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Friday, 17 November


Video: Thousands of illegally caught African gray parrots being rehabilitated "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Thousands of African gray parrots (Psittacus erithacus), seized from traffickers in Republic of the Congo by rangers, are being treated at a rescue centre built specially for the rehabilitation of these birds, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) announced Tuesday. The group released a video showing footage of some of the rescued birds at the facility built by WCS. The confiscated parrots were most likely being moved to Democratic Republic of the Congo, WCS said, from where the birds would be smuggled to markets in Europe and the Middle East. African gray parrots are extremely talented mimics. They are also one of the worlds most trafficked birds. Trapped illegally from the wild for the international pet trade, the bird has suffered catastrophic decline across its range. Close to 99 percent of African gray parrots have been wiped out from Ghanas forests since 1992, for instance, a 2015 study found. These birds are also being stolen from forests across the Republic of the Congo, conservationists say. Traffickers are vacuuming up African gray parrots from Africas forests, Emma Stokes, WCS Regional Director for Central Africa, said in a statement. This heartbreaking footage should serve as a wake-up call to any prospective buyers of parrots to avoid them unless they come from a highly reputable dealer and you are absolutely certain they were bred in captivity and not taken from the wild. African gray parrot. Photo by Julie Larsen Maher / WCS. Trapping the hyper-social African gray parrots in the wild is not hard. Collectors

Government revokes 406 mining permits in Indonesias East Kalimantan "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

SAMARINDA, Indonesia  Officials in Indonesias coal-rich province of East Kalimantan have announced the revocation of more than 400 mining permits, as part of ongoing efforts to clean up the industry. A total of 406 mining business licenses, or IUPs, out of the 1,404 issued in East Kalimantan, in the Indonesian portion of Borneo, have been withdrawn by the provincial mining board. All but 12 of those revoked were deemed not clean and clear, meaning the companies failed to meet all legal requirements, including registration to pay taxes, land rent and other royalties. Another 403 permits will be revoked in the future, bringing the total to 809, said Rusmadi, the East Kalimantan government official leading a team tasked with review mining permits in the province. The move is a part of a nationwide effort to stamp out irregularities in the countrys mining industry, which has long been plagued by corruption, legal violations, and environmental and social damage. At the national level, these efforts are led by Indonesias anti-graft agency, the KPK, which in 2014 launched an investigation into the mining industry by examining the legality of permits issued in 12 provinces. The investigation revealed that 40 percent of the nearly 11,000 licenses issued in these provinces were not clean and clear. East Kalimantan, Indonesias coal-mining heartland, with an estimated 28 percent of the countrys reserves of the fossil fuel, is one of the provinces under scrutiny investigation. More than half of the provinces total land area has been allocated for mining

Strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake hits Izu Islands region, Japan "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the JMA as M6.2 hit Izu Islands region, Japan at 09:43 UTC (18:43 JST) on November 16, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 20 km (12.4 miles). USGS is reporting M5.8 at a depth of 71 km (44 miles), EMSC M5.8 at a...... Read more

A tranquilizer shortage is holding back rhino management plans in India "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Watching a rhino get tranquilized is indeed an experience to cherish. It is hard to imagine that such a powerful animal can become so vulnerable too, says Dharanidhar Boro, an officer on special duty at Manas National park, who has been working with greater one-horned rhinos in Indias Assam state since 1987. He describes the frenzy as more than 30 trained elephants circle a grazing rhino to try and contain it, and an official with a dart gun, riding atop one of the pachyderms, shoots a drug-laden syringe at the rhinos rump or neck. It takes eight to 10 minutes after the needle pierces the rhinos thick skin for the animal to go completely under; it takes off running at first, then staggers, before finally collapsing onto its chest or side. While the experience is no fun for the animal, tranquilization makes it possible to give rhinos veterinary care, affix radio collars to track them, or safely transfer them into crates for relocation. The most important element of the tranquilizing cocktail that allows conservationists to safely knock out a 2,000-plus-kilogram (4,400-pound) rhino is a semi-synthetic opioid known as Etorphine HCl. Etorphine HCl is by far the best available choice for rhino immobilization today, says Amit Sharma, coordinator of rhino conservation at WWF-India. Other large herbivores, [such] as elephants can still be tranquilized safely with other options, but nothing better works for rhinos. Indias stock of the drug, however, is alarmingly low. The states of Assam, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh,

Infrastrukturapokalypse in Berlin: Ein massiver Wasserrohbruch ... "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Infrastrukturapokalypse in Berlin:

Ein massiver Wasserrohbruch in Berlin-Lichtenberg untersplt Straen, behindert Autos und legt den ffentlichen Nahverkehr lahm. Die Feuerwehr ist im Groeinsatz.


Apple explains on-device face detection "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Apple started using deep learning for face detection in iOS 10. With the release of the Vision framework, developers can now use this technology and many other computer vision algorithms in their apps. We faced significant challenges in developing the framework so that we could preserve user privacy and run efficiently on-device. This article discusses these challenges and describes the face detection algorithm.

The newest post from Apples Machine Learning Journal.

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Are the Powerful Likely To Collapse? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

In a recent article I reported a very positive development at least it seems positive, and its definitely not negative regarding my new-found ability to get a foot in the door at Boston federal court. (That is, for the appeals case of the Marathon non-bomber, as an amicus curiae.)

In my heart of hearts, I feel that nothing can transpire that would free Jahar Tsarnaev, or even allow me to talk to him, as that would bring down the throne and we cant have that.

But now Im thinking Why stay in that mental trap? Why not look around and see what the prospects are?

In opining that talking t...


What motivates bug hunters? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Crowdsourced security penetration testing outfit Bugcrowd has released its second annual Mind of a Hacker report, to provide insight into bug hunters motivations and preferences, and help companies tailor their bug bounty initiatives so they can lead to better results for everyone. The most interesting insights gleaned from the answers of the 500 or so bug hunters who participated in the survey are as follows: They come from all over the world (216 countries), but More


Anarchist Solidarity "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Jock Palfreeman has been in jail in Bulgaria for about 10 years. Inside the prison he set up the Bulgarian Prisoners Association and campaigns for human rights inside the countries harsh prisons. We interview two anarchists who work to support Jock and keep his case in the public eye.

Bad Cop No Donut begins with a funny issue Victorian police are having with their uniforms, and we discuss the on going situation in Australias offshore detention centre on PNGs Manus Island.

And the big announcement that we are now part of the Channel Zero Network of anarchist podcasts.

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For strong unified communications security, behavioral analytics is critical "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

If theres one thing security professionals should understand and acknowledge whether theyre part of an organizations multi-person IT security team or the CISO guiding that team its that the widespread, varying and rapidly changing threat landscape is impossible to keep up with. For every step an organization takes in protecting its infrastructure, attackers are two steps ahead working to figure out how to break in. Why? Hackers are agile, can launch hundreds if More


What happens to Animoji when you cover the TrueDepth camera? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Frederick Riedel used stickers to cover the:

  • Infrared camera
  • Flood Illuminator
  • Dot Projector

on his iPhone X. But Animoji still worked without them. Portrait mode stopped working. Face ID stopped working too. So the stickers were doing their job.

Why do Animoji still work? Pop over to the main Loop post for the detailed explanation. Pretty interesting.


The long tail of phishing attacks "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Targeted phishing has become the single most effective attack type in the world today. Phishing attacks have been the root cause of the majority of the large-scale data breaches that compromised the sensitive information of millions of individuals and extracted financial gains from some of the worlds largest companies. In March, a spear-phishing scam that used the cover of the tax season and W-2 filings tricked more than 120,000 people into sharing their personal data. More


iOS 11.2 accelerated wireless charging speed vs wired "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Matt Birchler compared the time it took to charge an iOS device using:

  • Stock wired charger
  • Apple 29W charger
  • Wireless charging (available on iPhone 8, 8 Plus, iPhone X)
  • Accelerated wireless charging (New with iOS 11.2)

Follow the link, check out the graph. To really get a sense of the difference, look how many minutes it takes each to get to a 40% charge (the second horizontal gray line).

The 29W charger took just under 30 minutes. Accelerated charging took about an hour and 40 minutes.

I dont know how rigorous this analysis was, but wow, what a difference. We could be seeing the limitations of inductive charging, or we could see these numbers improve with each new release.

Important to note that Matt used a Samsung wireless charging pad. So it is certainly possible wed see better numbers when Apple releases their branded pad.

But as is, what price convenience?

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Using your AirPods case as an iPhone stand "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

This is a terrific tip (watch the video embedded in the main Loop post), especially useful if you are on an airplane. No need to travel with any sort of stand, as long as you remembered your AirPods.


Rene Ritchies Vector podcast "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Rene Ritchie is a smart cookie. Vector is a daily podcast (I dont know how he keeps this up), full of interesting detail on some (usually) Apple-related topic.

Start with the latest one, Face ID FUD. Heres the link.

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GymKit launches today, automatically syncs workout data between Apple Watch and gym equipment "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac:

The idea is that the watch and the paired gym machine have better knowledge about different aspects of the workout. GymKit allows that data to be shared back and forth, as appropriate.

At the end of the session, the watch saves all the relevant data to its local database (no iPhone required) and the gym equipment is wiped of any personal data.

Walk up to a GymKit compatible machine, tap your Apple Watch (pairs via NFC, similar to Apple Pay), and the machine automatically loads the appropriate workout data from your watch. When your workout is finished, your results are saved back to your Apple Watch.

This is brilliant.

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Measuring fraud trends across various industries "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Businesses across industries are experiencing more sophisticated fraud attempts across multiple customer-not-present channels, according to IDology. Shifting fraud tactics and synthetic identity fraud Sixty-seven percent of organizations reported an increase in fraud attempts, compared to just 42 percent in 2016, an increase of 58 percent. Major breaches have provided criminals with more identity data to utilize as they constantly shift strategies to evade detection. Criminals also are using more sophisticated schemes that are harder to More


Sharp rise in fileless attacks evading endpoint security "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A new Ponemon Institute survey of 665 IT and security leaders finds that over-reliance on traditional endpoint security is leaving organizations exposed to significant risk. 54 percent of respondents said their company experienced a successful attack. Of those respondents, 77 percent were victim to fileless attack or exploit. This survey reveals that ignoring the growing threat of fileless attacks could be costly for organizations. said Dr. Larry Ponemon, Chairman and Founder of Ponemon Institute. The More

Thursday, 16 November


Moore Accuser Removes Anti Moore, Anti Trump FB Rants, 1889 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

- Virtual Shield VPN - Black Friday SPECIAL. IDENTISAFE Turns off camera & mic on Windows. Go to: Good morning, Im still reporting on: Moore Accuser Removes Anti Moore, Anti Trump FB Rants, 1889 Synopsis:Why is Judge Roy Moore important? Because he would be the swing vote in the U.S. Senate on a host of conservative, Pro-Trump issues essentially nullifying turncoat Sen. John McCains vote. But there is a deeper reason. This is what they tried on Donald Trump exact same gig and it nearly worked. They nearly drove him out of the Presidential contest. Thirty days out from the election is the perfect time for salacious gossip to be repeated, but not investigated by the MSM. People tend to hear the oft repeated initial lies and not the later correction that the lie was actually a deliberate untruth devised by the Deep State Ministry of Propaganda. If the DSMOP wins this time with this tactic - and Judge Moore either withdraws or is somehow defeated at the polls, this will change the way all political races will be run in the future. Why? Heres the macroeconomic argument. Senate races keep getting more and more expensive every year. The current record holder is the race was the 2016 Senate race between Pennsylvania Republican incumbent Sen. Pat Toomey and his challenger, Democrat Katie McGinty which clocked in at over $162 million. The recent special election Congressional race in Georgia cost over $50 million. But what a bargain it would be if you could swing a Senate election 20, 30 or 40 points if, in the last 30 days before the election, you spent $25-$50,000 to mount a robo-call targeting Democrat women in the state in question, offering to pay any woman $5,000 who would agree to swear on a stack of bibles that the Republican candidate had had sex with when she was 16. Only the first 10 women with the best evidence will be chosen. Hurry, hurry, hurry! Oh, and dont worry about proving it. We wont investigate or vet your story, and youll have the full powers of the DSMOP to create an alternate reality for you should any nosy members of the MSM actually try to investigate. Oh, one more thing, you are guaranteed to get your 15 minutes of fame probably a lot more. Do you think you would have any trouble getting 10 volunteers? No way! Do you think we are making this up? Check this courtesy of Mobile, Alabama TV station WKRG, Channel 5: [insert] Support Our Sponsors: - Nobel Gold: Protect Your Money With Gold - Click Here- Or Call - 877-646-5347 - Jeevy Computers: Move up to business-level computer protection. 800-844-8613 - Trade Genius Academy: Learn the safe, sure way to trade. - Virtual Shield VPN - the easiest way to create a home VPN. Go to: - SeaShell Diamond Gallery, Custom Fine Jewelry Made in Hawaii. 808-338-9988; https://www.SeaShellDiamondGallery........


The tragedy of the Venezuelan opposition "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The opposition camp in Venezuela is more divided than ever. Yesterdays reasons for unity have now become reasons for breaking it up. And Chavismo is winning some breathing space. Espaol

Photo courtesy of Nueva Sociedad. This article is being published as part of the partnership between Nueva Sociedad and democraciaAbierta. You can read the original article here.

The regional elections of October 15 were a true catastrophe for the opposition in Venezuela. Few times in history has an electoral event had such overwhelming consequences: practically, the destruction of the loser nothing less. The Democratic Unity Table (MUD), the alliance of parties that, with some success, had been confronting Nicols Maduro, has dissolved and the parties that made it up, each with its own interpretation of what happened, have now regrouped into three large blocks which are more or less opposed to each other. The candidates who, until the day before the elections, had been well placed in the polls, are now blurred to the point that nobody seriously considers them as potential candidates for the forthcoming elections in 2018. And the opposition voters, who are still in a majority, have sunk into hopelessness and do not know if to give up and accommodate as best they can with the situation, or to find a way to move abroad.

