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Thursday, 11 January

04:55

RIG EK covertly delivers cryptocurrency miners "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Malware peddlers have been quick to react to the cryptocurrency boom and to take advantage of every possible way to make other people and organizations mine coins for them. They trick victims into installing mining software, hijack their CPUs power via in-browser cryptojacking, and exploit organizations unsecured cloud computing environments. They are also using exploit kits and drive-by downloading to covertly deliver mining malware to unsuspecting users. Sometimes users get more than one miner In More

01:55

Major M7.6 earthquake hits off the coast of Honduras, small tsunami observed "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.6 hit north of Honduras at 02:51 UTC on January 10, 2018 (20:51 local time, January 9). The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC reported M7.6 at a depth of 15 km (9 miles). Minor...... Read more

Indonesian ex-soldier among three jailed for illegal trade in Sumatran rhino, tiger parts "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

MEDAN, Indonesia A court in Indonesia has sentenced three men, including a former soldier, to two years in jail for illegally trading in body parts from a critically endangered Sumatran rhino and tiger. The verdicts were handed down in separate cases at the Medan District Court on Jan. 4 and 8. In the latter ruling, the court found Suharto, a former captain in the Army Special Forces, or Kopassus, guilty of possession of a horn from a Sumatran rhino (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) a species on the brink of extinction, with possibly fewer than 30 individuals left in the wild. Herman, a middleman to whom Suharto tried to sell the contraband, was also found guilty. (The defendants, like many Indonesians, go by just one name.) The pair were also fined 100 million rupiah ($7,000) each. The Medan District Court hand down two-year sentences and fines of $7,000 each to Suharto and Herman for attempting to trade a Sumatran rhino horn. Photo by Ayat S. Karokaro/Mongabay-Indonesia. The two men were arrested in August last year in a sting carried out by local authorities. The horn seized in the operation was found to have been partially carved into an ornamental globe, measuring 15 centimeters (6 inches) in height and more than twice that in circumference at the base. It weighed an estimated 400 grams (14 ounces). Suharto claimed to have obtained the horn from an acquaintance as collateral for a loan of just $150 a steep discount on the estimated street

H&M monkey ad controversy: Racism or example of corrosive outrage mentality? (DEBATE) (RT ) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

10/01/2018 - Is having a black child model a Coolest Monkey in the Jungle hoodie racist, or are netizens reading too much into an innocent take on childhood? RTs guests weigh in on H&M ...

01:41

How to set up Apple ID unlock on your Mac "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

This is a great piece of advice from iMores Lory Gil. Follow along to make sure you have Apple ID unlock enabled on your Mac. Read through the rest of the post for related how-to info.

Even if you think youll never forget your password, this is a smart backup plan.

Read this on The Loop

01:27

Lana Del Rey says Radiohead suing her for copying Creep "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

OK, this seems really clearcut to me, but judge for yourself.

My take: The chord structure seems identical, the production not so much. But theres this one moment that really makes the case for me.

  • In the Radiohead video, jump to about 39 seconds in and listen to the phrase, float like a feather, with that bit of vocalization at the end of the word feather.

  • Now, in the Lana Del Rey video, jump to about 50 seconds in and listen to the phrase my modern manifesto. To me, I hear the same vocalization at the end of the word manifesto.

As I said, judge for yourself. But hard for me to believe Creep wasnt an influence here.

Read this on The Loop

01:12

Google announces plan to improve URLs for AMP pages, but even if it happens, which remains uncertain, AMP will still suck "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Gruber on AMP.

  1. Terrific explainer, gets right to the core of the problem (AMP versions of published content end up on Googles servers, under Google control, and not on publishers own servers).

  2. What a headline. I had to trim it for our Twitter plugin.

Read this on The Loop

01:06

Apple Watch to be able to control Whirlpool appliances this year "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

CNBC:

Whirlpool has said Apple Watch wearers will soon be able to remotely control their home appliances.

It would mean smart watch owners could change temperature settings on ovens, delay cycles on washers or check how long is left to run on a dryer.

When I first saw this, I compared it to the ability to use my Apple Watch to quickly bring up my profile/setup on a piece of gym equipment. This takes advantage of the security/identity features of the Apple Watch.

But thinking a bit more, I can see the value in using my Apple Watch to control an appliance. With an oven, you could tap a recipe, have the oven preheat to the right temperature without having to look it up. And checking the time remaining on a washer/dryer cycle, also useful.

Things like this make me realize just how much the Apple Watch is still in its infancy.

Read this on The Loop

01:00

What the rise of cyber indictments means for 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The growing implementation of indictments throughout 2017 was arguably the most impactful government action to counter cyber attacks, and yet received little attention. In November, federal prosecutors indicted an Iranian national with military links for his role in the HBO data exfiltration. A week later, indictments were issued against three members of the Chinese threat group known as APT 3, or Gothic Panda, for corporate espionage. The following day, a Canadian pled guilty to collaborating More

00:30

More than half of US-based employees have never heard of GDPR "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) deadline approaching, new research from MediaPro shows more than half of US-based employees have never heard of the forthcoming regulation. With 54 percent of U.S. companies citing GDPR readiness as top priority, this lack of understanding among the average U.S. employee could prove costly. Fines for GDPR non-compliance could total up to 4 percent of an organizations annual global turnover or $27 million U.S. dollars, whichever is greater. More

00:04

How to harness herd mentality "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Find the answers in my short article here (or click image).

00:00

Apps most frequently blacklisted by enterprise security teams "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Appthority released its Enterprise Mobile Security Pulse Report for Q4 2017, which details the apps most frequently blacklisted by enterprise mobility and security teams. Most blacklisted apps For iOS devices, popular dating app Tinder made the list of most blacklisted apps, joining WhatsApp Messenger and Pokmon GO, which topped the list for the second consecutive quarter. For Android, the top blacklisted apps were WhatsApp Messenger, Facebook Messenger and Instagram, all new to the list from More

Wednesday, 10 January

23:47

Sydney is absolutely booming "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Sydney booms

Wow, even more stunning jobs vacancies figures for New South Wales topping 81,500 for the latest quarter!

To put that in perspective before this cycle no state had ever topping 60,000, although there was a bit of a gap in the ABS survey in 2008-9.

Sydney may be set for a record low unemployment rate this year on this evidence, so it's no wonder it is the premier city of choice for immigrants. 


Jobs vacancies have exploded 17 per cent higher to 210,800, easily the highest level on record.


And the number of unemployed persons per vacancy has declined to the lowest level in years, so finding a job is getting easier. 


Why is this important? Because it suggests that Australia is returning to full employment.

23:23

Devasting Ad Bashes Dems With Their Own Words, 1971 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

- Virtual Shield VPN - the easiest way to create a home VPN. Go to: https://www.virtualshield.com/billstill Good morning, Im still reporting on: Devasting Ad Bashes Dems With Their Own Words, 1971 Synopsis: As Democrats salivate over their hyped possibilities come this November, the higher-ups know the truth the RNC out raised the DNC by a 2-1 margin in 2017. Then, they brought in top digital fundraising experts and built a digital infrastructure second to none. So now, not only did the Hillary Clinton escapade leave the DNC bankrupt, but lagging way behind the RNC in their ability to raise vast sums through 2018. In fact, they are so far behind that they may never catch up. The RNC raised $130 million for itself in 2017, and Trump raised another $250 million, and he is expected to be able to double that output in 2018. Not only are the Dems not able to raise nearly as much money as the RNC, but they are currently buried under mountains of debt after years of financial mismanagement under the helm of Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz both of whom will be lucky if they dont end up in prison. This slick little ad by the RNC reveals the Dems problem in their own words: 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. Please Like, Comment & Share. Bill Still is...

23:20

Fold Away Bed Chair "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Fold Away Bed Chair - Parsons chairs come that choosing the one could be somewhat daunting. This guide has been assembled to assist you pick parsons chairs to match your home decor design. Whether you're trying to find a group of two seats or one or parsons dining chairs to use for dwelling room dividers, this guide will steer you in the right direction.

They consider large, formal dining rooms and sitting rooms, when many men and women imagine a. A skirted, richly upholstered parsons chair does seem regal! However, traditional parsons chairs could be accommodated for casual environments. These designs are refined and timelessgoing out of style. Legs are included by traits of parsons style chairs that are standard from deep finishes like walnut, cherry, mahogany and dark walnut. The thighs are usually in the "s-curved" Queen Anne style-- also known as cabriole legs - or at the bolder Chippendale fashion. The chair backs are scrolled, crescent or camel contour, which makes them a touch more formality. Parsons chairs could be completely skirted, with box or triple pleats for a look.

When picking upholstery parsons chair, you have extensive alternatives. Select a fabric that matches the color scheme and overall mood of this room. One idea is to pair a fabric-- either sound colored or subtly patterned-- using a darker wood. Light blue Ivory or green are choices. Designed seats may stand up to thicker prints and colors, for example scrolled patterns big florals , lush greens, burgundies blues and golds. Nailhead trim, tassels and braided bands are upholstery accents.

23:19

Sophia the Citizen Robot Is training to Walk: A big revolution in AI "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Sophia the Citizen Robot Is Learning to Walk

Sophia, the famous humanoid robot which had been ridiculed since getting the Saudi Arabian citizenship has now another update to sweep everyone off their feet.

Sophia took her first few steps. It is a big revolution in the domain of AI and robotics.

And of course, this happened in CES 2018, the annual Tech Trade show happening this year in Las Vegas.

A Hong Kong based company, Hanson robotics, founded by David Hanson announced its partnership with Rainbow Robotics and Drones and Autonomous Systems Lab at the same event to help Sophia become a fully-fledged humanoid by integrating with DRC-HUBO body which possseses mechanical legs and ability to walk like a human. In 2015, this DRC-HUBO body has won the DARPA Robotics Challenge.

Dr. Ben Goertzel, Chief scientist of Hanson Robotics said in a statement, Giving Sophia a more complete and robust embodiment is a key part of our ongoing, rapidly accelerating quest to supply her and our other Hanson robots with general intelligence at the human level and ultimately beyond.

In March 2016, Sophia was first showcased at South by Southwest by Hanson. He says, Integrating Sophia with a (robotics) body that can allow her to walk completes her physical form, so she can access the full range of human experiences, which will help her learn to live and walk among us.

Sophia is able to create over sixty facial expressions, actions of looking straight into peoples eyes, holding human-like conversations. With the kind of material used to create Sophia, she looks real human-like with real skin and skin movements changing like human showcasing different expressions.

Source:Fortune

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23:14

Tajikistan: Brain Drain Rush Causes Annual Riot "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Such was the crowd of people in Tajikistans capital that turned up this week to apply for permission to move to Russia from the local representative office of the Russian Interior Ministry that police officers had to be summoned.

The scenes of chaos starkly underlined the pervasive sense of hopelessness in Tajikistans long-term economic prospects and how ever more people aspire to move abroad.

Eyewitnesses reported that around 2,500 people arrived on January 9 to submit documents on the first day of work this year at the offices of Russias National Program for Supporting Voluntary Migration of the Compatriots Residing Abroad. The program is open to people born in the Soviet Union and to ethnic Russians. Applicants with higher qualifications doctors, engineers and other similarly qualified specialists are typically given priority.

The scramble occurred on the first day of work at the Russian Interior Ministry branch after the New Year holidays and as the applications are processed on a first come, first served basis, aspirant Russian citizens are desperate to get their names as high up as possible on the waiting lists.

RFE/RLs Tajik service, Radio Ozodi, cited a representative with the Russian Interior Ministry, Galina Aleksandrova, as saying that they were forced to call police when the situation got out of their control.

Police dispersed the aggressively disposed crowd. We have no information about anybody being injured, she said.

The Russian Embassy has said that as a result of the high demand to take part in the migration program, applications are now only being accepted by phone.

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23:10

SEC Halts Trading in my Biggest Blockchain Stock Hero "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

SEC Halts Trading in my Biggest Blockchain Stock Hero by Wolf Richter Wolf Street 11 days after I lambasted the outfit. Billions went up in smoke already. This is my biggest blockchain hero, and now the Securities and Exchange Commission...

The post SEC Halts Trading in my Biggest Blockchain Stock Hero appeared first on The Daily Coin.

23:08

South Koreas Moon says Trump deserves big credit for North Korea talks Our task going forward is to draw North Korea to talks aimed at the denuclearization of the North "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Christine KimSoyoung Kim

SEOUL (Reuters) South Korean President Moon Jae-in credited U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday for helping to spark the first inter-Korean talks in more than two years, and warned that Pyongyang would face stronger sanctions if provocations continued.

The talks were held on Tuesday on the South Korean side of the demilitarized zone, which has divided the two Koreas since 1953, after a prolonged period of tension on the Korean peninsula over the Norths missile and nuclear programs.North Korea ramped up its missile launches last year and also conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test, resulting in some of the strongest international sanctions yet.

The latest sanctions sought to drastically cut the Norths access to refined petroleum imports and earnings from workers abroad. Pyongyang called the steps an act of war.

Seoul and Pyongyang agreed at Tuesdays talks, the first since December 2015, to resolve all problems between them through dialogue and also to revive military consultations so that accidental conflict could be averted.

I think President Trump deserves big credit for bringing about the inter-Korean talks, I want to show my gratitude, Moon told reporters at his New Years news conference. It could be a resulting work of the U.S.-led sanctions and pressure.

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23:07

DANGER Trump Should Not Talk to Mueller, 1970 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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23:06

New Caledonia: Socit Le Nickel Mine Sabotaged "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

from Attaque

translated by Earth First! Journal

A creek in southern New Caledonia contaminated by the nickel mine.

The important mining site of the Socit Le Nickel (Eramet group) in New Caledonia has been the target of many sabotages during the holiday season, according to the company on Friday [January 5].

The facts occurred between December 25 and January 3 on the infrastructure of four mining centers of the SLN within the municipality of Thio, on the east coast of Grande-Terre. Whats happening in Thio is quite serious, there are gangs of thugs, who challenge themselves and commit more and more frequent abuses, said Olivier Bligon, director of communications at SLN.

