty cold in New York City, where Alex and Gordie call home, and that means it's high time to start breaking out the winter wardrobe. Evidently, being a bit too overeager to slip back into one of his favorite cozy wool shirts, Alex made a fatal mistake.

He put it in the wash. And of course, it shrank.

"I mess my stuff up all the time," Alex told The Dodo ruefully. "I'm a walking spill."

Credit: Alex Tumay

Alex had paid a pretty penny for the shirt, and now, unless he planned on strutting around the cold streets with his midriff showing, it was essentially ruined.

But then Alex's eyes glanced over to Gordie, naked as usual.

That's when he hatched an idea to turn this fashion fail into a fashion win.

Credit: Alex Tumay

Surely, dear Gordie would be delighted to receive such a thoughtful present from his adoring friend Alex, right?

Wrong. He hated it.

As if Gordie's look of quiet indignation weren't enough to let his thoughts on the matter be known, he sent that message home by simply refusing to budge an inch while the...

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17C American Women: 1629 Song birds & "strange fowls" in New England "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

17C American Women: 1629 Song birds & "strange fowls" in New England: A Short and True Description of New England by the Rev. Francis Higginson, 1629 Francis Higginson (1588-1630) was an early Puritan mini...

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How 'Elite' Bloodlines and Secret Societies Are Controlling the World "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

In the West, weve all been spoon fed the idea that we are free citizens of sovereign countries, where our democratically elected governments rule according to the peoples wishes.

If thats not achieved, its usually explained as being due to misfortunes such as crises, security threats or wars, or the stupidity of our governments. The few people that doubt these explanations, or even suspect hidden hands behind the occurrences of our time or the official narrative of our history, are easily dismissed as conspiracy nuts.

Our Rulers in Ancient Times

For sure, there were no hidden hands when humanity was in its pre-history, predating our real history as seen by most. For about 200,000 years our ancestors lived in small nomadic communities, sharing the food obtained by hunting and gathering.


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New Titans owners lose money on acquisition photo "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

NEW TITANS OWNERS ARE URGENTLY REVIEWING THEIR RECEIPTS THIS MORNING

NEW TITANS OWNERS ARE URGENTLY REVIEWING THEIR RECEIPTS THIS MORNING

The consortium responsible for purchasing the ailing Gold Coast Titans franchise have been forced to admit that making the announcement has already cost them millions of dollars.

The group claim they have haemorrhaged money on merchandise and press releases used to court the media, citing supplier issues as the main culprit.

Looking back on it we should never have hired Jarryd Hayne to take the publicity photo for us, Owner Darry Kelly said.

We thought it might be good PR to have Jarryd take the shot but the bloke charged exorbitant fees and really bled us dry.

Another major drain on the purse of the new owners was poorly priced merchandise designed to drum up support in the media.

We thought we were using a reputable wholesaler for the merch but it turns out G Bird Pty Ltd was priced well above the market value, a forlorn Rebecca Frizelle conceded this morning.

If we had done more research and known that the company was simply Greg Bird selling off all of his old clothes at a premium we wouldve made a wiser decision.

You live and you learn I suppose.

The consortium has called an urgent board room meeting to discuss the poor investment choices and double check what their cooling off period is on the club purchase.

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12:48

How Yoga Therapy & other Tools can help you or a loved one to work with Grief. "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

"Mourning is one of the most profound human experiences that it is possible to have... The deep capacity to weep for the loss of a loved one and to continue to treasure the memory of that loss is one of our noblest human traits" ~ Shneidman

12:45

Home Birth Aotearoa Photography Competition 2017/2018 Terms & Conditions "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

Home Birth Aotearoa

Photo specifications:

  • Minimum file size 1MB
  • Maximum file size 5MB
  • Photos must be submitted as JPEG files
  • Artworks may be submitted as JPEG or vector image files
  • We advise to leave the format of your image in rectangle shape; images may be cropped to 8in x 10in (20cm x 25cm). Square images are also acceptable.
  • Borders, watermarks or signatures should not be included

PHOTOGRAPHY & ART COMPETITION 2017/2018  CONDITIONS OF ENTRY

Terms and conditions of entry apply to all photography and art submissions to the Home Birth Aotearoa photography and art competition. Photographs and quality digital images of artworks are accepted.

All entries must represent Home Birth, The Dyad, Whanau, and Aotearoa realistically, free from excessive digital manipulation and with the kaupapa of homebirth at the forefront.  It is important that images demonstrate diversity in an authentic manner.

  1. The competition opens at 9am on Monday 18 December 2017 and closes at 12pm on Wednesday 28 February 2018. Voting for peoples favourite runs 1 March 14 March. No entries or votes will be accepted outside of these times and dates. Winners announced 15 March
  2. All entries must be submitted online via our entry form, or via Instagram. If you have no internet access but would still like to enter, please contact the team on 021560117 or email admin@homebirth.org.nz.
  3. The entrant must be the original author of the work entered as described in the Copyright Act 1994. Any attempt at plagiarism will result in immediate disqualification.
  4. Photograph and art entries will not be returned.
  5. All entrants must be residing within Aotearoa at the time of the competition, or be New Zealand residents/citizens. Photos from overseas will be accepted within the context of the categories.
  6. Photos for the Aotearoa category should be taken within Aotearoa, but other categories can be photographed in any setting appropriate to the homebirth kaupapa. This does not necessarily exclude hospital settings.
  7. Photographs must be submitted to one of the following categories:

Home Birth
Any photo or art work that captures Birth in the home space, personal interpretation of how home manifests for the individual is permitted.

  • Professional
  • Open
  • 16 years and under

The Dyad
Any imagery featuring the birth pare...

12:42

Modern BARN Tiny House w/Constellation of Lights "IndyWatch Feed Diy"


In this episode, Derek Deek Diedricksen visits the family behind Red Barn Tiny Houses, at the Florida Tiny House Festival. This gambrel barn tiny house on wheels features one of the more modern and awe-inspiring array of pendant lighting- a virtual constellation of edison bulbs that adorn its ceiling.

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12:40

How a Child with Special Needs can have a more Cheerful, less Stressful Holiday Season. "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

This can be an unsafe time of year for a child with special needs. Whenever routines are altered, theres a potential for kids to get separated. Wandering becomes a major concern, especially for children diagnosed with

12:34

Time to Repeal the Childhood Vaccine Injury Act Because it Only Protects Pharmaceutical Companies "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Statue of Lady Justice in Downtown Frankfurt Germany

Who Does the Childhood Vaccine Injury Act Protect?

Hint: It isnt the kids

by Deirdre Imus
WorldMercuryProject.org

The laws of a country are, generally, designed to protect its citizens. How this ideal is interpreted is a topic of debate in various circles, but its goal is lofty, if not quite perfect.

Of specific necessity are laws aimed at protecting children, including child abuse, welfare, and labor laws. Of zero necessity, in my view, is the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA), which sounds like it has the best interests of this nations young citizens in mind, but actually serves a much different purpose.

Congress passed the NCVIA in 1986, and President Ronald Reagan signed it into law soon after.

Taken at face value, the law has some admirable provisions: it established improved communication regarding vaccines across all Department of Health and Human Service agencies; required health care providers who administer vaccines to provide a vaccine information statement to the person getting the vaccine or his or her guardian; and established a committee from the Institute of Medicine to review the literature on vaccine reactions.

Dig a little deeper, however, and the NCVIA does less to protect patients than it does drug companies making vaccines. When Reagan signed the NCVIA, he also created the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP), which allows anyonechildren and adultswho have suffered an injury (or worse) following a vaccination to file a claim.

To date, it has paid out nearly $4 billion in compensation since 19...

12:27

Coinbase President Hints at Listing New Currencies, IPO "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

In an interview on CNBC, Coinbase president, Asiff Hirji provided some veiled clues as to what is coming for the cryptocurrency exchange in the future and gives deeper insights into activities over the past few months.

12:11

Time to Repeal the Childhood Vaccine Injury Act Because it Only Protects Pharmaceutical Companies "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Statue of Lady Justice in Downtown Frankfurt Germany

Who Does the Childhood Vaccine Injury Act Protect?

Hint: It isnt the kids

by Deirdre Imus
WorldMercuryProject.org

The laws of a country are, generally, designed to protect its citizens. How this ideal is interpreted is a topic of debate in various circles, but its goal is lofty, if not quite perfect.

Of specific necessity are laws aimed at protecting children, including child abuse, welfare, and labor laws. Of zero necessity, in my view, is the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA), which sounds like it has the best interests of this nations young citizens in mind, but actually serves a much different purpose.

Congress passed the NCVIA in 1986, and President Ronald Reagan signed it into law soon after.

Taken at face value, the law has some admirable provisions: it established improved communication regarding vaccines across all Department of Health and Human Service agencies; required health care providers who administer vaccines to provide a vaccine information statement to the person getting the vaccine or his or her guardian; and established a committee from the Institute of Medicine to review the literature on vaccine reactions.

Dig a little deeper, however, and the NCVIA does less to protect patients than it does drug companies making vaccines. When Reagan signed the NCVIA, he also created the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP), which allows anyonechildren and adultswho have suffered an injury (or worse) following a vaccination to file a claim.

To date, it has paid out nearly $4 billion in compensation since 1988...

12:10

Bitcoin Proves You Cannot Have Your Digital Cake and Eat it Too "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Bitcoin Proves You Cannot Have Your Digital Cake and Eat it Too by Nathan McDonald Sprott Money Today we are going to take a trip down memory lane and rewind back to the year 2012 the year in...

The post Bitcoin Proves You Cannot Have Your Digital Cake and Eat it Too appeared first on The Daily Coin.

12:03

How to tell if were Addicted to Social Media & How to Stop. "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and nearly every other social networking platform are designed to exploit our weaknesses as humans. Specifically, they use self-relevant information that promotes our natural narcissistic tendencies. They know we have a strong need to be seen, to feel connected, and to belong, so they exploit this fact to keep us coming back. They're creating addicts.

11:52

the fbi poses with his son and his sons jedi protege, i see... "IndyWatch Feed Comics"



the fbi poses with his son and his sons jedi protege, i see nothing wrong with that

11:47

How to use Writing to Build a Better Life. "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

In the last few years, my interest has grown into a passion. Writing and I have become one. Writing is me, and I am writing. Writing is now the foundation on which I lay all other building blocks to produce a better life for myself.

11:45

Members of European Parliament Agree Cryptocurrency Has Come to Stay "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Members of European Parliament believe that cryptocurrency is here to stay, but that clear cut policy framework and regulation are needed.

11:39

She is the Proof. "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Almost every woman has a story. And if she ever tells you, know that you will be required to believe her. Because they are very difficult to tell, her stories. Some are uncomfortable. Others can only be described as excruciating and life-altering. If she tells you her story, please just do the whole world a f*cking favor, and believe her.

11:37

Bitcoin Bubble: Is Bitcoin Going To $1 Million Or Is it Going To Zero? "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Bitcoin Bubble: Is Bitcoin Going To $1 Million Or Is it Going To Zero? | Bitcoin-Reflection-Public-Domain | Economy & Business Special Interests

The price of Bitcoin continues to rise at an exponential rate, and the financial world is in a complete state of shock.  Just yesterday, I marveled that the price of Bitcoin had surged past the $13,000 mark for the first time ever, but then on Thursday it actually was selling for more than $19,000 at one point.  As I write this, Bitcoin is sitting at $16,877.42, but a few hours from now it could be a couple of thousand dollars higher or lower than that.  Those that got in early on the Bitcoin revolution have made extraordinary amounts of money, and many believe that this is just the beginning.

Of course many of the most respected names in the financial world were convinced that this would never happen.  For example, back in 2014 Warren Buffett encouraged investors to stay away because he believed that Bitcoin was a mirage.  And not too long ago JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon said that if youre stupid enough to buy it, youll pay the price for it one day.

But for now, it is Bitcoin investors that are having the last laugh.  If you would have gotten into Bitcoin back at the beginning of this year, your investment would be worth 16 times as much today.  The following comes from CNN

Bitcoin cracked $1,000 on the first day of 2017. By this week, it was up to $12,000, and then it really took off: The price topped $16,000 on som...

11:33

Decembers New Moon: Time to Let Go & Clear the Energy of 2017. "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

The end of a year is always the perfect time to glance back and see how far we have journeyed and to briefly look at the valuable lessons learned. Collectively, it hasnt been the easiest of years. Many of us left 2016 behind without a second thought and were happy to see the back of it, thinking to ourselves, After such a turbulent year, surely 2017 cant be any worse. How wrong we were!

11:33

Cryptocurrency Chaos: Bitcoin, Litecoin and Ethereum All Keep Surging To New Record Highs With No End In Sight "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"


(Michael Snyder) The cryptocurrency revolution is the biggest story in the financial world right now. In recent days I have spent a lot of time writing about Bitcoin, but the truth is that all of the major cryptocurrencies have been on an unprecedented run lately. In fact, some of them have been rising much faster in price than Bitcoin has. So even though Bitcoin is now worth almost 18 times as much as it was at the beginning of 2017, that actually pales in comparison to how fast Litecoin has been rising. Of course not all of these cryptocurrencies will eventually succeed. There are about 1000 different cryptocurrencies in existence at the moment, and most of them will inevitably fail. But for now virtually every cryptocurrency is soaring, and the total market cap for all cryptocurrencies combined is rapidly approaching half a trillion dollars.
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11:30

Fund Manager: Governments to Co-opt Cryptocurrencies? (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Fund Manager: Governments to Co-opt Cryptocurrencies? Video Silver Doctors Fund Manager David Kranzler says the gold cartel will take gold down once more to get people to sell. Regarding Bitcoin, Kranzler and Eric Dubin say governments will co-opt cryptocurrencies...

The post Fund Manager: Governments to Co-opt Cryptocurrencies? (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

11:27

Hudson Valley Earth First! Calls Rally to Support Tree Sit in Campaign Against Valley Lateral Pipeline "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

WAWAYANDA, New York-December 15 2017- Members of Hudson Valley Earth First! have maintained tree sit blockades in the forested right of way for the Valley Lateral Pipeline for 7 days, effectively slowing the environmental destruction and progress of the pipeline construction. These blockades have saved the lives of trees and are the last line of defense for the endangered bald eagles and habitats for Indiana bats and bog turtles. This direct action has braved snow storms and temperatures dropping into the teens. Hudson Valley Earth First! is committed to maintaining these actions for as long as it takes to stop the pipeline and save the bioregion from further parasitic corporate development, but are also seeking public support.
Hudson Valley Earth First! has called for a Public demonstration and Rally at Millennium Pipeline Companys local office on Route 6 in Wawayanda at 10 am on Monday December 18. See facebook for additional details and ways to participate.
For those who cannot make it to the rally a fundraising campaign is being used to gather supplies and keep tree sitters warm and well fed. You can donate here: https://fundly.com/support-the-campaign-against-the-valley-#
Email us at: hudsonvalleyearthfirst@riseup.net
or call us at (845)670-5149
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11:25

Food and Love In the Time of Corporatocracy "IndyWatch Feed Health"

corporatocracy

By Heather CallaghanEditor

Trapped in a food desert, deep in the South, theres a depressing burger joint pretending to be a a retro Drive-In blast from the past. It is in fact a bleak vision into a corporate Idiocracy. A corporatocracy for the masses.

In this monochromatic human corral, the underpaid workers miserably slop cold burgers and burnt fries onto cafeteria trays as they shout 958! 959! into the P.A. system. Bright lights hang down over uneven tables and quick tempoed music goes duh! duh! duh! as a repellent for migraine sufferers. But really its an unconscious command to hurry! hurry! hurry! Shove that dry burger down the gullet even though it was a frozen coin tossed on an oil-slicked grill just seconds ago.

A woman brings her last, shriveled french fries to her mouth as they bleed grease down her fingers where she pinched them. She barely wipes them off before smearing them on her iPad like a preschooler fingerpainting.

Eight TVs flash and blare with sexual overtones to sell more toxic junk like soda, cologne and more convenience food to sleepy eyed patrons, mouths agape before they sway painfully back to their cars. When they drive home theyll be besieged by ugly billboards and obnoxious radio a...

11:20

Mother Teresas Key Advice for Shifting Perspective & getting what you Want. "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

While many of my friends are angry, in shock, or ready to just throw in the towel, I find it heartening to know that those are not our only options.

11:03

Strong explosions, lava overflow from Stromboli's NE crater, Italy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

At least two 'stronger than usual' explosions took place at Italy's Stromboli volcano over the past 24 hours. The first explosion took place at 01:30 UTC (December 15) and the second around 10:30 UTC. "A gigantic cloud of smoke was visible from the...... Read more

Deadly M6.9 earthquake hits Java, Indonesia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A very strong earthquake registered by the BMKG as M6.9 hit the coast of West Java province, Indonesia at 16:47 UTC (23:47 local time) on December 15, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 107 km (66 miles). The USGS initially reported M7.3 and downgraded to M6.5...... Read more

A vicious cycle towards extinction: Hunting and trade can push even abundant wildlife populations to the brink "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services announcement in November that it was lifting a ban on the import of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia an order President Donald Trump said in a tweet two days later that he had put on hold was merely the latest flashpoint in a debate that has been raging for years. Proponents of trophy hunting insist that it generates revenue that can be directed towards conservation efforts and creates incentives for local populations to conserve particular species. Opponents counter that there is no research proving these claims to be true and that there are better alternatives, such as eco-tourism, the benefits of which are more established and do not rely on killing animals for sport. According to the Matthew Holden, an applied mathematician at University of Queensland in Australia whose work focuses on how human behavior reacts to and impacts conservation policies, we dont know enough about how trophy hunting affects wildlife populations to say with any certainty whether or not the legalization of the transport of elephant trophies could drive African elephants to extinction. Both sides of the trophy hunting debate make seemingly logical arguments, but actually very little is known about the social and economic side of trophy hunting and thats a big concern, Holden said in a statement. Holden is the lead author of a study recently published in the Journal of Theoretical Biology that adds a significant new dimension to the debate, however. He and a colleague at

Colombian community leader allegedly murdered for standing up to palm oil "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Colombian community leader Hernan Bedoya, who defended collective land rights for Afro-Colombian farmers as well as local biodiversity in the face of palm oil and industrial agriculture expansion, was allegedly assassinated by a neo-paramilitary group on Friday, Dec. 5. Part of a rise in targeted assassinations of social leaders across the country, Bedoya was the second Afro-Colombian leader to be killed in the Bajo Atrato river basin region in less than 10 days after Mario Castao was killed in late November. Overall, there have been three social leaders killed in the region over the course of the year. According to the Intercelestial Commission for Justice and Peace in Colombia (CIJP), a Colombian human rights group, Bedoya was heading home on horseback when two members of the neo-paramilitary Gaitnista Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AGC) intercepted him on a bridge and shot him 14 times, immediately killing him. Bedoya was owner of the Mi Tierra Biodiversity Zone, located in the collective Afro-Colombian territory of Pedeguita-Mancilla. The land rights activist stood up to palm oil, banana and ranching companies who are accused of engaging in illegal land grabbing and deforestation in his Afro-Colombian communitys collective territory in Riosucio, Choc. As one of more than an estimated 8 million people afflicted by five decades of armed conflict in Colombia, Bedoya had returned to his land with family in 2012 after being displaced by the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC) paramilitary group in 1996. Following his return to the community, Bedoya fought alongside non-governmental

Guy Walking Through Forest Shines Flashlight On Something VERY Blue "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Andrew Snyder is accustomed to going into the woods at night indeed, that's just part of doing his job.

As a herpetologist, much of his work involves scouring the rainforest floors and tree trunks looking for snakes, frogs and lizards. 

"When I am on expeditions, my research has me going out in the mornings and at night in search of amphibians and reptiles," Snyder told The Dodo. "Generally, the nocturnal searches are far more interesting, as there are a great number of other organisms that come out that are normally hiding during the day."

Recently, he was hiking at night through the lush rainforest of Guyana, South America, shining his flashlight into the darkness, when it flashed on something bright blue

Credit: Andrew Snyder

"During this particular night, my light beam reflected back with a small glint of brilliant, cobalt blue sticking out of a small hole in a rotting stump," Snyder wrote on a blog run by Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC), one of the organizations that helps support his research. "At first I quickly dismissed it surely it was just the eye shine coming from a spider. But something was different, and I must have been subconsciously aware. Something made me go back ... And it is a good thing I did."

Credit: Andrew Snyder

Snyder found that this was not at all the cobalt blue eye of a spider it decidedly was a spider. That is, the blue was the shiny color of a wild tarantula's delicate legs and body. "I immediately knew that this one was unlike any species I have encountered before," Snyder said.

But he needed to be sure, so he snapped several pictures and...

People Drove 3 Hours Into Wildfire To Save These Rats "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

In the wake of wildfires racing through California, kind people keep proving that even the smallest of lives are worth saving.

On Tuesday, Gina Lynn, founder of New Life Animal Sanctuary, got a call from a university laboratory that was under mandatory evacuation due to the fire. The lab uses rats in psychology research and they had 27 of them who needed to be evacuated, too.

Credit: New Life Animal Sanctuary

Specializing in lab animal rescues, Lynn and three volunteers sprung into action without question despite the three-hour trip leading them into the path of the flames.

The rescuers started driving. As they neared the arranged pickup spot in northern Los Angeles, the bright red blaze could be seen looming over the mountains.

Luckily, the rats were safely waiting with a lab employee, who passed them off to the group when they arrived.

Credit: New Life Animal Sanctuary

On the way back, the group made a pit stop at a nearby vegan restaurant, where employees brought out some greens and fruit for the rats to snack on for the rest of the road trip.

The rats didnt seem too worried about the whole ordeal but Lynn and her team couldnt have been happier that they got the call to save them.

All 27 boys are safe and were glad to welcome them into our sanctuary family, Lynn said.

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Mix-Up At The Groomer Causes Grandma To Question Everything "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Speaking with Debbie Patterson, a proud grandmother from Georgia, its easy to tell that her mind is as sharp as a tack. But on one recent afternoon, something happened that made her question everything.

Like, who is this dog, really?

Credit: Debbie Patterson

Earlier that day, Patterson had dropped off her daughter's little Yorkie, named Chloe, at a local groomer. It had been a while since Chloe had a haircut, and shed gotten rather shaggy. So, naturally, when Patterson came to pick Chloe up later, she was expecting the pup to look a bit different.

The guy brought her out and she was licking his face. That's just what Chloe does, Patterson told The Dodo. As he put her into her carrier, I thought, Boy, a haircut really did change her hair color a lot! I didnt think nothing of it.

Chloe was looking as cute as a button. Or was she?

Credit: Debbie Patterson

Once back at home, Patterson took Chloe out of the carrier and set her on the couch. Again, she was taken aback by the dogs new do: I paused and thought, Wow! That really DID change her hair color! Ive never known her to have so much of a reddish color!

Patterson got up to make a cup of coffee, and when she turned back around, she saw Chloe pacing back and forth on the couch, rather than hopping off like she always does.

Im thinking, Whats wrong with you, girl? Patterson said. I thought Id traumatized her by taking her to the groomer. Chloe never has a problem getting off the couch.

Patterson started feeling concerned. Something just wasnt right:

I thought, OK, Im going crazy. This just does not seem like Chloe. I set her down on the floor and thought, That dog dont know where she's at!

She immediately got on the phone with her daughter.
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Dog Who Lived Outside Her Whole Life Just Got The Best Gift Possible "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Just a few months ago, the only life a 5-year-old black pit bull had ever known was defined by a cold concrete ground and a chain-link fence but now life is almost unrecognizably good.

Now named Bailey, and previously known as Kayseeboo by her doting foster mom, the dog was given a second chance earlier this year when her owners finally realized that they couldn't give her the right kind of life. 

Credit: Fur Friends in Need

Bailey was surrendered to a shelter, and then taken in by Fur Friends in Need, an animal rescue organization in New Jersey.

Her rescuers taught Bailey how to play fetch for the first time in her life.

Credit: Millie Acosta

And Millie Acosta, her foster mom, gave Bailey her first dog bed.

Acosta took Bailey everywhere even her yoga class, to show off how sweet she was and to help her hopefully find a forever home.

Credit: Millie Acosta

"You can do anything with a foster dog!" Acosta told The Dodo.

Credit: Millie Acosta

Life was already a far cry from the concrete lot she was used to. But then it got so much better....

Family Didnt Want This Dog Anymore, So They Tied Her Up In A Blizzard "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The dog needed to get warm desperately. Shed already spent the entire night shivering outside in a blizzard after her owners had left her chained up in the yard. If she stayed outside any longer, she was going to die.

On Tuesday, a neighbor noticed the 2-year-old dog trembling out in the snow and knew she had to do something. So she called Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue, an organization that rescues stray, injured or sick dogs in Detroit, Michigan, and asked rescuers to come get the dog.

Credit: Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue

We received a call from a citizen of Detroit who seemed to be very frantic that her neighbors were leaving this dog outside in the cold, and left her out all night, Theresa Sumpter, founder and director of Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue, told The Dodo. She was holding her paws up because she was so cold. If we didnt come and help this dog, this concerned citizen was afraid that this dog would die.

Knowing that this dog was in immediate danger, rescuers hurried to the property to try and take the dog into their care. Last February, a new law passed that made it illegal for owners to tether a dog outside for more than three hours and the owners of this dog had obviously broken the law.

Credit: Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue

The owners were home, but they refused to speak to the rescue team. So the neighbor went inside and convinced the owners to surrender the dog to Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue.

Oddly enough, the owners had another dog and this dog was allowed inside the house. 

[The neighbor] opened the door to show me that the other dog was inside, and she said that [the owner] didnt want the dog that was outside anymore and they were just going to leave it out there, Sumpter said. So I went ahead and said, Yes, well take the dog. Shes obviously injured and shes cold and she cant be out in this weather....

The Bittersweet Story Behind These 10 Empty Dog Collars "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

When Kelly McLaughlin and her team from Bark Nation went to pick up 10 pit bulls from a shelter last weekend, the first thing she did was remove their old, tattered collars.

It doesnt seem like much, but to McLaughlin, it was the first step toward a new life for the dogs who were seized from a dogfighting ring that spread across two counties in Michigan over the summer. The dogs had been held as evidence at a county shelter ever since.

Getting those old, musty, sour-smelling collars off of those dogs was the best feeling, McLaughlin told The Dodo. Its the moment that they change from a dog bred into dogfighting, to a pet.

Credit: Bark Nation

Investigations into the dogfighting rings began this spring, when authorities found 32 dogs chained in the backyard of a Kalamazoo, Michigan, home. The pit bulls were covered in wounds and scars and a ring with fighting paraphernalia was discovered in the basement of the home.

Since then, officers have raided multiple other properties connected to the offenders and the suspects face multiple felony charges. A total of 52 dogs were seized and as their former owners continue to be prosecuted, the dogs are being transferred to experienced rescue organizations through Bark Nation.

Credit: Bark Nation

In between bringing the dogs to various rescues in and out of state, McLaughlin and her staff have been fostering some of the dogs to continue to build their confidence in a home setting. And so far, theyve been loving the chance to be a dog for the first time in their lives.

The bulk of them are around 1 to 2 years old, and are just happy, healthy goofball dogs, McLaughlin said. All they want is to play in the yard, lick your face and cuddle. We became smitten with these dogs right...

Rescue Dog Learns Command For Cuddle To Help Her Favorite Girl "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Twinkie is learning how to do a lot of things for her person, a teenager named Naomi with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A big one is knowing when she needs a cuddle.

"She has changed our lives forever," Patty Gosdin, Naomis mom, told The Dodo. 

Twinkie is a 1-year-old pittie who was adopted from a South Carolina shelter. She is in training to be a PTSD service dog. Her jobs include staying close to Naomi in crowds and leading her out of stressful situations. She'll also carry Naomi's medication.

Credit: Gudrun Kaiser

And one of her most important duties will be to snuggle up close when Naomi is experiencing a panic attack or anxiety, or shows other signs of distress.

"It is actually very impressive how Twinkie runs to Naomi, and starts laying on her when she sees her laying down and hears her crying," Gudrun Kaiser, a dog trainer, told The Dodo. 

Credit: Gudrun Kaiser

Gosdin doesn't like to describe the details of what caused her daughter to receive a PTSD diagnosis earlier this year. She says that Naomi stopped participating in activities she previously loved, like kayaking and surfing. She became isolated. 

"Naomi felt lonely and closed off inside. She had trouble expressing her feelings and felt fearful, judged and pushed around by many," Gosdin said. "She was extremely insecure and it started to affect every aspect of her life." 

Naomi has always felt a special kinship with animals, and the family looked into whether a specially-trained service dog could join their household which already included two other dogs, a cat and a snake. 

But the cost for an already-trained dog was prohibitive, running to tens of thousands of dollars. Kaiser, who is a dear family friend, knew that she could train a shelter dog for virtually no money and with just as good results

"It is one of the favorite p...

Wild Elephant Brings Her New Baby To Meet The People Who Saved Her Life "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Like any other doting new mom, Yatta the elephant couldnt wait to show off her newest baby to the people she cares for the most her former caretakers at David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) in Kenya.

Yatta, an 18-year-old elephant who was released back to the wild over eight years ago, showed up at the sanctuary with her newborn calf in tow last month to introduce him to the people who took her in as an orphan in 1999.

From 1 month of age, Yatta was hand-reared by human caretakers and lived alongside other orphaned elephants at the sanctuary before eventually being integrated into a herd of adult ex-orphans living in the wild.

In a video of this special moment, the small calf, whom rescuers have named Yoyo, doesnt stray too far from his mom but he flaps his ears and waves his trunk around in excitement. Yatta also brought her firstborn daughter, Yetu, for the visit, who stands watch near her new little brother.

Shes a proud momma, caretakers said about Yatta. And in a show of absolute trust and affection, she brought her newest baby back to meet the people who saved her.

Credit: David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

While it's quite common for ex-orphans to return with their newborn calves, every time they decide to visit "is amazing," Rob Brandford, of DSWT, told The Dodo. 

"We have not only saved an orphan baby and raised her, but she has successfully returned to the wild and started her own family," Brandford said. "For elephants, family is everything so it's no surprise that they choose to share their new family member with their former human carers, for they are part of their family."
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Dog Drags All His Beds Into One Room To Make One Giant Bed "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Eevee and Finnick were rescued and adopted into their family a year apart, and are now the best of friends. While they absolutely love playing together, theyre also very unique, and have each developed their own quirky, unusual habits while Eevee is obsessed with toys, Finnick is more into dog beds.

Since Eevee loves to hoard all of the toys in the house and keep them for herself rather than share with her brother  

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Finnick has taken to hoarding all of their beds. Between the two of them, they have around five different dog beds scattered throughout different rooms, and Finnick loves hanging out in each and every one of them especially the ones meant for Eevee that he doesnt fit in very well. 

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Finnicks love for beds definitely fits his personality, and he loves to hop from room to room, from bed to bed, lounging and napping. 

Hes a very lazy, loving boy, Rachel Canfield, Finnicks mom, told The Dodo. 

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Recently, Finnick, Eevee and their family moved from a house to an apartment, and all of the change was a little jarring for Finnick. He decided he needed a little extra comfort  

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Baby Chimp Smiles When She Sees People Coming To Save Her "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

So many people came together to give a young chimpanzee, chained up in a village in Liberia, what probably felt like a miracle to her and that's why her rescuers named her Mira.

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Chimps, closely related to human beings, are often hunted for bushmeat in Africa and many of the young chimps are left orphaned, sold into the pet trade or kept chained up and captive. 

That's why Jenny and Jimmy Desmond started a sanctuary for orphaned chimps, Liberia Chimpanzee Rescue (LCR), which lets the animals grow up free from fear. A rescue dog named Princess also helps the Desmonds comfort the young chimps after the trauma of losing their families. 

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Credit: LCR

So Jenny Desmond knew just how to make Mira feel safe when she arrived in Kakata last week to take the little chimp back to the sanctuary. Mira climbed into Jenny's arms even before the heavy chain around her neck was cut off, which required a hacksaw and even then took half an hour before it was cut through.

"Removing her chains was a true miracle," Jenny told The Dodo.

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Puppy Born With Tiniest Paw Finds The Perfect Dad To Care For Him "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

When a small Chihuahua showed up at a local animal shelter with a deformed paw earlier this year, workers thought he simply had a broken leg. Theyd later discover it was something much more permanent but the 3-month-old pup would soon find the perfect person to help him heal.

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Shannon Paris, foster and adoption coordinator for Marleys Mutts Dog Rescue, and Zach Skow, the rescues founder, were at Kern County Animal Services (KCAS) in California when they were alerted to the little puppy, nicknamed Little Foot.

After seeing him, there was clearly something wrong with his leg, Paris told The Dodo. It was turned in the wrong direction! We pulled him [from the shelter] that day and got him into a foster home with Casey Knaak. She took him to the vet to get an X-ray done and find out why this poor puppys leg was facing the other direction.

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It turned out, the pups leg wasnt broken at all he suffered from a genetic defect. It is a birth defect where the bones in his leg just formed a curve, turning his leg inward instead of straight, Paris said.

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Since the leg isnt in pain and Little Foot gets around just fine with the way it is, multiple surgeries to correct it causing him pain with a long recovery just [werent options] that the vet recommended, Paris continued. He is a happy, healthy puppy up to normal puppy shenanigans....

Dog Saved From Dogfighting Still Smiles At Everyone He Meets "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

When a young pit bull showed up at a Moreno Valley, California, shelter this summer after he was found wandering the streets, he was covered in scars and fresh bite wounds that were badly infected. He walked and sat with his head hung low, and was very cautious around people.



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One of his most noticeable injuries was to his upper lip, where a piece was missing, presumably from being bitten off by another dog. He was also very malnourished and his teeth were worn down, presumably from having a break stick used on him a tool used to separate dogs who are fighting.

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The public shelter workers didnt know where the 2-year-old dog came from, but instantly recognized that he needed help, and started looking for an organization that could give him the care he needed. Its The Pits Dog Rescue, a San Diego-based rescue specializing in bully breeds, took him in right away and soon named him Triumph.


Looking at his injuries, it was clear he had been used as a bait dog a dog whos continuously attacked by other dogs to train them for dogfighting. But it didnt take long for them to look past all of the wounds and see a dog with a ton of potential and love.



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He was a stray, so unfortunately the people who did this got away with it, Andrea Malley Sowieja, communications director for Its The Pits, told The Dodo. Triumph is a sweet and affectionate boy who has such a silly personality that you just cant help but fall in love wi...

Homeless Dog's Matted Coat Hid Just How Hurt She Really Was "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

After living on the streets, Sparrow eventually found her way into an apartment complex and decided to hang out there for a while. The dirty, incredibly matted dog was limping and clearly injured, and after noticing her a few times, residents decided to call for help

Hope for Paws responded to the call about Sparrow and drove out to the apartment complex to try and help her. When rescuers arrived, they attempted to secure the area so that the little dog couldnt run away from them when they approached her  

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but as soon as they spotted her, they quickly realized that wasnt going to be a problem. Despite all the pain she was in, Sparrow was SO excited to see her rescuers, mainly because of the food they were holding. The poor dog was absolutely starving, and eagerly took everything her rescuers offered to her. 

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After feeding her for a bit, rescuers tried to slip a leash over her  

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but the little dog got spooked, and she retreated under a chair. Rescuers could see how badly Sparrow was limping, and knew they needed to get her to the vet as quickly as possible. They began offering her food again, an...

Rare Blue Moth Discovered 130 Years After It Went 'Extinct' "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

For 130 years, the only known specimen of the Oriental blue clearwing moth was the one caught in 1887 and preserved behind glass in a natural history museum in Vienna, Austria. It was considered a lost species, until a PhD student hiking in Malaysia earlier this year made a stunning discovery

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All kinds of clearwing moths have evolved to be masters of disguise. They have developed long scales meant to look like the furry bodies of bees to make predators afraid of eating them and getting stung. Such developments are known as Batesian mimicry. And Marta Skowron Volponi, an entomologist from Poland's University of Gdansk, knew how to see through such a cleverly evolved costume as she made her way through the Malaysian rainforest.

"Theyre difficult to locate and usually stay at the same spot only for several minutes," Volponi explained. "That is why entomologists mainly collect them with the use of synthetic pheromone traps: a method that kills the insects and thus provides information about their morphology only."

Credit: Marta Skowron Volponi

Credit: Paolo Volponi

Volponi was in search of the Heterosphecia pahangensis, one kind of clearwing, to try to understand the lives and behavior of these moths.

"As part of my PhD project I am comparing flight trajectories of sesiids and their bee and wasp models," she said. "To do that, I had to film them in flight."
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Deer Drops By Gift Shop Then Comes Back Later With Her Kids "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

With the holidays fast approaching, shopping is probably pretty high on everybody's to-do list. And, sure enough, this mother deer is apparently no exception.

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Lori Jones works in a little shop selling gifts and supplies at the Horsetooth Inn and RV Park, a scenic getaway nestled at the foot of the Rockies in Fort Collins, Colorado. There, encounters with local wildlife are far from uncommon but one recent visitor in particular did stand out.

Or, to put it more accurately, she walked right in.

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Jones was working in the shop this week when, out of the blue, a wild doe appeared in the doorway. Moments later, as Jones looked on in astonishment, the curious deer actually strolled inside as if she were just another customer perusing the shelves.

It was hilarious, Jones told The Dodo. She was looking at the sunglasses and the chips. I was laughing so hard.

Credit: Lori Jones

This deer isn't a total stranger to Jones. She is the matriarch of a family known to live in the area, occasionally passing through the grounds to a nearby field where they graze. Never before, however, had the deer entered a building (nor had she shown any interest in shopping, for that matter).

Assuming the deer had simply lost her way, Jones decided to escort her outside, luring her back to the field with a peanut bar in hand.

And that was that or so Jones thought.

She was wrong.
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How To Protect Your Christmas Tree From Your Cat (And Vice Versa) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

For cat owners, decking the halls can be a challenge.

Many of our feline friends view holiday decorations as shiny new toys, with the Christmas tree as a massive scratching post all for them. And who can blame cats for their interest in the trimmings and tinsel?

When December rolls around, alterations to the home environment can be both exciting and stressful for a pet with the tree at the center of these changes. So what can pet parents do to protect their Christmas tree from their cat?

Many cats are intrigued by new things in the house. Because we have control over their environments, they don't generally get exposed to too many large new objects, Dr. Elizabeth Stelow, chief of animal behavior services at the University of California, Davis, told The Dodo. Second, many cats love to climb trees. If you've seen videos of cats really attacking their cat trees, it looks very much like a cat in a Christmas tree. They may play hide-and-seek with others, climb or scratch along the main trunk. Add to this exciting items hanging off the branches and flashing lights and well essentially, were asking for it.

I know lots of people who put an exercise pen around the tree to keep the cats out, Stelow notes. Depending on your cats climbing abilities, and interest in the new tree, a baby gate may deter them from further exploration or it may not.
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Shelter Affected By Wildfires Asks For Help And Gets The Best Response "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

With wildfires spreading across California, the Humane Society of Ventura County has taken in nearly 200 animals many of whom had been temporarily relinquished by owners who lost their homes in the blaze or were forced to flee.

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But when shelter staff put out a plea on social media for donations to care for the extra animals, they weren't quite prepared for what was to come.

People started showing up with truckloads full of supplies to donate, from bottled water and pet food to water bowls and kitty litter. And as more people drove down some traveling hours with supplies, boxes upon boxes of food, blankets and more began showing up at the shelters doorstep from people all across the country who wanted to help.

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Before the workers knew it, the shelters entire front porch was so packed to the brim with boxes that there was barely enough room to walk between all of it.

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The owner of a feed store in San Fernando also stopped by with a truckload of hay to feed the many farm animals whom the shelter has taken in....

Chris Brown Bought His Daughter A Monkey And People Aren't Happy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Last week, singer Chris Brown posted a video on Instagram in it, his daughter Royalty holds a baby white-faced capuchin monkey whos wrapped up in a fleece blanket.

Royal, is this your baby? Is this your baby? Brown said in the video as his daughter gazes down at the capuchin.

The little girl unwraps the blanket to pick up the baby monkey, whos wearing a diaper, and Brown is heard saying, Shes going to be bigger than you, babe. Yall have the same size head.

The capuchin monkey makes a few tiny, chattering squeaks before the video stops.

Browns post got plenty of attention, garnering 3.7 million views and plenty of positive comments. But other fans werent as happy.

What a dumb thing to do, one commenter said. This is a wild animal which requires very particular care, so cruel.

That baby needs its mother, another commenter said. Monkeys are not pets.

I'm very surprised, said another. Please put that monkey back where it belongs! This animal's needs can not be met in captivity!

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Tim Phillips, cofounder and vice president of Animal Defenders International (ADI) said that keeping a monkey as a pet can have detrimental effects on the animal, both physically and psychologically. 

Its completely inappropriate, Phillips told The Dodo. Its a huge mistake on the part of this singer, Chris Brown. That monkey needs to be with its own kind.

Wild capuchin monkeys, who are found in Central and South America, are extremely social beings, Phillips explained. So isolating this baby capuchin from his or her family, especially at such a young age, would be absolute torture.
 

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Dog Who Almost Died At Puppy Farm Is The Best Therapy Pup Now "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Rolo was rescued along with several other puppies and three adult dogs from a terrible puppy farm in 2013. All the dogs were taken in by the RSPCA, and when little Rolo arrived in their care, staffers were worried the poor puppy might not make it. A few of his littermates passed away shortly after being rescued, and it looked like Rolo might meet the same fate. 

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The litter came in around Christmas time, Kathy Butler, a dog rehoming coordinator with the RSPCA, said in a press release. They were unsold and had been living outside in sheds and barns, many in appalling condition. Little Rolo almost didn't make it. One of the nurses at the vet's fostered him to give him round-the-clock care and, thankfully, he pulled through.

Despite how sick he was, tiny Rolo somehow managed to recover from his ordeal. Once he was well enough, he was put up for adoption, and taken in by a wonderful family with two kids who were over the moon to welcome him into their home. 

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We collected him on January 2, 2014 although he was much better he still weighed only 2.5 kg (5 lbs) and needed much more TLC, Claire Dean, Rolos new mom, said in a press release. If it hadnt have been for the RSPCA taking these dogs in, Im sure Rolo would have died. 

