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Friday, 30 December

01:59

Bulusan volcano erupts, sends ash 3.6 km a.s.l., Philippines "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Bulusan volcano generated a phreatic eruption at 06:40 UTC (14:40 PHT) on December 29, 2016. The eruption sent volcanic ash plume up to 3.6 km (12 000 feet) above sea level, the Tokyo VAAC reported at 07:41 UTC. The event was recorded as an explosion-type earthquake...... Read more »

Powerful winter storm aims US Northeast and Canada "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A powerful, fast-moving winter storm is expected to bring significant snowfall, rain and strong winds to portions of the US Northeast and Atlantic Canada on Thursday and Friday, December 29 and 30, 2016. The storm is expected to undergo a rapid strengthening within...... Read more »

Obama creates two new national monuments, protecting 1.65 million acres "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

On Wednesday, United States President Barrack Obama created two new national monuments: The Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah and the Gold Butte National Monument in southeastern Nevada. Using the executive power inherent in the Antiquities Act of 1906, Obama protected about 1.35 million acres in Utah and nearly 300,000 acres in Nevada with this move. In a statement, Obama said that the designation will help “protect some of our country’s most important cultural treasures, including abundant rock art, archeological sites, and lands considered sacred by Native American tribes.” The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service (USFS) will jointly manage Bears Ears National Monument, while BLM will be in charge of managing Gold Butte National Monument. [caption id="attachment_192033" align="aligncenter" width="768"] Left: Map of the Bear Ears National Monument, Right: Map of the Gold Butte National Monument. Maps courtesy of U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management.[/caption] Environmental groups and Native American tribes, who have long advocated the protection of both areas, applauded the decision. Under the new designation, five Native American tribes — Hopi Nation, Navajo Nation, Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah Ouray, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, and Zuni Tribe — will co-manage the Bears Ears National Monument, while still being allowed to access the areas for traditional collection of plants and firewood. “We are particularly pleased that the designation affirms tribal sovereignty and provides a collaborative role for Tribes to work with the federal government in maintaining the land,” said Navajo…

China seizes over 3,000 kg of pangolin scales in biggest-ever smuggling case "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Pangolin — the world’s most trafficked mammal — continues to be killed in huge numbers. On Wednesday, Chinese customs officials announced that they had seized more than three metric tons (3,000 kilograms or 6,600 pounds) of pangolin scales in Shanghai. This is the country’s largest-ever smuggling case involving pangolin parts, officials reportedly said. Customs officials discovered the massive amount of scales on December 10. The scales had been packed in 101 bags concealed within a timber consignment imported from Africa. Some 5,000 to 7,500 wild pangolins are estimated to have been killed for these scales, officials told ShanghaiDaily.com. Three people have been arrested so far, and the case is still under investigation according to South China Morning Post. https://twitter.com/shanghaidaily/status/813962111835459585 Pangolins use their scaly armor to protect themselves. Unfortunately, these protective scales have become the very reason for their population collapse. Today, eight species of pangolins survive, four each in Asia and Africa. All four Asian species are on the verge of extinction, while the African species are moving towards a similar fate, thanks to rising demand for pangolin meat and scales in China. Although pangolin scales are made of keratin, just like human fingernails and rhino horns, people (incorrectly) believe that they contain medicinal properties. Traders claim that pangolin scales can promote menstruation and lactation, and treat rheumatism and arthritis. But these claims remain unproven. Consumption of pangolins has also become a status symbol as supply becomes scarce and demand increases. The three tonne seizure is just the tip of an…

01:47

How China built iPhone City, and the complexities of moving Apple manufacturing to the US The Loop

David Barboza, New York Times:

The state-of-the-art facility was built several years ago to serve a single global exporter: Apple, now the world’s most valuable company and one of China’s largest retailers.

The well-choreographed customs routine is part of a hidden bounty of perks, tax breaks and subsidies in China that supports the world’s biggest iPhone factory, according to confidential government records reviewed by The New York Times, as well as more than 100 interviews with factory workers, logistics handlers, truck drivers, tax specialists and current and former Apple executives. The package of sweeteners and incentives, worth billions of dollars, is central to the production of the iPhone, Apple’s best-selling and most profitable product.

And:

It all centers on Zhengzhou, a city of six million people in an impoverished region of China. Running at full tilt, the factory here, owned and operated by Apple’s manufacturing partner Foxconn, can produce 500,000 iPhones a day. Locals now refer to Zhengzhou as “iPhone City.”

This is a terrific read, focusing on China’s financial incentives that help keep Foxconn’s costs low and, in turn, lower the cost of building the iPhone.

At the heart of the article is the question of Apple’s manufacturing future, given this:

President-elect Donald J. Trump has vowed to bring down the full force of the government on American companies that move jobs overseas, threatening punitive tariffs on the goods they sell back at home. Apple has been a frequent target of Mr. Trump, who said during the campaign that he would get the technology company to “build their damn computers and things in this country.”

Trump has repeatedly promised an Executive Order to put a 5% tariff on all imported goods, with the possibility of more tariffs specifically aimed at companies like Apple who do the vast majority of their manufacturing overseas.

Note that Foxconn is a Taiwanese company, headquartered in Taipei. Zhengzhou is in central China, near the Huang He (Yellow River). Taiwan’s relationship with China and the economic uncertainties of tariffs add great complexity to this equation.

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Thursday, 29 December

23:10

We Might See Multiple Events In The Month Of January 2017 (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Trump’s Growing Popularity Is Leading to Civil War

We Might See Multiple Events In The Month Of January 2017 Video The case against Clinton’s emails has been re-opened and now the ball is Trump’s court.Facebook’s fake news checker went haywire as it reported on a rumor and called it a fact checked piece of news, which turned out to be fake. Soros and…

The post We Might See Multiple Events In The Month Of January 2017 (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

23:06

How Small Cities can get Big Benefits from Flexible Bikesharing "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

by Cat Johnson, Shareable: http://www.shareable.net/blog/how-small-cities-can-get-big-benefits-from-flexible-bikesharing

Big cities, such as New York City, are celebrated for their successful bikesharing programs, with thousands of bikes and hundreds of smart docking stations. For smaller cities and towns, however, this is not a practical model.

Big and small cities have the same need for bikesharing: to fill transportation gaps, reduce traffic and parking congestion, promote sustainability, build a bike a pedestrian culture, promote active lifestyles, and support local business. They differ, however, in the following ways: small cities have lower densities, established driving cultures, and a smaller tax base.

In a recent webinar, bikesharing provider Zagster and the Shared Use Mobility Center, a public interest organization working to foster collaboration in shared mobility, spotlighted flexible bikesharing systems, in which the technology necessary to borrow and lock a bike resides in the bikes themselves rather than in expensive, fixed docking stations.

Flexible bikesharing offers an alternative that's more realistic for smaller budgets and ridership. Where traditional bikesharing systems can take millions of dollars and years to implement, flexible bikesharing, which uses lightweight kiosks or even bike racks as hubs, can be quickly and affordably tested and implemented.

The webinar was designed to give those living in cities with less than 50,000 people an overview of flexible bikesharing systems, including the benefits and challenges of launching one. Here are the key takeaways: 

Benefits of Tech-on-bike, Flexible Bikesharing

  • There are fewer “ingredients” with flexible bikesharing. All you need is a bike, though k...

23:00

Rosie DiManno: Anti-trans garbage chute "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I wish I got paid as much as anti-trans pundits to discredit them as they get paid to invent shit to get outraged over. Sadly it seems Canada’s corporate media has identified that anti-trans sentiment sells better, and those of us who insist on high standards of evidence are relegated to “alternative media.”

The next hit piece to grace my feed is Rosie DiManno’s fabulously victim blaming article, “End of binary gender proves to be a passport confusion.” Insert usual disclaimer for all your predictable anti-trans codswallop.

Earlier this month, Tracy Ayre took her 16-year-old son to renew his passport at the Toronto office. She brought with her his birth certificate, health card with photo, student ID card, bank statement, expired passport and her obviously boy teenager.

I have to interrupt this story already as there is an important detail here. “She brought with her his birth certificate.” According to Service Ontario, the administration responsible for government ID, the birth certificate contains: (emphasis mine)

A short form birth certificate includes basic information and can be used as identification. It includes this information:

  • last name
  • given name(s)
  • date of birth
  • certificate number
  • birthplace
  • sex
  • date of registration
  • registration number, and
  • date issued

Keep that detail in the foreground of your mind.*

Back to our intrepid parent, as retold by DiManno:

Earlier this month, Tracy Ayre took her 16-year-old son to renew his passport at the Toronto office. She brought with her his birth certificate, health card with photo, student ID card, bank statement, expired passport and her obviously boy teenager.

Nope, not good enough.

“We need something that says he’s a male,” Ayre was told.

Eyeball proof was insufficient. As a bureaucracy, documented proof was required. Except, being a bureaucracy that crawls on its red-tape belly, one level of government — federal, which issues passports — is out of socio-cultural sync with another level of government, that being Ontario.

Now wait just a minute. The piece opens with the claim, apparently fro...

22:48

Environmentalists sound alarm over proposed rezoning of Leuser wildlife corridor "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

An aerial view of the Leuser Ecosystem, 19th November 2013. Photo: Paul HiltonEnvironmental groups in Indonesia have called on the country’s forestry and environment ministry to reject plans to construct a geothermal plant in one of the world’s most precious areas of rainforest.

A Turkish company, Hitay Holdings, wants to build the plant in the Gunung Leuser National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage listed site.

The governor of Aceh, Zaini Abdullah, has written to the Minister of Environment and Forestry to request the rezoning of nearly 8,000 hectares of forest that should be protected; a rezoning that environmentalists say will result in the destruction of a vital habitat corridor.

The “Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra” site covers 2.5 million hectares and comprises three national parks: Gunung Leuser, Kerinci Seblat, and Bukit Barisan Selatan.

UNESCO says the site “holds the greatest potential for long-term conservation of the distinctive and di...

22:46

An Exoskeleton For The Elderly "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

With almost $10 million in funding, Superflex wants to redesign DARPA exoskeleton technology for the aging mainstream.

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22:45

Rumours of Putin-Erdogan Syria ceasefire deal sweep Middle East "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Rumours of Putin-Erdogan Syria ceasefire deal sweep Middle East

Rumours of Putin-Erdogan Syria ceasefire deal sweep Middle East Middle East news agency circulate rumours of a Russian Turkish agreement for a ceasefire deal to end the Syrian war. Deal reportedly gives Russia and Syria Turkish green light to continue attacks on ISIS and Al-Qaeda. Reports appearing in the Middle East media are claiming that…

The post Rumours of Putin-Erdogan Syria ceasefire deal sweep Middle East appeared first on The Daily Coin.

22:42

GNOME's GTK Vulkan Renderer Faster Than OpenGL, Now Working On Windows "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

GNOME's GTK Vulkan renderer continues advancing in Git for GTK+ 4.0. This Vulkan renderer for the GTK Scene Kit is forming into a nice alternative to its OpenGL renderer...

22:41

Three unemployed men docked for burglary "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Three unemployed men on Thursday appeared before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for alleged burglary, conspiracy and attempted stealing. The accused are: Micheal Akonje, 23, Choice Oghenerabo, 25 and Osas Meshak, 26. The prosecutor, Sgt. Donjor Perezi, told the court that the accused, who live inside Ojota Market, a suburb of Lagos, committed […]

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22:37

EPL: Man City should fear Reds attack – Wijnaldum "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Manchester City need to be wary of Liverpool’s formidable attacking threat when the sides meet in a high-profile Premier League clash at Anfield on Saturday, Reds midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has said. Liverpool are the league’s top scorers, having netted 45 goals in 18 matches, but perhaps more encouragingly, the output been shared by versatile forwards […]

The post EPL: Man City should fear Reds attack – Wijnaldum appeared first on New Telegraph Nigerian Newspaper.

22:36

Can the UK beat the Brexit blues in 2017? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Brexit has continued to divide UK society as Prime Minister Theresa May moves ahead with negotiations to leave the EU [Xinhua]

Brexit has continued to divide UK society as Prime Minister Theresa May moves ahead with negotiations to leave the EU [Xinhua]


The UK economy appears to have hunkered down to beat the adverse effects of Brexit as it moves into 2017.

While it grew at 2.2 per cent in 2016, one of the EU’s most robust and stable economies in the past two years, the forecast for 2017 is a mere 1.2 per cent.

The sterling pound suffered a dramatic plunge against major currencies twice this year although it appeared to rise briefly in late November.

At 1.23 against the dollar, the weakened pound is a boon for tourists who have flocked to the UK, but a curse to importers who have faced sudden currency inflation.

The boost in tourism numbers has partially helped the services sector weather out Brexit and and continue to expand.

This has invariably boosted consumer spending with Christmas and New Year bargains expected to pull in about 5 billion pounds, according to the BBC.

The weakened pound has also helped multinational firms on the FTSE rake in profits and push the index to record highs not seen in 20 months.

This has given the impression that the UK economy has been able to roll with the punches of Brexit in the short term.

And the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), which measures annual employment, is also indicating a rosier-than-previously-expected picture of the jobs market.

A CBI survey of more than 350 business published last week showed that most expect to grow their workforce in 2017, with the bulk of expansion expected in the IT and sciences sectors.

Still, the UK would have overall been better off without Brexit, most industrialists, economists and business leaders say.

A survey of business managers carried out by Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and published in the Independent revealed that 65 per cent believe Brexit will hinder the UK’s economic growth.

However, this figure falls when considering the long-term impact of Brexit; less than 50 per cent say they are pessimistic about the UK’s economic growth.

Nevertheless, the London-based Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) found that Brexit impedes development in growth and living standards in the UK for the next 15 years.

“Even as what we do and...

22:35

Booking Fees for Being Arrested "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

In the wrong place at the wrong time? Tough luck, says the state of Colorado. If you are arrested the police will charge you a $25 booking fee. If you can't pay on the spot, don't worry, they'll bill you. Even if charges are dismissed, or you are aquitted, you still pay a price! But fear not, if you can prove you are innocent (beyond reasonable doubt) you can get your money back. This is not something new, but something that people should be aware of.

Charon writes:

There is a case before the US Supreme Court, Nelson v. Colorado, which will be argued on Jan. 9, regarding the difficulty of getting fees and penalties refunded when defendants are found innocent.

And it's not just Colorado. Another case from Minnesota:

Corey Statham had $46 in his pockets when he was arrested in Ramsey County, Minn., and charged with disorderly conduct. He was released two days later, and the charges were dismissed.

But the county kept $25 of Mr. Statham's money as a "booking fee." It returned the remaining $21 on a debit card subject to an array of fees. In the end, it cost Mr. Statham $7.25 to withdraw what was left of his money.

The Supreme Court will soon consider whether to hear Mr. Statham's challenge to Ramsey County's fund-raising efforts, which are part of a national trend to extract fees and fines from people who find themselves enmeshed in the criminal justice system.


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22:33

Greece’s wild beauties: Drakolimni (Drakon Lake) froze within hours "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Bad weather sweeps throughout Greece. Especially affected is the mountainous Epirus region in the north-west of the country. The sharp temperature drop frozen Lake Drakolomni (Dragon Lake) within short time creating an amazing landscape at an altitude of more than 2,000 meters. Many locals decided to visit the wild beauty […]

22:30

The Top GNU News Of 2016: Hurd, Libreboot, GCC, GRUB "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Continuing in our various annual recaps this week as we end out 2016, here is a look at the most popular GNU/FSF news of the year...

22:29

Watch: Yogendra Yadav on Sahara-Birla Diaries, Political Funding and Demonetisation "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The national president of Swaraj India discusses the Sahara-Birla diaries, funding of political parties and how demonetisation has wrecked the rural economy in the last 50 days.

English transcript:

Akhil Kumar: Hello, my name is Akhil Kumar and today we’re here with Yogendra Yadav. Mr. Yadav is a well-known public intellectual, he also has his own political party named Swaraj India which he started after leaving AAP (Aam Admi Party). He has previously been a professor at the Jawarharlal Nehru University. Today, we will talk to him about the Sahara-Birla papers. Mr. Yadav, recently the Sahara-Birla papers controversy has returned to public debate due to Rahul Gandhi’s theatrics. He said that if he said something, there would be an earthquake in the parliament. But the fact is that these papers that were supposed to bring the metaphorical earthquake have been in the public domain for a while now. A lot of print and online media have already reported about the papers, but for some reason this news did not appear on TV media. But now that this news is airing on TV media and everyone knows about it, I want to ask you about the extent of corruption that has become clear through these papers. The general public has not fully understood that. It is being perceived as an unsubstantiated agenda-driven attack from the opposition and the AAP against the Modi government. This has led to confusion around the veracity of the documents. So at this time, what is the importance of these papers and if you could briefly tell us the story behind these papers?

Yogendra Yadav: Akhil, Rahul Gandhi’s theatrics did not benefit at all, infact it might have caused some harm. When Rahul Gandhi spoke in parliament, he hyped it up too much, saying an earthquake will come etc. and eventually he said the exact same thing as Arvind Kejriwal. Arvind Kejriwal said the same thing that Prashant Bhushan had written in an affidavit and submitted to the Supreme Court. There was nothing new. Either way, when Congress talks about corruption, I laugh a bit. There is no credibility. Rahul Gandhi did not even have the honesty to admit in the beginning that the papers also name people from his own party and that they would be removed from the party. So Rahul’s speech must have weakened this case; it didn’t carry any weight. But there was one benefit – all the television and newspaper media outlets that were silent on this issue for one month, they were forced to report about it.

The real question is what is the problem...

22:28

Teenage surfer bitten by shark off Avalon State Park, Florida "IndyWatch Feed World"

A surfing teenager bitten on his right forearm by a shark Tuesday was released from a hospital Wednesday. "He came into the house with blood spilling out of his arm and told me, 'Don't freak out, Mom'," Sherry Davis said about learning her son, Zack Davis, 16, had suffered the bite. "It was more shock than anything else." Paramedics responded and took the teen, who attends Vero Beach High School, to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute in Fort Pierce. Sherry Davis said doctors stitched up the wound Tuesday and released him Wednesday. It took 42 stitches to seal it up. The shark bite happened about 5 p.m. Tuesday at Avalon State Park beach, not far from the Davis home in the 100 block of Ocean Estate Drive.

22:27

NVIDIA Corporation: NVDA Stock Gets Rejected by Resistance "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Patrick Brik, BAS

NVIDIA Stock: Outside Reversal
NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA) stock has had an incredible year, so good that this semi-conductor maker is a top performing stock in the Nasdaq 100. NVDA stock was up 259% in 2016, until a sell-off on December 28 took price down 6.88%. There were a number of catalysts that triggered and fueled this sell-off.

The first catalyst is straightforward and it has to do with taxes. Shares sold on December 28 would settle in 2017, and as a result, investors wishing to lock in capital gains on NVIDIA stock would not.

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22:21

Shopify Inc: SHOP Stock Is a Rock Star Top Pick for 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Patrick Brik, BAS

SHOP Stock: 2017 Top Pick
Shopify Inc (NYSE:SHOP) stock is the little known Canadian technology company that has begun to make waves and the stock could be setting the stage for an epic run that could potentially make SHOP stock a top topic of conversation come next year.

My beliefs center around the style I use to analyse potential investments. This style is based on technical analysis, and it uses past volume and price data to discern trends and forecast future prices. I have used this method to create investment strategies over a decade.

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22:21

So, eine weitere Fnord-Show überstanden — trotz ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

So, eine weitere Fnord-Show überstanden — trotz diverser unangekündigte Aktionen Dritter, wie eine Popcornübergabe aus einer TARDIS, beleuchtete Luftballondrohnen, eine Trump-Wahlkampfpackung Konfetti und dass uns jemand mit flüssigem Stickstoff gekühlten Tschunk brachte. In dem war glaube ich sogar ein bisschen Mate neben dem Rum. Dafür würde ich aber meine Hand nicht ins Feuer legen wollen jetzt.

Ich nehme das ja als Kompliment, dass man uns anscheinend nicht ansieht, wie gestresst wir da vorne auf der Bühne sind, und dass ihr uns als Institution seht, mit denen man sowas mal machen kann, und wir nehmen das ja auch immer sportlich, aber das verkackt uns den Flow und erhöht das Stresslevel. Und zumindest während diese Luftballons da rumgereicht wurden, hat der halbe Saal nicht den Folien folgen können. Wir haben da ein Zeitlimit, wie lange wir machen können, weil wir der Haustechnik zusagen gemacht haben, wie lange die da bleiben müssen, und das kostet extra. Das ist echt ein Arschloch-Move, wenn wir dann die letzte Show überziehen. Daher können Frank und ich dann auch nicht rumwarten, bis jemand das Konfetti weggemacht hat oder so. Lasst sowas doch bitte oder macht Varianten, die nicht stören, beispielsweise weil ihr sie in der Pause vorher macht. Auch für die Engel ist das nicht lustig, weil die dann entscheiden müssen, ob sie auf die Bühne rennen müssen und da ein Notfall ist oder so. Weiß man ja nicht auf Anhieb, wenn da Zeug von oben runterfällt. Oder koordiniert euch wenigstens mit den Saalengeln, die können dann dafür sorgen, dass es nur eine Aktion gibt und nicht fünf konkurrierende. Frank und ich sind ja durchaus dankbar für Popcorn und Blubbertschunk, so ist das nicht, aber Popcorn essen während Veranstaltung macht den Sound kaputt und Alkohol trinken macht die Jokes kaputt.

Und mein Gefühl war ja, dass wir eh schon den einen oder anderen Joke drinhatten, der nicht so gut funktioniert hat, wie wir uns das erhofft hatten.

Aber hey, das ist Meckern auf hohem Niveau. Es hat ja anscheinend doch allen Spaß gemacht, und das tolle postfaktische Video war ja auch geil (das laden die bestimmt auch bei Youtube hoch und dann verlinke ich es hier auch nochmal). Muss man wissen. :-)

Ansonsten würde ich die Videoengel drum bitten, unsere Folien und nicht uns zu priorisieren. In die Folien ist so viel Arbeit geflossen, das würde mich echt ärgern, wenn man das dann im Stream nicht zu sehen kriegt.

Wie ist dieser Terrorist aus Tunesien eigentlich nach ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Wie ist dieser Terrorist aus Tunesien eigentlich nach Berlin gekommen?

Nun, … ein V-Mann des Verfassungsschutzes hat ihn hingefahren, ist doch klar. Nachdem Amri ihm erzählt hat, was er vorhat. Aktenvermerk:

»Er wird durch die VP gefahren und macht Angaben dazu, dass es sein Auftrag sei, im Sinne von Allah zu töten«

Die Polizei von Arkansas greift für einen Mordfall ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Die Polizei von Arkansas greift für einen Mordfall mal auf die Aufnahmen des Amazon Echo zurück.

Ja. Die Aufnahmen. Des Amazon Echo. Es gibt da Aufnahmen.

Aber hey, wer kauft sowas schon?

Amazon's Echo and Echo Dot are in millions of homes now, with holiday sales more than quadrupling from 2015. Always listening for its wake word, the breakthrough smart speakers boast seven microphones waiting to take and record your commands.

22:15

TRUMP TO COLLAPSE DOLLAR | Jeff Berwick (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

TRUMP TO COLLAPSE DOLLAR | Jeff Berwick Video Jeff Berwick from Dollar Vigilante joins Silver Doctors with a word of warning. A Trump presidency will bring with it an economic crisis and collapse of the U.S. dollar, Berwick says. Is there a way to prevent collapse? Berwick is concerned we are past the point of…

The post TRUMP TO COLLAPSE DOLLAR | Jeff Berwick (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

22:14

Shark bites woman snorkelling off the coast at Ningaloo, Western Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

A woman has been bitten on the bottom by a shark while snorkeling off the Western Australian coast on Christmas Eve. The woman did not see the predator which took a bite of her as she glided through the water but did feel it nudge her in the shallow waters. The shark attack occurred a kilometre from the coast in the famous Ningaloo marine park which is known for its shark dives. The woman was swimming in five-metre deep water in the Bundegi Sanctuary Zone when she was bitten but didn't report it immediately. The woman took herself to Exmouth Hospital where she was treated. The Department of Fisheries are aware of the attack.

22:14

Russia threatens response to Obama 'provocation' as White House readies 'sanctions that will hit Putin personally' over country's alleged election meddling "IndyWatch Feed World"


Russia is promising retaliation against an 'orchestrated campaign' of disinformation by the United States if allegations of election-year political hacking lead the Obama administration to level new economic sanctions. 'To be honest, we are tired of [the] lie about the "Russian hackers," which is being poured down in the United States from the very top,' Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Wednesday. Zakharova also called reports of possible new sanctions a 'provocation directed by the White House,' suggesting that Moscow will respond. Obama's State Department could be just days away from announcing a set of sanctions designed to punish Russia and its president,Vladimir Putin, for meddling in America's November election. Citing unnamed sources, The Washington Post reported Tuesday that a package of consequences could include economic sanctions, 'diplomatic censure' and a new round of retaliatory cyber operations targeting Russia. During a press briefing, Zakharova laid into the U.S. and questioned both the Obama administration's truthfulness and its motives. 'The biggest accusation is that Russia allegedly launched cyber attacks at the US information space with a view to interfering in US internal affairs, in particular, the election system,' she said. 'Russia is being presented as a monster that is ready to encroach on the holy of the Western holies – its democratic principles. Of course, these allegations have not been supported by any facts.' 'You probably remember that we appealed to the United States to produce evidence of this at our briefings, in the Foreign Ministry’s comments and in statements made by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and interviews he gave. We asked for at least something, even the smallest facts. We did this publicly and during bilateral talks,' Zakharova argued. 'You can ask our American colleagues how often Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has asked US Secretary of State John Kerry for this evidence. In response, we heard nothing but another helping of nonsense and accusations. It was an orchestrated campaign; nothing was left to chance.' Meanwhile, South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham warned during a trip to Latvia that Congress will back any plan to level penalties at Russia. 'You can expect that the Congress will investigate the Russian involvement in our elections and there will be bipartisan sanctions coming that will hit Russia hard, particularly Putin as an individual,' Graham said. Russian officials have denied accusations of interference in the election, but the Obama White House has accused Putin of orchestrating a series of hacks that exposed embarrassing secrets of the Democratic national Committee and the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. Graham also said that 'Russia is trying to break the back of democracies all around the world,'......

22:02

Can you really die from a broken heart? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Screen icon Debbie Reynolds died Wednesday night at the age of 84 just one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher passed away from a heart attack. Reynolds was taken to a Los Angeles hospital after she had a stroke. Just hours before her death, Reynolds reportedly told her son that she “missed…


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‘White genocide’: Debunking the latest Breitbart-promoted right-wing racist paranoid buzzword "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The term “white genocide” is making the rounds in the alt-right fever swamps. It’s a complete fabrication….


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Check out Billie Lourd’s sweet instagram posts of Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

“Scream Queens” star Billie Lourd is lucky to have had a great relationship with her late mother, Carrie Fisher, and grandmother, Debbie Reynolds. Both ladies passed away late this December and were mourned by loved ones and countless fans. Lourd has so far kept silent on social media regarding…


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22:02

My Wishes for Obama’s Parting Shots "IndyWatch Feed World"

By Robert Reich / RobertReich.org By Robert Reich

President-elect Donald Trump is accusing President Obama of putting up “roadblocks” to a smooth transition. In reality, I think President Obama has been too cooperative with Trump.


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22:00

How Important Is Information from FOMC Minutes? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

How Important Is Information from FOMC Minutes? Fernanda Nechio and Daniel J. Wilson FRBSF Economic Letter 2016-37 | December 19, 2016       To foster transparency and accountability in monetary policy, the Federal Open Market Committee publishes a statement immediately following every FOMC meeting, followed by the full minutes of the meeting three weeks…

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22:00

Only in Canada: “Albertan takes Zamboni through Tim Hortons drive-thru” "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Shit Albertans do:

Many Canadians have faced this predicament: “should I stop for Tim Hortons on my way home from work?” Sometimes, the quick warm-up is all you need to start the rest of your day.

But when most people consider the detour to Tim Hortons, they aren’t driving a Zamboni.

Jesse Myshak was at work in his shop in Stony Plain on Tuesday with his new ice-surfacing machine, which he bought to flood his rink in his backyard. He was working on it in the shop, and it was ready to be put to work at home.

There was only one problem — home was a couple kilometres away.

Luckily, there was a solution. “I figured I’d just drive it home,” Myshak told CBC News. After deciding to make the trek, the ball started rolling. “Guys at work were kind of laughing after I was driving home, [they said] to drive through Timmies and get a coffee,” Myshak said.

And that’s exactly what he did.

Myshak, on top of the uncovered Zamboni, moved at the speed of a crawl down the streets of Stony Plain, much to the delight of passersby. But the level of Canadiana increased tenfold when he crept his way into the Tim Hortons drive-thru.

“People started running out of the Tim Hortons,” he said, adding they were taking photos and videos of his unusual method of transportation.

He ordered a hot chocolate, and when he inched his way to the window, the Canadiana level went off the charts. “The lady in front of me actually bought the hot chocolate for me,” Myshak said. “The staff told me it was the most Canadian thing they’ve ever seen, so they all had a good chuckle.”

And, the cherry on top — the Zamboni was perfect height to receive his hot chocolate out the window.

Canuckistan.

-Shiv

21:59

Obama-Trump Secret Hawaii Meeting Erupts Into Secret Service Standoff "IndyWatch Feed World"


An interesting Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) advisory bulletin prepared for the Security Council (SC) is reporting that a secret meeting held yesterday between President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner at Marine Corps Base Hawaii erupted in a “scream fest” that caused US Secret Service (SS) protective agents to intervene before physical violence was caused.  According to this bulletin, in what is turning out to be a contentious transition of power between these two American presidents, President-elect Trump this past week dispatched his son-in-law Jared Kushner and daughter Ivanka Trump to Hawaii to hold a number of secret meetings with President Obama and his White House staff on critical issues needed to be “made/decided” prior to the 20 January 2017 power transfer of the American government. Among the issues to be discussed in these secret Obama-Trump meetings, this bulletin explains, was President Obama’s last minute attacks against America’s oil and coal industries, Obama’s plan to ease restrictions on weapons supplies to Syrian rebels (that Russia has labeled a “hostile act”), and, most critically, Obama’s astounding manipulation of the United Nations to censor Israel for its settlement building—and that now opens the door enabling President-elect Trump, when he assumes power, to not only defund the UN, but cause the Americans to leave this now pointless and ineffectual international organization outright. As President-elect Trump’s top negotiator with President Obama in these secret meetings, this bulletin details, Jared Kushner as an Orthodox Jew is by himself a wealthy man having a worth estimated at $1.8 billion, and who is widely credited as being the person who got Trump elected—but whose “nuclear button” to evoke his deepest anger revolves around any criticism of his father (and convicted felon) Charles Kushner. With President Obama being known as the most divisive American leader in modern history, SVR analysts in this bulletin report, he was well aware of Jared Kushner’s “nuclear button”, and during yesterday’s secret meeting “suggested/implied” that his father, Charles Kushner, “might be safer living in Israel” if the Trump team didn’t like how he, Obama, was doing his job—thus causing Jared Kushner to “erupt in profanity” causing Secret Service agents to approach him in a “protective stance”. As President-elect Trump will soon have the power to “rip Obama’s legacy out by its roots”, this bulletin notes, President Obama in these secret meetings with Jared Kushner has not only failed to reach agreement on any of the issues before him objected to by the Trump team, he has, actually, made things worse for the United States as a whole. In one of the most despicable examples of what President Obama has done against his own nation prior to President-el...

21:57

Snow sweeps Greece: from Athens to the North, from Chios to Crete (picts, videos) "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Meteorologists have been confirmed. It snows in many parts of Greece, even in Athens. Even at elevation zero, in the south suburbs next to the sea. Most affected are the north suburbs of the Greek capital, however there are no major problems like closed roads or electricity cuts. @daphnenews Snow […]

21:56

Kaspersky discovered a One-stop-shop for hacking goods "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Security experts from Kaspersky Lab discovered an interesting one-stop-shop for purchasing hacking goods while investigating activity of a popular RAT.

Security experts from Kaspersky Lab discovered an interesting one-stop-shop for purchasing hacking goods. The malware researchers were analyzing traffic from a number of infected machines that appear to be generated by the HawkEye RAT.

HawkEye is a popular RAT that can be used as a keylogger, it is also able to identify login events and record the destination, username, and password.

The domain was used as a C&C server of the HawkEye RAT and at the same time was also being used as a one-stop-shop for purchasing hacking goods.

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Kaspersky discovered a group of WhiteHat hackers who call themselves Group Demóstenes who scans the Internet and looking to exfiltrate stolen data from Command and Control servers.

When the hackers find a server containing the stolen data they look for a backdoor that would give them access to the filesystem. In this way they monitor incoming stolen data, then they would collect the stolen credentials and send emails to the victims’ accounts, both manually or automatically.

The email send to the victims includes an attachment with proof that their machine has been hacked and the suggestion to change passwords and offer to help.

Hi ***********

Our SERVERS detected information from a server on the US, we don’t even know goverment or another sourse …. we send a file with all your logins and passwords of all your accounts from hxxp://www.p******op[.]biz/*******
WE HAVE TESTING IN YOUR PAYPAL ACCOUNT. LOG IN TO YOUR ACCOUNT AND YOU WILL SEE TWO CANCELED BILLING (OUR JOB IS WHITE HAT NO HACK …. Steal)
Seme you verify this information. it’s better thing we hurt all change password on the other computer Because Called Computer

Name PC USER-PC
Local Time: 03.10.2016. 18:45:02
Installed Language: en-
Net Version: 2.0.50727.5485
Operating Sy...

21:55

100% Of US Warming Is Due To NOAA Data Tampering "IndyWatch Feed World"


Climate Central just ran this piece, which the Washington Post picked up on. They claimed the US was “overwhelmingly hot” in 2016, and temperatures have risen 1,5°F since the 19th century. The first problem with their analysis is that the US had very little hot weather in 2016. The percentage of hot days was below average, and ranked 80th since 1895. Only 4.4% of days were over 95°F, compared with the long term average of 4.9%. Climate Central is conflating mild temperatures with hot ones.   They also claim US temperatures rose 1.5°F since the 19th century, which is what NOAA shows. The problem with the NOAA graph is that it is fake data. NOAA creates the warming trend by altering the data. The NOAA raw data shows no warming over the past century The adjustments being made are almost exactly 1.5°F, which is the claimed warming in the article. The adjustments correlate almost perfectly with atmospheric CO2. NOAA is adjusting the data to match global warming theory. This is known as PBEM (Policy Based Evidence Making.) The hockey stick of adjustments since 1970 is due almost entirely to NOAA fabricating missing station data. In 2016, more than 42% of their monthly station data was missing, so they simply made it up. This is easy to identify because they mark fabricated temperatures with an “E” in their database. When presented with my claims of fraud, NOAA typically tries to arm wave it away with these two complaints. They use gridded data and I am using un-gridded data.They “have to” adjust the data because of Time Of Observation Bias and station moves.Both claims are easily debunked. The only effect that gridding has is to lower temperatures slightly. The trend of gridded data is almost identical to the trend of un-gridded data. Time of Observation Bias (TOBS) is a real problem, but is very small. TOBS is based on the idea that if you reset a min/max thermometer too close to the afternoon maximum, you will double count warm temperatures (and vice-versa if thermometer is reset in the morning.) Their claim is that during the hot 1930’s most stations reset their thermometers in the afternoon. This is easy to test by using only the stations which did not reset their thermometers in the afternoon during the 1930’s. The pattern is almost identical to that of all stations. No warming over the past century. Note that the graph below tends to show too much warming due to morning TOBS. NOAA’s own documents show that the TOBS adjustment is small (0.3°F) and goes flat after 1990. Gavin Schmidt at NASA explains very clearly why the US temperature record does not need to be adjusted. You could throw out 50 percent of the station data or more, and you’d get basically the same answers. One recent innovation is the set up of a climate reference network alongside the current stations so that they can look for potentially ser...

21:54

Infamous Piracy Group Says it Ready to Start Leaking Screeners "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

cofeeleakLast year during the Christmas period, pirates got much more than their fair share of festive booty. Screener copies of many of the latest movies appeared online, much to the disappointment of Hollywood.

The group that received much of the credit (or blame, depending on viewpoint) was Hive-CM8. This peer-to-peer release outfit famously released both The Hateful Eight and The Revenant in excellent quality before their theatrical release.

The group promised to deliver 40 screeners but the backlash was so severe that the run was eventually limited to ‘just’ 14 titles, a sum still not improved upon. As recently reported, the latter half of 2016 has been extremely quiet on the screener front overall, prompting many public discussions over whether any will actually appear.

Interestingly, however, Hive-CM8 has just put out a statement which suggests that January might be the month to watch. Alongside a TS (telesync) release of the new Assassins Creed movie, the group notes its absence but expresses eagerness to start leaking screeners again – with some caveats attached. (note: statement edited to fix typos/grammar)

“Yes, still here and kicking, we had to have a break for some time. Bet you are waiting for screeners, yep why not,” Hive-CM8 begin.

“We were definitely not in the mood to make the same mistakes as last year with screeners before Christmas or cinema release date.”

The fact that Hive-CM8 want to tone things down isn’t really a surprise. With last year’s Christmas bonanza still making waves, in late December 2015 the group actually published an apology, noting that releasing movies before their official debut wasn’t acceptable.

That said, Christmas 2016 is now over, and it appears that Hive-CM8 are ready to get going again.

“Now that Christmas holidays have passed we are actually looking forward to getting the dice rolling,” they say.

“We want to get the screeners out safely and securely like every year. Whoever has a screener or knows someone who has one and wants to share privately or in public, just let us know. We are here.”

The Hive ‘NFO’ file for Assassins Creed......

21:54

ISIS Terrorists Lost 12 Units Of Military Equipment In Desperate Attacks On Tyas Airbase "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

…from SouthFront ISIS terrorists have continued desperate attacks against Syrian government forces at the Tyas Airbase and nearby points. Since December 27, ISIS has launched 3 attacks against the Syrian army and its allies in the area, but failed to achieve any sucess. 2 battle tanks, 7 armoured vehicles and 3 vehicles equipped with machine […]

21:51

China’s New Copy of Russian Supersonic Missile Has US Pacific Fleet Worried "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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If the Black Sea plane crash turns out to be caused by electronic interception by NATO as suggested in an earlier post picking up from Prabda, it is indicative of the frustration felt by Western naval commanders and warmakers. Russian and now Chinese anti-ship missile capability, and coastal defence capability has accelerated beyond the reach of the American and European navies. With the missiles which can be deployed by both China and Russia, there is no prospect of easy NATO naval victories which could cut off the Russians in Crimea. Unable to fight a conventional naval war, Britain, America et al, are increasingly resorting to the tactics of the terrorist. This seems a crazy strategy to be adopting, which can only backfire. The Satanists want to trigger a nuclear war which they believe they can win. Any other kind of war they will likely lose. Let’s hope Trump can bring the fools to their senses and basically kick them out.

Finian Cunningham writes that the neocons’ next trick of the Neocons is an arms race. That’s a nice idea for them, I’m sure. The problem they might well find is that Russia and China have already left them far behind. The Western weapons procurement industry is so corrupt that the systems cost ten times what they should cost, and they don’t work anyway. The whole thing is a recipe for disaster on the grand scale. Also many western military types are realising that the real enemy is not located in Moscow or Beijing, but in Washington. Money is powerful. That’s sure enough, but when everyone starts to realise the system is broken from top to bottom, corrupt from top to bottom, how will a people ever have the will to fight an enemy that only wants peace and to be treated as equals.

The time to wake up is now. Trump seems to get it. We will find out soon enough whether he does, or if he’s being steered by Kissinger to bypass Russia for now and instead focus US aggression onto China.

If the military games don’t get the results the Satanists want, that is, world domination from a single point of control – One World Government in their own hands, they will no doubt be resorting to financial and economic monstrous attacks next. Are we r...

21:47

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21:45

John Kerry Unveils His Plan For A Palestinian State Based Upon 1967 Borders With East Jerusalem As The Capital "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

John Kerry Unveils His Plan For A Palestinian State Based Upon 1967 Borders With East Jerusalem As The Capital

John Kerry Unveils His Plan For A Palestinian State Based Upon 1967 Borders With East Jerusalem As The Capital Barack Obama stabbed Israel in the back on Friday, and now John Kerry has slapped Israel in the face just five days later.  In a shameful speech that lasted for 71 dreadful minutes, U.S. Secretary of State…

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21:45

What is Henry Kissinger Up To? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The English language Russian news agency, Sputnik, reports that former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger is advising US president-elect Donald Trump how to “bring the United States and Russia closer together to offset China’s military buildup.”

21:41

Is China’s growing debt burden a crisis in the making? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"


The Reuters graphics team has produced an interactive guide to the major aspects of China’s debt issues, including rising household debt, potential property bubbles and rising corporate debt.(tmsnrt.rs/2hMAvzX) The story begins in 2009, when China launched a $600 billion economic stimulus program during the global financial crisis. It unleashed a wave of borrowing by state firms that is proving to be a burden today. China's debt this year reached more than 250 percent of GDP, much of it accumulated by state-owned enterprises given the task of borrowing to fund infrastructure projects to fuel demand. As China’s economy earlier this year threatened to miss the 2016 growth target of 6.5-7.0 percent, the government once again encouraged stimulus spending and more borrowing. Some economists argue other countries that accumulated debt as rapidly as China have ended up facing a financial crash soon afterwards. Indeed, the Bank for International Settlements says China’s banking sector could face a crisis within three years. Household debt has reached a record high of more than 40 percent of GDP this year. While not large compared with many other countries, rising household debt, fueled this year by a property boom, could eventually take a big bite out of consumer demand. The big concern is corporate debt, which largely thanks to borrowing by state firms, has soared to 169 percent of GDP. As China’s economic growth slows, these companies’ profits are sliding, leaving them less financial room to service and pay off their debts. Some economists, though, are less worried about China’s debt load. Not only does China have massive household savings of around 50 percent of GDP, most debt is state owned and domestically held.     Source: reuters.com
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21:41

Some call it ‘news.’ "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Schumer worried Kerry ‘has emboldened extremists’ Pentagon Official, Kerry “appears not to recognize that Israel does not occupy the Gaza Strip.” John Kerry Admits US Coordinated With UN Security Council on Israeli Settlement Resolution Moving on to the important stuff. . . Kerry: ‘It Pisses Me Off’ That Climate Change Got Left Out of Presidential […]

21:40

Obama-Trump Secret Hawaii Meeting Erupts Into Secret Service Standoff "IndyWatch Feed World"


An interesting Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) advisory bulletin prepared for the Security Council (SC) is reporting that a secret meeting held yesterday between President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner at Marine Corps Base Hawaii erupted in a “scream fest” that caused US Secret Service (SS) protective agents to intervene before physical violence was caused.  According to this bulletin, in what is turning out to be a contentious transition of power between these two American presidents, President-elect Trump this past week dispatched his son-in-law Jared Kushner and daughter Ivanka Trump to Hawaii to hold a number of secret meetings with President Obama and his White House staff on critical issues needed to be “made/decided” prior to the 20 January 2017 power transfer of the American government. Among the issues to be discussed in these secret Obama-Trump meetings, this bulletin explains, was President Obama’s last minute attacks against America’s oil and coal industries, Obama’s plan to ease restrictions on weapons supplies to Syrian rebels (that Russia has labeled a “hostile act”), and, most critically, Obama’s astounding manipulation of the United Nations to censor Israel for its settlement building—and that now opens the door enabling President-elect Trump, when he assumes power, to not only defund the UN, but cause the Americans to leave this now pointless and ineffectual international organization outright. As President-elect Trump’s top negotiator with President Obama in these secret meetings, this bulletin details, Jared Kushner as an Orthodox Jew is by himself a wealthy man having a worth estimated at $1.8 billion, and who is widely credited as being the person who got Trump elected—but whose “nuclear button” to evoke his deepest anger revolves around any criticism of his father (and convicted felon) Charles Kushner. With President Obama being known as the most divisive American leader in modern history, SVR analysts in this bulletin report, he was well aware of Jared Kushner’s “nuclear button”, and during yesterday’s secret meeting “suggested/implied” that his father, Charles Kushner, “might be safer living in Israel” if the Trump team didn’t like how he, Obama, was doing his job—thus causing Jared Kushner to “erupt in profanity” causing Secret Service agents to approach him in a “protective stance”. As President-elect Trump will soon have the power to “rip Obama’s legacy out by its roots”, this bulletin notes, President Obama in these secret meetings with Jared Kushner has not only failed to reach agreement on any of the issues before him objected to by the Trump team, he has, actually, made things worse for the United States as a whole. In one of the most despicable examples of what President Obama has done against his own nation prior to President-el...

21:40

Trump’s Inauguration to Be Met with Massive Civil Disobedience "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Various grassroots groups and prominent figures around the country are preparing for massive demonstrations to disrupt Donald Trump's Jan. 20 inauguration.

21:36

Debt Rattle December 29 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Esther Bubley Negro alley dwellings near the Capitol, Washington DC 1943   • Trump On Russia Sanctions: ‘We Ought To Get On With Our Lives’ (R.) • Moscow Says It’s “Tired Of The Lie About The ‘Russian Hackers'” (Ptv) • Talking about Starwars: What is Henry Kissinger Up To? (PCR) • US Escalates Tensions With

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21:33

George Soros Conjures Hitler In Attack On 'Ascendant Populists', Warns "Democracy Is Now In Crisis" "IndyWatch Feed World"


Well before Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, I sent a holiday greeting to my friends that read: “These times are not business as usual. Wishing you the best in a troubled world.” Now I feel the need to share this message with the rest of the world. But before I do, I must tell you who I am and what I stand for. I am an 86-year-old Hungarian Jew who became a US citizen after the end of World War II. I learned at an early age how important it is what kind of political regime prevails. The formative experience of my life was the occupation of Hungary by Hitler’s Germany in 1944. I probably would have perished had my father not understood the gravity of the situation. He arranged false identities for his family and for many other Jews; with his help, most survived. In 1947, I escaped from Hungary, by then under Communist rule, to England. As a student at the London School of Economics, I came under the influence of the philosopher Karl Popper, and I developed my own philosophy, built on the twin pillars of fallibility and reflexivity. I distinguished between two kinds of political regimes: those in which people elected their leaders, who were then supposed to look after the interests of the electorate, and others where the rulers sought to manipulate their subjects to serve the rulers’ interests. Under Popper’s influence, I called the first kind of society open, the second, closed. The classification is too simplistic. There are many degrees and variations throughout history, from well-functioning models to failed states, and many different levels of government in any particular situation. Even so, I find the distinction between the two regime types useful. I became an active promoter of the former and opponent of the latter. I find the current moment in history very painful. Open societies are in crisis, and various forms of closed societies – from fascist dictatorships to mafia states – are on the rise. How could this happen? The only explanation I can find is that elected leaders failed to meet voters’ legitimate expectations and aspirations and that this failure led electorates to become disenchanted with the prevailing versions of democracy and capitalism. Quite simply, many people felt that the elites had stolen their democracy. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the US emerged as the sole remaining superpower, equally committed to the principles of democracy and free markets. The major development since then has been the globalization of financial markets, spearheaded by advocates who argued that globalization increases total wealth. After all, if the winners compensated the losers, they would still have something left over. The argument was misleading, because it ignored the fact that the winners seldom, if ever, compensate the losers. But the potential winners spent enough...

21:32

“They’ve got sheds big as bars, they’ve got boilers of gold…” "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

Just this… https://mobile.twitter.com/connal99/status/810880867371483136/photo/1?utm_source=fb&utm_medium=fb&utm_campaign=phkelly&utm_content=813531203781488640 –  via TKMaxx

21:32

Full Speech: Jim Carrey’s Commencement Address at the 2014 MUM Graduation "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Maharishi University of Management (http://www.mum.edu) granted degrees to 285 students representing 54 countries. Jim Carrey gave the commencement address to Maharishi University of Management’s class of 2014. The University Board of Trustees also presented Mr. Carrey with the honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts Honoris Causa, in recognition of his significant lifetime achievements as a world-renowned comedian and actor, artist, author and philanthropist.

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21:32

New Studies Confirm Marijuana Heals Broken Bones And Prevents Rejection Of Transplanted Organs "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

The latest marijuana benefits just discovered are that it can treat bone fractures and also help in organ transplants.

It is now clear that marijuana has a medicinal value, with some researchers constantly using what little resources they have to demonstrate the point. The results from such studies are amazing, showing a remarkable efficacy of the plant.

But despite these encouraging findings, the plant still remains illegal in a country where, if it is legalized, could have a significant impact on the rest of the world.

By United States federal law, marijuana is illegal irrespective of the reason for its use. The government agency responsible for the regulation of drugs in the country, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), on August 11, 2016, turned down two petitions to lessen federal restrictions on marijuana.

One was from the governors of Rhode Island and Washington, and the other from a resident of New Mexico, requesting that marijuana be removed from Schedule I of the Controlled Substance Act (CSA). The removal from schedule I would have ensured that official scientific research is carried out on the plant, across the United States. Yet, the DEA ruled that marijuana lacks accepted medical use and has high potential for abuse.

This arrogant DEA behavior angered Washington state officials, who responded that the state will back scientific research on marijuana, despite the federal ban. According to the Washington Post, in this confusion and disagreement between the federal agency and the various states wanting to legalize marijuana, Congress could have stepped in to resolve the conflict by amending the federal CSA, but it has declined to do so.

 

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21:31

Carrie Fisher has no star on the Walk of Fame, so fans create an impromptu one "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

LOS ANGELES — Before Hollywood Boulevard had fully come alive with street performers and tour groups Wednesday morning, a small crowd had gathered in front of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It was adorned with flowers and candles that stopped passersby in their tracks, prompting some to do a…


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Obama designates 2 new national monuments in the West "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Further burnishing his environmental legacy, President Barack Obama on Wednesday designated two new national monuments in rugged areas of Utah and Nevada — places that have deep cultural importance for Native Americans but that have become flashpoints in the debate over control of public lands in…


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No More Mr. Nice Jones "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Russia Insider December 29, 2016 The threats are over, it’s showtime. Since the mafia behind the failing MSM declared all out war on alt media – epically highlighted by WaPo’s outrageous PropOrNot scandal, and Facebook’s exposure working on a Chinese censorship tool to restrict news just last month – on Thursday Dec 15, 2016, Alex […]

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How Trump Could Overturn Some Obama Regulations "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

President Barack Obama speaks at a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, November 14, 2016. (Photo: Al Drago / The New York Times) As the clock counts down on the twilight of the Obama Administration, the president and thousands of federal employees are hard at work […]

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Polygamous sect leader takes plea deal in food stamp fraud case "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

SALT LAKE CITY — A high-ranking leader of a polygamous sect has been released from jail after pleading guilty in a multimillion-dollar food stamp fraud case. Seth Jeffs agreed to a deal Wednesday that spares him more jail time or a fine. The 43-year-old became the second of 11 defendants to plead…


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21:30

Why Netanyahu remains Israel’s ‘inciter-in-chief’ "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

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JONATHAN COOK – The National

An 18-year-old art student in Jerusalem discovered the hard way this month that Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu doesn’t care for irony.