In an internal memo that AFP had a copy of, the management said that a dozen cars were stolen, burned or damaged. It is also said that the curtain of a workshop was smashed, the cafeteria was vandalized and looted, and a truck had its lift arm damaged. As the first private employer in the Caillou, SLN, a subsidiary of the French group Eramet, strongly condemned these acts of sabotage, a precise assessment of which is underway.

In this mining village, the center of deadly clashes between Kanak independence and Caldoist loyalists in the early 1980s, the mining company, which employs 180 people, is regularly targeted by acts of vandalism. The i...

23:06

There is NO EVIDENCE that Afghanistans Daesh has links with Daesh in Iraq and Syria "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

In Kabul, IS operates under the noses of US, Afghanistan forcesThis file photo taken on October 21, 2017 shows an Afghan resident carrying Qurans in Imam Zaman Shia mosque the day after a suicide attack claimed the Islamic State in Kabul. Analysts say recent attacks in Kabul show that IS has established a strong foothold in the city. AFP pic, January 10, 2018.
MIDDLE-class Afghans turned jihadists have assisted the Islamic States (IS) expansion from its stronghold in Afghanistans restive east to Kabul, analysts say, helping to make the capital one of...

23:05

Community Horrified as Cops Kill Upstanding, Unarmed Citizen Traveling to Spiritual Retreat "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

communityAn unarmed man, beloved by his community, was shot and killed by a federal officer who approached his vehicle after he was in a car accident.

23:04

Kerry Stokes and Seven threaten journalist with jail for asking questions regarding the #MeToo sexual harassment campaign "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I emailed questions to Kerry Stokes, Ryan Stokes and other Seven West Media directors last night (9/1/18) and they responded by having their grubby lawyer Richard Keegan threaten me with jail when there is clearly no basis for the threat. Mr Keegan is in breach of the Solicitors Rules for making such a baseless threat []

23:02

The Sgnl wristband would let Humans receive phone calls through hands "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Sgnl wristband lets you make calls using a finger

Worlds first BCU (Body Conduction Unit) would now make it possible to receive phone calls through your hands. The technology is yet to be released this year post March and is going to bring revolution in the domain of wearable technology.

The product is derivative of Samsungs C-Lab. Both of these devices with other similar spin-offs are currently being showcased in Las Vegas at CES 2018. People at the CES event who got a chance to use the device were able to listen to music by placing their fingertip near their ear while wearing the Sgnl device on the wrist of that fingertip. Although, the main motive of the device is not listening to music but to have a phone conversation.

The Sgnl works in few steps. It transmits vibrations from the users wrist to their fingertips via their bones. Yes, it transmits through bones. And when the fingertip is placed next to ear converts into sound which can be heard via the user and a phone call happens successfully. One advantage of this is that no one except the user will be able to hear the vibrations and the phone calls can be received safely. It means there wont be any need to take out mobile phones from the pocket.

The Sgnl technology not only can make calls but do other important stuff as well. It can also work as pedometer, sleep monitor, fitness tracker and has many apps which can be integrated with it. Sgnls strap can be affixed with any traditional watch or wrist band.

It can store up to five contacts through which phone calls can made using the basic Sgnls interface. Although, later its assumed to get updated and store more than five contacts. It also means until that happens, user will have to take out phone for phones calls other than those five.

This device is compatible with both Android as well as iOS and is water resistant. It posses a battery life of four hours of call time and up to four days in the standby mode.

Right now, its in nascent stage but we all are excited for this new technology and waiting for its release.

Source: Sgnl via Engadget

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23:00

WiFi Alliance Announces Upcoming Fixes to WPA2 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Last October, before Intels Management Engine was completely broken and the Spectre and Meltdown exploits drove Intels security profile further into the ground, we had a problem with wireless networking. WPA2 was cracked with KRACK, the Key Reinstallation Attack. The sky isnt falling quite yet, but the fact remains that the best WiFi security currently available isnt very secure at all.

This week, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the WiFi Alliance announced they would introduce security enhancements in 2018. While its not said in the press release if this is a reaction to KRACK, the smart money says yes, this is indeed a reaction to KRACK.

Four new capabilities are outlined in the upcoming release of WPA3 this year. One feature will be protection for users who do not choose complex passwords. A second feature will simplify the process of configuring security on devices that have no display, ostensibly like that little button on your router that youve never pressed. The third feature will strengthen user privacy in open networks, while the fourth, the one we really care about, will add a 192-bit security suite which will, further protect WiFi networks with higher security requirements.

While most devices currently in service should have a patch for KRACK by now, there will always be thousands of unpatched devices, because, really, who is in charge of the router at your local coffee shop? Were not sure about the timing of the WiFi Alliances announcement of upcoming security improvements: coming during CES when the entirety of the tech press is gawking at manned quadcopters and an endless variety of voice assistants. But we have to say better late than never.


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23:00

The Going to Hell Caption Contest "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

This is the 167th world-famous FOTM Caption Contest! Heres the pic: About the pic: Madonna Louise Ciccone, who will be 60 years old this August, is hawking a line of MDNA skin care that includes a 1.7 oz. tube of Continue reading

23:00

Apple Sets Date for China Data Handover "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Plan to transfer cloud data to local partner, as required by Chinese law, was announced last summer

An Apple store in Beijing; the company will turn over its iCloud operation in China to a local partner next month, as required by Chinese law.
An Apple store in Beijing; the company will turn over its iCloud operation in China to a local partner next month, as required by Chinese law.PHOTO: NG HAN GUAN/ASSOCIATED PRESS

BEIJING Apple Inc. AAPL -0.01% said it will turn over its cloud operations in China to a state-owned local partner Feb. 28, complying with Chinese law mandating that customer data collected on the mainland be stored here.

With the handover, photos, documents and messages uploaded by Apple users throughout China will be stored at a data center in the southwest province of Guizhou operated by the local partner, Guizhou-Cloud Big Data Industry Co., Ltd.

Cu...

22:57

U.S. War on North Korea Never Ended "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Internationalist   
December 2010   


Beginning in 1945, at the End of World War II 

U.S. bombing of port of Wonsan in 1951. U.S. saturation bombing flattened 18 of North Korea's 22
cities, an unequaled level of destruction in modern wars. 
(Photo: U.S. Department of Defense) 

For Revolutionary Reunification of Korea!
The American media have demonized North Korea ever since the start of the anti-Soviet Cold War following the end of World War II. It is typically portrayed like something out of a comic book an irrational, paranoid regime c...

22:57

Inappropriate interference detected on the police radio station "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Staging a protest against an authority is one of the fundamental rights of citizens of a state. Staging a protest included masses gathering up with banners stating their demands. However, as seen in the current scenario, the art of protesting is taking a huge turn towards the use of technology to stage destructive protests. As

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22:55

Industry on track to have boosted UK economy in Q4 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Manufacturing, which makes up the bulk of the industrial sector, enjoyed an especially strong three months to November, with output 3.9 percent higher than a year before, its biggest rise since March 2011. (Reuters)

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22:55

UK Gov Admits Smut Age Checks Could Harm Small ISPs And Encourage Risky Online Behaviour "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Arthur T Knackerbracket has found the following story:

Enforcing age verification checks for online porn sites could be detrimental to smaller ISPs and significantly increase online fraud, the government has admitted.

The measures, which are due to come into force in May, will require UK residents to prove they are 18 or over in order to get access to porn sites.

[...] And the one for age verification (PDF) slipped out over the Christmas break is a doozy, reeling off a list covering concerns about privacy, online fraud and reputational damage to the government.

The document also set out the costs of the new measures, which includes a cost to the public purse of between 1m and 7.9m for the creation of the regulator.

Read more of this story at SoylentNews.

22:54

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

100118YUMI WAN FESTIVAL OPENED
By Aloysius Laukai

The Four-Days Bougainville YUMI WAN Festival was officially opened by the ABG President Chief DR. JOHN MOMIS at the BEL ISI PARK in Buka town this afternoon.
The festival which started last year aims to unite the people of Bougainville through music and Arts and Crafts and prepare them for the upcoming Bougainville Referendum.
In His Opening remarks ABG President Chief DR. JOHN MOMIS congratulated organizers of the festival for their contribution to preparing artists a musicians for the Referendum.
He said that unity and solidarity is what Bougainville will need as we prepare for the Referendum.
President MOMIS said despite our differences, we must remain united to make sure that the outcome at the end will make the people of Bougainville happy.
He said Bougainvilleans need to know exactly what they want in the future and after the referendum.
The ABG President said that Bougainville has this one off Referendum that must be taken with full conscience as this will settle for once and for all the cries of our forefathers for self-determination.

ENDS

YUMI WAN FESTIVAL DAY 1 100118 006

22:53

The Rage of the Poor in Iran "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The protests against the high cost of living in the cities of Khorasan province on December 28th soon spread to many cities of Iran incredibly quick and almost turned into a revolt within a week. The protests primarily targeted the high cost of living, financial difficulties and corruption. However, they quickly became politicized and began to target the foundations of the Islamic Republic (IR), namely the religious autocracy. The slogans quickly turned from death to high cost of living to death to the dictator.

22:53

The truly explosive book? The one Trump signed, by Manlio Dinucci "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Everyone is talking about the explosive book on Trump, packed with sensational revelations such as the following: how Donald sets his quiff; how he and his wife sleep in separate bedrooms; what those in the White House corridors whisper about him once his back is turned; what his eldest son did (he held a meeting a Russian lawyer at the Trump Tower in New York, betrayed his homeland and rigged the results of the presidential elections). However hardly anyone is talking about a book the (...)

22:51

Israel: Issue if Legalizing Settlements Expected To Boil After Israeli man killed in West Bank drive-by shooting attack "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Slain rabbi to be laid to rest at illegal outpost Havat Gilad Arab lawmaker blasts U.S. ambassador for hypocrisy for calling out Palestinians on terror

By Yaniv Kubovich and Yotam Berger Jan 10, 2018 12:43 PM
Haaretz

File photo: Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman in the West Bank

File photo: Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman in the West Bank Olivier Fitouss

After terror attack, Israeli army imposes partial lockdown on West Bank city, villages
Israel set to approve hundreds of new settlement homes in West Bank

Israeli cabinet ministers called Wednesday for the legalization of an illegal West Bank outpost after one of its residents was murdered in a terror attack.

On Wednesday morning, Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot visited the Havat Gilad outpost where Rabbi Raziel Shevach, 35, a father of six, had been shot to death the night before, hit by bullets fired from a car driving along the West Banks main route.

Rabbi Raziel Shevach, the victim of a drive-by shooting attack in the West Bank on January 9, 2018.
Rabbi Raziel Shevach, the victim of a drive-by shooting attack in the West Bank on January 9, 2018.Courtesy of Rabbi Raziel Shevachs family

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Eisenkot was briefed on the attack and ensuing actions by army and Shin Bet security service forces. The actions included a curfew and partial lockdown on Nablus and Palestinian villages in the area amid the efforts to find the shooter or shooters.

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman was among the politicians who called on Wednesday for the legalization of the wildcat outpost. The security forces are hunting the terrorists who murdered Rabbi Raziel Shevach, Lieberman said.

I feel the intense grief of his wife Yael and his six children, Lieberman said. I have ordered the heads of the Defense Ministry to help the family and the residents of Havat Gilad. In tandem, I have ordered them to examine how to formalize the status of Havat Gilad and make it a regular settlement in the West Bank.

Havat Gilad

Havat Gilad is home to about 50 families and is situated near the Palestinian town of Jit, some 10 kilometers (6 miles) west of Nablus.

Havat Gilad was illegally founded in 2002 following the murder of the settler Gilad Zar, security coordinator o...

22:48

Heyday for Nepali Communists "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Communists have won a landslide victory in the elections for House of Representatives of Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal held in two phases on 26th November and 7th December 2017. In a parliament of 275, the elections were held for 165 seats under the first past the post system (FPTP) and the rest, 110 seats, were by proportional system. Farooq Tariq visited Nepal for four days after the election results were announced from 13/17 December 2017 and reports.

22:48

PNG Defence Force ready to evacuate Schouten Islanders "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The PNG Acting Government Chief Secretary, Frank Aisi, says the PNG Defence Force's naval element is already on the Schouten Islands, to assist evacuate the Kadovar islanders from the Ruprup Island to Turubu on the Wewak mainland.

Mr Aisi also says a K15,000 relief funding is being mobilized in consultation with the East Sepik Governor, Allan Bird, to purchase immediate supplies for the people.

Scientists at the Rabaul Volcano Observatory, say the spewing of smoke and ash on Friday, has covered the entire island, making it unfit for occupation.

Volcanologists also say while Friday's eruption was only a discharge of old material from the volcano, it could be disastrous if the magma reaches the surface.

The volcano observatory also says Kadovar islanders may not be able to return to their island in a long while.

Mr Aisi says, prime minister Peter O'Neill has directed relevant disaster and emergency organizations to work together help and resource the islanders from the disaster.

"So that's what the prime minister has done. He's also directed all relevant agencies work closely with the National Disaster Office and East Sepik Provincial Government and other agencies to ensure the islanders are safely evacuated to safer grounds.

"The Defence Force is already there, to assist with logistical requirements.

"The Rabaul Volcano Observatory is also being instructed to monitor the situation on the island as well as on nearby islands.

"We already secured the funding and we need to procure the goods from services providers in Wewak town.

We will arrange funding to Papindo in Wewak to purchase fresh water and food which are the immediate requirements."

Frank Aisi is the Deputy Secretary Policy 1, responsible for Economic, Infrastructure and International Relations with the Department of the Prime Minister and National Executive Council.

He's currently the acting government chief secretary in the absence of Isaac Lupari.

Meantime,

Mr Aisi says government agencies responsible for disaster warnings and emergencies should be grouped together in order to respond effectively to events in the country.

The vital disaster warning and emergency agencies are the Rabaul Volcano Observatory which comes under the Geohazards Division, located within the Department of Mining,...

