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Wednesday, 10 January

04:02

WPA3 to feature much needed security enhancements "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Wi-Fi Alliance, a non-profit organization that tests and slaps the Wi-Fi Certified logo on products that meet certain standards of interoperability, has announced enhancements for WPA2 and the imminent introduction of WPA3. About WPA2 WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access II) is a security protocol widely used for securing wireless computer networks, and has been around for some 13-odd years. While a definite improvement over Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP), WPA2 does have a number of security More

03:03

Cronkite News: Economic recovery moves at a glacial pace in Indian Country "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Recovery from the Great Recession has been slow in much of Arizona, but in Indian Country the pace has been glacial.

02:33

Very bright flash over thousands of kilometers, ground-shaking explosion, Russia "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A very bright flash was seen over thousands of kilometers over Russia around 00:22 local time January 7, 2018 (20:22 UTC, January 6). The flash was followed by a ground-shaking explosion. According to witness reports, the explosion was centered west the Ural...... Read more

00:14

MACKAY North Queensland crime spree suspect held in custody "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

MACKAY January 09, 2018 at 07:00AM ,

North Queensland crime spree suspect held in custody

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Scott Hodgetts yesterday appeared in the Townsville Magistrates Court and was remanded in custody until January 31 when he will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court. He had been wanted following a number of alleged break and enters, dangerous operation of motor vehicle and arson incidents

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MACKAY Mackay real estate agent fined for improper account use "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

MACKAY January 09, 2018 at 07:56PM ,

Mackay real estate agent fined for improper account use

January 09, 2018 at 07:56PM ,

Cheryl Elaine Gilbert, the previous owner of Mackay Real Estate Pty Ltd, pleaded guilty to 12 charges in Mackay Magistrates Court, according to the OFT. They charges related to improperly converting trust account funds and failing to correctly record trust account receipts. Gilbert also failed to provide

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00:07

Iran Arrests Former President for Sedition, 1969 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Good morning, Im still reporting on: Iran Arrests Former President for Sedition, 1969 Synopsis: The Iranian authorities have just arrested their former president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and confined him to house arrest to prevent him from re-igniting last weeks widespread protests against the Islamic theocracy. An Arabic newspaper published in the UK cited reliable sources in Tehran who quoted Ahmadinejad as saying about the recent protests: The people are angry at this government because of its monopoly on public wealth. Remember the airplane full of cash that President Obama sent to the Iranian Mullahs just before his departure from the presidency? Why did he send cash? So that it could disappear into the hands of his comrades in the Iranian power structure. Ahmadinejad is mad because he didnt get any of the stolen American loot. Hes been on the outs for some time. Last year, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei banned him from running for president a second time. Ahmadinejad also is quoted as saying: The government of Hassan Rouhani believes that they own the land and that the people are an ignorant society that does not know. What Iran suffers from today is mismanagement and not lack of economic resources. Support Our Sponsors: - Virtual Shield VPN - the easiest way to create a home VPN. Go to: https://www.virtualshield.com/billstill - Nobel Gold: Protect Your Money With Gold - Click Here- https://goo.gl/kx2yzW Or Call - 877-646-5347 - Jeevy Computers: Move up to business-level computer protection. 800-844-8613 http://jeevycomputers.com/pcs/ - Trade Genius Academy: Learn the safe, sure way to trade. https://www.TradeGeniusAcademy.com - SeaShell Diamond Gallery, Custom Fine Jewelry Made in Hawaii. 808-338-9988; https://www.SeaShellDiamondGallery.com - PrepareWithBill - Food Storage You Can Depend On. 888-756-8727 https://preparewith.com/Bill.Still - Kangen Water, ionized, alkaline water, website: https://www.TopShelfWater.com - Rugged Reserves, home of the solar-powered tactical flashlight with a 100% lifetime guarantee. Call 800-621-7902. Website: https://RuggedReserves.net/billstill - - Denas Pair Relief Store - exclusive importers of the Denas PCM 6 portable pain relief device. Call Coach Jimmy at 503-395-4142, or check the website: https://www.denaspainreliefstore.com Still Report BTC address: 18Ky2c3CgPY3eu5N7ySoM3X6NjgEAN2w4v Connect with me; Bill Still: newspaper editor/publisher, economics reporter - top US publications, authored 22 books, 4 documentary videos & daily host of this Y/T channel, THE STILL REPORT: https://plus.google.com/u/0/109353617116072656672 Get the word Out: Please LIKE, COMMENT & SHARE! Our website: http://www.billstill.com Considered by informed insiders as the ultimate resource for surviving economic or financial collapse/crash and attaining the unvarnished truth about the latest US and world news, current events in Washington, and todays United States political climate. Pl...

00:04

Baby Boon High Chair "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Baby Boon High Chair - There are a number of pieces of furniture that every company needs: a good office chair to sit down reception chairs for the guests to wait in , in, a table to meet at, and conference chairs to sit in during meetings. Whether you are currently working at a fortune 500 company or a small start nearly every company needs a good pair of convention chairs to finish their meeting area. A meeting space or A seminar room is a place where workers and customers meet to discuss strategies and ideas for your small business, and sometimes these meetings can last for hours on end. When it is your customers which are going to be getting the most use out of your seminar chairs or your workers, you need to make sure that they are comfy while seated. Seminar chairs provide you with the opportunity to give your meeting room a professional appeal and also the capability to communicate the culture of your company through layout. Just like with every other piece of timing furniture and attention should be given to what sort of conference chair will be excellent for your business.

The very first thing to remember while purchasing a new set of conference chairs is the general atmosphere of your furniture and your organization. Does your office is it more traditional in look or have a style? It is necessary to completely understand the essence of your company too, for instance, if you are a law office that is famous for its professionalism and traditionalism, you would not wish to get a set of modern looking conference chairs to your meeting area. You would wish to go for a chair with genuine leather along with a timber trim to finish your conventional appearance. Make certain to match your office with a similar styling, if your furniture and style are mismatched that can come off as affordable and unprofessional. Furniture truly has the capability to shape the way your company is perceived by your guests so it is essential for them to leave with a positive feeling.

The next step is to choose the type of material that the chairs will soon be cushioned, after specifying the design you may want for your seminar chairs in. Leather is perhaps the choice has the broadest choice of styles to pick from and to go with. It is also a choice, gives off an aura of professionalism, and easy to wash. The only drawback to leather is the fact that it is pricey; infrequently it might be better to go for a leather alternative that's more affordable if you will use your conference space. Vinyl is another choice that is widely chosen since it's generally a bit cheaper in cost than its own leather co...

00:02

Man bags 5 months imprisonment for stealing roofing sheets "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A 30-year-old man, Bobby Richard, who pleaded guilty to stealing six pieces of roofing sheets,  was on Tuesday sentenced to five months imprisonment by a Karmo Grade 1 Area Court in Abuja. The judge, Abubakar Sadiq, however, gave the convict  an option of  N5,000  fine and advised him to desist from further committing crime. Sadiq said that the sentence would serve as deterrent to others. Richard, who resides at Paradise Estate, Life Camp,  Abuja, was arraigned on a two-count charge of joint act and theft. He pleaded guilty to the...

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00:02

JUST IN: Fulani herdsmen slaughter two mobile policemen in Benue "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

*another badly injured Fulani herdsmen on Monday night launched a gruesome attack on residents of Tse-Awashua village in Anyiin area of Logo local government area of Benue State and slaughtered two Mobile policemen and badly injured another one. The herdsmen, New Telegraph learnt had earlier that day, fiercely attacked the camp of a detachment of Mobile Policemen from Mopol 13 stationed in the area but they were repelled but later regrouped for the latest attack on the camp that evening. One of the policemen who survived the attack told reporters that herdsmen...

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00:01

210 rape cases recorded in Katsina in 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Katsina State Police Command says it recorded 210 cases of rape and unnatural acts in the state in 2017. The commands spokesman, DSP Isa Gambo, said on Tuesday in Katsina that 275 persons allegedly involved in the various rape cases were arrested during the period. He said 207 of the cases were in court, with three still under investigation. Gambo also said that the command had arrested 320 persons suspected to be involved in 204 armed robberies across the state during the period. According to him, the police are...

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00:00

Supreme Court Upholds Journalists Freedom of Expression "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The apex court has refused to revive a defamation case against Rajdeep Sardesai and Raghav Bahl.

Supreme Court. Credit: PTI

Supreme Court. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday batted for the freedom of expression of journalists and and said that some instance of wrong reporting should not be held on to forever.

These observations assume significance in light of the Unique Identification Authority of India filing an FIR against journalist Rachna Khaira and the Chandigarh-based English newspaper The Tribune for exposing flaws in protection of personal data under Aadhaar, as well as the frequent filing of defamation cases by corporations and politicians against media organisations.

The court refused to revive a defamation case against senior journalist Rajdeep Sardesai and Raghav Bahl founder and former managing director of Network18 and dismissed an appeal filed by Rahmat Fatima Amanullah  daughter of former Bihar minister Parveen Amanullah against a Patna high court order. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud said: You must allow freedom of expression by journalists. There may be some wrong reporting. But dont hold on to it forever.

The petitioner had challenged a September 2017 judgement by the Patna high court quashing cognisance taken by a magist...

00:00

Start Mining Asteroids for Faster Data and a Cleaner Planet "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

An asteroid-mining infrastructure could help to solve a major impending resource problem.

Artists impression of asteroid mining. Credit: NASA

Mining asteroids might seem like the stuff of science fiction, but there are companies and a few governments already working hard to make it real. This should not be surprising: compared with the breathtaking bridges that engineers build on Earth, asteroid-mining is a simple, small-scale operation requiring only modest technological advances. If anything is lacking, it is the imagination to see how plausible it has become. I am afraid only that it might not arrive soon enough to address the urgent resource challenges that the world is facing right now.

As an academic researcher, I work with several asteroidmining companies to address that urgency. I depend on their funding, so there are trade secrets I cannot share. However, I can reveal the co...

00:00

Austria: First newborn of 2018 is Muslim, drawing racist abuse "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

In todays world, critical thinking is in short supply, which includes differentiating between varying circumstances. For example, it is prudent to oppose unvetted immigration that excludes the essential principle of a two-way street approach to immigration. This does not mean one is racist or Islamophobic to promote a two-way street. It spells logic. It is []

00:00

Continuous security: Whats in a name? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

DevOps has changed the lives of programmers everywhere for the better. Giving engineering teams operational responsibility drives more robust offerings and better automation. Automation tends to improve development velocity and deployment time, leading to faster, more frequent deployments. Giving engineers responsibility for operations has also driven automation into scalability many applications are now designed to scale elastically and automatically. Security automation Many companies have seen the benefits that automation has brought to product operations, More

Tuesday, 09 January

23:59

The True Value of Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Chris Martenson of Peak Prosperity

So in the past week, Ive been asked for advice on Bitcoin by my brother-in-law, my local realtor, and close friends from as far away as Texas.

None of them cared to learn what it actually is. Or how it works. They just wanted to understand why suddenly so many folks they know are trying to buy Bitcoin hand over fist. And, of course, should they buy in now, too?

If you (or people you care about) have similar questions, this report is for you.

A Brave New World

Remember the scene from the movie Avatar, where the main character first explores the alien world of Pandora? I found that scene astonishing and beautiful. Hes encountering an entirely new and completely foreign ecosystem.  Every element is fascinating and wondrous, even the dangerous elements yet it all still follows understandable rules.

Everything is involved in either gathering sunlight or eating something else that had. Every niche is filled. Every organism has its own strategy: some light up, some fly, some run, some crawl. As entirely alien as everything is, if you understand the basics of how organisms filled their niches on Earth, you have a great starting point for understanding of the rules of life on Pandora.

Similarly, a great way to begin to understand the new world opened up by Bitcoin (and the other cryptocurrencies) is to realize that its an ecosystem that, at its heart, maps neatly into the universe you already understand. A few examples: payments, identity, contracts, verification, and record keeping (ledgers).

As with any ecosystem in nature, a new organism will survive and flourish if and only if its more efficient and effective than the prior model. For example, nothing has displaced sharks in the past 425 million years because theyre extremely efficient in their niche. To displace them, a new ocean predator would have to come along that does what they do faster, better, and (energetically) cheaper.

So the operative questions we need to keep in mind when looking at the brave new world of digital currencies are: What problem(s) are they solving?, and, Are their solutions faster, better, and/or cheaper?

These are critical questions to answer. When a new technology is first introduced, all manner of fanciful thinking can cloud peoples better judgment with dreams of easy riches. Think back to 1999: as long as dot com was added to the end of a business name, it could raise abundant funds to pursue all manner of impractical ideas. How well did that work out? Just remember Pets.com, Webvan.com and eToys.co; all certified capital destroying ideas.

Investors would have benefited f...

23:58

Alright, let's talk about "President Oprah's" Golden Globes speech "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

I'm being a little facetious with that headline -- but not too facetious, given the social media reaction Leah covered this morning. Let me begin by saying that I did not watch one second of the Golden Globes awards as they aired Sunday night. This wasn't a deliberate boycott on my part; I just wasn't terribly interested. Plus, I hear that The Crown lost to The Handmaid's Tale in major categories, so I suppose I spared myself some aggravation anyway. Nevertheless, the Twitter buzz about Oprah's remarks (she received an award honoring her 'contributions to the world of entertainment'), was so overwhelming that I decided to take nine minutes to watch it in its entirety. I'm glad I did, because it was a damn fine speech. Even if you're not a fan of her work or her politics, I'd encourage you to take a look:

23:58

Hardware wallet security is no match for scammers ingenuity "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

It is often noted that hardware cryptocurrency wallets are one of the better options for keeping ones private keys safe: they are not affected by malware, the private keys are usually stored and used in a protected area of a microcontroller (and cannot be transferred out of the device in a plaintext format), and they are convenient and easy to use. But safer does not mean completely safe, just that successful attacks should be more More

23:57

#Winning: Facebook Fake News Flag Makes People MORE Likely to Click "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Fakebook has had to ditch its fake news flag after finding that people don't just blindly listen to them when they declare something to be fake! Imagine that! Happy new year everyone!

23:55

Trump To Call On Pentagon, Diplomats To Play Bigger Arms Sales Role "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Mike Stone and Matt Spetalnick, January 8, 2018

From Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) The Trump administration is nearing completion of a new Buy American plan that calls for U.S. military attaches and diplomats to help drum up billions of dollars more in business overseas for the U.S. weapons industry, going beyond the limited assistance they currently provide, officials said.

President Donald Trump is expected to announce a whole of government approach that will also ease export rules on U.S. military exports and give greater weight to the economic benefits for American manufacturers in a decision-making process that has long focused heavily on human rights considerations, according to people familiar with the plan.

The initiative, which will encompass everything from fighter jets and drones to warships and artillery, is expected to be launched as early as February, senior officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

A key policy change would call for embassy staffers around the world to act essentially as a sales force for defense contractors, actively advocating on their behalf. It was unclear, however, what specific guidelines would be established.

But under this more proactive approach, embassy staffers would engage more aggressively with foreign counterparts to push for U.S. arms sales and brief visiting senior U.S. officials so they can help advance pending deals, according to a person familiar with the matter. One senior administration official described the proposal as a 180-degree shift in the current arms-length approach to foreign weapons sales.

Trump is seeking to fulfill a 2016 election campaign promise to create jobs in the United States by selling more goods and services abroad to bring down the U.S. trade deficit from a six-year high of $50 billion.

The administration is also under pressure from U.S. defense contractors facing growing competition from foreign rivals such as China and Russia....

23:54

I Didn't Call Don Trump Jr Treasonous, 1968 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Good morning, Im still reporting on: I Didn't Call Don Trump Jr Treasonous, 1968 Synopsis: Former Trump insider, Steve Bannon, today praised Donald Trump, Jr. as a patriot and a good man and apologized for not responding sooner to the inaccurate reporting in the new Michael Wolff book, Fire and Fury. Bannon did not offer an explanation for his absence from public view since his departure from the Trump White House which has allowed Wolff to say anything, do anything to gain more attention for his books release two days ago. Where have you been, Steve? In any case, in an exclusive story to the left-leaning 2017 startup news site, Axios, Bannon said he did not think Donald Trump Jr. had been treasonous for taking the offered meeting with a group of Russians. He said that his comments about the meeting were aimed at former Trump campaign chairman, Paul Manafort. [As] a seasoned campaign professional with experience of how the Russians operate, [Manafort] should have known they are duplicitous, cunning and not our friends. To reiterate, those comments were not aimed at Don Jr. Bannon apologized for his absence in responding to Wolffs book: "I regret that my delay in responding to the inaccurate reporting regarding Don Jr has diverted attention from the president's historical accomplishments in the first year of his presidency." "Donald Trump, Jr. is both a patriot and a good man. He has been relentless in his advocacy for his father and the agenda that has helped turn our country around." "My support is also unwavering for the president and his agenda. "President Trump was the only candidate that could have taken on and defeated the Clinton apparatus. I remain ready to stand in the breech for this president's efforts to make America great again." Support Our Sponsors: - Virtual Shield VPN - the easiest way to create a home VPN. Go to: https://www.virtualshield.com/billstill - Nobel Gold: Protect Your Money With Gold - Click Here- https://goo.gl/kx2yzW Or Call - 877-646-5347 - Jeevy Computers: Move up to business-level computer protection. 800-844-8613 http://jeevycomputers.com/pcs/ - Trade Genius Academy: Learn the safe, sure way to trade. https://www.TradeGeniusAcademy.com - SeaShell Diamond Gallery, Custom Fine Jewelry Made in Hawaii. 808-338-9988; https://www.SeaShellDiamondGallery.com - PrepareWithBill - Food Storage You Can Depend On. 888-756-8727 https://preparewith.com/Bill.Still - Kangen Water, ionized, alkaline water, website: https://www.TopShelfWater.com Still Report BTC address: 18Ky2c3CgPY3eu5N7ySoM3X6NjgEAN2w4v Connect with me; Bill Still: newspaper editor/publisher, economics reporter - top US publications, authored 22 books, 4 documentary videos & daily host of this Y/T channel, THE STILL REPORT: https://plus.google.com/u/0/109353617116072656672 Get the word Out: Please LIKE, COMMENT & SHARE! Our website: http://www.billstill.com Considered by informed insiders as the ultimate resource fo...

