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Thursday, 21 September


Georgias highlanders against hydropower "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

As the Georgian government moves ahead with its plans for increasing the countrys hydropower capacity, local communities are being sidelined in the process of compensation payments.

Locals working on their land to produce their food, Svaneti. (c) Bankwatch. All rights reserved.Earlier this summer, I visited Georgias Svaneti region together with colleagues from Bankwatch. Svaneti, located high in the Caucasian mountains, borders the breakaway territory of Abkhazia, and is home to some of the most pristine rivers in the Caucasus. As a team of civil society members, we travelled there to talk with local people and analyse the quality of consultations over future development projects on their lands.

Together with the surrounding forests, Svanetis Nenskra and Nakra rivers have existed in a symbiotic bond with local communities for centuries. This strong interdependence between people and nature is visible everywhere in Svaneti a constant reminder of the important role that local communities must play in designing infrastructure projects.

Yet in recent years, Svaneti has been transformed into a battleground between communities and the Georgian government with its plans for building large hydro power plants. The threat has united Svan people who are struggling to conserve what is left of their cultural heritage and the biodiversity of the region.

Public funding

The Georgian governments ambition to build dozens of new hydro power plants (HPPs) in the Svaneti region has caught the attention of international financiers. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) have all expressed interest in financing the planned 280MW Nenskra HPP, the most advanced project in the governments pipeline. Up to 75% of the project costs could come from international public sources and with the loan approval date coming up on 15 November fo...


U.S. Ambassador to Timor-Leste: Who Is Kathleen Fitzpatrick? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Kathleen M. Fitzpatrick, a career member of the Foreign Service, was nominated July 25, 2017, to be the U.S. ambassador to Timor-Leste, which is located on the eastern half of the island of Timor in Southeast Asia. If shes confirmed, it will be her first such posting.


Fitzpatrick is from Hyattsville, Maryland, and attended the University of Dayton, earning a B.A. in 1978. She then went to Georgetown and earned an M.A. in 1980. Fitzpatrick later earned an M.S. from the National War College in 1999. While attending Georgetown, Fitzpatrick joined the Civil Service before transferring to the Foreign Service in 1983.


Fitzpatricks early postings included stints at the consulate in Antwerp, Belgium; in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs; in the Office of Maghreb Affairs in Bureau of Near East Affairs; and in the Executive Secretariat Operations Center. In 1993, Fitzpatrick began a tour as political officer in the embassy in Moscow and moved to Brussels in 1995 in a similar capacity.


She returned to Washington in 1999 to serve as deputy director in the Office of Regional Security and Arms Transfers in the Bureau of Political Military Affairs. In 2001, Fitzpatrick was named director of the Office of Nordic and Baltic Affairs in the Bureau of European Affairs. She went overseas again in 2003 as political counselor at the embassy in Madrid. Fitzpatrick returned to the United States in 2007 as director of the Office of Southern European Affairs. 


Fitzpatrick was named deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor in 2010 and in 2012 became chief of staff in the Office of the Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights. In 2014, Fitzpatrick was appointed principal deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, a post she held at the time of her nomination as ambassador.


Fitzpatrick speaks Spanish, French, Russian, Dutch and Arabic.

-Steve Straehley


To Learn More:

Certificate of Demonstrated Competence


Alabama Candidate Claimed Endorsement of Dead Person "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Daniel Jackson, Courthouse News Service


(CN) In Alabamas runoff election for the Republican nomination for a U.S. Senate seat, Luther Strange may have the crowning endorsement of President Donald Trump, but Roy Moore seemed to have support from beyond the grave.


On Monday night, Moores campaign deleted an endorsement on its website from Phyllis Schlafly, a conservative activist known for pushing the GOP to the right on social issues.


Schlafly presented her organization, the Eagle Forum, as the opposite of the womens liberation movement of the 70s.


While the former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court thinks highly of Schlafly Moore told the Eagle Forum in a 2015 speech that she was his hero she died last year at the age of 92.


Her death came before Trump won the presidency, before he nominated then-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions to be his attorney general, and before the need for the primary in Alabama ever arose due to Sessions vacant Senate seat.


Its another moment in a race between two candidates that are ideologically close and who have relied on backing and endorsements outside of Alabama to convince Republican voters that they best represent the stylistic direction of the GOP.


According to an archived screenshot of Moores website taken on Sunday, the endorsement came from an inference of another Moore endorser: Ed Martin, president of the Phyllis Schlafly Center.


Among conservative circles, Martin isnt without controversy.


Before she died, Schlafly named Martin as her successor, and he became president of the Eagle Forum. Together, they wrote Schlaflys last book, The Conservative Case for Trump.


But on Oct. 20, 2016, a circuit court judge in Madison County, Ill., suspended Martin from his office, finding that he violated his duties to the organization.


It was part of a fight over Schlaflys legacy between Martin, Schlaflys family and other members....


Using security cameras and infrared light to extract data from air-gapped networks "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Researchers have demonstrated that its possible for attackers to covertly exfiltrate data from and send data into an air-gapped network by using the infrared light capabilities of (indoor and outdoor) security cameras connected to it. Infrared (IR) light is invisible to humans, but cameras are optically sensitive to it. They are also equipped with IR LEDs (used for night vision), which can be used to send out data. Infiltration and exfiltration scenarios The researchers have More


Shallow M6.1 earthquake hits Auckland Islands, M5.1 Cook Strait, New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit Auckland Islands, New Zealand at 01:43 UTC (13:43 local time) on September 20, 2017. The quake hit at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). GFZ Potsdam (GEOFON) is reporting the same magnitude and depth....... Read more

Asteroid 2017 SQ2 flew past Earth at 0.53 LD on September 14, 4 days before discovery "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2017 SQ2 flew past Earth at a very close distance of 0.53 LD (~203 520 km / 126 461 miles) on September 14, 2017. The object flew past us 4 days before it was discovered. Asteroid 2017 SQ2 belongs to the Apollo group of...... Read more

Pangolins reduced to small, isolated populations in Bangladesh: new study "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Pangolins, one of the most trafficked mammals in the world, are fast disappearing from earth. Yet, we know very little about these solitary animals. Even basic information such as pangolins populations is severely lacking, scientists say, making it difficult to plan conservation actions to save the animals. Now, with the help of the Mro tribe in Bangladesh, researchers have found that pangolins do persist in many forested areas of the country, but in small, isolated populations. The numbers of these armored mammals have plummeted in Bangladesh largely due to poaching for their scales, concluded the study published in PlosOne. Lead author of the study, Scott Trageser of the Creative Conservation Alliance in Dhaka, Bangladesh, said that they first started looking into pangolins when a local honey collector in Lawachara National Park in northeast Bangladesh told them of a large, scaled fish, bon rui that was lurking in the forest. Lawachara is our main study site in the northeast but we had never seen a pangolin in years of surveying, said Trageser. This was exciting new information for us in 2015 so we began searching for a live individual as virtually nothing was known about them in Bangladesh. When we discovered the presence of several pangolins in Lawachara, we went one step further and decided to research which forested areas country-wide still harbored pangolins. The study found that pangolins occur in small, isolated populations in Lawachara National Park and surrounding areas. Photo by anonymous (public domain). Some of the studys findings

Nominations sought for Kimba Consultative Committee on National Radioactive Waste Dump "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Details on how to apply are at         Media Contact: 0438 619 987

National Radioactive Waste Management Facility:
Nominations sought for Kimba Consultative Committee

Nominations have opened for the Kimba Consultative Committee. The Committee will give the community the opportunity to have their say about a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility.

The formation of the Kimba Consultative Committee is an important next step in the Phase Two consultation and technical assessment process, which is now underway in the Kimba area.

Most of Australias current and future waste stream is linked to the production of nuclear medicines that, on average, one in two Australians will need in their lifetime.

The waste is stored in more than 100 locations around the country, and after landowners volunteered two sites and the community was found to be supportive, Kimba is being considered as the location for the facility where that waste will be consolidated and managed. Barndioota is the other site currently under consideration.

The Committee will ideally be made up of community members with a variety of views on the project, and include business owners, direct neighbours, local government and other stakeholders.

It will meet regularly during consultation as an information sharing source between the Government and Kimba community, providing a forum for:

  • Advice and input into areas that affect the community in relation to the project;
  • Advice on the suitability of proposed projects under the Community Benefit Package;
  • Consulting on, and being informed of, the outcomes of field and technical investigation work;
  • Advice on engagement activities undertaken with neighbouring landowners, key stakeholders and the general public;
  • Helping to identify the key social and community values to be considered in the evaluation of the sites; and
  • Assisting in communicating and disseminating information to the broader community.

Bruce McCleary, General Manager of the National Radioactive Waste Management Taskforce, confirmed the details today.

This Committee is a key conduit between the community and the Government, and will reflect the successful model already in place at Barndioota, said McCleary.

There are a number of jobs, business opportunities and community benefits that would come alongside the facility, and this Committee will provide advice to help shape those aspects...


Global Survey HUMILIATES Trump After He Claims World Leaders Loved Everything He Said At United Nations "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Lets just put it this way, if world leaders really agree with Donald Trump they have a lot of explaining to do in their home countries.

Because a massive global survey found that only TWO nations think Trump is doing a good job.

During his speech to the United Nations General Assembly this week, Trump voiced his disdain for the United Nations, accusing the organization of being a mismanaged bureaucracy and threatened to pull American financial and military support.

Trump also threatened war with North Korea and criticized the Iran nuclear deal while one of his top advisers told climate ministers that Trump is still withdrawing America from the historic Paris climate agreement.

Afterwards, Trump took to Twitter to boast about his speech, and claimed that those in attendance agreed with most or all of what he said.

In fact, Trump received tepid clapping from the General Assembly, not even close to the kind of thunderous applause President Obama received when he spoke before the international peace-keeping body.

And a new study of global surveys reveals that most nations in the world have very little confidence in Trump, which means all the world diplomats who supposedly agree with much or all of what Trump said can expect to be replaced. In fact, the only nations who have a favorable view of Trump are Russia and I...


Trumps UN Speech May Have Been Terrible, But The Faces Of Other Representatives Were Priceless "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By now you would be more than aware of President Trumps first address to the United Nations General Assembly, a speech that CNNs senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta referred to as a lot of Trump tweets strung together.

Trump has never been shy in criticizing the UN, but now also needs their help and in his rambling, combative 41-minute speech, allegedly written by Stephen Miller, the President acted like school bully, calling terrorists losers, referring to Kim Jong Un as Rocket Man and threatening to totally destroy North Korea if the US and its allies were forced to defend themselves.

