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Thursday, 19 January

11:00

Rebecca Solnit: Penis Power "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Hillary Clinton was all that stood between us and a reckless, unstable, ignorant, inane, infinitely vulgar, climate-change-denying white-nationalist misogynist with authoritarian ambitions and kleptocratic plans. A lot of people, particularly white men, could not bear her, and that is as good a reason as any for Trump’s victory. Over and over again, I heard men declare that she had failed to make them vote for her. They saw the loss as hers rather than ours, and they blamed her for it, as though election was a gift they withheld.

Alexander Briant: Oil Industry Corruption "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

‘Eileen’ tells me that the crime ring is making money hand over fist. She is the only one standing up to them. She cannot provide documentation – that would be too risky for her – but she names names. She speaks slowly, deliberately, weighing each word. ‘I am so confident that my words that no one wants to hear will be of good help to you. Please treat this as confidential because no one else has heard what you are hearing now. For the sake of my life and that of my family.’ Feebly, I tell her that I will do my best.

Adam Shatz: Frantz Fanon’s Revolution "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Author of the anti-racist jeremiad Black Skin, White Masks; spokesman for the Algerian Revolution and author of The Wretched of the Earth, the ‘bible’ of decolonisation; inspiration to Third World revolutionaries from the refugee camps of Palestine to the back streets of Tehran and Beirut, Harlem and Oakland; founder, avant la lettre, of post-colonialism; hero to the alienated banlieusards of France, who feel as if the Battle of Algiers never ended, but simply moved to the cités: Frantz Fanon has been remembered in a lot of ways, but almost all of them have foregrounded his advocacy of resistance, especially violent resistance.

Letters "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

The letters page from London Review of Books Vol. 39 No. 2 (19 January 2017)

Table of contents "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Table of contents from London Review of Books Vol. 39 No. 2 (19 January 2017)

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Sunday, 15 January

01:38

"Turn your grief into positive energy" (By Kate Hannan, about her volunteer work with RAWA) "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

December 12, 2006 -- Courage, hope, determination, steadfastness, devotion, action &.all these radiate from the RAWA members and supporters I met during my stay in Pakistan in October 2006.

RAWA communiqué on Universal Human Rights Day "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

December 10, 2006 -- Five years ago, America and their allies attacked Afghanistan in the name of bringing "Human Rights", "Democracy", and "Freedom" to the war-torn country. The Taliban regime fell and Hamid Karzai's puppet regime, which included the world-known Northern Alliance criminals or as UN envoy Mahmoud Mestri said, "the bandit gangs", took over in the name of a fake democracy.

HRW: Karzai Must Hold Officials Accountable for Past Crimes "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

December 12, 2006 -- President Hamid Karzai should immediately enforce a program to provide truth, reconciliation and accountability for war crimes and major human rights abuses over the past 30 years in Afghanistan, Human Rights Watch said today. The Afghan government should establish a special court to try those responsible, some of whom hold high office, as soon as possible, Human Rights Watch said.

New Taliban Rules Target Afghan Teachers: 2 teachers killed "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

December 9, 2006 -- The Taliban gunmen who murdered two teachers in eastern Afghanistan early Saturday were only following their rules: Teachers receive a warning, then a beating, and if they continue to teach must be killed.

Drug addiction on rise with Afghan kids "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

December 6, 2006 -- Afghanistan is the world's leading producer of opium and heroin, exporting drugs to Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the United States. But the scale of domestic drug abuse has only recently become apparent. The first nationwide survey on drug use, conducted last year by the Ministry of Counter Narcotics and U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, found nearly 1 million addicts in this nation of about 30 million people, including 60,000 children under age 15.

Warlords gang-rape a woman in Badakhshan "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

November 29, 2006 -- A local commander and his 11 men gang-rape a 22-year-old woman in Shahre Buzurg district of the northeastern Badakhshan province on Nov.28. The crime took place in the Shah Dasht village, by a local warlord called Mujtaba who belongs to Jamiat-e-Islami Afghanistan led by Burhanuddin Rabbani (now member of the parliament).

100 suicide attemps among women in 8 months in Kandahar "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

November 29, 2006 -- Some 100 women have attempted suicide by committing self-immolation or taking poison during the last eight months in the insurgency-hit southern province of Kandahar, an Afghan human rights watchdog said on Wednesday. "Our data show that at least 64 women have attempted suicide by setting fire to themselves and 36 others have resorted to taking poisons such as rat killers during the past eight months," Najeeba Hashimi, head of women's rights in the Kandahar office of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), said.

Almost half of all Afghan children not in school - Oxfam "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

November 27, 2006 -- More than half of Afghanistan's children are not going to school because of a shortage of places and teachers, the aid agency Oxfam says. Girls in particular are losing out, with just one in five girls in primary education and one in 20 going to secondary school.

Afghanistan: Behind the burqas "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

November 24, 2006 -- Activist with Afghani organization for womens rights RAWA tells Ynet womens situation in Afghanistan even worse than before American invasion: Rape, kidnapping, murder go unpunished. Without western interference, 9/11 could happen again, warns Sahar Saba

Violence against women on the rise in north of Afghanistan "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

November 16, 2006 -- Sexual abuse, murder and other crimes of different types are increasing in the Northern provinces of Afghanistan and this situation has provoked the intense concerns of human rights and women affairs' activists.

Meena among 60 Asian Heroes of Time Magazine "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

November 13, 2006 -- Meena called the women of Afghanistan sleeping lions, pledging that one day they would awake and roar. In 1977, at the age of 20, she launched the country's first movement for women's rights, calling her group the Revolutionary Association for the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA). Its goals: the restoration of democracy, equality for men and women, social justice, and the separation of religion from the affairs of the state. But in a country mired in tradition and occupied by the Soviet Union, Meena's beliefs were threatening enough to get her assassinated. Ten years after founding RAWA, she was kidnapped and killed; many Afghans held agents of the local communist intelligence agency responsible.

Abuse of Afghan women: 'It was my decision to die. I was getting beaten every day' "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

November 24, 2006 -- Those who should be in the best position to help, women MPs, another supposed sign of the brave new Afghanistan, are themselves facing violence and intimidation. Malalai Joya, at 28 one of Afghanistan's youngest MPs, regularly changes addresses because of death threats. "When I speak in parliament male MPs throw water bottles at me. Some of them shout 'take and rape her'. "Many of the men in power have the same attitude as the Taliban. Women have not been liberated. You want to know how women feel in this country? Look at the rate of suicide," she said.

Afghan Women Commit Suicide by Fire "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

November 18, 2006 -- Blood dripped down the 16-year-old girl's face after another beating by her drug addict husband. Worn down by life's pain, she ran to the kitchen, doused herself with gas from a lamp and struck a match. Desperate to escape domestic violence, forced marriage and hardship, scores of women across Afghanistan each year are committing suicide by fire. While some gains have been made since the fall of the Taliban five years ago, life remains bleak for many Afghan women in the conservative and violence-plagued country, and suicide is a common escape.

Protesters for Jawzjan governor resignation "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

November 16, 2006 -- About 400 residents of the northern Jawzjan province Thursday in a protest rally urged Juma Khan Hamdard to quit his position as governor. Mohammad Rasul, one of the protesters, told Pajhwok Afghan News: "We don't want the governor, he belongs to Hezb-i-Islami party and is also involved in drug-trafficking."

Police rapes a girl in Takhar, Women are sold in Faryab "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

November 7, 2006 -- According to a report from the Northern Province of Takhar, tens of people staged a demonstration to protest rape of a girl by police in the Dasht-e-Qala district of this province. Also it is reported that selling of women has become very common in Faryab province in north of Afghanistan and each woman is sold up to 50,000 Afghanis (around US$1,000).

Sanobar, 11-years-old girl is abducted and raped by warlords (with photos) "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

November 5, 2006 -- Sanobar, an 11-years-old daughter of Gulsha, an Afghan widow, has been abducted, raped and then exchanged with a dog by warlords in Aliabad district of Kondoz province in North of Afghanistan.

WomanKind: No real change for Afghan women "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

October 31, 2006 -- An international women's rights group says guarantees given to Afghan women after the fall of the Taleban in 2001 have not translated into real change. Womankind Worldwide says millions of Afghan women and girls continue to face systematic discrimination and violence in their households and communities.

Social problems behind women's suicide in Helmand "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

October 23, 2006 -- According to Women Affairs Department ill-treatment, domestic disputes and economic problems are behind the increasing incidents of women committing suicide in the southern volatile Helmand province, also known as centre of poppy cultivation. The officials said about 18 to 20 women, most of them young girls, had committed suicide during this year in the province. Of the 20 only four girls took their lives in the last month.

Stone Age still lingers on in Bamyan, many live in caves "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

October 18, 2006 -- Those living in caves near Buddha statue in the central Bamyan province have not enough stuff to offer to their honourable guests at this special day of the year, contrary to people serving their guests with dry fruit and sweets in other parts of the country. Of the total 3,000 caves at sides of Buddha statue, about 300 of the families are living in the caves.

30 killed as two warlords clash in Herat "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

October 18, 2006 -- Fighting between two rival factions has killed about 30 people in Shindand district of the western Herat province of Afghanistan, the provincial police said on Monday.

22 civilians die in southern Afghanistan offensives by NATO "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

October 18, 2006 -- NATO air strikes in southern Afghanistan's Kandahar province killed nine civilians and wounded 11 others Wednesday, the provincial governor said. NATO said an operation was believed to have caused "several" civilian casualties.

Millions face hunger in Afghanistan as drought worsens, warns aid group "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

October 18, 2006 -- 6.5 million people are likely to suffer chronic food insecurity due to the lack of rainfall this year, Christian Aid said.

Shallow M6.1 earthquake hits south of Fiji "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit Fiji region at 06:11 UTC on January 14, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.0 at a depth of 0 km. According to the USGS, the epicenter was...... Read more »

Der große Geldmacher für Consultingbuden wie McKinsey ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Der große Geldmacher für Consultingbuden wie McKinsey in großen Firmen ist Compliance. Da kann man noch ordentlich Angst machen, da kann man sich als Hilfe in der Not präsentieren, da kann man mal so richtig schön Bullshitvorschriften machen und einen Bürokratiefetisch ausleben. Vor allem spielt es keine Rolle, ob man ein absoluter Versager ist, der keinerlei Ahnung von gar nichts und Null Erfahrung hat. Perfekt!

Der eine oder andere sah wahrscheinlich schon kommen, was passieren würde, wenn unsere Verteidigungsministerin großflächig McKinsey bei der Bundeswehr ausrollt… Ja richtig! Compliance-Bullshit. Irgendwelche knapp volljährigen Milchbubis erklären gestandenen Generälen irgendwelche Bullshitregeln, die sich extra dafür gerade jemand aus dem Arsch gezogen hat.

Man muss sich das glaube ich vorstellen wie "der Fußboden ist Lava!!" oder "nicht auf ungerade Dielen treten!!"

Ringelpietz mit Anfassen!

Perfekt. Ich begrüße das ausdrücklich. So einen großen Beitrag für die Abrüstung der Bundesrepublik hat seit 1945 niemand sonst geleistet. Schade nur, dass das so viel Steuermittel verplempert. Aber hey, wenn das der Preis des Friedens ist, dann ist das halt so.

00:26

What is AUSGOV for if it can't send Julie to the polo? #good-gov-lost-its-way "IndyWatch Feed National"

News Ltd reports this under the moniker, ahem: politics Julie Bishop pulls out of Portsea Polo JANUARY 14, 20179:36PM Staff writersHerald Sun FOREIGN Minister Julie Bishop has been a last minute no-show at today’s prestigious Portsea Polo. Ms Bishop and her partner David Panton were listed as guests at the...

00:09

Australia’s biggest tax cheats? Kerry Stokes’ Seven Group Holding. $3.6 Billion revenue – No tax paid "IndyWatch Feed National"

The publicly listed Seven Group Holdings which is controlled by Kerry Stokes had $3,583,478,772 revenue in the 2014/2015 financial year but paid no tax. That is almost $3.6 billion but they apparently did so badly there was no tax to pay. It wasn’t much better the previous financial year of 2013/2014 when they had $3,975,156,028 […]

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Saturday, 14 January

23:39

40 Pictures Taken Before Tragedy Hits True Activist

Photographs are attempts to freeze time; to hold on to memories that we never want to forget. But not all memories are happy, there are tragic ones too. These images portray different moments in history when tragedy unexpectedly came and stole the party.

23:12

Ukraine’s Poroshenko voted Corrupt Politician of the Year "IndyWatch Feed World"

Dutch Corrupt Politician of the Year vote banner

Dutch broadcasting organisation VPRO this week had on online vote on who was the most corrupt politician of the year 2016.

The ‘winner’ was the president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko.

Poroshenko beat other candidates, like President Mauricio Macri of Argentina, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (king of Saudi Arabia), Sigmundur Davið Gunnlaugsson (ex-Prime Minister of Iceland) and Prince Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani (ex-Prime Minister of Qatar).

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23:08

SOTT FOCUS: A Tale of Two Dossiers: Putin, Trump and the CIA "IndyWatch Feed World"

As Trump's inauguration day draws nearer, to say that there has been a complete melt-down among the Washington 'elite' (left and right), the back room boys in the "intelligence" agencies and their paid hacks in the US and wider Western media, would be a massive understatement.

23:04

Why the CIA, Dems and Deep State Hate Trump "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Visit our website at http://www.billstill.com Considered by informed insiders’ as the ultimate resource for surviving economic or financial collapse/crash and attaining the unvarnished truth about the latest US and world news, current events in Washington, and today’s United States political climate. Please Like, Comment & Share. Good morning, I’m still reporting on the invasion. Glenn Greenwald on the CIA & Dems vs Trump Good Morning, I’m still reporting on the invasion. Last night on Fox, Tucker Carlson interviewed Glenn Greenwald on his recent story in The Intercept entitled The Deep State Goes to War with President-Elect, Using Unverified Claims, as Democrats Cheer. Greenwald charged that the recent un-sourced allegations about Donald Trump in Russia is the work of the American intelligence community. Greenwald goes on to state that the Democrats are now desperately supporting any negative dirt on Trump – including unsourced commercially contrived – and flat out fake news - designed to weaken Trump as much as possible before he becomes president. The reason is obvious; once inaugurated, Trump’s cabinet appointees will move swiftly to clean out the intelligence community of folks who have been abusing their power by having their security clearances pulled, thus ending their careers all together. And rightly so. Remember this guy, Dan Gabriel. He was the self-proclaimed ex-CIA operative who worked for Sen. Ted Cruz and engineered the Cruz “win” in the Iowa primary by circulating the false rumor on caucus night that Dr. Ben Carson had dropped out of the race and was throwing his support to Cruz? Let’s face it, every major nation does what it can to support candidates that will be supportive of their nation post-election. That’s been a fact of spying throughout all of human history. However, when a nation’s intelligence agents turn on the president – or, in this case, the president-elect - that is not only clearly illegal, ii may be treasonous as well. That’s why Trump must clean house and the bad guys know it. Therefor they are extending their election fight in support of Hillary Clinton – right up to the minute President Trump is sworn in on the steps of the U.S. Capitol one week from today at high noon. Other writers have called this deep state battle royale for power in United States as essentially a coup d’état attempt – a battle that President Donald Trump is destined to win. Incidentally, Glen Greenwald was the primary reporter responsible for publishing the revelations of whistleblower Edward Snowden on the depth of NSA spying on American citizens. [insert] But I think this goes beyond a battle over Syrian policy. The sordid truth is that President Obama appointed several of his intelligence chiefs who were recent converts to a certain group that is responsible for what I have dubbed “the invasion”. Could it be that these intel chiefs are playing a giant game of distraction – trying to get America to focus on Russia as our next-...

23:00

10 Weekend Reads "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Three day weekend is here! Pour yourself a mug of Danish blend coffee, get cozy by the fire, and get ready for a super-sized portion of our long-form weekend reads: • Ray Dalio offers a radical solution to the threat of ‘fake news’ and details life inside Bridgewater (Business Insider) • Ten best papers/books in economic history of the last…

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23:00

Syrian Army makes gains close to damaged Damascus water source "IndyWatch Feed War"

  By Leith Fadel – 14/01/2017  The Syrian army and pro-government fighters made advances outside Damascus on Friday, taking control of the town of Bassimah in the Wadi Barada area, reportedly allowing engineers to access faulty water pumping stations.Government engineers were allegedly allowed to enter territory held by militants, according to Rif Dimashq governor, to […]

23:00

Blob-less Raspberry Pi Linux Is A Step Closer "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The Raspberry Pi single board computer has been an astounding success since its launch nearly five years ago, to the extent that as of last autumn it had sold ten million units with no sign of sales abating. It has delivered an extremely affordable and pretty powerful computer into the hands of hobbyists, youngsters, hackers, engineers and thousands of other groups, and its open-source Raspbian operating system has brought a useful Linux environment to places we might once have thought impossible.

The previous paragraph, we have to admit, is almost true. The Pi has sold a lot, it’s really useful and lots of people use it, but is Raspbian open-source? Not strictly. Because the Broadcom silicon that powers the Pi has a significant amount of proprietary tech that the chipmaker has been unwilling to let us peer too closely at, each and every Raspberry Pi operating system has shipped with a precompiled binary blob containing the proprietary Broadcom code, and of course that’s the bit that isn’t open source. It hasn’t been a problem for most Pi users as it’s understood to be part of the trade-off that enabled the board’s creators to bring it to us at an affordable price back in 2012, but for open-source purists it’s been something of a thorn in the side of the little board from Cambridge.

This is not to say that all is lost on the blob-free Pi front. Aided by a partial pulling back of the curtain of secrecy by Broadcom in 2014, work has quietly been progressing, and we now have the announcement from [Kristina Brooks] that a minimal Linux kernel can boot from her latest open firmware efforts. You won’t be booting a blob-free Raspbian any time soon as there are bugs to fix and USB, DMA, and video hardware has still to receive full support, but it’s a significant step. We won’t pretend to be Broadcom firmware gurus as we’re simply reporting the work, but if it’s your specialty you can find the code in its GitHub repository. Meanwhile, we look forward to future progress on this very interesting project.

We reported on the partial Broadcom release back in 2014. At the time, the Raspberry Pi people offered a prize to the first person running a native Quake III game on their hardware, sadly though they note the competition is closed they haven’t linked to the winning entry.


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22:54

FESCo Approves More Feature Changes For Fedora 26 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The Fedora Engineering and Steering Committee (FESCo) approved more features for Fedora 26 at Friday's meeting...

22:47

Cardinals, titmice, other birds in New York, USA "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video from New York state in the USA says about itself:

13 January 2017

American Goldfinches, Blue Jays, Northern Cardinals, Tufted Titmice, and Red-bellied Woodpeckers. You name it, we got it!

Watch LIVE at http://AllAboutBirds.org/CornellFeeders for news, updates, and more information about the pond and its surroundings.

This FeederWatch cam is located in the Treman Bird Feeding Garden at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

22:45

India Pays the Price of Demonetization "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

India Pays the Price of Demonetization by Stratfor Summary The first phase of India’s radical demonetization experiment is over. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made waves in November with his surprise announcement that the country’s 500- and 1,000-rupee notes — 86 percent of the cash in circulation — would be discontinued overnight. Dec. 30 marked the end…

The post India Pays the Price of Demonetization appeared first on The Daily Coin.

22:45

Explained — What's Up With the WhatsApp 'Backdoor' Story? Feature or Bug! "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

What is a backdoor? By definition: "Backdoor is a feature or defect of a computer system that allows surreptitious unauthorized access to data," either the backdoor is in encryption algorithm, a server or in an implementation, and doesn't matter whether it has been used previous or not. Yesterday, we published a story based on findings reported by security researcher Tobias Boelter that

22:45

Pirate Apps Corrupt Kids & Bust Your TV, Industry Warns "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

warezThere are all kinds of strategies aimed at curtailing piracy but in the end it is only a change in human behavior that can really make a difference. Tempting people to do the ‘right thing’ by offering cool services is a nice one but there are other options available.

Writing in the Huffington Post this week, Liz Bales, CEO of The Industry Trust for IP Awareness, asked parents if they were aware of the dangers posed by piracy-enabled set-top boxes – aka Kodi devices with third-party addons.

“Unauthorised apps installed on the boxes and sticks ‘scrape’ content from illegal file-sharing sites, cyber-lockers and streaming sites to download and stream infringing film, TV and sports content,” Bales said.

“In doing so, they expose users to many of the security and safety risks traditionally associated with pirate websites, but deliver these through a much more trusted and social family viewing medium – the television.”

Bales then went on to cite statistics from a new study that reportedly found that 10% of people engaging in this kind of piracy have been exposed to either age-inappropriate or adult content.

TF contacted The Industry Trust hoping to get a look at the full report, but they were only prepared to share a small set of figures due to an exclusivity deal with another publication.

Nevertheless, if we take Bales’ reporting at face value, we still have room for meaningful discussion.

At the core of the issue appears to be pirate services’ lack of adherence to the British Board of Film Classification’s age ratings system when offering up content. For example, films that are only suitable for teenagers can be available to younger children while 18+ content isn’t fenced off from either group.

“What’s most concerning in the research is the tendency for families to engage in Digital TV Piracy, usually through their trusted family TV and, more often than not, leaving children to use the technology on their own,” Bales continued.

“In fact, more than three quarters (79%) of parents who have participated in Digital TV Piracy report that their children are allowed to access unauthorised content unattended, with 7% saying they have actually installed the technology in their children’s bedrooms.”

To the casual reader, this might sound like an apocalypse waiting to happen. Kids, sitting alone in their rooms, huddled around dangerous technology somehow intent on polluting their young minds with violent filth.

To other...

22:42

WhatsApp Backdoor allows Hackers to Intercept and Read Your Encrypted Messages "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Important Update — Most Security Experts argued, "It's not a backdoor, rather it’s a feature," but none of them denied the fact that, if required, WhatsApp or a hacker can intercept your end-to-end encrypted chats. Read detailed explanation on arguments in my latest article. Most people believe that end-to-end encryption is the ultimate way to protect your secret communication from snooping,

22:39

Donald Trump Blames One Intel Agency for Fake News Smear "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Visit our website at http://www.billstill.com Read The Report: http://www.billstill.com/uncategorized/donald-trump-blames-one-intel-agency-fake-news-smear/ Considered by informed insiders’ as the ultimate resource for surviving economic or financial collapse/crash and attaining the unvarnished truth about the latest US and world news, current events in Washington, and today’s United States political climate. Please Like, Comment & Share. Good evening, I’m still reporting on Donald Trump Blames One Intel Agency for Fake News Smear Good afternoon, I’m still reporting on Trump. President-Elect Donald Trump, at his 1st news conference since the election, implied that a U.S. intelligence agency may have been the source for what he called “fake news” which both CNN and BuzzFeed reported on yesterday. The so-called intelligence “dossier” from which the story was built, was apparently originally devised by political opponents of Trump’s during the Republican primaries. In a blockbuster report this morning in London’s Daily Mail, Senator John McCain admitted that he has had possession of the smear dossier for several months and turned it over to FBI Director James Comey on December 9. Somehow it ended up a few weeks later being printed in BuzzFeed and reported on CNN, yesterday, despite the fact that it has zero attribution. The story purports that Donald Trump paid Russian prostitutes to perform lewd acts while cameras filmed him watching them when he was in Moscow filming the 2013 Miss Universe Pageant. It seems to this reporter that this would be uncharacteristic of Trump in light of the fact that he has been considering running for president for decades. The story is said to have been initially developed by opposition researchers for an unnamed Republican candidate and fierce political opponent of Trump’s who later sold it to the Clinton campaign’s opposition research team upon dropping out of the race. However both of these political camps, must have felt that the story was so flimsy that it could easily backfire on them – which it now has. Senator McCain admitted today that he was handed the 35-page dossier by a former British ambassador to Russia. McCain says that he passed it on to FBI Director James Comey a month ago to see if he could verify its contents. This morning, President-elect Trump sternly laid out the facts in a blistering indictment of both BuzzFeed and CNN as purveyors of the fake news. At one point in the news conference, a CNN reporter continually tried to wedge questions in to Trump, but Trump said he would not take a CNN question because that network was so dishonest. Trump finally tired of the badgering by the reporter and, in an uncharacteristically heated exchange for a presidential press conference, told him to be polite. The entire press conference is very interesting, however, and we will include it in its entirety – minus a lengthy presentation from an attorney of Trump’s on how the former businessman will separa...

22:30

Innocent Rape Victim Thrown in Jail for a Month to Make Sure She’d Testify Against Attacker "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

jailTo ensure their key witness would stick around for the trial, an innocent rape victim was thrown in a jail cell for a month by prosecutors.

22:27

So, You Want to Take Out a Drone Swarm "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Russian military looks to countermeasures and electronic warfare as the U.S. military develops robotic swarms

22:23

The Psychology of Soft Slavery "IndyWatch Feed War"

“When a public is stressed and confused, a big lie told repeatedly and unchallenged can become accepted truth.” — George Orwell. The idea of slavery is one of those concepts that has the tendency to be uttered in black and white terms. But slavery is anything but black and white. There ...

22:23

A Direct Infusion Of Immune Cells Could Fight Cancer "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

A new way to treat brain cancer with our own immune cells.


Injecting genetically modified immune cells directly into the brain and spinal fluid has had remarkable effects on a deadly brain cancer

Glioblastoma is a particularly virulent form of brain cancer. Around 20,000 people in the United States are diagnosed each year and the disease typically has poor survival rates. In a new case reported in the New England Journal of Medicine, a man has undergone experimental CAR-T therapy to treat the condition. CAR-T therapy is a branch of immunotherapy, the field taking cancer treatment by storm, and involves infusing genetically modified T cells back into a patient to target cancer cells.

A new hope

50-year-old Richard Grady received the treatment in California, and it involved dripping these specialised cells through a narrow tube into the brain. CAR-T therapy (also called chimeric antigen receptor) involves adding novel receptors on the surface of T cells; allowing them to better recognise and destroy any cancer cells they come across. Grady’s therapy began with surgery to remove 3 larger tumours, and then followed with 6 weekly infusions into the brain.

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22:20

Dutch xenophobic PVV party exploiting its employees "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video says about itself:

20 March 2014

A parliamentarian member of the Dutch far-right Freedom Party [PVV] has resigned in protest against a speech made by party leader Geert Wilders.

During the meeting he encouraged supporters to chant racist slogans against Moroccans.

Wilders addressed the meeting:

“So I ask you what do you want in this city more or less Moroccans?”

The crowd chants, “less. less.”

Wilders continues: “We will fix it.”

The crowd laughs.

Ronald van Vliet will keep his seat, but as an independent.

Read more here.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Two former employees of the PVV party in parliament demand from the party compensation of 328,000 and 221,000 euros respectively because they were not payed for years of forced overtime work. The employees were also bullied, the Algemeen Dagblad daily reports, according to court records. There will be a trial on this later this month.

The former employees have sued the PVV separately from each other. They both complain of a too heavy workload, with burnout effect. One of them calls the work culture w...

22:15

Darjeeling Forest Officer Files RTI After Bank Refuses Cash For Workers’ Wages "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Going against RBI post-demonetisation guidelines, the SBI branch told the officer that government offices were not allowed more than Rs 24,000 a week in cash.

Ram Prasad Badana in his office in Darjeeling. Credit: Athar Parvaiz

Ram Prasad Badana in his office in Darjeeling. Credit: Athar Parvaiz

 

Darjeeling: Hundreds of labourers who worked for the Darjeeling Forest Division in October and early November 2016 are yet to receive wages for their work. The divisional forest officer (DFO) of Darjeeling says he was forced to file an RTI application after the local State Bank of India (SBI) officials repeatedly refused to release cash against the cheques issued by his office.

Ram Prasad Badana said his forest division owes as much as Rs 12 lakh to labourers and the payments are overdue.

According to Badana, the Forest Division had hired hundreds of labourers to carry out conservation work for the protection of the wildlife in the Rambick Range of the Darjeeling Forest Division in late October and early November. But the forest department could not pay the workers their dues, since cash wasn’t issued to them by the bank.

“We went to the SBI several times to cash the cheques, but every time the bank officials refused to disburse the money saying they are not authorised to pay more than Rs 24,000 within a week even to the government offices,” Badana said.

He said that he had already read the guidelines issued by the Reserve Bank of India to various financial institutions regarding demonetisation. “But when the bank officials repeatedly refused to cash our cheques, I read the guidelines again and found out that the bank officials had actually violated the RBI guidelines,” the DFO said.

“And, ultimately I decided to file an RTI application on December 29, 2016 to the regional manager of SBI in Siliguri (West Bengal) asking him to provide the reasons [for refusing to release the money] in the light of RBI guidelines,” he went on to say.

“We are lucky that we did not have to face a law and order situation after we failed to pay the dues to the labourers. They could have resorted to violence or protest demonstration, but we are thankful to them that they exercised restraint,” Badana said.

In the application, Badana has asked the SBI officials if they have received any direction or circular since November 8, 2016, from the RBI authorities instructing banks to reject government treasury cheques.

“If yes, provide the copy....

22:15

Trump's Cyber-Guru Giuliani Runs Ancient 'Easily Hackable Website' "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

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US president-elect Donald Trump's freshly minted cyber-tsar Rudy Giuliani runs a website with a content management system years out of date and potentially utterly hackable.

Former New York City mayor and Donald loyalist Giuliani was [...] unveiled by Trump's transition team as the future president's cybersecurity adviser – meaning Giuliani will play a crucial role in the defense of America's computer infrastructure.

Giulianisecurity.com, the website for the ex-mayor's eponymous infosec consultancy firm, is powered by a roughly five-year-old build of Joomla! that is packed with vulnerabilities. Some of those bugs can be potentially exploited by miscreants using basic SQL injection techniques to compromise the server.

This seemingly insecure system also has a surprising number of network ports open – from MySQL and anonymous LDAP to a very out-of-date OpenSSH 4.7 that was released in 2007.

[Editor's note: The website in question appears to have been taken down after this story went public.]

Source: The Register


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22:08

US Government Spins The Decline In Retail To Keep The Illusion Of A Strong Economy (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

US Government Spins The Decline In Retail To Keep The Illusion Of A Strong Economy Video Consumer confidence declines after the elections. US government and the corporate putting a spin on the holiday season to keep the illusion alive that the economy is still doing well. If the economy is so strong why is store…

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22:04

John Bolton and the U.S. Congress: Complicit on israel’s Illegal Settlements; Disdainful on Law "IndyWatch Feed War"

John Bolton and the U.S. Congress: Complicit on Settlements; Disdainful on Law Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Photo: Gage Skidmore) John Bolton and the US Congress have demonstrated their contempt for international law in conveying their implicit support for Israeli settlement expansion. […]

22:01

Video: Mass murderer Breivik trying to spread radical ideology in Norwegian prison – govt lawyers "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik is working on spreading his ideology from prison through dating adverts, according to government lawyers RT LIVE … Via Youtube

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The Establishment Is Trying To Steal The Presidency From Trump "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Reuters reports that 2,700 US troops accompanied by tanks are moving across Poland toward the Russian border. Col. Christopher Norrie, commander of the 3rd Armoured Brigade Combat Team, declared: “The main goal of our mission is deterrence and prevention of threats.” Apparently, the colonel is not sufficiently bright to realize that far from preventing threats, […]

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22:00

Natl Survey Shows Most Cops Want Pot Legal — But They’ll Keep Arresting You Because It’s Their Job "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

legalMore than 60% of cops surveyed want cannabis to be legal in some form. However, their job requires them to kidnap and cage people for it.

22:00

Top Stories This Week (Jan. 9-13, 2017) "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This was one of our highest traffic weeks ever at Strong Towns. Here's what grabbed the internet's attention:

The Real Reason your City has no Money

by Charles Marohn, January 10, 2017

Problems have solutions. Predicaments have outcomes. We're in a predicament.

Poor Neighborhoods Make the Best Investments

by Charles Marohn, January 11, 2017

We can make low risk, high returning investments in our cities while improving the quality of life for people, particularly those who are not benefiting from the current approach.

A Utah Republican Might Have the Best Urban Transportation Plan

by Charles Marohn, January 9, 2017

Devolution isn't so scary when the alternative is this crazy.

A Big Pot of Money

by Charles Marohn, January 6, 2017

Would a big pot of money for infrastructure make America stronger?

Five Low Cost Ideas to Make Your City Wealthier

by Charles Marohn, January 4, 2017

Improving a city doesn't take a lot of money. It just takes courage.

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21:57

A Lesson from Bhandarkar About the Need to Rein In Historical Fantasies "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

It is unfortunate that even today, as a result of our “extravagant admiration for ancient Hindus” (as Bhandarkar termed it in 1918), many Indian scholars are doing research that does not adhere to strict academic standards.

The Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, which was named after Ramkrishna Bhandarkar. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

The Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, which was named after Ramkrishna Bhandarkar. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Ramkrishna Bhandarkar was a towering Indian scholar who has left behind a huge corpus of work in Sanskrit studies, and in the history and culture of India. Pune’s prestigious Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, which was named after him, was founded as a tribute to him in 1917 on his 80th birthday.

Born in Ratnagiri in Konkan in 1837, he studied at Mumbai’s Elphinstone College and later taught Sanskrit there. He was also the first Indian professor of Sanskrit at Pune’s Deccan College. Apart from being an excellent scholar, he was also a committed social reformer.

As a student, in 1853, he joined the Paramhansa Sabha, a secret society founded to oppose the evils of the caste system and regularly spoke in favour of social reforms including those relating to women’s education and widow remarriage. He held that it was the duty of the “true patriot” to “fearlessly expose” the “faults in the character of his people.”

One such fault Bhandarkar wished Indians would get rid of was the absence of a “critical and comparative method of inquiry” in historical research, a...

21:56

The inside story of Labour Party’s anti-Semitism saga "IndyWatch Feed War"

The inside story of Labour Party’s anti-Semitism saga #IsraelLobby Footage captured by Al-Jazeera shows process involved in reporting incidents on anti-Semitism in the Labour party Israeli embassy scandal: Jeremy Corbyn demands official inquiry REVEALED: AIPAC’s plans to drag UK into ‘US sphere’ over Israel A still from undercover footage shows the Labour Friends of Israel […]

21:55

For Your Enjoyment: Do not attempt to adjust your browser "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Good morning:
Do not attempt to adjust your audio, there is nothing wrong. We have taken control as to bring you this special show. We will return it to you as soon as you are grooving

While Nadéah’s Too Drunk To Fuck cover is certainly amazing, and while it comes fairly close – far closer than most musical acts – to what I would play if I could create my own music, that doesn’t mean it’s the only musical style worth knowing or playing. If I had technical skill, but no musical creativity, I would sure as heck play Bootsy Collins when my friends came over. While Trump is inviting a Bruce Springsteen cover band to play his inaugural, my (imaginary) cover band will be tuning up and tuning in to an entirely different art form: not soulful rock, not even soul, not even simply funk. As amazing as James Brown was without the (original) JBs, as amazing as George Clinton was in his solo work, Bootsy Collins gave the work of those men – and so many others – a kick like no other. Michael Hutchence couldn’t come close to a kick like that. No, as long as you’re going to give me the funk,

you’re going to have to make my funk the P-Funk:

Psychoalphadiscobetabioaquadoloop! That funk is chocolate-covered. Freakin’ habit forming.

Bootsy Collins is a legend in the music industry, and rightfully so. While his frequent collaborator, George Clinton, was also masterfully creative, Bootsy was every bit as instrumental in creating the unique, multi-band community known as the “Parliafunkadelicment Thang” – later shortened to “P-Funk” – and the extraterrestrial brotherhood of whacked-out characters that placed Black folk on top of flying saucers “like it was a Cadillac”. Performing in the metallic-spangly fabric of the day would have overheated me in a minute even without the stage lighting, but Bootsy? Bootsy’s outfits were nearly as outrageously overwrought as Clinton’s, he took fewer costume-change breaks offstage and out of the heat, and he just kept on playing, kept giving up the funk, kept himself cool.

How did he do it? We may never know. This is a man who is so far ahead of the rest of us musically that it seems he doesn’t even know how much we don’t know. To him, the funk is elemental in more than one sense of the word. He can try to describe it, try to educate us, but there’s nothing much...

21:54

Commissions "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Something about Christmas reminds Dad that it’s been a year since he last asked where my book is. He has somewhat revised his approach: less interrogation, more befuddled amusement. Thanks Dad.

I told him I had completed some work. Commissions, short stories and the like. He has no interest in the commissions I take up from time to time.  I think he thinks it’s a distraction from the real work. It’s all real work Dad. Every single piece of writing is as good as I can make it. That's how it works.

For a while now, I’ve been invited to write a piece of micro fiction from time to time. How to describe micro fiction?  Writer’s pain wise, it’s about a 7.  When an editor says, 750 words, or 500 words, or 36 tweets, that’s what I deliver.  Or used to. It’s not worth the pain anymore, and I will tell you why.

I would get the final work in, then months later check the publication to discover every time that every other bastard had run over the word limit.  I include myself as a bastard – actually scratch that. I am a nerd. An over-zealous high-achiever who will work my eyeballs thin scouring the page looking for the words to slash to bring me in under my limit.  There are always too many words. There is some pride in finishing, absolutely spot on the word count. But I suspect no one cares.  I figure I would recognize people who can’t keep to the word limit. Their words would trail from their shoe like a piece of toilet paper.

It’s not their fault. The fault is all mine as I am far too invested in the word count.

And then a commission comes along that is really cool.

For example, the splendid edition of Cordite Poetry Review that came out in October 2016.
...

21:53

Exercise for Weekend Warriors Extends Life "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Visit our website at http://www.billstill.com Considered by informed insiders’ as the ultimate resource for surviving economic or financial collapse/crash and attaining the unvarnished truth about the latest US and world news, current events in Washington, and today’s United States political climate. Please Like, Comment & Share. Good afternoon, I’m still reporting on Exercise for Weekend Warriors Extends Life Good Morning, I’m still reporting on the benefits of exercise. According to a new study just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, one or two sessions of moderate-to-vigorous exercise was sufficient to reduce death significantly, from all causes, including cardiovascular disease (CVD) and cancer. The World Health Organization recommends that people aged 18 to 64 should do at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity; or 75 minutes a week of vigorous exercise. However, more research was needed to determine the effects on “weekend warrior” exercisers – people who took all of their moderate or vigorous exercise in one or two days on the weekends. A new study was done by lead author Dr. Gary O’Donovan, of Loughborough Univ., in Loughborough, England in collaboration with Harvard University and the University of Sydney. The study surprisingly found that 150 minutes of moderate, or 75 minutes of vigorous activity in one or two sessions per week – like one tennis match – cut the risk of death from all causes, including CVD and cancer by 30% compared to inactive adults. Those who spread their exercise out over more than two days – or exercised more than the recommended minimum got only a small increase in benefit. They were 35% less likely to die of any cause. Previous studies had labeled the weekend warriors as “insufficiently active” however this new data, collected from over 63,000 adults in England and Scotland over an 8-year period – from 1994-2012 – but not analyzed until 2016 – showed that even weekend warrior exercisers derive a significant benefit. The bottom line: any amount of exercise is good for you. The human body was made to work. Sweating out the poisons through the skin probably eliminates toxins that are difficult to get rid of in other ways. I’m still reporting from Washington. Good day. Bill Still is a former newspaper editor and publisher. He has written for USA Today, The Saturday Evening Post, the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, OMNI magazine, and has also produced the syndicated radio program, Health News. He has written 22 books and two documentary videos and is the host of his wildly popular daily YouTube Channel the “Still Report”, the quintessential report on the economy and Washington. Connect with Bill Still: https://www.youtube.com/user/bstill3 https://plus.google.com/u/0/+BillStill http://billstills.blogspot.in/ https://twitter.com/billstill https://www.facebook.com/BillStillOfficial https://www.pinterest.com/billstills/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/billstill ht......

21:51

Nomi Prins: Big Banks Already Failing Stress Tests "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Nomi Prins: Big Banks Already Failing Stress Tests by Craig Wilson Nomi Prins joined Jason Burack on the Wall Street For Main StreetPodcast to discuss the impact of a strong US Dollar on the global economy and what kind of damage it could cause big banks that are already failing stress tests.  Wall Street For Main Street takes on…

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21:48

Discerning Alien Disinformation: Part 2 "IndyWatch Feed World"

Hidden nature of alien control, energy harvesting, implants, mind programming, hyper-D manipulation.

http://montalk.net/alien/146/discerning-alien-disinformation-part-2

21:45

We"ve Been Hacking Elections for More Than a Century "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Chilean President Salvador Allende waved to supporters in Santiago a few days after his election in 1970. The car was escorted by General Augusto Pinochet

21:37

SYRIA: Syrian Arab Republic Flag Flies Again over the Al Fijah Springs "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By 21wire

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21st Century Wire says…

According to a report in Al Masdar News this morning, “the Syrian Arab Army raised the flag of the Syrian Arab Republic over the Al-Fijah Springs on Saturday, marking the first time in 4 years that this site has been under government control”. The now, familiar, corporate media blame-laying upon Syrian President, Bashar Al Assad, has taken on a whole increased fervour since the liberation of Aleppo, their long time raison d’etre for their No Fly Zone demands.

To suggest that the Syrian state would deprive its own people of essential water, the five million inhabitants of Damascus, people steadfastly loyal to their State, their army and her allies, is ridiculous and obscene. However, it is no great surprise to see this level of distortion of truth by the corporate media who have made an art form of such deceit for the last six years of the NATO state dirty war against Syria.

Brandon Turbeville covers the subject of Wadi Barada in his latest article:

“If there were any doubt that the water crisis in Damascus was created by the Western-backed terrorists operating outside the city, the end to that crisis should now dispel the rest of that doubt. This is because the crisis is now over precisely because the Syrian military was able to retake the area.

Indeed, the Syrian military has taken back the Wadi Barada area, forcing the terrorists to leave, surrender, or die so that the experts and specialists can attend to repairing the damaged water system and begin providing clean water for the people of Damascus.

Of course, the mainstream media is doing its best to ignore this story and will likely not be reporting on the fact that it is the Syrian government which is providing the water to the people of Damascus after America’s terrorist rats cut it off nor will it mention that the Syrian government w...

SYRIA: Syrian Arab Republic Flag Flies Again over the Al Fijah Springs "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

 

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21st Century Wire says…

According to a report in Al Masdar News this morning, “the Syrian Arab Army raised the flag of the Syrian Arab Republic over the Al-Fijah Springs on Saturday, marking the first time in 4 years that this site has been under government control”. The now, familiar, corporate media blame-laying upon Syrian President, Bashar Al Assad, has taken on a whole increased fervour since the liberation of Aleppo, their long time raison d’etre for their No Fly Zone demands. 

To suggest that the Syrian state would deprive its own people of essential water, the five million inhabitants of Damascus, people steadfastly loyal to their State, their army and her allies, is ridiculous and obscene.  However, it is no great surprise to see this level of distortion of truth by the corporate media who have made an art form of such deceit for the last six years of the NATO state dirty war against Syria.

Brandon Turbeville covers the subject of Wadi Barada in his latest article:

“If there were any doubt that the water crisis in Damascus was created by the Western-backed terrorists operating outside the city, the end to that crisis should now dispel the rest of that doubt. This is because the crisis is now over precisely because the Syrian military was able to retake the area.

Indeed, the Syrian military has taken back the Wadi Barada area, forcing the terrorists to leave, surrender, or die so that the experts and specialists can attend to repairing the damaged water system and begin providing clean water for the people of Damascus.

Of course, the mainstream media is doing its best to ignore this story and will likely not be reporting on the fact that it is the Syr...

21:37

Did the Adani Group Evade Rs 1,000 Crore in Taxes? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Despite the DRI’s allegations, the government seems strangely reticent about filing a review petition in the Supreme Court that could protect its revenue interests.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Gautam Adani. Credit: PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Gautam Adani. Credit: PTI

For more than a decade now, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has been investigating how a clutch of companies in the Adani Group led by Gautam Adani allegedly evaded taxes and laundered money while trading in cut and polished diamonds and gold jewellery. The DRI, which is an investigative wing of the Department of Revenue in the Ministry of Finance, has issued a number of show-cause notices to firms in the group alleging evasion of taxes to the tune of roughly Rs 1,000 crore. Adani is considered to be close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

While the allegations against the Adani Group have meandered through various tribunals and courts of law, questions are being raised as to whether the Ministry of Finance is deliberately dragging its feet in moving a review petition before the Supreme Court that could safeguard its revenue interests. Four detailed questionnaires were sent by the Economic and Political Weekly (EPW) to (i) finance minister Arun Jaitley and five of his senior officials; (ii) the minister of state for commerce and industry Nirmala Sitharaman and the director general of foreign trade; (iii) law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad; and (iv) Adani himself. These questionnaires were e-mailed and also sent by regular post on November 18, 2016. Whereas spokespersons of Adani and the law minister responded, Jaitley, Sitharaman and officials in their respective ministries did not answer the questions more than a month and a half after these were sent to them.

Here is the story in a nutshell. A set of firms in the Adani Group apparently misused various export incentive schemes through a complex web of front companies located in different parts of the world. These shell companies, which indulged in high-velocity “circular trading” among related corporate entities, were also used to launder money, the DRI has claimed. All the corporate entities were directly or indirectly controlled by, or associated with, Adani Enterprises Limited (AEL), a flagship firm of the Adani Group which was called Adani Exports Limited before 2007. The DRI has alleged that AEL flagrantly misdeclared the...

21:31

The Plot To Kill Martin Luther King, Jr. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

By Phillip F. Nelson January 14, 2017 The Plot to Kill King: The Truth Behind the Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. This is an OUTSTANDING book, arguably the best ever compendium of the people, events and documented evidence related to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Do not let the “1 star” reviews […]

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Trump is not a 'legitimate president’, US congressman says "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

US Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis says Donald Trump is not a “legitimate president” due to the Russian government’s alleged meddling to help Trump defeat Hillary Clinton in the US presidential election. “I don’t see this [Republican] President-elect as a legitimate president,” Lewis, a Democrat from Georgia, said Friday during an interview on […]

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Britain’s first pregnant man says he has received death threats "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The UK’s first pregnant man told British television that he has received death threats from people who don’t understand his situation. Born a woman, Hayden Cross was undergoing hormone treatment when he took a break from transitioning to have a child. Speaking on ITV in his first televised interview, 20-year-old Cross, who is now legally male, […]

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21:30

Activists Continue to Protest Dam Being Built on Brahmaputra "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Activists had thought they had won when the BJP campaigned on an anti-big dam manifesto, but the new government continues supporting big dams on the Brahmaputra

Siang-river-in-Pasighat

The Siang river at Pasighat. Credit: Chandan Kumar Duarah

Locals in Arunachal Pradesh are resisting more dam building on Siang, as the Brahmaputra is known in the region. In a recent meeting on ‘Policy Dialogue for Governance of the Brahmaputra River’ held in Itanagar, the capital city of Arunachal Pradesh, in November, anti-dam leaders faced off against state government officials and some experts had who favoured dam building on the Siang.

Known as the Yarlung Zangbo in China, the Brahmaputra enters Arunachal Pradesh near Gelling from where it is known as the Siang. The total length of the Siang River is 294 km until it meets the Dibang and Lohit rivers at Sadia in Assam. Since Assam too is affected, civil society groups and individuals have been opposing the construction of big dams there as well. Their appeals to different authorities not to give environmental clearances for the dams being built in the four districts of Siang, East Siang, Upper Siang and West Siang have gone unheard.

“We will protect our land, and fight for it!”

The Siang People’s Forum (SPF) and Lower Siang Dam Affected Peoples’ Forum (LSDAPF), who have been spearheading the anti-mega dam movement in the Siang valley, had appealed to the previous central government, the United Progressive Alliance (UPA), and also to its chairperson, Sonia Gandhi. They have now appealed to the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and in a memorandum to the Prakash Javadekar, who was then the minister of environment, forest and climate change (MoEFCC), the SPF declared that the four districts would not compromise on their demand of scrapping all mega dams over the Siang river.

Nonetheless the big dams are still being built. While construction on some has been halted by the courts, others continue. Vijay Taram, an anti-dam activist with the Forum for Siang Dialogue, said, “We are not against small dam and dams on tributaries of Siang”, but “big dams will spoil our lives and livelihood. If completed they will flood all fertile agricultural lands, destroying the flora and fauna of entire Siang belt and displace thousands of people of Siang valley. Tribal men will lose their traditional hunting grounds as well as the link to their culture.”

...

21:30

Evidence The Deep State Wants to Deep Six Us "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Deep State Wants to Deep Six Us What do these pieces of evidence tell you? The United States and Russia each possess enough nuclear weapons to destroy all life on earth many times over. Pentagon officials say the cold war with Russia is for profit and bureaucracy. When there was danger of peace breaking […]

21:30

The Stupid War on Cory Booker "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Did Cory Booker and a bunch of other Democratic senators just vote against importing prescription drugs from Canada? No. No, they didn’t. Here is what they voted against:

SA 178. Ms. KLOBUCHAR (for herself and Mr.
Sanders) submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by her to
the concurrent resolution S. Con. Res. 3, setting forth the
congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal
year 2017 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for
fiscal years 2018 through 2026; as follows: At the end of title
III, add the following: SEC. 3___. DEFICIT-NEUTRAL RESERVE FUND
RELATING TO LOWERING PRESCRIPTION DRUG PRICES FOR AMERICANS BY
IMPORTING DRUGS FROM CANADA. The Chairman of the Committee on the
Budget of the Senate may revise the allocations of a committee or
committees, aggregates, and other appropriate levels in this
resolution for one or more bills, joint resolutions, amendments,
amendments between the Houses, motions, or conference reports
relating to lowering prescription drug prices, including through
the importation of safe and affordable prescription drugs from
Canada by American pharmacists, wholesalers, and individuals with a
valid prescription from a provider licensed to practice in the
United States, by the amounts provided in such legislation for
those purposes, provided that such legislation would not increase
the deficit over either the period of the total of fiscal years
2017 through 2021 or the period of the total of fiscal years 2017
through 2026. ______ 

What they voted against was the above amendment to the Budget reconciliation bill. The Budget reconciliation bill is not a normal bill because it never becomes law. It never goes to the president for signature or veto. What it does is set out the framework for spending money that the committee chairs must work with when legislating and appropriating.