22:47

State Cryptocurrency Petro is Illegal, Declares Venezuelas Congress "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

The post State Cryptocurrency Petro is Illegal, Declares Venezuelas Congress appeared first on CCN

Venezuelas parliament, notably run by the opposition, has outlawed President Nicolas Maduros much-vaulted oil-backed national cryptocurrency, the petro. It was December when controversial Venezuelan president Nicols Maduro first unveiled plans for a national cryptocurrency, dubbed the petro, backed by the countrys massive oil reserves. Venezuela has the worlds largest oil reserves for any single country. Continued

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22:47

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

100118WESTCOAST NEGLECTED FOR SO LONG
By Aloysius Laukai

The Catholic Bishop of the Bougainville diocese, HIS LORDSHIP BISHOP BENARD UNABALI says that he was not happy the people of the West Coast have been neglected by the Governments since after the crisis.
Speaking at the Bougainville YUMI WAN FESTIVAL today, Bishop UNABALI said that he was organizing the people to march in to the BUKA Government office when they announced that the National Government had promised to upgrade the SIARA TO KORIPOVI road.
He said that they understand the ABG does not have the money to upgrade and service this road.
The Bishop said that finally help was coming to the people of West coast, the people of Torokina and the people of Atolls.

Ends
Caption is Bishop Benard Unabali and President John Momis

YUMI WAN FESTIVAL DAY 1 100118 004

22:47

Corner Desk with Chair "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Corner Desk with Chair - Their eyes goes to a eye catching piece in the room, whenever someone walks into an area. When they walk in, folks comment on pieces in a room. This spikes a conversation about the piece, whats so special about that product, how you have it, and where you purchased it at. A great rocking chair may do that.

1st Decide on a theme and color: decorate a room can be entertaining and a bit of time consuming. Figuring out just how to decorate a room begins with a excellent idea or item. Folks use the world wide web to find unique items when redecorating any room. This is a great alternative to driving around for hours looking at items in shops, spending weeks and months searching for items.

Many people have for decorating a child's room themes. When you have a small women who loves princesses, or ballerina or dance or specific colors, their are many rocking chairs that fit. If you've got a boy who loves race cars, bikes, farms, trains, fire engines, sports, then their are lots of rocking chairs that match that theme too. Some kids and many kids just adore animals and horses, respectively and a excellent piece for a kid's room could be a horse or rockers. Rockers are just like a horse but rather than a horse its own a bunny, lion, dog, bear, elephant, or giraffe. Whats nice hunting on the internet for accent pieces or themes, is when you find something on a site or ecommerce shop, they sometimes have other things relating to that item or motif. An store is a shop online selling items like Walmart or even Meijers does, but you buy online and pay transport in some instances instead of gas.

22:45

How Id end absolute poverty and reduce relative poverty if I were Prime Minister "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australia is masking its true unemployment levels, hiding the real number of its jobless, fiddling with the numbers of homeless, cheating Australians on the extent and depth of poverty. Poverty, acute and relative, is extensive, but we are sold that this is an affluent nation. We are told that there are 740,000 jobless Australians when []

22:45

CIA Facts vs Hollywood Fiction: American Made Exposed (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

CIA Facts vs Hollywood Fiction: American Made Exposed Video We Are Change In this video, Jason Bermas reviews the film American Made and separates fact from fiction regarding Barry Seal, the CIA, George Bush, Bill Clinton, and so much...

The post CIA Facts vs Hollywood Fiction: American Made Exposed (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

22:42

German AfD hardens radical, anti-Muslim course railing against barbaric, Muslim, gang-raping hordes "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

AFP

AFP/File / by Frank ZELLER | Von Storch started 2018 by attacking police in Cologne for tweeting in Arabic.

BERLIN (AFP)  

The Alternative for Germany party started the year by railing against barbaric, Muslim, gang-raping hordes, ending months of relative post-election calm and any remaining doubt about its hardening far-right course.

If the AfD had been at pains to portray itself as a patriotic conservative force after the September 24 polls, the latest slur signalled that an extremist faction is winning the battle for control, say political scientists.

The radical course has been cemented, said Hajo Funke of Berlins Free University, adding that the AfD was now openly reaching out to the right-wing extremist fringe, including neo-Nazis and white-pride Identitarians.

Funke said the former anti-euro party had steadily radicalised, purged its more moderate figures, built bridges to groups such as the anti-Islam Pegida street movement, and had never publicly expelled a far-right member.

While the AfDs declared enemy, Chancellor Angela Merkel, has been struggling to form a new government with the Social Democrats, the AfD has barely been out of the headlines in recent weeks.

In a familiar pattern, its provocations have been followed by vague apologies but also complaints about political correctness and censorship by a liberal media and political thought police.

Meanwhile, long-unthinkable content has appeared on social media despite tough new rules against online hate speech.

Days ago, said Funke and news reports, an AfD local politician in Berlins multicultural Neukoelln district, Franziska Lorenz-Hoffmann, briefly posted a Nazi-era propaganda poster on Facebook that warned the German woman to keep your blood pure.

Groping migrant mobs

AfD deputy leader Beatrix von Storch started 2018 by attacking police in the western city of Cologne for tweeting in Arabic, as well as in German, English and French, on New Years Eve.

What the hell is going on with this country? she wrote. Did you mean to placate the barbaric, Muslim, gang-raping hordes of men?

The comment pointed to mass sexual assaults there in 2016 by mostly North African men whom the far-right labelled rapefugees.

The inflamm...

22:42

Fake Money & The Collapse Of The American Empire "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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22:41

No extra fees for Madang schools "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

All Government run schools in the Madang Province are not allowed to charge any school or project fees this year.

Provincial Education Director Moses Sariki, says, this is because they do not have a Provincial Education Act that allows schools to charge fees for all TVET, elementary, primary, high and secondary schools in the province.

Mr Sariki says, because Madang does not have such a law unlike provinces like East New Britain, they will have to go by the Education Secretarys circular of 2016, which prohibits school fees and other related fees.

He however explains that while schools are still allowed to collect extra money, it has to be done with the approval of the provincial education board, and must be accompanied by proper documentation of projects that the schools want to implement.

Mr Sariki also emphasized that school administrations and boards must not make decisions in isolation from parents but must always seek their approval through the Parents and Citizens Association meetings.

This means if parents agree, schools can then ask the PEB to allow them to collect what he terms as "parental contributions" for special school needs.

NBC News - Anisah Issimel

22:41

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

100118NAKIN SUPPORTS FESTIVAL
By Aloysius Laukai

The national member for North Bougainville, WILLIAM NAKIN has also praised the organizers of the Bougainville YUMI WAN festival.
Speaking at the Official opening ceremony, member NAKIN said music and arts was one sure way of getting the message across to the people and this was other avenue we can tap on to.
The member said that since his election five months ago he has initiated many programs that will help create economic activities in North Bougainville to also contribute to preparing our people for the referendum.
The member said that he was working on establishing one or two beach-de-mer hatcheries that will provide Beach-de-mer farming in these constituencies around North Bougainville to start on some economic activities.
The member also pledged TEN THOUNSAND KINA to support the YUMI WAN FESTIVAL.

Ends

22:39

PNG Enga Governor calls on government to bring back AFP "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Papua New Guinea Enga Governor, Peter Ipatas has called on the government to immediately revisit the 2004 Enhanced Cooperation Program between the PNG and the Australian Governments, in a bid to curb the escalating law and order issues in the country.

Speaking to the media in Port Moresby, Governor Ipatas described the Royal PNG Constabulary as a 'liability' and that external help is needed immediately.

"We already have an understanding.

"The Australian government was already willing to fund it.

"So I am saying with the difficult economic conditions I don't think we have the resource to bring in 200 to 300 policemen and women.

"My suggest is that all this 200-300 policemen and women are deployed right throughout the country.

Not in Moresby only, not in Lae only, so that the bad type of attitudes that is creeping up in society, and for young people, we need to manage them.

"A policeman who is well trained, will be engaged properly with offenders, will be able to get the society to understand rights and wrongs.

"So I see that from my experience, I see that we are at the crossroads."

NBC News - Lyanne Togiba

22:39

New Old Guy From Tennessee "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

New to this forum, but I see some long lost Names around here.

22:39

Child labour in Turkey "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

This video says about itself:

Turkey: child labor takes toll on refugee children

7 December 2017

Children as young as six have to work in factories in Turkey, where they and their families have fled the war in Syria. Child labor is illegal and the kids work long hours but their families depend on it.

From daily News Line in Britain:

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

2 million child workers in Turkey

There are two million child workers in Turkey, despite the official statistics showing the figure as 800,000, DISK (The Confederation of Revolutionary Workers Unions), said in a statement.

Last Friday DISK organised a demonstration in front of the Directorate of Social Security in Istanbuls Fndkl district, the newspaper Cumhuriyet reported .

DISK said the main cause of child labour in Turkey is the governments education policy saying: Opening vocational schools in the industrial zones is an invitation for child labour.

Families are also pushing their children to work to help the family, or to develop skills, it added.

According to the Turkish Statistical Institute, TurkStat, half of working children do not continue their education, the Cumhuriyet newspaper reported.

Syrian refugee children are also forced to work in agr...

22:39

Gold and Silver Shot Straight Up As Treasurys Tumble, Futures Slide On Report China To Slow Or Halt Treasury Purchases "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Gold and Silver Shot Straight Up As Treasurys Tumble, Futures Slide On Report China To Slow Or Halt Treasury Purchases from ZeroHedge The treasuries complex has sold off aggressively across the curve after the following flashing red Bloomberg headline: ...

The post Gold and Silver Shot Straight Up As Treasurys Tumble, Futures Slide On Report China To Slow Or Halt Treasury Purchases appeared first on The Daily Coin.

22:37

German hostility risks derailing UK plans for Brexit trade deal Hammond and Davis urge EU to avoid unnecessary barriers to trade "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Britains plan for a bespoke Brexit trade deal is at risk of being derailed by German opposition even before negotiations on the EU-UK future relationship begin later this year, the Telegraph can reveal.

Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, is strongly opposed to a British plan for so-called managed divergence from the EU after Brexit, with senior EU officials and experts warning that the German leader considers the idea another ruse for Britain to have its cake and eat it.

The staunch German opposition to UK thinking on Brexit emerged as Philip Hammond, the Chancellor, and David Davis, the Brexit secretary, were due to arrive in Germany on Wednesday for a joint charm offensive.

The pair will travel to Berlin and Munich respectively to appeal for more pragmatism from Europe as a reward for the UKs decision to agree to a 45billion Brexit bill last December.

Mr Hammond and Mr Davis will

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/09/german-opposition-risks-derailing-uk-hopes-bespoke-brexit-trade/

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Hammond and Davis urge EU to avoid unnecessary barriers to trade with UK

Chancellor and Brexit Secretary make a pitch to German business leaders as part of....

22:37

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...

22:35

Kp Radio Hawaii 1-10-18 Extreme Youth-anizing Energies Coming in (baby!!) "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Show link: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kpradiohawaii/2018/01/10/kp-radio-hawaii-1-10-18-extreme-youth-anizing-energies-coming-in-baby

Talked about (among other things):

  • Waves experience today.
  • We are re-birthing into a new, youth-full, energy.
  • This is planetary.
  • Get ego out of way, experience the true vibrancy of higher energies.
  • Today (1-10-2018) is a 1111. Tomorrow (1-11-2018) is a 11111.
  • Higher Inner Guidance is key follow that.
  • Light Energy feels light not heavy.
  • Heaviness comes from an awareness of things we have to let go of.
  • Follow your Passion (with capital P).

Audio player

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kpradiohawaii/2018/01/10/kp-radio-hawaii-1-10-18-extreme-youth-anizing-energies-coming-in-baby.mp3
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22:34

Tony Blair tearing a strip off Nigel Farage is (almost) enough to make you feel nostalgic "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Dont recognise this guy but he speaks really well on Europe.

Tony Blair you say?

22:30

Britons expect war, terrorism and political upheaval in 2018 but still think that things can only get better! "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Many Britons are expecting 2018 to be marked by a major terrorist attack and war between the USA and North Korea, according to new polling. Comment: Behind the Headlines: Trump Wags the Iran Riot Dog, Kim Talks Korean Peace Polling by Ipsos MORI revealed that Britons were most likely people to think that a major terrorist attack in their country is likely - with two thirds of us thinking the country will be hit by terror. Elsewhere, two in five (39 per cent) of us think that a USA-North Korea war is likely, while another two in five (43 per cent) think that President Trump will be impeached this year. Comment: Meanwhile the UK conservative government only just managed to slither into power by making dodgy deals with a highly questionable party based in Northern Ireland, most of the voting public had never even heard of, and since forming the coalition have been plagued by scandals and infighting. But it's Trump whose future looks bleak! But despite all of these concerns, two thirds of us still say we are optimistic that 2018 will be a better year for us personally.

22:30

Senate Interview, GLENN SIMPSON, Fusion GPS "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

This is quite fascinating. If you would rather not plow through 300 plus pages, then you can read this epic 57 post thread from the Hoarse Whisperer, who did the heavy lifting so you dont have to:    

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22:30

Haryana Govts Flagrant Waste of Taxpayer Money: 10 Copies of Bhagvad Gita Bought for Rs 3.8 Lakh "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The ML Khattar-led BJP government gifted the copies to VVIPs during the International Gita Mahotsav in 2017, an RTI response said.

Union minister Sushma Swaraj (centre) with Haryana CM ML Khattar (second from left) and Yoga guru Ramdev (second from right) during the Gita Mahotsav. Credit: PTI

Union minister Sushma Swaraj (centre) with Haryana CM ML Khattar (second from left) and Yoga guru Ramdev (second from right) during the International Gita Mahotsav. Credit: PTI

An RTI filed by Rahul Sehrawat, a resident of Hisar, Haryana, has shed light on how the state government spent a staggering Rs 3,79,500 to buy just 10 copies of the Bhagavad Gita during the International Gita Mahotsav in November 2017. Each copy reportedly cost the government more than Rs 37,000.

According to the Times of India, Sources confirmed that the copies were prepared with special paper and were designed in such a manner that they looked like ancient manuscripts.

The copies were reportedly given as gifts to VVIPs attending the event. More so, the RTI reply states that the state also paid Rs 15 lakh to BJP MP and Bollywood star Hema Malini and Rs 10 lakh to Delhi BJP president and actor Manoj Tiwari for their performances at the event.

