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Saturday, 07 January

02:17

Once again, the Witherspoon assumes their biases are laws "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Witherspoon Institute has once again decided to dictate to us all about the proper, conservative approach to everything. This time, they take aim at National Geographic’s “Gender Revolution”: Bad Argument and Biased Ideology. Of course they’re agin’ them transgenders.

The January 2017 issue of National Geographic is dedicated to exploring what it calls the “Gender Revolution”—a post-Sexual Revolution movement that seeks to deconstruct traditional understandings about human embodiment, male-female sexual dimorphism, and gender. In an article titled “Rethinking Gender,” Robin Marantz Henig cites evolving gender norms as a justification for the Gender Revolution. But Henig’s argument is not only unpersuasive, it’s also based on a radical proposal about human nature that is at odds with both natural law and biblical anthropology.

I started reading this essay enthused about seeing their “natural law” and “biblical anthropology” arguments, both subjects I find to be nonsensical trash, and therefore ripe for mocking. To my disappointment, there is no biblical anthropology anywhere in it, and what ‘natural law’ arguments there are are sadly implicit, and just assumed. It reduces the whole essay to weak whining.

They have only one point to make, and it’s laid out in this one paragraph.

Indeed, this is the crux of the matter that plagues the transgender movement. It is based not on evidence, but on the ideology of expressive individualism—the idea that one’s identity is self-determined, that one should live out that identity, and that everyone else must respect and affirm that identity, no matter what it is. Expressive individualism requires no moral argument or empirical justification for its claims, no matter how absurd or controverted they may be. Transgenderism is not a scientific discovery but a prior ideological commitment about the pliability of gender.

The Witherspoon Institute, that deeply ideological organization, wants to argue that transgender people are wrong because they are ideological. But of course they are! So am I! So are they! If they want to claim that an “absence of scientific discovery” invalidates a whole personal and cultural phenomenon, they’re going to have to burn down the entirety of their archives, because nowhere, including in this essay, do they build a case for their ideology with science. In fact, this is the whole of their defense.

Accepting the claims of transgender ideology requires papering over one’s conscience and making a mockery of the “law written on the heart” that our bodies bear witness to in our complementary...

02:16

Model calls for excessive snowfall in south-central Italy and Sicily "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Latest update from the Wrfitalia Meteo model for the ongoing Adriatic/Tyrrhenian sea-effect-snowfall over south-central Italy and Sicily calls for excessive snowfall over the coming days. Meanwhile, cold arctic airmass is spreading further south across central...... Read more »

Powerful storm aims California and Pacific Northwest "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A very strong Pacific frontal system is expected to rapidly spread moisture back into the West Coast by late Friday night, January 6 and into Saturday morning, January 7. The storm could bring 36 straight hours of heavy rain from Mammoth Mountain to Susanville,...... Read more »

02:15

Nearly 700 ‘Nasty Women’ Artists Have Teamed Up To Protest Trump "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Priscilla Frank for The Huffington Post - ”I thought we were headed on a different trajectory,” New York-based artist Roxanne Jackson sighed in an interview with The Huffington Post. “I just really didn’t anticipate ... this.” Jackson was referring to the events of Nov. 9, 2016, when Donald Trump was elected president of the United States. In the days that followed, Jackson’s emotional state shifted from utter shock to a foggy depression as she struggled to come to terms with the fact that our nation’s foremost leader will soon be a man who has publicly objectified, demeaned, humiliated, threatened and bragged about assaulting women without recourse.

02:11

George Orwell 1984 ~ What The Government Wants "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Eric Arthur Blair (25 June 1903 – 21 January 1950), who used the pen name George Orwell, was an English novelist, essayist, journalist and critic. His work is marked by lucid prose, awareness of social injustice, opposition to totalitarianism, and outspoken support of democratic socialism.

 


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02:02

Will Democrats Learn All the Wrong Lessons about the Working Class? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Books trying to explain Red America are flying off the shelves, particularly to shell-shocked Democrats. As we hear in the opening sound bites of this week’s WhoWhatWhy podcast, JFK (and later Lyndon B. Johnson and Bobby Kennedy) made the personal and policy connection to working-class white America. So how did the party lose touch?

Journalist Sarah Jones tells Jeff Schechtman that she is afraid that Democrats and others may be learning the wrong lessons. While people like J.D. Vance argue that the answer is to promote conservative culture and respond to the “crisis of masculinity” and Horatio Alger mythology, the problem is that taking the cultural perspective may be playing directly into the liberal elitist view of a region of “deplorables.”

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02:01

Explosions that Save Lives "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Normally, when something explodes it tends to be a bad day for all involved. But not every explosion is intended to maim or kill. Plenty of explosions are designed to save lives every day, from the highway to the cockpit to the power grid. Let’s look at some of these pyrotechnic wonders and how they keep us safe.

Explosive Bolts

The first I can recall hearing the term explosive bolts was in relation to the saturation TV coverage of the Apollo launches in the late 60s and early 70s. Explosive bolts seemed to be everywhere, releasing umbilicals and restraining the Saturn V launch stack on the pad. Young me pictured literal bolts machined from solid blocks of explosive and secretly hoped there was a section for them in the hardware store so I could have a little fun.

Pyrotechnic fasteners are mechanical fasteners (bolts, studs, nuts, etc.) that are designed to fail in a predictable fashion due to the detonation of an associated pyrotechnic device. Not only must they fail predictably, but they also have to be strong enough to resist the forces they will experience before failure is initiated. Failure is also typically rapid and clean, meaning that no debris is left to interfere with the parts that were previously held together by the fastener. And finally, the explosive failure can’t cause any collateral damage to the fastened parts or nearby structures.

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02:00

Community in Uproar After Police Cite Man for Helping the Elderly by Plowing Snow for FREE "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

An Idaho man is refusing to stop providing a free community service of snow plowing, even after police issued him a citation.

Razer Showcases ‘Project Valerie’ A Laptop With Three 17 Inch Screens "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Razer reveals ‘Project Valerie’ with three giant screens that can be folded

Gaming PC maker Razer unveiled a concept laptop based on the company’s existing Razer Blade Pro at CES 2017 in Las Vegas yesterday. The concept known as ‘...

01:58

Mom Breaks Down, Mosque Filled To The Brim For 28Yrs Old Yassar Yaqub's Burial, Despite Being A ‘Drug Dealer’ "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The heartbroken mother of an alleged drug dealer who was shot dead by police on an M62 slip road broke down in tears and had to be supported by mourners at his funeral service.

Mohammed Yassar Yaqub, 28, was laid to rest four days after he was fatally shot by police officers who were investigating a report of a person with a gun.
His mother, Safia Bano, was visibly distraught and his father, Mohammed, was comforted as his coffin was carried out of the Jamia Masjid Bilal mosque in front of hundreds of mourners in his hometown of Huddersfield.

The crowd was so large that many mourners couldn't fit inside the mosque in Lockwood and were forced to wait outside during prayers on Friday morning.
Yaqub's coffin was carried into and out of the service through the men's entrance, and mourners embraced as they paid respect to the father-of-two.

After prayers Yaqub's body was buried at Hey Lane Cemetery near Castle Hill.

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01:57

NEO – Happy New Year Donbass, from Killer John McCain and Co. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Jim W. Dean - Hanoi John McCain continues to be the embarrassment he has long been, with no "coming to Jesus" moment anywhere on the horizon. If ever there was a threat to US national security it rests between this man's two ears.

01:57

Netgear launches Bug Bounty Program for Hacker; Offering up to $15,000 in Rewards "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

It might be the easiest bug bounty program ever. Netgear launched on Thursday a bug bounty program to offer up to $15,000 in rewards to hackers who will find security flaws in its products. Since criminals have taken aim at a rapidly growing threat surface created by millions of new Internet of things (IoT) devices, it has become crucial to protect routers that contain the keys to the

01:52

Missing Out On $50 Trillion and Millions of High Wage Jobs. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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CREDIT: Department of Energy (DOE).

Clean energy. It’s the only possible way to go right now, and there’s more promise in clean energy than anything else, but Pendejo-elect Trump is making sure that America will not only miss out on all the money clean energy can bring, but the millions of jobs which go with it. No, much better to commit to filthy energy, which can stuff a few select, already overflowing pockets with more money, making sure that the environment gets destroyed, and to keep on denying climate change. Oh yes, that’s just so much better, by golly, that will make America great again, you betcha. :insert near-fatal eyeroll here.:

A few days ago, Joe Romm at Think Progress had an article up about the clean energy, and how it will be a $50 trillion industry, and how Trump has determined that the U.S. will not be a part of it.

The best charts of 2016 reveal the clean energy revolution is unstoppable. At least, it is unstoppable globally.

But if the United States makes a historic blunder and shifts its focus back toward dirty energy just when the rest of the world has made a $50 trillion (or higher) commitment to a carbon-free future, then it won’t reap the vast job-creating benefits of the remarkable ongoing cost reductions shown in chart above.

That article is here.

Today, there’s an article about all the jobs created by clean energy.

01:52

Chile: Live Animal Transport Truck Sabotaged "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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translated by Earth First! Journal

From the Bío-Bío region in the province of Arauco.

We are against domination by the authoritarian humans against different animals, who through physical torture, mental stress, bad treatment, humiliations, rape, and death, gain benefits in their disgusting lives. Lives full of selfish and capitalist delights, for example in their so-called “jobs”: fur shops, zoos, circuses, the cattle industry, experimental labs, some universities, amusement park shows, etc.

For us, animals are not objects, nor merchandise, that’s why we get upset and sabotage these accomplices, exploiters, and murderers. We are not new at this, these ideas have been forged throughout time and in one way or another action propels us. We will always go back for more. In this manner, we claim responsibility for an action in the name of animal liberation. On November 27 we executed a sabotage against a cattle transportation truck (animals destined to be murdered). Direct sabotage against domination, in which we left their tires useless and blocked their door locks with a strong adhesive.

We take advantage with this action to begin our informal coordination with the Animal Liberation Front that is acting today in southern Chilean lands. This was done also in memory of anarchist warrior Javier Recabarren, killed on March 16, 2016, and Mauricio Morales, fiery insurrectionist, who died on May 22, 2016.

In conclusion, we want to say that today there is a new commemoration of the fallen anarcho-nihilist warrior Sebastián Oversluij, our action is dedicated to their memory and is a minimal expression for the expansion of the struggle for Earth and animal liberation. This is a conflictive anarchist position which is advanced with every fallen warrior, as well as with every indomitable prisoner who doesn’t double over in their cage. For them and for ourselves, let’s continue this battle insisting.

Sabotage domination!

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01:51

Guest post: Press complaints process is ‘exercise in futility’ for scientists "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

This is a comment article authored by two scientists who have made complaints to regulators about coverage of climate science in the media. The first case is written by Dr Phil Williamson, associate fellow of the University of East Anglia and Science Coordinator of the UK Ocean Acidification research programme from 2010-2016. The second case is written by Prof Terry Sloan, Emeritus Professor of physics at the University of Lancaster and author of ‘Introductory Climate Science; Global Warming Explained’.

The Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO), a self-regulator for the newspaper and magazine industry, sets out the rules that many UK publishers have agreed to follow.

IPSO’s starting point is promising. The Editor’s Code of Practice and the committee’s own vision – to “support those who feel wronged by the press, uphold the highest professional standards” and “provide redress” where standards have been breached – provide as good a basis as any for balancing freedom of the press with ethics, honesty and the public interest.

But something goes badly wrong in IPSO’s decision-making, at least in our experiences.  Engagement with IPSO on issues of scientific accuracy would seem an exercise in futility.

Case 1: Williamson v The Spectator – ocean acidification

On 30 April 2016, climate-skeptic writer James Delingpole published an article in the Spectator under the headline, “Ocean acidification: yet another wobbly pillar of climate alarmism”.

The article stated that the evidence increasingly suggests that ocean acidification – the process of human-caused CO2 dissolving into seawater, lowering its pH – is a “scaremongering theory” and a “trivial, misleadingly named, and not remotely worrying phenomenon”. The theory, said Delingpole, “appears to have been fatally flawed almost from the start”.

Almost everything that could be scientifically wrong with Delingpole’s article was wrong. Despite this, and many other careless errors, IPSO ruled against my complaint, and follow-up appeal, deciding that the article had not been breached the editors’ code of practice. On issues of accuracy, the code stat...

01:50

‘Warrior’s Call: The Fight to Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline’ in Buffalo Jan. 8 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Storytelling event takes place at Hallwalls in Buffalo, NY on Jan. 8 from 3-5 PM. VeteransRespond, a new national service organization formed by veterans who participated in the massive deployment at Standing Rock, North Dakota in early December—is excited... Read More

The post ‘Warrior’s Call: The Fight to Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline’ in Buffalo Jan. 8 appeared first on Global Justice Ecology Project.

01:43

US, UK Paid “White Helmets” Help Al Qaeda Blocking Water To 5 Million Syrians "IndyWatch Feed War"

The blockade of water from Wadi Barada to 5 million people in Damascus is taking an interesting turn. The U.S. and UK financed White Helmet organization seems to be directly involved in it. This increases the suspicion that the illegal blockade of water to civilians in Damascus is part of a organized campaign under U.S. … Continue reading US, UK Paid “White Helmets” Help Al Qaeda Blocking Water To 5 Million Syrians

01:40

Three Months with Google Fiber "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

I'm one of the lucky few to benefit from Google Fiber's recent expansion into new regions (before they nixed the whole thing). I've had the service fire three months now and figured I should write up my experience with it thus far.

The Installation

Google Fiber announced that it would be expanding to the Raleigh-Durham metro area, known locally as "The Triangle", in January 2015. It's been a long game of hurry-up-and-wait since then, watching crews laying fiber all over town without hearing a peep from Google regarding availability. But in the fall of 2016, people were finally able to start signing up for service. Here's how my installation went.

September 3

Google Fiber registration opens! I sign up for service and pay a paltry $10 deposit, which gets credited toward my first bill. Over the next couple weeks, various utilities swing by to mark their lines in the ground. (Here's the color code for utility markings in the US, if you're curious.)

September 24

Google's contractor arrives on site to lay fiber from the curb to my house and to many of my neighbors' houses. Surprisingly, they cut my trench by hand, possibly due to the steep incline of my side yard.

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The outside installers ran a single pair of fiber to a box mounted on the side of my house, with the remainder of the installation to be completed by the indoor tech. (As with Verizon FiOS, only one strand is needed for service.)

September 27

I receive a notification to schedule my installation. Of course, I pick the first available slot: 9:40am on October 3.

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01:39

Fox News Panelist: Black Lives Matter is a hate group "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Fox News panel acknowledges Black Lives Matter is, in fact, a “hate group”

(INTELLIHUB) — When talking about police shootings in America a Fox News panel debated is the organization is a ‘hate group’ or not.