How was this hecatomb possible? How is it that, after four months of protests that practically paralyzed the country, with a government disapproval  rate of about 80%, international condemnation and sanctions, the worst economic crisis in the history of the country and the possibility of a default in the very short term, Maduro can claim victory and such a huge one at that? 

The answer to these questions is key to understanding the changing Venezuelan situation and to extracting some useful lessons for political analysis. The way in which each side played their cards, with one side being able to gathe...


Did The Feds Alan Greenspan Admit Gold Is Being Manipulated? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Did The Feds Alan Greenspan Admit Gold Is Being Manipulated? by Avi Gilburt Gold Seek Every now and then I see another analyst publicly claim that the gold market is being manipulated. And, the reason they come to that...

The post Did The Feds Alan Greenspan Admit Gold Is Being Manipulated? appeared first on The Daily Coin.


The Truth About Why Saudi Arabia And Israel Are Really Working Together "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

(ANTIMEDIA Op-ed)  Despite Saudi Arabias tough rhetoric and brutal assault against its neighbor, Yemen (the poorest country in the region), the unfortunate reality is that Saudi Arabia is not the strongman it has hopelessly painted itself to be. This isnt conjecture or an attempt to needlessly bolster and promote regional rivals such as Iran, as has become the trend among anti-imperialist commentators.
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Robert Parry: Jonathan Cook on Israel Lobby Being Dragged Into the Light (From Under Their Rock!) UK Case Study "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Robert Parry

Israel Lobby is Slowly Being Dragged Into the Light

by Jonathan Cook

The Israel lobbys strength in western capitals has depended precisely on its ability to remain out of view. Simply to talk about the lobby risks being accused of perpetuating anti-Semitic tropes of Jewish cabals.

What is special about the Israel lobby in the US an amalgam of hawkish Jewish leadership organisations and messianic Christian evangelicals is the fear it exploits to silence critics. No one wants to be labelled an anti-Semite.


Americas Righteous Russia-gate Censorship

See Also:

Steele, Robert, How The Deep State Controls Social Media and Digitally Assassinates Critics: #GoogleGestapo Censorship & Crowd-Stalking Made Easy, American Herald Tribune, November 7, 2017.


January 20, 2018: Build the Base, Take the Initiative : A Call to Expand Our Capacity "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

On January 20, 2018, we invite you to join us in organizing events and gatherings in autonomous spaces, building capacity and community to sustain our movements and prepare for the year ahead.

This call is endorsed by the Channel Zero Anarchist Podcast Network, subMedia, Its Going Down, and CrimethInc.. If you want to endorse this call, pass it on to others, organize something for January 20, 2018, and email us at to have your name added here.

Last year, thousands gathered in Washington, DC and elsewhere around the US to start the Trump regime off with an inspiring display of defiance. Since that historic mobilization, many of us have been in action almost continuously, responding to one threat after another from the regime and its supporters.

Weve participated in airport blockades opposing the Muslim Ban, mass mobilizations against the Alt-Right and other racists, weeks of action in solidarity with J20 defendants and Standing Rock arrestees, ongoing anti-colonial action against pipelines, and broad disaster relief efforts in the South and Puerto Rico. As a new year opens up before us, lets come together to think about where we want to go from here.

We live in dynamic and dangerous times. The state is ramping up repression just as fewer and fewer people perceive the government to be legitimate. Many comrades are facing decades in prison, but many more are looking to get involved.

For this reason, were calling for people to gather in anarchist and autonomous spaces on the week of January 20, 2018 in order to reconnect to the roots from which our movements draw strength, discuss the path ahead, and gather resources for prisoners, relief efforts, and ongoing struggles.

Expand Networks, Strengthen Spaces

We propose to use the week of J20 2018 to reconnect with our networks, revitalize our spaces, organize new projects, hold special events, and bring people together to build our movements.

Autonomous spaces include infoshops, community centers, and bookstores. But an autonomous space can also be a public place you make a habit of gathering in or a territory you share and defend. Open spaces offer a way for people who are freshly curious about our movements to plug in, pick up literature, and begin fostering relationships.

Towards this end, we are encouraging people to organize on the week of J20:

  • Community events involving putting in work at autonomous spaces. This could mean fixing the bathro...

Notes on Anti-Fascist Self-Defense Training : 10 Lessons from the Russian Anti-Fascist Experience "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Anti-fascists on May Day 2014 in Murmansk.

The Trump presidency has seen a boom of fascist organizing and anti-fascist resistance in North America. Strategies and tactics that originally developed in the European context have spread around the USA. Meanwhile, in Russia, both Nazi violence and anti-fascist activity have died down to a mere fraction of what they were at the peak of the years of confrontation, 2002-2011. In the following text, a participant in the Russian anti-fascist movement suggests some conclusions about how to train for anti-fascist confrontations.

In publishing this perspective, we aim to facilitate dialogue between those fighting fascism in a variety of conditions all around the world. We believe it is crucial for anti-fascists to learn from history and from each others experience. If the Russian model for anti-fascist action reached its limits based on internal factors, as described below, we should take care not to reproduce those elements in our own organizing. Likewise, we encourage readers to bear in mind the political, social, and legal differences between the Russian and US contexts; youll do no one any good by ending up in prison on weapons charges unless the alternative would have been even worse. In the long run, fascism wont be defeated simply by individual courage or force of arms, but by building a broad-based, participatory movement that addresses the social and economic problems fascists capitalize on to recruit for their organizations.

Antifascist Attitude, a documentary made in 2008. Click on the option for English subtitles.

Introduction from the Author

Unfortunately, this text cannot go into detail about the history of Russian anti-fascism. That text has yet to be written. You can get a general sense from two texts that appeared between 2009 and 2011, before it was obvious that the situation was about to change:

There are a number of reasons why both fascist terror and anti-fascist organizing have drastically diminished in Russia over the past decade. First of all, Russian society is less dysfunctional. During the economic crisis of the 1990s, entire communities were devastated due to drugs and crime; peo...


The Evidence Mounts That ISIS Is Preparing to Disperse the Pneumonic Plague From CIA Supplied Drones "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Evidence Mounts That ISIS Is Preparing to Disperse the Pneumonic Plague From CIA Supplied Drones

The Pneumonic plague, which is essentially a lung-based plague, is always fatal in infected individuals if the pathogen is not immediately treated with extreme medical treatments.

It is accurate to state that some people are in an unwarranted state of panic. Some people are understating the danger. The following paragraphs represent these divergent views and the reader is left to decide for themselves.

A Conservative View of the Threat

I recently received an email from Tim Spencer in which he asserts the following:

It does in fact seem that this strain Pneumonic Plague may, repeat may, have mutated.  Anecdotal reports certainly lead to this possible conclusion.

WHO (World Health Organization) has now publicly stated that the possibility of a pandemic does in fact exist.

The death toll thus far is most likely under reported, particularly from rural areas.

There is no indication that we have seen to lead us to believe that this reportedly new strain is intentionally weaponized it could well be that this plague has simply mutated on its own due to many decades of antibiotic use in patients that would have died from the plague without treatment.



50,000 Children Will Die by the End of the Year in Yemen, Aid Group Warns "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Was Judge Moores Accuser's Yearbook Autograph Forged?, 1888 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

- Wealth365 Summit - online Financial Conference - Jan. 15-20 Call 262-299-6200 or go to Good morning, Im still reporting on: Was Judge Moores Accuser's Yearbook Autograph Forged?, 1888 Synopsis: Well, the coupsters are still busying themselves at the direction of the ministry of propaganda with continuing to undermine any effort to sway the Republican majority in the United States Senate. Weve stayed a mile away from the Judge Roy Moore story because we had a tip that a certain agency had turned against Deep State and was using its intel to expose all the sex pervs supporting it. And thats why there has been this rash of sex exposes. We didnt know if the Roy Moore accusers were part of that outing for some reason so we waited. Now, this entire Roy Moore flock smells more and more like a MOP (Ministry of Propaganda) fiction. Heres the evidence: According to a blog author whose name I probably shouldnt mention out loud lets just call him a military historian who is following these events closely. The Defend-Judge-Roy-Moore group pretty much collapsed yesterday afternoon when, at 2:25, a lady named Beverly Young Nelson, age 56, held a press conference in New York with embattled attorney Gloria Allred alleging Judge Roy Moore sexually harassed her when she was 16 years old. She showed a copy of her high school annual with a purported inscription signed by Roy Moore D.A. Even Judge Jeanine went running for the hills after that. Tonight, Hannity gave Judge Moore 24 hours to fully explain or drop out. But hold on there. This mornings light has called this revelation into serious question. Problem #1: The inscription reads: To a sweeter more beautiful girl, I could not say, Merry Christmas. Signed Roy Moore D.A. Do you remember your high school annual days? Since when did one come out before Christmas. They came out just a month or two before the end of school like April or May. Problem #2: Roy Moore was never a D.A. He was an assistant D.A. Oops!!! But it gets worse. Problem #3: could it be that someone at CNN retouched the part at the top right? So it looks like someone named Roy did write the part on the left, but from Moore on is written in blue ink, not black ink. Duhhhh. Support Our Sponsors: - Nobel Gold: Protect Your Money With Gold - Click Here- Or Call - 877-646-5347 - Jeevy Computers: Move up to business-level computer protection. 800-844-8613 - Trade Genius Academy: Learn the safe, sure way to trade. - Virtual Shield VPN - the easiest way to create a home VPN. Go to: - SeaShell Diamond Gallery, Custom Fine Jewelry Made in Hawaii. 808-338-9988; - PrepareWithBill - Food Storage You Can Depend On. 888-756-8727 - Kangen Water, ionized, alkaline water, Call Tom @ 843-729-7837, web.........


Tillerson, in Myanmar, calls for credible probe of atrocities "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"


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United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (left) and Myanmars State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi during a joint press conference in Naypyidaw on Nov 15, 2017. Photo: AFP

NAYPYITAW (Reuters) U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on Wednesday for a credible investigation into reports of human rights abuses against Rohingya Muslims committed by Myanmars security forces after a meeting with its civilian and military leaders.

More than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh since late August, driven out by a military counter-insurgency clearance operation in Buddhist-majority Myanmars Rakhine State.

A top U.N. official has described the militarys actions as a textbook case of ethnic cleansing.

Were deeply concerned by credible reports of widespread atrocities committed by Myanmars security forces and by vigilantes who were unrestrained by the security forces during the recent violence in Rakhine State, Tillerson told a joint news conference with Aung San Suu Kyi, the head of a civilian administration that is less than two years old and shares power with the military.

Tillerson had earlier held separate talks with Myanmars military chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, whose forces have been accused of atrocities.

A senior U.N. official on Sunday leveled allegations of mass rape, killings and torture against the Myanmar military, known as the Tatmadaw, after a tour of refugee camps in the Coxs Bazar region of neighboring Bangladesh.

Tillerson called for the Myanmar government to lead a credible and impartial investigation and said those who committed abuses should be held responsible.

The recent serious allegations of abuses in Rakhine state demand a credible and impartial investigation and those who commit human rights abuses or violations must be held accountable, he said.

In all my meetings, I have called on the Myanmar civilian government to lead a full and effective independent investigation and for the military to facilitate full access and cooperation.

He also said it was the duty of the military to help the government to meet commitments to ensure the safety and security of all people in Rakhine state.

A posting on Min Aung Hlaings Facebook page said Myanmars military supremo had explained to Tillerson the true situation in Rakhine, the reasons why Muslims fled, how the military was working with the government to deliver aid and the progress made for a repatriation process to be agreed...


Paradises of the earth: activism and film production "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Hamza Hamouchene, producer of the groundbreaking web documentary Paradises of the Earth, talks about the reasons that led him to embark on this amazing project.

Picture by Nadir Bouhmouch. Some rights reserved.Just a few years ago, it never crossed my mind that I would be a producer of a documentary film or a web video series in the context of my work as an activist around issues of extractivism, sovereignty on land and natural resources and environmental justice. I remember then when a friend was surprised by my reluctance to embrace the idea that I should be producing films/videos to further my political activism. Now, you can see that I have changed my mind and realised that videos and pictures can tell a story better than a thousand written words. This change came about when I met Nadir Bouhmouch, a Fanonian and committed filmmaker, whose brilliant work can be inscribed in the tradition of militant cinema that is centred on peoples struggles and issues of justice at the grassroots level.

Based on my experience working on the Maghreb/North Africa region, it has become a conviction of mine that progressive and radical work at a regional level is crucial and indispensable. There are strong historical ties between the people in this region where a uniting vision existed in the past and was promoted by progressive and important anti-colonial figures. Moreover, these countries are all facing an acute assault to open up to multinationals and imperialist capital, resulting in forms of resistance that tend to be similar.

It is for this reason that I am passionate about trying to link up the struggles and different communities and organisations affected by extractivism and neo-colonial plunder of land and resources. And what a better way than organising international solidarity caravans to sites of community resistance against different forms of dispossession?

Throughout my previous visits to sites of fossil-fuel and mining industries in the Maghreb, I saw pollution, environmental destruction, prevalence of various diseases, dispossession and under-development. It is possible to state that the poverty in these areas is related to....


Der neue Besen im chinesischen Politbro kehrt gut ... "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Der neue Besen im chinesischen Politbro kehrt gut :-)

Writing in the partys official mouthpiece, the Peoples Daily, Chen Xi accused some officials of becoming politically and morally degraded and of looking to religion, superstition and perhaps even worse western-style multi-party democracy as their faith in socialism faded.

Some dont believe in Marx and Lenin but believe in ghosts and gods; they dont believe in ideals but believe in sorcery; they dont respect the people but do respect masters, wrote Chen, who was last month handed a spot on Chinas 25-member Politburo.