But the information, provided by the Kurukshetra Development Board, does not fully delve into why a total of Rs 15 crore had been sanctioned for the event as it only explains how Rs 4.32 crore was spent. The RTI reply shows that Tanvi Stationers was p...

Separatists Call for Boycott, Threats by Militants Cast Shadow Over Upcoming J&K Panchayat Polls "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The government is hoping for a repeat of 2011s high voter turnout, but people on the ground remain wary of possible clashes.

Separatist leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik. Credit: PTI

Srinagar: The last electoral exercise in Jammu and Kashmir turned out to be a bloody affair. At least eight civilians were killed in clashes during the by-polls to the Srinagar-Budgam Lok Sabha seat in April 2017. This eventually forced the Mehbooba Mufti-led government to cancel the elections to the Anantnag constituency. That was when Kashmir was gradually emerging from a months-long uprising, during which close to 100 civilians were killed and several hundred others lost partial or complete eyesight.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) alliance has now announced panchayat elections in the state from February 15 onwards the first major activity on the part of the government in Kashmir after more than a year. It comes at a time when mainstream politics, which was marginalised after the six-month-long street protests in 2016 triggered by the killing of rebel militant...

Modern Monetary Theory and Strong Towns "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Last year I read Debt: The First 5,000 Years by David Graeber. I found it compelling and included it in an article I wrote about Puerto Rico (The Spooky Nature of Debt), mentioned it in a podcast and included it in the list of books I published in December. Apparently, this was a signal to many of you that I am, or at the very least might be, interested in a strain of economic thinking called Modern Monetary Theory.

The reality is that Im a deep skeptic of the theory. In fact, I think we should all be reflexively skeptical of any theory that purports to remove burdensome economic constraints and make our lives instantly easier if only society can find the required cultural enlightenment. If you discover a magic pill that is said to solve some complex and ancient problem human societies continually struggle with, you might want to pause before taking it.

My skepticism aside, my goal here is not to convince the passionate supporters of endless federal money printing that this is a bad idea youve got your thing and you really believe it and I dont want to quarrel over it in this piece but to point out to you, and especially those sympathetic to the ends if not the means of what you advocate for, that Modern Monetary Theory is not going to solve the problems we are trying to address at Strong Towns.

Like any theory being examined in the framework of politics, economics and society, there is a lot of nuance and varying interpretations. That being said, I think the point of greatest divergence (and popular appeal) of Modern Monetary Theory is described by a sympathetic (though skeptical) Paul Krugman in the opening of a piece he wrote in 2011:

Right now, deficits dont matter a point borne out by all the evidence. But theres a school of thought the modern monetary theory people who say that deficits never matter, as long as you have your own currency.

The base concept here is described in a recent article in Truthout, "But How Will We Pay for It?": Modern Monetary Theory and Democratic Socialism. From that piece:

Governments with their own currency and a floating exchange rate (sovereign currency issuers like the United States) do not have to borrow from "bond vigilantes" to spend. They themselves first spend the money into existence and then collect it through taxation to enforce its usage.....

22:28

Trump Yanks Florida From Offshore Drilling Plan After Objections "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Bloomberg

By Jennifer A Dlouhy

January 9, 2018, 8:11 PM EST
  • States Democratic senator says politics motivated switch
  • Governor Scott, a Republican, expected to run for Senate seat

The Trump administration is ruling out plans to sell new drilling rights off the coast of Florida, including eastern Gulf of Mexico waters coveted by oil companies, amid pressure from Republican Governor Rick Scott.

Gov. Rick Scott
Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

The about-face came just five days after the Interior Department said it was considering selling oil and gas leases in more than 90 percent of U.S. coastal waters, including on all sides of Florida the straits in the south, the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico.

Scott had angrily denounced the plan, suggesting last week that it could jeopardize Floridas natural resources. He demanded an immediate meeting with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to argue against the proposal.

Zinke announced the change in a post on Twitter, saying it followed a meeting with Scott. Floridas senators Bill Nelson, a Democrat, and Marco Rubio, a Republican as well as other lawmakers from the state joined Scott in raising concerns.

President Trump has directed me to rebuild our offs...

22:22

The Story of 2017 (Part 2) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Life in the New Stone Age (upper image; source). Life in the Old Stone Age (lower image; source). The Neolithic era, or New Stone Age, started with the move from hunter-gatherer life to agriculture, lasted just a few thousand years, and ended with the discovery and use of metals. The Paleolithic era, or Old Stone Age, lasted many millions of years before it. We're on our way back through the later Neolithic era to the earlier one.

by Gaius Publius

2017 has been an such unusual year in so many ways that its unusuality has masked the ways in which it has been a very usual year, a very much more-of-the-same series of months. This piece continues our look at 2017 through the most significant pieces we've written last year.

Part 1 is here, with a longer introduction to the year itself. Briefly, these have been the themes of the year:

     The feckless Democrats, who seem to insist on throwing away a perfectly good opportunity to make a new first impression, to clean-sweep a political return in a country aching for actual political change.

     The Republican Party, attempting at last to "win absolutely" after generations spent combatting the New Deal, the Great Society, and that Party's most hated phrase in the U.S. Constitution "promote the general welfare."

     The continuation of the failed electoral revolt of 2016, which saw its one real champion lose, defeated by his own party, and its one fake champion win.

     The next phase in the Praetorian Guard-ization of the security state, which is working overtime to unseat an unfit, though elected...

22:21

Toyota, Mazda Choose Alabama for New $1.6 Billion Car Plant "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Auto makers plan to formally announce location on Wednesday

Updated Jan. 9, 2018 9:38 p.m. ET

Toyota Motor Corp. and Mazda Motor Corp. will build a new $1.6 billion assembly plant in Huntsville, Alabama, according to people familiar with the companies decision, a move that boosts their production capacity in the U.S. and adds to large and growing foreign auto maker presence in the southern state.

Toyota and Mazda first announced plans in August for the new plant, which will create 4,000 jobs and make up to 300,000 vehicles a year by 2021. Toyota has said it would build 150,000 Corolla models and Mazda will use the rest of the capacity for an unspecified model.

Alabama is home to three other vehicle assembly plants operated by foreign auto makers: Daimler AGs Mercedes-Benz unit, Honda Motor Co. and Hyundai Motor Co. In September, Daimler said it would invest $1 billion at its Alabama facilities on top of the $5.8 billion it has spent in the state since it began vehicle production there in 1997.

The selection of Huntsville comes a year after Toyota was criticized by U.S. President Donald Trump for plans to build a new plant in Mexico. The Japanese company announced plans within days of that to spend $10 billion in the U.S. over the next five years.

The two companies plan to formally announce the location, which had not previously been disclosed, at a press conference Wednesday in Montgomery, the state capital, the people familiar with their decision said.

Reuters earlier reported news of the location of the factory.

Toyota, the worlds largest auto maker, already has a major manufacturing presence in the Midwest and South with factories in Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi and Texas. The Alabama plant would be its fifth assembly plant in the U.S. For Mazda, the plants opening would mark the first time it is building cars in the U.S. since it stopped manufacturing vehicle...

22:21

Dr Mercola - Can Mouthwash Give You Diabetes and Increase Blood Pressure? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Story at-a-glance

Halitosis, or bad breath, is a bothersome and embarrassing problem that affects nearly 50 percent of Americans; its a symptom of a medical condition that may originate from your mouth or a non-oral source

Nearly 200 million use mouthwash each day to combat bad breath; recent research shows twice daily use of mouthwash is associated with an increased risk of prediabetes and diabetes

Indiscriminate eradication of oral bacteria reduces your body's ability to convert dietary nitrates from whole foods to nitrites that are further converted to nitric oxide in your stomach

Nitric oxide reduces your risk of gastric ulcers and high blood pressure, and helps prevent insulin resistance and regulate energy production

Replace mouthwash and toothpaste with coconut oil to improve your oral microbiome; include the Nitric Oxide Dump exercise two to three times daily to increase your blood levels of nitric oxide

22:20

Confirmed: Pentagon Provoked Russia with Armed Drones in Syria "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

On January 6, the Russian Hmeimim airbase and Tartus naval base in Syria were attacked suing a number of armed drones which could not navigate to their target without sophisticated satellite-based flight guidance system. To ensure plausible deniability, the war freaks used their assets still on the grounds of Syria. A technical analysis of the captured Continue reading Confirmed: Pentagon Provoked Russia with Armed Drones in Syria

22:19

Iranian dissident calls Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer true friends of freedom for standing with Iranian people "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Thank you, Amil. Im humbled by and grateful for your words. As the foes of freedom become more ruthless and relentless everywhere, certainly Benjamin Franklins quip is truer than ever: we have to hang together now, or we will all hang separately. Saluting Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, by Amil Imani, Capitol Hill Outsider, January []

22:19

ANOTHER study confirms the detrimental effects of water fluoridation on the IQs of children "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

(Natural News) Another study has added to the growing body of evidence that links the fluoride found in water with lowered intelligence quotients (IQ) in children.

A study, which was published last year, confirmed the dangers that water fluoridation has when it is consumed by children, particularly on their IQ. Not only that, fluoridated water was also shown to adversely affect the cognitive ability of babies when this is consumed by their mothers during pregnancy.

A total of 299 mother-child pairs in Mexico were examined as part of the study. Researchers looked into the link between fluoride levels in the urine of pregnant mothers and the IQ test results of their children. The results of the study revealed that toddlers born from mothers with higher fluoride levels often had lower tests compared to those whose mothers had lower fluoride levels.

Morteza Bashash, one of the authors of the study, explained: In this study, higher prenatal fluoride exposure, in the general range of exposures reported for other general population sa...

22:17

NATO attempts to 'empower' women around the world "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

In a recent Guardian article titled "Why NATO Must Defend Women's Rights," NATO Secretary-General Jens Soltenberg and Hollywood movie star Angelina Jolie assert that "NATO has the responsibility and opportunity to be a leading protector of women's rights." NATO, moreover, "can become the global military leader in how to prevent and respond to sexual violence in conflict." The two vowed to identify "ways in which NATO can strengthen its contribution to women's protection and participation in all aspects of conflict-prevention and resolution." The pairing of a NATO bureaucrat and a famous movie actress may at first glance appear odd. However, this partnership has been long in the making. Some years ago, NATO, always on the lookout for a reason to justify its continued existence, not to mention its perpetual expansion, came up with a new raison d'tre: It would be the global champion of women. "Achieving gender equality is our collective task. And NATO is doing its part," said Mari Skre, the NATO Secretary General's Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security, in 2013. In March 2016, on International Women's Day, NATO held a so-called "Barbershop Conference" on gender equality. Stoltenberg took the opportunity to declare that gender equality was a frightfully important issue for NATO because "NATO is a values-based organization and none of the Alliance's fundamental values-individual liberties, democracy, human rights and the rule of law-work without equality." Diversity was a source of strength. "We learned in Afghanistan and in the Balkans that by integrating gender within our operations, we make a tangible difference to the lives of women and children," Stoltenberg explained. He stressed that NATO is proud of its record in embedding gender perspectives within its work. Last November, Stoltenberg was at it again: "Empowering women is not just the right thing to do, it's the smart thing to do: it makes countries safer and more stable. NATO is determined to make a difference."

22:17

Ken Roth the US Deep State Destablization Outreach Agent "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

21st Century Wire says

Few organisations have underpinned the Western anti-Syrian government and Syrian Arab Army demonisation campaign as consistently as Human Rights Watch and its morally indignant Director, Ken Roth. Throughout the US coalition dirty war that has ravaged Syria for the last seven years, injecting a multitude of monstrous terrorist entities into Syrian territory, Roth has systematically sustained the faux-humanitarian propaganda. 

HRW, Amnesty International and assorted Humanitarian offshoots are on a ceaseless crusade against the SAA use of barrel bombs.  Today, Ken Roth even compared the use of Barrel bombs to the destruction caused by the nuclear bomb used on Hiroshima whilst failing to mention that the Israeli bombardment of Gaza in 2014 can very credibly be compared to Hiroshima in its destructiveness and tonnage of explosive dropped on innocent civilians in the besieged & battered enclave. ~ Vanessa Beeley Syria Welcome to Hell

Further deconstruction of the Barrel Bomb phenomenon can be found here: Consign Barrel Bombs to the Propaganda Graveyard.

The following is taken from YallaLaBarras blog:

The executive director of Human Rights Watch, Kenneth Roth, has allowed his obsession with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and barrel bombs to completely cloud his vision wh...

22:15

Jeff Clark When Will Gold Begin Its Surge? (Podcast) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Jeff Clark When Will Gold Begin Its Surge? Podcast Financial Survival Network Our old friend Jeff Clark joined us today Three reasons why Gold will go up. 1) Gold should have gone down in 2017. 2) The everything...

The post Jeff Clark When Will Gold Begin Its Surge? (Podcast) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

22:15

Omnibus bill amendments to attract foreign investment, facilitate business activities "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Five amendments in the omnibus bill tabled at the Greek parliament reportedly aim to attract foreign investment, stimulate development  and make it easier to launch business ventures. According to gtp.gr, in efforts to attract investment and facilitate the launch of business projects in Greece, the economy ministry has made five revisions to the omnibus bill.

The post Omnibus bill amendments to attract foreign investment, facilitate business activities appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.

22:14

Craig Hemke: Gold Has Been Alchemized "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Craig Hemke: Gold Has Been Alchemized by Rory The Daily Coin I love sitting down with Craig Hemke, TFMetals Report, not only does he share great information it is a lot of fun with some laughter thrown in to...

The post Craig Hemke: Gold Has Been Alchemized appeared first on The Daily Coin.

22:13

California Mudslide Update: Dozens Dead, Many Injured "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"


After the Thomas fire, now it is the flood and mudslide that has swept across Southern California, leaving 16 people dead and many injured, Tuesday. A powerful overnight storm with heavy downpour led to chaos in the Montecito neighborhood.

22:10

Major Airbus A320 and beef sales cap Macrons China visit "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A large order of Airbus planes from China appears likely as French President Emmanuel Macron ends his visit in Beijing. French farmers have also hailed a deal to end Chinas 2001 embargo on French beef.

