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Tuesday, 19 December


Tim Giago: Indian people have always been America's experimental guinea pigs "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In the early 1950s the federal government, through its agency the Bureau of Indian Affairs, decided, in its infinite wisdom, to evacuate the Indian reservations.

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Monday, 18 December


Malaysias last female Sumatran rhino falls ill "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Iman, the last female Sumatran rhino (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) in the Malaysian state of Sabah, has fallen seriously ill over the past few days due to bleeding in her uterus, authorities there reported. The rhino, which experts believe to be fertile, had a tumor in her uterus, according to the Sabah Wildlife Department. It added that the tumor ruptured and she started bleeding about four days ago. Usually, this can be treated with medication and supplements, said Augustine Tuuga, a director at the state institution that has monitored Iman since she was captured in 2014 for a captive-breeding program. Iman wallowing in the mud. Photo courtesy of John Payne/Borneo Rhino Alliance (BORA). Tuuga said veterinarians had been having trouble carrying out medical treatments for the rhino, which lives in a paddock at the Wildlife Reserve in Tabin, near the coastal Lahad Datu district. This time, Iman is refusing to leave her mud wallow and she has hardly eaten, so the usual treatment has not been possible. She charges at anyone who comes near, Tuuga said. The situation has been exacerbated by the heavy rainfall in Tabin this year, which has turned the paddock into a muddy quagmire. Tuuga said the wildlife department was devastated to learn about Imans condition, particularly following the demise of Puntung, Malaysias only other female Sumatran rhino, earlier this year. He said the rhinos keepers and vets from the Borneo Rhino Alliance (BORA) were keeping constant watch on Iman. We are hoping for the best and will

Every 45 minutes, I was sold for $120 to $350: Former sex slave recalls brutal life in brothels "IndyWatch Feed National"

At 21, Shandra Woworunti was a financial analyst in her native Indonesia but in 1998, she lost her job in the Asian banking crisis. In 2001, at age 24, she answered an ad for a six-month seasonal job in the United States thinking she would work as a waitress in the hotel industry. She said a man named Johnny Wong picked her up at Kennedy Airport in Queens and delivered her to another man. "I saw the man hand a big envelope of money to Johnny Wong," Woworunti recalled. Woworunti was entering the world of human trafficking. She was turned over to other men and ended up at a house in Bayside, Queens, she said, where the owner put Woworunti and two other young women in the attic. She said he ordered them to undress to make sure they didn't have a skin disease. Woworunti said that when she refused, the man put a gun to her forehead. Woworunti said she quickly realized she would have to comply with the wishes of her customers. "Every 45 minutes, I was sold for $120 to $350," Woworunti said. "I was trafficked in Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan. Up and down I-95. I used to get trafficked to Foxwoods Casinos." Woworunti fled ... and ended up on the streets until a sailor in the U.S. Navy noticed her and contacted the FBI. Woworunti told federal agents what she knew, and the FBI eventually raided the house in Sunset Park that she'd escaped from. Now, Woworunti is about to be honored for the organization she founded, Mentari, which helps trafficking survivors mainstream back into society.

Note: For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing sexual abuse scandal news articles from reliable major media sources.

Trudeau government gag order in CIA brainwashing case silences victims "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Forty years after revelations that the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency funded brainwashing experiments on unsuspecting Canadians, the Trudeau government is continuing a pattern of silencing the victims. A recent Department of Justice gag order in an out-of-court settlement was designed to avoid responsibility and avert compensation to more victims and their families, said Alan Stein, [a lawyer] who has represented numerous survivors who were once patients at the Allan Memorial Institute in Montreal. Successive federal governments have demanded confidentiality agreements in at least five of the cases he has settled. The Trudeau government's quiet non-disclosure payment in March 2017 to the daughter of a now-deceased victim is just the latest development in a decades-old scandal that saw both the CIA and the Canadian government fund brutal science experiments on unsuspecting patients. Revelations of mental torture on hundreds of Canadian patients first surfaced in the late 1970s. At the centre of the controversy was Dr. Ewen Cameron, a respected psychiatrist and first director of the Allan Memorial Institute, the psychiatric facility at McGill University where the brainwashing experiments took place from 1950 to 1965. Cameron ... ran experiments called "psychic driving" and "depatterning" that attempted to erase a patient's memories and reprogram them with new thoughts. To this day, neither the CIA nor the Canadian government has apologized for its role in the experiments.

Note: Read more on the court cases stemming from Dr Ewen Cameron's CIA-funded experiments in this Times of London article. Read also an excellent summary on the involvement of doctors in the CIA's brainwashing experiments. For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing mind control news articles from reliable major media sources.

Victims 'told not to report' Jehovah's Witness child abuse "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Children who were sexually abused by Jehovah's Witnesses were allegedly told by the organisation not to report it. Victims from across the UK told the BBC they were routinely abused and that the religion's own rules protected perpetrators. BBC ... spoke to victims - men and women - from Birmingham, Cheltenham, Leicester, Worcestershire and Glasgow, one of whom waived her right to anonymity. Louise Palmer, who now lives in Evesham, Worcestershire, was born into the organisation along with her brother Richard Davenport, who started raping her when she was four. He is serving a 10-year prison sentence for the abuse. The 41-year-old ... said she was told not to go to police. "I asked [the organisation], 'what should I do? Do you report it to the police, [or] do I report it to the police'? "And their words were that they strongly advised me not to go to the police because it would bring reproach on Jehovah." What most of [the victims] keep coming back to is something known as the "two witness rule". It is a procedure set by the main governing body of the religion and means for any sin committed, there must be two witnesses to it in order for the elders of the congregation to take any action. The problem with this is it can be rare to have witnesses in cases of abuse. The victims I've spoken to said the organisation self-polices and teaches members to avoid interaction with outside authorities or to take another member of the religion to court. To do so, they say, could lead to expulsion from the religion.

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American diplomats in Cuba struck by covert sonic device, US officials say "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The two-year-old U.S. diplomatic relationship with Cuba was roiled Wednesday by what U.S. officials say was a string of bizarre incidents that left a group of American diplomats in Havana with severe hearing loss attributed to a covert sonic device. In the fall of 2016, a series of U.S. diplomats began suffering unexplained losses of hearing. Some of the diplomats' symptoms were so severe that they were forced to cancel their tours early. U.S. officials concluded that the diplomats had been exposed to an advanced device that operated outside the range of audible sound and had been deployed either inside or outside their residences. It was not immediately clear if the device was a weapon used in a deliberate attack, or had some other purpose. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the U.S. retaliated by expelling two Cuban diplomats from their embassy in Washington on May 23. The Cuban Foreign Ministry said it had been informed of the incidents on Feb. 17 and had launched an "exhaustive, high-priority, urgent investigation." U.S. officials told The Associated Press that about five diplomats, several with spouses, had been affected and that no children had been involved. Cuba employs a state security apparatus that keeps many people under surveillance and U.S. diplomats are among the most closely monitored people on the island. The use of sonic devices to intentionally harm diplomats would be unprecedented.

Note: Could this attack on US embassy officials have been a false flag attack to turn public opinion against Cuba and reverse Obama's warming of US Cuban relations? Sound weapons developed for war and increasingly used against civilian populations are well-documented. For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing non-lethal weapons news articles from reliable major media sources.

The world's greenest cruise ship will have sails "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Cruise ships have a bad rap with environmentalists. One cruise operator is hoping to change that. Peace Boat, a Japanese non-governmental organization ... is working on an ambitious project to build the most sustainable vessel in the booming industry. Now in the last stages of planning, the "Ecoship" will be built by Finland's Arctech. It will cost about $500 million, financed in part by impact investors - funds, rich families and individuals who want to use their cash to improve the world as well as make a profit. A conventional cruise ship can burn hundreds of tons of heavy fuel oil a day and emit as much particulate matter as a million cars. The "Ecoship" will be fueled by a much cleaner combination of solar panels, wind power and liquid natural gas, and should produce 40% less carbon dioxide than a traditional cruise ship. "We will have 10 sails, so it will use the wind like traditional sailing ships," [Peace Boat founder Yoshioka] Tatsuya explained. The "Ecoship" is designed to mimic the shape of a whale. While smaller than many cruise ships currently being built, it will accommodate 2,000 passengers, and host conferences and events while docked. Peace Boat hopes it will set sail on its maiden voyage in 2020, and that it will quickly become a showcase for the future of the industry. "There's potential with a very green cruise ship to get a lot of attention at each port of call and that can make an impact," Tatsuya said. And he doesn't plan to stop at one ship. Demand for cruises, and green tourism is booming.

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Corporate Lobby Groups Censoring the Vaccination Debate in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

18 December 2017

On 20 November 2017 the City of Sydney Council removed the promotion of a presentation of university research on vaccination from the Sydney events page. This was done on the basis that they were making a judgement call for the health and well being of the population.

This is Orwellian because the opposite is true; denying the public a discussion of evidence-based research from a university is a danger to the health and well-being of the population. So is framing the debate as anti-vaccination instead of an assessment of the risks of a medical intervention

The Australian governments vaccination policies have removed human rights in Australia without public concern or acknowledgement because the risks of vaccines are being framed by powerful lobby groups as anti-vaccination.

In 2016 the religious freedom to refuse the use of 16 vaccines (~51 doses of vaccines) in children  a medical intervention in healthy people was removed (including conscientious and philosophical objection) for all Australians who rely on welfare benefits or access to childcare centres for early childhood education.

This policy that is not based on scientific evidence will soon be extended to all adults and recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register.

University research is by nature evidence-based information yet my PhD thesis on the control of infectious diseases has been the subject of a smear campaign in the mainstream Australian media and on social media.

This has been organised by subscribers/members of corporate lobby groups theAustralian Skeptics Inc (Stop the Australian Vaccination Network (SAVN)),Friends of Science in Medicine (FoSM) and the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA).

Here is a video of Richard Di Natale, the leader of the Greens Party in Australia, declaring his support for the Stop the Australian Vaccination Network (SAVN) in the Australian parliament.

The individuals he supports in this video were investigated by the police for sending abusive texts and phone calls to Me...


Not from a university, this is news! From ABCNews today - "A Brief History of Attitudes to Women's Pleasure in Australia" "IndyWatch Feed National"

How is this news? Isn't this sort of stuff the domain of academia? Or does the ABC now have an open ticket remit to do whatever its staff want? Good afternoon, this is the ABC and here is the news. Historically, women's pleasure and reproduction were split. Women who felt...


Generic drugs billionaire with Clinton Foundation links and his wife found strangled in their home "IndyWatch Feed National"

Barry Sherman's pharma company Apotex was involved in the supply of generic pharmaceuticals under contracts with the Clinton Foundation most recently in Haiti and Rwanda. Pharmaceutical billionaire Barry Sherman and wife strangled Honey Sherman and Barry Sherman. PAUL VIEIRA Dow Jones 3:20PM December 18, 2017 Toronto police say Apotex founder...


George Brandis confirmed as next High Commissioner to UK - what a dismal record he leaves behind "IndyWatch Feed National"

I've had a fair bit to do with George Brandis over the years. He is the source of some of my most deep-seated disappointments. The Trade Union Royal Commission was put together by Brandis, who hand-picked Dyson Heydon and by extension Stoljar et al. Much of the tone and absence...


FixedIt: She wasnt shot by an invisible being, she was shot by a man. "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian reported that a man shot a woman in Tasmania last week. Unfortunately they forgot to put him in the headline.

Invisible perpetrators are a constant in FixedIt. It matters because headlines are supposed to be a short summary of the article and when the article is about violence men commit or are accused of committing, the headline is not telling the story, its erasing the story

If all the violent crimes committed by men were reported in the active voice with the perpetrators and their crime as the subject of every headline, it would be overwhelming. Because it is overwhelming.

But we are journalists and it is not our job to erase the truth so our audience is not made to feel uncomfortable. Our job is to describe what is happening in our society. And the sad truth is that around 90 percent of violent crimes are committed by men. Avoiding this fact doesnt make it less true but it does make it much more difficult to address the underlying cause.

FixedIt is an ongoing project to push back against the medias constant erasure of violent men and blaming of innocent victims. If you would like to help fund it even $5 a month makes a big difference please consider becoming a Patron

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FixedIt: Children can havesex, not even with tourists "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Daily Telegraph reported on the laudable changes to the law that attempt to prevent paedophiles travelling overseas to rape and abuse children. Good story. But its not sex tourism. Its rape and abuse tourism.

Children cannot have sex. Sex requires consent, children cannot legally or morally give consent so it is not sex. Rape, sexual abuse and sex are not the same thing and they can not be used interchangeably in headlines.

Here are the reasons this matters, in every case, with every headline.

The victim impact statements from child abuse trials are harrowing, a testament to the lifelong injuries suffered by people who were sexually abused as children. They are the litany of drug addition, alcohol dependence, gambling problems, depression, crippling anxiety, relationship breakdowns, suicidal thoughts, shame, self-hatred, mistrust of others and long term emotional damage so common in survivors of child sexual abuse. Children who have been abused are also significantly more likely to suffer further abuse, both as children and as adults.

The effects of sexual abuse of children then lead to the cycle of horror where victims become unreliable witnesses to their own abuse.

When the media, as it so persistently does, labels sexual abuse of children as child sex, we are weakening the public understanding of the extent and effect of such abuse. This has serious effects. A study conducted for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse found that juries who have a better understanding of the facts of child sexual abuse are less likely to make mistakes in their assessment of evidence given in court.

Children cannot have sex with adults. Sex requires consent and children, by definition, cannot give consent, so its not sex. Its rape, its child abuse, its sexual abuse, its any number of terms that accurately describe a crime. An act perpetrated on an innocent victim, someone who was unable to defend themselves from the violence done to them, and who suffers for years, possibly decades, from the trauma caused by an adults choice to commit that violence.

That word choice is the key. Sex is a choice made by every person involved. Rape and abuse are a choice made only by the perpetrator. The victim has...


FixedIt: Child abusers dont get to set the headlines "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jeremy Lysaght pleaded guilty to using the internet to groom children for sexual abuse. The ABC reported on his sentencing hearing under a headline quoting his attempt to blame his wife for his choices to commit criminal offences.

Most of the article was devoted to his efforts to ascribe his crimes to alcohol, depression (self-diagnosed), anxiety (also self-diagnosed), his wife and his need for an ego boost. It should go without saying that many, many people like a drink, have (genuine) depression and anxiety, unsatisfactory marriages and fragile egos. These things do not cause child abuse. The choice to abuse children causes child abuse.

The articles third and second last paragraph reported a little of what the judge said in response.

Justice Maiden responded: You have a problem with sexualised fantasies about young girls.

The offender appears to have little insight into his offending behaviour.

Journalists cannot provide commentary on trials or hearing still underway and it is not their job to report on what the perpetrator should have said. They can, however, choose how they report on a hearing. A man who commits child abuse and is trying to persuade a judge to give him a light sentence is not the only voice in the court room and should not get to set the narrative of the story of his offending. Journalists can report on the hearing without accepting the offenders excuses and perpetuating the lies he tell himself.

FixedIt is an ongoing project to push back against the medias constant erasure of violent men and blaming of innocent victims. If you would like to help fund it even $5 a month makes a big difference please consider becoming a Patron

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Suicide Call Back Service
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Ph: 1300 659 467

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Phone: 1800 55 1800


Two blockades; New York and Yemen "IndyWatch Feed National"

On December 11, in response to the growing humanitarian crisis in Yemen, more than 50 concerned people including representatives of various peace, justice and human rights organizations and communities, gathered in New York Citys Ralph Bunche Park, across First Avenue from the United Nations. Our message, which was communicated on signs and banners and by []


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Initially, communication from the ANC late on Sunday night was that the voting was postponed purely for logistical and practical reasons and would only begin at 6am on Monday.

A delegate from the Eastern Cape at the nominations process at the ANC's national conference on 17 December 2017. Picture: Sethembiso Zulu/EWN

Ziyanda Ngcobo
Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - Delegates have been voting through the night for the African National Congress (ANC)s top six leadership.

The voting continues on Monday morning after confusion over when this process would get underway.

Initially, communication from the ANC late on Sunday night was that the voting was postponed purely for logistical and practical reasons and would only begin at 6am on Monday.

But after some contestation from delegates, another message was sent to inform the media that the voting would go ahead.

This was in the early hours of this morning and members have been making their mark at the ballot box since then.

Most provinces have now completed voting except for the Eastern Cape, Gauteng, Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal.


Adani Drops Contractor for Controversial Australian Coal Mine "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The company said it remained committed to the project, which has been delayed for years due to numerous court challenges from green groups.

A protester holds a sign as he participates in a national Day of Action against the Indian mining company Adanis planned coal mine project in north-east Australia, at Sydneys Bondi Beach in Australia, October 7, 2017. Credit: Reuters/David Gray

Melbourne: Adani said on Monday that it had canceled plans with Downer EDI Ltd to help develop and run its Carmichael coal mine in Australia after failing to secure a cheap government loan for the 13 billion dollar project.

The move marks the latest blow to the long-delayed Carmichael mine, which has yet to line up fina...


Native Sun News Today: Sainthood sought for Lakota healer Nicholas Black Elk "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

U.S. Catholic bishops voted unanimously to pursue sainthood for Oglala Lakota healer and visionary Nicholas Black Elk.


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December 18th 2017 Presidential Politics Trump Administration Day #340 "IndyWatch Feed"

In an effort to keep the Daily Open Thread a little more open topic we are going to start a new daily thread for Presidential Politics. Please use this thread to post anything relating to the Donald Trump Administration and Continue reading


How the aviation industry is lowering its carbon footprint "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Imagine how much cleaner the air would be if 3 million cars were taken off the roads in your city. A hint: Banning just half of Beijing's 3.3 million cars before the 2008 Olympics cleared its skyline within a few days.


Monday December 18th Open Thread "IndyWatch Feed"

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those Continue reading


Trump Tax Plan to Allow Small Business to Expand "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Hello. You mentioned that the tax cut will allow many companies to expand and hire more staff. At a WSJ forum, Gary Cohen asked a group of CEOs if they would expand or hire more workers with the corporate tax cut and less than a dozen raised their hands. Some have commented that the savings will be used for stock buybacks and bigger bonuses instead. Which do you think will happen?

Thank you for your blog, it is very helpful.


ANSWER: The businesses that Cohen put that question to were big public business. The big public businesses only employ about 38% of the private sector workforce while small businesses employ 53% of the workforce. Indeed, over 99% of employing organizations are small businesses and more than 95% of these businesses have fewer than 10 employees.

I have probably advised more of the biggest corporations in the world than anyone. The bigger the business grows, the more it becomes like government. The boards are taken over by lawyers, accountants, and political tokens. The original entrepreneurs are usually expelled from boards because they are far too innovative than corporate America.

I had a front-row seat in Radio Corporation of America, where I began my career in computer engineering (software & hardware). Most people are unaware that RCA was a leader in computers. The board of directors thought the computer would be like the radio, which made the company. Everyone during the Great Depression wanted a radio to listen to FDRs Fireside Chats. Then, RCA ha...


Menominee Tribe Addresses Mine Project Wetland Issues "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

From Facebook

Published December 18, 2017

KESHENA, WISCONSIN The Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin is urging people to make their views known as the Back Forty Mine proposal enters the wetland permitting phase.

The Tribe has been vocal about its objection to the open-pit mine project, and to the State of Michigan exercising Clean Water Act jurisdiction over the permit that would allow mine developers to fill and excavate Menominee River wetlands.

On Friday, December 8, 2017, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) determined that mine developer Aquila Resources, Inc.s Michigan wetlands permit application was administratively complete despite the fact that components of the application previously deemed necessary are still missing or incomplete.

MDEQ has allowed minimal time for the public to review the voluminous application, or to raise issues and make comments with a single public hearing on the permit scheduled for January 23, 2018, at 6:00 pm, at Stephenson High School, W526 Division Street, Stephenson, Michigan, in the small gym.

Following the public hearing, the record will remain open for 10 days for additional, written comments. For its part, the Menominee Tribe is thoroughly reviewing the application and preparing both written and verbal testimony. It is the Menominee Tribes position that the MDEQ lacks jurisdiction and authority to oversee or issue the wetlands permit required by the federal Clean Water Act, s...


British Parliament Chaos as Tory Rebels Try to Stop BREXIT "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Tory Rebels in the UK Parliament joined forces with Labour and the Remain Camp to defeat BREXIT in reality. They claim that Parliament will now vote on the BREXIT deal, but in reality, they have created an open door for more uncertainty and economic chaos.

The Tory rebels were Mr. Grieve, Heidi Allen, Ken Clarke, Jonathan Djanogly, Stephen Hammond, Sir Oliver Heald, Nicky Morgan, Bob Neill, Antoinette Sandbach, Anna Soubry and Sarah Wollaston. Another Conservative MP, John Stevenson, abstained from voting in both lobbies. Meanwhile, two Labour MPs, Frank Field, and Kate Hoey voted with the government.

The amendment was authored by former attorney general Dominic Grieve and was championed by other pro-Remain campaigners. The fact that the Remain camp indeed remains delusional about the economics of the entire mess is beyond contemplation. This seriously calls into question why there is no qualification to be a politician. They are ignorant of the fact that the GDP of Britain peaked in 1973 and has declined ever since joining the EU. Are they just stupid or corrupt? Britain is disliked in Brussels and has lost just about every case to defend Britains in the EU Court. Yet these people are oblivious to reality.

Nicky Morgan revealed their true motives when he tweeted:

Tonight Parliament took control of the EU Withdrawal process.

These Rebels have seriously undermined the process and the Prime Minister. Granted, PM May does not know how to negotiate. Britain holds all the cards. It should go for a HARD BREXIT and watch Ireland and Brussels crawl. The Germans will be...


Banning Native American Mascots has Nothing to Do with Political Correctness "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

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Published December 18, 2017

Banning Native American mascots has nothing to do with political correctness; it is about having a correct understanding of politics. For it is never right or Constitutional to treat people as if they are

Practically speaking, the use of mascots have harmful effects on the social identity of American Indian young people. According to the American Psychlogical Association, they undermine the educational
experiences of members of all communities-especially those who have had little or no contact with indigenous peoples; they establish an unwelcome and often hostile learning environment for American Indian students that affirms negative images/stereotypes that are promoted in mainstream society; they undermine the ability of American Indian nations to portray accurate and respectful images of their culture, spirituality, and traditions; they present stereotypical images of American Indians; and they are a form of discrimination against American Indian Nations that can lead to negative relations between groups.

George Cassidy Payne

Rather than representing these cultures as possessing social complexity, political and religious diversity and unique forms of creative wisdom, the use of generic names such as Indians, Braves, Chiefs, and especially Redsk*ns, diminishes the wor...


This Italian Family Feels No Pain, And Scientists Finally Understand Why "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Scientists have identified a mysterious genetic mutation that effectively negates the sensation of pain, enabling people with the rare anomaly to persevere effortlessly through extreme physical discomfort.

The gene variant identified in an Italian family who feels almost no pain even when seriously injured could help scientists find new treatments for chronic pain that mimic the familys unusual gift.

We have spent several years trying to identify the gene that is the cause of this, molecular biologist James Cox from University College London told The Independent.


Its Now Official: NGS Will Continue to Operate until the End of 2019 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Navajo Generating Station

Published December 18, 2017

PAGE, ARIZONA The following statement was released by the Navajo Generating Stations plant manager, Joe Frazier:

Until last month it was still uncertain. But we recently confirmed the Navajo Generating Station will be allowed to operate until Dec. 22, 2019. 

This has been a year of uncertainty. Last December, the news broke in the Gallup Independent that the NGS owners were considering ending their participation in the plant because of changing economics in the power industry. That was confirmed on Feb. 13 when NGS owners Salt River Project, Arizona Public Service, NV Energy and Tucson Electric Power voted to do that. 

All year long we have asked our NGS team members to finish strong. It is a testament to their work and safety ethic that they have done so, and continue to do so every day. It is with an immense sense of relief for managers, supervisors and all of our employees that we now have a two-year cushion to plan where we go from here. SRP has assured all NGS employees that they will have a retention bonus to stay on the job as well as a replacement job within the company so they can continue to care for their families. 

Because of the coordinated efforts of the NGS owners and the Navajo Nation, the Nation will now receive $167 million in payments over the next 35 years, access to the use of 500-kilovolt transmission lines to fulfill its dream of producing and selling renewable power, the NGS lake pump system that could provide a way to access Lake Powell water, the NGS warehouse and other buildings worth millions of dollars, the railroad and also critical to the N...


Trump Tax Reform & Charitable Donations "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION:  Hi Marty,
I have been reading your blog daily for the last few years, as well as the archives. I just read your explanation of the difference between the house and senate versions of the tax cuts. The only thing that baffles me is not including charitable giving as a deduction. It seems to me that many people will stop giving what they cant deduct. Then all these charitable organizations will then end up hat in hand pleading funds from the government. I would think it would be less expensive to the government keep charitable deductions than not.
ANSWER: Both plans keep the charitable deduction and the property tax deduction will be capped at $10,000. Your assumption that people donate simply because they get a tax deduction is wrong. All the donations of the famous millionaires like Rockefeller were before the income tax. I personally bought computers for everyone at the grade school I went to and put in the necessary educational software. I never took a deduction because something that big ends up only causing an audit.

I have never known anyone to donate large sums only because they get a deduction. Donations are typically made because you have a passion for something not because you get the deduction. Under that theory, nobody would care who you gave money to. Even when we sold my mothers house, we donated most of the furniture and they give you a slip[ for a deduction, but its just not worth the hassle to use it.

The big donations that get written off are usually from estates.


Poland arrests military intelligence chiefs for ties to Russian spies "IndyWatch Feed War"

Authorities in Poland have charged three high-level military intelligence officials with acting in the interests of Russia. The three include two former directors of Polish military intelligence and are facing sentences of up to 10 years in prison. The news broke on December 6, when Polish authorities announced the arrest of Piotr Pytel, who was []


Thinking About What Matters "IndyWatch Feed World"

9781328661593_custom-98a5c984a54b82218a0fc4bb11b82f1021da6b56-s400-c85The author does not frequently show up in these pages. But when she does, it is worth noting because she says things that matter, and that gets us thinking. In the case of this book she is stating the obvious, that there is no time to spare. But sometimes it is good that someone of her stature states it anyway. Thanks to National Public Radio (USA) for this review:

Ursula K. Le Guins mastery of fiction has remained so consistent throughout her decades-long career, its easy to overlook her accomplishments in other forms. Sure, shes the author of iconic, award-winning science fiction novels such as 1969s The L...


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The Strzok Texts: FBI Plotted to Unseat Trump Before Election "IndyWatch Feed War"

We now have proof that the FBI was actively plotting a coup detat against President Trump even before he was elected. Despite my libertarian skepticism when it comes to the nature and ultimate fate of American democracy, thats a sentence I never expected to write. After all, are we living in some banana republic out Continue reading "The Strzok Texts: FBI Plotted to Unseat Trump Before Election"

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The Future of Online Gaming "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published December 18, 2017

There are several debates and discussions in regards to the future of online entertainment and gaming. Some people think that a whole new era is going to begin. Others believe things are more or less going to remain the same for a while. Some people think that it will be difficult to predict technological change which is major in a world such as this, considering how quickly technology develops.

A lot of people believe that virtual reality is going to become the new standard for all online entertainment. Other people, however, are much more skeptical about the power of this technology. They may think that virtual reality is going to become more of a niche activity. It has not in fact had the effect on society that many people thought it would by this point in history. it really has only had an effect on gaming, and effects other industries very minimally so far.

Only entertainment clearly is in a kind of transitional period right now. To a certain extent, of course, it has always been this way to some extent. This is a world which is not static, which is something people need to keep in mind.

It has been known to be said that the only constant is change. In the case of the Internet, this is certainly true. It changes quite quickly as a matter of course, and people can create much of their own content in the modern world, and then share it easily with the world. With such a large amount of input from so any sources, it is only inevitable that many people see changes in online entertainment. They helped create the changes, so it is believable that theyd being to see a lot of these changes come to fruition right before their eyes.

People can even use their smartphones today to play games in public in a way which is quite convenient. This is the type of thing they can do casually while they are involved in another activity. It is a lot harder to do this with virtual reality headsets of any kind, for instance. Many times, people struggle when it comes to virtual reality headsets in general. They tend to be a distraction to people away from their surroundings, which is the kind of thing which can make the use of these headsets difficult for anyone not used to them.

App technology, on the other hand, should be around for a long time yet to come. Generally, people should find it simple to enjoy all kinds of apps for many years. Apps are part of the future of ente...


North Korea: The Costs of War, Calculated "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Donald Trump is contemplating wars that would dwarf anything that his immediate predecessors ever considered. He has dropped the mother of all bombs in Afghanistan, and hes considering the mother of all wars in the Middle East. He is abetting Saudi Arabias devastating war in Yemen. Many evangelicals are welcoming his announcement of US recognition Continue reading "North Korea: The Costs of War, Calculated"

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Assembly Elections 2017: BJP Set to Win in Both Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Election Commissions official numbers for the Gujarat elections show BJP leading in 98 seats and Congress ahead in 70.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi. Credit: PTI/Facebook

New Delhi: Counting in both Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh has begun and initial trends showed the BJP to be in the lead, but the contest is close. In Gujarat, the BJP is ahead in 99 seats of 182 seats, the Congress in 79, and others in four seats. In Himachal Pradesh, trends indicate the BJP heading towards a majority with a lead in 42 seats, while the Congress is ahead in 23 seats, and others in three.

The Election Commissions official trends for Gujarat show BJP crossing the halfway mark, with a lead in 98 seats, while the Congress is ahead in 70 seats.

Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani leads by 21,000 votes from the Rajkot West seat. Independent candidate activist-politician Jignesh Mevani is leading by 10,785 from the Vadgam constituency.

Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh is leading from Arki, and former chief minister and BJPs chief ministerial face in Himachal Pradesh this time, Prem Kumar Dhumal is trailing by 1709 votes from Sujanpur seat.


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Two States Is the Only Solution "IndyWatch Feed War"

For Gods sake, are they crazy? They congregate in the marketplace, boys of 15, 16 years, take stones and throw them at our soldiers, who are armed to the teeth. The soldiers shoot, sometimes over their heads, sometimes straight at them. Every day there are wounded, every few days there are dead. What for? They Continue reading "Two States Is the Only Solution"

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A Texas Solution For Feeding The Malibu Homeless?--A Tale Oof Two Cities "IndyWatch Feed"

-by Dorothy Reik
President, Progressive Democrats of the Santa Monica Mountains

In Dallas it's illegal to feed the homeless. Now it seems that Malibu is following in a smilier path. The Malibu mayor, Skylar Peak, suggested that the local church to end their weekly homeless dinners-- what's good enough for Dallas is good enough for Malibu it seems. "For 17 years, religious groups fed homeless people (in Malibu), and the city and private donors put up hundreds of thousands of dollars for social workers to find them housing and services. But Malibu United Methodist Church-- facing pressure from the city-- in recent weeks took a U-turn, deciding twice-weekly dinners for homeless people would stop after Thanksgiving. The cutoff came after city officials summoned organizers and suggested they were attracting more homeless people and making the problem worse.

In its wisdom the Democratic Party did NOT endorse incumbent Democrat Peak when he ran for re-election on a slate which included Trumpster Rick Mullen and the Trumpeter campaign manager, Chris Garcia, who, in addition to running the slate's campaign, led Latinos Para Trump.

The Malibu Dem Club also did not endorse Peak. The club endorsed the fabulous Jennifer De Nicola whose entire family is the group leading the movement to hire social workers to feed and provide medical services and housing for Malibu's homeless. Over the past year, their work has found permanent hou...


Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00004 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 2.45 AUD


Do we not laugh? On the continuing obsession with Merchant of Venice "IndyWatch Feed National"

This brings us back to the question posed whenever a production of The Merchant of Venice is mounted: is this an antisemitic play, or a play about antisemitism? Indeed, if we need Shylocks Hath not a Jew speech to remind us that Jews are, in fact, human too, then we are dealing with a much larger cultural problem that productions of The Merchant of Venice play into.


Magnesium in Right Doses Completely Reverses Depression: Breakthrough Study "IndyWatch Feed World"

Magnesium is already known by many as a tremendous booster of health. It contributes to sound sleep, helps with digestion and constipation, relieves muscle aches, and even improves heart health and migraine headaches but heres a shocker: magnesium in small doses leads to an astonishing reversal of depression.

What is Magnesium and Why Do We Need it?

Magnesium is one of the most important elements in the human body. It is a micronutrient and mineral that is involved in thousands of biochemical processes crucial for the proper functioning of the cardiovascular, alimentary, endocrine, and osteoarticular systems, but oddly, it seems absolutely vital to regulating our mood and levels of happiness.

In a breakthrough study conducted by researchers at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont and published in PLoS ONE has found that just 248mg of magnesium per day leads to an about-face of depression symptoms in study subjects.

New clinical research results show magnesium is effective at addressing symptoms and is safer and easier on the wallet than prescription therapies, reports Science Daily.

Mounds of Research Proving We Need Magnesium to Combat Depression

Research of this kind regarding magnesium isnt new, but it stands to reinforce what nutritionists, health coaches, and even some psychologists have been stating for decades.

Another study states this about magnesium and depression:

Anxiety related conditions are the most common affective disorders present in the general population with a lifetime prevalence of over 15%. Magnesium (Mg) status is associated with subjective anxiety, leading to the proposition that Mg supplementation may attenuate anxiety symptoms.

And this study explains that:

After adjusting for all potential confounders, the strength of the association of very low magnesium intake with depression was statistically significant (RR = 1.16; 95% CI, 1.06-1.30).

Or how about this study which states that the daily consumption of 500 mg magnesium:

. . . tablets for 8 wk by depressed patients suffering from magnesium deficiency leads to improvements...


Poem of The Week: A Christmas Wish "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Choose the great outdoors James K Baxters message is to forget the traditional ways of remembering Christmas and get out into the hills. Experience nature in all its wonder: mountains, flowing water, fish and birds.   A Christmas Wish Not mistletoe and holly To ward off melancholy Carols in the chapel Plum pudding and crabapple. []


Neuroscientist Warns Humanity Is Racing Towards Becoming AI-Induced Zombies "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Neuroscientist Warns Humanity Is Racing Towards Becoming AI-Induced Zombies Is This Why FEMA, The CDC And The Pentagon Have Been Preparing For A Zombie Apocalypse? By Stefan Stanford All News Pipeline According to many, the title alone of this...

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Trump Effect Comes to Austria: Conservative Government Announces New Rules for Asylum Seekers "IndyWatch Feed"

Sebastian Kurz, VP, will be Europes youngest leader, with 31 years. FP-chief Heinz-Christian Strache (r.) will be vice-chancellor. (Vlad Tepes)

Europes youngest leader Sebastian Kurz and his conservative government announced new rules changes for asylum seekers.

The incoming migrants and refugees will have to surrender their cell phones and all cash at the border.

The new migrant children will be required to speak German before joining the school system.

These common sense proposals are considered extreme right wing policies in Europe today.

Via Die Welt and Vlads Tepes:

Austria will adopt a new style with the new VP-FP government. This had been clear for quite a while. But what are the plans of the coalition under the new chancellor Kurz? The government program For our Austria, Fr unser sterreich, details it.

After seven weeks of negotiations, VP and FP agreed on a 182 pages strong government program for the next five years. The coalition of conservatives and right-wing-populists declare their clear dedication for the EU.

The preface of the pact says: A strong Austria, where we can seize the opportunities of the 21st century, can only exist in a strong Europe. A fundament of solid politics was, among others, comprised of the basic principles of the European Union. The parties councils approved the pact late Friday evening unanimously.

But what exactly does Together. For our Austria say? Some of the points were already extracted on Saturday. But what do general statements like stop illegal migration and speed up asylum proceedings really mean? These are the most important of the planned measures.

Migration and refugees

Whoever applies for asylum in Austria will have to hand over all of his cash at the application. The sum is to be used to cover the basic supply costs.

Asylum seekers have to hand over their mobile phones to the authorities. These will analyse the phone data, to clarify identities (for example in social networks) and to verify the denoted travel route. The smart phones wont be completely confiscated though.



"How the Feds Doomed the Economy" "IndyWatch Feed World"

"How the Feds Doomed the Economy"
by Bill Bonner

This area is going to grow for a long time, said a real estate agent yesterday. Weve been looking at property for sale. We like it down here in Nicaragua. And we have a feeling the agent is right. This could be like Florida in the 1920s - bubbly, but still with a long period of growth ahead. We were selling those lots on the beach for just $50,000. That was ten years ago. Maybe a bit more. Now, theyre selling for $500,000. Up and down the beach, there are new housesnew condosnew restaurants. Property here may or may not be a good investment. It could go upor not. But its not likely to go away. In the worst case, we can build a beach shack and enjoy it. After all, it is real.

Fundamental change: This week, we have been looking at real moneyand real prosperity. Weve seen that you only know if something is real money or not ex post facto. ...


Alphabet to Deliver Internet Access in India Using Laser Beams "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Instead of using balloons or drones, Alphabet/Google X plans to create a backbone of fixed boxes that communicate using lasers in order to deliver Internet access in Andhra Pradesh. Users would connect to the end points wirelessly:

Alphabet's X Lab has cooked up yet another Internet connectivity scheme, according to a report from Reuters. Past efforts have involved floating Internet balloons and laying lots of fiber optic cable, but this Internet delivery system sends data over laser beams! This isn't an experimental system like Project Loon; India's Andhra Pradesh state government has signed an agreement with Alphabet to bring the technology to millions of people starting next year.

[...] Alphabet's rollout in India will involve fitting "2,000 boxes installed as far as 20 kilometers (12 miles) apart on posts and roofs" according to the report. The optical system is expected to hit 20 Gbit/s from box to box and would serve as a backbone, replacing more expensive technologies like fiber optics. The final connection to users would happen over Wi-Fi or cellular.

Related: Google May Test Balloon Internet Service Over the United States
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Been Looking For This To Happen "IndyWatch Feed"

A minor amount of buzz happened a little over a month ago with headlines around California Assemblymember Phil Ting announcing he'd introduce a bill to ban the sale of new gas engine cars in 2040. China, France, India, Netherlands, and UK have similar plans with varying deadlines. Cal Gov Jerry Brown has asked why China can do this and California hasn't.

So one legislator saying he'll introduce a bill is a far cry from something actually happening. Still, he's on at least one of the relevant legislative committees, Committee on Utilities and Energy. We'll learn more when he actually has a bill. Even if it doesn't succeed, this could be the start.

This Newsweek article says that new gas cars from after 2040 won't be allowed to register in California, so if you buy a new one somewhere else and move here, you'll have to sell your car. That will affect their value outside California. After a few years, it'll be a lot harder to find places selling gas. It wouldn't make much sense to buy a gas car in California a few years before the deadline.

I think this is politically feasible in California, home of Tesla and with an actual acceptance of climate change science. I'm glad to see Phil Ting push this forward, but there are a lot of ambitious Democratic politicians who could show their vision by supporting this. And what about you, Jerry Brown?

What might even be possible is something sooner than 2040. Even 2035 would start to redirect long-term R&D planning by car manufacturers in the near future.


Wall Street Is About To Rip Bitcoin To Shreds "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Is there a future for Bitcoin? Not if Wall Street has anything to say about it. YouTuber Gregory Mannarino announced on Sunday that a futures exchange has now been set up for investors to speculate on the future price of Bitcoin and according to Mannarino, this means that Wall Street could be planning to []


Sports Quiz ( apologies to Carl) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I forgot to include the Sports Quiz on Sunday evening so here it is. My apologies to those of you who experienced withdrawal pains especially Carl :)

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Did the CIA stop a bloodbath in Saint Petersburg? "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

(Here is the original report, for my evaluation, please see below The Saker) RT reports: The Russian President Vladimir Putin has thanked his US counterpart Donald Trump for help


Iraqi Troops Still Chasing ISIS; 39 Killed in Iraq "IndyWatch Feed War"

Anti-Daesh/ISIS perations near the border of Diyala and Salah ad DIN provinces are continuing.

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"Great Man-Made River": Muammar Gaddafi's gift to Libya "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

From the documentary filmmaker and producers Winfried Spinler and its crew, first in Hollywood at the documentary film festival in 2001 presented film, another reality about the states points in Libya and their revolutionary leader Muammar Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi. Now in times of the raw material shortage it isn't any more only about oil and other mineral resources, now are looked apparently also the biggest water reservoir of the world as desirable properties. Gaddafi corresponds in this documentary film not to the in general provided world view of the tyrant, but rather to a peace angel for the North-African neighboring states. The worldwide biggest water reservoir to the greening of the wild areas, linked with thousands of kilometers of pipeline, there flowed up to now the biggest shares of the oil income of Libya. It is almost incredibly this now scarcely before the completion of the pipelines (2011) an invasion of Libya begins. Hardly worth mentioning to one of the biggest advocates of this project, to the Egyptian president Mubarak, shortly before the power was taken.


The Corporate Media & Cabal Are Now Being Exposed In Front Of The World (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The Corporate Media & Cabal Are Now Being Exposed In Front Of The World Video X22 Report Climate change has been removed as a national security threat. Net neutrality has been rolled back and now companies like Google are...

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Can blockchain ensure Unilever's tea farmers produce a fairer brew? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

A pilot one-year project in Malawi seeks to discover just that, using blockchain the technology behind the cryptocurrency bitcoin, to track supply chains for tea sold by consumer goods giant Unilever and the British supermarket Sainsbury's.


Saif al-Islam Gaddafi to run for President of Libya in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A family spokesman has broken the news on Egyptian television.Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the second son and erstwhile heir apparent to revolutionary leader Muammar Gaddafi has confirmed to Egyptian television, through a family spokesman, Basem al-Hashimi al-Soul, that he seeks to run in next year's tenuous Presidential elections in Libya. While Libya remains a failed state in the wake of the 2011 NATO war against the Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, many have pinned their hopes on Saif al-Islam Gaddafi who since his release from captivity this year, has been touring the country and buildilng support among Libya's many tribal factions. According to his spokesman, "Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of the former Libyan president, enjoys the support of major tribes in Libya so he can run for the upcoming presidential elections due in 2018. Saif al-Islam plans to impose more security and stability in accordance with the Libyan geography and in coordination with all Libyan factions".


Syrian Army Fully Repels US Israeli Proxy ISIS Attack & Recaptures All Positions In Euphrates Valley "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

On December 17, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), Hezbollah and Iranian-backed forces recaptured all the positions that they previously lost in the Euphrates valley from [Israeli US Proxy] ISIS and secured the Deir Ezzoral-Bukamal highway, according to Syrian pro-government sources. On December 12, [Israeli US Proxy] ISIS launched a rapid attack and managed to captured several positions []


Trump to Reset The Dollar to Gold at $10,000/oz. Really? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Trump to Reset The Dollar to Gold at $10,000/oz. Really? by Paul Farrugia 321 Gold Does anybody have any idea really as to what gold will do? There have been recent predictions that President Trump is planning a near...

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Fuel crisis to worsen as oil workers begin strike "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  The fuel crises rocking the country may degenerate as oil workers yesterday vowed to begin nationwide strike today. The workers under the auspices of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) declared no going back on an indefinite strike in protest of the alleged sack of their members by Neconde Energy Limited. The union had earlier issued a seven-day ultimatum, which elapsed today, promising to shut down all oil and gas installations, including disruptions to fuel supply and nationwide distribution, if the Federal Government fails...

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In 2018 The US Govt Will Spend Nearly $2 Billion a Day Solely on WAR "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

TFTP| The price tag on the latest National Defense Authorization Act is $700 billion, which will cost American taxpayers nearly $2 billion every day in 2018.

While the United States Congress has struggled to pass legislation governing taxes and healthcare, it had no problem uniting on the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) a bill that will ensure the U.S. continues to wage wars around the world, and that promises taxpayers will cover its costly expenses.

The price tag on the latest NDAA is a massive $700 billion, which means that for every day in 2018, American taxpayers will spend nearly $2 billion on war.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from California, claimed that by signing the NDAA into law, Trump signed a bill that will make America safer. He also noted one important factboth Democrats and Republicans showed overwhelming support.

This defense bill authorizes money for our troops, for our national defense and homeland security, and to make sure America has the best technology in the world to protect ourselves, McCarthy said. This bill passed the House 356 to 70, including more than half of the Democratic caucus. It passed the Senate by voice votenot a single Democrat opposed it.

Before signing the legislation, Trump referenced an attempted attack in New York City, where a man detonated a crudely-made pipe bomb in a subway station the day before. While the man who made the device was the only one injured, Trump used it as another example of why Americans should funnel billions of tax dollars into keeping America safe.

I want to address the terrorist attack that took place yesterday in New York City, Trump...


PDP, APC bicker over $1bn insurgency fund "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has challenged the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to come up with plausible excuse on the reason for the $1 billion released from the Excess Crude Account (ECA) to fight insurgency rather than the resort to cheap blackmail. The party also called on the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, to substantiate his claims that PDP was rebranding with stolen money. But in a swift reaction, APC stated that the approval of $1 billion was by the National Economic Council (NEC) and not...

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The Heretical Sects of the Middle Ages "IndyWatch Feed"

The Socialist Phenomenon, by Igor Shafarevich

I bet you are thinking aha, bionic has finally figured out the truth about the European Middle Ages and the role of the Catholic Church and tradition!  Lets disabuse you of this notion right off the top; the chapter title in Shafarevichs book is entitled The Socialism of the Heresies.  I will focus only on his sections regarding the Middle Ages.

During the Middle Ages and the period of the Reformation, doctrines of chiliastic socialism often fomented broad popular movements in Western Europe.

These movements had a common trait:

the rejection of numerous aspects of the teachings of the Catholic Church and a fierce hatred for the Church itself.

They had other common traits, none of which are conducive to a vibrant and free society.

Lets examine a few of these popular movements.

The Cathars

Catharism was a Christian dualist or Gnostic revival movement that thrived in some areas of Southern Europe, particularly northern Italy and what is now southern France, between the 12th and 14th centuries.

Catharism may have had its roots in the Paulician movement in Armenia and eastern Byzantine Anatolia and certainly in the Bogomils of the First Bulgarian Empire, who were influenced by the Paulicians resettled in Thrace (Philipopolis) by the Byzantines.

While history remembers them as Cathars, they self-identified with the terms Good Men (Bons Hommes) or Good Christians.

Returning to Shafarevich, Pope Innocent III counted as many as forty Cathar sects.  The main common contention was the belief in the irreconcilable contradiction between the spiritual world (good) and the physical world (evil).  This was caused, they believed, by two Gods one good and one evil.  Some sects believed in one God, but that the evil world was created by Gods eldest fallen son, Lucifer.

The Cathars denied free will the children of evil could not avoid their fate but, miraculously, tho...

Have We Reached Peak NFL? "IndyWatch Feed"

How will the owners and managers of the multi-billion-dollar NFL empire handle the leagues decline phase?

OK, I get it: pro football is so popular because its one of the last refuges of modern life that hasnt been ruined by politics. Oops, scratch that. But we shouldnt pin the decline of pro footballs popularity (as measured by viewership) solely on player protests, as the decline predates the recent politicization.

As this chart shows, viewership has been sliding for years across the entire demographic spectrum:

Even more troubling for the multi-billion-dollar NFL empire, the youth demographic is evaporating like mist in a scorching summer day in Death Valley. The problem for the NFL is two-fold: the number of young people who are dedicated NFL viewers is modest, and even worse, its declining at a fast clip.

I am sure there are plenty of 25-year old fans, but anecdotally, I dont know a single Millennial who has any interest in sitting through a 2-hour pro football game at home, or ponying up the big bucks and huge chunk of time required to attend a game.

Again, anecdotally, young people seem more likely to watch a short clip of the games highlights on Youtube than devote 2+ hours to sitting through endless annoying TV adverts for a few moments of action.

Or theyre investing their sports-related time and money in college or local sports; if theyre parents, their time may be devoted to their kids sports activities.

In other words, pro football is an interest of the older generations that isnt shared by the younger generations. We can chart this progression with an S-curve, which in the case of the NFL, is marked by the boost phase of viewership in the 1970s and 1980s as Monday Night Football expanded the TV audience and the league added franchises.

The league reached a maximum audience some years ago, and has now entered the decline phase.

But the NFLs troubles run even deeper than demographics: its fan base is being pressured financially while the cost of attending a game keeps rising.Anecdotally, attending a game costs a small fortune now. Yes, there may be a few cheap seats in the nose-bleed sections, but the costs of getting to the game, parking and refreshments far exceed what attendance cost the previous generation, even adjusting for inflation.

Maybe somebody feels $10 for a beer in a tiny plastic cup suitable for a urine sample and $20 (or more) for a couple of h...

The End of Googles Biggest Subsidy "IndyWatch Feed"

Net Neutrality is gone.  Good riddance.

Lost in all of the theoretical debate about how evil ISPs will create a have/have-not divide in Internet access, is the reality that it already exists along with massive subsidies to the biggest bandwidth pigs on the planet Facebook, Google, Twitter, Netflix and the porn industry.

Under Net Neutrality these platforms flourished along with the rise of the mobile internet, which is now arguably more important than the desktop one in your home and office.  Google and Apple control the on-ramps to the mobile web in a way that Net Neutrality proponents can only dream the bandwidth providers like Comcast and AT&T could.

Because, in truth, they cant.  Consumers are ultimately the ones who decide how much bandwidth costs, not the ISPs.  We decide how much we can afford these creature comforts like streaming Netflix while riding the bus or doing self-indulgent Instagram videos of our standing in line at the movies (if thats even a thing anymore).

Non-Neutrality Pricing

Net Neutrality took pricing of bandwidth out of the hands of consumers.  It handed the profits from it to Google, Facebook and all the crappy advertisers spamming video ads, malware, scams, and the like everywhere.

By mandating equal access and equal fee structures the advertisers behind Google and Facebook would spend their budgets without much thought or care.  Google and Facebook ad revenue soared under Net Neutrality because advertisers needs are not aligned with Googles bottom line, but with consumers.

And, because of that, the price paid to deliver the ad, i.e. Googles cost of goods sold (COGS), thanks to Net Neutrality, was held artificially low.  And Google, Facebook and the Porn Industry pocketed the difference.

They grew uncontrollably.  In the case of Google and Facebook, uncontrollably powerful.

That difference was never passed onto the ISP who could then, in turn, pass it on to the consumer.

All thanks to Net Neutrality.

Undercapitalized Growth

With the rise of the mobile web bandwidth should have been getting cheaper and easier to acquire at a much faster rate than it has.  But, it couldnt because of Net Neutrality.  It kept rates of return on new bandwidth projects and new technology suppressed.

Money the ISPs should have been spending laying more fiber, putting up more cell towers, building better radios went to Google to fritter away on endless projects that never see the light of day.

The ISPs actually suffered under Net Neutrality and so did the consumers.

And therefore, Net Neutrality guaranteed that the infrastructure for new high-spe...

Republicans Save Electric Car Subsidy "IndyWatch Feed"

The same Republicans who worked overtime to make sure Obamacare wasnt repealed or even replaced have done as expected and made sure the $7,500 subsidy for the purchase of electric cars remains in place.

These Republicans are Senate Republicans the worst Republicans of all.

House Republicans are no great shakes all politicians are by nature grifters but a few of them come to Washington still slightly wet behind the ears, a degree naive  . . . in the sense that they suffer a few occasional and temporary pangs of trying to do the right thing. They are like newly created vampires who for a brief time are somewhat restrained by their fading memory of being human.

But Senate Republicans are like the Ancients in the television series, The Strain. They no longer remember what it was like to be human, if they ever were.

And so, the EV subsidy was restored.What matters to them is retaining and if possible enhancing the federal governments power which amounts to the same thing as their power. Once elected, a senator becomes Washingtons representative, not yours or even the state from which the creature nominally emanates.

Once upon a time, senators were constrained to represent their state as they were elected by the state legislature, which was interested in the interests of the state which wasnt ideal, either but at least it wasnt the federal government.