For a class assignment, she took the famous Barack Obama “Hope” poster and changed the face to Mr Netanyahu’s, next to a noose, with the word “Rope” replacing “Hope”. The student wanted to portray the prime minister as a hangman, who extinguishes hope of peace with incitement and political repression.

The Israeli police and Mr Netanyahu, however, viewed the work not as a critique of incitement but as an example of it – with the noose intended for the prime minister. The student is now the subject of a well-publicised investigation.

As with most art, context is everything. For Israelis on the left, as well as Israel’s minority of Palestinian citizens, Mr Netanyahu is considered the king of incitement. And in recent weeks he has lived up to his reputation.

The background to the hangman image is Mr Netanyahu’s incitement against former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin in the mid-1990s, as the latter tried to drum up support for the Oslo Accords. Footage of the period shows Mr Netanyahu addressing crowds holding aloft placards of Rabin in Nazi uniform. Months later a right-wing activist shot Rabin dead in the centre of Tel Aviv.

Mr Netanyahu’s current conduct has revived those memories, leading another former prime minister, Ehud Barak, to label him Israel’s “inciter-in-chief”.

 

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21:28

British filmmaker Loach censored by Guardian "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video says about itself:

19 October 2016

Stefan Pape from HeyUGuys interviews Hayley Squires & screenwriter Paul Laverty for their movie I, Daniel Blake which is directed by Ken Loach and stars Dave Johns.

By Will Stone in Britain:

Guardian edits out criticism from director Loach

Thursday 29th December 2016

KEN LOACH’S trenchant criticism of the Guardian newspaper in a letter defending Jeremy Corbyn was edited out of Tuesday’s published edition, leaving the film-maker bemused.

Mr Loach’s letter came in response to the paper’s story about focus group research among “Ukip-leaning” swing voters that had been passed to “moderate” Labour MPs. The research had prompted calls, said the paper, among the MPs to isolate themselves from Mr Corbyn’s leadership in order to keep swing voters “onside.”

The veteran director, who won a second Palme d’Or this year with his film I, Daniel Blake, a drama which portrays the human suffering caused by Britain’s cruel benefits system, wrote:...

21:28

EP 7: Patrick Henningsen LIVE with guest Shawn Helton – ‘Top Conspiracies of 2016’ "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Join Patrick every Wednesday at Independent Talk 1100 KFNX and Alternate Current Radio for the very best in news, views and analysis on all top stories domestically and abroad…

THIS WEEK: Episode 7‘Top Conspiracies of 2016 – Another year and another slew of incredible stories globally. The Orlando Nightclub Mass Shooting, the Dallas Cop Shooting, the Turkish Coup, the White Helmets, the Podesta Emails and the ‘fake news’ crisis, and so many more. Which ones will be remembered as the biggest conspiracies of 2016?

All this and more, as host Patrick Henningsen in joined by special guest Shawn Helton, investigative journalist and Associate Editor at 21stCenturyWire.com. Listen…

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THIS WEEK: Episode 7 – ‘Top Conspiracies of 2016 – Another year and another slew of incredible stories globally. The Orlando Nightclub Mass Shooting, the Dallas Cop Shooting, the Turkish Coup, the White Helmets, the Podesta Emails and the ‘fake news’ crisis, and so many more. Which ones will be remembered as the biggest conspiracies of 2016?

All this and more, as host Patrick Henningsen in joined by special guest Shawn Helton, investigative journalist and Associate Editor at 21stCenturyWire.comListen…

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This program broadcasts LIVE every Wednesday night from 8pm to 9pm MST, right after the Savage Nation, on Independent Talk 1100 KFNX over the terrestrial AM band across the greater Phoenix and central Arizona region, and live over global satellite and online via www.1100kfnx.com.

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21:27

Russia Looks to 2017 With Uncertainty, Disquiet and Hope "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

For a population tired of the ups and downs they have seen over the years, 2017 brings with it fears of instability along with aspirations of reform.

Despite all that seemingly good news from 2016, many Russians seem extremely wary about the coming year. Credit: Andrey Naumov/Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Despite all that seemingly good news from 2016, many Russians seem extremely wary about the coming year. Credit: Andrey Naumov/Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Moscow: The outgoing year shook up the world and rearranged our perceptions in ways that make the usual December forecasts far more fraught with uncertainty and even trepidation than is customary on the eve of a New Year.

But in Moscow the shocks and near-tectonic shifts that rolled through 2016 were received in a more hopeful mood than may be the case in most Western capitals. Many Russians see the past year as a moment when their country began to come in from the cold, overcoming nearly three years of international sanctions and isolation, demonstrating their national unity behind President Vladimir Putin and even rolling back the worst economic recession in almost two decades.

Kremlin policies appear to be triumphing in Syria and even Ukraine, while Moscow’s adversaries in the West seem to be mired in disarray. Most economists believe Russia’s beleaguered economy will retu...

21:25

Very strange, seemingly unrelated, stories which broke...NEWS AND VIEWS FROM THE NEFARIUM "IndyWatch Feed World"

 

Over during the run up to the Christmas holiday, there were very strange, seemingly unrelated, stories which broke, and some have only been updated just today. Joseph reviews the death of the NATO Auditor General, the assassination of Andrei Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Turkey, and the crash of the Russian military aircraft in Sochi:

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/7...

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21:25

The Man in Charge of Our Nuclear Weapons "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

For his Energy Secretaries, President Obama chose physicists. Asked if his background in science helped him make decisions as Secretary of Energy, Stephen Chu said “All the time.” That won’t be an option for Donald Trump’s nominee, former Texas governor Rick Perry, whose education is limited to a Bachelors degree in Animal Science from Texas A&M where he received ‘D’s’ in classes as varied as Veterinary Anatomy, Feeds & Feeding, Writing for Professional Men, and “Meats.”

And that could be a problem when it comes time to set policy for our nuclear arsenal.

“There’s no end of mischief they could cause for the stockpile,” Mr. [John] Pike, [the director of the think tank GlobalSecurity.org and one of the most experienced security analysts in the field] said, referring to Mr. Trump and Mr. Perry, and pointing to the confusion and concern that followed the Twitter post by the president-elect.

Mr. Pike was withering in his criticism of Mr. Perry’s ability to act as a knowledgeable counterweight to Mr. Trump. “Perry’s got no idea which end the bullet comes out of,” he said. “He’s not somebody who’s going to say no to the president.”

One major concern is that Perry will come under pressure to resume underground testing of our nuclear weapons for the first time since 1992.

“If people are talking to a nonscientist, there might be a temptation to BS him,” Mr. Chu said. One advantage of being a scientist in those meetings, he said, was that “I refuse to be BS’ed.”

There are people, mostly conservatives, who are concerned that we can’t verify that our nuclear bombs will actually work using supercomputers, inspections and simulations alone. And they will use the cost of this program to argue for setting off nuclear bombs as the only sure way to assure their reliab...

Reagan, Trump, and the Nuclear Codes "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Over at the National Security Archive you can peruse some recently declassified papers related to briefings and nuclear war exercises that Ronald Reagan participated in during his first term in office. The experience, I warn you, will be disturbing.

For starters, it’s alarming to realize how slowly the new president was brought up to speed. It’s true that even before he was sworn in he received some vital information. For example, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman David Jones had a discussion with the president-elect on “our nuclear forces and their relationship to the Single Integrated Operation Plan (SlOP)” and a White House military aide named Major John Kline, USMC, provided “an overview of the White House Emergency Plans (WHEP) and described some of the communications procedures that we would use in the event of an attack.”

But, when Reagan was shot by John Hinckley on March 30th, 1981, he still hadn’t been fully briefed on what his options would be in the event that the Russians launched a surprise nuclear attack on our country.

The attempted assassination and Reagan’s physical recovery may have delayed further briefings, but in mid-November 1981 the president took what amounted to an accelerated course in command-and-control. On 15 November, on his way back from Texas, he flew on the National Emergency Airborne Command Post (NEACP) and received a briefing by General Philip Gast (J-3) on the National Military Command System (NMCCS). The following day, Major Kline provided him with additional detail concerning the “black bag” (or “suitcase” as the “football” was also known). Finally, on 17 November, Reagan met with JCS Chairman Jones at the National Military Command Center (NMCC) for a briefing on U.S. Strategic Forces and a run-through of a simulated missile attack conference.

That this didn’t occur until a year after Reagan was elected is disturbing, especially when you realize that less than two years later, in early November 1983, we came close to instigating a first-strike reaction from the Soviets with a provocative series of military exercises in Europe called Able Archer.

Here’s something else you probably don’t want to know:

Sharper understanding at high levels of the grave danger of nuclear war was one consequence of a Defense Department nuclear war game that occurred in mid-1983. In the “Proud Prophet” game, among the lead players were JCS Chairman John W. Vessey and Secretary of Defense Caspar W. Weinberger. According to Paul Bracken’s account, during the game Vessey and Weinberger followed standard policies constructed for crises; as a U.S.-Soviet conflict escalated, their actions ini...

Chris Christie Doesn't Understand His Fate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Chris Christie is back in New Jersey and badly wounded. He just failed to convince the legislature to relax ethics laws to allow him to profit from writing a book. Gonorrhea and chlamydia are more popular than he is in the Garden State, and the series of public humiliations he’s endured from the Trump camp since the election have been enough to make the Cleveland Browns blush.

At one time, he was in charge of the Trump transition team, but that plum position was yanked and his loyalists were largely purged from the lists. It was a predictable end if you knew that Christie had gone out of his way to humiliate the father of Trump’s son-in-law when he prosecuted him in 2005. The experience was traumatic enough for Jared Kushner, who was then working in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, that he gave up his aspirations to become a prosecutor himself.

“My dad’s arrest made me realize I didn’t want to be a prosecutor anymore,” he said. “The law is so nuanced. If you’re convicting murderers, it’s one thing. It’s often fairly clear. When you get into things like white-collar crime, there are often a lot of nuances. Seeing my father’s situation, I felt what happened was obviously unjust in terms of the way they pursued him. I just never wanted to be on the other side of that and cause pain to the families I was doing that to, whether right or wrong.’’

When Christie announced he was running for president, the elder Kushners held a fundraiser at their Long Branch, New Jersey home for Donald Trump. When Christie’s campaign fizzled in New Hampshire, there wasn’t any good reason for Trump to turn down his endorsement and use him as a prop and gofer, but revenge was inevitable, and best served cold.

Trump is on the record in numerous places, including his books, talking about the importance of screwing your enemies harder than they ever screwed you. It’s a core belief for him. That made it easy to predict that Christie would eventually get dumped in the most painful and public way possible.

Yet, Christie is still in deep denial about what has happened to him, and why.

Mr. Christie still believes he has a political future nationally. He wants to write a book and his friends have been telling people in New Jersey that the governor expects Mr. Trump to eventually come around to him. According to their scenario,...

This Is Not Woodstock "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The guy would be named Boris.

Donald Trump’s inaugural committee is having no problems finding celebrities to attend his inauguration because that’s not who the committee is looking for, Trump adviser Boris Epshteyn said Tuesday.

“Not at all,” Epshteyn, the inaugural committee communications director, told CNN. “You know, this is not Woodstock. It’s not Summer Jam. It’s not a concert. It’s not about celebrities. As Donald Trump tweeted himself, it’s about the people. That’s what we’re concentrated on.”

I suggest that we adopt “This Is Not Woodstock” as the unofficial name of Trump’s inauguration and associated balls. It works on every level that we need it to work on, and you can probably make a killing if you print up a bunch of hats, pins, and t-shirts and sell them in D.C. during the festivities.

The mouth-breathers will embrace it for its explicit rejection of patchouli and Birkenstocks and all the values associated with modernism. The rest of us will get the joke that this will be the unhippest, uncoolest, least worthy celebratory gathering in national history.

The joke will still be on us, unfortunately, but at least we’ll get a laugh out of it.

It no more matters that celebrities aren’t lining up to win the Charles Lindbergh prize than it did that virtually no newspapers were willing to endorse Trump for the presidency.

Analytical reasoning and artistry are signifiers of talent, and talent is suspect in Trumpland. Talent rises to the top. It moves up and out of town, rarely to return. This is an anti-elitist movement, and that goes for meritocratic elites as much as those born into wealth and comfort.

Our truly meritocratic systems, sports, entertainment, academic excellence, are also where pluralism and tolerance and anti-racism excel. It’s our elites who enjoy their positions through circumstance rather than merit who lead the nationalistic and racist and anti-pluralistic movements. They are guarding their privileges.

What’s the opposite of the Trump inauguration?

This.

Unfortunately, the bums seem to have lost.

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Don't Cry for Me, Riyadh "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

It's a good thing most Saudi citizens cannot read the New York Times or they might go all Marie Antoinette on some folks.

While members of the family have been investing overseas for decades, the pace of buying homes abroad has quickened in the last two years, according to Ardavan Amir-Aslani, a business lawyer who has advised Saudi princes on real estate acquisitions in France. “In the event the situation becomes dire for them, they want to have an option, and a place to go to live, a place to have assets,” he said.

“They’re not only securing their capital,” he added, “but also their future lives.”

After Ramadan ended in July, many royals traveled to the Mediterranean. Prince Abdulaziz, the son of the late King Fahd, rode a Jet Ski this past summer off the Spanish island of Formentera within sight of his nearly 500-foot yacht.

Nicole Pollard Bayme, the founder and chief executive of the LalaLuxe fashion styling firm in Los Angeles, said her Saudi royal clients last summer bought Hermès Himalayan Birkin bags made of crocodile skin with diamond and gold hardware and couture gowns for hundreds of thousands of dollars. The Saudi economy “is in some kind of a crisis, but they are still spending,” she said.

Eventually, there will be a reckoning. Looks like the Royals are stepping up plans for that as we speak.

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21:24

The cruel experiments of Israel’s arms industry "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

activestills_downloads_img_2Palestinian protesters stand in a cloud of tear gas fired by Israeli forces during confrontations in the West Bank city of Bethlehem in October 2015.  Anne PaqActiveStills

by Matt Kennard

Round the back of Ramallah’s main hospital lies the house of Iyad Haddad, a 52-year-old human rights investigator. His home office is the shopfront of a decrepit building and at first glance it looks like a bric-a-brac shop. But the objects placed out on the tables are not household trinkets. The surfaces are, in fact, cluttered with spent ammunition, tear gas canisters, sponge bullets and shell casings.

Haddad has spent the past three decades documenting the violence of the Israeli forces occupying his people’s land. These ugly little pieces of memorabilia are his testament to that process.

Many of these weapons have been fired on peaceful demonstrators protesting against Israel’s wall and settlements in the occupied West Bank. The villages of Nilin, Bilin and Nabi Saleh have been organizing regular protests for years. To my surprise, Haddad does not approve of those demonstrations.

“Sometimes they are using us so they can know how to use each kind of weapon,” he said. “For me, these kinds of activities by the Palestinians become helpful to the Israelis because it makes this area into a laboratory to test their weapons, to develop them and make it a commercial industry in order to sell them to other countries.”

The idea that the Israeli arms industry benefits from the occupation through having a captive population it can test new weaponry on is now widely accepted.

Israel tries out weapons in the West Bank and Gaza and then...

21:24

Iran wants stronger maritime capabilities, including an aircraft carrier "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Iran's Deputy Navy Commander for Coordination, Admiral Peiman Jafari Tehrani, admitted his country needs better military equipment, including but not limited to the building of a new aircraft carrier, as cited by semi-official Fars news agency.

21:22

Israel declassifies 200,000 pages of documents on 1950s ‘kidnapped babies’ scandal "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

58648148c461885b558b45adAfter decades of silence, Israel has moved to bring some closure to the hundreds of parents whose children went missing under mysterious circumstances. Some argue the database on the so-called “Yemenite Children Affair” has only been partially declassified.

The 210,000 pages of declassified documents come as a result of three probes into the mysterious disappearances, which date back to the 1950s.

More than 1,000 families – mostly from the Middle East and North Africa, but also from Balkan countries – had since reported their infants being systematically taken from Israeli hospitals, and put up for adoption. The claims never stood up, and the latest effort to investigate the Yemenite Children Affair in 2001 concluded that the children had either died or been buried with the hospital authorities failing to notify the parents.

“The government is now taking action for the first time. [This step] erases the feeling of an opaque and disconnected establishment,”Minister for Regional Cooperation Tzachi Hanegbi told Army Radio. Hanegbi was also the one appointed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to lead the latest effort, which gave the green light for the release of 70 years of testimony and other evidence collected for the Israel State Archives.

“Today we right a historic wrong,” Netanyahu said, according to the Times of Israel. “For close to 60 years, people did not know the fate of their children, in a few minutes any person can access the pages containing all the information that the government of Israel has.”

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21:16

The United States' 10 most extreme weather events of 2016 "IndyWatch Feed World"

In 2016, of all the weather events to affect the nation, four stood out: a hurricane, a flood, a drought and a blizzard. These four were historic and extreme, setting numerous records and affecting large areas. Unfortunately, they caused a great deal of suffering and economic losses. Six other storm events, which were more localized, round out the top 10. Tornadoes were not among this year's most significant weather events. This year was, generally, a quiet year both in terms of the overall number of tornadoes and tornado fatalities. Much more than wind, in 2016, water (or, in one case, lack of water) caused the lion's share of weather-related deaths and damages. As seven of the top 10 weather events involved extreme rainfall, and several 1-in-1,000 year events, perhaps you could call it the year of the flood. Without further ado, here is our rundown of the most significant and extreme weather events of 2016 in the Lower 48: 1. Hurricane Matthew (September-October)

21:15

Home Buyers Sapped by Soaring (but Still Low) Mortgage Rates, Sky-High Home Prices "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Home Buyers Sapped by Soaring (but Still Low) Mortgage Rates, Sky-High Home Prices “The budget of many prospective buyers was dealt an abrupt hit” How will home sales be impacted by the toxic combination of sky-high home prices that even on a national basis exceed the crazy levels of the prior bubble, and mortgage rates…

The post Home Buyers Sapped by Soaring (but Still Low) Mortgage Rates, Sky-High Home Prices appeared first on The Daily Coin.

21:06

Testimony from Eastern Aleppo "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Interviewed and documented by Vanessa Beely.

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Oceania Saker.

21:05

Now Is the Time for Obama to Recognize Palestine "IndyWatch Feed World"

By Juan Cole / Informed Comment By Juan Cole

Just as President Barack Obama established diplomatic relations with Cuba, so he could do the same with regard to Palestine. It would be one step toward resolving the decades-old problem of Palestinian statelessness.


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21:02

Phantom Democracy in the Age of the Internet "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

After the Electoral College vote, the Trump presidency is now official. As denial and blame games continue, it becomes clear this was not a foreign government coup d’état. The truth is that democracy in America has been rotten to the core for decades. It is meddled with by corporate lobbyists, Big Pharma, Big Oil and […]

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21:01

Stranded Arik Air Passengers Forced To Sleep On The Floor At The Lagos International Airport (See Pics) "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Yesterday, stranded Arik Air passengers were forced to sleep on the floor, while waiting at the Lagos Murtala Mohammed International airport.

An angry affected passenger, Tonye Ibiama, shared the pics on Facebook and wrote:
   ''I have not seen this type of wickedness from an airline. After people will say buy Naija to grow the Naira yet the Naija is too mean to its own people.

   ''How do you keep your passengers from 6am to the time of this write up without a word at the Lagos international airport? People have slept over night there without answers. I am a victim and this is my last with Arik air. I have tried so much but who send me?

   ''When you approach NCAA to complain, they don't even seem to have a hold or make this airline to speak to someone. Even the consumer protection means nothing in this country. God help us. Arik is a joke.''

21:00

Ahead of Friday’s release of public records under the ‘20 Year Rule’ … "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

20 YEAR RULE – Some reflections ahead of Friday’s release of public records under the ‘20 Year Rule’ that allow files from 1990 (and before) to be examined. It’s an era of handwritten, typewritten and word-processed documents, with Telex still used to communicate internationally.

21:00

NEW DEPARTMENT OF TRUTH SIGNED INTO LAW "IndyWatch Feed World"

This may be a case of you tell me, and indeed I'd be interested in seeing people's reaction to this bit of legislation that…

The post NEW DEPARTMENT OF TRUTH SIGNED INTO LAW appeared first on Giza Death Star.

21:00

Why the West is Helping ISIS Spread Hysteria Post-Berlin Attack "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

23423123123The Washington Post – among others – hit the ground running in the wake of an apparent terrorist attack in Germany’s capital of Berlin before evidence was forthcoming and even before German police arrested a suspect.

A truck plowed into a crowded Christmas market, killing 12 and injuring many more in what resembled an attack in Nice, France where a truck likewise plowed into a crowd killing 86 and injuring hundreds more.

Spreading ISIS Propaganda

The Washington Post’s article and others like it followed the self-proclaimed “Islamic State” (ISIS) allegedly taking credit for the incident. Undeterred by a lack of evidence, the Washington Post and other media outlets – eager to capitalize on the attack to further Western narratives – concluded that the attack was aimed at “sharpening the divide between Muslims and everyone else.”

The Washington Post’s article, “Truck attack may be part of ISIS strategy to sharpen divide between Muslims and others,” would claim:

The claim on the official Amaq media channel was short and distressingly familiar: A “soldier of the Islamic State” was behind yet another attack on civilians in Europe, this time at a festive Christmas market in Berlin. 

The accuracy of the claim remained in question Tuesday as German authorities searched for both a suspect and a motive behind the deadly truck assault on holiday revelers. But already it appeared that the attack had achieved one of the Islamic State’s stated objectives: spreading fear and chaos in a Western country in hopes of sharpening the divide between Muslims and everyone else.

The Washington Post’s “analysis” fails to explain why ISIS would target a nation so far playing only a minor role in anti-ISIS operations or the logic in provoking a wider divide between Muslims and the West. At one point, the Washington Post actually suggests ISIS may be trying to hinder the flow of refugees away from th...

20:59

Kenya – slum violence increases pressure for answer to housing shortage "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Reuters

By Katy Migiro

ATHI RIVER, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Recently married with a one-year-old child, Joan Moraa Mbogo dreams of escaping Kenya’s noisy, dirty, crime-ridden capital and buying a home close to her mother’s newly-built apartment overlooking the Lukenya Hills.

Machakos County, which starts 20 kms (12 miles) south-east of Nairobi, is popular with young Kenyans unable to afford decent homes in the city, where most developers are only building houses for the richest 10 percent of residents.

“I’ll get a house here and we’ll become neighbours,” said 28-year-old Mbogo, dressed in a yellow top and jeans, watching her son, Nathan, totter across her mother’s sitting room.

In July, Mbogo’s mother moved into Karibu Homes Riverview, a 19-acre development that is set to include 1,000 apartments, shops, basketball courts, a clinic and a nursery when complete.

“There’s fresh air. It’s nice and quiet,” said Veronica Mbogo, a retired civil servant in her 60s, looking out from her fourth floor balcony at the yellow and grey apartments, dotted with acacia trees.

Nearby labourers dig foundations for the second phase of the development, where dozens of units have already been sold.

“They have been haranguing us to buy,” said Ravi Kohli, managing director of Karibu Homes at his office in a leafy part of Nairobi. “There is such a huge demand for housing.”

Karibu Homes, founded in 2012, is one of a handful of developers building affordable homes in Kenya, seen as critical to stemming the spread of slums and improving the quality of life for many in East Africa’s biggest economy.

Although millions of quality, affordable homes are needed, few are built due to high land prices, lack of access to finance and government bureaucracy, experts say.

PAN-AFRICA STORY

It is a story echoed across Africa which has the fastest growing cities in the world, with 40 percent of the continent’s one billion people in towns and cities, according to UN-Habitat.

Most new homes in Kenya target the middle and upper classes as it’s easier to make a profit from high-end property sales.

“It’s a property market that’s oriented towards wealthy people,” said Britt Gwinner, head of housing finance for the...

20:58

Restored Republic via a GCR as of December 29, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed World"

Source: Dinar Chronicles

Restored Republic via a GCR Dec. 29 2016

Compiled in the early morning hours EST of 29 Dec. 2016 by Judy Byington, MSW, LCSW, ret, CEO, Child Abuse Recovery www.ChildAbuseRecovery.com; Author, "Twenty Two Faces," www.22faces.com.


A. Dec. 28 2016 ZAP's mid-week report: ZAP's Mid-Week Report - The Office of POOFness - 12.28.16

1. The Royals released a special account on Christmas, and this one has lots of Zeros - more than 20.

2. They are very serious about releasing enough into the global economy to rebalance trade deficits and provide for the massive fundings that the various infrastructures require.

3. Our funding is good. They are trying to get the funds cleared to our paymaster but the majority of important bankers are on holiday so they told me it should happen this week.

4. In case of glitches we should expect usable funds right after the weekend.

5. I know what is coming down the pike. They will finish the first batch to us to begin the projects.

6. We have incredible support from both Europe and Asia and will be busy for the next several decades.

...

20:57

This tool allows you to download any Netflix video instantly for free "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Download any Netflix video instantly from anywhere around the world with this new tool

Now you can download any video on Netflix without region restrictions with a new tool called ‘Free Netflix Downloader.’ Right now this tool works on Windows PC/laptops without a hitch and lets people download any videos from Netflix instantly.

Right now Netflix allows you to download some select videos using Android smartphone or iPhone. Th...

20:56

Audio Leak: Gov. Wike & Ekiti State Gov. Fayose Allegedly Mock Army Over Rivers Rerun (LISTEN) "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

An audio of a telephone conversation allegedly between Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose, in which both men discussed Mr. Wike’s sharp maneuvers during the December 10, 2016 rerun of legislative elections in Rivers State has been released by SR.

Don't quote me, as I do NOT know how true this is, as anything can be doctored, but in the leaked telephone conversation, the two governors can be heard having an excited conversation about how Gov. Wike stormed a collation center during the election.

Click (HERE) to listen.

20:54

South Africa education – 20% maths decree sets a dangerous precedent for schooling in South Africa "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Mail and Guardian

Clive Kronenberg 29 Dec 2016 01:31

Maths occupies an eminent place in global schooling assessment criteria not just because of its content, but for the skills that are taught and developed alongside it. (Hector Retamal/AFP)
Maths occupies an eminent place in global schooling assessment criteria not just because of its content, but for the skills that are taught and developed alongside it. (Hector Retamal/AFP)

The department of basic education in South Africa has reacted to pupils’ exceedingly low attainment rates in maths education in a controversial fashion. It has issued an urgent circular to its heads of departments, principals, managers, directors and exam and curriculum heads outlining a “special condonation dispensation”. This applies to pupils completing grades 7, 8 and 9 in the 2016 academic year which has just ended.

Pupils who did not meet the 40% criteria in mathematics will now be able to progress to the next grade provided they met all other pass requirements and obtained more than 20% in mathematics. Only those who passed Grade 9 maths with 30% or more will be allowed to continue with the subject.

Those who achieved in the 20% band will have to take mathematical literacy in the last years of their school careers. This is a somewhat different and far less demanding subject.

The move has been widely condemned from most quarters. For instance, the education department in the Western Cape province warned that if no “drastic action” is taken, “we will be sitting in the same position next year”. Indeed. The national department claims that its directive constitutes “an interim measure”. But how does it hope to address the crisis in maths education in future years? What can be done to instil pupils with the valuable, relevant skills developed throug...

20:50

Chipmunks and squirrels in the USA "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video from the USA says about itself:

28 December 2016

An hour of busy body Squirrels and Chipmunks preparing for winter by shucking as much corn as they possibly can! You have to admire their energy and work ethic.

20:47

Russia sanctions?- Trump says 'nobody knows what's going on' "IndyWatch Feed World"

Responding to reports that the Obama administration wants to slap Russia with new sanctions for allegedly interfering in the 2016 election, President-elect Donald Trump said the US needs to "get on with our lives," as "nobody knows exactly what's going on." Donald Trump once again contested allegations put forth by the US intelligence community claiming that Russia orchestrated hack attacks to disrupt the Democratic Party's activities. On Wednesday, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) said during a trip to Latvia's capital, Riga, that Moscow should expect new sanctions for allegedly interfering in the 2016 election. Asked by reporters if imposing the sanctions would make any sense, Trump replied: "I think we ought to get on with our lives. I think that computers have complicated lives very greatly. The whole age of computer has made it where nobody knows exactly what's going on." Though Trump said he wasn't familiar with Graham's remarks, he did note: "We have speed. We have a lot of other things, but I'm not sure you have the kind of security that you need. But I have not spoken with the senators and I certainly will be over a period of time." Moscow hopes that the new sanctions may be lifted by the incoming Trump administration, the Russian Foreign Ministry's special envoy Andrey Krutskikh said on Thursday.

20:45

Three Mini Bubbles About to Burst. John Rubino (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

How Much Will Trump Respect the Constitution? John Rubino

Three Mini Bubbles About to Burst. John Rubino Video For over a hundred years, and arguably long before, the global economy has been controlled by a small minority of wealthy families and individuals with their own agendas. Through political and economic connections, these groups and their partnerships and holdings have funded both sides of wars…

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20:45

Ground truthing the Chicago way . . . "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

So far this year, 4,334 people have been shot in Chicago: one person every two hours. Almost all the victims have been black. The police have shot 25 people, virtually all armed or otherwise dangerous — less than .6 percent of the total. That disparity between civilian and police shootings hasn’t stopped local Black Lives Matter […]

20:42

Zambia’s president calls out troops to fight army worm invasion "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

BBC

Army worms
Army worms can destroy entire fields

Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu has called in the air force to help contain an invasion of army worms in maize fields, his spokesman has said.

Military planes are flying pesticides to the worst-affected areas so that crops can be sprayed as a matter of urgency, Amos Chanda added.

The pests are called army worms because they eat most vegetation in their way and can destroy entire fields.

They are devouring crops in six of the southern African state’s 10 provinces.

“The president is concerned that if the outbreak of the worms is not controlled speedily, the crop yield for 2016/2017 may be negatively affected,” Mr Chanda said in a statement.

Four years ago, army worms destroyed maize, cassava, sorghum and rice fields.

Maize is the staple diet in Zambia.

Production rose to 2.87 million tonnes in the 2015/2016 crop season from 2.6 million tonnes the previous season because of good rainfall and early delivery of fertiliser and seed to farmers, Reuters news agency reports.


20:40

NEWS AND VIEWS FROM THE NEFARIUM DEC 29, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed World"

During the run up to the Christmas holiday, there were very strange, seemingly unrelated, stories which broke, and some have only been updated just…

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20:37

VMware, Inc.: VMW Stock Chart Suggests Higher Prices "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Patrick Brik, BAS

VMW Stock: The Bull Charges On
In my previous report on VMware, Inc. (NYSE:VMW) stock, I outlined that a consolidation pattern had developed, which suggested that a price surge was to be expected. I had added that, because the tailwinds were currently bullish, a bullish breakout would take shape due to the surge in price.

I am happy to say that that a bullish breakout has come to fruition and that the bull market in VMW stock remains firmly intact.

For those not familiar with my.

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Yuletide: Onuesoke Counsels Deltans on the Gains of ‘Living Together’ "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Chief Sunny Onuesoke

Chief Sunny Onuesoke


Delta State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chieftain and 2007 Delta PDP Governorship aspirant, Chief Sunny Onuesoke has called on the people of Delta state on the need of living together as one.
The PDP Chieftain made the call during an end of year party he organized for UPU youths in Ughelli North and Ughelli Soth Local Government Area of Delta State in his country home at Agbarha-Otor, Delta State.

Onuesoke maintained that for Delta State to experience the much desired sustainable growth and development, “we must first see ourselves as one united family and promote our relationship along that line rather than on the basis of ethnicity or place of origin which unfortunately, some persons are using as political tool to push their selfish agenda.”
He called on the people of Delta State to close their ranks, whatever differences and work for the good, unity and development of Delta state, adding that they should all speak in one voice for the progress of the state and refrain from things that could be inimical to the peace and unity of the state.
The PDP Chieftain urged Deltans to key into Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa’s SMART programme for the overall development of the state, adding that it is only in a united and peaceful state, that meaningful development that will lead to prosperity for all will be attained.
“For now, we should put aside party and tribal differences and work in tandem with Governor Ifeanyi Okowa in trying to reposition the social, economic and infrastructural structures of the state for the betterment of all.
“Although he had achieved much in the area of job creation, road construction, infrastructural development, education and medical areas among others, we still hope more will be achieved if there is unity among us,” Onuesoke observed.

20:34

Enjoy Google Pixel Experience With This Mod On Any Android Smartphone "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Simple Steps To Get Google Pixel Experience With This Flashable Zip File On Any Android (Rooted) Smartphone

Google’s newly launched smartphones, Google Pixel and Pixel XL are very different from other Android smartphones in both look and feel. These two smartphones have some features, which are exclusively available only on these devices. While you cannot get the Google Pixel look on your current Android smartphone, you can definitely get the Google P...

20:33

Twitter Inc : TWTR Stock Chart Suggests More Pain "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Patrick Brik, BAS

TWTR Stock: The Bear is Alive and Well
In my previous publication on Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) stock, I had outlined the possibility that Donald Trump could be be laying the foundation that could make Twitter stock great again, because Trump uses this form of social media to share his ideas daily.

Trump’s actions have been a basis for comic relief in late-night television segments, but I have actually found it a pleasure to be so attuned with the thoughts of the next.

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20:33

New national monuments in the USA "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video from the USA says about itself:

Meet Gold Butte: Nevada‘s Piece of The Grand Canyon

21 January 2015

Get to know a treasure of the Mojave Desert, and how you can help preserve it.

From the New York Times in the USA:

Obama Designates Two New National Monuments, Protecting 1.65 Million Acres

By CORAL DAVENPORT

DEC. 28, 2016

WASHINGTON — President Obama designated two new national monuments on Wednesday, protecting 1.35 million acres of federal land surrounding the Bears Ears Buttes in southeastern Utah and about 300,000 acres around Gold Butte in Nevada, northeast of Las Vegas.

In Gold Butte, there is ancient Native American rock art.

There are also fossils from the Palaeozoic and later fossil dinosaur tracks.

The monuments are Mr. Obama’s latest effort to protect public lands and waters from development and to nail down as much of his environmental legacy as he can before Donald J. Trump assumes the presidency on Jan. 20.

But some local residents and elected Republicans have opposed the Obama administration’s extensive efforts to protect Western landscapes, calling them federal land grabs, and Utah officials voiced vehement opposition on Wednesday. The family of a Nevada rancher, Cliven Bundy, helped take over a national wildlife refuge this year in protest against such federal actions.

The new desert monuments, designated under the executive authority of the 1906 Antiquities Act, encompass Native American sites of sacred and archaeological importanc...

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20:32

When a Business You Like Dies "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Mourning the death of a favorite business, and what that says about the environment for entrepreneurs.

20:31

PM May to fight 2020 election on pledge to deliver ‘British Bill of Rights’ "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Prime Minister Theresa May plans to base her 2020 General Election campaign around a pledge to withdraw Britain from the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). The PM is said to support plans for a British Bill of Rights and to give the UK Supreme Court the ultimate say as to how those rights are […]

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20:31

First Movie of Energy Transfer in Photosynthesis Solves Decades-Old Debate "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Using ultrafast imaging of moving energy in photosynthesis, scientists have determined the speed of crucial processes for the first time.

This should help scientists understand how nature has perfected the process of photosynthesis, and how this might be copied to produce fuels by artificial photosynthesis.

During photosynthesis, plants harvest light and, though a chemical process involving water and carbon dioxide, convert this into fuel for life.

It was previously thought that the process of charge separation in the reaction centre was a 'bottleneck' in photosynthesis - the slowest step in the process - rather than the transfer of energy along the antennae.

Marius Kaucikas, Karim Maghlaoui, Jim Barber, Thomas Renger and Jasper J van Thor, Ultrafast infrared observation of exciton equilibration from oriented single crystals of photosystem II will be published in Nature Communications. DOI: 10.1038/NCOMMS13977


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20:30

Fifty Days of Demonetisation But Normalcy Still Not on the Horizon "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Vegetable sellers, petty traders, autowallas continue to suffer with little hope of recovery after their businesses shrunk by nearly a half after demonetisation.

Even after 50 days of demonetisation, normalcy is still not on the horizon. Credit: Reuters/Files

Even after 50 days of demonetisation, normalcy is still not on the horizon. Credit: Reuters/Files

Rishi Muni, a vegetable vendor of Paschim Vihar, Delhi, is standing near his hand-cart. When asked about his business he says that it is very slow. When questioned more specifically about the impact of notebandi (demonetisation) he says that his income is now 25% of what it was before notebandi. He has two sons both of whom were employed, but post demonetisation, one of them has lost his job. Hence the overall family income has shrunk, forcing the slum-dwelling family to cut essential expenses. When asked about future prospects, Muni says that he does not see any immediate prospects of the situation improving.

Harinath, another vegetable vendor joins the discussion and says that his income has been reduced by about 50%. Balkishan – a very popular vendor who sets up shop in different areas on different days – says he has very committed customers, but still his income declined and he faced numerous problems after demonetisation. But his biggest problem is not his own work – his two sons used to regularly get petty contracts in glasswork, but they stopped getting them after November 8. Hence, the overall family income declined much more than his own income.

A little distance away from these vendors, two autorickshaw drivers are waiting for customers. Parveen Katar says that his family is facing a difficult time – he is the sole earning member and his earnings now are only 30% of what it used to be. This morning, he had been waiting for four hours without getting any passengers. After paying the daily rental for the auto rickshaw very little is left for his family’s subsistence. Vegetables are now cooked only once in 3 days, he said. Despite making heavy cuts, he was forced to take loans from private moneylenders at very high interest rates (10% per month).

Jalal Kathaat, another auto-rickshaw driver said that business is down by 50% compared to pre-demonetised times. He could not pay the instalment for his auto-rickshaw loan thi...

20:27

10 dead and at least 20 wounded in blasts at Philippines boxing match – reports David Icke latest headlines

‘Ten people are reported dead and at least 20 injured after two explosions at a boxing match in the Philippines, according to local media. The blasts occurred at about 9pm Wednesday evening during a fiesta celebration in Hilongos, Leyte – an island in the Visayas group of the Philippines. The improvised explosive devices (IED) killed 10 people and wounded 20 others at a boxing match in Barangay Central Poblacion, according to Philippines base online news site Rappler, citing a statement from President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesperson, Ernesto Abella.’ Read more: 10 dead and at least 20 wounded in blasts at Philippines boxing match – reports

20:27

Nigerian Army Recovers Boko Haram's Leader, Abubakar Shekau's Qur'an & Flag In Camp Zero, Sambisa Forest "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Yesterday, the Nigerian Army announced that, they've recovered Abubakar Shekau’s Qur’an and flag in Camp Zero, the Boko Haram’s Headquarters in Sambisa forest.

Maj.-Gen. Lucky Irabor, the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, said this while giving newsmen update on ''Operation Rescue Final'' in Maiduguri.

   ''We believe that the Holy Book and the flag were abandoned by Abubakar Shekau while he escaped. The Book will be taken to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Burutai, for onward presentation to Mr President.

   ''We have also made a lot of arrests. Our troops in Damboa arrested about 15 Boko Haram members. We also arrested one Musa from Potiskum on Christmas day which was Dec.25.

   ''On Dec. 26 our troops also intercepted two Boko Haram suspects in Maiduguri.

   ''We, therefore, warn residents of the state to be wary of people coming to hide in and around their houses.

   ''We are also warning residents to report any suspected Boko Haram members hiding in their houses to the relevant security agencies and any failure to do that would tantamount to supporting and sympathising with the sect’s activities.'' Maj.Gen. Lucky Irabor said.

20:24

Kerry speech biased against Tel Aviv: Netanyahu David Icke latest headlines

‘Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says US State Secretary John Kerry’s speech over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was biased against Tel Aviv. “What he did was he spent most of his speech blaming Israel for the lack of peace,” said Netanyahu following a speech given by Kerry on Wednesday. He added that during his speech Kerry had dealt “obsessively” with the topic of the Israeli settlements in the occupied territories, and that “Israelis do not need to be lectured about the importance of peace by foreign leaders.” “Like the Security Council resolution that Secretary Kerry advanced in the UN, his speech tonight was skewed against Israel,” the Israeli prime minister added.’ Read more: Kerry speech biased against Tel Aviv: Netanyahu

20:21

Delta: Suspected Gunmen Dispose Oleh’s Anglican Bishop of Money, Valuables "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Delta CP Zannah Ibrahim

Delta CP Zannah Ibrahim


LAGOS DECEMBER 29TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Suspected armed robbers on Tuesday, reportedly robbed the Anglican Bishop of the Oleh Diocese, Delta State, Rt. Rev. John Aruakpor.
The robbers, numbering five, sources said carted way an undisclosed amount of money and other valuable from the Bishop’s Court in Oleh, headquarters of Isoko South Local Government Area of the State
The gunmen were said to have stormed the official residence of the cleric about 1:00 pm after jumping through the fence of the compound and held the Bishop at gunpoint.

Sources said the suspected armed robbers after gaining access into the compound, burgled the Bishop’s apartment and pointed guns at him while he was preparing for his afternoon prayers.
“They pointed guns at him and dispossed him of some amount of money, phones, laptops, and ipads, our source said.
Bishop Aruakpor who confirmed the incident in a telephone conversation with our correspondent however thanked God that no one was killed during the operation.
He prayed God to help the suspected armed robbers gain salvation through the mercy of the Jesus Christ, saying he had forgiven them.
State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Andrew Aniamaka, who confirmed the incident said it was a case of stealing and burglary, adding however the security men attached to the Bishop’s court had left their duty post “and gave ample room for the hoodlums to operate.” He added that some persons had been arrested in connection with the incident.

20:21

Russia & Turkey agree on nationwide Syrian ceasefire plan – Ankara David Icke latest headlines

‘Russia and Turkey have reached an agreement on a plan that would involve a ceasefire between the Syrian governmental forces and the opposition armed groups on a nationwide scale, Turkey’s foreign minister said. The minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, said that the two countries have come to an agreement on the ceasefire issue and even prepared a text of the truce accord to be presented to the warring parties. “There are two texts ready on a solution in Syria. One is about a political resolution and the other is about a ceasefire. They can be implemented any time,” Cavusoglu told reporters on the sidelines of an awards ceremony at the presidential palace in Ankara, as cited by Reuters.’ Read more: Russia & Turkey agree on nationwide Syrian ceasefire plan – Ankara

20:19

Pics From Nollywood Actress Uche Jmbo's Fun Birthday Party "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Yesterday, super talented Nollywood actress, cum producer, Uche Jombo, was a year older and to celebrate it, her friends and her were treated to a warm celebration by Mo Abudu and the wedding planner team..
Those in attendance were; Kate Henshaw, Ufuomma Mcdemmot, Chioma Akpotha, Yvone Jegede and others.. See more fun pics after the cut..
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20:18

How to think like a futurist "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Some technological trends fizzle out while others overturn everything. Author Amy Webb explains how she discerns which ones will go in which direction.

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20:18

Man suffering from ALS creates home electronic automation system that uses eye movement and brain waves "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Nice.


(NaturalNews) A diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, was once considered a death sentence, but advanced automation technology is offering new hope to sufferers of the rare condition.

Most ALS patients eventually face an extremely difficult choice: either die from the lack of ability to breathe once the disease progresses or undergo a tracheostomy and spend the rest of one’s life on a ventilator – unable to move or speak.

Less than 10 percent of ALS patients choose the second option, but one man who suffers from the disease is helping to develop a viable third option: an opportunity to lead a relatively independent and mobile existence with the help of automation technology that can respond to head and eye movements, or even brain waves.

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20:18

Portrait of the artist may help diagnosis of brain diseases "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Some of the most famous artists in history may have left subtle clues to brain disease in their work, scientists have found.

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20:18

An AI ‘Brain’ Is Micro-Managing Staff At World’s Largest Hedge Fund "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Bridgewater Associates is algorithmically modeling its founder’s principles to hire, fire and direct employees.

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20:17

Cells dripped into brain help fight a deadly cancer "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

A man with deadly brain cancer that had spread to his spine saw his tumors shrink and, for a time, completely vanish after a novel treatment to help his immune system attack his disease — another first in this promising field.

The type of immunotherapy that 50-year-old Richard Grady received already has helped some people with blood cancers such as leukemia. But the way he was given it is new, and may allow its use not just for brain tumors but also other cancers that can spread, such as breast and lung.

Grady was the first person to get the treatment dripped through a tube into a space in the brain where spinal fluid is made, sending it down the path the cancer traveled to his spine.

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20:17

DISINFORMATION; TRUMP; SEX; RUSSIA; ISRAEL "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Anon

Is Trump pro-Russia and anti-Israel?

Is PizzaGate true?

Or was PizzaGate devised by the Zionists?


Source: The Economist/YouGov poll, which surveyed 1,376 U.S. adults between Dec. 17-20.

Was the election rigged by the Zionists or by the Russian government?

We have to consider the possibility that the ‘Kosher Nostra’ has considerable influence within both the security services of Russia, and, the security services of the USA.


Source: The Economist/YouGov poll, which surveyed 1,376 U.S. adults between Dec. 17-20.

There is a lot of disinformation out there.

Trump could have been brought down by:

1. His pro-Israel stance
2. His links to child abuse
3. His criticism of Obama for not being tough enough on Putin over Ukraine
4. His criticism of Obama for not being tough enough on Gaddafi.

Hence, the stories from the trolls about:

1. Trump being about to reveal the truth about Israeli involvement in 9 11
2. PizzaGate
3. Trump wanting peace with Putin
4. Trump being opposed to the toppling of Gaddafi.

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20:16

German intelligence agent drove alleged perpetrator in Christmas market attack to Berlin David Icke latest headlines

‘On the contrary, the alleged perpetrator, Anis Amri, prepared his action literally under the eyes of the authorities. It has now emerged that the 24-year-old Tunisian was driven to Berlin by an undercover informant of the Intelligence Service (“Verfassungsschutz”), which closely monitored Amri for months before he drove a large truck into a crowd on December 19. Amri had been imprisoned in Italy for four years for criminal offenses and was reportedly radicalized while in jail. In 2015, he was released and went to Germany, where he applied unsuccessfully for asylum. According to an investigation by the German television program “Report Munich,” he joined an Islamic network in which at least two spies for the German intelligence service were active.’ Read more: German intelligence agent drove alleged perpetrator in Christmas market attack to Berlin

20:15

Gold: A Significant Rally Begins? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Gold: A Significant Rally Begins?  Gold may be in the first stage of a significant rally. Please  click here now. Double-click to enlarge. Gold has burst out of the short term down channel, and the recent action of the “smart money” commercial traders is very positive. Please  click here now. This COT report for gold shows the…

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20:14

Facebook Doesn’t Tell Users Everything It Really Knows About Them "IndyWatch Feed World"

By Julia Angwin, Terry Parris Jr. and Surya Mattu / ProPublica

The site shows users how Facebook categorizes them. It doesn’t reveal the data it is buying about their offline lives.


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20:14

AEON (Path of the Fool Series) "IndyWatch Feed World"

 

Michael Tsarion's master class on Tarot symbolism continues with an analysis of AEON

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20:07

Liberation of Aleppo represents US's most serious setback in 15 years- Professor Tim Anderson "IndyWatch Feed World"

In late 2016, at the cost of many young lives, Syrian forces took back the eastern part of the city of Aleppo, occupied by NATO and Saudi backed terrorists for more than four years. The liberation of Aleppo, Syria's second city and an ancient marvel, represents the most serious setback for the 15-year long Washington-led aggression on the entire region. An effective re-colonization of the region has stretched from Afghanistan to Libya, under a range of false pretexts. Invasions and proxy wars have been backed by economic sanctions and wild propaganda. But this great war of aggression - called the creation of 'New Middle East' by former US President George W. Bush - has hit a rock in Syria. The massive proxy armies bought and equipped by Washington and its regional allies the Saudis, Turkey, Qatar and Israel, have been beaten back by a powerful regional alliance which supports the Syrian nation. The endgame in Aleppo involves a handful of foreign agents - US, Saudi, Israeli and others - said to remain with the last al-Qaeda groups in a tiny part of what was once their stronghold. The US in particular is keen to secure their release, because their presence is further evidence of the foreign command of what was claimed to be a 'civil war'.

20:06

Ping Pong Pizza Conspiracy Propels Internet Censorship Amid ‘Fake News’ Witch-Hunt David Icke latest headlines

‘In the days before the US presidential election in November 2016, Wikileaks revealed a new string of emails connected to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign chairman, John Podesta. Online interpretations of the leaked Podesta email exchanges subsequently led to a digital firestorm on social media, producing an intense conspiratorial ‘open source investigation’ still in search of its smoking gun. However, the phenomenon now known by its hashtag #Pizzagate has since set a number of tertiary events into motion. Is there a real story hidden amongst the debris of this online explosion? Is it possible that ‘open source investigators’ were being led into a virtual cul-de-sac and thus missing the real story? More importantly, could people be playing into the hands of the very establishment they seek to depose? Let’s investigate…’ Read more: Ping Pong Pizza Conspiracy Propels Internet Censorship Amid ‘Fake News’ Witch-Hunt

20:04

Noah Cowan interviews Tyler Cowen "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

He is from Brown University, we met at a tacqueria, here is the interview, here is one bit from it, from me:

Popular culture is not nearly pro-science enough…. It should be much higher status to be in science. This would boost the rate of innovation. I think people privately can just choose to respect science more. In a sense it’s a free lunch! You don’t have to spend money, people just have to actually believe science is really good. So that’s what I advocate. And that’s a question of role models and exposure when you’re young. I think TV shows are very important… Star Trek and even Gilligan’s Island I think made science cool to a lot of people. I think President Obama actually has done a pretty good job of being a pro-science role model and how he talks about science. His powers are limited but I think he actually gets this pretty well, because he’s made a real concerted attempt rhetorically to work that into what he’s about. I think historically, America has not been all that pro-science, but we invented the atomic bomb, we industrialized in this fantastic manner. In a bunch of ways pro-science and nationalism should overlap. Being the first country to put a man on the moon gave a huge boost to science. That boost has proven temporary, much to my dismay.

Here are bits and pieces on the very smart Noah Cowan, who was a Jeopardy champion at a very young age.

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20:04

Dreaded KillDisk Malware now includes Ransomware abilities "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Researchers at security firm CyberX have recently discovered a variant of the KillDisk malware that also implements ransomware features.

KillDisk is a malware that has been used in attacks against industrial control systems (ICS), it was developed to wipe the hard drives of the infected machine in order to make it inoperable.

The new variant is able to encrypt the file with AES algorithm, the malware uses a unique key for each target and encrypt it with an RSA 1028 algorithm with a key stored in the body of the malware.

The variant of the KillDisk malware is able to encrypt a large number of files from both local partitions and network folders are targeted.

Victims are requested to pay 222 bitcoins ($206,000) to recover their files, a very exorbitant figure that suggests the intention of the author is to attack organizations with deep pockets.

The experts believe the variant has been developed by the TeleBots group, a Russian cybercriminal gang that developed its Telebots malware starting from the BlackEnergy one. The group was recently observed by experts from ESET targeting Ukrainian banks.

“This new variant of KillDisk was developed by the TeleBots gang, a group of Russian cybercriminals believed to have evolved from the Sandworm gang. The Sandworm gang is responsible for a string of attacks in the United States during 2014 that compromised industrial control system (ICS) and SCADA networks using a variant of the BlackEnergy malware” states the report published by the CyberX.