China Staatsbesuch Emmanuel Macron | PK in der franzsichen Botschaft (Reuters/C. Platiau)

Macron said he had confirmation from Chinese President Xi Jinping that a contract would be finalized shortly for China to order 184 short-haul Airbus A320s.

French officials quoted by the French news agency AFP as Macron wrapped up his three-day visit accompanied by a large French business delegation said the 184 planes would be delivered to 13 airlines in 2019 and 2020.

At Airbus list prices for the single-aisle planes, the deal could be worth at least 15 billion ($18 billion).

Macron added that France and China also had ambitions for sales of Airbuss longer-range A350 and its large but hard-to-sell A380 in the weeks and months to come.

President Xi confirmed to me that China will maintain the volume of orders in the coming years and preserve parity with the market shares of Airbus and [US rival] Boeing, Macron said at a news conference.

US rival Boeing sold 300 jets last November during a visit by President Donald Trump as China splits orders to cope with airline traffic as middle-class aspirations grow.

China also placed a large order for 140 Airbus jets during a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Germany last July.

On Tuesday, Airbus, based in Toulouse, signed a provisional deal to increase the output of A320s at its China assembly plant in Tianjin from four to six planes per month by 2020.

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22:10

Hutchinson sounds like hes OK with medical marijuana, but when will Congress act? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Gov. Asa Hutcinson, medical marijuanaIs Governor Asa Hutchinson OK with medical marijuana? Sure sounds like hes getting there.

In a meeting with reporters in his office Jan. 4, Hutchinson was asked to react to that days big announcement by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Sessions had said the Department of Justice will take less of a hands-off approach to marijuana, which is still illegal nationally, than it did under President Obama. Read the rest

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22:09

Magnitude 7.6 earthquake strikes off Honduras coast: USGS "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"


A powerful 7.6-magnitude earthquake hit off Honduras late Tuesday, triggering tsunami threats and advisories for nearby Caribbean shores, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The quake struck at 0251 GMT and its epicenter was located some 27 miles (44 kilometers) east of Great Swan Island, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

22:08

Fedora 28 Looking To Replace Glibc's libcrypt With libxcrypt "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

As upstream Glibc is working on deprecating libcrypt for its eventual removal from the codebase, Fedora developers are looking at using libxcrypt for their hashing/encoding crypto library...

22:07

Why the Border Wall Will Not Work "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

 

The border wall will not work for some very specific reasons. This video contains these reasons.

 

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22:07

For Rent "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Medium size furnished room for rent in Preston.

2 Bedroom House with large front and rear garden.

Share with 1 woman and a cat.

Close to trams, trains and buses.

Walking distance to Northland.

$225 p/w including bills and internet.

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22:07

Leather Reclining Chair and Ottoman "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Leather Reclining Chair and Ottoman - There is A terrace all about relaxing. That's what I believe. My wife might have other ideas, like how great the patio area might be to set a card tables to get her hearts club up. But me, I think it's good tom have some speed think and to be silent.

And the best portion of that time for me is my favorite patio chair. I enjoy my teak patio recliner, but different individuals have their own thought on how best to decorate their very own patios. But seats are an essential part of the patio decoration of anyone.

And there are just so many styles to choose from. There are the classy looking Adirondack style chairs with their backs seat and oversized armrests; for resting on a beverage, perfect. Sometime you can get these with matching ottomans to give your tired feet a well deserved rest. My neighbor gets his chaise lounge that his wife got to get their anniversary. I've seen him on many a night sitting out on his deck with a glass of iced green tea.

22:06

Coronation Street snapper gives worlds worst movie extra run for his money "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

This guy has been long confirmed as the worlds worst movie extra.

And yet this photographer captured on ITVs Coronation Street might just be giving him a run for his money. Who gets your vote?

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22:05

Cancer Rates Drop Mostly Due To Smoking Cessation "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Note: I came across an article about cancer deaths and thought it worth sharing for your opinions. Cancer deaths are said to be down in America. Of course that's good news. Except that I know far too many young Moms...

22:05

World watch Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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

22:03

Why the U.S. Spends More Than Other Nations on Health Care "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

From The New York Times: Studies point to a simple reason for the nations rising expenditure on health care: the high cost of medical services and procedures.

Article

22:02

The Hundred Trillion Stories in Your Head "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

In this piece for The Paris Review, Benjamin Ehrlich discusses the role of the literary arts in shaping the work and ideas of Santagio Ramn y Cajal, the father of modern neuroscience.

The world of the infinitely small, like novels of his youth, seemed more real to Cajal than everyday existence. How else could he routinely spend up to fifteen hours a day, for almost fifty years, alone in the laboratory? He claimed to have observed a million neurons, witnessing them in every phase of their lives: birth, development, movement, relationships, adversity, trauma, decline, and death. On thumbnail sheets of dead brain tissue, the Spaniards cherished stories came to life. He imagined neurons as protagonists in an intense cerebral drama. Their fibers groped to find another. Their aching contacts became protoplasmic kissesthe final ecstasy of an epic love story.'

22:01

When the Cure is the Cause: The Case of the Green Hairy Tongue "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

From Undark Magazine: In late 1970, a pharmacologist discovered that an antibiotic drug designed to cure a disease called SMON (subacute myelo-optic neuropathy) was actually causing the illness. This case exemplifies how medical treatment all too often makes matters worse.

Few doctors know the story of SMON, and perhaps even fewer use the catchphrase cure as cause. Yet the phenomenon is more relevant today than ever. A study published last year suggests that medical interventions, including problems with prescribed drugs and implanted medical devices from cardiac stents to artificial hips and birth control devices are now the third leading cause of death in the U.S.

Examples abound in virtually every specialty, from cardiology to psychiatry to cancer care. Jerome Hoffman, an emeritus professor of medicine at UCLA, says it isnt surprising: Because drugs and medical devices target disordered body systems, its all too easy to overshoot and make the disorder worse.

Article

22:01

American red swamp crayfish in Dutch Amsterdam "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

This 10 January 2018 video about American red swamp crayfish in Dutch Amsterdam. Hundreds of thousands of individuals of this invasive species now live in the citys waters.


22:01

January 11 in history "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

532  Nika riots in Constantinople: A quarrel between supporters of different chariot teamsthe Blues and the Greensin the Hippodrome escalated into violence.

1055  Theodora was crowned Empress of the Byzantine Empire.

1158  Vladislav II became King of Bohemia.

1569 First recorded lottery in England.

1571 Austrian nobility were granted freedom of religion.

1693 Mt. Etna erupted in Sicily. A powerful earthquake destroyed parts of Sicily and Malta.

1786 Joseph Jackson Lister, English opticist and physicist, was born (d. 1869).

1787  William Herschel discovered Titania and Oberon, two moons of Uranus.

1807  Ezra Cornell, American businessman and university founder, was born (d. 1874).

1846 Ruapekapeka pa was occupied by British troops. Debate raged as to whether the pa was simply abandoned by its defenders or captured by the British.

Ruapekapeka pa occupied by British forces

1857 Fred Archer, English jockey, was born  (d. 1886).

1878 Milk was first delivered in bottles.

1879  The Anglo-Zulu War began.

1885 Jack Hoxie, American actor, rodeo performer, was born  (d. 1965).

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22:01

Turkey urges Russia and Iran to stop Syria offensive on Idlib "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Turkey says Russia and Iran are 'guarantors' of Syrian government's requirement to uphold de-escalation zones established last year

22:00

China: The Aging Dragon "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The weight of the policies from previous decades hangs over China as it attempts to confront an upcoming demographic crisis

22:00

Judge rules against Trump administration on rescinding DACA "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A federal judge in San Francisco on Tuesday barred the Trump administration from turning back the Obama-era DACA program, which shielded more than 700,000 people from deportation, Reuters reported.

U.S. District Judge William Alsup ruled that the program must stay intact while litigation is played out.

Alsup ordered that until a final judgement is reached, the program must continue and those already approved for DACA protections and work permits must be allowed to renew them before they expire.

22:00

George RR Martin Under Fire After Speech in Front of Banner That Reads Series Accomplished "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

SANTA FE, N.M. A Song of Ice and Fire author George RR Martin is being attacked online by fans after giving a speech under a large banner that read Series Accomplished, claiming that he had succeeded in completing his book series.

The series, which originally was planned as a trilogy but has now been promised as seven books, has released five novels so far, the last of which, A Dance with Dragons, came out in 2011. Martin has continuously pushed back the release date for his sixth book as he continues to write it, but this is the first instance of him claiming that the book series is actually complete.

In the early 1990s, I set out to write a series of novels called A Song of Ice and Fire, and today, we are here to celebrate the fact that the series is completed, he said, inexplicably to a large group of military officials on an aircraft carrier. Mission accomplished.

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The announcement from Martin comes with no new information about the completion of the sixth ASOIAF book, titled The Winds of Winter, or even the announcement of a companion ASOIAF book, such as the Targaryen history book he had originally planned for 2018 titled Fire and Blood. Fans were confused to discover that Martin also did not announce a new Dunk and Egg book or even a newly edited Wild Cards novel.

Im used to being angry at George RR Martin but this is a weird, new feeling, said popular Reddit r/asoiaf user BryndenBFish.  Also, I know George has denied that Danys plot in Mereen is a metaphor for the Iraq War but this announcement definitely......

22:00

Mandated free speech was supposed to be a joke "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The proponents of frozen peaches have seldom grappled with the irony of some of their proposed solutions, including a ban on no-platforming or refusing to invite someone to speak. By such a solution, the New York Times would need to be penalized for all the pitches Ive sent them that theyve never published. Its completely ridiculous. It is entirely ordinary for those who run platforms to schedule those platforms to the specifications of their own programs.

I didnt think anyone would be daft enough to attempt a no-platform ban, but I forget that I can count on Conservatives to pursue the worst ideas possible.

Still, if the Government is going to legislate, I hope politicians pay some attention to the ponderings of the parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights. The Committee is looking into the vexed topic of no-platforming in universities and, to my great surprise, I was recently invited to appear and give evidence.

It was a cheering experience. Absent were the soundbites of politicians in a hurry, like Conservative minister Jo Johnson. Instead, I found a willingness to listen and an appreciation that some things are complex. The idea that anyone was signed up to absolute free speech was, I argued, a myth. In fact almost everyone would like to ban someone or something, with right-wing banners well to the fore.

You dont believe me? Just attend your local Armistice Day celebrations next November wearing a white poppy and count the purple faces! The fact that everyone is against absolute free speech, though, was a relatively easy point to make, given that I was appearing just one week after UK parliamentarians had advocated the ultimate no-platform of the Big Sleaze himself, President Trump.

Read more here. I look forward to seeing how this will supposedly work. Is everyone guaranteed the microphone as long as we ask for it? After all, every minute I....

22:00

South Korea Tells Two Dozen Countries and the IMF to Regulate Cryptocurrency Trading "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

We have witnessed dozens of global attempts to regulate cryptocurrencies in recent years. None of these efforts have been positive whatsoever. South Korea now urges other countries, as well as the IMF, to curb cryptocurrency trading. An interesting stance, although it may turn out rather positive for the future of Bitcoin and altcoins. Whether any of the addressed parties will take action, is something else entirely.

In a way, curbing cryptocurrency trading is all governments can do right now. Rather than take Chinas lead, following South Korea may not be a bad idea. More specifically, the local financial regulator wants to prevent money laundering, terrorist funding, et cetera. Cross-border cyber transactions involving cryptocurrency have become rather problematic in South Korea over the past few months. It is unclear if any other region of the world has to deal with similar issues right now.

Regulating Cryptocurrency Trading Wont be Easy

An international coordination to regulate cryptocurrency trading will not be easy to achieve. Very few countries are actively concerned about this new form of money. The laissez-faire attitude reigns supreme in this regard. If countries were to work together, however,  interesting things could happen. It will be either beneficial or destructive for the cryptocurrency ecosystem. In this day and age, there is no middle path when it comes to governments, regulation, and cryptocurrency.

With South Korea attempting to initiate discussions, a big first step has been taken. Addressing the way people can buy and exchange cryptocurrency seems to be the top priority. No country can afford to ignore this new form of money any longer. Preventing speculative transactions is another important aspect to keep in mind. Right now, all cryptocurrencies are mainly valued based on hype and speculation. It creates very volatile markets where money can be earned and lost very quickly.

Although it is commendable to tap the IMF in this regard, that institution most likely wont intervene. More specifically, th...

22:00

Psychiatrist Calls for Increased Attention to Therapeutic Alliance "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Dr. Sandra Steingard serves as Medical Director at Howard Center, a community mental health center in Burlington, Vermont. She is also Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Vermont College of Medicine.

22:00

Microsoft Resumes Bitcoin Payments After Halt Over 'Instability' "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Tech giant Microsoft is once more accepting bitcoin payments after it halted transactions in the cryptocurrency last week.

22:00

Generation Rescue: 5 Ways to Reduce Exposure to Toxins in Your Home "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Note: Thanks to our sponsor Generation Rescue for ideas on how we can all increase our health safety at home. Tops are from Dr. Peter Koslowski. Dr. Kozlowski is a Family Practice M.D. who specializes in Functional Medicine. He has...

Ethics Board Fines Cook County Assessor Over Campaign Contributions "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios is facing $41,000 in fines for failing to return campaign contributions from property tax appeals lawyers whose donations exceeded legal limits, according to a pair of new rulings by the county ethics board.

The rulings raise the level of scrutiny on campaign contributions given by appeals lawyers to Berrios, who doubles as chairman of the Cook County Democratic Party and depends heavily on their donations in raising political funds. The action also ignites another high-profile showdown with the county Board of Ethics, with which he previously clashed over nepotism issues.

At the center of the ethics boards rulings is a 2016 county ordinance stating that donors who seek official action with the county may contribute no more than $750 in nonelection years. Attorneys for Berrios are seeking to overturn the rulings, arguing that the county limits are unconstitutional and that higher limits set by state law should apply, among other objections.

The fines add to the controversy surrounding Berrios, who is heading into a March primary as he bids for a third four-year term as assessor.

Berrios has been under fire for inaccurate assessments that favor the wealthy over the poor since the Tribune published The Tax Divide, an investigation launched in June and continued in December in collaboration with ProPublica Illinois. Federal court monitors also have criticized Berrios for being too slow to erase politics from hiring and other employment decisions as required under the anti-patronage Shakman decree.