23:51

Libstorage-NG Landing Soon In openSUSE Tumbleweed For Improving The Installer "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Users of the openSUSE rolling-release Linux distribution will soon find an improved installer thanks to Libstorage-NG landing soon and improvements to YaST...

23:50

Iranians Turn to Tech Tools to Evade Internet Censors Irans new offensive against social media is showing signs of backfiring "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A crackdown aimed at helping stamp out protests could weaken Tehrans control of information online

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Jan. 9, 2018 5:30 a.m. ET

Irans new offensive against social media is showing signs of backfiring.

Authorities in Tehran have ratcheted up their policing of the internet in the past week and a half, part of an attempt to stamp out the most far-reaching protests in Iran since 2009.

But the crackdown is driving millions of Iranians to tech tools that can help them evade censors, according to activists and developers of the tools. Some of the tools were attracting three or four times more unique users a day than they were before the internet crackdown, potentially weakening government efforts to control access to information online.

Heres what could be next for Iran and what the unrest means for more than 80 million Iranians. Video: Karan Deep Singh / Photo: Getty Images

By the time they wake up, the government will have lost control of the internet, said Mehdi Yahyanejad, executive director of NetFreedom Pioneers, a California-based technology nonprofit that largely focuses on Iran and develops educational and freedom of information tools.

An official at Irans United Nations mission didnt immediately respond to a request for comment.

In recent days, Iran has said it has contained days of public demonstrations against the regime. Protesters used social media to spread the word about, or bear witness to, the protests, as people did during the Green Movement in 2009.

Iran blocked major social-media sites, such as Twitter Inc. and Facebook Inc., in 2009.

This time around, encrypted socia...

23:50

The Old Wag The Dog Distraction Being Used On The Cabal, But Why? (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Old Wag The Dog Distraction Being Used On The Cabal, But Why? Video X22 Report The Trump administration is using the old wag the dog trick to distract the corporate media and the cabal from what is really...

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23:49

NECO release Nov/Dec 2017 results, Plateau highest in malpractice cases "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The National Examinations Council on Tuesday released the results of the 2017 November/December Senior School Certificate Examination as 32,917 candidates out of  42,429 candidates that sat for the examinations scored 5 credits and above. The Registrar/Chief Executive of NECO,Prof. Charles Uwakwe, who spoke at the councils headquarters in Minna said the release of the results is coming barely 38 days after the examinations were conducted. In the analysis for candidates general performance by States, Ogun state has the best result as 4,766 students out of the 5,213 that sat obtained five credits...

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23:49

NC Imam Invokes Jew-Killing Hadith "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

An imam in Raleigh, North Carolina area invoked a well-known hadith (a saying of Islams prophet Mohammed) about killing Jews in his sermon on Friday, December 8, 2017. The remarks, delivered by U.S.-based Syrian Imam Abdullah Khadra became known through the Middle East Media Research Institute, which posted the taped sermon.

Abdullah Khadra, an imam in the U.S. from Syria, preached, The Prophet gave us the glad tidings that at the End of Time, we will fight those Jews until the rocks and the trees will speak: Oh Muslim, this is a Jew behind me. The hadith continues to say, come and kill him.

Watch the video of the sermon:

The same day, a imam from Texas also gave a sermon calling for Muslims to kill Jews. Sheikh Raed Saleh Al-Rousan, founder of the Tajweed Institute of Houston, gave the incendiary speech at his mosque.

Khadra  and Al-Rousan are just the latest in a string of preachers to be caught on camera inciting hatred against Jews. Imam Aymen Elkasaby of the Islamic Center of Jersey City was suspended without pay for a month after a sermon he gave calling on Allah to count and kill Jews down to the very last one.

Earlier this year Imam Ammar Shahin of the Islamic Center of Davis California and Imam Mahmoud Harmoush of the Islamic Congregation of Riverside made similar calls to arms to their congregations. They were speaking after Israel installed metal detectors at the entrance to the Temple Mount where the Al Aqsa mosque is located as a security precaution after four policemen were murdered by Palestinian terrorists on and near the entrance to the Temple Mount.

Another imam, Dr. Sayed Moustafa Al-Qazwini told his congregation in July that ISIS is the production of the Israeli intelligence.

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23:48

Global warming, pollution supersize the oceans oxygen-depleted dead zones "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Vast swaths of the worlds oceans are turning into dead zones as global warming and pollution strips them of oxygen, threatening marine life on a massive scale, a new study shows. The analysis, which reviews the major research on ocean oxygen loss, is the first to investigate the causes, consequences and solutions to low oxygen concentrations in the open oceans and coastal waters. Over the past 50 years, zones in the open ocean with zero oxygen have more than quadrupled, or increased by over 4.5 million square kilometers (1.7 million square miles) an area roughly the size of the European Union according to the study published Jan. 2 in the journal Science. It added that in coastal water bodies, including estuaries and seas, the number of low-oxygen sites have soared about tenfold from fewer than 50 in 1950. In ocean waters, oxygen levels are also falling, with 77 billion tons being lost since 1950. This map indicates coastal sites where anthropogenic nutrients have exacerbated or caused water oxygen concentrations to decline to less than 2 milligrams per liter (red dots), as well as ocean oxygen-minimum zones at depths of 300 meters, or  980 feet (blue regions). Map created from data provided by Robert Diaz, updated by members of the GO2NE network, and downloaded from the World Ocean Atlas 2009. The analysis indicated that deoxygenation in the open ocean was caused by global warming as a result of increased greenhouse gas emissions, as warmer water holds less oxygen. In

23:47

How the 25th Amendment Will Be Used to Remove President Trump On Fake Mental Illness Allegations "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Russian Collusion Delusion has collapsed. However, the President has a new challenge that will threaten his presidency. President Trumps insistence that America has become a hell-hole and the swamp needed to be drained, has earned him the mental health diagnosis of Oppositional Defiant Disorder. This is the modern day equivalent of the old Soviet diagnosis of political schizophrenia.


The former Obama administration and their partner in pseudoscience, the American Psychiatric Association (APA), previously created a totally bogus and scientifically unproven mental illness to be used against President Trump in order to justify removing him under the disability clause in the 25th Amendment.

The APA created the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (5th Edition) which was  adopted only a couple of years ago. DSM 5 is highly controversial and has sparked outrage from the mental health practitioners. As many of these practitioners point out, the new DSM-V makes a pathology out of simple and normal behaviors such as grieving for the loss of a loved one and downright healthy defiance of perceived injustice.

This approach constitutes an unprecedented a relatively new and subjective approach in diagnosing of mental illness as it promises to end free speech and any form of political dissent. It will also be used to remove the current President if the People sit by and let this happen.

The Deep State has declared, through its compromied ally, the APA, that anyone who opposes its unconstitutional policies as having political paranoia,  which is now diagnosed as a type of mental illness. Subsequently, anyone who disagrees with some established authority is deemed to be suffering from Oppositional Defiant Disorder. And there is now a Yale psychologist who has been briefing Congress on his diagnosis of the President.

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23:45

WATCH: Teacher Questions Superintendents Massive Raise, So Shes Attacked and Arrested "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A teacher was attacked and arrested for legally asking why the school board was getting a raise as the schools fall apart and class sizes grow.

23:45

Mongoose: Is Admiral Rogers at NSA a Hero? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Mongoose

Operation Condor How NSA Director Mike Rogers Saved The U.S. From a Massive Constitutional Crisis

Bottom line: he stopped long-running Obama-Clinton abuse of NSA against Trump but did so only after it was clear Trump had won.  Much more impressive would have been action BEFORE the election.

The questions of NSAs failing to process 99% of its data and continuing to fail to provide tactical signals intelligence support to all clandestine operations overseas and all domestic counterintelligence operations, remain.

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23:45

JUST IN: 78 years old vigilante killed by Boko Haram suicide bomber "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A Septuagenarian vigilante, Baba Mustapha, has been killed by Boko Haram suicide vechicle which rammed rammed into the troops in Sambisa forest of Borno state. According to tweets by Ahmad Salkida, a journalist with vast knowelege of Boko Haram terrorists, the Mustapha was a 78 yr old retired hunter and farmer. He revealed that Baa masaa was flown in from Sambisa forest last night by the military to his family home in Gwange and was buried at 9:AM on Tuesday in Gwange cemetery in Maiduguri. Soldiers who paid tribute to the late...

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23:45

Natural disasters on the rise says scientist, unprecedented cold, wildfires and hurricanes signify 'profound changes' "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A SPIKE in devastating natural disasters is on the way as the planet has exceeded a "tipping point" for climate change, a leading scientist has claimed. The east coast of the US continues to be ravaged by a freezing cold snap while the other side of the country has been hit by wildfires. These are a signs of the times according to one professor, who says that the situation will only worsen in the next few years.

23:43

Perfectionism: The risky personality trait on the rise in the young "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

In 30 years this trait has increased by up to one-third. Perfectionism in mind, body and career is on the rise in the young, new research finds. The current crop of college students is more obsessed with being perfect than they were 30 years ago. Making comparisons on social media could be one important driver for the rise in perfectionist tendencies. The change could be having a dramatic negative effect on their mental health.

23:43

Apple released patches to fix Spectre flaws in Safari, macOS, and iOS "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Apple released iOS 11.2.2 software, a macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 supplemental update, and Safari 11.0.2 to fix Spectre flaws.

On Monday, Apple released patches to fix Spectre flaws in Safari, macOS, and iOS, the tech giant released iOS 11.2.2 software a macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 supplemental update. The patches also fixed vulnerabilities in Apple WebKit, the web browser engine used by Safari, Mail, and App Store.

The security updates issued by Apple aim to mitigate the two known methods for exploiting Spectre identified as bounds check bypass (CVE-2017-5753/Spectre/v1) and branch target injection (CVE-2017-5715/Spectre/v2).

Just after the disclosure of the Meltdown and Spectre attacks, Apple released security updates (iOS 11.2, macOS and tvOS 11.2) to protect its systems against Meltdown attacks.

Apple now released the following security updates:

After the disclosure of the flaws, security experts pointed out that the Spectre vulnerability is very hard to patch, but fortunately, the exploitation is much more difficult than Meltdown.

Another worrisome aspect of the Spectre attacks is that it breaks the isolation between different applications opening the door to remote attacks, for example, an attacker can remotely bypass sandboxing mechanism implemented by modern browsers.

Pierluigi Paganini

(Security Affairs   Spectre flaws,  hacking)

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23:41

U.S. Says China Pushing Around Smaller Nations in the South China Sea "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

US State Department adviser says China is pushing around smaller states with rival claims and limiting navigation in international waters

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 09 January, 2018, 2:57pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 09 January, 2018, 5:14pm

23:39

VIDEO: Goofy Dem Rep Called Out on MSNBC After Lying About Calls for Trumps Impeachment "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Rep. Jamie Raskin (D, Md.) got called out in an appearance on MSNBC after he lied and claimed he has never called for President Donald Trump to be impeached.

The goofy representative has proposed a bill to form a commission to determine whether the president is fit for office but bizarrely claims it has nothing to do with Trump.

In an interview with Katy Tur, Raskin his bill is not a body devoted to looking at Donald Trumps fitness for office.

When Tur followed up about his desire to impeach the president, Raskin tried to lie his way out of it.

Heres the thing, congressman. You want to impeach this president. Youve said so, Tur said.

Seemingly flustered over being called out by his own sides media, Raskin denied her claim. No, I haventwhen did I say that? he asked.

Youve said you wanted to impeach the president, Tur stated matter-of-factly. She then went on to read his own comment about his desire to impeach. I want to say this for Donald Trump, who I may well be voting to impeach over the next year or two, she quoted him saying at a rally in January 2017, noting that the statement drew applause from the crowd.

You definitely dont want him as president, she said.

Raskin, still seemingly flustered, dodged the question and responded that I think the media is conflating impeachment and the 25th Amendment. He then began to ramble off facts about the 25th Amendment and that it is meant to address a president who lacks the mental or physical capacity required for office.

Theyre two separate things, he said following his lies and dodging.

Since Raskin doesnt seem capable of keeping his own comments straight, perhaps there should be a commission on his own mental fitness for office.

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23:37

Rights group criticises Thai Premier's cardboard cutout gesture "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has come under criticism for dodging questions by leaving a cardboard cutout of himself for reporters to quiz.

23:36

Most significantly, schooling increases quality of living. "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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23:35

To Honor Albert Camus on the Day He Died: January 4, 1960 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Human Wrongs Watch

By Edward Curtin*

 8 Jan 2018 TRANSCEND Media Service  Because he was not a partisan in the Cold War between the U.S./NATO and the U.S.S.R, Albert Camus was an oddball.  As a result, he was criticized by the right, left, and center. 

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Albert Camus

His allegiance was to truth, not ideologies.  He opposed state murder, terrorism, and warfare from all quarters. 

An artistic anarchist with a passionate spiritual hunger, an austere and moral Don Juan, this sensual man of conscience and honor earned his reputation by a lifelong literary meditation on death in all its guises: disease (he was constantly threatened by tuberculosis), murder, suicide, capital punishment, war, etc.; deaths both happy and absurd, sudden and slow.

His enemy was always injustice and those powerful ones who thought they had the right to ma...

23:33

Peace Revolution episode 093: Liberty and Economics | Part 1: Philosophy "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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23:32

Watchtroll is Where Information and Facts Come to Die in the Name of PTAB Bashing (Trolls Lobbying) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Some shredded paper

Summary: The latest anti-PTAB posts from Watchtroll (they make up almost most of the articles so far this year) and what can be deduced from Wi-Fi One v Broadcom a new decision from a high court

THE EPOs management is a premier source of lies, but its closely matched by Gene Quinns Watchtroll. Google News is syndicating far too much trash, or so-called news sites that are actually marketing and lobbying. Watchtroll is one of those sites. It can almost give one a headache trying to figure out how Watchtroll comes up with its misleading spin and deceptive headlines. Google, in turn, relays that to a broader audience.

The latest PTAB bashing at Watchtroll (they do this every day now) is beyond moronic. Professional writers who do such lobbying disregard fact-checking. What on Earth is this (by Steve Brachmann and Gene Quinn)? Its an incredibly misleading headline; it says 58 Patents Upheld in District Court Invalidated by PTAB on Same Grounds, but its not on same grounds at all, just different interpretation of same Sections (e.g. 102 and 103).

Then, later in the day, Gene Quinn, Steve Brachmann, Josh Malone and Paul Morinville (the patent 'extremist' who dons a cowboy hat) came up with PTAB Facts: An ugly picture of an tribunal run amok.

Facts

Yeah, just keep using that word. Facts

Donald Trump too claims to be tweeting facts, even if in less than a year he has already been caught telling about 2,000 lies or misleading statements (some people track them all and keep count).

The patent microcosm and its deceitful lobby (sites like Watchtroll) are clearly losing the debate online; laws are turning against them, courts rule against their interests. So lying seems to have become the last resort. Sorry, not lying but facts

Alternative facts

Thats the role of Watchtroll. Here is...

23:31

4 Problems with Oprah's much ballyhooed speech on #MeToo "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

On Sunday evening, Oprah Winfrey received the Cecille B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award. She proceeded to launch into an emotional speech about the power of women to fight back against sexism and sexual malfeasance - a speech that led to widespread celebration in Hollywood, where everyone knew about the problem of sexual harassment and assault and nobody did anything for years, but where one speech from the most powerful woman in the history of media can apparently cure all ills. Oprah's speech was quite good, of course. She's a terrific performer, and she's world famous for her ability to connect with her audience on a personal level. The speech led NBC to tweet out its support for her presidential candidacy, and led actress Reese Witherspoon to elevate Oprah to the level of Jesus:

23:31

Eyeing troubled EU ties, Polands president fires top ministers "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Reuters

WARSAW (Reuters) Polands ruling conservatives fired several senior government ministers on Tuesday in an apparent move to improve relations with the European Union strained over accusations that Warsaw is subverting rule of law standards.