The 17th Amendment changed this via the direct election of senators which sounds soporifically democratic, but in practice amounts to the vitiation of representation for the people because there are simply too many people for any single person to have any meaningful representation. Your individual vote no longer matters. The senator plays to the mob with unctuous platitudes and then proceeds to represent . . . Washington.

And Washington is not interested in you, except insofar as a resource to be exploited.

As vampires regard their victims.

Corporations are, meanwhile, interested in Washington.

Because Washington is power. Corporations supplicate politicians in the same way (and for largely the same reason) that still technically human helpers such as the character Eldritch Palmer in The Strain, the TV series mentioned earlier, assist the vampires. They hope to leverage the power of the undead...

When Will the Govt Stop Lying About 9/11? "IndyWatch Feed"

All three buildings were destroyed by carefully planned, orchestrated and executed controlled demolition. 

Professor Lynn Margulis, Department of Geosciences, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and National Academy of Science member, one of many academics who has been very outspoken regarding 9/11 (source) (source)

Are the government, its allies, and the ones who who sit above governments and dictate most decisions and government policy (corporations and financial institutions, comprising the Deep State), lying to us? Its far from a conspiracy to think so. If we look at 9/11 (one of many examples), approximately 50% of Americans dont believe the official explanation of their government, and why should they? Since 9/11, several pieces of evidence have emerged suggesting that something fishy happened here, and the powers that be may have been responsible. In fact, if we look at just how much information and evidence has emerged, its almost impossible to say there was not any foul play. Perhaps this is why the U.S. government continually refused to re-open the investigation. The type of information and evidence mentioned, by the way, receives very little if not zero attention from mainstream media.

What really happened that day? Who really knows for sure, but imagine your own government creating an event in order to justify the invasion of multiple countries in the Middle East. This is what seems to have happened, and its called false flag terrorism, something more and more people are becoming aware of.

What also lends more credence to the theory of false flag terrorism is the fact that terrorism organizations like Al-Qaeda and ISIS have had a long history of relationships with Western intelligence agencies. These groups are commonly funded and armed by Western intelligence agencies. This was one of the topics of discussion a few years ago at the International Conference on the New World Order, which was organized and spon...

George Washington "IndyWatch Feed"

George Washington took office as president in 1789 with an asset of inestimable value. People viewed him as the hero of the American Revolution who, disdaining power, had like the Roman general Cincinnatus returned home to his farm. When he allowed himself, with great reluctance, to be nominated as chief executive, his prestige was unparalleled. Indeed, his reputation was worldwide. When he died,

Napoleon Bonaparte decreed that the standards and flags of the French army be dressed in mourning crepe. The flags of the British Channel Fleet were lowered to half-mast to honor the fallen hero. Talleyrand, the French minister of foreign affairs, [called] for a statue of Washington to be erected in Paris.1

Poets likewise sang his praises.

Washington achieved mythic status in his own lifetime, receiving poetic encomia from English poets as different as William Blake and Byron, who contrasted Washington favorably with the despotic Napoleon. His contemporaries were impressed by the fact that the general who led a successful revolution did not establish a personal dictatorship.2

Were the effects of the influence that accompanied this prestige good or bad for liberty? This chapter shall endeavor to show that in two instances, these effects were bad; in one case, though, Washingtons fame led to fortunate consequences for individual freedom. Washington, though not a principal author of the Constitution, supported calling a convention to revise the Articles of Confederation. At the convention itself, he strongly backed Madisons plans for centralized control.

On assuming power, Washington soon faced a division of opinion in his cabinet. Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton was not satisfied with the centralization already achieved by the Constitution. He called for a national bank and a governmentally directed program of industrial development. Thomas Jefferson raised a decisive objection to Hamiltons proposal: Did it not entirely exceed the bounds of power granted the central government by the new Constitutio......

The Case Against Iraqing Iran "IndyWatch Feed"

The case against Iraqing Iran includes the following points:

Threatening war is a violation of the U.N. Charter.

Waging war is a violation of the U.N. Charter and of the Kellogg-Briand Pact.

Waging war without Congress is a violation of the U.S. Constitution.

Have you seen Iraq lately?

Have you seen the entire region?

Have you seen Afghanistan? Libya? Syria? Yemen? Pakistan? Somalia?

War supporters said the U.S. urgently needed to attack Iran in 2007. It did not attack. The claims turned out to be lies. Even a National Intelligence Estimate in 2007 pushed back and admitted that Iran had no nuclear weapons program.

Having a nuclear weapons program is not a justification for war, legally, morally, or practically. The United States has nuclear weapons and no one would be justified in attacking the United States.

Dick and Liz Cheneys book, Exceptional, tell us we must see a moral difference between an Iranian nuclear weapon and an American one. Must we, really? Either risks further proliferation, accidental use, use by a crazed leader, mass death and destruction, environmental disaster, retaliatory escalation, and apocalypse. One of those two nations has nuclear weapons, has used nuclear weapons, has provided the other with plans for nuclear weapons, has a policy of first-use of nuclear weapons, has leadership that sanctions the possession of nuclear weapons, and has frequently threated to use nuclear weapons. I dont think those facts would make a nuclear weapon in the hands of the other country the least bit moral, but also not the least bit more immoral. Lets focus on seeing an empirical difference between an Iranian nuclear weapon and an American one. One exists. The other doesnt.

If youre wondering, U.S. presidents who have made specific public or secret nuclear threats to other nations, that we know of, as documented in Daniel Ellsbergs The Doomsday Machine, have included Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Donald Trump, while others, including Barack Obama, have frequently said things like All options are on the table in relation to Iran or another country.

War supporters said the U.S. urgently needed to attack Iran in 2015. It did not attack. The claims turned out to be lies. Even the claims of supporters of the nuclear agreement reinforced the lie that Iran had a nuclear weapons program in need of containment. There is no evidence that Iran has ever had a nuclear weapons program.

The long history of the United States lying about Iranian nuclear weapons is chronicled by Gareth Porters book Manufactured Crisis.

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Can You Tell If Your Eggs Have Expired? "IndyWatch Feed"

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...

Does Your Pick-Up Truck Get Horrible Mileage? "IndyWatch Feed"

[Editors note: This article has been updated since its original post in August 2015.]

We had a caller last Saturday on the Car Pro Show who was unhappy with the fuel economy of his truck.  This is one of two common problems I hear all the time:  1). My pickup gets horrible fuel economy, or 2). My pickup doesnt do a good job towing my trailer.

When I get these questions, I always ask which rear axle ratio the caller has, and I would guess 90% of the time, the caller doesnt know.  People go to dealerships way too often focused on color, comfort, engine size, etc.  The rear axle ratio should be at the top of the list, no matter what you are going to use your pickup for.  If not towing, you want the best fuel economy you can get, and if you are towing, you want to make sure your truck will do the job.

Automakers Offer Variety of Axle Ratios

There is good reason automakers offer a variety of different axle ratios.  The axle ratio refers to the gears in the trucks differential, which is a mechanical device that links the rear axle to the driveshaft and then the engine. Four-wheel-drive trucks will have a matching ratio in the front axles differential.

Step one in understanding axle ratios is to know what the numbers signify.  The lower the number, the better fuel economy, and the higher the number the more towing power you have, but fuel economy suffers.  For instance, a 3:31 gets better fuel economy than a 3:73.  On the other hand, a 3:73 or perhaps a 4:10 will tow much more, while fuel economy greatly drops.  The most popular rear end ratio in trucks today is the 3:55, which sort of averages towing power and fuel economy.  This is a good ratio for the occasional towing or hauling individual.  For a person who tows more often, and heavier loads, the 3:73 or 4:10 may be more appropriate.

Much has changed over the past 5 years or so with axle ratios.  Today, we are seeing half-ton trucks with 6 cylinder or small V8 engines able to tow close to 12,000 pounds.  Not too long ago, you would need to go to a ton truck with a large V8, V10, or diesel engine.  Much has been learned about the effects of rear end ratios in the last decade.

If you move up to a diesel engine, understand that the power and torque ratings of the engine have a huge effect on the rear end needed.  For instance, a 2015 Ford F-350 diesel with a 3:31 rear axle ratio will tow 14,000 pounds, but you can go up to 19,000 p...

Pentagon Now Claims "IndyWatch Feed"

Two Navy airman flying over the Pacific Ocean on a routine training mission claim they encountered mysterious objects that accelerated like nothing they had ever seen before.

Back in 2004, Navy Cmdr. David Fravor and Navy Lt. Cmdr. Jim Slaight were flying about 100 miles off the coast of San Diego in each of their F/A-18F Super Hornets carrying two CATM-9s, which are dummy missiles that could not be fired, the New York Times reported.

According to Fravor, the operations officer aboard Navy cruiser U.S.S. Princeton had been communicating with the pair during their mission and said, Well, weve got a real-world vector for you.

The operator said for the past two weeks the Navy cruiser had been tracking mysterious aircraft.

The objects would first appear at 80,000 feet, and then speed toward the sea before stopping at 20,000 feet and hovering.

They then either shot back up into the sky or dropped off of radar.

Fravor and Slaight were instructed to investigate the objects by the radio operator on the Navy cruiser.

The two pilots followed their instructions and as they closed in, they were alerted by the operator that they could not tell which were the objects and which were the fighter jets.

At first, Fravor nor Slaight could see anything and nothing was on their radars.

But then Fravor looked down to the sea and noticed that the waves were breaking over something below the surface, causing the sea to churn.

Hovering about 50 feet above the churn was an aircraft of some sort that was whitish, 40 feet long and oval in shape, Fravor recounted.

He described to the Times that it was jumping erratically but not moving in any specific direction.

Fravor began a circular descent in an effort to get a closer look, but the object began ascending toward him as if it were trying to meet him halfway, he explained.

He then abandoned his slow circular descent and decided to fly straight towards the object.

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The Importance of Good Manners "IndyWatch Feed"

Editors note: The following essay The Fine Art of Living Together by Bentley Bates comes from The Boys Own Book of Leadership, published in 1933.

A heap of fellows think manners dont amount to much. They have an idea it is sort of sissy to be polite. Theyre not using their heads. Just as oil makes an engine run more quietly and easily and efficiently, so do manners make your life and the lives of the folks with whom you come in contact run more quietly and pleasantly and efficiently. Good manners are a mighty valuable asset that anybody can have cheaply.

There is something which you owe to everybody and which has no exact date when it must be paid, because it is due every minute and second of your life. You owe courtesy to the strangest people. Actually, you owe it to your brother and sister. It doesnt seem possible, but you do. And you owe it to your father and mother. You owe it the ash man and to washwoman. You owe it to the President of the United States and to the blind man who tries to sell you a lead pencil on the street corner. When you were born you gave the whole world a promissory note payable in courtesy, and you have to make it good every second of your life until you die. Do you know why people loved Abraham Lincoln so much? It was because he never forgot that he was paying his courtesy note, says The American Boy.

A certain Harvard professor, in instructing a class in good writing, said to them: To write well you must first think of your subject; second, think of the people you are writing to; and last, think of yourself. These same simple rules may easily be made effective rules for a boys manners also. First, think of the demands of true sympathy and kindness; second, think of the person you are addressing; and last, think of what is owing to yourself, for the real secret of good manners is a kind heart.

The story is told of a certain office boy who kept a whole, big, busy office happy and agreeable and kindly disposed toward one another by his habits of courtesy and good will. One day the boss wheeled suddenly in his big chair and said: Bennie, who on earth taught you to be so polite? You often make me ashamed of myself.

Bennie smiled, grinned from ear to ear, stood on one foot a bit abashed, and then with a sudden inspiration replied:

Well, sir, Mother is polite, Dad is polite, and and oh, I guess I just caught it from them.

Nothing in the world is so catching as good manners.

One of the surest of all tests of character is ones manners. You do not need to know a boy intimately to judge him accurately. All you need to do is to watch him a bit in action; such as playing a game. If he is kind and sympathetic, if he is manly and honest and considerate, he will show these very qualities all over and...

Santas Horned Helper "IndyWatch Feed"

In ancient times, a dark, hairy, horned beast was said to show up at the door to beat children, and carry them off in his sharp claws. The Krampus could be heard in the night by the sound of his echoing cloven hooves and his rattling iron chains. The strangest part was that he was in league with Santa Claus.

The Christmas Terror

The unnerving beast was no demon, however. He was the mythical Krampus, companion to Saint Nicholas (known as Santa Claus, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, etc.) While Saint Nicholas now has the reputation of loving all children and visiting them at Christmastime, judging their character and giving gifts to the nice ones and lumps of coal to the naughty ones, Krampus plays the dangerous sidekick.

A 1900s greeting card reading 'Greetings from the Krampus!'

A 1900s greeting card reading Greetings from the Krampus! (Public Domain)

It is believed that the long-horned, shaggy, goat-like monster with a long, angry face and lolling, forked tongue would visit the home of misbehaving children to punish them. It was believed he would give beatings, and kidnap the kids, bringing them down to his underworld lair to live for a year.

According to the centuries-old legends, if a child misbehaved, Saint Nicholas, in his omniscience, would know and send his associate, Krampus. It was said this dark partner with a serpentine tail would turn up to the house during the Christmas season to punish the wicked child; He would beat him with a bundle of birch sticks, whip them with horsehair, and throw him into a sack or wicker basket to take him down to Hell for a year.

Saint Nicholas and Krampus visit a Viennese home (1896 illustration).

Saint Nicholas and Krampus visit a Viennese home (1896 illustration). (Public Domain)

If being good for Santa wasnt enough for a delinquent, Krampus reputation and fearsome appearance terrified children into behaving. As such, it was a useful tale told to children to scare them into goodness.

The Legendary Origins

Historians remain unsure as to the exact origins of the Krampus figure i...


DHS Spraying Town With Chemicals Using Residents As Guinea Pigs "IndyWatch Feed World"

Residents of a small Oklahoma town fear they are being used by Homeland Security as test subjects for the chemical/biological warfare testing

A planned chemical/biological test by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has residents of a small Oklahoma town in fear that they are being used as human guinea pigs, as the federal government prepares to carry out plans for biological testing in the area next month.

DHS announced plans to conduct chemical and biological testing near the border between Kansas and Oklahoma in January and February, and again in June and July, to determine how much protection people would receive from being inside a house or an apartment in the event of a biological terrorist attack, according to a statement on the Homeland Security website.

The DHS press release notes:

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Mixed fortunes for Third Republic governors "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

It is mixed fortune for Third Republic governors, who were sacked on November 17, 1993 by late General Sani Abacha-led junta. Twenty-four years after their exit from office, some are still relevant in the polity, while others have gone into political oblivion. TEMITOPE OGUNBANKE reports   It is 24 years that the Third Republic was aborted by former Head of State, General Sani Abacha, who took over power from the Ernest Shonekan-led Interim National Government (ING) through a coup. Third Republic was aborted following the controversy that trailed the annulment...

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The great white male is under threat of extinction "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

You just know that things are looking grim for the great white male when a wealthy, successful white male like Eminem has been so brainwashed by his progressive fellow liberal artists that he now loathes himself because of his skin colour. In his new rap album Revival, Eminem says it has been embarrassing to be []

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Fayose: FG causing fuel scarcity to justify increment to N185 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has accused the Federal Government of causing the current scarcity of fuel in the country to justify its plans to increase petrol pump price from N145 to N185 per litre. The governor, who said the Federal Government was being insensitive to the plight of Nigerians, added that petrol is scarce across the country because the Federal Government deliberately reduced supply since it is only the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) that is importing the product. Fayose, according to a statement by his Special Assistant...

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Bandits attack, rob passengers as plane taxi to hangar "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

FAAN probes incident     Unknown bandits have robbed an aircraft shortly after it landed at the Lagos airport from Istanbul. The attack was carried out as the airplane was taxiing to the hangar. This is coming as the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has commenced investigation on alleged robbery incident on an aircraft, which occurred on December 12, 2017. The incident was reported to have occurred on a Vista Jet aircraft with Call Sign VJT 584, while taxiing on the night of the said date. A source told...

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Man cuts off cousins genitals over missing N3,500 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Says: I have no regrets, I will do more harm Police have arrested a 25-year-old man from Babana-Borgu in New Bussa Local Government Area of Niger State for allegedly cutting off the genitals of his 17-year-old cousin, Farouk Ibrahim, over N3,500. It was learnt that the suspect, Aliyu Mohammadu, was not in good terms with his cousin before the incident. Mohammadu, it was also learnt, had been complaining of his missing money in his room which he claimed his cousin stole. Mohammadu told our correspondent yesterday that Ibrahim stole the...

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BUA engaging in illegal mining on my site Dangote "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Abdulsamad: No, youre plotting to run me out of business     The controversies over the real ownership of the Mining Lease No. 2541, located in a boundary town of Oguda/ Ubo in Okene, Kogi State, between BUA Group and the Dangote Group worsened at the weekend. The management of Dangote Group accused BUA of engaging in stealing and illegal mining on its property. But, the management of BUA International Limited denied the allegation. It,of plotting to out-muscle BUA out of business. Dangote Group is owned by Africas richest man,...

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Beggar arrested with guns in Lagos "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Taiwo Jimoh Police in Lagos have arrested a physically-challenged beggar, Godwin Fawehinmi, for allegedly being in possession of different types of guns. The suspect was arrested by detectives attached to Area M Police Command, Idimu, Egbeda area of the state at the weekend. The suspect, who is crippled, it was learnt, usually begs for alms on the street on a daily basis. However, it came to many as a surprise when a gun was recovered from him. After a thorough search of his bag, a locally-made gun was discovered in...

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1080 Story Draws Short Reply "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

DoC says it wont say anything By the Editor, Alan Tristram The Department of Conservation has replied to our invitation to comment on our story DoC Using Unlicensed Security Guards? (December 17). It says, in effect, thanks but no thanks. Docs Mr Herb Christophers, who works at its media department in Wellington, says: Weve got []


Navy seizes 33,250 litres of stolen fuel "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Officials of the Nigerian Navy have evacuated 1,330 jerrycans containing 33,250 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) otherwise called petrol believed to have been siphoned from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) pipelines on the island of Atlas Cove, Lagos.Each jerrican contains 25 litres. The Commander, Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Beecroft, Rear Admiral Maurice Eno, said intelligence report showed the presence of the vandals and thieves around Ilado Odo Phase II, Ilashe, Corner Loss, Sarkin Juju and Nagbe beach at Idimagoro area of Atlas Cove, Lagos. He said: The...

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Buhari excited with improved health at 75 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  marks birthday in Aso Rock   President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed happiness at the level of improvement on his health as he turned 75 years yesterday. The President has again thanked Nigerians for their fervent prayers. Buhari stated this yesterday when his aides presented him with a birthday card at his official residence at the presidential Villa. Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari and the Permanent Secretary State House, Jalal Arabia, led the presidential aides to present a giant birthday card to the President. The green-and-white card has Buharis photograph...

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Berlin Writers Resident to explore hidden family past during rise of Nazi Germany "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

 A family mystery involving a secret marriage during the rise of Nazi Germany is being investigated by Vivienne Plumb, recipient of the Creative New Zealand Berlin Writers Residency for 2017/18.

The award-winning playwright, poet and writer is to complete a book that explores the hidden past of her late mother, Isabel Hurley a seemingly ordinary New Zealand woman who was witness to some of the most extraordinary events of world history.

Vivienne says of the opportunity, It is a great privilege to have been awarded the residency. It will enable me to devote time and energy to my writing, while living in one of the great literature cities of the world. A German friend once said to me: If you wish to write you must go to Berlin.

In 1935, 23-year-old Isabel travelled by herself from hometown Wellington to Europe, where she worked in London, holidayed in Spain only days before the Spanish Civil War began, witnessed New Zealand runner Jack Lovelock win the 1500 metres at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, and lived and worked in Germany during the period that brought the Third Reich to power. Vivienne discovered some of this only after her mothers passing. And there was more.

My mother lived and worked in Nrnberg from 1936, later marrying a (first) husband, a marriage she kept concealed her entire life. So, was she a bigamist? And what were her politics? Who exactly was this man she married? Through my research I have unearthed some extremely potent facts.

While clearly a personal story for Vivienne, this creative non-fict......


Wake Up! The Numbers Look Incredibly Good For The Democrats Leading Into The 2018 Midterm Elections "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

If we truly want to take our government back, we are going to have to fight harder than we have ever fought before. Right now I am seeing so much apathy among Republicans, and that deeply alarms me, because if the 2018 midterm elections were held right now the Democrats would probably take back control of the House and it would be a really close call in the Senate. Conservatives all over the United States need to wake up immediately, because we only have a handful of months to get this thing turned around. In 2016, we gave Republicans control of the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives, and this represented a once in a generation opportunity to fundamentally transform the federal government. Instead, the Republican-controlled Congress has accomplished next to nothing, and the American people are deeply frustrated.

According to Real Clear Politics, Congress currently has an average approval rating of just 14.3 percent and an average disapproval rating of 73.5 percent. Those are absolutely disastrous numbers, and they tell me that we better get our act together or 2018 is going to be a major disaster.

If we didnt get it after the disastrous election results in New Jersey and Virginia in November, then the debacle in Alabama really should have shaken us up. All over the nation Democrats are raising more money, they have more enthusiasm, and they have more momentum. And a brand new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll that was just released had incredibly bad news for Republicans

A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released on Sunday found that 50% of people said they want Democrats to lead Congress after the 2018 midterm elections, compared to 39% who said they hoped Republi...


Kernel prepatch 4.15-rc4 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Linus has released the 4.15-rc4 kernel prepatch. "I would like to say that I hope things will continue to calm down, but I already know I have more stuff pending. That, together with the holidays, makes me strongly suspect that this will be one of those 'we'll do an rc8' releases, but we'll see."


PAPER: Paranoia Grips Capitol Hill Amid Source Claiming Megastory Will Expose 50 Lawmakers Sexual Harassment Charges "IndyWatch Feed"

In a piece published Sunday evening by POLITICO entitled Paranoia grips Capitol Hill as harassment scandal spreads, a source tells the news outfit that up to 50 lawmakers sexual harassment charges will soon come to light. 

POLITICO reports:

The details change almost daily, but the rumor wont die: A credible news organization is preparing to unmask at least 20 lawmakers in both parties for sexual misconduct.

Speculation about this theoretical megastory is spreading like wildfire across Congress and beyond, a lurking bad-press boogeyman thats always described as on the verge of going public. And its far from the only worry thats seeped into the collective psyche of Capitol Hill, where members and aides are now perpetually bracing for the next allegation to drop.

Washington is also gripped by uncertainty over whether the nationwide awakening to workplace misconduct might be manipulated into a political weapon.

I am hearing The Post has a list of 40-50, evenly split between the parties, that have had sexual harassment charges, one lobbyist told POLITICOs Elana Schor and Elana Schor.

As The Gateway Pundit reported this week, Capitol Hill is on pins and needles amid a deluge of sexual harassment allegations. According to the Daily Callers Luke Rosiak, one of the leading journalists investigating the Awan brothers scandal, things are about to take yet another dark turn.

Congress human resources scandal is just getting started. I anticipate we will see the resignation of more than a dozen House members over harassment and secret settlements, and soon, tweeted Luke Rosiak.



Stones Are Crying Out (Part 2 of 3) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Stones Are Crying Out (Part 2 of 3) by Bankster Slayer Rogue Money I know that after my departing grievous wolves shall enter in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves shall men arise,...

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Philadelphia Child Protection Agency Caught Running Pedophile Ring "IndyWatch Feed World"

Philadelphia police have bused a Child Protection Agency whose employees were caught operating a pedophile ring.  The Camden County Prosecutors Office in New Jersey has charged 55-year-old Charles Borrelli, a senior employee of the Philadelphia Department [...]


New Moon in Sagittarius Resolving the Past and Embodying the New "IndyWatch Feed World"

December 18th, 2017 By Simon Vorster & Jennifer Langstone Contributing writers for Wake Up World This is a time when many great energetic cycles are coming to an end. As our deepest truths began to play out in living fullness, the energy patterns of the last lunar cycle invited us to reflect on the big picture of our lives and []


The Continuing Bias of the Mainstream Media Threatens Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

by James ONeill*

Foreign news coverage just in the past week illustrates the point. All of these stories have been around all year, but the preferred narrative remains constant. I use the ABC, SBS and Fairfax newspapers for the following illustrations.

Russian Interference in the US Election....


Putins responses to an American Journalist about Trump may surprise you "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

**(Russia Insider supplied video transcript below) Dmitry Peskov: Thank you. Mr President, you havent had any questions from foreign journalists today. I suggest a question from ABC News. ABC Terry Moran: Thank you, Mr President. Terry Moran with ABC News.First, in the United States investigations by Congress, the Department of Justice and the media have []

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Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Scumble to make less brilliant by covering with a thin coat of opaque or semiopaque colour applied with a nearly dry brush; to apply a colour in this manner; to soften the lines or colors of (a drawing) by rubbing lightly.

Filed under: language Tagged: scumble


Hunting Amber Harrison: Great If Youre A Lawyer, Sucks If Youre A Channel 7 Shareholder "IndyWatch Feed National"

2017 was the Year Of The Vendetta. There was Tony Abbotts pursuit of Malcolm Turnbulls job; everything that The Australian wrote about anything; New Matildas public comments about the Daily Mail (not to mention our private ones); and the Australian Christian Lobbys hate affair with same-sex marriage.

But by far the Vendetta of the Year has to go to Channel 7, who have re-ignited a year-long battle with single foster mum Amber Harrison, all because she said some harsh (but true) things about the company.

This morning, exactly one year to the day when the former 7 executive personal assistant went public with revelations of a long-running affair with CEO Tim Worner (plus an additional joint love affair with bucket loads of cocaine, about which Worner remains eerily quiet, and 7 even more eerily uninterested), Channel 7 have dragged Harrison back into the NSW Supreme Court.


Her offence? Six benign tweets Harrison recently sent from her personal account total followers 4,586 which mentioned Channel 7.

Thats right, mentioned.

Unlike a year ago, on this occasion Harrison didnt reveal any corporate secrets (like that one time Seven appeared to lie about paying the Corbys for an interview). Instead, she was simply commenting on the ongoing saga that is the treatment of women by one of the nations most powerful and, arguably, misogynistic media organisations. Because, you know, the treatment of women has been in the news quite a bit lately.

The problem Harrison has is she is the subject of an extraordinary (and probably unprecedented) gag order issued by the Supreme Court in favour of a company which claims to uphold free speech as one of the basic principles of its operation.

Harrison is not allowed to comment publicly on anything to do with Channel 7. Literally, anything.

But Channel 7 and its directors are allowed to say as much as they like about Harrison and as you might expect, thats exactly what Seven West director and police identikit photo in human form Jeff Kennett did earlier this year, immediately upon gaining the court-ordered silence of Harrison.



MESSAGE TO THE 'SCROAT' "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

who 'keyed' our car (and a number of others) in the Countdown Supermarket carpark.

May cockroaches infest your chocolates (which you probably stole anyway) and may you fall off your skateboard and break your bloody arm.

Merry Xmas to you and yours NOT.


Anybody Living in India Is Hindu: RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat. Credit: PTI

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat. Credit: PTI

Agartala: Anybody living in India is a Hindu, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat said on Sunday (December 17), asserting that the meaning of Hindutva is to unite all communities.

Hindutva is different from Hinduism, he told a public function at the Swami Vivekananda Maidan in the heart of Tripuras capital.

The Muslims in India are also Hindus, he said.

Bhagwat, who is on a five-day tour of Tripura since Friday to review the organisational work of the RSS in the northeastern region, said, We have no enmity with anyone. We want welfare of all. To unite all is the meaning of Hindutva.

Maintaining that India is a land of Hindus, he said tortured Hindus from across the world come to the country and get shelter.

The RSS supremo said, Hindus believe in truth, but the world respects strength. There is strength in organisation.

Being organised is the natural law.

Referring to the Partition, he said parts of India got separated in 1947, leading to the weakening of the spirit of Hindutva and a decline of the Hindu Samaj.

India was united for so long. There was unity among the Hindus, Bhagwat said.

Highlighting the rich heritage of the country, he said, A perturbed and confused world...


Linux 4.15-rc4 Kernel Released "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Linus Torvalds has issued the fourth weekly release candidate for the upcoming Linux 4.15 kernel release...


This Week in Stupid 121717 Live at Conway Hall (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

This Week in Stupid 121717 Live at Conway Hall Video Sargon of Akkad Guess what Merriam-Webster chose as their Word of the Year? Click here to sign up for The Daily Coin FREE newsletter covering precious metals, war, health and prepper suggestions! Video...

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ADB, NZ support high speed internet for Cook Islands "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Asian Development Banks (ADB) Board of Directors has approved a US$15 million loan for an internet submarine cable project to connect Rarotonga and Aitutaki in the Cook Islands.

The Cook Islands has joined Samoa, Niue, and French Polynesia to implement a regional cable systemManatuato have access to faster and more affordable internet.

Avaroa Cable Limited from the Cook Islands, SSCC from Samoa, Telecom Niue from Niue, and OPT from French Polynesia will jointly own and operate the Manatua cable system, which is estimated to cost $65 million. The Government of New Zealand, Agence Franaise de Dveloppement, and the European Investment Bank will finance the project alongside ADB.

Improved access to high-speed, affordable broadband internet in the Cook Islands will positively impact the tourism and public sectors as they are, by far, the biggest internet users, said Emma Veve, Director in ADBs Pacific Department. The cable project will boost Cook Islands connectivity to the rest of the world and provide the potential for the use of information and communication technology (ICT) to better deliver government services.

Manatua cable will definitely result in opportunities that can be harnessed through improved telecommunications connectivity, said Mark Brown, Minister of Telecommunications of the Cook Islands.  We look forward to the implementation of this project and working in partnership with ADB in this regard.

The project will deliver faster and better internet quality compared with the current satellite reliance, which will reduce costs for businesses, governments, and households. The project is expected to create new business opportunities and improve public service delivery through harnessing ICT.

Supporting inclusive growth and investment in ICT are key focus areas of ADBs Pacific Approach which guides ADBs operational focus in the region.

ADB has worked with the Cook Islands since 1976, approving 20 loans for US$86.9 million, 3 grants for US$12.3 million, and 36 technical assistance projects for US$12.1 million.



The Entire Russia Election Meddling Story Is An FBI Cover Up "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Why did Robert Mueller hire partisan Democrats in Russia probe? These are the very same agents in the FBI who assured all of America that Russia meddled in the US election. Nine out of fifteen members of Robert Muellers team are Hillary Clinton donors. At least one worked for Hillary personally. Why did Robert Mueller []


21 Vanuatu MPs told to declare their political affiliations by Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Vanuatu Speaker of Parliament, Esmon Saimon, has given an ultimatum to over 20 Members of Parliament to declare their political affiliations.

All MPs must comply with section 52 of the Standing Orders of Parliament, Speaker of Parliament, Saimon, reminded the members.

According to the Speakers record, only 31 out of the 52 MPs have filled out the required forms, indicating their political affiliations.

To the 21 MPs who have not filled the forms, you have to declare your political affiliations and return the forms to the Office of the Speaker as required by Tuesday or I will reveal your names, he said.

Under section 52, every member is required to inform the Speaker in writing of his affiliation or alliance with any political party or group represented in parliament; and all companies, businesses or other organisations in which he has any pecuniary interest of any kind, whether direct or indirect as owner, employee, partner or shareholder within three months of his election.

Members are also required to inform the Speaker of any change in their political affiliations, as soon as possible, especially in cases where they are now affiliated with other political parties, not the same ones they have been elected under.

It is almost two years (since the election of the 11th Legislature), the Speaker added, noting it is way past the three months requirement.

Speaker Simon also verbally informed all the MPs present that the motion of no confidence that he had received from the Opposition bloc is in order; and will be debated on Tuesday, the same day the 21 MPs were required to submit the forms indicating their political affiliations.

To date, parliament has passed the Bill for the Ratification of Certain Conventions and Protocols, Bill for the Maritime (Conventions), Bill for the Privately Financed Airport Infrastructure Projects (Amendment), Bill for the Utilities Regulatory Authority (Amendment), Bill for the Value Added Tax and Bill for the Supplementary Appropriation.



Leftists Eating Their Own Over National Popular Vote "IndyWatch Feed"

The George Soros linked National Popular Vote organization is now targeting Oregon senate president Peter Courtney. Why? Because hes only a mildly deranged leftist, instead of a complete communist. Senator Courtney has refused to bring up National Popular Vote (NPV) legislation in the Oregon senate. The California-based NVA, err, NPV (sorry, *typo*) is seeking to overturn the electoral college on a state-by-state level by instituting state based legislation that would allocate a states electoral votes to whichever Presidential candidate has (not earns) the most popular votes nationally, rather than to the candidate who gets the most votes in that particular state.

The NPR, err, NPV (sorry, another *typo*) has even launched a website and a series of video based ads taking aim at senator Peter Courtney. Strangely enough, the videos are set to unlisted on their YouTube channel, which means the videos are not searchable and they do not come up in their main channels playlist.

Senator Courtney is a democrat who has pretty much towed the line for all the usual leftist legislation; gun control, tax hikes, pandering to illegal aliens, allocating tax dollars to abortion, the failed state-based health program

In fairness, they are also dinging Courtney on his covering public records that link him to shady money from a University and getting his family members cushy jobs with state pension plans.

What supporters of the PLA, err, NPV (dangit, there I go again with another *accidental typo*) in Oregon dont seem to realiz...


Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #296 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Brought to You by SEPP ( The Science and Environmental Policy Project Quote of the Week.Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. Mark Twain [H/t WUWT] Number of the Week: $56.60 THIS WEEK: By Ken Haapala, President Warming and Cooling? S. Fred Singer, our founder and


93-Year-Old World War II Veteran Given Best Christmas Present By Stranger At Grocery Store "IndyWatch Feed"

Via Fox News: A simple act of kindness by a woman at a grocery store in Florida over the weekend had a World War II veteran gushing he received the best Christmas present ever. George Seney Jr. told FOX35 Orlando he was in line at a Publix in New Smyrna Beach when the woman came []


ZAP/POOFness Report: "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town" -- December 17, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed World"

"The Office of Poofness"

"Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town"

You better watch out
You better not cry
You better not pout
I'm telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town

He's making a list,
Checking it twice;
Gonna find out who's naughty or nice.
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town

He sees you when you're sleeping
He knows when you're awake
He knows if you've been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake

With little tin horns and little toy drums
Rooty toot toots and rummy tum tums
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town

He sees you when you're sleeping
He knows when you're awake
He knows if you've been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake
Goodness sake

You better watch out
You better not cry
You better not pout
I'm telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming
Santa Claus is coming
Santa Claus is coming to town

(Coming to town)
Santa's a busy man he has no time to play
He's got millions of stockings to fill on Christmas day
(Santa Claus is coming to town)
(Coming to town)
(Santa Claus is coming to town)
(Coming to town)


Greetings and Salutations,

We are aware of the crisis issues and the many nuances of all kinds that are feeding the frenzy and the growing doubts. Make no mistake those doubts have been fed continually. The chess game has continued for how long now; longer than even you can remember. But the monies that have been made off of keeping those funds at bay has been enormous and the difference between some of the banisters remaining with feet on the ground and those leaving bombshell holes is stunning. That is factual whether you choose to believe it or not.

The crowd yearns for relief; they seek to have the RV and all the other stuff unleashed to prove that none of this is a scam. You can be assurred; It is not a scam. If the Zap guy had not been as dedicated as...


Himachal Pradesh Assembly Elections: What to Look Out For "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Will Himachal Pradesh repeat its anti-incumbency trend?

Virbhadra Singh and rem Kumar Dhumal. Credit: PTI

Virbhadra Singh and rem Kumar Dhumal. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: The last time the hill state of Himachal Pradesh voted the party in power back to the government was in 1985, when then Congress chief minister Virbhadra Singh had returned to occupy the chair. A good 32 years, later Singh will be hoping to repeat the performance. But as counting for the 68 seats begins, he has both the burden of history and the exit polls pitted against him, for both portend the Congresss loss. Waiting for his hour under the sun will be the man who has shared the chief ministers seat with Singh for the past 25 years Prem Kumar Dhumal of the BJP.

It was a battle between these two veterans of state politics this time as well. While the Congress had decided to go into the polls under Singhs leadership at the very outset, BJP had delayed its decision on projecting Dhumal as the chief ministerial face till the eleventh hour.

An impressive 74% turnout on November 9 had made many believe that the saffron party was all set to upset the Congress applecart. While the odds may be stacked against him, it would be interesting to note the kind of fight the Raja put up. He was, after all, facing not only anti-incumbency but also allegations...


SJBs are OUTRAGED! "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A sign telling staff of a Bay of Plenty supermarket that only English is to be spoken at work has caused a stir online. A photo of the sign, put up by management, left people outraged when it was shared on a Papamoa social media page, according to SunLive. The sign warned staff that the Foodstuffs []

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DIY Cable Chain Looks Great, Stays Cheap "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

If youve built a 3D printer, CNC, laser cutter, or basically any piece of electrical equipment that moves around, then youve run into the problem of securing the bundle of wires that such machines always require. The easy way out is to zip tie them all up into a tight harness or put them in commercially available wraps or sleeves, but these dont really impart any mechanical strength on the wires. With repetitive motion its not unheard of to break a conductor or two, causing intermittent failures and generally leading to a painful diagnostic session trying to isolate the broken wire.

An alternative are what are generally referred to as cable chains. These are rigid enclosures for your wiring that not only keep things tidy, but give the wires the mechanical support necessary to prevent fatigue. Unfortunately, they are often many times more expensive than a simple wire wrap or pack of zip ties. But [Brad Parcels] has written into our tip line to share with us a sort of hybrid approach to wire management that has many of the same advantages as a traditional cable chain, but at a greatly reduced cost.

The key to the design is using the metallic tape from a cheap tape measure to give the bundle of wires some mechanical strength. As anyone whos ever played around with a tape measure knows, if you bend the ta...


Grants to Increase Certified Teachers among Indigenous Educators & Paraprofessionals "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published December 17, 2017

PULLMAN, WASHINGTON Thanks to two state grants, Washington State University is providing greater access for specific groups of educators to become state-certified teachers.

The grants come from the states Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB), which is responsible for oversight of the states teacher preparation, certification and continuing education. While there is a traditional route to becoming a teacher, such as through the College of Educations teacher preparation program, PESB also has four alternative routes.

The first award, for $210,000, is a project called Titooqan Cuukweneewit AlterNATIVE Route. The project focus is uniquely on Indigenous educators, many of whom are currently teaching in language and early childhood programs within their Tribal communities. The immediate goal is to prepare 15 new teacher candidates, as well as prepare more Indigenous teachers long-term. That will include building a regional teaching certification program on the Pullman campus using Indigenous education models. The project includes collaboration with WSUs current teacher preparation program, the Northeast Washington Education Service District 101, as well as the Spokane, Kalispel and Nez Perce Tribes of Indians.

The second award is for $140,000 at WSU Tri-Cities, and is giving paraprofessionals in the area an alternative route to becoming certified teachers. Its a second grant award to this project, which was successfully implemented two years ago. Its been especially important in high-needs areas where teaching shortages have been prevalent, such as bilingual education, English Language Learner and special education. Additionally, there are some geographic areas of the state that have struggled to recruit and retain teachers. The Tri-Cities area is one of them.

Using past experience toward certification

For both paraprofessionals and Indigenous educators, theres a common denominator in what they lack to become state-certified teachers: course work and theory.

In a traditional teache...


Koodankulam Nuclear Reactors are Dysfunctional, but the Government Remains in Denial "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Nityanand Jayaraman | Now that four more units are proposed in the same place where two units stand as monumental testimonies of the corruption and rot that India and Russia stand for, let's not leave it to the people of Idinthakarai to do the heavy lifting. This madness has to stop. And the job of stopping this madness cannot be outsourced.

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Why Isnt anyone Talking about this massive Program?? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

They told us they would spray us and they did not meet any resistance and therefore, they stuck to their word.

Theyre blocking the sun from its ability to heat the earth, promote growth and fuel life on this earth with their created solar shield geoengineering technology utilizing  their false global warming risks that they themselves are actually trying to manifest by their own means

Here is the proof for the Harvards Solar Geoengineering Research Program:

In just 5 hours (condensed), I will show you that they can and that they DO spray us to the point that the sun is a completely unrecognizable object behind a veil of plasma heavy metals intertwined with blood cells, morgellons fibers and whatever illnesses du jour they pick for us to inhale.

Deadly Epidemic of Vitamin D Deficiency Caused by Geoengineering

And so I repeat .WHY isnt anyone talking about this massive, destructive to all life on this precious earth, program???

Via RichiefromBoston II:

****I need your help in order to keep this small, independent media site going and sharing information with you 365 days/year because of the increasing censorship and on purpose ad demonization. If you like my work and you can assist me, my Patreon account allows for a small monthly pledge (here) or you can support this work with a small donation via Paypal (here). THANK YOU for your concern from the bottom  of my heart. Julie Telgenhoff, Creator of A Sheep No More****



Ayuda i Maain-ta "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Independent Guhan organizes Ayuda i Maain-ta, an event to celebrate our elders and assist them in their war claims applications

For Immediate Release, November 30, 2017
Each December 8th, Guam commemorates the anniversary of the Japanese attack on Guam that dragged the island into World War II. Earlier this year, after more than seven decades, the US Congress has passed a law providing reparations for Chamorro survivors of the Japanese occupation. While this law is problematic in many ways, it still represents a chance for our manmko to receive some compensation for what they suffered and help give closure to this violent period of Guams history.

This December 8th, Independent Guhan is organizing Ayuda i Maain-ta an event designed to assist our elders in the completion of their compensation application and a ce...


America (& Allies) Create Slave-Markets in Libya and then Condemn Them "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

America (& Allies) Create Slave-Markets in Libya and then Condemn Them by Eric Zuesse Strategic-Culture On November 14th, CNN broadcast a landmark investigative report titled People for sale: Where lives are auctioned for $400 and showed many marketplaces in Libya where...

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Adventures of Akli'e' Book Launch "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Local children's book launches tomorrow
by Andrew Roberto
The Guam Daily Post
December 15, 2017

Local author and activist Michael Lujan Bevacqua, through his publishing group The Guam Bus, hopes his latest project can get young and old readers alike to think more profoundly about Guam's culture.

Titled "The Adventures of Akli'e'," the new bilingual project is one book made up of two stories: In the first story, the titular character spends a day with his great-grandfather, a master blacksmith, and imagines what it would be like to use the tools his great-grandfather forges every day. In the second story, the young Akli'e' listens to his great-grandmother's tales of CHamoru history and legend, bringing the stories to life in his imagination.

Bevacqua said he took inspiration for the tales from his own life. The main character is named after his son, and his own grandfather is master blacksmith Joaquin Flores Lujan. Bevacqua said, growing up, he often spent time listening to the stories of his grandmother. The book project came about as a way to invigorate the way CHamorus approach their culture.

"When me and my brothers were young, there was one CHamoru children's book in the house," Bevacqua said. "There wasn't much to really look at and think, 'Man, so this is where I come from, these are my roots.' There's nothing to look at and think, 'Man this is kind of exciting, the culture that I come from is cool.'"

Bevacqua and his brother Jack Bevacqua, an illustrator, hope that "The Adventures of Akli'e'" changes that.

"The goal is to give them something which connects enough to the world around us in a creative, sometimes funny way, but also gets them to think about certain things," the author said.

The "certain things" Bevacqua mentioned include problematic areas of CHamoru identity, as well as Guam's relationship with the United States.

'Difficult and complicated things'

"A children's book doesn't have to avoid difficult and complicated things," Michael Bevacqua said, adding that this isn't going to be a politically centered story. "You want to make it critical, but you don't want to make it so critical that people say that this is an activist book."

Instead, the author hopes the book opens up a space for children and parents to start having conversations about what happens on Guam every day.


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The ANC formally nominated Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma as the only candidates to run for the presidency of the party.

Delegates sing and dance during the nominations process at the ANC's national conference on 17 December 2017. Picture: Sethembiso Zulu/EWN

Ray White & Gaye Davis
Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - After much toing and froing late on Sunday, over 4,700 ANC delegates have started voting for the party's top six leadership.

It was initially expected that voting at the party's 54th National Conference would get underway at 10pm, before officials informed the media that the process had been postponed until Monday morning.

However, just after midnight, the party confirmed that voting had begun.

Voting is expected to take at least six hours, stretching into morning.

The ANC's elective conference has been plagued by setbacks, with many items on the programme of events running up to 24 hours late.

Earlier on Sunday evening, the party formally nominated Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and former Cabinet minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma as the only candidates to run for the presidency of the party.

Independent electoral commissioner Bontle Mphakonyane said: Comrade Cyril Ramaphosa nominated by 1,469 branches across six provinces and he has accepted the nomination. Comrade Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has been nominated by 1,094 branches across six provinces and she has also accepted the nomination.

Straight after that was the announcement on the nominees for deputy president

Comrade David Mabuza nominated by 1,128 branches across six provinces and he has accepted the nomination. Our second candidate is comrade Zweli Mkhize, who is nominated by 193 branches across one province and he has accepted the nomination.

In a surprise move, Mkhize the withdrew his nomination for deputy president while Nomvula Mokonyane also declined to stand for the position of treasurer.

The options for national chairperson are Gwede Mantashe and Nathi Mthethwa.

The fight for secretary-general is between Senzo Mchunu and Ace Magashul...


BREAKING: Linda Sarsour Allegedly Enabled Sexual Assault Against Female Employee Then Threatened To Sue If She Went Public! "IndyWatch Feed"

Far-left activist Linda Sarsour allegedly enabled sexual assault against a woman who worked for her at the Arab American Association in 2009. Sarsour then threatened the alleged victim with legal action if she went public with the claims. 

Daily Caller reports:

Allegations of groping and unwanted touching were allegedly brought to Sarsour during her time as executive director of the Arab American Association. In response, Sarsour, a self-proclaimed champion of women, attacked the woman bringing the allegations, often threatening and body-shaming her, these sources alleged. []

She oversaw an environment unsafe and abusive to women, said Fethelbab, a former employee at the Arab American Association. Women who put [Sarsour] on a pedestal for womens rights and empowerment deserve to know how she really treats us. []

At the time, Sarsour was the executive director of the organization. Fathelbab worked for Sarsour for almost a  year, according to employment documents reviewed and authenticated by TheDC. []

The problems began in early 2009 when a man named Majed Seif, who lived in the same building where the Arab American Association offices are located, allegedly began stalking Fathelbab.

He would sneak up on me during times when no one was around, he would touch me, you could hear me scream at the top of my lungs, Asmi Fathelbab tells TheDC. He would pin me against the wall and rub his crotch on me.

I ran the youth program in the building and with that comes bending down and talking to small children. You have no idea what it was like to stand up and feel that behind you. I couldnt scream because I didnt want to scare the child in front of me. It left me shaking, added Fathelbab.

She told me he had the right to sue me for false claims, Fathelbab told Benny Johnson of the Daily Caller.

Sarsour recently...


Jason A: This will Change Everything You Know! (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Jason A: This will Change Everything You Know! Video WATCH THIS AND KNOW THE TRUTH! Shocking Statements Made By Celebrities Facebook Executive Hollywood Jim Carrey Ravi Zacharias Chamath Palihapitiya social media hollywood illuminati 2017 2018 denzel washington Click here to...

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Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

After protracted delays, the ANC has announced which candidates will be vying for the partys top positions.

Baleka Mbete during the nominations process at the ANC's national conference on 17 December 2017. Picture: Ihsaan Haffejee/EWN

Janice Healing & Clement Manyathela

JOHANNESBURG The ANC has released its list of contenders for the top party positions at the partys 54th national conference being held at Nasrec in Soweto.

The nominees for president are Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma by 1,094 branches across 6 provinces and Cyril Ramaphosa by 1,469 branches across 6 provinces.

The official nominations, announced by an election official, come after months of campaigning that's set the stage for the start of voting by 4,776 delegates in the tight race between the two candidates.

The position of deputy president is being contested by David Mabuza (1,128) and Lindiwe Sisulu (619) who have accepted the nominations, while Zweli Mkhize (193) and Naledi Pandor declined.

The options for national chairperson are Gwede Mantashe (1,499) and Nathi Mthethwa (804).

The fight for secretary-general is between Senzo Mchunu (1,479) and Ace Magashule (930).

The choice for deputy secretary general is between Jessie Duarte (845) and Zingiswa Losi (361).

Candidates for treasurer general are Paul Mashatile (1,581) and Maite Nkoana-Mashabane (275). Nomvula Mokonyane (289) declined the nomination.

The nominations for the positions of top officials started with heckling about voting procedures, with delegates in support of Dlamini Zuma pushing for members to be allowed into the voting booth with a list of a slate when the voting for 80 NEC members begins.

Ramaphosa's supporters argued this voting process would promote slates, something the electoral commission agreed to.

No agreement was reached on this and the NEC is expected to take the final decision later on.


Professors say classroom 'civility' promotes 'white racial power' "IndyWatch Feed World"

Professors say classroom 'civility' promotes 'white racial power' | 14 Dec 2017 | Two University of Northern Iowa professors recently argued that practicing "civility" in college classrooms can "reproduce white racial power." C. Kyle Rudick and Kathryn B. Golsan assert in a recent academic article that civility, particularly "whiteness-informed civility," allegedly "functions to assert control of space" and "create a good white identity." This civility can reinforce white privilege, Rudick and Goslan argue, because "civility within higher education is a racialized, rather than universal, norm," according to the field of "critical whiteness studies."


Forensic auditors yet to commence work Oando "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Contrary to official notice to Oando by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that forensic auditors would commence audit into the affairs of Oando Plc on December 6, 2017, the company has said that the auditors are yet to approach it for the audit. Oando in an official statement obtained by New Telegraph at the weekend said: On Tuesday, December 5, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) officially notified the company that a forensic audit into the affairs of Oando Plc would commence on Wednesday, December 6, 2017. However,...

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Analysts: More resources needed to promote import substitution "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Against the background of the Federal Governments drive to diversify the economy and reduce the countrys dependence on forex earnings from oil, analysts at FBNQuest Research have said that the government should devote more resources to promoting import substitution than to non-oil exports. Import substitution refers to an economic strategy that emphasizes replacement of some agricultural or industrial imports to encourage local production for local consumption, rather than producing for export markets. In a note obtained by New Telegraph, the analysts observed that compared to this years allocation of N20billion,...

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Chinese University Video Instructs Women to Talk Less and Do More Housework And Obey Their Man "IndyWatch Feed"

In the female morality class, women were told to talk less, obey men and do more housework. (NDTV)

A viral video posted on Chinas internet women are instructed to talk less, obey their man and do more housework.

For some reason the professor behind the speech is receiving enormous backlash.
The Asian Correspondent reported:

CHINESE women are disfavoured at birth compared to boys (the country has one of the lowest female-to-male sex ratios at birth in the world) and stigmatised as sexless spinsters if they choose to earn a PhD.

Now, a viral video has surfaced on Chinas Internet, of a class that teaches its students that women should talk less, do more housework and shut their mouths, according to an AFP report.

The teacher in the class in the northeastern province of Liaoning, also told students that women should not strive to move upwards in society, but should always remain at the bottom level.

The class has reportedly been immediately halted by the authorities following the backlash from angry netizens watching the video. The class had apparently been launched without approval by education authorities in Fushun, according to Xinhua news agency.

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Trumps only doing what Progressives have done to us for decades "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Big deal, Trump wants to ban seven words that Progressives are fond of using. Progressives have been policing our language for decades telling us what we can and cannot say. They invented political correctness for goodness sake and now they are squealing because Trump is prohibiting officials at the nations top public health agency from []

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French Journalist Jailed and Released on Bail in Kashmir Still Fighting to Get Back His Passport "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The police has said that Comiti Paul Edward defied the conditions of his business visa, but his lawyers have denied the charge.

This is the first time I was arrested and harassed. I feel that the authorities were trying to stop the Kashmir story from reaching a wider international audience.