In fact, at times it almost seemed like an unfunny roast of sorts, looking around the room, randomly calling out world leaders and criticizing their leadership, as well as their countries; He called the Iranian government a corrupt dictatorship behind the false guise of a democracy whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed, and chaos and described Venezuela under President Nicols Maduro as a corrupt regime that has destroyed a prosperous nation by ideology that has produced poverty and misery everywhere it has been tried. Strangely enough, Russia wasnt targeted in his act.

President Trump seemed quite happy with his delivery, taking to Twitter to boast about the overwhelmingly positive reaction to his speech:



Austin Mann: iPhone 8 camera review "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Austin Mann:

Im writing to you from a small hotel room in India having just experienced a magical adventure in western India orchestrated by friends at Ker & Downey. Ive shot thousands of images and countless portraits with the iPhone 8 Plus and Im excited to share what Ive learned.

While the iPhone 8 Plus looks essentially the same as the phone weve had since the 6 Plus, there are some new features in the 8 Plus which really impact creative pros across the board most notably Portrait Lighting, along with a few other hidden gems.

Im a big fan of Austins photography and his reviews. He knows his craft and does a great job showing off iPhone 8 Plus camera.

Read this on The Loop


New York Times on iPhone 8: A worthy refinement before the next generation "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Farhad Manjoo:

What does one say about a new iPhone? At this point, a decade after the first one sent the earth spinning in directions both magical and ghastly, it can be difficult to summon any fresh wonder when appraising the familiar little slab of digital horror and delight.

Ima stop you right there. Why does the New York Times do this? Why ghastly? Why digital horror?

But I digress:

The 8s look almost identical to the iPhones 7, 6S and 6, a model first introduced back when Donald Trump was still hosting a reality TV show. To make matters worse, both are overshadowed by the $1,000 all-screen iPhone X, which Apple considers the foundation for the next iteration of the iPhone. That model ships in November, and reviewers have not yet had a chance to use it.

To make matters worse? This prose is jarring, especially when compared to the worthy refinement in the headline. But onward, people:

Most of Apples improvements over the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are minor, but if you have an older model, either of the 8s will feel like a solid upgrade. And if you are considering upgrading from an Android phone, theres one area where the new iPhones still rank head and shoulders above their competition the processor, the engine that runs the entire device, where Apple is so far ahead that it almost feels unfair.

OK, I feel the tone shifting. What follows is a highly positive review, especially when compared to Android phones. For example:

The fastest Android phones, though, are almost painfully behind. With a Geekbench score of around 1,900, Samsungs flagship Galaxy S8 is not just half the speed of the iPhone 8, but its actually slower than last years iPhone 7, and even slower than the iPhone 6S, released in 2015.

Helps when you custom design your own processors.

And my favorite part of the iPhone, the camera:

Most images were astounding, and given the iPhone 8s advantages in size, convenience and usability, I predict that my camera will be spending a lot more time in the drawer. In particular, I fell hard for the 8 Pluss Portrait Lighting feature, which uses data from a depth sensor to mimic the blurred-background bokeh effect you get when taking portrait photos with expensive cameras. That feature made its debut last year on the iPhone 7 Plus, but in the 8 Plus, its been further refined to let you adjust the lighting of each shot, making for breathtaking portraits that youll be surprised came from a mere phone.

Pretty, pretty good.



Setting the standard for a blockchain protocol for IoT "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A wide range of blockchain technology companies and enterprises like Cisco, Gemalto and Bosch have launched the Trusted IoT Alliance, an initiative that aims to bring companies together to develop and set the standard for an open source blockchain protocol to support IoT technology in major industries worldwide. No doubt, the volume of data exchanged between devices will grow dramatically as IoT device deployments continue to expand. We are already seeing the emergence of M2M More


iOS 11: How Control Center works "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Jason Snell, Macworld:

Control Center in iOS 11 is different. Really different. And when you upgrade from iOS 10, it will take some getting used to. But as someone who has been using it for a few months now, let me declare: Its better. The new Control Center is simultaneously simpler and more powerful. And best of all, you can customize it to do what you want and hide most of what you dont care about.

I agree with Jason. I think the new Control Center does take getting used to. But Jason solves that problem. His walkthrough makes things pretty clear.

Read this on The Loop


Clever app that generates QR codes, makes it easy to store and retrieve them "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Visual Codes is a bit hard to describe. It basically makes it easy to turn a chunk of data (like a URL) into a QR code, and makes it easy to store and retrieve those codes. You can even use Siri to display your codes on your iPhone screen.

Heres an example that might explain the value here:

You can use Visual Codes to create a QR code that connects to your home WiFi. You could print that QR code (Visual Codes knows how to print, too) and put it on the wall in your house. When someone comes to visit, they point their camera to the QR code poster (iOS knows how to interpret QR codes, knows this particular one is to connect to WiFi) and they are connected.

If you prefer a more private, controlled setting, you could ask Siri to bring up your home WiFi QR code, then have your guest point their camera to the QR code on your iPhone screen. Same result. No password changing hands, and they are in.

Details on the Visual Codes web site.

Read this on The Loop


The evolving nature of the CISO role "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

As IT security increasingly becomes a priority, CISOs influence within companies is growing. However, security strategy in many organizations is still largely reactive and not yet aligned with business functions. Conducted by the Ponemon Institute, the findings are based on interviews with senior-level IT security professionals at 184 companies in seven countries: The United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Brazil, Mexico, India, and China. Its clear CISOs are making progress in how they drive the More


AUDIO TRIBUTE: Remembering Syrian Victims of U.S. Coalition Massacre at Deir Ezzor "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

On September 17, 2016, the US-led Coalition launched a brutal sneak attack which slaughtered some 80 plus Syrian soldiers on the ground who were fighting ISIS near the city of Deir Ezzor.

In one of the biggest diplomatic failures of all-time, a cowardly US US Secretary of State John Kerry rendered no explanation as to the sustained attack by US and Australian aircraft. However, the motive was clear: as it turns out, the US strike helped ISIS advance against the Syrian Army and hold territory for the next 12 months, until the terrorist cohort was finally dislodged by Syria and Russia last week. According Syrian and Russian officials reporting at the time, Straight after the coalitions strikes, IS militants launched an offensive, adding that fierce fighting against the terrorists ensued nearby.

If these strikes were due to an error in the target coordinates, that would be a direct consequence of the US refusal to coordinate with Russia its fight against the terrorist groups in Syria, said the Russian military at the time.

Listen to this moving audio tribute which was broadcast LIVE during Episode #202 of the SUNDAY WIRE radio show. This memorable clip includes testimonials from Syrians as well supporters of note from Lebanon and Europe:


SEE MORE SYRIA NEWS AT: 21st Century Wire Syria Files


Backstory: How DuckDuckGo was born and grew to take on Google "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

This is a fascinating read. Theres the story of how Gabriel Weinberg got started. And the story of how he figured out his core mission, that of privacy.

One particular highlight that struck me:

It was 2011 when Gabriel Weinberg started to experiment off-line advertising with a billboard, which said Google tracks you. We dont.

According to Wired, that campaign cost was $7,000 for four weeks, and it started in tech-heavy SOMA district, along the highway dumping cars off the Bay Bridge into San Francisco.

This is not literature, but theres lots of detail, and a terrific underdog story.

Read this on The Loop


Equal Love 4 All "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Theres a lot of talk about equality lately, in Australia the same sex marriage postal plebiscite vote survey is causing a lot of discussion hate speech and harm to LGBTIQA+ people.

This really is turning into a survey on acceptance not just marriage. And will having same sex marriage mean all LGBTIQA+ people reap the benefit? We speak to Nick a genderqueer activist from occupied Wurundjeri land, so-called Melbourne. (41mins in)

Also Peter K our ephemeral anarchist commentator gives a talk on a number of current issues which involve equality. (5 mins)

And who are Chumbawamba and what are they all about?





Droid Life: Google to roll out $49 Google Home Mini "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Droid Life:

When Google takes the stage on October 4 at a phone-related event in San Francisco, most of us expect there to be non-phone related product announcements too. Weve heard rumors about a Google Home mini possibly being on the way and today we can confirm that it exists, how much it costs, and the colors itll be available in.

The home assistant market is evolving, and all before Apples HomePod has an official release date. Amazons Echo Dot is priced at $49.99 and now it looks like Google is playing in the same space at the same price.

Begs the question: Will Apple roll out a HomePod Mini to compete with the Dot and Home Mini?

The Dot has a speaker, but is not designed to play music. A HomePod Mini could offer remote, always on Siri queries, and fire up music on the HomePod.

That said, is there a need for a HomePod Mini in a home that likely already has iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches? Gonna be interesting to watch this market unfold.

Read this on The Loop


The three least effective enterprise security measures "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Fifty-nine percent of respondents to a Bitglass survey at Black Hat USA 2017 identified phishing as the best data exfiltration strategy, as human error and ignorance will always be exploitable. Understandably, and in line with recent cyberattacks, malware and ransomware ranked second, at nearly 27 percent. Least effective enterprise security measures Hackers also pointed out the three least effective enterprise security measures: password protection, facial recognition and access controls. Phishing and malware are threats made More

Wednesday, 20 September


Number of lost, stolen or compromised records increased by 164% "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

According to Gemaltos Breach Level Index, 918 data breaches led to 1.9 billion data records being compromised worldwide in the first half of 2017. Compared to the last six months of 2016, the number of lost, stolen or compromised records increased by 164%. A large portion came from the 22 largest data breaches, each involving more than one million compromised records. Of the 918 data breaches more than 500 (59% of all breaches) had an More


Political divisions among Turkeys Kurds resurface over referendum "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"


Despite overwhelming popular support among the Kurds in Turkey for the Kurdish referendum, political parties are divided on the matter


Apple releases iOS 11 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Starting yesterday, iPhone and iPad customers around the world can update their devices to iOS 11. While the list of new features and improvements is huge, here are some that Help Net Security readers might be interested in: The all-new Files app provides a central place to access and organize files no matter where they are located on iPad or in the cloud with built-in support for iCloud Drive as well as providers, such More



Senate President Bukola Saraki says the categorisation of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a terrorist organisation by the More


President Trumps 1st Speech To the UN, 1796 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Nancy Pelosi Run Off Stage at Press Conference, 1795 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

- Nobel Gold & Silver: Protect Your Money With Gold - Click Here- Or Call - 888-596-7916 Good morning, Im still reporting on: Nancy Pelosi Run Off Stage at Press Conference, 1795 Synopsis: Yesterday in San Francisco, Nancy Pelosi was shouted down by the very dreamers she was there to have a press conference about urging passage of the Dream Act to protect the children of illegals from deportation. About 60 so-called Dreamers mounted the stage shouting, All of us or none of us, and Democrats deport. The raucous group managed to shout down all attempts to proceed with the carefully orchestrated event. After an hour of noisy chanting and speech-making on the part of the Dreamers, Pelosi and two Democrat colleagues gave up and left the venue through a back door. This demonstrates yet another step in the decline of civility in the democratic process only this time, it is being used against Democrats, instead by them against supporters of President Trump. Democrats have been crushing these American political traditions for several years now and this is the end result. Now new socialists, yearning to get their young faces on the nightly news are angling to replace the old socialists and modeling their bad behavior. Unless Democrats take an about face and start moving back towards bi-partisan governance and treating, yes, even Trump supporters with respect, the bonds of comity that have bound the Republic together will only disintegrate at an ever-faster pace fracturing the nation. This is exactly what our enemies want. And, unfortunately, our enemies are now amongst us. Democrats need to heed the lessons of history - just as in the French Revolution when the Republic descends into thuggery, the thugs will come for the Democrats first. 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 inf...



