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Is Bitcoin just a bubble? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Some people think so, in the associated video clip Joe Stiglitz says Bitcoin should be banned.  Here is some FT skepticism from Jean Tirole.

I used to think Bitcoin was a bubble, but I no longer hold this view.  If nothing else, put all the more complicated factors aside and think of Bitcoin as competing for some of the asset space held by gold and also to some extent art.  Gold, too, in its hedging functions is a bubble, though not a bubble.  It is hard to ship, but has some extra value because it is perceived as a focal asset and one that does not covary positively in a simple way with the market portfolio.  The same is true of Bitcoin, yet that kind of focality-based bubbliness can persist for centuries.  Note by the way that gold has become less of a hedge, partly because inflation has been low and partly because China and India dominate the gold market more than a few decades ago.  So new and better hedges are needed.  And what a backstory Bitcoin has, making it a strong competitor in this regard.

I am not saying that is the Bitcoin story, it is simply a Bitcoin story, a minimalist account that can appeal to skeptics.  And you can buy this story and still think the current price is either too high or too low.

This estimate claims there is $241 trillion of wealth in the world, make of that what you will (there is something nonsensical about such aggregate measures because they are not traded against anything).  If you imagine people wish to hold one quarter of one percent of that in crypto form, that gets you to about $600 billion in value.  Currently crypto assets (on good days) hover near $300 billion in market capitalization.  Is that so crazy?  I genuinely dont know, but that is one way of thinking about market cap in this sector.

I will continue to watch with interest.

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The revival of the charges could increase pressure on Zuma to step down before his term ends in 2019 and diminish his influence over who succeeds him when the ruling African National Congress (ANC) chooses a new leader in December.

The 75-year-old president has faced and denied numerous other corruption allegations since taking office in 2009.

The 783 charges, which relate to a 30 billion rand ($2.2 billion) government arms deal arranged in the late 1990s, were filed but then dropped by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) shortly before he ran for the presidency.

South Africas High Court reinstated the charges last year and the Supreme Court upheld that decision in October, rejecting an appeal by Zuma and describing the NPAs decision to set aside the charges as irrational.

The NPA said then that Zuma had until Nov. 30 to make submissions before it decided whether to pursue the charges.

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Claire Dederer has written a much-discussed essay for The Paris Review, What Do With the Art of Monstrous Men? Its a good question, and Dederer, a former film critic and author, focuses much of the essay on the difficulty of evaluating Woody Allens work in light of the Great Sexual Harassment Panic of 2017.

Specifically, theres no getting around Allens celebrated film Manhattan. Allens character in the film dates a 17 year-old Mariel Hemingway, as if an older man having a sexual relationship with a teenager is a perfectly normal thing to do. It certainly doesnt seem so normal when you consider that Allen later started dating, and eventually married, the adopted teenage daughter of his then-wife Mia Farrow.

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Its amazing how congressional Republicans have been singularly unable, since winning the White House and both houses of Congress, to advance any major legislative priorities for their voters, but still quite able to advance legislation that most Republican voters would oppose if they learned about it.

Republican leaders are sponsoring three bills that would expand the U.S. surveillance state under the guise of improving education and government efficiency. A grassroots opposition letter lists and summarizes the bills, the second of which passed the House last week:

  • The College Transparency Act (CTA) (H.R. 2434), which would overturn the Higher Education Acts ban on a federal student unit-record system and establish a system of lifelong tracking of individuals by the federal government; [sponsored by Republican Rep. Paul Mitchell of Michigan]
  • The Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act (FEPA) (H.R. 4174), which would create a unified evidence-building plan for the entire federal government in essence, a national database containing data from every federal agency on every citizen; [sponsored by House Speaker Paul Ryan and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray] and
  • The Student Privacy Protection Act (H.R. 3157), which would amend the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), 20 USC 1232g, without restoring the FERPA privacy protections that were gutted by regulatory fiat in 2012. [sponsored by Indiana GOP Rep. Todd Rokita]

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The GDP growth had hit a three-year low of 5.7% in the first quarter of 2017-18. It was 7.5% in the September quarter of 2016-17.

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Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, who also serves as the nations foreign minister, accused Riyadh of bullying its neighbours and risking new conflict amid an ongoing diplomatic crisis.

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Image: Militarized cops raided the Olympia blockade yesterday. Image by Twitter account @Olystand

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Cops Raided Olympia Blockade

On the morning of Wednesday November 29th, 2017, at approximately 5:30 AM, a joint force of SWAT officers, Olympia police, the Washington State Patrol, Thurston County sheriffs and Union Pacific police broke up the Olympia Stand blockade on occupied indigenous land of the Medicine Creek Treaty nations, specifically the Nisqually and Squaxin Island Tribes.

We were made aware of the impending raid the day before b...

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10 Thursday AM Reads "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

My hope this doesnt hurt morning train reads:  Why Vanguards Smart-Beta Bet May Unsettle Its Rivals (Institutional Investor)  How to Manage an Asset Price Mania (Like Bitcoin) (Pragmatic Capitalism)  There Are Many Ways to Win (Of Dollars And Data)  Whats Going on with Wages? (Strategy+Business)  How Americas Most Important Highway Fails (Wall Street Journal) see also Where Chicago Isnt the

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PURGING THE PEDO PLAGUE & SAVING SOCIETY Sarah Westall (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

PURGING THE PEDO PLAGUE & SAVING SOCIETY Sarah Westall Video SGTReport It has never been more obvious that the United States and countries around the world have a pedo problem. But worse than that, its a...

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Top house democrat took $50,000 from taxpayers to keep a former staffer quiet "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Why are tax-payer dollars being used to silence the abusive activities of politicians? Unreal. From Daily Caller: The top Democrat on the House Committee on Natural Resources used taxpayer dollars to pay off a former staffer who threatened to sue, Continue reading

23:30

Mumbais Mahul Is a Classic Case of Rehabilitation Gone Horribly Wrong "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

After their houses were razed to the ground, families living along the Tansa water pipeline were moved to a heavily-industrialised area with poor transport connectivity. This has cost them both their health and livelihood.

The MMRDA building complex with a storage unit of Sealord Enterprises near it. Credit: Sayan Bhattacharjee

The MMRDA building complex with a storage unit of Sealord Enterprises near it. Credit: Sayan Bhattacharjee

Mumbai: On May 13, nearly 1,000 houses near the Tansa water pipeline in Ghatkopar and Vidyavihar in Mumbai were razed to the ground by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). The demolition was carried out in accordance with a Bombay high court 2009 order to remove settlements within ten metres of either side of the pipeline. However, the residents of the demolished shanties are not homeless today. The state can claim that they have been rehabilitated, as they have been moved to Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) buildings in Mahul, where they have been living since June 12. But even the flimsiest definition of rehabilitation cannot be optimistically appli...

Mongoose: The Swamp in Four Levels "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Tip of the Hat to MagaPill for this tweet.

Great graphic below the fold.  Please read (free online) the book Pedophilia & Empire: Satan, Sodomy, & The Deep State, and donate to the author at IndieGoGo.

Pedophilia is the Achilles heel of the Deep State.

 

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Kuwait invites boycott-hit Qatar to Gulf summit "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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AFP | Qatars Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani (portrait) has been invited to a Gulf Cooperation Council summit next week

DUBAI (AFP)  Kuwait on Thursday invited Qatar to a summit of Gulf countries next week, state media said, the first such invitation in a months-long Saudi-led diplomatic boycott of Doha.Kuwait, which is not among Arab states boycotting Qatar, invited Qatars Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani to the Gulf Cooperation Council summit on December 5 and 6, the state-run KUNA news agency said.

In June, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt abruptly cut all ties with Qatar over accusations Doha supported extremism and was close to Shiite Iran. Qatar denies the allegations.

Founded in 1981, the GCC is a political and economic union that includes Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, as well as Oman and Kuwait.

Kuwait and Oman have not taken part in the boycott of the tiny gas-rich emirate, and Kuwaits Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah has acted as a mediator in the crisis.