Facing unprecedented EU legal action over the alleged politicization of Polands judiciary, the Law and Justice (PiS) party may want to ease tensions in other areas, such as environment policy and defense, analysts say.

The changes also came with the EU about to embark on negotiations on a new seven-year budget that will decide which member states get what out of the blocs coffers with Poland currently the biggest net recipient.

President Andrzej Duda, acting on recommendations of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, dismissed Environment Minister Jan Szyszko, who has spearheaded far-reaching logging in an ancient forest in Poland that prompted action by the European Court of Justice.

Also losing their job were Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz, a former anti-communist crusader facing criticism over delays in army modernisation and conflicts with top generals, as well as Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski, seen in Brussels as an ineffective diplomat.

The reshuffle followed the appointment of former banker and finance minister Morawiecki as prime minister, replacing Beata Szydlo, last month at the midpoint of the parliamentary term. PiS faces local elections in late 2018 and legislative and presidential ballots in 2019 and 2020.

It remains to be seen whether Morawiecki will improve Warsaws relations with Brussels. He heads to Brussels later on Tuesday for talks.

Judicial reforms at the heart of the dispute with Brussels are seen by PiS as a fundamental element of its efforts to overhaul Polands democratic institutions.

PiS believes reforms are needed because the country has lost sight of its Catholic soul and is steeped mentality and power structures dating to the post-war communist era. Critics say that the governments efforts to wield control over courts and public media are tilting Poland toward authoritarian rule.

Reporting by Pawel Sobczak and Lidia Kelly; editing by Mark Heinrich


23:30

Bean Bag Chair Pellets "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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You might be providing the notion that the chairs are not to be used for your workplace purpose and in that you may be searching for something stylish and unique. Actually it isn't possible that you go in search of the ideal designer chair in accordance with your selection to every shop and each. This is because of the restriction imposed from the period without confronting any issues within their schedules, majority of them are going on. This might be in turn should you attempt finding time out that the schedule may crumble upside down with the passing of time. There are lots of suppliers with huge kinds of seats by going through the websites in your own comfort, and you could surf from one supplier to another. When compared to the stores, you'll have the ability to pick up the chair according to your choice and also by paying quite rate.

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23:30

Justice Denied: The Government Is Not Going to Save Us "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Justice Denied: The Government Is Not Going to Save Us by John W Whitehead Rutherford The warlords of history are still kicking our heads in, and no one, not our fathers, not our Gods, is coming to save us....

The post Justice Denied: The Government Is Not Going to Save Us appeared first on The Daily Coin.

23:30

The Triple Talaq Bill and BJPs Selective Concern for Muslim Women "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Demonising Muslim men has been an important political plank for the Modi government. The triple talaq Bill fits in perfectly with it.

Muslims women celebrate the Supreme Court's decision on triple talaq. Credit: PTI

Muslims women celebrate the Supreme Courts decision on triple talaq. Credit: PTI

It is ironic that a government which pledges support to the concept of a uniform civil code, instead of strengthening an existing law which secures the rights of Muslim women, is proposing to place them under a special statute meant only for Muslim women in order to gain political mileage.

When they have a brother like Narendra Modi, they do not need to be afraid of anyone, BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi assured Muslim women during discussions in the Lok Sabha when the Bill criminalising instant triple talaq was introduced and passed in great haste on December 28.

Yes, indeed. With Modi as their brother, they have nothing to fear. The might of the BJP government is with the Muslim woman when she is seeking protection against her husband. But not otherwise. Not when she is being attacked by rioting mobs during communal violence, when her house is torched or when she is threatened with...

23:30

Rebecca Campbell: Q Anon + Benjamin Fulford = Deep State Down Down Down Julian Assange Said to be Under US Military Control "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Rebecca Campbell

Both worth reading in full both complement one another. Donald Trump appears to be on the verge of an epic victory with global, not just US, implications.

Message from Q Anon

Guantanamo Bay is being prepared to receive high-profile detainees. (4) High-ranking politicians like Hillary Clinton and John McCain are allegedly wearing orthopedic boots to hide ankle monitors. (5) Forty Representative and Senators have stated they are not standing for re-election. (6) Two-hundred CEOs from well-known firms are rumored to have resigned or retired. (7)

Benjamin Fulford: Financial war may escalate into massive EMP attacks as final showdown looms

Meanwhile, a source claiming to represent the good side of the Rothschild family sent a diagram with the instruction follow the white rabbit.  At the very top of this chart they claim that the Vatican and Catholicism are the key to understanding it all.

The U.S. military now de facto controls Saudi Arabia.

Angela Merkel, the most senior Khazarian bloodline person in power in the West, has been told to resign by the anti-bloodline Gnostic Illuminati. 

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23:30

Moveable Feast Cafe 2018/01/09 Open Thread "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

2018/01/09 12:30:01Welcome to the Moveable Feast Cafe. The Moveable Feast is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of

23:30

Male-to-female prison inmate in Illinois seeks rare transfer to female prison "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

From MyFoxChicago: A 26-year-old transgender woman (MTF) serving a 10-year sentence in Illinois for burglary is seeking a rarely granted transfer to a female prison where she says shell be less vulnerable to the kinds of sexual assault, taunting and Continue reading

23:28

Colombia: the six top violent acts in 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

In the first year of implementation of the Peace Agreement between the government and the FARC, the number of deaths decreased considerably. But Colombia is still a very violent country.

Burial of assassinated peasants in Tumaco massacre, in Nario department, Colombia. Photo: Mateo Rueda, via PACIFISTA!. All rights reserved.

This article is being published as part of the partnership between Pacifista! and democraciaAbierta. You can read the original article here.

The first year of implementation of the agreement signed by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the government has shown that the post-conflict path is a turbulent one. In 2017, some cases of violence in Colombia have recalled that of the times when the drug cartels ruled the country and the FARC and The National Liberation Army (ELN) guerrillas were in full swing. The following are the most violent acts recorded in 2017.

 The Magi Payan massacre

On November 27, a clash between dissident FARC members and ELN forces resulted in 13 people dead in Magi Payn, in the department of Nario. The dissidents were having a birthday party in the village of Pueblo Nuevo when they were attacked by the guerrillas. The attack, apparently, was motivated by some territorial dispute. Historically, the region has been an important corridor for illegal activities such as drug trafficking. Due to the fact that it is quite an inaccessible place, the massacre was only known 40 hours after it happened. For obvious reasons, the villagers felt intimidated and refused to talk to the authorities. To this should be added the little diligence with which the authorities conducted the lifting of the corpses and carried out the autopsies.

Some 80 people who lived there fled in fear from their homes. The local official, Wilson Angulo, confessed to El Espectador that "in this place there is total absence of the State. Farmers have no specific programs for crop substitution, there are no job offers...

23:27

Frigid Cold Ends For Now; NOAA Wrong on Great Lakes; Global Warming & Iran "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

I had meant to get this post done while we were still absolutely freezing in the extreme cold- With temps so far below normal that records had to have been broken.

Toronto Broke Yet Another Cold Record

Our extreme cold temps went like this:

January 4/2018 - High 14.9F or -9.5 Celsius: Low -0.9 F or -18.2 C
January 5/2018-  High  3.7 F or-  15.7 C : Low -5.4 F or -20.8 C
January 6/2018- High 3.7 F or - 15.7 C:  Low - 11.2 F or -24.0 C
Forgot yesterday- Windchills made it even colder

Today we're hovering right around the freezing. Tonight is set to be a low of - 4 C
Definitely more in line with what is usual for my stomping grounds.

Let's talk Great Lakes- Cause it's where I live!

Great Lakes Total Ice Coverage Hit 29.5 Percent in Very Short Order!

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Great Lakes Total Ice Cover as of January 07/18 29.5 percent



 With Lake Eries coverage coming in at about 85%. Accurately 84.7%


...

23:27

Northern Ireland needs alternative visions of progressive, LGBTQ-inclusive peace "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Many schools, workplaces, churches, and streets remain arenas of homophobic and transphobic discrimination and prejudice. Can there be peace without equality?

A mural of two women kissing in Belfast, 2016. A mural of two women kissing in Belfast, 2016. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Images. All rights reserved.Peace is often equated with the end of political violence. Successful peacebuilding means that bullets and bombs are set aside and replaced with commitments by all parties to resolve differences democratically. As war and conflict often emerge from historical grievances surrounding community rights, agreed equality frameworks may be part of transitions to peace.

In Northern Ireland, peacebuilding has been dominated by communal bargaining over legacies of violent conflict, victim rights, and other contentious issues including the proposed Irish Language Act. Now nearly 20 years after the 1998 peace agreement even this bargaining process has collapsed.

The Northern Ireland Assembly is paralysed by deep political division. The peace brokered by our politicians lacks vitality and imagination. Alternative visions of a more meaningful, progressive and inclusive peace process do exist, though they are rarely given the attention that they deserve.

'The peace brokered by our politicians lacks vitality and imagination.'

Some might argue that Northern Irelands flawed and faltering peace is the best possible outcome for the still deeply-divided region. Pragmatism is important in politics and can be valuable in negotiating and renegotiating peace.

But anyone who has studied politics and history knows that the political imagination is a powerful motivator of social change and progress. Peace must be imagined before it is negotiated and created.

LGBTQ visions of peace

I spent six months interviewing LGBTQ individuals in Northern Ireland, as part o...

23:26

Curtis Yarvin (Mencius Moldbug) blacklisted and banned by google "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

We all know that Google, like other tech companies, is very converged by leftists and SJWs and I have suggested ways to limit the amount of ad

The post Curtis Yarvin (Mencius Moldbug) blacklisted and banned by google appeared first on Atavisionary.

23:25

Philippines to protest over China activity on reclaimed reef "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

AFP

WESTCOM/AFP | Fiery Cross Reef is an outcrop that Beijing turned into an artificial island and which now appears to house a military base
MANILA (AFP)  The Philippines will lodge a diplomatic protest with China after Manila questioned if Beijing had reneged on a pledge not to militarise a disputed South China Sea reef.Beijing claims nearly all of the sea and has been turning reefs in the Spratly and Paracel chains into islands, installing military facilities and equipment on them.

Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana Tuesday said Manila was investigating reports of recent Chinese activity on Fiery Cross Reef, an outcrop that Beijing turned into an artificial island and which now appears to house a military base.

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Lorenzana spoke out despite recent moves by President Rodrigo Duterte to ease tensions with China.

According to them they are not militarising (the reefs) and it was for peaceful purposes only like tourism, Lorenzana said.

But if it is true and we can prove that they have been putting soldiers and any weapons, defensive (or) otherwise, that would be a violation of what they said.

Lorenzana said he had also received reports Philippine fishermen had been harassed by Chinese coastguards.

Last month, a US think tank released new satellite images showing deployment of radar and other equipment in disputed South China Sea islands.

The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) said the buildup continued despite rival claims across the sea from Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan.

Over 2017, China installed infrastructure to support air and naval bases, such as large radar and sensor arrays, the Washington-based think tank said.

Fiery Cross Reef saw the most construction last year, with building work spanning 27 acres, or about 110,000 square metres, AMTI said its analysis of satellite images showed.

The Philippines had previously been one of the most outspoken countries in standing up to Chinas claim to most of the South China Sea.

This culminated in Manilas complaint to a United Nations-backed tribunal that ruled in July 2016 that Chinas territorial claims in the sea were without legal basis.......

23:25

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23:24

Trump may cause the extinction of the entire human race, says hysterical Yale psychiatry professor "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

President Doanld Trump is severely mentally impaired and may force the extinction of the entire human race, according to Dr. Bandy Lee, a Yale psychiatrist and clinical professor. Woah, what did she say? Lee, who is internationally known and has briefed members of Congress on Trump's mental fitness, told Newsweek last week that Trump's mental impairment is not just dangerous for the United States - but for the entire world. And with each passing day, the dangers become greater, she said. "As more time passes, we come closer to the greatest risk of danger, one that could even mean the extinction of the human species," Lee said. "This is not hyperbole. This is the reality." How bad does she say it is? According to Lee, it's a "public health emergency that needs to be responded to as quickly as possible."

23:20

1967, Judge Jeanine Blasts Clinton Foundation, 1967 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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23:18

British Actress says Weinstein used Oprah to lure her to his hotel room "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

On Sunday night Oprah Winfrey lectured the nation and white males for the monstrous sexual abuse culture in Hollywood during her Golden Globes speech. Most all of the men accused of abusive behavior against women in the past several months are liberal elites. But it wasn't that long ago that a British actress accused Weinstein and Oprah of persuading her to his hotel bedroom. Harvey Weinstein's lurid past and outright inappropriate behavior was the focus of the news cycle last year. Although Weinstein faded from public view, Hollywood continued to implode.

23:16

Easy Techniques To Choose Your Quilt Colors "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

choose quilt colorsSo you found this fantastic free quilt pattern and you love everything about it from the style down to the recommended color combination.  Unfortunately, not all the materials or colors you need is available from your local specialty fabric store.  But you need not to despair, you can always replace what Continue reading

23:13

What happened to the workers movement? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

by David Camfield Too often people on the radical left find ourselves thinking with concepts weve inherited from the past that have become misleading because the realities to which the concepts refer have changed fundamentally. This happens a lot when we talk about the workers movement. As New York City transit union activist Steve Downs put it, We speak about the labour movement and I think we tend to do it out of habit or maybe generosity or maybe even embarrassment, but there is no labour movement in this city or in this country, frankly there is no unifying vision, there

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23:10

Worlds LARGEST Golden Nugget! (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Worlds LARGEST Golden Nugget! Video Salivate Metal TDC Note The Golden Nuggets Hand of Faith is an awe inspiring nugget. After seeing it in person we wrote about it and then we were contacted by the son of...

The post Worlds LARGEST Golden Nugget! (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

23:10

Gay erotic clothing store's new 'covergirl' is a nine-year-old boy dressed as drag queen "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

House of Mann, an erotic gay BDSM clothing store, has been accused of sexualizing children after they used a nine-year-old boy dressed as a drag queen to model for them. The nine-year-old drag queen who goes by the name "Queen Lactatia," stands sexualized in the photos, wearing a sequin onesie. Products available on House of Mann include BDSM sex harnesses, bondage gloves, jock straps, and nipple pasties, which are all tagged with keywords such as "hot," "erotic," gay," "BDSM," "fetish," "kinky," "dominatrix," and "stripper." After users on Facebook and Twitter complained about the company sexualizing children for an erotic brand, House of Mann owner Brandon Hilton declared, "[I] woke up to countless tweets telling me 'kill yourself' and calling me a 'pedo' after we announced 9 year old drag superstar Lactatia as our new HOUSE OF MANN covergirl... If you can't handle a kid in a sequin onesie, maybe the future isn't for you!"

23:09

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23:09

Making the Slugger site and our live events accessible to all "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

I made a bit of a blunder last week planning our  The drugs dont work our over medicated society event for this Monday night. Upstairs in the Harp Bar is a lovely room but it has one major issue there are steps up to the room and no lift access.

When a reader enquired with the Bar about disabled access I realised my mistake.  So to make sure our events are open to all I am switching this Mondays event venue to The Dark Horse Bar which is fully wheelchair friendly. I will also try to make sure all future event locations have good access for all.

I am more than happy to accommodate any special requests readers may have but do me one favour just drop me an email in advance so we can plan. The chap who phoned the bar did not leave a name or contact number so if he is reading this do let me know that you are aware of the venue change.

On the subject of accessibility, we do try to make sure the Slugger website has good readability but if we can do more to make it compatible with screen readers etc do let us know. We are planning a small design revamp soon so if you have any suggestions for improvement do let us know in the comments. I know a larger font size is always a popular request.

You can reach me at brian@sluggerotoole.com

 

23:08

Cinema Owners Can Decide Whether to Play National Anthem but Mandatory to Stand If Played: SC "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The exemptions, granted earlier by the court to persons who cannot stand up because of specified disabilities, would continue.

If cinema owners choose to play the national anthem, patrons have to show respect by standing up. Credit: Reuters

The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud on January 9 accepted the submission of the Centre that cinema theatre owners could have the option of not playing the national anthem before the start of every show as mandated by the court earlier. However, the court, after an hour-long hearing of the counsel, representing various stake-holders, made it clear that if they choose to play the national anthem, patrons have to show respect by standing up.

With todays modification order, the court disposed of the publ...

23:08

UK economic collapse accelerating: 28% increase in shops going bust, biggest slump since 2009, food and fuel prices rise "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The number of shops going bust increased last year for the first time in five years, new data shows. Deloitte said on Monday that 118 retailers went into administration last year, up from 92 in 2016. The figures came as data from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) showed the biggest slump in non-food spending since 2009. Spending grew by 1.1% in the final three months of 2017, a big drop off from the year's average growth of 1.7%.

23:08

Hybrid Octocopter at CES "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Humans Can Fly in This Drone-Like Electric Hybrid 'Octocopter'

The company that partnered with UPS to create a package-delivering drone is ready to fly its new passenger aerial vehicle.