PUTIN ORDERS TO END TRADE IN US DOLLARS Video Junius Maltby Breaking news today as Putin orders to end trade in US Dollars at Russian Seaports. This is a continuation of a theme as we saw last month Russia...

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Chrome 62 Beta Released With OpenType Font Variations, DOM Media Capture "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Google has rolled out their public beta of the upcoming Chrome/Chromium 62 web-browser update...


Noida Police Cremates Manipuri Youth Without Informing Family "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Suspecting foul play, Pravish Chanams family has demanded a thorough CBI investigation into his disappearance, death and cremation.

A vigil in the memory of Pravish Chanam at Delhi University. Credit: Facebook/Manipur Times

A vigil in the memory of Pravish Chanam at Delhi University. Credit: Facebook/Manipur Times

New Delhi: A Manipuri youth, who had been missing since September 8 night from Greater Noida, was found to have been cremated by the local police three days later without informing his family members, even though the family had filed a missing persons report on September 9.

While three policemen have been suspended for failing to inform the control room about the missing persons report filed at the police station, the death 22-year-old Pravish Chanam under mysterious circumstances, followed by the cremation of his body in a hurry, has created huge outrage in the state.

A candle light protest was also held in the arts faculty of Delhi University on September 15 by the Manipur Students Association Delhi and others seeking justice for Pravish.

According to his brother, Ravi Kant Chanam, Pravish came to Delhi from Hyderabad on September 7 and stayed with a friend in Safdarjang Enclave. He went to attend a music concert in Greater Noida on the night of September 8. Ravi said Pravish was accompanied by his friend and two others to the concert. However, around 9:30 pm he went missing from the venue, following which the friend informed Ravi brother about it.

On not finding him till the next morning, a miss...


The money behind the transgender movement "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Image Credit: Illustration of George Soros by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Three years ago, a Supreme Court ruling paved the way for gay marriage.

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Benutzt hier jemand "iTerm2"?Das kann wohl sein, dass ... "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Benutzt hier jemand "iTerm2"?

Das kann wohl sein, dass der den Inhalt eures Terminals per DNS ins Internet rausgeleakt hat.

Wer fllt eigentlich auf diese tumben, plumpen Twitter-Bots ... "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Wer fllt eigentlich auf diese tumben, plumpen Twitter-Bots rein?

Na Donald Trump!

Vielleicht ist das ja das Ziel. Vielleicht geht es gar nicht darum, die Bevlkerung zu berzeugen. Es reicht ja, den Prsidenten zu berzeugen.

Gute Nachrichten aus der PC-Wahl-Ecke:[Info]1=19.09.17: ... "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Gute Nachrichten aus der PC-Wahl-Ecke:


Schlagzeile des Tages:Blockchain fr die Gesundheitsbranche ... "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Schlagzeile des Tages:

Blockchain fr die Gesundheitsbranche soll Austausch medizinischer Daten vereinfachen

Oh und so viel technisches Unverstndnis auf einem Haufen hatten wir schon lange nicht mehr.


A call for future generationism "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Steve Brawner

Are you the type whose beliefs dont always fit neatly into a conservative or liberal label, but moderate sounds too mushy and none of the other isms fit?

Or what if one of those labels does fit, but youre worried about the overall state of American politics, where its all about todays winners and losers? Read the rest

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Kurdistan and the Veil of Lies "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"


With the Kurdish referendum vote upcoming, a few things are clear, clear as mud as the saying goes. After all, everyone loves the Kurds, the warmest kindest people on earth. Is this why the Turks are slaughtering them or why Baghdad is in an uproar or why, when we take the clock back a bit, American President George Herbert Walker Bush allowed a defeated Saddam Hussein to gas 30,000 Kurds to death with tacit American approval?

Maybe it isnt the Kurdish people themselves, but something else. We are going to take a look at the upcoming vote and those involved behind the scenes. We begin.

The Kurdish referendum is, perhaps, the single misreported and misrepresented event in recent times. To the fake news consumer, the Kurdish people are looking for a government of their own, no longer under rule by Bagdad. This of course is true, although steeped in alternative facts, spin and conjecture. In reality, the scam of the century is going on.

Lets jump right into it and not waste any time. The new Kurdish nation will be a jack of all trades for the clients who have operated the Kurdish people like hand puppets through their oligarchical leadership. Yes, we are talking huge Swiss bank accounts and many years of affiliations with Israeli, American, Turkish and Saudi intelligence agencies.

The Kurdish people themselves, perhaps among the most decent and forgiving people on earth, hold down some of the most valuable real estate on earth. They sit on or near huge oil and gas reserves, pipeline routes and, perhaps more importantly, could be formed into a snake-like nation stretching from near the Mediterranean in Syria, across that nation, though Iraq and into Iran to the Caspian Sea.

The Kurds, who wish only for their diaspora, spread across the globe, to return home to safety and stability, will find themselves again in the soup. You see, there would have been no ISIS in Iraq without the deal cut between the Saddams former Baathists, the army built by General Petraeus, combined with Saudi cash, CIA training and an army of Israeli advisors.

The hotels of Erbil, and excellent hotels they are, no longer the lonely Erbil International of a decade ago, have now for years played home to the ISR (Intelligence/Reconnaissance and Surveillance) teams that made ISIS a force to recon with.



Yoda: Post-Google Internet? Recursive InterNetwork Architecture (RINA) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Tip of the Hat to Alert Reader.

An alternative (post-Google) Internet appears to be emerging.  It is called the Recursive InterNetwork Architecture. It is more secure and reliable than the current internet which is based on the TCP/IP protocol suite. Dr. John Day of Boston University discovered/invented it.



Are the glaciers in Glacier National Park growing? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Roger Roots, J.D., Ph.D., Founder, Lysander Spooner University Glacier National Park (GNP) straddles the continental divide along Montanas border with Canada.  Ever since Al Gores 2006 film, An Inconvenient Truth, the Park has been seen as ground zero in the international battle over manmade global warming.  Almost every major figure promoting apocalyptic-manmade-global-warming-by-CO2 hysteria


To love and lie in LA: Bahrain, Israel and the ultimate faithwash scam "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

There was a celebration of Bahraini religious tolerance, co-sponsored by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, last week in Los Angeles. What would Bahraini Shias think about that?


FBI May Have Spied on POTUS Trump, 1794 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

- Life Change Tea: Rid Your Body From Toxins! Good morning, Im still reporting on: FBI May Have Spied on POTUS Trump, 1794 Synopsis: CNN and Fox News are both reporting that the FBI was surveilling Trump campaign manager, Paul Manafort under secret orders of the FISA court during times which may have included Manaforts discussions with President Trump. The FISA court gave the Obama Justice Dept. permission to listen in on Manafort on two occasions. The second time a warrant was issued was based on the faked intelligence report written by the Russians that attempted to smear President Trump. That warrant was still in effect after Trumps inauguration and may have recorded conversations between Manafort and the President. The electronic surveillance continued until lawyers for the President and Manafort insisted that they stop, according to unnamed sources. Last March, President Trump used his Twitter account to accuse former President Obama of surveilling him while he was still headquartered in Trump Tower. The Justice Department and the FBI have denied that President Trump was surveilled, however, during the campaign, Manafort had a residence in Trump Tower as well as his home in Alexandria, VA. Developing.. Im still reporting from the worlds free-speech capital, good day. 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 Post, the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, OMNI magazine, and has also produced the syndicated radio...


This Is Where The Next Financial Crisis Will Come From "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Zero Hedge

In an extensive, must-read report published on Monday by Deutsche Banks Jim Reid, the credit strategist unveiled an extensive analysis of the Next Financial Crisis, and specifically what may cause it, when it may happen, and how the world could respond assuming it still has means to counteract the next economic and financial crash.

In our first take on the report yesterday, we showed one key aspect of the crash calculus: between bonds and stocks, global asset prices are the most elevated they have ever been.

With that baseline in mind, what happens next should be obvious: unless one assumes that the laws of economics and finance are irreparably broken, a deep recession and a market crash are inevitable, especially after the third biggest and second longest central bank-sponsored bull market in history.

But what will cause it, and when will it happen?

Needless to say, these are the questions that everyone in capital markets today wants answered. And while nobody can claim to know the right answer, here are some excerpts from what DBs Jim Reid, one of the best strategists on Wall Street, thinks will take place.

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FG, Sokoto Govt seal pact on use of Federal Doctors "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Federal and Sokoto State Governments have signed an agreement to deploy health consultants and resident doctors of the Usmanu Danfodio University Teaching Hospital Sokoto (UDUTH) to state health facilities so as to expand access to professional personnel to rural areas across the state.   The agreement was signed by Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and Minister of Health, Professor Isaac F. Adewole, at the Ministers office in Abuja.   A statement issued in Sokoto by Tambuwals spokesman, Malam Imam Imam, said the strategic partnership, the first of its kind Nigeria,...

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NRC Nep Nieuws uit China "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

NRC stuurt plagirende China-correspondent weg 

NRC stuurt plagirende China-correspondent weg ANP


Dr. Dave Janda: Our Enemy is Truly Evil Financial Tsunami About to Hit Our Shores "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Dr. Dave Janda: Our Enemy is Truly Evil Financial Tsunami About to Hit Our Shores by Greg Hunter USA Watchdog Radio host, patriot and retired orthopedic surgeon Dr. Dave Janda is an outspoken critic of Obama Care. Dr....

The post Dr. Dave Janda: Our Enemy is Truly Evil Financial Tsunami About to Hit Our Shores appeared first on The Daily Coin.


DSTV In Trouble As TSTV Takes Center Stage On 1st October, Offer Pay-As-Go Subscription. "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

No wonder DSTV came up with a pay as you go idea just three or four days ago which havent More


Berto Jongman: Russia Considers Internet of Energy "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Berto Jongman

The Russian Center for Strategic Research suggested creating the Internet of Energy to unite energy producers and consumers in different ways.

MOSCOW (Sputnik)  Russias Center for Strategic Research (CSR) proposed in a Wednesday report to create an energy research agency similar to the US Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).


Two new articles from Y&P On NEETS and Young Muslims "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Continuing the promise of Y&Ps revised format, two new, stimulating articles are awaiting your perusal.