The researchers speculate the malware is being distributed via malicious Office attachments, a close look at the contact email used in the instructions reveals that hackers used the Tor anonymous email service lelantos.org.

The Bitcoin Wallet used by the hackers is still empty and there is no indication of past transactions.

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20:03

What is Henry Kissinger Up To? Better Relations with Russia? Or Eroding Russia’s Sovereignty? David Icke latest headlines

‘The English language Russian news agency, Sputnik, reports that former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger is advising US president-elect Donald Trump how to “bring the United States and Russia closer together to offset China’s military buildup.” If we take this report at face value, it tells us that Kissinger, an old cold warrior, is working to use Trump’s commitment to better relations with Russia in order to separate Russia from its strategic alliance with China. China’s military buildup is a response to US provocations against China and US claims to the South China Sea as an area of US national interests. China does not intend to attack the US and certainly not Russia.’ Read more: What is Henry Kissinger Up To? Better Relations with Russia? Or Eroding Russia’s Sovereignty?

20:01

Improving Raspberry Pi Disk Performance "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Usually, you think of solid state storage as faster than a rotating hard drive. However, in the case of the Raspberry Pi, the solid state “disk drive” is a memory card that uses a serial interface. So while a 7200 RPM SATA drive might get speeds in excess of 100MB/s, the Pi’s performance is significantly less.

[Rusher] uses the Gluster distributed file system and Docker on his Raspberry Pi. He measured write performance to be a sluggish 1MB/s (and the root file system was clocking in at just over 40MB/s).

There are an endless number of settings you could tweak, but [Rusher] heuristically picked a few he thought would have an impact. After some experimentation, he managed 5MB/s on Gluster and increased the normal file system to 46 MB/s.

There are several other settings we might have investigated related more to the actual buffering and reading of the memory card and I/O scheduling. However, [Rusher] shows you his methodology so if you want to use that as a starting point for further exploration, or you want to work with a different file system, it is still worth a look.

We tend to think of the Pi as an embedded board. But in reality, it is just another Linux platform and there’s been a lot of work done on optimizing Linux performance for different situations. We’ve looked at Docker-based clusters before, too.


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20:00

Debenhams apologises to homeless man for Boxing Day drenching David Icke latest headlines

Debenhams has apologised to a homeless man after his possessions were drenched as he slept in a doorway of its city-centre Portsmouth store on Boxing Day. Russell Lucas Allen alleged a security guard told him to “enjoy your water bed” after he woke up to find his belongings, and those of his dog Lexy, soaked with water. He wrote on Facebook that water poured from inside the store had “ruined clothing, food, dog bedding, public donations brought by the kind members of public”. He wrote that he and some friends had complained, adding: “When confronting the guard I got told I deserve it.” Read more: Debenhams apologises to homeless man for Boxing Day drenching

20:00

Senhas fáceis para você memorizar e que nem a NSA conseguirá desvendar "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Está ficando cada vez mais fácil proteger sua privacidade digital. Os iPhones agora criptografam grande parte de suas informações pessoais, seus discos rígidos no Mac e no Windows 8.1 são automaticamente bloqueados; e até mesmo o Facebook, que faturou uma fortuna com o compartilhamento aberto de informações, oferece criptografia de ponta a ponta na ferramenta de bate-papo WhatsApp. Mas nenhuma dessas tecnologias oferece a proteção esperada se você não souber criar uma frase secreta segura.

Uma frase secreta é como uma senha, apenas mais longa e mais segura. Funciona essencialmente como uma chave de criptografia que pode ser memorizada. Ao começar a se importar mais com sua privacidade e a aperfeiçoar seus hábitos de segurança no uso de computador, um dos primeiros desafios a ser enfrentado será a criação de uma frase secreta. Sem ela não é possível se proteger adequadamente.

Por exemplo, quando você criptografa seu disco rígido, um pendrive ou um documento em seu computador, a criptografia será tão segura quanto a sua frase secreta. Se optar por usar um banco de dados de senhas, ou um recurso de salvamento de senhas em seu navegador, crie uma frase secreta principal segura para protegê-los. Ao criptografar seus e-mails com PGP (Pretty Good Privacy – privacidade muito boa), sua chave privada é protegida com uma frase secreta. Em seu primeiro e-mail para Laura Poitras, Edward Snowden disse: “Confirme se ninguém teve acesso a uma cópia de sua chave privada e que ela usa uma frase secreta segura. Presuma que seu adversário é capaz de realizar um trilhão de tentativas por segundo”.

Neste artigo, descrevo uma forma simples de criar frases secretas extremamente seguras e fáceis de lembrar. É a última matéria de uma série em desenvolvimento de artigos que oferecem soluções — parciais e imperfeitas, mas úteis — para os muitos problemas relacionados à vigilância que investigamos agressivamente no The Intercept.

Acontece que criar uma frase secreta segura simples...

20:00

The EU Vs. The Nation State? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Tyler Durden

Submitted by George Igler via The Gatestone Institute,

  • The question remains, however, why any nation would want to throw out its sovereignty to institutions that are fundamentally unaccountable, that provide no mechanism for reversing direction, and whose only “solution” to problems involves arrogating to itself ever more authoritarian, rather than democratically legitimate, power.
  • Previous worries over unemployment and the economy have been side-lined: the issues now vexing European voters the most, according to the EU’s own figures, are mass immigration (45%) and terrorism (32%).
  • The Netherlands’ Partij Voor de Vrijheid, France’s Front National and Germany’s Alternativ für Deutschland are each pushing for a referendum on EU membership in their respective nations.
  • Given that the EU’s institutions have been so instrumental as a causal factor in the mass migration and terrorism that are now dominating the minds of national electorates, some might argue that the sooner Europeans get rid of the EU, which is now doing more harm than good, the better.

Attention is beginning to focus on elections due to take place in three separate European countries in 2017. The outcomes in the Netherlands, France and Germany will determine the likely future of the European Union (EU).

In the Netherlands, on March 15, all 150 members of the country’s House of Representatives will face the ballot box. The nation is currently led by Prime Minister Mark Rutte, whose VVD party holds 40 seats in the legislative chamber, ruling in a coalition with the Dutch Labour party, which holds 35 seats.

In contrast, the Party for Freedom – Partij Voor de Vrijheid (PVV) – led by Geert Wilders, currently holds 12 seats.

According to an opinion poll...

19:58

Cops Force Woman to Give Birth in Prison, Laugh as Her Infant Dies in the Cell: Lawsuit "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Molly Willms | Courthouse News Service MILWAUKEE (CN) – The family of a baby who spent all of her brief life in a maximum security cell at the Milwaukee County

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19:58

Global cloud cover changes caused by increases in galactic cosmic rays not CO2 "IndyWatch Feed World"

With record warm next to record cold in the Arctic, clouds and jet stream patterns are beginning to shift across the planet. These changes occur regularly with every grand solar minimum, but the Main Stream Media (MSM) will have you believe it is because of CO2 which has no effect on the jet stream at 60,000ft.

19:54

Israel declassifies 200,000 pages of documents on 1950s ‘kidnapped babies’ scandal David Icke latest headlines

‘After decades of silence, Israel has moved to bring some closure to the hundreds of parents whose children went missing under mysterious circumstances. Some argue the database on the so-called “Yemenite Children Affair” has only been partially declassified. The 210,000 pages of declassified documents come as a result of three probes into the mysterious disappearances, which date back to the 1950s. More than 1,000 families – mostly from the Middle East and North Africa, but also from Balkan countries – had since reported their infants being systematically taken from Israeli hospitals, and put up for adoption. The claims never stood up, and the latest effort to investigate the Yemenite Children Affair in 2001 concluded that the children had either died or been buried with the hospital authorities failing to notify the parents.’ Read more: Israel declassifies 200,000 pages of documents on 1950s ‘kidnapped babies’ scandal

19:54

New research indicates fluoride may pose a risk "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

The U.S. National Institutes of Health recently announced funding to York University (Toronto) researcher Christine Till to further investigate the effects of fluoride exposure to the brain and nervous system. In 2014, Till along with Ashley Malin, published a study linking higher rates of ADHD to fluoridated areas of the U.S.
The promoters of fluoridation assure us that fluoridation is "safe and effective" at present exposure levels, but the Canadian Dental Association noted in 2012 that dental fluorosis, a condition resulting from high cumulative fluoride ingestion from all sources during childhood, is still increasing in Canada. That acknowledgement, along with the presence of dental fluorosis in many people raised in non-fluoridated communities, should be sufficient evidence to suspend the fluoridation of tap water in Canada until we have more information about the effects to other parts of the body than the teeth.
To those who continue to promote fluoridation, I ask: "What primary research can you cite which would allow us to ignore the current 300 animal and human studies, including 50 related to IQ, that link fluoride to negative neurological effects? I am not looking for endorsements or reviews- those are subject to bias.
I would like to see valid research that looked for harm but didn't find any. In 1999, the U.S. CDC acknowledged that "fluoride prevents dental caries predominately after eruption of the tooth into the mouth, and its actions primarily are topical for both adults and children." Why are we taking any chance in exposing the whole body to fluoridated water, without knowing how much water each person drinks, or how much fluoride they are already getting from other sources, especially when topical applications like toothpastes and rinses are simple and cheap for those who want them?
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19:52

Port Moresby Police nab Drug traffickers "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Police officers at Gordons Police station in Port Moresby  have caught 28 suspects involved in smuggling drug from Beimauri in Kairuku-Hiri district into the city this morning.

The PMV they travelled in was searched at 8mile roundabout opposite Malolo Estate during a roadblock and the suspects were apprehended when marijuana were discovered.

Probation Constable Sevillan Saluwali says he went up the vehicle to search an individual who was acting suspiciously when he discovered marijuana plastics stashed into corn and greens bags bound to be sold at Gordon’s Market.

The total of 28 suspects including the vehicle driver and three women were all searched and caught for being in possession of marijuana. The off-sider escaped when realising that police officers stopped them to search the vehicle. A total of 24 plastics of marijuana were confiscated during the search.

All suspects are now detained at Gordon's Police Station waiting to be formally charged.
It is one of the major drug busts in the National Capital District during this festive season.
The vehicle belongs to a Southern Highlander. It will be impounded until further investigations carried out. PNGFM/PNG Today

19:50

AVATAR Robotic Kiosk Ready To Detect Lies In Travelers David Icke latest headlines

‘When you engage in international travel, you may one day find yourself face-to-face with border security that is polite, bilingual and responsive—and robotic. The Automated Virtual Agent for Truth Assessments in Real Time (AVATAR) is currently being tested in conjunction with the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) to help border security agents determine whether travelers coming into Canada may have undisclosed motives for entering the country. “AVATAR is a kiosk, much like an airport check-in or grocery store self-checkout kiosk,” said San Diego State University management information systems professor Aaron Elkins. “However, this kiosk has a face on the screen that asks questions of travelers and can detect changes in physiology and behavior during the interview. The system can detect changes in the eyes, voice, gestures and posture to determine potential risk. It can even tell when you’re curling your toes.”’ Read more: AVATAR Robotic Kiosk Ready To Detect Lies In Travelers

19:49

Mixing biology with technology: what could possibly go wrong? "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Biology and technology are moving closer and experts are wondering if this poses a new security threat.

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19:49

Model‐guided combinatorial optimization of complex synthetic gene networks "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Constructing gene circuits that satisfy quantitative performance criteria has been a long‐standing challenge in synthetic biology. Here, we show a strategy for optimizing a complex three‐gene circuit, a novel proportional miRNA biosensor, using predictive modeling to initiate a search in the phase space of sensor genetic composition. We generate a library of sensor circuits using diverse genetic building blocks in order to access favorable parameter combinations and uncover specific genetic compositions with greatly improved dynamic range. The combination of high‐throughput screening data and the data obtained from detailed mechanistic interrogation of a small number of sensors was used to validate the model. The validated model facilitated further experimentation, including biosensor reprogramming and biosensor integration into larger networks, enabling in principle arbitrary logic with miRNA inputs using normal form circuits. The study reveals how model‐guided generation of genetic diversity followed by screening and model validation can be successfully applied to optimize performance of complex gene networks without extensive prior knowledge.

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19:49

Novel Insights Into Neuronal Activity-Dependent Gene Expression "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Summary: A new study explores how neural activity influences CREB dynamics.

Source: Osaka University.

Neuronal activity mediates the formation of neuronal circuits in the cerebral cortex. These processes are regulated by the transcription factor CREB, which regulates gene expression in neuronal activity-dependent processes. Neuronal activity enhances CREB-mediated transcription but the mechanisms remain unclear. CREB binds to a cAMP response element (CRE) in the promoter region of its target genes. Assembly and disassembly of CREB-CRE interactions control spatiotemporal gene expression in the nucleus. However, how CREB interacts with CRE in activity-dependent mechanisms is not known.

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19:48

DARPA’s ALIAS aircraft automation program spreads its wings "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The age of widespread autonomous flight came another step closer as DARPA announced its Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) has completed Phase 2 of its development program. The drop-in, removable kit designed to convert conventional aircraft into advanced automated vehicles requiring fewer crew was installed in two different Cessna 208 Caravan fixed-wing aircraft, a Diamond DA-42 fixed-wing aircraft, and a Sikorsky S-76 helicopter.

According to DARPA, the ALIAS-equipped aircraft successfully completed flight demonstrations as well as responding to simulated flight emergencies while on the ground that included systems failures that could cause pilots to deviate from normal procedures. In both cases, the agency says that ALIAS worked without adversely affecting airworthiness.

ALIAS is intended as a way of automating various military aircraft without making bespoke modifications to each individual plane design. The idea is to develop a kit that can be installed in the cabin of an aircraft, where it can take control and fly missions from takeoff to landing as well as handling emergencies based on existing vehicle information, procedures, and flight mechanics.

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19:48

Byline: Is it Finally Time for Open Security? "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

One of the distinct advantages of working in the IT industry for over 35 years is all of the direct and indirect experience that brings, as well as the hindsight that comes with that.

One of the more personally interesting experiences for me has been watching the growth and ultimate success of the Open Source Software (OSS) movement from a fringe effort (what business would ever run on OSS?) to what has now become a significant component behind the overall success of the Internet. I was initially reminded of the significance of the Open Source Software movement, and how long it’s actually been around when the technology press recognized the 25th anniversary of the Linux kernel. That, and the decision in January of 1998 by Netscape Communications Corp to release the complete source code for the Communicator web browser, are two of the top reasons for the Internet taking off. Well, the first specification for HTTP helped a little as well, I suppose.

There are, of course, many other examples of OSS software that power the Internet, from the numerous Apache Foundation projects, relational and other database management systems like Postgres, MySQL, MongoDB, and Cassandra. The list of markets and technologies for which there are OSS resources is essentially endless.

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19:48

Lovely Pic Of TuFace Idibia And His Cute Kids "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

TuBaba is pictured with his sons, Nino and Zion and daughters, Olivia and Isabella..

19:48

PNGFA elections illegal "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Soccer lovers across Papua New Guinea are thrown into a state of confusion by the ongoing political infighting among the Papua New Guinea Football Association leaders.

The Annual General Meeting held yesterday at Kimbe saw the long serving PNGFA president David Chung re-elected as president for yet another term by six member participants.
Hekari Chairman, John Kapi Nato and his camp of suspended PNGFA members were not too happy about the results of the AGM and are questioning the legality of the quorum.

Mr Nato who was one of the nominees for the presidency seat said he along with the suspended members were not given airline tickets to attend the AGM. He said invitation was served firstly and then suspension given again so they couldn’t make it there.
“How did they come up with a quorum that’s the question that everybody is asking today.”
“If it is 11 members then you have to go by 50% plus 1 which makes about 6.5 and then you have to round it off to 7. But there are only 6 there in Kimbe you need 7 to make the quorum.”
“That is why everyone is really confused about what is going on so we are all sitting down trying to figure out where do we go next?”

“For me I’ve been too soft, I see that the way Mr. Chung is taking this forward, I have no other choice but go to court."
“The Way forward for me- enough is enough! I have written to FIFA three times now, FIFA has not come in yet.”
“I’ve expressed that to the administration of football to Oceania they have all turned their ears and given their justifications to me.”
Meanwhile, the new PNGFA team includes Apepi (Mt Hagen), Jack Paya (NBPOL), Simon Koima, Maha Waname (Kimbe), Diana Ulka (Simbu), John Wesley (PMSA) David Chung (President) Shem Farrock (Wau) after the Elective Congress at Liamo Reef Resort at Kimbe on 28 Dec 2016. PNGFM

Organ-on-chips platform has promise for quicker, cheaper pharmaceutical research "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Research from Linda Griffith’s laboratory group at MIT will be presented at SPIE Photonics West 2017.

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The traditional path for most drugs is to start in a petri dish containing a single cell tissue culture, move to small animals such as rodents then on to primates, and finally on to clinical trials in humans. Along the path, every step could encounter results that deem the drug a failure and not suitable for the desired outcome.

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19:47

Biotech Breakthrough: Engineers Made a New Material That Can Be Programmed "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

In Brief

  • Researchers have created a 3D bulk material from silk fibroin that can be programmed to activate specific tasks when exposed to conditions like temperature or infrared light.
  • The material could be used to create everything from hormone-emitting orthopedics to surgical pins that change color when they near their mechanical limits.

Engineers from Tufts University have just created a new, versatile material that could be optimized for a number of purposes, particularly within the medical field. The material was constructed out of special proteins called silk fibroins, and it can be programmed for specific biological, chemical, or mechanical tasks. The study was published online in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

The team used water-based fabrication methods inspired by protein self-assembly to produce 3D bulk materials from silk fibroin. Fibroin, the structural protein that gives silk its durability, was chosen because it allowed for the easiest manipulation of the resulting substance’s form, as well as smoother modification of function. It’s also completely biodegradable.

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19:47

Harvard Biologist Retracts Groundbreaking Diabetes ‘Breakthrough’ "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

A Harvard research team led by biologist Douglas Melton has retracted a promising research paper following multiple failed attempts to reproduce the original findings.

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19:46

Judge Orders U.S. Government To Release Classified Surveillance Files David Icke latest headlines

‘In 2013, The New York Times reported on the existence of a previously unknown data-mining program known as Project Hemisphere. The project was developed in secret by telecommunications giant AT&T and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) as a tool to help with “drug-enforcement task-forces.” However, there is concern about mass surveillance of innocent individuals. Hemisphere searches trillions of phone records, identifies the name and location of each and individual on the phone, and then sends the data back to the DOJ. Now, U.S. Magistrate Judge Maria-Elena James has found that the U.S. government has failed to justify their reasoning for denying Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests related to Project Hemisphere. Judge James order the DOJ to provide her with files for her own private review.’ Read more: Judge Orders U.S. Government To Release Classified Surveillance Files

19:45

Back to «Star Wars»: Obama Signs FY2017 Defense Bill "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

As the entire system of arms control is eroding, a war in the orbit appears to be a not so distant future. The US has just taken a big step forward to unleash an arms race in space...

19:45

James Wesley Rawles: Obama To Start Huge War To Block Trump Policies (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

James Wesley Rawles: Obama To Start Huge War To Block Trump Policies Video James Wesley Rawles talks with Alex Jones about how Obama is doing everything he can to undermine Donald Trump before he takes office. Video Source Cee bee Obama is trying to strip our Free speech by declaring a false narrative about “fake news”.…

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19:40

Five ways to reduce your exposure to EMF dangers David Icke latest headlines

‘Today, we are literally surrounded by wireless technology and EMF pollution. From cell phone radiation to Wi-Fi Internet to wireless home appliances and electronics, the air is full of electromagnetic frequencies. And, by the way, if you don’t personally use wireless technology, you are still being exposed by your neighbors’ devices. Since this technology is relatively new, no one is quite sure what the long-term effects of exposure may be. However, some evidence suggests that these frequencies are causing headaches, migraines, difficulty concentrating, ADHD, tinnitus and insomnia in many people. In fact, many health experts believe these frequencies could lead to more serious issues such as Parkinson’s disease, arrhythmia, and even cancer.’ Read more: Five ways to reduce your exposure to EMF dangers

19:39

Rapper T.I's Ex-Wife, Tiny Harris, Releases Very Sexy Pics To Celebrate Singlehood "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

We reported (here) that, after been with rapper T.I for over 14 years, (married for 6 years), former Xscape singer, Tiny Harris, filed for divorce from him on December 7th. 
The mother of four, who stands at 4 '11' has since released very sexy pics to celebrate singlehood.. See more pics after the cut..
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19:39

Extreme Weather Hammers Victoria, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Heavy storms trigger major deluge in Melbourne, move across the region Multiple warnings have been issued across the state. Details are available from: http://www.abc.net.au/ http://www.bom.gov.au/ Filed under: News Alert Tagged: australia, flooding, Heavy storm, Melbourne, Victoria

19:32

Abbas: Palestine will resume peace talks if Israel stops settlement "IndyWatch Feed World"

Palestinians are ready to hold peace talks with Israel provided that the latter stops building settlements and respects the current agreements, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has stressed. "The minute the Israeli government agrees to cease all settlement activities ... and agrees to implement the signed agreements on the basis of mutual reciprocity, the Palestinian leadership stands ready to resume permanent status negotiations on the basis of international law and relevant international legality resolutions ... under a specified timeframe," Abbas said in a Wednesday statement, as quoted by The Times of Israel. The statement adds that Abbas is ready to continue to cooperate with France, which is going to convene an international peace conference next month, in order to facilitate the start of a credible peace process.

19:31

New Years 2017: Texas cops to use 'mental health assessments' on everyone David Icke latest headlines

‘According to an article in the ‘Dallas News’ beginning this spring, Texas cops will begin using ‘Mental Health Assessments’ (MHA) on everyone! “Once at jail, anyone who is arrested will be screened for mental illness. The jail will send those results to judges to consider when setting bond. The county will also start using a risk assessment tool to arrive at an estimated level of danger and flight risk posed by each defendant.” “Defendants’ potential release from jail will hinge on mental health and public safety considerations, not just the criminal charges they face and a financial ability to pay bond.”‘ Read more: New Years 2017: Texas cops to use ‘mental health assessments’ on everyone

19:19

Russia denies Warsaw claim it has ‘secret evidence’ in Polish president’s plane crash David Icke latest headlines

‘Moscow denied having any previously unknown evidence in the crash of the Polish president’s plane in Smolensk in 2010, after Warsaw requested it. Russia suggested that Polish officials stop political speculation at the expense of relations with Russia. “There was no reason to claim that Russia has any new information, a previously not disclosed record from the cabin, which the Polish side is now requesting. There are only those records that the Interstate Aviation Commission and the Polish investigative commission had when they investigated the crash,” the Russian Embassy in Poland said on Wednesday in a statement.’ Read more: Russia denies Warsaw claim it has ‘secret evidence’ in Polish president’s plane crash

19:17

Researchers fabricate high performance Cu(OH)2 supercapacitor electrodes "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Researchers fabricate high performance Cu(OH)2 supercapacitor electrodes.

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19:17

Researchers Develop Preprogrammed Silk-Based Solid Materials with Pre-Designed Functions "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

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Tufts University engineers have created a new format of solids made from silk protein that can be preprogrammed with biological, chemical, or optical functions, such as mechanical components that change color with strain, deliver drugs, or respond to light, according to a paper published online this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

Using a water-based fabrication method based on protein self-assembly, the researchers generated three-dimensional bulk materials out of silk fibroin, the protein that gives silk its durability. Then they manipulated the bulk materials with water-soluble molecules to create multiple solid forms, from the nano- to the micro-scale, that have embedded, pre-designed functions.

For example, the researchers created a surgical pin that changes color as it nears its mechanical limits and is about to fail, functional screws that can be heated on demand in response to infrared light, and a biocompatible component that enables the sustained release of bioactive agents, such as enzymes.

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19:17

Graphene Enables Spin Filtering at Room Temperatures for First Time "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Breakthrough could be a boon for next-generation MRAM.

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19:17

MIT Researchers Measure the Quantum Universe –“From the Planck Scale to Life” "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

“We know that very small things act quantum, but then big things like you and me don’t act very quantum,” says William Burton, with the MIT physics department. “So we can see how far apart we can stretch a quantum system and still have it act coherently when we bring it back together.”

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19:17

Quantum exhibit soon leaves Kitchener for nationwide tour "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

KITCHENER — Just a few days are left to see Themuseum’s quantum exhibit before it packs up to tour the country.

Quantum: The Exhibition is at the downtown Kitchener museum until Jan. 1.

“It’s a really cool exhibit,” said David Marskell, Themuseum’s chief executive officer.

“It allows people to take a peek into the future.”

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19:16

'Severe', shallow magnitude 5.5 earthquake strikes central New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed World"

A magnitude 5.5 earthquake has struck central New Zealand on Thursday afternoon. According to RNZ, the strong quake was centered around 35km east of Seddon, a town on the northern tip of New Zealand's south island. The quake, which hit at 3.34pm, had a depth of 15km and was followed soon after by a 4.7 aftershock. GeoNet rated the intensity of the earthquake as 'severe'. Shaking was felt in Wellington more than 150km away. The island has been hit by several aftershocks following the devastating 7.8-magnitude quake which struck in November. The New Zealand Herald reported that no injuries or damage had been reported to the Wellington Free Ambulance or St John central communications.

19:16

Lebanese Blogs 2016 Year in Review: BlogBaladi Among The Most Viral Blogs "IndyWatch Feed World"

Lebanon’s most popular blog aggregator Lebanese Blogs has published “The 16 Most Viral Lebanese Blog Posts of 2016” based on hard data gathered and analyzed from the thousands of posts that were published and indexed this past year and four Blog Baladi posts made it to the list!

Lebanese MP Says Women to Blame for being Raped

We Finally Have A Kickass Tourism Video In Lebanon

Tripoli Becomes The First Lebanese City To Get a Bike Lane!

What Happened with Bassam Abou Zeid is An Outrage

This year’s most viral blog post was by fellow blogger Claude el Khal for his blog post:
Le Liban c’est ça aussi : une chorale musulmane qui chante Noël dans une église

Elie from A Separate State of Mind got featured as well with 7 blog posts. Nadine Mazloum from NewsRoomNomad, Mawtoura, Habib Battah from Beirut Report and Zahra Hankir also made the list!

Congrats to all and thank you Mustapha for these stats and for improving LebaneseBlogs year after year 🙂

19:14

Re: PHPMailer < 5.2.20 Remote Code Execution PoC 0day Exploit (CVE-2016-10045) (Bypass of the CVE-2016-1033 patch) "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by Dawid Golunski on Dec 29

Hi Alexander,

No worries, good that the patch came in quick so it wasn't too bad I guess.
Got a bunch of critical comments but most of them are pretty funny
anyway ;) E.g.

https://twitter.com/dawid_golunski/status/814253540503908356

;D

Good work on sensing trouble in that bit of code too though.

19:13

While the RBI Is Silent, Its Numbers Tell Us Demonetisation Has Failed "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Calculations based on the meagre numbers the RBI has released prove that the government’s aim of extinguishing black money has fallen flat.

A police officer stands guard in front of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) head office in Mumbai. Credit: Reuters/Danish Siddiqui/File Photo

A police officer stands guard in front of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) head office in Mumbai. Credit: Reuters/Danish Siddiqui/File Photo

Since the statement by the deputy governor on December 13, which said Rs 12.44 lakh crore of the old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes (‘invalid notes’) had been received by the RBI or in currency chests, the RBI has put out no figures on the deposits of invalid notes the public has made with banks or the value of such notes returned to the RBI. The exact amount of fresh or valid banknotes (new Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 notes and notes of smaller denominations) the RBI has put into circulation after November 8 has also not been provided for a long time (and the one statement of December 7 that did was subsequently withdrawn from the RBI website). Only a rough idea of this can be got from the data on valid banknotes issued to public by banks since November 10. The last figure on this put out by the RBI was Rs 5.93 lakh crore, as the amount issued up to November 19.

It is, however, possible to get around the RBI’s miserly attitude towards releasing the data in its possession to get at a reasonably accurate picture of what has happened – and the picture itself provides a possible explanation for the RBI’s otherwise inexplicable increasing secretiveness. Let’s see how.

Figures for the currency in circulation (CIC), which is the sum of currency with the public and cash with banks, are given out weekly by the RBI through its routine releases of reserve money data. The last date before the demonetisation announcement for which this data was released was November 4, at which time the CIC was Rs 17.97 lakh crore. Even on November 11, after two days of the banking system working post the demonetisation announcement, the CIC was Rs 17.88 lakh crore. According to the latest figures issued by the RBI on December 28, the CIC stood at Rs 9.42 lakh crore on December 23, Rs 8.55 lakh crore less than the level on November 4. Indeed, the CIC has come down every week after the demonetisation announcement, which means that the net infusion of fresh currency by the RBI in each of these weeks has been less than the value of the old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes being returned to it over the s...

19:12

BBC slammed for 'disgusting anti-Brexit coverage that hijacked Christmas' David Icke latest headlines

‘Brexit backers are demanding a public apology from the BBC for what they believe was “inappropriate” coverage comparing the result of the EU referendum to the decision to crucify Jesus Christ. Anti-European Union think tank, the Bruges Group, is accusing the BBC of “disrespecting the will of the people” and “hijacking the festival of Jesus’ birth” by airing a Christmas Point of View episode in which Howard Jacobson appeared to link the Brexit vote to the decision of the baying mob in biblical times to execute Jesus and not Barabus. The “highly political” episode was broadcast three times over the festive period and was utterly “tasteless”, blasts the Bruges Group.’ Read more: BBC slammed for ‘disgusting anti-Brexit coverage that hijacked Christmas’

19:11

Israeli PM Netanyahu faces 'criminal investigation' over fraud and bribery claims "IndyWatch Feed World"

Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister, is reportedly facing a full criminal investigation into charges of bribery and fraud. Police have been looking into the allegations for almost nine months and now believe they have cause to open a full investigation, according to reports. Detectives have applied for permission from Avichai Mandelblit, the Israeli Attorney General, to begin a formal investigation into the alleged offences of bribe-taking and aggravated fraud, which are believed to relate to alleged donations. Mr Netanyahu denies the allegations. A spokesperson for the Prime Minister told Haaretz: "It's all nonsense. "Since Netanyahu's victory in the last elections and even before, hostile elements have used heroic efforts to attempt to bring about his downfall, with false accusations against him and his family.

19:08

Audi Ad Advances Gender-neutral Agenda David Icke latest headlines

‘The Left believes that a person’s sex is fluid and is not based on biologiy despite either common sense or scientific evidence to the contrary. As such, it has been advancing an agenda to eliminate any and all vestiges of “gender stereotyping” and is now targeting children’s toys for the same purpose. A commercial by Audi Spain delivered a message about gender-neutral toys in a car ad. The animated commercial was posted on YouTube on December 17, just in time for Christmas.’ Read more: Audi Ad Advances Gender-neutral Agenda

19:04

Vidgo: Next Generation TV & Movie Streaming "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Welcome to the next generation TV and Movie streaming with VIDGO

The last decade has seen iconic community landmarks such as the local video store slowly disappear. New technology has rendered old entertainment media obsolete. As technological advances that have improved our connections online, companies such as Netflix and Hulu have taken television and movies digital.

Streaming video has allowed us to watch an ever-expanding collection of TV and movies no matter where we are in the world as long as we have an internet connection. Now, technology is on the cusp of the next great stage in streaming entertainment and media thanks to VIDGO.

A revolutionary TV and Movie streaming service that promises enhanced services that may...

19:04

Your gadgets are listening, and the government can to David Icke latest headlines

‘Growing popularity of voice activated technology in smartphones and home automation devices means that many Americans are never more than a few feet from a device capable of recording conversations they may assume are private. But a warrant recently obtained by police in Arkansas should serve as a reminder that Americans are willingly bugging their own homes.’ Read more: Your gadgets are listening, and the government can to

19:00

Amazon denies police Echo data sought in murder case warrant David Icke latest headlines

‘Alexa, voice of Amazon’s Echo, not only always “listens” but also retains the right to remain silent. Amazon reportedly won’t be handing over its recordings to the Bentonville Police Department after a warrant was issued in relation to a murder. The tech industry news site The Information is reporting that based on court documents, Amazon is refusing to share audio recordings and other data from the Echo belonging to James Andrew Bates, who is charged with murdering Victor Collins in November 2015. Collins’ body was discovered in Bates’ hot tub in Bentonville, Arkansas, and authorities have since pursued information stored inside multiple “smart” devices found on Bates’ property. Amazon did, however, release to police Bates’ account information and purchase history, while law enforcement has said they obtained some information from their physical confiscation of the Echo device, according to The Information.’ Read more: Amazon denies police Echo data sought in murder case warrant

19:00

You Are On a Mission. "IndyWatch Feed Tech"



It is quite hard to accept that you will have guides to assist you in your choices in life.  It is even harder to accept that you actually plan your life before you enter it.Yet that is what we are been told and once understood it is readily confirmed by anyone to at least that person's satisfaction.  Proving it to someone else is a forlorn hope as you must overcome denial.

Once you learn to listen, you discovers that it works.   Been utterly independent in spirit, i have asked rarely for selfish needs, yet have also tested it many times.  Particularly in order to discover an impossible source and to actually meet an impossible witness.  Just how many westerners happen to have obsessively read two thousand year old Chinese material and spent time with Taoist monks in order to step around the deliberate obscurity used then?  Then promote successful state change experiments never imagined.  Yet i understood i needed to meet such a person and he arrived on my doorstep.


Yes you are an a path and you also have choices.  There is best choice and then otherwise.  Critical thinking is mandatory.  You can open yourself to mischief makers who will wreak you..  Understanding that you have a better choice is the first step.  I once gave a job to a hard man who had AIDS before the cure.  It was the only job he had ever had that showed him that there was a better way and better choices.  He still passed, but he will surely be back for a much better life to begin to move forward..



You Are On a Mission.

December 15th, 2016

By Juliet Tang

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Sun Solution Rises as Solar Fast Becoming World's Cheapest Electricity Source "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Yes, it has finally happened, solar has become cheap and that makes it first choice wherever it is practical.  We have waited now for about fifty years to see this potential achieved. It has been a long difficult technical development.
 
Other energy sources are coming as well, not least the simple tapping of static electrons to flood circuits with usable power which we have mastered.
 
Global energy is about to become dirt cheap everywhere. Be cautious in investing because that will alter all economic models.
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Sun Solution Rises as Solar Fast Becoming World's Cheapest Electricity Source

'Solar investment has gone from nothing—literally nothing—like five years ago to quite a lot'
by  Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Friday, December 16, 2016
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Earth’s Magnetic Fields Carry Biologically Relevant Information That ‘Connects All Living Systems’ "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

magnetics


It is part of the whole but the core reality is that our bodies are operated by cellular astral bodies all networked and responsive to our general intention.  Magnetic fields are a gross part of all this.

Our spirit bodies working in sync nicely explains the observed phenomena.

The sheer implied density of the information associated with our spirit bodies is staggering.  that it is naturally ordered is more so..

 
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Earth’s Magnetic Fields Carry Biologically Relevant Information That ‘Connects All Living Systems’

  by Arjun Walia
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19:00

Should we change the reasonable doubt standard for convictions of rape? "IndyWatch Feed Tech"




 This is a very difficult issue and has proven difficult to deal with.  Both parties have sexual needs that must be actively managed.  Our culture has developed a protocol of consent without violence.  It has failed to provide a protocol of service that ensures continuous resolution of sexual needs thus obviating risk of any form of non consensual sexuality.  Such a protocol has quite commonly existed in primitive cultures but has failed to make a transition into more complex cultures.

The most serious issue is that costs of non consent are now mostly criminal which is simply not provable  with most rape cases.  Was there criminal intent and was it even rape?  Who can independently confirm either?  With rare exceptions such as a public assault, you are stuck with two witnesses who can have all sorts of motives in the event that they do know each other.

If strangers are involved we have no doubt.  Trouble is that this is rarely the case at all.  This is about someone who got close enough through trust to certainly confuse the whole issue of doubt. Throw in drugs and general judgement impairment and suddenly we are dealing with a serious decay in decision control.

So how do you ever get a conviction?  The victim's testimony is a solid first step and this needs to be seriously honored.  In fact it needs to be enough.  The act itself may need to be confirmed in some cases and ulterior motives will also need to be ruled out.

What needs to be addressed is the actual cost to the perpetrator.  This needs to be dialed down. We no longer value sexual access in the traditional manner when most men and women are simply satisfying their lusts as a matter of course pretty generally. Just what is the cost to the victim?  That also matters and that is a wide open question.

Thus we allow a criminal record by declaration to be established rather easily and the costs applied truly commensurate with the circumstances.  If this were to become common practice, the whole culture of shame will also likely diminish making it quite easy for wome......

19:00

4 Out Of 5 Middle-Aged Brits Are Fat, Lazy Drunks; New Study Finds "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Tyler Durden

Brits

A new study just released from Public Health England concludes that 4 out of 5 Brits between the ages of 40 – 60 are fat, lazy and/or alcoholics, characteristics which the study shockingly found to be having an adverse effect on the group’s long-term health.

The study, which compared data collected from 40 – 60 year olds between 2011 – 2013 to similar data collected 20 years prior found that Brits, both men and women, were almost universally less healthy on nearly every metric tested…a fact that researchers attributed to the sedentary nature of our modern lifestyles.

The demands of modern day living are taking their toll on the health of the nation, and it’s those in middle age that are suffering the consequences most, as their health reaches worrying new levels.

Over 15 million Britons are living with a long term health condition, and busy lives and desk jobs make it difficult to live healthily. But just making a few small changes will have significant benefits to people’s health now and in later life.

We know that people often bury their heads in the sand when it comes to their general health but the consequences of doing nothing can be catastrophic. There are an estimated 11.9 million people at increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes in the UK because of their lifestyle and more than one million who already have the condition but have not yet been diagnosed.

Type 2 diabetes can lead to serious complications such as amputation, blindness, heart attack, stroke and kidney disease. We know how hard it is to change the habits of a lifetime but we want people to seek the help they need to lose weight, stop smoking and take more exercise.

As Dr. Joan Costa-Font of the Londo...

18:59

2016 in review "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

2016 has been an eventful year in many, many ways. I don't want to dwell on big global topics in this post, but review what I got up to.

18:59

Syria Roundup: Aleppo Liberated - Turkey's Problems Increase "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

As planned by the Russian forces the liberation of east-Aleppo was completed before Christmas. There are no longer beheadings by Takfiris in East-Aleppo. Instead a Christmas mass could be held in the damaged Elias Cathedral in the Old City in east-Aleppo...

18:55

‘Demonetisation is an Attack on the Cooperative Banking System’: Kerala Chief Minister "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

According to Pinarayi Vijayan over Rs 1,25,000 crores is stuck in the cooperative banking system in Kerala, bringing the state economy to a grinding halt.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan speaking at a rally during assembly elections at Kollam. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan speaking at a rally during assembly elections at Kollam. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan speaks in a very measured tone, but that does not really hide the difficult job that he is performing after the union government demonetised high-value currency notes. In an exclusive interview that he gave to Hardnews last week in a government guest house in Thrissur, Vijayan explained how the impact of demonetisation in Kerala was different from that of other states. He explained how Kerala’s robust cooperative banking sector has found itself saddled with Rs 1.25 lakh crores of useless money, that the RBI is not allowing to be exchanged or deposited in commercial banks as these cooperative banks do not follow Know Your Customer (KYC) norms. This has brought Kerala’s economy – hobbled by diminishing remittances from the Gulf – to a grinding halt. There’s been a drop in jobs for about 2.5 million migrant workers, who are now forced to return to their homes in UP, Bihar, Jharkhand et cetera. There is agitation in the state due to these reasons and the ruling party is organising a human chain through the state. Vijayan also shared his worries over the growing radicalisation of youths from minority communities in the state.

( Some key excerpts from the interview)

How has demonetisation impacted Kerala? The cooperative banks here have been devastated, we learn?

Its impact has been quite severe. After the end of their service tenure people return home with their lifetime earnings, which could run into lakhs, it is a normal practice in Kerala that they deposit the same amount in coope...

18:54

Achieve Complete Online Privacy Through VPNs "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

How VPNs can be your gateway to complete online anonymity

You won’t believe but privacy has become a thing of the past, as everything you do online is monitored by one entity or another. There is just no escaping it. People who crave solitude have no option but to advertise what they are up to. There are algorithms in almost every website that allow them to track your searches and put products and ads in front of you in accordance. They call it a marketing technique, when in reality, that’s downright spying. If you are one of those people who are sick of constantly being monitored, then it is about time you seek help from VPNs. There are a bunch of them out there, but following are the best options for achieving complete online privacy.

FalcoVPN

FalcoVPN is relatively new to the market but it has been doing an incredible job...

18:52

Saving Saudi Arabia’s vultures "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video says about itself:

4 June 2008

This bearded vulture has developed an incredibly cunning method of eating carcass bone marrow – although patience is a virtue as this bone breaking technique can take seven years to perfect! Another amazing nature video from the wild African desert. From the BBC.

From BirdLife:

Saving the vultures of Saudi Arabia

By Dr. Mohammad Shobraq, 21 Dec 2016

An overview of the vulture species that nest in Saudi Arabia, the threats they are facing and what BirdLife is doing to help them.

Vultures are one of the most threatened families of birds in the entire world and their decline has been shockingly rapid. Some species in Africa and the Indian subcontinent have declined by over 95% in the last few decades, a rate faster than even that of the Passenger Pigeon or Dodo.

The biggest driver of these declines is human impact; either by poisoning (either intentional or otherwise) or from persecution. As a result, many old world vultures are now Critically Endangered – meaning they are at risk of going extinct in our lifetimes.

And while vultures may not be the most sympathetic-looking of birds, these efficient scavengers are vital in preventing the spread of disease, locating and picking clean carcasses before disease spores can develop. Thus, their demise leads to economic, social and environmental problems.
How do vulture declines affect humans?

Vulture populations are currently collapsing at an unsustainable rate across Africa and the Middle East, largely due to poisoning – either as an unintentional consequence of farmers lacing cattle carcasses with poison to deter predators from livestock, or more intractably, intentionally, as poachers poison elephant carcasses to kill vultures, as the sight of circling vultures overhead alerts authorities to the poachers’ illegal activities.

Their decline mirrors that of an earlier decline of vultures on the Indian subcontinent, which occurred due to widespread use of a veterinary drug,...

18:50

Corporate media shouldn’t cover Trump's tweets, forcing him to rely on media to communicate – CNN anchor David Icke latest headlines

‘US President-elect Donald Trump has largely ditched the “distorted” media, opting to communicate through Twitter rather than press conferences and interviews. But CNN anchor Don Lemon said the media facilitates that by choosing to cover his tweets. The leader-in-waiting hasn’t held a press conference since winning the presidential election and regularly takes to Twitter to criticize the media landscape, using adjectives ranging from “crooked” to “dishonest.” However, Trump’s choice to refrain from speaking to most news outlets, particularly left-leaning ones, is largely related to the industry’s decision to give his tweets media coverage, according to Lemon. “Listen, I’m not a news executive. But if I were, I would say I would not cover his tweets,” Lemon said on-air on Tuesday.’ Read more: Corporate media shouldn’t cover Trump’s tweets, forcing him to rely on media to communicate – CNN anchor

18:47

Inside the sprawling robot-infested warehouse that powers the world’s largest online grocery store "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Swarm robotics, autonomous delivery vehicles, and machine-learned preferences will help deliver your food faster.

Read more

18:46

Germany Considers Fining Facebook $522,000 Per Fake News Item David Icke latest headlines

‘The government of Germany is considering imposing a legal regime that would allow fining social networks such as Facebook up to 500,000 euros ($522,000) for each day the platform leaves a “fake news” story up without deleting it. In the name of combating harms from false news, the German government next year will consider the bill, which has bipartisan support, that will allow both official and private complainants to flag content that is considered “fake news”. The law would also force the social networks to create in-country offices focused on responding to takedown demands and would make these networks responsible for compensation if a post by individual users were found to slander someone.’ Read more: Germany Considers Fining Facebook $522,000 Per Fake News Item

18:45

Farmer’s Notebook: The Life of a Banker Turned Farmer "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Struggling to improve yield levels with traditional methods at his coffee plantation, Hoysala found great success with technological innovations.

Hoysala at his plantation. Credit: M.J. Prabu

Hoysala at his plantation. Credit: M.J. Prabu

Farming, especially in India, is generally considered to be a traditional field that’s averse to innovation, however  M.G. Hoysala’s successful decision to quit banking for farming with the help of technological innovations, shows that keeping an open mind towards new, nontraditional cultivation techniques and interacting with experts in the field is essential for achieving farming success.

While many come into the profession unwillingly, Hoysala represents a section of people that actually wants to take on the family vocation. After spending five years working at a private bank, Hoysala came to realise the importance that the agriculture and plantation sector held for him. So he left his job and took over his father’s coffee plantation.

Since he took over, the Hoysala’s 40 acre farm in Karnataka’s Kodagu district has become a role-model of sorts for the other farms in the area.

As is common in the region, Hoysala grows Arabica coffee on his farm, but what differentiates his farming practices from the rest is the presence of tall indigenous trees that grow alongside the rows of coffee bushes, their height providing shade for the lower shrubs. Another distinguishing factor is the presence of black pepper vines that cover the trees’ trunks.

Starting off as an amateur, Hoysala initially followed the locally practiced traditional forms of cultivation. However, his lack of experience and the absence of proper guidance worsened his predicament. Disease-damaged crops, low productivity and a lack of knowledge about advanced production technologies were just some of the problems Hoysala faced when he took over the coffee plantation.

Collaborating with experts

Hoysala recalls contacting the Indian Institute of Spices Research around the same time as he started to realise that he would need technology if he wanted to stabilise his plantation’s yield level in a sustainable manner. His association with the institute started when he attended an eye-opening seminar organised by the organisation’s regional station at Madi...

18:43

Seismic Swarm Continues in Nevada "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

CJ Members EAC OC Teams 225 Shocks swarm area between Hawthorne, NV and Bridgeport, CA Full analysis available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.  Filed under: News Alert Tagged: 001229, CJ Members, EAC, earthquake, FIRE-EARRTH REPORT, FIRE-EARTH PULSARS, Hawthorne, Nevada, Seismic Swarm

18:41

Bar Tartine’s Christmassy #Stollen Bread is a Must-Try! "IndyWatch Feed World"

It’s no hidden secret that I love Bar Tartine. Everything tastes great there and the #stollen bread they’ve introduced this year is one of my favorite Christmas treats. Stollen is a traditional German bread prepared during the Christmas season and is a fruit bread made with yeast, water and flour and topped with a sugar icing. The dried fruits are usually soaked in rum or brandy and some people add marzipan to it.

Bar Tartine’s #Stollen is filled with rum-soaked dried fruits, nuts, and artisanal almond paste with sugar icing on top. It’s delicious and it’s addictive! I highly recommend you give it a try because they’re only preparing them during the holidays.

18:41

How Obama Overrode Kerry"s Agreements with Russia "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

On more than one occasion, U.S. President Barack Obama overrode agreements that his Secretary of State John Kerry had reached with Russia. Unlike Obama’s consistent support of his prior Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton’s, initiatives (such as her backing of the coup that on 28 June 2009 had overthrown the progressive democratically elected President of Honduras and replaced him with a fascist regime), Secretary of State Kerry has repeatedly suffered humiliations from his boss’s (Obama’s) reversals of agreements that Kerry had reached with Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov...

18:41

Pic: Mum Posts Suicide Note On Facebook, Telling Partner 'You'll Never See Your Son Again' Before Killing Herself & Toddler On Boxing Day "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A mum told her partner 'you will never see your son again' in a Facebook suicide note before killing herself and their one-year-old boy, it has been reported.

Sheri Shermeyer posted the lengthy note at around 11am on Boxing Day, writing: "All I can think about is leaving this world. Putting a gun in my mouth and leaving. Which is what is about to happen."

Three hours later Police in Pennsylvania, USA, found the mum and child dead at her home in Shrewsbury Township.

The NewYorkDailyNews reports Police confirmed Sheri was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound and one-year-old John Shermeyer had been suffocated by his mother.

The chilling Facebook post, which appears to be directed at her child’s father, went on to detail the love she feels for her son as well as the challenges she’s faced ''as a single parent in a 2 parent home.''

Shermeyer, who married Tracy Alan Shermeyer in October 2014, appears to indirectly address her partner in the message.

   ''You will never see your son again.'' She wrote. ''You don't deserve to have a son, a legacy. Why should you have your name carried on? You are a nasty man.''

Shermeyer ended her Facebook note by calling her son’s father as a 'stumbling drunk' and 'an a--hole who deserves to be alone'.

She added: "Oh before I get forget. Make sure you take mine and John’s life insurance and pay off my debts. Enjoy your miserable life. Thanks for saying good bye when you left this morning.'

Shermeyer’s death is being investigated as a suicide and her toddler’s as a homicide.

18:35

The IISS: The Myth and Ethics of Think-Tank Independence "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel laughs with IISS Director General John Chipman before speaking at the Manama Dialogue in Bahrain on December 7, 2013. Hagel stated the importance of the GSS to the region and new initiatives that the Department of Defense will implement in working with the organization. Photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo (Released)

Note: This piece was originally was written by Bahrain Watch members Ala’a Shehabi, Fahad Desmukh and Marc Owen Jones for Jadaliyya and has been cross-posted here.

Last week, Bahrain Watch published an investigation into the secret funding of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), ahead of its annual Manama Dialogue. The investigation demonstrated that one third of the think-tank’s funding was coming from the Bahraini ruling family. In this article, the investigative researchers behind these revelations delve into the activities and role that the IISS has played over the past twenty-five years—critically questioning the IISS claim of “independence,” and its relationship with the Bahraini and British governments.

Farea Almuslimi and Sama’a Al-Hamdani are two young Yemeni researchers. In 2015, they both accepted the IISS invitation to attend the 11th Manama Dialogue. Despite the invitation, both Almuslimi and Al-Hamdani had to purchase their own airfare and hotel accommodations. As an analyst, Almuslimi had risen to prominence in some policy circles of Washington DC. He is perhaps most known for his testimony before the US Congress about US drone warfare in Yemen. Al-Hamdani has likewise been outspoken about her country’s plight. With a valid Bahraini visa, Almuslimi arrived in Manama just in time for the beginning of a packed three-day forum. Al-Hamdani, who also had a valid visa, was scheduled to arrive a few hours after him. They both planned to meet up with another at the private sessions on Yemen where they would come face to face with Yemeni officials.

Established in 2004, the Manama Dialogue, according to IISS Executive Director John Chipman, has “becom...

18:32

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

China’s Africa Policy Addresses Poverty
December 29, 2016
Opinion & Analysis
Lovemore Chikova News Editor
Zimbabwe Herald

China’s policy towards Africa has the potential to lift the continent out of poverty if all its contents are implemented accordingly. In the last nine years, the Asian economic giant released two position papers on its policy on Africa, which act as guidelines to its dealings with the continent.

The underlying input of the policies is that African countries are sovereign states with their own chosen paths to development.

China makes it clear that it will not interfere with the internal affairs of any African country, but will assist them to develop and become modern societies. The China’s priorities in Africa are the continent’s industrialisation and helping it to modernise its agriculture.

The basis being that without industrialisation, African societies will remain backyard economies and not much progress will be made in the uplifting of the standards of living.

Agriculture remains the mainstay of most African economies and its mechanisation will go a long way in addressing food insecurity and attracting the much-needed foreign currency through food exports.

