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Thursday, 03 May


Shaun Kirk 'Howlin at the Moon' Single Launch Tour "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Wednesday 2nd May, 6.00pm 10.00pm, Bank Coffee House & Wine Bar

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Sunday, 07 January


Festival of Small Halls Summer Tour 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Saturday 6th Jan, 6.30pm 9.30pm, Longford Town Hall

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Thursday, 14 December


William Carter: The Case of the Missing Barrels "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Tripoli was dangerous not as dangerous as Benghazi but still dangerous. Random, lethal violence was to be expected. There were no police officers, no official law enforcement of any kind only tribal militia, who ruled the roost. He told me to be careful of ambushes while being driven around the city. What should I do if I get ambushed? I asked. Well, standard operating procedure in the army is to shoot your way out. Dont be static. Push on, fight back. I pointed out to him that I was an unarmed middle-aged lawyer who would be sitting in the back of a rickety saloon car when the moment came. He shrugged.

Neal Ascherson: Gorbachevs Dispensation "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Not many people change the world. Fewer still are thanked for it. Adolf Hitler changed the world on 22 June 1941: by invading the Soviet Union, he delivered Hitlers Europe, the divided continent we lived in until 1989. We were not grateful for that. Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev changed the world, as so many adoring millions saw it at the time, by ending the threat of their extermination by nuclear war and by allowing Europes captive nations to liberate themselves. But then, a Samson already blinded by his enemies, he brought down the gigantic temple of the Soviet Union on his own head, and his own power perished with it.

Jean McNicol: Harriet Harman "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Harman was first elected to the shadow cabinet in 1992 and her account of her difficulties in her first job, as shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, Gordon Browns deputy, are typical of the descriptions she gives of her ministerial career as a whole. She stresses her own inadequacy and failure in a way its almost impossible to imagine a mans political memoir doing.

Eric Foner: After Hamilton "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

One political leader who apparently tried to act on the idea of establishing a new nation in the heart of North America was Aaron Burr. Apparently, because the exact scope and intentions of what came to be known as the Burr Conspiracy of 1805-7 remain murky at best. Until recently, Burr was really known for one thing: killing Alexander Hamilton in a duel in 1804.

Letters "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The letters page from London Review of Books Vol. 39 No. 24 (14 December 2017)

Table of contents "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Table of contents from London Review of Books Vol. 39 No. 24 (14 December 2017)

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Sunday, 10 December


Farmers Market Wayville "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Adelaide families now have the opportunity buy fresh food directly from producers from all over SA at the Adelaide Showground Farmers Market. The 20,000 strong crowd that turned up for the farmers market which formed the centrepiece of the 'Go Organic Festival' in September in 2005 encouraged the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society (RAHS) to back the foundation of a permanent farmers market by a not-for-profit community organisation. The market opened on October 1st 2006 with a massive crowd of 10,000 shoppers and runs each Sunday (apart from the weeks of the Royal Show) from 9am-1pm.

In the tradition of farmers markets, it is a food market at which both food producers and consumers can get a fair price for food produced in SA and support regional and sustainable land use. The market guarantees that you buy direct from the producer and is known for its strict adherence to the ethics of farmers markets which now number in their thousands worldwide as families seek to avoid overstored food from major retailers who pass on meagre prices to farmers. In Australia, the farmers market movement is represented by the Australian Farmers Market Association and SA's peak body, the SA Farmers Market Association, will soon be launched.

The Adelaide Showground location is superb, with a major bike trail, the Glenelg tram line, a major rail line, numerous bus routes all converging to make it one of the most accessible sites in Adelaide. Parking is also easy and cheap.

120 producers offer their extraordinarily diverse products (everything from oysters to almonds and bread to boysenberries!). It is accessed from the car parks at the Leader Street (southern) end of the Showgrounds.  

Becoming a member brings with it 10% discount on all purchases as well as a right to vote in the management of the market. Details and memberships are available at

The Food Forest is a foundation stallholder at the market and presents a wide range of foods, always including its signature specialty - organically certified pistachio nuts. We are there on alternate weeks (we run short courses on the other weekends).

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Saturday, 09 December


Beyond the scandal: what is Ukraines new education law really about? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

After three years of discussion, Ukraine has adopted a new framework law on education. Its only caused more debate. RU

Photo (CC BY-SA 2.5): Vodnik / Wiki. Some rights reserved.Ukraines new law on education came into force on 28 September: the previous regulatory document had been around for 26 years. This new law has been four years in the making: three to debate its content and one for amendments between its first and second reading (100 were added at this stage).

After the law was finally passed, Ukraines Minister of Education Liliya Grinevich called it the key instrument for modernising Ukraines education system and bringing it up to EU standards. In Hungary and Romania, however, a serious row has arisen over Paragraph Seven of the new law, which regulates the language of instruction for Ukraines ethnic minorities. The Hungarian government reacted to the new law by threatening to hit back hard over Ukraines future in other words, to block any Ukrainian initiatives within the European Unions Eastern Partnership and initiate a re-examination of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. In September, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis cancelled a visit to Ukraine, saying he was unpleasantly surprised that the Ukrainian Parliament had, without any preliminary discussion with Ukraines partners, passed a law placing strict limits on the rights of ethnic minorities to be taught in their own language(s).

On 28 September, Ukraine sent the text of the new legi...


Chrome site isolation option offers more security "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Chrome 63, which was promoted to the stable release channel on Wednesday, comes with many security fixes and improvements, especially for the enterprise audience. Site Isolation The biggest news is Site Isolation. Enterprise IT administrators can now make it so that Chrome renders content for each open website in a separate process, isolated from other websites. Site isolation can be turned on for all websites, or for a list of specific websites (e.g. sites that More


Strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake hits Kermadec Islands "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.2 hit the Kermadec Islands, New Zealand at 02:09 UTC on December 8, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 0 km. EMSC is reporting...... Read more

Mapping areas at risk from liquefaction "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

A team of researchers has joined forces to investigate and find solutions to tackle one of the most devastating forms of seismic phenomena - liquefaction. Liquefaction occurs in loosely-compacted sandy soils which are fully saturated with water. Seismic vibrations...... Read more

Second strong earthquake in Micronesia, shallow M6.4 hits State of Yap "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A second strong earthquake of the day hit the State of Yap, Micronesia at 09:51 UTC on December 8, 2017. The USGS registered it as M6.4 at a depth of 20.3 km (12.6 miles). The first one was registered as M6.5 at 00:22 UTC today. EMSC registered the latest one as...... Read more


Weekend reads: must see articles of the week "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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First homebuyers take over "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Non-banks up to the plate

Total seasonally adjusted housing finance increased by +0.6 per cent to $32.5 billion in October 2017, led by a modest +1.6 per cent increase in investment loans. 

Industry data and polled economists had predicted a weak month for housing loans in October, but it appears they failed reckon with the strength in non-bank lending which has been kicking in hard.

In the end there were 55,406 owner-occupier commitments in the month, above even the expectation of even the most optimistic of forecasters. 

Of the states, Victoria has the strongest homebuyer market.

Average loan sized are creeping up again for non-first homebuyers at $380,300 from $370,900 a year earlier, but have stalled for first homebuyers as serviceability constraints bite. 

Investment lending ticked up a little in October too, but drilling the trendlines through the figures to smooth out the noise shows that investor activity is about 6 per cent lower than a year earlier.

Piecing it all together, total housing finance has been pretty flat, coming it at a very solid $32.8 billion in trend terms - if there's been any cooling in the market, it may relate as much to muffled overseas investor interest as it does to the domestic market.



How to use the one handed keyboard on iPhone "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

One of the lesser trumpeted features that shipped with iOS 11 was the one handed keyboard. The linked post walks through the options.

Long story short, fire up a text or tweet, then, when the keyboard appears, press and hold the keyboards emoji icon, like so:

Tap your keyboard alignment of choice (left, right, center) and youre good to go.

Note that the one handed keyboard is iPhone (and iPod Touch) only. Read the article for iPad options.

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Elon Musk and Boeing: The great Mars rocket rivalry "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Click to the main Loop post for some delightful back and forth between Elon Musk and Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg. []

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iPhones dominate Flickrs list of most popular cameras in 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Sarah Perez, TechCrunch:

Apples iPhone remains the most popular camera used by the Flickr community, the photo-sharing site revealed today in its annual review of camera rankings and top photos. This year, the iPhone beat out other camera makers like Canon and Nikon, the number two and three respectively by accounting for 54 percent of the top 100 devices used on the site, the company found. In addition, all top 10 devices of 2017 were iPhone models, Flickr says.

Amazing. All top 10 cameras on the list were iPhones.

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Amazon wants a key to your house. I did it. I regretted it. "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Geoffrey A. Fowler, Washington Post:

I gave a key to go into my house and drop off packages when Im not around. After two weeks, it turns out letting strangers in has been the least-troubling part of the experience.

Once Amazon owned my door, I was the one locked into an all-Amazon world.


Make no mistake, the $250 Amazon Key isnt just about stopping thieves. Its the most aggressive effort Ive seen from a tech giant to connect your home to the Internet in a way that puts itself right at the center.


The Key-compatible locks are made by Yale and Kwikset, yet dont work with those brands own apps. They also cant connect with a home-security system or smart-home gadgets that work with Apple and Google software.

And, of course, the lock cant be accessed by businesses other than Amazon. No Walmart, no UPS, no local dog-walking company.


Amazon is barely hiding its goal: It wants to be the operating system for your home.

First things first, note that this article appeared in The Washington Post. The Post is owned by Jeff Bezos. Which tells me that Bezos truly is allowing the Post to be the Post, and that the Post is not afraid to bite the hand that feeds.

That said, the issue here is the walled garden. Once Amazon controls the lock on your door, they can control who has access to that lock, keeping out eventual home delivery by rivals like Walmart, and keeping rivals like Apple and HomeKit from offering door-unlocking services.

Very interesting.

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HomeKit vulnerability allowed remote access to locks and more, fix rolling out "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Zac Hall, 9to5Mac:

And this from Apple:

The issue affecting HomeKit users running iOS 11.2 has been fixed. The fix temporarily disables remote access to shared users, which will be restored in a software update early next week.

Props to Zac Hall for the scoop and the way he handled the whole issue.

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The Southern California wildfires, as seen from space "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Some of these images are astonishing. These two especially. They almost look fake.

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Uber paid 20-year old $100,000 to destroy stolen customer data "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"


Uber announced on Nov. 21 that the personal data of 57 million users, including 600,000 drivers in the United States, were stolen in a breach that occurred in October 2016, and that it paid the hacker $100,000 to destroy the information. But the company did not reveal any information about the hacker or how it paid him the money.

Uber made the payment last year through a program designed to reward security researchers who report flaws in a companys software, these people said. Ubers bug bounty service as such a program is known in the industry is hosted by a company called HackerOne, which offers its platform to a number of tech companies.

Crazy. Just crazy.

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Same Sex Marriage law a win for ex PM's "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australian politicians the biggest assholes in the world ??? !!! ???

So homosexual Australians can now rejoice that they can now be legally wedded.

People like Australia's ex prime minister Paul Keating, who is for the republic
(how VERY UN-Australian):

or our first lesbian (who's STILL in the closet) ex prime minister Ju-Liar Gillard:

oops sorry wrong picture:

that's better!

Please note:

No referendum was needed, as this was not changing the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1900

- The Government Company gave $122 million to their arsehole mates for this BS 'survey'.

Changing of a 'Commonwealth' law can be made WITH...


South Yemen Will Regain Independence If It Follows These Six Steps "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

South Yemen as the newly re-independent state could experience its long-awaited renaissance in having its capital of Aden become the West Arabian Dubai along the New Silk Road.

The post South Yemen Will Regain Independence If It Follows These Six Steps appeared first on


Disturbing Body Cam Shows Cop Murder Innocent Unarmed Dad Begging for His LifeCop Not Guilty "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The graphic body camera footage showing an Arizona cop murder an innocent unarmed dad has just been releasedfollowing the killer cop's acquittal.


Trump Impeachment Vote Crushed, 1927 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Has the FBI Become America's Secret Police?, 1928b "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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The Trump Administration Is Scuttling a Rule That Would Save People From Dying of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

After Hurricane Irma hit three months ago in Orlando, Florida, the local police got a desperate 911 call from a 12-year-old boy reporting that his mother and siblings were unconscious. Fumes overcame the first deputy who rushed to the scene. After the police arrived at the property, they found Jan Lebron Diaz, age 13, Jans older sister Kiara, 16, and their mother Desiree, 34, lying dead, poisoned from carbon monoxide emitted by their portable generator. Four others in the house went to the hospital. If 12-year-old Louis hadnt made that call, they might have died, too.

