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Sunday, 26 February

00:39

Increased activity at Fuego, ash up to 5.8 km (19 000 feet) a.s.l. "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The activity at Guatemalan Fuego volcano continues with constant moderate explosions ejecting columns of ash and smoke up to 5 km (16 404 feet) above sea level and traveling more than 25 km to the NE, N, NE and E. Ashfall is reported in areas near Alotenango and San...... Read more

Die erste Einsendung zur Expertenfrage:zu Deiner Frage, ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Die erste Einsendung zur Expertenfrage:

zu Deiner Frage, ob das Zeigen von Experten eine Strategie ist, um den Leuten das Gefhl zu geben, dass es da drauen Leute gibt, die sich auskennen, und der Zuschauer sich da nicht mehr nher fr interessieren muss:

Als Fernsehmacher sage ich dazu ganz klar: Nein.

Ob sich meine Zuschauer nher fr ein Thema interessieren, nachdem ich ihnen einen Experten dazu gezeigt habe, ist deren Entscheidung. Ich habe da keine Prferenz. Wieso auch sollte ich denen das vorschreiben wollen?

Ich glaube vielmehr, die Zuschauer interessieren sich hinterher strker fr ein Thema, wenn sie das Gefhl haben, dass es sie unmittelbar betrifft.

Und die Auftritte von Experten in den Medien sind fr mich auch kein Symptom dafr, dass man als Journalist sein Publikum fr dumm hlt.

Was glaubst Du denn, warum zum Beispiel die FAZ gerade Dich ber Trojaner-Angriffe auf die Bundesregierung befragt? Doch bestimmt nicht, weil sie ihre Leser fr dumm hlt oder sie sich nach der Lektre des Artikel nicht mehr nher fr das Thema IT-Sicherheit interessieren sollen?

Oder habe ich da irgend etwas an der Argumentation in dem Posting falsch verstanden?

Ich sollte das vielleicht noch mal genauer ausfhren, was ich gemeint habe. Ich meinte nicht, dass ein einzelner Fernsehmacher oder Talkshowproduzent sich denkt, hey, heute halte ich mal die Massen dumm und lade ein paar Experten ein. Mir ging es eher darum, ob wir es uns in einem System bequem gemacht haben, in dem die Bevlkerung glaubt, das Wahlvolk ist eh zu doof fr eine echte Demokratie, und das wre blo gefhrlich, wenn man die ernsthaft entscheiden liee. Wenn man diese Prmisse akzeptiert, dann wre das stndige Vorzeigen von Experten ein mgliches Verfahren, um diese Idee zu bestrken. Ob jetzt mit Absicht oder nicht.

Ich denke, dass ich eigentlich auf den Widerspruch zwischen "ich habe einen Verstand, und wenn ich auf ein Problem stoe, dann benutze meinen Verstand, um mir selbst zu helfen" und "lass mal die Experten sich kmmern, ich hab ja eh keine Ahnung" hinaus wollte.

Experten sind jetzt nichts Schlechtes. Wir knnen ihnen gerne das Sammeln und Bewerten der Argumente berlassen. Aber wir sollten Experten nicht dafr nutzen, uns das Denken oder die Entscheidung abzunehmen.

Mir ging gerade noch eine Sache durch den Kopf.Seit ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Mir ging gerade noch eine Sache durch den Kopf.

Seit Trump wirken ja die ganzen anderen Pappnasen pltzlich wie serise Staatsmnner. Dieses Muster gibt es auch in Kriminalfilmen. Good Cop, Bad Cop.

Was wenn die Eliten einen Deal gemacht haben. Hrt mal, unsere Umfragewerte sind alle im Keller, die Wirtschaft ist im Arsch, niemand geniet mehr das Vertrauen seiner Bevlkerung. Wir brauchen mal einen Bad Cop, der den Leuten zeigt, wie gut sie es haben. Lasst uns ein Land nehmen, das wirtschaftlich eh schon vllig im Arsch ist.

So, wen knnten wir nehmen? Schauspieler? Nee, nicht unseris genug. Schaut nur, wie weit Reagan gekommen ist.

Wie wre es mit einem Reality-TV-"Star"? Groartig! Da muss man ein bisschen gucken, weil die meisten noch nicht alt genug sind. Oh hier htten wir einen!1!! :-)

00:29

Librulism Run Amok - "My 7-Year-Old Is Transgender" "IndyWatch Feed War"

A society concerned about the welfare of its children would protect this boy from his mother's abuse. But here she is rewarded with Washington Post op-ed space to promote her politics to the detriment of her child. My 7-year-old daughter...

00:28

Better Turbo Boost Max 3.0 Support Is Landing For Linux 4.11 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Better support for Intel Turbo Boost Max 3.0 are among the changes to find with the platform-drivers-x86 updates for the Linux 4.11 kernel...

00:24

McMaster Takes Charge: Trump Relinquishes Control of Foreign Policy "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

By Mike Whitney and cross-posted from Counterpunch.org

The war party is back in power and the odds of normal relations with Russia have dropped to zero.

The appointment of Army Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster to the position of national security adviser indicates that Trump has done an about-face on his most critical foreign policy issue, normalizing relations with Russia. General Michael Flynn who recently stepped down from the post following allegations of lying to Vice President Mike Pence was the main proponent of easing tensions with Moscow which is a position that had been enthusiastically embraced by President Donald Trump.

But McMaster does not support normalizing relations with Russia, in fact,  McMaster sees Russia as a hostile revisionist power that annex(es) territory, intimidates our allies, develops nuclear weapons, and uses proxies under the cover of modernized conventional militaries. So, whats going on? Why has Trump put a Moscow-hating hawk like McMaster in a position where hell be able to intensify the pressure on Russia, increase the provocations and, very likely, trigger a conflagration between the two nuclear-armed superpowers?

The appointment of McMaster is an attempt by Trump to placate his enemies in the Intel agencies and foreign policy establishment. Trump is signaling to his adversaries that he will cooperate in carrying out their strategic agenda provided they allow him to finish his term. Trump doesnt want to end up like Flynn nor does he want to do battle with the all-powerful deep state operatives who can launch one demeaning propaganda blitz after the other followed by years of excruciating investigations leading inevitably to a lengthy and humiliating impeachment that leaves Trump a broken, discredited shambles. Thats not how Trump wants to end his career in politics. He wants to end it on a high note, riding a wave of burgeoning affection and love.

Thats why he picked McMaster. The neocons love him, the liberal interventionists love him, the media loves him and the entire political establishment loves him.  Everyone loves him. Hes the warrior-scholar who speaks truth to power and writes futuristic books on generation warfare, information superiority and predictive battlespace awareness all of which delight his devoted admirers. The downside of McMaster is that he is a hard-boiled militarist with a driving animus towards Russia. Judging by his writing on the topic, I would expect a broader and more lethal conflict to flare up in either Syria or Ukraine as soon as he gets settled in his new job

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00:04

"We live in a democratic recession" "IndyWatch Feed Europe"


The BBC's new media editor, Amol Rajan (@amolrajanBBC), has tweeted the following this morning:


(As you can see, he also retweeted himself for good measure!)

The ex-Independent editor seems to be finding this 'BBC impartiality' thing a bit tricky, doesn't he?...

...although given that so many longstanding BBC reporters are no less opinionated on Twitter might suggest that he actually understands 'BBC impartiality' very well. 

Anyhow, you can hear him presenting Any Answers this afternoon. Impartially, no doubt. 

00:04

You Wont Believe What Facebook Is Demanding from Users Now (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This article by N.Morgan was originally published by beforeitsnews.com.

In yet another attempt at silencing and tracking the masses, Facebook has begun to kick users off if they dont present a valid state ID.

They did this for legal reasons when the police pick people up, they will use the color of law so they had to have a valid govt issued ID.

 

Color of Law is the appearance of a legal right.

The act of a state officer, regardless of whether or not the act is within the limits of his or her authority, is considered an act under color of law if the officer purports to be conducting himself or herself in the course of official duties.

Under the civil rights act of 1871 (42 U.S.C.A. Section 1983), color of law is synonymous with State Action, which is conduct by an officer that bears a sufficiently close nexus to a state so that the action is treated as though it is by the state.

Facebook claims to have been hacked, and is ordering people to reset their passwords.

There are two options: Give photo ID of friends on facebook, or have Facebook send a confirmation call to your cell phone.

This is not the first time Facebook has demanded a state ID to prevent your account from being suspended.

Facebook has done small...

00:04

Saudi FM arrives in Baghdad amid escalating tensions with Iran "IndyWatch Feed War"

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir is in Baghdad today for a first official visit since the fall of Saddam.

Al-Jubeir is scheduled to meet Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi as well as the countrys Kurdish President Fuad Masum.

This is the first official visit by a minister of the Saudi Arabian government to Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003.

Iraqi-Saudi relations cooled after Saddam, who was a Sunni Muslim, was replaced by a Shiite majority government in Baghdad with Tehrans influence steadily increasing across Iraq.

Speaking at the Munich Security Conference in Germany earlier this month Adel al-Jubeir said Tehran was the main sponsor of terrorism in the world, a destabilising force in the Middle East and wanted to destroy us.

Behram Qasimi, the spokesperson of Irans foreign ministry, had responded by saying, the Saudi foreign ministers accusation of terrorism funding is a comical claim, none of these will make anyone forget about the Saudi regimes spiritual, educational and financial relations with the murderous Takfiri terrorists.

The Saudi foreign ministers trip comes after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani visited several Gulf countries earlier in the month.

When outlining the objectives of his trip, Rouhani had said, Today we must seek unity, we must remove the fake distances between Sunnis and Shiites created by foreign powers. Sunnis and Shiites have lived together for hundreds of years. If there are problems between us, we can solve them through dialogue. Iran always wants to further its relations with regional governments and is working for stability, unity and security in the region.

US President Donald Trump, who has also sharpened his rhetoric towards Iran since taking office, has been critical of Baghdad for allowing Iran to rapidly take over more and more of Iraq.

Soon after taking office Trump warned Middle Eastern leaders of Irans activities and threat to the region, and has urged them to collaborate with the United States of America against Tehran.

Spectators of Adel al-Jubeirs arrival in Baghdad today, which will undoubtedly include Trump, will be curious to find out whether the visit will be a step towards bridging differences between the sectarian divide in the region or further strain an already tense situation.

The post Saudi FM arrives in Baghdad amid escalating tensions with Iran appeared first on Kom News.

00:00

Robert Steele: On Pedophilia & Punishment "IndyWatch Feed War"

Robert David STEELE Vivas

As a result of the hacking of John Podestas emails by a Romanian taxi driver (not Russian intelligence), and the subsequent Pizzagate, then PedoGate, with the former Prime Minister of the UK (and probably two former Vice Presidents of the USA) as top known pedophiles, there is finally a growing public demand for action.

I was interviewed yesterday by the great Sacha Stone of Humanitad Foundation and will be interviewed today by Victurus Libertas on this topic. I made three points to Sacha:

01 Pedophilia is the Achilles heel of the 1% the elite and its senior servants including the leadership fo the Republican and Demographic parties in the USA. The world is finally ready to take down the Deep State and pedophilia is the REVELATION that will unite the 99% against the 1%.

02 #GoogleGestapo the hashtag I propose to cover the activities of the rackerteering-like campaign by Eric Schm...

00:00

The Daily Bird #274. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

White-breasted Nuthatch. Click for full size.

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C. Ford.

Saturday, 25 February

23:59

5 Things You Missed This Week: the start of a self-driving car IP war, 1-step brain hacking, and more "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Highlights from the week of 20 February 2017 Photo: Waymo

1. Is Waymos $500-million fight with Uber the first shot in a self-driving car intellectual property war?

A man with a microphone in front of a silver car Photo: Eic Risberg/AP Photo

Knowing only Waymos side of the story, Uber engineer Anthony Levandowski looks like hes been caught using his former employers trade secrets to give the ridesharing companys self-driving car project a boost. Levandowski and Uber have yet to publicly defend themselves, but some analysts think theres something bigger afoot. Waymos suit against Uber might be the opening volley in a wider IP war that could stifle small startups.

2. One-step brain hacking

Optogenetics is one of the coolest research tools around. It lets you turn parts of an animals brain on or off by shining light on it. But its a painstaking three-surgery process. But MIT engineers have come up with device that lets you do it in one step. Mouse mind control has arrived!

3. An atomic force microscope on a chip

MEMS and a new measurement mode shrink the go-to nanoscience instrument down to chipscale.

4. A new record for brain computer interfaces

A paralyzed person managed to type eight words per minute.

5. Creepy six-legged bug bot is faster than nature intended

A six-legged robot walks with a gait that is faster and more efficent than that of real insects.

23:57

Murdoch news channel uses fake Swedish Defense Advisor to lie about immigration "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Tom Pride

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Murdochs so-called news channel Fox News is now openly lying to its viewers in order to whip up anti-immigration sentiment.

Foxs O-Reilly Factor this week featured a guest named Nils Bildt, who was introduced as a Swedish defense and national security advisor, to discuss Swedens refugee policies.

The man spoke at length about the supposed problems Sweden has with immigrants.

But Swedens defence forces dont know who the man is.

It now seems Murdochs so-called journalists used a convicted criminal to pretend to be an adviser to Swedens Armed Forces.

When will journalists themselves finally rise up against this perverting of their once noble profession

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23:53

Letter of Condolence after the death of Congressman Eni Faleomavaega of American Samoa "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"



25th February 2017

On behalf of the people of West Papua I would like to pass on my deepest and sincerest condolences after the tragic passing of US Congressman Eni Faauaa Hunkin Faleomavaega, Jr. who sadly died on 22nd February 2017.

 

It brings true sadness to my heart to learn of the passing of such a good friend. He was an inspiring leader who used his voice as Congressman for all American Samoa to speak on behalf of his people for their suffering Pacific Islander brothers and sisters and bravely call for their freedom. This was a mark of real courage and leadership which I hope will continue to inspire other politicians and leaders around the world.

Eni Faleomavaega, was a true and noble friend of the people of West Papua. As one of the very first United States politicians to stand up for West Papuas freedom, he made our struggle known across the USA, including at a Senate and Congressional Level.
He was always on the front-line of our international solidarity.

Congressman Faleomavaega visited West Papua in 2007 but despite being promised a 5 day visit to meet with the people of West Papua he was given just a 2 hour visit to meet with officials, followed constantly by the Indonesian military. Stating his frustration with the Indonesian military, he said While I felt no danger whatsoever from the Papuans who were unarmed and only wanted to meet with us, I was very uncomfortable that the [Indonesian] military was so bent on not allowing even a conversation to take place.

After spending so much time trying to find out about West Papua, when he eventually met the Indonesian President, Congressman Faleomavaega told him that Indonesia has done such a lousy job in the treatment of the West Papuans, you might as well give them their independ...

23:52

Protest "IndyWatch Feed Europe"



Watching the BBC News Channel about an hour ago, it's clear that the BBC are neither hiding their displeasure at the Trump administration's "media block" [as they are captioning it] nor taking it lying down. 

They have broadcast a 'gotcha' clip of Sean Spicer back in December being interviewed by "the news agency Politico", as Maxine Mawhinney called them. [Is Politico actually a 'news agency'?]:
There is a big difference between a campaign where it is a private venue using private funds and a government entity. And I think we have a respect for the press when it comes to the government, that that is something that you can't ban an entity from, conservative, liberal or otherwise. I think that's what makes a democracy a democracy versus a dictatorship, so I think there is a vastly different model when it comes to Government in what should be accepted and that is on both sides. 
Maxine put a lot of expression into pre-announcing this, saying "he said that barring media from government press briefings is [horrified tone] what dictators do". 

She then interviewed Silvia Borrelli, the London Politico reporter, noting that "Politico was one of the media organisations barred from the White House press briefing - [turning to camera] along with us, the BBC, as well."

Silvia was not at all happy at what the White House has done, and Maxine didn't exactly make much of an effort to play devil's advocate either, saying things like:
  • And how do you fight back against it?
  • ...

23:46

Eating Large Amounts of Fruits, Vegetables May Benefit Health "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Researchers at Imperial College London have performed a meta-analysis of 95 studies concerning the consumption of fruits and vegetables. They found that the greater the amount of such foods that was eaten, the greater the beneficial effects on health and longevity wereup to the largest amounts that had been studied. Effects included lessened risks of premature death, of cardiovascular disease, of stroke and of cancer.

Fruit and vegetable intake and the risk of cardiovascular disease, total cancer and all-cause mortalitya systematic review and dose-response meta-analysis of prospective studies has been published in the 22 February International Journal of Epidemiology.