The SureFly, a two-seater electric hybrid helicopter (or "octocopter," because of its eight propellers), has received approval from the FAA to take a test flight at CES in Las Vegas on Jan. 8.

Designed by Ohio-based commercial transportation solutions company Workhorse Group, the SureFly is designed to be safer, easier to fly and more affordable than a typical chopper. SureFly pilots can drive the aircraft in a similar manner to a drone -- via joystick instead of steering wheel -- and carry up to 400 pounds for up to 70 miles at a time. The aircraft is also compact: It's smaller than a pickup truck, plus its arms and propellers fold to simplify transportation and storage.


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23:07

NYT: Trumps Twitter Threats Put US Credibility on the Line "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Local Editor 08-01-2018 | 13:24 US President Donald Trump has begun 2018 where he left off. Since the first of the year, he has attacked a variety of countries in Twitter posts, urging protesters to overthrow the Iranian government, threatening to blow up North Korea and calling for cuts in aid to the Palestinians. Two []

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23:04

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23:03

Nhn nh th trng chng khon 2018: Gia tng t trng c phiu "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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23:03

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23:03

Pakistan court frees anti-US cleric amid spat with Trump "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Sufi Mohammad (AP)
PESHAWAR, Pakistan: A Pakistani court has ordered the release of a radical anti-US cleric who went to Afghanistan with thousands of volunteers to help the Taliban fight against Americans after the 2001 US-led invasion, a defense lawyer said Tuesday.
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The development comes amid rising US-Pakistani tensions following President Donald Trumps accusations that Pakistan was harboring militants and the withholding of American aid to Islamabad.
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Sufi Mohammad was set free on health grounds and the paperwork for his release was still being processed Tuesday, said defense lawyer Fida Gul.
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Mohammad, imprisoned since 2009, is also known as the father-in-law of Mullah Fazlullah, the leader of the Pakistani Taliban who is believed to be hiding in Afghanistan.
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Washington accuses Pakistan of turning a blind eye to militants. Pakistan denies the charge. Last week, Trump said that the United States had foolishly given Pakistan more than $33 billion in aid in the last 15 years and had gotten nothing in return but lies & deceit.
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Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Pakistans ambassador to Washington, accused the Trump administration of ignoring the sacrifices made by Pakistan in the war on terror.
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The claim is unfair, Chaudhry told The Associated Press over the weekend, before heading back to Washington.
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We have been the victim of...

23:03

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23:03

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23:02

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23:00

UK Labour MP backs singer Lily Allen in defending Muslim rape gangs "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Labour MP Jess Phillips has come to the defence of singer Lily Allen, after she claimed grooming gang victims would have been raped or abused by somebody else at some point if Muslim groomers were not present in the United Kingdom. The girls who suffered brutal attack by Muslim rape gangs were  called white trash []

23:00

Watch Gyorgy Ligetis Electronic Masterpiece Artikulation Get Brought to Life by Rainer Wehingers Brilliant Visual Score "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Even if you don't know the name Gyrgy Ligeti, you probably already associate his music with a set of mesmerizing visions. The work of that Hungarian composer of 20th-century classical music appealed mightily to Stanley Kubrick, so much so that he used four of Ligeti's pieces to score 2001: A Space Odyssey. One of them, 1962's Aventures, plays over the final scenes in an electronically altered form, which drew a lawsuit from the composer who'd been unaware of the modification. But he didn't do it out of purism: though he wrote, over his long career, almost entirely for traditional instruments, he'd made a couple forays into electronic music himself a decade earlier.

Ligeti fled Hungary for Vienna in 1956, soon afterward making his way to Cologne, where he met the electronically innovative likes of Karlheinz Stockhausen and Gottfried Michael Koenig and worked in West German Radio's Studio for Electronic Music.




There he produced 1957's Glissandi and 1958's Artikulation, the latter of which lasts just under four minutes, but, in the words of The Guardian's Tom Service, "packs a lot of drama in its diminutive electronic frame." Ligeti himself "imagined the sounds of Artikulation conjuring up images and ideas of labyrinths, texts, dialogues, insects, catastrophes, transformations, disappearances," which you can see visualized in shape and color in the "listening score" in the video above.

Created in 1970 by graphic designer Rainer Wehinger of the State University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart, and approved by Ligeti himself, the score's "visuals are beautiful to watch in tandem with Ligeti's music; there's an especially arresting sonic and visual pile-up, about 3...

23:00

DUP welcomes controversial editorial changes at GMB "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

In a surprise move broadcaster GMB has announced its presenters will start to use Northern Ireland dialect rather than received pronunciation from February. A statement issued by producers said, The novelty of Piers Morgan has worn off and Susanna is refusing to do the show in a cheerleaders outfit, so we thought wed shake things up.

The DUP has welcomed the move with Arlene Foster telling BBC NI: Great news! The DUP sees this as a positive step. One that reinforces Mainland ties with The Province and further strengthens the overall Union.

However the move is not universally popular, with Reid in particular said to be scundered at the changes. Loose Womens Ruth Langsford told The Radio Times: As my Eamonn might say, Susannas been walking around ITV studios with a bake on her like skelpt arse.

Speaking to This Morning but clearly struggling to assimilate the accent Reid said, Like, you know this is really ratherermdezpurt? so it is. Coz Im dead posh an all. Luk, sure Im even thinking of givin in til em dirty auld bastes? in the gallery that wants me til put on the cheerleaders outfit nar, so I am.

Meanwhile co-presenter, Charlotte Hawkins, seemed like she was having no trouble mastering the new policy, giving waiting press outside ITV studios a jaunty thumbs-up she shouted See me like? I think this move is stickin oyt, so I do!

23:00

The Swiss Franc and The Euro: What Now? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By: Mihai Macovei
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In January 2015, the Swiss National Bank (SNB) unexpectedly removed the de facto peg of the franc to the euro.1 The move was welcomed by free-market economists, including in contributions on Mises Wire2. It was deemed that the short-run adjustments to the Swiss economy triggered by the appreciation of the franc were preferable to the macro-economic stability risks posed by the inflation imported from the euro area during the peg. Yet, it would have been difficult to anticipate that the SNB's interventionist monetary policy would continue aggressively also after the peg.

Let's give some background. Since the onset of the Great Recession, investors flocked into the Swiss franc as a safe haven asset. They feared that ultra-loose monetary and fiscal policies would damage the quality of most other major currencies. Significant net financial inflows to the tune of CHF 460bn (70% of 2016 GDP) made their way into the alpine economy as a repatriation of bank deposits. Simultaneously, large current account surpluses amounting to about CHF 600bn were recorded. More than half of the external inflows were purchased by the SNB in order to limit the appreciation of the franc and help exporters. It led to a vast increase in foreign reserve assets of about CHF 690 bn3. The SNB also reduced aggressively its interest rates to negative levels, surpassing both the Fed and the ECB. 

The extremely large scale of SNB monetary interventions, not only during, but also outside of the peg, has probably been less obvious to most observers. Helped by the negative interest rate differential, the monthly average of external financial inflows dropped into half during the peg (left chart below). Nevertheless, the SNB's FX purchases - measured as the change in foreign reserves absorbed almost fully the external inflows. After the peg, SNB's FX purchases declined to about 60% of fore...

Raspberry Pi Aint Afraid Of No Spectre And Will Not Meltdown "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

While theres broad agreement that Meltdown and Spectre attacks are really bad news at a fundamental level, there is disagreement on its immediate practical impact in the real world. Despite reassurance that no attacks have been detected in the wild and theres time to roll out the full spectrum of mitigation, some want to find protection right now. If youre interested in an usable and easy to set up modern desktop thats free of Meltdown or Spectre threats, a Raspberry Pi can provide the immunity you seek.

[Eben Upton] explained the side channel attacks using fragments of Python for illustration, which was an enlightening read independent of the Raspberry Pi pitch. While these ARM cores perform speculative instruction fetches, they dont speculatively execute them or modify the cache. Under the current circumstances, that makes all the difference in the world.

A clever security researcher may yet find a way to exploit speculative fetches in the future, and claiming that Raspberry Pi has superior security would be a stretch. The platform has its own set of security problems, but today Meltdown/Spectre is not among them. And that just might be enough to sway some decisions.

If you need to stay in the x86 world, look over what itd take to to rewind back to an Intel 486.

Thanks to [D00med] for sharing the link in a comment to our overview article.


Filed under: Raspberry Pi, Security Hacks

22:59

University Museum Plans to Sell Works by Ingres, Degas, and More at Christies "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Hubert Robert, Hubert Robert, The Tomb of Virgil at Posilipo, Near Naples (1784), oil on canvas, 23 3/4 x 28 1/2 in, collection of La Salle University Art Museum (photo by Jack Ramsdale, courtesy La Salle University)

While the art worlds most recent deaccessioning dispute continues to play out in court, another is emerging on a college campus in Philadelphia. On Wednesday, January 3, La Salle University announced that the schools board of trustees had approved the deaccessioning of 46 works from the permanent collection of the University Art Museum and planned to sell them at Christies in the coming months. The works headed to the auction block include paintings by Thomas Eakins, Ingres, Hubert Robert, Jacopo Robusti Tintoretto, Bartolomeo Manfredi, Thomas Lawrence, Edouard Vuillard, Alex Katz, and Dorothea Tanning, sculptures by Elisabeth Frink, and drawings by Edgar Degas and Henri Matisse, among others.

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22:58

Afghanistan - U.S. Special Forces Commit Drive-By Murder (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A recent video mashup provided by some U.S. Special Force soldiers in Afghanistan seems to show evidence of a warcrime. A military truck passes a civilian truck on a paved road at normal traveling speed. A soldier fires directly and...

22:58

Ouch! Microsoft's Spectre security update bricks some AMD-powered PCs "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

There's bad news and bad news for folks running Windows on an AMD-powered PC.

22:56

Israels intelligence chief: Israel Has Eyes, Ears and Even More in Iran "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Yossi Cohen says Irans economic woes are pushing people out into the streets, but one must temper expectations and that protesters are faced with opposing forces

By Tali Heruti-Sover Jan 09, 2018 1:42 PM
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Head of the Mossad Yossi Cohen in a committee meeting on June 8, 2017.

Head of the Mossad Yossi Cohen in a committee meeting on June 8, 2017. Emil Salman
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Mossad chief Yossi Cohen said Tuesday at a Treasury event that Israel has eyes, ears and even more in Iran. Cohen addressed the ongoing protests in Iran, saying that Iranian civlians are protesting the Islamic Republics current economic woes because despite high expectations from the popular [President Hassan] Rohani, he has not managed in the eyes of a large part of the population to improve the economic situation.

Cohen added that this reality is pushing people out into the streets, but one must temper expectations. I would like to see a revolution, but the protesters are faced with opposing forces. Meanwhile, we are seeing that Iran is spending more and more on security in order to push its aspirations of spreading influence throughout the Middle East.

According to Cohen, there have been dramatic changes in the U.S. understanding of the situation in the Middle East since the beginning of U.S. President Donald Trumps term, as well as a process of strengthening ties between Israel and the U.S.

We see a good change that may take Israeli security interests further into account, and by doing so it will help our struggle to change the direction of Iranian influence.

On Sunday, the Israeli security cabinet convened for a long meeting on the situation on the Lebanese and Syrian borders. Senior Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, expressed concerns over developments on the northern front amid Irans growing influence in the region. Israel is also concerned about the replenishment of the Assad regimes missile arsenal, which was almost entirely used up fighting the rebels, and the establishment of Iranian weapons plants in Syria and Lebanon

 

Tali Heruti-Sover
read more: https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.833884


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22:56

Remember, Oprah Winfrey Is Our Premier National Snake Oil Salesman "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

After her rousing speech at the Golden Globes about sexual harassmentshes got to do something to atone for her years as one of Harvey Weinsteins celebrity palsweve been inundated with calls for Oprah Winfrey to run for president.

The official NBC network account went so far as to post (and later delete) a tweet hailing her as OUR future president. Her long-time consort Stedman Graham told the Los Angeles Times, She would absolutely do it. Meryl Streep got so carried away she told The Hill, Now she doesnt have a choice but to run. It continues to amaze me that there are actors in Hollywood who can portray intelligence on the screen without possessing a scrap of it themselves. Acting is truly a magical art.

There are a great many reasons Winfrey should not run for president. Chief among them is that she has built her career, not just as a charismatic daytime television star, but also as our nations premier snake oil salesman. She is responsible for promoting a whole variety of quack medical nostrums and launching the careers of questionable experts. She may not be as prolific as Gwyneth Paltrowto my knowledge, she has never tried to sell us a coffee enemabut she is far more influential.

She invited Suzanne Somers onto her show to peddle hormone injections and an absurd vitamin regimen.

Oprah acknowledged that Somerss claims have been met with relentless criticism from doctors. Several times during the show she gave physicians an opportunity to dispute what Somers was saying. But it wasnt quite a fair fight. The doctors who raised these concerns were seated down in the audience and had to wait to be called on. Somers sat onstage next to Oprah, who defended her from attack. Suzanne swears by bioidenticals and refuses to keep quiet. Shell take on anyone, including any doctor who questions her.

Sounds like.........

22:56

How The Autotuned Smells Like Teen Spirit Explains Everything Wrong With Pop Music "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Sleep Good, a band from Austin (theyre not bad!) decided to mess with everyone by putting Kurt Cobains vocals in Smells Like Teen Spirit (SLTS) through an autotune plug-in and changing the song into a major key. This is the result:

Hearing this is such a strange experience that Im not surprised everyone is talking about it. What Im afraid of is that everyone is drawing the wrong lessons from it. The headline on the piece at Esquire is, Smells Like Teen Spirit in the Wrong Key Proves That Nirvana Could Have Been a Great Pop Band.

Lets get something straight: Nevermind sold 30 million copies worldwide, and 10 million copies in the U.S. Its not that Nirvana could have been a great pop bandthey indisputably were a great pop band, and more precisely, they were great because they redefined the notion of what could be popular music. Indeed, the real problem with pop music is that we live in a world where everyone is telling you what is pop by cramming it down your throat without letting people organically decide en masse whether they like it.

With that in mind, Ive been thinking about this a video for a while and this weird little experiment kind of explains how everything with the 90s alternative revolution went horribly wrong. Nirvana made such a massive impact that they established an inescapable template far too many subsequent bands tried to follow yet, as this shows, almost no one got it right. Whats amazing is that when you change SLTS definitively into a major key, it sounds so generically 90s its amazing. The overall vibe is less reminiscent of Nirvana and more reminiscent of, say, Letters to Cleo or a million other forgettable grungy bands that clogged up Alternative Nation on MTV when I was in college.

Best I can figure, there are two fairly special things about SLTS. The first thing is, as the autotune amply demonstrates, is the overall melodic sensibility. So its time for some music theory. (Nota Bene: I am an entirely self-taught musician. If anyone from, say, Berklee is reading this, feel free to point me in the right direction.)

How Teen Spirit Messes with...

22:56

Should Americans Accept The College Boards Deformed History Of Europe? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The American Enterprise Institutes Frederick Hess and Grant Addison writing at National Review Online give the National Association of Scholars (NAS) credit for pointing out flaws in the College Boards Advanced Placement European History (APEH) framework. But Hess and Addison are concerned that, after the College Board responded to our critique by making changes, NAS has continued to find significant fault with APEH.

This is familiar territory. A few years ago, NAS drew national attention to flaws in the College Boards premiere AP framework, the one for U.S. history (APUSH). That framework had stood untouched for decades until the College Board issued a radical revision 2013. The College Board brushed off our criticisms for six months, but as pressure mounted decided in early 2015 that APUSH could stand some improvement.

The changes it made were largely although not entirely cosmetic. Among the most substantive alterations made in that round was restoring the American Founding as a topic in the year-long course on American history for high school juniors. Thats right. The College Board had launched a new curriculum on American history that minimized the importance of the American Founding. What were they thinking?

A History of Cosmetic Revisions to Defective Curricula

We were grateful for the College Boards 2015 revisions to its 2013 APUSH framework, but mindful that the College Board had changed only the written framework, not the all-important exam that reflects the framework, not the supplementary teaching materials, and not the recommended textbooks. Moreover, the querulous spirit of the 2013 framework remained.

If all you knew of American history was what the College Board put into its 2015 revised framework, you would know that America has always been an aggressively exploitative country dominated by a grasping elite that heedlessly oppressed Native Americans, blacks, women, immigrants, workers, and children. The other details filtered into the framework were subordinate to this rancor.

No sooner had we pointed out the eye-washing than Wall Street Journal deputy editor Daniel Henninger published a column headlined, ....

22:55

The Trans Lobby Hates This Man For Proving Sex-Change Regret Is Real "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Is regret permissible? And if you regret something in your life, should you be allowed to talk about it with others? Publicly? The answer is so obviously yes that any reasonable person would be baffled to even hear such questions. Thats because regret is simply part of being human.

But what if you regret trying to change your sex? Or maybe youre just tired of propping up a persona? Worse, what if you regret having all of the surgery to promote the illusion of a sex change? This is the case with Walt Heyer, who lived as a woman for nearly a decade then de-transitioned after coming to terms with the fact that he was born male.