This is the first time I was arrested and harassed. I feel that the authorities were trying to stop the Kashmir story from reaching a wider international audience. Credit: Pixabay

Srinagar: Standing on the front porch of his lawyers office in Srinagars Lal Chowk on Friday morning, French journalist and filmmaker Comiti Paul Edward looked tense. We have decided not to speak to the media anymore. Things can go bad, he said in response to a question as he walked downstairs and disappeared into a lane, running parallel to the Jhelum River on the Bund.

Inside the office, a consular from the French embassy in New Delhi, Philippe Ducornet, who arrived here a few days ago, was busy talking to Edwards lawyer, Parvez Imroz, about the case related to the confiscation of the international filmmakers passport and other belongings by Jammu and Kashmir police.

Edward, who had arrived here on business visa to research for his documentary on Kashmir, was picked up by the police on December 9, booked under Section 14B of the...


Live: Assembly Election Results 2017 BJP Set for a Decisive Win in Gujarat, Himachal "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Welcome to The Wires assembly election results live blog. Through the day, we will bring you election results, expert analysis and much more.

Live updates on the 2017 assembly elections results, Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. Credit: Reuters

Live updates on the 2017 assembly elections results, Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. Credit: Reuters

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Deep Sahara "IndyWatch Feed"

Deep SaharaPackaged in the form of a memoir, addressed to a kind of spiritual advisor (though the hero has no defined religious belief himself), Leslie Croxfords novel Deep Sahara (Momentum Books, 9.99) draws the reader into Algerias deep south at a time when both Islamist fundamentlists and groups linked to the army and the deep state were involved in mass killings. Klaus Werner whose name we only learn towards the end of the book is of German origin and, like the author, born in Alexandria in Egypt. Driven to a nervous breakdown by the premature death of his adored wife, Klaus is advised to carry on his wifes work and maybe wishes in researching and illustrating a coffee table book on desert insects. Armed with a couple of letters of introduction he heads across the desert to a Catholic monastery in the back of beyond, only to find a scene of almost unimaginable horror. Far from fleeing the place, he settles in for several months, occasionally interacting with the few human beings that cross his path, but mainly searching for himself. A short but passionate affair with an American paleontolgist underlines his need to be in the company of a beautiful woman, but he is aware of other lacunae in his existence. A search then leads to yet more horror and the conviction that some terrible conspiracy is at large, as he tries to come to terms with both real and imagined truths, seeking guidance from those who sometimes do not really have his best interests at heart. Layers of mystery are peeled away, only to reveal ot...


PPA: $550m power plant in Ondoll boost investors confidence Fola "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) between Kingline Development (KLD) and the Nigeria Bulk Electricity Trading Plc. (NBET) for construction of 550Mega Watts (MW) plant valued at $550million will boost confidence of would-be investors in the project, KLDs Managing Director, Mr Akinnola Fola has said. Fola, who was speaking on the $550 million power plant in Abuja yesterday, said the signing of the PPA for the development of the plant would further take discussions with lenders to a different level. He said the benefit of the PPA to the project would guarantee...

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IPOBs proscriptionll not deter Biafra self-government, says cleric "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Notwithstanding proscription of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) by the federal government, there was no going back on restoration of Biafra, a cleric, Prophet Anthony Nwoko has said. Nwoko, who made the declaration in a statement made available to journalists in Enugu, at the weekend, insisted that there was nothing any man would do to stop the manifestation of God, that is the restoration of Biafra. He said: No Buhari, no Atiku, no Gowon, no Nnia Nwodo, no Obasanjo, no Osinbajo can stop the divine manifestation of God. The Prophet...

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Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Deputy president nominee Lindiwe Sisulu says she wanted to prove that it's possible to run a campaign without a slate.

FILE: Lindiwe Sisulu. Photo: Bertram Malgas/EWN
Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress (ANC) deputy president nominee Lindiwe Sisulu says she's glad she went through the campaign process for the party's top position.

Speaking on 702 on Sunday evening, Sisulu says she wanted to prove that it's possible to run a campaign without a slate.

The point that I wanted to drive home was that it is possible to do it. It is possible to go on a slateless campaign, that has absolutely no resources because we would like to revive and renew the ANC.

She says she did not make any deal with Zweli Mkhize for him to decline his nomination for deputy president.

I went up to him to ask why he had turned it down and he said he thought it was the right thing to do. I wish he had stayed on, but nonetheless no, I didnt make a deal with him, its not in my interest to do that.

Sisulu says she approached Cyril Ramaphosa to be her deputy to do away with the patriarchal mentality that says women should always be second to men.

The point Im making is that it comes so naturally to say to a woman why dont you become a deputy, and I wanted to put a different perspective to society which is why would he not be my deputy?


The Implications of the Incarnation Listen, and I Will Tell You a Mystery "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The Implications of the Incarnation Listen, and I Will Tell You a Mystery by Jesse Jesses Crossroads Cafe For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall...

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An Entire Unit Of Heavily Armed UN Vehicles Already On US Soil In Maryland Kellogg Warehouse "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In Maryland, just outside of Baltimore, an entire unit of heavily armed United Nations vehicles sit behind a mysterious Kellogg Cereal Plant (as of September 2017). Thanks to the work of Alastair Williamson (video footage below) we now know that UN vehicles are currently standing by for well thats the question. This unprecedented circumstance []

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Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Unforgivable Treachery Against Zimbabwe
December 18, 2017
Reason Wafawarova
Zimbabwe Herald

IT is hard to understand what Nelson Chamisa, Tendai Biti and Dewa Mavhinga thought they were doing flying to the United States to engage the Americans over the future of our own country.

The agenda was politically disastrous, there was no strategy in the decision-making process preceding the fateful trip, and from the viewpoint of international relations the idea of going to engage the Americans in the way that happened is just nave.

The propaganda scoop for Zanu-PF was as predictable as Bitis froth.

Nelson Chamisa is an international relations practitioner, and he must have known before hand that a trip of this nature would attract a backlash, not only from social media and the public in general as happened, but also from political opponents, like those from Zanu-PF.

Let me dare say here even top MDC-T officials were infuriated by the idea, and many other top officials from other opposition parties.

Nelson Chamisa had the temerity to defend the treacherous trip whose clear sole purpose was to urge Americans to shun our efforts to rebuild Zimbabwe; to maintain the ruinous isolation of the country implemented through the ZDERA administered sanctions.

Chamisa says he was delighted to go to Washington because he believed the trip was hugely beneficial, and that it was for you and me and our children and generations to come.

Chamisa says he could not make any presentations because his status as a sitting MP would not allow him to make such presentations, and also that he did not speak because of considerations of political correctness.

In other words Chamisa went to the United States to shut up.

Forget the law and political correctness.

What was the point of going there?

To cheerlead Tendai Biti and Dewa Mavhinga? I do not think so.

Chamisa wanted to stand in for Morgan Tsvangirai, and wanted to sell himself as the natural replacement for the spent force ailing opposition politician.

The politi...


Climate change and sustainability disclosure: Why we must start "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

SGX head of listing policy and product admission Michael Tang explains why companies should move quickly to adopt the recent recommendations made by the Exchange's Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures.


An Open Letter to the American People from Palestine "IndyWatch Feed War"

Dear Americans, break out of your silence and stand as one against tyranny! [ Ed. note the writer of the letter below is Iyad Burnat, one of the leaders of the nonviolent struggle in the West Bank village of Bilin. The village has been split in two by the Israeli apartheid wall, and for []


The current Standard Solar Model is the biggest hurdle to scientific progress "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The thermonuclear research was initiated by theoretical physicists in the early 1920s based on pure speculation. Georgii Gamow, Robert Atkinson, and Fritz Houtermans proposed that the energy production in stars was derived from the collision of atomic nuclei. Gamow...... Read more

Mass starvation is humanitys fate if we keep flogging the land to death (George Monbiot) "IndyWatch Feed World"

17/12/2017 - The Earth cannot accommodate our need and greed for food. We must change our diet before its too late Brexit; the crushing of democracy by billionaires; the next financial crash; a rogue US president: ...

'Bows' and 'wrapped gifts' now offensive on campus "IndyWatch Feed World"

'Bows' and 'wrapped gifts' now offensive on campus | 15 Dec 2017 | An academic department at the University of Minnesota declared that "bows/wrapped gifts" are "not appropriate for gatherings and displays at this time of year." According a copy of the guidelines obtained by Campus Reform, UMN's College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) encouraged its employees "to recognize holidays in ways that are respectful of the diversity of our community," recommending a series of steps to take. "Consider neutral-themed parties such as 'winter celebration,'" the flyer suggests, adding that "decorations, music, and food should be general and not specific to any one religion."


Stock market ends week bearish with 2.09% loss "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Trading activities on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange closed last week negative as the NSE All-Share Index depreciated by 2.09 per cent while the Market Capitalisation appreciated marginally by 0.04 to close the week at 38,436.08 and N13.678 trillion respectively. In addition, all other indices finished lower during the week with the exception of the NSE Consumer Goods, NSE Oil/Gas and NSE Lotus II Indices that appreciated by 0.68 per cent, 4.54 per cent, and 0.71 per cent respectively while the NSE ASeM closed flat A total turnover...

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The Curious Case of Neon Lit "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Cast your mind back to the early 90s: *biff* *bang* *pow* Comics arent for kids any more!

After the amazing success (both commercially and critically) of Art Spiegelmans first Maus volume, many publishers wanted to get in on the action.

Literary power houses like Pantheon Books (a part of the Knopf/Doubleday/Random House publishing behemoth), Penguin and Little, Brown all dipped their feet into the water and released mature, interesting work by Ben Katchor, Matt Groening and Charles Burns but when sales failed to materialise, they mostly threw in the towels.

And then Neon Lit appeared, an imprint of Avon Books, mostly known for publishing romance and mystery paperbacks.

What happened?

RT Investigates!




FG to list N10.69bn green bond on January 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Federal Government of Nigeria will on January 10, 2018 list the N10.69 billion debut green bond, the first tranche of a N150 billion programme on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, according to the Ministry of environment. The offer will open today (Monday) 18th of December 2017 and closes on Wednesday 20 while allotment confirmation and funding of allotment will take place on Thursday 21 and Friday 22 respectively. The bond, with a five-year tenor, will be used to fund projects to reduce carbon emissions and develop renewable energy. The Director-General,...

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Gujarat Elections 2017: BJP Set to Form Government for Fourth Time "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Vijay Rupani leading by 21,000 votes from Rajkot West. Independent candidate Jignesh Mevani leading by 10,785 in Vadgam.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Credit: Facebook

Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Credit: Facebook

New Delhi: The saffron party looks set to form government for the fourth time in Modis home state. Elections to the 182 assembly seats in the state were held on December 9 and December 14.

While the exit polls had favoured BJP, predicting that it is likely to take 110 seats in the state, some political analysts had said that on the ground people are leaning towards the Congress.

Party Lead Win L+W/182
BJP 103 0 103
INC+ 74 0 74
OTH 5 0 5


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Land Reform a Zimbabwe Success Story

December 18, 2017
Joseph Hanlon Correspondent
Zimbabwe Herald

In his speech after being sworn in as Zimbabwes new President on November 24, Emmerson Mnangagwa, stressed the role of the countrys land reform farmers in boosting the countrys economic recovery.

They have excelled recently.

Zimbabwe produced more maize in 2017 than was ever grown by white farmers, who have repeatedly been praised for making the country the breadbasket of Africa.

Maize production in 2017 was 2.2 million tonnes, the highest in two decades.

Good rains helped, but even the United States Department of Agriculture said the huge increase in maize production was mainly due to favourable weather conditions and a special programme for import substitution, commonly termed Command Agriculture.

That programme was implemented last year by Mnangagwa, when he was vice president.

Under the programme, land reform farmers signed contracts for a certain number of hectares and agreed to sell at least five tonnes of maize per hectare to the Grain Marketing Board (GMB).

The Government provided seed, fertiliser, and, if needed, tractors and fuel for ploughing, and the cost was deducted from the sale price of the maize.

Compared to 2011, another good rainfall year, maize production jumped 700 000 tonnes more than half of which was due to the Command Agriculture programme.

Earlier this year, before he was dismissed as vice president, Mnangagwa announced that the programme would be expanded for the coming agricultural season when more good rains are also forecast.

The politics of land reform

Robert Mugabe was displaced as president partly by pressure from the war veterans, who he led to victory in Zimbabwes independence struggle. But they had stood up to him much earlier, in 2000, as I documented in a book on the issue, written with Teresa Smart and Jeanette Manjengwa, who was recently appointed to the Zimbabwe Land Commission.

Mnangagwa was a liberation war veteran, and as he said in his inauguration speech: Dispossession of our ancestra...


Emergency at Atlanta Airport: Fire, power outage, prompts, lights, systems to go down down, travelers stranded "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Thousands of travelers were left stranded Sunday after a reported fire wiped out a good portion of an underground electrical room

Update: 9:30 p.m. EST: A traveler has reported that cellular service around the airport has been taken down and that flights may not be allowed to resume until sometime early Monday morning. The mayor is not ruling out terrorism. The airports website is currently down.

ATLANTA (INTELLIHUB) Something was afoot at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) Sunday, as airport staff, airlines, travelers, and officials continue to struggle to try and regain power to critical systems after a substantial portion of the electrical room was reportedly destroyed by a fire which has since been extinguished.

Thousands of travelers at ATL have been left grounded and explanations from officials have been vague.

Hundreds of passengers were stranded on the tarmac for the duration of the outage.

A preprogrammed emergency message could be heard broadcasting over the loudspeakers inside of the airport.

Some concourses were left completely in the dark.

Smoke could be seen inside of Concourse D as passengers stood in dismay. Fumes were present, according to the citys mayor.

At 4:41 p.m. the airport released the following statement on Twitter: A power outage has impacted several areas in the airport. #ATL officials are working to remedy the situation. Additional updates to come.

The airports hollow statement caused some social media-goers to voice their candid updates and opinions.

Twitter user elijah colt provided the following update at 5:54 p.m.: Atlanta police preparing to declare an emergency and evacuate everyone out of airport. Metro Station at airport working. Those on planes will be deplaned, police working on overnight housing plan for them. #ATL



So, Two US Government Agencies Cannot Account for $21 TRILLION Spent in Only 17 Years "IndyWatch Feed World"

Less than two weeks after the Department of Defense announced it would finally subject itself to a first-ever audit, a new report puts into perspective precisely why the Pentagon so sorely needs a thorough analysis of where its trillions upon trillions in taxpayer funds have gone because a stupefying $21 trillion cannot be accounted for by just two government agencies, including the gargantuan DoD.

That sum is indeed $21 trillion tens of trillions of dollars spent by the DoD and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on well, no one really knows what.

Not just that, but this rather bewildering amount slipped through cracks in only seventeen years from 1998, the year legislation passed mandating annual audits of every government agency, through 2015.

Michigan State University Professor of Economics Mark Skidmore, who specializes in public finance, authored the study, which became his brainchild after hearing Catherine Austin Fitts, former Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development during the presidency of George H.W. Bush, remark on a report from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) revealing no less than $6.5 trillion unaccounted for, but spent, by the DoD.

Skidmore, flabbergasted, had presumed from experience with previous public financing matters the astronomical figure too high not to be a mistake.



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Governing: People the Only Arbiters
December 18, 2017
Tendai Mugabe and Innocent Ruwende
Zimbabwe Herald

Any political party seeking to govern Zimbabwe should draw its mandate from the people through the ballot box, as no such entity has the divine right to rule despite its rich past history, President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said.

President Mnangagwa was chosen by the Zanu-PF Central Committee, according to the countrys Constitution, to complete former President Robert Mugabes term after he resigned from the post last month.

In tandem with the vision of drawing the mandate from the people as pronounced by President Mnangagwa, the Zanu-PF commissariat department has since crafted a plan-of-action directed towards active preparations for 2018 harmonised elections, in which the party intends to woe five million voters.

Closing the Zanu-PF Extraordinary Congress that endorsed him as the revolutionary partys Presidential candidate for next years harmonised elections, President Mnangagwa assured the nation that the polls would be free, fair and credible.

As we approach the 2018 harmonised elections, let me reiterate that these will be credible, free and fair, he said. We must always be mindful that no party, however rich its past, has a divine right to govern. That is something we must earn at the ballot box. As such, the party must invigorate its structures, organise, mobilise and rigorously ensure that all its members are registered voters. If we do this, we are sure to renew the sacred trust that exists between Zanu-PF and the Zimbabwean people, and we will prevail in the 2018 elections. In the next few months, we will be informing you the concrete plans with regard to these elections.

To win next years polls, President Mnangagwa said, Zanu-PF should show practical action towards economic recovery anchored on sound political policies. He said the party should also pioneer women projects and embrace the youths in its structures to ensure continuity.

We have a crucial year ahead of us, with two main goals, he said. We must gain the support and trust of the Zimbabwean people in the 2018 harmonised elections, so th...


Japanese Company Could Put "Billboard" on the Moon "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

This Japanese space startup raised $90.2 million to put the first billboard on the moon

iSpace[sic], a Tokyo-based startup company has raised $90 million Series A funding to send a spacecraft into lunar orbit by 2019, and then land a year later after orbiting the Moon. The funding was led by Japan Airlines Co. and Tokyo Broadcasting System Holdings Inc. Other investors in the Series A funding included Development Bank of Japan, Konica Minolta, Shimizu, Real Tech Fund, KDDI, Suzuki Motor, SPARX, Dentsu and and Toppan Printing. The investors will also be providing technology and other support to ispace, said Takeshi Hakamada, founder and chief executive of ispace. According to Bloomberg, Ispace plans on offering a "projection mapping service" which will serve as a small billboard on the moon. The company hopes to complete this mission by the year 2020.

It doesn't sound like the billboard is projected from an orbiter, but that it will involve a small display landed on the surface, photographed by the spacecraft:

Ispace[sic] says the initial business opportunity is mostly in marketing, including slapping corporate logos on its spacecrafts and rovers, and delivering images to be used in advertising. A successful landing will also let the company offer what it calls a "projection mapping service" -- a small billboard on the moon's surface. The startup says there will be demand from corporations looking to show off their logos with Earth in the background.

Hack that.

ispace, inc.'s website and its mission plans.

[Ed note: The proper capitalization of the company's name noted on their web site is "ispace, inc."]

Also at Space News and The Space Reporter.

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Rockford, IL Neighborhood Sets Up Luminaries To Honor Local Law Enforcement "IndyWatch Feed"

Only a matter of time until the vandals strike. Via WIFR: What started as a way to light up the sidewalks for the holidays has transitioned into a way one neighborhood is honoring and paying tribute to the Rockford Police. The Rolling Green neighborhood started putting out luminaries last year to brighten up the subdivision []


What Was Verifiably Great About America: Fragments of a Memoir Set To A Musical Soundtrack "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I have come to conclude, people born into situations providing economic advantage, both liberals and conservatives alike, experience difficulty, more often than not, envisaging the lives of those born into a labouring class existence. Worse, a wilful obtuseness, in combination with a supercilious posture is, all too often, evinced, by reflex, towards those scorned as "hillbillies," "trailer trash," and "genetic retreads."


Origins of philosophy "IndyWatch Feed National"

This very short post by philosopher Stephen Hicks states that:

*Metaphysically*, philosophy was born with Thales and the Milesians. *Epistemologically*, it was born with Parmenides and the Eleatics.

The Milesian school began around 600 BCE on the coast of Asia minor. The Eleatic school began around 500 BCE about 1100 kilometers west in the southern Italian peninsula.

He also has a nice post on what distinguishes philosophy from pre-philosophic thought.

There are three original cultures with serious philosophical traditions Greece, northern India and China. Their philosophical traditions all started in periods of small, competing polities sharing a common language and culture: the Archaic Period in Greece (776-480 BC), the Srmana Period in northern India (700s-332BC ) and the Spring and Autumn Period in China (771-456BC).

The contiguous time periods are very noticeable. One can see why German philosopher Karl Jaspers came up with the notion of an Axial Age. As for what they have in common, one is that they all had contact with the militarised pastoralist societies which developed as a result of the invention of the composite recurve bow and effective deployment of mounted archers. They were periods of increased urbanisation (particularly noticeable in India but also in the Hellenic world.) They were all places that developed coinage but that was after philosophy and is a natural response by urbanised trading polities to intense inter-polity competition.



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Another Timely SB Moyo Intervention
Richard Runyararo Mahomva
Zimbabwe Sunday Mail

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Dr Sibusiso B. Moyo must be commended for expeditiously pronouncing Zimbabwes foreign policy and situating its principles within the context of Operation Restore Legacy.

The pronouncement rebuts calls by the opposition for continued hostilities between Zimbabwe and the West.

This follows the much-criticised MDC Alliances anti-Zimbabwe propaganda trip to the United States to seek strategic opposition global repositioning.

Tendai Biti, Nelson Chamisa and opposition activist Dewa Mavhinga tell us their treacherous mission was merely to attract Western mediation in Zimbabwes political crisis.

Crisis? What crisis?

MDCs conduct has widely been viewed as an open villain agenda to undermine President Mnangagwas Government as it pursues a new trajectory of political pluralism and economic revival.

What the MDC Alliance has done is discount the reality of unfolding political progress to the outside world.
This is the same old opposition anti-narrative of soiling Zimbabwe.

Instead of reforming, MDC-T remains bent on disparaging the country as being a captured space lacking the culture of free and fair elections.

However, it is pleasing that Dr Moyo dispelled this misguided neo-liberal misgiving of Zimbabwes alienation from the global community of democrats.

He exposed the MDC Alliances anecdotal deconstruction of Zimbabwes political landscape by stating that the political transition was sponsored by citizens yearning political reform.

The advent of the new dispensation in our country, Zimbabwe, was realised at the inauguration of HE President ED Mnangagwa. This new era was achieved by our people, at home and abroad, who demanded change for the better.

Street manifestations, which were joyous and peaceful, were constructed by all our citizens in their colourful diversity without regard to political affiliation.

The solidarity of Zimbabweans at home and abroad on November 18, 2017 attested to coalesci...


Sunday Talks: Maria Bartiromo and Rep Bud Cummins Discuss FBI Plot Against Trump Presidency "IndyWatch Feed"

Fox News host Maria Bartiromo interviews Representative Bud Cummins about the 2016 weaponization of the FBI and DOJ and the same group of people in 2017 working to undermine the Trump administration. This Tuesday FBI Asst. Director Andrew McCabe will Continue reading


Video Two Skulls: Unlike Any Found on this Planet "IndyWatch Feed National"

Two Skulls: Unlike Any Found on this Planet

By David Bradbury

This discovery of two skulls that have no less than half a dozen features that either have no precedence or are the first time seen anywhere, have to rewrite history and all theories of human evolution.

Read more here:-

Before Their Beginning: New Unknown Hominids Found in Australia


Many Birds in and Four Eagles out: New Unknown Hominids Found in Australia


Keplers Tally of Planets "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Source: New York Times Source: New York Times

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Campbell Newman Joins Coal Is Good For Humanity Club With Predictable Results "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Can-Dos very public dummy spit in favour of Big Coal went about as well as you might expect. Chris Graham explains.

In the political world, Campbell Newman is poison. An exceptionally popular Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Newman turned out to be desperately unpopular Premier of Queensland.

After arriving in a blaze of glory into state politics with a routing of Anna Blighs Labor government Newman delivered a record 78 seats to the LNP in a parliament of just 89, reducing Labor to just seven seats (theres more ministries than that) four years of office saw Newman spectacularly reverse the LNPs fortunes to deliver one of the most stunning defeats in Australian political history. Seriously, how do you blow a lead that big?



As it turned out, CanDo Campbell couldnt but now, almost three years after his defeat, it appears he still cant cop the loss on the chin and move on.

Last week, Newman lost his shit on Twitter over the National Australia Banks recent (somewhat contestible) announcement that it would no longer finance new coal projects. Of course, itll continue to finance old coal projects, but thats another story for another day.

Newman was outraged by the decision, describing it as contemptible. Heres the tweet.

The key phrase here appears to be leadership elite of which, it appears, Newman is still pissed that he is no longer a member. The other key phrase is Lets (sic) turn our back on everything that has generated prosperity for 50 years.

Wild exaggerations aside (we havent turned our back on solar, for example, an industry worth tens of billions in investments) its suspiciously close to Tony Abbotts claim during his short-lived stint as Prime Minister that coal is good for humanity.



Mental Health Break "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

  Over 20 years in the making and yet a mere 10 minutes in length, this nearly dialogue-free film will have you on the edge of your seat, white-knuckling your armrests as you dangle hundreds of feet above the ground.

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Intense SHORTAGE: 7 Days of Global Stockpiles Left Trump 2018! (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Intense SHORTAGE: 7 Days of Global Stockpiles Left Trump 2018! Video Wealth Research Group Click here to sign up for The Daily Coin FREE newsletter covering precious metals, war, health and prepper suggestions! Video Source

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The Vatican and Pope Francis Push for World Government "IndyWatch Feed World"

Pope Francis has joined his papal predecessors in calling for a World Government. In his latest encyclical letter, Laudato Si, the Vatican leader wrote a dissertation on environmentalism, laying out a litany of sins against Sister Earth which he thinks should be combated by a new world political authority.

According to the pope, these eco-crimes include excessive anthropocentrism at the expense of nature, destruction of forests and wetlands for the purpose of agricultural cultivation, and human-caused global warming caused by greedy consumption of fossil fuels. The pope opined that increased use of air-conditioning is particularly corrupt.

The Catholic leader also advocated for government-enforced social justice. He wrote that wealthy nations owe a social debt to the poor and impoverished people of the world, a debt which can be paid by increased funding and better distribution of wealth.

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DC Rumor Mill: Trumpanzee Plans To Fire Mueller December 22 "IndyWatch Feed"

The Simpsons come through... bigly. Less hilarious is the Newsweek suggestion that Seor Trumpanzee may fire Mueller next week while Congress is away for holiday vacation. That's what Jackie Speier (D-CA) says she's hearing in the Capitol-- specifically that he'll fire Mueller on Dec. 22. Democrats will want to impeach him if he does-- but so what? Republicans control both houses of Congress and there aren't many who would go along either. Adam Schiff, who has been drumming up Trump fear-monger so he can raise immense sums of money for an eventual Senate run-- with no 2016 opponent, Schiff goes from his Rachel Maddow appearances directly to fundraisers and had already brought in $1,667,276 by October 1.

Meanwhile Florida dimwit, Matt Gaetz, one of only 5 millennials in the House, has been running around trying-- successfully-- to sound even stupider than Louie Gohmert, demanding Mueller be fired for corruption. Walter Shaub, former head of the Office of Government Ethics, noted that "the coordinated effort by President Trump and his surrogates to discredit the Mueller investigation raises serious alarms. Rather than making themselves complicit in this assault on the rule of law, Members of Congress should send a clear message to the President that firing Mueller is a red line he must not cross," no doubt a jab at the hyperbolic Gaetz.



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Im Everyones President
Zimbabwe Sunday Mail

President Emmerson Mnangagwa says he will represent cross-sectional interests, standing for the rights and aspirations of all Zimbabweans.

His remarks follow an edgy period in domestic politics that saw the highly divisive G40 cabal channel factionalism, regionalism and tribalism; in addition to fuelling cronyism that drove alleged criminal activity by a few elites.

Cde Mnangagwa, who was endorsed as Zanu-PF President and First Secretary and the partys Presidential candidate for the 2018 harmonised elections, preached unity at his inauguration on November 24.

He continued on this note at Zanu-PFs Extraordinary Congress in Harare last Friday, saying: I urge the party to introspect and self-adjust in conformity with the principles, mores and genes of Zanu-PF.

In this regard, Article 2 (Section 14) of our partys constitution outlines the aims and objectives of our party as inter alia being to oppose resolutely tribalism, regionalism, nepotism, corruption, racism, religious fanaticism, xenophobia and related intolerance, discrimination on the grounds of sex and all forms of exploitation of man by man in Zimbabwe.

In line with this instruction, therefore, my ascendance to the helm of the party must never be interpreted as a defeat of one faction and installation of another. My Presidency should not be perceived as a rise in the fortunes of a region, or a tribe or a totem, no. My Presidency is about a united Zanu-PF, a national party with a national outlook.

The President said he would unite all Zimbabweans under the national flag and around the national anthem.

I stand before you, therefore, as the President of a united, non-racial Zimbabwe, itself home to many tongues, dialects, cultures, colours, age groups.

I am a President of women and men; the young and the old; the able-bodied and the physically-challenged; the rich and the poor; the well and the sick. I am an emissary of all the veterans and heroes, dead or alive, who through their blood sketched the cause and mission which my Presiden...


Restoring judiciarys lost glory "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

TUNDE OYESINA reviewed a series of reforms being introduced by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) , Justice Walter Onnoghen and concluded that the judiciary was more than ready to restore the lost glory of the third arm of government   Justice Walter Onnoghen was on March 1 confirmed as the Chief Justice of Nigeria by the Senate shortly after he was grilled for about one hour. At the screening of Justice Onnoghen, the lawmakers questioned him on issues of the independence of the judiciary, judicial reforms, corruption in the...

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Corruption: Judges acquittal tears stakeholders apart "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Are judges immune from prosecution? This question, however, raised dust at the weekend as the Court of Appeal acquitted a judge of Bayelsa division of the Federal High Court, Justice Hyeladzira Ajiya Nganjiwa of alleged corrupt practices. AKEEM NAFIU reports     Exactly five months and 18 days after his arraignment by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over corruption allegations, Justice Hyeladzira Ajiya Nganjiwa of the Bayelsa division of the Federal High Court, breathed an air of freedom last week Monday. The Court of Appeal, Lagos Division, declared...

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Monsters: Missouri couple accused of microwaving 2-weeks-old baby "IndyWatch Feed"

Some say there is no such thing as evil. But a young Missouri couple show otherwise. On Nov. 27, 2017,  Mikala and Derick Boyce-Slezak of Park Hills, Missouri, both 22 years old, were charged with felony child abuse after their Continue reading


I read law to defend the oppressed women, children "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

He is nine years old at the Bar. Joseph Obinna Igwe, an alumnus of the University of Ibadan, was called to the Bar in 2008. He shares his law journey with AKEEM NAFIU   His story is a pathetic one. His father, a police officer was crushed to death by a Julius Berger truck when he was barely two years old. His fathers death was not just a deadly blow to his familys bright future but the beginning of cruel life members of his family had to go through. Life...

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(U//FOUO) DHS Bulletin: Chemical Splash and Spray Attacks Potential Tactic for Violent Extremists in Homeland "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

(U//FOUO) We assess that terrorists likely view tactics involving throwing or spraying acids and a variety of chemical liquids, hereafter referred to as a chemical spray and splash attack (CSSA), as a viable tactic to cause injury and disrupt critical infrastructure, judging from open source reporting describing terrorist social media posts and terrorist and violent extremist use of this tactic overseas. An analysis of a small number of incidents described in media reporting revealed that CSSAs are commonly used by criminal actors to further criminal activities and by violent extremist groups overseas to create fear, intimidate, punish, and disfigure individuals and groups that resist their control or ideology in their area of operations; the tactic, however, has rarely been operationalized by actors in the Homeland. We note, however, that homegrown violent extremists (HVEs) and lone offenders likely would find this tactic appealing and could easily adapt it to the Homeland, as it requires no specific technical expertise and the materials most often associated with criminal attack are usually unregulated and widely available.

(U//FOUO) We assess that anarchist extremists, other domestic terrorists (DTs), and criminal actors are the most likely US-based violent extremists to use CSSAs based on our analysis of past and present DT use of this tactic and on open source reporting of unaffiliated criminal actors using acids, toxic industrial chemicals, and other chemical incapacitating agents in attacks in the Homeland. They have used CSSA tactics against law enforcement, institutions, ideological opponents, protesters, and mass gatherings, especially those associated with political or social causes, judging from a body of open source reporting. These actors rarely used CSSAs to cause fatalities, but previous incidents have demonstrated that domestic CSSAs can cause significant bodily harm and disrupt law enforcement and first responder operations.

(U//FOUO) While foreign terrorist organizations (FTO) and violent extremist groups have operationalized CSSA overseas and have made recent calls for such attacks in the Homeland, we lack specific information indicating that HVEs or lone offenders would be receptive to this tactic or would seek to incorporate CSSAs into attacks inside the United States; we assess, however, that many of the factors likely driving criminal use of CSSAssuch as the ability to harm individuals, cause infrastructure disruption, possibly evade capture following an attack, and/or perpetrate repeat attackslikely would also make this tactic attractive to terrorists, especially violent extremists lacking training, and the access or desire to use explosives or firearms.

(U//FOUO) Strong acids and caustic chemicals are frequently used in CSSAs, but we assess attackers are just as likely to choose other commercially available chemicals such as pepper spray, bl...


US defense secretary James Mattis rejects war on Iran "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

James "Mad Dog" Mattis has injected some sanity into mad Nikki Haley's tirades. US Defense Secretary James "Mad Dog" Mattis has refuted claims that the US is preparing for war on Iran after US Ambassador to the UN, Nikkie Haley led a bizarre press conference in which she stated that Iran has armed Houthi fighters in Yemen and thus violating the terms of the JCPOA (aka Iran nuclear deal). Haley did not provide any evidence to substantiate her claims, claims which are logistically impossible given the Saudi led blockade of Yemen which predates the JCPOA by nearly four months.


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Pumping Operations Begin at Egypts Giant Zohr Gas Field
Ahram Online
Sunday 17 Dec 2017

The start of production from Zohr has been eagerly awaited since the gas field was discovered in 2015

Pumping operations began on Saturday on Egypt's super-giant Zohr gas field, bringing the country closer to achieving its goal of self-sufficiency in the supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG).

Experimental production began at Zohr at an initial 350 million cubic feet per day (mcfd), an event eagerly awaited since the field was discovered by Italian energy company Eni in 2015, making Egypt the owner of the largest gas field in the Mediterranean Sea.

Experimental operation means that gas is now being pumped from the wells at Zohr field to the pipelines and transferred to the Port Said land refinery before it is linked to the national natural gas grid, petroleum ministry spokesperson Hamdy Abdel-Aziz told Ahram Online.

The date of the official opening of the project is yet to be determined, Abdel-Aziz said.

A milestone in history of gas production: Minister

Petroleum Minister Tarek El-Molla described Saturdays record and unprecedented pumping as a milestone in the history of international gas production in general and Egyptian gas production in particular, according to a statement issued on Saturday.

Once the first stage of the project is completed in June 2018, production will increase to 1 billion cubic feet per day (bcfd), meaning Egypt will have achieved self-sufficiency in LNG supply.

The second stage is due to be finalised by the end of 2019, with production reaching 2.7 bcfd, El-Molla said.

Investments for the first and second stages are estimated at over $12 billion.

Production from Zohr will contribute to turning Egypt into a regional hub for trading gas and petroleum production, ministry spokesman Abdel-Aziz said.

Zohr to save Egypt $2 billion: Ministry spokesperson

The Zohr project will lead to a decrease in liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports, saving Egypt $2 billion when production reaches 1 bcfd by the end of the first phase in June 2018, Abdel-Aziz said.



Okpoko: Why judiciary must propose budget estimates "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Mr. Emeka Okpoko (SAN), in this interview with AKEEM NAFIU speaks on decentralisation of the Supreme Court, funding of the judiciary, retirement age for judges and sundry issues   Can the much touted decentralization of the Supreme Court fast track justice delivery system? Before we begin to address those points, its important that we even appreciate the entire workings of the Supreme Court. It must be understood that the court being the apex is the final place where law issues are concluded; decisions of court end there. Therefore, when you...

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Himachal Pradesh Elections 2017: BJP Leads in 42 Seats, Dhumal Trailing "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

In Sujanpur, BJPs chief ministerial candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal is trailing by 1709 votes where Congress Rajinder Singh is leading.

Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh (left) and BJP's chief ministerial candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal. Credit: PTI

Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh (left) and BJPs chief ministerial candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal. Credit: PTI

Party Lead Win L+W/68
BJP 42 0 42
INC 23 0 23
OTH 3 0 3


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Egypt Joins Unified Arab TV Broadcast in Support of Palestinian Jerusalem 
Ahram Online
Sunday 17 Dec 2017

The joint broadcast is intended to show support for Palestinians following the announcement last week that the United States recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

Egypt joined a unified Arab television broadcast on Sunday to show support for Palestine and a rejection of a US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem, recognizing the city as Israel's capital.

According to Al-Ahram Arabic, the unified broadcast is an initiative by Hussein Zein, the head of Egypt's National Media Authority, under the umbrella of the Arab League and in coordination with the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU).

The unified live broadcast runs from 12pm to 10pm on Sunday, with the participating channels from Palestinian and Jordanian television and radio authorities broadcasting several historical documentaries on the Arab heritage of Jerusalem.

At 10:30pm, Egypts state-run television will host a discussion by several Islamic scholars on a planned symposium in support of Jerusalem, to be held at Al-Azhar, the world's oldest seat of Sunni Islamic learning. The programme will feature phone-ins from various Arab and Muslim nations around the world.

A documentary will be broadcast showing Egypts role in supporting the Palestinian cause since the 1948 war, as well as reports on the history of Palestine, Jerusalem, Al-Aqsa Mosque and the violations it has suffered under occupation.

Sundays combined broadcast is the latest act of opposition by Arab nations to Trump's decision on Jerusalem.

Trump's announcement sparked a wave of condemnation and protests in the Occupied Territories and around the world. Protests also took place in several Arab countries, including Egypt, Lebanon, and Jordan.

Egypt has decried the US decision stressing that such unilateral decisions violate international resolutions.

"Egypt is extremely concerned about the possible impact of [Trump's] decision on the stability of the region," the foreign ministry said last week.

It added that Trump's d...


KIN Sports Team Of The Year "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

To understand what drives the Black Ferns think about fundamentals: spirit, fair play, camaraderie, passion, pride, and the notion that the team is always bigger than the individual. The Black Ferns never once complained publicly about resources, allowances, pay parity, or the delicate balancing act of combining sport and work. Scotty Stevenson Womens rugby []


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Buhari to Leave Nigeria for Niger Monday
December 17, 2017
By Fikayo Olowolagba
Nigeria Daily Post

President Muhammadu Buhari will on Monday leave Nigeria to attend the 59th Proclamation of Republic of Niger.

Buhari will also attend bilateral meetings before returning to Nigeria.

He will be accompanied on the trip by Governors Aminu Masari, Ibrahim Gaidam and Kashim Shettima of Katsina, Yobe and Borno States.

Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.

Pres @MBuhari will tomorrow attend the 59th Proclamation of Republic of Niger Ceremony in Tahoua, Niger.

The President will participate alongside Presidents of Mali, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mauritania & Niger.

After the ceremony, the Nigerian leader will hold bilateral meetings with some of his counterparts before returning to Abuja same day.

President Buhari will be accompanied on the trip by Governors Aminu Masari, Ibrahim Gaidam and Kashim Shettima of Katsina, Yobe and Borno States respectively, the statement read.

Week in review: Keylogger in HP laptops, ICS-tailored malware, new issue of (IN)SECURE "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Heres an overview of some of last weeks most interesting news and articles: Keylogger found in Synaptics driver on HP laptops For the second time this year, a security researcher unearthed a keylogger in a driver used on a number of HP laptops. US man is behind the 2015 Hacking Team hack? Whos behind the 2015 Hacking Team hack? According to a notice received by Guido Landi, one of the former Hacking Team employees that More


What does Alabamas election mean for Arkansas? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Alabama, Arkansas, electionHow big a deal is Democrat Doug Jones victory in the Alabama U.S. Senate race? Pretty big for the country. What does it say about next years elections in Arkansas? Probably not that much.

Its a big deal because it decreases the Republicans Senate majority to 51-49. Read the rest

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Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

U.S. Soldier in Niger Was Killed by Enemy Fire, Not Captured, According to Report
Rick Jervis, USA TODAY
3:48 p.m. ET Dec. 17, 2017

Army Sgt. La David Johnson was killed by enemy rifle and machine gun fire during an October ambush in Niger that killed three other soldiers, according to a newly revealed report.

The military investigation, reported by the Associated Press on Sunday, cited that Johnson of Miami Gardens, Fla., was fighting to the end after fleeing an attack by an offshoot of the Islamic State and wasnt captured or executed, as previously believed. U.S. officials familiar with the findings spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity to describe details of the investigation, which has not been finalized or publicly released.

Johnsons body was recovered by local forces two days after the Oct. 4 attack, found in thick brush where he tried to take cover, the AP said. His boots and other equipment were stolen, but he was still wearing his uniform.

Johnsons death was at the center of a heated controversy between President Trump and U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., after Trump told Johnsons pregnant widow that the soldier knew what he signed up for. Wilson overheard the phone call and publicly denounced Trumps remarks.

John Kelly, a former four-star Marine general and Trumps chief of staff, joined the controversy by saying he was stunned at Wilsons remarks, calling the congresswoman an empty barrel.

The soldier's widow, Myeshia Johnson, later told ABCs Good Morning America that she was very angry at the tone of Trumps voice during their call and how the president struggled with the slain soldiers name.

She said she wanted to know more about how her husband died and why his body wasnt recovered for 48 hours. She said she wasnt allowed to look in his casket when it arrived.

I need to see him so I know its my husband, she said. They wont show me a finger, a hand; I know my husbands body from head-to-toe and they wont let me see anything.

The Pentagon is investigating the incident and has not released details about the exact mission of Johnsons commando team. U.S. officials have said the joint U.S.-Niger patrol had b...


Magnesium found to treat DEPRESSION better than antidepressant drugs: New science "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Magnesium found to treat DEPRESSION better than antidepressant drugs: New science by: Mike Adams  Natural News A breakthrough nutritional study conducted at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont and published in PLoS ONE has found that just...

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If you want to take down Western Civilization, covertly emasculate the males "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

[] Gay and lesbian people []  They deserve the same love and respect and dignity as everyone else. But when this gets promoted, like an advertising campaign, when kids are told there is no biological imperative, everything is a choice well now we are coloring outside the lines a bit. And adding the T []

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Bitcoin Is Now Worth More Than Wal-Mart (The Entire Company) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Would you rather own 100% of Wal-Mart or every Bitcoin in existence?  At one point such a question would have been completely absurd, but now things have changed.  As I write this article, Wal-Mart has a market cap of 287.68 billion dollars.  Wal-Mart is the king of the retail industry in America, and nobody else is even close.  Bitcoin, on the other hand, is an entirely digital creation that did not even exist until 2009.  No government or central bank in the entire world recognizes it as a legitimate currency, and there are very, very few retail establishments that are willing to accept Bitcoin as a form of payment.  And yet at this moment, Bitcoin has a market cap of 310 billion dollars.

When the year began, Bitcoin had just crossed the $1,000 threshold, and now it is selling for more than $18,000.  Of course other cryptocurrencies have been rising at an even faster pace.  We have never seen anything quite like this before, and some are warning that this is a giant bubble that is about to burst

Axel Weber, the board chairman of big bank UBS, has warned of a possible Bitcoin currency crash. With increasing numbers of small investors jumping on the cryptocurrency bandwagon, it is time for regulators to intervene, he says.

Bitcoin has surged from $1,000 (CHF990) at the start of the year to above $16,000.

The risks are due to a design fault, which leads to...


Trump travel ban threatens our greatest hope: from Dr. Victoria Mora, President of United World College New Mexico "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A very incisive exploration of this important issue, and how it will affect international students coming to the United States, by the President of New Mexico's most international college


Orthodox Hermeneutics, Patristic Inerrancy Witness & Fr. Stephen Freeman Refuted Jay Dyer "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

17 Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. 19 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. (Matt. 5)

Christ tells us there is a great blessing in accepting His authority when it comes to the texts of the Law and prophets.  According to Christ, not a jot passes from the law and not a single command is irrelevant or without value and anyone who derides the Law and prophets loses a great blessing.   Jesus constantly affirms the historicity, validity and truth of those texts as He was the Author of those texts.  Just as in His day, there were two groups everyone has heard of who dominated biblical commentary the Sadducees, who were the higher critics of Jesus day who thought the Law and prophets were a-historial and not miraculous, and the Pharisees who were rigorists, but believed in Moses, angels, resurrection and the prophets.  Jesus many times affirms the scribes and Pharisees were correct on this issue and they had legitimate authority, while the Sadducees were wrong (again, on this point).   Likewise, in our day, the same errors persist in religious circles as most moderns are tainted with the unbelief of the Sadducees in terms of higher criticism and the doubt of the veracity of the texts of the Law and prophets.

The first time I attended an Orthodox service, two arrogant young men told me how they fled to Orthodoxy because they t...


The Julian calendar and the Groundhog year "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

In the broad sweep of history the mainstream narrative implies the Julian Calendar was in "general use" across Europe throughout the Medieval Period. The Julian calendar, proposed by Julius Caesar in 46 BC (708 AUC), was a reform of the Roman calendar. ... It took effect on 1 January 45 BC (AUC 709), by edict. The Julian calendar was in general use in Europe and northern Africa until 1582, when Pope Gregory XIII promulgated the Gregorian calendar. In the history of Europe, the Middle Ages or Medieval Period lasted from the 5th to the 15th century. It began with the fall of the Western Roman Empire and merged into the Renaissance and the Age of Discovery. Unfortunately, this implied storyline is very misleading because the Julian Year only started to slowly enter general circulation in Western Europe during the 13th century.


Jerusalem The Straw that Breaks the Empires Back? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Jerusalem The Straw that Breaks the Empires Back? by Peter Koenig The Saker When President Trump on 6 December 2017 declared unilaterally Jerusalem as the capital of Israel to where the US Embassy shall relocate, he violated UN...

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Foreign media urged to be fair "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Source: Loop PNG


Prime Minister Peter ONeill has called on international media to be fair when disseminating information about PNG to the world.


ONeill made this statement after the Supreme Court quashed his warrant of arrest case last Friday.


This saga has done great damage to the nation, it has cost millions of Kina in the legal process, both to me personally and to the state, and our countrys name has been dragged through the mud.


In particular, media outlets like the ABC have continuously acted without due care for the legal process that is taking place in the country, says the PM.


They have continuously portrayed an image of our country in bad light. They take cheap shots, do not investigate and have a vested interest in presenting a bad image of the nation to promote their own careers.


I give credit to all the media outlets that have demonstrated professionalism in this debate, that have not taken sides and have maintained fair and balanced reporting.




Labours Foreign Buyers Ban (1) More holes than Swiss Cheese "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Where to begin is hard. There are so many holes in this policy and related pronouncements that it is akin to Swiss cheese (Gruyere).

However, to get us going let us look at an easy hit.

Labour campaigned hard on how a ban on foreign house buyers would bring house prices down. This campaign was led by now Housing Mnister Phil Twyford. He of the infamous Chinese names scandal re house buyers in Auckland. A scandal never properly debunked by Labours media slaves and toadies.

Very recently Stuff reported. There is an explanatory video clip as well:-

Purchases of homes by offshore speculators push first home-buyers and families out of the housing market, Housing Minister Phil Twyford said.

A clear inference was that banning foreigners would bring prices down. Then, we see even more recently this comment from David Parker, possibly one of the few adults in the crew of the waka of fools:-

Trade Minister David Parker has said he does not expect a huge impact on housing prices, but the principle that buying New Zealand homes was a privilege was an important one.

So one minister claims foreigners push Kiwis out of the market, another one says it is unlikely to make a real difference.



Fact and Fiction in a World of Denial "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

From Trump to Ang San Suu Kyi, it is a world where facts take a backseat to fiction. The article takes a quick look at some of the more egregious denials.


Orthodox Hermeneutics, Patristic Inerrancy Witness & Fr. Stephen Freeman Refuted Jay Dyer "IndyWatch Feed World"

17 Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. 19 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does an...


UNSC to Consider Palestine-Drafted Resolution Monday on US Decision on Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

(Sputnik)  The UN Security Council will discuss the situation around Jerusalem on Monday, including a Palestine-drafted resolution over the recent US decision to recognize the city as the Israeli capital, a diplomatic source told Sputnik.

According to the source, the document drafted by Palestine was submitted to the UNSC by an Egyptian delegation. The draft renounces legal force and validity of any decisions that change the status and demographic composition of Jerusalem. It also urges other states to ignore the actions that violate the relevant resolutions.

The Council will hold a regular meeting on the middle east peace process on Monday with participation of UN Special Coordinator Nikolay Mladenov, however, there is no information whether the vote on the draft will take place.

On December 6, US President Donald Trump announced a decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and instructed the State Department to start preparations for the transfer of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The move has led to the aggravation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and multiple clashes between the Palestinians and the Israeli police.

On December 8, the UN Security Council convened an emergency session to address the US unilateral move sparking global unrest.

Israel and Palestine are locked in a decades-long dispute over borders and sovereignty. Israel seized Jerusalem from Jordan during the Six Day War in 1967 and declared the city its capital. Palestine seeks to establish East Jerusalem as its own independent states capital.

Originally published by Sputnik

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Nikki Haleys Anti Iran Rally: Hypocrisy is an Understatement "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Washington DC (GPA) Hell bent on finding Iran in violation of the nuclear agreement, US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, presented evidence as an attempt to rally an international coalition against Tehran.

Haley spoke at a press conference at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling on Thursday. Behind her on display were fragments of a Yemeni missile launched at the King Khalid International airport last month in retaliation for Riyadhs ongoing war against the country.

Her statements include a lot of allegations and implications to unpack.

The missile fragments

Despite Saudi and US claims that Riyadh intercepted the missile, fragments on display prove otherwise. Geopolitics Alert reported at the time that Saudi Arabia did not intercept the missile as claimed and that it did, in fact, reach its target. Thus proving once again that Riyadh and Washington will continue with lies to make up for their failures on the ground.

Just a week prior to Haleys speech, a UN panel of experts had already determined the Yemeni missile could not be used to mount evidence against Tehran. Although the UN found what they called Iranian parts they also found components manufactured by US companies. Late Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh was a close ally of George Bush and enjoyed considerable military aid for several years.

As for the Iranian parts, there is no way to tell when the components entered Yemen. As a result, this cannot be used as evidence that Tehran is in violation of UN resolution 2231 which prohibits Iran from transferring ballistic missiles outside the country. Furthermore, the UN report states that these particular components resemble Iranian parts which is obviously open to interpretation.

They show a cylinder and say Irans fingerprints are all over it, while everyone knows that Yemen acquired some missile capabilities from the Soviet Union and North Korea in the past, Head of the IRGC Public Relations Department General Ramezan Sharif said.

This isnt the first time Yemens Ansarullah (Houthi) forces have launched retaliatory long-range missiles at Riyadh. Its interesting that the US waits until their objectives in Yemen have completely failed to bring this so-called Iranian evidence to light.



The Medias Reign Of Error "IndyWatch Feed"

Blinded by Trump Derangement Syndrome. Via TWS: Covering the Trump presidency has not always been the medias finest hour, but even grading on that curve, the month of December has brought astonishing screwups. Professor and venerable political observer Walter Russell Mead tweeted on December 8, I remember Watergate pretty well, and I dont remember anything []


Will Trump admin policy rollbacks impact efforts to combat climate change? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

While Trumps policies will lead to far more emissions than Obamas would have, a new analysis from the World Resources Institute (WRI) show that all scenarios lead to US emissions being higher than the 2025 target.


Russian Presidential election campaign has officially launched "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Russian upper house has issued a resolution on the launch of the Russian presidential campaign. The Russian presidential campaign has officially started, the relevant upper house's resolution was published in Monday's edition of the government's Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper. The Russian upper house, the Federation Council, officially set March 18, 2018 as the day for the presidential vote on Friday.


An Advent Calendar to Beat the Devil "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Christmas and holiday season is a microcosm of the materialist mania that possesses the American people. This capitalist economy and the gift-giving season are driven by an unconscious guilt personified by the devil, who enjoys singing "I'll be home for Christmas" at this time of year. But there is another way to live and it begins with dispossessing.


Buzzfeed Editor and Crackpot: All I Want for Christmas is Communism Now "IndyWatch Feed"

The science editor at one of the nations leading far left website tweeted out she only wants Communism for Christmas.