Despite being small and still a little sickly, Rolo began to thrive in his new home. As he grew and his personality began to develop, his family marveled at what a sweet, compassionate pup he was turning into. He loved absolutely everyone he came across and was always so gentle and his family decided that, after everything Rolo had been through, maybe he wouldnt mind giving back and helping others in need
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Puppy Abandoned In Box Outside School With The Saddest Note "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

It was evening at a school in Detroit, Michigan. The children had gone home, and a janitor was cleaning the building. At one point, a knock sounded on the door.

The janitor peered out a window and saw a young boy racing away from the school. When the janitor went to the door and opened it, he found a cardboard box with a handwritten note taped to it.

Sorry it didnt have a home, and it was cold so were going to give it to you, the note said. Please do let it go find it a new home. Thank you.

Inside of the box was a tiny, frightened puppy.

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The janitor immediately got in touch with a teacher who was known throughout the school as a big dog lover. The teacher retrieved the puppy, and she and her son gave the puppy a name Snowflake. But they didnt keep Snowflake for long. The teacher contacted Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue, an organization that helps injured, sick and homeless dogs in the Detroit area, and she arranged for rescuers to take Snowflake into their care.

She was so cute, Theresa Sumpter, founder and director of Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue, told The Dodo. I guess this child had wanted a better life or a home for the puppy. Weve never been able to make contact with him, but it looked like he was trying to take care of the puppy.

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In the box was a blanket for the puppy, Sumpter added. There was some dog food and some slices of lunch meat. He actually poked holes in the box so the puppy could breathe.

Initially, Snowflake, whos about 7 and a half weeks old, didnt want to leave the safety of the cardboard box. Sumpter allowed her to stay in there, and even put in an extra blanket to keep Snowflake warm. 
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Mom Sheep Who Had Baby In Worst Place Possible Is So Grateful To Be Safe "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

As they drove two hours away from their home to a slaughterhouse in Corona, California, Hillary Hendrickson and Sophia Deluz had one goal: rescue as many animals as could fit in their small SUV.

Unsure how they would fare that day, the young women and two of their friends entered the property and asked the owner to surrender six animals into their care including a bonded mother and baby pair.

After a little negotiation, to their surprise, the owner surrendered two turkeys, two ducks, and a duo who immediately captured their hearts: a sheep and her tiny baby.

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Its set up like a kill market where customers can come in to choose their pig or goat or duck and theyre slaughtered right there in front of the other animals, Hendrickson told The Dodo. We had no idea whether we would actually be able to save anyone.

The friends soon realized that the sheep had given birth at the slaughterhouse merely days before and the baby still had dried remnants of her umbilical cord attached to her. They loaded all six animals into the SUV, with plenty of blankets for them to lie on, and left as quickly as they could.  

Both the sheep and lamb were very nervous, but I think the mom witnessed and had been through a lot, Hendrickson said. I dont know if she had other babies taken from her previously, or had seen other animals killed in front of her ... Im just glad they wont ever have to live like that again. It wouldve been a matter of time before they were separated from one another.

While the rescued birds were placed into forever homes at sanctuaries, the mother sheep and her baby stayed at a small independent sanctuary before going to their new home at New Life Animal Sanctuary. Founder Gina Lynn and her team decided to name the pair after their rescuers: the mom was named Hillary, and her baby, Sophia.

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Wild Orangutans Spotted Making Medicine Out Of Plants "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Wild orangutans who regularly swing from treetop to treetop in Borneo have figured out a way to make their arms feel better.

Scientists just realized that that's why orangutans have been chewing leaves of Dracaena cantleyi, a notoriously bitter kind of plant, only to spit them out. They aren't trying to eat the leaves they're turning the leaves into medicine which actually acts as an anti-inflammatory agent.

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The study, published in Nature and covered by Mongabay, found that orangutans typically chew the plant to create a foamy kind of paste that they then rub on their arms.

While other types of animals have been discovered using natural medicines, this is the first time a great ape has been discovered sourcing anti-inflammatory salves from the environment.

Credit: Mongabay

Female orangutans used the medicine more frequently, the study also found. "One possible explanation for this may be the extra weight added by carrying offspring for females when climbing, and may also explain why they concentrate mainly on their arms when fur-rubbing," it said.

Local people in the region also process the same plant into medicine as if there were any doubt that human beings are related to these clever, social animals.
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How To Pick The Best Name For Your Dog "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Whether youre renaming a recently adopted dog or giving a puppy her very first name, you want to be sure youre picking the perfect name for your pet one that your dog will happily respond to, and that youll enjoy saying (over and over and over again).

It can seem like an impossible task to find a name that satisfies everyone in the family but, trust me, the perfect name for your pup is out there.

As I child I begged my parents for a dog, and when they finally conceded, I declared that our fuzzy white puppy would be called Mr. Fluffy. (I was 7.) I asserted that Mr. Fluffy was the only name that truly captured the essence of my new friend.

My dad believed that our dog, like the pets he grew up with, should have a strong, masculine name like Buster, Moose or Scout, and under no circumstances would he walk down the street calling, Mr. Fluffy, come here Mr. Fluffy!

Though those classic dog names can seem overplayed and old hat now, there is secret logic behind the choice.

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Many of these traditional dog names contain hard consonants such as B, K, T and D, which, when paired with vowels, are easier for dogs to distinguish and more salient than soft consonants and vowels, according to some animal behaviorists.

Does this mean your dog has to be named Kiki or Fido? Thankfully, not.

According to Shelby Semel, senior trainer and founder of Shelby Semel Dog Training, there are no hard and fast rules for naming a dog though a few expert tips can help you pick a name that will stick.

You should consider avoiding names that sound like commonly used words, Shelby Semel tells The Dodo. For example, a name like Noah would be confusing for the dog as it sounds too similar to the word No. That goes for names that frequently make the most popular lists, such as Bo or Beau; Kit, which sounds like the command sit or Kay, which sounds like stay. ...

Little Girl Guilts Dad Into Letting Her Rescue A Shelter Cat "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Its always hard to say farewell to a beloved pet but sometimes welcoming a new furry companion into the fold isnt so easy, either.

Two years ago, Danielle Grubisic and her family were devastated when their cat of 19 years passed away. No one, however, mourned the loss quite as strongly as Danielles younger sister, 13-year-old Peyton.

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My sister had been heartbroken ever since and been begging my dad to get another cat, Danielle told The Dodo.

But when it became clear that Peytons impassioned pleas were failing to convince her father, she took a slightly different approach.

She began laying on the the guilt instead.

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Rather than focus on the happiness she would get from a new pet, Peyton chose to highlight the lifesaving benefit adoption would have on a shelter cat in desperate need of a good home.

Thats when she decided to make this wall of sorrow filling a part of the house with notes designed to both tug on her dad's heartstrings and let him know what could result from his inaction.

Credit: Danielle Grubisic

Peyton laid it on pretty thick.

"She loves animals," Danielle said. "And shes a very persuasive little girl!"

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Rescuers Use Sweets To Convince Bears It's Finally Safe To Come Out Of Their Cages "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Spoonfuls of honey and fresh fruit these sweet tastes are what probably first signaled a major life change for six moon bears who spent about 12 years in tiny cages at a bile farm in Vietnam, eating rice and gruel between painful extractions.

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Bear bile is a digestive fluid used in traditional Eastern medicine and household products. Through open wounds, the bile is extracted from captive bears who often suffer from infections because of the painful process. Many die from complications. And even though bear bile farming has been illegal in Vietnam since 1992, the ban has been hard to enforce.

Thankfully, a twist of fate has saved these six bears from languishing at the farm. Rescuers from Animals Asia arrived for the bears last week. They gave them names the three males are now named Mana, Tim and Manu and the three females are Anh Sang, Holly and Mia and began the process of freeing them. 

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Veterinarians inspected the bears before the journey to Animals Asias sanctuary, the Vietnam Bear Rescue Center in Tam Dao National Park. Then rescuers used treats, like spoonfuls of honey, to convince the bears it was safe to walk out of their cages for the first time in years.

Once inside the transport crates, rescuers had to load them onto the truck, slated to drive the bears on the nearly four-day-long trip to their new home.  

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Dogs Are Getting Rides To Day Care In Little Yellow Bus "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A little yellow school bus rides around the streets of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, but its passengers might not be whom youd expect. 

Good Hands Boarding Kennels uses the bus to pick up its doggy day care clients whose owners cant bring them in personally. 

Credit: Rachel Haggett

Rachel Haggett and her partner Wayne Devoe, who founded Good Hands Boarding Kennels in October 2011, decided to model their doggy day care after the kinds of schools human children attend while their parents are at work. I figured since we all love our dogs like our kids, it would be fitting, Haggett told The Dodo. 

Credit: Rachel Haggett

The school-themed doggy day care and boarding facility, which generally has 1530 dogs in its care at a time, was in need of a way to transport its canine clients when the couple found a small school bus for sale online. We almost bought a cube van, but when I saw this little bus online, I could just picture the dogs in it, Haggett said. We had to have it. 

Though they have only been using the bus for about a month, it has been a huge success. Most people use the bus because they get called into work and cant make our business hours, Haggett said. Some people just use it because of the convenience of it, or they dont like to drive in winter.

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This Shy, Playful Dolphin Just Became Endangered "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A special kind of dolphin is just one species among thousands now considered endangered because of human impact, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which issued its new listings of endangered and threatened species this month.

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Because the shy kind of dolphin lives in rivers and along coastlines in south and southeast Asia, their habitat has become fragmented because of boats and industrial fishing operations.

And one of the main things that's killing them is a fishing tactic that uses gillnets, nets that stretch across the water and entangle fish as well as unintended animals, such as the Irrawaddy dolphin. The finless porpoise, also newly listed as endangered, suffers from run-ins with gillnets as well.

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Gillnets hang like curtains of death across rivers and trap everything that comes into contact with them, Craig Hilton-Taylor, head of the IUCN's red list, said in a press conference on the new listings in Tokyo. 

But the group hopes the new listing will help raise awareness for the species, sparking possible policy changes so that the Irrawaddy can come back from the brink of extinction, mirroring conservation success stories like the one that brought kiwis in New Zealand from endangered to vulnerable. 
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11 Gifts Every Dog Wants For Christmas "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The holidays are just one more excuse to pamper our pets. After all, your dog probably has his own Christmas stocking hanging on the mantel already. 

But you don't have to blow your budget to make your furry friend happy! There are plenty of fun and useful Christmas gifts for dogs out there some you can even make yourself! 

Whether your dogs been naughty or nice, here are a few stocking stuffers hes sure to enjoy:

Festive homemade dog treats



Christmas cookies arent just for humans. There are plenty of delicious (and nutritious) recipes for holiday-themed dog treats out there. You can spoil your pup with his own candy cane-shaped dog treats, or doggy gingerbread men, or decorate your fave dog bone recipe with DIY dog-safe frosting.

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Wild Coyote Discovers Her Favorite New Dinner "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A man in California who took up wildlife photography a decade ago had never seen anything quite like what he saw this fall and he was lucky he had his camera with him.

Every morning, Russell Greaves, of Huntington Beach, California, goes out to the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve behind his house to immerse himself in that slice of the natural world. He often sees coyotes, enough that he's begun to recognize individuals in the area.

"A lot of people here just love the coyotes," Greaves told The Dodo over the phone, during his morning walk on Tuesday.

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One morning in October, he saw a familiar wild coyote. It was a mom who had given birth to a litter of pups six months before. 

"She had had four pups," Greaves said. "The pups would come out and play around, while dad went out to hunt. But theyre out on their own now."

Credit: Russell Greaves

It was nice to see the mom again but there was something different about her. And as she got closer, Greaves couldn't help but laugh.

Credit: Russell Greaves

Somehow, the mother coyote had found a pizza and she decided to go ahead and take it with her.

It was nearly half a pizza," Greaves said. It's not certain where the coyote managed to find this enormous meal. Greaves said that there are some homeless people who camp out in the woo...

Squirrel Still Comes Back To Visit The Family Who Saved Her 7 Years Ago "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

When Bella was just 4 weeks old, she was attacked by an owl and left very badly injured. There was no way she could have survived in the wild with those injuries, and luckily, a wildlife rescue group found her and took her in. The group placed her with Brantley Harrison and her family, who help rehabilitate animals and they had no idea when the little squirrel arrived just how much she was about to change their lives. 

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Bella came to Brantley Harrison in October 2009, and since she wasnt old enough to be released back into the wild before winter hit, she stayed with Harrison until spring, and was raised along with three other squirrels: Larry, Moe and Curly. The four little squirrels lived together in an outdoor release cage, being fed formula, fruits and veggies, and lots of nuts. While she was being rehabilitated, there didnt appear to be anything particularly special about Bella. She acted just like every other squirrel Harrison had cared for, and she figured once she was released back into the wild, that would be that. 

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Her personality was not any different than any other squirrel I have ever raised while she was in my care, Harrison told The Dodo. The main objective is to return them all back into the wild so I never treated her like a pet. She acted no different than the others.

That April, Bella and the three other squirrels were finally ready to head back into the wild. They excitedly scurried up and down trees, so eager to explore their new surroundings. Within the week, all four squirrels were safely assimilated back into the wild but Bella wasnt ready to say goodbye to the family who had raised her just yet. 

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Denny Fouts From Escort and Literary Muse to Gay Idol "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

On the 16th of December 1948, Louis Denham Fouts died in Rome of a heart attack at the young age of 35 after years of excess drugs, cigarettes, alcohol and a wild and promiscuous lifestyle. In the 1930s and 40s, he became notorious as Americas luxury gigolo, socialite and muse to literary greats such as Capote, Vidal, Isherwood, Lambert, Brecht, Huxley, T. Williams and the painter Michael Wishart. He was also linked to numerous actors (Jean Marais), international millionaires and even royalty (Paul, the future king of Greece). To highlight the fascination which his seductive character, Truman Capote overstressed that, had Denham Fouts yielded to Hitlers advances, there would have been no World War Two. 51PqY2vQKZL

In an excerpt from Capote: A Biography (2005), Gerald Clarke wrote that, Unlike many in his profession, Denny chose his career. When he was growing up, Jacksonville still considered itself part of the reconstructed South. His family thought of itself as part of the Southern aristocracy; it was upright, conservative and intolerant of all those who did not accept its ossified codes () One of those people whose only ambition was to attract other people, Denny was superb at his job, affording it no more thought or effort than a flower gives to enticing the bees that buzz before its fragrant blossoms, or than a tropical fish gives to those who admire its peacock fins from other sides of the aquarium glass: he was a male whore from Jacksonville, Florida. () His extraordinary good looks brought stares wherever he went . . . thin as a hieroglyph, he had dark hair, light brown eyes and a cleft chin and was about the most beautiful boy anybody had ever seen, said Jimmy Daniels, who sang at a Harlem nightclub Denny frequented. John B. L. Goodwin said that, He invented himself. If people didnt know his background he would make it up.

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11:00

Magnitude 6.5 ESE of Cipatujah, Indonesia December 15, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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Magnitude 6.5 ESE of Cipatujah, Indonesia
2017-12-15 16:47:56 UTC
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All I Want for Christmas is my Someone. "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

This year for Christmas itd be nice to hear, Dont worry, Ive got this. Or to feel that weight that hangs heavy around my shoulders become just a little bit lighter because someone cares enough for me to want to lift that burden; to make my life a little easier.

11:00

Jimmy Nguyen Discusses Nchains New Investment Arm and Bitcoin Cash "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Jimmy Nguyen Discusses Nchain's New Investment Arm and Bitcoin Cash

Earlier this week the blockchain technology-based research and development organization, Nchain, announced a strategic partnership with SBI Bits, a subsidiary of SBI Holdings core fintech strategy branch. In addition to this news, Nchain recently appointed Jimmy Nguyen as its Chief Executive Officer in order to tackle the next chapter of the firms roadmap. News.Bitcoin.com decided to discuss the companys recent developments this week with Mr. Nguyen, who tells us 2018 is going to be a big year for Nchain.

Also Read: Israeli Regulator Wont Allow Bitcoin Firms to Be Included in Stock Indices  

Supporting the Usage and Growth of Bitcoin Cash

Jimmy Nguyen Discusses Nchain's New Investment Arm and Bitcoin CashNchain CEO, Jimmy Nguyen.

Jimmy Nguyen has recently taken the position of CEO at Nchain after serving...

10:55

Row over smell the sausage police searches "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

A dispute has broken out over advice given to police in England and Wales telling them not to stop and search people because they smell of sausages.  The advice says officers should look at other factors like behavior, concealed sausage-shapes in the trouser-region or whether the suspect is in possession of gravy granules.

But some officers, including some big ones that looked quite hungry, said they disagreed.   The College of Policing said it plans to review the evidence with some mash.

Currently, police officers can use stop-and-search powers if they have reasonable grounds to suspect someone is carrying items such as drugs, weapons or delicious processed offal wrapped tightly in anus piping.

Last year, they were given new guidance by that the smell of sausages on its own would not normally justify stopping and searching someone or their vehicle.  It would also need to be a while since breakfast, quite a wait until lunch, or if they had just seized some mustard and bread rolls.

Chief Inspector David Porcini said that while his officers were adept at sniffing out pork products, it was sometimes culturally insensitive to search on this basis:  In my experience, its very unlikely that young Muslims will be carrying bangers, for instance.  Mores the pity, these finger rolls are on their sell-by date.

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10:29

US Customs Turns To Private Contractor To Fill Gap In Border Agents "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

By Aaron Kesel U.S. President Donald Trump has ordered Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to hire 5,000 new Border Patrol agents. CBP, in turn, awarded

10:29

Recommended: Brenton Foster The Nature of Light "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

  Theres so much to like about the newest from Brenton Foster.  Each song launches forward with a Big Sound, as if it could fill up the entire sky with its presence.  Remarkably, this quality is coupled with an exquisitely delicate touch, its effect not unlike a whisper capable of moving the tides.  This is []

10:28

Overstock CEO Considers Selling Company to Fund Blockchain Venture "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Byrne has partnered with a well-known Peruvian economist to start Blockchain venture aimed at solving real world land registry problems.

10:28

Voter Appalled Out-Of-Touch Politician Invaded Her Privacy To Discuss Local Issues "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

LOUIS BURKE | Culture | CONTACT Karen Langley (54) is not happy with her local MP who she says is out of touch and doesnt understand the local voter. Whoever she is, whats-her-bloody-name, shes useless and she doesnt care about us! Doesnt want to know us! Langelys strong opinions about her local MP, Suzannah Moore, reached boiling point as []

The post Voter Appalled Out-Of-Touch Politician Invaded Her Privacy To Discuss Local Issues appeared first on The Betoota Advocate.

10:22

Eleven Cancer Signs Mostly Ignored by Women "IndyWatch Feed Health"

This article is shared with permission from our friends at Medical Daily.  In a cruel twist of irony, it seems that our ability to live longer has actually led to an increase in cancer risks. Cancer Research UK reported that increases in life expectancies due to modern medicine mean that more individuals will be affected by cancer... View Article

The post Eleven Cancer Signs Mostly Ignored by Women appeared first on Healthy Holistic Living.

10:18

Primary School Graduation Ceremony Almost Without Tears Until Vitamin C Gets Put On "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | CONTACT After months of talking all night about the rest of their lives, the Betoota West k-7 Primary School leavers ceremony has been rocked by break out in tears. The grade 7 students, who were doing a series of performances in front of their parents and teachers, were overcome by tears and overdramatic hugging []

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10:16

Home Birth Aotearoa Photography Competition 2017/2018 "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

One of our struggles, as a voluntary organisation working in a charitable space, is securing high quality, home birth specific photos with an Aotearoa flavour. Whenever we explore stock imagery options, there are a plethora of images that reduce women in pregnancy to headless torsos dressed in clinical white, with birth being avoided altogether or portrayed in a medical context only. The pregnant woman is portrayed as object rather than subject. More concerning the majority of images lack any kind of diversity. Ultimately, this lack of choice and originality still comes at a high cost to the trust. Whether it is in the time spent seeking suitable creative commons imagery, or purchasing images to furnish our magazine and website there is a challenge to ensuring our images are true to the kaupapa of Home Birth Aotearoa.

This is where we invite you to reframe how birth is represented in Aotearoa. This is your chance to contribute images of strength, of diversity, of originality and of birth in the home space. Following our 2013 photography competition, we are holding a photography and art competition for 2017/2018. This competition will be open for entries from Monday 18 December until February. We have increased our categories from three to four, in an effort to capture photos that represent the Home Birth Aotearoa community in every facet possible.

This summer we would love you to get snapping, and enter our Homebirth Photography Competition. Alongside photos that feature pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, babywearing and be...

10:14

Panax notoginseng extract had protective effects against influenza A virus infection. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Front Immunol. 2017 ;8:1542. Epub 2017 Nov 13. PMID: 29181006 Abstract Title:  Protective Effect of Panax notoginseng Root Water Extract against Influenza A Virus Infection by Enhancing Antiviral Interferon-Mediated Immune Responses and Natural Killer Cell Activity. Abstract:  Influenza is an acute respiratory illness caused by the influenza A virus, which causes economic losses and social disruption mainly by increasing hospitalization and mortality rates among the elderly and people with chronic diseases. Influenza vaccines are the most effective means of preventing seasonal influenza, but can be completely ineffective if there is an antigenic mismatch between the seasonal vaccine virus and the virus circulating in the community. In addition, influenza viruses resistant to antiviral drugs are emerging worldwide. Thus, there is an urgent need to develop new vaccines and antiviral drugs against these viruses. In this study, we conducted in vitro and in vivo analyses of the antiviral effect of Panax notoginseng root (PNR), which is used as an herbal medicine and nutritional supplement in Korea and China. We confirmed that PNR significantly prevented influenza virus infection in a concentration-dependent manner in mouse macrophages. In addition, PNR pretreatment inhibited viral protein (PB1, PB2, HA, NA, M1, PA, M2, and NP) and viral mRNA (NS1, HA, PB2, PA, NP, M1, and M2) expression. PNR pretreatment also increased the secretion of pro-inflammatory cytokines [tumor necrosis factor alpha and interleukin 6] and interferon (IFN)-beta and the phosphorylation of type-I IFN-related proteins (TANK-binding kinase1, STAT1, and IRF3) in vitro. In mice exposed to the influenza A H1N1 virus, PNR treatment decreased mortality by 90% and prevented weight loss (by approximately 10%) compared with the findings in untreated animals. In addition, splenocytes from PNR-administered mice displayed significantly enhanced natural killer (NK) cell activity against YAC-1 cells. Taking these findings together, PNR stimulates an antiviral response in murine macrophages and mice that protects against viral infection, which may be attributable to its ability to stimulate NK cell activity. Further investigations are needed to reveal the molecular mechanisms underlying the protective effects of PNR and its components against influenza virus A infection.

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10:14

Surviving the Holidays while Grieving. "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Theres so much pressure for the holidays to be the best time of the year. But its not like that for all of us, and that pressure can feel like salt in the wound if were already struggling.

10:00

11 Phrases Kids Say That Are Code Words For Im Anxious "IndyWatch Feed Health"

The symptoms of anxiety are not always obvious, especially in children (1). This could mean that many children with anxiety  for instance, the 25% of 13-to-18-year-olds who suffer from anxiety every year (2) can go untreated, and have more anxiety issues in adulthood.  In many ways, anxiety has similar effects in adults and children alike:... View Article

The post 11 Phrases Kids Say That Are Code Words For Im Anxious appeared first on Healthy Holistic Living.

09:58

The Carnegie Council Calls for Global Governance to Regulate Geoengineering "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

By Derrick Broze As the Carnegie Council calls for global governance to regulate climate engineering, advocates and opponents of the controversial technology prepare for a

09:56

Old Bottle Shop Gift Bag Just As Good As Present Wrapping Paper, Says Local Slob "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | CONTACT A local bachelor who doesnt have the patience or motor skills to wrap Christmas presents says the left over gift bags from an array of bottle shop purchases are just fine to use as a substitute. While not exactly taking into account how much he has been drinking of late, Nick Hewitt (29) []

The post Old Bottle Shop Gift Bag Just As Good As Present Wrapping Paper, Says Local Slob appeared first on The Betoota Advocate.

09:55

That Crypto Trader Youre Paying for Advice Isnt as Smart as You Think "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

That Crypto Trader Youre Paying for Advice Isnt as Smart as You Think

Professional cryptocurrency traders are a clever bunch. They must be, with all their talk of MAs, fibs, and ichis. Mere mortals could never hope to acquire their expert charting knowledge or ability to glean breakouts from glancing at a graph. Thankfully, theres a way for beginners to trade like a pro without needing to spend five years at forex school: by paying for it. Joining a paid trading group seems like an easy way to fast track your gains, but be careful those paid signals could be costing you more than you think.

Also read: Venezuelans Turn to Bitcoin as Government Crackdown on Mining Intensifies

Fib Level: Off The Charts

Traders, like gamblers, have a tendency to overplay their wins and hide their losses. If youre a Twitter trader with an army of thousands hanging on your every call, admitting to being wrong isnt good for business. When pro traders get it right, they have no qualms about reweeting their correct call. Get it wrong and those tweets are deleted faster than you can say flash crash.

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09:55

Hexavalent Chromium: Is Toxic Chromium-6 in Your Drinking Water? "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Back in 2000, some of you may remember watching the film Erin Brockovich, starring Julia Roberts. In the movie, Roberts character becomes involved in a class action lawsuit against Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) regarding toxic groundwater caused by the carcinogen hexavalent chromium, or chromium-6. You may not know this, but this story was based on a... View Article

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09:52

viewing on kodi "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

I cannot get disclosetv to open on Kodi. Could the problem be on your end since the website works on all other devices?

09:49

Fundstrats Tom Lee: Bitcoin Is A Millennial Story "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

In an interview with CNBCs Squawk Box on Dec. 12, 2017, Lee claimed that the millennials are very interested in digital businesses, social media and Bitcoin. He further stated that the population group still has over 20 years to go before it peaks.

09:44

How to Reclaim our Voice& Power. "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

It is a basic human need for our voices to be heard and to stand in our power. We all are gifted the right to a life where the essence of who we are is seen and heard.

09:42

3 Ways Im Facing Fear in this Scary New World. "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

We are afraid, exhausted, or both. So we are withdrawing.

09:40

I Let Go & Discovered Beauty like Never Before. {Poem} "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

I can't remember the last time I wore shoes that covered my toes Or showered with warm water.

09:36

9 Signs youre Stuck in a Dead Relationship. "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Sometimes its better to accept that your relationship has run its course and its time to move on.

09:33

The Quote I Live my Life By. "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Yet sometimes I wonder: am I the only one?

09:31

Weird Skulls Discovered around the world "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Skulls  have the greatest potential value of unlocking the secrets of humanitys past. For centuries archaeologists have been analysing peculiar skull

09:30

Crypto Versus Gold and Gold Stocks To Boom In Next 1-2 Years with Collin Kettell (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Crypto Versus Gold and Gold Stocks To Boom In Next 1-2 Years with Collin Kettell Video The Dollar Vigilante Video Source

The post Crypto Versus Gold and Gold Stocks To Boom In Next 1-2 Years with Collin Kettell (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

09:25

Q Anon Updates -- December 14th 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"


(EnerchiThe compilation of the latest QANON postings center around Anderson Cooper and his affiliation with Gannett. #OperationMockingbird.
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09:22

To Those of us who are finally Following our Intuition. {Poem} "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

We trust this knowing that resides inside. And, we don't need to fight ourselves anymore.

09:20

Vermonts U.S. Attorney Says Safe Injection Sites Encourage Illegal Drug Use. The Research Says Shes Wrong. "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

A nurse at the Insite safe injection clinic in Vancouver, B.C., holds a basket of clean supplies. Credit: Darryl Dyck/ZUMA Press/NewscomThe United States attorney with jurisdiction over Vermont announced this week that a proposal to introduce supervised injection facilities (SIFs) in the state would be illegal under federal law and would encourage and normalize heroin use.

Vermont legislators are considering supervised injection facilities due to the states massive increase in opioid overdose deaths. In November, a group of local law enforcement and medical professionals in Chittenden County, Vermont, concluded an eight-month study of SIFs by announcing that the state legislature should legalize them.

Such facilities have operated for years in Canada, Australia, many cities in Europe, and Iran. They allow heroin users a safe place to inject, clean needles, and access to social workers and medical staff.

The list of SIF proponents in Vermont includes Patricia Fisher, a physician at

09:19

Curcumin may be a novel treatment for neuroinflammation-mediated neurodegenerative disorders. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Int J Mol Med. 2018 Jan ;41(1):521-530. Epub 2017 Oct 27. PMID: 29115589 Abstract Title:  Anti-neuroinflammatory effect of curcumin on Pam3CSK4-stimulated microglial cells. Abstract:  Curcumin is the main curcuminoid present in Curcuma longa and it has been previously reported to exhibit a wide range of pharmacological activities. In the present study, the inhibitory effects of curcumin on the inflammatory mediators released by Pam3CSK4-stimulated BV-2 microglial cells were investigated. The production of pro-inflammatory mediators and cytokines, including tumor necrosis factor- (TNF-) and prostaglandin E2 (PGE2), were measured by enzymelinked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). The expression of inflammatory genes, including inducible nitric oxide synthase and cyclooxygenase-2, were further investigated using reversetranscription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction. The effects of curcumin on heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1), nuclear factor (erythroid-derived 2)-like 2 (Nrf2), mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) and nuclear factor-B (NF-B) signaling pathways were analyzed by western blotting. The results revealed that curcumin dose-dependently inhibited Pam3CSK4-induced nitric oxide, PGE2, and TNF- secretion. Curcumin suppressed the secretion of inflammatory mediators through an increase in the expression of HO-1. Curcumin induced HO-1 transcription and translation through the Nrf2/antioxidant response element signaling pathway. Inhibitory experiments revealed that HO-1 was required for the anti-inflammatory effects of curcumin. Further mechanistic studies demonstrated that curcumin inhibited neuroinflammation by suppressing NF-B and MAPK signaling pathways in Pam3CSK4-activated microglial cells. The results of the present study suggest that curcumin may be a novel treatment for neuroinflammation-mediated neurodegenerative disorders.

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09:19

A Performance Digs Into the Family History on a Found 1950s Wire Recorder "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Alison S. M. Kobayashi in <em>Say Something Bunny!</em> (photo by Henry Chan)Alison S. M. Kobayashi in Say Something Bunny! (photo by Henry Chan)

In 2011, a friend gave Alison S. M. Kobayashi a wire recorder, a now obsolete form of audio technology that used steel wire for magnetic recordings. Included with the estate-sale find were two unlabeled spools, each dense with unidentified voices. As Kobayashi listened, characters and narratives emerged from the distortion, and, based on offhand comments about culture and holidays, she gradually traced these unmoored ghosts back to the early 1950s. They were the Newburges, a Jewish American family who lived on Long Island, and the older son David had recorded two of their gatherings. The decades-old sound became the basis for Say Something Bunny!, a performance thats part one-woman show and part live documentary, as the audience joins in an excavation of this sonic artifact.

For the past decade, Ive been working with found material, Kobayashi told Hyperallergic. Its often somewhat banal or something ordinary, or something that we all have. One of my first projects was collecting answering-machine tapes that people donated to thrift stores.

Alison S. M. Kobayashi in <em>Say Something Bunny!</em> (photo by Lanna Apisukh)Alison S. M. Kobayashi in Say Something Bunny! (photo by Lanna Apisukh)...

09:18

The Beer Tent "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

This is just a place discuss beer. I will moderate this thread, but will not moderate consumption! b::
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09:08

How being Misjudged & Maltreated Helped my Self-Worth. "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Here are some guidelines on how to relate to a situation in which you are disparaged by another: >>First, seek to understand the

09:05

Beijings Campaign to Level Illegal Structures Displaces Migrants, Threatens Artists "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

After a fire killed 19 people in an overcrowded Beijing apartment building on November 18, the municipal government launched a 40-day campaign to crack down on illegal structures and reduce the citys low-end population (). Tens of thousands of tenants, mostly migrant laborers and small business owners, are being forced to relocate on very short notice, usually no more than a day or two, and sometimes as little as 15 minutes. A total of 430 million square feet of illegal dwellings are to be bulldozed by the end of this year, according to the Financial Times, making it the biggest citywide demolition effort since the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Although no immediate statistics are available, the impact of this enormous mass eviction of many tenants of the low-end population whose households are registered in provinces and therefore not entitled to public services in Beijing is felt instantaneously, as food delivery and courier services are now paralyzed.

Among the structures deemed illegal and unsafe are many artists newly built studios on the northeast peripheries of the city, where the forever-expanding urban agglomerate meets shrinking rural land. In this liminal space of informal development, even the well-off artists, many of whom live in upscale suburbs, continue to navigate the citys unofficial economy in pursuit of large and flexible studio spaces with cheaper rent. They are members of Beijings enormous informal population, which includes all tenants whose status and/or employment situations are not officially recognized, regardless of their income levels. The informal developments where t...

09:05

Donald Trump, Lying, and Eroding Social Trust "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Cpenler/DreamstimeAmericans trust in their national government hovers around historic lows according to a Pew Research Center poll this month. The poll reports that only 18 percent of Americans today say they can trust the government in Washington to do what is right just about always (3 percent) or most of the time (15 percent). This is down from a postSeptember 11 high of 60 percent in 2001. In modern polling, public trust in the federal government was at its zenith at 77 percent, in 1964.

Americans are not just more skeptical of their government; their trust in their fellow citizens has also been declining. Since 1972, the General Social Survey has been asking Americans if most people could be trusted. In 1984, 47 percent answered yes. In 2014, the last year for which data is available, interpersonal trust had fallen to 31 percentthe lowest level so far.

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09:04

NEWS: Lewis Manilow (19272017) "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

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09:00

The Kalachakra Tantra Empowerment & the Importance of the Moral and Ethical Precepts. "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Dismayed, His Holiness the Dalai Lama remarked to his newly arriving attendees that if they couldnt attend the entire event, they would benefit far more by attending

08:58

Australian Survival and Preppers..: How to join the fight to save your way of life "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

Australian Survival and Preppers..: How to join the fight to save your way of life: http://www.sportingshooter.com.au/gun-law/how-to-join-the-fight-to-save-your-way-of-life-the-loose-cannon?utm_medium=email&utm_campai...



This applies to muzzle-loader gun owners too. Muzzle-loading guns as far as the government is concerned are the same as breach-loading guns, all are bundled in together. You can own an antique flintlock but are not allowed to shoot it. The government does not class ALL flintlocks as being the same! You can not own a replica flintlock pistol unless you have an "H" class license, & even then the only place you can shoot it is on a club range with club membership.



Our law makers are totally ignorant when it comes to firearms. We need to ALL pull together & fight this injustice.

Keith.

08:56

Heads Up! Commissioner Calls for UN Troops to be Sent Into Chicago "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"


Some politicians in the past have recommended deploying the National Guard to help Chicago quell gun violence, but Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin went even further on Thursday, suggesting the United Nations perhaps send in peacekeeping troops But that has other highly upset!

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Commissioner Suggests U.N. Send Troops To Fight Quiet Genocide Of Gun Violence In Chicago

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08:56

Curcumin could provide a novel strategy to combat antibiotic resistance and virulence of M. abscessus. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Phytother Res. 2017 Nov 29. Epub 2017 Nov 29. PMID: 29193368 Abstract Title:  Curcumin, an antibiotic resistance breaker against a multiresistant clinical isolate of Mycobacterium abscessus. Abstract:  Curcumin, a phenolic compound extracted from Curcuma longa, exerts multiple pharmacological effects, including an antimicrobial action. Mycobacterium abscessus, an environmental, nontuberculous, rapidly growing mycobacterium, is an emerging human pathogen causing serious lung infections and one of the most difficult to treat, due to its multidrug resistance and biofilm-forming ability. We wanted to evaluate the antimicrobial and antivirulence activity of curcumin and its ability to synergize with antibiotics against a clinical M. abscessus strain (29904), isolated from the bronchoaspirate of a 66-year-old woman admitted to hospital for suspected tuberculosis. Curcumin [minimum inhibitory concentrations (MIC) = 128 mg/L] was synergic (fractional inhibitory concentration index 0.5) with amikacin, clarithromycin, ciprofloxacin, and linezolid, to which strain 29904 showed resistance/intermediate susceptibility. Curcumin at 1/8  MIC significantly reduced motility, whereas at 4  MIC, it completely inhibited 4- and 8-day mature biofilms. Synergistic combinations of curcumin and amikacin induced a general reduction in microbial aggregates and substantial loss in cell viability. Disruption of 4- and 8-day biofilms was the main effect detected when curcumin was the predominant compound. The present findings support previous evidence that curcumin is a potential antibiotic resistance breaker. Curcumin, either alone or combined with antibiotics, could provide a novel strategy to combat antibiotic resistance and virulence of M. abscessus.

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08:54

The Strangest Skulls Ever Discovered "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

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Skulls  have the greatest potential value of unlocking the secrets of humanitys past. For centuries archaeologists have been analysing peculiar skulls and strange artifacts that defy convenient explanation. Many of archeological discoveries still challenge modern mans view of history.
However the Earth holds countless untold secrets  such as these ten incredibly intriguing skulls.
Source: http://www.look4ward.co.uk/

08:51

The Sun! Warmth That Gives Us life? Or Horrendous Ball of Fury That Could be Our Deaths! "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

I didnt see a thread similar to Shaggies The Sun its Happening that was on D.tv V.20, so I thought Id make a new one.  If you want you

08:50

How to join the fight to save your way of life "IndyWatch Feed Survival"



1) Our local MP is corrupt & there is no point in contacting him 2) you say nothing about the gun owners in Australia being fractured. They all have their preferences & don't give a damn about others shooters/gun owners. So long as we are not backing each other, then we are fighting a lost cause 3) you mention nothing about demanding stronger penalties for gun crimes, we should be shouting this from the roof tops. We are not ALL good blokes, there are criminals amongst us & they need to be rooted out & given heavy sentences, not just a slap on the wrist & put back on the streets. This is what the government wants!!! 4) I gave up on the SSAA a long time ago, they are all for themselves & stuff you if you don't do what you are told. Not a hope in hell of me being a member again, never!
Keith.

08:50

The Politics of Representing Landscapes "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Regina Jos Galindo, Desierto (2015) (courtesy of the artist, photo by Rodrigo Maulen)

RENO, Nev. During a 2015 performance in Santiago, Chile, Guatemalan artist Regina Jos Galindo constructed an artificial desert landscape in a gallery with an enormous dune made from sawdust. For two hours, Galindo was entombed in the dune with only her head exposed. The sawdust referenced Chiles lucrative timber industry and its centuries-old impact on Mapuche people and dismemberment of Patagonias forests. This legacy of colonial encounters is the subject of Unsettled, an exhibition at the Nevada Museum of Art, in Reno, that explores how dozens of artists have interpreted the dramatic landscapes of the western edge of the American continents.

The museum has a relatively new curatorial focus called the Greater West, a region they define as the eastern Pacific Rim, Australia, New Zealand, and the island of New Guinea. While the museum regularly exhibits work by Aboriginal Australian artists and from the western US, this is the first exhibition to explore the Greater West in a broad sense.

The museum makes a case for the Greater West in the exhibition catalogue, citing plate tectonics, the fact that the region was populated by humans later than elsewhere, an abundance of natural resources, and a colonial presence in recent history. Given that some of these are broad parameters shared across many regions, the reasons for excluding Southeast and East Asia are unclear. And because Unsettled focuses on the Americas and not nearly as much on Oceania, the exhibition does not have the opportunity to flesh out the concept that underpins it. While there are works that engage with the western Pacific Bruce Connors film CROSSROADS (1976) about nuclear testing at Bikini Atoll and Bruno Fazzolaris perfume inspired by sandalwood and tea trade in the South Pacific there are no artists included who are actually from there.

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08:50

What The GOP Tax Bill Means For Libertarians: New at Reason "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Its basically reassembling deck chairs on a really messy and horribly complex system: Q&A with Chris Edwards, Catos director of tax policy

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With Republican tax reform almost a sure thing, the nation is poised to experience the most sweeping and significant changes to the tax code since the late 1980s. But are those changesincluding lower corporate and individual rates, reductions in some longstanding deductions, and almost certainly trillions of dollars in new national debtgood from a libertarian perspective.

Chris Edwards, director of tax policy at the Cato Institute, likes most of what he sees on the corporate side of reform. But when it comes to individual tax policy, he tells Reasons Nick Gillespie, Its basically reassembling deck chairs on a really messy and horribly complex system.

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08:42

C. longa and curcumin might decrease the risk of cancer and other malignant diseases in the reproductive system. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Endocr Regul. 2017 Oct 26 ;51(4):220-228. PMID: 29232190 Abstract Title:  The effects of Curcuma longa and curcumin on reproductive systems. Abstract:  OBJECTIVE: Curcuma longa (C. longa) was used in some countries such as China and India for various medicinal purposes. Curcumin, the active component of C. longa, is commonly used as a coloring agent in foods, drugs, and cosmetics. C. longa and curcumin have been known to act as antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-mutagen, and anti-carcinogenic agents. Th e attempt of the present review was to give an effort on a detailed literature survey concentrated on the protective effects of C. longa and curcumin on the reproductive organs activity.METHODS: The databases such as, PubMed, Web of Science, Google Scholar, Scopus, and Iran- Medex, were considered. The search terms were"testis"or"ovary"and"Curcuma longa","curcumin","antioxidant effect","anti-inflammatory effect"and"anti-cancer effect".RESULTS: C. longa and curcumin inhibited the production of the tumor necrosis factor- (TNF-) and prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) and increased the caspases (3, 8 and 9) activities in HL-60 prostate cancer. Furthermore, C. longa and curcumin suppressed the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), phosphorylated signal transducers and activators of the transcription 3 (STAT) and matrixmetalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) in ovarian cancer cell line.CONCLUSION: C. longa and curcumin might decrease the risk of cancer and other malignant diseases in the reproductive system. C. longa and curcumin have a protective effect on the reproductive organs activity such as, anti-inflammatory, anti-apoptotic, and antioxidant effects in normal cells but showed pro-apoptotic effects in the malignant cells. Therefore, different effects of C. longa and curcumin are dependent on the doses and the type of cells used in various models studied.