Portable generators release more carbon monoxide which is particularly dangerous because it is odorless and invisible than most cars. As a result, the devices can kill efficiently and quickly, though accidentally. The Diaz family usually placed the generator properly, outside the house, a neighbor told local reporters. But for some reason, they had brought it into their garage. From there, the generators murderous byproduct spread silently through the house.

During hurricanes, floods, and noreasters, portable generators save lives except when they take them. Irma, Harvey, and Maria all left thousands without power and reliant on their portable generators. The government has not yet done its official count, but 11 people using these generators died just from Irma, according to preliminary government estimates. Many more died from Harvey and Maria, experts say, especially in Puerto Rico, which has been without a functioning power grid for months.

These deaths rarely merit more than short stories on local news sites. Civil servants then accumulate the statistics into dry reports that end up buried somewhere on .gov websites. The latest of these shows that portable generators have killed on average 70 people a year since 2005. Thats a small fraction of the toll from car accidents. Still, generators rank as one of the deadliest consumer products on the market. A further 2,800 people a year suffer from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by the equipment.

Portable generator deaths are preventable, and for the past 16-plus years, the United States government has tried to do just that. The job has fallen to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which, with its $126 million budget and 520 employees, oversees almost every product Americans use in their home, office, or out in the yard, save for food, drugs, and cars. The CPSC, based in Bethesda, Maryland, is tiny, especially compared to many of the corporations it regulates, and hamstrung by Congressional rules that require it to seek voluntary standards before attempting to impose...

Black Women Disproportionately Suffer Complications of Pregnancy and Childbirth. Lets Talk About It. "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

About 700 to 900 women die each year from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. And for every death, dozens of women suffer life-threatening complications. But there is a stark racial disparity in these numbers. Black mothers are three to four times more likely to die than white mothers. Nevertheless, black womens voices are often missing from public discussions about whats behind the maternal health crisis and how to address the problems.

It is estimated that up to 60 percent of maternal complications are preventable. One way to prevent them is to talk to and learn from women who have nearly died from these complications. So, we reached out to nearly 200 black mothers or families that shared stories of severe complications as part of our maternal health investigation Lost Mothers.

Maternal Complications

Since this disparity has existed for decades, we were interested in learning how it might have affected generations of black women and maybe even women in the same families.

We also know difficult conversations can sometimes be easier with a loved one. We asked women if they would be willing to discuss their near miss with their mother or daughter.

To help navigate these tough conversations, we gave each pair of women a tailored set of questions and got out of the way (you can download a copy of the questions here). We spent an hour recording them, some in their living rooms and others over the phone. Weve organized these conversations by the complications each woman faced. We included several generations of women from 6 to 64 years old.

Postpartum Hemorrhage

A postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) occurs when a woman experiences heavy blood loss after giving birth...

Friday, 08 December


Missouris Liberty High School suspends student for criticizing support for jihad terror among Muslims "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

He told The College Fix in a phone call Monday that he pointed to pro-terrorist sentiment among British Muslims. That got him suspended. The mindset is near-universal on college and university campuses, and apparently in high schools as well: Muslims are victims of wholesale discrimination and harassment, and so any discussion of jihad terror that []


PERTH Canning Vale brawl: One dead, three seriously injured "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Canning Vale brawl: One dead, three seriously injured .

December 08, 2017 at 09:09AM .

Homicide Squad have also charged the 20-year-old woman with four counts of attempted unlawfully to kill relating to a 17-year-old Byford male, a 16-year-old male from Lakelands, a 16-year-old male of Wellard and a 16-year-old male of Beckenham. She is expected to appear at Perth Magistrates Court .


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PERTH Mother reveals shocking details of deadly Canning Vale youth brawl "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Mother reveals shocking details of deadly Canning Vale youth brawl .

December 08, 2017 at 09:40AM .

on Eucalyptus Boulevard in Canning Vale killing one boy, 17, and injuring several others. A 20-year-old woman from Canning Vale the alleged driver of the vehicle has been charged with murder and four counts of attempting to unlawfully kill and will appear in Perth Magistrates Court on Saturday. .


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PERTH Canning Vale street brawl leaves woman accused of murdering teenager "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Canning Vale street brawl leaves woman accused of murdering teenager .

December 08, 2017 at 04:15PM .

She will appear in Perth Magistrates Court tomorrow. Police said detectives were continuing to investigate earlier incidents at a local park in Canning Vale and a nearby McDonalds fast food outlet. Two youths were stabbed during the fighting, but neither received fatal injuries. A group of women lay .


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PERTH Woman charged with murder of 17 year old from Baldivis "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Woman charged with murder of 17 year old from Baldivis .

December 08, 2017 at 04:22PM .

year old male of Baldivis. The woman also been charged with four counts Attempted Unlawfully to Kill relating to a 17 year old male of Byford, a 16 year old male of Lakelands, a 16 year old male of Wellard and a 16 year old male of Beckenham. She will appear in the Perth Magistrates Court tomorrow. .


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PERTH Forever in our hearts: Tributes flow for 17yo boy killed in Canning Vale "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Forever in our hearts: Tributes flow for 17yo boy killed in Canning Vale .

December 08, 2017 at 07:00PM .

were injured in the incident, and Jacob later died as a result of his injuries. A 20-year-old woman from Canning Vale the alleged driver of the vehicle was later charged with murder and four counts of attempting to unlawfully kill and will appear in Perth Magistrates Court on Saturday. Advertisement .


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PERTH Lakelands teen targeted in horror Canning Vale attack "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Lakelands teen targeted in horror Canning Vale attack .

December 08, 2017 at 04:33PM .

She will appear in the Perth Magistrates Court on December 9. Read more: Teen dead, several injured in violent street chaos in Canning Vale. The attack happened about 4.15pm December 7 on Eucalyptus Boulevard, Canning Vale. Earlier that day, about 3.15pm, Police were called to Ranford Road .


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PERTH Mandurah police officer to plead not guilty to child sex-related allegations "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Mandurah police officer to plead not guilty to child sex-related allegations .

December 08, 2017 at 04:56PM .

A Mandurah police officer accused of using Facebook to send a child an indecent video and then encouraging the child to do an indecent act is expected to plead not guilty in Perth Magistrates Court on Friday. The man cannot be named because of a previous court order suppressing his identity, .


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Strong and shallow M6.5 earthquake hit State of Yap, Micronesia "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.5 hit the State of Yap, Federated States of Micronesia at 00:22 UTC on December 8, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 13.7 km (8.5 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.5 at a depth of 15 km...... Read more

Earths vibrational "hum" - frequencies at which our planet naturally vibrates measured "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Scientists have long known earthquakes can cause the Earth to vibrate for extended periods of time. However, in 1998 a research team found the Earth also constantly generates a low-frequency vibrational signal in the absence of earthquakes. Since then, seismologists...... Read more


Witnessing the RSSs Build up to the Babri Masjid Demolition "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

In studying Sangh parivar movements, filmmaker Lalit Vachani encountered the disciplined manner in which the December 6, 1992 operation was planned.

Filming the boys in the RSS Nagpur branch in September 1992. Courtesy: Lalit Vachani

Twenty five years after the demolition of the Babri Masjid, The Wire, through a series of articles and videos, captures how the act of destruction changed India forever.

In September and October 1992, the Wide Eye Films team and I filmed The Boy in the Branch at the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) headquarters in Nagpur. Commissioned by SOUTH, a new documentary and current affairs programme on UKs Channel 4 television, the film looked at the process of indoctrination and recruitment of young Hindu boys by the RSS shakha system.

Prior to this, in December 1990, I had observed my first RSS shakha while working with journalist Lindsey Hilsum on a BBC radio documentary about the Ram janmabhoomi movement.

We visited the RSS headquarters at Jhandewalan in Delhi where we interviewed K.S. Sudarshan, who was sah sarkaryavah (joint general secretary) of the RSS at the time. Sudarshan organised an ekatrikaran (a gathering of shakhas in a show of RSS strength) for us to do...


New cars to be equipped with 'complimentary' TSA PreCheck biometric scanners "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

image credit: Ford

I cannot believe what I am writing, the TSA has officially invaded auto manufacturing.

According to a Lincoln Motor Company media release, their 2018 Lincoln's will offer 'complimentary' CLEAR biometric memberships to new car owners.

"Working with CLEAR, Lincoln takes effortless travel to the next level, offering complimentary memberships for new Lincoln owners."

Lincoln owners and their passengers, wishing to travel to the airport or sports arenas will have the 'complimentary' pleasure of being spied on by DHS!

"To help make airport travel easier, Lincoln is collaborating with CLEAR which offers the fastest, most predictable way through security to provide new Lincoln owners with a complimentary CLEAR membership, allowing them to speed through security at participating airports and major arenas nationwide."

Last year, I warned everyone that auto manufactures were working to put iris and fingerprint scanners in new cars. And now it appears that my worst fears, have become a reality.

Lincoln's spying vehicles are...


Thousands march in Istanbul to protest Trumps Jerusalem recognition "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"


AFP | Protesters shout anti-US and anti-Israel slogans as they march in Istanbul to protest Trumps decision on Jerusalem
ISTANBUL (AFP)  Thousands of pro-Palestinian supporters marched after Friday prayers in Istanbul in an angry protest at the decision of US President Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, an AFP correspondent said.Chanting slogans including Jerusalem is ours and will remain so! and down with America, down with Israel, the protesters marched after prayers at the Ottoman Fatih mosque in the centre of Istanbul, the correspondent added.

Other protests were planned elsewhere in Istanbul and across Turkey on Friday.

We consider Jerusalem as the bastion of the Muslim community We are here to show our unity and our strength. Nobody can deter us, said protester Doguhan, 17.

Merve, a student, said she and her colleagues had left their classes to attend the protest, describing the US decision as null and void.

What Trump says is empty words and means nothing to us. Whenever we see the name of Israel on a map, we cross it out and write Palestine, she added.

Turkeys President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has taken a strong line against the move and called an emergency summit meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on December 13 in Istanbul.

Last year, Turkey and Israel ended a rift triggered by Israels storming in 2010 of a Gaza-bound ship that left 10 Turkish activists dead and led to a downgrading of diplomatic ties.

The two sides have since stepped up cooperation, particularly in energy, but Erdogan, who regards himself as a champion of the Palestinian cause, is still often bitterly critical of Israeli policy.


More Uncertainty, As Stock Market Indexes Trade Along New Record Highs "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

More Uncertainty, As Stock Market Indexes Trade Along New Record Highs by PAUL REJCZAK Sunshine Profits Briefly: Intraday trade: Our Wednesdays intraday trading outlook was neutral. It proved accurate because the S&P 500 was unchanged following neutral opening of...

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Gay Marriage and Party Loyalty in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

As in the US, the issue of gay marriage divides Australians in a different way than most other political issues. Former Liberal (=conservative) Party PM Tony Abbott tried to stall a Parliamentary vote on the question by demanding a national referendum, which returned a 60 percent majority for legalizing gay marriage.
But while the outcome of the postal survey may not have been a big surprise to Australians, the district-by-district results were a different story, revealing demographic and political changes that will reverberate through Australian politics long after the debate on same-sex marriage fades. The data make it clear that Australian attitudes on race, gender and sexuality do not fit neatly into the traditional conservative-progressive divide. . . .

In Mr. Abbotts own safe Liberal Party seat in Sydney, 75 percent of respondents to the survey favored same-sex marriage. That is a serious repudiation of his years long campaign against same-sex marriage from voters who are otherwise sympathetic to his conservative policy positions. And its a pattern that repeated itself to varying degrees in seats held by the loudest opponents to same-sex marriage.

Meanwhile, politicians on the left face a related problem. The responses against same-sex marriage were disproportionately concentrated in Western Sydneys immigrant communities, in districts dominated by the Labor Party, which has been pro-marriage equality.
I wonder what happens in the longer term to the alliance between white liberals and Mexican Catholic, Muslim or Hindu immigrants? Will something happen one day that will make them all switch to voting for conservative parties? Or will the issues of race and immigration continue to dominate, for them, over everything else?


Berto Jongman: Did TIME Just Blow the Story of the Year? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Interesting that they can finally cover the abuse of adult women while ignoring the abuse and murder and blood and body harvesting of children.

Phi Beta Iota: We agree. TIME blew the story of the year. You can read the book for free:

Pedophilia & Empire: Satan, Sodomy, & The Deep State by Joachim Hagopian


The Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo and the rewriting of History "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo have recovered the identity of 126 grandchildren (the last one, a granddaughter, on December 4) who were stolen by the Argentine civic-military dictatorship. Espaol

Estela Carlotto (Image: Josep A. Vilar/Casa Amrica Catalunya). All rights reserved.