Communists murdered over 100 million in the last century and destroyed entire countries but the American left wants to institute this evil doctrine in the US.

100 years of Communism

But the far left in America could not care less about facts.
Buzzfeed Science Editor Kelly Oakes tweeted out her Christmas list for Santa.

Shes a thought leader on the left pushing Communism.
In 2017!

Actor James Woods responded to the commie

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The Dems Won't Match Their Potential Next Year "IndyWatch Feed"

The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll has some good news for Donald Trump. His approval number is 41%, which is substantially higher than the 34% hes getting from Gallup or the 32% he got from Monmouth and Pew Research in their most recent surveys. Trump can also find some comfort in the fact that the Republican Party enjoys a 2-point advantage on the generic congressional preference question among white voters (46% to 44%) and a 12-point advantage with whites without a college degree (50%to 38%). In other words, these voters would narrowly prefer that the Republicans retain control of Congress.

This is pretty much where the happy news ends, however. Despite a comparatively strong approval number in the low-40s, Trump cant be too pleased to learn that twice as many people strongly disapprove of his performance (48%) as a strongly approve of it (24%). On the congressional question, the GOP is in a deep hole overall.

Fifty percent of registered voters say they prefer a Democratic-controlled Congress, versus 39 percent who want Republicans in charge.

The last time Democrats both held a double-digit lead and hit 50 percent on this question in the NBC/WSJ poll was September 2008, right before the party won the White House and picked up a substantial number of House and Senate seats.

This past October, Democrats had a 7-point advantage on congressional preference, 48 percent to 41 percent.

In this most recent poll, Democrats hold a whopping 48-point lead in congressional preference among voters ages 18-34 (69 percent to 21 percent), a 20-point lead among female voters (54 percent to 34 percent) and a 12-point lead among independent voters (43 percent to 31 percent).

Theres one other piece of bad news for Trump and the Republicans. The Democrats are showing more interest in the midterms....

Wherein I Buy Rich Lowry a #TrumpRussia Clue "IndyWatch Feed"

It is completely unclear to me why Rich Starbursts Lowry would write something like this:

1) As far as we can tell at the moment (and this is necessarily speculative), [Special Counsel Robert] Mueller doesnt seem to be closing in on a collusion conspiracy. If thats true, hes also unlikely to be closing in on a real obstruction-of-justice case. In other words, the best bet right now is that, after catching up people guilty of various, extraneous crimes, the Mueller investigation will leave President Trump relatively untouched.

Thats only a paragraph long but its chock full of strange logic. He doesnt provide any supporting evidence for his supposition that Mueller isnt closing in on a collusion conspiracy. Just for one example, Lowry doesnt attempt to predict what Michael Flynn is providing that is so valuable that hes so far escaping charges where Mueller has him dead to rights.

But were asked to go along with this, and then to assume that it logically follows that if there is no conspiracy proven then it is unlikely that any obstruction of justice case will be proven. Lowry should consult Scooter Libby on the soundness of this argument.

So, Lowry makes the case that it looks like Trump will be untouched by the investigation based on basically nothing we can rely on. And then he realizes that something else hes seeing doesnt make sense in light of this prediction:

2) Momentum is building for the idea of firing Robert Mueller. This is a result of the disturbing evidence of political bias of top FBI agents and prosecutors, (we editorialized about this Thursday) but is completely at odds with point 1.

Lowry doesnt ruminate about the timing of this coordinated momentum for firing Robert Mueller or accept that it could be happening now precisely because Mueller is closing in on a conspiracy charge. He doesnt wonder whether it could be Donald Jr. or Jared Kushner who is about to get his time in the barrel. For him, its a complete mystery why the Trump team would be launching a massive attack on the investigation, and its particularly dumbfounding if Trump is on the verge of being cleared.

If Trump knows he has something to hide thats potentially impeachable, he should probably putting ethics and the truth aside fire Mueller and try to out-run the law. Otherwise, cashiering Mueller would be insane. It would be like firing Comey only worse. If Democrats took the H...


Central Provincial Assembly Pass 2018 Budget "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


Source: Post-Courier Online   


The Central province has handed down its 2018 budget of K206, 032,424 last Thursday with reduction in the Expenditure Budget.


The expenditure budget will see most cuts in the service area and that includes


The administration Function grant will decrease to K1, 544,200 from K1, 914,200 in 2017


Other service delivery Function Grant will decrease to K2, 347,800 from K3, 098,300 in 2017


Health Function Grant will decrease to K5, 407,300 from K5, 882,800 in 2017


Super funds can be used to benefit working Australians "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Glen

I must admit, Im no fan of whats called Industry Superannuation (Industry Super). It was brought in as part of the social wage under the ALP-ACTU Prices and Incomes Accord. Its basically about privatising your pension.

As the French Maoist philosopher Alain Badiou says, one divides into two. Industry superannuation is a form of financ capital. Despite its intent, and the obvious limitations, its something we can use to our advantage.

In Australia a culture of scandal is appearing in the Retail Superannuation sector, with the role of the Banks being particularly criticised. The banks are accused of not acting in the best interest of their consumers.

In this context Industry Super funds are considered better investors/managers of our money. Yet the banks have friends in high places, with the Federal Government only too happy to assist them in maintaining their power and influence.

The Federal LNP Coalition Government has decided to attack the Industry Super funds.

On the guise of making them more transparent, they seek different governance structures. The desire for an independent chair, and a 1/3 of the board seats being given to independent directors, is about taking away the role of employee representation: Unions.

This is part of their obsession to destroy organised labour, in any of its guises. It is likely they will get what they want, in having independent directors on the boards. Independent in this context meaning people drawn from within, the finance sector, including the very same banks, criticised for not putting consumers first.

While we have employee representation on these boards, lets have them acting not just to produce a return for the fund, but to act on behalf of working people. Lets get our representatives acting on behalf of us, the workers whose value from our surplus labour ends up in these schemes.

Weve seen the Industry Super funds constantly getting a better return than their retail competitors. For example, CBUS got a return of 11.85% over the 2106-17 financial a year.

Weve recently heard that Industry Super funds in the United States of America have invested $1billion, for building houses., as they give a better return for their members. Building houses creates jobs and homes for those who need them.

Recent figures indicate there are 105,237 homeless Australians. With the cost of housing being considered the biggest contribution to poverty in Australia we need to do more.  Maybe the money in Industry Super can be used to build homes and create jobs here, instead of primarily using workers money for speculating, focusing in shares.

What about trying to re frame the way Industry Super is used, to help...


A.I. / CRYPTOCURRENCY / MARK OF THE BEAST (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

A.I. / CRYPTOCURRENCY / MARK OF THE BEAST Video LDS Watchmen Click here to sign up for The Daily Coin FREE newsletter covering precious metals, war, health and prepper suggestions! Video Source

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Sunday Talks: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Discussing Tax Reform "IndyWatch Feed"

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin departed Camp David last night and appears on Fox, CNN and CBS Sunday talk shows to discuss the pending historic vote on Tax Reform. Fox News Sunday: . CBS Face the Nation: . CNN State of Continue reading


Sorcha Faal: America is Unprepared for Trumps Cataclysmic Destruction of Deep State "IndyWatch Feed World"

December 17, 2017

America Warned Is Unprepared For Trumps Cataclysmic Destruction Of Deep State

Source: What Does It Mean | By: Sorcha Faal, and as reported to her Western Subscribers

A gravely worded new Security Council (SC) report circulating in the Kremlin today is warning that the American people are mentally unprepared for President Donald Trumps soon expected cataclysmic destruction of his Deep State enemiesand whose shadow government operatives are now in total panic after forces loyal to Trump discovered their having stolen a staggering $21 trillion from the US Treasury in a mass scheme first devised by the Clinton regime in 1998and whose amount exceeds the entire United States national debt of $20 trillion. [Note: Some words and/or phrases appearing in quotes in this report are English language approximations of Russian words/phrases having no exact counterpart.]

According to this report, over the past year the American people have been fed a steady diet of fake news propaganda by their Deep State aligned mainstream media alleging that President Trump had colluded with Russia to win his electionand that resulted in the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a Special Counsel to investigate the facts ofand who has spent on his investigation a paltry $3.2 million, with another $3.5 million having been spent separately on this investigation by the US Department of Justice in support of Mueller.

On 9 December, this report continues, the Security Council confirmed that Special Counsel M...


Congress, FBI Exposures, Prepare for Possible Blow Back from Elites "IndyWatch Feed World"

Why Christmas is a Holiday Full of Occult and Satanic Symbolism

Authored or posted by Pao Chang | Updated on March 15th, 2017 | Published on December 25, 2015

This article contains a lot of very controversial information backed with strong evidence proving that Christmas is a holiday with a strong connection to the Occult. I advised that you read this article with an open mind and use your intuition to discern the information. If you are interested in occult knowledge, the information in my article should be of great interest to you. Pao Chang

( Christmas is a time when many people, especially people living in Western countries, like to get together to celebrate a day full of evergreen trees, colorful lights, delicious foods, and presents. Unfortunately, most people have no clue as to what Christmas is really about, because they have never investigated the origins of Christmas and the symbols associated with it.

When you start to investigate the origins of Christmas and learn to decipher the symbols of Christmas, you should eventually come to the conclusion that Christmas is not what most people think it is.

Many people think that Christmas is a day for celebrating the birth of the savior, also known as Jesus Christ. Like Santa, Jesus is a characteristic symbol used to represent something that is related to the teachings of the Occult. In relation to Christmas, Jesus is a metaphor for the sunthat rises in the East and sets in the West. Do you need evidence of this? Read further and I will show you all the evidence you need.

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Iraq Mark II: The Fatal Flaw In The Case For War Against North Korea "IndyWatch Feed National"

The case for a war against North Korea does not stack up, particularly not in the face of US-led aggression, writes Max Atkinson.

That North Korea is one of the most brutal regimes to have emerged from World War 2 was recently highlighted by the tragic story of US student Otto Warmbier and the bizarre murder of the Presidents estranged half-brother, with strong circumstantial evidence of the regimes complicity.

There was also the 2014 Report by the UN Commission of Inquiry into North Korea. In the words of its chairman, the distinguished Australian law reformer and former High Court judge Michael Kirby, the regimes methods were strikingly similar to the crimes of Nazi Germany he likened prisons to the concentration camps in which millions of Jews, gypsies and political prisoners were exterminated.


But these facts, appalling as they are, do not justify a war likely to kill thousands of innocent men, women and children. We should have learned this lesson from the Iraq War, when a US-led coalition invaded another brutal regime in a war which cost between 100,000 and 1 million Iraqi lives, and was later found to rest on fabricated evidence that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction which posed an imminent threat to Western nations.

Former US president George W Bush declares 'victory' in the illegal war against Iraq. (IMAGE: Peter Stevens, Flickr).Former US president George W Bush declares victory in the illegal war against Iraq. (IMAGE: Peter Stevens, Flickr).

While the US blames the crisis on the regimes commitment to a nuclear defence, and the media focuses on its reckless missile tests and intransigence, little attention is given to a proposal by China and Russia, and supported by Germany and others, for a UN-supervised peace in which the North would end tests with a view to phasing out nuclear weapons in exchange for the US ending its own military exercises and phasing out trade sanctions.

But to better understand the Norths actions we need to go back to 1958, when the US installed nuclear missiles in South Korea in breach of the Armistice Agreement. They remained secret until 1974, when then US Army Chief General Creighton Abrams testified to Congress that the US had deployed a tactical nuclear weapon, the Lance missile, in readiness for a limit...


Trump's Bizarre Obsession with Diet Coke reveals a major problem facing the soda giant: What a dozen Diet Cokes can do "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

President Trump drink 12 Diet Cokes a day. From "Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic" by H. J. Roberts, M.D., a 1000 medical text, what this can do to his body. Getting off aspartame can save his life.


Now 5 Women Claim That Dustin Hoffman Abused Them When They Were As Young As 15 "IndyWatch Feed"

Turns out he might have been a more brilliant actor than anyone ever imagined. Via Daily Mail: No other Hollywood star has proved quite so brilliant at playing vulnerable, hugely sympathetic characters as Dustin Hoffman. Be it the nervous young college graduate snared by the rapacious older woman in The Graduate, the autistic savant in []


Attitudes changing towards the humble Moggy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Greenie sentiments are becoming more common amongst the general population and many people now recognise that pet cats (while lovely) are also extremely efficient hunters. Domesticated dogs, in general, do not hunt for pleasure but domestic Cats are hard-wired predators so even a full belly does not prevent them killing mice, rats, lizards and native birds.  []

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DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 743 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Daphile 17.09News: Slax improves wireless support, a cutting-edge spin of antiX, SparkyLinux runs on Raspberry Pi computers, Fedora's Modular Server delayedTips and tricks: Tools for rescuing the operating system and data filesReleased last week: FreeNAS 11.1, TrueOS 17.12, MX 17Torrent corner: antiX,....


Police ops to be heightened nationwide "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Souce: Loop PNG

Police operations will be on heightened alert throughout the festive period because an upsurge of alcohol-related incidences is anticipated.


In his Christmas and New Year message, Police Commissioner Gari Baki said Papua New Guinea is celebrating its 42nd Christmas as a united nation of a thousand tribes this year.


As a nation, we have come a long way. But the road ahead is still long and filled with many challenges, he stated.


Whatever the future holds for our country, we stand a better chance of meeting the challenges together as one people and a united country.


So on this Christmas festive period, I appeal to every citizen across our beautiful nation to celebrate this festive season in the true spirit of Christmas.


Take time to enjoy with family and friends. Also take time to reflect on the past year and plan to make some positive changes not only for yourselves but for your family and the country in the New Year.


On behalf of my family and all members of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary, we wish every citizen of our country a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2018.

God bless you all.



The Greek Fraud Reads Like a Crime Novel "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The Greek Fraud Reads Like a Crime Novel by Ral Ilargi Meijer  The Automatic Earth Note: I feel kind of sorry this has become such a long essay. But I still left out so much. You know by now I care...

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National Online Tertiary Selection System in Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


Representatives of Higher Education Institutions, stakeholders, prospective students and the general public. I would like to inform you of the Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technologys efforts to improve the upcoming National Selections.

The National Selections is the most significant events that affect our Grade 12 School Leavers. Selectors from each of the Universities and Higher Education Institutions play a key role in ensuring that we not only select but also that there is maximum opportunity given for Grade 12 school leavers that are eligible to continue studies in respective academic programs of choice.

This year we have just over 28,000 students nominated to sit for their Grade 12 exams. The rapid growth in the number of School Leavers, particularly as a result of the National Tuition Fee Free Policy, is astounding. The sector has grown to such a stage in which the way we select students must be improved on to become honest and transparent.

The Ministry for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology has developed a strategic plan to help as many students as possible to gain entry to universities or colleges, to offer the quality of education and most importantly help them succeed once they have enrolled.

As part of this strategy, the Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology has been looking at ways to improve how it facilitates the National Selections. Our main objective is to improve transparency, accountability, and most importantly increase the probability of capable and eligible school leavers in being admitted while ensuring institutions autonomy in selections process is maintained.

I am extremely delighted to inform all stakeholders that the DHERST is working with PCG Academia, a Polish subsidiary of the American Public Consulting Group company that successfully serves education sectors in the USA, Canada and Europe.

On the 13th October 2017, DHERST hosted a Stakeholder Seminar on the Online Selections for Higher Education Institutions. The purpose of this Seminar was to present to the Institutions the Online Selections system and more specifically how the system would be utilized by the institution.

I am confident that the Online Selections will contribute to improving fairness, transparency and accountability in the selection process. I encourage all higher education institutions and important stakeholders to work as a team to prepare for the...


Starship Earth: Sunday Headline Roundup for December 17, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed World"

Sunday Headline Roundup for December 17, 2017 [videos]

DECEMBER 17, 2017

Source: Starship Earth: The Big Picture

Thank you everyone for the links and information you share, and thank you too, for the donations. At this time of year it is especially kind of you to be so generous. ~ BP & Patrick

Some of the videos and links arent behaving today so good luck.

December 17, 2017

When we say a lot of truth is going to continue to come out, our heads will be reeling, but in the video above, they say the White Hats cant let the truth out about everything all at once because the cabal still has some power.

The video above says some women were paid or had their mortgages zeroed out to come forward with lies about Trump sexually assaulting them, or some such dirt. Just like Sandy Hook. They paid off the mortgages of everyone in town so they would go along with that stunt and shut up about it forever. Most people have no idea the power, wealth and depravity of the cabal. Its inconceivable to them that anyone would do these things. Newsflash! Thats how they got away with it for so long. Denial.

From Twitter have a boo at this: (thanks, L)

TRUTH BOMB: Former Miss Universe Manager Confirms The Sexual Misconduct Accusations Against Trump Are False, Trump was always a Gentleman

Col. Potter reveals there have been hit attempts on he and at least one other Bundy supporter and he warns all Bundy supporters are on one of the kill lists BLM Sp...


UPS Loses Family's $850,000 Inheritance, Offers To Refund $32 Delivery Fee "IndyWatch Feed World"

One Canadian man says hes broke because one of the countrys largest banks has refused to refund a $850,000 bank draft that was lost by UPS during a routine delivery.
However, UPS, which claims it conducted an exhaustive search for the lost package but still turned up empty-handed, has at least offered to refund the $32 delivery fee.


Why the GOP's Tax Reform is the Al Qaeda Terrorists Dream Come True! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

During the 11+ years since Bush-43 warned us, in his September 5, 2006 speech, to take the terrorist words seriously Beltway policymakers have done the exact opposite. The GOP's Tax Reform being latest in a chain of legislation enabling Al Qaeda to achieve its goals, big time. If the GOP Tax Bill is enacted the Republican Party will be the terrorist's Most Valuable Party (MVP).


Martial Law In America: Cook County Commissioner Asks The U.N. To Send Troops To Chicago "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Alex Thomas Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin recently met with the Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations during which he requested that the...


Musician Arrested, Strip Searched, Thrown in Jail for Singing Without A License "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Jack Burns Oklahoma City, OK In the land of the free, playing music in public can get you arrested and extorted. A street...


Virtual Realitys Literal Side Effects: Headaches, Sore Eyes, Behavioral Changes in Adults; Eyesight, Balance Problems, Unknown Long-Term Consequences in Kids "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By B.N. Frank On October 28, 2017, The Guardian published Virtual reality headsets could put childrens health at risk. Scientists studied children aged 812 playing...


Calm Before The Storm: QAnon? Breadcrumbs Intel "IndyWatch Feed World"

Q Anon?! ~BreadCrumbs INTEL +++

December 17, 2017

Source: Mission Galactic Freedom

Why I started paying attention the Q Anon posts and why you should too. Twitter: @VeryValyn Q Anon Primer + Graphic:

Q-anon, whether you believe is an AI/bot (Artificial Intellegence) or a/multiple human person/people (CIA etc) or even a LARP (live action roleplay) a hoax, doesnt matter. What he/she/it/them is revealing is really happening. George Webb imho is on the forefront of investigating and discovering the deep underbelly footprints that have been left behind by the Deep State Globalists. Not conspiracy theory (although some speculation is definitely required in order to dig deeper) but real, tangible, hold in your hands FACT.

This video is deep and begins that dive into the rabbit hole. So get your migraine remedy accessable because theres so much information your heads going to explode. But, Im breaking it all down into smaller digestible pieces to help we ordinary folk comprehend it all. From Uraniumone to Q-anon to Saudi Arabia, Seth Rich, the DNC hack and even Las Vegas etc. It all seems to have connection to Palantir. Dont know much about that? Well, thanks to some awesome independent investigators/journalists, we now can find out wtf is going on. At least those of us brave enough to see.;)



MARXISM 101 (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

MARXISM 101 Video Stefan Molyneux Question: I am an engineering student and am required to take a class about social advocacy and ethics. My instructor has been pushing a lot of anti-capitalism sentiments and pro-Marxist arguments and I was...

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BOMBSHELL: Obama Protected Hezbollah Drug and Human Trafficking Rings To Appease Iran "IndyWatch Feed"

In a bombshell report by POLITICOs Josh Meyer, the Obama administration is accused of protecting Hezbollah drug and human trafficking rings to help ensure a nuclear deal with Iran was achieved.

POLITICO reports:

Project Cassandra reached higher into the hierarchy of the conspiracy, Obama administration officials threw an increasingly insurmountable series of roadblocks in its way, according to interviews with dozens of participants who in many cases spoke for the first time about events shrouded in secrecy, and a review of government documents and court records. When Project Cassandra leaders sought approval for some significant investigations, prosecutions, arrests and financial sanctions, officials at the Justice and Treasury departments delayed, hindered or rejected their requests.

The Justice Department declined requests by Project Cassandra and other authorities to file criminal charges against major players such as Hezbollahs high-profile envoy to Iran, a Lebanese bank that allegedly laundered billions in alleged drug profits, and a central player in a U.S.-based cell of the Iranian paramilitary Quds force. And the State Department rejected requests to lure high-value targets to countries where they could be arrested.

This was a policy decision, it was a systematic decision, said David Asherseasoned illicit finance expert who helped establish and oversee Project Cassandra as a Defense Department illicit finance analyst.

They serially ripped apart this entire effort that was very well supported and resourced, and it was done from the top down.

The Obama administration is believed to have deliberately put the kibosh on charging numerous drug dealers and arms dealing, such as Hezbollah operative nicknamed the Ghost, and Abdallah Safieddine, the terrorist organizations de facto envoy to Iran. All the while both Hezbollah and Iran made massive sums selling drugs, weapons and used cars, [along with] diamonds, commercial merchandise and even human slaves, say ex-Projec...


Interview With Todd Miller, Author of Storming The Wall: Climate Change, Migration, And Homeland Security "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

If you would like to support the show and help keep us going strong, please become a subscriber on our Patreon page.

Hosts Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola interview journalist Todd Miller, author of Storming the Wall: Climate Change, Migration, and Homeland Security. It was published by City Lights Books in September and was praised by Bill McKibben, Christian Parenti, and Dahr Jamail, who has appeared on this podcast multiple times.

Miller traveled to the Philippines, Honduras, Guatemala, the Mexico-Guatemala border, the United States-Mexico border, and Paris. There he observed and met individuals witnessing the escalating impacts of climate change on their communities. He also attended multiple expos or conventions, where people from the security-industrial complex spoke about how they are preparing for climate changein order to control borders and make profits off future calamities.

During the hour-long interview, Miller discusses the 21st Century Border, as well as the concept of Prevention Through Deterrencehow countries deter migration by increasing the potential for death. He highlights what he observed in the Philippines and recalls his experience at Milipol, a massive Homeland Security expo he attended in Paris days after ISIS attacked the city and around the time the Paris climate agreement was deliberated over by much of the world.

To listen to the full interview, click on the above player or go here.


Below is a partial transcript of the interview.

GOSZTOLA: Before we get into the connections between militarization, the security state apparatuses, and immigration policies, lets talk about where are we at now with Donald Trump as president and what weve seen in the last year. What makes this book so critical for this moment?

MILLER: Thats a good way to start. Donald Trump, of course, central to his campaign and his presidency was this idea of a border wall. Before I delve into that, its important to mention that before Donald Trump ever took office there is and already has been a border wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Its a part of a 25-year historic buildup, where we have a border enforcement apparatus of the size and magnitude that we havent seen before.

And this in terms of walls and fencing barriers, as one example. Already theres 700 miles of walls and fences on the U.S.-Mexico border. Border Patrol agents have gone from about 4,000 to approximately 21,000. So thats a five-fold increase. Bud...


Eric Holder: Trump Firing Robert Mueller, Or Crippling His Investigation, Is An Absolute Red Line "IndyWatch Feed"

Oh no, not the dreaded red line. Via Washington Examiner: Former Attorney General Eric Holder called a possible dismissal of special counsel Robert Mueller by President Trump an absolute red line that cannot be crossed. ABSOLUTE RED LINE: the firing of Bob Mueller or crippling the special counsels office. If removed or meaningfully tampered with, []


Histone H1 interacts specifically with certain regions of the mouse alpha-globin gene "IndyWatch Feed World"

Histone H1 interacts specifically with certain regions of the mouse alpha-globin gene



Ammonia-independent modifications of the background EEG signal and paradoxical enhancement of epileptic abnormalities in EEG after acute administration of valproate to epileptic patients "IndyWatch Feed World"

Ammonia-independent modifications of the background EEG signal and paradoxical enhancement of epileptic abnormalities in EEG after acute administration of valproate to epileptic patients


Isolation and characterization of insoluble and kappa elastins "IndyWatch Feed World"

Isolation and characterization of insoluble and kappa elastins


The relationship of age and ovarian development to mating of Delia antiqua (Diptera: Anthomyiidae) "IndyWatch Feed World"

The relationship of age and ovarian development to mating of Delia antiqua (Diptera: Anthomyiidae)


Hydrostatic balloon dilatation of benign colonic anastomotic strictures "IndyWatch Feed World"

Hydrostatic balloon dilatation of benign colonic anastomotic strictures


Ministry Pushes For E-Learning In Tertiary Institutions "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Source: Post-Courier


As of next month, smaller higher education institutions in the country will be assisted by the Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology to create their own websites and internel protocol (IP) addresses. Minister for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, Pila Niningi, said this in Port Moresby last week.

With the rapid progress in technology and the advancement in learning systems, we plan to establish e-learning in all higher education institutions in the country, Mr Niningi said.

He said higher learning institutions in the world that use e-learning technologies are ahead of those that use the traditional approach towards learning. He said it was equally important to take forward the concept of non-electronic teaching with the help of books and teachers, but the importance and effectiveness of technology-based learning cannot be taken lightly or ignored altogether.

Mr Niningi added that some higher learning institutions in private and public sectors are adapting to the concept of e-learning, which help in nation progress.

The ministry and the Department of Higher Education will begin to use a tool called cloud to protect, monitor and manage the performance and availability of data across all higher learning institutions in PNG.


Bengoh Dam Claims Simply Dont Hold Water "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Sarawaks brand new dam at Bengoh is visibly leaking. The people in charge, headed by the Minister for Utilities and backed up by none less than the Speaker of the State Assembly, first told us that it was perfectly normal and the water was coming through pre-designed construction joints. On being challenged that it is []


Expedite survey of strategic NCR land near Katibas bridge DAP Kapit "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The DAP in Kapit is calling on the Land and Survey Department to expedite the survey of native customary rights (NCR) land near the Katibas bridge in Song, pursuant to the owners obtaining land titles under the provision of Section 18 of the Land Code. DAP Kapit coordinator Paren Nyawai said the lots in question []


PBB assemblymen will not be fielded in GE14, says Abang Jo "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), the backbone of the Sarawak Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition will not field its state assemblymen in any of the 31 parliamentary constituencies in the coming 14th General Elections (GE14). Its president Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said this was the stand taken by the party in facing the coming []


GE14 candidates for Sarawak BN will all have clean records, chairman pledges "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Sarawak Barisan Nasional (BN) said today its potential electoral candidates will be carefully vetted to ensure that they have clean records before contesting in the 14th general election. Sarawak BN chairman Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg said that the list of names will be submitted to agencies like the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), police, Insolvency []


BNs pick for GE14 to be vetted "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Potential state Barisan Nasional (BN) candidates will be screened by relevant agencies such as the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) before they can be officially fielded to stand for the coalition in the 14th general election (GE14). Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said this was to ensure that the candidates selected by state []


A journey through a land of extreme poverty welcome to America "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Guardians Ed Pilkington, accompanied the United Nations Philip Alston on a two-week mission into the dark heart of the worlds richest nation. After this hew [published the flowing story and says, Philip Alston wants to know why 41 million Americans are living in poverty.
Los Angeles, California, 5 December

You got a choice to make, man. You could go straight on to heaven. Or you could turn right, into that.

We are in Los Angeles, in the heart of one of Americas wealthiest cities, and General Dogon, dressed in black, is our tour guide. Alongside him strolls another tall man, grey-haired and sprucely decked out in jeans and suit jacket. Professor Philip Alston is an Australian academic with a formal title: UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights.

General Dogon, himself a veteran of these Skid Row streets, strides along, stepping over a dead rat without comment and skirting round a body wrapped in a worn orange blanket lying on the sidewalk.

The two men carry on for block after block after block of tatty tents and improvised tarpaulin shelters. Men and women are gathered outside the structures, squatting or sleeping, some in groups, most alone like extras in a low-budget dystopian movie.

We come to an intersection, which is when General Dogon stops and presents his guest with the choice. He points straight ahead to the end of the street, where the glistening skyscrapers of downtown LA rise up in a promise of divine riches.

Then he turns to the right, revealing the black power tattoo on his neck, and leads our gaze back into Skid Row bang in the center of LAs downtown. That way lies 50 blocks of concentrated human humiliation. A nightmare in plain view, in the city of dreams.

So begins a two-week journey into the dark side of the American Dream. The spotlight of the UN monitor, an independent arbiter of human rights standards across the globe, has fallen on this occasion on the US, culminating on Friday with the release of his initial report in Washington.

His fact-finding mission into the richest nation the world has ever known has led him to investigate the tragedy at its core: the 41 million people who officially live in poverty.

Of those, nine million have zero cash income they do not receive a cent in sustenance.

Alstons epic journey has taken him from coast to coast, deprivation to deprivation. Starting in LA and San Francisco, sweeping through the Deep South, travelling on to the colonial stain...


Merry Christmas to all; especially to Muslims "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Before you Islamists start telling me off and others not to participate in celebration or wish Merry Christmas to everyone celebrating can you please do the followings first. Here I am making you a checklist of how NOT to be a munafiq (hypocryte) Muslims: Stop using the Gregorian calendar. Dont you know that the calendar []


Hackaday Links: December 17, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Where do you go if you want crazy old electronic crap? If youre thinking a ham swap meet is the best place, think again. [Fran] got the opportunity to clean out the storage closet for the physics department at the University of Pennsylvania. Oh, man is there some cool stuff here. This room was filled to the brim with old databooks and development boards, and a sample kit for the unobtanium Nimo tube.

The Gigatron is a Hackaday Prize entry to build a multi-Megahertz computer with a color display out of TTL logic. Now, all this work is finally paying off. [Marcel] has turned the Gigatron into a kit. Save for the memories, this computer is pretty much entirely 74-series logic implemented on a gigantic board. Someone is writing a chess program for it. Its huge, awesome, and the kits should cost under $200.

Whats cooler than BattleBots, and also isnt Junkyard Wars? BattleBots, but in drone form. Drone Clash was originally announced in March, but now theyre moving it up to February to coincide with the TUS Expo. What could be better than flaming piles of lithium?

The Atari Lynx went down in history as the first portable console with a color LCD. There was a problem with the Lynx; the display was absolutely terrible. [RetroManCave] found someone selling an LCD upgrade kit for the Lynx, and the results are extremely impressive. The colors arent washed out, and since the backlight isnt a fluorescent light bulb (yes, really), this Lynx should get a bit more run time for each set of batteries.

Like dead tree carcasses? You need to butcher some dead tree carcasses. The best way to do this is on a proper workbench, and [Paul Sellers] is working on a video series on how to make a workbench. Hes up to episode 3, where the legs are mortised. This is all done with hand tools, and the videos are far more interesting than you would think.

If you need some very small, very blinky wearables, heres an option. This build is literally three parts an LED matrix, an ATtiny2313, and a coin cell battery. Seems like this could be an entry for the...


Bitcoin but wait! Theres more "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Indeed, there is much more to the cryptocurrency story than just Bitcoin.  Bitcoin hogs the headlines but CoinMarket currently lists over 1000 different cryptocurrencies. That is far too many to deal with here so we will look at a few of the current leaders as we continue looking at cryptocurrencies, blockchains, tangles, bubbles and other []

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HPR2446: Git server and git hooks "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

A sample post-receive git hook: #!/usr/bin/tcsh foreach arg ( $< ) set argv = ( $arg ) set refname = $1 end set branch = `git rev-parse --symbolic --abbrev-ref $refname` echo $branch if ( "$branch" == "master" ) then echo "Branch detected: master" echo "Do some stuff here." else if ( "$branch" == "dev" ) then echo "Branch detected: dev" echo "Do something else here." else echo "Do something entirely different here." endif


Ten month delay on Manumanu inquiry is unacceptable "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Prime Minister Peter ONeill has been vocal in the media recently telling anti-corruption warriors to be patient and wait for the results of an administrative inquiry into the alleged illegal Manumanu land deals transactions involving millions of kina in state funds and hundreds of hectares of land.

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The Rug Yank Phase of Fed Policy "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The Rug Yank Phase of Fed Policy Author MN Gordon  Acting-Man Bogus Jobs Pay Big Bucks The political differences of todays two leading parties are not over ultimate questions of principle.  Rather, they are over opposing answers to the question of...

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Yet Another Early Ice Wine Grape Harvest! "IndyWatch Feed War"

  As mentioned last week its been very cold for late fall. As sub zero temps persist the ice wine grape harvest got under way December 13th in Niagara- At least a whole month ahead of the usual harvest time. Which is usually mid to late JanuaryThe 2017 Ice Wine grape harvest kicked off one day earlier then last years earlier then usual harvest! 

 Im awfully close to wine country- physically (living in Niagara) and in my heart ;)

Let's talk another late fall ice wine harvest! 
Winter kicking off officially December 21/17
 Sub Zero Temps Marks Start of  Niagara Wine Harvest- December 13/2017

"The Icewine harvest started in Niagara at 5 a.m. Wednesday morning when temperatures dropped below -8 C, the audited temperature for VQA rules, and Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery began picking Cabernet Franc grapes.
The Cabernet Franc grapes will be followed by Riesling and Vidal varietals.
The forecast is showing plunging temperatures over the next few days, said Matthew Speck, Co-Owner and Viticulturist, Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery. With the expected cold weather in Niagara, we are excited to harvest the 2017 Icewine crop. Due to the exceptional growing conditions this year, and especially the warm, dry fall, we are anticipating one of our largest Icewine crops in our 30 year history.

December cold snap means early icewine grape harvest

Icewine grape growers got a lucky break with Mother Nature this week as sudden and persistent sub-zero temperatures allowed them to harvest the grapes nearly a month ahead of schedule.
Growers a...


Mixed Outcomes from the 11th WTO Ministerial Meeting "IndyWatch Feed National"

The 11th Ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organization (MC11) finished in Buenos Aires this week without a formal agreed Ministerial statement. Here is a link to the remarks by the Director-General. This means there are no formal mandates for new WTO negotiations. The main debate was between developing countries which want the WTO to address their specific development needs identified in the Doha Development Round, including addressing unfair agricultural subsidies in the US and EU.

Industrialised country governments like the US, EU Japan and Australia, wanted to avoid this agenda and instead want the WTO to focus on new issues like e-commerce and investment.

There were some positive outcomes. Despite some pushback from the US on behalf of its pharmaceutical industry, the moratorium for non-violation cases under the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property (TRIPS) has been extended for another two years. This will ensure millions of people in the poorest, least developed countries can continue to get exemptions from medicine patents and pay lower prices for lifesaving medicines.  Rules that allow public stockholding of food to increase food security for developing countries have also been extended.

There was agreement to continue to discuss WTO rules on fishing subsidies, after developing countries objected to a draft statement which they argued would favour global fishing corporations and disadvantage local fishers in smaller developing countries. They want to ensure that developing countries retain the right to manage their fishing resources.

Thanks to strong campaigning by civil society groups and resistance from developing country governments, the push by technology corporations like Microsoft, Google and Facebook to expand their control of global e-commerce via WTO rules was not supported by the majority of WTO members. Most developing countries want more time to assess the ways in which they can use e-commerce for local development before agreeing to rules that they believe would entrench the dominance of existing global firms.

A proposal for WTO investment facilitation negotiations was also resisted by most developing countries which want priority given to development issues identified in the Doha Development Round.

This means that new WTO negotiations on e-commerce and investment facilitation were not approved. However a minority of mostly industrialised country governments will...


Drinking Hot Tea Every Day Linked to Lower Glaucoma Risk "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Drinking a cup of hot tea at least once a day may be linked to a significantly lower risk of developing the serious eye condition, glaucoma, finds a small study published online in the British Journal of Ophthalmology.

But drinking decaffeinated and caffeinated coffee, decaffeinated tea, iced tea and soft drinks doesn't seem to make any difference to glaucoma risk, the findings show.

[...] After taking account of potentially influential factors, such as diabetes and smoking, hot tea-drinkers were 74 per cent less likely to have glaucoma.

But no such associations were found for coffee -- caffeinated or decaffeinated -- decaffeinated tea, iced tea or soft drinks.

This is an observational study so no firm conclusions can be drawn about cause and effect, and the absolute numbers of those with glaucoma were small. Information on when glaucoma had been diagnosed was also unavailable.

Connie M Wu, Annie M Wu, Victoria L Tseng, Fei Yu, Anne L Coleman. Frequency of a diagnosis of glaucoma in individuals who consume coffee, tea and/or soft drinks. British Journal of Ophthalmology, 2017; DOI: 10.1136/bjophthalmol-2017-310924


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Lemon: 12-Evidence Based Health Benefits "IndyWatch Feed World"

Lemon: 12-Evidence Based Health Benefits | lemon_medicinal_properties | Natural Medicine Special Interests

You know lemon, right? It is a tart, exciting, delicious and indispensable ingredient in recipes and beverages. But did you know that scientists have identified it is as a powerful medicine as well?

The most powerful healing substances on this planet are masquerading as foods, and this is all the more true for fruits.  Ive already written about The Amazing Healing Properties of 13 Common Fruits , including lemons, but it deserves its own mini-article for a number of reasons.

Here are 12 reasons why it deserves respect as a cutting-edge medicine, and not just something found in refreshing beverages or as an indispensable ingredient in a number of culinary recipes.

Lemons Evidence-Based Healing Properties Revealed:

  1. It Can Lower Blood Pressure: Simply smelling this fruit has been found in lower blood pressure.[1]
  2. It Can Lessen Constipation: In combination with rosemary and peppermint essential oil, the smell of lemon has been found to relieve constipation in the elderly.[2]
  3. It Can Remedy Bad Breath: In combination with tea tree and peppermint essential oil, it can reduce malodour and sulphur compounds in the breath of intensive care patients.[3]
  4. It Can Reduce Esophageal Cancer Risk: Lemon, like all citrus fruits, contains physiological significant levels of flavones; Flavone intake has been found to be inversely associated with...


Beat Cancer Stage 4 Cancer Reversed "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Beat Cancer Stage 4 Cancer Reversed by Rory The Daily Coin Chris has beaten stage 4 cancer through diet. As we have discussed in two different articles about our juicing regiment click here and here what...

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Trump to Putin: US was glad to save many lives in Russia by helping foil major terrorist attack "IndyWatch Feed World"

Trump to Putin: US was glad to save many lives in Russia by helping foil major terrorist attack | 17 Dec 2017 | The White House says US intelligence services were pleased to have helped thwart a terrorist plot in Russia that "could have killed large numbers of people. President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia called President Donald J. Trump today to thank him for the advanced warning the United States intelligence agencies provided to Russia concerning a major terror plot in Saint Petersburg, Russia," read the statement from the White House. "Based on the information the United States provided, Russian authorities were able to capture the terrorists just prior to an attack that could have killed large numbers of people. No Russian lives were lost and the terrorist attackers were caught and are now incarcerated." The statement also noted that the Russian president even extended his gratitude to CIA chief Mike Pompeo, which Trump promptly passed on to the agency. The two leaders agreed that this operation against terrorism "serves as an example of the positive things that can occur when our countries work together."


Court Rules Its OK for Cops to Turn Dash Cams Off While They Search Citizens Vehicles "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Rachel Blevins Grand Haven, Michigan A routine traffic stop turned into a search for drugs in which the officer intentionally turned off his...


UPS Loses Familys $850,000 Inheritance, Offers To Refund $32 Delivery Fee "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

UPS Loses Familys $850,000 Inheritance, Offers To Refund $32 Delivery Fee from ZeroHedge One Canadian man says hes broke because one of the countrys largest banks has refused to refund a $850,000 bank draft that was lost by UPS during...

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Putin Called Trump To Thank Him For CIA Tip That Prevented Islamic Extremist Bombing In St. Petersburg "IndyWatch Feed"

Via Daily Caller: Russian President Vladimir Putin called President Donald Trump on Sunday to thank him for a CIA tip that prevented a plot to bomb St. Petersburg. The CIA provided enough information for Russian authorities to nab a ring of suspects planning a deadly attack against the Kazan Cathedral and numerous other locations in []


Six things you should know about Sim Card Registration. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


The mandatory SIM card registration peddlers are trying to sell you an old, costly and discredited idea. They say it is needed to fight crime. But a closer look would reveal that the measure suffer from the following fatal flaws:

1. It is impossible to implement: We have millions of SIM cards in circulation, with millions more roaming SIM cards used. These SIM cards are used not just for mobile phones, but also for tablets, payphones, landlines, modem, routers, and other devices. We also have thousands of tourists and visitors going into the country bringing in roaming SIM cards. Exactly how would all these SIM cards be registered? Is this even possible? Would it disrupt government services and businesses for how long?

2. It is costly: The tedious registration process is expected to be costly, and there would be separate costs for setting up, maintaining and safekeeping the database. Who will pay for these costs? The telcos? The taxpayers? Consumers? Exactly how much? Would this involve a one-time payment or annual payments? Who would receive these payments and how?

3. It violates constitutional rights: SIM cards are the key not just to mobile phone services, but to online transactions. They bear our identity information, contacts and unlocks many other services. The Constitution bans any and all unreasonable and arbitrary searches and seizures; court-issued warrants are required. The proposed system is also prone to abuse by those who have control of or access to the proposed database arguably, the first step towards surveillance. Further, it threatens the privacy rights of journalists, activists, businesses, and politicians.

4. It's not fraud-proof and will spawn new crimes: With registration of SIM cards is implemented, we have to brace ourselves for a new crime wave: the theft of SIM cards, illegal re-sale of stolen SIM cards, identity theft to fraudulently register SIM cards and others. Because we cannot expect criminals, scammers and syndicates to register SIM cards under their own names. The solution ironically becomes a new, perhaps lucrative, opportunity for criminals.

5. It is doomed to fail: Wou...


Bin Chickens: The Sadder Side Of Guardians Almost Bird Of The Year "IndyWatch Feed National"

A competition to find Australias favourite feathered friend helped unite bird lovers and newbies alike. But theres a serious side to it as well, writes Catherine McLeod.

Is there one bird that reigns supreme in the hearts and minds of the public? was the question posed by the Guardian Australia to its audience. The publication, in partnership with BirdLife Australia, sought this year to discover Australias favourite bird by way of an online poll that attracted 150,000 votes. The magpie emerged victorious, but the surprising runner up should be celebrated; the Australian white ibis.

Australia has an abundance of beautiful, native birds, many of which conjure fond memories; looking up at sulphur crested cockatoos perched on a ghostly eucalypt branch against an azure sky, or at the lorikeet-filled plane trees on a suburban street. Watching in wonder as a resplendent king parrot chose your small hand to eat seed from. Hearing the croak of a galah, the cackle of a kookaburra or the warbling of a magpie.


From a shortlist of 51 finalists, the public could vote to determine the ultimate favourite. Candidates included the aforementioned, as well as stalwarts like the emu, little penguin and wedge tailed eagle.

The beloved Australian magpie. (IMAGE: Steve Bittinger, Flickr)The beloved Australian magpie. (IMAGE: Steve Bittinger, Flickr)

The people spoke, and the magpie won, with 19,926 votes. Each contestants tally was obscured during the final week of polling, though before the counters were hidden the Australian white ibis had been the frontrunner. The widely slandered bin chicken took an unexpected early lead, but ended up coming in second at 19,083.

Those who had supported the ibis and rallied behind the TeamBinChicken hashtag were understandably disappointed, but for the maligned ibis to beat over 50 other birds and come runner up by only 843 votes is still impressive.

The system of voting was simple, participants could vote once via a singular click, after reading a short bio of each of the contenders. If there was a particular favourite that did not appear on the li...


Sweet as Migrants taught the intricacies of Kiwi English "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Sweet as, flash, stink, knackered and wicked. We all know what those words mean, right? Wrong. If youre learning to speak English in New Zealand its enough to make you pack a sad. Cams mum told us an entertaining tale about when she was helping new immigrants to learn English through her church. She was []

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Peter Spina: Embrace Bitcoin When Commodities Move Just Imagine the Potential! (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Peter Spina: Embrace Bitcoin When Commodities Move Just Imagine the Potential! Video Palisade Radio Peter discusses the cryptocurrency space and how it is similar to the boom of the late 90s. No one knows how all of...

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The Hunter-Gatherer Romance "IndyWatch Feed"

You may have seen several articles lately arguing that hunter-gatherers had it great and civilization was a terrible mistake. The idea seems to be in the air, partly because of the general dissatisfaction with our own civilization. Now William Buckner has a nice little article at Quillette attacking that whole line of analysis.

Much of this misguided romanticism can be traced back to a single article, Richard Lee's 1966 paper on the !Kung, which said they spend only 12 to 19 hours a week gathering food and only 40 to 44 hours a week on all their chores. This led Marshall Sahlins to call hunter-gatherers the "original affluent society." You still Lee's paper cited all the time, but really it is badly out of date:

Anthropologists Henry Harpending and LuAnn Wandsnider wrote, Lees studies of !Kung diet and caloric intake have generated a misleading belief among anthropologists and others that !Kung are well fed and under little or no nutritional stress. They note that 1964 may have been an unusually productive year for bush food, and compare it with work describing the severe effects of the 1973 environment, people were starving, and weight loss and widespread social disruption occurred. In 1986, Nancy Howell wrote that the !Kung are very thin and complain often of hunger, at all times of the year. In Hunter and Habitat in the Central Kalahari Desert, George B. Silberbauer states that, Undoubtedly Bushmen do succumb in years of very serious drought, and describes how 37 individuals of another San population, the G/wi, died of dehydration during the drought of 1939. And in a 1986 article entitled Ethnographic Romanticism and the Idea of Human Nature, Melvin Konner and; Marjorie Shostak summed it up well, stating that, Data on morbidity and mortality, though not necessarily relevant to abundance, certainly made use of the term affluent seem inappropriate.
The best numbers available suggest that life expectancy among the !Kung is about 36, which puts them around the average for pre-industrial societies. But they live in a desert with very low population density and little disease, and other hunter-gatherer societies have shorter lives: 27 among the Hiwi of Colombia and 21 among the Agta of the Philippine jungles. Some hunter-gatherers also have high rates of violence; over the course of the 20th century a man of the !Kung was much more likely to die from violence than a European, despite the World Wars. And, you know, they do so little work on their houses partly because they live in miserable huts that leak when it rains and provide little protection against dust storms.

I don't mean to say that civilization has been an unmitigated boon; obviously it has serious problems, from genocide to diabetes. But life among hunter-gatherers wasn't so great,...


Colin Jost and Michael Che on Alabama and Trump "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The co-hosts of Saturday Night Lives Weekend Update segment make the case for why Donald Trump should resign but also explain why he wont.


Student Loans, 21st Century Indentured Servitude "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I have seen the student loan crisis up close from both sides of this polemic. First, as an extremely young student who was sold the only way to get an educationin addition to joining the U.S. Army and working throughout my degreeI was able to earn my first degree.  And then later as a university professor who witnessed the student loan industrial complex rise, especially in its abetting the marketing campaigns for graduate programs from the 1990s onward.  Such marketing strategies were personalized to arouse anxiety within the public, targeting the insecurity of individuals who only had a Bachelors degree.


Filament eruption, spotless Sun, Total Solar Irradiance and cosmic radiation "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A 13-degree long plasma filament eruption was observed in SDO/AIA 304 imagery starting at 12:29 UTC on December 15, 2017. A glancing blow is expected late December 19, in combination with a recurrent, positive polarity CH HSS. Meanwhile, solar activity is at very...... Read more


X22 Report, Economic Worries Intensify As The World Currencies Change "IndyWatch Feed World"

X22 Report, Economic Worries Intensify As The World Currencies Change
Related followup report:
X22 Report: The Corporate Media & 
Cabal Are Now Being Exposed In Front Of The World


US Illegally Keeping Thousands Of Troops In Syria "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Even as the Islamic States caliphate in Syria collapses, the U.S. government is keeping about 2,000 soldiers in-country despite lacking any legal right to be there. What is the reason any of those troops are staying in Syria? The one uncontested rationale for the deployment in Syria has been to combat the so-called Islamic State (ISIS), which is an unconventional non-state actor but presented conventional sorts of military targets when it established a state-like entity occupying significant territory in Syria and Iraq. The ISIS mini-state is now all but eliminated. Nonetheless, the U.S. military presence in Syria, although down from its peak strength, shows no sign of ending. Mattis has said that the United States wont just walk away from its efforts in Syria.


Since Feeding the Homeless is Now Illegal, A Group Carried AR15s to Give Out FoodIt Worked "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Since Feeding the Homeless is Now Illegal, A Group Carried AR15s to Give Out FoodIt Worked by Matt Agorist  Activist Post Dallas, TX Feeding and clothing the homeless in the land of the free has now become a revolutionary act....

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Eric Holder Gets Pummeled by Patriotic Americans After Issuing SECOND Warning Against Removing Mueller "IndyWatch Feed"

Eric Holder is the most corrupt Attorney General this country has ever seen; the only AG to be held in contempt of Congress yet that doesnt stop him from piping off about the Trump administration.

The Obama-era AG called for mass protests Sunday if President Trump were to remove dirty cop Robert Mueller.

This is the second warning Holder has issued this week in respect to rumors about President Trump relieving Mueller of his duties as special counsel before Christmas. 

Muellers wheels are falling off. Everyone knows it. The Dems are panicking now because one by one the corrupt liberal hacks are being exposed.

ABSOLUTE RED LINE: the firing of Bob Mueller or crippling the special counsels office. If removed or meaningfully tampered with, there must be mass, popular, peaceful support of both. The American people must be seen and heard they will ultimately be determinative, tweeted Holder on Sunday.

As previously reported, Holder threatened Republicans against removing Mueller a day after House members grilled Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein over the special counsel stacking his team with investigators with links to Hillary Clinton.

Holder issued his threat in a tweet Wednesday morning.

Speaking on behalf of the vast majority of the American people, Republicans in Congress be forewarned:any attempt to remove Bob Mueller will not be tolerated.These are BS attacks on him/his staff that are blatantly political-designed to hide the real wrongdoing. Country not party, Holder tweeted.

Army Ranger Kris Tanto Paronto was one of the heroes who lived through the hell...


SA Electricity Price Decreases Beat National Average "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, 18 December 2017

The South Australian Council of Social Service today welcomed news from the Australian Energy Market Commission that residential electricity prices are likely to decrease over the next two years.
The price decreases are due to falling wholesale costs driven by:


"A Look to the Heavens "IndyWatch Feed World"

"Sculpted by stellar winds and radiation, the star factory known as Messier 17 lies some 5,500 light-years away in the nebula-rich constellation Sagittarius. At that distance, this degree wide field of view spans almost 100 light-years, courtesy of ESO's new VLT Survey Telescope and OmegaCAM. The sharp, false color image includes both optical and infrared data, following faint details of the region's gas and dust clouds against a backdrop of central Milky Way stars.
 Click image for larger size.
Stellar winds and energetic light from hot, massive stars formed from M17's stock of cosmic gas and dust have slowly carved away at the remaining interstellar material producing the cavernous appearance and undulating shapes. M17 is also known as the Omega Nebula or the Swan Nebula.