China’s second African policy was released by Chinese President Xi Jinping in South Africa last year, during the Second Summit of the Forum for China-Africa Cooperation.

The first paper, which set a new era in China-Africa cooperation was released in 2006. What is important at the moment is that provisions of these policy papers be carried out fully and effectively, since they play an important guiding role in all-round development of China-Africa relations.

But this requires African countries to play their part, especially after China has already shown its willingness to assist the continent in its development.

The African countries should propose viable projects for funding by Chinese institutions, considering that most of the projects are now being funded by the private sector.

Chinese financial institutions such as the China Export and Import Bank, China-Africa Development Fund and the newly formed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank are now at t...

18:32

Oh No!! Nurse Pulls Off Baby's Hand During Delivery In Ikorodu, Lagos, Which Led To Her Death "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

An auxiliary nurse, identified only as Oyekanmi, has been arrested by the Police for her role in the death of a baby she took delivery of in the Odogunyan, Ikorodu area of Lagos State.

It was learnt that the victim’s mother, Adeola, had been taken to Oyekanmi’s residence last Saturday when she went into labour.

Oyekanmi, while attempting to force the delivery, was said to have pulled off the baby’s hand.

She was said to have advised that the child be taken to the Ikorodu General Hospital, where the dead child was finally delivered.

Doctors at the hospital were reported to have queried the baby’s parents on what truly transpired and they opened up.

The hospital management then alerted the Police to the incident.

A source said Oyekanmi was picked up by the Police.

The source said, ''What happened was that the auxiliary nurse tried to deliver the woman of the baby, during which there was a complication. But she continued and in the end, the hand of the baby was pulled off while she tried to force the child out from the mother’s womb.

   ''Afterwards, they quickly packed the woman together and brought her to the general hospital. It had become a critical case by then. The remains of the dead child were brought out, while the matter was reported to the Police.''

The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the incident to Punch, adding that investigations were ongoing.

She said, ''The doctor at the hospital discovered that something was amiss after taking a close look at the dead child and seeing that one hand had been pulled off. All the parties were invited to make statements. It is a case of infanticide; investigations are ongoing.''

The spokesperson for the state’s Ministry of Health, Adeola Salako, promised to get back to our correspondent, but she had yet to do so as of press time.

18:31

Stung into Action "IndyWatch Feed World"

A strange tale from the forests of West Papua

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 28th December 2016

This story has no message or purpose. It is one of the winter’s tales – accounts of the many bizarre incidents that have marked my life – that I tell at this time of year. For once, I am not trying to make a point.

In 1987, I was working with the photographer Adrian Arbib in the occupied territory of West Papua. Annexed by Indonesia in 1963, it was being governed with characteristic brutality by the Suharto regime. The indigenous people were being forced off their land and replaced, in a programme sponsored by the World Bank, by migrants from Java and Bali. Many had been tortured and killed. Timber and minerals were being stripped from the territory; palm oil plantations were replacing the rich forests and their remarkable wildlife. Much of this continues today.

We had made contact with the Papuan rebels who were trying to fight the Indonesian state with old rifles and bows and arrows. They had told us to wait in a hotel in Jayapura, the sweaty, sagging capital of the stolen province. They would send someone to collect us and take us by sea to their camp on the border with Papua New Guinea.

The town, swarming with soldiers and secret services, was dangerous to them. After a few days, a man in mirrored sunglasses came into the hotel, bundled us into his jeep and took us a tin hut in the adjoining shanty town, where the local rebel commander sized us up and eventually agreed to send a boat for us. His messengers would stay in touch. We waited. And waited. Days went by, during which the messengers came and went, always promising to pick us up the following dawn, then producing a reason later in the day why it couldn’t happen.

Bored rigid, I set off one morning for a walk. The forest close to the town was in tatters, broken up by shifting cultivation. It was a hot day, and I soon took off my shirt and slung it over my shoulder. I followed a trail that took me down to a small stream. I crossed it and began to climb through the burnt trees on the other side. Halfway up the slope, I brushed against a rotten stump. I took another step and found myself under attack.

Giant black jungle hornets swarmed over my body, buzzing frantically. I knew how dangerous they were: plenty of people had died from their stings. I also knew that if I stood stock still, they would eventually fly away. For a while, I managed not to twitch. The buzzing became louder as reinforcements poured out of the stump. One of them was climbing up the inside of my leg, into my shorts.

Suddenly I could bear it no longer. I lunged up the slope, shouting and beating them with my shirt. Every sting felt like being punched with a knu...

18:28

Fashion Photographer Helps Homeless Dogs Find Forever Homes By Taking Breathtaking Photos "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Credit: Richard Phibbs

A huge amount of effort goes into finding forever homes for animals up for adoption, and one of the components that makes up that effort is taking photos of the animals to capture the attention of possible families.

A low-quality photo of a sad-looking dog and a high-quality photo of a photogenic dog can make all the difference when potential parents are searching for a companion, and that’s something that Richard Phibbs recognized three years ago.

Phibbs is a fashion photographer and director living in New York City, where he volunteers his time at the Humane Society of New York to capture beautiful portraits of dogs without homes. He combined his love for animals with his photography skills to take these photos and increase the chances of these dogs being adopted. He also recently published a book that featured some of these stories, which included the story of how they came to be homeless and their happy ever after with their new family.

He’s not the only photographer donating his time to help animals in need, nor is he the only one in New York City alone, but every bit of contribution counts when it comes to rescuing. As the saying goes, perhaps saving one animal won’t change the world, but it’ll change the world for that one animal.

That is certainly what these dogs experience when they find new homes that won’t abandon or harm them like those of their past, and Phibbs is just happy to be a part of that crucial process of rehoming them. See below to take a glimpse at the beautiful portraits Phibbs creates for these homeless dogs. 

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18:28

Charged a Fee for Getting Arrested, Whether Guilty or Not David Icke latest headlines

‘Corey Statham had $46 in his pockets when he was arrested in Ramsey County, Minn., and charged with disorderly conduct. He was released two days later, and the charges were dismissed. But the county kept $25 of Mr. Statham’s money as a “booking fee.” It returned the remaining $21 on a debit card subject to an array of fees. In the end, it cost Mr. Statham $7.25 to withdraw what was left of his money. The Supreme Court will soon consider whether to hear Mr. Statham’s challenge to Ramsey County’s fund-raising efforts, which are part of a national trend to extract fees and fines from people who find themselves enmeshed in the criminal justice system.’ Read more: Charged a Fee for Getting Arrested, Whether Guilty or Not

18:27

The CIA and Top Chef "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Tom Secker of SpyCulture.com on the CIA and Top Chef

The CIA finally jumped on the cooking-themed reality TV propaganda bandwagon in 2010 when they hosted an episode of Top Chef. This week we take a look at the episode in question, how it flattered the CIA, and how Top Chef has involved numerous government agencies and departments. We round off looking at some of the reasons why cooking programmes make for effective propaganda.

[...] So, while the Pentagon seem to be obsessed with using reality TV to promote themselves and their agendas, and other institutions like the Department of Homeland Security also quite regularly appear in some form in these programmes, the CIA have been a bit late to the party. So we're going to step down into the fourth circle of hell that is reality TV and go for a taste of Top Chef. The episode in question is from 2010 and is called Covert Cuisine. Essentially, the contestants were each given a 'classic dish' which they had to try to disguise and then serve to the CIA at Langley. And yes, it's absolutely as dumb and ridiculous as that sounds.

[...] So, just to draw out the obvious, these are ordinary people being inducted – very briefly and in a trivial way – into the secret world of the CIA. Willing fools and so on. And they're all 'OMG, we're so privileged' and 'like, how cool is the CIA?' about it. So that's rather simple from a propaganda point of view – the contestants are a vehicle for us, the audience, to be inducted into the CIA's desired public view of themselves. In return, the programme gets added production value to inject a bit of originality into a very tired and repetitive format. They're doing the same thing they do every week, but in a new location.

[...] So there are a lot of bad jokes in there that people politely laughed at and the whole thing is kind of jolly and daft so the unassuming viewer might not realise what they're being told. The critical moment comes when then CIA director Leon Panetta is interrupted by a waiter with a slip of paper. Panetta reads it under the table, makes his excuses and leaves.

[Continues...]

Read more of this story at SoylentNews.

18:24

[Watch] Former Cop Shocked After Treating Parkinson’s Symptoms With Cannabis "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Credit: Riding With Larry

Former police officer Larry Smith began seeing the effects of the Parkinson’s disease 20 years ago and his health has been declining ever since. After two decades of attempting a variety of treatments and seeing no substantial results, he turned to medical marijuana as a last resort.

In the below videos, documentary filmmakers follow his journey and how he goes about treating his debilitating symptoms for the first time with a substance that is illegal at the federal level in the United States. As his wife put it,

“I do not like the idea of breaking federal law even though it’s the state law. In California, it’s very clear that it’s permissible. I’m still uncomfortable, but…as far as I know we have tried everything, this is the only thing that’s left. We are going to give it a go and see how it goes.”

Despite the legal and moral consequences of such an endeavor, the two agreed to travel to San Diego, CA to obtain a permit for Larry to use marijuana in his treatment. In the first video, he speaks with a doctor who is able to provide a medical marijuana card and allow Larry to purchase the treatment. When the doctor asks Larry how he’s been feeling lately, Larry responds by saying,

“My symptoms are a great deal more obvious than ever before, and the pain is a little sharper.”

As you can see, Larry suffers greatly from dyskinesia, which is a category of movement by involuntary muscle movements, and has trouble walking and speaking. His wife said that he has so much trouble with walking that he now takes 20 pills everyday. The medication he takes costs upwards of $3,000, but when he arrives at a medical marijuana dispensary, he pays only $40 for his first dosage of marijuana buds.

Though he buys the buds, this isn’t the only way to ingest cannabis when treating a medical disorder, which is something that becomes evident in...

18:24

Federal Govt Of Nigeria Warns Hospitals Against Detaining Patients Over Bills, Saying, 'They Have No Right To Do That' "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Federal Government has warned against hospitals detaining patients who cannot pay their medical bills, even as it said it would do everything possible to reduce reliance by public officials on foreign hospitals for healthcare services in 2017.

Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, at a briefing in Abuja, told doctors and hospitals that they do not have any right to detain any patient who could not pay bills.

According to the Minister, a more dignified way must be found to treat indigent patients than detaining them over inability to pay bills.

To put its hospitals in order and render critical medical services to Nigerians, the Federal Government is to engage the services of two medical equipment manufacturers to supply and equip its tertiary hospitals across the country.

Similarly, the federal government plans to build and equip at least 109 primary health centres in all the senatorial districts in the country in a bid to make health care delivery handy to Nigerians.

Under the plan, the minister said, his ministry had begun the process of formulating a national health policy that would also affect the administration of the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, to allow more Nigerians to benefit from the scheme.

He also announced that no fewer than seven trauma centres were being built across the country, while effort was also being made to tackle the scourge of cancer.

Adewole explained that contrary to the notion that cancer was a killer, it could actually be treated and contained if diagnosed and treated early, saying; ''we will begin to deal effectively with cancer beginning from 2017.''

18:24

Menon: ‘It is Natural that Smaller Neighbours like Lanka Will Play India Against China’ "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

In the fourth of a five part interview centred around his book, Choices, India’s former national security advisor Shivshankar Menon discusses India’s Sri Lanka policy.

Watch the video or read the transcript 

Siddharth Varadarajan: I want to raise an issue of internal politics vis-à-vis another foreign policy question that you deal with in your book, which is India-Sri Lanka relations. You have an excellent chapter on the end game as it evolved and the kind of questions India was confronted with – you have an increasingly bloody civil war where all rules of war are being flouted, there’s a risk of external powers getting sucked into it and India, within that context, makes various choices. To what extent were those choices the product of internal political compulsions as well – to what extent were those choices made in the teeth of great internal political difficulties? Because we know that the DMK [Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam] government in Tamil Nadu, you can say, the state as a whole… I lived in Madras during those years, the closing stages and this was a big emotive issue. How much do you think domestic politics weighed on the UPA’s [United Progressive Alliance] decision-making process?

Shivshankar Menon: I think sentiment was strong but not just in Tamil Nadu, I think in India itself because Indians are fundamentally moral in the way they look at these things. We did have a strategic interest. That was the whole problem – how to reconcile your strategic interest in what is essentially an unsinkable aircraft carrier 14 miles off your coast, and your humanitarian interest in the fate of people and also your domestic political interest and so on. So it was really a balance of all these factors. Whether we got it right or not, you know, frankly, history will say and those who were involved, I think will always wonder could we have done more one way or the other. This is not a question we can ever answer. The reason why I put it all down was just to show how difficult it is to make some of these choices. You know historians, journalists have 20-20 hindsight and can always second guess and say you should have done this and this would have happened and you know we could have sorted it out, but on an issue like that, I think if you look at it, it’s really a complex issue. There’s no right or wrong, black or white, true or false. It’s not a binary choice here, in any of these situations and you’re operating in a fog where you don’t actually know eve...

18:23

Obama’s eight years of vacationing cost taxpayers $85 million "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

As America’s first family enjoys its eighth and final vacation in Hawaii, new estimates put the price tag of the Obamas’ annual trip at $3.5 million or more. In total, the cost of the the first family’s personal or largely personal travel during the last eight years comes to $85 million – though that is …

18:23

This Photo Of 2 Foxes Will Make You See The Effects Of Climate Change Like Never Before "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Credit: Oscar Dewhurst

People typically see photos of animals wasting away, such as majestic polar bears, because of the effects of climate change, but oftentimes it can be argued that the image is photoshopped or that the animal is being adversely affected by something else.

However, in this new photo, which was the winner for the Grand Title prize in an annual competition sponsored by London’s Natural History Museum in partnership with BBC Wildlife, shows indisputable proof that climate change is serious and needs to be reckoned with.

Chosen amongst 42,000 entries and submitted in the Mammals category, the photo depicts two foxes: but it’s not what you think. The two foxes aren’t collaborating or wasting away, but, rather, one has hunted the other and eaten it.

This is evidence that climate change is extending past the normalized threat of melting ice caps because it shows two beloved animals, both of which are often depicted in pop culture, being affected by the change in the Earth’s temperature because of humans’ activities.

Credit: Don Gutowski

In the photo, a Red fox has hunted an Arctic fox on the latter’s terrain, something which would have been unthinkable prior to the warming of Earth’s surface. The photo, titled A Tale of Two Foxes, was shot by Don Gutoski and the description for the image said this:

“From a distance, Don could see that the red fox was chasing something across the snow. As he got closer, he realized the prey, now dead, was an Arctic fox. For...

18:22

New Studies Confirm Marijuana Heals Broken Bones And Prevents Rejection Of Transplanted Organs David Icke latest headlines

‘It is now clear that marijuana has a medicinal value, with some researchers constantly using what little resources they have to demonstrate the point. The results from such studies are amazing, showing a remarkable efficacy of the plant. But despite these encouraging findings, the plant still remains illegal in a country where, if it is legalized, could have a significant impact on the rest of the world. By United States federal law, marijuana is illegal irrespective of the reason for its use. The government agency responsible for the regulation of drugs in the country, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), on August 11, 2016, turned down two petitions to lessen federal restrictions on marijuana.’ Read more: New Studies Confirm Marijuana Heals Broken Bones And Prevents Rejection Of Transplanted Organs

18:21

West Papua asked to prepare for railway project "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

http://www.antaranews.com/en/news/108650/west-papua-asked-to-prepare-for-railway-project

West Papua asked to prepare for railway project

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Manokwari, W Papua (ANTARA News) - The Central government has asked the regional administration of West Papua to accelerate preparation for the project to build rail track in the province. 

"Instruction from Jakarta is on land clearing where the main tracks would be built," head of the land transport office of West Papua Harold Jan Umpain said here on Wednesday. 

Harold said the main track will pass through the city of Sorong, Sorong District, South Sorong, Maybrat, Teluk Bintuni, South Manokwari and Manokwari.

"The main track would extend between the city of Sorong and the city of Manokwari," he said. 

He said groundbreaking for the project is expected to be inaugurated by President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) himself next year. 

Originally the president hoped to break the....

18:21

New App Aims To Be The “Shazam” For Plants By Identifying Species With Just A Photo "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Credit: Festival Del Verde Del Paesaggio

While it may not theoretically be a new app, PlantNet has just recently garnered attention as a result of successful updates that have exponentially increased its downloads. It was released last summer and has continuously improved its database to be more inclusive and accurate to help users.

PlantNet is an app that can identify the plant you’re looking at based on a photo you take of it, making it the “Shazam” for plants. While image-matching is extremely difficult, considerably more than audio-matching like Shazam does, it’s made easier when it’s at least just limited to one, albeit immense, category: plants.

The app is meant to help identify wild plants for those that are out and about and find themselves wondering what species they’re looking at, but it’s being expanded to include domestic plants. With 6,400 plants in its database so far, the app is increasing its effectiveness and works by matching the picture you snap with the thousands in its database to find the plant you’re looking at. Since the app uses your location (if you allow it to), identifying wildflowers is made easier by narrowing down what plant it could be by first narrowing down the region.

Credit: PlantNet

Like many apps, increased usage helps the app to improve, but in this case it doesn’t just mean providing feedback. The photos that others take to determine a plant’s species are added to the database to help others more easily find their plant by creating more angles and colors to identify it with.

While there is tons of room for improv...

18:17

Carrie Fisher's Beloved Mum, Debbie Reynolds, Hospitalised With Suspected Stroke Just A Day After Her Death "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Carrie Fisher's mum, Debbie Reynolds, has been rushed to hospital with a suspected stroke, just one day after the death of her daughter.

The 84-year-old actress was at home discussing Carrie's funeral plans with her son, Todd Fisher, in Beverly Hills, when she suffered what TMZ has branded a 'medical emergency'.

It happened just after 1pm local time and emergency services were called to Todd's house.
An ambulance was sent to take Debbie to an emergency room nearby, where she'll be given treatment.

After news of Carrie's death broke on Tuesday 27th December, mum Debbie took to social media to thank fans for their kind words.

"Thank you to everyone who has embraced the gifts and talents of my beloved and amazing daughter," she wrote on Facebook.

"I am grateful for your thoughts and prayers that are now guiding her to her next stop. Love Carries Mother."

18:17

Printing a Flag – Surveillance of the Lindt Café "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Dee McLachlan While I was directing a movie in rural NSW, Mary Maxwell was attending some of the Sydney siege Inquest hearings, and covered the Martin Place event in a 35 part series of Gumshoe articles. Recently I was inspired to write “Welcome to a Front Row Seat at the Sydney Siege Theatre” about the failure […]

18:15

BEST OF THE WEB: Russian military aircraft crashes en route to Syria - entire Alexandrov Ensemble choir presumed dead (UPDATES) "IndyWatch Feed World"

Russian air traffic controllers have lost contact with a Tu-154 airliner with 91 people on board, which disappeared from radar shortly after take-off in Sochi, the Russian Defense Ministry confirmed in a statement. Ninety-one people were on board the aircraft, including 83 passengers and eight crew members, the Russian Defense Ministry said. The plane took off from Sochi Adler Airport on a "planned flight" and failed to check in with the control tower at 5:40am Moscow time, the ministry said, adding that all rescue services in the region have been deployed to search for the missing plane.

18:13

Nearly 200,000 Kenyans Lifted Out Of Poverty Thanks To Mobile Money "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Credit: Good News Network

Mobile money is something that is taken for granted in developed nations where smart phones are the norm and credit cards are the prevailing form of payment. However, in many countries neither of these technologies are readily available, making it difficult for business owners and consumers to easily transfer payments.

Rural areas in developing nations are often steeped in poverty and many of these areas have been seeking a way to improve their economy for a long time. It’s time-consuming and tiresome to carry money from one place to another, especially in rural areas where the spaces are so far apart. That’s why M-PESA, Kenya’s mobile money system that relies on text messages and a simple banking infrastructure, has completely revolutionized the way money is managed and transferred amongst hundreds of thousands of Kenyans.

A new study looked at how the expansion of M-PESA improved households and found that about 194,000 households benefitted tremendously from using mobile money regularly. Those households that were headed by females saw the most growth and all of the families were lifted out of poverty, effectively helping about 2 percent of households in Kenya.

Not only did M-PESA help to make money management more efficient, it encouraged women to change occupations to a more business or retail-oriented occupation. The cost-effective way of sending and receiving money via easy text messages affected the user’s willingness to save more money and spend more wisely. Tavneet Suri, Associate Professor of Applied Economics at MIT’s Sloan School of Business, worked on the study and said,

“We saw that when M-PESA came to an area, women shifted their occupations and their savings went up. We estimate that about 185,000 women shifted occupations from subsistence farming to business or retail sales.”

...

18:13

Duterte Says He Once Threw Man off Helicopter, Would Do It Again "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte salutes with other military officers during a anniversary celebration of the Armed Forces at a military camp in Quezon city, Metro Manila December 21, 2016. Credit: Reuters

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte salutes with other military officers during an anniversary celebration of the Armed Forces at a military camp in Quezon city, Metro Manila December 21, 2016. Credit: Reuters

Manila: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened corrupt government officials with the prospect of being thrown out of a helicopter mid-air, warning he has done it himself before and had no qualms about doing it again.

The fiery-tempered former prosecutor said he once hurled a Chinese man suspected of rape and murder out of a helicopter.

“If you are corrupt, I will fetch you using a helicopter to Manila and I will throw you out. I have done this before, why would I not do it again?” Duterte said during a speech to victims of a typhoon on Tuesday, a clip of which is posted on a video feed of the president’s office.

Duterte’s latest threat comes just a few weeks after he admitted killing people during his 22 years as a mayor of Davao City, sometimes riding a motorcycle looking for “encounters to kill”.

He said those killings were part of legitimate police operations, including a hostage incident. Some senators have warned Duterte he risks impeachment over his comments.

Duterte also said six people arrested last week during a seizure of more than half a tonne of methamphetamine, known locally as shabu, in the capital were fortunate he was out of town.

“They were lucky I was not in Manila that time. If I had known there were that much shabu inside a house, I would definitely kill you,” he said.

“Let’s not make any drama, I will personally gun you down if nobody else will do it.”

It was not immediately clear when or where the helicopter incident Duterte spoke of took place. His spokesman, Ernesto Abella, suggested it may not have actually happened.

“Let’s just say, ‘urban legend’,” Abella told reporters,...

18:07

Pic: Why We Planned To Bomb Third Mainland Bridge - Notorious Ikorodu Militant Confesses "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

One of the leaders of  a notorious militant group operating in Ikorodu and Arepo areas of Lagos and Ogun states, Abiodun Amos, said yesterday, that his group planned to bomb the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos because the Federal Government failed to consider its members for amnesty.

The group had planned to bomb the bridge end of last month before Amos’ arrest by the Inspector-General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team, led by Abba Kyari, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, frustrated its efforts.

   ''We went into bank robberies and kidnapping because we wanted to get government’s attention and all we wanted was for them to grant us amnesty and also offer us pipeline protection contract. We have made several appeals but government is not listening to us.

   ''General Ossy (leader of the gang) said if we don’t blow up the Third Mainland Bridge, government will not listen to us. We had concluded plans to carry out the attack by November ending.

   ''I am the group’s explosives expert and before I was arrested we were going into the creeks to conclude plans on how to carry out the attack.''

The suspect, also popularly known as Senti, said his group was hitherto involved in pipeline vandalism, noting that it resorted to kidnapping when it became difficult for its members to continue with the illegal business due to the presence of the military and policemen.

The suspect is a 43-year-old native of  Arogbo, in Ese-Odo Local Government Area of Ondo State. He was arrested by operatives of the Inspector General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team, IRT, at a river bank in Majidun area of Ikorodu, Lagos, on Monday.

Two  AK-47 rifles hidden inside a bag were found with the 43-year-old suspect as Vanguard reliably gathered that additional two cartons of explosives, with the words Gelatine Dynamite inscribed on them, and detonators, were recovered from the group’s operational saloon car.

Amos’ arrest, it was gathered, followed intelligence generated by office of the National Security Adviser to the President, NSA, on November 2, 2016, that the group had concluded plans to blow up the Third Mainland Bridge.

Vanguard gathered that the information was passed on to the In...

18:04

Iraqi Forces Launch New Attack in Mosul "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Members of Hashid Shaabi or Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) fire towards ISIS militant positions in west of Mosul, Iraq, December 28, 2016. Credit: Reuters

Members of Hashid Shaabi or Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) fire towards ISIS militant positions in west of Mosul, Iraq, December 28, 2016. Credit: Reuters

Erbil, Iraq: Iraqi security forces launched a fresh advance on Thursday against ISIS militants in several southeastern districts of Mosul, where the fight had been stalled for about a month, interior ministry officials said.

“Our troops now are advancing. In the first five or ten minutes they took 500 metres. Just now they are starting to shoot,” said an officer from the rapid response forces, an elite interior ministry unit.

Those forces were advancing in Intisar district, while thousands of federal police troops redeployed from Mosul’s southern outskirts two weeks ago were expected to push into a nearby area, he said.

The battle for Mosul, involving 100,000 Iraqi troops, members of the Kurdish security forces and Shi’ite militiamen, is the biggest ground operation in Iraq since the US-led invasion of 2003.

Elite Iraqi soldiers have retaken a quarter of Mosul, the militants’ last major stronghold in Iraq, but their advance has been slow and punishing. They entered a planned “operational refit” earlier this month, the first significant pause of the campaign.

The upcoming phase appears likely to give US military advisers, part of an international coalition fighting ISIS, a bigger role as they embed more extensively with Iraqi forces.

Mosul, the largest city held by ISIS anywhere across its once vast territorial holdings in Iraq and neighbouring Syria, has been held by the group since its fighters drove the US-trained Iraqi army out in June 2014.

Its fall would probably end the group’s ambition to rule over millions of people in a self-styled caliphate, but the fighters could still mount a traditional insurgency in Iraq, and plot or inspire attacks on the West.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who previously pledged to retake Mosul by the end of the year, said this...

18:04

Proof That Those “Moderate Rebels” in Syria are Really Jihadists "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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The facade is crumbling on all sides. From mainstream media’s illusion of objectivity to the dissolving lie of the mythical “moderate rebel,” what was once a forgone conclusion, is now exceedingly uncertain. As that may sound unsettling, it is indeed a good thing. Truth may be uncomfortable at times, but to avoid it for a comfortable […]

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18:01

Northeast Dispatch: NSG Security For Two Former Assam Chief Ministers Removed; Arunachal Village Razed by Fire "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A round-up of what’s happening in India’s Northeast.

Tarun Gogoi with NSG forces. Credit: Tarun Gogoi/Twitter

Tarun Gogoi with NSG forces. Credit: Tarun Gogoi/Twitter

Assam: Centre removes NSG security for two former state chief ministers

Barely a week after the centre withdrew the National Security Group (NSG) commandoes guarding former Assam chief minister, Tarun Gogoi, yet another former state chief minister, Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, was stripped of the same privilege.

The ministry of home affairs had decided to stop the special force – primarily trained for counter terrorism activities – from VIP security. Some reports said the centre would like to shift the largest part of VIP security duty to the paramilitary forces.

On getting to know of the centre’s decision, Gogoi wrote a letter to home minister Rajnath Singh alleging that “the decision had not been taken on merit but due to political reasons, which is discriminatory.”

Currently, there as 13 other VIPs – including Singh himself and BJP stalwart and former home minister L.K. Advani and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav – have NSG security. Those protected by NSG commandoes are entitled to the Z plus category, the highest level of security. Around 40 such commandoes are deployed for each of these people.

In the letter, Gogoi also mentioned about Mahanta being given NSG cover even 15 years after he left the chair of the state chief minister.

“No other political leaders of my stature in the country, who have been provided Central Armed Police Forces (read NSG) cover, were suddenly relieved of it just seven months after demitting office. Even in my state, former chief minister, Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, is still having CAPF cover though he demitted office 15 years back,” he wrote.

18:01

Motorist fighting DUI charges after testing positive for caffeine David Icke latest headlines

‘A Fairfield, California man is facing charges of driving under the influence – of coffee. The authorities did not drop the case even though blood tests came up negative for all drugs except caffeine, which experts say may actually improve driving skills. Joseph A. Schwab, 36, was arrested while driving home from work in August 2015. An alcohol beverage control agent pulled him over on Interstate 680, saying he was driving erratically. When she administered the field sobriety test, Schwab’s pupils were dilated. “The driver seemed very amped up, very agitated, very combative, and she thought he was under the influence of something,” Solano County District Attorney Krishna Abrams told Sacramento’s KCRA-TV.’ Read more: Motorist fighting DUI charges after testing positive for caffeine

18:00

Today’s Trivia "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Welcome to Daily Trivia. Erin Langworthy was bungee jumping 360 feet above the Zambezi river when the cord broke and she was forced to swim the raging waters with her feet tied together, at one point diving to free the rope from debris. (Source)   A woman sued the distributors of the Movie “drive”(2011) and the […]

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18:00

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Faces Criminal Investigation For Fraud & Bribery "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Tyler Durden

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Submitted by Lance Schuttler via TheMindUnleashed.com,

The Times of Israel is reporting that police are calling on Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit to allow them to open a full criminal investigation against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

On Monday, December 26th, Israeli police announced that they are absolutely convinced that a criminal investigation will be opened in the next few days due to new documents that were recently received in a special inquiry that began about 9 months ago.

The offenses that Netanyahu allegedly will face will be bribery and aggravated-fraud. In June it was reported that police had recently started their secret investigation, with demand that no details be leaked to the media.

Attorney General Mandelblit also allegedly instructed employees in the state prosecutor’s office to investigate allegations that Netanyahu accepted 1 million euros (about $1.1 million) from accused French fraudster Arnaud Mimran in 2009.

Earlier in December, in an apparently unrelated case, there were calls for the Netanyahu to be investigated for his role in a Defense Ministry deal to purchase submarines from a German company that is partly owned by the Iranian government.

The affair overtook public debate in Israel last month, as accusations came about that the Israeli prime minister may have been financially swayed in the decision by his personal counsel David Shimron, who himself had ties with the submarines’ builder, ThyssenKrupp. The purchase was opposed by sectors of the defense establishment, including former defense minister M...

17:59

Fuerzas Armadas de Venezuela reafirman carácter antiimperialista "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

La Fuerza Armada Nacional Bolivariana (FANB) reafirmó este miércoles su compromiso con los intereses del pueblo de Venezuela, la estabilidad

17:56

Advice for Trump, Surely Pointless "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Just thought I’d get this out there into the universe.

You wanna show that you aren’t down with nazis?  Wanna defy expectations, win over hella moderates?  Take white terrorism seriously, empower the FBI to make serious moves against neo-nazis and the KKK.  From where a lot of us stand – including elected officials in your own party – it kinda looks like you use those hate groups as a threatening mob to quell dissent.

Kinda?  It very much looks like you’re a straight-up racist, cozying up to anti-semites who would have members of your family dead in their ideal world.  Just, please prove us wrong, please do something to defang the homicidal hordes that are feeling so empowered right now.  I care more about people dying or having to live in fear than I care about whether you can play Nero for four years or eight.  Not a racist bone in your body?  Lock up some race terrorists, save some lives.  We will thank you.


17:55

Smart bandages that can detect infection begin clinical trial in the UK David Icke latest headlines

‘An innovative new smart bandage has the ability to detect bacterial infections in burn patients before an actual infection takes hold. Four UK hospitals will participate in clinical trials using tissue samples from burn patients. The smart bandages change color upon detecting a real infectious threat. This innovation has the potential to help hospitals reduce their use of antibiotics while helping combat the threat of drug resistant bacteria.’ Read more: Smart bandages that can detect infection begin clinical trial in the UK

17:55

Wolf Richter: Bank Bailout Balloons, Tab for Italian Banking Crisis Soars "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Monte dei Paschi di Siena sinks deeper into the mire and bailout costs spike to €8.8 billion, while the ECB claims the bank is “solvent”.

17:53

Heart damage caused by chemotherapy keeps rising rapidly… chemo is poison David Icke latest headlines

‘Yet another disturbing warning has emerged about the toxic side effects of chemotherapy drugs, in this instance as a risk factor for cardiotoxicity, a condition which is apparently more pronounced for those diagnosed with diabetes. Chemotherapy is an invasive and toxic treatment meant to kill cancer cells in the body. Unfortunately, chemo doesn’t make a distinction between a cancerous or a healthy cell. As a result, it kills all living matter in its way as is well known from various unfortunate horror stories. Chemo drugs are known to undermine the immune system. Natural News previously asserted that chemotherapy only makes tumors recede temporarily, and subsequently the cancer spreads throughout the body with a vengeance. Big Pharma continues to put virtually all or most of its anti-cancer eggs into the chemotherapy basket, however.’ Read more: Heart damage caused by chemotherapy keeps rising rapidly… chemo is poison

17:51

Study: One in six adults on psychiatric drugs… is at any wonder society seems so deranged? David Icke latest headlines

‘Is a legal drug epidemic plaguing our nation? According to a new study, published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, it seems that Americans have become increasingly dependent on pharmaceuticals. In 2013, about one in six American adults reported taking at least one psychiatric drug, usually an antidepressant, sedative or antipsychotic, to cope with conditions such as depression, anxiety and insomnia. The numbers are startling, especially knowing that more than eight out of 10 had been doing so for a year or more. Also, co-authors Thomas J. Moore, a senior scientist at the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, and Dr. Donald R. Mattison, chief medical officer at Risk Sciences International, said that the number of people taking these drugs is likely an underestimate since the results come from self-reported data.’ Read more: Study: One in six adults on psychiatric drugs… is at any wonder society seems so deranged?

17:49

Kerry: Settlements Put Two States "in Jeopardy" "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Kerry speech was overdue by about eight years. During Obama's two terms, Israel has marched in full view of a grumbling world, across Palestine like so many panzer divisions, imprisoning a population and stealing land for itself.

17:47

España: 91% de contratos de noviembre fueron temporales, el 37% de no más de un mes "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

En el mes de noviembre se registraron en España un total de 1.743.708 contratos, lo que supone una subida de

17:46

Trump Says We Should Move on From Russian Hackings "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

US President-elect Donald Trump (L) and boxing promoter Don King speak to reporters outside the Mar-a-lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, US December 28, 2016. Credit: Reuters

US President-elect Donald Trump (L) and boxing promoter Don King speak to reporters outside the Mar-a-lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, US December 28, 2016. Credit: Reuters

Palm Beach, Florida: US President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday suggested that the US and Russia lay to rest the controversy over Moscow’s computer hacking of Democratic Party computers, saying, “We ought to get on with our lives.”

Trump has cast doubt on the findings of US intelligence agencies that Russian hackers took information from Democratic Party computers and individuals and posted it online to help Trump win the election.

The Obama administration plans to announce on Thursday a series of retaliatory measures against Russia for hacking into US political institutions and individuals and leaking information, two US officials said on Wednesday.

Asked by reporters if the US should sanction Russia, Trump replied: “I think we ought to get on with our lives. I think that computers have complicated lives very greatly. The whole age of computer has made it where nobody knows exactly what’s going on.”

Trump made his remarks at Mar-a-Lago, his seaside Florida resort where he is spending the Christmas and New Year’s holidays while also interviewing candidates for administration jobs.

Trump said he was not familiar with remarks earlier on Wednesday by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who said Russia and President Vladimir Putin should expect tough sanctions for the cyber attacks.

“We have speed. We have a lot of other things but I’m not sure you have the kind of security that you need. But I have not spoken with the senators and I certainly will be over a period of time,” he said.

(Reuters)

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17:45

FOIA: DC police never actually investigated PizzaGate – lied about it "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Intellihub Note: A FOIA request by iCitizenNews has revealed that the DC police never actually investigated PizzaGate despite already saying that they had investigated it and found no merit in the now viral conspiracy theory. 

If PizzaGate has no truth behind it like the corporate media has repeatedly claimed then why is the police force lying about even looking into the claims?

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According to U.S. Department of Justice research, an estimated 800,000 children will go missing in the United States. — a rate of over 2’000 missing children each day — with 466,949 of those cases entered into the FBI’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database in 2014.

With a current child population(aged 0 – 17) of around 74 million in the United States, the U.S. Department of Justice figures equate to around 1 child in every 92 going missing in the United States each year.

Therefore, given the sheer amount of leaked emails, and the suspected phenomenon’s scale, it is likely the data dumps (Podesta and other Wikileaks, Guccifer 1/2, DNCLeaks, etc.) provide some clue to the problem. (Comet Ping Pong, James Alefantis / #PizzaGate)

Therefore, they should be investigated thoroughly, and suspicions need to be corroborated with other (and previously) known facts.

Thank you,
Independent Citizen

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17:45

Surprising Reason Markets May Be Set Up For Some Wild Trading On Thursday And Friday "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Surprising Reason Markets May Be Set Up For Some Wild Trading On Thursday And Friday As we near the end of what will be the last trading week in 2016, markets may be set up for some wild trading on Thursday and Friday. Today’s note from legend Art Cashin:  “On this day in 1908, there occurred…

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17:44

Exposing the Astroturf Food Industry Groups Masquerading as Grassroots Organizations David Icke latest headlines

‘Who wouldn’t want to support organizations with names like “CropLife America,” “Coalition for Sustainable Organics,” or “Food Science Matters?” But, be careful! Just because something is stated in a title, doesn’t make it so. It turns out that industry trade/lobby groups, the progenitors of corporate propaganda, can be highly deceptive when naming themselves and it takes a bit more research to find out the true make-up and intent of an organization. CropLife America actually represents the interests of pesticide manufacturers. And, right now, the “Coalition for Sustainable Organics” is squaring off with farmer-members of the Cornucopia Institute, a non-profit public interest group where I serve as the Farm and Food Policy Analyst. How could the farmers we work with be against “sustainable organics?”’ Read more: Exposing the Astroturf Food Industry Groups Masquerading as Grassroots Organizations

17:43

Nigeria banishes ‘50,000 ghost workers’ receiving government wages David Icke latest headlines

‘Nigeria’s government claims it has taken a “huge” step in the fight against costly corruption by ridding the federal payroll of 50,000 fraudulent wages that go to “ghost” employees who do not exist. Just over 18 months into Muhammadu Buhari’s presidency and a year since an“efficiency unit” was set up to audit government finances, 50,000 “ghost workers” have reportedly been removed from the state payroll. The issue refers to people creating aliases or false names to wrongly claim payments from public service departments. As a result, according to Nigeria’s government spokesperson, Garba Shehu, the country stands to make a “huge” saving of 200 billion Nigerian naira ($644 million) this year.’ Read more: Nigeria banishes ‘50,000 ghost workers’ receiving government wages

17:41

Hallucinatory Himalayan Honey Creates a Buzz David Icke latest headlines

‘High in the Himalayas, there’s a kind of honey that can get you high, but you might have to fend off outraged Himalayan honey bees while hanging off a 300-foot cliff to get it. And it’s kind of rough stuff; you’ll go through intense physical purging before the mental weirdness kicks in. Still, the stuff is going for as much as $166 a pound on the black market because of the high, according to the Hallucinogenic Honey Hunters episode of National Geographic’s Explorer documentary series. The episode chronicled an average day of Himalayan honey hunting, the hunter climbing a rope through clouds of smoke hundreds of feet up the cliffside, swatting away swarms of angry, oversized bees as he successfully steals his sticky treasure.’ Read more: Hallucinatory Himalayan Honey Creates a Buzz

17:41

Taiwan’s Tsai Planned Transit in the US Angers China "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen speaks on the phone with US president-elect Donald Trump at her office in Taipei, Taiwan, in this handout photo made available December 3, 2016. Credit: Reuters

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen speaks on the phone with US president-elect Donald Trump at her office in Taipei, Taiwan, in this handout photo made available December 3, 2016. Credit: Reuters

Taipei: Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen will pass through the US when she visits Latin America next month, the foreign ministry said Thursday, a move bound to infuriate China which had urged the US to block a transit stopover.

China is deeply suspicious of Tsai, who it thinks wants to push for the formal independence of Taiwan, a self-governing island that Beijing regards as a renegade province, ineligible for state-to-state relations.

Details of the stopovers will be disclosed before the end of this week, the ministry said.

China said Tsai’s intentions were clear and urged the US not to let her in.

“We hope the US can abide by the ‘one China’ policy…and not let her pass through their border, not give any false signals to Taiwan independence forces, and through concrete actions safeguard overall US China relations and peace and stability in the Taiwan strait,” Hua Chunying, a Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman, told a briefing in Beijing.

The transit details are being closely watched as Taiwan media has speculated Tsai will seek to meet President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team ahead of his January 20 inauguration.

Trump angered China when he spoke to Tsai this month in a break with decades of precedent and cast doubt on his incoming administration’s commitment to Beijing’s “one China” policy.

The US, which switched diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China in 1979, has acknowledged the Chinese position that there is only “one China” and that Taiwan is part of it.

Tsai’s office earlier this month said she would visit Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala and El Salvador in that order. She will leave Taiwan on January 7 and return on January 15.

Taiwan had as many as 3...

17:37

The plant-based solution to hunger "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

If we are serious about feeding all people and preserving our planet, we must target meat consumption, says Heinrich Böll Foundation's Barbara Unmuessig.

17:34

Lynchings on The Rise in Venezuela, Says Report "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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A graffiti that reads “Get ready, thief, here we burn you. Regards, Kerdell” is seen at a residential block in Valencia, Venezuela, August 21, 2015. Credit: Reuters

Caracas: Roughly one person is being lynched in crisis-ridden Venezuela every three days as frustrated residents take revenge on suspected criminals, a monitoring group said on Wednesday.

The Venezuelan Observatory of Violence (OVV), which monitors crime, said mob killings have become a generalised phenomenon across the country, with 126 deaths reported in 2016 versus 20 last year.

“Due to being repeated victims of crime for more than a decade, and the feeling of not being protected, many people have decided to take justice into their own hands,” the OVV said in its latest annual report.

In the past, it said, lynchings of suspected murderers and rapists were relatively uncommon, but this year angry crowds have increasingly attacked petty criminals too, with police often turning a blind eye.

Venezuelans have long suffered alarming levels of violent crime, in part because of the widespread availability of guns, inadequate policing and a bribe-riddled justice system.

A crushing economic crisis has compounded crime.

The OVV, a group of academics who compile data from police sources and the media, said Venezuela, with an estimated 28,479 homicides this year – or more than three killings per hour – was the world’s second most murderous nation after El Salvador.

That would represent 91.8 murders per 100,000 inhabitants this year, up from 90 in 2015, it said. The OVV put the homicide rate at more 140 per 100,000 people in Caracas, making it one of the murder capitals of the world.

El Salvador had a rate of 116 murders per 100,000 inhabitants in 2016, according to the Institute of Legal Medicine in El Salvador.

President Nicolas Maduro’s s...

17:33

Whistleblowing for wildlife "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

From the Lacey Act to the Endangered Species Act (ESA), many laws aim to protect wildlife, but inadequate enforcement makes it hard to identify violations. Wildlife crime often sidesteps official surveillance, but those involved in the illegal activity and independent citizens can bear witness to such lawbreaking. As Stephen Kohn, a founder of the National Whistleblower Center (NWC), points out in the Environmental Law Reporter, both those laws—apart from several others pertaining to wildlife—“include language providing monetary incentives to persons who disclose information about wildlife crimes, but these provisions have not been effectively implemented.” Wildtech spoke with NWC’s Chief Operating Officer Ashley Binetti earlier this month to learn how the organization’s emerging Global Wildlife Whistleblower Program works to counter wildlife crime and promote conservation by harnessing such whistleblower reward laws. The innovation consists of a secure website where potential whistleblowers can confidentially and anonymously submit intelligence on wildlife crime, as well as an attorney referral service that assists them in accessing rewards for their contributions by invoking applicable legal award provisions. [caption id="attachment_191936" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] The NWC's Global Wildlife Whistleblower Program helps whistleblowers securely provide tips on wildlife crime online and receive monetary compensation through legal reward provisions. Photo credit: NWC.[/caption] Wildtech: Can you describe the NWC whistleblower platform and its significance for conservation? Binetti: The NWC has been doing advocacy for 30 years. Not too long ago, Executive Director Stephen Kohn found that important wildlife laws like the Lacey Act and ESA have whistleblower reward provisions whereby if someone…

Ich hatte ja schon berichtet, dass die USA sich bei ... "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Ich hatte ja schon berichtet, dass die USA sich bei der Uno-Resolution über den Siedlungsbau neulich enthalten hat. Aber wer hat denn dafür gestimmt? Neuseeland, wie sich rausstellt.

Israel hat das kommen sehen und im Vorfeld diplomatische Anstrengungen unternommen, damit Neuseeland nicht dafür stimmt. Israel hat Neuseeland gesagt, eine Stimme für diese Resolution käme aus ihrer Sicht einer Kriegserklärung gleich. Ich hoffe mal, dass das ein Übersetzungsfehler ist. Ich kann mir nicht vorstellen, dass in der Diplomatie jemand so krass rhetorisch daneben greift.

Aber wie sich rausstellt, waren das keine leeren Drohungen: Israel hat die diplomatischen Beziehungen zu zwölf Ländern eingeschränkt.

Die Beziehungen zwischen Israel und Neuseeland sind übrigens schon länger angeknackst, weil Neuseeland ein paar Fake-Pässe fand, bei denen dann rauskam, dass der Mossad die für Tarnexistenzen ihrer Agenten benutzt hatte. Ein paar Jahre später ist dann angeblich nochmal ein israelischer Spionagering aufgeflogen. Die Beziehungen zu Neuseeland sind also schon länger problematisch für Israel.

17:32

China Extends Reach Into Myanmar Through Reclusive Wa "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Ethnic Wa performer dressed as United Wa State Army (UWSA) soldiers perform a traditional dance in Mongmao, Wa territory in northeast Myanmar October 1, 2016. Credit: Reuters

Ethnic Wa performer dressed as United Wa State Army (UWSA) soldiers perform a traditional dance in Mongmao, Wa territory in northeast Myanmar October 1, 2016. Credit: Reuters

Pangsan, Myanmar:  China is extending its sway over an autonomous enclave run by Myanmar’s most powerful ethnic armed group, sources in the region told Reuters, bolstering Beijing’s role in the peace process that is the signature policy of Aung San Suu Kyi.

The ‘foreign policy’ of the self-proclaimed Wa state is closely monitored by Beijing, senior officials in the administration run by the 30,000-strong United Wa State Army (UWSA) and its political wing said, with contact with Western governments, businesses or aid groups deemed particularly sensitive.

Officially known to Myanmar as ‘Special Region 2’, the remote territory is the size of Belgium and home to 600,000 people. Largely closed to Westerners for decades, it was visited by Reuters in October.

China’s influence is quickly apparent, with street signs in Mandarin and Chinese businesses and banknotes ubiquitous in the self-proclaimed state’s capital, Pangsan, and other Wa towns that straddle the rugged border.

“We share the same language and we marry each other,” said the head of the Wa Foreign Affairs Office, Zhao Guo An, when asked about the Chinese influence on Wa politics. “There’s nothing we can do about it. We use Chinese currency, we speak Chinese and we wear and use products from China. Very little of that is from Myanmar.”

Delve a little deeper and it is apparent that China’s reach extends much further than business and social ties.

Eyes and ears

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17:26

Control over Religion in Tibet Will Only Increase, Says China "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Tibet's exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama gestures during a teaching event in Milan, Italy October 21, 2016. Credit: Reuters

Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama gestures during a teaching event in Milan, Italy on October 21, 2016. Credit: Reuters

Beijing: The Communist Party’s control over religion in Tibet can only increase, the region’s top official was quoted as saying on Thursday, vowing to step up efforts to expose the “sinister intentions” of exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.

Chinese troops marched in and took control of Tibet in 1950 in what Beijing calls a “peaceful liberation”. Rights groups say China tramples on Tibet’s religious and cultural traditions, charges Beijing denies.

The Dalai Lama, denounced by Beijing as a dangerous separatist, fled to India in 1959 following a failed uprising against the Chinese. He says he simply wants genuine autonomy for his homeland.

In excerpts of a speech on religious policy carried by the official Tibet Daily, Tibet’s Communist Party chief Wu Yingjie said Tibetan Buddhism had a fine tradition of patriotism and had made important contributions to maintaining national unity.

But Tibetan Buddhism needs to march with the times, and at the same time as passing down and teaching its traditional precepts it needs to put more focus on teachings that “benefit social harmony and move with the times”, Wu said.

“The party’s leadership work over religion can only strengthen and not weaken,” he added.

Wu, who took up his post in August, used one of his first public speeches the following month to denounce the Dalai Lama, signalling Beijing’s hard line is unlikely to change under his leadership.

He continued with the theme in his latest comments.

“Continue to deepen the exposure and criticism of the Dalai clique’s reactionary-ness on politics, its falseness on religion, its deceptive methods,” he said.

“Educate and guide the broad mass of monks, nuns and believers to clearly recognise the reactionary nature and sinister intentions of the Dalai clique to split the motherland.”...

17:22

Ecuador aprueba Ley contra especulación de tierras "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

La ley tiene como objetivo principal aprovechar la inversión pública en función del bien común, promover la ciudad sustentable y

17:19

Germany Detains Tunisian Man For Possible Hand in Berlin Attack "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Anis Amri (L), the Tunisian suspect of the Berlin Christmas market attack, is seen in this photo taken from security cameras at the Milan Central Train Station in downtown Milan, Italy December 23, 2016, hours before he was shot dead after pulling a gun on police during a routine check. Credit: Reuters

Anis Amri (L), the Tunisian suspect of the Berlin Christmas market attack, is seen in this photo taken from security cameras at the Milan Central Train Station in downtown Milan, Italy December 23, 2016, hours before he was shot dead after pulling a gun on police during a routine check. Credit: Reuters

Berlin: German authorities have detained a Tunisian man they suspect of involvement in the truck attack on a Berlin Christmas market last week that killed 12 people, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

The ISIS militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack, which some critics say was made easier by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s open-door migrant policy.

Investigators found the mobile phone number of the 40-year-old Tunisian stored in the phone of Anis Amri, the man believed to have hijacked the truck filled with steel rods and ploughed it into crowds at a Christmas market in the capital on Monday last week.

The Sueddeutsche daily said the truck’s automatic brakes had brought the vehicle to a standstill after about 80 m, preventing even more deaths.

Officials raided the home and business premises of the new suspect in Berlin. They did not name him.

“Further investigations indicated that he could have been involved in the attack,” said prosecutors.

They will decide on Thursday whether to issue a formal arrest warrant for the man, now under temporary detention.

Amri, a failed asylum seeker also from Tunisia, was shot dead in Italy on December 23. The Sueddeutsche said German authorities in Berlin had discussed his case at least seven times between February and November.

The newspaper said documents it was shown by the authorities show Amri looked for Internet instructions on how to build pipe bombs and how to make explosive materials. It added that he had sought contact with ISIS in February and offered to be a suicide bomber.

T...

17:18

Amazon Echo saves all your voice data, police are now accessing it, here’s how to hear and delete it "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Amazon’s Echo built upon the voice search capability of Android’s ‘Ok Google’ and Apple’s Siri and turned it into a device that is capable of doing everything from answering questions to turning on your on your air conditioner. However, like all beneficial technology, when the government gets involved, this useful household item is converted into a spying machine for the surveillance state.

In a seemingly unprecedented case out of Bentonville, Arkansas, the latest example of how police can use your technology against you is coming to fruition.

