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Thursday, 21 September


David Thomson: Eighteen Hours in Vietnam "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Once, every American knew the outline and the stock images of this chronicle. Because of largely unhindered television news coverage and the cameras that soldiers carried with them, this was the most visible war ever fought. Never again would the government allow reporters to go wherever daring took them.

Thomas Meaney: Merkels Kingdom "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Her trick is to avoid the countrys root problems while treating the symptoms more skilfully than any conservative politician before her has ever managed. The media, meanwhile, unwilling to address the difficulties caused by Germanys position as the reluctant hegemon of the Continent, or the growing sense of lurking inconsistencies in the gospel of Atlanticism, prefer endless celebration of the leader: the intellectual, strong, patient, grounded, wry, compassionate, tough, reality-grasping, scientific, opera-loving, Bismarckian wunder-Kanzlerin on whom nothing is lost.

Swati Dhingra and Nikhil Datta: How Not to Do Trade Deals "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

It would be sensible to prioritise a trade deal with the EU. Countries have always traded the most with their biggest, closest neighbours. This is by far the most reliable fact about international trade and holds true no matter which set of countries, time period or sector (goods, services, e-commerce, foreign investments) is looked at. Given that the EU is within swimming distance from the UK, has a population of more than 500 million and a GDP of almost $20 trillion (double that of China), an equivalent replacement is effectively impossible.

Letters "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The letters page from London Review of Books Vol. 39 No. 18 (21 September 2017)

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Table of contents from London Review of Books Vol. 39 No. 18 (21 September 2017)

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Friday, 15 September


U.S. Ambassador to Djibouti: Who Is Larry Andr, Jr.? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

On September 2, 2017. President Donald Trump nominated career diplomat Larry E. Andr, Jr. to serve as ambassador to the East African nation of Djibouti. Andr, who has extensive experience in Africa, has been ambassador to the West African nation of Mauritania since September 2014. After President Barack Obama nominated Andr to be ambassador to Mauritania, it took the Republican-led Senate 321 days to confirm him. If confirmed by the Senate this time around, he would succeed Tom Kelly, who served in Djibouti City from June 2014 to January 2017.


Born in 1961 to Kathleen Ann Hoyt and Larry Edward Andr, Sr., Larry Edward Andr, Jr. has a sister, Regina Kathleen Andr, and a half-brother, Jara Hoyt. He earned a BA at Claremont McKenna College in California in Political Science in 1983 and an MBA at Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona in 1988.


Andrs first experience in Africa came courtesy not of the State Department, but of the Peace Corps, which sent him to work as a volunteer in Senegal from August 1983 to November 1985. After earning his MBA, Andr returned to Africa to work on a refugee resettlement project in Chad from 1988 to 1990.


Joining the Foreign Service in 1990, Andr served early career postings at American facilities in Nigeria (1990-1992), Cameroon (1992-1994), and Bangladesh (1994-1998). He served as management officer at the embassy in Conakry, Guinea, from 1998 to 2000; as regional environment officer for East Africa (14 countries) at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 2000 to 2002; and as deputy chief of mission at the embassy in Freetown, Sierra Leone, from 2002 to 2004.


At the State Department in Washington, DC, Andr served as deputy director of the Office of West African Affairs in the Bureau of African Affairs from 2004 to 2006. He also worked briefly in Iraq from July to August 2005.


Back in Africa, Andr served two stints in East Africa, as political counselor at the embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, from 2006 to 2008, and as deputy chief of mission at the embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, from 2008 to 2010, including several months in 2009 when he was charg daffaires ad interim.


In Washington, Andr served as deputy executive director for the Bureau of African Affairs from 2010 to 2011, and as acting env...


User-targeted threats at all-time high despite rising education spend "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The cost of security education for large enterprises at an all-time-high of $290,033 per year per organization, and user education is rocketing up the CIOs priority list. Yet despite those investments, the end user remains the greatest risk to the organizations security from targeted zero-day and nation state threats to common ransomware and phishing attacks, according to a survey conducted by Vanson Bourne. Key findings The research is based on a survey of 500 CIOs More


Equifax breach happened because of a missed patch "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The attackers who breached Equifax managed to do so by exploiting a vulnerability in its US website, the company has finally confirmed. The vulnerability in question was Apache Struts CVE-2017-5638. A failure to implement available patch CVE-2017-5638 was flagged in March 2017. It was discovered and reported by Chinese developer Nike Zheng. It was quickly patched by the Apache Struts team, but the disclosure was followed by active attacks via two very reliable exploits that More


Samsung wont partner with Korindo following outrage over forest destruction in Indonesia "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Samsung will stay away from any joint venture with a Korean-Indonesian conglomerate, Korindo, amid an NGO campaign highlighting Korindos rainforest destruction for palm oil in Indonesias Tanah Papua region. Samsungs announcement that it would partner with Korindo in the logistics sector had been widely reported in the Korean media. The joint venture was not directly related to Korindos palm oil operation, for which it has burned and cleared vast tracts of forestland in Papua and elsewhere to make way for its plantations, NGO Mighty Earth has exposed. Mighty has continued to pressure Korindo, most recently targeting its business partners in other sectors. Mighty and consumer group SumOfUs launched an online petition calling on Samsung to cut ties with Korindo, and it amassed more than 73,000 signatures, including 15,000 from users of Samsung phones. The petition was hand-delivered to Samsungs main office in Seoul, ahead of the companys launch of its new Galaxy Note 8 phone last month. That was part of a week of action surrounding the Galaxy Note 8s launch in which over 2,000 Samsung customers sent emails to the electronics giant from their Samsung devices. Over 10,000 people took action online, and nearly 1 million people viewed online ads about Samsungs connection to rainforest destruction, according to Mighty. I own two of your TVs and recently switched my Galaxy back to Apple because of your Korindo involvement, said one of the many personalized emails to Samsung. As long as you continue to have an environmentally irresponsible ethos I will

Very large sinkhole opens near Apopka middle school in Florida "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A very large sinkhole opened up behind Apopka Memorial Middle School in Orange County, Florida on Wednesday, September 13, 2017. The hole is eating up a section of the West Orange Trail. "The hole - located north of Votaw Road and south of McCoy Village Court...... Read more

Benutzt hier jemand Tor?Der BND hat ein System zur ... "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Benutzt hier jemand Tor?

Der BND hat ein System zur berwachung des Tor-Netzwerks entwickelt und Bundesbehrden gewarnt, dass dessen Anonymisierung unwirksam ist. Das geht aus einer Reihe geheimer Dokumente hervor, die wir verffentlichen. Der Geheimdienst gab einen Prototyp dieser Technik an die NSA, in Erwartung einer Gegenleistung.
Es sieht so aus, als sei der Ansatz eine Traffic-Korrelation. Das ist schon von Anfang an bekannt, dass man damit Tor angreifen kann, und steht auch im Tor-Design-Dokument.

Scharia-Scheidungen sind nach Ansicht des EuGH-Generalanwaltes ... "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Scharia-Scheidungen sind nach Ansicht des EuGH-Generalanwaltes in Deutschland nicht gltig. Es geht um ein Paar mit syrischer und deutscher Staatsbrgerschaft, und der Ehemann war nach Syrien gefahren und hatte da eine Scheidungsformel aufgesagt und damit war nach Scharia-Recht die Scheidung durch. Das OLG Mnchen fand das so in Ordnung.

Ich denke mal, wenn sie damit durchkommen, dann wrden ein Haufen reiche Mnner in Zukunft schnell eine syrische Staatsbrgerschaft annehmen, um sich kostengnstig scheiden zu lassen.


Craig Federighi on Conan "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

[VIDEO] Surprised to see Craig Federighi fielding questions on Conan yesterday. As always, video embedded in the main Loop post.


Welcome to the Steve Jobs Theater "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

John Gruber:

Five, ten years from now, the Apple Watch Series 3, the iPhone 8, and even the iPhone X are just going to be old products sitting around in drawers. But the public debut of Apple Park, the grand opening of the Steve Jobs Theater, and the companys first public tribute to its founder thats what Ill remember most about yesterday.

It somehow feels appropriate, too, that the most interesting thing revealed in the event that came as a genuine surprise, that hadnt been leaked, was a message from Steve Jobs himself.

Two things:

  1. I was deeply moved by the opening moments of yesterdays Apple Event. As I said here, Todays Apple event opening montage is phenomenal, a real love letter to design and to Steve. I will freely admit that hearing Steves voice got me a little choked up.

  2. This writeup by John Gruber is worth reading stem to stern. This post is about Steve and the theater that bears his name.

Read this on The Loop


iTunes, App Store removal, and a whole bunch of broken links "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Kirk McElhearn:

As I reported here yesterday, Apple released an update to iTunes. The latest version, 12.7, has some minor changes, but one big revolution: the App Store is no longer available.


If they go to your website, and click on the Download on the App Store button, something strange will happen. They will not be able to go to the App Store, because it no longer exists.

In fact what happens after that click is interesting. The users web browser opens a web page which displays a message, above a spinning gear, that says Opening the iTunes Store. The browser eventually redirects to iTunes, which redirects back to the browser displaying a webpage showing information about the app. However, there is no way to purchase an app from this page. And there arent even any hints as to how one might go about this, such as suggesting that the user copy the URL and email it to him or herself to be able to access the information about this app on the iOS App Store.

To be clear, this is a Mac issue, an effect of the App Store being removed from iTunes. To see this for yourself, go to Safari on the Mac and hunt for an app link. For example, go to TouchArcade and scroll down, click on one of the App Store links.

For example, heres a link to a game called CSR Racing 2.

If you click the link, one of two things will happen. Either youll be flipped back and forth a few times between Safari and iTunes as your Mac tries to follow a protocol that no longer works, or youll end on a Safari page with no way to make a purchase.

Either way, something big is broken here.

Read this on The Loop


Add a splash of color to your Apple Watch "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Add a colored accent to your Apple Watch to exactly match the color of your Sport band. This came up because the Series 3 Cellular comes with a red dot on the Digital Crown.

This is pure fashion, a thing for people who own and wear different color bands for style. Unfortunately, it will not allow you to make calls on a non-cellular Apple Watch. Heh.

Read this on The Loop


BGR: T-Mobile just got burned by Apple and the iPhone X "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Chris Mills, BGR:

Apple announced the iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus today. Theyre all great phones in many ways, but they have one fatal flaw for T-Mobile and its customers: No support for T-Mobiles new LTE network.

Right now, T-Mobile is in the early stages of rolling out a brand-new 600MHz network nationwide. The first sites are already online, and T-Mobile is expecting to cover a million square miles by the end of 2017. But the 600MHz network uses a brand-new LTE channel, Band 71, and very few devices support it yet. Sadly for T-Mobile, you cant add the iPhone 8 or iPhone X to that list.


The specs page for the iPhone X confirms that it supports all the usual North American LTE bands, but not Band 71. However you frame this, its a blow for T-Mobile. The iPhone X is widely expected to spark an upgrade super-cycle that will see people on the iPhone 6 and 6S spring for the upgrade, since theyre buying a phone that they expect to last for years. That phone expected to last for at least two years wont be compatible with the LTE band that T-Mobile is expecting to be the backbone of its network going forwards.

Heres the iPhone X specs page, look for yourself. Scroll down to the Cellular and Wireless section. No Band 71 mention.

Wondering if this support is something that can be rolled out in the future via an upgrade, or if it has to be baked in. If I was going to order an iPhone X and used T-Mobile, I would definitely want to know about this before I pressed the Buy button.

Any experts disagree with Chriss take? Please do let me know.

Read this on The Loop


New Apple Watch comes in two flavors, here are the detailed differences "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Serenity Caldwell, writing for iMore, digs into the differences between the Series 3 Apple Watch and the previous Apple Watch models, as well as the differences between the GPS-only and GPS+cellular Series 3 models.

A few points that stand out:

The GPS + Cellular Series 3 has double the storage capacity: 16GB to the GPS-onlys 8GB.


the GPS-only Series 3 is limited to just aluminum Sport and Nike+ casings (silver, gold, or space grey) with their Ion-X glass screen. In contrast, the GPS + Cellular Watch retains the higher-end casings formerly present with the Series 2 in addition to the aluminum Sport and Nike+ casings. This includes options like stainless steel, white and grey ceramic, and Herms steel.


All Series 3 GPS + Cellular watches have a red dot on the Digital Crown.

And the biggest point of all, on battery life while talking via the Apple Watch:

3 hours connected to iPhone, 1 hour w/ Cellular

Three hours connected via my iPhone might as well be infinity. If Ive got my iPhone, Im going to be talking using my iPhone. I talk via my Apple Watch very rarely, and usually for very short calls when I just cant get to my iPhone.

One hour battery life talking on my Apple Watch without my iPhone seems extremely low. If I make a half hour call, presumably thats half my battery gone. Gonna need a recharge.

Perhaps Apples marketing research shows that likely buyers want the freedom to not carry an iPhone (runners, for example), want to stay in touch, but dont anticipate making calls on a regular basis. That would work.

Good, detailed post from Serenity. Check it out if you are thinking about moving up to the Series 3.