QotD: "Theyve always been here. But not everybodys joining up." "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

"Terrorism has ... come of age with the millennial generation. The Islamic State ... is miles from the Al Qaeda it grew out of. Its supporters arent coming from Afghanistan, Iraq, or Pakistan anymore. Theyre living in Belgium, France, Britain, and ... even the United States. Theyre not refugees or illegal immigrants. Theyre legal, passport-carrying, Western-born or naturalised citizens of our countries.... ISIS isnt just a geographical entity. There are kids sitting across Western countries, right here in our cities and neighbourhoods, being inspired and groomed by the groups wide-ranging social media expertise and slickly produced propaganda videos as we speak. These kids are not coming here from Syria. Theyve always been here. But not everybodys joining up. The success of a campaign like #ExMuslimBecause; the burgeoning memberships of ex-Muslim groups like the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB), Muslimish, and Ex-Muslims of North America (EXMNA); and the steadily growing audiences of pro-secular dissidents and reform activists from Muslim backgrounds show that theres something else brewing toosomething you dont hear about as much because it has historically been suppressed by governments, moderates, and fundamentalists alike."
~ Ali A. Rivzi, from his book The Atheist Muslim: A Journey from Religion to Reason


Harry Reid Had Pentagon Spend Millions Of Dollars Investigating UFOs "IndyWatch Feed"

Harry might be a closet member of Scientology. Via Washington Examiner: The Defense Departments multi-billion dollar budget allocated millions of dollars to investigate unidentified objects witnesses moving through the air, as instructed by Congress, according to a new report. The New York Times on Saturday reported that the Pentagon set up a program in 2007 []


The lefts problem isnt politicsits metaphysics "IndyWatch Feed"

How can liberals and progressives learn to feel differently about identity?

Credit: Pixabay/BBTinsley. CC0 Creative Commons.

Theres nothing quite like the spectacle of left-on-left bloodletting following a nasty election that leaves liberals and progressives on the losing side. First into the fray after Donald Trumps surprise election victory came Columbia University humanities professor Mark Lilla, throwing darts in his New York Times broadside on The End of Identity Liberalism which eventually became a book .

Lilla claims that if left-of-center groups want to return to power, they need to put the age of identity behind them. Identitarianism has gotten in the way, he says; it is pseudo-politics, a feel-good distraction from the exercise of actual political power.

Instead, the left needs to return to real politics: the traditional task of building political institutions and winning elections. Only when liberals and progressives are securely back in powernot just speaking truth to power, but seizing power to defend the truthcan they turn to the task of freeing victims from their various oppressions.

He tells social justice warriors to quit delivering sermons to the unwashed from a raised pulpit and make common cause with the forgotten workers who used to anchor the Democratic Party in the US and its equivalents elsewhere. Only broad-based, locally organized progressive political power will save us, not complaints by guilt-tripping identitarians.

Lilla is seemingly oblivious to the notion that Trump won the election because of identity politics (as one of Lillas critics observed), and tone-deaf to the suffering of communities of identity (as another pointed out). Its a ham-fisted argument in many ways, though he does expo...

The lefts problem isnt politicsits metaphysics "IndyWatch Feed"

How can liberals and progressives learn to feel differently about identity?

Credit: Pixabay/BBTinsley. CC0 Creative Commons.

Theres nothing quite like the spectacle of left-on-left bloodletting following a nasty election that leaves liberals and progressives on the losing side. First into the fray after Donald Trumps surprise election victory came Columbia University humanities professor Mark Lilla, throwing darts in his New York Times broadside on The End of Identity Liberalism which eventually became a book .

Lilla claims that if left-of-center groups want to return to power, they need to put the age of identity behind them. Identitarianism has gotten in the way, he says; it is pseudo-politics, a feel-good distraction from the exercise of actual political power.

Instead, the left needs to return to real politics: the traditional task of building political institutions and winning elections. Only when liberals and progressives are securely back in powernot just speaking truth to power, but seizing power to defend the truthcan they turn to the task of freeing victims from their various oppressions.

He tells social justice warriors to quit delivering sermons to the unwashed from a raised pulpit and make common cause with the forgotten workers who used to anchor the Democratic Party in the US and its equivalents elsewhere. Only broad-based, locally organized progressive political power will save us, not complaints by guilt-tripping identitarians.

Lilla is seemingly oblivious to the notion that Trump won the election because of identity politics (as one of Lillas critics observed), and tone-deaf to the suffering of communities of identity (as another pointed out). Its a ham-fisted argument in many ways, though he does expo...


"Now I've Learned..." "IndyWatch Feed World"

"I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems 
don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle and end."
- Gilda Radner


No Typo: The Median Net Worth of Black Bostonians Really is $8 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The median net worth for non-immigrant African-American households in the Greater Boston region is $8, according to The Color of Wealth in Boston, a 2015 report by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Duke University, and the New School. This Spotlight seven-part series which began Sunday tackles the citys most vexing question: Does Boston deserve its racist reputation? And to answer just that question, the Globe Spotlight Team analyzed data, launched surveys, and conducted hundreds of interviews. The Color of Wealth in Boston report, which is part of a five-city study looking at wealth disparities among communities of color, was one piece of information that Spotlight examined.


Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Lets crunch the facts and the debate on irrigation AgriView NZ:

The Labour Governments decision to cut additional funding for new irrigation plans has sparked debate over the value of irrigation to agriculture and the economy in recent weeks. According to the 2017 Manifesto on water policy, Labour will Honour existing commitments, but remove Crown subsidies for the funding of further water storage and irrigation schemes, a measure falling under the governments wider aims to improve water quality nationwide, and restore our rivers and lakes to a truly swimmable state within a generation.

For Dr. Mike Joy, senior lecturer in Ecology and Zoology at Massey Universitys Institute of Agriculture and Environment, the negative environmental impacts of intensive irrigated systems are undeniable. . . 

Lepto no longer men-only disease Peter Burke:

With more women working in farming, more are contracting the disease leptospirosis, says the president of Rural Women NZ, Fiona Gower.

She told Dairy News, at a recent international conference on leptospirosis in Palmerston North, that the changing nature of the workforce on farms and in the rural sector generally means this disease is no longer a probably only for men.

Women are getting to work on farms in their own right or in a partnership, feeding calves, milking cows, doing work with the stock much more hands on these days. . . 

The AstinoTM: New Zealands newest sheep breed moves wool up the value chain:

Developed by wool innovation specialists Lanaco, The Astino is bred specifically for the companys premium, wool-based healthcare products offering farmers the opportunity for better wool returns.

Breeder Andy Ramsden says Astino represents a positive step-change in the industry.

Its increasingly clear that supplying generic wool on the open market is not sustainable. The way forward for farmers is twofold transitioning to innovative new breeds that are branded and controlled and forming partnerships with manufacturers like Lanaco, who have the global reach and marketing capability to earn a premium. . . 



The View from Your Window "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The View From Your Window is a regular new slot that will show us the world as seen by the readers of the Whaleoil blog. We want you to send us the view from your window wherever in the world that is with a caption to tell us where and when the photo was []

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"If You Are Alive..." "IndyWatch Feed World"

"If you are alive there is inconvenience.
If you are alive there are challenges
Reality has no security and that is its beauty.
Life has no security and that is its beauty.
Because there is no security, there is adventure
If you miss adventure, you miss all.
If your life is not that of an adventurer,
of a search into the unknown,
then you are living in vain.
~ Osho


The American Savings Crisis, Explained "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Americans are terrible at saving money. Since the 1970s, our personal savings rate has fallen from 12 percent to just 3 percent today. Almost half of all households don't have enough money socked away to meet a $400 emergency. At least one-third of Americans live paycheck to paycheck. It's easy to blame this on failings of individual discipline, and plenty of people do. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) recently griped about Americans who "are just spending every darn penny they have, whether it's on booze or women or movies." And there's a whole cottage industry of personal finance scolds insisting that everyone could save massive amounts if they just had the willpower.


Prepare Yourself As Earth Aligns With The Galactic Center On December 18th & 19th! "IndyWatch Feed World"

Things are about to change for us in the coming days of December because the Earth is going to be aligned with the Galactic center, unleashing floodgates of energetic influence upon humans!

There are many things that occur in the depths of space that actually have a great influence on us, like the collapse of supernovas, black holes, dark matter, or even something as small as a full moon! Even the tiniest astronomical change can have a giant chain reaction for humans on Earth! The year 2017 has already been a year of great astrological influence considering the solar eclipse and the multitude of meteor showers weve already had. Now as the year wraps itself to an end in December, we have one major occurrence that will top the year off with some energetic changes!

We should all know how massive our universe is by now; so massive that it is unfathomable to humans. It is a collection of millions of square light years of stardust, planets, solar systems, asteroid belts, and stretching cosmic creation! Our Milky Way Galaxy is just one tiny speck of dust in a whirlpool of billions of others just like it and right in the middle of the madness is the center of the universe. The is known as the Galactic Center and Earth is about to align itself with it! We should all prepare for an influx of calming energy that helps simplify and clarify our new beginnings.

According to Denise Le Fey of HighHeartLife, Another of these related 2017 Separation of Worlds clues for me was realizing that transiting Saturn will make its last conjunction to the GC [Galactic Ce...


Saudi Arabia begins exploration of uranium "IndyWatch Feed World"

Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud announced in 2015 a plan for the country's economic development until 2030, stipulating the cessation of oil dependence. Saudi Arabia has begun exploring the country's uranium deposits within a program of developing alternative sources of energy, the Saudi al-Okaz newspaper reported Sunday, citing the head of the kingdom's geological administration, Zahir Nawab.


President Trump Impromptu Presser Returning From Camp David (Video) "IndyWatch Feed"

President Trump landed on the South Lawn after spending most of Saturday and Sunday in Camp David with Vice-President Pence and several key cabinet officials. A confident, assertive and empowered President Trump walks to the media pool to answer questions.  Continue reading


Regulating Cryptocurrencies--and Why It Matters "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Nations that attempt to limit cryptocurrencies' ability to solve these problems will find that protecting high costs and systemic friction will grind their economies into dust.
There's a great deal of confusion right now about the regulation of cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin. Many observers seem to confuse "regulation" and "banning bitcoin," as if regulation amounts to outlawing bitcoin.
Further confusing things is the regulation of cryptocurrency exchanges, where cryptocurrencies are bought and sold.
In China, for example, cryptocurrencies are not outlawed, but exchanges were shut down until regulators could get a handle on how to deal with the potential for excesses such as fraud, misrepresentation, etc.
A Wild West free-for-all is conducive to scammers, and so some thoughtful regulation that protects users is to be welcomed.
Governments tax income and capital gains...


Speak Up to the WV-DEP on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Dear Friends,

Dominion Energy wants to build the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a 42-inch fracked gas pipeline, stretching 600 miles from West Virginia, through Virginia, and into North Carolina. Last week the Virginia State Water Control Board handed Dominion a significant delay. It approved a clean water certification for the project with a number of conditions, pushing the pipeline timeline back months, at least.

This is great news, but the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is not stopped yet! We must continue to use every step of the approval process to delay and stop this dirty project!

In West Virginia, the Department of Environmental Protection waived its authority to apply a state water quality certification for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (and Mountain Valley Pipeline), but the state currently has a public comment period open for proposed stormwater and sediment control permits for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. These permits regulate polluted runoff from oil and gas development and are required before developers begin construction. Tell the West Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to deny the Atlantic Coast Pipeline!

Our friends at West Virginia Rivers Association made it easy to send comments in to the WV DEP. Read the fact sheet and comment on the ACP by Sunday, December 31. You can also attend the public hearings on Monday, December 18, in Buchannon or on Thursday, December 21, in Dunmore. Learn more.

Comment on the stormwater and sediment control permits for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline!

For the mountains,

Lara Mack, Appalachian Voices


The Gun Bill That Is Going Through Congress Could Significantly Increase The Number Of Americans Banned From Buying Guns "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Gun Bill That Is Going Through Congress Could Significantly Increase The Number Of Americans Banned From Buying Guns | Capitol-Building-In-Washington | Government Control Gun Control Losing Rights Politics Sleuth Journal Special Interests US Congress

When news that a concealed-carry reciprocity law had been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, gun owners all over the nation rejoiced.  But what most people didnt realize is that there had been a last minute change to the bill that could substantially increase the number of Americans that are banned from buying guns.  This poison pill completely ruins the bill, and it must be voted down.  What we need is a clean concealed-carry reciprocity bill that does not include Fix-NICS in it.

Lets start at the beginning.  Last week, gun owners were elated when the House passed a bill that would enable them to legally carry concealed weapons across state lines

Republicans rammed a bill through the House on Wednesday that would make it easier for gun owners to legally carry concealed weapons across state lines, the first significant action on guns in Congress since mass shootings in Nevada and Texas killed more than 80 people.

The House approved the bill, 231-198, largely along party lines. Six Democrats voted yes, while 14 Republicans voted no.

The measure would allow gun owners with a state-issued concealed-carry permit to carry a handgun in any state that allows concealed weapons. It now goes to the Senate.

It would be easy to assume that since virtually every single Republican voted for this...


Adani scraps Downer deal after loan veto "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Stop Adani rally at Byron Bays Main Beach made a clear point. Photo Orion Sturch

Adani has scrapped a $2 billion agreement to outsource the operation of its controversial Queensland coal mine after the state government killed off a taxpayer-funded loan.

The Indian miner says it will now develop and operate the Carmichael project on an owner-operator basis after reaching an agreement with contractor Downer EDI to abandon the deal, which was reportedly worth around $2 billion.

Adani said the decision was about lowering production costs and was made after the Palaszczuk government blocked a $1 billion loan to the Indian miner from the federal Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund.

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Our All-Important Financial Deadline Is In 15 Days, And Our Campaign Is Counting On A Major Miracle "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Our All-Important Financial Deadline Is In 15 Days, And Our Campaign Is Counting On A Major Miracle by Michael Snyder End of the American Dream Tonight, I am writing this from my little office where I have spent more...

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POWER GOES OUT At Worlds Busiest Airport- All Flights Grounded in Atlanta SMOKE in Terminals Update: Interstate Shut Down! "IndyWatch Feed"


The cause of the outage is still unknown.

The airport posted a number of tweets Sunday afternoon.

The terminals were evacuated.

There are reports of SMOKE IN TERMINALS



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Henry Wallace + Undoing the New Deal "IndyWatch Feed"

Sent to Dandelion Salad by The Anti-Social Socialist The Anti-Social Socialist on Dec 15, 2017 *** Henry Wallace Speech TheRealNews on Dec 4, 2017 Undoing the New Deal: The 1944 Coup Against VP Henry Wallace TheRealNews on Dec 4, 2017 Historian Peter Kuznick and Paul Jay discuss the historical context of the fight between the Sanders progressive []


Daily Inspiration --- Conscious Dying "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I know I know not who I am; of this at least I'm certain. (As much as I would relish one small 'Glance Behind the Curtain'.) I probe within with introspection, study neuroscience. (My nescience thus consoling, I at least express defiance.)


Lieberman, Israeli leaders push for 'terrorist' death penalty "IndyWatch Feed War"


Israel last carried out death penalty when Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann was convicted in 1961 and hanged year later


Why America's Law Enforcement Empire Resembles Secret Police in a Dictatorship "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

America's law enforcement empire has all the characteristics of secret police in a dictatorship. It is not transparent in its actions, has a history of bending the rules to obtain convictions, and its officers are rarely held accountable. It has also been politicized.


CNN Contributor Hilary Rosen Falsely Claims Georgetown Student Wearing Bacon-Suit Is Anti-Semitc "IndyWatch Feed"

Hilary Rosen is scum and CNN person spreads more false information. Via Daily Mail: CNN political contributor Hilary Rosen has come under fire for calling a Georgetown student dressed in a bacon suit an anti-Semitic bigot. Look at the guy in the bacon suit, Rosen tweeted with a photo of the student standing up dresesd []


Is political correctness killing Silicon Valley "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

James Delingpole looks at political correctness and its effect on Silicon Valley and the blogpost of an influential Silicon Valley commentator: There is now more freedom of speech in Beijing than in the San Francisco Bay area and this could kill the Silicon Valley tech industry. While right-wing commentators have been saying this for years, its []

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President Trump Tip-Off to Putin Thwarts Major Terrorist Attack In Russia "IndyWatch Feed"

WHITE HOUSE President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia called President Donald J. Trump today to thank him for the advanced warning the United States intelligence agencies provided to Russia concerning a major terror plot in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Based Continue reading


Opposition to the redevelopment of Victoria Market is growing "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Last Saturday (16 December 2017), opponents to the Melbourne City Councils proposed redevelopment of the Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne, gathered there. Speeches were made, and messages read out from high profile supporters like Barry Humphries and Paul Kelly. There was a call to step up resistance to the project, including the building of as large and ongoing community blockade, to prevent construction.

Speakers included Phil Cleary and Mary-Lou Howie from Friends of Queen Victoria Market. Phil Cleary, who ran against Lord Mayor Robert Doyle last year, condemned the redevelopment plans as an act of vandalism. Actor Michael Caton was there to say his bit as were fellow actor Sigrid Thorton. Father Bob Maguire was there too. Five of the traders gave the reasons why they are opposed to the development the loss of livelihood and the community that has been built over many years.

A section of those who turned up to oppose the market develoment

Well known identity Well known identity Phil Cleary has a go at the Council and political cornyism

The Councils plan is to replace the existing market with a $550 million project dominated by a modern style shopping complex akin to those operated by Westfields and a high residential tower. Family stallholders, many of who have been there for generations, will be pressured out and replaced by the retail chains. A semblance of a market will be relocated underground, near the new underground parking area. Above ground will be dominated by the usual fast food chains and...


Whole family in US where children and parents identify as transgender "IndyWatch Feed World"

DailyCaller's Grace Carr reports that an entire family in Arizona says every member now identifies as transgender. "It feels like you're getting to live for the first time," said Daniel Harrott, who lived most of her life as a woman and is now transitioning to male, according to KJZZ. "And my children are getting to be who they've always wanted to be," she added, explaining that her family of four is happier now that they are all living according to the identities of their choice.


Microsoft Invests $50 Million in Our New Green AI Overlord "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Guest essay by Eric Worrall According to advocates the AI For Earth is here to help but human Behaviour must Change to save the planet. Microsoft is Expanding AI for Earth Program to Fight Climate Change WRITTEN BY Christianna Reedy IN BRIEF Microsoft is expanding its AI for Earth program with a $50 million


Sir David Attenborough against experimental seabed mining "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

That is where life began, and that we should be destroying these things [hydrothermal vents] is so deeply tragic Sir David Attenborough

David Shukman | BBC News | December 15 2017

Plans for the worlds first deep sea mine are taking shape in the waters off Papua New Guinea. The ocean floor is rich in gold, copper and other minerals in big demand around the world. But some scientists warn that digging up the seabed will destroy marine life, and Sir David Attenborough is among those objecting. BBC News science editor David Shukman reports.


"As Ridiculous As It May Sound..." "IndyWatch Feed World"

"And as ridiculous as it may sound, sometimes all any of us needs 
in life is for someone to hold our hand and walk next to us."
- James Frey


A Carpenter Winter Redux "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Compared to some of his peers (say, David Cronenberg or John Waters), John Carpenter doesnt have a very distinct point of view. You can usually spot at Cronenberg or a Waters film from a mile away, while Carpenter is less distinctive.

There are some technical things that Carpenter does have a hang-up on, though: He really likes the 2.35:1 (anamorphic wide screen) film ratio. The only movies hes done that doesnt adhere to that ratio is his very first one (where he didnt have the money for it), and some of his TV work.

Hes also obsessed with a shallow depth of field, which means that usually only parts of whats on screen is in focus. On his higher budgeted items, hes apparently got better technicians so that theres more things in focus, but in about half his films, you get the nose of the actor in focus, and then things get softer and softer and when youre down to the chest, its all a blur.

He also likes a rich colour palette with stark blacks and punchy reds and blues.

All of these things make the movies look a lot more luxe and like a real movie, if you will. Its like he looked at some high budget Howard Hawks films in his childhood and decided I want all my films to look just like...


The Paradise Papers Shine Light on Kleptocracy "IndyWatch Feed World"

A Eurasianet commentary

The Paradise Papers comprise millions of leaked documents relating to offshore activities of the super-rich, including Queen Elizabeth II. A consortium of investigative journalists in early November started publicizing the activities and events documented in the Paradise Papers, many of which revolved around tax evasion and avoidance. Somewhat buried in the mound of data are a few nuggets of information that illustrate how kleptocratic governing systems in Eurasia operate.

A relatively tiny batch of the Paradise Papers sheds light on a little known private company, Meridian Capital, which in 2006 controlled assets worth over an estimated $3 billion. The Paradise Papers show that Meridians business interests are varied: among the entities it controlled during the period in question were a dozen oil and mining fields around the world, a major Kazakh rail transportation company, a large Latvian dairy producer and a Russian regional airport company.

The leaked documents also named Sauat Mynbayev, the current chairman of Kazakh state oil and gas company KazMunaiGaz, as one of Meridan Capitals major shareholders  from at least 2006-2011, reportedly holding an 18.5 percent stake. During the timeframe in question, Mynbayev worked as the Kazakh Minister of Energy and the Minister of Oil of Gas. Research from the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project(OCCRP) indicates that Meridians owners received at least $176 million in dividends out of its arrangement with a company involved in transporting Kazakh oil and minerals.

The fact that Mynbayev was profiting from oil business related to the Kazakh state while being Kazakhstans top oil and gas official is a clear conflict of interest and potentially even illegal under Kazakhstani law, which states that government officials cannot engage in entrepreneurial activities,...


Newsletter: Creating The 21st Century Internet "IndyWatch Feed War"

Ajit Pai, the former Verizon lawyer who is chair of the FCC, went too far last Thursday in undermining the Internet when he led the dismantling of net neutrality rules. As a result, he has fueled the energy needed to protect Internet rights. It is time for Movement Judo, where the energy created by the overreach of the FCC is turned into energy not just to overturn the FCCs decision, but to also create the Internet we need in the 21st Century.

Over the past few months, there has arisen an epic mass mobilization in support of net neutrality and national consensus, with a University of Maryland poll finding 83% support for the Internet being open and equal to all. There was a record number of comments to the FCC on this issue over the summer. More than 1.2 million calls and 12.5 million emails went into Congress through the coalition site, Battle For the Net, and more than 700 protests were held across the country for net neutrality on December 7. The Internet is important to all of us and politicians who do not side with the people will pay a heavy political price.

This week, three FCC commissioners gave a handful of mega-corporations the power to control the speed of websites and where we go, what we see and what we pay for access to content on the web. The battle for the Internet is not over it has just begun, and we will go into next steps to protect our Internet, but first we will start with a bigger question what should the Internet be in the 21st Century?

Protest at the FCC the day before the FCC decision (By John Zangas of the DC Media Group)

What Kind of Internet Would You Like to See?

If the movement for Internet equality and justice were to put forward a vision for the Internet in the 21st Century, we could make that vision into a reality.

We start with the view that the Internet is a key venue for Freedom of Speech. It is a place where First Amendment protections should a...


Economic Worries Intensify As The World Currencies Change (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Economic Worries Intensify As The World Currencies Change Video X22 Report Japan is now allowing their population to use cryptocurrency as payment. Bank of Canada worried about the economy, all private western central bank countries are using the same...

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The Next Word: Contemporary New Zealand Poetry "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Next Word: Contemporary New Zealand Poetry recently opened at the National Library, Wellington. Curated by Brendan OBrien it features broadsheets from past fundraising campaigns of Divine Muses and New Voices - Emerging Poets Competition.

The Broadsheets on exhibition are:
Harry Ricketts Glebe Cliff, Christmas Day 2014. Printed by Peter Vangioni at the Kowhai Press, Christchurch.
Tusiata Avia Couple. Printed by: Elizabeth Serjeant at The Green Bay Press.
Siobhan Harvey Contrails. Printed by Tara McLeod, The Pear Tree Press.
Vana Manasiadis I would rather lose a good earring than be caught without make-up (Davis, Crawford, various starlets), written 2017. Printed by Shona Gow, Magpie Press.

Limited Edition Broadsheet Project exists with thanks due to the generosity of poets and printmakers.

The Next Word: Contemporary New Zealand Poetry

4 December 2017 - 24 March 2018.

An exhibition showcasing the many-faceted voices of New Zealand poets, encompassing the oral tradition of Maori as well as the poetic traditions of Pakeha and Tauiwi.

Poetry has long been an influential presence in New Zealand society; a many-faceted voice encompassing the oral tradition of Maori as well as the poetic traditions of Pakeha and Tauiwi.

The Alexander Turnbull Library, as a major repository of New Zealand poetry, collects not only published work but also poetry in the form of fine printing, ephemera, manuscript and recorded sound. This exhibition presents a small selection from these collections; in which we hope you will find poems - and the rich variety of their settings - that will entertain, intrigue, and make you curious to look further.

The Next Word charts the work of recent generations of poets beginning with 70s folk heroes Sam Hunt and James K. Baxter through to the international sensation that is Hera Lindsay Bird. This exhibition chronicles the development of New Zealand poetry not as a single unified voice, but as a cacophony of voices with a multitude of stories to tell.

Among the significant influences enriching contemporary culture are writers of Polynesian descent whose words quest outward over oceans, and bustling cities, connecting the poetry of New Zealand to our neighbours. This influence is further a...


PERTH Teen charged over three car pile-up in WA "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Teen charged over three car pile-up in WA .

December 17, 2017 at 02:07PM .

All three drivers, including the accused, and a passenger were taken to Royal Perth Hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries. The teenager will face Perth Magistrates Court later on Sunday on charges of reckless driving, two counts of aggravated dangerous driving causing bodily harm, .


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Saudi-led coalition air raids kill 10 women in Yemen: Reports "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


UN lists Yemen as world's number one humanitarian crisis, with seven million people on brink of famine


"The Secret Life of 'Ummm' "IndyWatch Feed World"

"The Secret Life of 'Ummm'
by Julie Beck

When one person asks another a question, it takes an average of 200 milliseconds for them to respond. This is so fast that we cant even hear the pause. In fact, its faster than our brains actually work. It takes the brain about half a second to retrieve the words to say something, which means that in conversation, one person is gearing up to speak before the other is even finished. By listening to the tone, grammar, and content of anothers speech, we can predict when theyll be done.

This precise clockwork dance that happens when people speak to each other is what N.J. Enfield, a professor of linguistics at the University of Sydney, calls the conversation machine. In his book "How We Talk", he examines how conversational minutiae - filler words like um and mm-hmm, and pauses that are longer than 200 milliseconds - grease the wheels of this machine. In fact, he argues, these little traffic signals to some degree define human communication. What all human languages have in common, and what sets our communication apart from animals, is our ability to use language to coordinate how we use language.

I hopped...


Southwestern Lakes And Rivers Are Radioactive "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

During the uranium days of the West, more than a dozen mills all with processing capacities at least ten times larger than the one at White Canyon sat on the banks of the Colorado River and its tributaries, including in Shiprock and Mexican Hat on the San Juan River; in Rifle and Grand Junction and Moab on the Colorado; and in Uravan along the San Miguel River, just above its confluence with the Dolores. They did not exactly dispose of their tailings in a responsible way. At the Durango mill the tailings were piled into a hill-sized mound just a stones throw from the Animas River. They werent covered or otherwise contained, so when it rained tailings simply washed into the river.


Trumps Al-Quds Decision, an Opportunity? "IndyWatch Feed War"

December 13, 2017 President Trumps Al-Quds announcement represents a great threat that might change into a realistic opportunity. US President Donald Trump unilateral recognition of Al-Quds (Jerusalem) as the capital of the Zionist entity is a real crime. Trump shattered seventy years of international consensus, in violation of international law and UN Security Council resolutions. []


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

Mona, Utah, USA. Thanks for stopping by!


Sen. John McCain Returns To Arizona, Will Miss Vote On GOP Tax Bill "IndyWatch Feed"

For health reasons, McCain should resign. Via CBS News: Republican Sen. John McCain is returning to Arizona after spending several days in a Maryland hospital recovering from side effects from chemotherapy treatment for brain cancer, CBS News has learned. McCain left Washington Sunday and is heading back to his home state to spend the holidays []


The Billionaire Class Has Taken Over The Government-- Can We Fight Back And Win "IndyWatch Feed"

If nothing else, please watch this 3 minute trailer for Trumping Democracy above-- and then send it to a friend.

Now the good news: Voters across the country prefer a Democratic takeover over Congress next year by double digits-- 50-39%. That's huge. Janet Hook: "Voters increasingly want Democrats to control Congress after the 2018 elections, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll that offers several warning signs for the Republican Party."

Yesterday, NBC's Mark Murray reported that "Fresh off their victory in Alabamas special Senate election, Democrats now enjoy their largest advantage in congressional preference in nine years... signaling a dangerous political environment for Republicans entering next years midterm elections." The most important numbers in the poll are 43% and 31%. 43% is the percentage of independent voters who prefer Democrats and 31% is the percentage who prefer Republicans. Outside of the deep red seats, primarily in the unreconstructed South, independents will determine who will win congressional elections in 2018. If that margin holds-- or, as is likely continues to grow in a blue direction-- Democrats will be in position to win dozens of seats held by Republicans, including between 7 and 10 in California, nearly as many in Texas and all the swing districts in the Northeast, including Maine, New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, while picking up seats in the Midwest (Michigan, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana). And that augers well...


Images 17/12/17 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

this is actually a thing..selling fast!



"Despite My Firm Convictions..." "IndyWatch Feed World"

"Despite my firm convictions, I have been always a man who tries to face facts, and to accept the reality of life as new experience and new knowledge unfolds it. I have always kept an open mind, which is necessary to the flexibility that must go hand in hand with every form of intelligent search for truth."
- Malcolm X


SOTT FOCUS: The health program for Alzheimer's disease that mainstream treatment fails to surpass "IndyWatch Feed World"

According to the World Health Organization, the total number of people with dementia worldwide in 2015 is estimated at 47.5 million. The total number of new cases of dementia each year worldwide is nearly 7.7 million, implying 1 new case every 4 seconds. The number of people with dementia is expected to increase to 75.6 million in 2030 and 135.5 million in 2050. These figures are almost twice the rate of projected population growth over that time period. In the United States, approximately 6 million American adults have Alzheimer's disease or mild cognitive impairment. The estimate forecasts that these numbers will more than double to 15 million by 2060. These estimates include people with biomarkers or other evidence of possible preclinical Alzheimer's disease, but who do not have impairment or Alzheimer's dementia. People with such signs of preclinical disease are at increased risk to develop Alzheimer's dementia. We are led to believe that Alzheimer's disease (AD) has no cure or there is no possibility of halting the cognitive decline. At best, mainstream treatment just slows down the progression of the disease. As a rule, the person deteriorates beyond recognition throughout the remaining years of their life while hopeless caregivers get burned out. For this reason, I was pleasantly surprised when Mark Sisson wrote recently about a study which was published in Aging (2014) by Dale E. Bredesen. The study revealed incredible results that mainstream media outlets failed to cover.


"That Bleak And Ultimate Question..." "IndyWatch Feed National"

Yet now, as he roared across the night sky toward an unknown destiny, he found himself facing that bleak and ultimate question which so few men can answer to their satisfaction. What have I done with my life, he asked himself, that the world will be poorer if I leave it?
- Arthur C. Clarke, Glide Path


The Cryptocurrency Revolution Documentary "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

enjoy..the revolution will not be broadcast..dyor..


Filed under: World Finances, World News


Penguins Once Had Awe On Their Side "IndyWatch Feed World"

Ancient Penguins Were Giant Waddling Predators


An artists rendering compares Kumimanu biceae, an extinct giant penguin, to a human diver. Kumimanu stood 5 feet 7 inches and weighed 220 pounds. It is among the earliest known penguin species. Credit G. Mayr/Senckenberg Research Institute

The 57 million-year-old fossil is both fearsome and comical: a long-beaked penguin that stood 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighed about 220 pounds.

It was as tall as a medium-sized man, said Gerald Mayr, a paleontologist at the Senckenberg Research Institute in Frankfurt, Germany, and lead author of a report in Nature Communications on Tuesday...


"In 2018 The US Govt Will Spend Nearly $2 Billion a Day - Solely on WAR" "IndyWatch Feed World"

"In 2018 The US Govt Will Spend Nearly $2 Billion a Day- Solely on WAR"

"While the United States Congress has struggled to pass legislation governing taxes and healthcare, it had no problem uniting on the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act - a bill that will ensure the U.S. continues to wage wars around the world, and that promises taxpayers will cover its costly expenses.

The price tag on the latest NDAA is a massive $700 billion, which means that for every day in 2018, American taxpayers will spend nearly $2 billion on war.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from California, claimed that by signing the NDAA into law, Trump signed a bill that will make America safer. He also noted one important fact - both Democrats and Republicans showed overwhelming support. This defense bill authorizes money for our troops, for our national defense and homeland security, and to make sure America has the best technology in the world to protect ourselves, McCarthy said. This bill passed the House 356 to 70, including more than half of the Democratic caucus. It passed the Senate by voice vote - not a s...


Will Cryptocurrencies Pass the Market Test? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Will Cryptocurrencies Pass the Market Test? by Frank Shostak  Mises On Friday December 8, 2017, the price of bitcoin closed at $15,206 an increase of 28.3% from November. The yearly growth rate stood at 1,474%. Many economists and financial commentators hold...

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US rep to UN shows evidence of Irans missile in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has described Iran as a global threat in a news conference outlining evidence of the nations destabilizing behavior in the Middle East.

Under the current administration the US attitude towards Iran has hardened. Earlier this year, President Donald Trump claimed that a 2015 financial deal intended to limit Irans nuclear program has helped the nation fund terrorism.

Speaking about the new strategy on Iran, ambassador Nikki Haley indicated US agencies and their international partners are currently scrutinizing Irans ballistic missiles program, arms exports and its support for terrorists, proxy fighters and dictators.

Under the 2015 UN resolution on Irans nuclear program, the supply, sale or transfer of ballistic missiles from the country must be approved by the UN security council on a c...


Disney buys large part of 21st Century Fox in multi-billion dollar deal "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Disney is buying a large part of the Murdoch familys 21st Century Fox in a $52.4 billion deal ($A73.4 billion), including film and television studios, cable and international TV businesses as it tries to meet competition from technology companies in the entertainment business.

The deal between Disney and 21st Century Fox marks a historic union of Hollywood heavyweights and a bid by Disney to bolster its core TV and film businesses against an onslaught of new competitors in the content arena.

The transaction unveiled early on overnight (AEDST) has a total value of $US66.1 billion, with Disney assuming $US13.7 billion in 21st Century Fox debt.

Before the buyout, 21st Century Fox will separate the Fox Broadcasting network and stations, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, FS1, FS2 and Big Ten Network into a newly listed company that will be spun off to its shareholders.

The deal gives Disney film businesses includi...



One of the biggest failures of the United States Congress, IMHO, has been the refusal to hold Executive Branch officials accountable when they lie to Congress on vital matters of national security. And no case angers me more than that...


Gov. Report: Pentagon Ran Multi-Million Dollar UFO Programme "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Pentagon has been spending millions of dollars to fund a UFO programme designed to make contact with alien lifeforms.  According to a New York Times report, the programme began in 2007 and ran until [...]


Soul-Catching Net: Are We Recycled at Death to Remain in the Matrix? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Is there a Reincarnation Trap or Soul Net which recycles our souls after death to keep us trapped in the Matrix? Evidence from various sources indicates so.

The idea of a soul-catching net or soul net that awaits us at death and keeps us in the Matrix is a grim and highly disturbing notion, but one which I believe has to be considered by all serious researchers of the worldwide conspiracy. True free thinkers want to know exactly where the conspiracy rabbit hole ends. Just how far does the suppression go? Past this lifetime? Past this planet? Well, the answer may well be yes to both. After you spend years of research going through the many layers of political corruption, corporatocracy, surveillance, false flag attacks, central banking, GMOs, geoengineering, Zionism, Illuminati bloodlines, the radiation agenda, UFOs and ETs, alien intervention and more, you come to realize that the true source of the suppression is at the intersection of consciousness and conspiracy.

Why? Because the conspiracy is all about suppressing your idea of Who You Are. Its about convincing you that you are nothing, no one. Its about convincing you that you are just a biological machine, fit to serve as no more than a cog in a machine or as Pink Floyd put it just another brick in the wall. Mainstream science to this day still denies the existence of consciousness just because it cant get a handle on it with the 5 senses. Its simplistic solution is to disregard anything it cant measure.

There are many researchers who will be unable to contemplate this topic, or refuse to go there, because it clashes with their belief systems, such as religious belief systems (the afterlife is either Heaven or Hell, or 100 virgins, but not a soul net), scientific/materialistic belief systems (there is no such thing as a soul or consciousness) or various other belief systems (there are no such things as aliens or extraterrestrials, etc.). If you have read this far, you probably are ready to go beyond those belief systems, having realized they are set up to...


Marine Le Pen: New World Order Will Be Overthrown From Within By 2018 "IndyWatch Feed World"

Marine Le Pen claims that the New World Order will be overthrown by rogue members within the organization by the year 2018. The leader of Frances National Front Party said at a conference in Prague [...]


Lets Take a Stroll Letter of Notice From Trump Transition To Congress Outlining Illegal Search and Seizure by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. "IndyWatch Feed"

It is my belief, based on mounting evidence, a specific cast of characters -within the Mueller Russia Election Interference probe- were placed there to protect people behind the FBIs initial false claims. Those claims formed the basis for the counterintelligence Continue reading


Free Hawai`i "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


"Prisons In Paradise - A Visit With Kat Brady"

With Hawai`i being famous for aloha, is there aloha inside Hawai`is prison system? Should people who are doing time for a crime really deserve any aloha at all? We asked Kat Brady, co-ordinator of the Community Alliance on Prisons that and many other questions about what its like to be a prisoner in Hawai`i. Join us in our fascinating visit with Kat as she explains the real reasons why so many Hawaiians end up incarcerated and shows us solutions that could safely and significantly reduce Hawai`is prison population - Watch It Here


Zionist Wars for a Greater Israel "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Most timid Americans would avoid any serious discussion on the true causes of a continuous failed foreign policy that only benefits Israel while costing our own country any chance of real national security and a prosperous society. The mere mention of the term Jew is usually enough for being banded to the back of the room and shunned as one of those haters. Unfortunately, President Trump has succumbed to this fallacious political correctness. In order to correctly understand the framework of the detrimental circumstances that propagate the decline of the American Empire, the clear-headed observer must confront why the United States remains a vassal to the Zionist myth that Israel is a valuable ally to our country.

Essentially the question boils down to a sober outlook. Does one place the interests of the foreign agents that swear allegiance to Israel above that of America, or are you content to bow to the dictates of Zionism, especially when they directly conflict with the betterment of our own people?

A genuine America First mindset rejects both attitudes and rests upon a basic non-interventionism whenever possible. In the case of Israel, there is no germane special interest that places their objectives above ours. Yet, the facts of the matter are that the practical reality in domestic politics has a virtual Jewish veto factor that makes wimps out of even the most courageous warriors. At the end of the cultural and governmental administration process; the influence of the pro-Zionist media, legal and court system, the Wall Street cabals of Banksters, socially progressive academia, culturally correct government schools, Big Corporatist Business and Christian-Zionist apostates all promote and perpetuate that Israel is a friend.

Ask yourself, exactly what did America gain by our involvement from decades of Middle East conflicts or from the trillions of dollars spent on bribes or military campaigns and deployments? The honest answer is nothing. We have been under the yoke of...


SOTT FOCUS: Nutritional Research Has a 'Consensus': Use Bad Science to Damage People's Health "IndyWatch Feed National"

Nothing can be more aggravating for me than seeing a headline, about nutrition, or eating, or food in some form or other, that I know from the get-go is wrong, but then watching as it gets traction beyond what it should, given that it's wrong. Although it is fun to tear these things apart from time to time, the fact that researchers, journalists or government institutions can get away with this stuff is frustrating. That's why it's always fun to see someone in a high-standing position, like an actual scientist, rip on the corrupt state of nutritional science. As luck would have it, just such a scientist - two of them actually - have stepped up to the plate. Get yer popcorn, folks. Edward Archer, the Chief Science Officer of EvolvingFX and Carl "Chip" J. Lavie, the Medical Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation and Preventive Cardiology at Ochsner Clinical School of the University of Queensland School of Medicine, have penned an open letter to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The letter, published on Real Clear Science's website, is essentially a complaint against the Academies for ignoring the problematic nature of the data collection methods used in their report "Redesigning the Process for Establishing the Dietary Guidelines for Americans". Those sentences were a mouthful, so let's just say some hardcore science guys are ripping on some 'Ministry of Truth' guys.


Treasury warning for government over foreign home buyers policy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Uh oh, Treasury is warning government of unintended consequences from their ban on overseas people buying houses: Treasury has warned the Government that its rush to ban overseas people from buying existing New Zealand homes may have sub-optimal or unintended consequences. And it further questions the benefit to the general public, saying that there is []

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JOHN McCAIN will Miss Tax Vote Flies Home to Arizona for Chemotherapy "IndyWatch Feed"

Senator John McCain will miss the historic tax vote this week. The Arizona senator flew back home to recover from his latest round of chemotherapy.

The Senate was scheduled to vote on the Republican tax plan on Tuesday.

The Washington Examiner reported:

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is set to miss the key vote on the Republican-backed tax bill as he travels back to Arizona to continue recovering from side effects brought on by his chemotherapy treatment.

McCain left for Arizona on Sunday from Maryland, where he had been hospitalized.

CBS News reported McCain will remain in Arizona through the holidays, meaning he will miss any votes planned in the coming days.

That will complicate President Trump and the GOPs plans to pass the tax bill, which is already barely supported by enough Republicans.

Mwanwhile John McCain was blaming Russia for AIDS in a recent tweet.

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European Leaders: Time To Let EU Project Die "IndyWatch Feed World"

The European Union should be allowed to die, according to a coalition of European leaders who say that EU is in its final death throes. Because we love Europe, we accuse the EU of killing [...]


A Marry Christmas to Andrew, Rob & the Gang "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

A festive Andrew Marr

Mr. Marr's final Sunday morning sermon of the year - the one for the third week of Advent - began:
Good morning, and welcome to our last show of the year. What a year it's been! Back in 2016, we had Brexit, we had Donald Trump's election, and all those bloodthirsty leadership tussles. And we thought, "Wow - 2017 is going to be a lot calmer than that." But then what happened? The unexpected general election, its unexpected result, a weakened but resilient Prime Minister struggling on, and the drama of the Corbyn surge. 2018 is going to be really, really quiet.
Oh, wouldn't that be lovely? I like quiet. And peace.


Now here's a familiar kind of exchange for 'people like us'. Someone complains about a particular bias on one particular edition of a BBC programme; the programme's editor, in response, asks to be judged over time and over a number of editions:
Rob Burley: At 9am a great #marr coming up with review of 2017, today's news discussed by Tim Shipman, Emma Barnett, Rachel Johnson plus Diane Abbott, David Gauke, James Norton and the BBC Singers. BBC1 in forty minutes time...
Tim Montgomerie: #Marr not even trying to represent Leaver...


Interest Rate Hikes and Gold "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Interest Rate Hikes and Gold from Schiff Gold In this episode, host Mike Maharrey talks about this weeks Federal Reserve interest rate hike and its impact on gold. Its not what the conventional wisdom would have you believe. He also...

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US helped thwart major attack in St. Petersburg -US, Russia say - Thomson Reuters Foundation "IndyWatch Feed World"

US helped thwart major attack in St. Petersburg -US, Russia sayThomson Reuters FoundationMOSCOW/WASHINGTON, Dec 17 (Reuters) - The United States provided intelligence to Russia that helped thwart a potentially deadly bomb attack in St. Petersburg, U.S. and Russian officials said on Sunday, in a rare public show of cooperation despite deep ...Sarah Sanders on Twitter: "Can confirm @POTUS and President Putin spoke today. Readout from the WH coming ...TwitterPresident - ANIANIall 126 news [...]


Brace yourself for renewed UFO mania "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The New York Times has an interview with two former US navy pilots who reported seeing a UFO in 2004. It appears that there was a secret multimillion dollar Pentagon program to investigate such sightings and keep a record of them. The program ended in 2012 but monitoring still goes on. The interview article describes in some detail how the two navy pilots pursued the object and its strange behavior, and there is a brief video of the object.

For two weeks, the operator said, the Princeton had been tracking mysterious aircraft. The objects appeared suddenly at 80,000 feet, and then hurtled toward the sea, eventually stopping at 20,000 feet and hovering. Then they either dropped out of radar range or shot straight back up.

The radio operator instructed Commander Fravor and Commander Slaight, who has given a similar account, to investigate.

Commander Fravor began a circular descent to get a closer look, but as he got nearer the object began ascending toward him. It was almost as if it were coming to meet him halfway, he said.

Commander Fravor abandoned his slow circular descent and headed straight for the object.

But then the object peeled away. It accelerated like nothing Ive ever seen, he said in the interview. He was, he said, pretty weirded out.

I have no idea what I saw, Commander Fravor replied to the pilot. It had no plumes, wings or rotors and outran our F-18s.

Things have been quiet on the UFO front for some time. This is bound to energize those who believe that extra-terrestrials have visited us and that the government is hiding its knowledge of their presence.


US tip-off thwarted Russia terror attack "IndyWatch Feed World"

Russian President Vladimir Putin has telephoned US President Donald Trump to thank him for a tip-off that helped prevent a terrorist bomb attack on a cathedral in the Russia city of St Petersburg, the Kremlin says.

Information provided by the Central Intelligence Agency allowed Russian law-enforcement agencies to arrest the would-be attackers before they could carry out their plan, the Kremlin said in a statement posted on its website on Sunday.

A senior Trump administration official confirmed Trump and Putin had spoken on Sunday.

However, there was no immediate confirmation from US authorities that they had shared the intelligence with Russian officials.

The foiled attack was to have been carried out on Kazansky Cathedral, in Russias second city of St Petersburg, and on other locations in the city where large numbers of people gather, the Kremlin statement said.

The cathedral is a popular tourist site.

Russian media reported last week that the Federal Security Service had detained followers of the Islamic State group who had been planning a suicide bomb attack on Kazansky Cathedral on December 16.

The Russian president thanked his American colleague for the information passed on by the Central Intelligence Agency, which helped detain a group of terrorists preparing explosions in St Petersburgs Kazansky Cathedral and other busy sites in the city, the Kremlin said.

The Kremlin did not give any details of the identity of the people who were detained.

In their phone call, Putin asked Trump to pass on his thanks to the CIA officers who had gathered the intelligence, according to the Kremlin statement.

Putin said Russia would alert US authorities if it received any information about any attack being planned on the US, the Kremlin said.

Relations between Washington and Moscow are fraught because of disagreements over Ukraine, Syria and arms control as well as allegations from Washington denied by Russia that the Kremlin meddled in last years US presidential election.

However, Russian officials say Putin believes Trump is not to blame for the tension and has tried to keep personal lines of communication open between the two men.

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Politifact Exposed As Soros-Funded Propaganda Organisation "IndyWatch Feed World"

Politifact is a pro-Democrat Soros funded organization, tasked with debunking anything that paints the Republican party in a positive light. Since winning the Pulitzer in 2008, PolitiFact of the Tampa Bay Times has become a [...]


Juanita Broaddrick Calls Out Roger Stone: He Had No Part In My Appearing At 2nd Debate "IndyWatch Feed"

Juanita Broaddrick, one of Bill Clintons rape victims who attended the second presidential debate as a special guest of then-candidate Donald Trump, has called out serial liar Roger Stone for falsely taking credit for her appearance at the debate. In a Facebook comment, Broaddrick confirmed GotNews Editor-in-Chief Charles C. Johnsons account of her debate appearance, []

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60-year-old Palestinian woman dies of heart attack during IDF raid on her home "IndyWatch Feed World"

A 60-year-old Palestinian woman suffered a fatal heart attack overnight between Tuesday and Wednesday when Israeli army soldiers raided her home in the village of al-Zubeidat, north of Jericho in the northeastern occupied West Bank. Official Palestinian Authority (PA)-owned Wafa news agency reported that Hamda Zubeidat, 60, suffered a heart attack after Israeli soldiers threw a stun grenade at her house during a raid on the town. Despite efforts to revive her, Wafa reported, Zubeidat died shortly after. "The soldiers raided the village after midnight, causing panic and fear among residents, throwing stun grenades at homes," Wafa reported, adding that "no reason was given for the raid." An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an they were looking into reports. Israeli raids into Palestinian cities, villages, and refugee camps are a near-daily occurrence. The UN reported that between November 21- December 4, Israeli forces carried out 100 search and detention raids across the West Bank. 2017 has seen a bi weekly average of 75 search and detention raids, according to the UN. Meanwhile, prisoners rights group Addameer recorded 6,198 Palestinians were detained by Israel as of October.


Harry interviews Obama for BBC radio "IndyWatch Feed National"

Prince Harry has interviewed Barack Obama for BBC Radio 4s Today program.

The interview is part of Harrys guest editorship of the program and features the former US president sharing his memories of the day he left office and his hopes for his post-presidential life.

Kensington Palace said the interview was recorded in Toronto in September during the Invictus Games and will be broadcast on December 27.

Today tweeted a video clip showing Harry and Obama warming up ahead of the chat, with the former president joking: Do I need a British accent?

Harry told his interviewee that if he used long pauses between answers he would probably get the face.

When Harry showed him what he meant, Obama said: I dont want to see that face.Twiddling a pen, Harry tells Obama: Youre excited about this, Im nervous about this, thats whats quite funny.

Obama replies: Ill interview you if you want.

But Harry was not keen and said: No, no, lets keep it this way.

The palace said the conversation features Obama talking about his plans to focus on cultivating the next generation of leadership through the Obama Foundation.

Harry, who was recently at the inaugural summit of the Obama Foundation in Chicago, has forged a strong bond with the Obamas through his work with servicemen and his trips to America.

At this years Invictus Games, Obama reportedly quizzed Harry on his romance with Meghan Markle as they watched the wheelchair basketball.

Obama was among those to congratulate Harry and Meghan on their engagement, writing on Twitter: Michelle and I are delighted to congratulate Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their engagement.

We wish you a lifetime of joy and happiness together.

The palace said the full interview will be made available as a podcast.

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Investigations of Trump and Clinton stacked with 'conflicts upon conflicts upon conflicts of interest' "IndyWatch Feed World"

Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large Peter Schweizer talked during his appearance on Friday's Breitbart News Tonight with SiriusXM hosts Rebecca Mansour and John Carney about the discovery of politically charged text messages between Peter Strzok, an FBI official involved in both the Trump and Clinton investigations, and his mistress. "We all expect that people at the FBI are going to have private political opinions," Schweizer allowed. "You know, these people vote, and they have views, and that's fine. In this particular case, Strzok had particularly strong feelings about Trump." He said the text message of greatest concern was part of a conversation between Strzok and the woman with whom he was having an extramarital affair, in which they talked about developing an "insurance policy" in the event Donald Trump won the 2016 election. "They never sort of spell out what the insurance policy is, but it's kind of implied in the context of the communication and what's going on at the time, which is this FBI investigation," he observed. "What is an insurance policy? I'd take out an insurance policy because I want to be prepared if disaster strikes. If in my mind a disaster occurs - a hurricane, an earthquake, a fire - I've got something in my back pocket to help set things right. Well, Strzok, who clearly did not like Trump and liked Hillary, said that they had an 'insurance policy.' In that context, what he seems to be saying is disaster striking would be Trump being president and that they had some insurance policy to sort of deal with that disaster," Schweizer explained.


Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, Trump the Flamethrower "IndyWatch Feed War"

Ive just heard that my family home near Carpenteria is literally in flames at this moment, a friend told me recently...


Re: [security] Re: [oss-security] Sonatype Nexus Repository Manager 2.x weak password encryption "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by Brian Fox on Dec 17

I don't think this is very kosher to go and file a public ticket before
even contacting us.


UN to vote on Trumps Jerusalem decision "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The United Nations Security Council is due to vote on a draft resolution calling for the withdrawal of US President Donald Trumps decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, diplomats say.

The move is likely to face a Washington veto when the vote is taken on Monday.The one-page Egyptian-drafted text, seen by Reuters, does not specifically mention the US or Trump.

Diplomats say it has broad support among the 15-member council and while it is unlikely to be adopted, the vote will further isolate Trump on the issue.

To pass, a resolution needs nine votes in favour and no vetoes by the US, France, Britain, Russia or China.

Trump abruptly reversed decades of US policy this month when he recognised Jerusalem as Israels capital, generating outrage from Palestinians.

