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Thursday, 18 May


Bruce Cumings: A Murderous History of Korea "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

How is it possible that we have come to this? How does a puffed-up, vainglorious narcissist, whose every other word may well be a lie (that applies to both of them, Trump and Kim Jong-un), come not only to hold the peace of the world in his hands but perhaps the future of the planet? We have arrived at this point because of an inveterate unwillingness on the part of Americans to look history in the face and a laser-like focus on that same history on the part of the leaders of North Korea.

Tom Crewe: Labours Prospects "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

There is no reason why a plea to do things differently couldnt work: the gamble has been that the public are sufficiently disillusioned and dissatisfied with politics-as-usual (which they are) to vote for radical change (which theyve already done once, in choosing to leave the EU). The problem is that while May and the Conservatives have looked at the post-New Labour landscape with clear eyes, the Corbynites have looked at it predominantly through the lens of Labour history.

Karma Nabulsi: Snitching on Students "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

The British governments Prevent programme, clumsy and laughable on so many levels, is extraordinarily efficient on others. It divides Muslims (practising or not) from the rest of society; black or brown or immigrant or refugee from the white majority. Once you start seeing everyday behaviour as having the potential to draw people into terrorism, youre inside the problem.

Nicholas Spice: Little Mr De Quincey "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

How he didnt buckle under the weight of his circumstances, how he remained unbroken by such pain and loss, how, despite it all, he kept writing, would seem almost a miracle of fortitude were it not for the suspicion that his creative life required him to live on the cusp of ruin, to the extent even of an unconscious calibration of misfortune with productivity.

Letters "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

The letters page from London Review of Books Vol. 39 No. 10 (18 May 2017)

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Table of contents from London Review of Books Vol. 39 No. 10 (18 May 2017)

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Saturday, 13 May


Analysis of 500 million passwords shows what you should avoid "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

A dump of over 550 million username and password combinations is currently being sold on underground forums, and eager crooks are paying for the privilege to test them out against many online services. Their hope is that some of these combinations will work and they will be able to hijack and misuse legitimate accounts. That hope is not in vain: it is a well known fact of life that too many users reuse the same More


US intelligence chiefs dont trust Kaspersky Lab software "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The big question in Thursdays intelligence hearing on worldwide threats before the US Senate Intelligence Committee was whether the Russian government interfered with US elections. The respondents CIA director Michael Pompeo, NSA director Michael Rogers, Defense Intelligence Agency director Vincent Stewart, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Robert Cardillo, and Acting Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe (who replaced the recently fired James Comey at the head of the Bureau) More


Dow Chemical Pesticides and the Trump Connection "IndyWatch Feed"

By Matthew Renda, Courthouse News Service


SAN FRANCISCO (CN) Environmentalists sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in federal court Wednesday, saying the agency refused to provide requested documents relating to the relationship between regulators and the pesticide manufacturer Dow Chemical.


The Pesticide Action Network of North America (PANNA) filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the EPA, saying the agency is illegally withholding documents that relate to its decision not to revoke chlorpyrifos despite its scientists finding its a human health hazard.


PANNA seeks these communications as part of its public education and advocacy to reverse EPAs decision not to revoke chlorpyrifos tolerances, the organization says in the complaint. EPA has failed to respond to PANNAs FOIA requests within the time required by law and is unlawfully withholding the information sought by PANNA.


The controversy over chlorpyrifos dates back to 2007, when the Natural Resources Defense Council and PANNA jointly filed a petition with the EPA asking the agency to consider banning the pesticide in light of mounting evidence it presents a hazard to human health in general and childhood development in particular.


Several studies show that even low doses of chlorpyrifos can have adverse impacts on infants cognitive and emotional development. Large doses can cause acute toxicity in exposed individuals, and studies demonstrate that agricultural workers with frequent exposure to the pesticide have developed serious lung ailments, including wheeze and cancer.


Since the 2007 petition, the EPA has released assessments saying the tolerance numbers from the pesticides may have to be revised, particularly as the agency fretted that exposure to children through water supply and drift was possible.


Nevertheless, the agency dragged its feet on a final decision prompting the concerned environmental organizations to sue in 2014, asking the court to force the agency to act.


In 2015, the agency proposed revoking use of the pesticide and then recommended lower tolerance numbers the following year, but still held out on a final decision regarding the ban.


With the election of President Donald Trump and his subsequent appointment of Scott Pruitt to head the EPA, the agencys public pronouncements regarding c...


Chairman of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board: Who Is Sean Sullivan? "IndyWatch Feed"

Sean Sullivan, a former naval officer who spent much of his career working on nuclear-powered submarines, was appointed by President Donald Trump on January 26, 2017, to chair the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB). Sullivan had previously been appointed in 2012 by former President Barack Obama as a member of the board. Established in 1988, the DNFSB monitors the nations nuclear facilities and advises the Department of Energy on their management, including decommissioning and cleanup.


Sullivan was born November 30, 1958, in Bridgeport, Connecticut. His home-state senator, Lowell Weicker (R), appointed him to the U.S. Naval Academy in 1976. Sullivan graduated in 1980 with a B.S. in marine engineering. In 2002, he earned an M.A. in national security affairs from the Naval War College.


Sullivans first shipboard assignment was to the USS Plunger, a nuclear-powered attack submarine. After that, he returned to the Naval Academy as an instructor, and then was assigned to another attack boat, the USS Chicago.


Sullivan worked his way up to become executive officer, or second in command, on the USS Maryland, a ballistic missile sub. After that, he got his first taste of politics when he was sent to Washington as deputy director of the House of Representatives Navy Legislative Liaison Office. In 1996, Sullivan returned to the sea as captain of the USS Jefferson City, a Los Angeles-class attack submarine.


In 1999 Sullivan returned to shore duty, with his career culminating with an assignment beginning in 2004 as the commander of the Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Connecticut. He retired from the Navy in 2006 with the rank of captain.


While ending his time in the Navy, Sullivan was preparing for his second career, earning his J.D. from the University of Connecticut in 2006. He worked as a civil litigation attorney for Brown Jacobson, a law firm in Norwich, Connecticut.


Sullivan began his own political career in 2008, when he ran as a Republican for a congressional seat from Eastern Connecticut. He called for an end to the Iraq War, but opposed setting a date for U.S. troops to withdraw. He also called for increased spending for renewable energy, biofuels, fuel cells and nuclear power. His Democratic opponent, Joseph Courtney, had won his first term by only 83 votes, but roughed up Sullivan two years later, winning by a 2-to-1 margin. Sullivan found success in electoral politics the following year, when he won a seat on the Ledyard Town Council. In 2010, Sullivan ran for state senate, calling for deep spending cuts in the state bud...


Tropical Cyclone "Ella" dumping heavy rain on Wallis and Futuna "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Off-season Tropical Cyclone "Ella" is currently dumping heavy rain on Wallis and Futuna but its track has changed it does no looker look like it's gonna impact any land before it dissipates. Although the cyclone is no longer expected to intensify,...... Read more

Strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake hits off the coast of El Salvador "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.2 hit off the coast of El Salvador at 10:41 UTC on May 12, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). 10 minutes later, the same area was hit by a M5.4 at the same depth. The epicenter was...... Read more

Sagt euch Electron was? Nein nicht das Zahlungssystem ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Sagt euch Electron was? Nein nicht das Zahlungssystem von Visa, das Javascript-Hipster-Orgasmatron. Kennt ihr nicht? Nun, die Idee ist, dass man seine Anwendung in Javascript baut, weil das ja so eine tolle Umgebung ist fr Softwareentwicklung (*speih*), und dann aber nicht dem Browser als Plattform nimmt, sondern eine Desktop-Anwendung daraus zimmert, indem man Node.js und ein Chromium mit V8 zusammenklebt. Der bekannteste Auswuchs dieser schwelenden Eiterbeule ist der Atom-"Editor", auf dem Microsofts "Visual Studio Code" auch aufbaut. Wir erinnern uns, das waren die mit den 13% CPU-Last wegen Cursor-Blinken.

Warum erwhne ich das? Nun, ihr werdet euch schon gedacht haben, wenn da irgendwelche Komponenten zusammengeleimt werden, das dann mglicherweise das Updaten unter den Tisch fllt. Hier hat mal jemand ein paar Electron-Apps untersucht. Ergebnis:

out of 98 top Electron apps, they averaged 145 known Common Vulnerabilities & Exploits each due to unpached versions of Chromium :-O
Sportlich! Selbst fr bliche Webapp-Sumpfbewohner-Hipstermll-"Anwendungen".

Ich bin ja eigentlich kein Fan von Cloudflare, aber ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Ich bin ja eigentlich kein Fan von Cloudflare, aber die Verbrannte-Erde-Kampagne, mit der sie auf ihren ersten Patenttroll reagieren, die macht viel von dem unertrglichen PR-Bullshit wieder wett. Weitermachen!

Gut, und es kann natrlich nur Gewinner geben, wenn sich sich Cloudstrike mit Anwlten kloppt.


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Many of the companies pundits think Apple should buy are patently ridiculous choices.

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HP pushes out fix for keylogging audio driver in its laptops "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Swiss security consultancy Modzero revealed on Thursday that a number of HP laptops contain an audio driver that logs users keystrokes and stores them in an unencrypted file on the local system. After repeatedly failing to get concrete answers from both HP and Conexant Systems (the audio drivers vendor), they went public with the flaw (CVE-2017-8360). The vulnerability The vulnerability does not seem intentional the real goal of the Conexant HD Audio Driver is More


Wilma Mankiller documentary set for world premiere in Los Angeles "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Mankiller shares the remarkable story of the first woman to lead the Cherokee Nation.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: Donald Trump's racial slur draws laughter from far right "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This is probably the first time in the history of the American presidency that lies become meaningless.


Native Sun News Today: Tribal activists protest rollback of environmental regulations "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A grassroots organization on the Ft. Berthold Reservation has put the Environmental Protection Agency on notice that deregulation of environmental protections is unacceptable from the viewpoint of social justice.


Industry reactions to Trumps executive order on cybersecurity "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

On Thursday, President Donald Trump signed a long-awaited executive order on cybersecurity. Mainly, the order requires a number of cybersecurity reviews across the various agencies of the federal government, in order to determine what must be done to strengthen federal computer systems, as well as United States critical infrastructure. Here are some industry reactions to the executive order Help Net Security received. Leo Taddeo, CISO at Cyxtera Technologies What the order does: The very first More


Kabbalah on the Corniche: Jewish mysticism comes to Beirut "IndyWatch Feed War"


The Middle East's first Kabbalah centre outside of Israel has opened this week in Lebanon


Another killer solution for Syria: Using one group of terrorists to fight another "IndyWatch Feed War"

A hyper-secular, Marxist organisation saving Raqqa from IS is a great script for Hollywood, but will only escalate the current crisis

Friday, 12 May


Chechens alienated amidst gay persecutions "IndyWatch Feed"

News of mass arrests, detentions and murders of LGBT people in Chechnya has spread around the globe. The outrage prompts this Chechen journalist to reflect on his peoples place in the world.

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov gives a speech in Grozny, April 2017. Photo (c): Said Tsarnaev / RIA Novosti. All rights reserved.

This article originally appeared on Open Caucasus Media. We are grateful for their permission to republish it here.

One gets the feeling that no moment in Chechnyas history has been as roundly condemned by the world as this current human rights violation. The US State Department, the UN, and the majority of European governments have demanded an immediate cessation of the detention and execution of gay men (link in Russian). Chechens question both the scale of the repression, while the republics authorities have dismissed the allegations as groundless, denying the very existence of queer people within the republic.

Up until now, discussion of sexual minorities within Chechnya has been taboo. Even the suggestion of someone belonging to a sexual minority was considered to leave an indelible stain of shame upon them and their family. Now the genie has been freed from the bottle, and within everyday life in Chechnya, a new word has appeared gay.

A taboo has been broken. The genie has been freed from the bottle, and within everyday life in Chechnya, a new word has appeared gay

The majority of the population knows nothing about Chechnyas gays. Some admit they exist, but refuse to believe they could constitute an entire queer community. In Chechnya, its believed that homosexuality and bisexuality arent natural, but are instead learned, or taught. 

Families dedicate great attention raising children, from the very beginning, in accordance with traditional gender roles. Girls are expected to behave in ways appropriate to fu...


Clinton Probes Could Re Open, 1621 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Tucker Carlson is the best TV anchor in the business today. Ironically, Tucker is what Bill OReilly claimed to be - the tireless enemy of spin and lies. His following analysis of the so-called independent investigation now being pushed by Democrat hacks is so right on that it takes the breath away. Its not about the search for truth its all about the search for political advantage by controlling the narrative. Tuckers prescription from this point on, is also exactly on point. Support Our Sponsors - Noble Gold & Silver - Life Change Tea - Rid Your Body From Toxins! Visit our website at 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 todays United States political climate. Please Like, Comment & Share. Good evening, Im still reporting on Clinton Probes Could Re Open, 1621 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: Consider becoming a cherished sponsor:


On July 1, Australia Will Make Bitcoin Legal Money, 1622 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

This just in. There is another reason Bitcoin broke into the 1800s today. Australia announced that as of July 1, 2017, Bitcoin will be treated as legal money. But in addition, according to Bitcoin will become tax free: Bitcoin traders and investors will not be taxed for purchasing and selling Bitcoin through regulated exchanges and trading platforms. On top of all that, the Australian government, suddenly totally willing to spur the growth of fintech and the digital currency market is trying to put regs together to prevent local banks from unfairly denying banking services to Bitcoin the gold standard in BTC acceptance. According to the Australian government: Innovation will drive productivity growth in Australia. That is why the Governments $1.1 bln National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA) is designed to enable Australia to take full advantage of new economic opportunities. The Government is committed to establishing Australia as a leading global financial technology (fintech) hub and is announcing a new package that aims to position our local fintech industry as a world leader. Support Our Sponsors: - Trade Genius: - Jeevy Computers: - FlyGrip: - Life Change Tea: Rid Your Body From Toxins! - Nobel Gold Investments 877-646-5347 - Water Smacker - the countertop water ionizer. Https:// Visit our website at 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 todays United States political climate. Please Like, Comment & Share. Good evening, Im still reporting on On July 1, Australia Will Make Bitcoin Legal Money, 1622 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: Consider becoming a cherished sponsor:


The demise of the Horse Chestnut tree - Armageddon or Scaremongering? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Over the past few years newspaper headlines suggesting that various alien invaders are decimating the British horse chestnut tree (Aesculus hippocastanum) and that all affected trees should be removed have been making alarming reading and appear to. But talk to the experts, and a slightly different, less horror-filled story arises, writes anthropologist, DAWN STARIN.


Colbert Took Orders From Clinton, 1619 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

According to WikiLeaks, Stephen Colbert, was a major avenue for Clinton propaganda aimed at millennials as Hillary was preparing for her 2016 presidential run. WikiLeaks revealed on Tuesday that Colbert and his team of writers were making episodes at the request of the Clinton Global Initiative in April 2013. Craig Minassian of the CGI group, emailed John Podesta, the future manager of the Clinton 2016 campaign asking him to view two special episodes of The Colbert Report, the genesis of which came from the CGI group. The released email reads: I hope you got a chance to see the The Colbert Reports two special episodes I had them do about CGI U that we taped in St. Louis this weekend. This is the link to last nights with a sketch about commitments and the monologue and WJC (Bill Clinton) interview aired Monday. Hope you enjoy and looking forward to your feedback. Next will be your Colbert appearance! Support Our Sponsors - Noble Gold & Silver - Life Change Tea - Rid Your Body From Toxins! Visit our website at 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 todays United States political climate. Please Like, Comment & Share. Good evening, Im still reporting on Colbert Took Orders From Clinton, 1619 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: Consider becoming a cherished sponsor:


Mexicans Are Upset About Immigrants Bringing Crime To Their City "IndyWatch Feed"

Isnt that a shame? I move that Tapachula be made a sanctuary city. All in favor say si. Via Daily Caller: Residents of a Mexican city are upset about immigrants causing crime, according to a Tuesday report from El Universal. The report said that there was a press conference held in Tapachula by a leader []


Restoring The Heartland And Rust Belt "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Steve Ongerth of the IWW Environmental Unionism Caucus. The world faces a crises of enormous proportions. Global warming, caused by the continued burning of fossil fuels, threatens life on Earth as we know it, and yet, those most responsible for causing the crisis, the fossil fuel wing of the capitalist class, seems hell bent on doubling down on business as usual. One might think, given all of these situations, thatwell, to put it mildlywere doomed. However, nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, in spite of the bleakness of these circumstances, a deeper look behind them reveals that fossil fuel capitalism is in terminal decline, that their hold over the our lives hangs by a thread, so much that we the people, the workers and peasants of the world, have the ability to transform the human existence to one based not on plundering the Earth and exploiting the masses for the profit of a few, but one based on true grassroots democracy, free of suffering and want, and one that exists in harmony with the Earth.


Mark Levin Crushes Lefty Conspiracy Theories, 1620 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

This just in. According to yesterdays Washington Post: Last week, then-FBI Director James B. Comey requested more resources from the Justice Department for his bureaus investigation into collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, according to two officials with knowledge of the discussion. Comey, who was fired by President Trump on Tuesday, made the request in a meeting last week with Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general. However, today with Comey gone locked out of his office the Department of Justice says that was all a lie a lie to try to convince the public that the Trump investigation was so vast that additional personnel and money would be required to justify holding the threat of a lengthy investigation over President Trumps head. This morning, acting FBI Director McCabe you know, the one whose wife took a $600,000 payment during her run for the Virginia legislature from Hillary Clintons closest buddy, the current governor of Virginia. Why? In hopes that the FBI would not come after Hillary full force, would be my guess. McCabe has also had plenty of nasty things to say about President Trump. Anyway, acting Director McCabe has apparently suffered from a sudden dose of truth serum with the demise of his boss what was his name? Oh yeah, Jim Comey. [insert] Ouch, bitten by your fellow rat is a painful bite indeed. So, as the real conspiracy starts to crumble, the rats start the inevitable finger pointing at each other. Mark Levin went on Hannity last night and crushed the desperate Democrat Russia conspiracy freaks: [insert] Support Our Sponsors - Noble Gold & Silver - Life Change Tea - Rid Your Body From Toxins! FlyGrip - WaterSmacker - Visit our website at 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 todays United States political climate. Please Like, Comment & Share. Good evening, Im still reporting on Mark Levin Crushes Lefty Conspiracy Theories, 1620 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://billstills.wor...


New infosec products of the week: May 12, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Versive Security Engine detects cyber campaigns automatically with AI The Versive Security Engine is an automated threat-hunting system built on Versives enterprise-scale artificial intelligence platform. Versive exposes ongoing adversary campaigns automatically by connecting suspicious or malicious activity, from across the network and over time, into coherent, contextualized, and actionable threat cases. This level of automation multiplies the value of existing staff and transforms cyber defenses. FinalCode Express Edition released FinalCode Express Edition lowers the hurdle More


EC to Allow Political Parties an Opportunity to Try and Hack its Voting Machines "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

However, the machines that will be offered for the hackathon will be limited to those used in past elections.

Credit: Reuters

The all-party meet organised by the Election Commission was fraught with debate over the future of the EVM. Credit: Reuters

New Delhi: Coming under intense attack and scrutiny from various political parties over its electronic voting machines (EVMs) to manipulation and tampering, the Election Commission on Friday, decided to address concerns by allowing the parties an opportunity to try and hack into the voting machines.

However, the hackathon exercise, whose date is yet to be finalised, will be limited to EVMs used in the earlier elections.

The Election Commission announced the decision after an all-party meeting organised at Constitution Club on Friday. Representatives of all seven national parties and 35 of the 48 state recognised parties were present at the meeting.

The meeting began with the Election Commission...


Caught stealing from her own charity: Demorat Corrine Brown guilty on fraud, tax evasion charges "IndyWatch Feed"

From Fox News:  Former Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown was found guilty on 18 fraud and tax evasion charges Thursday afternoon in a Jacksonville federal court. The charges stemmed from accusations she illegally siphoned thousands of dollars from her charity into Continue reading


Information Warfare and the Death of Alternative Media (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Information Warfare and the Death of Alternative Media Video News Bud We live in a very unique window of history where we have a wealth of information at our fingertips, this window rapidly is closing. What they dont want...

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Which Official Ubuntu Flavor Is Best for You? "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Which Official Ubuntu Flavor Is Best for You?


Poroshenko declares Ukrainian 'divorce from Russian Empire' after EU visa-free travel approved "IndyWatch Feed World"

Praising the EU's decision to lift visa restrictions for Ukrainian citizens, President Petro Poroshenko declared that the visa-free travel regime was equivalent to a "divorce from the Russian Empire." He seems to have forgotten that the Russian Empire actually dissolved a century ago, and that Ukraine has been independent for a quarter century. On Thursday, the European Council approved a measure granting citizens of Ukraine 90-day visa-free travel within the bloc. The Council specified that both it and the EU Parliament still need to sign the measure. Kiev expects this to occur in Strasbourg next week. After that it will take another three weeks for the agreement to enter into force. European officials added an important caveat to the agreement, specifying that Brussels can cancel the EU-Ukraine visa-free regime at any time if problems with migration or security arise.


Blaming Russia Rather than Saudi Arabia and Israel "IndyWatch Feed War"

James Comeys Legacy: Blaming Russia Rather than Saudi Arabia and Israel

Russia has never influenced US policy making but Saudi Arabia and Israel have and continue to do so.

By Adam Garrie

May 11, 2017 "Information Clearing House" -  The last time Donald Trump fired an important official prior to an important foreign visit was when Steve Bannon was fired from his position on the  National Security Council the day before a Chinese delegation led by President Xi was to meet with Trump. It was also incidentally a day prior to Trumps infamous 6 April 2017 attack on Syria.
Steve Bannon was known to favour Russian reconciliation, particularly over Syria cooperation. He was also a leader of the anti-Chinese camp, especially in the aftermath of Mike Flynns resignation. The dots were not difficult to connect.
Now, within hours of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov holding talks with US Secretary of State Tillerson and apparently Donald Trump in Washington, FBI Director James Comey has been fired.
Donald Trump is quoted in an official statement as saying,
The FBI is one of our Nations most cherished and respected institutions and today will mark a new beginning for our crown jewel of law enforcement.
The liberal mainstream media are all ready saying that this is a gift of Russia as if Trump will hand over Comeys firing notice to Mr. Lavr...


Loretta Lynch Would Do Anything to Protect Clinton, 1615 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Im still reporting on the Clintons. According to Fox News Pentagon reporter Catherine Herrige, during last weeks Senate Intelligence Committee Hearing, FBI Director James Comey would not comment on Senator Chuck Grassleys question concerning recent reports that a hacked email said that Obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch said that she would do anything necessary to prevent criminal charges from being brought against Hillary Clinton. According to Comey, therefore he knew he was on his own in attempting to pursue Clinton. Herriges bombshell report, however, has gone nearly unnoticed. Listen to her report. [insert] So, according to Comey, this makes some sort of sense of why he did a presser to explain why Hillary Clinton was guilty of numerous felonies, but then announced he couldnt charge her. Why? Because he knew that Loretta Lynch would kill any referral Comey sent to her. But is that really a good excuse? No! Comey should have made the criminal referral to the Justice Department because thats the way our system is set up. It would have been the right thing to do even the legal thing to do. How Comey can escape facing impeachment at this point is beyond understanding. Had Comey followed the law, he would rightly have put the onus on Loretta Lynch a mere figure head a placeholder in the greatest criminal enterprise the United States has ever seen the Clinton/Obama crime syndicate. But instead, Comey tarnished the reputation of the FBI for at least one generation is he participated in the protection racket surrounding the Clintons. Im still reporting from Washington. Good day. Support Our Sponsors - FlyGrip - Noble Gold & Silver - Life Change Tea - Rid Your Body From Toxins! Visit our website at 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 todays United States political climate. Please Like, Comment & Share. Good evening, Im still reporting on Loretta Lynch Would Do Anything to Protect Clinton, 1615 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...


Glen Ford: Obama and Trump Both Should Be Jailed for War Crimes "IndyWatch Feed War"

Criminal Nation: Obama and Trump Both Should Be Jailed for War Crimes 


Clair Torrys legendary vocals on Pink Floyds The Great Gig in the Sky The Loop

This is a great collection of videos, including this interview with Clair Torry, where she tells the story about coming in to the studio to record her vocals, getting no guidance from producer Alan Parsons, and basically winging it, coming up with one of the greatest off the cuff vocal performances of all time.

The video embedded in the main Loop post is a somewhat isolated mix which really highlights Clairs performance. I just love this track. Feels like it just pours out of her soul.

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Benutzt hier jemand Whatsapp?Stellt sich raus, dass ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Benutzt hier jemand Whatsapp?

Stellt sich raus, dass die anscheinend ihren Datenreichtum mit der Welt teilen, indem sie einen ffentlichen API-Call haben, der einem Metadaten zu einer Telefonnummer meldet, ob man mit der schon Kontakt hatte oder nicht.


Full text of the Justice Department memo that led to Comey being fired "IndyWatch Feed World"

Rod Rosenstein memo hints that FBI Director Comey acted without authorization in order to block prosecution of Hillary Clinton over her missing emails. In the hours since FBI Director Comey's sacking there have been some suggestions that Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein did not recommend his sacking in the memo which preceded it. That is certainly wrong as the text of the memo itself shows. I herewith set it out in full:


Judge Jeanine - Give Trump a Chance, 1616 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Judge Jeanine Pirro gives an excellent, balanced summation of President Trumps first 100 Days. Our Sponsors - Noble Gold & Silver - Life Change Tea - Rid Your Body From Toxins! Visit our website at 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 todays United States political climate. Please Like, Comment & Share. Good afternoon, Im still reporting on Judge Jeanine - Give Trump a Chance, 1616 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: Consider becoming a cherished sponsor:


Fake News: Claims that Comey's sacking was an 'obstruction of justice' are groundless "IndyWatch Feed World"

The FBI Russiagate probe is a counter espionage not a criminal probe. Since no crime is alleged or suspected on the part of any US citizen - least of all Donald Trump - will claims that former FBI Director James Comey's sacking is an obstruction of justice are groundless. In all the storm of outrage that has accompanied the overdue sacking of former FBI Director James Comey one particular myth has gained special currency and is being actively promoted by sections of the media and by the Democratic Party establishment. This is that Comey was sacked whilst he was undertaking some sort of probe of the Trump campaign, and that his sacking somehow compromises that probe and is therefore an obstruction of justice.


Rare barbastelle bats back in the Netherlands "IndyWatch Feed World"

This is a German language video about a barbastelle bat.

Dutch Vroege Vogels radio reported on 11 May 2007 about barbastelle bats. They used to be rare in the Netherlands. Until 1993, they hibernated in one spot: a ruin in Zeeuws-Vlaanderen region in Zeeland province.

After that ruin was demolished, the bats disappeared.

On 1 May this year, barbastelle bats were seen again in a woodland in Zeeuws-Vlaanderen.


Condoleezza Rice: US invaded Iraq to topple Saddam Hussein, not to bring democracy "IndyWatch Feed World"

Condoleezza Rice, the US national security adviser under President George W. Bush, said Thursday in an interview that the goal the United States pursued during the 2003 invasion of Iraq was toppling of President Saddam Hussein, not bringing democracy to the Middle East country. The United States invaded Iraq with its allies in 2003 not to bring democracy to that country but to topple President Saddam Hussein, former US National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice told a meeting at the Brookings Institution. "We didn't go to Iraq to bring democracy to Iraq we went to Iraq to overthrow Saddam Hussein... It was a security problem," Rice, who also served as US secretary of state, said on Thursday.


US ambassador creates diplomatic incident after tweeting 'exasperation' at Trump "IndyWatch Feed World"

US Ambassador to Qatar Dana Shell Smith has created a diplomatic incident after she tweeted her frustrations with the Trump administration. Smith, who has been based in Qatar since 2014, took to Twitter early Wednesday to voice her feelings following the decision to fire FBI Director James Comey. "Increasingly difficult to wake up overseas to news from home, knowing I will spend today explaining our democracy and institutions," Smith tweeted.


Marilyn Monroe Told Joe DiMaggio Someone Was Going To Do Her In, a New Book Alleges "IndyWatch Feed World"

Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio tied the knot at San Francisco City Hall on January 14, 1954, barely two years after DiMaggio asked a friend to set him up on  Full Article


This Womans Skin Melted Off From Her Medication "IndyWatch Feed World"

When you get a drug from your pharmacy, you probably assume its no biggieyoull take the pills, feel better, and get on with your life. But for Khaliah Shaw, taking  Full Article


Broadcom BCM2835 Thermal Driver For Linux 4.12 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The Broadcom BCM2835 SoC, most notably used by various Raspberry Pi boards and other SBCs, will have a thermal driver in the Linux 4.12 kernel...


How to instantly tell whether an iPhone is stolen The Loop

Stolen Phone Checker:

CTIAs Stolen Phone Checker powered by the GSMA Device Check service is a public service designed to limit the resale of lost and stolen mobile devices in the United States and to help consumers, businesses, and law enforcement agencies make informed decisions about the status of a mobile device.

Looking to buy a used phone? Go to this page and enter the IMEI/MEID/ESN and submit. Good idea.

[Via 9to5Mac]

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No More Sales of New Treasury Debt- Heres What It Means "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The Treasury paid down $78 billion in outstanding bill, note and bond supply in the period April 6 through May 11, thanks to its cash windfall from April tax collections. The Treasury collects more than it spends in April and May. It then uses some of that to pay down existing debt. Holders of the expiring paper get cash back. They then reinvest in other paper, both short and long term fixed income and equities.


Vandals Chop Down Trees At Trump-Run Golf Course "IndyWatch Feed"

Maxine Waters wanted for questioning. Via Daily Caller: Vandals cut down trees on a Donald Trump-owned golf course in the Bronx Tuesday morning. The local CBS affiliate reported two men climbed over the eight-foot fence near the 15th hole at the Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point and began slicing trees down with a chainsaw. Four []


Kilcoy abattoir worker Mitchell Rock sacked by China's largest agri-business after criticising imported workforce "IndyWatch Feed National"

What a horrible shock for Mitchell and his young family. Rodney Rock shared his post 1 hr It's over but the fight for Australian workers has only just begun Please share Rodney Rock with Mitchell Rock and Sherree Rock. 1 hr Larrimah, NT, Australia 457 VISA BURNS...