Forty years after their founding, the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo have located and identified 126 grandchildren, including the grandson of Estela Barnes de Carlotto, their president, whom she spent 36 years trying to find. It is estimated that some 500 babies were kidnapped by the Argentine civic-military dictatorship (1976-1983) during the repression, some of them born to mothers in prison who were later "disappeared", as part of a systematic plan to pass the children for adoption by military families and allies of the regime, to avoid raising another generation of subversives.

The Grandmothers started their activities in 1977 and since then they have become a global human rights referent. Nominated on five occasions for the Nobel Peace Prize and awarded UNESCOs Flix Houphout Prize in 2011, the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayos expressed goal is finding the children stolen and illegally adopted during the Argentine dictatorship and returning them to their legitimate families, in addition to creating the conditions to prevent this crime against humanity from being committed again, and seeking due punishment for all those responsible.

The following sentence from 1980 is on their website: "The Grandmothers are not afraid. The worst that could happen to them has already happened. Their voices challenge the military regime that continues to deny the existence of the disappeared." Unfortunately, denialism did not end with the dictatorship and so they carry on with their struggle. 

Estela Carlotto, as president of the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo since 1989, has just r...


Comcast Releases New 1.5 Gbps (Capable) Wireless Modem "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Comcast's xFi Advanced Gateway modem is now available nationwide

It's no secret that modems provided by your ISP can leave a lot to be desired. While we generally recommend you use your own hardware when it comes to your internet connection, plenty of people just go with the standard default modem and router. Comcast is making that process just a little bit easier thanks to the xFi Advanced Gateway modem and router. The modem, which the company is billing as the most advanced device it's ever made, made its debut back in May, but starting today it's available in every market that Comcast offers gigabit internet.

The company's goal with this new modem/router is to make setting up, connecting to and using the internet as simple as possible. Comcast's SVP of Hardware Development, Fraser Stirling, told Engadget: "I want your parents to stop phoning you about their internet connection." That was one of the primary goals when designing the interface of xFi app, which we've previously covered in detail. It allows you to set up your WiFi, change and customize settings, set up profiles for use and more. If you want to turn off the WiFi to your kids' devices at 9PM, you can easily do that in the xFi app.

Does it deliver greater Xfinity speeds to Anonymous Leechers? Yes it does.

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Migration Minister cannot rule out migrants deaths in upcoming winter "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Greek Migration Minister, Yannis Mouzalas, has admitted that migrants in the Moria Camp on the island of Lesvos may die of cold in the upcoming winter. In an interview to German magazine Der Spiegel, Mouzalas said that he cannot rule out migrants death because of hypothermia. He said that authorities were making preparations to ensure

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ProPublica Local Reporting Network Selects Seven Newsrooms Across U.S. "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

ProPublica today named the seven newsrooms and local reporters that will participate in the inaugural ProPublica Local Reporting Network.

The yearlong initiative, which kicks off in January, was created to support investigative journalism at local and regional news organizations, particularly in cities with populations below 1 million. ProPublica will reimburse the newsrooms for salary for the selected reporters and provide extensive support and guidance for their stories.

Winners were selected from a pool of 239 applications from 45 states, plus Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. The projects selected by editors should surprise and probe deeply, with the potential to spur positive change. Topics covered, among others, will include conflicts of interest, housing, mental health care, criminal justice and workplace safety. The selected newsrooms and reporters are:

  • The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.) Rebekah Allen
  • Charleston Gazette-Mail (Charleston, W. Va.) Ken Ward, Jr.
  • Malheur Enterprise (Vale, Ore.) Jayme Fraser
  • Santa Fe New Mexican (Santa Fe, N.M.) Rebecca Moss
  • South Bend Tribune (South Bend, Ind.) Christian Sheckler
  • The Southern Illinoisan (Carbondale, Ill.) Molly Parker
  • WMFE (Orlando, Fla.) Abe Aboraya

Participants in the ProPublica Local Reporting Network will work in and report to their home newsrooms while collaborating with ProPublica senior editor Charles Ornstein. ProPublica's expertise with data, research and engagement will be available for their stories as well. The stories will be jointly published by their news organizations and ProPublica.

This project was started to give local newsrooms across America needed resources and support to execute investigative journalism that digs deep and holds power to account, Ornstein said. The powerful proposals from our inaugural group of reporters are very much in that spirit, and I look forward to working with them to help bring their stories to fruition over the next year.


The axis of Arab autocrats standing behind Trump who enabled the Jerusalem decision "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Whatever domestic constituency he is appealing to, Trump could not, and would not, have made his announcement without regional backers So Donald Trump revealed his hand on Jerusalem. In so doing, he tossed aside any lingering pretence of the US being able to broker a deal between Israel and Palestine. There can be no "neutrality" now. Without Jerusalem as its capital, no Palestinian state can exist. Without that it is only a matter of time before another uprising starts. Only a symbol as powerful as Jerusalem can unite Palestinians as viscerally opposed to each other as Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah and Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas. Only Jerusalem has the power to unite the inmates of all the prisons and places of exile Palestinians find themselves in - Israel's physical prisons and its metaphorical ones, the Palestinians in 1948, Gaza, West Bank, the refugee camps and the diaspora. Only Jerusalem speaks to billions of Muslims around the world. As Trump will soon learn, symbols are powerful. They have a habit of creating a reality all of their own.


Trump Forfeits US Mideast Mediator Role, Russia Should Step In "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

President Donald Trumps announcement this week that the US is henceforth recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will have many harmful repercussions for the entire Middle East.


The 100 Most Influential Africans of 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A deaf-blind law activist, a teen dance troop from a Ugandan slum, and a Mauritanian modern-day slavery abolitionist hero are on the 100 Most Influential Africans of 2017 list.


#Lesvos: 14 #RefugeesGR Still Detained After Police Operation on December 4 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Lesvos, Greece: 14 of the refugees who were detained during the police operation on December 4 are still detained. Yesterday a group of women started to protest in front of the regional council building. The protesting refugees demand freedom of movement and want to leave the island.


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Published by Enough is Enough.

Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of  these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.

Read all the Enough is Enough reports about RefugeesGR; here.

Lesvos: 14 RefugeesGR Still Detained After Police Operation on December 4



Archeologists discover early Islamic coins featuring an image of a menorah "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

This supports the argument that I presented in my book Did Muhammad Exist?, that Islam was not presented to the world in complete form by a man named Muhammad, but began to appear only decades later than the traditional date for Muhammads death, and is an amalgam of material from multiple sources, principally Judaism and []


Jayant Bhandari: Emerging Markets Are in Huge Trouble? (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Jayant Bhandari: Emerging Markets Are in Huge Trouble? Video Wall St for Main St Jason Burack of Wall St for Main St interviewed first time guest, resource stock investor, Jayant Bhandari Jayant is constantly traveling the world to...

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Glorifying the Polavaram Dam, or How Indian Politicians Prioritise Myths Over Local Realities "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Involving an allegedly corrupt Russian conglomerate and an MP with a finger in many pies, the Polavaram project is messier than it looks.

N. Chandrababu Naidu visiting the site of Polavaram site. Credit: Andhra Pradesh government website

Chandrababu Naidu visiting the site of the Polavaram dam. Credit: Andhra Pradesh government website

Farmers are extremely unhappy about giving up their lands. The water from the dam would submerge their property, the farmers argue. An upper caste zamindar is angered that government officials will not go ahead with the project. The officials protest that they dont have adequate land to compensate the famers. The zamindar gets angrier and agrees to donate his land. But alas, with a twist of fate and screenplay, he is killed by wicked villains. Years later his son avenges his fathers death and donates all of his personal inherited land so that the project can be constructed without hindrance from farmers.

A young man listens to farmers and tribesmen complain about the lack of democratic procedure in the construction of the large dam. He listens to the story of impending doom; the hills, forests and villages are going to be submerged, the villagers tell him. He listens some more. The tragedies seem to have no end. Helpless, he goes back to college to read more about the Proletariat revolution.

Internships and Telugu movies can be gruelling experiences.

My first...


Is Gen HR McMaster Deep States White House Spy?, 1926 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Jennifer Lawrence wants to throw a drink in Trumps face "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Take a chill pill, girl. Better yet, go get on that farm. Its not like Hollyweird box office will miss you since your latest movies have not been all that stellar. From HuffPo: Jennifer Lawrence has never met President Donald Trump, but Continue reading


'One person killed every minute of every day of the year' "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The global homicide rate increased last year for the first time since 2004, with the highest death rates in Syria, El Salvador, Venezuela, Honduras, and Afghanistan.


Paul Adams: Trump Report Card "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Paul Adams

About Paul Adams:

In the mid-80s, he co-founded Tracking Technology Inc., a forerunner to GPS. He became a stockbroker for eight years, then segwayed to project finance, consulting for such notables as Darryl Quarles (writer/director of Family Ties & Fresh Prince of Belair), Larry Namer (founder of E!Entertainment), Joseph Nikolson (founder of TradeStation and, and Richard Waryn (former Investment Manager of the World Banks private arm, the IFC), through his company New Planet Group (NPG LLC). He has lived in nine countries and knows three languages.



Traffic Pollution Puts Unborn Babies Health at Risk: Study "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Increases in traffic-related air pollutants were associated with 2-6% increased odds of low birth weight and 1-3% increased odds of being small for gestational age.

Several studies have suggested a link between maternal exposure to ambient air pollution during pregnancy and reduced birth weight, low birth weight or small for gestational age. Credit: Reuters

Several studies have suggested a link between maternal exposure to ambient air pollution during pregnancy and reduced birth weight, low birth weight or small for gestational age. Credit: Reuters

The costs of ignoring air pollution just took an exponential leap. According to a report published by The Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health, Pollution is the largest environmental cause of disease and death in the world today, responsible for an estimated 9 million premature deaths in 2015. Of these deaths, air pollution is the biggest contributor, linked to 6.5 million deaths. Now, a group of British researchers have found that air pollution from road traffic has a detrimental impact on babies health even before they are born.

The study, published online on December 5, 2017, in the British Medical Journal, included maternal exposure to traffic pollution from 2006 to 2010 and covered the Greater London and surrounding counties, an area of 2317 km...


Prayer and Meditation for Saturday, December 9, 2017 This is the way; walk in it. Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Saturday of the First Week of Advent
Lectionary: 180

Reading 1 IS 30:19-21, 23-26

Thus says the Lord GOD,
the Holy One of Israel:
O people of Zion, who dwell in Jerusalem,
no more will you weep;
He will be gracious to you when you cry out,
as soon as he hears he will answer you.
The Lord will give you the bread you need
and the water for which you thirst.
No longer will your Teacher hide himself,
but with your own eyes you shall see your Teacher,
While from behind, a voice shall sound in your ears:
This is the way; walk in it,
when you would turn to the right or to the left.He will give rain for the seed
that you sow in the ground,
And the wheat that the soil produces
will be rich and abundant.
Image result for the lamb will graze in spacious meadows, photos
On that day your flock will be given pasture
and the lamb will graze in spacious meadows;
The oxen and the asses that till the ground
will eat silage tossed to them
with shovel and pitchfork.
Upon every high mountain and lofty hill
there will be streams of running water.
On the day of the great slaughter,
when the towers fall,
The light of the moon will be like that of the sun
and the light of the sun will be seven times greater
like the light of seven days.
On the day the LORD binds up the wounds of his people,
he will heal the bruises left by his blows.

Responsorial Psalm  PS 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6

R. (see Isaiah 30:18d) Blessed are all who wait for the Lord.


Why The Supreme Court Is Likely To Rule For Jack Phillips While Dodging The Big Religious Liberty Question "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

If Tuesdays oral argument is any indication, the year-long anticipation for the Masterpiece Cakeshop Supreme Court showdown will result in a narrow opinion that provides little clarity in the continuing conflict between culture and religious liberty.

By now the basics are well-known: When a homosexual couple asked Jack Phillips, the owner of the Colorado-based Masterpiece Cakeshop, to design a wedding cake for them, Phillips informed the pair that he could not, in conscience, create a cake to celebrate a same-sex marriage. The men filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Division, claiming Masterpiece Cakeshop discriminated against them in a place of public accommodation because of their sexual orientation.

An administrative law judge (ALJ) found in favor of the couple and ordered Masterpiece to provide wedding cakes to same-sex couples. The seven-member Colorado Commission on Civil Rights upheld the ALJs decision. The Colorado Court of Appeals affirmed the commissions conclusion that Masterpiece Cakeshop violated the states anti-discrimination law.

The state appellate court also rejected Masterpieces argument that compelling Phillips to use his artistic talents to create a cake for a same-sex marriage violated his free speech and free exercise of religion rights. Masterpiece Cakeshop then appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

That brings us back to Tuesday, when the Supreme Court heard oral argument. While there is always a risk of reading too much into the justices questions, there is often much to be gleaned. And so it was in this case.