Trump also plans to move the US embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.Arab foreign ministers agreed to seek a UN Security Council resolution on the issue.

The draft UN text expresses deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem.

It affirms that any decisions and actions which purport to have altered, the character, status or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded in compliance with relevant resolutions of the Security Council.

The draft also calls upon all countries to refrain from establishing diplomatic missions in Jerusalem.Israel considers the city its eternal and indivisible capital and wants all embassies based there.

Palestinians want the capital of an independent Palestinian state to be in the citys eastern sector, which Israel captured in a 1967 war and annexed in a move never recognised internationally.

The draft council resolution demands that all states comply with Security Council resolutions regarding the Holy City of Jerusalem, and not to recognise any actions or measures contrary to those resolutions.

A UN Security Council resolution adopted in December 2016 underlines that it will not recognise any changes to the 4 June 1967 lines, including with regard to Jerusalem, other than those agreed by the parties through negotiations.

That resolution was approved with 14 votes in favour and an abstention by former US president Barack Obamas administration, which defied heavy pressure from longtime ally Israel and Trump, who was then president-elect, for Washington to wield its veto.

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ABSOLUTE RED LINE: Eric Holder Issues Second Warning Against POTUS Trump Firing Mueller "IndyWatch Feed"

Former Obama-era Attorney General Eric Holder called for mass protests if President Trump fires special counsel Robert Mueller. This is the second warning Holder has issued this week in respect to rumors about President Trump relieving Mueller of his duties as special counsel. 

ABSOLUTE RED LINE: the firing of Bob Mueller or crippling the special counsels office. If removed or meaningfully tampered with, there must be mass, popular, peaceful support of both. The American people must be seen and heard they will ultimately be determinative, tweeted Holder on Sunday.

As previously reported, Holder threatened Republicans against removing Mueller a day after House members grilled Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein over the special counsel stacking his team with investigators with links to Hillary Clinton.

Holder issued his threat in a tweet Wednesday morning.

Speaking on behalf of the vast majority of the American people, Republicans in Congress be forewarned:any attempt to remove Bob Mueller will not be tolerated.These are BS attacks on him/his staff that are blatantly political-designed to hide the real wrongdoing. Country not party, Holder tweeted.

Holders former Department is facing scrutiny of epic proportions after it was revealed a top Justice Department official, Bruce Ohr, made c...


The Revolutionary Global History of the IWW with Peter Cole "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Photo: IWW Hall and Offices of Italian Anarchist Publication The Social Question, in New Jersey

The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), also known as the Wobblies, founded in 1905 along revolutionary syndicalist and anti-electoral lines, remains a continuing source of inspiration for modern autonomous anti-capitalists in North America.

While still very active in a variety of workplaces, prisons, and communities, such as in the fast food industry in the Pacific Northwest with the Burgerville Workers Union, through the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee, and the General Defense Committee, the IWW is important historically for several reasons. First, the group promoted a revolutionary brand of syndicalism (unionism) that advocated for workers taking over the means of existence and abolishing outright wages and capitalism, often through a general strike. They also promoted a culture of sabotage and resistance on the job, that like all anti-authoritarian tactics, were picked up and spread by larger bodies of working-class people in struggle. They also refused to participate in the political state, and also made connections with anarcho-syndicalist unions across the world, such as the National Confederation of Labor (CNT) in Spain. Moreover, the group stood up to white supremacist organizations such as the Ku-Klux-Klan, and actively organized black workers and immigrants, speaking out against racism and segregation.


Inside Russia-gate without Russia, the scary void "IndyWatch Feed World"

The foundational accusation of Russia-gate was, and remains, charges that Russian President Putin ordered the hacking of Democratic National Committee e-mails and their public dissemination through WikiLeaks in order to benefit Donald Trump and undermine Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, and that Trump and/or his associates colluded with the Kremlin in this "attack on American democracy." As no actual evidence for these allegations has been produced after nearly a year and a half of media and government investigations, we are left with Russia-gate without Russia. Special counsel Mueller has produced four indictments: against retired Gen. Michael Flynn, Trump's short-lived national-security adviser, and George Papadopolous, a lowly and inconsequential Trump "adviser," for lying to the FBI; and against Paul Manafort and his partner Rick Gates for financial improprieties. None of these charges has anything to do with improper collusion with Russia, except for the wrongful insinuations against Flynn. Instead, the several investigations, desperate to find actual evidence of collusion, have spread to "contacts with Russia" - political, financial, social, etc. - on the part of a growing number of people, often going back many years before anyone imagined Trump as a presidential candidate. The resulting implication is that these "contacts" were criminal or potentially so.


Labor leads coalition despite scandal "IndyWatch Feed National"

The passing of laws on gay marriage, a win in the Bennelong by-election and the Sam Dastyari scandal have failed to deliver a bounce to the coalition, with Labor still ahead on a two-party preferred basis, the last Newspoll for the year shows.

Labor leads the coalition by 53 per cent to 47, representing a national swing against the government of three per cent.

The poll of 1669 voters across the country, conducted exclusively for The Australian over the weekend, shows the coalition has made no ground in the past two weeks with Labor maintaining a one-point primary vote lead of 37.

The coalition is still seen the better manager of the economy and on national security and border protection, but Labor for the first time is seen as best placed to deliver on relief from cost of living stresses.

The Greens remained steady on 10 per cent while One Nation dropped a further point to seven per cent.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull maintained his narrow lead over Opposition Leader Bill Shorten as preferred prime minister, lifting two points to 41 per cent while the opposition leader himself went up a point to 34 per cent.

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Third sea lion attack in a week prompts swimming ban at San Francisco's aquatic park "IndyWatch Feed World"

A third attack by a sea mammal in San Francisco in a week has prompted officials to ban swimming in the Aquatic Park Cove on the northern edge of the city's waterfront. "The Aquatic Park Cove has been closed to swimming due to reports of an aggressive marine mammal biting swimmers in the area," the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park tweeted Friday. The closure is scheduled at least through Monday.


Former CIA Director Morell: We didn't think about the downside of the intel community becoming political "IndyWatch Feed World"

Former CIA Director Michael Morell sat down with Politico's Susan Glasser, where he admitted that he and others from the intelligence community didn't think through the consequences of them becoming political last year. Last year, Morell wrote an op-ed in The New York Times that endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. Within the agency, Morell sharked his way up the halls of the CIA becoming the chief intelligence briefer to President George W. Bush, and then acting director twice. Intelligence analysts serve the country. There is no politics involved in any of their analyses - at least not until Trump was elected. Morell noted that putting himself in 'Trump's shoes' did not factor into his decision to become political, and that is something he admits he fell short on concerning the backlash for the community. At the same time, he doesn't think that going public with that op-ed was a mistake.


Merk and Mac say they would support EU move against Poland "IndyWatch Feed World"

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron in Brussels that if the EU's executive decides on such a move against Poland "then we will support it." The European Commission is on Wednesday due to assess sweeping changes to Poland's Supreme Court and the National Council of the Judiciary (KRS), an influential body that nominates new judges, which were passed by lawmakers in Warsaw last week. The Commission is then expected to decide whether to activate Article 7.1 of the EU treaty. The article means that, at the request of a third of member states, the European Parliament or the European Commission, the EU Council can declare that there is a "clear risk of a serious breach" by an EU country of the bloc's values.


Saudi Arabia to limit media coverage of Trump's Jerusalem move, take aim at Iran "IndyWatch Feed World"

Saudi Arabia has ordered media outlets in the kingdom to not focus "too much attention" on Washington's controversial decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, sources have said. The Saudi royal court sent a "severe warning" to bosses of newspapers and television and radio stations this week about the issue which has sparked protests across the Arab world, sources told The New Arab on Thursday. Speaking on condition of anonymity, they added that the directive ordered media to instead "take aim at Iran and other regional countries" in its coverage. US President Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Wednesday in a move that has outraged Palestinians and drawn near universal condemnation. Trump also began the process of moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The Saudi royal court on Thursday slammed Trump's "unjustified and irresponsible" decision, in a surprise move that likely embarrassed Riyadh's leadership.


UNSC weighs resolution nullifying Jerusalem capital decision "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The United Nations (U.N.) Security Council is weighing a draft resolution that would essentially seek to nullify any move to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The resolution, drafted by Egypt and circulated among the Security Council's 15 members, does not directly mention the United States or President Trump, who moved last week to acknowledge Jerusalem as Israel's capital city, according to Reuters, which viewed a copy of the text. To be sure, any effort by the Security Council to call for the U.S. decision to be withdrawn would be largely symbolic. As one of the body's five permanent members, the U.S. wields veto power over any resolution, and U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley is almost certain to shoot the measure down. Still, the resolution has wide support on the council, according to Reuters, and the body could vote as soon as Monday or Tuesday on the matter. It would need at least nine votes to pass. A veto from the U.S., the United Kingdom, France, Russia or China would effectively kill the resolution. According to Reuters, the resolution "affirms that any decisions and actions which purport to have altered, the character, status or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded in compliance with relevant resolutions of the Security Council." Please note: After opening remarks, the UNSC comments in English begin at 4:08.


The Pentagon Admits It Ran Secret Multimillion-Dollar UFO Program "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Pentagon has admitted it ran a secret program to investigate sightings of unidentified flying objects for five years. $22 million was spent to study UFOs in the 2007-12 Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification program, whose [...]


Doctors call for national care system "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian healthcare professionals have drafted a blueprint they say will revolutionise a system that is fragmented and deliver value-based care.

The blueprint, called Healthy people, healthy systems, makes four recommendations the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association says will take the politics and finger-pointing out of reform.

The first recommendation is to set up an independent national health authority that reports directly to the Council of Australian Governments or the COAG Health Council.

This would allow for a nationally unified and regionally controlled health system, AHHA chief executive Alison Verhoeven said in a statement.

The others are requiring all government-funded health providers to provide data on patient outcomes to help gauge performance, creating a national health workforce strategy that looks at roles and responsibilities rather than location, and maintaining Commonwealth funding for public hospitals but with a mixed funding formula.

Over the past nine months Australian health leaders mapped out how to transform our healthcare system into a fit for purpose 21st century system that will meet the needs and expectations of Australians, Ms Verhoeven said.

Healthy people, healthy systems is a solid blueprint with a range of short, medium and long-term recommendations on how to reorientate our healthcare system to focus on patient outcomes and value rather than vested interests.

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Russian S-400 and Pantsir-S Systems to remain in Syria post troop withdrawal "IndyWatch Feed World"

S-400 and Pantsir-S anti-aircraft weapon systems will remain in Syria despite the recently announced withdarawal of Russian forces, Viktor Bondarev, former Commander of the Russian Aerospace Forces and Chairman of the Defense, and Security Committee of Russia's Federation Council revealed on December 13. According to the Russian state-run news agency TASS, Russia is not going to reduce its anti-aircraft capabilities in the country. Some number of helicopters, warplanes and military personnel still involved in the ongoing anti-terrorist efforts will also remain. Earlier, the Pentagon said that the US had not observed any significant withdrawal of forces from the country. "There have been no meaningful reductions in combat troops following Russia's previous announcements planned departures from Syria," Reuters quoted Marine Major Adrian Rankine-Galloway, a Pentagon spokesman.


France reacts with caution to US 'evidence' on Iran weaponry in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

France reacted cautiously on Friday to U.S. evidence which allegedly proved Iran supplied weapons to Houthi militia in Yemen, saying it was still studying information at its disposal and the United Nations had yet to draw any conclusions. The United States on Thursday presented for the first time pieces of what it said were Iranian weapons supplied to the Houthis, describing it as conclusive evidence that Tehran was violating U.N. resolutions. The arms included charred remnants of what the Pentagon said was an Iranian-made short-range ballistic missile fired from Yemen on Nov. 4 at King Khaled International Airport outside Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh, as well as a drone and an anti-tank weapon recovered in Yemen by the Saudis. When asked whether Paris believed that evidence was irrefutable, foreign ministry deputy spokesman Alexandre Giorgini declined to respond directly. "The United Nations secretariat has not, at this stage, drawn any conclusions. France continues to examine the information at its disposal," he said. Comment: And with good reason, too, given the US's track record of fabricating foreign threats as a pretext for destroying other countries. Our take on the matter: Former Waffle House Waitress Serves Iranian Nothing Burger to the Media


Blackmail material? Mueller obtains tens of thousands of Trump transition emails - potentially illegally "IndyWatch Feed World"

Special counsel Robert Mueller's team of investigators is in possession of tens of thousands of emails from the Trump transition team, Axios reported Saturday. Those emails include messages belonging to President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, as well as other members of the transition team's political leadership and the foreign policy team, according to Axios. Mueller's prosecutors reportedly used the emails to question witnesses, and are also looking to the messages to confirm information and follow new leads. According to Axios, Mueller obtained the emails from the General Services Administration, which managed the transition team's email accounts. Transition officials had reportedly assumed that Mueller would want the emails, and separated ones that they believed contained privileged information. But Mueller was reportedly able to obtain all the emails from 12 accounts.


12 Strange Yet Simple Science-Backed Signs You Are Highly Intelligent "IndyWatch Feed World"

Sometimes it can actually be a bit harder than you might think to pick the highly intelligent person out of a crowd. Sure, we all think we know what Mr. smarty pants would look like but do we really?

To be completely honest there are tons of different things that you might not expect to mean someone is highly intelligent that actually do mean they are. For instance, you may consider yourself dumb because your grades in school werent as good as you would have liked for them to be BUT that doesnt mean you are right. Some of the most highly intelligent people in the world and throughout history didnt actually make all A+s in school.

If you are questioning yourself at this point, you should be. You might be a lot more intelligent than you give yourself credit for. Take a look at the list below and see if any of these strange yet simple signs apply to you.

12 Strange Yet Simple Science-Backed Signs You Are Highly Intelligent:

1. You like to be alone with yourself.

While you might not find this strange, most people cannot stand the idea of being alone. However, highly intelligent people tend to be quite individualistic. They do not need to socialize as much as other people would. Research published in the British Journal of Psychology seems to prove this.

2. You do or have tried illegal drugs.

While some intelligent people dont find that they like drugs most will give them a try. One study actually found that smarter people were more likely to have used illegal drugs by the time they are considered middle aged. This was found to be more-so true for women. You can read more about that by clicking here.

3. You are the oldest child.

Yes, the oldest child is usually the smartest of the children and highly intelligent. Firstborn children were found to score higher on IQ tests than their younger siblings. These findings were published in the Journal of Human Resources.

4. You have a great sense of humor and can make others laugh with ease.

People who can make those around them laugh are far wittier than most. According to the University of New Mexico, people write funny cartoon captions actually tend to score higher on measures of verbal intelligence.

5. You love to read and even loved reading as a child.

If you loved reading as a kid and...


Awww, The War on Christmas: Lost. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I dont have the Cephalopodmas tree up yet. Lazy. And busy. C. Ford.

It seems the war on xmas has been lost, oh my.

Combatants in the annual War on Christmas have some new data to chew on, thanks to a survey released this week by the Pew Research Center.

While many doubt that Christmas is embattled, as some conservative pundits contend, the new study does suggest American attitudes are changing.

The Pew study, based on interviews conducted in recent weeks with 1,503 adults, found that while a vast majority of Americans still celebrate Christmas, most find the religious elements of the holiday are emphasized less than in the past and few of them care about that change.

Like much else in the United States, a strong partisan divide runs through the survey results, with responses from Republicans seeming to place an emphasis on religion and those from Democrats on secularism.

But the data complicate efforts to portray Christmas as either in mortal danger or in no trouble at all, a central issue in a years long debate over whether Christmas in America respects Christianity or has been undermined by liberalism.

The NY Times has the full story.  A person could get the idea that most people arent paying any attention at all to the Tiny Tyrant and his constant declarations of Merry Christmas! Moving over to Townhall, for the full obituary:

Those who rightfully believe that Christ needs to be a part of Christmas and those rebelling against the politically correct tyranny looking to strip all spirituality from the holiday have lost.

You have lost. Wehave lost.

According to the latest results from the Pew Research Center and already being gleefully shouted from the rooftops o...


Last time I checked New Zealand was still an English speaking country "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Sunlive has reported the latest outrage which is a supermarket having the temerity to expect its workers to speak English while at work. I dont know about you but I hate staff members speaking in front of me in a non-English language. What do they have to hide? It is incredibly rude especially when they []

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Wealthy NYC Elites Prepare To Flee The City Under De Blasios Tax Burden "IndyWatch Feed"

Elections have consequences. Via Daily Caller: Wealthy New York City elites are preparing to flee the state because the Republican tax bill is going to make them face the full brunt of Mayor Bill de Blasio and Democratic state leaderships tax rates. Everybody I speak to brings this up. Every NYC resident I speak to []


Puerto Rico Foreclosure Epidemic of Mass UNPAYABLE DEBT Worse Than Subprime Crisis! (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Puerto Rico Foreclosure Epidemic of Mass UNPAYABLE DEBT Worse Than Subprime Crisis! Video The Money GPS Click here to sign up for The Daily Coin FREE newsletter covering precious metals, war, health and prepper suggestions! Video Source

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December 18 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1791 - A number of Marines including Maj. Robert Ross (Officer of the Marines, and Lieut-Gov),Capt Watkin Tench and Lt. William Dawes left the colony and returned to England aboard HMS Gorgon. On 11th March, the ship arrived at the Cape of Good Hope where Mary Bryant and her group of escaped convicts, along with a number of Bounty mutineers were taken on board for the return journey to England.

1805 - The powers that be started giving away the plots of dirt in Tassie, including 10 acres to that tipsy Rev. Knopwood.

1816 - Gov. Macquarie called a Public meeting for subscribers to open a bank.

1838 - The seven stockmen found guilty of the murder of an Aboriginal child during the horrific Myall Creek Massacre were hanged. For only the second time in Australian history white men were punished for murder of Aboriginal people.

1850 - The first Australian branch of the YMCA formed in Adelaide, SA.

1865 - The Chinese bushranger known as Sam Poo was stretched by the neck by a noose in Sydney.

1872 - Opals discovered at Listonel Downs, Qld.

1875 - The Paddle Steamer Wendouree was launched on the lake of the same name in Ballarat.

1880 - Stanthorpe OConnor, a retired sub-inspector of police, recounted a story in The Queenslander narrated to him by a mob residing on the Laura (Kennedy) river, of how a white man had sneaked upon a blac...


An Mbed In Your Browser "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

If you have dabbled in the world of ARM microcontrollers, you might be familiar with the Mbed platform, a software abstraction layer for a range of ARM-based small dev boards. If you dont have an Mbed board but fancy giving it a go, you might imagine that youd be out of luck, but [Jan Jongboom] could have an answer to your problem in the form of an Mbed simulation in your browser.

Were not high-end ARM microcontroller developers here at Hackaday so beyond observing that it brings the Mbed abstraction layer binaries to the browser through the magic of Emscripten its best to point the curious at its GitHub repository. But we can see its attraction as a means to take a look at Mbed, and given that [Jan] describes himself as a developer and evangelist currently working on the Internet of Things for ARM, its safe to say this one comes as they say, from the horses mouth.

The Mbed board that is probably most famous is the education-focused micro:bit, but there are plenty of others on the market. Back in 2015 we published a getting started guide, if you are new to the Mbed.

Via Hacker News.

Filed under: Microcontrollers


Millennials face the scariest financial future since the Great Depression "IndyWatch Feed World"

Like everyone in my generation, I am finding it increasingly difficult not to be scared about the future and angry about the past. I am 35 years old-the oldest millennial, the first millennial-and for a decade now, I've been waiting for adulthood to kick in. My rent consumes nearly half my income, I haven't had a steady job since Pluto was a planet and my savings are dwindling faster than the ice caps the baby boomers melted. We've all heard the statistics. More millennials live with their parents than with roommates. We are delaying partner-marrying and house-buying and kid-having for longer than any previous generation. And, according to The Olds, our problems are all our fault: We got the wrong degree. We spend money we don't have on things we don't need. We still haven't learned to code. We killed cereal and department stores and golf and napkins and lunch. Mention "millennial" to anyone over 40 and the word "entitlement" will come back at you within seconds, our own intergenerational game of Marco Polo.


Trump lawyers to meet with Mueller next week - some think investigation coming to an end, others think it will drag on "IndyWatch Feed World"

President Donald Trump's private lawyers are slated to meet with special counsel Robert Mueller and members of his team as soon as next week for what the President's team considers an opportunity to gain a clearer understanding of the next steps in Mueller's probe, according to sources familiar with the matter. While the lawyers have met with Mueller's team before and might again, the sources believe the upcoming meeting has greater significance because it comes after the completion of interviews of White House personnel requested by the special counsel and after all requested documents have been turned over. Mueller could still request more documents and additional interviews. No request to interview the President or the vice president has been made, sources tell CNN. But Trump's team, led by John Dowd and Jay Sekulow, is hoping for signs that Mueller's investigation is nearing its end, or at least the part having to do with the President. Their goal is to help Trump begin to emerge from the cloud of the ongoing investigation, several of the sources explained. The sources acknowledge that Mueller is under no obligation to provide any information and concede they may walk away with no greater clarity. "There's no 'there' there," one White House official says, a sentiment Trump's legal team hopes Mueller will echo. At a minimum, the lawyers hope to get a sense of what avenues Mueller is still working to investigate.


Thousands rally in Tel Aviv demanding 'Crime Minister' Netanyahu resign over corruption scandals "IndyWatch Feed World"

Thousands of Israelis marched in Tel Aviv, calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following corruption allegations. Protesters chanted "Bibi is an embarrassment" and held signs reading "Crime Minister." Some 10,000 anti-corruption protesters joined the so-called 'March of Shame' on Tel Aviv's Rothschild Boulevard for a third consecutive week, Ynet news reported. People were heard chanting "Bibi is an embarrassment" using Netanyahu's nickname. Many held signs bearing slogans like "Corrupted, we're fed up with you," or "Corrupted, go home" or "Sweeping out the corrupted." "We love this country," Amos Levy, a Tel Aviv resident who attended the protest with his 6-year-old son, told Jerusalem Post. "That is why we can't let corruption continue and why we can't let our leaders continue to lie to us." Similar protests against Netanyahu and corruption took place in several cities across the country including Jerusalem, Haifa, Modiin, Ashkelon and Ashdod.


BUSTED: Another Democrat Congressman Accused Of Sexual Harassment "IndyWatch Feed"

In a powerful press conference on Friday, M. Reese Everson, a former legislative aide, accused Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA) of sexual harassment. Everson alleged that, in 2013, Scott touched her body without her permission, and also offered to use his power as a Congressman to advance her career on the condition she accept his []

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EU urges Tanzania to stop demonising civil society "IndyWatch Feed World"

The EU head of delegation to Tanzania has called for an environment favourable to a vibrant civil society to promote democracy, good governance and accountability.


The truth is out there: The Pentagon's secret search for UFOs "IndyWatch Feed World"

Funded at the request of Harry Reid, the program probed a number of encounters military pilots had with aircraft they believed didn't operate like anything they had seen before. The Pentagon, at the direction of Congress, a decade ago quietly set up a multimillion-dollar program to investigate what are popularly known as unidentified flying objects-UFOs. The "unidentified aerial phenomena" claimed to have been seen by pilots and other military personnel appeared vastly more advanced than those in American or foreign arsenals. In some cases they maneuvered so unusually and so fast that they seemed to defy the laws of physics, according to multiple sources directly involved in or briefed on the effort and a review of unclassified Defense Department and congressional documents.


US Instructors Training Another Islamist Terrorist Army At Syrian Refugee Center? "IndyWatch Feed War"

US instructors train IS militants to fight Syrian Army reconciliation center

According to Russias center for reconciliation of the warring parties, the U.S. instructors tie up separate groups of militants at a training center new the refugee camp into new military units


MOSCOW, December 16. /TASS/. Instructors from the U.S. are training at a center by the refugee camp in Syria the militants new units, called the New Syrian Army, which after the training will be relocated to Syrias southern districts to fight the governmental forces there, Russias center for reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria said on Saturday.

Despite the statements from the American side about its adherence to elimination of the IS te...


The physicist's physicist ponders nature of reality "IndyWatch Feed National"

Among the brilliant theorists cloistered in the quiet woodside campus of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, Edward Witten stands out as a kind of high priest. The sole physicist ever to win the Fields Medal, mathematics' premier prize, Witten is also known for discovering M-theory, the leading candidate for a unified physical "theory of everything." A genius's genius, Witten is tall and rectangular, with hazy eyes and an air of being only one-quarter tuned in to reality until someone draws him back from more abstract thoughts. During a visit this fall, I spotted Witten on the Institute's central lawn and requested an interview; in his quick, alto voice, he said he couldn't promise to be able to answer my questions but would try. Later, when I passed him on the stone paths, he often didn't seem to see me. Physics luminaries since Albert Einstein, who lived out his days in the same intellectual haven, have sought to unify gravity with the other forces of nature by finding a more fundamental quantum theory to replace Einstein's approximate picture of gravity as curves in the geometry of space-time. M-theory, which Witten proposed in 1995, could conceivably offer this deeper description, but only some aspects of the theory are known. M-theory incorporates within a single mathematical structure all five versions of string theory, which renders the elements of nature as minuscule vibrating strings. These five string theories connect to each other through "dualities," or mathematical equivalences. Over the past 30 years, Witten and others have learned that the string theories are also mathematically dual to quantum field theories - descriptions of particles moving through electromagnetic and other fields that serve as the language of the reigning "Standard Model" of particle physics. While he's best known as a string theorist, Witten has discovered many new quantum field theories and explored how all these different descriptions are connected. His physical insights have led time and again to deep mathematical discoveries.


National Hospital enters FOI Hall of Shame over poor record-keeping "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

For its multiple violations of the provisions of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act, including its poor record-keeping practices, Media Rights Agenda (MRA) has inducted the National Hospital in Abuja into the FOI Hall of Shame, describing its attitude towards transparency and accountability as an open sore in urgent need of healing. The MRAs Freedom of Information Programme Manager, Mr. Ridwan Sulaimon has therefore called on the Federal Government to beam its searchlight on the activities of the hospital to ensure that it complies with its duties and obligations under...

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UN allocates $13.4m to support Im with life-saving aid "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The United Nations (UN), through the Nigeria Humanitarian Fund, has allocated $13.4 million to help thousands of children, women and men in need of urgent humanitarian assistance in crisis-hit north-east Nigeria. The humanitarian emergency in the northeastern Nigeria is one of the most severe in the world today, with 8.5 million people in need of life-saving aid in 2017 in the worst-affected states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe. The Nigeria Humanitarian Fund (NHF) allocation will help address this devastating situation by financing 24 projects in the sectors of protection, nutrition,...

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Goldfinch and other birds "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 3 December 2017 video shows a goldfinch in a garden in Ede, in the Veluwe region in the Netherlands. Featuring also greenfiches, chaffinches and a blue tit.

This 3 December 2017 video also shows a goldfinch in a garden in Ede, in the Veluwe region in the Netherlands. Featuring also a starling, house sparrows, chaffinches and greenfinches.


Holy Spirituality with Pine Cone: Mountain Spirit Horsemen Sky "IndyWatch Feed World"

Spirit Animal: Horse. ... As your spirit animal, Horse is showing itself to you as an omen that the call for freedom is galloping into your world. Horse's repeated appearance is a harbinger for you to allow horse energy to gift you with the power and endurance needed at this time.

These two Wondrous perspectives approached from the distant right of Mounted-horsemen Mystics riding hard, incoming across Braveheart-spirit enlightening bright stillness, so obvious, and almost forgotten-comforting, deep inside my mind; my mind-sky midnight imagine.

Another Timeless vision Spirited-surprise perspective captured my heart when approaching from the left-thundering down Sky Mountains came these 100 horsemen calling to me from within my wondrous heart, our ONENESS Spirit Ascension in the sweating snow sacrificial fire.

No tree is meant to stand alone in the forest of this thundering ONENESS Heart, so even before awakening, Spirit Horsemen from deeper inside my mind imagine flew together in the celebratory cry of, all our hearts, and minds together right back through Communions Portal.

Deep inside beats the thundering Horsemen-heart of The One, even now, as what pretended helpless, Loves like crazy horse Kindness carrying both perspectives in stillness Spirit of Lost-men, and Powerful imagined horses riding across the midnight Sky within Immortal Mystics.

Fire within the crystalline Horsemen came from both perspectives to surprise my quiet mind with the Mountain Spirit Love of the Mystical ride from deeper inside, than any man alone can ever know, and it takes what it takes for this man to ride on the Planet iconic from another time.

Horsemen roar with such Kindness in the Spirit approaching all round Earths Spirit thunder, from deeper inside than any man, woman, or child pretender can hardly remember Love in such compassionate valor, on a midnight ride from these two Wondrous healing perspectives?

Mystical is the day that, only night can Love-remember Spirit together in Communions Brilliance, while ever-new Joy rides in the heart of horses in harmony from joining forces from Sources Galactic Mountain Spirit Horsemen Sky in this heart-stampede out on a midnight ride.

Just O...


Worlds first fully solar-powered train on the New South Wales North Coast "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

World-first solar train now leaving the platform in Byron Bay with zero emissions, ABC North Coast , By Bruce Mackenzie, 17  Dec 17,  What is claimed to be the worlds first fully solar-powered train is operating on the New South Wales North Coast.

A refurbished 70-year-old red rattler is running on a three-kilometre stretch of disused rail line at the popular tourist destination of Byron Bay.

It made its maiden trip yesterday with almost 100 passengers on board.

Electric bus solar system

The $4-million project is the brainchild of multi-millionaire businessman Brian Flannery, who owns a resort in the area.

Hopefully it attracts people to Byron Bay, Mr Flannery said.

I think international tourists will come here to have a look at this worlds first solar train.

So lets see, in five years time theyll probably still say Im mad, but its a bit of fun.

Tim Elderton, from the Lithgow Railway Workshop, was tasked with building curved solar panels and a battery system to power the train.

Of course the major difference is its got solar panels on the roof so it can recharge itself.

For those cloudy days weve also got 30 kilowatts of solar panels in this [stations] roof here so we can also plug it in.

On a sunny day like today we can do about four or five tr...


Restoring a 'Bricked' Apple iMac Pro Requires a Second Mac "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

MacRumors reports Restoring a Bricked iMac Pro Requires a Second Mac and Configurator 2:

"If an iMac Pro becomes unresponsive and requires restoring, like if there's a power failure during a software update, there are a special set of instructions iMac Pro users must follow, which require a secondary Mac."

As outlined in an Apple Configurator 2 support page, an iMac Pro restore requires a second Mac running macOS High Sierra with internet access and Apple Configurator 2.6 or later installed.

[...] This restore process is similar to what must be done for an iPhone or iPad that is unresponsive, and it is necessary due to the extra security afforded by the Apple-designed T2 chip ... [which] integrates the system management controller, image signal processor for the camera, audio controller, SSD controller, a Secure Enclave, and a hardware encryption engine.

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UN Security Council to vote on Monday on draft rejecting Trump Jerusalem move "IndyWatch Feed War"


US Vice President Pence will visit Jerusalem on Wednesday, wading into controversial issue


Farewell "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica" will continue to serve as the archive of the television journalism my colleagues and I have produced over the past 44 years. I hope you find it useful. The site will go into archive mode on Wednesday, Dec. 20.


8 Predictions for 2018 from the man who foresaw Brexit and Trump winning the elections "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The man who foresaw Trump winning the elections and Brexit, says 2018 will be marked by severe and destructive weather. Image Credit: Shutterstock

According to the man who predicted that Trump would become president and that the UK would leave the European Union, the year 2018 will be full of political turmoil and environmental crisis caused by dramatic and unprecedented weather.

AncientCode| Craig Hamilton-Parker predicted several events that are difficult to foresee, such as the victory of the current US president, Donald Trump, or the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union.

Now, he says a terrorist attack on a British motorway could soon occur, and that revolution in North Korea which overthrows Kim Jong-Uns regime, while chemical weapon attacks by drones will be used on a major European City.

In a blog post, Mr. Hamilton-Parker wrote how 2018 will be a year of political turmoil and environmental disaster generated by dramatic and unprecedented weather.

The man who has the uncanny capacity of foreseeing extremely unlikely world-wide events prophesized about a series of terrorist attacks, an international economic recession and how Theresa May would somehow manage to hold onto power.

Hamilton-Parker predicted that cultural friction would get much worse in Germany and France and that we could expect intensifying racial troubles and riots throughout major European countries.

Aside from politics, the man also predicted a series of environmental catastrophes and said the environment was his number one prophecy for 2018.

The Environment is top of my list because I feel 2018 will see unprecedented earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and ferocious weather, he wrote on his blog.

I have been saying for some years that we can expect this not just because of global warming but also because of increased activity of the Sun. We...




Vluchtelingen Wij Zijn Hier betrekt voormalige Christus Koningkerk aan de James Wattstraat 58 Amsterdam.

Zondag 17 december 2017 hebben wij, een groep ongedocumenteerde vluchtelingen van het collectief Wij Zijn Hier, afkomstig uit voornamelijk West-Afrika en Soedan, ervoor gekozen om onze intrek te nemen in de voormalige Christus Koningkerk aan de James Wattstraat 58. Sinds de ontruiming van het vorige pand van onze groep in Diemen, vandaag precies een maand geleden, hebben we geen leefbaardere plek kunnen vinden. De voormalige kerk heeft al jaren geen concrete bestemming en staat leeg.

Het vluchtelingencollectief Wij Zijn Hier strijdt al vijf jaar voor een normaal leven van vluchtelingen, evenredig aan dat van alle burgers. Daarnaast roept het collectief op tot erkenning van het zogenaamde asielgat wat inhoudt dat vluchtelingen na afwijzing van hun asielaanvraag niet in Nederland mogen blijven, maar ook niet teruggestuurd kunnen worden naar het land van herkomst. Dit kan onder andere zijn omdat het land van herkomst hier niet aan mee wil werken of het land te gevaarlijk is om naar teruggestuurd te worden. Velen van ons werken aan een hernieuwde asielaanvraag. De voorwaarden die hiervoor gesteld worden zijn niet eenvoudig en het is niet makkelijk de IND alsnog te overtuigen door het vinden van nieuw bewijsmateriaal, maar het lukt wel! Van het Wij Zijn Hier collectief hebben inmiddels rond de 100 personen alsnog een verblijfsvergunning gekregen.

Echter, totdat we een nieuwe procedure kunnen starten of een vergunning hebben gekregen, kunnen we geen aanspraak maken op voorzieningen om in ons primaire levensonderhoud te voorzien. De Gemeente Amsterdam blijft verwijzen naar de landelijke overheid en zo is er nog steeds geen wezenlijke oplossing gerealiseerd voor onze groep. Maar wij zijn hier en we hebben een plek nodig om te kunnen leven.

De BBB zit vol en hanteert sinds kort strengere toelatingscriteria waardoor er nog meer druk op onze groep is komen te staan doordat de geweigerde mensen toch ergens moeten slapen. Dit heeft er zelfs toe geleid dat enkele weken geleden de politie Amsterdam een Soedanees gezin met 2 kinderen naar Wij Zijn Hier heeft gebracht voor onderdak omdat er na veel rondbellen naar alle instanties geen andere optie bleek te zijn. Vrijwilligers van Wij Zijn Hier zijn nog steeds bezig deze familie onder dak te krijgen.

Zowel de...


Review of Ivory.Power and Poaching in Africa "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


Ivory: Power and Poaching in Africa

Keith Somerville

(2016, Hurst & Company) 390 pages, index, endnotes, maps

Nairobi has a priceless and unique possession in the proximity to its centre of the most remarkable pieces of game country in the world. Indeed I have not seen any area of the country which contains a variety and abundance of animal life at all comparable to that found in the Nairobi Commonage. Natives have children; they also have cattle, sheep, goats; many will doubtless want to make gardens: in short they introduce a variety of factors making for the spoliation of nature. Less than five percent of [Nairobis] inhabitants have ever taken the trouble to penetrate a couple of miles into the Game Reserve beyond the aerodrome. Game is still too much of a common-place, and it is taken for granted. It will not always be so.[1]

Written in 1931, the Game Warden of Nairobis argument that the Kenyan state should privilege the needs of wild animals over its colonial subjects speaks to a central theme of Keith Somervilles comprehensive study of how the hunting of elephants has been intertwined with the history and political economy of much of sub-Saharan Africa. Declaring that he is not writing a history...


White House lawyer denies fake news rumor that Trump plans on firing Mueller "IndyWatch Feed World"

A White House lawyer is denying a rumor voiced by Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Mateo) that President Donald Trump intends to fire special counsel Robert Mueller before Christmas. On Saturday, White House special counsel Ty Cobb told CNN that no such plans exist: "As the White House has consistently said for months, there is no consideration of firing the special counsel," Ty Cobb, the White House special counsel, told CNN in a statement. Speier told KQED Newsroom on Friday that she believes Republicans are trying to shut down the House Intelligence Committee's probe into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 elections. "I believe the President wants all of this shutdown," Speier said when asked if she believed House Republicans were bowing to pressure from the White House. "The rumor on the Hill when I left yesterday was that the president was going to make a significant speech at the end of next week. And on Dec. 22, when we are out of D.C., he was going to fire Robert Mueller."


"His Own Easiest Dupe..." "IndyWatch Feed World"

"A man is his own easiest dupe, for what he 
wishes to be true he generally believes to be true."
 - Demosthenes


Glencores non profit group and the plan to pollute the Great Artesian Basin "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Great Artesian Basin Protection Group Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SA, 17 Dec 17 

A PLAN to capture and store liquid CO2 in the Precipice Sandstone Aquifer of the Great Artesian Basin has been bluntly opposed by a room of 50-odd landholders at an information session in Wandoan.

The non-profit wholly-owned subsidiary of Glencore, Carbon Transport and Storage Company spent two hours on Tuesday afternoon informing the community of their proposed plan to drill 1300m underground into the aquifer and inject CO2...


D.C. Metro Transit Police officer attracted to Nazis and Islamic terrorists at the same time. Both hate Jews. "IndyWatch Feed War"

Indeed. The Quran depicts the Jews as inveterately evil and bent on destroying the well-being of the Muslims. They are the strongest of all people in enmity toward the Muslims (5:82); they fabricate things and falsely ascribe them to Allah (2:79; 3:75, 3:181); they claim that Allahs power is limited (5:64); they love to listen []


Faux feminist icon Anita Hill to lead commission on sexual misconduct in Hollywood "IndyWatch Feed World"

Anita Hill will serve as chair of a new commission created by some of Hollywood's most powerful executives that will explore ways to eliminate sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry. The 61-year-old attorney and Brandeis University professor will lead the Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace, according to the Los Angeles Times.


From Hiroshima to Fukushima: Nuclear Weapons and the Dangers of Nuclear Radiation "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

From Hiroshima to Fukushima: Nuclear Weapons and the Dangers of Nuclear Radiation By Eiichiro Ochiai  Global Research We Need to Expand the Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty (NWBT) to A Comprehensive Nuclear Ban Treaty (NBT) Click here to sign up for The Daily...

The post From Hiroshima to Fukushima: Nuclear Weapons and the Dangers of Nuclear Radiation appeared first on The Daily Coin.


"Fourth Turning, The Shadow Of Crisis Has Not Passed Part Four: Total War" "IndyWatch Feed World"

"Fourth Turning, The Shadow Of Crisis Has Not Passed
 Part Four: Total War"
by James Quinn

"In Part One of this article I explained the model of generational theory as conveyed by Strauss and Howe in "The Fourth Turning." In Part Two I provided an overwhelming avalanche of evidence this Crisis has only yet begun, with debt, civic decay and global disorder propelling the world towards the next more violent phase of this Crisis. In Part Three I addressed how the most likely clash on the horizon is between the government and the people. War on multiple fronts will thrust the world through the great gate of history towards an uncertain future.


Why there will never be peace in the Middle East "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

There will never be peace in the Middle East and the problem is an Arab problem. Breitbart reports: Official Palestinian Authority TV recently aired a music video featuring lyrics that include a vow to break the Jews and showing images of one of the most lethal terrorists in Israels history. The song, which was first reported []

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Net::LDAP ruby gem, missing certificate validation "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by Raphael Geissert on Dec 17


Just another heads up that I requested a CVE id for issue #258[1] in the
Net::LDAP ruby gem. Versions older than 0.16.0 did not verify that the LDAP
server's certificate matched the host it was supposed to be connecting to.

This has now been assigned CVE-2017-17718 by MITRE.

Older versions did not perform any kind of validation at all, but it was
properly documented as such. Based on the changelog I believe this to have
changed in...


French constitutional court protects free speech, strikes down "anti-terror" law that criminalizes viewing "terrorist websites" "IndyWatch Feed World"

The French Constitutional Court has struck down a piece of legislation that would criminalise the viewing of what the French government deems to be "terrorist" websites. The court ruled that the legislation was an extreme and disproportionate infringement on the freedom of expression and that the provisions of the legislation were neither necessary nor adequate, given provisions of existing laws used to fight genuine terrorism. The now annulled law, proposed to imprison those found guilty for two years, in addition to forcing them to pay a fine of 30,000. The Court's ruling could have implications throughout Europe and the wider world, as governments salivate at the prospect of punishing people for viewing online content. There are several fatal flaws in the French legislation, beyond the very valid legal opinion derived by the Constitution Court of France. First of all, there has never been any legitimate scientific study that has been able to prove a link between viewing violent content and committing violent acts.


Gitlab, LDAP integration vulnerable to MITM attack "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by Raphael Geissert on Dec 17


This is just a heads up that I requested a CVE id for issue #30420[1]:
between 9.4 and before 9.4.2 does not verify the identity of the LDAP

This has been assigned CVE-2017-17716.

(needless to say, this wasn't reported by me)



Italian city removes Christmas tree from town hall to avoid offending Muslims "IndyWatch Feed War"

Europes new masters. Italy: Christmas tree forbidden not to hurt sensibility of non-Christians, European Post, December 16, 2017: The traditional Christmas tree in the town hall of the Italian city of Bolzano (Bozen), in Trentino Alto Adige has been removed not to hurt the sensibility of non-Christian believers, the association Veterani dello Sport denounced as reported []


US Secrecy on Military Operations "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

US Secrecy on Military Operations | american-flag-military-wars | Military Pentagon Special Interests US News

Americas only enemies are invented ones to maintain a permanent state of war so war-profiteers can gorge at the public trough, a deplorable state of affairs worsening, not improving.

Militarism and warmaking define Americas agenda.

Campaigns in multiple theaters are being waged, new ones certain to be launched, numerous covert and other operations ongoing secretly.

The Pentagon and misnamed Defense Department operate below the radar, the public kept uninformed, mainstream media reporting nothing. What they know, they wont say.

Weeks after Trump took office, his administration stopped disclosing information on US forces in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and elsewhere.

Trump claimed its to maintain an element of surprise. The Pentagon said it wont routinely announce or confirm information on numbers of US forces, their locations or movements in US war theaters.

Americans have a right to know if US service men and women are in harms way. The Trump administration believes otherwise.

The Pentagon failed to disclose thousands of airstrikes in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia and elsewhere by warplanes, attack helicopters and drones.

Thousands of US special forces are deployed in scores of countries on every continent. According to Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy director William Hartung, it is fair to say that the larger US military presence has, at a minimum, served as a recruiting tool for the growing number of terrorist groups operating in West Africa.

The same is true in the Middle East, Central Asia and elsewhere. So-called counterterrorism operations are more about fostering what Washington claims to oppose.

On December 7, Stars and Stripes discussed a DOD Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) report, saying...


The US Is Not A Democracy, It Never Was "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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 []

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'Perfect Storm' wreaks havoc on Europe's natural gas market "IndyWatch Feed World"

The natural gas market in Europe suddenly got a lot tighter this week, with two unexpected supply outages wreaking havoc across the continent, forcing Italy to declare a state of emergency. The first incident that made big headlines was the crack in the Forties pipeline in the North Sea, which caused Brent crude oil prices to immediately spike. The outage of the crucial 450,000 bpd pipeline sent a jolt through the oil market and was felt around the world, not only because it interrupted oil flows but also because of the influence the pipeline system has on the Brent futures contract.


Liberty Links 12/17/17 "IndyWatch Feed World"

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The Year of the Headless Liberal Chicken (The best piece of writing I read all week, CounterPunch)

"Trump Should Go F Himself" - Texts Leak From FBI Agents On Russia Probe, Hillary Emails Investigation (Nuts, Zerohedge)

Growing Evidence Of A Politically Tainted Clinton Investigation (Very disturbing stuff, The Daily Caller)

Two Professors on How Leftist Intolerance Is Killing Higher Education (Excellent and very important read, Washington Examiner)

Venezuelans Seeing Bitcoin Boom as Survival, Not Speculation (Associated Press)

One of the Top 250 Largest Bitcoin Wallets is Donating $86 Million to Charity (Bitcoin Magazine)

Catalan Election to Return Hung Parliament: Poll (Reuters)

We Don't Need No Education (Great 2014 article...


Re: Portus, missing LDAP server authentication "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by Kiall Mac Innes on Dec 17

FYI - I've forwarded this to some of the Portus developers.

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"And Maddest Of All..." "IndyWatch Feed World"

"When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? Perhaps to be too practical is madness. To surrender dreams - this may be madness. To seek treasure where there is only trash. Too much sanity may be madness - and maddest of all: to see life as it is, and not as it should be!"
- Miguel de Cervantes in "Man of La Mancha"


Windy California "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

While the Pacific Northwest is enjoying benign, moist weather, strong winds continue to hit California.  For example, here are the maximum gusts above 35 mph) for the 24-h ending 9 AM this morning (Sunday).  A number of locations both in central/northern and southern CA hit that threshold, with several exceeding 50 mph (red colors)

Southern California is particularly impressive, with 50-70 mph gusts observed both east and west of LA.  LA itself is somewhat protected by the higher section of the San Gabriel mountains.

The latest run of the high-resolution DRI/CANSAC forecasting system shows very strong winds continuing today over southern CA (see below), with sustained winds around the Thomas fire area (between LA and Santa Barbara) getting to 35-45 mph.  Which means gusts above 50 mph.

Why the winds?  The same persistent pattern with high pressure over the intermountain west, a trough over coastal California, and an offshore pressure difference that produces strong easterly and northeasterly flow.



Trump visits Quantico, blasts "sad, disgraceful" FBI, but praises police and agents "IndyWatch Feed World"

President Donald Trump heaped praise on law enforcement while decrying anti-police sentiment in a speech to FBI academy graduates on Friday not long after he lamented the agency's "sad" and "disgraceful" state. In remarks to the FBI National Academy that also touched on immigration and violent crime, Trump called himself a "true friend and loyal champion" of police while noting that members of law enforcement "rarely get the recognition" they deserve. "We will protect those who protect us," the president said, adding that those accused of killing police officers "should get the death penalty." "Anti-police sentiment is wrong and it's dangerous, and we will not stand for it," he said. Comment: No word on what penalty bad cops should get when they use excessive force and kill unarmed people. There are some people who just hate cops. That's painting with too broad a brush. But there are many who have nothing against police per se; they don't like dirty cops. That's something Democrats and Republicans can agree on. See: The reasons Black Lives Matter (BLM) and Republicans should be natural allies An hour earlier, speaking to reporters on the White House lawn on his way to talk to graduates of the academy in Quantico, Virginia, Trump said: "It's a shame what's happened with the FBI, but we're going to rebuild the FBI. It'll be bigger and better than ever." Comment: It is a shame. From its inception as the "Federal Blackmail Industry", the FBI has sheltered people who should've been behind bars, not putting people there. Today, there is FBI counterintelligence gone wild and sting/entrapment operations to catch nonexistent terrorists. By all means, rebuild the FBI. But make it better in the process. Drain the swamp.


26 dead, 23 missing, 15k+ stranded and 90k evacuated as Kai-Tak (Urduja) hits the Philippines "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Floods and landslides triggered by slow-moving Tropical Cyclone "Kai-Tak," locally known as Urduja, killed at least 26 people and left another 23 missing in the Philippines, authorities said Sunday, December 17, 2017. More floods and landslides are...... Read more


Breaking news "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Really, it's sometimes difficult to know what to make of media reporting these days. 

The horrific news that a female UK diplomat has been murdered in Lebanon is being widely reported, but different news outlets are reporting or, in some cases not reporting, different aspects of the story.

You read the Sky and ITV websites and they report speculation about a sexual motive.

You then read the BBC website and they don't report speculation about a sexual motive. 

And then you turn to Mail Online and their headline is British female embassy worker is found dead in Beirut after being 'raped, strangled and dumped by the side of a motorway'

Obviously, the BBC is aware of this speculation of a sexual motive for the murder but is choosing not to report it. 

Is the BBC suppressing an angle to the story that they should be reporting, or is the BBC exercising restraint and behaving responsibly in not reporting that angle until it becomes more than mere speculation?

Or could the BBC be holding back, awaiting news about who murdered Rebecca Dykes, before they report that angle?


HydroBlu Water Filters; is This Innovative Company the Sawyer and Katadyn Killer? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

HydroBlu Water Filters; is This Innovative Company the Sawyer and Katadyn Killer? by M.D. Creamer The Survivalist Blog Recent reviews have been a bit repetitious, no really innovative products or approaches. Recently, however, HyrdoBlu contacted me regarding reviewing their innovative product...

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Facebook Admits Social Media Poses Mental Health Risk "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Facebook: Social networks can be bad for our health

Facebook, a multi-billion dollar social media company, has always been criticized for having a bad effect on ones mind and on society. Now, the social media giant itself has admitted that using the platform can have a negative influence on peoples moods, and that heavier users of the site can have mental health risk.

In a blog post published on Friday, Facebook addressed a hard question: Is spending time on social media bad for us? The company referring to both internal and academic research said in general, when people spend a lot of time passively consuming information reading but not interacting with people they report feeling worse afterward. Simultaneously, engaging and interacting with people more on Facebook is linked to improvements in well-being, the company said.

Researchers hypothesize that reading about others online might lead to negative social comparison, wrote Facebook director of researcher David Finsberg and research scientist Moira Burke, and perhaps even more so than offline, since peoples posts are often more curated and flattering.

However, Facebook also cited research showing the positive influence of social media. In sum, our research and other academic literature suggests that its about how you use social media that matters when it comes to your well-being, the researchers said. We want the time people spend on Facebook to encourage meaningful social interactions, they added, quoting CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg.

For instance, on one hand, where Facebook cited research showing an increase in teen depression due to excessive technology use, on the other hand, it also mentioned its own research that shows improvements in well-being from communicating with close friends online.

Citing a study in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, Ginsberg and Burke said that students of University of Michigan who were randomly assigned to read Facebook for 10 minutes were in a worse mood at the end of the day than students assigned to post or talk to friends on the platform.

In another research carried out by Burke along with a Carnegie Mellon professor, Facebook cited that sending or receiving direct messages or posts and comments on ones timeline boost psychological well-being.

Simply broadcasting status updates wasnt enough; people had to interact one-on-one with others in their network, the company says in its blog.

Also, new features meant to fight some of the negative influ...


NFL HELL: Sea of Empty Seats Plague Stadiums Across League In Week 15 (PHOTOS) "IndyWatch Feed"

NFL stadium attendance continues to suffer as the backlash from players protesting the National Anthem extends into week 15. Fans from across the league are sharing photos showing stadiums plagued by empty seats this Sunday. 

The NFL has been on the losing end of the culture war since players from around the league began kneeling during the National Anthem. Started by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, the ill-placed form of protest has led to failing stadium attendance, lackluster ratings and the scorn of the most powerful in the world President Donald Trump.

Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Giants at MetLife Stadium

Lots of empty seats 10 mins into the game at giants stadium today and tons of eagles fans, noted Joseph Panagaro with 5:28 left in the first quarter.

With just seconds remaining in the first quarter, MetLife Stadium still had tons of empty seats.