Read this on The Loop


Confusion and lack of preparation in the face of looming GDPR deadline "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

With the GDPR deadline set for 25 May next year, many organisations are ill-prepared due to uncertainty about the criteria for compliance. 37 percent of respondents to a Vanson Bourne survey simply dont know whether their organisation needs to comply with GDPR, while 28 percent believe they dont need to comply at all. According to the GDPR criteria, any company that stores or processes personal information about EU citizens must demonstrate compliance. Of the respondents More

Thursday, 14 September


European Commission wants ENISA to introduce EU-wide cybersecurity certification scheme "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Cyber security attacks know no borders and no one is immune, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker noted in his State of the Union Speech on Wednesday. He also said they can be more dangerous to the stability of democracies and economies than guns and tanks. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker With that in mind, the European Union needs a strong cybersecurity agency, and the Commission has submitted a proposal for a regulation aimed at strengthening More


Greens Senator "I have never been more angry" over laughter at motion to honour climate scientists "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I've never been more angry in the Senate than this. The govt openly laughed at my motion praising climate scientists. Peter Whish-Wilson (@SenatorSurfer) September 14, 2017


Managing the fragmented cloud world "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Enterprise IT environments are becoming more heterogeneous and complex, with fragmentation permeating cloud infrastructure, tooling and culture. However, enterprises find common ground in the top business drivers for cloud: increasing operational efficiency and innovation, according to IOD Cloud Technologies Research and Cloudify. Cloud business drivers In popularity order, the benefits most sought after are: Increasing operational efficiency (38 percent) Disruption and innovation (28 percent) Standardization (13 percent) Avoiding vendor lock-in (12 percent) Saving money (9 More


Kristina Bliadze, Business Development Manager at CoinsBank, joins our New Money Systems Board. "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Kristina Bliadze, Business Development Manager at CoinsBank, joins our New Money Systems Board.


Re: Linux BlueBorne vulnerabilities "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Posted by Petr Matousek on Sep 14


at, "A Coordinated Disclosure"
paragraph you write that:

"Linux - Contacted August 15 and 17, 2017. On September 5, 2017, we
connected and provided the necessary information to the the Linux kernel
security team and to the Linux distributions security contact list and
conversations followed from there. Targeting updates for on or about
September 12, 2017 for coordinated disclosure."



Is Eric Bolling the Latest Victim?, 1787 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Apple phones designed to only last one year "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

How 'dodgy' is the company Apple?

It manufactures its phones to only last a year so that the herd population can fork out another fist full of dollars ($AU1800).

No multi billion dollar class action lawsuit to teach the fraudsters at Apple a lesson ??? !!! ???

Please note: 
We do not recommend the purchase of Apple phones or other products.

See article from 13 Sep 2017 by of the headline:


The iPhone is only guaranteed to last for one YEAR, Apple admits in bombshell court documents

Do you remember the good old days were the appliances and gadgets you bought were meant to last a lifetime?

APPLE has revealed that its iPhones are only guaranteed to last for one year.

The tech giant said its warranty only covers iPhones for 12 months of use, meaning that anyone whose device fails outside this window will have to stump up repair costs unless they have paid for an extended warranty.

Smug Samsung, Motorola, HTC and OnePlus fans will be pleased to hear the news about Apple's short life expectancy

Apple prides itself on quality, design and value for money.

But it turns out the exact guaranteed life expectancy of an iPhone is a lot shorter than you'd hope - especially if you're planning on forking out 1,149 for its top range iPhone X.

Apple says that it is only responsible for ensuring the phones last just one year - the default warranty you get upon purchase.

The details were revealed thanks to a class action lawsuit that was launched after several iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus phones began suffering from "touch disease".

Touchscreens on tens of thousands of the phones stopped working - and three law firms have taken Apple to court over it.

Publically, Apple h...


Mozambique Pabst on wildlife conservation and the role of hunting income "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

This is a few months old, but is worth reading. KS


Trophy hunting provides crucial funding for animal conservation projects, leading wildlife conservationist says

PROFITS  from the hunting of big game in Africa are essential for animal conservation projects, a leading authority has said.

German businessman Wilfried Pabst, who owns Mozambiques Sango wildlife conservancy, has told how he depends on cash from hunting.

He said that trophy hunting provides about 60 per cent of the money needed each year to keep Sango operating while 30 per cent comes from his own pockets.

Pabst, who purchased Sango in 1993 and opened its doors 10 years later, said: In remote places and countries with a weak tourism industry and a high unemployment rate, it is very difficult or almost impossible to run a conservancy like Sango without income from sustainable utilisation in other words the use of wildlife for hunting or trophy hunting.

Over the next six years, Pabst will donate 6,000 large mammals from Sango to Zinave national park in Zimbabwe as part of the Peace Park Foundations programme to restore wild animals to a vast tract of land in the Great Limpopo Transfrontier conservation area (TFCA).

He says without the proceeds from trophy hunting such gifts would not be possible.

Pabst say he is not making any revenue from the donation of 6,000 mammals but views it as a part of Sangos commitment to wildlife conservation in Africa.

The funding for transporting the animals, which includes a small army of veterinarians, rangers, ecologist, truck drivers and helicopter pilots, is coming from the Peace Park Foundation.

He insists that Sango couldnt survive without trophy hunting claiming that if it were suddenly outlawed in Zimbabwe as some organisations campaign for his operation would run out of money within months and most of the 200,000 animals will be poached probably within one year.

Sango keeps a close track of its animals.

Depending on the species, Sango allows hunting of approximately between 0.2-1 per cent of an animals total population annually.

Sustainable hunting means it will neither hinder the growth, nor allow any given species to fall below ecologically sustainable numbers, Pabst explained.

This is a highly complex issue and very difficult to understand for a non-conservationist operating in Africa.

In total, Pabst says around 2...


Laura Ingraham Gets 10pm Slot at Fox, 1786 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

- Life Change Tea: Rid Your Body From Toxins! Good morning, Im still reporting on: Laura Ingraham Gets 10pm Slot at Fox, 1786 Synopsis: Fox News is shuffling their primetime lineup again. Former President Ronald Reagan speechwriter, Laura Ingraham, gets her own show to air in Hannitys 10pm slot and Hannity moves up to 9pm, immediately following Tucker Carlson at 8. The Five drops back to its original position at 5 pm, having failed to attract the more hard-core Fox audience at 9. The Specialists Eric Bollings creation has been cancelled after Bolling was dropped from the network as a result of sexual allegations from a decade ago. Fox chief, Rupert Murdoch, was anxious to axe Bolling in order to buttress his troublesome attempt to buy Britains Sky network. Two weeks ago, Murdoch shut off the Fox News feed over the Sky Network to all of Great Britain in a desperate attempt to distance himself from the largest provider of conservative television news content. Well, it didnt work. Yesterday, Murdochs proposed 15.5 billion-dollar deal for Sky has been referred to the Competition and Markets Authority the agency that tries to prevent monopolies from forming. The referral will be on the grounds of broadcasting standards, and that means there will be increasing pressure from the Murdochs on the more hard-hitting Fox News shows, such as Hannity and Tucker Carlson. Support Our Sponsors: - Life Change Tea: Rid Your Body From Toxins! - Nobel Gold & Silver: Protect Your Money With Gold - Click Here- Or Call - 888-596-7916 - Water Smacker - Makes your water less acidic by ionization. - Jeevy Computers: Move up to business-level cyber protection. - Jeevy Computers: Buy/Sell Bitcoin & other Cryptos: 888-844-7806 - Learn How To Generate Passive Income Using Bitcoins At: - Denas Pain Relief Store: 503.395.4142 Protect Your Information From Big Data - Click Here! Use Promo Code: bill still for 20% OFF Still Report BTC address: 18Ky2c3CgPY3eu5N7ySoM3X6NjgEAN2w4v Connect with me; Bill Still: newspaper editor/publisher, economics reporter - top US publications, authored 22 books, 4 documentary videos & daily host of this Y/T channel, THE STILL REPORT: Get the word Out: Please LIKE, COMMENT & SHARE! Our website: 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. Bill Still is a former newspaper editor and publisher. He has written for USA Today, The Saturday Evening...


Climate change is happening now "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

You cant deny it or rather, you can, but you have to ignore all the evidence. Heres a list of seven climate hotspots where the shifts are already obvious: southern Spain, Bangladesh, Malawi, the Svalbards in Norway, Brazil, the Philippines, and so the Americans dont wander off and wonder where those places are, New York. Theyre all depressing, but I found the news about the Amazon to be most discouraging.

Perhaps most ominous is the fact that a positive feedback loop appears to be in play. As the Amazon dries, Nobre says, tropical forest will gradually shift to savanna, releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and further adding to global warming.

When we see a dry season of over four months or deforestation of more than 40 percent then there is no way back. Trees will slowly decay, and in 50 years we would see a degraded savanna. It would take 100200 years to see a fully fledged savanna.

The Amazon then would be unrecognizable, along with much of Earth.

We dont know what all the global consequences of losing the Amazon rain forest would be, but apparently, were going to do the experiment and find out.

Meanwhile, there are still people who believe its not a problem, and that market forces will compensate for our new hot, dry, stormy, flooded reality. The scientific research is 97% in agreement, which is already remarkable, given how much scientists like to argue. And the other 3% is junk science.

But what about those 3% of papers that reach contrary conclusions? Some skeptics have suggested that the authors of studies indicating that climate change is not real, not harmful, or not man-made are bravely standing up for the truth, like maverick thinkers of the past. (Galileo is often invoked, though his fellow scientists mostly agreed with his conclusionsit was church leaders who tried to suppress them.)

Not so, according to a review published in the journal of Theoretical and Applied Climatology. The researchers tried to replicate the results of those 3% of papersa common way to test scientific studiesand found biased, faulty results.

Katharine Hayhoe, an atmospheric scientist at Texas Tech University, worked with a team of researchers to look at the 38 papers published in peer-reviewed journals in the last decade that denied anthropogenic global warming.

Every single one of those analyses had an errorin their assumptions, methodology, or analysisthat, when corrected, brought their results into line with the scientific consensus, Hayhoe wrote in a Facebook post...


Baltimore To Keep, Clean Defaced Francis Scott Key Statue "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Colin Campbell and Sean Welsh for The Baltimore Sun - Mayor Catherine Pugh says she has no plans to remove the Francis Scott Key monument in Bolton Hill that was vandalized before dawn Wednesday and has directed art preservation experts to determine the cost of cleaning it. Exactly 203 years after the Maryland attorney wrote the poem that would later become the national anthem, the city awoke to find the words Racist Anthem spray-painted on the Eutaw Place monument and red paint splashed on it. The third stanza of Keys poem includes a reference accusing the British of encouraging American slaves to join the fight against their masters. City officials said they know of no way to prevent future vandalism, short of catching the person or people responsible. Police dont have any suspects or surveillance footage of the incident. Ultimately, its going to come down to them being caught and charged, police spokesman T.J. Smith said. Officers make periodic checks on city property during their patrols, but the department does not plan to place the Key monument under constant police protection, Smith said. We cant ensure its not going to happen again, Pugh spokesman Anthony McCarthy said. He said, however, the mayor does not plan to take it down and wants to see it restored.


Col. Ollie North U S Has Special Weapons Never Used Before, 1789 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Good morning, Im still reporting on: Col. Ollie North U.S. Has Special Weapons Never Used Before, 1789 Synopsis: On Sean Hannitys show last night, Col. Oliver North confirmed what we have suspected for several weeks that the U.S. military now has operational either a new rail-gun weapon, or a multi-colored laser weapon that can shoot down a North Korea missile during the ascent phase. In other words at low altitude, low speed when the missile would be the most vulnerable. Col. Norths slip of the tongue came during a discussion with Hannity of what military options President Trump has at his disposal should he decide he has to take pre-emptive action against North Korea to protect the American people or our close allies in South Korea or Japan. [insert 1] Col. North stumbles a bit as he quickly tries to decide just how much he can say without revealing classified weapons information. [insert 2] But then he goes ahead and confirms that we now have the capability of shooting down a N. Korean missile during its ascent phase. [insert 3] Col. North is very knowledgable about the U.S. arsenal of special, cutting-edge weapons because of his long relationship with SOF (Special Operations Forces). He then goes into a very lucid recitation of just what the U.S. would bring to bear in such a situation where the lives of millions of Americans would be at risk with only a 45-minute timeline to seek shelter. Support Our Sponsors: - Life Change Tea: Rid Your Body From Toxins! - Nobel Gold & Silver: Protect Your Money With Gold - Click Here- Or Call - 888-596-7916 - Water Smacker - Makes your water less acidic by ionization. - Jeevy Computers: Move up to business-level cyber protection. - Jeevy Computers: Buy/Sell Bitcoin & other Cryptos: 888-844-7806 - Learn How To Generate Passive Income Using Bitcoins At: - Denas Pain Relief Store: 503.395.4142 Protect Your Information From Big Data - Click Here! Use Promo Code: bill still for 20% OFF Still Report BTC address: 18Ky2c3CgPY3eu5N7ySoM3X6NjgEAN2w4v Connect with me; Bill Still: newspaper editor/publisher, economics reporter - top US publications, authored 22 books, 4 documentary videos & daily host of this Y/T channel, THE STILL REPORT: Get the word Out: Please LIKE, COMMENT & SHARE! Our website: 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. Bill Still is a former newspaper editor and publisher. He has written for USA Today, The Saturday Even.........


Anti-Fascism Is Self-Defense : A General-Purpose Flier "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

In response to an epidemic of fascist rallies and recruitment drives around the US, we have prepared this general-purpose flier. You can mass-produce this to distribute at anti-fascist mobilizations and everywhere else it is necessary to explain the importance of confronting fascists.

Click image for PDF

Anti-fascism means defending our communities from racists, xenophobes, homophobes, transphobes, and other bigots. Anti-fascist organizing requires no special skills. It isnt limited to any one political identity.