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Read more of this story at SoylentNews.

23:45

Age and Political Party Shape Americans" Attitudes to Russia "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Cold War (U.S. versus Soviet Union now fear of Russia) is increasingly hot for Americas Democrats, and for Americas oldsters; but not for Republicans and youngsters. How can this be explained? Considering the facts, these parts of the picture-puzzle fit together, to show a remarkable picture of where America is heading.

23:43

Experimental Patches Revised For AMDGPU HDMI Stereo 3D, DAL/DC Now Supported "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Last month an independent contributor to the AMD Linux graphics stack posted AMDGPU patches for HDMI Stereo 3D support within this open-source Radeon DRM driver. Those patches were rather dismissed in part because they didn't implement the support along the new DAL/DC display code-paths, but that has now changed...

23:42

Indeed "IndyWatch Feed Europe"



As for today's Dateline London I can spare you yet another of my posts about it by copying-and-pasting an excellent comment from Biased BBC which accurately sums up today's programme and expresses brilliantly many of the points I keep making about the programme (though, ideally, I'd still prefer it to be radically refreshed rather than scrapped):

Razza94
Time to scrap Dateline London.
The show today has confirmed my longstanding belief that the show serves no purpose. Its a good concept, but poorly executed. Instead of interesting debates over political issues, all I saw was a circlejerk. It had fours guests, none of them were British, and they simply agreed on everything. Corbyn is useless, the Blairites...

23:41

NPFL: MFM FC defeat Rangers 2-1 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Lagos-based MFM FC on Friday night defeated Rangers International of Enugu 2-1. Goals by Sikiru Olatunbosun in the 26th minute and Stephen Odeys 65th minute brilliant strike gave MFM the victory, while Rangers consolatory goal was scored by Bobby Clement in the 81st minute. 137 total views, 137 views today

The post NPFL: MFM FC defeat Rangers 2-1 appeared first on New Telegraph Nigerian Newspaper.

23:39

23:26

Open Thread "IndyWatch Feed Europe"



If anything else crosses your mind about the BBC's output, please share below.

23:26

Git 2.12 Ships With A Variety Of Changes "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Junio Hamano announced on Friday the release of Git 2.12.0...

23:22

Heres the Bonkers Idea to Make a Hyperloop-Style Rocket Launcher "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

James Powells maglev tube could send crewed capsules to space with way less fuel.

23:22

Google Does It Again: Discloses Unpatched Microsoft Edge and IE Vulnerability "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

This month has yet been kind of interesting for cyber security researchers, with Google successfully cracked SHA1 and the discovery of Cloudbleed bug in Cloudflare that caused the leakage of sensitive information across sites hosted behind Cloudflare. Besides this, Google last week disclosed an unpatched vulnerability in Windows Graphics Device Interface (GDI) library, which affects

23:21

Lead story "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

As Ozfan noted on an earlier thread (concerning Radio 4's news bulletins this morning), it's striking that the BBC News website is now leading with:


I've noticed before (as, no doubt, have many of you) that David Miliband's statements on any subject of political importance tend get a very high billing in the BBC's reporting (or on Newsnight), despite him having been out of UK politics from over six years and leading a humanitarian organisation rather than a political organisation. 

He's long been like 'the king over the water' for people of a certain outlook (including, perhaps, some at the BBC). 

It's a safe bet to say that the Corbynistas on Twitter won't be happy. 

23:21

OpenRISC For Linux 4.11 Gets Some Optimizations, Prepares For SMP "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

OpenRISC continues advancing with its sights on being a free and open processor for embedded systems using the RISC instruction set architecture...

23:21

Angst in the Church of America the Redeemer "IndyWatch Feed War"

David Brooks furrows his brow at Trump, but refuses to reckon with the disastrous Middle East wars he supported

23:14

The Trump Effect on the Balance of Power in the Middle East "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Vanessa Beeley

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Niraj Srivastava
21st Century Wire

Speaking at the Writers Guild Awards, held simultaneously in Los Angeles and New York on 19th Feb., the writer, and film director, Oliver Stone had this to say, while accepting the Laurel Award:

The country [the US] has become more prosperous for many, but in the name of that wealth, we cannot justify our system as a center for the worlds values. But we continue to create such chaos and wars. No need to go through the victims, but we know weve intervened in more than 100 countries with invasion, regime change, economic chaos. Or hired war. Its war of some kind. In the end, its become a system leading to the death of this planet and the extinction of us all.

Ive fought these people who practice war for most of my life. Its a tiring game. And mostly youll get your ass kicked. With all the criticism and insults youll receive, and the flattery too, its important to remember, if you believe in what you are saying and you can stay the course, you can make a difference.


Archive photo of a young Oliver Stone

Stone reminded younger filmmakers:

You can be critical of your government and your society.

You dont have to fit in. Its fashionable now to take shots at Republicans and Trump and avoid the Obamas and Clintons. But remember this: In the 13 wars weve started over the last 30 years and the $14 trillion weve spent, and the hundreds of thousands of lives that have perished from this earth, remember that it wasnt one leader, but a system, both Republican and Democrat. Call it what you will: the military-industrial-money-media-security complex. Its a system that has been perpetuated under the guise that these are just wars, justifiable in the name of our flag that flies so proudly.

He finished with these words:

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The Trump Effect on the Balance of Power in the Middle East "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

 

niraj-srivastavaNiraj Srivastava
21st Century Wire

Speaking at the Writers Guild Awards, held simultaneously in Los Angeles and New York on 19th Feb., the writer, and film director, Oliver Stone had this to say, while accepting the Laurel Award:

The country [the US] has become more prosperous for many, but in the name of that wealth, we cannot justify our system as a center for the worlds values. But we continue to create such chaos and wars. No need to go through the victims, but we know weve intervened in more than 100 countries with invasion, regime change, economic chaos. Or hired war. Its war of some kind. In the end, its become a system leading to the death of this planet and the extinction of us all.

Ive fought these people who practice war for most of my life. Its a tiring game. And mostly youll get your ass kicked. With all the criticism and insults youll receive, and the flattery too, its important to remember, if you believe in what you are saying and you can stay the course, you can make a difference.

Oliver stone
Archive photo of a young Oliver Stone

Stone reminded younger filmmakers:

You can be critical of your government and your society.

You dont have to fit in. Its fashionable now to take shot...

23:09

Palestinians face intense online hate from Israelis, say campaigners "IndyWatch Feed War"

Israel's 1.7 million Palestinian citizens are facing a tidal wave of incitement and hate speech on social media, including from government ministers, community leaders have warned. They say the increasingly hostile political climate in Israel is stoking violence from the police and street gangs, and has laid the ground for a recent raft of racist legislative proposals.

23:07

9 Common Resume Mistakes Every Job Seeker Should Avoid "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

9 Common Mistakes People Make While Writing A Resume

If you are hunting for a job in this ever growing competitive world, it is very important that you focus on presenting your resume in the best possible manner to show recruiters and hiring managers that they should want you as a part of their team. While qualification is vital in getting a job, the first thing that catches a job recruiters eye is the presentation of the resume.

Creating a high-quality resume is an art, as a well-done resume tells your story and sells you. The resume continues to remain an integral part of the hiring process despite the advances...

23:06

MD RAID Optimizations, Btrfs Fixes For Linux 4.11 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The MD pull request was submitted on Friday for the Linux 4.11 kernel as were the Btrfs file-system changes...

23:06

Carder forum claims 150 million logins for sale from CloudBleed case "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The carder forum CVV2Finder claims to have more than 150 million logins from several popular services, including Netflix and Uber.

The carder forum CVV2Finder claims to have more than 150 million logins, from several popular services, including Netflix and Uber. The operators in the forum are offering the precious commodity to the VIP members.

According to the experts, the data were obtained by exploiting the recently discovered Cloudbleed, a flaw that was causing the leak of a wide range of sensitive information in the CloudFlare infrastructure, including authentication cookies and login credentials of numerous organizations using the popular service.

The Cloudbleed security issue with Cloudflare servers has a significant impact on numerous major organizations, including Uber, Fitbit, 1Password, and OKCupid. Cloudbleed also affects mobile apps, because, they are developed using the same backends as browsers for content delivery and HTTPS (SSL/TLS) termination.

The flaw was discovered by the popular researcher Tavis Ormandy from Google Project Zero Team.

The Canadian researcher Phineas (@itsphin) published on GitHub a list of more than 4 million domains possibly affected by Cloudflares Cloudbleed HTTPS Traffic Leak.

The list includes popular services such as 23andme, Coinbase, Patreon, Yelp, Fiverr, and Change.org.

This list contains all domains that use Cloudflare DNS, not just the Cloudflare proxy (the affected service that leaked data). Its a broad sweeping list that includes everything. Just because a domain is on the list does not mean the site is compromised, and sites may be compromised that do not appear on this list. explained Phineas.

Cloudflare has not provided an official list of affected domains, and likely will not due to privacy concerns. Im compiling an unofficial list here so you know what passwords to change.

Experts at Salted Hash received via email the following screenshot the CVV2Finder carder forum.

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23:04

Hackers Can Hack Your Computer If It Has Blinking LED Lights "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Hackers can steal your information from a PCs blinking LED

Researchers at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel have found a way to hack into isolated air-gapped computers hard disk drives (HDDs) by aiming drones at the blinking LEDs found on most of the desktops, laptops and servers. On February 22, 2016, the team released a YouTube video showing the hack in action.

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23:04

India can become a leading scientific power in the world "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

He also said there are a lot of opportunities for India but it is China which is seizing them. India must rise to the role it should be playing for its benefit, for the benefit of science and rest of the world, he added. India and China have been growing rapidly in the last few decades and both have doubled their GDP. But China, he said, in this period doubled its investment in science and technology while Indias funding reminded at the same level. South Korea, a much smaller country, is also investing a lot in science and the results are showing, he said.


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India can become a leading scientific power in the world.

Funding delays and legal challenges preventing the country from achieving greatness, says Nobel Laureate David Gross.

23:02

At US Behest Turkey Reboots Syrian War "IndyWatch Feed War"

Turkey has decided to pick up a quarrel with Iran. It all began with President Recep Erdogans sudden outburst on February 14 in the first leg of a regional tour of Gulf States Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Qatar when he said, Some people want both Iraq and Syria to be divided...

23:01

Simple and Effective Car Lock Jammer Detector "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

[Andrew Nohawk], has noticed a spike of car break-ins and thefts even in broad daylight in his native South Africa. The thieves have been using remote jammers. Commercial detectors are available but run into the hundreds of dollars. He decided to experiment with his own rig, whipping up a remote jamming detector for less than the cost of a modest meal.

Operating on the principle that most remote locks work at 433MHz, [Nohawk] describes how criminals jam the frequency by holding down the lock button on another device, hoping to distort or outright interrupt the car from receiving the signal to lock the doors. [Nohawk] picked up a cheap 433MHz receiver (bundled with a transceiver), tossed it on a breadboard with an LED connected to the data channel of the chip on a 5V circuit, and voila whenever the chip detects activity on that frequency, the LED lights up. If you see sustained activity on the band, theres a chance somebody nearby might be waiting for you to leave your vehicle unattended.

If you want to know more about how these jamming attacks work, check out [Samy Kamkars] talk from the Hackaday SuperConference.

Once mounted in your vehicle and you notice the 433MHz band jammed, casually bust out your taser gloves and hang around your car for a bit to show you mean business.


Filed under: security hacks, transportation hacks

23:01

Why Kubo And The Two Strings Deserves An Oscar "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Kubo and the Two Strings was the remarkable animation of 2016, and it has received two Oscar nominations, giving everyone another a chance to see it and talk about it.

The story is this: the boy Kubo lives with his ill mother outside a village. He tells musical stories about his dead father to villagers, who are very impressed. This leads to a mythical fight against spirits from the moon, who attempt to kill him but are also his family. His music brings living and dead together in a way that creates strife. This threatens to destroy his village, so Kubo must undertake a spiritual journey, risking his sanity to learn how to live like a human being and poet.

The boy Kubo is grievingnot in psychological stages, but in song, threnody. He is a fatherless poet. He wants to tell the story of his dead fathers war against the Moon King, but the sun sets before he can do it. The father can never win. Fighting the Moon King by day would be fake. Kubo will have to do his own fighting and in the proper realm of soul, night, which is private and secret.

Kubos musical art prepares the movies plot. He plays a three-string instrument that animates his paper figures, which animate the audience. Soul comes out of song, and Kubos audience sees with their eyes what we have to see with our minds when reading stories. The most beautiful suggestion of his musical powers is that the depth of the paper figures is all superficiality. This kind of musical drama reproduces our own experience: we always start from appearances.

By night, Kubo again tries to join with the village and fails. He wants to pay homage to his dead fathers spirit. He performs his ritual, but nothing happens. He hoped to command a spirit to appear when needed. Feeling rejected by his father, Kubo unleashes a family drama of cosmic proportions.

Two Different Ways of Seeing

The dead belong to the moon. By night, we cannot see the world properly and therefore cannot act as by day. But our memory and imagination are still alert. Moonlight allows us to fantasize: we concern ourselves with whats inside us and we reshape the outside world accordingly. Hence the boy losing an eye to his evil grandfather, the Moon King. He belongs in two different worlds and has two different ways of seeing.

Night becomes the element in which our story takes place. Kubo lives in a fantasy that might trap him: the plot. But this also matters to his audience. Practically, he plies his art to make ends meet in the village, with its life of crafts that protect and nourish the body.

Kubo and his mother, however, live in a cave by the sea. They are half-wild. His art threatens the village with destruction through grief. The music by which he moves their souls brings a pained awareness of our mortality. He has to learn about...

23:00

Has Anything Changed 5 Years After Trayvon Martin Was Killed? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Tomorrow marks the 5th anniversary of the killing of Trayvon Martin by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman.

On a dark and rainy night in Sanford, Florida, 17 year-old Trayvon Martin walked to a local convenience store to purchase some snacks and a drink.

On his way back home he walked through the neighborhood Zimmerman patrolled. He spotted Martin and called the police, reporting a suspicious person.

Though told to stay in his vehicle by the police dispatcher, Zimmerman got out and followed Martin into a dark alley. Words were exchanged, leading to a struggle; eventually Martin was shot dead through the chest by Zimmerman.

A national media storm ensued. At the center of much of the coverage was Floridas Stand Your Ground law a kind of self-defense law on steroids: Was Zimmerman justified in using deadly force to defend himself from physical assault, or did he stalk and murder Martin?

The Trayvon Martin shooting was really a hurricane convergence of a number of issues simmering just below the surface of national attention: racism, racial profiling by law enforcement, gun laws, drug laws, mass incarceration, and white privilege.

George Zimmerman was eventually charged with 2nd-degree murder by the state of Florida. A lengthy, highly publicized, televised, and much criticized trial commenced. In the end Zimmerman was acquitted, leading to outbursts of public disbelief and outrage.

In this video filmed before the trial began, former Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz walks through the history of the legal concepts of self-defense and stand-your-ground law. He presciently points out that, although Zimmerman was morally wrong to profile and follow Martin through that dark alley, we dont know how the altercation started, and the burden of proof on the Florida state prosecution for 2nd degree murder was too high.

Yet the death of Trayvon Martin set off a national conversation about the unlawful killing of unarmed young black men by law enforcement. This heightened awareness found a voice in the nationwide Black Lives Matter movement.

The Obama Department of Justice took action to rein in local police after a number of high-profile shootings, most notably in Ferguson, Missouri. How the Trump administration will react after the next incident is caught on a cell-phone camera remains to be seen.


Related front page panorama photo credit: Adapted by WhoWhatWhy from Trayvon Martin (family of Trayvon Martin / Wikimedia), George Zimmerman (Orange County Jail  / Wikimedia) an...

22:57

Top 5 Stories This Week (Feb. 20-24, 2017) "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Here's what got the most reads during our week focused on the proposed I-49 highway in Shreveport, LA:

Shreveport's Highways at a Crossroads

by Jennifer Hill, February 20, 2017

For the past seven years, a David & Goliath struggle has taken place in ShreveportLouisianas third largest cityover a proposal to build a 3.6 mile long innercity connector (ICC) for Interstate 49 North. 

The Economics of the I-49 Connector: Part I and Part II

by Charles Marohn, February 20 & 22, 2017

An official report on the economic impacts of the proposed highway details three ways in which the project will provide economic benefits to Shreveport. In this series, we delve into what's wrong with those arguments. (Part III coming soon.)