He has written books about his experience and has a website called www.sexchangeregret.com. Today Heyer is inundated with calls and emails from transgender individuals who regret their decisions, but feel they must live in the shadows.

Interest in Walts website has exploded over the past couple of years, especially after murmurs of regret started getting a bit of coverage in the news. Walts website receives about 25,000 visits in any given month, and at least a thousand transgender people have personally sought him out to talk to him about their regrets.

Detransitioners face a lonely and difficult road in todays era of political correctness. Hollywood, the media, and academia promote a culture hostile to them for even considering changing their minds. This leaves regretters with virtually no place to go to talk about their feelings. The near-total politicization of the field of psychiatry now calls for the total affirmation of transgenderism and implicit punishment for those who dont comply. This means regretters have a hard time even finding a therapist willing to talk openly and honestly with them about the possibility of de-transitioning.

Trans Fatigue Is Setting In

Trans-mania probably peaked at some point in the past year or so. Early in the wake of the sexual revolution, gender benders got increasing press coverage. It built up over the decades, and I think well look back and see Bruce Jenners 2015 Vanity Fair cover story as the high-water mark of the trans fad. The media and the trans lobby is certainly in denial about this. But a lot of folks are feeling a decline in trans-mania.

Society is now in the throes of trans fatigue. This is reflected in the profusion of newer websites openly explor...

22:55

Coming Out As A Republican To My Democrat Family Went Worse Than Coming Out Gay "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

I am not a sex offender. But a number of my friends no longer have time to see me. Lifelong acquaintances now regard me with fear and distrust. I have been unfriended en masse on social media and excoriated by friends who deign to remain. And I have been singly excluded from social gatherings when the rest of my family was invited.

No, I am not a sex offender. I am something even worse than that. I am a Donald Trump supporter.

I was raised in a liberal Jewish family in Washington DC, where my dad served as a Democratic congressman for Los Angeles. Accordingly, I was indoctrinated with all of the correct values and views.

When I was seven, my dad took me on a celebrity-packed camping trip to Death Valley as part of a campaign to protect Californias deserts. Israel took center stage in family discussions. I attended a Quaker elementary school, where I learned the black national anthem before I knew the Star Spangled Banner. In high school art class, I even chose to focus on mans destruction of the environment. I came out to my family as gay at the ripe age of 20, and they were duly overjoyed.

It was always a given that Republicans are bad people, representative of that shameful sliver of our flawed society that values money above the planet and think the world would be better off if everyone were a straight, white male. At a minimum they are racist, misogynistic and homophobic. Left to their own devices, they would exclude ethnic minorities from everything, kick sinful gay offspring onto the streets, and pave our parks over with oil derricks.

Of course, there are the less malicious Republicans, the ones who have fallen victim to their gun-toting, Bible-thumping families and sadly do not know any better than what they have been told. This type is not entirely to blame for their ignorance; they just deserve our pity. These truths are held by my family and our extended social and political networks to be self-evident.

These Ideas Didnt Work Out Long-Term

When, in my adulthood, the liberal policy agenda became problematic for me, I found myself at a loss. I began to raise questions with my family and friends, and met resistance. It was not because my concerns were particularly inappropriate; I was just not supposed to be questioning at all.

One could disagree with nuances, but not the judgment of the (then) president, or the party. Period. The irony of this apparent intolerance for diversity of thought by the party claiming to champion the rights of groups underserved by the status quo was not lost on me.

For the first time in my progressive life, standing up for the values that I most strongly espousetruth, morality, self-reliance, boundaries, tolerance, and a healthy dose of Jewish skepticismwas damagi...

22:55

This All-Republican Congress Avoids Tough Choices Now, Meaning Worse Choices Later "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The tax bills effective repeal of Obamacares individual mandate briefly reprised the broccoli mandatewhether, as Justice Antonin Scalia asked during Supreme Court oral arguments on Obamacare in March 2012, the federal government could compel individuals to purchase certain foods.

But instead of broccoli, spinach might serve as a more apt analogy, for the way the tax bill came to repeal the mandate demonstrates the ways Congress refuses to eat its policy spinach, following the path of least resistance in making easy choices rather than tough ones.

Avoiding Tough Choices on Taxes

In an interview with Politico, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), who first proposed repealing the mandate as part of the tax bill, said he became convinced that the GOP had to target the individual mandate during an October 26 meeting with Senate Finance Committee members. Republican senators detailed what Cotton described as a parade of horriblesa series of popular tax breaks they would need to rescind.

Cotton said the looks of hesitance and outright terror on the faces of my colleagues convinced him that Republicans had to repeal the mandate as part of the tax package. Translation: Republicans thought it easier to obtain revenue from repealing the mandate than to weed out the tax code of popular tax breaksthe point of tax reform, which Republicans initially sold as a way to simplify the Internal Revenue Code.

Remember how Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) sold tax reform as a way to allow Americans to complete their taxes on a postcard? That type of reform didnt happen, because enacting that reform would have involved eliminating many more popular deductions than the final tax bill ended.

Revenue Neutrality and Spending

Another key point in the tax debate surrounded the issue of revenue neutrality. The Better Way platform released by House Republicans last year not only envision[ed] tax reform that is revenue neutral, it included a very clear standard for that metric: House Republicans measure revenue neutrality by reference to a current policy baselinei.e., achieving a level of federal revenues that is approximately $400 billion less over the ten-year [budgetary] window than the current law baseline.

However, even after taking into account this $400 billion adjustment, and projected increases in federal revenue coming from higher economic growth, the tax b...

22:55

Georgetown University To Offer Jesuit-Approved LGBTQ-Only Housing "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

From down the ages comes a common childrens game called You-show-me-yours-Ill-show-you-mine. Surely, sweet reader, you never played it. But just as surely you have heard of it. After all, it does still exist. It comes now with upgrades.

Campus Reform informs us that the once-eminent Jesuit university has approved a residential housing option reserved exclusively for students interested in exploring gender-and-sexuality conundrums beyond the confines of a seminar room. Associate Director of Residential Education Katie Heather informs student Grace Smith, leader of the LLC [Living Learning Community] effort, that her proposal [for a queer-only campus residence has been approved and accepted for the 2018-2019 academic year. Congratulations!'

Heathers email to Smith, who heads the student governments LGBTQ+ Inclusivity Policy Team, adds that logistics are being finalized: This includes the location of the community, marketing, and the application process.

Note the emphasis on marketing. Georgetown will promote the LLC dorm as a selling point. With an annual price tag of about $72, 214 (base tuition of $52,300 plus room, board, and standard add-ons), the universitys expanded excursion into non-judgmental, fictive experience willit is hopedbroaden consumer appeal and be good for box office.

Dude, I Think You Need to Read a Catholic Catechism

Vice President of Student Affairs Todd Olson croons that this new residencea leading-edge safe spaceupholds Jesuit values of community in diversity and educating the whole person. He continues: It is in keeping with our Catholic and Jesuit values to provide a language, perspective, and sense of inclusion for deepening our sense of cura personalis.

Georgetown already permits students to liveand shower and peewith those who identify themselves however they choose, regardless of their biological sex. Which Catholic and Jesuit values accord with facilitating student petitions to inhabit in real-time the dystopian eroticism encouraged in Brave New World? And what,...

22:54

PBSs Special On Spains Colonization Of Florida Sidelines Real History For Politics "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Indeed, Secrets of Spanish Florida, a documentary PBS stations showed between Christmas and New Year and part of the Secrets of the Dead series produced by WNET in New York, proved little more than another exercise in hijacking history. Its one more sign we cant trust taxpayer-funded PBS even when it occasionally tries its hand at its original remit: educating audiences. The broadcaster has fully signed up to the cultural Marxist presentation of history as an eternal struggle between societys privileged and its victims.

Always Displacing the Founding Fathers

In this reading, the Spanish conquistadors who in 1565 founded St. Augustine in Florida, the first European settlement in North America, become members of the victims group. How can PBS do that? Because the conquistadors can be presented as a preferred alternative to the apparently awful reality we have had instead for the past 453 years.

Apparently they, and not the Pilgrims or the 1776 generation, were the real American Founding Fathers. As historian Jane Landers asserts in the documentary, If you really wanted to look at the founding fathers, youd look a lot earlier, and youd look south.

Its a point the documentary drives home again and again. Don Alvaro Armada Barcaiztegui, the Count of Guemes, can justifiably take pride in being descended from the lead conquistador, or Adelantado, Pedro Menendez de Aviles. But the Spanish nobleman incorrectly boasts, Pedro Menendez and the people who went with himthey are really the fathers of the United States, the true fathers of the United States.

Nor is the narrator right when he states, Its just as much a part of American history as George Washington crossing the Delaware, or Paul Reveres ride. It doesnt take long to realize the documentary-makers are clumsily pressing the conquistadors into service as an allegory for todays immigrants from Latin America. The narrator asks early on: How does it change our thinking about race and immigration in this country to know what really happened?

But we didnt get what really happened, just agitpropas when the narrator tells us: The artifacts that have been discovered throughout the city reveal that the population in Americas first colony more closely resembles the diversity of Americas population....

22:54

Fired Engineer Sues, Claims Google Discriminates Against White, Male Conservatives "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The engineer Google fired over a memo he drafted regarding differences between men and women in the workplace announced Monday hes filing a class-action lawsuit against the company.

James Damore and another former Google engineer, David Gudeman, allege in the suit that Google unfairly discriminates against white men with conservative political views. Damore and Gudeman say in the suit they aim to represent all Google employees who have been discriminated against on the basis of their sex, race, or political views.

Google targeted and punished employees who expressed views deviating from the majority view at Google on political subjects raised in the workplace, the suit filed by Dhillon Law Group claims. Damore and Gudeman also claim Google shames hiring managers who fail to meet illegal diversity quotas in place, and that male and white candidates are openly said to be less favored than others in the hiring process.

In one part of the suit highlighted by Fox News Tucker Carlson, Damore and Gudeman claim the company stifled conservative parenting styles and encouraged every sexual practice imaginable except heterosexual monogamy. Google furnishes a large number of internal mailing lists catering to employees with alternative lifestyles, including furries, polygamy, transgenderism, and plurality, for the purpose of discussing sexual topics, the suit states. The only lifestyle that seems to not be openly discussed on Googles internal forums is traditional heterosexual monogamy.

A footnote next to the term plurality reads: For instance, an employee who sexually identifies as a yellow-scaled wingless dragonkin and an expansive ornate building presented a talk entitled Living as a Plural Being at an internal company event.

Damore was fired in August 2017 after an internal memo he wrote on workplace identity politics, titled Googles Ideological Echo Chamber, was leaked to the press. His observations in the memo suggesting biological differences between men and women could help explain why fewer women work in tech, rather than entirely result from institutional sexism, ignited a firestorm of criticism. It was called a sexi...

22:54

Why This Sportsman Supports President Trump In Reversing Obamas Bears Ears Land Grab "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

As I recently listened to a popular podcast, it amazed me to hear two hunting enthusiasts bash President Trump for redefining the boundaries of Bears Ears National Monument. The archery hunters quickly decided Trumps decision would hurt their hunting rights. It would only be a matter of minutes before real estate developers and oil companies broke ground.

When I heard President Obama had declared Bears Ears a national monument in the last month of his presidency, I was excited. But after digging into what he had actually made happen, I realized it was bad, for two reasons.

One, the Utah people didnt want it; and two, this would be bad for access and ability to hunt for sportsmen like meif not now, in the future. So, what are the facts as we know them?

Obama Stuck a Big No Use Sign on Bears Ears

On December 28, 2016, Obama created the Bears Ears National monument with the stroke of a pen. He did not seek congressional authorization, instead yanking the land into restricted federal domain using the century-old Antiquities Act. He ignored Utahs elected representatives and others voices that have been protesting federal control and this possibility for years.

The Antiquities Act allows the president to change the management of existing federal lands without congressional consent. As president, Obama used this law more than any president had before, by far, vacuuming up 550 million acres by creating 34 national monuments. Thats about one-quarter of the national monument total, created in just the past decade.

Wyoming is the only state in the country not covered by this act. Wyoming made a deal in 1950, trading the creation of Grand Teton National Park for future exemption from the power of the acta deal they see as very good in hindsight.

Bear Ears was already federally controlled land. Obama deemed it a national monument, which has extreme effects on what is called multiple uses. This forbids it from broad public use such as hunting and fishing, and prioritizes keeping the land as little touched by humans as possible.

As soon as the president signed the order, Utahns lost more of their voices and rights. Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee said, This arrogant act by a lame duck president will not stand. I will work tirelessly with Congress and the incoming Trump administration to honor the will of the people of Utah and undo this designation. A poll found 60 percent of Utahns opposed designating the land as Obama did, preferring it to remain more open to the public. Imagine that, states wanting to make...

22:54

The Dark Side Of Rules Against Free Speech "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

In December, the latest episode in the Star Wars franchise, The Last Jedi, dropped out of hyperspace trailing spectacular effects, sassy droids, spunky rebels, and young heroes tempted by the dark side, etc.

Its an ongoing trope, this seduction of the innocents. If only you knew the dark side of the Force, Darth Vader rumbles ominously to a young Luke Skywalker. Chancellor Palpatine has almost the same conversation with Anakin, the whiny teenage Jedi. Learn to know the dark side of the Force, Palpatine urges.

Now its Supreme Leader Snoke who dangles shadowed omnipotence in front of Rey, who reliably says no thanks, and Kylo Ren, who keeps backsliding out of evil, then back-backsliding into it again. You almost wish dark side recruiters were always so naked in their appeals; young people might avoid the kind of error that sustains coercive entities like The Empire, The First Order, or university staff determined to preserve a chilly peace on campus by prohibiting speech they dont care for.

This all-too-common academic opinion turned up again in December, in remarks by Judith Butler, a gender theorist and professor in the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of California-Berkeley.

Arguing for the need to muzzle conservative speakers on campus to avoid triggering those who might disagree with them, Butler said, If free speech does take precedence over every other constitutional principle and every other community principle, then perhaps we should no longer claim to be weighing or balancing competing principles or values.

No, we should still do that. Its just that free speech needs a first-among-equals status that the professor would deny it, because it is the very tool we use to do that balancing. Its kind of meta.

By almost any understanding of our American experiment, the idea of free speech must surely be at the very top of the list of animating principles. Its not the First Amendment alphabetically, after all.

Yes, the country has sometimes honored the ideal more in the breach than in the observance. There were the Alien and Sedition Acts in 1798 and the World War I Espionage Act, renewed and extended to include sedition in 1918. Among other things, the act prohibited any disloyal, profane, scurrilous, or abusive language about the U.S. government.

Its worth noting that the professor and others endorsing speech ru...

22:53

Legalized Pot: What States Hoping for Extra Revenue Get Wrong "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Editors note: Pot is back in the news following Attorney General Jeff Sessionss announcement that federal prosecutors will once again pursue marijuana cases in states where the drug has been legalized. That doesnt sit well with the affected states, which hope to amass additional tax revenue from the pot businesses now legal under state laws.

That leads one WhoWhatWhy contributor to ask: Are they all high?

Here are his musings on the most recent developments and on how policymakers might just be wrong on pot.


Many of us have been there; we plant our vegetable gardens in spring with grand eagerness, too much eagerness when it comes to some vegetables. Like zucchinis.

I planted four zucchini plants one year. Apparently several of my neighbors were just as eager. Come summer, giant green tubers began appearing on my doorstep gifts from those up to their ears in them while I was trying to give away dozens of the damn things myself.

It was a bit like a scene out of Little Shop of Horrors; every time I walked by my garden 10 more had appeared, seemingly overnight.

And thats whats happening now, here in California. This past spring already everyone seemed to have plants growing in their gardens even though plants could not be legally purchased until 2018.

Then came late summer harvest and curing time and it was like the zucchini glut all over again.

Hey, heres some of my crop this year. Take it. I have so much I could never smoke it all, friends would say, as they shoved bulging baggies of the herb in my hands.

And its not just a few old hippies gone wild, either. Everyones jumping in.

We are producing too much, said Hezekiah Allen, executive director of the California Growers Association, at a recent conference. Growers are going to have to scale back. We are on a painful downsizing curve.

But alas the lid is off, the cats out of the bag, and the horses are out the starting gate. The stuff is all over the place. Anyone can buy high-quality clone starter plants on Craigslist for as little as $10. Under the new California law, each household can legally grow up to six plants. And were not talking your fathers pot here. These clones are high-producing, high-THC-level plants. Half a joint will do you. If cared for properly, just one plant can produce a...

22:51

Turkey says Syrias Idlib strikes risk wrecking peace talks "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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AFP | Displaced Syrians fleeing the fighting in an area of Idlib, which is one of the deescalation zones
ISTANBUL (AFP)  Turkeys foreign minister on Tuesday accused the Syrian regime of striking moderate opposition forces in Idlib province near the Turkish border, warning it could torpedo talks aimed at ending the war.Ankara is working closely on Syria with Russia and Iran, President Bashar al-Assads main allies, but has stepped up criticism of the regimes behaviour in recent days.