The Klobuchar/Sanders amendment would have given Senator Mike Enzi of Wyoming, the chairman of the Budget Committee, the discretion to pa...

GOP Governors and Reality Clash With Congress on the ACA "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The governor of Ohio asks some urgently important questions:

“We are now able to provide health insurance to 700,000 people,” said Ohio’s [John] Kasich, who circumvented his state Legislature to enact [Medicaid] expansion in 2013 and who was the sole GOP presidential candidate in 2016 to defend that portion of Obamacare.

“Let’s just say they just got rid of it, didn’t replace it with anything,” he said. “What happens to the 700,000 people? What happens to drug treatment? What happens to mental health counseling? What happens to these people who have very high cholesterol and are victims from a heart attack? What happens to them?”

The answer is that many of them get sicker and a lot of them experience premature death. Countless others will live with the anxiety that they or their loved ones will suffer that fate.

But I have an additional question.

Why did we give these 700,000 people access to health care in the first place? What were we trying to do? Were we trying to lower the quality or increase the price of health care for everyone else? Were we trying to turn this country into a European dystopia? Were we pursuing an ideological jihad against the American Way?

John Kasich is hardly a moderate in most policy areas, but he does understand the moral imperative to make sure the citizens of Ohio don’t needlessly get sick or die. He knows that just on the opioid crisis alone, the state can hardly afford to lose the access to treatment that Obamacare provides.

Paul Ryan ought to know the same things, but he’s paid not to understand them. He’s willing to look a man straight in the face and lie to him about what will happen if they repeal Obamacare and don’t replace it with something that gives people the same or better access to health care.

For decades, our political leaders were unable to come up with any plan to cover people who couldn’t afford or were refused access to health care. That our citizens were constantly getting sick and dying prematurely as a result was considered a crime by Democrats and some kind of Darwinian justice by Republicans. That people were repeatedly denied care that they had every reason to believe they had paid for wasn’t something the GOP particularly cared about. That more and more citizens were priced out of insurance every year by rampant premium inflation wasn’t considered a moral crisis.

So, when the Democrats finally gathered enough political power to address these problems, they came up with the best solution they could given the constrai...

Obama is Still At Work "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Someone is still at work:

And:

FACT SHEET: President Obama Designates National Monuments Honoring Civil Rights History

 

In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, today, President Obama is designating three new national monuments honoring our country’s civil rights history and taking new steps to promote diversity in our national parks and other public lands. Building on the Administration’s commitment to protecting places that are culturally and historically significant and that reflect the story of all Americans, today’s designations will protect historic sites in Alabama and South Carolina that played an important role in American history stretching from the Civil War to the civil rights movement.

 

The new monuments are the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument, Freedom Riders National Monument and Reconstruction Era National Monument.

 

·         Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument: The Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument will protect the historic A.G. Gaston Motel in Birmingham, Alabama, which served at one point as the headquarters for the civil rights campaign led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that helped lead to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  The monument will also tell the stories associated with other nearby Birmingham historic sites, including the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church– which was the site of a bombing in 1963; and Kelly Ingram Park, where Birmingham Public Safety Commissioner Bull Connor turned hoses and dogs on young civil rights protesters.

·         Freedom Riders National Monument: The Freedom Riders National Monument is located in Anniston, Alabama and contains two sites that help underscore the Freedom Riders’ importance to the civil rights movement.  The monument includes the Greyhound Bus Station where a racially integrated bus of Freedom Riders attempting to test desegregation was attacked in the spring of 1961, and the site where the same bus was firebombed and burned some minutes later.

·         Reconstruction Era National Monument: Located in coastal South Carolina, the new Reconstruction Era National Monument encompasses four sites throughout Beaufort County that tell th...

Donald Trump, Not the CIA, Is the Bad Guy Here "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Steve M. makes a good point about Glenn Greenwald’s logic.

The intelligence agencies? Greenwald writes,

FOR MONTHS, the CIA, with unprecedented clarity, overtly threw its weight behind Hillary Clinton’s candidacy and sought to defeat Donald Trump.

And that’s a sign that the Deep State is an unbridled force of pure evil? If we accept Greenwald’s premise, it means that the Deep State wasn’t even powerful enough to throw the election to the favorite.

Personally, I don’t agree that there was a lot of clarity about who the CIA preferred in the presidential race, although I readily admit that DCI Brennan is close to the president and probably had a strong preference for Clinton. But the disposition of the CIA as a whole isn’t really my concern here.

I think Steve makes an obvious observation when he notes that Trump’s victory showed that the “Deep State” isn’t as all-powerful as Greenwald would like us all to believe. I mean, assuming the Deep State had a preference for Clinton and tried to do anything at all, they obviously failed.

It’s worth considering the idea that they they really didn’t do anything to help Clinton, which is a statement all by itself. Neutrality is what we expect, and James Comey’s actions at the FBI that appeared to stall Clinton’s momentum at a critical time have outraged Democrats for exactly the reason that it lacked neutrality or balance. But electoral indifference and inaction by the intelligence arm of a state (whether an ostensibly representative state or not) isn’t something that’s common or that should be taken for granted.

If the CIA has some kind of cultural preference, that’s one thing. If they ran operations to help one candidate and hurt another, that’s supposed to be out of bounds. It seems to me that there’s more evidence of pro-Trump sentiment at the FBI (with it’s pro-law enforcement anti-Black Lives Matter culture) than there is of any kind of monolithic pro-Clinton support at the CIA. And the FBI actually, visibly, crippled Clinton’s campaign.

However these things may be, I don’t think the CIA would be wrong to have a preference for Clinton over Trump given Trump’s character and erratic personality and his potential to upend relationships with close allies. If they felt that way, I think it would be evidence of sanity and possibly even patriotism. That doesn’t mean they should put their fingers on the scale, and I’m not convinced they did.

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As the Media Clutches Its Pearls About BuzzFeed… "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Obviously, different rules apply to retired intelligence officers who are working on a private contract basis than apply to active officers of our clandestine services. And, of course, there’s a difference between blowing the cover of an American intelligence officer and that of a British intelligence officer. But the concerns are the same when it comes to the possible harm that will come to that officer or his or her sources.

By revealing the identity of Christopher Steele, the Wall Street Journal has sent him scurrying for a bolt hole. He’s left his cat with a neighbor, sent his family somewhere, and gone to ground. The Telegraph reports that he’s terrified that the Russians will come after him.

But that’s not the only problem. Armed with his identity, it should be a fairly simple matter for the Russians to deconstruct his investigation, figure out who was talking to him, and bring the hammer down on the individuals who were providing him with information.

Marcy Wheeler recently went through his dossier and identified (in rough terms) who these sources were. They included a “senior Russian Foreign Ministry figure with knowledge of intelligence the Kremlin was feeding Trump,” a “former top level Russian intelligence officer still active inside the Kremlin,” an “official close to (former) Presidential Admin Head Sergei Ivanov,” and a “Kremlin source close to Dmitri Medvedev.”

Those individuals must now hope that they can’t be retroactively connected to Steele or his investigators.

Perhaps the public deserves to know who Christopher Steele is so they can better assess the credibility of his report and, as I said, it is not a crime to reveal his identity. The decision does carry a moral load, however, as the reporters could easily get people killed, including innocent people who are wrongly identified or swept up in an aggressive dragnet.

Steele freely took the risk that this would happen and so did the people who talked to him. It’s important to know, though, that he was apparently one of the driving forces in revealing the extensive corruption at FIFA that resulted in more than a dozen indictments here in the United States for “wire fraud, racketeering, and money laundering.” That corruption was related to Moscow’s successful effort......

Coretta Scott King Opposed Jeff Sessions "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

I don’t know if Coretta Scott King still pulls any water in Congress, but she once did. In fact, she may have been influential enough in 1986 to sink the confirmation of Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III to serve as judge in the Southern District of Alabama. She was unable to appear in person to testify against Sessions, so she wrote a long detailed letter to the Judiciary Committee explaining her strident opposition to the idea of giving Sessions a lifetime appointment. The committee chairman, Strom Thurmond, somehow managed not to enter the letter into the congressional record, but that didn’t prevent it from having some influence. In particular, Alabama Senator Howell Heflin surprised the Reagan administration by rescinding his earlier support and voting against Sessions in committee. This effectively sunk Sessions’ confirmation hopes.

For a long time, no one could locate a copy of King’s statement, but Wesley Lowery of the Washington Post has managed to unearth it and you can now read it for yourself.

This all happened a mere eighteen years after Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, which is considerably less time than has elapsed since. Maybe there’s no longer a consensus that King’s work had immense almost sacred value and that people like Sessions are an affront to his legacy. But I think Coretta’s testimony should stand, and it should count for much more when considering Sessions for the position of Attorney General of the United States.

I don’t see anything in Sessions’ subsequent record that would have changed her mind about his suitability for a position of such responsibility and I am certain that she would see Sessions as an outright threat to voting rights and the accomplishments of the movement of which she and her husband were such an important part.

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Mnuchin Needs to Explain the 19.5% Sale of Rosneft "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

It’s probably not surprising to anyone given what we already knew about Rex Tillerson, but the guy identified in the leaked intelligence report as the man who was holding the Russian opposition research file on Hillary Clinton had nothing but positive things to say about Tillerson and his appointment to be Trump’s Secretary of State. It’s easy to know this because Dmitry Peskov is Vladimir Putin’s official Kremlin spokesman. This would be like Josh Earnest having the job of compiling nasty information on a Russian presidential candidate.

When Tillerson was nominated, Peskov acknowledged that Tillerson had sympathies for Russia but said that they wouldn’t matter, “being secretary of state is very different from leading a company, even a very big one. Therefore any sympathies, so to speak, become secondary.” He further vouched for Tillerson, explaining that he has many contacts with Russian officials in his capacity as CEO of Exxon/Mobil and that he “carries out his duties very professionally.”

It’s true that this leaked report should be read with some heavy skepticism, but it’s also true, as Josh Marshall points out, that the author of the piece is known and respected by the U.S. Intelligence Community, and that many of his points have already checked out.

One piece that I find tantalizing is his prediction that a 19% stake in the Russian energy giant Rosneft would be privatized and made available to Trump or his associates in return for a lifting of economic sanctions.

That piece of raw intelligence was presented on October 18th, and the actual privatization of 19.5% of Rosneft actually took place on December 10th.

The deal, if not its details, was in the works...

Alleged Russian Liaison to Trump Was In News Yesterday Hyping Trump and Talking Trash "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

There’s so much to digest in the leaked intelligence report on Donald Trump’s connections to Vladimir Putin and Russia that I feel like I’m drinking from a firehouse. I want to just throw one quick thing at you. I noticed the following excerpt about an alleged meeting in Prague between Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen and Russian operatives that was supposed to have occurred in late August or possibly the first week in September.

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I was intrigued at the idea that Putin might utilize a member of the Duma to provide plausible deniability about official communications with the Trump campaign, so I looked to see what I could find about Konstantin Kosachev and whether he was active in talking up Trump and talking down Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Amazingly, I found a TASS article published just yesterday where Kosachev was quite vocally trashing Obama and crowing about the demise of the United States as a global leader and “winner” of the Cold War.

Barack Obama’s efforts to pin the Democratic Party’s defeat in the US presidential election on Russia and its leader indicate the complete failure of Washington’s policy of hegemony, Chairman of Russia’s Federation Council (upper house of parliament) Committee for International Affairs Konstantin Kosachev said.

“Obama’s desperate efforts to pin his defeat on the Russian president just seem to be a banal attempt at settling scores. But in fact this indicates the utter failure of America’s hegemonic policies and more important systemic shifts in global politics rather than Trump’s victory over Clinton,” the Russian senator wrote on his Facebook page.

He went on:

According to Kosachev, during the past 25 years, US presidents have made a number of serious mistakes concerning world politics which lead to global instability. In particular, in the senator’s words, the US considered itself to be a “winner” eligible to impose its will on the world after the Cold War had ended, while it was not ready to build cooperation with its former rivals. “The US and its staunch allies have been plagued by fatal mistakes in a growing number of global scenarios which are becoming more and more unpredictable and devastating,” the Russian senator added.

And then the capper:

“However, the world cannot remain an eternal hostage to America’s...

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أوباما الفاسد والجاحد: الديمقراطية إلهة تمر "IndyWatch Feed War"

  يناير 12, 2017 ناصر قنديل – بمعزل عن التباينات في السياسات الداخلية والخارجية بين إدارتي باراك أوباما ودونالد ترامب، وبمعزل عن أي منهما يستوعب أكثر حقائق السياسة الدولية الصاعدة بقوة من حروب العالم والشرق الأوسط خلال ربع قرن من التفرّد الأميركي بحكم العالم، ومَن يستشرف سياسة تنبع من المصالح الحقيقية لأميركا والأميركيين، فإن الرسالة […]

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James Oglethorpe & Founding the Colony of Georgia -The Progression of Religious Liberty "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Early in his career, Eugene of Savoy, under the command of Polish King Jan Sobieski, helped defeat 200,000 Muslim Turks on September 11, 1683, thus saving the city of Vienna, Austria. Austrian Prince Eugene of Savoy went on to become one of Europe’s most famous commanders. Savoy helped drive the Turks from Budapest in 1686. […]

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Unveiling fraudulent artificialism "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

FakePrez.Con Why the past eight years happened, and what it all means. “I first came to Chicago when I was in my early 20s, still trying to figure out who I was,” President Obama told the nation on Tuesday. After eight years of his presidency, many others are still trying to figure out who, exactly, […]

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Astrology Update: Journey to the Center of the Self "IndyWatch Feed World"

January 14th, 2017 By Simon Vorster & Jennifer Langstone Contributing writers for Wake Up World With the energetic theme for 2017 set in motion by the New Moon in Capricorn (December 29), this week’s Full Moon in Cancer (January 12) marked a huge shift in our emotional reality, which is now noticeably beginning to set in […]

21:23

State PKR welcomes exemption order but wants it to be studied "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

PKR Sarawak welcomes the announcement by Second Finance Minister Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani that an exemption order under Section 127 of the Income Tax Act 1967 will be issued to maintain the tax exemption status of religious institutions. Its vice-chairman See Chee How said the party maintained that it was an ambiguous and unpleasant exploit […]

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Syrian Army Storming Ayn Khadra Village Northwest Of Damascus (Map, Video) "IndyWatch Feed War"

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The Syrian army, the National Defense Forces (NDF) and Hezbollah are storming the village of Ayn Khadra in the Wadi Barada area northwest of the Syrian capital of Damascus.

On January 12, government forces liberated from militants the village of Baseemah and on January 13 engineer teams reportedly entered the village of Ayn al-Fijah to work on restoring the water supply line to Damasucs.

However, the Syrian army and its allies still need to expand their control in the region to restore water supplies to the Syrian capital.

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Abang Johari is Sarawak’s new chief minister "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

As had been widely-expected, Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) deputy president Datuk Amar Abang Johari Abang Openg was sworn in today as the sixth Sarawak chief minister. He succeeds Tan Sri Adenan Satem who died of heart failure on Wednesday. Abang Johari took his oath of office before Governor Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud at the […]

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Australia’s clean transition to renewable energy – theme for January 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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The whole point of renewable energy is that it is clean. And, for sure, the major fuels – sun and wind – are undoubtedly clean. However, renewable energy does require some components – rare earths – that certainly have a dirty radioactive  history, and may still have a dirty radioactive present.

rare-earths-pollution-ChinaTwo notorious historic examples of pollution from the production of rare earths are the Bukit Merah  project in Malaysia , and China’s project in Inner Mongolia

China i...

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Steady Progress Into Fascism? Turkey, a Year After the Peace Petition "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Rudimentarily masked by arguments of counter-terrorism, Turkish society has been put into a straitjacket, with no form of dissent being acceptable.

Demonstrators shout slogans during a protest against a purge of thousands of education staff since an attempted coup in July, in front of the main campus of Istanbul University at Beyazit square in Istanbul, Turkey, November 3, 2016. Credit: Reuters/Osman Orsal

Demonstrators shout slogans during a protest against a purge of thousands of education staff since an attempted coup in July, in front of the main campus of Istanbul University at Beyazit square in Istanbul, Turkey, November 3, 2016. Credit: Reuters/Osman Orsal

One year has passed since 1,128 academics raised their voices for an end to the violence against the Kurdish population in Turkey, demanding an international, independent investigation of the occurrences during the 24-hour curfews declared in Kurdish towns and districts from August 2015 onward. The now well-known ‘peace petition’ had been a reaction to the violence, an outcry against the unbearable way in which the military had taken over towns and districts in the predominantly Kurdish south-eastern provinces of the Turkish state. Children and elderly people had been assassinated on the streets and in their homes, bodies left on the streets, the injured denied medical treatment. Despite the decisive and clear wording accusing the state of committing a massacre and refusing to be party to this crime, the petition was nevertheless a modest form of protest, because all other forms of democratic contestation had already been radically impeded since a suicide bomb attack on a previous attempt to demand peace with a large demonstration on October 10, 2015 in Ankara. A hundred demonstrators from various political factions were killed, hundreds injured and scarred.

Government’s reaction

However, even this comparably simple form of critique was not tolerated by the government. The reaction was a concerted mass smear campaign triggered by the words of the President Recep Tayyip Erdogan leading to arrests, police investigations and ongoing dismissals of scholars. Denouncing the signatories as traitors, as ‘pseudo academics’ who were enemies of the nation, the pro-government media took up Erdogan’s discourse, picturing the signatories individually on their web and print outlets, making them perfect targets for goaded Erdogan-supporters. The homes of a number of signatories were raided in the early morning hours; some were taken into custody on campus and the wave of dismissals commenced, starting with th...

21:12

Bioluminescence Better Understood "IndyWatch Feed World"

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Thanks to Cool Green Science for shedding more light on a topic we have commented on from time to time since starting this platform:

Living Light

What makes some living things glow?

by JENNY ROGERS

For two weeks each year at the beginning of summer, fireflies light up a portion of Great Smoky Mountains National Park...

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See Baggages Allegedly Abandoned By Arik Air At JFK, New York (Pics) "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A U.S-based Nigerian, Ayodele, shared these pics of baggages allegedly abandoned at JFK, New York, by Arik Air.. He said he saw the baggages when he went to retrieve his mom's baggage, which they've held for three weeks.. More pics + all he said below..

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Boris “the clown” Johnson says UK first in line for USA trade deal. What the idiot doesn’t realise is that means TTIP which would mean the end of the NHS as we know it "IndyWatch Feed War"

Boris Johnson Says Britain ‘First In Line’ For US Trade Deal, Defying Obama’s Pre-Brexit Warning Britain will be “first in line” to negotiate a new trade deal with the US, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has said after talks with President-elect Donald Trump’s team and senior Republicans. Johnson, who once quipped he would not visit parts […]

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Foreign and domestic losses: '35 Pages' attack against Trump fails "IndyWatch Feed World"

UPDATED (at end of original) The tale about the fake accusations about Russian influence on the U.S. presidential election becomes more gripping by each day. The are part of a larger war between various groups of the "elites" but also include infighting between U.S. government organizations. We know that there was heavy Ukrainian influence on the side of Clinton in the election and in the current smear campaign against Trump and Russia. But it certainly wasn't Ukraine alone that is behind this. There are more international connections. The "former" desk officer for Russia in the British MI6 Christopher Steele was the one who prepared the 35 pages of obviously false claims about Russian connections with and kompromat against Trump. There are so many inconsistencies in these pages that anyone knowledgeable about the workings in Moscow could immediately identify it as fake. Putin personally started working on Trump five years ago when Trump had no political role or hope whatsoever? A Trump associate met Russian officials in Prague even though he has never been in the Czech Republic? Steele spread the fakes throughout the press corps in Washington DC but no media published them because these were obviously false accusations.

21:03

SYRIA: Syrian Arab Republic Flag Flies Again over the Al Fijah Springs "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

21st Century Wire says…
According to a report in Al Masdar News this morning, “the Syrian Arab Army raised the flag of the Syrian Arab Republic over the Al-Fijah Springs on Saturday, marking the first time in 4 years that this site has been under government control”. The now, familiar, corporate media blame-laying upon Syrian President, Bashar Al Assad, has taken on a whole increased fervour since the liberation of Aleppo, their long time raison d’etre for their No Fly Zone demands.
To suggest that the Syrian state would deprive its own people of essential water, the five million inhabitants of

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Video: ‘Despite clear unconstitutionality’: Assange ready for extradition if Obama pardons Manning "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange would leave his Ecuadorian embassy refuge and accept extradition to the US if whistleblower Chelsea Manning was granted … Via Youtube

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Mexican pseudo-left and the anti- gasolinazo protests "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Mexican pseudo-left and the anti- gasolinazo protests By Eric London 14 January 2017 The explosive spontaneous protests, which broke out across Mexico at the start of the new year in response to the government’s gas subsidy cut, laid bare the discontent shared by broad sections of the population against inequality, corruption, and the rising […]

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CZECH PRESIDENT: NO MORE REFUGEES… "IndyWatch Feed War"

In last Thursday's News and Views from the Nefarium I reported on an interesting story that appeared in three different (and very divergent) venues…

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TIDBIT: GERMAN SDP VICE CHANCELLOR AND BANNING MOSQUES "IndyWatch Feed War"

In the light of today's main blog, is this the first sign of that "planned reaction" by the Eurocrats? Or a sign of cracks…

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Omoyele Sowore Of Sahara Reporters Is Not Under Investigation For Criminal Defamation & Blackmail, Says, His Lawyer "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Read the press statement from Omoyele Sowore's lawyers below...

Our attention has been drawn to various reports in the print, online and social media suggesting that Mr. Omoyele Sowore, a Nigerian citizen and the Founder and Publisher of the popular and globally celebrated online news media SaharaReporters domiciled in New York City, United States of America (USA) was arrested and is being investigated by the Nigeria Police Force on allegations bothering on ''criminal defamation'' and ''blackmail''.

These misleading reports are variously credited to the trio of Mr. Lekan Fatodu; the Commissioner of Police Lagos State, CP. Fatai Owoseni and the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP. Dolapo Badmos.

While we do not wish to respond to every insinuation connected with the subject under consideration, we are impelled to issue this press release to set the records straight for the sake of credulous and unsuspecting members of the public who may be misled by the outright falsehood and half-truths being fed the public by the trio.
The verifiable facts and truth of the matter are as follows:

On Wednesday the 11thday of January, 2017 while driving in company of two of his associates through the Government Reserved Area (GRA) in Ikeja, Lagos State, Mr. Sowore was waylaid and gruesomely attacked by one Mr. Lekan Fatodu and his accomplice simply identified as Mr. ‘Andre’. The said assailants assaulted Sowore and made attempts on his life before they were restrained and overpowered by concerned members of the public.

Following the intervention of concerned members of the public, the assailants fled from the scene only to return soon afterwards in company of a team of armed Policemen from the Area 'F' Police Station, Ikeja on the pretext that Sowore had committed ''traffic offence'' and should be arrested and taken to the nearest Police Station. The Police later claimed that they received a distressed call from a member of the public.

The Policemen first took Sowore and his associates to the Area 'F' Police Station in Ikeja after which he was taken before the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni at the State Police Command, Ikeja. In what smacks of unholy alliance between the ass...

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TIDBIT: ZERO HEDGE ON THE CZECH PRESIDENT "IndyWatch Feed War"

And Zero Hedge is reporting a very different story on the Czech President, and noting that the Czech state wants to arm its citizens…

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TIDBIT: MEANWHILE IN CANADA… IMAM: SHARIA ONLY WITH A MUSLIM ... "IndyWatch Feed War"

This is one of those articles to make you go, "Hmmm....":
Canadian Imam says Islamic Law to be implemented when Muslims are majority
 …

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20:59

Turkey arrests two Uighurs over nightclub attack "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Uighurs are Turkic-speaking Muslims from the restive Xinjiang region of far-western China

20:57

Meet Mike Enoch &/Or Mike Peinovich : They’ve got ‘The Right Stuff’ "IndyWatch Feed National"

FTR & FWIW … In the last coupla weeks, various nazi dingbats active on the #altright in the US have been doXXed — seemingly as a result of some internecine online warfare. The latest casualty in this war is Some … Continue reading

20:57

Lalgarh, the Rebellion That Didn’t Make Front Pages "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Snigdhendu Bhattacharya’s Lalgarh and the Legend of Kishanji is a detailed description of a movement and a leader that have much to teach us, despite their faults.

A family walks on a state highway at Pirakata near Lalgarh, some 165 km (102 miles) west of Kolkata in this June 20, 2009 file photo. Credit: Jayanta Shaw/Reuters

A family walks on a state highway at Pirakata near Lalgarh, some 165 km (102 miles) west of Kolkata in this June 20, 2009 file photo. Credit: Jayanta Shaw/Reuters

Lalgarh and the Legend of Kishanji: Tales from India’s Maoist Movement is not a brilliant read, but that’s not why I picked up the book at the Indira Gandhi Airport domestic terminal. The prose is neither smooth nor beautiful and it’s not really the work of somebody adept at using the English language. Nevertheless, the book grips you. Like in many other art forms, Lalgarh is proof that content is often more powerful than mere style.

The author, Snigdhendu Bhattacharya, is a veteran journalist and the principal correspondent with the Hindustan Times‘ Kolkata edition. He takes us on a journey of the Lalgarh movement, from its inception and disintegration to the present day, bombarding us with facts after facts, forcing us to acknowledge a revolution (a word that should not be taken lightly) that took place in our lifetime, while most of us have been almost completely unaware of the undercurrents of history-in-the-making.

I remember being in college when the mighty Left Front government in Bengal came under severe public criticism for its anti-poor stance in favour of corporate bonhomie. The Left front had been in power for more than three decades and seemed invincible in every possible fashion; especially in the high-handed manner they handled land acquisition at Singur and Nandigram, and the brutality with which they tried to quell the people’s movement at Lalgarh. Like any other naïve and overtly idealistic 20 year old, who foolishly fancied himself as part-revolutionary part-activist, I remember questioning the party who had won the students’ union election at my college, the Students Federation of India (SFI) – which was also the students wing of the ruling government – on the Left front’s policies in Lalgarh.

Snigdhendhu Bhattacharya <em>Lalgarh and the Legend of Kishanji</em> Harper Collins, 2016

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20:55

Deconstructing social psychoses "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Has Political Correctness Gone off the Rails in America? Few terms are as divisive in today’s United States as “political correctness.” A concept that was intended to create greater freedom in the country may instead have resulted in the opposite. It also helped strengthen the right wing. It’s a Friday afternoon in Oberlin, Ohio, around one month before […]

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Debt Rattle January 14 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Arnold Genthe 17th century Iglesia el Carmen, Antigua, Guatemala 1915 • Investors Are Bracing For A Massive Stock-Market Selloff (MW) • Trump Suggests He May Drop Russia Sanctions If Moscow ‘Is Helpful’ (G.) • Tucker Carlson and Glenn Greenwald Discuss Deep State War Vs. Trump (ZPN) • As VW Settles, Probes Open Into Fiat, Renault

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20:52

Anti-Russian US establishment ‘willing to risk nuclear war’ "IndyWatch Feed War"

Anti-Russian US establishment ‘willing to risk nuclear war’ Author and activist David Swanson discusses the anti-Russian media frenzy, attributing it to the Democrats’ desire to explain why Donald Trump won the presidential election without blaming the Democratic Party or the political establishment as a whole. He also addresses the geopolitical animosity toward Russia, spurred by […]

20:49

Carbon Capturing Crystals "IndyWatch Feed World"

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Thanks to Anthropocene for this summary of a scientific news item worthy of our attention:

A cheaper way to pull carbon dioxide from the air, turn it into crystals

20:45

How Obama Spread the Mideast Fires "IndyWatch Feed War"

How Obama Spread the Mideast Fires Daniel Lazare is the author of several books including The Frozen Republic: How the Constitution Is Paralyzing Democracy (Harcourt Brace)With President Obama down to less than two weeks in office, everyone is busy assessing his legacy. So let’s begin with the Arab world. Not since the Vietnam War, we can safely say, has […]

20:43

Obama sends US troops to Russian border in desperate final attempt to start WW3 before Trump’s inauguration "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Is there a coup underway, while America is in the transition period, and before Trump swears in as the 45th president of the United States? How real is the clash between the rogue Manhattan billionaire and the intelligence gang behind the throne? Who will win the struggle for power over foreign policy? These are serious …

20:41

Awww.. See How This Family Celebrated Their Daughter As She Started Her Period (Pics) "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Cute little girl, Brooke, started her period and her sweet family celebrated it.. They made her a cake and bought her different pads and tampons. See more pics after the cut..


20:40

South Africa – COSATU dismisses Zuma insincerity over succession "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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President Jacob Zuma with Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini. Picture: SOWETAN
President Jacob Zuma with Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini. Picture: SOWETAN

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) took on President Jacob Zuma on Friday, calling him “insincere” for denying the existence of a tradition in the ANC that saw the party’s deputy president succeed its president.

“While we agree with him that there is no existing policy on the succession, we find it curious that he argues against the existence of a practice that the deputy presidents succeeds the presidents in the ANC, since the unbanning in 1990,” it said. “Cosatu would have deeply appreciated it if the president of the ANC had shared this understanding and wisdom with the nation 10 years ago in 2007.”

After serving as ANC deputy president, Zuma was elected party president in 2007, succeeding Thabo Mbeki.

Cosatu said “millions” of ANC and alliance members came out to support Zuma at the time using the same argument that it was customary for deputies to succeed presidents in the ANC. “We find it insincere that he never spoke out then and he never saw anything wrong with that argument at the time.”

Last year, Cosatu publicly endorsed deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa to lead the ANC, based on this being the party’s tradition. However, during a radio interview on Thursday, Zuma said there was no such tradition.

The president also said he believed the ANC and the country were ready for a woman president, indicating that he will support Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to succeed him in December.

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Donald Trump golden shower fake news "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video from the USA says about itself:

5 January 2017

We are joined by Glenn Greenwald, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and one of the founding editors of The Intercept. His latest article is headlined “WashPost Is Richly Rewarded for False News About Russia Threat While Public Is Deceived.” In it, he writes, “Any story that bolsters the prevailing D.C. orthodoxy on the Russia Threat, no matter how dubious, is spread far and wide. And then, as has happened so often, when the story turns out to be false or misleading, little or nothing is done to correct the deceitful effects.”

Dutch media site Villamedia.nl reported yesterday about right-wing Dutch daily De Telegraaf.

A tweet by one of its journalists, Bart Mos, on 12 January 2016 said (translated):

BREAKING We spoke with a witness about Trump‘s Golden Shower. De Telegraaf. Tomorrow.

The tweet referred to a 13 January 2016 Telegraaf article about the Trump Princess, a yacht formerly owned by Donald Trump which includes several gold items, including a shower.

However, many people, including the Washington Post, journalists in Germany, Israel and elsewh...

20:37

WW3 in Europe against Russia would be a win/win situation for the USA "IndyWatch Feed War"

Who’s Driving the Latest Nato Exercises? Written by Lindsey German The escalating tensions with Russia should be of concern to everyone says Lindsey German ‘Britain is part of the deployment across eastern Europe, sending 800 troops to Estonia’ This week we are witnessing another example of politicians and military figures talking peace but preparing for […]

20:37

Google Kills Off Titan Internet Drone "Moonshot" "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

One of the Google X "moonshots", a plan to use solar-powered drone aircraft to provide Internet connectivity to rural areas, has been axed. Some of the engineers may be reassigned to Project Loon and other efforts:

Back in 2014 Google (now Alphabet) bought Titan Aerospace, a company specializing in solar-powered drones that could fly at high altitudes for long periods of time. The goal was to offer internet access to rural areas that lacked connectivity by beaming it down from on high. In that way it was similar to another moon shot, Project Loon, and to Facebook's Aquila.

Today, however, Alphabet confirmed to Business Insider that it had ended its exploration of solar-powered drones. In fact according to a spokesperson, the project ended almost a year ago. That would make it part of a big group of setbacks for X, formerly X Labs, the incubator for wild ideas that has suffered under the strict financial discipline being imposed by Alphabet and its CFO, Ruth Porat. Bloomberg offered a rundown of the high-level departures that have occurred since the creation of Alphabet as a holding company and the separation of X from Google

Also at 9to5Google and Bloomberg.

Previously: Google Releases New Project Loon Video
Google to Provide Sri Lanka with 3G Internet Using Balloons
Facebook's Laser Drones v Google's Net-Beaming Balloons
Google May Test Balloon Internet Service Over the United States
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20:35

Sam Dastyari. Shallow Halal. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Elvis anticipated this. The Shallow Halal tribute. For Sam. Because Elvis has left the building. And he liked a drink.

20:33

16Years Old Schoolboy Arrested After He Allegedly Dragged A 12Years Old Schoolgirl Off The Street, Forced Into Alleyway And Raped Her "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of raping a 12-year-old girl in an alleyway.

The boy was questioned by Police today over the alleged sex attack in Manchester.

The girl told Cops she was grabbed from behind as she walked down the street before being dragged into the alley and raped on November 22.

The attack is alleged to have happened at 5pm in Chapel Street, near to the Horseshoe Pub in the Levenshulme area of the city.

Detective Inspector Dave Moores of Greater Manchester Police's serious sexual offences unit, said: ''This week we released an e-fit of a person we wished to speak to regarding this attack.

   ''I would like to thank the public for the response we have had.

   ''We have now arrested a 16-year-old boy. He is currently in custody being questioned.

   ''Our investigation is still ongoing however, so anyone who may have witnessed the incident or may have seen anything suspicious is asked to get in touch.

   ''There will still be an increased Police presence in the community whilst the investigation continues to encourage those who have information to come and speak to us and reassure anyone with any concerns.''

Police offered to issue rape alarms and promised a permanent Police presence to keep women safe following a spate of sex attacks in Manchester last year.

The attacks included the rape of another 12-year-old girl in Crowcroft Park, Levenshulme, on September 1.

20:33

US president-elect refuses to commit to ‘One China’ policy "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

US President-elect Donald Trump has said that he will not commit to the ‘One China’ policy unless Beijing changes its currency and trade policies. Trump, who has often questioned America’s commitment to the ‘One China’ policy in the China-Taiwan row, made the remarks in a wide-ranging interview with The Wall Street Journal on Friday. Asked […]

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20:30

How An Environmental Biotechnologist is Turning Waste Into Wealth "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

With the help of a government grant, Vanita Prasad, a scientist-entrepreneur from Baroda, is developing an innovative solution to the mammoth problem of waste management in India.

Vanita Prasad. Credit: Aashima Dogra/TLoS

Vanita Prasad. Credit: Aashima Dogra/TLoS

In the early 80s, the 12-year-old Vanita Prasad suffering from acute headaches was one of the few fortunate Indians to get a CT scan at AIIMS Delhi, a high-tech technology at that time. Prasad wanted to be a neurosurgeon from the day her brain was scanned. Years later, running out of luck needed to get into a medical school, she settled for biotechnology.

Since then, she has come leaps and bounds in research on environmental biotechnology. Her efforts and ideas can be the key to solving the riddle of waste management in India. Having been recently awarded the government-funded BIG (Biotechnology Ignition Grant) grant of Rs 35 lakh from the BIRAC DBT programme, the 45-year-old has now moved on from being a scientist to an entrepreneur.

With this generous grant came the 18-month-challenge of readying the product – a microbe cocktail recipe, ‘dry granulated sludge’ as she calls it, for mass production and commercialisation. “The BIG initiative is funding product-based research in the country, not basic research. It is there for making a proof-of-concept study, which one can patent and get ready for commercialisation.”

This will be her third patent. The first two process patents (a declaration of invention and ownership of a technological process rather than a product), were the result of her PhD work on waste management in vegetable markets and extracting hydrogen gas from this organic waste. All three technologies are set to be the shining stars in the portfolio of her startup, Revy Environment Solutions.

“Revy’s portfolio will be much bigger but the granulated sludge that I’m working on now will be the first product to come to the market.”

Prasad’s goal is to fulfill the country’s urgent need to put its waste to use, specifically convert it to energy. According to a report for Energy Next, currently, only 154 MW of energy in India is being generated from industrial and urban wastes in a yea...

20:30

Nigeria – troops repel Boko Haram attack in Borno "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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FILE PHOTO: Nigerian Army troops clearing Boko Haram enclaves along Bitta to Tokumbere, Sambisa Forest, Borno state
FILE PHOTO: Nigerian Army troops clearing Boko Haram enclaves along Bitta to Tokumbere, Sambisa Forest, Borno state

Troops of the Nigerian Army on Friday repelled an attack by Boko Haram fighters on their location in the northern part of Borno State, killing no fewer than 10 of the terrorists, authorities said.

According to the spokesman of the Nigeria Army, Sani Usman, a Brigadier General, the insurgents attempted an attack on troops location in Kangarwa village of Kukawa local government.

Kangarwa is situated around the locations where the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is currently prospecting for oil in the shores of the receding Lake Chad.

Following the disrupting activities of Boko Haram in that strategic region, the Nigeria military had established the 119 Battalion and the 133 Special Forces Battalion of 7 Brigade to fortify the area.

Mr. Usman said troops foiled the attack with the support of the Nigerian Air Force which promptly deployed Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance planes.

He said troops dealt the attackers “a decisive blow”.

The attack lasted hours, from the evening of Friday to late night, as troops battled to repell the Boko Haram fighters until the airforce jet came to bolster the offensive by ground troops, Mr. Usman said.

“The resilient troops repelled the incursion and in the process killed 10 insurgents and wounded several others,” he said.

“They recovered, 1 Pulemyot Kala...

20:27

UK Against Fluoridation "IndyWatch Feed Europe"



Ignore the Nazi connection it was never proven. The prison connection a new one on me but a lot of USA military bases are. Which doesn't make sense if it makes people placid?



In this video, functional medicine expert and naturopathic physician Dr. Adam Tice explains: What is Fluoride? Where does it come from? Whose idea was this? What is the point? The official narrative deserves further questioning. Ingested sources include the water, toothpaste, shower, dentists. What are the biological effects? It is classified as a nerve toxin. Does it have Nazi roots? Does it affect the Third Eye? What are the solutions? Effects on the pineal gland and Third eye. Flouride plays a key role in LIMITING spiritual awakening and LIMITING one's ability expressing powers from the Cosmic Browsing Center also know as the 3rd Eye or Ajna Chakra.

20:27

Venezuela authorities arrest opposition legislator on charges of terrorism "IndyWatch Feed World"

Los Angeles, January 12th 2017 (venezuelanalysis.com) - Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami confirmed Wednesday that opposition assembly member representing the Popular Will Party (Voluntad Popular), Gilber Alexander Caro Alfonzo was arrested in connection with terrorist acts and paramilitary groups in the South American nation and its neighbor, Colombia. The arrest comes after President Nicolás Maduro instituted the National Anti-Coup Command for Peace and Sovereignty of which El Assami heads. "We want to inform that citizen Gilber Caro was detained for sowing terrorist acts in the streets of Venezuela. Popular Will is guilty of violence that they wish to incite across the country," expressed El Assami from the vice-presidential headquarters in Caracas. During his official address, El Assami presented images of the materials Venezuelan authorities say they confiscated from Caro's vehicle including explosives (C-4), an automatic rifle with a scratched Venezuelan National Armed Forces (FANB) serial number, 20 cartridges as well as documents with maps outlining plans, routes and a hit-list full of opposition leaders' names. El Assami emphasized that the list would have been used with the objective of blaming the Bolivarian government for assassinations of opposition political leaders.

20:26

9/11 witness interview "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Rudy Dent is a former Vietnam veteran, police officer, 32 year veteran of the FDNY, and a 9/11 Truth Activist. Dent was a 9/11 first responder and witnessed the collapse of Building 7 and molten “lava-like” steel. Dent has a strong passion for the truth and is a man full of knowledge, wisdom, and integrity.

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20:25

Hilarious! As Seen In UNILAG's Matriculation (Pic) "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The pic has gone viral for obvious reasons..She's da real Jenifa, hahahaha..

20:20

I Stand By My Word Omoyele Sowore Of SaharaReporters Threatened My Life & Demanded N100M Bribe From Me - Lekan Fatodu "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This is a press statement from UK-based journalist, Lekan Fatodu, who recently filed a petition to the Nigerian Police, against Sahara Reporters publisher, Omoyele Sowore. Read below...

''I'm dropping this quick note because Sowore violated the idea of reconciliation suggested to the Police by his team of lawyers and supporters led by the elder statesman, Dr. Tunji Abayomi on Thursday. Sowore was at the Panti Police station with about 15 lawyers. I didn't go with any because I didn't need to. I know my case against him is incontrovertible!

It's however surprising that one of Sowore's lawyers who was part of the agreement for reconciliation has come out to spew lies and try to twist the story against the Police. But it won't work because everyone is aware of Sowore's shady operations. 

Sowore is understandably rattled and bitter that Lekan Fatodu is the FIRST person to ever confront him for his characteristic threat to people's life, blackmail and extortionism.

I had petitioned the police on a threat to my life and career, criminal defamation and blackmail by Sowore. And that's  contrary to the lies that Sowore has been spreading about an attempt on his life. I will share the true story of the event of Sowore's arrest with video evidence  in due time. And I bet that the world will be shocked to see what really happened on that day. 

I knew that Sowore's idea of reconciliation was to "buy" enough time to cook up some lies to change the narrative on his criminality. Hence, I agreed to it only to give him the benefit of doubt. But he has since been using proxies to write different articles in his favour and also fabricating lies that some people in power are behind me. They've been churning out many lies but I am not bothered in the least.

I'm glad myself and Sowore are presently in Nigeria and the court shall verify the text messages, emails and Whatsapp messages that we exchanged when he, using different insidious means, demanded 100...

20:18

Melanie Shaw is intimidated & brutalised by HMP Foston Hall staff "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Tapestry

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Melanie Shaw is intimidated & brutalised by HMP Foston Hall staff & is tortured by solitary (UN definition) & same staff then accuse her ..https://t.co/4AhNq83rJE

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20:16

Steven D. Slott "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

This opinion article has been submitted by the American Fluoridation Society.
OPINION -- In a recent anti fluoridation article in the Lund Report, Rick North expresses numerous misconceptions, misrepresentations, and errors. As is always the case, it takes far more time and space to properly address such misrepresentations, than it does to express them in the first place. The following is a detailed explanation of the fallacies of North's claims.
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20:14

Actually, Goldman Sachs ‘Hacked’ the Presidential Election "IndyWatch Feed World"

January 13, 2017   |   Carey Wedler

(ANTIMEDIA) As the media continues to parrot American intelligence agencies’ as-of-yet unsubstantiated claims that Russia hacked the U.S. election, there is far more evidence to implicate an equally dangerous infiltrator: Goldman Sachs.
The infamous banking company, which was widely implicated in the 2008 economic crash, appears to have come out on top in the most recent U.S. presidential election.
On one hand, Goldman Sachs was hedging its bets on a Hillary Clinton victory. Considering the banking monolith was one of her top donors — and that she received harsh criticism for accepting ...

20:09

Chinese foreign investments hit record high in 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

China's foreign investments are up but its exports have fallen year on year in 2016 [Xinhua]

China’s foreign investments are up but its exports have fallen year on year in 2016 [Xinhua]


China’s foreign direct investments last year hit a record $189 billion dollars, a report released this week showed.

According to the study done by the German Mercatur Institute for China Studies (MERICS) and Rhodium Group, China’s investments abroad rose an overall 40 per cent, with money going to the European Union amounting to $37.1 billion – 77 per cent more than in 2015.

Chinese investors looked to pour funds towards acquiring advanced manufacturing equipment and technology.

The Asian giant has also recently announced a number of measures that would open up its markets for foreign direct investment, seeking to topple India’s spot as the prime investment hub.

Beijing announced that foreign companies will be allowed to launch initial public offers on the Chinese stock market.

The Chinese National Development Reforms Commission (NDRC) has also significantly cut some of the restrictions on foreign investors.

The report showed that in 2016, European investments in China dropped for the fourth consecutive year and amounted to $8.4 billion.

“The growing gap in two-way investment flows is fueling European perceptions of a fundamental lack of ‘reciprocity’ between the EU and China,” the report stated.

The data comes amid another report which showed that China’s exports have fallen due to persistent weakened global commodity demand

The General Administration of Customs (GAC) said that China’s exports in yuan-denominated terms dropped two per cent to 13.84 trillion yuan (about $2 trillion) year on year in 2016, while imports rose 0.6 per cent from the 2015 level to 10.49 trillion yuan.

The total export and import value decreased 0.9 in 2016 to 24.33 trillion yuan, according to GAC.

The BRICS post with inputs from Agencies

20:07

About to start WW3? Does the EU have any constraints over USA/NATO warmongering? "IndyWatch Feed War"

After Tanks the Boots: Thousands of US Troops Touch Ground in Europe on Way to Russian Frontier By Mark Nicholas A US armored brigade (3rd Armored Brigade, 4th Infantry Division) is on the move to Russia’s Baltic border. After its equipment begun arriving in Europe last week so now have its soldiers. The move is so big […]

20:05

The inside story of Labour Party's anti-Semitism saga "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Footage captured by Al-Jazeera shows process involved in reporting incidents on anti-Semitism in the Labour party

20:02

Video: ‘Preparation for war, not defense against Russia’ – German peace activist on NATO op in Europe "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Over 3-thousand American soldiers and hundreds of military vehicles have started arriving in Poland for NATO war games The exercises, part of Operation … Via Youtube

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20:01

[Dave’s] Not Just a Member of the Air Club for Tweezers "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

We are always surprised how much useful hacking gear is in the typical craft store. You just have to think outside the box. Need a hot air gun? Think embossing tool. A soldering iron? Check the stained glass section. Magnification gear? Sewing department.

We’ve figured out that people who deal with beads use lots of fine tools and have great storage boxes. But [Dave] found out they also use vacuum pickup tweezers. He had been shopping for a set and found that one with all the features he wanted (foot pedal, adjustable air flow, and standard tips) would run about $1000.

By picking up a pump used for bead makers and adding some components, he put together a good-looking system for about $200. You can see a video of the device, below, and there are several other videos detailing the construction.

The pickup needles use the same fitting that medical syringes use–known as a Luer lock. [Dave] provides links to all the components over on Hackaday.io. The actual build is simple enough. No Arduino, ESP8266, or Raspberry Pi. Just a foot switch and a solenoid along with a collection of tubing and fittings.

We were hoping the first video would show the finished product working, but it doesn’t. You have to skip to video 7 for that, and you can find it below. If you want to build it yourself, you’ll have to pick up the 5 videos in between.

We’ve talked about raiding craft and art stores before for lots of project help. Of course, vacuum tweezers aren’t strictly necessary. We’ve also seen cheaper builds, often based on aquarium pumps, but not always.


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20:00

Israel's paranoid tactics have led to the Masot embassy scandal "IndyWatch Feed War"

British governments over the last 20 years have tacitly supported the increasingly extreme nationalist policies of right-wing Israeli governments

The Israel lobby scandal and Labour’s anti-Semitism ‘crisis’ are intimately linked "IndyWatch Feed War"

The manufactured crisis was weaponised against Jeremy Corbyn and pro-Palestinian activists to stifle any criticism of Israel

19:59

COBRA Important Situation Update -- January 13, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed World"

Source: Portal 2012

Important Situation Update

Posted: 13 Jan 2017 02:38 PM PST


Year 2017 will see much more presence of the Light on the surface of the planet than any of the previous years, as the presence of the non-physical Light particles from the Galactic Center has increased greatly. On the last day of 2016, there were many signs in the sky in the form of polar stratospheric clouds and other unusual cloud phenomena:







Some people have interpreted this increased Galactic Light as a sign of a possible Galactic Superwave (read: the Event) in 2017:

http://etheric.com/will-superwave-arrive-2017/

In the meantime, clearing of the Chimera Group continues. Recently, an infiltration of the Chimera Group within the rank of the Light Forces inside of this Solar system has been detected. The Chimera was even able to hijack one of the teleportation portals that was transporting captured Cabal members that were about to be taken to the Galactic Central Sun and these were siphoned off to a Chimera base in the Kuiper belt. This situation has already been resolved.

It has also been discovered that the Outer barrier / Tachyon membrane is to a certain degree permeable to plasma anomaly and under certain conditions negative plasma entities can cross that membrane through the tunnels of Set in both directions, in and out of the Solar system. The plasma outside of our Solar System is not yet completely free of primary anomaly, especially the plasma filament that stretches along the Orion arm:

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19:59

Who's the Joker in the pack? "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

News and Views from the Alternative Media...


Who's the Joker in the pack? - IP: 86.168.241.126 - that's who!

Pretending to be Danielle La Verite, Chris Spivey, Ritchie Allen, Gary Glitter, Charity Case, Stacey Spivey, Anon, Dogman and Joanna Mjadzelics; the holder of the IP address 86.168.241.126 is busy posting fake news through-out the Alternative Media.

Whoever it is, (though its easy to guess) first started spreading mischief during the 2016 Christmas season pretending to be Chris Spivey's right-hand man Dogman, with the comment below.