Far-right groups dont actually want dialogue. They aim to spread paranoia to escalate the ongoing violence against marginalized people. Anti-fascists aim to deny them any platform for doing this, even when fascists use code words instead of openly identifying themselves. The issue is not free speechit is whether we stand idly by while they recruit for violent attacks.

We must confront the fascist menace. Organizing against them doesnt make them stronger; fascists have gained momentum precisely because theyve met so little opposition recently. Everyone must be free to decide for himself or herself how to go about resisting fascism. The far right claims that anti-fascists are the same as fascists because they meet force with force. But just as a firefighter is not a fire, an anti-fascist is not a fascist.

Police are part of the problem. They kill a thousand people every year; they imprison and deport millions, disproportionately targeting people of color, tearing apart families and communities. When police coordinate with racist militias to run security at far-right rallies, this is not an aberration, but an example of the normal relationship between police and fascists. The US government is already implementing the fascist agenda more effectively than a group like the KKK ever could.

Dont count on a return to normal. Its not clear yet how far things will go. It wont help to call on the courts for assistance; any power we give the government can end up in the hands of fascists. We need to establish bonds of solidarity across difference, learn to care for each other, and build the infrastructure we need to live and fight as the political crisis deepens.

Anti-fascism means more than fighting in the street. It is an orientation toward life, a practice of collective resistance. It entails rai...


Der T-Systems-Chef wirft hin. Oder wird gefeuert? Klingt ... "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Der T-Systems-Chef wirft hin. Oder wird gefeuert? Klingt ein bisschen wie gefeuert:

Das Geschft der Grokundensparte sei "anhaltend schwierig" und habe in den vergangenen Jahren trotz aller Bemhungen von Clemens immer wieder hohe Verluste erwirtschaftet, hie es aus Branchenkreisen. Deshalb habe der Aufsichtsrat jetzt reagiert.


Low-level radiation exposure less harmful to health than other modern lifestyle risks "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

From the I thought sure Fukashima was going to kill me department Oxford Martin restatement finds that risks from radiation exposure are extensively studied and small relative to smoking, obesity and air pollution UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD Human populations have always been exposed to ionizing radiation, and more so in modern life due to its use


Modi Governments Defence of High Fuel Prices Is Flimsy "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

While international prices have fallen sharply from an annual average of $105 per barrel in 2013-14 to $46 per barrel in 2015-16 and 2016-17, the Centre has hiked excise duties on petrol and diesel over nine times.

it is the central government, and not the state governments, which has been milking the petroleum sector. Credit: Reuters

it is the central government, and not the state governments, which has been milking the petroleum sector. Credit: Reuters

The retail prices of diesel and petrol in September 2017 have either surpassed or nearly touched the levels prevailing in June 2014, when the Narendra Modi government had just been sworn into office.

The table below shows that while the retail price of diesel was Rs 57.28 per litre in Delhi on June 2, 2014 when the international oil price was $106.88 per barrel it has now reached a very similar price of Rs 58.72 per litre even though international oil prices are at $53.06 per barrel.

Table 1: Prices of Petrol and Diesel: International & Domestic

International crude oil price (Indian basket)  Domestic retail price of petrol  Domestic retail price of diesel
$ per barrel Delhi Kolkata Mumbai Chennai Delhi Kolkata Mumbai Chennai
2-Jun-14 106.88 71.41 79.26 80 74.6 57.28


Modi, Abe Lay Foundation Stone for Indias First Bullet Train Project "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The big-ticket project is expected to be showcased by the BJP during campaigning for the upcoming Gujarat election and the 2019 Lok Sabha poll.

Foundation stone for India's first high-speed rail laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Credit: Twitter/@PMOIndia

Foundation stone for Indias first high-speed rail laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Credit: Twitter/@PMOIndia

Sabarmati: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today announced that India first bullet train would be launched in 2022, coinciding with 75 years of independence, and dubbed it as a definite step towards New India.

Advancing the scheduled launch from March 2023, the Modi government will make the high-speed train operational between Mumbai and Ahmedabad in August 2022. The project will be funded by Japan.

Terming the introduction of bullet train in the country as historic, Modi, in the presence of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, said that today a new India has taken an important step towards fulfilling a big dream.

He further added that A strong India is good for Japan and a strong Japan is good for India.

The announcement of the ambitious Rs 1.1 lakh crore project ahead of the Gujarat elections this year and in the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls in 2019 a...


Imran Awan Hid Secret Server From Capitol Cops, 1788 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Protect Your Information with a VPN. Use Promo Code: bill still for 20% OFF Good afternoon, Im still reporting on: Imran Awan Hid Secret Server From Capitol Cops, 1788 Synopsis: When the secret history of the last 25 years is written our children will be astonished at the foolishness of their parents that would be us - to have allowed all this to happen. According to investigative reporter Luke Rosiak, writing in the Daily Caller, the ongoing revelations surrounding the investigation of Imran Awan, the IT guy of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the former Chair of the Democratic National Committee, have now expanded into a full-blown espionage investigation. Apparently, Awan was dumping every scrap of classified intelligence information that he could get his hands on from the Democrat members of the House Intelligence Committee and elsewhere into an illegal Dropbox account an account that any foreign intelligence service could peruse and purchase from if Awan gave them access. That is why such Dropbox accounts are prohibited in Congressional Offices. To get around this prohibition, Awan set up a secret private server hmmm, where have we heard that term before??? - that was connected directly to the House Democratic Caucus. Via this route, Awan had admin access to all emails and office computers of 45 members of Congress even after Capital Police pulled his credentials and tried to shut off his access. According to the Daily Caller, data was taken from this secret server and transferred to Awans Dropbox account to which investigators may still not have access because it was a private account. In the spring of 2016, House IT administrators discovered that the Awans were allegedly falsifying purchase orders that is, stealing from the government. As the investigators were following the money trail, they discovered the secret server. When they asked for an image of this server to check it out, according to a senior official involved in the investigation who spoke with the Daily Caller: We asked for an image of the server, and they deliberately turned over a fake [image]. They were using the House Democratic Caucus as their central service warehouse  It was a breach. The data was completely out of [the members] possession. Does it mean it was sold to the Russians? I dont know. Support Our Sponsors: - Life Change Tea: Rid Your Body From Toxins! - Nobel Gold & Silver: Protect Your Money With Gold - Click Here- Or Call - 888-596-7916 - Water Smacker - Makes your water less acidic by ionization. - Jeevy Computers: Move up to business-level cyber protection. - Jeevy Computers: Buy/Sell Bitcoin & other Cryptos: 888-844-7806 - Learn How To Generate Passive Income Using Bitcoins At: - Denas Pain Relief Store:


We're Tabling at Three Book Fairs This September : Houston, Baltimore, and the Bay Area "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Anarchists have always been passionate about print media.

Over the next two weeks, well be tabling and speaking at events on three different sides of the United States. Come by to pick from a broad selection of the books, posters, and zines weve produced over the past two decades, including all the new materials weve produced in the course of our past year of frenzied activity. Learn more about the ideas that inspired these works and the struggles they illustrate. Connect with others who share your dreams of a better world.

Saturday, September 16: Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair

For the 17th year in a row, we will be tabling at the Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair in Oakland, California.

During the book fair, we will also be presenting on our new book, No Wall They Can Build: A Guide to Borders and Migration in North America. Here are the details:

No Wall They Can Build: Resisting the Border

Book fair room #3: East Bay Community Space (507 55th St), Telegraph Room, 11:30 am-12:30 pm

Using the new book, No Wall They Can Build: A Guide to Borders and Migration in North America, as a point of departure, we will discuss the criminalization of undocumented families and the internalization of the borderand how these are proceeding under the Trump administration. Well conclude with concrete examples of community responses to border militarization in Arizona.

The inward expansion of the border over the past decade has been accomplished through a shift from civil to criminal law in regards to undocumented populations, and a careful balance of hard and soft controls enacted by police, military, paramilitaries, nonprofits and civilians. Hard controls include imprisonment, deportation, torture, deprivation, assault, and death; soft controls range from information gathering and reporting to state authorities to psychological operations and ideological warfare. Anti-immigrant legislation has extended the reach of enforcement and resulted in record deportations, and this has only worsen under the new regime.

Communities in the Southwest have been dealing with the internalization of the border in several ways: direct aid in the desert, barrio support groups, migra patrol/cop watch, community paralegal clinics, marches, direct action, interfaith organizin...


WHO: Israel's bureaucracy used as a weapon, Palestinians die as a result "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The World Health Organisation's latest report - Health Access for referral patients from the Gaza Strip - provides details of the hardships experienced by Palestinians living in Gaza and in need of medical treatment outside the enclave. With Israel creating labyrinthine exit procedures due to its alleged "security" concerns, Palestinians with chronic and terminal illnesses are fast learning that there is unlikely to be any treatment or respite. Statistically, the violations are obvious. The WHO report states that "two in every five Gaza patients [were] delayed or denied access to health care outside Gaza." Such restrictions have a major impact on patients and their families. For the former, the delays can mean death or, at the very least, a further deterioration of their health. Relatives, on the other hand, are also subjected to inhumane, bureaucratic impediments which place additional stress upon everyone concerned. More precisely, the WHO established that 42.6 per cent of patients in Gaza had their permits to travel for medical reasons denied or delayed. More than half of the individuals accompanying patients also experienced refusals or delays; applications were "still pending by the time of the patient's hospital appointment date."


HPV Vaccine Documentary: Sacrificial Virgins-Not for the Greater Good "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The UK Association of HPV Vaccine Injured Daughters (AHVID) and SaneVax Inc. are pleased to announce the release of a new HPV vaccine documentary produced by Joan Shenton of Meditel Productions and Yellow Entertainment.  Read More


Sometimes The Poor Make It Big. Usually They Stay Poor "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Jill Richardson for Other Words - We all want to live in a country where all it takes is hard work and some talent for anyone to succeed. We tell ourselves that we do. We even see examples of people who came from nothing and ended up rich and famous. And its true that it sometimes happens. Sometimes a child born into poverty grows up to become the president of the United States, a multi-billionaire, or an Olympic gold medalist. Most of the time, however, they dont. And its not because theyre bad, lazy, stupid, or immoral. Often its because of our system itself. Take our school system for a start. By funding schools with property taxes, we guarantee that the children from the richest neighborhoods go to the wealthiest schools. If we lived in neighborhoods that were economically mixed with families of all incomes, this wouldnt be a big deal. But we dont. Instead we have areas of very wealthy people whose children attend wonderful schools, and areas of concentrated poverty where children attend failing schools.


The Most Important Chart in the World Is Getting Uglier By the Day "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Most Important Chart in the World Is Getting Uglier By the Day by Graham Summers Gains Pains Capital The $USD continues to drop like a brick, having taken out critical support in the near-term. This is just the...

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CDC-Funded Study Confirms Flu Shots Linked To Spontaneous Abortions "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A CDC-funded medical study being published by the medical journal Vaccine has confirmed a shocking link between flu shots and spontaneous abortions in pregnant women. The study was rejected by two previous medical journals beforeVaccine agreed to publish it, further underscoring the tendency for medical journals to censor any science that doesnt agree with their pro-vaccine []


The progressive priority: a social democratic Britain "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The belief that the health of the British economy depends on trade policies with Europe or anywhere else comes directly from neoliberal ideology, that openness, globalization of trade and capital flows, bring prosperity.

Theresa May and David Cameron. Source Flickr/Tiocfaidh r l 1916. Some rights reserved.Conservative government policies are the major danger to the welfare of the British population, not Brexit or its likely consequences. No outcome of negotiations between the present or future governments in Westminster and the European Commission would damage the British economy or disrupt British society as much as the last seven years of Tory policies.

Until recently some EU supporters restrained their support for the Labour Party because the party leadership had not clarified its policy on relations with the European Union. With the recent statement of Labour Party Policy, and its endorsement by party leader Jeremy Corbyn, that concern changes from anxiety to excuse. 

Criticism of Corbyns EU policy provided cover for the neoliberal wing of the Labour Party. I stress the word excuse, because to a great extent past criticism of Corbyns EU policy provided cover for the neoliberal wing of the Labour Party. The simple truth is that whatever position a progressive might have on the European Union, that position would be better pursued by the Labour Party under current leadership. 

At no risk of oversimplification, the current progressive task is clear, electing a Labour government committed to creating 21st century social democratic Britain. In pursuit of that goal, arguing over so-called Brexit is a diversion. 


This Apple fanboy set up camp outside Apple store to be the first one to buy iPhone X "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

This man in Australia has been camping outside Apple Store for 10 days, wants to be the first to buy new iPhone X

Apple fanboys have a reputation for being very, very loyal to Apple and iPhone. But do Apple fanboys really just buy anything Apple sells or they just make noise? Do they sing the praise of anything and everything Apple does?

Apparently, the answer to all the above questions is yes. Over the years since Apple introduced its first iPhone, we have had news of Apple fanboys doing amazing things to get their hands on the latest Apple product and 2017 September is no different.

This years Apple iPhone X launch saw one such Apple fanboy, Mazen Kourouche from Australia. Mazen owns a YouTube channel which has videos of various Apple products. This year as Tim Cook was launching iPhone X (pronounced iPhone Ten) in Cupertino, Mazen was doing something absolutely unbelievable. Mazen has been perched outside Sydneys flagship Apple store for a whopping 10 days to lay his hands on the new iPhone when it goes on sale on September 22 in Australia.