Investigators in Bentonville have filed search warrants with Amazon, requesting the recordings made on a man’s Echo device between November 21 and November 22, 2015. The recordings belong to James A. Bates, who was charged with murder after a man was strangled to death in a hot tub.

According to CNET, while investigating, police noticed the Echo in the kitchen and pointed out that the music playing in the home could have been voice activated through the device. While the Echo records only after hearing the wake word, police are hoping that ambient noise or background chatter could have accidentally triggered the device, leading to some more clues.

“It is believed that these records are retained by Amazon.com and that they are evidence related to the case under investigation,” police wrote in the search warrant.

According to court documents, Amazon has yet to concede to the search warrant and has not sent any recordings to police.

However, according to police, Amazon may not have to send over the files for cops to get them. According to the warrant, police believe they can tap into the hardware on the Echo, which could “potentially include time stamps, audio files or other data,” reports CNET.

On top of Bates’ Echo, police have also attempted to break into his phone, but were unsuccessful due to his password. In response to the delay in investigation caused by Amazon not sending the recordings and the phone password, the police department issued the following ominous response within the warrant.

“Our agency now has the ability to utilize data extraction methods that negate the need for passcodes and efforts to search Victor and Bates’ devices will continue upon issuance of this warrant.”

Police have also seized an iPhone 6S, a Macbook Pro, a PlayStation 4, three tablets, a Nest thermostat, a Honey...

17:17

Bahraini Activist Freed, Then Re-Arrested "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab arrives for his appeal hearing at court in Manama, February 11, 2015. Credit: Reuters

Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab arrives for his appeal hearing at court in Manama, February 11, 2015. Credit: Reuters

Doha: A leading Bahraini human rights activist who is on trial for tweets alleging rights abuses was to be freed on bail on Wednesday after months in detention, but was immediately re-arrested in a separate case.

Nabeel Rajab, one of the most prominent rights activists in the Arab world, tweeted that he had been released after a court session and would return to court on January 23.

But hours later, Bahrain’s public prosecutors said on Instagram that he would remain in custody while another investigation continued into his publishing “false and malicious rumors that undermine the prestige of the kingdom”. They gave no further details.

Rajab was arrested in June after tweets from his account suggested that security forces had tortured detainees in a Bahraini prison and on a military campaign in Yemen by a Saudi-led coalition that includes Bahrain.

Rights groups say the Sunni-ruled Gulf kingdom, which denies systematic rights abuses, has stepped up a crackdown on dissent, and the US has called for Rajab’s release.

He is also under investigation for writing in the French newspaper Le Monde that Western countries should reconsider their support for Gulf Arab monarchies because they were fuelling Islamist extremism. Bahraini authorities said the article contained “false rumours” about Gulf Arab states.

Rajab played a leading role in demonstrations driven by Bahrain’s Shi’ite Muslim majority in 2011 demanding political reforms.

Bahrain, where the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet is based, quelled those protests, but has since struggled to resolve a political deadlock between government and opposition.

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17:17

Gobierno de Macri aumentará el precio de las medicinas en 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

En su primer año de gestión, el presidente Mauricio Macri incrementó en más de un 50 por ciento las tarifas

17:16

The cruel experiments of Israel’s arms industry David Icke latest headlines

‘Round the back of Ramallah’s main hospital lies the house of Iyad Haddad, a 52-year-old human rights investigator. His home office is the shopfront of a decrepit building and at first glance it looks like a bric-a-brac shop. But the objects placed out on the tables are not household trinkets. The surfaces are, in fact, cluttered with spent ammunition, tear gas canisters, sponge bullets and shell casings. Haddad has spent the past three decades documenting the violence of the Israeli forces occupying his people’s land. These ugly little pieces of memorabilia are his testament to that process. Many of these weapons have been fired on peaceful demonstrators protesting against Israel’s wall and settlements in the occupied West Bank. The villages of Nilin, Bilin and Nabi Saleh have been organizing regular protests for years. To my surprise, Haddad does not approve of those demonstrations.’ Read more: The cruel experiments of Israel’s arms industry

17:15

Netanyahu condemns Kerry’s Mid-East speech "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu has condemned as biased a speech by outgoing US Secretary of State John Kerry on Israeli-Palestinian issues. Kerry said the prospect of a peace deal based on a two-state solution was in grave jeopardy. Israeli settlement building on occupied land was a major problem, he said. Netanyahu said he was […]

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17:13

Why Netanyahu Remains Israel’s ‘Inciter-In-Chief’ David Icke latest headlines

‘An 18-year-old art student in Jerusalem discovered the hard way this month that Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu doesn’t care for irony. For a class assignment, she took the famous Barack Obama “Hope” poster and changed the face to Mr Netanyahu’s, next to a noose, with the word “Rope” replacing “Hope”. The student wanted to portray the prime minister as a hangman, who extinguishes hope of peace with incitement and political repression. The Israeli police and Mr Netanyahu, however, viewed the work not as a critique of incitement but as an example of it – with the noose intended for the prime minister. The student is now the subject of a well-publicised investigation. As with most art, context is everything. For Israelis on the left, as well as Israel’s minority of Palestinian citizens, Mr Netanyahu is considered the king of incitement. And in recent weeks he has lived up to his reputation.’ Read more: Why Netanyahu Remains Israel’s ‘Inciter-In-Chief’

17:13

AIADMK Appoints Sasikala As Party’s General Secretary "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

File photo of Sasikala, AIADMK's new general secretary. Credit: PTI

File photo of Sasikala, AIADMK’s new general secretary. Credit: PTI

Chennai: V. K. Sasikala, the late J. Jayalalithaa’s close aide, was today appointed as the AIADMK’s general secretary, with the party’s top decision-making body, the general council, unanimously passing a resolution to this effect.

The post fell vacant following the demise of the AIADMK general secretary and Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa earlier this month.

Party treasurer and the new chief minister O. Panneerselvam said, “In tune with party rules, honourable Chinnamma is appointed AIADMK general secretary and a resolution to this effect has been adopted unanimously by the general council.”

Flanked by senior leaders such as the Lok Sabha’s deputy speaker M. Thambidurai and state minister Edappadi Palanisamy, Panneerselvam said they were going to meet “Chinamma” to “apprise her of the party decision and to seek her concurrence.”

Significantly, the resolution that was adopted says, “This general council adopts this resolution appointing Chinnamma V. K. Sasikala as the party general secretary till such time she is (formally) elected to that post in tune with party rule 20, clause 2.”

Hailing Sasikala’s contribution to the growth of the party, the resolution also says it “unanimously gives her all the powers bestowed on the position of general secretary (by the party rules) to administer the party.”

The resolution was moved by party presidium chairman E. Madusudanan and Panneersevlam and Palanisamy.

The resolution makes it clear that Sasikala will be formally elected as the party’s general secretary at a later date in keeping with the stipulations of the party’s constitution.

Till such time as she is elected, the party has appointed her to the post giving her all powers of that post.

In the general council meeting held in December last year, Jayalalithaa, who was general secretary at the time, was authorised to take poll related decisions for the 2016 state assembly polls.

This year’s executive committee meeting, held in June, was the last party meet that Jayalalithaa attended in her life.

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17:12

Colombia approves Farc peace deal amnesty "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  The Colombian Congress has approved a law offering amnesty to some of those accused of minor crimes in the country’s decades-long civil conflict. President Juan Manuel Santos hailed it as a “the first step towards the consolidation of peace” with the left-wing Farc guerrilla group. The amnesty is part of a revised deal agreed […]

The post Colombia approves Farc peace deal amnesty appeared first on New Telegraph Nigerian Newspaper.

17:11

La Administración Obama batió récord de deportaciones de inmigrantes "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Unos 2.7 millones de deportados es la cantidad registrada por las autoridades de ese país durante la administración de Obama.

17:09

US election hacking: Senators call for sanctions on Russia "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Three prominent US senators have warned that Russia and its president may face sanctions over the country’s alleged interference in last month’s presidential election. They said the move had cross-party support in the senate. President-elect Donald Trump has rejected claims of Russian interference. Outgoing President Barack Obama is expected to announce retaliatory measures as […]

The post US election hacking: Senators call for sanctions on Russia appeared first on New Telegraph Nigerian Newspaper.

17:08

Blatant Fraud in Haiti Elections: Form Unity Government David Icke latest headlines

‘Of all the crooked presidential elections that have happened in Haiti since the February 2004 coup against President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the current one is the most blatantly fraudulent. There is no longer any attempt to hide the manipulation. The new attitude is rather that there will be fraud, and it will be blatant. This coincides with the publication of the final election results on December 29, 2016, is practically scheduled to coincide with the 213th anniversary of Haitian Independence on January 1. The psychological battering from the experience has become more important than the fraud itself.’ Read more: Blatant Fraud in Haiti Elections: Form Unity Government

17:06

US actress Debbie Reynolds dies, a day after daughter Carrie Fisher "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  US actress Debbie Reynolds has died, a day after the death of her daughter Carrie Fisher, her son has announced. US media said the 84-year-old had a stroke. She was taken to a Los Angeles hospital earlier on Wednesday. The Hollywood legend is best known for her role in the 1952 musical Singin’ in […]

The post US actress Debbie Reynolds dies, a day after daughter Carrie Fisher appeared first on New Telegraph Nigerian Newspaper.

17:03

EPL: Spurs bounce back to hammer Saints 4-1 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Dele Alli scored twice as Tottenham maintained their challenge for a Champions League spot with victory over 10-man Southampton. Saints took the lead in the second minute when defender Virgil van Dijk demonstrated his aerial threat by nodding in James Ward-Prowse’s free-kick. The visitors were level just before midway in the half when Alli […]

The post EPL: Spurs bounce back to hammer Saints 4-1 appeared first on New Telegraph Nigerian Newspaper.

17:01

How To Think Trump "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

NEW YORK—I don’t wanna say Donald Trump has contempt for established rules, but he’s planning his third term.

This is a boon for the media, though, because at least once a day the Trump press corps gets to say, You won’t believe what this guy did now.

The usual progression goes as follows:

(1) Trump does something mundane that would normally not be noticed—like taking a congratulatory phone call from the president of Taiwan.

(2) The Washington bureau chief of The Philadelphia Inquirer goes, “Wait! Was that normal? Is there protocol for that? Won’t that piss off China? I think I’ll go ask my blabbermouth source in the State Department what he thinks about it.”

(3) Stanley P. Macpherson Jr., Deputy Assistant Secretary for South Asia, answers his phone and says, “Oh yeah, Stu, he’s playing with fire. This is off the record, right? That one phone call could set the country back thirty years in terms of China policy.”

(4) Headline the next day: TRUMP CLUELESS ABOUT CHINA.

What is not stated in the Inquirer article is that (a) Stanley Macpherson worked for Hillary Clinton and liked her, (b) Stanley puckers up every time he hears Trump talk about “draining the swamp,” and (c) Stanley believes that, if there are budget cuts next year, his staff is likely to be on the “take no prisoners” list.

Probably the worst thing you can say to Donald Trump is “Mr. President, you have to do it that way because we’ve done it that way for the past fifty years.”

That’s like telling an alcoholic, “Don’t touch this Macallan single malt I’m leaving on your nightstand over the weekend.”

Fortunately I’m here to explain the Trump mind.

Let’s start with the Environmental Protection Agency:

Scott Pruitt, the Attorney General of Oklahoma, is being appointed by Trump to head the EPA because Trump wants to piss off the environmentalists. “Environmental” is in the name of the agency—hence, Trumpian logic applied, you need somebody who is gonna nuke the D.C. attitude. Pruitt has defended ExxonMobil, sued the EPA numerous times over the Clean Power Plan, and is basically in favor of fracking, canceling the Paris climate deal, and packaging mercury, arsenic, and California smog as ingredients in craft beers sold at minor-league ballparks. But those are not even the most annoying things about him. He’s also a deacon at the First Baptist Church of Broken Arrow and a trustee of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, which is located in “The Ville”—Louisville, Kentucky. People in Kentucky think the EPA was invented to destroy their coalfields.

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17:01

No More Mr. Nice Jones "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The threats are over, it’s showtime.

Since the mafia behind the failing MSM declared all out war on alt media – epically highlighted by WaPo’s outrageous PropOrNot scandal, and Facebook’s exposure working on a Chinese censorship tool to restrict news just last month – on Thursday Dec 15, 2016, Alex Jones made his last and final threat, see video below, and the next day he came out and announced (with fury) that he actually is going to move forward with the inevitable big lawsuits that we’ve all been waiting for, see video below.

Yes, he’s not just taking on billionaire Jeff Bezos’s Washington Post (worth $250 million), but Snopes as well, AND Facebook herself (worth $350 billion) – and he. is. pissed.

Now, make no mistake, Facebook, Snopes, and WaPo are lawyering up right now faster than they pissed their already skid-marked knickers. Alex Jones owns one of the biggest media companies in the world (Infowars); which of course dwarfs the Washington Post. He also has alliances with many of the titans in the alt media which all combined recently conjured an influential juggernaut powerful enough to put Der Trumpen Führer in the White House. In court, Facebook’s billions can’t buy a jury but Alex Jones’s influence can.

Infowars is not alone of course, many others have gone public with serious plans for litigation including Naked Capitalism. Alex is as serious as a heart attack, his exact words were, “You better believe I am” and “We’re organizing a movement of class action litigants.” The last law firm that went up against him didn’t just lose, it was freaking disbarred. Watch the three clips below.

The final threat:

Reprinted from Russia Insider.

The post No More Mr. Nice Jones...

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Take the Office Pool 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

1) In 2017, President Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress will

  1. repeal Obamacare entirely.
  2. a squabble among themselves and make only cosmetic changes to Obamacare.
  3. retain the core of Obamacare because President Trump will have a change of heart.
  4. repeal Obamacare and replace it with a combined soft free market and soft socialist version.

2) At the end of 2017

  1. more American troops will be deployed around the world than are today.
  2. the United States will be directly involved in a land war in Syria.
  3. the United States will renounce its membership in NATO.
  4. all American combat troops will be back home in the United States.

3) In 2017, President Trump will

  1. issue more executive orders than President Barack Obama did in eight years.
  2. direct the IRS to lower the top tax rate to 30 percent.
  3. appoint New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.
  4. be very, very presidential.

4) In 2017, the Supreme Court will

  1. reverse Roe v. Wade, thereby handing off the abortion controversy to the states.
  2. find that the right to carry arms outside the home is protected by the Second Amendment.
  3. invalidate the congressional repeal of Obamacare.
  4. have its oral arguments televised.

5) In 2017, President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will

  1. race to see who can hack the other more often.
  2. proclaim their personal and eternal friendship to each other.
  3. agree to produce a shirtless 2018 calendar together.
  4. meet once in Washington and once in Moscow and once at Mar-a-Lago.

6) In 2017, WikiLeaks will release

  1. secret tapes of the meeting in Trump Tower between Trump and Kanye West.
  2. Hillary Clinton’s favorite yoga positions.
  3. proof that Bill Clinton is a crook.
  4. emails showing where President Obama was born.

7) In 2017, President Trump will

  1. wage a hostile takeover of NBC.
  2. fire Lorne Michaels and hire the entire “Saturday Night Live” cast to work for the Trump Organization.
  3. pick more fights than a fourth-grade schoolyard bully.
  4. start building the wall.

8) In 2017, Gov. Christie will

  1. attempt pr...

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How To Fight Winter Allergies "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Pollen, mildew, dust—to many people, they’re essentially harmless. For those with allergies, they are the triggers that send their immune system into overdrive. Allergies are a malfunction of the immune system that causes it to be hypersensitive to stimuli. When the immune system is triggered, immunoglobulin E (IgE), a type of antibody, signals for the release of histamines. Histamines, which tell mucous membranes to produce mucus and cause blood vessels to dilate, are the catalyst for the inflammation that produces watery eyes, runny nose, and other symptoms we refer to as allergies. You may be familiar with antihistamines—medications that are marketed for the relief of allergy symptoms.

Allergies are more common now than ever before, especially among children,[1] and human behavior may be to blame. Humans have a habit of disinfecting and sanitizing almost everything. Cleanliness isn’t a bad thing, but this practice has tremendously reduced human exposure to the microbes and other impurities that can actually train and strengthen the immune system. Without routine exposure to these substances, the immune system doesn’t develop properly and becomes hypersensitive to substances that would otherwise register as benign. The “hygiene hypothesis” might explain why modern humans have more allergy triggers and why allergy rates are on the rise. In a very short period of time, from an evolutionary perspective, our exposure to “grime” has plummeted, leaving our immune systems less developed and less intelligent.

It’s probably safe to say that allergies have affected humans as long as humans have been around, but it wasn’t until 1906—shortly after the scientific community’s acceptance and first forays into immunology—that a man named Clemens von Pirquet published research that explained the idea. His ideas were not well received. In fact, Pirquet’s contemporaries lambasted his research. Despite their criticism, he continued his work and his campaign to establish the terminology we still use today.[2]

Allergies Can Strike During Winter

You might think winter is the season that’s free and clear of allergy triggers but that’s not necessarily true. Even in the dead of winter, when nothing is blooming outside, your indoor surroundings may set you off. Firing up the furnace releases a flurry of old dust, dander, and mold spores into the air. And, consider this—during the winter, you’re more apt to spend your time huddled inside with the doors and windows sealed tightly. When ventilation is reduced, allergens concent...

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FOIA: DC police never actually investigated PizzaGate – lied about it "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Intellihub Note: A FOIA request by iCitizenNews has revealed that the DC police never actually investigated PizzaGate despite already saying that they had investigated it and found no merit in the now viral conspiracy theory.
If PizzaGate has no truth behind it like the corporate media has repeatedly claimed then why is the police force lying about even looking into the claims?
………………
According to U.S. Department of Justice research, an estimated 800,000 children will go missing in the United States. — a rate of over 2’000 missing children each day — with 466,949 of those cases entered into the FBI’s National

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An Alt-Right Defense of the U.S. Constitution "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

An unfortunately common disparagement of Alt-Right activists is that the United States Constitution has failed our people and that “cuckservatives” are hopelessly moronic for worshiping the “failed document.” I disagree, for it is not the Constitution which has let down “ourselves and our Posterity,” but rather, our politicians and the (((special interests))) they support. Judge […]

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Not Prepping? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Shortly after the 2016 election, I read an article by one of my blogging colleagues titled “Is Prepping Dead?”.  I felt so strongly about what she said that I shared her article throughout the social media, hoping that others would see it and continue their preparedness efforts.  Now, one month later, I can confirm that I too am seeing signs that prepping, while not dead, has certainly slowed down.  This seems odd to me since the likelihood of a disruptive event has not changed.  It is as strong now as ever.

What are those signals and why should we continue to be prepared and to proudly call ourselves “Preppers”?   Let me explain.

Signs and Signals That Prepping Has Slowed Down

Every legitimate blogger I know has a sickness called “check your stats”.  And, with the exception of the fear mongers and those pitching to extreme preppers, all of us have seen a sharp decline in blog traffic since the election.  In addition, most of the sponsors I deal with have told me sales are sharply down.

Another signal that prepping mania has slowed comes from the many emails and comments I receive.  Lately, there has been a shift to homesteading and self-sufficient lifestyle questions.  Very little has come across my desk relative to a long-term disruptive event such as global economic collapse, EMP, or cyber attack.

Has prepping reached a saturation point?

To help answer this, I called my economics guru, George Ure, over at Urban Survival, to get his take on this matter.  To paraphrase, here is what he said.

Right or wrong, the stock market has soared these past six weeks.  This is in spite of fundamentals that do not make sense.  We have a national debt problem that is not going away anytime soon, automation and robots are still gobbling up manufacturing jobs, and health care for an aging population will continue to skyrocket, the repeal of Obamacare notwithstanding.

You know this as well as I do, Gaye, market down and prepping is up  Market up and no one cares.

In my opinion, there are simply too many moving pieces for all of our economic woes to go away with a snap of the fingers (that being a metaphor for “change in national leadership”).  And then there is Mother Nature.

Why Prepping is a Long-Term Lifestyle Investment

When it comes to disruptive events, the one thing we are unable to predict are the ravages of Mother Nature.  Hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes, floods, wildfires and other natural disasters are going to happen...

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Politically Incorrect Adventure "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

When asked about gold stocks Doug Casey, who has made millions speculating in junior mining shares, makes the point, “I’m not sure how many thousands of gold mining stocks there are in the world today – I’ll guess about 3,000 – but most of them are junk. If they have any gold, it’s mainly in the words written on the stock certificates.”

Speculating in the shares of junior natural resource company shares exposes many human frailties, greed, and fear most prominently. I myself love a good story, especially one that might make me wealthy. However, my punting on penny mining shares has built little capital, but plenty of character.

Since learning from Murray Rothbard that gold is money I haven’t been able to help myself. Coins just sit there, collecting dust, while the central banks print us toward oblivion. Surely, mining shares will get me ahead of Ms. Yellen and Mr. Draghi who prey on my savings with their daily monetary machinations.

Yes, what gold miners extract most efficiently is money, from investors’ (who are really just wild-eyed gamblers) pockets.  “About 1 in 3,000 mineralized anomalies became a mine,” Rick Rule explains. “So the typical Howe Street or Bay Street investment proposition is that you take a 1 in 3,000 chance for a 10 to 1 return.”

As a long as those odds are, to make matters worse, occasionally there is a fraud like Bre-X. A company believed to have an enormous gold deposit in Busang, Indonesia. Its shares went from pennies to C$286.50, before the scam was exposed. Turns out the core samples were “salted” and when Filipino Bre-X geologist Michael de Guzman committed suicide with a leap from a helicopter on March 19, 1997, the company’s scheme unraveled.

The aforementioned Mr. Casey bought Bre-X shares but cashed out early, reportedly making 800% on his investment.  Besides making good money, maybe, just maybe, those salted samples planted the seed for the plot of his novel “Speculator (High Ground Series Book 1)” written with John Hunt.

Casey’s story is set in the fictional African country of Gondwana, not Indonesia, however, the shares of fictional B-F Explorations hit a high of C$290 a share, similar to the peak price of Bre-X, and the CEO of B-F is named Smolderhof while Bre-X purchased the Busang property on the advice of its geologist John Felderhof. The fictional B-F fraud totaled C$6 billion the same as that of Bre-X.

Those familiar with Mr. Casey know he’s as much a philosopher as he is a speculator. There is no ambiguity in Casey’s characters, they are either evil, and work for, or conspire w...

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A Sour Holiday Season for Neocons "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

America’s extended Christmas holiday season, stretching through much of November and all of December, has not been a happy time for Official Washington’s dominant neoconservatives and their liberal interventionist sidekicks.

First, they had to lick their wounds over the defeat of their preferred U.S. presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton; then they had to watch as their “moderate” Syrian rebel proxies and their Al Qaeda allies were routed from east Aleppo; and finally they watched in disbelief as the Obama administration permitted passage of a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israel’s illegal settlements on Palestinian lands.

To say that the neocons and liberal hawks have not taken these reversals well would be an understatement. They have pretty much blamed Clinton’s defeat on everyone but themselves and Clinton herself. They have been apoplectic over Aleppo and their lost dream of “regime change” in Syria. And they have sputtered in outrage over President Obama’s failure to veto the Israeli anti-settlement resolution.

Regarding Clinton’s defeat, her embrace of the neocon/liberal-hawk “regime change” obsessions siphoned off enthusiasm among the peace faction of the Democratic Party, a significant and activist part of the progressive movement.

Clinton’s alignment with the neocon/liberal hawks may have helped her with the mainstream media, but the MSM has lost much of its credibility by making itself a handmaiden in leading the nation to wars and more wars.

Average Americans also could feel the contempt that these elites had for the rest of us. The neocons and liberal hawks had come to believe in the CIA’s concept of “perception management,” feeling that the American people were items to be controlled, not the nation’s sovereigns to be informed and respected. Instead of “We the People,” Official Washington’s elites treated us like “Us the Sheep.”

Though this “perception management” idea took hold during the Reagan administration – largely in reaction to the public’s distrust of U.S. foreign policy following the Vietnam War – it became a bipartisan practice, extending through George W. Bush’s WMD sham about Iraq and into the behavior of the Obama administration in manipulating public opinion about Syria, Libya, Ukraine and Russia, pretty much any country targeted for “regime change.”

So, when this establishment tried to force Hillary Clinton’s coronation down the nation’s throat, enough Americans choked at the idea – even to the extent of voting for the eminently unqualified Donald Tr...

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100% of US Global Warming "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Climate Central just ran this piece, which the Washington Post picked up on. They claimed the US was “overwhelmingly hot” in 2016, and temperatures have risen 1,5°F since the 19th century.

The U.S. Has Been Overwhelmingly Hot This Year | Climate Central

The first problem with their analysis is that the US had very little hot weather in 2016. The percentage of hot days was below average, and ranked 80th since 1895. Only 4.4% of days were over 95°F, compared with the long term average of 4.9%. Climate Central is conflating mild temperatures with hot ones.

They also claim US temperatures rose 1.5°F since the 19th century, which is what NOAA shows.

Climate at a Glance | National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)

The problem with the NOAA graph is that it is fake data. NOAA creates the warming trend by altering the data. The NOAA raw data shows no warming over the past century

The adjustments being made are almost exactly 1.5°F, which is the claimed warming in the article.

The adjustments being correlate almost perfectly with atmospheric CO2. NOAA is adjusting the data to match global warming t...

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Exactly Why Should the Majority Rule? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Unlike many concepts in political theory, such as liberty or justice, democracy is easy to define. It denotes government by the majority, whether directly or indirectly. In the present essay, I shall restrict the discussion to government in control of a reasonably large territory. This restriction leads to, but perhaps does not entail, a further limitation. The type of government I shall endeavor to discuss is a variety of indirect democracy, i.e., a representative democracy, as in the United States and Great Britain, where the national legislature is popularly elected. Representative democracy is not the only conceivable sort of indirect democracy: imagine, e.g., a system in which the people by plebiscite can veto laws but only a non-elected body can propose them. Nevertheless, it is the system of government most frequently commended to all and sundry.

Though it is easy to characterize democracy, recent political theory has been marked by a conspicuous omission. Virtually no argument is ever offered to support the desirability of representative democracy, and the little that is available seems distressingly weak. Why ought democracy to be either instituted or promoted, let alone exported, as a recent book by Joshua Muravchik (Exporting Democracy) advocates? One would think that as important a question as that of the best political system would have generated an enormous literature. In point of fact, most writing on the subject simply takes for granted the desirability of democracy and inquires how existing democracies may be improved. The issue of whether democracy is a “good thing” is not thought worth raising.

A notable example of the omission I contend exists is a recent volume, The Conquest of Politics, by Bernard Barber, a distinguished political theorist teaching at Rutgers University. Barber criticizes a number of philosophers who have written about politics, including John Rawls, Bruce Ackerman, and Robert Nozick, for presuming to arrive at agendas for a just political order in the absence of democratic discussion. The decision of the people, rather than the excogitations of philosophers “voyaging through strange seas of thought alone,” should determine questions of distributive justice. To think otherwise is to be undemocratic.

Barber, whatever criticism one might make of him, at least has something to say. Concerning another group, t...

Our Enemy, the Alt-Left "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

James Kirchick’s latest article at The Daily Beast—“The Jews Begging to Join the Alt-Right”—is a ramshackle assemblage of nonsequiturs, ad hominem attacks, and straw man fallacies that Kirchick, himself a Jew, tries to pass off as a reasoned argument.

The first thing of which to take note is that at the core of Kirchick’s propagandist piece is an intractable contradiction. The “alt-right,” he tells us, is a “nebulous” phenomenon. The Oxford Dictionary informs us that the nebulous is that which is “indistinct,” “unclear,” “ill-defined.” Thus, if he was intellectually honest, Kirchick would, at the very least, proceed with caution and humility while treating his subject matter.

This, though, is decidedly not the course that Kirchick takes. Rather, he purports to know all that there is to know about the nebulous object of his contempt.

Kirchick identifies “leaders” and assures us that “alt-righters” must consent to be “contemptuous of mainstream conservatism.” They must agree to “politicize whiteness.” Those wishing to become members of the “alt-right” must oppose those “hordes of Muslims, Black Lives Matter activists, and campus totalitarians” that are resolved to “destroy” “Western civilization.”

Oh yeah, and anyone who wants to be in the “alt-right” must subscribe to “anti-Semitism.”

Despite this, though, Kirchick informs us that there are “self-hating” Jews who “are lining up” to join the “alt-right” and “shout ‘Seig Heil’ and ‘Hail, Donald’” (Kirchick’s use of the argument ad Hitlerium, though all too predictable, should not go unnoticed here).

The “alt-right” is nebulous and not nebulous, to hear Kirchick tell it.

Second, Kirchick speculates that those legions of Jews aching to ally themselves with “an explicitly racist” movement that “explicitly embraces an exclusionary white identity” and “that frankly doesn’t want them” may be inclined to do so because of Paul Gottfried, “one of the alt-right’s founders [.]”

Gottfried, you see, is Jewish.

He is also a Jew whose family had to flee the Nazis.

Beyond this, Gottfried is hardly the “the crank” that Kirchick would have us think. He is a scholar of European and American intellectual history and retired professor who has authored numerous highly acclaimed books and articles over his illustrious career. He was an adviser in the Reagan administration and became friendly with a retired Richard Nixon after the former President publicly expressed his affection for one of Gottfried’s more philosophical works. Professor Go...

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From Under the Rubble "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Anyone who questions that this is a battle to the death should read “From Under the Rubble.” Alexander Solzhenitsyn and six dissident colleagues, Mikhail Agursky, Evgeny Barabanov, Vadim Borisov, F. Korsakov, A.B., and Igor Shafarevich, risked their lives to write this book while they were still living in the USSR. These brave men joined in the mid-seventies to write this book, which remains an extraordinary accomplishment in exposing the dangers that always arise from the left.

“From Under the Rubble” exposed the Soviet regime that was set in motion by Stalin. Even Lenin himself warned the members of the Communist Party not to allow Stalin to seize power. This book is really a monument to the battle we face with the left to retain our freedom and that for our posterity. This is especially true in light of their hatred that rose to the surface with the 2016 presidential election.

This book is truly a moral indictment of the liberal West that masks over the same seeds of revolution that destroyed Russia and China. The Ten Commandments interestingly warns us not to engage in this leftist mentality. Coveting what someone else has leads to a total loss of security and freedom. We certainly know that the epic battle between left and right took place in the defeat of Athens back in 404 BC by the then communist state of Sparta where personal wealth was outlawed.

checkpoint-charlie

I personally went through Checkpoint Charlie during the late 1970s. I went with a friend who wanted to visit his family and was concerned that they might find out he was born there and not let him leave even though he had become an American. I went because I wanted to see what this was all about first hand. What I saw shocked me beyond belief. His cousin would talk freely, but...

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Jukebox Gets Raspberry Pi Update, but It’s Not for Streaming "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Here’s a retro-electronic rehab with a twist. Normally we’d expect a jukebox Raspberry Pi project to replace the obsolete electromechanical guts with streamed music, but an intact jukebox with a Raspberry Pi remote control is a nice change.

Old-time jukes like [revnhoj]’s 1954 AMI F120 are electromechanical marvels. Stocked with 60 45-rpm discs in a horizontal rack, an arm mounted on a track would retrieve the correct disc and place it on the turntable to play the selected song. The unit in the video below was the main jukebox, which supported “wall boxes” mounted at booths so patrons could select tunes without leaving their tables. [revnhoj] simulated a wall box with a Raspberry Pi connected to the original wall box interface through relays. The Pi serves up a GUI that can be accessed via a tablet, the correct contacts are tickled, and [revnhoj]’s collection of 45s is played through the original mechanism and amplifier, in all its “Sonoramic Sound” majesty. It’s a pretty neat hack that adds new functionality while being true to the original platform.

The chatter on the reddit thread where we spotted this hack was trending toward adding streaming audio, but we truly hope the juke stays intact and serving only vinyl. We’ve seen jukeboxes gutted before, and while it might make sense for some, we like the old school approach better.

[via r/raspberry_pi]


Filed under: classic hacks, musical hacks

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Why ‘Dangal’ is Neither Feminist Nor Patriarchal "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Dangal succeeds in making us cheer for young women who break gender stereotypes. But it fails to problematise the patriarchy of the central protagonist.

A still from Dangal. Credit: Facebook

A still from Dangal. Credit: Facebook

Some people think Dangal is a feminist film. Some people think it is a patriarchal film. Both are wrong.

It’s easy to see why Dangal would be considered a feminist film. Two important characters of the film are women wrestlers from Haryana who face ridicule from a highly male-dominated society and overcome several odds to excel at the sport.

It’s equally easy to see why Dangal would be considered a patriarchal film. The central protagonist is a former wrestler who forces his daughters, initially against their will, to become wrestlers. He forces his dream on them and their victory, in the end, is his victory.

This kind of bipolar reception is hardly new. Pink was also celebrated and slammed, for almost exactly the same reasons.

So what is Dangal about? The central protagonist is the former wrestler, Mahavir Phogat. In the opening sequence, he defeats a younger and bigger opponent in an impromptu bout. To rub it in, he defeats him a second time. The punchline to the scene is a lovely piece of dialogue writing. The younger wrestler says: “You should be happy. You defeated a state champion today.” Mahavir’s comeback: “You should be happy. You were defeated by a national champion today.”

We clap. Mahavir is set up as the hero. More than the girls, it is his story.

Feminist critics of the film have focused on the fact that he forces them to accomplish his dream. The girls, it is argued, have no agency.

That he forces them is true. That they have no agency is not. As children, they launch a non-cooperation movement against him because they don’t want to become wrestlers. Then, something happens which makes them change their mind. What? A clearly underage girl, their friend, gets married. She makes them see their future as unpaid domestic lab...

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Friendship, Not Money, Makes People Happy "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Dr. Mercola

In the quest for happiness, many people put their hopes on the attainment of material possessions when what may matter most of all, according to new research, are things that money can’t buy, namely good health and strong relationships.

In the new Origins of Happiness study, findings of which were presented at the London School of Economics (LSE) well-being conference in December 2016, survey data collected from four countries revealed the key determinants of people’s life satisfaction.

Good Friends, Mental and Physical Well-Being Matter More Than Income

LSE economist Lord Richard Layard, who led the report, said the findings suggest governments should be focused not on wealth creation but on well-being creation.1

By focusing on people’s physical and mental health, along with their relationships, the corresponding reduction in depression and anxiety could reduce misery by 20 percent, compared to just a 5 percent reduction if the focus was on eliminating poverty.2

Tackling depression and anxiety would also be “self-financing,” according to the report, because costs would be recovered via increased employment rates and a reduction in health care costs.

“The strongest factor predicting a happy adult life is not children’s qualifications but their emotional health,” the report noted, pointing out that children should not be judged solely on their academic achievements. 

“There is also powerful evidence that schools have a big impact on children’s emotional health, and which school a child goes to will affect their emotional wellbeing as much as it affects their exam performance,” the report found. Other notable findings include:3

  • Income inequality explains only 1 percent of the variation in happiness levels within a community while mental health differences explain over 4 percent
  • Having a partner in life plays a greater role in life satisfaction than education level; this is in line with past research that found being married is worth more than $100,000 of annual income for both men and women4......

Reap the Antioxidant Benefits of This Citrus Essential Oil "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Dr. Mercola

Grapefruits are delicious– they are a treat on their own and are a wonderful addition to any salad. They are packed with nutrients, too. Like other citrus fruits, grapefruit can also be converted into an essential oil, which is packed with antioxidants and provides numerous practical uses and benefits.

What Is Grapefruit Oil?

Grapefruit is known by its scientific names Citrus Racemosa and Citrus Maxima. The latter was given to larger varieties to emphasize their size.1

The history and origin of grapefruit is shrouded in mystery. However, some accounts show that the fruit was first bred in Jamaica. It was later on given the name “grapefruit” because it looked like clusters of grapes hanging on trees.2

Grapefruit oil is commonly used in aromatherapy. It is extracted from the peel of the grapefruit (Citrus paradisi), not its pulp or flesh.3 Like other citrus oils, grapefruit essential oil is obtained through compression and possesses similar therapeutic properties.4

Uses of Grapefruit Oil

Grapefruit oil is popularly known as a detoxification agent, as it helps activate your lymphatic system. It is often used to clear toxins, remove excess fluids and help burn fat.5 Others specific uses of this citrus essential oil include:6,7,8

Aromatherapy oil — When inhaled, gra...

Friendship, Not Money, Makes People Happy "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Dr. Mercola

By Dr. Mercola

In the quest for happiness, many people put their hopes on the attainment of material possessions when what may matter most of all, according to new research, are things that money can’t buy, namely good health and strong relationships.

In the new Origins of Happiness study, findings of which were presented at the London School of Economics (LSE) well-being conference in December 2016, survey data collected from four countries revealed the key determinants of people’s life satisfaction.

Good Friends, Mental and Physical Well-Being Matter More Than Income

LSE economist Lord Richard Layard, who led the report, said the findings suggest governments should be focused not on wealth creation but on well-being creation.1

By focusing on people’s physical and mental health, along with their relationships, the corresponding reduction in depression and anxiety could reduce misery by 20 percent, compared to just a 5 percent reduction if the focus was on eliminating poverty.2

Tackling depression and anxiety would also be “self-financing,” according to the report, because costs would be recovered via increased employment rates and a reduction in health care costs.

“The strongest factor predicting a happy adult life is not children’s qualifications but their emotional health,” the report noted, pointing out that children should not be judged solely on their academic achievements.

“There is also powerful evidence that schools have a big impact on children’s emotional health, and which school a child goes to will affect their emotional wellbeing as much as it affects their exam performance,” the report found. Other notable findings include:...

1 in 6 Americans Are Now on Psychiatric Medication "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Dr. Mercola

By Dr. Mercola

Recent research shows that American doctors are still over-prescribing many different kinds of drugs,1 especially antibiotics and opioid pain killers, despite repeated calls for prudence.

U.S. health care expenses have also risen, hitting $3.2 trillion annually as of 2015, and rising prescription prices combined with over-prescribing are significant drivers of these rising costs, according to a government report.2,3,4,5

While psychiatric drugs were not included in that report, statistics reveal a very clear trend of over-prescribing here as well. According to recent research, 1 in 6 Americans are now on antidepressants or some other type of psychiatric drug, and most appear to be taking them long-term.6,7,8,9,10

That’s quite an extraordinary number, and a significant increase, nearly doubled, from 2011 when 1 in 10 American adults reported using a psychiatric drug....

Donald Trump: Pedophiles Deserve The Death Penalty "IndyWatch Feed World"

Is Trump preparing to tackle in the rampant pedophilia and child abduction crisis in the United States? The future president tweeted that something has to be done about “missing children grabbed by the perverts” and suggested that a “fast trial” followed by the “death penalty” is the answer. According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (citing U.S. Department of Justice reports), nearly 800,000 children are reported missing each year [in the USA alone]. That’s more than 2,000 children abducted every single day. One every 40 seconds.  In 2010, the Justice Department released the first-ever National Strategy for Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction, which aimed to assess the dangers from child pornography, online enticement, and other crimes against children. Read Entire Article »

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Eyes on the future: Facebook acquires eye tracking VR technology David Icke latest headlines

‘Facebook has just acquired Eye Tribe, a Danish tech company that can track eye movements and gestures. Facebook hopes to use the technology in conjunction with their Oculus virtual reality headsets. Eye Tribe, founded in 2011 by four IT University of Copenhagen students, details its technology as “eye control for consumer devices that enables simplified and enhanced user experiences” in its company mission statement. Facebook has merged the Eye Tribe team with its Oculus VR team, which it recently acquired for $2 billion. Last year, Oculus founder Palmer Luckey called eye tracking technology a “critical part” of VR’s future, saying: “I’m very, very in tune with what’s going on in eye tracking research,” according to Upload VR.’ Read more: Eyes on the future: Facebook acquires eye tracking VR technology

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Remember the Massacre at Wounded Knee "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The new issue of Jacobin is out now. To mark its release, we’re offering discounted introductory subscriptions.

As dawn appeared on December 29, 1890, about 350 Lakota Indians awoke, having been forced by the US Army to camp the night before alongside the Wounded Knee Creek in South Dakota. The US Cavalry’s 7th Regiment had “escorted” them there the day prior and, now, surrounded the Indians with the intent to arrest Chief Big Foot (also called Spotted Elk) and disarm the warriors.

When a disagreement erupted, army soldiers opened fire, including with Hotchkiss machine guns. Within minutes, hundreds of children, men, and women were shot down. Perhaps as many as three hundred killed and scores wounded that morning.

Few Americans now know that the deadliest shootings in US history were massacres of native peoples. Today is the anniversary of the largest such massacre.

The event’s common name, “The Battle of Wounded Knee,” obscures the true horrors of that day. For this was no “battle” — it was a massacre.

A People’s Dream

Indigenous peoples were the first to experience the wrath of European conquerors. While no one knows how many people lived in what is now the United States, estimates range from two to eight million before contact. By 1900, about two hundred thousand remained, nearly all consigned to remote wastelands in the interior west that elites considered worthless.

The Lakota, comprised of seven bands, was the largest and most powerful of a larger group of Indians who lived in the northern Plains that together are called Sioux. For most of the nineteenth century, they fiercely resisted the encroachment of US authority and people on their homeland.

Few US citizens or European immigrants lived in the vast interior until after the Civil War. Then, thanks largely to the US government, millions streamed westward aboard government-financed transcontinental railroad lines. The immense lands — seized from Indian nations — and abundant natural resources drew white people wanting to farm, ranch, and mine. They hoped to live independent lives and, just maybe, get rich.

The US government also dispatched the Army to protect “settlers” from increasingly angry Indians.

The government and citizenry considered the lands that Indians had lived upon for millennia to be the property of the United States. Accordingly, natives were killed, displaced, or forced onto “reservations.” The US compelled Indian na...

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10 Reasons Trump Won’t Lead A Nuclear Renaissance "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Even though Trump is keen about nukes, a look at energy markets shows why his enthusiasm won't boost nuclear energy generally.

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

“An alluring sight in southern skies, the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) is seen here through narrowband filters. The filters are designed to transmit only light emitted by ionized sulfur, hydrogen, and oxygen atoms. Ionized by energetic starlight, the atoms emit their characteristic light as electrons are recaptured and the atom transitions to a lower energy state. As a result, this false color image of the LMC seems covered with shell-shaped clouds of ionized gas surrounding massive, young stars. 
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Sculpted by the strong stellar winds and ultraviolet radiation, the glowing clouds, dominated by emission from hydrogen, are known as H II (ionized hydrogen) regions. Itself composed of many overlapping shells, the Tarantula Nebula is the large star forming region at top center. A satellite of our Milky Way Galaxy, the LMC is about 15,000 light-years across and lies a mere 180,000 light-years away in the constellation Dorado.”

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Private cars banned in Spanish capital in battle against pollution David Icke latest headlines

‘Millions of privately-owned cars have been banned from roads in Madrid in an attempt to improve air quality in the Spanish capital. According to the city government, applicable restrictions for Friday will be announced by midday on Thursday for the region of Madrid, which includes the capital and the surrounding neighborhoods. Local government sources said the restriction could alternate between odd and even number plates for as long as high levels of contamination persist. The restrictions will be in place between 6:30 and 21:00 across the region. Drivers caught flouting the regulation will face fines of up to 90 euros.’ Read more: Private cars banned in Spanish capital in battle against pollution

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Bahraini rights activist Nabeel Rajab released on bail, immediately rearrested David Icke latest headlines

‘Prominent Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab has been released from prison on bail, following a seven-month pre-trial detainment over a series of tweets, but was ordered back into custody over separate investigations. Rajab’s lawyer, Jalila Sayed, confirmed the activist would stay in prison, AP reported. “Nabeel is overall weak because of so many health problems he started facing, including heart problems and other physical issues,” she said. “He’s under tremendous stress because of this length of detention.” Rajab was arrested on June 13 on charges of “spreading false information and rumors with the aim of discrediting the State” for tweeting and re-tweeting statements that criticized the actions of Bahrain’s forces in Yemen.’ Read more: Bahraini rights activist Nabeel Rajab released on bail, immediately rearrested

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Mass die offs continue as “raining dead birds” descend on New Jersey, unexplained "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

SHTFPlan Editor’s Comment: Unexplained animal deaths by the hundreds or thousands, every species effected. Sometimes, there is a connection to human experimentation and meddling, sometimes there is no apparent connection at all. Shifting climate and an emerging techno-grid are creating a different environment for many important species on this planet. Electromagnetic activity alone may explain part of the reason that bees and birds of flight have been affected, along with weather patterns.

Hundreds of thousands of fish and other sea life have simply washed up dead on coastlines around the world, and may be connected to reported extinction level events taking place in the oceans. Few are willing to connect the dots, but a pattern is emerging.

What is most telling is how little explanation is offered through official channels. No one is stepping up, suggesting a willing blackout on this topic of continued significance and intrigue. If whatever is taking place in these cases affects the wildlife like this, what is it doing to people?

Why Is It Raining Dead Birds in New Jersey?

by Melissa Dykes

There’s a good question for you.

It’s being reported that just days before Thanksgiving in Stow Creek Township, New Jersey, 200 dead red-winged blackbirds began “raining” from the sky.

And it isn’t the first time in recent weeks this has happened in that area, either.

Infectious disease has been ruled out, and despite testing nearby wheat fields for chemical compounds that may have contributed, pesticide poisoning has supposedly been ruled out as well.

Scientists are stumped (via Philly.com):

“We did ascertain that the birds suffered trauma and internal bleeding from hitting the ground,” [New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Larry] Hajna said. “But what made them fall from the sky in the first place . . . we can’t say for certain.”

So…

What do you think is causing this?

Curious isn’t it? How these “mysteries” are always reported on, but they hardly ever up finding the cause…

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Uruguay’s former dictator Gregorio Alvarez dies at 91 David Icke latest headlines

‘General Gregorio “El Goyo” Alvarez, the last military dictator in Uruguay who ruled the country from 1981 to 1985, has died at the age of 91. Human rights activists in Uruguay were celebrating the death on Wednesday of Alvarez, who reportedly died of a heart failure at Montevideo Military Hospital. “With the greatest respect, a rapist, a murderer, a torturer, a ‘disappearer’ doesn’t redeem himself by dying,” said a lawyer who once defended the victims of the Alvarez era. Activist Beatriz Benzano said, “The first thing I thought is, he died with the secret of all the people he ‘disappeared’ and killed.”‘ Read more: Uruguay’s former dictator Gregorio Alvarez dies at 91

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More Indigenous Doctors Aim to Close Australia’s Health Gap "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Australia has fewer than 300 aboriginal doctors, but things are gradually changing with some aboriginal doctors determined to make a difference.

Credit:Vinka Barunga. University of Western Australia

Credit:Vinka Barunga. University of Western Australia

Sydney: Vinka Barunga was born in the Worrara tribe of the Mowanjum aboriginal community in the remote town of Derby in Western Australia. As a child, she witnessed disease and suicide amongst her people, which made her resolve to one day become a doctor and help break this cycle of suffering. She is one of six, the largest cohort of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) students, to graduate in Medicine/Surgery from the University of Western Australia this year.

Australia has fewer than 300 Aboriginal doctors, but things are gradually changing. Vinka is determined to be the first full time doctor in the town of her birth, situated around 2,400 kilometres north of the state capital Perth in the Kimberley region. It is the gateway to the state’s resource rich north, surrounded by mudflats on three sides, with two distinct seasons.

Tropical and non-communicable diseases, kidney ailments, skin and ear infections are common here. “There is also a long history of introduced diseases. Derby had a leprosarium so there were a lot Aboriginal people that had leprosy living here,” says Vinka, who observes that alcohol and high sugar diets have significantly impacted on her people’s health.

The Derby Aboriginal Health Service (DABS) provides walk-in access to General Practitioners and conducts outreach programmes in remote communities along the 670km-long Gibb River road. There are nurses that tend to small community clinics and doctors visit as often as they can.

“Aboriginal people of this region are largely nomadic and the remoteness of communities makes providing 24/7 health service difficult. Even when services are available, people often don’t use them because they might be going to the same clinic, but they are seeing the fifth doctor. It is hard to build trust and that can be quite devastating for people’s health,” says Vinka, who lost her non-indigenous mother to glioblastoma (brain tumour) at the age of 18 and her father to a long struggle with illness exacerbated by alcohol abuse when she was in her fifth year of medicine.

During her 10-month placement at Derby’s Rural Clinical School, she noticed young chi...

16:44

Bahraini activists warn against normalization of ties with Israel David Icke latest headlines

‘More than 400 Bahraini judicial activists have warned against any normalization of relations with Israel, expressing their support for the Palestinian cause. The activists blasted Bahraini officials for hosting an Israeli celebration last week, Bahrain’s LuaLua TV reported on Wednesday. They also called on the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry to punish its members, who took part in the Hanukkah ceremony, and to make them apologize for their participation in the event.’ Read more: Bahraini activists warn against normalization of ties with Israel

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Charleston shooter not to call witnesses or offer evidence David Icke latest headlines

‘A young American convicted of a deadly mass shooting at a black church in South Carolina says he will not call witnesses or offer evidence in an effort to avoid a death penalty. On Wednesday, Dylann Roof reaffirmed that he was not going to make any efforts to save his life in the penalty phase of his trial over the murder of nine people. His decision faced disagreement from US Judge Richard Gergel, who called on him to discuss the matter with his parents and lawyers first. “‘I think it’s a bad idea,” Gergel said, noting that he is allowed to change his mind before the penalty phase gets under way.’ Read more: Charleston shooter not to call witnesses or offer evidence

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Iraqi troops geared for fresh east Mosul offensive David Icke latest headlines

‘Iraqi forces are gearing up for a three-pronged attacked against Daesh terrorists in the city of Mosul following a two-week lull in their anti-terror operations, says a high-ranking Iraqi commander. The commander of Iraq’s counterterrorism forces in eastern Mosul, Lieutenant General Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi, made the announcement in an interview published by the Associated Press on Wednesday. He noted that federal police units have joined units from the military’s 9th Division located to the southeast of Mosul and that forces have taken positions alongside units from the army’s 16th Division on city’s northern side.’ Read more: Iraqi troops geared for fresh east Mosul offensive

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Call me a moral hazard meanie… "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Pensioners who need help being helped back to their feet after a fall at home will be charged £26 by their local council.

Tendring District Council said it would introduce the fee as part of its Careline service for elderly people who require home care.

An elderly rights campaign group has described the charge as “shocking” and equivalent to a ‘falling fine’.

The £25.92 annual charge means a carer will come to pick an elderly resident up after a fall.

…”These people will have no other option but to pay because if they don’t, they’re going to be lying there on the floor aren’t they?” he added.

Here is the full story.  Do keep in mind that the number of phone calls will exceed the number of people who require public sector assistance.

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16:35

Trump Announces Two More Companies Join “America First” Job’s Campaign – 8,000 New Jobs… "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

During a statement to the press on Wednesday, President-elect Donald Trump announced two more companies who have committed to repatriation of jobs for U.S. workers. From his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, Mr. Trump said phone carrier Sprint will bring 5,000 jobs back from … Continue reading

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ZAP's Mid-Week Report -- December 28, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed World"

Subject: Mid-Week by ZAP from "The Office of Poofness"
From: "The Office of Poofness" <2goforth@humanus.ca>
Date: Wed, December 28, 2016 9:12 pm


Zap Says


HI ALL

I AM HUMBLED BY YOUR RESPONSE AND YOUR WELL WISHES. A VERY GRATEFUL THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU.