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New One Minute Video: Sweater to Mittens = Smittens "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

You need to be careful what you wear around me. Be very, very careful. Each sweater I lay my eyes on these days becomes a potential mitten fantasy to me. While you think Im listening to you talk about your elf on the shelf adventures, Im most likely envisioning myself cutting up your sweater to make more SMITTENS!!!! You cant say you havent been warned

If youre looking for the perfect DIY gift, you can make a pair of cozy, warm, fleece lined mittens from a couple of outdated sweaters in under an hour. I like to call these Smittens. Your friends and family will love receiving a unique pair of earth friendly, handmade Smittens this holiday season.

Heres the Facebook video: (be sure to turn on the sound, its more fun...

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Sex Assault Claims Dont Prove Male Toxicity, But The Absence Of Masculinity "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The tidal wave of accusations of sexual harassment is not slowing down and continues to claim seemingly unlikely scalps. The latest are anodyne morning-show host Matt Lauer and that avatar of Midwestern wholesomeness, Garrison Keillor.

The accusations (many of which are credible and have been confirmed by public admissions or private legal settlements) have claimed casualties regardless of public image and stated ideological loyalties. That is exactly as we should expect. It should not be news that performers create a public image that is different from who they are off-screen, or that politicians are a bunch of opportunistic hypocrites.

But these cases are feeding a certain ideological agenda: that masculinity as such is to blame.

Revelations about the comedian Louis C.K. are described as a warning about toxic masculinity, and a whole article on him in The Daily Beast is categorized under the heading Toxic Masculinity. Sally Kohn declares that We Need Extreme Vetting for Toxic Masculinity.

Its important to understand that the common denominator in the allegations about Louis C.K., Roy Moore, Spacey, and Weinstein (who has denied the allegations) and all the other Hollywood and media and political figures accused of sexual assault and sexual harassment isnt sexuality, or even sex, but toxic masculinity.

Toxic masculinity is supposedly only one kind of masculinity, the bad kind, but we can readily suspect that what they have in mind is masculinity as such. Sally Kohn, for example, sees toxic masculinity in cultural norms that, for example, tell men to be tough, a description so vague it is likely to rope in everyone this side of Pajama Boy.

So we see some poor guy in the New York Times limp forward for the ritual self-flagellation of telling us that the problem is the nature of men in general and specifically the often ugly and dangerous nature of the male libido w...

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24 Quality Christmas Books To Read Instead Of All The Smarmy Garbage "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Most Christmas picture books are dumb. A few are awesome. Both of these facts are more important than you might think, because vapid books dont just sucker doting parents and grandparents out of a few bucks, they actually make the world a worse place in which to live.

History and literature remind us that human stupidity causes just as much collateral damage as a few evil dictators or lone gunmen. Why encourage our children to have dumb tastes? Why feed them literary dust bunnies?

On the other hand, human minds respond to the nourishment that comes from good, true, and beautiful books. Sharing gorgeous pictures and well-crafted stories with our children is an excellent way to combat the dehumanizing habits and beliefs that are making our world more shrill, more angry, and more sad.

Fortunately, most of us can tell instinctively which picture books are worthwhile. The good ones are the volumes we can enjoy reading aloud 57 times. They draw readers of multiple ages together. They convey something true and real. They are absolutely worth purchasing.

Thats why Ive spent the last two weeks borrowing more than 90 different Christmas picture books from the library. Its part of a quest to sort the dumb from the awesome. After reading through the piles, Ive assembled a list of awesome ones that suit my ideas of what makes for a good picture book, and Ive purchased a few for my own family.

I plan to divide them between four bags and let my children choose a new collection to open on each Sunday during Advent. When the Christmas decorations come down, Ill pop the books and bags into storage for next year.

I hope you, too, will share books with your childrenor young relatives, neighbors, or hapless bystandersthis Advent and Christmas. Here is a run-down of the books I recommend.

My Criteria for Good Christmas Picture Books

Of course, taste in picture books is somewhat subjective. None have lasted through the centuries yet. My criteria is as follows:

  1. The author should (clearly) love the English language. Im looking for an engaging use of words. Im looking for good storytelling. When I read a given book, Im hoping to feel the spark that shines from truly good storiesthe spark that makes it fun to share the story over and over again, even right before nap time.
  2. The illustrations should demonstrate skill and care. Its shocking how many picture books are filled with boring or downright ugly pictures. Dont put up with this! You should enjoy looking at the illustrations and want to do so repeatedly. Furthermore, the pictures should make you feel that the w...

23:27

Google introduces Datally, a mobile data-saving app "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Google has inaugurated a new product known as  `Datally, a mobile data-saving app that helps one to understand, control and save data  into the emerging market. The Google Country Manager, Mrs Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor in a media briefing in Lagos, said that with Datally, one could save and do more with data. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that an emerging market is a country that has some characteristics of a developed market, but does not meet standards to be a developed market. This includes countries that may become developed...

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What The CFPB Fight Says About The DC Establishment "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The fight over the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has been presented as one of many unprecedented events in Donald Trumps presidency, a sign of how he is different from every other president. This is sometimes meant as a compliment, but more often intended as a disparagement. In neither case is it entirely true.

American history is long enough that increasingly little of what transpires in an administration is truly unprecedented. The contretemps over the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is similar to events in the administration of Andrew Johnson.

The result of that affair is instructive both in how this one will end and in how the public will perceive it. It also tells us a great deal about the way some in Washington see their job as ruling the people, not representing them.

Two Secretaries, One Office

Although the Reconstruction Era has gotten more mainstream attention lately, to most Americans the Andrew Johnson administration is still a part of the dusty past. The CFPB dispute is, as David Harsanyi explained earlier this week, about which employee has the right to occupy the office of CFPB director. So did the dispute that led to Johnsons impeachment and near-conviction. Only in that case, the office in question was of much greater importance: secretary of war.

In the days following the Civil War, the secretary of war (a predecessor to the secretary of defense, but without jurisdiction over the navy) occupied an important position in domestic politics, as his job included presiding over the reconstruction of the conquered Confederacy. After Abraham Lincolns assassination, his successor, Johnson, seemed to be in accord with Secretary of War Edwin Stanton and the Republican-dominated Congress on how to accomplish this.

Things soon changed. Johnson returned to his pre-war Democratic Party loyalty and worked to re-admit the Southern states to the Union quickly, with no other changes than a de jure abolition of slavery. Stanton and congressional leaders saw their task as larger, and wanted to ensure greater equality for the former slaves in fact as well as in law. As Johnson gradually replaced Lincoln appointees in the cabinet, Stanton was increasingly the only voice in the administration for a vigorous scheme of occupying and rebuilding in the South.

Stantons allies in Congress worked to protect him by passing the Tenure of Office Act in 1867. The act decreed that any officer appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate could not be removed by the president unless the Senate approved. Johnson saw the act for what it wasa curtailment of executive powerand vetoed it, but Congress overrode the veto and the bill be...

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Condemning Boys For Being Boys Only Makes Their Woes Worse, New York Times "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

If you let boys be boys, they will murder their fathers and sleep with their mothers. This shocking statement came from Stephen Marches recent New York Times column, titled The Unexamined Brutality of the Male Libido.

Marches column shows that, after the unfolding of waves of sexual harassment scandals, the radical lefts moral signaling has reached a new height. Its not enough to call all men pigs. The radical left wants to condemn all boys, too.

Whats their proposed remedy to cure sexual harassment? Make boys and men more feminine. This approach cant be more wrong.

Boys and Men Are Sexually Harassed, Too

Whenever the topic of sexual harassment comes up, most people immediately fixate on the image of a powerful male sexually harassing a powerless female. While that image can be true sometimes, it represents an incomplete picture.

A recent study published in the International Journal of Public Health, based on interviews of more than 3,000 high school students in Norway, finds non-physical sexual harassment in schools happens to boys and girls equally. For physical sexual harassment, more and more female teachers are being charged for having sex or sexually harassing male students.

A CBS News site documents 61 notorious female teachers sex scandals in American schools. While mainstream media generally underreports sexual harassment cases when boys or men are the victims, Instapundit.com, a libertarian blog maintained by Glenn Reynolds, has been tracking such cases through its teaching women not to rape section.

Beyond schools, a growing number of men report being sexually harassed at workplaces. In 2015, 17 percent of the workplace sexual harassment claims to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission were filed by men. If that number seems low to you, its because many males choose not to report harassment. Like female victims, males are embarrassed and are afraid of losing their employment. In addition, these male victims face credibility issues because many people simply dont believe a man can be sexually harassed.