In rulings released late Monday, the ethics board listed 30 examples of property tax attorneys or firms whose donations to Berrios main political fund in late 2016 or early 2017 exceeded the $750 limit. It fined Berrios and the Committee to Elect Joseph Berrios Cook County Assessor $1,000 for each violation, for a total of $30,000. The $1,000 fine per violation is the maximum allowed.

An additional $11,000 in fines were imposed on Berrios and his 31st Ward Democratic Organization, the source of his main power base.

The ethics board said the 41 donations to Berrios political funds exceeded the limit by a total of $62,250 an excess of $52,200 for the assessors election fund and $10,050 for the 31st Ward fund.

Some contributions flagged by the ethics board came from the countys most active tax appeal attorneys and firms.

Among them was a $1,500 contribution made by Michael Crane of Crane and Norcross, which filed appeals on nearly $7.9 billion in commercial and industrial initial values since Berrios took o...

21:57

Jeff Bezos is the Next David Rockefeller "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Amazon, both good and bad is turning out to be the reincarnatin of 19th century Standard Oil. Both are Captains of Industry and Robber-barons. Here is the complete story.

 

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21:56

CHEMOTHERAPY PROMOTES INFLAMMATION, CAUSES CANCER TO SPREAD YET ANOTHER STUDY "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Yet another study has been published proving the link between chemotherapy and aggressive cancer promotion. Do we need any more evidence that the trillion-dollar cancer industry is completely toxic?
Published by the Beth Israel Deaconess Center, an article titled, Double Edged Sword: Killing Cancer Cells Can Also Drive Tumor Growth gives us the low-down on these toxic treatments.
The ...

21:56

Israel: We Foiled Major Terror Strikes on European Cities "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

UK counterterror police take part in an exercise in London 2015. (Photo: BEN STANSTALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Israeli intelligence foiled major terrorist attacks planned against European countries, said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The statements was made during a speech to ambassadors from member countries of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization), at a meeting in Jerusalem, reported The Times of Israel.

We have, through our intelligence services, provided information that has stopped several dozen major terrorist attacks, many of them in European countries, Netanyahu said. Some of these could have been mass attacks, of the worst kind that you have experienced on the soil of Europe and even worse, because they involve civil aviation. Israel has prevented that, and thereby helped save many European lives.

Netanyahu also said Israel was fighting Sunni and Shiite radical Islamic terrorism coming from both ISIS and the Islamic Republic of Iran.

ISIS is being destroyed in Iraq and Syria, but it is trying to establish an alternative territorial base in the Sinai. Israel is contributing to preventing that in myriad ways. In general, I would say that Israel is the most powerful indigenous force in the Middle East that fights radical Islam, Netanyahu added.

Regarding Iran, he said Israels efforts have prevented the transfer of 100,000 Iranian Shiite fighters to Syria to wage brutal sectarian war.

Where will the spillover [of a Sunni-Shiite clash in Syria] happen? In Europe. Where will the human flow go? To Europe. Whos preventing that right now? Israel? Right now, Israel alone. But I maintain that its a common interest that we have.

Although Israel is not a member of NATO, it has close ties with m...

21:53

Au P'tit Cafe ~ Noumea, New Caledonia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Au P'tit Cafe is one of our favourite restaurants in the world - it's the penultimate New Caledonian restaurant - upbeat and cheffy yet island style relaxed, French inspired with touches of Asia and Pacific. We usually schedule a visit to Au P'tit Cafe the trip when we start craving some lightness and vegetable matter after a week of protein-heavy French leaning foods, though the occasional

21:52

Bitcoin Price Watch; Staying The Course "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

So we are now midway through the week and things havent been particularly easy from a bitcoin price perspective as far as long-term holdings are concerned so far. Price took a real dip overnight yet again and the bitcoin price currently sits in and around $13,800 more than 30% down on all-time highs.

As ever, when we see a dip like this, it translates to a substantial degree of weakened sentiment and generally results in an increased weakening effect purely based on the fact that people are selling in anticipation of further decline.

As most who have been in the space for a while will know, these depreciation periods arent too much of a concern and can often serve up nice opportunities to pick up cheap coins ahead of a longer-term return to the overarching upside momentum.

Thats the hope, anyway.

Whatever happens, were going to stay the course with our intraday strategy and make sure that we are ready to jump in and out of the markets as and when we get any favorable movement.

So, with this said, lets get some levels in place that we can use for the session today. As ever, take a quick look at the chart below before we get started so as to get an idea where things stand. The chart is a one-minute candlestick chart and it has our primary range overlaid in green.

As the chart shows, the range we are looking at for the session today comes in as defined by support to the downside at 13763 and resistance to the upside at 13912.

If we see price close above resistance, we will enter long towards 14050. A stop loss at 1380 looks good.

Conversely, a close below support will signal a short entry towards 13660. A stop loss on this one at 13800 works well from a risk management perspective.

Charts courtesy of Trading View

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21:52

The unreachable Lago Escondido "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Lago Escondido (Hidden Lake), in Patagonia, is almost impossible to reach. Controversial English tycoon Joseph "Joe" Lewis, a personal friend of Argentine President Mauricio Macri, has fenced it off. Espaol

Photos: Courtesy of Cosecha Roja. All rights reserved

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

The aptly named Lago Escondido (Hidden Lake), to the south of Ro Negro province, close to the border between Argentina and Chile, can only be accessed by helicopter or on a horseback journey of several days along a mountain path. English tycoon Joseph "Joe" Lewis, a personal friend of Argentine President Mauricio Macri, has kept the lake fenced for more than 20 years, ever since he bought the 11.000 hectares surrounding it. It was an irregular purchase, for this land is within the so-called "Border Security Area" and the Argentine National Defense Law does not allow it to be in foreign hands. Now a Court of Justice has reopened a lawsuit in which Lewis's eldest son and several public officials are being investigated for that fraudulent transaction.

Joe Lewis took over the land in 1996. He then built a 3.600-square-meter mansion, a guest house, stables, a soccer field, an amphitheater and a heliport. His son Charles circumvented the National Defense Law on border areas. First, the Argentine capital fund company H.R. Properties Buenos Aires S.A. presented a request for authorization to purchase 7.789 hectares before the National Commission of Security Zones, the agency which is responsible for ensuring that no key territory for national security is owned by foreigners.

Simultaneously, the foreign companies HR Properties, Lago Corp and Hidden Lake bought all the shares of the Argentine firm. Once the Commission...

21:51

Wanted - Table or Desk "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Artist needs a table or desk, please. 

Approx 100X70cm

Louise 0400 971 464.

21:51

Update of imprisoned anarchist in Cologne "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

REVIEW OF SENTENCE REJECTED

In December the Federal Court of Justice (BGH) has rejected the review of the sentence of our imprisoned comrade in Cologne.
That is why the sentence of 7 and a half years of prison became final. The decision of our comrade is to be extradited to Spain, as soon as possible, to be close to her environment. At this moment she is still imprisoned in the same prison in Cologne and can received letters.

Lisa, n 2893/16/7
Justizvollzuganstanlt (JVA) Kln
Rochusstrasse 350
50827 Kln (Germany)

On the other hand, in the same month, the Aachen prosecutors office has withdrawn the appeal against the acquittal of our comrade in Holland, after almost a year. We are very happy for her! (more information at solidariteit.noblogs.org

Solidarity is our best weapon!

21:48

Why did the chicken cross the road? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

BECAUSE it was safe to do so. The streetscape in Foster is complete and the final flourish was the addition of paved crossings throughout the main street. The problem is []

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21:48

Austria: Vienna cops charge 3 for waving Israeli flag at rally while Muslims scream genocidal anti-Jewish chant "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

My mother is Israeli, her family are refugees from Iraq and Libya. An Arab-speaking friend from Israel was able to translate some of the slogans yelled [at the rally], for example, the Arabic battle cry to massacre Jews, Jews, remember Khaybar, the army of Muhammad is returning, and the Persian slogan Death to Israel. The []

21:48

Syrian Refugees in Lebanon Becoming Poorer, More Vulnerable UN "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Human Wrongs Watch

More than half the war-weary Syrian refugees in Lebanon are living in extreme poverty and borrowing money for food and to pay rent has become commonplace, the United Nations on Tuesday 9 January 2018 reported.

This young Syrian refugee, shown here talking with a neighbour, fled Homs and now lives with her three sons in a dark, damp one-room garage originally intended to be a shop, in an alleyway with other similar shelters, in Ghazieh, Saida, Lebanon (file). Photo: UNHCR/Sebastian Rich

This news came with a warning that more of these refugees find themselves dependent on international aid amid an uncertain outlook for humanitarian funding in 2018.

Seven years into the crisis, Syrian refugees in Lebanon are finding it increasingly more difficult to make ends meet [and] are more vulnerable than ever, William Spindler, spokesperson of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in Geneva.

He was briefing on the annual Vulnerability Assessment of Syrian Refugees (VASyR), carried out by UNHCR, the UN Childrens Fund (UNICEF) and the World F...

21:48

ARTS THURSDAY Tribunal and the Jobbing Actor "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arts Thursday with Maisy Stapleton on 11 January brings you a conversation with Lex Marinos, one of Australias best-known actors, as well as broadcaster, director, writer and arts advocate.

Lex has just written The Jobbing Actor: Rules of Engagement, about the work and life of a professional actor, for the Platform Papers series, published by Currency House.

Its essential reading for every aspiring actor!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The program also includes an interview with Paul Dwyer, one of the collaborative team who developed Tribunal a performance merging personal histories with the spirit of a legal tribunal the yet to be created Australian Truth and Reconciliation Tribunal.

The performance is presented at Carriageworks by Fairfield PYT as part of the Sydney Festival from 17 21 January.

LISTEN AGAIN:

The whole program can be heard through the Arts Thursday page http://eastsidefm.org/arts/artsthursday/ by clicking on the date 11 January 2018.

And watch out for individual podcasts at a later date.

Join Maisy Stapleton fortnightly from 10:30 to noon on Arts Thursday for conversations with leaders in the arts, behind-the-scenes of arts events and regular coverage of Sydneys current issues.

FIND O...

21:48

Turla APT groups espionage campaigns now employs Adobe Flash Installer and ingenious social engineering "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Turla APT groups espionage campaigns now employs Adobe Flash Installer and an ingenious social engineering technique, the backdoor is downloaded from what appears to be legitimate Adobe URLs and IP addresses.

Security researchers from ESET who have analyzed recent cyber espionage campaigns conducted by the dreaded Turla APT group reported that hackers leverage on malware downloaded from what appears to be legitimate Adobe URLs and IP addresses.

Turla is the name of a Russian cyber espionage APT group (also known as Waterbug, Venomous Bear and KRYPTON) that has been active since at least 2007 targeting government organizations and private businesses.

The list of victims is long and includes also the Swiss defense firm RUAG, US Department of State, and the US Central Command.

The Turlas arsenal is composed of sophisticated hacking tools and malware tracked as Turla (Snake and Uroburos rootkit), Epic Turla (Wipbot and Tavdig) and Gloog Turla. In June 2016, researchers from Kaspersky reported that the Turla APT had started using rootkit), Epic Turla (Wipbot and Tavdig) and Gloog Turla.

In the most recent attacks, the group is packaging its macOS backdoor with a real Adobe Flash installer and downloading the malware on victim systems from endpoint systems that use a remote IP belonging to Akamai, the Content Delivery Network that is also used by Adobe for its supply chain. Legitimate Flash installer, in fact, are also distributed through the Akamai network.

In recent months, we have observed a strange, new behavior, leading to compromise by one of Turlas backdoors. Not only is it packaged with the real Flash installer, but it also appears to be downloaded from adobe.com. reads the report published by ESET.

From the endpoints perspective, the remote IP address belongs to Akamai, the official Content Delivery Network (CDN) used by Adobe to distribute their legitimate Flash
installer.

Researchers noted that Turla installers were exfiltrating information to get.adobe.com URLs since at least July 2016, data were sent back t...

21:47

Dance Classes "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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CREATIVE MOVEMENT DANCE CLASSES TUESDAYS TERM 1

Fun & Expressive movement dance classes!

Weekly offerings to Under 5-year-olds and Primary aged children during the school term.

These one-hour sessions explore a range of movement games and activities enhancing childrens body awareness, imagination, creative confidence, teamwork and social skills.

Movement improvisation, drama, and choreographed dance routines will also be explored. 

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21:45

Classic Crewneck Cardigan "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Classic Crewneck Cardigan | Purl SohoThrow it on with a T-shirt and jeans, let it hang from your shoulders over your party dress, or slide it on once the airplane hits cruising altitude. Our Classic Crewneck Cardigan is an everyday, everywhere chameleon!

Classic Crewneck Cardigan | Purl Soho

A bit of an unusual construction with in-the-round set-in sleeves, this timeless beauty is knit from the bottom up and features a pretty short-row-shaped neckline and a handsome button placket. The shoulders are shaped with short rows and joined together with a simple three-needle bind-off. With some surprising details along the way, this knit will tickle the makers brain!

Classic Crewneck Cardigan | Purl Soho

Our Classic Crewneck Cardigan knits up equally well in either our Cotton Pure, 100% unmercerized Pima cotton, or our Season Alpaca, 100% super baby alpaca. At 6 stitches to the inch, both yarns have a beautiful drape without being bulky. Make a sweater in each for year-round sweater options!

Classic Crewneck Cardigan | Purl Soho

You also get to choose between edgings: a ribbed edge (shown above in Season Alpacas Dove Gray) or a rolled edge (shown below in Cotton Pures Birch Bark). Either yarn, either edging, the Classic Crewneck Cardigan is eternal, a beauty that will last forever!

Classic Crewneck Cardigan | Purl Soho

Designed for Purl Soho by Adam Aronowitz.

Materials

21:45

Kodak Soars 77% on News it Will Launch KodakCoin Cryptocurrency "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Kodak Soars 77% on News it Will Launch KodakCoin Cryptocurrency by Mike Mish Shedlock The Maven Kodak wants in on the hype. It announced its own cryptocurrency today, the KodakCoin. Today Kodak hopped aboard the Crypto Bandwagon with a...