We Like Free Speech, But Not Yours

The oral argument quickly revealed that Phillips free speech claim lacked traction, with the justices demanding to know the dividing line between protected artistic expression and unprotected services: If cakes receive constitutional protection, what about an exquisitely prepared meal? What about makeup artistsIts called an artist, Justice Elena Kagan quippedor florists or hairdressers?

Then came the death knell from Justice Anthony Kennedy, as he addressed Masterpiece Cakeshops attorney: But the problem for you is that so many of these examples and a photographer can be included do involve speech. It means that theres basically an ability to boycott gay marriages. With this comment, Kennedy rendered it next to impossible to envision the Supreme Court cobbling together a majority finding for Masterpiece Cakeshop on its free speech claim.

But Kennedy had earlier hinted that the free speech issue wasnt his concern, when he asked a quick question on that claim, with this prefatory comment: [J]ust one more thing, and then well leave this part alone, at least as far as Im concerned (emphasis added).

What did concern Kennedy w...


Stop Coming Up With Christmas Parties For My Family To Attend "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

One fun thing Ive noticed about 2017 is that at least once a week, everyone has a National Conversation about something. The process seems to go as follows:

  1. The country wakes up in the morning.
  2. Someone gets into a snit about something.
  3. A National Conversation ensues.

In that spirit, and since its the holidays, Id like to be so bold as to propose the next big National Conversation. Ive chosen the topic du jour in the usual way: by conducting an extensive survey of my own feelings and realizing that something irritates me. The thing I dont like, about which we as a nation are now obliged to converse because I say so, is Christmas party culture.

Now, before you rush straight to the name-calling portion of the National Conversation, let me assure you that Im neither Scrooge nor a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union. I adore Christmas. I love the music, the decorations, the food, and even the gift-giving. More than anything, I love the religious significance of the holiday, and the chance to reflect on the divine incarnation, both at church and in the quietness of my home.

Of course, like many of you, I find it difficult to enjoy the quietness of my home when Im not actually there. This brings me to Christmas parties.

Christmas Party Culture = Oppression

They begin innocently enough. You have a social group of some kind: a club, team, class, or workplace. Some alert member of the group looks at the calendar, realizes Christmas is coming, and concludes that a party, performance, or similar festive event is warranted.

Now, if youre single, or have a family with only one or two associations in your lives, theres no problem. A party or two at Christmas can be delightful. But when we take a typical American two-parent family with their 2.2 children, and multiply times three or more social groups per person (a conservative estimate in our activity-driven society), the situation quickly becomes untenable. December, once the most wonderful time of the year, is now reduced to a string of days on which to go to parties, buy presents for parties, bake cookies for parties, shop for ugly sweaters to wear to parties, and clean up after parties.

Even as your calendar starts to look like youre running for president in late October, every other circumstance is conspiring to make you want to stay home. For instance, at some point early in the month, a beastly frozen wind started blowing. (Actually, I know exactly when it started: the same day you put up your outdoor Christmas lights.) That wind is still out there, whipping around at this very moment, ready to blow right through your fancy party clothes the moment you open the door.

Its not just the weather: as we speak, ap...


In Raising Trump, Ivana Trump Tells All, To Her Own Detriment "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Going into reading Ivana Trumps memoir Raising Trump, I had two primary objectives: First, to discover how the likes of Ivanka, and to a lesser extent Don Jr. and Eric Trump, were molded by their father, Donald Trump. Second, I wanted to get a sense of what President Donald Trump is like on an interpersonal level from someone who was once inside his inner circle. To save you the experience of reading her book, Ill tell you what I learned.

Prior to the election, there were a few Hail Mary possibilities that opponents of the president counted on. Reports from a former producer indicated there were disqualifying statements on tapes from the set of The Apprentice, including rumors they were racist or anti-Semitic. There was the hope that the contents of his tax returns would become public and perhaps shady business dealings or the revelation that he was not nearly as rich or successful of a businessman would stop the Trump train. Another hope was that Trumps ex-wives, either Ivana or Marla Maples, might come forward with stories of abuse from their time married to the man.

Ivana Trump was born in communist Czechoslovakia, and moved to Canada at 24 years old to escape. While working as a model visiting New York City, she met Donald Trump at a restaurant. Despite living with another man back in Canada, they stayed in communication, and soon, a relationship formed.  We had the same kind of drive and energy. Not a lot of people are like us, and we recognized those qualities in each other, she explains.

Blowing Up The Mommy Wars

They are also two of the most narcissistic people in already highly narcissistic industries: business, show business, and politics. Normally when one writes a book, you put your best foot forward in order to at least appear likable. One would think an editor would steer a writer in the direction of framing stories and anecdotes in order to come across as relatable. Neither happened in this memoir.

The battles of the mommy wars are particularly hot points for female readers, and Trump did herself no favors to endear herself to any fellow mothers reading her memoir. On pregnancy: I didnt get morning sickness or other digestive problems. I only gained twelve pounds. Some women make pregnancy the excuse to eat ice cream non-stop.

On how she labored more efficiently than any other woman in human history after an elective induction with their first child, Don Jr.: I know my body well from being an athlete, so I contracted all the right muscles. I think other women bear down in the wrong places, like their earlobes or necks or cheeks. I put my energy where it counted. Ten minutes later, my son was born. The clock on the wall said five twenty p.m. start to finish, my entire la...


Why Blade Runner 2049 Is The Best Film Of 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Spoilers ahead.

The cult film with a considerable afterlife has to be Ridley Scotts future-noir Blade Runner (1982). The films beginnings certainly fit the definition of a cult film, as it was initially rejected by most audiences but over time gathered a committed fan base. Things should be different with its 2017 sequel, which deserves consideration as the best film of the year.

A minority of critics at the time and a growing fan base courtesy of the films release on video saw a compelling story buried under the undeniably breathtaking images, while acknowledging Scotts clear prioritization of visuals over story. (When Scott read the script by actor Hampton Fancher, he believed it lacked a picture of the world outside the window, and set about obsessively supplying it.)

Even Its Champions Had Criticisms

But even Blade Runners champions criticized the story. They hated the Philip Marlowe-like voice-overs delivered by an almost comatose Harrison Ford (although Scott, who at the time famously quarreled with Ford onset, later acknowledged that he shortchanged the actors performance). They saw these as clunky, unnecessary, and even insulting to an audience the film-makers clearly believed could not understand the story on their own.

They equally hated the happy ending clumsily tacked on, in which Fords replicant lover, Rachel, did not have a lifespan limited to four years as did the other replicants. It was an obvious crowd-pleasing device that fans felt compromised the films tough-minded approach.

Seven versions later, Scott, given complete artistic control over the film, finally devoted attention to the story, editing out (also to Fords satisfaction) the voice-overs and optimistic ending. Now freed from them, the complexities of the story became more apparent, chiefly the irony of Ford being less human than the replicants were.

Thankfully, Blade Runner 2049 needs no corrective editing, for it is a much better film on every level. Indeed, it is the best film of 2017. The story is based on a screen treatment by Fancher (who hated Scotts finished product) and fleshed out by Michael Greene, a fan boy clearly not intimidated by the original. It is much more skillful and compelling. Director Denis Villeneuve has not neglected the visuals of environmental and nuclear devastation, but this time the images (...


Study Suggests Medicaid Is A Persistently Inferior Form Of Health Coverage "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

How many individuals would knowingly want to enroll in a form of health coverage with persistently inferior outcomes? Its a good question, as a new study released last week suggests that Medicaid provides those persistently inferior outcomes in the nations largest state, raising more questions about the program that represents the bulk of the coverage expansion under Obamacare.

What This Study Looked Into

The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Oncology, used a California data registry to compare cancer survival outcomes across multiple forms of insurance and nearly two decades (1997-2014). The study classified patients based on four forms of insurance: Private coverage; Medicare; other public coverage, about three-quarters (74 percent) of whom were Medicaid patients; and the uninsured.

Because the underlying data registry featured a small number of patients without insurance coverage, the study had a higher degree of statistical uncertainty for uninsured patient outcomes than for the other groups.

The study examined five-year cancer survival rates for the five most common cancers in California: breast, prostate, lung, colorectal, and melanoma. As the chart demonstrates, the study looked at survival rates over three separate periods (1997-2002, 2003-2008, and 2009-2014) to determine trends over time.

And The Results Were

Overall, the study found substantial and persistent disparities in survival for patients with either no or other public insurance compared with private insurance for all 5 of the cancer sites examined. In general, these disparities increased rather than decreased over time: with few exceptions, survival disparities were largest among those diagnosed during 2009-2014 relative to the two earlier time periods.

Moreover, improvements in survival rates during the time period the survey examined came almost exclusively from individuals with private insurance or Medicare. [F]or patients with other public [i.e., Medi...


Post-Common Core, U.S. Kids Slide On Another Academic Measure "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

International test results released this week show U.S. students losing ground on yet another measure in the Common Core era, reading test results for fourth graders. On the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study, a comparison given every five years in 58 countries, U.S. fourth graders dropped from 556 in 2011 to 549 in 2016, out of 1,000 possible points.

This caused the United States to drop from fifth on the international comparison to 13th, even though the decline was within the margin of error (i.e., not statistically significant). The decline was even more pronounced among the lowest-performing American students. On this test, U.S. students have made no statistically significant improvement since 2001.

The 2016 slide is especially notable because 2016s fourth graders have spent virtually their entire schooling inside public schools forced to shift their instruction to fit Common Core. Thats a set of national curriculum mandates and tests the Obama administration imposed in 2010 and began phasing in in 2013. Their lack of progress cannot be linked with other kinds of curricula, as can older students.

Its also important because U.S. fourth graders have been almost the only grade level to make any significant gains in achievement since federal meddling in local schools dramatically increased under 2001s No Child Left Behind. If this test is an early indicator of achievement declines among these youngsters, U.S. schools will have increased per-pupil spending by approximately 400 percent since the 1970s to no achievement gains, which is already the case for U.S. eighth and twelfth graders.

On a press call, Peggy Carr, acting commissioner for the National Center for Education Statistics, told reporters the stagnant performance of students in the U.S. mirrors results of other internationally benchmarked exams, including the Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA, the blockbuster test that assesses 15-year-olds in reading and math, U.S. News and World Report paraphrased.

These are the only latest test score declines to follow Common Cores adoption. There have been zero...



NASAs Curiosity Rover, also often known as the Mars Rover took a picture thats riled up space conspiracy theorists. They claim that this is 100% proof that there was once a war on the Red Planet.

Conspiracy theorists claim that an object spotted in a photograph taken by NASAs Curiosity Rover on Mars is evidence of a past war on the planet. Others, however, claim the object it is quite simply, a rock. Take a look a the photo below:

cannonball on mars

Conspiracy theorists color-enhanced the image taken by the Curiosity Rover, and now say that the image shows a round object, that they claim is a metal cannonball.

Scott C. Waring claims the ball is 100% evidence of a war on Mars and he suggests it was fired at the planet in an attempt to destroy Mars atmosphere.

A video posted on YouTube by channel WhatsUpInTheSky37 shows the image with an explanation as to why it is believed that this is a cannonball.  In the video, the image has been color enhanced to make the ball look grey against the red rocks. Commenting on the video, Scott C. Waring, who runs the site UFO Sightings Daily, said: This metal ball is perfectly formed and about the size of a softball here on Earth. Guess what? That also matches the size of a cannonball.



Photos: Islamic prayer on London streets and sidewalks, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A declaration of supremacism: Muslim street praying every Friday all over London, blocking streets and sidewalks.


Re: Re: Recommendations GnuPG-2 replacement "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Posted by Ludovic Courts on Dec 08

Hi Marcus,

Marcus Brinkmann skribis:

Given that you worked on GnuPG, can you give some background? It isnt
clear to me why using C++/Botan/CMake to give a modern feel (what does
it mean?) will lead to better software (under which criteria?).

The multiple-process design in GnuPG had clear justifications
AFAIKe.g., having dirmngr and gnupg-agent in separate address...


No, Kids Wont Lose Their Wonder If You Tell Them Santa Isnt Real "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

When our parents said Go, my three brothers and I raced downstairs into the living room. We tugged our stockings off the mantle, treasuring each chocolate goodie from Santa and eyeing his empty cookie plate and half-drunk milk glass. By turns, we shucked gold- and green-wrapped presents with festive tags marked from Santa. Overjoyed by the Star Wars Lego sets and that new American Girl doll, we turned to our parents.

Thanks, mom and dad!

We never believed in Santa Claus. But growing up, I didnt much miss him. To us, he was both a historical figure and an imaginary character. We should all embrace the joy of Santa this way, not as our annual chimney sweep.