Why Was Comey Fired?, 1618 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Only the pure desperation of the Democratic Party could possibly continue to try to make advantage out of President Trumps decision yesterday to terminate FBI director Comey. Everyone feared him. Everyone wanted him gone.However, if everyone would simply read the last half of the letter sent by the new deputy Attorney General, Rod J. Rosenstein, to Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions. Rosenstein has only been in the job since April 25th. He recommended Comeys firing. Sessions sent his letter on to President Trump along with a shorter one of his own. Rosensteins letter lays out an iron-clad case to the point where no reasonable person would question it. What the Democrats count on is that only a small percentage of the population would actually read this relatively short letter. Therefore, as a public service, we will read - not the entire letter - but only the last page and a quarter a grand total of 673 words. Again, this is the new deputy Attorney General, Rod J. Rosenstein, writing to Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions, laying out his case. Sessions, then agreed, wrote a short memo to President Trump, and forwarded this recommendation on to the President. -- From here on are Rosensteins words. Support Our Sponsors - Noble Gold & Silver - Life Change Tea - Rid Your Body From Toxins! FlyGrip - Trade Genius Visit our website at 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 todays United States political climate. Please Like, Comment & Share. Good evening, Im still reporting on Why Was Comey Fired?, 1618 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: Consider becoming a cherished sponsor:


Complete List of BANKS Owned or Controlled by the Rothschild Family "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Complete List of BANKS Owned or Controlled by the Rothschild Family from Humans Are Free Give me control over a nations currency, and I care not who makes its laws Baron M.A. Rothschild Before proceeding, I suggest you read...

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Tony Blair assures EU that May is sincere about a frictionless border; sees need for small amendment to the GFA "IndyWatch Feed"

Am I on my own in becoming weary of  yet another of the great and  good  speaking in general terms about the future of the Border?  Tony Blair, addressing a European Peoples Party gathering in Co Wicklow  was at pains to  declare his confidence in Theresa Mays sincerity over wanting a frictionless border, even though  by rejecting  continuing membership of the single market and free movement   she has made it the  problem without a solution so far.

I honestly believe, whatever my disagreements over Brexit with the present British Prime Minister and government, I think they will do everything they possibly can to make sure that the border is not a hard border and that we have the most satisfactory and open border arrangements as possible.

Mr Blair said there was a consensus in British politics that the gains of the past few years in Northern Ireland should be retained.

Assuring European  Brexit sceptics of British commitment on the point perhaps matters a little. Problem is, neither he nor Michel Barnier  have any real idea how it will be possible. And despite Barniers good intentions about giving priority to Ireland, how can it be known until terms for trading after Brexit are decided? And that will take a couple of years at least, assuming the Brexit timetable is maintained   The border doesnt exist in an Irish bubble.

Significantly perhaps, he placed the greater onus on the EU to solve the problem, even though as the Irish side keep repeating, they didnt create it.

The biggest challenge is going to be the biggest challenge for the European Union because after Brexit then the border becomes the border between the UK and the European Union.

However, he conceded today that disruption to the Common Travel Area (CTA) will be inevitable.

He said the CTA has meant ease of going back and forth across the border, vital for work and family connection has been in place for almost 100 years. And the absence of customs controls both countries being in the Single Market and Customs Union have meant a huge boost to UK-Irish trade.

The Belfast Agreement was formulated on the assumption that both countries were part of the EU.

This was not only for economic but also for political reasons, to take account particularly of nationalist aspirations. Some of the language will therefore require amendment because of Brexit.

However, he said that with goodwill, including from our European partners, this should be achievable with the minimum of difficulty.

Asked about the prospect of a united Ireland, Mr Blair said, I think...


This Is Considered To Be The Most Beautiful Horse In The World. But When Experts Inspected Its Coat, They Were Stunned "IndyWatch Feed World"

Horses are graceful and majestic creatures that exude a special form of beauty not often seen in the animal kingdom. But as handsome as they are, there is one particular breed that stands out from the rest. So much so, in fact, that one of them has actually been granted the official title of "World's Most Beautiful Horse". The prize-winning steed comes from Turkey and is an "Akhal-Teke" a


ISS Astronauts Experience Decreased Fitness Due to Impairment of Blood Vessel Function "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station have decreased physical fitness because of a decrease in the way oxygen moves through the body, according to a Kansas State University kinesiology study.

Carl Ade, assistant professor of exercise physiology, and collaborators partnered with the Johnson Space Center to find that astronauts' exercise capacity decreases between 30 and 50 percent in long-duration spaceflight because the heart and small blood vessels are not as effective at transporting oxygen to the working muscle.

"It is a dramatic decrease," Ade said. "When your cardiovascular function decreases, your aerobic exercise capacity goes down. You can't perform physically challenging activities anymore. While earlier studies suggest that this happens because of changes in heart function, our data suggests that there are some things happening at the level of the heart, but also at the level of the microcirculation within capillaries."

Space: Not Even Once.

Decreases in maximal oxygen uptake following long-duration spaceflight: Role of convective and diffusive O2 transport mechanisms (open, DOI: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00280.2016) (DX)

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Federal Government Releases Financial Settlement Figures For Vaccine Injuries, Shattering Medias False Claims "IndyWatch Feed World"

Even while the hopelessly dishonest, scientifically illiterate oldstream media continues lying to the public with the ridiculous narrative that vaccines are safe read WashPost, The Atlantic, NYT or USA  Full Article


The End Of Japans Policy Of Pacifism "IndyWatch Feed World"

A member of Japan Self-Defense Force stands by an American Patriot missile unit deployed against the North Korea's missile firing, at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo, Monday, March 6, 2017. (AP/Shizuo Kambayashi)

A member of Japan Self-Defense Force stands by an American Patriot missile unit deployed against the North Koreas missile firing, at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo, Monday, March 6, 2017. (AP/Shizuo Kambayashi)

Since taking office in 2012, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has caused a furor in the nation over his push for a stronger military that would be free from the shackles of Japans pacifist constitution. While Abe is technically responsible for the remilitarization of Japan, he may simply be a pawn in the U.S.-Japanese strategic relationship in which Japan itself is largely voiceless.

Following the post-World War II Allied occupation of the country and its near complete disarmament, Japan was all but forced to align itself with U.S. interests as it came to exclusively rely on the U.S. military for its defense. To this day, the U.S. State Department refers to the American-Japanese relationship as the cornerstone of U.S. security interests in Asia and [] fundamental to regional stability and prosperity.

Though the U.S. has pushed Japan to rebuild its military on more than one occasion, such as during the Korean War, it was not until recently that Japan chose to follow these suggestions. With its economy on the edge of crisis and tensions with China and North Korea growing higher, Japan has been left with little choice in the matter.

While strained relations with Beijing and Pyongyang are a clear factor, Japans push to remilitarize also boils down to money. Despite the nationalist sentiment behind the push to cut the pacifist clause from its constitution, Japan is actually undercutting its own arms manufacturers in favor of expanding the presence (and pocketbooks) of the U.S. weapons industry.

As Jeffrey Cavanaugh noted in...


Some thoughts on the globalist agenda, vaccines and population control "IndyWatch Feed"

I highly recommend you read this excellent, well-reasoned, and well-sourced article on the shadowy elites use of vaccines to reduce the worlds population. Source: Some thoughts on the globalist agenda, vaccines and population control


VIDEO: Microsofts Fluent Design System at work The Loop

[VIDEO] The video embedded in the main Loop post was built to showcase Microsofts new Windows 10 design language, which will roll out over the coming months. As you watch the video, think motion, depth, and translucency effects. It all flies by fast, so it might take a few viewings to wrap your head around the subtleties.

Not seeing a lot of capability that I dont already see in iOS, but the trend definitely seems to be more depth, a move away from the completely flat design that had become a hallmark of Windows.


J For Junk Economics A Guide to Reality in an Age of Deception By Michael Hudson "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

A Book Review by Peter Koenig The author, Michael Hudson, is President of The Institute for the Study of Long-Term Economic Trends (ISLET), a Wall Street Financial Analyst, Distinguished Research


Advantages of quantum processing shown in head-to-head race "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

A prototype quantum processor repeatedly beat a traditional, classical processor in a race to solve a puzzle, figuring out a secret combination up to 100 times faster by using exotic physics to sort through data that was deliberately packed with errors. The quantum processor at Raytheon BBN Technologies in Cambridge, Massachusetts A step forward for quantum computing The experiment, detailed in a new academic paper by scientists from Raytheon and IBM, marks a small but More


Dandelions! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

From rq, who notes they are my favourite. Yes, they are, I loves them. Click for full size.

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Is Impeachment Looking Inevitable Yet? "IndyWatch Feed"

As you probably know by now, Wisconsin shit-eater Paul Ryan has rejected a call for a non-partisan, independent investigation of the Putin-Gate scandal-- just as the Turtle did. No independent commission and no special prosecutor decreed Ryan, who probably wouldn't be so arrogant if the DCCC hadn't been sabotaging every single Democrat who ever tried running against him. "I think the intelligence committees [which his and the Turtle's stooges control] are the ones that should do this, because, dont forget that the methods and sources of our intelligence gathering are also at play here and we have to be very sensitive so that we dont compromise that information as well."

Ryan's attitude may have something to do with the eye-popping results from the new Quinnipiac poll that show that "by a 54-38 percent margin, American voters want the Democratic Party to win control of the U.S. House of Representatives. This is the widest margin ever measured for this question in a Quinnipiac University poll, exceeding a 5 percentage point margin for Republicans in 2013."Other findings from Quinnipiac that reflect badly on Ryan's leadership include how much more voters dislike Republicans than they dislike Democrats, who, to be fair, in many people's minds are still the party of Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Rahm Emanuel. Voters disapprove the way congressional Republicans are doing their job 71-22%. (They disapprove of Democr...


Two Years After the Earthquake, Why Has Nepal Failed to Recover? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Two years after the second earthquake rocked Nepal in 2015, the recovery efforts have been stalled by political instability and money mismanagement.

Workers rebuild a temple damaged during the 2015 earthquake, in Bhaktapur. Credit: Reuters/Navesh Chitrakar

Workers rebuild a temple damaged during the 2015 earthquake, in Bhaktapur. Credit: Reuters/Navesh Chitrakar

Two years after the devastating earthquakes that struck Nepal, the country is struggling to bounce back. Nearly 70% of the affected people still live in temporary shelters, and it is common to see damaged houses, temples without roofs, and earthquake debris lying around, even in the capital Kathmandu.

The recovery is painfully slow, and many families who lost their loved ones continue to live in traumatic conditions.

Over the past two years, working with CARE Nepal and the South Asia Institute of Advanced Studies, we have talked to local communities in the Gorkha, Kathmandu and Kavre districts, and helped to organise a national workshop involving senior government officials, researchers and civil society actors.


The twin earthquakes that struck on April 26 and May 12, 2015 caused around 9,000 deaths, and around half a million families in the central region of the country lost their homes. As well as houses,...


You Catch More Flies with Honey "IndyWatch Feed"

This is a guest post by Kid Strangelove. Kid originally published this article at his own blog, but he deleted the site a while ago so he could focus on other projects. He asked me if Id be willing to re-post some of his articles on my blog and I said yes.

Ive always more or less considered myself an intentional rebel. I hated the status quo, always made it a point to dislike stuff that was mainstream, you know the drill. I still try to discover as many non-mainstream things as I can, learn as much as I can, and try to view the world from as many perspectives as possible. In college, like all know-it-all students, I started to discover my political side. And in the red state of Georgia, especially during the George W. Bush years, it made perfect sense for me to embrace my liberal side. Everyone that disagreed with me was a warmongering, Bible-thumping, black- and woman-hating bigot. I kind of liked that role. Yeah, I was one of those guys we all make fun of now. But everyones had a bad period, so dont judge me too hard.

My perspective, however soon changed and broadened. Why? Tasty lasagna.


A friend of mine told me about Lasagna Club on campus: a volunteer came to the lounge areas of several dorms after all the dining halls were already closed and served up delicious lasagna to hungry students. For five dollars, you could fill up your plate with as much lasagna as you want and feel that sweet, sweet carb satisfaction many of us deny ourselves today. Didnt have five dollars? It was fine: just pay what you could. Didnt have any money at all? You know what, its cool, enjoy the food. The mysterious volunteer was friendly, cheerful, and added a certain something to the college experience.

No one really knew anything about the volunteer however, until one day, after all the lasagna had been served and my friends and I were hitting the books...


The Benefits of Old Age (for Transistors) "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Simulations suggest old ICs should consume less power than they did in their youth Illustration: Shutterstock/Randi Klett

What a drag it is getting old.Mick Jagger

Old age hath yet his honour and his toilAlfred Lord Tennyson

In case you didnt know, the transistors in your computers processor, your smartphones memory, and your cars autobrake system get old. The systems are designed so that youll probably never notice, but its true. Just like we do, they accumulate defects, slow down, and even fail altogether. [For the whys and hows see Transistor AgingIEEE Spectrum, May 2011.]

But aging isnt all badat least for us meat-brains. People get older, but they also get wiser, says Bashir Al-Hashimi, a professor of electrical engineering at the University of Southampton, in England. As you age there are a lot of bad things, but there are also some good things. He decided to see if the same was true of transistors, and found evidence that one aspect of their power consumption improves with age.

In a series of simulations and experiments, Al-Hashimi and his team examined how one form of agingbias temperature instabilitymight change transistor characteristics in a way that could be useful. BTI is basically an accumulation of charge near the interface between a transistors channel and its gate dielectric. The effect is to alter the voltage at which the transistor switches, so that the device switches slower and slower as the years drag on.

(As Indiana Jones put it: Its not the years... Its the mileage. A team led by University of Minnesota professor Chris H. Kim invented a silicon odometer to keep track of aging on chips. It won the Semiconductor Research Corporations Technical Excellence Award in 2016.)

Using advanced simulations of high-performance CMOS logic transistors, Al-Hashimis group showed that these devices actually consume less power as BTI ages them. Whats more, they theorize that because BTI is more pronounced in transistors with smaller features, this aging benefit will be bigger in future generations of chips.

Their simulation showed a 50 percent reduction in static power consumption after the equivalent of about a month of use, and a 78 percent reduction after 10 years. (In earlier studies, they found similar savings in transistors designed for memory and for low-power logic.) Static power consumption is power lost when a transistor is not switching, which these days is most of the time. Its due to cur...

US to send top adviser to Chinas Belt and Road summit as part of Sino-US trade deal "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Wendy WuZhuang Pinghui and Stuart Lau
South China Morning Post
Friday, 12 May, 2017, 4:38pm

The United States will send a delegation led by a top White House adviser to the Belt and Road summit in Beijing this weekend as part of a trade deal between China and Washington.

The US attendance at the upcoming two-day forum that starts on Sunday was listed among the 10-point initial results of the 100-Day action Plan of the US-China Comprehensive Economic Dialogue, released by China on Friday.


TRUMP HITS TWITTER: Goes After Fake News and Comey Leaks to Press "IndyWatch Feed"

Guest Post by Joe Hoft

President Donald Trump tweeted this morning about Fake News and Former FBI Head James Comey leaking to the press.

About the media the President tweeted:

The Fake Media is working overtime today!

About former FBI Head James Comey, the President tweeted:

James Comey better hope that there are no tapes of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!

The Presidents tweet about Comey may be in reference to an article released last night by the far left New York Times.

In the article the Times reported that the President asked Comey to pledge loyalty to the President.  The White House claims this is false and that the President would never ask for personal loyalty and only loyalty to the country and its great people.

Another day another fake news story about our great President.

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Overland at NonfictioNOW "IndyWatch Feed National"

10.15am, Friday 2 June University of Iceland, Reykjavik For our friends in Iceland and those attending the 2017 NonfictionNOW Conference in ReykJavik, Overland's editor Jacinda Woodhead will explore publishing with a purpose in a world of lightning-paced content, with guests Sam Cooney, Bjrn Larsson and Gumundur Andri Thorsson.


Our Leaders Crimes Are On Display- The Whole Worlds Watching "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"



None of that God-stuff for me is a frequent refrain of people who visit websites like the one you are on now as you read the following article. For the more secular among us, you cannot deny that the evil of of many of our  leaders is on display for all to see, or who have the courage to see. One would have to be afflicted with the worst case of cognitive dissonance to not see what is happening and is unfolding right before our eyes.

The globalist-serving minions in Congress are desperately trying to remove President Trump over some mythical treason allegations connected to treason. Why? Because they see inevitable coming. Soon, those who with horribly depraved life-styles, one that involves victimizing children, will soon be held accountable.

Before the secular types dismiss the following as random, religious ramblings, you might want to consider that the Bible foretold exactly what is happening right now. Here are a couple of examples.

Romans 12:19

19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

Some people simply call it Karma, or, just good ole fashion revenge, but I take great comfort and delight that evil does not get a pass from the Lord. And the older I get, the more I see the Lords scale of justice beign carried out in His time. Steve Quayle once told me that Donald Trump is Gods special prosecutor and that in the end days, all the sins of the leaders will be revealed.

Chapter 22 of Ezekiel reveals three messages from God. The first is a record of national abominations as the basis for judgment (verses 1-16). The second is metaphor of metal smelting to demonstrate that Gods judgment reveals the entire nation to be spi...


Screenshot Captures Everything Wrong With Media Coverage Of Trump "IndyWatch Feed"

Dont they have more important things to concern themselves with, other than the number of scoops of ice cream Trump gets They hate him for THAT?

William W. Lee

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Dr Ric Gordon Says Flu Shot Wont Stop You From Getting The Flu "IndyWatch Feed World"

These ridiculous lunatics are now vaccinating each other on live TV in order to keep the vaccine propaganda machine alive. Very interesting watch if you study the virus scam but take note from 3:15-minute mark where Dr Ric openly admits that the flu shot will not protect you from getting the flu. Read More


Apple Watch can detect an abnormal heart rhythm with 97% accuracy, UCSF study says The Loop

Sarah Buhr, TechCrunch:

According to a study conducted through heartbeat measurement app Cardiogram and the University of California, San Francisco, the Apple Watch is 97 percent accurate in detecting the most common abnormal heart rhythm when paired with an AI-based algorithm.

The study involved 6,158 participants recruited through the Cardiogram app on Apple Watch. Most of the participants in the UCSF Health eHeart study had normal EKG readings. However, 200 of them had been diagnosed with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (an abnormal heartbeat). Engineers then trained a deep neural network to identify these abnormal heart rhythms from Apple Watch heart rate data.

The future is wide open.

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This is what a Russian found inside a Chinese phone 'click-farm' "IndyWatch Feed World"

On the day when Snapchat erased billions of market cap from investors (and founders) accounts - as the MAUs-means-money model seems to break - we thought it worthwhile taking another glimpse into the hush-hush world of 'click-farms' and the fakenews of the latest social network fads. In 2014, we first exposed the world to the 'click-farm' where nothing is what it seems, and where social networking participants spend millions of dollars to appear more important, followed, prestigious, cool, or generally "liked" than they really are. As we detailed at the time, social networking has been the "it" thing for a while: for the networks it makes perfect sense because they are merely the aggregators and distributors of terabytes of free, third party created content affording them multi-billion dollar valuations without generating a cent in profits (just think of the upside potential in having 10 times the world's population on any given publicly-traded network), while for users it provides the opportunity to be seen, to be evaluated or "liked" on one's objective, impartial merits and to maybe go "viral", potentially making money in the process. Of course, the biggest draws of social networks also quickly became their biggest weaknesses, and it didn't take long to game the weakest link: that apparent popularity based on the size of one's following or the number of likes, which usually translates into power and/or money, is artificial and can be purchased for a price.


The Russian Revolution, Stalin's Crimes and the Day the U.S. and Red Armies Met Up at Elbe "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Overall it was a fulfilling but exhausting day and I was glad to get back to the apartment. Later, I would begin processing what I had seen and learned from my guided tour through Russia's complicated history, from the Revolution to the Gulags & the Elbe meeting between the US & Red armies.


Beirut Mayor Jamal Itani Biked to Work This Morning "IndyWatch Feed World"

A video and pictures emerged this morning showing Beirut Mayor Jamal Itani biking to the municipalitys building in Beirut. Its a nice publicity stunt of course but I have two comments:

1- The video is showing him biking right next to the municipality. Why didnt they make it a bit longer to show that hes biking from his house?
2- Why isnt he using the bike lane that was introduced recently?

On another note, Ive seen already cars and scooters driving over the bike lane in the last couple of weeks so it doesnt look like its gonna work out unless municipal policemen are deployed to keep the lane clear and that bikers eventually start using it.

In all cases, lets hope things improve with time and Beirut does become a bike-friendly city because its really not that hard to achieve.


US-backed forces prepare for final push on IS-held Raqa "IndyWatch Feed War"


AFP / by Delil Souleiman | A member of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces stands at the Tabqa dam on May 11, 2017

TABQA (SYRIA) (AFP)  US-backed fighters said Friday they were preparing for a final assault on the Islamic State groups Syrian bastion Raqa, likely next month, after seizing a key city to the west.

The Syrian Democratic Forces earlier this week captured Tabqa and an adjacent dam, a major prize in the offensive for Raqa, the Syrian heart of ISs self-proclaimed caliphate.

The attack on Raqa will take place in the beginning of the summer, Syrian Democratic Forces commander Rojda Felat told AFP.

She later specified that it would likely start in June based on military and tactical considerations.

Felat spoke at a press conference in Tabqa, which the SDF captured from IS on Wednesday along with its nearby dam in one of its most important victories yet.

Tabqa lies on the banks of the Euphrates River, about 55 kilometres (34 miles) west of Raqa.

On Friday, an AFP team entered Tabqa and the adjacent dam Syrias largest and saw rows of sandbags, mangled cars and craters from heavy bombardment dotting the structure.

The battle for Tabqa was marked by fears that the dam would be severely damaged and collapse, leading to massive flooding downstream.

The body of an alleged IS fighter was seen on Friday floating in the artificial reservoir created by the dam.

US arms to arrive soon

The SDFs fight for Raqa dubbed Operation Wrath of the Euphrates has already seen the alliance capture large swathes of the surrounding province with help from the US-led coalition bombing IS in Iraq and Syria.

The SDF are working to tighten the noose around Raqa before a final assault. At their closest point, the US-backed forces are just eight kilometres (five miles) from the city.

The joint Arab-Kurdish forces have received significant support from the US-led coalition in the form of air strikes and special forces advisers.

SDF deputy head Qahraman Hassan said: In the beginning of the summer, we will storm and liberate (Raqa) city.

His forces would receive special weapons and armoured vehicles to enter the city, Hassan said, after President Donald Trump changed US policy to allow arms deliveries to the SDFs Kurdish component.

No newly authorised aid had been delivered yet, Hassan said, but he added that I believe this support will arrive soon.

The SDF is dominated by the Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG), seen by the US as an indispensable ally in the...


Apple wearables sales outpacing iPhone out of the gate The Loop

Neil Cybart, Above Avalon:

According to Apples most recent earnings and management commentary, the company sold more than five million wearable devices last quarter. When combined, Apple Watch, AirPods, and W1 chip-enabled Beats headphones are now outselling Mac in terms of unit sales. More impressively, Apple wearables are tracking ahead of iPhone in terms of unit sales out of the gate. As competitors continue to approach wearables with caution, Apple is doubling down.

Unit sales, not total revenue, but still impressive. Nice job by Neil pulling this together. Take a look at the chart labeled Exhibit 2, which does a nice job putting all this into perspective.

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The North Is Ready To Confront Any Group Calling For The Breakup Of Nigeria Northern Elders "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Yakassai, Mohammed, Momoh urge caution The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) yesterday vowed to confront any group calling for the break up of Nigeria. Besides, the forum backed genuine restructuring of the nation, adding that the north was never at any time opposed to the move.The warning may have been informed by some developments at []


Democrat Refers to Middle America as Podunk, USA Washington Free Beacon "IndyWatch Feed"

You dont matter.
They dont care what you think or feel.
They dont care what the issues are that concern you.

William W. Lee

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Really Bad Ideas, Part 1: Modern Monetary Theory "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Really Bad Ideas, Part 1: Modern Monetary Theory by John Rubnio Dollar Collapse The past century has been an orgy of experimentation. We tried fascism, which initially looked good to some before (literally) crashing and burning. We tried communism,...

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Texas A&M Wont Fire Professor Who Said Some White People Must Die "IndyWatch Feed"

Via Red Alert: In a May 10, 2017 email to students obtained by Red Alert Politics, Texas A&M President Michael K. Young refused to discipline or fire Professor Tommy Curry. Curry called for white genocide, saying in a 2012 podcast in order to be equal, in order to be liberated, some white people may have []



The War on Drugs hasn't worked, so of course Jeff Sessions intends to escalate it:

Sessions moves to lengthen drug sentences

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reversing one of the central elements of the Obama administration's criminal justice reform agenda: a Justice Department policy that led to prosecutors in drug cases often filing charges in a way that avoided triggering mandatory minimum sentences in federal law.

Sessions is withdrawing a 2013 directive from Attorney General Eric Holder that instructed federal prosecutors not to specify the amount of drugs involved when charging low-level and non-violent drug offenders. That policy effectively gave judges discretion to set sentences lower than the mandatory punishments ranging from five years to life in prison federal law dictates when someone is convicted of a crime involving a certain quantity of illegal drugs....

Sessions' move bucks a growing trend in recent yearsin Washington and in states across the countryto abandon some of the harshest sentencing policies created in the 1980s-era war on drugs.
Critics of the attorney general are likely to see this as a war on non-white people. Sessions (and Trump) supporters are likely to see it that way as well. Sessions himself probably sees the policy change that way.

But there's a drug epidemic in many parts of white America right now, so there's a reasonable chance that a lot of whites will get caught in the Sessions dragnet. I'm not sure how many of them will be Trump voters, but they'll be the neighbors of Trump voters.

How will those Trump voters react? This might upset them -- or they might approve. There's anecdotal evidence that Trump's base isn't really white voters who have fallen through the cracks, but more successful members of communities in which others have fallen through the cracks.

Alec MacGillis wrote this in The New York Times in November 2015, a year before Trump's victory:
The people in these communities who are voting Republican in larger proportions are those who are a notch or two up the economic ladder the sheriffs deputy, the teacher, the highway worker, the motel clerk, the gas station owner and the coal miner. And their growing allegiance to the Republicans is, in part, a reaction against what they perceive, among those below them on the economic ladder, as a growing dependency on the safety net, the most visible manifestation of downward mobility in their declining towns....

With reliance on government benefits so prevalent, it create...


Australia: Muslim students wore ISIS shirts, threatened to behead teacher "IndyWatch Feed National"

It is easy to imagine what these young men will be like in another five or ten years. Do Australian authorities really believe that they will become stable and productive members of society? It was scary for me and the other students: Sydney teacher says Muslim pupils as young as 10 wore ISIS shirts to []


Why Apple had to borrow $98 billion The Loop


According to FactSet, as of the end of the first quarter of 2017, Apple has taken on more than $98 billion in debt.


Apple generates cash flows of nearly $40 billion every six months. Its the richest company in the world, with more than $256.8 billion in cash and marketable securities sitting on its books.

Why does such a rich company have to borrow money?


As of the end of 2016, Apple had more than $230 billion stored overseas. Thats because, when Apple earns money from sales outside the U.S., its taxed once by the country where it makes those sales, then taxed again by the U.S. when it brings the money back home. As a result, Apple doesnt bring that money home.

This from Tim Cook, in his recent interview with Jim Cramer:

If you sell globally, you earn money globally. If you earn money globally, you cant bring it back into the United States unless you pay 35 percent plus your state tax. And you look at this and you go, This is kind of bizarre. You want people to use this money in the United States to invest more. We are in a good position, but an unusual one. Our good position is we can borrow. And so to invest in the United States, we have to borrow. This doesnt make sense on a broad basis.

Complicated problem. If that 35% rate is dropped to the rumored 10%, would that be enough to repatriate all that cash?

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Islamic State Claims Responsibility for Pakistan Bomb Attack That Killed 25 People Near The Deputy Chairman of the Pakistan Senate "IndyWatch Feed War"

CAIRO Islamic State claimed it had carried out a deadly bomb attack next to a convoy of the deputy chairman of the Pakistan Senate on Friday in the province of Baluchistan.

The groups Amaq news agency said a bomber wearing an explosive vest was responsible for the attack, which officials in Pakistan said killed at least 25 people.

(Reporting by Ahmed Tolba and Arwa Gaballa; Writing by Giles Elgood, editing by Larry King)

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A powerful bomb struck on Friday in the town of Mastung, targeting the convoy of the deputy leader of the Senate, Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, who was lightly wounded in the attack.

Local government official Munir Raisani says that along with the 25 killed, more than 30 people, including some policemen, were also wounded in the attack.

He says Haideri is in a stable condition at a hospital in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Local TV stations broadcast footage showing Haideris badly damaged car. From the hospital, the lawmaker told Pakistani Dunya news channel that he saw several bodies at scene of the blast.

Haiders extremist and pro-Taliban Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam party is headed by Fazlur Rehman who is known for his anti-U.S. stance.


Gulf Nations Celebrated In Western Press While Silencing Their Own Journalists "IndyWatch Feed World"

MINNEAPOLIS While serving as an unabashed arms dealer to the worlds most repressive governments, the United States is also acting as their public relations agent, characterizing countries that routinely undermine freedom of the press, as well as the rights of women and minorities, as being safe and friendly.

The clearest examples can be found in three Gulf nations: Jordan, Bahrain and Qatar.

While Jordans Queen Rania and King Abdallah are featured in intimate photo stories published by publications like People in the West, the Jordanian government spends its time attacking the press in its home country. In 2015, journalist Jamal Ayyoub was arrested and imprisoned after he published an article critical of the Saudi-led military campaign against Yemen.

For decades, journalists have been targeted by the Jordanian government in a way thats been described as having a chilling effect. The phenomenon has gotten worse in recent times, largely due to new laws and regulations that have been passed in order to stifle criticism. Eleven journalists from the news website 7iber were detained in 2016 alone.

In Bahrain, where a peoples uprising has been largely ignored by mainstream media, government authorities have detained, harassed and tortured journalists. Those who have been targeted include Sayed Ahmed Al-Mousawi and photographer Ahmed Humaidan, who were singled out for documenting the governments suppression of demonstrations. Al-Mousawi was brutally tortured and jailed without due process, while Humaidan was given a 10-year...


Belgian textbook depicts refugees as terrorists "IndyWatch Feed World"

Belgian French language textbook about bombs

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Belgians indignant about language course: Daddy throws a bomb

Today, 09:09

In Belgium there is a fuss about texts in a French textbook for immigrants. In the book, already used for three years by an institution in the Brussels municipality of Anderlecht, are sentences like Dad throws a bomb and goes to prison and He shows me the bomb.

A woman helping an Iraqi refugee to integrate discovered the sentences last week and published a page from the book online. She calls the example sentences unacceptable. Are they aware that this is about educational material that supposedly promotes the integration of these people?

Social media is outraged. Many Belgians are ashamed that these sentences are used to teach refugees and other immigrants French. Some people think the book is fake, but the director of the educational institution where it is used has confirmed its authenticity.

The director of the Center Erasme in Anderlecht calls the texts wrong. In his defense, he claims that it is impossible to check all the lesson material with their small number of teachers.

The father of any Iraqi refugee has not thrown even 1% of the bombs which the father of the sons of Donald Trump has thrown on Iraq and on other countries.



Modern Educayshun "IndyWatch Feed National"

Modern Educayshun is a short film by Neil Kolhatkar - I hope you enjoy it! Modern Educayshun delves into the potential dangers of a hypersensitive culture bred by social media and political correctness. Written and Directed by Neel Kolhatkar Instagram & Twitter @neelkolhatkar Produced by Conceptional Media - Assistant...