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As the administrator of Gettingreadyfor2015.wordpress.com and the editor of Guerrilla Democracy News, I should have known Dogman would have never commented on one of my blogs. After all, dealing with the fall-out of this, he used an intermediary to contact me to verify the IP address of who posted the comment.

(Mind you, its a shame no-one set me straight having released the news on 21st December, only for it to be denied on 23 December by Dogman via a comment on the Chris...

19:56

Trump tweets his cabinet members can 'express their own thoughts, not mine' "IndyWatch Feed World"

Trump makes it clear that many of his cabinet picks have views that are different to his and that he more or less does not care. He remains happy to let his team speak with their own voices. In a further blow to naysayers, Donald Trump has issued the following Tweet. The clear implication is that ultimately he will hear out all views, without imposing a censorship regime, but ultimately his decisions will be his own. So far his views have remained far more consistent than that of many of his predecessors at the same point in their careers. I doubt his mind will be changed anytime soon. Trump is neither a one-man band nor is he going to be led by the tail. I sense that his leadership style is similar to that of a non-authoritarian orchestral conductor like Rafael Kubelík or Hans Knappertsbusch, someone who is friendly with his musicians and allows them to express their own artistic interpretations during the rehearsal process, but that ultimately it is the maestro's orchestra and the overall musical portrait will be his.

19:51

A case for Executive mercy for Chelsea Manning "IndyWatch Feed War"

Mercy ain't got no judgment
Justice got a rag tied around her eyes
Oughta be tears rollin' down her face
At the blind tryin' to lead the blind

- The Price, Steeldrivers

 

Manning was a humanist soldier trapped between the cynical realities of warfare, her youth, and her characteristic earnestness - clinging onto the exigent hope that sanity and common sense would triumph if buttressed by knowledge and deliberation. Whether or not such an ideal is real or a fairytale remains to be seen. An act of mercy by the Executive, might evidence its display in our own imperfect experiment in self government. Manning isn't perfect. Neither is the U.S. Government. Can we all learn from these events and move on now?

 

In February 2010, during a mid-tour leave, a 22-year-old United States Army private walked into a Barnes & Noble bookstore in Rockville, Maryland.

Home from eastern Baghdad, Iraq, where she was stationed as a junior military intelligence analyst, she began uploading hundreds of thousands of classified U.S. government documents to the WikiLeaks organization website.

Chelsea Manning had unsuccessfully attempted to disclose the battlefield reports to her hometown paper, The Washington Post; and even The New York Times. In a last-ditch effort with time running out, she decided to use the WikiLeaks online submission system.

While WikiLeaks has been clouded in recent controversy over its alleged role as a "willing participant" in Russian propaganda; for pushing Internet conspiracy theories; and threatening a journalist - in 2010, however, the organization professed to practice "scientific journalism" and was respectable enough to collaborate with The New York Times, Guardian (UK) and Der Spiegel, which later published extensive reports based on the documents Manning uploaded.

Mannings illegal treatment (per a military judge) in a Marine Corps brig during a portion of her pretrial confinement; her disproportionate sentence more time than any individual in U.S. history for disclosing national defen...

19:47

time.com: Donald Trump: ADL Condemns Nazi Germany Tweet "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Donald Trump: ADL Condemns Nazi Germany Tweet: [time.com] “The President-elect’s use of Nazi Germany to make a political analogy is not only an inappropriate comparison on the merits, but it also coarsens our discourse and diminishes the horror of the Holocaust,” ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said in a statement.

Reports alleging that Russia had compromising information on Trump prompted the President-elect to set off on a tweetstorm Wednesday morning to vehemently deny any ties to the Kremlin and question whether he was “living in Nazi Germany.”

19:46

On the Corner: Postscript to a Beginning "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Taking nothing away from the importance of the post on the birth of intersectionality, it was both a bit long, and it was focussed more on what Kimberlé Crenshaw thought than my thinking about her thoughts. There are some nuggets that I think are important, things that we will need to remember as we continue to explore Intersectionality. But I think they are best placed in this separate PostScript:

  • First: from the very beginning, Crenshaw is using the metaphor of the intersection as a metaphor about car traffic. This isn’t an intersection of footpaths, nor are pedestrians interacting with the cars save (possibly, the text isn’t clear whether the Black woman is a pedestrian or another driver) getting injured by them in an accident. The metaphor is used to discuss when Black women “deserve” help and when drivers “deserve” to be held accountable. It is not used to discuss, for instance, how a Black woman who must navigate both race and gender discriminations might wait longer at a light in a non-violent complication at the intersection of Race Road and Gender Way.
  • Second: note that even though Crenshaw examines multiple points of the ongoing story of the Black woman in the metaphor, she examines them as points, and particularly as (judicial) decisions. The question to call the ambulance or not reduces to a point in time, something done promptly or not done promptly. It is certainly informative: other victims are worthy of immediate attention because they are humans in need. Black women must provide a justification first, only receiving the attention if and when the Black woman who has been run over satisfies our systemic suspicion. But informative or not, whether the consequences persist or not, the attention of Intersectionality is paid to moments, not lifetimes.
  • Third: white men are not much discussed in the body of the article. This does not mean, however, that Crenshaw thinks only in terms of disadvantage and not in terms of privilege. She quite explicitly states the opposite here:

Race and sex, moreover, become significant [to the court] only when they operate to explicitly disadvantage the victims; because the privileging of whiteness or maleness is implicit, it is generally not perceived at all. [emphasis in the original]

  • And, finally: while Crenshaw clearly comes to Intersectionality as a legal theorist, tackling later sections of her introductory work on Intersectionality we will see that from the beginning she intended the metaphor to have more than legal significance:
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19:45

The United States Is Wrong About the South China Sea "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

There has been troubling brewing in the South China Sea for quite some time. The difficulties arise around territorial claims of sovereignty centred upon a collection of islands involving claims of various nations including the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Japan and Taiwan as well as Vietnam...

19:44

Desynchronization of our internal clock could be a risk factor for low back pain "IndyWatch Feed World"

Do you suffer from low back pain? New chronobiology research suggests that your circadian rhythm may be at least partially to blame. Low back pain is a common issue that most of us, around four in five people, will suffer from at some point in our lives. It is not just uncomfortable but expensive. Low back pain is the most common cause of work-related disability and requires expensive therapies such as spinal surgery. Most people believe that this pain syndrome is caused by overuse and bad ergonomics, but it appears that a totally different issue may be at play here: desynchronization of the circadian rhythm. Degenerative Disc Disease: A Pain in the Neck... And Lower Back Our spine is made of bony vertebrae separated by discs, which are made of a rubbery substance that provides support, shock absorption and flexibility. As we age, these discs dry out and become less functional. They sustain small tears that can damage their integrity. In some people, the discs may even slip slightly out of position and make it painful to move the spine or even to stand upright. If you know someone who has ever "thrown their back out," then you know how painful and debilitating it can be. Degenerative disc disease has long been viewed as a disease of aging and overuse. While it indeed affects many people over the course of their lives, it may not be only a product of aging. Like all tissues in the human body, intervertebral discs have a diurnal, or daytime, rhythm. When this rhythm becomes desynchronized from that of the rest of the body, discs appear to degenerate faster and create more low back pain.

19:43

Peter Thiel: The age of Apple is over "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Arguably the most desired smartphone in the world, Apple’s iPhone, is losing popularity, says PayPal co-founder and first Facebook investor Peter Thiel. When asked if “the age of Apple is over” by The New York Times, Thiel answered: “Confirm. We know what a smartphone looks like and does. It’s not the fault of Tim Cook, …

19:36

More truths emerge on U.S. 'regrettable mistakes' bombing in Syria "IndyWatch Feed National"

On 17 September 2016 aircraft of the so-called 'coalition', led by the United States, bombed Syrian Army troop positions at Deir Ez-Zor. Aircraft from the United States, United Kingdom, Denmark and Australia took part in the attack. Between 62 and 90 (reports vary) Syrian troops were killed and more than 100 injured. The attack allowed ISIS forces to take control of what was a vital area protecting the airport. Comment: Russia-brokered ceasefire shattered as US airstrikes against Syrian Army in Deir ez-Zor leaves 80 soldiers dead, over 100 injured (UPDATES) At the time, the attack was labeled a "mistake". Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull apologized, saying he regretted the loss of life and injury to Syrian personnel. A spokesman for the Syrian government said that the attack was "intentional", a view shared by Syria's ally, Iran. The US military ordered an inquiry into the incident. It is usually the case with such inquiries that little is done, nothing other than "regrettable mistakes" are admitted, and no-one is sanctioned. Often, some reason is found to attribute the "error" to the enemy's actions, as with the bombing of the Kunduz Hospital in Afghanistan. Comment: Switching tactics: U.S. now claims that the Kunduz hospital bombing was due to an 'intelligence systems failure'

19:25

Bright meteor fireball explodes over Puerto Rico "IndyWatch Feed World"

Very bright fireball explodes just south of Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico on Jan 12, 2016 at 5:11am local time.

19:24

#SteveHarvey Comes Under Fire Over Meeting With Donald Trump (See Pics + Reactions) "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Comedian and talk show host, Steve Harvey, is under fire at the moment, after he met with US President-elect, Donald Trump, to assist with Trump's impending administration.
Yesterday afternoon, Steve Harvey joined the ranks of those Donald Trump has courted to seek positive changes in the United States.

Steve Harvey, who endorsed Hillary Clinton for President last year told TMZ before the meeting:
   ''I got invited to Trump Tower, so I've got to go.''

After the meeting at Trump Tower, Steve Harvey told reporters that Donald Trump and Housing Secretary, designate Ben Carson discussed an effort to revive the inner cities with him.

19:11

Increased volcanic activity for Bogoslof (USA), Bezymianny (Russia), Reventador (Ecuador), Lopevi (Vanuatu) and Nyamuragira (Congo) "IndyWatch Feed World"

This time, strong eruptions and changing alert levels for Bogoslof (USA), Bezymianny (Russia), Reventador (Ecuador) and Nyamuragira (Congo). BOGOSLOF, ALEUTIANS ISLANDS, ALASKA The level of seismic activity at Bogoslof volcano increased abruptly at about 20:23 (11:23 AKST) and persisted at a high level until about 20:29 UTC (11:29 AKST). Another strong abrupt increase in seismicity began at about 21:35 UTC (12:35 AKST). Both events have been observed by pilots. The first event at 20:23 UTC produced an eruption cloud to 18,000 ft asl. The estimated height of the second event from 21:35 UTC was 14,500 ft asl. Neither eruption cloud has been visible yet in subsequent satellite data. The altitude of the meteorological cloud deck is variable from about 10,000 ft to 12,000 ft. It remains possible for additional ash-producing eruptions to occur at any time with limited precursory unrest and little warning. AVO is monitoring the volcano closely and will provide additional information if and when it becomes available.

19:08

@Kapustkiy is back and hacked the Government of Venezuela "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The popular hacker Kapustkiy hacked a website belonging to the Government of Venezuela in protest against the dictatorship of Nicolas Maduro.

The White hat hacker Kapustkiy has hacked the Government of Venezuela and leaked data on Pastebin .

Kapustkiy hacked the website www.gdc.gob.ve by exploiting a Local File Inclusion (LFI) vulnerability in:

http://www.gdc.gob.ve/2.0/gui_resources/css/?f=../../../../../../../../../../etc/passwd

“I have found a LFI in the Capital website of the Government of Venezuela. And I hacked other two websites by exploiting a SQLi. I found around 800 users in the second website and the third website had 52 accounts.” said Kapustkiy. “I hacked them in protest against the dictatorship of Nicolas Maduro.”

The hacker hacked in protest against the President of Venezuela explaining that he is destroying the life of innocent people.

“Hacked By Kapustkiy from New World Hackers. I am against the dictatorship of Nicolas Maduro on Venezuela. I am tired of seeing, Nicolas Maduro is still running as president. It is time to leave, you motherfucker.” states the manifesto published on PasteBin.

Kapustkiy is currently working as white hat hacker reporting the flaws, but this time he made an exception for a political motivation.

In December 2016, Kapustkiy hacked the Russian Visa Center in the USA and accessed information of around 3000 individuals.

In the same month, the young hacker hacked the website of the Costa Rica Embassy in China and the breached the Slovak Chamber of Commerce (www.scci.sk)...

19:05

SEX AND THE DEEP STATE 1 ; TRUMP, PUTIN, JFK, FORD, ROYALS, KISSINGER "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Anon

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Above we see British ‘diplomat’ James Hudson caught on tape with two prostitutes in Russia, in 2009.

On August 14, 1975, during a press conference at the Hyatt House in Birmingham, Alabama, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was asked by a reporter:

“Mr. Secretary, we received a report that a Colonel General Michael Goleniewski, who was a Polish Army intelligence officer in World War II, had identified a list of KGB and GRU agents and officers who have since been arrested, tried and convicted.

“The General… also identified you, Mr. Kissinger, as having worked for a Soviet intelligence network – code name ODRA – headquartered in Germany during World War II, at the same time you were a U.S. Army counter-interrogator and instructor in a military intelligence school. . .

“Is this true? And, if not, how do you explain your name being on General Goleniewski’s list?”

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19:03

Microsoft just bought an AI startup that can outperform Facebook and Google "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Microsoft announced this morning that it has acquired Maluuba, a Toronto startup focused on using deep learning for natural language processing. Deep learning is an approach to artificial intelligence currently in vogue that has driven incredible gains in the field over the last five years. As Microsoft wrote in the blog post announcing the purchase, “We’ve recently set new milestones for speech and image recognition using deep learning techniques, and with this acquisition we are, as Wayne Gretzky would say, skating to where the puck will be next — machine reading and writing.”

The Verge covered Maluuba in the summer of 2016, when the startup shared the results of an AI system that could read and comprehend text with near human capability, outperforming similar systems shown off by Google and Facebook. Along with acquiring the company, Microsoft has also established closer ties with Yoshua Bengio, a pioneer in the field of deep learning who served as an advisor to Maluuba, and will now become and advisor to Microsoft’s AI division.

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19:02

Synthetic stem cells offer benefits of natural stem cells without the risks "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

A synthetic cardiac stem cell (left) mirroring a real cardiac stem cell (right), offering therapeutic benefits without the associated risks (credit: Alice Harvey/NC State University)

The newly created synthetic stem cells cannot replicate. That means they could reduce some of the risks associated with natural stem-cell therapies — including tumor growth and immune rejection. The synthetic stem calls would also avoid the fragility of natural stem cells, which require careful storage and a multi-step process of typing and characterization before they can be used.

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19:02

Donald Trump is Facing Seriously Short Odds to be Impeached in his first term as President "IndyWatch Feed Tech"



Really? What are these folks thinking? He has a serious majority in Congress and a majority in the Senate as well who have zero interest in any such thing. Better yet he has the finest legal minds available to assist him in implementation and avoiding serious conflicts of interest. 
Even better all the dirty tricks were pulled by the Dems this time as far as election politics are concerned. No traction there that does not backfire. 
Even better he has no need to skate fast and loose in order to preserve a personal project and even if a real need arose, his sons are easily able to run interference as well. 
His attention will be on the well being of the USA and that is that and if that is impeachable then we are all crazy.

Donald Trump is facing seriously short odds to be impeached in his first term as President

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19:02

A quick clarification "IndyWatch Feed Europe"



Emily had a 'clarification' to read out at the end of last night's Newsnight. In case you missed it, here's a transcript:
Now, a quick clarification before we go tonight. 
On Tuesday we ran an item about the ethics of studios featuring dead actors in movies through the miracle of CGI. In it we said Disney was negotiating with Carrie Fisher's estate about using her image in future Star Wars productions. 
Got the wrong end of the stick. Although there have been reports that Disney was considering using CGI to include Fisher in a future production, the studio says "Disney is not in conversations with the estate of Carrie Fisher at this time. Any reports to the contrary are false." 
We're happy to correct that. And apologies to any Carrie Fisher fans we excited or, indeed, upset.

19:02

Self-Driving Shuttle Bus Tested in Las Vegas "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

A company is testing an autonomous electric shuttle bus on Fremont Street in Las Vegas, and intends to fully deploy shuttles later in the year:

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman took a cruise down Fremont Street Tuesday afternoon that made history. Goodman rode in the first completely autonomous, fully electric shuttle to ever be deployed on a public roadway in the United States. The driverless vehicle — called Arma and developed by the Paris-based company Navya — will be making trips down Fremont Street from today to Jan. 20 as developers test the product. "What a wonderful day for all of us to witness this," Goodman said. "Being the control freak that I am, I was very nervous to get on this vehicle, but it is clean, has beautiful air and moves sort of swiftly but so beautifully down Fremont East."

The vehicle holds a dozen passengers and operates safely at up to 27 miles per hour but will be limited to 12 mph during the trial period. [...] While the trial will last only two weeks, Cervantes says the driverless vehicles could be in full effect by late summer to early fall. "It's a matter of fine-tuning the technology to make sure it's safe," Cervantes said. "The last thing we want is for something to happen." The vehicle uses radar to detect and avoid obstacles in the road, as well as GPS technology to navigate the roads. Keolis, a world leader in public passenger transport, has partnered with NAVYA in the endeavor.


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19:01

For the sake of balance... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"


Of course, for Corbynista critics of BBC bias this past week's Newsnight has mainly been notable for the use, on Tuesday's edition of the programme, of the following photoshopped image:


They were not happy at all about the implied comparison between Mr Corbyn and Mr Trump and the mocking mock-up shown throughout the programme's opening section. 

As most of us are very unlikely to follow Corbynistas on Twitter, this is the kind of thing they regularly share and 'like' (and guess who its main target is!):


19:00

President Two Mouths - The David Icke Videocast/Podcast David Icke latest headlines

The full David Icke videocast/podcast can be sent to your e-mail each weekend … Click here to sign up … Here’s a clip from this week’s video …

19:00

Titanic Sank due to Enormous Uncontrollable Fire, not Iceberg, Experts Claim "IndyWatch Feed Tech"





This unfortunately makes a great deal of sense.  Coal fires were common enough and the first line of defense is to cut of access to air.  Then it is wise to introduce a little water to produce steam if you have a way to vent the bunker.  Otherwise you produce coking coal and an explosive gas.  It appears that this was not possible and simply sealing it in allowed them also to keep it quiet.  So they did

The steam would knock the temperature down and possibly put the fire out after a while but would demand heavy and very public venting.

I think that the ship was running to New York in order to access the extensive facilities there that could allow a safe shut down of the bunker fire.  That explains the unusual speed through what was modest ice conditions.

Another question is also begged here.  Bunker fires were common.  It would be practical and very cheap to line these bunkers with common brick against such an event to prevent metal damage.  It would also make sense to provide venting as well.  In short, why where these steps not part of the design?

Two weeks of steel held at 1000 degrees plus would likely make it as brittle as glass.  Worse than that all that heat could only escape into the steel which is why the outside surface was affected.  It was weakened through and through.

In the end the company made a calculated gamble that they could get the ship and its passengers through their grand send off and to New York without w...

19:00

Alphabet labeled “Creek” appears to be Uchee or Bronze Age letters "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Alphabet labeled “Creek” appears to be Uchee or Bronze Age letters









 The Bronze age saw a proliferation of useful scripts and writing methods often unique to even small polities.  The special innovation of The Greek alphabet revolutionized the whole process and allowed a hugely enhanced system of communication.  Yet that arose at the end of the Bronze Age and the collapse likely sped the adoption of the useful Greek system.

Thus we have snippets of script but a lack of a general system when one should exist.  After all we had worldwide commerce.  Most likely the sailing caste simply had their own special script.

It really confirms that the Atlantean world lacked true central command and control which is strongly indicated by the evidence at hand. It was a trade culture held together and operated by sea captains who helped establish trade factories where possible.....

19:00

Podcast: Hail to our tartan Chief, an’ a’ that "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

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Exciting, isn’t it? Only a few days now before the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, and de facto “leader of the free world”, Donald Trump.

It has a great ring to it, no? A second generation Scot who made it good, only decades after he emerged in New York to sup on a big, beautiful silver spoon held around his tiny hands by his proud Lewis mommy. It’s enough to warm the blood of even the coldest-hearted Jock…surely?

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How we’ll marvel at this son of Scots soil as he proudly takes the oath of office, watched by a captive audience worldwide, attended by his able manservant Nigel McFarage, head of the Clan McFarage….

OK, OK, you’ve brought up your porridge and choked on an oatcake.

Podcast host Derek Bateman welcomed ex-politician and keen observer of politics Steven Purcell and journalist and lecturer Peter Geoghegan to chew the fat this week, covering the Trump election. Plus fake news, and of course the Russians, the British, the media, the Labour leadership, the plight of lazy liberals, the Mondeo drivers, the Blairites, the Irish, the Northern Irish,  the Brexiters….in fact (almost) the lot.

You can tune in by clicking on the audio file above, via your usual podcast channels including iTunes, or using our RSS feed: http://www.buzzsprout.com/57229.rss

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US Major General Claims That A Missile Hit the Pentagon on 9/11, Not An Airplane "IndyWatch Feed Tech"


 




















 We return again to the 9/11 event.  Here professional eyeballs establish that we are surely missing an airplane out of the four hijacked.  The whole story line totally stinks as more and more items fall out.

The strategy is clear.  produce a managed Pearl Harbor to allow a assault on the Middle East that opens the door to knocking over Iraq. That part has not gone so well.

 A complete open investigation is called for and all perps need to be outed. I suspect the Trump may well take this on and i would not be surprised if he does tear down and completely rebuild the CIA

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18:59

Newsnight's Exam 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Europe"



Brexit-related reports and interviews on Newsnight during the EU referendum featured a sharp disparity between the number of pro-Leave and pro-Remain guests, despite the BBC's official referendum guidelines. 

ITBB's own stats (all workings shown!) revealed that the imbalance ended up with around 53% of the interviewees being pro-Remain, 36% pro-Leave and 11% either undecided, neutral or hard to place.

What about now? 

Looking back at all the episodes of Newsnight since the start of 2017, several have included sections on Brexit. Have they shown more balance? Well, here are some initial impressions (using the old 'pro-Leave' and 'pro-Remain' terminology, based on their public positions at the time of the EU referendum)...

The opening show of 2017 was a highly enjoyable studio discussion between Evan Davis and eight guests (Dia Chakravarty, Matthew Goodwin, Deborah Mattinson, Mike Smithson, Jan Halper-Hayes, Tamsin Omond, Ted Malloch, Matthew Parris), They talked about some of the big themes for 2017 including Brexit and the EU. Balance-wise? Dia Chakravarty was the only passionate pro-Leave guest - although Trump-supporter Ted Malloch was heavily critical of the EU. Despite Evan's characteristically loaded questions (almost invariably from the 'BBC side of the discussion'), the discussion flowed fairly enough though, with all manner of interesting comments (especially from Matthew Goodwin).

The 5/1/2017 edition featured a report only (about Michel Barnier), and the 'talking heads' were heavily biased in favour of Remain, with four pro-EU voices (former European Commissio...

18:59

Trump To Shatter Big Pharma Monopoly "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

  NaturalNews) In a welcome announcement during a press conference today, President-elect Donald Trump announced a plan to shatter the monopolistic pricing of Big Pharma that has been draining literally trillions of dollars from the government for the past two decades. “Pharma has a lot of lobbyists and a lot of power,” said Trump. “There’s […]

The post Trump To Shatter Big Pharma Monopoly appeared first on Uncensored Magazine.

18:59

When Chef Antoine Mistakes “Tante Claire” for “Eclair” "IndyWatch Feed World"

This is hilarious! I have to give it to Hisham, he’s bringing out the best of chef Antoine 😀

18:55

DC National Guard Chief Fired On Trump Inauguration Day, Here’s Why… "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Army general who heads the D.C. National Guard and has an integral part in overseeing the inauguration said Friday that he will be removed from command effective at 12:01 p.m. Jan. 20, just as Donald Trump is sworn in as president. Maj. Gen. Errol R. Schwartz’s departure will come in the middle of the … Continue reading DC National Guard Chief Fired On Trump Inauguration Day, Here’s Why…

18:54

Trump open to ending sanctions on Russia & ‘One China’ policy David Icke latest headlines

‘President-elect Donald Trump has expressed openness to lifting sanctions against Russia under certain conditions, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. When asked about the ‘One China’ policy, he said, “everything is under negotiation. In the hour-long interview on Friday, Trump said he is willing to keep the sanctions that the Obama administration recently imposed on Russia “at least for a period of time.” Trump stated, however, that he would consider lifting the restrictions, depending on how helpful the Russians are in the fight against terrorism, as well as assisting with other goals that he feels are important to the US.’ Read more: Trump open to ending sanctions on Russia & ‘One China’ policy

18:53

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Deep State GOES TO WAR With Trump
Glenn Greenwald
Saturday, January 14, 2017, 8:03
Reprinted from the 4th Media, Beijing

In January, 1961, Dwight Eisenhower delivered his farewell address after serving two terms as U.S. president; the five-star general chose to warn Americans of this specific threat to democracy: “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.

The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.” That warning was issued prior to the decadelong escalation of the Vietnam War, three more decades of Cold War mania, and the post-9/11 era, all of which radically expanded that unelected faction’s power even further.

This is the faction that is now engaged in open warfare against the duly elected and already widely disliked president-elect, Donald Trump. They are using classic Cold War dirty tactics and the defining ingredients of what has until recently been denounced as “Fake News.”

Their most valuable instrument is the U.S. media, much of which reflexively reveres, serves, believes, and sides with hidden intelligence officials. And Democrats, still reeling from their unexpected and traumatic election loss as well as a systemic collapse of their party, seemingly divorced further and further from reason with each passing day, are willing — eager — to embrace any claim, cheer any tactic, align with any villain, regardless of how unsupported, tawdry and damaging those behaviors might be.

The serious dangers posed by a Trump presidency are numerous and manifest. There are a wide array of legitimate and effective tactics for combating those threats: from bipartisan congressional coalitions and constitutional legal challenges to citizen uprisings and sustained and aggressive civil disobedience. All of those strategies have periodically proven themselves effective in times of political crisis or authoritarian overreach.

But cheering for the CIA and its shadowy allies to unilaterally subvert the U.S. election and impose its own policy dictates on the elected president is both warped and self-destructive.

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18:52

Rex Tillerson Wants to Provide Saudi Arabia With More Help to Bomb Yemen David Icke latest headlines

‘There is abundant evidence that the high civilian death toll in Yemen is the result of deliberate — not accidental — strikes by Saudi Arabia. During its air campaign, Saudi Arabia has bombed endless civilian targets — including homes, farms, markets, factories, water infrastructure, hospitals, and children’s schools — and has even gone so far as to use internationally banned cluster weapons, which are designed to inflict damage over a wide area and often remain lethal years after being dropped. But when secretary of state nominee and former Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson was asked about Saudi Arabia’s use of cluster weapons during his confirmation hearing Wednesday, he declined to answer, and suggested that the way to discourage Saudi Arabia from hitting civilians in Yemen is to provide them with additional targeting intelligence.’ Read more: Rex Tillerson Wants to Provide Saudi Arabia With More Help to Bomb Yemen

18:50

West and regional allies responsible for Israel aggression against Syria: Damascus David Icke latest headlines

‘The Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates has strongly condemned the recent Israeli missile attack against a military airport near the capital, Damascus, blaming Western countries and their regional allies for the Israeli regime’s continued aggression against the Arab country. The ministry, in two separate letters addressed to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and rotating President of the United Nations Security Council Olof Skoog, denounced the fresh Israeli aggression against the Mezzeh Military Airport, less than eight kilometers southwest of Damascus, in the early hours of Friday. “The new Israeli missile attack on Mezzeh military airport comes within a long series of Israeli attacks since the beginning of the terrorist war on the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of Syria,” the two identical letters said.’ Read more: West and regional allies responsible for Israel aggression against Syria: Damascus

18:49

6.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Fiji "IndyWatch Feed World"

An earthquake of 6.1 magnitude struck off the coast of Fiji on Saturday, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said. According to the EMSC, the quake was centered 184 kilometers (114 miles) southwest from Nadi, a city on Fiji's main island, at the depth of 60 kilometers. No tsunami warning was issued. The Fiji Islands are parts of the so-called Ring of Fire, a strip of volcanoes and tectonic faults in the Pacific Ocean, and the area where 90 percent of all the earthquakes occur.

18:49

Oneida Nation Announces Benefit Concert for Standing Rock – Oneida Indian Nation "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Oneida Nation Announces Benefit Concert for Standing Rock – Oneida Indian Nation: Organized in coordination with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North Dakota, the concert proceeds will support the Indian Country Action Fund, a newly created nonprofit organization dedicated to defending the civil, legal, economic and political rights of Native Americans. The money raised at the concert will help defray the extraordinary costs associated with legal issues for those who were detained and harassed while peacefully opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline. Their legal issues will likely continue for years, even after the pipeline issue is resolved, and costs will be substantial.

18:48

US Forces Massacred Afghan Civilians ‘In Self Defense’ David Icke latest headlines

‘In early November incident in the northern Kunduz Province of Afghanistan resulted in the deaths of 33 Afghan civilians, a Pentagon military investigation concluded in a new report issued today. The troops ordered airstrikes against the village of Boz, and the bombings killed large numbers of civilians within. The report was quick to shrug off the civilian casualties, insisting that the troops “acted in self defense,” and that they are clearing the troops of any wrongdoing for calling in airstrikes against civilian homes within a village, presenting it as an appropriate response.’ Read more: US Forces Massacred Afghan Civilians ‘In Self Defense’

18:46

If I Were at RBI, I’d Have Withdrawn From Demonetisation Implementation: Y.V. Reddy "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

In an interview with The Wire, the former central banker talks about the feasibility of executing demonetisation while raising concerns over re-starting the working capital cycle of small and medium businesses.

Y V Reddy. Credit: Reuters

Y V Reddy. Credit: Reuters

New Delhi: Former RBI governor Y. Venugopal Reddy, who has earned a global reputation for his acumen as a central banker, has admitted that if he were still head of the central bank, he would have quietly conveyed to the Centre his inability to carry out demonetisation on the scale announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

In an interview with The Wire on Saturday, Reddy readily conceded that it is the Centre’s prerogative, as a sovereign, to take the decision to demonetise. However, he would have told the prime minister that it was impossible to effect a quick replacement of currency on such a massive scale. “First I would have tried to impress upon the government that it should withdraw only Rs 1000 notes so  as to minimise the disruption. If the government still wanted to go ahead with removing 86% of currency in circulation I would have conveyed my inability to execute it,” he said.

Reddy also pointed out that he would not have publicly protested or resigned immediately because the Centre has “every right” to take a decision on demonetisation. The former RBI governor said he would have simply expressed his professional disagreement over the feasibility of the move and probably would have proceeded to go on sick leave thereafter, paving the way for some other senior central banker to preside over the RBI board meeting that would pass the resolution for withdrawal of old currency notes.

The former governor was, however, clear he wouldn’t have resigned because he cannot per se question the decision of the sovereign. “That would not be in order. However, I have every right as a professional to withdraw from its implementation,” said Reddy.

The former governor broke his silence a week ago when he told TV channel CNBC that the “institutional identity of the RBI has...

18:45

Death Of The Bumble Bees "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

http://www.wakingtimes.com/2017/01/10/north-american-bumble-bee-officially-added-endangered-species-list/?utm_source=Waking+Times+Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=59576db403-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_term=0_25f1e048c1-59576db403-54427449 Alex Pietrowski, Staff Writer Waking Times Like a ticking time bomb, each year we see more devastation to the world’s bee colonies. Originally called colony collapse disorder, the cause of a decline in bees is now widely attributed to the use and overuse of agrochemicals, specifically neonicotinoids, a family of pesticides used in many parts […]

The post Death Of The Bumble Bees appeared first on Uncensored Magazine.

18:45

Ukraine and the US: the Devious Plans of Two P"s "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

So we have a battle between two devious plans: the devious plan of Ukraine’s fourth richest oligarch against the devious plan of Ukraine’s sixth richest. Each of these devious plans is written from the perspective of personal gain...

18:42

Only 'large-scale war' would allow US to block Beijing from S. China Sea islands, state media warns David Icke latest headlines

‘Chinese state media has warned that the US would have to launch a “large-scale war” to prevent Beijing from accessing islands it has built in the South China Sea. It comes after secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson said such access should be restricted. “Unless Washington plans to wage a large-scale war in the South China Sea, any other approaches to prevent Chinese access to the islands will be foolish,” the state-sanctioned Global Times newspaper wrote on its English-language website. It went on to stress that the US “has no absolute power to dominate the South China Sea,” warning that Tillerson “had better bone up on nuclear power strategies if he wants to force a big nuclear power to withdraw from its own territories.”‘ Read more: Only ‘large-scale war’ would allow US to block Beijing from S. China Sea islands, state media warns

18:41

Greek drama in review – on the Rubin Report "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Filed under: DiEM, European Crisis, Greek Crisis

18:39

George Soros lost $1 billion following Trump election win "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Billionaire hedge fund manager and major Hillary Clinton backer George Soros lost nearly a billion dollars in stock since President-elect Donald Trump won the White House. Soros returned to the stock market, trading at Soros Fund Management LLC, which manages almost $30 billion in assets for Soros and his family. Soros allegedly began trading again …

18:34

Real Madrid Breaks Barcelona's Record, Creates New Record For Spanish Football, As They Go 40 Matches Without A Loss "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Talk about team spirit!! Following Real Madrid's pulsating 3-3 draw with Sevilla last night, Zinedine Zidane's men have now broken a record once held by Barcelona.

Real Madrid started the match poorly, losing 3-1 to Sevilla, but their incredible spirit ensured they rallied together to end the game 3-3.
Madrid have now broken Barcelona's record of 39 unbeaten games and have now gone 40 games without losing in all competitions. It's a new record in Spanish football!

18:32

WATCH: MILO Video Producer Pushed, Spat On By UC Davis Protesters "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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Matt Perdie, a video producer working for MILO, was shoved and spat on while he filmed protesters at UC Davis.

18:30

What’s Missing in the Teaching of Islam in the US "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

In the US, the teaching of Islam is often limited to its religious practice. How Christians, Jews and Muslims borrowed freely from each other in the realm of art, music and literature is seldom discussed.

The lyrical beauty of Arabic inspired many poets, writers. Credit: Land Rover MENA, CC BY

The lyrical beauty of Arabic inspired many poets, writers. Credit: Land Rover MENA, CC BY-NC-ND

There has been much misinformation about Islam. Reports in Western media tend to perpetuate stereotypes that Islam is a violent religion and Muslim women are oppressed. Popular films like American Sniper reduce places like Iraq to dusty war zones, devoid of any culture or history. Fears and anxiety manifest themselves in Islamophobic actions such as burning mosques or even attacking people physically.

At the heart of such fear is ignorance. A December 2015 poll found that a majority of Americans (52%) do not understand Islam. In this same poll, 36% also said that they wanted to know more about the religion. Interestingly, those under 30 years were 46% more likely to have a favourable view of Islam.

These statistics highlight an opportunity for educators. As a scholar of Islamic art and architecture, I am aware that for the past 20 years, educators have been trying to improve the teaching of Islam – both in high school and college history courses.

The problem, however, is that the teaching of Islam has been limited to its religious practice. Its impact on the arts and culture, particularly in the US, is seldom discussed.

What teaching of Islam misses

In high school history books, there is little mention of the intertwined histories of E...

18:30

Bouza Bachir now Open in Paris "IndyWatch Feed World"

Bouza Bachir (Glace Bachir) is one of the oldest and most popular ice-cream places in Lebanon. It started off in Bekfaya back in 1936 and has today over 30 shops across Lebanon, they’ve just opened a shop in Paris on 58 Rue Rambuteau 75003 Paris.

I remember we used to go there just for the biscuits when we were kids. A lot of people loved their whipped cream as well and the chocolate sprinkle on top. It’s a good and affordable place to enjoy Lebanese ice-cream.

18:30

Central America Braces for the Unexpected Under Trump "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A Costa Rican scholar does his best to predict what the coming years might hold for troubled Central America, about which Trump has uttered nary a syllable.

President-elect Trump has been oustpoken on his plans for Mexico, but what policies await the ailing Central America region? Credit: Jorge Cabrera/Reuters

President-elect Trump has been oustpoken on his plans for Mexico, but what policies await the ailing Central America region? Credit: Jorge Cabrera/Reuters

As the US prepares to inaugurate president-elect Donald Trump, Central Americans are mostly just confused about what his government will hold for the region.

The ambiguity doesn’t emerge from any campaign trail promises. With the exception of Mexico and Cuba, one gets the impression that Donald Trump is unaware that the rest of Latin America exists.

But Central America’s historic, economic and geopolitical proximity to the US means that any political change in the north has powerful repercussions for this isthmus of 42 million people.

In government, business and the intelligentsia, the most optimistic stance right now is uncertainty. For others, Trump’s election foretells an era of terror, in which nationalism and protectionist policies will unleash on Central America a series of uncontrollable events.

The ties that bind: narcotics, children and money

The sensitive Central America-US relationship is most delicate on issues of drug trafficking, immigration and the economy.

In recent years, the US has concentrated its foreign assistance to the region on combating drug trafficking, as Central America is a key transit route between South American drug-producing countries and US consumers.

This...

18:27

Two Staff And Three Students Of Turkish International School Kidnapped Last Night "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Five persons, three students and two members of staff of the Turkish International School, Isheri, a border between Lagos and Ogun states were Friday night kidnapped.

The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, conformed the incident but could not give concrete details. Oyeyemi said, ''from the information at my disposal, the victims were students and staff. We don’t know if some Nigerian staff members are among.

   ''The Commissioner of Police, Ogun State Command has deployed the Anti-Kidnapping Unit, the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad as well as other Police operatives to move there. He has directed that the abducted persons must be rescued unhurt.'' He said.

18:26

M6.1 Earthquake Strikes SW of Nadi, Fiji "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Strong Earthquake Strikes 152km SW of Nadi, Fiji EQ Details Magnitude: 6.1 Location: 18.588°S, 176.230°E; depth=10.0 km Time: 06:11:41 UTC  2017-01-14 Source: USGS/EHP Analysis available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. Filed under: News Alert Tagged: Australia plate, earthquake, Fiji, FIRE-EARTH PULSARS, M6.1, Nadi

18:26

Safety Of Students, Speaker, Officers ‘Could Not Be Guaranteed’ Say UC Davis Police "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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The UC Davis police team told the College Republican group who organised the event with MILO and Martin Shkreli that they "could not guarantee the safety of students, the speaker, or their officers."

18:24

Researchers Developing Smartphone Mental Health Surveillance App For University Students: ISee David Icke latest headlines

‘Predictive technology is exploding across the virtual landscape. The arrival of Big Data initiatives by government, as well as a massive industry of data brokers is not only putting privacy at risk, but is offering those with access to the information unprecedented ways to micromanage our lives. Most people now seem resigned to the surveillance of our communications devices, which have become so intertwined with modern efficiency, economics and knowledge that there are real tradeoffs when choosing a fully opt-out lifestyle. Wearable gadgets add a new layer still, and are being bought into at record pace, thus donating the information that isn’t already being stolen.’ Read more: Researchers Developing Smartphone Mental Health Surveillance App For University Students: ISee

18:24

300 soldados españoles participan en las maniobras de la OTAN en Letonia "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Las tropas españolas se unen a un batallón de la Organización del Tratado del Atlántico Norte (OTAN) en Letonia. El

18:22

US Intelligence Director James Clapper lies to congress again "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Just as the first casualty of war is said to be the truth, the first casualty of the new Cold War is irony. Our most prominent journalists seem to have missed the Orwellian irony of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) asking Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper at Friday’s Senate hearings if Julian Assange has any credibility. Assange has …

18:20

The Psychology of Soft Slavery David Icke latest headlines

‘The idea of slavery is one of those concepts that has the tendency to be uttered in black and white terms. But slavery is anything but black and white. There are many shades of gray that people tend to neglect, usually out of indifference, but also out of ignorance, or by side-stepping the idea as, “just the way things are.” It was a copout during the times of hard slavery and it’s a copout now, during these times of soft slavery. Here’s the thing: hard slavery is overt, it’s apparent and self-evident. Nothing is hidden. Who the slave and the master are is very clear. Soft slavery on the other hand, is covert. It is neither apparent, nor self-evident. Everything is hidden behind comfort, apathy, security, convenience, indifference, and the illusion of freedom.’ Read more: The Psychology of Soft Slavery

18:20

Duplicates of CVE-2015-8789 CVE-2015-8790 for libebml from TALOS reports? "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by Salvatore Bonaccorso on Jan 13

Hi

CVE-2015-8789: following some downstream reports, this leads to commit
https://github.com/Matroska-Org/libebml/commit/88409e2a94dd3b40ff81d08bf6d92f486d036b24
which mentions Cisco TALOS-CAN-0037 report. Looking at
http://www.talosintelligence.com/reports/TALOS-2016-0037/ . That
mentions CVE-2016-1515. So I guess CVE-2016-1515 is a duplicate of the
CVE-2015-8789 assignment.

Similarly:

CVE-2015-8790: leads to...

18:19

Pics: 24Yrs Old Teacher, Alexandia Vera, Who Had Near Daily Sex With 13-Year-Old Pupil Who Got Her Pregnant, Jailed For 10 Years "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A middle school teacher who admitted having 'near-daily sex' with a 13-year-old pupil has been jailed for 10 years.

Alexandria Vera, 24, claimed the boy's parents were happy that their son stayed over at her house and even approved of her keeping his baby when she fell pregnant by her child lover.

State District Judge, Michael McSpadden, jailing the school Miss from Houston, Texas, said: "We want out educators to teach our students.

"We want them to keep their hands off the students."
The judge said the sentence, which was reduced from 30 years after Vera admitted a lesser sex abuse charge, sent out a clear message.

Therapist speaking on Vera's behalf told the court : "I think she was driven by being in love with him."

Investigators said Vera, who had an abortion, had sex with the boy 'near-daily' on an almost 'continuous basis'.

The case made headlines last year after Vera briefly went on the run before turning herself in.

She was released on bail and caused a stir when she was spotted jogging around the running track at the school where she seduced the lad.

18:13

Neulich auf MSNBC:On Thursday night, MSNBC’s signal ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Neulich auf MSNBC:

On Thursday night, MSNBC’s signal abruptly froze during a broadcast of Hardball with Chris Matthews and repeated the word “Russia” over and over.
Aber macht euch keine Sorgen, das ist ja bloß ein Einzelfall.
On Thursday, C-SPAN’s broadcast of proceedings in the U.S. House of Representatives got bumped off the air during an anti-Trump speech by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA). C-SPAN’s signal was replaced by approximately 10 minutes of programming from Russia Today
Na gut, ZWEI Einzelfälle.
Mediaite also said that on Thursday, “(T)he lights mysteriously went out during the confirmation hearing for Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) while he was being vetted by the Senate Intelligence Committee.”
OK OK, DREI Einzelfälle!1!! :-)

18:13

Hamas disperses protesters as 1,000s decry Gaza’s deepening energy crisis David Icke latest headlines

‘A demonstration protesting electricity cuts in Gaza attended by several thousand people was broken up by Hamas before the crowd could reach the electric company. Gazans have had just a few hours of electricity a day for months, with blame laid all around. The energy crisis hit the Gaza Strip late last year, worsening an already dire situation. Locals there were used to getting electricity in eight hour cycles, but they have now been reduced to just three or four hours. The cost of running generators has also soared, and few people could afford them even before the crisis worsened. On Thursday, anger over power rationing escalated into a protest focused around the Jabaliya refugee camp. The chanting crowd threw stones at police, who fired into the air to disperse the protesters, according to Reuters.’ Read more: Hamas disperses protesters as 1,000s decry Gaza’s deepening energy crisis

18:12

Supreme Court Ruling in Sahara-Birla Papers Case Ignores a Vital Precedent "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

If the Supreme Court bench had relied on the precedent set by a constitution bench in 2013, it would not have insisted that the evidence – the Sahara-Birla papers – be cogent in order to qualify for investigation.

Supreme Court of India. Credit: Reuters

Supreme Court of India. Credit: Reuters

On January 11, the Supreme Court bench of justices Arun Mishra and Amitava Roy heard the counsel for common cause, Prashant Bhushan and Shanti Bhushan, and Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi at length on the limited question of whether the Sahara-Birla payoff documents, which surfaced during the Income Tax Department’s raids, suggested the commission of cognisable offences, and therefore, required investigation by the police.

Although the bench dismissed the petitioner’s plea for an impartial probe on the grounds that the evidence that had surfaced was not credible and cogent, it is indeed surprising that the two-judge bench found it expedient to offer a reasoning that is completely inconsistent with the five-judge constitution bench’s judgement in Lalita Kumari vs State of Uttar Pradesh, delivered in 2013.

If the two-judge Supreme Court bench had relied on the constitution bench’s decision in Lalita Kumari, it would not have insisted that the prima facie evidence, which had surfaced in the form of the documents during the raids, must be cogent – that is, convincing – in order to qualify for investigation.

Although the bench’s order is yet to be uploaded on the Supreme Court’s website, its dictation was duly noted by those present in the court on that day, leaving no doubt that the bench did not follow Lalita Kumari in letter and spirit.

Lalita Kumari case

Lalita Kumari was a minor girl who was kidnapped and her father, Bhola Kamat, filed a writ petition seeking her protection. He had submitted a written complaint to the police, who did not take any action on it. Although a FIR was subsequently filed, no steps were taken to apprehend the accused or recover the minor girl.

Bhola Kamat was thus aggrieved by the delayed filing of the FIR and the continued inaction of the police. A two-judge bench, which first heard the case in 2008, not...

18:11

Kushner Foundation Bankrolls Radical Jewish West Bank Settlers David Icke latest headlines

‘Among organizations and institutions in the West Bank that receive funding from the Kushner family, the leading beneficiary is American Friends of Beit El Yeshiva. Located in one of the more hard-line, ideological settlements, Beit El Yeshiva received $20,000 from the Kushner family in 2013. The president of American Friends of Beit El Yeshiva, whose offices are located in Forest Hills, New York, is David Friedman, Trump’s senior adviser on Israel affairs. Friedman, who has served as Trump’s real estate lawyer for the past 15 years and is considered to be very close to the president-elect, has expressed interest in being the next U.S. ambassador to Israel.’ Read more: Kushner Foundation Bankrolls Radical Jewish West Bank Settlers

18:10

California Politician Proposes to Ban Adults Without Children from All Parks "IndyWatch Feed World"

One Los Angeles city councilman has recently come under fire due to a proposal that he set in motion. The proposal would ban all single adults from parks and playgrounds.

KTLA, a local media outlet in the area reported his words, “If you are in a playground without a child and you’re not a guardian, you’re not allowed there.”

While reporting on the proposal, Christina Pascucci went to a local park, and during her report, she motioned towards a man exercising near the edge of the playground. “According to this new motion, that would not be allowed because he is not with any kids.”

While O’Farrell maintains that the proposal is due to complaints from his Hollywood constituents that individuals are selling drugs in public parks, the legislation would affect any adults that don’t have children, not just criminals.

This new ban is based on precedents that have been set by other major cities, including New York, where people were arrested for playing chess and eating donuts.

According to the Editorial Board,

“But if drug dealing or vandalism is occurring at a site, then have police or park rangers patrol it regularly. If there is a childless adult hanging around, leering at kids or taking photographs, then enforce the state law that already makes it a criminal offense to loiter at a playground or school with an unlawful purpose.”

Their comment comes in reference to the loitering laws that are already in place which prevents illegal activity around children.

One L.A resident told KTLA that, “I don’t have kids yet…for the time being, I have my dog only. So if you’re going to kick me out of the park close to a playground, that to me is not fair.”

Another resident questioned how such a rule would be enforced? Danielle Carrig commented on the topic by saying, “Who’s gonna come by and look at adults over by the park and say, ‘Do you have children? And if you don’t you can’t be here,’”

KTLA reported that while at the park they couldn’t find anyone who supported the motion. However, Tweets were made in support of the proposal. One argued that since adults have bars and nightclubs, which are child-free areas that children should have the same.

O’Farrell issued a statement m...

18:09

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Washington Post Columnist Launch Attacks on Credibility of United States President-elect Trump
Stop obsessing over ‘secrets’ about Trump and Russia. What we already know is bad enough.

By Anne Applebaum Columnist
Washington Post
January 13 at 5:54 PM

PANW Editor's Note: This is a copy of the second document released by high-level intelligence agencies in the U.S. seeking to apportion blame on Russian media outlets and their influence on the 2016 presidential elections:
https://www.dni.gov/files/documents/ICA_2017_01.pdf

We now have not one but two “secret” dossiers on the Russian campaign to support Donald Trump. One of them is an unverified and probably unverifiable 35-page collection of rumors and gossip put together by a former British spy. Dumped on the Internet by BuzzFeed, the report is filled with small mistakes and some puzzles (for instance: how could salacious Russian “ kompromat ,” or compromising material, be used to blackmail someone as shameless as Trump?) and mixes the plausible with the implausible without giving real answers.


Both of these reports are in the news because they contain “secrets.” But they add very little to what we already know about Trump’s strange relationship with Russia. The MI6 dossier is tantalizing but cannot be proven; the DNI report is banal. Instead of wasting more time on these documents, maybe we ought instead to abandon our obsession with “secrets” and “spies” and look at what is sitting in front of us. Here, for the record, once again, are things we already know about Trump and Russia, and they aren’t remotely secret:

●Trump’s real estate empire relies, though we don’t know how much, on Russian money....