One of the panelists said, “the anti-cop rhetoric stuff […] started at the White House.”

“Black Lives Matter is a hate group,” the panelist continued.

“You have government officials in our government today that support groups like that — that call for the assassination of cops.”

Another panelist countered, saying, “This is a lie what he is telling you. He is leading us down a road.”

The same panelist said that “71% of cop shootings are done by white men.”

©2017. INTELLIHUB.COM. All Rights Reserved.

The post Fox News Panelist: Black Lives Matter is a hate group appeared first on Intellihub.

Keynote: State of the Union: node.js by Rod Vagg, NodeSource "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

During his keynote at Node.js Interactive in November, Rod Vagg, Technical Steering Committee Director at the Node.js Foundation talked about the progress that the project made during 2016.

 

01:39

Magistrados, diputados y senadores tendrán gasolina con cargo al erario "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

Los magistrados recibirán vales de 5 mil pesos mensuales; diputados destinarán en total más de 9 millones de pesos a compra de combustible; senadores reciben 10 mil al mes.   Regeneración, 06 de enero 2017.- Cada magistrado del Consejo de la Judicatura Federal (CJF) recibirá mensualmente 5 mil 600 pesos en vales, mientras que, cada […]

El post Magistrados, diputados y senadores tendrán gasolina con cargo al erario apareció primero en Regeneración.

01:38

UK Based Young Muslim Woman With Barbie Looks Slams Critics Of Her Sexy Social Media Snaps (Pics) "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Nicknamed the Kazakhstan Barbie, a UK student, has lashed back at Muslim critics in her homeland who slammed her because of her latest collection of sexy social media snaps.
Dinara Rakhimbaeva, 21, is studying finance at the University of Nottingham and loves flaunting her perfect body in sexy lingerie on social media.
The 5-foot 9-inch student has a tiny 22-inch waist, measures 34 inches around her hips and weighs 7 stone. And her social media photos usually show her in lacy black bras, panties and lacy camisoles.

01:31

New York SWAT Team Executes War Vet’s Dog Just Days Before Christmas "IndyWatch Feed War"

The following Post was shared with the CopBlock Network by Matt Albert, via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page.

Date of Incident: December 21, 2016
Department Involved: Buffalo Police Department
Officer Involved: Narcotics Detective Sean O’Brien
Department Phone No.: (716) 851-4575

A Bloody Christmas – This Is How Police Treat Our Veterans

After serving 37 years in the military, one would think that Gary Aljoe was entitled to spend a quiet Christmas with his family and his beloved best friend, an 8-year-old-male German Shepherd, whom Aljoe had owned since he was a pup. The dog had been given to him as a present by Aljoe’s son, and was appropriately named Sarge. For Gary himself had achieved the esteemed rank of Sergeant First Class, and one would think that this country would give back the so called freedoms Aljoe had fought for by allowing him the comforts and enjoyments of his own family and home this holiday season. If one thought that however,…one would be wrong.

In the early morning hours on December 21, 2016, the Buffalo Police Narcotics Unit stormed Aljoe’s Ullman Street residence by way of a flash bang, taking the brave sergeant and his animal by surprise. Sarge, usually a very friendly and social German Shepherd, cowered in the corner at the sudden attack. Aljoe initially thought that he was being invaded and was set to call the police. It turned out that his instincts were half right.

And again, if one thought that the Police would show mercy on what they perceived to be an enemy combatant cowering in the corner, one would also be mistaken. A Buffalo police officer, name unknown at this point, blew up Sarge while Gary laid helpless on the floor, with a jackbooted cop standing over him, holding him down.

The mirage of freedom that Aljoe had fought for 37 years was shattered by way of gunshots from agents of his own government to his best friends’ head. This wasn’t friendly fire… this was the purposeful execution of a companion animal.

Aljoe has seen a lot over the course of his 37-year tour of duty. He had built schools and clinics in war torn nations such as Panama, and while others ran from midtown Manhattan in the wake of 9-11-01, Aljoe came to the scene to provide security for the four months immediately after the tragedy. However, nothing he saw prepared him to witnes...

01:30

BREAKING: Chippewa Tribe Calls for Pipeline Removal from All Tribal Land, Refuses Right-of-way Renewal "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

chippewaAs the fight against the DAPL rages on, the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa just passed a resolution to remove a pipeline from their land.

01:29

Baby Dumped Inside Ogba River In Oyo State, Nigeria, Found Dead! "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

I'm all shades of upset right now, with tears freely running down my face.. How can one be so HEARTLESS? I officially give up on humans!!

A silly WICKED mother reportedly threw her one day old baby inside River in Oyo State, earlier today.

According to the story shared by Lukmon Fasasi, the lifeless body of the baby (a boy) was found floating on Ogba river, in Ekunle area of Iseyin Oyo State. You are looking at the baby's umbilical cord above. Graphic pics of the lil baby below..

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01:25

Omene Snubs Taiga’s Election, Says He is the ‘Constitutionally’ Recognized President-General of UPU "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Chief Joe Omene

Chief Joe Omene


LAGOS JANUARY 6TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Embattled factional President-General of Urhobo Progress Union (UPU), Chief Joseph Orode Omene has dismissed the election of Monday January 2, 2017 which returned Olorogun Moses Taiga as President-General of UPU, insisting that he remained the one and only authentic President General of the Union.
Reacting to media reports to the effect that he was kicked out of office and replaced by Olorogun Moses Taiga, Chief Omene retorted that the reports and claims in some quarters that another election into the executive committee of UPU was held on Monday January 2 at the Urhobo Cultural Centre in Uvwiamuge, Ughelli North Local Government Area of the state, was of no effect as the organizers lacked the constitutional mandate to carry out the exercise which he described as a failed civilian coup.
Omene who advised the Urhobo nation to go about their legitimate duties said, “There is no cause for alarm. That election, if it actually held as I read in the papers, was a breach of UPU’s constitution and as such it is null and void. I read that it was convened by one faceless Board of Trustees. I am the President General of UPU. I did not inaugurate any BoT. Who is its chairman, where are other members, who inaugurated it and when was it inaugurated? Please disregard rumour mongers.
“The constitution states that only the President-General, which is my humble self, can direct the Secretary-General to convene an Urhobo annual General Congress and that has since been done in December 2016, where I was re-elected as the current President-General. Any other one by any other person or group of persons is illegal, null and void.”
‘’Let me state this for the umpteenth time, the BoT of the UPU has not been constituted as required by Article 21 of the UPU Constitution. Taking over of power from an existing NEC ‘with immediate effect’ as Chief Victor Otomiewo purported to do by his advertorial in the Vanguard of December 22, 2016 is unknown to the UPU Constitution that was partly redrafted by Chief Victor Otomiewo in 2005. The question now is between whom and whom did the reclusive BoT of which Chief Victor Otomiewo is fabled the secretary meet in their intervention and mediation efforts, what kind or brand of conflict resolution crudity have Chief Victor Otomiewo and Company sold t...

01:23

The Trump Wall: Taxpayer Funded. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

© Richard Misrach. Border Cantos.

© Richard Misrach. Border Cantos.

It seems that Trump is still determined to waste an insane amount of money on a wall, but as Mexico has rightly refused the offer to foot the bill, eyes are looking elsewhere, to the American taxpayer, specifically. I can’t speak for anyone else, but I do not want one cent of my earnings to go for this gargantuan stupidity. This whole idea is bad, all the way around, and on top of all the bad, makes me feel very claustrophobic, like I might not be able to get out.

President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team is working on making his proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall, the cornerstone of his 2016 presidential campaign, a reality. However, there is a slight change in plans.

The team told GOP officials the real estate mogul had signaled that the building of the wall be funded by American tax dollars and not by Mexico, as he had previously claimed, CNN reported Thursday citing House Republicans. Officials are looking to fund the construction using the appropriations process as early as April.

[…]

The 2006 law allowed the construction of a “physical barrier” running for 700 miles on the country’s southern border, Politico reported earlier Thursday. The law was never fully implemented and did not include a sunset provision allowing Trump to continue where Bush left off using the funds Congress would allocate for the project.

“It was not done in the Obama administration, so by funding the authorization that’s already happened a decade ago, we could start the process of meeting Mr. Trump’s campaign pledge to secure the border,” Indiana Rep. Luke Messer told CNN on Thursday.

[…]

Republicans would have to add millions to the spending bill — which needs to pass by the end of April — to keep the government open, should Mexico refuse to pay for the wall. But the move could irk House Democrats who might threaten the GOP with a government shutdown.

Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise, a senior GOP leader in the House, did not say if Congress will pay for the construction of...

01:22

Transistor stretchier than skin for ultra-flexible wearable tech "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

A flexible transistor can stretch to twice its length without losing its conductive properties and could be used in electronic tattoo-style wearable sensors.

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01:16

John McAfee: “The Most Deceptive Propaganda To Date Was Perpetrated On The American Public” "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

McAfee specifically pointed to the following key arguments in the Grizzly Steppe report: Russian language was found in the malware – which would make them borderline retarded. A Cyrillic (Russian language) keyboard was used to create the malware. The compiler (piece of software that finalizes the malware) time stamped the malware during Russian business hours. IP address pointed […]

01:12

Ex-Governor Adams Oshiomhole's Son Running For A Federal House Of Representatives Seat "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Son of the immediate past governor of Edo State, Dr. Cyril Oshiomhole, has flagged off his campaign to run as Member representing Etsako Constituency at the Federal House of Representatives.. Dr. Cyril Oshiomhole is a US-based medical doctor. Amma just keep my thoughts to myself, whewwwww.. Hehehehe..

01:07

Cool Stuff Friday. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Weather. We all live with it, complain about it, cope with it. And some people take stunning photos of it:

Credit: Camelia Czuchnicki.

Credit: Camelia Czuchnicki.

A clash between two storm cells in New Mexico, US in June 2014, each with it’s own rotating updraft. It appeared as though one updraft was anticyclonic, resulting in a very turbulent scene. The curved striations of the oldest noticeable against the new bubbling convection of the newer.

You can see 2016 Weather Photographer finalists here.

Everyone knows the importance of kerning, right? Nope:

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Bored Panda has many more fine examples of the fine art of kerning being egregiously ignored.

And, the coolest way to stay safe! Monkey Lights:

MonkeyLectric.

01:07

30 Robbers About To Rob Me Fled On Seeing Bishop Oyedepo's Picture- Winners Chapel Member Testifies "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

According to an 87years old woman, about 30 robbers on a mission to rob her, fled on sighting the General Overseer, Bishop David Oyedepo's picture at her premises.

Winners Chapel shared the testimony on their page but it's got a lot of people doubting how true the story is..

01:06

The Best Linux Distros for 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The new year is upon us, and it’s time to look toward what the next 365 days have in store. As we are wont to do, Linux.com looks at what might well be the best Linux distributions to be found from the ever-expanding crop of possibilities.

Of course, we cannot just create a list of operating systems and say “these are the best,” not when so often Linux can be very task-oriented. To that end, I’m going to list which distros will rise to the top of their respective heaps...according to task.

With that said, let’s get to the list!

01:04

Hacker Claims Breach of FBI’s Webserver; Plone CMS Calls It a Hoax "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

By Waqas

A hacker going by the online handle of “CyberZeist” has claimed to have hacked the content management system (CMS) of the official website of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the mainstream investigation agency of the United States. The hacker claims he compromised the Plone CMS system used by the bureau to obtain login credentials of […]

This is a post from HackRead.com Read the original post: Hacker Claims Breach of FBI’s Webserver; Plone CMS Calls It a Hoax

01:03

Stock Market Today: What To Expect in Market Today? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Mukta Samtani

DJIA Keeps Its Distance From 20,000 Mark
Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 42.87 points down and closed at 19,899.29. The S&P 500 Index lost 1.75 points to close at 2,269.

However, backed by the strength in healthcare and technology stocks, Nasdaq Composite Index touched another all-time high. The Nasdaq rose 10.93 points and closed at 5,487.94.

The stocks fell Thursday led by the losses in banks and retail stocks. Macy’s Inc (NYSE:M) and Kohl’s Corporation (NYSE:KSS) were the biggest losers of the day following weak holiday-season reports.
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01:01

CALEXIT is Adding Key Members of the Obama Administration "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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California’s “independence movement” has some new friends, surprising friends, friends in need of a place that will protect them from the long arm of the soon-t0-be Trump administration. Before I identify the California’s new friends, let’s talk about California’s old friends. You know, the old friends that hijacked the California state government.

California’s Shady Friends

As previously identified on The Common Sense Show, California has been taken over by some very shady characters who are interested in creating an independent country from the Golden State, BY ANY MEANS POSSIBLE!

According to Paul Preston, reports are coming in that numerous state legislators from California, including “California Senate pro tem Kevin de Leon), State representatives from Florida, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Utah and Colorado have been meeting with members of La Raza, the Mexican government (consulate), Mexican Mafia (“La EME”), California’s violent Mexican gangs (Nortenos /Sureños/ Sur 13), La Familia (Nuestra Familia) and religious leaders (Catholic / Jesuits) to come up with a plan to separate from the United States the above mentioned states”. Governor Brown, his aides, and the Bank of China have been in attendance in several of these meetings designed to sever California from the US. Further, The Common Sense Show has learned, independent of Paul Preston, that George Soros is bankrolling some of the costs associated with this movement.

By now, many have heard that Governor Jerry Brown is leading a concentrated effort to become El Presidente of California. Brown’s efforts are supported international crime figures such as the Sasakawa crime family, in the which the senior Sasakawa, the late Japanese gen...

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Node.js: The State of the Union "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

By all metrics, it has been a good year for Node.js. During his keynote at Node.js Interactive in November, Rod Vagg, Technical Steering Committee Director at the Node.js Foundation talked about the progress that the project made during 2016.

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CES 2017: Why Every Social Robot at CES Looks Alike "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Many of the social robots introduced at CES look similar: are they all copying Jibo? Photo: Jibo

In the middle of all of the autonomous car promises, slightly thinner and brighter televisions, and appliances that spy on you in as many different ways as they possibly can were a small handful of social robots. These are robots designed to interact with you at home.

People responding to IEEE Spectrum’s live twitter feeds as we covered each announcement, pointed out that these little white social home robots all look kinda similar to each other, and they also look kinda similar to that little white social home robot that managed to raise $3.7 million on Indiegogo in September of 2014: Jibo.

To show what we’re talking about (if you haven't been following along with our CES coverage, and you totally should be), here are three new social home robots (Kuri, Mykie, and Hub) that were announced Wednesday, along with Jibo for comparison.