Mazens craziness about laying his hands on the new Apple iPhone 8 or iPhone X can be deduced from the fact that he refused $50,000 to give his perch to another Apple fanboy. Yes, Mazen refused $50,000 to give his seat in the line outside Apple Flagship Store in Sydney as he wants to ensure that he is the first customer not only in Sydney but in the world to buy the newly launched iPhone

What is more, Mazen has been live streaming his stay outside the Apple Flagship store on his YouTube channel.  He is also being helped by two of his friends who are making sure that Kourouche doesnt lose his spot as the first customer in line.

Yes, likes of Mazen do exist. Such is their love for Apple products that Samsung built a marketing campaign that portrayed iPhone users as mindless idiots. There is even a phrase Apple sheep used for Apple fanboys by Android users. Even Merriam-Webster got in on the action earlier this year when it used Apple fans as an example to illustrate the definition of the word sheeple.

We wish Mazen the Sheeple best of luck for his endeavor.

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Robert Steele: Healing the Self & Healing the World The Open Source Way (Trump Revolution Book 14) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Amazon Kindle Page

41 pages with 14 graphics and 60 endnotes with links.

As a professional intelligence officer, I approach all challenges from an information-centric perspective. My approach to healing the self and healing the world is rooted in what I know about the corruption the lack of integrity across all information domains. We lack both intelligence and integrity today it is not possible to produce authentic, truthful intelligence if you lack integrity.

Corruption, fake news, false flag events, lies, and misinformation impoverish the 99% while benefiting the 1% that owns and operates the Deep State as a means of control and legalized looting of the commonwealth. Predatory capitalism, virtual colonialism, and unilateral militarism including elective wars, regime change operations, false flag operations, torture & rendition, and drone assassinations all rest on weapons of mass instruction and mass deception.

Individuals are poisoned both mentally and physically the food & drug complex is a deliberately contrived means of profiting by first poisoning people to include the multiplication of cancers as well a...


SSM: John Howard criticises Malcolm Turnbull over handling of same-sex marriage postal survey "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard makes a good point in the Same Sex Marriage debate.

The point John Howard makes is that Australians dont know what theyre voting for, because the Australian government hasnt revealed details of what legislation would consist of, if there is a Yes vote.

If in doubt vote No.

All true Christians should vote No to gay marriage because gay marriage is against the teachings of the Holy Bible.

ABC NEWS Australia

Same Sex Marriage: John Howard criticises Malcolm Turnbull over handling of same-sex marriage postal survey

14 September 2017


Former prime minister John Howard has criticised the Turnbull Governments handling of the same-sex marriage survey, calling for the details of any bill to be released before the vote.

Key points:

  • PM has said Marriage Act will change before the end of the year if there is a Yes vote
  • Howard says Turnbull needs to spell out the details
  • Urges Government to protect parental rights and religious freedoms

In a statement, he said the Government was washing its hands of any responsibility to protect religious freedoms should the survey come back with a majority Yes vote.

Malcolm Turnbull has repeatedly said the Parliament will change the Marriage Act before the end of the year if there is a Yes vote, but hasnt provided any more details.

Liberal senator Dean Smith and a number of backbenchers have prepared a private members bill, but it is not confirmed whether this is the bill that would be in...


Oil Rich Venezuela Stops Accepting Dollars "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

  • President Maduro Venezuela will create a basket of currencies to free us from the dollar,
  • Oil traders ordered to stop accepting U.S. dollar in exchange for crude oil
  • Order comes following calls from Russia and China to find alternatives to current reserve system
  • U.S. Dollar accounts for two-thirds of global trade
  • Venezuela has over ten-times more oil than United States
  • Super powers are gradually turning to gold to avoid using worlds main reserve currency
  • Are we seeing the beginning of the end for the U.S. dollar?

Source: The Burning Platform

The oil-rich country of Venezuela has stopped accepting the U.S. Dollar as payment for oil.

Last week President Maduro warned that the country would this week free itself from the US dollar.

Venezuela is going to implement a new system of international payments and will create a basket of currencies to free us from the dollar,

Yesterday Venezuela temporarily suspended the sale of U.S. dollars through its Dicom auction system. This (and other moves) was in response to U.S. sanctions put in place by the Trump administration.

Trump claims the sanctions are there to punish the countrys autocratic leaders. Maduro claims Washingtons move was part of an economic war.

This morning The Wall Street Journal reports that the Venezuela is already telling oil traders not to accept the US currency.

Oil traders who export Venezuelan crude or import oil products into the country have begun converting their invoices to euros.

The state oil company Petrleos de Venezuela SA, known as PdVSA, has told its private joint venture partners to open accounts in euros and to convert existing cash holdings into Europes main currency, said one project partner.

The decision to suspend dollar trading on Diacom and to no longer accept the the U.S. currency for oil is potentially a major blow for the worlds reserve currency.

Venezuelas decision comes at a time when other cou...


Gay marriage vote removes your rights as a mother or father "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

If passed through, the rights of 'parents' i.e. a mother (woman) and father (man) WILL be removed, and your son or daughter which at law are an entity called a 'child' will no longer exist.

You will no longer be a mother or father, son or daughter but rather 'people'.

What would be 'interesting' is seeing the writ for the vote.

Anyone care to grab a copy ??? !!! ???

See 'Exposure Draft' for the new (unlawfully enacted) law to be;

and can be downloaded directly from the link:

Exposure Draft - Marriage Amendment

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DOE Officially Marks SunShots $1 Per Watt Goal For Utility-Scale Solar "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Julia Pyper for GTM - It's official. The solar industry has met the 2020 utility-scale solar cost target set by the Energy Department's SunShot Initiative -- three years early. The DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released new research today that shows the average price of utility-scale solar is now under $1 per watt and below 6 cents per kilowatt-hour. Thats higher than the record-breaking project bids weve seen in the U.S. and abroad in recent years. But thats because DOE calculations for levelized cost of energy (LCOE) do not include subsidies -- such as the federal Investment Tax Credit -- and are based on the average climate in Kansas City, Missouri. (Note: GTM documented the sub-$1 per watt milestone earlier this year, but the department is using its own metrics.) Our mission is to make solar affordable for all Americans, and so our goals are defined for average U.S. climates. We use Kansas City as that example, said Becca Jones-Albertus, acting deputy director of the SunShot Initiative. Hitting a 6 cents per kilowatt-hour target for Kansas is a more significant metric than hitting 6 cents in sunnier parts of the country. GTM Research reported that U.S. utility-scale fixed-tilt system pricing fell below $1.00 per watt earlier this year using a different methodology.


Florida Citizens Who Abandoned Their Pets Could Face Felony Charges "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Many Florida residents were unprepared when catastrophic hurricane Irma appeared over the Atlantic. Extensive media coverage and government warnings had many people taking action early, but long term preparedness plans were apparently not in place for families and pets alike. Store shelves were emptied in many places and gas stations ran out of fuel. Pets []


Brazil Police Raid Agricultural Ministers Home "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

SAO PAULO Brazils federal police conducted a raid and search operation at the house of Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi in Brasilia, related to an ongoing bribery and graft scandal, TV Globo reported on Thursday.

Image result for Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi i, photos

It said the raid is linked to a plea deal by former Mato Grosso state governor Silval Barbosa, who accuses Maggi of participating in a corruption scheme that lasted between 2007 and 2010. Maggi is also a former governor of Mato Grosso a major producer of soybeans, grains and cattle.

Efforts to contact Maggis press representatives in Brasilia were unsuccessful.

(Reporting by Guillermo Parra-Bernal; Editing by W Simon)




Ep: 211: Are the iPhones New Camera Specs Worth Upgrading? and more "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Episode 211 of the PetaPixel Photography Podcast.
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UKs May Stressed Importance of Iran Nuclear Deal to Tillerson Trump Seems Ready To Keep Iran Nuclear Deal But After North Korea, Will Iran Have Nuclear Weapons? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

LONDON British Prime Minister Theresa May stressed the importance of a 2015 international agreement on Irans nuclear program to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday during a brief meeting at her London office.

Tillerson is visiting Britain to discuss the relief effort following Hurricane Irma, North Koreas nuclear test, and to meet foreign ministers from several different countries about breaking the political deadlock in Libya.

Although not officially on the agenda for the trip, the subject of Iran was raised at the meeting between Tillerson, May and Britains national security adviser.

(They) touched on the Iran nuclear deal, the PM underlining its importance in preventing Iran from procuring nuclear weapons, Mays spokesman told reporters.

U.S. President Donald Trump has previously expressed doubts about the Iran nuclear deal, which is designed to curb Irans nuclear program in return for lifting most Western sanctions.

Trump is weighing a strategy that could allow more aggressive U.S. responses to Irans forces, its Shiite Muslim proxies in Iraq and Syria, and its support for militant groups.

Tillerson has publicly said he disagrees with Trumps views on the nuclear deal, and that it could be used to advance the United States relationship with Iran.

(Tillerson and May) also discussed North Korea and its continuing destabilizing activities, Mays spokesman said. They agreed on the importance of the international community continuing to work together to put pressure on the regime.

North Korea carried out its sixth and largest nuclear test earlier this month.

Tillerson wil...


After Generations Working In Coal, Young West Virginians Are Finding Jobs In Solar "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Jason Margolis for PRI - Nobody from his graduating class is working in coal, says Swiger. [Theyre] honestly working in fast food, or not working at all. Not Swiger. He has a job installing rooftop solar panels. He says his family is delighted with it. "Theyre excited that Im actually doing something different, says Swiger. A lot of people aint doing this in West Virginia, a lot of people are against it actually. A lot of people want to go back to coal. I aint against it, I love solar. Its way better than coal, I think. Solar panels can save people money on their electricity bills and cut down on greenhouse gas emissions, which fuel climate change. With battery storage, found in some home set-ups, solar can also allow people to continue to power their homes off the grid during power outages. Swiger is working as an apprentice with Solar Holler, which was founded four years ago by 32-year-old Dan Conant. Conant doesnt see solar energy and coal at odds with each other. The way I think about it, as a West Virginian, is that West Virginia has always been an energy state, and this is just the next step. Its the next iteration, says Conant. West Virginias economy has long been reliant on coal. Metallurgical coal, which is found in the state, is used in the steel-making process.


Help Mankwe Wildlife Reserve in South Africa "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"


Were raising 10,000 to help protect the rhino at Mankwe Wildlife Reserve, South Africa

LocationUnited Kingdom
Time left30 days to go

What is crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding is a new type of fundraising where you can raise funds for your own personal cause, even if youre not a registered charity.

The page owner is responsible for the distribution of funds raised


We recently sent an expedition team to Mankwe Wildlife Reserve in South Africa. The aim of the trip was to discover the fascinating flora and fauna of Africa, whilst gathering resources and gaining an insight into the conservation issues faced here.

After spending the week with Lynne MacTavish and the rest of her team at Mankwe, hearing their stories and understanding the daily struggles that come with protecting this endangered species from the dangers of poachers, the team all felt compelled to take action and raise awareness of the issues faced which could easily bring both the black and white rhino to extinction.

ZooLab has given itself an ambitious target of 10,000 to be raised within 12 months. This money will go towards a number of things including: food and enrichment for the anti-poaching dogs, petrol for on site patrol vehicles, increased anti-poaching team, improved reserve infrastructure and additional security equipment.

Please check out a blog of our trip available on our website and Facebook page.........

Devastating flu vaccine-miscarriage study sparks ridiculous spin "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

BY J.B. HANDLEY September 13, 2017

The mainstream media is doing their best to minimize a devastating study showing a high correlation (7-fold) between flu vaccines and miscarriages.

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Insider Trading Equifax Data Breach and Disclosure (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Insider Trading Equifax Data Breach and Disclosure Video ITM Trading Lynette Zang Insiders selling stock has escalated this week with those at Industrial companies selling $2,282 for every $1 in buying. Why such extreme selling? Equifax, one of...

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Womens health group is funding abortions for Harvey victims "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Speaking of victims I would hope that those who survived a natural disaster might pause and give thanks for being alive as well as their baby. Alas, abortion providers continue their demented goals. Too bad that for those aborted, their Continue reading


Corbett Report - 911 The Trillion Dollar Conspiracy - Full Documentary "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

sharing this again, because WE ALL FORGOT... about September 11th 2001, this year. Sixteen years have gone by, how can 9/11 be important now, right? 9/11 no longer affects us, the dust has settled, we no longer care who did what to whom.

Shame on ALL OF US...


Cassini Will Not Go Gently Into That Good Night "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

While Cassini is often celebrated in the popular literature for its stunning photographs of Saturns rings, its more unique contributions have advanced our understanding of the planets moons.

An artist's illustration of Cassini zooming in towards Saturn. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

An artists illustration of Cassini zooming in towards Saturn. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

After 13 years orbiting Saturn, its majestic rings and plethora of moons, the Cassini space probe will make a headlong dive into the gas giant and burn up on September 15. NASA has dubbed the event the Grand Finale.

The probes instruments will be awake during its final mission, transmitting data about Saturns atmosphere to scientists on Earth, until theyre fried to a crisp by the heat and pressure.

For over a decade, the Cassini probe has been humankinds foremost eye in the outer Solar System. It has studied the planet, its rings and its 62 moons in fine detail. Almost everything we know about them is because of the probe, and we know a crazy lot now than we did before Cassini.