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08:37

Volcanic earthquakes at Kanlaon surge to 1 217, Philippines "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The Kanlaon volcano's seismic network recorded 1 217 volcano earthquakes on December 14, 2017, an uptick from already unusually high 578 recorded on December 13. Wispy emission of white steam-laden plumes were observed coming from the summit crater, PHIVOLCS...... Read more

08:33

The REALITY of the Police. "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

  If you want to understand the Police Epidemic of Murder, Abuse and Corruption, watch this video. (insider exposes it all).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5nPyf-0UMc&lc=z12usvioxmuxwh2z304cjdawomywgnxjzkk0k.1513355309202628

There is NO EXCUSE for this behavior. There will be NO FORGIVENESS for their ABUSES.  Michael Wood needs to be IN CHARGE of them ALL, Nationwide.

08:17

Defense Secretary Mattis discusses his favorite books, and why "IndyWatch Feed Survival"





[General James Mattis, you have] accumulated perhaps one of the largest personal libraries of an active-duty military officer ever known in the modern world. What was behind this?
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Defense Secretary Mattis discusses his favorite books, and why

08:15

Thrill-Seeking Photographer Describes What Its Like to Be Inside an Active Volcano "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Photographer Ulla Lohmann is a thrill-seeker. As a National Geographic Creative and Canon Explorer, she finds and photographs incredible scenes that most of us only dream of seeing in person. Some of these experiences are extremein both their location and the conditions she endures. Throughout the last decade, Lohmann has trekked around the world to explore active volcanoes from the inside.

Lohmann has ventured to locales like Congo, Chile, and Vanuatu to be part of the action. Her images are electrified with fiery yellow-orange lava and punctuated by the dark silhouettes of the surrounding landscape. We can practically feel the heat coming from these amazing masses of earth.

Although Lohmanns incredible photos of active volcanoes illustrate their intensity, the photographer gives us a better sense of just what its like to be atand insidethem. In an interview with the BBC, she explains, I went 600m deep in...

08:15

Class-Action Suit Targets ICO Promoted By Floyd Mayweather, Jr. "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

An initial coin offering (ICO) promoted by boxing champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr., is at the center of a newly filed class-action complaint.

08:04

Command PB Stardust ~ Cobra ~ 15th December 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Command PB Stardust Video and Manga

The Light Forces have asked to make Command PB Stardust protocol viral as much as possible.

Short explanation of that Pleiadian protocol to reduce chronic physical pain is here:

COMMAND PB STARDUST New Pleiadian Protocol to Ease Physical Pain & Drastically Reduce Suffering on This Planet

And detailed explanation within the following two articles:

http://2012portal.blogspot.com/2017/11/physical-intervention.html

http://2012portal.blogspot.com/2017/11/situation-update.html

So here is the Youtube video in English:

In Portuguese:

And Chinese.

Manga has also been created in Japanese:

Japanese Manga Command PB Stardust

Victory of the Light!

Posted by Cobra at 6:56 AM...

08:02

I Tested 10+ Photoshop Alternatives to See How They Stack Up "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

To Adobe or not to Adobe. That is the question many photographers are asking with the spate of new image processing programs vying to kill Photoshop. I tested more than ten contenders as alternatives to Adobes image processing software, evaluating them for the specialized task of editing demanding nightscape images taken under the Milky Way, both for single still images and for time-lapses of the moving sky.

If you are hoping theres a clear winner in the battle against Adobe, one software suite I can say does it all and for less cost and commitment, there isnt one. Sorry!

However, a number of contenders offer excellent features and might replace at least one member of Adobes image processing suite.

For example, only four of these programs can truly serve as a layer-based editing program replacing Photoshop.

The others are better described as Adobe Lightroom competitors programs that can catalog image libraries and develop raw image files, with some offering adjustment layers for correcting color, contrast, etc. But layering of images to stack, composite, and mask them is beyond their ability.

For processing time-lapse sequences, however, we dont need, nor can we use, the ability to layer and mask several images into one composite. What we need for time-lapses is to:

  • Develop a single key raw file, then
  • Copy its settings to the hundreds of other raw files in the time-lapse set, then
  • Export that folder of raw images to intermediate JPGs for assembly into a movie.

Even so, not all these contenders are up to the task.

The Competitors

Here are the image processing programs I looked at. Costs are in U.S. dollars. Most have free trial copies available.

The Champion from Adobe

Adobe Camera Raw, Photoshop, Bridge, and Lightroom the standards to measure others by

Cost: $1...

08:01

Taurus Coin Exchange Goes Live for Public "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Singapore, London, Hongkong, December 15, 2017  After a successful completion of its global launch, Taurus Coin now announces its proprietary exchange TRC Exchange for the public. This marks another achievement for Taurus Coin.

The aim of launching its own TRC exchange platform is to become a one-stop shop for TRC users as it will satisfy the demand for people interested in Taurus Coin. TRC Exchange would offer low-cost, high turnover trading in an environment designed specifically for Taurus Coin traders.

Launching of our own exchange platform will also ensure that Taurus (TRC) will be listed on a world-class trading platform.

TRC exchange will be a huge success for Taurus Coin holders, as it will leverage on Tauruss current infrastructure and client base. Additionally, once it is fully operational. Users can expect a new level of empowerment through an open source platform connecting users socially and financially to a secure, protected community of investors and lenders.

Taurus Coin will also provide peer-to-peer electronic monetary system based on cryptography that is like Bitcoin yet will function unlike Bitcoin. It exhibits properties similar to physical currencies, however what makes it distinct is that it allows for instantaneous transactions and borderless transfer-of-ownership.

How to earn profits with Taurus Coin?

Lending: Almost no price fluctuation. Profit is paid daily, and monthly profit is up to 45%

Trading: Make use of price fluctuation to earn profit

Mining: By using algorithm POW or POS

Staking Earning profit just by holding Taurus Coin on your Desktop Wallet

Who would need Taurus Coin?

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Online business and retailing stores
  • Powerful API for Payouts Automation
  • Individuals who do not want to use cash
  • Checkout for merchants

About Taurus Coin

A breakthrough digital solution related to money transaction. Taurus Coin is a kind of digital cash that you can use to make your payment or any money transaction whenever and wherever you travel. By using Taurus Coin, your e-commerce business, private payments, your online business, your retailing store can speed up its money transaction with both clients and suppliers, therefore, which allows you to save money and even boost your business growth. Trust Taurus Coin and start using our secure open-source platform hosted by thousands of users around the world right now.

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07:58

Chlorogenic acid supplementation may be favourable to avoid aluminium induced hematotoxicity and hepatotoxicity for humans. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Chem Biol Interact. 2017 Aug 1 ;273:125-132. Epub 2017 Jun 13. PMID: 28623112 Abstract Title:  Protective and prophylactic effects of chlorogenic acid on aluminum-induced acute hepatotoxicity and hematotoxicity in mice. Abstract:  The possible health impact of the exposures to Al from environment would be inevitable for humans. Using chelating agents and natural antioxidants against Al-induced biotoxicity become a natural and modern way to prevent the adverse effects of Al in people. This study was undertaken to determine the effectiveness of chlorogenic acid (CGA, 5-O-caffeoylquinic acid) in preventing aluminum chloride (AlCl3) induced hepatotoxicity and hematotoxicity in mice. Control, Al-treated (a single injection of 25 mg Al3+/kg, i.p.), Al + CGA (2 h after, a single dose of 100 mg/kg, i.p.), CGA + Al (administered to mice daily for 5 days at 30 mg/kg before Al-treatment) and group of CGA per se (administered to mice daily for 5 days at 30 mg/kg) were used. The levels of Al in liver and blood, the activities of transaminases in serum and osmotic fragility were increased by comparison with the control, while the activities of superoxide dismutase and catalase decreased significantly in the Al-treated group. However, treating mice with CGA at either dosing regimens, post- or pre- Al administration alleviate Al oxidative damaging effects, stabilize cell membrane, prevent hepatocyte apoptosis. CGA supplementation may be favorable to avoid Al-induced hematotoxicity and hepatotoxicity for humans.

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07:58

Watch: Trump Judicial Nominee Knows Nothing About The Law "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Staggering incompetence: Viral video shows that Trump judicial nominee Matthew Spencer Petersen is unable to answer basic questions about the law. Rhode Island Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse shared a video via Twitter of  Trump judicial nominee Matthew Spencer Petersen struggling and unable to answer basic questions about the law while appearing before the Senate  Judiciary []

07:58

Komodo Developers Demonstrate Bitcoin Cash Atomic Swap "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Komodo Developers Demonstrate Bitcoin Cash Atomic Swap

This week the developers of the komodo (KMD) blockchain platform performed a successful atomic swap between KMD and bitcoin cash (BCH) using the teams Barterdex exchange.

Also read: Only Big Broker Offering CME Bitcoin Futures Allows Whales to Short

Komodo Developers Perform Bitcoin Cash Atomic Swap On the Barterdex Platform

Komodo Developers Demonstrate Bitcoin Cash Atomic SwapOn December 14, the developers of the open source komodo cryptocurrency performed an atomic swap between KMD and BC...

07:34

The sun is blank, NASA data shows it to be dimming "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

As the sun gets successively more blank with each day, due to lack of sunspots, it is also dimming. According to data from NASAs Spaceweather, so far in 2017, 96 days (27%) of the days observing the sun have been without sunspots. Here is the view today from the NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory satellite: Today at

07:33

Minneapolis To Reduce Police Psych Testing After Screening Out Too Many Minorities "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"


Minneapolis To Reduce Police Psych Testing After Screening Out Too Many Minorities
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The city of Minneapolis may fire its police psychology evaluator because his tests screened out too many minority candidates, despite already lowering psych evaluations far below the national standard.
The July police shooting of Justine Damond triggered the city to scrutinize its psychological standards for police, with many claiming theyd become lax. Psychiatrist Thomas Gratzer has run psych testing for the Minneapolis police for the past five years, and in that time, he has eliminated four of the five tests used to determine whether a candidate is fit to be an officer, APM reported Thursday. Now, Gratzer is facing firing not for gutting his standard, but for screening out too many minorities.
Mohamed Noor, the officer who shot Damond, is Somali and was one of 200 cops approved by Gratzers standards over the past five years, which were already far below the national standard. (RELATED: 150 Minnesota Cops Are Convicted Criminals)
Minneapolis used a more standard five-test procedure up until 2012, and according to a 2004 federal study, those tests worked. The study found that the officers flagged as concerning by the tests were three times more likely to engage in misconduct, APM reported.


Theres no way to verify whether Noor shot Damond due to mental unfitness, but many are calling for him to be charged due to the circumstances of the encounter. Noor and his partner were responding to Damonds call when she exited her home and approached the police car. Noor claims to have then heard a loud banging noise as someonepresumably Damondslapped the car.
Seconds later, Noor opened fire and Damond was killed.
Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges took to Facebook following the shooting, immediately coming to the defense of Minnesotas Somali community.
To the Somali community: I want you to know that you are a valued and appreciated part of Minneapolis, she wrote. I stand with you and support you. The strength and beauty of the Somali and East African communities are a vital part of what makes Minneapolis so strong and beautiful. I am grateful to be your neighbor.

Noor has not faced any charges.


URL to article: http://dailycaller.com/2017/12/15/minneapolis-to-reduce-police-psych-testing-after-screening-out-too-many-minorities/ ;

07:33

Hollyweird! Amid Sex Scandals Galore, Tinsel Town Releases acclaimed Film Featuring Man-Boy Love "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"


(JD HeyesIf you needed more proof after the Harvey Weinstein and related sexual assault scandals to realize that Hollywood is chock full of perverts, sadists, child abusers and pedophiles, here you go.
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07:31

Video: Leftists Embrace Domestic Terrorism, Call For Assassination Of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Over Repeal Of Net Neutrality Rules "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) commissioner Ajit Pai arrives at a FCC Net Neutrality hearing in Washington February 26, 2015. The FCC is expected Thursday to approve Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposed

The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to dismantle Obama-era rules that regulated the businesses that connect Americans to the internet in a move that the left has breathlessly attacked since its announcement.

The so-called net neutrality regulations were supposedly put in place to prohibit broadband providers from blocking websites and or charging consumers for higher-quality services or to watch certain content such as Netflix.

The action reversed the agencys 2015 decision, during the Obama administration, to have stronger oversight over broadband providers as Americans have migrated to the internet for most communications. It reflected the view of the Trump administration and the new F.C.C. chairman that unregulated business will eventually yield innovation and help the economy, reported The New York Times.

It will take weeks for the repeal to go into effect, so consumers will not see any of the potential changes right away. But the political and legal fight started immediately. Numerous Democrats on Capitol Hill called for a bill that would reestablish the rules, and several Democratic state attorneys general, including Eric T. Schneiderman of New York, said they would file a suit to stop the change.

While The New York Times noted that the legal fight has started immediately, they failed to even acknowledge the numerous calls for violence against the Republican chairman of the FCC that included direct threats of assassination.

I hope a dark web assassin kills Ajit Pai, one of the disgusting Tweets read. Can someone please kill this subhuman scum? read another.

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Video: Leftists Embrace Domestic Terrorism, Call For Assassination Of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Over Repeal Of Net Neutrality Rules "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) commissioner Ajit Pai arrives at a FCC Net Neutrality hearing in Washington February 26, 2015. The FCC is expected Thursday to approve Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposed

The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to dismantle Obama-era rules that regulated the businesses that connect Americans to the internet in a move that the left has breathlessly attacked since its announcement.

The so-called net neutrality regulations were supposedly put in place to prohibit broadband providers from blocking websites and or charging consumers for higher-quality services or to watch certain content such as Netflix.

The action reversed the agencys 2015 decision, during the Obama administration, to have stronger oversight over broadband providers as Americans have migrated to the internet for most communications. It reflected the view of the Trump administration and the new F.C.C. chairman that unregulated business will eventually yield innovation and help the economy, reported The New York Times.

It will take weeks for the repeal to go into effect, so consumers will not see any of the potential changes right away. But the political and legal fight started immediately. Numerous Democrats on Capitol Hill called for a bill that would reestablish the rules, and several Democratic state attorneys general, including Eric T. Schneiderman of New York, said they would file a suit to stop the change.

While The New York Times noted that the legal fight has started immediately, they failed to even acknowledge the numerous calls for violence against the Republican chairman of the FCC that included direct threats of assassination.

I hope a dark web assassin kills Ajit Pai, one of the disgusting Tweets read. Can someone please kill this subhuman scum? read another.

As Infowars.com reported, Does net neutrality cripple innovation or encourage it? Ultimately the FCC would vote to release the internet back to its pre-Obama days in the wild, but more death threats against FCC Chairman Ajit Pai weigh in on Twit...

07:30

Money Is A Technology Needing Innovation Jeffrey Tucker (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Money Is A Technology Needing Innovation Jeffrey Tucker Video Crush the Street Jeffrey Tucker joins us to discuss the latest news and updates in the cryptocurrency industry and also the recent price rally with Litecoin. We also look...

The post Money Is A Technology Needing Innovation Jeffrey Tucker (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

07:30

Startup Aims to Build Open-Source Telecom Ecosystem on Blockchain "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

A decentralized, open-source telecom network aims to disrupt traditional models and make Wi-Fi available to everyone with Blockchain technology. #SPONSORED

07:27

BitherCash: An Altcoin with a Difference "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

With the myriad of ICOs being launched every few days, investors are now fed up with the run of the mill altcoins that are simply replicas of each other. They lack creativity. Investors are now looking for ICOs that offer a unique proposition that is not based on the same overused technology. Enter BitherCash coin.

Unlike most of the altcoins that rely on the Ethereum Virtual Machine, BitherCash coin is based on a proprietary blockchain that is an amalgamation of both the proof-of-work and the proof-of-stake algorithm. The blockchain has a lot in common with the Bitcoin Core but with several changes to adopt some features of proof-of-work. The blockchain has been written in Script language. As a result, many of the Bitcoin advantages are present in BitherCash.

Apart from a solid architecture, BitherCash Coin has attractive features. The blockchain is completely decentralized to allow the platform users to have access to the transaction blocks. This prevents any case of internal fraud that plague most centralized platforms. Additionally, the ledger is encrypted and synchronized across all devices on the platform. As a result, everyone has a record of the transaction. It provides the first true notion of a personal bank for users.

Bithercash is a Pure Lending Platform

Security is also an important consideration for the platform. BitherCash Coin provides unparalleled security to users on the platform by using pseudonyms to mask the identities of the users and encrypting information to prevent hackers from accessing sensitive information. Additional features like KYC and AML will be added in line with the regulatory measures being added in European and North American countries.

The blockchain has been designed to provide the world a platform where payment processing has been streamlined, and peer-to-peer remittance has been made as easy as possible. This has been achieved by using API clusters that allow low latency transfer. This means that the platform supports high speed and high-volume transfer of coins. These features are expected to endear it to the cryptocurrency community.

Investors will also be able to make money in a variety of ways on the platform. They can make money by trading BitherCash Coin with other cryptocurrencies on major exchanges. This offers decent margins for cryptocurrency traders. The robustness of the platform means that there is little likelihood of collapse. Another avenue investors can make money is by holding BitherCash Coin until it appreciates. Most proof-of-work platforms tend to appreciate in value. As a result, investors can simply buy BitherCash coins and wait until it appreciates. Finally, they can make money by staking the coin. Since it has elements of the Proof-of-Stake architecture, investors c...

07:25

Meet the Photographer Who Hiked the Entire Colorado River "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Photographer Pete McBride has traveled around the world with his camera for over 20 years, but one of his most incredible achievements has been hiking the entire Colorado River, including through the Grand Canyon. Heres a great 10-minute profile of McBride by Adorama Spotlight.

McBrides career was born from a passion for adventure photography in his home state of Colorado, USA.

He soon realized that most of his work involved water in some way, and wherever he went he would meet people involved somehow with the precious commodity, whether that would be a family struggling to get enough water, or someone back-flipping into it.

Water is just that one common resource that we all share, says McBride.

Walking the length of the park is an arduous challenge often leaving before dark to enable enough time to find water since much of the time the hikers traversed through cliff bands thousands of feet above the river. Havasupai Tribal members perform traditional dances and songs in protest of the Canyon Uranium Mine on the south rim of Grand Canyon. We are on the fronts lines of contamination if this mine leaks. It will contaminate our water and kill our people, says Carletta Tulusi, a former tribal council member attending the gathering below Red Butte, the Havasupai sacred...

07:22

Liquitex Congratulates the 2017-2018 Research Residency Program Artists "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

To celebrate Liquitex Cadmium Free, the worlds first parity alternative for acrylic paints containing cadmium, Liquitex is supporting nine artists with residencies in New York and San Francisco alongside its ongoing residency program in London.

As the year draws to a close, Liquitex would like to extend its warm congratulations to the artists who participated in its 2017 Research Residency Program and provide a look ahead to 2018:

Daniel Mantilla

Born in Colombia, lives and works in Brooklyn, NY
Residency Unlimited, Brooklyn, NY (August 1September 17, 2017)

Daniel Mantilla, Solutions (Good Friends) (2015), acrylic on Canvas, 50cm x 50cm

Kristy Hughes

Lives and works in Valdosta, Georgia
Residency Unlimited, Brooklyn, NY (September 18October 31, 2017)

Kristy Hughes, With Both (2016), latex paint, spray paint, monotype, collage, dcollage, colored pencil on panel, 52cm x 57cm

Micah Wood

Lives an...

07:07

Genistein has potential for reducing anxiety-like behaviour associated with low concentrations of ovarian hormones. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Biomed Res Int. 2017 ;2017:9073816. Epub 2017 Oct 31. PMID: 29226152 Abstract Title:  The Phytoestrogen Genistein Produces Similar Effects as 17-Estradiol on Anxiety-Like Behavior in Rats at 12 Weeks after Ovariectomy. Abstract:  The phytoestrogen genistein produces anxiolytic-like effects in ovariectomized rats, which highlights its potential therapeutic effect in ameliorating anxiety in surgical menopausal women. However, no studies have directly compared the effects of identical doses of genistein and 17-estradiol, the main estrogen used in hormone replacement therapy in menopausal women. The present study evaluated the anxiolytic-like effects of identical doses of genistein and 17-estradiol (0.045, 0.09, and 0.18mg/kg/7 days, s.c.) in a surgical menopause model in rats in the elevated plusmaze and locomotor activity tests at 12 weeks after ovariectomy. Additionally, the participation of estrogen receptor- in the anxiolytic-like effect of genistein and 17-estradiol was explored by previous administration of the 5mg/kg tamoxifen antagonist. Genistein and 17-estradiol (0.09 and0.18mg/kg) similarly reduced anxiety-like behavior in the elevated plus maze and also increased the time spent grooming and rearing, without affecting crossing in locomotor activity test. These effects were blocked by tamoxifen. Present results indicate that the phytoestrogen genistein has a similar behavioral profile as 17-estradiol in rats at 12 weeks after ovariectomy through action at the estrogen receptor-. Thus genistein has potential for reducing anxiety-like behavior associated with low concentrations of ovarian hormones, which normally occurs during natural and surgical menopause.

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07:06

Column: Honoring Differences in Energy Perception "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"


Energy is all around us and pervades all things. In my opinion, the vast majority of us are born with some ability to sense and work with that energy on a magical level. Among many magical practitioners, there is great emphasis placed on ones ability to see energy. As a community, we tend to value and favor those who can see the circle of energy raised to protect those gathered. We tend to seek out those who perceive the abundant energy around us in technicolor and hear the voices of deities and spirits as clearly as most humans hear one another.

Emphasis on the sight often breeds a sort of hierarchy among magical practitioners that can actually discourage those with less high-definition magical vision from attempting to better understand their own unique way of seeing the unseen and attempting to sharpen it. Instead, those who supposedly dont have it rely heavily upon and edify those who do. This tendency can create a kind of mystique around certain people, a mystique that may hamper the development of others magical and spiritual skill set as it relates to energy perception.

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While I do believe that energy perception is critically important for a person on this path, the mystique around sight can be misleading for those who are just entering certain magical and spiritual paths or those who may have a Hollywood-influenced view of what energy perception really is. Simply by calling energy perception sight we obscure the fact that energy perception is not monolithic. I know many magical practitioners who feel energy in different ways; for example, as a temperature or pressure changes in their environment.

I know others who hear a humming or drone in the presence of certain types and amounts of energy. Some see energy in their minds eye as colors, forms, and textures. On a related note, oftentimes the voice of a deity or spirit will not be audible either literally or figuratively but instead will manifest as a stray thought, image, or idea that pops into a persons head out of nowhere with a character all its own.

Does this mean that every stray image out the corner of your eye, every difficult to locate sound, or every temperature shift is a message from the spirits or an indication of energy activity? No, not at all, but those sensory experiences can be a starting place for figuring out how you personally perceive energ...

07:00

Annie Leibovitz Teaches Photography in Her First Online Course "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Dolly Parton and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Barack Obama and family, Bruce Springsteen, Whoopi Goldberg, Bill Gates, Queen Elizabeth II, Lady Gaga: name someone who has risen to the very top of the zeitgeist over the past few decades, and Annie Leibovitz has probably photographed them. Her images, in fact, have often come to stand for the images of her subjects in the culture: when we think of certain celebrities, we instinctively imagine them as they appeared on a Leibovitz-shot cover of Rolling Stone or Vanity Fair. Safe to say, then, that she knows a thing or two about how to take a picture that makes an impact.

The people at online education company Masterclass have now packaged that knowledge in "Annie Leibovitz Teaches Photography," a course that joins their existing lineup that includes Helen Mirren on actingSteve Martin on comedyWerner Herzog on filmmaking, and Herbie Hancock on jazz. For a price of $90 (or $180 for a year-long pass to all of their classes), Masterclass offers a package of workbook-accompanied video lessons in which "Annie teaches you how to develop concepts, work with subjects, shoot with natural light, and bring images to life in post-production." (If you want to give this course as a gift, just click here.)

The early lessons in "Annie Leibovitz Teaches Photography" cover subjects like memories of her own development as a photographer to discussions of her influences and her view of the medium itself. Later on, she gets into the real-life case study of shooting chef Alice Waters for Vanity Fair, digital post-production, how to come up with the right concept (ideally, so her career...

07:00

US Treasury Report: DLT Data Storage Raises Oversight Concerns "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The Financial Oversight Stability Council acknowledged that virtual currencies are becoming more common, but have a limited impact on the economy.

06:55

Malaysia Issues Proposed Digital Currency Regulations for Public Review "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Malaysia Issues Proposed Digital Currency Regulations for Public Review

Just recently, the Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM), the countrys central bank, has issued drafted digital currency regulatory guidelines for citizens and businesses residing in the region. The new regulations will fall under the countrys anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism financing act of 2001. If the guidelines are approved, cryptocurrency trading platforms must provide digital asset trade volume statistics, identify all customers, and also monitor transactions going in and out of the exchange.

Also read: Federal Reserve Chair: Fed Doesnt Really Play Any Regulatory Role in Bitcoin   

The Bank Negara Malaysia: A Digital Currency Exchanger Must Declare Its Details

Malaysia Issues Proposed Digital Currency Regulations for Public Review The central bank of Malaysia, BNM, has issued a draft of digital currency exchange regulations for public consultation. The laws will apply to all trading platforms that deal with cryptocurrencies, and any one individual can also be considered an exchange if they sell digital assets. For larger operations, there will be transparency obligations where trading platforms will be required to provide data to the BNMs reporting entity.   

A digital currency excha...

06:49

Bombshell: Anti-Trump Lawyer Sought Out PAYMENTS For Women Who Would Accuse Donald Trump Of Sexual Assault "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

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A media promoted, leftist womens rights lawyer openly sought to arrange payments from both liberal donors and the mainstream media for the women she represented who accused then presidential candidate Donald Trump of sexual misconduct, according to a bombshell new report from The Hill.

The report not only exposes the lengths that California lawyer Lisa Bloom was willing to go to stop Donald Trump from becoming president, it also points to the fact that she herself was attempting to make money off accusations that Trump sexually assaulted multiple women.

According to the report, Blooms efforts including arranging a liberal donor to pay off one of the accusers mortgage, offering to sell an alleged victims story to TV outlets, and even trying to secure a six figure payment for another women who eventually decided not to come forward with her supposed accusations.

One of the Bloom clients who DID receive financial help in exchange for her allegations against Trump was New York City makeup artist Jill Harth who herself defended the revelations while claiming that the money had nothing to do with her coming forward in the first place.

The Hill reported:

The former beauty contestant manager filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Trump in 1997 and then withdrew it under pressure. The news media discovered the litigation during the election, and Harths name became public in the summer of 2016. She asked Bloom to represent her in the fall after hearing Trump describe her allegations against him as false, and became a vocal critic of Trump.

I consider myself lucky to have had Lisa Bloom by my side after my old lawsuit resurfaced. She advised me with great competence and compassion, Harth told The Hill.

Harth said she did not originally ask Bloom for money, even though her cosmetics business suffered from the notoriety of the campaign stories about her.

But later, Bloom ar...

Bombshell: Anti-Trump Lawyer Sought Out PAYMENTS For Women Who Would Accuse Donald Trump Of Sexual Assault "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

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A media promoted, leftist womens rights lawyer openly sought to arrange payments from both liberal donors and the mainstream media for the women she represented who accused then presidential candidate Donald Trump of sexual misconduct, according to a bombshell new report from The Hill.

The report not only exposes the lengths that California lawyer Lisa Bloom was willing to go to stop Donald Trump from becoming president, it also points to the fact that she herself was attempting to make money off accusations that Trump sexually assaulted multiple women.

According to the report, Blooms efforts including arranging a liberal donor to pay off one of the accusers mortgage, offering to sell an alleged victims story to TV outlets, and even trying to secure a six figure payment for another women who eventually decided not to come forward with her supposed accusations.

One of the Bloom clients who DID receive financial help in exchange for her allegations against Trump was New York City makeup artist Jill Harth who herself defended the revelations while claiming that the money had nothing to do with her coming forward in the first place.

The Hill reported:

The former beauty contestant manager filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Trump in 1997 and then withdrew it under pressure. The news media discovered the litigation during the election, and Harths name became public in the summer of 2016. She asked Bloom to represent her in the fall after hearing Trump describe her allegations against him as false, and became a vocal critic of Trump.

I consider myself lucky to have had Lisa Bloom by my side after my old lawsuit resurfaced. She advised me with great competence and compassion, Harth told The Hill.

Harth said she did not originally ask Bloom for money, even though her cosmetics business suffered from the notoriety of the campaign stories about her.

But later, Bloom arranged a small payment from the licensing of some photos to the news media, and then set up a GoFundMe.com account to raise money for Harth in October 2016. Jill put herself out there, facing off with Donald Trump. Lets show her some love, the online fundraising...

06:45

Youll Always Have Paris When You Wear This Stylish Map Necklace "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

City Map Necklace

The famous line, Well always have Paris, is iconic for more than its inclusion in the classic film Casablanca. It also captures the feeling that you have after visiting the City of Lightthat the memories made there will sustain you long after you've left its historic streets. There are many ways to remember these special experiences, and they don't have to involve snapping a photo.

Designer Talia Sari has created a token of Paris that can symbolize the best things about the city. Her Paris map jewelry is a gold-plated pendant that features an abstract representation of the romantic locale.

For those familiar with Paris, youll know that the radiating design represents the city; but for others, it appears as simply a striking geometric design. The minimalist approach is both stylish while allowing you to attach your own meaning to the necklace. It is not clouded by someone elses pictures or illustrationlike being in Paris, the adventure is truly your own.

The Paris map necklace is now available in the My Modern Met Store. And if youre looking to venture elsewhere, Rome, London, and New York City are all waiting for you.

With Paris map jewelry by Talia Sari, you'll always have the romantic locale around your neck and close to your heart.

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06:36

Brown and Caldeira: A closer look shows global warming will not be greater than we thought "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Serious flaws found in new paper purporting to be more skillful in predicting future warming as worse than expected Guest analysis by Nic Lewis Introduction Last week a paper predicting greater than expected global warming, by scientists Patrick Brown and Ken Caldeira, was published by Nature.[1] The paper (henceforth referred to as BC17) says in

Brown and Caldeira: A closer look shows global warming will not be greater than we thought "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Serious flaws found in new paper purporting to be more skillful in predicting future warming as worse than expected Guest analysis by Nic Lewis Introduction Last week a paper predicting greater than expected global warming, by scientists Patrick Brown and Ken Caldeira, was published by Nature.[1] The paper (henceforth referred to as BC17) says in

06:30

4 Cute Christmas Crochet Ornaments - free patterns "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

 
 
Wow! There are so many adorable Christmas ornaments  shared on the Internet it is a wonder how I get some work done at all. I am constantly distracted by these cuties popping up in my feed.
 
 
What I chose for today:
 
 
 
 
 
 
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06:27

Strong M6.7 EQ Hits Near Java, Worldwide Quake Updates "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"


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06:21

[THE FRIDAY FUNNIES VIDEO] Biggus Dickus From Monty Pythons Life Of Brian "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

The Friday Funnies VideoVideo Richard Anthony 2017-12-15

Every Friday I post a new video for your enjoyment & entertainment. So remember.live it up & laugh while you can.because life has an expiration date !

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06:13

Massachusetts State Auditor Finds Widespread Rape and Sexual Abuse in Foster Care but DCF Officials Wont Report It "IndyWatch Feed Health"

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Massachusetts State Auditor Suzanne Bump. Photo source.

by Terri LaPoint
Health Impact News

The theoretical function of Child Protective Services is to protect children from harm, removing them from their homes when they are being hurt. A deep-seated value of Western culture is that we need to protect children from abuse, and the public has overwhelmingly supported the use of tax dollars going to help the children who are being abused.

But what happens when the very agency charged with protecting children is, in reality, leading to or ignoring the physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, and even deaths of the children in their care? Is anyone held accountable?

Where do their victims turn when social workers assigned to protect them turn a deaf ear and a blind eye?

Hundreds of parents who have spoken with Health Impact News about their child or children being taken from them have asked how they can lose their child though they have done nothing wrong, while at the same time the social workers routinely ignore the abuse of their children in foster care.

On December 7, 2017, Massachusetts State Auditor Suzanne Bump released an appalling audit of her states Child Protective Services, the Department of Children and Families (DCF). (See text of audit here.)

The audit, which covered 2014 and 2015, found that there were many instances where children in state care, whether in foster homes or group homes or other facilities under DCF care, were abused physically or sexually, but DCF failed to report the incidents to the proper authorities.

In the week following the release of the audit, many news outlets, both mainstream and alternative, have carried the story, and the ensuing political battle between Bumps office and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.

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06:10

The Power in Swearing off Relationships. "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

About a year ago, I found that dating had lost its shine. I wasn't enjoying meeting new people, and my encounters with prospective dates seemed increasingly negative. I found that my anxiety was increasing, while my enjoyment of the process had disappeared entirely. I tried a self-imposed dating moratorium so that I could take a break.

06:00

The Despondent Silver Stacker (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

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06:00

512-Year-Old Greenland Shark May Be the Oldest Living Vertebrate on Earth "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

A post shared by Julius Nielsen (@juniel85) on Jul 29, 2017 at 12:37pm PDT

In a study recently published in Science, a group of researchers posited that they may have found the oldest vertebrate on Eartha Greenland shark that could be up to 512 years old. The species, also known as a gurry shark or a grey shark, is restricted to the cold waters of the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans and surprisingly, until very recently, it was difficult for scientists to understand their lifespan.

The slow-growing shark increases in size at about 1 cm (0.39 inches) a year and can reach over 500 cm (16.5 feet), so when the research team happened upon an 18-foot specimen a few months ago, they knew they had something special on their hands. In order to estimate the age, they used a mathematical model that analyzed the lens and cornea of the shark. Of the 28 Greenland sharks analyzed, with an average lifespan of 390 years, they found the 18-foot shark could be up to 512 years old. This would date its birth to 1505, just one year before the death of Christopher Columbus.

It's important to remember that the carbon dating does have a margin of error, however, so the exact test came back with a margin of 120 years, meaning the shark could be anywhere from 272 to 512 years old. Still, it's a stunning discovery considering how difficult dating these marine animals has been, up until last year.

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06:00

December 15: Daily Contrarian Reads "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The Force Behind Bitcoins Meteoric Rise: Millions of Asian Retail Investors Despite the attention focused on the launch of bitcoin futures in the U.S. last weekend, the center of gravity for trading the virtual currency, measured by volumes, has been in the Eaststarting in China, before shifting earlier this year to Japan and recently to South []

06:00

'Clear and Loud': Parity to Drop First Bid for Frozen Ether Fix "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

After critical feedback from the ethereum community, Parity Technologies will not follow-up on any of its proposals for restoring frozen ether funds.

05:59

This Popular Gastric Medicine Increases Your Risk of Early Death "IndyWatch Feed Health"

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For anyone who has experienced heartburn, or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), they would likely vouch for how excruciating it can be. Moreover, they would probably mention how crucial but hard it is to find relief. For many, this relief comes from medication. However, a 2017 study conducted by researchers at Washington University of Medicine found that []

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05:58

Curcumin or combined curcuminoids are effective in lowering the fasting blood glucose concentrations of individuals with dysglycemia. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Pharmacol Res. 2017 Sep 16. Epub 2017 Sep 16. PMID: 28928074 Abstract Title:  Curcumin or combined curcuminoids are effective in lowering the fasting blood glucose concentrations of individuals with dysglycemia: Systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Abstract:  Curcuminoids have received considerable attention as therapeutical adjuvants in the treatment of dysglycemia. The purpose of this meta-analysis was to evaluate whether the supplementation of turmeric extract, curcuminoids and/or isolated curcumin is more effective than placebo in decreasing fasting blood glucose (FBG) in adults. MEDLINE, CENTRAL, ScienceDirect and gray literature databases were searched. Randomized controlled trials with the following criteria were included: (1) studied individuals older than 18 years, supplemented with curcumin, curcuminoids and/or turmeric extract (2) had a follow-up4 weeks (3) used a placebo group. Titles and abstracts were screened and potentially eligible articles were retrieved. The primary outcome was FBG. The secondary outcomes were HbA1c and HOMA-IR. Eleven studies were included. In the overall analysis, turmeric, curcuminoids and curcumin supplementation led to a decrease in FBG (-8.88, 95% CI: [-5.04 to -2.72] mg/dL, p=0.005). Supplementation of curcuminoids and/or curcumin decreased the concentrations of HbA1c (-0.54, 95% CI: [-1.09 to -0.002] %, p=0.049) but were not able to decrease HOMA-IR (-1.26, 95% CI: [-3.71 to -1.19], p=0.31). Sensitivity analyses revealed that baseline FBG was an important covariate. Heterogeneity was high in the overall analyses and there was evidence of publication bias. Supplementation of isolated curcumin or combined curcuminoids were both effective in lowering the FBG concentrations of individuals with some degree of dysglycemia, but not in non-diabetic individuals. Isolated curcumin lead to significant decreases of the HbA1c compared to placebo.

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05:57

How to Run Nik Collection Standalone Without Photoshop or Lightroom "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

DxO recently announced that it has acquired the Nik Collection suite of popular photo tools after Google abandoned development in May. The Collection is still available as a free download and can be run as standalone programs independent of Photoshop and Lightroom. Heres how.

Because the old Nik Collection is no longer maintained, some users have voiced concern that the classic plugins will not work with future versions of Photoshop and Lightroom. By running the Nik Collection programs standalone, this is no longer a problem.

If you havent already, you can download the Nik Collection for free by entering your email address at DxOs website. You will receive an email address confirmation, and then a link to download the Collection.

Optionally install as a plugin for Photoshop here

Run through the installation process as usual. When it asks you to add Nik Collection to host applications, you can either select them or ignore them this trick will work either way.

Take note of the install location

Take note of the install location. On macOS this will default to /Applications/Nik Collection. On Windows, this should be \Program Files\Google\Nik Collection\

Now that the Collection is installed, navigate to the directory from before in your file browser. Here youll see a list of all of the programs included in the Collection. You can open them directly by double-clicking on them, but there will be no way to actually import images.

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05:56

BREAKING: Trump to remove climate change as a national security threat "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

  This is encouraging news: The Trump administration will reverse course from previous Obama administration policy, eliminating climate change from a list of national security threats. The National Security Strategy to be released on Monday will emphasize the importance of balancing energy security with economic development and environmental protection, according to a source who has

05:50

Danish Billionaire Renames the Rungsted Capital Ice Rink to Bitcoin Arena "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Danish Billionaire Renames the Rungsted Capital Ice Rink to 'Bitcoin Arena'

According to a few regional news outlets, a Danish bitcoin billionaire and the co-owner of the Rungsted Seier Capital ice rink, Niklas Nikolajsen, plans to change the name of his skating hall and call it the Bitcoin Arena. In addition to this news, one of the professional hockey players who plays in the arena has opted to get his salary paid in bitcoin.

Also read: An Anonymous Early Adopter Is Donating 5,057 BTC ($86M) to Charity   

Saxo Bank Ice Skating Rink In Rungsted Will Soon Be Called the Bitcoin Arena

Danish Billionaire Renames the Rungsted Capital Ice Rink to 'Bitcoin Arena'Bitcoin billionaire Niklas Nikolajsen.

Soon there will be a professional hockey arena and ice skating rink in Hrsholm that features bitcoin advertisements, bitcoin hockey pucks, and a bitcoin symbol etched under the skating halls ice. The...

05:39

Disney to Buy National Geographic in $52 Billion Deal for Fox "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

National Geographic photographers will likely soon find themselves under the same parent company as Disneyland photographers. Disney is set to take ownership of the famous yellow-bordered magazine as part of its $52 billion purchase of 21st Century Fox.

The acquisition was announced by Disney yesterday and include 21st Century Foxs movie and TV businesses as well as a large number of assets. One of these assets is Foxs stake in National Geographic Partners.

Back in September 2015, 21st Century Fox inked a deal with the National Geographic Society that gave Fox a 73% controlling interest in the magazine in exchange for $725 million, an agreement that turned National Geographic into a for-profit company.

Two months later, National Geographic laid off 9% (about 180) of its 2,000 employees as it prepared for its new life as a Fox company. It was the largest headcount reduction in the 127-year history of the National Geographic Society.

National Geographic Society continues to own the remaining 27% of the partnership, called National Geographic Partners. As part of its new deal with Disney, Fox is including its 73% stake in National Geographic Partners.

National Geographic magazine currently has 40 local-language editions, ~3.5 subscribers in the US, ~6.5 million subscribers total, and a total reach of over 30 million adults around the world.

If the $52 billion deal gets US regulator approval it will be closely scrutinized for anti-trust issues National Geographic will be joining Disneys ever-growing stable of well-known brands assets that include Pixar, Lucasfilm, Marvel, and ABC.

05:35

art - mike philbin - black, black, paint it black... "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

yeah, I know, "Black's the new black," all over again. Swings and roundabouts. Once more round the sun, dear art friends.

But here's what started it.

100 cm by 100 cm black primer over a gloss painting

And here's the most recent Black'd Work, with the addition of metallic silver conversing with metallic gold.

3 x 80 cm by 60 cm

2 x 100 cm by 100 cm

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05:34

Massachusetts State Auditor Finds Widespread Rape and Sexual Abuse in Foster Care but DCF Officials Wont Report It "IndyWatch Feed Health"

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Massachusetts State Auditor Suzanne Bump. Photo source.

by Terri LaPoint
Health Impact News

The theoretical function of Child Protective Services is to protect children from harm, removing them from their homes when they are being hurt.  A deep-seated value of Western culture is that we need to protect children from abuse, and the public has overwhelmingly supported the use of tax dollars going to help the children who are being abused.

But what happens when the very agency charged with protecting children is, in reality, leading to or ignoring the physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, and even deaths of the children in their care? Is anyone held accountable?

Where do their victims turn when social workers assigned to protect them turn a deaf ear and a blind eye?

Hundreds of parents who have spoken with Health Impact News about their child or children being taken from them have asked how they can lose their child though they have done nothing wrong, while at the same time the social workers routinely ignore the abuse of their children in foster care.

On December 7, 2017, Massachusetts State Auditor Suzanne Bump released an appalling audit of her states Child Protective Services, the Department of Children and Families (DCF). (See text of audit here.)

The audit, which covered 2014 and 2015, found that there were many instances where children in state care, whether in foster homes or group homes or other facilities under DCF care, were abused physically or sexually, but DCF failed to report the incidents to the proper authorities.

In the week following the release of the audit, many news outlets, both mainstream and alternative, have carried the story, and the ensuing political battle between Bumps office and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.