18:08

Japón estudia instalar en su territorio sistema de misiles de Estados Unidos "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

La ministra japonesa de Defensa viaja a Estados Unidos para examinar el sistema de misiles THAAD para desplegarlo en su

18:07

U.S Military Press Conference: “U.S Is Ready for War in Europe” "IndyWatch Feed World"

Over the past few weeks, U.S and NATO forces have began the building up of the biggest deployment of troops on Russian borders since the cold war. In their buildup thousands of tanks and soldiers have been sent to the Baltic states along the Russian border to “prevent Russian aggression,” however, many believe the actions to be purely provocation.

As a response to the buildup, Vladimir Putin has deployed anti-aircraft missile systems around Moscow to protect the nation from aggression. The s-400 Triumph air defense system is capable of hitting moving planes and missiles, while having a range of 400km.

The Defense Ministry’s Department of Information and Mass
Communication told Interfax that, ‘The SAM combat squads of the Moscow Region aerospace forces have put the new S-400 Triumph air defense missile system into service, and have gone on combat duty for the air defense of Moscow and the central industrial region of Russia.

‘The main task of the anti-aircraft missile troops of the Russian Aerospace Forces is air defense and protecting vital state, military, industry, and energy facilities, as well as the Armed Forces troops and transport communications, from aerospace attacks.’

The system was designed to protect Russia from airstrikes, reported RT.
In recent days, U.S tanks and other armored vehicles have started arriving in Poland as a part of the most massive deployment that the Russian border has seen in decades. 

As this massive buildup continues, many are hoping that the events will come to an end at the beginning of the new presidential administration in the U.S. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that there will be enough time to prevent this now looming war from beginning. Actually, it appears that the war dance has already begun, and that we are all just waiting for the drums to start beating.

18:04

30 Pictures that Will Make You Rethink Your Existence "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

In such a busy world, it can become hard to stop and think about the fact that we are so very small in contrast to such a massive universe. However, the following photos will help you along that journey, and by the end, you may have reconsidered everything you ever imagined about your existence.

On a scale, this is the difference between Earth and the Moon.

distance between the sun and moon

This is our home. Earth.

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This is where Earth is in the milky way.

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Earth’s Orbit in comparison to Neptune’s.

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This is a comet compared to Los Angeles.

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The size of Earth next to the Sun.

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Our Solar neighborhood in comparison to the Milky Way.

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If South Africa was on Jupiter, this is how tiny it would appear.

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The view of Earth from the Moon.

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18:02

Awww.. Guys Sww This Cute Pic Of Kim Kardshian's Son Crying On Santa's Lap & The Look On North West's Face, Lol "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Kim Kardashian West shared this cute new pic of her two little ones, North and Saint West, meeting Santa Claus over the holidays on her app and it's safe to say not everybody loves Santa.. We all experienced this as babies, lol.. The look on North's face though, hahahahaha, priceless, like, 'Saint, for real? Stop embarrassing me, need to get  my gift from Santa', lol.. Cute kids..

18:00

BREAKING: Israel Bombs Syrian Airport; Syrian Army Warns of Retaliation "IndyWatch Feed World"

Israeli missiles have bombed the Mezzah military airport that is West of Damascus, according to reports. In turn the Syrian Army is now warning Israel of ‘repercussions’, however, they have not stated any specific retaliation.

Currently, at least nine people are reported dead, and several others injured from explosives on Thursday. A plethora of videos have been updated to Twitter in recent hours which show a major fire, and what sounds as though it could be gunfire. Later, missiles were reported to have been launched at the airport, will no reported death toll. The attack took place less than five miles away from the Syrian President’s palace.

RT reported that the Syrian Army states that the attack took place from northern Israel. Due to the act of aggression, Syria has promised repercussions for the event. Going further, they referred to the event as a “flagrant attack” on the military base.

The Syrian Army believes the attack to be linked to Israel’s “support of terrorist groups.”

Within the last few months, tensions have escalated between Syria and Israel. This attack is the second attack in two months, as “several surfaces to surface missiles were launched the Israeli Defense Forces from Golan Heights on December 7.

According to RT, this most recent attack began Thursday with explosives and continued until 12 am Friday with missile strikes. The Syrian army believes that several missiles were fired at the Mezzah Airport’s compounds from the Lake Tiberias area in northern Israel. As of now, information continues to flow to the surface, however, no current reports show a death toll for the series of missiles which reportedly hit the airport.

18:00

Voice UI is going to be everything. But not really. "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

This tweet from Benedict Evans sums it up for me:

Click through to read the replies to his tweet as well – people’s views are weird sometimes.

The post Voice UI is going to be everything. But not really. appeared first on Craig Bailey.

17:59

Presidente libanés destaca papel clave de Hezbolá en derrota de terroristas en Siria "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

El presidente libanés, Michel Aoun, alabó la decisión de la guerrilla Hezbolá de luchar contra los grupos terroristas que operan

17:58

Restored Republic via a GCR as of January 14, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Source: Dinar Chronicles

Restored Republic via a GCR Jan. 14 2017

Compiled in the early morning hours EST of 14 Jan. 2017 by Judy Byington, MSW, LCSW, ret, CEO, Child Abuse Recovery www.ChildAbuseRecovery.com; Author, "Twenty Two Faces," www.22faces.com.


A. Jan. 13 2017 11:20 pm EST Intel Situation Report: Intel SITREP - Saturday - 00:00 EST - January 14, 2017

1. The restored Republic Treasury's new gold backed USN $100.00 coin has been issued.

2. Exchange centers are fully staffed and expecting us after the last banks close in Hawaii this weekend.

3. Final SKRs were made liquid at 11am EST today Fri. or Sat. 00:00:00:01 in China.

4. Historic Bonds began liquidating and will trigger private currency groups.

5. 800# release can be any moment starting at midnight EST Sat. Jan. 14 2017.

B. Jan. 13 2017 11:23 am EST Intel Report Fisher "Fresh intel from UST operations": "Fresh from UST Operations" - RTC Fisher Intel Report 1-13-17

1. Grandfather/Elders in Reno now: RV about to happen.

2. TRN & USN now live on Forex, but not yet being traded so they remain "invisible" and at nose-bleed level on screens for the present

3. TRN/USN WILL SHOW ON FOREX at the proper time.

4. Also reported by South Pacific Central Banker- this to happen before 15th, but "process" has officially started, as was told to Landa Global/Humanus.

5. May expect updates/"leaks" during the day and into evening.

6. Release today Jan. 13 2017, probably late afternoon or evening, with "Value Date."

7. Grandfather and two others present as witnesses to the "completion".

C. Jan. 13 2017 7:24 pm WSOMN Intel AdminBill: "After the 20th" - WSOMN AdminBill Intel 5 PM...

17:51

UNICEF: 1.400 niños yemeníes han muerto por ataques del régimen saudí "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Alrededor de 2.000 escuelas han quedado inutilizadas por los bombardeos del régimen saudí en Yemen, que cuenta con el apoyo de

17:45

How Obama Spread the Mideast Fires "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Barack Obama is one of the “coolest” American presidents, but his “team of rivals” approach to governing – trying to accommodate and co-opt his adversaries – proved disastrous, especially in the Mideast, says Daniel Lazare.

17:43

“La idea de que el libre comercio beneficia a todos es una falacia” "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

El mandatario ecuatoriano recibe este viernes la presidencia pro tempore del G77+China en Nueva York, Estados Unidos. El presidente de

17:34

Gaius Publius: Who’s Blackmailing the President & Why Aren’t Democrats Upset About It? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The CIA tries a ham-handed stunt to blackmail Trump and Democrats applaud. This is too close for comfort to an attack on democratic rule.

17:34

Risks and Opportunities for 2017 "IndyWatch Feed War"

January 12, 2017 This article was written for the Unz Review  Just a few days into 2017 and we can already say with a great degree of confidence that 2017 will be a historical year. Furthermore, I submit that 2017 will be the “Year of Trump” because one of roughly three things will happen: either […]

17:31

Chicago police routinely use excessive force: US Justice Department "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The police department in Chicago, Illinois, routinely uses excessive force and violates the civil rights of residents, particularly those who are black and Hispanic, according to a report by the US government. The report, released by the US Justice Department on Friday, blasted America’s second-largest police department for shooting at people who did not pose […]

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Paramilitaries shoot couple who refused to hand over son for ‘punishment attack’ "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A couple in Northern Ireland were shot by paramilitaries after refusing to hand over their son to the attackers. The boy, whose age has not been disclosed, was believed to have been wanted by the group for a punishment shooting. The married couple, aged in their 50s, were shot in the legs after the Republican […]

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17:30

Bring Back Our Girls: Pakistan’s Hindus Struggle Against Forced Conversions "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A number of girls from the minority communities have been abducted, forcibly converted to Islam and married off, a trend that legal sanctions have failed to curb.

With increasing cases of Hindu girls being abducted and forcibly converted to Islam, Hindu families in Sindh have been fleeing the region. Representational image. Credit: Reuters/Files

With increasing cases of Hindu girls being abducted and forcibly converted to Islam in Pakistan, Hindu families in Sindh have been fleeing the region. Representational image. Credit: Reuters/Files

For  those who try to track the cases, even worse than the slurs and accusations – we are called “kafirs” (infidels), accused of tarnishing the country’s name abroad or making up ‘fake news’ – is the reality of a girl just disappearing from view in a burqa, even when the legal proceedings have gone all the way to the Supreme Court. Handed over to her new ‘household’, she turns into – who knows? – a sex slave, a glorified domestic worker, a compliant wife cut off forever from her roots and her maternal home. I have often tried to meet young women who were once called Rinkle Kumari, Asha Kumari or Anjali Kumari Meghwar, but with no success.

17:27

Interview 1243 – John Whitehead Dissects Obama’s Legacy "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

[audio mp3="http://www.corbettreport.com/mp3/2017-01-14%20John%20Whitehead.mp3"][/audio]John Whitehead, author of Battlefield America: The War on the American People and founder of The Rutherford Institute joins us to discuss his retrospective of the Obama administration, "We All Lose: Obama’s Legacy and What It Means for a Trump Presidency."

17:26

The launch of Forced Dispersion report -Syrian Human Status- The Demographic Report 2016 "IndyWatch Feed War"

The launch of Syrian Center for Policy Research report

Forced Dispersion

Syrian Human Status: The Demographic Report 2016

In the Social Justice and Conflict Resolution Institute at Lebanese American University

 

The Social Justice and Conflict Resolution Institute at Lebanese American University hosted the launch of SCPR report The Forced Dispersion, on Friday, 9th December 2016: 1 PM to 3 PM. The report diagnoses population status in Syria before and during the crisis by adopting a participatory rights-based approach. The report re-estimates key pre-crisis demographic indicators, which allows for a different understanding of the population challenges. During the crisis, and based mainly on the Population Status Survey 2014, which was designed and implemented for this research. The report provides an in-depth analysis of the demographic status during the catastrophic crisis and the risk of its continuation, and sketches some future alternatives toward its ending and overcoming its impact.

 This video shows the schedule of launch as follows:
Time Name Job Contribution Lang
00:00-5:34 Ziad Abd Alsamad Executive director of The Arab NGO Network for Development Moderator   Arabic
5:35 – 18:30 Imad Salamey Director of the Institute for Social Justice and Conflict Resolution at the Lebanese American University Op...

17:21

CVS Partners With Impax to Sell Low-Cost Generic Epipen Alternative "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Just months after an outcry about a price hike for the life-saving "Epipen", CVS pharmacies will begin carrying a new generic injector at a cutthroat price:

Pharmaceutical giant CVS announced Thursday that it has partnered with Impax Laboratories to sell a generic epinephrine auto-injector for $109.99 for a two-pack—a dramatic cut from Mylan's Epipen two-pack prices, which list for more than $600 as a brand name and $300 as a generic.

The lower-cost auto-injector, a generic form of Adrenaclick, is available starting today nationwide in the company's more than 9,600 pharmacies. Its price resembles that of EpiPen's before Mylan bought the rights to the life-saving devices back in 2007 and raised the price repeatedly, sparking outcry. [...] The price of $109.99 for the alternative applies to those with and without insurance, CVS noted. And Impax is also offering a coupon to reduce the cost to just $9.99 for qualifying patients. [...] Meanwhile, backlash to Mylan's price hikes continue. This week, Cigna, a top health insurance company, said that it will no longer cover Mylan's brand name EpiPen—it will only cover the generic, which was rolled out in December.

Previously: AllergyStop: $50 EpiPen is Production-Ready but...
Mylan Overcharged U.S. Government on EpiPens


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17:18

The Fed in an Age of Uncertainty "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

How uncertainty over the wisdom of the Fed starting to tighten in 2017 and its reading of Trump policies might impact other economies.

17:18

Syria To UN: Punish Israel For Attack On Airbase "IndyWatch Feed World"

Syria (GPA) – The Syrian government has appealed to the United Nations to punish Israel for an alleged rocket attack on a major military airbase yesterday about two hours after a suicide bombing in Damascus.

Last night Damascus was hit by two atrocities, starting with the second terrorist attack in government held territory this year in the form of a suicide bombing that has killed at least 7 people. The bombing took place in the Kafr Sousa neighborhood, which is home to several high ranking ministers and security officials.

The second attack followed shortly after but this one was carried out by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) who struck a munitions depot on the Mezzah airbase outside of Damascus. While some media alleges that the attacks were the result of missiles fired from the Israeli occupied Golan Heights region, others claim it was a bombing carried out by IDF jets.

There is allegedly footage that shows Israeli jets violating Syrian airspace, so it’s unclear why most major western outlets are continuing to say the attack was a rocket strike. The most likely explanation is that even if Israel is guilty of the strike, western media will attempt to downplay how badly they violated international law. Israel has claimed to be “neutral” in the Syrian conflict but has repeatedly bombed several locations occupied by Syrian forces and their allies – primarily Hezbollah.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry followed up the attack by sending two letters to the United Nations today. According the the statements, “Israel’s role in the war of terrorists in Syria has been exposed,” and that “total lack of hesitation to carry out a terror attack recently obligates the international community and the security council to take immediate steps to punish Israeli aggression and prevent recurring attacks.”

17:16

From Brahma Beer to Prem Baba: The Journey of a Brazilian Guru "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Janderson Fernandes de Oliveira used to dream of a man with a white beard who he met years later in an ashram at Rishikesh, after which he became a guru at the ashram.

Prem Baba, formerly Janderson Fernandes de Oliveira. Credit: R. Vishwanathan

Prem Baba, formerly Janderson Fernandes de Oliveira. Credit: R. Viswanathan

Brahma, the Hindu god of creation, is not a popularly worshipped deity unlike the other two gods of the trinity, Shiva and Vishnu. But Brahma is popular among the Brazilians. Not as a god though, but as a brand of beer. Brahma is advertised in posters, bill boards and media all over Brazil. The company which produces this beer – Companhia Cervejaria Brahma (Brahma beer company) –was established way back in 1888. Brahma beer is an essential ingredient of the spirit of Brazilians, known to be happy go lucky, beach-loving, football-crazy, samba-singing, carnival-parading, colourful, cheerful and playful people.

Most Brazilians who drink the beer do not know that Brahma is the name of a god. This was also true of Janderson Fernandes de Oliveira from Sao Paulo.

When he turned 33, Oliveira stopped drinking Brahma beer and opted for Ganga jal (Ganges water), chanting the name of Brahma and other gods. He came to India for his honeymoon in 1999 but ended up embracing celibacy. He has taken to Indian spiritualism and become a guru in the spiritual capital Rishikesh with the name Sri Prem Baba. He says, “One does not choose to become a guru. One is chosen”. He was, indeed, chosen as the successor by Hans Raj Maharajji Sachcha Baba, head of the Sachcha Dham ashram in Rishikesh in 2011. Maharaj ji declared, “A new saint brings a new message”. Prem Baba is proud to be a son of the Sachcha lineage.

When Oliveira came to India for the first time with his wife, they travelled to many touristic and spiritual places. But the young couple got a cultural shock, like most other western tourists. The poverty, unhygienic conditions, dust, noise and crowds made India an uncomfortable and strange world for the newly married couple. They even thought of cutting short their trip and getting back to Brazil. But someone suggested they visit Rishikesh. While travelling from Haridwar to Rishikesh in an old Ambassador car, Oliveira recounts how he felt a ‘new sensation’.

A wave of divine love and light flooded him, he says. Filled with an intense happiness, he began singing. He had a premonition that he was finally on the right road to fulfilment. He had an audience with Sri Hans Raj...

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Seeking justice for rape by the state in Bastar, India "IndyWatch Feed World"

India (OpenDemocracy) – For tribal women living in the Bastar region of central India, sexual abuse at the hands of security forces has become routine. The state government has now been challenged to take responsibility.

I work as a reporter in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh. Chhattisgarh is now home to the most militarized zone in India, Bastar, and has been mired in conflict for around three decades. The reason? The government wants to start work on one of the largest iron ore mines in India, among other industrial activity. The Maoists, a left-wing guerrilla movement that has operated in the country for more than fifty decades, are opposing mineral extraction in the region, as well as other forms of corporate industrialisation. The troops have been positioned in the state to contain the Maoist violence.  However, as is the wont of militarised societies, the security forces are running havoc in the region. They are accused of extra judicial killings, fake arrests, pillage and sexual violence.

On the 7th of January, the National Human Rights Commission, a national statutory body tasked with upholding human rights, said that sixteen women were subjected to rape, sexual and physical assault by security forces in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh in October 2015. The onus is on the state government to prove the security forces did not overstep their duties. This is a step in the right direction, as rape in Bastar occurs so frequently that it is often ignored by the authorities, as well as the national media.

For example, between February and May 2016, from the district of Kanker, the stories of five rapes in four villages in the Antagarh region of Bastar reached me through word of mouth. Local journalists and non-profit organisations claimed to be ignorant of the situation. I decided to do a tour of the four villages – Bade Pinjodi, Pusagaon, Hurra Pinjodi and Marma – on a motorbike and by foot.

There are no roads that lead to these forest villages. Some of the houses are so scattered that each hill in the village has only one house. While most of the villagers knew of the stories, no one was willing to give any details. The fear of the paramilitary camps near their village was too strong. With polite offers of water and tea, they would change the subject. “This is a recent phenomenon. Villagers would never go mum earlier,” said Sushil Sharma, editor of Bastar Bandhu, a newspaper published from Kanker. “People don’t speak anymore as they know that they will have to face the brunt of the situation later.” Finally, in a weak moment, one man from Bade Pinjodi said woefully, “no woman is raped in this village. Not even my wife.”

A culture of silence and impunity

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The Deadliest Year: Over 5,000 Migrants Die Crossing Mediterranean in 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

World (Sputnik) – Over 5,000 migrants bound for Europe died while crossing the Mediterranean Sea in 2016, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Friday.

The previous 2016 figure, released by the IOM in early December, put the number of those dead at 4,733, which was above 2015 figure by over 1,000.

“Arrival totals were 363,348 split almost evenly between Italy and Greece, with much smaller numbers arriving in Malta, Cyprus and Spain. Fatalities and missing migrants reached at least 5,079 although IOM emphasizes that some incidents reported in the month of December and earlier have not been fully accounted for,” the IOM said in a Missing Migrants Project statement.

The latest update makes 2016 the deadliest year on record for the Mediterranean migration route. The real figure, however, is likely to be higher due to unreported deaths, the statement added.

Most deaths occurred along sea routes between North Africa and Italy, amounting to over 4,000, according to earlier figures.

As of Friday, the number of people dead in 2017 amounts to 11, according to the IOM.

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The European Union has been struggling to manage a massive refugee crisis which escalated in 2015 with hundreds of thousands of people form the Middle East and North Africa seeking asylum in the EU member states. The EU border agency Frontex detected over 1.83 million illegal border crossings in 2015, in contrast to some 283,000 in 2014. Preliminary Frontex data for 2016 suggests that 182,500 people crossed the EU border, with the major drop attributed to the EU-Turkey deal on migrants. The figure contrasts sharply with the spike in migrant deaths.

This report prepared by Sputnik

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1 in 6 Americans Are Now on Psychiatric Medication "IndyWatch Feed World"

January 14th, 2017 By Dr. Joseph Mercola Guest writer for Wake Up World 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 […]

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Israeli embassy official behind ‘take down’ plot resigns David Icke latest headlines

‘A disgraced Israeli embassy official who was caught on camera talking about “taking down” a British minister has resigned from government service. Shai Masot, a senior political officer in London, stood down several days ago when he was sent back to Israel, according to the Guardian. Masot was at the center of an alleged plot to “influence” British student movements, lobbying groups, and politicians. He listed himself as a senior political officer on his business card, but was labeled a “junior employee” by a spokesman after the scandal broke.’ Read more: Israeli embassy official behind ‘take down’ plot resigns

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Turkey Says US Will Be Invited to Fresh Syria Talks "IndyWatch Feed World"

Syria (Tasnim) – Washington will be invited to fresh Syria peace talks being organized by Moscow and Ankara this month, Turkey’s foreign minister said, but Russia declined to confirm the invitation Friday.

Despite backing opposite sides in the Syrian conflict, Russia and Turkey have worked closely in recent weeks to broker a nationwide ceasefire that is meant to pave the way for January 23 peace talks in the Kazakh capital Astana.

In the past, Washington has played a key role in attempts to bring Syria’s warring parties to the negotiating table, but it has been notably absent from the cooperation between Ankara and Moscow.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, whose country, like Washington, backs Syria’s militants, nonetheless insisted Thursday that US officials would be invited.

“The United States should be definitely invited, and that is what we agreed with Russia,” he said.

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“Nobody can ignore the role of the United States. And this is a principled position of Turkey,” he added, AFP reported.

But the Kremlin, a key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government, declined to comment on Cavusoglu’s statements.

“I cannot say anything about this for now,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

He added however that Russia is “interested in the broadest possible representation of the parties who have a bearing on the prospects of a political settlement in Syria.”

Last month, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov expressed hope that the next American administration would “join the efforts so that we can work in the same direction harmoniously and collectively.”

The Astana talks are scheduled to begin just three days after president-elect Donald Trump is inaugurated.

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Israel Advances New ‘Facebook Bill’, Threatening Free Speech "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Israel (GV) – The Israeli Knesset passed last week a first reading of a controversial new bill that would allow Israeli courts to order social media companies to remove online content it deems “inciting”.

The “removal of criminally offensive content from the internet”, colloquially known as the “Facebook bill”, allows Israeli administrative courts, at the request of government, to issue orders demanding social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter remove online content considered as incitement to violence. The bill has to go through two more rounds of approval by the Israeli Knesset before it becomes a law.

Facebook’s Community Standards already explicitly prohibit incitement to violence, although there is evidence that the company struggles to enforce this policy evenly across the globe. In addition, the Israeli government has indicated that it already works with Facebook to monitor “inciting” posts. In 2016, a delegation from the US-based social media giant met with representatives from the Israeli government, and both parties agreed to work together to monitor “incitement” on the platform. It remains unclear whether or how a change in Israeli legislation would affect Facebook’s processes regarding content in Israel.

The bill is sponsored by Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked and Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, both of whom have previously attacked social media giants for fueling what they describe as Palestinian incitement against Israel, following a surge in violence in October 2015. The mounting frustration due to a failed peace process while Israel continues to occupy Palestinian territories and violate Palestinians’ human rights have exploded into a wave of violence in Jerusalem and the West Bank, leaving at least 220 Palestinians and 30 Israelis dead. Despite the earlier agreement with Facebook, Shaked said it is “important this cooperation will become obligatory.”

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Robot stuff "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

It’s getting closer and closer via BBC Technology’s post commenting on a European Parliament draft report from in May 2016:

The report suggests that robots, bots, androids and other manifestations of artificial intelligence are poised to “unleash a new industrial revolution, which is likely to leave no stratum of society untouched”.

and

This could, if not properly prepared for, “pose a challenge to humanity’s capacity to control its own creation and, consequently, perhaps also to its capacity to be in charge of its own destiny and to ensure the survival of the species”.

The EU is suggesting laws for kill switches and whether robots could potentially have ‘electronic person’ legal status.

And yes, Isaac Asimov’s laws are referred to as providing some useful rules to help…

You can’t make this stuff up.

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Crowdfunding Terrorism Through Halal Certifications "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Middle East (SCF) – Although it is well known that the Wahhabist governments, royal families, and top businesses of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain directly finance jihadist terrorists in Syria, Iraq, and countries around the world, many consumers are unaware that percentages of their purchases of Muslim «halal» (imam-certified) food products eventually end up in the hands of jihadist organizations. Halal refers to any food product that can be eaten by observant Muslims. Anything other than halal is «haram» and prohibited for Muslims. Haram includes pork, blood, or meat from approved animals but which have been strangled or slaughtered with blunt knives.

Food and drink producers pay Muslim halal certifiers fees to certify their products as halal. According to Australian One Nation party leader Pauline Hanson and others, certain Muslim halal certification agencies use profits from certification fees to fund terrorist attacks around the world. During an election campaign in Queensland in 2015, Hanson told reporters: «ASIO [Australian Security Intelligence Organization] has picked up that this money has been funded through an organization to fund Syria and the terrorism there». ASIO, all too quickly, denied the charge.

Even if a small percentage of imams who certify products as being halal are passing the profits on to terrorist organizations, it potentially represents a large amount of money. Malaysian studies have valued the worldwide halal food industry as between $600 billion to $2.1 trillion. Halal certifications are usually paid by food companies at set annual rates. Considering all the firms worldwide that pay such fees to imam halal certifiers, this amounts to hundreds of millions of dollars. Some halal certifiers have become quite wealthy from the halal certification scheme. Halal certifiers have also been quite secretive about who receives donations, with some admitting only that the funds go to Islamic madrassa schools and mosques. However, many of these madrassas and mosques are linked to the Wahhabis.

Some Muslims have opined that halal certification is nothing more than a money-making scam, with the most ridiculous aspect being halal certification for dog food. It is ironic that the same imams who declare dogs to be «unclean» animals also willingly charge pet food manufacturers to certify food for the «unclean» beasts to be halal. Other Muslims have conceded that the halal certification scheme has become as financially corrupt as segments of the Jewish kosher product certification system. South African Muslim authorities have pointed out, to the dismay of the halal certification industry, that the Koran forbids imams from charging money to certify food as halal. Yet, the practice continues with fees charged for halal «stamps» on food, in some cases, i...

17:01

The Plot To Kill Martin Luther King, Jr. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The Plot to Kill King: The Truth Behind the Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. This is an OUTSTANDING book, arguably the best ever compendium of the people, events and documented evidence related to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Do not let the “1 star” reviews confuse you, they have been written for the very purpose of reinforcing the lies and deceit that were planted decades ago to hide the true story of the outrageous plot. The trolls are easily identifiable because they are too cowardly to use their real names and hide behind the most ridiculous and banal monikers, which usually connote the opposite of what the term is meant to describe.

Dr. William Pepper has courageously–and nearly singlehandedly–completed the investigation that should have been done by the FBI nearly half a century ago. But, as he has amply demonstrated, since that was the organization behind the set-up for MLK’s murder and cover-up, the reason for their failure to conduct that inquiry becomes painfully obvious. While Pepper has only hinted at the connection to the White House, to state that the plot to kill King was put in motion by high-level criminals in the FBI, with help from the local Memphis police, the CIA and the leaders of the Dixie Mafia, along with a cover up that repeated the same patterns as the JFK and RFK assassinations, as well the that of the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty in 1967, it is no stretch to complete the circle: That it was all done with either the blessing, the instigation or at least the acquiescence of the POTUS himself: LBJ.

There are many stunning discoveries that Dr. Pepper has uncovered as well, including the assertion that at least three men within MLK’s own circle betrayed him, one of whom is still considered one of the “leaders” of the civil rights “movement.” But under my “no spoilers” rule, those names will not be repeated here, let it be sufficient to say that they provided all that the FBI officials who were constructing the elaborate plans needed to know as to the “comings and goings” of MLK to complete their deadly mission.

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Are White Cops Who Shoot Blacks Racist? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

With anti-police riots and revenge killings of officers across America, the profession of peacekeeping is under siege. Fueling public outrage is the belief that police shootings of black citizens are driven by racism. Activists see proof of this racism in the fact that while blacks are only 13% of the U.S. population they comprise about 30% of those killed by police. In other words, the percentage of blacks among those killed by police should match the percentage of blacks in the population, unless police are racist. But is that necessarily so? Evidence reviewed in the following video and report suggest not.

Race-of-Officer Research

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If the higher per-capita killing of blacks by police is caused by racist officers, we would expect white officers to be more likely to shoot blacks compared to black officers. To investigate that possibility I set out to find all research with data on the comparative likelihood of white officers to shoot. After combing databases, references and libraries for months I collected more such studies than any single source cites. This collection, therefore, allows for the most comprehensive literature review to date. And what does it reveal? Among the studies with data for these endpoints:

  • 11 out of 13 studies (85%) find that white officers were less likely to shoot than were black officers.
  • 7 out of 8 studies (88%) find that white officers were less likely to shoot black suspects that were black officers.

Spanning four decades (1981 to 2016), the studies routinely found white police officers were less likely to shoot in general and were less likely to shot blacks in particular compared to black officers. The body race-of-officer research, therefore, fails to support the racism hypothesis for the higher per-capita killing of blacks by police. Moreover, it even suggests that white officers might be holding back from shooting black suspects compared to their non-white colleagues.

For a review of results from each study in the collection, see the supplemental video.

Quality of Studies

As with most studies, the race-of-officer studies typically reply on imperfect data. In general, data on police shootings are far from perfect. However, the results cited above hold across the spectrum of lower- to higher-quality studies. Even when imperfections in some s...

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Vaccine Hero "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Now we know what to expect from President Trump. He is going to be one of the biggest heroes the world has ever known. He already is a hero and heroes do not change to chicken fodder for anyone. They would rather go down hard (get assassinated) than give up their inner sense of what they think and feel is right.

Until I read the news yesterday I did not think it was possible but now we have it, we have a clear picture of who and what Donald Trump is. He obviously loves his family and by extension every family in the world because he is bringing in the perfect man to do a public review of vaccine safety.

Reuters reported Robert F. Kennedy Jr. said he would chair a presidential panel to review vaccine safety and science at U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s request, drawing fierce criticism from vaccine experts who fear such a panel would give credence to debunked theories tying childhood immunizations to autism. “He asked me to chair a commission on vaccine safety and scientific integrity. I said I would,” said Kennedy.

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To my knowledge, Trump is the first world political leader to have enough courage, and perfect sense, to confront the most terrible terrorism in the world and that is the chemical attack of infants and young children with toxic vaccines that lead to all kinds of health problems, including autism, and even death. Vaccines do kill and the government does pay out for that.

Here a war can and will be fought between the vaccinationists, who insist that poisining children is their God damn right, and a slew of doctors and medical scientists and parents and lawyers who have had to deal with vaccine damaged children.

Vaccine experts decried the announcement by a vaccination skeptic; that is the enemy speaking. One world consciousness, one world government can be already seen in the universal vaccine practices that are noted in every country of the world. Anyone who stands up to them, like Kennedy already has, is labeled a skeptic.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. published devastating evidence a few years ago, that implicated the CDC in a terrible scandal in regards to the unnecessary injection of millions of children with thimerosal. Correspondence obtained under the Freedom of Information Act revealed a medical monstrosity made manifest at the very center of the medical world. Soon after the CDC in July 1999 recommended that the nation’s v...

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Video: Clashes erupted in south Tunisia over border trade with Libya "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Clashes were ongoing between police and protesters angry over the closure of a border crossing with neighbouring Libya in the border town of Ben Guerdane … Via Youtube

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The Exorcist Priest Dies Suddenly "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A Catholic priest who inspired The Exorcist died from a fall after what he claims was a possessed child spoke to him, it has emerged.

The new revelation comes from a CIA agent after it had been widely reported Malachi Martin from Ireland told a friend an invisible force pushed him to his death.

Ahead of the release of a new documentary, his close friend Robert Marrow has lifted the lid on the moment he believes the priest was effectively killed – when a possessed four-year-old girl he was meant to be exorcising spoke to him in America.

Talking to RTE Radio 1’s The Ryan Tubridy Show, the producer of the feature-length show called Hostage to the Devil Rachel Lysaght recalled a harrowing moment during filming.

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Former CIA agent Mr Marrow retracted the steps to Connecticut where Father Martin had offered to carry out an exorcism on the four-year-old girl.

When he arrived at the neutral home, the family were already there, and the girl walked up to the priest and said: ‘So you’re Malachi Martin – and you think you can help her?’, suggesting she was talking while having an out-of-body experience. 

It has been claimed that after the exchange in 1999, a fall led to his death from a head trauma at the age of 78.

He told a friend that it was caused by an invisible force that pushed him.

By this time, the father from County Kerry in South-Western Ireland was hiring himself out as a private exorcist and it is believed he was the inspiration behind the famous film released in 1973.

Due to Father Martin’s age, Mr Marrow drove him to his clients across America where he had relocated after turning his back on the church.

The former CIA agent told RTE the encounter between the priest and the girl was the most disturbing thing he had ever seen, according to Rachel Lysaght, who also wrote the new documentary.

It will be available on Netflix from Sunday.

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Final Obama Shot at Brain Enhancement "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

During a tumultuous period of turnover of federal agencies just prior to the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States, the Federal Trade Commission appears to be taking a final shot at a company that in 2009 needled forgetful government officials who didn’t pay their taxes on time. 

We see today in the news an attack by the Federal Trade Commission on a dietary supplement company, QUINCY BIOSCIENCE and its PREVAGEN brain-boosting product.  [Daily Mail Jan 9, 2017; FTC.gov

The hidden political agenda behind this government attack on a free enterprise in the U.S. is revealed by a 2009 press release published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that offered a free bottle of its brain enhancing dietary supplement to any member of Congress or the Obama administration who had forgotten to pay taxes during the past 10 years.  [Journal Sentinel Feb 24, 2009]

“We’re confident after 30-60 days of taking the supplement, most legislators and government officials will recall, without being reminded by aides or reporters, all tax periods for which they have forgotten to pay state or federal income taxes,” said Quincy Bioscience president Mark Underwood.” [Washington Times Feb 25, 2009]

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In that same year (2009) the Washington Post published a long list of federal government employees who owed money to the Internal Revenue Service.  The Federal Trade Commission had 35 employees who were in arrears on taxes at that time.  Also 41 aides to President Obama were identified as delinquent taxpayers. [...

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The Essential Villain "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

As even high-school composition students will tell you, the most important character in any script is the Dastardly Villain. Without one, the script fails and the show flops.

None the less, this appears to be one area where Uncle Sam is cutting the budget. Either that or he’s hiring teen scripters with soap-opera aspirations. Or it could be these scripts are written for folks with the attention-span of the average voter.

To begin with, it seems Uncle likes to reuse old scripts. “Scary Muslims” for example. And lately his scripters have been attempting to resurrect the “Scary Russian” meme from the latter half of the 20th Century, now starring Vladimir Putin instead of Stalin or Khrushchev.

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In case you aren’t up on the rules for scripting, in creating a villain, dastardly or otherwise, the first step is “demonization,” which is just what it sounds like. This ploy is also used by the U.S. “Justice” System.

While they don’t like to talk about it in public, every once in awhile the process gets attention anyway. Sometimes even an insider will inadvertently “drop the D-bomb.” Like this for example – – –

“Well Jim, it is very important in a democracy that you have the support of the people. One of the reasons why [U.S. President] George Bush [Sr.] had to demonize [Iraq’s President] Saddam Hussein was to get the support of the people, and [U.S. President] Bill Clinton has done the same thing, Vice President Gore has done the same thing with respect to [Serbian President] Milosevic.” –Raymond Tanter, Fmr. Natl. Security Council Staffer, WATCH IT!, 2 Apr 1999, ~11:56:45 AM EST

And, apparently, this works. While we average voters were worried about WMD Saddam didn’t have, Saddam was, instead, seriously absorbed in writing a novel.

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The Father of Cultural Marxism "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Angelo M. Codevilla has written a brilliant piece, The Rise of Political Correctness.  For a few days I have been thinking about how to summarize it and add something to it.  I have read it several times and decided I cannot – I cannot summarize it; I cannot add something to it.  If the subject of culture and liberty matter to you, it must be read.

Gray North has written an excellent summary; it is still worth reading the original.

Codevilla traces political correctness to its roots – Machiavelli and communism.  But it wasn’t Marx’s communism that spawned this evil; it was Antonio Gramsci’s.  I have written on this before in the context of libertine-worshipping libertarians; I became aware of the Gramsci connection only because of something I read from Dr. North.

Today’s progressives have gone well beyond Gramsci; Gramsci was only after a replacement.  For today’s progressives, having won the cultural war a generation ago isn’t enough; having destroyed traditional western (i.e. Christian) culture isn’t enough.  They want more; and after they get more, they will want more.

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I keep trying to write something more, cite something from his piece.  Each time I try, I fall short.  So I will not.  I will offer only one cite – an example of the over-reach that Gramsci would not support:

Consider our ruling class’s very latest demand: Americans must agree that someone with a penis can be a woman, while someone else with a vagina can be a man. Complying with such arbitrariness is beyond human capacity.

As Popeye says, “that’s all I can stand, I can’t stands no more.”

Conclusion

OK, one more cite; Codevilla’s, conclusion, not mine (emphasis added):

In short, the P.C. “changes in law and public norms” (to quote Galston again) that the ruling class imposed on the rest of America, rather than having “gradually brought about changes in private attitudes across partisan and ideological lines” as the ruling class imagined (and as Gramsci would have approved) have set off a revolution—of which we can be sure only that it won’t be pretty.

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Seeds of Secession "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

I have said here a number of times, Buddhism teaches that nothing ever happens at random. Nothing just occurs out of the blue, all by itself. A series of causes and conditions leads up to it. Everything is governed by this. Rain doesn’t just fall. A series of causes and conditions leads up to it, many of which have nothing to do with water by appearance to the human eye. Everything is caused by other things happening. Nothing happens at random.

Now, the Democrats currently think that this presidential election is some random event that just happened without causes and conditions leading up to it. They also think some external factor—Russia—created something from nothing. That being, the random event of losing the election. Even if Russia was a factor, what causes and conditions led up to Russia getting involved? Would it not be the fact the Democrats have continually provoked them? But the Democrats have not proven this because the truth is much more obvious. In fact, the Democrats themselves were the primary cause that they lost the election and they put into motion the causes and conditions that led up to it.

What we need to understand is that we live in a country divided into two distinctly different cultures, if you will. I call these Middle America and Coastal America. We saw this manifest as the electoral colleges handing the win to Trump. But to understand this dynamic, we need to first define these two cultures. Coastal America is predominantly the West and East Coast and the massive populations they have, which represent the slight majority population of the United States. These are, though not all of them, liberals to one degree or another. Middle America represents land mass, that being, they occupy most of the states between the two coasts. They represent often conservative populations. The electoral win represents the win of Middle America over Coastal America in this election.

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In a cohesive nation, people define themselves as citizens of it. They would say, before anything else, “I am an American” and that would bind us together as a people regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation. However, Coastal America does not do this. Coastal America is a place of dividedness, as much as they proclaim “diversity” and “inclusiveness”. No. They define themselves by what makes them separate from everyone else. That being, skin color, gender, or sexual orientation. What’s more, they then attempt to lay claim to more rights than everyone else, special accommodations, and more political voice than everyone else. To the point that they believe their political voice can silence opposition by smearing opposition as “hate” and so forth. What&#821...

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The Deep State Goes to War on Trump "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

IN JANUARY, 1961, Dwight Eisenhower delivered his farewell address after serving two terms as U.S. president; the five-star general chose to warn Americans of this specific threat to democracy: “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.” That warning was issued prior to the decade-long escalation of the Vietnam War, three more decades of Cold War mania, and the post-9/11 era, all of which radically expanded that unelected faction’s power even further.

This is the faction that is now engaged in open warfare against the duly elected and already widely disliked president-elect, Donald Trump. They are using classic Cold War dirty tactics and the defining ingredients of what has until recently been denounced as “Fake News.”

Their most valuable instrument is the U.S. media, much of which reflexively reverse, serves, believes, and sides with hidden intelligence officials. And Democrats, still reeling from their unexpected and traumatic election loss as well as a systemic collapse of their party, seemingly divorced further and further from reason with each passing day, are willing — eager — to embrace any claim, cheer any tactic, align with any villain, regardless of how unsupported, tawdry and damaging those behaviors might be.

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The serious dangers posed by a Trump presidency are numerous and manifest. There are a wide array of legitimate and effective tactics for combatting those threats: from bipartisan congressional coalitions and constitutional legal challenges to citizen uprisings and sustained and aggressive civil disobedience. All of those strategies have periodically proven themselves effective in times of political crisis or authoritarian overreach.

But cheering for the CIA and its shadowy allies to unilaterally subvert the U.S. election and impose its own policy dictates on the elected president is both warped and self-destructive. Empowering the very entities that have produced the most shameful atrocities and systemic deceit over the last six decades is desperation of the worst kind. Demanding that evidence-free, anonymous assertions be instantly venerated as Truth — despite emanating from the very precinct...

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Never Trust Governments "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California has upheld the criminal conviction of Robert Kahre, the man who tried to circumvent the IRS by paying his employees in gold coin. He relied on the face value of the gold coins being below the legal threshold that triggers withholding taxes. A $20 gold coin is legal tender for only $20 — not its gold value. Gold was never demonetized. From a strict construction perspective, Kahre was correct and should not have been charged legally. However, the IRS interprets the value of the gold, not the legal tender value. The Court held that Kahre didn’t do his duty to serve as a tax collector for the United States, for which you, as an employer, are not paid. Kahre is currently serving a 15-year sentence.

You must understand that you are dancing with the devil. There is absolutely NO RULE OF LAW whatsoever and all your constitutional rights are fictional. Your liberty and human rights are in the hands of every petty government officer because they get to do whatever they desire and it has become your burden to go to court to PROVE you have any human rights. This is what happens in all republics. Whenever you have a political class, they always exert their power against the people. There is ABSOLUTELY NO HISTORICAL EXCEPTION!

I understand that people say I am wrong about bitcoin or cryptocurrencies. You cannot possibly fight against the government. They can say whatever they want and their judges rule in government’s favor. Forget it! You cannot find any possible legal argument that will ever survive.

Myths, Misunderstandings and Outright lies about owning Gold. Are you at risk?

Politicians often promote the least ethical people to various positions to ensure that they will have no loyalty, except to the person of their benefactor. Saint Thomas Becket (1119/1120 – 1170) was Archbishop of Canterbury from 1162 until his murder in 1170 at the altar of the church. He was the drinking buddy of King Henry II, King of England. Henry wanted to control the church and installed his friend who had never been a priest. Upon becoming Archbishop, Thomas found religion. He suddenly defended the church and was murdered in Canterbury Cathedral. So there are a few historical exceptions. However, the ty...

17:01

Trump’s Enemies "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

“Fake news!” roared Donald Trump, the work of “sick people.”

The president-elect was referring to a 35-page dossier of lurid details of his alleged sexual misconduct in Russia, worked up by a former British spy. A two-page summary of the 35 pages had been added to Trump’s briefing by the CIA and FBI — and then leaked to CNN.

This is “something that Nazi Germany would have done,” Trump said. Here, basically, is the story.

During the primaries, anti-Trump Republicans hired the ex-spy to do “oppo research” on Trump, i.e., to dig up dirt.

Myths, Misunderstandings and Outright lies about owning Gold. Are you at risk?

The spy contacted the Russians. They told him that Trump, at a Moscow hotel in 2013, had been engaged in depraved behavior, that they had the films to blackmail him, and that Trump’s aides had been colluding with them.

When Trump won the nomination, Democrats got the dossier and began shopping it around to the mainstream media. Some sought to substantiate the allegations. None could. So none of them published the charges.

In December, a British diplomat gave the dossier to Sen. John McCain, who personally turned it over to James Comey of the FBI.

On Jan. 7, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and his colleagues at the NSA, CIA and FBI decided the new president needed to know about the dossier. They provided him with a two-page synopsis.

Once CNN learned Trump had been briefed, the cable news network reported on the unpublished dossier, without going into the lurid details.

BuzzFeed released all 35 pages. The story exploded.

Besides Trump’s understandable outrage, his Jan. 11 press conference produced related news.

U.S. intelligence agencies had for months contended that it was Russia who hacked the DNC emails and those of Clinton campaign chief John Podesta. Putin’s objectives, they contend, were to damage both U.S. democracy and Hillary Clinton, whom Putin detests, and to aid Trump.

Trump had previously dismissed claims of Russian hacking as unproved conjecture, and also as being advanced to delegitimize his victory.

Wednesday, Trump conceded Russia did it: “As far as hacking, I think it was Russia,” adding, Vladimir Putin “should not be doing it.”

The stakes in all of this are becoming huge.

Clearly, Trump hopes to work out with Putin the kind of detente that President Nixon achieved with Leonid Brezhnev.

This should not be impossible. For, unlike the 1970s, there is no Soviet Empire str...

17:00

The Two-State Solution Still the Only Game in Town "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Arab taxi driver who brought me to Ramallah had no trouble with the Israeli border posts. He just evaded them. Saves a lot of trouble. I was invited by Mahmood Abbas, the President of the Palestinian National Authority (as well as of the PLO and the Fatah movement) to take part in joint Palestinian-Israeli […]

17:00

Can Trump Tame the Pentagon? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Will Donald Trump keep his campaign promise to end America’s wasteful wars overseas? Since he’s stated he knows more than America’s generals, will he rein them in? Will he bring major reforms to the military-industrial complex, or will he be nothing but talk and tweets? At Trump’s first news conference as president-elect, he had little […]

17:00

Libya, Yemen, and Why They Are Yesterday’s News "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

55234234234We are all familiar with the phenomenon of old news. A story which was on the front page for weeks gradually stops being reported because other things are considered more newsworthy. The issues which made the story so newsworthy are still there, but the media owners decide that the public is bored with them, inconvenient truths, and the audience wants to hear about something else.

The question is: how is this decided? Now we have the internet you can see how popular stories are by the number of hits they get – although that is only a rough measure, as you don’t know why those stories are actually being read, or by whom in particular. But how did anyone decide before then whether a story was stale or not? If it was by editorial judgment, what does that actually mean?

The inhabitants of Libya and Yemen might well ask the same question. Libya was in the news frequently under Gaddafi because he was an international pariah, and any story about his actions, repetitive or not, served a political purpose which suited the newspapers. When he was overthrown by the West we were fed stories about the heroic freedom fighters liberating their country from tyranny. What the people of Libya had done was a model for the rest of the world to follow, in the wake of UN Resolution 1973, so we were told, so all eyes were directed to what was happening there—as in a false flag.

But what now? Following the logic of earlier reports, we should now be hearing about all the positive steps being taken by the new Libyan government to reconstruct the country. But Libya is now yesterday’s news. If the issues which made that conflict news had gone away there would be no problem with reinstalling the experienced Gaddafi henchmen, cleansed of past misdeeds. That isn’t happening, so Libyans are fighting the same newsworthy cause, but someone has declared it is no longer important enough to hear.

Yemen is a similar case. It got dragged into the “Arab Spring” because of its location, despite the fact its government was in power as a result of the Western-backed reunification of the country, and its actions were no worse than those of a dozen other governments the West has supported. Such was the West’s devotion to Yemen’s freedom that the US maintained an embassy there despite it being bombed and civil war raging around. Then some documents were stolen, and the US fled like greased...

17:00

What If Everything You Were Taught Was A Lie? "IndyWatch Feed World"

There is a war going on right now and it doesn’t involve guns or the military industrial complex. It’s a war on consciousness and most people are clueless that it even exists.

Education or Indoctrination?

Ultimately, the education system can be blamed for feeding us propaganda and forcing us to regurgitate it so we can “fit in” with the rest of society.

Our public school systems are set up to get the students primed for economic slavery without ever offering courses that allow to students to think creatively or freely.


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17:00

The Foolish Optimism of Hoping for Chelsea Manning’s Freedom "IndyWatch Feed War"

This column will soon be out of date. There are only a few days of Barack Obama’s presidential pardon powers left. He will either offer clemency to whistleblower Chelsea Manning, thereby ending her sentence three decades sooner than officially mandated, or he will not. And the chances of her gaining freedom under a Republican-dominated Washington […]

17:00

Life Lessons From 100-Plus-Year-Olds "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Dr. Mercola

By Dr. Mercola

Age is just a number, and this is clearly evident in the lives of the three centenarians interviewed in the LifeHunters video above.

Each has his or her own story — Clifford Crozier, born in 1915; Emilia Tereza Harper, born in 1913; and John Millington Denerley, born in 1914 — but you’ll notice a certain “je ne sais quoi” that they all seem to share.

Positivity and strength are certainly apparent, along with a will to live and a continued interest in and curiosity about the world around them.

Even as times changed, these people kept on living, adapting to and welcoming the new phases of their lives. It’s this fortitude and emotional resilience that has likely played a major role in their longevity.

Emotional Resilience and Optimism Help You Stay Young at Heart

Each of the centenarians in the video look far younger than their chronological years, and they certainly don’t act their age (who knows how a 100-year-old is “supposed” to act anyway). Their positive attitudes undoubtedly are to credit for helping them stay young at heart, and research backs this up.

In a study of 100 seniors (average age of 81), those who were exposed to implicit positive messages (words like creative, spry and fit) experienced gains in their physical strength.1

It’s evidence that your mind truly does have power over your body, and all of the centenarians interviewed exemplify this. If you believe your body and mind will fail you as you age, it may very well follow suit.

But the opposite also holds true, especially if your positive mindset is combined with the basic requirements for healthy living (like good sleep, fresh healthy food and...

California Charges Man With Caffeine DUI "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Dr. Mercola

By Dr. Mercola

Some cases are interesting, and some are downright weird. Reports of a man arrested on charges of driving under the influence of caffeine definitely fall into the second category.