The History of Urban Freeways: Who Counts?

by Daniel Herriges, February 21, 2017

The only problem this highway project seeks to solve is, "How do we move more vehicles through Shreveport?" The perspective of residents whose neighborhood would be destroyed by the highway seems to count for nothing.

Who Supports this Inner-City Highway and Why?

by Rachel Quednau, February 23, 2017

Here's what Shreveport residents are saying in support of the I-49 inner city highway and why their arguments are flawed.

A "Hand Up" Through Housing

by Rachel Quednau, February 22, 2017

The Fuller Center for Housing has helped dozens of Allendale families build and own their own homes and they have high hopes for the neighborhood. But until the I-49 connector is put to rest, investment in the area will be stifled.

(Top photo of an Allendale neighborhood event in SWEPCO park, by...

22:48

Cultural Differences: Beware Friday the 17th! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Um Crys I think you mean Friday the 13th I can already hear many of you whispering under your breath. Funnily enough no, I dont mean Friday the 13th. I am aware that in the vast majority of Western countries 13 is the unlucky number, and Friday the 13th is an unlucky day. In a bizarre twist on the usual superstition, however, Italians believe that 17 is an unlucky number, and therefore Friday the 17th is the day to watch out for. It is also the 17th row that is missing from old Alitalia planes, the number 17 that no one will have on their jerseys, and the number 17 that was retired from Formula 1 after Jules Bianchi crashed his number 17 car and died on Friday the 17th of July 2015.

Last Friday was a Friday the 17th, and the various Italians I work with mentioned it in some passing, humorous way. This made me think about why, exactly, 17 is unlucky in Italian culture. Why 13 is supposedly unlucky is relatively easy, as it stems from Christian mythology. The story goes that there were 13 people at the last supper, and the 13th person was Judas, who went on to betray Christ. It is also supposed that Jesus died on a Friday, and so Friday the 13th is an especially unlucky day.

Given the origin of this superstition you would think that Italy, a deeply Catholic country and home of the Vatican, would also hold to a superstition of Christian origin. So, I asked myself, is it a Mediterranean thing that predates Christianity? A few questions to my Greek and Spanish colleagues revealed that their cultures too have 13 as the unlucky number. As far as I can tell, Italy is the only country in which 17 takes this special position. So, why is that?

Google here I come.

 

A brief web search led me to a well-referenced Wikipedia page. Based on what I can gather, the fear of the number 17 comes from Roman times, and Christian post-hoc justifications were tacked onto it in order to keep an old superstition around.

While no one can really say for sure, most people seem to agree that the fear of the number 17 came from the Roman tradition of carving VIXI onto tombstones. VIXI is Latin for vissi, which means I lived or I have lived. It is a word that recalls our mortality, and thus considered bad luck. An anagram of VIXI is XVII, which is the Roman numeral for 17.

Other, unsubstantiated stories exist around the origins of this superstition, including that the 17th legion was one of the 3 Roman legions that was entirely destroyed during the Battle of Teutoburg Forest, and that the followers of Pythagoras found 17 to be a distasteful number lying between the perfect 16 and 18.

As for the Biblical justification for this superstitio...

22:43

SYRIA: Nusra Front Suicide Bombers Target Homs, Dozens Killed and Injured "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Vanessa Beeley

car bomb homs
Archive image of Homs suicide bombings in 2014

21st Century Wire says

Suicide bombers from Nusra Front, murder 32 people in Homs this morning and injure 24 others. Homs has been one of the worst affected towns by these soulless killers, funded by the US and NATO & Gulf states, supported by Israel and sundry anti-anti-war organisations such as the Syria Solidarity UK. These proxy militant and terrorist groups under any name, always claim the lives of innocent civilians, among their victims, and leave a trail of bloodshed in their wake.

The US can rebrand these monsters multiple times, but it will never wash them clean of their extremist, murderous ideology.

Report from Syrian Arab News Agency 25th February 2017:

Homs, SANA Suicide terrorists blew themselves up with explosive belts in two security centers in Homs city, claiming lives of many people and injuring others.

SANA reporter said that six suicide terrorists infiltrated on Saturday morning into al-Ghouta and al-Mahatta areas synchronously and blew themselves up in two security centers in Homs city, adding that Major-General Hassan Daaboul, Head of Military Security Department, was martyred along with a number of security personnel.

Homs Governor Talal Barazi told SANA that the terrorist suicide bombings claimed the lives of 32 people including a military commander and injured 24 others, who were admitted to hospitals for getting the suitable treatment.

The Governor pointed out that the victories of the Syrian Army made the terrorists frenzied and pushed them to commit this coward terrorist atrocity in a hopeless attempt to undermine the capability of the security services, which managed to establish security and stability in Homs city.

Fatteh al-Sham Front (Jabhat al-Nusra) , designated as a terrorist organization on the international terrorism list, claimed, in a statement on websites, respo...

SYRIA: Nusra Front Suicide Bombers Target Homs, Dozens Killed and Injured "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

car bomb homs
Archive image of Homs suicide bombings in 2014

21st Century Wire says

Suicide bombers from Nusra Front, murder 32 people in Homs this morning and injure 24 others. Homs has been one of the worst affected towns by these soulless killers, funded by the US and NATO & Gulf states, supported by Israel and sundry anti-anti-war organisations such as the Syria Solidarity UK. These proxy militant and terrorist groups under any name, always claim the lives of innocent civilians, among their victims, and leave a trail of bloodshed in their wake.

The US can rebrand these monsters multiple times, but it will never wash them clean of their extremist, murderous ideology.

Report from Syrian Arab News Agency 25th February 2017: 

Homs, SANA Suicide terrorists blew themselves up with explosive belts in two security centers in Homs city, claiming lives of many people and injuring others.

SANA reporter said that six suicide terrorists infiltrated on Saturday morning into al-Ghouta and al-Mahatta areas synchronously and blew themselves up in two security centers in Homs city, adding that Major-General Hassan Daaboul, Head of Military Security Department, was martyred along with a number of security personnel.

Homs Governor Talal Barazi told SANA that the terrorist suicide bombings claimed the lives of 32 people including a military commander and injured 24 others, who were admitted to hospitals for getting the suitable treatment.

The Governor pointed out that the victories of the Syrian Army made the terrorists frenzied and pushed them to commit this coward terrorist atrocity in a hopeless attempt to undermine the capability of the security services, which managed to establish security and stability in Homs city.

Fatteh al-Sham Front (Jabhat al-Nusra) , designated as a terrorist organization on the international terrorism list, claimed, in a statement on websites, responsibility for the terrorist bombings.

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22:37

Ration of Russian 74th Brigade during its Rostov-Ukraine missions "IndyWatch Feed War"

We identified Russian soldiers of the 74th Separate Motorized Rifle Brigade, who received the combatant status after...

The post Ration of Russian 74th Brigade during its Rostov-Ukraine missions appeared first on InformNapalm.org (English).

22:37

gnu-paxutils: multiple crashes "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by Agostino Sarubbo on Feb 25

Description:
GNU paxutils is a suite of archive utilities: it will provide cpio, tar and POSIX pax archivers.

A fuzzing on tar and pax shows multiple crashes.
I really dont know if atm those tools are used somewhere.

Details:

# tar -t -f $FILE
buffer.c:1480:40: runtime error: index 7168 out of bounds for type 'char [512]'
SUMMARY: AddressSanitizer: undefined-behavior buffer.c:1480:40 in
/bins/tar: Record size of archive...

22:32

Un article du Figaro parle du traitement judiciaire des enfants victimes et des parents protecteurs "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Pour une fois, on a pu lire dans Le Figaro un article pertinent sur la manire dont la justice traite les enfants victimes et les parents qui tentent de les protger, via un recours quasi systmatique au SAP, le fumeux syndrome d'alination parentale du [...]

22:30

Top Wearable Technology Companies in 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Stephen Karmazyn

Wearable Tech Stocks to Consider Investing In

The wearable market has taken a bit of a drubbing over recent months, with some standard-bearers of the industry like GoPro Inc (NASDAQ:GPRO) and Fitbit Inc (NYSE:FIT) hitting tough times in the market in 2016. But that doesnt mean there arent still some top wearable technology companies out there.

Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN) is the leading wearable tech stock in 2017, at least so far and when compared to other top names in the market. And while.

The post Top Wearable Technology Companies in 2017 appeared first on Profit Confidential.

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22:26

Microsofts AI DeepCoder learns coding by stealing from others "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

AI can write its own code by stealing from other programs

Researchers at Microsoft and Cambridge University have built a highly sophisticated computer called DeepCoder that can now allow machines to write their own programs. This is aimed to make job easier for users who dont know programming languages well enough to use them effi...

22:25

pax-utils: scanelf: out of bounds read in scanelf_file_get_symtabs (scanelf.c) "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by Agostino Sarubbo on Feb 25

Description:
pax-utils is a set of tools that check files for security relevant properties.

A fuzz on scanelf exposed that the out-of bound read already reported at
https://blogs.gentoo.org/ago/2017/02/01/pax-utils-scanelf-out-of-bounds-read-in-scanelf_file_get_symtabs-scanelf-c was
unfixed.

The complete ASan output:

# scanelf -s '*' -axetrnibSDIYZB $FILE
==1093==ERROR: AddressSanitizer: unknown-crash on address 0x7f4ddab2c3a0 at...

22:16

Aaqil Ahmed's replacement is announced "IndyWatch Feed Europe"




Fatima Salaria will take over the responsibilities for religious programming on BBC TV previously carried out by Aaqil Ahmed.

Ms Salaria will be the second Muslim in a row to run BBC TV's religious output. 

Her appointment was overseen by James Purnell.



In response to criticism that a Christian wasn't appointed, a BBC spokesman says:
People should be judged by their ability to do the job, not their religious background. Fatima was appointed as she is an extremely talented commissioner. Weve strengthened our focus on religion and ethics within television and have been clear that we plan to do even more to reflect the role of religion in modern Britain, with Christianity at the heart of our coverage.
That may be disingenuous, however, given that her previous appointment as an...

22:10

Critical thoughts on an international anti-fascist training weekend "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

On February 10th-11th an autonomous gym in Ghent, Belgium hosted a training weekend bringing together participants from autonomous anti-fascist gyms all over Europe. In this feature article two two people who have been involved in their local London autonomous gym for four years talk about their experiences at the event, and about how future similar []

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The Prologue "IndyWatch Feed Europe"



As the BBC website appears to have stopped providing transcripts of Radio 4's A Point of View, the following pair of posts preserves for posterity a couple of very interesting talks by the philosopher John Gray. 

As they largely go against the entrenched left-liberal bias for which A Point of View used to be known (as we chronicled here at ITBB) - at least until they added Roger Scruton to the cast-list - it feels only right to offer them as counter-examples, or as exceptions that (mostly) prove the rule. 

22:04

The Red Line and the Rat Line. Seymour Hersh on Obama, Erdoan and the Syrian Rebels "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

First published in April 2014, this article by Seymour Hersh is of relevance to an understanding the evolving situation in Syria In 2011 Barack Obama led an allied military intervention in Libya without consulting the US Congress. Last August, after

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John Gray on 'The Spectre of Populism' "IndyWatch Feed Europe"


Transcript of A Point of View, BBC Radio 4, Friday 24 February 2017:


When a respected European academic told me only a few years ago that at least another century would have to pass before the European Union became the transnational state it was meant to be I couldn't help smiling. 

Like many supporters of the European project he looked forward to a time when nation states would be replaced by a Europe-wide federal government. He recognised that this might take some time. Conceding that it could require a hundred years or more, he seemed to think, showed an admirable sense of reality.

To me, the idea that the rest of the world would stop and wait while the EU moved slowly towards full political union was comically unreal. What would China and India be doing during this majestic process. More to the point, how would Europe's voters feel as they watched this project unfold, decade after decade, generation after generation, for another hundred years? The notion that they'd stand by humbly as their rulers pursued a vision most of them never shared it seemed to me delusional. 

Today I think it's an attitude of the kind the academic displayed - a mix of high-minded idealism, intellectual arrogance and childish naivety - that has fuelled the advance of the movements that are being lazily lumped together as "populism". 

Few terms are more often tossed around in politics these days than this buzz word, lifted from what was once mistakenly called "political science", and none is more misleading. 


...

22:02

John Gray on 'The Follies of Experts' "IndyWatch Feed Europe"


Transcript of A Point of View, BBC Radio 4, Friday 17 February 2017:


"People of moderate means put their faith in bankers and economists. People with serious money consult astrologers".

That was the view of a very wealthy man, no longer living, who I knew some years ago. He had little time for expert opinion on markets or the economy. He didn't ignore the prognostications of central bankers and other authorities. He knew the affected share prices, at least in the short term, but he regarded the forecast of economists as not much more than exercises in fortune-telling dressed up as science. For him a frank reliance on superstition was better on the pretence of knowledge where none was available.

It was a view with which I had some sympathy, and it's become more plausible with the passage of time. 

What's so striking about the social sciences isn't that they failed to predict the largest events of the past decades, it's that most of the practitioners of these disciplines didn't regard these events as being even possible.


A handful of economists foresaw the financial crisis that began to erupt in 2007, but for many thousands of them, working in universities and international institutions, a worldwide collapse in the financial system seemed much too far-fetched a prospect to be seriously contemplated - if they considered it at all. It wasn't that they'd miscalculated the probability of an event of this kind happening. Worse, they hadn't included such a collapse in any list of realistic possibilities.

Outside of economics a similar failure lay behind the astonishment with which Western experts greeted the collapse of communism. A few who'd been trained as historians of Russia had a longer historical perspective and recognised the weakness of the Soviet system. But most experts at the time practised a pseudo-discipline called 'Sovietology' and c...

22:01

February 26 in history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

747 BC Epoch of Ptolemys Nabonassar Era.

364 Valentinian I was proclaimed Roman Emperor.

1266 Battle of Benevento: An army led by Charles, Count of Anjou, defeated a combined German and Sicilian force led by King Manfred of Sicily who was killed.

1361 Wenceslaus, Holy Roman Emperor, King of Bohemia, was born (d. 1419).

1564 Christopher Marlowe, English dramatist, was born (d. 1593).

1658 Treaty of Roskilde: After a devastating defeat in the Northern Wars(1655-1661), King Frederick III of Denmark-Norway was forced to give up nearly half his territory to Sweden to save the rest.

1794 Christiansborg Palace, Copenhagen burnt down.

1802 Victor Hugo, French writer, was born (d. 1885).

1815 Napoleon Bonaparte escaped from Elba.

1829 Levi Strauss, German-born clothing designer, was born  (d. 1902).

1844 Two Wellington lawyers, William Brewer and H. Ross, undertook a duel as the result of a quarrel that had arisen from a case in the Wellington County Court. When the two men faced off in Sydney Street, Brewer fired into the air but received Mr. Ross ball in the groin. He died a few days later.

'Pistols at dawn': deadly duel in Wellington

1846 William F. Buffalo Bill Cody, American frontiersman, was born  (d. 1917).

...

22:00

Self care Saturday, Feb 25: Peeping Tom "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I know Ive posted this one before, but I dont care. If I need a song to wiggle my hips too, this is it. And I need me some wigglin.

 

-Shiv

22:00

Trumps Krieg gegen die Medien ist ja nicht wirklich ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Trumps Krieg gegen die Medien ist ja nicht wirklich ein Krieg gegen die Medien. Blo ein Krieg gegen die Medien, die Trump nicht mag.

The news outlets blocked from the press briefing include organisations who President Trump has criticised by name. CNN, BBC, The New York Times, LA Times, New York Daily News, BuzzFeed, The Hill, and the Daily Mail, were among the news outlets barred from the gathering.
Hahaha, die Daily Mail und Buzzfeed! Sogar DIE machen Trump zu viel Journalismus! Das lsst ja tief blicken.
Instead, the press secretary hand-picked news outlets including Breitbart News, One America News Network, The Washington Times, all news organisations with far-right leanings. Others major outlets approved included ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox News, Reuters and Bloomberg.
Na gut, da ist immerhin noch ein bisschen Luft. Auf der anderen Seite lsst man ja auch immer einen angeschossenen Feind am Leben, damit er zurck humpeln und Furcht in die Herzen des Gegners treiben kann.

Im Rahmen einer Diskussion von Kant und der Aufklrung ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Im Rahmen einer Diskussion von Kant und der Aufklrung kam hier neulich die Frage auf, ob das Heranziehen von "Experten" im Fernsehen nicht auch Ausdruck des Menschenbildes ist, dass der Whler an sich dumm und uninformiert ist, und man eine reprsentative Demokratie braucht, um ihn von wichtigen Entscheidungen zu isolieren, damit er nicht versehentlich alles kaputtmacht.