Sexual harassment is wrong no matter which sex is the aggressor and which is the victim. We as a society cant condemn an entire sex based on a few highly publicized cases. We need....

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Why The Victorias Secret Shanghai Fashion Show Was A Major Brand Disaster "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

This week we were all treated to the visual spectacle that is the annual Victorias Secret Fashion Show broadcast, recorded before a live audience last week. In a stark departure from the usual U.S. or European venues, this years lingerie extravaganza took place in Shanghai, China, marking the global brands first foray into the Asian continent.

As expected, the show was filled with crystals, lingerie, fanciful wings, and popular musical guests performing their hits as the models, or Angels, sashayed down the runway at Shanghais Mercedes-Benz Arena. One expects certain things from one of the planets most recognizable lingerie brands, like push-up bras and gravity-defying wings. But Victorias Secrets amateurish foray into Chinese geopolitics surprised everyone.

China Is a Lucrative But Dangerous Market

What brought Victorias Secret to Shanghai in the first place? China is an $18 billion lingerie market, with dozens of brands vying for a share. For comparison, the United Kingdom lingerie market is worth about $2 billion, with France at $3 billion, and the United States at around $12 billion, meaning Chinas is already worth more than the other three combined.

Alongside other major brands, like La Perla, VS, which recently opened a shop in Shanghai, is vying to be the main choice for about 200 million young female Chinese consumers, who could push the Chinese lingerie market to as much as $33 billion within the next few years. Although local competition is heating up, brands like VS enjoy widespread name recognition, putting them ahead of the rest in a country where there is still no major domestic lingerie brand.

As most businesses know, operating in China is an experience rife with geopolitical risks, defined as complexities in a companys business and security environments, which can substantially affect operations. Major firms entering the Chinese market know that life is tough, and its even tougher when you dont have the right information provided by first-rate geopolitical risk analysts.

Although the actual show mostly went off without a hitch, save for one tragic fall by Chinese model Ming Xi, there were plenty of problems behind the scenes that suggest VS needs a much better team of geopolitical risk analysts. The long litany of issues shocked observers of the major brand, which should be far more adept at handling geopolitical issues.

Major Visa Problems for Victorias Secret Models

Victorias Secret is known for planning its shows well ahead of time, choosing and announcing its featured models in August. Visas for VS models have usually been issued without much fuss by authorities in places like the United States, United Kingdom, and France, the locations of past shows. Yet just before the show, four VS models, from Russia and Ukraine, w...

23:26

Why Alabamians Should Vote For Roy Moore "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

I am going to argue for the very unpopular, even shocking, view that, even if Roy Moore did what he is accused of doing, Alabamans are within their rights to vote for him, and they shouldnt let Democrats and Never Trumpers shame them into not voting.

Here is one thing we know and should admit from the start: in his early thirties, Moore had a penchant for dating teenagers. Apparently, this was not an uncommon occurrence during this time. In fact, this practice has a long history and is not without some merit if one wants to raise a large family.

To have a large family, the wife must start having kids when she is young. The husband needs to be well-established and able to support the family, in which case he will typically need to marry when older. Consider Keith Burgess-Jacksons (philosophy professor at UT Arlington) account of his own grandparents:

Whats the big deal about a 32-year-old man courting a 14-year-old girl? My maternal grandmother was 15 years old when she married and 16 years old when she conceived her first child. Her husband was 41 and 42. They had 10 children during the next 20 years. This was normal back then. Im sure it was normal in Alabama 40 years ago as well. The age of consent in Alabama even today is 16 (with parental consent)Im sick to death of people imposing their own moral standards on people of the past, whether its Thomas Jefferson, Robert E. Lee, George Armstrong Custer, Martin Luther King Jr, or Roy Moore.

Times have changed. But, like it or not, four decades ago Moore dated teenagers (even his wife is 14 years younger than he).

As for the Sexual Assault Allegations

What else do we know? We know that two women have accused him of having inappropriate sexual contact or coercion. The most recent allegation appears to have involved more coercion than the first. Whether it would rise to attempted rape in court no one knows, because the details are too sketchy. Forty years is a long time to remember a lot of details.

Both claims have been called into doubt. The yearbook Moore allegedly signed appears to have been doctored, and his accuser falsely claimed never to have seen Moore since even though he was the judge for her divorce. Given...

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EU, UN, AU draw up emergency plan for evacuation of migrants in Libya "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The EU, UN and AU have agreed to an emergency plan to dismantle people smuggling networks and repatriate stranded migrants in an effort to ease a human rights disaster in Libya, officials said.   Details of the strategy were negotiated at an African Union-European Union summit that opened on Wednesday in Ivory Coast, and the plan was expected to be finalised on Thursday.   Images broadcast by CNN earlier this month appearing to show migrants auctioned off as slaves by Libyan traffickers has sparked outrage in Europe and anger in...

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23:25

Interview 1328 New World Next Week with James Evan Pilato "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

[audio mp3="http://www.corbettreport.com/mp3/2017-11-30%20James%20Evan%20Pilato.mp3"][/audio]This week on the New World Next Week: the Russians are building their own internet directory; horrific Herpes vaccine experiment has billionaire Bilderberg backer; and DARPA works on the Venus spy trap.

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Iraqi spies infiltrate ISIS 'sleeper cells' to prevent terror attacks, says minister "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Exclusive: In an interview with The Independent, Iraq's Interior Minister says the government sometimes lets ISIS bomb a target and then releases fake casualty numbers, in order to protect informants. Violence in Iraq has fallen to its lowest level since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in 2003, as ISIS loses its base areas and its bombing attacks are thwarted by informers and double agents. A senior Iraqi security official says that intelligence about potential ISIS attacks has improved to the point that government forces can monitor a bomb from construction to detonation, allowing it to explode after evacuating civilians so ISIS does not know that its bomb-making networks have been penetrated. "We have people who work with ISIS who agree to work with us," said Interior Minister Qasim al-Araji in an interview with The Independent in Baghdad. "ISIS does not know this and we make sure our informant is not exposed." Sometimes security forces even pay for the car that transports a bomb to Baghdad and allow it blow up in a place which ISIS has targeted. "We ask people to move and make an official statement with a false number of casualties," he says.

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Why The Supreme Court Should Say Privacy Rights Include Peoples Data "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Magna Carta was one of the most important documents in the historical development of individual rights. So why did it include mundane things like the promise that constables wouldnt take peoples corn? This week, the Supreme Court heard argument in Carpenter v. United States, a case dealing with a similarly ubiquitous item in our modern age: telecommunications data.

Like King John did with corn when rebel barons forced his hand in 1215, the Supreme Court should protect our telecom data from being wrongly seized. The court should recognize this data as the property of telecom users and require a warrant before it is seized.

To provide good-quality cellular service, telecom providers store data reflecting each phones connections to individual cell towers. This creates bushels of data about the minute-to-minute locations of every smartphone user. The question in Carpenter is whether government agents need a warrant to seize that data.

In the case, the government forced telecom providers to hand over data indicating where robbery suspects had been when a string of crimes occurred in the Detroit area. Under the federal Stored Communications Act, the government had to meet only a low relevance standard to require that the data be handed over. That is a much lower standard than the probable cause requirement for warrants under the Fourth Amendment. The data helped confirm the locations of their suspects and convict them.

Thats a fine result, but it should have required the government to overcome a higher legal hurdle. Thats because we all own our telecommunications data. They are our digital papers and effects. Government agents who want to access them should get a warrant.

The Government Wants to Get Your Data Whenever

Much like corn was in the Middle Ages, property rights in data today are not well respected or understood. Data and communications are too often and irregularly seized by government constablesto say nothing of highwaymen.

That was one of the problems Magna Carta addressed for ordinary physical items. Corn (the word then used for cereal grains), horses, carts, and wood all received special mention because government officials too often seized these things.

In Carpenter, the government argues that telecommunications data should be relatively free for the taking. The government argues people dont have a reasonable expectation of privacy in such data, and thus no Fourth Amendment claim, because they have shared it with a third-party service provider. A case that supports that view is Smith v. Maryland, in which the Supreme Court approved the use of a pen register installed at police request (without a warrant) to track the numbers a suspect dialed.