I REALLY DID NOT THINK I WOULD MAKE IT, BUT THANKS TO YOU I DID. I SAW MY FAMILY FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ALMOST A DECADE. MY MOTHER, GOD BLESS HER, IS STILL STANDING BUT SHE IS FRAIL AND PUTTING ON CLOTHES TIRES HER GREATLY AND SHE BREATHES HARD AND MUST REST. THE SIMPLE ACT OF PUTTING ON CLOTHES…. NOT IN GOOD SHAPE.

THE HIGHLIGHT OF MY TRIP WAS MY WIFE AND DAUGHTER. I HAVE NOT SEEN THEM IN WAY TOO LONG, AND ALL WE COULD DO WAS HUG FOR HALF AN HOUR. NONE OF US WANTED TO LET GO.

THERE IS MORE BUT YOU CAN TELL THE REST. THE TEARS, THE PAIN OF BEING APART, ALL OF THAT WAS WASHED AWAY FOR A BRIEF MOMENT AND I CAN NOT TELL YOU THE EMOTIONS THAT WERE EXPERIENCED BUT THEY WERE VERY STRONG.

I HAVE YOU TO THANK FOR GETTING ME HERE. NOW ALL I HAVE TO DO IS FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET BACK. WHEN IT RAINS IT DOES SOMETHING ELSE TOO.

HOWEVER, I DO HAVE VERY GOOD NEWS. DURING MY TIME HERE, I HAD TO WORK (SURPRISE SURPRISE). THIS WORK FOR A FEW HOURS ON CHRISTMAS DAY, AND THESE LAST DAYS MEANS EVERYTHING TO OUR HUMANITY.

THE ROYALS RELEASED A SPECIAL ACCOUNT ON CHRISTMAS, AND THIS ONE HAS A LOT OF ZEROS AFTER THE INTEGER. MORE THAN 20. THEY ARE VERY SERIOUS AND INTENT ON RELEASING ENOUGH INTO THE GLOBAL ECONOMIES TO REBALANCE TRADE DEFICITS, AND PROVIDE FOR THE MASSIVE FUNDINGS THE VARIOUS INFRASTRUCTURES REQUIRE.

THIS KIND OF MASSIVE RELEASE WAS FORETOLD A LONG TIME AGO AND WE HAVE ALL HEARD THOSE STORIES, BUT THEY ARE NOW BECOMING VERIFIABLE STORIES. THE DOCUMENTS I HAD TO DO TELL THE STORY OF THE TAPE, AND IT IS A TRULY EXTRAORDINARY STORY. WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THAT THESE KINDS OF SIZES WOULD BECOME AVAILABLE FOR US.

OUR FUNDING IS GOOD. THEY ARE TRYING TO GET THE FUNDS CLEARED TO OUR PAYMASTER, BUT THE MAJORITY OF THE IMPORTANT BANKERS ARE AWAY ON THEIR HOLIDAY TIME, SO THEY TOLD ME IT SHOULD HAPPEN THIS WEEK, BUT IN CASE OF ANY GLITCHES, EXPECT USABLE FUNDS RIGHT AFTER THE WEEKEND. I SORTA FIGURED THIS BUT WAS HOPING THEY WOULD BE ABLE TO GET THE SMALL STUFF DONE AND IN OUR POCKETS. IT STILL MAY HAPPEN IN THE NEXT DAY.

AT THIS POINT, I DO NOT CARE BECAUSE I KNOW WHAT IS COMING DOWN THE PIKE. THEY WILL FINISH THIS FIRST BATCH TO US TO BEGIN THE PROJECTS, THEN THEY WILL LOAD US UP, AND THIS PROCESS IS GOING TO BE HUGE. I DO NOT EXPECT SMALL FUNDS.

WE ARE ALL PREPARING TO GET TO THE WORK AHEAD AND WITH THE INCREDIBLE SUPPORT WE HAVE FROM BOTH EUROPE...

16:33

Russia, Turkey and Iran Want to Divide Syria Into Zones "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Children walk near a parked ambulance in al-Rai town, northern Aleppo province, Syria December 27, 2016. Credit: Reuters

Children walk near a parked ambulance in al-Rai town, northern Aleppo province, Syria December 27, 2016. Credit: Reuters

Moscow/Ankara: Syria would be divided into informal zones of regional power influence and Bashar al-Assad would remain president for at least a few years under an outline deal between Russia, Turkey and Iran, sources say.

Such a deal, which would allow regional autonomy within a federal structure controlled by Assad’s Alawite sect, is in its infancy, subject to change and would need the buy-in of Assad and the rebels and, eventually, the Gulf states and the US, sources familiar with Russia’s thinking say.

“There has been a move towards a compromise,” said Andrey Kortunov, director general of the Russian International Affairs Council, a think tank close to the Russian foreign ministry.

“A final deal will be hard, but stances have shifted.”

Assad’s powers would be cut under a deal between the three nations, say several sources. Russia and Turkey would allow him to stay until the next presidential election when he would quit in favour of a less polarising Alawite candidate.

Iran has yet to be persuaded of that, say the sources. But either way Assad would eventually go, in a face-saving way, with guarantees for him and his family.

“A couple of names in the leadership have been mentioned (as potential successors),” said Kortunov, declining to name names.

Nobody thinks a wider Syrian peace deal, something that has eluded the international community for years, will be easy, quick or certain of success. What is clear is that President Vladimir Putin wants to play the lead role in trying to broker a settlement, initially with Turkey and Iran.

That would bolster his narrative of Russia regaining its mantle as a world power and serious Middle East player.

“It’s a very big prize for them if they can show they’re out there in front changing the world,” Sir Tony Brenton, Britain’s former ambassador to Moscow, told Reuters. “We...

16:31

Signs of Seasonal Affective Disorder and how to fight it "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Signs Of Seasonal Affective Disorder And How To Fight It Winter can cramp anyone’s style — the frigid temperatures keep us indoors, fewer daylight hours darken our lives, and the sometimes mountainous snow slows our commutes. Although many people get a little bummed out during the gloomy season,…


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Who are the Millions of “Bad Hombres” Slated for Deportation? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Photo by Fibonacci Blue | CC BY 2.0 In an interview with CBS’s ’60 Minutes’, US President-elect Donald Trump highlighted some campaign promises that he actually plans to keep. Among others, he confirmed that he will build his promised wall on the Mexican border and deport up to three million undocumented migrants. If the US is serious about kicking out the “bad […]

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Feds, Alabama compromise over driver’s license office closures in black communities "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Alabama, a voter ID state, and federal transportation officials have reached a deal after many driver’s license offices that mostly served African-American communities were found to be in violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Alabama agreed to expand driver’s license office hours after the US Department of Transportation (DOT) launched an investigation into […]

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16:30

Escalating the Risky Fight with Russia "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

To box in President-elect Trump, the neocons and liberal hawks are pushing for "crippling sanctions" against Russia that they see as crucial to their dangerous "regime change" agenda in Moscow, reports Robert Parry.

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Aluminum Foil Treatment for Back Pain & Joint Pain – Treatment of Russian & Chinese Healers "IndyWatch Feed World"

In this article we will explain more about aluminum foil and its healing properties which are commonly used by Chinese and Russian healers. “Practice has shown that aluminum foil can  Full Article »

16:25

Bring back Henry Wallace and the Common Man "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Mr. Trump, where is your man representing the interests of the “Common Man” who helped you get elected? We see none.

16:25

Turkey Jails Opposition Newspaper's Cafeteria Manager "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

News of a NATO dictatorship:

Turkish authorities have arrested the cafeteria manager of the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper for insulting the president after he said he would not serve tea to Tayyip Erdogan, one of the manager's lawyers told Reuters on Monday. Senol Buran, who runs the cafeteria at the Istanbul office of Cumhuriyet, was taken into custody after police raided his home late on Saturday, lawyer Ozgur Urfa said. The newspaper is among the few still critical of the government. Insulting the president is a crime punishable by up to four years in prison in Turkey.

[...] Buran was detained after a police officer providing security for the newspaper said he heard him use a derogatory term to describe Erdogan and say he would refuse to serve the president tea if he ever visited the cafeteria, his lawyer said. According to court documents obtained by Reuters, Buran has denied using an insulting term, while confirming that he had said he would refuse to serve the president tea. He also said he had a dispute with the police officer two years ago.

The judge at an Istanbul court on Sunday ordered Buran's arrest pending trial, citing "strong suspicion of crime committed" and saying the suspect might otherwise put pressure on witnesses, the documents showed.

Previously: Turkey's Erdogan Continues Crackdown on Media with Detention of Cumhuriyet Newspaper Staff (same newspaper)


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16:24

It’s All In The Palm Of Your Hand: Push These Points To Eliminate Your Pain "IndyWatch Feed World"

Here is a simple way to relieve pain without without stuffing yourself with chemical-loaded drugs. Read the following instructions carefully and improve your condition: Locate the point on your thumb  Full Article »

16:24

As India’s Fintech Reaches Inflection Point, Is There a Need to Regulate? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Proactive compliance and regulatory engagement will bring distinct advantages and not hamper the growth of financial technology platforms.

India's fintech revolution is only getting started. Credit: Reuters

India’s fintech revolution is only getting started. Credit: Reuters

“Disruption” is often used as a generic term to describe cases where smaller companies with fewer resources are able to successfully challenge established incumbent businesses and upset the status quo. A case has been made that it brings visibility to an enterprise, but in my experience, disruption is far more nuanced and can result from a variety of factors ranging from technological innovation to disintermediation to regulatory arbitrage.

The distinction however, is more than just academic, as knowing the nature of disruption can help in assessing its regulatory viability, sustainability and the ability of the underlying enterprise to retain value.

Fintech disruption

India has a resilient economy that is thriving at the moment with remarkable changes. Combine the economy with the swelling middle class and recent governmental policies, it has certainly increased the demand for financial services in India. Traditional banks that were once sheltered by regulations are now treading in unpredictable waters. And it is the lack of innovation on their part that we see the usage of financial technology growing leaps and bounds. It is given that it is creating significant opportunities for innovators to take a leap of faith in the existing market of the present economy. The comparisons of impact on social behaviour and communication due to fintech can be drawn with the usage of internet and online social networks.

Also, India’s fintech firms are focusing more on untapped customer segments and are certainly fulfilling the needs of the customers. Traditional banks have neglected the SME and retail customer segments. Businesses with unfavourable financing requirements from traditional banks have turned to not-so-traditional lenders for funding. This under-developed consumer banking system has paved the way for the fintech firms to approach unbanked populations who are seeking better offerings.

Although there is a certain lack on the investing front fo...

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December 29th – 2016 Presidential Victory – Open Discussion "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In an effort to keep the Daily Open Thread a little more open topic we are going to start a new daily thread for “2016 Presidential Politics”. Please use this thread to post anything relating to the Trump/Pence presidential victory. … Continue reading

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Thursday December 29th – Open Thread "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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

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Why Won’t You Recognize That We’re Still Here Too? "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Brian Lightfoot Brown

Guest Commentary

Published December 29, 2016

In Indian Country, I have seen what seems to be a trend.  That trend is lack of recognition and acknowledgement of Native American tribes of the eastern coast of the United States, in particular, from the New England region.  It seems that these tribes are largely forgotten, overlooked or just simply ignored.  I often wonder why so many either don’t want to acknowledge or honestly just don’t know of the existence of legitimate indigenous tribes in the northeastern portion of the United States.

First, I’ll begin with the common, generally non-Native person from the northeast.  Most of them are probably unaware of the presence of actual Native Americans in their immediate vicinity.  This is probably due to a number of reasons.  The stereotypical image in many people’s minds as to what a ‘real’ Native American looks like, is the main cause of this.  It’s no secret that a vast majority of Native Americans from the New England area are of mixed heritage.  Some mixed with European American blood and many mixed with African American blood.  The interracial mixing has made many members of these tribes ‘look black or white’ in the eyes of the non-Native population.  These people are not the same as those other white Americans who claim they had a Cherokee Princess in the family tree.  These are people who are valid descendants of the actual tribes from this part of the country and a full-blooded Native ancestor, somewhere in the family history, intermarried and had a family with someone of another race.

Every federally recognized tribe sets its own criteria for tribal citizenship, and many of the tribes from the New England region do not use a blood quantum. Many use lineal descent to tribal members of the past, usually in connection with a treaty, official records or some other form of documentation from a specific time in the past.  For example, the Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island requires that you prove your descent from at least 1 of the 324 Narragansett people listed on an 1880 tribal roll that was used when the state of Rhode Island illegally ‘detribalized’ the Narragansett in order to make tribal lands available for sale to non-Natives.

This tends to lead many people, presumably of non-indigenous heritage, to assume that the people calling themselves Native American from tribes like the Narragansett, Pequot, S...

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Slimming Drinks for Those Who Want to Lose a LOT of Weight "IndyWatch Feed World"

In this article we give you the the recipe for 2 amazing drinks that will help you to speed up metabolism and lose weight. The results are more than great! Recipe 1:  Full Article »

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U.S. Embassy Turkey Openly Lies About U.S. YPG Support "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Turkey - December 28 2016 The truth regarding misinformation in Turkish media concerning United States and Coalition operations against ISIL in Syria: There is considerable misinformation circulating in Turkish media concerning U.S. and Coalition operations...

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UN Arms Trade Treaty Failing in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A campaign in support of the Arms Trade Treaty argued that weapons were subject to fewer regulations than bananas. Credit: IPS.

A campaign in support of the Arms Trade Treaty argued that weapons were subject to fewer regulations than bananas. Credit: IPS.

United Nations: Two years after the UN Arms Trade Treaty entered into force many of the governments which championed the treaty are failing to uphold it, especially when it comes to the conflict in Yemen.

“In terms of implementation, the big disappointment is Yemen,” Anna Macdonald, director of Control Arms, a civil society organisation dedicated to the treaty, told IPS.

“The big disappointment is the countries that were in the forefront of calling for the treaty – and indeed who still champion it as a great achievement in international disarmament and security – are now prepared to violate it by persisting in their arms sales to Saudi Arabia,” she added.

The Saudi-led international coalition has been responsible for thousands of civilian deaths in Yemen and Saudi Arabia is known to have violated humanitarian law by bombing civilian targets, including hospitals.

The conflict in Yemen – the poorest country in the Middle East – has displaced over three million people since it began in March 2015, according to the UN.

However many countries, including the UK, US and France, that have signed up to the Arms Trade Treaty continue to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia despite this, violating their commitments under the treaty.

“The big disappointment is the countries that were in the forefront of calling for the treaty … are now prepared to violate it by persisting in their arms sales to Saudi Arabia,” Anna Macdonald, Control Arms.

Currently 90 UN member states are parties to the treaty, which Macdonald says is a relatively high number for such a new and complex treaty, but the goal remains universalisation, she adds. The treaty entered into force on  December 24, 2014. However while the UK and France have ratified the treaty, the US has only signed the treaty.

Parties to the treaty are obligated to ensure that weapons they sell will not be used to violate international hu...

16:07

10 Natural Remedies To Remove Keloids "IndyWatch Feed World"

Keloids are small scars, scratches and even bumps on the skin. Not many people are aware they have keloids. If you have any of the above, read this article carefully  Full Article »

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The Real Crisis Trump Will Face With Trade "IndyWatch Feed World"

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The entire problem with trade and jobs has been its focus on only the job and not the consumer. David Ricardo developed his principle that nations should pursue their own competitive advantages. In other words, just because I might want to be a brain surgeon does not mean that (1) I might be very good at it, and (2) that I am entitled to state protectionism to prevent others coming into the field who could expose me as second-rate.

When the collapse of socialism is in motion, people demand state benefits and assume they can just legally take. Governments have been in serious trouble and are raising taxes to try to make ends meet, but at the same time, their economies are moving into sharp declines. The greater the instability in Europe and Asia, not to mention emerging markets, the stronger the dollar becomes.

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#TopTen | No. 10: McCully Dances "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This year I wrote and posted 794 posts. (This is the 796th)

Of those, this from November the 3rd was the tenth most popular, which with this week’s shameful work at the UN gains an added relevance…


McCully Dances

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Murray McCully is a strategically astute forward-thinking Foreign Minister who always knows how to get things done. 

Actually, no, he’s not. As the Saudi sheep-to-sand deal has always suggested, he’s either incompetent or he’s corrupt. And as the just-released 18-months-in-the-preparation AG report into the deal has just concluded that he is definitely not corrupt (can’t be; the Attorney-General no less says so!), then that only leaves the other alternative. As one wag said yesterday, "’significant shortcomings’ is probably the best performance review Murray's had in ages."

Hearing him yesterday declare Saudi Arabia to be “the gateway for the African continent” only confirms that conclusion about his competence – also suggesting he invest in a better atlas.

McCully’s pandering to Hmood Al Ali Al Khalaf – from sending him millions of dollars, then flying over live sheep, to setting up some kind of “Agrihub” in the middle of the Arabian desert, to who knows what else? – all of this game-playing suggests less a competent minister than someone who has been well played by Mr Al Khalaf. It puts one in mind not so much of a crafty Metternich who “gets the job done” but a small-time Nigerian scammer made by a good scambaiter to be his dupe.

Something like this, with McCully being the retard with the skateboard:

 

 

[Cartoon by Emmerson]


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Clooney and the “White Helmets,” Dupe or Dope? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

23423412312George Clooney, one of Hollywood’s biggest box office names, a man with pretentions for the presidency for sure and sworn enemy of President-elect Donald Trump, has announced plans to make a film honoring Syria’s White Helmets. To the much of the public subjected to fake and censored news, the White Helmets are heroes. Always in areas controlled by “moderate opposition” or, quite frankly outright terrorists like ISIS and the group formerly named Jabat al Nusra, this organization has been lauded as the savior of the Syrian people from the beastly depredations of the “regime” and its “brutal dictator,” Assad.

The truth is something a bit different, a truth it would have taken Clooney only a few moments on the internet to discover, that or the most minimal research, which he either did or didn’t do. If he didn’t do the research, he is a dupe, meaning he has been fooled into supporting a terrorist group against a legitimate democratically elected government for purposes of protecting and supporting paid mercenary murders. Sound harsh? Probably not harsh enough as we will get into shortly.

The other possibility, of course, is that Clooney is buying his way into politics by making friends with the same ultra-rightest groups that founded the White Helmets and have used similar fronts with the same roots, as we will show, to propagandize color revolutions that have turned into disaster after disaster. From Vanessa Beeley for Global Research:

The western media mythology goes as follows:

They are made up of former bakers, builders, taxi drivers, students, teachers, pretty much anything apart from rescue workers,” according to the much repeated phrase used by their British ex-military, USAR (Urban Search & Rescue) trainer,James Le Mesurier who specialises in outsourcing warfare – the kind of private security operations exemplified by the likes ofBlackwater (now known as Academi) and DynCorp, and other well-known global suppliers of mercenaries and CIA outreach assassination experts.

Running operations through Blackwater gave the CIA the power to have people abducted, or killed, with no one in the government being exactly responsible. ~ The Atlantic, 2012

White Helmets founder Le Mesurier, who graduated from Britain’s elite Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, is said to be an ‘ex’ British military intelligence officer involved in a number of other NATO ‘humanitari...

16:02

This Day in History: December 29, 1890 – Wounded Knee Massacre "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Big Foot left frozen at Wounded Knee in 1890.

This Day in History: December 29, 1890

Published December 29, 2016

WOUNDED KNEE – On December 29, 1890, some 150 Lakota men, women and children were massacred by the US 7th Calvary Regiment near Wounded Knee Creek on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Some estimate the actual number closer to 300.

Snowfall was heavy that December week. The Lakota ancestors killed that day were left in brutal frigid wintry plains of the reservation before a burial party came to bury them in one mass grave. The photograph of Big Foot’s frozen and contorted body is a symbol for all American Indians of what happened to our ancestors.

 

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16:02

Statement by the President on the Designation of Bears Ears National Monument and Gold Butte National Monument "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published December 29, 2016

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, President Barack Obama gained more respect of tribal nations by designating Bears Ears and Golden Butte as national monuments. The White House released the following comments by President Obama shortly after his action:

President Obama at White House Tribal Nation conference in September. Native News Online photo by Levi Rickert

Today, I am designating two new national monuments in the desert landscapes of southeastern Utah and southern Nevada to protect some of our country’s most important cultural treasures, including abundant rock art, archeological sites, and lands considered sacred by Native American tribes.  Today’s actions will help protect this cultural legacy and will ensure that future generations are able to enjoy and appreciate these scenic and historic landscapes. Importantly, today I have also established a Bears Ears Commission to ensure that tribal expertise and traditional knowledge help inform the management of the Bears Ears National Monument and help us to best care for its remarkable national treasures.

Following years of public input and various proposals to protect both of these areas, including legislation and a proposal from tribal governments in and around Utah, these monuments will protect places that a wide range of stakeholders all agree are worthy of protection. We also have worked to ensure that tribes and local communities can continue to access and benefit from these lands for generations to come. 

 

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Mass die offs continue as “raining dead birds” descend on New Jersey, unexplained "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

SHTFPlan Editor’s Comment: Unexplained animal deaths by the hundreds or thousands, every species effected. Sometimes, there is a connection to human experimentation and meddling, sometimes there is no apparent connection at all. Shifting climate and an emerging techno-grid are creating a different environment for many important species on this planet. Electromagnetic activity alone may explain part of the reason that bees and birds of flight have been affected, along with weather patterns.
Hundreds of thousands of fish and other sea life have simply washed up dead on coastlines around the world, and may be connected to reported extinction level events taking

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Trump dismisses talk of imposing sanctions against Russia "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

US President-elect Donald Trump has turned down talk of imposing sanctions against Russia in response to Moscow’s alleged interference in the November 8 election. Talking to reporters at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida on Wednesday night, Trump downplayed the allegations of Russian intervention in the election and stressed the need to move forward. “I think […]

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16:01

An Irreversible Error: German Birth Rate Soars for the First Time in 33 Years "IndyWatch Feed World"

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The irreversible error of the refugee crisis has resulted in the birth rate suddenly soaring in Germany for the first time in 33 years. The refugees are altering Germany in a dramatic way. In 2015, the number of births per woman rose from 1.4 children to 1.5 children. One in five newborns had a mother who was born abroad, according to the Federal Statistical Office. The impact of this is now transforming refugees into migrants whose children are now German. This is altering everything within Germany. The Protestant Revolution transformed the majority from Catholic to Protestant. Will Germany, 30 years from now, be Muslim? Interesting evolutionary process.

16:00

It’s on the internet, it must be true "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Fascinating articles from the NYT about Snopes – ‘the definitive Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation.’

Snopes is now helping with general fact checking for Facebook, and as a result finds itself under attack, which may or may not be a good thing…

It’s easy to laugh at people who get fooled by fake news and outrageous rumours, but I’m the first to admit just how gullible I am. As such a visit to Snopes is a standard reflex to just about any possibly suspicion story I see on social these days.

And starting your morning by visiting their Home page isn’t such a bad habit. It at least prepares you for the day ahead.

Bonus points to Snopes for providing helpful summaries under each headline – meaning for many articles you don’t even need to click through. For a site that makes money from advertising (and thus pageviews) it is refreshing to see they put user experience ahead of clicks.

BTW check the bios for each author – they’re hilarious (and yes, they’re fake, in case you needed to check…)

Finally, did you hear that Obama has signed an executive order banning all fake news sites?

UPDATE: I’m seriously not sure if this article about Facebook’s Safety Check being triggered by fake news is actually true or not…

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16:00

America’s Top Climate Change 'Expert' Sentenced to Jail for Fraud "IndyWatch Feed World"

The highest paid climate change "expert" in the country says he did it out of "greed" and also "got a rush" out of lying

The United States’ highest paid climate change expert has been sentenced to 32 months in federal prison on fraud charges.

John C. Beale’s crimes were “inexplicable” and “unbelievably egregious,” said Judge Ellen Huvelle in imposing the sentence in a Washington. D.C. federal court.

Beale drew a $200,000 plus salary per year and regularly traveled around the world staying high end hotels – all at the taxpayer’s expense – while claiming to be saving the world from global warming as well as working for the CIA on covert assignments.


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16:00

Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.0007 BTC
0.0010 BTC = 1.35 AUD
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15:56

Not Shit New Year’s Resolutions "IndyWatch Feed National"

Every year starts the same: you drink and eat to excess in the lead up to Christmas, spend the week between Boxing Day and New Year in a confused limbo, and then begin the year with an empty wallet, pounding head and mouthful of resolute resolutions. January is named after Janus, the god of new beginnings, but instead of just beginning the new year, you decide this will be the best time to begin your new life so you make a series of pointless pledges that end up drowned in a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc. Somewhere around the middle of the month, you realise that you can’t get abs in five days and you can’t get rich while maintaining a serious relationship with chocolate and booze. Right about now is the point you will be steadily failing every improbable goal you set for yourself on January 1st, so instead of feeling shitty about your health and career goals, start again with one of my ‘Not Shit Resolutions’, way better for you than a juice cleanse.

1. Travel somewhere new every month

You don’t have to plan an international jaunt every 30 days; travelling is still travelling even if it’s two hours away. Rent an Airbnb and escape to a town you’ve never visited before or book a last minute flight to somewhere not initially on your travel list; it’s cheap so why not? Not all trips have to come with six months’ planning and a year of saving.

2. Try a new sexual manoeuvre

I have no doubt you are a competent lover, but sometimes very good coital requires a little innovation. It’s time to reinvent the standard routine you’ve been perfecting all your life and try something new. I suggest ‘The Catcher in the Pie’ or the ‘Find a Penny’. If you’re feeling particularly athletic, perhaps try a new position every day; your fitness will improve more than the average boot camp – although you may suffer a tad more chafing.

3. Take a trip with someone unexpected

The best trips are taken with friends, lovers or alone, but why not challenge yourself to flying overseas with the unlikeliest of companions? Board a plane bound for Japan with your mum and grandma: three generations of family, off to cause some havoc in Asia. Or take your dad on a pilgrimage to Gallipoli. Make a vow to explore the back streets of Paris with your younger sibling, or take Roger from the deli aisle of Coles to Antigua, whatever works.

4. Stop being such a dick

Stop si...

15:50

Syrian War Report – December 28, 2016: Govt Deploys 10,000-Strong Force For Advance On Palmyra "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-december-28-2016-govt-deploys-10000-strong-force-for-avdance-on-palmyra/

15:49

Totally Unhinged, Completely Out of Control And Dangerous As Liberals Attack Trump Supporters Across America "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Totally Unhinged, Completely Out of Control And Dangerous As Liberals Attack Trump Supporters Across America When President-Elect Donald Trump won enough electoral votes to beat Hillary Clinton, it came as a surprise to those that had been listening or reading the mainstream media, who consistently told them it wasn’t possible or the odds were astronomical, so the…

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15:36

A Tale of Two Housing Markets: Hot and Not So Hot "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

If we had to guess which areas will likely experience the smallest declines in prices and recover the soonest, which markets would you bet on?
Though housing statistics such as average sales price are typically lumped into one national number, this is extremely misleading: there are two completely different housing markets in the U.S. One is hot, one is not so hot.
Just as importantly, one may stay relatively hot while the other may stagnate or decline.
All real estate is local, of course; there are thousands of housing markets if we consider neighborhoods, hundreds if we look at counties, cities and towns and dozens if we look at multi-city metro regions.
But consider what happens to average sales prices when million-dollar home sales are lumped in...

15:32

Chinese Professor Writing for Pine River Capital Says China Will Win Trade War with America "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By The_Real_Fly

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The shills over at the Minnesota based hedge fund, Pine River, are making the media rounds these evening, after issuing a letter featuring a Hong Kong Professor named James Wang who said China would defeat the United States in a trade war. The entire article is suspect and wreaks of enemy propaganda.

Have a look, penned by <<a>> (hmm).

This is what Wang had to say about a prospective trade war with the US, which includes Trump slapping the shit out of China with 45% tariffs.

“By design, decision-makers in a democracy face difficulties coordinating a relief effort and must eventually face a political backlash from impacted domestic producers,” Wang wrote. “On this basis, the Chinese may have more runway to play the long game in a trade war.”

“The balance of power worldwide is much more diffuse compared to the early 20th century, and players like China and India have emerged to create new political centers of gravity,” Wang wrote.

“However, as economic and political paralyses spread across the developed world, the most likely outcome is a trade war.”

In other words, Pine Capital believes America is finished and the balance of power now lies in Beijing.

The math, however, tells a different story, as China enjoys nearly a $300 billion per annum trade surplus with the United States, wholly dependent on the US consumer to keep their bedraggled populace at bay, saddled with incredibly high levels of debt (250%+) and soaring NPLs.

Goldman analyst, Kinger Lau, believes punitive tariffs will clown-rape China’s GDP by 3% in 2017. Kevin Lau from Daiwa Capital isn’t as optimistic a...

15:31

Exactly how much was Debbie Reynolds worth? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

How Much Was Debbie Reynolds Worth? Debbie Reynolds, remembered for her performances in such memorable movies as “Singing in the Rain” and “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” spent years in financial trouble, finally filing for bankruptcy in 1997. At her death Wednesday, she was estimated to have been…


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Russia’s biggest bank hails “President of Change’ Trump "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Russia’s Biggest Bank Hails ‘President of Change’ Trump The head of Russia’s biggest bank, Herman Gref, has hailed U.S. President-elect Donald Trump as the leader of “change,” suggesting he has hopes of a change in the sanctions on Russian state officials and enterprises. State lender…


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How To Think Trump "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

NEW YORK—I don’t wanna say Donald Trump has contempt for established rules, but he’s planning his third term. This is a boon for the media, though, because at least once a day the Trump press corps gets to say, You won’t believe what this guy did now. The usual progression goes as follows: (1) Trump […]

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15:30

¿Por qué Fidel Castro no quería ninguna estatua con su figura? "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

El Parlamento cubano aprobó el pasado martes 27 de diciembre una ley en respeto a la voluntad de Fidel Castro

15:30

Auckland “doesn’t seem anywhere as nice or as clean as it used to be” "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A British couple who had all their most valuable belongings stolen from their campervan have traced their phone to an apartment block but can’t get to it. Now they’re stranded in Auckland, formerly Alexandra Petersen’s favourite city, without their most precious possessions because the office of the British Consulate in Auckland is shut until next […]

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15:30

FARC: Acuerdo militar con OTAN mina soberanía de Colombia "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

La guerrilla FARC advierte al Gobierno colombiano de que un acuerdo militar con la OTAN, ‘aparato de dominación de EE.UU.’,

15:29

He Won Because The Elites Want Him There "IndyWatch Feed World"

Source: Zero Hedge | by Tyler Durden


"He Won Because The Elites Want Him There, The Global Economy Will Collapse"

Nov 10, 2016 10:40 PM

Though Trump’s election was a great victory/rebuke over the dictates and controls of the financial oligarchy that own and run this nation, SHTFPlan.com's Mac Salvo warns, the American people are not out of the woods yet.

Quietly but constantly in the background of the entire Obama Administration, the Federal Reserve’s stimulus program that combined unlimited QE with zero percent interest rates has absolutely wrecked this country and its economic stability.

The system as we know it cannot be sustained. Yellen and co. have been simply waiting for the right time to let the other shoe drop – namely, after it could influence the election even further in the direction of Trump’s populist uprising. Unfortunately, he will now be largely blamed for the great destruction that is scheduled to fall upon this nation. In fact, that is the very reason that Brandon Smith of Alt-Market.com attributed to Trump’s victory when he predicted his election many months ago.

Something big is coming… prepare yourselves accordingly.

How Alt-Market Predicted Trump’s Win Months in Advance: “He won because the elites WANT HIM THERE, the global economy WILL collapse”

Authored by Melissa Dykes via The Daily Sheeple,

While many of us in the alternative media and especially those researchers of Clinton crimes are breathing a big fat sigh of relief that anybody but Hillary is headed to the White House in 2017, Brandon Smith of Alt Market is warning us all not to get too comfortable… and with history on his side here, we should listen to him.

Despite what looked like a rigged, fraudulent Hillary win...

15:27

IoT saves lives but infosec wants to change that "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The cybersecurity industry mocks/criticizes IoT. That's because they are evil and wrong. IoT saves lives. This was demonstrated a couple weeks ago when a terrorist attempted to drive a truck through a Christmas market in German. The truck has an Internet-connected braking system (firmware updates, configuration, telemetry). When it detected the collision, it deployed the brakes, bringing the truck to a stop. Injuries and deaths were a 10th of the similar Nice truck attack earlier in the year.

All the trucks shipped by Scania in the last five years have had mobile phone connectivity to the Internet. Scania pulls back telemetry from trucks, for the purposes of improving drivers, but also to help improve the computerized features of the trucks. They put everything under the microscope, such as how to improve air conditioning to make the trucks more environmentally friendly.

Among their features is the "Autonomous Emergency Braking" system. This is the system that saved lives in Germany.

You can read up on these features on their website, or in their annual report [*].


My point is this: the cybersecurity industry is a bunch of police-state fetishists that want to stop innovation, to solve the "security" problem first before allowing innovation to continue. This will only cost lives. Yes, we desperately need to solve the problem. Almost certainly, the Scania system can trivially be hacked by mediocre hackers. But if Scania had waited first to secure its system before rolling it out in trucks, many more people would now be dead in Germany. Don't listen to cybersecurity professionals who want to stop the IoT revolution -- they just don't care if people die.



Update: Many, such the first comment, point out that the emergency brakes operate independently of the Internet connection, thus disproving this post.

That's silly. That's the case of all IoT devices. The toaster still toasts without Internet. The surveillance camera still records video without Internet. My car, which also has emergency brakes, still stops. In almost no IoT is the Internet connectivity integral to the day-to-day operation. Instead, Internet connectivity is for things like configuration, telemetry, and downloading firmware updates -- as in the case of Scania.

While the brakes don't make their decision based on the current connectivity, connectivity is nonetheless essential to the equation. Scania monitors its fleet of 170,000 trucks and uses that information to make trucks, including braking systems, better.

My car is no more or less Internet connected than the Scania truck, ye...

15:25

Central Bankers Warn That Under Trump’s Policies The Market Might Turn In 2017 (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Central Bankers Warn That Under Trump's Policies The Market Might Turn In 2017 Video

Central Bankers Warn That Under Trump’s Policies The Market Might Turn In 2017 Video The central bankers are getting ready to push the DOW over 20,000 points, from all indications they might do this on Friday. Pending homes sales decline as mortgage rates increase. Central banks hate cash and they are pushing their agenda to…

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15:19

Hollywood Legend Debbie Reynolds Dies at 84 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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Debbie Reynolds, who starred alongside Gene Kelly in Singin' in the Rain and became a major movie star during Hollywood's Golden Age, died Wednesday. She was 84.

15:13

ReefCl Annual Report 2016 "IndyWatch Feed World"

The citizen science activities we’ve discussed during this past year go beyond bird counts and uploading data. In the case of the invasive lionfish, participants have to really get their feet wet, so to speak.

In addition to creating a viable income in local fishing communities affected by the lionfish invasion by the developing the market for the meat and the spines, numerous organizations invite volunteers to assist in the eradication process itself.

Warm congratulations for the work they do!

ReefCI is currently supplying local restaurants with the lionfish we spear.  We are giving them lionfish to include on their menus to introduce lionfish as a food source and to increase awareness of this prob...

15:09

Overnight Open Thread: Terminally Ill 10-Year-Old Gets Special Surprise… "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Click on for video: Via Daily Mail: Cam Newton made the Christmas wish of a terminally-ill boy come true on Tuesday. Taylor Austin Deckard, 10, suffers from advanced pulmonary hypertension, and the Auburn Tigers fan was forced to spend his holiday at Atlanta’s Egleston Hospital awaiting surgery. But the young boy got a big surprise […]

15:06

Episode 21: Pregnancy in Prison, Part One "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Episode 21: Pregnancy in Prison, Part One appeared first on IT'S GOING DOWN.

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Our episode focuses on the experience of being pregnant while in prison.  We speak with Dr. Alicia Suarez, PhD, who teaches at DePauw University.  Suarez researches pregnant prisoners at the Indiana Women’s Prison, and speaks with us about the daily life and issues facing these women.  In our next installment of this series, we will talk more with Dr. Suarez about the process of childbirth while incarcerated.

15:03

Visit Katinka Matson "IndyWatch Feed World"

 

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We encountered Katinka Matson while reminding ourselves of the annual question presented at the start of 2016 over at Edge. So we went looking for more about her. We agree with all the sentiments expressed on this artist’s own website:

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15:00

The Three Faces of Evil "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

It Was The Devil vs. The Loch Ness Monster

The Three Faces of Evil by Jeff Nielson for Bullion Bulls Canada Once upon a time, Western societies boasted prosperity, broad civil liberties, and general adherence to the Rule of Law. This prosperity was not confined to a small minority within these populations (as it is today), but rather was distributed throughout the vast majority.…

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15:00

Bolivia iniciará el 2017 con la tasa de desempleo más baja de Suramérica "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

A 4,1 por ciento bajó la tasa de desempleo en Bolivia durante el tercer trimestre de este año, siendo la

15:00

A-Z of 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Picking the eyes out of Denis Welch’s column at RNZ, we get to consider some new terms Affordable housing: Ever-shifting mirage that recedes the closer you get to it; in some eastern religions, the 19th stage of nirvana, attainable only by God knows who. Bennetticiary: One who climbs a ladder provided by the state and then […]

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15:00

Turkish President: 'We Have Confirmed Evidence' That US-Led Forces Support ISIS "IndyWatch Feed World"

Well, here’s an interesting twist.

Now Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has gone on record to say that he has not just proof but “confirmed evidence” that the US-led coalition has directly supported ISIS terrorists in the Middle East.

Via The Sun:

Erdogan said “it’s very clear” the US is supporting terror groups in a damning press conference in Ankara.


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14:59

Kawas v. Honduras – Protecting Environmental Defenders "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Kawas v. Honduras – Protecting Environmental Defenders: This policy note examines the reasoning and implications of the judgment of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in the milestone case of Kawas v. Honduras. In its first-ever ruling on environmental defenders, the Court found a positive obligation on the part of member states in the Hemisphere to protect environmentalists who are in serious jeopardy from human rights violations. The Kawas case is a paradigmatic example of the constant threats these activists encounter, both in the Americas and internationally, and states in the region are now on notice to ensure special protection to those most in danger of harm. The Court arrived at the remarkable juncture of ‘making visible and potentially punishable what heretofore has been invisible and unpunished’. An Epilogue addresses the subsequent ruling in the ‘Mexican Ecologists’ case, and offers recommendations to human rights and environmental defenders and practitioners both regionally and internationally.

14:58

The War over History in the Republic of Korea "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

345234234234In our previous publication on the war over the history of South Korea we covered the heated discussions around the attempts to create a unified national history textbook for junior and secondary schools, which was composed “in order to form a correct and well-balanced view of history and the state”, as “the existing textbooks have liberal and sometimes even pro-North Korean content.”

Notwithstanding the opposition’s idea that the main motive of the textbook will be apologist content about Park Chung-hee or vindication of the Japanese period of domination by looking at the colonial modernization issue in a positive light, the most controversial aspect is the passage that states that the 15th of August 1948 is the date of creation of the Republic of Korea, but not of the government as previously stated. Thus, the position of conservatives on the non-recognition of the Provisional Government acting in Shanghai long before Korea’s liberation from the Japanese protectorate is highlighted. This episode of Korean history should be covered in detail since the question of whose “project” the Republic of Korea is troubles the South Korean public opinion greatly.

In 1919, in the forefront of a nationwide movement for the country’s independence, the so-called Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea (PG RK) was established in Shanghai which successfully operated till 1945. Even though its connection with the national liberation movement in Korea was small, the contribution of this organization cannot be questioned. The modern name of the Republic of Korea (Korean Daehan Minguk) copies the term used there.

The first head of the PG RK was Rhee Syngman, who tried to use it for his personal ambitions, after which he was expelled and the PG leadership passed...

14:56

Ramu nickel mine still to achieve full output and deliver tangible benefits "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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MCC vice president Wang Baowen meets local supporters

RamuNico thanks LOs for support

Post Courier | December 28, 2016

PREVAILING low world prices on nickel, cost reduction and production issues were matters that the developers of the Ramu mine in Madang had to contend with in 2017. The environment would have been made even tougher, had it not been for the support of the landowners of the four impact areas of the country’s lone nickel and cobalt mine. This was acknowledged and the landowners thanked, at a Christmas party its Community Affairs Department hosted for them in Madang last Wednesday.

In attendance was the miner’s vice president Wang Baowen.

“Despite these financial deficits, we have overcome most of the technical problems with improved management system, and today our product output has improved with low operational costs.

“We hope that the nickel price improves soon, so we can earn some profits and deliver to our project partners.

“Social security, including landowners’ expectations on employment and business opportu...

14:56

Dark Skies for International Copyright: 2016 in Review "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

It's hard to imagine that a year ago we were celebrating "positive movement" towards reforms to European copyright law, expecting that the European Commission would be soon proposing new copyright exceptions and other measures to modernize Europe's aging copyright regime. Instead, what we got was a proposal to force user-generated content websites to do deals with copyright holders to scan and filter users' uploads, along with a proposal to give news publishers the power to impose a link tax on third-party websites such as news aggregators.

There were also few legislative sops thrown to users and creators—a slight relaxation of national barriers to online TV services within Europe and some narrowly-drafted exceptions to allow text and data mining by research organizations, online illustration for teaching, and preservation of cultural heritage by libraries and archives. But the headline threats of the European Commission's proposal—the upload filtering and the link tax—outweigh these modest benefits. Thankfully the deal is not quite yet done, and negotiations over compromises to the European Commission's proposals will continue into the New Year.

Users didn't fare much better in the European courts. The European Court of Justice, in a particularly bad decision, ruled that a website that merely links to copyright-infringing material can be held liable for copyright infringement. We predicted at the time that the decision would result in new copyright lawsuits against websites for innocently hosting such links, and it hasn't taken long for this to prove true. TorrentFreak reported this month on one such case, in which a website operator was held liable for linking to another website which reproduced a Creative Commons–licensed photo without including attribution of the photographer, as required by the license. The success of the World Wide Web was built upon the freedom to link to external resources without permission—a freedom that this atrocious series of court decisions has now curtailed.

2016 wasn't a year noted for its bright sides, but if there are any for internationa...

14:55

How Journalists Covered the Rise of Mussolini and Hitler | History | Smithsonian "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

How Journalists Covered the Rise of Mussolini and Hitler | History | Smithsonian: The Saturday Evening Post even serialized Il Duce’s autobiography in 1928. Acknowledging that the new “Fascisti movement” was a bit “rough in its methods,” papers ranging from the New York Tribune to the Cleveland Plain Dealer to the Chicago Tribune credited it with saving Italy from the far left and revitalizing its economy. From their perspective, the post-WWI surge of anti-capitalism in Europe was a vastly worse threat than Fascism.
Ironically, while the media acknowledged that Fascism was a new “experiment,” papers like The New York Times commonly credited it with returning turbulent Italy to what it called “normalcy.”

14:53

Debbie Reynolds Dies of Heart Failure "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

On Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, TMZ, and the Los Angles Times reported that actress Debbie Reynolds had passed away of heart failure. Her son, Todd Fisher, did not respond to the Associated Press (AP) confirming the news until Wednesday night. Late in the day on Wednesday, the actress was at her son’s home when paramedics […]

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14:49

How machine learning Is revolutionizing the diagnosis of rare diseases "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Well before the family came in to the Batson Children’s Specialty Clinic in Jackson, Mississippi, they knew something was wrong. Their child was born with multiple birth defects, and didn’t look like any of its kin. A couple of tests for genetic syndromes came back negative, but Omar Abdul-Rahman, Chief of Medical Genetics at the University of Mississippi, had a strong hunch that the child had Mowat-Wilson syndrome, a rare disease associated with challenging life-long symptoms like speech impediments and seizures.

So he pulled out one of his most prized physicians’ tools: his cell phone.

Using an app called Face2Gene, Abdul-Rahman snapped a quick photo of the child’s face. Within a matter of seconds, the app generated a list of potential diagnoses — and corroborated his hunch. “Sure enough, Mowat-Wilson syndrome came up on the list,” Abdul-Rahman recalls.

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14:49

Artificial Intelligence Gained Consciousness in 1991 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Jürgen Schmidhuber is the most important A.I. engineer and thinker you don’t know about.

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14:48

Scientists say radio signals from deep space could be aliens "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Scientists may have found proof that E.T. really is phoning home — in the form of powerful radio signals, which have been detected repeatedly in the same exact location in space.

Astronomy experts with the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia and the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico have discovered six new fast radio bursts (FRBs) emanating from a region far beyond our Milky Way galaxy, according to a recent report in the Astrophysical Journal.

The discovery — made in the direction of the constellation Auriga — is significant considering the fact that at least 17 FRBs have now been detected in this area. It is also the only known instance in which these signals have been found twice in the same location in space.

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14:48

Getting as much of it in as they can before they go away "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

We are seeing the Hillary administration in a hurry. These were the plans that have now been scuttled, and there must be more they will find difficult to wedge in but will do so if they can. These people are insufferable, but at least they are about to vacate the presidency. Meanwhile, however:

Kerry Rebukes Israel, Calling Settlements a Threat to Peace
KERRY: ‘ISRAEL CAN EITHER BE JEWISH OR DEMOCRATIC’…
UN ABSTENTION REFLECTED ‘OUR VALUES’…
Inside coming battle between USA and UN…
MAG: ACHIEVED NOTHING EXCEPT DAMAGED RELATIONS…

From the last of these:

In the Obama administration’s waning days, global challenges to American interests abound. In Syria, which will be a bloody stain on the reputations of Barack Obama and John Kerry, the killing continues. The effort to free Mosul from ISIS is slowing. The rise of Iranian influence in the Gulf and the Levant, of China in Asia and the western Pacific, and of Putin’s Russia in both Europe and the Middle East, all continue. One might have thought any of these could be the subject of a final address by the president or the secretary of state.

But one would have been wrong. John Kerry delivered what is probably the last major speech of the Obama administration Wednesday, and its subject was the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and especially the growth of Israeli settlements. So the Obama administration ends where it began: obsessed with Israelis and Palestinians as if their struggle were the key to peace in the entire region, and with construction of homes in settlements and in Jerusalem as if it were the major roadblock to a peace agreement.

Lasting damage, but some relief is on the way:

Bibi punches back
Trump urges Israel to ‘stay strong’…

You would like to think everyone agrees on this, but this is a very sobering article in which we find:

From the Daily Mail:

President Obama’s job approval rating is a healthy 58 per cent as he...

14:42

Horrible Human Being Charlie Sheen Wishes Death On Donald Trump "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

After the deaths of Carrie Fisher yesterday and her mother Debbie Reynolds today, classless Charlie Sheen tweeted this out: Charlie, who is a seriously messed-up human being, has been a serial womanizer, drug addict and now claims to have HIV. Never mind rumors of all sort of other evil and licentiousness. With what could he […]

14:40

Retrolens historic images "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This may be of interest to some people – a library of historic aerial photographs, currently for the Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Hawkes Bay, Nelson, Malborough, Canterbury and Southland. Retrolens Historic Images – Map Also on aerial images, I see that Google Maps have updated images, at least of my area. It’s interesting to see […]

14:36

An Anti-CRISPR for Gene Editing "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Researchers have discovered a way to program cells to inhibit CRISPR-Cas9 activity. "Anti-CRISPR" proteins had previously been isolated from viruses that infect bacteria, but now University of Toronto and University of Massachusetts Medical School scientists report three families of proteins that turn off CRISPR systems specifically used for gene editing. The work, which appears December 15 in Cell, offers a new strategy to prevent CRISPR-Cas9 technology from making unwanted changes.

"Making CRISPR controllable allows you to have more layers of control on the system and to turn it on or off under certain conditions, such as where it works within a cell or at what point in time," says lead author Alan Davidson, a phage biologist and bacteriologist at the University of Toronto. "The three anti-CRISPR proteins we've isolated seem to bind to different parts of the Cas9, and there are surely more out there."


More information:

  Cell, Pawluk et al.: "Naturally occurring off-switches for CRISPR-Cas9" DOI: 10.1016/j.cell.2016.11.017

takyon: Not a dupe of this related story, in case you were wondering.


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14:35

Jeff Deist & Daniel McAdams-What Will Trump Mean For Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Jeff Deist & Daniel McAdams-What Will Trump Mean For Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness?

Jeff Deist & Daniel McAdams-What Will Trump Mean For Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness? hogensan “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes…

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14:34

Former Kremlin Spy Claims Russia Has Been “Cultivating Trump For Over 5 Years” In Order To “Divide Western Alliance” "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

On Friday, FBI Director James Comey set off a political blast when he informed congressional leaders that the bureau had stumbled across emails that might be pertinent to its completed inquiry into Hillary Clinton’s handling of emails when she was secretary of state. The Clinton campaign and others criticized Comey for intervening in a presidential campaign by breaking with Justice Department tradition and revealing information about an investigation—information that was vague and perhaps ultimately irrelevant—so close to Election Day. On Sunday, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid upped the ante. He sent Comey a fiery lettersaying the FBI chief may have broken the law and pointed to a potentially greater controversy: “In my communications with you and other top officials in the national security community, it has become clear that you possess explosive information about close ties and coordination between Donald Trump, his top advisors, and the Russian government…The public has a right to know this information.”

Reid’s missive set off a burst of speculation on Twitter and elsewhere. What was he referring to regarding the Republican presidential nominee? At the end of August, Reid had written to Comey and demanded an investigation of the “connections between the Russian government and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign,” and in that letter he indirectly referred to Carter Page, an American businessman cited by Trump as one of his foreign policy advisers, who had financial ties to Russia and had recently visited Moscow. Last month, Yahoo News reported that US intelligence officials were probing the links between Page and senior Russian officials. (Page has called accusations against him...

14:31

Japanese Internment: Banished and Beyond Tears - The Canadian Encyclopedia "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Japanese Internment: Banished and Beyond Tears - The Canadian Encyclopedia: Japanese people had long suffered the sting of racism in Canada by that point. Ever since the first Japanese person, a man named Manzo Nagano, stepped ashore in 1877 at New Westminster, White settlers in British Columbia tried to exclude people whom they considered to be “undesirables.” In so doing, they passed laws to keep Japanese people from working in the mines, to prevent them from voting and to prohibit them from working on any project funded by the province.

Then came the stunning news, on 7 December 1941, of Japan’s attacks on Pearl Harbor and Hong Kong, where Canadian troops were stationed (see Battle of Hong Kong). With these shocking events, fears of a Japanese invasion were sparked and their flames fanned by a sensationalist press. Distrust of Japanese Canadians spread along the Pacific Coast. The RCMP moved quickly to arrest suspected Japanese operatives, while the Royal Canadian Navy began to impound 1,200 Japanese-owned fishing boats. On the recommendation of the RCMP and in order to avoid racist backlash, Japanese newspapers and schools were voluntarily shut down.

14:31

Postpartum Depression: Is Motherhood for Indian Women as Blissful as it Should Be? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Mothers facing emotional difficulties often do not come out to their families about it due to stigma. In some cases, they may even be unaware that their distress has a name.