It started on August 5, 2015, when Joseph Schwab was driving home from work and got pulled over in Fairfield, California, by Agent Ott from the California department of alcoholic beverage control, who was driving an unmarked vehicle.

The agent said she was suspicious because Schwab was “weaving in and out of traffic, almost causing several collisions,” exhibiting “erratic and reckless driving,” including cutting her off in traffic. Schwab was booked on a DUI charge, more specifically, driving under the influence of caffeine.

Solano County District Attorney Krishna Abrams said Schwab “seemed very amped up, very agitated, very combative and she thought he was under the influence of something.”1 She added that they were sure Schwab was on something because of the officer’s statement.

When the 36-year-old union glazier worker was booked into the Solano County Jail and subsequently underwent “several field sobriety tests,” his pupils were dilated, but nothing showed up in his blood screenings but caffeine.

“I was 100 percent confident that I was not under the influence of anything,” Schwab said.2 Nevertheless, he was charged with misdemeanor driving under the influence of a drug.

Schwab’s defense attorney, Stacey Barrett, said she’d never seen such a thing, and never heard of it, either. “I actually consulted with the other attorneys in my office to make sure that I wasn’t missing something.”3

How Can You Charge Somebody With Driving Under the Influence of Caffeine?

Here’s the odd part — one of them anyway: Schwab’s breathalyzer test s...

Custom Sensor Head Turns 3D Printer into Capacitive Scanner "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The best thing about owning a 3D printer or CNC router may not just be what you can additively or subtractively create with it. With a little imagination you can turn your machine into a 3D scanner, and using capacitive sensors to image items turns out to be an interesting project.

[Nelson]’s scanner idea came from fiddling with some capacitive sensors at work, and with a high-resolution capacitance-to-digital sensor chip in hand, he set about building a scan head for his printer. In differential mode, the FDC2212 sensor chip uses an external LC tank circuit with two plain sensor plates set close to each other. The sensor plates form an air-dielectric variable capacitor, and the presence of an object can be detected with high sensitivity. [Nelson]’s custom sensor board and controller ride on a 3D-printed bracket and scan over the target on the printer bed. Initial results were fuzzy, but after compensating for room temperature variations and doing a little filtering on the raw data, the scans were… still pretty fuzzy. But there’s an image there, and it’s something to work with.

Need a slightly more approachable project to get your feet wet with capacitive sensors? Maybe you should use your phone’s touchscreen as a 2D-capacitive scanner.

[via r/electronics]


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16:57

The Odds of Elvis Being an Identical Twin? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This one demanded to be shared ASAP. Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Identical or monozygotic twins occur in roughly four births per 1,000.
  2. Fraternal or dizygotic twins occur in roughly eight births per 1,000.
  3. Elvis Prestley had a twin brother, Jesse Garon Presley, that was stillborn.

For simplicity’s sake, we’ll assume sex is binary and split 50/50, despite the existence of intersex fraternal twins. What are the odds of Elvis being an identical twin? The answer will pop up on my blog in two days.

16:54

UK and USA are WEAK: Angela Merkel calls for German-led EU ARMY to defend Europe David Icke latest headlines

‘Angela Merkel has renewed her call for the European Union to have its own army, warning the bloc will not be able to rely on others to guarantee its security with Donald Trump in the White House and Britain set to leave. The Berlin chief said Brussels will have to take on “more responsibility in the world” as she predicted a cooling in trans-Atlantic ties under the eurosceptic President-elect. And describing Brexit as “emotional” for her she urged the remaining 27 member states to use Britain’s decision to leave to railroad through ever closer military cooperation.’ Read more: UK and USA are WEAK: Angela Merkel calls for German-led EU ARMY to defend Europe

16:51

Report: US Intel Met Secretly With Mossad, Plotting to Hide Intelligence From Trump David Icke latest headlines

‘These fears, which began upon Trump’s election, grew stronger following a meeting held recently between Israeli and American intelligence officials (the date of the meeting is not mentioned to protect the sources of the report). During the meeting, according to the Israelis who participated in it, their American colleagues voiced despair over Trump’s election, as he often lashes out at the American intelligence community. The American officials also told the Israelis that the National Security Agency (NSA) had “highly credible information” that Russia’s intelligence agencies, the FSB and GRU, were responsible for hacking the Democratic Party (DNC) servers during the elections and leaking sensitive information to WikiLeaks, which hurt Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.’ Read more: Report: US Intel Met Secretly With Mossad, Plotting to Hide Intelligence From Trump

16:50

U.S. Government Officially Calls For Research Into Geoengineering The Earth David Icke latest headlines

‘A federal agency has officially recommended further studies into two areas of geoengineering weather modification techniques. Earlier this month the U.S. Global Change Research Program quietly recommended new studies looking into two specific areas of research involving the controversial technology known as geoengineering. The GCRP involves thirteen different federal departments and agencies. The program was created by a presidential initiative in 1989 and became law as part of the Global Change Research Act of 1990. The law called for new research to help “assist the Nation and the world to understand, assess, predict, and respond to human-induced and natural processes of global change.”’ Read more: U.S. Government Officially Calls For Research Into Geoengineering The Earth

16:50

White Paper on Asia-Pacific Security Reveals China’s Regional Ambitions "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The paper discusses issues like the Korean nuclear crisis and the South China Sea dispute, as well as ties with the US and India. But it is important to read between the lines to understand the Chinese perspective.

A Chinese national flag flutters at the headquarters of a commercial bank on a financial street near the headquarters of the People's Bank of China, China's central bank, in central Beijing November 24, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Kim Kyung-Hoon/Files

A Chinese national flag flutters at the headquarters of a commercial bank on a financial street near the headquarters of the People’s Bank of China, China’s central bank, in central Beijing November 24, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Kim Kyung-Hoon/Files

China’s policy white paper on Asia-Pacific security cooperation, its first ever dealing with the region, signals the country’s desire to put its own stamp on the region’s security order. The central thrust of the document, issued on Wednesday, January 11, is security cooperation. The document mentions, but does not dwell, on “hotspot” issues like the Korean nuclear crisis, the Afghan reconciliation process, the South China Sea dispute or, as it is often called, the Senkaku-Diaoyu issue.

Nevertheless, the paper provides a clear outline of the realist basis of Chinese security policy. For instance, it explicitly warns  that “small and medium-sized countries need not and should not take side among big countries.”

China Watch_Manoj JoshiIndia will be happy that it is listed among the “major countries”, along with the US, Russia and Japan, who are, in turn enjoined to “treat the strategic inten...

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Who Is Spraying Us? Raytheon, MITRE Corporation, MIT Are Prime Suspects: Peter Kirby David Icke latest headlines

‘In this interview with Era of Wisdom, Peter breaks down his extensive research on the history of weather modification (geoengineering), thoroughly documented in his book yet kept from the public, from the 1940’s to present day. He goes into exactly who the prime suspects are in spraying us today: corporations such as Raytheon, MITRE Corporation, and their academic foundations in Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Government organizations such as the Department of Defense and its DARPA division, NATO, and the CIA are discussed. As two residents of Northern California, we discuss our experiences observing the distinct odor of chemtrails recently, and subsequent symptoms. We discuss the observed escalation of spraying activity in 2016, and how a new type of aerosol mix seems to be in use now compared to before mid-2016, that smells plastic, sharp, metallic, and similar to static electricity, rather than the powdery, starchy metallic odor observed previously.’ Read more: Who Is Spraying Us? Raytheon, MITRE Corporation, MIT Are Prime Suspects: Peter Kirby

16:47

WATCH: Anti-MILO Protesters Tear Down Barricades At UC Davis "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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At least one left-wing activist was arrested at UC Davis as protests forced the shutdown of MILO and Martin Shkreli's event at the college.

16:45

Ten horrifying ingredients that prove McDonald’s is not fit for consumption David Icke latest headlines

‘There’s no doubt that most hard-working Americans like their fast food. Even though they know the bare facts – fast food is high in fat, sodium and sugar and can cause diabetes, heart disease and obesity – they still eat tons of it every year. A 2013 Gallup survey reported that eight in 10 Americans eat fast food monthly, and almost half confessed to eating it at least once a week. While most of us are aware that every mouthful of a McDonald’s meal contains fat-promoting ingredients, we often don’t realize how many chemicals are in there too. Let’s look at 10 horrifying ingredients that should flip your appetite for a Big Mac.’ Read more: Ten horrifying ingredients that prove McDonald’s is not fit for consumption

16:43

Bashar al-Assad Linked to Chemical Attacks in Syria for First Time "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad speaks to French journalists in Damascus, Syria, in this handout picture provided by SANA on January 9, 2017. Credit: SANA/Handout via Reuters

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad speaks to French journalists in Damascus, Syria, in this handout picture provided by SANA on January 9, 2017. Credit: SANA/Handout via Reuters

International investigators have said for the first time that they suspect Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his brother are responsible for the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict, according to a document seen by Reuters.

A joint inquiry for the UN and global watchdog the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) had previously identified only military units and did not name any commanders or officials.

Now a list has been produced of individuals whom the investigators have linked to a series of chlorine bomb attacks in 2014-15 – including Assad, his younger brother Maher and other high-ranking figures – indicating the decision to use toxic weapons came from the very top, according to a source familiar with the inquiry.

The Assads could not be reached for comment but a Syrian government official said accusations that government forces had used chemical weapons had “no basis in truth”. The government has repeatedly denied using such weapons during the civil war, which is almost six years old, saying all the attacks highlighted by the inquiry were the work of rebels or the Islamic State militant group.

The list, which has been seen by Reuters but has not been made public, was based on a combination of evidence compiled by the UN-OPCW team in Syria and information from Western and regional intelligence agencies, according to the source, who declined to be identified due to the sensitivity of the issue.

Reuters was unable to independently review the evidence or to verify it.

The UN-OPCW inquiry – known as the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) – is led by a panel of three independent experts, supported by a team of technical and administrative staff. It is mandated by the UN Security Council to identify individuals and organisations responsible for chemical attacks in Syria.

Virginia Gamba, the head of the JIM, denied any list of individual suspects had yet been compiled by the inquiry.

“There are no...

16:42

LA County Sheriff plans to deploy drones in bomb & hostage situations David Icke latest headlines

‘The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will employ a $10,000 unmanned aerial system to assist deputies in the event of incidents such as search and rescue missions, bomb threats and fires, but not surveillance, the agency said. On Thursday, Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell announced that his department (LACSD) has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to use an unmanned aerial system (UAS), or drone, for law enforcement operations. The LACSD is one of about 300 policing agencies across the US that have been granted an FAA “certificate of authorization” to use a UAS, according to the Los Angeles Times. LACSD will use the UAS for a variety of missions, including: “search and rescue, explosive ordnance detection, hazardous materials incidents, disaster response, arson fires, hostage rescue, and barricaded, armed suspects.”‘ Read more: LA County Sheriff plans to deploy drones in bomb & hostage situations

16:36

Israel also involved with Trump/Russia "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Israel is reported to be also involved with the issues involving Donald Trump and Russia. UK Telegraph: US spies ‘warned Israel not to share intelligence with Trump’ US spies warned their Israeli counterparts that Russia may have “levers of pressure” over Donald Trump and told them to be careful about sharing intelligence with the White […]

16:36

Plans to strip Planned Parenthood of federal funding could save hundreds of millions of dollars (and thousands of lives) David Icke latest headlines

‘As part of the Republican majority’s plans to take out Obamacare and replace it with a free-market plan, taxpayers horrified by past actions of high-ranking officials at Planned Parenthood in selling baby body parts for profit will be happy that the organization’s taxpayer funding will dry up. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said the GOP plan is to strip hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding by adding it to legislation repealing much of President Obama’s signature legislation.’ Read more: Plans to strip Planned Parenthood of federal funding could save hundreds of millions of dollars (and thousands of lives)

16:36

NOW THAT IS A CASE THE JUDGE COULD HAVE SHOWN LENIENCY. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


Forget all those nice young men that successive judges have bent over backwards to be forgiving to.
All Blacks, Law students, some scion of a wine family, a list that seems to be well beyond the Blind Lady  of Justice, here was a case where such impressive  leniency could seem fair and good.

A woman married to a man for 25 years becomes aware that someone had been a very naughty boy.
Teenage son  finds some images on bad dad's cell phone of the fellow player in some examples of friction while wearing what some prurient justice deemed insufficient attire.
How bloody dumb was that not the activity but keeping the images on  a cell?

So Mrs Now Really Offended (not her real name), prints a few A4 posters of the  naked woman and some inimate action pics of Bad Dad and his new paramour and places them strategically around their little village where Bad Dad was the fire chief

Any way humourless sharp point Clayton (the judge you have when you don't have a judge) convicts wronged woman for distributing offensive matter and fines her $250.
Should have nominated her for housewife of the year, hell no one died in the commission.

Last time I checked creating red faces was normal societal fun and games, way less damaging physically than a young rising star smashing two young ladies and someone else trying to help them.

Justice aint Blind it is crippled and needs intensive care.
Chief District Court Judge needs to call Mr Clayton in for a little chat that sometimes revenge is a dish best served cold,  even for heat seeking Fire Chiefs. The perpetrator of the "offensive" was not Mrs N R Offended, it was the dumbarse who deserved all that embarrassment and more.

16:33

Vaccine pushers who promote mercury injections into children are 'medical child molesters,' warns heavy metals expert David Icke latest headlines

‘On top of all the sicko pedophilia and child trafficking going on in America, there’s also the vaccine industry: A cartel of toxic mercury pushers whose denial of the periodic table of elements (yes, they are science deniers) turns them into “medical child molesters” as they demand more and more children be injected with toxic mercury, a known neurotoxin and potent heavy metal that causes brain damage. As any genuine scientist or chemist knows, there is no such thing as a safe quantity or safe form of mercury for injecting into children. The continued advocacy of vaccines containing mercury — which continue to be pushed onto children and pregnant women all across America — is a crime against children and a gross violation of the American Medical Association’s code of medical ethics.’ Read more: Vaccine pushers who promote mercury injections into children are ‘medical child molesters,’ warns heavy metals expert

16:33

NYT: If Only We Knew What We Already Know About Jeff Sessions "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The New York Times (1/8/17) raises questions about Jeff Sessions–questions it admits have already been answered. Jefferson Beauregard Sessions seems to be on his way to becoming attorney general. Many people are angry and frightened, that the person in charge of the Justice Department could be a man whose public record demonstrates hostility to the […]

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Trump open to lifting Russia sanctions if Moscow cooperates with US "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

US President-elect Donald Trump has expressed willingness to remove harsh economic sanctions against Russia if it cooperates with the United States in efforts such as counterterrorism, according to a report. Trump told The Wall Street Journal on Friday that he plans to keep sanctions imposed on Russia by the outgoing Obama administration in response to […]

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16:30

The Inadvertent Consequences of the UNESCO World Heritage Listing "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The world heritage site list now comprises of more than 1,000 locations but the ethos of the process is often diverted from cultural recognition and is being appropriated for financial and geopolitical ends.

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UNESCO-listed heritage site Machu Picchu attracts around 1,000 tourists a day. Credit: Rodrigo Argenton/Wikipedia (CC BY-NC)

The principle of world heritage promoted by UNESCO is of crucial importance at a time when tourism has become a global phenomenon, involving more than a billion people and generating an annual revenue of nearly $1245 billion in 2014.

With the 1972 convention concerning the protection of World Cultural and Natural Heritage, UNESCO created the list of sites thought to be of exceptional value. While listing does not automatically lead to funding for the protection of listed sites, and although UNESCO is powerless to stop them being destroyed or damaged (like the Buddhas of Bamiyan in Afghanistan, destroyed by the Taliban in 2001, or the Temple of Baal in Palmyra, Syria, demolished in 2015), the list of world heritage sites remains a key element of UNESCO’s work and what it is best known for by the general public.

UNESCO world heritage listing confers prestige. It is sought after by countries wishing to promote their historical and natural assets, and gives them a place on the world stage.

Tangible, intangible...

16:30

Haiti’s “Depopulation”: Economic Dislocation, Poverty and Despair, A Globalist Project? David Icke latest headlines

‘A full two-thirds of the earthquake casualties in Haiti on January 12, 2010 were directly due to policies that the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), World Bank, and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) put in place to create surplus labor for the country’s sweatshops. The now well-known reductions in the tariffs on agricultural products, flood of subsidized Arkansas rice on the Haitian market, and eradication of the locally adapted creole pig were all components of a well mapped-out plan to impoverish Haitian farmers and force their migration from their villages to the capital city of Port-au-Prince. In this way, about 1.6 million Haitians were added in 30 years to about 800,000 people who were already in the area that would become the earthquake’s epicenter. Since that disaster, there has been a nearly complete eradication of Haitian agriculture and a simultaneous dissipation of the Haitian population to prevent a major famine and popular revolt.’ Read more: Haiti’s “Depopulation”: Economic Dislocation, Poverty and Despair, A Globalist Project?

16:30

Kellyanne Conway Discusses Specific Plans Donald Trump Has for Immediate Execution… "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Kellyanne Conway appeared on Sean Hannity (I know, I know…) show last night and began to outline the plans of the Trump administration. The immediacy of execution is perhaps the least discussed Trump aspect that highlights a very different approach … Continue reading

16:30

WATCH: UC Davis Protester Screams Obscenities At Martin Shkreli "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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Pharmaceutical entrepreneur Martin Shkreli was confronted by an irate protester at UC Davis, where he was scheduled to speak with MILO.

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Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Intelligence Committee Will Investigate Possible Russia-Trump Links
The Senate panel could use subpoenas to secure testimony from Obama officials and the Trump team.

By ELANA SCHOR
Politico.com
01/13/17 06:39 PM EST

Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) said late Friday that his committee will investigate possible contacts between Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia, reversing himself one day after telling reporters that the issue would be outside of his panel’s ongoing probe into Moscow’s election-disruption efforts.

Burr and the intelligence panel’s top Democrat, Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, said in a joint statement that the committee's probe would touch on "intelligence regarding links between Russia and individuals associated with political campaigns" as well as Russian cyberattacks and other election meddling outlined in an intelligence report released last week.

The committee will use “subpoenas if necessary” to secure testimony from Obama administration officials as well as Trump’s team, Burr and Warner said.

The bipartisan Senate announcement came hours after several House Democrats aired their frustrations with FBI Director James Comey following a classified briefing on Russian election disruption. The Democrats were livid that Comey refused to confirm whether he is conducting an inquiry into potential Trump ties to Russia — a question that he publicly declined to answer earlier this week.

Burr said late Thursday that he did not plan to touch on possible contacts between Trump emissaries and Russia, asserting that the issue likely falls under the FBI's purview. "We don't have anything to do with political campaigns," the Republican said.

But Warner had said during a Tuesday committee hearing that he wanted the probe to touch on possible contacts between Moscow or its emissaries and political campaigns, putting the two senators potentially at odds. Warner told reporters late Thursday that his view hadn't changed, meaning that the Friday joint announcement effectively brought Burr around to the Democrat's perspective.

The Senate move also creates a split...

16:29

Chibok Girls Revealed Role Played By Politicians in Their Disappearance "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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LAGOS JANUARY 14TH (URHOBOTODAY)-The 21 recently released Chibok girls have told a clergy man of how politicians played a major role in their disappearance for over two years.
The girls have revealed details of how some politicians allegedly sponsored the activities of the Boko Haram insurgents in the northeast for their personal gains.
According to a Chibok clergy called Pastor Bulus Baba from Kaya community in Chibok local government area of Borno state, his discussions with some of the girls revealed that some politicians reportedly played an active part in their abduction.

In an interview with Daily Post in Maiduguri, Pastor Bulus said the politicians reportedly did this in order to frustrate the administration of past president Goodluck Jonathan.
First, he said, the girls claimed they were not immediately driven into the forest as widely believed, but were first taken to a house in Borno Government Residential Area in Maiduguri.
There they stayed for two months before they were taken to Gwoza where they claimed that a top politician allegedly housed them in one of his residences for about 8 months.
The federal government said none of the girls was abused.
They were however forced to head into Sambisa forest after a bomb was dropped on the compound by a Nigerian Airforce fighter jet.
Some of the Chibok girls and other women abducted along with them were allegedly killed in the attack.
Bulus said: “The girls said, they spent over 8 months in Gwoza local government area along with other abducted women.
“They said they were kept at a resident of one of the top politicians in that local government area until at a point when a fighter jet dropped bomb that touch part of the house killing some of the girls.”
The Boko Haram had released a video some time ago and claimed that the Nigerian Armed Forces mistakenly killed some civilians while dropping bombs.
But the Nigerian Airforce denied killing civilians in its attack.
The girls said that after leaving Gwoza, they were divided into groups and while some severely sexually abused and others were forced to marry the militants.
The federal government however declared (upon release of 21 girls) that none of them had been abused.
Pastor Bulus said: “It was a sad story, we believe that those beh...

16:27

Canada’s New Foreign Policy: Trudeau Strengthens His Hard Line against Russia? David Icke latest headlines

‘The CBC today (Tuesday, January 10, 2016) presented the news concerning Chrystia Freeland’s new appointment as Foreign Affairs Minister for Canada’s Trudeau government, noting mainly that she was on the sanctions list from Russia. The announcer also noted that she is of Ukrainian background and is very opposed to Russia’s supposed actions in Ukraine. I say supposed because the descriptor was that Russia had “rolled” into Crimea. What wasn’t mentioned was that there were already 38 000 Russian military personnel already in Crimea, by agreement, and that Sevastopol was and always has been a primary Russian naval and military port for hundreds of years.’ Read more: Canada’s New Foreign Policy: Trudeau Strengthens His Hard Line against Russia?

16:24

Russia boosts anti-missile shield over Crimea with S-400 system David Icke latest headlines

‘A new battery of S-400 long-range surface-to-air missiles has been fully deployed in Russia’s Crimea after five months of training, the Russian military announced on Friday. In August of last year, the cutting-edge systems were delivered to the 18th Guard Anti-Aircraft Rocket Sevastopol-Feodosia Regiment stationed near the city of Feodosia in the eastern part of the peninsula. Since then, the troops have been training to use the S-400 systems and demonstrated their new skills during the Kavkaz 2016 exercise. The regiment is now fully operational and capable of deploying the long-range missile systems, the command of the Russian Southern military district reported on Friday.’ Read more: Russia boosts anti-missile shield over Crimea with S-400 system

16:24

Researchers Discover a Pomegranate Compound Could Increase Life Expectancy, Reduce Aging "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Scientists may be able to unlock the potential of a compound found in a common fruit, whose interaction with a certain gut bacteria helps ward off aging.

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16:23

This Material Could Reveal the Link Between Classical Physics and the Quantum Realm "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

In Brief

  • Scientists are a little bit closer to unlocking the mystery of how the rules of the quantum realm translate to the rules of the classical physics of the observable world.
  • Experts predict that the materials used in this research, topological insulators, will play a key role in furthering this development.

It’s no surprise that quantum physics can be disorienting to the casual observer; after all, it does follow its own set of rules quite different from those of classical physics which rule over our everyday experience. In the quantum realm, things can and cannot be at the same time (to a certain extent) or are continually moving without spending energy. These don’t apply to the physics of macro-level matter.

These two realms are related, in so far as they occur in the same physical space. This relationship is what N. Peter Armitage, an associate professor of physics at Johns Hopkins University, wanted to figure out in a study published in the journal Science. “We found a particular material that is straddling these two regimes,” Armitage said.

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16:23

Going Away Gift: Obama Just Expanded Surveillance Powers For Donald Trump "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By: Josie WalesAntiMedia   Washington, D.C. The Obama administration just handed even more power to the incoming Trump administration to invade the privacy of American citizens. The recent approval of new procedures for an existing executive order will allow the NSA to share the private data it collects with all 16 agencies of the United States intelligence community. The 23-page outline of the new procedures lifts previous limits placed on the way information was filtered before being disseminated to individual agencies.

“As he hands the White House to Trump, Obama just unchained NSA from basic limits on passing raw intercepts to others,” NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden tweeted Thursday.

Gone are the already-flimsy privacy protections that required NSA analysts to review data before handing it over to other agencies like the CIA, DEA, DHS, or others. Whereas prior restrictions required analysts to shield the identities of innocent parties and other personal data before sharing only the information deemed pertinent, there are now no filters whatsoever.

All agencies will have the freedom to dig through “raw signals intelligence information” under the new procedures, which were signed by Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch. After evaluating the information, the agencies can apply rules “minimizing” violations of privacy. That’s correct — only after privacy has been violated can it be protected. That’s not exactly how it works, but it is now the law according to Section 2.3 of Executive Order 12333.

The document was originally signed on December 15, 2016, by the director of national intelligence, James R. Clapper Jr. According to Clapper’s general counsel, Robert S. Litt:

“This is not expanding the substantive ability of law enforcement to get access to signals intelligence. It is simply widening the aperture for a larger number of analysts, who will be bound by the existing rules.”

ACLU lawyer Pat Toomey disagrees, explaining:

...

16:21

UK ex-premier visits Bahrain, shunning rights abuse concerns David Icke latest headlines

‘Former British Prime Minister David Cameron has visited Bahrain for talks with the sheikhdom’s crown prince and business leaders despite growing concerns about the ongoing human rights violations by the Manama regime. Cameron, whose term in office saw the closest ever diplomatic and military ties with Bahrain, arrived in Manama earlier this week and met Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifah. Cameron also visited the headquarters of the Bahrain Economic Development Board (BEDB) and met with Bahrain’s transport and telecommunications ministers. Pro-democracy campaigners have expressed concern over the visit amid speculations that Cameron could follow in former premier Tony Blair’s footsteps and use his international contacts for personal business gains.’ Read more: UK ex-premier visits Bahrain, shunning rights abuse concerns

16:20

January 14th – 2017 Presidential Politics – 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 “Presidential Politics”. Please use this thread to post anything relating to the Trump/Pence presidential victory. Transition … Continue reading

16:18

Lawmakers with Myanmar’s ruling party in Rakhine refuse to meet UN envoy David Icke latest headlines

‘Lawmakers from the ruling party in Myanmar’s beleaguered Rakhine State have refused to meet the United Nations special envoy, who is in the country to investigate a brutal and deadly military crackdown on Rohingya Muslims. Yanghee Lee, the UN’s special rapporteur on human rights, who arrived in Myanmar earlier this week, was expected to hold talks with members of the Arakan National Party (ANP) in the state capital, Sittwe. The vice president of the party Khine Pyi Soe, however, said the UN group has “offered to meet with us from their side but we have no plans to meet them.” “I don’t think that meeting with them is very important,” he said.’ Read more: Lawmakers with Myanmar’s ruling party in Rakhine refuse to meet UN envoy

16:18

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Chicago Police Officers Have Pattern of Using Excessive Force, Scathing Justice Dept. Report Says
By Mark Berman and Matt Zapotosky
Washington Post
January 13 at 7:05 PM

A federal investigation into the Chicago police found that the department routinely uses excessive force and violates the constitutional rights of residents, particularly those who are black and Latino.

The blistering 164-page report by the Justice Department, released Friday, put an unwelcome spotlight on Chicago, a city already struggling with a surge in gun violence that has pushed homicide numbers to their highest level in two decades.

The report, and a pledge by city officials to reform the police department, come in the last days of the Obama administration, which has aggressively pursued investigations of abuse by local law enforcement.

On Friday, Chicago leaders said they had promised to negotiate with the federal government an order, enforceable by a judge, that would reform how the police department handles training, accountability and the way officers use force. A similar agreement is in place for the city of Baltimore.

But President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general, Jeff Sessions, has criticized government lawsuits that force police reforms. And Trump himself has been a staunch defender of police officers, who he has called the “most mistreated people in this country,” and he has said that crime in this country is on the rise and requires a forceful response.

When asked whether the Chicago action would retain its strength under a Trump administration, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Friday she expected the agreement with Chicago to live on beyond Obama’s term.

“Yes, the top people at the Department of Justice move on, but this agreement is not dependent on one, or two, or three people,” she said.

The report details a grim succession of anecdotes.

Officers are described as running after people who they had no reason to believe committed serious crimes. Some of those chases ended in fatal gunfire. In one case, officers began chasing a man who was described as “fidgeting with his waistband.” Police fired a total of 45 rounds at him, hitting an...

16:15

Saturday January 14th – 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

16:15

‘It’s a Decentralised Emergency… A Pyramidal Mafia State’: Arun Shourie on Modi Sarkar "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

In an explosive interview, the former BJP leader Arun Shourie hits out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

File photo of Arun Shourie. Credit: Reuters

File photo of Arun Shourie. Credit: Reuters

As part of the research for my book, I Am a Troll, I interviewed the former Bharatiya Janata Party leader Arun Shourie – a man who has also been viciously trolled on social media by ‘bhakts’ when on the Karan Thapar show he first went public with his criticism of the Narendra Modi government. The interview with Shourie, who was a minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government from 1999-2004, was conducted in the summer of 2016 and the edited transcript is being published in The Wire for the first time.

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Swati Chaturvedi: Narendra Modi is the only one among world leaders who follows abusive handles. You and your son, who has cerebral palsy, were attacked and abused by these handles followed by him when you criticised him in an interview to Karan Thapar. They even said that you deserved your son’s illness as your karma for criticising Modi.

Arun Shourie: Yes, by following them Modi is giving the message: I am following it. You are following, then you are encouraging it, saying ‘Bhaiyya main dekh raha hoon tum kitni galiyan dal rahe ho’ (Boys, I’m watching, to see how many abuses you come up with). Next I hear he had a reception for them. You are receiving the same fellows in the PM’s official residence. Then the encouraged fellows put up their photos with Modi. Next I heard one of them had been made the chief of the BJP’s IT cell. So obviously it is now a governmental operation, a party operation. And, this is one of the many instruments being used to silence voices in the whole country. So abuse is one, denial of access – just see now in Rajasthan, the Rajasthan Patrika has been denied advertisements by the state government because they wrote something about the central government.

SC: You fought the Emergency. I was not even born then. Is this anything at all like that era?

Shourie:  It’s a decentralised emergency. What we are going towards is a pyramidal decentralised mafia state, where local goons will belabour anyone whom they think is doing something wrong. The central peopl...

16:12

Spain plans to sell warships to Saudi Arabia despite Yemen war crimes concerns David Icke latest headlines

‘Spain is planning to sell warships to Saudi Arabia despite opposition from major human rights groups, which call the potential sale illegal, as Riyadh may use them in their operation against Yemen that has killed thousands of civilians. A spokesman for Navantia, a Spanish state-owned shipbuilding company, said that five Avante 2200 corvettes, which are small warships used primarily for offshore patrolling, could be sold for an estimated €2 billion ($2.1 billion), AFP reported on Thursday. “We can only confirm that negotiations are very advanced to build five warships which would be sold to the Saudi navy,” the spokesman said.’ Read more: Spain plans to sell warships to Saudi Arabia despite Yemen war crimes concerns

16:10

Three Agawam Police Officers Fired for Brutally Beating Man in Holding Cell on Video "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sgt. Anthony Grasso, Officer Edward Conner, and Officer John Moccio have been fired from the Agawam Police Department.

The violent trio first made headlines last year when news broke of them violently beating a drunken suspect in a holding cell.

During the two minute video, officers are seen throwing dozens of punches, kicks, and baton strikes, seemingly without care that they were being recorded on video.

The victim of this brutality, David Desjardins, was left with dozens of injuries as the result of this barbaric attack.

Despite being caught on video committing the assault and being fired from their jobs, the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office has announced they WILL NOT prosecute the officers.

Police Chief Eric Gills  says the force they used was excessive and violated department policies.  Gillis said that although his decision to fire the officers triggered considerable backlash, he is confident the terminations were justified.

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16:09

Turkey detains Erdogan’s former security chief in post-coup crackdown David Icke latest headlines

‘Turkish authorities have arrested the former chief of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s security staff over his alleged affiliation to the network of US-based opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom the Ankara government accuses of having orchestrated the failed July 15 coup attempt last year. Maksut Karal was detained on Wednesday, and charged with being a member of a “terrorist organization” in addition to having backed the botched putsch, Turkish-language CNN Turk television news network reported on Friday. Karal was relieved from his post under the presidential decree No. 675 issued on October 29, 2016.’ Read more: Turkey detains Erdogan’s former security chief in post-coup crackdown

16:07

Nicole Kidman: A celebrity with common sense regarding Trump and the elections "IndyWatch Feed World"

Unlike comedian Rosie O'Donnell and the vast majority of her elitist peers in Hollywood, actress Nicole Kidman strongly believes that Americans need to support President-elect Donald Trump. "I just say (Trump's) now elected, and we as a country need to support whoever's the president because that's what the country's based on," she said recently during an interview with the BBC, as reported by The Washington Times. "Whatever, however that happened, he's there and let's go." Kidman, who was a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Children's Fund, added that her concern lay with more specific issues — likely those concerning young children.

16:06

Cypriot president emphasizes withdrawal of Turkish troops David Icke latest headlines

‘The Greek Cypriot president says the withdrawal of about 30,000 Turkish troops from Cyprus serves as a precondition for any agreement to reunify the Mediterranean island. Nicos Anastasiades said there “must” be an agreement “on the withdrawal of the Turkish army.” He made the remarks at a press conference in Geneva on Friday. Leaders of Cyprus’ ethnic Greek and Turkish communities have been engaged in reunification talks in the Swiss city since January 9. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, however, ruled out a complete withdrawal of the troops.’ Read more: Cypriot president emphasizes withdrawal of Turkish troops

16:05

Symbolic Buildings, Bridge Captured in Mosul; 118 Killed in Iraq "IndyWatch Feed War"

Iraqi Forces took control of Mosul University, government buildings, and at least one bridge during Friday's advancements.

16:05

More flights in the Visayas and Mindanao – The Cebu Pacific surprise "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

More flights in the Visayas and in northern Mindanao. Last Tuesday Cebu Pacific Air published a very nice surprise.

Following heavy investments by Cebu Pacific Air, they ordered 15 new ATR 72-600 aircraft, the number of flights to mostly remote islands will increase by April 1, 2017.

Especially Camiguin island will soon have two daily flights on FRI, SUN and MON. The first flights DG 6590/91 will not change and will be available daily. DG 6590 leaves Cebu at 05:45 and arrives in Camiguin at 06:30. The return flight DG 6591 leaves Camigun at 06:50 and reaches Cebu at 07:30.

The new flights On Friday, Sunday and Monday are: DG 6693 leaves Cebu at 09:45 and arrives in Camiguin at 10:30. The flight back DG 6694 takes off in Camiguin at 10:50 and lands in Cebu at 11:30.

More flights in the Visayas and in northern Mindanao

More Flights: CEB Schedule

Not only Camiguin

Ozamis, Calbayog, Siargao, Dumaguete, Cagayan de Oro, and Tacloban do also enjoy additional flights from/to Cebu. This means that Samar, Leyte and Siargao get nearer to the world. In Dumaguete the early birds will like the 06:45 flight to Cebu.

In Butuan and Iloilo passengers will have to get up earlier in the morning. Butuan flights arrive and leave 20 minutes earlier. Iloilo it’s 50 minutes earlier.

CEB’s 57-strong fleet is comprised of 48 Airbus (6 A319, 36 A320 and 6 A330) and 9 ATR (8 ATR 72-500 and 1 ATR 72-600)​ aircraft. It is one of the most modern aircraft fleets in the world. Between 2016 and 2021, Cebu Pacific will take delivery of 32 brand-new Airbus A320, two Airbus A330, and 15 ATR 72-600 aircraft orders.

Final remark

Although I much w...

16:03

African Union will stop recognizing Jammeh as Gambia’s leader David Icke latest headlines

‘The African Union says it will cease to recognize Gambian President Yahya Jammeh as the West African country’s legitimate leader as of January 19, the date he is slated to hand power to the winner of a last month’s election. The AU’s Peace and Security Council announced the decision in a statement issued following a meeting of West African leaders in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa on Friday where the participants made their last-ditch effort to persuade Jammeh to accept his recent election defeat and step down. The statement warned of “serious consequences in the event that his [Jammeh] action causes any crisis that could lead to political disorder, humanitarian and human rights disaster, including loss of innocent lives and destruction of properties.”’ Read more: African Union will stop recognizing Jammeh as Gambia’s leader

16:02

Wintering Elk Safety Notice on the Fort Hall Reservation "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published January 14, 2017

FORT HALL, IDAHO – The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes (Tribes) have been coordinating with State agencies and Tribal departments during the past several weeks to ensure the safety of wintering elk and for travelers driving along sections of Interstate 15 and 86; and rural roads on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation.

Elk migrate onto their Reservation winter ranges for forage and refuge from cold temperatures and deep snow.  Due to the recent extreme winter weather, elk herds have been pushed to lower elevations along the interstates and nearby Reservation roadways, posing a potential hazard to motorists.

As a precautionary measure, the Tribes have requested Idaho Department of Transportation utilize several LED message boards, to warn motorists about the possibility of wildlife on the Interstates by repeating a “Warning, Elk on Roadway” message to passing motorists near Fort Hall.  According to Leander Watson, Tribal Big Game Program Biologist, “the Tribes are working to prevent wildlife/vehicle interactions on Interstates and rural Reservation roads. A supplemental feeding program has been initiated along with road closures and additional signage cautioning motorists of wildlife presence on rural Reservation roads.”  Watson adds, “We {Tribes} take on these proactive measures to ensure that we have a viable and sustainable population of elk and other wildlife for future generations.”

The Tribes are aware that these elk herds provide great viewing opportunities but during these critical winter months, these animals are at their most vulnerable.  The Tribes are asking the public refrain from any travel through their winter grounds to avoid triggering a mass migration across a public roadway.  The Tribes ask motorist to please slow down and be cautious because the roads are slick and there may be wildlife species present on or along the Interstates and rural reservation roads.

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16:02

Corbyn Is Right On Bosses’ Pay "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A Maximum of 20 Times The Wage Of Their Lowest-Paid Worker by Adnan Al-Daini / January 13th, 2017 The Leader of Britain’s Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, has proposed that bosses’ pay should be no more than 20 times the wage of the lowest-paid worker in the company. The salaries of top bosses have reached grotesque […]

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16:02

Understanding Global Market Watch "IndyWatch Feed World"

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QUESTION: Good afternoon,

I have a quick question regarding the GLOBAL MARKET WATCH. Are the results updated only at the end of each time period (day, week, month, quarter or year) or are they updated constantly throughout the time period?

For example: I have noticed that the monthly trend on gold started January with a bearish comment and now it suddenly changed to “rally under way”.  Or does this mean that since January 12, 2107 the tone will be bullish (rally under way) for the next 30 days until February 12, 2017? Thank you in advance for your help in understanding how the Global Market Watch works.

ANSWER: The Daily is based upon the end of each session. The Weekly to Yearly are progressive or dynamic. In other words, the comment it comes up with is based upon the data up to that point as if that level closed that instant. So a monthly will change as the month unfolds and as the month closes it is then fixed. So if gold closed that day, then the final comment for January would be as it appears. The “tone” would be bullish going into the next month at that instant. It does not indicate that it will be up for 30 days.

Keep in mind this can change and you can make a high and suddenly it will then say it is a reaction or temp high. In this case, gold elected a Monthly Bullish at the end of December so this signaled we should see a bounce.

16:01

Reader Comments & Observations "IndyWatch Feed National"

Comments

COMMENT #1:  Regarding your post Currency vs Language, I wanted to add that in NY I have an abundance of IT co-workers that are H1-B visas holders working as consultants from India. They are extremely nice and I’ve enjoyed learning about their culture. As I’ve stated before, these consults overwhelmingly supported Hillary Clinton. Some of the consultants were naturalized and voted for Hillary. People from India are social and they often gather and speak among themselves; therefore, as more before naturalized and vote, you can expect more Democrat voters. With regard to language, they’ve confirmed to me that they speak their India state language at home, not English. You are correct, even in NY, “If that subculture then becomes the majority, the culture of the state will change and therein lies the seed …”

COMMENT #2: The Xi Jinping article about the coming new world order, in it you provide a good explanation of why we think linearly and they think cyclically. My explanation lies along the lines of religious background. Even if/when people leave the confines of religion, the subconscious thought remains. I believe that we think linearly because our religion teaches us that things begin and end. They think cyclically because their religion teaches them that things begin and end and then begin again and end again.

COMMENT #3: Hi Martin, I appreciate the work you do and making your blog available for free. I thought you might like to know that Canada is also moving toward a cashless society. Yesterday I went into Scotia Bank and tried to buy foreign currency. I offered them cash and they refused it. They told me that the money had to be paid by cash transfer. Because I didn’t have an account with them I could not buy the foreign currency. The Canadian banking system is primitive compared to New Zealand and Australian banks where I have also lived. Another bank would not allow me transfer money online from my own bank to a relative’s bank account at their bank. I would have to personally go into...

16:01

Analyzing information in the age of disinformation "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Analyzing information in the age of disinformation

by Jon Rappoport

January 14, 2017

My “ordeal by fire” came in 1987, while I was writing my first book, AIDS INC.

I had dozens of sources telling me contradictory stories about HIV, what HIV really was and wasn’t; and that was just the beginning of the AIDS information/opinion flooding in from all quarters.

I had to find a way to judge all these data. I had to separate value from non-value. I had to discover a few bottom lines that would serve as context, against which I could make judgments.

When the dust cleared, I knew I had reached a high point. I knew I was launched. Never again would serious disinformation and misinformation cook my brain.

Since then, I’ve made extensive notes on “Analyzing Information in the Age of Disinformation”—which happens to be the title of one section of my collection, Power Outside The Matrix.


power outside the matrix


Here are the contents of Power Outside The Matrix:

These are audio presentations. 55 total hours.

* Analyzing...

16:01

Tribal Land in Alaska Put into Trust "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"


Interior Approves Craig Tribal Association’s Land-into-Trust Application

Published January 14, 2017

WASHINGTON – Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Lawrence S. Roberts, who leads the Office of the Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs, on Friday announced the Department’s decision to place a 1.08-acre land parcel owned by the Craig Tribal Association, a federally recognized tribe headquartered in the City of Craig, Alaska, into federal Indian trust status.  The decision is the first under the Department’s revised rule for taking tribal land into trust in Alaska.

“The journey to this decision has been a long one. Today, the federally recognized tribes in Alaska have the same opportunity as those in the Lower 48 states to maintain a permanent homeland for themselves,” Roberts said.  “The decision to place the Craig Tribal Association’s land into trust reflects the policies of tribal self-determination and self-governance through the restoration of tribal homelands that will benefit its current and future generations of tribal members.  I congratulate the Craig Tribal Association leadership on their achievement. I also commend the State of Alaska and the City of Craig for their comments on the land-into-trust application.  Their approach, much like other state and local governments, is another important example of tribes, states and local governments working together in a government-to-government relationship to address concerns so that they may better serves their collective communities.”

Congress amended the Indian Reorganization Act (IRA) in 1936 so that, among other things, tribes in Alaska would be treated similarly to tribes in the Lower 48 states.  For decades afterward, the Department accepted lands into trust for a few Alaska tribes.  However, in 1980 the Department changed course and did not allow Alaska tribes to submit applications – a regulatory prohibition t...

16:00

Mexico to 'immediately' react to US border tax measure David Icke latest headlines

‘Mexico says it should react “immediately” by imposing its own taxes if US President-elect Donald Trump moves to fulfill his promised border tax on Mexican imports. Trump, who will be sworn in on January 20, has threatened to impose heavy tax on companies that have moved their production, fully or partially, to Mexico and ship their products back to the United States. The measure could hinder Mexico’s exports to its top trading partner and deter foreign companies from investing in the Latin American country.’ Read more: Mexico to ‘immediately’ react to US border tax measure

16:00

Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Whaleoil Backchat is brought to you byuse coupon code WHALE OIL to get 10% off e-cigarettes and e-liquids Good evening, welcome to Whaleoil Backchat. You don’t have to stay “on topic” in these posts like you do in all others. Feel free to share your own stories, discuss other news or catch up with friends. […]

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16:00

The Budget After Demonetisation: Will the Government Reform India’s Tax Structure? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Demonetisation was meant to widen India’s tax base and increase our abysmally low tax-GDP ratio. The government could further this aim in more concrete ways through the Budget.

Reducing India's indirect taxes on good and services and increasing direct taxes should be one of the government's moves if it is serious about increasing the tax base while also addressing income inequalities. Credit: Reuters

Reducing India’s indirect taxes on good and services and increasing direct taxes should be one of the government’s moves, if it is serious about increasing the tax base while also addressing income inequalities. Credit: Reuters

This is the first article in a two-part series on possible Budget scenarios after demonetisation.

Little else is required to carry a state to the highest degree of opulence…but peace, easy taxes, and a tolerable administration of justice.”

∼ Adam Smith

It is striking how Adam Smith, some 260 years ago, attached distinct importance to an easy, robust taxation system alongside both peace and justice for any state to pursue an optimal level of performance. In the 21st century too, the ingredients of a sound taxation system for emerging economies revolve around a reliable government revenue source base to provide for public goods and manoeuvring the international taxation system where such economies should remain capable of mobilising their revenues and expenditures in a more integrated, globalised economic environment.

The presentation of India’s annual financial statement for 2017, the Union Budget, by finance minister Arun Jaitley scheduled for February 1 seems particularly important in the aftermath of India’s biggest, most impromptu economic experiment – demonetisation. A country that in decades following its independence has nominally projected itself as socialist, the Budget is always read, well beyond the specifics of policy, as a coded message on how supportive the government of the day intends to be when it comes to the markets. As an annual exercise, the Budget carries much more meaning and purpose than being a mere presentation of financial accounts by the finance minister.

In a recent piece, I highlighted some structural macroeconomic worries that the Indian economy faces while entering 2017, under the smog of a post-demonetisation economic landscape. In the spectre of economic stagnation that is evident from......

16:00

Scientific Proof That We Can Heal Ourselves "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By bodymindsoulspirit

by Lexie In this TEDtalk, Lissa Rankin explores the spiritual and scientific implications that the placebo effect has over us. She discusses how our thoughts powerfully affect our physiology when we believe we can get well. The placebo effect is concrete evidence that the body has its own innate self repair system. A study was […] Visit Site

16:00

The Utter Stupidity of the New Cold War "IndyWatch Feed World"

It seems so strange, twenty-seven years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, to be living through a new Cold War with (as it happens, capitalist) Russia.

The Russian president is attacked by the U.S. political class and media as they never attacked Soviet leaders; he is personally vilified as a corrupt, venal dictator, who arrests or assassinates political opponents and dissident journalists, and is hell-bent on the restoration of the USSR.

(The latter claim rests largely on Vladimir Putin’s comment that the dissolution of the Soviet Union was a “catastrophe” and “tragedy” — which in many respects it was. The press chooses to ignore his comment that “Anyone who does not miss the Soviet Union has no heart, while anyone who wants to restore it has no brain.”

It conflicts with the simple talking-point that Putin misses the imperial Russia of the tsars if not the commissars and, burning with resentment over the west’s triumph in the Cold War, plans to exact revenge through wars of aggression and territorial expansion.)


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16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.0009 BTC
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15:58

Nigeria Army Orders Preparation for 800 Troops for Gambia "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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LAGOS JANUARY 14TH (URHOBOTODAY) — A Nigerian army memo orders officers to prepare a battalion of 800 troops for a possible military intervention in Gambia, where the longtime leader has refused to accept his election loss and step down.
West Africa’s regional bloc, the Economic Community of West African States, has said it has a standby military force ready to enter Gambia if President Yahya Jammeh does not cede power when his mandate expires next Thursday. Jammeh, who has ruled since he took power in a 1994 military coup, is challenging his Dec. 1 loss.

The Nigerian memo dated Wednesday and seen by The Associated Press is signed by the chief of army staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, and describes the force as ECOMIG, or ECOWAS Mission in Gambia.
Army spokesman Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman denies Nigeria’s military is readying such a force.Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari led a regional delegation to Gambia on Friday to try to persuade Jammeh to step down. Nigerian legislators have voted to allow Buhari to offer asylum to Jammeh as the region seeks a peaceful solution to the crisis.

The West African regional bloc has said the standby force would be led by Senegal, which almost completely surrounds Gambia.
Gambia, with just 1.9 million people, had an army of just 900 troops as of 2013, according to the South Africa-based military news site defenceWeb.
Nigeria’s memo indicates the 800 troops will come from different battalions. That is probably because Nigerian security forces already are stretched, fighting Boko Haram’s Islamic uprising in the northeast and deployed against oil militants in the south and separatists in the southeast.
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15:53

The Trump Dossier: Created by Spies”R”Us? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

45234234234Chris Steele is a former MI6 and FBI asset who compiled a dossier of unsubstantiated allegations about President-elect Donald Trump. The current Director at the private security and investigation firm Orbis Business Intelligence, is a curious player in the sensational efforts of Trump adversaries. Here is what I discovered about the former British intelligence officer.

For Donald Trump’s part, his press conference this week revealed his righteous indignation at just how far his opponents will go to smear his coming administration. Shunning Buzzfeed and ostracizing CNN for their irresponsible broadcasting of the “dossier”, Mr. Trump was crystal clear in pointing the finger at crooked media and the people behind. The incoming president was also clear in identifying his adversaries, a fact that has been corroborated.

The Steele dossier was contracted by both Republican and Democratic adversaries of Mr. Trump. Senator John McCain, the notoriously hawkish Arizona arms industry puppet, admitted he turned over the dossier to the FBI. While McCain’s involvement is shocking enough, I believe other familiar faces funded the extended smear campaign. The Guardian has done some of the homework in tracking down how this dossier came into being, but this “Steele” character is still a bit of an enigma.