We kids celebrated the real Santa Claus, the third-century bishop from modern-day Turkey who dispersed his hefty inheritance among the poor, delivering not Lego sets but bags of gold to those who needed them. On December 6, the day of his death, we celebrated St. Nicholas Day.

Every year, a lovely friend from church, an migr from Holland, would knock on our front door, and in what is evidently a Dutch tradition she would hover in the doorway singing Sinterklaas Kapoentje and pelting us with ginger cookies. We read books on St. Nicholas and admired the good bishop, and never had to ask mommy how the holy man was still alive and kicking.

Telling the Truth Inspires Trust

Parents who tell their children the truth that the jolly old man died some 1,700 years ago build camaraderie with their kids. I appreciated that my parents respected me enough to be honest with me, and the truth became an inside joke between us. With four kids bumbling about the house, they also saved themselves the hassle of stowing away wrapping paper and devising excuses for why Santa decided against the $400 bike this year.

Encouraging children to emulate St. Nick also inspires good behavior more than warning them to keep off the Naughty List. Lets be real: Kids know that Santas gifts will always materialize under the tree, temper tantrum or not.

Some of you will shake your heads sadly and call me an angry elf. CNN accused the U.S. Air Force of similar surliness last month after it shattered the magic of Christmas for millions of children by tweeting that Santa wasnt real. On its official Twitter account, the Air Force told two of its bases to drop a feud by threatening no Christmas presents because Santa is a phony.

After the Washington Examiner reported the tweet, the Air Force revisited its joke to avoid Scrooge status. It tweeted, Santa is real, and tagged the N...


Writer Andy Kopsa Is Right: Partial-Birth Abortion Is A Terribly Misleading Phrase "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Graphic content warning: This article explains what happens during partial-birth abortion.

Euphemisms are inherent to politics. Take, for example, partial-birth abortion. On Tuesday, left-wing journalist Andy Kopsa challenged Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse on his use of the term.

There is no such thing as Partial Birth, Kopsa tweeted. That is a lie. There are third trimester abortion incredibly rare incredibly rare and most often to save life of the mother. Stop Lying.

Kopsa is correct. Partial-birth abortion is an inaccurate euphemism that hides the truth about a gut-wrenching incident. Those who use the term should examine what it actually is and consider a more accurate phrase.

First, partial is an incredibly vague word. It could be anything; 1 percent, 20 percent, 33 percent. The truth about so-called partial-birth abortion is that the baby is pulled through the birth canal until only his or her head remains inside. At 33 weeks of gestation, the middle of the third trimester, the average baby is 16.5 inches tall and has a head that is five inches from the bottom of the chin to top of the cranium, meaning the baby is 70 percent born when a partial birth abortion occurs. Partial clearly understates the degree to which the baby is outside the womb during the abortion.

Second, what does the word abortion even mean? Health care? Reproductive justice? A womans right to choose? Again, these are euphemisms, as Kopsa so astutely opined. Abortion, in the context of partial birth, is where an abortionist pulls the baby 70 percent of the way through the birth canal until the babys neck is exposed. The abortionist then takes a pair of scissors and stabs the baby in the base of his or her skull. The babys body will jerk before going limp, at which point the abortionist opens the scissors to enlarge the wound.

The abortionist completes the partial-birth abortion by inserting a suction catheter into the babys head through the open wound and sucking out the babys brain. His or her skull will collapse and, with his or her head still partially attached to his or her body, the baby will slide right out.

Kopsa deserves credit for bringing attention to the dishonesty that surrounds discussion of partial-birth abortion. A more accur...


Hurtle Through Space With Vast Asteroids Debut Album "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Theres that wordimpact. It shows up frequently, even when were not talking about meteors, molars, colons, or even asteroids. We could say affected, maybe effected, but we dont, because were going for maximum impact. It gets ugly.

But sometimes we are talking about an asteroid, one that circles about before resuming its original trajectory and making impact. Do asteroids normally circle? I dont know. Im not going to Google it. I can tell you that Vast Asteroidthe latest offering from frontman James Poulos, this time with Mark Reback on percussion and Mimi Star on bassdoes follow a circular path, one that ends just beyond where it started.

So, we find ourselves in a moment. It doesnt offer a huge opportunityits an album. But it does give us a chance to sit back and chill, to think about our next step, even if the next step is into an unknown hurtling. Our expanse is vast, after all.

Pay Attention to What Isnt There

The chief architect, he tells us to pay attention to the vocals. We tell him that the last 18 minutes are mostly instrumental and the vocals in the part that isnt instrumental are drawn from the intro. They also dont come until roughly 16 minutes into said outro. By my really sloppy math, that means that for about 40 percent of the album were supposed to pay attention to whats not there.

Theres a precedent for this, though. See, theres this soundtrack to Singles, the romantic dramatic mildly comedic film from 1992. It was heavy on Seattle. At the end of the soundtrack, not-Seattle band Smashing Pumpkins showed up with Drown. It was notable for the fact that the song ends roughly halfway through then meanders along pointlessly for another four minutes. Its forgivable. Frontman Billy Corgan was trying to do something, he just didnt succeed.

That brings us to this other track that has even fewer vocals than Drown, but does have some meandering. Meandering doesnt have to be boring. Was Robert Frost trying to depict peaceful ambling when he discussed two roads diverging in a wood? Dont be silly.

Music to Crush Your Enemies By

No, he was talking about purpose. Intentional steps. Thats where Drown goes to the misreading of Frost and Spacegaze captures what Frost was getting at. Were children of the 90s. We need an enemy-crushing soundtrack, and we need it to rock. It just took us a while to grow up and chart this, to lay out our strategy and to finish what we started a few decades ago, to pick out the path we would travel by.

It was bound to happen. We lat...


Pressure mounts on British universities to come clean on fossil fuel investments "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Paradise Papers revelations have added to long-standing concerns about universities fossil fuel investments - and students are now upping the ante.

Students at Bristol University on 2017's day of fossil fuel divestment action

Universities are seen as bastions of knowledge and progress and often have policies that state their commitment to a just and sustainable future.

So the fact that many still invest heavily in fossil fuels - an industry that fuels injustice, climate deaths and environmental collapse - is seen by campaigners as untenable.

Last month students across the UK escalated their mobilisation against their universities complicity in the climate crisis. The student fossil fuel divestment movement aims not only to remove funds from companies that are contributing to climate change, but to remove the social license of these corporations.

Divestment commitments by universities are viewed as part of a broader project to ensure that investments in the fossil fuel industry ethically blacklisted for wider society, too.

Over the past few years, pressure on universities to divest all their endowments from fossil fuels by students supported by student campaign group People and Planet and the National Union of Students (NUS) - has achieved remarkable success. Over one-third of universities (60) have committed to divestment, which equates to a 11 billion loss for fossil fuel corporations (and hopefully an equal investment for sustainable generation and community energy projects).

But there is more to be done. Some universities have repeatedly rejected the moral, social, environmental and financial arguments. So, as the COP23 climate talks concluded in Bonn, some of those students united in active solidarity with Indigenous Peoples and frontline communities to up their resistance against their institutions continued collusion with the fossil fuel industry.

Lizzy Haughton, a student activist at Manchester University, says that the university has taken no action to divest despite a three year campaign, and despite the fact it is...


South Korea Preparing Full Crypto Exchange Ban - Local Press "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Korea could follow China in outlawing cryptocurrency exchange for fiat, and possibly go further, reports suggest.


Korea: American Citizens Faulty Assumptions, Financial Stability and World Peace - Veterans Today "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

I woke up early this morning and ran into a person who I perceive must be a Republican at 7-Eleven when I stopped and bought coffee. The interesting thing is that he said that he was former military, and commented about North Korea and the missiles were fired, seemingly anxious to get into a conflict. []


Dozens of Protesters Wounded in Clashes With Israeli Forces (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

(Sputnik)  The representatives of the local medical services told Sputnik on Thursday that over 100 Palestinians have been injured in clashes with Israeli security forces, which occurred in the West Bank and Gaza.

The number of injured in the West Bank raised to 104 people. Four of those wounded were injured with regular bullets, and 18 people [were wounded] with rubber bullets, Irab Fuqaha from the Palestine Red Crescent Society said.

Over 70 people people were injured after the Israeli forces used tear gas on the protesters, according to Fuqaha.

Gaza Healthcare Ministry spokesman Ashraf Qidra said that seven people had been injured in clashes with the military on the enclaves border. The condition of one Palestinian woman was assessed by the medics as critical, the official added.

RT Journalist Injured in Ramallah

Producer of RT broadcaster was injured during the dispersal of a rally in the Palestinian city of Ramallah in the central West Bank on Thursday, RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan said.

Our producer suffered from gas [inhalation] during the dispersal of a rally in Ramallah. We wish him a speedy recovery, Simonyan wrote in her Twitter blog.

The RT broadcaster earlier reported that the RT film crew was in the area where the Israeli military used tear gas to disperse the protesters burning tires.

The report said that producer Amzhad Shahin almost fainted and was sent to a hospital in the ambulance.



Has the human race reached its physical peak? Scientists warn this is as good as it gets for mankind "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The human race has peaked, with mankind reaching its maximum limits for height, lifespan and physical performance, scientists have claimed. Despite stories that each generation will live longer and longer, a new report suggests there may be a maximum threshold to our biological limits that we cannot exceed. In particular, the French research team behind the study found what appears to be a plateau in the maximum biological limits for humans' height, age and physical abilities.


Midge Ure: The moment I realised I was an alcoholic "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Its Christmastime, so the airwaves are alive with the chimes of the evergreen Do They Know Its Christmas?

Its Christmastime, so the airwaves are alive with the chimes of the evergreen Do They Know Its Christmas?, with every penny of royalties still going to the Band Aid Trust.

You might expect the man who made it all happen to be reflecting proudly on the tens of millions pounds hes raised to relieve famine and poverty in Africa since that first 1984 recording. But instead, Midge Ure the-then Ultravox frontman who produced and co-wrote the single then organised much of the follow-up Live Aid concert, a tireless elf to Sir Bob Geldofs Santa is, to say the least, ambivalent about his ongoing role as saviour of a continent.

Its an oddity, says Ure, in his strong Glaswegian tones. Its not something I ever dreamed about growing up in a Glasgow tenement, and Im still very surprised I got involved. But once I had, I couldnt get away from it. I had to see it through. He chuckles. Im still seeing it through.

Ure, its clear, only ever wanted to make music and was dragged into the cause by total fluke. It was my Sliding Doors moment, when life could have taken one of two paths: I was standing next to Paula [Yates, Geldofs late, ex-wife] when Bob called saying they had to do something about the Ethiopian famine in Ethiopia, and she put him on to me. I was too embarrassed to say No.

It could have so easily been someone else, but luckily it was me, because I had skills Bob lacked and he has skills I lack. I have musicality, Bob writes songs, but hed be the first to say hes not a great musician. Indeed, in Ures autobiography, he recalls uncharacteristically snapping at Geldof for commanding the 40 confused megastars who recorded Band Aid to imitate his out-of-tune rendition.

Yes, he was terrible, and I had to say so. But there was no way I could stand up and shout like Bob about Give us your f money. So it was a match made in heaven.

Berating world leaders is not who I am at all, Ure continues, grinning. Bob is a big mouth, again hed be the first person to say it, but hes a loudmouth of the right kind, hes still the same guy he was in his p...


Action Needed to Avoid the End of Modern Medicine "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Human Wrongs Watch

By Martin Khor*

PENANG, Malaysia, Dec 5 2017 (IPS) The next time you have a bad cold and reach for the antibiotics left over from your last visit to the doctor, think again.

Antibiotic resistance is rising to dangerously high levels in all parts of the world, threatening our ability to treat common infectious diseases

Unregulated sales of antibiotics are contributing to growing resistance. Credit: Adil Siddiqi/IPS

Firstly, the antibiotics wont work as they only act against bacteria while the cold is caused by a virus.

Secondly, you will be contributing to the arguably the worlds gravest health threat antibiotic resistance.

The wrong use and over-use of antibiotics is one of the main causes why they are becoming increasingly ineffective against many diseases, including pneumonia, tuberculosis, blood disorders, gonorrhoea and foodborne diseases.

While an effective antibiotic kills most of the targeted germs, a few may survive and develop resistance which can spread to other bacteria that cause the same infection or different infections.  The rate of resistance and its spread can increase if antibiotics are wrongly or over used, and they then become increasingly ineffective to treat bacterial infections.

When a new global financial crisis strikes, the developing countries will be more damaged than in the last crisis as they have become less resilient and more vulnerable. They thus need to prepare from being overwhelmed, says Martin Khor

Martin Khor, Executive Direc...


Warning: Trumps Federal Reserve Pick Hates Gold and Cash "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Warning: Trumps Federal Reserve Pick Hates Gold and Cash By The Daily Bell Staff In case of emergency, you should always have a solid chunk of cash on hand. These days, that isnt much riskier than keeping your money in a...