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05:33

This Is Awesome A HUGE Prairie Rattlesnake Captured In Lethbridge Canada "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Richard Anthony 2017-12-15

Canada would be the last place on the North American continent that someone would think of as rattlesnake central for the Prairie rattlesnake, but heres something Ill bet not too many people in the lower 48 didnt know about. The Crotalus viridis is a venomous pit viper species native to the western United States, southwestern Canada, and northern Mexico. Currently, two subspecies are recognized, including the nominate subspecies.

The man in the video below had three back-to-back snake calls in one evening, one of which involved easily the second-largest prairie rattlesnake he ever encountered so big that he wasnt sure about risking any of the smaller snakes lives by placing them in the same bucket together. So he called in the assistance of Sheri Merchant from Lethbridge Bi-Law Enforcement, who he always enjoy working with

The City of Lethbridge operates a rattlesnake mitigation program that is

05:32

Pretend Play Campfire Set "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Are you looking for a unique children's gift that creates hours of imaginative play?  Bring the camping spirit indoors with this DIY Campfire play set!  

 

You can build it out of scrap wood - you'll just need a some 2x3 boards, and some 3/4" and 1/4" plywood pieces.

We've got the tutorial below, but do make sure you read through Jaime Costiglio's Build Post - lots of little tips and tricks -

 

And more details on how to make those play s'mores!

If a play campfire set isn't on your Christmas list this year, we've got lots more projects in our Handbuilt Holiday series - many quick and easy enough to still get under the tree.

Do share if you build, we love seeing how your project turns out! 

Happy Holidays!

 

 

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05:31

Mass Arrest Update Via Corey Goode: "People have talked about mass arrests for years." "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"


(Corey GoodePeople have talked about mass arrests for years. What we should really be on the lookout for is Mass Indictments.
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05:30

How I went from programming with a feature phone to working for an MIT Startup "IndyWatch Feed Education"

In 2012, I was just a village boy from Nigeria who had nothing but a dream and a feature(J2ME) phone. Today, Im a 19 year old Android developer who has worked on over 50 apps and currently work for an MIT startup.

My journey began with my curiosity about how to build a website. Growing up, I spent a lot of time online as I loved downloading games and reading Society Of Robots. I would save for weeks to buy a 10 MB internet bundle for 100 Naira ($0.28), which could last for a month in 2012.

I took the first and simple step which was to do a Google search about how to build a website. I got millions of results, so not knowing where to start, I clicked on the first link I saw which was from W3CSchools.

The article explained that I need to learn some languages (HTML and CSS) to be able to build a website. After confirming from other sources about this requirement, I started the W3CSchools HTML and CSS course.

Each day, after school I will head over to the website to study. Initially, the codes and explanation didnt make sense to me, but I kept studying regardless. I will read up tutorials from different sources when am stuck, so I could view the problem from different angles.

I struggled with my reading and writing skill while in school, and I was only able to get better at it with continuous practice. So, I had this model in my head that if I continue to practice, no matter how long it takes, I will ultimately be able to understand these languages.

A few months of intensive learning got me acquainted with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. While I was still learning, a friend showed me the Social Network movie and after watching it I was super motivated to build the next big thing.

Thank you, Hollywood.

That has to be my billionaire dollar startup idea, build a social network with all the features Facebook doesnt have. Mr. Mark, Im coming for youor so I thought.

I spent the next few months building a better social network with any feature I could think of using a free hosting service called Wapka.mobi :). I was naively confident that I was going to win.

After completing the project, I did what anybody without an advertising budget will do: spam the Inte...

05:30

Meet "Pine," the Bitcoin Philanthropist Who Set Up the $85 Million Pineapple Fund "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Why One Philanthropic Early Adopter Is Donating Thousands of Bitcoins

Yesterday, one post set the Bitcoin subreddit on fire: An anonymous Bitcoiner who goes by the name of Pine announced that they are establishing the Pineapple Fund to donate 5,057 BTC, worth about $86 million at todays exchange rate, to charitable causes.

Im very happy that I have held on to most of my bitcoins until today, Pine told Bitcoin Magazine. Most early adopters of bitcoin actually dont have much. Theyve sold to pay bills and expenses.

Indeed, last week it was revealed that Bitcoin evangelist Andreas Antonopoulos was one of those who had not been in a position to hold his early coins long enough to reap the rewards. In a subsequent outpouring of appreciation, Bitcoin enthusiasts sent him donations of more than 100 BTC, equivalent to more than $1.7 million.

In this same spirit of giving back, Pine is sharing their own newfound wealth.

Sometime around the early days of bitcoin, I saw the promise of decentralized money and decided to mine/buy/trade some magical internet tokens, states the Pineapple Fund website. The expectation shattering returns of bitcoin over many years has [led] to an amount far more than I can spend. What do you do when you have more money than you can ever possibly spend? Donating most of it to charity is what Im doing.

Some charities that are already receiving donations from the Pineapple Fund include Watsi...

05:30

PR: Cedex Transforming Diamonds into a Tradeable Asset "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Cedex Tradable Diamonds

This is a paid press release, which contains forward looking statements, and should be treated as advertising or promotional material. Bitcoin.com does not endorse nor support this product/service. Bitcoin.com is not responsible for or liable for any content, accuracy or quality within the press release.

There are well established markets for trading the vast majority of commodities that are significant to the global economy. This includes everything from oil to gold to even soybeans. But there is one major commodity for which that isnt true diamonds.

Thats finally going to change in 2018 with the launch of CEDEX, a decentralized diamond exchange that will transform diamonds into a tradable asset.

Diamonds have been a steady store of value throughout modern history, similarly to gold and other precious metals. The problem is that very few people have access to the diamond market. This is primarily a consequence of three factors specific to the diamond industry: lack of transparency, lack of liquidity, and lack of standardization.

By solving all three of these issues, CEDEX has built a bridge that will connect the diamond industry to innovative financial markets. Before discussing that solution, though, its important to understand the problems.

First is the lack of transparency. How can you determine what any given diamond is worth? Unless youre an expert, the answer is that you have to take it to a professional appraiser. The appraiser will then evaluate the diamond and try to gauge its true worth, a somewhat subjective process that may be inconsistent from one appraiser to the next. As a consequence, there isnt clear and transparent pricing for diamonds and general investors cant purchase them with any confidence.

Even if the lack of transparency were solved, investors would face another serious problem lack of liquidity. While diamonds are a durable good, they are mainly sold to end customers in a one-sided transaction. As a result, diamond owners cant expect to resell their diamonds for anything close to fair market value. In fact, diamonds are usually resold at a loss of 30% 50%. This leaves no incentive for general investors to even consider diamonds.

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05:28

Mueller Team Replacements? SETI And NASA To Scour Galaxy For Any Sign Of Intelligent Life That Doesnt Think Trump Is An Idiot "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

The rightwing media is demanding Special Prosecutor Robert Muellers entire team be replaced with people who show no bias toward President Ass-Clown Hitler. According to the Institute For People Who Think & Stuff, accomplishing such a feat may prove difficult given the context of our current political reality. Finding enough unbiased intelligent life-forms who still support the president seems unlikely at this

05:27

There is mounting evidence that randomised trials have overestimated the ability of mammography screening to reduce the risk of deaths from breast cancer. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  BMJ. 2017 Dec 5 ;359:j5224. Epub 2017 Dec 5. PMID: 29208760 Abstract Title:  Effectiveness of and overdiagnosis from mammography screening in the Netherlands: population based study. Abstract:  Objective To analyse stage specific incidence of breast cancer in the Netherlands where women have been invited to biennial mammography screening since 1989 (ages 50-69) and 1997 (ages 70-75), and to assess changes in breast cancer mortality and quantified overdiagnosis.Design Population based study.Setting Mammography screening programme, the Netherlands.Participants Dutch women of all ages, 1989 to 2012.Main outcome measures Stage specific age adjusted incidence of breast cancer from 1989 to 2012. The extra numbers of in situ and stage 1 breast tumours associated with screening were estimated bycomparing rates in women aged 50-74 with those in age groups not invited to screening. Overdiagnosis was estimated after subtraction of the lead time cancers. Breast cancer mortality reductions and overdiagnosis during 2010-12 were computed without (scenario 1) and with (scenario 2) a cohort effecton mortality secular trends.Results The incidence of stage 2-4 breast cancers in women aged 50 or more was 168 per 100000 in 1989 and 166 per 100000 in 2012. Screening would be associated with a 5% mortality reduction in scenario 1 and with no influence on mortality in scenario 2. In both scenarios, improved treatments would be associated with 28% reductions in mortality. Overdiagnosis has steadily increased over time with the extension of screening to women aged 70-75 and with the introduction of digital mammography. After deduction of clinical lead time cancers, 33% of cancers foundin women invited to screening in 2010-12 and 59% of screen detected cancers would be overdiagnosed.Conclusions The Dutch mammography screening programme seems to have little impact on the burden of advanced breast cancers, which suggests a marginal effect on breast cancer mortality. About half of screen detected breast cancers would represent overdiagnosis.

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05:18

Want to Short Bitcoin? Its Going to Cost You "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

This firm requires will now allow clients to short bitcoin, but the margin requirement is 200 percent.

The post Want to Short Bitcoin? Its Going to Cost You appeared first on CryptoCoinsNews.

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05:13

Curcumin could ameliorate aluminium induced testicular damage. "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

PMID:  Int J Fertil Steril. 2017 Oct ;11(3):166-175. Epub 2017 Aug 27. PMID: 28868838 Abstract Title:  Aluminium-Induced Oxidative Stress, Apoptosis and Alterations in Testicular Tissue and Sperm Quality in Wistar Rats: Ameliorative Effects of Curcumin. Abstract:  Background: Reproductive toxicity is a major challenge associated with aluminum (Al) exposure. No studies have evaluated the possible effects of curcumin (CUR) on Al-induced reproductive dysfunction. Therefore, this study investigated the effects of CUR treatment on Al-induced reproductive damage.MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this experimental study, 40 male Wistar rats were allocated to the five groups (n=8) based on the treatment they received: no treatment (control), solvent [dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) or distilled water], CUR 10 mg/kg body weight (BW), Al chloride 10 mg/kg BW, and CUR+Al chloride (10 mg/kg BW/each alone). Treatments were performed by intraperitoneal (IP) injections for 28 days. The left testis was assessed for histopathological analysis as well as the incidence of germ cell apoptosis. One-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) followed by the Tukey's test was used. P

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05:11

Julian Assange Just Warned of a Deep State Coup Meant to Install Mike Pence as President "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"


(Jay SyrmopoulosWashington, D.C. In a tweet this morning, WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, made a prescient observation that the ongoing deep state coup against President Trump is an operation by establishment forces to unseat Trump and replace him with Vice President Mike Pence. Assange noted that Trumps political capital has been openly looted for months now by GOP, CIA, Netanyahu, Goldman Sachs, etc.
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05:10

Whats Killing Gold "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Whats Killing Gold

Gold Bugs are in a Depression, But its Not Bitcoins Fault
Dear Reader,

There has been a lot of talk about cryptocurrencies killing gold and sucking away a lot of the speculative money. Most of this, in my opinion, is completely false.Bitcoin did not kill gold. In fact, gold is not even dead!

Gold is up 9% in 2017, and last I checked, for a safe store of value and non-business investment, thats not bad at all.

The precious metal role is not for speculation, its for insurance its real money.

As for the commentary that Bitcoin is crushing golds luster, thats absurd.

Look at the investors and institutions that are flooding into Bitcoin. I would bet that almost none of them have ever had any interest in gold.

For one thing, people under the age of 40 are the biggest retail buyers of the cryptocurrencies.

When I go to blockchain conferences, its all young people and entrepreneurs trying to change the world.

At gold conferences, its a sea of grey, white, and bald heads, and I dont mean that in a negative way at all. My point is that its a completely different crowd.

Yes, there are libertarians who love gold and Bitcoin and were responsible for much of the early days of the cryptocurrency, but the people coming into the cryptocurrency space in 2017 are not gold bugs at all!

According to Deutsche Bank, 40% of cryptocurrency trading is denominated in Japanese yen, which isnt exactly gold bugs flooding into the cryptos.

If anything, the cryptocurrency space is sucking money from the biotech space and the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

In my own life (which isnt a scientific study, but I am sure many readers can relate), Ive had neighbors, my gardener, and many friends ask me about Bitcoin this year, and I can guarantee you that if these people werent buying cryptocurrency, the alternative would NOT be gold.

It may be the Dow Jones, a marijuana stock, or some sort of micro-cap company, but the speculators entering the crypto space are not gold speculators its nowhere on their radar.

As for the store of value that gold and Bitcoin offer, there is just no comparison.....

05:08

Major Scandal: U.S. Congressman Says That There Was A Concerted Effort Within The FBI To Help Hillary Clinton Win The Election "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

This article was originally published by Michael Snyder at The Economic Collapse

deep-state

Did the FBI attempt to swing the outcome of the 2016 election in a certain direction? I know that question sounds completely outrageous, but this is exactly what one member of Congress is now claiming. For a long time we have known that elements within the Deep State have been actively working to undermine the Trump administration, but now solid evidence is emerging that the interference by the Deep State actually began during the presidential election. As more details come out, this could easily become one of the biggest political scandals in U.S. history.

If you think that I am exaggerating, please consider what U.S. Representative Jim Jordan told Lou Dobbs just the other day

Rep. Jim Jordan: Listen you cant make this stuff up. It gets worse each and every day What deep down scares me, if this actually happened the FBI had a concerted effort with the people at the top to go after one partys nominee to help the other partys nominee. If that actually happened in the United States of America and everything each and every day points to more and more likely that that is what took place, it is sad for our country if that took place. And I think it did based on everything I am seeing. All the evidence points to that.

You can watch Jordan making these comments on YouTube right here

So what kind of evidence are we talking about?

Well, I am sure that Jordan has access to evidence that we currently do not, but one thing that we do have are extremely chilling text messages sent between FBI agent Peter Strzok and lawyer Lisa Page.  The following comes from ...

Major Scandal: U.S. Congressman Says That There Was A Concerted Effort Within The FBI To Help Hillary Clinton Win The Election "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

This article was originally published by Michael Snyder at The Economic Collapse

deep-state

Did the FBI attempt to swing the outcome of the 2016 election in a certain direction? I know that question sounds completely outrageous, but this is exactly what one member of Congress is now claiming. For a long time we have known that elements within the Deep State have been actively working to undermine the Trump administration, but now solid evidence is emerging that the interference by the Deep State actually began during the presidential election. As more details come out, this could easily become one of the biggest political scandals in U.S. history.

If you think that I am exaggerating, please consider what U.S. Representative Jim Jordan told Lou Dobbs just the other day

Rep. Jim Jordan: Listen you cant make this stuff up. It gets worse each and every day What deep down scares me, if this actually happened the FBI had a concerted effort with the people at the top to go after one partys nominee to help the other partys nominee. If that actually happened in the United States of America and everything each and every day points to more and more likely that that is what took place, it is sad for our country if that took place. And I think it did based on everything I am seeing. All the evidence points to that.

You can watch Jordan making these comments on YouTube right here

So what kind of evidence are we talking about?

Well, I am sure that Jordan has access to evidence that we currently do not, but one thing that we do have are extremely chilling text messages sent between FBI agent Peter Strzok and lawyer Lisa Page.  The following comes from Paul Joseph Watson

Amidst the 10,000 text messages sent between anti-Trump FBI agent Peter Strzok...

05:07

Venezuela to Regulate Bitcoin Mining "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Bitcoin mining will be regulated in Venezuela. The move is viewed by the opposition as a further clampdown by President Nicolas Maduros authoritarian regime.

05:00

Illustrator Shows What Love Looks Like, Whether Youre in a Relationship or Not "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Love Story Illustration

Love is not one-size-fits-all. Despite what books and movies might show, it's about more than just grand gestures; this certain fondness doesn't even have to involve another person. More often, a demonstration of love is a collection of the mundane moments of everyday life where tenderness often hides but grows strong. Amanda Oleander creates unconventional illustrated love stories that prove this.

Oleander often depicts couples in their home who are fully relaxed in one anothers company. They traipse around in their underwear and let it all hang out; this leads to some interesting moments that reveal the inner workings of a relationshipsuch as popping the other persons pimple or helping them paint their toenails. These displays arent exactly glamorous, but they are real and most of all, relatable.

Romance is just one type of love that Oleander illustrates. Through her popular Instagram account, she regularly highlights affection towards your petslike letting them lick your plate cleanand more importantly, self-love. The idea of loving yourself is shown simply; like her two-person relationships, its all about the little things, from snuggling in a pile of warm dryer clothes to eating ice cream and watching TV.

The thread uniting all of Oleanders illustrations is the idea of authenticity. To be happy with who you are, show your true selfwhether thats to the mirror or your romantic partner.

Amanda Oleander creates quirky illustrated love stories that you won't find in fairy tales.

Love Story Illustration

They feature the not-so-glamorous sides of romantic love, like popping pimples or brushing h...

04:57

Toxic ToothHow a root canal could be making you sick "IndyWatch Feed Health"

(Note from Erin: Ive only ever had one tooth pulled, a back tooth, and it was due to a root canal. It made me so sick.) By Dr. Mercola Root canal is a commonly performed procedure in most adults. But is it a wise one? Dr. Robert Kulacz, a dentist, has spent a significant portion of his

04:56

Genistein partly reversed ovariectomy-induced changes in apoptotic and inflammatory biomarkers in the lung. "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

PMID:  Iran J Basic Med Sci. 2017 Dec ;20(12):1312-1317. PMID: 29238465 Abstract Title:  Genistein preserves the lungs of ovariectomized diabetic rats: addition to apoptotic and inflammatory markers in the lung. Abstract:  Objectives: The role of isoflavones in pulmonary structure and function during menopause is not well studied. Moreover, the important role of estrogen in the physiological function of respiratory system has been revealed. Genistein, as an isoflavone, mimics estrogenic in diabetic and ovariectomized rats. Here, we hypothesized that genistein would reverse changes in the protein expression levels related to estrogen deficiency in the lung of ovariectomized diabetic rats.Materials and Methods: Wistar female rats were assigned to four experimental groups (n=10 in each group): sham, rats underwent laparotomy without removing the ovaries; OVX, rats that underwent ovariectomy; OVX.D, rats underwent bilateral ovariectomy and were fed a high-fat diet (HFD); OVX.D.G, ovariectomized diabetic rats with genistein administration (1 mg/kg /day). After ovariectomy, rats continued to feed HFD for a 4-week period. After 4 weeks of HFD feeding, a single dose of 30 mg/kg of streptozotocin was administered in the diabetic group. Genistein was administered for eight weeks. At the end of the experiment, lung tissue was removed and Western blotting technique and hematoxylin-eosin staining were used for evaluation of the lung.Results: Treatment with genistein significantly decreased inflammatory and apoptotic biomarkers in the ovariectomized diabetic rats compared to non-treated animals (P

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04:56

Security Alert: Mist Browser Bug Puts Private Keys in Danger "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

A bug was found in Mist Browser Beta that puts private keys in danger -- Ethereum posts warning and security checklist.

04:50

Monero Mining Malware Hits Russian Pipeline Giant Transneft "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The world's largest oil pipeline reportedly had some of its computer systems affected by cryptocurrency mining malware.

04:49

This is Huge! MUST READ Immediately "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Major Announcement for HIVE Blockchain Technologies
Dear Reader,

I hate to say it, but I warned you as early as November 27th and as recently as December 11th.

The opportunity to buy HIVE this week for less than $3 is over, in my opinion.

They just announced a massive cryptocurrency mining expansion, including a large-scale Bitcoin facility! Its literally the largest Bitcoin mining facility in all of Europe.

In addition to an enormous expansion of their cryptocurrency mining, they also announced that the institutions are coming in big!

HIVE will raise CAD$100 million, led by GMP Securities and Eventus Capital Corp., at a share price of CAD$3.15. Keep in mind that these shares will have a four-month hold, and as recently as three days ago, we recommended bu...

04:47

Brett King: Banking Will No Longer Be as We Know It "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Amazon drone delivery to your home, Blockchain to pay for it, and much more. #INTERVIEW

04:44

10 funniest Donald Trump moments of the year number 5 "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

Next up in our rundown of the 10 funniest Donald Trump moments of the year is this much-anticipated handshake with Canadian PM, Justin Trudeau.

Trumps weird handpump thing was big news back then, and everyone wanted to know how Trudeau would handle it. He did this.

Never has a handshake been analysed so closely. Well, until the next one.

Number 6: when part of his inaugaration speech was basically Bane in The Dark Knight Rises

04:43

Are You Pandemic Prepared? How to Prepare for Pandemic and Survive, Too "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

It seems like every time we turn around there is some deadly disease in the news. In recent years, there has been Ebola and the Avian influence A (H7N9) virus. There has also been MERS-CoV and many more. While these are epidemics of serious proportion, they are not yet pandemics, but they could be. The. . . Read More

04:32

Hasselblad X1D and Zeiss Otus 85mm: The Ultimate in Image Quality? "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

What camera and lens combination on the market delivers the ultimate in image quality? Photographer Matt Granger has been trying out the $8,000 Hasselblad X1D with the $4,500 Zeiss Otus 85mm both of which are cream of the crop when it comes to cameras and lenses This 11-minute video looks at what this beastly combo can do.

The well-known equipment testing lab DxOMark recently awarded the Hasselblad X1D a score of 102, a mark thats still the highest ever awarded to any type of camera.

The Otus 85mm has a leaf shutter in the lens, meaning that you can sync your flash speed at something like 1/1000th of a second, rather than 1/250th. Additionally, the Otus 85mm is a 35mm full frame lens that throws a circle of light that fully covers the bigger sensor of the medium format X1D. These two features make the Otus alongside an X1D a very interesting duo.

The Otus is so d*mn good, says Granger.

With such a large circle of light there is corner-to-corner sharpness and no vignetting, Granger says.

Using the focus peaking func...

04:30

Artists Protest Australian Museums Deal with Security Firm that Allegedly Abused Asylum-Seekers "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

<i>Love Story</i>, installation view (courtesy of Candice Breitz and KOW, Berlin)Love Story, installation view (courtesy of Candice Breitz and KOW, Berlin)

Earlier this week, the South African artist Candice Breitz changed the title of one of her works to protest that the Australian museum hosting it hired a security firm that allegedly abused refugees at detention centers. Her action and accompanying statement have moved other artists to join in the protest.

The work in question, a video in which actors including Alec Baldwin and Julianne Moore recite the stories of refugees, is featured in the inaugural NGV Triennial, which opened today at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) in Melbourne. The works original title was Love Story; due to the NGVs contract with Wilson Security a company whose human rights abuses at Australias offshore detention centers on Manus Island and Nauru came to light in August 2016 Breitz has retitled it Wilson Must Go. In a statement posted on Facebook (and included in...

04:30

Learn Philosophy, from the Ancients to the Moderns, with 350 Animated Videos "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Philosophy is not an idle pursuit of leisured gentlemen and tenured professors, though the life circumstances of many a philosopher might make us think otherwise. The foremost example of a privileged philosopher is Marcus Aurelius, famous expositor of Stoicism, and also, incidentally, Emperor of Rome. Yet we must also bear in mind that Epictetus, the other most famous expositor of Stoicism, whom Aurelius quotes repeatedly in his Meditations, was born a slave.

Against certain tendencies of modern thinking, we might hazard to believe that both men shared enough common human experience to arrive at some universal principles fully applicable to everyday life. Stoicism, after all, is nothing if not practical. Consider, for example, the emperors advice belowhow challenging it might be for anyone, and how beneficial, not only for the individual, butas Aurelius makes plainfor everyone.

Begin the morning by saying to yourself, I shall meet with the busybody, the ungrateful, arrogant, deceitful, envious, unsocial. All these things happen to them by reason of their ignorance of what is good and evil. But I who have seen the nature of the good that it is beautiful, and of the bad that it is ugly, and the nature of him who does wrong, that it is akin to mine, not only of the same blood or seed, but that it participates in the same intelligence and the same portion of divinity, I can neither be harmed by any of them, nor no one can fix on me what is ugly, nor can I be angry with my brother, nor hate him. For we are made for cooperation, like feet, like hands, like eyelids, like the rows of the upper and lower teeth. To act against one another then is contrary to nature; and it is acting against one another to be vexed and to turn away.

Yes, a passage that might have come from the speeches of Gandhi, the Dalai Lama, or Martin Luther King, Jr. also belongs to the philosophical traditions of ancient Rome, though in the mouth of an emperor it may not sound to us as compellingly radical.

Nowadays, several million more people have access to books, literacy, and leisure than in Marcus Aurelius era (and one wonders where even an emperor found the...

04:27

Spiritual Significance of the December Solstice 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Image Artwork by Eva Ruiz

The December 2017 Solstice falls on the 21st and marks a significant turning point and start of a new cycle.

In the Northern Hemisphere, the December Solstice is the first day of winter and a time of inward reflection. In the Southern Hemisphere, the December Solstice is the start of summer and a time of outward expression.

No matter where in the world you live, the December Solstice has always been linked to the planet Saturn. This is because the Solstice is marked by the Suns move into Saturns ruling constellation of Capricorn.

When the Sun reaches the constellation of the mountain goat, it signifies a turning point, as it is the last quarter cycle of the astrological year.

In astrology, the new year is celebrated when the Sun shifts into Aries, which happens in March, and as the Sun moves into Capricorn, it is symbolic that the end of another year is fast approaching.

Although today the start of the new year is celebrated as the calendar flips over to 2018, this turning point can still be felt as we prepare to wind up the year gone by.

As the Sun shifts into Capricorn, we are going to be reminded to not only reflect on the year gone by but to also slow down and check in with where we are at.

We have to take a moment to pause and work out if our actions are aligned with where we want to be.

In the Northern Hemisphere, we can take clues from Mother Earth on where we should be focusing our energy and attention.

As it is winter, the trees are bare, the animals are in hibernation, all of nature is slowing down in order to regenerate.

We too need to follow in the same tracks and conserve our energy for the climb ahead. After the Solstice dawns, it is going to be important for us to move at a slower pace and to not rush ahead.

While things may seem slow moving on the outside, on the inside however, it is very different.

As we hibernate and take it slow, we are given the opportunity to take a look into our inner world.

Most of us spend the year in a constant state of busyness so we never really stop to pause and see what is bubbling within. But with the December Solstice energy, we are all going to be given the opportunity to take a peek at what is happening on a heart and soul level.

The December Solstice is often called the Dark Night of the Soul for this very reason.

On the 21st of December when the hours of light and dark battle it out, we are all given the opportunity to retreat within and to discover o...

04:26

7 Signs Your Enlightenment May Be a Delusion "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

This post 7 Signs Your Enlightenment May Be a Delusion was created by Gary Z McGee for Fractal Enlightenment. You should consider visiting Fractal Enlightenment - ~ We Are All One for more awesome posts.

The human mind is a delusion generator, not a window to truth. The best any human can do is to ...

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04:25

Budbo One Blockchain, Infinite Possibilities "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The cannabis industry in the U.S. is exploding, with a projected value of $50 billion, and it is predicted to grow exponentially in the future. The buzzkill remains a lack of consistent regulations and non-standardized rules of trade across state lines, forcing much of the industry to operate in the shadows and remain essentially shunned by the nations established economic system.  

Despite legalization, many people still prefer buying cannabis through black market channels in hopes of obtaining their favorite strains at cheaper prices.

So whats the solution?

Enter Budbo.

Having launched in 2016, Budbo, a U.S. based startup, initially developed a tinder-like mobile application to help users find their favorite strains and products at nearby dispensaries. Now boasting of nearly 100,000 users and 2,000 dispensaries as part of its network, Budbos platform consists of a mobile phone app and a cloud-based backend business intelligence platform, which also provides a delivery tracking service aimed at ensuring full visibility and compliance of the cannabis delivery process.  Budbo is now a respected and established presence in the cannabis ecosystem, and is looking to elevate its offering in a major way by tapping into blockchain technology.

Need of a Blockchain Revolution

Budbo believes the cannabis industry lacks the basic framework to seamlessly integrate into the countrys mainstream economy. Company leaders argue the persistent marginalization and fragmentation of the cannabis sector can be alleviated through blockchain technology.

Blockchain possesses the power to streamline the processes of cannabis industry, says Budbo CTO Jacob Patterson. This system we are working on will ensure that cannabis moves safely and through proper channels, with all movements and history accounted for in a decentralized and immutable ledger.

By bringing together growers, manufacturers, lab experts, dispensaries and other cannabis industry stakeholders, Budbo aims to construct a completely transparent, and standardized system for the cannabis trade.

Budbo As a Backbone

The blockchain technology offers a way to streamline industry channels simultaneously as it holds an immutable ledger that leverages crypto-tokens built on smart contracts. The digital ledger which Budbo aims to build will contain complete seed-to-smoke information of every cannabis consignment produced, al...

04:20

Anti-Homeless Robot Deployed in California "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Source: Anti-Homeless Robot Deployed in California For more content like this visit REALfarmacy.com.

By Jake Anderson As the homeless problem continues to surge in San Francisco, an animal advocacy and pet adoption clinic has taken the novel, if dystopian, approach of hiring an autonomous security robot unit to clear out vagrants. The SPCA (the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) deployed a K5 robot manufactured by []

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04:17

The Greatest Gift Guide for Knitters "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

Happy Holidays everyone! Im just making it through some last minute deadlines and turning my eye towards shopping. Its time to put in those last minute orders, and today I have the greatest gift guide for knitters. Youll love these gorgeous tools, kits, and patterns. They are perfect for experienced knitters and newbie knitters alike!  READ MORE

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04:16

Vitamin D has the potential of serving as a safe and effective adjuvant to oral nifedipine in treating women with preeclampsia against hypertension. "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

PMID:  Front Pharmacol. 2017 ;8:865. Epub 2017 Nov 24. PMID: 29225576 Abstract Title:  Vitamin D Enhances Efficacy of Oral Nifedipine in Treating Preeclampsia with Severe Features: A Double Blinded, Placebo-Controlled and Randomized Clinical Trial. Abstract:  Vitamin D (VD) has exhibited immunomodulatory role in the pathogenesis of preeclampsia. We hypothesize VD potentiate nifedipine treatment for preeclampsia by shortened the time to control blood pressure and prolong time before subsequent hypertensive crisis. We conduct a randomized trial of 683 primigravid women with preeclampsia, who were assigned to different treatment groups, either nifedipine+placebo or nifedipine+VD orally, by random after screening. Primary endpoints include time to control hypertension and time before another hypertensive crisis. Maternal adverse effects including nausea, vomiting, chest pain, mild headache, dizziness, maternal tachycardia, hypotension or shortness of breath, and neonatal parameters including birth weight and Apgar scores, as well as the minimum number of dosages needed to control hypertension were defined as secondary endpoints. Serum levels of cytokines tumor necrosis factor- (TNF-) and interleukin-10 (IL-10) were also examined. There was a marked reduction of the time required to control hypertension and a significant lengthening (p = 0.013) of the time before a new hypertensive crisis in participants received nifedipine+VD treatments (41.8 18.3 min), in comparison with the nifedipine+placebo controls (61.1 15.9 min). In women treated with nifedipine+VD, the minimum number of dosages needed to control hypertension was also lower. With regard to adverse effects, no statistical difference was observed between the two treatment groups. Moreover, treatmentwith VD increased IL-10 and reduced TNF- serum levels. VD possesses the potential of serving as a safe and effective adjuvant to oral nifedipine in treating women with preeclampsia against hypertension, possibly through the upregulation of IL-10 and the downregulation of TNF-.

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04:13

Joint Statement on the US Army Corps of Engineers Approval of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Yesterday, December 14, 2017, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers granted permits to Bayou Bridge, LLC, a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners, to construct a 162.5-mile crude oil pipeline from Lake Charles to St. James, Louisiana. The Army Corps of Engineers refused to conduct a full Environmental Impact Statement for the project, despite pleas for such a study from communities directly impacted by the pipeline. Cherri Foytlin, Bold Louisiana said: To be honest, my hopes were never with the state and federal agencies who have consistently proven their lack of vision and scarcity of protection for the people and waters of this great state. The idea that this company, Energy Transfer Partners, who has destroyed land and water all over the United States, who carry the designation of worst spill record, who has created and maintained space for human rights abuses upon peaceful people - that they would be allowed to endanger over 700 of our waterways for their own profit is not only inconceivable, but proof of a moral bankruptcy within our systems of environmental protections. Yet, this is where we are. And while I am saddened by the news, I am equally sure that we will stand together as the mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers, to peacefully endeavor to right the wrong of these misguided and foolish permittings.

04:12

VIDEO: What Everyday Life Is Like in Puerto Rico Now "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

This report was originally published by Daisy Luther at The Organic Prepper

puerto-rico-hurricane-aftermath

In Puerto Rico, everything has changed since Hurricane Maria struck nearly 3 months ago.

Many people have no running water. And if they do, it cant be consumed without boiling.

Theres no electricity in many regions.

Supplies are scarce.

Ive written about the SHTF aftermath in Puerto Rico, both the day after the storm,  a week after, and a couple of months later. But while there is a lot of good information in all those articles, its just words on a page.

The video below brings it to life. This is what life looks like for people who have just watched everything be turned upside down by Mother Nature.

 

The Pantry Primer

Please feel free to share any information from this article in part or in full, giving credit to the author and including a link to The Organic Prepper and the following bio.

Daisy Luther is the author of The Pantry Primer: A Preppers Guide To Whole Food on a Half Price Budget.  Her website, The Organic Prepper, offers information on healthy prepping, including premium nutritional choices, general wellness and non-tech solutions. You can follow Daisy on...

VIDEO: What Everyday Life Is Like in Puerto Rico Now "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

This report was originally published by Daisy Luther at The Organic Prepper

puerto-rico-hurricane-aftermath

In Puerto Rico, everything has changed since Hurricane Maria struck nearly 3 months ago.

Many people have no running water. And if they do, it cant be consumed without boiling.

Theres no electricity in many regions.

Supplies are scarce.

Ive written about the SHTF aftermath in Puerto Rico, both the day after the storm,  a week after, and a couple of months later. But while there is a lot of good information in all those articles, its just words on a page.

The video below brings it to life. This is what life looks like for people who have just watched everything be turned upside down by Mother Nature.

 

The Pantry Primer

Please feel free to share any information from this article in part or in full, giving credit to the author and including a link to The Organic Prepper and the following bio.

Daisy Luther is the author of The Pantry Primer: A Preppers Guide To Whole Food on a Half Price Budget.  Her website, The Organic Prepper, offers information on healthy prepping, including premium nutritional choices, general wellness and non-tech solutions. You can follow Daisy on Facebook and...

04:10

Vitamin D supplementation was associated with a trend towards improved cognition in patients with schizophrenia. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  EBioMedicine. 2017 Dec 2. Epub 2017 Dec 2. PMID: 29226809 Abstract Title:  Vitamin D Supplementation in Chronic Schizophrenia Patients Treated with Clozapine: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-controlled Clinical Trial. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: While accumulating evidence suggests that vitamin D deficiency may be involved in the risk to develop schizophrenia and its outcome, there are no studies on vitamin D supplementation in this context. We sought to assess the effect of vitamin D supplementation on psychiatric, cognitive and metabolic parameters in chronic clozapine-treated schizophrenia patients.METHODS: This eight-week, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial, recruited schizophrenia patients who had been maintained on clozapine treatment for at least 18weeks and had low levels of vitamin D (70 (to ascertain the presence of residual symptoms). Patients were randomly allocated to either weekly oral drops of vitamin D (14,000IU) or placebo and subsequently assessed at two-week intervals for psychosis severity, mood, cognition and metabolic profile.RESULTS: Twenty four patients were randomly assigned to vitamin D (aged 39.49.6years, 75% males) and the other 23 patients to the placebo arm (aged 42.511.2years, 60.9% males). After eight weeks, the vitamin D group exhibited a significant increase in vitamin D levels (31.4 vs -0.4nmol/l, p

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04:07

Pentagon to Face Its First Audit EVER, After Decades of Waste and Cooking the Books "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Source: Pentagon to Face Its First Audit EVER, After Decades of Waste and Cooking the Books For more content like this visit REALfarmacy.com.

Legislation from the 1990s obligating each and every government agency to undergo an audit annually notwithstanding, the Pentagon with its obscenely bloated allocation in the hundreds of billions eclipsing the defense spending of the next several nation-states, combined managed to escape the nightmarish prospect of accountability in an audit, entirely. To reiterate, the []

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04:04

Global Mind Energy Report: Impact of Mass Meditations HIGH | December 15th, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"


by Justin Deschamps

The following report details the current state of geomagnetic activity and resulting effects on human consciousness, which can be used to guide one's activities in meditation, mass meditation, personal energy work, and self-mastery practices.
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04:02

Pete Tong played Massive Attack on his tour and it all went a bit, you know "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

Or, as the groups 3D called it, his nostalgia nightmare roadshow. So they sent him this message on Facebook and people love him for it.

Just in case its tricky to read

Dear Pete Tong
Thanks for covering one of our songs on your nostalgia nightmare roadshow.
I dont recollect you getting in touch to see if we would mind, but for your information:
When we play that song we display photos of displaced people in refugee camps by the photographer Giles Duley on the screen to raise awareness for their plight and collect money for UNHCR.
If you do mean to carry on coining it, why dont you divide your nightly profit by the number of songs you murder in your set, and hand the total of that one song over to UNHCR.
It would be the least you could do.
Cheers
3D.

In case youre wondering, the songs Unfinished Sympathy which featured on Tongs Ibiza Classics album and is being played on his current tour.

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04:00

A Christmas message from President Trump "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

 

First, let me wish you all a merry CHRISTMAS. Yes thats CHRISTMAS, folks. Not this holidays baloney Ive been seeing everywhere in recent years. Happy Holidays is a FAKE SALUTATION. I mean what the hell is that load of crap about?

Bing Crosby didnt sing White Holidays, did he?  Well theres gonna be no more tiptoeing around the finer feelings of religious crackpots and minority weirdo-beardos when Donald J Trumps in The White House.  These people can suck up our great American traditions like Christmas or get the hell outta our goddamn country.  Period!

Now what about my kids?  Arent they doing a swell job helping me to make America great?  Yes they are.  TRUE!  Don Junior has had a fantastic 2017, just the best 2017.  Im particularly proud of him because even with his super-heavy day-to-day workload hes still found time to take night classes and is now almost 100% fluent in Russian.

And Ivanka hey, take it easy there guys!  Now I dont wanna brag or nuthin but shes one helluva girl.  Why, if I werent her Da err anyway shes a great businesswoman, just the best businesswoman.  She gives me great advice too when Im making America great and her fashion design business is amazing.  Ivankas designs make clothes sold by that Victoria Beckham dame look like rags that even an average Mexican would throw in the trashcan.

Jared, her husband (what a lucky guy, WOW!) is a fantastic Senior Advisor to me and an amazing servant to America.  What a great job hes doing in The Middle East for us. I really think hes gonna bring a strong and lasting peace there.  A great peace.  The best peace.

Folks say its because Jareds family that he got into my inner circle.  Well let me say I personally vetted all the security background check forms he filled in, and I can state categorically that hes never even so much as had measles let alone any trace of nepotism.  Hes clean one hundred percent.

Finally Id like to say a few words about Melania.  Wow! Is she one red-hot babe or what?

OK, so I gotta go now.  I hope that Santa Claus brings you all even more guns and automatic assault rifles than you know what to do with, as much roast squirrel and roadkill as you can scrape off the highway and lets all look forward to a GREATER 2018 together.

God bless America!

Donald J Trump

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04:00

Lets Dance + Best of the Web "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

I dont know about you, but its been a week. Between the ever-present and dramatic news updates, special elections, and life coming at us from all directions (including learning a very important lesson online), I need a little bit of levity to round out the week. Something to lift my spirits and bring in a little light. And for me, that is always dance. Nothing makes me feel lighter and more alive than cranking up a fun song, pushing my work aside, and taking a break to dance around (and sing at the top of my lungs) with the dogs jumping up and down next to me. So today Im sharing one of my favorite short dance routines featuring Fredy Kosman and Koharu Suguwara (my favorite contemporary choreographer). Whether youre dancing to Madonna or N.E.R.D and Rihanna or Bomba Estreo, I hope you find a tune that works for you. Just turn the volume up and shake some of the weeks stress away. Until Monday, here are some more great things to keep your heart full and your creative side inspired. xo, Grace

Step inside one of the dreamiest hotels in Paris, the Htel Providence.

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04:00

De-Homogenizing Cryptocurrencies "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

By: Demelza Hays
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For the past month, Bitcoin has reached a new all time high every week. On December 11, Bitcoin reached its all time high of over $17,000 per coin. Bitcoin witnessed an impressive 1600% increase in value during the past year. The cryptocurrency market increased from $18 billion in January 2017 to over $475 billion in December. Bitcoin is going through the process of monetization and the cryptocurrency market is being financialized. Cryptocurrency credit cards, automatic teller machines, exchanges, over-the-counter markets, bank accounts, insurance, derivatives, and trading algorithms are available. CBOE Bitcoin futures launched last Sunday, the CME is launching this Sunday, and NASDAQ is expected to join in early 2018. However, the prices are rising too far too fast. Every asset class has ups and downs. If cryptocurrencies are really a new asset class, they must come down at some point.

The Role of the Overall Economy

As discussed in this report, the prices in many asset classes are at their highest levels and the volatility of equities is on a record low. However, the fundamental problems that caused the 2008 crises have not been solved.

Ronald Stferle has noted, although financial markets seem to be all right at the moment, we consider the current situation to be an uneasy calm. The financial system continues to be fragile, i.e. because of over-indebtedness, which is a result of the monetary policy interventions in recent years. The value of cryptocurrencies is highly dependent on the state of the global financial and monetary system.

Chart 1: Daily Price of Bitcoin and Gold from 2010 2017

 Sources: Incrementum AG, Quandl.com

Furthermore, the Bitcoin network relies on the Internet and on cryptographic encryption techniques that have only existed for a few decades. In addition to technological risks, Bitcoin has technological limits as well. The Bitcoin network has reached its full capacity. The network can process approximately 7 transactions per second or 350,000 per day. To ensure a transaction is confirmed quickly, the sender must pay a high transaction fee to miners. A transaction with a high fee is given priority on the network because miners form mining pools and compete against each other to earn transaction fees and freshly minted bitcoins. Due to the increasing demand to send Bitcoin transactions and the limited supply of space...