The post Kodak Soars 77% on News it Will Launch KodakCoin Cryptocurrency appeared first on The Daily Coin.

21:45

At least 13 dead after devastating mudslides hit southern California (VIDEOS, UPDATES) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Comment: Update 10 Jan 2018, 06:00 EST The death toll is up to 13 now, and is expected to rise further. Rescue operations are underway in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties, the very counties torched by California's worst-ever wildfires (and which this record rainfall just put out). This incident is already deadlier than the 2005 La Conchita landslide in southern California, which took place only 20 miles from yesterday's disaster. A fire official says five people have been killed by mudslides that swept Southern California homes from their foundations as a powerful storm drenched recent wildfire burn areas. Santa Barbara County Fire Department Capt. Dave Zaniboni says the bodies were found in mud and debris during rescue operations Tuesday in Montecito northwest of Los Angeles. Heavy rains were triggering dangerous flooding Tuesday morning in Southern California, with rivers of mud and debris destroying at least three homes and pooling water forcing police to close parts of the coastal US Route 101, officials said. Near the coastal community of Montecito, at least three homes have been "wiped away by mudflow and debris," and emergency workers were scrambling to rescue people from vehicles and buildings, Santa Barbara County fire spokesman Mike Eliason said.

21:43

Gurneys Cider the taste of South Gippsland "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

ITS been years in the making and well worth the wait. Brothers James and Tom Gurnett have done something very special indeed up on top of a hill at 343 []

The post Gurneys Cider the taste of South Gippsland appeared first on Foster Community Online.

21:43

Post-ICO Review: What Happens to the Tokens of the Largest ICOs? "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Up to 870% returns in average within 3-4 months - that is how the five largest ICO ended the year of 2017.

21:42

Massacred! Our favourite 13 responses to this Daily Mail front page "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Spare a thought for the Daily Mail at this difficult time. First Richard Branson stops selling it on his Virgin Trains, then Theresa May goes and carries out a massacre of middle aged men in her cabinet reshuffle.

But did she really? These people arent so sure. Us neither.

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21:41

Johann Hari: Is our mental health affected by chemical imbalances in our brain? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Interview with writer Johann Hari on his new book, Lost Connections

Writer Johann Hari is author of the NY Times best-seller 'Chasing the Scream', written about the war on drugs and the impact it has had on our society.

His new book, Lost Connections, explores the real causes of depression and the myths around mental health.

openDemocracy's Benjamin Ramm talks to him about unexpected solutions.

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21:40

Sewing a Button onto Knitwear "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Have you ever gotten to the end of a cardigan pattern only to realize that you arent quite sure how to sew on the buttons? Sure, you can sew on onto a shirt But a sweater?

While there are many ways to sew a button onto knitwear, here are two of our favorite methods: one without a backing button and one with. While both methods are very good at securing buttons, a button with a backing button is sturdier and gentler on the fabric. Give both a try and see which one you prefer!

To sew a button onto knitwear, youll need

  • A button that fits snuggly through the buttonhole
  • A tapestry needle that fits through the holes of the button
  • Some thread or fine yarn that fits through the eye of the needle
  • A larger tapestry needle for creating the shank
  • Scissors
  • A fabric marker
  • Optional: A smaller button, if you want to sew on a backing button

NOTE: These instructions are for a two-hole button but can be easily applied to a four-hole one!

Sewing On A Button Without A Backing

  1. Thread the needle and pull the thread, so that one end of the thread is slightly longer than the other. Insert the needle through one of the holes in the button from back to front, then from front to back, and pull the thread until the shorter end pulls clear of the button.
  2. With the two ends of the thread, make a square knot right near the ends of the threads. Make another knot, then snip the tails near the knot and slide the thread so that the knot is very close to the backside of the button.
  3. Find the stitch where youd like to sew the button and mark it with a fabric marker. Place the button on that stitch, making sure the knot stays close to the backside of the button. Insert the needle to one side of the marked stitch from the right side of the fabric to the wrong side and then on the other side of the marked stitch, from wrong side to right side, coming up through the other hole of the button.
  4. Pull up gently on the button to loosen the thread a little and then slide the extra tapestry needle under the loop of thread at the top of the button. Now tighten the thread.
  5. Sew back and forth through both holes of the button, from right side to wrong side and wrong side to right side, three or four times. When finished, come up from the wrong side to the right side and then back down through the next hole of the button, but not through the fabric.
  6. Remove the extra tapestry needle and wrap the thread approximately four times around the bun...

21:38

Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 1072 in First Week of 2018; Deaths: 81 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Human Wrongs Watch

Geneva, 9 January 2018 (IOM)* IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 1,072 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea during the first week of 2018, with around 450 each landing in Italy and Greece and the remainder in Spain. This compares with almost an identical number 1,159 coming ashore during a similar period in 2017.

Data on deaths at sea, however, are much grimmer.  Through the first eight days of the new year, a total of 81 Mediterranean Sea deaths of irregular migrants or refugees were recorded. Five of those deaths were in Western Mediterranean waters off Spain and Morocco.

The rest 76 with a possibility of many more were recorded in the waters between Italy and Libya. IOM recorded just 26 migrant deaths on Mediterranean Sea lanes during the month of December.

IOM Romes Flavio Di Giacomo reported Monday (8 January) that IOM staff gathering testimony of survivors of a shipwreck that occurred Saturday morning determined that 64 people lost their lives after leaving Libya on a rubber dinghy reportedly carrying 150 men, women and children.

The Italian Coast Guard Ship Diciotti rescued 86 migrants who survived to the incident, while recovering the remains of eight others, with the balance believed to be 64 people now lost at sea.

Survivors arriving in the port of Catania, Siciliy, on Monday morning provided the following details of the incident: the migrants left from Garabuli (Libya) after midnight between Friday and Saturday morning.

After some eight to nine hours at sea, their over-crowded craft began to tak...

21:36

Pink Camo Lawn Chair "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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Pink Camo Lawn Chair - There are lots of things which you want to keep in mind, if you're likely to get an easy seat. At this moment, this guide is going to offer you several tips that can enable you to meet with for. Thus have a look at these advice. As the very first step, you need to decide about the prospective size restrictions for the seat you are likely to get and also the maximum measurements could be if, for instance, you're likely to move your new seat through a narrow doorway or if you're going to squeeze it into a very small living space. This is very important particularly with recliners, which ought to be pulled away from the wall and may block the traffic patterns when tilted back.

The second step would be to consider about the color since the chair will become a part of your decor for many decades. You should select something you may live with for extended time. You can pick a neutral seat that can be updated with trendy pillow. The next step that you have to do is to discover the thought about the sort of upholstery before you start to shop it, you want. In fact, the leather can be great for the family with pets and toddlers. Additionally cotton may be fine for adults that are careful.

The fourth step is to test the chair. In order to estimate comfort, you can attempt to take a seat in the seat for many minutes. Anyway, you need to consider the feels of this fabric's texture as you examine it. The itchy or scratchy cloth must be passed by. The final step is to check if this fabric's pattern is matched properly. The pattern on the rear area of the chair has to lineup with the pattern on the cushion, if it is a stripe, large print, plaid, and so on and also on down towards the very front of seats base.

21:36

RuTracker Reveals Innovative Plan For Users to Subvert ISP Blocking "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

As Russias largest torrent site and one that earned itself a mention in TFs list of most popular torrent sites 2018, RuTracker is continuously under fire.

The site has an extremely dedicated following but Russias telecoms watchdog, spurred on by copyright holders brandishing court rulings, does everything in its power to ensure that people cant access the site easily.

As a result, RuTrackers main domains are blocked by all ISPs, meaning that people have to resort to VPNs or the many dozens of proxy and mirror sites that have been set up to facilitate access to the popular tracker.

While all of these methods used to work just fine, new legislation that came into force during October means that mirror and proxy sites can be added to block lists without copyright holders having to return to court. And, following legislation introduced in November, local VPN services are forbidden from providing access to blocked sites.

While RuTracker has always insisted that web blockades have little effect on the numbers of people sharing content, direct traffic to their main domains has definitely suffered. To solve this problem and go some way towards mitigating VPN and proxy bans, the site has just come up with a new plan to keep the torrents flowing.

The scheme was quietly announced, not on RuTrackers main forum, but to a smaller set of users on local site Leprosorium. The idea was that a quieter launch there would allow for controlled testing before a release to the masses. The project is called My.RuTracker and heres how it works.

Instead of blocked users fruitlessly trying to find public circumvention methods that once seen are immediately blocked, they are invited to register their own domains. These can be single use, for the person who registers them, but its envisioned that theyll be shared out between friends, family, and online groups, to better make use of the resource.

Once domains are registered, users are invited to contact a special user account on the RuTracker site (operated by the sites operators) which will provide them with precise technical details on how to set up their domain (.ru domains are not allowed) to gain access to RuTracker.

In response, after a while (usually every other day), a list of NS-addresses will be sent to the registrars domain settings.....

21:35

Summer book sale raises $3,142.50 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

FRIENDS of Corner Inlet Libraries drew good crowds to their summer book sale on Friday. On Saturday five or six hundred people usually turn up, but this was down to []

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SBC: Gullible COCKERILLs Dog Poo Myth "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

SBC: Gullible COCKERILLs Dog Poo Myth

  • an In My View report by NIGEL WARD, commenting on a Report presented to Full Council by SBC Portfolio Holder for Major Projects,  Councillor Mike COCKERILL [Ind.Ind.] addressing the South Bay pollution problem.

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The official transcript of Councillor COCKERILLs verbal Report to Council on Monday 8th January 2018 is reproduced, below. Let us allow it to speak for itself. Thereafter, I propose to raise a question. Just one question. For now.

Thank you for the prior notice of your question. Whilst it specifically refers to the South Bay, my replies cover all of the designated bathing beaches along the whole of our coastline.

I will, once again, state that it is the Environment Agency which is the regulatory authority for BATHING WATER QUALITY.

Yorkshire Water and the Environment Agency both have their respective and important roles and responsibilities but the greatest impact of less than EXCELLENT Bathing Water, as targeted by Yorkshire Water with its major investment programme, is on the tourism and business sectors.

As you are all aware, Yorkshire Water and the Environment Agency carried out a major DNA sampling programme of bathing water within the South Bay and Wheatcroft area of Scarborough in late summer of 2016. You have all received copies of the detailed technical report together with the Executive Summary.

The findings of the report are guiding further work towards identifying possible sources and locations where different types of pollution start to be problematic. As was always stressed, we did not believe the report would, alone, provide all the answers to be able to solve the problem.

Some colleagues will have seen the article on BBC Look North last Wednesday when representatives from the Environmental Agency and Yorkshire Water were interviewed.

At this point I would state that I was not approached to participate, probably as the BBC understands, it is those interviewed that have the direct responsibility for Bathing Water Quality.

I am indebted to The Chief Executive together with the Leader and Deputy Leader who met with the Chief Executive of Yorkshire Water as recently as last w...

21:31

State By State Ranking For USA Bicyclists "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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PHOTO COURTESY OF MACHIKO THRELKELD

Thanks to Sierra magazine for bringing this to our attention:

Is Your State Bicycle-Friendly?

A new report ranks the best and worst places to hop on the saddle

Do you live in the safest or the most dangerous state for riding a bike? The 2017 Bicycle Friendly State Report Card has the answer.

Each year, the...

21:31

Top Girls School Bans Teachers From Calling Pupils Girls As It May Offend Trans Students "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

One of the UKs top performing girls grammar schools has banned teachers from calling pupils girls because it may offend transgender students. Altrincham Grammar School for Girls in Manchester has written to parents saying the [...]

21:30

Links Between Caste and Political Corruption Arent Based on Concrete Evidence "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The belief that there is a higher probability of lower caste leaders acquiring disproportionate assets is more likely a myth than a reality.

Women members of the Dalit community carry a portrait of B.R. Ambedkar as they block the traffic during a protest in Ahmedabad. Credit: PTI

Is there a caste angle to corruption, wondered senior journalist Shekhar Gupta recently, citing a series of instances where high-profile legislators or politicians, predominantly from lower-ranked caste groups (Scheduled Castes or Tribes, or Other Backward Classes), were convicted on corruption charges. This deliberately provocative piece asks what these convictions signal whether lower-caste politicians are more likely to be corrupt, or more likely to be caught, compared to upper-caste politicians whose social position allows them to go s...

21:29

R600 Gallium3D Gets More Fixes, Experimental SB Tessellation Support "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

If you are still running with a pre-GCN AMD graphics card, a number of R600 Gallium3D commits landed in Mesa Git over night as well as an interesting patch series on the Mesa mailing list...

21:28

Pakistani Anti-Establishment Journalist Says He Escaped Abduction Attempt "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Taha Siddiqui reports for France 24 and is the Pakistan bureau chief of Indian television channel WION.

Pakistani journalist Taha Siddiqui, who escaped a kidnapping attempt, speaks at a gathering in Islamabad, Pakistan May 23, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Sara Farid/Files

Pakistani journalist Taha Siddiqui, who escaped a kidnapping attempt, speaks at a gathering in Islamabad, Pakistan May 23, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Sara Farid/Files

Islamabad: A Pakistani journalist, known for criticising his countrys military establishment, said on Wednesday he had narrowly escaped being kidnapped by armed men, in an incident that came months after he complained of being harassed by the security services.

Taha Siddiqui, who reports for France 24 and is the Pakistan bureau chief of Indian television channel WION, said the attempted abduction took place while he was being driven by taxi to the airport serving the capital Islamabad and the neighbouring, larger garrison c...

21:25

Hamas Official Shoots Himself in Head By Mistake "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Hamas fighters in Gaza.Hamas fighters in Gaza. (Photo by Abid Katib/Getty Images)

Senior Hamas leader Imad al-Alami shot himself in the head by accident while cleaning his weapon, according to a Hamas spokesperson. 

The accident occured while al-Alami, also known as Abu Hamam, was inspecting his personal weapon in his home, Hamas spokesperson Fawzi Barhoum told media. Alami is in critical condition and is reportedly being treated at a hospital in Gaza city.