The post Warning: Trumps Federal Reserve Pick Hates Gold and Cash appeared first on The Daily Coin.


St. Petersburg court turns properties of banned Jehovah's Witnesses over to government "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

According to the court findings, the Jehovah's Witnesses administrative center in Russia transferred an estate on the shore of the Gulf of Finland to the Society as a donation in 2000 A district court in St. Petersburg passed a resolution on Thursday to confiscate 16 items of real estate in St. Petersburg worth more than 880 million rubles [$14.9 mln], which belong to the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania registered in the U.S., and to turn them over to the government, the united press service of city courts said on Thursday. The Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania received the immovable property from the Jehovah's Witnesses administrative center in Russia that has been banned by the Russian authorities.


Is This as Low as They Can Get? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

So, this happened yesterday:

James OKeefe, the conservative activist who attempted to plant a false story in The Washington Post this month about GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore, was presented Wednesday with an Impact Award, handed to him by Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

OKeefe accepted the award on behalf of his organization, Project Veritas, at an event hosted by the conservative group United for Purpose at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C..

Proud to receive the Impact award from Ginni Thomas on behalf of the @project_veritas team, OKeefe wrote on Instagram, before praising other 2017 award recipients such as Fox New host Sean Hannity and Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton as fighters.

I just want to briefly review some facts here. James OKeefe sent an employee named Jaime Phillips to spy on Washington Post reporters and try to get them on tape saying things that could be used to end their careers. This employee was then repurposed to tell a false story of being statutorily raped by Roy Moore as a teenager and impregnated. According to her fable, Moore drove her to Mississippi to get an abortion. The hope was that the Posts reporters would report all of this as true. The next step, obviously, would have been to expose the story as a fake and thereby undermine the reporting being done on Moores credible accusers.

Fortunately, the Posts were vigilant and figured out the entire scheme without being taken in. But the effort was clearly concocted in an effort to discredit Moores accusers and to give substance to the accusation that the mainstream press is biased and untrustworthy. And this was in the service of getting a plausibly-accused child molester elected to the U.S. Senate.

For this, the wife of a Supreme Court Justice gave him an award. And not just any Supreme Court Justice. Clarence Thomas was also plausibly accused of inappropriate sexual behavior, which you may remember from his confirmation hearings.

I dont know if the conservative movement can get lower than this.  Unfortunately, I suspect they can.


We Can't Fix This at the Ballot Box "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Considering the fact that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson vociferously opposed the presidents decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel and to announce that well be moving our embassy there, its not surprising that the State Department issued a new worldwide travel alert for any Americans dumb or reckless enough to think theyre still welcome in most of the globes countries. As you might expect, Trump would not listen to anyone who told him this would be a very bad idea, and went ahead with it anyway because he wanted to fulfill a campaign promise.

Several advisers said he did not seem to have a full understanding of the issue and instead appeared to be focused on seeming pro-Israel, in the words of one, and making a deal, in the words of another

The debate came to a head at a White House meeting Nov. 27 to hash out the waiver issue. According to people briefed on the meeting, Trump repeated his earlier assertions that he had to follow through on his campaign pledge, seemingly irritated by objections over security and the break with previous policy.

The decision wasnt driven by the peace process, one senior official said. The decision was driven by his campaign promise.

Naturally, Trump did not heed warnings that he might endanger our diplomatic corp and produce more Benghazis.

Tillerson, mindful of the death of four Americans in militant attacks in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012, pushed back vocally, one White House official said. Already at odds with Trump over other aspects of the presidents approach to the Middle East, Tillerson argued that the move could unleash a dangerous chain reaction across the region.

R.C. Hammond, a Tillerson adviser, said Tillerson and [Defense Secretary James] Mattis requested time to evaluate U.S. outposts and fortify them if necessary

Its insane. Were all resistant, said one Trump confidant who recently spoke to the president about it. He doesnt realize what all he could trigger by doing this.......

Trump Will Need to Throw Flynn to the Wolves "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

At a certain point in the not-too-distant future, the president of the United States is going to feel compelled to assert that he was taken in and duped by Michael Flynn and that he feels betrayed, his feelings are hurt, and that he didnt know one damn thing about any of it. I cant see any other way that Trump can get the separation from Flynn that hell need to survive in office.

The latest revelation begins with a text message received by someone in the inaugural crowd at 12:11pm on January 20th, 2016.

As President Trump delivered his inaugural address on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in January, his new national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, sent a text to a former business associate telling him that a plan to build nuclear power plants in the Middle East in partnership with Russian interests was good to go, according to a witness who spoke with congressional investigators.

Flynn had assured his former associate that U.S. sanctions against Russia would immediately be ripped up by the Trump administration, a move that would help facilitate the deal, the associate told the witness.

This was a chance encounter.

According to [Rep. Elijah] Cummingss letter, the witness said he met Alex Copson, Flynns former business associate, at an inaugural event. Copson is the managing director of ACU Strategic Partners, a Washington-based company that Flynn said he advised from April 2015 through June 2016, according to a financial disclosure he filed this August.

The witness told Cummings and committee investigators that Copson shared a text message he had just received from Flynn, who was on stage at the Capitol during Trumps speech.

Perhaps because of his eyesight or the glare, the witness couldnt read the text message but he did note the time stamp. Because he was disturbed by the conversation, he took contemporaneous notes. Lets look at the conversation:

As the president spoke, Flynn reportedly texted Copson that the nuclear project was good to go, the witness said Copson told him.

Mike has been putting everything in place for us, Copson said, according to the witness, adding: This is going to make a lot of very wealthy people.

Trump had been president for eleven minutes and was still deliverin...

Bannon Disparages Mormon Missionary Work "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Im no expert on the Church of Latter Day Saints, but I feel pretty confident in saying that their missionary work is pretty central to their whole belief system. For example, young men between the ages of 18 and 25 who meet standards of worthiness are strongly encouraged to consider a two-year, full-time proselytizing mission. I dont think too many Mormons consider this some kind of clever way of avoiding military service, although it obviously can serve that purpose.

Steve Bannon, however, obviously feels differently. At a rally for U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore in Fairhope, Alabama last night, Bannon attacked Mitt Romney:

Judge Roy Moore has more honor and integrity in that pinkie finger than your entire family has in its whole DNA, Bannon said in his 30-minute speech at Oak Hollow Farm. You hid behind your religion. You went to France to be a missionary while guys were dying in rice paddies in Vietnam. Do not talk to me about honor and integrity, he said, referencing Romneys Mormon faith.

Theres a lot of heat in those remarks. He accuses Romney not only of being a coward who lacks honor and integrity, but of being an insincere missionary who was proselytizing out of his own convenience instead of any conviction. Bannons condemnation is sweeping enough to call into question the LDSs entire practice of missionary work if it happens to take place in wartime.

There are other religious faiths that would fare poorly by this standard, including the Quakers, but this is a pretty strong attack on a pillar of Mormon faith and religious practice, and I dont imagine it will be received well.

Amazingly, Bannon thinks he can disparage Mormonism like this and still have standing to talk about who will represent Utah in the Senate.

Bannon has reportedly toyed with the idea of endorsing Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) for reelection, fearful that a Hatch retirement would allow Romney to walk into the Senate in 2018 and become a conservative thorn in Trumps side.

Id like to know how Orrin Hatch feels about Bannons assertion that young Mormon men on mission are lacking in honor, integrity, courage, or conviction. Does Hatch endorse that view himself? Does he want Bannons support? Will he disavow Bannon and defend the honor of Mitt Romney and their religious brethren?

Inquiring minds want to know.



Global Banking Regulator Warns Of Bitcoin Bubble "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Global banking regulator Stefan Ingves sees Bitcoin as a bubble and thinks fintech cannot and will not replace legacy banking systems, while others disagree and see signs of the future.


The Whistleblower Who Could Have Prevented 9/11 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A congressional report found that, before September 11, 2001, intelligence agencies were poorly organized, poorly equipped, and slow to pursue clues that might have prevented that days terrorist attacks. The following story offers a unique insight into how that could be.

Bill Binney was, as far back as the 1960s, one of the NSAs most distinguished analysts. He had almost a sixth sense for understanding the patterns behind the webs of relationships that would often prove to be even more valuable than the actual contents of intercepted communications.

This ability was a valuable tool in making sense of Soviet communications and intercepts. Binneys work might very well have warned us of 9/11, and other terrorist attacks, had it been allowed to continue. Instead Binney was forced to become a whistleblower and a crusader for both his work and the privacy protections of American citizens.

Using his methods, he anticipated the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia, the onset of the 1973 Yom Kippur War and even the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

The funny thing was that many of his higher ups in the intelligence community didnt take him seriously.  Even after he had proved himself almost prescient, they all felt that his methods were too inexpensive and too simple to be the real thing.

As the digital age arrived and Binney moved from the Army to the NSA, he was shocked at how primitive the NSA technology was. He tried to change that.

And while many of his colleagues liked to think the Soviet threat would be around forever, he foresaw the threats from international crime and terrorism and the need for appropriate programs of information collection.

In response, he developed cutting-edge computer programs of pattern recognition, with off-the-shelf software, to try to foreshadow these threats. The problem once again was that Binney worked too cheaply.

The leaders of the NSA wanted to spend well in excess of three billion dollars for projects that were unproven, and performed poorly when tested, compared to what Binney had created for one-tenth the cost.

Thats when higher ups at the NSA, including then-director Gen. Michael Hayden, decided that Binney and his work had to be neutralized.

The harrowing story that follows is told by Binney in his conversation with WhoWhatWhys Jeff Schechtman in this weeks podcast. Binney explains how his ThinThread program worked how it protected privacy and passed Constitutional muster. He explains why he had to leave the agency when his work was shut down in favor of programs that didnt work ones that totally ignored privacy concerns, but that provided....



Silibinin suppresses bladder cancer through down-regulation of actin cytoskeleton "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

PMID:  Oncotarget. 2017 Nov 3 ;8(54):92032-92042. Epub 2017 Sep 8. PMID: 29190895 Abstract Title:  Silibinin suppresses bladder cancer through down-regulation of actin cytoskeleton and PI3K/Akt signaling pathways. Abstract:  Silibinin is the major active constituent of silymarin, an extract of milk thistle seeds. Silibinin has been shown to have significant anti-cancer effects in a variety of malignancies. However, the molecular mechanisms of silibinin action in bladder cancer have not been studied extensively. In the present study, we found that silibinin (10M) significantly suppressed proliferation, migration, invasion and induced apoptosis of T24 and UM-UC-3 human bladder cancer cells. Silibinin down-regulated the actin cytoskeleton and phosphatidylinositide 3-kinase (PI3K)/Akt signaling pathways in these cancer cell lines. These pathways were foundto crosstalk through RAS cascades. We found that silibinin suppressed levels of trimethylated histone H3 lysine 4 and acetylated H3 at the KRAS promoter. Furthermore, silibinin targets long non-coding RNA: HOTAIR and ZFAS1, which are known to play roles as oncogenic factors in various cancers. Thisstudy shows that silibinin exerts anti-cancer effects through down-regulation of actin cytoskeleton and PI3K/Akt pathways and thus suppresses bladder cancer growth and progression.

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How Hard is it to Count Violent Crimes? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A new survey finds its more difficult than you might think.


Bitcoin Exchange NiceHash Hacked, Over $67 Million In Bitcoin Stolen "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Largest Cryptocurrency Mining Market NiceHash Hacked And Over $67M In Bitcoin Stolen

NiceHash, touted as one of the worlds largest Bitcoin trading and mining site, has revealed that hackers have compromised its payment system and wiped out its entire Bitcoin wallet, resulting in over $60 million loss.

For those unaware, formed in 2014, NiceHash serves as a marketplace for miners to rent out their hash rate to others, which sees them earn Bitcoin at regular intervals.

The breach was announced by the company on social media as well as its website.

Unfortunately, there has been a security breach involving NiceHash website. We are currently investigating the nature of the incident and, as a result, we are stopping all operations for the next 24 hours, the company said in a statement on Wednesday (December 6).

Importantly, our payment system was compromised and the contents of the NiceHash Bitcoin wallet have been stolen. We are working to verify the precise number of BTC taken, it added.

Clearly, this is a matter of deep concern and we are working hard to rectify the matter in the coming days. In addition to undertaking our own investigation, the incident has been reported to the relevant authorities and law enforcement and we are co-operating with them as a matter of urgency.

BTC address shared by a NiceHash user on Reddit suggests that a sum of 4,736.42 BTC an amount equivalent to $67 million at current prices was stolen, reported CoinDesk, a site specializing in cryptocurrency news and data, on Thursday.