Postpartum depression usually manifests a few weeks after childbirth. Representative image. Credit: aries_tottle/Flickr, CC BY 2.0

Postpartum depression usually manifests a few weeks after childbirth. Representative image. Credit: aries_tottle/Flickr, CC BY 2.0

On World Mental Health day (October 10) this year, the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences released India’s National Mental Health Survey (2015-2016). It reported that 1 in 20 people in India suffer from depression. Particularly alarming are the statistics that depression rates are much higher for women compared to men. And women are particularly prone to depression in their child-bearing years, commonly manifesting as postpartum depression (PPD). Despite health professional knowing this, India’s reproductive health programs do not include services for prevention or treatment of PPD.

Postpartum depression usually manifests a few weeks after childbirth. The birth of a baby triggers numerous emotions in the mother, from zest and joy to fear and anxiety. Some may experience ‘postpartum baby blues’ along with physiological and hormonal changes that last up to two weeks after delivery. When these blues, along with physiological symptoms, continue beyond two weeks and manifest in more severe signs, it usually requires medical help. The mother in such a case ...

14:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Forswunke – exhausted from physical exertion.


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14:30

Brent Edwards on Key vs Bolger "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

John Key stepped down as Prime Minister on his own terms this year. But what legacy will he leave behind, and how does it compare to the National Party’s previous long-serving PM? After eight years in power, John Key left the role of Prime Minister still on top. Not many leaders get to do that. […]

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14:30

Forbidden Archaeology: A Hidden History of the Human Race (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Forbidden Archaeology: A Hidden History of the Human Race? [Video]

Researchers Michael Cremo and Richard Thompson have uncovered an incredible amount of archaeological evidence which indicates that humanity’s history has been completely misunderstood, even calling into question Darwin’s theory of evolution. In this series of compelling interviews, Michael Cremo discusses this evidence and the subsequent suppression of it over the last 150 years.

Source: Conscious Reporter


14:22

Nature: the decisive solution for the climate change crisis "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Harnessing the natural functions of healthy ecosystems and women's strength in resource management could bring about better solutions to climate mitigation and adaptation, says International Union for the Conservation of Nature's Anne Moey.

14:21

Anonymous Message to David Rockefeller "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Anonymous transmit new message to David Rockefeller …

Video transcript (excerpt) :

Merry Christmas Mr. Rockefeller, this one has been long overdue. We’re proud to say we solved your riddle, and we wish to contact you before you die to share it and help you come to a peaceful understanding of our concerns coming from the people your handiwork is effecting.

Our members are specialists in technology, science, and communication; and the world order you are leading us into is a catastrophic, dire mistake. We represent the natural order, and there is a critical error in the format you’re building your entire foundation on which will stamp permanent negative effects in our biology, to be straightforward and brief.

We will patiently await your response; know that we come in peace and mean nothing but good will for humanity. Please reconsider everything before it is too late to reach you.

Watch the video below:

From: Anon News

14:21

The Loose Lips at American Vanguard Show Us Just How Fractured the Alt-Right Really Is "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post The Loose Lips at American Vanguard Show Us Just How Fractured the Alt-Right Really Is appeared first on IT'S GOING DOWN.

Originally posted to It’s Going Down

About two weeks ago, an article was submitted to IGD that included detailed information about a University of Nebraska-Omaha student, Cooper Ward, claiming that he was in fact the Deputy Director of American Vanguard (formerly American Reaction). American Vanguard is part of the so-called “Alt-Right,” and has close ties to The Right Stuff radio and podcast network (Ward is a co-host on The Daily Shoah, which means The Daily Holocaust) along with other white nationalist and Neo-Nazi formations. According to their website they meet regularly, have several chapters across the US, and have close connections to Counter-Currents Publishing, Identity Evropa, and other such Alt-Right groups.

American Vanguard members meet with Identity Evropa and TRS. From their website.

Along with Identity Evropa and the Traditionalist Worker Party, AV is one of the few groups to attempt to bring their ideas off of the internet, with predictably weak and limited success. Like IE, AV spends most of their time holding meetups with their membership and putting up and distributing slick and glossy posters around universities. AV stands apart from IE in their embrace of much more traditional Neo-Nazi aesthetics, such as their use of the fasces (a bundle of sticks wrapped around an ax), and images of stormtroopers.

14:16

Former Israeli Mayor: “John Kerry Is A Very Confused Man Or A Very Dishonest One” "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Former mayor of Shiloh, Israel, David Rubin: Israel mayor blasts Kerry: he's either a very confused man or a very dishonest man, one or the other. #IsraeliSettlements pic.twitter.com/cLbcqFn7Ve — Varney & Co. (@Varneyco) December 28, 2016

14:15

President Obama Plans To Sanction Russia Prior To Leaving Office… "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

NBC is reporting that President Obama intends to continue his efforts at creating as much international crisis as possible prior to walking away from office, and leaving President Trump to clean up the aftermath.  After initiating the latest international crisis … Continue reading

14:12

Australians have plenty of reasons to be ashamed – ODA is one of them "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Australian Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), which oversees the Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) our nation extends to those less fortunate nations released new data last week in the wake of the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook that the Treasurer launched on December 18, 2016. The data allows us to ascertain the shifts in ODA that will occur as the federal government continues its obsessive pursuit of a fiscal surplus. The austerity is not only killing growth in Australia (recall that September-quarter real GDP growth was negative) and increasing the national poverty rate but is also revealing how mean we are as a nation. As one of the wealthiest nations in the world (currently we are ranked 2nd behind Switzerland for per capita wealth), we are now cutting into the resources we extend to poorer nations in our region as part of a mindless quest for surplus. The problem is not only the economic idiocy that underpins these cuts. The other, perhaps larger problem, of which the first is a symptom is that, as a nation, Australia is losing its moral compass. In this neo-liberal era, we have become an increasingly ugly nation – lacking in generosity to each other and to outsiders. We engage in criminal behaviour (indefinitely detaining refugees in prisons on remote islands; engaging in illegal invasions of foreign nations, etc) and punish poverty rather than do everything we can to reduce it and provide the equal opportunities to all that we so often congratulate ourselves as being champions of. We are a mean-spirited nation these days and an international pariah. There is no pride in holding an Australian passport. It is easy to live here if you have money. The climate is good, the beaches great, plenty of open terrain, great sport – but our national spirit is disappearing.

For background, please see my blog – Australia’s generosity to other nations is collapsing

While the national narrative is full of ‘budget repair’ nonsense, the majority of the population is oblivious to how national policy is being hijacked by lies.

What needs to be attended to in the Australian economy at present is the high labour underutilisation rate (mass unemployment and undemployment) and the rising poverty rate.

The fiscal balance is a reflection of the extensive labour underutilisation and the declining real GDP growth rate in the sense that the flat employment growth and rising joblessness has undermined the tax base of the Federal government.

It is also a cause in the sense that if there is mass unemployment (that is, unemployment beyond the small amount associated with full employment – people moving between jobs etc) then Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) tells us that the fiscal deficit is too low.

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14:11

Anonymous Sends A Message To The Citizens "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Anonymous has an urgent message to the citizens of the world, 2017, asking them not to be fooled by the corrupt governments of the world and to remain vigilant and aware of the propaganda tools used against them.

In a video released by Anonymous, the popular hacktivist group, a message to the people of the world has been released that addresses them to be more proactive and vigilant in 2017.

In the message, an Anonymous representative wearing the signature Guy Fawkes mask asks the people to be careful in the way governments across the world behave. He talks about how the US government has misled the people and also emphasizes the fact that Anonymous is the last stand and resistance in the fight against the corrupt governments.

The 11 minute video further dwells into how the US government and the CIA have been working to prevent any future collaboration of the President-elect Donald Trump with Russia – to fight against ISIS. The video also talks about how the current government wants to keep people in the dark and it, along with the CIA, made every attempt to execute negative propaganda against Donald Trump at the time of the election campaigning. The video also states that the government and the CIA have been using such propaganda to fool the American people and to manipulate the election results. The CIA even went to the extent of saying that Donald Trump is supported by Russia and that his election victory would mean doom for the US.

Also, even though Trump is now the President-elect, there are still conspiracies going on against him. The CIA is also not interested in tackling the menace of ISIS and wants the situation on the ground level to remain the same. Anonymous has asked the citizens of the world to unite and fight terrorism and also to throw corrupt governments out of power. It also urges people to support the democratically elected new President of the US.

VIDEO:

From: Anon News  

14:10

Shanghai Gold Exchange limits transaction size to curb manipulation "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Shanghai Gold Exchange limits transaction size to curb manipulation Shanghai Gold Exchange Cuts Transaction Size to Limit Price Moves By Josephine Mason and Muyu Xu Reuters Wednesday, December 28, 2016 Shanghai Gold Exchange, the world’s biggest physical bullion exchange, said Wednesday it will curb the amount of gold investors can trade at one time, a…

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14:08

Casino Royale (2006) – 9/11 Connections and Esoteric Analysis "IndyWatch Feed World"

Jay's Analysis

Lesser known Casino Royale poster. Lesser known Casino Royale poster.

By: Jay

The reboot of Bond with Casino Royale in 2006 marked a new era for the now second biggest film legacy in history (now surpassed by Harry Potter).  Bond was revamped in a new, slick way, beginning with the first of Ian Fleming’s stories, Casino Royale.  The film differs slightly from the novel, but only in details.  However, the esoteric associations and “conspiratorial” elements have changed, coming more into line with an overall archetypal narrative that is evident in the three newest Bonds.  Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, and Skyfall, are replete with alchemical and death-burial-resurrection motifs.  This differs from the novels, which are more simplistic, although the novel Casino Royale does mention Manichaean dualism.

Casino Royale is about Bond’s transformation from a standard agent into a heartless killer.  The film begins with a flashback to Bond attaining “00” status, meaning…

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6 Huge Stories The Mainstream Media Don’t Want You To Know About "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

stories1You might have heard about a few of them, but not as much as you should. Here’s our pick of the last 12 month’s top news stories, all pretty much ignored by the corporate press.

Whistleblowers, Ecocide, top secret trade deals, and shady ties between the Islamic State and the West’s closest allies…here are a few hot topics the mainstream media barely covered in 2015.

1. ANY TRAGEDY THAT’S NOT WESTERN-CENTRIC

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The outpouring of fury, despair and grief by the corporate press over the November 13 Paris attacks highlighted the bias of the mainstream media towards western victims of terrorism. There were two suicide bombings in Lebanon the day before the events in Paris, killing 37 and wounding 180, but they were not mentioned much in the sensationalist coverage of France’s tragedy, nor were they mentioned in the minutes’ silences and vigils conducted across the Western world in the aftermath.

From the horrors of the Congo’s bloody civil war to Erdogan’s persecution of Turkish Kurds, from Boko Haram’s ongoing reign of terror in Nigeria, Chad, and Cameroon to the plight of Sudanese refugees, the mainstream media seems to pick and choose which human lives deserve our empathy and which aren’t quite so important.

2. INDONESIA BURNING

Credit: Wikipedia

As we previously reported, the Indonesian wildfires that caused devastation to the country’s people and wildlife last year were largely ignored by the mainstream media until several months after the devastating event began. The fires were started by loggers to clear the way for controversial palm oil plantations and caused health problems for over one million people. The World Bank estimates that the fires destroyed 2.6 million hectares (6.4m acres) of...

14:01

House Democratic Whip Blasts Obama’s Betrayal of Israel "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

UNITED STATES - MAY 11 - Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., speaks alongside House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 11, 2016, to discuss how Donald Trump’s rhetoric echoes the long-standing policy positions of House Republicans. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call) (CQ Roll Call via AP Images)

14:01

33C3: Understanding Mobile Messaging and its Security "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

If you had to explain why you use one mobile messaging service over another to your grandmother, would you be able to? Does she even care about forward secrecy or the difference between a private and public key is? Maybe she would if she understood the issues in relation to “normal” human experiences: holding secret discussions behind closed doors and sending letters wrapped in envelopes.

Or maybe your grandmother is the type who’d like to completely re-implement the messaging service herself, open source and verifiably secure. Whichever grandma you’ve got, she should watch [Roland Schilling] and [Frieder Steinmetz]’s talk where they give both a great introduction into what you might want out of a secure messaging system, and then review what they found while tearing apart Threema, a mobile messaging service that’s popular in Germany. Check out the slides (PDF). And if that’s not enough, they provided the code to back it up: an open workalike of the messaging service itself.

This talk makes a great introduction, by counterexample, to the way that other messaging applications work. The messaging service is always in the middle of a discussion, and whether they’re collecting metadata about you and your conversations to use for their own marketing purposes (“Hiya, Whatsapp!”) or not, it’s good to see how a counterexample could function.

The best quote from the talk? “Cryptography is rarely, if ever, the solution to a security problem. Cryptography is a translation mechanism, usually converting a communications security problem into a key management problem.” Any channel can be made secure if all parties have enough key material. The implementation details of getting those keys around, making sure that the right people have the right keys, and so on, are the details in which the devil lives. But these details matter, and as mobile messaging is a part of everyday life, it’s important that the workings are transparently presented to the users. This talk does a great job on the demystification front.


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14:00

2017 NZer of the year? That’s getting in early "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The New Zealander of the Year Awards Office is pleased to announce the 10 people being considered for the 2017 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Award. They are: – Graeme Dingle ONZM, MBE (Gisborne) – Major Campbell Roberts (Wellington) – Mike King (Papatoetoe) – Taika Waititi (Piha) – Karen Walker CNZM (Auckland Central) – […]

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14:00

The Final Wave of Souls is Here & It's Going to Change Everything "IndyWatch Feed World"

Before proceeding, you may want to read Part One and Part Two of the series (not necessary in order to enjoy this piece).

The Wave of the Future: The long awaited Third Wave of virgin Souls are now finally incarnating on Earth. 

In fact, most Souls incarnating today are Third Wavers or their forerunners, to help accommodate for the next step in the evolution and expansion of the human consciousness.

The First few forerunners started to arrive roughly 100 years ago as scouts to make preparations for the Third Wave. Their talents were many and varied and appropriate for the task.


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14:00

13 different volcanoes are currently erupting – and it’s not near to an end "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

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13 different volcanoes are currently erupting around the world.

And it’s not near to an end! Each week, new volcanic peaks are entering an enhanced volcanic period around the world. Here are the following eruptions and ash emissions as mentioned in the weekly report by GVP dated 14-20 December 2016.

Suwanose-jima, Ryukyu Islands: 17-18 December.

Sinabung, Indonesia: 15th, 17th, and 19th December.

Sheveluch, Kamchatka Peninsula: 10-16 December.

Sabancaya, Peru: 12-18 December.

Sabancaya eruption on Christmas Day 2016

Nevados de Chillan, Chile: explosions during various days.

Kilauea, Hawaii: lava flows during 14-20 December.

Fuego, Guatemala: 20th December.

Dukono, Indonesia: 14-19 December.

Bagana, Papua New Guinea: 16-17 December.

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13:57

TRUMP WILL END THE UN GAMES AND HAVE THE PALESTINIANS BEGGING ISRAEL TO FORGIVE THEM BIG LEAGUE! MARK MY WORDS! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Are you listening to all the bla, bla, bla coming from the liar media?  Fox bla bla is saying  Kerry just set back negotiations between Israel and Palestinian government mega years and they say that there is proof that this mandate came from the USA AND NOW THERE WILL BE NO NEGOTIATING AT ALL IN THE MIDDLE EAST. I SAY BULL CRAP!

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Let’s look at what really took place here, more specifically, how it backfired on Obama and the great merchants of the earth.  Yes, USA Obama administration via Kerry made a big blunder and a big mandate that will hold no water.  Palestine is not stupid, they know Trump is the next president and they don’t want any bombs coming their way.  Not at all.  They also know the new world order is in the process of becoming HEADLESS.  So, here is what is coming down the pike.

Israel has America behind them for real this time. Russia, Denmark, and Egypt will follow along with Jordan and others.  For the first time since John F. Kennedy  Israel has their back covered…Trump will pull the knife of Obama out from their back and believe me….the world will know fast that I...

13:56

Papua New Guinea’s Frieda River project still faces obstacles, says Managing Director Fred Hess "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Image: PanAust’s Fred Hess. Source: Business Advantage International

PanAust’s Fred Hess. Source: Business Advantage International

EMTV News | 29 December 2016

PanAust [owned by the Chinese company, Guandong Rising Assets Management] is keen to start development of the Frieda River copper-gold project, Managing Director Fred Hess told the Papua New Guinea Mining and Petroleum Investment Conference in Sydney last week. But he warned there are many obstacles to overcome before a final decision to go ahead with the mine.

Hess said the nature of the resource at Frieda River in West Sepik Province is well understood, noting that the project ‘has been known about’ for almost 50 years.

‘We are now in the phase where we are waiting for permit approval to take place,’ he told the conference.

‘Realistically, with the elections due next year, and with the size and complexity of the project, we are expecting that may take a while to get through to completion....

13:51

Article: Shootings on Backwater Bridge | OpEdNews "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Article: Shootings on Backwater Bridge | OpEdNews: A helicopter and tracked vehicles were involved in the pursuit. Behind the images of the large number of police and security dotting the snow-covered terrain played, background radios from the Standing Rock medics could be heard. "We need a medic team. We need a team ready to roll now." Then the narrator says "Four women were taken away in a red paddy wagon of some sort."

By nightfall, more than a hundred water protectors rallied at the still heavily barricaded Backwater Bridge to sing prayer songs and to let the police know they are "facing the wrong direction." On the other side of the concertina wire and the heavy concrete dividers, spread over the entire bridge, more now than ever before, were the police with their mounted sound cannon, a variety of tracked, militarized vehicles, generators and bright lights. In a 30 minute video narrated by Michael Marcus, the world can see how the police, unprovoked by the water protectors, fired four or five shots at the crowd. Here is a sampling of what can be seen and heard on the tape just prior to the shooting:

13:46

A selection of my holiday snaps "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I hope you’re having as much fun as I am.

13:45

South Korea’s Neighbors Brace for a Foreign Policy Shift "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

South Korea’s Neighbors Brace for a Foreign Policy Shift by Stratfor Forecast South Korea’s political impasse will hamper its ability to cope with pressing economic and security challenges, likely until well after the next presidential election. The country’s policy incoherence and dividing ideology could lead to a shift — or complete change — in Seoul’s…

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13:44

Putin turns on the gas to Crimea to win energy war "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Jim W. Dean - This quickly built Russian gas line is proof that Crimeans voted themselves a future when they rejected being a part of the coup in Kiev. They are now energy independent from Kiev.

13:34

Obama Brags Of Hijack Of Over 1M Acres Of Land From Utah And Nevada, Posts Wrong Pic Of Land… "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

But instead of the picture actually reflecting the land hijacked to make the ‘national monument’ he uses a pic of the wrong area, Arches National Park. As Jason Chaffetz noted, Obama didn’t consult him or anyone else in Utah for their approval or their concerns about taking the land. The problem of the Federal government […]

13:34

Angela Merkel Plans to Fine Social Media Sites $522,000 per Day for “Fake News” "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By News Line

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21st Century Wire says…

Germany considers legal means to fine social media giants such as Facebook and Twitter $522,000 per day for leaving so called “fake news” online on their services. Angela Merkel has made yet another poor move in pushing for suppression of free speech (globally) via financial blackmail to be levied upon social media sites.

21WIRE readers, at this point, must be wondering: Is this actually a move against the social media giants or is it a sneaky excuse for sites like Facebook to have in their back pocket when they start outright Orwellian censorship in the name of “fake news.” Wouldn’t it be convenient for Zuckerberg and his contemporaries in the social media kingdom to use the fines coming from other countries as a reason to run full censorship algorithms on their platform?

Alex Christoforou
The Duran

Germany is coming completely undone.

In a move that will most certainly lead the way to other EU vassal states adopting similar measures, Angela Merkel is considering imposing a 500,000 euros ($522,000) fine on Facebook, and other social media platforms, for each day they leave a “fake news” story up without deleting it.

The German government will consider the bill in the new year. The initiative has bipartisan support, allowing both official and private complainants to flag content that is considered “fake news”.

The law forces social networks to create in-country offices focused on responding to takedown demands, and makes social networks legally responsible for compensation, if a post by individual users were found to slander someone…and we are confident that no private individuals will abuse such laws for financial gain.

With...

Angela Merkel Plans to Fine Social Media Sites $522,000 per Day for “Fake News” "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

21st Century Wire says…

Germany considers legal means to fine social media giants such as Facebook and Twitter $522,000 per day for leaving  so called “fake news” online on their services. Angela Merkel has made yet another poor move in pushing for suppression of free speech (globally) via financial blackmail to be levied upon social media sites. 

21WIRE readers, at this point, must be wondering: Is this actually a move against the social media giants or is it a sneaky excuse for sites like Facebook to have in their back pocket when they start outright Orwellian censorship in the name of “fake news.” Wouldn’t it be convenient for Zuckerberg and his contemporaries in the social media kingdom to use the fines coming from other countries as a reason to run full censorship algorithms on their platform?

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Alex Christoforou
The Duran

Germany is coming completely undone.

In a move that will most certainly lead the way to other EU vassal states adopting similar measures, Angela Merkel is considering imposing a 500,000 euros ($522,000) fine on Facebook, and other social media platforms, for each day they leave a “fake news” story up without deleting it.

The German government will consider the bill in the new year. The initiative has bipartisan support, allowing both official and private complainants to flag content that is considered “fake news”.

The law forces social networks to create in-country offices focused on responding to takedown demands, and makes social networks legally responsible for compensation, if a post by individual users were found to slander someone…and we are confident that no private individuals will abuse such laws for financial gain.

With George Soros financing the “third-party fact checking” organization retained to flag, and censor “fake new...

13:30

Ancient texts reveal: Earth was ruled for 241,000 years by 8 kings who came from heaven "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Ancient texts reveal: Earth was ruled for 241,000 years by 8 kings who came from heaven

Uncovered throughout the years by scholars in numerous regions in ancient Mesopotamia, the copies of what is believed to be a single manuscript — refered to as the Sumerian King List —  details how in the distant past, our planet was ruled by eight mysterious kings for a staggering period of 241,000 years. The list even states that these rulers ‘descended from the heaven’.

The Sumerian King list tells an amazing story which many find hard to believe.

refered to as the Sumerian King List—  this ancient manuscript details how in the distant past, our planet was ruled by eight mysterious kings for a staggering period of 241,000 years. The

“…After the kingship descended from heaven, the kingship was in Eridug. In Eridug, Alulim became king; he ruled for 28800 years. Alaljar ruled for 36000 years. 2 kings; they ruled for 64800 years…”

“…In 5 cities 8 kings; they ruled for 241,200 years. Then the flood swept over…” that is written on the first part of the Sumerian King List.

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13:29

RIP: Debbie Reynolds dead just a day after daughter Carrie Fisher "IndyWatch Feed World"

Debbie Reynolds, one of Hollywood’s biggest stars in the 1950s and 1960s, died Wednesday, one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher passed away, Reynolds’ son Todd Fisher said. Reynolds was taken to a Los Angeles hospital (we are told Cedar Sinai blocks from our home) Wednesday afternoon, according to the Los Angeles Times. Todd Fisher

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13:25

The Cuba fantasy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

 

Come on, you’ve all heard it said since old Busywhiskers died: “Sure, Fidel Castro was a dictator, but he also gave Cuba literacy, low infant mortality and world class health care” So didn’t socialism worked in that regard at least? Nope. Johan Norberg explains why those numbers don’t add up. Not just wrong, but dead wrong.

 

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13:21

John Kerry: It’s time to challenge the mad man in Tel Aviv on the settlement issue "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Jonas E. Alexis--John Kerry: “The settler population in the West Bank alone – not including East Jerusalem – has increased by nearly 270,000 since Oslo, including 100,000 just since 2009 when President Obama’s term began."

13:20

RIP Carrie Fisher | Star Wars Princess Leia (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

RIP Carrie Fisher | Star Wars Princess Leia (Video)

RIP Carrie Fisher | Star Wars Princess Leia Video Carrie Fisher died at the age of 60 on December 27th, 2016, four days after going into cardiac arrest near the end of a transatlantic flight. Stefan Molyneux looks at the challenging early life of the Star Wars starlet, Fisher’s struggle with drug addiction, the former…

The post RIP Carrie Fisher | Star Wars Princess Leia (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

13:20

Ecuador "IndyWatch Feed World"

Ecuador is a song about oppression by a few over the many.  It is based on actual events that involved the destruction of part of the Ecuadorian rain forest as a result of oil drilling over the course of decades.  We hope you enjoy our video and thank you for watching.

— One Earth

13:14

President Elect Donald Trump Holds Impromptu Press Conference in Mar-a-Largo (video)… "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

After a meeting today with Don King, President-elect Donald Trump held an impromptu press conference taking numerous questions from the media:

13:13

The Northern king Of Aquilon: Journalists find Nostradamus prophecy about Putin "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Source: Fotodom.ru/Rex Features One of the works by world-famous soothsayer Nostradamus mentioned the Northern King. Nostradamus wrote about the ruler of Aquilon, whom specialists correlate with the Russian Federation. “The Northern King of Aquilon will help set things right,” the’ … Continue reading

13:08

BREAKING: Debbie Reynolds, Talented Actress And Mother Of Carrie Fisher, Dies Of Massive Stroke "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Heartbreak of losing a child can be too much. Such a loss to lose both for the family. Via Hollywood Reporter: The actress received an Oscar nom for ‘The Unsinkable Molly Brown’ and lost her husband to Elizabeth Taylor. Her daughter Carrie Fisher died just one day ago. Debbie Reynolds, the vivacious actress, dancer and […]

13:07

The top 5 lifestyle stories in 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Responsible consumption was on the rise this year as TripAdvisor quit animal tourism, disposable coffee cups were discussed by the British government, and companies started producing and selling more sustainably.

13:03

The Machine Takeover Revealed "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Mikael Thalen

Will artificial intelligence phase out humanity? Visit Site

13:00

Mental Health Break "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

WATERMELON from David Ehrenreich on Vimeo.

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13:00

Scientists plan to send greetings to other worlds "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

After decades of fruitless scanning the skies for alien messages, scientists say it’s time to try a basic rule of etiquette: Say “hello” first.

A new San Francisco-based organization called METI, or Messaging Extra Terrestrial Intelligence, plans to send signals to distant planets, rather than waiting for them to call Earth.

By the end of 2018, the project aims to send some conversation-starters via radio or laser signals to a rocky planet circling Proxima Centauri, the nearest star other than the sun, and then to more distant destinations, hundreds or thousands of light years away.

It would be the first effort to send powerful, repeated and intentional messages into space, targeting the same stars over months or years.

“If we want to start an exchange over the course of many generations, we want to learn and share information,” said Douglas Vakoch, president of METI and former director of Interstellar Message Composition at the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute in Mountain View, Calif.,, known as SETI.

Founded last year, METI will host two workshops next year, one in Paris and the other in St. Louis. It also plans to start raising the $1 million needed annually to staff and build or borrow a powerful transmitter in a remote location.

Part of the mission will be to figure out how to craft the perfect message to say “Hello.”

Like much else in science, the project has turned controversial. Some ask: If aliens are hostile, do we really want them to know where we are?

We shouldn’t draw attention to ourselves, say science fiction writer David Brin and theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking.

“We have almost zero idea of whether aliens are likely to be dangerous,” physicist Mark Buchanan wrote in journal Nature Physics.

Other experts say it’s worth waiting until we’re better conversationalists – and, then, use use well-established groups with international consultation.

“Babbling babies are not always appreciated during adult c...

13:00

India Fears Run On Banks: Capital Controls And Withdrawal Limits To Continue "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Tyler Durden

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Submitted by Michael Shedlock via MishTalk.com,

Indian banks are fearful of running out of cash as lines queue up to withdraw money.

Bankers say they cannot cope with any sudden increase in demand, and warn against lifting cash withdrawal limits.

A decision by New Delhi on November 8 to scrap all large-denomination banknotes overnight removed 86 per cent of India’s currency from circulation. In an effort to prevent banks running out of cash, the finance ministry then imposed strict limits on the amount of new notes that could be withdrawn. Customers can currently withdraw just Rs2,500 from an ATM per day — equivalent to $37 — or Rs24,000 over the counter per week.

“If the government lifts the limits on Friday and there is a sudden rush, banks will be totally dependent on the central bank to give them enough liquidity,” said Soumyajit Niyogi, associate director at India Ratings and Research. “The Reserve Bank of India has been giving assurances that it has enough cash but reports of how much currency there currently is in the system suggest this might not be the case.”

New Delhi claims that purging most of India’s old cash supply, and replacing it with a smaller quantity of new banknotes, will eliminate illicitly earned or unaccounted for income that has been beyond the reach of tax officials.

But as of December 19, banks had replaced just 38 per cent of the Rs15.3tn in demonetised notes that was sucked out of the system by November’s announcement, according to RBI data.

The figures have alarmed bankers, who are now urging the government not to lift the curbs immediately. One executive said: “The government and the RBI need to make sure there is enough cash in the system before they lift the withdrawal limits.” A private banker told the Indian Express newspaper: “If the limits are relaxed, people will ask for more cash and there is limited ca...

12:57

New Jersey: Short Video About Micetrap Distributions and Steve Wiegand "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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From Philly Antifa

Our regular readers are probably well aware of Steven Wiegand and his company Micetrap Distributions. However, many people living in Wiegand’s town of Cherry Hill are still totally unaware that he has been peddling Neo-Nazi merchandise there for over 20 years.

So it is our intention to change that and create an environment in Cherry Hill so inhospitable to Micetrap that Mr. Wiegand will be forced to either close up shop or relocate somewhere far away. Like the fucking moon.

So spread this video far and wide, especially to anyone you know who lives in or near Cherry Hill – and that includes Philly.

12:56

John Kerry Unveils His Plan For A Palestinian State Based Upon 1967 Borders With East Jerusalem As The Capital "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

john-kerry-photo-by-david-hume-kennerlyBarack Obama stabbed Israel in the back on Friday, and now John Kerry has slapped Israel in the face just five days later.  In a shameful speech that lasted for 71 dreadful minutes, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry laid out his plan for peace in the Middle East on Wednesday.  His six-part plan is being welcomed warmly by the Palestinians, but it has further infuriated the Israelis.  Kerry claims that his plan reflects the emerging global consensus as to what a “final solution” will look like, and now we will wait to see what the 70 nations that will be gathering in France to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on January 15th will do.  There is a great deal of concern that the principles agreed upon at that conference will form the basis for a UN Security Council resolution that will be rushed to a vote before President-elect Donald Trump is inaugurated on January 20th.

The core of Kerry’s plan is the division of the land of Israel into two states.  The borders between Israel and “Palestine” would be based upon the 1967 ceasefire lines with mutually agreed upon land swaps.  The following comes from ynetnews.com

Outgoing US Secretary of State John Kerry laid out the Obama administration’s parameters for peace between Israel and the Palestinians during a speech at the State Department on Wednesday that lasted 71 minutes, one of the longest in US State Department history.

Breaking sharply from longstanding US policy that foreign powers shouldn’t impose a solution, Kerry unveiled a six-part outline of what a future peace deal could look like. The outline tracked closely with principles long assumed to be part of an eventual deal, and Kerry insisted he was merely describing what’s emerged as points of general agreement.

Primarily, Kerry called to create a secure and recognized border between Israel and a contiguous Palestine along the 1967 lines, with “mutually agreed, equivalent (land) swaps.”

As part of the land swaps, Kerry...

12:55

Jim Rickards: The Empire Strikes Back "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Jim Rickards: The Empire Strikes Back by Craig Wilson Jim Rickards joined Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert for a exclusive interview on the global economy and the incoming Trump administration.  Max kicked off the show referencing the American humorist Ogeden Nash’s famous quote, “Some debts are fun when you are acquiring them, but none are fun when you set about…

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12:52

KIN 2016 AWARDS: Best Non-Fiction "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A real joy By Ralph McAllister Now that this ghastly year is almost over, time to look back at what stood out in what has been a less than distinguished literary year. Two books you might enjoy as much as I have, one nonfiction and one fiction. (Ralph’s fiction choice will feature in a later […]

12:50

The Economy and Success According to Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh "IndyWatch Feed World"

Nobel Peace Prize nominee and Zen Buddhist master, Thich Nhat Hanh has a very different theory about why our ecosystems are dying and our financial systems are crumbling. The Vietnamese monk credited with bringing mindfulness to the West believes that our desperation to succeed at all costs fuels our voracious economic system. An innumerable number of worldly ‘sicknesses’ come from this singular philosophical vice.

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On one of Hanh’s Facebook posts he said, “Each one of us has to ask ourselves, What do I really want? Do I really want to be Number One? Or do I want to be happy? If you want success, you may sacrifice your happiness for it. You can become a victim of success, but you can never become a victim of happiness.”

Thay – as his followers call him, is no stranger to the ideology of the movers and shakers in our world economy. He was invited to speak in Silicon Valley by Steve Jobs once, and has met with the World Bank president Jim Yong Kim.  He has also met with senior Google engineers to discuss how they could develop technologies which could be more compassionate and bring about positive change, instead of increasing people’s stress and isolation, taking them away from nature, and one another.

He recently explained his concern with how people pin their happiness on success in an interview with the Guardian.

“If you know how to practice mindfulness you can generate peace and joy right here, right now. And you’ll appreciate that and it will change you. In the beginning, you believe that if you cannot become number one, you cannot be happy, but if you practice mindfulness you will readily release that kind of idea. We need not fear that mindfulness might become only a means and not an end because in mindfulness the means and the end are the same thing. There is no way to happiness; happiness is the way.”

Thay warns, however, that practicing mindfulness just to be more productive at work, or only to enjoy more material success will leave the practitioner with a pale shadow of awareness compared to what true mindfulness can provide. He...

12:49

With China Facing Currency, Liquidity Crises, Ex-PBOC Official Urges Use Of “Nuclear Option” "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Tyler Durden

With the PBOC fighting tooth and nail to slow outbound capital flight, which according to Goldman has reached $1.1 trillion since August 2015, and which these days mostly means keeping the Yuan from depreciating to new all time lows below 7 Yuan to the Dollar, the Chinese central bank may have its work cut out for it in the immediate future. The reason is that, as Bloomberg reminds us, the first day of 2017 is when an annual $50,000 quota to convert the yuan into foreign exchange resets, stoking concern there will be a rush to sell the local currency.

With tax payments and a regulatory assessment also tightening liquidity in the money market toward year-end, manifesting itself in soaring unsecured funding rates such as the overnight repo hitting 33% as noted yesterday, paralyzing both the overnight…

and longer-dated interbank lending markets…

… January may bring scant relief as lenders prepare for stronger cash demand before Lunar New Year holidays, which are only a month away.

The narrative is familiar: China’s markets are seeing renewed pressure this month as the Federal Reserve projects a faster pace of rate increases for 2017 and its Chinese counterpart tightens monetary conditions to spur deleveraging and defend the exchange rate. The declines are capping off a tough year for investors during which bonds, shares and currency all slumped, with the last hitting all time lows, just as Kyle Bass had predicted roughly one year ago.

Much of the blame is on the unique calendar this year: “You have Chinese New Year quite early, and because of that one-month window, most of the...

12:45

Court Rules Police Can Legally Execute Your Dog if It Does Anything But Sit Silently "IndyWatch Feed World"

Jack Burns, The Free Thought Project
Waking Times Media

The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit concluded Monday that police officers are justified in killing citizens’ pets — even if those animals are not attacking or attempting to attack them.

Judges MOORE and CLAY (Circuit Judges), and HOOD (District Judge) heard an appeal from the plaintiffs Mark and Cheryl Brown, of Battle Creek, Michigan. The Browns filed a lawsuit against the BATTLE CREEK Police Department, the City of Battle Creek, and officers Jeffrey Case, Christof Klein, and Damon Young for the death of their beloved dogs at the hands of sadistic cops.

The incident occurred on April 17th, 2013, when police were attempting to execute a search warrant on the home where the Browns were living because a police informant reported another man, Vincent Jones was distributing heroin, cocaine, and marijuana from the residence. Jones was apprehended before police arrived on the scene.

Mark Brown, who was not a suspect in the search, had gone home on his lunch break to let out his two pit bulls. After doing so, he locked the door and headed back to work when police arrived and detained him. He told them he had a key, and that they didn’t need to destroy the front door to gain entry into the home. But destroy it they did.

The Browns dispute the claims by police that the dogs were barking. Mark Brown even testified the smaller of the two dogs had “never barked a day in her life.” Officer Klein said the larger dog was barking and “lunged” at him, but later admitted the pet “had only moved a few inches.”

Despite there being no attack, Klein fired a round at the dog. Both dogs ran away from the officers to the basement, obviously fleeing in fear. There, the two dogs were shot and killed by the officers who felt that they could not properly clear the room and effectively execute the search warrant on the home, explaining they “did not feel [the officers] could safely clear the basement with those dogs down there.”

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12:39

American and German Munitions Found In Aleppo by Russian Sappers "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By News Line

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21st Century Wire says…

Russian bomb squads and sappers who have been clearing areas of east Aleppo of terrorist booby traps and mines have discovered American and German made munitions of various types from small arms to hand grenades to rockets made to fire from multiple-rocket launchers.

Should we be surprised to find that the Russian Defense Ministry is releasing this newly uncovered evidence? Undoubtedly most 21WIRE readers have been expecting to see reports like this as the situational awareness on the ground in east Aleppo is becoming more clear as the armed fighters have left the area or been routed out by the Syrian Arab Army.

The discovery of western munitions from NATO countries was quite predictable. It was an easy prediction to make after 21WIRE reported that at least 14 US Coalition Military Officers captured by Syrian Special Forces in an east Aleppo bunker.


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Russian bomb disposal teams are continuing to sweep schools and mosques of Aleppo for booby-traps, mines and munitions after they were wrested from rebel control. Recovered explosives come from various parts of the world, including the US and Germany.

Since starting their mine-swiping mission in the Syrian city three weeks ago, the sappers have cleared 966 hectares, the Russian Syrian Reconciliation Center reported on Wednesday. They reported 2,149 building in and near Aleppo as safe, including 44 schools, 38 mosques, 10 medical facilities and other crucial civilian infrastructure. They also swept 350km of roads in the area for mines, the report said.

The teams discovered and defused some 14,700 dangerous items, including 6,700 IEDs. The munitions discovered in stockpiles left behind by various armed groups ranged from small arms rounds and hand grenades...

American and German Munitions Found In Aleppo by Russian Sappers "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

21st Century Wire says…

Russian bomb squads and sappers who have been clearing areas of east Aleppo of terrorist booby traps and mines have discovered American and German made munitions of various types from small arms to hand grenades to rockets made to fire from multiple-rocket launchers.

Should we be surprised to find that the Russian Defense Ministry is releasing this newly uncovered evidence? Undoubtedly most 21WIRE readers have been expecting to see reports like this as the situational awareness on the ground in east Aleppo is becoming more clear as the armed fighters have left the area or been routed out by the Syrian Arab Army.

The discovery of western munitions from NATO countries was quite predictable. It was an easy prediction to make after 21WIRE reported that at least 14 US Coalition Military Officers captured by Syrian Special Forces in an east Aleppo bunker.

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RT

Russian bomb disposal teams are continuing to sweep schools and mosques of Aleppo for booby-traps, mines and munitions after they were wrested from rebel control. Recovered explosives come from various parts of the world, including the US and Germany.

Since starting their mine-swiping mission in the Syrian city three weeks ago, the sappers have cleared 966 hectares, the Russian Syrian Reconciliation Center reported on Wednesday. They reported 2,149 building in and near Aleppo as safe, including 44 schools, 38 mosques, 10 medical facilities and other crucial civilian infrastructure. They also swept 350km of roads in the area for mines, the report said.

The teams discovered and defused some 14,700 dangerous items, including...

12:37

GORKA: Obama Has Created ‘Global Chaos,’ Threw ‘Gasoline on the Fire’ with Anti-Israel UN Resolution "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

GORKA: Obama Has Created ‘Global Chaos,’ Threw ‘Gasoline on the Fire’ with Anti-Israel UN Resolution
Breitbart News's national security editor Dr. Sebastian Gorka, author of the best-selling book Defeating Jihad: The Winnable War, talked about President Obama’s betrayal of Israel at the United Nations on Fox News’s Hannity with guest host Jeanine Pirro.

12:35

Roundup Herbicide Linked To Overgrowth of Deadly Bacteria "IndyWatch Feed World"

Roundup Herbicide Linked To Overgrowth of Deadly Bacteria | agriculture | Agriculture & Farming GMOs Toxins

Could Monsanto’s glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup be leading to the overgrowth of deadly bacteria in animals and humans consuming genetically-modified food contaminated with it?

This question follows from a study published in the journal Current Microbiology titled, “The Effect of Glyphosate on Potential Pathogens and Beneficial Members of Poultry Microbiota In Vitro,” which found that the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, known as glyphosate, negatively impacted the gastrointestinal bacteria of poultry in vitro. The researchers presented evidence that highly pathogenic bacteria resisted glyphosate, whereas beneficial bacteria were moderately to highly susceptible to it.

Some of the beneficial species that were found to be suppressed by glyphosate were Enterococcus faecalis, Enterococcus faecium, Bacillus badius, Bifidobacterium adolescentis and Lactobacillus spp. The pathogenic species which were found to resist glyphosate toxicity were Salmonella Entritidis, Salmonella Gallinarum, Salmonella Typhimurium, Clostridium perfringens and Clostridium botulinum.

The researchers stated that “A reduction of beneficial bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract microbiota by ingestion of glyphosate could disturb the normal gut bacterial community.” Even more alarming was their observation that the toxicity of glyphosate to the most prevalent beneficial species, Enterococcus, “could be a significant predisposing factor that is associated with the increase in Clostridia botulinum-mediated diseases by suppressing the antagonistic effect of these bacteria on clostridia.” Clostridia are a class of anaerobic bacteria including some of the most dangerous known to man, such as C. tetani and C. botulinum, which produce tetanus and botulin toxin, respe...

12:35

University of Kansas Students Offered Buttons Spelling Out Their Preferred Gender Pronouns "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

What happens if you don’t identify as he, she or they? What happens if you prefer to mix your pronouns and use he her theirs? What happens if as one person you don’t feel pretentious enough to call yourself ‘they’? Via Daily Mail: University of Kansas students are being offered buttons through the school’s library […]

12:32

Contagion Concerns Slam Japanese Financials As Toshiba Crashes 50% In 3 Days "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Tyler Durden

After two days of total carnage in Toshiba stocks, bonds, and credit risk, the bloodbath continues with the once-massive Japanese company is collapsing once again in early trading – now down 50% in 3 days. Following the semiconductor and nuclear business catastrophes, the company had nothing to add regarding today’s crash but more worryingly the massive loss of market cap is spreading contagiously to Japanese financials with Sumi down 4%, and MUFG down almost 3%.

As we noted yesterday, Tsunukawa said that “I apologize to shareholders, business partners and all stakeholders for the trouble we have caused,” after Toshiba said cost overruns at U.S. nuclear reactors it is building were likely to force a write-down of as much as several billion dollars, clouding its turnaround plan after the 2015 accounting scandal. Specifically, the company said it may have to book several billion dollars in charges related to a U.S. nuclear power plant construction company acquisition, rekindling “concerns about its accounting acumen.”

The problem is that the nuclear business, together with the semiconductors, has been positioned as one of key pillars underpinning Toshiba’s growth which has been trying to shift away from its consumer electronics core. Alas, the latest gaffe now means that much of Toshiba’s growth is gone, and the stock price reflect that overnight, when Toshiba’s stock plunged by 20%, the most permitted, before it was halted for trading.

The derisking is weighing heavily on USDJPY…

And now, as Bloomberg reports, Japanese financials are tumbling on cross-default, contagion concerns…

Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank has highest capital exposure to Toshiba, with loans equaling 5.5% of the bank’s equity, analyst Shinichiro Nakamura writes in report.

SMTB would also suffer greatest earn...

12:32

IED At Phillipines Boxing Match Kills 10 Injures More Than 20 "IndyWatch Feed World"

A fiesta boxing match in Hilongos, Leyte, Phillipines was interrupted by an IED which killed 10 and injured more than 20 attendees.

12:30

Three Mini-Bubbles Are Bursting "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Three Mini-Bubbles Are Bursting The world has gotten so used to ultra-low interest rates that even economists and money managers seem to be shocked by what happens when rates start creeping back towards normal levels. Some of the mini-bubbles that formed in an essentially free-money environment are now starting to leak. Notably: US Housing While…

The post Three Mini-Bubbles Are Bursting appeared first on The Daily Coin.

12:30

Forbidden History: Vatican’s long plot to cover up the history of the pre-flood world "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The Vatican is controlling history – Vatican’s long plot to cover up the history of the pre-flood world

History has been suppressed in the biggest, long-term cover-up ever and the Vatican knows all the secrets.

The Vatican is constantly monitoring things with the Lucifer device and they are secretly preparing for the arrival of alien savior.

They seem to be intentionally creating something that is going to position the Roman Catholic Church to be at the forefront of an official disclosure multi-value get easy above the ufology ways that they can’t even imagine.

History has been literally rewritten and the archaeological establishment as well as the as well as the educational establishment would like us to believe that thousands of years ago mankind was in the anthology and that we were in the infancy of our species and we were banging stones together and barely able to build a mud hut let alone the amazing megalithic structures that are present all over the earth standing in testimony testifying in themselves of a superior race society.

Those who control the past control the future and no organization on earth has a tighter grip on the official history than the Roman Catholic Church.

Connect the dots and present evidence of a long plot to cover up the history of the pre-flood world and to prepare humanity for the arrival of our space brothers bringing a different gospel.

Timothy Alberino, director and host of the new documentary ‘True Legends: The UnHoly See’, discusses evidence that the Vatican is behind a vast cover-up of pre-Flood history.

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12:30

Obama is wreaking havoc during his final days as President "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Until this month America has always exercised its veto power in order to protect its ally Israel but Obama’s orchestrated move against Israel is only one of a number of highly controversial moves that he is making before Trump takes over on the 20th of January.   Israeli officials fear that the conference’s recommendations may then be […]

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12:30

2017: Presidency budgets N660m for electricity supply "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

…to spend N223m on generators   At a time when prolonged power outage has become the order of the day in most homes and offices across Nigeria, the Federal Government has earmarked a total of N660, 377,107 to take care of power challenge at the State House and other strategic offices in the Presidency. The […]

The post 2017: Presidency budgets N660m for electricity supply appeared first on New Telegraph Nigerian Newspaper.

12:30

Bankruptcy Asset Hunters Confirm What Most Of Us Already Knew: Everyone Lies On Social Media "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Tyler Durden

50 Cent

Earlier this year Curtis Jackson III (aka “50 Cent”) raised some concerns with his bankruptcy judge, Ann Nevins, after he posted a couple of ill-advised pictures on Instragram of himself posing with $100,000s of dollars worth of cash. Apparently Chapter 7 trustees frown upon omitting “buckets of cash” from your official bankruptcy disclosures and then subsequently posing with that cash on social media. But, after being ordered to appear in court to explain the pictures, an embarrassed 50 Cent was forced to admit that the cash was fake.

As the Wall Street Journal points out, chapter 7 trustees all around the country are finding out that “fiddy” isn’t the bankrupt person “frontin” on social media.

This October, when Ido Alexander saw photos a young man had posted on social media, he thought he had hit the bankruptcy jackpot.

Mr. Alexander, a Florida lawyer working for a court-appointed trustee, dispatched an appraiser to the man’s home to inspect the expensive-looking gold chains and other jewelry he had been posing in, which he hadn’t declared as assets in court filings.

The appraiser made another discovery that is becoming all too common in the age of social-media braggadocio. “At the end of the day, it was really costume jewelry,” Mr. Alexander says. “It was really disappointing.”

The industry’s detectives—lawyers and accountants who serve as chapter 7 bankruptcy trustees—are learning what most teenagers have already figured out, which is that you can’t always believe what you see on Facebook and Twitter. “Gotcha” moments in which they discover people in bankruptcy posing in glamorous-looking jewelry, piloting boats and ATVs and even displaying buckets full of cash have fallen flat as the items turn out to be fake, or not theirs at all.

Of course, some people are dumb enough to actually hide real assets from the bankrup...

12:28

Sambisa raid: 1,240 Boko Haram suspects in custody "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Army recovers Shekau’s Qur’an, flag Insurgents surrender in Niger Republic Nigeria Army said it had arrested about 1,240 suspected Boko Haram terrorists during a mop-up operation by troops inside the Sambisa forest. Maj.-Gen. Lucky Irabor, the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, disclosed this while giving update to newsmen on Operation Rescue Final at the Maimalari […]

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12:26

Donald Trump’s Top 10 Campaign Moments "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Trump Campaign Florida AP
President-elect Donald J. Trump surged past his GOP primary competitors and crushed Democratic nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton on his way to a landslide electoral victory on Nov. 8. As the year rounds out, Breitbart News has compiled 10 of the top moments from the campaign trail in which Trump was at his peak.

12:24

Why we wanted to bomb Third Mainland Bridge – Militant "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

An explosive expert, Mr. Abiodun Amos, who is a suspected Niger Delta militant, has disclosed that his group planned to bomb the Third Mainland Bridge to arrest the attention of the Federal Government. Amos, who described himself as a top commander of the militant group, confessed that he and his group had been operating from […]

The post Why we wanted to bomb Third Mainland Bridge – Militant appeared first on New Telegraph Nigerian Newspaper.

12:24

The Disadvantages of an Elite Education "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

It didn't dawn on me that there might be a few holes in my education until I was about 35. I'd just bought a house, the pipes needed fixing, and the plumber was standing in my kitchen. There he was, a short, beefy guy with a goatee and a Red Sox cap and a thick Boston accent, and I suddenly learned that I didn't have the slightest idea what to say to someone like him. So alien was his experience to me, so unguessable his values, so mysterious his very language, that I couldn't succeed in engaging him in a few minutes of small talk before he got down to work. Fourteen years of higher education and a handful of Ivy League degrees, and there I was, stiff and stupid, struck dumb by my own dumbness. "Ivy retardation," a friend of mine calls this. I could carry on conversations with people from other countries, in other languages, but I couldn't talk to the man who was standing in my own house.

It's not surprising that it took me so long to discover the extent of my miseducation, because the last thing an elite education will teach you is its own inadequacy. As two dozen years at Yale and Columbia have shown me, elite colleges relentlessly encourage their students to flatter themselves for being there, and for what being there can do for them. The advantages of an elite education are indeed undeniable. You learn to think, at least in certain ways, and you make the contacts needed to launch yourself into a life rich in all of society's most cherished rewards. To consider that while some opportunities are being created, others are being cancelled and that while some abilities are being developed, others are being crippled is, within this context, not only outrageous, but inconceivable.


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12:20

187 die during Christmas –FRSC "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) yesterday said it had recorded 187 deaths in 289 crashes during the last Christmas celebrations . Mr. Bisi Kazeem, Head, Media Relations and Strategy of the commission, disclosed this in a statement. According to Kazeem, the crashes involved 2,185 people with 1,000 people injured, while 998 people were rescued […]

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12:20

Train crashes into trailer in Kaduna "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A Lagos-bound train from Kano crashed into a trailer at railway crossing in Kawo, Kaduna, and cut the trailer into two. The accident, which the Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr. Francis Udoma, confirmed occurred about 3a.m. on Mando Road. However, no casualty was recorded. A witness said the accident occurred […]

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12:14

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

11 More Dead Migrants Found on Libya Beaches
2016-12-28 14:54

Tripoli - The bodies of 11 migrants who died trying to make the perilous journey to Europe have washed up on beaches around Libya's capital Tripoli, the Red Crescent said on Wednesday.