Cassini was named for the Italian astronomer Giovanni Domenico Cassini, who discovered four of Saturns moons in the mid- to late-17th century. It was a joint operation between NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency in 1997, and cost $2.1 billion to build and launch. It reached Saturn after seven years. It was expected to complete its primary mission by 2008 (it did), at which point...


Reminder: Susan Rice Lied About Her Role In The Obama Admin Unmasking Scandal "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

On March 22, Rep. Devin Nunes made his ham-fisted disclosure that the Obama administration had conducted incidental surveillance collection and unmasking of Trump administration officials. It was a revelation that ignited widespread criticism from nearly every corner of Washington

I have seen intelligence reports that clearly show that the president-elect and his team were, I guess, at least monitored, the House intelligence chairman said at the time. It looks to me like it was all legally collected, but it was essentially a lot of information on the president-elect and his transition team and what they were doing. Nunes went on to claim that the information was spread across a number of agencies and had little or no apparent intelligence value.

Perhaps Nunes reasons were partisan. Perhaps his framing was exaggerated. Well see. But if CNNs reporting is correct, everything Nunes claimed that day was basically true. Which is a lot more than we can say for others.

On the same day, former National Security Adviser Susan Rice was interviewed by PBSs Judy Woodruff and asked to respond to Nunes accusation that she had unmasked those Trump officials in the waning days of the Obama administration. Here is the exchange:

Woodruff: Weve been following a disclosure by the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes, that in essence, during the final days of the Obama administration, during the transition, after President Trump had been elected, that he and the people around him may have been caught up in surveillance of foreign individuals in that their identities may have been disclosed. Do you know anything about this?

Rice: I know nothing about this. I was surprised to see reports from Chairman Nunes on that count today.

As we now know, Rice wasnt surprised. At all. Wednesday, CNN reported that Obamas former national security adviser told House investigators that she had unmasked those senior Trump officials in an effort to understand why the crown prince of the United Arab Emirates was in New York late...


Yes, Christians Think Hurricanes Are Gods Punishment For Sin "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

In the wake of hurricane Harvey and Irma, folks have been publicly linking the storms destruction to supernatural judgment. The idea seems to be more accepted when framed in terms from Eastern mysticism (karma) and left-wing politics, and condemned when framed in terms of Christianity.


Watch This Movie To Debunk The Tech Monopoly Hysteria "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The frenzy to regulate big technology firms as monopolies is starting to spread like influenza across the political spectrum. Turning Web search and social media into government-regulated utilities is an idea now endorsed by Josh Marshall on the Left and Steve Bannon on the Right. It also got the surprising support of neoconservative intellectual Bill Kristol as part of a No Labels agenda. So now this idea is coming at us from the left, right, and center.

This is the surest sign that its probably a bad idea.

For anyone tempted to get caught up in this tech monopoly hysteria, you can inoculate yourself by watching just one movie: the 1998 Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan romantic comedy Youve Got Mail.

Why? Well, its a pretty good movie on its own terms. It has a good script, good chemistry between the leads, and it catches Ryan at peak winsomeness. It might also be a good way of compensating if your significant other didnt find that 35th anniversary screening of the directors cut of The Wrath of Khan quite as romantic as you expected. The film also takes place in a very specific business and technology setting that teaches us an indelible lesson about the permanence of so-called monopolies.

Youve Got Mail was conceived as an updated remake of the 1940 film The Shop Around the Corner. In the original, two rival shop clerks clash with each other while falling in love through an anonymous correspondence. The remake just shifted the correspondence, quite naturally, to online chatgroups and e-mail. But it expanded on the business rivalry. Instead of making the protagonists rival clerks in the same store, it made Ryans character the owner of a small independent book shop, while Tom Hanks is CEO of a big discount chain bookstorea fictionalized Barnes and Noblethat is about to put her out of business. This is the big Goliath threatening the retail book industry.

The film was released in 1998. Amazon was founded in 1994 and had its IPO in 1997. It was about to crush big discount bookstoresdoes anyone still remember the other big chain, Borders?and nobody had a clue. There isn&#8217...


Why Our Obsession With TV Antiheroes Is Destroying Our Souls "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Every year, TV dramas slide deeper into a storytelling rut as deep as it is dark. Just click through the most popular titles on Netflix and the trope is apparent: the antihero. Weve had Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Dexter, How to Get Away with Murder, House of Cards, Game of Thrones, Ozark, and those are just off the top of my head. There are plenty of corrupt cop dramas out there, and more comic book antiheroes are coming down the pike.

TVTropes put it well: As the struggling, imperfect protagonist begins to gain more respect and sympathy than the impressive-but-impossible-to-relate-to invincible superhero, anti heroes have come to be admired as a perfectly valid type of hero in their own right.

Yes, Superman and Wonder Woman as characters separated from their plots are terribly boring for being too perfect, too idealistic and therefore unrelatable. But the obsession with angsty antiheroes (I prefer anti-protagonists, but thats a mouthful) is weighing down TV drama. This is especially true since many belonging to the archetype are far more morally corrupt than struggling and imperfect (heck, Frank Underwood is a straight-up villain). I dont say this out of frustration for the lack of stories with happy endings or a more explicit and simplistic morality. Descriptive stories are relatable; they stick with us, as Leslie Loftis has pointed out.

But at some point, TV drama has gone from introducing a few intriguingly dark protagonists that stand apart from the rest of TVs good guys to ubiquitous application of the archetype. Did Western audiences cease to be interested in protagonists that, despite their deep flaws, end up doing the right thing? If were to take this ongoing trend as evidence of consumer bias, millions of viewers are no longer as interested in watching characters take the high road because they find the gutter much more fascinating.

Antiheroes Make Evil More Appealing

Ill grant that antiheroism is a spectrum, ranging from almost-hero to practically villain. But as the name implies, the antihero often leaves much less room for goodness to shine and actually works to dilute its opposite. That may seem redundant, but as Loftis discussed in an interview with Stacy Washington, modern stories often sanitize and sympathetically portray the would-be villain, and in so doing, evil is neutered.

Well, the bad witch isnt so bad, after a...


Elizabeth Warren Promises To Defend Obamacare While Stumping Sanders Bill Repealing It "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Note to PolitiFact: Weve found your Lie of the Year for 2021. Or 2025. Or the next year Democrats take the levers of power in Washington. We submit a claim made Wednesday by one Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.): We will not back down in our protection of the Affordable Care Act. We will defend it at every turn.

She made that statement at a press conference announcing her support for Sen. Bernie Sanders single-payer health care billwhich, if one searches for Affordable Care Act, will uncover the following section:


Effective on the date described in section 106, the Federal and State Exchanges established pursuant to title I of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111148) shall terminate, and any other provision of law that relies upon participation in or enrollment through such an Exchange, including such provisions of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, shall cease to have force or effect.


If You Like Your Obamacare, Too Bad

Perhaps Warren should learn a lesson from Barack Obama, who in 2013 was forced to apologize for what PolitiFact then called the Lie of the Year: if you like your plan, you can keep it. Millions of people received cancellation notices that year, because their plans did not comply with Obamacares myriad new mandates and regulations on insurance.

Four years later, many people now on Obamacare cant keep their plansbecause, like me last year, they have seen their plans cancelled. But somemaybe not many, but someObamacare enrollees might actually like their current coverage.

Sanders bill tells each and every one of them, If you like your Obamacare, too bad, even as Warren claims she will defend [the law] at every turn. Somewhere, George Those Who Cannot Remember the Past Are Condemned to Repeat It Santayana is smiling.

Liberals Cant Help Deceiving Pe...


Texass Abortion Dismemberment Ban Goes To Trial Aimed At Supreme Court "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

In a recent turn of events, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and lawyers representing abortion providers pushed for an early November trial in Whole Womans Health v. Paxton. The trial, set to begin on November 2 before federal district court Judge Lee Yeakel, will address the constitutionality of Senate Bill 8s ban on live dismemberment abortions.

In the abortions Texas banned, a doctor uses medical equipment to dismember a live fetus, limb by limb, until the unborn baby dies and all of his body parts have been removed from his mothers uterus. Paxton agreed not to enforce the abortion ban as the suit moves forward, consenting instead to an extension of the temporary restraining order Yeakel entered on August 31.

At trial, the court will consider the abortion providers claim that Texas Senate Bill 8 unconstitutionally bans dilation and evacuation abortions, also known as D&E. A D&E abortion entails a provider dilating a womans cervix to allow the doctor to insert surgical instruments inside. The doctor then grips the fetus with forceps and pulls it toward the cervix and the vagina, removing portions of the fetus, piece by piece, until the entire body has been removed.

As Justice Kennedy explained in one Supreme Court case: The fetus, in many cases, dies just as a human adult or child would: It bleeds to death as it is torn limb from limb. . . . The fetus can be alive at the beginning of the dismemberment process and can survive for a time while its limbs are being torn off.

Banning Human Dismemberment Is Unconstitutional?

According to the plaintiffs lawsuit, D & E abortions are the safest and most common method of abortion used after approximately 15 weeks of pregnancy, and by banning such procedures, Texas imposes an undue burden on women seeking to terminate a pregnancy before viability, in violation of their constitutional right to privacy.

But as Paxton explained to the district court in opposing the restraining order, the Texas law does not ban D&E abortions[t]he terms dilation and evacuation or D&E are not mentioned anywhere in its text, and S.B. 8 does not prevent doctors from performing a second-trimester abortion on any woman who seeks one. Rather, the Texas statute merely requires the abortion doctor to assure fetal demise before the unborn baby is dismembered.

And by prohibiting this brutal, gruesome, and inhumane procedure, the state of Texas both promotes respect for the dignity of the life of the unborn and protects the integrity of the medical profession. Further, as Paxton explained in court documents, to comply with the federal partial-birth abortion bad, many abortion providers already cause feta...


French Presidents Push For People To Work For A Living Is A Cautionary Tale For America "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

During Emmanuel Macrons presidential campaign earlier this year, he prominently promised to do what no one before him had: revive the floundering French economy. Less than four months into his presidency, Macron is poised to enact some of the reforms necessary for that revival. But hes getting some pretty significant pushback that should stand as a cautionary tale for the United States.

On Tuesday, thousands of French workers took to the streets in dozens of cities across the country, including Paris, Lyon, Nantes, Marseille, and Toulouse, to protest Macrons planned reforms. In Paris, an estimated 60,000 marched, and police used tear gas and water cannons to control demonstrators. These rallies and marches were organized by the countrys labor unions, which have been powerful in France for a century, as well as the political party of self-professed communist and former presidential candidate Jean-Luc Mlenchon.

The proposed overhaul of Frances labor code would include making it easier for employers to fire employees (something prohibitively difficult in France today) and reduce the power of unions in a number of ways, giving employers more room to negotiate with their employees directly. Macrons hope is that these changes would jumpstart the economy and lower the unemployment rate, which now sits at around 10 percent.

The French are known for their love of manifestations, or protests, a pastime that brings them out to the streets by the hundreds and thousands. Nothing gets their feet on the pavement faster than any sign, large or small, that their privileges as workers or students are being reduced. Those have become sacred, thus its little surprise that the upstart kid genius Macron is getting serious pushback against his attempt to overhaul the French code du travail.

Its Unions and a Unionized Culture

Frances labor unions gained significant power in the inter-war period, and played a substantial role in the nearly constant political upheavals of the 1920s and 30s. If any change is made, or even proposed to the labor code, the unions come out in force.

But its not just about the unions. An extreme belief in workers rights has over the years seeped into French culture, such that the two are nearly inseparable. French workers of all socioeconomic levels consider a litany of perks part of their fundamental rights. This includes the 35-hour work week, two-hour lunch breaks, five-week annual vacation time, and virtually guaranteed job security. France has one of the earliest retirement ages in the world for many public-sector jobs and a mandatory retirement age (it was 67 but a 2008 law now gives the option of working until age 70.)

The French believe str...


First Openly Gay Seattle Mayor Resigns Amid Sexual Abuse Allegations "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has resigned effective 5 p.m. Wednesday amid allegations from five men that Murray had sexually abused them as teenagers.

Four of these allegations came to light this spring. While Murray denied there was any truth to the accusations, he decided not to run for a second term. He contended the allegations were an effort to target him for his record as a gay-rights champion, according to the Seattle Times. But apparently the burden of this fifth allegation proved too heavy to carry as mayor.

Murray, 62, has been the mayor of Seattle since 2013, also the year he married Michael Shiosaki, shortly after gay marriage was legalized in Washington state. Murray maintains his innocence but said, It is important that my personal issues do not affect the ability of our city government to conduct the publics business.

This latest addition to the sexual abuse scandal comes from his cousin, Joseph Dyer, 54. The Seattle Times reports that Dyer was just 13 when Murray came to stay with Dyers family in New York in the mid-1970s. Dyer alleges Murray, then in his early 20s, repeatedly forced him into sex when the two shared a bedroom for the duration of a year. Dyer told the Seattle Times, There would be times when I would fake sleeping because I didnt want him touching me.

Buried Allegations of Abuse from the 1980s

A previous accuser, Jeff Simpson, says Murray abused him as a foster child in Murrays home. Murray took Simpson in after counseling him at a group home for troubled children in Portland, Oregon. The Seattle Times unearthed Department of Human Services documents, previously thought to have been destroyed, that detail the allegations of abuse beginning in 1980, when Simpson was 13, and lasting about three years. Simpson alleges Murray would sometimes pay him in money or drugs for sex.

In a 1984 assessment, CPS caseworker Judy Butler wrote, In the professional judgement of this caseworker who has interviewed numerous children of all ages and of all levels of emotional disturbance regarding sexual abuse, Jeff Simpson has been sexually abused by Edward Murray.