Mir fllt das gerade ein, weil mir ein Leser diese tolle Geschichte ber einen "Schweden-Experten" bei Fox News eingereicht hat. Fox News hatte doch vor ein paar Tagen eine Story von wegen "Schweden geht total den Bach runter, Anarchie und marodierende Moslemhorden randalieren die Innenstdte kaputt und vergewaltigen unsere Frauen!1!!". Die hatte der Trump gesehen und darber getweetet, dadurch erfuhr das so ein bisschen ungerechtfertigte Aufmerksamkeit.

Jedenfalls fhrt Trump ja in solchen Situationen ein Strategie namens "double down". Der Begriff kommt von Blackjack. Man hat zwei Karten und darf beliebig viele weitere ziehen, aber die Summe der Werte der Karten darf nicht 21 bersteigen. Wer am nchsten an 21 rankommt, gewinnt. Double Down heit jetzt, dass man nach dem Sehen der ersten beiden Karten sagt: ich nehme noch genau eine Karte und verdoppele meinen Einsatz (und damit auch mein Risiko). Im bertragenen Sinn heit das, wenn man bei etwas Schlechtem erwischt wird, dass man seinen Fehler nicht einrumt sondern nochmal drei Schritt weiter geht. In diesem Fall hat Trump nicht eingerumt, dass er auf Bullshit reingefallen ist, sondern hat bei seiner CPAC-Rede nachgelegt:

I took a lot of heat on Sweden.

A day later I said has anybody reported whats going on? And it turned out that they didnt, not too many of them take a lot what happened in Sweden.

I love Sweden, great country, great people, the people over there understand Im right.

Hier gibt es ein paar Zahlen zur Kriminalitt in Schweden.

Ich frage mich, ob das Zeigen von Experten vielleicht eine Strategie ist, um den Leuten das Gefhl zu geben, dass es da drauen Leute gibt, die sich auskennen, und daher muss ich mich da jetzt nicht nher fr interessieren. Was meint ihr?

Oh, gucke mal: Daniele Ganser ist jetzt wichtig genug, ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Oh, gucke mal: Daniele Ganser ist jetzt wichtig genug, dass das Schweizer Fernsehen mal einen publizistischen Takedown gegen ihn durchfhrt. So richtig mit persnlich einladen und dann aus privaten E-Mails zitieren. Wow. Der hat inzwischen wahrscheinlich schlicht mehr Einschaltquote als die, und da musste mal jemand was tun!1!!

Ich finde bemerkenswert, wie wenig sie dann tatschlich vorzubringen haben. Die nehmen irgendein Randdetail (auf Twitter wirft er Unfairness vor, in der Mail sagt er aber, der Bericht sei fair gewesen, nur der Kontext zwischen Klimalge und Protokolle (ich nehme an die Protokolle der Weisen von Zion) sei unfair. Ja und? Wo ist da jetzt der Widerspruch? Kann ein an sich fairer Bericht nicht durch den Kontext unfair werden?) als Prmisse dafr, dass der Ganser lgt (!1!!) und diskreditieren damit alle anderen seiner uerungen. So hnlich lief ja auch damals die Verschwrungs-Abwatsche zu den 9/11-Truthern, die der Spiegel rausgehauen hat, um ihre Deutungshoheit zu verteidigen.

Wer sich angucken will, was Daniele Ganser sonst so zu sagen hat: Hier ist ein aktuelles Video (zweieinhalb Stunden, ber sein neues Buch "Illegale Kriege").

Ich wrde ja echt gerne mal wissen, wie der SRF das intern begrndet hat. Wieso fhlen die sich so bedroht, dass sie zu derartig unserisen Taktiken greifen mssen? Haben die dermaen Angst um ihre Jobs?

Google fngt jetzt anscheinend an, alt-right Fake-News-Sites ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Google fngt jetzt anscheinend an, alt-right Fake-News-Sites aus dem Index zu schmeien, und, schlimmer noch, Google scheint denen auch keine Werbung mehr zu schalten und schneidet sie damit von ihren Einnahmen ab.

Und Google ist nicht alleine. Auch Breitbart hat ein wichtiges Werbenetzwerk verloren, die u.a. die Budgets von Apple, McDonalds und einigen Autoherstellern verwalten. Allerdings geht das wohl nicht von besagtem Werbenetzwerk aus, sondern:

Anfang Februar wurde ein internes Memo ffentlich, wonach die meisten Omnicom-Kunden des Netzwerks mittlerweile Breitbart von ihren Anzeigenschaltungen ausschlieen. Die Konzerne werden ber Social-Media-Kampagnen von liberalen Trump-Gegnern unter Druck gesetzt, die die Firmen direkt darauf hinweisen, in welchem Umfeld ihre Premium-Anzeigen auftauchen.
Ich finde das ja furchtbar, wenn wir den Krieg der Ideen gegen die Rechten nicht mit Ideen gewinnen knnen, sondern indem wir ihnen den Mund verbieten. Lange wird das nicht mehr dauern, frchte ich, bis die genug Mehrheit hinter sich haben, dass wir die Minderheit sind, und dann werdet ihr euch noch alle umdrehen, wenn euch die Werbeeinnahmen wegbrechen.

Mal aus Sicht von Werbetreibenden knnte man ja heute schon argumentieren, dass die Konservativen mehr Kohle haben und daher die wichtigere Zielgruppe sind. Oder so. Ich halte das fr eine Aberration, dass das gerade noch nicht geschieht. Weil die Kids im Moment alle nicht ordentlich erzogen sind und Konsum ber Schulden fahren.

Update: Stefan Niggemeier hat sich das auch angeguckt und findet heraus, dass die Faktenbasis des "Welt"-Artikels auch eher aus dem Fake-News-Bereich kommt. Money Quote:

Die schrfste Waffe das Nicht-Anzeigen einer Seite in den Suchergebnissen hat Google nicht gegen die nationalistische amerikanische Nachrichtenseite Breitbart gezckt, sondern gegen die radikale Verschwrungs- und Anti-Pharma-Seite Natural News. Aber auch das augenscheinlich nicht, wie der Welt-Artikel ber weite Strecken suggeriert, weil sie Fake News verbreitet, sondern wegen eines von Google ausdrcklich untersagten technischen Tricks, um Besucher auf andere Seiten weiterzuleiten.
Never mind then.

Argentina: Indigenous Mapuches campaign for land rights (Teresa Bo) "IndyWatch Feed World"

25/02/2017 - For years, members of the indigenous Mapuche community have battled with the Chilean government over land rights. Now, Mapuches in Argentina are also struggling to regain what they say is their ancestral ...

22:00

J. S. Huxley part 2: Volvox "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Last time, I wrote about Julian Huxleys 1912 book, The Individual in the Animal Kingdom, and his use of the volvocine algae as an example. I liked most of what he had to say, though I took issue with his assertion that

all the other members of the family except Volvoxare colonies and nothing moretheir members have united together because of certain benefits resulting from mere aggregation, but are not in any way interdependent, so that the wholes are scarcely more than the sum of their parts.

This is, of course, a matter of how we define a multicellular organism, but I think any definition that excludes, for example, Eudorina, is not a very useful one.

This time, Ill look at the rest of what Huxley had to say about the volvocine algae, most of which is about Volvox:

Though, as we have said, Volvox is obviously related to Gonium and the others, it is separated from them by somewhat of a gap.

In the first place, it contains, instead of sixteen or even sixty-four cells, a vast number, mounting up in some species to twenty thousand (see frontispiece).

Frontispiece from Huxley 1912. Volvox globator Ehrenberg. An adult asexual colony, highly magnified. The hexagonal areas represent the gelatinous coats of the individual cells in surface view. The thin common envelope of the whole colony is seen round the circumference. In the hinder half of the colony are seen two of the large asexual reproductive cells, and the various stages of their development into daughter colonies. The two most advanced daughter colonies have already secreted a common envelope of their own. (After A. Lang.)

Frontispiece from Huxley 1912. Volvox globator Ehrenberg. An adult asexual colony, highly magnified. The hexagonal areas represent the gelatinous coats of the individual cells in surface view. The thin common envelope of the whole colony is seen round the circumference. In the hinder half of the colony are seen two of the large asexual reproductive cells, and the various stages of their development into daughter colonies. The two most advanced daughter colonies have already secreted a common envelope of their own. (After A. Lang.)

As with the Gonium figure, Huxley doesnt list A. Lang in the Literature Cited....

22:00

NSF Funds Supercomputer Cluster at Penn State "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The Penn State Cyber-Laboratory for Astronomy, Materials, and Physics (CyberLAMP) is acquiring a high-performance computer cluster that will facilitate interdisciplinary research and training in cyberscience and is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation. The hybrid computer cluster will combine general purpose central processing unit (CPU) cores with specialized hardware accelerators, including the latest generation of NVIDIA graphics processing units (GPUs) and Intel Xeon Phi processors.

"This state-of-the-art computer cluster will provide Penn State researchers with over 3200 CPU and Phi cores, as well as 101 GPUs, a significant increase in the computing power available at Penn State," said Yuexing Li, assistant professor of astronomy and astrophysics and the principal investigator of the project.

Astronomers and physicists at Penn State will use this computer cluster to improve the analysis of the massive observational datasets generated by cutting-edge surveys and instruments. They will be able to broaden the search for Earth-like planets by the Habitable Zone Planet Finder, sharpen the sensitivity of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) to the cataclysmic merger of ultra-massive astrophysical objects like black holes and neutron stars, and dramatically enhance the ability of the IceCube experiment to detect and reconstruct elusive cosmological and atmospheric neutrinos.

"The order-of-magnitude improvement in processing power provided by CyberLAMP GPUs will revolutionize the way the IceCube experiment analyzes its data, enabling it to extract many more neutrinos, with much finer detail, than ever before," said co-principal investigator Doug Cowen, professor of physics and astronomy and astrophysics.


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21:55

Sadiq Khan's ill-judged intervention in Scottish politics "IndyWatch Feed Europe"


The Labour Party in Scotland have suffered one of the most rapid declines in popularity in British political history, but it's absolutely clear that they simply refuse to learn any lessons.

In 2015 Labour lost 40 of their 41 Scottish constituencies in the General Election, and in 2016 they were beaten down to third place in the Scottish parliament elections by the widely reviled Scottish Conservatives.

Anyone would think that a party that had suffered such a rapid and humiliating fall from grace would engage in at least a little reflection about what went so terribly wrong, but no.

The Labour Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has waded into Scottish politics to try to claim that there is no real difference between supporting Scottish independence from the corrupt Westminster establishment, and the extreme-right political elements who try to "divide us on the basis of background, race or religion".

The first thing to note is that the tactic of calling people racists backfired spectacularly twice in 2016 with Brexit and then the election of Donald Trump. Even if these two political campaigns were indeed heavily supported by divisive extreme-right bigots like the Britain First hate group and the alt-right white supremacist movement, labelling all Brexiters and Trump voters as racists just helped to feed into the self-pitying victimhood complexes that the extreme-right absolutely thrive on.

The other thing to note about this absurd claim that Scottish civic nationalism is no different to the racism and bigotry of the extreme-right is that the extreme-right are actually amongst the most vocal opponents of Scottish independence.

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21:52

US commits to protecting Manbij against Turkish attacks, providing heavy weapons reports "IndyWatch Feed War"

US Central Command General Joseph Votel has promised the defence of Manbij from any possible attacks by Turkey and Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) groups, according to reports.

In a visit to the autonomous region in northern Syria (Rojava) on Friday, which was reported by Kom News, General Votel met with Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG) and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) officials in a four hour meeting.

Speaking to AFP, SDF spokesperson Talal Silo commented on the meeting saying, We talked about the coordination between the SDF and Washington and increasing support for the SDF. They promised us heavy weapons for the upcoming phases. The results [of the meeting] were positive. We discussed the Wrath of Euphrates operation and shared developments in the military sphere.

Silo called the meeting a confirmation of American support for our forces.

According to a senior SDF source who spoke to AFP, Votel confirmed the coalitions commitment to protecting Manbij from any attacks waged by Turkey or supported by it, as part of its previous commitment to protecting the area.

The same source also said they hadnt discussed opening corridors for Turkish-backed forces to enter areas under SDF control, something Turkish officials proposed as part of a plan to lead the Raqqa operation to capture the Islamic State (IS) stronghold in Syria.

The operation is currently being carried out by the SDF, much to the annoyance of Ankara which views the force as being led by the YPG, a group it sees as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

The US Central Command Twitter account shared several photos of recently trained Arab fighters and Manbij Military Council officials following Votels visit. According to unofficial figures the SDF is formed of 27,000 Kurdish and 23,000 Arab as well as smaller numbers of Syriac and Turkmen fighters. There are also thought to be several hundred US special forces involved in the operation.

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21:45

Former IMF Chief and Dozens of Former Bank Execs Just Got Sentenced to Jail "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Former IMF Chief and Dozens of Former Bank Execs Just Got Sentenced to Jail But will they actually warm a bench in a Spanish prison? By Don Quijones, Spain & Mexico, editor at WOLF STREET. The unimaginable just happened in Spain: two former bank CEOs, Miguel Blesa (CEO of Caja Madrid) and Rodrigo Rato (CEO of Bankia) were just

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21:45

Will Trump Be Forced into War with Russia? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The propaganda war being waged by the well-fed mainstream Western media has received a boost since it became clear that President Trumps chief counsellors and associates are almost without exception relentlessly anti-Russian

21:42

Turkish PM seeks votes for 'strong, stable' Turkey in April referendum "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Opponents in democratic Turkey fear a surge in authoritarianism if voters agree to a powerful executive presidency

21:41

Leopard mauls six people in Bihar, India "IndyWatch Feed World"

Muzaffarpur district of Bihar was left terrified on Friday afternoon after the news of a leopard being spotted in the near-by farms made way. Seen loafing around freely, the leopard soon turned violent when a massive crowd gathered around the area to witness the sight. The struggle to catch the leopard went on for over 9 hours where all the commotion led to the wild animal attacking over 6 villagers. Although the experts were called upon for rescue, their delay of over 3 hours in reaching the spot with tranquillizers resulted in the villagers opting for other measures to capture the animal.

21:41

Battery Power Gives Boost to Renewables "IndyWatch Feed World"

By Kieran Cooke / Climate News Network

Researchers have moved one step closer to the dream of the renewables industry: batteries that can store large amounts of energy cheaply for extended periods of time.


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21:39

More dead Iraqi, Syrian civilians under Trump? "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video from the USA says about itself:

500,000 Iraqi Civilians Died In Iraq War

17 October 2013

New research on the human cost of the war in Iraq estimates that roughly half a million men, women and children died between 2003 and 2011 as a direct result of violence or the associated collapse of civil infrastructure.

Other estimates are over a million dead Iraqi civilians.

By Bill Van Auken in the USA:

Pentagon prepares for bigger, bloodier war in Iraq and Syria

25 February 2017

The Pentagon has prepared recommendations to be submitted to President Donald Trump at the beginning of next week for a major escalation of the US military intervention in Iraq and Syria.

According to unnamed US officials cited Friday by the Wall Street Journal, the proposal is expected to include sending additional troops to Iraq and Syria and loosening battlefield restrictions to ease rules designed to minimize civilian casualties.

The new battle plans stem from an executive order signed by Trump on January 28 giving the Pentagon 30 days to deliver a preliminary draft of the Plan to defeat ISIS [Islamic State] in Iraq and Syria.

According to independent estimates, as many as 8,000 civilians have already died in air strikes carried out by US and allied warplanes against targets in both Syria and Iraq, even as the Pentagon routinely denies the vast majority of reported deaths of unarmed men, women and children resulting from US bombings. The new policy to be rolled out next week, which the Journal reports is aimed at increasing the number and rate of operations, will inevitably entail a horrific intensification of this bloodletting.

Speaking before the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at the Brookin...

21:38

Abraham Bolden - Part 3, Changing the Route and Clint Hill, 1520 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

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21:30

Its Our Solar System in Miniature, but Could TRAPPIST-1 Host Another Earth? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Scientists have discovered seven Earth-sized planets packed around a dim star.

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Artist impression of the Trappist-1 System. Credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser/spaceengine.org/The Conversation

Scientists have discovered seven Earth-sized planets, so tightly packed around a dim star that a year there lasts less than two weeks. The number of planets and the radiation levels they receive from their star, TRAPPIST-1, make these worlds a miniature analogue of our own Solar System.

The excitement surrounding TRAPPIST-1 was so great that the discovery was announced with an article in Nature accompanied by a NASA news conference. In the last two decades, nearly 3,500 planets have been found orbiting stars beyond our Sun, but most dont make headlines.