Stocks Up, Bonds Under Pressure PLUS: Updates On Gold, Silver, Bitcoin, Ether, Litecoin (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Stocks Up, Bonds Under Pressure PLUS: Updates On Gold, Silver, Bitcoin, Ether, Litecoin Video Gregory Mannarino Video Source

The post Stocks Up, Bonds Under Pressure PLUS: Updates On Gold, Silver, Bitcoin, Ether, Litecoin (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

03:58

Freud: The First Anti-Psychiatrist "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Freud was not a psychiatrist; he was a neurologist who left the practice of medicine to study the inner workings of the mind, the ways societies operate, and the interplay between the two. He was more of a psychologist/sociologist/philosopher. He lived in Victorian times when, unlike today, sex was repressed and women were devalued; this largely explains why some of his ideas appear weird or offensive to many now. But if we look past these flaws, there are some worthwhile concepts.

Freud viewed psychoanalysis as within psychology rather than medicine, and urged that it not be medicalized. He believed that anybody with the right aptitude could be trained to do analysis, but that medical training would detract by limiting ones capacity for free insight. He showed disdain for psychiatrists: In medical school a doctor receives training which is more or less the opposite of what he would need as a preparation for psychoanalysis. . . . It gives them a false and detrimental attitude.1 So Freud saw their untruthfulness and harmfulness, and was the first anti-psychiatrist.

Only in the U.S. did psychiatrists greedily monopolize analysis against Freuds wishes, and create obscure terms like superego or id that only they use. The psychiatrists who publicly pathologized presidential candidate Goldwater in 1964 were such power-hungry, political-minded people. True Freudians wouldnt have done so since they believe we all have conflicts; Freud substantiated this when logically explaining dreams,2 jokes,3 and errors4 that are now known as Freudian slips.

It is often said that his theories were debunked. This is due to the claim that emotional/behavioral troubles have been proven to be genetic or biological brain diseases (as modern psychiatry illogically prophesizes), rather than reactions to unconscious/conscious issues and events which can originate in childhood, as he rationally deduced. But this never occurred, so his ideas were never really refuted.

Lets compare the two approaches: Freudian therapists dont apply ostracizing or stigmatizing labels since we all have struggles. They let clients set their own goals and do the active work in therapy since insights will only be meaningful and productive if clients themselves develop them. They listen, understand, and connect deeply, patiently, and respectfully. Their cl...

03:55

These Closeup Photos of Jupiter Look Like Works of Art "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

NASAs Juno space probe has been orbiting Jupiter and dazzling us with photos of the giant gas planet for over a year now. In recent days, Juno has captured a number of gorgeous close-up photos that look strangely like impressionist art.

The photo above, captured by Juno from a distance of just 11,747 miles (the distance between New York City in the US and Perth in Australia), shows a cloud system in Jupiters northern hemisphere.

Because of the Juno-Jupiter-Sun angle when the spacecraft captured this image, the higher-altitude clouds can be seen casting shadows on their surroundings, NASA writes. The behavior is most easily observable in the whitest regions in the image.

Here are some more colorful close-ups beamed back to our planet by Juno recently:

You can stay up-to-date with Junos photos of Jupiter in the NASA Juno Image Gallery. And if you liked these images, check out this beautiful fly-by that was created earlier this year by combining a large number of Juno photos.

(via NASA via...

03:54

Survival Medicine Hour: Wildfire Survival, EMP Author Anthony Furey "IndyWatch Feed Health"

SURVIVAL MEDICINE HOUR #368 Joe Alton MD and Amy Alton ARNP welcome Anthony Furey of the Sun Newspaper Chain to discuss his new book Pulse Attack: The Real Story Behind the Weapon that can Destroy North America. Both the Altons and Mr. Furey are concerned about the risks associated with electromagnetic pulse attacks, when a nuclear weapon is detonated high in the atmosphere. Once thought to be the stuff of post-apocalyptic fiction, North Korea has recently acknowledged the usefulness of

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03:54

The Importance of Electromagnetic Field Remediation In the Treatment of Chronic Disease "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

Dr. Mercola, articles.mercola
Waking Times Media

Story at-a-glance

  • According to Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, women should take drastic steps to lower their EMF exposure during pregnancy to reduce the risk of having an autistic child
  • Microwave radiation from cellphones, Wi-Fi routers and similar devices concentrate twentyfold in the womb, meaning whatever the reading is outside the womb, the measurement will be 20 times higher inside the mother
  • Klinghardt found the average exposure of an autistic child to high frequency electric fields from household currents and microwaves from cellphones and other wireless technologies was twentyfold higher than that of the non-autistic children
  • Nonionizing cellphone microwave radiation has also been linked to Alzheimers and infertility, especially in men, both of which, like autism, are rocketing skyward in terms of prevalence
  • One of the best strategies is to eliminate exposure to ELF electric fields during sleep, as this is a most important time for your brain. Details on how to do this, as well as many other remediation strategies, are discussed

Electromagnetic fields (EMFs) are one of the most pernicious threats to your health. The question is, how do you limit your exposure to healthier levels? Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, one of my longtime mentors, was instrumental in educating me about the influence of EMFs on health. Klinghardt, who founded the Sophia Health Institute1 in 2012 where hes still actively involved in the treatment of patients, will not even take you on as a new patient unless you agree to address your EMF exposure. Hes that convinced of its influence.

In Germany,...

03:50

US Commodities Regulator Proposes Definition for Cryptocurrency 'Delivery' "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The CFTC has published a proposed interpretation of how it will deem that a cryptocurrency has been "delivered" from a buyer to a seller.

03:48

The Expanded Listening Experience of a Polyphonic Sound Installation "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Installation view of Lexposition dun Rve (Exhibition of a Dream) at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Delegation to France (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic)

PARIS It is polyphonic sonic dreamtime when dallying in Mathieu Copelands disembodied sound-sculpture Lexposition dun Rve (Exhibition of a Dream) at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Delegation to France, a private Portuguese institution created in 1956 by British financier of Armenian origin Calouste Gulbenkian. Leisurely ambling through this hour-and-a-half-long audible extravaganza, or plunked down on the plush carpeting, one is immersed in a highly textured and nuanced sound mix. The blend is apparently based on geometric forms that range from simple abstract shapes based on paintings by Portuguese artist Jos Sobral de Almada Negreiros from the 1950s and more recent monochrome paintings by Olivier Mosset, to complex geometric mandalas and patterns based on designs by Philippe Decrauzat, Myriam Gourfink, and Eduardo Terrazas.

At least that is what we are led to believe by the accompanying catalogue, which contains reproductions of these abstract shapes. But even after two long visits (one with a number of other people present and the other with a sole accompanying audiophile friend), I was unable to detect in the sonic architecture of words and music any such geometric forms. Not that I cared overly much. The tracks dazzle with subtle complexity. They are sensitively arranged to play through 33 dangling Meyer speakers and 3 subwoofers on the floor. So I felt only a bit thwarted that the installations promise to expand the bandwidth of my consciousness through the enticement of mental ma...

03:47

Nearly half of UK youth have unprotected sex with new partners, boozing plays a role in behavior, poll reveals "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

Almost half of young Britons admit they've had unprotected sex with a new partner, a new poll reveals. Despite relentless safe-sex ads, youth are still exposing themselves to sexually transmitted diseases. According to a YouGov poll, 47 percent of sexually active people in the UK aged between 16 and 24 chose not to wear a condom during their first sexual encounter with a new partner. One in ten have admitted they have never used a condom in their entire life. In response to the findings, Public Health England has launched the first Government sexual health campaign in eight years, the so-called Protect Against STIs, which seeks to promote condom use in the most effective way. The campaign aims to raise awareness about the consequences of STIs, which include infertility, pelvic inflammatory disease, and even meningitis. It also highlights how easy it is to contract an infection, given they are symptom-less and it is therefore hard to tell whether your partner has an STI.

03:47

Quote of the week: The clouds, the 1%, and the holy grail of climate science "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

People send me stuff. Today my inbox got what some people might describe as an important clue to finding the holy grail of climate science. Its a big step forward, its an even bigger step to get those entrenched, invested, and employed in the CO2 rules the climate theory industry to accept it. The battle

03:45

Wheres the best place to stand during an earthquake? "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

Caption of the day goes to @panoparker on Twitter.

Not everyone got the gag, though.

Source

The post Wheres the best place to stand during an earthquake? appeared first on...

03:43

FIRE-EARTH Tribunal in Absentia: RPP of Earth Expert Testimonies (XXV) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

CJ OCT TML FIRE-EARTH Tribunal: Rape, Pillage and Plunder of Planet Earth (121501) FIRE-EARTH Tribunal in Absentia for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Crimes Against Nature, Rape, Pillage and Plunder (RPP) of Planet Earth Details including Record of Proceedings are available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. All Groups Latest FIRE-EARTH ALERTS, FORECASTS, BULLETINS and MESSAGES available []

03:42

The Fascinating Hidden History of London Railings "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

 

Theres a surprising link between railings and the capitals wartime past as Jim Wheble explains.

 

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03:41

The Daily Mail did this to Nicola Sturgeon and she had the perfect riposte "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

The Scottish edition of the Daily Mail had the hump with Nicola Sturgeon today, accusing the Scottish First Minister of breaking her promise with a tax rise for 750,000 people.

So they did this.

Except theres a bit of a schoolboy error. Spot it yet? Sturgeon (or her people) did.

Boom.

Although, to be fair to the Mail, guess whos playing Oogie Boogie doesnt work too well either (lets hope weve remembered the movie right).

The post The Daily Mail did this to Nicola Sturgeon and she had the perfect riposte appeared first on The Poke.

03:39

making holiday gifts "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

We are madly making holiday gifts around here, it's so fun to paint, glue, assemble, and pack. These unpainted wooden bowls were turned into little salt cellars with some pink Himalayan salt and a little spoon. They look nice unpainted, but I can't resist painting wood.

We have been going out a lot this yearballets, musicals, theater and choir performances. Last night we we took our parents to see It's a Tony Starlight's Christmas and it was so fun. I had not been there since they moved and it's a great space and was a great show.

03:36

Bure, France: Resisting RTEs Industrial Wind Turbines and Nuclear Energy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from VMC

incompletely translated by Earth First! Journal

Nuclear energy and wind, like the two identical faces of the same fake piece; One replaces the other in the peaks of consumption. Two tentacles of the same octopus that runs through the territory: RTE.

It was only in the wake of the common call for a blazing winter that a few masked owls decided to come and take in the air of the south to protest against RTE, [and their] implantation of the transformer with a thousand wind turbines.

But where is the public inquiry?

Something there touches us, deeply.[] We must admit that the struggle that has been taking off for three years since is in many respects exemplary. [We are reminded ] of the great hours of the public boycott debate in Bure in 2013, and even better; it gives a whiff of hope to all the territories which, here or elsewhere, revolt against their encravated developers. On 7 November in Saint-Victor, a whole village barricaded itself with straw bales and adorned with banners, and it was a whole village, from the kids to the pensioners, who summoned the investigating commissioner to not come back. He did not return. It was well worth a courtesy visit on December 2nd!

It must be said, however, that the fight there is not easy, not eas...

03:31

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Focus "IndyWatch Feed Comics"



Click here to go see the bonus panel!

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Ironically, this comic was posted 30 minutes late because I lost track of time.

New comic!
Today's News:

03:30

Report: No Evidence of Collusion Between White House Staff Members "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

WASHINGTON A report released today by a government efficiency watchdog group offered conclusive proof of absolutely no collusion between White House staff members, due entirely to a complete lack of internal communication whatsoever.

This report is something to behold. The author painstakingly logged hours of secret recordings, painting a vivid picture of what is happening behind closed doors, said Washington Post correspondent Katherine Taylor. It shows that not a single White House cabinet member can be bothered to talk with anyone, ever. One of the most jarring recordings captures Rex Tillerson complaining that President Trump intentionally ordered Chipotle, despite Secretary Tillerson explicitly stating he hates cilantro rice. But Tillerson never brought it up again: he just threw his burrito away.

Critics had claimed that contradictory press releases and seemingly deliberate misinformation were part of a cohesive plan, developed in secret by high ranking government officials. However, the new report illustrates a complete lack of affiliation and cooperation between Trumps staff, cabinet, close counsel, and even family.

A lot of people think Jared Kushner might be the brains of the White House right now, but this report sheds a different light on him altogether, said left-wing blogger Luke Malone. Theres a section where Kushner spends 45 minutes talking to an unidentified White House staffer about Defense Secretary Mattis apparently, Jim will comment on photos that Kushner posts on Instagram, but wont actually like them. But never once is any policy discussed.

Related:

The 75-page document supports White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, who has categorically denied accusations of President Trump taking any counsel from his diverse staff.

The President has consistently shown hes far too proud to admit hes not an expert in all things political, legal, financial, cultural, and military, said Sanders in a briefing addressing the report. He has more money...

03:27

Twist Of Fate & Sound Of You by Millo In Shanghai "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Our friend Millo recently spent some time in Asia where he painted two large scale street art pieces somewhere on the streets of Shanghai in China.

Entitled Twist Of Fate & Sound Of You, the Italian street artist brought to life some of his signature imagery which will surely be enjoyed by the locals for years to come. Both pieces were created as part of the MurMur Project.

Twist Of Fate is the biggest mural created by Millo in Asia.

Take a look at more images after the break and keep checking back with us for the latest street art updates from the streets of Asia and beyond.

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03:25

2017 Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar Shares New NASA Photo Each Day Until Christmas "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

2017 Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar

The Bubble Nebula. Photo: NASA, ESA, Hubble Heritage Team

Alan Young of The Atlantic is keeping up his annual tradition of curating one of the most unique advent calendars of the season. For the past 10 years, Young has put together the Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar, publishing one photograph from NASA's space telescope every day until December 25.

The Hubble Space Telescope, which was launched into low Earth orbit in 1990, has taken some of the most detailed visible-light images in the world, giving an unparalleled look at the depths of space. Through NASA's dedicated page about the Hubble mission, you can even see what the telescope is currently looking at and browse galleries of still images captured in high resolution.

From festive skies dotted with brilliant stars to a surreal nebulous bubble formed from stellar wind, a scroll through the images reminds us of how wondrous the galaxy really is. Let's look at some of our favorite images from the first half of Young's advent calendar and keep watch of The Atlantic page and Facebook to see new images as they appear daily until Christmas.

Every year, The Atlantic publishes a Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar, check out some of the images from the 2017 edition.

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03:23

Andreas Antonopoulos Warns of Bitcoin Bubble "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Were well-used to members of central banks, and government expressing concerns about Bitcoin. However, whats much rarer is one of our own using that pesky B word. Revered Bitcoin proponent Andreas Antonopoulos has joined the likes of Jamie Dimon and Janet Yellen in deeming the worlds hottest digital currency a bubble.

The Australian Financial Review report that the Bitcoin and blockchain guru warned that the rise in price weve seen so far in 2017 was not the result of genuine adoption and usage but rather people hoping to emulate the parabolic gains early advocates of crypto have seen:

What were seeing is a straightforward grassroots bubble driven by speculation and greed.

He also cautioned investors who he feels are essentially throwing money at a technological innovation they know nothing about. This makes it even more dangerous, and Antonopoulos feels that those who dont properly understand what they are getting themselves into are taking on a serious amount of risk.

The concern coming from a Bitcoin proponent should certainly worry those invested in the space more than that of central bankers many of who are essentially clueless about cryptocurrency themselves. Andreas Antonopoulos has dedicated much of the lifespan of Bitcoin advocating its use, and its game-changing properties in the world of finance. Hes spoken many times about cryptocurrencys potential to completely destroy central bankers ability to dominate the planet by controlling the cash were all dependent on. Hes even authored two of the spaces most popular books, Mastering Bitcoin and The Internet of Money.

Rather than pursue wealth, Antonopoulos instead favoured spreading awareness. Hes been something of a digital nomad for the last few years, appearing at events around the globe where he has selflessly championed Bitcoin. Despite his time in the space, until recently, he hadnt enjoyed the same financial success as many early adopters. This prompted an attack on Antonopoulos by fellow long-time advocate Roger Ver. He publicly poor shamed his fellow crypto-pioneer which prompted the wider community to donate almost $2 million to Antonopoulos as a sort of communal thank you to a man who has done so much to spread Bitcoin awareness.

The Australian Finance Review went on to state that Antonopoulos warned that the influx of users seeking fast gains on their investments was causing Bitcoin to not perform as it was designed:

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03:21

Legal Recourse for Fluoride Victims "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Fundraising Update

Some generous donations from Australia and the UK in the wee hours of this morning boosted our total to $48,435 from 205 donors as of 7 am today (Dec 15). This means that we are in very good shape to reach $50,000 by midnight tonight which will trigger another $2,000 from a super angel pledge.

But we cant stop there. Our mini-goal for Christmas Eve is $120,000, so we are going to need a lot of miracles before then.

So please make a donation today large or small and become a member of the FAN team for 2018 and help rid the world of fluoridation.

You can follow our progress on our homepage  www.FluorideALERT.org (masthead #1) for the totals.

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How to Donate:

You can make a donation at our secure online server, or by check, payable to Fluoride Action Network, and mail to:

FAN
c/o Connett
104 Walnut Street
Binghamton, New York 13905
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Legal Recourse for Fluoride Victims

Does your child have moderate or severe dental fluorosis from excessive fluoride in drinking water or fluoride supplements?  If your childs teeth have been damaged due to fluoride exposure you may have legal rights.  Chris Nidel and the lawyers at the Washington, D.C. law firm Nidel & Nace are investigating claims against water companies and supplement manufacturers for injuries caused by ingesting excessive fluoride and for their failing to warn of its negative impacts, such as dental fluorosis.

Contact: Attorney Chris Nidel  chris@nidellaw.com...

03:18

These Declassified Nuclear Test Videos PROVE That a Strike Is Survivable "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

While everyone is very concerned about North Koreas nuclear tests, these kinds of experiments are nothing new. In fact, hundreds of them took place right here in the United States Read the rest

The post These Declassified Nuclear Test Videos PROVE That a Strike Is Survivable appeared first on The Organic Prepper.

03:18

Buying Bitcoin with Debt Stinks of Bubbles "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

With news that people are mortgaging their houses to buy Bitcoin, there should be concern that people are emulating moves that led to the Dot Com and housing bubble. #ANALYSIS

03:14

University requests 4th retraction for psychologist under fire "IndyWatch Feed Health"

The University of Amsterdam has requested another retraction for a prominent social psychologist, after reviewing the dissertations he supervised while at the university. The university made the announcement this week after reviewing the theses supervised by Jens Frster, whose own work has been subject to considerable scrutiny. The results of this investigation come more than []

The post University requests 4th retraction for psychologist under fire appeared first on Retraction Watch.

03:13

Want a Fully Loaded iMac Pro? Thatll Be $13,199, Please "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

When Apples new iMac Pro arrived on the scene yesterday, there was one crazy detail that jumped out at a lot of people: if you choose to include all the optional upgrades, the computer will cost a staggering $13,199. Heres a closer look at how you get to that price.

Base Price: $4,999

First off, the base configuration of the iMac Pro already costs $4,999. By comparison, the lowest-end Mac Pro you can purchase costs $2,999.

What you get for $4,999 is a 3.2GHz 8-core Intel Xeon W processor, 32GB of 2666MHz DDR4 ECC RAM, a 1TB SSD, and Radeon Pro Vega 56 graphics with 8GB of HBM2 memory.

+$2,400 to Max Out the Processor: $7,399

Instead of a measly 3.2GHz 8-core Intel Xeon W processor, you can upgrade to a 2.3GHz 18-core one.

Up to 18 cores in an iMac, Apple says. No, thats not a typo [] [Y]ou can render images, edit up to 8K video, manipulate photos, create real-time audio effects, or compile your next five-star app all at lightning speed.

+$2,400 to Max Out the Memory: $9,799

Why settle for 32GB of 2666MHz DDR4 ECC memory when you can have 128GB of RAM? You know, for if youd like to keep your entire photo shoot open in separate tabs in Photoshop

+$2,800 to Max Out the Storage: $12,599

Instead of a 1 terabyte SSD, you can quadruple the storage by upgrading to a 4TB one.

iMac Pro storage is not user accessible, Apple warns. If you think you may need more storage capacity in the future, consider upgrading at the time of purchase.

+$600 to Max Out the Graphics: $13,199

You can go from a Radeon Pro Vega 56 graphics card with 8GB of HBM2 memory to a 16GB Vega 64 for an extra $600.

Final Price: $13,199

Select all the max upgrades above, and your computer will have a ginormous price tag of $13,199, about the same price as a base model...

03:09

Christmas Cheer from a Lean Year: The 1950 Holiday Cards of Langston Hughes "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Langston Hughes 1950 typewritten poem (courtesy Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University)Langston Hughes 1950 typewritten poem (courtesy Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University)

Christmas in 1950 was a low time for the writer Langston Hughes. The opera for which hed written a libretto The Barrier was a commercial and critical failure; his recently published book Simple Speaks His Mind was critically praised, but not a bestseller. He was living with his friends Toy and Emerson Harper at 20 East 127th Street in Harlem, and attempting to work on a new book and opera. So instead of giving his large community of friends Christmas gifts, he sent out typewritten postcards that expressed both his financial state, and enduring holiday cheer. One proclaimed:

If times were not so doggone hard
I might send you a gift.
But since Im broke as broke can be,
Heres just a Christmas lift:
Merry,
Merry,
Christmas!

The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University is exhibiting a pop-up display through December 20 of Hughess 1950 postcards, as well as Christmas cards he received from friends. The two cases of ephemera were selected from 17 holiday card boxes at Yale that hold material dating from 1935 to 1966. Theyre part of Hughess donation of his papers to Yale, which began in 1941 and continued until his death in 1967. Yale now has 305 linear feet of archives from Hughes in its James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection of African American Art and Letters in the Yale Collection of American Literature (YCAL).

Earlier this year, the Beinecke featur...

03:08

Blockchain-Based Startup Creates New Opportunities for Charity "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Would you like to have a talk with Ryan Taylor, CEO of Dash or Brock Pierce, chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation?

03:07

Bitcoin Price Watch; Heres Whats On This Weekend "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

We are closing in on the end of the European session on Friday and that means one thing that the week is almost over. At the end of last week, we saw bitcoin run to an incredible degree as markets loaded up on positions ahead of the introduction of bitcoin futures to the market. We said this morning that we were hoping to see more of the same this week (i.e. a solid run to the upside) and weve not got exactly what we wanted.

We have seen some upside, sure, but its far from the multi-thousand dollar run we saw heading into last weekend.

Anyway, its not overly important. So long as we can stay on top of whats happening on the intraday charts, well be able to keep things moving for our short-term trades.

So, with all this said, lets get some levels in place that we can use for the session going forward. As ever, take a quick look at the chart below to get an idea where things stand. Its a one-minute candlestick chart and its got our primary range overlaid in green.

As the chart shows, the range we are looking at for the session today comes in as defined by support to the downside at 17426 and resistance to the upside at 17591. Were going to go at markets with a couple of different trades tonight, variable depending on how the bitcoin price moves in and around these levels.

So, if we see price close above resistance, well try and jump in long towards an immediate upside target of 17660. A stop at 17575 keeps things tight from a risk management perspective.

Looking the other way, if we see price close below support, well look at jumping in short towards a downside target of 17360.

Lets see what happens.

Charts courtesy of Trading View

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03:05

Eloquent Photo-portraits of 60 Contemporary Artists of Color "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Elia Alba The Spiritualist (Maren Hassinger) (2013) archival pigment print (all images courtesy the artist)

What is a portrait for? On consideration, its apparent that any portrait is a record, an act of documentation. It is also a display object, an iconic representation of the person (excluding pictures of animals) that should hold a convincing resemblance to the real person. Having seen a good portrait, we might, in running into the actual subjects in the street, stop them to say, Ive seen you somewhere before. Portraits are also acts of intentional promotion: they mean to show in a revelatory flourish the subjects social status, wealth, significance, talents, power, beauty, or tribal resemblance. Portraits are, in this vein, a means of manipulating the viewer to see in the subject that which the artist wants us to see.

The artist Elia Albas The Supper Club exhibition at the 8th Floor gallery is full of photographic portraits that accomplish all of the functions listed above. Additionally, they act as a kind of measure of the intimacy that Alba has earned with her subjects in producing her Supper Club project, through which she has hosted about 25 conversations of weighty and formidable topics, convened around a meal, to which she invites artists of color (two of which I have attended). The project began in 2012 and has taken on topics such as the nature and consequences of being a black male in the US now, or the nature of and need for sanctuary and safety. Most of the artists featured in the exhibition have been guests for Albas Supper Club, and all are people of color. Giving them a platform for the display of their bodies, personalities, and talents is clearly paramount for Alba.

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03:02

Patients Out of Time Coming to Canada in 2018! "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Follow Us!Share This!Co-founder and President of Patients Out of Time Mary Lynn Mathre, RN, MSN, CARN, will be making several stops across Canada in early 2018 to present educational workshops for nurses and nurse practitioners. The workshops are hosted and organized by Executive Links through their healthcare branch, Nursing Links. Heres what Mary Lynn had to say about the first set of these events, which were held in late 2017: It was such an honor and a pleasure to be...
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03:00

Meet the Leadership: Chelsea Tate, ICAN of the Triad "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

ICAN is excited to announce Chelsea Tate as our newest Chapter Leader!

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My most passionate belief is that women deserve true informed consent before making a decision. ~ Chelsea Tate, ICAN of the Triad

Please introduce yourself to ICAN:

Im 24 which people are always shocked to hear because Im such a grandma. I married to my wonderful husband, Will, and together we have 2 kids, a 3-year-old boy, Levi, and an almost one-year-old, Sophia. I own a large doula agency in the Triad called La Bella Birth and Baby. Makeup is another hobby of mine. I do makeup for weddings and other events, as well as hair. My husband and I are obsessed with The Walking Dead and Jeopardy.

What led you to join ICAN?

I have known about ICAN for years. I started out as a VERY depressed first-time mom that was traumatized by an unnecessary cesarean and very terrible maternal care. ICAN was recommended to me by a large VBAC facebook group and I have known about this organization ever since. What drew me to ICAN was the passion for educating women on VBAC and wanting to lower the national cesarean rate.

How do you share ICAN as an organization with others?

Getting face to face with women and families in meetings and learning more about the specific needs of my community. Im excited about this because I know for a fact that there is a huge need for education in my community and so many people in my area are traumatized by their experiences. Im excited to see them be empowered by making their own healthcare decisions!

Where will you be serving families through ICAN?

The Piedmont Triad of NC (Winston-Salem, Gree...

03:00

Ethereum, Ripple And Litecoin Have Arrived on Bloomberg Terminals "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Financial data firm Bloomberg has added three new cryptocurrencies to its Terminal service.

03:00

Product Review: EnviroKlenz Breathing Mask for Pollution and VOCs "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

There are a lot of concerns about the air we breath and part of a solid prepping plan is reducing the contaminants that we are exposed to either every single day or in an emergency. Special BDS Discount: There is a BDS exclusive 20% off discount code here using code bds20 at checkout! The question. . . Read More

02:56

History of CAD and a tool to use forever, "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

CAD paid my way for over 20 years, a good tool to have around.

Free Cad History Book.
On line pdf one chapter at a time.

The Engineering Design Revolution



Table of Contents

(Just click on the chapter you want to read. Each is a separate PDF file)





Chapter

Forward by Dr. Joel Orr

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02:54

Scientists Warn Parents to Stop Feeding Children Hot Dogs Due to Cancer Risk "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Source: Scientists Warn Parents to Stop Feeding Children Hot Dogs Due to Cancer Risk For more content like this visit REALfarmacy.com.

When I was a kid, we loved hot dogs! It was a great easy snack that we could just pop into the oven after school. On nights when mom was at work, my dad used to make our favorite- Hot dogs cut up in Mac and Cheese. Oh man, those were the good ole days, haha! []

Source: Scientists Warn Parents to Stop Feeding Children Hot Dogs Due to Cancer Risk Learn more at REALfarmacy.com - Healthy News and Information.

02:50

Rare Footage Shows George Bushs 1987 Visit to Monsanto, Uttering Seven Infamous Words That Would Change Everything "IndyWatch Feed Health"

George Bush Sr. had a lax attitude toward

George Bush Sr., seen here at Monsantos HQ in 1987, had a lax attitude toward the bureaucratic and safety hurdles facing the companys GMO crops.

 

02:47

Tell The Attorney General: Obey The Law "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Follow Us!Share This!Bryan Krumm is a psychiatric nurse practitioner and medical cannabis patient advocate in New Mexico. Hes spoken at some of our conferences, so you may be familiar with him and the great work he does. Recently, Bryan started a petition at Change.org that youll want to know about, and should consider signing. In 2009, Bryan Krumm filed a rescheduling petition for Cannabis with the DEA. Last year the DEA settled that rescheduling petition and agreed to stop blocking...
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02:47

Intense workouts preserve your memory function "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Dr. Mercola Researchers have suggested that exercise is the best preventive drug for many common ailments, from psychiatric disorders to heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Even your risk for age-related hearing loss is reduced through exercise. Physical fitness has also been linked to brain health and is an important adjunct strategy to prevent dementia. RELATED STORY: 9 Habits

02:45

Quirky New Felt Storybook Characters by Cat Rabbit "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Textile artist Cat Rabbit (previously) continues to produce a variety of croissant-headed spindly-legged felt creatures, all made by hand in her Melbourne studio. Many of the pieces seen here are special commissions, and several characters also make appearances in storybooks called Soft Stories, a collaboration with Isobel Knowles. You can see more Cat Rabbit goodness on Etsy and in her shop. (via Lustik)

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02:45

Video Websites Used For Mining By Hackers "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Video websites are being used to mine Monero off users PCs. #MINING

02:36

02:36

Block the Gates, December 18: Stop Construction at Puget Sound Energys LNG Facility "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Puget Sound Anarchists

December 18 @ 6:00 am 5:00 pm

Block the gates to Puget Sound Energys LNG (Liquified Natural Gas) construction site. PSE is illegally building this facility without all its permits and with massive opposition from the Puyallup tribe and community members.

On the morning of Monday, December, 18th, join water warriors, water protectors, and community members to show strong opposition to PSEs blatant disregard for treaty rights and the health and safety of the community and the planet.

Details:

Date: December 18
Time: 6:00 am 5:00 pm
Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/766578836862331/?active_tab=about
Venue: Port of Tacoma

02:33

Keiser - Crypto Headed For $1 Tln Market Cap "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Max Keiser predicts cryptocurrency market cap to top $1 tln. #OPINION

02:22

Nothing Compares to You "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

For Russia watchers Christmas always comes early (or Hanukkah comes right on time!) when Putin gives his annual presser in mid-December to the journalists from Russia and around the world. This year was no exception, and Putin provided an almost 4-hour spectacle of economic indicator juggling, question evading and what looked like battling the flu. Even devoted supporters noticed that Putin was not on top of his game that day. He had to constantly clear the throat and looked like he had fever.

There was something for everyone. Putin came out against abortion ban and spun a conspiracy theory about the Olympic doping scandal. Accused the US of North Korean missile program development and encouraged rotation of governmental cadres. Explained the rationale behind a possible retirement age increase and advised the head of Rosneft Sechin to show up to court when he is subpoenaed. Many bloggers and mass media outlets have devised several versions of Putin Presser bingo, because every year there seems to be the same number of shticks that come up. These include drinking from a cup with a lid, making a joke this year a particularly crass one, providing reassuring mumbo-jumbo about Russian economic growth and an expected tough question from a Ukrainian journalist.

Lets start with the last one. Questions from UNIAN journalist Tsymbayuk are a rare aberration from the mainstream discourse on the Ukraine crisis in Russia (this time they were met with boos and provocation outcries). He asked whether Putin was planning to exchange prisoners of war and reminded that Russia and Ukraine were not one country. Putin had a long comeback arguing that the accent-free Russian of the journalist was already a sign that the countries occupied the same mental space. After that followed quite a long history lesson riddled some historical inaccuracies and an emphasis on the same Christian foundation of the two countries that make up one nation. Later, Putin also quipped about the scandal provoked by the former Georgian President and ex Odessa governor Saakashvili, who is allegedly spitting in the faces of Ukrainians and Georgians. Putin even wondered whether there were real Ukrainians available in the country. Oh, snap. A lot of Russians dont believe Ukraine deserves to be a state in the first place

Other foreign policy issues were related to Trump and North Korea. Putin observed that the best way to assess Trumps performance was to look at the booming market. This is also the way he prefers to assess his own leadership: over the course of 18 years Russias GDP allegedly went up by 75% and Putin attributes this exclusively to himself. No word on the pee-pee tape, but the Russian president seems to be sure that the Russia investigation is a sign of disrespect to Trump voters. After 18 years, Putin probably forgot that there is such....

02:22

Staying Warm and Heating Your Home During a Long-Term Grid Down Situation "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

keeping house warm in wither preppersLets face it, heating your home during a long-term grid-down situation is probably one of the biggest challenges that a prepper facing the cold winter has to overcome. You have to keep your body temperature in the normal range i.e. above 95 F (35 C) or hypothermia will start to set in.

When your body temperature drops, your heart, nervous system and other organs cant work normally. Left untreated, hypothermia can eventually lead to complete failure of your heart and respiratory system and eventually to death. From: The...

02:19

The Midnight Parasites: Yji Kuris surreal Hieronymus Bosch inspired animation from 1972 "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

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Yji Kuri is the big daddy of Japanese animation. Now in his late eightieshe hits the big nine-o next yearKuri was one of Japans key pioneering animators/artists/directors who produced around forty short animated...

02:16

Tacoma, WA: Block the Gates! Lockdowns Continue Against LNG at Port "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

by Puget Sound Anarchists / Its Going Down

Within the last week, two lockdown actions against the construction of an LNG (liquified natural gas) terminal have taken place at the Port of Tacoma in the Pacific Northwest, where Puget Sound Anarchists has been reporting.

As reported by The Stranger and Native Daily Network there was another lockdown at the LNG facility in Tacoma, situated on the ancestral lands of the Puyallup tribe. Native Daily Network posted multiple live-feeds of the lockdown, while The Stranger reported:

At around 6:30 this morning, three protesters locked themselves down to tripods blocking the gates of the site. Workers eventually found their way in to work, though, and when reached by phone, the protesters were in the process of taking the tripods down.

For some contextual recent history of resistance to this LNG storage facility, check out an interview with Climate First Responders that aired on The Final Straw.

And make sure to check out the event page for the call to Block the Gates next Monday!

02:15

WHO: Medical marijuana has NO public health risks and should not be withheld from patients "IndyWatch Feed Health"

After months of deliberation, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared that medical marijuana has NO public health risks and is beneficial for cancer, Alzheimers Parkinsons and other diseases, the Daily Mail reports. Additionally, the WHO determined that medical cannabis should not be a scheduled drug which it is in the U.S. and should NOT

02:11

Fish Oil Import Ban: Update "IndyWatch Feed Health"

The International Trade Commission (ITC) refused to hear the case; Amarin appeals.

From Nutraingredients:

Amarin Pharmaceuticals Inc. has appealed the decision by the US International Trade Commission not to hear its case in which it had sought to prevent the import of some omega-3 dietary supplements. The company also filed a technical writ to try to force ITC action.

Comment: Were glad the ITC threw out the case, and not surprised that Amarin is appealing. Check out our previous piece for the background. We pointed out that it would be outrageous to ban fish oil one of the most anti-inflammatory of foods with inflammation linked to so many illnesses, with so many people in pain, and with a prescription drug crisis ravaging the nation. The courts must continue to block the creation of a monopoly in the fish oil market.

02:09

02:00

Mickey Mouse organisation to spend 39 Billion on Brexit "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

The EU has expressed disappointment that Walt Disney has spent the same amount of money on buying the entertainment arm of 21st Century Fox when it could have funded the Brexit fees instead.  The prospect of relying on a Mickey Mouse organisation like the British Brexit committee is filling the European negotiators with fear.

First theres Goofy, said an EU spokesman, referring to Boris Johnson, and Pluto, he added, despite complaints from the government about using David Davies alter ego.  They get up to wild antics and dont seem to know what theyre talking about most of the time, he said today, admitting that he never understood what Donald Liam Fox Duck was saying at all.

Theresa May denied the comparison, although was last seen placing a Red and white spotted bow in her hair, while wearing 1000 leather trousers.  She was overheard quoting the Minnie Mouse slogan never stop dreaming the other evening during the Commons debate, before stamping out of parliament shouting effing wankers.

(image by Benvoleo)

02:00

A Show-stopping Apple Pie for the Holidays "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

When autumn comes around each year, I start to think of apples. And when I start to think of apples, I think of pie. Wonderfully buttery, flaky pie crust filled with apples. I love cinnamon-led spice blends, but I am always willing to try any spice combination in hopes of finding something that can one-up the traditional Apple Pie Spice blend that you can buy in the supermarket already made. But maybe more than the filling, I love the crust. Any pie that goes beyond the ordinary to make the crust a work of art, like this weeks Apple-Cranberry Pie with Lattice Crust by food blogger Vallery Lomas, is tops in my book. Vallerys lattice-work combines braiding with variable width strips of dough, and is crowned with leaves, all of which hide a seasonal apple-cranberry filling thats perfect for the holiday season! Kristina

Why Vallery loves this pie: Im a pie person, and apple pie is hands down my favorite, go-to pie. The reason I love apple pie so much is simple: the sweet-tartness of the apples paired with warm holiday spices is nostalgic and comforting. It gives me all of the holiday feels! I decided to elevate my apple pie game with this pie by adding cranberries. The cranberries in the filling add the perfect holiday flair while adding pizzazz (and color!) to the pie. And the best part about it is you can make it in advance! 

About Vallery: Vallery is a full-time attorney and the blogger behind Foodie In New York. She combines her southern charm with city sensibility to create flavorful, show-stopping desserts. Influenced by her grandmother at an early age, Vallery remains committed to her southern roots while adopting the NYC hustle as she bakes, styles, photographs and edits all from her 300-square-foot Harlem studio. She can currently be seen competing against other home bakers on The...

02:00

$20k Bitcoin? Not Yet As Changing Charts Favor Crypto Rivals "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

A look at bitcoin's value across various crypto trading pairs suggests a substantial push higher might not be likely in the short term.

02:00

Why Coffee Naps Will Perk You Up More Than Either Coffee, or Naps, Alone "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

We've all had a cup of coffee after a nap. But maybe we've been doing it all wrong. Maybe we should put the cup of coffee before the nap. It sounds counterintuitive. But apparently the coffee nap--a cup of joe followed immediately by a quick nap--has some scientific merits and unexpected health benefits.

Over at Vox, they've summarized the findings of researchers at Loughborough University in the UK, who found that "when tired participants took a 15-minute coffee nap, they went on to commit fewer errors in a driving simulator than when they were given only coffee, or only took a nap."

Or "a Japanese study found that people who took a caffeine nap before taking a series of memory tests performed significantly better on them compared with people who solely took a nap, or took a nap and then washed their faces or had a bright light shone in their eyes."

The accompanying Vox video above explains how the coffee nap works its magic. The biology and chemistry all get discussed in a quick two-minute clip.

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01:58

Big Pharmas Control Over The News "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Jon Rappoport

Over the last 11 months, pharmaceutical companies have spent a stunning $3.2 billion on TV ads for drugs.

That much money buys you influence. It buys you control.

If a major network suddenly decided to set its hounds loose and investigate the overall devastating effects of medical drugs on the public, there would be hell to pay at the network. Drug companies wouldnt stand for it.

Robert F Kennedy, Jr., whose film, Trace Amounts, about toxic mercury in vaccines, was getting no media coverage, made this comment:

I talked to Roger Ailes [then CEO of FOX News], who I have known since I was 17 years old, hes very sympathetic with this issue and saw the film Trace Amounts. I said to him, I just want to go on one of your shows. Nobody will allow me to talk about this or debate me. He said to me, I cant allow you on any of them. Id have to fire any of my hosts that allowed you on my station. Because he said, My news division gets up to 70% of advertising revenues during non-election years from the pharmaceutical companies.

Thats called control.

There is a wider sphere to consider. Through octopus foundations like Rockefeller and Gates, for example, the medical/pharma agenda is part and parcel of the Globalist agenda. That is key. Gathering in the world population under the umbrella of humanitarian health care is a covert op of the highest order.

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01:54

Judge Sides with Big Oil in Maine Pipeline Case "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

by Justin Mikulka/ DeSmog Blog

In a case that has national ramifications, a federal judge has ruled against the city of South Portland, Maine, in its latest effort to stop the coastal town from becoming a destination for Canadian tar sands oil.  The case centers around an existing pipeline owned by oil companies ExxonMobil, Shell, and Suncor.

The Portland Montreal Pipeline currently moves refined oil from South Portland to Montreal, Canada. However, since Canada is awash in oil and currently exports over three million barrels a day to the U.S., there is very little demand there for U.S. oil. As a result, the pipeline is not operating close to full capacity.

The oil companies that own the Portland Pipe Line Corporation (PPLC) now want to reverse the pipelines direction to bring Canadian tar sands oil to South Portland, where it would be exported.

In 2014, the city of South Portland passed the Clear Skies Ordinance, banning the export of crude oil from the city. This ordinance was designed to protect local air quality because the plans to bring tar sands oil to South Portland require building two smokestacks on the waterfront,  located adjacent to residential areas. These pollution control towers would burn off the toxic volatile components of the tar sands oil mixture.

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01:54

World Health Organization Acknowledges the Effectiveness of Cannabis as Medicine "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Anna Hunt

Cannabis legalization proponents have argued for years that the cannabis plant offers numerous medical applications. Now, the World Health Organization (WHO) has finally joined the bandwagon. The agency issued an official report declaring Cannabidiol, or CBD, a compound found in cannabis, to be a safe and effective medicine.

CBD Cannabis Compound

CBD is one of over 100 cannabinoid compounds in cannabis that give the plant its medicinal properties. This particular cannabinoid stands out because it is both non-psychoactive and displays a broad range of potential medical applications.