Worried Bitcoin users took to Twitter to express their concerns. A user named Lohit tweeted, Are we going to get our btc? or might as well just forget it. Your press release said nothing about sending us what you owe. I have 4000$ stuck in your wallet which is now almost 4300$. Another NiceHash user Philip Richardson tweeted: If I dont get my BTC back I will never use your service again.

NiceHash is suggesting.........


The Flynn plea makes it hard for Trump to fire Mueller without being accused of a cover-up "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Flynn plea makes it difficult for Trump to can the special counsel without inviting charges of a cover-up and sparking a constitutional crisis. The Dec. 1 plea deal struck with President Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, marked a big step forward in Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. It may also have provided some protection for Mueller against being fired by the president-and helped ensure that his probe will continue, even if one day he's not leading it. Flynn pleaded guilty to one count of lying to federal agents about his communications with the Russian ambassador last December. Given the other potential crimes that Flynn may have committed, including his failure to disclose that he was being paid millions of dollars by a Turkish company while serving as a top official in the White House, the relatively light charge signaled to many that Flynn had something significant worth sharing. As Mueller's probe has gotten closer to Trump's inner orbit, speculation has risen over whether Trump might find a way to shut it down. The Flynn deal may make that harder. For one thing, it shows that Mueller is making progress. "Any rational prosecutor would realize that in this political environment, laying down a few markers would be a good way of fending off criticism that the prosecutors are burning through money and not accomplishing anything," says Samuel Buell, a former federal prosecutor now at Duke Law School.


Vinny Lingham Points out new Bitcoin Investors Only Want Profit Rather Than Innovation "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

It is evident everyone with a sense of adventure aims to buy Bitcoin right now. These colossal price gains throughout 2017 have not gone by unnoticed whatsoever. However, one also has to question the reason for buying Bitcoin now. Most people couldnt care less about this innovative technology or using it as a currency. Instead, they see this as a way to make a quick buck. Vinny Lingham is thinking along the same lines in this regard.

One could argue Bitcoin has some sort of identity crisis right now. More specifically, no one knows for sure how to label the worlds leading cryptocurrency. Its far from a currency, as the network simply cant process enough transactions per second. Nor is it a store of value per se, as the price is far too volatile. All of the questions need to be asked, yet very few new investors worry about these things. All they see is a vehicle to score quick profit and cash out when the time is right.

Vinny Lingham Worries About Bitcoins Future

For a project that was once touted for its technology, Bitcoin has certainly come a long way. Whether or not that is a good thing, remains to be determined. For speculators, Bitcoin is the next holy grail right now. Once people start to realize its nothing more than a volatile store of value, things will get very interesting. Its price volatility, high transaction fees, and lack of scaling are all pressing matters. Unfortunately, few people seem to care about these things. As Vinny Lingham points out, its all about profits first and foremost.

On paper, there is nothing wrong with this approach whatsoever. Early investors envisioned Bitcoin to become the next global payment solution. The past few years have shown that is not f...


Stuck up "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Father gets home and dislikes what he sees, Once again a dick on the snowman they built, Inside he storms and scolds his child, Again I broke that dick so you ought to feel guilt. The child shudders as mom watches on, And father finally calms down, When he goes away the child remains, Perplexed with a veritable frown. Night comes along and the house is asleep, But outside there stirs some snow, Crunching under feet as something moves, In the dark a shape from the patio. It's not Santa, no, It's too early for that, It's not a squirrel, And it's not a cat. The figure picks up the snowman's broken dick, And rubs it together between two palms, Reattaching the phalus we can see who it is, Why it's none other than the household's mom. So that's the story of the horny snowman, Father does not know the plight, But it doesn't matter for it's that time of year, Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.



The True Size Maps Shows You the Real Size of Every Country (and Will Change Your Mental Picture of the World) "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

We all understand, on some level, that as adults we must go back and correct the oversimplifications we learned as schoolchildren. But for a sense of how large the scale of those quasi-truths, you must imagine the whole world: that is, you must imagine how you imagine the whole world, a mental picture probably taken straight from the map hung on the classroom wall. And the lines of that map came straight, in a sense, from the work of 16th-century cartographer Gerardus Mercator.

Though Mercator's world-mapping method came as a revolution, it has also given generation after generation after generation very much the wrong idea about how big the world's countries actually are. Mercator Projection, as Citymetric describes it, "re-imagines the earth as the surface of a cylinder. When laid out flat, its pleasingly rectangular, and its eastern and western edges line up neatly." But while "in reality, lines of longitude converge at the poles; on the map, they're parallel. As a result, the closer you get to the poles, the more distorted the map becomes, and the bigger things look relative to their actual size."

Hence the need for such re-imaginings of the world map as The True Size, "a website that lets you compare the size of any nation or US state to other land masses, by allowing you to move them around to anywhere else on the map." Just search for any country in the box in the map's upper-left corner, and that country's borders will appear highlighted in color. When you click and drag those borders to another part of the world, specifically a part of the world at a different latitude, you'll notice that the shape of the dragged country seems to deform.

But that appearance of distortion is only relative to the shapes and...


The Next Step Towards Artificial General Intelligence StarCraft II "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

A combination of two behemoths.

Im working through my own self-created Artificial Intelligence Masters Degree. The creations which come out of DeepMind fascinate me. When they drop a mixtape with one of the biggest names in gaming in order to push Artificial Intelligence (AI) research forward, I listen to it.

Before we get into the specifics of this collaboration, a quick backstory of the history of AI and gaming.

AlphaGo shocked the world of Go by introducing moves which went against hundreds of years of game-playing strategy while defeating several world champions. DeepBlue did the same for chess in 1997, defeating then world champion Gary Kasparov.

A computer beat a world champion at chess in 1997, why did it take until 2016 to conquer the game of Go? And why StarCraft II now?

Let me shed a little light on the situation.

After 4 moves (2 moves for white and 2 moves for black) in chess, the number of possible board combinations is 8,902. In total, there are more possible board combinations than there are electrons in the observable universe. But the total number of sensible moves (such as, not needlessly sacrificing a Queen to a pawn) in chess is a little lower, in the order of ten duodecillion or 10 followed by 40 zeros.


For 1997s fastest supercomputer to calculate the exact winning set of moves for every possible chess board layout (end game) would take, the sun wouldve engulfed Earth several times over. Obviously, a brute force approach like this wasnt feasible.

How did Deep Blue do it?

Deep Blue used a selective system which would assess the state of the board before choosing a certain sequence of moves to explore. Moves which didnt maximize the probability of success were eliminated.

This selection strategy combined with parallel processing allowed Deep Blue to calculate 60 billion possible moves within three minutes, the time allowed for each players move in classical chess.

This kind of power led Kasparov to accuse IBM of cheating after his dethroning.

Why did Go take almost another two decades to conquer?

Without rules, lets compare the two game boards. As you can you see, the chess board looks fancy with its colored squares but the Go board has five times more square...


Man who cemented microwave to head appointed new Brexit Minister "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Amid government concerns that David Davis approach to Brexit was growing repetitive and stale, Teresa May has announced that she will be replacing him with the man in Wolverhampton who cemented a microwave to his own head, in an attempt to inject some fresh and creative action into the calamitous balls-up of Brexit.

Ive tried my best to make this thing as farcical as possible, but it just hasnt been enough said Davis, confirming his resignation, so to really bring this unholy monstrosity of Brexit to the correct level of ineptitude, I acknowledge that the person we really need in charge is someone deranged enough to cement their vital body parts to everyday household appliances just for the hell of it.

Prime Minister, Teresa May, has said that she hopes that the appointment of the new Minister will properly reflect the governments intentions for the Brexit process. This man has the precise mix of incompetence, insanity and willingness to self-harm that exactly sums up what Brexit entails, said the Prime Minister. Because Brexit means Cementing A Microwave To Your Own Fucking Head.


Keep unexpected holiday security surprises to a minimum "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The chilly weather is setting in here in the northern hemisphere, and as we get ready for the holidays many of us are gathering round a cheery fire. But not everyone is enjoying the warmth of this experience. Its only a matter of time before we see more legislation around all types of data protection, company breach disclosures, and associated fines. The Equifax incidents started the fire and there is plenty of fuel to continue More


Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

This post contains some affiliate links, and I was sent some products to review. All opinions are my own.

Ok, here's the last gift guide I put together this year (and one of my favorites)...stocking stuffers! Good things come in small, cute packages. All of these are totally affordable, but are still items that they'll actually be excited to receive--not just cheap throwaways.

Gift guide: stocking stuffers

1. Santa mug - Fun and festive. Fill it with hot cocoa and marshmallows or a gift card to their favorite coffeeshop.

2. Card game - Spot It is one of our favorites. Other good ones: Monopoly Deal, Fluxx, and No Thanks.

3. Cocktail shaker - This one is beautiful, plus it has recipes for classic cocktails on the side.

4. Pom pom beanie - In millennial pink, the year's trendiest color.

5. A book they've been wanting to read - Just make sure it'll fit in their stocking.

6. Father & son socks - They're the best of pairs, and now they have matching socks to prove it! Too cute.

Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you've enjoyed these gift guides and maybe found some ideas for the people on your list. I'll be back to regular blog posts next week! :)

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I Spent Years Reporting on Chicagos Property Tax System. Heres What Got Me Out of the Weeds. "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Coefficient of dispersion, price-related differential, first-pass, second-pass, assessment level, effective tax rate ... Id use these terms in meetings with my editors, and I could feel my own eyelids getting heavy.

For about 2 1/2 years now, Ive been reporting on the Cook County property tax assessment system, uncovering inequities and explaining them to readers. At times, the work has been mind-numbing, with long stretches when I was lost in the weeds. But one thing was certain: Behind all the technical terms and the statistics was a story about the simple concept of fairness.

In many ways, the assessors office is a black box. Not even attorneys who have worked in the field for decades understand how the office derives values. And Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios has refused to make that information public. My work, to some degree, involves poking holes in the box so we can shed light on how the office operates. My story this week on commercial and industrial assessments is the latest, following work I did on residential assessments for the Chicago Tribune.

In the early days of reporting these stories, I found Illinois Department of Revenue studies that suggested the property tax assessment system was deeply unfair. I wanted to determine if the evidence supported that assertion and proved the system was broken. As my reporting and my work with colleague Sandhya Kambhampati progressed and I learned more, I began to see how those with the least were paying more than they should while the wealthy paid less.

At a time when income inequality has grown to staggering proportions in our country, I came to see that the property tax system aggravated those disparities. Many of those who benefited were political heavyweights who also work as property tax lawyers.

How could I present this information in a way that would move readers and, perhaps, drive change? I knew the key was getting behind the numbers and finding the people who were harmed by the system. Their compelling stories fueled the narrative as we presented the nuts and bolts of this arcane system and our investigative findings about it.

I found people like Brenda Doyle, owner of Sweet Pea Academy day care, in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood on the South Side. She ran the day care with her husband, Larry, and daughter Jamilah. Sweet Pea is exactly the kind of small, family-owned business that should get a fair shake. Instead, its tax bill was far...

Fill Your Hot Tub With Sand. For Science! "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Here at Hackaday, we can understand if you dont like sand. Its coarse, rough and irritating, and it gets everywhere. With that said, [Mark Rober] discovered a great way to have fun with sand right in your own back garden.

Well preface this by stating that this isnt the easiest hack to pull off on a lazy Saturday afternoon. You need a spare hot tub, plenty of pipe, and a seriously big air supply. But if you can pull it all together, the payoff is fantastic.

What [Mark] has achieved is turning a regular hot tub into a fluidized bed. In simple terms, this is where a solid particulate material (like sand) is made to act more like a fluid by passing pressurized fluid through the material. Through a carefully built series of drilled copper pipes, [Mark] manages to turn the hot tub into a fluidized bed, much to the enjoyment of his young nephews.

While its not the easiest hack to copy at home, [Mark] drives home the science of both the fluidized bed and why certain objects float or sink in the sand. Its something that can also be easily tackled at a smaller scale, if youre looking for something more achievable for the average maker.

For more sand science, how about using it to hold up your car?

[Thanks to Keith for the tip!]

Filed under: classic hacks


Robert Spencer video: How Robert Mueller sabotaged counterterror training in 2012 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

In this new video, I explain how, while he was director of the FBI, Robert Mueller presided over and approved of the removal of all mention of Islam and jihad from counterterror training materials, thereby hamstringing agents ability to understand the motives and goals of jihad terrorists, and to counter them effectively.


Campaign Against Antisemitism is Grooming British Police Forces "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Please see yourself invited to review the intimate correspondence between the ultra Zionist Campaign Against Antisemitism and our British police forces. 

Documentation here

Listen  to the great Richie Allen elaborating on the above. 