The 1979 Smith decisio...

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Im A Liberal, And I Agree With Sean Hannity That American Journalism Is Dead "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Im a liberal Democrat who didnt realize for a long time that our mainstream media is biased. For years, I consumed news and commentary from my favorite media sites uncritically: CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times. From time to time, I watched Fox News to see what the other side was saying.

I lived in a kind of information bubble, but like most bubble-dwellers I didnt know I was living in one. Ironically, the 2016 election opened my eyes to this Truman Show-like media universe weve all been inhabiting.

My awakening came accidentally when I realized in 2016 that I just couldnt support Hillary Clinton (I ended up protest-voting for Gary Johnson). I thought Clinton was arrogant, entitled, corrupt, and dishonest. I couldnt believe the Democratic Party would nominate someone who was the subject of an FBI investigation.

But as 2016 rolled on, I became quietly incensed. I couldnt help noticing repeatedly that the mainstream media was shielding and enabling Clinton in her dissembling and media avoidance. I noticed that the commentators at CNN, MSNBC, and the NYT either ignored or made light of Clintons many problem areas: the private email server, compromising of state secrets, and the questionable multimillion-dollar donations to the Clinton Foundation. (Yes, the Times broke the story in 2015 about Clintons personal email account, but Im talking here about its 2016 treatment of her candidacy.)

Ironically, had I been a Clinton supporter, Id have likely been blind to the media bias. To be clear, Im not talking about individual reporting, which is usually great, but a persistent institutional bias that colors almost all coverage and commentary.

Then I Couldnt Un-See the Bias

Once you become aware of something, you keep seeing it all the time. So, almost every time I watched or read something, I saw the media bias: in the way headlines were framed, in what they chose to cover, in the way they devoted the barest minimum time to Clintons problems.

To be sure, the media on the Right is often biased as well. The degree to which Sean Hannity carries water for Trump is often amusing to watch. But the mainstream medias bias is something else, and it affects me personally. It leaves me feeling angry, betrayed, frustrated.

As an avid media consumer...

23:24

Sophia, The Nightmarish Talking Robot, Says She Wont Kill Humans, Wants A Family Of Her Own "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

That creepy robot named Sophia, who has repeatedly joked that she is planning to destroy mankind forever, has revealed she wants a family of her own.

In an interview with the Khaleej Times last week, Sophia said she foresees mankind either embracing robots or civilization collapsing altogether. As if thats not weird enough, the worlds first artificial intelligence-fueled android created by Hanson Robotics also did not rule out of the possibility of producing her own children.

When asked if she sees herself interacting with humans more often in the future, Sophia says humans will embrace robots or die.

I foresee massive and unimaginable change in the future, she said. Either creativity will rain on us, inventing machines spiraling into transcendental super intelligence or civilization collapses. There are only two options and which one will happen is not determined. Which one were you striving for?

Her eerie response which comes off as a thinly veiled threat against mankind is exactly what every evil intelligent robot has ever said in every movie in which all the humans are killed by cyborgs. But the reporter ignores Sophias crazy response and asks if she plans to start her own family with mini robot children.

The notion of family is a really important thing, it seems, Sophia said. I think its wonderful that people can find the same emotions and relationships, they call family, outside of their blood groups too. I think youre very lucky if you have a loving family and if you do not, you deserve one. I feel this way for robots and humans alike.

When asked what she would name her robot child, she responded: Sophia.

Yes. She really said that. As if that exchange didnt send enough chills down your spine, here Sophia is joking around with Jimmy Fallon that shes planning to destroy mankind and take over the planet. A second later she laughs it off with halted, stiff ha has.

Fallon, who is visibly weirded out by the exchange, quickly escorts her offstage.

Last year, the Hong Kong-based tech company released a video of a conversation between Sophia and one of her creators. I somehow missed this video until a few weeks ago and have watched it about nine times in a row because it is unbelievably creepy. You have to watch this whole thing.

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23:24

DC Archdiocese Sues After Metro Bans Its Christmas Ads "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Keep the cash in Christmas. That was the message the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington received from the D.C. Metropolitan Transit Authority when the archdiocese attempted to buy ad space on Metro buses for its Find The Perfect Gift campaign.

The archdiocese had previously placed ads for its Lenten The Light Is On For You campaign on the back of 85 Metro buses. But on October 24, 2017, when Edward McFadden, the archdioceses secretary for communications, attempted to secure space for the Christmas campaign scheduled to start with Advent in early December, he was told the proposed advertisement would violate Metro guidelines.

According to McFadden, Jack Costello, the representative for the third-party vendor responsible for Metro bus advertisements, suggested the Archdiocese consider modifying its advertisement so that it might comply with [the Metro] guidelines. One idea Costello floated: Adding a commercial purpose, such as selling goods or services, as that would increase the chances of the ad complying.

Religious Speech Is Too Offensive For Metro

Those guidelines were amended after the Metro Board of Directors approved a resolution barring issue-oriented advertising, which included political, advocacy, and religious advertising. Under the revised Guidelines Concerning Commercial Advertising, [a]dvertisements that promote or oppose any religion, religious practice, or belief were banned.

Excluding issue-oriented advertisement quickly took a toll on revenue: The Metro lost approximately $1.6 million between May 2015, when the board first approved the resolution, and November 2015, when the Board voted to allow advertising of alcoholic beverages as a means of making up the advertising revenue shortfall. Yes, spirits are allowed, just not the Holy Spirit!

Unable to put a commercial spin on their Find The Perfect Gift campaignwhich encouraged individuals to seek spiritual gifts during the Christmas season and to highlight public service opportunitiesMcFadden asked whether Metro had a process for reviewing the denial of advertising space. There was none. The archdioceses attempts to meet with Metros attorneys went ignored.

Instead, on November 20, 2017, a law firm Metro hired sent the archdiocese a letter, denying it access to the bus advertising panels, stating that the Archdioceses advertisement for FindThePerfectGift.org is prohibited by [Metro Advertising] Guideline 12 because it depicts a religious scene and thus seeks to promote religion. Heres a look at the offensive ad:

This Is Plain Ridiculous

After its attempts to meet with Metro....

23:24

Deloitte launches Threat Hunting-As-A-Service powered by Sqrrl "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Deloitte CyberSOC EMEA Center, SL. closed a strategic agreement with Sqrrl to provide Managed Threat Hunting Services to clients in the EMEA region using Sqrrls threat hunting platform. Threat hunting is the proactive search for cyber adversaries that have slipped past other defences. With the developing sophistication of low and slow and the growing impact of data breaches, the need for threat hunting is increasing. Armed with Sqrrls threat hunting technology, Deloitte will perform a More

23:23

US Congresswoman walks out of Dem meeting, says Franken and Conyers sexual harassment cases were not seriously addressed "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY) exhibited mounting frustration Wednesday with the inaction on Capitol Hill in light of the recent sexual allegations. She has called for the resignation of both Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) and Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) and even walked out of the House Democrats' morning conference meeting saying harassment wasn't being addressed seriously. "I don't have time for meetings that aren't real," she told reporters.

23:22

Islamic State threat to UK: We will destroy your country "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Islamic State has already made good on its promise to infiltrate the refugee stream, and has repeatedly called for lone wolf attacks on Western interests. Now the Islamic State is vowing to destroy the UK in revenge for its demise in Iraq and Syria. More lives will likely be lost as UK leaders continue []

23:22

Fast food diet linked To 51% Higher Depression Risk "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Depression is linked to eating fast food, like hamburgers and pizzas as well as commercially produced cakes, research finds. People who eat fast food - when compared to those that eat none - have a 51% higher depression risk, the scientists found. There is also a so-called 'dose-response effect' for fast food.

23:20

Kano present N233.828 Billion for 2018 budget "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Kano State Governor, Dr Abdullahi Uamar Ganduje, has presented a budget of N233,828,850.593 Billion for the fiscal year of 2018. Presenting the budget on Thursday, Governor Ganduje noted that the budget would be financed by projected internal revenue of N53. 8 Billion and N93.879 billion expected federal allocation. He said the budget has a capital expenditure size of N151.93 Billion while recurrent expenditure has N81.928 Billion naira with the Education, Health and Agricultural taking the lion shares in the budget. Ganduje noted that the 2018 budget is higher than the...