Infrastrukturapokalypse:In weiten Teilen des Rhein-Main-Gebiets ... "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"


In weiten Teilen des Rhein-Main-Gebiets ist am Morgen 20 Minuten lang die Stromversorgung zusammengebrochen. An der Hochschule Mainz fhrte der Stromausfall zu einem Alarm, in dessen Folge die Tren verriegelt wurden. Auch Ampeln fielen aus.

Venezuela rejects sanctions of the Council of the European Union (Repblica Bolivariana de Venezuela) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

16/11/2017 - Venezuela repudiates decision of the Council of the European Union that seeks to impose sanctions against the People of Venezuela The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela strongly rejects the decision ...


Woman solves mystery of who left flowers at her 12-year-old brother's grave for nearly 70 years "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A mystery man who left flowers at a 12-year-old boy scout's grave for nearly 70 years has been revealed to be a childhood friend who was with him just before he died. Ronald Seymour-Westborough, 84, has been visiting the grave of Karl Sharp, who died in 1947 on a Scouting trip, since he was 18 years-old. He had been on the same trip and shared a tent with him on the night he died. Karl's sister Ann Kear has been trying to find out who the person who still remembered her brother is for several years after noticing flowers and poems left at his final resting place near Cheltenham. She told the BBC it was "brilliant" to discover who was responsible it was Mr Seymour-Westborough from Gloucester.


Jan J. Wijenberg Former Dutch Ambassador: Israel. A Terminally Ill Patient "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Israel a Terminally ill Patient
Jan J. Wijenberg Former Ambassador
for The Netherlands October 2017
The Hague, The Netherlands

Golda Meir:
We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children. We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children. We will only have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us.
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Shadow Foreign Secretary backs down over BBC Panorama links to al-Qaeda and ISIS "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry has retreated from pursuing concerns that BBC licence fee revenue may have been paid to al-Qaeda and ISIS linked jihadi group Ahrar al-Sham.

On 19 August I emailed Ms Thornberry observing that BBC reporter Ian Pannell and cameraman Darren Conway had apparently employed Ahrar al-Sham militants as security during the filming of the 2013 Panorama special Saving Syrias Children.

As noted in my recent presentation for Frome Stop War (from 15:18 below), Ahrar al-Sham was co-founded by one of Osama bin Ladens most trusted couriers, Mohamed Bahaiah. Bahaiah is suspected by Spanish investigators of delivering surveillance tapes of the World Trade Centre to al-Qaedas senior leadership in Afghanistan in 1998.

Less than three weeks before filming on Saving Syrias Children began Ahrar al-Sham were, along with ISIS and al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra, among the key fundraisers, organizers, planners, and executors of attacks in which at least 190 civilians were killed and over 200 mostly women and children were kidnapped. The BBCs own news reports describe Ahrar al-Sham as a hardline Islamist group.

On 3 October Thornberry responded statin...


75 Percent of Reishi Supplements Don't Actually Contain Reishi Mushroom "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Only a quarter of 19 supplement products labeled as Reishi mushroom purchased in the U.S. could be verified as genuine Reishi mushroom, says a new study that highlights quality issues in the category.


Amir Adnani: Gold Insiders Religously Stick With One Strategy (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Bloodsuckers: Seattle council approves tax on Airbnb rentals "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

As Ive told you here, here and here theres never enough money that Seattle demorats cant get their hands on. From Seattle Times: The Seattle City Council voted Monday to tax operators of short-term rentals, such as those Continue reading


Coal Pollution Continues to Spread in Latin America "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

In the November 11 Climate March through the main streets of the German city of Bonn, protesters called for an end to the use of coal as a power source, especially by German companies, such as RWE. Credit: Emilio Godoy / IPS

In the November 11 Climate March through the main streets of the German city of Bonn, protesters called for an end to the use of coal as a power source, especially by German companies, such as RWE. Credit: Emilio Godoy / IPS

Bonn: Despite growing global pressure to reduce the use of coal to generate electricity, several countries in Latin America and the Caribbean still have projects underway for expanding this polluting energy source.

These plans run counter to the climate goals voluntarily adopted by the countries in the region and to the commitment to increase clean and renewable sources, as part of the Paris Climate Agreement, approved in December 2015.

Latn America doesnt have a major global role in the sector, but it does have an influence on the regionColombia (for example) exports lots of coal. The problem is that there are many projects in the pipeline and thats a threat of locking-in dependency for years, Heffa Schucking, head of the non-governmental organisation Urgewald, told IPS in the German city of Bonn.

The Global Coal Exit List (GCEL)...


Are your enterprise leaders digitally literate? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Only 53 percent of surveyed business technology professionals believe their organizations leadership is digitally literate, according to ISACA. The other 47 percent either dont think their business leaders have a solid understanding of technology and its impacts, or are unsure. Digital literacy and receptiveness to emerging technologies among leadership A concerning 47 percent arent confident that their leaders are digitally literate, the data indicates. With nearly a quarter of these same leaders noted as needing More


Jonas Alexis: The Khazarian Mafia in Hollywood Ethics? We Dont Need No Stinkin Ethics "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Khazarian Mafia in Hollywood

If you walk into the film industry and start interviewing people like Eli Roth, you will almost certainly hear incredible and bizarre things. Roth would tell you that he aspires to fu$k up an entire generation[1] through movies.

Abrams declared elsewhere that Jewish involvement in porn is actually is the result of an atavistic hatred of Christian authority: they are trying to weaken the dominant culture in America by moral subversion.[5]


Nehru the Professor and the Revolutionary "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Russian Revolution deeply influenced Jawaharlal Nehru, who saw it as a war cry against imperialism.

Jawaharlal Nehru with President Voroshilov of USSR in New Delhi, 20 January 1960. Credit: Nehru Memorial Library

Jawaharlal Nehru with President Voroshilov of USSR in New Delhi, 20 January 1960. Credit: Nehru Memorial Library

The fortnight gone by marks both the centenary of the Russian Revolution of 1917 as well as Jawaharlal Nehrus 128th birth anniversary. Revolutionary Russia and Nehrus India both seem worlds away in present time. But what do we know of the influence this event of enormous gravity had on Nehru, both around the time it happened and in the following half of the 20th century?

From his letters in Glimpses of World History, it is clear that Nehru saw the October Revolution of 1917 as part of a continuum including the revolutions of 1825, 1905 and indeed, the earlier revolution of March 1917. He saw these revolutions as moments in which the nationalist urges of a people had culminated, and so, these experiences collectively spoke to his own anti-colonial impulses. In the letter titled The Passing Away of Tsardom in Russia, Nehru talks of the cries for freedom in the Russian and French Revolutions as having inspired Indias own cry for freedom from British rule, Inquilab Zindabad...


U.S. seniors struggle more to pay for healthcare compared to other countries "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Steven Reinberg, HealthDay News  |  Nov. 15, 2017 at 9:57 PM

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 A new report finds the availability of health care for U.S. seniors lags behind that of other affluent nations.

Access to insurance isnt an issue, because all Americans 65 and older are covered by Medicare. But Americas seniors are still sicker than the elderly in other countries and are more likely to go without essential care because they cant afford it, according to the Commonwealth Fund study.

Our Medicare is not as generous as comparable insurance in other countries, fund President Dr. David Blumenthal said during a media briefing on Tuesday.

In other countries, government health insurance is not restricted to the elderly, but covers everyone, he said.

The United States is complacent about the value and benefits associated with Medicare, even though its a universal system, Blumenthal said.

We do know that we, as a country, do tolerate higher levels of inequality. Thats most evident in the fact that we underinvest, compared to other countries, in social services and overinvest, despite the lack of generosity of our insurance, in health care, he said.

Providing more social services to the elderly might help reduce the inequality of care, Blumenthal said.

For the study, researchers surveyed older adults about their health care. Participants came from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Almost one-quarter of U.S. seniors didnt go to a doctor in the past year when sick or they didnt get a recommended test or fill a prescription because they couldnt afford it.

In France, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom, no more than 5 percent of older adults skipped care because of costs, the researchers found.

In the United States, 22 percent of seniors spent $2,000 or more on out-of-pocket costs during the past year. The only country with higher out-of-pocket costs was Switzerland, with 31 percent spending more than $2,000 out of pocket.

Among all the ot...


Why did the Tories scrap Amendment 58? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The ever deceptive Tories have continually tried to create the fiction that they have no intention of using Brexit as a Trojan Horse to launch ideologically driven attacks on workers' rights, consumer standards, equal rights legislation, environmental protections, animal welfare laws and the like.

On the evening of November 15th 2017 they proved these promises to be outright lies when they voted against Labour's amendment to add Clause 58 to the EU withdrawal bill.

All Clause 58 sought to do was prevent the Tory-DUP government from bypassing parliament in order to revoke EU derived workers' rights, equal rights, workplace safety legislation, consumer protections, and environmental standards (see image).

The amendment sought to ensure that if the government wants to revoke any of these rights and standards, they must submit legislation to parliament in order to do it, rather than just using Brexit as an excuse to scrap them on the sly with no democratic scrutiny whatever.



Cop caught on video THREE times killing & beating unarmed & innocent people, city foots the bill and he keeps his job "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Last week, the taxpayers of Austin, Texas were forced-for their third time-to pay for the violent actions of officer Eric Copeland of the APD. City council members approved a six-figure settlement to be given to one of many of Copeland's victims. This officer's abuse is so rampant that it has been captured on video a whopping three times. The latest case, which cost the taxpayers $150,000, stems from the arrest of Adrian Aguado, 20, who Copeland tasered for no reason and broke his nose.


Rajasthan Patrika Publishes Blank Edit Column to Protest Media Gag "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The blank editorial, published on National Press Day, highlights the grave threat posed by state governments black law to journalism.

The blank editorial column in the Rajasthan Patrika on National Press Day.

New Delhi: Continuing its protest against the Vasundhara Raje-led BJP government in Rajasthan, Rajasthan Patrika, a leading Hindi daily in the state, left its editorial column  marked by a thick black border  blank, on Thursday. The blank space signalled the dailys opposition to the controversial ordinance (now pending with a legislative committee) imposing restrictions on media and protecting public servants.

In the headline of the blank editorial column, Rajasthan Patrikas Editor-in-chief Gulab Kothari, said that the governments black law poses a grave threat to journalism. With this blank editorial, we studiously oppose the law which has murdered democracy, he wrote.

The editorial staff of the edit page said the blank editorials thick black border was meant to convey the papers resolve to oppose the ordinance and protect the freedom of press,...


The Rent is too Damn High! the development of the first Romanian tenants association "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

An announcement for the opening of the Tenants Association of Cluj, April 2017.

This article was originally published on Bilten.

The title of this text has a long history, originating with the tenants movement in New York City that was tackling the problem of unaffordable rent. I use this phrase because this is the exact feeling that a growing proportion of people living in Cluj-Napoca have when it comes to mounting rental prices in their community. Over the course of the last years, rents have skyrocketed in Romanias second largest city, making it the most expensive city in the country, surpassing even the capital Bucharest.

Hence, students and low-income workers (the bulk of Clujs workforce) find it harder and harder to live in and afford this city. There is this idea that Cluj is a regional creative and innovation hub, yet almost 80% of its workforce earns less than the medium salary and up to 25% work on the minimum salary. Households earning two medium salaries would spend around 40% of their earnings on rent, while households earning the minimal wage would pay up to 80% of what they earn on rent.

For this reason, a group of people, mostly tenants, have organized the countrys first tenants association called the Tenants Association of Cluj (for more information click here). This idea of course is not new, not even for Romania, to our knowledge similar organizations existed in the inter-war period, but it is important to note that contrary to the situation in other countries, there is no possibility to legally have a tenants organization. Yet, before going into more details about this initiative I will try to describe the structural factors that led to this situation in Romanias housing and rental market.

Romanias Housing and Rental Market

Even though this is not the place to develop a lengthy analysis of the housing/rental situation in Romania, some aspects that pertain to the long transition from state socialism to market capitalism need to be brought up in order to better understand the housing situation and subsequently the market dynamics shaping rental prices. Thus, we begin with the fact that Romania is ranked first in Europe when it comes to homeownership, this being the case for the overwhelming majority of the population. 96.5% of the property in the country is owned privately leaving a meager 3.9% representing t...


He would have a "very hard time": Pedophile dwarf avoids prison time "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A pedophile dwarf who groomed two minors through Facebook has avoided going to prison because he would have a "very hard time." Bryan Anthony Bowen, 26, had asked the girls for naked photos and sex. Bowen, of Welshpool, Powys, contacted the children, aged 13 and 15, online. In one message to the older girl, he wrote: "I will f*** you for your birthday present," Mold Crown Court heard. When police searched his laptop, they found he had told the 13-year old that she was "fit as f***."


Something Strange Is Happening to Our Dreams "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Editor's Note: Melissa, the topic of shared dreams is discussed in the book, "The Synchronicity Key: The Hidden Intelligence Guiding the Universe and You," I highly-recommend you read it.

Something Strange Is Happening to Our Dreams


Downbeat-Q&A with Gilad Atzmon: Jazz Traveler with Passion for Politics "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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ByJohn Ephland

 Saxophonist Gilad Atzmon, a former Israeli citizen living in London since 1994, remains a veritable planetary citizen, a traveling artist who fuses his inner jazz urges with a deep passion for the political.

A multi-instrumentalist who plays soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, clarinet and flute, the 54-year-old Atzmon is currently touring off a new book, Being In TimeA Post-political Manifesto (Skyscraper), and three new albums: the alternately straightahead and romantic The Spirit Of Trane (Fanfare Jazz) with the Orient House Ensemble: pianist Frank Harrison, bassist Yaron Stavi, drummer Enzo Zirilli and the Sigamos String Quatet; the lovely and the haunting folk/gypsy jazz of Talinka (MoonJune) with vocalist Tali Atzmon, multi-instrumentalist Jenny Bliss Bennett (violin, viola, flute and vocals) and Stavi, Harrison and Zirilli; and World Peace Trio (Enja) with Dwiki Dharmawan on piano and synthesizers and Kamal Musallam on oud, guitar and MIDI guitar (also featuring Ade Rudiana on kendang, frame drummer Nasser Salameh and drummer Asaf Sirkis).