8 princesses from United Arab Emirates stand trial for 'continually abusing' servants "IndyWatch Feed World"

Eight princesses from the United Arab Emirates who brought their servants to Belgium and "abused them continually" have gone on trial. Back in 2008, Princess Shekha Alnehayan, as well as her seven daughters, arrived in Brussels and booked a luxury suite - which is an entire floor, according to the Tribune de Geneve media outlet - at the Conrad Hotel for several months. The Alnehayans are among the numerous wealthy families in the UAE, and came into the spotlight when they purchased English Premier League soccer club Manchester City back in 2008.


French workers occupy factory, threaten to blow it up in protest over possible closure "IndyWatch Feed World"

Workers at a car component factory in central France have occupied the plant and are threatening to blow it up in a radical protest against their bosses as the site risks closure. The workers at the GM&S auto-suppliers plant in the Creuse region, north of Limoges, have told Renault and Peugeot they are ready to blow up the factory if their demands are not met. Some 280 jobs at the site are under threat after the plant went into receivership back in December, and workers accuse the two car giants of blocking negotiations for a takeover of the factory and of making too few orders.


TASS photographer responds to "absurd" charges about Trump-Lavrov photoshoot "IndyWatch Feed World"

TASS photographer Alexandr Scherbak has responded to the insane US media hysteria alleging that he is some sort of KGB propaganda agent who "tricked" America with his devious photographs of Sergey Lavrov shaking hands with Donald Trump. Alexandr has a very simple message for his American colleagues: Please preserve your professional dignity. The below text was posted on his Facebook page:


Democrats just wish Killary fired Comey "IndyWatch Feed World"

This is what happens if you mess with the swamp. All the swamp creatures begin snapping and writhing and yowling like angry cats in the dark. For the better part of a year now, the only thing everyone in Washington could agree upon was that now-ex FBI Director Jim Comey was an overreaching, underperforming dolt. He fancied himself to be attorney general after he had lost all confidence in Loretta Lynch, the actual attorney general. That was after Ms. Lynch had met privately on a jet with former President Bill Clinton on a tarmac in Phoenix. This was at a time when Mr. Clinton's wife was running for president while under investigation by the attorney general and the FBI for criminal misuse of classified emails.


Trump Names Racist to Co-Chair Voter Fraud Commission "IndyWatch Feed"

On paper, Kris Kobach is the kind of guy youd like to marry your daughter. An Eagle Scout who graduated summa cum laude and first in his department at Harvard, went on to get M.A. and Ph.D. in Politics from Oxford and a law degree from Yale, Kobuch also did missionary work in Uganda, clerked for a federal judge, and obtained a White House Fellowship to work for the Attorney General of the United States.

On the other hand, the Minority Leader of the Kansas Senate Anthony Hensley once stated that Kobach is the most racist politician in America today, and with plenty of justification. Kobuch is the brains behind both Arizona SB 1070 and Alabama HB56, the two most notorious anti-immigrant bills to be produced in this country in recent decades. Hes the countrys most famous proponent of bogus voter fraud theories and has boasted of successful efforts to suppress the minority vote both during his time as chairman of the Kansas Republican Party and as Kansass Secretary of State.

Hes also a classic John Bircher-style nutcase who has referred to both the American Civil Liberties Union and the League of Women Voters as communists.

Donald Trump seriously considered Kobach to serve as his Attorney General and also as his Secretary of Homeland Security:

It was later reported that Kobach was being considered for Secretary of Homeland Security, and was photographed carrying a document entitled Department of Homeland Security, Kobach Strategic Plan for First 365 Days into a meeting with Trump. This plan reportedly included a register of Muslims as part of a suite of proposals, which also included the extreme vetting of immigrants.

So, thats all a prelude to discussing this:

President Trump plans to name Kris W. Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state who has pressed for aggressive measures to crack down on undocumented immigrants, to a long-promised commission to investigate voting fraud in the United States, a White House official said on Thursday.

The commission is the official follow-through on Mr. Trumps unsubstantiated claim that several million illegals voted for his Democratic rival and robbed him o...

NYTs Editorial Board Flubs Letter to Rosenstein "IndyWatch Feed"

The New York Times editorial board penned an open letter with an intended audience of one: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. I dont think they did a very good job.

They started out fairly well by acknowledging Rosensteins sterling record and lengthy service to the country, although it might not have been helpful to say that his elevation to such an esteemed position was improbable. They also acknowledged that his brief against FBI Director James Comey was solid and that he hadnt explicitly recommended that Comey be fired.

But they got badly off track when they went into a long indictment, of Trumps character and misdeeds and business career, that isnt central to the issue at hand. Perhaps critically, they characterize the investigation into Trumps campaign as getting to the bottom of whether and how Russia helped steal the presidency for Mr. Trump. Thats not a helpful characterization.

For starters, it is not necessary to conclude that the election was stolen, and thats not something that needs to be proven by the FBI or by prosecutors in a court of law. There are three elements that need to be investigated, none of which have to make any determination over whether or not Trump would or could have won without Russian interference and possible cooperation by the Trump campaign.

The first is to determine exactly how the Russians acted: what they did, who did it, who was paid, what technologies were used, who was recruited or compromised, etc.

The second is to determine how to protect ourselves from future actions of a similar nature.

And the third is criminal in nature, and would actually bring charges against any individual who violated statutes on the books.

The point isnt to undermine the legitimacy of Trumps presidency and prove that he stole the election, although the editors make a good point when they observe that In theory, no one should have a greater interest in a credible investigation than the president, who has repeatedly insisted the suspicions about his campaign are baseless. That the presidents legitimacy is in question is a fact, and if he has nothing to hide he should be the biggest cheerleader for this probe since he would know that in the end it would vindicate him and give his victory a clean bill of health. He isnt acting that way, though, is he?

By making Rosensteins decision process all about the need to prove that Trump is illegitimate, they undermine their case by making this seem...

Trump Just Crippled His Legislative Agenda "IndyWatch Feed"

Writing in the Washington Post, James Hohmann makes a rather obvious point about the fallout from President Trumps decision to fire FBI Director James Comey.

Another significant repercussion: Every piece of Trumps agenda just became harder to get through Congress. Democrats will be less inclined than ever to work with this president, and the liberal base will become even less tolerant of red state incumbents collaborating with him. Its going to be really hard to get to 60 votes for anything Trump wants for a while.

Also noted in that article is the fact that the Senate Intelligence Committee has requested financial records on Trump and Trump associates from the Treasury Department and that the Ranking Member of that committee, Democrat Mark Warner of Virginia, plans on holding up all Trump nominees until hes gets the information he seeks. That should be lumped together with the Senate Democrats decision this morning to invoke the two-hour rule to curtail the majoritys ability to hold committee hearings.

Senate committee business shut down by noon Wednesday after Democrats invoked the two-hour rule, which prevents committee hearings from lasting more than two hours after the Senate convenes.

Which, of course, is probably a precursor for this:

The boldest, most extreme step Democrats could take is to slow Senate business to a crawl. They could refuse to allow consideration of any legislation or nominees awaiting confirmation votes until Trump agrees to appoint a special prosecutor. And with dozens of Trump administration nominees awaiting confirmation hearings or up-or-down votes on the Senate floor, such a move would likely hamper executive branch agencies that now lack political leadership.

This wouldnt exactly be payback to the Republicans since they utilized similar obstruction for no other reason than to slow Obamas agenda, but it would be familiar and have the same kind of effect. There are only so many legislative hours in the day and so many legislative days on the calendar. If the Democrats object to everything, they can put Trumps entire congressional agenda at grave risk.

The way the Republicans gamed out this years legislative agenda requires them to achieve certain objectives before they can move on to the next task, especially for elements that they hope to do through the budget reconcili...

Will Rod Rosenstein Keep His Promises? "IndyWatch Feed"

Rod Rosenstein was only confirmed as deputy attorney general a little over two weeks ago, on Tuesday April 25th, 2017. The vote in the Senate was 94-6, with the only opposition coming from Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Kamala Harris (D-CA), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). The main reservation the Democrats had about Rosenstein was his refusal to commit to naming a special prosecutor to look into the question of cooperation between the Russians and the Trump campaign during the 2016 election. Sen. Blumenthal spoke for the dissenters when he stated that Rosenstein is, in some senses, what we value in the Department of Justice: someone committed to the rule of law. Thats why I have been surprised and disappointed that he has failed to heed my request.

Most Democrats were satisfied with Rosensteins testimony before the Judiciary Committee, as well as by the private assurances he gave them that he would appoint a special prosecutor if he ever concluded one was necessary. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer made it clear that he was voting to confirm based on that commitment:

In a floor speech earlier this week, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) stressed that Rosenstein had made that commitment to him personally.

He had developed a reputation for integrity, Schumer said. He has promised to give this issue careful consideration. I believe if he studies the department regulations, he will come to the same conclusion many of us have: that a special counsel is merited.

Because Attorney General Jeff Sessions concealed his multiple contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during his own confirmation hearings, he has recused himself from any dealings with the investigation or any possible prosecutions in the Russian affair, which means that Rosenstein assumed those responsibilities two weeks ago. And at some point in the last fifteen days, Rosenstein was tasked with finding a justification for firing James Comey, the director of the FBI. He provided that justification yesterday (if the date stamp is to be believed) and was joined by Sessions in sending it along to the president who promptly used it as the casus belli for terminating Comey.

Sessions could hardly have failed to join in. Had he backed out citing his promise to recuse himself, that would have been an admission that the termination was related to the Russian investigation. But the rationale provided was different. Essentially, Comey was fired for announcing that Clinton would not be locked up and that no prosecutor would bring charges based on the facts the FBI had assembled in the investigati...

Trump Fires Comey "IndyWatch Feed"

Well, that's one way to take #TrumpRussia to eleven.


Casual Observation "IndyWatch Feed"

Here's something for Oliver Stone to put in his pipe:

On Monday the Kremlin tried to put the best possible outlook on the election of [Marine Le Pen's] opponent. President Vladimir V. Putin sent Mr. Macron a congratulatory message, expressing the desire to overcome mutual distrust and wishing him good health, well-being and success.

Never mind that before the vote Russian-state run media profiled Mr. Macron as probably gay, in thrall to Jewish bankers and among the enthusiastic demons of globalization.

Putin apologists on the left make me ill. Worse than tea partiers, in my opinion.


The GOP Could Lose the House of Representatives "IndyWatch Feed"

Heres how Charlie Cook is looking at the Democrats prospects for winning control of the House of Representatives next year:

A big question is whether Trump voters will behave like Barack Obama voters. In 2008, a lot of fresh new voters came online to elect Obama, but in 2010, when his name was not on the ballot, they stayed home. When he was up for reelection in 2012, they turned up at the polls again, then didnt show up in 2014. No one needs to be reminded that Democrats had good years in 2008 and 2012, and horrific years in 2010 and 2014. Will the Trump voters who turned out in 2016 do so again when hes not on the ballot?

It would be easy to exaggerate how much Barack Obamas success against Hillary Clinton represented a blow to the partys Establishment. In truth, loyalties among party bigwigs and power players was fairly evenly split. Obama excited new people but, unlike Trump, most of those new people werent motivated by outright hostility or opposition to the party as it existed. I dont want to underplay the discontent, either. As a founding member of the left-wing blogosphere, I know how important it was to tap into the growing unhappiness with the feckless opposition to early years of the Younger Bushs presidency.

Still, Obama didnt campaign like Trump, mocking the intelligence, courage, and stamina of his opponents in the primaries, or breaking left and right with his partys orthodoxy. If the Democrats had difficulty turning out voters when Obamas name wasnt on the ballot, I imagine the average Trump voter will be much less inclined to turn out to vote for backbenchers in a party theyve come to despise. As I discussed a lot recently, many Trump voters are folks who voted for Obama once if not twice. They made a bet on Trump, not necessarily the Republican Party.

This problem could become more pronounced if Trumps approval numbers remain low and Republican candidates are trapped between getting some separation from him and holding onto his most ardent supporters. Or, if Trump blames his failures on his own party, as seems likely in many instances, or if Trump concludes that he must move to the middle to get traction on infrastructure or tax reform, these things could expose fissions within the GOP and lead to internal bickering and apathy that sink Republican loyalty and turnout.

Its not hard to envision some combination of these factors leading to a good midterm election for the Democrats. But we should not forget that Obama won reelection. The Democrats need a plan that will work when Trumps name is on the ballot, and if they dont have that they may see a repeat of what the Republicans experienced, which is good midterm year results and catastrophic presidential year resul...

Addressing the Cultural Anxiety of the White Working Class "IndyWatch Feed"

Its a cliche but a time-honored one. The poor working class parents who make extra sacrifices for their children so that they can become the first in the familys history to go off to college and make a better life for themselves. Its as familiar when the protagonists are immigrants from Haiti as it is when they are a factory or farming family from the heartland. It seems natural that one way to win political support among these types of folks is to offer them free college. Why not fulfill their dreams for their children without requiring all the back-breaking effort on their part?

But, while the cliche may be pleasant and accurate in many cases, these families are not a majority when you look at things from a cultural point of view. Overall, if you enter into a community where people have gotten by without college educations for a long as any theyve lived there, its a safe bet that theyve found a way to justify the level of education they typically attain. At a minimum, they dont seek their sense of self-worth in higher education, and more likely theyve built up defenses that minimize the value of what an education can bring you. Perhaps its as simple as corrupting your morals. Or, in todays environment of exploding tuition costs, maybe its just a needlessly risky investment that does not guarantee a more comfortable life.

Polling conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute and The Atlantic bears out that this view is pervasive.

Finally, 54 percent of white working-class Americans said investing in college education is a risky gamble, including 61 percent of white working-class men. White working-class voters who held this belief were almost twice as likely as their peers to support Trump. The enduring narrative of the American dream is that if you study and get a college education and work hard, you can get ahead, said Robert P. Jones, the CEO of PRRI. The survey shows that many white working-class Americans, especially men, no longer see that path available to them. It is this sense of economic fatalism, more than just economic hardship, that was the decisive factor in support for Trump among white working-class voters.

On the one hand, if you take the financial risk out of college, these folks should not only benefit but they ought to recalculate the cost benefit ratio of sending their kids away to pursue a degree. But the political benefits of enacting such a policy may never materialize, or may take a very long time to overcome the existing cultural suspicion and bias against higher education. As Ive said, theyve gotten by one way or the other without college degrees and their values reflect this. To suggest that you need a college education to be worth...

I Thought Trump Knew Better Than the Generals "IndyWatch Feed"

Hes barely been office for 100 days and Im already tired of critiquing Donald Trumps hypocrisy, but I am quite sure that when he said he knew more than the generals he wasnt sending the message (or the message that was received wasnt) that he was going to delegate all decision making to the Pentagon. Yet, if he signs off on the newest plan for Afghanistan, that is exactly what he will be doing.

The plan envisions an increase of at least 3,000 U.S. troops to an existing force of about 8,400. The U.S. force would also be bolstered by requests for matching troops from NATO nations.

But, in keeping with the Trump administrations desire to empower military decision-making, the Pentagon would have final say on troop levels and how those forces are employed on the battlefield.

The Pentagon would not only have the final say on troop levels, they would also have far broader authority to use airstrikes to target Taliban militants and restored authority to move U.S. military advisers around on the battlefield in ways that were restricted under Obamas rules of engagement.

I could get into more detail, for example, about the irony of this plan requesting matching troops from the obsolete NATO or of Trump expanding our commitment to Afghanistan after seeming to promise fewer wars (at least to Susan Sarandon) than Hillary Clinton would wage.

But Trump hasnt signed off on this plan yet. It looks like its coming in response to his desire for a plan to show that were winning again. It shouldnt be a surprise that the military would have a military solution for that request, and if you want to knock the Taliban back on their heels for a spell, you do need more troops to do it.

Unsurprisingly, there is pushback from elements in the White House who took seriously Trumps promise of fewer foreign military adventures. Its probably no coincidence that Eli Lake has a piece up at Bloomberg that says that the president is unhappy with his National Security Adviser General H.R. McMaster. It fits with this bit from the Washington Post article on the Afghan surge:

Even as it mov...

Marine Le Pen's Defeat is No Boon to Trump "IndyWatch Feed"

To a limited degree I can agree with what former Dubya Bush speechwriter Marc A. Thiessen says here:

The French vote was not an endorsement of globalism or a vote of confidence in the French political establishment. It was a rejection of Le Pens toxic brand of Putinism and anti-Semitism. And the person who should be happiest that Le Pen lost is Trump. She would have been not an ally, but rather, an albatross for the president, because Le Pen was the left wings caricature of Trump come to life.

I actually have a number of quibbles with this statement, however. The French presidential election was a lot more complex than a simple referendum on Marine Le Pen. Overall, it was a rejection of Frances establishment, including their two main political parties. Its true that the public there rejected Le Pen as the alternative to the status quo, but the success of Emmanuel Macrons campaign wasnt a simple rejection of Putinism or anti-Semitism. I dont know how well Le Pen would have allied with a Trump administration, but I think her election would have been welcomed in the White House and interpreted there are further validation that theyre part of a vanguard of an international movement. On the other hand, it could very well be true that Le Pen would have become some kind of albatross for the Trump administration.

Its just that I am not sure the problem would have been that Le Pen is the left-wing caricature of Trump come to life. Its not really clear to me how Trump and Le Pen differ in any of the respects that really matter. They seem to be very closely aligned.

Thiessens thesis is based on the left-wing caricature being distorted and unfair, primarily because he doesnt buy that the Trump campaign is in the pocket of Putin or that anti-Semitism is fair charge to make against him. There are many possible theories of what the many connections between the Trump campaign and the Russians might mean, but it seems very premature to brush aside them all as insignificant. And as long someone like Steve Bannon is essentially running the Oval Office, charges of anti-Semitism cannot be dismissed. At a minimum, anti-Semites have taken comfort in how Trump staffed his administration.

Most of all, I dont think the American public pays a lot of attention to French politics so its hard to envision how the outcome of the presidential election there will have an impact o...

GOP Turns to Fake Science and Scientists "IndyWatch Feed"

While I was reading two articles this morning, I had a flashback to the late 1990s. The first article was written by Max Ehrenfreund of the Washington Post, and it was about how the University of Chicagos Booth School of Business was unable to locate any economist in the nation willing to argue that Donald Trumps proposed tax cuts will be revenue-neutral or better rather than blowing a huge hole in the national deficit.

The second article was also in the Washington Post and written by Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis. It explained that both the Environmental Protection Agency and the Interior Department are overhauling a slew of outside advisory boards that inform how their agencies assess the science underpinning policies, the first step in a broader effort by Republicans to change the way the federal government evaluates the scientific basis for its regulations. In the case of the EPA, the new director Scott Pruitt has decided to replace nine people on the 18-member Board of Scientific Counselors, which advises EPAs prime scientific arm on whether the research it does has sufficient rigor and integrity.

More than anything, these two articles reminded me of the following history:

The Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) was entered in November 1998, originally between the four largest United States tobacco companies (Philip Morris Inc., R. J. Reynolds, Brown & Williamson and Lorillard the original participating manufacturers, referred to as the Majors) and the attorneys general of 46 states. The states settled their Medicaid lawsuits against the tobacco industry for recovery of their tobacco-related health-care costs, and also exempted the companies from privat...

Wanker of the Day "IndyWatch Feed"

Rep. Chris Collins of Upstate New York wins today's all-pro wanking award.

What kind of prize should he get?



Situation report on global security as of May 11 "IndyWatch Feed War"

InformNapalm international intelligence community presents a weekly summary of events in the sphere of world security. Ukraine and...

The post Situation report on global security as of May 11 appeared first on (English).


Apple awards Corning first Advanced Manufacturing Fund investment The Loop

From Apples press release:

Apple today announced Corning Incorporated will receive $200 million from Apples new Advanced Manufacturing Fund as part of the companys commitment to foster innovation among American manufacturers. The investment will support Cornings R&D, capital equipment needs and state-of-the-art glass processing. Cornings 65-year-old Harrodsburg facility has been integral to the 10-year collaboration between these two innovative companies and will be the focus of Apples investment.


Apple has committed to investing at least $1 billion with US-based companies as part of the fund, which is designed to foster innovative production and highly skilled jobs that will help lay the foundation for a new era of technology-driven manufacturing in the US.

Logical investment in a company whose fortunes are tightly bound with yours.

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10 Friday AM Reads "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

My end of a long traveling week morning plane reads:  Johnny Depp: A Star in Crisis and the Insane Story of His Missing Millions (Hollywood Reporter)  Hedge Funds Run Out of Investment Ideas (Bloomberg Gadfly)  Which Tech Giant Would You Drop? (New York Times)  Storytelling Animals (Pension Partners) California Leads U.S. Economy, Away From

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How a Tory Mayor spent nearly 1m on his election by bypassing spending limits "IndyWatch Feed"

How did a Tory candidate for Mayor in a tight election get away by spending over 5 times the limit imposed?

Andy Street. BBC/Screengrab. Some rights reservedA Conservative candidate is reported to have spent nearly 1m to become the new Mayor of West Midlands. And yet campaign spending limits imposed by the Electoral Commission fall far short of that.

Andy Street narrowly beat Labour's Sion Simon in the hotly fought election and won despite expectations in the local elections held last week. The former businessman was managing director of John Lewis from 2007 to 2016

This is how Street justified his spending to the BBC's Today programme: "I havent spent quite a million, but I have spent a substantial amount more than my opponents and actually I think thats OK, and Ill tell you why. This is a very important election; a new start in democracy for this region. It is 2.5 million people and so it is absolutely appropriate. We have worked within the rules, which are that if you raise money you can spend it."

The rules are that candidates have a limit of around 130,000 for the final five weeks leading up to the Mayoral election.

But Street bypassed those rules by spending a bulk of the money before the five week limit technically started. This gave him a huge advantage over opponents.

The Guardian reported the Labour candidate is thought to have spent under 200,000 for the election.

Sion Simon told the BBC: " I think the rules are wrong. In general elections, the regulated period starts much earlier. No rules at all, a complete free for all, until six weeks before polling day I dont think thats the right way to go about it."

There is no suggestion that Mr Street broke the rules. But it's clear the Electoral Commission rules are open to exploitation.



Digital transformation initiatives: What are you doing to get ahead? "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Digital transformation initiatives are more successful when they have buy-in from across the business, according to Splunk. Progress with digital business transformation Adoption of digital transformation initiatives Findings from a survey of 400 senior IT executives across the U.S., U.K. and Germany show that adoption of digital transformation initiatives is widespread. When asked where they are in the journey, 55 percent believe they are moving with the masses, while 36 percent believe they are ahead More


Crabapple. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Bursting out all over. The white is highly scented, honey sweet. The red is lightly scented, and smells of red wine. Click for full size.

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The Nepal-Sikh Alliance That Could Have Changed History "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Although it is not historys job to dabble in what-ifs, could an alliance between the Gorkhas, the Sikhs and the Marathas have succeeded in ending the East India Companys machinations in the subcontinent?

Map of North India and Nepal from 1814. Credit: Geographicus

In the early part of the 19th century, a small settlement called Sugauli, in modern-day east Champaran, Bihar, was witness to a treaty that would shape the subcontinents history, and political boundaries. The House of Gorkha, the ruling Shah dynasty of the kingdom of Nepal, had sued for peace after suffering its heaviest defeat the loss of its newly conquered territories of Garhwal and Kumaon despite inflicting heavy damages on the East India Company in four other fronts. Although Nepal had to give up over 40,000 square miles of territory Garhwal and Kumaon in the west; the kingdom of Sikkim, which the British had promised to return to the Chogyal; and land in the fertile Terai the subsequent treaty, Jesuit historian Ludwig J. Stiller describes, was the logical conclusion of the failure ofKathmandu to insist on restraining the armys westward march until an adequate and competent administration could be set up in the conquered territories.

I came across Stillers very readable history of Nepal, The Rise of the House of Gorkha (1973), earlier this year, two years after the infamous Indian blockade of Nepal, at a time when nationalistic pride is the new frenzy both in Indi...

Jeff Clark | Gold & Silver Insider Views You WILL NOT HEAR on the News (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Jeff Clark | Gold & Silver Insider Views You WILL NOT HEAR on the News Video Reluctant Preppers Jeff Clark, senior precious metal analyst at, bet against Harry Dent, who had claimed gold would crash through $750/oz on...

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Hijacked PNG bank notes making their way back into the country : Bakani "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Papua New Guinea Central Bank has confirmed that demonetized paper notes in millions of Kina was hijacked in 2013, when it was on its way to Europe to be recycled. NBC reports.

Central Bank Governor Loi Bakani said they sold the demonetized paper monies to a company in Europe who wanted to recycled it into something else.

But, he said a container carrying those notes were hijacked along the way between PNG and Europe.

"Now we have evidence of those stock of money trying to find their way back to PNG," Bakani said. 

Bakani said Bank of PNG has received some already, but the bank is not exchanging them because they were demonetized paper money, as they are not legal tender anymore.
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Pakistan suicide bombing kills 25, injures deputy Senate leader "IndyWatch Feed World"

A suspected suicide blast in Mastung, in Pakistan's southwestern province of Balochistan, has left 25 people dead and 35 injured, including Deputy Senate Leader Abdul Ghafoor Haideri. Speaking to local media, Haideri, who has been moved to a military hospital in Quetta, said he was not seriously hurt and was saddened by the deadly attack. His convoy was the target of the roadside explosion, reported Reuters. "We received 20 bodies so far and over 35 injured," Shafi Zehri a doctor in Mastung told reporters. Images corroborated by RT show the extent of the explosion, which destroyed Haideri's vehicle.


Elisa E.: Mind War: Psy-Ops, World-view Warfare, and Targeted Groups "IndyWatch Feed World"


Emily Moyer, Randy Maugans with MKULTRA survivor, Elisa E.,
author of "Our Life Beyond MKULTRA"



"This is the key point: the effective employment of air and space power has to do not so much with airplanes and missiles and engineering as with thinking and attitude and imagination."-- General Merrill A. McPeak, USAF.


Taxpayer-Funded University Creates Segregated Dorm For Blacks Only "IndyWatch Feed"

Take that, white devils! Via Daily Caller: The University of Colorado Boulder is creating a special new residence hall that will segregate black people away from the general student population. Officials at the taxpayer-funded school have announced a plan to transform Hallett Hall, a campus residence hall, into three separate Living Learning Communities beginning this []



In responses the germane queries raised by Azuka Onwuka in his piece titled Nigeria must decide what they want from Igbo and bearing in mind the referenced paradigm of the Singaporean experience in Malaysia, I will want to contend, in this era of better established global Protocols on Self-Determination, that it is Igbo that must []


O papel da imprensa no julgamento de Lula "IndyWatch Feed"

Depois de vazar ilegalmente para a Globo conversas particulares de Lula, de pedir o apoio da opinio pblica atravs da imprensa, de ter discursado em eventos patrocinados por polticos do PSDB, de ter sua esposa dando entrevistas e aparecendo em capas de revistas, de assistir docilmente diversos vazamentos ilegais e condenar apenas um, justamente o que em tese favoreceria a Lula , o juiz Srgio Moro teve a coragem de afirmar no ter nada  a ver com o que publicado pela imprensa.

o senhor tem essas reclamaes com a imprensa, e eu compreendo, mas o juiz no tem nenhuma relao com o que a imprensa publica ou no publica, e esses processos so pblicos.

Moro afronta a realidade dos fatos na tentativa de conferir legitimidade a um processo que j est caracterizado como uma briga entre um juiz e um ru. Quem acompanha minimamente o noticirio nos ltimos anos, sabe que Moro encarnou com gosto o papel de mocinho no espetculo miditico em que Lula j foi condenado como vilo. A narrativa da luta do mocinho implacvel contra a corrupo versus o bandido-chefe de quadrilha brilhou nas manchetes de jornais e capas de revista. compreensvel a tentativa de Moro em querer minimizar o papel da imprensa no caso, mesmo tendo em diversos momentos do interrogatrio sustentado suas afirmaes com base em publicaes da grande mdia.

O clima de embate poltico instalado durante os dias que se antecederam ao depoimento se confirmou na quarta-feira. Apesar de a tropa de choque de jornalistas da Globo News passar a noite inteira amenizando o carter poltico da atuao de Moro e ressaltando o de Lula, o que se viu em boa parte do interrogatrio foi, sim, um debate poltico entre um juiz e um ru, por mais inacreditvel que isso possa parecer.

Dos integrantes da tropa de choque destacada para cobrir o caso, Dony De Nuccio, Natuza Nery, Merval Pereira, Eliane Cantanhde e Cristiana Lobo demonstraram claramente de que lado estavam. Havia uma premissa clara em todas as anlises: Lula culpado.

Cristiana Lobo, talvez empolgada pela grande sacada, repetiu por vrias vezes ao vivo na Globo News algo como Voltou o Lula do mensalo, que no sabia de nada.


Forced Vaccinations Violate Constitutional Rights, Swedens Parliament Declares "IndyWatch Feed World"

By Catherine J. Frompovich

May 10, 2017 is a day that ought to live in infamy!  Why?  The Parliament of progressive Sweden adopted a decision, which contained several motions, one being it would violate our [Swedish Constitution] if it introduced compulsory vaccination, or mandatory vaccination.

Here is the original text in Swedish of what transpired.

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Shallow 6.2-magnitude quake registered off the coast of El Salvador "IndyWatch Feed World"

The U.S. Geological Survey says a strong earthquake has struck off the coast of El Salvador. The quake, with a preliminary magnitude of 6.2, struck at around 4:40 a.m. Friday morning. Its depth was measured at a shallow 10 kilometers (6 miles). It was followed by at least one large aftershock. The epicenter was about 60 miles (97 kilometers) from the city of Sonsonate, and 79 miles (128 kilometers) from the capital, San Salvador. There were no immediate reports of damage. Source: AP


Hezbollah dismantles military positions on now safe Lebanese-Syrian border area "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Lebanon-based movement Hezbollah has dismantled its military positions on the border with Syria as the mission of securing the area has been completed, the movement's secretary general, Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah, said Thursday. "There is no need in our presence on the Lebanese eastern borders after they are safe now. We have dismantled our bases there," Nasrallah told Al Manar broadcaster. He added that the presence of Hezbollah fighters in settlements along the Syrian border did not contradict the mission of providing assistance to local people.


Attorney General Jeff Sessions enacts harsher charging, sentencing policy federal prosecutors told to seek the most serious criminal charges against suspects "IndyWatch Feed War"

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WASHINGTON Attorney General Jeff Sessions is directing federal prosecutors to seek the most serious criminal charges against suspects, a move that would result in severe prison sentences  and is expected to reverse recent declines in the overcrowded federal prison system.

The brief, two-page directive, issued to the 94 U.S. attorneys offices across the country late Thursday, replaces a 2013 memo put in place by then-Attorney General Eric Holder that sought to limit the use of mandatory-minimum sentencing rules that had condemned some non-violent offenders to long prison terms that proved to be expensive for taxpayers.

Justice officials said the new policy would not target low-level drug offenders, unless they were linked to firearms, gang membership or other aggravating crimes.