From NEET to Unknown: Who is responsible for young people not in education, employment or training?


Situating his discussion in its recent historical context, Liam Wrigley examines how young people labelled as NEET have now become unknown or lost, arguing that this is due to a lack of clear strategy concerning actors that have been responsibilised in responding to the employment, training and welfare needs of young people.

The number of young people (between 16-24 years of age) who experience being Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) has been of grave concern, with the rates of young people labelled as not in education, employment or training remaining high (Simmons et al, 2014). In the UK alone, the number of young people who are NEET has fluctuated between 15% in 2002 to 11.5% in 2016 (DfE, 2017). The label NEET has been successively adopted throughout Europe and internationally (Simmons et al, 2014), although there has been great variation in how this policy label has been defined globally (i.e. some countries count unemployed young people who are graduates or in precarious work situations or zero hourcontracts). The label reflects a growing trend in recognizing young people that have fallen outside the labour market or education. Throughout Europe, the rate of NEET young people remains high, with countries such as Spain, Ireland and Italy recording more than 17% of young people as out of education, employment or training (...


Journalists Not Terrorists: In Cameroon, anti-terror legislation is used to silence critics and suppress dissent "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"


In 2014, Cameroon enacted a broad anti-terror law as part of its effort to counter the extremist group Boko Haram, but authorities are using it to arrest and threaten local journalists who report on the militants or unrest in the countrys English-speaking regions. A presidential decree in August 2017 ended legal proceedings against at least four journalists, but the laws that were used against them are still in place. RFI broadcaster Ahmed Abba remains in jail. With elections due to take place next year, many of Cameroons journalists say they are too scared to cover politics or sensitive issues.


Donald Trump took aim at North Korea, terrorism, China and Iran in blunt United Nations speech "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Zoe Daniel  Analysis
ABC News (Australia)

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The United Nations General Assembly has been given a double dose of Donald Trump unfiltered.

Yes, the tone was relatively measured, but the language used was characteristically blunt.

Its something rarely seen in the centre of global diplomacy, and while several people would have helped write the speech theres no doubt it reflected the Presidents core views.

Our Governments first duty is to its people, to our citizens to serve their needs, to ensure their safety, to preserve their rights, and to defend their values, he said, pushing US sovereignty.

As President of the United States, I will always put America first.

And then he went on the attack.

The scourge of our planet today is a small group of rogue regimes that violate every principle on which the United Nations is based, Mr Trump told the UN.

First in his sights, North Korea

The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea, Mr Trump said.

Kim Jon...


Cameroon uses anti-terror law to silence critical press "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

New York, September 20, 2017--Cameroon's broadly worded anti-terror law is being used by authorities to arrest and threaten local journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists found in a report released today. The report, "Journalists Not Terrorists: In Cameroon, anti-terror legislation is used to silence critics and suppress dissent," finds that despite a presidential decree ending legal proceedings against at least four journalists, the law that was used against them is still in place as next year's elections approach.


Journalists Not Terrorists "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"



The Committee to Protect Journalists offers the following recommendations:


Workers at Athens Buses & Trolley Buses on Work Stoppage, Sept 21/2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Workers at buses and trolley buses in Athens will launch a work stoppage on Thursday, September 21st 2017. Drivers will walk out between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. They also plan a demonstration at 1 p.m. outside the Transportation Ministry. The work stoppage aims to protest the deterioration of public transport means.

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Journalists Not Terrorists "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"


In Cameroon, anti-terror legislation is used to silence critics and suppress dissent

A light breakfast of an omelet and a cup of black coffee eaten on the trot: Little did Radio France Internationale correspondent Ahmed Abba know it would be his last meal as a free man. Abba had a 10 a.m. assignment on July 30, 2015 - a security briefing in Maroua, the capital of Cameroons Far North region, that the governor had convened in response to attacks by the extremist group Boko Haram.


Journalists Not Terrorists "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"


About This Report

This report was written and researched by CPJ Africa Program Coordinator Angela Quintal. Jonathan Rozen, CPJs Africa Research Associate contributed research.


A Song For The Times. "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Its the terror of knowing
What the world is about
Watching some good friends
Screaming Let me out 

Under Pressure - David Bowie/Queen

Video courtesy of YouTube

This posting exclusive to Bowalley Road.


Recent Polling On The Same-Sex Marriage Postal Survey "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The national ABS postal "survey" on whether the law should be changed to allow same-sex marriage in Australia is now in its second week.  A number of pieces of polling have been published or alluded to since my last general polling update, but what do they really tell us about the outcome and how reliable are they?  At this stage there is still much that we do not know.  It is too early to be certain Yes has it in the bag, but the widespread narrative that support for Yes is crashing rapidly and that this is another Trump or Brexit coming is so far not that well supported by the evidence.

Public Polling: Ipsos

Firstly, the public polling.  Last week saw an Ipsos poll which buoyed some worried Yes supporters with a 70-26 Yes response, one of the highest Yes votes ever recorded in a poll in Australia.  Indeed, as far as I'm aware, this score has only been exceeded in a few commissioned polls and one Morgan-SMS (a suspect polling method) which did not use an undecided option.  The Ipsos also found a 70% Yes response among the 65% of voters who rated themselves as certain to vote, and found a gender gap with 72% of women and 59% of men saying they were certain to vote.

However, I am treating these Ipsos figures with a lot of caution.  Firstly we know that Ipsos greatly overestimates the Green vote compared to other pollsters and compared to election results, and Green voters very strongly support same-sex marriage.  Although that's probably only worth a point or two on the headline figure for same-sex marriage, it could be a concern if whatever causes Ipsos to over-poll the Green vote also might cause them to over-poll the left end of the Liberal base.  Some evidence for the latter concern might be suspected in the perpetually strong results for Malcolm Turnbull in Ipsos compared to other polls.

The second issue is whether Ipsos, as the only national pollster still using exclusively live-interview phone polling, is affected by "social desirability bias".  When talking to another person on the phone, voters may be more reluctant to say they oppose same-sex marriage, since they may be concerned about offending the interviewer.  When clicking boxes on a computer survey, or pressing numbers on a robo-poll, these issues don't arise.  Some overseas studies (mainly American) have found live phone polling more prone to desirability bias than other polling methods, while some haven't, and some have even challenged whether it's a thing in polls at all, but I don't recommend assuming that it isn't.  A spectacular difference that may have been down to this was that between the phone polls and the online polls in the Brexit vote.  The phone polls had large leads for Yes until ve...


The Morning After: Mexican Earthquake Leaves Over 248 Dead, Millions Without Electricity "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Morning After: Mexican Earthquake Leaves Over 248 Dead, Millions Without Electricity ZeroHedge Across central Mexico, rescue workers including soldiers and volunteers worked late into the night Tuesday to free the living who were still trapped in the rubble...

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Behind The Scenes, The US, China And North Korea Are Talking (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Behind The Scenes, The US, China And North Korea Are Talking Video X22 Report The US Government is suing people for order public information. Wikileaks release files that Russia has a huge spy apparatus. Trump warns that the US...

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Shocker, not: Refugees eyed in British subway terrorist attack "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

From Fox News: Authorities named one of two Middle Eastern refugees believed to be responsible for last weeks London subway bombing, as new details emerged about their troubled time being fostered by a British couple previously honored by Queen Elizabeth Continue reading


Kenya court blames electoral commission over annulled election "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Kenyas Supreme Court has delivered scathing criticism of the election boards conduct during last months botched presidential vote. The opposition claims the poll was manipulated to help President Kenyatta win.

Kenya's Supreme Court judges

The Nairobi court handed down a detailed judgment on Wednesday explaining why it nullified the victory of President Uhuru Kenyatta in the August election.

Reading out the statement, Judge Philomena Mwilu described disturbing, if not startling, revelations about the performance of the countrys Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

President Kenyatta was named winner of the August 8 election, officially winning 54 percent of the vote. The Supreme Court nullified the result earlier this month, citing irregularities, after opposition leader Raila Odinga filed a petition claiming the electoral commissions computers were hacked to skew the outcome.

The court has set a new election date for October 17.

Allegations of hacking

Addressing the court, Judge Mwilu said the electoral body had refused to comply with court orders to open its computer servers, saying this suggested that opposition claims of tampering could be true.

Our order of scrutiny was a golden opportunity for the IEBC to place before the court evidence to debunk the petitioners claim, she said. Failure by the board to do as ordered must be held against it.

She added that the court was left with no choice but to determine that the election commissions system was infiltrated and compromised and the data therein interfered with, or IEBC officials themselves interfered with the data, or it had bungled the transmission system and were unable to verify the data.

Mwilu also said it appeared the board did not have all the necessary tally forms, with thousands unaccounted for, at the time they announced official results. The [board] cannot therefore be said to have verified the results, she noted.



Cuba Reacts to Trumps Comments, Voices Strong Protest in UN Assembly "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

US President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., September 19, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Brendan McDermid

US President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York, US, September 19, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Brendan McDermid

Havana: Cuba on Tuesday slammed US President Donald Trumps latest comments about the island as disrespectful, unacceptable and meddling, while reiterating it was not involved in the alleged incidents that had harmed US diplomats in Havana.

The sharply worded Foreign Ministry statement came after US and Cuban delegations met in Washington to discuss bilateral relations, the first such high-level meeting between the Cold War foes since Trump took office in January.

Their meeting took place on the sam...


Daily Bible Verse "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.  Romans 8:23 (KJV)


Qatars Sheikh Tamim takes Gulf crisis to global audience "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Qatars emir appeals to world leaders before meeting US President Trump on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

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Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani addresses the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York on September 19, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

United Nations, New York City  Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani used the pulpit of the UN General Assembly to attack the four neighbours that have imposed a blockade against it, accusing them of terrorism-like behaviour.

Sheikh Tamim also met privately US President Donald Trump at the annual diplomatic session in New York on Tuesday as Qatar sought to win international support in its 106-day-old spat with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt.

The emir blasted the unjust blockade as a betrayal from his neighbours that had ultimately failed to bring Qatar to its knees and to capitulate to a total tutelage to be imposed on it.

The blockade aimed to pressure Qataris via foodstuffs, medicine and ripping off consanguineous relations to force them change their political affiliation to destabilise a sovereign country, he said in a 22-minute address from the UNs iconic marble rostrum.

Isnt this one of the definitions of terrorism? Sheikh Tamim asked.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdog...


Conversations with Alex! "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Heres the second MRUniversity video from India. Its a little different than what we have done before and a bit of an experiment; an interview with Shannon DSouza one of the proprietors of my favorite coffee shop in Mumbai, Koinoina Coffee. We talk about what its like doing business in India.

Enjoy! And if you are in Mumbai do stop by Koinoina Coffee Roasters in Chuim village and tell them Alex sent you.