How likely are we really to find a blue marble like our Earth among these new worlds?

Earth 2.0?

We still know little about these planets with certainty, but initial clues look enticing.

All seven worlds complete an orbit in between 1.5 and 13 days. So closely are they huddled that a person standing on one planet might see the neighbouring worlds in the sky even larger than our moon. The short years place the planets closer to their star than any planet sits to the Sun. Happily, they avoid being baked by TRAPPIST-1 because it is incredibly dim.

TRAPPIST-1 is a small ultracool dwarf star with a luminosity roughly 1/1000th that of the Sun. Comparing the two at Wednesdays news conference, lead author of the Nature paper, Michal Gillon, said that if the Sun were scaled to the size of a basketball, TRAPPIST-1 would be a puny golf ball. The resulting paltry amount of heat means that three of the seven TRAPPIST-1 planets actually receive similar amounts of radiation as Venus, Earth and Mars.

21:30

Useful idiots and Broken tools "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Union Protestors Target California Republican, Go to Wrong House Organizer says failed protest is not an embarrassment Union leaders in California continued a protest even after neighbors and police informed them they were at the wrong house because their target, Rep. Steve Knight (R., Calif.), had moved away months ago. The group of over 50 protestors, who []

21:30

Secret Operations, Underground Bases, "Secret Space" *Program* "IndyWatch Feed World"

 

This is the Preshow with Missy Hill for Green Heart Radio:

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"Reality has become stranger than SyFy, my guest Aug Tellez joins me as we unravel what has happened on this planet This show will be like no other ! Go grab your favorite beverage create a safe cozy sacred space in your heart as we go into the dark deep crevices of humanities psyche and into underground bases.We will discuss this matrix, construct, and or holographic reality we find ourselves. We will explore the nature of time, time experiments, the archons, and the artificial intelligence program which seems to being running rampant everywhere. We are shown everything that is happen...

21:29

Iraqi forces push deeper into western Mosul as civilians flee "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Government forces are now less than 3km from the mosque where IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a caliphate in 2014

21:24

Precision Agriculture Makes Farming More Sustainable, Profitable "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Farmers have numerous sources of technology and data available to use in their operations, but many producers struggle with what kind and how much technology they need, according to an article on the University of Nebraska-Lincolns Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources website.

Understanding which technologies and data sets are important and how to best use them is the focus of Joe Lucks work as Nebraska Extension precision agriculture engineer.

To me, precision ag has become a catchall term, but basically it refers to hardware and software systems that improve knowledge and decision support to make farming more manageable, sustainable and profitable, said Luck, who also is an assistant professor of biological systems engineering.

21:24

Nano-sized hydrogen storage system increases efficiency "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Nice.


Lawrence Livermore scientists have collaborated with an interdisciplinary team of researchers including colleagues from Sandia National Laboratories to develop an efficient hydrogen storage system that could be a boon for hydrogen powered vehicles.

Hydrogen is an excellent energy carrier, but the development of lightweight solid-state materials for compact, low-pressure storage is a huge challenge.

Complex metal hydrides are a promising class of materials, but their viability is usually limited by slow hydrogen uptake and release. Nanoconfinementinfiltrating the metal hydride within a matrix of another material such as carboncan, in certain instances, help make this process faster by shortening diffusion pathways for hydrogen or by changing the thermodynamic stability of the material.

21:23

Scientists may have identified cell in eye that causes nearsightedness "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

TUESDAY, Feb. 21, 2017 Whether youre nearsighted or not might come down to one particular type of cell in your retina, a new mouse study suggests.

Researchers from Northwestern Universitys Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago report that this cell is highly sensitive to light and controls how the eye develops.

If it malfunctions and tells the eye to grow for too long, images dont get focused in the retina as they should be, the researchers said.

21:23

Computing with biochemical circuits made easy "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Electronic circuits are found in almost everything from smartphones to spacecraft and are useful in a variety of computational problems from simple addition to determining the trajectories of interplanetary satellites. At Caltech, a group of researchers led by Assistant Professor of Bioengineering Lulu Qian is working to create circuits using not the usual silicon transistors but strands of DNA.

The Qian group has made the technology of DNA accessible to even novice researchersincluding undergraduate studentsusing a software tool they developed called the Seesaw Compiler. Now, they have experimentally demonstrated that the tool can be used to quickly design DNA circuits that can then be built out of cheap unpurified DNA strands, following a systematic wet-lab procedure devised by Qian and colleagues.

A paper describing the work appears in the February 23 issue of Nature Communications.

21:21

China becomes Germanys greatest trade partner "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (R) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel meet with delegates attending the first meeting of Sino-German Advisory Committee on Economy in Beijing, capital of China, July 7, 2014 [Xinhua]


China overtook the US and France to become Germanys biggest trading partner in 2016, official data showed on Friday.

German imports from and exports to China rose to $180 billion last year, the Federal Statistics Office told Reuters.

Germany has maintained strong relations with China during German Chancellor Angela Merkels 11-year tenure.

In June, she concluded her ninth visit to Beijing, during which she presided over the signing of some 96 agreements totaling $15 billion in trade.

During her last visit, Airbus Helicopters finalised an agreement to build an assembly line on a Sino-German business park in China and to sell 100 helicopters to a Chinese consortium.

Daimler AG and its Chinese partner BAIC Motor pledged to jointly invest 4 billion yuan ($608 million) to expand engine production.

Both countries agree on the importance of free trade and globalization, and have taken strong positions against protectionist trade policies.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese President Xi Jinping also have emphatically voiced their intent to ensure that the protectionism highlighted by US President Donald Trump does not roll back decades of global trade.

There will be no return to a world before globalization, Merkel said, adding:Isolation, new nationalism and protectionism will not help us in this.

There is growing fear that the Trump administration will undo much of the cooperation frameworks on trade and sustainable energy in place between G20 nations.

Germany took over the presidency of the G20 in December and last week hosted a meeting in Bonn.

Germanys motto for its presidency is Shaping an Interconnected World, and German officials stress that the it indicates their desire to take globalisation forward through international cooperation rather than roll it back.

State Councilor Yang Jiechi, who chaired a conference preparing for the 9th BRICS Summit in September, said that BRICS members should exert maximum effort to maintain the openness of global economies and oppose trade protectionism.

Merkel has previously said that she favours, in principle, granting China market economy status at the World Trade Organizat......

21:17

Game Hacker Apk Knowing And Understanding Before Download "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

While talking about the game hacker, it is one of the best APK files, which comes with the wonderful capability to modify

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21:17

Swedish Internet Users Face New Wave of Piracy Cash Demands "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Last year, mass copyright-trolling hit Sweden for the first time. An organization calling itself Spridningskollen (Distribution Check) claimed its new initiative would save the entertainment industries and educate the masses.

Predictably there was a huge backlash, both among the public and in the media, something which eventually led the group to discontinue its operations in the country. Now, however, a new wave of trolling is about to hit the country.

Swedish publication Breakit.se reports that a major new offensive is about to begin, with a Danish law firm Njord and movie company Zentropa at the helm.

The companies are targeting the subscribers of several ISPs, including Telia, Tele2 and Bredbandsbolaget, the provider that will shortly begin blocking The Pirate Bay. Its not clear how many people will be targeted but Breakit says that many thousands of IP addresses cover 42 pages of court documents.

Bredbandsbolaget confirmed that a court order exists and it will be forced to hand over the personal details of its subscribers.

The first time we received such a request, we appealed because we do not think that the privacy-related sacrifice is proportionate to the crimes that were allegedly committed. Unfortunately we lost and must now follow the court order, a spokesperson said.

It appears the trolls are taking extreme measures to ensure that ISPs comply. Some Swedish ISPs have a policy of deleting IP address logs but earlier this week a court ordered Telia to preserve data or face a $22,000 fine.

Jeppe Brogaard Clausen of the Njord lawfirm says that after identifying the subscribers he wants to enter into non-aggressive dialogue with them. But while this might sound like a friendly approach, the ultimate aim will be to extract money. Its also worth considering who is behind this operation.

The BitTorrent tracking in the case was carried out by MaverickEye, a German-based company that continually turns up in similar cases all over Europe and the United States. The company and its operator Patrick Achache are part of the notorious Guardaley trolling operation.

Also of interest is the involvement of UK-based...

21:16

The technologies of days past and days future "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

PZ has made a post about a video about Zebrafish development, which originally came out on VHS. He made a throwaway comment If you dont know what that is, ask your grandparents, which got me to think about VHS tapes, and what technologies similar to those, that I have seen the rise and fall of in my lifetime.

Off-hand I can think of:

Video-media

  • Betamax
  • VHS
  • DVD (to some degree)
  • Laserdisk
  • HD-DVD

Audio-media

  • Tape (well, didnt see the rise, just the fall)
  • Compact Discs/CDs (to some degree)
  • MiniDisk (very limited rise)
  • Digital Compact Cassette/DCC (very limited rise)
  • Digital Audio Tape/DAT (very limited rise)

LPs could probably be included in this list, though I didnt experience their rise, and the final part of their decline seems to be stretching out.

Storage media

  • 5-inch Floppy Disk (well, didnt see the rise, just the fall)
  • 3-inch Floppy Disk
  • CD-ROM
  • CD-RW
  • DLT (very limited rise)
  • Zip drive (very limited rise)
  • DVD (as a computer media)
  • DVD-RW

Picture types

  • Slides
  • Polaroids (which has made a comeback)
  • Disposable cameras (their niche was pretty much killed by the cameras in phones)

I could continue, mentioning things like different computer types (C64, Amiga etc.), technologies (cordless phones, anyone?), file formats (remember when BMP was king?) and so on.

These lists indicate how much things have changed since in my lifetime, but they only show part of the picture. What they dont show is how widespread many technologies have become compared to the past. Yes, I did come across 5-inch Floppy Disks, but they were hardly a normal household item, like e.g. USB sticks are these days.

Those of us who were born in the seventies and eighties have experienced some major changes, most notable the world wide web and the mobile phone, which has been incredible game changers, for better and worse. When I graduated high school in 1993, it was hard to imagine how the world would look 25 years later, and a lot of the work avaliable now, couldnt be imagined back then (and a lot of the secure work back then, has since become redundant).

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21:15

Biggest Threat to Dollar Standard "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Biggest Threat to Dollar Standard by Brian Maher The Cassandras of doom have warned about it for years. And so it is finally coming to pass One blue day, they said, foreign central banks primarily Chinas would start unloading their hoards of U.S. Treasury debt. Reams of dis-Oriented greenbacks, orphaned and paupered, would

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21:12

Election bias "IndyWatch Feed Europe"



The latest unsympathetic-to-Trump piece on the BBC News website informs us that Donald Trump may have only won the presidency because his name was listed first on the ballot in certain key swing states - at least according to veteran election analyst Jon Krosnick. 

It's what political scientists call "the primacy effect", and Professor Krosnick says that it brings an unfair bias into elections. 

He contends that it probably cost Hillary Clinton the election:
If all of those states had rotated name order fairly, most likely George W Bush would not have been elected president in 2000, nor would Donald Trump have been elected president in 2016.
As others have already noted though, the primacy effect doesn't seem to have helped Remain win our very own EU referendum:

21:09

White Helmets are Denied Entry into US, Hollywood Dreams Over "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Vanessa Beeley

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A valid travel document is required for travel to the United States, a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security told the Associated Press when asked for a comment on the findings. According to internal Trump administration correspondence seen by The Associated Press, the Department of Homeland Security decided to block Khateeb. ~ Fox News

A Syrian cinematographer up for an Academy Award Sunday night has been reportedly barred from entering the U.S. over the finding of derogatory information a vague term that can mean anything from a simple passport irregularity to terror connections.

Khaled Khateeb, 21, who worked on the Netflix documentary White Helmets, was scheduled to arrive in California on Saturday.

He was issued a visa to attend the awards show, however the Associated Press internal U.S. government correspondence reported that Turkish authorities detained him this week.

21st Century Wire exposes Raed Salehs Terrorist Connections Within the White Helmet Leadership in Syria

This was the revelation that we woke up to, this morning. It appears that US Homeland Security has once more, refused entry, to the White Helmet operatives. The previous time this happened was in April 2016 when Raed Saleh was denied entry into the US to receive an award from InterAction, for his contributions to humanitarian relief. Mark Toner of the US State Department, tried hard to field difficult qu...

White Helmets are Denied Entry into US, Hollywood Dreams Over "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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21st Century Wire says

A valid travel document is required for travel to the United States, a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security told the Associated Press when asked for a comment on the findings. According to internal Trump administration correspondence seen by The Associated Press, the Department of Homeland Security decided to block Khateeb. ~ Fox News

A Syrian cinematographer up for an Academy Award Sunday night has been reportedly barred from entering the U.S. over the finding of derogatory information a vague term that can mean anything from a simple passport irregularity to terror connections.

Khaled Khateeb, 21, who worked on the Netflix documentary White Helmets, was scheduled to arrive in California on Saturday.

He was issued a visa to attend the awards show, however the Associated Press internal U.S. government correspondence reported that Turkish authorities detained him this week.

21st Century Wire exposes Raed Salehs Terrorist Connections Within the White Helmet Leadership in Syria

This was the revelation that we woke up to, this morning. It appears that US Homeland Security has once more, refused entry, to the White Helmet operatives. The previous time this happened was in April 2016 when Raed Saleh was denied entry into the US to receive an award from InterAction, for his contributions to humanitarian relief.  Mark Toner of the US State Department, tried hard to field difficult questions from Matt Lee of AP but failed dismal...

21:08

Angola says charges against Vice-President amount to an attack by Portugal "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Reuters

Angola says Portugal decision to charge vice president a serious attack

LUANDA Angola said on Friday that Portugals decision to charge its Vice President Manuel Vicente with corruption and money laundering was a serious attack that threatened relations between the two states.

A foreign affairs ministry statement said Angola considers unfriendly and nonsensical the way the Portuguese authorities conveyed this news which constitutes a serious attack on the Republic of Angola and is likely to disrupt the good relations existing between the two states.

The prosecutor generals office in Lisbon last week said it was charging Vicente, who is accused of bribing a magistrate when he was chief executive of state oil company Sonangol.

Vicente is a powerful figure in Angola, Africas second-biggest crude producer, but he is no longer seen as a successor to President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who said earlier this month he would not run in this years presidential election, calling an end to 38 years as head of state.

The ruling Peoples Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) approved Defence Minister Joao Lourenco, 62, as its presidential candidate instead of Vicente, at one time seen as the next in line.

Angola is a former Portuguese colony and has branded previous attempts by Portugal to investigate Vicente as revenge by the former colonial master and neo-colonialism....

21:04

Quantum Self-Transformation: A Dream or Reality? "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

A different spin on our own biosystem and Quantum.


There is a maddening and mysterious realm of the quantum, beyond our perception and even beyond logic. And yet, its proposed theory may hide answers to our most daring questions about life.

21:04

Firing of veteran NIH scientist prompts protests over publication ban "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Citing protocol violations, institute wont allow use of 25 years of data.

21:04

Is Quantum Networking The End of Man-in-the-Middle Attacks? "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

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21:04

MITs Annual Technology Review Reveals 10 Breakthrough Technologies For 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

List from MIT Technology Review Explores the Most Remarkable Innovations of 2017, breakthroughs that may, or may not, change our future in dramatic ways.

21:03

South Africa African Diaspora Forum warns government against criminalising foreigners "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

News24

2017-02-25 11:37
Foreign nationals standing in a line facing the SA group and shouting inaudible slurs. (Mpho Raborife, News24)

Foreign nationals standing in a line facing the SA group and shouting inaudible slurs. (Mpho Raborife, News24)

Johannesburg The African Diaspora Forum (ADF) called on the government to stop making statements that criminalise people from other African countries amid fears that Fridays xenophobic attacks in Tshwane could spread to other parts of South Africa.

ADF spokesperson Johnson Adeke told News24 on Saturday that President Jacob Zumas comments on Friday that government cannot ignore claims that foreigners might be linked to crime did not help to calm the situation.

We have been criminalised by government institutions that are supposed to protect us, he said as ADF field workers helped with an inventory of destroyed properties, and counted how many people have been injured and displaced in attacks in Mamelodi, Atteridgeville and Rosettenville since the violence started two weeks ago.

In a statement on Friday Zuma said: We cannot close our eyes to the concerns of the communities that most of the crimes, such as drug dealing, prostitution, and human trafficking are allegedly perpetuated by foreign nationals.