This policy affirms our responsibility to enforce the law, is moral and just, and produces consistency, Sessions said in the directive. This policy fully utilizes the tools Congress has given us. By definition, the most serious offenses are those that carry the most substantial sentence, including mandatory minimum sentences.

Under the plan, ten-year mandatory minimum sentences would typically be sought in cases where suspects were in possession of 1 kilogram of heroin (equal to thousands of doses); 5 kilograms of cocaine (about 11 pounds); or 1,000 kilograms of marijuana (more than 2,000 pounds).

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There will be circumstances in which good judgment would lead a prosecutor to conclude that a strict application of the charging policy is not warranted, Sessions said. But such exercises of discretion, the attorney general said, would be subject to high-level approval.

Justice officials already have alerted federal prison officials that the action, in conjunction with the administrations recently announced increase in immigration prosecutions, would likely result in a larger prison population.

Last month, Sessions directed federal prosecutors to bring felony charges against immigrants suspected of making repeated illegal entries to the United States. Undocumented entry cases have been previously charged as misdemeanors.

During the Obama administration, Holders policy had sought to reduce the size of the federal prison system t...


FBI Director Comey Fired, 1617 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Support Our Sponsors - Trade Genius - Safe & Profitable for the Little Guy and FlyGrip - Noble Gold & Silver - Life Change Tea - Rid Your Body From Toxins! Im still reporting on the Trump. The man primarily protecting Hillary Clinton from prosecution not only for her classified email scandal, but for the outrageous influence peddling scam disguised as a charity that was the Clinton Foundation, has now been fired by President Trump. Trump apparently waited for Comey to be out of town so that no information accidentally went missing from his office computers before he struck about 5:30 pm this afternoon. Democrats are already trying to sell the firing as Trump trying to eliminate his enemies, but Trump was ready for that one by thanking Comey in his letter ordering his immediate termination for admitting recently on 3 occasions that the FBI did NOT have the President under investigation a dangling implication Comey had left hang over Trumps head for weeks. Comey was perhaps the biggest plug the largest roadblock to President Trump continuing to drain the swamp of corruption that has ruled Washington for decades. Now, let the prosecutions begin including all three Clintons and dare we hope it even former disgraced President Obama, himself. [insert] 02:00 - Unfortunately, Mr. Comey, everyone who has ever had a clearance did immediately understand how seriously you took security violations ---- when done by members of the Obama/Clinton crime syndicate not seriously at all. And that is not an exaggeration. 03:12 Now check this out. This is the most revealing statement of everything Ive seen on the news this evening regarding the Comey firing: [insert] 03:41 How did this all come about? Why didnt Trump fire Comey immediately upon taking office on Jan. 20th? Two primary reasons: 1. Attorney General Jeff Sessions Comeys ultimate boss, could not fire him because he had to recuse himself from the lame accusations of Trump officials conniving with Russia to bring about Clintons defeat. Besides, Comeys direct supervisor was the Deputy Attorney Generals job and Rob Rosenstein was not confirmed by the Senate by an overwhelming margin, then sworn in until April 25th. And 2, Trump needed to get Comey to admit that Trump, himself was not the target of his so-called investigation otherwise the Dems would paint this as a Watergate-style firing by Trump to prevent Sheriff Comey from hunting him down. Oops, the Dems are going to do that anyway. Why? Because they have no other cards to play in this lame game. [insert] Joe Digenova would be my #1 pick for the new head of the FBI, though he is involved in so many critical cases involving maintaining the freedoms we all enjoy as Americans, he would not even consider it. My second pick would be the former Attorney General from 2007 to 2009, Michael Mukasey. I...


Russian investigators start fresh criminal cases against Ukraine military over Donbass shelling "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Russian Investigative Committee has launched criminal cases against Ukrainian servicemen and officials responsible for indiscriminate use of artillery in the self-proclaimed Donetsk Republic that resulted in civilian casualties. A spokesperson for Russia's Investigative Committee (the federal agency dealing with especially important and resonance crimes) told reporters on Friday that the criminal case had been started into the artillery raids that took place in the villages of Yakovlevka, Yasinovataya and Dokuchayevsk, as well as in the Petrovsk district of the city of Donetsk between May 1 and May 5, 2017. "As a result of this shelling, one civilian was killed and four more, including a pregnant woman, were wounded. Criminal cases were started into the use of banned methods of warfare," Svetlana Petrenko said in comments with Rossiiskaya Gazeta.


Energy Transfer Partners Spills TWO MILLION Gallons Of Drilling Material In Ohio "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Source: Indian Country Media Network

Ohio EPA workers wade through mud infused with drilling materials after a two-million-gallon spill into wetlands from work for an Energy Transfer Partners fracking pipeline. The federal government has told the company to stop new horizontal drilling in eight spots throughout the state.

Ohioans are experiencing a little taste of Standing Rock, right at home. Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), the Texas company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) project in North Dakota, has spilled about two million of gallons of drilling materials in two separate accidents into two of Ohios few remaining wetlands in a rush to complete its Rover natural gas pipeline.

The accidents occurred on April 13 and 14 as workers employed the same drilling technique used to bore beneath the Missouri River to place pipeline for the DAPL. According to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, the spill covered about 500,000 square feet and was caused by pressure during drilling. Incidents such as these are what fuel pipeline resistance, as environmentalists and tribal members pointed out.

Energy Transfer Partners has dumped millions of gallons of a milkshake-like substance into pristine wetlands, said Jenn Miller, director of the Sierra Club of Ohio. This will have massive impacts on the plant, fish and amphibian species there.

One-third of Ohios endangered species rely on wetlands for habitat and survival, Miller said....


US and China reach trade deal on beef, poultry, and gas "IndyWatch Feed World"

Relations between the world's two largest economies have hit "a new high," said US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross when unveiling a 10-point trade agreement between Washington and Beijing. Under the agreement, China will allow the importation of US beef for the first time since 2003. In return, the United States will welcome Chinese exports of cooked poultry by July. They also agreed to begin exporting US liquefied natural gas to China.


Smartphones that charge in five minutes 'could arrive in 2018' "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Smartphones with batteries that fully charge in five minutes could be available to consumers next year.
The technology was first shown off in 2015, when Israeli start-up StoreDot demonstrated its FlashBattery at the CES tech show in Las Vegas.
Chief executive Doron Myersdorf told the BBC it is now expected to enter production in early 2018.
However, Ben Wood, a technology analyst at CCS Insight, said he had doubts about the claims.
Mr Myersdorf said he could not reveal which manufacturers were signed up to use the technology.
In 2015, he told the BBC his firm's battery contained materials that allowed for "non-traditional" reactions and the unusually fast transfer of ions from an anode to a cathode - the electrical process that charges a battery.
The design involves nanomaterials, which feature extremely small structures, and - unnamed - organic compounds.
Some versions of the battery were thicker than most smartphone batteries at the time, but now Mr Myersdorf has claimed it is ready for the market.
"We will charge a smartphone in five minutes," he said.
He added that the technology was in pilot production at two Asian battery makers and that "mass production" was expected to commence in the first quarter of 2018.
'Remain sceptical'
Mr Wood, while remaining to be convinced whether the rollout would happen as quickly as claimed, did admit that if the battery worked as planned, then it could be a major moment in the industry.
"Taking risks with battery technology can bite you," he told the BBC. "I would say that experience has taught me to always remain sceptical. Let's see if it happens would be my view."
He pointed out, for example, that any design that generates large amounts of heat can impact the performance of the battery.
However, he added that anyone who did manage to crack the "battery problem" could have a transformational effect on consumer electronics.
Other manufacturers are also working on quick-charging battery tech.
In November, Samsung announced its Quick Charge 4 system, for example, that offers five hours of battery life following a five-minute charge.

StoreDot also unveiled an electric car battery that charges in five minutes at a tech show in Berlin this week.
The firm said the battery provides 300 miles of range.
A demonstration of the technology was given at the Cube Tech Fair - though the short presentation ended before the battery h...


Trump Fires Comey, DNC Stopped FBI Russia Investigation, US Drought Over "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Trump Fires Comey, DNC Stopped FBI Russia Investigation, US Drought Over by Greg Hunter USA Watchdog ust like on Trumps hit TV show, the words youre fired hit FBI Director James Comey like a ton of bricks. President Donald...

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US is wary of Russian position on Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

Russias statements on the creation of de-escalation zones in Syria run counter to the real intentions of...

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WikiLeaks #Vault7: 'CIA malware plants Gremlins' on Microsoft machines "IndyWatch Feed World"

WikiLeaks has released the latest installment in the #Vault7 series, detailing two apparent CIA malware frameworks dubbed 'AfterMidnight' and 'Assassin' which it says target the Microsoft Windows platform. The latest release consists of five documents detailing the two frameworks. 'AfterMidnight' allows operators to load and execute malware on a target machine, according to a statement from WikiLeaks. The malware, disguised as a self-persisting dynamic-link library (DLL), unique to Microsoft, executes 'Gremlins' - small payloads which run hidden on the machine subverting the functionality of software as well as surveying the target and exfiltration of data. A payload named 'AlphaGremlin' allows operators to schedule customs tasks to be executed on the machine.


HasBeen FBI Director Comeys Dangerous Definition of Valid Journalism "IndyWatch Feed War"

FBIs Comey dangerous definition of valid journalism





The First Amendment, the freedom of speech one, does not mention journalists. When it says freedom of the press it means the physical printing press. Yes, that does include newspapers, but it also includes anybody else publishing things, such as the famous agitprop pamphlets published by James Otis, John Dickinson, and Thomas Paine. There was no journalistic value to Thomas Paines Common Sense. The pamphlet argued for abolishing the monarchy and for American independence.

Today in testimony before congress, FBI directory James Comey came out in support of journalism, pointing out that they would not prosecute journalists doing their jobs. But he then modified his statement, describing valid journalists as those who in possession of leaks would first check with the government, to avoid publishing anything that would damage national security. Its a power the government has abused in the past to delay or censor leaks. Its specifically why Edward Snowden contacted Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras he wanted journalists who would not kowtow the government on publishing the leaks.

Comeys testimony today was in regards to prosecuting Assange...


Politics recovered: "We are closer to rather than further away from a democratic revolution" "IndyWatch Feed"

Giorgio Jackson talks about oxymorons and feedback, revolutions and democracies, axes old and new, and about conquering power to let go of it. Espaol Portugus

Giorgio Jackson is a magnetic, electric person. Everybody agrees on that.

When we finished the interview, his energy kept on hovering over the unusual set that we set up at the IMPA Cultural Center in Buenos Aires.

He talks about oxymorons and feedback, revolutions and democracies, axes old and new. He talks about a fascinating determination to "take power and to let go of it".

Today, here in the South, the weather is terribly hot: listening to Giorgio can possibly bring us some fresh air.

Below, the full interview:


Politics Recovered is a series of interviews to 11 leading members of the Network of Political Innovation in Latin America. Taking advantage of the fact that they were meeting in Buenos Aires, Agustn Frizzera asked them what their vision of the new ways of doing politics is, and how do they approach the building of citizens rights and the inclusive use of technology.

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World watch "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Friday GMT Theres a lot of things happening of interest around the world, from the Brexit split between the United Kingdom and the European Union to Donald Trumps young presidency in the United States, from the civil war in Syria and the associated surrounding Middle East mess, to growing tensions around North Korea and China.


When you feel all alone in your cynicism and despair, theres always McSweeneys "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Winners and Losers of the Recent Nuclear Holocaust perfectly captures exactly how I feel about our political pundits every time I catch a glimpse of mass media. When the Revolution comes, everyone involved with CNN must be first against the wall.


Parliament Speaker announces Lawmakers to be equally taxed as ordinary Greeks "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Speaker of Greek Parliament, Nikos Voutsis, announced the unprecedented: That Greek lawmakers will be equally taxed as the ordinary Greek citizens. Speaking to private television Kontra TV, Voutsis said on Thursday that he will introduce an amendment according to which MPs will no longer enjoy taxation benefits. There will be full equalization in the tax

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Fallon fallacy: Saudi Arabia is just 'defending itself' when it bombs Yemen "IndyWatch Feed World"

UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon has claimed Saudi Arabia is just defending itself by bombing famine-threatened Yemen, arguing the Gulf state is entitled to ask its allies for help. Fallon had been asked if the Conservatives would consider suspending arms sales to the Saudis, given the serious concerns raised by international observers about the war in Yemen. UK military personnel have been providing Saudi forces with airstrike and artillery training and Britain has sold billions of pounds' worth of arms to the Gulf theocracy.


Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

History of Gold How the gold industry has changed over 50 years

Thomson Reuters GFMS have compiled an interesting high level history of the gold industry in the last fifty years.

Topics covered and interesting historical facts to note include:

Gold market size
 Gold mine production peaked in 2015
South African production collapse from 1,000 tonnes

 South African gold was flown to London and Zurich and an airliner had its own designated landing areas at Heathrow where gold moved directly from the place to secure vaults
It may still do that is shrouded in secrecy!

Political concerns in France in 1968 saw massive demand

Strong demand in Japan in late 1980s when insurance companies were investing up to 3% of portfolios in gold
Record demand in the wake of the financial crisis

Investment in gold Coin and bar demand rising globally
Massive uptake of bullion in the Far East, especially China
History of gold shows golds continuing importance as safe haven asset

Demand for physical gold investment. Source: GFMS Gold Survey

GFMS Gold Survey is recognized as an important source of information on developments in the gold market and have celebrated the Gold Surveys 50th anniversary, by conducting a high-level look at the history of the gold market in the past half century.

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May 13 in history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

1373  Julian of Norwich had visions which were later transcribed in her Revelations.

1497 Pope Alexander VI excommunicated Girolamo Savonarola.

1515 Mary Tudor, Queen of France and Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk were officially married at Greenwich.

1568 Battle of Langside: the forces of Mary, Queen of Scots, were defeated by a confederacy of Scottish Protestants under James Stewart, Earl of Moray, her half-brother.

1619 Dutch statesman Johan van Oldenbarnevelt was executed in The Hague after being convicted of treason.

1648  Construction of the Red Fort at Delhi was completed.

1730  Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, was born (d. 1782).

1779 War of Bavarian Succession: Russian and French mediators at theCongress of Teschen negotiated an end to the war.

1780  Cumberland Compact signed by leaders of the settlers in early Tennessee.

1787 Captain Arthur Phillip left Portsmouth with eleven ships full of convicts (First Fleet) to establish a penal colony in Australia.

1804 Forces sent by Yusuf Karamanli of Tripoli to retake Derne from the Americans attacked the city.

1830 Ecuador gained its independence from Gran Colombia.



Robert Steele: Donald Trumps New Website "IndyWatch Feed War"

Robert David Steele

Trump crashes news gatekeepers to reach Americans

Campaign uses new tool to reveal facts mainstream media are hiding

The site will present facts the mainstream media is hiding about policy positions and actions by President Trump; compelling, never-before-seen photos from recent campaign rallies and events featuring President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence; news announcements from Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.; and other materials that you wont find anywhere else in the media. Michael Glassner, executive director of the campaign, said Trump believes in speaking directly with the American people.

Donald Trumps New Website

ROBERT STEELE: This is the right idea poorly executed. If the President desired to improve his access to the public he needs at least three big enhancements of this web site:

01 Outreach to every demographic especially people of color, Latinos, small parties, Indepe...


Ashwagandha Improves Memory and Cognitive Function "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Ashwagandha Improves Memory and Cognitive Function

By Mae Chan

Ashwagandha is an herb from India used for centuries as a body tonic for general health of the body and mind. Adults supplemented with ashwagandha root extract had improved memory test scores, researchers in India found.

Ashwagandha has been used as an herbal remedy for hundreds of years to help the body deal with stress. It has also been used traditionally for pain relief and to treat skin diseases, diabetes, gastrointestinal disease, rheumatoid arthritis, epilepsy and many other conditions naturally.

Ashwagandha also known commonly as Indian ginseng, poison gooseberry, or winter cherry is a plant that flourishes in India and North America. The roots of the ashwagandha plant have been employed for millennia by Ayurvedic healers. Ashwagandha has many beneficial elements, including flavonoids and members of the withanolide class. Numerous modern studies have found that ashwagandha shows great promise for being effective in reducing inflammation, decreasing stress, increasing mental activity, invigorating the body, and as an antioxidant. It is even known to relieve arthritis better than medication.

Some lesser known benefits were been published in the Journal of The International Society of Sports Nutrition including improvements in muscle strength, size, and recovery.

Dietary supplements that address cognitive function are increasingly in the limelight thanks to a growing aging population, as well as the gaming, tech, and fitness culture thats making nootropics in vogue.

Ashwagandha root has been a part of the medicinal traditions of Ayurveda as a memory aid, wrote researchers of a new study published in the Journal of Dietary Supplements. In this current study, the researchers conducted what they claimed to be the first trial that looked at the clinical impact of ashwagandha on the cognitive deficits seen in mild cognitive impairment.



May 12: Daily Contrarian Reads "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

My daily contrarian reads for Friday, May 12th, 2017.

'Keeping America safe in cyberspace'? Trump signs cybersecurity executive order "IndyWatch Feed World"

President Donald Trump has signed a long-awaited executive order designed to strengthen the cybersecurity of critical infrastructure and the federal government's computer networks. It is the White House's first action at defending the US against hackers. "The trend is going in the wrong direction in cyberspace, and it's time to stop that trend and reverse it on behalf of the American people," White House Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert said at the daily White House press briefing, announcing that the president had already signed the executive order. There are three main thrusts of the order: strengthening the cybersecurity of federal networks, of critical infrastructure and for the country overall. It contains the word "cyber" 39 times.


The Daily Bird #350. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Black-capped Chickadee, click for full size.

C. Ford.

Utterly fearless cats "IndyWatch Feed"

I had no idea cats are this fearless. Watch as 29 fearless cats take on deadly snakes and creatures many times bigger, including alligators, bobcats, and bears. Several times while watching the video, I found myself saying to the cats, Continue reading


Why Africa Should Go Cashless "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Indias pursuit of a cashless economy, despite early missteps and frustrations, will turn out to be a positive step for the countrys 1.31 billion people. Africa should make a similar move one that begins with the establishment of a monetary union.


Use Wrapped Ginger To Remove Mucus From Your Lungs In One Night And Cure Bad Cough "IndyWatch Feed World"

Sneezing and coughing can be extremely aggravating if you just can't seem to get them to go away. It can ruin plans, and even whole days or even weeks. Being miserable with a cough is understandable so here's how to get rid of it naturally. Trying to sleep with a bad cough doesn't usually go so well. Small children especially can be influneced by a cough, since they have weaker immune systems.


The American Left Is Talking Itself Into Violence "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Something is wrong with the American Left. The recent spate of violent protests on college campuses has been well-documented, but the violence and intolerance championed by left-wing student activists is beginning to creep off campus and into mainstream public life.

The reason for this is straightforward enough: although progressives pride themselves on their putative tolerance and diversity, the imperatives of leftist politics are fundamentally illiberal. Justice imposed through power is the philosophical foundation of the political left, and when earnest progressives become convinced the only avenue to power is violence, their tolerance quickly falls by the wayside. Consider a few recent events, none of which involved college protesters but all of which were marked by threats of violence.

Ahead of a town hall meeting this week in Virginias fifth congressional district, Republican Rep. Tom Garrett received a series of disturbing threatsnot just against him but also his wife and family, even his dog. One message said bluntly, This is how were going to kill your wife.

As a result, the town hall event was heavily guarded, with uniformed and plain-clothes security lining the walls and scattered throughout the 300-seat room.

Earlier this month, Jennifer Carnahan, the new chairwoman of the Minnesota Republican Party, received a torrent of racist hate mail and at least one threat of physical violence that forced her from her home for a weekend. Carnahan, who is Korean-American, was targeted after publically apologizing and calling for the resignation of those responsible for an offensive image posted to the 7th Congressional District Republicans Facebook page.

It didnt matter that Carnahan didnt post the image, or that she did everything right. The folks sending the hate mail called her racist, and threw a few racial epithets directly at her for good measure.

Last month, left-wing activists in Oregon caused the cancellation of the 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade by threatening to drag fascists off the parade routeand by fascists, they meant the Republican Party of Multanomah County. In an email, the activists warned, we will have two hundred or more people rush into the parade into the middle and drag and push those people out as we will not give one inch to groups who espouse hatred toward lgbt, immigrants, people of color or others.

Leftist Intolerance Invites A Breakdown Of Civility

For a long time, the mainstream media has treated conservatives as intolerant, even bigoted, for their views on gay marriage, abortion, and a host of other hot-button cultural issues. But n...


FIFA delays vote on Israeli settlement football for fifth year "IndyWatch Feed War"


Vote delayed again after FIFA's council, chaired by Gianni Infantino, dubbed a decision on settlement clubs as 'premature'


Vox Voxplains Radical Islam As No Threat To Americans Or The West "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Will Wilkinson at Vox wants to warn us about the strange men influencing President Trumps White House and pushing for the Muslim ban. But instead of settling for a reasonable critique of their beliefsand there is certainly much to criticizehe opts for a full-throated insistence that there are no reasonable arguments to be made that radical Islam poses any threat to the United States or Western civilization.

Wilkinson begins by attacking the idea that theres going to be an all-out war with Islam. Here, he focuses on Steve Bannon, the former Breitbart executive and Trumps advisor, who has said, Were in a world war against a messianic mass movement of evil people, most of them inspired by a totalitarian ideology: Radical Islam. I wont defend Bannons views, because I dont agree with many, but I will point out the confused assertions Wilkinson makes, showing his limited knowledge not only of Islam but of international affairs.

Wilkinson compares the military budgets and economic strengths of the United States and its NATO allies with those of the nine top-spending Muslim-majority countries, pointing out that the West has the obvious advantage. Hes right that radical Islam cant really pose a threat to the United States or its NATO allies in military capacity to conduct traditional warfare. Then again, no one is really arguing that point.

Wilkinson goes on to dismiss Iran as a threat by simply saying it spends less on its military than Canada. Never mind the danger Iran poses throughout the Middle East, most specifically to our ally Israel, and the questionable status of its nuclear program. He also argues that Pakistan, the only Muslim nuclear power, is of no concern because were allies.

Yes, Lots of Muslims Support Hostile and Radical Policies

Finally, he acknowledges that this is an exceedingly silly exercise. It shows only that even if the entire Muslim world were hostile to the United States, and unified in that hostility, it would not pose much of a threat. But how many radical anti-US Muslims are there? Not many. Again, the vast majority of the worlds 1.7 billion Muslims live in countries with which the US is friendly.

Hes right that its a silly exercise. One of the reasons its silly is because he conflates the official position of a Muslim countrys government toward the United States with the number of radical anti-US Muslims in that country. Wilkinson apparently thinks that because Pakistan is officially a U.S. ally, its population must not adhere to a fundamentally anti-liberal interpretation of Islam, and the number of Pakistanis who do have those beliefs must be inconsequential.

In fact,...


Lets Realize As Moms That Work-Life Balance Just Doesnt Exist "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

White House advisor Ivanka Trumpmother of three young children and author of the just-released book Women Who Workrecently told an audience of small business owners that she has thrown balance out the window I dont even strive for it anymore because I dont like to intentionally set myself up for failure.  Balance implies a scale, she explained, and with children the levers are outside your control.

Another pre-Mothers Day criticism of the work-life balancing meme comes from Sima Sistani, founder and CEO of Houseparty, a popular chatroom-style app. The mom of two toddlers recently declared to NBC News that the idea of balance is antiquated, and wrote an article subtitled Why Balance is Bullshit.

Nevertheless, people continue to concoct balance schemes. Lots of tweaking has happened over the past few years, perhaps most notably via Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandbergs book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead and superwoman Anne-Marie Slaughters book Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family. While Sandbergs book focuses on raising womens ambitions, Slaughters magic key is to get men to invest more in the caregiving and household side of the balance ledger.

Is Balance Code For Inner ConflictOr Guilt?

So long as women are conflicted about career ambitions versus family life, we wont stop adding steps to this Rube Goldberg Contraption of balance. As with flying cars, its possible well get there. But will it be what its cracked up to be?

I well remember my own attempts to achieve this balance. I think I experienced the heyday of glass ceiling consciousness at the CIA, where I worked as an analyst prior to the birth of my first child.  There was much ado about the lack of women in management positions, and I had open paths and the resources to pursue them.

But postpartum, I simply could not abide the idea of throwing myself back into work full time. During maternity leave, I explored the possibility of coming back part time, to ease myself back into the job. Though my office director insisted I work full time, the CIA was a humongous bureaucracy with many options for internal job searches. I was later able to settle into a new office part-time with some co-workers I already knew. I didnt even have to sweat child care.  Another mom, a neighbor who lived two doors from me, fortuitously ran family child care out of her homesix kids total. (And one of my very best friends to this day was another neighbor mother who often helped there. She is godmother to one of my other children.)

What The H-ll Am I Doing Here?

But bal...


The US joins the Turkey-PKK fight in northern Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

Unless the US uses its leverage with the YPG, the group's successes in northern Syria could well be reversed


Couples Are Turning Their Unwanted Embryos Into Jewelry "IndyWatch Feed National"

Couples are turning extra IVF embryos into jewellery. The headline reads like a reporters line in a dystopian novel, but its not. Its not from some gallows humor parody site either. Its a real headline from an online parenting site. And the author isnt warning us of the fast-approaching implosion of morality: not a whiff of the sinister can be detected anywhere in this postnot a line of cynicism, skepticism, or even concern.

Now Ms Stafford has all of her babies with her every dayincluding seven embryos in her heart-shaped pendant worn close to her heart, always, writes the author. Shes breathtakingly unaware of the grotesqueness of her story.

Donation wasnt an option, the annual storage fee was an added financial strain, and disposing of them unimaginable, she writes. So when the NSW couple heard about Baby Bee Hummingbirds, an Australian company turning embryos into keepsake jewelley [sic], they jumped at the chance.

This Article Celebrates the Destruction Of Life

A difficult decision has been solved, reads the subhead. This article is a celebration, praising an innovative Australian company that has found a solution for what to do with unused embryos from IVF cycles.

I wanted to keep having more babies but the emotional toll, plus financially it was too much, Belinda explains. Donating our embryos wasnt an option for us and I couldnt justify the yearly storage fee. Id heard others had planted them in the garden but we move a lot, so I couldnt do this. I needed them with me.

Belinda and her husband went through 14 IVF cycles, resulting in three children (that made it to birth). But apparently the possibility of offering their embryonic babies up for adoption was simply written off. Perhaps the idea of letting someone else raise her extras, completely divorced from their biological parents, didnt set right with her. Ritually planting them wasnt quite the right emotive expression either.

This Company Profits from Death

Enter Baby Bee Hummingbirds to turn Shaun and Belindas unwanted (but not that unwanted) children into keepsakes.

I [sic] finally at peace and my journey complete, Belinda says. My embryos were my babies frozen in time. When we completed our family, it wasnt in my heart to destroy them.

But she did destroy them. And then she bought them back in another form. The commodification of children is complete, thanks to the deep pockets and weighty sentiments of couples wh...


EU demands talks with US over possible airline laptop ban "IndyWatch Feed War"


GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File | In March, Washington banned passengers on direct flights to the United States from 10 airports in eight countries from carrying on board laptop computers, tablets and other electronic devices larger than cellphones


The EU is seeking urgent talks with Washington over a possible US ban on carry-on computers on European flights to the United States, an EU source said Friday.

The European Union has not yet received a response from Washington to its request, the source said.

The US Department of Homeland Security said on Tuesday it was close to a decision on extending to Europe an existing ban imposed on eight countries, as the busy summer transatlantic travel season looms.

Airlines flying to the United States from European airports that would be involved in implementing the policy have been given a warning that it is under consideration, the department said.

A spokesman for the European Commission said that the United States and the European Union have a long-standing and fruitful cooperation on security and the commission had approached the US to continue to pursue that cooperation.

In March, Washington banned passengers on direct flights to the United States from 10 airports in eight countries from carrying on board laptop computers, tablets and other electronic devices larger than cellphones.

The affected airports are in Turkey, North Africa and the Middle East.

Britain followed with a similar ban applying to incoming flights from six Middle East and North African countries.

The move, which forces passengers to put their devices into checked baggage, came as counter-terror officials developed concerns that jihadist groups were devising bombs disguised as batteries in consumer electronics.

A bomb that blew a hole in the fuselage of a Somalian airline in February 2016, killing one person, is believed to have been built into a laptop computer carried into the passenger cabin.


The Forgotten Tale Of How The FBI Stopped A Bloody, Racist Conspiracy "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In the true crime masterpiece Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann overtakes fiction once and for all: Truth is just that much stranger. The revelations here come from a once well-known case, one of the FBIs very firstthe murders of many wealthy Osage Indians by covetous white settlers, some of whom had married their oil-rich Osage victims.

Grann, who previously authored the bestselling Lost City of Z, has taken a cruel tragedy, and paced the telling of it like a thriller-mystery. He extracts the truth not just from unpublished case files but the living legacy of the Osage tribe, his ultimate source for reopening countless more cold cases. Those whose family lines werent extinguished altogether in whats now known as the reign of terror lost at least one relative.

Men and women of the tribe know more from their parents and grandparents than the groundbreaking agents of the early Federal Bureau of Investigation ever managed to uncoverand they cracked the case. What the bureau pinned on one mastermind, drifter turned de facto mayor William Hale, aka The King of the Osage Hills, and his handful of lackeys, was really a racist killing spree.

Forgotten FBI History

After the cases lead FBI investigator, the stalwart and upstanding former Texas Ranger Tom White, has convicted Hale and his nephewsthereby sealing his slot in history as the lawman who broke the Old West, as none of J. Edgar Hoovers new crop of college-educated desk-trained agents ever couldthe story takes a turn.

Beneath what history has told us about the FBIs mostly forgotten first big case, there lay an altogether untapped well evil: For a moment, before he receded from history, too, White was eulogized as a good man who had solved the murders of the Osage, Grann writes, mounting toward a present-day denouement. Years later, the bureau would release several of its files on the Osage investigation in order to preserve the case in the nations memory. But there was something essential that wasnt included in these and other historical records, something that White himself had missed. There was another layer to the casea deeper, darker, even more terrifying conspiracy, which the bureau had never exposed.

Every frontier hero, frontier villain, every Osage victim, every vile conspirator who got off scot free was not a character in a vivid drama but a living witness enmeshed in one. Each had his motive to murder or a weakness (love, drink, mispla...


Why Purdue University Just Bought An Online Diploma Outfit "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Mitch Daniels, the president of Purdue University, shocked the world of higher education on April 27 by announcing the public institution has agreed to purchase Kaplan University. Kaplan is a for-profit school that primarily caters to working adults seeking professional degrees online.

It is really more of an invited corporate takeover than a purchase, with only $1 paid to acquire the assets. In return, Graham Holdings, the current owner of Kaplan, will get a long-term contract to provide marketing, student and faculty support, and technology services for a share of the revenue.

On the surface, the schools could not seem more different. Purdue is an elite public Reseach-1 institution whose faculty received more than $400 million last year in external grant funds. Most undergraduates enroll straight out of high school, and the graduate students are among the top in the world. Best known for its engineering and technology programs, notable alumni include Gus Grissom, Neil Armstrong, and Brian Lamb.