Chris Steele has only this week come into the limelight, but Mother Jones had actually reported on some of his activities back in October of 2016. By using The Guardian story, and what can be gleaned from the Mother Jones report, profiling Mr. Trump’s new nemesis is actually not so difficult. Steel’s LinkedIn profile and connections are telling. Steele has received some interesting endorsements on LinkedIn.

First, Jonathan Winer, who’s a Special Envoy at US Department of State, acknowledged the former MI6 agent on his international relations skills, it is key to note that Winer is not only the special envoy for Libya, but he was previously a senior director at Margery Kraus’ APCO Worldwide, a former Assistant Secretary of State, and Secretary of State John Kerry’s legislative assistant. Are your eyebrows raised?

Paul Andrews, who’s director of...

15:52

Overnight Open Thread: “A True Hero In Every Sense” "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Imagine to be shot, to be made a quadriplegic. To not have the life you intended to have, perhaps not even have the number of children you intended to have because you can’t. But instead to find another life. A life so filled with love that the people around you felt it radiating, that all […]

15:51

Anti-Aircraft Missiles Deployed Around Moscow as U.S. Troops Arrive in Poland "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JANUARY 28: Military personnel of Troops of VKO of an antiaircraft rocket regiment organize execution of alert on the latest Triumph S-400 complexes on January 28, 2015 in Moscow, Russia. Regiment protects of air boundaries of the city of Moscow and Central industrial region of the Russian Federation. (Photo Alexander Scherbak/Kommersant Photo via Getty Images).

15:50

More Signs In The Sun, Moon And Stars – Earthquake Warning Issued After Huge Coronal Hole Launches Particle Storm And Solar Winds Towards Planet Earth "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

More Signs In The Sun, Moon And Stars – Earthquake Warning Issued After Huge Coronal Hole Launches Particle Storm And Solar Winds Towards Planet Earth “And there will be strange signs in the sun, moon, and stars. And here on earth the nations will be in turmoil, perplexed by the roaring seas and strange tides.” Luke…

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15:49

ABC10 Photographer Attacked With Hot Coffee Outside MILO UC Davis Event "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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A photographer for ABC was attacked with hot coffee while they were reporting on the cancelled event with MILO and Martin Shkreli at UC Davis.

15:46

ORIGINAL PECHANGA : Tribal Disenrollment and Political Violence: Kenneth Hansen PhD: Witness for the Defense of The Cedarville Rancheria Murderer "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

ORIGINAL PECHANGA : Tribal Disenrollment and Political Violence: Kenneth Hansen PhD: Witness for the Defense of The Cedarville Rancheria Murderer: The term used at Ms. Rhodes’ murder trial was banishment. However, to me banishment denotes a temporary condition, even if someone is banished for a lengthy period of time. Ms. Rhodes and her son were by definition disenrolled, as they lost all privileges of tribal citizenship, including personal and real property rights, political rights, association, as well as due process, permanently. For all intents and purposes they were terminated and dismembered from the tribe and the tribal community. This followed on the heels of a recall effort mounted against Ms. Rhodes and her son, who had served as tribal chair and vice chair, respectively, amid embezzlement allegations put forth by her brother, Rurik Davis. Davis would be her first victim, and was killed instantly by a bullet between the eyes.

15:43

Hubble Finds "Shadow" Caused by an Exoplanet Tugging at a Protoplanetary Disk "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

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Searching for planets around other stars is a tricky business. They're so small and faint that it's hard to spot them. But a possible planet in a nearby stellar system may be betraying its presence in a unique way: by a shadow that is sweeping across the face of a vast pancake-shaped gas-and-dust disk surrounding a young star. The planet itself is not casting the shadow. But it is doing some heavy lifting by gravitationally pulling on material near the star and warping the inner part of the disk. The twisted, misaligned inner disk is casting its shadow across the surface of the outer disk.

A team of astronomers led by John Debes of the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, say this scenario is the most plausible explanation for the shadow they spotted in the stellar system TW Hydrae, located 192 light-years away in the constellation Hydra, also known as the Female Water Snake. The star is roughly 8 million years old and slightly less massive than our sun. The researchers uncovered the phenomenon while analyzing 18 years' worth of archival observations taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.

[...] Given the relatively short 16-year period of the clocklike moving shadow, the planet is estimated to be about 100 million miles from the star — about as close as Earth is from the sun. The planet would be roughly the size of Jupiter to have enough gravity to pull the material up out of the plane of the main disk. The planet's gravitational pull causes the disk to wobble, or precess, around the star, giving the shadow its 16-year rotational period.

TW Hydrae.

Chasing Shadows: Rotation of the Azimuthal Asymmetry in the TW Hya Disk


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15:39

AU Orders Gambian President Jammeh to Step Down as Talks with ECOWAS Leaders Fail "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Gambian President, Yaya Jameh

Gambian President, Yaya Jameh


LAGOS JANURY 14TH (URHOBOTODAY) – The African Union (AU) Friday urged Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh to respect last month’s election results and quit power peacefully, warning of “serious consequences” if his actions cause a crisis.
The AU’s Peace and Security Council said “as of 19 January 2017, outgoing President Yahya Jammeh will cease to be recognised by the AU as legitimate President of the Republic of The Gambia”.

Jammeh conceded defeat immediately after the December 1 poll but soon afterwards issued a statement saying investigations had revealed “unacceptable errors” by the electoral authorities and that he would no longer concede to opponent Adama Barrow.
The Addis Ababa-based AU’s intervention comes as a West-African mediation team, led by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, arrived in Banjul on Friday for crisis talks as fears grew of a refugee exodus caused by the political impasse.
The AU Council warned Jammeh “of serious consequences” if his actions sparked “political disorder, humanitarian and human rights disasters, including loss of innocent lives and destruction of properties.”
It also called on Gambia’s defence and security forces “to exercise utmost restraint… including the respect for the freedom of speech”.
Jammeh, who took power in a 1994 coup, has made clear he will not quit until the Supreme Court decides on a legal case he has lodged aimed at having the result annulled and fresh elections called.
The Supreme Court is unlikely to sit and hear his legal challenge before May, ratcheting up tensions with Barrow, whose inauguration is due January 19.
Meanwhile no deal was reached Friday in last-ditch attempts by a regional mediation team to persuade Gambia’s longtime leader to step down, and while mediation will continue, the inauguration next week of the elected opposition coalition leader will go forward, the spokesman for coalition said.
“This crisis has not been solved by these talks,” said spokesman Halifa Sallah, adding that more efforts are needed to narrow differences.
Sallah spoke after Nigeria’s president led talks Friday w...

15:32

Lockheed CEO promises cheaper F-35 & 1,800 jobs after meeting with Trump "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A deal for a lower-priced F-35 program could be near, as Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson projected “thousands and thousands of jobs” and cheaper costs after meeting with President-elect Donald Trump. “I certainly share his views that we need to get the best capability to our men and women in uniform, and we have to […]

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‘Flying water taxis’ to cut London congestion "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Taxis that hover over water could be the future of transport in congested cities with waterways such as London. French pioneer Alain Thebault and his Swedish business partner, Anders Bringdal, have asked the mayor of London for permission to test the pod-shaped river taxis on the Thames later this year. Thebault, a yachtsman and inventor, […]

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15:32

Corbyn Is Right On Bosses’ Pay "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Leader of Britain’s Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, has proposed that bosses’ pay should be no more than 20 times the wage of the lowest-paid worker in the company. The salaries of top bosses have reached grotesque levels as a multiple of average pay. For example, the  average pay of the CEOs of the FTSE100 companies in Britain has gone up from 47 times average wage in the 1990s to around 180 times today. The disparity in income will be even more shocking if the multiples are related to the minimum wage.

The reaction to Corbyn’s proposal by the bosses has been hostile. The Guardian quotes Oliver Parry, the head of corporate governance at the Institute of Directors, thus:

Politicians simply do not know the right level of pay for the heads of multinational companies, and no successful economy operates with this level of intervention by government.

A year ago I wrote an article on Dissident Voice in which I presented the case for government intervention in bosses’ pay as follows:

A company is a joint enterprise, and for it to be successful all its employees need to feel valued and justly rewarded. Such a disparity in income sends the wrong message to the many people who are working hard to make the company successful. It will lead to dissatisfaction and low morale amongst the workforce, and will eventually negatively impact the success of the company. A good boss will not accept such an obscene disparity in income between himself and his employees…If the wages paid by a company to its poorest employees are so low that it requires the state to top up their wages...

15:30

Ten steps towards a 2017 Labour Victory "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This is a remarkably sensible post on The Standard. I love the Labour Party dearly. As an activist, I have given huge chunks of the last 18 years of my life to trying to get individuals as well as the party itself elected to office – sometimes successfully and sometimes not. I have seen a […]

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15:30

Explainer: The Talks on the Reunification of Cyprus "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The island’s leaders are meeting in Geneva to discuss the prospect of reunification. Here’s what is on the negotiating table.

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Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders are seeking to resolve a decades-long dispute about the governance of Cyprus in talks happening in Geneva, Switzerland. The island remains divided by a UN buffer zone, established to end the conflict between the two sides. But although fighting ceased in 1974, a permanent agreement on how Cyprus should be governed has never been reached. There are several very big questions to answer before that can happen.

What is the main topic of discussion?

Right now, everything is on the table. The first two days of talks between the two Cypriot leaders are intended to lead to a high-level conference with representatives from Greece, Turkey and the UK.

The original treaties establishing the Republic of Cyprus in 1960 made the two kin-states and the UK guarantors of the new country’s independence.

Among other matters, they will discuss territory – specifically the amount of land that would be allocated to each constituent state in a new federation. This is an issue that concerns the UK because of the sovereign bases that it retained in the island after Cyprus ceased to be a British colony. That land currently amounts to almost 3% of the island.

What led Cyprus to be divided in the first place?

Conflict began during the period of British rule in the 1950s. A Greek Cypriot anti-colonial movement emerged, aiming to unite the island with Greece. The Turkish Cypriot minority consequently agitated against this movement and drew Turkey into the dispute. When Greek Cypriots took up arms to achieve their goal, Turkish Cypriots organised their own guerrilla movement with military aid from Turkey.

Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades. Credit: Reuters/Eric Vidal

Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades. Credit: Reuters/Eric Vi...

15:30

2017 Gold Report by World Gold Council (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

2017 Gold Report by World Gold Council Video Junius Maltby discussion on Gold going into 2017 and what the WGC – WORLD GOLD COUNCIL has to say. *check out the NEW image of OUR coin at the end. The reverse looks amazing so far! Silver has been money longer than gold. Gold is money and…

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15:30

How 3D Printing Could Disrupt Asia’s Manufacturing Economies "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Objects of almost any shape or geometry can be produced by 3D printing. The technology could seriously disrupt not just manufacturing but related national plans for economic development.

A 3D printer creates a sophisticated geometric structure, developed by Silicon Valley startup Carbon. Credit: Reuters

A 3D printer creates a sophisticated geometric structure, developed by Silicon Valley startup Carbon. Credit: Reuters

From retail goods to medical implants and even food, 3D printing technology promises to change the way we think about everyday things. It’s difficult to predict what impact it will have on manufacturing but, whatever the precise effects, they are likely to be deep and permanent.

Also known as “additive manufacturing,” 3D printing refers to processes where an object is put together by layering materials under programmed commands. Objects can be of almost any shape or geometry and are produced from digital model data or other electronic data sources, such as an Additive Manufacturing File.

The advent of 3D printing opens the way for manufacturers to significantly reduce the production cost of their goods by eliminating many steps in the manufacturing process, such as casting and welding metal. It also reduces the complete production process to no more than three to four key players.

With 3D printing, what would have initially been a series of stages of production could be cut down to a designer at one end and the printer or “manufacturer” at the other. The middle players would most likely be suppliers of raw materials or “ink”.

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15:17

To Jan 14 Climate and Nuclear News "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A week away from Donald Trump taking over the USA Presidency, and it’s anybody’s guess as to how bad the repercussions of that will be, for climate action, nuclear safety, and the public good. If there happen to be some accidental unintended benefits for they public good, I doubt that these will compensate for the world’s most powerful nation being run by the lead bully boy for corporate America. Barack Obama retires graciously, claiming that “we did”. Perhaps more accurately “we tried”.

Don’t for one minute think that nuclear power is in any way “green“.

Record loss of sea ice in 2016-both Arctic and Antarctic.

Alexei Yablokov, grandfather of Russian environmentalism, dies at 83

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Australian not-for-profit, the Alternative Technology Association (ATA) installs solar household systems in East Timor villages.

Loss of Great Barrier Reef will be part of major collapses of ocean ecosystems.

Australia and USA trail behind in renewable energy, as China and India lead.

ACT. Australian Capital Territory prepares for role as clean energy hub and exporter of renewable technology

South Australia. Pro nuclear former Senator Sean Edwards to run for South Australian Parliament, considers leadership of S.A. Liberals . Prominent wealthy nuclear industry fans back former Senator Sean Edwards.

Western Australia....

15:13

Report: Former MI6 Spy Paid By Jeb Bush Super PAC To Create Fake Trump Report "IndyWatch Feed World"

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The fake Donald Trump “golden shower” dossier, which was believed to have been created by 4chan, has taken another turn, and reports now indicate that its author received funding for the report from failed Republican candidate Jeb Bush.

Former MI6 officer Christopher Steele was first reported to have been working for Bush, and later reported to have been working for the Democrats, according to SkyTVNews.

An insider at BBC said that Steele was paid for by Bush to get more money out of Donald Trump. Additionally, the BBC reported that a super PAC supporting Bush’s campaign commissioned the report from the D.C. firm FusionGPS.

However, Mike Murphy and Charles Spies of the Right to Rise super PAC, which sponsored Bush’s campaign, told the Daily Caller that their “organization had nothing to do with the dossier.” They also insisted that the report was not financed by Bush or any of his donors.

According to The Telegraph, Christopher Steele spoke to officials in London before handing the document to the FBI and met one of its agents, but they did not follow up on the report.

Steel then later met with Sen. John McCain after a former diplomat who had seen the documents told Mccain about them, according to The Guardian.

Steele, 52, was a former MI6 agent and FBI asset. He now currently runs a London-based intelligence firm called Orbis.

It is not known if Orbis helped in the creating of the fake report or if Steele acted on his own accord but the businesses websi...

15:13

Cameroon Uses Witchcraft to Fight Boko Haram, ISIS "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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LAGOS JANUARY 14TH (URHOBOTODAY)-In the war on terror, guns and bombs just haven’t been enough. So Cameroon is trying spells and curses too.
About a year ago, Cameroonian President Paul Biya urged citizens to use witchcraft against Boko Haram, the Islamic State-affiliated militants who have terrorized West Africa for years.
“We expect every village to have brilliant actions in this direction,” said Midjiyawa Bakari, governor of the Far North region of the country, echoing the president. “We want to hear that this or that village has wiped out or limited the sect’s damage through witchcraft. Fight for your country.”

Many viewed the move as a sign of Biya’s desperation as the jihadists continue their rampage of suicide attacks, pillaging and kidnapping throughout Cameroon, as well as in Chad and Nigeria. The three countries have made headway against the group — some commercial routes between Cameroon and Nigeria that had been closed due to the violence have reopened, and some of the people displaced from villages near the Nigerian border have been able to return home. But there is much more left to do.
And locals in Mora, a remote mountainous district in the Far North province near Nigeria, said they would try anything to end the Islamic State’s reign of terror.
After Biya’s call to employ witchcraft against Boko Haram in January 2016, hundreds of militia fighters rushed to sorcerers, commonly called “marabouts,” to obtain lucky charms and talismans to protect them in battle.
“Since I have this gris-gris, I have no problem,” said Mohamad Ahmed, a gym teacher and member of a local militia in Mora, referring to a small cloth bag typically worn around the neck or wrist.
Filled with supposedly magic objects and paper inscribed with verses from the Koran, Bible or other holy scriptures, gris-gris originated in Africa but are common among voodoo practitioners in the Caribbean as well. Women often don them for contraception.
“It is so powerful,” said Ahmed. “I put it on at the moment I go into the field of fighting. The fetish protects its wearer. If someone shoots at you, the bullets have no effect. They fall on the ground like small pebbles.”
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15:10

“Rest in Peace,” Bull Market "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

“Rest in Peace,” Bull Market Investors can’t take their eyes off the Dow. The Dow Jones Industrial Average has jumped more than 7% since Election Day. Last month, it set a new all-time high. But that hasn’t been enough for many folks. They’re waiting for the Dow to top 20,000. From a technical perspective, “Dow…

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15:10

Arizona Good Samaritan Saves Ambushed Cop and Kills Bad Guy… "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Feel Good Story – Phoenix, AZ – A man shot and wounded an Arizona state trooper Thursday along a remote highway and then started slamming the helpless officer’s head into the pavement.  A passing motorist stopped to assist the officer, … Continue reading

15:03

Survey results of workshops "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Canberra City Farm have surveyed our members and those in the community about what workshops people are interested in.

The survey results to October 2016 are as follows:

  • 47 respondents completed the survey between February 2015 and October 2016 from all over Canberra including Queanbeyan, Bungendore and Yass.
  • 10 people said they could either help run a workshop or know someone who could.
  • The most popular time for workshops is Sunday afternoon then Sunday mornings.
  • 60% of people were not aware that workshops were advertised on the Canberra City Farm website at: www.ccfarm.org.au/get-involved/attend-a-workshop

The following graph shows the number of people who scored the topics as a high priority. The topics are ranked in order by scoring 3 points for high, 2 points for medium and 1 point for low priority. The most desired workshop is listed first. The numbers represent the order of listing in the survey. [click on the image to enlarge it]

CCF-Survey results-Oct2016

If you have any other questions or would like any additional information, please contact the Canberra City Farm Learning and Development Coordinator on canberracityfarm@gmail.com.

15:01

Your money is being used to bankroll The World Economic forum in Davos. Why? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Held in the beautiful Alpine mountain resort of Davos-Klosters, attendance is strictly by invitation only. Basic membership in the WEF costs $50,000. A premium membership can set you back $500,000. But in recent years the WEF has enjoyed another source of income.

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15:00

The Journey of the Sundarbans Tiger Prawn "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

For women in the rural areas of the Sundarbans, collecting tiger prawn seedlings is unrewarding and unsavoury work, though the delicacy fetches high prices for others further along the supply chain.

Credit: Urvashi Sarkar

Purnima Mistry walks out of the Raimangal river with her fishing net, water swirling around her waist. She has been swimming near the riverbank for half an hour, dragging the net behind her in search of tiger prawn seedlings.

On the riverbank, she sorts the contents of the net, separating the seedlings from weeds, twigs and other fish. Her saree and plait are beginning to dry under the hot sun. But Purnima has to get back to the river again. “I have to collect enough tiger prawn seedlings so that I can sell them. It will take another 2-3 hours,” she says.

Squatting on the muddy bank to sort the catch, Purnima talks about the long hours she spends in saline waters and mud, which cause skin infections and itches.  “Look how difficult our jobs are,” she says. “This is how the people of Sundarbans live and eat.”

Purnima started doing this work two years ago to support her family, which includes two daughters and a son. Her husband is afraid of water and cannot go fishing, which is the most common occupation here. So he grows vegetables for sale at home.

Is she afraid of encountering crocodiles and tigers – both common in some parts of the Sundarbans?  “Sometimes, I am scared of crocodiles; they have attacked people in this village,” Purnima says. “The tigers do not come to here because a security net near the forest keeps them away.”

Purnima lives in Jogesganj, a village of 7,000-plus people and houses scattered along the banks of the Raimangal river in Hingalganj block of West Bengal. Many of the women and children in Jogesganj, like in the rest of the Sundarbans, work as seedling collectors. This supplements their household incomes from the sale of fish and crabs, and of forest products such as honey and wood.

State government data from 2009 shows that poverty drives more than two lakh people – of the 44 lakh who live in the Sundarbans – to collect t...

15:00

Soros Lost $1 Billion Following Trump Election "IndyWatch Feed World"

(ZHE) While Carl Icahn infamously made a killing following the “surprise” Trump election, another prominent hedge fund manager was not nearly as lucky.

According to the WSJ, “George Soros lost nearly $1 billion as a result of the stock-market rally spurred by Donald Trump’s surprise presidential election.

Which, of course means, he only has $29 or so billion left.

As discussed in 2016, Soros returned to trading at Soros Fund Management LLC, which manages $30 billion for the Soros and his family.


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15:00

Dear President Elect Trump "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Dear President Elect Trump, NOAA, EPA and interested parties: I am among the country’s top environmental engineers and have been used extensively over the past several decades by the California Courts as a neutral fact finder who helps case special masters and litigating parties resolve legal disputes over who is liable for legacy pollution of […]

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14:50

Fixing The Future "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Fixing The Future

Executive Summary

  • The gigantic predicament we all face
  • What you should do, as a concerned individual
  • What WE should do, as a society
  • Contributing to the new narrative

If you have not yet read Part 1: Mad As Hell available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

It simply has to be said; there appears to be little to no public appetite for facing reality. 

At least not without some sort of a calamity or forcing function to press the issue that will wake up enough people and call out what leadership actually exists to finally step up and begin to deliver.

The many predicaments and extreme complexity require astonishingly great leadership to address and there’s really none of that to be found anywhere at the moment.

So we must adopt a two prong approach in our lives to both deal with the coming calamities and lay the groundwork for the next stage of things.

As it stands right now, the central banks are mainly interested in propping up the asset markets which is only serving to enrich the already stupendously rich with a few minor scraps for enough upper and middle class people to keep them content to play along.  While this is being done, enormous imbalances are being created even as the underlying structural issues remain unaddressed.

Some of these are even dead simple, single factor financial issues, which should be among the easiest to detect and address yet these to remain unexamined and unaddressed.  Examples include exponentially increasing debt-per-capita in Japan (goosed by demographics) and pensions being utterly gutted by too-low interest rates.

If the simple math of these situations is still too difficult and complex to allow for any sort of proper response, we have to then conclude that the more subtle and intractable and larger issues we face are even further out of reach.

Here I am talking about needing to...

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14:50

London Metropolitan Police Attempt to Demand ID From Cameraman at Hackney One Carnival "IndyWatch Feed War"

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14:50

Chinese Media Warns of ‘War’ with US Following Tillerson’s Remarks South China Sea "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Chinese Media Warns of ‘War’ with US Following Tillerson’s Remarks South China Sea During yesterday’s cabinet confirmation hearing in Washington DC, hawkish comments made by President-Elect Trump’s Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson were very pleasing to pro-war Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham. Not so for Chinese war hawks… Tillerson’s remarks referred to the 3,000 of…

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14:50

Mad As Hell "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Fueling the Fire of an Angry Electorate

A critical movement is arising at this time in history.

Each of us can assume a role to play in its formation and development, and therefore its eventual success or failure. It's my personal belief that we are past the time where we can avoid major disruption, so each of us must be personally prepared as best we can for upheaval, while also working towards building a new and better narrative to live by.

Do you have the courage to participate?

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14:48

Ten Steps to Letting Go of Resentment "IndyWatch Feed World"

Resentment refers to the mental process of repetitively replaying a feeling, and the events leading up to it, that goads or angers us. We don't replay a cool litany of facts in resentment; we re-experience and relive them in ways that affect us emotionally, physiologically, and spiritually in very destructive ways. The inability to overcome resentment probably constitutes the single most devastating impediment to repairing a disintegrating intimate connection, family rift, or severed friendship. Although resentments may be provoked by recent, specific angry conflicts between two people, they usually encapsulate an enmity that goes much further back. Your parent, child, sibling or partner may accuse you of a recent snub or slight but the venom is more than likely fueled by years of other imagined or real episodes of disrespect or disregard. For example, your spouse may become enraged by a broken promise or breach of attentiveness, but if they can't let go of it, it's probably ignited by a long history of neglect, exasperation, and frustration. Your parent or sibling may accuse you of forgetting an event like their birthday, but again, the most recent accusation is just the trigger for these feelings. The strong reaction of resentment almost never appears to be warranted by what sets it off. It's always the product of a long history of backed-up unhappiness. What causes the unhappiness that underlies resentment?

14:46

Trump Presidency, Transition Of Power To Ignite Era Of Destabilization In The U.S.? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Brandon Turbeville It is clear that Americans were able to avoid the worst-case scenario of a Hillary Clinton presidency. However, the 2016 elections provided...

14:45

Friday Night Funny "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

It is Friday the 13th, you have a ticket booking you on flight 666, and it is bound for HEL. Are you going to board it? Via wfaa.com: In a bizarre Friday-the-13th coincidence, a flight bearing the number of the … Continue reading

14:40

IUD Requests from Planned Parenthood Have Soared 900% Since Trump’s Election "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The demand for the services of Planned Parenthood, specifically the request  for IUDs has skyrocketed since the election. Women are worried about their reproductive rights, and justly so as our VP-elect has made a career of opposing the reproductive rights of women and trying to overturn existing laws and access to services. The incoming administration has vowed to nominate Supreme Court Justices working to overturn  Roe v. Wade and shut down Planned Parenthood and getting it completely  defunded. As such, women around the country are scrambling to Planned Parenthood to access services while they still can.

As reported via Alternet:

Since Donald Trump was elected two months ago (dear god, it feels like it’s been two years), many women have become increasingly worried about their reproductive rights and access to adequate health care. Trump and his partner in crime, VP-elect Mike Pence (who’s dedicated much of his career to fighting reproductive rights), have made it very clear they intend to nominate Supreme Court justices who would overturn and will stop at nothing to defund Planned Parenthood. Because of this, demand for IUDs has skyrocketed since the election.

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards went on CNN Monday to talk about the upcoming Women’s March on Washington and, naturally, contraception came up. “We’ve had a 900 percent increase in women trying to get into Planned Parenthood to get an IUD,” Richards told Christiane Amanpour. “Because they’re desperately concerned that they might lose their access to healthcare and they know that Planned Parenthood is the place that can provide it.”

The Republican-led Congress has already made i...

14:33

20+ Images Captured By Drones That Will Take your Breath Away "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The stunning image of the Kalbyris Forest in Denmark was taken by Michael Bernholdt, who won first place in the Nature Wildlife category for the annual Drones International Photography contest. Images like this one are becoming increasingly difficult to take right now becaus US legislation regarding drones is constantly evolving. For example, if a person wants to pilot a drone they need to be at least 16 years-old, have a drone pilot certificate, and the machine needs to be kept within visible distance from the pilot. In addition, the pilot must be mindful of the craft’s height and speed. Despite the drawbacks of widespread drone use, the photos that follow show angles and places that would normally be impossible to capture by different means. With such beautiful pictures, it’s hard to believe that taking such images could be illegal in many cases under current law.

1. This photograph by Amos Chapple portrays Russia’s Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed, commonly known as Saint Basil’s Cathedral, located in the Red Square in Moscow. The building is shaped as a flame of a bonfire rising into the sky and its design has no analogues in Russian Architecture. The former palace is now a museum and it was built from 1555–61 on orders from Ivan the Terrible commemorating the capture of Kazan and Astrakhan.

2. This evocative image by Karolis Janulis of Gran Canaria, Spain won the 3rd  prize in the Travel category at the annual Drones International Photography contest.

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14:30

Wall Street Banks Set The Tone For Stocks..Capitalize On It (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Wall Street Banks Set The Tone For Stocks..Capitalize On It (Video)

Wall Street Banks Set The Tone For Stocks..Capitalize On It Video No one, not even the money masters, can predict the future and no one can predict the market. The money printers can create currency to whitewash a situation like DB, however, they can not whitewash the derivatives market that is the underpinning of these…

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14:30

Sledge of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

David Seymour   Deniers of public opinion on assisted dying are living in dreamland, an obvious example being Bob McCoskrie of Family First New Zealand. I don’t know if it’s honesty or numeracy that he lacks, but not many people would describe a 16,000-person quantitative survey by the University of Auckland that has been running for seven […]

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14:30

Steve Harvey After Meeting With Trump, Carson: “I Feel Something Really Great Could Come Out Of This” "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

JUST IN: Steve Harvey to work with Dr. Carson to bring "positive change to inner cities" and help with urban development. Great news! pic.twitter.com/kpBpzwLJGr — Tennessee GOP (@TEN_GOP) January 13, 2017 If something were actually done about Detroit, Chicago or other troubled inner city areas, that could be a crowning achievement.

14:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Entelechy – realisation or actuality as opposed to a potentiality; the supposed vital principle that guides the development and functioning of an organism or other system or organisation.


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Minister Nahan "IndyWatch Feed National"

It has been a very long time since I have accused a Minister of the Western Australian parliament of Institutionalised racism. As many of you would know I have been at various times since 2001, the President, Treasurer and Secretary of the body known as the Ethnic Communities Council. I am, as we speak, the […]

14:25

U.S. CoC Tom Donohue Begs Raul Castro To Sign Trade Deal Before Trump Takes Office… "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Oh boy, Best Election Ever !! …Only Trump could put this much sunlight upon decades of economic fraud, as carried out by “the big club“, in one single news cycle.. (Reuters) The head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce met … Continue reading

14:24

Cubans Say Obama Shut Migration Path in Revenge for Trump’s Win "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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Some Cubans believe resentment towards Cuban-Americans who overwhelmingly voted for Donald Trump fueled President Barack Obama's decision to terminate the "Wet Foot, Dry Foot" refugee policy.

14:22

The Establishment Is Trying To Steal The Presidency From Trump "IndyWatch Feed War"

Reuters reports that 2,700 US troops accompanied by tanks are moving across Poland toward the Russian border. Col. Christopher Norrie, commander of the 3rd Armoured Brigade Combat Team, declared: “The main goal of our mission is deterrence and prevention of threats.” Apparently, the colonel is not sufficiently bright to realize that far from preventing threats, the force he is leading presents as a threat. And to no less a military power than Russia.

What is the point of this miniscule force? It would not constitute a threat to Russia if it were 100 times larger, perhaps even one thousand times larger. Remember, Hitler invaded Russia against an unprepared Stalin with the largest and best military force the world had ever seen in the largest military operation in human history. The German invasion force was comprised of 3,800,000 troops, 600,000 motorized vehicles, 3,350 tanks, 7,200 artillery pieces, and 2,770 aircraft. The Red Army, despite its officer corps having been purged by Stalin, ate up this magnificient force and won the war against Germany.

Compared to Stalin’s Russia, Putin’s Russia is prepared. NATO is not capable of assembling a large enough force to invade Russia. So what is the point of the 2,700 US troops moving across Poland toward Russia?

The answer is to keep alive the Western propaganda that Russia is a threat, and to make it as difficult as possible for Trump to normalize relations with Russia.  It is extraordinary that the US military is conducting this provocative exercise that contradicts the policy of the incoming president. The US military, the CIA, and their whores in the US media are undemocratically pursuing their own agenda independently of the policy of the president-elect. According to the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, US intelligence officials have even warned the Israeli government not to share intelligence information with the Trump administration, because Putin has “leverages of pressure” over Trump and Trump will leak the information to Russia and Iran.

We can see how the military/security complex’s sabotage of Trump’s policy works. Constant accusations have forced Trump to say that possibly the Russians were involved in a hacking that never occurred, neither by Russia nor anyone else. Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State, Tillerson, has to declare Russia to be a threat in his confirmation hearing in order to be confirmed. Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Defense, Mattis, has had to say in his confirmation hearing that the US needs to be prepared to confront Russia militarily, adding that there are few areas in which the US can cooperate with Russia which he says is trying to break NATO.

We could dismiss Trump’s admission as throwing a bone to the CIA so they can feel vindicated and get off his back, and the statements b...

14:21

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s Chairman Endorses Rep. Keith Ellison for DNC Chair "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Representative Keith Ellison

Published January 13, 2017

CANNON BALL, NORTH DAKOTA — This past Wednesday, Chairman Dave Archambault II announced his endorsement of Minnesota Representative Keith Ellison for Chair of the Democratic National Committee. The two leaders share a common vision of bridging gaps and working together to achieve equitable outcomes for all.

Chairman Archambault stated, “In Keith I see a leader who will take the time to listen to Indian Country. He recognizes that underserved communities have especially urgent needs, and that we must have a seat at the table. His commitment to strengthening the relationship between the DNC and Native Americans is much needed and we look forward to working with him.”

Chairman Archambault also cited Keith’s longstanding advocacy for Urban Indians in his home district, and their shared goal of increasing voter turnout in both tribal and Urban Indian communities. Archambault was strongly compelled by Keith’s impressive civil rights record, including his support for the tribe in their efforts to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. Ellison has also pledged to elevate the role of tribal nations within the DNC, beginning by elevating the Native American Council to a full Caucus.

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14:12

REPORTS: MILO UC Davis Event Cancelled After Leftists Tear Down Barricades, Engage In Violence "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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MILO's event at UC Davis has been cancelled after left-wingers tore down barricades and engaged in scuffles outside the venue.

14:10

A2A with Alasdair Macleod of GoldMoney "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

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A2A with Alasdair Macleod of GoldMoney Alasdair Macleod has long been one of our favorite and most frequent podcast guests. As Head of Reserach at Goldmoney, few people are as fluent in the language of macroeconomics as Alasdair so, with the wildly-unpredictable 2017 upon us, there was no better time than the present to hear…

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14:10

“The Spiritual Center” of the Democratic Party, John Lewis, Says Trump Is Illegitimate Because Muh Russians "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By The_Real_Fly

The cuckery has reached a fevered pitch and the democratic party, in what can only be construed as a traumatic emotional breakdown on an institutional level, are throwing the gauntlet down here and now by sending out the so called ‘spiritual center’ of the party, Congressman John Lewis — declaring Trump ‘illegitimate’ because (wait for it) MUH RUSSIANS.

It has been an absolute blitzkrieg of U.S. intelligence leaks and disinformation, all designed to damage the incoming President — coordinated by uniparty shills in both the republican and democratic parties.

Here’s Chuck Todd, channeling Ceasar Flickerman’s disingenuous and overly dramatic cadence from the movie The Hunger Games, interviewing Congressman John Lewis — who said he would not be attending the inauguration because the Russians hacked John Podesta’s email box and revealed the democratic party was an organization rife with both corruption and criminality at the highest levels. These revelations must’ve been the difference between electoral college winship and bitter defeat, obviously.

Charles Krauthammer, hardly a Trump fan, calls bullshit on all of these events — suggesting a conspiracy to diminish the office of the President is at hand.

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14:08

Synthetic Spider Silk Fiber Created "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Scientists have created a kilometer of synthetic spider silk fiber using spider silk proteins made by genetically engineered bacteria:

Spiders make silk by secreting a protein solution through a narrow duct. As the solution goes through the duct, the pressure makes the proteins link together to make the silk fiber. For the study published today in the journal Nature Chemical Biology, researchers designed a machine that does the same thing using a combination of two natural spider proteins. The resulting material is the strongest artificial spider silk yet. It's almost as good as the real thing, it's biodegradable, and it's pretty cheap to make.

Also at Live Science:

[...] researchers combined spidroin genes from two spider species to create a hybrid spider silk gene called NT2RepCT. The NT2RepCT coded for a completely new protein that combined the best properties from the spidroins of the two species: high solubility and high sensitivity to pH. They then inserted the gene for the hybrid silk protein into the DNA of bacteria, which produced the proteins. In the end, this process produced a highly concentrated solution of spider silk proteins that looked cloudy and viscous, just as real spider silk proteins do inside the silk glands. They then pumped this solution through a thin glass capillary, which mimicked the shearing that produced spider silk fiber in the real world, the researchers wrote in the paper. This process produced 3,280 feet (1,000 meters) of fiber in a 0.26 gallon (1 liter) flask, the researchers reported.

"The as-spun NT2RepCT fibers had a qualitatively similar stress-strain behavior to native spider silk in that they displayed an initial elastic phase up until a yielding point," after which the silk began to deform, the researchers wrote in the paper. Also, while the synthetic spider silk acted much like the real thing, it had lower toughness and tensile strength than its natural counterpart, meaning it breaks more easily.

Biomimetic spinning of artificial spider silk from a chimeric minispidroin (DOI: 10.1038/nchembio.2269) (DX)


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14:07

Syrian selfie refugee sues Facebook for 'defamatory' posts "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Anas Modamani's selfie with Angela Merkel has been shared in posts falsely claiming he was involved in crimes, militant attacks

14:01

Raspberry Pi Home Automation for the Holidays "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

When you want to play around with a new technology, do you jump straight to production machinery? Nope. Nothing beats a simplified model as proof of concept. And the only thing better than a good proof of concept is an amusing proof of concept. In that spirit [Eric Tsai], alias [electronichamsters], built the world’s most complicated electronic gingerbread house this Christmas, because a home-automated gingerbread house is still simpler than a home-automated home.

fya59blixaq00y3-largeYeah, there are blinky lights and it’s all controlled by his smartphone. That’s just the basics. The crux of the demo, however, is the Bluetooth-to-MQTT gateway that he built along the way. A Raspberry Pi with a BTLE radio receives local data from BTLE sensors and pushes them off to an MQTT server, where they can in principle be read from anywhere in the world. If you’ve tried to network battery-powered ESP8266 nodes, you know that battery life is the Achilles heel. Swapping over to BTLE for the radio layer makes a lot of sense.

If you’re thinking that you’ve seen this before, maybe you’re thinking of [electronichamsters]’...

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Dear David "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

via email From: Gerry xxxxx  Date: 13 January 2017 at 18:41 Subject: This year To: david.seymour@parliament.xxxxx Cc: bill.english@parliament.xxxxx, murray.mccully@parliament.xxxxx, Office of Nuk Korako MP , info@whaleoil.xxxxx, judith.collins@parliament.xxxxx Dear David I have always voted National and until recently was proud about the party’s achievements and the way in which New Zealand had been seen to punch […]

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14:00

Mexico to the Brink of Revolution — Nobody’s Talking About It "IndyWatch Feed World"

(ANTIMEDIA) Long-simmering social tensions in Mexico are threatening to boil over as failing neoliberal reforms to the country’s formerly nationalized gas sector are compounded by open corruption, stagnant standards of living, and rampant inflation.

The U.S. media has remained mostly mute on the situation in Mexico, even as the unfolding civil unrest has closed the U.S.-Mexico border in San Diego, California, several times in the past week.

Ongoing “gasolinazo” protests in Mexico over a 20 percent rise in gas prices have led to over 400 arrests, 250 looted stores, and six deaths. Roads are being blockaded, borders closed, and government buildings are being sacked.

Protests have remained relatively peaceful overall, except for several isolated violent acts, which activists have blamed on government infiltrators.


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14:00

Is This The Coup In America? “U.S. Troops On Russian Border” To Start War Before Inauguration "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Tyler Durden

Submitted by Mac Slavo via SHTFPlan.com,

Is there a coup underway, while America is in the transition period, and before Trump swears in as the 45th president of the United States?

How real is the clash between the rogue Manhattan billionaire and the intelligence gang behind the throne? Who will win the struggle for power over foreign policy? These are serious times and require serious considerations.

The U.S. sent an entire armored brigade to the Russian border, and Vladimir Putin is preparing as if for war. Missile defense systems are raised; tall claims and serious charges have been leveled; diplomatic relations have chilled to a permafrost. Several Russian diplomats have turned up dead recently, including one murdered in front of cameras during a dramatic assassination in Turkey. Russia has bucked U.S. order in the Middle East, and carved out a potential peace deal in Syria without their consultation.

Things are reaching a flashpoint, and the system is concerned about controlling President-elect Trump given his rumored friendliness with Putin and plans to drop sanctions.

Will there be a “shock” designed to correct Trump’s foreign policy, and set-off the ticking time bomb between East and West into all-out hostilities?

Though these two world powers have clashed repeatedly in recent years, there several key factors that make this round extra alarming – and put a peaceful transition into question of exploding into total war, and an undermining force from within the deep state, CIA and shadow government:

  1. Until Donald Trump swears in and settles into the White House, the U.S. remains in a strange air, with an open window for a coup to take place, or a major unforeseen disruption (including someth...

13:58

Mystery object spotted in Cygnus A Galaxy "IndyWatch Feed World"

Astronomers have discovered an object in the active galaxy Cygnus A that wasn't there before. Last week at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Grapevine, Texas, astronomers made an announcement that's caught the interest of several researchers: a very bright something has appeared in a well-known galaxy. That galaxy is the elliptical Cygnus A. Cygnus A is one of the brightest radio sources in the sky. It lies approximately 800 million light-years from us (redshift of 0.056). In its core sits a supermassive black hole madly eating and cocooned in gas, while two jets shoot out to either side and light up the intergalactic medium. This activity produces the radio radiation that makes Cygnus A so bright. Using the recently upgraded Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) in New Mexico, Rick Perley (NRAO) and colleagues took a gander at Cygnus A — the first time the instrument has looked at the galaxy since 1989. (Apparently astronomers spent so much VLA time observing the galaxy in the 1980s that they didn't feel the need to look again, Perley joked January 6th in his AAS presentation.) The new observations showed a surprise: a new, secondary object just southwest of the central black hole. This object wasn't in the 1989 radio image. Additional, higher-resolution observations with the Very Long Baseline Array also picked up the object, clearly distinct from the galaxy's nucleus. It's roughly 1,300 light-years from the center. The whatever-it-is is about twice as bright as the brightest known supernova at these frequencies. In fact, it's much brighter than just about any transitory radio signal known, except for accreting supermassive black holes and tidal disruption events, outbursts created when a black hole eats a star. The team scoured other archives and found the object in 2003 Keck infrared observations and, more iffily, in some images from Hubble. (The object is so red that it doesn't show up well at optical wavelengths, and in this range the space telescope's resolution isn't as good as that of Keck's adaptive optics.)

13:55

Curing Cancer With Holistic Medicine? "IndyWatch Feed World"

Can cancer be cured? Can it be cured with holistic medicine? The answer to both of these questions is yes. Many people have done so and many continue to do so. Unfortunately, in the United States and elsewhere, we are taught from a very young age that pharmaceutical medicine is all there. We are taught that the pharmaceutical industry is still “searching for a cure.” We are taught that vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids and phytonutrients play little or no role in cellular health (which contradicts basic biochemistry).

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The pharmaceutical industry has compromised the health of our world. It relies on false assertions under claims of “hard science,” when in fact, all of the big “scientific studies” being conducted is backed and paid for by the pharmaceutical industry itself. Of course they aren’t going to promote natural cures. It would bankrupt them within months and would end their false charade.

As Dr. Sunil Pai M.D. states in an interview, “Follow the money. What is the biggest industry right now? It’s the cancer care industry. So the average cancer care for a person from Stage I to Stage IV will range anywhere from $350,000- $1,400,000 by the end of stage IV.” Revealing the truth about cancer and the pharmaceutical industry would immediately put an end to numerous jobs in the Food and Drug Administration, the American Cancer Society, the Rockefeller Institute, the American Medical Association and many others. Sadly, the truth has been covered up in the name of greed and profit.

Additionally, taking information on how to live a healthy life from the pharmaceutical-backed western medical doctors is quite ironic. As Dr. Leonard Coldwell states in an interview:

“The medical doctors, statistically, has the shortest lifespan of 56 years of age on average, the highest abuse of alcohol and drugs, the highest suicide rate (only the psychiatrists are higher), and so you go to somebody that has the lowest life span, highest suicide rate, highest drug abuse rate, to ask them how to have a healthy, happy, long life? I think we should rethink our way of thinking.” 

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Dr. Coldwell is someone who has cured over 35,000 pa...

13:54

Keep It Up, Assholes "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Just a shout out to Jessica Valenti for this wonderful (though three years old) response to Twits:

To People on Twitter calling me a whore:

Being called a ‘slut’ as a young person is part of the reason I became an activist. So keep it up, assholes: every time you call a girl a whore, a feminist gets her wings.

Of course, that only happens if a wing producing-allele is present in a girl’s local population, so let’s keep spreading feathery, free-flying thoughts, shall we?

 

 

13:53

Dossiers, Make Believe and Fantasy "IndyWatch Feed War"

London — Morning breakfast news on the BBC’s Radio Four on Friday was a delightful affair filled with discussions on Russia (when do we not talk about that busy, stirring Bear these days?), Donald Trump, dossiers and the intelligence fraternity. Did it even matter that various sources have been unverified, subject matter lumped together in cumbersome conversations on fake news, sexual frolics and the like?

Discussants on the Beeb who kept listeners company over coffee included former, recently confessed spook Frederick Forsyth, for years the go-to creator of the spy narrative, and the official intelligence historian Sir Christopher Andrew.

For Forsyth, the allegations outlined by former British spy Christopher Steele that Trump found himself in prancing company with Russian hookers, dubious real estate deals targeted as bribes and a treasonous coordination with the Russian intelligence services to defeat Hillary Clinton, beggared belief.  Trump was hardly that much of a buffoon, surely.

On Wednesday night, the US director of national intelligence, James R. Clapper Jr., issued a statement in the aftermath of a conversation with Trump on the Steele dossier, suggesting that the agencies had “not made any judgment that the information in this document is reliable.”  Naturally, despite any claims about authenticity, the report had been circulated within the deepest recesses of spook central. Clapper would never want to deny his own officials the pleasure of that smut.

The New York Times conceded that much of the story remained “out of reach – most critically the basis question of how much, if anything, in the dossier is true.” You would think that this point was most salient, rendering any other discussion empty and flatulent.

Nonetheless, the paper would go on to assert that it was “possible to piece together a rough narrative of what led to the current crisis, including lingering questions about the ties binding Mr. Trump and his team to Russia.”

With the US presidential inauguration fast approaching, the press jackals have been swarming.  The tit bits offered by the Steele report are themselves shrouded, stemming from September 2015 when an anti-Trump Republican donor (naturally, we do not know the name) commissioned Fusion GPS, a Washington-based research firm stacked by former journalists turned information hit-men, to do some digging.  The mission was simple: find as much debilitating dirt as possible and sink the Trump ship.

Steele, considered at one point one of Britain’s foremost Russian experts within MI6, was considered ideal for the job of funneling information to Glenn Simpson at Fusi...

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The CDC wishes you weren’t aware of these four polio facts "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The CDC wishes you weren’t aware of these four polio facts If pressed on the matter, the average person would probably insist that vaccines save lives, and that the science is incontrovertible in support of this position. Even many vaccine skeptics who reject some of the more modern vaccines like HPV and the flu shot…

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13:47

(U//LES) Homeland Security Investigations Presentation: Criminal Exploitation of Digital Currencies "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

What is a Virtual Currency?
• An alternative financial value system involving the exchange of funds to purchase precious metals or other value base which can later be used in exchange for products and services.
• Is not registered anywhere and it is not governed by any law other than arbitration private forums.
• Personal data is not required.
• The system focuses strictly on activities of the forum.
• Information stored for two months and then permanently deleted.

Types of Virtual Currencies

E-Currency / E-Wallets
Digital Gold
Virtual World
Virtual Games
Merchants (FB, Amazon)
Crypto-Currencies **

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13:45

Ideas for Other Anti-War OR Intervention-Skeptical Sites You Can Read (1/3) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

It would be great do a proper series of articles on pacifist, non-interventionist, or intervention-skeptical sites; whether single-issue sites, or outlets with a broader focus. For now, here is a list of places where you can find such views.

Please be warned that some of these sites are not necessarily consistently anti-war; I merely place them here because you can find some anti-war views on them; in some cases, these views may be mixed with pro-war views.

This list is non-partisan in terms of left or right; be warned that a certain proportion of the following sites do contain inflammatory and unreasonable content, and listing these sites is for educational purposes only, rather than as an endorsement.

The next two instalments will follow on Sunday and Monday

Antiwar

Russia Today


Sputnik

Reason

Cato Institute

The Intercept

13:44

Ft. Lauderdale Dem Rep: Armed Citizens Mean More Chaos Rather Than Safety "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - JANUARY 06: People seek cover on the tarmac of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International airport after a shooting took place near the baggage claim on January 6, 2017 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Officials are reporting that five people were killed and eight wounded in an attack by a single gunman. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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Australia’s taxpayers subsidise a private company set up by ANSTO to sell nuclear power produced isotopes "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

ANSTO’s link  http://www.nuclearaustralia.org.au/ansto-nuclear-medicine-project/ This is a slide from the above link. ANSTO Nuclear Medicine (ANM) Pty Ltd is a commercial subsidiary of ANSTO.

So a company is going to cream off the profits while Australian taxpayers subsidise the reactor and the waste disposal – and communities have to deal with the costs of a nuclear waste dump. Another slide says “Full Cost Recovery Model” – the full cost can never be recovered when you are dealing with nuclear waste.

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13:41

IL Police Assault Innocent, Cooperative Man After Racist Woman Reports He Stole His Own Car "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Dash camera video released by police in a suburb of Chicago shows a man being assaulted even though he’s completely innocent and not resisting in any way. Evanston, Il. police had stopped Lawrence Crosby, a black man, because a racist woman that saw him working on his car assumed that he must be stealing it. She called to police to report it and then began following him as he drove to the Northwestern University campus, where he is attending as a graduate student.

Soon after, Crosby was pulled over by a group of unnamed Evanston police officers, after having initially (correctly) thought that someone suspicious was following him. He can then be seen on the video stepping out of the vehicle, raising his arms when told to, and attempting to get down on the ground as he had also been instructed to.

However, before he can finish doing so, at least five cops rush forward and beginning assaulting him. As they throw him to the ground he is kneed at least once by one of the officers. Then after he is already on the ground being held down, several of the officers can be seen punching him as they yell, “stop resisting!” repeatedly.

Crosby can be heard on the audio from an officer’s microphone telling them that he is not resisting. He also informs them that they are being recorded in an effort to stop them from beating him any further. Although it hasn’t yet been released publicly, Crosby also had a dash cam of his own within the car, with which he recorded the entire incident.