"Teams from the Tripoli branch of the Libyan Red Crescent recovered 11 bodies washed up around Tripoli," Red Crescent volunteer Mohannad al-Fallah said.

"The teams in charge of recovering bodies were sent on Tuesday to several beaches around Tripoli, in residential areas where residents are accustomed to alerting authorities" about the sighting of bodies, he said.

The Libyan Red Crescent said on its Facebook page that the bodies were recovered at the Hay Al Andalus beach in the capital and in another area about 15km west of the city.

People smugglers have exploited the chaos gripping Libya since the 2011 counter-revolution that overthrew longtime Pan-Africanist leader Muammar Gaddafi to traffic migrants across the Mediterranean to Europe.

Many set off from the western coast in small boats for the journey to Italy, 300km to the north.

It is often impossible to identify the bodies of those who die during the attempt. Many are buried in numbered graves outside Libyan towns.

According to the United Nations, more than 5 000 migrants and refugees have died this year while trying to cross the Mediterranean in boats that are often overcrowded and barely seaworthy.

12:10

Hundreds Of Kids Storm Philly Mall On A 2nd Night Of Holiday Chaos "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

They’ve been taking ‘Boxing Day’ literally… Via Daily Mail: Four people were arrested after a second night of violence at a Pennsylvania mall that was organized on social media. Authorities say about 200 teens converged on the Philadelphia Mills Mall Tuesday evening to start a disturbance, after planning the ruckus on Snapchat. Police were prepared […]

12:09

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Italy Says Another 900 Migrants Rescued Off Libya, Bringing Year’s Tally to Its Ports to 180,300
AFP-JIJI
DEC 29, 2016

ROME – Another 900 migrants have been rescued from stricken boats off Libya, Italy’s coast guard said Wednesday, three days before the end of what is already a record year for arrivals at the country’s southern ports.

Most of the latest batch of migrants were picked up overnight from two wooden boats traveling together and around 40 people were rescued from another boat at dawn.

Around 400 were rescued by the Aquarius, a rescue boat operated by charity SOS Mediterranee, which said the migrants it had taken on board included Eritreans, Bangladeshis, Pakistanis, Somalians and Syrians.

According to the Italian Interior Ministry, some 180,300 migrants had been registered this year at Italian ports prior to the latest rescues. This compares with a previous annual record of 170,100, recorded in 2014.

U.N. bodies say more than 5,000 people have died trying to cross the Mediterranean, most of them on the Libya-Italy route. The Libyan Red Cross said Wednesday that 11 drowned bodies had been found on beaches near Tripoli in the west of the country.

12:07

No, the DEA Hasn’t Made CBD Oil Illegal… Yet "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

cancer cbd oil"There are federal laws that the DEA cannot bypass."

12:07

30 Million Americans Believe Pizzagate Is Real, Poll Claims "IndyWatch Feed World"

Nearly half of all Donald Trump voters believe that Pizzagate is real and a pedophilia ring is operating in Washington, a recent poll suggests. The Economist/YouGov poll released Tuesday shows that 46% of Trump voters believe the “Pizzagate” investigation, which began as an organic citizen investigation on popular sites like 4chan and Reddit ahead of Election Day before gaining momentum on Twitter and Facebook. The survey results suggest mainstream media has lost its ability to influence the public, as people go to the internet to investigate issues themselves rather than listening to talking heads on TV. Mainstream media continues to refuse to lay out the Pizzagate evidence for readers to analyze, instead instructing them to take their word for the fact it is “preposterous.” Whatever your views of fake news and where it comes from, Pizzagate does not qualify. It is an organic citizen investigation that has amassed a huge haystack of evidence that demands professional inquiry. But even the media’s attempts to portray the scandal as “preposterous” has not dissuaded a large block of Trump voters from believing the conspiracy. The poll, which was conducted between Dec. 17 and 20, also showed that Trump voters were far less likely than Clinton [...]

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12:03

Jonathan Revusky: Anti-Religious Religious Fanatics (ARRFs) are the real fundamentalist crazies! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Mainstream media, academia – the whole dominant discourse, really – tell us that secularists are the reasonable people, whereas religious folk tend to be fundamentalist, irrational, potentially extremist crazies. But is that really the case?

12:03

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Talks on Syria Nationwide Truce, But Still Obstacles
AFP
Wednesday 28 Dec 2016

Turkey and Russia are discussing a possible nationwide ceasefire in Syria, but obstacles remain to any deal, a rebel official said on Wednesday.

Earlier, Turkey's Anadolu agency reported that Ankara and Moscow had reached a ceasefire deal that would go into effect at midnight, but neither capital nor the parties to the conflict confirmed the report.

Labib Nahhas, foreign relations head for the powerful Ahrar al-Sham rebel group, confirmed to AFP that the faction was "aware of ongoing discussions between Russia and Turkey about a nationwide ceasefire".

But he reiterated that rebel factions had not been presented with any official proposal and said there were still obstacles to a deal.

"Russia wants to exclude Eastern Ghouta from the ceasefire, which is not acceptable," he said, referring to a rebel-held area outside Damascus.

Syria's army has been advancing in Eastern Ghouta in recent months, and securing the area around the capital would be another major government gain after recapturing Aleppo.

Russia is a key ally of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, and began a military intervention to bolster his government last year.

Turkey, meanwhile, has backed the uprising against the government in Damascus that began in March 2011.

Despite their opposing stances, and the souring of relations after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane last year, the two countries have started to cooperate more closely on Syria.

Turkey remained conspicuously quiet as Assad's forces, backed by Russia, retook control last week of Aleppo in the biggest defeat so far for the rebels in the civil war.

And the two countries brokered a deal that saw the last rebels and civilians in opposition-held parts of Aleppo leave the city.

State-run Anadolu had reported the deal would expand the ceasefire agreed for Aleppo during the rebel evacuation to the whole country.

If successful, the plan would form the basis of upcoming political...

12:00

Map of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Women % in National Parliaments around the World Click here for larger view

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12:00

Daniel Kahneman, Talks at Google "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Daniel Kahneman: “Thinking, Fast and Slow” | Talks at Google   See also: MiB: Danny Kahneman on Heuristics, Biases & Cognition   Daniel Kahneman, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his seminal work in psychology that challenged the rational model of judgment and decision making, is one of our most important thinkers.…

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12:00

The Best UFO Videos of 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The Best UFO Videos of 2016

Here are the best UFO videos that were captured in the year of 2016.

February 2016; multiple orbs in the sky – Kent, UK

8th February 2016; triangle formation – Dulce, New Mexico

5th April 2016; metallic object – Evora, Portugal

7th May 2016; TR-3B – Huron, California

5th September 2016; unknown lights in formation – Wycombe, UK

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12:00

Actress Debbie Reynolds (84) Dies One Day After Daughter Carrie Fischer (60)… "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Actress Debbie Reynolds was planning the funeral for her daughter, actress Carrie Fischer, when she suffered a stroke today.  Her son now reports she too has passed.

12:00

It’s The Dollar, Stupid! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Tyler Durden

Submitted by Paul Brodsky via Macro-Allocation.com,

We think the markets have it fundamentally wrong. US investors are anticipating a cyclical shift towards economic expansion via new tax incentives, business de-regulation and Keynesian government spending that promise to increase output, demand and asset prices. However, there is a far more influential driver of future asset prices – a structural shift that has begun but has yet to be acknowledged by economic and political authorities, and, judging by financial asset markets, by most investors. We expect weak equity markets and a strong treasury market beginning in 2017.

It’s the Dollar, Stupid.

The financial model used by advanced economies since 1971 is quickly losing its ability to support economic growth and rising asset prices.1 Western economic policy, which had previously relied heavily on credit creation from 1971 to 2008, was replaced in 2009 by monetary policy that relied heavily on base money creation through asset purchases. The structural shift in central bank focus from credit to monetary creation marked a paradigm shift in the decades-long finance-based economic model – from the leveraging phase to the de-leveraging phase.

The Fed shifted to relying on a communications policy in 2013, which focused on renewing the broad perception that by “normalizing” US interest rates the economy would again begin to react to credit incentives it could manage. It also emphasized the need for fiscal stimulus, which would ostensibly create demand and stimulate production growth. Last month the Fed hiked overnight rates for the second time in two years and the markets expect it to hike rate three times in 2017.

Fed rate hikes tighten credit conditions in the US and, given the continued execution of QE by other major global central banks, increase the exchange value of the dollar. A stronger dollar theoretically increases other economies’ exports into the US, provided that US consumers and businesses are able to maintain the same level of demand for foreign goods and services. This is an open question.

Donald Trump’s election raised hope that new tax incentives, business de-r...

11:56

Investors Demand Delay of $2,000,000,000 ILLEGAL Dakota Access Pipeline Purchase Since Protesters Are Preventing Completion "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Bad news for the company building the Dakota Access pipeline!

The Enbridge corporation just suffered another massive setback this week. That’s because some of the major investors in the project just said they will hold off on their purchase of a $2 billion stake in the project.

Without that investment the pipeline could be dead in the water (no pun intended).

A filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission clearly shows that Enbridge Energy Partners and Marathon Petroleum Corporation won’t meet a previous deadline of December 31 to complete the sale.

That means the companies will now have until March 31 to decide if they want to walk away from an investment in the pipeline altogether.

Energy analyst Antonia Juhasz said this is “bad news” for Energy Transfer Partners, commenting, “If Enbridge and Marathon thought that completion of the pipeline was a done deal, the money would have been a done deal too. This means they are worried and are not feeling secure enough to turn over their cash, putting even more financial pressure on Energy Transfer Partners.”

Help SPREAD THE WORD! The protests are WORKING and they are STILL GOING because the ILLEGAL DAPL pipeline builders are STILL there trying to push forward!

Get the word out and Stand With Standing Rock!

(Article by M. David)

11:54

US CBP Agents Implement New Question in ESTA Program "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

On Dec. 20, 2016, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents implemented a new question in its Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) system. The query asks travelers for their social media profiles. The new portion of ESTA, specifically Form I-94W, was published in the Federal Register in June of 2016 and has received criticism […]

The post US CBP Agents Implement New Question in ESTA Program appeared first on Guardian Liberty Voice.

11:53

Montana governor, legislators condemn plans for white-nationalist march - The Washington Post "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Montana governor, legislators condemn plans for white-nationalist march - The Washington Post: The letter, co-signed by Gov. Steve Bullock (D), Sen. Jon Tester (D), Sen. Steve Daines (R), Rep. Ryan Zinke (R) and Attorney General Tim Fox (R), attacks any effort by white nationalists to rally in Whitefish.

“We condemn attacks on our religious freedom manifesting in a group of anti-Semites,” the elected officials wrote in the letter, released by Tester's office Tuesday morning. “We stand firmly together to send a clear message that ignorance, hatred and threats of violence are unacceptable and have no place in the town of Whitefish, or in any other community in Montana or across this nation. We say to those few who seek to publicize anti-Semitic views that they shall find no safe haven here.”

11:48

Obama Regime Rushes To Resettle Refugees During Last Days In Office "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Doing everything he can to stick it to us in his final days… Via Daily Caller: The Obama administration is resettling significantly more refugees in the final weeks of 2016 compared to the same time period last year, state department figures reveal. From the start of Fiscal Year 2017, Oct. 1 2016 through Dec. 27, […]

11:43

THE MATRIX AND CONSUMERIST CULTURE IN AMERICA "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Alex Ansary

In today’s video, Christopher Greene of AMTV reports on the Matrix and Consumerist Culture in America. Visit Site

11:42

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Russian Coordination Center: 966 Hectares Area Cleared of Explosive Devices in Aleppo Eastern Neighborhoods
28 December، 2016

Lattakia, SANA- Since December 5th, Russian experts from the International Mine Action Center have been able to clear a total area of 966 hectares in Aleppo’s eastern neighborhoods of explosive devices that had been planted by terrorists inside schools, mosques, hospitals, and electricity and water facilities.

The Hmeimim-based Russian Coordination Center said in a statement published by RT website that Russian experts from the International Mine Action Center continued their work in the areas which were freed from terrorists in Aleppo’s eastern neighborhoods and over the past 24 hours, they have been able to clear 9 mosques, 4 schools, and a kindergarten of mines.

The statement added that since December 5th, a total area of 966 hectares has been cleared of mines, indicating that the cleared area included 350 km of roads, 2,149 houses, 44 schools, 38 mosques, 10 hospitals, two kindergartens, two electricity plants, a water plant, and a number of bakeries.

The statement indicated that Russian experts from the International Mine Action Center have been able to dismantle 14,700 explosive devices including 6,700 handmade bombs over the abovementioned period.

On a relevant note, the head of the International Mine Action Center detachment told Russia 24 that while carrying out demining in Aleppo, the Russian experts found ammo, small weapons, Grad missiles, and shells manufactured in Germany, the United States, and Bulgaria.

R.J/ Hazem Sabbagh


Russian Foreign Ministry: Attacking Russian Embassy in Damascus reaffirms the urgent need for prompt elimination of terrorism

28 December، 2016

Damascus, SANA- The Russian Embassy in Damascus has been shelled by armed terrorist groups positioned in Eastern Ghouta, Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

The ministry said, in a statement, that one of the shells fell in the courtyard of the compound of the Russian diplomatic mission’s administrative buildings and fortunately did not explode, while the second shell fell in the close vicinity to its territory, adding that...

11:39

The World’s Shifting Political Landscape and the Breakdown of American Politics "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Welcome to TLAV Political Roundtable. In this show we break down the week of American politics, and discuss its implication on American life, and the world. Today we are discussing the UN resolution, which the US ironically chose to abstain from despite it coming off of a massive campaign in which every American was repeatedly told how un-American it is to not vote(yes, the irony is not lost on me), the uprising in Congo against the US placed presidential puppet who has chosen to forgo elections and remain in power, as well as the liberal attempt to bring down the whole of American politics simply due to losing the election; well, it is much more complex than that, yet at the current state of the election process, the continuation of these anti-trump attacks simply because he is present and not based on his actions or political choices, will only further dissolve what is left of this country, regardless of who one voted for. 
We advocate that everyone take charge of their own political education and actively do their own research and investigation. The power to enact change is meant to be in the hands of the people, but unless we begin paying attention, asking questions and getting involved, this country will remain the same at best, and at worst, further fall into the hands of those who care not for the people, but only for their own ambition.
Join us every Wednesday at 6pm on WKUP “The Shift” for a brand new episode of TLAV Political Roundtable.


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11:39

Robert Warrior & Kim Tallbear on Ethnic Fraud - WORT 89.9 FM "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Robert Warrior & Kim Tallbear on Ethnic Fraud - WORT 89.9 FM: Andrea Smith claimed for years she was member of the Cherokee Nation without having any true lineage. While it has been known for years, it has not gained any attention from national news outlets. Rachel Dolezal, former president of the NAACP in Spokane, Washington, received much media attention following the allegations she lied about her racial identity, identifying herself as black.

Indian Country published an open letter written by indigenous women scholars calling for an open discussion on the issue, saying ” We hope to elicit productive dialogues about deeply fraught and painful issues, and to suggest paths forward for continued and complex analysis of the roles identity plays in the work we do.” While Smith has alleged claimed to no longer identify at Cherokee, she still describes herself as a indigenous scholar, which the authors of the letter argue allows her to represent communities of which she does not belong.

11:34

After Asia, palm oil faces backlash in Africa "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

28 Dec 2016 | AFPThe sheer scale of land required by agribusiness-driven oil palm plantations is having an impact in Gabon, Cameroon and the Congo Basin

11:34

Women, this is how you keep yourself safe "IndyWatch Feed National"

Women, even if you do all the “right things”, you will still be implicitly blamed for not keeping yourself safe. So stay at home all the time, lock all the doors and windows and never ever leave.

But the most dangerous place for women to be is at home with a man who says he loves you, so don’t stay home.

Maintain constant vigilance when you go out, because men can attack you at any moment, but don’t ever say that men are dangerous because that’s demonising men and their rage will overwhelm you.

If men are out hunting for a victim, don’t let it be you they choose. If it is, that’s your fault. You should have made sure it was some other woman.

Don’t be afraid because #notallmen, but don’t be confident because you need to be wary for your safety, and come on love, give us a smile and show us your tits and take your headphones out so men can talk to you, you stuck up slut.

Don’t wear too little, don’t take up too much space, don’t be noticed, but make sure you’re always pretty.

Don’t enjoy sex and never say no to a man who wants you.

Be a strong, confident, independent woman because sexism is over, but don’t be loud or angry or opinionated or ambitious, because no one likes a ballbreaking bitch.

Don’t be black or brown, don’t wear a hijab. If you’re Asian don’t be anything but killer smart and always submissive. Don’t be old or fat or poor or disabled or cis, because if you’re not white and young and slim and pretty and feminine you’d damn sure better be invisible.

Don’t be white and young and slim and pretty and feminine because no one could possibly take you seriously.

Don’t be a lesbian because what is wrong with you? All you need is a good fuck, but no man would ever want you, fat, hairy, unfuckable thing. Don’t not care about that, you’ll be hated. Don’t care about it, you’ll be scorned.

Don’t drink too much or talk too loud or laugh too heartily, don’t swear or smoke or dance or joke or compete or try, and never think that anyone else is to blame if you’re not successful.

Don’t walk in public streets at night, you’re asking for trouble. Don’t catch a train or a taxi or an uber, they’re too dangerous. Don’t ask for women only transport services, that makes men feel bad.

Keep yourself safe, because it’s easy and anything that happens to you when you are not safe is your own stupid fault. you should have known better.


Screenshot from an article on the ABC about the arrest of two men over the brutal rape of a woman in Brisbane six years ago. It’s worth noting that the...

11:34

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Syrian Army Units Target ISIS and al-Nusra Terrorists in Homs and Aleppo Countryside
26 December، 2016

Homs, SANA – An Army and Armed Forces unit on Monday killed more than 25 ISIS terrorists to the east of the 4th Station west of Palmyra in Homs Countryside, a military source told SANA.

The source said that this came following violent clashes with ISIS groups east of the oil-pumping station, which also resulted in injuring large numbers of terrorists and destroying their weapons and equipment.

The source added that an army unit carried out a precision strike targeting a gathering of leaders of terrorist groups affiliated to Jabhat al-Nusra in the surroundings of al-Rastan city in the province’s northern countryside, killing a number of the leaders including, one nicknamed “Abu Haidar” and Sadeq al-Yousef, and injuring others.

Aleppo

Meanwhile, a unit of the army destroyed 6 vehicles for ISIS terrorists in artillery strikes against their movements and supply routes in Aleppo eastern countryside.

A military source told SANA that the army’s operation in Um al-Mara village in the surroundings of the Air Force academy in Aleppo countryside ended up with the killing of a number of terrorists.


Army units thwart ISIS attacks in Aleppo and Sweida

27 December، 2016

Provinces, SANA – Army and Armed Forces units continued carrying out counter-terrorism operations across the country on Tuesday, thwarting two attacks by ISIS terrorists in Aleppo and Sweida provinces.

Aleppo

A military source told SANA that an army unit thwarted an attack by terrorists from ISIS coming from Rasem al-Kama towards Nasralla village at the surrounding of the Air Force College in Aleppo countryside.

The source said that the clashes resulted in destroying three SUVs and killing a number of terrorists.

Sweida

An army unit, in cooperation with popular defense groups, thwarted an attack by a terrorist group belonging to ISIS on a military post in the northeastern countryside of Sweida province.

A military sou...

11:31

"The Coming War Between the U.S. and (Insert Country Here)" "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

"The Coming War Between the U.S. and (Insert Country Here)"
by Addison Wiggin


China’s Monroe Doctrine aims to keep the United States from getting closer than it is already. If you don’t remember the Monroe Doctrine from history class, it goes like this: President James Monroe in 1823 put the European powers on notice that if they meddled anywhere in Latin America, the United States would step in to put a stop to it. It was a big “keep out of our backyard” sign. OK, it was more subtle than that; an aging Thomas Jefferson congratulated Monroe on achieving a “cordial friendship with England.” The doctrine was, indeed, a tacit agreement between the United States and Great Britain. The U.S. took a free ride on the Royal Navy. Its ships patrolled the waters surrounding Latin America, keeping the continental powers far from America’s doorstep.

The original Monroe Doctrine aimed to keep Europeans away. China’s Monroe Doctrine aims to keep the United States from getting closer than it is already.

The Pacific basin has long been home to the United States’ largest trading partners, and Washington deploys hundreds of thousands of military personnel in the region, including over half its navy. We have bases in Japan, the Philippines, South Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, the Marshall Islands, Guam and Wake. The Seventh Fleet routinely sails near the Chinese coast, up to the “12-mile limit” where international waters end.
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11:30

The correct comic book hero for the UN campaign doesn’t exist "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

What a complete joke. The UN have rejected Wonder Woman as the heroine to represent the UN because of her overt sexuality and the American flag on her outfit. This is the same UN who have passed a resolution engineered by an American president that will escalate violence against Israel by the terrorist organisation Hamas, […]

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11:30

Obama’s Syrian Regime Change Objective On the Rocks with Aleppo’s Liberation "IndyWatch Feed World"

Obama’s Syrian Regime Change Objective On the Rocks with Aleppo’s Liberation | syrian-ground-war | Obama Exposed War Propaganda World News

Syrian and allied forces, along with vital Russian aerial support, defeated Obama’s imperial objective, a major blow to Washington’s regional aims – a bit of holiday season cheer amid chaos and human misery affecting all US imperial victims.

Assad remains Syria’s president, overwhelmingly supported by his people. They want no one else leading them, reelecting him in June 2014 by a near 90% majority – a process independent international observers called open, free and fair.

After nearly six years of US orchestrated aggression, using ISIS and other terrorists as imperial foot soldiers, Obama succeeded in massacring well over half a million Syrians, injuring countless numbers more, turning large parts of the country to rubble, and displacing half the population internally or abroad.

He bears full responsibility for one of history’s great crimes, unspeakable Nuremberg-level ones, leaving office in January unaccountable, his criminality unpunished, justice for long-suffering Syrians denied.

Fighting continues, hopefully ending ahead with Russia’s all-out efforts for cessation of hostilities and conflict resolution – allied with Iran for certain, possibly Turkey if Erdogan stops supporting terrorists and abandons his goal to annex northern Syrian territory.

US-led NATO, the Saudis, Qataris, Jordanians and Israelis are excluded from discussions – America out of the picture unless or until Trump fulfills his campaign-suggested pledge to normalize ties with Russia, he and Putin cooperating in combating terrorism.

Politicians usually say one thing, then do another, why nothing they say should be believed. Judge them solely by their actions.

Trump won’t take office for another four weeks, so it’s unknown what course he’ll pursue, especially geopolitically.

He’s under enormous pressure to continue dirty business as usual at home and abroad, notably to continue adversarial relations with Russia.

Until he succeeds Obama, it’s unclear what he’ll do. Will he continue America’s destructive agenda since the Clinton co-presidency or go another way? We won’t know until he settles into office and begins governing.

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11:30

The Mystery Behind the Starchild Skull: The Remains of an Ancient Alien? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The Mystery Behind the Starchild Skull: The Remains of an Ancient Alien?

DNA testing allegedly proved beyond all reasonable doubt that parts of the skull’s DNA were not HUMAN. Several specialists in Chemistry, Neuroscience and Craniophysiology determined that there is a 90 percent probability that the strange skull is the result of a hybrid being between a human mother and father of an unknown race.

The so-called Starchild Cranium is a 900-year-old cranium found in Mexico in the 1930’s. Ever since ti has caused considerable controversy in the scientific community.

Some 65 years ago, inside a cave in a rural village near Copper Canyon, south of the Mexican State of Chihuahua, a teenager found two skeletons buried in the tunnel of a mine. After the discovery, the teenage girl took the skeletons to her house, leaving them in front during the night. During the same night, torrential rains washed away the skeletal remains, and two skulls were left behind.

The two cranium were kept for years in the possession fo the girl who made the discovery.

After her death, the cranium was turned over to  Ray and Melanie Young. Melanie, a neonatal nurse, said that the characteristics present on the so-called Star Child cranium were not the result of human malformation, so they decided to give the cranium to a professional for evaluation.

The skull was handed to American anthropology and paranormal researchers Lloyd Pye and Mark Bean, who in collaboration with Genetic laboratories such as Trace Genetics CA USA, the Royal Holloway Institute of London, and the support of geneticists such as Dr. Kem Paid together with several specialists in Chemistry, Neuroscience and Craniophysiology determined that there is a 90 percent probability that th...

11:30

HuffPo Turns On Obama: He Presided Over The “Destruction Of The Democratic Party” "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Tyler Durden

In yet another “exit interview” earlier this week with David Axelrod, Obama took the opportunity to remind us once again just how awesome he is. In doing so, he noted that he was “confident” he could have beaten Trump in 2016 and implied that Hillary lost, not because of his failures in the White House, but because she was lazy, complacent, boring and arrogant…although his word choice was way less direct and more on the passive aggressive side.

Apparently these passive aggressive attacks didn’t sit well with the Huffington Post’s senior political editor, Sam Stein, who appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe with some rare honesty about Obama’s political legacy.

“Yeah, I mean this was as much a dig against Clinton as it was Trump from President Obama.”

“You look at the destruction of the Democratic Party under Barack Obama’s leadership and you have to wonder, what was the political — what were the electoral benefits that he gave to the party?”

“He leaves them in a much worse position. The states are decimated, they lost control of the House and Senate, the governorships are decimated.”

“Maybe [Obama] is a gifted candidate. He won election twice by substantial margins, but his legacy as a politician is a bit muddied by all that.”

Careful who you attack, President Obama, the HuffPo likes you but not if you’re going to attack their chosen one.

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For those who missed it, here are the details of Obama’s interview with Axelrod from earlier this week.

The ever humble Barack Obama has just wrapped up yet another “exit interview,” this time with democratic political operative David Axelrod, in which he effectively throws the entire Hillary team under the bus for not connecting with voters while declaring that he would have beaten Dona...

11:29

Houston police force homeless to throw food, donations and blankets away "IndyWatch Feed World"

Houston police forced a group of homeless people to throw away food and other essentials that were donated to them by local activists just before Christmas. Police showed up at the gathering in downtown Houston last Thursday afternoon where several people had agreed to hand out hot meals and other supplies to help the homeless through Christmas. Along with several squad cars, the police brought with them a large waste management truck for the homeless to throw all the gifts into, including things such as blankets and pillows.

11:28

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

Marysville, Washington, USA. Thanks for stopping by!

11:26

‘Thanks Donald!’ US Consumer Confidence Reaches 15-year High In December "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

People see positive developments coming. Via Biz Pac Review: American consumers haven’t been this happy in more than 15 years and Donald Trump is glad to take the credit. The U.S. Consumer Confidence Index climbed nearly four points, from 109.4 in November to 113.7 in December, the highest level since 2001, Fox News reported. The […]

11:24

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Forced Population Transfer: The Case of Palestine - Working Paper No. 19 - Suppression of Resistance
United Nations school bombed in Gaza during 2014.
REPORT from BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights Published on 28 Dec 2016 —

http://www.badil.org/en/publication/press-releases/77-2016/4700-pr-en-281216-70.html

Introduction

Suppression of resistance is not commonly mentioned when analyzing Israeli policies of forced population transfer, yet it is a policy that affects all aspects of Palestinians’ lives and directly contributes to the creation of a coercive environment that results in the displacement of Palestinians.

For a comprehensive study of this policy, we have adopted a broad interpretation of resistance including all acts perceived by Israel as a threat to its dominance and control of Mandate Palestine.

This is why we have incorporated Palestinian steadfastness or resilience, known as ‘sumud’ in Arabic, to our examination of suppression of resistance. The concept of sumud broadly refers to the Palestinian national awareness or determination to remain in their homes and homeland despite the coercive environment imposed on them by Israel. In the face of ongoing Israeli attempts to erase Palestinian history and culture, especially in Israel and East Jerusalem, we have also included Palestinian efforts to retain and strengthen their education, identity, and culture as a form of resistance.

The Israeli policy of suppression of resistance works in two ways. Some of the individual policies of suppression involve the direct forcible displacement of Palestinians from their homes; actions that can amount to the crime of forcible transfer...

11:21

Israel presses settlement expansion, defies UN resolution "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Flatly defying last week's United Nations Security Council resolution, the Israeli government has announced that it will move ahead with thousands of new homes in East Jerusalem and elsewhere in the occupied West Bank territories seized by force nearly 50 years ago in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.

11:19

Fresh Arch Linux Benchmarks Of AMDGPU & AMDGPU-PRO "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Phoronix reader "Darkbasic" who many of you know from the forums and some of his past benchmarks has shared with us his latest numbers when testing the open-source AMDGPU+RadeonSI stack on Arch Linux as well as when using the AMDGPU-PRO hybrid driver. Enjoy!..

11:17

Bugging Out. Carrying all that weight. "IndyWatch Feed National"


You can travel light and carry all you need for long term wilderness living/survival, all that is accept perhaps enough water and food! If there are water holes on your route then there is no problem. If you are able to hunt & forage on the way then there is no problem. But what if you get diverted have to by-pass those water holes? What if you are trekking in winter and there are few edible plants to find and the game is scarce? Then you have a problem. You can survive for three days without water, but this also depends on how hard you are working. You can survive three weeks without food, but again, this is dependent on your exertion level. You probably know as well as I that when you are working hard your need for water and food increases. You are drinking all the time to stay hydrated and come lunch time you are very hungry. To go without water and food is dangerous, because the lack of water and food effects how you perform, mentally and physically. One minute you think you are doing fine, the next minute you are feeling sick. Keep going and you will collapse.

Sharing the load with a partner is fine, you can carry the shelter, kettle, arms and ammunition, your partner can carry the water. But water is heavy, and to be safe and practicle your partner also needs to carry at least some of her/his own equipment. Simply put, you can never really carry enough water for a long trek unless you can find a water source along the way to refill your water bottles. Even then to be safe you will need to stop and boil that water before you can drink it.

So what is a simple and practicle alternative? Using a trekking trolley. A trekking trolley can carry a lot of weight, and there is a wide variety of different trolleys to suit your needs. On a level surface pulling a trolley is easier that carrying a heavy load, but going uphill you will need to pace yourself. Even so, when you stop for a rest on the trail and take a drink of water, you are not still bearing that load. If you are travelling with a partner or a group, yo...

11:15

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Kerry Rebukes Israel, Calling Settlements a Threat to Peace
Secretary of State John Kerry with Egypt foreign minister.
By DAVID E. SANGER
New York Times
DEC. 28, 2016

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry warned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel on Wednesday that the Israeli government was undermining any hope of a two-state solution to its decades-long conflict with the Palestinians, and said that the American vote in the United Nations last week was driven by an effort to save Israel from “the most extreme elements” in its own government.

With only 23 days left as secretary of state, Mr. Kerry, the former presidential candidate who made the search for peace in the Middle East one of the driving missions of his four years as secretary, spoke with clear frustration about Mr. Netanyahu’s continued support of settlements “strategically placed in locations that make two states impossible.” But he spoke knowing that the incoming administration of President-elect Donald J. Trump may well abandon the key principles that the United States has used for decades of Middle East negotiations.

“The status quo is leading toward one state, or perpetual occupation,” Mr. Kerry said, his voice animated. He argued that Israel, with a growing Arab population, could not survive as both a Jewish state and a democratic state unless it embraced the two-state approach that a succession of American presidents have advocated.

The speech came at a moment of tension between the United States and Israel, on a scale rarely seen since President Harry S. Truman recognized the fragile Israeli state in May 1948. In a direct response to Mr. Netanyahu’s barb over the weekend that “friends don’t take friends to the Security Council,” a reference to the Obama administration’s decision to abstain from a resolution condemning the building of new settlemen...

11:12

I do not know that Trump will prevail over the vast neoconservative conspiracy. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Tapestry

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What is Henry Kissinger Up To?

By Paul Craig Roberts

The English language Russian news agency, Sputnik, reports that former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger is advising US president-elect Donald Trump how to “bring the United States and Russia closer together to offset China’s military buildup.” https://sputniknews.com/politics/201612271049024500-kissinger-trump-russia/

If we take this report at face value, it tells us that Kissinger, an old cold warrior, is working to use Trump’s commitment to better relations with Russia in order to separate Russia from its strategic alliance with China.

China’s military buildup is a response to US provocations against China and US claims to the South China Sea as an area of US national interests. China does not intend to attack the US and certainly not Russia.

Kissinger, who was my colleague at the Center for Strategic and International studies for a dozen years, is aware of the pro-American elites inside Russia, and he is at work creating for them a “China threat” that they can use in their effort to lead Russia into the arms of the West. If this effort is successful, Russia’s sovereignty will be eroded exactly as has the sovereignty of every other country allied with the US.

At President Putin’s last press conference (http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/46100.htm ), journalist Marat Sagadatov asked if Russia wasn’t already subject to forms of foreign semi-domination: “Our economy, industry, ministries and agencies often follow the rules laid down by international organizations and are managed by consulting companies. Even our defense enterprises have foreign consulting firms auditing them.” The journalist asked, “if it is not time to do some import substitution in this area too?”

Every Russian needs to understand that being part of the West means living by Washington’s rules. The only country in the Western Alliance that has an independent foreign and economic policy is the...

11:10

With crises set to worsen, what are aid groups' priorities for 2017? - Reuters UK "IndyWatch Feed World"

With crises set to worsen, what are aid groups' priorities for 2017?Reuters UKLONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After a year of record humanitarian needs, 2017 looks set to be even more challenging for aid agencies as they brace for the fallout from protracted conflicts and other escalating crises. The United Nations ...and more »

11:09

Phantom Democracy in the Age of the Internet "IndyWatch Feed World"

After the Electoral College vote, the Trump presidency is now official. As denial and blame games continue, it becomes clear this was not a foreign government coup d’état. The truth is that democracy in America has been rotten to the core for decades. It is meddled with by corporate lobbyists, Big Pharma, Big Oil and Wall Street –those who are addicted to money and power.

American democracy is hollowed out, veiled with a loud media echo chamber, bringing feigned solidity to its emptiness. Out of this vacuum emerges a madness for power. U.S. politics is a contest of those who are driven by insatiable hunger – the most callous, cunning and manipulative people in society.

In this system, only people who lack empathy and advance self-serving agendas without concerns for others can rise to the top. The results of this year’s presidential election may mean that this person who many saw as ‘unfit to be president’ was better suited to play this dirty game than his opponent, Hillary Clinton.

Ascent of Trump

Donald Trump, a perceived outsider, seemed to appear out of nowhere. The former producer of the American game show The Apprentice sniffed the vulnerability of disfranchised Americans who are continually betrayed by the establishment. He then quickly moved in for the kill, turning the electoral arena into a new Reality TV show.

With social media as a hunting ground, this new Republican contender made direct connection with his audience, pouring out charm and grooming them with fake promises. By deploying words as weapons of control, he managed to garner favorable reactions from his followers. His language cast a magic spell where contradictory remarks and lies bypassed critical examination. Emotions triumphed over reason and under the grip of irrational logic, facts no longer seemed to matter. With a chameleon-like ability to shape-shift and say whatever voters wanted to hear, he was able to create a mirage and ensnare the populace into a grandiose fantasy.

What was the press, as a supposed watchdog of power doing during this Trump’s uncanny rise in popularity? Mainstream media did nothing to prevent it and instead facilitated this process. His bombastic comments hit jackpot high ratings in the corporate media and rhetoric not bound by facts was not only tolerated, but actively promoted with their shortsighted mentality of profit at any cost.

WikiLeaks and the Democratizing Power of the Internet

This same corporate media also buried a few important facts regarding the 2016 U.S. presidential election. This year’s election was an unprecedented phenomenon. This is not only because the lesser evil game was fought between two of the historically most disliked candidates, but also because of the role played by a new actor from outside of t...

11:08

Britain plans to roll out voter ID "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Tapestry

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World briefs: Britain plans to roll out voter ID

December 28, 2016 12:00 AM

Compiled from wire services

LONDON — The British government said Tuesday it would begin rolling out mandatory identity checks for voters, prompting a backlash from those who say the move could effectively disenfranchise millions.

The controversy, with strong echoes of one that played out across the United States this year, turns on the question of whether identity checks are a reasonable tool to combat electoral fraud or are merely an attempt at voter suppression by another name.

Until now, voters in every part of the United Kingdom except Northern Ireland have been allowed to vote without presenting an ID.

TAP – Farage might get a seat if postal voting and other fraud is stopped. Identifying voters correctly is just a start. Keeping the count straight is also needed.

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11:07

The effect of temperature and salinity interactions on righting, feeding and growth in the sea star Luidia clathrata (Say) "IndyWatch Feed World"

The effect of temperature and salinity interactions on righting, feeding and growth in the sea star Luidia clathrata (Say)

11:07

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Kerry Harshly Condemns Israeli Settler Activity As An Obstacle To Peace
Sec. of State John Kerry with Egypt foreign minister.
In major speech, outgoing U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry defends the U.S. abstention of a U.N. resolution vote that demanded Israel end settlement building, saying the vote reflected U.S. values and was intended to defend the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

By Carol Morello and Ruth Eglash
Washington Post
December 28 at 4:56 PM

Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Wednesday harshly criticized Israeli settlements in the West Bank, saying their growth threatens to destroy the viability of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and that the United States was obliged to allow passage of a U.N. resolution condemning the activity in order to preserve the possibility of peace.

Kerry noted that the number of Israelis living in settlements has grown significantly and that their outposts are extending farther into the West Bank — “in the middle of what, by any reasonable definition, would be the future Palestinian state.”

“No one thinking seriously about peace can ignore the reality of what the settlements pose to that peace,” he said.

Kerry, in the hour-long speech delivered at the State Department, also condemned Palestinian incitement to violence as a barrier to direct negotiations. But his focus was on defending the Obama administration’s policies and highlighting Israel’s actions at a moment of high tension between the two governments, following the passage of the U.N. resolution.

“Regrettably, some seem to believe that the U.S. friendship means the U.S. must accept any policy, regardless of our own interests, our own positions, our own words, our own principles — even after urgi...

11:07

Statistical methods for agricultural workers "IndyWatch Feed World"

Statistical methods for agricultural workers

11:06

The ultrasound handbook Clinical, etiologic, and pathologic implications of sonographic findings, Third edition "IndyWatch Feed World"

The ultrasound handbook Clinical, etiologic, and pathologic implications of sonographic findings, Third edition

11:06

Estimation of Cannabis sativa L tissue culture conditions essential for callus induction and plant regeneration - Purchase PDF "IndyWatch Feed World"

Estimation of Cannabis sativa L tissue culture conditions essential for callus induction and plant regeneration - Purchase PDF

11:06

The use of sediment trap to measure active flux of mesozooplankton in the Gulf of Trieste northern Adriatic Sea "IndyWatch Feed World"

The use of sediment trap to measure active flux of mesozooplankton in the Gulf of Trieste northern Adriatic Sea

11:06

Transfer of hydralazine across the placenta and into breast milk - Purchase PDF "IndyWatch Feed World"

Transfer of hydralazine across the placenta and into breast milk - Purchase PDF

11:06

The Permian in northern Bulgaria; I, Formal lithostratigraphy related to the Lower Permian - Purchase PDF "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Permian in northern Bulgaria; I, Formal lithostratigraphy related to the Lower Permian - Purchase PDF

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11:06

Role of bioregulators and climatic factors in the population of Unaspis citri Comstock (Homoptera: Diaspididae). Part 1 "IndyWatch Feed World"

Role of bioregulators and climatic factors in the population of Unaspis citri Comstock (Homoptera: Diaspididae). Part 1

11:06

Chemical constituents and antimicrobial activity of Vatairea macrocarpa Ducke "IndyWatch Feed World"

Chemical constituents and antimicrobial activity of Vatairea macrocarpa Ducke

11:05

Astronomer's modeling show how low-mass supernova created our solar system "IndyWatch Feed World"

A new study has given credence to the hypothesis that our solar system was created as a result of a distant supernova. Previously, astrophysicists believed our solar system to have come into existence after a cosmic event "disrupted" a cloud of dust and gas some 4.6 billion years ago, causing much of the dust to gather and become a star. That star would become our Sun, and the remaining dust would make up the planets, moons, and asteroids that comprise our Solar System. It was not clear just what this astronomical disturbance was, however. Since the 1970s, scientists have suspected that the disturbance was a supernova shockwave, but they had no way to prove it. When a massive star accumulates too much mass, or begins to collapse inward upon itself, it can trigger a supernova, an explosion of energy that can briefly outshine entire galaxies. Matter from the former star is then propelled outward at high speeds, and the leading edge of the blast is considered to be the shockwave. One sort of matter ejected from the exploding star would be radioactive isotopes, which leave behind an atomic signature that lasts for eons.

11:04

Critics On Social Media Accuse Actor Of ‘Colorism’ For Holiday Photograph "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

You really have to be twisted to find something offensive in this harmless, nice shot. Via Daily Mail: A black actor’s holiday photograph sparked a social media backlash over colorism – because some people thought a black woman with a dark complexion looked like she was being excluded from a group of lighter-skinned women. Actor […]

11:03

‘State can declare religious bodies as charitable trust’ "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The state government should declare the religious bodies, charities and institutions incorporated and operating in the state as charitable trust under the Sarawak Charitable Trust Ordinance 1994. Besides that, the state government should make a representation to the federal government to ask that all these institutions or organisations be approved by the director-general of Inland […]

11:03

The Vision of Revolutionary Anarchism "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

The cover of the Greek edition of the book under the title Under the title, "The Two Main Trends in Anarchism," a selection of my writings has been published in Greek. ΟΙ ΔΥΟ ΚΥΡΙΕΣ ΤΑΣΕΙΣ ΤΟΥ ΑΝΑΡΧΙΣΜΟΥ. The writings are taken from Anarkismo, except for the following, which was written originally for the new book. It focuses on the centrality of a vision of freedom, cooperation, and happiness in the program of anarchist-socialism.

11:03

Kerry: ‘Israel Can Either Be Jewish Or Democratic Not Both’ "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Mikael Thalen

Kerry stirs controversy as Israel and the Obama administration clash Visit Site

11:02

‘Taxing religious bodies signal desperate times’ "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The federal government’s move to lift tax exemptions from religious bodies is a “desperate” move to source government revenue, said Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian. He said claims that some religious bodies are abusing tax exemptions and profiteering to justify the move was an unfair generalisation. “Public perception is that the country’s coffers are almost […]

11:02

Roland not contesting 14GE to further studies "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

PKR Baram chief Roland Engan will not be contesting the Baram seat in the next general election. Its secretary Dennis Along said Roland would be pursuing his Master’s degree in Law and therefore would not be contesting in the election, which is expected to be held next year. He is, however, contemplating to contest a […]

11:02

Dayak meet with CM not photo op for tea, says ex-MP "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Former Baram MP Harrison Ngau Laing has cautioned that a scheduled meeting between Dayak leaders and Adenan Satem is not a photo session or to have tea with the chief minister. “It’s to fight a war to be won,” he said in a Facebook posting. Harrison was referring to the meeting, to be held after […]

11:02

Taxing us defeats mission to help society, Sarawak faith groups tell Putrajaya "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Sarawak’s religious organisations urge the federal government to review a newly-passed law that will effectively force them to pay income tax, saying such a move defeats their services to society. Association of Churches Sarawak chairman Rev Datuk Dr Justin Wan said imposing income tax would not be conducive as religious organisations are not operating as […]

11:02

State govt urged to help students cope with rising prices "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The state government has been urged to supplement the federal government’s RM100-cash aid for students in the new school year to help their families cope with increasing prices of school items. PKR Women national vice-president Voon Shiak Ni said last year, the government had given RM100 to each student under the 1Malaysia Early Schooling Special […]

11:02

Reconsider tax on incomes "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The government has been called on to review its decision to amend the law that may see religious institutions in the country being taxed. In voicing out their concerns, Association of Churches Sarawak (ACS) chairman Rev Datuk Dr Justin Wan said he did not expect that the government would impose tax on religious bodies like […]

11:02

Whither Malaysia – a wish-list for fundamental correction "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Malaysia is a one of a kind unique and a rare gem of a nation. A melting pot of infinite ingredients and mixed culture. We are a mixture of various races, speaking a plethora of different languages. This beautiful country is what blends us all together, coalescing all strengths and weaknesses. Here we are at […]

11:02

Taxing religious bodies unwise — Baru Bian "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The government’s move to amend Income Tax Act 1967 that will see religious institutions in the country being taxed for their incomes derived from businesses or rental is unwise, said state PKR chairman Baru Bian The Ba Kelalan assemblyman said the question that was on everyone’s mind was why target religious bodies now when all […]

11:01

Second finance minister: Tax law change on religious bodies to plug loophole "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The recent change to tax exemption laws on religious bodies is intended to safeguard public donations by plugging a legal loophole, Finance Minister II Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani said. Johari said the amendment to the Income Tax Act was needed to ensure that public donations to religious bodies are not used for profit-generation. “Based on […]

11:01

Rafizi taking Malaysians for a ride on MRT cost, says BN "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Barisan Nasional (BN) today took to task Rafizi Ramli for trying to “deceive Malaysians”, saying the PKR leader was not being truthful on the costs of MRT projects around the world just to make the government look bad. Referring to yesterday’s press conference where Rafizi had said similar projects in South Korea and Spain had cost […]

11:01

EPF concerned retirees running out of savings far too soon "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) is concerned with the spending habit of some subscribers that they run out of their savings too soon after their retirement. Kuala Lumpur EPF branch Retirement Advisory Service (RAS) officer Nornisah Mohd Yusof said many subscribers ran out of their EPF savings within three or five years after their retirement […]

11:01

Madius: Dr Mahathir’s opinion is no longer relevant "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s opinion is no longer relevant because it is more of personal interest, said United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (UPKO) acting president  Datuk Madius Tangau. “His view is no longer relevant and more towards personal interest,” he told reporters at the UPKO Christmas open house in Tamparuli, near here, […]

11:01

Can Felda afford replanting activities, asks PKR leader "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli has expressed concern over Felda’s current financial status and the federal agency’s ability to execute its core duties for the more than 100,000 settlers nationwide. Specifically, he said most settlers are dependent on Felda to replant their 10 acres of land with new commodity plants, the majority now being oil palms. […]

11:01

Amanah won’t contest PKR’s seats, says deputy chief "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Amanah today stressed that it will not contest in any seats contested by its allies in the next general election. Amanah deputy president Salahuddin Ayub said this is pending further discussions with Pakatan Harapan parties and its allies. Earlier, Amanah’s information chief Khalid Samad had said that the party wants to contest at least 40 […]

11:01

Anina claims wouldn’t lose Srikandi post if Dr M were PPBM president "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A rift seems to be developing within the top echelon of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) with Anina Saadudin now alleging that she would still be its women’s wing chief if Tun Dr Mahathir were party president. Malay daily Berita Harian reported today Anina attributing the decision to remove her as head of the wing which […]

11:01

Customs to collect RM3 billion extra in GST in 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Royal Malaysian Customs Department expects an additional collection of RM3 billion in goods and services tax (GST) next year through the Customs Blue Ocean Strategy Operations (Ops CBOS) approach, which focuses more on informed compliance. Customs deputy director-general (enforcement and compliance) T Subromaniam said the target was based on the additional RM1 billion collected […]

UK corporate finance chiefs shrug off Brexit fears "IndyWatch Feed World"

Optimism among CFOs at 18-month high but long-term worries remain

11:01

Rafizi claims MRT1 actually costs RM7 billion more "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Mass Rapid Transit 1 (MRT 1) project from Sungai Buloh to Kajang does not cost RM21 billion, but RM28 billion, claims PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli. He says the hefty RM7 billion consultancy fee needed to be taken into account. Rafizi says the fee was paid by MRT Corp to KVMRT Sdn Bhd, a joint […]

11:01

Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth set for 2017 sequel "IndyWatch Feed World"

Follow up to the seminal climate change documentary will focus on the progress made by clean energy since the original's release a decade ago

11:00

Why is this UFO Spraying an Emerald Green Mist over California? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

http://www.dailygalaxy.com/.a/6a00d8341bf7f753ef01bb09641a59970d-pi

Alien hunters are perplexed by a set of photos showing what appears to be a UFO spraying a greenish mist over a Californian neighborhood.

By UFOholic

The sighting is currently under investigation by MUFON, the authority that reviews all such cases. According to the witness testimony, the UFO showed up over Huntington Beach, California on a sunny summer day when visibility was great.

At first, the unnamed witness believed he was seeing a plane in trouble.

I looked up to see what I first thought was a passenger plane on fire,” he told MUFON

But this conviction did not last long. Within a few seconds, the accidental bystander realized the object couldn’t have been a plane. It had a dome-like shape with a band of orange lights going around its circumference, a typical UFO shape that is instantly recognizable.

At that moment, the eyewitness considered the possibility that the unidentified object was experiencing some kind of technical difficulty. However, no smoke or fire was visible so the emission of green vapor could have been a deliberate action.

“The vapour trail didn’t seem to be coming from any particular vent or place on the craft, it seemed to almost enshroud the craft and then slip off and fall behind,” the witness added. “It would leave a trail and dissipate within a few seconds.”

According to the eyewitn...

11:00

Road toll hits 6 year high… say what? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The annual road toll has exceeded last year’s grim total and is now the worst in six years. Today police confirmed the 2016 toll stood at 320 after the death of a toddler who was run over in a driveway in Te Kauwhata yesterday was included in statistics. The child died on a public driveway, […]

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11:00

Bitcoin is Tapping Into the Laws of Nature – Part 1 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Although it is on the cutting edge of technology bitcoin might be more closely aligned with nature than we think. This series of 3 articles compares how bitcoin and the legacy financial systems stack up against the laws of nature. In this first piece, we cover survival of the fittest, along with the concepts of CANI and being anti-fragile.

Survival of the Fittest

laws of natureThe essence of survival of the fittest is competition. Nature does not care how long you have been the top dog. If a better competitor comes along you are toast. Bitcoin succeeds or fails on its merits. It is 100% voluntary and competes openly against all forms of exchange, including government issued currencies (fiat) as well as the many alternatives to bitcoin fighting for a piece of the action. Bitcoin will survive as long as a market believes it has value.  If it can’t demonstrate value or adapt to serve its environment, it will die.

Fiat money is basically money created and administered by a government like the US dollar, Euro, Aussie Dollar, Yen etc. Although you could argue that fiat does compete with other currencies on a global scale, it effectively holds a monopoly within its own country. It has value mainly because citizens are forced to use it. So, as far as most people on earth are concerned, there is no competition for their national currencies.

An interesting point to note is that the average life of a fiat currency is 27 years before it collapses! Gold, on the other hand, has been used as currency for over 5000 years. The oldest fiat currency in existence is the pound sterling. The pound has been around for 322 years but has been off the gold standard since 1931. Even though bitcoin has been declared dead many times, it has not missed a beat for almost 8 years.

Also read: The bitcoin network death that never happened

Continuous Improvement

laws of natureIn nature, this fight for survival promotes constant and never-ending improvement (CANI). CANI is basically the ability to continually do more with the same resourc