Kaplan, Inc is an outgrowth of the test-prep cram schools founded by Stanley Kaplan in 1938. In 2000 they began acquiring the institutions that merged into Kaplan University, which serves most of its 32,000 students online, offering degrees in professional studies geared towards working adults. Most of these students are working through the program to advance in their career, take advantage of military benefits, or make a career change.

The plan is that this new public university will join the Purdue system, operating as a separate self-sustaining unit with no state funds. While the deal still needs to be approved by the state of Indiana, the U.S. Department of Education, and university accreditors, that it was announced this way shows the Purdue Board of Trustees confidence they will be given the green light. Still, it is an audacious plan and the risk-to-reward ratio is very high.

Different Schools for Different Fools

So why would Purdue want to acquire a school with a student body and faculty that is so different from their flagship? Well, the cynical response is to say that its all about the money. As more jobs require employees to have higher education degrees, there is an increased market f...


Judge Jeanine - Symbolic Arrests for Rioters "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Google Redefines Fascism, 1614 Im still reporting on the invasion. Judge Jeanine Pirro talks to conservative columnist, Mark Stein. Stein explains how the Berkeley police are now making symbolic arrests to fulfill the legal requirement, but they are not arrests in the real sense. In other words, Berkeley police are actually facilitating and encouraging the violent protests seen since President Trumps inauguration. Im still reporting from Washington. Good day. Support Our Sponsors - Noble Gold & Silver - Life Change Tea - Rid Your Body From Toxins! FlyGrip - Visit our website at 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 todays United States political climate. Please Like, Comment & Share. Good evening, Im still reporting on Google Redefines Fascism, 1614 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: Consider becoming a cherished sponsor:

Germany's Aims in World War I "IndyWatch Feed"

When my eldest son was about eight he asked me, "Dad, what was World War I about?" I was stumped; how to explain such a convoluted story to a child? I finally settled on, "It was about who was going to be boss in Europe."

Support for that view comes from this little item in the Times, originally published by the International Herald Tribune on May 12, 1917:
LONDON Despatches from Amsterdam quote the Rheinisch-Westflische Zeitung (Krupps organ) which reproduces from Wirklichkeit, Count Bothmers new periodical, an article on Germanys war aims.

The writer (a Privy Councillor), who allows it to be understood that these aims are also those of persons occupying positions of authority, says that no cession of territory will be demanded from France except a small strip of land near Metz, which is unconditionally required by the military authorities.

As to Belgium, the writer says We should receive as guarantees all the railway communications, posts and telegraphs and telephones, which must come under German management. The Belgian coast must be strongly fortified, and Belgium, moreover, must enter into an economic and Customs union with Germany. We ought to dispense with war indemnities, as I am of opinion that England will never be prepared to pay an indemnity, and that France, Russia and the others Japan of course excepted will not be able to pay anything.

Courland and Lithunia will be annexed from Russia. As regards Poland, it is possible that we should negotiate with Russia. In the Balkans, Bulgaria must obtain the whole of the Dobruja and Serbian Montenegro, and parts of Serbia around Nish, so that she would gain access to Hungary. From the remainder of Serbia and Montenegro one State would be formed, possibly under the rule of Prince Mirko (the King of Montenegros second sonwho went over to the enemy).

To Russia the passage through the Dardanelles, even for warships, would be conceded, and by this means we should achieve a rapprochement between Russia and Germany.

Of our colonies we can demand back the Cameroons, Togoland and East Africa. It appears doubtful whether we could get back West Africa, as the Boers make claims to this region. To these portions of Africa must be added parts of the Congo State, which Belgium must cede as compensation for the money we have expended on Belgium....


Tizzy Over Whitneys Lynching Portrait Reveals Lefts Descent Into Feelings-Driven Politics "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Lee v. Tam, a case about cultural self-appropriation. The Trademark Office had denied registration of a service mark to a rock band that call themselves The Slants. The denial was based on a statute that authorizes the government to reject marks that may disparage persons, institutions, beliefs, or national symbols.

Although many of us dont care about trademarks or associate them with the First Amendment, the case encapsulates a broader conflict erupting a lot lately. It is that between our expressive freedoms and those claiming to use censorship to redress inequities of the past. Significantly, Tam grapples with this in its own way, providing a judicial perspective to that monopolized by progressives.

Focusing on and comparing it to a recent controversy over cultural insensitivity at the Whitney Museum in New York betrays the Lefts basic incapacity to process conflict. It shows this ineptitude stems not only from the Lefts disregard for, but also its confusion over, the rule of law.

What Business Does Congress Have Picking Out This One?

Respondent Simon Shiao Tam, the leader of The Slants, whose members are Asian-American, has claimed a First Amendment right to brand his group with this pejorative slang term, historically used as an affront to Asian-Americans. Wearing the term proudly, the band says, neutralizes the authority and power of the name-callers.

True, sections of the Asian community might misunderstand and take offense. But, Tam argues, this should not abridge his and his bands freedom to adopt what amounts to unpopular speech. Whether the applicant were Asian-American or not, he maintains, the statute should be deemed unconstitutional.

The government counters that the statutory purpose of trademarks is to identify manufacturers. When trademarks rile people unnecessarily, they distract from this purpose. Therefore, in this instance, Congress can determine that the harm objectionable marks cause is the wrong kind of distraction, and override the First Amendment.

Here, Justice Stephen Breyer chimes in. He points out that trademarks dont just identify manufacturers, they advertise. Nowadays, they conjure images and create buzz and cause all manner of distraction. [W]hat business does Congress have picking out this one, but letting all the other distractions exist?

To step back: The viewpoint-neutral requirement for burdening speech that First Amendment jurisprudence imposes on government prohibits favoritism. Breyer is basically asking why judges and bureaucrats should get to reject The Slants mark because, to their (inevitably fallible) taste, the name might run afoul of the trademark disparagement statute, while to someone attuned to the subversions of...


Is Brunch The Best, Or Is It The Worst? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In recent months, brunch has become a lightning rod topic. In Trumps America, its pushed liberals to wonder if protesting the sitting president should replace the weekend ritual, or even led others to wonder why the meal still exists. In the words that follow, Inez Stepman champions the virtue of the Sunday Funday meal, while Bre Payton derides it.

Brunch Is A Great American Tradition

Inez: Originally started as a family get-together after Sunday morning church, brunch has morphed into a ritual to be enjoyed by 20- and 30-somethings with friends or family, whether post-worship or post-late morning snooze. My introduction to brunch came during my tender middle-school years, when my father would take me to get A+ chocolate chip pancakes across from the local bookshop on Sundays. Now that Im legally allowed to partake, brunch has just gotten that much better with the addition of $15 bottomless mimosas.

Brunch is typically derided as basic or SWPL, but thats because bitter, angry people are jealous of how much fun a group of friends can have eating eggs Benny and pancakes and drinking champagne at noon on Sunday. Sure, you could make the same exact meal at home, but thats missing the point of the gloriousness that is brunch, which is all about company, enjoying summer weather on picturesque patios, and taking a last gasp of fresh air before diving into the work week.

More practically, champagne mixed with your chosen delicious fruit juice is the perfect Sunday beverage. Light and refreshing, the bubbles go directly to your head but hospitably refuse to stay there, which allows brunchers to recover from their noontime indulgence going into the evening and certainly well before Monday morning. Sure, youre unlikely to get your shopping list done and more liable to take a nap, but what Sunday afternoon task is so crucial that it cant be completed on Monday evening?

Although it might seem contradictory, brunch fare is egalitarian as well as self-indulgent, as there is only so expensive a restaurant can make eggs, salad, and toast before people call them out on it. Some may deride the basicness of the brunch menu, but its the perfect time to splurge at a higher-end restaurant. Like the vibe of your local swanky joint? Brunch will lighten your wallet considerably less than dinner in the same establishment. Looking for a more chill atmosphere? The quintessential American diner serves as a trustworthy brunch choice for many small-town Americans.

For many young adults, brunch is a family tradition that has changed as they grew up and moved away; it has transformed from something done on daddys dime to a symbol of independence. For those millennials who have managed to make it out of the family basement, brunch is a financially-manageabl...


To Deliver Real Senate Rule Changes, Repeal The 17th Amendment "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Last week President Trump tweeted that Senate rules for budget bills should be changed. Theres little chance that will happen. But why settle for little changes when we need big-league change? We need to stop playing the game as it has always been played. If were to get this country back on track, we need to change the rules of the game.

Much of the frustration with Washington DC has been building for decades, and for good reason. People feel cut out and abandoned by their government. Government plays an even larger role in their lives and takes even more money out of their pockets, but they arent seeing many benefits. They feel theyve been cut out by their party and its elites, whom they fund.

Were staring $20,000,000,000,000 in debt, and its not slowing down. Its exploding. Government is not shrinking. Its expanding and will keep expanding as more baby boomers retire and start receiving Social Security checks. More and more of lifes decisions are being taken out of the hands of individuals and given to bureaucrats. Those who believe governments size and scope should be limited are losing. And this is all happening in the supposed heyday of the modern conservative movement and the ascendancy of the Republican Party.

Were Not Winning Because the Game Is Rigged

Let me remind people: Republicans control the White House, the House, the Senate, 33 governors mansions, and 70 of the 99 state legislative chambers. There have been billions invested in the conservative movement over the last few decades. People try to tell me the conservative movement is winning because conservatives dominate talk radio and cable, or because it has never been better-funded. My response: we just look and sound better while getting our tails handed to us. Its like a basketball team with really nice jerseys and the biggest crowds getting beaten 100 to 43. The spectacle looks nice but the scoreboard is truly embarrassing.

Folks, we dont need to look better or sound better. We dont need another radio show or another beautiful think tank building with marble bathrooms. We need to start winning. The reason were not is because the game is rigged against us.

Thats right: were playing a game where house rules make winning almost impossible. We keep playing it, even though the odds are against us winning, and every time we lose, we shake our fists at the skies and go, Oh, rats. Foiled again. Thats okay, well win next time. Thats basically the thought of virtually everyone walking out of a casino, so youll be in good company.

Heres a thought: lets flip the table and change the rules. Rig them in favor of limited, responsible government. Because seriously, if we dont bring fundamental change to our government, and just keep exfoliating that elephant of debt, guess what? That elephant, sans a few ounces, is going to land right on our collective heads.

Why Repealing the Seventeenth Will Help



Lets Face It: Guardians Of The Galaxy Is Simply Movie Therapy "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Plot spoilers ahead.

Guardians of the Galaxy is the most fun Marvel can offer you. Some might say, with the innocence of adults, the fun is all about hot bodies, adorable critters, sarcastic humor, and explosions. But its really about therapy. This is a movie for kids. Manliness, danger, or taking risksall that is a soon-abandoned facade. Instead, you know for sure that the good guys will win at no cost to themselves or anyone who matters.

Unimportant beings, who look as human as anything, will be destroyed in clever ways, but their lives are worth nothing anyway. Theyre just there to be tortured by the deep, seething anger of the lovable audience. The audiencewell, were all perfectly nice people, we just enjoy cheap murderous revenge! Whats so bad about that? Were just having fun!

Theres more than a little thats strange in combining so much sentimentality about new heroes with such innocent cruelty. After all, no real harm will ever come to the protagonists we like to see. The danger always falters. Its only minor characters who face the ugliness we like to see in stories! The mindless motions that thrill us are only interrupted en route to a happy end by moral commentary that reduces to love, peace, and understanding. Why cannot we all just get along?

Marvel conceives of its audience as emotionally crippled and psychologically brittle in ways that require therapy. With their therapy, we, the audience, can become part of the worldwide democratic audience. We throws billions of dollars at Marvel spectacles every year. We cannot get enough of this stuff!

Sacrifice Doesnt Need to Actually Cost Anything

Maybe we need it. After all, the world can be shockingly insulting or indifferent. Whos to say any of us is worth anything? This is our safe space, even if were not honest enough to admit it. But we have to admit it, because this newest story is the most earnest thing Marvel has yet made, and therefore the most revealing.

Sarcasm is out the window. Characters turn from wisecracks to sharing their feelings in a heartbeat. These are supposed to be the tough guys with unspeakable pasts! Well, monstrous stuff can always be shrugged off, apparently.

These characters seem desperately eager to say whats in their hearts, waiting just for the right momentindeed, chasing after it through any number of plot holes, and then seizing the moment to make new friends and show that the world is all about mutual understanding. All is forgiven, all is forgotten. Sure, everybody hurts, but a magical friendship will make it all better.

Everyone shows sacrificial love in sacrificing their lives, but none of these protagonists ever die. None of the sacrifices are ever real. Its just that the characters apparently cannot live without this self-importance, and why shouldnt they: there is never any price to pay for anything! Are we just like them, or is Disney-Marvel wrong about us?...


Endless War in Afghanistan and Plan Colombia "IndyWatch Feed War"

Endless War in Afghanistan and Colombia




Two front-page stories in the Washington Post today tell a depressing story:

President Trumps most senior military and foreign policy advisers have proposed a major shift in strategy in Afghanistan that would effectively put the United States back on a war footing with the Talibanmore than 15 years after U.S. forces first arrived there.

Seventeen years and $10 billion after the U.S. government launched the counternarcotics and security package known as Pl...


Why OSHA Still Matters "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Why OSHA Still Matters For much of human history, work has been arduous and exceedingly dangerous. Heavy and sharp tools caused excessive injuries, and toxic environments led to lifelong health problems. Even as late as the 20th century, workers endured...

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5 Last-Minute Mothers Day Gifts "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Last-minute gift givers, we have your back this Mothers Day. In case its crept up on you, its Sunday, May 14.

Most of us have at least a few mothers in our lives, and its traditional to try to make this day special for them. Whether youre searching for that perfect something for your wife to let her know what a great mom she is or a gift for your own mother, grandmother, or mother-in-law, weve got a wide range of special things to make the day of any mom in your life, no matter your budget.

1. Send Her a Gift that Keeps On Giving

Remember how exciting magazine subscriptions used to be? The thrill of getting new things over a period of time, instead of a once and done, are what makes these gifts shine. You can send the mothers in your life weekly or monthly flowers, to keep her vase (and her heart!) full. Instead of traditional roses, try something fun like these fun Floral-Fetti ones.

Know a mom more into wine than flowers? Dont worry, weve got that covered, too. Check out this list of wine subscription services and youll find the perfect fit for all the mamas in your life. If picking wine isnt your strong suit, Winc has a really helpful quick questionnaire to help you select the perfect bottles. For a more general idea, consider a meal delivery service thatll drop off fresh ingredients and new recipes to try. My best experience with these was HelloFresh, so give them a look.

For an arrangement of blooms that offers something a little different from your garden-variety online retailer, check out BloomThat, Bouqs, UrbanStems, and Farmgirl...


With Heinekens Lagunitas Pickup, Big Beer Keeps Swilling Microbreweries "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The democratization of the beer industry over the last few decades has been great for beer drinkers everywhere. As home brewing became easier and microbreweries began cropping up all across the country, beer lovers have been able to get more and better beer.

There is a group of people not happy about this: the big beer companies. As theyve seen market share slip, they have begun turning their sights on some of the more successful microbreweries and buying them up.

The latest target of big beer is Lagunitas. One of the larger craft brewers in America, Lagunitas is one of my favorites. When I visited Northern California earlier this year with my wife, it was one of the breweries we visited. From IPAs to porters to some experimental beers, Lagunitas brews some tasty beverages. In 2015, Heineken bought a 50 percent stake in the California brewery, and earlier this month they gobbled up the other 50 percent, meaning Lagunitas has officially sold out to big beer.

The Mentality That Goes Into a Sellout

If you primarily want to make money, then you can understand the allure. Youve created a successful business, and someone wants to pay you handsomely to acquire that business. If that success is something you want, then why wouldnt you say yes when someone offers you some-odd million dollars for your product? Thats especially prevalent in a place like Northern California, where tech companies are bought and sold like candy.

But when you think about it, microbreweries grew out of a rejection of big beer. People began brewing different beer because they couldnt get it from Bud, Miller, Heineken, and the other major beer companies. Beer drinkers wanted freedom from the bland basics the big boys were offering.

That rebel spirit is still a major part of the microbrew community. You see it in the names, the marketing, the spirit of independent brewers. When that independent spirit gets sucked up by a big beer company, it hurts to watch.

Heineken isnt the only company buying up craft brewers. In recent years AB InBev, the maker of the Bud brands, has purchased or invested in a long list of smaller breweries including Goose Island, Karbach, Breckinridge, and many others. As big beer experiences sales stagnations and declines, the companies are consolidating and poaching from the growing craft beer industry in order to satisfy Wall Street and their investors.

What big beer should be doing is realizing that Americas beer tastes have changed, and embracing that with changes in their own organizations. But innovating is harder than just buying, so instead theyre purchasing breweries that, you know, make good beer.

Sometimes Buyouts Dont Dilute the Beer

Just because you get bought by a big...


Drylands greener with forests than previously thought "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

New research has, for the first time, made use of very high resolution images of Earths drylands, revealing that they hold a much larger portion of the worlds forests than previously thought. Employing a new method only possible because of the fine-grained quality of these images and the frequency at which they were taken, a team of scientists from 15 different institutions has found 467 million hectares (1.8 million square miles) of dryland forests that has escaped our notice until now. The findings, reported Thursday in the journal Science, notch up estimates of the worlds forest cover by 9 percent or more high enough to impact global carbon budgets and open new doors to conservation in arid regions. Jean-Franois Bastin, a remote sensing ecologist at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in Rome and the lead author of the study, said the team was surprised and stunned to see the bump in dryland forest cover from their assessment. Globally, 1,079 million hectares (4.166 million square miles) of forest covers this arid biome from  40 to 47 percent above previous estimates. [caption id="attachment_195689" align="aligncenter" width="768"] Figure 1 from Bastin et al., 2017, shows the extent of Earth's drylands and forest coverage.[/caption] These sections of the Earth, where more water is lost to evaporation and transpiration by plants than falls as precipitation, account for roughly 41 percent of land on Earth. They stretch from the tropics to the upper latitudes of the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. But ecologists


Dark Web Kill Order Contract On President Donald Trump and his Saudi, Jerusalem, Vatican, Brussels tour. "IndyWatch Feed War"

Katherine Frisk : Everyone is watching this situation carefully and considering a number of options. We know that there are people around the world who would like to see Trump dead. This headline is not out of the bounds of reality. Whether you support Trump or not, consider the following:  Dark Web Kill Order Contract On


Taliban Attack on Afghan Market Leaves Four Security Forces Dead 15 Taliban fighters were also killed "IndyWatch Feed War"

KABUL, Afghanistan Police say Taliban fighters have launched an attack on a market in northern Afghanistan, killing four security forces.

Ekramuddin Sarih, provincial police chief for Baghlan province, says Taliban fighters launched the attack early Friday morning in the Burka district. He says the fighting has been heavy and is ongoing.

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Sarih says 15 Taliban fighters were also killed.

Sarih says government forces were able to push back the Taliban fighters from the central bazaar and government reinforcements were on their way to help police.

There was no immediate comment from the Taliban.


Martin Armstrong: Deep State Owns Macron France Lost "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Macron to Cede Sovereignty to Brussels

Emmanuel Macrons victory promises no change for Europe and it has been the blessing Brussels wanted so badly to further advance the federalization of Europe. Macron will surrender far more French sovereignty to Brussels than anyone suspects based upon reliable sources.

Macron is a technocrat and the youngest President in France ever at 39. His message of surrendering the sovereignty of France was the subtle use at his rally in Paris of the European anthem, Beethovens Ode to Joy, rather than the Marseillaise. This was indeed a powerful gesture of a surrender to Brussels that will be full and complete. It also signals there will be no change in direction or reform from Brussels.

Phi Beta Iota:  The end of the Deep State starts in Russia and will move East. China, Iran, and Turkey have been slow to recognize the need to focus on the common enemy, the Deep State led by the Rothschilds and the Vatican, but in the East, the Philippines, Thailand, and Viet-Nam are all thinking deeply about how to first inventory and then neutralize all representatives of the Deep State in their respective countries. Donald Trump appears to have been captured by the Deep State, perhaps with a doubling of the $20B bribe from Lynn Rothschild, to $40B. We continue to...


Our American madness "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

While our congress pats itself on its fanatical dedication to gutting health care, women are dying. This is a chart of maternal mortality in pregnancy per 100,000 live births.

Our health care system, among many other things, is broken. It is not the will of God or manifest destiny or any kind of positive American exceptionalism, because as the chart clearly shows, other countries do not have this problem to the same degree we have, and while theyre working to improve public health, were doing our damnedest to worsen it.

Thanks, regressive Republican vermin. Youre all traitors to humanity as well as to your country.


Oxfam report on the International Finance Corporation and tax havens "IndyWatch Feed"

Oxfam has launched a new briefing on the IFC and tax havens. The key findings of the report include: 68 companies were lent money by the World Banks private lending arm (IFC) in 2015, to finance investments in sub-Saharan Africa. 51 of these 68 companies use tax havens with no apparent link to their core []


Lost and found hopes in hell: testimonies from an Iraqi hospital "IndyWatch Feed"

Yazan al-Saadi gathers some of the astonishing stories from staff and patients of MSFs trauma hospital in Hammam al-Alil, the closest surgical facility to West Mosul.

View of the Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) field trauma clinic with an emergency room, operating theater, intensive care unit and in patient department. The facility was opened on the 16th February in a village south of Mosul. For more than one month it has been the closest surgical facility to West Mosul. Picture taken on 02 April, 2017 by MSF/Alice Martins. Used with permission.Not long ago, I was dispatched by the medical humanitarian organization Mdecins Sans Frontires (MSF) to an MSF-run field trauma hospital in Hammam al-Alil, which, for a brief while, was the closest surgical facility to West Mosul.

The trauma hospital is an exceptional project. About two month into its opening, 2067 patients have been received at the hospital; fifty five percent of them were women and children and 82% had war wounds. To date more than 160 major surgeries were performed by Iraqi and international staff at the facility. These facts alone should remind us that the massive cost of war particularly in counter-terrorism conflicts where both sides tend towards a total war approach is often paid by people, young or old, caught in the crossfire, mortars, and airstrikes.

I was sent to gather stories of Iraqi patients and the Iraqi medical and non-medical staff in the trauma hospital. Reflecting on what I heard (too many to count) and wrote down (a sliver of what I heard), and rereading the outcome before you, I am compelled to write a few additional words here as a quasi-foreword:

There is something astonishing about human beings, especially those who have suffered for so long due to a variety of reasons. They continue to exist, to persevere, to work, and live, often defiantly so in the face of humanitys greatest acts of brutality. They like other communities in West Asia and beyon...


Overland at the Emerging Writers Festival "IndyWatch Feed National"

6pm7pm, Monday 19 June The Wheeler Centre, Melbourne Catch Overland's Deputy Editor Sian Vate with fellow editors Jessica Wilkinson and James Read as they share the tips, skills and knowledge on being an editor, and finding new ways to grow in the industry.


BREAKING: Clinton Insiders Reveal Blame Russia Plan Hatched Within 24 Hours of Election Loss "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

russiansWikileaks' latest tweet has the potential to destroy the Democrat Party's narrative the election of 2016 was corrupted by Russian election meddling.


Gunfire heard at Cote dIvoire military headquarters "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Gunfire broke out on Friday at Cote dIvoires military headquarters in the commercial capital Abidjan, an army officer said, as soldiers reacted to a decision by some leaders of a group of mutineers to drop demands for bonus payments. Theres shooting at the general staff. I wasnt able to enter, said the officer, who works at the headquarters located in the centre of the city. Earlier, soldiers in Bouake city fired guns into the air to protest the agreement some of their colleagues made over bonus payments, witnesses said. Also...

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Revolutionary Leila Khaled Begins Hunger Strike "IndyWatch Feed"

Icon of revolutionary Palestinian resistance and a member of the Marxist-Leninist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Leila Khaled, announced Saturday that she will be hunger-striking in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners, who have been striking in a historic, mass struggle for 21 days in Israeli cells. Khaled announced her strike at the prisoners support []


What May Happen to Your Medical Tax Deduction "IndyWatch Feed War"

Millions of taxpayers who deduct medical expenses each year are right to be concerned

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Millions of taxpayers who deduct medical expenses each year are right to be concerned.

Congress is attempting to make massive changes to both Americas health-care system and tax code. With those changes in mind, worried readers of Tax Report have written to ask what the impact will be on the one issue that is common to both: the medical-expense tax deduction.

The simple answer is there is a range of possible outcomes due to conflicts in the proposals. And users of this deduction cant do much in the meantime other than write to Congress and avoid strategic mistakes.

The uncertainty shifted into high gear on April 26, when President Donald Trump released tax proposals strongly suggesting the health-care deduction should be eliminated. The one-page handout from the White House called for protecting only the write-offs for home ownership and charitable gifts, and for cutting targeted tax breaks that mainly benefit the wealthiest taxpayers.

While this language seems to aim squarely at the deduction for state and local taxes, it also describes the one for medical costs. In both, the tax benefit is proportional to the filers rate and that typically rises with income.

Yet two days later, the House of Representatives passed a health-care bill with a little-noticed provision that goes in the opposite direction. Instead of cutting the medical deduction, the House expanded it by lowering the income threshold from 10% to 5.8%, beginning in 2017. Under this rule, more people would be able to claim the write-off, and those who already do could deduct more.

In response to a query about this conflict, a spokeswoman for the House Ways and Means Committee said House Republicans are working with Mr. Trump and the Senate to significantly lower tax rates and substantially increase the standard deduction so that all Americans will no longer need to rely on complex itemized deductions.

Experts, however, say the Houses expansion of the break may just be a temporary budget tactic. The more generous write-off could be replaced by the Senate with another provisi...


Intel Itanium's Last Breath "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Intel has released the final Itanium chips, the generation codenamed Kittson, with up to 8 cores on a 32nm process:

One of Intel's ventures into the historic mainframe space was Itanium: a 64-bit capable processor designed in conjunction with Hewlett Packard. The main reason for Itanium was to run HP-UX and compete against big names, such as Oracle, using a new IA-64 instruction set. The appeal for the original Itanium parts was support for RAS features, ECC, and cores focus on a wide, parallel architecture - the latest cores support 12-wide execution for example. For a short while, there was success: HP's systems based on Itanium are advertised as high-uptime mission critical servers, and a number of customers cling to these systems like a child clings to their favorite blanket due to the way they are integrated at the core of the company. The main purpose was to compete against other mission critical servers and mainframes based on SPARC and IBM Power.

So when the processors were initially delivered to customers, there was potential. However the initial impression was not great - they consumed too much power, were noisy, and needed over the top cooling. Over the years and generations of Itanium, the march into the x86 enterprise space with x86-64 drew potential Itanium customers away, then followed the drop of Microsoft's support for Itanium in 2008, and Oracle's dropped support in 2011. Xeon offerings were becoming popular, with CPUs incorporating the RAS/ECC features required, and Intel decided to slow down Itanium development as a result. In the meantime, due to the way the market was moving, HP transitioned a good part of its product stack to Xeons. Despite this, legal battles between HP and Oracle ensued given predicted support for HP-UX customers. At this point, there were fewer potential Itanium customers each quarter, although existing customers required support.

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It's Now Possible To Run Fedora On Chromebooks With Wayland "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

With Wayland now being present on Chrome OS for the Android compatibility layer, modifications to Crouton were made to allow Fedora Workstation with Wayland to run atop these Wayland-enabled Chromebooks...


Bahrain-UK royal meeting criticised as 'cover-up' of rights abuses "IndyWatch Feed World"

Campaigners describe the King of Bahrain's visit to one of the UK Queen's homes today as a "slap in the face" for Bahraini rights' activists.


Next Phase Of The Plan Will Be Chaotic On Purpose (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Next Phase Of The Plan Will Be Chaotic On Purpose Video X22 Report Corporate media is still reeling from the firing of the FBI director. They are so busy trying to figure out whats going on they are not...

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This Common Food Ingredient Is Scary as Hell. No surprise Donald Rumsfeld was Involved "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

This Common Food Ingredient Is 'Scary as Hell'. No surprise Donald Rumsfeld was Involved...

By Dr. Mercola

Up to 180 million Americans use artificial sweeteners, including aspartame, routinely.1 But the idea that theyre a safe alternative to sugar, even one that promotes weight loss, is a deceiving myth. In fact, the story of aspartame has been deceitful from the beginning.

Drug company G.D. Searle & Company first discovered aspartame in the 1960s. It was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1974 based on studies submitted by the drug maker. An FDA scientist pointed out serious shortcomings with all the studies the FDA used to make their approval decision. Tonic, which described the story of aspartames approval as scary as hell, reported:

For example, some rats in the studies died but were not autopsied after to discern the cause; in other cases, the aspartame was not mixed well enough into the feed and the rats were eating around it. There was also evidence of brain tumors in the rats in several studies, they said.2

The FDAs next move was to set up a public board of inquiry composed of outside experts to investigate the safety of aspartame, and in 1980 that board unanimously rejected aspartames request for approval.

Meanwhile, many are not aware of Donald Rumsfelds involvement in the approval of aspartame. Rumsfeld served as White House chief of staff from 1974 to 1975. He was also secretary...


Anonymous: WWIII Coming Over North Korea UPDATE 1 "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Anonymous warns world to prepare for World War 3

According to Anonymous, President Trumps test of the Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile last week coupled with a recent warning from Japanese officials to citizens, telling them to make preparations for a possible nuclear attack are ultimately proof that all signs are pointing to a major conflict between the US and North Korea.

In addition, China reportedly has urged its citizens in the Hermit Kingdom to return home as tensions continue to escalate over their nuclear weapons program.

UPDATE 1: Alert Reader offers the following perspective:

All Kim Jung Un has to do to destroy the world, is hit those 25 reactors on the coast of South Korea. I dont know why everyone thinks he will hit the mainland or a big city, or even try for an EMP device. If death and destruction were what he wanted, he would have already done this. No I think what he is doing is defensive, and TheDon is reading him all wrong. The US has never stopped...


NATO to Boost Military Presence in Afghanistan Again: Mission Impossible "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

According to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, the alliance is again considering boosting its troop strength in Afghanistan. A decision on the possible troop increase is expected to be made by June. The timeframe of the deployments can also be lengthened. At present, the bloc deploys a 13,000 strong force in the country, which is losing ground to the Taliban. The US accounts for 8,400 military which are part of the NATO contingent.


And Good Riddance "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

New Orleans statue of Jefferson Davis was finally taken down. And there was great wailing and gnashing of teeth. Davis is more popular with todays racist fringe than he ever was when he was president of the racist fringe.

Its not prejudice, its pride!

Unless its a particularly respect-worthy statue (on artistic grounds) I almost always sneer at the bronze effigies followers put up to their leaders. Because, generally, those leaders are leading them into wars and other stupidity have you ever seen a statue to the leader who balanced the budget? Or a statue to the mailman? Its always some bloody-fisted troublemaker that people seem to think reflects their agenda, no matter if they left the country in ruins, in the process.