Via Fox32Chicago.com:

On October 10, 2015, Lawrence Crosby was working on his car around 7:00 PM when a woman passing by saw what she thought was an African American man breaking into a vehicle and stealing it. She called 9-1-1 and then followed the vehicle, relaying information to the dispatcher about the location.

“Hi somebody’s trying to break into, somebody’s trying to break into a car,” the woman told the dispatcher. ”I Think the person just got into the car.”

Crosby, an engineering doctoral candidate at Northwestern University, was driving from his apartment to campus when he was stopped. He had his own dashcam video recording in his car, and before the stop, he can be heard talking to someone saying he thought he was being followed. He was reportedly headed to the police station because of those suspicions, when police pulled him over in a church parking lot....

13:31

Canada develops nuclear-free production of medical isotopes, Australia subsidises nuclear production "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Steve Dale  Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SA., 14 Jan 17, Canada is moving towards clean Cyclotrons for Molybdenum-99 production – yet Australia decides it wants to undermine worldwide Cyclotron development by subsidising Mo-99 for the world. Waste taxpayer’s money to produce unnecessary nuclear waste.

“The ANSTO Nuclear Medicine (ANM) Project will enable ANSTO to triple production of Molybdenum-99 (Mo-99). The increased capacity will enable Australia to meet domestic demand, as well as being able to supply up to 25-30% of global demand.”

Medical isotope production


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13:30

Our place "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Satellites capture remarkable things In September 2016, this glacier lost contact with its bed and collapsed, traveling at speeds of up to 240 kilometers per hour downhill towards Aru Co. A Dove satellite captured these before and after near-infrared images.  

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13:30

Gold is the ULTIMATE Currency – Dave Kranzler (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Gold is the ULTIMATE Currency - Dave Kranzler (Video)

Gold is the ULTIMATE Currency – Dave Kranzler Video Dave is back to talk with us about Stock Markets and why he thinks we’re currently the most overvalued in history. Also discussed is the world governments push for cashless societies and the distrust the public has for this push. At last he is going to…

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13:30

New York Real Estate Prices Plunge In 4Q As Listing Days and Discounts Soar "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Tyler Durden

NYC Real Estate

After reviewing the Elliman Report on the New York City Real Estate market at the end of 3Q 2016, we concluded that sellers had simply refused to accept the fact that the Manhattan real estate bubble had burst and rather than dropping prices had decided to simply let their apartments sit on the market unsold while hoping for a miracle. Here was our conclusion (see “NYC Real Estate Bubble Bursts As Apartment Sales Crash 20%“):

In conclusion, the lesson seems to be that the marginal New York City buyer has been priced out of the market (volume down 20%) while sellers have not yet accepted that the bubble has burst deciding instead to maintain listing prices while letting their apartments sit on the market longer amid growing inventory levels. Meanwhile, the luxury market is the only segment that seems to be holding up which only serves to prove that Chinese billionaires still have cash they would like to hide in the U.S.

Alas, with the release of Elliman’s 4Q 2016 report, it has become apparent that that miracle never materialized for New York’s hedgies and i-bankers. In fact, the data from Manhattan real estate sales was almost universally bad with median pricing down 8.7% YoY, volume down 3.7%, listing days up 14.6% and discounts up to 5.5%.

Meanwhile, a view of the longer term sales and pricing trends for Manhattan seems to suggest that the 2013-2015 expansionary period has officially turned.

As was the case last quarter, the re-sale market was among the hardest hit segments with median prices down 6.3% YoY and volume down 1.5...

13:27

Cop Orders Krispy Kreme, Gets Box Of Donuts With “Black Lives Matter” Written On It… "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Doesn’t appear like they fired the people involved. Via Fox News Insider: Earlier this week, a Georgia police officer picked up his order of donuts from Krispy Kreme and was shocked by a message written on the box: “Black Lives Matter”. An employee with the Smyrna Police Department related the incident to the blog Blue […]

13:27

The Rise of Big Oil in American Politics "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

“How Big Oil Bought the White House and Tried to Steal the Country” is the subtitle of a book that tells the story of a presidential election in which a candidate allowed money from big oil companies to help him win office and then rewarded them with plum appointments in his cabinet.

With President-elect Donald Trump picking former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as secretary of state, one might think the book is an early exposé of the presidential election of 2016.

Instead, it’s from “The Teapot Dome Scandal,” a book that tells the story of a corruption scandal that rocked the term of President Warren G. Harding’s administration in the 1920s.

In the context of Tillerson’s controversial appointment, history is a useful guide to understand the rising political power of Big Oil over the past century, a subject I’ve studied and written about. And with Tillerson, the political influence of the energy sector has reached a high point, particularly because it strikes the president-elect and other observers as a sensible, mainstream selection.

Tillerson is no stranger to Russia’s Vladimir Putin as ExxonMobil has worked with Russian oil giant Rosneft to develop oil and natural gas fields in Russia and North America. AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Government Press Service

But this is only the latest episode of a tight relationship between energy and the U.S. government that stretches over decades.

Access to energy

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13:25

Wayland 1.13 Planned For Release Next Month "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Wayland 1.13 has been in development since September while the plans today were firmed up for releasing it in February...

13:25

Will Trump Be Killed? What Would Happen Next? "IndyWatch Feed National"

New York Times photo of Donald Trump and Mike Pence by Mary W Maxwell Right now we’ve at least got a president-elect, Donald Trump, who makes leaderly noises. Does that mean he is a person of vision? I have no idea. He does talk a good game, though.  It will be nice if it turns […]

13:24

Trump’s USA could drag Australia into a nuclear war with China "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

  US ‘threatens to involve Australia in war with China’: Paul Keating condemns US secretary of state nominee’s comments, The Age, Fergus Hunter, 14 Jan 17  

Trump Former prime minister Paul Keating has rounded on President-elect Donald Trump’s secretary of state nominee, accusing him of threatening to bring on war with China and making “ludicrous” comments on the tense South China Sea dispute.

In a statement released on Friday, Mr Keating warned the Australian government to reject Rex Tillerson’s declaration this week that a “signal” needed to be sent to Beijing that the construction of artificial islands in the contested region must stop and “access to those islands also is not going to be allowed”. The remarks from the former chief of Exxon Mobil, in which he also called for regional allies “to show backup”, have set the stage for sharply increased tensions between the US and China as the Asian superpower builds up its military presence on the islands to defend against competing territorial claims from neighbouring countries.

According to Mr Keating, Mr Tillerson’s testimony to his US Senate confirmation hearing “threatens to involve Australia in war with China”. And he has urged the Australian people to “take note” and recommended the government tell the Trump administration, which will take over on January 20, “that Australia will not be part of such ad...

13:23

Driverless electric shuttle being tested in downtown Vegas "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Associated Press historical news archive articles dating back to 1985.

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13:20

The relaunch of the “peaceful” “clean” atom has fallen flat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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King CONG vs. Solartopia Harvey Wasserman “………On one side is King CONG (Coal, Oil, Nukes, and Gas), the corporate megalith that’s unbalancing our weather and dominating our governments in the name of centralized, for-profit control of our economic future. On the other is a nonviolent grassroots campaign determined to reshape our power supply to operate in harmony with nature, to serve the communities and individuals who consume and increasingly produce that energy, and to build the foundation of a sustainable eco-democracy…….

with this dangerous and dirty power have come Earth-friendly alternatives, ignited in part by the grassroots movements of the 1960s. E.F. Schumacher’s Small Is Beautifulbecame the bible of a back-to-the-land movement that took a new generation of veteran activists into the countryside. ……

As rising concerns about global warming forced a hard look at fossil fuels, the fading nuclear power industry suddenly had a new selling point. Climate expert James Hansen, former Environmental Protection Agency chief Christine Todd Whitman, and Whole Earth Catalog founder Stewart Brand began advocating atomic e...

13:18

Deepak Chopra sneezes and detaches retina in third eye "IndyWatch Feed World"

New Age poster boy and spiritual heartthrob Deepak Chopra was rushed to hospital last night, after detaching the retina in his third-eye. Chopra, who advocates against excess materialism, was meditating in his 2.5 million dollar mansion on Friday night when the incident occurred.

13:12

Hitler defeated Lenin, Chiang defeated Mao "IndyWatch Feed National"

It is a commonplace that the victors write history. But which victors? The victors that are claimed to write history are normally taken to be those who win wars and other conflicts. But just because one side wins a war or conflict, it does not follow that its ideas triumph in the longer term.

Consider contemporary China. Mao Zedong defeated Chiang Kai-shek in their epic decades-long conflict, driving him and his Kuomintang forces to exile in Taiwan. Now, look at contemporary China–is it closer to Mao’s vision or Chiang’s?

Obviously Chiang’s. As a wit observed, the story of post-1979 politics in both “Chinas” (the People’s Republic and Taiwan) is the Communist Party of China trying to become the Kuomintang and the Kuomintang trying to become the Democratic Progressive Party. Mao may have won the military struggle, but Chiang’s vision won the wider social war. It turns out that social reality is not entirely plastic to our visions, and Chiang’s proved to be more human and achievable than Mao’s. That matters, in the end.

Lenin‘s successor Stalin, with huge help from the Anglo-Americans (who provided trucks, rolling stock, canned food, and munitions crucial to the Red Army while their bombing campaign diverted the Luftwaffe and many thousands of tank-killer 88mm guns from the Eastern Front), defeated Hitler on the Eastern Front. But consider contemporary postmodern identity progressivism (PIP), with its concern for authenticity, identity, emotion over reason, environment, obsessions with the Jewish state, dismissive treatment of workers and belief that a sufficiently interventionist state does not have to own firms to control them: whose obsessions does it better reflect, Hit...

13:12

Protest movement intensifies against Adani’s Carmichael coal project "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

protestAdani coalmine activists gear up to fight: ‘This will dwarf the Franklin blockade’

As the protest against the Carmichael project – Australia’s largest proposed coalmine – moves beyond the courts and into the realm of civil disobedience, activists have a clear warning: ‘If you’re in bed with Adani, you’re a target’, Guardian, , 14 Jan 17, Across Australia a secretive network of activists are laying the groundwork for what they expect will be the biggest environmental protest movement in the country’s history.

Of course this won’t materialise if Adani and the rest of the miners proposing to open up one of the world’s biggest coalfields walk away from Queensland’s Galilee basin first.

But standing idly by on the assumption that the economics of the massive coal projects won’t stack up – at a time the world is trying to reduce carbon emissionsto limit global warming to under 2C – is not a choice these activists are willing to make.

And so the campaign to take the fight against Australia’s largest proposed coalmine, Adani’s Carmichael project, to a...

13:10

New eruption at Lopevi volcano, Alert Level raised to 3 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A new eruption is underway at Vanuatu's Lopevi volcano and the Alert Level was raised to 3 (of 5) on Friday, January 13, 2017. At 01:00 UTC today, pilot reports confirmed volcanic plume to 3 km (10 000 feet) above sea level. The last known eruption of this...... Read more »

How one conservationist is sparking a ‘young revolution’ in Indonesia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

We meet Pungky Nanda Pratama in the village of Karang Panggung in the Musi Rawas regency of South Sumatra. As the Education Coordinator for the NGO Animals Indonesia, we soon learn that his job comes at a price: wherever he goes in the surrounding villages, the children never leave him alone. Pungky and his team, Pradipta Banu and Rifanti Diana Lutfi, are teaching environmental education to five elementary schools in the surrounding villages. The aim is to counter some of the destructive practices that threaten the health of Kerinci Seblat National Park — the largest park on the island of Sumatra, with the highest population of tigers. To the children, ‘older brother Pungky’ is the fun teacher who shows them the pointy-nosed turtles on the riverbank and the flying dragons in the trees. To Pungky, these children hold the future of the forest in their hands. “I wish the community would care more about their environment,” says Pungky. “If the local society is not educated, we can give any amount of money to save a rainforest, and conservation won’t go anywhere. Conservation and education must go hand-in-hand.” Pungky is used to waking up to the sight of more bare hills than the day before — many inside the national park boundaries. He sees villagers on the roadside selling endangered species like snacks. According to him, it is modernization that has pushed the local people into finding more sources of income. The problem, however, is that when children grow up seeing…

Aus der beliebten Kategorie "bei UNS ist Kernkraft ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Aus der beliebten Kategorie "bei UNS ist Kernkraft SICHER", heute: Frankreich bereitet sich auf "rolling blackouts" vor.

Frankreich droht eine Kältewelle - und ein Stromkollaps. Schuld sind mangelhafte Atomkraftwerke. Die Energieministerin berief eine Krisensitzung ein. Im Notfall müssen ganze Regionen stundenweise im Dunkeln sitzen.
Naja gut, die Kältewelle droht uns ja allen. Aber in Frankreich heizt man halt häufiger mit Strom als anderswo.

13:10

Preeeedictable: Senator Mike Lee Plans Bill To Block Presidential Tariff Authority… "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Ready yourselves – here we go again.  Up is down and down is up. These “small government CONservatives” do have a rather obvious propensity to consolidate self-serving power when threatened, eh?  Crony CONstitutional CONservatives loves them some globalism when Wall … Continue reading

13:10

Will the CIA Assassinate Trump? “He’s Being Really Dumb For Questioning Russia Conclusions” "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Will the CIA Assassinate Trump? “He’s Being Really Dumb For Questioning Russia Conclusions” It isn’t just that Donald Trump routinely thumbs his nose at the establishment, insults media figures he sees as unfair and bucks conventional wisdom. It is that President-elect Trump is defying the will of the deep state, military industrial complex base of…

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13:09

In praise of social investment "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Simon Wilson wrote approvingly about National’s Social Investment approach to welfare here. Keith Ng responded disprovingly here. I think:

  1. As someone said – I think – of Voltaire, I do not disagree with Keith’s arguments but nor do I find them slightly convincing. It’s textbook ‘perfect is the enemy of the good’ stuff. And I do think there’s a certain amount of bad faith to a lot of the criticism I’ve read. If a left-wing government announced it was introducing an identical set of reforms but instead of ‘Social Investment’ they described it as ‘Tamariki Ora: a whole of government approach aimed at improving life outcomes for high risk children’, would we have all these dire warnings about the risks of data, or ideology hiding behind science, or how (in other criticism I’ve seen of the model) that we’re edging towards a dystopian nightmare state?
  2. ‘Social investment’ constitutes an ideological victory for the left. For at least thirty years there’s been a heated political debate about the role of the welfare state in which the left advocates for its existence and the right advocates for its minimisation or abolition replacing it with a lot of handwaving about ‘personal responsibility’ or, in the case of child poverty and its associated evils ‘parental responsibility’. Social investment is a capitulation in that debate. It accepts that there is a role for the state and the welfare system.
  3. It is a new approach to welfare. I’m fine with that. It’s not as if our current system is  a dizzying success: it is incredibly expensive and incredibly ineffective; it helps many, but entire generations spend very sad and desperate lives trapped in it, with tragic detours into the criminal justice system. If 21st century NZ politics is about left and right wing parties vying to find ways to deliver the most effective and compassionate welfare system, bring it on. And the right might actually find ways to deliver better outcomes to those who need help. You never know.
  4. As Wilson says, It is scalable by future left-wing governments. Almost everything that the centre-left wants to do in the social policy space can be argued for and delivered under the ‘social investment’ argument. Does social investment tell us its a good idea to look autistic kids in rooms, or to give them high quality education? What does a proper mental health system look like under the social investment model? What does social housing look like if we look at it as a long term investment in the life outcomes of the occupants?...

13:09

Man Pays DMV Tax Bill With 300,000 Pennies [Watch] "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By: Carey Wedler / AntiMedia   As Americans weather unprecedented division and vitriol amid the impending presidency of Donald Trump, there’s one thing many can still agree on: the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is a deplorable place that yields unending frustration, wasted time, and excessive fines.

Stafford made use of the Freedom of Information Act, which is often used to obtain documents government agencies withhold. He used it to obtain the Lebanon phone number, which he received.

But as the Bristol Herald Courier, a local paper, explained:

When Stafford called the number he was given, he said the employees at the DMV told him the phone line wasn’t meant for public use. However, Stafford said after repeated phone calls, the DMV eventually answered his licensing question.

Apparently frustrated with the difficulty of obtaining basic information required to pay the agency in question, Stafford decided to take it several steps further:

Stafford then decided he wanted the direct phone lines to nine other local DMVs: Abingdon, Clintwood, Gate City, Jonesville, Marion, Norton, Tazewell, Vansant and Wytheville. He said the Lebanon DMV employees wouldn’t provide those numbers.

So, Stafford went to court to get them.”

If they were going to inconvenience me then I was going to inconvenience them,” he told the Courier.

He eventually filed “three lawsuits in Russell County General District Court: two against specific employees at the Leb...

13:06

Murckrock: FEMA Field Force manual offers protesters insights into the future of crowd control "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

FEMA Field Force manual offers protesters insights into the future of crowd control: [Written by

Beryl Lipton] Though construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline has halted for now, the lessons for law enforcement and protesters are still percolating. For the former, they’ll likely find themselves one day studying the event as they prepare for future mass gatherings, maybe in a guide just like the one distributed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to North Dakota law enforcement in September.

13:05

The US Economy: Back On Track? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Tyler Durden

Submitted by Erico Matias Tavares via Sinclair & Co.,

The weekly rail traffic report published by the Association of American Railroads (“AAR”) provides a great snapshot of US economic activity almost in real (weekly) time.

Last July we noted that we were starting to witness some signals of a trend change, now suggesting a softening. But much has happened since then, including a broadly unexpected change in the political direction of the US. Have those signals been reversed as a result?

Let’s start with some general indicators.

The US ISM Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index reported by the Institute for Supply Management fell briefly into contraction territory last August, which is often a presage for economic weakness ahead. However, it recovered handsomely in the following months and just printed the highest number in two years.

A significant reversal to the upside was also observed in the latest National Federation of Independent Business (“NFIB”) Optimism Index for Small Businesses – the real wealth generators in the economy, which after some weakness mid-year just printed the highest level since the Financial Crisis of 2008.

Not to be outdone, US investors have pushed equities to new historical highs, as shown in the graph above (by finviz.com).

So...

13:03

Levelized cost of energy shows renewables winning over coal and nuclear "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

solar,-wind-aghast“Our analysis suggests that solar could now infringe on gas’ market share and in some cases challenge its peak margins, and that gas and renewables collectively will continue to gain market share at the expense of coal and nuclear,”

Levelized cost of energy survey shows wind, natural gas cementing economic edge SNL, 06 January 2017   By  Lucas Bifera

A survey of levelized cost of energy, or LCOE, studies illustrates that onshore wind and combined-cycle gas have secured their place as the lowest-cost energy resources, with utility-scale solar not far behind.

Often used as a barometer for estimating the cost at which certain generation technologies can be deployed on an economic basis, LCOE has become a mainstay for policymakers, analysts and industry groups as a reference when comparing costs and benefits of various technologies on the grid.

Incumbent technologies like combined-cycle gas, onshore wind, utility-scale solar photovoltaic, nuclear and coal are uniformly included in studies…….the emergence of a cluster around onshore wind and combined-cycle gas across the different studies indicates an economic consensus, one that highlights the cost effectiveness of renewables on an unsubsidized basis and role of combined-cycle gas as the preeminent baseload resource.

“The demands of a developed economy will continue to require both traditional and alternative energy sources as the technologies driving renewable energy evolve,” observed George Bilicic, vice chairman and global head of power, energy & infrastructure group at Lazard, an investment bank that releases a widely-cited LCOE...

13:00

Mental Health Break "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

TRAIN SURFERS | AFI Docs Official Selection from Adrien Cothier on Vimeo.

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12:57

Defensores de Temacapulín denuncian despilfarro de recursos públicos en la presa El Zapotillo - Otros Mundos Chiapas "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Defensores de Temacapulín denuncian despilfarro de recursos públicos en la presa El Zapotillo - Otros Mundos Chiapas - El Comité Salvemos Temacapulín y las organizaciones que nos acompañan les deseamos lo mejor para este 2017 que inicia en medio del hartazgo social y de la conflictividad política y socio-ambiental que enfrenta México y nuestro estado de Jalisco, provocado por el autoritarismo, corrupción y violación a los derechos humanos de parte del gobierno de Enrique Peña Nieto y del Gobernador de Jalisco, Jorge Aristóteles Sandoval.

Iniciamos el año en medio de la incertidumbre de las decisiones que tomarán la Federación y el gobierno de Jalisco y Guanajuato respecto a la Presa el Zapotillo y su Acueducto Zapotillo León y de la inminente devaluación del peso mexicano y el incremento de la pobreza y la desigualdad acentuada por el irracional aumento al precio de la gasolina.

12:56

Statement from the family of indigenous activist Arthur Manuel on his passing "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Statement from the family of indigenous activist Arthur Manuel on his passing | Georgia Straight Vancouver's News & Entertainment Weekly - He fought climate change, battling the imminent threat of pipelines across Secwepemc territory. He was a world traveller who connected indigenous nations across the globe to unite in a common vision and defend their rights. He was gifted a button blanket by the Nuxalk Nation and has received countless honours for his work around the world. Arthur was also a teacher and a mentor to many. He was a source of knowledge for youth and young leaders. Through his fierce love for his people, he shone a light on the path to justice for a new generation of activists. He’s a residential-school survivor, having attended the Kamloops (Kamloops, B.C.), St Eugene’s (Cranbrook, B.C.), and St. Mary’s (Mission, B.C.) residential schools. Arthur is survived by his life partner, Nicole Schabus, by his sisters Emaline, Martha, Doreen, and Ida, his brothers George, Richard, and Ara, and by his children, Kanahus, Mayuk, Ska7cis, and Snutetkwe. He is predeceased by his parents, sister Vera, brother Bobby, beloved son Neskie, and his grandchildren Napika Amak and Megenetkwe. In his most recent article on Canada’s 150th celebration, published only a week before his death, Arthur insisted again that Canada was built entirely on the theft of Indigenous lands:

12:56

New York has big plans for clean nuclear-free energy. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Statue-of-Liberty-solarNew York Bets On Renewables To Replace Indian Point Nuclear Plant https://cleantechnica.com/2017/01/13/new-york-bets-renewables-replace-indian-point-nuclear-plant/   Originally published on Think Progress. By Jeremy Deaton

New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced plans this week to close the Indian Point nuclear power plant, which supplies electricity to New York City and surrounding areas. The plant’s two working reactors — which account for roughly 10 percent of the state’s power generation — are slated to go offline in 2020 and 2021, more than a decade ahead of schedule.

Nuclear power plants represent a range of risks, from hazardous radioactive waste to a full-scale meltdown. They also supply the bulk of Americ...

12:51

The Psychology of Soft Slavery "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By WakingTimes

Gary Z. McGee, Staff Writer
Waking Times

“When a public is stressed and confused, a big lie told repeatedly and unchallenged can become accepted truth.” ~George Orwell

The idea of slavery is one of those concepts that has the tendency to be uttered in black and white terms. But slavery is anything but black and white. There are many shades of gray that people tend to neglect, usually out of indifference, but also out of ignorance, or by side-stepping the idea as, “just the way things are.” It was a copout during the times of hard slavery and it’s a copout now, during these times of soft slavery.

Here’s the thing: hard slavery is overt, it’s apparent and self-evident. Nothing is hidden. Who the slave and the master are is very clear. Soft slavery on the other hand, is covert. It is neither apparent, nor self-evident. Everything is hidden behind comfort, apathy, security, convenience, indifference, and the illusion of freedom. Who the slave and the master are is not clear and is typically obscured by an unhealthy hierarchy that leads to public confusion between authority based on fear and authority based on free and transparent leadership, which in turn, can lead to a political cognitive dissonance and the pathetic stance of, “It’s just the way things are.”

The Modern Day House Slave

“History does not repeat itself, but it rhymes.” ~Mark Twain

Unfortunately, the spirit of the times under the rule of statism...

The Psychology of Soft Slavery "IndyWatch Feed World"

Gary Z. McGee, Staff Writer
Waking Times

“When a public is stressed and confused, a big lie told repeatedly and unchallenged can become accepted truth.” ~George Orwell

The idea of slavery is one of those concepts that has the tendency to be uttered in black and white terms. But slavery is anything but black and white. There are many shades of gray that people tend to neglect, usually out of indifference, but also out of ignorance, or by side-stepping the idea as, “just the way things are.” It was a copout during the times of hard slavery and it’s a copout now, during these times of soft slavery.

Here’s the thing: hard slavery is overt, it’s apparent and self-evident. Nothing is hidden. Who the slave and the master are is very clear. Soft slavery on the other hand, is covert. It is neither apparent, nor self-evident. Everything is hidden behind comfort, apathy, security, convenience, indifference, and the illusion of freedom. Who the slave and the master are is not clear and is typically obscured by an unhealthy hierarchy that leads to public confusion between authority based on fear and authority based on free and transparent leadership, which in turn, can lead to a political cognitive dissonance and the pathetic stance of, “It’s just the way things are.”

The Modern Day House Slave

“His...

12:51

Inadequacy of Australia’s media reporting on environmental and renewable energy issues "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

What also isn’t included in any of the above articles is that China is also investing 2.5 trillion yuan, the equivalent of $US361 billion in renewable power generation by 2020. 

media--BHP-slackEnvironmental spin: An example of media disunity on renewable energy, Independent Australia,  Melanie McCartney 14 January 2017We can’t keep ignoring the ginormous elephant that is renewable energy in our economic policy, writes Melanie McCartney

LAST SUNDAY, I surfed the ABC news website and clicked onto this headline:

‘China fights pollution: New environmental police squad to battle heavy smog’.

The article seemed a little threadbare. When this occurs I search further and ideally for an article in the country relevant to the article. I like to get more details this way. I decided to try something different this week and scanned the headline blurbs on the first Google page.

I noticed that all of the articles, bar two, started the same:

...

12:50

The Prepared Workplace: Lifesaving Supplies You Need Before the Emergency "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The Prepared Workplace: Lifesaving Supplies You Need Before the Emergency [Editor’s Note: On average, we spend over 50 hours a week away from our homes. Chances are, if a sudden disaster occurs at your workplace and you are forced to shelter in place for a given time, many coworkers (including yourself) could be unprepared. Would you have…

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12:47

All Ears 2017: Day Two "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

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I’ve always loved the sound of a steam iron.

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12:43

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

“Where do stars form? Many times, stars form in energetic regions where gas and dark dust are pushed around in chaotic mayhem. Pictured, bright massive stars near the center of W5, the Soul Nebula, are exploding and emitting ionizing light and energetic winds. The outward-moving light and gas push away and evaporate much surrounding gas and dust, but leave pillars of gas behind dense protective knots. Inside these knots, though, stars also form. 
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The featured image highlights the inner sanctum of W5, an arena spanning about 1,000 light years that is rich in star forming pillars. The Soul Nebula, also cataloged as IC 1848, lies about 6,500 light years away toward the constellation of the Queen of Aethopia (Cassiopeia). Likely, in few hundred million years, only a cluster of the resulting stars will remain. Then, these stars will drift apart.”

12:42

Cheney, Rothschild, And Fox News’ Murdoch To Drill For Oil In Syria, Violating International Law "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By: Justin Gardner / The Free Thought Project  While Syria is torn apart by the warring of U.S. imperialists and Islamic fundamentalists—leaving its children to die of starvation—another country plans to take advantage of the chaos by stealing resources from Syria’s southern region. The theft will be carried out by the most notorious pushers of military hegemony, and they don’t care that it violates international law.

 Genie Energy is an American-based oil and gas company with major investors and advisors comprising a who’s who list of war profiteers—Dick Cheney, Rupert Murdoch, Lord Jacob Rothschild, and James Woolsey. The president of their Israeli subsidiary is Efraim “Effi” Eitam, an Israeli military commander who called for expelling the “cancer” of Arabs from Israel.

Together, these warmongers and would-be ethnic cleansers will soon be drilling into a vast oil and gas reserve located in the Syrian territory occupied by Israel since 1967, known as Golan Heights. The move would be in clear violation of international law, specifically the Annex to the Fourth Geneva Convention.

Israeli authorities granted Genie Energy’s subsidiary, Afek Oil and Gas, exclusive petroleum exploration rights in a 153-square-mile region in Golan Heights. In 2015, above-ground geophysical tests discovered the presence of oil and natural gas reserves that could make Israel energy self-sufficient. Afek has already drilled three exploratory wells.

Israel has benefited from its illegal occupation of Syria’s Golan Heights for decades, drawing one-third of its entire water supply from the region and providing a tourist and skiing destination at the Mount Hermon Ski Resort. Despite persistent international pressure, including from the U.S., the occupation continues and will reach a new level with the extraction of fossil fuels.

Rupert Murdoch heralded his involvement in Genie Energy by...

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Imams,rabbis, priests, pastors and ministers join to reframe climate change as moral issue "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

church green 1Flag-USAFaith leaders reframe climate change as moral issue  Marion Renault The Columbus Dispatch  •  Friday January 13, 2017

Priests, pastors and ministers nationwide are...

12:39

Chet Raymo, “Seeing” "IndyWatch Feed World"

 
 “Seeing”
by Chet Raymo

“Elizabeth Bishop has a poem about a sandpiper, a tiny shore bird scurrying forward and reverse with the lick and ebb of the tide. It was not the sandpiper I thought of today as I walked the beach, but the sand with which the Bishop's bird is seemingly obsessed. The last two lines of the poem:
    "The millions of grains are black, white, tan, and gray,
    mixed with quartz grains, rose and amethyst."

Everyone sees the sandpiper. Who could not? Those fluttering feet. The delicate engine of its controlled frenzy. But who sees what the sandpiper sees, the grains of sand between its toes? The poet, that's who. It is the poet's ability to see the world in a grain of sand– black, white, tan, and gray- that is her gift. And more! Rose and amethyst. And I mean "gift" in two senses. The gift of her talent (who was the giver? nature? nurture?).  And her gift to us of the poem.

I want to have that gift, in both senses. The second sense is easy enough: I need only read. The poem is there, in black and white. The first sense is more problematic. How does one learn to see, to see not only the obvious, but also the obscure. The subtle. The ephemeral. The dim. Is it a gift you are born with, or a practice to be learned? To see the world in a grain of sand, and eternity in an hour?
   " The world is a mist. And then the world is
...

12:36

Using Fake News To Demean Trump Is Wrong "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This is no time for lazy, partisan, biased thinking. Intense dislike of Trump is not an excuse to merely sanction the actions by our intelligence agencies because we do not like Trump. Donald Trump will soon be our president. He deserves a fair judgment on what he does once he is in office.

12:32

"What Is Reason?" "IndyWatch Feed World"

"What is reason? Knowledge informed by sympathy,
intelligence in the arms of love." 
- Edward Abbey

12:32

Some Election Interference Is More Equal Than Others - How Ukraine Meddled On Behalf Of Clinton "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A couple of days ago, Politico published a fascinating piece describing how factions associated with the current Ukrainian government apparently interfered in the U.S. election on behalf of Hillary Clinton. The findings seem pretty damning, and certainly warrant at least some conversation within the American media given the 24/7 obsession with Russia. Nevertheless, most of you have probably never heard of this saga, since when it comes to the corporate media news cycle, some election interference is more equal than others.

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Culture Etched on our DNA more than Previously Known, Research Suggests "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Common ancestry, common culture, common environment — all these factors contribute to the genomes of individuals of the same ethnic groups. Now, for the first time, researchers say they have quantified the non-genetic aspects of race and identity for individuals of the same ethnic group.

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Idaho Rep. sanctioned for claiming female House members ‘spread their legs’ for promotions "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

On Thursday, Idaho Rep. Heather Scott was stripped of all committee assignments after claiming female members of the Idaho House were able to advance in their careers only because they “spread their legs,” the Spokesman-Review reported. According to the Idaho Statesman, Scott made the…


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US intervention in Chinese affairs dangerous: Analyst "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

US State Department nominee Rex Tillerson’s remarks against China shows the kind of “dangerous” interventionism by Washington that can prompt serious responses from China, says an American political analyst. Rodney Martin, a former congressional staffer based in Los Angeles, made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Friday, following Tillerson’s call for an […]

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Video: Top U.S. & World Headlines — January 13, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Visit http://democracynow.org to watch the full independent, global news hour, read the transcript, search our archive and to make a donation to support us. Via Youtube

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Politically correct language defined by Whaleoil: Part four "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Homophobic: This word used to mean anyone who hated gay people but modern usage has changed it to anyone who doesn’t agree with things like Gay marriage, or who thinks Gay pride parades are a waste of money and make gay people look like weirdos. A gay man himself and star of the Fabulous Faggot […]

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12:30

Flight To Safety – Precious Metals vs Paper Assets and Debt (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Flight To Safety – Precious Metals vs Paper Assets and Debt Video And when these asset bubbles start to burst, the ‘save haven’ markets that investment capital will try to flee to are ridiculously small.Investors who do not start moving their capital in advance of crisis will be forced to pay much higher prices for…

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12:29

Class Society and Inequality: Debunking the Myth "IndyWatch Feed War"

White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg is a meticulously documented investigation of the historical roots of class inequality in the US. Despite the warm and fuzzy founding myths all American children are taught in school, the foundation for class inequality was laid during the earliest colonization of North America. The wealthy English elite who financed the colonies viewed the New World as a giant workhouse for England’s surplus poor (following the Enclosure Acts that drove them off the commons). British vagrants, vagabonds and convicts were both voluntarily and involuntarily transported to North America as apprentices, indentured servants and impressed1 seaman. A surprising number of indentured servants, particularly in New England, were teenagers.

Most indentured servants (who functioned as virtual slaves) were promised land on completing their term of servitude. However nearly all went on to lose their land to property speculators and rigged taxation schemes, becoming squatters on the outskirts of established settlements. Comprising at least half of the population of most colonies, they were used by colonial elites as a wedge to encroach on Native American lands – only to be driven off their farms once the land was cleared and planted.

The lifestyle enjoyed by these squatters and their descendants was one of entrenched poverty and malnutrition, as well as hookworm, pellagra and other chronic illnesses associated with malnutrition. The disparaging attitude of wealthy elites and the emerging middle class towards this population clearly debunks ubiquitous corporate media claims about the “classless” nature of US society. Labels applied to them have changed over time, but the most prevalent have included “white trash,” “rednecks,” “mudsills,” and “mudeaters” (mud eating is a common symptom of hookworm). During her recent election campaign, Hillary Clinton referred to them as “deplorables.”

Isenberg reveals that post-World War II industrialization would lead many of these families migrate to northern cities, where they became “trailer tra...

12:23

Focus: The Trump Dossier - Jan 13, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed War"


Note: Why the intelligence community included a two page summary of the ‘Trump dossier’ in the presidential and congressional briefing? The Trump dossier is unsubstantiated, contains falsities, outlandish claims, inaccuracies and typos. Veteran intelligence officials call it a complete fraud which 'violated basic standards for intelligence reporting.’ A disinformation analyst at the US Navy’s call it a forgeryMedia critics call it dodgy. In a statement intelligence chief James Clapper wrote that ‘the IC has not made any judgment that the information in this document is reliable, and we did not rely upon it in any way for our conclusions. However, part of our obligation is to ensure that policymakers are provided with the fullest possible picture of any matters that might affect national security.’ Does this pile of garbage really affect national security? The Telegraph reports that the alleged author of the Trump dossier Christopher Steele had contact with the FBI in July 2017 to discuss the content of it. The intelligence agencies had ample time to verify the veracity of the dossier, make an analysis and reach final conclusions. Why they did not make an investigation if they felt that the dossier was worth of it. By enclosing the summary of the dossier in the presidential briefing the intelligence community publicized it and validated it even if they had not reached any judgement about it. The New York Times states that 'putting the summary in a report that went to multiple people in Congress and the executive branch made it very likely that it would be leaked.’ Below are analyses of the Trump dossier published in the&nb...

12:20

The world has changed "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

How are you today?

I’m good, ma’am. Where you heading?

Fortieth, Fifth. How are you today?

I’m good. New York Public Library?

Yes. I’m depressed. You must be depressed.

Sorry, can you say that again?

I’m so depressed. Aren’t you depressed?

No, I’m not depressed, ma’am. You are my passenger and I get to take you where you wanna go. Why are you depressed on such a beautiful day — if it’s OK to ask?

You don’t know? Aren’t you depressed? Oh, I’m so depressed.

I’m sorry to hear that.

I don’t know. This is so bad. It changes everything.

Er, I’m sorry. What changes everything?

The election. ­­—Oh, I get it. You only just arrived. Where are you from?

Originally? I’m from Kinshasa. The Congo.

The Congo? Is that in—?

Africa.

I thought so.

So when did you come to the US?

I came to America in 1997. It will be twenty years ago in June.

Your English is very good.

Thank you, ma’am.

You must be really worried since the election.

I can’t say that I am, ma’am.

Aren’t you worried how bad things can get for immigrants.

You mean about Trump?

Yes! He said some really bad things. He’s going to do some really bad things.

I’ve heard some things here and there, ma’am. But from what I know of America, they have elections every four years, guaranteed, no matter what.

But have you considered how much damage he can do before then?

How much damage he can do?

Yes. Affordable Healthcare, marriage equality, abortion, immigration, and all the good things Obama has done. It’s never been so bad. The world has changed.

The world?

Yes, the world.

Then what happens after four years?

Then we have all this damage. You’ve been here twenty years. You must know that.

Maybe I’m still learning, ma’am. But in three years and ten months’ time you can change it all back. No hard feelings. That’s what I like about America.

You like four years of Trump?

I don’t know. I drive my cab, take people where they want to go. They pay me. I feed my children. I’m happy. I don’t vote, but I understand more people are happy with trump than people who are unhappy with Trump. They gave him their votes. Secret votes. Free votes. You can vote for anybody you like. Even a black man can be the...

12:16

Planet 9 could be a rogue planet "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

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http://www.inquisitr.com/3878299/planet-nine-could-be-a-rogue-world-captured-by-the-solar-system/

New data suggests that the mysterious and elusive Planet Nine, that theorized planet lurking out beyond little Pluto and believed to be the cause of perturbations in the orbits of a number of the Solar System’s denizens, could be a rogue planet captured by the immense gravitational pull of the Sun and its train of planetary followers as it wandered through the Milky Way.

Space.com reported January 10 that a new study has found that the still undiscovered Planet Nine, if it exists, could very well be a rogue planet. Using 156 computer simulations, James Vesper, an undergraduate at New Mexico State University (NMSU) and his mentor, math and physical science professor Paul Mason (also of NMSU), found that “it is very plausible” that Planet Nine was once rogue and was pulled into the Solar System as the two passed each...

12:15

Why Ridiculous Official Propaganda Still Works "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Tyler Durden

Submitted by CJ Hopkins via Counterpunch.org,

For students of official propaganda, manipulation of public opinion, psychological conditioning, and emotional coercion, it doesn’t get much better than this. As Trump and his army of Goldman Sachs guys, corporate CEOs, and Christian zealots slouch toward inauguration day, we are being treated to a master class in coordinated media manipulation that is making Goebbels look like an amateur. This may not be immediately apparent, given the seemingly risible nature of most of the garbage we are being barraged with, but once one understands the actual purpose of such official propaganda, everything starts to make more sense.

Chief among the common misconceptions about the way official propaganda works is the notion that its goal is to deceive the public into believing things that are not “the truth” (that Trump is a Russian agent, for example, or that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction, or that the terrorists hate us for our freedom, et cetera). However, while official propagandists are definitely pleased if anyone actually believes whatever lies they are selling, deception is not their primary aim.

The primary aim of official propaganda is to generate an “official narrative” that can be mindlessly repeated by the ruling classes and those who support and identify with them. This official narrative does not have to make sense, or to stand up to any sort of serious scrutiny. Its factualness is not the point. The point is to draw a Maginot line, a defensive ideological boundary, between “the truth” as defined by the ruling classes and any other “truth” that contradicts their narrative.

Imagine this Maginot line as a circular wall surrounded by inhospitable territory. Inside the wall is “normal” society, gainful employment, career advancement, and all the other considerable benefits of cooperating with the ruling classes. Outside the wall is poverty, anxiety, social and professional stigmatization, and various other forms of suffering. Which side of the wall do you want to be on? Every day, in coun...

12:12

Is Trump Already Finished? — Paul Craig Roberts "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Is Trump Already Finished?

Paul Craig Roberts

It did not take long before we knew there was no hope of change from President Obama. But at least he went into his inauguration with an unprecedented number of Americans on the Mall showing their support for the President of Change. Hope was abundant.

But with Trump, we are already losing faith, if not yet with him, at least with his choice of those who comprise his government even before Trump is inaugurated.

Trump’s choice for Secretary of State not only sounds like the neoconservatives in declaring Russia to be a threat to the United States and all of Europe, but also sounds like Hillary Clinton in declaring the South China Sea to be an area of US dominance. One would think that the chaiman of Exxon was not an idiot, but I am no longer sure. In his confirmation hearing, Rex Tillerson said that China’s access to its own South China Sea is “not going to be allowed.”

Here is Tillerson’s statement: “We’re going to have to send China a clear signal that first, the island-building stops, and second, your access to those islands also not going to be allowed.”

I mean, really, what is Tillerson going to do about it except get the world blown up. China’s response was as pointed as a response can be:

Tillerson “should not be misled into thinking that Beijing will be fearful of threats. If Trump’s diplomatic team shapes future Sino-US ties as it is doing now, the two sides had better prepare for a military clash. Tillerson had better bone up on nuclear power stategies if he wants to force a big nuclear power to withdraw from its own territories.”

So Trump is not even inauguarated and his idiot nominee for Secretary of State has already created an animosity relationship with two nuclear powers capable of completely destroying all of the West for enternity. And this makes the US Senate comfortable with Tillerson. The imbeciles should be scared out of their wits, assuming they have any.

One of the reasons that Russia rescued Syria from Washington’s overthrow is that Russia understood that Washington’s next target would be Iran and from a destroyed Iran terrorism would be exported into the Russian Federation. There is an axis of countries threatened by US supported terrorism—Syria, Iran, Russia, China.

Trump says he wants to normalize relations with Russia and to open up business opportunities in the place of conflict. But to normalize relations with Russia requires also normalizing relations with Iran and China.

Judging from their public statements, Trump’s announced government has targeted Iran for destabilization. Trump’s appointees as National Security Advisor, Secretary of Defense, and Director of the CIA all regard Iran incorrectly as a terrorist st...

12:11

Parody-defying World Economic Forum must do better "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

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https://www.theguardian.com/business/nils-pratley-on-finance/2017/jan/11/world-economic-forum-davos-foxtons-argos-sainsburys

It’s that time of the year when the world’s financial and business “elite” gather in an expensive Swiss ski resort to drink champagne and declare that they are terribly worried about global inequality. This parody-defying event is the World Economic Forum in Davos and, to create the correct veneer of earnest contemplation, the organisers publish an assessment of the risks they think the world faces.

This year they have noticed “the growing mood of anti-establishment populism”and judge that reviving economic growth, which has been their cure-all for as long as anyone can remember, may no longer be enough to “remedy fractures in society.” That is why “reforming market capitalism must also be added to the agenda”.

Great, so what’s the big idea? Well, it’s really just a list of objectives. Try number one: “Fost...

12:10

Justice and Love "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Rod Dreher reports on a conversation with his priest in the confessional:
Dreher: I want justice. It's not fair, the way they do me.

Priest: Justice? You have no right to expect justice. It's nice if you get it, but if you don't, that doesn't release you from the commandment to love.

12:10

The Hidden History Of Corruption Behind Friday The 13th "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The Hidden History Of Corruption Behind Friday The 13th by John Vibes The unlucky Friday the 13th is one of the most well-recognized superstitions in the Western world. This tradition is over 700 years old and has a very interesting origin. During the 12th century, there was a massive religious war that consumed most of…

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12:09

SB Nation Claims New England Patriots Have a ‘Trump Problem’ "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady, Head Coach Bill Belichick, and principle owner Robert Kraft, according to SB Nation staff writer Charlotte Wilder, by supporting New York billionaire Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, somehow leaves their fans struggling with “emotional implications” making it hard for them to watch the games and enjoy the team’s march to another Super Bowl victory.

12:04

We Have Overcome the Plant-Animal Communication Barrier, MIT Professor Claims "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

You wouldn’t know it, but plants are constantly taking in information.

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12:01

Trump met with climate skeptic who compared the ‘demonization of carbon dioxide’ to ‘Jews under Hitler’ "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

President-elect Donald Trump met on Friday with a climate-denying scientist who has compared efforts to stop global warming to the Holocaust, Gizmodo reported. William Happer, who is a professor of physics at Princeton, has repeatedly made statements over the years that question the dangers posed…


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The Psychology of Soft Slavery "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Gary Z. McGee, Staff WriterWaking Times
“When a public is stressed and confused, a big lie told repeatedly and unchallenged can become accepted truth.” ~George Orwell
The idea of slavery is one of those concepts that has the tendency to be uttered in black and white terms. But slavery is anything but black and white. There are many shades of gray that people tend to neglect, usually out of indifference, but also out of ignorance, or by side-stepping the idea as, “just the way things are.” It was a copout during the times of hard slavery and it’s a copout now, during

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12:00

Map of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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Dem Rebukes John Lewis For Saying Trump Win “Illegitimate” "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Good on him for saying it. Via Free Beacon: Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.) rebuked Rep. John Lewis (D., Ga.) on Friday for saying that President-elect Donald Trump will not be a legitimate president. CNN host Jake Tapper asked Manchin for his reaction to Lewis’ comments made to NBC’s Chuck Todd. Manchin disagreed with his […]

12:00

Saturn Blood Worship "IndyWatch Feed World"


The Zodiac as we have known it will be altered due to these magnetic changes, and the astrology influence or mental imprints will change, alter or amplify, depending on the level of awareness and interaction with those cosmic and magnetic influences. This means that our magnetic imprint received from the zodiacal constellation alignments at birth will cease to have the same influence upon our body, our personality, our mind and will impact many other factors. Conversely those whom are under the severe mind controlled influence of the zodiac archetypes used by the NAA machinery may accelerate those influences into distorted behaviors.
It has been confirmed that Saturn is a headquarters used for Zodiac Mind Control and that this planet’s aura and Logos is the densest and most problematic in the entire Solar System. Saturn is an Orion Group and Satanic force outpost for many of the NAA. Activities to distort and pervert the lower dimensions and propagate the 4D astral delusions along with the 5D false ascension programs. Most of the false ascended masters using the 5D false ascension program through Orion Group are act...

11:59

A Coup in Slow-Mo "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Shakespearean power play against the new administration will be something the world has never seen in America.

11:51

Assange Proves He’s A True Hero: Will Face Jail In US For Obama To Free Chelsea Manning "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Credits: The Free Thought Project

By: Zero Hedge / Tyler Durden   Just hours after NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden urged President Obama to “save [Chelsea Manning’s] life by granting her clemency,” Wikileaks’ founder Julian Assange says he will agree to be extradited to the United States if the president grants clemency to the former US soldier Chelsea Manning, who is currently serving a 35-year sentence for leaking documents.

The US Constitution allows a president to pardon “offenses against the United States” and commute — either shorten or end — federal sentences. Obama has so far granted 148 pardons since taking office in 2009 — fewer than his predecessors, who also served two terms, George W. Bush (189) and Bill Clinton (396). But he has surpassed any other president in the number of commutations, 1,176.

 We noted previously that there was a number of high profile cases in front of President Obama as he prepares to leave The White House including Edward Snowden who tweeted yesterday…
And now, as AFP reports, Wikileaks’ founder Julian Assange has offered himself up if President Obama releases Manning
Assange has been living in the Ecuadoran embassy in London since June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden to face sexual assault allegations.
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11:50

“China’s Next Time Bomb” – A Look Inside The Insane World Of China’s Bitcoin Traders "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Tyler Durden

The recent tumble in bitcoin, driven by a stampede of Chinese sellers who until last week were willing buyers at any price, has exposed the weakest link in bitcoin’s until recently exponential rise: the mood and social psychology of Chinese momentum and bubble chasers, who like clockwork rush into any one given asset, bid it up to ridiculous levels, watch the bubble burst, before moving on to the next bubble.

The good news is that courtesy of $25 trillion in local savings, or more than double the amount in the US, the bubble eventually returns to where it burst. The bad news is that in the meantime, those who chased the original bubble lose most if not all of their money.

Unfortunately, for most of China’s bitcoin traders, the bad news may be just starting.

Take the story of Ding Wen, who by the age of 34 had built up a personal fortune of more than two million yuan after years of hard work at an internet company in Nanjing, in east China’s Jiangsu province. But, as SCMP recounts his tale, Wen saw most of that wealth go up in smoke on January 5, when China’s bitcoin market crashed, sending the price of the virtual currency plunging 40 per cent in just a few hours after lunch.

With the market in free fall, Ding was unable to log into his account with China’s biggest bitcoin trading platform, Huobi, meaning he could not sell off his holdings or top up his principal to meet the margin call. By the time he managed to log on in the evening, most of the bitcoins in his account had been compulsorily sold off by Huobi for 6,361 yuan each, lower than his purchase price of 8,101 yuan. This included the part of his investment he had bought using a loan he obtained from Huobi by pledging the bitcoins he owned originally.

“I have taken on big risks when making leveraged betting, but the collapse of the trading system made me unable to run stop-loss orders, so I think the platform should compensate for investors’ losses,” Ding said.

The platform disagrees.