Regime forces are striking moderate opposition with the pretext of fighting against Al-Nusra (Front), Mevlut Cavusoglu was quoted as saying by the official Anadolu news agency, referring to the former Al-Qaeda affiliate.

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Idlib province is almost entirely controlled by anti-government forces that are dominated by a jihadist outfit known as Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) consisting mostly of former Nusra fighters.

This attitude would scupper the political solution process, Cavusoglu said.

The parties that will come together in Sochi should refrain from any action that could threaten the talks, he warned.

Russia is hoping to hold a Syria peace congress in its Black Sea resort of Sochi on January 29-30.

Meanwhile, US-brokered talks based in Geneva between the regime and the opposition are also going forward, albeit at a stuttering pace.

A previous attempt in November to convene talks in Sochi failed due to disagreements between the prospective participants.

Turkey says it will oppose any talks involving the Kurdish militia of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), which Ankara views as a terror group.

In 2016, Ankara and Moscow brokered a fragile ceasefire in certain areas which has been bolstered by the negotiations in the Kazakh capital of Astana.

Both Damascus and the rebel factions regularly accuse one another of violating the ceasefire in the de-escalation zones, including in Idlib.

A likely future sticking point between Russia and Turkey is the fate of Assad, who Ankara has vehemently opposed throughout the conflict.

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22:51

Fedora 28 Toolchain: GCC 8, Binutils 2.29.1, Glibc 2.27 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

This shouldn't come as much of a surprise as Fedora Linux normally ships with the very latest upstream toolchain components and with Fedora 28 it will be no different...

22:48

Newly Detected Malware Mines Monero, Sends It To North Korean University "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

US cybersecurity firm finds malware that compromises PCs to mine Monero and sends it to a Pyongyang university. #BRIEF

22:47

Until your anti-virus adds this Registry key, you aren't getting any more Windows security updates "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Anti-virus vendors have little choice. They will have to fix their products to fall into line, as customers won't be satisfied with being blocked from receiving Microsoft security updates.

22:46

Wicker Reclining Patio Chair "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Wicker Reclining Patio Chair - If your church chairs are due for replacement, you can tell. It's no secret that worn out seating isn't comfortable. They reflect to a church and are unappealing, as well as structurally unsound. Structurally seating that is compromised can give way at any time, damaging a salesman member or potentially embarrassing.

When purchasing church seats, caliber is non-negotiable; it is almost always far better to invest in a couple of pops of quality chairs that will endure for many years to come instead of purchase a room full of inexpensive chairs which will start to fall apart at the seams in the moment they are first used. You get exactly what you pay for in regards to seating. As they will last longer than quality chairs while great quality seats may not be economical, they provide a far greater worth. Investing in chairs that are great will also offer your congregation a more comfortable environment and an improved worship experience.

It can be difficult in the event the church is already financially overwhelmed by other obligations to obtain new church seats. Fortunately, there are a number of tips which you can use even in the face of a church funding that is tight to ensure that you can buy quality church chairs to your congregation.

22:45

Stocks on Steroids: Is it Time to Prep for a Pullback? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Stocks on Steroids: Is it Time to Prep for a Pullback? by Greg Guenthner Daily Reckoning The markets just four trading days into 2018 and were already witnessing some downright crazy action The major averages have posted a perfect...

The post Stocks on Steroids: Is it Time to Prep for a Pullback? appeared first on The Daily Coin.

22:44

Intel launches its most powerful Hades Canyon NUC VR mini-PC at CES 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Hades Canyon NUC: Intels Most Powerful PC And Smallest VR-Capable System

Codenamed Hades Canyon, the new Intel NUC comes in two versions, the NUC8i7HVK and the NUC8i7HNK and is packed with Intels new 8th-gen core i7 processor with Radeon RX Vega Graphics. They can be used with Windows MR (mixed reality) headset or any other VR (virtual reality) devices like the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive.

Great for VR enthusiasts and workload-heavy content creators, it will be Intels smallest premium VR-capable system in the market, Intel said.

The NUC8i7HVK comes with Radeon RX Vega M GH graphics along with a 100W quad-core 8th generation Intel Core i7-8809G CPU clocked at 3.1GHz and 4.2GHz turbo mode, according to a blog post by Intel. The Radeon RX Vega graphics processor can operate from 1,063MHz to 1,190MHz and is unlocked and VR-capable.

On the other hand, the NUC8i7HNK comes with Radeon RX Vega M GL graphics processor along with a 65W quad-core 8th generation Intel Core i7-8705G CPU again clocked at 3.1GHz and 4.1GHz turbo mode. Further, the GPU has an operating range of 931MHz to 1,011MHz.

Intel launches its most powerful 'Hades Canyon' NUC VR mini-PC at CES 2018

The new Intel NUCs come with a plethora of ports, which includes two Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports on the rear, supported by a USB 3.1 port on the front, five USB 3.0 ports (four on the back and one on the front), two USB 2.0 ports, two gigabit Ethernet ports for connectivity, USB Type-C, two Mini DisplayPorts, and two HDMI ports.

While the NUC8i7HVK will cost $999, the NUC8i7HNK is expected to cost $799 and should be available by spring 2018. The NUC8i7HNK will be available first with the VR-ready NUC8i7HVK following a few weeks later. The device will also be sold as a DIY kit with storage, which means you need to add your own RAM (you can fit up to 32GB of RAM, as per the specs) and accessories.

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22:44

It seems like there wont be another Mickey Mouse copyright extension act "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

advocates of a new copyright term extension bill wouldnt be able to steamroll opponents the way they did 20 years ago. Any term extension proposal would face a well-organized and well-funded opposition with significant grassroots support.

After the SOPA fight, Hollywood likely knows that the public would fight back, wrote Daniel Nazer, an attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, in an email to Ars. I suspect that Big Content knows it would lose the battle and is smart enough not to fight.

I havent seen any evidence that Big Content companies plan to push for another term extension, Nazer added. This is an election year, so if they wanted to get a big ticket like that through Congress, you would expect to see them laying the groundwork with lobbying and op-eds.

Of course, copyright interests might try to slip a copyright term extension into a must-pass bill in hopes opponents wouldnt notice until it was too late. But Rose doesnt think that would work.

Here is the full piece, via someone in my Twitter feed sorry I forget.

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22:42

North Korea Avoids Nuclear Issue, Nears Deal on Olympics "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

North Korea said it was willing to send a delegation to the Olympics in Pyeongchang

Jan. 9, 2018 4:08 a.m. ET

SEOULSouth Korea sought unsuccessfully to raise the Norths nuclear program  during bilateral talks, though the two sides appeared close to an agreement for Pyongyang to participate in next months Winter Olympics, fueling cautious hope for a thaw in relations.

The face-to-face discussions on Tuesday at the demilitarized zone that divides the peninsula were the two Koreas first since December 2015, and came after months of soaring tensions stemming from Pyongyangs nuclear-weapons development.

 

North Korea said it was willing to send a delegation, including athletes, a taekwondo demonstration team, high-level officials, supporters and journalists, to the Olympics in the South Korean ski resort of Pyeongchang, said Chun Haesung, a member of Seouls negotiating team. The North also indicated a preparedness to resolve geopolitical problems through negotiations, he added.

South Korean officials in Seoul briefed by representatives at the talks said the Norths involvement in the Olympics wasnt yet assured as of Tuesday afternoon.

But a deal on Olympic participation appeared close. Cho Myoung-gyon, the Souths Unification Minister, told his North Korean counterpart earlier in the day of a strong desire to see peace and reconciliation between North and South Korea, and said he believed the Pyeongchang Games would be a peace Olympics.

As negotiators arrived on a frigid winter morning, Ri Son Gwon, the Norths lead representative, said the two sides should present the people with a precious New Years gift.

There is a saying that a journey taken by two lasts longer than one traveled alone, he said.

South Korean officials said they had sought a resumption of family reunions for those separated from their loved ones by the 1950-53 Korean War. There was no word as of Tuesday afternoon on whether the North had accepted the proposal.

The two Koreas, though, agreed to reopen a military-to-military communication line in the Yellow Sea starting Wednesday, a government official in Seoul said.......

22:42

Coinsilium increases its shareholding in Indorse to 6.5% "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Coinsilium Group Limited (NEX: COIN), the blockchain venture builder and investor that finances and manages the development of early-stage blockchain technology companies, is pleased to announce that it has acquired, via its wholly-owned subsidiary Seedcoin Limited (Seedcoin), a further 3.5% of the share capital of Indorse Pte. Ltd. (Indorse), a Singapore-based company developing a blockchain-powered decentralised social network for professionals. Coinsilium is acquiring the additional shareholding at the agreed price of SGD 175,000 (approximately GBP 97,000) as per the terms of the Option Agreement announced on 11 August 2017.

Highlights

  • Coinsilium acquires an additional 3.5% of the fully diluted share capital of Indorse for SGD 175,000
  • Following the acquisition, Coinsilium will beneficially own 6.5% of the fully diluted share capital of Indorse
  • As per the Option Agreement, the Company is entitled to acquire a further 3.5% of the fully diluted share capital of Indorse which would take its stake to up to 10%
  • Coinsilium Chairman Malcolm Palle to be appointed as a Board Director of Indorse as a representative of Seedcoin.  Indorse Co-founder Gaurang Torvekar will take the role of CEO and Co-founder David Moskowitz to move to the position of Director

The Indorse Platform will use new models of tokenization to allow users to profit from sharing their skills and validating the claims of others on the Platform. Indorse successfully completed its Token Sale in September 2017, with proceeds reaching 27,422.98 ETH, equivalent to circa US$34m at current ETH prices.

The Company also confirms that the Indorse Option Agreement has now been extended to 31 March 2018. Should the Company choose to fully exercise its option under the agreement, the Company would receive a further 3.5% equity position in Indorse for a further payment of SGD 175,000, taking its total position in Indorse to circa 10%.

Malcolm Palle, Chairman of Coinsilium, stated: Indorses successful public beta launch with more than 2,600 sign ups on the platform since the July proof-of-concept launch, has confirmed our trust in the capabilities of their development team led by Gaurang Torvekar.

Indorse is proving to be a perfect match for our strategy of building value for our shareholders through identifying compelling early stage investment propositions lead by highly talented teams. I look forward to joining the Board of Indorse and to working closely with the team at this exciting stage in their journey.

Gaurang Torvekar, Co-founder of Indorse, stated: We see Coinsiliums increased equity stake in Indorse as a significant vote of confidence in our achievements to date, following our successful token sale,...

22:41

BREAKING: Benue killings: Buhari, Ortom in closed-door meeting "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Following killings carried out by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Benue communities, President Muhammadu Buhari and the governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, are currently meeting inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja.   The governor arrived the Presidential Villa at10:50 am and was led straight to the Presidents office.   This is the first time the two leaders will meet since the recent killings recorded in the state.  

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22:41

UK Against Fluoridation "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"



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Recently, Paul Connett and his wife, both experts on the deadly substance fluorine, went to Washington to testify in the EPA hearings on water fluoridation. They drove for hours from upstate New York to Washington, and were put on the agenda to testify as to the science and effects of fluoride. When they were scheduled to testify, they were told that they had THREE MINUTES to talk, and no more would be allotted, although there was ample time in the schedule for speakers to allow them to speak longer. Any dissent, any mention of the actual science behind the opposition to water fluoridation was completely silenced and suppressed, showing that the EPA is NOT a science-driven agency, but a political agency driven by imperatives different from protecting the environment and population of the United States. Time for this agency to change administrators and/or be abolished, as it is NOT serving its stated purpose, rather just the opposite.

22:39

German Sentenced to 18 Months for Making Fun of Holocaust Survivors (No,Really!) "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

The sign Arbeit macht frei (Work makes you free) is pictured at the main gate of the former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz in Oswiecim

German Sentenced to 18 Months for Making Fun of Holocaust Survivors

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A 32-year-old German man was sentenced to 18 months in prison last week for posting a picture of a miniature of the Auschwitz death camp on Facebook with an offensive caption.

Displaying Nazi symbols is illegal in Germany. "You made fun of Auschwitz survivors  that's very bad," Judge Manfred Weber, who presided over the man's trial at the district court in eastern Germany, told him, AP reports. The offender, whose name was not disclosed in accordance with German privacy laws, is reportedly from Glauchau in Saxony. 

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22:39

Judge Paul Michel is Not So Retired; Helps the Patent Trolls Lobby Critique His Former Employer "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Retirement money is not enough to keep Michel from intervening as an outsider with powerful connections

Judge Paul Redmond MichelSummary: As the new year begins (and people return from holiday) outlines of Federal Circuit cases are published (3 of them yesterday) and Paul Michel rears his head again (he still meddles by public criticism, wielding influence to impact the courts direction in absentia)

THE Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) improved a lot last year. We are very pleased with its work under the new lead (after Rader left in disgrace). Last year it consistently rejected software patents. Its pretty incredible because only a few years prior to that the opposite was true (under Rader and before Alice).

A very detailed breakdown by Ropes & Gray LLPs Scott A. McKeown has just been published. He calls it 2017 CAFC Guidance; its fairly objective and reasonably OK. But watch this advice (how to trick examiners);

Patent prosecutors navigate complex USPTO rules and seemingly esoteric examinational requirements to procure patent rights. In doing so, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP) does not have the full force and effect of law. Nevertheless, patent examiners (rarely trained lawyers) adhere to their interpretation of the Manual requirements. To budge examiners off of entrenched, legal positions, savvy prosecutors will keep a trained eye on the Federal Circuit for help.

Patent examiners who read this will hopefully take note; this is how legal firms view you

A similar breakdown was posted by Dan Bagatell at Law 360. Its titled Fed. Circ.s 2017 Patent Decisions: A Statistical Analysis. Much of it is behind paywal...

22:37

The HP Spectre x360 15 is the most powerful laptop hybrid in its class thanks to its configuration "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

HP claims the Spectre x360 15 is the most powerful convertible that you will be able to buy in the future

When youre buying a convertible, there is always some compromise that you will end up making but with Intels Kaby Lake-R processors, where dual-core processors have transformed into quad-core chips, the HP Spectre x360 15 has taken the opportunity to provide future buyers with the most powerful machine in its class right now.

Normally, you cannot say that hybrids are powerful but the HP Spectre x360 15 is taking a different step, but it is going to be in the right direction. It features a 15.6-inch 4K touchscreen display, with the company saying that it is going to be targeted towards creative professionals and regular professionals. While the GPU is not powerful enough to play modern AAA gaming titles, there is one specific port that will allow you to get the most out of your gaming sessions.

A Thunderbolt 3 will allow support for an eGPU, which when connected to the notebook/hybrid will allow you to connect a desktop graphics card. Battery life is also expected to be insane on this machine because the 84Wh battery according to HP can provide you up to 13.5 hours of life, but that will also depend on what youll be doing on this.

We obviously cannot expect a cheap price tag if you look at the hardware below but pricing and availability will only be known starting March 2018.

Hardware specifications

  • Intel 8th-gen Kaby Lake-R (15-watt) or Kaby Lake-G (65-watt) CPUs
  • NVIDIA GeForce MX150 or AMD Radeon RX Vega M GPUs
  • 15.6-inch 4K display
  • Up to 16GB RAM
  • Up to 1TB PCIe SSD
  • 4.62 pounds (NVIDIA) or 4.72 pounds (AMD)
  • 84Wh battery, with up to 13.5 hours (NVIDIA) or 12 hours (AMD) battery life
  • One (NVIDIA) or two (AMD) Type-C USB ports that support Thunderbolt 3

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22:36

Undoing Dams, Animals Pitch In "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Since 2014, Washingtons Elwha River has flowed freely through what once was Lake Mills and the Glines Canyon Dam. But the site still leaves a barren scar in Olympic National Park. Now, a human- and bird-led effort is turning it green again. Photo: Elaine Thompson/AP

Conservation is sometimes in the hands of animals, as this story in the current Audubon magazine illustrates:

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22:36

App versammelt alle Kioske, Sptis und Trinkhallen des Landes "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Nachdem wir vor kurzem ber eine Karte berichtet haben, die alle Pubs in Grobritannien in einer Google Maps Karte versammelt, haben wir uns mal umgeschaut, ob es vergleichbare Karten auch in Deutschland gibt. Dabei sind wir auf die App HopfenStop gestoen, die sich zum Ziel gesetzt hat, alle Kioske, Sptis und Trinkhallen des Lands auf einer Karte in Form einer App zu versammeln. Screenshots HopfenStop App Neben der Mglichkeit den nchsten Kiosk zu finden und seinen Lieblingsspti nach dem bekannten 5-Sterne-Prinzip zu bewerten, ist vermerkt, ob die Trinkhalle oder der Spti auch eine Toilette im Angebot hat. Seit August letzten Jahres ist die App online. Aktuell findet man die meisten Eintrge noch im Raum Frankfurt am Main, was daran liegt, dass Frankfurt die Heimat der drei jungen Entwickler ist. Fr den Rest des Landes muss die Sammlung an Kiosken, Trinkhallen und Sptis nach wachsen, was mit neuen Downloads und Benutzern der App sicher schnell passieren wird. Beim Aufbau der landesweiten Karte baut die App vor allem auf das Kollektiv. Jeder kann und soll die Kioske in seiner Nhe selbst eintragen. Die App ist kostenlos und gibt es fr Android und iOS auf der Seite der Betreiber zum Download. Mehr spannende, sinnvolle und ...