Because most Americans have finally realized that racism is a stupid thing and a bad idea, those who still hold the repugnant view are reduced to bravely using codewords and posting anonymously on internet chat channels. But there are always going to be a few who stand at the intersection between bravery and stupidity, who will stand up for a bronze memorial to something dubious.

Oddly, his modern fans make the same excuses that Davis did. When he resigned from the senate in order to lead the secessionist states, he trotted out the same kind of dog-whistles as today. He was a bit more open, but he was hardly a Nietzschean superman whod speak the courage of his own convictions and damn everyone if they didnt like it.

It has been a conviction of pressing necessity, it has been a belief that we are to be deprived in the Union of the rights which our fathers bequeathed to us, which has brought Mississippi into her present decision. She has heard proclaimed the theory that all men are created free and equal, and this made the basis of an attack upon her social institutions; and the sacred Declaration of Independence has been invoked to maintain the position of the equality of the races. That Declaration of Independence is to be construed by the circumstances and purposes for which it was made. The communities were declaring their independence; the people of those communities were asserting that no man was bornto use the language of Mr. Jeffersonbooted and spurred to ride over the rest of mankind; that men were created equalmeaning the men of the political community; that there was no divine right to rule; that no man inherited the right to govern; that there were no classes by which power and place descended to families, but that all stations were equally within the grasp of each member of t...


Overland at the Emerging Writers Festival "IndyWatch Feed National"

7.30pm, Monday 19 June 1000 Bend, Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne Free event Overland's Deputy Editor and poet Sian Vate will join fellow contemporary poets Saaro Umar and Elena Gomez to celebrate the art and craft of poetry with a night of readings.


Learn to Code: Get 10 Best Online Training Courses for Just $49 (Limited-Time 95% OFF) "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Struggling to learn how to code? If youre looking to 'learn how to code' and seeking a career as an expert-level programmer, you should know how to play with codes and make your own. It's no secret that mastering a coding language or two can put you at the top of the job market thanks to the boom in technology. Today, you can elevate your programming skills straight from the Internet to


Ijaw Youths Raise Alarm Over Delay In Appointing Provost For Delta School Of Marine Technology "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa

Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa

LAGOS MAY 12TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Ijaw youths under the aegis of Ijaw Youth Council, IYC Western Zone, National Youth Council, Burutu Branch and National Association of Burutu Local Government Students, NABLOGS have raised the alarm over the continuous delay of appointing the substantial Provost to manage the affairs of Delta State School of Marine Technology (DESOMATECH) located in Burutu, Burutu LGA, Delta State.
The Ijaw youths in a joint statement made available to said while they commended the Governor of Delta State, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa for his good work aimed at providing a positive direction for the Ijaws in the areas of education, politics, infrastructural development and otherwise, they must not fail to point out that the delay in appointing the substantive Provost of the Delta State School of Marine Technology, Burutu is becoming worrisome to all and not of the best interest for the development of the school.
The youths who lamented that such delay had gravely hampered the academic progress of the school, pointed out that they dare to take this step to notify the Governor because they hold the school to their hearts so dearly especially with the fact that it is the only tertiary institution that is standing in Ijaw land as far as Delta State is concerned, just as they warned that political powers in the state must not play politics with it.
The institution best describe presently as an orphan. We are beginning to doubt the academic future that awaits the institution with such long and seemingly endless vacuum. We are so astonished to have noted that despite the interviews supervised and conducted by the Governing Council and other relevant authorities in the school in line with the extant law establishing it, noting tangible has been done to appoint the substantive Provost of the institution.
We also learnt that the three candidates that were recommended to have been fit for the provost position out of which two have been appointed to be provost of other institutions within the state, hence we begin to ponder on what could have kept the one of Burutu pending until this moment with the end not in sight yet, the worried Ijaw youths complained.
The youths however stated that the ap...


La Condition Franaise "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

From the looks of Emmanuel Macrons sweeping victory in the French presidential election, France seems to be recovering its self-confidence. But appearances can deceive: Macron will inherit a deeply divided country that remains mired in dysfunction and despair.


WITNESS: Marine biology at the top of the world "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The return of blue shell mussels to the Artic after a 2,000 year absence, plus the arrival of mackerel are just two signs of a changing climate as JAMES SIMPSON discovers when he joins the scientists and fishermen on a research vessel off the coast of Svalbard


Gold, Silver or Green? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Gold, Silver or Green? by Jimmy Mengel  Outsider Club Im sure many of you are precious metals investors. I am as well The idea of a tangible asset that withstands the test of time is not only comforting because you have...

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Another Gau Rakshak Attack, This Time in Aligarh "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The police have arrested five people for the illegal slaughter of a buffalo, but no case has been registered against the assaulters.

No case has been registered against the assaulters yet.

Aligarh: According to a PTI report, gau rakshaks thrashed five people who were allegedly caught slaughtering a buffalo illegally inside the premises of a private dairy in the Gandhi Park area of the city. However, the Indian Express reports that one man was beaten up by locals, while five people were arrested by the police in relation to the incident.

An ANI video shared by many news media organisations shows a man being thrashed even as he is being escorted by the police.


Crabbing gone commercial: Brazilian mangroves threatened by shift in local traditions "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

In the village of Tramataia, Brazil crab-pickers, or caranguejeiros, walk to the shoreline at night with an offering of tobacco to Father Mangrove. They ask for a bountiful hunt and seek permission to enter the mangroves safely. Father Mangrove is a revered man of great stature who smokes a pipe and carries a sambura, a handmade basket to fill with fish. Caranguejeiros who disrespect the spirit by using harsh words or harming mangroves consequentially suffer animal attacks, damaged canoes, unlucky hunts, or total disorientation they cant find their way home in the nearly-impenetrable mangrove forest. [caption id="attachment_195691" align="alignnone" width="796"] Individuals of U. cordatus in the mangrove of the Mamanguape river estuary - Paraba, Brazil. Photo: Douglas Nascimento.[/caption] Brazil lays claim to 8.5 percent of the worlds mangroves, spanning from Amap in the north to Santa Catarina in the south and covering approximately 13,000 square kilometers. It is the second largest area of mangrove forests on the planet. Native communities here rely on these mangroves for food, building materials, and medicines. For example, most families in the village of Tramataia (population 1,100) in Paraba State rely on large mangrove crabs (Ucides cordatus) for subsistence and also as their main source of income. Men traditionally harvest crabs, while women dissect the meat. But markets are changing, and crabbing communities in Paraiba State are not immune to the globalization of trade. Today, mangrove crab hunting is less traditional and becoming more commercialized. A recent study by Dr. Douglas Nascimento, published in Ecological


Why John Smith's death was such a tragedy "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

On May 12th 1994 the Labour Party leader John Smith died of a massive heart attack at the age of 55. At the time Labour had a 23 point lead over the Conservative government in the opinion polls, and Smith was seen as an honest and organised alternative to the outright lies and absolute chaos of the John Major administration.

Smith wasn't just a good leader who unified the Labour Party, he was also a very intelligent man and an engaging public speaker too.

These days practically every speech a politician makes ends up on Youtube, Facebook or Twitter, but Smith died before the Internet age, meaning that many of his speeches haven't even been transcribed onto the Internet, let alone posted onto social media.

The main part of this article will include quotes from a John Smith speech entitled "Reclaiming the ground" that he read at the R.H. Tawney memorial lecture in March 1993.

None of these fantastic quotes have appeared on the Internet to date.

The concluding part of this article will explain why John Smith's untimely death was a tragedy for the Labour Party, and a tragedy for the United Kingdom as a whole.

Quotes from "Reclaiming the ground"
"Let us not deny the tide of opinion, which I believe is beginning to flow towards a recognition of the value of society and away from t...


Indian Premier Modi to attend economic forum in Russia "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Ufa, Russia on 8 July 2015 [Image:]

Russias BRICS partner, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the St Petersburg International Economic Forum to be held on June 1-3, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said on Friday.

SPIEF is an annual Kremlin-run, high-profile gathering of business and political figures.

Modis visit to Russia comes amid a continuing storm over US intelligence agencies allegations that Russia tried to interfere in the US presidential election to help Donald Trump win the White House.

Relations between Moscow and the European Union have also been strained since an EU move to bring Ukraine into a trade pact. The EU imposed sanctions on Russia after Moscow, in 2014, held and won a referendum in Crimea, that was earlier part of Ukraine.

The EU is currently holding a heated debate on whether to extend sanctions against Moscow, which will expire this summer.

India had earlier backed what it describes as legitimate Russian interests in Ukraine after Russian accession of Crimea that resulted in Western sanctions against the country.

Indian Prime Minister Modi will hold talks with Putin during his Russia visit.

In 2015, Indian Prime Minister Modi also praised Putins leadership that tackled what he called the confrontation against Russia.

Despite the various global problems, despite the confrontation against Russia, you have raised your country, your state to a qualitatively new level. Russia proudly moves along its own development path and I commend your personal leadership in this process, Modi told Putin.

Delhi and Moscow have close economic and political ties.

India has announced plans to build 40 nuclear reactors, in addition to the existing 22, in the next two decades. Russia is planning to build 20 reactors in India. Russian state nuclear company Rosatom would look at localization of manufacturing in India for Russian-designed nuclear reactor units according to the Indian Ministry of External Affairs.

Almost ninety per cent of Indias military arsenal is Russian equipment. In the past couple of years, the US is playing catch up trying to displace Russia from the top spot.

Modi and Putin will also meet in China late...


Venezuelan protesters fling faeces at soldiers as unrest continues "IndyWatch Feed World"

Young Venezuelan protesters have lobbed bottles and bags of faeces at soldiers blocking the latest march in over a month of protests against socialist President Nicolas Maduro.


Laying the foundations of the European Institute for Neuromorphic Computing "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

On 5th of May, the cornerstone for the construction of a neuromorphic computing facility in Europe was laid at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. With the financial support of the European Union and German public and private institutions, the new building will house leading European researchers working on neuromorphic computing within the Human Brain Project, a FET Flagship of the European Commission.

With German and EU flags in the background, representatives from the sponsoring authorities are using shovels to throw soil to the ground where the building is going to be constructed.

With this new facility the research team from Heidelberg University, led by Prof. Dr. Karlheinz Meier, will benefit from an optimal environment to continue working on the neuromorphic computing platform, which they are developing together with other research groups within the Human Brain Project.


Saudis to boost US ties with $40bn investment: Report "IndyWatch Feed War"


Kingdoms sovereign wealth fund set to announce plans next week to coincide with Trumps visit to the kingdom, sources tell Bloomberg


Assad troops continue using cluster ammunition against the civilians in Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

Military units of the Bashar Assad regime delivered a mortar strike on the residential part of Saqba using...

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US Imposes Sanctions on Pakistan-Based Extremists "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The sanctions have been slapped to disrupt the funding of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and its front for charitable activities. Credit: Reuters

The sanctions have been slapped to disrupt the funding of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and its front for charitable activities. Credit: Reuters

Washington: The US has imposed sanctions on Pakistan-based extremists and an organisation run by Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeeds Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) group as part of an effort to disrupt their leadership and fund-raising networks.

The sanctions have been slapped to disrupt the funding of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and its front for charitable activities, the Jamaat-ud-Dawah, the Taliban, Jamaat-ul-Dawa al-Quran (JDQ), the ISIS of Iraq and Syria, and ISIS Khorasan.

Khorasan is a historical region comprising a vast territory covering northeastern Iran, southern Turkmenistan, and northern Afghanistan and parts of India.

The sanctions in particular have been imposed against Hayatullah Ghulam Muhammad (Haji Hayatullah), Ali Muhammad Abu Turab, Inayat-ur Rahman and a purported charity managed by Inayat-ur Rahman, the Welfare and Development Organisation of Jamaat-ud-Dawah for Quran and Sunnah (WDO).

These sanctions seek to disrupt the financial support networks of terrorists based in Pakistan who have provided support to the Taliban, al-Qaeda, ISIS and LeT for recruitment and funding of suicide bombers and other...


HP Laptops Turn Up Keylogger Where You Wouldnt Expect It "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Keyloggers are nasty little things that have the potential to steal the credit card numbers of you and everyone you care about. Usernames and passwords can be easily stolen this way, so theyre a useful tool for the black hats out there. One would generally expect to find a keylogger in a dodgy movie torrent or perhaps a keygen for pirated software, but this week a keylogger was found in an audio driver for an HP laptop.

Theres no word from the company yet, but we really want to know why save the keystrokes to a file at all? Code left over from debugging, perhaps? Speculate in the comments.

Filed under: news, security hacks


Microsoft Brings Ubuntu, Suse, and Fedora Linux to Windows Store "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Microsoft has been expressing its love for Linux and Open Source for almost three years now, and this love is embracing as time passes. Just last year, Microsoft made headlines by building support for the Bash shell and Ubuntu Linux binaries into Windows 10, allowing users to run limited instances of Linux directly on top of the OS without installing any virtual machine, as well as developers


A Trump Treasury of Tweets, Part 2 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Back in January, we compiled a list of some of our favorite Donald Trump tweets, pointing out the unique manner in which the president chooses to express himself to the world.

A lot has happened since then, and now that weve past the 100 days mark, we thought it would be good to once again review and recap the presidents Twitter usage.

Up to this point, Trumps time in office can accurately be described as rocky. While some things have worked out and others have not, each week seems to bring a new scandal, the latest being Trumps firing of FBI Director James Comey, and the presidents conflicting accounts of why he did it.

But whatever challenges he faces, it has not, and were sure it will not, prevent him from taking to his favorite social media platform to let us know just whats on his mind and in his heart.

Trump has said Twitter allows him to bypass fake news and address his followers directly. In addition, it provides friends and foes alike with an opportunity to find out what is on the mind of the US president or what cable news show he has been watching at any given time. The tweets also provide a window into what kind of things are getting under the presidents skin.

Because Trump provides this unprecedented insight into the thinking (or lack thereof) of a president, we would be remiss not to highlight some of these tweets. You can find our selection of some of the most important presidential tweets below.



Moves and Counter Moves "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Elections Have Consequences

The Chinese must have gotten to the North Koreans because they're quietly looking for a way to back things down before they're obliterated. 


Maybe Dennis Rodman went to Norkland and visited Un and explained to him that the present US Administration isn't made up of posers and pussies? 

However it went down, the rhetoric is cooling and North Korea is trying another, different approach. The Korean Central Broadcasting Station (KCBS) in Pyongyang reported on 11 May the results of the South Korean presidential election.
This election was held early because the traitor Park Geun Hye, who had committed an unprecedented crime in the history of puppet politics, had been removed from the presidency by the unanimous demand of the South Korean people. 
Moon Jae In, candidate of the Minjoo Party, was elected the 19th president by winning 41 percent of the votes in this election.
North Korean propagandists have had difficulty fitting into their communist mindset the impeachment of the South Korean president and her replacement through national elections. 

The dominant theme is that the people ousted the South Korean president, which they argue, proves that the South Korean system is unpopular. The statements released today stretched the facts in that President Park had many supporters. Her ouster occurred because South Korea follows the rule of law. The demands for her ouster were not unanimous and mattered less than the evidence of her corrupt practices.

The significant point about the brief announcement is that it contained no adjectives to describe President Moon. They're hoping that President Moon will make concessions to them. During hi...


Sitze im ICE von Mnchen nach Berlin. Sechseinhalb ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Sitze im ICE von Mnchen nach Berlin. Sechseinhalb Stunden sind auch fr jemanden wie mich, der gerne Bahn fhrt, am Limit. Aber hey, gibt ja Strom und Internet. Oh, nein, gibt kein Internet. Gut, ich kann auch ohne Internet berleben, aber um mich rum sitzen ein paar rstige Rentner, die sich lautstark beschweren.

Nach einer halben Stunde kommt dann die Fachkraft der Bahn und erklrt, WLAN bleibe heute aus, weil sich nmlich ein Hacker ins Netz der Bahn eingehackt habe, und daher sei das jetzt deutschlandweit abgeschaltet und sie drften es auch nicht mehr anschalten.

Was war bestimmt dieser CCC Hannover!1!! Oder nee, warte, DIE RUSSEN!!1! Hat da etwa jemand seinen Antivirus nicht installiert gehabt?!

Update: Ein Einsender berichtet, dass auch bei der Lufthansa das Internet down ist.

Update: Der Zugfhrer sagt gerade durch, das WLAN sei in diesem Zug defekt, sagt nichts von Hackern oder deutschlandweit.

Update: Nach dem Umstieg in Gttingen hab ich wieder Internet. Und jemand mailte mir aus einem anderen Zug, dass Internet dort ging. Das "deutschlandweit" war also eine Fehlinformation.

So, nachdem die Heise-Security-Tour jetzt vorbei ist, ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

So, nachdem die Heise-Security-Tour jetzt vorbei ist, dachte ich mir, ich tue meine Folien mal ins Netz. Weil Animationen mit pdflatex schwierig sind, und Powerpoint nicht ordentlich exportieren kann, habe ich das mal manuell nach HTML gewandelt. Navigation ber Pfeiltasten, und es hakt noch hie und da (html5, css und js ist nicht so meine Welt, Patches welcome), aber wenn das Browserfenster grob 16:9 ist, dann sollte das gehen.

Ich bemhe mich immer, alle angesprochenen Punkte auch explizit in den Folien zu haben, damit man die Folien auch ohne das Audio genieen kann. Das ist in diesem Fall weniger gut gelungen als sonst, an zwei drei Stellen fehlt Erluterung. Der Punkt mit dem ISP bezieht sich darauf, dass einige Leute vorgeschlagen haben, die ISPs knnten ja Verantwortung fr freidrehende IoT-Gerte ihrer Kunden bernehmen.

Aber ich denke mal, die wichtigen Punkte werden klar. Viel Spa beim Durchklicken!

Update: Ein anderer Punkt, wo das gesprochene Wort fehlt, ist am Ende bei den Bonusfolien, der Vergleich von Machine Learning mit einem behinderten Kind. Da geht es mir nicht darum, zu sagen, ein Autist knne kein guter Schreiner sein, o.. (wie es ein Einsender befrchtet hat), sondern es geht darum, dass man im Machine Learning nur eine minimale Teilmenge lehrt. Einem Autisten fehlen vielleicht ein paar Prozent, aber einer KI fehlen eher so 90% oder noch mehr. Konzepte wie "Mensch", "Geld", "Betrug" fehlen. Damit sind so Schlsse wie "der kauft gerade zum 100. Mal in Folge ein Ticket bei mir mit kleinen Mnzen, der will mich vielleicht beschubsen" nicht drin. Das Beispiel ist ein bisschen unschn, das sehe ich auch, aber ich habe da Tage mit verbracht, da ein besseres zu finden, und fand keines. "Einen Roboter bauen" ist jedenfalls kein guter Vergleich, denn es geht an der Stelle gerade darum, dass das eben am Ende keine Maschine ist, bei der man Fehler finden, verstehen und reparieren kann.

Update: Oh, h, ja, man muss Javascript erlauben fr die Seite. Ist bei mir eher die Ausnahme. Falls jemand einen Weg kennt, wie ich die Funktionalitt ohne Javascript hinkriege, bitte ich um eine Erklrbr-Mail. Und das "Pfeiltasten" meint die auf der Tastatur, da ist nichts zum Klicken. Und auf Tablets und so geht es auch nicht. Wollte ich bei Gelegenheit mal rausfinden, wie man das auf dem Tablet machen wrde.


56,000 IT engineers to be laid off this year by top IT firms "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

IT Nightmare: Top IT companies cutting jobs in India to hire in US

Top IT firms in India are currently in a phase being termed as the biggest retrenchment drive in recent years. The top IT firms in the country are expected to release about 56,000 engineers this financial year. This number is almost double the number of engineers released in the previous year, which reflects how unprepared the industry as a whole is in regards to the ever increasing protectionist environment emerging across the western world and adapting to the ever evolving world of technology.

Big 7

The companies in reference here include major organizations of the country and abroad whove set up development branches in the country including Infosys Ltd, Wipro Ltd, Tech Mahindra Ltd, HCL Technologies Ltd, US-based Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. and DXC Technology Co., and France-based Cap Gemini SA. These companies employ around 1.24 million individuals cumulatively and are expected to let go of around 4.5% of them in this year.

Even though most if not all of these firms are still recruiting fresh talent, they will end this year with fewer employees than the began with according to HR heads of 2 of these 7 firms. In preparation, most of these firms have already put a higher than usual number of employees on notice already by different ways. Cognizant has placed more than 15,000 employees in the lowest category (bucket IV), and Infosys has placed more than 3,000 senior managers in the category of employees needing improvement.

DXC Technology is in the middle of their 3 year plan to reduce the number of offices in the country to 26 from the current 50. 5.9%, or 10,000, of its 170,000 of its employees will be asked to leave this year.

Denial or Cover up ?

The statements from these companies however, seem to point to exactly opposite to what reports claim. All seven companies have attributed the lay offs to increase in the number of poor performing employees rather than the companies shortcomings. Cognizant has not conducted any layoffs, said a representative, also adding that the performance-based review for this year was consistent with the ones conducted previous years.

Our performance management process provides for a bi-annual assessment of performance, a spokeswoman for Infosys said, declining to share the number of employees asked to leave in the current quarter. We do this every year and the numbers could vary every performance cycle

Spokespersons from some of these companies have cited the numbers mentioned in reports such as this one as speculative.

Performance appraisal may also lead to the separation of some employees from the company and these numbers vary from year to year, said a Wipro spokesperson.

A Tech Mahindra spokesperson said the company has a process of weeding out bottom performers every...


Man shoots in the air outside the Court of Appeals in Athens VIDEO "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Panic outside the Court of Appeals in downtown Athens on Friday morning. A man pulled a gun and started to fire in the air in front of the television cameras. The incident occurred in front of television camera crews covering the trial of the murderers of 26-year-old student Marios Papageorgiou. The man was speaking to

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Xen Security Advisory 214 (CVE-2017-8904) - grant transfer allows PV guest to elevate privileges "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by Xen . org security team on May 12

Xen Security Advisory CVE-2017-8904 / XSA-214

grant transfer allows PV guest to elevate privileges


CVE assigned.


The GNTTABOP_transfer operation allows one guest to transfer a page to
another guest. The internal processing of this, however, does not
include zapping the previous type of the page being...


Syrian Army Troops Advanced East Of Palmyra (Map) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Syrian army troops, backed up by Russian warplanes and attack helicopters, advanced further against ISIS terrorists east of the ancient city of Palmyra in the province of Homs.

Pro-government forces have reportedly reached the al-Talilah area amid sporadic clashes with ISIS members. This advance was a part of the wider government forces effort aimed at building a larger buffer zone around the government-held city of Palmyra.

Yesterday, government forces captured three hills from ISIS in the eastern Homs countryside, putting an dditional pressure on the ISIS pocket south of the Bilas field.

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Xen Security Advisory 215 (CVE-2017-8905) - possible memory corruption via failsafe callback "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by Xen . org security team on May 12

Xen Security Advisory CVE-2017-8905 / XSA-215

possible memory corruption via failsafe callback


CVE assigned.


Under certain special conditions Xen reports an exception resulting
from returning to guest mode not via ordinary exception entry points,
but via a so call failsafe callback. This callback,...


Xen Security Advisory 213 (CVE-2017-8903) - x86: 64bit PV guest breakout via pagetable use-after-mode-change "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by Xen . org security team on May 12

Xen Security Advisory CVE-2017-8903 / XSA-213

x86: 64bit PV guest breakout via pagetable use-after-mode-change


CVE assigned.


64-bit PV guests typically use separate (root) page tables for their
kernel and user modes. Hypercalls are accessible to guest kernel
context only, which certain hypercall handlers make...


The Fed Gets another Reason to Raise Rates and Unravel QE "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The Fed Gets another Reason to Raise Rates and Unravel QE by Wolf Richter Wolf Street Inflation pressures further up the pipeline rise the most in 5 years. The Producer Price Index, which measures inflation at the wholesale level...

The post The Fed Gets another Reason to Raise Rates and Unravel QE appeared first on The Daily Coin.


Trump Tries to Get His Footing in the Washington Swamp: Firing James Comey While Moving Forward with Russia in Syria "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The sudden firing of FBI Director James Comey has become the newest bright, shiny object distracting everybody in Washington. Predictably, reaction falls sharply down the usual lines of division.


Yes, Animals Have a Place in Elections "IndyWatch Feed"

cowsTheresa Mays snap general election is already being described by the political pundits as unlike any other. Thats partly because she has called it for one (official) reason: to get a mandate to be tough in Britains Brexit negotiations with our 27 EU partners. Unofficially, its clear the Conservatives believe that Labour under Jeremy Corbyn is in such disarray that they are can be easily vanquished at the polls. But even if some aspects of this election campaign are unusual in other ways it is very familiar. Already, for example, candidates are being bombarded with emails (in the old days, they used to be letters) from constituents lobbying them on issues from A to Z. Its all part of the democratic process and I always make the effort to respond to them all. That was quite a task when I stood for the European Parliament and the whole of London was my electorate. Anyway, one of the first organised lobbying groups off the mark in Dagenham & Rainham in this election are people concerned with the treatment of animals, whether relating to farming techniques, so-called blood sports, vivisection or cruelty to domestic animals. Some commentators may feel that elections should be 100% about people, but I share the view that it is right that animal welfare is on the agenda. If we cant treat other creatures properly then it is a poor reflection on our humanity. The major concern of the voters who have been in touch is that animal welfare in this country is covered by over 40 EU laws and they fear that once Britain leaves the European Union some of those l...


France: Police hunt Muslim over three shootings, has 14 prior convictions "IndyWatch Feed War"

Police say the suspect is already known to them but have not said whether they believe the shootings have links to terrorism. We have already seen many times that authorities in France and all over the Western world are extremely wary of calling jihadis jihadis. Even the fact that they didnt rule it out immediately []


KDE 4/5 Affected By A Root Exploit Vulnerability "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

There's a root exploit vulnerability present on both KDE4 and KDE5...


Russia-initiated safe zones in Syria a real chance for reconciliation Assad David Icke latest headlines

Syrias President Bashar Assad believes that the internationally agreed de-escalation zones are a real opportunity to finally achieve peace in his war-torn country, saying, all previous initiatives have failed due to some states hindering peace by pursuing own political goals. The foremost aim of the de-escalation or safe zones is to protect peaceful civilians, but Assad said they also provide armed militants with an opening to enter into a truce with the government. This is a chance for a person with weapons in hand to pause to think. In other words, if they lay down arms, amnesty would follow, the Syrian president said in an interview with Belarusian ONT television aired on Thursday. The interview has also been published by the Syrian SANA agency. The Syrian leader praised Russias peacemaking efforts, in particular, the Astana peace talks, where Moscow proposed the creation of such de-escalation zones in agreement with the other guarantor-states Iran and Turkey. Read more: Russia-initiated safe zones in Syria a real chance for reconciliation Assad


Chrome Gets A GPU Service Scheduler "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The Chrome/Chromium web-browser now has a GPU service scheduler...


Brazil declares end to Zika emergency after drop in cases "IndyWatch Feed World"

Brazil has declared an end to its public health emergency over the Zika virus.


Enter Emmanuel Macron and the Third Reich Redux "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

673453434During the first round of the French presidential election I showed readers and social media fans how Facebook tested micro-censoring technology a political analyst and influencers account. Strangely, nobody cared. Maybe I am just that bad a storyteller? A day before Marine Le Pen and Rothschild puppet Emmanuel Macron vied for the French presidency, we analyzed many of the so-called #MacronLeaks papers and presented circumstantial evidence hes a crook and worse. Nobody cared, and the unwitting French have laws in place banning them from knowing of last minute disasters. Heres my assessment to show how France and Europe are screwed.

Why did the British decide to pull up stakes and leave the EU? Maybe the Brits learned from living their own RMS Titanic disasters that going down with the ship is in fact noble, but it comes at the price of being dead too. And France is door knob dead for sure now. Marine Le Pen was the last chance for the French to ever lead anything again, and the voters in Paris throwing 90% to Macron ended any chance France will ever be great again. The globalists won a great victory last weekend, but whats more the evil men standing behind were given carte blanche to ruin all of Europe. If the French people are dumb enough, apathetic enough to put yet another EU mafia boss in the presidency of France, the handlers of such political puppets know where they stand immune from the revolution that would end their tyrannical reign on humanity.

My colleague Holger Eekhof and I were up late the night before the election scouring over documents WikiLeaks called attention to, the #MacronLeaks archives of hundreds of documents allegedly associated with Macron. Today WikiLeaks and other analysts are mulling over just who hacked into Macron, and for what purpose. While the ultimate perpetrators of the hack remain obscured for now, the names, faces, and dealings contained in the documents hint at a financial control mechanism of enormous proportions. Eekhofs and my first focus was on a deal involving the worlds largest smart cards (SIMMs) maker, a company called Gemplus International SA. The short take on Gemplus and Macron is that Gemplus had some pretty big PR problems about the time the owners and investors wanted to sell the company. Laced within the hundreds of documents on Gemplus are the names of some of Europes most important and controversial figures. Weve not space here to go into everyone, but this more detailed report on the Gemplus sections of the Macron papers tells of CIA involvement in what amounted to the owning the SIMMS in everyones smart devices. For the sake of brevity...


VK9 Direct3D-Over-Vulkan Begins Hitting More Advanced Milestones "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The VK9 hobbyist project implementing Direct3D 9 over the Vulkan graphics API is beginning to reach the more challenging milestones...


Military Situation In Raqqah Countryside On May 12, 2017 (Map Update) "IndyWatch Feed War"

This map provides a general look at the military situation in the Raqqah countryside on May 12, 2017.

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Why do ISIS Videos All come from Israeli Intelligence? David Icke latest headlines

The grisly ISIS videos, like the most recent one supposedly showing the killing of a Russian soldier, all come to us through Israeli agents working for Israeli intelligence. How can it be that the ISIS media outlet al Furat Media Foundation is able to produce high quality videos, but does not even have a website? Nor is ISIS even able to send its nasty videos directly to its chosen audience, in this case the Russian government or media outlets. Why is it that ISIS videos all come to us from Israeli intelligence? Lets look at the most recent ISIS video and examine how it came to Western media outlets: Read more: Why do ISIS Videos All come from Israeli Intelligence?


James Comey: A political ax murder Will no-one rid me of this troublesome priest ? "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Charles Krauthammer

It was implausible that FBI Director James Comey was fired in May 2017 for actions committed in July 2016 the rationale contained in the memo by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

It was implausible that Comey was fired by President Trump for having been too tough on Hillary Clinton, as when, at a July news conference, Comey publicly recited her various email misdeeds despite recommending against prosecution.

It was implausible that Trump fired Comey for, among other things, reopening the Clinton investigation 11 days before the election, something that at the time Trump praised as a sign of Comeys guts that had brought back his reputation.

It was implausible that Trump, a man notorious for being swayed by close and loyal personal advisers, fired Comey on the recommendation of a sub-Cabinet official whom Trump hardly knew and whod been on the job all of two weeks.

It was implausible that Trump found Rosensteins arguments so urgently persuasive that he acted immediately so precipitously, in fact, that Comey learned of his own firing from TVs that happened to be playing behind him.