Heres what the pharmaceutical industry has to say about CBD:

CBD, the second major cannabinoid in marijuana after THC, has anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties, but no psychoactive effects. However, recent research shows that CBD can be an effective treatment for many kinds of pain. Inflammatory pain has been treated effectively with CBD as well and some studies have shown that CBD may be more effective at treating inflammatory pain than traditional medication. (source)

WHOs Declarations on CBD

The United Nations and the WHO have spent a good part of 2017 seeking informa...

01:47

GMO Internet to Pay 4,000 Employees Using Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

A Japanese company has taken the bold step of opting to pay their employees using Bitcoin. GMO Internet is a firm dealing in web-related matters. These include finance, advertising, and internet infrastructure. In an effort to get more familiar with cryptocurrency, theyre trialling its use as a payment method in a professional setting.

Employees at GMO Internet can opt to have up to 100,000 yen of their salary paid in Bitcoin every month. This is equivalent to around $900. The rest of their rate will be topped up with traditional currency. Its also not compulsory, and workers at GMO Internet can still elect to be paid their entire paycheck in yen.

Harumi Ishii , a spokesperson for GMO internet told the UKs The Guardian newspaper:

Employees can receive salaries by Bitcoin if they want to We hope to improve our own literacy of virtual currency by actually using it.

Ishii estimated that around 4,000 workers at GMO Internet would be entitled to receive Bitcoin payments. RT News report that employees would even receive a bonus for receiving cryptocurrency. Workers can expect an additional 10% on top of their usual payment.

Outside of a few jobs in the fintech industry, this represents one of the first examples of a large company offering to pay all their employees in cryptocurrency. Back in 2014, a Canadian startup called WagePoint offered a service in which they offered clients the option to pay their employees using cryptocurrency. At the time, they estimated that they paid around $75,000 annually in Bitcoin. This is minuscule compare to the maximum $3.6 million a month which GMO Internet would pay out should every one of their employees opt for crypto payments. However, judging by the WagePoints website, the service has since been discontinued.

It wont be the first dealings the GMO Internet have had with Bitcoin. They started a trading and exchange business back in May of this year. They are also planning on launching their own mining farm next month. Therefore, it makes perfect economic sense for them to pay their staff using the currency which they have obtained for much less than the market rate thanks to their mining operation. Rather than go through the effort of exchanging their freshly mined BTC for yen and then sending that out to employees, they can pay them directly...

01:45

Spectacular Watercolor Paintings Illustrate the Captivating Elegance of Cities Around the World "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Watercolor Paintings by Kwan Yeuk Pang

Chinese artist and avid traveler Kwan Yeuk Pang captures the world around him in a series of spectacular watercolor sketches. His use of desaturated color, restricted palette, and carefully constructed layers of washes work together to create rich, atmospheric scenes. From the bustling streets of Shanghai and Hong Kong, to the ornate cathedrals and cityscapes of Europe, each painting manages to capture a wealth of delicate fleeting moments.

The urban sketching movement invites artists to document their day-to-day with rapid drawings and paintings in journals or sketchbooks. Even though the process is often fast, talented urban sketchers like Pang are able to freeze the moment and amplify its qualities. For example, in one image of St. Mark's Cathedral in Venice, he uses essentially two colors to construct the scene: a peachy orange for the sky and architectural highlights, and a bluish-purple for the shadows and foreground. Caught in the scene are many tourists and locals, as well as the iconic Venetian pigeons, dotted around the wide paved plaza or taking flight into the cloudy evening sky.

In another piece depicting a winter cityscape in Hangzhou, China, a blaze of fiery orange and red shows the street warmly lit with strings of glowing lanterns against the cold blue night sky. The umbrellas of passersby reflect the light from above in crimson and yellow, while specks of white show the snow falling softly, only to melt away on the water-slicked street.

When hes not urban sketching, Pang shares his skills teaching regular classes of up to 60 watercolor enthusiasts. You can see more of his impressive paintings on Instagram.

Watercolor artist Kwan Yeuk Pang captures the world around him in his spectacular watercolor sketches.

Watercolor Paintings by Kwan Yeuk Pang...

01:43

What are your favorite movies? "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

What are your favorite movies?

Please keep it clean :)

01:42

Market Red Flag: Stocks May Be About To Tank: If Theres One Thing That You Need To Pay Attention To Its This "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

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Stock and bond markets may be teetering on the edge of a widespread crash following a stellar year that has seen all-time highs across just about every major asset class. Earlier today Zero Hedge reported that Bloomberg market commentator Mark Cudmore says markets could be in for a violent downside break in the weeks ahead.

Its a sentiment also shared by Traders Choice analyst Greg Mannarino, who up until this point has been generally bullish on short-term market movements. On Thursday, however, Mannarino reports that bond buying, which has been used to prop up stocks through massive cash injections in recent weeks and months, failed to keep stocks from falling.

This, says Mannarino, is a major red flag that could signal a reversal going forward:

If theres one thing that you need to pay attention to its this savage bond buying occurred today in an attempt to re-prop up the stock market and it didnt work

Theyre trying to play a game here and its been working time and time again

Without fail every single time except for today that has worked.

I am not sounding the alarm saying this is it this is the market crash. What I am saying is that you need to exercise caution right here theres a divergence going on and when you see divergences like this your eyes should open up maybe its time to pull profits maybe its time to hedge positions

If we continue to see this action the one thing we need to watch for is a simultaneous sell-off which will occur in the bond market and the stock market at the same time when these things start to fall in tandem get out of the market

They are buying bonds here at a feverish pace and it failed to prop up stocks that to me is a red flag.

Earlier this year Brandon Smith of Alt Market warned that the...

Market Red Flag: Stocks May Be About To Tank: If Theres One Thing That You Need To Pay Attention To Its This "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

stock-crash-dynamite

Stock and bond markets may be teetering on the edge of a widespread crash following a stellar year that has seen all-time highs across just about every major asset class. Earlier today Zero Hedge reported that Bloomberg market commentator Mark Cudmore says markets could be in for a violent downside break in the weeks ahead.

Its a sentiment also shared by Traders Choice analyst Greg Mannarino, who up until this point has been generally bullish on short-term market movements. On Thursday, however, Mannarino reports that bond buying, which has been used to prop up stocks through massive cash injections in recent weeks and months, failed to keep stocks from falling.

This, says Mannarino, is a major red flag that could signal a reversal going forward:

If theres one thing that you need to pay attention to its this savage bond buying occurred today in an attempt to re-prop up the stock market and it didnt work

Theyre trying to play a game here and its been working time and time again

Without fail every single time except for today that has worked.

I am not sounding the alarm saying this is it this is the market crash. What I am saying is that you need to exercise caution right here theres a divergence going on and when you see divergences like this your eyes should open up maybe its time to pull profits maybe its time to hedge positions

If we continue to see this action the one thing we need to watch for is a simultaneous sell-off which will occur in the bond market and the stock market at the same time when these things start to fall in tandem get out of the market

They are buying bonds here at a feverish pace and it failed to prop up stocks that to me is a red flag.

Earlier this year Brandon Smith of...

01:42

Thymoquinone treatment can be considered as a promising therapeutic strategy for human malignant central nervous systems in future. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Biomed Pharmacother. 2017 Dec 6. Epub 2017 Dec 6. PMID: 29223556 Abstract Title:  Therapeutic effects of thymoquinone for the treatment of central nervous system tumors: A review. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: The aim of this study is to review the effects of thymoquinone (TQ) against central nervous systems (CNS) tumors.METHODS: In this study, we extensively reviewed all articles on the terms of N. sativa, TQ, CNS tumors, and different disorders in PubMed, Science Direct, Scopus, and Google Scholar databases between the years 1990 and 2017.RESULTS: The present study found that TQ has many therapeutic effects due to its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-proliferative activities. Experimental studies indicated the protective effects of TQ against CNS tumors. The anti-tumor effects of TQ are mainly caused by inducing G2/M cell cycle arrest, apoptotic pathways, inhibiting autophagy, angiogenesis, invasion, and migration and also by enhancing the efficacy of chemotherapeutic drugs. Although, the study observed no significant toxicity of TQ in the experimental models, more clinical studies are needed to confirm the safety and efficacy of TQ for human.CONCLUSIONS: The present review found that TQ treatment can be considered as a promising therapeutic strategy for human malignant CNS in future.

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01:39

The strange tale of the unauthorized albums of the Beatles Christmas recordings "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

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In the early 1980s, two albums of rare Beatles recordings were released with little fanfare. Consisting of the Christmas messages the Fab Four distributed to their fan club in the 1960s, these LPs werent authorized by the Beatles, and it appears the reasons they were put...

01:36

What Riding a Bike Taught me about Healing. "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Today, a year after I was supposed to start dying when I stopped chemotherapy, I'm a thriving, walking miracle. With baby steps, I'm rebuilding my

01:33

Thymoquinone may prove lead molecule for the treatment of gastric cancer. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  J Biosci. 2017 Dec ;42(4):547-554. PMID: 29229873 Abstract Title:  Thymoquinone induces cytotoxicity and reprogramming of EMT in gastric cancer cells by targeting PI3K/Akt/mTOR pathway. Abstract:  Gastric cancer is one of the lethal causes of cancer-related deaths worldwide. The incidence and mortality rates of this disease is comparatively higher in China. In the current study, we evaluated the anticancer effects of Thymoquinone (TQ) against gastric cancer cells (MGC80-3 and SGC-7901) and normal noncancerous GES-1 cells and attempted to investigate the underlying mechanism. Our results indicated that TQ exhibited significant growth inhibitory effects on gastric cancer cells (MGC80-3 and SGC-7901). However, lower cytotoxicity was observed against normal GES-1 cells. Moreover, TQ could inhibit the colony formation potential of MGC80-3 and SGC-7901 cells in a dose-dependent manner. TQ also inhibited cell migration ability of the gastric cancer cells and down-regulated the expression of the mesenchymal genes such as N-cadherin, Vimentin, and TWIST. However, the epithelial markers such as E-cadherin and cytokeratin-19 were distinctly up-regulated in TQ-treated gastric cancer cells. Since PI3K/Akt/ mTOR plays an important role in progression and tumorigenesis, we also investigated the effect of TQ on PI3K/Akt/mTOR signalling pathway in gastric cancer cells. It was observed that TQ down-regulated the expression of some of the key proteins of this pathway. Taken together, we conclude that TQ may prove lead molecule for the treatment of gastric cancer.

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01:30

FBI Edits To Clinton Exoneration Go Far Beyond What Was Previously Known; Comey, McCabe, Strzok Implicated "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

This article was originally published by Tyler Durden at Zero Hedge

investigation

James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has discovered that edits made to former FBI Director James Comeys statement exonerating Hillary Clinton for transmitting classified info over an unsecured, private email server went far beyond what was previously known, as detailed in a Thursday letter from committee chairman Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) to FBI Director Christopher Wray.

The letter reveals specific edits made by senior FBI agents when Deputy Director Andrew McCabe exchanged drafts of Comeys statement with senior FBI officials, including Peter Strzok, Strzoks direct supervisor, E.W. Bill Priestap, Jonathan Moffa, and an unnamed employee from the Office of General Counsel (identified by Newsweek as DOJ Deputy General Counsel Trisha Anderson)  in what was a coordinated conspiracy among top FBI brass to decriminalize Clintons conduct by changing legal terms and phrases, omitting key information, and minimizing the role of the Intelligence Community in the email investigation. Doing so virtually assured that then-candidate Hillary Clinton would not be prosecuted.

Heather Samuelson and Heather Mills

Also mentioned in the letter are the immunity agreements granted by the FBI in June 2016 to top Obama advisor Cheryl Mills and aide Heather Samuelson who helped decide which Clinton emails were destroyed before turning over the remaining 30,000 records to the State Department. Of note, the FBI agreed to destroy evidence on devices owned by Mills and Samuelson which were turned over in the investigation.

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FBI Edits To Clinton Exoneration Go Far Beyond What Was Previously Known; Comey, McCabe, Strzok Implicated "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

This article was originally published by Tyler Durden at Zero Hedge

investigation

James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has discovered that edits made to former FBI Director James Comeys statement exonerating Hillary Clinton for transmitting classified info over an unsecured, private email server went far beyond what was previously known, as detailed in a Thursday letter from committee chairman Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) to FBI Director Christopher Wray.

The letter reveals specific edits made by senior FBI agents when Deputy Director Andrew McCabe exchanged drafts of Comeys statement with senior FBI officials, including Peter Strzok, Strzoks direct supervisor, E.W. Bill Priestap, Jonathan Moffa, and an unnamed employee from the Office of General Counsel (identified by Newsweek as DOJ Deputy General Counsel Trisha Anderson)  in what was a coordinated conspiracy among top FBI brass to decriminalize Clintons conduct by changing legal terms and phrases, omitting key information, and minimizing the role of the Intelligence Community in the email investigation. Doing so virtually assured that then-candidate Hillary Clinton would not be prosecuted.

Heather Samuelson and Heather Mills

Also mentioned in the letter are the immunity agreements granted by the FBI in June 2016 to top Obama advisor Cheryl Mills and aide Heather Samuelson who helped decide which Clinton emails were destroyed before turning over the remaining 30,000 records to the State Department. Of note, the FBI agreed to destroy evidence on devices owned by Mills and Samuelson which were turned over in the inv...

01:29

Daily Verse "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John 1:14 (KJV)

01:24

Is China ground zero for a future pandemic? "IndyWatch Feed Health"

According to experts in Asia and the US, the potential for a global pandemic of H7N9, an influenza virus that has jumped across the species barrier from birds to humans, is looming. Its origins in China, H7N9 first spread from birds to humans in 2013 and since then, there have been five waves of the

01:22

Russia Sharply Expanding Nuclear Arsenal, Upgrading Underground Facilities "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Russia Sharply Expanding Nuclear Arsenal, Upgrading Underground Facilities

Russia is aggressively building up its nuclear forces and is expected to deploy a total force of 8,000 warheads by 2026 along with modernizing deep underground bunkers, according to Pentagon officials.BThe 8,000 warheads will include both large strategic warheads and thousands of new low-yield and very low-yield warheads to circumvent arms treaty limits and support Moscows new doctrine of using nuclear arms early in any conflict.

In addition to expanding its warheads, Russia also is fortifying underground facilities for command and control during a nuclear conflict. One official said the alarming expansion indicates Russia is preparing to break out of current nuclear forces constraints under arms treaties, including the 2010 New START and 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaties. Russia violated the INF accord by testing an illegal ground-launched cruise missile. READ MORE

01:19

Wi-fi and cellphones increase pregnant womens risk of a miscarriage by almost 50%, study says "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

A recent study published in the journal Scientific Reports found that the use of wi-fi and cellphones increases a pregnant womens risk of suffering a miscarriage by nearly 50 percent. Magnetic field (MF) non-ionizing radiation, which is also given off by power lines and cell towers, has been found in past studies to put a stress

01:17

The GOPs False Promises Emerge as Tax Bill Enters Reconciliation "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

In times of great injustice, independent media is crucial to fighting back against misinformation. Support grassroots journalism: Make a donation to Truthout. In a political nail-biter, the GOP finally passed their tax reform bill in the Senate thanks in large part to a number of late-entrance amendments and lofty promises. But once Vice President Mike Pence provided the tie-breaking []

01:16

DASH and Litecoin Analysis December 18, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

DASH/USD

DASH continues to be very volatile, bouncing between the $800 level on the bottom, and the $1000 level on the top. This type of volatility continues to be an issue, but I think eventually we will break out and clear the $1000 level. In the meantime, buying the dips on short-term charts continues to be the best way to play this market.

 

LTC/USD

Litecoin continues to be very bullish, initially testing the $250 level underneath. We bounced from there, and have now formed a bit of a hammer, and that of course is a bullish sign. I think we will eventually clear this region, but right now its likely to see consolidate of action around the $300 level, until traders are comfortable enough to continue to buy.

Thanks for watching, Ill be back tomorrow.

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01:15

Food security: Nurturing a new culture of contradictions "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A first-ever national seed dialogue in South Africa strengthens the push-back against the bulging muscles of corporate and state control over seed and food production. UFRIEDA HO reports.

 

01:14

Repeated administration of Nigella sativa oil may exert memory enhancing effects against restrained stress. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Pak J Pharm Sci. 2017 Sep ;30(5(Supplementary)):2039-2046. PMID: 29105641 Abstract Title:  Enhancement of memory function by antioxidant potential of Nigella sativa L. oil in restrained rats. Abstract:  Stress is a vulnerable state to cellular homeostasis which leads to oxidative damage via free radical generation. The acute stress induces alteration in antioxidant enzyme activities to an extent which produce oxidative stress and causes certain pathological conditions. The use of Nigella sativa L. oil (NSO) in folk medicine has increased throughout the world for the prevention or treatment of various ailments because of potent antioxidant properties. In the present study, potential therapeutic effects of NSO on memory in both unrestrained and 2h restrained rats were observed. Shortterm memory (STM) and long-term memory (LTM) were assessed by elevated plus maze (EPM) and Morris water maze (MWM) respectively. The present study also demonstrated the effect of NSO on lipid peroxidation (LPO) and activities of antioxidant enzymes (superoxide dismutase, catalase and glutathione peroxidase) along with the activity of acetyl cholinesterase (AChE). The results obtained from the present study showed that 2h restraint stress significantly enhanced both short-term memory (p

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01:10

Why Every Government in the World Is Nervous About Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Why Every Government in the World Is Nervous About Bitcoin by Justin Spittler Casey Research The White House is watching bitcoin. Germanys central bank recently called it a speculative plaything. The European Central Bank (ECB) thinks bitcoin is a...

The post Why Every Government in the World Is Nervous About Bitcoin appeared first on The Daily Coin.

01:09

Ethereum Analysis December 18, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

ETH/USD

Ethereum initially fell during the trading session on Friday, testing the vital $600 level. We have rallied significantly since then, so it looks as if this market is going to continue to be a buy on the dips situation. I believe that eventually we will go looking towards the $700 level, and that of course the $800 level after that. A breakdown below $600 could send this market down to $500.

 

ETH/BTC

Ethereum broke down against Bitcoin, and now that we are below the 0.04 level, and of course Bitcoin is rallying significantly, I believe that this market will continue the downward trajectory, perhaps reaching as low as the 0.025 level underneath.

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01:02

Bitcoin Analysis December 18, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

BTC/USD

Bitcoin has rallied significantly during the trading session on Friday, breaking above the top of an ascending triangle. By measuring the move, we get a potential rally to the $23,000 level, but expect short-term pullbacks occasionally. It looks as if the bullish pressure continues, as momentum has picked back up to the upside.

 

BTC/JPY

Bitcoin has rallied against the Japanese yen as well, although and not as clear of a pattern as against the US dollar. This being the case, looks as if we are going to reach towards the 2.2 million level again, which makes sense considering the 40% of Bitcoin trading comes out of Japan, and through the retail sector. Buying on the dips continues to be the best way to play against the yen.

Thanks for watching, Ill be back tomorrow.

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01:01

Abductee Defies SIXTEEN Lie Detector Tests, Proving His Story TRUE (video) "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"


(Humans Are FreeTravis Walton the man involved in one of the most infamous alien abduction cases EVER has hit out at sceptics and non-believers saying 16 separate lie detector tests, which were taken by himself and witnesses to the unexplained strange 1975 incident prove a 100% that his story is TRUE!
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01:00

More Twists In The Story of TechShop: 2.0 Agreement Cancelled "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

The ongoing saga that is TechShop continues to face twists and turns as the Memorandum of Understanding is cancelled.

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The post More Twists In The Story of TechShop: 2.0 Agreement Cancelled appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers.

01:00

Blockchain Brain Drain Is About More Than Money "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The next-generation of financial technologists will want more from corporations and businesses, argues ex-CME digitization lead Sandra Ro.

01:00

US ISIS Supporter Caught Sending $150k In Laundered Crypto To Syria "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Long Island woman arrested attempting to send $150,000 in cryptocurrency to ISIS. She was charged with bank fraud and multiple counts of money laundering.

00:57

Thymoquinone augments cisplatin-induced apoptosis on esophageal carcinoma. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Dig Dis Sci. 2017 Dec 2. Epub 2017 Dec 2. PMID: 29197940 Abstract Title:  Thymoquinone Augments Cisplatin-Induced Apoptosis on Esophageal Carcinoma Through Mitigating the Activation of JAK2/STAT3 Pathway. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Thymoquinone (TQ) is the major constituent of Nigella sativa seed and has shown biological activity in various human carcinomas. However, few studies have reported its effect on esophageal carcinoma (EC).AIMS: To explore the chemosensitive effect and mechanism of TQ in augmentation of cisplatin (DDP)-induced apoptosis of EC, both in vitro and in vivo.METHODS: The viability and apoptosis of esophageal carcinoma cells were detected by the Cell Counting Kit-8 assay, flow cytometry, and Hoechst 33258 staining. The expression levels of JAK2, p-JAK2, STAT3, p-STAT3, Bax, Bcl-2, Cyclin D1, Survivin, and caspase-3, 7, 9 were evaluated by western blot analysis. The histological changes were examined by TUNEL technique and immunohistochemical analysis.RESULTS: TQ enhanced the proapoptotic effect of DDP in human esophageal carcinoma cell line Eca-109, while blocking the activation of JAK2/STAT3 signaling pathway. The apoptosis of esophageal carcinoma cells was induced via blocking the activation of JAK2/STAT3 by using a molecular inhibitor (WP1066). Consistent with the in vivo and in vitro results, TQ increased cellular apoptosis and enriched the chemosensitivity of DDP.CONCLUSIONS: TQ along with DDP may regulate the progression of EC and has potential to be a chemotherapeutic agent in EC.

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00:55

105 Exposures Stitched Together Reveal Ultra-High Res Photo of NYC From Night to Day "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

VAST Photos New York

VAST photographer Dan Piech, who specializes in ultra-high resolution photography, shows us a different perspective of New York City. Capturing the skyline as it transitions from night to day, his New York Transitions I is a meticulous blend of 105 different exposures taken over numerous hours. The result is a seamless image that displays the dynamic change in light that falls over the Manhattan cityscape.

I wanted to create the photo at a special time when the city looked particularly radiant, so I waited for a snowstorm to gild the city in white shares Piech. Heavy clouds thick with snow blanketed the sky on an unusually cold morning. After reviewing the forecast for many inches of snow followed by a sudden clearing of the sky at night, I decided to prepare for a photoshoot of the city from the top of one of the tallest buildings between downtown Manhattan and the iconic Midtown Manhattan skyline.

Using a long telephoto lens mounted on a gimbal, Piech carefully snapped away for hours, covering the entire scene in great detail. A close look allows viewers to see the sleepy streets of the normally bustling city as it begins to wake after the snowfall. Just as in his recent ultra-high resolution image A New York City Dream, it's easy to get lost in the details of the architecture, peering in windows and examining rooftops for the minutiae that make New York exceptional.

The original image is a stunning 620 megapixels and took over 100 hours of editing to pull together. New York Transitions I is available for purchase as a fine art print on Piech's company's website, VAST Photos.

Over 105 exposures were stitched together to create this 620-megapixel view of New York City transitioning from night to day.

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00:50

Quiet Company and a Crackling Fire in an Artist-Made Yule Log Video "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Lauren LoGuidice as the cast of Yule Log With Friends (all images courtesy the artist)

Performer Lauren LoGuidice first became interested in the Yule log phenomenon while she was working from home as a freelancer.

I was home, alone, on my computer for eight hours a day, she said, in an email interview with Hyperallergic. I felt so completely isolated. It was winter and the darkness made it worse. I scrolled through YouTube for something to beam on my TV and I saw a Yule log video. It was the traditional fireplace video, so I got bored quickly and moved onto the more festive ones with a full holiday display. Contrary to what I originally thought possible, these videos brought a cozy warmth to my home.

This year, LoGuidice decided to take her interest in Yule log videos to new heights, creating Yule Log With Friends: a 2.5-hour video featuring a rotating cast of characters all played by the artist who offer their companionship to viewers, right alongside the cheerfully crackling fire. Intrigued by the notion of Yule log as a genre, I conducted an email interview with the artist about this work, which is available for viewing online, and will additionally be shown at High 5 Gallery in Philadelphia on January 5.

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Cocktail time and dodge family phone calls with Carmella Ravolli

Sarah Rose Sharp: How would you characterize your practice overall? Do you see yourself as an actor, performance artist, or? 

La...

00:50

Chilling images of Hitler celebrating Christmas & decorations inspired by the Nazis "IndyWatch Feed Arts"


Christmas ornaments produced in Germany during the rise and rule of Adolf Hitler.
 
In the 1930s as Hitler and his Nazis were coming to power in Germany, they began a war on Christmas, a quest to dismantle age-old Christmas traditions and replace them with Nordic/pagan practices and folklore. The Nazis...

00:48

Video: EMPs And Our Unprotected Grid "IndyWatch Feed Health"

EMP VIDEO A natural disaster could knock you off the grid for a time and make it difficult to keep your family healthy. Imagine, then, what the effect of an electromagnetic pulse event, especially one perpetrated by one of the worlds rogue nations, on the health of the entire continent. In his latest video (a companion to a recent article) Joe Alton MD discusses the risks of EMPs caused by a low-yield nuclear weapon detonated in the atmosphere. Once thought

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00:45

Oral administration of Nigella sativa oil and thymoquinone attenuates long term cisplatin treatment induced toxicity. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Biomed Pharmacother. 2017 Dec 6. Epub 2017 Dec 6. PMID: 29223554 Abstract Title:  Oral administration of Nigella sativa oil and thymoquinone attenuates long term cisplatin treatment induced toxicity and oxidative damage in rat kidney. Abstract:  Cisplatin (CP) is an effective anti-cancer drug which causes remarkable toxicity to the kidney, particularly to proximal tubules, by generating reactive oxygen species. Nigella sativa (NS), commonly known as"black cumin"reduces the progression of various kidney disorders. Thymoquinone (TQ), the major bioactive constituent of NS seeds, has been credited for various pharmacological effects of NS. Since, a typical clinical CP dosing regimen involves CP administration in multiple cycles over a long time duration, hence the present study aimed to evaluate the renoprotective efficacy of NS oil and TQ against multiple dose CP treatment induced deleterious biochemical and histological alterations in rat kidney. Adult male Wistar rats were divided into six groups viz. control, CP, CPNSO, CPTQ, NSO and TQ. Animals in CPNSO and CPTQ groups were pre-administered NSO (2ml/kg bwt, orally) and TQ (1.5mg/kg bwt, orally) respectively for 14 days and were then treated with CP (3mg/kg bwt, i.p), every fourth day for 20 days while still receiving NSO/TQ. NSO and TQ administration, prior to and along with CP treatment, attenuated CP induced renal functional impairment as evident by significantly restored serum creatinine and blood urea nitrogen levels. CP treatment alone led to significant decline in the specific activities of brush border membrane (BBM) marker enzymes viz. ALP (-46.64%), GGTase (-50.24%) and LAP (-42.15%), while NSO or TQ administration to CP treated rats significantly prevented the decline in the activities of these enzymes in isolated BBM vesicles (BBMVs) as well as in the homogenates of renal cortex and medulla. Furthermore, both NSO and TQ administration also mitigated the CP induced perturbations in renal metabolic and redox status. Histological studies supported these biochemical results showing significant attenuation of CP induced kidney damage in CPNSO and CPTQ cotreated groups. Thus, NSO and TQ have excellent scope for use as functional food or combinatorial nutraceuticals in CP chemotherapy to ameliorate the accompanying nephropathy in long term cancer chemotherapy.

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00:41

Prospering Outdoors and the discount! "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

Prospering Outdoors and the discount!

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This week on The GMA, we are going to interview the owner/operator of Prospering Outdoors, Diane. We want to find out more about why she started Prospering Outdoors, what they carry in stock, what the mission focus is, and what they have planned for the future of Prospering Outdoors. Also listen to this show to get your one time special code for some great discounts on what you want or need.

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00:35

Philippines Accuses Vaccine Maker Of Mental Dishonesty "IndyWatch Feed Health"

The vaccine maker warned health officials in the Philippines that their Dengvaxia shot might cause health issues, which prompted the country to remove the vaccines from their shelves. But this wasnt until after over 700,000 school...

The post Philippines Accuses Vaccine Maker Of Mental Dishonesty appeared first on Vaxxter.

00:31

In vitro antibacterial activity of pomegranate juice and peel extracts on cariogenic bacteria. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Biomed Res Int. 2017 ;2017:2152749. Epub 2017 Oct 25. PMID: 29209624 Abstract Title:  In Vitro Antibacterial Activity of Pomegranate Juice and Peel Extracts on Cariogenic Bacteria. Abstract:  Aim: To evaluate the antimicrobial activity of hydroalcoholic extracts of pomegranate (Punica granatum L.) peel and juice, against the microorganisms considered the main etiologic agents of dental caries.Methods: The values of the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) and the minimum bactericidal concentration (MBC) were determined against Streptococcus mutans Clarke ATCC 25175 strain and Rothia dentocariosa clinical isolate.Results: Peel extracts inhibit effectively the growth and survival of S. mutans ATCC 25175 strain and R. dentocariosa clinical isolate with MIC and MBC values of 10g/l and 15g/l, respectively. Furthermore, the pomegranate juice extract showed high inhibitory activity against S. mutans ATCC 25175 strain with a MIC value of 25g/l and a MBC value of 40g/l, whereas, against R. dentocariosa, it has displayed a moderate inhibitory activity, with MIC and MBC values of 20g/l and 140g/l, respectively.Conclusions: In vitro microbiological tests demonstrate that the hydroalcoholic extracts of pomegranate juice and peel are able to contrast the main cariogenic bacteria involved in tooth decay. Although being preliminary data, our results suggest that pomegranate polyphenolic compounds could represent a good adjuvant for the prevention and treatment of dental caries.

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00:30

Hardcore-Punk Jews Tear Through Hanukkah Celebration in 3 Nights "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

NEW YORK The Rabinowitzes, a family of New York hardcore Jews, have already finished their Hanukkah celebration this year, tearing through the entire process in only three nights, sources close to the family confirmed.

A lot of garbage mainstream pop-Jews will tell you that Hanukkah is supposed to be eight nights long, said 22-year-old Max Rabinowitz, sporting a tattoo on his right bicep with the anarchy circle inside of the Star of David. But we light our menorah so goddamn fast and loud, we rip through the whole holiday in three days. We do two candles a night for three nights, and then just end it there with six, because fuck the last two.

Hanukkah, a holiday that traditionally lasts eight nights, is the celebration of a group of persecuted Jews who had only enough oil to light the menorah of the Holy Temple for one night, but instead had eight nights of light, thanks to a miracle. According to the hardcore-punk Jewish community in New York City, however, most of the tradition is gutter trash poseur shit that needs to be destroyed.

Punk Hanukkah is just like your average punk song. You do things your own way and say, Fuck the rules. So we do the holiday however we want, Irving Rabinowitz, Maxs older brother, confirmed. Shit, sometimes we dont even use a shamash candle.

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Sharon Rabinowitz, the matriarch of the Rabinowitz family, explained that coming from a hardcore punk background has shaped all aspects of her familys life, including religion even if punk is not seen as classic hardcore within Judaism.

We might be hardcore Jews, but were not orthodox or anything were conservative. So we prioritize doing Jewish things as hardcore punks, rather than hardcore Jews, she explained while spinning a Minor Threat-themed dreidel. For example, our son had a laid-back, conservative Bar Mitzvah during his service, but there was a massive fucking circle pit for the Horah. We tore that shit up. Temple Beth BNai Chayeinu hasnt been the same since.

Plus, were straightedge, so we al...

00:28

Love You So Bad: New video from Iggy Pop-endorsed singer Ezra Furman "IndyWatch Feed Arts"


 
Praise from Caesar is praise indeed, and when a lesser-known artist earns the enthusiastic endorsement of a hero, its validating to the core, whether it greases any real-world wheels or not. Singer-songwriter Ezra Furman has been making marvelous pop albums that teeter between eccentricity and classicism...

00:26

Philippines Vaccine Whistleblower Says Congress Badgered Her "IndyWatch Feed Health"

The fallout from the nationwide dengue vaccine ban in the Philippines continues to worsen. Former Department of Health (DOH) chief Paulyn Ubial said lawmakers pressed her to continue the dengue vaccination program, which she had...

The post Philippines Vaccine Whistleblower Says Congress Badgered Her appeared first on Vaxxter.

00:22

SpaceX cargo mission to space station set for launch "IndyWatch Feed Health"

SpaceX appears set to launch its 13th commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station for NASA on Friday after scuttling several earlier attempts this month. Meteorologists are predicting a 90 percent chance of favourable weather for liftoff of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon spacecraft, NASA said.

The launch will take place from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Carrying about 4,800 pounds of cargo including critical science and research equipment, the Dragon spacecraft will spend a month attached to the space station.

The mission will carry investigation that could help lower the risk to human life and critical hardware by orbital debris, NASA said. It will also carry crew supplies, equipment and other scientific research to crew members living and working aboard the station. One such investigation will attempt to pull fiber optic wire from ZBLAN, a heavy metal fluoride glass commonly used to make fiber optic glass.

*Original article online at http://www.bgr.in/news/spacex-cargo-mission-to-space-station-set-for-launch/

Note from FAN:

ZBLAN according to Wikipedia: Heavy metal fluoride glasses were accidentally discovered in 1975 by Poulain and Lucas at the University of Rennes in France,[1] including a family of glasses ZBLAN with a composition ZrF4BaF2LaF3AlF3NaF.

ZBLAN has a broad optical transmission window extending from 0.3 micrometers in the UV to 7 micrometers in the infrared, low refractive index (1.50), a relatively low glass transition temperature (Tg) of 260 C, low dispersion and a low and negative dn/dT (temperature dependence of refractive index).[2]

ZBLAN glass is the most stable fluoride glass known and is most commonly used to make optical fiber. Recent[when?...

00:21

The Internet wants Reeses to do something about net neutrality murderer Ajit Pai "IndyWatch Feed Arts"



 
Ajit Pai, who is on the fast track to becoming this seasons Martin Shkreli, has gotten major press the past few days as the FCC Chairman blamed for murdering net neutrality. In most of the press photos, Pai is pictured drinking from a ridiculous novelty mug, as large as his head,...

00:18

sewing: double gauze falling flakes stockings "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

This post is written by Ajaire of Call Ajaire.

Ive long been a fan of the Imagine Gnats Falling Flakes Stocking pattern, so Ive been super excited to share these two double gauze falling flakes stockings I made last week with you. Bonus: all of the fabric can be found in the shop and they are simple to put together, so theres still plenty of time to make one (or two) before Christmas.

The stocking pattern includes cutting seven angled strips which are quilted to a piece of batting as you add each one. The angle of the strips alternates to add some visual interest. To add a little more holiday magic, I used metallic gold thread for all of the quilting.

Double gauze in seven colors of green and red was my plan for these stockings, and Im thrilled with the results. I made two separate front panels; one which had the green fabric start at the top, and the other began with the reds. Its lovely how they complement each other, yet are easily distinguishable.

I followed the tutorial exactly as written and had no problems at all. The yardage for one stocking is listed at 1/2 yard of each of the exterior fabrics, but other than the exterior backs I was able to cut out enough for both stockings using the 1/2 yard or less cuts I was sent. So if youre planning to make one, then you might as well make two while youre at it!

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00:18

Sew a Simple Drawstring Gift Bag "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

Christmas is drawing ever closer, but were still selling loads of festive fabric which means lots of you out there must still be making and sewing gifts. With that in mind this week we are sharing with you a tutorial for a lovely drawstring  gift bag that makes a fabulous (and recyclable) alternative to wrapping []

00:17

HUMOR - And In Other News - J.K. Rowling: God Is a Black Woman "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

J.K. Rowling: God Is a Black Woman




00:17

Declassified footage shows how countless nuclear bombs were detonated by the US in Earths atmosphere "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have published 62 newly declassified videos of US atmospheric nuclear test films, never-before-seen by the public.

The videos are the second batch of scientific films to be published on the LLNLs YouTube channel this year, and the team plans to release the remaining videos of the tests as they are scanned and approved for publication.

LLNL nuclear weapons physicist Gregg Spriggs leads a team of film experts, code developers and interns on a mission to hunt, scan and reanalyze what they estimate are 10,000 movies from 210 atmospheric tests conducted by the US between 1945 and 1962.

Due to the fact that many of the films suffer from physical deterioration, their goal is to preserve this record before it is lost forever and to provide more accurate scientific data to colleagues who are responsible for certifying reservations each year.

Weve received a lot of demand for these videos, and the public has a right to see this footage, Spriggs said. Not only are we preserving history, but were getting much more consistent answers with our calculations.

Its been 25 years since the last nuclear test, and computer simulations have become our virtual test ground. But those simulations are only as good as the data theyre based on. Accurate data is what enables us to ensure the stockpile remains safe, secure and effective without having to return to testing.

Nuclear detonations are extremely extreme events.

To record the action, each test was captured by more tha...

00:00

This is about saving kids lives: Authors update pivotal car seat safety results "IndyWatch Feed Health"

A BMJ journal has published an updated analysis of a 2007 paper that shaped current car seat safety recommendations, which reports less conclusive findings about the safest way to install the seat. The updated analysis follows an expression of concern the journal Injury Prevention added to the paper in June 2017, after the authors and []

The post This is about saving kids lives: Authors update pivotal car seat safety results appeared first on Retraction Watch.

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Carrie Fishers Performance in The Last Jedi Is a Victory for Dead People Everywhere "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

Hollywood has made some pretty progressive strides in the last few years. The wage gap between actors and actresses is shrinking, and with films like Moonlight taking home the Oscar, it would appear to be a golden age of fairness and equality in tinsel town. But in the battle for representation on the silver screen, one group remains tragically underrepresented: the deceased.

Name your favorite movie. I can almost guarantee you that film was made entirely by living persons. Producers, writers, directors, actors, you name it. Too often, we see artists suddenly blackballed from Hollywood just for dying.

Its almost 2018. Its long past time we put an end to this culture of living supremacy.

Thats why Carrie Fishers performance in Star Wars: The Last Jedi is so important for this day and age. Finally, audiences will see a strong, confident dead person, a woman no less, in a starring role.

The dead have gone tragically underrepresented in Hollywood for decades, and most of the representations we do have are wildly problematic. Take Paul Walker, for instance. His final appearance in Furious 7 involved his character literally driving a car off into the sunset. Stereotype, much?

Related: Aarrragghuuhw Huurh: A Touching Farewell by Guest Contributor Chewbacca

 
And if that isnt bad enough, dead characters (zombies, vampires, etc.) are usually depicted by living actors, who have no idea what its like to be a dead person in America. No wonder the performances are so shallow.

The living have erased the dead through media for too long. Enough is enough.

We can only hope that this triumphant performance from Carrie Fisher will usher in a lasting change to the film and television industry, and that this role wont be just another flash in the pan for the dead. Time and time again, dead actors have appeared in brilliant films, only to see their careers dry up shortly afterward. It took more than a decade for Carries co-star Peter Cushing to find another role after his death in 1994. Never again.

And dont even get me started on award shows.

Sure, Heath Ledger won an Academy Award for his performance in The Dark Knight, but what about Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, huh? Wheres the Oscar for Robin Williams in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb? Are we really OK with denying legendary actors the Academy Award just because they happen to be dead and just because their final performances happened to be in movies that were medioc...

00:00

Fall From Grace: Inside Chewbaccas Son Lumpys Tragic Exit From the Star Wars Franchise "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

There is a great disturbance in the force: the disturbance of a healthy childhood.

While the release of The Last Jedi is sure to bring joy to millions of fans worldwide, to one little Padawan it serves as nothing but a reminder of just how far down rock bottom can be. Since making his debut in the CBS-produced Star Wars Holiday Special Lumpawarrump of Kashyyk, Lumpy has lived a life riddled with career hardships and personal tragedy, his once promising career vanishing faster than a T-70 X-wing hitting hyperspace.

Speaking through an interpreter at his one bedroom apartment in Reseda California, the arboreal mammal detailed his descent into Hollywood hell.

HS: Was it tough growing up in someones shadow?
Lumpy: Chewbacca was a good father, even if he was a little absent for the first two decades of my childhood. It was my mother, Mala, who pushed me into acting. Looking back, I think she just wanted another meal ticket in case Chewbacca left her she was addicted to death sticks and they fought a lot about it. Anyway, I didnt want to disappoint her so I worked hard, nailed my audition, and got the part. I was going to play the roll I was born to play, myself.
HS: The Star Wars Holiday Special has long since faded into obscurity. Were expectations for it high at the time?
Lumpy: Oh absolutely, no one thought it could fail! My mom kept telling me what a big star I was going to be and how important I was. I had an agent feeding me lines about how there was going to be a Lumpy solo movie when he wasnt busy feeding me speed that is.
HS: Was drug use prevalent on set?
Lumpy: Are you kidding? Every member of that crew made Carrie Fisher look like a nun. I was the one who suggested we do the whole opening in shyriiwook with no subtitles and the director was so strung out on cocaine and video head cleaner he actually did it! That and mini-Jefferson Starship were both my ideas. I guess you could say thats when my ego started to get pretty big.
HS: And that lead to violence?
Lumpy: I flipped on the craft services guy when one of the hologram jugglers ate the last of the Bantha Surprise. I grabbed his throat, not knowing how weak human throats were at the time, and damn near killed him. I was removed from set and Patty Maloney shot the rest of my scenes in a cheap suit.
HS: Lets talk about that infamous Ewok movie wrap party.
Lumpy: A Gorax fella I used to buy crank from invited me to the last day of filming and we ended up partying with these two Ewok babes. I didnt know how old they were. Wookies live to be 200 years old....

00:00

These Forgotten Giants Hide in Plain Sight "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Copenhagen-based artist Thomas Dambo's latest builds, The 6 Forgotten Giants, are hidden in locations around the world.

Read more on MAKE

The post These Forgotten Giants Hide in Plain Sight appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers.

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Crypto Collectables? Ethereum's Next Killer App Is on Its Way "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The rise of CryptoKitties has called attention to ERC-721, an ethereum technical standard that could start a blockchain-based collectibles rush.

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23:59

Are Mercury and Alzheimers Disease Linked? "IndyWatch Feed Health"

In his Commentary [2017], Dr. Chakraborty stresses the potential hazards of low-level long-term exposure to mercury and the increase of prevalence of Alzheimers disease in the general population of India, a view we wholeheartedly endorse. We applaud the tenor of the piece (Chakraborty, 2017) and we have some additional points to make as well.