White rounded robots with large heads and eyes Photos: Mayfield Robotics (Kuri), Jibo (Jibo), Bosch (Mykie), LG (Hub)

White. Curvy and smooth. Big heads on small bodies. An eye or eyes, but no ears or mouth, and no arms. A lot of design similarities with what is arguably the very first social home robot to (promise to) be commercially available (eventually):

The question, though, is just why exactly these smooth roundish curvy big-headed white robots all look the way that they do. Why do they look a bit like Jibo, and why does Jibo look the way it does?

“We designed a very clean, modern looking robot that’s friendly,” Jibo’s VP of Marketing Nancy Dussault-Smith told me yesterday. “I can understand why people want to have that kind of thing in their homes.”

Kaijen Hsiao and Sarah Osentoski, Mayfield Robotics’ COO and CTO, told us something very similar about their robot, Kuri: “People are very picky about what goes in their homes,” says Hsiao. “It’s very hard to build something that matches everyone's decor, and the closest you can come is very minimalist and white. Also, if you want to hide sensors, windows that are transparent to IR are generally black, which is why you see robots with so much black.”

The robots all tend to be smooth and curvy not just because it’s pleasing to the eye (conveying softness with organic and symmetrical...

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In Obama’s Final Jobs report, A Record 95.1 Million People Were Not In The Labor Force "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Tyler Durden

As it began so it will finish.

Putting the exclamation point on a trend that has marked Obama’s entire presidency, in the final Obama jobs report, the BLS announced that the total number of people not in the labor force grew once more, rising by 18,000 in December, and a whopping 841,000 in the past three months, to a new all time high of 95.102 million Americans no longer in the workforce.

This meant that the perennial bogeyman of the Trump administration, the collapsing labor force participation rate, remained flat near 35 year lows, risint fractionally from last month to 62.7% as a result of 152.111 million people employed in a civilian non-institutional population of 254.742 million.

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Ethical, irresponsible behavior "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Steve Brawner
© 2017 by Steve Brawner Communications, Inc.

If you’re one of 435 Americans who can get yourself elected to Congress, then by definition you’re probably politically astute – which makes what happened this past week all the more hard to figure.

After being handed the reins of power at just about every level of government everywhere, House Republicans made it their first order of business to replace the independent Office of Congressional Ethics with a weakened and muzzled office overseen by the House Ethics Committee – in other words, by the very Congress the office investigates. Moreover, this happened during a behind-closed-doors meeting.

Among Arkansas’ congressional delegation, Reps. French Hill and Steve Womack voted against the plan, while Rep. Rick Crawford was traveling but said later he opposed it. Rep. Bruce Westerman voted for it. All of them said reforms are needed – just not necessarily these reforms, or these reforms done this way.

The backlash against the move was immediate and included not only Democrats but also President-elect Donald Trump, who questioned the timing and priorities in a tweet that concluded with “#DTS” – in other words, “drain the swamp.” On Tuesday, hours before the full Congress was to vote on the new rules, House Republicans hastily met and voted by unanimous consent to remove the controversial provision.

Why stumble so badly so early? House Republicans had heard complaints from some of their fellow members who said they had been unfairly targeted by an office that too aggressively investigates anonymous and/or frivolous complaints. Congressmen were then forced to spend large sums of their personal money – we’re talking $100,000 – to defend themselves and try to clear their name.

As a journalist, I talk a lot to politicians, mostly at the state level but occasionally with members of Congress as well. I don’t believe most elected officials are crooks – and granted, I’m writing the first draft of this paragraph on the same day an Arkansas state legislator pleaded guilty to steering $175,000 to two organizations and receiving $38,000 in bribes in return.

I think most elected officials are OK folks whose jobs force them to make professional and moral compromises to meet unattainable, sometimes contradictory public expectations. They’re expected to stand for their beliefs but represent their constituents’ will, and they’re expected to raise...

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Desert Beauty. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Look, no snow! :D From Crimson Clupeidae, click for full size.

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Greece: Pola Roupa & Nikos Maziotis on hunger & thirst strike in defense of their 6 year old child’s rights "IndyWatch Feed War"

 

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From our comrades in Greece we have learned that during the arrest of comrade Pola Roupa (member of Revolutionary Struggle and partner of the comrade Nikos Maziotis, also a member of Revolutionary Struggle), that the police kidnapped and detained her 6 year old son.

The child is being held in a hospital room under armed guard and the police are refusing to allow family members or legal representatives to see him. Although we do not know if he is being interrogated it is worth noting that it is illegal under Greek law to interrogate a minor without the presence of a parent / guardian or lawyer.

In response to the state’s vengeful kidnapping and detention of their son, comrades Pola and Nikos have begun a hunger and thirst strike to demand that their child be released from police custody and into the care of close relatives. The 25 year old woman comrade who was arrested with Pola has also begun a hunger strike with the same demands as Pola and Nikos. She is being held under guard in hospital with a serious injury to her arm.

Mobilizations in solidarity with the comrades have already begun on the streets and in Korydallos pris...

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John Harwood Asks “Who Do You Believe America?” – Gets Surprising Answer "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Tyler Durden

CNBC Political reporter, friend of Hillary, and Democratic Party sycophant John Harwood took to Twitter last night to ask:

“Who do you believe America? Wikileaks, or US Intel Officials?”

The response is yet another slap in the face for the establishment’s perspective on how the world should really run…

And that Mr. Harwood is why Donald Trump is about to become President! When will you and your ilk wake up to this?

As Trump tweeted earlier in the week: “It is for the American people to make up their minds as to the truth.”

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Apple's FaceTime Blamed for Girl's Highway Crash Death in New Lawsuit "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Arthur T Knackerbracket has found the following story:

According to the latest figures available, US highway deaths increased by more than 10 percent year-over-year during the first half of 2016. One big reason? Distracted driving with mobile phones. It's a reality that now has one phone-maker in some unusual legal crosshairs.

Apple, maker of the ever-popular iPhone, is being sued on allegations that its FaceTime app contributed to the highway death of a 5-year-old girl named Moriah Modisette. In Denton County, Texas, on Christmas Eve 2014, a man smashed into the Modisette family's Toyota Camry as it stopped in traffic on southbound Interstate 35W. Police say that the driver was using the FaceTime application and never saw the brake lights ahead of him. In addition to the tragedy, father James, mother Bethany, and daughter Isabella all suffered non-fatal injuries during the crash two years ago.

The Modisette family now wants Apple to pay damages for the mishap. The family alleges the Cupertino, California-based technology company had a duty to warn motorists against using the app and that it could have used patented technology to prohibit drivers from utilizing the app. According to the suit (PDF) filed in Santa Clara County Superior Court:

Plaintiffs allege APPLE, INC.'s failure to design, manufacture, and sell the Apple iPhone 6 Plus with the patented, safer alternative design technology already available to it that would automatically lock-out or block users from utilizing APPLE, INC.'s 'FaceTime' application while driving a motor vehicle at highway speed, and failure to warn users that the product was likely to be dangerous when used or misused in a reasonably foreseeable manner and/or instruct on the safe usage of this and similar applications, rendered the Apple iPhone 6 defective when it left defendant APPLE, INC's possession, and were a substantial factor in causing plaintiffs' injuries and decedent's death.

The patent referenced, issued by the US patent office in April 2014, is designed to provide a "lock-out mechanism" to prevent iPhone use by drivers. The patent claims a "motion analyzer" and a "scenery analyzer" help prevent phone use. The...

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Awww.. Mikel Obi Writes Emotional Letter To His Chelsea Family As He Leaves For China (READ) "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Super Eagles' captain, John Mikel Obi, has finalized his move to Chinese super liga club, Tianjin TEDA, after 10years of being with the BLUES!! According to him, he joined Chelsea at the age of 19 and he loved every bit of his stay in the club.. Read the emotional letter the midfielder has written to his Chelsea family, below..





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Global Consequences of Corrupt Presidency in United States – Part I "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

CJ Members EAC OC Teams Presentation: Consequences of a Corrupt Presidency in the U.S. at the Edge of Apocalypse – ENERGY [Prepared by Affiliated Scientists] Presentation is available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. Filed under: News Alert Tagged: apocalypse, CJ Members, Corrupt Presidency, EAC, energy, FIRE-EARTH PULSARS, TML, Trump-Kushner Presidency, United States

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Ice Magic, Part 3. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Jobs Disappoint In Obama’s Final Month, Rise Only 156K, But Average Hourly Earnings Jump "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Tyler Durden

With Wall Street expecting a 178K payrolls print for president Obama’s final full monthly December jobs report, the headline December nonfarm payrolls increase of just 156K is likely to disappoint. However, the poor December number will likely be offset by a revision to the November print from 178K to 204K, even as October was revised downward from 142K to 135K, for a net revision of the past two months to 19K higher.

For all of 2016, job growth totaled 2.2 million for the year, less than the increase of 2.7 million in 2015.

The unemployment rate printed at 4.7% as predicted, fractionally higher from last month’s 4.6%.

However, the big silver lining in today’s jobs report, and what Wall Street will likely mostly focus on, is the jump in average hourly earnings, which rose 0.4% in December, up from the disappointing November -0.1% decline, and ahead of the 0.3% expected by consensus. It was also the best print since 2009. On an annual basis, the increase was 2.9%, also on of the highest gains since the crisis, strengthening the case for the Fed to hike on multiple occasions in 2017.

On the other hand, average weekly earnings continued their muted performance, rising 2.3% Y/Y in December.

Some more details from the report:

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 156,000 in December, with an increase in health care and social assistance. Job growth totaled 2.2 million in 2016, less than the increase of 2.7 million in 2015.

Employment in health care rose by 43,000 in December, with most of the increase occurring in ambulatory health care services (+30,000) and hospitals (+11,000). Health care added an average of 35,000 jobs per month in 2016, roughly in line with the average monthly gain of 39,000 in 2015.

Social assistance added 20,000 jobs in December, reflecting job growth in individual and family services (+21,000). In 2016, social assistance added 92,000 jobs, down from an increase of 162,000 in 2015.

Employment in food services and drinking places continued to trend up in December (+30,000). This indu...

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Gold Rises In All Currencies In 2016 – 9% In USD, 13% In EUR and 31.5% In GBP "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert

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– Gold gains in USD, GBP, EUR, CAD, AUD, NZD, JPY
– Gold gains in CNY, INR & most emerging market currencies

– Gold surges 31.5% in British pounds after Brexit shock
– Gold acted as hedge and safe haven in 2016 … for those who need safe haven
– Furthers signs of market having bottomed and bodes well for 2017
– What drivers will gold respond to in 2017?
– EU elections and contagion risk, Geo-politics, terrorism, war and cyber war
– Outlook for gold good during Trump Presidency (2017 to 2020)

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Source: GoldPrice.org

Gold was the best performing currency in 2016, rising as it did in all major currencies. It again performed the function as a hedge against currency devaluation and this was seen particularly in sterling terms with gold rising 31.5% in British pounds after the Brexit shock.

Gold in USD in 2016

Gold prices closed 2016 at USD 1,159.10, EUR 1,098.36 and GBP 942.58 per ounce.
Gold prices closed 2015 at USD 1,062.25, EUR 974.32 and GBP 716.36 per ounce.
(Gold AM fixes on December 30th 2016 and December 31st 2015 respectively)

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Argentina Has Three Years to Retake the Falklands "IndyWatch Feed War"

It’s too late for Buenos Aires to rebuild its shattered air force before the U.K.’s new carriers arrive

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Shattered "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

She held them with two fingers, rabbiting her way through the green beans.  He didn't eat at all.  She'd read a theory, that if two strangers, two humans stare into each other eyes for at least four minutes they can not help but love each other.  The first time they spoke, a rushed exchange in a corridor when he held her up with a hand, a quick word. ‘You wont like me when you hear about me’.  He was right.  She would love him untill the day he died. 

Hotel rooms, airports, cars, meeting halls, movement, lights, distances halved and encounters timed to start and end precisely.  They kept it up for four years and then he walked in off the street to where she worked and found her and told her what she already knew – he wasn’t just tired, he wasn’t just fading a little.  He was seriously sick.  She had never thought about what he did before or away from her.  But of course he was married and he had children and they wanted him now more than ever.  And then she saw them, she slid out as they arrived and face to face she caught the pain in her body and the two girls who clung to each of her arms. 

Get through this and come and find me. Make it clean for us. We will go on.

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Uber Sued After Driver From Hell Beat Up Passenger, Left Him For Dead & Still Charged Him! "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Uber is being sued over a rogue driver who allegedly beat the crap out of his passenger and left him for dead.

TMZ reports that the ordeal went down back in December. The passenger, Joseph Fusco says he requested an Uber to take him on a 9 mile ride to his home to Cherry Hill, NJ. In the lawsuit he's filed against Uber, Joseph says the driver refused to drive him there.

Joseph pleaded, but says the driver got pissed, dragged him out of the car and beat him senseless ... breaking multiple bones in his face, knocking out teeth and leaving him in a pool of blood in the cold.

He thinks there's surveillance video showing him unconscious as the driver stomped him.

Adding insult to injury, Joseph says the driver charged him for a 28 minute ride -- and Uber has refused to ID the driver for investigators.

Sources connected to Uber tell us the company dropped the driver as soon as the incident was reported, and -- contrary to Joseph's suit -- is fully supporting the investigation.

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Lack of Discipline for Texas Cop Abusing Suspect in Jail Shows Carrollton Mayor is Clueless "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Carrollton Police Department seems to respond to all complaints with a standard form letter stating they did nothing wrong. Attempting to utilize the city’s written policy for appeals just falls on deaf ears or flat out refusal. As a last resort, one would hope the Mayor might be somewhat objective with the voting public’s best interest in mind. Clearly, that is a fool’s hope.

We contacted Carrollton, Texas Mayor Matthew Marchant (son of Congressman Kenny Marchant) to enlighten him to the problems with his police force, and the fact that the City Manager refused to follow written policy concerning appeals. Instead of enforcing the city’s policy, he responded:

“Our Police Department takes complaints seriously and has a history of disciplining and even terminating officers that are so deserving.”

The form letter and lack of response we have received would indicate otherwise. Add that the City Manager wouldn’t even follow the appeals policy showed us the Mayor’s response was laughable. Maybe it was just us?

We made a cursory search for incidents with Carrollton police officers, and came upon what should have been the perfect example to easily validate Mayor Marchant’s claim.

It did not.

A few years back, a Carrollton officer arrested a man for DWI. While checking in to jail, the officer asked the suspect to give him his coat. When the suspect declined, the officer shoved him face first into the wall with such force, he was nearly horizontal at the time of impact. Having his hands in his pockets made him particularly vulnerable to such an aggressive response. While the suspect admitted to drinking, he was not being aggressive. Certainly not a person that deserved to effectively be picked up, and smashed face first into a wall.

In a case like this, what would seem like fair discipline? Not as just a police officer, but as any person. If you took a vulnerable, unsuspecting person, and smashed him face first into a wall, what would be YOUR consequences? A slap on the wrist? It being left to the victim to decide if he/she wanted to file civil suit?