The BBC reported that, according to initial reports, the shooting may have been an assassination attempt.

Alami, now in his sixties, was one of the founders of Hamas and is a former member of the groups political bureau. He was designated as a special global terrorist by the United States in 2003, along with five other senior Hamas leaders.

From 1994, when he was exiled from Israel, until 2008, when he moved to Damascus, he represented Hamas in Iran. In 2012 he became deputy Hamas leader on his return to Gaza, according to The Daily Wire. He held that position until early 2017.

Hamas is the Muslim Brotherhoods affiliate in Gaza, which it has ruled since 2006. The group was designated as a foreign terrorist organization by the U.S. in 1997.

Last week,...

21:23

Antibacterial Medicinal Plants for Treating Wounds Naturally "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

The top medicinal plants with natural antibacterial properties found in North America and how to make DIY tinctures, salves, and wound healing remedies.

The post Antibacterial Medicinal Plants for Treating Wounds Naturally appeared first on Primal Survivor.

21:22

More on Seagate's Plans to Double HDD Speeds With Multi-Actuator Technology "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The Register asked Seagate's Director of Technology Strategy and Product Planning Jason Feist about the company's plans to use multi-actuator technology in upcoming hard disk drives. Seagate insists that the technology can double input/output operations per second (rather than increasing it by, for example, 1.8x), and says that customers have validated the concept:

Howard Marks, founder and chief scientist at Deep Storage Net said: "We've had drives with 2 positioners before (IBM 3380 - one set of heads were dedicated to inner tracks, the other to outer tracks). That was back in the day of linear voice coils so they came from opposite sides of the 14-inch platters."

He identifies a software issue with Seagate's multi-actuator single pivot design: "Most storage software including logical volume managers and file systems, are built with the knowledge that a disk drive can only have it's heads in one place at a time and their queuing logic may mismatch with the multipositioner logic." This means: "It may not double throughput for large I/Os."

It could get close though, as "I understand that Seagate is going to make these look like 2 logical drives via a driver. That should solve #1 above and let systems get 1.8-1.9X IOPS."

Read more of this story at SoylentNews.

21:21

Blockchain Applications for All Walks of Life "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Blockchain technology isnt just used to power cryptocurrencies, it is applicable to a wide variety of functions. #FINTECH

21:19

Debt Rattle January 10 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Ansel Adams The Tetons and the Snake River 1942   Is Bank of Japan The Latest To Take The Punch Bowl Away? (CNBC) Fed Officials Are Scrambling To Figure Out How To Fight Next Recession (BI) Market Could Be Headed For A Melt-Up Of 30% Bill Miller (CNBC) People Have

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21:16

After Data Breaches and Leaks, UIDAI Rolls Out New Security Measures "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A new virtual ID and UID token system will roll out from March 2018 in an attempt to crack down on privacy violations by errant private enrolment partners and authentication agencies.

Like how the UPI system works for bank transfers, the UIDAI hopes the virtual ID will allow users to no longer hand over their Aadhaar numbers. Credit: Reuters

New Delhi: A new sweeping two-tier security system for the Aadhaar programme was announced by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on Thursday, weeks after a wave of data breaches and leaks raised fresh privacy and security concerns.

One new measure is the introduction of a virtual ID for every Aadhaar holder  a temporary 16-digit number that will be mapped to a users Aadhaar number that will allow the individual in question to avoid furnishing his or her Aadhaar number at the time of authentication.

The second, according to an IT ministry notification, is the creation of a limited KYC (know your customer) service that will purportedly prevent agencies from storing Aadhaar numbers during the paperless KYC process.

Residents are currently required to share Aadhaar number to authenticate their identity to avail various services. With the introduction of virtual ID (VID), a fungible number mapped to the Aadhaar number, Aadhaar number holders will have an option not to share their Aadhaar number to improve privacy, the notification says.


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Bitcoin & Litecoin Are Consolidating For A Few More Months Before Their Next Move Higher? (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Bitcoin & Litecoin Are Consolidating For A Few More Months Before Their Next Move Higher? Video Wall St for Main St Bitcoin failed to stay at or above $20k and Litecoin failed to stay at or above $400, in...

The post Bitcoin & Litecoin Are Consolidating For A Few More Months Before Their Next Move Higher? (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

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Finding the Answer to a Riddle Shrouded in a Mystery "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

High-level inter-Korean talks at the border village of Panmunjeom not only represent a vital step in Winter Olympics diplomacy but also offer a tantalizing chance of a breakthrough in stalled six-party discussions. 

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Fyffes corporation accused of poisoning Honduran workers "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

This video says about itself:

Banana IndustryExploitation of Workers in Latin America

8 March 2014

A video describing this modern slavery in the banana industry in places such as Ecuador, Honduras, and Guatemala.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Honduras: Fruit company Fyffes accused of poisoning workers at melon plantation

IRISH fruit giant Fyffes poisoned 13 Honduran women workers with pesticides at a melon plantation, trade union GMB said today.

GMBs Honduran sister union STAS said the women became ill after inhaling toxic chemicals while working in a hazardous area without personal protection equipment.

STAS requested a Labour Ministry inspection of the Fyffes Choluteca plantation after the women developed symptoms of poisoning, but the visiting official failed to even interview them.

GMB international officer Bert Schouwenburg said: Once again Ireland-based gangster capitalists Fyffes have shown utter contempt for their workers by deploying them in areas where they could be affected by noxious chemicals but the firm still received the Ethical Trade Initiative seal of approval.

Global brand Fyffes supplies bananas and pineapples to most major British s...

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DragonFlyBSD Posts Initial Kernel Fix For Spectre "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Last week DragonFlyBSD lead developer Matthew Dillon posted initial patches for addressing Meltdown on this popular BSD distribution. Dillon has now posted his initial patch for targeting the Spectre CPU vulnerability...

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Iran Accuses US of Grotesque Interference in Internal Affairs "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Andre Vltchek
RT OpEdge

The diplomatic and media storm is far from abiding with questions about the origin of the protests. What really took place in Iran at the very end of year 2017 and at the very beginning of 2018? Was it a spontaneous rebellion, an attempt to improve economic and social situation in the country, a revolt against ayatollahs, or both? Was it really a protest against Iranian-style socialism?

Protests in Iran are winding down, and the streets in most of the cities are becoming quiet again. But the question remains: who was behind the events that took at least 22 human lives?

Or was it, after all, a bold and ruthless attempt from abroad to overthrow the Iranian system?

Many, including this writer, believe that it was yet another effort of Washington and its allies to trigger a Color-style revolution in an extremely important country that stands in the way to their geopolitical and economic interests.

Protests began in Mashhad on December 28, reportedly over rising food prices and growing unemployment. Within days, protesters in several other cities called for overthrowing the government and the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

No country can create a secure environment for itself at the expense of creating insecurity among its neighbors, Irans Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday, warning outside actors who sought to exploit the protests, without naming them.

Iran also has sent a letter to the UN, accusing the US of grotesque interference in its internal affairs.

It has been pointed out by Russias envoy to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia:

The feeling is that there is some sort of inexplicable allergy to this country and it clouds the thinking about events in this country and leads to wishful thinking.

Perhaps such thinking could be described as morally inexplicable, but from the strictly pragmatic stance that is governing foreign policy of the United States, it is quite logical.  There were just too many similarities with the events that during the last years and decades shook various areas of...

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Communist unionists storm Labor Ministry protesting the new strike law (videos) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Hundreds of Communist party KKE unionists from PAME stormed the Labor Ministry in Athens on Tuesday demanding cancellation of the new strike law introduced in the latest omnibus bill with prior actions dictated by the countrys lenders. Using crowbars, about 500 PAME protesters prised open metal shutters of the labor ministry in central Athens, broke

The post Communist unionists storm Labor Ministry protesting the new strike law (videos) appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.

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Over 60,000 (Muslim) Rohingya Children Trapped in Appalling Conditions in Myanmars Rakhine State UNICEF "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Human Wrongs Watch

While the eyes of the world are on Myanmars northern Rakhine and Coxs Bazaar, Bangladesh, more than 60,000 Rohingya children remain nearly forgotten, trapped in appalling camps in central Rakhine where the shelters teeter on stilts above garbage and excrement, the United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF) on 9 January 2018 reported.

Children collect clean and safe water from a tap stand in Kyein Ni Pyin camp, home to almost 6,000 Rohingya displaced by violence in Myanmars Rakhine state in 2012. Photo: UNICEF/Thame

Partners have identified about 20 children separated from their families during the violence but estimate the total number to be at least 100 most of whom are in parts of northern Rakhine state that they still cannot access, Marixie Mercado, UNICEF spokesperson told journalists in Geneva during a briefing on her visit to Myanmar from 6 December 2017 through 3 January.
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She painted a harrowing picture of the situation in Rakhine, noting that prior to 25 August, when the most recent outbreak of violence occurred, UNICEF had been treating 4,800 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition; these children are no longer receiving this life-saving treatment.

Al...

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New Senators Get Committee Assignments "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

My geekiest feature is my obsession with the makeup of Senate committees, so I was impatiently waiting to get the news of how things would be organized in the post-Roy Moore/Al Franken world. And I am pleased. Very pleased.

The full Senate is set to ratify revised committee rosters and ratios before adjourning Tuesday evening.

The changes add a Democrat to the Finance and Judiciary Committees, because each needed new Democrats to provide an across-the-board one-seat advantage for the GOP with their diminished majority.

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer of New York announced the new Democratic assignments, which are highlighted by the appointments of Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harris of California to the Judiciary Committee.

Booker and Harris become only the second and third African-American members of the Judiciary panel in American history.

There's other news, too. You might be interested in this:

Alabama Democratic Sen. Doug Jones will sit on the Banking, Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Homeland Security and Aging panels.

Sen. Tina Smith, Minnesotas new appointed senator, has received assignments to the Agriculture, Energy and Natural Resources, HELP and Indian Affairs committees.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse landed the coveted seat on the Finance Committee, which is fine by me.

If I was making the decisions, I'd probably give Jones some different committee assignments, but they're treating him pretty much like any other fresh meat. I expect he'll want to dive into the education work on HELP, and maybe his spot on banking will make him some friends back home that he can't afford to have as enemies if he wants to have a prayer of getting elected to a full term.

For the same reason, I worry that he won't be a solid vote on labor issues which would be really unfortunate for running the HELP committee in the event the Democrats win back a narrow majority.

Tina Smith's assignments seem better suited to helping her make inroads with the constituencies she'll need to hold her seat.

Discuss

GOP Cares More About Agenda Than Midterms "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Ron Brownstein has a pretty good analysis of the Republicans electoral strategy, but I think hes missing one important ingredient. He identifies two basic decisions that the Republicans have already taken that will have a major impact on the midterms and that will very difficult to compensate for over the course of the campaigns.

The first has been to align more closely with Trump even as questions have mounted about both his basic fitness for the presidency and the potential legal exposure that he and his inner circle might face in the investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller. The second has been to pursue a policy agenda, on issues from taxes to health care to the environment, aimed almost entirely at the preferences of their partys conservative base, with strikingly few concessions to any voices or interests beyond their core coalition.

Before November, the GOP might modulate each of these choices. But Republicans have engraved the fundamental outline of each direction so deeply over the past year that they are unlikely to be significantly altered.

The decisions to increasingly lock arms with Trump and to pursue such a partisan agenda reflect the same political calculation. On each front, Republicans are placing the highest priority on maximizing unity and enthusiasm among their base voters even at the price of infuriating and energizing Democrats, and antagonizing more swing voters especially suburban college-educated whites. For voters anywhere on the continuum from ambivalent to alarmed about Trump, congressional Republicans are now sending a clear signal that they are far more inclined to empower than to constrain him.

I think all of that is accurate. Yet, what it seems to miss is that the Republicans are looking to achieve as much as they can while they have their majorities rather than trimming their sails in the effort to maintain their majorities. This should be familiar, as its precisely what the Democrats did in 2009 and 2010. And the Democrats might have hoped back then that theyd be rewarded by their base with a lot of support and enthusiasm in the 2010 midterms, but the eventual result was that the opposition was more mobilized by a very wide margin. It turned out that doing things like vastly expanding access to health care after decades of futility caused the base to moan about the details and be complacent about the accomplishment. Doing what you promised isnt as good of a vote-getter as being in the minority while your party is getting rolled by the opposition.

It didnt help that the Democrats didnt act like they were proud of their achievements or in love with their...

The Government Shutdown Battlefield "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

When you look at all the issues that need to be negotiated before January 19th to avoid a government shutdown, its very hard to see how a shutdown can conceivably be avoided. Theres always the possibility that theyll pass another short-term continuing resolution to buy themselves more time, but even that is looking unlikely.

Because there are so many areas of dispute, both parties have a lot of options for assigning blame to the other side. If there is a shutdown, the Republicans will most likely opt to focus on two areas. One will be the old standby of a strong national defense. The GOP wants to cut a deal to break the budget caps put in place by the Budget Control Act of 2011. But the Democrats are insisting that any increase in authorized spending be split between defense and non-defense spending. The Republicans will argue that the Pentagon has been systematically underfunded ever since 2011 and that the Democrats are leaving our military in a weakened condition. Theyll argue that the Democrats are shutting down the government to protect illegal immigrants, which is also imperiling our national security.

If the Democrats want to shut down the government because they cant get amnesty for illegal immigrants, then theyre going to have to defend those actions to the American people, Republican Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas said Sunday on ABCs This Week program.

As you can see from the two Democratic senators from New Hampshire, the Democrats will never concede that a shutdown is being done to protect the Dreamers because too many of them are frightened by the rhetoric of people like Sen. Tom Cotton. So, while they will appeal to the publics general sympathy for the Dreamers who are protected by an expiring DACA, and they will claim that they are fighting for them, if there is a shutdown they will argue that its about Trumps stupid border wall. And theyll note that Trump promised over and over again that the Mexicans would pay for his stupid border wall.

On the defense appropriations, the Democrats will counter that the Republicans just gave away all the money to millionaires with their tax reform, and that the budget rules are needed to control runaway deficit spending. If the caps are going to be busted, the money should go equally to the military and to domestic spending, including investments in educa...

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