The post Are Mercury and Alzheimers Disease Linked? appeared first on World Mercury Project.

23:57

Protecting Vaccine Choice in Colorado: Part 2 "IndyWatch Feed Health"

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is a rouge state agency that frequently operates outside of their jurisdictional limits.

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23:55

Mom Arrested After Putting Son Through 13 Surgeries "IndyWatch Feed Health"

A Texas woman is now behind bars after putting her son through 13 major surgeries, following over 300 visits to the doctor. The child has been ruled healthy, something Kaylene Bowen has long maintained never to...

The post Mom Arrested After Putting Son Through 13 Surgeries appeared first on Vaxxter.

23:55

Korean Regulation Fails to Shake Bitcoin Market But Could Wipe Out Some Exchanges "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Korean Regulation Fails to Shake Bitcoin Market But Could Wipe Out Some Exchanges

After South Koreas regulators announced their emergency measures for cryptocurrencies, the bitcoin market breathes a sigh of relief. While a blanket ban was not adopted, other smaller bans remain and a clampdown on virtual bank accounts is presenting a serious challenge to exchanges.

Also read: South Korea Clarifies Position After Reports of Possible Ban on All Crypto Transactions

Bitcoin Market Relieved

Korean Regulation Fails to Shake Bitcoin Market But Could Wipe Out Some ExchangesSouth Korean prime minister.

The South Korean government held an emergency meeting on Thursday to adopt some measures to regulate the cryptocurrency market. The measures were announced to the public on the same day.

The regulators said from the start that they aim to curb the overheated cryptocurrency market. However, their announcement did not have a large impact. According to the Herald Corporations the Investor:

The market appears to be relieved because a blanket ban s...

23:52

Artificial Intelligence helps NASA find the first solar system like ours "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

An AI neural network has discovered a system of 8 planets that resemble our own star system.

Data from NASAs Kepler telescope combined with Artificial Intelligence reveal3e an eighth planet orbiting a star 2,545 light-years away, marking the discovery of the first alien solar system that resembles our own.

NASA has recently called a press conference to present to the world the discovery of Kepler-90i, a fiery and rocky planet that orbits its star once every 14.4 days. This planet was discovered using Google machine learning.

Machine learning is an approach to artificial intelligence in which computers literally learn.

In this case, computers learned to identify planets by going through Kepler data where the telescope records signals from planets beyond our solar system, known as exoplanets.

Just as we suspected, there are compelling discoveries lurking in our archived Kepler data, waiting for the right tool or technology to unearth them, said Paul Hertz, director of NASAs Astrophysics Division in Washington. This finding shows that our data will be a treasure trove available to innovative researchers for years to come.

The discovery is an exciting one, despite the fact that we didnt fine aliens or an Earth-like planet.

It shows how Artificial Intelligence can help scientists in the hunt for, not only exoplanets but alien life itself.

The find came after researchers Christopher Shallue and Andrew Vanderburg trained a computer to learn how to identify exoplanets by reading data that has previously been recorded by Kepler. Scientists taught the AI about tiny change in brightness that is recorded when a plan...

23:51

ICOs Against the World Economy Bubble? "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Founder of Evercoin and supporter of open source startups Miko Matsumura talks about ICOs, cryptocurrencies and how the world economy can escape the dreaded bubble. #CT_sponsored #SPONSORED

23:50

James celebrates the 12 youth work days of Christmas "IndyWatch Feed Education"

James Ballantyne, blogger extraordinaire, leads us into the festive season. And all the best to you, James, for 2018. May your blogging continue to challenge us.

12Days-1

                                             The 12 youthwork days of Christmas

On the 12 days of Christmas my youthworker gave to me

12 annoying icebreakers

11 months of funding

10 broken ground rules

9 (or ninety) games of ping pongImage result for table tennis

8 hr sessional contracts

7 jeffs and smith books

6 franchise projects (speaking of which..)

N.C. S.  (or if you cant bring yourself to say NCS, say DB.S instead)

4 smart objectives

3 supervisions

2 junior leaders

and (deep breath) an annual report for the charities commission!

Just getting in there early with a bit of Christmas cheer, I hope your end of term, last few sessions, staff meal outs, final mentoring group for the term goes well, and that you have a restful and...

23:49

Recognition of Mentawai tribes marks Indonesias latest piecemeal concession to indigenous groups "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The indigenous inhabitants of Indonesias Mentawai district, a cluster of islands off the southwestern coast of Sumatra, are a step closer to reclaiming their ancestral rights to their land from the state, a development that has been years in the making. The Mentawai district legislature last month passed a regulation that recognizes the regions indigenous communities. It is the latest in a series of local regulations issued throughout Indonesia in the wake of a landmark 2013 Constitutional Court ruling that ended state control of indigenous peoples customary forests. That ruling, though, has not been followed up by national legislation to define who qualifies as indigenous and their rights. The lack of legal certainty has left indigenous groups including, until recently, those of Mentawai vulnerable to abuse and loss of land to more powerful parties, such as the government and mining and plantation companies. With the passage of the district regulation, which the Mentawai tribes had campaigned for since 2015, Indonesia has taken another step forward, albeit at the local level, to restore to its indigenous peoples the right to manage their lands and forests. A forest stream in Indonesias Mentawai district. Photo by Vinolia Ahmad/Mongabay-Indonesia. We have a rich culture, said Saibi Samukop Surkino Sanenek, an indigenous Mentawai elder, in response to the passage of the regulation. We believe that with the regulation we can have a better future and our economy will grow. While the district regulation stops short of defining any specific rights or identifying boundaries

23:39

Why Your Intuition May Be the Highest Form of Intelligence "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

by Christina Sarich; Waking Times

Our intuition develops when we are babies, long before are indoctrinated into Newtonian physics which largely prohibits us from understanding the quantum world. Ironically, one of our first intellectual abilities intuition may be one of the greatest forms of intelligence we will ever experience in a grown-up world.

In the quantum world, there are no positions nor speed. These are classical, mechanical terms for a world that doesnt really exist. Yet, as tiny babies we understand how things work without having a clear grasp of certain intellectual realities.

Psychologists Susan Hespos from Northwestern University, and Renee Baillargeon of University of Illinois found that this physical intuition kicks in as early as two and a half months, and other scientists think that intuition is probably present from birth.


Gerd Gigerenzer, a director at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, argues that intuition is less about suddenly knowing the right answer and more about instinctively understanding what information is unimportant and can thus be discarded, but even if we have intuition even at birth, one could argue that we have yet to develop the intellectual capacity to learn which information can be discarded.

Yet innate notions, plus elaborations born from watching and interacting with the world, add up to a sort of nave physics that we all grasp before having a single physics lesson.
...

23:32

This is Donald Trumps nominee to be a US judge and he cant answer the most basic question "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

This video of a US senator questioning a Donald Trump nominee to be a US district judge went viral because he appears not able to answer even the basic legal question.

We imagine this sort of thing is typically a rather dry affair, but this is compelling stuff.

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse posted the video on Twitter and its been shared 30,000 times. Amazing.

Heres what people made of it on Twitter.

23:30

Kendrick Lamar: I Was Abducted By Aliens As A Child "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

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Kendrick Lamar has revealed that he was abducted by aliens when he was 6-years-old and that the aliens gave him a special energy he used to rise to the top of the music industry. 
Source: http://yournewswire.com/kendrick-lamar-abducted-aliens/

23:26

Ep. 237: Well Aint That a Kick in the Head and more "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Episode 237 of the PetaPixel Photography Podcast.
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Featured: Photographer and educator, Joe Edelman

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23:24

More Than Half Of Baby Food Products Contaminated With Toxic Heavy Metals "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

by Lori Alton; Naturalhealth365

We take it for granted that baby food featuring such inoffensive fare as pureed peaches, mashed bananas, and oatmeal with apples is nutritious, wholesome and safe. And the labeling, which may include the marketing terms pure, all natural, and organic, reinforces that conviction.

But, according to a shocking new study conducted by a non-profit watchdog group, arsenic, mercury, lead and other toxins are on the menu for unsuspecting parents and their children, as well. And, today, in this special report we intend to expose the truth about the contaminants lurking in over 50 percent of commercially-available baby food and infant formula.

Study evaluated hundreds of best-selling baby food products


The 2017 Infant Formula and Baby Food study was conducted by the Clean Label Project (CLP), a non-profit group dedicated to truth and clarity in labeling.

The group reports that the scientific study the most comprehensive investigation ever performed on baby foods involved over 60 brands and 500 different products.
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23:16

US Fed Chair Speaks Out On Bitcoin and National Crypto "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Janet Yellen, outgoing Federal Reserve chair, explained The Feds position on Bitcoin and other digital currencies at a press conference on Wednesday.

23:14

This review provides support for the use of polyphenol-rich interventions for improving cardiovascular risk markers in haemodialysis patients. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Nutrients. 2017 Dec 11 ;9(12). Epub 2017 Dec 11. PMID: 29232891 Abstract Title:  The Effect of Polyphenol-Rich Interventions on Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Haemodialysis: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Abstract:  End-stage kidney disease is a strong risk factor for cardiovascular-specific mortality. Polyphenol-rich interventions may attenuate cardiovascular disease risk factors; however, this has not been systematically evaluated in the hemodialysis population. Using the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) guidelines, the following databases were searched: Cochrane Library (http://www.cochranelibrary.com/), MEDLINE (https://health.ebsco.com/products/medline-with-full-text), Embase (https://www.elsevier.com/solutions/embase-biomedical-research), and CINAHL (https://www.ebscohost.com/nursing/products/cinahl-databases/cinahl-complete). Meta-analyses were conducted for measures of lipid profile, inflammation, oxidative stress, and blood pressure. Risk of bias was assessed using the Cochrane Collaboration Risk of Bias tool and quality of the body of evidence was assessed by the Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE) methodology. Twelve studies were included for review. Polyphenol-rich interventions included soy, cocoa, pomegranate, grape, and turmeric. Polyphenol-rich interventions significantly improved diastolic blood pressure (Mean Difference (MD) -5.62 mmHg (95% Confidence Interval (CI) -8.47, -2.78); I = 2%; p = 0.0001), triglyceride levels (MD -26.52 mg/dL (95% CI -47.22, -5.83); I = 57%; p = 0.01), and myeloperoxidase (MD -90.10 (95% CI -135.84, -44.36); I = 0%; p = 0.0001). Included studies generally had low or unclear risks of bias. The results of this review provide preliminary supportfor the use of polyphenol-rich interventions for improving cardiovascular risk markers in haemodialysis patients. Due to the limited number of studies for individual polyphenol interventions, further studies are required to provide recommendations regarding individual polyphenol intervention and dose.

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23:12

Traditional Depictions of Mothers to be Banned in UK Adverts From Next Year Amid Ongoing War On Gender Stereotypes "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Traditional Depictions of Mothers to be Banned in Adverts From Next Year Amid Ongoing War On Gender Stereotypes




Cooking, cleaning mums will be banned in advertisements across the UK from next year, following a study which claimed traditional gender roles are harmful and outdated.

The decision to tighten regulation was announced by the Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP) this week, after a report published in summer identified gender stereotypes in adverts as a driver of inequality between men and women.

Wherever they appear or are reinforced, gender stereotypes can lead to mental, physical and social harm which can limit the potential of groups and individuals, the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) alleged in its study.

Depictions deemed problematic include family members creating a mess while a woman has sole responsibility for cleaning it up, and adverts which [suggest that] a specific activity is inappropriate for boys because it is stereotypically associated with girls, or vice-versa.

Nanette Newman, an actress who appeared in 1980s Fairy Liquid commercials,...

23:10

A Tradition Revived? Inverted Christmas Trees May Have Pagan Roots "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

by Alicia McDermott; Ancient Origins

Hanging a Christmas tree from the ceiling makes some sense it can keep your floor space clear and may protect your pets or young children from harm but it is not common. The costly trend of hanging a tree upside-down is a whole other matter.

As with many things that go against the norm, there is a lot of controversy and confusion about the practice of hanging an inverted tree from the ceiling. But it seems the idea is not a new one; in fact, the unconventional decorating idea may trace its roots, at least loosely, to pagan traditions.

CBC News reports that inverted hanging Christmas trees can be found dangling from the ceilings of exclusive hotel lobbies and public atriums from London to Vancouver. It is certainly an eye-catching way to decorate for the holidays, but are the people who practice this method of tree-trimming really following a tradition from the Medieval period, or is the idea purely commercial?

An upside-down Christmas tree. Source: This is Why Im Broke

An upside-down Christmas tree. Galeries Lafayette. (Laika ac/CC BY SA 2.0)

Followers of the upside-down Christma...

23:05

Ethereum Browser Bug Could Put User Funds At Risk "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Using ethereum browser Mist may put cryptocurrency private keys at risk, according to an Ethereum Foundation blog post.

23:02

Jeremy Hunt being owned again on Twitter will make your day a bit better "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt went on Newsbeat to talk about, among other things, his Twitter row with Ralf Little.

Unfortunately the Royle Family star was out of the country so couldnt take part, but this person got in touch instead.

Hunt picked up on the comment to have his say, but didnt appear to reply directly.

To which @doctor_oxford had this to say.

Maybe when Hunt finally has his TV debate with Ralf Little, she can come along too

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Ralf Little owns Jeremy Hunt

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23:00

No one has ever used the word Youthquake "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

Despite claims by the Oxford Dictionary that Youthquake is a word, most teenagers agree that it is only a phrase to use, if you want to get ridiculed on social media.  In fact it is one of a long list of words not in present day use such as please, pay-rise and Happy-Brexit.

Some say that it relates to the political awakening of millennials, but presupposes that millennials have souls.  In fact the Dictionary definition of Youthquake is: A word used to show that you are trying to be down with the kids, but actually you have no earthly understanding of youth culture or how to unlock mobile phone.

The first use of Youthquake appeared in Vogue in the 1960s but then was used to describe the structural damage of childhood obesity.  One MP responded:  Youthquake is just one of those ridiculous word mash-ups, that makes no sense at all to the average politician like consensual-sex, informed-referendum or Trump-success.

23:00

Vaccine Post Updates: the Good, the Bad, and the Crooked? "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Updates on two previous vaccine related posts plus one of the most ridiculous anti-vaccine theories of all time.

23:00

American Woman Arrested for Laundering Bitcoin to Fund Islamic State Operations "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

There have always been allegations tying Bitcoin to terrorist funding. So far, there has been little to no evidence to back up such claims. It seems that situation has come to change in the past few days. An American woman was arrested and accused of money laundering bitcoins. Said cleaned funds were then used to fund Islamic State operations. It is a very serious allegation, although it remains to be seen if anything will come of it.

It is always interesting to see claims of Bitcoin and terrorist financing. Various governments made such outrageous claims in the past without evidence. One woman in New York, however, may have done exactly that. 27-year-old Zoobia Shahnaz has been accused of money laundering with Bitcoin to fund Islamic State. It seems she took out fraudulent loans to buy bitcoins online. By converting it to BTC and then cashing it out again, she was able to wire money to the Islamic State.

Money Laundering for Islamic State is a bad idea

It is pretty interesting to see how this situation unfolded. More specifically, the financial system allowed her to take out fraudulent loans and send wires to known terrorists. Bitcoins involvement is rather unfortunate at this point, rather than being a catalyst. After all, it is the job of banks to prevent fake loans from getting approved. Moreover, they should also block any wire transfers to Islamic State operatives. For some reason, financial institutions have failed miserably on both accounts.

Surprisingly, Zoobia Shahnaz does not seem to have any tangible allegiance to Islamic State. While she was born in Pakistan, she worked at a Manhattan hospital until recently. Afterward, she booked a flight to Pakistan with the intent to travel to Syria. It is possible she was turned before her trip, although that has not been confirmed at this point. At the time of her arrest, she had $9,500 in cash on her at JFK Airport. Moreover, her browser history clearly shows searches for Islamic State propaganda and content.

According to her lawyer, the money was sent overseas to help Syrian refugees. Very few people actively buy that story for obvious reasons. Shahnaz faces up to 30 years in prison, depending on which of the charges will stick. Again, the involvement in Bitcoin is rath...

22:55

Resveratrol and punicalagin have a possible preventive role in Alzheimer and in other neurodegenerative diseases. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  J Prev Alzheimers Dis. 2015 ;2(1):33-37. PMID: 29234773 Abstract Title:  Effect of Punicalagin and Resveratrol on Methionine Sulfoxide Reductase: A Possible Protective Contribution against Alzheimer's Disease. Abstract:  Methionine sulfoxide reductase A (MsrA) has been postulated to act as a catalytic antioxidant system involved in the protection of oxidative stress-induced cell injury. MsrA has recently turned attention in coupling with the neurodegenerative disorders and in particular with Alzheimer disease. In fact this neurodegenerative disorder depends to a deposit of beta amyloid a peptide with an oxidizable methionine in position 35 which is proved able to modulate the expression to MsrA in neuronal cells. Here, we firstly provided evidence that pretreatment with Resveratrol and Punicalagin (a potent antioxidant extracted from pomegranate), up-regulate the expression and enzymatic activity of MsrA in human neuroblastoma IMR-32 cells with beta amyloid peptides. This effect determines a lowering of oxidative potential of the cells as demonstrated by the ROS measurement and a protective effect on cellular availability. Therefore we hypothesize a possible prevent role for these molecules in Alzheimer and in other neurodegenerative diseases.

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22:55

An Anonymous Early Adopter Is Donating 5,057 BTC ($86M) to Charity "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

An Anonymous Early Adopter Is Donating 5057 BTC to Charity

This week an early bitcoin adopter announced on the forum Reddit that he had so much bitcoin he plans to donate 5,057 BTC (US$86Mn) to charitable causes. So far the anonymous donor created a website called the Pineapple Fund, and has already donated $5M in bitcoins to some well known nonprofit organizations.

Also read: Decentralized Uber App Delivers 1,000 Meals in Austin, Texas

$86 Million to Charity: This Early Adopter Says Money Doesnt Matter

An Anonymous Early Adopter Is Donating 5057 BTC to CharityCryptocurrencies are worth a lot of money these days, and this holiday season one bitcoin whale is donating quite a bit of BTC to charitable organizations. The anonymous donor says he saw the promise of bitcoin long before it broke the single-digit price range. The donor explains the shattering returns of bitcoin over the years has given him more money than he can spend. The early adopter has now started a website for the funds he is giving away called the Pineapple Fund, where registered nonprofit organizations can apply for donations. The owner of the website states;   

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22:49

Art Movements "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Khadija Say, Peitaw (2017), from the series Dwelling: in this space we breathe, photograph, wet plate collodion tintype on metal, 250 x 200 mm, on loan from Vinyl Factory (courtesy the Estate of Khadija Say)

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

Researchers from the Australian National University discovered at least 28 rock art sites on the small Indonesian island of Kisar. The works are thought to be at least 2,500 years old.

Saudi Arabia lifted its 35-year-old ban on cinemas.

The Museum of London will exhibit the last remaining piece of Londons fatberg, the 130-ton congealed mass of fat, oil, grease, and wet wipes discovered under Londons streets in September.

Works by Khadija Saye, the emerging artist who died in the Grenfell Tower Fire, will be exhibited as part of Actions. The image of the world can be different at Kettles Yard, Cambridge the first exhibition at the gallerys newly redeveloped space.

Over 100 artists, designers, film directors, performers, and writers signed an open letter denouncing US President Donald Trumps decisi...

22:46

Chrysin attenuates progression of ovarian cancer cells by regulating signaling cascades and mitochondrial dysfunction. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  J Cell Physiol. 2017 Aug 17. Epub 2017 Aug 17. PMID: 28816359 Abstract Title:  Chrysin attenuates progression of ovarian cancer cells by regulating signaling cascades and mitochondrial dysfunction. Abstract:  Chrysin is mainly found in passion flowers, honey, and propolis acts as a potential therapeutic and preventive agent to inhibit proliferation and invasion of various human cancer cells. Although chrysin has anti-carcinogenic effects in several cancers, little is known about its functional roles in ovarian cancer which shows poor prognosis and chemoresistance to traditional therapeutic agents. In the present study, we investigated functional roles of chrysin in progression of ovarian cancer cells using ES2 and OV90 (clear cell and serous carcinoma, respectively) cell lines. Results of the current study demonstrated that chrysin inhibited ovarian cancer cell proliferation and induced cell death by increasing reactive oxygen species (ROS) production and cytoplasmic Ca2+ levels as well as inducing loss of mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP). Moreover, chrysin activated mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) and phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K)/AKT pathways in ES2 and OV90 cells in concentration-response experiments. Collectively, our results led us to propose that chrysin-induced apoptotic events are mediated by the activation of PI3K and MAPK pathways in human ovarian cancer cells.

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22:45

5 Ultimate Keys to Happiness According to A Rich Banker Turned Buddhist Nun "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

In 1997, a woman named Emma Slade was robbed at gunpoint in her hotel room when staying in Jakarta. She was forced to the ground by the gunman with a hand pressed against her mouth and pushed to stay quiet while they took everything from her.

She was a high-placed banker, a successful woman with plenty of money to her name, but the day of the robbery changed her perception of the world forever.

Emma Slade journeyed to the Himalayas after the attack, and from there, she began a completely new life. After meeting a lama a spiritual guide she became taken with the idea of studying Buddhism.

She left behind her riches and swapped it for a life of spirituality and kindness. She runs a charity now, known as Opening Your Heart to Bhutan, and she has never returned to her life as a banker.

But why? 

Because she found happiness. Now, shes offering up her knowledge so that we too can live a life of peace. So what does she claim is the key to happiness?

1. TAKE GOOD OUT OF EVERY BAD SITUATION

Life is bound to give you lemons at times, but every cloud has a silver lining. After Emma Slade was attacked in Jakarta, she claimed it was her spiritual awakening, triggered by the horrifying event.

She commented for me, the complete loss of any control over my own life was very profound. From this, she gained the knowledge that even though something bad had happened to her, it led her to happiness up in the Himalayan mountains. Without the bad event, she would never have reached that point.

2. ALLOW FORGIVENESS AND EMPATHY TO OVERTAKE HATE

When Emma Slade was shown a picture of her gunman, she claimed only to feel compassion for the man. 

Why?

Because she learned from him. She claimed that she found her peace in becoming a better person a better person than she was before, and a better person than the gunman. She found it in herself to give in to feelings of kindness, and tolerance, and understand...

22:44

It was a quiet car ride "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

As posted by @decentbirthday on Twitter.

No kidding.

Except some people insisted it was fake.

22:36

Generally, chrysin prophylactic treatment showed a superior testicular protection than mirtazapine at the tested doses. "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

PMID:  Biomed Pharmacother. 2017 Nov ;95:1059-1066. Epub 2017 Sep 13. PMID: 28922723 Abstract Title:  Protective effects of mirtazapine and chrysin on experimentally induced testicular damage in rats. Abstract:  Mirtazapine is an antidepressant with prominent antioxidant effects. Chrysin, a natural flavone, exhibits multiple pharmacological actions. This study was designed to investigate the potential protective effects of chrysin and mirtazapine against nitrofurazone-induced testicular damage in rats. Possible underlying mechanisms such as oxidative stress, inflammation and apoptosis were also investigated. Testicular damage was induced by oral administration of nitrofurazone (50mg/kg/day) for two weeks. Chrysin (25 and 50mg/kg/day, p.o.) and mirtazapine (15 and 30mg/kg/day, p.o.) were applied for three weeks, starting one week before nitrofurazone administration. Prophylactic treatment with chrysin and mirtazapine attenuated the elevation of serum acid phosphatase enzyme activity and halted the decline of sperm count and sperm viability resulted from nitrofurazone administration. Moreover, both agents ameliorated nitrofurazone-induced lipid peroxidation, glutathione depletion, elevation in tumor necrosis factor- level and reduction in c-kit level in rat testes. With respect to apoptosis, immunohistochemical analysis revealed that chrysin and mirtazapine reduced the expression of caspase-3 in testicular tissue which was induced by nitrofurazone. Histopathological findings further supported the protectiveeffects of both drugs against nitrofurazone-induced testicular injury. These findings suggest that the cytoprotective effects of chrysin and mirtazapine on rat testes were associated with suppression of oxidative stress and apoptotic tissue damage. Generally, chrysin prophylactic treatment showed asuperior testicular protection than mirtazapine at the tested doses.

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22:29

These findings introduce chrysin as an efficient apoptosis based therapeutic agent against colon cancer. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Iran J Biotechnol. 2016 Sep ;14(3):177-184. PMID: 28959334 Abstract Title:  Anticancer Properties of Chrysin on Colon Cancer Cells, In vitro and In vivo with Modulation of Caspase-3, -9, Bax and Sall4. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: The SALL4/Sall4 is constitutively expressed in human and mice. SALL4 mRNA could be used as a marker for the diagnosis of different types of cancers. On the other hand, chrysin has diverse biological properties.OBJECTIVES: In the present study, the effect of the chrysin was investigated on the CT26 colon cancer in vitro and in vivo. Furthermore, the expression levels of the stem cell markers; sall4 and Bax was analyzed, as well.MATERIALS AND METHODS: The cytotoxic effects and the type of cell death induced by chrysin were evaluated using a number of biological assays. The apoptotic pathway was examined by caspase-3and caspase-9 assay. The in vivo antitumor efficacy of chrysin on transplanted CT26 tumor cells in BALB/c mice was investigated. In addition, mRNA expression of sall4, Bax was analyzed with RT-PCR.RESULTS: MTT assay and morphological characteristics showed that chrysin exerted a cytotoxic effect on CT26 cells in a dose dependent manner with IC50= 80g.mL-1. The biological assays have indicated that chrysin administrated cytotoxicity on colon cancer cells through recruitment of the apoptosis. Caspase-3 and caspase-9 colorimetric assays, in addition to Bax expression analysis, have indicated the involvement of intrinsic apoptotic pathway in thecytotoxic effect of the chrysin. The in vivo assay revealed a remarkable reduction of the colon tumor volume in treated mice (8, 10 mg.kg -1) as compared to the untreated mice. RT-PCR elucidated that chrysin attenuated tumor volume through down regulation of the sall4 and up-regulation of the Bax.CONCLUSIONS: It was demonstrated that chrysin accomplishes anti-cancer effect on colon cancer cells via induction of the apoptosis and attenuation of the sall4 the expression. These findings introduce chrysin as an efficient apoptosis based therapeutic agent against colon cancer.

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22:29

Why Are There Paintings Depicting Ritual Abuse On Display at the Las Vegas Courthouse? "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Why Are There Paintings Depicting Ritual Abuse On Display at the Las Vegas Courthouse?


Disturbing paintings depicting various scenes of ritual abuse are on display near the entrance of the Lloyd George Federal Courthouse in Las Vegas. 

The official website of the United States District Court of Nevada states:

The cornerstone of the Amercian judicial system is the trial courts in which witnesses testify, juries deliberate and justice is done.
William H. Rehnquist, Chief Justice of the United States

If that is the case, why are there paintings of birds raping people displayed at the Las Vegas Courthouse?

According to Redoubt News:

These paintings were hung in the very front of the courthouse, next to the main entrance. () These are reportedly created by local high school students. Their teacher said to one of the complainants, They are learning that they dont identify people by their faces.

The article states that nobody at the courthouse took responsibility for okaying these paintings.

A closer look at these paintings reveals that their message goes way beyond Dont identify people by their faces (whatever that means). Indeed, the paintings are replete with imagery and symbolism relating to Satanic Ritual Abuse (SRA) and trauma-based mind control (known as Monarch Programming). They tell a disturbing story of abuse at the hand of extremely evil people, which leads me to doubt that those were made by high school students....

22:29

France24: US Climate Scientists Emigrating to France "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Guest essay by Eric Worrall French government broadcaster France24 claims President Macrons offer of fifty grants is luring climate scientists away from the US to work in France. US researchers flock to join Macrons climate change project Latest update : 2017-12-13 Eighteen climate scientists, 13 of them based in the United States, were on Monday

22:28

Scientists STUNNED to find DINOSAUR with flesh still intact "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

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SCIENTISTS are stumped after a mysterious creature resembling a dinosaur was discovered with flesh still on its bones.
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22:27

7 Things Youre Not Supposed to Talk About "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

When seeking guidance, dont ever listen to the tiny-hearted. Be kind to them, heap them with blessing, cajole them, but do not follow their advice. ~Clarissa Pinkola Ests

Despite what we say, most of us would rather remain in our comfort zone and discuss subjects that keep us warm and certain about our lives. We might claim that we think outside the box, or that were able to break our own mental paradigms or stretch our comfort zones, but when it really comes down to it, most of us mindlessly maintain the box and repeatedly think within comfortable yet outdated paradigms.

Thats precisely why it is a good idea to talk about things that were not supposed to talk about. Taboo subjects are usually the best subjects to discuss. Because they usually represent a psychological hang-up in the machinery of the human condition. They are typically a kind of evolutionary speed bump that we must overcome in order to advance as a species. By discussing them, dissecting them, and questioning them, we may discover new ways to break mental paradigms and think outside the box. Indeed, we may even discover a smarter way of being human. As Ray Kurzweil said in The Singularity is Near, Our sole responsibility is to produce something smarter than we are; any problems beyond that are not ours to solve.

1.) Power:

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a mans character, give him power. ~Abraham Lincoln

Generally speaking, power is wealth. It matters little what that wealth represents: money, gold, deer skin, seashells, skill. If any person in any cultural dynamic acquires enough wealth, they have power over others in that culture. What a person does with their power will define his or her character.

If a person lords their power over others then their character is unhealthy, oppressive, limiting, and tyrannical. If a person uses their power to help others then their character is healthy, compassionate, liberating, and prestigious (See #7 on this other list).

The problem with the way most people handle their power today is that they tend to lord it over others due to an outdated survival of the fittest mindset imbedded through cultural conditioning, brainwashing, and propaganda that creates a kind of hoarding mentality. We have forgotten how cooperation must be primary over competition in order to progressively evolve as a species. In short: Weve had the cart of competition in front of the horse of cooperation for too long. Its high time that we discuss and teach each other t...

22:25

More to Come? Bitcoin Sets Record High Near $18k "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Having successfully defended $16,000 earlier this week, bitcoin regained bid tone today and clocked a fresh record high above $17,800.

22:21

Trumps lies vs Obamas lies are the best graphs youll see this week "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

The New York Times has plotted all of Donald Trumps lies since he came to office, compared with all the lies told by Barack Obama up until the same point of his presidency.

And you dont have to look too closely to see what they say.

Theres a whole load of background here and an exhaustive (and exhausting) list of every falsehood to date.

Heres another graph we like, plotting each blatant falsehood of the two presidents in the nearly 12 months after their inauguration.

Here are the stats again, but told in a slightly different way. We like this one too.

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22:19

PS. Explain This: A Bitcoin Bubble? "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Bitcoin, the worlds first decentralized crypto-currency, has become the newest darling of financial markets. But its clearly a risky asset. PS Associate Editor Whitney Arana explains.

22:17

Matrix Glitch: NASA Reveals Distorted Image Of Martian Surface "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

by Mac Slavo; SHTFplan.com

An image released by NASA revealing a strange and distorted landscape on the surface of Mars is being dubbed a matrix glitch. The odd image taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows intriguing clean breaks in the planets surface deposits.

The new view shows the different effects of fault activity on the Martian surface, giving rise to everything from clean breaks to stretched out distortions. This is likely an indication that the faults formed at different times when the layers were at various stages of hardening.


NASA explains the glitchy image in a second photo, using arrows.


In a second image offering a closer look at some of the features that look strange, NASA has pointed out where the faults have displaced individual beds. These areas, as noted by the yellow arrow, are where the faults produced a clean break. In other regions, as noted by the green arrow, the layers appear stretched out as they span the fault.
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22:15

SPCA Hires Robots to Scare Away Homeless People, Call the Police "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

The SPCA is an organization that is supposed to help animals. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has roots that date as far back as 1824, England, and as a front-and-center organization that serves a particular function in society, in this case operating shelters for animals, they are bound to not be of the best moral persuasion.

The San Francisco SPCA recently made headlines after hiring a security robot to scare away homeless people and prevent them from setting up tents near their building.

The robot is a snitch on wheels, using sensors and lasers to monitor an area for criminal activity. It alerts the police if it sees something.

Video of the robot in action recently went viral.

Is that noise being made by the machine? If so, it would seem as if they are trying to scare the mentally ill people who roam the street in particular.

In a densely populated area like San Francisco, it isnt easy for the homeless to find a decent place to sleep. The mentally ill and severely drug addicted roam the streets, as is the scene in many American cities.

Worse, autonomous state protecting robots are being deployed in other places around San Francisco. According to Business Insider, they are used to patrol parking lots, sports arenas, and tech company campuses are now being deployed to keep away homeless people.

Surprisingly the City of San Francisco didnt take kindly to the robotic homeless scarecrows, as they demanded the SF SPCA to remove its robots from the streets or face a fine of up to $1,000 a day.

After that, they took the robots off the street.

A company called Knightscope actually rents out the robots for $7 an hour: less than the cost of hiring a security guard, of course. They serve over 19 clients...

22:12

Bitcoin Price Watch; Priming For A Spike? "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

And thats pretty much the week over in the bitcoin space, with things about to kick off for the early European session and calling for our penultimate intraday analysis. Overnight action in the bitcoin price was pretty strong, with BTC jumping to as high as 17,750 on some of the major exchanges before dipping slightly towards current levels.

It was this time last week (well, in a little while) that we saw price run towards 20,000, so wed love to see something similar as this week draws to a close. Whether we will, is anyones guess.

All we can do is play the primary levels so lets jump into action and see what we can put together.

As ever, take a quick look at the chart below before we get started so as to get an idea where thing stand and where we are looking to jump in and out of the markets as and when things move. The chart is a one-minute candlestick chart and its got our key range overlaid in green.

As the chart shows, then, the range we are looking at for the session this morning comes in as defined by support to the downside at 17462 and resistance to the upside at 17751. We will stick with our breakout approach for the time being, in anticipation of the sort of run that we have outlined above.

So, if we see price close above resistance, we will jump into a long trade towards an immediate upside target of 17830. A stop loss on the position at 17725 looks good from a risk management perspective.

Looking to the downside, we are going to look out for a close below support to signal a downside entry towards an immediate downside target of 17350. Stop at 17450.

Lets see how things play out.

Charts courtesy of Trading View

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22:05

Coinsilium Joins Hdac Token Generation Event Advisory Board "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Zug, Switzerland, 15 December 2017 Hdac Technology AG (Hdac), the Zug-based multinational corporation backed by Hyundai BS&C has engaged London-quoted Coinsilium Group Limited (NEX:COIN) as advisor to its Token Generation Event (TGE). Blockchain veteran and Coinsilium CEO Eddy Travia will represent Coinsilium on Hdacs TGE Advisory Board.

Hdac aims to bring innovative blockchain technology to Internet of Things (IoT) payment platforms and secure transactions amongst connected devices. Hdacs technology, which was developed by a company named Double Chain, will protect IoT devices and their users from hacks, privacy invasion, and external threats, especially for transactions. The Hdac blockchain, based on hybrid blockchain technology, will offer a wide range of capabilities to ensure reliable connection and secured processing between devices. Hdac will work to apply this pioneering platform to hardware payment applications.

Coinsilium, a London-based investor and accelerator in the blockchain space since 2014, will utilise its specialist knowledge and its global network of contacts in the blockchain industry to support Hdac throughout its TGE and beyond.

Eddy Travia, CEO of Coinsilium commented: We are excited to advise the talented Hdac team with their token generation event and we are impressed by Hdacs ambitious objective to apply blockchain technology to significantly improve the reliability and the security of machine to machine payments in the fast-growing, multi-billion dollar IoT industry. We look forward to contributing to the success of Hdacs token generation event.

Hdac supports blockchain technology events such as the StartupToken Hackathon held in Paris in November and the d10e blockchain conference in Bucharest starting on December 14.

A joint interview with Coinsilium CEO Eddy Travia and Hdac advisor Stuart Corby for the Barbarian Investor Show can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QToSQYW0ks&t=214s

About Coinsilium

Coinsilium is a blockchain venture builder and investor that finances and manages the development of early-stage blockchain technology companies. Coinsilium also provides advisory services to companies planning token generation events.

For further information about Coinsilium please visit http://www.coinsilium.com

About Hdac Technology AG

Hdac Technology AG is a Zug-based technology company building a new blockchain to secure machine to machine payments in the fast-growing world of IoT.

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22:05

Is the Vagus Nerve the Culprit Behind Speech Delay? "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Generati0n Rescue has a provocative post running today on their blog. Is the Vagus Nerve the Culprit Behind Speech Delay? Team GR: Part of a healthy routine is staying in alignment. We asked chiropractor Dr. David Foss to help explain...

22:04

8 Christmas cards made better by real Daily Mail reader comments "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

Heres 8 Christmas cards made better by real comments from readers of the Daily Mail, lovingly crafted by @WelshDalaiLama.

They should do this for real next year. Theyd sell a shedload.

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22:03

What You Can Expect From an Authoritarian "IndyWatch Feed Health"

In this three-part series for Psychology Today, Dr. Eric Maisel describes 30 personality traits that are common among authoritarians, and how these traits can lead to abuse and trauma.

There has never been a more important time to understand authoritarianism and its effects on each of us. As individuals, we are seriously harmed by the authoritarians in our life. As citizens, we are likewise harmed by authoritarianism in high places. What can we expect in dealing with an authoritarian? In this series of posts, I want to share what Im learning from my analysis of the authoritarian personality and authoritarian parenting literatures and from my extensive primary research into the effects of authoritarian wounding.

Click below to read the series:

What You Can Expect From an Authoritarian, Part 1

What You Can Expect From an Authoritarian, Part 2

What You Can Expect From an Authoritarian, Part 3

22:03

The 12 Days of Skyhorse Publishing Day 10 Autism In Heels "IndyWatch Feed Health"

We'd like to express our gratitude to Tony Lyons, Publisher at Skyhorse Publishing in New York City. Skyhorse is one of the fastest growing independent publishers in America and one of the few to tackle the toughest, most controversial topics...

22:02

The Other Big Drug Problem: Older People Taking Too Many Pills "IndyWatch Feed Health"

From The Washington Post: In addition to the opioid crisis, America has one other prescription drug epidemic  older Americans are taking far too many unnecessary drugs, often prescribed by multiple doctors for dubious or unknown reasons.

At least 15 percent of seniors seeking care annually from doctors or hospitals have suffered a medication problem; in half of these cases, the problem is believed to be potentially preventable. Studies have linked polypharmacy to unnecessary death. Older patients, who have greater difficulty metabolizing medicines, are more likely to suffer dizziness, confusion and falls. And the side effects of drugs are frequently misinterpreted as a new problem, triggering more prescriptions, a process known as a prescribing cascade.

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22:01

The Great Psychoanalysts 1: Donald Winnicott "IndyWatch Feed Health"

From The Philosophers Mail: Donald Winnicott, an English pediatrician and child psychoanalyst, deserves a place in history for drawing attention to the significance of parenting in shaping human and societal development.

Many of the parents Winnicott saw were worn down by their labours. Winnicott tried to bolster them by reminding them of the utmost importance of what they were doing. They were, in their own way, as significant to the nation as the Prime Minister and the Cabinet: The foundation of the health of the human being is laid by you in the babys first weeks and months. This thought should help when you feel strange at the temporary loss of your interest in world affairs. It is not surprising. You are engaged in founding the mental health of the next generation. Winnicott called parenting: the only real basis for a healthy society, and the only factory for the democratic tendency in a countrys social system.

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22:00

Recorder Prodigy Accidentally Warps to Cleveland "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

EUGENE, Ore. The case of Ellie Johnson, the 10 year-old girl that tragically and accidentally disappeared during her recent 5th grade class Christmas concert, has been solved. An erroneous series of notes played on her recorder had reportedly warped her to Cleveland, Ohio.

We have found our Ellie, said Mrs. Johnson, Ellies mother, addressing the press and community members gathered outside of her home. The reason all of our searches and posters didnt yield any results is so obvious now. She had inadvertently transported herself to the Midwest, our poor little girl.

Reportedly the exceptionally skilled recorder player had grown bored with the elementary composition of Jingle Bells, and decided to add a few creative flourishes to the piece. We now know that the mysterious cloud Ellie then disappeared in was in fact her being transported to what many refer to as The Mistake by the Lake.

Read More From Hard Drive, The Only Ethical Gaming Journalism Site on The Internet:

That place was pretty gross, said Johnson. I thought Id give it a shot, but after I was done with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame there was really nothing to do. Once a man in a dog suit started talking to me about the Browns, I knew I had to find the right song to warp back home.

Several days of experimenting with combinations of notes finally proved successful, when after an unfortunate trip to Desert Land, she was able to find the right notes to get back to her home in Oregon.

Prior to this, the biggest lead in the case came when Mrs. Johnson received a short phone call that ended abruptly before Ellie was able to reveal her location. She told her mother shed landed in a gloomy cold world filled with scary characters and the threat of being struck by fireballs.

Yup, thats Cleveland alright...

22:00

Dr. Bob Sears on 1 in 36 Autism Rate "IndyWatch Feed Health"

From Pediatrician Dr. Bob Sears on the AskDrSears website: The Centers for Disease Control just released their latest findings about autism: In 2014 the rate of autism was 1 in 45 children In 2015 it rose slightly to 1 in...

21:55

New York Credit Card Scammer Allegedly Sent Bitcoin to ISIS "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

New York Credit Card Scammer Allegedly Sent Bitcoin to ISIS

A Long Island woman has been charged with sending tens of thousands of dollars to ISIS fighters in Syria. As has been widely reported, the woman allegedly used bitcoin to transfer the funds overseas. Headlines have glossed over the way the money was obtained in the first place though: by good old-fashioned credit card fraud.

Also read: Putin Aide Says Bitcoin Can Help Russia Bypass Financial Sanctions

From the Eastside to the Middle East

The suspect at the center of the case, Zoobi Shahnaz, supposedly stole tens of thousands of dollars from American Express Bank, Chase Bank, Discover Bank and TD Bank before forwarding her ill-gotten gains to Syria using bitcoin. Her lawyer has insisted that the 27-year-old was only trying to aid Syrian refugees, but U.S. prosecutors arent buying it. Shahnaz supposedly gave fake information to a series of banks in order to obtain over $85,000. As evidence of the womans ideological leanings, its been reported that her internet searches included top female jihadis and one-way tickets to Istanbul. In the event, she went on to purchase a return flight something ISIS recommends as its less suspicious.