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The Danger to Obamacare is Real "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

In this case, the Democrats are correct. The reason that House Speaker Paul Ryan and the White House are loudly signaling that they have no interest in pursuing the bipartisan negotiations between Senate HELP Committee leaders Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray is because theyre engaged in a whip operation in support of the Graham-Cassidy Obamacare repeal bill:

Democrats portrayed the rejection of the bipartisan push as intended to create pressure on Senate Republicans to hold their nose and support the Graham-Cassidy bill, and as the only way out of the partys political quagmire. If that bill fails, Republicans may have to return to bipartisan talks, particularly if Trump again threatens to halt subsidy payments.

A few things have happened in recent weeks that have revived the Republicans interest in giving repeal another go. One is that Trump started talking aggressively about turning to the Democrats to make deals since the Republicans clearly cannot deliver on their own. Another is brutal polling data. Gallup has approval of Congress at somewhere between 16% and 18% in August and September among Republican voters. It was at 50% among Republicans in February. For context, Democratic voters give Congress a 14% approval number. Probably more importantly, a quick glance at the generic congressional preference polling shows that the GOPs position has deteriorated badly since the failure in early August to repeal Obamacare. Before August, the Dems advantage ranged roughly between two and six percent, with only a couple of more disturbing outliers. Since the failed vote on Obamacare, however, the range is more like six to nine percent. The RealClearPolitics rolling average is actually at 9.2% at the moment, which is high enough to predict a wave election that could cost the Republicans control of the House of Representatives. A third recent development is that the Senate parliamentarian clarified that the Republicans must repeal Obamacare by September 30th or give up trying. Thats because their special budget reconciliation instructions will expire at the end of the fiscal y...

Paul Manafort and the Russia Investigation "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Lawfare is very thorough but also very cautious, which is what I think we want from them. You wont find them saying things like Paul Manafort is going to jail, but you will get some very solid analysis of the latest news reporting (e.g., CNN and New York Times) and the legal meaning of those stories.

Two very meaningful things have been solidly established now. First, the government convinced a FISA court judge that there was reason to believe that Manafort was engaging in clandestine intelligence gathering activities for or on behalf of a foreign power or was pursuant to the direction of an intelligence service or network of a foreign power, knowingly engaging in some other clandestine intelligence activities for or on behalf of such foreign power. In fact, the government convinced the FISA court of this twice, once in 2014 before Manafort was hired by Donald Trump, and once again in 2016 after he was fired by Donald Trump.  Additionally, the Special Counsel has convinced a federal judge that there was likely evidence of a crime both at Manaforts Virginia residence and at a storage facility owned by Manafort, which is why they were able to obtain warrants to search both.

The second very significant thing is that Manafort is going to be indicted for some kind of crime or crimes unless he becomes more useful as a witness.  Lawfare refuses to speculate about what those crimes might be, but Im not so reticent. The New York Times article says Mr. Manafort is under investigation for possible violations of tax laws, money-laundering prohibitions and requirements to disclose foreign lobbying. Hes also obviously under investigation for possibly working as an agent of a foreign powers intelligence service and for engaging in clandestine activities on their behalf. In other words, hes suspected of cooperating with the Russians in their interference in the presidential election. I think its fair to say that Manafort can be indicted right now for the crimes listed by the Times but may still be clear on the more series charges. I doubt however, that Manafort is overly worried about getting nailed for failing to fill out...

Serious Question "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Dark chocolate or milk chocolate?


Black Lives Matter and 9/11 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Lets go into the time machine for a moment, and go back to an incident that occurred shortly after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. If you recall it at all, you probably remember it because it cost Bill Maher his job at ABC:

Barbara Olson, a frequent guest, was traveling to a taping of Politically Incorrect aboard American Airlines Flight 77 when it crashed into the Pentagon during the September 11 attacks of 2001. To honor Olson, Maher left a panel chair empty for a week afterwards.

In the aftermath of the attacks, U.S. President George W. Bush said that the terrorists responsible were cowards. In a Politically Incorrect episode on September 17, 2001, Mahers guest Dinesh DSouza disputed Bushs label, saying the terrorists were warriors. Maher agreed, and replied: We have been the cowards, lobbing cruise missiles from 2,000 miles away. Thats cowardly. Staying in the airplane when it hits the building, say what you want about it, [its] not cowardly.

At the time, Barbara Olson was best known for hounding the Clintons. Her husband, Ted Olson, played a role on the Republican side in the Florida recount after the 2000 presidential election. In more recent years, hes lent his legal mind to the cause of gay marriage. Dinesh DSouza is a convicted felon who makes unhinged right-wing documentaries and achieved a degree of fame by making incendiary accusations about President Obamas patriotism and loyalty to the country. They were perfect guests for a show that wanted to present politically incorrect opinion.

I was working in an integrated circuit manufacturing lab in central New Jersey when the September 11th attacks occurred. One of the planes flew directly over our campus on its way to the World Trade Center. We lost several members of our companys extended family, so memorial services were still ongoing the day the infamous Politically Incorrect episode aired. The anthrax attacks began the next day (exactly sixteen years ago) and caused our local mail sorting station to be closed down for more than a year. It was a crazy, stressful time, and we were impacted more directly than most people outside the New York metropolitan area.

Overall, we were united in our grief and determination, much like the the country at large, but the first indication I had that there were going to be splits came in the reaction I saw in my coworkers to the firing of Bill Maher. Some, like me, focused on the definition of the word coward, and....


The US Economy Is Dead in the Water "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The US Economy Is Dead in the Water
by Bill Bonner

"We are spending a couple of days with friends out on a tiny and charming island in the Atlantic, le dYeu. We took the ferry from the Fromentine harbor, near the city of Nantes, on Sunday. Since then, weve been enjoying the salt-soaked air.
The old castle on le dYeu

The castle you see in the photo was built in the 14th century and attacked many times - by Spaniards, Arabs, and English pirates. But locals claim it was never taken by force. The engineers who built it were either geniuses, lucky, or both.


Map Update: Military Situation In Central Syria As Government Forces Push Against ISIS In Deir Ezzor "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

This map provides a general look at the military situation in central Syria as government forces are rapidly advancing against ISIS in the province of Deir Ezzor. The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies have crossed the Euphrates River and are now developing momentum on its eastern bank.

Map Update: Military Situation In Central Syria As Government Forces Push Against ISIS In Deir Ezzor

Click to see the full-size map

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MSM Propaganda "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Het AD is wakker en probeert eindelijk de waarheid te vertellen

IBAN: NL10 SNSB 0902 6349 33
Afbeeldingsresultaat voor omran was nep
De Volkskrant schreef het al: Assad heeft gewonnen, nu komt het AD (Algemeen Dagblad) ook met een verhaal over het jongetje Omran Daqneesh, of het wel echt is allemaal?
Nee het was niet echt, een flagrante leugen van de zogenaamde rebellen, de rebellen die gerecruiteerd, betaald en bewapend zijn door het westen, Arabische bondgenoten en Turkije.
Zoals ik al schreef: (een Demo in Utrecht vorig jaar van de Witte Helmen)


Nigel Farage delivered a letter of complaint to the BBC and this is how people replied "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Heres Nigel Farage hand-delivering a letter of complaint to the BBC.

Dramatic stuff, were sure you will agree (shame it doesnt feature the director general or Farage actually entering Broadcasting House though).

But not quite as dramatic as the responses on Twitter.









Hurricane Maria Has Begun Its Potentially Catastrophic Hit on Puerto Rico Islands strongest landfall since the Great Depression "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

September 20, 2017

Hurricane Maria, a Category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, is now making a potentially catastrophic landfall in Puerto Rico, the islands strongest landfall since the Great Depression, while it continues to lash the Virgin Islands.

(MORE: Hurricane Central | Maria Lashes Dominica With Mind-Boggling Devastation)

Happening Now

The eyewall of Maria is now carving through eastern Puerto Rico, including the island of Vieques. In advance of the eyewall, the National Weather Service issued a extreme wind warnings for several eastern Puerto Rico municipalities.

(INTERACTIVE: Latest Virgin Islands/Puerto Rico Radar)

Current Radar, Winds

Here are a sampling of peak wind gusts seen so far in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands as of early Wednesday morning:

  • Western St. Croix, Virgin Islands: 137 mph (sustained winds of 106 mph)
  • Yabucoa (WeatherFlow station): 113 mph
  • Gurabo: 103 mph
  • Fajardo: 100 mph
  • San Juan: 91 mph
  • St. Thomas, Virgin Islands: 86 mph

Flash flood warnings have also been issued in much of eastern Puerto Rico. At least a half dozen river gauges reported levels above flood stage already, with more heavy rain moving in.

(MORE: NWS Current P.R. River Flood Status)

The National Weather Service office in San Juan, Puerto Rico, warned of catastrophic damage from Marias winds, as well as life-threatening rainfall flooding having possible devastating impacts in a hurricane local statement issued Wednesday morning.

Maria will be the strongest Puerto Rico landfall since a...


Neolithic Chilcot Report discovered "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Nearly 100,000 pages of monolithic prose have been found buried near Stonehenge, making it the largest monument to landfill in Britain. This mysterious ruin was concealed under several hundred tonnes of earth, invoices for Iraqi guns and gag orders from solicitors representing Messrs T. Blair & A. Campbell.

The 4,500-year-old manuscript, was discovered using ground-penetrating radar and from the overwhelming reek of bullsh@t emanating from it. Generations of hippies are expected to make pilgrimages to the area under the banner Make love not warunless you have a specific 45 minute warning. Likewise mystical druidic sites like this have long been the inspiration behind Jethro Tull songs; such as Thick as a UN Weapons Inspector and Skating away on the thin ice of a dodgy dossier.

Legend says that the Inquiry chair, Sir John Chilcot, tried to look into the UKs involvement in military action but he and the report were lost in the mists of time; mainly due to the fact he charged by the hour. Shovel in hand, a spokesman for Tony Blair said: No one knows who buried them; its an enigma. But what I can say is that we I mean they should have dug a little deeper.

One archaeologist explained: The ancient Druids were a superstitious lot and would often celebrate the Winter solstice by sacrificing a scientist in a woodland grove, white wash his remains and then proceed to bury the bad news with a sprig of holly.


Arctic sea ice summer minimum in 2017 is eighth lowest on record "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Arctic sea ice has dwindled to its summer minimum for 2017, with its smallest extent for the year clocking in at 4.64m square kilometres (sq km) on 13 September.

At 1.58m sq km below the 1981-2010 average, this puts 2017 as the eight lowest summer minimum in the satellite record, according to preliminary figures from the US National Snow and Ice Data Centre (NSIDC). The record low remains 3.39m sq km, which was set in 2012.

Even though it wasnt a record low, an NSIDC scientist tells Carbon Brief that the long-term downwards trend has continued with sea ice extent falling below 5m sq km again this year. This had never happened in the satellite record before 2007.