Murray notes the Multnomah County prosecutor never brought charges. But the Seattle Times reports Simpsons troubled personality led to this decision, not any dishonesty from him.

Deputy District Attorney Mary Tomlinson wrote that they could not be sure to meet the high burden of proof of a criminal case, and that Jeffs emotional instability, history of manipulative behavior an...


President Trump Doesnt Need A Border Wall When He Can Build Better Paper Ones "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Except for the symbolism of his big, beautiful wall, President Trump could save himself billions of dollars and several years by stemming illegal immigration using a tool already at his disposal: the U.S. Tax Code.

With a stroke of his pen, Trump could simply direct the IRS to favor American businesses that hire persons legally permitted to work in the U.S. This policy of Affirmative Wage Deduction (AWD) would cause an instant exodus of undocumented immigrants, potentially recoup billions of dollars in federal tax subsidies, and turn off the employment magnet that now draws thousands of illegal immigrants to breach our borders.

How Trump Could Build A Digital Wall

To do this, Trump should direct the Internal Revenue Services to redefine the terms eligible wage and vendor deductions under the tax code to require verification through an existing online database called the E-Verify System, which is compiled and operated by the Social Security Administration.

E-Verify contains each enrollees birth date, place of birth, address, Social Security Number, and other personal data.

Under the new definition, any employer who wishes to reduce its taxable income by deducting payments to employees or independent contractors would use E-Verify to determine if those payees were Confirmed or Tentatively Non-Confirmed as legally able to work in the U.S.

If the worker is confirmed, then E-Verify System could send an authentication code to the employer and to the IRS. When the IRS receives this code, it would get the green light to allow the deduction claimed by employers.

If the IRS does not, it will automatically erect a virtual wall, to detect non-confirmed labor expenses claimed in the employers tax returns.

The result: Legal workers are let in and illegal workers are kept out of the tax equation, with the employer feeling the difference in its pocketbook. The use of cheap and illegal labor to deprive Americans of entry-level jobs will no longer be unfairly rewarding those employers who are the financial beneficiaries of illegal immigration.

This System Fixes Our Financial Incentives

Of course, this doesnt prohibit companies from hiring undocumented workers and many may still find it cost-effective to do so. As proposed here, this system would not be used as a permission-to-work program or a law enforcement tool by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency.

AWD would not affect the gardeners, baby-sitters, and handymen who are paid cash with after-tax earnings by homeowners, who cannot claim these expenditures as business expenses.

AWD is a compelling tax-incentive program for businesses that follow the immigration laws and eliminates the competi...


Is single-payer health care a feasible evolutionary option? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

I say no, in my latest Bloomberg column.  For some of the arguments here, I am indebted to earlier work by Megan McArdle.

The post Is single-payer health care a feasible evolutionary option? appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.


Pilot: I Flew Sen. Menendez On His Rich Donors Private Plane "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A man who piloted a wealthy eye doctors private plane testified on Wednesday that Sen. Bob Menendez was a frequent passenger who flew for free. Prosecutors say these free plane rides were how a wealthy benefactor, Dr. Salomon Melgen, who is also on trial, bribed the Democratic senator for favors.

The pilot, Robert Nylund, said Melgen made sure the plane was stocked with Menendezs favorite brand of water, Evian, to make sure he was comfortable  while aboard, CNN reports. Nylund also told the court he once flew Menendez from West Palm Beach to Washington DC, a trip that cost Melgen $8,6036.02. The senator was the only passenger on that 2010 flight. This trip required the plane to be flown with no passengers on the flight to West Palm Beach in order to pick up Menendez. After dropping off the Democratic senator, the plane was flown empty to its hanger in New York.

The wealthy eye doctor flew Menendez on his private plane frequently. Nylund said he flew the senator 16 times while he worked for the ophthalmologist.

Prosecutors say Melgen, who was convicted of Medicaid fraud earlier this year, bribed Menendez with private plane rides, a vacation in Paris, and luxury trips to the Dominican Republic. In exchange, Menendez allegedly lobbied the U.S. State Department to get the married, wealthy eye doctors girlfriends U.S. visas. He also allegedly intervened in a $8.9 million billing dispute in 2011, a year after the pricey private flight paid for by Melgen took place.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie could chose a Republican to replace Menendez, if his seat becomes vacant, a move that shift the politics of the U.S. Senate.


Why Fairness For All Legislation Actually Produces More Discrimination "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

In July the U.S. Supreme Court announced it will hear the case of Jack Phillips, the cake artist in Denver whom the government ordered to re-educate his staff and file quarterly compliance reports for two years after he made a conscience-based decision not to create a custom cake for a same-sex wedding ceremony.

Jacks case and the underlying issuewhether the First Amendment still protects the artistic freedom of creative professionals or is subject to the whims and demands of government officialsare sure to increase the attention paid to controversial Fairness for All legislation.

But first, a prefatory note: Lest your initial reaction to the legislations title be one of rapturous applausefinally, a law that takes everyone into accountremember that such monikers arent crafted to inform the public, but to persuade it. The Affordable Care Act, Restoring Internet Freedom Act, and the USA Patriot Act come to mind.

As Adam Liptak wrote in The New York Times, the old boring names have been replaced by cute names, ones that seem focus-group tested. Why not? As writer Harold Pinter once said, Its so easy for propaganda to work, and dissent to be mocked.

Its cuddly name aside, careful study of Fairness for All legislation reveals that the proposed legislation is poorly conceived, demonstrably unfair, and wholly incapable of achieving its aims.

SOGI Laws Aim to Correct A Nonexistent Problem

To understand this new proposed legislation, we must first understand its ancestry. Such legislation is the immediate descendent of SOGI laws (laws that add the new classifications of sexual orientation and gender identity to existing nondiscrimination laws). I provide a more thorough explanation here, but in short, while SOGI laws purport to combat discrimination, in effect, they threaten every Americans constitutionally guaranteed freedoms. The operative word is purport, because available data reveals that systematic, widespread denial of housing, employment, or services to individuals who identify as LGBT doesnt exist.

So without a significant, unresolved problem to address, these laws have functioned as Trojan horses, empowering governments to personally and professionally destroy individuals who seek to peacefully live and work in a manner consistent with their consciences (but at odds with the governments views). One of the ways these laws operate is to silence thos...


California Denies Women Choice To Save Babies Through Abortion Pill Reversal "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

If there was any doubt about Californias status as the nations standard-bearer for abortion, a letter sent September 5 by the states Board of Registered Nursing should clear that up in a jiffy.

Acting at the behest of abortion activists in the state legislature and online media, the board reversed its decision from just a month prior, sending Heartbeat International a letter to demand that the pro-life pregnancy help network cease and desist offering nurses continuing education units (CEUs) for abortion pill reversal classes.

More than 350 doctors nationally have joined the Abortion Pill Reversal network, while 300 mothers have successfully rescued their children from abortion through the medical intervention (see here and here for examples), which introduces an emergency and ongoing progesterone treatment to counteract the first of two pills in the chemical abortion (RU-486) process.

The boards sudden reversal seems a direct effort to deny a woman access to her own choice during an unexpected pregnancy, Heartbeat International president Jor-El Godsey said Monday.

This is a naked political assault on a procedure that is the very essence of choice, Godsey said. To oppose Abortion Pill Reversal is not only to deny the science and reality that there are children living today because of it, but its to materially keep a woman from even so much as knowing she has the option to potentially stop a chemical abortion once it has begun. This is the abortion lobby taking choices away from women.

Playing Politics with Women, Children, and Nurses

The letter, postmarked September 5 and received September 11, gives Heartbeat International five days from receipt to remove CEU credit from its online courses, offered online through the Heartbeat Academy. It also marks a 180-degree shift from a letter the same board sent Heartbeat International and sister pro-life network, National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA), approving both organizations status as a continuing education providers.

The original letter, sent July 28, 2017, followed a 17-month period where the board reviewed hundreds of pages of submitted documentation starting in February 2016. No subsequent paperwork or filing of any kind was requested prior to or cited in the most recent letter.

The board had originally questioned Heartbeat Internationals inclusion of abortion pill reversal courses during the audit process, then agreed to reinst...


Free Fall Crochet Projects "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

We are slowly transitioning into fall.
Although it seemingly looks like nothing is changed during the day, the first signs appear at night. As a matter of fact, fall will be here in exactly 10 days. So, like it or not, we will have to get ready for it.
In line with this I've compiled a selection of amazing fall crochet projects - accessories and home dcor mostly and I am sure you'll find a project to please your soul.


Trump to sign resolution condemning White nationalists, Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, and other hate groups "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Great idea, right? No sane person supports the Klan and neo-Nazis. But here again we see the palsied hand of the Southern Poverty Law Center. When perfectly legitimate organizations are falsely classified as hate groups and lumped in with the KKK and neo-Nazis by that well-heeled hate and smear machine, against whom will all available []

The post Trump to sign resolution condemning White nationalists, Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, and other hate groups appeared first on Jihad Watch.


Only one Singaporean is fit to be president So who decides in a democracy? Or who cares if it is a democracy? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Or so the government concludes

IT IS very important, Lee Hsien Loong, Singapores prime minister, explained last year, that all Singaporeans feel they have a genuine chance of becoming president. To that end, his government tinkered with the eligibility criteria for candidates. Yet Singaporeans primed for a festival of inclusiveness at this years election must be confused. On September 11th a committee of senior officials declared that only one candidate was eligible to stand, and that the woman in question, Halimah Yacob, a former speaker of parliament, was thus deemed to have been elected unopposed. She will be sworn in on September 14th.

Singapores democracy can sometimes seem a little regimented: the ruling Peoples Action Party (PAP) has been in power since before independence in 1965. So when the government decided to amend the constitution in 1991 to allow direct elections for president, ostensibly to deepen popular engagement with politics, observers were suspiciousand rightly so. The criteria for eligibility were set so narrowly that only two of the subsequent five elections have involved more than one candidate. Even so, at the previous election, in 2011, the PAPs preferred candidate came within a whisker of losing.

The government says this close shave had no influence on its decision to narrow the eligibility criteria yet more before this years election. The intention, Mr Lee explained, was to make sure that none of Singapores three main ethnic groupsChinese, Malays and Indianswas excluded from the job for too long. In November the government duly changed the constitution to reserve presidential elections for members of a particular ethnic group if no one from that group has held the job for the previous five terms. On this basis, the presidential election this year was limited to Malays, who make up 13% of the population but have not held the office of president since 1970. Coincidentally, the new rules prevented the candidate who fell just 7,383 votes short last time, Tan Cheng Bock, from running again, as he is one of the 74% of Singaporeans who are Chinese (...


Advocates of 'global warming' theory increasingly want to punish skeptics - especially after recent hurricanes "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Calls to punish global warming skepticism as a criminal offense have surged in the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, but it hasn't discouraged climate scientists like Judith Curry. A retired Georgia Tech professor, she argued on her Climate Etc. website that Irma, which hit Florida as a Category 4 hurricane on Saturday, was fueled in large part by "very weak" wind shear and that the hurricane intensified despite Atlantic Ocean temperatures that weren't unusually warm. That is the kind of talk that could get policymakers who heed her research hauled before the justice system, if some of those in the climate change movement have their way. "Climate change denial should be a crime," declared the Sept. 1 headline in the Outline. Mark Hertsgaard argued in a Sept. 7 article in the Nation, titled "Climate Denialism Is Literally Killing Us," that "murder is murder" and "we should punish it as such."


New Dot Connector Videocast Format "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

From this weekend, the David Icke Dot Connector video cast format will change. David will continue to produce his free 30 minute take on the weeks events, and this will be posted on his Youtube channel as normal, every Friday. Premium Subscribers however, will now receive a much more in-depth weekly podcast where Richie Allen will be interviewing David about the weeks events, connecting the dots between seemingly random events. Every week they will cover a series of topics from all over the World. If you would like to sign up as a Premium Subscriber, please click here.



Re: mp3gain: NULL pointer dereference in sync_buffer (mpglibDBL/interface.c) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Posted by Agostino Sarubbo on Sep 14

Hello Thomas,

the suggestion of removal was because of the dead status of the upstream
If there will be people that fix the issues, will be great.

Feel free to update this thread when you have news about.


5.7million-year-old Fossil Footprints have been stolen from the site in Kasteli, Crete "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Ten out of the forty newly discovered fossil footprints in Kasteli, Chania, have been stolen by  unknown thieves. The unprecedented theft was discovered by a citizen  who visited the site and saw that several fossil footprints had been removed, while the site was damaged. According to Greek media, security cameras has recorded one thief, authorities

The post 5.7million-year-old Fossil Footprints have been stolen from the site in Kasteli, Crete appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.


Sweden Doubles Down on Data Retention Surveillance "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

According to a leaked law proposal, which has been obtained by the Swedish Internet provider Bahnhof, the Swedish government is doubling down on the court-banned and hated data retention surveillance. As a Western first, they're also planning to introduce VPN surveillance, taking a page out of Russia's and China's oppression playbooks, and are mandating that the Internet be built not to optimize speed and throughput, but to optimize governmental surveillance.

takyon: A Privacy International report has found that 21 EU member states (including Sweden) have data retention legislation that may not comply with Court of Justice of the European Union judgments. Also at TechCrunch.

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And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda ~ John Williamson "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This is my favourite rendition of this song, although quite a few country musicians have had a go, even Joan Baez.