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Explicit adult film played on Billboard at a China Mall leaves shoppers shocked "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

NSFW shopping: Graphic NSFW video played on Chinese mall billboard

To err is human but this mistake could cost a billboard worker’s job. This particular billboard w...

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Chinese ivory ban is a big win for elephants - but the loopholes must be closed "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

China's domestic ivory trade ban, which comes into force this year, is a major cause for optimism, writes Aron White. There are still loopholes, such as a partial exemption for 'cultural relics', that need clarifying and closing. Yet the new law sends a strong and timely signal that the global ivory market is progressively shutting up shop.

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Why Are We Ignoring Jihadists in Latin America? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Town Hall, by David Grantham, January 4, 2017: Famed Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz said Obama will go down in history as the worst foreign policy president of all time, after the U.S. chose to abstain in the U.N. Security … Continue reading

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Bullsh*t Non-News “Russia Celebrated Trump’s Win” Story Repeated Everywhere "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Tyler Durden

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Submitted by Mike Shedlock via MishTalk.com,

The bullsh*t non-news story of yesterday was “Russia celebrated Trump’s election”.

This non-revelation story started with the Washington Post, then spread to NBC News, The Hill, and MarketWatch.

The story is loaded with innuendo and irony, so let’s investigate.

  1. Washington Post: U.S. intercepts capture senior Russian officials celebrating Trump win
  2. NBC News: Top Russians Celebrated When Trump Won, Intel Report Says: Source
  3. MarketWatch: Russian officials celebrated Trump’s win, U.S. ID’s WikiLeaks sources: reports
  4. The Hill: US caught Russian officials cheering Trump win: report

Of the four, The Hill at least has an excuse. The Hill’s business model is to take any political news, no matter how ridiculous, the retweet the same story, multiple times over the course of the day, typically with hyped up headlines.

Why NBC or MarketWatch would repost trash from the Washington Post is a mystery.

Non-Shocking Celebration

The Washington Post made this amusing claim: “The ebullient reaction among high-ranking Russian officials — including some who U.S. officials believe had knowledge of the country’s cyber campaign to interfere in the U.S. election — contributed to the U.S...

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Clapper fails to convince in testimony on the Clinton leaks to the Senate "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Alexander Mercouris | The Duran | January 5, 2017 Director of National Intelligence James Clapper briefed the Senate on Russian involvement in the US election and the Clinton leaks but provided no fresh evidence and failed to say anything new. The Senate hearings into the Russian hacking scandal that took place on Thursday 5th […]

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Syria truce: Minister warns of 'open war' in Idlib as coalition strikes Fateh al-Sham "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Syria's 'national reconciliation minister' said Idlib is 'one of the coming areas' in the government's battle to retake the entire country

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Stable kernel updates 4.9.1, 4.8.16, and 4.4.40 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The 4.9.1, 4.8.16, and 4.4.40 stable kernel updates have been released; each contains the usual collection of important fixes.

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Winter Light from the Baltics. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

From rq, click for full size. There’s nothing quite like winter light!

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Syrian War Report – January 6, 2017: ISIS Suffers Major Casualties Across Syria "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

…from SouthFront 120 ISIS members have been killed and 10 units of military hardware destroyed, by the Syrian army in the recent clashes near the Tyas Airbase west of Palmyra, according to pro-government sources. The main clashes took place near the village of Sharifah where ISIS continued attempts to pressure government forces in order to […]

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Secure VPN Services — Get Up to 91% Discount On Lifetime Subscriptions "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Since most of us rely upon the Internet for day-to-day activities, hacking and spying have become a prime concern today, and so have online security and privacy. The governments across the world have been found to be conducting mass surveillance and then there are hackers and cyber criminals who are always looking for ways to steal your sensitive and personal data from the ill-equipped

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Update — Hacker Claims to Have Hacked the FBI, But It Wasn't "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Update: A hacker yesterday claimed to have hacked the FBI's website running on Plone CMS, but it seems it wasn't hacked using any zero-day vulnerability in Plone. We contacted Plone security team and updated this story (see below) with official statements. A hacker, using Twitter handle CyberZeist, has claimed to have hacked the FBI's website (fbi.gov) and leaked personal account information

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AMD Kaveri vs. Intel Skylake With The Latest Linux/Mesa Open-Source Drivers "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

I'm in the process of testing a lot of my different CPUs/APUs in preparation for some Kaby Lake Linux benchmarks next week with the Core i5 7600K and Core i7 7700K. Along the way with the different CPU benchmarks I've also been running some fresh integrated Linux graphics tests on the newer and interesting hardware...

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‘Who gave them this and why?’ Trump blasts leaks of secret report on ‘Russian hacking’ "IndyWatch Feed War"

RT | January 6, 2017 Donald Trump criticized leaks to several media outlets detailing contents of a classified report on alleged Russian hacking of the presidential election. The leaks came before Trump’s own briefing on those details by the intelligence community. The 50-page report was delivered to US President Barack Obama on Thursday, and is […]

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The Daily Bird #225. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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New infosec products of the week​: January 6, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Fortress Cyber Security launches Fortress UTM Fortress UTM provides intrusion detection and prevention, firewall and anti-virus for all Wi-Fi and IoT/Ethernet attached systems, including smart devices and also provides attacker behavior detection and device vulnerability assessments. The appliance comes with CyberGuard 24/7 service, a consumer focused Security Operations Center providing incident response and mitigation services. Security experts provide real-time verification of every connection in the home and are able to capture and detonate any connection … More

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Lance Schuttler: Snowden – Truth Is Coming & It Cannot Be Stopped "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Snowden: Truth Is Coming & It Cannot Be Stopped

Soon after Edward Snowden went public with his information that exposed the NSA’s secret spying program, Snowden spoke some words that still ring with curiosity in the ears of many:

“All I can say right now is the US Government is not going to be able to cover this up by jailing or murdering me. Truth is coming, and it cannot be stopped.”

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Phi Beta Iota: Julian Assange has said that 2017 releases will make 2016 look very tame.

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Frontrunning: January 6 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Tyler Durden

  • December Jobs Data to Wrap Up Obama’s Economic Legacy (WSJ)
  • FBI Says Democrats Refused Access to Hacked E-Mail Servers (BBG)
  • As Trump attacks, Nissan at bigger risk than Toyota (Reuters)
  • Democratic leader Schumer emerges as Trump’s newest punching bag (Reuters)
  • PBoC raises renminbi’s daily fix by most since 2005 (FT)
  • China central bank urges rational investment in bitcoin (Reuters)
  • China Doubles Down on Defense of Yuan (WSJ)
  • Millennials Think the Trump Economy Is Going to Implode (BBG)
  • Judge Rules Against Sanofi and Regeneron in Patent Case (WSJ)
  • Ash Carter Says Putin Is Making It Harder for U.S. to Work With Russia (WSJ)
  • China Plans Scrutiny of U.S. Firms If Trump Starts Feud (BBG)
  • Duterte hopes Russia will become Philippines’ ally and protector (Reuters...

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The AMD Patches To Boost Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Have Landed In Mesa Git "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

For those that have been looking forward to running Deus Ex: Mankind Divided on Linux with the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver, you'll want to fire up Mesa Git...

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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL): This Is Huge for AAPL Stock "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Mukta Samtani

AAPL Stock to Gain from This Catalyst
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) stock had a tough 2016, but things seem to be looking up in the company’s other business segment. Apple stock was an underperformer last year, but things could change for AAPL stock this year.

Apple Inc. released a note Thursday saying that its “App Store” shattered records on New Year’s Day. Customer purchases touched $240.0 million, which made January 1, 2017 the App Store’s busiest day ever. The app developers earned $20.0 billion in 2016—up 40% from 2015. Since the App Store.

The post Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL): This Is Huge for AAPL Stock appeared first on Profit Confidential.

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23:50

Trump to Pick Fan of Illegal Surveillance as Intelligence Czar "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Trump has reportedly picked former Senator Dan Coats, an outspoken advocate of illegal domestic surveillance programs and lobbyist for Google, to be director of national intelligence.

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DA Drops Charges After Video Shows Man Acted in Self-Defense Against Violent Cop "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Matt Agorist | The Free Thought Project Allegheny County, PA — A disturbing video was released this week showing an altercation between a police officer and a 21-year-old man arrested

The post DA Drops Charges After Video Shows Man Acted in Self-Defense Against Violent Cop appeared first on Filming Cops.

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Joe Biden tells Donald Trump to ‘grow up’ over hacking report "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Steve Watson

Donald Trump’s attacks on US spy chiefs over allegations of Russian hacking are “absolutely mindless”, says the Vice President. Visit Site

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Dr Paul Craig Roberts: AS THE COUP AGAINST TRUMP FAILS, THE THREAT AGAINST HIS LIFE RISES "IndyWatch Feed War"

    As the Coup Against Trump Fails, the Threat Against His Life Rises Paul Craig Roberts The use of the presstitute media to deny Trump the Republican presidential nomination failed. The use of the presstitute media to deny Trump victory in the presidential election failed. The vote recount failed. The effort to sway the […]

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The Plone community claims the FBI hack is a fake, it’s a mystery "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

CyberZeist claims that he hacked the FBI’s website exploiting a zero-day flaw in Plone, but the Plone security team declared the FBI hack is a hoax.

Security Affairs was probably the first blog to spread the news of the alleged FBI hack. I was contacted by the notorious hacker CyberZeist, he is very popular in the hacking community due to his past hacks.

CyberZeist (@cyberzeist2) announced has broken into the FBI website FBI.gov  and leaked data on Pastebin.

The hacker leaked 150 FBI.GOV accounts that he found in several backup files (acc_102016.bck, acc_112016.bck, old_acc16.bck, etc).
Leaked records contain accounts data, including names, SHA1 Encrypted Passwords, SHA1 salts, and emails.

According to the hacker the intrusion occurred on December 22, 2016, he revealed to have exploited a zero-day vulnerability in the Plone Content Management System

“Going back to 22nd December 2016, I tweeted about a 0day vulnerability in Plone CMS which is considered as the most secure CMS till date.

FBI hack

CyberZeist explained that he did not find the zero-day in CMS he exploited, he was just tasked to test it against the websites of the  FBI and Amnesty. Other websites are potentially exposed to the same zero-day attack, including Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center and EU Agency for Network Information and Security.

Plone is considered a highly secure CMS which is used by many organizations worldwide, CyberZeist explained that vulnerability he has exploited resides in some python modules of the CMS.

The developers at the Plone project have analyzed the information shared by CyberZeist and determined that it’s likely “hoax.”

“Some users on Twitter are circulating rumours about a zero day vulnerability in Plone being used to attack the FBI. The Plone Security Team believes that these claims are a hoax. As Plone is open source software, it is easy to fake a screenshot showing Plone’s code. Causing source code to be leaked to the end user is a common form of attack against PHP applications, but as Python applications don’t use the cgi-bin model of execution it has never been a marker of an attack against a Python site.” states the post published by Plone.

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23:37

Trump Asks “What Is Going On” After It Emerges Democrats Did Not Cooperate With FBI Hack Probe "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Tyler Durden

Closing off his tweeting on Thursday evening, the president-elect questioned why the Democratic National Committee did not reportedly cooperate with the FBI’s investigation of hacks into its servers; a hack which the US intelligence agencies were quick to conclude was the action of Russia despite, allegedly, not having seen all the evidence.

As BuzzFeed initially reproted, while the DNC says the FBI never requested access to its servers after they were breached, a senior law enforcement official said the FBI repeatedly asked for access “only to be rebuffed.” If the FBI itself never examined DNC servers, Trump wrote on Twitter, “how and why are they so sure about hacking”?

“What is going on?” Trump added.

The Democratic National Committee would not allow the FBI to study or see its computer info after it was supposedly hacked by Russia……

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2017

So how and why are they so sure about hacking if they never even requested an examination of the computer servers? What is going on?

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2017

Earlier in the week DNC spokesman Eric Walker told BuzzFeed this week that while the DNC had several meetings with FBI agents, FBI officials “never requested access” to DNC servers.

“The DNC had several meetings with representatives of the FBI’s Cyber Division and its Washington (D.C.) Field Office, the Department of Justice’s National Security Division, and U.S. Attorney’s Offices,” he said, adding, “the FBI never requested access to the DNC’s computer servers.”

And according to BuzzFeed, no U.S. intelligence agency has done an independent forensics analysis on the servers. Instead, the FBI has relied on an analysis from C...

23:37

PlayStation 4 Running Linux Can Now Use AMDGPU-PRO With Vulkan "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The work to run Linux on the PlayStation 4 continues to advance and previously we reported on those behind it managing to exploit the Radeon graphics found on the AMD APU powering the PS4. The latest milestone is they now have Vulkan running on the PS4...

23:35

Amazon Stock: Amazon’s Next Move to Reconcile with Donald Trump "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Mukta Samtani

AMZN Stock Likely to Gain from New Strategy
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has been making news since its great show at CES 2017. And now another piece of news comes that indicates the high ambitions of the company. Amazon’s master strategy may bridge the gap with Donald Trump and make Amazon stock soar again.

According to Reuters sources, Amazon.com, Inc. and Forever 21 are among the companies weighing offers to acquire bankrupt American Apparel, people familiar with the talk said on Wednesday. (Source: “.

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23:35

UPNG 2017 accepted list published online "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) has published the the names of 2017 intakes online. Students, parents, guardians and sponsors can access the list on the link below.


Note: PNG Today does not represent the University and all queries regarding  errors and omissions on the listing should refer to the University.

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23:30

Ransomware protection market to reach $17.36 billion by 2021 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

According to a new report on the ransomware protection market by MarketsandMarkets, the market size is expected to grow from $8.16 billion in 2016 to $17.36 billion by 2021, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 16.3%. Threat intelligence Threat intelligence is expected to grow at the highest CAGR in the ransomware protection market, during the forecast period. Organizations are increasingly adopting threat intelligence solutions to combat ransomware and other advanced cyber threats, as … More

23:30

Wisconsin Racial Justice Group “Tosa Together” Speaks Out On Jay Anderson Police Killing–Short "IndyWatch Feed War"

An interview with a member of Tosa Together, conducted by Isiah Holmes. Tosa Together has committed itself to racial justice, diversity, and awareness in the mostly white Milwaukee suburb of Wauwatosa. After becoming active with Black Lives Matter and other movements, Tosa Together tackled the Jay Anderson killing. In this interview, church minister Suzelle Lynch talks about the case, and what she feels about its outcome. Lynch is also one of only a few people to have seen the dash cam footage, which is being withheld by Wauwatosa PD to this day.