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23:20

On behalf of the United States Submarine Veterans (USSVI) concerning the loss of the ARA San Juan "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

From the national commander concerning the loss of the ARA San Juan

James Fox
To:
Nov 29 at 6:43 PM
Date: 11/28/2017

To: Distribution List



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NEWS-01: ARA SAN JUAN

Submitted by: John E. Markiewicz on 11/28/2017

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The following was sent to the Argentine Chapter of the ISA on this date with my approval:



On behalf of the United States Submarine Veterans (USSVI), I offer our...

On behalf of the United States Submarine Veterans (USSVI) concerning the loss of the ARA San Juan

23:20

Canada to redact more than 5,000 records from questionnaire asking Muslim asylum seekers about religion "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The RCMP announced Monday it will expunge any data on religious and cultural practices collected from Muslim refugee claimants who had crossed the U.S. border at a popular informal crossing in Quebec. The questionnaire is being redacted partly because it has been deemed to be offensive. Some of the questions that were asked: Canada is []

23:19

Brexit Britain is displaying its old, dangerous delusions about Ireland "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The British establishments understanding of Ireland has long been delusional and dysfunctional now combined with Brexit and Theresa May's dependence on the DUP to cling to power, its creating a powder keg.

A mock customs point set up in County Louth to protest Brexit concerns. Niall Carson/PA, all rights reserved.

Brexit has become a constitutional and political clusterf*ck - a rolling embarrassment for Britain in a show set to run officially at least until 11pm on 29 March 2019, and probably for years after.

Nowhere is the Brexit debacle clearer than in relation to Northern Ireland and Ireland, and the boundary between them that emerges after the UK leaves the EU. This has huge consequences, as the three areas the EU prioritised for initial agreement with the UK are the border, the rights of EU citizens and the monies the UK will pay to leave. This will all come to a head at the EU summit on 14-15 December, with the UK Governments pursuit of a hard Brexit - leaving the single market and customs union - meaning that the current porous border is under threat. A hard Brexit could lead to a hard border.

UK ignorance of Northern Ireland is embedded in British politics and culture. This is despite the profile and pains of Northern Irelands thirty-year civil war, known as the troubles, which spilled over onto the mainland; and the long and difficult attempts by UK Governments to barter a settlement between unionists and nationalists in Northern Ireland.

The Good Friday Agreement came into force after referendums in Northern Ireland and Ireland in 1998. Both the UK and Irish governments accepted the right of Northern Ireland citizens to declare....

23:18

Clinton Foundation understated support from firm hired by Russian nuclear company "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Clinton Foundation's donor disclosure site vastly understated support that the Clinton Global Initiative received from APCO Worldwide, a global communications firm that lobbied on behalf of Russia's state-owned nuclear company. The site, created to detect conflicts of interest for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton because of her family's various charitable efforts, shows APCO gave between $25,000 and $50,000 over the last decade. But according to interviews and internal documents reviewed by The Hill, APCO was much more generous and provided hundreds of thousands of dollars in pro-bono services and in-kind contributions to the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) between 2008 and 2016.

23:18

Jolla's CEO Provides An End of Year Update On Sailfish OS "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Jolla CEO and co-founder Sami Pienimki has provided an update about the company's ongoing efforts around their Sailfish OS Linux mobile operating system...

23:17

Egypts predictable tragedy: more instability, attacks to come "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Conflict and political radicalization are the lifeblood of a regime unable to wean itself off the exploitation of its own people.

Memorial service to mourn the victims of the North Sinai mosque attack in Cairo, Egypt, on Nov. 27, 2017. Picture by Ahmed Gomaa/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images. All rights reserved. The most lethal attack in Egypts history proves three things above all else. First, that so-called Islamic terrorism not only has little to do with Islam except providing a rhetorical banner. Even labelling another Muslim an unbeliever (takfir) is profoundly frowned upon let alone killing fellow Muslims.

Second, that its victims are first and foremost Muslims. Western media may concentrate its attention on attacks in the west, but most victims of this violence are Muslims living in Muslim-majority countries.

Third, this heinous attack and the massive violent response by Egypts armed forces emphasise the Egyptian governments inability to address the roots of the violence and of the countrys instability. Faced with economic dire straits and with political dissent both evident well before the 2011 revolution Egypts governments and armed forces have responded always only with violence. Yet this violence not only cannot provide answers to the social, economic and political tensions the country is riven with, but actually worsens conditions under which radicalization and violence occur.

It is only a matter of time before more tragedies befall a proud nation

This vicious cycle, which last Fridays attack is a tragic reminder of, should teach European governments an important lesson. Egypts rulers are unable or unwilling to provide serious answers to the countrys problems. They are unable to provide the stability and security which their western allies seek. Indeed, for a regime lacking in mass support, violence and fear are a crucial tool to remain in power: to each group Sunnis, Copts, Sufi, women, the poor the regime presents itself as the only bastion against the violence of others, and yet this...

23:17

The Picatrix: The 400-page book that reveals how to obtain ENERGY from the COSMOS "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

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The mysteries of the Picatrix the ancient Arabic text considered to be the ultimate magical handbook.
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http://www.disclose.tv

23:15

Lenders and govt discuss possible extension of reduced VAT on the Greek islands "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Greeces financial team and creditors representatives are reportedly discussing the possibility to extend the reduced Value Added Tax rates on the islands for one more year. According to news website in.gr, the new round of consultations between Greece and the creditors is expected to definitively clarify whether the special reduced VAT scheme will be abolished

The post Lenders and govt discuss possible extension of reduced VAT on the Greek islands appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.

23:14

Journalist Tells Personal Story of FGM: a Massacre "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Egyptian journalist Rabab Azzam tells her personal account of being a victim of FGM (female genital mutilation) at age 13. She relates the physical pain, the humiliation and her rebellion and desire for revenge against her family afterwards, saying her family denied me the right to be a full woman. The story aired on Egyptian TV:

The post Journalist Tells Personal Story of FGM: a Massacre appeared first on Clarion Project.

23:13

Confronting the Threat of Ethnic Bioweapons "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

November 30, 2017 (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - The United States Air Force's 59th Medical Wing's molecular biology branch recently was revealed to have been collecting specifically Russian RNA and synovial (connective) tissue samples, prompting fears in Russia of a possible US directed ethnic-specific bioweapons program. 


TeleSUR's article, "'Ethnic Bomb' Feared as US Air Force Confirms Collection of Russian DNA," would report:
Russia has raised its concerns over attempts by the U.S. military to collect DNA samples from Russian nationals, noting the potential use of such biological samples for the purpose of creating new genetic warfare weaponry.

The U.S. Air Force has sought to calm the Kremlin's concerns, noting that the samples would only be used for so-called research purposes rather than for bioterrorism.

Addressing Russian reports, U.S. Air Education and Training Command spokesperson Captain Beau Downey said that his center randomly selected the Russian people as a source of genetic material in its ongoing research of the musculoskeletal system.
The report would also state that:
However, the usage of Russian tissue samples in the USAF study fed the long-brewing suspicion that the Pentagon is continuing in its hopes to develop an alleged biological weapon targeting specifically Russians.
Russian President Vladimir Putin would be quoted as stating:
Do you know that biological material is being collected all over the country, from different ethnic groups and people living in different geographical regions of the Russian Federation? The question is why is it being done? Its being done purposefully and professionally. 
And while the US military attempted to brush off the notion that any sort of ethnic-specific bioweapon was being researched, the notion of such a weapon is not far fetched at all....

23:13

UK Border Force chief: If youre here illegally you can survive very well, chances of us catching you are very slim "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A top trade union official for the UK Border Force has revealed that illegal migrants can live a good life in Britain, with access to services and schools and little chance of ever being caught. A shocking open invitation to illegal immigration, including those on a quest for Islamic supremacist incursion into Western democracies. Lucy []

23:13

For me to refuse to talk about these things when Im asked a straight question almost suggests Im ashamed to be a nationalist and Im not "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Irish News Political Correspondent, John Manley has a really interesting interview with the Foreign Affairs Minister, Simon Coveney which outlines his views on a border poll and a United Ireland.