Brexit Breakthrough: Headfake or May Trying to Engineer Further Capitulation to EU? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The UK has managed show "sufficient progress" so as to be allowed to go to the\ next phase of Brexit talks. But what does that really mean?


Pope Francis calls to adjust line in 'The Lord's Prayer' "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Pope Francis has called upon the Roman Catholic Church to adjust the translation of phrase on temptation in the most famous Christian prayer, 'Our Father', also known as 'The Lord's Prayer'. The Italian and English translations of the prayer, better known as 'Our Father' among Catholics, ask God to "lead us not into temptation." "That is not a good translation," the pontiff said in a television interview on Wednesday evening, as cited by the Vatican Radio.


Buy the Futures, Sell the News? Reasons For Price Jump "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

The old adage could be coming true again: Buy the rumor, sell the news as futures are days away from coming into effect.


ISIS vows to make New Years Day hell and attack people on foot at Christmas markets to dodge security barriers "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

All those security barriers that European authorities have dressed up as festive Christmas decorations may be useless. And prepare against them whatever you are able of power and of steeds of war by which you may strike terror in the enemy of Allah and your enemy and others besides them whom you do not know, []


John Lennon Was Right: The Government Is Run by Maniacs for Maniacal Means "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

John Lennon Was Right: The Government Is Run by Maniacs for Maniacal Means by John W Whitehead Rutherford You gotta remember, establishment, its just a name for evil. The monster doesnt care whether it kills all the students or...

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Organizing GraphQL Mutations "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Cleaning up the CRUD

The Great Divide in GraphQL schemas runs between Queries and Mutations. A query method reads data from a datasource, such as a SQL database or file system or even a remote service. Whereas queries can be executed concurrently, mutations cannot.

Mutations have to execute sequentially because the next mutation operation may be dependent on data stored or updated by the previous mutation. For instance, a record has to be created before it can be updated. Therefore, mutations have to execute sequentially. This is why queries and mutations have their own namespace in GraphQL.

Queries are the R in CRUD (Create, Read, Update, & Delete). The code in this article builds off of a Launchpad example. In the Launchpad code, there is a query defined that will return an Authors Posts, given an author ID. Ive extended this example once already on my post about testing GraphQL interfaces. In that post I added Books to the mix, and here Ill extend that idea.

Author Posts

Mutations are the CUD in CRUD. The Launchpad example linked above has an upvotePost mutation that bumps up the vote count (an update operation) for a Post.

Mutation: {
upvotePost: (_, { postId }) => {
const post = find(posts, { id: postId });
if (!post) {
throw new Error(`Couldn't find post with id ${postId}`);
post.votes += 1;
return post;

To implement down vote also, I simply create a similar downvotePost mutation:

Mutation: {
  downvotePost: (_, { postId }) => {
const post = find(posts, { id: postId });
if (!post) {
throw new Error(`Couldn't find post with id ${postId}`);
post.votes -= 1;
return post;

This is not exactly a DRY way of doing it. The body of the logic could be put into one external function with a parameter to increment the vote up or down.

Also, I would like to get rid of the upvotePost and downvotePost naming and instead rely on a context, like Post.upvote() and Post.downvote(). That can be done by having the Mutation method return a set of operations that affect a given Post.

PostOps is a type defined as:

type PostOps {
upvote(postId: Int!): Post



Hi folks, this is Joseph... I am probably going to have an early start to chat today, at 6PM... hope to see everyone!  Already

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Art Movements "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Charles Demuth, I Saw the Figure 5 in Gold (1928), oil, graphite, ink and gold leaf on paperboard, 90.2 x 76.2 cm ( Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)

Art Movements is a weekly collection of news, developments, and stirrings in the art world. Subscribe to receive these posts as a weekly newsletter.

The Getty Center, Getty Villa, and Skirball Cultural Center were shut down as wildfires continue to spread rapidly in southern California. The Getty Center and Getty Villa are due to reopen today.

Prince Bader bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan al-Saud was identified as the buyer of Salvator Mundi. According to the Wall Street Journal, the prince was acting as a proxy on behalf of Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the heir apparent to the Saudi throne. The Louvre Abu Dhabi announced via twitter that the painting will go on display at the museum.

President Trump reduced the size of two national monuments in Utah Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante by around two million acres, the largest rollback of federal land protection in US history.

A number of iconic American paintings will leave the US for the first time for inclusion in the Ashmolean Museums upcoming exhibition...


The Main Challenges of Enterprise Mobility Management "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Retail is for sure a sector with specific challenges and difficulties, and enterprise mobility management (EMM) is yet another field that IT departments of retail businesses have to consider. Besides bring-your-own-device (Corporate phones and BYOD), retail organizations are beginning to control other technologies like tablets with access to corporate Wi-Fi networks.

The effect is an intricate environment with different operating and devices systems, which IT departments have to control, secure and make compliant. While doing so, they wish to provide access to business resources for employees on those devices, wherever theyre positioned, to boost efficiency.

Answering Tough Questions About Enterprise Mobility

In the event that you would like to provide access to corporate resources, internal files, confidential data, corporate mail or internal apps to an extensive range of devices, should not you first secure those devices and ensure the compliance of theirs with corporate policies before allowing access? Would you impose similar security policies and restrictions on devices owned by the corporation as on individual devices? How about location tracking? Would you track employees on the personal devices of theirs or simply on corporate-owned devices? Can there be any law in put that applies to this kind of tracking? If one of these devices is stolen, wouldnt it be a smart idea to remove corporate data?

Thesere the often tough questions which need to be discussed between many different departments and stakeholders within a business. When youve answered these questions, defined the security policies of yours and identified corporate resources to which you wish to provide access from outside of the network of yours, you are going to need a solution to enable you to use those EMM rules.

Enabling Enterprise Mobility in Retail

With a solution as IBM MaaS360, you are going to be ready to brand the environment of yours as well as customize the user experience. In the event that you would like to isolate the business side from the private aspect of the device and stay away from data leakage, you are able to leverage container technology.



Japans Economy Boosted by Surge in Capital Spending "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Japans July-September GDP growth raised to 2.5% from 1.4%

Updated Dec. 8, 2017 12:44 a.m. ET

TOKYOJapans stronger-than-expected growth offers another sign that Prime Minister Shinzo Abes economic policies, assisted by a global upturn, may be helping the nation emerge from years of stagnation.

A jump in firms capital spending amid optimism about the global economic outlook prompted a revision of Japans economic growth for the July-September quarter to 2.5% on an annualized basis, compared with an initial estimate of 1.4%, government data released Friday showed.


Set up a Time-Bound Public Enquiry Commission to Probe Judge Loyas Death, Demand Group of Citizens "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

It would not be inaccurate to say that one of our most powerful and respected institutions is not keen or able to look after its own its judges.

Loya was a CBI judge probing Amit Shahs involvement in the Sohrabuddin Shaikh encounter case. Credit: The Caravan

New Delhi: A group of concerned citizens has released a statement demanding a time-bound public enquiry commission to get to the truth of the allegedly suspicious death of Judge Brijgopal Harkishan Loya.

The statement, signed by academic and writer Apoorvanand, poet Ashok Vajpeyi, novelist Githa Hariharan, writers Natasha Badhwar and Priya Ramani, and historian Rajmohan Gandhi, has raised concern about the fact that despite calls for a judicial enquiry, no action has been taken to probe Judge Loyas death. It points out that there has been no attempt on the part of the judiciary to take up the matter as a suo-moto affair.

The pleas seeking a probe have followed two reports published in the Caravan magazine quoting immediate members of Loyas family, who...


'Unstoppable bull run': Bitcoin juggernaut smashes $18,000 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Bitcoin's unstoppable bull run continues with the world's most valuable cryptocurrency beating its own records day after day. After passing the $15,000, $16,000 and $17,000 levels the day before, bitcoin breached $18,000 on Friday. Bitcoin peaked at $18,353 by 1:54 GMT, with the market value of the digital currency at the time exceeding $300 billion, according to data from CoinMarketCap. The price has since retreated to below $17,000.


The Latest Senate Section 44 Cases "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Time for another - and I doubt it will be the final - roundup of the issues created by ineligible Senators (or in one case, a Senator-who-never-was).  I have had many questions about the Lambie situation but today's resignation of Skye Kakoschke-Moore also requires detailed comments.

Hollie Hughes (Candidate, NSW - disallowed)

The High Court's decision that Hollie Hughes should not be seated in place of Fiona Nash (apparently because of her intermediate holding of an office of profit while the original election was still open, though reasons are yet to be released) creates a new issue.  Hughes was eligible at the time of the original election but her subsequent employment renders her ineligible to fill the position vacated by Fiona Nash.  The Commonwealth is waiting to see whether the court rules that Hughes was incapable of being chosen, or capable of chosen but incapable of sitting.  If the former, Hughes will be replaced by a special count (resulting in controversial Abbott backer Jim Molan becoming a Senator) but if the latter there is some thought (I'm not convinced) that it might be a casual vacancy.

Jacqui Lambie (Tas - resigned)

Lambie has resigned her seat and this has been referred to the High Court for hearings starting December 8, together with the case of Stephen Parry.  As noted in the article concerning Stephen Parry, a simulated special count with just Parry removed creates a major problem - originally elected Senator Nick McKim is replaced by One Nation's Kate McCulloch, so what does the court do about that?  However, if a special count is held for both Lambie and Parry together, this issue is apparently removed, as also noted in the article.  That is, assuming no more Tasmanian Senators are ineligible and ... let's not assume that one too confidently, just for now ...

Assuming both Parry and Lambie are indeed found to have been ineligible and replaced by a single special count, that would lead to Richard Colbeck (Liberal #5) and Steve Martin (Jacqui Lambie Network #2) being new Senators.

However Martin is under a Section 44 cloud because he is Mayor of Devonport and was so on election day, and the question of whether local government is always, sometimes or never an "office of profit under the Crown" has never been tested.  Many federal MPs who were also local councillors have gone unchallenged in the past, but Labor requires its fe...


Woman gives up men to have sex with ghosts "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A 27-year-old English woman shared her "experience" of having sex with spirits on a TV show Thursday. Amethyst Realm, a spiritual guidance counselor from Bristol, has revealed she has had sexual intercourse with 20 different ghosts, and turned her back on men after that. While her fianc was away, she felt the presence of something strange and unknown in their new house. "It started as an energy, then became physical," she told hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby during the British TV show This Morning. "There was pressure on my thighs and breath on my neck. I just always felt safe. I had sex with the ghost. You can feel it. It's difficult to explain. There was a weight and weightlessness, a physical breath and stroking, and the energy as well."


The death of Kissingers Shuttle Diplomacy: the Jerusalem factor "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

December 07, 2017 by Ghassan Kadi for the Saker Blog No man has possibly served the American Empire as much as Henry Kissinger did, and with all the literature, including screenplays, that have been written about him and his shuttle diplomacy, none probably described his biggest ever performance than Patrick Seale in his book Asad. After []


Hemp seed may be a valuable source of hypotensive peptides. "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

PMID:  J Agric Food Chem. 2017 Dec 6 ;65(48):10482-10488. Epub 2017 Nov 17. PMID: 29112398 Abstract Title:  New ACE-Inhibitory Peptides from Hemp Seed (Cannabis sativa L.) Proteins. Abstract:  A hemp seed protein isolate, prepared from defatted hemp seed meals by alkaline solubilization/acid precipitation, was subjected to extensive chemical hydrolysis under acid conditions (6 M HCl). The resulting hydrolysate was fractionated by semipreparative RP-HPLC, and the purified fractions were tested as inhibitors of angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE). Mono- and bidimensional NMR experiments and LC-MS analyses led to the identification of four potentially bioactive peptides, i.e. GVLY, IEE, LGV, and RVR. They were prepared by solid-phase synthesis, and tested for ACE-inhibitory activity. The IC50 values were GVLY 16 1.5 M, LGV 145 13 M, and RVR 526 33 M, confirming that hemp seed may be a valuable source of hypotensive peptides.

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What Happens When Adityanath Plans a Village Recce, and What Happens When He Doesnt Appear "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Work that was getting done at lightning speed in Kol Gadhaiyaa in Bundelkhand ahead of the chief ministers arrival suddenly stopped when his visit was cancelled.

The mess on Chitrakoots streets, in the aftermath of the CM's visit. Credit: Khabar Lahariya

The mess on Chitrakoots streets, in the aftermath of the CMs visit. Credit: Khabar Lahariya

Shauchalay. Aawaas. Naali. Khadanja(Toilet. Home. Drainage system. Brick-layered road.) Sunita Devi, Khabar Lahariya reporter, rattles off the bare necessities of a semblance of a life in rural India the vikaas that, contrary to primetime television reports in Gujarat, is invisible in large swathes here as she takes us all on a recce of Kol Gadhaiyaa village, in Karwi, Chitrakoot district in Bun...

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