He evokes the image of a soul man with ideas, spurred on by a love affair that began when he was a teen growing up in Jerusalem.

Charlie Parker looms large in your musical life.

I fell in love with jazz when, one evening in my late teens, I heard Charlie Parker With Strings. I think it was Birds rendition of Laura. That omnipotent saxophone flying effortlessly over the lush string orchestration left an incredible impression on me. The next day, instead of going to school I went to Piccadilly Records, the one and only music shop in Jerusalem, and bought everything they had with Charlie Parker, three vinyl albums. A week later I rented a sax.


All gain, no pain? the Chancellors cunning tax plan "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

British politics is odd these days. But even by current standards something very unusual looks set to happen in next weeks Budget. A basic rule of British politics is that tax rises tend to happen soon after a general election, with the Chancellor betting that well all have forgotten about them when the next election comes around. Philip Hammond may well be about to shred that rule with the Treasury considering plans for tax rises that would take place just a few months before the next General Election is due in 2022.

Some Conservative MPs will say that shows the Chancellor doesnt understand the rules of politics. But there is more than one rule of politics. Another key rule, to paraphrase Lyndon B Johnson, is that you never call a vote before you can win it.

Faced with the twin challenges of a looming economic downgrade from the Office for Budget Responsibility and spending commitments from the Prime Minister, the Chancellor looks set to see a significant reduction in the headroom he has against his main fiscal rule to reduce cyclically-adjusted public sector net borrowing to below 2% of GDP by 2020-21.

Raising revenue from additional taxation is the obvious way to square that circle without looking like youve given up on the whole fixing the public finances thing. The only difficulty is that the self-employed NICs debacle earlier this year showed that the Chancellor cant currently win a vote on even the most innocuous of tax rises.

But while you cant put up taxes without a vote (something American independence taught us a while back), you can control the timing of one. Heres how.

The Chancellor is looking at policy proposals for the Budget to freeze the Personal Tax Allowance (PTA) and higher rate threshold (HRT) once he has met the Conservative Party manifesto commitment to raise them to 12,500 and 50,000 respectively. This could raise serious amounts of cash.

If the Chancellor does nothing else those thresholds are set to reach nearly 13,000 and 51,000 respectively in April 2022, due to faster than expected inflation (the thresholds are automatically uprated in line with Septembers inflation rate the following April). Instead of allowing that to happen, a policy of freezing the PTA & HRT once they hit the manifesto pledges would raise 3.1 billion a year in 2022-23.

Actually making the tax rise happen is a whole other ball game but crucially one where kick-off is very very delayed. Thanks to the Rooker-Wise amendment back in 1977 it takes primary legislation to prevent income tax thresholds rising in line with inflation. But that primary legislation does not need to be passed when the announcement is made...


Why Are Some Similar Sheds So Different In Price "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

This is a guest post from Whatshed When looking for a shed, you may be amazed at the huge difference in prices that there are. We have joined forces once again with Jason at WhatShed and he is going to share with you why sheds that are the same price can differ so much in...

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BREAKING: Five dead in Lagos-Ibadan expressway crash, 16 vehicles involved "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

5 persons have been confirmed dead in the early morning crash on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway in the early hours of Thursday.   19 persons have also injured apart from the one male and four females that died. 53 persons made up of 40 men and 13 women were involved in the accident, with 11 men and eight women injured.   The crash which involved 16 vehicles happened at the Kara Bridge along the expressway.   The vehicles involved were BDG27AA Nissan bus white; GGE818XC Daf truck white; XS216KSF Nissan Cabstar...

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The medical police state has arrived in California: Mother threatened with ARREST for refusing to vaccinate her children "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The medical police state has arrived in California: Mother threatened with ARREST for refusing to vaccinate her children by: Lance D Johnson  Natural News Californias unconscionable vaccine mandate law (SB 277) went into effect July 1, 2016. The law eliminates parental...

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How to use a here documents to write data to a file in bash script "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

How do I use a heredoc redirection feature (here documents) to write data to a file in my bash shell scripts?


To Avoid Debacles Like Roy Moore, Repeal The 17th Amendment "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

With less than a month to go before Alabamas special election to fill the Senate seat left vacant by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Republican candidate Roy Moore refuses to quit the race amid fallout over credible allegations of sexual assault dating from the 1970s, including that he initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32.

Some polls still show Moore leading his Democratic opponent Doug Jones, while a poll conducted by the National Republican Senate Committee earlier this week shows Moore trailing Jones by 12 points.

Senate Republicans are calling on Moore to withdraw from the race, saying hes unfit to serve and threatening not to seat him if hes elected, but Moore isnt backing down. His campaign has called the allegations a politically motivated witch hunt and Moore has vowed to stay in the race, which means theres still a chance the people of Alabama might elect him to the U.S. Senate.

All of this could have been avoided if wed just repealed the Seventeenth Amendment.

Good Reasons for Allowing States to Elect Senators

The Seventeenth Amendment says U.S. senators must be elected by popular vote, instead of by state legislatures. Adopted in 1913 during the height of the Progressive Era, the amendment supersedes the provisions in the Constitution that required senators to be elected by state legislatures.

The idea that state legislatures would elect senators might seem odd nowadays, but creating some distance between the popular vote and the election of senators was crucial to the Founders grand design for the republic. The original idea, spelled out in The Federalist Papers, was that the people would be represented in the House of Representatives and the states would be represented in the Senate. Seats in the House were therefore apportioned according to population while every state, no matter how large its populace, got two seats in the Senate.

The larger concept behind this difference was that Congress needed to be both national and federal in order to reflect not just the sovereignty of the people but also the sovereignty of the states against the federal government. In Federalist No. 62, James Madison explained that Congress shouldnt pass laws without the concurrence, first, of a majority of the peo...


Why We Shouldnt Convict Roy Moore In The Court Of Public Opinion Just Yet "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

If true. These are the two most important words that arent appearing anywhere amid the allegations of sexual misconduct against Roy Moore, the Republican former judge running in the December special election for the Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Last Thursday, an allegationa statement unsupported by additional evidence or proofsurfaced in a Washington Post article claiming that Moore, as a 32-year-old adult, had a relationship with a 14-year-old girl almost 40 years ago in 1979. Since then, a new allegation has also been leveled, accusing Moore of attempted rape. Seven women now accuse Moore of sexual misconduct decades ago, three for dating relationships in their late teens.

If true, no one on either side should defend such conduct as morally or legally permissible. But those important words arent appearing anywhere in any context over the past week, and I have been saying long before the Moore story broke that due process matters amidst any allegation, even in the court of public opinion.

Yet the mainstream media has since gone nuts, with pundits and politicians on both sides of the political spectrum calling for Moore step down from his Senate race, apparently believing the allegations immediately. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has led the call to rescind endorsements, saying, I believe the women, and Sen. Corey Gardner (R-CO), chair of the National Republican Senate Committee, said in a statement that the allegations prove Moore is unfit for office.

A few have responded with defenses of Moore, including Alabama state auditor Jim Ziegler, who invoked what can only be described as a crazy defense: prominent adult male biblical figures had relationships with teenage girls too. This defense appears just as much politically motivated and is another quick assessment without verification.

What Standard to Use for Accusations Against You?

What all of this....


FLASHBACK: Top 10 most expensive works of art sold at auction - Pictures "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Salvator Mundi, the long-lost Leonardo da Vinci painting of Jesus Christ has sold at Christie's in New York for $450.3m, shattering the world record for any work of art sold at auction. Here are the other nine most expensive works to go under the hammer


While Three Transgenders Celebrate Election Victories, Detransitioners Tell A Different Story "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Democrat Danica Roem defeated incumbent Del.Robert G. Marshall (R) on November 7 and became Virginias first openly transgender elected official.

Roems fundraising numbers more than doubled Marshalls, in part due to nationwide support from pro-LGBT groups, including the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). Roems top donor, who individually contributed $180,000 (almost a quarter of the total raised), was Chris Abele, a major contributor to liberal causes and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) advocacy groups.

The political power of the LGBTQ rainbow carried the day in electing Roem. If the candidate had been Dan Roem, few across the nation would have noticed his candidacy. This election result shows that the LGBTQ rainbow and the HRC are strong forces in the Democratic Party today. Roem was not the only trans person ushered into office on Tuesday. Minneapolis elected two openly transgender people to city council, Andrea Jenkins and Phillipe Cunningham.

Trans candidates can take advantage of the identity politics in play today. Social justice warrior appeal and the ability to gather national financial support makes it challenging for contenders in local races to compete. Candidates who dont embody some special identity appear unappealingly old-fashioned and socially out of touch.

What Makes a Transgender Person?

The LGBTQ lobby is waving the rainbow victory flag and the U.S. media celebrates. But no one celebrates when a transgender person realizes that the trans life is not for him. No courage awards are given to regretters who want to leave their medically induced gender and live again as their genetically coded birth sex, a process called detransitioning or retransitioning. It typically is arduous, both emotionally and physically. Surgeries and years of taking cross-gender hormones have physical consequences that cant be reversed.

In the ten years I have been interviewing and working with transgender people who regret their transitions, I have found, to my amazement, one common thread in the stories of all. Each has some form of....


After Rabbits, The Next Menu Item For Venezuelas Socialist-Driven Food Crisis Might Be Lassie "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Remember the episode of Lassie where a Park Ranger dictator attempts to take over the town to collectivize all the farms? Oh, you dont?

Like usual, Lassie runs up to Timmy and barks a warning that the do-gooder youngin is amazingly able to decipher. Whats that, girl? Trouble at the Maduro ranch? Theres no food since the red shirts expropriated all the means of production? Come to think of it, girl, I havent eaten in weeks. Boy, I never noticed until just now how thick and juicy your hind legs are

At first blush, it sounds far-fetched. But in the topsy-turvy terror-land that is Nicolas Maduros Venezuela, a storyline like Lassie for Lunch may become as commonplace as a caudillo in a blood-red button-down. Fear not, though, ye blighted boosters of Bolivarianism! Where theres a will to power, theres a way to protein intake.

The Rabbit Plan Is No Joke

Venezuelas new plan to stem starvation is called plan conejothe rabbit plan. It sounds like a Donnie Darko sequel, or a trick football play like the flea flicker. I assure you, though, the rabbit plan is very real. Just ask Venezuelan minister of urban agriculture, Freddy Bernal.

We want people to stop seeing these [rabbits] as pets and start seeing them as what they really are, two kilograms of meat full of protein. Boy, if I had a quarter for every time Ive said pretty much the same thing. Honey, I want you to stop seeing me as your husband and start seeing me for what I am: 90 kilograms of kosher beef full of protein.

I wonder whether Bernal will be able to sell the same line when there are no animals left to eat. When even the bones of mutilated buffalo and wild pigs are no longer found stripped inside of zoo cages, when one day not even the offal of a black horse inside its enclosure remains, whats next on the menu for Venezuelans?

Welcome to Chateau Maduro. Today, we have a pairing of a roasted slum-dwelling field hand, along with a nice Cuban port. I know it sounds like some low-rent Hannibal Lecter reduxSilence of the Rabbitsbut you cant rule these things out. In the past century, famine has turned to such foul feasting quite often.

Why Dont Capitalist Economies Feature Cannibalism?

Theres a list of ten famines that, by the end of their starvation horrors, ended with the afflicted cannibalizing one another. More than half were caused by economic dislocation of the k...


10 Ways You Can Start Prepping For Your Thanksgiving Meal Now "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

You dont need Martha Stewarts skills to execute an impressive meal for the in-laws this holiday season. All you need is a plan.

If youre waiting until Thanksgiving Day, or even the day before, to start working on your familys feast, youre doing it wrong. There are many simple steps you can take in the coming days to reduce the amount of stress and time spent in the kitchen next Thursday. Here are a few of them.

1. Clean Out the Refrigerator and Freezer

Youll want to make room, and not just for the massive haul of groceries youre about to bring home. Youll need sufficient space to keep large dishes that youve made in advance, plus plenty of room for the leftovers.

2. Get Your Knives Sharpened

This sounds like an unnecessary chore, but if its been awhile, or maybe the first time ever, you will notice a difference. Not only will sharpening your knives make turkey carving easier, but all the tedious veggie chopping will be a breeze. Especially for that notoriously tough butternut squash.

3. Get Organized

Pull out your dusty serving dishes to clean them up and make sure you have what you need. Ive already had one friend ask if I have an extra roasting pan big enough for a turkey she can borrow. If you dont have a pan either, pick up a heavy-duty foil one. Getting together your extra mixing bowls and storage containers isnt a bad idea either.

4. Get Your Bird Now

If you havent already ordered your fresh turkey, or picked up your frozen one, do it this Saturday. Stash your frozen turkey in the refrigerator so it can begin defrosting. It will take about six hours per pound to thaw. There is always hell to pay for those who forget this step. No ice baths, salt brines, prayers, or seances can thaw a frozen turkey at the last minute (If you do want to brine your turkey, youll want to do this on Tuesday so it can be submerged for 24 hours).

5. The Freezer Is Your Best Friend

There are a number of items that you can make in the weeks before, thanks to the magic of freezing. Freeze your pie dough in a disc, or roll it out to fit your pie plate and freeze the whole pan. Make homemade turkey stock, or even the dinner rolls and throw them in there. Make your cranberry sauce and it will keep in the fridge for two weeks.

6. Measure It Out

There are never enough measuring cups, mixing bowls, or spoons in a Thanksgiving kitchen. They get used once then lost in the abyss of a dirty sink. An easy way to remedy this in the days before is to measure out dry mixes for various desserts, pie fillings, and dressing. Put the dry ingredients for a recipe together in a jar or Tupperware and label them so all you have to do is add the wet ingredient...