Der Beitrag App versammelt alle Kioske, Sptis und Trinkhallen des Landes erschien zuerst auf URBANSHIT.

22:34

Australia - Gunnedah Shire Council have reached out to NSW Health to start water fluoridation process "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

FIGHTING ON: Fluoride opponent Wendy Carpenter says the Facebook group It's ok to say no to fluoride in Gunnedah's water will continue to oppose fluoride. Photo: Billy Jupp FIGHTING ON: Fluoride opponent Wendy Carpenter says the Facebook group It's ok to say no to fluoride in Gunnedah's water will continue to oppose fluoride. Photo: Billy Jupp

GUNNEDAH could have fluoride in its water by 2020 after Gunnedah Shire Council (GSC) commenced the process to fluoridate the towns water supply.

The decision to accept a proposal to add fluoride to the water supply was passed in December when council resolved to write to NSW Health to commence the water fluoridation process.

GSCs infrastructure services acting director Daniel Noble said the council will continue to investigate the best way to implement the water fluoridation project.

As per council resolution, council has written to NSW Health requesting approval to commence fluoridation of the Gunnedah water supply in accordance with section six of the fluoridation of public water supplies act, Mr Noble said.

In preparation for approval, the council will continue to investigate best practice for planning and implementing the fluoridation project, and refine the planning and construction documentation required to build the fluoride dosing station and associated infrastructure.

Fluoridation of the Gunnedah water supply is expected to commence in 2020.


22:34

Ivanka Trump praised Oprah Winfreys speech and everyone had the same response "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Youll probably have read about Oprah Winfreys history-making speech at the Golden Globes in which she said time is up for powerful, abusive men who have been silencing, hurting and exploiting women.

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Lots of people liked it, and some people even thought she was setting out her stall to run for president in 2020.

Except one person you might not have expected to like it was this one.

To the long list of words which Ivanka Trump doesnt understand, we can now add irony.

Heres the pick of the responses online.

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22:33

1 in 4 fathers don't live with their kids "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Over the last 20 years, I've spent a good deal of time working with kids from the inner city. Through this interaction, I've grown accustomed to the fact that biological fathers are virtually non-existent in the homes of the children I know. One might say I've even grown a bit numb to this sad reality at times. But my numbness thawed a bit recently while having a startling conversation with a handful of kids. They explained, quite matter-of-factly, that the offspring of their fathers numbered in the upper teens.

22:32

Philippine Government Defends Chinas Good faith in South China Sea "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

All Im saying is that there is still no breach of the good faith obligation for as long as China has not embarked on new reclamations, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said. Presidential Photo/Joey Dalumpines

Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) January 9, 2018 12:48pm

MANILA, Philippines  Recent reports from Chinese state media that one of the Manila-claimed reefs in the Spratly Islands has been transformed into an airbase is not news, Malacaang said Tuesday.

Chinese state broadcaster China Central Television had released aerial images of Fiery Cross or Kagitingan Reef show that the artificial island now functions as a fortified airbase with a hospital and military installations.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, however, said that China has not yet breached its good faith commitment not to reclaim new islands.

READ: Fiery Cross Reef transformed into Chinese airbase, says report

From the very beginning China, we knew, was militarizing the area by reclaiming these areas and by using them as military bases so the fact that they are actually using it now as military bases, as far as I am concerned, is not new, Roque said in a televised press briefing.

Roque had earlier claimed the Palace [doesnt] know where these works are.

He stressed that the Philippine government continues to rely on Beijings good faith t...

22:32

North and South Korea met in the truce village of Panmunjom -- these extraordinary photos show what it's like (Neo Mongs release statement "Fuck,Fuck,Fuck!!") "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

For the first time in more than two years, delegations from North and South Korea have met for official talks.

Their meeting place was truce village Panmunjom, the site of the signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement in 1953.

Since then, Panmunjom has become the only part of the demilitarized zone where North and South Korean soldiers face one another every day, and where foreign dignitaries come to peer into North Korea for themselves.

But life in Panmunjom and surrounding villages is remarkably ordinary. Shops exist, kids attend schools and farmers toil the fields though much of this is done with a backdrop of high tensions and a military presence.

Theres also a thriving tourist scene. According to PRI, visitors must sign a form that says they understand their visits will entail entry into a hostile area and the possibility of injury or death.

Keep scrolling to take the tour for yourself:


Peace House sits on the South Korean side of the truce village Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). This is where talks between North and South took place on January 9.

ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images

The six blue and white buildings straddle the demarcation line and are jointly used conference rooms.

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22:30

Stephen Colbert: Trump is like, really not smart "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Colbert ridiculed Trump superbly,again in this piece from the last couple of hours


22:30

The New Communists "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

From 1917 on, communism has come a long way. But to observe that it is obsolete is not to argue that it never travelled well.

Last year marked the hundredth anniversary of the Communist revolution in Russia. Credit: Reuters/Murad Sezer

Last year marked the hundredth anniversary of the Communist revolution in Russia. Credit: Reuters/Murad Sezer

Nothing catches the eye like gold set against red. And in the great war of the twentieth century, the colour scheme was on both sides of the divide the Soviet hammer and sickle, McDonalds golden arches.

At its peak, some variation of the USSRs flag flew over 20% of the Earths habitable landmass. But while McDonalds has now spread to over 120 countries, today only three of the four ruling Communist parties left fly the hammer and sickle. Of the five nations that claim Marxism-Leninism, the hammer and sickle appears on the state flags of none. Once the symbol of the struggle for a better world, today the hammer and sickle is a sign of little more than single-party sclerosis.

Yet that very icon was forged in the kind of populist fires that have eluded it for decades. In 1918, the Bolsheviks were looking for a new flag for their young state. They knew that they had to communicate the weight of their achievement  the first workers state in his...

22:30

Every time a bell rings an airport gets more subsidies "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

I woke up yesterday to this headline on the front page of my local paper:

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The operative word here is, of course, "giving" with very little comparatively in return to show for it. My hometown of Brainerd just finished a major project to provide sewer and water to the airport, one that, even if it had gone well (it didn't) could hardly have been justified by any financial analysis we could have done (we didn't do any).

As a form of therapy, perhaps penance, I've written about this project many times. Almost exactly two years ago, I put together a list of questions we should be asking as we prepared to undertake a project substantially larger in size than our entire tax levy (it's a massive project for us). You can guess how many of these questions we stopped to consider before plowing ahead. (Hint: Given an over/under of 1, take the under.)

  • What do we estimate this investment will create in new revenue to the city over the next two decades? What other costs (police, fire, infrastructure, etc.) are associated with obtaining those revenue streams? Does this make any financial sense?
  • What long term obligations are we assuming by agreeing to this project? We obviously now must maintain all this new pipe, but what else are we committing future councils to?
  • Beyond getting the project built -- which is the objective of those promoting it -- what does success look like for the city? Is it an increase in the tax base? Is it a number of new jobs? What is success and how will we know we've achieved it? What are those measurements and who is doing the measuring/reporting?
  • In addition to committing this money and building this project, are there other things we need to do to ensure success? Are we prepared to do these things? Will future councils find it easy or difficult to continue to do these things?
  • What is failure -- what is the worst-case outcome once this project is completed -- and how would that impact us? In other words, what is our potential downside risk, how likely is that to happen and w...

22:29

Dangers of Sodium Fluoride in Toothpaste "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Q.: Is it true that sodium fluoride in toothpaste is bad for you? James


KLAUS FERLOW REPLIES:
Dangers of Sodium Fluoride in ToothpasteAbsolutely, yes! Sodium fluoride is derived from hydrofluoric acid which is produced by a reaction between sulphuric acid and fluorspar, an ore rich in calcium fluoride, which is a toxic chemical. In fact, fluoride is the main ingredient in rat poison. The American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has never approved any fluoride product designed for human ingestion and ironically it has been shown not to reduce cavities.

Scientists are, on the other hand, finding links between fluoride and arthritis, allergic reactions, cancer and dental fluorosis (fluoride poisoning) which can result in darkened or mottled teeth, erosion of the tooth enamel, compromised bone structure and other problems including learning disabilities, kidney disease and brain lesions. On average only 50% of the fluoride we take in each day is excreted through the kidneys with the remainder accumulating in our bones, pineal gland and other tissues. In the event of kidney damage, fluoride accumulation will increase and with it the likelihood of further harm. When swallowed, fluoride may cause Crohns disease.

Fluoride is especially dangerous to small children who may tend to swallow toothpaste during or after brushing teeth. Many toothpaste manufacturers include the warning Not for children under the age of six years on their products.

 Rather look for a herbal toothpaste that does not contain fluoride!

22:29

Russia denies report that 7 planes destroyed in Syria attack - TASS (Fair Dinkum?) "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia denied a report in daily newspaper Kommersant that seven Russian planes had been destroyed by rebel shelling at Syrias Hmeymim air base on Dec. 31, the TASS news agency on Thursday quoted the defence ministry as saying.

At least four Su-24 bombers, two Su-35S fighters and an An-72 transport plane, as well as an ammunition depot, were destroyed by the shelling, Kommersant said on its website, citing two military-diplomatic sources.

In the single biggest loss of military hardware for Russia since it launched air strikes in Syria in autumn 2015, more than 10 servicemen were wounded in the attack by radical Islamists, the report said.

The Kommersant report on alleged actual destruction of seven Russian war planes at Hmeymim air base is fake, TASS said, citing the ministry. It said the Russian air group in Syria was combat-ready.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-russia-planes/russia-denies-report-that-7-planes-destroyed-in-syria-attack-tass-idUSKBN1ET0VX


 


A general view shows Russian fighter jets on the tarmac at the Hmeimim military base in Latakia province, in the northwest of Syria, on February 16, 2016. (Photo by AFP) A general view shows Russian fighter jets on the tarmac at the Hmeimim military base in Latakia province, in the northwest of Syria, on February 16, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

Russia says its troops have successfully repelled multiple drone attacks launched by militants on its naval and air bases in Syria.

The Russian Defense Ministry announced the news on Monday, saying the aerial aggression was conducted by as many as 13 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) on Saturday night.

According to the ministry report, 10 combat dones raided the Hmeimim Airbase in Syrias western coastal province of Latakia while three more attempted a strike against the Russian maritime logistics base located in the western city of Tartus, Syrias second largest port city.

All of the drones were spotted by anti-aircraft defense systems at a considerable distance from the Russian military objects, the ministry said, adding that seven of them were successfully shot down by the Russian Panzir-S air-defense...

22:28

Interview: Odisha and Chhattisgarh Treating Mahanadi Like a Commodity, Not a Natural Resource "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

An interview with water activist Ranjan Panda about the inter-state water dispute and how coal-fired power plants are the real trigger of the conflict.

Saradih Barrage in Chhattisgarh nearing completion. So far, the barrage has no provision for irrigation for farmers, but as this photograph shows, intake wells have been constructed for power companies to draw water. Credit: Priya Ranjan Sahu

India has a long list of inter-state river water conflicts. The recent conflict between the Odisha and Chhattisgarh governments over the water of the Mahanadi river is the latest addition.

Odishas largest river, the Mahanadi, originates in the Sihawa mountain in the Dhamtari district of Chhattisgarh. It flows through Chhattisgarh and then Odisha, along its 851 km-long course, before joining the Bay of Bengal at Odishas coast.

The conflict between the states started in July last year, when the Odisha government, led by regional outfit Biju Janata Dal (BJD),...

22:27

Breaking: Houthi forces claim second Saudi warplane shot down over Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Leith Fadel   08/01/2018 BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 A.M.) The Houthi forces claimed their air defense units downed another Saudi jet over the Sanaa countryside this morning. According to a report released by Saba News Agency, the Saudi Coalitions F-15 was bombing the Yemeni capital when the Houthi forces shot down the warplane.   The Saudi Coalition []

22:26

Tea-drinkers risk fluoride-damaged bones and more, studies shows "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

NEWS PROVIDED BY

New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc.
Jan 08, 2018, 10:11 ET

NEW YORK, Jan. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Some teas contain more fluoride than EPA allows in public water supplies, which can do skeletal damage, according to research published in Environmental Pollution (Das, et al. 12/2017), reports the New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc. (NYSCOF)

It's undisputed that excessive fluoride ingestion can cause many adverse health effects, not just to bones.

Tea plants (Camellia sinensis) absorb fluoride from soil and air then released from 1.47 to 6.9 milligrams fluoride per liter (mg/L) when brewed, reports Das' research team.

"It can be predicted that long-term consumption of copious quantities of traditional tea might increase the chances of fluorosis in the consumers," they report.

Fluoride from tea, alone, has reportedly caused skeletal fluorosis, an arthritic-type disease that most US physicians aren't trained to diagnose and consumers aren't informed about.

EPA caps fluoride water contamination at 4 mg/L to protect against skeletal fluorosis. But an EPA-requested review of fluoride toxicology research (NRC 2006) revealed 4 mg/L doesn't protect bones. The level must be lowered some say to as close to zero as possible.

Additionally, Waugh et al. brewed 54 different brands of tea to find  fluoride levels reaching up to 6.1 mg/L.  Waugh concludes that individuals' total fluoride intake "could readily exceed the levels known to cause chronic fluoride intoxication." Heart, liver, kidneys, endocrine and nervous systems are also at risk, they caution.

Attorney Paul Beeber, NYSCOF President says, "Without determining  constituents' total fluoride intake from foods, medicines, dental products, etc., as advised by JV Kumar (formerly NYS DoH),  legislators, lobbied by rich and powerful special interest groups, often pass fluoridation laws quietly to avoid confrontation with science-savvy voters opposed to fluoridation as happened in California, Arkansas and New York State. Fluoridation is doing more harm than good," says Beeber.

Alarmingly, some studies found 9 mg/L fluoride in brewed tea.

Beeber says, "No one disputes that excessive fluoride is bad. Local market basket analyses of commonly consumed foods and beverages must be calculated before ever considering water fluoridation. And, New York State's water fluoridation-protection law must be repealed to enable individuals' to manage their own fluoride intake."

USDA provides fluoride content of some common foods.

Many children already ingest and absorb above the recommended daily dose of fluoride from toothpaste alone.

Contact:  Paul Beeb...

22:26

10 Best Hacking Tools Of 2018 For Windows, Linux And OS X "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

10 Best Hacking Tools for Windows, Linux and OS X 2018 Edition

Technology and hacking, in particular, is a dynamic field with new innovations and tools being released almost every day. If you are a security researcher, pentester or a system admin, you need to have a precise set of tools and apps on your PCs/laptops to find the hidden vulnerabilities and plug them.

We have compiled this list of best hacking tools of 2018 with their description and download links. You can read about them and learn how to use them.

Please note that this article is for educational purpose only and Techworm does not promote any malicious practices. 

  1. Nmap (Network Mapper)| Free
  1. Metasploit Penetration Testing Software| Free & Paid

This is one of the most popular pentesting framework around for exploiting (utilising network weakness for making a backdoor) vulnerabilities (Weak Points) on Network. Those unfamiliar with it can consider it as a collection of hacking tools and frameworks useful to carry out a range of tasks. Its the tool of choice for cyber-security professionals and ethical hackers. Metasploit is basically a computer security project that provides users with information regarding known security vulnerabilities, which can be vital as well as help in creating penetration testing and IDS testing plans, strategies and methodologies for exploitation.

  1. OWASP Zed| Free

The Zed Attack Proxy (ZAP) is now one of the most popular OWASP projects. This hacking and pentesting tool with its easy UI finds vulnerabilities in web applications. ZAP is a popular tool owing to the support it enjoys and thus makes it an excellent choice for those that work in the domain of cyber-security. ZAP provides automated scanners as well as various tools that allow you to discover security vulnerabilities manually. When used as a proxy server it allo...

22:25

Senior Hamas Official Shot and Critically Wounded in Gaza City "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Hamas says Imad Al-Alami was wounded at home while tending to his personal weapon, though reports are circulating that he was victim of assassination attempt

By Jack Khoury Jan 09, 2018 1:01 PM
Haaretz

Senior Hamas official Imad Al-Alami was critically wounded on Tuesday after suffering a shooting wound to his head.

Hamas spokesperson in Gaza Fazi Barhoum released a statement saying that Al-Alami was wounded at home while tending to his personal weapon and is in critical condition.

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Reports have been circulating over the past hour throughout Gaza that Al-Alami was the victim of an assassination attempt. Arab media reported that he was shot point blank by an unknown assailant, and that doctors are currently fighting for his life. Sources in Gaza, however, doubt the validity of these reports.

Al-Alami is a long-term fixture of Hamas leadership in the Strip, and has previously served as a Hamas representative in Iran. He has participated in all Hamas talks with the international community, including but not limited to Palestinian reconciliation, the cease-fire during the 2014 Gaza war and talks over captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. He is known for operating under the radar, avoiding public appearances and the media.