The White House on May 11 continued to defend President Trumps dismissal of James B. Comey as FBI director. (Video: Bastien Inzaurralde, Alice Li, Jayne Orenstein/Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

These implausibilities were obvious within seconds of Comeys firing and the administrations immediate attempt to pin it all on the Rosenstein memo. That was pure spin. So why in reality did Trump fire Comey?

Admittedly, Comey had to go. The cliche is that if youve infuriated both sides, it means you must be doing something...


Syrias De-Escalation Zones Explained David Icke latest headlines

At midnight, May 5, a series of four de-escalation zones were implemented across Syria. According to the agreement, no warplanes will be allowed to fly missions in territories included in the designated safe zones, including Syrian, Russian, and American warplanes. The largest safe zone is comprised of Idlib province as well as adjoining districts of Latakia, Aleppo, and Hama, an area that contains around 1 million people. Other safe zones are located in the northern part of Homs, East Ghouta, Daraa, and Quneitra. The safe zones are slated to exist for six months, with the options of extending them after that time. Journalist and analyst with The Rabbit Hole, Sarah Abed, wrote, The memorandum, which comes into effect on May 5, envisages the cessation of hostilities between the sides, conditions for returning refugees, the restoration of destroyed urban infrastructure and the access of humanitarian organizations. Moreover, the checkpoints to control the movement of civilians and the ceasefire regime will be created along the de-escalation zone borders. Read more: Syrias De-Escalation Zones Explained


No, the 'New' CNN Video of the Chemical Incident Does Not Prove that the Syrian Government Did It David Icke latest headlines

I agree that the footage is harrowing. However none of it is new and none of it proves that the Syrian government was the perpetrator of a nerve agent attack. As such, this article merely falls into the category of propaganda. The kindest alternative description of the article is that it might instead be yet another example of bad reporting that mixes ill-considered assumptions with facts that may or may not be relevant to its conclusions. This kind of reporting could actually be encouraging such attacks. If there was a false flag nerve agent attack, this tells the perpetrators that when they engage in the murder of children they can build a stronger false case against the Syrian government and thereby increase their chances of creating political pressure on the US Government to intervene militarily on their behalf. If people are sickened by the inhumanity of these events, they might want to consider alternative explanations of who might be responsible for the immoralities we are seeing. Read more: No, the New CNN Video of the Chemical Incident Does Not Prove that the Syrian Government Did It


The worlds most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

But there is cause for concern. Internet companies control of data gives them enormous power. Old ways of thinking about competition, devised in the era of oil, look outdated in what has come to be called the data economy (see Briefing). A new approach is needed.

A NEW commodity spawns a lucrative, fast-growing industry, prompting antitrust regulators to step in to restrain those who control its flow. A century ago, the resource in question was oil. Now similar concerns are being raised by the giants that deal in data, the oil of the digital era. These titansAlphabet (Googles parent company), Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoftlook unstoppable. They are the five most valuable listed firms in the world. Their profits are surging: they collectively racked up over $25bn in net profit in the first quarter of 2017. Amazon captures half of all dollars spent online in America. Google and Facebook accounted for almost all the revenue growth in digital advertising in America last year.

Such dominance has prompted calls for the tech giants to be broken up, as Standard Oil was in the early 20th century. This newspaper has argued against such drastic action in the past. Size alone is not a crime. The giants success has benefited consumers. Few want to live without Googles search engine, Amazons one-day delivery or Facebooks newsfeed. Nor do these firms raise the alarm when standard antitrust tests are applied. Far from gouging consumers, many of their services are free (users pay, in effect, by handing over yet more data). Take account of offline rivals, and their market shares look less worrying. And the emergence of upstarts like Snapchat suggests that new entrants can still make waves.


Venezuelas opposition seeks chaos, not election to depose Maduro Constituent Assembly director David Icke latest headlines

Venezuelas major opposition is not interested in taking part in free general elections, but instead, seeks ways to create chaos and violently oust President Nicholas Maduro from office, the head of the commission for the newly introduced Constituent Assembly told RT. They are not interested in taking part in the elections when the situation is politically, economically and socially stable. Now they are not planning to run for elections at all, but initially they wanted the election to take place amid economic and social chaos in the country, thus they could have won by creating a mess in our society, Elas Jos Jaua Milano, who was appointed president of the commission for the National Constituent Assembly, said in an interview with RT Spanish. This is their goal. They are not striving for elections taking place in normal conditions so that our people could freely express their political will, Jaua Milano noted. Read more: Venezuelas opposition seeks chaos, not election to depose Maduro Constituent Assembly director


U.S. Attempts at Destabilization: The Peace Movement Stands in Solidarity with Venezuela David Icke latest headlines

The United States has been conducting a brutal, 20-year-long campaign of destabilization against Venezuela in an attempt to cause regime change in that country. This has taken the form of economic sabotage and financial manipulation as well as support for the mobilization of right-wing forces in increasingly violent demonstrations. This is not a recent policy but one that has also been carried out under the Obama and Bush administrations as well as the present Trump administration. In 2002, right-wing forces inside Venezuela attempted a coup against then-President Hugo Chavez. Many sources have confirmed that the U.S. gave the go-ahead to the opposition to orchestrate the coup and promised support. Soon after the coup, the people of Venezuela turned out in the streets in massive numbers and restored Chavez to the presidency. Barack Obama continued the assault on the Venezuelan revolution by imposing crippling sanctions and asserting that Venezuela was a security threat to the United States. These attacks from the U.S. exemplify attempts to realize full-spectrum dominance, the epitome of imperialist intervention which has brought so much suffering to the world. Read more: U.S. Attempts at Destabilization: The Peace Movement Stands in Solidarity with Venezuela


Israel asks US to annul UN resolution on settlements: Report David Icke latest headlines

Israel has appealed to the US to nullify UN Security Council Resolution 2334 which demands a halt to all settlement expansion in the occupied Palestinian territories, a report says. The Israeli Foreign Ministry made the request to US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley earlier this week, Ynetnews website reported on Thursday. Tel Aviv has also called on the US to reduce the activities of UN bodies related to the Palestinian issue and slash their budget and manpower, the report added. Washington has further been asked to decrease the number of Security Council discussions on Israel that are currently held once a month. The Security Council approved Resolution 2334 in December 2016 by a vote of 14-0 with the US abstaining. Read more: Israel asks US to annul UN resolution on settlements: Report


Su-30 fighter jet intercepted US spy plane over Black Sea "IndyWatch Feed War"

RT (Russia Today)
Su-30 fighter jet intercepted US spy plane over Black Sea on V-Day Moscow
A fighter jet was scrambled to intercept a US reconnaissance plane over neutral waters of the Black Sea on May 9, the Russian Defense Ministry revealed on Friday.

After approaching a plane at a safe distance the Russian pilot visually identified the flying object as a US surveillance plane P-8A Poseidon, the Russian military said.

The Russian pilot greeted the US pilots with a special maneuver, after which the US plane changed its course away from the Russian border.

The incident occurred on May 9 at around 9am GMT, when Russian radars detected an aerial target over neutral waters of the Black Sea approaching the Russian border.

A Su-30 fighter jet was scrambled to intercept it, the ministry of defense said, adding that the jet safely returned to the base afterwards.

Previously, NBC reported that a Russian Su-27 jet approached a US plane over Black Sea neutral waters as close as seven meters.

The channel cited Captain Pamela Kunze, a spokeswoman for US Naval Forces Europe, who said that the aircraft was on a routine operation in international airspace. She also stated that US Navy aircraft and ships often interact with Russian ships and planes in and over international waters, and that most interac...


Gaza's Health Ministry warns: Palestinian Authority to stop sending medicine and baby formula to hospitals David Icke latest headlines

The Palestinian Authority is to stop providing medicines and baby formula to hospitals in the Gaza Strip, which could have disastrous consequences for residents in the Strip, the Health Ministry in Gaza warned Tuesday. The director general of the Gazan Health Ministrys pharmacy department, Dr. Munir alBursh, was quoted on a number of Palestinian websites identified with Hamas as saying this was a political decision. He is in contact with senior officials in the Health Ministry in the West Bank to determine the meaning of the decision which was announced by Ramallah on Tuesday  and how long it will be in effect, he said. This is a decision that has destructive implications for the residents [of Gaza], and in particular for the chronically ill and children, said Bursh. Read more: Gazas Health Ministry warns: Palestinian Authority to stop sending medicine and baby formula to hospitals


5 Challenges Faced by Those who Dont Conform "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

5 Challenges Faced by Those who Don't Conform

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.  Ralph Waldo Emerson

By Bhavika

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life would be much easier if you could conform and obey but that was not meant for us. We took the plunge over a decade ago left our jobs, left the city to lead a life in the countryside and run this site and work from home.

This might sound like a dream come true for many, of course it has its perks, but it would be foolish to think its easy. This paths laden with challenges and obstacles, lets say this choice was a huge risk. Its not been a comfy ride, not even close to easy, but of course its always been up to us to decide if we wanted to keep trudging along or call it quits.

Before we took the plunge, statements such as If everybody is doing it, it must be right!, Do you really think youre capable enough to do things on your own, were a constant bombardment. Everyone seemed to want you to fit in, but we dint want to be another cog in this system that seems to be on self destruct mode.

Theres no denying the fact that everyone faces their own set of challenges, but what happens when you dont co...


Were Watching The End Of An Empire (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Were Watching The End Of An Empire Video Silver Report we are watching the end of an empire. the development of empires and the fall of an economic superpower. the growing problem with debt growth meets monetary deficiencies from...

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Philippines moves troops and supplies to disputed South China Sea island claimed by Beijing David Icke latest headlines

The Philippines has begun moving troops and equipment to a disputed island in the South China Sea which is claimed by both Manila and Beijing, a Philippines general said. It comes ahead of construction, including lengthening an airstrip on the island. The troops and initial supplies arrived at Pag-asa Island last week, Lt. Gen. Raul del Rosario, head of the Philippine militarys Western Command, said as quoted by AP. Some 1.6 billion pesos (US$32 million) has been set aside for construction on the island, which will include reinforcing and lengthening and airstrip and building dock, according to the official. Solar power, a desalination plant and refurbishment of military housing, as well as sites for marine research and tourists, are set to be built on the island. Read more: Philippines moves troops and supplies to disputed South China Sea island claimed by Beijing


The Map They Dont Want You To See: Nations With The Most Refugees Have The Most Terror Attacks "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The globalists who run the governments and the media outlets in Europe will never admit the truth about the refugee crisis Source: The Map They Dont Want You To See: Nations With The Most Refugees Have The Most Terror Attacks... Continue Reading


In June, the UN will negotiate nuclear ban. Here is a Hibakusha appeal that you must sign! "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

This is the call of the survivors, known as hibakusha. They have launched a signature campaign calling for an international treaty to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons, in the hope that no one will ever have to suffer as they have.

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Criminal Nation: Obama and Trump Both Should Be Jailed for War Crimes David Icke latest headlines

The corporate media feed us fake news and the lawyers provide us with fake legality. A group of former Obama White House lawyers the same guys that defended the U.S. bombing of Libya, drone wars, and the proxy war against Syria say Trump has not legally justified his attack on a Syrian airbase. The truth is, the U.S. has waged illegal wars with impunity for most of its existence. Obamas former lawyers want only to whitewash the crimes. Read more: Criminal Nation: Obama and Trump Both Should Be Jailed for War Crimes


Google Redefines Fascism, 1613 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Support Our Sponsors: Flygrip - Noble Gold & Silver - Life Change Tea - Rid Your Body From Toxins! Google has changed the definition of the word fascism to protect the new normal in free speech paid liberal thugs using violence to silence any speech with which they disagree politically. Now, lets go to the dictionaries. First Merriam-Webster: Fascism: a political philosophy, movement, or regime that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition. The secondary definition is: a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control. Ok, now go google the word Fascism. Heres what you will see: fascism faSHizm/ noun an authoritarian and nationalistic right-wing system of government and social organization. synonyms: authoritarianism, totalitarianism, dictatorship, despotism, autocracy; More (in general use) extreme right-wing, authoritarian, or intolerant views or practice. what? Political conservatives believe in small, less intrusive government where power rests with the states and individuals in other words where power is deconsolidated to the maximum extent which is politically practical - and the federal government lives within its Constitutional restraints. Progressive liberals believe in just the opposite: a powerful central government with authority vested in a strong leader who has the ability to impose decrees from Washington. Visit our website at 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 todays United States political climate. Please Like, Comment & Share. Good morning, Im still reporting on XXXXXXX Good evening, Im still reporting on VIDEO TITLE HERE 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: Consider becoming a cheri...


Freak hailstorm hits Koolyanobbing, Western Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Wheatbelt mining town of Koolyanobbing has experienced a spectacular hail storm, transforming it into a wintry dreamscape. Incredible photos of the aftermath of Thursday morning's storm have surfaced on Facebook, and show thick layers of ice on the ground in scenes more reminiscent of a ski field than the Australian outback. Ronnie Canning, who posted the photos to facebook and has worked at the local iron ore mine for ten years, said he hadn't seen anything like it. "It all happened pretty quick to tell you the truth, it escalated quite quickly. It all happened within about ten minutes, so it was quite loud and noisy really," Mr Canning said.


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Workaholic Japan names and shames firms over employee abuses National employer blacklist "IndyWatch Feed War"


AFP/File | This file photo shows a businessman rubbing his eyes as he heads to work in Japan, where the government has released its first national employer blacklist, naming-and-shaming firms for breaching labour laws, in a bid to prevent workplace abuses


Japan has released its first nationwide employer blacklist, naming-and-shaming more than 300 companies for breaching labour laws, as Tokyo ramps up efforts to tackle notoriously long work hours blamed for karoshi, or death from overwork.

The labour ministrys list, which was released this week, called out hundreds of firms, including advertising giant Dentsu and an arm of Panasonic, for illegal overtime and other workplace violations.

The top executive at Dentsu quit late last year in response to the suicide of a young employee who regularly logged more than 100 hours of overtime a month.

The death of Matsuri Takahashi generated nationwide headlines, prompting the government to come up with a solution to punishing work hours blamed for hundreds of deaths due to strokes, heart attacks and suicides every year.

Many firms on the labour ministry list a compilation of publicly available data are construction firms accused of safety infractions, such as having employees work without proper protection or letting them operate heavy machinery without being certified to do so.

It was unclear what impact the tactic would have on firms behaviour. And the list named fewer than a dozen companies in the capital Tokyo for breaching labour laws between October and April.

This year, a panel headed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe came up with a plan calling on employers to limit overtime to a maximum of 100 hours per month, which critics slammed as still too high.

Currently, Japanese firms can make full-time employees work far beyond the usual 40 hours a week during busy periods.

Overtime is viewed as a sign of dedication at many firms, even if Japanese workers productivity lags behind that of their US and European counterparts.

And more than one in five Japanese companies have employees whose tendency to overwork puts them at serious risk of dying, according to a government survey published in October.


Trumps $68million Saudi state visit set to be garish display of opulence David Icke latest headlines

Donald Trumps presidential term is set to reach whole new levels of extravagance when he visits Saudi Arabia this month in his first official state visit. But when it comes to lavish, the Saudis tower over the US president, known for his love of luxury. The kingdom has allocated 257 million rials (nearly $68 million) for Trumps visit, scheduled to begin on May 19, which will reportedly be the largest reception in the kingdoms history, reports the Riyadh Herald, citing leaked documents. Trumps extravagant streak should be sated by the visit, with the Saudi royal family known to present world leaders and high-ranking officials with everything from Rolex watches to golden sabers. One wonders how the Saudis will top the extravagance bestowed upon the UKs Prince Charles during his 2014 visit, when he was lavished with gold belts, daggers and ceremonial swords. Read more: Trumps $68million Saudi state visit set to be garish display of opulence


'Keep America safe in cyberspace': Trump signs cybersecurity executive order David Icke latest headlines

President Donald Trump has signed a long-awaited executive order designed to strengthen the cybersecurity of critical infrastructure and the federal governments computer networks. It is the White Houses first action at defending the US against hackers. The trend is going in the wrong direction in cyberspace, and its time to stop that trend and reverse it on behalf of the American people, White House Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert said at the daily White House press briefing, announcing that the president had already signed the executive order. There are three main thrusts of the order: strengthening the cybersecurity of federal networks, of critical infrastructure and for the country overall. It contains the word cyber 39 times. Read more: Keep America safe in cyberspace: Trump signs cybersecurity executive order


Top Psychiatrist Says French President Macron is a 'Dangerous Psychopath' David Icke latest headlines

A prominent Italian psychiatrist says that French President-elect Emmanuel Macron is a dangerous psychopath who could potentially ruin France. In a video interview with ERTV, Dr. Adriano Segatori explores Macrons psychological background, which he says was shaped by Macrons relationship with his 64-year-old wife. Segatori begins by alleging that Macron suffered a grave sexual assault at age 15 by his future wife Brigitte Trogneux, 24 years his senior, and that this led to Macron developing an omnipotent personality complex born out of the idea that limits do not exist. Although Macron first met his future wife when he was a 15-year-old student in her class, they were only officially a couple when Macron turned 17. Read more: Top Psychiatrist Says French President Macron is a Dangerous Psychopath


Cash crunch on Chinas new Silk Road Unsustainable without the involvement of international financial institutions "IndyWatch Feed War"

Central bank official appeals to international lenders to help fund Belt and Road Initiative

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British voters overwhelmingly back Labours manifesto policies, poll finds David Icke latest headlines

Voters overwhelmingly back policies set out in Labours leaked manifesto, including nationalising the railways, building more houses and raising taxes on higher earners, according to a poll. The ComRes survey shows around half of people support state ownership of the train network (52 per cent), energy market (49 per cent) and Royal Mail (50 per cent). Roughly a quarter of people (22, 24 and 25 per cent respectively) said they opposed the policies, outlined in the partys draft document, which was signed off by Labour executives at a meeting on Thursday. All 43 pages of Jeremy Corbyns plan for a Labour government were leaked on Wednesday, days before the official manifesto launch. The 20,000 word document revealed a radical plan for the country after 8 June; proposals that saw right-wing critics claiming the Labour leader wanted to drag Britain back to the 1970s. Read more: British voters overwhelmingly back Labours manifesto policies, poll finds


You MUST accept the result! Tony Blair squirms as he admits Brexit chief 'may be right' David Icke latest headlines

Tony Blair was lost for words after being grilled by a leading Brexit strategist who told the former Prime Minister he must accept the result of the EU referendum. Chief Remoaner Blair was chairing a panel discussion on populism at California-based think-tank the Milken Institutes global conference last week. Among the speakers was Matthew Elliott, former chief executive of Vote Leave, the official Brexit campaign group. Mr Elliott, now the editor of blog BrexitCentral, spoke about how a new consensus must be built around Britains decision to cut ties with Brussels. He then firmly told Mr Blair: You have to start accepting the basic principles of what the public have said, and actually listen to what they said, in this case, in the referendum. A stunned-looking Mr Blair then stumbles over his words, attempting four times to think of a rebuttal to Mr Elliott. Read more: You MUST accept the result! Tony Blair squirms as he admits Brexit chief may be right


NVIDIA's Volta Architecture Unveiled: GV100 and Tesla V100 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

NVIDIA has detailed the full GV100 GPU as well as the first product based on the GPU, the Tesla V100:

The Volta GV100 GPU uses the 12nm TSMC FFN process, has over 21 billion transistors, and is designed for deep learning applications. We're talking about an 815mm2 die here, which pushes the limits of TSMC's current capabilities. Nvidia said it's not possible to build a larger GPU on the current process technology. The GP100 was the largest GPU that Nvidia ever produced before the GV100. It took up a 610mm2 surface area and housed 15.3 billion transistors. The GV100 is more than 30% larger.

Volta's full GV100 GPU sports 84 SMs (each SM [streaming multiprocessor] features four texture units, 64 FP32 cores, 64 INT32 cores, 32 FP64 cores) fed by 128KB of shared L1 cache per SM that can be configured to varying texture cache and shared memory ratios. The GP100 featured 60 SMs and a total of 3840 CUDA cores. The Volta SMs also feature a new type of core that specializes in Tensor deep learning 4x4 Matrix operations. The GV100 contains eight Tensor cores per SM and deliver a total of 120 TFLOPS for training and inference operations. To save you some math, this brings the full GV100 GPU to an impressive 5,376 FP32 and INT32 cores, 2688 FP64 cores, and 336 texture units.

[...] GV100 also features four HBM2 memory emplacements, like GP100, with each stack controlled by a pair of memory controllers. Speaking of which, there are eight 512-bit memory controllers (giving this GPU a total memory bus width of 4,096-bit). Each memory controller is attached to 768KB of L2 cache, for a total of 6MB of L2 cache (vs 4MB for Pascal).

The Tesla V100 has 16 GB of HBM2 memory with 900 GB/s of memory bandwidth. NVLink interconnect bandwidth has been increased to 300 GB/s.

Note the "120 TFLOPS" for machine learning operations. Microsoft is "doubling down" on AI, and NVIDIA's sales to data centers have tripled in a year. Sales of automotive-oriented GPUs (more machine learning) also increased.

IBM Unveils New AI Software, Will Support Nvidia Volta

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The U.S. Behavior That Concerns Russia "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I attended a meeting in Moscow on Friday with Vladimir Kozin, longtime member of Russia's foreign service, advisor to the government, author, and advocate for arms reduction. He handed out the list of 16 unresolved problems above. While he noted that the United States funds NGOs in Russia, as well as Ukraine, to influence elections, and described that as a reality in contrast to U.S. stories about Russia.


Volvox 2017: one week left for early registration "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Volvox 2017 LogoJust what the headline says: early registration for The Fourth International Volvox Conference ends May 19th. After that, prices go up $100 for everybody. The registration fees sound a bit steep (up to $650), but when you consider that they include meals, lodging, and transportation between the hotel and the conference, theyre not bad at all:

Faculty with single occupancy room (3 nights): $650
Faculty with double occupancy room (3 nights): $550
Faculty with no hotel stay: $400
Postdoc/student with single occupancy room (3 nights): $550
Postdoc/student with double occupancy room (3 nights): $450
Postdoc/student with no hotel stay: $300

Compare that to another recent four-day conference, the 2nd ASM Conference on Experimental Microbial Evolution, at $785: thats just registration, not including hotel or meals.

If you are or want to be part of the Volvox research community, or if you just have an interest in the evolution of multicellularity, cellular differentiation, or sex, I cant recommend this meeting highly enough. Its small enough that there are no concurrent sessions, everyone who wants to give a talk can (at least, thats been the case in the past), and there are plenty of opportunities to interact with everyone. Its big enough, though, that most of the major players in the Volvox world will be there (again, based on past experience).



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Oh, the slightest criticism, obviously equivalent to being burned alive "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

You know whose breathless histrionics I havent enjoyed in a while? Jesse Singals.

Ill share a little bit about Singals background here, because theres a lot to unpack in Singals latest masterwank, This is What a Modern Day Witch Hunt Looks Like (a decidedly not burned cis white woman, apparently).

Back when Singal first started cluelessly meandering into trans issues, virtually every trans feminist academic I read approached him with kiddie gloves. Julia Serano gave an interview with him to help orient his slant on a Ken Zucker piece in relation to empirical evidencehe declined to use any of the information she provided. Same thing with Parker Molloy, who goes to great lengths to avoid calling Singal transphobic despite his omission of Molloys attempt to introduce the evidence to him. A blogger by the pseudonym of Cerberus has meticulously documented Singals foray into trans issues, and spends several years trying to patiently explain the sheer amount of denialism necessary to maintain the opinions Singal defends. Kelley Winters has tried to inform Singal (multiple times). Cristan Williams has tried to inform Singal. Zinnia Jones has tried to inform Singal. Casey Plett has tried to inform Singal. Ive tried to inform Singal.

So I want to make it abundantly clear that Jesse Singal has had ample opportunity for respectful dialogue with trans feminists and gender psychiatrists, multiple offers of delicate hand-holding from advocates across multiple platforms of media, and dozens of attempts to offer clearer information for the purposes of his journalism.



Strong Talk: Invisible Bike Riders "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Last week's article on "invisible bike riders" the low-income, often immigrant cyclists who bike because they have no choice and who refute our common cultural notions of what a bike rider looks like garnered a fair amount of attention and conversation. We're continuing that conversation on today's episode of Strong Talk.

The episode will air live at 1:30pm CT today.

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The U.S. Behavior That Concerns Russia "IndyWatch Feed War"

I attended a meeting in Moscow on Friday with Vladimir Kozin, longtime member of Russias foreign service, advisor to the government, author, and advocate for arms reduction. He handed out the list of 16 unresolved problems above. While he noted that the United States funds NGOs in Russia, as well as Ukraine, to influence elections, and described that as a reality in contrast to U.S. stories of Russia trying to influence a U.S. election, which he called a fairy tale, the topic did not make the top-16 list.

He added to the top of the list as something that could be obtainable, and something he considers very important, the need for an agreement between the U.S. and Russia on no first use of nuclear weapons, an agreement that he thinks other nations would subsequently join.

Then h...


Delhi High Court Upholds Trial Court Order in Uphaar Fire Tragedy "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

An elderly man looks at the photographs of Uphaar fire tragedy victims in New Delhi. Credit: PTI

An elderly man looks at the photographs of Uphaar fire tragedy victims in New Delhi. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: The Delhi high court today upheld a trial court order framing charges of tampering of evidence against real estate barons Sushil and Gopal Ansal in a case related to the 1997 Uphaar fire tragedy.

A bench comprising justice Siddharth Mridul held that there was adequate material on record before the magisterial court which justifies framing of charges against Ansals and others.

The material gave rise to a strong suspicion that the accused committed the offence for which charges were rightly framed, the bench said.

It also directed the magisterial court to proceed with the trial in the case.

A magisterial court had on May 31, 2014 ordered framing of charges against seven accused for abetment of offence, causing disappearance of evidence, criminal breach of trust by public servant and criminal conspiracy under the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Theatre owners Gopal Ansal and his brother Sushil Ansal, Anoop Singh, Prem Prakash Batra, Harswaroop Panwar, Dharamveer Malhotra and Dinesh Chandra Sharma are accused of tampering with evidence in the case, pending since 2006. All the accused have denied the al...


US Carrier Strike Groups Locations Map May 12, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed War"

This is the newst update of the U.S. Carrier Strike Groups Locations Map exclusive series showing the approximate locations of U.S. Carrier Strike Groups on a weekly basis. SouthFront: Analysis & Intelligence tracks locations of U.S. aircraft carriers using the available open-source information. No classified information was used in production of the map.

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Carrier strike group (CSG) is an operational formation of the United States Navy. It is centered on an aircraft carrier and a carrier air wing (CVW) of 65 to 70 aircrafts. Its composed of roughly 7,500 personnel, an aircraft carrier, at least one cruiser, a destroyer squadron of at least two destroyers and/or frigates. A carrier strike group also, on occasion, includes submarines, attached logistics ships and a supply ship. Carrier strike groups comprise a principal element of U.S. power projection over the worlds oceans.

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US arming of Kurds is a relic of Obama era, says Erdogan "IndyWatch Feed War"


Turkish president insists Donald Trump's decision to arm the YPG militia in Syria is a hangover of Obama, days before he meets new US president


Journalist ARRESTED for covering controversial anti-fracking demonstration in Tory marginal David Icke latest headlines

There has been widespread international outrage after a journalist was arrested in the US for simply asking a question to one of Donald Trumps cabinet members. By contrast, when a UK photo-journalist is arrested here in Britain and is due in court for covering an anti-fracking demonstration the compliant UK press is completely silent. Photo-journalist Peter Yankowski-Walker is due in court on May 15th after attempting to cover a demonstration in Bolton against a fracking company . Fracking is a controversial subject in Bolton as the local Tory MP Chris Green is defending an extremely narrow majority of just 801 against strong local feeling against fracking. Could this be an attempt to intimidate local press from covering a subject which could damage a local MP in a Tory marginal not to mention a government which supports fracking during the election campaign? Read more: Journalist ARRESTED for covering controversial anti-fracking demonstration in Tory marginal


We're clueless about the coming robot job takeover "IndyWatch Feed World"

Robotics and artificial intelligence are retooling the workplace faster than we can make sense of it. What should we do, for instance, with the taxi drivers and long-haul truckers who could see their livelihoods evaporate with the evolution of self-driving vehicles? Researchers say not only is the world changing at breakneck speed, but that sociologists and


Good riddance, Sir Waste-a-lot! Foreign aid chief quits after rows with Priti Patel... but not before dishing out 60billion of your money David Icke latest headlines

The Whitehall mandarin who has presided over Britains foreign aid farce will quit today amid sustained criticism of how he has wasted taxpayers money, the Mail can reveal. Sir Mark Lowcock will step down as permanent secretary of the Department for International Development after dishing out more than 60billion during six years in charge. The civil servant, nicknamed Sir Waste-a-lot, leaves the controversial aid ministry where he has spent his whole career following clashes with International Development Secretary Priti Patel. Read more: Good riddance, Sir Waste-a-lot! Foreign aid chief quits after rows with Priti Patel but not before dishing out 60billion of your money


Well take 50,000 more Syrian refugees, Liberal Democrats pledge David Icke latest headlines

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has pledged to resettle 50,000 more Syrian refugees in the UK if the party wins the general election. Farron urged Jeremy Corbyns Labour Party to follow his example by pledging to allow those displaced in camps throughout the Middle East to come to the UK. The Conservative government originally pledged to settle 20,000 refugees in 2015, then the following year promised to try to settle 3,000 unaccompanied children. However, in February of this year the program closed and in reality just 350 children had been let in. Labour should match this [Liberal Democrat pledge], this is a challenge to other parties and particularly to the government, the Lib Dem leader told the Guardian. Read more: Well take 50,000 more Syrian refugees, Liberal Democrats pledge


Gilles Dauv: When Insurrections Die "IndyWatch Feed War"


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Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing them for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.


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The beautiful Icelandic tradition of giving books on Christmas Eve "IndyWatch Feed World"

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Book lovers will want to adopt this lovely holiday tradition, which melds literary and holiday pleasures into a single event.

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The London startup hoping to 'build the Matrix': Improbable reveals record breaking funding to 'simulate the real world' David Icke latest headlines

A London firm is hoping to turn the world into a simulation, and make The Matrix a reality. Improbable has developed a system to build huge virtual and simulated worlds, and today revealed a massive new investment to boost its smart software. It is already working with cities around the world to create complex simulations of entire regions to aid planners, and say its software can be used for everything from gaming to creating new worlds humans can live in using headsets. Our vision is to create massive virtual worlds, Herman Narula, CEO of Improbable told Basically, we want to build the Matrix, Read more: The London startup hoping to build the Matrix: Improbable reveals record breaking funding to simulate the real world


The 2017 budget has axed research to help Australia adapt to climate change "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The federal government has defunded a national research agency that looks at how best to adapt to climate-related impacts such as floods, droughts and heatwaves - a decision that could cost lives.


Gaius Publius: Trump A Nation in Crisis, Again "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Trump's opponents are using the Comey scandal to up their efforts to force Trump out. Is this likely to succeed?