21:03

Financial Leaders: Make Your Mark on the Future at Exponential Finance "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

From digital currency to machine learning, the financial industry is being rocked by exponential technologies. Blockchain, artificial intelligence, big data, robotics, quantum computing, crowdfunding, and computing systems are allowing startups to solve consumer needs in new ways.

The downfall of the worlds largest institutions may not be imminent, but these new technologies are breaking up the previously rock solid foundation of finance, and allowing the fintech world to spring through the cracks. Whats happening now will rewrite the future of finance for years to come. By recognizing this reality and planning for it now, financial professionals can learn to thrive in an increasingly uncertain global economy.

21:02

Turkey censors letter in Kurdish saying it is unknown language "IndyWatch Feed War"

A letter written in Kurdish by a prisoner in Turkeys southeastern Elazig prison has been censored by prison authorities for being in an unknown language.

The letter, written by political prisoner Murat Akkurt to his brother, who is being held in Bitlis prison, was censored and prevented from being sent by prison authorities for being in the Kurdish language, reported Dihaber.

The incident is the latest in a string of similar acts of censorship by the government. Signs in the Kurdish language were removed by state appointed trustees following the dismissal of Kurdish Democratic Regions Party (DBP) mayors following Turkeys coup attempt.

The Kurdish language is also regularly marked with an X as an unknown language when spoken in the Turkish Parliament.

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) was championed in its first years in government for lifting the ban and stigma on Kurdish, however a return to clashes following an end to the Kurdish questions solution process in 2015 has meant a return to what critics call, the state policy of denial.

Several Kurdish language media outlets, including a childrens TV channel, as well as Kurdish language association Kurdi-Der, were shut down in a widespread crackdown recently.

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21:01

John Dean: Trump Says Publicly What Nixon Said on Wiretap "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

We compare President Donald Trumps attitude toward the media to that of President Richard Nixon with Nixons former counsel, John Dean. The big difference is, Trump is doing this right out and challenging the First Amendment, one of our most important because it involves freedom of the press and freedom of speech, Dean says. Anything []

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Video: Keiser Report: China-US Trade War (E1036) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max and Stacy discuss the bad news and grave concerns in the eurozone leading to big gold buying. In the second half, Via Youtube

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Farage slams liberal media for demonizing & abusing him "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage has hit out at the liberal media, accusing it of forcing him to live like a virtual prisoner. Speaking on Piers Morgans Life Stories on ITV, Farage said he would never forgive the media for how it used irrelevant people to demonize him and UKIP. It is because of these []

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Right-wing Christians are rejoicing under Trumps presidency heres why "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In early 2016, few evangelical leaders were on Team Trump, as they had Ted Cruz and other conservative Christians to choose from in a crowded Republican presidential field. After Donald Trump embarrassed his GOP competition and became the partys nominee, prominent evangelicals began changing their


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21:00

A PERSPECTIVE ON AMBASSADOR CHURKINS DEATH FROM SPUTNIK "IndyWatch Feed War"

Last Thursday during my News and Views from the Nefarium I pointed out that others are beginning to pick up on the "pattern" that

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20:59

I recommended back in November that the WhiteHelmets should get an Oscar on account of their acting abilities "IndyWatch Feed War"

Not sure about Nobel prize but the White Helmets certainly deserve a Hollywood Oscar Posted on November 23, 2016 by michaellee2009 | The White Helmets: A Feel Good Story Like a Disney Hero Movie The netflix movie The White Helmets may win an Oscar in the short documentary category at the Academy Awards on Sunday February []

20:58

Syria ex-Qaeda affiliate claims Homs attacks killing dozens "IndyWatch Feed War"

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At least 30 people, including Homs army intelligence chief, were killed in the twin bombings targeting security service bases in Homs

20:51

Ghassan Rahbani Has a New Song "IndyWatch Feed World"

and its boring as hell! The lyrics, the music, the video clip are so bad I couldnt even finish it :S

We need more Sarit Sent el 2000 and Taree2 el Matar songs please.

20:51

Credit where credit's due "IndyWatch Feed Europe"



To his credit, Rob Burley, the editor of The Andrew Marr Show, certainly isn't averse to engaging with the public and replying to charges of political bias on Twitter. 

After announcing the guest list for tomorrow's programme...

Gina Miller (anti-Brexit campaigner)
Tim Montgomerie (Conservative supporter)
Paul Mason (pro-Corbyn)
Patrick McLoughlin (Conservative)
Shami Chakrabarti (Labour)
Hugh Jackman (actor) 
Marc Almond (singer)

...he went tweet to tweet with complainants from several sides.

First, the Corbynistas:


Then the Blairites...

20:51

Euphrates Shield meets all targets with capture of al-Bab: Turkish General Akar "IndyWatch Feed War"

Hulusi Akar, Turkeys Chief of General Staff, was in the southern Turkish city of Kilis today where he visited the Central Command Centre of his armys Euphrates Shield operation in northern Syria.

Akar, who was informed by commanders in charge of the centre about the latest developments in the operation, took to the podium to talk to the soldiers that had gathered to listen to him.

After thanking the soldiers for their bravery and performance, Akar outlined the objectives of the operation, You conducted the operations with the utmost devotion and heroism. The Euphrates Shield operation was launched on 24 August, 2016 as part of our right to self-defence, to eradicate the threat by terrorist organisations, to secure our borders and ensure the security our people, to prevent terrorist organisations from settling into the region and to install peace and stability.

Yesterday, after a ferocious battle that lasted for more than 80 days, the Turkish army announced that it had full control of the town of al-Bab after the few remaining Islamic State (IS) fighters retreated.

The victory came at a cost, however. Although the al-Bab offensive started after the mid-way point of the Euphrates Shield operation, prior to the offensive only four Turkish soldiers had died in clashes against IS; in al-Bab, this shot up to a total number of 71 soldiers killed in action.

Explaining why al-Bab was such a difficult battle, Akar said, This fight differed from a conventional battle. The fact that it was an asymmetric struggle as car-bombs, suicide bombers, snipers, and improvised bombs were deployed, made it necessary for us to progress with caution.

The town of al-Bab was as much a diplomatic minefield as it was in the literal sense. With the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) initially approaching the IS-controlled town from the south, tensions between the hostile Syrian and Turkish armies could potentially have led to violent encounters. However, with the Russian air bombardment of the Turkish army on 9 February that killed four soldiers all this tension seemed to fizzle out.

After this day, the SAA held its line 10 kilometres south of al-Bab and allowed the Turkish army a free run (albeit a costly one) into the IS-held urban centre.

The question of what is to be done next, however, largely remained. After several contradictory statements by Turkish government officials on what its objectives were after the capture of al-Bab, a more synchronised position was upheld after Turkish president Erdogan announced that Manbij and Raqqa were the next targets.

Meanwhile, Turkey intensified efforts to convince the USA that it should partner with the Turkish army rather than the Kurdish YPG-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the operation for de facto IS capital Ra...

20:49

Bombs target oil pipeline in Iraq's Kirkuk, one person killed "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Iraq and Iran last week signed a memorandum of understanding to export some of Kirkuk's oil to the Islamic Republic

20:45

NBC News Using Children for Anti-Trump Propaganda (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

NBC News Using Children for Anti-Trump Propaganda (Video)

NBC News Using Children for Anti-Trump Propaganda Video NBC News released a Dear Mr. President video consisting of a bunch of clips of kids saying theyre scared of Trump and dont like his plan to build the wall or fix our illegal immigration problem, in what theyre calling Letters from the American Children Donald Trump.

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20:45

The Right Wants No Dissent "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Republican lawmakers are less fond of public protest now that its not the Tea Party doing the protesting. In Arizona, the Senate just passed a bill that would would open up protests to anti-racketeering legislation, targeting protesters with the same laws used to combat organized crime syndicates.

The same bill would allow police to seize the assets of anyone involved in a protest that at some point becomes violent.

A Florida Republican introduced a bill that would make it easier to run over protesters with your car without being legally liable. North Dakota and Tennessee Republicans have done the same.

In Minnesota, Republicans are pushing a bill that would allow the police to charge protesters for the cost of policing their rallies and marches.

Not to be outdone, Mississippi Republicans want to make blocking traffic a crime punishable by a $10,000 fine and five years in prison.

There are also a bunch of bills coming out of states like South Dakota, Colorado, and Oklahoma aimed at greatly stiffening penalties for interfering in the operation of pipelines.

So far, none of these bills have become law, and most of them are unconstitutional. But they indicate a certain mood.

And I know that mood is shared by our new Attorney General, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III.

As Hunter S. Thompson might say, that crazy f*cker is gonna come down on us like million-pound shithammer.

Without that stolen Supreme Court seat, its going to be a bit harder to ease the pain.

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Lack of Accountability Brought Us Here "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

As much as I admired them, I always stayed at arms length from German philosophers like Kant, Hegel and Schopenhauer because of their efforts to create theoretical constructs or systems that could explain everything. I once wrote a major paper on how Schopenhauer had accidentally identified a force in nature best described by DNA but that actual science had rendered most of what he had to say about it a little ridiculous. He was born too soon.

I am suspicious of political ideologies that suffer from similar sins of ambition, but Im beginning to suspect that were all suffering from the opposite, which is to say that we have a bunch of pieces that are clearly related in some way, and were not figuring out what ties them all together.

Matthew Continetti makes a step in that direction with a new piece in the Washington Free Beacon. I find it alarming that the right is further along in this than anyone on the mainstream left. I suspect its because theyre less debilitated by taboos and orthodoxy than we are, but its also because the right too easily flocks to pat answers that confirm their preexisting prejudices. Its not that theyve arrived at the right answer; its more that theyve been willing to walk further into the hall of mirrors and look around.

Or, maybe, its just more urgent to explain how youve been hijacked than to figure out why youve been defeated.

There are some answers people dont want. The fascist movement in Europe may have been a response to real failures of our political elites, and it may have enjoyed broad popular support, but after we shed so much blood and treasure to crush the movement, and after the movement manifested itself in extermination camps and unlimited warfare, few people were willing to grant it any legitimacy or to waste time holding themselves accountable for wars they did not start and atrocities they did not commit.

That doesnt mean, however, that the political elites didnt screw up and didnt in some sense bring the rise of fascism on themselves.

In our current crisis, there are things that have been done which people ought to have anticipated would lead to both a right-wing nationalistic enthno-religious backlash and an erosion in popular support for Western political arrangements and institutions.

What binds globalism and identity politics together, says Joshua Mitchell of Georgetown, is the judgment that national sovereignty is not the final word on how to order collective life. This judgment against national sovereigntylet us state that matter boldlywas the animating principle of the post-1989 world order, an order that is...

Trump, Like Anita Hill, Inspires Women to Run "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Apparently, the combination of Hillary Clintons unexpected loss and the genital grabber-in-chiefs surprising win has motivated more women to explore running for office than at any time since 1992. Of course, 1992 was dubbed the Year of the Woman because Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer of California, Carol Moseley Braun of Illinois, and Patty Murray of Washington were all elected to the U.S. Senate. Prior to that election, the only two women in the Senate were Democrat Barbara Mikulski of Maryland and Republican Nancy Kassebaum of Kansas.

This doesnt seem like much to talk about in retrospect, but it was a big deal at the time, and the narrative revolved around an alleged backlash against the Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill hearings that had taken place the year before. At least in Patty Murrays case, the hearings may have provided her impetus to run.

According to Jean Sinzdak, of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, there was a more general uptick of women who ran for office in 1992, and this is the first time since then that shes seen a comparable level of interest.

Sinzdak oversees the universitys nonpartisan New Jersey training program, Ready to Run, which also has affiliates nationwide. Ready to Run is experiencing its own Trump bump with more than 50 women signing up immediately after Election Day. This years program is already at capacity, which Sinzdak, who has been running the program for 12 years, says typically doesnt happen until March. The program has been expanded to accommodate up to 50 extra people.

Both [Andrea Dew] Steele [the president and founder of Emerge America] and Sinzdak say the interest theyre seeing from women who want to run for office reminds them of what they saw in the early 1990s following the Anita Hill hearings. Hill had accused then-Supreme Court nominee, now Justice, Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment.

After those hearings, Sinzdak said, We did have an increase in the numbers of women running for office and we saw a big jump in the number of women who ran for and won election to Congress.

Today, there are 21 women in the Senate, including four freshmen (all Democrats) who were elected last November. Thats quite a departure from the two women who served in the Senate at the time of Clarence Thomass confirmation hearings.

If Trump provides a similar bump, we could see rough gender parity in the Senat...

Dems Not Playing Identity Politics on DNC Chair "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Im somewhere between undecided and indifferent about who the Democrats elect to lead the Democratic National Committee, but Chuck Todd is at least willing to touch the third rail few people want to discuss.

As DNC members travel to Atlanta to choose the partys next chair on Saturday, theres an elephant in the room that no one is talking about it but that everyone is thinking about: Keith Ellisons Muslim faith.

Dont get us wrong, this isnt an issue among the 447 DNC members. As weve written, many/most voting members would be happy with either Ellison or Tom Perez. But some outside the party seem to be goading Democrats to pick Ellison, as David Duke did earlier this month. Even President Trump weighed in on Ellison yesterday, tweeting: One thing I will say about Rep. Keith Ellison, in his fight to lead the DNC, is that he was the one who predicted early that I would win!

There is a certain sense in which Novembers election results can be seen as an example of the Republicans winning the identity politics game. Democrats relentlessly tried to highlight the racism that is prevalent in our society, in our courts, in our police departments, in our access to the ballot, and in Donald Trumps campaign, and the result was that rural America voted for Trump in such unexpectedly high percentages that he won states like Michigan and Wisconsin and Pennsylvania that no one thought he could win.

Both before and during the campaign I warned that the Republicans would try to get whites to vote as a racial group. I called this strategy various things at different times, finally settling on the Southificaction of the North. I did not think the strategy could work on the Electoral College level, but I saw it as devastating even so. I saw it as devastating because I consider it a moral catastrophe for one of our major political parties to deliberately try to get whites to vote along lines of racial solidarity, and I saw that it would increase racial tensions and solidify the rights advantages in state legislatures all across the country.

All of that happened, and the presidency was lost, too.

If this were the only thing I was looking at, the idea of electing a DNC chair who is black, Muslim and from an urban community would...

20:45

As US-China tussle, ASEAN frets "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations again expressed grave concern over militarization of the maritime area, but it is split over how best to avoid conflict...

20:43

My soldier brother was lynched and had his throat slit on Turkeys coup night "IndyWatch Feed War"

Turkey witnessed the bloodiest coup attempt in its political history on 15 July 2016, when a section of the Turkish military launched a coordinated operation in several major cities to topple the government and unseat President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

After several months, the details of the coup attempt still remain uncertain. Dozens of soldiers and civilians were killed, while hundreds were injured during the night.

Mehtap Tekin, the sister of a soldier who died on that night, has claimed that her brother Murat Tekin had his throat slit; a claim supported by an autopsy report.

With traumatic lesions and stab wounds detected on his body, the person in question was found to be killed due to pressure on his throat and mechanical asphyxia, Mehtap Tekin, quoting the report, said. There were cuts on his throat and wounds on his body, she added.

A graphic video showing a soldier lying on Istanbuls Bosphorus Bridge in a pool of blood was widely circulated on social media as the coup attempt was ongoing. While many said the soldiers throat was slit because of his involvement in the coup other mainstream media outlets and social media users either refused to accept the allegation or claimed that the video and accompanying images were from another terrorist attack.

The Bosporus Bridge, 15 July 2016, [Sedat Suna/EPA]Murat Tekin, 21, a student at the airforce academy in the western city of Bursa, was taken to the Bosphorus Bridge with about 500 students on the order of his commanders.

According to Mehtap Tekin and several witnesses, commanders at the school told students: We are taking you to the most realistic military exercise that you have ever seen.

Murat Tekin and his classmate, Ragip Enes Katran, who also was killed on the same night, were not aware of the coup attempt, their friends say.

Some students were told that eight suicide bombers were loose on Istanbuls streets, and some were told that the president had been arrested, accor...