The woman, who was born in Pakistan, worked in a Manhattan hospital as a lab technician until quitting in June in readiness to flee the country. The case has only come to light now after a grand jury indictment was unsealed, revealing charges of bank fraud, money laundering, and supporting a foreign terror...

21:43

This starts off weird, gets weirder, and then the final twist is BOOM! "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

We dont recommend doing all of these things at the same time unless you really, really want to (and dont forget to watch the whole thing).

Not the first person to end up in pieces at Ikea.

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The post This starts off weird, gets weirder, and then the final twist is BOOM! appeared first on The Poke.

21:40

The Potential Upside Of African And Emerging Property Markets "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The emerging African markets present unique opportunities for property investors. One of the reports from Cushman & Wakefield, a global real estate research company, has included five African markets to the list of top 10 emerging and most transparent economies. The reasons behind Africas dominance in the list of most lucrative emerging markets include an increasing number of office establishments in Africa (15 million sq. meter in South Africa and 2 million sq. meter in Sub-Saharan Africa), growing population reaching to $830 million, the current GDP of $961.5 billion, technological improvements, better infrastructure and higher expected GDP growth rate (as high as 5.7% per annum). In the midst of conventionally lucrative real estate markets of US and UK, Africa surely exhibits remarkable growth potential.

zabercoin

How to Make the Most of African & Growing Real Estate Markets?

It is obvious that real estate market is going to be the next boom in emerging economies, especially in Africa.  A huge percentage of investors have long been waiting to witness and exploit the sustaining economy of these regions, especially after Africa came out of recession. A lot of investors are all ready to be a part of this profitable market, make secure investments and gain handsome ROIs. Zabercoin, in this scenario, comes into play.

Zabercoin, an asset-backed cryptocurrency having an underlying real estate fund, exclusively focuses on African and other emerging real estate markets and investors. Zabercoin combines the blockchain technology with physical asset investments such as real estate. The company has launched its ICO, offering Zabercoin (ZAB), a real estate digital token that unlike a lot of existing tokens in the market, bears an intrinsic value right from its launch. Each token presents a share in the physical asset like real estate, making itself unique as well as sustainable with impressive recurring income re-invested to ensure potential growth, research and development.

The Lowering Cost to Invest in Africas Real Estate Markets & Emerging Economies

A high percentage of the real estate transaction costs previously went to the pockets of middlemen or agents. Zabercoins blockchain based, trustless platform cuts the middlemen, making itself scalable and ascendible and above all, highly cost-effective. The company aims to further enhance its structure to use blockchain technology more effectively and investigate the feasibility...

21:30

PR: Winning Moonrise Competition Scales Talent Acquisition Platform Bitdegree Crowdsale to the Next Level "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Talent Acquisition Platform Bitdegree Wins Moonrise Compeititon

This is a paid press release, which contains forward looking statements, and should be treated as advertising or promotional material. Bitcoin.com does not endorse nor support this product/service. Bitcoin.com is not responsible for or liable for any content, accuracy or quality within the press release.

As the Grand Prize winner of Moonrise 2017 competition, BitDegree the blockchain learning and talent acquisition platform, has reinforced its fast-growing reputation as a game changer within the crypto community. BitDegree caught the attention of a huge number of contributors which led to a quick sellout of nearly one quarter of the total token supply.

Moonrise 2017 competition is held by Moontec Northern Europes biggest conference devoted to cryptocurrencies. It aims to find the most promising and innovative crypto startups, and connect them with a global network which gives them the necessary financial and business support to succeed.

Winning Moonrise 2017 is an astonishing achievement and motivational boost for us. Victory throws us extra challenges to work even harder towards achieving our goal., Andrius Putna, CEO of BitDegree commented on the victory of Moonrise competition.

BitDegrees acclaim is not just booming amongst the blockchain community. Within hours of starting its token sale on December 1st, 2017, it had reached its soft-cap.

BitDegree...

21:28

Californias War on Guns Broadens to a War on Ammunition Beginning January 1, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Californias War on Guns Broadens to a War on Ammunition Beginning January 1, 2018




Californias war on guns will soon broaden to a war on ammunition as a ban on the possession of bullets purchased out-of-state takes effect January 1, 2018.

This is one of many steps going into effect which will quickly place ammunition under controls similar to those which Democrat lawmakers have placed on firearms.

According to the Sacramento Bee, it will also be illegal to transfer or buy ammo from anyone other than a licensed dealer within the state, beginning January 1. California residents can order ammunition from a catalog as long as they have that ammunition shipped to a licensed dealer for pickup. The dealer will then add a processing fee to the cost of the ammunition.

In this scenario, a processing fee is just another tax that law-abiding citizens will pay for the bullets they buy.

Then, in 2019, all ammunition purchasers will be required to undergo a background check like those currently required for firearm sales. That background check will require the law-abiding citizen to pay a $1 state fee for the check. That fee is yet another tax.

This is how gun control or, in this case, ammunition control, wo...

21:19

Ethereum, Ripple and Litecoin Boom As Bloomberg Adds Them To Terminal "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Ripple hit giant price highs, just as it became one of three altcoins to list on Bloomberg Terminals.

21:17

Evidence points to Bitcoin being an NSA-engineered psyop to roll out one-world digital currency "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Evidence points to Bitcoin being an NSA-engineered psyop to roll out one-world digital currency

Image: Evidence points to Bitcoin being an NSA-engineered psyop to roll out one-world digital currency

(Natural News) Im going to assume the readers who make it to this article are well informed enough that I dont have to go into the history of the global money changers and their desire for a one world currency. (If you dont yet understand the goal of the globalist banking empire and the coming engineered collapse of the fiat currency system, youre already about 5,000 posts behind the curve.)

With that as a starting point, its now becoming increasingly evident that Bitcoin may be a creation of the NSA and was rolled out as a normalization experiment to get the public familiar with digital currency. Once this is established, the worlds fiat currencies will be obliterated in an engineered debt collapse (see below for the sequence of events), then replaced with a government approved cryptocurrency with tracking of all transactions and digital wallets by the worlds western governments.

NSA mathematicians detailed digital cash two decades ago

What evidence supports this notion? First, take a look at this document entitled, How to make a mint: The cryptography of anonymous electronic cash. This document, released in 1997 yes, twenty years ago detailed the overall structure and function of Bitcoin cryptocurrency.

Who authored the document? Try not to be shocked when you learn it was authored by mathematical cryptographers at the National Security Agencys Office of...

21:14

Court upholds ban of vegetable garden in the front yard of Miami Shores home "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Tom Carroll and Heroine Ricketts in their front yard in Miami Shores on Wednesday, December 13, 2017. The couple had to dig up their large vegetable garden in their front lawn after the Village of Miami Shores said their edible plants were not allowed in the front lawn. Al Diaz adiaz@miamiherald.com

Do not eat your veggies if they are grown in your front yard, Miami Shores says

December 12, 2017 07:00 AM

UPDATED December 14, 2017 10:23 AM

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/miami-shores/article189273944.html

21:14

Sean Spicer thinks Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol is a collection of carols "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

Feels like the perfect end to the perfect year, from Donald Trumps former mouthpiece turned James Cordens best mate, Sean Spicer.

You can tell why Trump rated him so highly.

Its Franklin Roosevelts copy of A Christmas Carol which is on display in the White House. Spicer posted the picture on his Instagram account, captioned FDRs book of Christmas carols.

Heres what they made of it on Twitter.

21:05

UK's FCA Chief Warns Bitcoin Investors: Be Prepared to Lose Your Money "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The head of the UK's Financial Conduct Authority has warned that people stand to lose their funds if they invest in bitcoin.

21:00

Korean Exchange Association Will not List New Cryptocurrencies Until Further Notice "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Interesting things are bound to happen in South Korea. It is a major region for cryptocurrencies, but some things are coming to change. Rather than await government regulation, all exchanges have imposed strict rules upon themselves. Around 70% of all coins will be kept in cold storage at all times. There will be a ban on insider trading and no marketing to promote trading. Last but not least, there will be no additional coin listings until further notice.

It is evident South Korea needs some cryptocurrency regulation. As we all know, governments are not the best help in this regard. They often stifle innovation and make things unnecessarily complicated.Things have evolved in such a direction South Korea has become the new major Bitcoin hub. That in itself so pretty impressive, as they took over from China in quick succession. However, the lack of official regulation has always been somewhat of a burden.

Self-regulation by the Korean Exchange Association

To put this into perspective, the Korean exchange association has taken it upon themselves to introduce regulation. They have all done so voluntarily, which is rather unusual. As a result, all companies will adhere to these new rules without hindrances. Putting 70% of all money into cold storage makes a lot of sense. It is something most exchanges should have adhered to from day one. Still, it is a welcome change and one that will make cryptocurrency more legitimate.

Moreover, the exchanges will ban insider trading by exchange employees. That is always a big worry for any cryptocurrency exchange. These markets are susceptible to massive manipulation by both external and internal sources. It is a smart decision by the Korean exchange association. We can only hope other countries the world will embrace a similar model. Only time will tell if that is the case, though. No marketing to promote trading is already an interesting development, yet it shouldnt have much of an impact whatsoever.

Perhaps the biggest changes imposed by the Korean exchange association is the refusal to list new coins. We have seen select altcoins being added to most exchanges and paired with Korean Won. This has been quite a positive decision, even though some of these a...

21:00

Waves 1.0 Release Sees Culmination Of 18-Month Development "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Waves CEO Alexander Ivanov has claimed that the new incarnation of the Blockchain platform appeals to entry-level users.

21:00

Bomb disposal engineers to help elderly switch on central heating "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

should only be attempted by trained professionals with counsellors on standbyThe government is deploying crack army bomb disposal units to help Britains elderly switch on their central heating this winter. Fred (86) and Ethel (85) Wilkinson said theyve been trying since September to switch on their central heating but when it came to turning the switch our nerve failed and we went back to wrapping ourselves in tin-foil and old newspapers.

Mr Wilkinson explained that the thought of a British Gas bill started his hands shaking and he couldnt turn the heating on. It were a terrifying experience, he said. All our friends have had the same experience. Well, the ones who are still here, he said. We desperately need the help of people used to dealing with these life and death situations, people with nerves of steel. And feeling in their fingertips.

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith, said the government was determined to help old people turn on their central heating. We have asked the army to loan us bomb disposal engineers on leave from Iraq and Afghanistan, and I can confirm that they are currently operating in high risk sheltered accommodation localities.

But bomb disposal veteran Mick Miller said he found central heating work in Coventry more demanding than anything he had encountered in twenty years of bomb disposal and fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan.You might be just about to turn the central heating on for a couple of octogenarians,  when they turn the heat up by thrusting last winters British Gas bill under your nose. Quite honestly, I find it easier to just lend them my winter woolies. Or blow them to kingdom come.

12th October 2011

21:00

5 Ancient Weapons and their SHTF Uses "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

                          

This article dedicated to A Arizonian: 360 24/7!

ReadyNutrition Readers, we wrote a piece on the warrior mentality in a previous article, and this was to return you to the basics that covered skills and a mindset that has enabled our species to survive throughout the ages.  Were going to add onto that by mentioning there is a time for technology and a time for the primitive.  Well, there have been a number of comments suggesting such weapons, and were going to run with the ball here mentioning a few weapons besides the standard bow and arrow, and the knife and then suggesting how to go about using them in your arsenal.  Lets do it!

5 Ancient Weapons and their SHTF Uses

Spears

Yes, a spear.  There are several different kinds, depending on the function you want to use it for.  My personal preference is to make your own or have it forged to your specifications.  You want to be sure of a head that is sharply-pointed and well-bladed, preferably three or four blades, and the base is about twice as wide as the shaft.  This will permit the head to penetrate with a larger hole than the shaft.  What use, you may ask?  Hunting on the QT, and also defense in like manner.  A heavy spear will penetrate deeper brush than an arrow shaft.

These had heads that tapered to a point, as you can see, but a middle grip with two formidable ends that enabled it to be thrown or used here in close-quarters.  Watch the movie, and youll see how effectively it was employed.

Sword

A matter of preference here.  The Scottish Claymore, the German or Viking Broadsword, the Arab Scimitar, or the Roman Gladius.  All swords have different techniques for their use.  Someone is bristling at my leaving out the Japanese Katana.  There it is.  Each sword must be trained with differently, as they perform quite differently in battle and require practice in varied methods to be effective.  If youre going to pick up a sword, you need one that is fully-functional and...

20:55

A Few Considerations Before Bugging Out Into The Woods "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

I spend a lot of time on forums and social media discussing about bugging out with other preppers. Its a topic that should be covered by everyone since one day you might be forced to leave everything behind in order to survive. Bugging out into the woods is a common plan for a lot of ... Read more...

The post A Few Considerations Before Bugging Out Into The Woods was written by Bob Rodgers and appeared first on Prepper's Will.

20:50

These Christmas real life story magazines have to been seen to be believed they are hilariously dark "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

Loving this Chrimbo Crazy edition of Pick Me Up! spotted by @Nickw84 over on Twitter its comically dark. Like a modern penny dreadful spruced up for Christmas.

Highlights include

* Losing My Leg BEST GIFT EVER!
* LAST CHRISTMAS? My Lads Big Fight
* XMAS EVIL Bloodlust Of A Baby Killer
* THROAT SLASHED AFTER WORK DO Weve Cheated Death Four Times

All your favourite Christmas content in one place.

However Pick Me Up! have competition from Thats Life as spotted by @Mortimerfilms over on Twitter.

And their highlights include:

* Seasons Cheating Hubby bonked our teen lodger at XMAS DINNER
* Xmas horror! Sick Dad dressed as SANTA then raped up
* Mums Xmas Miracle a ghost gave me triplets
* I Found Mum MURDERED under my Xmas tree

Wow thats even darker than the first one. Well done Thats Life for truly lifting the mood and filling us full of Xmas spirit.

MERRY CHRISTMAS POKE READERS. WE LOVE YOU.

Source: Twitter/@nickw84

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20:38

Launched in November, WeRaise Advertising Agency Boosts ICOs with Fresh Approach in Banner Ad and Press Releases Placing. "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

WeRaise started operation on Nov 1st 2017.

WeRaise is a specialized agency offering marketing services for ICO projects including banner advertising, professional video production, PR services, social media marketing, and other powerful tools to successfully boost an ICO launch.

Each ICO project is unique. WeRaise offers the best selection of marketing services which are expertly tailored to each project. Every campaign is tracked and fine-tuned for optimal performance.

WeRaise is new, but the team behind it is not. The core team comes from a background in traditional digital advertising, with 20 years of experience in banner advertising, SEM, SEO, and SMM, working with global brands like Samsung, Asus, Bayer, Kraft, Budweiser, and Motorola. This advertising experience is combined with the expertise of numerous crypto-currency professionals with a background in ICO marketing.

Our team has conducted research into the crypto blockchain ecosystem, collected detailed information about important sites and potentially effective traffic sources and conducted test campaigns to study the effectiveness of various approaches.

Our ICO marketing specialists bring years of experience of successful and unsuccessful strategies to the table and allow us to work according to industry best practices. Our approaches, marketing mix, messages and key advantages are tried and tested, and ready to use.

Our banner advertising and press release placement services for ICO projects are ready to go at the touch of a button. Find out more at http://weraise.pro/offer

Find WeRaise here:

Website: http://weraise.pro
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Weraise

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20:30

The Bullish Digital Currency Market Will Give ETC a New Boom "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Since December, theres frenzy in the digital currency market with prices of mainstream tokens skyrocketing. Bitcoin, has its increased from 60,000 to 120,000 within a week. Next are LTC and ETH, with LTC price jumping to a new high of 2,000 and ETH price doubled to 5,000. XRP, also saw its price went two-fold.

Will the price spike of tier-2 tokens, LTC and XRP, signal the same momentum for ETC? There are signs this may apply to ETC.

In June 2016, ETC was forced to hard fork due to a significant amount of ETC stolen because of The DAO project. The fork was not recognized by the community where some said blockchain is irreversible and unchangeable. Eventually, the community split. ETC and ETH went separate ways. Despite no difference technically, ETH has not a cap on supply but ETC, starting from December 12, applied new supply policy setting out the total supply below 23 million. The continuous supply reduction will effectively contain inflation and remain the tokens inherent value.

Like the way BCH came into being, ETC is the result of a split due to different community ideas on future development including hash rate, consensus, supporter, and infrastructure. As of this article is to be published, BCH is held at $2,000 while BTC hit approximately $16,000 an eight-fold gap. However, there are times when the price ratio of the two tokens are 1:2. Looking at ETC and ETH, despite the same code, their prices are different. ETC, now at $32, ETH, around $740, a 20x price gap. In BCHs case, ETCs price may hugely increase.

ETC, ETHs only forked token, is greatly undervalued as BCH demonstrate this the best. Also, a variety of IFOs account for a certain amount of market share, which means, the price of ETC will be several times the current. Moreover, ETC is fueling IoT and exploring market opportunities. ETC, combining with IoT is a broad market which will work miracles.

Technically, ETC is safer and more reliable. ETCDEV, the tokens development team, strives to develop ETC with down-to-earth efforts. Now it is working on making ETC more stable, more flexible and mature. The mature and stable team ensures the safety of the platform and the system, and lay the foundation for price increase. So far, there is no significant safety issues of ETC but ETH occurrences happened due to systematic vulnerabilities.

There are more ETC projects taking place. For example, SputnikVM replacing EVM for acceleration and compatibility with IoT; Emerald Project, providing Dapp developers with a platform; more tools set to integrate external services into ETC. Ahead, ETC will continue to boost IoT and open more apps.

The undervaluation is temporary and a price boom shall defy the former.

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20:29

Truthdig Interview with Mohammad Sabaaneh "IndyWatch Feed Comics"

An interview with Palestinian cartoonist and CM member Mohammad Sabaaneh:

20:15

Money Flows Away from Bitcoin Back To Gold: Analyst (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Money Flows Away from Bitcoin Back To Gold: Analyst Video KitCo News Gold To Climb Higher: Find Support At $1,247 To $1,250 Trader Money Flows Away from Bitcoin Back To Gold: Analyst

The post Money Flows Away from Bitcoin Back To Gold: Analyst (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

20:10

South Korea Releases Emergency Measures for Cryptocurrency Regulation "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

South Koreas government released emergency measures for cryptocurrency regulation on Thursday. Bitcoin exchanges will now be regulated. Among other measures, there will be a ban on banks, minors, and foreigners trading cryptocurrency as well as a clampdown on virtual bank accounts needed to trade cryptocurrencies in Korea.

Also read: South Korea Clarifies Position After Reports of Possible Ban on All Crypto Transactions

Regulating Crypto Exchanges

South Koreas government held an emergency meeting to discuss cryptocurrency regulation on Thursday. Following the meeting, the regulators released virtual currency emergency measures, Hankyung reported. The publication explained, according to the announcement:

A virtual currency exchange, which has more than 10 billion won in sales such as Bithumb, Coinone and Korbit, or more than 1 million visitors per day, is expected to receive the governments Information Security Management System (ISMS) certification next year.

The regulators have also increased the standard and penalties applicable when a security breach occurs at exchanges. We will not allow virtual currency transactions unless the requirements for protection of investors, transparency of transactions and other measures are met through prompt legislation in the near future, the government was quoted by the publication.

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20:05

Action Alert: Calling for Public Comments on MXP and ACP in WV "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Construction of the Ohio Valley Connector, a 30-inch natural gas pipeline in Wetzel County

Action Alert: Comment on Water Quality Impacts of Two (2) Pipelines

From the West Virginia Rivers Coalition, Charleston, December 14, 2017

You can submit comments to WVDEP on the Mountaineer XPress Pipelines and the Atlantic Coast Pipelines stormwater and sediment control permits, which regulate polluted runoff from oil and gas development. Learn more about stormwater permits here, from the WV Rivers Coalition.

Thorough scrutiny of stormwater permits is critical for the protection of WVs streams, especially since WVDEP has waived their authority to issue a 401 Water Quality Certification for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. This is the same permitting authority WVDEP waived for the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

WV Rivers reviewed each permit application and found that they lack critical information the WVDEP needs to certify that the projects will be able to meet WVDEPs stormwater permit requirements.

We made it easy for you to submit comments online to WVDEP! You need to send comments on each pipeline separately.

Comment on the Mountaineer XPress Pipeline

Read our fact sheet on the MXPs stormwater permit and submit your MXP comments to WVDEP by Friday, December 22, 2017.

Comment on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Read our fact sheet on the ACPs stormwater permit and submit your ACP comments to WVDEP by Sunday, December 31, 2017.

Two public hearings on the ACPs stormwater permit are scheduled for Monday, Dec. 18 in Buckhannon and Thursd...

20:02

Youthquake declared word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries and its making people go what!? "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

News reaches Poke HQ that Youthquake has been declared word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries and a collective but no one says that was shouted across the office.

The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2017 is youthquake.

The noun, youthquake, is defined as a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people.

Source: https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/word-of-the-year/word-of-the-year-2017

Seriously no one says that. A quick Google finds about three mentions in Google News before the press release went out two on the Guardian and one of the Daily Mail.

And the actual article on Oxford Dictionaries sites two tweets, with the collective retweets of 23!

Were not alone heres seven tweets sharing our bafflement:

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20:00

Will You Really Achieve Happiness If You Finally Win the Rat Race? Dont Answer the Question Until Youve Watched Steve Cutts New Animation "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Illustrator Steve Cutts sets his latest animation, "Happiness," in a teeming urban environment, with hundreds of near identical cartoon rats standing in for human drudges in an unfulfilling, and not unfamiliar race.

Packed subway cars, a bombardment of advertising, soul-deadening office jobs, and Black Friday sales are just a few of the indignities Cutts rodents are subjected to, to the tune of Bizets "L'amour est un oiseau rebelle."

Rampant over-consumptiona major preoccupation for this artistoffers illusory relief, and a great deal of fun for viewers with the time to hit pause, to better savor the grim details.

They may also serve as an antidote to the sort of messaging were constantly on the receiving end of, whether we live in city, country or somewhere in-between. Check out the scene as Cutts pans up from the subway platform, 52 seconds in:

The panty-clad female model for Blah colognes fashionably black and white ad is emaciated nearly to the point of death.

Youre better than laces flatters the latest (laceless) shoe from a swoosh-bedecked footwear manufacturer, while a radiator-colored beverage floats above the motto Just drink it, morons.

Krispo Flakes fight depression with the bits other cereals dont want.

Heaven help us all, theres even a poster for TRUMP The Musical.

This freeze-frame scrutiny could make an excellent activity for any class where middle and high schoolers are encouraged to think critically about their role as consumers.

As Cutts, a one-time employee of the digital marketing agency, Isobar, who contributed to campaigns for such global giants as Coca-Cola, Google, Reebok, and Toyota, told Reverb Press in 2015:

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20:00

US Government to Sell Off $10 Million in Seized Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

U.S. prosecutors in the state of Utah are moving to sell millions of dollars-worth of cryptocurrencies seized in an opioid drug case.

20:00

eco angel and eco devil "IndyWatch Feed Comics"

Today on Toothpaste For Dinner: eco angel and eco devil


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Anuak condemn attempts to delay Karuturis exit from Ethiopia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Anuak organisations, with the strong support of international civil society, call on the governments of Ethiopia and India to cease negotiations with Karuturi Global Ltd and to ensure that the company fully exits Gambela and other parts of Ethiopia.

19:56

FundYourselfNow Announces Entry into Vietnam Market with 2 Major Partnerships "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Singapore FundYourselfNow (FYN), Asias Leading cryptocurrency crowdfunding platform, is proud to announce 2 major partnerships in Vietnam, in preparation of the launch of FundYourselfNow Vietnamese Website which has been released today on 15th December.

To learn more about FYN, please follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Medium or talk to us on Telegram!

FundYourselfNow & VinaEX

VinaEx is Vietnam leading cryptocurrency exchange where both local and international buyers can trade bitcoins/Ethereum with the Vietnamese Dong and USD. VinaEX is launched in collaboration with major banks in Vietnam.

FYN tokens will be listed in VinaEX in first quarter of 2018, with Fiat Currency Pairing (USD/VND). FYN will be the official fundraising partner for VinaEX. In the future, projects work with FYN can looking forward to listing on VinaEX. Starting Q1 2018, projects on FYN will be strongly encouraged to raise part of their funding in FYN. Project creators would be able to cash out their cryptocurrencies holdings at VinaEX for USD or VND. This is expected to greatly boost the liquidity of FYN token. With the launch of VinaEx, FYN has successfully delivered what was committed in the whitepaper of FYN ahead of schedule.

Jack Ser & Kenneth Tan, founders of FYN, will join VinaEX as directors with immediate effect. VinaEX soft launch is slated to occur by the End of December 2017

For more information on VinaEX, please go to VinaEX.com

FundYourselfNow launches in Vietnam with first project New Era Energy

FYN is excited to announce the launch of FYN Vietnam today. Vietnamese would be able to participate in both local and international token sales using ETH & Fiat Currency (VND). FYN will eventually support other major currencies like USD and Euro in the near future, to make the token sale participation process much easier for our users located all over the globe.

New Era Energy aims to be the biggest clean energy ICO at an international level, with an ambitious fundraising target of 100m globally. New Era aims to build a global green movement, where individuals, green organizations can come together to build a cleaner world. Nera is currently working with green energy producers in Vietnam such as Bamboo Capital Group, has support from...

19:49

Blockchain Technology Breaks Down Borders Travelchain Token Sale Launches Today "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

One of the thing that is so often said about blockchain technology is that it is helping to create a world without borders. A world that you can interact with in a truly global sense.

And with regards to money this has largely been true.

If you own a given cryptocurrency, owning it in France is not functionally different from owning it in Russia or Canada or Brazil. And there is no functional difference between a domestic transaction and an international transaction, because the idea is totally anachronistic.

Cryptocurrencies exist online and the borders are wherever the internet doesnt exist, and thats about it.

And the rise of this private, secure, and decentralized system has resulted in a tidal wave of innovations built off the technology.

But why has the world been so quick to adapt these new technologies?

 

Increased freedom

It may seem clich but people dont like to be told what to do. And they certainly dont like being prevented from doing the things that they do want to do. Cryptocurrency being decentralized has made both of these things far harder for businesses, governments, and other interested parties. With the blockchain, the people doing the transactions are the ones that

And while this seems most immediately applicable to money (it is a currency after all), money touches every aspect of daily life. So the freeing of currency, by extension, frees up a litany of

their businesses to make the experience better and less expensive for customers.

 

Money is the root of all good?

As money and information are freed from the constraints of government and other third parties, companies and individuals can work together on a more equal ground, using terms they agree to rather than terms they are forced to agree to. It is no up to individuals to decide exactly what they want to share, where, why and with whom.

Financial freedom is the base of just about any service that is trying to make money, the more cosntrained they are regarding how and where they can accept or send money, the more constrained they are in developing, expanding, and improving their service.

Cryptocurrency removes many of the rules and generally accepted financial practices.

As stated above, the biggest change is the borderless market.

 

A borderless market, a borderless you

In the developed world you are rarely constrained insofar as where you can travel in theory anyway. But you are extremely constrained insofar as where you c...

19:43

Not Just Drugs Causing Antibiotic Resistance: Big Ags Herbicides Also to Blame "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

All bacteria will naturally mutate to avoid being killed off. This is the impetus of all life to save its own skin. However, even with the recent discovery that the overuse of antibiotic drugs has been causing bacteria to morph into superbugs, resistant to the antibiotics used to kill them, we have new evidence of another culprit in the war against disease. Its Big Ags herbicides.

Your body also naturally kills off bacteria, viruses and other foreign pathogens when it isnt choked with toxic chemicals, but just like the science proving that herbicides are killing off our natural immunity (via the shikimate pathway), we now have proof that while these Big Ag chemicals are making us weaker, they are making bacteria stronger.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has even warned that antibiotic resistance is now a global threat, yet one of the problems causing it, is hardly kept in check. In fact, herbicide use in farming, and even landscaping projects, has reached an all-time high.

These herbicides are causing lymphoma, breast cancer, and birth defects, but they are also contributing to antibiotic resistance. This is proved in recent research conducted by the New University of Canterbury which has confirmed that the active ingredients of the most commonly used herbicides, RoundUp, Kamba and 2,4-D (glyphosate, dicamba and 2,4-D), each alone cause antibiotic resistance at concentrations well below label application rates. Who can even imagine what these chemicals due in synergistic concert.

The study abstract states,

Targeted deletion of efflux pump genes largely neutralized the adaptive response in the cases of increased survival in antibiotics, indicating that the biochemistry of induced resistance was the same for formulations and specific ingredients. We found that glyphosate, dicamba, and 2,4-D, as well a...

19:38

How the Fake Boom Ends "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

How the Fake Boom Ends
by Bill Bonner

"As we outlined yesterday, Americans are richer than ever. (The 1% is, anyway. - CP) US household assets stand at $97 trillion. All over the world, wealth is surging, toowith the value of global stocks near a record high of $100 trillion. But theres a hitch: We allege that this wealth was built on fake money. If were right, is the wealth fake, too?

Cometh the Grim Reaper: As long-time Diary sufferers know, the Feds ultra-low interest rates over the past eight years have created the biggest pile of debt in history. Last week, the total US debt hit a new record at $68 trillionup from $29 trillion in 2000.
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19:36

Your Brain on DMT and How to Make It Naturally "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Most of our decisions are made emotionally. Almost all of them are made with a subconscious supposition formed around previous experience an imprint that was created from as early as the time we were in our mothers womb, until we are about five years old (some scientists say until we are 13), when it is said that our world view is already developed. This means if you were raised in a hostile environment, due to poverty, war, psychologically damaged parents, alcoholism, etc. you are likely to internalize a reality which then recreates itself over and over again in what Rupert Sheldrake calls the morphic field. DMT may be able to reverse this damaging psychological trajectory.

Conversely, if you were raised in an environment where everyone was loving and kind, all your needs were met with ease, and you were allowed to express yourself creatively, and autonomously, without enmeshment or other more overt forms of suppression of the Soul, then you would have a very different world view from which to base all future experiences and decisions upon.

To further explain this phenomenon, your childhood experience, or arguably your Souls experience through multiple lifetimes, would attach meaning to every other similar experience based on your past not on the present moment.

If the color red was associated with pain and upset, you would again feel pain and upset every time you saw this color, even though it is simply one of a myriad different vibrations on the viewable light spectrum. Red, would therefore act as a trigger.

In other people, red might signify passion, love, or creative force. You can see how this early programming can cause very different life trajectories and experiences. If red is associated to a highly traumatic experience, then we might even feel fearful and shrink into ourselves just seeing pink!

When the ancient yogis talked about samskaras rote patterns of thinking they may not have known specifically how proteins bind to neurons to reinforce these neural pathways, or neurosis every time someone once again sees red, but interestingly, this is exactly what happens.

The neural pathways are bound with proteins and then built up like scar tissue. In some of my earliest yoga classes I was taught that samskaras can be translated loosely to mean, some scars. I never knew how prescient this definition truly was until I learned more about the neurological processes of undoing the brains patterned thinking.

Nonetheless, substances like DMT, endogenous to the human body, but greatly inc...

19:30

Tezos Foundation Board Member Quits as Lawsuits, Allegations, Tensions Mount "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Tezos Foundation Board Member Quits as Lawsuits, Allegations, Tensions Mount

And then there were two. The historic, crowdfunded initial coin offering (ICO) start-up Tezos raised a quarter billion USD this summer, and to much acclaim. Now its embroiled in three class-action suits, its founders vying for control and legal costs. The latest news from the once-seemingly untouchable team is the resignation of Tezos Foundation Board Member Guido Schmitz-Krummacher, leaving a power vacuum and a community clamoring to be made whole.

Also read: Trezor Firmware Update Brings Shorter Addresses and Support for More Tokens

Tezos Foundation Board Member Quits as Lawsuits, Allegations, Tensions Mount

Tezos Board Must Have Three Members

Kathleen and Arthur Breitman own Dynamic Ledger Solutions, Inc. (DLS), and thereby control the projects source code. The Foundation, run by...

19:26

New Study Finds Inflammation Is Cause of Almost Every Disease: Heres What You Can Do About It "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

The latest science is in, and though it is being used to promote a pharmaceutical solution (is it any surprise?), there are natural ways to stop chronic inflammation in the body a problem that is now linked directly to the top five killers on our planet heart disease, cancer, neurodegenerative disease, and diseases of the gut, primarily.

The latest evidence of inflammations contributory role in disease came just months ago, when a global clinical trial of 10,000 patients who had previous heart attacks showed that an anti-inflammatory drug from Novartis reduced their risk of further heart attacks or strokes. A surprise side effect: The drug also sharply cut the risk of lung cancer. While Big Pharma would like our take-away from this study to be: Oh, I need this incredible drug! theres another obvious fact we can glean.

Inflammation, as has been suggested by ancient medicine from China to South America to India, is the source of almost all disease. Stopping it would therefore stop most diseases from developing or progressing.

Heres why inflammation is so critical to understand:

The human being has a normal inflammatory response any time we are injured or a foreign pathogen enters our bodies. While modern medicine has been trying to throw medicine after medicine at the symptoms of disease, they rarely look at the underlying cause of it.

Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Ayurveda, along with other anciently wise medicinal traditions know better. They look at the root issue, and never prescribe an antidote without first trying to find the underlying cause of a disease.

For example, heart disease is caused by inflammation of the arteries. Neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimers and Parkinsons disease are caused by the inflammation of the brain. Arthritis is caused by inflammation of the joints, and depression, chronic fatigue, and almost all ailments which start in the gut care caused by inflammation of the intestinal tract. Root cause? INFLAMMATION!

The body uses its natural defense, inflammation, when we need to repair damaged cells or fight against viruses and bacteria. This is how the body heals itself.

The problem is that chronic inflammation caused by a toxic diet, lack of sleep, stress, a lack of exercise, along with altered gut flora, etc. occurs. This is what happens when the body mistakes...

19:25

Chrysin attenuates atopic dermatitis by suppressing inflammation of keratinocytes. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Food Chem Toxicol. 2017 Dec ;110:142-150. Epub 2017 Oct 16. PMID: 29050978 Abstract Title:  Chrysin attenuates atopic dermatitis by suppressing inflammation of keratinocytes. Abstract:  We previously reported the inhibitory effect of chrysin, a natural flavonoid plentifully contained in propolis, vegetables and fruits, on the mast cell-mediated allergic reaction. In this study, we evaluated the effect of chrysin on atopic dermatitis (AD) and defined underlying mechanisms of action. We used an AD model in BALB/c mice by the repeated local exposure of 2,4-dinitrochlorobenzene (DNCB) and house dust mite (Dermatophagoides farinae extract, DFE) to the ears. Repeated alternative treatment of DNCB/DFE caused AD-like skin lesions. Oral administration of chrysin diminished AD symptoms such as ear thickness and histopathological analysis, in addition to serum IgE and IgG2a levels. Chrysin decreased infiltration of mast cells, and reduced serum histamine level. Chrysin also suppressed AD by inhibiting the inflammatory responses of Th1, Th2, and Th17 cells in mouse lymph node and ear. Interestingly, chrysin significantly inhibited the production of cytokines, Th2 chemokines, CCL17 and CCL22 by the down-regulation of p38 MAPK, NF-B, and STAT1 in tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-/interferon (IFN)--stimulated human keratinocytes (HaCaT). Chrysinalso inhibited TNF-/IFN--stimulated IL-33 expression in HaCaT cells and mouse primary keratinocytes. Taken together, the results indicate that chrysin suppressed AD symptoms, suggesting that chrysin might be a candidate for the treatment of AD and skin allergic diseases.

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19:22

Man makes Christmas card photo every year for 10 years after family tell him to get sober "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

John Cessna is a man with a mission. His family told him to sober up and send nice Christmas cards and hes taken the first part seriously, given up the booze but flicks two fingers at the second and tries to send the worst ones possible.

In 2008 my mom instructed me to sober up and send my own Christmas cards to family and friends. Heres every year since, including the new one for 2017! says Johncessna over on Reddit.

This has become a bit of an institution on the internet with many people not thinking its Christmas until theyve seen John Cessnas work this year.

Take it away John.

1. 2008

2. 2009

3. 2010

4. 2011

5. 2012

6. 2013

7. 2014

8. 2015

9. 2016

10. 2017


Source: Reddit

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19:13

Patrick Ainley discussion paper on Michael Gove "IndyWatch Feed Education"

Revisiting Michael Gove et als 2005 pamphlet, DIRECT DEMOCRACY, An Agenda for a New Model Party, this article finds in it the blueprint for power Gove made in campaigning to leave the EU that indicates an unfinished Agenda for English primary and secondary education under hard Brexit complementing measures proposed for tertiary education in the []

19:08

Crypto: The End of Freedom! "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

 

Cryptocurrency will make a huge number of people fabulously rich, whilst choking the life out of the human race. A dire warning from Brandon Smith found here: http://www.alt-market.com/articles/33...

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These results corroborated with the neuroprotective effect of chrysin in the treatment of Parkinson's disease. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Chem Biol Interact. 2017 Oct 18 ;279:111-120. Epub 2017 Oct 18. PMID: 29054324 Abstract Title:  Protective role of chrysin on 6-hydroxydopamine-induced neurodegeneration a mouse model of Parkinson's disease: Involvement of neuroinflammation and neurotrophins. Abstract:  Chrysin is a natural flavonoid which is found in bee propolis, honey and various plants, and neuroprotective effect of chrysin in mice was previously demonstrated by our group. Neuroinflammation, neurotrophic factors and neuronal recovery factors associated with the neuroprotective effect of this flavonoid require further investigations. Thus, now we investigated the possible involvement of inflammatory cytokines, neurotrophic factors and neuronal recovery in the effect of chrysin in 6-hydroxidopamine (6-OHDA), a well-established model of Parkinson's disease, in striatum of mice. The 6-OHDA microinjection induced behavioral alterations on the rotarod test and apomorphine-induced circling behavior in mice. 6-OHDA administration elevated levels of tumour necrosis factor-, interferon-gamma, interleukin-1, interleukin-2, interleukin-6 and nuclear factor-kappa B and decreased the interleukin-10 levels, total reactive antioxidant potential and total antioxidant reactivity in striatum, as well as, modified the calcium-binding protein B (S100B), brain-derived neurotrophic factor, nerve growth factor and glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor levels. The intrastriatal injection of 6-OHDA also induced an decrease of dopamine, 3,4-dihydroxyphenylacetic acid, homovanylic acid levels and tyrosine hydroxylase content. Oral treatment with chrysin (10 mg/kg, 28 days), culminated with the prevention of these alterations occasioned by 6-OHDA. These results corroborated with the neuroprotective effect of chrysin in the treatment of Parkinson's disease and, indicated the mechanism involved throught the inflammatory cytokines, neurotrophic factors and recovery of dopaminergic neurons in striatum.

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Bitcoin Gold Price Technical Analysis Can BTG/USD Stay Above $250? "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Key Points

  • Bitcoin gold price is currently under a correction and is holding the $260 support against the US Dollar.
  • There is a major bullish trend line forming with support at $265 on the hourly chart of BTG/USD (data feed from Bitfinex).
  • The pair must stay above the $260 and $265 support levels to bounce back in the near term.

Bitcoin gold price is currently correcting lower against the US Dollar. BTG/USD must hold $260 and the 100 hourly SMA to trade back above $300.

Bitcoin Gold Price Trend

There was a minor correction wave initiated from the $347 swing high against the US Dollar. The price declined below the $320 and $300 support levels and traded close to the $250 level. There was also a push below the 50% Fib retracement level of the last wave from the $241 low to $347 high. However, the 100 hourly simple moving average, currently at $270 protected declines.

More importantly, there is a major bullish trend line forming with support at $265 on the hourly chart of BTG/USD. The trend line support is just above the 100 hourly simple moving average, which is currently at $270. Moreover, the 76.4% Fib retracement level of the last wave from the $241 low to $347 high is near $265. Therefore, a break below the $260-270 support zone wont be easy.

Bitcoin Gold Price Technical Analysis BTG USD

As long as the price is above the $260 support, it could bounce back and move above the $300 level. Above $300, the next target for buyers could be around the last swing high of $347. On the flip side, a break below the $260 support will most likely set the tone for a test of $200.

Looking at the technical indicators:

Hourly MACD The MACD for BTG/USD is currently reducing its bearish slope.

Hourly RSI (Relative Strength Index) The RSI for BTG/USD is now well below the 50 level.

Major Support Level $260

Major Resistance Level $300

 

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A Clue in the Bee Death Mystery "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"



Disturbing the fungi balance could well be the actual vector, but it is certainly triggered by the application of a spectrum of pesticides.

The damage done is huge and ongoing.  Collapsing the insect biomass naturally collapses the song bird biomass as well..   Worse the toxins do enter the hydraulic system and this means it all crosses the skin barrier of all aquatic animals.  This surely has led to the collapse of the population of amphibians.

Add in the attack by Roundup on the biological world, including the human decline in fertility and the case for organic methodology is made.
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A Clue in the Bee Death Mystery 

Insecticides are often blamed, but new signs point to another chemical. 

Tom PhilpottNov. 29, 2017 6:00 AM 

http://www.motherjones.com/food/2017/11/a-clue-in-the-bee-death-mystery/# 

A rusty-patched bumble bee....

19:00

30 Year NSA Employee Turned Whistleblower: 'The Ultimate Goal of the NSA is Total Population Control' "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

William Binney is a former high ranking intelligence official with the National Security Agency (NSA). He is one of the highest placed intelligence officials to ever blow the whistle on insider NSA knowings.

He made headlines when he resigned in 2001 after 9/11, having worked more than thirty years for the agency. He was a leading code-breaker against the Soviet Union during the Cold war, and was repelled by the United States massive surveillance programs.

Hes had quite the go, starting in 2002 when he let the public know of a system ( trailblazer) intended to analyze data carried on communication networks (like the internet).

He exposed the agencies eavesdropping program and has faced harassment from the FBI, NSA and more. He has been in and out of the court room ever since he decided to resign and blow the whistle.


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Giving Birth in a Stable? Ten reasons it might have the edge on Labour Ward. "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

The greatest birth story ever told has a lot to teach 21st century policy makers, writes Milli Hill