UN Security Council to Vote Monday on Call for Trumps Jerusalem Move to Be Rescinded "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The resolution, submitted by Egypt, would insist that decisions on Jerusalems status have no legal effect. Diplomats say the U.S. will veto it

Noa Landau 17.12.2017 20:51 Updated: 8:52 PM

People hold Palestinian flags as they protest after Friday prayers at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, December 15, 2017.

People hold Palestinian flags as they protest after Friday prayers at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, December 15, 2017. Ammar Awad / Reuters

The United Nations Security Council is due to vote on Monday on a resolution drafted by Egypt against U.S. President Donald Trumps unilateral recognition of the city as Israels capital.

The draft UN resolution affirms that any decisions and actions which purport to have altered, the character, status or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded in compliance with relevant resolutions of the Security Council.

It calls upon all States to refrain from the establishment of diplomatic missions in the Holy City of Jerusalem, pursuant to resolution 478 (1980) of the Security Council. However, there is debate regarding the definition of diplomatic missions, and whether that relates to an embassy or a consulate as well. Diplomats say it has broad support but will likely be vetoed by Washington.


Trump abruptly reversed decades of U.S. policy this month, generating outrage from Palestinians and defying warnings of Middle East violence. Trump also plans to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

In opening remarks at Sundays cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked U.S. President Donald Trump for what the prime minister called the presidents determination and leadership in defending the truth on Israel and for rebuffing attempts to use the United Nations as a platform against Israel.

Israels ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, denounced the draft resolution Saturday. During a period in which the Jewish people is celebrating the liberation of Jerusalem nearly 2,000 years ago, the Palestinians continue to try to reinvent history, he said, referring to the holiday of Hanukkah. No vote or debate will change clear reality. Jerusalem is and has always been the capital of Israel. We will continue along with our allies to fight for the historical truth this time too.

Reuters contributed to this report

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Arizona Pastor stop cops from illegally shutting down his free speech "IndyWatch Feed World"

An anti-abortion group protesting outside of an abortion clinic schooled local police on their rights, after they were harassed with the threat of arrest. When police attempted to shut down an anti-abortion rally, one activist called them out for abusing their authority and usurping the law they are sworn to protect. "Pastor Jeff," was featured in a video of the encounter, which was posted online. For years, anti-abortion activists have taken to streets and sidewalks in protest, and more often than not, their battle is with the officers who try to silence them, as police often side with people who complain about the activists' presence and free speech.


Re: Sonatype Nexus Repository Manager 2.x weak password encryption "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by Raphael Geissert on Dec 17




This is now CVE-2017-17717.

Oh, I somehow missed it. Thanks for the pointer and for copying it to



Arrests Of MS-13 Members, Associates Up 83% Under Trump "IndyWatch Feed"

Get them out of here! Via The Daily Signal: President Donald Trump called Friday for reforming and strictly enforcing immigration law, in light of the failed terror attack in New York and increased crime across the country committed by violent gangs. Trump said he had directed federal law enforcement to work with local police to []


Pope Francis Says Fake News Is A Very Grave Sin "IndyWatch Feed World"

Pope Francis has condemned fake and sensationalised news as a very grave sin and has called on journalists to report precise, complete and correct information. Addressing members of the Italian Periodical Press Union on Saturday, [...]


Universality vs targeting "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

When redistributing taxpayers money by way of benefits governments can go opt for universality or targeting.

The advantage of universality is that administration is simple.

The disadvantage of universal benefits is that they are very expensive and take no account of need.

Those with more than enough get butter and jam while those without enough still struggle to get bread.

The advantage of targeting is that more money can be given to fewer people, making it easier to help those most in need.

The disadvantages are that administration is more complicated, and therefore costly; and that some people in need might miss out.

In New Zealand superannuation isnt targeted. One reason for that is that targeting would punish the thrifty.

Really wealthy people would be fine and really poor people would get help. But some of those in the middle who had saved for their retirement would find themselves no better off than those who had not.

That is a good reason for universality for the basic pension but it shouldnt extend to extras like the winter heating payment which the government is going to pay to all beneficiaries, including superannuitants.

Its contradictory that they dont want the rich or even middle income people getting a tax cut but theyre going to give wealthy pensioners money towards their power bill.

Another contradiction is the fee-free study. As Bill English pointed out in parliament last week, the government didnt want him to have a $1,000 tax cut but will pay his sons university fees which will cost many thousands of dollars more.

Then theres the $60 a week baby bonus which is also universal.

The good part of that is that poorer single income families who dont qualify for parental leave payments will get it. The bad part is the wealthy who dont need it will also get it.

All these extra payments would be far better targeted to give those in real need more and leave those who are more than capable of looking after themselves to do so.



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Repairing McCullys legacy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

MFaT is in disarray after the departure of Murray McCully as Foreign Minister. He pretty much gutted the department and as a result it is largely dysfunctional, which is why Winston Peters is moving to rectify matters. The Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) needs more grunt []

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Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

It often takes more courage to change ones opinion than to keep it.  Willy Brandt who was born on this day in 1913.

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Two Rockets Fired From Gaza at Israel, One Explodes in Houses Front Yard At least 18 rockets have been fired from Gaza at Israel since U.S. President Donald Trumps December 6th announcement "IndyWatch Feed War"

The other rocket explodes in an open area in southern Israel Number of rockets fired from Gaza at Israel since Trumps Jerusalem speech rises to 18

Yaniv Kubovich and Almog Ben Zikri Dec 17, 2017 9:44 PM

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Two rockets were fired from Gaza at Israel Sunday night, the Israeli military confirmed. One of the rockets exploded in the yard of a residential building in southern Israels Hof Ashkelon Regional Council, and the other exploded in a nearby open area.

Rocket alarm sirens sounded in Israeli communities near the Gaza border prior to the blasts. Residents of a local community told Haaretz they heard an explosion.

Tonight, another rocket alarm siren went off in the communities next to Gaza, and this time, a residents house was damaged. Thank God, there was no bodily or spiritual harm, said Tamir Idan, head of the Sdot Negev Regional Council.

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FILE photo of a Palestinians rocket launch.

We expect and demand that the security apparatuses issue a strong response, and clarify to the terrorists that the State of Israeli will not allow the fire to continue. We will not accept a situation in which emergency becomes routine. We must say clearly that we are strong and determined, and that we are in control of security forces, Idan said.

At least 18 rockets have been fired from Gaza at Israel since U.S. President Donald Trumps December 6th announcement recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. This is the largest number of rockets fired at Israel since Israels last offensive with Hamas in the summer of 2014.

This is a developing story..

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Palestinian protester, Saturday, December 16, 2018




Gaza rocket smashes into Israeli town near border, damaging home "IndyWatch Feed War"

No injuries reported as two missiles fired at southern Israel, latest in upswing of attacks amid rise in tensions with Palestinian enclave

Police officers locate a rocket that was fired from the Gaza Strip and struck southern Israel on December 17, 2017. (Israel Police)
Police officers locate a rocket that was fired from the Gaza Strip and struck southern Israel on December 17, 2017. (Israel Police)

A rocket fired by a terrorist group in the Gaza Strip on Sunday night struck next to a home in an Israeli community north of the coastal enclave, causing damage but no injuries, according to media reports.

The army confirmed that two rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip and struck inside Israel, in the Hof Ashkelon region.

Police said that one rocket hit inside an Israeli community, and the other struck an open field, causing neither damage nor injury. The names of the communities were not immediately cleared for publication.

A photograph that was posted on social media appeared to show damage caused to the house. An outside wall was charred and several concrete tiles surrounding the home were destroyed.



British diplomat found dead in Beirut, murder probe launched "IndyWatch Feed World"

A murder investigation is reportedly under way following the discovery of a female British diplomat's body in the Lebanese capital, Beirut. The UK Foreign Office has confirmed the death, but has not revealed any further details. The body of Rebecca Dykes was found on the side of a motorway Saturday, with local sources telling the BBC that the UK embassy employee had been sexually assaulted and strangled. Beirut police are reportedly investigating the death.


A Message from President Trump (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

A Message from President Trump Video White House via Mark Dice President Trump has an important message for the American people about what hes working on. Click here to sign up for The Daily Coin FREE newsletter covering precious metals, war, health and prepper...

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America's biggest loser: Hillary blames Republicans for spreading white supremacy, misogyny and homophobia "IndyWatch Feed World"

Friday on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said the Republican agenda was fanning the flames of "white supremacy and misogyny and homophobia." When asked if Trump will last four years, Clinton said, "I can't predict it, but I believe that it really does come down both to the investigation that's going on and to whether Republicans will decide that they have to put our country before their party. And I hope that enough of them will decide to do that."


Official Calls for UN Peacekeepers to Be Deployed on Streets of Chicago "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Waking Times Media

As 2017 comes to a close, the city of Chicago has racked up over 3,400 shootings and over 650 homicides this year, and Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin is seeking to implement a highly controversial policy to deal with the problem.

On Thursday, Boykin shared his plans to reach out to the United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Support, Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, to seek help with horrific levels of shootings in the city of Chicago. If the organization were to step in, it would mark the first time a U.N. peacekeeping mission was implemented on American soil.

While on his way to New York to meet with Fernandez-Taranco, Boykin said:

Im hoping to appeal to the U.N. to actually come to Chicago and meet with victims of violence, and maybe even possibly help out in terms of peacekeeping efforts, because I think its so critical for us to make sure that these neighborhoods are safe.

Boykin went on to say that Chicagos leaders have failed to protect these neighborhoods from themselves.

There is a quiet genocide taking place in too many of our communities. Eighty percent of those who are being killed by gun violence are African American, and often killed at the hands of another African American. So we must protect these population groups, and thats what the United Nations does. Theyre a peacekeeping force. They know all about keeping the peace, and so were hopeful that theyll hear our appeal.

Boykin then elaborated on what he hopes the U.N. might accomplish in the city:

Theyve been able to help in places like Africa and abroad, where...


I Love Steve Bannon "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I love Stephen K. Bannon. No, not amorous love, that's a thought beyond repulsive in his case. I love him because he continues to terrorize GOP mainstream leaders. And with the 2018 mid-terms fast steamrolling toward us, my political love affair with him will only grow. The aftermath of the Judge Roy Moore Alabama Senate race cinched things for me with Bannon.

President Trump Weekly Address December 16, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed"

President Trump delivers a weekly address to the nation focusing on the topic of immigration, and specifically the need to eliminate chain migration and lotteries. . [Transcript]  My Fellow Americans, This week I signed the National Defense Authorization Act Continue reading


Manjaro 17.1 Release Candidate 1 Arrives, GNOME Session Switches To Wayland "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The official release is near for the Arch-based Manjaro 17.1 Linux distribution...


Thousands Of Israelis Take To The Streets Again, Demanding Netanyahus Resignation "IndyWatch Feed World"

Thousands of Israelis took to the streets of Tel Aviv on Saturday night  for the third week running, demanding the resignation and imprisonment of Benjamin Netanyahu over corruption charges. The protest dubbed March of Shame was [...]


John Roughan discusses the polls and Labours lacklustre post election performance "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

John Roughan discusses the polls and Labours lacklustre post election performance: A new government normally gets a good lift in the first post-election poll. It stands to reason. A certain number of those who didnt vote for it find the sky hasnt fallen, theyre finding it interesting to have a change and while they dont []

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Latvian man lights up swastika Christmas decoration, authorities say it's a folk symbol "IndyWatch Feed World"

Residents of a town in Latvia reported seeing a huge shining swastika among a neighbor's outdoor Christmas decorations, but city authorities brushed it off, saying it was an ancient folk symbol unrelated to the Nazis. Neighbors and passers-by reported the festive fandangles on Kalnsetas street in Saldus, western Latvia, confused at seeing the disturbing symbol displayed so openly. But a representative of the district council told the Delfi news portal that the owner of the house has always put up decorations around Christmas-time, and this year chose the "Fire Cross", the traditional Latvian symbol of fire. Dina Neimeta, a public and international relations official at the council, said although some may find the set-up confusing it was not breaking any laws. A number of other Saldus residents seemed to agree. "This is not a swastika. A swastika is the other way around," Uldis, a local janitor, told RT's Ruptly video agency.


Finnish paper leaks about long-running spy program targeting Russia, faces criminal investigation "IndyWatch Feed World"

A Finnish paper is facing criminal charges for reporting the country's extensive spying focused on Russia's military and the Nord Stream pipeline project. Finland's president says the leak compromises the country's security. An explosive report published by the Helsingin Sanomat daily on Saturday, based on secret documents obtained by the newspaper, focuses on the signal surveillance complex in the city of Tikkakoski in central Finland. The paper based its findings on top secret documents, some of which date back as far as 1999. The intelligence center's surveillance activities were not confined to Russia, but that country was effectively the primary target of the operation, the paper notes. The center, it says, has been tasked with detecting Russian military movements in the St. Petersburg region based on electromagnetic radiation.


Cabbage Beats Chemo for Cervical Cancer "IndyWatch Feed National"

Cabbage Beats Chemo For Cervical Cancer
3Posted on: Sunday, December 17th 2017 at 5:45 am
This article is copyrighted by GreenMedInfo LLC, 2017

Mainstream medicine's cancer treatments of radiation and chemotherapy are far from a cure.  In fact, they can make cancer more deadly.  But new research shows some common vegetables may be more effective in battling cancer.
Why?  The answer has to do with cancer stem cells (CSCs) that chemo and radiation can't touch.
In a study published in the journal Cancer, UCLA researchers showed that radiation actually makes breast cancer cells MORE malignant.[i]  They found that radiation kills about half of the tumor cells treated. 
But radiation also transforms other cells into "induced breast cancer stem cells." Though cancer stem cells make up less than 5 percent of a tumor, they can regenerate the original tumor.  In fact, these new stem cells are up to 30 times more likely to form tumors compared to cancer cells that didn't get radiation. CSCs can also migrate through blood vessels spreading cancer to secondary locations.
Chemo works the same way.  It kills only the less harmful cancer cells. The cells that are left are more the lethal CSCs that are resistant to traditional treatments.

Now researchers from South Dakota State Univer...


$1bn ECA fund: Opposition aiming to frustrate war against insurgency, CSOs allege "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The National Committee of Yoruba Youth and the Coalition of Civil Society Groups Against Terrorism in Nigeria, have accused unpatriotic political opponents of working to frustrate the efforts by the Federal government to put a timely end to the reign of the Boko Haram insurgents in the country. The groups at a media briefing on Sunday in Lagos, addressed by its Convener, Comrade Odeyemi Oladimeji, described those who are opposed to the approval of the sum of $1billion from the Excess Crude Account by the Nigerian Governors Forum to support the ongoing...

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The End of Thinking "IndyWatch Feed War"

How hard to think.
How much harder
when you suddenly discover
that you are the rear end
of the severed worm.

Or the severed thumb
of a starfish
and how did you know
which of the five points
was the thumb?

And even if you think
youre sure about the issue
what have the distractive
possibilities of the question done
to your treasured sense of discrete identity?

How hard to think
when you suddenly discover
that you are the front end
of the severed worm,
because you find yourself

altogether bumfuzzled
by the anatomical probability that
you should be able to miss the other half
more than it is able to miss you.
But you dont, cant, know.

Now, embrangled in refragible questions,
you surrender what you might have thought
was your abiding identity to some wriggling shadow
of someone elses scattered ends of incarnation.
Poet that you are, you discover for yourself
the lachrymose end of the annelid.


S.A. Govt fast-tracks switch to renewables with Zen contract RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

South Australia government fast-tracks switch to 100% renewable energy by signing contract with SIMEC ZEN Energy while Aurora 150MW solar tower and molten salt storage project is built. It will help underpin Zens own 1GW solar and storage plans.

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Thomas Fire Likely to Become Largest in California History robertscribbler "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Fanned by Santa Ana winds gusting up to 65 mph, the Thomas Fire swiftly expanded toward the Santa Barbara community of Monticeto on Saturday. The blaze rapidly grew by 8,500 acres forcing numerous evacuations and road closures, including the emptying of a zoo. Tonight, winds are still fanning burning embers and lighting spot fires in []

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Holiday Discount Sale of Setting Sights: Histories and Reflections on Community Armed Self-Defense "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Decades ago, Malcolm X eloquently stated that communities have the legitimate right to defend themselves by any means necessary with any tool or tactic, including guns. This wide-ranging anthology uncovers the hidden histories and ideas of community armed self-defense, exploring how it has been used by marginalized and oppressed communities as well as anarchists and radicals within significant social movements of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Far from a call to arms, or a how-to manual for warfar...


The NSR Project is Strengthening Kazakhstan-Chinese Cooperation "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The NSR Project is Strengthening Kazakhstan-Chinese Cooperation Author: Dmitry Bokarev  Journal-NEO In recent years there has been considerable development in Sino-Kazakh relations. Trade, tourism and cultural interaction are all actively developing between the two countries. Territorial proximity and a common border with...

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US Government Teaches Anti-Piracy Skills Around The Globe "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Online piracy is a global issue. Pirate sites and services tend to operate in multiple jurisdictions and are purposefully set up to evade law enforcement.

This makes it hard for police from one country to effectively crack down on a site in another. International cooperation is often required, and the US Government is one of the leaders on this front.

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has quite a bit of experience in tracking down pirates and they are actively sharing this knowledge with countries that can use some help. This goes far beyond the occasional seminar.

A diplomatic cable obtained through a Freedom of Information request provides a relatively recent example of these efforts. The document gives an overview of anti-piracy training, provided and funded by the US Government, during the fall of 2015.

On November 24 and 25, prosecutors and investigators from Romania, Moldova, Bulgaria, and Turkey participated in a two-day, US. Department of Justice (USDOJ)-sponsored training program on combatting online piracy.

The program updated participants on legal issues, including data retention legislation, surrounding the investigation and prosecution of online piracy, the cable adds.

According to the cable, piracy has become a very significant problem in Eastern Europe, costing rightsholders and governments millions of dollars in revenues. After the training, local law enforcement officers in these countries should be better equipped to deal with the problem.

Pirates Beware

The event was put together with help from various embassies and among the presenters were law enforcement professionals from around the world.

The Director of the DoJs CCIPS Cybercrime Laboratory was among the speakers. He gave training on computer forensics and participants were provided with various tools to put this to use.

Participants were given copies of forensic tools at the conclusion of the program so that they could put to use some of what they saw demonstrated during the training, the cable reads.

While catching pirates can be quite hard already, getting them convicted is a challenge as well. Increasingly weve seen criminal complaints using non-copyright claims to have site owners prosecuted.

By using money laundering and tax offenses, pirates can receive tougher penalties. This was one of the talking points during the training as well.



Will the US offensive against the global south hit South Africa? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

In a pattern largely overlooked by many, roughly half of the mainland members of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) are experiencing various degrees of regime change instability, with the asymmetrical warfare model presently active in Southern Africa closely resembling the one that was already applied in the neighboring "Global South" region of South America. The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is a regional integration organization that brings together most of sub-equatorial Africa and is largely considered to be a platform for extending BRICS member South Africa's influence throughout this broad area. After all, South Africa's Southern African Customs Union (SACU) forms the economic core of the group and has the potential of one day expanding northward to incorporate SADC's other members. This is a possible eventuality, albeit a long-term one, due to the 2015 Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) between SADC and its counterparts of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the East African Community (EAC, which has future plans to formally become a federation).


Saudi warmongering crown prince plays at being King Louis XIV "IndyWatch Feed World"

This December 2015 French video is about the Louis XIV castle in Louveciennes local authority, then sold for 275 millions euros. That made it the most expensive mansion ever sold. That it is not really, in spite of its name, a castle built for French absolute monarch Louis XIV one might already guess from the furniture inside. That is not in the style of 17th century Louis XIV, but of his 18th century successor Louis XVI. Louis XVI, who helped to design the guillotine for beheading people and who ended up as one of its victims during the French revolution.

The castle is neither from the time of Louis XIV nor the time of Louis XVI. It was built in 2009. The property developer had a more ancient castle which used to be there destroyed for his development.

French President Macron likes playing at being King Louis XIV. Now it turns out that he is not the only man in world politics to do that.

From the New York Times in the USA

Worlds Most Expensive Home? Another Bauble for a Saudi Prince

A $300 million chateau is one of a string of extravagant purchases for a prince who is cracking down on ill-gotten wealth and preaching fiscal austerity.

The crown prince of Saudi Arabia is preaching, and also practising, austerity for poor people in Saudi Arabia. He does not practice it for himself and his royal supporters. A bit like rulers in the USA, UK and other countries.


DEC. 16, 2017

LOUVECIENNES, France When the Chateau Louis XIV sold for over $300 million two years ago, Fortune magazine called it the worlds most expensive home, and Town & Country swooned over its gold-leafed fountain, marble statues and hedged labyrinth set in a 57-acre landscaped park. But for all the lavish details, one fact was missing:...


ScummVM 2.0 Released To Relive Some Gaming Classics "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

ScummVM 2.0 has been released as a major update to this open-source game engine recreation project...


Austria's returning Freedom Party vows to fight anti-Russian sanctions that caused 1 billion in economic losses "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Austrian far-right Freedom Party (FPO) will work to rescind anti-Russian sanctions as part of the new government, its leader, Heinz-Christian Strache, said. He added that ending the sanctions would benefit the whole of Europe. Strache listed the lifting of the sanctions the EU imposed against Russia among other goals his party would like to achieve as part of the newly formed Austrian government, adding that it would defend its position at the EU level as well. "Yes, we would like these sanctions to be lifted," he said, speaking to journalists at a joint press conference with the future Chancellor, leader of the conservative Austrian People's Party (OVP), Sebastian Kurz. The FPO leader also said that his party could potentially act as a mediator between Europe and Russia and help the two sides find a solution that would serve the interests of both. He pointed out that the FPO would "seek a solution in the interests of Europe" that would allow "Europe and Russia to come together once again."


UK government refuses to say whether proclaiming divinity of Christ is a hate crime "IndyWatch Feed National"

The question was: Will they confirm unequivocally that a Christian who says that Jesus is the only son of the one true God cannot be arrested for hate crime or any other offence, however much it may offend a Muslim or anyone of any other religion? The answer: My Lords, I am not going to []


Why There Is No Such Thing As Safe Tap Water "IndyWatch Feed World"

Why There Is No Such Thing As 'Safe' Tap Water | toxic_tap_water | Environment Fluoride General Health Sleuth Journal Special Interests Toxins

Despite being at the top of the global food chain and industrial developmental ladder, the United States has a poor track record for delivering uncontaminated drinking water to the public. Even the nicest restaurants are guilty of serving you directly from the tap. Its time to get real about the tap water problem, one of the most significant vectors of toxicity of our age

Water is life, as the saying goes. And its more than just a poetic phrase. Water is so intrinsically connected to life, if you counted all the molecules in the human body, 99% of them would be water!

On average, a human life can be sustained for up to three weeks without food, but a person wont survive more than a few days without water. Under extreme conditions, an adult can lose around one liter of water per hour, all of which needs to be readily replaced to maintain a healthy fluid balance. So, what could be more important than consuming high quality, non-contaminated water?

In the United States, most of the water we utilize comes from our domestic water tap. We cook with it, we bathe in it; we use it on our yards, and in our pools. And we rarely, if ever, consider how clean or safe it is to do so. But when it comes to drinking water, quality is not something that can be sacrificed in exchange for plentiful supply.

One of the most profound technological developments in the modern era was the implementation of mass public sanitation infrastructures and the subsequent availability of water free from feces and...


Open thread for episode 21.49: Tracie and Don "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Today on TAE, Don discusses category errors in the Bible, and then he and Tracie take viewer calls.

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Dear Women, Have More Babies. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

It seems theres no shortage of white idiots who think the solution to everything is Moar Babies! We can add sociopath Paul Ryan to the heap of baby idiots.

People this is going to be the new economic challenge for America. People, Ryan said, in response to a question about entitlement reform.

Alluding to the fact that hes a father of three, Ryan added, I did my part, but we need to have higher birth rates in this country. Meaning, baby boomers are retiring, and we have fewer people following them in the work force.

We have something like a 90 percent increase in the retirement population in America, but only a 19 percent increase in the working population in American, the Speaker continued. So what do we have to do? Be smarter, more efficient, more technology still going to need more people. And when we have tens of millions of people right here in this country falling short of their potential not working, not looking for a job, or not in school getting a skill to get a job thats a problem.

Heres a thought, you dipshit immigrants. Filling the same old age hole they have always filled in this lost country. The reason we have tens of millions of people right here in this country not working, not looking for a job, or not in school is because of all the policies you have helped to implement. The current regime is anti-education, and making it more and more difficult for anyone to get skills of any sort. All manner of jobs now demand a college degree, even if youre going to be a low level grunt getting paid shit. White people are still being told they will have all the BEST jobs, but those jobs arent out there. And you think having more babies will somehow magically fix this problem. Well assume you mean [middle class] white babies, because you certainly cant be talking about all those shiftless types living in poverty, who are desperate for the thinnest of safety nets, now can you?


Ryan isnt alone among male Wisconsin Republicans in believing that women should have more babies for the good of the economy. On the floor of the Wisconsin State Assembly last month, Wisconsin state Rep. Scott Allen (R) argued on behalf of a bill that would prevent healt...


Saudi crown prince revealed as buyer of $300m French chateau: Report "IndyWatch Feed War"


Estate latest extravagant purchase by powerful prince, who has been waging sweeping anti-corruption campaign


California Fires: The Present Day 9/11? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I do not see much information on this particular topic, namely the likely use of Directed Energy Weapons (DEWS) in the still raging California fires, even though many videos have been going up for over a month (with some also being taken down), and more videos emerging regularly on CA news sites and some alternate sites.


NFL Co-Hosts Social Justice Training For College Athletes "IndyWatch Feed"

Showing the proper techniques for kneeling and making it rain at the strip clubs. Via Campus Reform: The National Football League has partnered with Morehouse College to host a three-day workshop dedicated to teaching student athletes strategies for effective advocacy. The Advocacy in Sport workshop, which will be held in February, vows to teach students []


Kite Line: PREA, Part Two "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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This week features our second segment on PREA- the Prison Rape Elimination Act. Last week, we heard from Irene, who is being held in the Indiana Womens Prison. She described her run-ins with PREA, leading to a broader analysis of the failure of prison bureaucracies to meaningfully respond to real abuse. At the same time, she shows how these bureaucracies use PREA to police and prevent even platonic, consensual contact between female prisoners.

This week, we hear statements from other prisoners, and learn more about the history of PREA. We encourage you to listen to Irene in last weeks episode, which you can find here.


HDPA on Labours lack of a honeymoon "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Heather du Plessis-Allan thinks Labours honeymoon is over, but did it ever start? Five days to go. If you are counting down to the Christmas break, spare a thought for the Government. It has been slogging its guts out for weeks, but it hasnt paid off. It has been a disaster for Labour, mainly because []

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Women, Peace and Security in Australia and the SDGs "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Last week, Devpolicy hosted the Australian launch of the Women, Peace and Security Index. The index has been developed by the Georgetown University Institute for Women, Peace and Security in partnership with the Peace Research Institute of Oslo. It ranks countries based on three dimensions: womens inclusion, justice and human security. Each of these dimensions is of interest to development practitioners. But all too often, the broader community of humanitarian and development practitioners fail to connect to the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda. However, this is slowly changing.

When the Australian Government launched its National Action Plan (NAP) on Women, Peace and Security in 2012, a broad range of civil society organisations expressed frustration about how little the bureaucracy had accounted for their expertise in this space. The Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) bought together some key stakeholders to ensure that mistake was not easily forgotten. With the Australian National Committee for UN Women, Australian National Universitys Gender Institute, and Womens International League for Peace and Freedom, they established an Annual Civil Society Dialogue on Women, Peace and Security. The aims of the Dialogue were to:

  1. Showcase the contributions of civil society;
  2. Facilitate effective dialogue between civil society and government;
  3. Elevate the national discourse on WPS; and
  4. Support shadow reporting on the NAP.

The Dialogue and Civil Society Report Cards were described as good practice in the UNs Global Study on the implementation of UNSCR 1325. High level participants from development NGOs included CEOs such as Tim Costello of World Vision Australia, Julia Newton-Howes of CARE Australia, Jo Hayter of the International Womens Development Agency, and Archie Law of ActionAid Australia.

This year, the engagement has taken a different form. The Australian Civil Society Coalition on WPS ran localised...

Minnesota Journalist Provides Evidence of CIA/FBI Baby Sales and Child Sex Trafficking "IndyWatch Feed World"

BLOCKBUSTER PEDOGATE NEWS: Minnesota Journalist Provides Evidence of CIA/FBI Baby Sales & Child Sex Trafficking

December 17, 2017

Source: SGT Report | By Timothy Charles

The introduction of audio evidence regarding CIA/FBI baby sales and international fake adoptions has resulted in a Minnesota judge vacating prior orders against a journalist that was targeted by an organized group that used the Minnesota Family court to keep him quiet.

In July, 2017, Timothy Charles Holmseth filed a MOTION TO VACATE in the 9th Minnesota Judicial District that began:

PETITIONER brings this MOTION TO VACATE because NEW EVIDENCE that was not available at the time of trial shows adverse parties within Minnesota law enforcement and the larger interstate judicial community, criminally and civilly conspired with agents of a private corporation that received support from the U.S. Military to strategically create life-threatening conflict in the life of Parties minor child REDACTED; conflict that would be used to justify court actions against Plaintiffs constitutional rights for the illegal purpose of protecting a criminal enterprise of child sex trafficking and child pornography.

On December 12, 2013 Assistant Chief District Honorable Tamara Yon granted Holmseths Motion, ordering:

Mr. Holmseth has presented a significant amount of evidence regarding his investigations. Both parties and this Court acknowledge and agree that any order in this case which may prohibit or restrict Mr. Holmseth from conducting said investigations are VACATED.

Holmseth turned over evidence to the Court that showed convicted ponzi schemer Scott W. Rothstein, the Florida attorney busted in a RICO investigation for a scheme involving convicted sex offender Jeffery Epstein, was connected...


Meanwhile, in The Koreas "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Christmas Dinner in the land of the Norks

Here is  your dinner, Dear Leader
It's winter in North Korea and the peasants are showing how tree bark can make a really tasty soup - because Dear Leader (the only fat man in North Korea) told them that it tastes great. And while the North Koreans starve to death, the US imposes more sanctions the Hermit Kingdom. The Norks don't want to be blockaded. There is no indication that the US plans that, but the Norks still fear it.
Advanced naval mines could be used to solve that problem. Essentially, they're torpedoes, tethered to the bottom, that fire up when a ship is in range. The Norks feel that the US would physically surround their miserable land with ships. That would be a waste of assets.
North Korea warned the US against imposing a naval blockade. On 14 December, a North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman replied to a question asked by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) about the US and a naval blockade. KCNA published the response, which was in English.
The spokesman said, "The gang of Trump, being terrified by our accomplishment of the great historic cause of completing the state nuclear force, is driving the situation on the Korean peninsula more and more close to the brink of war, acting recklessly without any sense of reason."

The naval blockade the gang of Trump is trying to pursue is something that was already tried and ended in vain during the collective sanctions campaign against us undertaken by the Bush administration under the signboard of "Proliferation Security Initiative" in the early 2000s.

A naval blockade is an act of wanton violation of the sover...


Forget the puppets, go after the puppet masters "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


TUMBY BAY - In a previous article I argued that most governments are now firmly controlled by big corporations whose interests take precedence over everything a government does.

Politicians dont care so much about people anymore; their main concerns are pleasing the corporations who pay them.

To take this a step further it is necessary to define exactly what constitutes a corporation. Just who are these super manipulators of everything we do?

In Papua New Guinea, for instance, Rimbunan Hijau is a corporation that exerts enormous influence over the government.

When RH speaks, Peter ONeill jumps.

In Australia, the big banks and big miners are among the corporations that control the Turnbull government.

Some of these institutions of influence are a bit harder to identify.

In most countries the major Christian churches indisputably act like corporations. They are, in reality, the oldest corporations in the world.

The Catholic, Protestant, Anglican and Orthodox churches have tremendous power over governments.

Thankfully, in some jurisdictions like Australia, this is now waning in the face of increasing secularism. Unfortunately not so in Papua New Guinea.

The corporate churches once dealt in pure power. To generate this power they were purveyors of fear. Fire and brimstone and the burning fires of Hell were their principal currencies. Nowadays it is more likely to be money.

We constantly complain about our politicians, their venality and corruption and lack of any sort of empathy.

This seems to be their job. Rather than squaring away the contradictions in society, they increasingly redirect the ire and flack away from the real perpetrators of everything that is wrong.

We elect and unelect these puppet politicians on a regular basis, usually about once every ten years, but nothing seems to change.

We get rid of Tweedledee and elect Tweedledum.

If we really want society to change for the better we have to forget about the puppets and go after their masters.

We are not the subjects of countries any more. We are now the playthings and s...


Hope Trumps Nope: A Blueprint for Resistance "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

One of the most unjust aspects of climate disruption (and there are many) is that our actions as adults today will have their most severe impact on the lives of generations yet to come, as well as kids alive today who are too young to impact policy. They have done nothing to create the crisis, but they are the ones who will deal with the most extreme weather -- the storms and droughts and fires and rising seas.


(Video) Fox News Judge Jeanine: Outing the FBI Crime Family "IndyWatch Feed World"

Published on Dec 17, 2017

Judge Jeanine - What would you say if I told you your vote doesn't count? That all the effort you put into the issues and candidates is a waste of time? That there are people at the citadel of power who believe that it is their right to invalidate your choice-- if they don't agree with it


Goldman Sachs: Investors won't dump gold for Bitcoin, despite 2,000% gains this year "IndyWatch Feed World"

Gold and bitcoin buyers are different groups of people, according to Jeffrey Currie, the global head of commodities research at Goldman Sachs. "In our view, bitcoin is attracting more speculative inflows relative to gold," Currie said in an interview with the Financial Times. According to the analyst, gold ETF holdings are at their highest level for over four years, and there is "no evidence of a mass exodus from gold."


James & Kirsty Greenshields- "IndyWatch Feed National"

On todays show we catch up with our dear friends James & Kirsty Greenshields from Australia overlooking Byron Bay. James & Kirsty, along with their beautiful daughters Abigail & Penne, have been living their passion helping one person at a time in Oz. Some of the topics we discuss today include getting in touch with



MARTIAL LAW IN AMERICA: COOK COUNTY COMMISSIONER ASKS THE UNITED NATIONS TO SEND TROOPS ONTO THE STREETS OF CHICAGO by Alex Thomas The Daily Sheeple TDC Note The first question should be since when does a county...



Chinese woman unlocks colleagues iPhone X through Face ID "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

By Carolina

Like other Apple devices, iPhone X is also a sleek

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Radioactive Legacy of Mayak: Tatar Villagers in Russia Live in the Nuclear Shadow "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Rosatom no longer acknowledges spewing radioactive waste into the Techa or its tributaries. It says waste is deposited in "special industrial ponds" or "objects of nuclear energy use." Whether that waste is seeping into the Techa is something Rosatom doesn't address.

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Complaint against David Garrett/Kiwiblog "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Press Council Ruling:  TANYA TOAILOA AGAINST KIWIBLOG Tanya Toailoa says the guest post is inflammatory, racist and irresponsible. She notes that assertions made by the piece are factually wrong i.e. that all Samoans and Tongans hate each other; and that they all are aware of historical reasons for Tongan/Samoan enmity. Mr Farrar says his offer []

$21 Trillion of Unauthorized U.S. Government Spending Discovered by Economics Professor "IndyWatch Feed World"

Source: Covert Geopolitics

The US government may have misspent $21 trillion, a professor at Michigan State University has found. Papers supporting the study briefly went missing just as an audit was announced.

Two departments of the US federal government may have spent as much as $21 trillion on things they can't account for between 1998 and 2015. At least that's what Mark Skidmore, a Professor of Economics at MSU specializing in public finance, and his team have found.

They came up with the figure after digging the websites of departments of Defense (DoD) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as well as repots of the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) over summer.

The research was triggered by Skidmore hearing Catherine Austin Fitts, a former Assistant Secretary in the HUD in the first Bush administration, saying the Inspector General found $6.5 trillion worth of military spending that the DoD couldn't account for. She was referring to a July 2016 report by the OIG, but Skidmore thought she must be mistaking billion for trillion. Based on his previous experience with public finances, he thought the figure was too big even for an organization as large as the US military.

"Sometimes you have an adjustment just because you don't have adequate transactions so an auditor would just recede. Usually it's just a small portion of authorized spending, maybe one percent at most. So for the Army one percent would be $1.2 billion of transactions that you just can't account for," he explained in an interview with earlier this month.

After discovering that the figure was accurate, he and Fitts collaborated with a pair of graduate students to comb through thousands of reports of the OIG dating back to 1998, when new rules of public accounta...


Breaking News About Cancer, Bacterial Sensitivity and EMF Pollution "IndyWatch Feed World"


For decades, neuroscientist Olle Johansson, PhD has sounded the alarm about the dangers of artificial electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs). Dr. Johansson has continually warned us that the bombardment of microwave radiation coming from wireless computers, cell phones and even those so-called 'smart' meters (being installed on homes to measure energy usage) can cause almost unimaginable harm to human health.

Now, with the advent of 5G technology and its related "smart devices," the potential disease-causing effects are escalating at ridiculous rates. To make matters even worse, these health risks are being systematically downplayed or ignored by many (greedy) telecommunications industry officials, (spineless) government health authorities and (corporate-controlled) politicians alike.

Exposing the suppressed truth about EMF pollution and its health risks. On the next NaturalHealth365 Talk Hour, Jonathan Landsman and Dr. Olle Johansson, a world-renowned expert on EMFs, reveal the scientifically-validated hazards of microwave radiation generated by cell phones and other wireless devices plus, what to do about it. If you're concerned about relentless exposure to radio frequencies generated by the wireless industry do NOT miss this highly-informative program.

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Expert opinion: EMFs are linked to cancer and Alzheimer's disease

Dr. Johansson teaches the public about the invisible microwave radiation that passing through our bodies (due to wireless technology) and how its chronic stress-effect can lead to grave consequences, including the development of cancer, dementia plus a variety of neurological and immune-related disorders.

In fact, he says that the current rise in various cancers, allergies...


Putin thanked Trump for CIA tip-off which enabled Russia to prevent terror attack "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Russian President Vladimir Putin has thanked his US counterpart Donald Trump for help in preventing a terrorist attack in St. Petersburg. Data provided by the CIA enabled Russian security services to find and detain terrorists. The Russian leader expressed his gratitude in a telephone call, adding that the Russian security services would also always share information with their US colleagues, were they to obtain data on any planned attacks on US soil. Putin also asked Trump to convey his compliments to the CIA director, Mike Pompeo, as well as to the operatives that gathered the information about the terrorists. He said that the data provided by the US was enough to track down and detain the members of the extremist cell.


MSNBC paid a settlement to a woman who accused Chris Matthews of sexual harassment "IndyWatch Feed World"

NBC made a separation-related payment years ago to an employee who worked for Chris Matthews after she accused him of sexual harassment, according to a report Saturday. The unidentified woman, a former assistant producer on his MSNBC show, "Hardball with Chris Matthews," told company executives that Matthews made inappropriate remarks and jokes about her with others present, the Daily Caller reported. After a review, Matthews received a formal reprimand, but it was determined that his comments towards the woman were only childish and inappropriate and not meant as propositions. Sources told the outlet that NBC paid the woman $40,000 in a 1999 settlement, but an MSNBC spokesperson disputed the amount, claiming it was lower.


Conspiracy Theorists were Right: Corporate Media Finally Forced to Admit America Armed Islamic State "IndyWatch Feed World"

Source The Free Thought Project | by Rachel Blevins

Now, mainstream media outlets such as Reuters and USA Today are suddenly reporting that the United States and its close ally, Saudi Arabia, were instrumental in supplying weapons and ammunition to ISIS. Both reports cite an investigation conducted by Conflict Armament Research (CAR), which looked at 40,000 items recovered from Islamic State militants between July 2014 and November 2017.

A final report from CAR titled "Weapons of the Islamic State," concluded that the vast majority of the weapons used by ISIS were supplied in the thousands, given their origin and the fact that they were found "in numbers far beyond those that would have been available to the group through battlefield capture alone."

More than 97 percent of the weapons and 87 percent of the ammunition used by ISIS were "Warsaw Pact calibersoriginating primarily in China, Russia, and Eastern European producer states," according to the report. However, the weapons were not distributed to the militants by China or Russia.

The weapons and ammunition were originally purchased by the United States and Saudi Arabia, and then distributed to rebel groups opposing the administration of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. While the U.S. claimed to be fighting ISIS, the fact is that ISIS was one of the Syrian rebel groups opposing Assad, and as the report noted, nearly all of their weapons came from those purchased by the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.

"Unauthorized retransferthe violation of agreements by which a suppl...


Former Top FBI Official: Grand Jury Should be Called to Investigate Crooked Cop Muellers Corrupt Team (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed"

Former FBI Hostage Rescue Team Commander Danny Coulson told FOX News on Sunday that a Grand Jury should be called on to investigate Crooked Robert Muellers corrupt anti-Trump team.

This comes after several recent leaks of bias from corrupted team members and the disturbing news this weekend that Mueller likely illegally obtained Trump Transition Team documents, emails and phone calls.

Danny Coulson: You have to step away from your bias or preference in regard to politicians. But this is more sinister than that. You have these very onerous text messages and the people that texted them then go out and give Hillary Clinton a pass. That needs to be investigated. I think that there should be a grand jury that looks into the whole thing, issue subpoenas, get people in and compel testimony, get documents and see what happens.

Via FOX News:

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Why Russia wants to sell arms to the Central African Republic "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Russia's "military diplomacy" in the war-torn Central African Republic is designed to stabilize part of Africa's "Failed State Belt" and set the stage for Moscow to eventually move its peacemaking efforts to the continent's next cauldron of chaos in the neighboring Congo, all with the intent of reasserting its historic Great Power role in Africa and providing more strategic value to its relationship with China. Russian Arms In Central Africa Some unexpected news surfaced earlier this week when it was revealed that Russia requested the UN to make an exception to its arms embargo on the Central African Republic so that Moscow could send weapons to two EU-trained battalions of its military by the beginning of next week. Even more surprisingly, the Western members of the UNSC reacted positively to this idea, though they asked that the measure be temporarily put on hold until they receive more details about how Russia plans to prevent these arms from inadvertently falling into the hands of the country's rebel groups. They already seem satisfied to find out that Russia plans to store them in new containers under tight security, but they'd like to know the serial numbers for each unit so that they can be traced in the event that they end up in the wrong hands.


Debts add to disaster for climate-hit nations | Letters "IndyWatch Feed World"

Sarah-Jayne Clifton says countries such as Antigua and Barbuda need debt cancellation, and assistance to help them rebuild should be grants, not loans, while Ian Tysh tears into Theresa May's domestic climate change policiesFor many countries impacted by the negative impacts of climate change, much more money is leaving in debt payments than they receive in grants to cope with climate impacts (Theresa May: It's Britain's duty to help nations hit by climate change, 12 December).Even before [...]


Theory On the Origins of the Religion of American Violence "IndyWatch Feed War"

[I am a lifelong gun lover/owner, owned my first gun at 7 or 8, made my first kill at 6 (blacksnake, eating a nest of baby birds), and would NEVER give a gun up for political reasons.  Nevertheless, the following is an excellent hypothesis, to explain our love of guns and worship of violence.  Original settlers came here with the intent of taking by violence property which they could not earn with the sweat of their labor in their European homelands.  The name of the religion of violence, which permeates Western culture is American Exceptionalism.]

Fight for the Waterhole, by Frederic Remington / Wikimedia

The Brutal Origins of Gun Rights

A new history argues that the Second Amendment was intended to perpetuate white settlers violence toward Native Americans.



Abel Tasmans first encounter with Mori "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Captain James Cook gets a lot of attention for his visits to Aotearoa in the 1769-1777, but a much earlier visit by Abel Tasman in 1642 usually gets scant mention. Is this because the first discovery of New Zealand by a European explorer wasnt a British expedition? Today is the anniversary of Tasmans first contact []


Milo Yiannopoulos on Net Neutrality: 'Soros-funded groups are pushing two big lies' "IndyWatch Feed World"

Controversial right-wing commentator Milo Yiannopoulos has weighed in on the Net Neutrality debate. Yiannopoulos claims that George Soros-funded organizations are telling lies to bring about government control of the internet. "The Soros-funded organizations that are pushing Net Neutrality and advocating for more government control of the internet have told you two big lies," Yiannopoulos told an audience in a video posted on his Facebook page. The first 'lie,' according to Yiannopoulos, is the idea that the internet should be regulated by the government rather than the free market. "It is much better in my view to have customers and private companies negotiate their own relationship and the market decide what it can bear."


GOP Lawmaker: Top FBI Officials Will Be Subpoenaed "IndyWatch Feed"

Their time is coming. Via Politico: A Republican on the House judiciary committee said Saturday hes gotten a commitment from committee chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) to subpoena top officials at the FBI and Justice Department in their ongoing inquiry into claims of bias against President Donald Trump. Republicans have zeroed in on deputy FBI director []


Trump administration lists the 7 dirty words the CDC can't use "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Trump administration has reportedly banned the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from using the phrases "evidence-based" and "science-based" in official documents. Senior CDC officials distributed the list of "forbidden" words and phrases to policy analysts at the CDC on Thursday, The Washington Post reported Friday. The list also bans the use of "vulnerable," "entitlement," "diversity," "transgender" and "fetus." Analysts are reportedly prohibited from using the phrases in official documents they prepare for the 2019 budget, which is expected to be released in February. An analyst who attended the meeting at the CDC in Atlanta told The Washington Post that instead of "evidence-based" or "science-based," policy analysts are instructed to use the phrase, "CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes."


Progress Report on the US-Russian War "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Saker Unz Review December 1, 2017 I am often asked if the US and Russia will go to war with each other. I always reply that they are already at war. Not a war like WWII, but a war nonetheless. This war is, at least for the time being, roughly 80% informational, []


Requesting Funds for an Arrestee in Athens, Greece from the 6th of December "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Requesting Funds for an Arrestee in Athens, Greece from the 6th of December appeared first on It's Going Down.

For almost 10 years the 6th of December has marked the day a 15 year old boy named Alexis Grigoropoulos was murdered by police in the Exarchia neighborhood of Athens, Greece. His murder was the spark that ignited a wild fire of insurrection across the country in December 2008 that caught the worlds attention and inspired general revolt for years to come; both in Greece and beyond its borders. Every year the memory of Alexis lives on through the resistance of courageous individuals coming together to fight the state and its bastard police in the streets of Exarchia (where Alexis was killed, and where police are not welcome). For more information on the 6th of December and its history please look here:

On this 9th anniversary of the death of Alexis, a comrade was arrested by mat police (riot squad). He is accused of throwing molotov cocktails at the police. He is now facing time in prison if he doesnt pay a 3000 euro fine. Local efforts are being made to support this individual via fundraiser events in the coming week, but funds are very scarce and it is a critical matter of time (December 24th, 2017) to raise this money or have him go to prison. In court our comrades defense to these allegations was as follows: I am anarchist, and was in Exarchia to defend the neighborhood against the presence of the police who are only serving the interests of the rich capitalists and constantly attacking the poor.

We are seeking international support to try and come up with this money before the 24th of December. A paypal link is included below. For more inquiries we have included an email address as well below.

We are writing this statement as members of the Rosa de Foc international squat in Exarchia:

For More inquiries into this case please contact:


Solidarity is without borders, and our strength!
The spirit of Alexis Grigoropoulos lives on in our actions of today!
Fire to the Prisons!


Iraqi Christian leader presents UK Prime Minister Theresa May with Bible burned by the Islamic State "IndyWatch Feed War"

Theresa May looks in the photo as if she is on the verge of becoming ill. This relentless Islamopanderer was probably worried that someone might think she was Islamophobic for getting this close to the issue of Muslim persecution of Christians. Prime Minister Theresa May receives Bible burnt by Islamic State, by Tola Mbakwe, Premier []


Julian Assange Reveals Amazing Plot By U.S. Intelligence To Impose Blockade On WikiLeaks "IndyWatch Feed"

Its no secret U.S. intelligence agencies have been on a warpath against WikiLeaks for years. The self-described international non-profit organization that publishes secret information and news leaks provided by anonymous sources, has especially been under the CIAs hot, white lights since publishing the emails of Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and the Democratic National Committee.

According to WikiLeaks boss Julian Assange, the Deep State has struck a blow to the organizations tax structure.

We have discovered an amazing plot by U.S. intelligence against the foundation which provides @WikiLeaks donors with tax deductibility in the EU (Wau Holland Stiftung). It comes after our series on the CIA, . In press next week, tweeted Assange on Sunday.

Strangely, at the same time in the US, the Freedom of the Press foundation (FPF) has told us it will shut down our US tax deductible gateway in January. US tax deductible contributions can be made for the rest of the month:...


Shun drug use, Ambode to Nigerian youths "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Wife of the governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, has urged Nigerian youths to keep distance from drug use, for the sake of their personal health and the health of society. She gave the advice in an address to members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Batch B Stream 1, at the end of their orientation camp, at Iyana Ipaja, Lagos State. This is contained in a statement from the  Director Public Affairs, Office of the Wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Folashade Kadiri. Mrs. Ambode who...

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NGO billll muzzle free speech, supress CSOs "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) has maintained that the Bill for an Act for the Establishment of the Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) Regulatory Commission, proposed by the House of Representatives, to regulate NGOs, is apparently orchestrated to repress the voice of the people and subjugate Civil Society groups in Nigeria. This is contained in a statement by the National Publicity Secretary of CDHR, Comrade (Barr) Henry Peter Ekine. According to the statement, the Bill is utterly unnecessary, serves no public interest and so must not be passed....

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Family members of Berlin Christmas terrorist attack receive bills from government "IndyWatch Feed"

Bureaucracy doing what it does best. From Those whose sons, daughters and loved ones were killed by a terrorist plunging a hijacked truck through a Christmas market in 2016 thought at the very least theyd get a letter of Continue reading


Pricey PMs (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Pricey PMs Video clearasvodka My, oh my look at the prices of coins in China. It was just a few short years ago I purchased many of these coins and now some have doubled in price. Gold & silver...

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Actually, this sounds pretty sensible from Trump "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Donald Trump wants some words banished from official reports: Trump administration officials are forbidding officials at the nations top public health agency from using a list of seven words or phrases including fetus and transgender in any official documents being prepared for next years budget. Policy analysts at the Centers for Disease Control []

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Su-30 pilots covered Putin's plane to Syria as 'heat traps' for possible enemy missiles "IndyWatch Feed World"

Summary One of the Su-30SM pilots who covered Vladimir Putin's plane on his recent trip to Syria opened up on the mission. The jets were "heat traps" ready to take possible enemy missiles upon themselves, he said. "In this case, the task was to meet [the Russian President's plane] and escort it to the landing strip," a pilot named Yury told a Rossiya 1 correspondent at the Russian Khmeimim airbase in western Syria. "One of the tasks was to hereby cover it with ourselves, roughly saying," he added. According to the ace, the Su-30SM jets were a sort of "heat traps" for missiles that could've been fired at Putin's plane. "The temperature of the exhaust gases of the (Su-30SM) plane is much higher" than of presidential Il-96-300PU, he said. "We were flying at maximum capacity because our planes have different speed and it was that we were protecting the presidential plane from both sides with ourselves," the pilot added.


Pentagon's UFO Investigation Program Revealed "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Glowing Auras and 'Black Money': The Pentagon's Mysterious U.F.O. Program

In the $600 billion annual Defense Department budgets, the $22 million spent on the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program was almost impossible to find. Which was how the Pentagon wanted it. For years, the program investigated reports of unidentified flying objects, according to Defense Department officials, interviews with program participants and records obtained by The New York Times. It was run by a military intelligence official, Luis Elizondo, on the fifth floor of the Pentagon's C Ring, deep within the building's maze.

The Defense Department has never before acknowledged the existence of the program, which it says it shut down in 2012. But its backers say that, while the Pentagon ended funding for the effort at that time, the program remains in existence. For the past five years, they say, officials with the program have continued to investigate episodes brought to them by service members, while also carrying out their other Defense Department duties.