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11:50

Whistleblower Andrew Maguire Accuses US Government Of Using PSYOPs To Control Economies, Global Markets & People "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Whistleblower Andrew Maguire Accuses US Government Of Using PSYOPs To Control Economies, Global Markets & People

Whistleblower Andrew Maguire Accuses US Government Of Using PSYOPs To Control Economies, Global Markets & People Today whistleblower Andrew Maguire accused the US government and “criminal organizations” of using PSYOPs to control economies, global markets and people. Get ready for a trip down the rabbit hole of a mind-blowing Orwellian nightmare, where world markets and…

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11:48

In a fiery statement, congresswoman announces inauguration boycott, promises to lead the resistance "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Rep. Barbara Lee emerged as a resistance leader to George W. Bush's agenda and now she's stepping up to lead the resistance again, saying she will not be a part of normalizing "the most extreme fringes of the Republican Party."

11:47

Steve Harvey to Work With Trump Administration on Inner City Policy "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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Actor, comedian, and Family Feud host met with President-elect Donald Trump on Friday at Trump Tower in Manhattan.

11:45

35 pages in January "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Patrick BAHZAD The snow ball effect keeps on growing. Three days after Buzzfeed published the incendiary private intelligence report that had been circulating inside the Beltway for months, there is still no end in sight to the whole media...

11:44

Trump Said No To Drugs, Never Inhaled Joint Or Drank Whiskey "IndyWatch Feed World"

Donald Trump is the first drug-free U.S. president to take office in decades. On January 20 he will be sworn in as America’s 45th president without having ever inhaled a  Full Article »

11:43

Light Pillars In Canada Reveal The Stunning Beauty Of Nature [Watch] "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Credit: Timothy Joseph Elzinga

Nature is incredible. If you need more evidence of this, look no further than the images below, captured by Timothy Joseph Elzinga. The Ontario, Canada, was woken up by his two-year-old son at 1:30 a.m. and noticed the dancing lights in the night sky. Without further thought, he threw some clothes on, grabbed a camera, and headed outdoors.

“We can blame the two-year-old. He started crying at 1:30 a.m., so I got up and soothed him … and out the window I had the perfect view of these dancing lights in the sky,” recalls Elzinga. “I had to investigate. I got some pants on and ran outside and took some photos.”

National Geographic informed the public that the phenomenon is actually a result of light bouncing off of ice crystals that float low to the ground. Named light pillars, they truly are magical-looking and were a sight to see, as is evident by the images below. 

“It looked like someone from Star Trek was trying to beam people up,” Elzinga told a local CBC news station. “It was very bright in person, like nothing I’ve ever seen. It almost seemed supernatural.”

Though the pillars have been spotted elsewhere around the world, they surely are a sight to behold. Following are some photographs captured by Elzinga:

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11:35

Mysterious WikiLeaks Warning Sparks Rumors Of Upcoming Release "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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WikiLeaks tweeted an anomalous warning Friday afternoon: “NOTE: No present Wikileaks staff, including our editor, have medical, psychological or drug conditions which could lead to sudden death.”

What does it mean, and is Wikileaks preparing the world for a massive release?

Wikileaks kicked off 2017 by campaigning for funding, and stating that if you thought 2016 was big, 2017 was going to blow you away.

Is Wikileaks planning a massive leak? If so, we might have an indication of what that leak could be. Kim Dotcom told WeAreChange’s Suzie Dawson that 2017 was going to be a big year for New Zealand. He asserted that 2 terabytes of data would be made public.

Although this is just speculation, Wikileaks may have something else up their sleeve. One thing is for sure, they wouldn’t just tweet out an obscure warning that claimed none of their staff has “medical, psychological or drug conditions which could lead to sudden death.”

[RELATED: Kim Dotcom BOMBSHELL: “2TB Of Leaked Government Data Will Stun New Zealand In 2017”]

It is a well known fact that the CIA Director William Colby exposed during the church hearing, that in 1975, the CIA had a heart attack gun. Former agent Mary Embree talked about in further context, explaining how she was tasked to discovering a poison that would be soluble in the bloodstream that was untraceable in toxicology reports.

Some suspect that the infamous...

11:32

After Trump’s L.L. Bean tweet, ethics office warns US employees: do not endorse products "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A day after President-elect Donald Trump encouraged supporters to “Buy L.L. Bean,” a U.S. ethics watchdog on Friday warned federal employees they must not endorse products or companies. The U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE) said on its official Twitter account: “All executive…


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Ex-spies flocking to private security sector, eroding traditional codes of silence – report "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Britain’s burgeoning security sector is increasingly recruiting former spies to do its dirty work, leading to the erosion of traditional codes of discretion among retired spooks, according to industry insiders. A report into the issue by the Times indicates that former employees of MI5, MI6 and GCHQ are abandoning the intelligence agencies for jobs with […]

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James Mattis Calls for US Military to Be More Lethal at Defense Secretary Confirmation Hearing "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of defense, retired General James “Mad Dog” Mattis, testified Thursday at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Mattis’s 41-year career in the Marine Corps included field commands in the Persian Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan. He led US troops during the 2004 battle of Fallujah, earning […]

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11:32

On 7th anniversary of earthquake, Haitian farmers file land grab complaint highlighting harm caused by disaster “recovery” efforts "IndyWatch Feed World"

12 Jan 2017 | Accountability CounselA collective representing hundreds of Haitian farmers, filed a complaint to the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) about its role in a case of land grabbing.

11:32

Tensions between Chinese firm, ethnic villagers mount "IndyWatch Feed World"

12 Jan 2017 | Phnom Penh PostEthnic Kuoy villagers in Preah Vihear, Cambodia filed a complaint against Chinese sugar company Rui Feng on Tuesday after a long-simmering land dispute almost erupted into violence last week.

11:31

Sugar company worn out by empty promises "IndyWatch Feed World"

12 Jan 2017 | Cambodia DailySome 100 farmers who have spent the past 11 days sleeping on land to guard it from bulldozers in Preah Vihear province, Cambodia are exhausted by empty promises from the government to solve their problem.

11:31

Rui Feng still clearing farmland, villagers say "IndyWatch Feed World"

13 Jan 2017 | Phnom Penh PostChina sugarcane company Rui Feng continued its campaign to clear disputed land in Preah Vihear province, Cambodia yesterday, even after a video of its employees seemingly trying to beat villagers surfaced online earlier this week.

11:31

Une année d'espoir à la Socapalm?... Peut-être "IndyWatch Feed World"

13 Jan 2017 | PalmespoirQuelques très insignifiants frémissements semblent signaler un changement de mentalité au sein de l'ogre SOCAPALM au Cameroun. Le loup serait-il devenu un agneau ?

11:31

Les synthèses des treize ateliers de la rencontre mondiale du FMAT2016 sont disponibles! "IndyWatch Feed World"

13 Jan 2017 | WFALConsultez la synthèse de chacune des sessions thématiques qui ont eu lieu les 31 mars, 1er et 2 avril 2016 lors du Forum Mondial sur l'Accès à la Terre et aux ressources naturelles à Valencia (Espagne).

11:31

Jokowi grants first-ever indigenous land rights to 9 communities "IndyWatch Feed World"

04 Jan 2017 | MongabayIndonesia central government has recognized the rights of nine indigenous communities to the forests. That movement still has long way to go, the nine “customary forests” encompass a total of 13,100 hectares. By comparison, Indonesia's nine biggest oil palm firms in 2013 had planted nearly 2 million hectares.

11:30

The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Is “Mad Dog” Mattis right in saying that “[the world order is] under the biggest attack since World War II … from Russia, from terrorist groups and with what China is doing in the South China Sea”?

11:30

Dear Chester "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

via email Mr Burrows I refer to your email reply to ‘Jim’, now featured on Whale Oil What a disgraceful reply, if you think that just one vote going elsewhere will not affect you then I suggest you start considering your next career move, because Jim is just one of a ground swell that are […]

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11:30

Could Trump’s Border Tax Ignite CHAOS in the US Silver Market? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Could Trump’s Border Tax Ignite CHAOS in the US Silver Market? Doc & Dubin Are Back in the Saddle Breaking Down the Big PM Rally to Start 2017. Doc Presents A Potential Black Swan For Silver Entirely Off the Radar: Could Donald Trump’s Border Tax Plan Unleash Absolute CHAOS in the US Silver Market?  …

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11:30

UPDATE: Intel from Retired Sergeant Clifford Stone, CIA-Based Fake News on YouTube, Siberian Cooperation with ET Disclosure Efforts, and More "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

By Shem El-Jamal

This report comes to us with a bit more urgency than some of the others. These disclosures of possible events from Kent Dunn and Gary Larrabee have played a significant roll in opening the eyes of many people to the world around us. Though these revelations have been impactful, the truth of this world remains all but completely hidden from view.

UPDATE – Reports of New Healing Energies, the Mass Exodus, the Judgment of the Cabal, and the End of Evil on Planet Earth

Within this interview, Kent Dunn discloses a number of significant and upcoming events. These include the increasing progress of the Alliance, the coming disclosures in the near future on ETs, and the attempts of the Cabal remnants at stopping these disclosures. What is particularly interesting about this interview is the reported participation of a well-known whistleblower from the black ops and military community; retired Sergeant Clifford Stone.

Kent Dunn Working with Clifford Stone and NESARA News Exposes the “Real Alien Universe”

Fake News and More

It is interesting to learn that the CIA may be stepping up their disinformation efforts on social media platforms such as YouTube. Most of those who are internet savvy are well aware of the truth of fake news. This “fake news” was a label that was originally used as an excuse to silence and censor the alternative media.

Those of us in the alternative community know that this censorship is being imposed because the establishment is doing everything they can to stop the continuing collapse of their power and significance in this world. We may also know...

11:30

BREAKING: Senate Intel Committee Announces It Will Investigate Trump Ties To Russia… "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Via Politico: Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) said late Friday that his committee would investigate possible contacts between Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia, reversing himself one day after telling reporters that the issue would be outside of his panel’s ongoing probe into Moscow’s election-disruption efforts. Burr and the intelligence panel’s top Democrat, Virginia Sen. […]

11:26

Dell's Latest Laptop is $100 Cheaper If You Buy It With Ubuntu "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

OMG! Ubuntu! reports

[January 11,] the company announced the immediate availability of the Dell Precision 3520 mobile workstation (that's "professional laptop" to you and [me]).

Better yet, buyers can save over $100 by choosing Ubuntu 16.04 LTS pre-loaded instead of Windows 10--now that's what you call a deal!

Unlike other vendors, Dell [doesn't] ship their Linux option on no-frills reduced-power hardware. All models in the Dell Precision lineup pack powerful 7th generation Intel Core and Intel Xeon processors, support Thunderbolt 3 (ahem, USB-C), and can be kitted out with up to 32GB RAM!

The Dell Precision 3520 is available to buy & configure right now priced from $899 (base specs, with Ubuntu 1604 LTS). It ships worldwide.


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11:25

Some Election Interference Is More Equal Than Others – How Ukraine Meddled On Behalf Of Clinton "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Tyler Durden

Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

A couple of days ago, Politico published a fascinating piece describing how factions associated with the current Ukrainian government apparently interfered in the U.S. election on behalf of Hillary Clinton. The findings seem pretty damning, and certainly warrant at least some conversation within the American media given the 24/7 obsession with Russia. Nevertheless, most of you have probably never heard of this saga, since when it comes to the corporate media news cycle, some election interference is more equal than others.

The article is lengthy, and can be confusing at times given all the moving parts, but I highly encourage you to read it. Ukrainian interference in the election can be traced to essentially two sources. First, there was the apparent collaboration between the Ukrainian embassy in Washington D.C. and a highly paid Ukrainian-American DNC consultant, Alexandra Chalupa. The second angle is far more disturbing, and involves the publicization of a so-called ledger demonstrating corruption between Paul Manafort and pro-Russian elements in Ukraine, by a parliamentarian named Serhiy Leshchenko. Bizarrely, the investigation was effectively dropped after Trump won the election, making you wonder if there was anything really there in the first place.

What follows are excerpts from the excellent piece, Ukrainian Efforts to Sabotage Trump Backfire:

Donald Trump wasn’t the only presidential candidate whose campaign was boosted by officials of a former Soviet bloc country.

Ukrainian government officials tried to help Hillary Clinton and undermine Trump by publicly questioning his fitness for office. They also disseminated documents implicating a top Trump aide in corruption and suggested they were investigating the matter, only to back away after the election...

11:23

Paralyzed NYPD Detective Who Forgave Shooter Remembered as Hero "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

FILE - In this March 15, 2015 file photo, New York City Detective Steven McDonald, his wife Patti, and son, Conor, smile after receiving the Spirit of Giving Award at the Kelly Cares Foundation's 5th Annual Irish Eyes Gala held at the JW Marriot Essex House in New York. McDonald, who was paralyzed by a bullet and became an international voice for peace after he publicly forgave the gunman, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 at the age of 59. (Photo by Stuart Ramson/Invision for Kelly Cares Foundation/AP Images, File)
A sea of blue, family and friends gathered in a funeral mass in St. Patrick’s Cathedral Friday morning to bid a final farewell to an iconic hero NYPD Detective Steven McDonald.

11:22

Charges Dropped Against Line 9 Valve Turners "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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January 13, 2017 —  All charges have been dropped against Vanessa Gray, Stone Stewart and Sarah Scanlon who shut down Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline on December 21, 2015 on Anishnaabe territory just outside of Aamjiwnaang and Sarnia.

They were charged with mischief endangering lives and mischief over $5000. as their lawyers explained, these exaggerated charges were a scare tactic used to intimidate them and future water defenders from engaging in direct action. however, the court could present no evidence to convict them on these charges.

“The only way Enbridge can prove these cases is by admitting that their pipelines are subject to rupture.”

Vanessa Gray provides closing remarks to a crowd of more than 30 people gathered outside the Sarnia court today,

“The defense of the land does not begin or end with Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline. We have to work collectively to support indigenous frontline communities such as Aamjiwnaang and Chippewas of the Thames who’s case against Line 9 continues.

We all share the responsibility of using our voices and bodies to stand up to these companies. The land beneath the refineries in chemical valley is still considered sacred. Our relationship with the land is the medicine we need to survive. So I hope to continue this work with all of you to build our communities and stop companies from further endangering our water and our land.”

As we enter a period where the government continues to neglect the demands of indigenous communities and push pipelines through without consent, we must challenge fossil fuels infrastructure projects that moves us further from our climate change targets.

And when legal means are used to intimidate those engaging in direct action, we must qu...

11:21

American Women Are Signing Up for Combat in Unexpected Numbers "IndyWatch Feed War"

Women have qualified for combat jobs at double the rate U.S. Army officials expected, but their future is uncertain

11:19

False Friend "IndyWatch Feed World"

False Friend is a Victim-Victimizer software mind control archetype that is used to target spiritually developing people. This is one of the Controller Programs that is a sub program of the Victim-Victimizer software program and a collective miasm that has accumulated over many generations.
As the Victimizer Archetypes and related programs that are embedded in the cellular matrix are very enhanced now, especially in adjunct to Life Review patterns for many of us now on the ascension path. Let us say this is explosive for some of us now, and I am observing traps for ensnarement, and Addiction, like jaws attempting to latch on to our vulnerability. False Friend is listed in the HGS Manual under the Victim-Victimizer 2 clearing under Addictions/Phobias. [1]

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11:17

How to Talk to Congress "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

As this year begins with a new president and new Congress taking power, more people than ever want to know how to make their voices heard in Congress. As the Legislative Counsel at EFF, my job is to help the organization and our supporters reach out to Congress more effectively. We've put together this guide in order to share some of our findings about how best to impact decisions in government. This represents years of trial and error at EFF as well as my own experience working in Congress and Washington, D.C. for a number of years before joining the organization.

What Is the Best Way to Communicate with Congress?

At EFF, we have had success asking our supporters to call their lawmakers, email them, and contact them over social media. Each tactic has its advantages and disadvantages, depending on the situation.

When an issue is time-sensitive—for example, a vote in the coming days—you have to pick up the phone and call your representative and two senators to voice your opinion. All other forms of communication such as emails, faxes, and letters take an office weeks to process before they are ever seen by a decision-maker.

Social media campaigns (Twitter campaigns, posts on lawmakers' Facebook pages, etc.) can also be powerful, both because they spread the word publicly and because many staffers are watching social media streams. Each tweet may not have as much impact as a phone call (and we recommend you do both), but when thousands of people participate at once, these campaigns can and do make a difference, particularly when elected officials are contemplating how an issue is covered by the press. Some members of Congress actively watch their own Twitter and Facebook feeds—there have even been times when lawmakers have directly referred to our social media campaigns in their arguments on the floor of Congress. One drawback of social media campaigns is that it can be difficult for lawmakers to tell which tweets are coming from their own constituents.

Twitter campaigns are sometimes the last option when there is very little time left before a vote. Phone calls are typically tallied at the end of the day, whereas an outpouring on Twitter might be noticed in real time the same day as a vote.

In more long-term situations—say, demanding oversight over a federal agency, supporting a bill that is not scheduled for a vote, or demanding that your elected official take a policy position—you can send in an email and meet with the district office (or Washington office if you are traveling there). EFF created a tool called...

11:16

CVE Request: Wordpress: 8 security issues in 4.7 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by Craig Small on Jan 13

Hi,
I couldn't find any CVE for the 8 issues wordpress 4.7 (including some
earlier versions) have.
The announcement is at [1] but it is often better to look at [2] to work
out what is what, though their announcement for 4.7.1 is one of the more
better ones.

Remote code execution (RCE) in PHPMailer – No specific issue appears to
affect WordPress or any of the major plugins we investigated but, out of an
abundance of caution, we updated...

11:13

Update: Harris County Texas Cop Who Raped Dog on Video Also Charged With Possession of Child Porn "IndyWatch Feed War"

In an update to a story I posted two days ago, it is now being reported that, in addition to having been caught uploading a video of himself raping a dog (using a Harris County Sheriff’s Office computer), Deputy Andrew C. Sustaita Jr. has now been charged with multiple accounts of possessing child pornography.

Reportedly, over 200 images and videos of child porn, including images of at least two girls under four years old being raped, were found on Sustaita’s personal computer during the bestiality related investigation.

Via ABC13.com:

A former deputy accused of posting a video of himself performing a sex act with an animal is now charged with possession of child porn, according to the Harris County District Clerk’s Office.

Andrew C. Sustaita Jr. is a six-year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, most recently assigned to the Crime Control Division.

According to charging documents, when deputies searched Sustaita’s personal laptop, they discovered more than 200 child pornographic photos and videos. At least two female victims in the photos appear to be as young as 4 years old, documents say.

Sustaita was identified as a suspect during the course of an investigation managed by the sheriff’s high tech crime unit.

The (original) video reportedly shows him involved in a sex act with a small dog.

No other details have been released.

Not surprisingly, neither his father, who is currently still employed as a HCSO deputy, nor his attorney were ready to make a statement about the allegations against Sustaita. (Because you’re pretty much never ready for that.)

Local Media Coverage of New Charges

Original Local Media Coverage

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11:13

Facebook’s Secretive Lab Wants to Transmit Your Brain Waves "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Facebook has some big plans for the future of social networking. A series of job postings discovered Thursday suggest the company wants to use non-invasive techniques to measure users’ brain waves, with artificial intelligence decoding the data. The listings are … Continue reading

11:12

Alexander First Nation band members sue leaders for alleged ‘illegal’ payments "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

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Former Alexander First Nation chief Herbert Arcand, a current councillor and band administrator are being sued by band members for alleged “illegal” financial activities. (Supplied)

Three band members are suing their former chief, a current councillor and an adminstrator

By Andrea Huncar, CBC News, January 13, 2017

Three band members of the Alexander First Nation northwest of Edmonton are suing their former chief, a current councillor and a band employee for alleged conflict of interest and “illegal and improper” financial dealings.

The allegations are made in a statement of claim filed at the Court of Queen’s Bench in Edmonton on Dec 21, 2016. Many of the allegations echo findings of a forensic accounting analysis released earlier this year, which cited “unexplained payments” involving two of the band leaders.

The audit, summarized in a powerpoint presentation leaked to CBC in September, identified more than $2 million in unexplained payments from 2013 to 2015, half of them to former chief Herbert Arcand and current tribal chief administrator Alphonse Arcand....

11:10

A Terrifying Threat Too Real to Ignore "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

A Terrifying Threat Too Real to Ignore by Jason Simpkins Back in the 1950s James Dines walked into his office at 18 Wall Street, New York, NY, and was promptly told to pack his things. He’d been fired for making bullish gold predictions. You see, Mr. Dines firmly believed the U.S. dollar would be devalued. This…

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11:10

Yet more "Fake News": ISIS Destroys Mosul Bridges? What's CNN Saying Here? "IndyWatch Feed War"

"ISIS destroys Mosul bridges as troops advance"

Yes, that is the CNN headline. Except it's not correct. 
Unless CNN is telling us that ISIS is the US? Which is the truth. 
But, is that really what CNN is going for? Doubtful. 
 First paragraph of this fake news from CNN..

 "ISIS has destroyed all five bridges crossing the Tigris River in Mosul, an attempt to slow the advance of Iraqi troops toward the western side of the city, according to Lt. Gen. Abdul Amir Rasheed Yarallah, the commander of Iraqi Forces in Nineveh province"
 ISIS didn't destroy all five bridges crossing the Tigris. In fact they didn't destroy even one bridge in Mosul! The US did that! Yup they destroyed all five bridges across the Tigris.. 
All five of them. With airstrikes! As was reported in 2016. Here at the blog.

Mosul's Last Bridge Destroyed By Coalition Airstrikes- From 5 to None

 Mosul residents said on Wednesday that an airstrike had disabled the city’s last functioning bridge across the Tigris River, forcing residents to cross the waterway in boats.

If the bridge is "disabled" to the point that it cannot be used to cross the river, it is destroyed!
Residents were crossing the waterway with boats because the bridge, the last bridge, was destroyed by US airstrikes, last year! Not by ISIS.
 So CNN's headline is a lie as is their first paragraph.. 

The residents said the airstrike happened at dawn on Monday. Iraqi and officials from the US-led coalition battling ISIL were not available to comment.
Activists from inside Mosul published pictures on Tuesday night of the metal bridge, known as the Old Bridge, showing its twisted girders sinking into the water as boats ferried residents from both banks. The bridge, which w...

11:09

Unbelievably, Obama Signs Bill Creating U.S. Ministry of Truth (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed World"

Unbelievably, Obama Signs Bill Creating U.S. Ministry of Truth (VIDEO) | obama3 | Civil Rights Free Speech Government Government Control Government Corruption Losing Rights Multimedia NDAA Obama Exposed Propaganda Tyranny & Police State

By: The Voice of Reason |

Ronald Reagan once said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

Thomas Jefferson once said, “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was, and what never will be.” Ladies and gentleman, keeping Hillary Clinton out of the White House was just the first of many steps We the People must be willing to take if we are to ensure this country’s survival. At this point in our nation’s history, information and knowledge are key. He who controls the information, controls. In George Orwell’s “1984,” not widely viewed by ANYONE as a positive look into the future, Orwell says:

“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history. […] 

He who controls the past controls the future. 

He who controls the present controls the past.”

A fellow YouTuber reminded me, “Our Founders believed in the potential of this country so greatly, that they gave their lives, and some of them even watched as their children were slaughtered on the battlefield, and others lost everything, and died penniless. They endured greater pains than you or I could ever even fathom, simply so their children and grandchildren could prosper without the wolf of tyranny knocking at their door.”

MY COUNTRYMEN… THAT WOLF IS NOW AT OUR DOOR… 

In the following video, I explain exactly what’s at...

11:09

Revenge of the Bamster: 2017 Bank Failure #1 – Harvest Community Bank of NJ "IndyWatch Feed World"

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by John Galt
January 13, 2017 19:10 ET

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Obama wouldn’t start seizing banks in an attempt to destabilize the financial system and leave incoming President-Elect Trump with a poop sandwich to eat now, would he?

Stay tuned as the last bank seizure by the FDIC before this one was way back in September of 2016, yet the zombies are still allowed to walk conveniently until one week before Trump takes office.

From the FDIC website:

First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company, Raleigh, North Carolina Assumes All of the Deposits of Harvest Community Bank, Pennsville, New Jersey
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 13, 2017

Harvest Community Bank, Pennsville, New Jersey, was closed today by the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance, which appointed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as receiver. To protect the depositors, the FDIC entered into a purchase and assumption agreement with First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company, Raleigh, North Carolina, to assume all of the deposits of Harvest Community Bank.

The four branches of Harvest Community Bank will reopen as branches of First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company during their normal business hours. Depositors of Harvest Community Bank will automatically become depositors of First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company. Deposits will continue to be insured by the FDIC, so there is no need for customers to change their banking relationship in order to retain their deposit insurance coverage up to applicable limits. Customers of Harvest Community Bank should continue to use their existing branch until they receive notice from First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company that it has completed systems changes to allow other First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company branches to process their accounts as well.

This evening and over the weekend, depositors of Harvest Community Bank can access their money by writing checks...

11:07

The comparative biology of the alternation of generations "IndyWatch Feed World"

The comparative biology of the alternation of generations

11:07

Yield forecast based on weather variables and agricultural inputs on agro-climatic zone basis - Purchase PDF "IndyWatch Feed World"

Yield forecast based on weather variables and agricultural inputs on agro-climatic zone basis - Purchase PDF

11:07

Direct and residual effect of sulphur application on maize-greengram cropping system - Purchase PDF "IndyWatch Feed World"

Direct and residual effect of sulphur application on maize-greengram cropping system - Purchase PDF

11:07

On the limits of biological inquiry in soil science "IndyWatch Feed World"

On the limits of biological inquiry in soil science

11:07

11:07

Suillin a characteristic metabolite from boletes of the genus suillus boletales "IndyWatch Feed World"

Suillin a characteristic metabolite from boletes of the genus suillus boletales

11:07

Social loafing and social facilitation "IndyWatch Feed World"

Social loafing and social facilitation

11:06

900 Year Drought Reversed with New Water Desalination Technology "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By WakingTimes

Christina Sarich, Staff Writer
Waking Times

Wars in the Middle East have been fought over oil, but with the area drying up, water is the new commodity which incites both civil and international discord. In the Fertile Crescent, the only country which isn’t suffering from acute water stress is Israel – not only for their controversial ability to control water in the region, but for their productivity in helping to bring about the era of desalinization.

Changes over the past several decades have made the Fertile Crescent much less fertile. Using satellite images of the region, scientists discovered that only 10% of the area’s marshlands remain. All the rest have dried up, leaving mainly desert with patches of salt.

Israel’s new Sorek desalination plant, the largest reverse-osmosis facility in the world is now making a surplus of water in an area previously known to be one of the driest countries on earth. 1.2 million people now have drinkable, desalinated water using new technologies developed by the Zuckerberg Institute. 55 percent of Israel’s domestic water now comes from the Mediterranean Sea, through the Sorek plant.

Only a few years ago, the country was in the middle of its worst droughts in at least 900 years. With a national campaign to conserve and reuse water along with the massive desalination plant, Israel now has a water surplus.

Edo Ba-Zeev, an expert on biofouling who helped develop the technology for the plant, helped to change the attitude of researchers who previously saw desalination as a last resort.

Most desalination plants work by pushing seawater through membranes that contain microscopic pores. The water gets through, leaving the salt behind, and then you have potable water. The only problem with this system is that micro-organisms typically begin to colonize the membranes and block the pores. Controlling them usually requires expensive cleaning which relies on chemical treatment of the plant.

Bar-Zeev and his colleagues...

900 Year Drought Reversed with New Water Desalination Technology "IndyWatch Feed World"

Christina Sarich, Staff Writer
Waking Times

Wars in the Middle East have been fought over oil, but with the area drying up, water is the new commodity which incites both civil and international discord. In the Fertile Crescent, the only country which isn’t suffering from acute water stress is Israel – not only for their controversial ability to control water in the region, but for their productivity in helping to bring about the era of desalinization.

Changes over the past several decades have made the Fertile Crescent much less fertile. Using satellite images of the region, scientists discovered that only 10% of the area’s marshlands remain. All the rest have dried up, leaving mainly desert with patches of salt.

Israel’s new Sorek desalination plant, the largest reverse-osmosis facility in the world is now making a surplus of water in an area previously known to be one of the driest countries on earth. 1.2 million people now have drinkable, desalinated water using new technologies developed by the Zuckerberg Institute. 55 percent of Israel’s domestic water now comes from the Mediterranean Sea, through the Sorek plant.

Only a few years ago, the country was in the middle of its worst droughts in at least 900 years. With a national campaign to conserve and reuse water along with the massive desalination plant, Israel now has a water surplus.

Edo Ba-Zeev, an expert on biofouling who helped develop the technology for the plant, helped to change the attitude of researchers who previously saw desalination as a last reso...

11:05

Friday the 13th and advocacy for sex workers "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

So, there’s this thing I’ve been taking part in for the past few years where I and some other bloggers/Internet users make Friday the 13th a day for speaking up for sex workers’ rights and the abolition of restrictive laws that harm sex workers rather than helping them. I don’t want to miss doing so this year, but I’m afraid that time constraints and general exhaustion mean that this is going to have to be my shortest post so far on the subject.

Firstly, the above link is to the post I wrote for the last Friday the 13th, which in turn links back to a couple of others. If you read that, it’ll fill you in pretty well on my views.

Secondly, and more importantly, I’d like to take this opportunity to direct you to what our national prostitutes’ organisation, the English Collective of Prostitutes, have to say on the importance of decriminalisation of prostitution. This statement of theirs summarises the reasons for decriminalisation of sex work and provides two links with summaries of useful information on the harm done by current British sex work laws (the US ones, by the way, are even worse, as prostitution itself is illegal in nearly all of the US, which is an appallingly unjust and harmful law) and debunking of several myths about sex work.

So, once again; let’s put an end to laws that harm sex workers, listen to what sex workers want from the law, and look at how best to reform the law with the actual needs and opinions of sex workers in mind.

11:03

US State Department nominee Tillerson fights climate deposition - Reuters "IndyWatch Feed World"

US State Department nominee Tillerson fights climate depositionReutersNEW YORK Rex Tillerson, the former oil executive under consideration for U.S. secretary of state, is trying to avoid giving testimony in a federal lawsuit over climate change, according to a lawyer for a group of teenagers who filed the suit. Lawyers ...and more »

11:03

The Deep State GOES TO WAR with Trump "IndyWatch Feed World"

In January, 1961, Dwight Eisenhower delivered his farewell address after serving two terms as U.S. president; the five-star general chose to warn Americans of this specific threat to democracy: “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.” That warning was issued prior to the decadelong escalation of the Vietnam War, three more decades of Cold War mania, and the post-9/11 era, all of which radically expanded that unelected faction’s power even further. This is the faction that is now engaged in open warfare against the duly elected and already widely dislikedpresident-elect, Donald Trump. They are using classic Cold War dirty tactics and the defining ingredients of what has until recently been denounced as “Fake News.”

11:02

Defend Our City: Take Action Against Milo at University of Washington! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Defend Our City: Take Action Against Milo at University of Washington! appeared first on IT'S GOING DOWN.

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Professional troll Milo Yiannopoulos will be coming to UW as part of his “Dangerous Faggot” speaking tour on Friday January 20th and will be speaking in room 130 of Kane Hall from 7-10PM. If you’re not familiar with his work, here is a cited list of some of the disgusting behavior he engages in. We are of the opinion that this behavior can not be ignored. Instead he’s testing what we will ignore so that he can escalate. This is not a child’s temper tantrum, but an abusers strategy. Ignoring this today kills women, trans folks, Muslims, and people of color tomorrow. Silence against abusers in power is violence against marginalized people.

While some people are advocating for an approach of ignoring him, as if that will magically make the white nationalists and other bigots who support him disappear from campus that day, we feel that it is imperative that his presence is resisted. We respect the autonomy and choice of individuals who do not want to be present to oppose him whether it is because they don’t feel safe being there, they believe free speech includes allowing people to come to campus and specifically target and attack already marginalized groups, or because they will be downtown participating in the autonomous breakaway march or the multitude of other actions happening. However, we also recognize that there are plenty of people who desire to and are ready to show up to oppose Milo and we want to create a space for folks to do that.
With that in mind, please spread this call-out far and wide through your networks! Get with your crews, discuss tactics and safety measures, and get yourselves to the action if you want to help us resist the type of ideology that is engendered by the incoming regime rather than just say you are against it. Should the UW administration suddenly decide to reverse course in the coming days and decide to actually defend the multicultural, safe community it claims to to wants to create then we will be joining our friends and allies at the marches downtown. Until then, we are preparing and expecting to show up to resist Milo on #J20.
Where: Meet in front of Kane Hall
When: Friday January 20th, 6:30PM
What: Take action to resist Milo and...

11:02

Here We Go Again: Syria’s Assad Named As Suspect In Chemical Weapons Attack "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Back in 2013, the catalyst used by the US to intervene in the Syrian conflict which started in the aftermath of the Arab Spring (which according to some was inspired by CIA intervention), was a YouTube clip allegedly showing a sarin gas attack by Assad troops on his own people in the town of Ghouta, […]

The post Here We Go Again: Syria’s Assad Named As Suspect In Chemical Weapons Attack appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

11:01

Education key to curbing Muslim extremism, say experts "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Education is the most effective measure to address violent extremism in the Muslim word, a forum was told to day. Prof Seyed Javad Miri, a visiting professor at Institute of Humanities and Cultural Studies, said Muslims should not ignore other religions and cultures, but should instead learn from these. “Works of others is not demonised […]

11:00

Jill Stein’s Failed Recount Hits Philadelphia Taxpayers For $37,000 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The taxpayers of Philadelphia and Chester Counties need to send Jill Stein a bill for their cost of the recount scam. Via Free Beacon: Taxpayers in the Philadelphia region of Pennsylvania will have to pay $37,000 thanks to Green Party nominee Jill Stein’s failed presidential recount attempt in the state. Local taxpayers in Philadelphia and […]

11:00

Video Shows Sun Flashing and Pulsing Strangely "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

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The following video captured by KatMartin on January 12, 2017 it shows, besides the Sun which is flashing and pulsing strangely, a very weird display of clouds in the sky (Starts at the 1.06 mark in the video).

 

 

 

Via: UFO Sightings Hotspot

11:00

Dear Peter "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

via email From: Caroline xxxx  Date: 11 January 2017 at 12:33:02 PM NZDT To: peter.goodfellow@national.xxxxx Subject: National Party and Resolution 2334 Good afternoon Peter, It is of some concern that National Party M.P’s who are receiving emails on the above topic are not responding. Is there a valid reason for this or is there something […]

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11:00

Looking at the Four "Bull Market Checks": Trend, Momentum, Breadth, and Sentiment "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The Dow is flirting with the 20,000 level, but we haven’t seen a breakout above that psychologically important number … yet. This time on Financial Sense, we spoke with Jonathan Krinsky, chief market technician at MKM Partners, about market direction and his four bull...

Illinois Lawmakers Consider Massive, Regressive Tax Hike On Low-Income Families (a.k.a “Soda Tax”) "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Tyler Durden

Nanny State

To our complete lack of surprise, lawmakers in the State of Illinois are considering following in the footsteps of Philadelphia by imposing a 1 cent per ounce “soda tax” on all sugary beverages.

And while it’s being done under the guise of “improving public health,” precisely zero people believe that the Nanny State of Illinois cares about the sugar intake of its residents. Of course, the real motivation behind the so-called “soda taxes” springing up in liberal bastions across the country is the $100’s of million of tax dollars than can be generated to help them grow the Nanny State even bigger.

Lets look at a quick example of how the tax dollars add up. Lets say, just for fun, that the average person consumes one, 12 ounce, sugary beverage (soda, juice, etc.) per day. That would equate to roughly a $45 annual tax per person (12 ounces x 365 days x $0.01 per ounce). Multiply that by a family of 4 and the annual tax per household is $180 or roughly 30 bps of the median Illinois household income of $60,000.

And while that doesn’t sound like much, and obviously it was designed that way, the numbers are staggering when you start to consider the statewide revenue potential. Applying the the $45 per person annual tax from above to Illinois’ 13 million people implies that the total revenue potential for state coffers is $585mm. And, before you ask, while we understand that most infants aren’t drinking a can of Dr. Pepper on the reg (although we are talking about Chicago so who knows), we also guess that most teenagers are drinking more than one sugary drink per day so just go along with our rough math here.

Of course, as the Daily Caller pointed out, Philadelphia residents have been shocked by the impact of the soda tax on their grocery bills. And even though Mayor Jim Kenney would like for you to believe that local businesses are responsible for the cost of a 12-pack of soda doubling overnight, we suspect most Philly voters are slightly smarter than that......

Volunteer "IndyWatch Feed World"

I am looking for people to write a recipe for how to connect to the WiFi in a New York City subway station without running its nonfree Javascript code. The recipe could include a free Javascript program I could run, or it could consist of instructions for what I would type into IceCat (our variant of Firefox). It doesn't have't be super convenient, it just has to work.

10:57

This domain still for sale "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

If you want this domain, contact molly at molly dot com. Asking 150,000 USD cash to non-pornographic, non drug promoting entities. If you want this domain for those two activities, then the offer must begin at no less than 317,000 USD with a right of refusal to any buyer deemed to be engaged in human […]

10:54

Is Trump the Back Door Man for Henry A. Kissinger and Co? "IndyWatch Feed World"

The term Back Door Man has several connotations. In the original blues song written by Willie Dixon, it refers to a man having an affair with a married woman, using the back door to flee before the husband comes home. During the Gerald Ford Presidency, Back Door Man was applied to Dick Cheney as Ford's White House Chief of Staff and his "skills" at getting what he wanted through opaque means. More and more as Cabinet choices are named, it looks like the entire Trump Presidency project is emerging as Henry A. Kissinger's "Back Door Man," in the Cheney meaning of the term. Long forgotten is Trump's campaign rhetoric about draining the swamp. In October during his campaign candidate Trump issued a press release stating, "Decades of special interest dealing must come to an end. We have to break the cycle of corruption...It is time to drain the swamp in Washington, D.C...That is why I am proposing a package of ethics reforms to make our government honest once again." So far, the President-elect has already named more billionaires to cabinet and other top posts than any other president in US history - Betsy DeVos of the AmWay fortune as Education Secretary, Wilbur Ross as Commerce Secretary, Linda McMahon as Small Business Administrator, and Vincent Viola, as Army Secretary. That's not including Trump himself as a putative billionaire.

10:52

US Troops Enter Poland As A "Deterrent" Against Russia "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Some 3,500 American soldiers rolled into Poland yesterday as an apparent deterrent against Russia. In this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth explains how a Russian-friendly US foreign policy, led by a polarizing reality-TV show star may just be the catalyst for Europe and other Western nations to form a world government with a world military and a world central bank.

10:51

Disposable Drones "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

How do you deliver medical supplies to a war zone cheaply? The answer, according to this project, might be to make a disposable drone. Created by friends of Hackaday [Star Simpson] and the Sky Machines group at Otherlab, this project is looking to make drones out of cheap biodegradable products like cardboard.

Rather than risk an expensive drone that might never return, the project imagines a drone that flies to the target, delivers its cargo with an accuracy of about 10 meters and then be easily disposed of. The prototype the team is working on is part of a DARPA project called Inbound, Controlled Air-Releasable Unrecoverable Systems (ICARUS) and is a glider designed to be released from a plane or helicopter. Using a cheap GPS receiver and controller, the drone then glides to the destination.

It’s an interesting take on the drone: making it so simple and cheap that you can use it once and throw it away. And if you want to get a feel for how [Star] and Otherlabs approach problems like this, check out the awesome talk that [Star] gave at our recent SuperConference on making beautiful circuit boards.

Thanks for the tip, [Adrian]!


Filed under: drone hacks

10:50

Doug Casey on His Favorite Place in the World "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

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Doug Casey on His Favorite Place in the World You probably have a favorite place. Maybe it’s the beach in Bali, the ski slopes in Colorado, or your own back yard. Whatever the spot, it’s your favorite for good reason. Doug Casey has a favorite place, too. And it’s a place well worth hearing about.…

The post Doug Casey on His Favorite Place in the World appeared first on The Daily Coin.

10:50

Some Election Interference is More Equal Than Others – How Ukraine Meddled on Behalf of Clinton "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

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The article is lengthy, and can be confusing at times given all the moving parts, but I highly encourage you to read it. Ukrainian interference in the election can be traced to essentially two sources. First, there was the apparent collaboration between the Ukrainian embassy in Washington D.C. and a highly paid Ukrainian-American DNC consultant, Alexandra Chalupa. The second angle is far more disturbing, and involves the publicization of a so-called ledger demonstrating corruption between Paul Manafort and pro-Russian elements in Ukraine, by a parliamentarian named Serhiy Leshchenko. Bizarrely, the investigation was effectively dropped after Trump won the election, making you wonder if there was anything really there in the first place.

Read the rest here.

Some Election Interference is More Equal Than Others – How Ukraine Meddled on Behalf of Clinton "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert

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The article is lengthy, and can be confusing at times given all the moving parts, but I highly encourage you to read it. Ukrainian interference in the election can be traced to essentially two sources. First, there was the apparent collaboration between the Ukrainian embassy in Washington D.C. and a highly paid Ukrainian-American DNC consultant, Alexandra Chalupa. The second angle is far more disturbing, and involves the publicization of a so-called ledger demonstrating corruption between Paul Manafort and pro-Russian elements in Ukraine, by a parliamentarian named Serhiy Leshchenko. Bizarrely, the investigation was effectively dropped after Trump won the election, making you wonder if there was anything really there in the first place.

Read the rest here.

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10:49

Mainstream Media’s Russian Bogeymen "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Gareth Porter |  Consortium News | January 13, 2017 In the middle of a major domestic crisis over the U.S. charge that Russia had interfered with the U.S. election, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) triggered a brief national media hysteria by creating and spreading a bogus story of Russian hacking into U.S. power […]

10:48

Tucker Carlson and Glenn Greenwald Discuss Deep State War Vs. Trump, While Ex-Spook Hints At Assassination "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By ZeroPointNow

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Journalist Glenn Greenwald, who is not a fan of President-elect Trump, appeared on Tucker Carlson tonight to discuss the dangerous ongoing efforts among powerful anti-Trump factions within the US Government’s “Deep State,” who have collaborated with members of the Democratic Party and traditionally liberal media, to do maximum damage to the incoming President. Recall Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s ominous “six ways from Sunday” comment from 10 days ago.

Greenwald, an accomplished litigator, journalist, and author, does a masterful job illustrating the players, motives, and potential fallout from this dangerous effort within the US Government’s intelligence apparatus. Greenwald goes deep, discussing how Trump’s election ruined the plan for regime change in Syria, specifically mentioning, among other things, that the deep state was waiting for Obama to leave office before executing their plan:

The number one foreign policy priority of the CIA over the last four to five years has been the proxy war they’re waging in Syria to remove Bashar Al Assad – and Hillary Clinton was quite critical of Obama for constraining them. She wanted to escalate that war to unleash the CIA, to impose a no-fly zone in Syria to confront Russia, whereas Trump took the exact opposite position. He said we have no business in Syria trying to change the government, we ought to let the Russia and Assad go free and killing ISIS and Al Quaeda and whoever else they want to kill.

He [Trump] was a threat to the CIA’s primary institutional priority of regime change in Syria. Beyond that, Clinton wanted a much more confrontational and belligerent posture towards Moscow, which the CIA has been acrimonious with for decades, whereas Trump wanted better relations. They viewed Trump as a threat to their institutional pre-eminence to their ability to get their agenda imposed on Washington.

What you’re seeing is actually quite dangerous. T...

10:47

LAUNCHED in powerful Guardian article. What next? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

 

 

We have launched our direct action campaign with a powerful feature article in The Guardian. Please post this amazing article on social media and encourage friends to register for action.

We’re currently organising get-togethers in capital and regional cities around Australia. Due to the risk of infiltration, these meetings will be open to known and trusted activists only. Send us some information about yourself and we can go from there. Encrypted connections also available.

Not an experienced activist? No worries! We have almost 8000 people committed to local direct action and will make sure we have events and direct actions you can be part of in your region. Follow us on social media for real time updates.

We’re totally self-funded so please contact us if you can donate or organise a fundraising event. Otherwise, please tell your friends about the campaign by email, social media, carrier pigeon or even in person. Together we will win!

10:47

UN chief ready to meet US senators looking to cut funds over settlement resolution "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Some US lawmakers have accused UN of anti-Semitism over Security Council resolution condemning illegal Israeli settlements

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10:46

Obamacare on the Ropes as House Follows Senate in Voting to Repeal "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Ryan Signs O-Care Repeal 2016 AP
The House of Representatives voted Friday to approve Senate Concurrent Resolution 3, which sets in motion the repeal of President Barack Obama's healthcare reform legislation, Obamacare, by a vote of 227-to-198, with nine Republicans voting against the repeal bill.

10:42

You Realize the Universal Basic Income Is Feudalism, Right? (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed World"

You Realize the Universal Basic Income Is Feudalism, Right? (VIDEO) | feudalism | Agenda 21 Economy & Business Globalism Government Control Losing Rights Multimedia New World Order Propaganda Sleuth Journal Society Special Interests US News World News

What does the future hold for average people?

Feudalism.

And they’ll welcome it with open arms, convinced that they are embracing a smart, fair system that eliminates poverty. The greed, entitlement, and lack of ambition that seems inherent in many people today will have them slipping on the yoke of servitude willingly.

Here’s what I mean.

Have you ever been around people who say things like,

“I can’t afford it, but I deserve it…”

“Having [fill in the blank with a material object] is a basic right…”

“Losing that right is okay with me because it’s for the greater good.”

But the thing is, what we “deserve” is the right to pursue our dreams freely.

  • We deserve what we earn.
  • We deserve to be secure in our life, liberty, and property.
  • We deserve the freedom to go about our lives and decisions as long as we aren’t harming the life, liberty, and property of others.

No one owes us anything other than that.

But quite a few people are ready to give up their freedom so that someone else can take care of them.

A lot of people disagree with that list of rights.

They feel like they deserve a living just for drawing breath. As Gawker’s headline reads, “A Universal Basic Income Is the Utopia We Deserve.”

The idea of a universal basic income for all citizens has been catching on all over the world. Is it too crazy to believe in? We spoke to the author of a new book on the ins, outs, and utopian dreams of making basic income a reality.

The basic income movement got a significant boost this week when...

10:40

I would love to continue to rap, but these people have you scared to do anything around here. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Brandon Duncan and Aaron Harvey served eight and seven months in jail, respectively, because of the fascist policing of San Diego specifically, and the United States more generally. I’m working on a longer post about these two, who just this week filed a lawsuit under the Civil Rights Act-established cause of action for official violation of citizens’ rights (42 US Code ss 1983).

The cases against Duncan and Harvey (such as they were) were different, though they arose out of the same underlying acts (acts committed by persons who were neither Duncan nor Harvey). The cases against each were ridiculous, and thrown out of court after the two had each spent months unable to post bonds of hundreds of thousands of dollars. While the one against Harvey is arguably much more scary in its plain overreach by police and prosecutors, the case against Duncan has received more attention.

In part this is because the theory of Duncan’s crime, according to the prosecutors, was that Duncan, a rapper, sold more records by being vaguely associated with a few members of a local gang, who were his school friends when he grew up. If the gang members managed to commit notorious or infamous crimes, that would only lead to more attention focussed on the local neighborhood where Duncan grew up and still lived. That, possibly, might increase the reputation of people merely associated with the gang members, people like Duncan. That, possibly, might lead to even a few more records sold. To be clear about the amounts we’re discussing: Duncan never quit his day job laying tile, and indeed was arrested as he was preparing to go off to work on a tile job, not a gold record.

We can all agree that this is callous hubris on the part of police and prosecutors. Most of us agree, and I sure as hell state as fact, that this is an example fascistic policing. But the prosecutors are going to come out of this looking incompetent, the police incompetent on top of fascistic.*1 Why would they do this? What is it that fascism gains when it kidnaps folks like Duncan or Harvey?

Well, in addition to being able to lock away anyone they like for a time period at least as long as it takes to come up with bail,  we can learn quite a bit about what fascism gains, what fascism wants from this final bit of a Don Lemon interview of Duncan that was broadcast on CNN:

Lemon: Brandon, you going to continue to rap the way you’re doing or are you going to change anything?

Duncan: I mean… I would love… I mean, freedom of speech. I would love to continue to rap, but these people have you scared to do anything around here.

This is what fascism wants. This is what fascist policing looks like. This is what must not...

10:38

Defeated Democrats Continue Narrative – Rep. John Lewis: “I don’t see this president-elect as a legitimate president.” "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Continuing to build upon a two month long well-constructed UniParty narrative, today Representative John Lewis steps to the Chuck Todd microphone to declare that President Donald Trump is “not a legitimate president”. […] When pressed to explain why, he cited … Continue reading

10:37

China Warns Trump To Prepare For ‘Military Clash’ In Response To Tillerson Comments "IndyWatch Feed World"

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In response to Rex Tillerson’s comments about China being a threat to the United States, a state-run Chinese media outlet released a statement Friday warning that the Trump administration should “prepare for a military clash.”

In Tillerson’s confirmation hearing for secretary of state on Wednesday, he criticized Iran, China, and Russia as being “threats” to the U.S. He specifically called out China, saying that the country is “declaring control of territories that are not rightfully China’s.” He compared China’s deployment of military to other islands, to Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

“The island building in the South China Sea itself in many respects in my view building islands then putting military assets on those islands is a kin to Russia’s taking of Crimea,” Tillerson said.

The poorly worded response is one that can be taken as Tillerson’s intention to call for a blockade of the South China Sea manmade islands. However, doing so would almost certainly cause war between the U.S. and China, as it is already very delicate situation.

In an aggressive editorial in the Global Times, the author accused the former ExxonMobil chief executive of “rabble-rousing.”

The US has no absolute power to dominate the South China Sea. Tillerson had better bone up on nuclear power strategies if he wants to force a big nuclear powe