20:43

Should the Palestinians Seek Justice NOW at the International Criminal Court? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Should the Palestinians Seek Justice NOW at the International Criminal Court? There is little doubt that the mid-February Netanyahu/Trump love fest at the White House further dampened already dim Palestinian hopes for a sustainable peace based on a political compromise. The biggest blow was Trumps casual abandonment of the two-state solution coupled with an endorsement []

20:36

Climate changes alarm: Colorado River drought woes could affect 41 million Americans "IndyWatch Feed World"

Residents of the Southwest US will almost certainly face drought because of water loss in the Colorado River caused by global warming, according to scientists. By mid-century the water levels will drop by 5 million acre-feet, a new study says. Researchers from Colorado State University and University of Arizona are predicting the Colorado River will suffer up to a 55 percent reduction in volume by the end of this century, due to global warming. That will be concern to the 41 million people in seven states of the American Southwest that use the river's supply for drinking water, and affect the water supply for six million acres of farmland. The scientists began investigating after noticing that recent Colorado flows were lower than water managers expected, given the amount of precipitation. The projected loss is equal to the amount of fresh water used by 2 million people a year. Researchers looked at the drought years of 2000-204, and found that 85 percent of the river's flow originates as precipitation in the Upper Basin, the part of the river that drains portions of Wyoming, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico. The team found during 2000-2014, temperatures in the river's Upper Basic were 1.6 degrees F (0.9 C) higher than the average for previous 105 years.

20:33

Free Download: B. F. Skinner, "Beyond Freedom and Dignity" "IndyWatch Feed World"

"Beyond Freedom and Dignity"

"In this profound and profoundly controversial work, a landmark of 20th-century thought originally published in 1971, B. F. Skinner makes his definitive statement about humankind and society. Insisting that the problems of the world today can be solved only by dealing much more effectively with human behavior, Skinner argues that our traditional concepts of freedom and dignity must be sharply revised. They have played an important historical role in our struggle against many kinds of tyranny, he acknowledges, but they are now responsible for the futile defense of a presumed free and autonomous individual; they are perpetuating our use of punishment and blocking the development of more effective cultural practices.

Basing his arguments on the massive results of the experimental analysis of behavior he pioneered, Skinner rejects traditional explanations of behavior in terms of states of mind, feelings, and other mental attributes in favor of explanations to be sought in the interaction between genetic endowment and personal history. He argues that instead of promoting freedom and dignity as personal attributes, we should direct our attention to the physical and social environments in which people live. It is the environment rather than humankind itself that must be changed if the traditional goals of the struggle for freedom and dignity are to be reached.

"Beyond Freedom and Dignity" urges us to reexamine the ideals we have taken for granted and to consider the possibility of a radically behaviorist approach to human problems--one that has appeared to some incompatible with those ideals, but which envisions the building of a world in which humankind can attain its greatest possible achievements."
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20:31

Trump Promises Environmental Protection Through Regulation While Eliminating Environmental Regulations "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Well Take Our Comic Relief Where We Can Get It Dept: The ghastliness of the CPAC conclave and Herr Trumps abject nightmare of a speech was leavened a tad by an epic troll that had red, white and blue patriots giddily waving Russian flags stamped with Trumps name. Staff quickly confiscated the flags and booted []

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White Helmets are Denied Entry into US, Hollywood Dreams Over "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

21st Century Wire says
A valid travel document is required for travel to the United States, a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security told the Associated Press when asked for a comment on the findings. According to internal Trump administration correspondence seen by The Associated Press, the Department of Homeland Security decided to block Khateeb. ~ Fox News
A Syrian cinematographer up for an Academy Award Sunday night has been reportedly barred from entering the U.S. over the finding of derogatory information a vague term that can mean anything from a simple passport irregularity to terror connections.
Khaled Khateeb, 21, who worked

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20:31

Debt Rattle February 25 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Dorothea Lange Saturday afternoon, Pittsboro, North Carolina 1939   Trump An Idiot On China, No Clue What Currency Manipulation Means (CNBC) The Fiscal Horror Show Playing Soon in Washington (Stockman) Homeland Security Report Disputes Threat From 7 Banned Nations (AP) Multiple News Outlets Denied Access To White House Press Briefing (G.)

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20:30

Best Foreign Language Oscar Nominees Show the True Diversity of Cinema "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The best of global cinema in the Oscar nominees from Germany to Iran, Denmark and Vanuatu, are outside the Hollywood bubble.

Shahab Hosseini in Irans The Salesman. Credit: Youtube

Shahab Hosseini in Irans The Salesman. Credit: Youtube

A marriage on the rocks in Iran, a prankster German father and a grumpy old Swede. Landmines in Denmark and a love story in Vanuatu. These stories are all vying for the same prize   that of Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards.

Maren Ades tragi-comedy Toni Erdmann is favourite to take home the Oscar on February 26, but the whole field demonstrates the diversity of cinema outside the Hollywood bubble.

To explain whats on offer in 2017, The Conversation asked scholars from around the world to write about why these films matter, both at home and on cinemas biggest stage.

The Salesman: Iran

Asghar Farhadi will represent Iranian cinema at the Oscars again, with his 2015 picture, The Salesman. The film is an expos of a subtle cultural issue in Iran: how to perceive violence and react to an act of abuse in a family relationship, particularly in a male-dominated society.

The story deals with a young artist couple, Rana and Emad (played by Taraneh Alidousti and Shahab Hosseini), who are putting on a production of Arthur Millers play Death of a Salesman. Their own conjugal life is shaken when Rana is attacked by a stranger in her home. Farhadi uses this scenario to raise the question of how we behave in moments of crisis.

Taraneh Alidousti and Shahab Hosseini in Irans The Salesman. Credit: Youtube

Taraneh Alidousti and Shahab Hosseini in Irans The S...

20:25

It Took Less Than a Minute of Satellite Time to Catch These Thieves Red-Handed "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The heart of the Pacific Ocean is a vast, barely explored region outside national boundaries, teeming with undiscovered species and dramatic undersea terrain. A few organizations monitor activity here, mostly international fisheries management groups, but it's easy for a vessel to get lost in the enormous distances. That's exactly what many pirate fishing fleets depend on.

Though normally we associate the term piracy with rogues who commandeer other people's ships, it's also used as shorthand to describe illegal, unregulated, and unreported (IUU) fishing. The Pacific is crawling with fishing pirates. Often their ships are crewed by malnourished slaves who don't see land for months at a time, a practice that has been documented by rights groups and exposed in a 2015 Associated Press investigation. They make their money by fishing illegally or in poorly regulated areas and then offloading their goods to the crews of large refrigerated cargo vessels called reefers in a process called transshipping. The reefer crews mix their legal catch with the pirate catch and then sell it all in port.

[...] Catching the anonymous pirate fishing vessels in uncharted international waters took less than a minute. More precisely, it took a minute of satellite time and three years of complicated signals analysis.

The majority of large vessels on the ocean broadcast their identity and location using the automatic identification system (AIS), which is mostly used to prevent ships from colliding. These days it can also be used to track ship locations, as most AIS data is relayed through satellites. If you want to hide on the sea, the first thing you do is make your vessel "dark" by turning off your AIS broadcasts. What's interesting about pirate fishing vessels, however, is that they need to rendezvous with legitimate reefers if they want to get paid for their catch.

To find the pirates, Amos told Ars, he and Bergman needed to look for odd patterns in the behavior of reefers. The group partnered with Google and Oceana to found Global Fishing Watch, which maps satellite AIS data. After over two years of research, patterns began to emerge. "Often with reefers they come to a halt in the middle of the ocean,"

[...] Certain reefers stood out. They spotted the Panama vessel Hai Feng 648, known to have previously taken illegal transshipments...

20:24

How Delhis First Friday Mosque Went From Being a Sanctuary of Islam to the Might of Islam "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

While the Qutb Minar is celebrated as a historic and architectural icon, the Quwwat ul-Islam is seen as haunting evidence of destruction, trauma and fanaticism.

Pillars from former Hindu and Jain temples which were re-used in the Qutb Mosque. The arrangement forms a good example of the pillar and beam construction.

Pillars from former Hindu and Jain temples which were re-used in the Qutb Mosque. The arrangement forms a good example of the pillar and beam construction. Credit: Shashank Shekhar Sinha

Located within the Qutb complex on Delhis southern fringe is one of the most complex and controversial monuments of its kind, the Quwwat ul-Islam mosque. While its immediate neighbour, the Qutb Minar boasts of its towering presence, the mosque is infamously seen as a reminder of a violent and communal past. There is a remarkable contrast in the relative public positionings of the minar and the mosque. While the former is celebrated as a historic and architectural icon, the latter is seen as a haunting evidence of destruction, trauma and fanaticism. Guides escorting the visitors around the mosque take them on a graphic tour of the Muslim conquest of Hindustan and destruction of Hindu kingdoms and Hindu temples. Part of the mosques negative imagery is related to the complex circumstances under which it was constructed while the other part is connected to its nomenclaturethe Quwwat ul-Islam or Might of Islam as the mosque is officially known. The most controversial part of this structure is the foundational inscription placed on the eastern gate which now forms the main public entrance. Attributed to Qutbuddin Aibek, it says that 27 Hindu and Jain temples were destroyed to build the congregational mosque.

Masid-i Jami or the Qutb Mosque, which is incorrectly known as the Quwwat-al-Islam or the Might of the Islam Mosque. Credit:Shashank Shekhar Sinha

Masid-i Jami or the Qutb Mosque, which is incorrectly known as the Quwwat-al-Islam or the Might of the Islam Mosque. Credit:Shashank Shekhar Sinha

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Upcoming Copenhagen Skeptics in the Pub schedule "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Copenhagen Skeptics in the Pub has its schedule in place for the next few months, so I thought Id share it here.

All the talks are in Danish, and takes place at Caf Nutid. Cafe Nutid is usually closed on Mondays, so they opens up about half an hour before the talk starts.

March 13, 19:30 Eftertro hvad sker der, nr man forlader sin religion?

Denne aften adskiller sig lidt fra tidligere arrangementer. Vi fr besg af to oplgsholdere, der vil prsentere sig selv og netvrket Eftertro, der tilbyder rdgivning for mennesker, der har forladt deres religion. Denne aften bliver vi klogere p, hvordan det opleves at vende ryggen til noget s centralt som ens grundlggende verdensopfattelse, hvad man mister, og hvordan man kommer videre.

Vi fr besg af to reprsentanter: Maria Brock er tidligere mormon og har vret muslimsk gift, og Simon rregaard er tidligere Jehovas Vidne.

April 10, 19:30 Hanne Strager: Darwin et beskedent geni

Hanne Strager vil komme og snakke om Darwin.

May 8, 19:30 Jesper Vind: Moral blandt andre dyr

Moral blandt mennesker har vret diskuteret i tusindvis af r blandt filosoffer. Men er det kun mennesket, som kan udfre moralske handlinger? Hr om hvorledes moral kan defineres naturvidenskabeligt, samt hvordan man kan tolke andre dyrs bevidste handlinger, som moralske. Der bliver masser at diskutere.

Jesper Vind er biolog og ph.d. i molekylrbiologi.

June 12, 19:30 Sren Brostrm: Sundhedsdirektren kigger i krystalkuglen

Sundhedsomr...

20:20

Apple internal development servers compromised by a malware "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Apples design lab internal development servers was infected by a malware so the company ended its relationship with Supermicro server supplier.

It was mid-2016 when Apples design lab internal development servers was infected by a malware that was masquerading as a fake firmware patch.

In response to the security incident, Apple purged its data centers of servers built by Supermicro, including returning recently purchased systems.

In early 2016, Apple discovered what it believed was a potential security vulnerability in at least one data center server it purchased from a U.S.-based manufacturer, Super Micro Computer, according to a Super Micro executive and two people who were briefed about the incident at Apple. reported the theinformation.com. The server was part of Apples technical infrastructure, which powers its web-based services and holds customer data.

A source familiar with the case at Apple told Ars that the malicious firmware was downloaded directly from Supermicros support site, and the malicious code is still hosted there.

Apple denied the security breach, but the senior vice-president of technology t Supermicro, Tau Leng, told The Information that the company had ended its relationship with Supermicro because of the infection in the App Store development environment. Leng also confirmed Apple returned the systems it had recently purchased.

The trend for cloud giants is the slight migration to custom hardware designed by system integrators to cut the cost of the data center.

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An Apple spokesperson reached out by Ars defined the story &...

20:17

Latest breakthroughs in natural cures "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Dr. Al Sears, MD is one of the United States leading anti-aging doctors. He has made it his lifes work to challenge conventional medical beliefs and bring his patients the latest breakthroughs in natural cures and remedies to diseases once thought to be incurable.    
Dr. Sears takes a fresh, novel approach to patient health and wellness. Our environment and food supply has changed for the worse and this is affecting our health. He helps patients return to their Native Health and escape accelerated aging caused by modern toxins, pollutants, preservatives, chemicals and other hormonal threats we unknowingly face every day.    Sri Lankan healthcare expert Ranjit Seneviratne, a former assistant director of the United Nations Food and Agriculture 

Organisation (FAO) acts as a Sri Lankan representative for Dr. Sears. In an interview with our sister newspaper the Sunday Times February 19, the 81-year-old Mr. Seneviratne says he has not been affected by the flu, coughs or colds for the past decade, largely because his diet is mainly made up of a mix of edible leaves, vegetables and fruit all grown organically in his home garden at Kollupitiya.    According to Dr. Sears, the US Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) recently banned the antibacterial agent triclosan from hand soaps. It has been known for a long time that triclosan causes health problems. 

The problem is that the FDA did not go far enough. It still allows triclosan to be used in products that many people use every day. It is used in items ranging from deodorants and cosmetics to cutting boards. In one study, researchers found that there was triclosan in the urine of 75% of people over the age of six.    Dr. Sears says the most troubling part of the FDA ruling is...

20:15

Rare February thunderstorm hits Central New York "IndyWatch Feed World"

A rare February thunderstorm slammed Central New York this morning, bringing pea-sized hail, blinding rain and scattered power outages. Lightning struck a house in Solvay while the owner was inside. (No one was hurt.) An elevator at Destiny USA halted momentarily as the power flickered, one witness said. Rain was so intense that even with wipers on high, motorists had a hard time seeing. One Solvay resident reported pea-sized hail. Between 8 and 9 a.m., 0.63 inches of rain fell at Hancock International Airport. The most intense portion of the storm was centered on Syracuse. National Grid reported several scattered outages in Lyncourt and Liverpool, affecting about 2,500 customers. Do you have any photos or video of the storm? Share them in the comments below, or email them to gcoin@syracuse.com. Reader William Blanchard sent us the video below, taken from his office window Friday morning in downtown Syracuse. At the 18-second mark you'll see a flash over the State Tower Building.

20:14

Good point: Lavrov Deep-Fries Merkel: US Tapped Your Phone, But Youre Whining About Russian Hacking? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Lavrov Deep-Fries Merkel: US Tapped Your Phone, But Youre Whining About Russian Hacking? Russias Foreign Minister points out the obvious. Again. A gentleman and a scholar Its not even up for debate Sergei Lavrov is in a league of his own. Russias Foreign Minister mutilates NATO press releases  in his sleep and eats Washington []

20:11

UN Annual Contribution Error resolved, PNG calls on Foreign Media to Check Facts "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

PNG Foreign Affairs Minister Rimbink Pato
Papua New Guineas Minister for Foreign Affairs and Immigration,  Rimbink Pato  said the delay in the payment of membership contribution to the United Nations is an administrate issue and is being resolved.

He said there was an error that saw the contribution funds used for ongoing operations, and this is being resolved through the transfer of additional funds.

If the journalist behind the article had of checked with appropriate sources, the article on UNGA funds would not have been a story, the Foreign Minister said.

The remittance of funds to overseas missions involves payments for different diplomatic purposes.
In the case of the UN contributions, the funds were simply used for other operational areas.
This had been realised and by Friday the transfer of additional funds was underway with the allocation due to arrive in PNG UN Mission account over the weekend.
The misunderstanding was likely also compounded due to reform and change being undertaken in foreign missions that can take time for systems to adjust.

I am working towards a leaner and more effective Papua New Guinea diplomatic corps, with better-trained personnel and systems that reduce and eliminate wastage.
These reforms will see enhanced operations in area overseas representation, greater engagement with international and regional organisations as well as ensuring the maintenance of our state assets in good working condition.
The Foreign Minister said the start of the financial year, from January to February, was often fiscally tighter than later months for the Government, but to use this to talk-down the Papua New Guinea economy is misleading.

The economy is in a better position than doom and gloom merchants would have you believe, the Minister said.
We are emerging from a challenging period with reduced commodity prices, but we are seeing a rebound that is strengthening the economy.
Our economy is into the fifteenth year of positive economic growth, and debt and inflation are under control.
Despite the recent global downturn, the Government was able to manage pressures and not reduce critical service delivery...

20:10

Canada - Peel health officials recommend continuing water fluoridation "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Peel health officials recommend continuing water fluoridation

Review underway for a year

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20:06

EPA Won't Ban Fluoride In U.S. Drinking Water Supplies "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

By Michael Phillis

Law360, New York (February 24, 2017, 7:12 PM EST) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency denied a petition submitted by health advocates that asked the agency to issue a rule banning the practice of adding fluoride to drinking water, saying that claims the substance is harmful to humans are not based in sound science.