Eric Bogle composed it.

I think it sounds best sung by an Australian, given its an Aussie song about Gallipoli our most famous war battle, which we lost to the Turks.

The colonials of Australian, New Zealand and Canada were sent as canon fodder by the British commanders up hill against the Turks 250,000 casualties on either side. Allied forces 46,000 casualties. Turks 65,000 casualties.

In all, some 480,000 Allied forces took part in the Gallipoli Campaign, at a cost of more than 250,000 casualties, including some 46,000 dead. On the Turkish side, the campaign also cost an estimated 250,000 casualties, with 65,000 killed.

A large number of men fighting in a relatively small area. Ive visited Gallipoli sombre and sad place.



Who Rules America? The Power Elite in the Time of Trump "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Who Rules America? The Power Elite in the Time of Trump By Prof. James Petras  Global Research In the last few months, several competing political, economic and military sectors linked to distinct ideological and ethnic groups have clearly emerged...

The post Who Rules America? The Power Elite in the Time of Trump appeared first on The Daily Coin.


Casual Observation "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Jonathan Chait is basically correct, but I don't think it's accurate to say that Bernie Sanders has gotten us zero percent closer to a single-payer system for health care. Convincing almost all Democrats who have presidential ambitions to sign on for his bill is a form of progress, even if we can legitimately debate whether it alone moves the needle more or less than a rounding error from zero.

The reason I'm a little more optimistic than that is because Sanders doesn't have to be the details guy who explains how the public is weaned off employer-based health care or convinced to pay the taxes needed to put everyone on Medicare. If he can just get the party to make that a consensus goal, he's surely done better than zero percent.


A Socratic Dialogue on Health Care "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

In the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee, Republicans are now confronting healthcare. Its going something like this:

SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER of TENNESSEE: UmPatty? I didnt want to tell you this, but we broke the television.
SENATOR PATTY MURRAY of WASHINGTON: What the unholy hell?!?? Are you kidding me??!?
LAMAR: Yeah, um, no. No, Im not.
PATTY: Whats wrong with it?
LAMAR: Well, its smashed.
PATTY: Smashed?!?? Why the hell is it smashed?
LAMAR: See, remember when you told us to be sure to pay the cable bill?
PATTY: Yeah.
LAMAR: We didnt do it.
PATTY: Figures. So?
LAMAR: We couldnt watch the ball game.
PATTY: Right.
LAMAR: So, Mitch and Paul and everyone threw bricks at it.
PATTY: You idiots!!
LAMAR: Well, we want to fix it.
PATTY: Yeah, you better.
LAMAR: But we need your help.
PATTY: MY help? Why do you need MY help?
LAMAR: See, we also figured we owed you an apology.
PATTY: Damn straight yall owe me an apology!
LAMAR: But I cant get the guys to help pay for a new set unless I promise they wont have to admit they did anything wrong.
PATTY: Youre kidding, right?
LAMAR: So, what I need is for you to tell them they didnt do anything wrong.
PATTY: Why would I make a foolish concession like that?
LAMAR: Because otherwise, the television is going to stay smashed.

This is whats happening in the committee:

In exchange for funding Obamacares subsidies to insurers that cover care of low-income people with severe health needs, Republicans are demanding that some of the ACAs protections and mandates be waivedand have suggested rolling back the requirement that every insurance plan cover essential health benefits like maternity care and mental health treatment.

Now that the Republicans realize theyre stuck with the Affordable Care Act, they realize they cant just leave it broken. But Republicans also feel like they have to get some kind of concession from the Democrats or they wont agree to fix it.

Without a concession or a win they can point to,...


Why a Tax Bill Will Be So Hard "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

I wrote a piece yesterday entitled Tax Reform and the Politics of Tennessee that highlighted the roles of Sen. Bob Corker and Rep. Diane Black in the next big battle in Washington DC. It was the latest in a series of posts Ive written about the mechanics of passing a big tax bill through Congress using the budget reconciliation process to avoid a Democratic filibuster in the Senate. Not long after we published that article, more news broke about the difficulties the House of Representatives is having passing a budget, which is something they absolutely must do if they want to use the reconciliation process.

In my piece, I highlighted the fact that Rep. Diane Black is both the chairwoman of the House Budget Committee and intent on becoming a candidate for the governorship of Tennessee. I noted that a 2014 rule adopted by the House Republicans states that Black must relinquish her gavel if she officially declares to run for another office. What I didnt know at the time was that she had long planned to step down as the head of the Budget Committee by the end of this month anticipating that her work on the budget would be completed by then. In other words, her stalled budget is about to start interfering with her upcoming campaign sooner than I anticipated. And its making her uneasy:

The House GOPs budget chief Tuesday urged House Speaker Paul Ryan to bring the budget to the floor this month, even though her hard-fought fiscal outline lacks the 218 votes needed for passage.

House Budget Chairman Diane Black, frustrated by her partys divisions, is daring die-hard conservatives to vote no, forcing them to take the fall for choking off the partys chances at tax reform.

Sometimes when you get this close, perhaps you just need to put it on the floor, Black (R-Tenn.) told POLITICO in a 30 minute interview. I have made the case to the leadership, that I think its time.

I am restless. I want to have it done, she said.

She managed to get a budget blueprint passed out of her committee, but the leadership did a whip count last week and discovered that they dont have the votes to pass it on the floor of the House. The problem is a little hard to describe because its partly technical, partly a function of the House Freedom Caucus not fully understanding some of the technical details, and partly a result of Black trying to bullshit and bully the Freedom Caucus. And then thats all backed up by the potential for the leadership to use a fall-back position that would amount to breaking a promise they made to the Freedom Caucus back in January.


Would Ryan Resign to Get the DREAM Act? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Consistency isnt the Republican Partys strong suit, so I dont want to make too much of this. But theres something I discussed yesterday that could have a big impact on the effort to pass the DREAM Act through Congress. Remember, I discussed the commitments Paul Ryan made to the Freedom Caucus back in 2015 when he was negotiating with them to become the new Speaker of the House. One of the main promises Ryan made was that he would not introduce bills that didnt have the support of a majority of the Republicans in the House. In particular, he said he would not introduce any immigration bill that wasnt supported by more than half of his caucus.

The 45-year-old Wisconsin congressman said he would only push important bills such as immigration that have a majority of support from Republicans abiding by the Hastert Rule.

Lets look at that Hastert Rule again:

Hastert Rule: An informal rule of the House of Representatives first imposed by Speaker Denny Hastert. The rule holds that the Speaker of the House shall bring no bill to a vote that does not have majority support among members of the majority. In other words, under Republican Speaker Hastert, who was elected Speaker by a GOP majority of the House of Representatives, no bill could be brought to the floor for a vote unless a majority of House Republicans supported the bill.

At that point, the conservatives in the House were still worried about the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013. You might have forgotten the details, but the comprehensive immigration reform bill passed in the Senate by a filibuster-proof 68-32 margin. The majority of Republicans in the Senate (32 to 14), however, voted against it. If John Boehner had been willing to violate the Hastert Rule and bring the bill to a vote, it most likely would have passed in the House, too, and been signed into law by President Obama. But Boehner had enough problems violating the Hastert Rule to raise the debt ceiling and avoid government shutdowns. He couldnt afford to create a revolt on an issue as charged as immigration.

The Freedom Caucus wanted some assurance that Ryan would be no different, and Ryan provided it.

This presents a problem now that President Trump has demanded that Congress pass the DREAM Act. To be...

Tax Reform and the Politics of Tennessee "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Nancy already wrote about the presidents plan to advance his tax reform effort by inviting Democratic Sens. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota to eat dinner tonight at the White House. I want to focus on a different angle on the same story. After spending much of August writing in frustration about the budget reconciliation process for tax reform because the mainstream media was not reporting that it requires the Republicans to pass a new budget, its comforting to see that they have all now caught on:

Under Washingtons complicated ways, passing a congressional budget blueprint is the only way to set in motion a special process for rewriting the tax code. If Congress can pass a budget, Republicans controlling the Senate dont need to worry about a Democratic filibuster blocking any tax bill.

House action has been held up by a battle between moderates and conservatives over whether to pair spending cuts with the filibuster-proof tax measure. Senate action has been on hold while the House struggles.

One interesting thing here is how the process is being impacted by Tennessee politics and potential retirements by key players. The House Budget Committee chairwoman, Rep. Diane Black (TN-06), is intent on running for governor of the Volunteer State. But a rule adopted by House Republicans in 2014 says that she must give up her gavel if she is seeking another office. Asked about this at the Tennessee State Fair yesterday, she said she wasnt sure if she would serve out her entire term but was intent on at least seeing through the effort to pass a budget.

Im still doing what I promised I would do and thats to try to get the budget across the line, Black said. Its out of my committee, but I feel obligated to con...


I Was An Exxon-Funded Climate Scientist "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Katharine Hayhoe for Counter Punch - ExxonMobils deliberate attempts to sow doubt on the reality and urgency of climate change and their donations to front groups to disseminate false information about climate change have been public knowledge for a long time, now. Investigative reports in 2015 revealed that Exxon had its own scientists doing its own climate modeling as far back as the 1970s: science and modeling that was not only accurate, but that was being used to plan for the companys future. Now, a peer-reviewed study published August 23 has confirmed that what Exxon was saying internally about climate change was quantitatively very different from their public statements. Specifically, researchers Geoffrey Supran and Naomi Oreskes found that at least 80 percent of the internal documents and peer-reviewed publications they studied from between 1977 and 2014 were consistent with the state of the science acknowledging that climate change is real and caused by humans, and identifying reasonable uncertainties that any climate scientist would agree with at the time. Yet over 80 percent of Exxons editorial-style paid advertisements over the same period specifically focused on uncertainty and doubt, the study found.



KDE Plasma 5.11 Rolls Into Beta With New System Settings, Better Wayland Support "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The beta is now available of the upcoming KDE Plasma 5.11. There have been many changes baking for the Plasma 5.11 milestone...


Surface Owners Rights Given Legal Consideration in Doddridge County WV "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Marcellus Well Pad in Doddridge County, WV

Doddridge case called a boost for surface owners in Marcellus gas region

From an Article by Ken Ward, Jr., Charleston Gazette-Mail, September 9, 2017

Photo: The natural gas well pad, shown during the construction phase, was the subject of the lawsuit in Doddridge County.

Two Doddridge County residents have won a court ruling and a jury verdict that advocates for surface owners rights say provide a boost in the ongoing struggle over the impacts of the Marcellus Shale gas-drilling boom in Northern West Virginia.

Last week, a circuit court jury awarded Beth Crowder and David Wentz a total of $190,000 in damages in a case brought against EQT Production Company over a well pad that EQT constructed on the residents property without their permission in order to drill horizontally underground to reach natural gas supplies located beneath neighboring properties.

David Grubb, a Charleston lawyer who represented Crowder and Wentz, said it is believed to be the first verdict in which plaintiffs were awarded fair and reasonable rental value in a such a case against a natural gas producer.

This is a victory for surface landowners, Grubb said Friday. It represents a recognition that drillers cannot use a surface landowners property to drill horizontally into neighboring tracts without express permission.

Jurors determined that the residents deserved $95,000 for the rental value of the property and another $95,000 for annoyance and inconvenience. The jury declined to award any punitive damages to punish EQT for its behavior.

In the case, Crowder and Wentz were arguing that EQT had trespassed on their property when it built the 20-acre well pad to drill nine horizontal wells, a process that took 16 months and contemplated another three wells would eventually be drilled.

Doddridge Circuit Judge Timothy Sweeney had previously ruled for the residents, saying in a February 2016 order that EQTs right to do what was reasonably necessary to produce gas it owns or leases, that right did not include the authority to drill from the Crowder-Wentz property into mineral tracts that do not underlie that property.

While EQT clearly has the right to do what is ne...



Politico's story "Teflon Don Confounds Democrats" is disheartening, but I think it's misleading.

Data from a range of focus groups and internal polls in swing states paint a difficult picture for the Democratic Party heading into the 2018 midterms and 2020 presidential election. It suggests that Democrats are naive if they believe Trumps historically low approval numbers mean a landslide is coming....

The research [was] conducted by private firms and for Democratic campaign arms....

[Trump] is still viewed as an outsider shaking up the system, which people in the various surveys say they like, and which Democrats dont stack up well against.

... no single Democratic attack on the president is sticking not on his temperament, his lack of accomplishments or the deals hes touted that have turned out to be less than advertised, like the presidents claim that he would keep Carrier from shutting down its Indianapolis plant and moving production to Mexico....

Many of the proposals Democrats are pushing fall flat in focus groups and polling.

The call for free college tuition fosters both resentment at ivory tower elitism and regret from people who have degrees but are now buried under debt. Many voters see free as a lie either theyll end up paying for tuition some other way, or worse, theyll be paying the tuition of someone else wholl be getting a degree for free....

Medicare-for-all tests better, but it, too, generates suspicion. The challenge is that most voters in focus groups believe its a pipe dream they ask who will pay for it and suspect it will lead to a government takeover of health care.
I see that one of the firms that conducted this research is Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, whom I respect. So I take it seriously. But I don't think it means Democratic electoral efforts are doomed.

Pollsters are getting these results, and yet Democrats are winning special elections, at least at the state legislative level:
On Tuesday night, Democrats flipped two Republican-held state legislative seats -- one in Oklahoma, one in New Hampshire -- that Donald Trump carried in the 2016 election.