Jay Anderson was killed on June 23, 2016 while sleeping in his car at 3am. Anderson was intoxicated and, according to his family, pulled over to sleep it off. His car was then surveyed and approached by Wauwatosa Officer Joseph Mensah, who’d been on WPD since 2015. Shortly after coming to Tosa, Mensah was involved in his first shooting of a mentally unstable person with a sword. In Jay’s case, after several minutes of interaction, Mensah claimed he saw a gun and fired.

After five months of a shockingly non-transparent investigation, Mensah was cleared of charges. Investigators and the DA felt, although Jay had his hands up, the presence of a weapon was threatening. However, the WPD didn’t photograph the gun on the scene, and Mensah claims his memory is “hazy” regarding the positioning of the gun in his report. That report, like so many other materials of this case, are being withheld by the Wauwatosa PD.

Anderson’s family members say Mensah changed his story from its original version. To top it off, unreleased footage shows WPD officers remove the gun from the car and walk around the park with it. Although WPD claims officers did this because they weren’t sure if Jay was a threat, he didn’t have a pulse when they arrived.  Eight minutes of footage is also reported as missing from that night.

Suzelle Lynch of Tosa Together, and Anderson’s family, are continuing their pu...

23:27

India Keeps Rejecting Software Patents in Spite of Pressure From Large Foreign Multinationals "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

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Summary: India’s resilience in the face of incredible pressure to allow software patents is essential for the success of India’s growing software industry and more effort is needed to thwart corporate colonisation through patents in India itself

IT HAS BEEN a while since we last wrote about software patents in India. The subject is growingly important because a lot of the world’s software is nowadays being crafted in India, much in the same way that a lot of hardware is made in China.

According to today’s news, “India’s patent office has rejected an application by German telecom major T-Mobile International AG seeking a patent for an invention related to a method for optimising the operational times and cell exchange performances of mobile terminals.”

“Currently, India has a patent system that mostly helps foreign companies cement/impose their monopoly on a vast population.”“The rejection of T-Mobile’s patent is the latest in the growing number of software patents,” says the article. For nearly a decade now we have been showing how large multinational corporations such as BT, IBM, Microsoft and others have been pushing India (sometimes even shaming India) into the trap which is software patents. They are habitually helped by their patent lawyers in India, who gleefully join the lobbying efforts. These lawyers bamboozle fellow Indians on behalf of large corporations that pay their lawyers a lot of money. We urge Indians to reject and resist these terrible attempts to hobble India’s thriving software industry. Even some large Indian companies (such as Infosys) have already changed their mind.

Currently, India has a patent system that mostly helps foreign companies cement/impose their monopoly on a vast population. This has been accomplished in many disciplines except software and it would be wise for India to keep it that way. A further improvement would be to reassess patentability in other domains, such as those that impact generic medicine (India already done exceptionally well in this domain). Here is a...

23:22

Rise of Antisemitism Under Question (Video) "IndyWatch Feed War"

December 29, 2016  /  Gilad Atzmon Press TV looks into Anti Semitism fake news…When there is no antisemitism Israel will just invent it..   On The News Line: Rise of Antisemitism… by presstv Filed under: AngloZionist Empire, Corporate Media, Gilad Atzmon, Islamophobia, Media Lies, USA, Zio-controlled media, Zionist entity

23:17

CNN Attacks Infowars Reporter For Linking Chicago Torture Video To BLM "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Steve Watson

CNN took offense this and proceeded to devote a whole segment to defend their precious BLM cop killing promoting organization. Visit Site

23:15

US Special Ops & Drone Bases Surge in Africa | The Intercept "IndyWatch Feed War"

In addition to the resupply of arms and ammunition, including anti-aircraft manpads, to displaced Daesh terrorists in Syria, Obama also authorized more clandestine Special Operations in Africa, and released $100 million for the establishment of drone bases used in monitoring both civilian activities, and that of the African governments’ forces vis a vis their terror … Continue reading US Special Ops & Drone Bases Surge in Africa | The Intercept

23:15

An Angry Japan Responds To Trump’s Toyota Taunts "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Tyler Durden

After Trump’s Thursday morning twitter taunt targeted Toyota, when the President-elect warned Japan’s biggest carmaker that it will face heavy penalties if it chooses to make cars for the US market in Mexico, writing “Toyota Motor said will build a new plant in Baja, Mexico, to build Corolla cars for U.S. NO WAY! Build plant in U.S. or pay big border tax“, a tweet which sent shares of Japanese carmakers sliding on Friday with a 1.7% fall
for Toyota, 2.2% for Nissan and 3.2% for Mazda, an angry Japanese government and corporate establishment pushed back against Trump’s criticism of Toyota as the attack on the country’s most powerful corporate name sent shockwaves across “Japan Inc.”

As the FT notes, CEOs of Japanese companies including Sony’s Kazuo Hirai and Nissan’s Carlos Ghosn weighed in, while analysts feared the president-elect’s targeting of Toyota would lead to a broader fallout on Japan-US trade relations, similar to concerns about an escalating trade war between the US and China.

“Toyota is responsible for large employment at US plants such as in Kentucky. It’s questionable whether the new US president has a grasp of how many vehicles Toyota builds in the US,” said Taro Aso, Japan’s finance minister. Hiroshige Seko, minister for trade and industry, added that the Japanese government would do its part to explain to the US administration about the contribution of the country’s car industry to the US economy.

“Toyota is equivalent to Japan as a whole, so Mr Trump’s criticism could be interpreted as a message to the Japanese government,” said Koji Endo, motor industry analyst at SBI Securities, expressing concerns about the impact on bilateral trade negotiations once Mr Trump is officially appointed later this month.

Analysts said Trump’s focus on Toyota, after Ford this week announced that it would pull plans for a $1.6bn Mexican plant, is not surprising but ironic for the Japanese carmaker who was the latecomer among global rivals in shifting production to Mexico. They noted...

23:13

LUSH ethical cosmetics company launches a new Spring Prize fund for regenerative projects "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Nominations have opened for the new Lush Spring Prize. Launched jointly with the Ethical Consumer Research Association this is a new and very welcome £200,000 annual prize fund that aims to support those projects around the world that work towards environmental and social regeneration.

23:12

Yahoo! Inc.: YHOO Stock Is Setting Up for a Run "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Patrick Brik, BAS

YHOO Stock: A Breakout Is Imminent
Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) stock is setting up to make a bullish move, and I have been waiting for Yahoo stock to complete a price pattern that will indicate when the next run is set to take place.

This is the same pattern that I highlighted in my previous publication regarding Yahoo stock on November 29, 2016. Over a month has passed and Yahoo stock continues to trade within the confines of this pattern. I am beginning to lose patience, so this.

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23:07

They Renamed High-Fructose Corn Sugar. Now They’re Selling It As A “Natural Sweetener”. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Big food has made many attempts in the past to trick consumers and rename harmful ingredients.

One of these ingredients is high fructose corn syrup.

High fructose corn syrup has had many different names, including fructose, corn syrup, corn sugar, isoglucose, and glucose syrup…

And these are just a few of the many names used to cover up this dangerous product.

The most recent is fructose, and companies are claiming this product as a natural sweeter.

First things first, high fructose corn syrup is NOT natural. 

The Corn Refiners Association claims that HFCS is natural, but other studies have proved otherwise.  This is what the CRA says about HFCS…

High fructose corn syrup (HFCS), a sweetener made from corn, comes in two primary compositions—HFCS-42 and HFCS-55. This means it is composed of either 42 percent or 55 percent fructose, with the remaining sugars being primarily glucose and higher sugars (chains of glucose).

In terms of composition, high fructose corn syrup is nearly identical to table sugar (sucrose), which is composed of 50 percent fructose and 50 percent glucose. Glucose is one of the simplest forms of sugar that serves as a building block for most carbohydrates. Fructose is a simple sugar commonly found in fruits and honey.

This marketing is made to DECEIVE YOU!

This constant name-change is the food industry’s attempt to trick consumers into thinking they are buying and consuming a product made with all-natural and safe ingredients.

The truth is, it’s the exact opposite.

HFCS is a manufactured sweetener and has ZERO nutrients.

This product helps processed food companies boost their profits, but all it does for you is destroy your bodies and metabolism!

4 serious dangerous of HFCS you need to be aware of

There are dozens of reasons to stay away from this harmful product, but here are the top 5.

1. HFCS causes obesity

A review of published literature on HFCS and weight gain discovered a link between intake of HFCS beverages and obesity among children. The analysis revealed that HFCS inta...

23:07

Identitarians vs. Patriots – Elaborating on Progressive duplicity and the Rise of the Right (video) "IndyWatch Feed War"

December 29, 2016  /  Gilad Atzmon In this Manhattan gathering I examine the ideologiesthat were set to divide the  working people and their ability to resist Globalisation. I point at the bond between the New Left and Jewish progressive intelligentsia. Those who are interested in my work may find this talk very interesting. https://youtu.be/ewvTPCJl3F8 Filed […]

23:07

Shaabola, Egyptian folk icon, releases song supporting Iraqi militia "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Singer says Iranian-backed fighters of al-Hashd al-Shaabi are 'real men defending country' as Cairo tilts from Riyadh towards Tehran

23:02

How to assign a grep command value to a variable in Linux/Unix "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

How do I store grep command output in shell variable? What is the syntax to store the command output into a variable in Linux or Unix? You can use the for any given input files, selecting lines that match one or more patterns. By default the output shown on screen. But, you can store output […]

23:01

Alexa Robot Coffee Maker Brews Coffee, Speaks For Itself "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

To keep hackers fueled and hacking, why not hack a coffee maker into a coffee brewing robot? [Carter Hurd] and [David Frank] did just that at The Ohio State’s Hack OHI/O 24 hour Hackathon. They even won the “Best Hardware Hack”. The video below shows it in action but the guys sent us some extra details on how it’s made.

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22:58

Chinese Volatility Explodes: Yuan Tumbles Most In One Year After Biggest 2-Day Rally Ever "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Tyler Durden

While China’s unprecedented currency moves have quickly become the main talking point across global markets which otherwise have started off 2017 in an eerily calm fashion, it is the sudden surge in two-way volatility that has emerged a major threat to global market stability.

Case in point, the offshore Yuan fell as much as 1.1% to 6.8623 a dollar in Hong Kong, the most in exactly one year, after a record 2.5% surge over the past two sessions. This took place as a result of conflicting signals, as on one hand China continued to drain liquidity and sent overnight deposit rates into all time high territory, yet on the other the PBOC raised its fixing less than projected (but still the most in years) and Goldman Sachs advised clients that the best times to bet against the yuan have tended to be after interventions that flushed out bearish positions, or when China concerns were off traders’ radar screens.

China’s central bank raised its daily reference rate by 0.92 percent to 6.8668 per dollar on Friday, following a 1 percent drop in a gauge of the greenback’s strength overnight. The offshore yuan was trading 0.8 percent weaker at 6.8457 per dollar as of 5:23 p.m. in Hong Kong, paring its weekly gain to 1.9 percent, the most in data going back to 2010. The onshore rate slumped 0.6 percent. Friday’s fixing was weaker than Mizuho Bank Ltd.’s prediction of 6.8447 and Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd.’s estimate of 6.8456.

As we observed on Thursday evening, Yuan short sellers were once again squeezed in Hong Kong this week after interbank borrowing rates soared, and the dollar weakened as Bloomberg News reported that Chinese policy makers were preparing contingency plans to support the exchange rate even as they prepared for trade war with Donald Trump.

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22:56

NBC and Washington Post Rush to Present “Anonymous Sources” Again "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Steve Watson

This MSM construct is almost identical to how the entire Russian Conspiracy Narrative originated a month ago. Visit Site

22:53

Latest Report Finds U.S. Water Supplies Under Threat From Fracking "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The EPA has published findings suggesting that hydraulic fracking has a large potential to contaminate groundwater supplies, but will they be silenced by a new pro-fracking Trump administration?
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“Because state regulators [the EPA] have not fully investigated cases of drinking water contamination, and because federal regulators have been handcuffed by Congress into how much they can regulate, the science wasn’t as robust as it should have been,” said Amy Mall, an analyst at NRDC. “It’s a pattern of, the rules are too weak, and the ones that are on the books aren’t enforced enough.”

Mall is speaking about the impact of fracking on groundwater resources, after the Environmental Protection Agency released its latest report and findings. In an interview, the National Resources Defense Council senior analyst welcomes the EPA findings.

“Many of us have been working on this issue for many years, and industry has repeatedly said that there is no evidence that fracking has contaminated drinking water,” Mall said.

In the past, any reports zeroing in on water contamination from hydraulic fracking – a drilling technique used to break up rock and release natural gas – was largely criticized or dismissed as anecdotal at best, as constraints placed by Congress limited any serious and in-depth study into the matter.

In the recent EPA report, evidence has surfaced of fracking contributing to drinkin...

22:52

CNN Reporter Laughs During Coverage of Kidnapping Story "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Steve Watson

Reporter Sara Ganim caught LAUGHING while watching #BLMKidnapping footage on air. Visit Site

22:45

China must take responsibility for its citizens' wildlife crimes in Africa "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Chinese citizens are responsible for much of the wildlife crime taking place in Namibia, inflicting immense damage to the country's environment, and undermining community based conservation, writes the Namibian Chamber of Environment in this Open Letter to China's Ambassador Xin Shunkang. China must act to stop its citizens' criminal activities, and invest in making good the damage caused.

22:35

Military Situation In Iraq On January 6, 2017 (Map Update) "IndyWatch Feed War"

The map shows the current military situation in Iraq.

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22:29

Rum and Socialism Don't Mix "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

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In 1862, José Arechabala y Aldama arrived in Havana, Cuba at the age of fifteen. At thirty-one, he founded Arechabala Industries, a small distillery in Cárdenas, Cuba, which was then a small but rapidly growing seaport city with a bustling port and budding railroad industry.

In 1888, this city was devastated by a hurricane. Don José’s company suffered $50,000 in damages (roughly $1.3 million in 2015 dollars), but it survived and continued to grow. In 1921, Don José incorporated the company as José Arechabala, S.A., and two years later, he died. His family was driven back to Spain after a series of tragedies (one of his son-in-laws was murdered by kidnappers), and the company was taken over by Don José’s thirty-six-year-old godson Josechu.

Another hurricane hit Cárdenas on September 1, 1933. This time, more than thirty people were killed, and the company suffered $500,000 in damages ($9.25 million in 2015 dollars). As part of the recovery strategy from this massive loss, José Arechabala, S.A. introduced Havana Club Rum. In 1935, this brand of rum was registered with the US Patent & Trademark Office.

In the 1930s, 40s, and 50s, José Arechabala, S.A. was the primary reason Cárdenas remained competitive with Hava...