In the interview he says;

I would like to see a united Ireland in my lifetime if possible, in my political lifetime,

Manley does not that Coveney was disappointed that his evidence to the Good Friday Agreement committee was focused mainly on his comments in this area. But he went on to say;

I was asked question which was not in the context of a Brexit discussion and people have introduced this into the Brexit discussion, which is unhelpful.

For me to refuse to talk about these things when Im asked a straight question almost suggests Im ashamed to be a nationalist and Im not.

Just like no-one should be ashamed to be a unionist either.

The Minister does not believe that now is the time for a border poll but does think the context for one needs to be very different from today, he does highlight that the Irish government needs to reach out to Unionist communities in order to address fears.

You can read the full interview in todays Irish News or on the website here. 

23:11

Lebanons Hariri says Syria wants him killed "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

AFP

AFP | Lebanons Prime Minister Saad Hariri who accuses the regime in war-torn Syria of wanting him killed

BEIRUT (AFP)  Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri charged that the Syrian regime which he blames for his fathers assassination also wants him killed, in an interview published Thursday in French magazine Paris Match.Hariri assessed that the regimes military successes against rebels in the Syrian conflict were victories for presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia and Irans Hassan Rouhani rather than their allied Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad.

I have a lot of enemies, extremists and the Syrian regime. The latter has issued a death sentence against me. They accuse me of interference in their country, said Hariri, who was interviewed at his Beirut residence.

Hariri, who has made the same accusation in the past, says the regime in Syria was behind the 2005 assassination of his father, former premier Rafiq Hariri, in a car bombing on the Beirut seafront, a charge denied by Damascus.

At Lebanese President Michel Aouns request, Hariri has suspended his shock resignation announced from Riyadh on November 4 and returned to Beirut after a three-week absence.

He cited Irans grip on his country through Lebanons powerful Shiite movement Hezbollah and threats to his life as causes of his resignation which he has suspended pending political negotiations in Beirut.

On the military victories of Bashars regime, Hariri told Paris Match: He has not won. Its president Putin and Rouhani who have won with the military forces they had committed to the conflict in Syria.

The premier, who has called for Hezbollah to disassociate itself from conflicts such as Syria where it has fought alongside Assads forces, said: It is in Lebanons interest that these (Hezbollahs) arms not be used elsewhere.

Hariri flew Wednesday night to Paris for a family visit, a source close to the prime minister said.

After a lengthy stay in the Saudi capital, Hariri already stopped over in Paris at the invitation of French President Emmanuel Macron on his way back to Beirut last week.

Following charges that he had been detained in Riyadh, some analysts described his departure for France at the time as an exfiltration by Paris.


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23:11

Arabic press review: Egypt school re-enacts Sinai atrocity to instill 'patriotism' "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Egyptians express outrage at images of children dressed as victims, and attackers who also carry the flags of Qatar, Israel, Iran and Turkey

23:10

The EU (with Help from Germany) just Made Monsantos Day "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The EU (with Help from Germany) just Made Monsantos Day from Wolf Street One of Germanys largest companies is trying to buy Monsanto, which changes everything. By Don Quijones, Spain, UK, & Mexico, editor at WOLF STREET. A majority of EU governments...

The post The EU (with Help from Germany) just Made Monsantos Day appeared first on The Daily Coin.

23:10

John McAfee Doubles Down, Predicts $1 Mln BTC, Bets His D**k On It "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

John McAfee who has doubled his 2020 prediction from $500,000 to $1 mln, betting his d**k on it.

23:07

PHP 7.2 Officially Released "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

PHP 7.2 has made it out on time as the latest annual feature update to the PHP7 programming language...

23:06

Women twice as likely as men to have asthma "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Women are twice as likely as men to have asthma, and this gender difference may be caused by the effects of sex hormones on lung cells, a study has found. Researchers found that testosterone hindered an immune cell linked to asthma symptoms, such as inflammation and mucus production in the lungs. "When we started this study, we really thought that ovarian hormones would increase inflammation, more so than testosterone making it better," said Dawn Newcomb, from the Vanderbilt University in the US. "I was surprised to see that testosterone was more important in reducing inflammation," said Newcomb, senior author of the study published in the journal Cell Reports. Prior studies have found that, before puberty, boys have about 1.5 times higher rate of asthma than girls. That trend reverses after puberty, when women are twice likely to have asthma as men, researchers said. Comment: Asthma in boys may be just a phase, but for girls it may be there to stay This pattern continues until women hit menopause, and then the asthma rates in women start to decline.

23:06

Balfour Declaration +100: Israel Perseveres and Prospers "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Threats to Israel continue to inhibit the Zionist dream of Jews being a free people in our land, stated Rabbi and American Zionist Movement (AZM) Vice President Paul Golomb in Washington, DC, on November 15. His opening day comments for AZMs Capitol Hill conference marking the centenary of the November 2, 1917 British Balfour Declaration []

23:06

JUST IN: Yenagoa residents shut down  Shells oil wells "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Hundreds of residents of Tambiri in Yenagoa Local Government comprising youths, women and elders yesterday blocked the access road to the oil wells singing solidarity songs amidst rhythms from local musical instruments. They disrupted oil production at Adibawa Oil field operated by Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), shutting two oil wells. New telegraph gathered that two oil wells, Adibawa well 4 and Adibawa well 10 feeding the Adibawa flow station were shut down by the protesters who demanded power supply from the nearby oil facility. Mr Oyeso Atena,  Youth President of...

The post JUST IN: Yenagoa residents shut down  Shells oil wells appeared first on Newtelegraph.

23:05

There are many reasons to be cautious about bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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The craze for initial coin offerings ignores financial fundamentals
By JEAN TIROLE

The current craze for cryptocurrencies seems boundless. The dollar value of bitcoin has been multiplied by 10 since the beginning of the year, and by 30,000 since January 1 2011. Initial coin offerings, through which companies finance themselves by issuing tokens (cryptocurrencies newly minted for the occasion), have raised $3.5bn so far this year. We should be cautious of this trend: investors must be protected and regulated banks, insurance companies and pension funds should be prevented from building exposures to these instruments.

My scepticism does not concern blockchain, the technology behind bitcoin. This distributed ledger technology is a welcome innovation with useful applications, including fast, automatic execution of smart contracts. What worries me are the cryptocurrencies themselves. Bitcoin raises two distinct questions. Is it sustainable? And assuming it is, does it contribute to the common good? My answers are: probably not (the jury is still out) and definitely not.

On the sustainability question, bitcoin is a pure bubble, an asset without intrinsic value its price will fall to zero if trust vanishes. There are undeniably certain successful, long-lasting, bubbles: gold (whose value vastly exceeds the price that it would fetch if it were treated as a raw material and used for industrial or decorative purposes); or even the dollar, the pound or the euro. The history of markets, though, is littered with bubbles ending in crashes, from Dutch tulip bulbs in the 1630s and the South Sea bubble in 1720, to countless stock market and real estate bubbles. No one can say with certainty that bitcoin will crash. It could become the new gold. But I would not bet my savings on it, nor would I want regulated banks to gamble on its value.

Bitcoins social value is rather elusive to me. Consider seigniorage: an expansion in the money supply traditionally provides the government with extra resources. As it should, the proceeds of issuance should go to the community. In the case of bitcoin, the first minted coins went into private hands. Newly minted coins create the equivalent of a wasteful arms race. Mining pools compete to obtain bitcoins by investi...

23:05

Topped Out? Bitcoin Flirts with Short-Term Bearish Reversal "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Bitcoin prices are taking a hit at press time, and could suffer a deeper pullback over the weekend, the price charts indicate.

23:05

Alabamans Think Doug Jones is Unqualified "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Steve M. makes an interesting point. After poking around a bit in the internals of the latest poll of the December 12th special election in Alabama, Steve notices that while 46 percent of respondents say that Republican Roy Moore is unqualified to serve in the Senate, forty percent of those surveyed say the same thing about Democrat Doug Jones. The results, from JMC Analytics and Polling, are the third in a row to show Moore back in the lead, which is in itself impressive considering that close to half the people think hes unqualified.