Pinpointing the minimum

Scientists have been tracking the daily changes in Arctic sea ice cover using satellites in a continuous record that stretches back to 1978-79. Notable events, such as the annual minimum and maximum extents, serve as an indicator of how the Arctic is changing as global temperatures rise.

Back in March, Arctic sea ice hit its lowest winter maximum on record for the third year in a row. Since then, Arctic sea ice has been on its annual decline through the melt season of spring and summer.

At the time of the record low winter peak, Carbon Brief asked some polar scientists to put the much-reported findings in context. You can watch the video of their responses here.

Scientists keep a close eye around the time the low is normally reached usually early-to-mid september then look for signs of ice accumulating again in order to pinpoint exactly when the summer minimum extent is reached.

This year, that minimum point was on 13 September, when Arctic sea ice extent declined to 4.64m sq km.

That means nine of the 10 lowest summer minima in the satellite record have occurred in the last 10 years, says Prof Julienne Stroeve, a professor of polar observation and modelling at University College London and senior research scientist at the NSIDC. She tells Carbon Brief:

Even though we didnt reach a new record low, the extent fell below 5m sq km, something which never....


13 Questions About The Wiretapping Of Paul Manafort "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Mondays CNN exclusive detailing that former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was wiretapped by the government is a bombshell that raises many questions about the motives and method of such surveillance.

We know that Manafort has reportedly been the focus of Robert Muellers investigation for some time, including details of a dawn raid reported in the New York Times. What is less clear is the exact nature of this wiretap, the time period that it was running on Manafort, the justification by which it was restarted after a reported gap, and the identities of othersincluding potentially the then-president-electcaught up during this surveillance period by the government.

Yesterday, Manaforts spokesman released the following statement:

If true, it is a felony to reveal the existence of a FISA warrant, regardless of the fact that no charges ever emerged. The U.S Department of Justices Inspector General should immediately conduct an investigation into these leaks and to examine the motivations behind a previous Administrations effort to surveil a political opponent. Mr. Manafort requests that the Department of Justice release any intercepts involving him and any non-Americans so interested parties can come to the same conclusion as the DOJ there is nothing there.

Now lets be clear about what this doesnt mean: if the institutional firewalls function as intended, being surveilled by the FBI and being surveilled directly by the Obama administration are different things. This does not confirm a wiretap of Trump as the presidents now-infamous tweet read. But as weve seen with the case of Susan Rices potentially unjustified unmasking of Trump transition officials, thats something where skepticism is certainly warranted.

Here, though, are 13 questions that I have, given the CNN report and others that have emerged about this surveillance of Manafort, in no particular order. I believe these questions deserve to be answered, in front of Congress or in the public square:

1. When, exactly, was Paul Manafort wiretapped by the government?

2. Did the wiretap cease when Manafort became Trumps campaign chairman in March 2016, and did it resume after he ceased to have this role in August 2016, or did it overlap?

3. Was the FBI wiretap steady in the months before March 2016, before he had any official affiliation with the Trump campaign, during which time he was reportedly talking regularly with Trump and living in Trump Tower?

4. Given that Manafort lived there, did the wireta...


Revolutionary Blockchain-based Digital Advertising Ecosystem Papyrus to Launch Token Generation Event on 12 October 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Papyrus, the worlds first fully comprehensive and scalable decentralized ecosystem for advertisers, publishers, developers and users built on top of Ethereum blockchain and smart contracts, today announced its token generation event scheduled for 12th of October 2017. The project was first conceptualized in January 2017 and has been funded to date by $1 million from Continue reading Revolutionary Blockchain-based Digital Advertising Ecosystem Papyrus to Launch Token Generation Event on 12 October 2017

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Why The Latest GOP Health Care Plan Is The Best One Yet "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Contrary to much of the media coverage this week, the push by congressional Republicans to do something about Obamacare isnt a desperate last-ditch effort or a health care zombie. On the contrary, it might be the best health-care reform idea GOP leaders have come up with yet.

The bill, authored by senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, would address a woeful imbalance in our health-care system by returning much of the authority for regulating health insurance back to the states, where it belongs. In its current form, the legislation keeps most of Obamacares funding in place (except for the individual mandate tax penalties and medical-device taxes) but states would be able to apply for grants that allow them to more or less pursue whatever health-care policies they want with those funds and waive some key parts of Obamacare like the individual mandate and coverage for preexisting conditions.

In short, Graham-Cassidy represents a kind of health-care federalism, in which states like New York and California would end up with very different systems than states like Texas and Florida. Of course, thats already true to some extent, and it was true even before Obamacare. But where Obamacare sought to make states more uniform according to rules written by bureaucrats in Washington, Graham-Cassidy would allow states to go their own way.

That might not exactly amount to an Obamacare repeal, as Republicans have promised to pass for seven years now, but given that straight repeal is apparently impossible for this Congress, Graham-Cassidy might be the next best thing. Why? Because allowing states to experiment with different health-care policies is the only thing that will drive down the cost of health insurance so more Americans can afford it.

Progressives dont like the idea of health-care federalism in part because they think health care should be treated like a public utility. That is, bringing costs down for consumers is not a high priority, so the potential benefits of health-care federalismlower premiums and out-of-pocket costs for residents of states that adopt smart policies that drive costs downdont much appeal to them. Whats more, having wildly different health-care systems between states makes their goal of creating a European-style single-payer system much more difficult.

Hence, progressives in the medi...


In What Happened, Hillary Clinton Completely Whiffs On The Lessons Of The Prodigal Son "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Early in What Happened, Hillary Clinton discusses one of her reoccurring public references to the Bible: Christs parable of the prodigal son. Previously Clinton has discussed this parable in the context of how she reacted to Bills infidelity, but in this book its in reference to losing the 2016 presidential election.

For those unfamiliar, the biblical parable shows a younger brother coming to his father and demanding his inheritance before his father dies. He then squanders it all partying. A famine hits, and he goes to work for a pig farmer. When he begins to starve and eyes the pigs food with longing, the prodigal comes to his senses and decides to go home and beg his father to take him back as not a son but a servant.

When his father sees his son coming down the road, he races down to meet the prodigal and falls on him with affection. He treats the sons servant plan as preposterous, and receives him back instead as a son, throwing a big party to celebrate his sons repentance. At the party, the father finds the older brother, who dutifully stayed home to help manage family affairs while his brother wasted his inheritance, out in the back sulking. His father entreats the older son to come join the party, but the older brother replies (from Luke 15):

Look, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command, yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him! And [the father] said to him, Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.

After her own recounting, heres Hillarys application in the book, on page 33:

Maybe its because Im the oldest in our family and something of a Girl Scout, but Ive always identified with the older brother in the parable. How grating it must have been to see his wayward sibling welcomed back as if nothing had happened. It must have felt as if all his years of hard work and dutiful care meant nothing at all. But the father says to the older brother, Have I not taken good care of you? Have you not been close to me? Have you not been at my side learning and working? Those things are their own reward.

Its a story about uncond...


Jennifer Lawrence Has Turned Into A Political Barbie With A String In Her Back "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Its sad to see a talented actress go downhill so fast, but thats what happens in the intersection of Hollywood and politicsa big crash.

Case in point: Jennifer Lawrence. She once held America spellbound by her husky voice, sweet smile, unapologetic curves, and authenticity when dealing with the press. Her movies were compelling, and her performances sparkled. Lawrence was a refreshing respite from the fake, self-aggrandizing liberal lemmings of Hollywood.

Now, like so many other actors who arent satisfied with simply being artists and entertainers, Lawrence has become political. Her charm has turned crass, making one wonder if weve been seeing the real Jennifer Lawrence all this time.

It All Began With Kentucky

Lawrences Mr. Hyde side revealed itself to most Americanswho simply knew her as the beloved rebel Katniss in Hunger Gameswhen Lawrence criticized half of America during the Kentucky same-sex marriage controversy. County Clerk Kim Davis refused to issue licenses to same-sex couples because of her Christian beliefs regarding traditional marriage, and Lawrence flipped out.

Dont even say her name in this house, she told Vogue. All those people holding their crucifixes, which may as well be pitchforks, thinking theyre fighting the good fight. I grew up in Kentucky. I know how they are.

During the presidential election, Lawrence lashed out again, dramatically saying, If Donald Trump is president of the United States, it will be the end of the world. The world, of course, hasnt ended.

After Trumps election, Lawrence wrote an op-ed, telling women to embrace their anger. This country was founded on immigration and today the only people that feel safe, that their rights are recognized and respected are white men, she wrote. Do not let this defeat youlet this enrage you! Let it motivate you! Let this be the fire you didnt have before. If you are an immigrant, if you are a person of color, if you are LGBTQ+, if you are a womandont be afraid, be loud!

In a particularly hypocritical moment, she said the country needs to move past its political division and anger, despite her own hostility toward Republicans, Christians, and the president. In an interview with Graham Norton, she said she had attended a concert where Trump was present. I had my full security, I was like, Find Donald Trump, she explained. Because I was adamant on finding him and then making a video of me....


Part VI: How Adult Society Betrayed Michelle Carter and Conrad Roy "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

The sixth and final installment in a series of reports on Michelle Carter. See also parts IIIIIIIV and V.

Any suicide is likely to have several causes coming together in an overwhelming fashion. But especially in children and youth, distressed family relationships usually play an obviously central role. Although the DA tried to suppress the information, Conrad Roys death was no exception. 

Conrads Family Crisis 

Conrads family, including his father and mother, publicly stated that they were unaware of their sons intense emotional suffering so vividly expressed in his texts to Michelle over a period of two years (Public Record 71 in the Michelle Carter Archives). They were also unaware of his extensive research into how to commit suicide, his additional attempts, and his compulsive, continuing suicide planning, all described in texts to Michelle. His parents did not know he had contacted another person, a young man on a suicide prevention site, and eventually convinced him, as well as Michelle, to help him die.  

Conrad must have put on a good face to his family, but his parents very likely missed some signals of despair. His mother and father knew he had decided not to go to college and had been socially anxious in the classroom (Public Record 2).  

As Conrads mother and I both testified in court, the divorce of Conrads parents flared up before his first suicide attempt and hospitalization in 2012. On August 27, 2011, Conrads father called the police. When they arrived, he gave them a signed statement that he was having a conflict with his wife about marital problems and she struck me on the right side of the face with an open hand and I proceeded to call the police (...


Ben Shapiro Is Wrong About Prosecuting Women Who Get Abortions "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A young, self-identified liberal woman presented this question to Ben Shapiro during the Q&A following his much anticipated speech at the University of California at Berkeley last Thursday: Do you believe women who get abortions even when their lives or the childs life isnt in danger, should be put on trial for murder?

No, I think abortionists should be put on trial, Shapiro replied.