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Putin Inaugurates Massive Arctic LNG Refinery "IndyWatch Feed World"

Russian President Putin inaugurates massive Artic LNG refinery

President Vladmir Putin, travelled to the Yamal Peninsula in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug of northwest Siberia, inside the Artic circle, to inaugurate the gigantic Yamal Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) refinery.

December 09, 2017, 15:50 IST

Source: IANS

Sabetta (Russia): The Russian President inaugurated on Friday a massive Liquefied Natural Gas refinery in the Artic, one of the largest LNG refineries in the world.

President Vladmir Putin, travelled to the Yamal Peninsula in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug of northwest Siberia, inside the Artic circle, to inaugurate the gigantic Yamal Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) refinery, Efe news reported.

From the port of Sabetta, Putin watched the first LNG shipment being pumped on to the world's first icebreaker LNG carrier ship, the "Arc7 Christophe de Margerie" with a capacity of 170,000 cubic meters. The ARC 7 is the first icebreaker LNG carrier ship out of a planned LNG carrier fleet of 15.

Also present at the ceremony were representatives of the project's international corporate partners.

"This first LNG cargo is a testament to the tremendous efforts of the project partners, contractors and all parties who managed to deliver Yamal LNG on time and on budget. Together we managed to build from scratch a world-class LNG project in extreme conditions to exploit the vast gas resources of the Yamal peninsula,? said Patrick Pouyann, Chairman, and CEO of Total.

The project is expected to cost $27 billion and is jointly owned by Russia's Novatek (50.1 per cent), France's Total (20 per cent), China's CNPC (20 per cent) and the Silk...


Libya strongman says UN-backed governments mandate expired "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


Tunisian Presidency/AFP | A handout picture released by the Tunisian Presidency Press Service shows Libyan General Khalifa Haftar speaking during his meeting with the Tunisian president on September 18, 2017 at Carthage Palace in Tunis

BENGHAZI (LIBYA) (AFP)  Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar insisted Sunday that the mandate of the countrys UN-backed government has run out after what he said was the expiration of a tattered 2015 political deal.The UN-brokered agreement signed in Morocco on December 17, 2015 established Libyas Government of National Accord (GNA) for a one-year period, renewable only once.

Despite that deal, Libya has remained divided between the GNA government in Tripoli led by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj and a rival administration backed by Haftar in the east.

In a televised speech Haftar, who has never recognised the GNAs authority, said the expiry of the Libyan political accord marked a historic and dangerous turning point.

All bodies resulting from this agreement automatically lose their legitimacy, which has been contested from the first day they took office, he said.

The United Nations Security Council on Thursday insisted the 2015 deal remains the only viable framework to prepare for elections next year.

The UN in September launched a fresh push to agree a new accord aimed at bringing stability to Libya, which has been in chaos since the 2011 ouster of long-time dictator Moamer Kadhafi.

One of the main stumbling blocks is the inclusion in any potential government of Haftar, whose Libyan National Army dominates the countrys east.

In a statement on Sunday the UNs special representative to Libya Ghassan Salame said Libyans were fed up with violence and hoped for a political solution, for reconciliation and for harmony.

I urge all parties to heed their voices and refrain from any actions that could undermine the political process, the statement said.



Ignoring Stuff in Your Practical Life? "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

by Soren Dreier

Someone said to me the other day: I talked to this woman who gives spiritual advice. She said: Just ignore the stuff and it goes away. The more attention you give it, the more it grows.

That statement is very problematic.

I thought: Well, if your internet provider keeps sending you invoices and you ignore them yup, your internet goes away. And they would still want their money now at a greater expense and you are left disconnected.

At a certain point on our route to being awake, we will also learn that: The more attention we give it, the more it needs to be solved. Because attention often flows by itself to the things in our lives that we do not think are working for us.

A good measurement of things that are bothering you will, as if it has its own will, show up as the last thing on your mind when you go to sleep and the first thing you think of in the morning.

This all relates to being able to maneuver the practical life we have, you know life in 3D. If you meditate regularly, the troubles you have in your practical life, such as financial stress, will pop up and impact your emotional wellbeing. It just keeps pushing through and ruining that state of Calm youre seeking.




A pork barrel Corker "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If this is true its an extreme example of how dysfunctional and dominated by dollars that US politics has become. BREAKING: Sen. @JohnCornyn just admitted a provision personally enriching @BobCorker was added to the tax bill as part of an effort to secure GOP votes for passage of the bill. Corker switched his vote to []


3 Ways Cyber Security Compounds Nuclear Risks, Making Nuclear War Thinkable Again "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The internet coincidentally shares a heritage with the nuclear age. Indeed, it was conceived as a decentralized and distributed communications network that could survive a nuclear war and preserve command and control. In the post-Cold War era, its principal significance is not so much military as the news backbone of the global digital economy. These two worlds the nuclear and the digital are now converging. They are also giving rise to new risks, three of which stand out.

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Light entertainment "IndyWatch Feed Europe"


Nothing to do with BBC bias really (well not much), but I read a couple of comments at Biased BBC this afternoon concerning the dastardly anti-Brexit activities of "My Lord Matlock Brown". 

I scratched my brains for a while, having never heard of him, and then Googled around and found it was actually the infamous Lord Malloch Brown, of Gordon Brown Era 'fame'. (Oh, I remember that bounder all too well!). 

My well-scratched brain then set about thinking how that particular Freudian slip on the B-BBC commenter's part might have come about.

So, Kelly Holmes-like, I donned my deerstalker, reached for my magnifying glass, called Nigel Bruce (rather than Martin Freeman any day), and set out (over 1500 m) in hot pursuit of the answer. 

I recalled that Mark Steel's latest (very funny) episode of Mark Steel's in Town came from Matlock/Matlock Spa, and it all then became elementary. 

Yes, that B-BBCer must have heard that very edition of Mark Steel's in Town, and it must still be fresh in his mind. 

I further deduced that that B-BBC commenter must be a closet Mark Steel fan - though I...


Ukrainian President Poroshenko celebrates EU sanctions extension on Russia, despite tanking Ukrainian economy "IndyWatch Feed World"

European Union leaders extended tough economic sanctions leveled at Russia over the country's role in the conflict in eastern Ukraine. The decision, announced Thursday at an EU summit, will extend current restrictions against Moscow until July 2018. "EU united on roll-over of economic sanctions on Russia," European Council President Donald Tusk posted on Twitter.


The GOP tax plan: Separating fact from fiction "IndyWatch Feed World"

Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich claimed Wednesday that reputable analyses of the GOP tax bill have at most found "maybe a couple hundred bucks" of benefits for middle-class families. Verdict: False Several reputable studies estimate that many in the middle class would receive a sizable tax cut under the bill. Fact Check: As House and Senate Republicans attempt to pass the Tax Cuts And Jobs Act before Christmas, many commentators, including Reich, have continued to criticize the tax reform effort. Reich claimed during a segment on CNN that prominent tax policy groups have estimated little benefit for the middle class.


Putin Calls Pres. Trump to Thank Him for CIA Intel That Stopped Terror Attacks in Russia "IndyWatch Feed"

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed reports Russian President Vladimir Putin called President Trump Sunday morning to thank him for CIA intelligence that foiled terror attacks in St. Petersburg, Can confirm @POTUS and President Putin spoke today. Readout from the WH coming shortly.

Sanders made her statement in a reply to the APs Zeke Miller who posted an AP reports that said, MOSCOW (AP) The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin called Donald Trump to thank him for a CIA tip that thwarted bombings.

The Washington Post reported on the Kremlins statement on the call.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday phoned President Trump to thank him for a tip from the CIA that thwarted a terrorist attack being planned in St. Petersburg, the Kremlin said

Putin told Trump that the information provided by the CIA allowed Russian law enforcement agencies to track down and detain a group of suspects that was planning to bomb the centrally located Kazan Cathedral and other crowded parts of Russias second-largest city.

Putin asked Trump to pass along his gratitude to the CIA and the American intelligence agents who received the intelligence, the Kremlin said. It said that Putin also told Trump that if Russian special services obtain any information on terrorist threats against the United States and its citizens, they will definitely and immediately pass it to American counterparts through partner channels.

Trump called Putin on Thursday to thank him for his remarks in a press conference crediting Trump&#8217...


Whistleblowers line up to accuse Mueller of lying to the Senate, surveilling Trump "IndyWatch Feed World"

Special counsel Robert Mueller is facing new problems as multiple intelligence agency whistleblowers and former underlings accuse him of overseeing and covering up massive off-the-books surveillance activities during his tenure as director of the FBI. A former FBI special agent accuses Mueller of lying to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence regarding the scope of his surveillance programs. Another NSA and CIA whistleblower accuses Mueller of overseeing a secretive program that surveilled President Donald Trump while Trump was a private citizen - an accusation that is already being heard in court. Another whistleblower claims that former FBI agents would testify with documentation that Mueller stifled their investigations into certain terrorist networks. These accusations could form the basis of a congressional investigation, or could be used by insiders close to the president as leverage in the Russia collusion case dominating Washington discourse. Former Mueller employee Chuck Marler told Big League Politics in an exclusive statement that Mueller lied to the Senate, informing the Intelligence Committee that his surveillance programs were smaller and less wide-ranging than they really were. Mueller's lies blocked Senate oversight of his work and allowed him to expand surveillance programs that concerned officials in his own Bureau. FBI agents who complained were punished and threatened with arrest.


The exclusively Jewish state: Israel passes 'anti-infiltration law' to speed up the deportation of African refugees "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

On Monday, the Israeli parliament, Knesset, passed an amendment to the 'Prevention of Infiltration Act', aimed at African refugees from mainly Eritrea and Sudan, so that it could continue to coerce African refugees to be deported to a third country, against the threat of indefinite incarceration. The law was promoted after the Supreme Court criticized the state practice of incarcerating refugees for indefinite periods, in attempt to coerce them to leave to a third country. "We'll have to enact new laws that will enable us ... to send the illegal infiltrators out of our country", said Prime Minister Netanyahu three months ago, on his "mission to give back south Tel Aviv to the Israeli residents" (from the African 'infiltrators' who had supposedly taken it over). What we are seeing here is not really new legislation. The state is simply bent upon deporting the African refugees, and if it can make 'new legislation' and enact immediate deportation it might get away with it before a race against the courts. The state had already declared a week ago, even before the passing of the law, that it will be enacting the deportations within the next few weeks, as Haaretz reported. Netanyahu has also reportedly cut a deal with Rwanda, wherein also refugees deported against their will would be taken by Rwanda. The bill passed in second and third readings on a count of 71-41 (out of 120 Knesset members).


More than 30 dead, 90k evacuated after Tropical Storm Urduja (Kai-Tak) hits Philippines "IndyWatch Feed World"

More than 30 people in the Philippines and have been killed and others are missing after Tropical Storm Kai-Tak drenched the country with heavy rainfall that caused flooding and landslides. Kai-Tak, known as Urduja in the Philippines, has been crawling slowly westward over the Philippines since late last week. Eastern portions of Visayas, including Samar, have received more than 35 inches of rainfall since Dec. 13. Sofronio Dacillo Jr., a disaster-response officer, said 26 villagers died and 23 others were missing mostly due to landslides in different areas in the island province of Biliran. At least seven other people were killed in landslides and floods in four central areas due to Kai-tak. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said it was trying to confirm the reported deaths caused by the storm, which forced more than 89,000 people to flee to emergency shelters. Thousands of Christmas holiday travelers were stranded due to canceled inter-island ferries and flights.


The chief construction supervisor of bridge connecting Russia to Crimea is a cat "IndyWatch Feed World"

Mostik, the honorary 'chief supervisor' of the construction of the Kerch Strait Bridge from mainland Russia to Crimea, plans to be among the first to cross the bridge to the peninsula to take in the local sights, according to the Crimean Bridge Information Center. Bridge engineers are on schedule to connect Crimea to the Russian mainland by the end of the month, making it possible for workers to walk across the 19 km-long bridge on foot. Mostik, the unofficial cat mascot of the ambitious bridge project, plans to be among the first to do so. Mostik's name is a play on 'most', the Russian word for bridge. "I'm building the Kerch Strait Bridge to be the first to make a selfie on it and to visit all the sights of Crimea," Mostik tells his social media followers.


Analysts: Russia Saved Syria From Disintegration Instigated by US "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Analysts: Russia Saved Syria From Disintegration Instigated by US from Sputnik News Although Russia has upset the US strategy aimed at disintegrating Syria and remapping the Middle East, Washington will not stop trying to implement its plans, Turkish military analysts...

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Residents Outrages as DHS spraying Town with Chemicals Using them as Human Guinea Pigs "IndyWatch Feed World"

Residents Outrages as DHS spraying Town with Chemicals - Using them as Human Guinea Pigs | chemtrails | DHS Sleuth Journal Special Interests US News

By Jay Syrmopoulos,

Residents of a small Oklahoma town fear they are being used by Homeland Security as test subjects for the chemical/biological warfare testing.

Newkirk, OK A planned chemical/biological test by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has residents of a small Oklahoma town in fear that they are being used as human guinea pigs, as the federal government prepares to carry out plans for biological testing in the area next month.

DHS announced plans to conduct chemical and biological testing near the border between Kansas and Oklahoma in January and February, and again in June and July, to determine how much protection people would receive from being inside a house or an apartment in the event of a biological terrorist attack, according to a statement on the Homeland Security website.

The DHS press release notes:

The study is part of the Departments ongoing commitment to preparedness and the shared responsibility of protecting the nations critical infrastructure. The purpose of this study is to gather data that enhances our predictive capabilities in the event of a biological agent attack.

Specifically, this work will help in predicting the extent to which an intentional release of a biological agent may penetrate single family and multi-family structures. These tests will release inert chemicals and biological materials that will be used to measure the amount of material that penetrates the buildings under varied conditions.

This helps responders and emergency managers decide how to respond and save lives. It helps in planning for evacuationsand other tactics, John Verrico, DHSs science and technology directorate spokesman, said in an email to Newsweek. It also helps us to understand how materials settle and stick to surfaces.

Verrico claims that no one has been injured or adversely affected by chemical tests performed by Homeland Security.



Study: Californias $15 Minimum Wage Will Cost State 400,000 Jobs "IndyWatch Feed"

Mission accomplished in growing the plantation of dependency. Via Breitbart: Californias plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour could cause the state to lose 400,000 jobs, according to a study released Thursday. The study from the Employment Policies Institute (EPI) conducted an analysis of employment trends from 1990 through 2017 and found []


Hugh Fitzgerald: Foreign Policys Daniel Altman On Trumps Disgusting Racist Alt Right Retweets "IndyWatch Feed War"

Daniel Altman, the editor of Foreign Policy, recently delivered himself of an article, This Is How Every Genocide Begins, in which he claims that President Trumps retweeting of three anti-Islamic videos reminds him of the years leading up to the Holocaust. Many absurd remarks have been made about these videos, but none as hysterically absurd []


Whaleoil General Debate "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Morning everyone, and welcome to Whaleoils daily General Debate post (another one called Backchat will start at 6pm). To participate youll need to register a free Disqus account. There are some rules, and if there is one thing about Whaleoil that you need to know is that these rules are dispassionately and strictly enforced.  (No []

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Unwell Maoist Leader Kobad Ghandy Rearrested Within Days of Being Released After Eight Years "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

File picture of Kobad Ghandy, Credit: PTI

Mumbai: The shock arrest of a top leader of the CPI (Maoist), Kobad Ghandy, days after being released on bail on December 12 has been strongly condemned by the Revolutionary Writers Association and the Civil Liberties Committee (CLC) who said the police was using these kinds of tactics to prolong the incarceration of political activists.

Just minutes after Ghandy stepped out of the magistrates court in Achampet of Nagarkurnool district in Telangana after attending an ongoing trial on December 16, a team of over 50 policemen stopped him at the entrance of the court. The policemen some from Telangana and the rest from Jharkhand took him in custody and by evening he was flown directly to Ranchi instead of being produced in Hyderabad.  Ghandy, the Maoist ideologue who was released on bail on December 12 by the Vishakhapatnam trial court after spending over eight years in jail, is currently lodged at the Tenughat sub-jail in Bokaro district of Jharkhand in a separate case of murder.

According to Balla Ravindra, a lawyer representing Ghandy and also the general secretary of the Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners, the 71- year old Ghandy was shaken by this sudden arrest. They flouted...

Tim Canova On The Blue America Gung Ho Contest "IndyWatch Feed"

As you may know, Blue America is trying to help the congressional candidates we've endorsed raise some last minute campaign funds to close out the year. Our friend Nancy Ohanian gave us a signed print she did, Gung Ho! as a prize for one lucky contributor. Monday at noon we'll be picking one contributor, randomly.

To bolster our efforts, Tim Canova sent his own supporters this team-work letter I want to share with you.

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

The very first progressive group to endorse our campaign last year against Debbie Wasserman Schultz was Blue America, and Blue America has been with us ever since.

Blue America is now contributing a work by the artist Nancy Ohanian in a contest to raise donations for our campaign, as well as 18 other progressive candidates around the country, from Maine to Hawaii, from Minnesota to Florida.

Just contribute any amount to any of the progressive candidates...


10 Years in the morgue: Alf Conlon, John Kerrs first dismissal "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

John Kerr
John Kerr was to become a controversial figure in Australian politics when, as governor-general, he dismissed prime minister Gough Whitlam


This article was first published in PNG Attitude on 19 September 2007

NOOSA - As regular readers will know, PNG Attitude has been pursuing the story of Alf Conlon, the erratic genius who conceived the idea of the Australian School of Pacific Administration, ASOPA, and then engineered it into existence.

The saga of Alf Conlon's departure from the School is told in John Kerr's 1978 autobiography, Matters for Judgment.

When he returned to the Sydney bar from ASOPA in 1948, Kerr had handed his principalship of the School to Conlon, who began a losing battle with Canberra over making ASOPA a research-oriented colonial training college with the status of a university.

Conlon, a reclusive figure, also began battling his ASOPA colleagues, who had begun to resent his lack of collaboration and isolationist behaviour.

In 'Matters for Judgement' Kerr writes:

In the end, [James] McCauley led a revolt six weeks or so after Conlon took over. The Registrar rang me in my chambers, said there was a grave crisis at the School, and asked me to go over. And he meant a crisis, there and then.

Cryptanalyse Your Air Con "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Infrared remote controls are simple and ubiquitous. Emulating them with the aid of a microcontroller is a common project that hackers use to control equipment as diverse as televisions, cable boxes, and home stereos. Some air conditioners can be a little more complicated, however, but [Ken]s here to help.

The root of the problem is that the air conditioner remote was using a non-obvious checksum to verify if commands received were valid. To determine the function generating the checksum, [Ken] decided to bust out the tools of differential cryptanalysis. This involves carefully varying the input to a cryptographic function and comparing it to the differences in the output.

With 35 signals collected from the remote, a program was written to find input data that varied by just one bit. The checksum outputs were then compared to eventually put together the checksum function.

[Ken] notes that the function may not be 100% accurate, as theyre only using a limited sample of data in which not all the bytes change significantly. However, it shows that a methodical approach is valuable when approaching such projects.

Thirsty for more checksum-busting action? Check out this hacked weather station.

Filed under: classic hacks


A year of hard leanings "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Graham Adams reflects on 2017: A year of hard truths, published in North & South and now also online at Noted, begins: 2017 is the first year since 2008 that we have had to cope without John Key at the nations helm. It hasnt been easy. After eight years of being soothed and distracted by our []


Youve Heard of the Russian Revolution Now Look Whats Happening in Zimbabwe! "IndyWatch Feed Asia"


People all over the world are still fascinated by events in Russia in 1917. Even a cursory glance at this period shows they were momentous times to live in, with history unfolding in front of people seemingly under its own power.

It must have been quite something to directly experience the collapse of the old order, the two revolutions and all the hopes, dreams and despair of different sectors of the population. As they happened in an age of film and photography, within the lifetimes of people most of us knew, those events seem both real and fabulous even today.

There have been many revolutions since. But the latest developments in Zimbabwe are the closest thing we have yet seen to what happened at the end of the Romanov dynasty. University students have spent a century studying the Russian Revolution in detail, trying to divine lessons about power, ideology and social order. We should therefore be watching every move in Zimbabwe closely, as no one reading this article now is ever likely to see such a phenomenon again.

How are the mighty fallen

The cast of characters is very similar to that of the legend of 1917. Robert Mugabe is the incompetent dictator who has ruined the lives of the masses through mismanagement and arbitrary terror. His wife Grace is a combination of Empress Alexandra and Rasputin, a despised outsider considered to wield a malign influence on the President. The ruling ZANU-PF party and the army are the cadre of aristocratic monarchists trying to preserve the system by removing the cancer at its heart. The masses, finally unafraid to come out into the streets, just want an end to their suffering and the individual they blame for it.

On 15th November the Zimbabwe Army placed President Mugabe under house arrest. It then went on TV insisting that this was not a military coup but an action to defend the regime they had installed though a long guerilla war against the white minority government of Ian Smith. Veterans of that war have been the foundation of Mugabes power since 1980, when he was fairly elected in...


Dems and GOP: Two tools used by the Deep State to knock you out "IndyWatch Feed World"

Democrats made fun of Donald Trump Jr yesterday for saying in the wake of the FCC's vote to can net neutrality regulations that Ajit Pai was "Obama's FCC chairman", but he was partly right. Partisan hacks conveniently overlook the fact that while the aggressively anti-net neutrality Pai was indeed appointed to his position as chairman by the current president, he was appointed to the FCC by Obama. In fact, two of the three FCC commissioners who voted to kill net neutrality were Obama appointees. Michael O'Rielly, who once infamously attacked the notion that it's important for everyone to have internet access, was appointed by Obama as well. By keeping the FCC from being populated with commissioners who favor consumer protection over irresponsible corporate deregulation, the Democrats have allowed the Republicans to not only repeal the Obama administration's 2015 net neutrality regulations, but regulations which have existed since the age of dial-up as well.


Rates of depression and suicide are rampant in American farmers "IndyWatch Feed World"

Not long ago, a local farmer here plunged into a depression so intense that he could barely muster the strength to leave his bed. The 40-something father of eight went dark for weeks, despite the enormous amount of daily work needed to keep his family farm going. "If you are running a small farm, you still have to get up and milk the cows. You got to go put the crops in. There are demands that nature doesn't let you forget," explained Jeffrey Menn, a farmer and doctor who was familiar with his friend's crisis. "His massive depression immobilized him. He couldn't even get out of bed for two or three weeks. Young guy, but he got himself worked into a hole. "It's his wife who's taken over the operation, and she has, let me tell you. She's a force of nature. This woman, she gets things done. You know, eight kids, mountain of debt, but she's out there busting her butt to make things happen."


Why has the Deep State gone to war against Donald Trump? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Some people say Trump is nothing more than another Globalist puppet. Is that the whole story? Is Trump worse than his supporters want him to be, and better than his enemies claim he is?


Pentagon Admits to UFO Research "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Buried in the $600 billion Defense Department budget was $22 million spent on the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program. It was not easy to find, but the New York Times discovered the expense. The mysterious program that people and movies speculated about does exist and it investigates Unidentified Flying Objects (UFO). The program was run []

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Threatened US Naval blockade of North Korea represents the illegal starvation of a sovereign nation "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A proposed US Naval blockade of North Korea is an admission that sanctions do not work and puts the world on a course for millions of innocent deaths in both Asia and North America. Saudi Arabia's Naval blockade of Yemen has caused the profoundest human rights disaster of the 20th century. Mass starvation, critical levels of malnutrition among those who are able to find morsels of food, a severe lack of medicines and clean water in addition to a largely untreated Cholera epidemic, now typify life for thousands in Yemen. Most horrifyingly, the entire catastrophe in Yemen is man made due to Saudi Arabia's refusal to let the most essential of supplies into the country's northern regions. While even the US has recently broken its silence, asking Saudi authorities to allow crucial supplies in, this hasn't stopped US authorities from threatening a similar blockade against North Korea.


Weekly Review And Open Thread 2017-46 "IndyWatch Feed"

Due to this week's network problems at my home you were offered too few posts. Most of the research I do is naturally online. So while I probably could have posted I lacked the material to write up decent pieces....


20% OFF Whale Watching "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Greenies watch Whales and Oilers watch Whaleoil and we know you all love a bargain. Today, we are offering a time-limited 20% discount code that can be applied to ALL subscription levels. If you dont have a Whaleoil subscription now is the time to grab one and get 20% off. If you already have a Bronze []

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Boris Johnson breathes new life into Russian meddling fairy story introducing Facebook trolls "IndyWatch Feed War"

Tom Nicholson / Global Look Press RT | December 17, 2017 With the Russian Brexit meddling story unravelling almost as badly as Brexit itself, Boris Johnson has found a new angle. The latest dead cat to grace the table is a cabal of Russian trolls on Facebook. Theres some evidence that there has been Russian []


Chicago commissioner calls on the UN to help combat the city's violence "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Chicago is plagued with violence that long pre-dated the Supreme Court's decision in McDonald vs. Chicago that repealed many of the city's draconian gun laws. It's truly a problem, to be sure. Now, a Cook County commissioner wants the United Nations to step in and help. Yes. Seriously. Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin headed to the United Nations in New York Thursday to ask for help fighting violence in Chicago. "I'm hoping to appeal the UN to actually come to Chicago and meet with victims of violence and maybe even possibly help out in terms of peace keeping efforts," Boykin said. Boykin boarded a plane to New York City for a meeting with an Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations. It's a meeting that's been planned for more than a month and stems from disconcerting violence numbers seen this year in Chicago. Violence which is felt particularly hard in many African American communities. "We've had over 600 people killed by gun violence already this year alone. That is a huge number, in my community of Austin we've had 450 people shot and 80 people killed this year alone 18 so we have to do more to protect these communities," Boykin said. The mayor's office says the call for UN peacekeepers is a political stunt. The police superintendent said it's a nice idea, but it's not the answer to Chicago's violence. "I appreciate the commissioner's energy and his anxiousness to help reduce the gun violence in Chicago, I really do commend that, but at the end of the day the UN has no jurisdiction here, they really have no jurisdiction in this country," Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said.


British diplomat found dead in Lebanon "IndyWatch Feed War"

Rebecca Dykes, 30

By Josie Ensor, Beirut
The Telegraph

young British diplomat has been found murdered in the Lebanese capital Beirut after reportedly being sexually assaulted and strangled.

Rebecca Dykes, 30, who was working at the Department for International Development was killed after meeting friends and colleagues on Friday night.

She had been at a bar in the Gemmayzeh area of central Beirut and had reportedly left just after midnight.

It is thought she was abducted some time after and killed. Her body was found dumped on the Metn highway several miles away.

Such incidents are rare in Beirut despite the security situation in the country.

In a statement her family said: We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Rebecca. We are doing all we can to understand what happened.

A spokesman for the Foreign Office said: Following the death of a British woman in Beirut, we are providing support to the family. We remain in close contact with local authorities. Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.

A spokesman for the Department for International Development where she worked said: Our thoughts are with Beckys family and friends at this very upsetting time.

There is now a police investigation and the FCO (Foreign Office) is providing consular support to Beckys family and working with the local authorities.



Bitcoin Futures Begin Trading Let The Madness Commence! "IndyWatch Feed World"

Bitcoin Futures Begin Trading Let The Madness Commence! | Bitcoin-Sign-Public-Domain | Economy & Business Special Interests

One of the things that I love about Bitcoin is that the fun never seems to end.  On Sunday, Bitcoin futures began trading on the Chicago Board Options Exchange for the first time ever, and within minutes the CBOEs website crashed.  What a perfect metaphor.  Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are completely and utterly disrupting the global financial system, and the financial establishment is still groping for a cohesive response to this growing phenomenon.

For a long time the financial establishment seemed to think that if they just kept publicly trashing Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies that they would eventually just go away.  In fact, earlier today I came across a story that talked about how Deutsche Bank is warning of a Bitcoin crash in 2018.  But what they dont realize is that we have reached a tipping point, and the world will never go back to the way it was before.

And even though other global financial institutions are dragging their feet, an enormous threshold was crossed when Bitcoin futures were launched on the Chicago Board Options Exchange just a few hours ago

On Sunday, the Cboe will finally launch its long-awaited bitcoin futures contract; the C...


UFOs Are Real? Pentagons UFO Program Revealed "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

UFOs Are Real? Pentagons UFO Program Revealed from ZeroHedge When tinfoil-hat-wearing conspiracy theories cross paths with massive defense budgets and excited politicians, stranger things happen. Welcome to The Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program. As The New York Times exposes, within...

The post UFOs Are Real? Pentagons UFO Program Revealed appeared first on The Daily Coin.


A War of Choice With North Korea is an Immensely Dumb Idea "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

...Sometimes, we must choose between bad options, and a war with North Koreait must be made crystal clearis a choice we would regret for generations. Thankfully, it is not a choice we must make.


For the love of Jesus: U of Minnesota declares Santa, Christmas trees, wrapped gifts, holiday colors are 'not appropriate' "IndyWatch Feed World"

Some faculty and student employees at the University of Minnesota who attended a recent event to discuss religious diversity during the holiday season received a memo listing a number of items the school deems "not appropriate" for public gatherings or displays at the school, The College Fix reported. The memo specifically pointed to items and colors that are associated with Christmas and Hanukkah, such as Christmas trees, wrapped gifts, and bows. What's the story? The College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences passed out a memowith its "recommended" ideas at its event titled, "Dean's Dialogues: Respecting Religious Diversity in CFANS and at the University." According to the event listing on the website, the students and faculty at the university represent more than 300 religious or spiritual belief systems.


Tom Hanks on Trump: Trump Admin is Waging a Guerrilla War on First Amendment Not Interested in the Truth (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed"

The left in America have lost any grasp of reality in the age of Trump.

Actor Tom Hanks is the latest Democrat to attack President Trump for calling out the Fake News media.

Its understandable that Democrats are worried There is finally a Republican who is willing to take on the lies of the far left mainstream media. They are having a very difficult time with this president who doesnt shrink like a violet when hes attacked.

Howie Kurtz: Do you see parallels between the Nixon panels in this film and the current climate? Youve talked about President Trumps insidious campaign against the media and monkeying around with the constitution?

Tom Hanks: You said insidious! I believe that the Nixon administration at the time did a full frontal assault on the First Amendment by trying to keep, literally from trying to stop the press from publishing. I dont know. You cant do that and still have the United States of America. I think the current administration and their like-minded allies are waging a guerrilla war on the First Amendment. Not quite as overt but by deluding the job they do in order to establish what the truth is you when you, sort of, raise the legitimacy of those people who are not interested in the truth whatsoever and are putting forth a specific sort of agenda.

Actually, the opposite it true The current liberal mainstream media is waging a guerrilla on this administration.

Over 90% of the tripe they publish is anti-Trump and these hacks have the nerve to pretend they are non-biased journalists!

Via Media Buzz:

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Martial Law In America: Cook County Commissioner Asks The United Nations To Send Troops To Chicago "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin recently met with the Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations during which he requested that the world governing body send troops onto the violence-plagued streets of Chicago. While no one can deny the fact that Chicago is essentially a war zone, the fact that a liberal city commissioner is []

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A party marking the end of our Gardens of Refuge project year with asylum-seekers and refugees. Plus 'Signs of Welcome': to be continued in 2018. "IndyWatch Feed World"

It's the end of the project year for our partnership with the CARAS team and the refugees and asylum-seekers they serve. Of course we are going to do more all together in 2018, and we're planning that now. Yesterday was the end-of-year CARAS Saturday Youth Club party, enjoyed by over 50 young people and volunteers.  It was a high-energy afternoon with continuous home-made food to keep us


U.S. Liberal Jews Read It Wrong. Trumps Call on Jerusalem Was Good for the Peace Camp "IndyWatch Feed War"

The pro-peace, pro-negotiations, two-state camp consensus in Israel welcomed Trumps Jerusalem move. That shows it was no sell-out to Netanyahu and the Israeli right-wing and that Palestinian rejectionists cant wish historical realities away


Eric H. Yoffie Dec 17, 2017 4:36 PM

U.S. President Donald Trump signs a proclamation declaring Jerusalem as Israel's capitol as Vice President Mike Pence looks on. White House, Washington, D.C. Dec. 6, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump signs a proclamation declaring Jerusalem as Israels capitol as Vice President Mike Pence looks on. White House, Washington, D.C. Dec. 6, 2017 Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

President Trumps statement on Jerusalem was good for the peace camp.

The center and mainstream left in Israel understood this, while pro-Israel liberals and leftists in America did not.

This was not my initial reaction. As a peace advocate and a strong supporter of a two-state solution, I responded to Trumps pronouncement on Israels capital the same way that I respond to virtually everything that the President says: negatively and dismissively.

Palestinian children hold models depicting the Dome of the Rock during a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Gaza Strip, December 15, 2017
Palestinian children hold models of the Dome of the Rock during a protest against U.S. President Donald Trumps decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Gaza Strip, December 15, 2017REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

And the reason for this is that the Presidents foreign policy statements have been inconsistent and muddled at best and isolationist and xenophobic at worst. Not surprisingly, my default position is to resist every word on foreign affairs that comes out of his mouth.

And this position was strengthened by the arguments of Tom Friedman and a host of other journalists, commentators, academics, and Middle East experts whose opinions I respect and who asserted that Trump had given away the store.

Why, they asked, should the President of the United States give Israels right-wing government something it so desperately wants without getting anything in return? Why should he take steps that will likely lead to despair and anti-American violence throughout the Arab world?  Why should he fail to take note of Palestinian concerns about their potential c...


Doug Jones Breaks With Democrats, Says Trump Shouldnt Resign Over Sex Harassment Allegations "IndyWatch Feed"

Interesting. Of course, this is the realistic approach, especially if you dont believe theres anything to the claims. But Democrats are not always known for being practical. WASHINGTON Senator-elect Doug Jones is already breaking with some prominent Democrats by refusing to call for President Trump to step down over ongoing sexual harassment allegations. I []


Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Todays face of the day could have been a Green MP given her colourful history. She is a runaway mum, a fugitive from the FBI and a benefit cheat. [] She made headlines when she was convicted of benefit fraud at 83 but there was much more to the story of Eileen Farquer. When []

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Polar-bear-gate: How fake photography is used to revive the failing global warming hoax "IndyWatch Feed World"

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 point. In 2008, the polar bear was listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act as a result of the Center for Biological Diversity's (CBD) petition. Due to hypotheses regards future effects of increasing CO2 on sea ice and polar bear health, CBD argued polar bears were endangered. However then Interior Secretary Kempthorne made it clear that "the ESA will not be used as a tool for trying to regulate the greenhouse gas emissions blamed for creating climate change." But as seen in other memos and petitions, such as for the bearded seals, the CBD ultimately wants to use the ESA as a tool to regulate CO2. So the CBD stepped up their demands and petitioned the Obama administration to list the bears as endangered. Climate scientists Ken Caldeira and Michael Mann co-authored a 2010 letter to Interior Secretary Salazar supporting CBD efforts. They warned "sea ice has been projected to disappear in the 2030s or before" and lost sea ice was both a future and "current threat to this important habitat of the polar bear." The Polar Bear Specialist Group (PBSG) led by researchers like Andrew Derocher, Steve Amstrup and Ian Stirling warned the world that "two thirds of the world's bears will be lost by mid-century due to climate change". The PBSG published a status table for all the polar bear sub-populations showing in the best studied populations, 8 were declining.


New Jersey imam who called for the killing of Jews to undergo retraining "IndyWatch Feed War"

Thats right: he wont be fired, hell be retrained. Imagine if a Jewish rabbi or Christian priest had called for the killing of Muslims: there would be an international outcry, and he would have been fired before there was even any press attention to his remarks. But this will get little notice. He will be []


The benefits of fasting and minimizing lectins "IndyWatch Feed World"

Dr. Steven Gundry's book, "The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers in 'Healthy' Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain," which spent 13 weeks on The New York Times best sellers list, reveals the deleterious effects of lectins on health. I've previously interviewed him on this topic. Here, we continue that conversation, while also delving into a few other complementary strategies, including the importance of vitamin D for autoimmune diseases and the benefits of fasting. "Certainly, when the book began to get traction, it clearly started to bother a lot of people ... As a general category, a lot of them fall into the low-fat vegan community. The 'grains and beans are the cornerstone of a healthy diet. How dare you question what everybody knows?' ... I'm not against [grains and beans]. In fact, I've got a bean recipe in my book. All I'm saying is that we have to be very cognizant of the lectin content in grains and beans, and that there are ways to destroy lectins. Pressure cooking the beans makes them perfectly safe if you want to eat beans," he says. Testing Reveals the Impact of Lectins on Health Gundry isn't guessing when he talks about the health effects of lectins. He's done a tremendous amount of research in his clinic over the past 17 years, and measures the effects of lectins on biochemical pathways using laboratory testing. This way, he's been able to determine, scientifically, what the responses are. Gundry explains: "When I resigned my position as professor and chairman of cardiothoracic surgery at Loma Linda University 17 years ago ... I decided to make my practice a research project. Everyone who came into play with me, I asked them to let me have a few tubes of blood ... every three months [which are sent] off to labs that I think are doing cutting-edge work."


Bitcoin: EU approves cryptocurrency clampdown to combat terrorism financing, money laundering "IndyWatch Feed War"

The European Union has agreed to implement stricter rules on exchange platforms that deal with virtual currencies, including bitcoin. The measure is part of an effort to prevent terrorist financing and money laundering.

A visual representation of the digital Cryptocurrency, Bitcoin (Getty Images/D. Kitwood)

The European Parliament and the European Council agreed to a new set of rules on Friday that target exchange platforms for bitcoin and other virtual currencies.

The new measures would require platforms that previously allowed users to remain anonymous to identify them.

Read moreA new legitimate era for Bitcoin

What do the new measures entail?

  • Requires platforms that transfer bitcoin and wallet providers that hold cryptocurrencies for clients to identify users
  • Limits use of pre-paid payment cards
  • Raises transparency requirements for company and trust owners
  • Allows national investigators more access to information, including national bank account registers
  • Grants access to data on the beneficiaries of trusts to persons who can demonstrate a legitimate interest

Read moreBitcoin energy boom stamps down colossal carbon footprint

Europes Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova hailed the new rules, saying: Todays agreement will bring more transparency to improve the prevention of money laundering and to cut off terrorist financing.

Rights group Transparency International said the deal was a breakthrough but noted that certain loopholes remain, including a lack of public access to information on the beneficiaries of trusts and similar arrangements.

The EU lawmaker in charge of the issue, Dutch politician Judith Sargentini, noted that certain EU member states opposed the new measures as they were concerned they might have a negative impact on their economies. She said the opposing countrie...


Opinion poll reveals Moldovans leaning more towards Russia than Romania "IndyWatch Feed World"

The number of Moldovan nationals in favor of unification with Russia is about 11% more than those who seek unification with Romania, suggests an opinion poll published by the Moldovan Institute for Public Policy on Friday. According to the poll, 33% of Moldovan citizens would vote in favor of joining Russia, while 21.8% would support unification with Romania. Besides, the poll suggests that 56.2% of its participants are against unification with Romania, while 40% don't want unification with Russia. If a parliamentary election were to be held next Sunday, the majority of votes would go to the Party of Socialists that supports President Igor Dodon who seeks closer ties with Russia.


Muslim man who beheaded woman at food plant just received death penalty "IndyWatch Feed World"

On Sept. 24, 2014, ISIS inspired Islamic convert Alton Nolen entered a food processing plant in Moore, Oklahoma. He took out a butcher knife and beheaded Colleen Hufford and critically stabbed Tracy Johnson. Both were employees at the factory. Nolen, who had been recently suspended from the plant, was a practicing Muslim who was obsessed with gruesome Islamic State beheading videos going viral at the time. Nolen was shot and apprehended after his rampage. Nolen was facing either the death penalty or life in prison without parole after a jury trial in Oklahoma.


Twitter censorship: PJ Media Editor removed from Twitter without cause or explanation "IndyWatch Feed National"

Last week PJ Media D.C. editor Bridget Johnson was suspended from Twitter with no warning or explanation. It's been nearly a week now and thus far Twitter has yet to offer a reason for the suspension. According to Twitter's Help Center, there are two types of suspension - a temporary timeout that results in reinstatement in a matter of hours, and a second, much more serious "permanent" suspension. Bridget's appears to be the latter. The company did not flag a particular tweet that was problematic and her request for an appeal has gone unanswered.


Ukrainian police clash with Saakashvili supporters in Kiev calling for Poroshenkos impeachment. "IndyWatch Feed War"


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Supporters of former Georgian President and Ukrainian opposition figure Mikheil Saakashvili clash with police as they try to break into the building of the International Art Centre in Kiev, Ukraine, December 17, 2017. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko Reuters

KIEV (Reuters) Ukrainian police clashed with backers of opposition leader Mikheil Saakashvili on Sunday and prevented them from forcing their way into Kievs October Palace after a rally against President Petro Poroshenko.

The confrontation, which included the firing of tear gas canisters, was the latest chapter in the former Georgian presidents stand-off with Ukrainian authorities that led to his detention and release from custody last week.

The October Palace, a cultural center, became a symbol of revolt when it was a key location in the 2013-14 pro-European uprising that ousted a Moscow-backed president and installed Poroshenko, who promised to eliminate widespread corruption.

Saakashvili, president of his native Georgia in 2004-2013, moved to Ukraine after an uprising there and served as a regional governor in 2015-16 before falling out with Poroshenko, whom he accuses of failing to stamp out endemic graft and being corrupt himself. Poroshenko denies the accusations.

Sundays scuffles at the October Palace were an offshoot of a larger, peaceful opposition rally in which several thousand people marched through central Kiev earlier in the day, calling for Poroshenkos impeachment.

The situation was relatively calm at the Palace after darkness fell with a large number of riot police blocking the entrance to the center, whose doors protesters had earlier tried to break through, some throwing stones and other objects.



Israeli Jews will never accept giving vote to Palestinians liberal Zionist leader "IndyWatch Feed War"

Talia Sasson is the president of the liberal Zionist group the New Israel Fund (and a lawyer, former longtime government official, and candidate for the Knesset in the Meretz Party). On a podcast for the New Israel Fund four days ago she decried the idea that Trumps recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital is a blow to the peace process.

We must continue the peace process, because the two-state solution is the only imaginable political resolution of the conflict, whenever it comes, she said; and Israelis (i.e., Israeli Jews) will never accept a single state with Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza having the right to vote for the parliament.

Sasson reasoned:

In my opinion the two state solution is the only solution that there is. So, with more difficult or less, usually more, and more farther in the future, or whenever it would happen, this is the only solution in my understanding that can be there. as a separation between the two peoples and different systems of laws.

Because the other way round is one state and one state  maybe there are many people who believed in it in Israel but I really doubt it, and believe that it wont last for the long run, in the future. And therefore I believe that if Israel will continue by this situation, the end will be in that way, or that way, one state  with Palestinians in the West Bank, maybe in the Gaza strip would have the right to vote in the Knesset, then Israel would change its character and one day wont be ever more the home nation of the Jewish people.In my opinion Israelis will never accept that. And therefore I believe its a matter of price, the two state solution would be. The question is, on what price? As long as the time is running out, the price is higher and higher.

As for people who say Jerusalem recognition is the last blow to peace, Sasson said they are wrong. There must be continuing dialogue, even if it doesnt lead to a deal:

I dont think so, because negotiations for peace is an interest of both sides. They both need it, even if they dont understand that. Therefore I believe that when people would understand, maybe in Israel that peace is crucial for them, then there would be a dialogue for peace I dont know if we could end it with a peace agreement, but a dialogue would start.

She also said that Trumps decision was a mistake because it fostered Palestinian terror.

I dont believe this decision has any changes on the ground, except some ramifications that I would see negatively, that it encouraged terror. I think that we could see already, violence and terror by Palestinians, and of course it became, The...


Re: Sonatype Nexus Repository Manager 2.x weak password encryption "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

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The truth that dare not speak its name (or perhaps two truths?) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Theres a very good new post by Benn Steil and Benjamin Della Rocca that explains why the BOJ does not emphasize the exchange rate channel in their monetary stimulus:

In September 2016, the Bank of Japan adopted a new strategy to boost the flagging Japanese economy: yield curve control, or YCC. The aim was to widen the gap between long- and short-term interest rates, by keeping shorter-term (10-year) government bond (JGB) rates at 0%, as a means of encouraging bank lending. . . .

BoJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda has trumpeted the policys success in boosting lending. As shown in the bottom left figure, though, lending did not increase because of the mechanism underlying YCCthat is, a widening of the gap between what banks pay to borrow funds short-term and what they receive from borrowers longer-term. . . .

What happened, then? After YCC was announced, the BoJs pledge to hold 10-year JGB rates at 0% pushed bond investors to find yield outside Japan. . . .this caused the yen to fall sharply, which boosted exports. . . .

[S]hortly after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took office, the Obama administration admonished Japanese authorities for public statements calling for yen depreciation. Abe and Kuroda learned the important lesson that one may only target the exchange rate if one does not speak of it.

Off topic, I dont often blog on the Lucas Critique.  I wonder if anyone has commented on its applicability to the concept to sexual harassment.  Suppose that over a period of decades society does not take charges of sexual harassment very seriously.  In that environment, there may well be very few false claims of sexual harassment.  However if policy changes in such a way that accusations are presumed to be true, and also result in severe consequences, then the Lucas Critique predicts a sizable increase in false accusations.

That does not mean that harassment charges should not be taken more seriously than in the past, and also result in serious consequences.  (On balance I think they should, despite the Lucas Critique problem.)  Rather it suggests that this is not an easy black and white issue.  There is...


Journalist Brian Castner reveals how arms experts tracked down illicit US supplies to Iraq ISIS "IndyWatch Feed World"

A story published by Wired reveals that an EU-funded group of arms experts went to Iraq and Syria to explore Islamic State's well-oiled manufacturing machine, only to find that the US routinely violated arms control clauses. This week the Conflict Armament Research (CAR), a London-based organization partly funded by the European Union, published a 200-page report that summarizes three years of work done by its field teams in Iraq. CAR experts were documenting the weapons Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) used on battlefields and how exactly it acquired them. In a story published by Wired, writer Brian Castner, a former Explosive Ordnance Disposal officer and veteran of the Iraq War, recounts his experience of following CAR field expert Damien Spleeters as he gathered evidence in the Iraqi city of Tal Afar. CAR field research is about finding weapons and weapon components, documenting markings and tracing the weapons back to their country of origin and origin through tell-tale signs like particular shades of paint. Serial numbers allowed the group to confirm numerous cases in which weapons produced by EU members like Romania and Bulgaria, and purchased by the US and Saudi Arabia, ended up in the hands of IS.


The Rise And Decline Of The Welfare State "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Over the past forty years the working class and the rump of what was once referred to as the labor movement has contributed to the dismantling of the social welfare state, voting for strike-breaker Reagan, workfare Clinton, Wall Street crash Bush, Wall Street savior Obama and Trickle-down Trump. Gone are the days when social welfare and profitable wars raised US living standards and transformed American trade unions into an appendage of the Democratic Party and a handmaiden of Empire.  The Democratic Party rescued capitalism from its collapse in the Great Depression, incorporated labor into the war economy and the post- colonial global empire, and resurrected Wall Street from the Great Financial Meltdown of the 21st century.


Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The word for today is gerontocracy (noun) 1. Government based on rule by elders. 2. A governing group of elders. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : The English noun gerontocracy is composed of two relatively common Greek elements: geront- (old age) and the combining form -cracy (from the Greek combining form -kratia rule, []

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Robert David Steele Interview Confronting Doubts, Exposing Zionism, And Questioning Donald Trump "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Joining me today is former Marine, and CIA case officer, Robert David Steele. Previously, we discussed his plan to combat the Deep State and do so by bringing together both parties and finally seeing past the two-party paradigm, all led by a masterful Donald Trump who secretly is aiming to deal with Russia and China []

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Retail Collapse! Record Store Closings! Online Sales Narrative Exposed (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Retail Collapse! Record Store Closings! Online Sales Narrative Exposed Video Silver Report We have a record year for store closings in 2017 2018 looks like it will be much larger. We have been watching an all out retail collapse....

The post Retail Collapse! Record Store Closings! Online Sales Narrative Exposed (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.


ALL Silver, Gold and Platinum subscribers are in an exclusive draw for a fabulous prize worth $500 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

EVERYONE who has a Whaleoil Silver, Gold or Platinum subscription is now in the draw to win a fabulous prize worth $500. But wait theres more We are also running a 20% off discount code (XMAS) on all subscription levels so you can upgrade and get into the draw while also saving some money! Thanks []

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Sunday Facepalm. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Scox (also spelled Chax, Shan, Shass, Shaz, and Shax) is a Great Marquis of Hell, and has power over 30 legions of demons on evil horses. He takes away the sight, hearing and understanding of any person under the conjurer's request, and steals money out of kings' houses, carrying it back to the people. He also steals horses and everything the conjurer asks. Shax can also discover hidden things if they are not kept by evil spirits, and sometimes gives good familiars, but sometimes those familiars deceive the conjurer. He should not be bothered too often. Shax is thought to be faithful and obedient, but is a great liar and will deceive the conjurer unless obliged to enter a magic triangle drawn on the floor. He will then speak marvellously and tell the truth. He knows when lies are told and uses these to teach lessons. He is depicted as a stork that speaks with a hoarse but subtle voice; his voice changes into a beautiful one once he enters the magic triangle.

Scox (also spelled Chax, Shan, Shass, Shaz, and Shax) is a Great Marquis of Hell, and has power over 30 legions of demons on evil horses. He takes away the sight, hearing and understanding of any person under the conjurers request, and steals money out of kings houses, carrying it back to the people. He also steals horses and everything the conjurer asks. Shax can also discover hidden things if they are not kept by evil spirits, and sometimes gives good familiars, but sometimes those familiars deceive the conjurer. He should not be bothered too often. Shax is thought to be faithful and obedient, but is a great liar and will deceive the conjurer unless obliged to enter a magic triangle drawn on the floor. He will then speak marvellously and tell the truth. He knows when lies are told and uses these to teach lessons. He is depicted as a stork that speaks with a hoarse but subtle voice; his voice changes into a beautiful one once he enters the magic triangle.

Today, its Lance Wallnau. Again. This time, its a call out to eject all leftists. Leftists are bad! Not to be mistaken for lefties, as in left-handed people, but who knows.

We are going to lose America if we dont actually mobilize, Wallnau warned. Weve got the people and weve got the momentum. Ill tell you where it startsI hate to say it, but you have to literally remove every leftist from a position of government influence where they open the door to advance their lawless utopia Were going to have to smash that. You start with the political. You have got to take those political offices. You have to because you hav...


In The News Today "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Bill Holters Commentary The missing $21 Trillion $21 Trillion Dollars Is Missing From The US Government. That Is $65,000 For Every Person In America. That Is More Than Our Entire National Debt! Whats going on? Where is the money? How could this happen? How much has really gone missing? What would happen if a corporation... Read more

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Links 17/12/2017: KStars 2.8.9, GNOME 3.27.3, Parrot Security 3.10 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

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    • Hands on With elementary OS Powered Centurion Nano Laptop by Alpha Store

      If you want to buy a new laptop, no doubt you should consider the Centurion line. It will be a good choice for you, Linux aficionado. As well as for your Windows-addicted husband/wife/employees. The Centurion Nano is certainly not a gamer laptop. However, besides that particular use case, and for an interesting price, you will get a very competent computer, 100% compatible with Linux and usable for a broad range of tasks.

    • FLOSSophobia

      I have seen it many times. Linux is a cancer. Open sauce. Linuxtard. I even remember the teacher who did not bring a laptop for her presentation and, when I offered her my Linux netbook, she rejected it as if I had presented her something illegal. She tried to use an old Windows computer instead but, when the computer failed, she ended up displaying her presentation with my Linux netbook.
      Clearly, this teachers position was not based on ignorance or lack of expertise because she knew Linux existed and all she had to do