22:21

Arizona Spent Over $1.7 Million Drug Testing Welfare Recipients To Catch One Person "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

 Backwards Land, also known as the United States of America, hosts many states that have implemented arguably counterproductive mandatory drug testing policies that violate personal rights and constitutional liberty. Additionally, such programs are, arguably, a total waste of money. Those suffering from scrutiny regarding what they choose to ingest are often those living in indigency. Seeking public assistance is now contingent upon the ingestion of specific chemicals, but one could argue that better allocation of funds—towards tangible solutions to address poverty, for example—may be more practical, especially after examining the following data.

Millions Spent, for Funzies

According to figures gathered by ThinkProgress, “…the seven states with existing programs—Arizona, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Utah — are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to ferret out very few drug users.” In fact, more alarming is that the statistics show applicants actually test positive for drug use at a lower rate than the general population, which is 9.4%.

When Arizona initiated this program in 2009, the state mentioned it was relying on a questionnaire to determine which of the applicants requesting aid needed to be tested for drugs. In the time since the intention (2009) to save an estimated 1.7 million dollars, 87,000 people have been tested and the results are interesting, to say the least.

According to USA Today, more than 87,000 welfare recipients went through Arizona’s program in the three years after it began. The total number of drug cheats caught was exactly one—a single positive result, which saved the state precisely $560. [UPDATE: According to numbers provided by the ACLU, the cost of Arizona’s drug testing program may be higher than we first reported. The ACLU estimates that each drug test costs $42, bringin...

On Trump’s Plan to Replace Obamacare "IndyWatch Feed War"

Critics of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, or Obamacare) have openly advocated the full repeal of the legislation since its implementation some years ago. It is no secret that Trump has advocated for a full repeal as well. Given his tendency to renege on his word, however, it remains uncertain whether the president-elect will, in fact, replace the PPACA quite as he has promised. Nonetheless, Trump has vowed time and again to realize several changes that portend sweeping and awful effects for the American public.

Specifically, under Trump’s health policy reform plan entitled “Healthcare Reform to Make America Great Again,” there are three proposed changes to healthcare reform that warrant immediate address. That is because they suffice to prove that Trump’s replacement of the PPACA, at least, in the way he has elaborated it, will doubtless result in failure. Furthermore, Trump has openly promoted these changes throughout the course of his presidential campaign; it is nothing new. These three changes are as follows:

  1. Granting individuals the freedom to deduct from their federal tax returns the total amount of premium expenses incurred from their individual health plans
  2. Providing states with block grants for the purpose of financing their respective Medicaid programs
  3. Granting insurance companies the freedom to engage in the sale of insurance across state boundaries

These changes will have the following unwelcome effects: First, the number of uninsured Americans will increase from the current figure of 16 million (under the PPACA) to 25 million, burdening disproportionately the sick and low-income Americans; second, out-of-pocket spending will be higher than it currently is (under the PPACA) for enrollees who participate in individual market insurance; and, third, there will be a $0.5 billion increase in the federal deficit, which will raise the total federal deficit to $41 billion.

Trump’s policies may boast the capacity to reduce spending, namely on health insurance programs like Medicaid, or on related subsidies, such as tax credits; however, insofar as the policy changes in question would affect healthcare as it existed under the PPACA, the consequence is simple: Trump’s changes would reduce the number of insured Americans while expanding the federal deficit. Additionally, the three policy changes in question would limit federal revenue by jeopardizing the PPACA’s financing mechanisms, which, admittedly, are already flimsy. They include: medical device taxes, payment for Medicare, health plans, and brand name prescription drugs.

Moreover, these policy changes alone will require that the government create new taxes. At the very least, they would require that the government somehow devise a means of offsetting savings, which might otherwise co...

22:14

Russia Pulls Out Admiral Kuznetsov Battlegroup From Syrian Waters, Reduces Military Presence In Country "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

…from SouthFront The Russian Navy is returning Admiral Kuznetsov heavy aircraft-carrying missile cruiser and its battlegroup from the Mediterranean to its home base in Russia’s Severomorsk. Admiral Kuznetsov, accompanied by Pyotr Veliky battle cruiser, Severomorsk and Vice-Admiral Kulakov anti-submarine destroyers, Admiral Grigorovich frigate and support vessels, has been involved in a counterterrorism operation in Syria […]

22:13

Comparisons that reveal the magnitude of change in Syria مقارنات تكشف حجم التغيير في سورية "IndyWatch Feed War"

Written by Nasser Kandil, Since the beginning of the international and regional efforts for a political solution in Syria, the magnitude of the roles of the regional and the international allies of the Syrian two opposite teams, the country, and the formations of the political and the military opposition groups reflect the outcome of the […]

22:12

COMMUNIQUÈ OF THE IMO NETWORK GROUP SUMMIT HELD 30TH DECEMBER 2016. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Igwebuike Ndi-Imo Network Group (ING), a not-for-profit and non-religious, pro-good governance and democracy organization, held its maiden annual summit on December 30, 2016, at Dreamland Hotel, World Bank Road, Owerri, with the theme: Igwebuike Ndi-Imo Network Group for Democratic Good Governance, Quality and Credible Leadership Summit. The summit was chaired by a distinguished Nigerian and […]

22:12

Global Debt Hits 325% Of World GDP, Rises To Record $217 Trillion "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Global debt levels rose to more than 325 percent of the world's gross domestic product last year as government debt rose sharply, a report from the Institute for International Finance showed on Wednesday.

The IIF's report found that global debt had risen more than $11 trillion in the first nine months of 2016 to more than $217 trillion. The report also found that general government debt accounted for nearly half of the total increase.

Emerging market debt rose substantially, as government bond and syndicated loan issuance in 2016 grew to almost three times its 2015 level.

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22:06

CNN’s Resident Drunk Don Lemon Tries to Downplay Black Racism in Gang’s Torture of Disabled White Man "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In case you missed it, CNN anchor Don Lemon went on an alcohol-fuelled tear this past New Years Eve, drinking tequila shots during CNN’s nationally televised show. It was a shocking scene, even by CNN standards. After making a show of himself, the 50 year-old Lemon then got a free pass from CNN executives, and the next day he was back to work on set – as if nothing had happened. 

Things only got worse from there…

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On Wednesday, shocking reports surfaced of what appears to be both a politically and racially motivated attack, where four black youths from Chicago kidnapped and tortured a mentally disabled white man (pictured above), in an ordeal which lasted over 24 hours. The perpetrators live-streamed the abuse on Facebook’s Live.

Later that evening, host Don Lemon assembled a panel of CNN regulars, most of whom  appeared to downplay the political and racial nature of the attack – despite having the video evidence right there, clearly showing the captors’ ill intentions.

The kidnappers could be heard shouting at their victim, “F*** Trump!” and “F*** white people!” as they proceeded to humiliate and torture the mentally disabled man, including taking a knife and ‘scalping’ a lock of his hair and drawing blood in the process.

Aside from the political and racist overtones, the fact that the victim was a helpless disabled man added another dimension to the cruelty.

“The fact that this was a vulnerable person who was probably duped into going along with them. It appears it is someone who is mentally disabled, I think makes it even more sickening,” said CNN guest Matt Lewis. “But at the end of the day, you just try to wrap your head around evil. That’s what this is, it’s evil. It’s brutality.”

That’s when CNN’s Don Lemon stepped in, trying to steer the conversation towards being sympathetic towards the four black assailants, with Lemon stating, “I don’t think it’s evil. I think these are young people and I think they have bad home training.

Lemon’s obvious cognitive dissonance is clearly on display here, as the troubled anchor claims he cannot image such c...

22:05

COSMOGENESIS: TOP SECRET ARCHAEOLOGY WARS! DARK JOURNALIST AND DR. JOSEPH FARRELL "IndyWatch Feed War"

Ancient Wisdom and Cosmological Defense System In this exciting conclusion to their wildly informative and groundbreaking three-part series, Dark Journalist Daniel Liszt and Dr. Joseph Farrell separate fact from fiction about the traditions of secret knowledge, ancient high-technology wonder weapons and the modern race to discover them. Farrell theorizes that the Great Pyramid is much…

22:03

Real Farming Report - Whose seeds are they anyway? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The new People Need Nature report - published to coincide with this week's annual Oxford Real Farming Conference - warns that modern farming practices are not good for wildlife. But they're not good for humans either. And with predictions that we will need to produce 70 per cent more food to feed a third more mouths by 2050 the question of seed ownership and diversity cannot be ignored. KATHRYN HINDESS reports

22:01

January 7 in history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

1131  – Canute Lavard was murdered at Haraldsted, Denmark by his cousin Magnus, which led to the civil war in Denmark (1131–34).

1325 – Alfonso IV became King of Portugal.

1558 – France took Calais, the last continental possession of England.

1610 – Galileo Galilei observed the four largest moons of Jupiter for the first time.

1782 The first American commercial bank, the Bank of North America, opened.

1785 Frenchman Jean-Pierre Blanchard and American John Jeffriestravelled from Dover, to Calais, in a gas balloon.

1827 Sir Sandford Fleming, Canadian engineer; introduced Universal Standard Time, was born (d. 1915).

1832 – James Munro, Scottish-Australian publisher and politician; 15th Premier of Victoria was born (d. 1908).

1834 – Johann Philipp Reis, German physicist, invented the Reis telephone was born (d. 1874).

1835 HMS Beagle dropped anchor off the Chonos Archipelago.

1894 W.K. Dickson received a patent for motion picture film.

1895 – Sir Hudson Fysh, Australian aviator and co-founder of QANTAS, was born  (d. 1974).

1904 The distress signalCQD” was established but replaced two years later by “SOS“.

1912 –...

22:00

1969 Lamborghini Miura "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

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22:00

A Big Pot of Money "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

During the 2016 election season, we set out to talk to thoughtful, influential people about a potential surge in infrastructure spending that seems sure to happen once Congress is in session and the new president is sworn in. We wanted to get ideas on the table, to broaden the national conversation beyond the binary more-or-less money paradigm our leaders would like us to be obsessing about.

It is clear that there is a massive funding gap between the amount of revenue currently projected for infrastructure maintenance and the cost of maintaining all that we have built. When we consider the new things we would like to build and the enhancements to existing systems we would like to make, that gap expands to unimaginable levels. There are no serious proposals to eliminate this gap, but there is a lot of momentum to simply pour as much money as possible into the breach.

Is reform needed before more money is spent? Does the urgency of our economy prompt us to spend first, reform as we go? Can new spending drive reform or will it sideline reform? Is reform even needed?

Here's a bit of what we heard. 


We need big, big resources. We need money. We need a big pot of money to get back to being number one in infrastructure.
— Ray LaHood, Former U.S. Transportation Secretary

The former transportation secretary, now a lobbyist for additional infrastructure spending, advocates an all-of-the-above approach. His concept of a big pot of money is the antithesis of Strong Towns thinking, but -- barring a shift in sentiment -- his ideas seem poised to carry the day in Washington DC this spring.

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I would give [transportation dollars] to cities and towns. I would give it really with not very many strings attached.
— Michael McGinn, Former Mayor of Seattle ...

21:58

Amazon Indigenous REDD+: an innovative approach to conserve Colombian forests? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Some indigenous communities in South America have been working on a way to participate in REDD+ (Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation) on their own terms. In 2009, Colombia began to create the National Strategy for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (ENREDD+), an offshoot of REDD+. Currently 64 countries use REDD+  as a national strategy for climate change mitigation. It aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions caused by deforestation in developing countries by offering financial incentives in exchange for the protection of forest resources and their sustainable use. Some communities in Colombia didn’t agree to participate in the REDD+ process over fears of losing territorial sovereignty. Thus, the coordinator of the Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon River Basin (COICA) joined the ENREDD+ strategy and adapted it based on their ancestral knowledge. COICA opted to "adjust this initiative to our life without losing autonomy," according to Mateo Estrada Córdoba, the Territory and Environment Coordinator of the Organization of Indigenous Peoples of the Colombian Amazon (OPIAC), and a member of the Siriano del Vaupés village. [caption id="attachment_192208" align="aligncenter" width="768"] For the indigenous communities of the Amazon, it is important that ancestral traditions are recognized as the basis for the implementation of the RIA. Photo by Rodrigo Durán Bahamón[/caption] From there, the Amazon Indigenous REDD+ (RIA in Spanish) was born, which operates in Peru, Colombia, Brazil and Ecuador. "[It is] a model that seeks to incorporate, in an equitable and culturally appropriate way, indigenous territories, Amazonian peoples and organizations to…

New maps show how our consumption impacts wildlife thousands of miles away "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Global trade has made it easier to buy things. But our consumption habits often fuel threats to biodiversity -- such as deforestation, overhunting and overfishing -- thousands of miles away. Now, scientists have mapped how major consuming countries drive threats to endangered species elsewhere. Such maps could be useful for finding the most efficient ways to protect critical areas important for biodiversity, the researchers suggest in a new study published in Nature Ecology & Evolution. “Conservation measures must consider not just the point of impact, but also the consumer demand that ultimately drives resource use,” the researchers write in the paper. Researchers Daniel Moran of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and Keiichiro Kanemoto of Shinshu University in Japan, identified 6,803 threatened species (species that are listed as vulnerable, endangered or critically endangered on the IUCN Red List), and pinpointed the commodities that contribute to various threats affecting those species. Then they traced the implicated commodities to their final consumers in 187 countries using a global trade model. The resulting maps can tell which countries, and which commodities, threaten species at the various hotspots, the researchers say. [caption id="attachment_192204" align="aligncenter" width="768"] Global species threat hotspots linked to consumption in the EU-27. Map by Moran and Kanemoto, Nature, Ecology & Evolution (2016).[/caption] For example, the maps show that commodities used in the United States and the European Union exert several threats on marine species in Southeast Asia, mainly due to overfishing, pollution and aquaculture. The U.S. also exerts pressure on hotspots off…

21:57

‘We Never Learn’: Oil Platform Caught Fire In Gulf Of Mexico "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

An oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico caught fire at about 2:30am Thursday morning, according to the Associated Press, and Reuters reported that the fire was put out at 9:30am.

While Coast Guard officer Travis Magee told AP that no pollution had been reported, the wire service also noted that Clean Gulf, an industry-run oil spill clean-up organization, had sent an emergency response team to the site.

Four workers escaped the fire by jumping into the ocean and were rescued by a nearby supply vessel, AP wrote. There were no injuries reported.

The Coast Guard says it is investigating the incident, and there is no word yet on what company owns the platform in question. UPI notes that “[o]nline vessel-tracking data show the oil tanker Eva Schulte is near the site of the incident.”

The oil platform is about 80 miles south of Grand Isle, Louisiana, one of the frontline communities still struggling with the devastating aftermath of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill. 

“We never learn,” commented biologist Daniel Schneider on Twitter: 

by Nika Knigh  from: http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/01/05/we-never-learn-oil-platform-caught-fire-gulf-mexico

21:57

Redwings video "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 3 January 2016 video shows redwings in Ede town in Gelderland province in the Netherlands.