I dont think that women should be put on trial for a couple different reasons. One is, I dont think it is effective in deterring abortion for women to be put on trial for the killing of the unborn. The second reason is because unfortunately I think that we as a society have gotten to such a point that an entire generation have been indoctrinated to believe that a baby is a polyp and so when they remove it, Im not sure theres the necessary mens rea, the criminal intent necessary for prosecution. The typical pro life position is that the women is a victim in abortion nearly as much as the baby is. There is an entire abortion industry that is geared toward teaching women that babies are not babies and that getting a baby aborted is in fact a betterment of their life. So no, I am not in favor of prosecuting women for abortions.

The student pressed the issue, saying that some women do have intent.

Youd really have to show me a case of a woman who went [into the abortion clinic] and said, I know this is a baby, cut its brains out, Shapiro answered. Like, if thats happening, that is infanticide. Shapiro then presented the hypothetical of a mother of a one-day-old infant who asked for it to be killed. Wouldnt you put her on trial? he asked.

Shapiro may have a point that prosecution wouldnt be an effective deterrent, but deterrence is not the main reason we prosecute. We seek justice for the victims, and that should remain the chief goal of the courts. The pursuit of justice is worthwhile in itself, and I would argue, a moral imperative.

Pro-Lifers Cognitive Dissonance

His second reason is also extremely weak, and it gets to the heart of a deep-rooted hypocrisy within the mainstream prolife movement. Shapiro says these women dont have the mens rea (Latin for guilty mind), or intent, that the prosecution must demonstrate beyond reasonable doubt. Is that really the case? Most states use the Model Penal Code to determine mens rea. Its first classification of intent is acting purposely where the defendant had an underlying conscious object to act.

Obviously, if abortion were to be legally categorized as murder, a mother who orders the hit on her preborn child fits this definition of intent. A mino...


The September 30 Deadline For Obamacare Repeal Is Fake News "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Over the past several days, congressional leaders in both the House and Senate have claimed that a bill by Sens. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) is our best, last chance to get repeal and replace done. They have made such claims because the press keeps reporting that Republicans power to pass health care legislation through a party-line vote in the Senate expires on September 30.

Dont you believe it. The Senates 52 Republicans have multiple options open to keep the Obamacare repeal process alive after September 30. The only question is whether they have the political will to do so.

Option 1: Set a Senate Precedent

Democrats started the misinformation campaign regarding a supposed September 30 deadline. Politico reported at the start of the month that the Senate parliamentarian has ruled that Republicans face a September 30 deadline to kill or overhaul the law with only 50 votes, Democrats on the Senate Budget Committee said.

That assertion carries one big flaw: The Senate parliamentarian does not rule. The Senate as a body doesand that distinction makes a big difference. The procedural question centers around when, and whether, budget reconciliation instructions expire.

Budget reconciliation provides an expedited process for the Senate to consider matters of a fiscal nature. Reconciliations limits on debate and amendments preclude filibusters, allowing the bill to pass with a simple (i.e., 51-vote) majority rather than the usual 60 votes needed to break a filibuster and halt debate. (For additional background, see my May primer on budget reconciliation here.)

In one of its first acts upon convening in January, Congress passed a budget resolution for Fiscal Year 2017, which included instructions for health-related committees in the House and Senate to produce reconciliation legislationlegislation intended to repeal-and-replace Obamacare. But Fiscal Year 2017 ends on September 30, and Congress (thus far at least) hasnt completed work on the reconciliation bill yet. So what happens on September 30? Does a reconciliation measure fail? Or can Congress continue work on the legislation, because the budget resolution set fiscal parameters for ten fi...


In Masterpiece Cakeshop Case, Two Sets Of First Amendment Precedent Collide "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Sundays New York Times print edition ran a piece by Adam Liptak, exploring the people and perspectives behind the soon-to-be argued Supreme Court case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The piece is titled, Cake Is His Art. So Can He Deny One to a Gay Couple?

On one side of the dispute stands Jack Phillipsa Christian baker in Colorado who five years ago refused to craft a wedding cake to celebrate a same-sex marriage. Im being forced to use my creativity, my talent and my art for an eventa significant religious eventthat violates my religious faith, Mr. Phillips said, according to the Times. To Philips, this is more than just a cake.

Opposite Phillips are David Mullin and Charlie Craig, the two men who sought out his services and who later filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. We asked for a cake, they counter. We didnt ask for a piece of art or for him to make a statement for us. He simply turned us away because of who we are. According to the Times, Mr. Craig said the free speech argument was a smoke screen. Its not about the cake, he said. It is about discrimination.

So which is it? Free speech or discrimination?

Its both.

Free Speech Always Involves Discrimination

Free speech always involves discrimination, includingand maybe even especiallyartistic expression. Or as the Supreme Court put it: all speech inherently involves choices of what to say and what to leave unsaid.

When Bruce Springsteen canceled his April 2016 North Carolina concert in protest of the then-recently passed bathroom bill, he was discriminating against the patrons desiring his servicespatrons who had, in fact, already paid to hear his artistry. But Springsteens silence was also speech. As he put it, canceling the concert is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards.

Jennifer Holliday discriminated when she denied President Trump and Vice President Pence her services, even though she had previously committed to singing for their inaugural festivities. Holliday back out once she realized that her voice would speak not just the lyrics she sang, but support for views contrary to her deeply-held beliefs. Holliday explained this much to her fans in an apology letter announcing she had withdrawn from the upcoming events planned for the new administration: Regretfully, I did not take into consideration that my performing for the concert would actually instead be taken as a politica...


New Initiative Aims To Cut Food Waste In Half By Simplifying Your Food Labels "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

When keeping or tossing old food, people seem to fall into two categories: the throw-out-immediately crowd, and the sniff-and-taste crowd. I come from a proud family of sniff-and-tasters, whereas my husband is staunchly pro-disposal. (Probably because hes accidentally swallowed a mouthful of sour milk beforeso who can blame him?)

But research into our use by, best by, and sell by food labels have lent some credence to the sniff-and-tasters position. All these food labels mean different things, and should be approached differently by consumers, as National Geographic explains:

The best before date relates to the quality of the food, says Marsh. Its a gauge of how long an item will remain at its freshest and tastiest, and is appropriate to the vast majority of foodstuffs on the supermarket shelves. In general, she says, it is fine to eat foods after their best before date, except for eggs, as long as they look, smell, and taste OK.

But that guidance can be tough to swallow both for the food industry and for consumers. We are a much more risk-averse society now than a generation ago, says the University of Nottinghams Morgan. Retailers and manufacturers are worried about being sued, and we the public read about health scares, listeria, and E. coli and would just as soon throw anything out rather than take a risk.

Indeed, the use by date has definite safety implications, and it is applied to foods such as meat, fish, and chicken, which are highly perishable from a microbiological point of view. These are dates that should be strictly adhered to, Marsh says, regardless of how a product looks or smells.

Then there is the display until date, which is placed on packaging primarily to help supermarkets better manage their stock rotation and which has no real implications for consumers at all.

How We Contribute to Expensive, Damaging Food Waste

Our understandable confusion regarding the meaning and import of these various returns often results in millions of consumers dumping food into the trash bin, just in case. But not only is such a practice expensive to the individual, over time it is causing a massive food waste problem. Around the world, 1.3 billion tons of foodabout a third of food production every year, worth more than $750 billionis wasted. Just 133 billion pounds are wasted every year in the United States alone.

More than a quarter of the worlds agricultural land is....


Neocons, Iran Deal Opponents Celebrate Trumps Foreign Policy At Summit "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

NEW YORK CITY As President Trump prepared to give his address at the United Nations on Tuesday morning, United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI), a decade-old, bipartisan, non-governmental organization, was opening its annual summit just down the road. The line-up for the event at New York Citys Roosevelt Hotel was full of heavy hitters. David Petraeus, Jeb Bush, John Bolton, Bill Richardson, and Joseph Lieberman were just a few of the political celebrities in attendance.

In his opening remarks, Lieberman, UANIs chairman, praised the Trump administrations Iran dispositions, calling it a sea change from the deal-at-any-cost Obama administration. Leiberman called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or Iran deal, a waste of leverage, suggesting Obama had given away the farm for little in return.

Not surprisingly, given UANIs mission to keep Iran from achieving nuclear arms, this would not be the last attack on the JCPOA. Speaker after speaker from both parties, including early and vociferous opponents of President Trump, trashed the deal while urging the president to take a harder line in regard to Iran.

Americas Agenda Shouldnt Put America First

The first panel discussion featured Petraeus and Prince Turki Al Faisal bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, chairman of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies. Neither man pulled his punches. Petreus and Al Faisal both warned against focusing all of our efforts on anti-terrorism while casting a blind eye to the actions of regional governments, including Iran and Syria.

According to Petraeus, Muslim-nation partners like Saudi Arabia are essential because this is more of a clash within Islam than a clash between Islam and the West. But while a coalition is needed, the retired general also made clear that America with its intelligence and military capabilities was obviously still the essential actor.

Al Faisal warned that Iran is boasting about its ambitions and accomplishments and that the growth of its power in the region, especially in Syria, will blow back on the United States, Russia, and rest of the world. In a telling moment, Petraeus, after insisting he is non-political and doesnt even vote, praised the Trump administrations April missile attack on Syria following the formers use of chemical weapons. He called the action measured and proportional, and it was impossible not to see it as a rebuke of Obamas refusal to back up his own red line on chemical weapons in Syria.

The second panel focused more directly on president Trumps foreign policy regarding Iran and the related threat from North Korea. Former governors Bush and Richardson both expressed the need for international cooperation and skepticism about the presidents America first, rhetoric, which Bush said can operate as a code for isolationism....


What Do Dems Know About Climate That New York Times Columnists Dont? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

While politicians know voters arent buying climate hysteria, The New York Times opinion section disregards its own news section to hype it as a cause of hurricanes.

For many liberal journalists, its something of a puzzle. Handed what they consider a golden opportunity to use hurricanes Harvey and Irma to pound President Trump and conservative Republicans for their views on climate change, as Politico noted this week, most national Democrats decided to pass.

There are a number of possible explanations. One involves the dilemma of the many red-state Democrats up for re-election next year, especially in coal states. Theres also the possibility that some actually agree with leading Republicans that seeking to politicize disasters while people in Texas and Florida are still dealing with the aftermath of the storms is in bad taste and bad politics.

Theres another possibility. Some Democrats may have read The New York Times analysis of the connection between hurricanes and climate change and realized that what scientists know about the subject is a lot less than what they dont know. Although the article strained to obscure what most experts were saying, the bottom line is that former Vice President Al Gores famous predictions of an increase in massive storms due to global warming isnt backed up by the evidence.

Do NYT Columnists Read the NYT?