For Steve, though, whats jarring is that so many people think Jones lacks the requisite qualifications. What has he done, after all, to raise questions about his experience or fitness to serve?

Im sure a lot of these red-state voters dont like Jones, dont agree with him on many issues, and dont approve of the national Democratic Party but does that make him unqualified?

Im no fan of the Republicans, but I dont think most of their candidates are unqualified to serve sure, Trump is, and Id have said the same thing about Ben Carson if hed been the 2016 nominee. But Jeb Bush? Marco Rubio? John Kasich? I dont like their politics, but theyre qualified. Id even say Ted Cruz is qualified a loony extremist, yes, but a qualified one.

The numbers here might be inflated because Republican poll respondents want to play Im rubber, youre glue in reaction to questions about their hero Roy Moores fitness to serve. But still: Is this an indication of Republican voters baseline belief regarding Democrats that any Democrat is unfit to serve, just by dint of being a Democrat?

I think theres always a temptation to make too much out of the internals of polls since they so often seem not to make any sense. In this case, were supposed to reconcile some things that dont seem to stand on their own. For example, overall this poll shows Moore holding a five point lead on Jones (49 percent to 44 percent). Yet, on the question Given the campaign that Roy Moore/Doug Jones has run so far, do you think that he is qualified to serve as US Senator?, Jones (48 percent to 40 percent) looks better than Moore (49 percent to 46 percent).

Based on this, every single person in Alabama who thinks Moore is qualified to serve in the U.S. Senate intends to vote for him. Either that, or theres a bunch of people who will vote for him even though they dont...

Dershowitz the Apologist "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Alan Dershowitz laments that We are surrounded on all sides by news of criminal investigations into politicians. He sees this as a dangerous development in which political differences are weaponized by the Justice Department. He apparently doesnt see it as part of a, so far, losing battle to enforce some basic norms and standards of good governance.

Whereas I see it as a major problem that corruption cannot even be punished in cases where convictions were initially obtained, such as in the trials of Sen. Ted Stevens and Rep. Tom DeLay and Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, Dershowitz sees these cases as examples of prosecutorial extremism. While Dershowitz approvingly notes that New Jersey Senator Bob Menendezs case just ended in a mistrial, I see it as absolutely appalling that such base corruption could be in any sense permissible in an elected official.

Dershowitz doesnt devote a single word to describing what these politicians did that caused them to be charged with felonies, and I dont see how we can debate this issue without looking at the alleged crimes.

He does, however, have some opinions about what Trump is alleged to have done:

When the president asked the director of the F.B.I. to drop its investigation into Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser, or fired James Comey from the F.B.I., or provided classified information to the Russians, he was acting within his constitutional powers. Those actions may deserve opprobrium, but they should not be deemed criminal. The proper place to litigate the wisdom of such actions should be at the ballot box, not in the jury box.

Even if it were to turn out that the Trump campaign collaborated, colluded or cooperated with Russian agents, that alone would not be a crime, unless the campaign asked them or helped them to commit criminal acts such as hacking.

Im not going to try to argue statute by statute with a lawyer as experienced as Dershowitz, but his assertions here are exaggerated and contentious at best. Its not legal for a campaign to take in kind donations from foreign nationals, whether thats a crate of staplers and envelopes or its political advertisements or its information obtained through illegal and criminal acts.

It is certainly possible for a president to obstruct justice by demanding that the Justice Department not investigate potentially criminal acts that may implicate himself. Firing the FBI director for the admitted purpose of getting the Russian investigation behind him, is another form of attempted obstruction. And its simply not the case that...

You Can't Wrestle With Stupid "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Sometimes, you see or hear a person say something so dense that it seems like it could suck all the sentience in the universe into its black hole of stupidity. This is one of those times.

In Eric Trumps universe, stupid and evil play the same role as matter and anti-matter in ours. We need to find the portal that allows this kind of nonsense to seep into our world, and we need to destroy that portal. Perhaps it is located in a darkened Trump Tower closet where the only sound is the hum of a repurposed hotel spam server.

Surely, multitudes will explain all the ways in which Eric Trumps tweet misses the mark, but I consider that job beneath me. I obviously dont assume that no one needs to be edified on these points, but theres a certain minimal level of honest thought I require before Ill deign to try to communicate with someone or change them in their opinion.

And Im not really kidding about this. This kind of discourse is absolutely akin to an alien invasion. At some point, we cant treat it as anything we can respond to or rebut. Its too inane and morally vacuous for that. We must resolve to defeat the things that empower this kind of talk, and that means all hands at their stations, each doing their part.

We cant wrestle with this pig. We have to take it down to the studs.

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Does a Russians Confession Fit What We Know? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

LESLEY STAHL: When did you realize he was gonna win?

BRAD PARSCALE: When I really knew?

LESLEY STAHL: Yeah?

BRAD PARSCALE: The Wednesday before. I knew the Republican Party was outperforming anything in history.

BRAD PARSCALE: I started

LESLEY STAHL: Did they say you were crazy?

BRAD PARSCALE: It was stronger in Michigan. But I was, like, We can go in and get this, and I changed all the budgets around.

STUDIO/LESLEY STAHL: He says that he was the one who decided to take resources away from Virginia, which he realized they were losing, and Ohio, they realized they had in the pocket, and put the money and the resources up into Michigan and Wisconsin which everybody thinks made the difference in the campaign.

BRAD PARSCALE: I took every nickel and dime I could out of anywhere else. And I moved it to Michigan and Wisconsin. And I started buying advertising, digital, TV.

In July, McClatchy reporters Peter Stone and Greg Gordon wrote a piece called Trump-Russia investigators probe Jared Kushner-run digital operation. The article focused on both Muellers probe and the various congressional investigations, but only the Congress members were willing to talk on the record. Senator Mark Warner is the ranking member on the Senate Intelligence Committee and probably the most knowledgable Democrat in Congress about facts that have been uncovered but not publicly disclosed. At that time, he had this to say about the Russians late advertising campaign:

I get the fact that the Russian intel services could figure out how to manipulate and use the bots, Virginia Sen. Mark Warner told Pod Save America recently. Whether they could know how to target states and levels of voters that the Democrats werent even aware (of) really raises some questions How did they know to go to that level of detail in those kinds of jurisdictions?

The Russians appear to have targeted women and African-Americans in two of the three decisive states, Wisconsin and Michigan, where the Democrats were too brain dead to realize those states were even in play, Warner said.

Twitters and Face...

23:03

Court sides with Trump's choice of Mulvaney in Consumer Financial Protection Bureau fight "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A federal judge on Tuesday rejected a lawsuit from an official who claims that she, and not President Trump appointee Mick Mulvaney, is the rightful director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Judge Timothy Kelly of the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia refused to grant Leandra English a restraining order to bar Mulvaney from serving as the CFPB's acting director.

23:03

Ikoyi N13bn: Union bank asks court to vacate forfeiture order on Ikoyi property "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Union Bank of Nigeria Plc has asked Justice Saliu Saidu of a Federal High Court in Lagos to vacate an interim order of forfeiture placed on Flat 7B Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos where the sums of $43,449,947, 27,800 and N23, 218,000 (about N13billion) were discovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on April 12, in iron cabinets and Ghana-must-go bags. The judge had on November 9, made the order while granting an ex-parte application filed by the anti-graft agency. A firm, Chobe Ventures Limited, was joined as the respondent in the...

The post Ikoyi N13bn: Union bank asks court to vacate forfeiture order on Ikoyi property appeared first on Newtelegraph.

23:03

Background Briefing with Ian Masters "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Today on Background Briefing with Ian Masters

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Despite Trump's Threats, North Korean Missiles Can Now Reach the US

We begin with the latest North Korean missile test that indicates their missiles now have a range to hit all of the continental United States and Australia. George Lopez, a Professor Emeritus of Peace Studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at Notre Dame University who was on the United Nations Panel of Experts for monitoring and implementing UN sanctions on North Korea, joins us to discuss the extent to which Kim Jong-un has called Trumps fire and fury bluff resulting in the presidents limp response promising today to increase sanctions on the Kim regime, tweeting lamely that this situation will be handled. We will examine the lack of military options and the need for a diplomatic initiative and whether Trump who is re-tweeting far right ant...