That makes six turnovers from Republican to Democrat in contested state House and Senate races so far in 2017 -- and 26 out of 35 races (at the state legislative and congressional level) in which the Democratic nominee has overperformed Hillary Clinton's showing last November. (Worth noting: Republicans have yet to flip a Democratic-controlled seat so far this year.)
It's likely that the typical......


Garden of Earthly Delights postcard "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The final A5 postcard with photos by Mel Leaudais (main picture) and Garth Brinsbury(Grace and me on the back), and I did the key sketch. This is full resolution so you can print yourself a copy(if you lighten the midtones you may get a slightly better result - my bad). Or get a signed copy from us, on nice stiff postcard stock. If you put $US10 or more on the donate link in the sidebar and send a postal address I'll mail it there, anywhere in the world.

Some day soon I'll set up a shop

A Card to hand out and sign at the Garden of Earthly Delights Launch on Saturday afternoon (19 August from 1.30pm at the Record Crate - event), with a key to all or most of the Rock stars in the painting. 

There are more pictures of the mural...


Bombshell Report Catches Pentagon Falsifying Paperwork For Weapons Transfers To Syrian Rebels "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A new bombshell joint report issued by two international weapons monitoring groups Tuesday confirms that the Pentagon continues to ship record breaking amounts of weaponry into Syria and that the Department of Defense is scrubbing its own paper trail. On Tuesday the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) produced conclusive evidence that not only is the Pentagon currently involved in shipping up to $2.2 billion worth of weapons from a shady network of private dealers to allied partners in Syria mostly old Soviet weaponry but is actually manipulating paperwork such as end-user certificates, presumably in order to hide US involvement. The OCCRP and BIRN published internal US defense procurement files after an extensive investigation which found that the Pentagon is running a massive weapons trafficking pipeline which originates in the Balkans and Caucuses, and ends in Syria and Iraq. The program is ostensibly part of the US train, equip, and assist campaign for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF, a coalition of YPG/J and Arab FSA groups operating primarily in Syrias east). The arms transfers are massive and the program looks to continue for years. Read more: Bombshell Report Catches Pentagon Falsifying Paperwork For Weapons Transfers To Syrian Rebels


US strikes kill at least 22 civilians in Syrias Raqqah, Dayr al-Zawr "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

At least 22 civilians, mainly women and children, have been killed in the latest US airstrikes on the Syrian cities of Raqqah and Dayr al-Zawr. According to Syrias official news agency, SANA, 11 of the civilians were killed as US jets targeted a residential area in Raqqah, while 11 more were killed during a strike on Dayr al-Zawrs al-Shahabat village on Wednesday. The raids also severely damaged private property and civilian infrastructure in the targeted areas. The US-led coalition has been conducting airstrikes against what are said to be Daesh targets inside Syria since September 2014 without any authorization from the Damascus government or a UN mandate. Read more: US strikes kill at least 22 civilians in Syrias Raqqah, Dayr al-Zawr


Iraqi MPs vote to sack Kirkuk governor as Kurdish referendum nears "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"


Baghdad parliament calls for removal of Najmaldin Karim in move increasing pressure on independence vote on 25 September


Flyon Helicopters at Mackay Airport Operating 3x A109 Helicopters Plus Bell 412 VH-KAC "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I recently spent a weekend at Mackay attending meetings but was able to spend a little bit of time at Mackay Airport and I was particularly interested in capturing some photos of Mackay Airports most recent arrivals in the form of locally-operated Flyon Helicopters.

Flyon Helicopters has predominately operates Marine Pilot transfer flights for the compulsory area of Hydrographers Passage, off Mackay, 24 hours per day 7 days a week.  they also offer additional helicopter charter services from their Mackay Airport base including corporate and private charter, aerial filming and photography, mining support, including crew and employee transfers.  All Flyon activities are carried out under the AOC of Jayrow Helicopters.

Flyon Helicopters currently operates three Agusta A109E Power helicopters VH-XUM, VH-RUA and VH-ZCF with the latter recently delivered following a period of time operating for the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Helicopter Service, specifically operating out of Bundaberg Airport as Rescue 522.  Bell 206 VH-DPS is also currently at Mackay Airport operating in what looks to be a 'back-up' role.


Kurdistan independence to lead to breakup of Iraq: Analyst "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

In less than two weeks, Iraqs semi-autonomous Kurdistan region will go to polls in a vote for independence. Iraqi parliamentarians have rejected the legitimacy of the vote and the central government in Baghdad which is strongly opposed to this move has said it will do everything possible to keep the unity of the country intact. Press TV has talked to Saad al-Muttalibi, member of the State of Law Coalition, as well as Martin Jay, journalist and political commentator, to discuss the issue. Muttalibi believes the independence of Kurdistan will lead to a definite breakup of the Republic of Iraq, emphasizing that the Iraqis will not accept the results of the upcoming referendum under any circumstances. He also noted the leader of Iraqs semi-autonomous region Kurdistan region, Massoud Barzani, is pushing for an armed conflict in order to gain control of the Iraqi oil-rich city of Kirkuk. Read more: Kurdistan independence to lead to breakup of Iraq: Analyst


Queen Decides to Go Full Lizard "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Queen Elizabeth has announced that she will see out the rest of her reign in her long-suspected natural state of Giant Lizard. The Palace said over 60 years of playing the role of benign monarch to perfection had taken its toll and she now just wanted to be herself, and she hoped the British people would understand their beloved Sovereign was in fact a giant shape-shifting reptile. It has also been revealed that she wishes to here-after be known by her natural lizard name of Othrakien Drakut.

She will make her first public appearance as Giant Lizard at the opening of a new Community Centre in Bolton next Thursday. Dignitaries and the public have been warned not to be alarmed by Her Majesty if she slithers around on the ground or up the side of the building. At the special lunch reception the human guests will dine on smoked venison and a cheese selection while Her Majesty will devour a goat that will be tethered to a lamppost outside.

It is thought a huge new cottage industry will be created around the Queen as millions of souvenir mugs, dinner sets and tea towels will be produced featuring her new persona. It also means all UK paper currency and coins will need to be re-minted to the new Lizard issue.

Meanwhile the BBC has negotiated a deal with Her Majesty to allow David Attenborough unprecedented access to her new lizard life and will result in a feature-length documentary to be screened next year called Natural Born Lizard.



10 Thursday AM Reads "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

My morning train reads:  Why the West Is Burning: There are 137 large wildfires raging across 7.8 million acres in what might be the worst fire season ever  (Outside) Charts & Thoughts at All-Time Highs (Irrelevant Investor)  Friends of the Court Have Hidden Ties to Big Investors (Bloomberg)  Wall Street titans grow wary of ageing rally in

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Otherworldly Sound Art that Repels and Attracts "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Massimo Bartolini, In A Landscape (2017) (courtesy of the artist and Frith Street Gallery, London)

TURIN, Italy Tinkles and toots. A steady rattle. Reverberations. Deep, tubular honks. Im standing in the middle of an unconventional ensemble: Massimo Bartolinis Four Organs, at the Fondazione Merz, in Turin, Italy. It is an exhibition of several sculptural objects that are both kinetic artworks and functioning, autonomous musical instruments forming one intoxicating experience of sound.



Behold the Beautiful Designs of Brazils 1920s Art Deco Magazine, Para Todos "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Art Nouveau, Art Deco these are terms we associate not only with a particular period in historythe turn of the 20th century and the ensuing jazz-age of the 20sbut also with particular locales: Paris, New York, L.A., London, Vienna, or the Jugendstil of Weimar Munich. We probably do not think of Rio de Janeiro. This may be due to biases about the privileged location of culture, such that most people in Europe and North America, even those with an arts education, know very little about art from the colonies.

But it is also the case that Brazil had its own modern art movement, one that strove for a distinctly Brazilian sensibility even as it remained in dialogue with Europe and the U.S. The movement announced itself in 1922, the centennial of the South American nations independence from Portugal.

In celebration, artists from So Paolo held the Semana de Arte Moderna, seven days in which, the BBC writes, they constructed, deconstructed, performed, sculpted, gave lectures, read poetry and created some of the most avant-garde works ever seen in Brazil.


Raiden Preview: Ethereum Scaling Solution Issues Developer Demo "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

The ethereum scaling solution Raiden has reached a notable milestone in a launch designed for early testing and developer feedback.


Bluetooth Vulnerability Affects All Major OS "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Security researchers from Armis Labs recently published a whitepaper unveiling eight critical 0-day Bluetooth-related vulnerabilities, affecting Linux, Windows, Android and iOS operating systems. These vulnerabilities alone or combined can lead to privileged code execution on a target device. The only requirement is: Bluetooth turned on. No user interaction is necessary to successfully exploit the flaws, the attacker does not need to pair with a target device nor the target device must be paired with some other device.

The research paper, dubbed BlueBorne (whats a vulnerability, or a bunch, without a cool name nowadays?), details each vulnerability and how it was exploited. BlueBorne is estimated to affect over five billion devices. Some vendors, like Microsoft, have already issued a patch while others, like Samsung, remain silent. Despite the patches, some devices will never receive a BlueBorne patch since they are outside of their support window. Armis estimates this accounts for around 40% of all Bluetooth enabled devices.

A self-replicating worm that would spread and hop from a device to other nearby devices with Bluetooth turned on was mentioned by the researchers as something that could be done with some more work. That immediately reminds us of the BroadPwn vulnerability, in which the researchers implemented what is most likely the first WiFi only worm. Although it is definitely a fun security exercise to code such worm, its really a bad, bad idea Right?

So whos affected?

It is probably a good idea to check and apply the latest patches available for your favourite devices, especially if they are mobile and you carr...


Israel becomes first state to back an independent Kurdistan (exactly in line with the long-time Israel agenda for the Balkanisation of the Middle East) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Israel supports the establishment of a Kurdish state, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday, as Kurds in Iraq gear up for a referendum on independence that lawmakers in Baghdad oppose. Israel has maintained discreet military, intelligence and business ties with the Kurds since the 1960s, viewing the minority ethnic group whose indigenous population is split between Iraq, Turkey, Syria and Iran as a buffer against shared Arab adversaries. Other nations have been reluctant to support Kurdish independence, fearing it will introduce another source of instability into a fragile region. On Tuesday, Iraqs Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani said he would press ahead with the September 25 referendum despite a vote by Iraqs parliament rejecting it. Read more:Israel becomes first state to back an independent Kurdistan (exactly in line with the long-time Israel agenda for the Balkanisation of the Middle East)


John McAfee, JPMorgan Ex Join Revolt Against Dimons Bitcoin Fraud Comments "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon has come in for high-profile criticism for his comments on Bitcoin.


Why natural disasters aren't all that natural "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes result from a combination of natural hazards and social and human vulnerability. Calling them 'natural disasters' artificially naturalises the harms they cause.

A rescue worker and his dog search at the building collapse site after an earthquake hit in Juchitan, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Sept. 9, 2017. Dan Hang/PA Images. All rights reserved.Summer 2017 has been full of stories about (not so) freak weather events. Floods in Japan and Italy and hurricanes in the USA have been extensively covered in news broadcasts (while other disasters in low-income countries such as Bangladesh, Nepal and India have been largely ignored). Disasters and the risks they pose are thus becoming more and more prominent on political and media agendas as the damages caused by these disasters are on the increase.

In May 2017 over 6,000 policy makers, local governments representatives, NGO, community leaders, researchers and academics from around the world gathered together for the UNs Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Cancun, Mexico. A week of discussion and debate focused on the global agenda to reduce disaster risk.

A number of key messages were presented under the slogan From Commitment to Action. These highlighted the importance of continuing work on the Sendai Framework for Actions priority areas and identified other areas that should be mainstreamed in the implementation of disaster risk reduction. This includes ensuring coherence with the sustainable development and climate change agendas, gender-sensitive and inclusive disaster risk reduction, and international cooperation initiatives for critical infrastructure.

Words alone are not enough to reduce disaster risks. Whats more, some words and phrases may actually have a negative impact.......


Israels Imperial Ambition in the Middle East: Israel Preparing for All-Out War to 'Vanquish' Hezbollah "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

There are several obstacles preventing Israel s long-term plan to become a regional power including the Palestinians, Syria, Lebanon and the grand prize, Iran. Iran is a major obstacle for Israel, however, in order for Israel to declare war on Iran (with U.S. backing of course), Hezbollah needs to be eliminated. It is an extremely difficult task for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to fight on multiple fronts, especially against a well-armed militia located on its northern borders with Lebanon. In 2006, as the world knows, Hezbollah defeated Israel. During the war, The New York Timesinterviewed an Israeli soldier at the height of the conflict and admitted that Hezbollah fighters as highly qualified: Hezbollah is a militia trained like an army and equipped like a state, and its fighters are nothing like Hamas or the Palestinians, said a soldier who just returned from Lebanon. They are trained and highly qualified, he said, equipped with flak jackets, night-vision goggles, good communications and sometimes Israeli uniforms and ammunition. All of us were kind of surprised Last April, Israel introduced to the world, Davids Sling, a US-Israeli missile interceptor made to counter Hezbollahs arsenal of medium-range missiles. It is a clear sign that Israel is in preparation for the next long war against Hezbollah, who is an ally of Syria and Iran. Read more: Israels Imperial Ambition in the Middle East: Israel Preparing for All-Out War to Vanquish Hezbollah


Redgum I Was Only 19 (1983) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This is one of Australias most famous anti-war songs 1983.

Written ten years after the end of Vietnam.

My age group of Australian and New Zealander males born after 1955 dodged a bullet.



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