What Murder On The Orient Express Has To Offer Mystery Audiences "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Its a multiplex mystery: Who killed the whodunit? Writing at Cracked, David Christopher Bell named 2001s Gosford Park the last good whodunit film. I would add Edgar Wrights Hot Fuzz (2007) to his depressingly short list of such movies that appeared this millennium. In an era where even the 1985 flop Clue (based on the board game) is remembered fondly by fans of the genre starved for big-screen content, perhaps we should be grateful to see one up there at all, even a repeat performance.

Thats the other mystery hovering over the new Murder on the Orient Express: Why? It already exists as a perfectly entertaining, if slightly inert, 1974 movie starring Albert Finney as Agatha Christies famous creation, Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. Chalk up Murders inexplicable existence to the ingenuity and independent spirit of actor-director Kenneth Branagh, whose quirky career as a film actor and director ranges from Shakespeare to Thor to Wild Wild West. Branagh both directs Murder on the Orient Express and stars as Poirot.

Probably everyone knows the set-up, and the solution. There are no spoilers here, if one can actually spoil a 43-year-old movie, made from an 83-year-old book, by one of the best-selling authors in history. Poirot joins a dozen other passengers on the luxury long-distance train The Orient Express, making its way across Europe. A murder occurs, a convenient avalanche leaves the passengers stuck with the killer on board, and its up to Poirot to solve the seemingly impossible crime.

Bell provided a useful definition of a properly executed whodunit: At its purest, it takes place in a small location, preferably with characters who are unable to leave. There should be at least one mustache. Or in the case of Branaghs Poirot, several, all worn at the same time.

Since We All Know the Plot, Its About Execution

Departing from the book, the new Orient opens in Jerusalem with a literally jokey scene in which a fussy, perhaps obsessive-compulsive Poirot solves a minor puzzle involving a priest, an imam, and a rabbi. Poirot then fatefully boards the Orient Express in Istanbul, before murder and avalanche intervene.

A few scenes in the middle try to ratchet up the menace and tension, and Branagh shoots his suspects through beveled train windows, the distortion meant to cast suspicion. Screenwriter Michael Green collapses t...


House Tax Bill Throttles Renewable Energy, Hugs Big Oil "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Just a few months ago, the American Petroleum Institute (API) released a set of Tax Reform Principles to guide federal policymakers. API, the trade group for the oil and gas industry, urged that Congress, in enacting tax code changes, should not pick winners and losers Specifically, within the energy sector we believe that any new tax system should not favor one form of energy at the expense of others.

The tax bill approved by the House Ways and Means Committee last week and set for a vote today, does just that. And yet, API seems quite happy with it. API President Jack Gerard called the bill a bold step to sustain US economic growth, spur strong energy investment, and create American jobs.

Its not difficult to understand the APIs joy. The House tax bill would sharply cut incentives for investment in alternative energy, while retaining most of the tax subsidies for oil and gas development. The cuts help the House pay for its proposed $1.5 trillion tax cut that some economists claim would primarily benefit corporations and wealthy individuals.

The proposed tax changes also could increase investment in fossil fuels, at a time when the rest of the world seeks to reduce carbon emissions to address the harmful effects of climate change.

Conferring these benefits on dirty energy companies while simultaneously maintaining their special tax favors and slashing tax benefits for clean energy technologies is a crime against the future, charged Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, in an email to WhoWhatWhy.

In a recent letter...


Why The War On Hypocrisy Wont Resolve Anything "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Politico reports that the GOP voting base in Alabama has been galvanized by accusations against Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore. Whereas the Senate race was once nothing to be particularly enthusiastic about, voters are offering a furious defense of their man.

Its curious how this works. Accusations of misconduct surface, and instead of carefully weighing the facts and considering the besmirching of a mans character, warriors draw their swords. The Right cries, It must not be true! and the Left auto-fills the guilty verdict. But featured prominently and predictably among the immediate reactions are cries of hypocrisy. What about Weinstein? What about Weiner? What about Clinton? What about Kennedy? The list of cases in which leftist misconduct was swept under the rug is lengthy, and a perfect shield for the tribal warriors.

The etymology of the word hypocrisy suggests its origin in Attic Greek. At one point it meant to play a part on stage. But you mightnt guess that the second half of the term is earlier derived from a word (krinein) meaning to sieve or to discriminate, distinguish. Thats whats missing from the political charade of 2017. From molehills to mountains, any event can be staged as a premium example of hypocrisy. Especially given our modern technology, we have decades of words and pictures that can be summoned at the click of mouse to make our case that an individual or institution is despicably hypocritical.

Hypocrisy Is Just Another Stick for Beating Your Enemy

Its open season in politics for ripping off the masks. Disgraced former Rep. Tim Murphy, who had apparently pressured his mistress to have an abortion in the midst of an unfounded pregnancy scare, is a recent example. You say one thing and do another, and that is license for the commentariat (and the Twitter mob, for that matter) to try to discredit an entire movement.

Now, allegations of sexual misconduct would fall in the mountain category, and should be dealt with seriously and consistently. Yet along the whole range of hills the streams of commentary rush through partisan valleys. Any criticism is just an opportunity to punch back, harder. Hypocrisy offers the best angle of attack. Seeing as how the political tribes are more interested in defending their man than....


Why Millions Of Families Have Spent 30 Years With Adventures In Odyssey "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

When Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Colorado Springs this summer to speak at Focus on the Family, the staff and their families packed out the chapel auditorium. The former Indiana congressman referred to current political battles, including health care reform. But one anecdote, which got knowing glances and laughs from the Focus crowd, made little sense to reporters in attendance.

Every time we took the 600-mile drive from Washington, D.C. back to Indiana, I can promise you we spent an awful lot of time with Connie, Eugene and Whit at Whits End, said Pence. The adventures in Odyssey were our adventures. And I remember so often the kids saying, Put in another tape.

Pence was referring to the characters of Adventures in Odyssey, an audio drama that has gone from cassette tapes to its own mobile app and a podcast climbing iTunes charts. This month, the values-driven show marks 30 years since it premiered.

Whether due to a dearth of family-friendly entertainment, 80s nostalgia, or the surprisingly broad reach of radio, millions are tuned in to Adventures in Odyssey. Seeking to entertain as well as teach, the audio drama has become todays most influential faith-based kids entertainment franchise. As such, its also a flashpoint for the clash of values playing out in the culture at large.

How the Adventures in Odyssey Began

Focus on the Family came into being in 1977 as a radio show hosted by University of Southern California child psychologist James Dobson, Ph.D. His half-hour program dispensed marriage and parenting advice while interviewing a variety of expert guests, often addressing how to handle life crises in light of Christian principles. The non-profit ministry soon became a touch point for the diverse evangelical community.

Challenged by a guest minister on-air to light a candle rather than curse the darkness, Dobson saw his teams strengths in reaching a mass audience with top-notch radio. Could they produce a dramatic, half-hour audio show geared to kids?

We werent entirely convinced it was going to work, says Paul McCusker, a writer and producer for Adventures in Odyssey since its inception. At the time Odyssey started, we were dealing with the MTV generation, he recalls. We knew we were up against a visual reality and our medium could work against us.

Yet Dobson had established a built-in audience of families who connected with his conservative values. Religious radio stations were also on the rise, partly thanks to the Christian musi...


Massachusetts Senate Passes Bill To Codify Obama-Era Sex Assault Policies "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Massachusetts State Senate has passed a bill that would essentially codify the harmful campus sexual assault policies written into federal regulations under President Barack Obama. California Gov. Jerry Brown recently vetoed a similar bill.

The Massachusetts bill isnt much different than policies the Obama administration enacted in 2011 and have since been rescinded by U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. These guidelines enshrine unfairness for students accused of sexual assault. While colleges were told what they must provide for accusers, they werent told what they needed to provide for the accused, other than a fair proceeding. This led to remarkably unfair playing fields for both parties.

The Massachusetts bill simply restates most of the Obama-era guidance, that both sides need equal access to an advocate or lawyer and presenting evidence. The problem is that under the Obama rules there were no repercussions for schools that only allowed accusers these resources, unless the accused student could afford to sue the school.

The bill also provides some things for accusers that it does not for the accused, such as a confidential resource officer who will tell the accuser about counseling and accommodations. These accusations can be extremely stressful, especially for an innocent person. Many accused students have needed counseling (and have attempted or committed suicide).

Prosecution Based on Anonymous Complaints

The part of the bill that hurts due process the most, however, is allowing accusers to report anonymously. Unless a school only provides accommodations for the accuser (which may be the case), it should not be able to prosecute an accused student without him or her even knowing what the accusation is or who is making it.

Regarding Browns veto, he wrote he was not prepared to codify additional requirements in reaction to a shifting federal landscape, when we havent yet ascertained the full impact of what we recently enacted. He was referring to Californias adoption of a yes means yes definition of consent for sexual encounters, which basically turns sex into an impossible question-and-answer session. That, coupled with the campus culture the Obama administrations rules fostered, made it more likely that a false accusation would occur and an accused student would be railroaded.

If Massachusetts enacts this bill, it would be disastrous for students in the state. Considering...


Opposing Female Mutilation Should Be Something All Americans Can Unite Behind "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Beyonc has often been controversial, but her recent video deserves unanimous applause for raising awareness of how girls are still treated as second-class citizens in too much of the world, where violence, female genital mutilation, and child marriage are too often the norm.

American women on the Right and the Left may have different opinions about tax policy, governments role in regulating the workplace, and the size of the social safety net. But we should be able to speak with one voice on this: Women and girls everywhere deserve basic human rights and to be free from violence and exploitation.

We should call on American leaders to prioritize encouraging countries around the globe to recognize womens human rights and make progress toward womens full and equal participation in society. U.S. policy leaders should also double down on their commitment to ensuring that we dont import some of the worst practices from overseas into our borders.

A Place to Start: Combating Female Genital Mutilation

The World Health Organization estimates that at least 200 million women and girls have experienced female genital mutilation (FGM), the term for the practice of cutting, removing, or otherwise damaging female genitalia. The purpose of FGM is simple: to prevent girls and women from the potential of experiencing sexual pleasure, and therefore to discourage sex outside of marriage. There is no medical benefit to this practice. Rather, it results in severe medical complications that can affect a woman for a lifetime.

If feminism stands for anything, it ought to be unequivocally against this abhorrent practice that violates womens human rights and dignity, and seeks to render female bodies as vessels for mens enjoyment, while denying women any of their own.

Rates of FGM in some parts of Africa are staggering: According to this report by the General Accounting Office, in Egypt, Sudan, Mali, Guinea, and Somalia, more than 80 percent of women between the ages 15 and 49 have reported undergoing FGM. Turning these countrys laws and customs away from this practice will be no easy feat. It should be a diplomatic priority to develop strategies to outlaw this custom and to educate leaders on the significant negative effects it has on women and society.

We also need to prevent this practice from being imported to America, and to prevent American citizens from being forced to undergo FGM elsewhere around the globe.

Preventing FGM in the USA

There is no solid data on how many girls or women in the United States...


Fruit With Alternative Beauty "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"


And now for something completely different:

Morrisons to sell wonky pomegranates to meet rising demand

Fruit will come in different sizes and have blemishes but will cost 30p, compared to average 74p in UK supermarkets

A UK supermarket is to be the first to sell misshapen or wonkypomegranates, in order to keep prices down in the face of surging demand from consumers.

Packs of four will be sold in Morrisons for 1.20 equivalent to 30p per fruit when the average price of a pomegranate in UK supermarkets is 74p.

Demand for the exotic fruit has increased as a result of discussion of its health benefits, the UKs fourth largest supermarket said. Pomegranates contain antioxidants and vitamins and ar...


Israel Sees Rising Threat From Iran After ISIS "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Like Islamic State, Iran and Hezbollah call for Israels destructionbut they have greater military capability

Nov. 16, 2017 5:30 a.m. ET

JERUSALEMWhile much of the world celebrates the impending defeat of Islamic State, Israeli officials look at Syria and see little reason for joy. To them, a lesser enemy is being supplanted by a far more dangerous oneIran and its allies.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is consolidating control, and his forcesaided by Iran and the Lebanese militia Hezbollahare eliminating Islamic States final pockets in the country while inching closer to the Israeli-held Golan Heights.

Every place we see ISIS evacuating, we see Iran taking hold, warned Sharren Haskel, an Israeli lawmaker from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus Likud party. We have been dealing with this threat of Iran through Hezbollah on our northern border [with Lebanon], and we would not want to see the same setup on our Syrian border.

Like Islamic State, Iran and Hezbollah call for Israels destruction. But unlike Islamic State, they have the military capability to pursue that goal.

With the Israeli-Lebanese border largely quiet since the devastating war between Israel and Hezbollah in 2006, Iran and its allies dont disguise their desire to open a second front in Syria.

Irans goal is clear: to establish regional hegemony in the Middle East and to surround Israel from all directions, said Naftali Bennett, Israels education minister, who heads a right-wing religious party allied with Likud and sits in the countrys security cabinet. Weve made it clear this is unacceptable and indeed, we will act to prevent it.

To Israel, thats a strategic challenge much more severe than anything Islamic State could do.......


Sanity arrives? Owen Jones in todays Guardian. "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

At last!   Sanity emerges on the British Left !! Now that socialism is re-emerging as a political force that can no longer be ignored or ridiculed, the struggle for more time for leisure, family and relaxation should be linked to broader fights. Increased public ownership of the economy should be structured to create more worker []


Edward Herman, co-author of Manufacturing Consent dead at 92 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Edward Herman, the co-author (with Noam Chomsky) of Manufacturing Consent, has died. He was 92. His work has never been more relevant. Manufacturing Consent was a kind of bible of media criticism for a generation of dissident thinkers. The book described with great clarity how the system of private commercial media in America cooperates with state power to generate propaganda.