Trump Administration Announces Deal With China to Boost Exports Increase access to Chinese economy U.S.-China relationships are now hitting a new high especially in trade. "IndyWatch Feed War"

Plan would increase access to Chinese economy for beef producers, electronic-payments providers and natural-gas exporters

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, above on Tuesday, announced a 10-point plan between Washington and Beijing to improve American companies access to the Chinese market.
U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, above on Tuesday, announced a 10-point plan between Washington and Beijing to improve American companies access to the Chinese market. PHOTO: ANDREW HARRER/BLOOMBERG NEWS

Updated May 12, 2017 12:37 a.m. ET

WASHINGTONAfter months of bashing China for its trade practices, the Trump administration said it had agreed with Beijing on a broad range of measures aimed at improving the access of American beef producers, electronic-payments providers and natural-gas exporters, among others, to the worlds second-largest economy.

Some items on a 10-point plan the White House released Thursday address longstanding irritants between the two countries, as both governments strive to show warming ties while seeking cooperation on a range of economic and diplomatic issues like North Koreas nuclear-weapons program. Others are general principles and may not ensure concrete policy changes beyond promises to try to expand commerce in certain sectors.

U.S.-China relationships are now hitting a new high especially in trade, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in unveiling the package at the White House.



Saudi regime to waste $68m for luxurious Trump visit "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Donald Trumps presidential term is set to reach whole new levels of extravagance when he visits Saudi Arabia this month in his first official state visit. But when it comes to lavish, the Saudis tower over the US president, known for his love of luxury. The kingdom has allocated 257 million rials (nearly $68 million)


Ukrainians allowed visa-free travel to EUs Schengen area David Icke latest headlines

Ukrainians have been allowed to make visa-free travel to the European Unions Schengen Area, amid tensions between the Western-backed country and Russia. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday that the EU had finally decided to approve Ukraines years-long bid to obtain visa-free travel for its citizens to Schengen countries, which includes 22 EU members and four non-EU states. YES, we did it! wrote the pro-Western Poroshenko on Facebook, adding, It feels like coming home after a long and exhausting journey. The approval comes nearly three years after Ukrainians, mostly in the capital Kiev and west of the country, revolted against a Russia-backed government. That sparked a massive conflict in south and east of the country, where ethnic Russians decided to join Russia in a referendum and later engaged in a conflict with the Kiev government. More than 10,000 have been killed in the violent conflict in Ukraines east. The visa-free travel is part of broad trade and political agreement sealed between Ukraine and the EU in 2014. Read more: Ukrainians allowed visa-free travel to EUs Schengen area


Michael Snyder Is Calling For An Army Of Pro-Trump Activists To Run For Office All Over America "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Michael Snyder Is Calling For An Army Of Pro-Trump Activists To Run For Office All Over America by Michael Snyder The Economic Collapse Blog It is really easy to sit back and complain about the direction of this country,...

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Pakistan, Iran Cautiously Shift Toward "Brotherly" Relations "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Pakistans decision to participate in the Saudi-led Islamic Military Alliance (IMA) certainly has attracted criticism from Iran, and it was perhaps the reason why Tehran initially reacted harshly to the border attack from Balochistan, Pakistans western province, which killed at least 10 Iranian border guards in April. However, the fallout from the attack appears to have been well handled diplomatically by both sides.


Greek court hands 15-year sentences to suspected jihadists with refugee status "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

A Greek court on Friday handed 15-year prison sentences to two suspected jihadists with Swedish passports trying to enter Turkey carrying combat items, a local justice source said. The suspects lawyer said the men, who have refugee status in Sweden, would appeal against the sentence. They will remain incarcerated until their next trial, a date

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Military Situation In Iraqi City Of Mosul On May 12, 2017 (Map Update) "IndyWatch Feed War"

This map provides a general look at the military situation in the Iraqi city of Mosul on May 12, 2017.

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Star Trek depicted a united Ireland by 2024 so Irish TV banned it "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Did you know....

The 12th episode in the third series of Star Trek: The Next Generation was banned and never shown on terrestrial television in Britain or Ireland. Thats because in that episode Commander Data, musing on terrorism in the year 2364, noted that Ireland had been reunited in 2024.

In his study of terrorism, the Star Trek character Data notes that Ireland was unified in 2024. As a result, this episode was not originally shown on free-to-air television in the United Kingdom for many years. It was not broadcast in the Republic of Ireland by the Star Trek rights' holder, RT, during the programme's run.

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ABU AND ABUSES "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This brilliant piece by Gani Kayode Jr Balogun might give you a better understanding of Dinogate Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria started its existence as a regional university, just like its contemporaries, University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University, ile Ife, established by the government of Western Region, and the deceitfully named University of Nigeria, Nsukka, []


On CPS And Other Examples Of Totalitarian Government Monopolies David Icke latest headlines

There is a reason for concern about the rise in totalitarianism in Amerika. The government-monopolized judicial system is a banana republic-like system. The lawlessness and criminality within the system is rampant. Not just with the judicial system but now it seems that everything associated with government, from medical care to the local zoning board, operates as a racket, and many of those who are a part of the system seem to view the civilian population as the enemy, or as toys to play with, or as insects to step on. This recent post by Martin Armstrong describes his own experiences with the judicial system and his time in jail. Armstrong links to this article on Zero Hedge regarding power-hungry judges who criminally overstep their authority. Armstrong concludes: I have no compassion for anyone who works in the Justice Department and would never hire a lawyer who ever worked for the government. There is nothing these people will not do to win. You have zero rights and they will kill you and go celebrate at dinner afterwards. You cannot possibly image the type of people who gravitate to these positions. I believe they are the kids who tortures cats and dogs for fun. Read more: On CPS And Other Examples Of Totalitarian Government Monopolies


Why is BBC news so pro-Tory? "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

The average age of a BBC1 viewer is 61 according to the latest estimates published by the BBC Trust. Does this reflect why the BBC news is pro-Tory? Do people become more conservative as they age and/or become more wealthy?

It appears so. Rightwing political parties best chance of rapidly winning over voters could be via the lottery. A joint Australian and British study has found that lottery winners tend to switch their political allegiances to rightwing parties after their windfalls. They also appear to become less egalitarian and less concerned by the challenges faced by people on low incomes.

Professor Nattavudh Powdthavee, a report co-author at the University of Melbourne, told Guardian Australia that the researchers were studying whether political ideologies are driven by deeply held ethical views or self-interest.

The amount won in the lottery is completely randomised but we saw that the more you win, the more right-leaning you become, he said. You are more likely to favour rightwing ideas, such as lower taxation, and are less favourable to redistributive policies.
So get rich...or try sharing.

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RoboCop: Police use AI to judge whether suspects are jailed or bailed David Icke latest headlines

Robot judges are coming. A police force in England is set to become the first in Europe to use artificial intelligence (AI) to assess whether suspects pose too high a risk to be set free. Durham Police are set to introduce a harm assessment risk tool, known as Hart, to classify arrested individuals as of low, medium or high risk of reoffending if released. The program should be launched in the summer and works by taking into account the suspects gender, postcode and offending history. The system is the brainchild of Cambridge University computer scientists and was first road tested in 2013. Since then the algorithm has helped police classify the risk status of offenders by monitoring them for more than two years to test whether or not they reoffended. The project was deemed such a success it will now be actually used in decision making. Read more: RoboCop: Police use AI to judge whether suspects are jailed or bailed


Austrian Foreign Minister Kurz calls for snap election "IndyWatch Feed War"


Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz, who is widely expected to take the reins of the conservative party in the countrys coalition government, called on Friday for a snap parliamentary election to be held.

I personally believe early elections would be the right path, Kurz told a news conference.

While Kurz is widely favored within his Peoples Party (OVP) to become its next leader after Reinhold Mitterlehner quit this week, he left open the issue of whether he intended to take on the role at a party meeting on Sunday.

(Reporting by Francois Murphy; Editing by Michael Shields)


North Korea seeks extradition of South Korea spy chief over assassination plot "IndyWatch Feed War"


North Korea demanded on Friday the extradition of South Koreas spy chief, accusing him of being a mastermind of a plot to assassinate its leader, Kim Jong Un, with a biochemical weapon.

The Norths KCNA state news agency last week accused the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and South Koreas National Intelligence Service (NIS) of a plot to assassinate its supreme leadership with a biochemical weapon.

The accusation came after weeks of tension over North Koreas nuclear and missile development and fears it will conduct a sixth nuclear test or test-launch another ballistic missile in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

North Korea on Thursday demanded the handover of terror suspects involved in the plot but it did not identify anyone.

On Friday, its Central Prosecutors Office said in a statement carried by the Norths state KCNA news agency the masterminds included South Korean intelligence service chief Lee Byung-ho, two South Korean agents and a Chinese man.

We urge the relevant authorities to immediately detect and arrest and hand over to the DPRK the masterminds of the hideous state-sponsored crime, accomplices and their followers, the office said, referring to the country by the initials of its official name, the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea.

The suspects faced heavy punishment under North Koreas criminal law, the office said.

Lee was head of the NIS, South Koreas main intelligence service, under South Koreas previous conservative administ...


A law that stopped Jews making people suffer "IndyWatch Feed National"

Riding on the back of Australia's budget where the people are the real losers here, there was something called the "good ol' days"

Well back in the good ol' days...

The Jews were making the people suffer really bad, with the practice of usury.

Usury is when you lend money at an unreasonably high interest rate, a bit like what Cash Converters and certain credit card companies are doing.

So back in the "good ol' days" King Edward I (King from 1272 - 1307) came to the rescue with a law called;

The Statute of the Jewry 1275

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Boston Herald Sets Disgusting Trend Of Dehumanizing Parents, Calls Anti-Vaccine Speech A 'Hanging Offense' David Icke latest headlines

In the case Planned Parenthood v. American Coalition of Life Activists, the en banc Ninth Circuit court concluded that a true threat is a statement which, in the entire context and under all the circumstances, a reasonable person would foresee would be interpreted by those to whom the statement is communicated as a serious expression of intent to inflict bodily harm upon that person. It is not necessary that the defendant intend to, or be able to carry out his threat; the only intent requirement for a true threat is that the defendant intentionally or knowingly communicate the threat. The mainstream media, in the US and abroad, is now taking a dangerous, unethical, and seemingly unlawful stance towards parents who exercise their health freedom. The mainstream corporate media is also viciously attacking parents who openly question and debate reality that happens to run contrary and outside of the few transparent and false sales pitch talking points of pharmaceutical companies. What are we talking about here? Read more: Boston Herald Sets Disgusting Trend Of Dehumanizing Parents, Calls Anti-Vaccine Speech A Hanging Offense


Boiler Room #108 Whod Win in a Fight? Boiler Room vs. Hitler vs. Dracula "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Tune in to the Alternate Current Radio Network (ACR) for another LIVE broadcast of The Boiler Room tonight 6:00 PM PST | 8:00 PM CST | 9:00 PM EST for this special broadcast. Join us for uncensored, uninterruptible talk radio, custom-made for bar fly philosophers, misguided moralists, masochists, street corner evangelists, media-maniacs, savants, political animals and otherwise lovable rascals.

Join ACR hosts Hesher and Spore along with Jay Dyer from Jays AnalysisFunkSoul (21WIRE & ACR contributor), Randy J (ACR contributor) and Andy Nowicki, author of Conspiracy, Compliance, Control & Defiance, for the hundred and seventh episode of BOILER ROOM. Turn it up, tune in and hang with the ACR Brain-Trust for this weeks boil downs and analysis and the usual gnashing of the teeth of the political animals in the social reject club. This week on the show were side stepping politics and talking about movies, Hollywood, Aliens, Elf-men and paradigm shifts brought on be technological innovation!

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Yemen government rejects southern breakaway as 'baseless' "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


Government says separatist gambit in Aden targets 'interests of the nation and its future social fabric'

Debt Rattle May 12 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Robert Doisneau Le Baiser Blotto, Paris 1953   Human Beings Are Not Efficiency Seeking Machines (Radford) Stockman: Trumps Tax Plan Never Had a Chance (DR) Is China Really Deleveraging? (Balding) China Stocks Are Tumbling Again. Unlike 2015, World Doesnt Care (BBG) China Has the Worlds Biggest Productivity Problem (BBG)

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Deal delay: Lagarde urges eurozone to back Greece debt relief, Schaeuble "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

The International Monetary Fund and the eurozone may need more time to reach an agreement on a debt relief package for Greece, the Funds managing director Christine Lagarde said on Friday. She urged eurozone lenders to be far more specific in their commitment to a debt-relief package for Greece. We will carry on working on

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The world is dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who dont do anything about it -Albert Einstein. The demand for restructure of Nigeria and a new constitution, which is being fiercely opposed by prominent northern politicians raise grave concern for the future of Nigeria. []


Taiwan Not Invited to WHO Assembly, but Negotiations Go On Chinas wrath Xi Jinping had nothing to do with it But he could have invited Taiwan "IndyWatch Feed War"

GENEVA The World Health Organization says it does not plan to invite a delegation from Taiwan to attend its upcoming annual assembly, for the first time since 2009.

However, Dr. Tim Armstrong, who heads the department of governing bodies at the U.N. agency, said negotiations are still going on to possibly allow Taiwan to attend as an observer at the World Health Assembly starting May 22.

China has used its clout as one of five veto-wielding members of the U.N. Security Council to exclude Taiwan from the U.N.

Armstrong said that this year, no cross-strait understanding exists between Taiwan and China like the ones that allowed Taiwan to send delegates since 2009.

He insisted Chinese President Xi Jinpings visit to WHOs Geneva headquarters in January had nothing to do with it.

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Serie A: Totti committed on helping Roma win "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Retirement-bound Francesco Totti said he remains focused on helping Roma secure a top-two finish despite the prospect of watching from the bench when they bid to stop Juventus securing the Serie A title on Sunday. The 40-year-old Totti ended months of speculation over his future by confirming this week he is ready to work alongside sporting director Monchi when he hangs up his boots at the end of the month. Known as Il Re di Roma (King of Rome) for the best part of a career spent entirely with...

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"The Sociopath Next Door" "IndyWatch Feed World"

Why does it all seem so crazy? The economic, military and social nightmares we're in seem unbelievable, simply incomprehensible at times. Weve witnessed massive banks and corporations being "bailed out" with trillions of dollars, while the social support structure of America disintegrates more each day, and 47 million live in poverty; thousands more lose their jobs, homes and way of life, crushed by economic forces few understand. Many of us rail against the "Financial Elite", since their actions have in fact caused the majority of the economic and other woes we now face. We accuse them of horrific levels of greed, having no compassion whatsoever for the working class and the poor, of being heartless, selfish monsters without conscience. But what if those accusations were LITERALLY true? This would explain many things...
- CP
"The Sociopath Next Door"
by Martha Stout

"Imagine - if you can - not having a conscience, none at all, no feelings of guilt or remorse no matter what you do, no limiting sense of concern for the well-being of strangers, friends, or even family members. Imagine no struggles with shame, not a single one in your whole life, no matter what kind of selfish, lazy, harmful, or immoral action you had taken. And pretend that the concept of responsibility is unknown to you, except as a burden others seem to accept without question, like gullible fools.

Now add to this strange fantasy the ability to conceal from other people that your psychological makeup is radically different from the...


Dead minke whale found on beach in Alnmouth, UK "IndyWatch Feed World"

A dead minke whale has been washed up on a Northumberland beach. The creature was discovered at Alnmouth yesterday. Experts have described it as being an incredibly underweight juvenile and about 4.25metres in length. The cause of death is unknown at this stage. Jane Hardy, from Alnwick, is a volunteer marine mammal medic for British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) and she arrived at the scene at just after 6pm. She told the Gazette last night: "I am sad to say that I was called out to a minke whale on Alnmouth beach. It was first reported at 5.30pm. Amble Coastguards assisted the BDMLR and samples were being taken. It was dead when it breached, but the cause of death is unknown. It was an incredibly underweight juvenile. "Coastguards were trying to organise to move it further up the beach so the next tide didn't take it."


Nigerian Officials: Twenty-Four Chibok Girls To Go Back to School "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Nigerias President Muhammadu Buhari speaks as he welcomes a group of Chibok girls, who were held captive for three years by the millitant group Boko Haram, in Abuja, Nigeria, May 7, 2017. Credit: Bayo Omoboriowo/Presidential Office/Handout via Reuters

Abuja: The 82 girls freed by Boko Haram on Saturday, May 6, after being held captive for three years are still waiting to be reunited with their families, while all the girls found last year will be heading back to school in September, Nigerian officials said.

Twenty four girls, who were among around 270 kidnapped by the Islamist militant group from the town of Chibok in northeast Nigeria in April 2014, are to return to school in September, the presidents spokesman...


Eurozone lenders must be far more specific in their commitment to adebt-relief package for Greece IMF "IndyWatch Feed War"


AFP | IMF chief Christine Lagarde arrives in Bari, Italy, for a G7 summit of finance ministers on May 11, 2017
BARI (ITALY) (AFP)  IMF chief Christine Lagarde on Friday urged eurozone lenders to be far more specific in their commitment to a debt-relief package for Greece.

The International Monetary Fund has made a package easing Greeces repayment burden a condition of its participation in a 86-billion-euro ($94-billion) bailout.

But several eurozone governments are dragging their heels, insisting on more evidence of debt-plagued Greece delivering on reforms as a condition of green-lighting the third rescue package of its kind since 2010.

We will carry on working on this debt relief package, Lagarde said after talks on the issue on the sidelines of a meeting of G7 finance ministers and central bank governors in the southern Italian port of Bari.

There is not enough clarity yet but I hope that the European partners will continue to progress in that.

The former French finance minister added that the IMFs position had not changed in the long-running saga.

We have two issues, policies which are being voted on now, I hope, by the Greek authorities. Much progress has been made and we certainly hope that the Europeans will be far more specific in terms of debt relief, which is also an imperative.

Eurozone ministers agreed in principle last year to extend the repayment terms of part of Greeces debt if Athens delivered on pensions and tax reforms aimed at making the countrys public finances more sustainable.

They have also said they will consider providing new lines of credit to replace more costly IMF loans, a move that would save Athens billions in interest every year.

A decision on the shape of the relief package is required soon. Athens needs the first tranche of the bailout to be delivered by July to ensure it can repay seven billion euros ($7.6 billion) in maturing loans.

The issue is particularly sensitive in Germany, where the provision of debt relief to Greece is seen as a vote loser in the run-up to general elections in September.

On the other side of the debate, many economists have said a reluctance to write off some of Greeces debts has been counter-productive because of the negative impact deep cuts on public spending have had on economic activity.



Austria on the edge: Government set to COLLAPSE - and it could cause an EU nightmare David Icke latest headlines

Austrias government is on the verge of collapse due to a shock resignation, opening the door to the far-right Freedom Party. And the crisis could a huge headache for Brussels as the anti-EU Freedom Party is currently leading in the polls. Yesterday the future of the coalition government was thrown into doubt after Vice Chancellor Reinhold Mitterlehner resigned, prompting calls for an election. Many within his Peoples Party believe an election should be called rather than simply replacing him as party leader and continuing the shaky coalition with the Social Democrats. The two parties had clashed regularly since taking power together in 2013 and Mr Mitterlehners resignation looks set to be the uneasy alliances death knoll. Read more: Austria on the edge: Government set to COLLAPSE and it could cause an EU nightmare


Military Situation In Syria On May 12, 2017 (Map Update) "IndyWatch Feed War"

This map provides a general look at the military situation in Syria on May 12, 2017.

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Brexit Will Be Such a Disaster UK Will Try to Rejoin EU Says Scottish Minister "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Michael Russell arrives to attend a debate on a second referendum on independence at Scotland's Parliament in Holyrood, Edinburgh, Britain, March 28, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Russell Cheyne/Files

Michael Russell arrives to attend a debate on a second referendum on independence at Scotlands Parliament in Holyrood, Edinburgh, Britain, March 28, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Russell Cheyne/Files

Edinburgh: The UKs exit from the European Union will be so damaging that it will...


The Imperative of Replacing Google and Facebook David Icke latest headlines

Nations are beginning to take more seriously the control of their respective information space after years of allowing US-based tech giants Google and Facebook to monopolize and exploit them. Vietnam, according to a recent GeekTime article, is the latest nation to begin encouraging local alternatives to the search engine and social media network in order to rebalance the monopoly over information both tech giants enjoy in the Southeast Asian country today. The two tech giants and others like them may have appeared at their inceptions to political, business, and military leaders around the world as merely opportunistic corporations seeking profits and expansion. However, Google and Facebook, among others, have become clearly much more than that. Read more: The Imperative of Replacing Google and Facebook


Are You Ready to Die? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Are You Ready to Die? Paul Craig Roberts In George Orwells 1949 dystopian novel, 1984, information that no longer is consistent with Big Brothers explanations is chucked down the Memory Hole. In the real American dystopia in which we currently...

The post Are You Ready to Die? appeared first on The Daily Coin.


Orphan, teenager, widow: One girl's tale of death and survival in Aleppo "IndyWatch Feed War"


'Homeless, with no parents or husband and a dead sister and dead baby, and I am just 16 years old. These are my memories and my life'


6 benefits to companies that issue green bonds "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Green, sustainability, and blue bonds are relatively new financial vehicles, but here's a look at the benefits in store for companies that are considering issuing them.


Yogi Rakshak: Adityanath Government Denies Sanction to Prosecute Adityanath for Hate Speech "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The firebrand Hindutva leader had owned up to his hate speech and even justified it in a TV interview; yet the UP government says there is no conclusive evidence that he made the speech in question.

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Adityanath. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: In what may snowball into a big political controversy, the BJP-led Uttar Pradesh government has denied  the state Crime Investigation Department (CID) sanction to initiate prosecution against five accused BJP leaders, including chief minister Adityanath, in a case related to the 2007 Gorakhpur communal riots.

The chief secretary of the state, Rahul Bhatnagar, while appearing in front of an Allahabad high court bench, made the government decision public on Thursday, May 11. The two-judge bench comprising Ramesh Sinha and Umesh Chandra Srivastava was hearing a 2008 writ petition filed by Gorakhpur-based journalist Parvez Parwaz and Allahabad-based activist Asad Hayat against the BJP leaders for inciting anti-Muslim mobs during the riots.

The Wire had earlier reported that the high court in its last two hearings had pulled up the state government for delaying the case on technical grounds. On April 28, the court had asked how Adityanath, the prime accused in the case, could preside over the decision to grant sanction for prosecution.

On May 4, the court came down heavily...


Grim New Life in a Cell for Jakartas Ex-Governor Purnama "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Jakarta's first non-Muslim governor and Chinese-ethnic minority, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama also known as Ahok, arrives in court for his verdict in Jakarta, Indonesia May 9, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Bay Ismoyo/Pool/Files

Jakartas first non-Muslim governor and Chinese-ethnic minority, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama also known as Ahok, arrives in court for his verdict in Jakarta, Indonesia May 9, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Bay Ismoyo/Pool/Files

Jakarta: Jakartas once hugely popular governor is being held in a simple room at a high-security detention centre, his only comforts a Bible and visitors twice a week. Its a grim new life following his conviction for i...


Would YOU wear a virtual reality headset during sex? Firm says the technology can improve your love life David Icke latest headlines

Virtual reality is set to transform every aspect of our lives. Now, one company claims it could prove valuable in the bedroom. A porn production company has encouraged men to stimulate their love life by using a virtual reality (VR) headset while having sex with their partner. Men can use the headsets during sex and their partners will be transformed into a porn star giving them the illusion of being unfaithful. Ever wonder what it feels like to be in bed with a Hot porn star or cheat on your wife/girlfriend without cheating? Well, wonder no more! we have the answer for you! the production company VR Bangers wrote on their YouTube video. Read more: Would YOU wear a virtual reality headset during sex? Firm says the technology can improve your love life


Should Not Link US Trade Decisions to North Korea Issue, Says China Official "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Chinas vice finance minister Zhu Guangyao, attends a conference during the 2016 IIF G20 Conference at the financial district of Pudong in Shanghai, China, February 25, 2016. Credit: Reuters/Aly Song/Files

Beijing: Chinas vice finance minister Zhu Guangyao said on Friday that economic issues should not be politicised, when asked whether the outcomes of the 100-day plan for trade talks with the US were related to the North Korea nuclear issue.

Zhu made the comments at a news briefing in Beijing.

The US and China will expand trade in beef and chicken and increase access for financial firms,...


US Airlines Meet With Homeland Security on Expanding Laptop Ban "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security agent takes a travelers luggage for a second security check at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York, US on February, 29, 2012. Credit: Reuters/Andrew Burton/File Photo

Washington: US homeland security officials met with major US airlines and a trade group on Thursday, May 11, to discuss the impact of possibly expanding a ban on large electronic gadgets on planes to flights from some European airports, three sources briefed on the meeting said.

The afternoon meeting included high level executives from Delta Air Lines Inc, United Airlines In...


Spanish Opposition Votes to Exhume Dictator Francos Remains "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

FILE PHOTO: People leave after attending mass at the basilica where the tombs of Spain's former dictator General Francisco Franco and Jose Antonio Primo de Rivera, founder of the right-wing group Falange, lie in the Valle de los Caidos (Valley of the Fallen) near Madrid November 20, 2011. Credit: Reuters/Susana Vera/File Photo

People leave after attending mass at the basilica where the tombs of Spains former dictator General Francisco Franco and Jose Antonio Primo de Rivera, founder of the right-wing group Falange, lie in the Valle de los Caidos (Valley of the Fallen) near Madri...


Venezuela: A call to anarchists worldwide solidarity is much more than a written word "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

In this special callout the Editorial Collective of Venezuelan newspaper El Libertario call on anarchists to reject uncritical support for the Maduro regime, as it offers little more to the poor than the capitalists it rails against. We address all the expressions of the libertarian movement, particularly those of the Americas, not only to draw their attention to []


Blackbird, mouse feed on sunflowers, video "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 3 May 2017 video shows a house mouse and a female blackbird, feeding on last years sunflowers.

Aaltje Blom made this video in her garden in the Netherlands.


Illinois Bill Targets Carried Interest Loophole "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The Illinois, New York and Connecticut legislatures are end-running the Feds by going after the carried interest loophole.


Exploring the Economys Recent Progress, and the Implications for Policy "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Exploring the Economys Recent Progress, and the Implications for Policy By Eric S. Rosengren, President & CEO Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, May 10, 2017     Full text Charts/Tables     Speaking in Vermont, Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren said he expects the economy to remain on solid footing, and said conditions justify continuing

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New Graduates: These Are The Unspoken Rules Of The Workplace No One Tells You "IndyWatch Feed World"

Entering the workforce for the first time can be a shock to the system. Heres what you need to know.

Graduation is an exciting (and scary) time; youre leaving a world where you know all the rules and entering into a world where whats expected of you often isnt so clear cut. The rules that truly matter in the workplace are often not written anywheretheyre simply things that those who have been in it for a while consider to be obvious.

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Love From Russians "IndyWatch Feed War"

By David Swanson, May 12, 2017, Lets Try Democracy Now.

On Wednesday, I flew out of a New York airport around which armed soldiers in camouflaged uniforms wandered a New York area that had long ago hidden in the hardest to reach corner of New Jersey the monument that Russia gave the United States in sympathy with the horror of September 11, 2001. I left a country where the corporate media used ties to Russia as the equivalent of servant of Satan, and treated financial and criminal corruption as honorable or offensive depending purely on whether anyone Russian was involved.



A call from Venezuela to the anarchists of Latin America and the world: Solidarity is much more than a written word "IndyWatch Feed War"


Editorial Collective of the anarchist newspaper El Libertario

We address all the expressions of the libertarian movement, particularly those of this continent, not only to draw their attention to the situation we are living in Venezuela since April 2017, but by what we understand as urgency for the international anarchism expresses more emphatically on these dramatic circumstances, with positions and actions consistent with what has been the preaching and practice of the anti-hierarchic (actual word used here is crata.^N.delT.) ideal in its historical walk.

It is deplorable that, while on the one hand the Chavista government -today headed by Maduro- together with its sounding boards from the outside and, on the other, the opponents from the right and the social-democracy, are in disgusting campaigns for selling to world opinion their equally biased visions and charged with interests of power, many anarchist voices outside of Venezuela have maintained a mutism that is in some way tacit acceptance of what one or other of the hungry contenders for state power want to impose as truth. We know that sympathetic voices do not have the access to most media, as it sits ready at the order of statists, and that comrades face comple...


Trump administration attacks voting rights "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video from the USA says about itself:

Trump Admin Will Attack, Not Defend Voting Rights

28 November 2016

Donald Trump wants Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions to head up the Dept. of Justice, which includes the Civil Rights department. This is Part 2 of our 3-part interview with Gerald Hebert, the former Department of Justice attorney whose testimony helped to sink Jeff Sessions appointment to the federal bench by President Ronald Reagan in 1986. TYTs Eric Byler asks Hebert if it possible Sessions has changed since making racially insensitive remarks in the 1980s. Sessions was elected at Attorney General of Alabama in 1984, and then as one of Alabamas U.S. Senators in 1996. Now, he is President-Elect Donald Trumps pick to be United States Attorney General, which is causing great concern to immigrants rights, GLBTQ rights, and voting rights advocates.

Special thanks to Corey Goldstone and Nick Cockrell for facilitating this interview.

From the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund in the USA today:

The White House will investigate false claims of voter fraud

Today, the White House...


Weekly report on israels terrorism against the State of Palestine (oPt) (04 10 May 2017) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestine Territory  Israeli forces continue systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) (04 10 May 2017)   Israeli forces executed a Palestinian girl in occupied Jerusalem. 24 Palestinian civilians were wounded during peaceful protests in the West Bank. Among the wounded were 2 []


50 new spiders discovered in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A two-week expedition in Australia's Cape York Peninsula has uncovered 50 new species of spiders. The expedition, which identified spiders ranging from tarantulas as big as a human face to ant-mimicking spiders smaller than a thumbnail, involved 23 scientists, indigenous rangers and traditional owners. The surveys were part of the Bush Blitz discovery project, a partnership between the Australian Government, BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities and Earthwatch. The diversity of spiders in the area was "mind blowing", Robert Raven, the Principle Curator of spiders at the Queensland Museum told Australian Geographic in an interview. Under just one rock, Raven found spiders from six arachnid orders. "It was absolutely spectacular to see all these six groups together, he said in the interview. [caption id="attachment_195654" align="aligncenter" width="768"] New species of Brush-footed Trap-door spider Mygalomorphae Barychelidae Idiomata sp. Photo by R. Whyte.[/caption] This expedition is likely to result in the greatest number of new spiders discovered on a Bush Blitz research trip, scientists say. Bush Blitz expeditions have discovered nearly 1,200 new species till date, including 201 new species of spiders. This was one of the largest number of species Bush Blitz has ever discovered during one expedition, the team said in a statement. Far north Queensland can boast an extraordinary variety of spiders. The researchers are now identifying and describing the spiders for formal scientific classification. This is the first time the West Quinkan in Cape York Peninsula has been biologically surveyed, said Brad Grogan, Western Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation manager. "Hopefully this expedition will


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