Community drinking water supplies often include added fluoride, and proponents of the practice say it helps prevent tooth decay. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention went so far as to name it one of the 10 greatest public health achievements of...

20:05

"Deep State Neuroscientists Believe They Can Turn Off Free Will" "IndyWatch Feed World"

"Deep State Neuroscientists Believe They Can Turn Off Free Will"
by Nathaniel Mauka
"Neuroscientists have argued whether we even have free will, but now they want to turn it off."

"The Libet Experiment: In the 1980s scientist Benjamin Libet conducted an experiment. He discovered that what seems to be free will or the conscious choice to do or not do something is really just the observance of something that has already happened. This completely rocked the foundations of what most thought of as a prerequisite for being human, and the long-held religious view that free-will must always be honored.

Libet recorded peoples brainwaves as they made spontaneous finger movements while looking at a clock. The participants in the study were to tell researchers the time at which they decided to wave their fingers. Libet found that there were several milliseconds of preparatory brain activity prior to the time that people reported the conscious act of waving their fingers. His findings were taken as gospel that free will did not exist. Now we call this preparatory action of the brain the readiness potential.

What Libets experiment failed to consider though, was manifold. It is possible that people were only conscious of an action milliseconds after a subconscious realization. It is possible that they could not indicate their intent as fast as their physical bodies could carry it out a delay in physical vs. mental activity that has been well documented, and it is also possible that the cognition of an anticipated event is cognized well before the actual event, because the entire causal field is changed by our consciousness, as evidenced by recent experiments in physics. This is called the observer effect as it refers to changes that the act of observation will make on a phenomenon being observed.

Libet implies that the conscious decision act is divorced fro...

20:03

Australia - THE GREAT FLUORIDATION DEBATE with world renowned authority, Professor Paul Connett. "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

The Great Fluoridation DebateWhat is it about fluoride anyway? Is it safe and effective or is it toxic and should be avoided?

Come and hear from #1 international expert Professor Paul Connett, as he explains it all!

A not-to-be-missed event for all health conscious, parents, teachers and health care professionals.

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Straw-headed bulbul endangered in Asia "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video says about itself:

5 March 2011

A pair of Straw-headed Bulbuls engaged in a rhythmic & melodious duet. The repeated song in this clip is short unlike other longer melodious calls usually heard. Perhaps those are for attracting attention, while this one is a song for each other the birds are obviously quite comfortable on their perch, one bird is busy preening itself, breaking the routine periodically to join the other in the song. This went on for a few minutes; the birds flew off only when I started moving closer, hoping for a better capture.

From BirdLife:

23 Feb 2017

The tiny corner of Asia where an Endangered songbird is thriving

Trapping for the songbird trade has almost proved the last straw for the Straw-headed Bulbul, now extinct across much of its range. But a new study has discovered that on a tiny Singaporean island, the bird is bucking global trends.

By Alex Dale

The Straw-headed Bulbul Pycnonotus zeylanicus perhaps isnt much to look at (at least compared to some other birds of South East Asia), but no-one can deny it has a great set of lungs.

Check out its song in the video above.

But unfortunately, its this same rich, powerful melody which is threatening to silence the species forever. As we reported during our 2016 Red List coverage, keeping songbirds as pets is an integral part of South-East Asian culture. In Indonesia in particular, streets are lined with chirping cages, and songbird contests are big business.

But as the streets grow louder, forests are falling silent. The widespread trapping of wild songbirds to meet demand for local bird markets, is driving many species endemic to the area towards extinction with the prized Straw-headed Bulbul one of the more badly affected.

Across much of Southeast Asia, the Straw-headed Bulbul has been relentlessly trapped from the wild to be later sold in the bird markets of Java, Kalimantan, Sumatra and Peninsular Malaysia, says Yong Ding Li from The Australian National University. The bird has gone extinct from Thailand and most parts of Indonesia...

20:01

Video: Podesta ready to blame anyone for Clintons loss be it Russian hackers or FBI analyst "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Hillary Clintons former campaign chief John Podesta has blamed the FBI for the Democratic candidates election defeat RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Via Youtube

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Did Obama Pave the Way for More Torture? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

If we do not act we shall surely be dragged down the long, dark and shameful corridors of time reserved for those who possess power without compassion, might without morality, and strength without sight. Martin Luther King, Jr. April 4, 1967 On Jan. 25, 26 and 27, the new president repeated falsely that torture []

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Unwelcome hugs may create a hostile work environment, court says "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Published time: 25 Feb, 2017 09:19 The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has revived a case from 2012 that alleges too many unwanted hugs can create a hostile work environment and constitute sexual harassment. On Thursday, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reopened a sexual harassment lawsuit against Yolo County, California and []

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20:00

Home Sweet Home: Solving Irelands Housing Crisis "IndyWatch Feed World"

Ireland (NM)  Since the housing crisis hit there have been a number of grassroots campaigns fighting the influence and effects of austerity in Ireland. There are currently around 100, 000 people on social housing waiting lists, while, in the space of just two years, homelessness in the country has risen by 91%.

At midnight on the night of 16 December 2016, a group of activists, artists and trade unionists announced the occupation of Apollo House, a city centre office block. The announcement came through social media, a speech by acclaimed film director Jim Sheridan and songs by Glen Hansard. The action aimed to highlight Irelands homelessness crisis through turning the abandoned office block into accommodation for the homeless.

A week before the action, Irish Minister for Housing, Simon Coveney, stated in the Irish parliament: I first want to give a little bit of good news Today we have the November figures on homelessness in Dublin and for the first time in a very long time the number of adults and families who are homeless in Dublin has actually reduced, month on month. Behind this good news was the fact that two homeless people had died on Irish streets in that same month, while, in Coveneys first eight months of office, the number of homeless individuals had risen by 12.9% (it has risen by a further 2.9% since). Thus far, the Irish government has dealt with the crisis by playing down its disastrous impact and attempting to rush a bill through parliament late last year that gave extra grounds for evictions and allowed further large developments to be built with almost no public consultation. This gap between government rhetoric and the reality of the situation was where action needed to be taken.

Home Sweet Home.

From the start, the Home Sweet Home campaign used its celebrity supporters to its advantage. Popular Irish artists like Glen Hansard, Kodaline, Hozier, Saoirse Ronan and Jim Sheridan being present at the building from the start of its occupation and speaking on different media platforms throughout the campaign ensured the message of this radical action was spread far and wide.

Crucially, the campaign had a clear target in the form of the National Asset Management Agency (Nama). Nama was created by the Irish government in 2009 to absorb the bad debts accrued through the nationalisation of the banking debt. Its objective is to recoup as much of the bad debt as possible and for this it sought the help of direct foreign investment, otherwise known as the vulture funds. Namas property portfolio has long been identified as a symbol of the financial crash in Ire...

20:00

Commentary: Is This How World War Three Starts? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

By Nolan Peterson Its cold, and Im alone. I walk along Khreshchatyk, this citys main boulevard. The street lights cast shadows on the ground, concealing patches of slippery ice and trampled snow. I walk thoughtfully and carefully, unable to clearly see the obstacles in my path. As is so often the case in a foreign []

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20:00

The Fab Lab Next Door: DIY Semiconductors "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

You think youve got it going on because you can wire up some eBay modules and make some LEDs blink, or because you designed your own PCB, or maybe even because youre an RF wizard. Then you see that someone is fabricating semiconductors at home, and you realize theres always another mountain to climb.

We were mesmerized when we first saw [Sam Zeloof]s awesome garage-turned-semiconductor fab lab. He says hes only been acquiring equipment since October of 2016, but in that short time hes built quite an impressive array of gear; a spin-coating centrifuge, furnaces, tons of lab supplies and toxic chemicals, a turbomolecular vacuum pump, and a vacuum chamber that looks like something from a CERN lab.

[Sam]s goal is to get set up for thin-film deposition so he can make integrated circuits, but with what he has on hand hes managed to build a few diodes, some photovoltaic cells, and a couple of MOSFETs. Hes not growing silicon crystals and making his own wafers yet but relies on eBay to supply his wafers. The video below is a longish intro to [Sam]s methods, and his YouTube channel has a video tour of his fab and a few videos on making specific devices.

[Sam] credits [Jeri Ellsworth]s DIY semiconductor efforts, which weve covered before, as inspiration for his fab, and were going to be watching to see where he takes it from here. For now, though, wed better boost the aspiration level of our future projects.

Thanks to [Byron] for the tip.


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Palestinians face intense online hate from Israelis, say campaigners "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Palestinian lawyers call for investigation of police minister as survey shows soaring levels of anti-Arab speech on Hebrew social media

19:57

Impending Extradition Of Ukrainian Oligarch Turns Spotlight On Now-Forgotten Andhra Mining Scandal "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The US indicted Dmytro Firtash and Congress MP K.V.P. Rao in an $18.5 million bribery scandal involving mining in India. Why has the Modi government not investigated the offence?

Rajya Sabha MP KVP Rao. Credit: PTI

Rajya Sabha MP K.V.P. Rao. Credit: PTI

Hyderabad: An extradition case involving a Ukrainian oligarch  who has business connections to both Russian president Vladimir Putin and US president Donald Trumps former campaign manager is likely to turn the focus back towards a now-forgotten mining scandal in Andhra Pradesh that involves a senior Congress politician with cross-party connections so extensive that no government seems eager to dig very deep.

Over the past few months, the extradition of oil and gas magnate Dmytro Firtash  facing allegations in the United States that he led a conspiracy to pay $18.5 million in bribes to Indian officials to facilitate a $500 million titanium project in Andhra Pradesh has taken many twists and turns.

In April 2014, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) made public the indictment of six people including Firtash and Congress Rajya sabha MP K.V.P. Ramachandra Rao aka KVP, described in US court papers as a close advisor to the now-deceased chief minister of the state of Andhra Pradesh, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy. The indictment was dated June 2013.

Companies controlled by Firtash, the indictment said, were involved in a titanium sponge project that required licenses and approval of both the Andhra Pradesh state government and the central government of India The approval and issuance of such licenses were discretionary, non-routine governmental actions (The) defendants used US financial institutions to engage in the international transmission of millions of dollars for the purpose of bribing Indian public officials to obtain approval of the necessary licenses for the project.

Despite this indictment, no investigative agency in India has seen fit to...

19:52

PNG Authorities intercept high powered gun smuggled from the United States "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Papua New Guinea Police Intelligence has confirmed smuggling of a high powered gun into country  from the United States, destined for Manus, NBC reports. 

PNG Police  said the high powered firearm was intercepted by  Customs in Port Moresby and the firearm was traced to Manus resulting in the arrest and charging of the offender after a joint Police and Customs operation.

Head of Manus Police Senior Inspector David Yapu presented this report before the Provincial elections steering committee pertaining to the security of the elections.
He said search warrant has been raised for Police investigation into other high powered firearms smuggled into the province.
Mr. Yapu said there have been confirmed reports of drug smuggling into the province following Betel-nut trade to the neighbouring provinces.
" These are some of the things that would pose threat during the elections period and Police are treating them seriously, " said Acting PPC Yapu.
NBC News/ PNG Today

19:44

Thousands of eligible students miss out on tertiary studies "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Only 15 000 students out of 23 000 students who sat for the Grade 12 examination were eligible for selection into tertiary institutions while remaining 8 000 missed out.
This is according to the Tertiary Admissions and Scholarship Division under the Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology.
The 15 000 were eligible to continue into tertiary institutions after scoring the required Grade Point Average (GPA) of between 1.6 to 4 points, however, only 10 000 were accepted.
Currently, there are 5 000 Grade 12 school leavers from 2016 who are qualified or are eligible for tertiary institutions, but were not accepted.
They will be now forced to find spaces in institutions or upgrade their marks just like the other 8 000 school leavers who were not eligible for selection and are encouraged to upgrade.
Executive Manager of Tertiary Admissions and Scholarship Division, Thimon Bune, was addressing the students and staff of the University of Technology during their orientation program this week at the Taraka campus.
Mr Bune said this now means that universities and colleges have no choice but to start selecting eligible students starting from the top.
In other words, selectors in the various institutions will start selecting eligible students starting with those with GPA's of 4 or those scored straight A's, until they reach their set quota.
Mr Bune said other latest improvements include a K30 fortnightly allowance for each selected students under the Tertiary Education Scholarship Assistance Scheme (TESAS) starting this year.
NBC News/ PNG Today

19:43

BBC a major purveyor of fakenews sets itself up as a guardian of the truth "IndyWatch Feed War"

BBC Fake News Reality Check This is funny BBC sets up team to debunk fake news | Media | The Guardian Friday 13th January 2017 was the day we learned of the BBCs Reality Check, described by the Guardian as a team to debunk fake news. If you feel that the BBC debunking fake news might be []

19:42

United States racist charged with murder "IndyWatch Feed World"

This Indian TV video says about itself:

Kansas [City] People Reaction After Srinivas Kuchibhotla Murder | V6 USA NRI News

24 February 2017

From daily The Morning Star in Britain today:

Murder charge for racist killing

UNITED STATES: A man accused of shooting two Indian men in a crowded suburban Kansas City [in Missouri] bar in what witnesses said was a racially motivated attack has been charged with murder and attempted murder.

Srinivas Kuchibhotla was killed, while Alok Madasani and Ian Grillot were hospitalised in a stable condition.
Authorities repeatedly declined at a Thursday news conference to say whether the shooting was a hate crime, although local police said they were working with the FBI.

A shooting in an Olathe, Kansas bar on Wednesday night killed one man and left two others injured. According to witnesses, the shooter harassed two Indian men with racial slurs, shouting, Get out of my country! before killing 32-year-old Srinivas Kuchibhotla and injuring 32-year-old Alok Madasani. Also injured was 24-year-old Ian Grillot, who had attempted to intervene in defense of the two men Trumps executive order was for 7 countries, said CAIRs Hadeed, but it affects the entire Muslim community. She mentioned that there have been other instances like the Olathe shooting, in which non-Muslims have been targeted by Islamophobes: here.

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19:41

35 people killed, dozens injured as bombers attack military facilities in Homs, Syria "IndyWatch Feed World"

Two suicide bombers blew themselves up near military facilities in the Syrian city of Homs. Over 35 people are dead and multiple injured, RIA Novosti source reported from the scene. The head of the military security department in the Syrian province of Homs is reported dead as a result of the attack. "The number of casualties has reached 35 people, dozens injured. More than six suicide bombers blew themselves up near only two objects belonging to the security forces. General Hassan Daabul, the head of the military security department for the province of Homs is among the dead," the source told the agency. "From what is known so far, two suicide bombers blew themselves up in the city of Homs. One near the building of the state security department, the second near the department of military intelligence. It is impossible to say exactly how many people were killed or wounded at the moment" the source told the agency.

19:32

Russian revolutionary art exhibition in London excises Trotskyand, more generally, historical truth "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Russian revolutionary art exhibition in London excises Trotskyand, more generally, historical truth Revolution: Russian Art 19171932 By Paul Mitchell 25 February 2017 We are not celebrating revolution here I dont think there is much to celebrate. Quite the contrary as you will see from the exhibition Natalia Murray, co-curator, on the eve of []

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19:30

BBC ban "IndyWatch Feed Europe"



The BBC - along with several other media outlets - was refused access to the latest White House briefing by Sean 'Spicy' Spicer and is now seeking 'clarification':


The BBC's Head of Newsgathering, Jonathan Munro, tweets:


In other news, Jon Sopel tweeted the following yesterday:


The responses he received included the following:
  • It *is* the Russian flag......
  • Similar? Do you know what a Russian flag looks like @BBCJonSopel?
  • That must be a setup, no?
  • Handed out by Huff Post journo I hear. No wonder Trump doesn't want @BBCNews in his press briefings.
The story behind it is reported...

19:30

Iraq Wants More Russian Weapons for Its War with IS "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Russia is considering Iraqs request for arms supplies. The statement was made by a Russian official during the IDEX-2017 arms exhibition in Aby Dhabi. Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) Deputy Director Alexei Frolkin said that Russian-Iraqi military technical cooperation "is developing quite effectively.

19:29

Charities Do Well On Express Day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

(it) is a testament to the support that the Hospice has in the community and how much interest there is in the expressway. Phillip Harris, Mary Potter Hospice Senior Fundraiser Generous public support By Roger Childs The forecast was not that great for Express Day on Saturday 18 February, but as it happened, there []

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