Thursday: Co-Hosting Bloomberg Radio 7-10 am "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

click for live radio   I am back in the studio this morning, co-hosting with Tom Keene for the full show today. Our line up looks like this: 7:00 Kathy Fisher, AB Bernstein Private Wealth Management Head of Wealth and Investment Strategies, on Markets 7:30 5 Things You Need to Know 8:18 Mickey Levy, Berenberg Chief

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The First Lumens ATM is Introduced in Singapore During the Fintech Festival "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Cryptocurrency ATMs are a vital part of the ecosystem right now. these machines allow people to conveniently purchase Bitcoin and select altcoins. It now appears there is at least one ATM which also supports Stellar Lumens. Until now, there was no indication XLM support would be integrated by any companies. Most of the details are still secret, but the machine seemingly works just fine.

It is good to see more currencies getting ATM support these days. More specifically, a lot of companies focus on Bitcoin and a few different altcoins. Stellar Lumens are not on that list so far. That doesnt prevent the team from showcasing their XLM ATM at the Singapore Fintech Festival, though. Opening a new fiat gateway for XLM is a big step forward.All cryptocurrencies need more liquidity, especially in the world of fiat currencies.

The First Stellar Lumens ATM is Born

In a way, Stellar got a big leg up over Ripple in this regard. Whereas most speculators bought some XRP this year, they largely ignored XLM. It now seems obtaining Lumens will be a lot easier in this regard. Although this machine may not necessarily become accessible by the public, it sets an interesting precedent.  How all of this will play out after the festival, remains to be determined, though.

Most of the specifics of this Lumens ATM have yet to be worked out. We dont know who built it or how it works exactly. It may be a two-way machine, for all we know. Nor is there any indication as to when and how many of these machines will come to........


An Interactive Map of Every Record Shop in the World "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Arriving in a new city usually means finding the nearest decent grocery, pharmacy, coffee shop, bookstore, laundry, etc. And before nearly every musical whim could be satisfied with a few clicks, it also meant for many people finding the nearest record store. Even the local strip mall chain might hold a surprise or two. But the true finds appeared among the small proprietors, merchandisers of dusty LPs in wooden bins and keepers of local music scene lore. Entering a well-curated music shop can feel like walking into a medieval apothecary. Whatever ails you, youre sure to find a remedy here. If it doesnt work, there remains a certain magic in the transaction. We continue to believe in music even when it lets us down.

But have we lost faith in the record shop? I hope not. Online streaming and buying has the regrettable effect of flattening everything into the same two dimensions without the aura of physical media and the musical paraphernalia we find in real life stores. Should you be among the unlucky who lack a local music store, fear not.

You can recover the romance by traveling to any one of the thousands of shops worldwide that are catalogued and mapped on VinylHub, a crowd-sourced endeavor, Ron Kretsch writes at Dangerous Minds, "to create an interactive map of every brick-and-mortar record store on Earth, a perfect resource for the world-traveling vinyl obsessive.

Brought to us by masterminds behind Discogs and their similar spin-off online catalogs for books, movies, etc., this project might get us out of our chairsmaybe even out the countryand into new places to dig through the crates. But even if were not inclined to leave the house, VinylHub offers a wealth of fascinating information. The single city with the large...


Recommended: Omri Ziegele Wheres Africa Going South "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

  Going South has got plenty of groove, but this isnt a dance album, per se.  Because the newest from Omri Ziegele Wheres Africa trio has got a soft touch of introspection and a strong dose of volatility to accompany its predominately joyful sound.  Afreaka threatens to come apart at the seams, and the cadence []


10 Tips for Buying a Sofa Online "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

This post is written in partnership with Lamps Plus. All opinions are my own.

We recently got a new sofa from an unexpected source...Lamps Plus! And we bought it online without ever sitting in it. Do you think we're crazy??? I admit, I was definitely nervous to get such a major piece of furniture without seeing it in person first...but it turned out perfect, and we have no regrets. Being willing to shop online really opens up your options, especially if you live in a smaller city (Spokane doesn't have many of the national furniture chains). Plus, there are so many online-only furniture companies these days, it's definitely worth looking into them. But I know it can be nerve-wracking to get something that expensive online, so I wanted to share my best tips for success!


1. Sit in other sofas. We've been thinking about getting a new sofa for years, so every time we go to a store that sells furniture, we sit in a few and see what feels comfortable. Before we even started looking online, we already knew our ideal style (English roll arm) and ideal dimensions (at least 85" wide and 40" deep). If you're looking at a sofa online, go to a furniture store in your city that has comparable pieces, and sit in some sofas that are similar in style and have similar dimensions. Even if they're not the exact same as the one you're considering, it should help you get an idea of whether that depth feels good, whether those arm rests are a good height, etc.

2. Compare the details to brands you know. Besides comparing measurements, you can also compare other product details to brands you're familiar with. Our old sofa was from Pottery Barn, so we literally went through and compared the bullet points for our old sofa and the new one we were considering. Is the frame hardwood? What are the cushions filled with? These details will help you compare the quality across brands, to see whether you're really getting a good deal or just a lesser-quality sofa. For the record, the Lamps Plus sofa we got held up in comparison very well--it has a kiln-dried hardwood frame, hand-tied 8-way heavy gauge steel springs, and a blend of polyester and feather filled back cushions that are channel-sewn for durability.



Russia strongly criticises Corbyns future acceptance speech "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

How can a man set to increase his majority in Islington North by 4242 votes including 789 proxies think we care about British so-called-free elections? said a Kremlin spokesman. Mr Corbyn should concentrate on what he does best; whistling the Internationale every time he poos, and reading the Daily Express in the cupboard under the stairs where he thinks no-one can see him.

The Kremlin also denied all knowledge of the surprise Belgian Christmas number one (a military march from St Petersburg), the winning ticket of the Sutton Grammar School Christmas Raffle (belongs to one V Putin), and the Great British Bake Off 2018 announcement (to be won by someone called Natasha who only speaks Russian, wears a wig and cites bare-chested horse riding as her hobby).

The draft speech, kept under Mr Corbyns bed in a red Huntley & Palmers biscuit tin, is thought to contain the phrase at least we won fair and square, not like Donald Trump.  Its ridiculous to suggest we mess with everything, said the spokesman, you Brits are quite capable of screwing things up yourselves.  Besides, Agent Leith works for the Americans since she swapped sides.


Research Finds Popular Coffee Maker That is FULL of Bacteria & Mold "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Attention coffee drinkers: your Keurig coffee machine might be making you sick.

Local CBS news affiliates have reported that Keurig machines are often a disgusting bacteria breeding ground.

According to recent tests performed by CBS stations in Pittsburgh, Dallas, and Chicago, Keurig coffee machines came back with findings of E. coli, staphylococcus, streptococcus and pseudomonas aeruginosa and other bacteria festering inside.

The news outlets swabbed various parts of 29 Keurig coffee makers and sent samples to a lab to be analyzed. More than half of the machines came back with bacteria counts in the millions, according to CBS Pittsburgh.

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The Tuskegee Experiment at 45: Have Public-Health Programs Been Vindicated? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By: Dale Steinreich

November 16, 2017 marks the forty-fifth anniversary of the federal memorandum that ended the Tuskegee syphilis experiment. In 1932, the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) enrolled 600 indigent black-male sharecroppers in the study who were residents of Macon County, Alabama. 

The study subjects were promised, among other services, free treatments for "bad blood" (a term that included the symptoms of anemia and lethargy as well as syphilis), treatments for other minor illnesses, and free burial if they agreed to an autopsy after their deaths. Of the 600 subjects, 399 were found to be infected with syphilis, while 201 were not.

The main controversy surrounds the arrival of penicillin in 1947. As a cure for syphilis, the Tuskegee researchers not only ignored it, they allegedly kept their subjects in the dark about it and prevented them, where possible, from being treated with it in other public-health programs in Macon County.

The Counter-narrative

Some political moderates and progressives are bitter about the mainstream account of Tuskegee because it has to some degree fostered suspicion of public-health programs, which they enthusiastically support. While there has been a counter-narrative about Tuskegee since its end, a renewed one has gained strength since Benedek and Erlen (1999).

Counter-narrative proponents point out that the study's title (Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male) reinforces in part that the study was an examination of men with late-stage dormant syphilis who were not contagious and who had the infection for five or more years. A 1950 report from the study itself documents that of 410 infected subjects selected from 1931-32 and 1932-33, 178 were in fact given the standard treatment of the time, neoarsphenamine.

The standard treatments of the day, arsenical compounds, were toxic (and as such had many adverse side effects), required a regimen that could consume about a year's time, and were of little reliability in terms of a cure. With such high costs and few benefits, patient non-compliance rates hovered about 80-90 percent. Add to thi...

Your Drone Is Cool, But Its No Jet Fighter "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

There are some communities with whom our happy band of hardware hackers share a lot in common, but with whom we dont often associate. The more workshop-orientated end of the car modification or railway modeler scenes, for instance, or the model aircraft fraternity. Many of these communities exist more for the activity than for the making, some of them dabble with building kits, but among them are a hard core of people who create amazing projects from scratch.

Take [Igor Negoda], for example. Not content with building just any model aircraft, hes built his own from scratch, to his own design. And if designing for yourself what amounts to a scaled-down jet fighter wasnt enough, hes also built his own jet engine to power it. His videos are all in Russian so use YouTubes subtitle feature if youre not a Russian speaker, but theyre so good that if you couldnt access the English translation youd want to learn the language just to hear his commentary.

The video below the break shows us first a fast-taxi test using a ducted fan, then a full test flight with the jet engine. There is an explanation of the fuel system and the flight control systems, before an impressive flight from what appears to be a former Cold War-era runway. There are a few funny moments such as transporting a large model jet aircraft in a small hatchback car, but the quality of the work in a garage workshop shines through. Suddenly a multirotor doesnt cut it any more, we want a jet aircraft like [Igor]s!



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Congresswoman: Victims of congressional sexual harassment must sign NDA and cannot be represented by counsel "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

As a host of sexual assault allegations target major actors, producers and directors in Hollywood, several politicians are also being called out, and one congresswoman has claimed that the U.S. House of Representatives alone has spent $15 million in taxpayer funds to settle sexual misconduct lawsuits in the last decade. The claim was made by Rep. Jackie Speier, a Democrat from California, during an interview on Meet the Press Daily with MSNBC's Chuck Todd. When asked about the process sexual assault victims currently have to go through, Speier noted that they have to start by promising to stay silent. "We really need to reform the entire Office of Compliance process," Speier said. "Right now it takes about 90 days for you to file a complaint, and before actually going through the mediation, you have to sign a non-disclosure agreement and then you are not represented by counsel, but the harasser is represented by the House of Representatives general counsel." In many cases, as was seen with Harvey Weinstein, when ultra-rich and powerful individuals are accused of sexual assault, they respond by paying large sums of money to their victims, in exchange for an iron-clad, non-disclosure agreement.


Cop Sentenced to Prison, Forced to Pay Victim for Savagely Beating a Teen on Video "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Showing exactly how abusive cops should be treated, a bully cop has been sentenced 27 months in prison for savagely beating an innocent teen on video.


Blockchain Wallet Will Add SegWit, Full Bitcoin Cash Support By 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

SegWit transactions are coming to Blockchain Wallet, but not before full Bitcoin Cash support next month.


That Greggs sausage roll Advent calendar our favourite 13 responses "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

You may seen by now the minor kerfuffle caused by Greggs after everyones favourite high street bakery chain swapped the baby Jesus for a sausage roll in its spoof Advent calendar this year.

What were they doing opening door number 19 anyway? Anyway, heres 13 of our favourite responses online.







Gordon Brown: the ghost in the machine "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Who is Brown really trying to convince in this account of his life in politics? Perhaps ultimately, himself.

Image: Gordon Brown at Davos, 2009. WikiCommons.

Gordon Brown, like him or loath him, was a titan of a figure in British politics for close on two decades.

Browns call for understanding and redemption in his autobiography - My Life, Our Times- comes with much baggage. Including, it seems, for the author himself, who makes great show of suggesting he had be reluctantly dragged into writing it: For me, being conspicuously demonstrative is uncomfortable to the point where it has taken me years, despite the urging of friends, to turn to writing this book.

Gordon Browns life story could be gripping and compelling. It contains all the hallmarks of good drama. Here is a man gifted with rare talents and drive, who knew he wanted to serve. At an early age comes tragedy when he is deprived of eyesight in one eye. This does not stop the young Brown but only makes him more determined and resolute.

His inexorable rise to the top is captivating. A bright star in Scottish and British Labour from an early age, Brown makes a mark from the moment he is elected an MP in 1983, forms a partnership with Tony Blair, is central in the creation and success of New Labour. And then at the height of his power and persuasion, he allows it all to go horribly wrong. Despite everything, he eventually attains what he has long yearned for - to be Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, and in so doing saves the world from calamity in the banking crash. And yet all the while a hunger, yearning and emptiness gnaw away at him.

Brown is a fascinating tour guide of all things related to Brown although not an entirely convincing and reliable one. He is, on first reading, a clear writer who appears to know how to present the key facts and analysis of complex, seemingly intractable problems. He is a voracious reader and writer of numerous books over more than forty years.



SolarHome 620 "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

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Angela Merkel and German parties reach showdown in Jamaica coalition talks "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Germanys Union, FDP and Green parties are deciding if they share enough common ground to form a government. Will the weeks of listening, probing and fighting finally end? DW gives you the lowdown on the sticking points.

Angela Merkel looks over her shoulder while stepping out of a car (picture-alliancce/dpa/K. Nietfeld)

For over a month, four of Germanys most unlikely political partners have been trying to decide whether they can form a viable coalition government. Their deadline to end exploratory talks a precursor to formal negotiations is early Friday morning.

Chancellor Angela Merkels Christian Democratic Union (CDU) has been leading the talks with its Bavarian sister-party the Christian Social Union (CSU), the laissez-faire Free Democratic Party (FDP) and the environmentally friendly Green Party.

A so-called Jamaica coalition named for each partys respective colors: black, yellow and green has worked at the state level, but has never been tried at the federal level.

Before Thursdays talks began, Merkel said serious differences remain among the parties, but she also said she was confident an agreement could be reached.