Yet what is astonishing about the national conversation about climate change after Harvey and Irma is that a definitive article in the flagship of liberal journalism had no affect on articles subsequently published on the subject in the same newspaper. While most congressional Democrats were holding their fire, some of the papers most prominent opinion columnists were not merely ignoring the same lack of evidence their news section had reported but taking it as a given that proof of the connection existed.

I speculated here last month that had a Republican used the same cautious language about the causation of hurricanes used in the Times news report, that would have been enough to get him or her labeled a climate denier by the Times editorial page. But after reading Paul Krugman and Nicholas Kristofs screeds claiming only fools or liars could deny that global warming incontrovertibly caused Harvey and Irma, its possible thats what they think about Times science writer John Schwartz, who was responsible for the papers cautious exploration of the issue.

Krugman speculated that Republicans were reluctant to buy into global warming theories because they are natural consumers for tin-foil hat conspiracy theories and inherently hostile to scienc...


SpaceX Wants You To Pay For It To Explore Deep Space When It Cant Even Explore Shallow Space "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

In the aftermath of President Obamas cuts to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and subsequent reliance on Russian space agencies, NASA has invested billions of dollars into private space companies to carry cargo and, eventually, astronauts to the International Space Station. NASAs private contracts have offered a fixed price for commercial services and required companies to provide their own funding to develop new spacecraft and rockets.

SpaceX, a private space company founded by Canadian-American business magnate Elon Musk, is one of those contractors, along with companies such as Blue Origin and Orbital ATK. Recently, these companies have raised eyebrows with plans to develop large, heavy-lift rockets, which will allow travel beyond low-Earth orbit.

One of these systems is SpaceXs Falcon Heavy booster, a rocket possessing 90 percent of the lift capability to low-Earth orbit of NASAs own Space Launch System. The message is clear: these companies wish to attempt what NASA has not yet achieved. Thus far, NASAs funding of private space companies has been limited to near-Earth endeavors, and NASA wants to keep it that way. During a Q&A session, Charles Bolden, NASAs 2016 administrator, expressed that deep space is traditionally NASAs domain.

If you talk about launch vehicles, we believe our responsibility to the nation is to take care of things that normal people cannot do, or dont want to do, like large launch vehicles, Bolden stated, concluding, Im not a big fan of commercial investment in large launch vehicles just yet.

Well Blow Up Your Money On NASAs Behalf

However, some companies arent content to leave deep space to NASA, and want American taxpayers to foot the bill. During a hearing before the U.S. Senates Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness on July 20, SpaceX called upon the government to sponsor deep space public-private partnerships. Tim Hughes, a SpaceX senior vice-president, testified, The principles applied in past programs for low Earth orbit capability can, and should, be applied to deep space exploration, referring to NASAs Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program.

Floating the idea of a funding a COTS-li...


Self-Righteousness Infects All Sides Of Our Politics, And Makes Us Ridiculous "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

An old band joke: How do trumpet players introduce themselves to each other? Hi, Im better than you.

In the world of music, this sort of observation about the personalities drawn to different instruments is mildly funny. Less amusing is that American political discourse is increasingly dominated by the same assertion of superiority. For many, politics is a way of showing oneself to be smarter, more enlightened, more compassionate and more attuned to injustice than others. Political positions are taken and rhetoric is deployed not to persuade, but to declare ones status.

The Internet is awash in this. Whether on Facebook, political Twitter, or (angels and ministers of grace defend us) in the comment section, traffic and content would drop precipitously without those hapless souls turning every issue into a way of screaming Im better than you into the Internet void. Unfortunately, this has become one of the dominant motivations in our politics.

It is being exacerbated by increased secularism. One result of the decline of American Christianity is that political affiliation has become an easy substitute for the sense of spiritual rectitude that religious practice formerly offeredand this secular righteousness carries few of the humbling warnings about pride and sin that religion traditionally provided. For all the excesses and hypocrisy of the Religious Right and all the absurdities of the diminutive Religious Left, Christianity is still a salutary influence on each. Politics is a terrible replacement for religion.

The Sanctimony of Finding Deplorables

The definitive expression of cheap political morality may have been Hillary Clintons declaration that You could put half of Trumps supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic you name itsome of those folks they are irredeemable.

Nearly as telling were her comments about the other half of Trump supporters. Clinton described them as people, who feel that the government has let them down, the economy has let them down, nobody cares about them, nobody worries about what happens to their lives and their futures, and theyre just desperate for change. Thus, the Democratic nominee described all those voting for her opponent as either bigoted, irredeemable deplorables, or desperate losers. And her half-hearted apology only admitted to misjudging the proportions between the two categories.

That Trump is a man of low character whose candidacy emboldened some on the ugly fringe of American politics is indisputable, but dismissing all Trump voters as either bigots or dumb losers was self-serving sanctim...


Overview Of Military Situation In Northern Hama On September 19-20, 2017 (Map, Photo, Video) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Overview Of Military Situation In Northern Hama On September 19-20, 2017 (Map, Photo, Video)

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On September 19, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) and its allies launched a large-scale military operation against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) in northern Hama. The main Hayat Tahrir al-Sham(HTS)-led attack took place in Maan. However, fierce clashes also took place near al-Tulaysian.

By September 19 evening, the SAA and the NDF, supported by the Tiger Forces and the Russian Aerospace Forces, had repelled the attack on Maan. However, militants entered Tulaysiyah, Ash Shata, Tel Al-Aswad and Al-Qahira. In total, about 40 militants were killed.

Militants also lost 2 battle tanks, including a Russian-made T-90 battle tank operated by HTS. This tank was seized by government forces during an active phase of the anti-HTS campaign in northern Syria.

Pro-HTS media blamed Russian attack helicopters and warplanes as well as a lack of support from the moderate opposition explaining casualties. According to pro-HTS sources, government forces had lost up to 30 fighters.

On September 20, an intense fighting continued in the villages of Tulaysiyah, Ash Shata, Tel Al-Aswad and Al-Qahira where government forces were attempting to re-gain the initiative.



Reality Check: Dont Buy into the Myth of Tax Reform "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

President Donald Trump has called on Congress to quickly pass sweeping tax reform legislation this year. While his entire plan remains something of a mystery, one element stands out: Trump has insisted on reducing the corporate tax rate to 15%.

Any debate on tax policy is fraught with confusing terms, doublespeak and a whole lot of obfuscation.

As the GOPs efforts to fundamentally alter the tax code are about to kick into high gear, WhoWhatWhy has prepared this primer to cut through the rhetoric and pull back the curtain on this reform.

Dont Confuse Tax Cuts with Tax Reform


Our tax code is too complicated and unfair because it was designed by lobbyists for special interests. That is why the groups and individuals with the resources to influence lawmakers end up being the primary beneficiaries of the governments tax policy.

For example, most of the proposed tax cut reforms being proposed will primarily benefit the very rich at the expense of the middle class. Such tax cuts in addition to increasing the record-high income disparity between the top 1% and the rest of America also increase the danger of a major market collapse.

Rather than talking about tax cuts for the rich, we should be talking about cutting the tax subsidies for the rich so that those below the top 1% will have more money to buy goods and increase demand.

To appreciate how such tax cuts for the rich could lead to an economic crash, it is first necessary to understand the technical term, price-to-earnings ratio (PE ratio). Here is an example from investopedia that shows how it works: Suppose that a company is currently trading at $43 a share and its earnings over the last 12 months were $1.95 per share. The P/E ratio for the stock could then be calculated as 43/1.95, or 22.05.

Currently, the overall PE ratio is about 25. This figure will go up even more when corporate tax subsidies are increased. However, this also means that when the current bubble bursts, the fall of the market will be much more severe. One stock market expert said stocks were as much as 40% over-valued. That, in turn, would likely trigger further bailouts that ultimately benefit the rich. Putting aside the question of whether the stock market reflects the real economy, the psychological damage will be significant.

Real reform, according to most economists, would be to cut all tax subsidies or, as economists call...


Financialization and The Destruction of the Real Economy "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Financialization and The Destruction of the Real Economy by Charles Hugh Smith Of Two Minds Strip an economy of capital, productive incentives, talent and yes, ethics, and what are we left with? An economy spiraling toward an inevitable collapse....

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Consumer grade ballistic concrete testing "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

I have some left over concrete I figure making concrete blocks and shooting them might be fun.
The difference between screwing off and science is taking notes.
So I need to select a testing size and concrete to water ratio and cure time to be consistent. The cure time needs to be the same on all samples and at least a month long.
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Consumer grade ballistic concrete testing







First there was Harvery, followed by Irma, next is Jose and that will be followed by Maria. And there are more to come. I marvel about how many people do not know about the publicly available information on weather modficiation programs.

Is this the great climate change demiers revenge? Or, simply the economic takedown of the United States?



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Talk About Climate Change, Its Here in Spades "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Hurricane Irma eye over Barbuda, 9/6/17

Now Is Exactly the Time to Have That Discussion About Climate Change

From an Article by Susan Glickman,, September 15, 2017

As a native Floridian, I chose to ride out Hurricane Irma in my hometown of Tampajust a few miles north of where the Tampa Bay Buccaneers play football. Like millions of other Floridians who evacuated low-lying beach communities for higher ground, I had the obvious safety concerns and worries about whether I would even have a home to return to. But as a public interest advocate who has worked on climate and energy issues every day for almost two decades, I also have intense concerns about the growing climate change/hurricane nexus.

So when EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt says its insensitive to Floridians and Texans to talk about climate change during hurricane emergencies, I say he missed the boat as to whats truly insensitive.
Whats insensitive is not talking about the links between warmer surface water temperatures and more intense weather events. Whats insensitive is dismantling the Clean Power Plan that was put in place to reduce climate-changing carbon pollution. Whats insensitive is unraveling the environmental protections we all rely on so allies in the oil and gas industry can continue to pollute for free and have consumers pick up the tab.

Plain and simple, we are altering the climate of our planet for all living beings just so that a few people can make money selling, trading and producing fuels and products that emit greenhouse gas emissions. Its not okay and its got to stop.

Increased greenhouse gas emissions are fueling more extreme weather events. Its just that simple. The warmer ocean temperatures in the Atlantic and the gulf are contributing to more intense hurricanes. Climate change is causing sea level rise that adds to the threat of coastal flooding.

We have needed to act to reduce emissions for a long time, but now we are at a true crossroads. The Arctic is melting, and the permafrost is thawing. As goes the Arctic, so goes Florida. We must take serious action now to both adapt to the climate change impacts that are inevitable from carbon pollution already in the pipeline and to reduce our emissions and future impacts by transforming to a low-carbon economy.

Make no mistake, weve known about th...


Jill Hennessy Pushes Failed & Dangerous Flu Vaccines Onto Children "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australias chief medical officer says there has been a significantly higher number of flu cases than normal in people who have been vaccinated.  Read More

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