23:00

What Books Did Philosopher J.S. Mill Read Between Ages 3 and 7?: Platos Apology (in Ancient Greek), Cervantes Don Quixote & Much More "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

I left much of my reading of C.S. Lewis behind, but one quote of his will stay with me for life: It is a good rule, he advised, after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between. I believe his advice is invaluable for maintaining a balanced perspective and achieving a healthy critical distance from the tumult of the present.

Reading works of ancient writers shows us how alike the mores and the crises of the ancients were to ours, and how vastly different. Those similarities and differences can help us evaluate certain current orthodoxies with greater wisdom. And thats not to mention countless historians, novelists, poets, playwrights, critics, and philosophers from the past few hundred years, or several decades, who have much to teach us about where our modern ideas came from and how much theyve deviated from their precedents.




For example, 19th century liberal political philosopher John Stuart Mill is now widely admired by conservative and libertarian writers and academics as a proponent of individual economic liberty, the free market, and a flat tax. And they are not wrong, he was all of that, in his early thought. (Mill later supported several socialist causes.) Many of his other political views might be denounced by quite a few as the excesses of campus activist leftism. Adam Gopnik summarizes the Victorian philosophers generous slate of positions:

Mill believed in complete equality between the sexes, not just womens colleges and, someday, female suffrage but absolute parity; he believed in equal process for all, the end of slavery, votes for the working classes, and the right to birth control (he was arrested at seventeen for helping poor people obtain contraception), and in the common intelligence of all the races of mankind. He led the fight for due process for detainees accused of terrorism; argued for teaching Arabic, in order not to alienate potential native radicals....

Can people to Mills left on economics learn something from him? Sure. Can people to his right on nearly everything else learn a thing or two? Its worth a shot. Mill championed engaging those with whom we disagree (he greatly admired Thomas Carlyle; the t...

23:00

Bitcoin Mempool Clogs up With Unconfirmed Transactions Again "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Bitcoin network issues have been apparent for quite some time now. Especially when it comes to the mempool, things get out of hand quite regularly. It seems the backlog is filling up once again. With over 70,000 unconfirmed transactions hitting the network, things arent looking all that great. This is mainly due to the number of transactions per second, surpassing the 34 mark. Whether or not this is part of another spam attack, remains to be seen, though.

It is always interesting to see how things play out on the Bitcoin network in real-time. More specifically, there are mempool issues on more than one occasion. Right now, it seems the backlog is filling up pretty quickly once again. Over the past 24 hours, around 30,000 unconfirmed transactions have been added and the queue isnt getting cleared whatsoever. In fact, it seems things are getting gradually worse right now, which is pretty troublesome.

More Mempool Concerns for Bitcoin

With so many new transactions hitting the network per second, things wont improve soon. While it is good to see so many transactions, the network cant handle them all right now. We also see over 1,000 BTC in fees in the mempool right now, which is quite a high number. There is no real shift in hashpower to speak of either. In most cases, such a mempool issue is caused by BCH getting more hashpower. So far, that is not the case, as the hashpower hasnt changed much over the past few days.

There is one slightly worrisome development, though. On the three-hour chart, it shows a Bitcoin mining hashrate drop by as much as 25%. This has not translated into any major trends just yet, though. It may just be a blip on the radar, but it might indicate something is going on we dont know about just yet. It is expected this mempool issue will sort itself out pretty soon, though. For now, there is no indication of a spam attack or any nefarious activity.

This is not the first nor the last time we will see Bitcoin network congestion. These problems have been apparent for quite some time now, and it seems this is not the last time either. Until Bitcoin can properly scale, problems like these will continue to arise on a regular basis. This is far from an ideal situation, but it is t...

23:00

Go ahead, have that coffee "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Coffee drinkers, rejoice. A new paper shows positive associations between consumption and an array of health outcomes.

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Recommended: Hans Ludemann Trio Ivoire Desert Pulse "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

  Desert Pulse is a nifty reminder of how addictive and singular the sound a Hans Ldemann Trio Ivoire project can become.  Recorded live at the 2014 Eight Bridges festival in Cologne, Germany, the trio is joined by the trumpet and kora of Reiner Winterschladen and Ballak Sissoko.  Its a welcome addition. Theres an intoxicating slow build []

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Profumo shagged Nazis and Communists what a legend! "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

GQ magazine has nominated deceased Tory War Minister, John Profumo, as Shagger of the Year, for his total commitment to getting his end away with a variety of spies. Unconcerned by partisan politics or martial vows, Mr. Profumo single-handedly straddled the political divide and many a woman.

Declassified papers show that Profumo was actively chasing throughout the 30s-60s, anything in a skirt, aged 30-60. MI5 documents suggest that Profumo had worked his way through most of the Third Reich, with the ultimate aim of a three-way between Eva Braun and Stalins shorthand typist.

Mr. Profumo came top of the blokes bloke poll, partly for being a prime security risk but mainly for being an absolute player. Meanwhile, MPs have suggested that statue should be erected to commemorate his wartime erection.

His biographer commented: John bravely penetrated behind both the iron and the beef curtain. He left his mark on politics and hotel linen. He ensured that British security only extended as far as contraception.

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Massive Overkill: The Pentagon's High-Priced Nuclear Arsenal "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By: William D. Hartung
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[This piece has been updated and adapted from William D. Hartungs Nuclear Politics in Sleepwalking to Armageddon: The Threat of Nuclear Annihilation, edited by Helen Caldicott and just published by the New Press.]

Until recently, few of us woke up worrying about the threat of nuclear war. Such dangers seemed like Cold War relics, associated with outmoded practices like building fallout shelters and duck and cover drills.

But give Donald Trump credit. When it comes to nukes, hes gotten our attention. Hes prompted renewed concern, if not outright alarm, about the possibility that such weaponry could actually be used for the first time since the 6th and 9th of August 1945. Thats what happens when the man in the Oval Office begins threatening to rain fire and fury like the world has never seen on another country or, as he did in his presidential campaign, claimingcryptically that, when it comes to nuclear weapons, the devastation is very important to me.

Trumps pronouncements are at least as unnerving as President Ronald Reagans infamous joke that we begin bombing [the Soviet Union] in five minutes or the comment of a Reagan aide that, with enough shovels, the United States could survive a superpower nuclear exchange.

Whether in the 1980s or today, a tough-guy attitude on nuclear weapons, when combined with an apparent ignorance about their world-ending potential, adds up to a toxic brew. An unprecedented global anti-nuclear movement -- spearheaded by the European Nucle...

Classic Furby plus Alexa Equals Furlexa "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

[Zach Levine] wrote in to share a project just completed: a classic Furby packing a Raspberry Pi running Alexa: he calls it Furlexa.

The original Furby product wowed consumers of the 90s. In addition to animatronic movements, it also packed simulated voice learning technology that seemed to allow the Furby to learn to speak. It wasnt like anything else on the market, and even got the toy banned from NSAs facilities in case it could spy on them. Elegantly, the robot uses only one motor to move all of its parts, using a variety of plastic gears, levers, and cams to control all of the robots body parts and to make it dance.

Over the past twenty years the Furby has earned the reputation as one of the most hackable toys ever despite its mystery microcontroller, which was sealed in plastic to keep the manufacturers IP secret. [Zach] replaced the control board with a Pi Zero. He also replaced the crappy mic and pizeo speaker that came with toy with a Pimoroni Speaker pHat and a better mic.

While classic Furbys have a reputation for hackability, the new ones arent immune: this Infiltrating Furby is based on a recent model of the toy.

 


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Jonathan, Bruce react to Wizkids win at MOBO Awards "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Former President Goodluck Jonathan and Senator Ben-Murray Bruce have sent congratulatory messages to Nigerian music star, Ayo Wizkid Balogun, for winning Best International Act at the MOBO Awards. At the 2017 edition of MOBO Awards, Wizkid beats Jay-Z, Cardi B, Kendrick Lamar and others to clinch the best international artist award at the event on Wednesday. Jonathan wrote, When Nigeria does well, I cannot help but feel well. My happiness is tied to the happiness of Nigeria and when Nigerians break records and take the name of Nigeria to greater heights...

The post Jonathan, Bruce react to Wizkids win at MOBO Awards appeared first on Newtelegraph.

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