DW looks at the four sticking points that must be resolved to form a Jamaica coalition. If the talks fail, Chancellor Merkel faces the prospect of wooing the Social Democratic Party (SPD) into another grand coalition government or possibly calling for new elections.

Read also: Merkel says the path is clear for coalition negotiations

German politicians stand on a balcony and wave to those below (picture-alliance/dpa/B. von Jutrczenka)Will the negotiating political parties be able to agree on sticking points in exploratory talks and progress to......


Lies Republicans Tell to Sell Tax Cuts (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Are the Trump Tax Cuts Bad Politics or Not? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Paul Waldman makes a compelling argument that the Republicans tax bill will be bad politics if it passes. Its the kind of bad policy that leaves a lot of victims who will know the cause of their distress and who will easily be able to assign responsibility for their plight.

I suspect Waldman may be a bit optimistic about those latter points, if for no other reason than that the Mighty Right-Wing Wurlitzer seems to still have a powerful ability to deflect blame and throw sand in peoples eyes. But the real question for Republicans is that theyre terrified of the alternative to passing this legislation. No matter how bad it looks, they keep asking themselves compared to what?

Its a fair point. Doing nothing will be bad politics, too, and so the real question for the GOP is which lousy option is worse.

Theres definitely some benefit to being able to accomplish something, even if its terrible. They can say they did something to harm Obamacare. They can tell their donors that they delivered the truckloads of cash. They can get Trump off their backs and off their case, if only for a little while. For everyone else, theres two sides to every story, and they can muddy the waters.

The way I see their dilemma, this is a live-to-fight-another-day strategy, and there are two ways it can be wrong. The first is if it is unnecessary and they can live to fight another day without it. The second is if it wont make a damn bit of difference in the end and itll just add to their long-term woes.

The surprising victory of Donald Trump proved that the Republicans are capable of misjudging their short-term chances and thinking theyre in a much worse spot than theyre really in. So, maybe theyre panicking without enough justification.

On the other hand, perhaps they think this will keep them from drowning but it actually wont buy them anything in terms of political victories next fall. In that case, it will almost definitely weaken them further.

I think the decisive thing is the donors. The typical large investor in the GOP wants a financial return on investment. If they dont get it, theyre not going to make more large investments.

The GOP thinks, probably correctly, that they may get wiped out next fall largely due to their idiot president. But as long as the donors feel like they were made whole, they can always make a comeback.

And so their decision to impose really bad policy on the nation is most likely the sanest of two miserable choices.


Is Ted Cruz Texan Enough for Texas Republicans? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Hey, do yall remember James Robison? No? Well, then let me have Mike Huckabee reintroduce him to you.

Despite Huckabees inclination toward a forgiving Christianity, Robisons passion drew him in. He dropped out of seminary after one year to take a job as Robisons director of communications.

The way the Moral Majority movement was actually started was there was a rally that James Robison did in 1979 that I helped cordinate, Huckabee said. It was all because of the local television station in Dallas throwing him off the air, because, in a sermon that he preached on television, Robison said homosexuality is a sin. Think: 1979, it wasnt really an outrageous statement. Anyway, they got some complaints and they told him he couldnt be on television. Well, Texas? Are you kidding me? More than ten thousand Christians came to a Freedom Rally at the Reunion Arena, in Dallas, to protest Robisons expulsion. There was this amazing energy coming up from these evangelical Christians, Huckabee said. I remember almost being frightened by it. If someone had gotten to the microphone and said, Lets go four blocks from here and take Channel 8 apart, that audience wouldve taken the last brick off the building.

Did that refresh your recollection?


It looks like James Robison isnt thrilled with Senator Ted Cruzs performance in office because the vice president and executive producer of Robisons television program Life Today is going to challenge Cruz in a primary.

Christian television executive Bruce Jacobson, who has discussed the possibility of taking on the Texas Republican in a primary, has a now live campaign website,, and Twitter handle, @brucefortexas

[Jacobson] worked in the U.S. Department of Transportation under President Ronald Reagan, and served as a deputy regional representative for the Department of Labor under President George H. W. Bush. He also served as a director of a Regional Emergency Management Team during the Bush administration.

I have a couple of other interesting tidbits to note.

A Fort Worth-based super PAC has been raising money to help a potential Jacobson campaign. The group, Texans for Texas, has raised about $25,000. It has p...

Where I Agree With Mo Brooks "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

In a way, I sympathize with Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama. I understand how incredibly valuable it is to have a seat in the U.S. Senate, and I wouldnt want to concede one to the Republicans, especially in a dark blue state. The issue is amplified by the fact that the Republicans currently enjoy a narrow 52-48 majority, and we should keep in mind also that John McCain is very ill and that Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi has missed time recently because of poor health. The Republicans want to pass a tax bill through the Senate that is dependent on them having fifty seats, at a minimum, and losing the Alabama seat would get them down to a very uneasy fifty-one. Besides these factors, though, I can understand where Brooks is coming from when he says this:

America faces huge challenges that are vastly more important than contested sexual allegations from four decades ago, Brooks said in a text message to Who will vote in Americas best interests on Supreme Court justices, deficit and debt, economic growth, border security, national defense, and the like? Socialist Democrat Doug Jones will vote wrong. Roy Moore will vote right. Hence, I will vote for Roy Moore.

I could say all the same things about Sen. Bob Menendez who is currently on trial in New Jersey for corruption. He may well get off, or at least get a mistrial based on a hung jury, but if he were to be convicted and forced to resign from the Senate, Im sure the person Gov. Chris Christie chose to replace him would vote wrong from my perspective on a whole lot more things than Menendez would.

Personally, though, Id prefer to see Menendez convicted because I think what hes done is every bit as wrong as what Virginia governor Bob McDonnell did, and I think the Supreme Court was wrong to overturn McDonnells conviction. Still, Im impure or partisan enough to hope that, were Menendez found guilty, it would be incoming Democratic governor Phil Murphy who would appoint a replacement for Menendez. I definitely understand the sentiment in favor of finding some way to save the Alabama seat for the Republicans.

Where I differ with Mo Brooks is, first, that I want Menendez held accountable for his actions and Im upset that the Supreme Courts leniency in the McDonnell case might prevent that from happening. In other words, my sense of right or wrong isnt compromised by any sense that I need to be a team player.

Secondly, while I might want to avoid the worst consequences o...

WikiLeaks Looks Like a Russian Front Organization "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

On December 16th, Julian Assange or one of his assistants reached out to Donald Trump Jr. by direct message on Twitter and asked him to make a request of his father, who was then the president-elect. They knew that Australia wouldnt go along with it, but could Trump Sr. please suggest that Assange be appointed as the ambassador to the United States? This would send a message to Sweden, Australia and the U.K. to back off their legal cases.

As far as I can tell, this is the only communication WikiLeaks had with Donald Trump Jr. that didnt directly promote Russias interests.

Lets look at the first communication made via Twitter:

Just before the stroke of midnight on September 20, 2016, at the height of last years presidential election, the WikiLeaks Twitter account sent a private direct message to Donald Trump Jr., the Republican nominees oldest son and campaign surrogate. A PAC run anti-Trump site is about to launch, WikiLeaks wrote. The PAC is a recycled pro-Iraq war PAC. We have guessed the password. It is putintrump. See About for who is behind it. Any comments?

There are a host of issues raised by this communication, including legal questions about what laws may have been broken and by whom. But what stands out to me is that WikiLeaks was interested in something that linked Trump to Putin in a negative way. This was the subject that motivated them to make contact, and Donald Trump Jr. was the one who they thought would be the best person to arm with a stolen password.

The next communication came about a month later during the endgame of the campaign. In one sense, WikiLeaks was trolling for a scoop. They wanted to help neutralize a potential October Surprise by getting their hands on Trumps tax returns themselves before they could be released by an unfriendly source. But, on closer inspection, they primarily wanted the tax returns because it would rectify their reputation for pro-Trump bias and give more weight to the DNC and Podesta-hacked leaks they had been publishing on a rolling basis. Since Russia had procured the emails, this was clearly in Russias interest.

Hey Don. We have an unusual idea, WikiLeaks wrote on October 21, 2016. Leak us one or more of your fathers tax returns. WikiLeaks then laid out three reasons why this would benefit both the Trumps and WikiLeaks. One, The New York Times had already published a fragment of Trumps tax return.......


Koogeek LB1 Wi-Fi Smart LED Light Bulb Review "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Review: Koogeek LB1 Wi-Fi Smart LED Bulb

One of the biggest advantages of automation technology is that it can turn an otherwise lifeless home into a piece of modern technology. Also, smart technology puts the owner in control of their electronic devices such as lighting, entertainment and temperature at the push of a button by just sitting on the couch. You too can enjoy smart life through smart connected homes.

Koogeek has introduced its new HomeKit enabled Wi-Fi Smart LED Light Bulb that can be easily connected to a 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi network without a hub or bridge. It works with Apple HomeKit technology and provides an easy, secure way to turn your connected light on or off, set light colors, or adjust light brightness and saturation through Siri voice control on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Apple Watch.

It supports dimming, shades of white, and color settings and offers 16 million colors to choose from. Every color is dimmable in the Koogeek Home app. You can match different colors to create special atmospheres for every moment and personalize your home. You can easily turn off lights with a single tap, without getting out of the comfort of your bed. It uses only 8 watts and delivers up to 500 lumens of light with a color temperature from 2700k (warm white) to 6000k (daylight white). It has an energy saving with a lifetime of up to 25,000 hours, which is 22.8 years based on 3 hours use per day. It is compatible with E26/E27 light fittings (medium screw base) and is for indoor use only.

You need to no longer worry about forgetting to turn off lights while leaving home, as you can set different timers to turn lights on or off on Koogeek smart light bulbs. You can also wake up in the morning with your favorite light turned on automatically. You can create scenes to control multiple connected bulbs simultaneously with a single Siri voice command or just a tap and customize lighting effects and create brilliant lights for parties or festivals.

You can set up your Apple TV with tvOS 10.1 or later or iPad with iOS 10.1 or later as a home hub to control your HomeKit accessories remotely, grant access, and automate your accessories.

To set up the light bulb, you need to simply configure it from the Koogeek Home app over a 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi network. It is available in grey color. You can purchase Koogeek Wi-Fi Smart LED Light Bulb from Amazon at a price of $39.99.

To know more about Koogeek LB1 Smart LED Bulb, go over to their official website.


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All Eyes on Alabama: A Litany and Chronicle of Republicans see that Roy Moore Must Step Down "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A serious analysis of the dozens Republicans now lining up against Roy Moore, who could still win in Alabama, but things are looking really bad, given the almost universal condemnation of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in Alabama, and that makes me personally VERY happy, if we are able in due course to include one new Alabama Senator in the Democrats in the US Senate! Stranger things have happened, but not many....


Working-Class Women Say #MeToo "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

In the days and weeks since evidence of Harvey Weinsteins decades-long pattern of sexual abuse surfaced, millions of women, trans and gender nonconforming people, even men around the world have exposed the scale of sexual violence in our society, telling their own stories using the hashtag #MeToo.

A slew of men in positions of power from British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon to actor Kevin Spacey have been accused of sexual misconduct and many of them are finally facing real consequences. #MeToo set off a profound moment of collective bravery, a moment that would have been impossible without the broad sense of solidarity and support that welcomed people coming forward.

I still vividly remember feeling the power of such support during a SlutWalk protest in 2012, as we rallied at Praa Roosevelt in So Paulo, Brazil. We were all gathered in an enormous circle. At one moment, a protester came up to one of the women leading the rally with the megaphone and whispered in her ear. The woman with the megaphone announced that there was a man in the back she pointed, we all pointed in a gray shirt, blue cap and sunglasses, who was touching the women without their consent. Hundreds of us chanted at him to get out, our voices getting louder, faster, angrier. He fled. It was the first time I cried about my rape.

Yet, despite the mass outpouring of #MeToo stories, we know that there are millions of other people who cant or choose not to speak out in this particular way. In the overwhelming majority of cases in which survivors come forward, they are dismissed, their names are dragged through the mud, institutions try to cover up the wrongdoing or retaliate against them. Blamed and forced to keep quiet, theyre shown that their experiences are taken for granted and should simply be assumed to be part of what it means to be a woman in society, rather than grueling experiences of oppression that completely reshape peoples lives.

For decades, women have been coming forward about their experiences of being abused, harassed, assaulted and raped by renowned men. The difference now is that they are being believed. The confidence that the #MeToo welcoming has given survivors goes beyond the inner circles of the rich and famous.

The devaluation of women goes all the way to and comes all the way from the top where an admitted rapist sits in the White House.

In the lead-up to a Take Back the Workplace march that stormed the streets of Hollywood on Nov. 12, the Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, an organization made up of female farmworkers and women who come from farmworker families, released a moving letter of solidarity with the women in Hollywood who have come forward in the wake of the Weinstein scandal......


Ukrainian politician admits to supporting terrorists in Russian Caucasus "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The People's Deputy of Ukraine, Igor Mosiychuk, stated that "Ukrainians must transfer the war to the territory of Russia" on his social media. "Our goal is to raise the armed anti-Russian uprising in Ichkeria and other regions of the Caucasus occupied by Muscovy, than to open a second front in the war with the Russian Federation. The Kremlin will not be able to fight on two fronts and this will greatly accelerate our Ukrainian victory in the national liberation war in the east. It is after the restoration of the independence of Ichkeria and the liberation of the whole Caucasus from the Moscow occupation, that Kremlin imperialism dies, which is now waging war against Ukraine. We Ukrainians, for the sake of victory, for the sake of our children's future, are obliged to transfer the war to the territory of the aggressor country of the Russian Federation." - wrote Mosiychuk.


Dakota Access Pipeline Company Paid Mercenaries to Build Conspiracy Lawsuit Against Environmentalists "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

from The Intercept

The private security firm TigerSwan, hired by Energy Transfer Partners to protect the controversial Dakota Access pipeline, was paid to gather information for what would become a sprawling conspiracy lawsuit accusing environmentalist groups of inciting the anti-pipeline protests in an effort to increase donations, three former TigerSwan contractors told The Intercept.