Al-Alami sustained serious wounds to his leg in 2014 following an Israeli strike on his house. Hamas did not report it at the time and quietly facilitated his departure to Turkey, where he received medical care and convalesced for several months before returning.

 

Jack Khoury
read more: https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/palestinians/1.833874


22:24

Daily Verse "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: Matthew 6:19-20 (KJV)

22:23

Ready to Rally? Ethereum Aside, All Major Cryptocurrencies Fall in Value "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

The post Ready to Rally? Ethereum Aside, All Major Cryptocurrencies Fall in Value appeared first on CCN

Apart from Ether, the native cryptocurrency of Ethereum, all major cryptocurrencies or the 10 most valuable digital assets in the global market have fallen in value. Tokens Adding Value to Ethereum, Justifiable Market Cap Over the past few months, since late 2017, many decentralized applications utilized at a large commercial scale have emerged. Apps like Continued

The post Ready to Rally? Ethereum Aside, All Major Cryptocurrencies Fall in Value appeared first on CCN

22:20

Global NGOs and UN likely to see major budget cuts under Trump "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

President Donald Trump has proposed cutting US aid funding to nations and NGOs by 32 per cent, about $19 billion, with voting scheduled for 19 January.

22:20

Greece will propose composite name for all uses, says FM Kotzias on Macedonia name dispute "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Greece will propose a composite name for all uses in its negotiations with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) on the name issue, which will differentiate it from the Greek Macedonia with geographic qualifiers, Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias announced in a televised interview with ANT1 on Monday night, according to ANA. The minister revealed

The post Greece will propose composite name for all uses, says FM Kotzias on Macedonia name dispute appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.

22:18

Review: Falls Festival Byron Bay, Part 2 The Main Event "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Photos by Stuart Bucknell Photography The Falls Festival is increasingly trying to be everything to everyone, stretching across the East Coast and now hopping to the West, its a broad canvas to wash but we are still always delighted to spot some more folkier acts gracing the main line up. After checking out The Grove []

22:16

SBC Portfolio Holder Demoted to Ceremonial Rle "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

SBC Portfolio Holder Demoted to Ceremonial Rle

  • an In My View opinion-piece by NIGEL WARD, commenting on one aspect of the fall-out from the first Full Council meeting of 2018.

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At the Full Council meeting of Scarborough Borough Council on Monday 8th January 2018, the first of the year, Portfolio Holder for Strategic Planning & Transformation Councillor Joe PLANT [Con.], the sole nominee for the 2018/19 Mayoralty, was elected over dissent from the opposition benches. Say a warm welcome to our next Mayor, Councillor Joe PLANT.

It has been known for sometime that the Conservative Group was struggling to identify a willing candidate for the rle, which has been largely discredited in recent years and not only by the Enquirers successful campaign to expose former Mayor, Councillor and Alderman Peter JACONELLI [Con.], Jimmy SAVILEs co-offender and only serious contender for the ignominious title of Britains Most Vile Paedophile.

2015/16 Mayor Councillor Simon GREEN [Con.] was an unmitigated PR disaster and the present incumbent, Councillor Martin SMITH [Con.] has also failed to master the only democratically relevant duty of the Mayoralty chairing Full Council meetings.

Local politics buffs know that the Mayoralty is, in fact, a blind alley in terms of power and influence, since it deprives the incumbent of any influential Committee Chairship (with its concomitant Special Responsibility Allowance). That ridiculous brass chain may as well have a leaden ball attached to it, anchoring the poor poop in the Santa suit to a dreary round of civic tea-parties and departure lounge presentations far from the cut and thrust of the Leaders acid tongue.

For a serving Cabinet Portfolio Holder to be relieved of his executive powers and pastured out to the Mayoralty in what could easily be his final year on the Council is a significant demotion normally reserved for party elders who are approaching the 16 years of service necessary to achieve Alderman nomination, normally ratified at a Special Meeting in the Council year following retirement from the Council.

Councillor Joe PLANT [Con.] was first elected to Scarborough Borough Council in May 2003, so his Alderman qualification will coincide with the May 2019 local elections. In the May 2013 and May 2...

22:15

What Has QE Wrought? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

What Has QE Wrought? by Ron Paul Lew Rockwell The Great Recession began in 2007. It didnt take long for the money managers to recognize its severity, and that a little tinkering with interest rates would not suffice in...

The post What Has QE Wrought? appeared first on The Daily Coin.

22:14

Infamous diversity memo author James Damore is suing Google for discriminating against white males "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Ex-Google engineer James Damore filed a complaint in California state court, seeking class certification for his employment discrimination case against the tech giant, claiming Google is biased against conservative viewpoints, men, and Caucasians, in violation of state employment laws. Damore wrote an internal memo about the biological reasons women aren't engineers that sparked national outrage and got him fired from his job last August. He's petitioned the Santa Clara County Superior Court on behalf of similarly situated plaintiffs, or "all employees of Google discriminated against (i) due to their perceived conservative political views" in the last four years, "due to their male gender" and/or "due to their Caucasian race" in the last year. He is joined in the complaint by David Gudeman, a software engineer who worked at Google in Mountain View, California, for three years, left in December 2016, and is currently writing a book between temporary engineering jobs, per his LinkedIn. The duo argues: Throughout the Class Periods, and in violation of California law, Google employees who expressed views deviating from the majority view at Google on political subjects raised in the workplace and relevant to Google's employment policies and its business, such as "diversity" hiring policies, "bias sensitivity," or "social justice," were/are singled out, mistreated, and systematically punished and terminated from Google, in violation of their legal rights.

22:13

Nearly 5,000 lightning strikes in 3 hours leaves thousands without power in Sydney, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

After temperatures approaching 50 deg C, 122 deg F melted roads and killed thousands of flying fox bats the weather in Sydney has gone from one extreme to the other. A heavy thunderstorm hit Sydney with more than 4600 lightning strikes between 3am and 6am this morning, leaving thousands without power after days of extreme heat. The western and northwestern suburbs bore the brunt of the storm, with Blacktown particularly hard hit with tiles off roofs and trees brought down.

22:13

Bundy formally acquitted of all charges WITH PREDUDICE "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Bundy formally acquitted of all charges WITH PREDUDICE

http://82.221.129.208/.zl5.html

"With predudice" means the judge slammed the case shut, never to be brought to trial again. That is as good as it gets.

From AZ central

LAS VEGAS - Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, his two sons and a militia member will not face a retrial on charges that they led an armed rebellion against federal agents in 2014.

A federal judge on Monday said the federal prosecutors' conduct was "outrageous" and "violated due process rights" of the defendants.

U.S. District Court Judge Gloria Navarro dismissed the charges against the four men "with prejudice," meaning they cannot face trial again. She said a new trial would not be sufficient to address the problems in the case and would provide the prosecution with an unfair advantage going forward.

The judge criticized both the prosecution and the FBI for not providing evidence to the defense as required under court rules. "The court finds that the universal sense of justice has been violated," Navarro said.

Navarro said it was clear the FBI was involved in the prosecution of the case, and that it was not a coincidence that most of the withheld evidence came from the FBI.

MY COMMENT: Bundy and the rest of the people thrown in jail DID NOT WIN THIS CASE. Want to know why? Because they were innocent, and still sat in jail from 2014 - 2017 while awaiting trial. Everyone served a three year prison sentence, despite being acquitted. That is NOT what I call winning anything. Oh well, at least they are out now and cannot be prosecuted again.

22:10

Greece sees big dive in cruise ship arrivals in 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

During the last season Greece saw a big dive in cruise ship arrivals and passenger visits compared to 2016. Reports blame the drop in visits on political instability and geopolitical developments in surrounding destinations of the eastern Mediterranean region. According to tourism officials, the overall climate of instability sharply reduced cruise ship traffic at the ports

The post Greece sees big dive in cruise ship arrivals in 2017 appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.

22:08

Google sued by an ex-engineer for discriminating against conservative white men "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Anti-Diversity Memo Author Sues Google For Discrimination Against White Conservative Men

A former Google senior software engineer who was fired by the search giant over his controversial 3,300 words anti-diversity memo filed a class-action lawsuit against the company on Monday in Santa Clara Superior Court in Northern California for its discriminatory behavior against white males with conservative political leanings.

Another ex-employee from Google, David Gudeman, who is a co-plaintiff in the lawsuit is supporting Damores cause. The lawsuit seeks non-monetary, monetary, and punitive compensations.

Damore was fired after writing a 10-page memo titled Googles Ideological Echo Chamber: How bias clouds our thinking about diversity and inclusion that questioned companys diversity policies. Even though it was circulated internally initially in July, it gained attention in August when Motherboard published the memo, saying the anti-diversity memo had gone internally viral at the Mountain View, Calif.-based technology company.

Damores memo which claimed that the inequality in payment of wages existed between men and women was because the latter was biologically less capable than the former caused a tumult in the tech industry. Calling the memo as offensive and harmful, Google soon fired Damore from the company.

According to the lawsuit, Google employees who expressed views deviating from the majority view at Google on political subjects raised in the workplace and relevant to Googles employment policies and its business, such as diversity hiring policies, bias sensitivity, or social justice were/are singled out, mistreated, and systematically punished and terminated from Google, in violation of their legal rights.

The suit further accuses Google of employing illegal hiring quotas to fill its desired percentages of women and favored minority candidates, and claims managers who are unable to meet these quotas are openly shamed.

San Francisco-based Dhillon Law Group who filed the lawsuit on behalf of Damore and Gudeman said, Damore, Gudeman, and other class members were ostracized, belittled, and punished for their heterodox political views, and for the added sin of their birth circumstances of being Caucasian and/or males. Googles open hostility for conservative thought is paired with invidious discrimination on the basis of race and gender, barred by law.

Googles management goes to extreme and illegal lengths to en...

22:08

Spy Cameras Are Misreading More Than A Million Number Plates A Day "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A report by Britains surveillance tsar has warned of problems with Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology. While senior officers insist that the technology is needed to help prevent and solve serious crimes, the Big [...]

22:08

Folding Single Bed Chair "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Folding Single Bed Chair - There are a few essential parts of furniture that every business needs: a great office chair to sit down in, reception chairs for the guests to wait in, a table to fit in, and conference chairs to sit in during meetings. Whether you are working in a fortune 500 company or a small start almost every company needs a good set of seminar chairs to complete their meeting area. A meeting area or A seminar room is a place where both workers and customers meet to discuss ideas and strategies for your small business, and sometimes these meetings can last for hours on end. Whether it's your clients which are going to get the most use from your seminar chairs or your workers, you ought to be certain that they are comfortable while seated. Conference chairs also provide you with the chance to present your meeting room a appeal and also the capability to communicate your organization's culture. As with any other piece of timing furniture and attention should be given to what sort of convention chair will be excellent for your business.

The first point to keep in mind when purchasing a pair of seminar chairs is the overall atmosphere of your furniture and your organization. Does your office have a design that is modern for it or is it more conventional in appearance? It is important to fully understand the character of your business as well, for instance, if you're a law office that's famous for its professionalism and traditionalism, you would not wish to buy a pair of modern looking conference chairs to your meeting area. You would probably need to go for a seat with genuine leather and a timber trim to finish your appearance. Be certain to match your entire office with a styling that is similar, if your furniture and style are mismatched that could come off as inexpensive and unprofessional. Furniture truly has the ability to shape the way so it is important for them to leave with a positive impression that your guests perceive your own business.

After specifying the next step is to pick in. Leather is the most popular decision to go with and has the broadest selection of styles to choose from. It's also a choice, simple to clean, and gives off a feeling of professionalism. The only drawback to leather is the fact that it's pricey; it may be best to go for a leather alternative that is cheaper if you will use your conference space. Vinyl is yet another chosen choice because it's usually a bit cheaper in cost than its leather counterpart looks almost indistinguishable. For a more contemporary appearance, look at a mesh design or a fabric with a pa...

22:07

That time Israel boldly flew F-15s through the air spaces of five Arab countries "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

by Paul Iddon.

In October 1991, less than a year after the Gulf War at least two Israeli F-15 Eagle air superiority jet fighters took off from Israel and made a round-trip that violated the air spaces of five Arab countries before returning home (see figure at right).

The F-15s first flew north over the Mediterranean Sea, then over northern Lebanon and through Syrian airspace before slowing down over the airspace of western Iraq where they reportedly searched, with their reconnaissance cameras, for any Iraqi surface-to-surface Scud missiles before then heading home through Saudi Arabian and Jordanian airspace.

An Iraqi complaint to the United Nations claimed that four Israeli F-15s were involved in the overflight. It also said the planes flew at low altitude when crossing the Syrian border to Iraq before then climbing to more than 20,000 feet and flying over the region of...

22:06

Freedom of Speech and Expression Cannot Be Compromised "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

How can expressing an opinion on the merit or demerit of an investment be deemed defamatory by the Adanis?

Last week, the Adani Group filed a Rs 100-crore civil defamation case against The Wire, seeking the removal of an article on the website and demanding an injunction against any further write ups on the subject simply on the ground that it was defamatory of the Adani Group.

The article merely raises questions about the economic wisdom of public sector oil companies like IOC and GAIL investing 49% equity stake in an LNG  terminal project in Odisha promoted by the Adanis. Similarly, IOC has separately taken 50% stake in an LNG terminal project in Gujarat called GSPC LNG, which is a joint venture between the Adanis and Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation(GSPC).

The Wire article raises a simple and commonsensical question: why should public sector undertakings use taxpayer money to pick up a 49% stake when it could have full management control by picking up a 51% controlling interest in the venture?

Investing upto 49% in the equity and letting the private player control the project does raise questions as to what the government or the PSU is particularly gaining out of it.

A former chairman of IOC, who wished not to reveal his identity, provided The Wire with his expert view that IO...

22:05

World watch Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Tuesday GMT For posting on events, news, opinions and anything of interest from around the world.

22:03

Iran banning English in schools to stop cultural invasion "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Another way for Iran to oppress and suppress its people using full force propaganda, as it struggles with an unpredictable uprising: Islamic leaders in Iran have banned English teaching from the curriculum of all junior schools to insulate the country from what they see as the invasion of Western cultural ideas and principles. The Internet and the explosion []

22:03

Social Work Professionals Face Creeping Fascism "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

From Rabble: The regulatory body for social workers and social service workers in Ontario  the Ontario College for Social Workers and Social Service Workers  is now requiring all social work professionals to disclose whether they have been given a psychiatric diagnosis.

The critical point to keep in mind here is that, whatever credence you do or do not afford the concept, mental illness has nothing to do with safety, despite the regulatory bodies so naming it. There is no proof whatsoever that professionals with psychiatric diagnoses are any less safe than any other professional. By the same token, despite the facile conflation of mentally ill with incompetence, it has nothing to do competence. Someone with a psychiatric diagnosis may or may not be incompetent, just as any other professional may or may not be. What we are witnessing in short is prejudice and oppression pure and simple. We are witnessing ableism. We are witnessing sanism. We are likewise seeing incredible short-sightedness for the truth of the matter is that people in touch with their own personal difficulties have a tendency to be better helping professionals not worse ones.

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22:02

In Praise of William James "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

In this piece for The New York Times, John Williams praises the work of philosopher William James, who played an important role in studying and describing the inner states of people of faith. James work illuminates our innermost fears and desires that compel us to believe in something greater than ourselves.

Four of the most memorable lectures in the book two each on the subjects of healthy-mindedness and the sick soul consider these two categories of people at length: those whose disposition is organically weighted on the side of cheer and those who are depressive or congenitally pessimistic, to be brief. These chapters are my personal D.S.M. I consult them to find beautifully articulated reasons to go easier on myself and other people, and to expect more from all of us at the same time; to feel the fullness and complexity of both our vulnerabilities and our capabilities.

Sick souls range from the easily irritated (think Larry David) to the self-loathing (Charlie Brown) to the pathologically melancholic (Tolstoy, who wrote: Is there in life any purpose which the inevitable death which awaits me does not undo and destroy?). It feels safe to say that most of this books devoted fans and it has many of them, as one learns are sick souls. In creating a taxonomy of them and sympathetically describing their needs, James makes them feel, to use modern psychological parlance, seen.

22:01

January 10 in history "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

49 BC Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon, signalling the start of civil war.

1776 Thomas Paine published Common Sense.

1806  Dutch settlers in Cape Town surrendered to the British.

1810 The marriage of Napoleon and Josephine was annulled.

1815 Sir John Alexander Macdonald, first Prime Minister of Canada, was born  (d. 1891).

1834 Lord Acton, British historian, was born (d. 1902).

1838 French Bishop Jean Baptiste Franois Pompallier, a priest and brother of the Society of Mary, arrived at Hokianga.

Catholic missionaries arrive at Hokianga

1863 The London Underground, the worlds oldest underground railway, opened between London Paddington station and Farringdon station.

1901  The first great Texas oil gusher was discovered at Spindletop in Beaumont, Texas.

1903 Barbara Hepworth, English sculptor, was born (d. 1975).

1908 Bernard Lee, English actor was born (d. 1981).

1920 The League of Nations held its first meeting and ratified the Treaty of Versailles ending World War I.

1922...

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