For months, a conference room wall at TigerSwans Apex, North Carolina, headquarters was covered with a web-like map of funding nodes the firm believed it had uncovered linking billionaire backers to nonprofit organizations to pipeline opponents protesting at Standing Rock. It was a showpiece for board members and ETP executives, according to a former TigerSwan contractor part of a project that had little to do with the pipelines physical security.

In August, the law firm founded by Marc Kasowitz, Donald Trumps personal attorney for more than a decade, filed a 187-page racketeering complaint against Greenpeace, Earth First, and the divestment group BankTrack in the U.S. District Court of North Dakota, seeking $300 million in damages on behalf of Energy Transfer Partners. The NoDAPL movement, the suit claims, was driven by a network of putative not-for-profits and rogue eco-terrorist groups who employ patterns of criminal activity and campaigns of misinformation to target legitimate companies and industries with fabricated environmental claims.

It was as if the entire campaign came in a box. And of course it did, the suit alleges. Its objective was not to protect the environment or...


Cambodia 'descending into outright dictatorship' "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The dissolution of Cambodias opposition party is a tragedy and the country is descending into outright dictatorship, says a natural resource NGO.


18 killed, 29 injured as multiple blast hit Maiduguri "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

18 persons were killed while 29 others were injured in a multiple suicide bomb attack in Muna Gari community at the outskirt of Maiduguri metropolis. Confirming the incident, the spokesman of the Borno state police command, DSP, Victor Isuku in a statement said four suicide bombers infiltrated Muna Gari community with Improvised Explosive Devices on their body and detonated them killing 18 persons including themselves, while 29 others injured. DSP Isuku said  today 15/11/2017, at about 1813hrs, four suicide bombers, two males and two females, infiltrated Muna Gari community in...

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Women and youth will drive Saudi Arabias digital future "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Saudi Minister of Communication and Information Technology Abdullah Alswaha, center, Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene, right, and Arab News Editor in Chief Faisal J. Abbas at a panel discussion on Opportunities in Abundance Youth, Help us Make it Happen at the Misk Global Forum in Riyadh on Wednesday. (AN photo by Ahmed Fathi)



20 years too late, Vox columnist admits Bill Clinton should have resigned over sex scandals "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Democrats aimed at Roy Moore, but Bill Clinton was standing in their way. So Bill Clinton is now a smoldering husk of humanity. After Hillary Clinton's presidential loss, it became both convenient and useful to discard her alleged sexual predator spouse - a man the media feted repeatedly last year as a halcyon of decency. Now, Bill could safely be relegated to the semen-stained ashbin of history. And so Bill Clinton has become the Barry Bonds of politics: a once-celebrated superhero, now disgraced. This week, a New York Times columnist said she believed Juanita Broaddrick, who first accused Clinton of rape some 25 years ago; The Atlantic also ran a better think piece talking about Clinton's status as a suspected predator.


Tackling 'fake news'? Start by avoiding the term 'fake news' "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The first steep in tackling 'fake news' is to avoid using the term, says a Unesco official.


Snowflake Hillary: Calls for investigation into me, 'personally offensive' - It would be 'abuse of power' like in a dictatorship (video) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

During an interview with Mother Jones released on Wednesday, former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton slammed Attorney General Jeff Sessions considering a special counsel to investigate her and President Trump urging the Department of Justice to investigate her as an abuse and that an investigation would be something that resembles the way things are done in a dictatorship. Hillary said, "I regret deeply that this appears to be the politicization of the Justice Department and our justice system. This Uranium One story has been debunked countless times by members of the press, by independent experts. It is nothing but a false charge that the Trump administration is trying to drum up in order to avoid attention being directed at them. I mean, even Trey Gowdy, somebody who's hardly a fan of mine, said that there doesn't seem to be the basis for a special counsel. Of course, there isn't." She continued that it is "personally offensive that they would do this. But taking myself out of it, this is such an abuse of power, and it goes right at the rule of law. ... And if they sent a signal that we're going to be like some dictatorship, some authoritarian regime, where political opponents are going to be unfairly, fraudulently investigated, that rips at the fabric of the contract we have that we can trust our justice system."


Ethereum's Foot-In-Mouth Disease "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Vinay Gupta, one of the main figures behind Ethereum, is having a meltdown. Someone he doesn't like ( was apparently considering using Ethereum for something. Gupta has posted some...interesting tweets. Key quotes:

"[Don't use] Ethereum. We are all communists"

"We will collude against you"

"We do infrastruture. You depend on us. We will find ways. Count on it".

Are these the kinds of things one wants to hear from the people behind a digital currency (and platform) that one is supposed to trust? They will "find ways" to "collude" against anyone they dislike?

Seriously, the more I learn about Ethereum, the less I like it. Full disclosure: I sold what few ETH I owned several months ago, for reasons related to "The DAO" mess.

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I Released 2,000 Minks From a Fur Farm. Now Im a Convicted Terrorist "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

by Kevin Johnson / The Guardian

People usually laugh when I tell them I am a convicted terrorist.

I try not to open with that it seems a little bit forward. First, I explain how my friend Tyler and I entered a fur farm in the dead of night. I describe the unspeakable suffering we found there. I tell people how Tyler and I opened every single cage and released 2,000 mink to save their lives. And once they have the context, I segue into the terrorism thing.

Now that I have been out of prison for more than a year, I can be a bit more lighthearted about it. But the seventh circuit court of appeals doesnt see the humor.

Last Wednesday, the court upheld the constitutionality of the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, the federal statute that put me away for three years and that my lawyers at the Center for Constitutional Rights have been trying to challenge for nearly a decade.

The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act is a piece of designer legislation written and paid for by the agriculture and pharmaceutical industries. It federalizes non-violent property crime and punishes it as terrorism but only when the perpetrators are motivated by the belief that animals deserve to live free from violence.

The court explicitly stated that the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act did not apply to four Fresno, California, teenagers who sneaked into a Foster Farms facility and bludgeoned 900 chickens to death with a golf club because they killed the chickens for no reason.

Put succinctly, I am a terrorist not because of what I did, but because the government dislikes why I did it.

I remember organizing my first protest, outside of the circus, in 2005. I was 19 years old. My friend and I argued with the police about whether our group could stand on a courtyard by the Staples Center and whether we could use megaphones. We asserted our rights, and we were successful.

That same year,...


This is what a movement for change looks like "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Today is the fourth day of our member drive. Monday I shared with you our passion for this message and the huge demand there is for it. Tuesday I explained the problem we're trying to solve; the need to change our cultural conversation around growth and development. Yesterday, I talked about how we're taking that on, how our focus on growing a movement of people is the only approach that measures up to the challenge we face.

I am going to ask you today, once again, to join us. Become one of the first 2,000 members of Strong Towns, one of the #2000Strong. But first, let me show you what our change movement looks like.

Join the Strong Towns Movement

Here are the 1,750 members we have as of yesterday. This is where they live. These are the communities they care about. This map blows me away.

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Every U.S. state. Across Canada, Europe, Australia, in Mexico and even a member in Southeast Asia (you are awesome, by the way). This is not our readership. This is not our podcast listeners. These are the people that have said: The Strong Towns message is so important, I want more people to hear it and so I'm going to become a member. These people are the reason I get up every day excited about what we do.

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Here's a map of just our North American members. Put that image through your left/right, urban/rural, coastal/flyover preconception of the country.

It just doesn't compute with the way we think about America today. Especially when we think about people agreeing on complex and deeply personal issues.

These are our members and, each day that goes by,...


BREAKING: Many feared dead as train rams into trailer in Lagos "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Four persons have been confirmed dead as a train derailed and rammed into a trailer at Abattoir area of Agege. The Four persons were hanging on the train while others sustained injuries. The train, on derailing, was also said to have rammed into a trailer, leaving many killed and injured. Officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency and the state police command confirmed the deaths. Olarinde Famous-Cole, the states police spokesman, the train rammed into a trailer, injuring many and leaving an unconfirmed number of victims feared dead.  ...

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Chinas Xi speaks with Saudi king: state media "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"


BEIJING (Reuters) Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke with Saudi Arabias King Salman by telephone on Thursday, Chinese state media reported.

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FILE PHOTO: Chinas President Xi Jinping (R) and Saudi Arabias King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud shake hands during a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China March 16, 2017. REUTERS/Lintao Zhang/POOL/File Photo

No matter how the international or regional situation may change, Chinas resolve to deepen cooperation with Saudi Arabia would not change, Xi said, according to the report.

Reporting by Ben Blanchard


Boycott products from states with dirty energy "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Consumer pressure could encourage regions to switch from fossil fuels to cleaner sources of electricity.


Cambodian opposition party dissolved by Supreme Court, as Hun Sen clears path to 2018 election "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Cambodias Prime Minister Hun Sen waits to attend the Independence Day celebrations in Phnom Penh, Cambodia CREDIT: HENG SINITH/AP

By Agence France-Presse

Cambodias Supreme Court has ordered the countrys main opposition party be dissolved, in one of the biggest blows yet to democratic aspirations in the Southeast Asian state.

The verdict Thursday, which was widely expected, is seen as the latest move by authoritarian Prime Minister Hun Sen to remove threats to his power ahead of elections next year.

The government accused the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party of involvement in a plot to topple the government and asked the judiciary to dissolve it.

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Party officials have denied the charges, saying they are politically motivated.

Hun Sen, a firebrand former Khmer Rouge fighter who has held office for 32 years, had already promised a guilty verdict would be delivered on Thursday.

The case against the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), the countrys main opposition party, could see over 100 politicians banned from office for five years.

That would be a crushing blow to a movement that has been battered by legal attacks since it nearly unseated Hun Sen in the last national election in 2013.



Gowdy cops out: Haven't met threshold for appointing special counsel to investigate Clinton "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

On Wednesday's broadcast of the Fox News Channel's "America's Newsroom," House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chair and House Judiciary Committee member Representative Trey Gowdy (R-SC) argued that the threshold for appointing a special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton hasn't been reached, and the needed investigations into Clinton can be done without one.


6 Democrats introduce 5 Articles of Impeachment against President Trump "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A sextet of House Democrats introduced five articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump today - from obstruction of justice for interfering in the Russia investigation to making charges of fake news against the media from the bully pulpit. "Article II Section IV of the Constitution of the United States of America was drafted for a time such as this and a president such as Trump," Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, told reporters at a news conference at the Capitol today. "This president has committed misdeeds that merit impeachment."


The Superhero Complex: Are We Incapable of Saving Ourselves? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Superhero Complex: Are We Incapable of Saving Ourselves? by Charles Hugh Smith Of Two Minds If we felt empowered in daily life, would we be so enamored of superheroes constantly saving our world from destruction? Its been widely...

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Top Officials Skip Nafta Talks as Mexico, Canada Digest U.S. Proposals "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Fifth round of talks focusing on technical details of the U.S. proposals opposed by trade partners

Trucks wait in the queue for border customs control to cross into U.S. at the World Trade Bridge in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.
Trucks wait in the queue for border customs control to cross into U.S. at the World Trade Bridge in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. PHOTO: DANIEL BECERRIL/REUTERS

As officials for the U.S., Canada and Mexico convene in Mexico City this week for talks to remake the North American Free Trade Agreement, the countries top trade officials will stay home, leaving their working-level teams to dig into the most difficult issues.

Their absence captures the difficult state of the Nafta talks at the moment: Still in the technical phases, with Mexico and Canada digesting contentious U.S. proposals like stricter rules for the proportion of a vehicles components that must originate in North America, and in the U.S., to avoid tariffs.

Officials had originally hoped to complete the talks before years end, but...



What do Britain and Greece have in common? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The mainstream media rarely draw attention to the ongoing collapse in the value of UK workers wages.

They rarely bother to explain that the real terms value of workers' wages are lower than they were 10 years ago, and that this decline is set to continue into the 2020s.

They rarely bother to explain that the percentage of people living in poverty despite being in working families has been soaring.

And they steadfastly ignore the fact that the only country in the developed world that has suffered a comparably severe collapse in the value of workers' wages is crisis-stricken Greece.

To hear Tories scaremongering that the UK could end up like Greece if the public don't re-elect the Tory party is utterly laughable. Wealthy Tory MPs and their cheerleaders in the right-wing press may be financially insulated from the dire consequences of their austerity wealth transfer con but ordinary working people certainly aren't.

Judged by the collapse in the value of our wages, the UK has already ended up like Greece in the experience of ordinary working people.

We all know that prices have been rising way faster than wages. 

We've all seen people we know struggling on exploitative zero hours contracts, and fake self-employment scams in the gig economy. 



ASPM Fixes, SR-IOV Improvements & Other PCI Improvements For Linux 4.15 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

There are a lot of PCI changes that have built up for the Linux 4.15 kernel cycle...


Mama, were drowning! Six missing in deadly flash floods while new rainstorm strikes West Attica "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Six people are still missing in the flash floods that covered towns of West Attica with tons of mud on Wednesday and cost the life to 15 people.Twenty three people have been injured, majority of them were almost drowned. Others were hit by rubble and other items during the disaster. One 83-year-old woman remains intubated

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The United States, Israel, and Saudi Arabia Created and Funded ISIS "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The United States, Israel, and Saudi Arabia Created and Funded ISIS

Western-backed militants are in retreat, Bashar al-Assad remains president, Hezbollah has stretched its wings regionally, Israeli power is in decline, and Iran is on the rise. Not a pretty result for Washingtons multi-billion dollar investment in the Syrian conflict, especially if it was intended to change the map of the region to favor U.S. interests.


Your pill spies on you "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"


by Jon Rappoport

November 15, 2017

Source: NY Times, 11/13, First Digital Pill Approved to Worries About Biomedical Big Brother.

Heres the new equation: A medicine is a pill is a sensor that reports when you took the pill. Read More

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