21:57

Links 6/1/2017: Irssi 1.0.0, KaOS 2017.01 Released "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

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Contents

GNU/Linux

  • There’s a Linux-powered car in your future

    Linux is everywhere. And, I mean everywhere. You name it, home electronics, smartphones, and, of course, computers. But, one place you probably didn’t think of Linux living is sitting in your driveway right now: Your car.

  • Watercooler won’t dispense until it finishes updating Windows

    Intel Director of Incident Response Jackie Stokes has captured the entirety of 2017 in a single image: a watercooler that won’t dispense water until it has installed a Windows upgrade (caption: “I just wanted some water…”).

  • Well, It’s One For The Money, Two For The Show….

    I was already a Linux user. My business and my home computers were both running Linux. So why did I bother to deploy these 15 XP machines? I did so on the advice of someone I respect greatly, and still do. His argument was, since the world ran on Microsoft Windows, I would be doing these kids a great disservice by putting Linux on their computers. They would have to fight with teachers and other students because the various formats and applications within Linux would not meld in with the Windows World.

    ...

21:52

SR 1425 – Tucker Carlson Replaces Megyn Kelly "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Read This Report: http://www.billstill.com/uncategorized/sr-1425-tucker-carlson-replaces-megyn-kelly/ Visit our website now: http://www.billstill.com - considered by informed insiders’ as THE ultimate resource for fixing the National Debt problem and surviving Economic or Financial Collapse/Crash and attaining the unvarnished truth about Washington and today’s United States Political Climate. Good evening, I’m still reporting on Tucker Carlson Replaces Megyn Kelly Tucker Carlson, who replaced Gretta van Susteren at 7pm on Fox, will now take over Megyn Kelly’s coveted 9pm time slot on Monday. Tucker Carlson Tonight will now appear between top-rated Bill O’Reilly at 8 and Sean Hannity at 10pm, Carlson, aged 47, is known for his sharp-witted and relentless interviewing style. He premiered his show, Tucker Carlson Tonight, on Nov. 14, 2016, after Gretta’s sudden departure in September. Van Susteren will premier her new show on MSNBC Monday at 6 pm. It will be called “For the Record with Greta.” Rupert Murdoch, Executive Chairman of FOX News praised Carlson’s rise to the top. "In less than two months, Tucker has taken cable news by storm with his spirited interviews and consistently strong performance.” Martha MacCallum will anchor a new 7pm show called “The First 100 Days, beginning on Monday. MacCallum, who recently signed a multi-year deal with Fox News Channel, will also anchor the Inauguration Day coverage on Friday, January 20th alongside Bret Baier. I’m still reporting from Washington. Good day. Bill Still is a former newspaper editor and publisher. He has written for USA Today, The Saturday Evening Post, the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, OMNI magazine, and has also produced the syndicated radio program, Health News. He has written 22 books and two documentary videos and is the host of his wildly popular daily YouTube Channel the “Still Report”, the quintessential report on the economy and Washington. Connect with Bill Still: https://www.youtube.com/user/bstill3 https://plus.google.com/u/0/+BillStill http://billstills.blogspot.in/ https://twitter.com/billstill https://www.facebook.com/BillStillOfficial https://www.pinterest.com/billstills/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/billstill http://billstills.tumblr.com/ https://billstills.wordpress.com/ https://www.diigo.com/profile/billstill https://www.reddit.com/user/billstills/ http://www.stumbleupon.com/stumbler/billstillss Consider becoming a cherished sponsor: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=3204630 https://youtu.be/zdaVYvvEFR0

21:50

SR 1424 – California Decriminalizes Child Prostitution "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Read This Report: http://www.billstill.com/uncategorized/sr-1424-california-decriminalizes-child-prostitution/ Visit our website at http://www.billstill.com Considered by informed insiders’ as the ultimate resource for surviving economic or financial collapse. Please Like, Comment & Share. Good evening, I’m still reporting on California Decriminalizes Child Prostitution California lawmakers have now decriminalized what is commonly called child prostitution. For all practical purposes, as of 4 days ago - January 1st – children will not be arrested for soliciting themselves out for sex in California! Believe it or not, in the past, over 1,000 children a year are arrested in the United States for prostitution, however the numbers of juveniles involved have been estimated at 1-2 million. Concerned Women for America reports: “The United States Department of Justice uses the number 293,000 as the estimate for youth ‘at risk’ of being commercially sexually exploited.” Children in Prostitution, July 2012 : According to one of the few remaining Republican legislators in the California state legislature, Travis Allen: “Beginning on Jan. 1, prostitution by minors will be legal in California. Yes, you read that right. “SB 1322 bars law enforcement from arresting sex workers who are under the age of 18 for soliciting or engaging in prostitution, or loitering with the intent to do so. So teenage girls (and boys) in California will soon be free to have sex in exchange for money without fear of arrest or prosecution.” Washington Examiner, Dec. 29, 2016 According to the Sacramento Bee: “Under the law, officers who encounter minors [selling themselves for sex] must report the circumstances to the county child welfare agency as abuse or neglect.” According to the new law, signed on Sept. 26, 2016, child prostitutes can only be taken into temporary custody if the child needs immediate medical care or there is an immediate threat to the child’s health or safety. Confusingly, statutory rape laws making sex with minors a felony are still in effect. This behavior is still a criminal offense for the child, the Johns, and the pimps. However, the practical effect is that the hands of law enforcement are now tied. Unless cops want to risk inevitable improper arrest lawsuits, most will steer away from taking young girls off the streets. The winners are the pimps who victimize these children. The children who – for one reason or another – fall prey to sex trafficking, have no other way to make a living, other then the pimps. This law empowers the pimps like never before. That means that making cases against pimps will be much harder for law enforcement. Why? Because prosecution of pimps depends heavily on the testimony of these children against the pimps upon whom the children rely for the basics of life. The California District Attorneys Association agrees. They opposed the law, saying that it could: “… undermine law enforcement’s ability to address those exploiti....

21:49

‘Perilous Interventions’ That Damaged the International Political World "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Hardeep Singh Puri’s book highlights the interconnected world where mistrust, violence and injustice are increasing while international covenants fray, and stresses the need for a collective legal framework to deal with them.

The United Nations logo is displayed on a door at UN headquarters in New York February 26, 2011. Credit: Joshua Lott/Reuters/Files

The United Nations logo is displayed on a door at UN headquarters in New York February 26, 2011. Credit: Joshua Lott/Reuters/Files

Going by the introduction, the presumption is that Hardeep Singh Puri’s book, Perilous Interventions: The Security Council and the Politics of Chaos, was finalised early in 2016. Developments since then have only confirmed its central argument – the world remains a dangerous place with challenges that have become ever more complex. It needs a collective effort to provide an international legal framework to deal with them. The UN system offers one, provided it can be made to work.

Unfortunately, the recent history of the system – at whose apex is the UN Security Council (UNSC), tasked with ending conflict and fostering peace in the world – has not been a happy one. We have seen it all too frequently deadlocked and bypassed, and often impotent in the face of unilateral “perilous” interventions. The denouncement in Syria is unfolding and as of now there are no signs that the UN will or is even capable of taking charge.

As a diplomat, Hardeep Singh Puri has cut his teeth on a range of issues — the Indian intervention in Sri Lanka, managing ties with the US in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union, as a trade specialist in Geneva. But clearly his life-changing experience has been his experience as the permanent representative of India at the UN in New York in the 2009-2013 period – including the period in which India was a non-permanent member of the UNSC in 2011-12 – and as president of the council in August 2011 and November 2012 and chairman of its counter-terrorism committee from January 2011 to February 2013.

Hardeep Singh PuriPerilous Interventions: The Security Council and the Politics of ChaosHarper Collins, 2016

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21:49

Glenn Greenwald on US fake news and Russia "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video from the USA says about itself:

5 January 2017

We are joined by Glenn Greenwald, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and one of the founding editors of The Intercept. His latest article is headlined “WashPost Is Richly Rewarded for False News About Russia Threat While Public Is Deceived.” In it, he writes, “Any story that bolsters the prevailing D.C. orthodoxy on the Russia Threat, no matter how dubious, is spread far and wide. And then, as has happened so often, when the story turns out to be false or misleading, little or nothing is done to correct the deceitful effects.”

This video from the USA says about itself:

Glenn Greenwald on “Dearth of Evidence” Linking Russia to WikiLeaks Release of DNC Emails

5 January 2017

We speak with Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Glenn Greenwald as the Senate Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on alleged Russian cyber-attacks and top intelligence officials are briefing President Obama on a review of evidence that Russia hacked the email servers of the Democratic National Committee.

...

21:47

The Brexit Jigsaw – The Secret Conspiracy of the Remain Campaign (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The Brexit Jigsaw – The Secret Conspiracy of the Remain Campaign Video And no, it is not what you think. The conspiracy is immeasurably more serious than the Parliamentary Expenses Scandal. This story was first published in The International Reporter: https://theinternationalreporter.org/… The Fed is unlikely to reach this goal without either causing a recession, or…

The post The Brexit Jigsaw – The Secret Conspiracy of the Remain Campaign (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

21:45

MFA Statement: Russia Believes It"s Time to Restore Normal Relations with NATO "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Much has been said recently about Russia and NATO balancing on the brink of military conflict against the background of arms control erosion and heightened tensions. There is a plethora of divisive issues to negatively affect the bilateral relationship. Broken promises and moments of frustration are very much vivid in memory...

21:43

Latina Prison, Italy: Texts written by anarchist comrade Anna Beniamino confiscated by the prison censors "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Anarchist comrade Anna (arrested in Operation ‘Scripta Manent’) has told us that for the first time her outgoing mail has been blocked.

This is regarding two texts she wrote for the fourth issue of the publishing project ‘Croce Nera Anarchica’ (Anarchist Black Cross).

The two texts had been sent to me and comrade Alfredo Cospito.

A plague upon them!

Omar Nioi/ C.N.A.

(via Croce Nera Anarchica, translated by Traces Of Fire)


21:39

Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier to leave first as Russia scales down military presence in Syria "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Russian Navy is returning the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov and its group from the Mediterranean Sea back to Russia, the defense ministry reports. The move comes as Russia begins reducing its military presence in Syria. The Kuznetsov group will return to its home base in Severomorsk, the chair of the Russian General Staff, Army Gen. Valery Gerasimov, announced on Friday. Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a partial pullout of military forces from Syria after negotiating a ceasefire deal with Iran and Turkey. He said it offered an opportunity to end the six-year armed conflict in the Middle Eastern nation. The Kuznetsov was deployed to Syria in mid-October 2016, accompanied by three other warships and several support ships. In addition to using its warplanes to target militant forces, the group used its Mediterranean mission to train in joint action with other branches of the Russian military, Col. Gen. Andrey Kartapolov, commander of the Russian forces in Syria, said.

21:37

Gas Outburst in Chinese Coal Mine Kills 12 "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

China has long had some of the worst air in the world, blamed on its reliance on coal and a surplus of older, less efficient cars, December 30, 2016. Credit:AP/Andy Wong

China has long had some of the worst air in the world, blamed on its reliance on coal and a surplus of older, less efficient cars, December 30, 2016. Credit:AP/Andy Wong

Beijing: Seven miners were confirmed dead after a falling roof triggered a gas outburst in a central Chinese coal mine, bringing the death toll to 12, state media said Friday.

The outburst occurred Wednesday night when 51 workers were underground at the mine in the city of Dengfeng in Henan province, state broadcaster CCTV said.

Thirty-nine workers rose to safety while five others were killed and another seven had been trapped, the report said.

Workers were doing maintenance work in a pump room when the roof fell, causing the outburst of gas, according to the official Xinhua News Agency. Some reports said three rescuers were among those who died, but that could not immediately be confirmed.

The mine company could not be reached. A city government official declined to comment.

China’s mining industry has long been among the world’s deadliest, and top work safety regulators have acknowledged that some mines cut corners on safety standards due to financial pressure.

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21:37

Leonard Peltier Prosecutor Joins Calls for Obama to Grant Clemency | Democracy Now! "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Leonard Peltier Prosecutor Joins Calls for Obama to Grant Clemency | Democracy Now!: Supporters of Leonard Peltier got a major boost this week in their campaign to win clemency for the 71-year-old Native American activist. U.S. Attorney James Reynolds, whose office prosecuted Peltier, added his voice to those calling on President Obama for a compassionate release. Speaking to The Guardian, Reynolds said, "There seems to be no point in taxpayers paying his room and board. It’s time to call it quits." Peltier is a former member of the American Indian Movement who was convicted of killing two FBI agents during a shootout on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 1975. He has long maintained his innocence.

21:37

Turkey’s deepest divide? It may be the clash over 'lifestyle choice' "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Critics accuse government officials of keeping quiet when those with liberal values are attacked. Erdogan disagrees

21:36

Khat cultivation fuelling food crisis in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed World"

Khat cultivation in Yemen has expanded during the current crisis, with the plant now taking up 15 per cent of agricultural land, according to new government figures.

21:35

SR 1423 – Macy’s Crashes After Attacking Trump "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Read This Report: http://www.billstill.com/uncategorized/macys-stock-crashes-after-attacking-trump/ Visit our website now: http://www.billstill.com - considered by informed insiders’ as THE ultimate resource for fixing the national debt problem and surviving economic or financial collapse/crash and attaining the unvarnished truth about Washington and today’s United States political climate. Good evening, I’m still reporting on Macy’s Crashes After Attacking Trump When Donald Trump declared that he would be running for President, Macy’s declared that it was cutting ties with the Trumps and dumped Trump’s clothing line. Why? Because of his so-called “disparaging” remarks about Mexicans. Of course, Macy’s never admitted that Trump’s remarks were never focused on the Mexican population in general – but only the worst criminals in Mexican jails who the Mexican government had released – basically across the border into the United States. Today, Macy’s released it’s disappointing holiday sales and it’s stock crashed 9%. The company also announced that it was closing 100 stores which would result in job losses of over 10,000 jobs. Back on July 1, 2015 after Macy’s started this war with our soon-to-be 45th President of the United States, the retailer’s stock stood at $67.82 per share. It now stands at about $32 per share. Shortly after Macy’s declared war on Trump, he called for a boycott and his supporters started cutting up their Macy’s cards. I’m still reporting from Washington. Good evening. Bill Still is a former newspaper editor and publisher. He has written for USA Today, The Saturday Evening Post, the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, OMNI magazine, and has also produced the syndicated radio program, Health News. He has written 22 books and two documentary videos and is the host of his wildly popular daily YouTube Channel the “Still Report”, the quintessential report on the economy and Washington. Connect with Bill Still: https://www.youtube.com/user/bstill3 https://plus.google.com/u/0/+BillStill http://billstills.blogspot.in/ https://twitter.com/billstill https://www.facebook.com/BillStillOfficial https://www.pinterest.com/billstills/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/billstill http://billstills.tumblr.com/ https://billstills.wordpress.com/ https://www.diigo.com/profile/billstill https://www.reddit.com/user/billstills/ http://www.stumbleupon.com/stumbler/billstillss Consider becoming a cherished sponsor: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=3204630 https://youtu.be/3kgC277R2Ps

21:35

israel’s war on Palestine’s water supplies: Israeli Soldiers Demolish 10 Water Wells near Bethlehem "IndyWatch Feed War"

Israeli Soldiers Demolish 10 Water Wells near Bethlehem IMEMC News & Agencies – January 5, 20170   05 Jan 6:52 AM       Israeli authorities, on Wednesday morning, knocked down water wells in Teqou’ village, east of Bethlehem. Mayor of the town, Tayseer Abu Mufreh, said Israeli occupation vehicles demolished ten water wells used […]

21:35

Ceasefire Violations in Syria Are Obstacle To Peace Talks, Says Turkey "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Turkey's foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu signs the guest book during a meeting with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 at UN headquarters. Credit: AP/Mary Altaffer

Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu signs the guest book during a meeting with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Thursday, January 5, 2017, at UN headquarters. Credit: AP/Mary Altaffer

United Nations: Turkey’s foreign minister said Thursday that ceasefire violations in Syria are the main obstacle to holding peace negotiations later this month and he called on the UN Security Council to impose sanctions on those continuing the violence.

Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters at UN headquarters where he discussed Syria with new Secretary-General Antonio Guterres that if the talks go ahead in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana they will be based on a road-map to peace agreed to by key powers in Geneva in 2012. It starts with the establishment of a transitional government with full executive powers agreed to by both sides and ends with elections.

Turkey, a strong supporter of Syria’s moderate opposition and Russia, which backs President Bashar Assad, brokered the ceasefire which came into effect on December 30 and has mostly held but not altogether halted fighting in the country. The government and opposition have blamed each other for violations.

Cavusoglu said monitoring centers in Ankara and Moscow have been collecting and reporting violations and the latest list which he received Thursday is “worrying me.”

While the government and opposition have various groups supporting them, the Turkish minister said, “when I look at the list today there is no single violation by the opposition.”

“All the violations, including the bombardments, are by the regime or its supporters or other groups,” Cavusoglu said. “This is not acceptable. So this is the main obstacle.”

Nearly a dozen rebel groups announced on Monday they were suspending talks about the negotiations because of ceasefire violations.

Cavusoglu said another obstacle is the composition of negotiating teams for the Astana talks, which under the deal that was signed, is up to the regime and the opposition to decide.

The Turkish minister said he discussed the UN’s role with Guterres and “the UN will have a leading role in Astana,” assuming the meeting goes ahead.

He said UN special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura,...

21:32

Kingfisher spits out pellet "IndyWatch Feed World"

In this video, a kingfisher spits out a pellet. Including slow motion footage.

The video is from 5 January 2017, in Ede town in Gelderland province in the Netherlands.


21:32

Fifty-Three Inmates Accounted for in Philippines Jailbreak "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Policemen patrol outside the walls of the North Cotabato District Jail in Kidapawan city, Cotabato Province, southern Philippines, after a massive jailbreak early Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017..Credit: AP

Policemen patrol outside the walls of the North Cotabato District Jail in Kidapawan city, Cotabato Province, southern Philippines, after a massive jailbreak early Wednesday, January 4, 2017.Credit: AP

Manila, Philippines: More than 50 of the 158 inmates who escaped in the biggest jailbreak ever in the Philippines have been caught or killed, officials said Friday, with a manhunt underway for the others.

Of the prisoners who escaped after suspected heavily armed Muslim rebels stormed a jail in the country’s south, 43 have been recaptured and eight were killed.

Two others are being treated in hospital for injuries, said Maria Joyce Birrey, the Cotabato provincial police spokeswoman. As well, a jail guard died in the attack on the jail and a village official who allegedly drew a gun when encountered by police was killed.

The breakout from the jail in Kidapawan took place before dawn Wednesday when more than 100 gunmen attacked the facility. Kidapawan city is about 930 kilometres southeast of the capital, Manila, in a restive region when Muslim rebels have been active for generations.

Acting provincial jail warden superintendent Peter John Bongngat Jr earlier said the attackers were thought to have included members of the outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters and guerrillas who broke away from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the main Muslim separatist group in the predominantly Roman Catholic Philippines that has signed a peace deal with the government.

The two groups have denied involvement.

The jail held 1,511 inmates, including rebels facing murder charges for a series of bombings in the province, officials said. It was the third attack on the provincial jail facility since 2007.

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21:31

Netanyahu openly boasts of israel’s war on Africans "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Netanyahu openly boasts of Israel’s war on Africans David Sheen 2017 Benjamin Netanyahu remains Israel’s racist ringleader-in-chief. Jonathan Ernst Reuters Donald Trump’s election as US president has given closeted racists the license they have long sought to openly advocate against Muslims, refugees and people of color. As progressive Americans strategize on how to defend victims […]

21:31

In Presenting Budget on Poll Eve, Modi Regime Could Violate the Model Code of Conduct "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Advancing the Budget presentation could give the BJP an unfair advantage in the upcoming state elections. By failing to defer it until after the polls, the party is unwilling to follow the high principles expected in a bipartisan polity.

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Finance minister Arun Jaitley and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Credit: PTI

The Narendra Modi government appears to have decided to advance the presentation of the annual Budget from the traditional last day of February to the first of the month, as part of a ‘heads we win, tails you lose’ strategy. On Wednesday, even as the chief election commissioner Nasim Zaidi was announcing the poll schedule for five states, news anchors began asking analysts and opposition leaders whether presenting the budget on the eve of polls would violate the model code of conduct.

Reporters at the Election Commission (EC) press conference were directed to specifically ask if the poll panel intended to examine the legality of the budget being presented just three days before 16.8 crore voters in 690 assembly constituencies were to cast their votes. Zaidi replied that the poll body had “received one representation sent by some political parties. This representation is with regards to presentation of the budget. The commission is examining this representation and in due course of time will take a call on this.” At their daily press briefings, almost all major opposition parties too demanded that the budget should be postponed till after March 8, the last day of the polls.

On Thursday, several opposition leaders, including ones from Congress, Trinamool Congress, Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, Janata Dal (United) and Rashtriya Janata Dal, met Zaidi and presented their arguments for deferring the Budget which, they claimed, would give the government an unfair advantage ahead of the state elections.

They al...

21:30

Trump’s Taiwan Phone Call Gaff No “Accident” "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

21:30

Disturbing video shows cops hold down man as fellow cop smashes in his head "IndyWatch Feed World"

A disturbing video has sparked an internal investigation within the NYPD after it showed three cops hold down a man with his hands behind his back while one of them pummelled his face. The video is taken from inside a bus across the street and starts out as the cop begins smashing in the man's face. "Why are you hitting him?" the person filming asks. "He hit him in his face!" she said. "His face is bleeding!" After the officer punches the man in the face several times, he then proceeds to start slapping him. All the while, it appears that the man is not resisting at all. This is evidenced by the fact that the female officer and the other male officer (who aren't doing the punching) are calmly squatting down by the man. While the audio of the police and the man is difficult to hear, we can hear one phrase that the man seems to be repeating. "What are you doing?" begs the man as two cops hold him down while the other digs his face into the asphalt.

21:30

Russian Hacking: Former CIA Director, James Woolsey Quits Trump Transition Team. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Former CIA director R. James Woolsey Jr., a veteran of four presidential administrations and one of the nation’s leading intelligence experts, resigned Thursday from President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team because of growing tensions over Trump’s vision for intelligence agencies. Woolsey’s resignation as a Trump senior adviser comes amid frustrations over the incoming administration’s national […]

21:30

Multi-Arch Docker Images "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Although the promise of Docker is the elimination of differences when moving software between environments, you’ll still face the problem that you can’t cross platform boundaries, i.e. you can’t run a Docker image built for x86_64 on a arm board such as the Raspberry Pi. This means that if you want to support multiple architectures, you typically end up tagging images with their arch (e.g. myimage-arm and myimage-x86_64). However, it turns out that the Docker image format already supports multi-platform images (or more accurately, “manifests”),...

Syria was never America's to lose "IndyWatch Feed War"

The 'Obama lost, Putin won' narrative greatly exaggerates US interests in Syria. Regardless, the war has damaged perceptions of US regional power

21:29

Colombia military assassinated more civilians under Uribe than FARC did in 30 years "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Colombia military assassinated more civilians under Uribe than FARC did in 30 years: This is the most inconvenient truth Colombia’s electorate will have to accept once a Truth Commission and a Transitional Justice Court take force to seek impartial justice for the country’s 8 million victims.

The mass killing of civilians by the state is particularly inconvenient because Colombians will have to ask themselves how they got to elect and re-elect a president who, as commander-in-chief, ended up politically responsible for more than 40 times the homicides attributed to the country’s #1 terrorist, FARC leader Rodrigo Londo�o, a.k.a. “Timochenko,” who is either accused of or convicted for 106 homicides.

This information has been available for years, but has been consistently ignored or distorted in both Colombian and American media.

21:29

Israeli Police Question Netanyahu for a Second Time "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

FILE -- In this Sunday, December 25, 2016 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem. Credit: AP

In this Sunday, December 25, 2016 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem. Credit: AP/Files

Jerusalem: Police questioned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday for the second time over allegations that he improperly accepted gifts from wealthy supporters, pressing ahead with a probe that has threatened to challenge his long leadership of Israel’s government. Netanyahu has adamantly denied wrongdoing.

Police said investigators went to Netanyahu’s official residence in Jerusalem in a case that local media say arose from allegations involving high-profile figures in international business and Hollywood.

Police said investigators questioned Netanyahu for five hours about suspicions that he “allegedly received benefits” as well as about another undisclosed affair. His questioning on Monday lasted more than three hours.

Few details of the allegations against Netanyahu have been officially released, with Israel’s justice ministry revealing only that the prime minister was being questioned “on suspicion of receiving benefits from business people.”

But Israeli media have reported that Netanyahu accepted “favours” from businessmen in Israel and abroad, allegedly including billionaire Ronald Lauder and Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan. Israeli Channel 2 TV has said Netanyahu is the central suspect in a second investigation that also involves family members.

Netanyahu has repeatedly denied wrongdoing, portraying the accusations as a witch hunt against him and his family by a hostile media opposed to his hard-line political views.

He has pointed to previous suspicions raised against him, none of which resulted in any criminal proceedings, as a sign that he has done nothing wrong in this most recent allegation as well. “There won’t be anything because there is nothing,” Netanyahu has said frequently.

Serving his third consecutive term with a stable coalition government, Netanyahu is on track to become Israel’s longest-serving leader, should he complete his full term in office in 2019. He does not appear to have any serious foreseeable challenger to his rule.

While the probe is still in its infancy, a mounting investigation could put pressure on Netanyahu to...

21:28

Vladimir PUTIN Quote – The ‘New World Order’ Is Normalizing Pedophilia In The West "IndyWatch Feed War"

Vladimir Putin has used his annual Christmas press conference to accuse Western liberal elites of abandoning the traditional values that made their countries great. Instead of building a future based on solid Christian values, Western elites have created a culture of “excessive, exaggerated political correctness” that is so destructive it will lead to the downfall…

21:26

Brazil’s President Calls Prison Massacre an ‘Accident’ "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Relatives of prisoners wait to know the names of inmates who died in a prison riot, outside Anisio Jobim Penitentiary Complex in Manaus, Brazil, Tuesday, January 3, 2017. Credit: AP/Michael Dantas

Relatives of prisoners wait to know the names of inmates who died in a prison riot, outside Anisio Jobim Penitentiary Complex in Manaus, Brazil, Tuesday, January 3, 2017. Credit: AP/Michael Dantas

Rio De Janeiro: After days of silence, Brazilian President Michel Temer said on Thursday that the killing of 60 inmates in two Amazon prisons was a “dreadful accident” and that public agencies have no clear responsibility because the prison where most died was run by a private company.

Four prisons in the Northern state of Amazonas saw riots Sunday and Monday and one of them suffered the worst bloodshed at a prison of the South American country since 1992, with half of the slain beheaded and several others also dismembered.

“I want to offer my solidarity to the families that had their inmates killed in that dreadful accident that happened in the prison of Manaus,” Temer said at a cabinet meeting in the capital, Brasilia.

After being ridiculed on social media for his description of the slayings, Brazil’s president responded with a tweet. “Synonyms of the word ‘accident:’ tragedy, loss, disaster, disgrace, fatality,” he said.

Temer also said federal and state authorities were not to be blamed for the killings. “The prison was outsourced and privatised and therefore there was not an objective, clear and defined responsibility of the public agents,” he said.

Brazil’s justice minister Alexandre de Moraes preferred to blame company Umanizzare for not running the prison properly. “It is obvious to say there was a problem with the company. It is not possible that blades, knives, pieces of metal and firearms get in,” Moraes said in a press conference. “The authorities took every measure to avoid this.”

Umanizzare said in a statement that security and vigilance at the unit are up to the Amazonas state government and that one member of the state’s prison administration secretariat oversees treatment of inmates. The company also blamed authorities for the crowded jails. “It is up for the public authorities to determine how many places will be used in each prison,” the company said.

Claudio Lamachia, the chairman of Brazil’s bar association, disagreed with Temer and Moraes.

“The fact...

21:23

Debt Rattle January 6 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Joel Meyerowitz Girl On A Scooter 1965 • Intel Report Says US Identifies Go-Betweens Who Gave Emails To WikiLeaks (CNN) • All US Envoys Appointed By Obama Told To Quit By Inauguration Day (R.) • FBI Never Requested Access To Allegedly Hacked DNC Server (DM) • The Coup Against Truth (Paul Craig Roberts) • Rebuild

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21:23

How to stay online if the internet or social media gets blocked "IndyWatch Feed World"

Over 50 intentional disruptions of the internet and electronic communications took place in the first 10 months of 2016 around the world.

21:21

Ancient Egyptian pot burials, new research "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This 2015 video is called Ancient Egyptian Burial Customs.

From Science News:

Ancient Egyptian pot burials were not just for the poor

Interment in ceramic vessels may have symbolized a rebirth to afterlife

By Emily DeMarco

7:00am, January 3, 2017

New research is stirring the pot about an ancient Egyptian burial practice.

Many ancient peoples, including Egyptians, buried some of their dead in ceramic pots or urns. Researchers have long thought these pot burials, which often recycled containers used for domestic purposes, were a common, make-do burial for poor children.

But at least in ancient Egypt, the practice was not limited to children or to impoverished families, according to a new analysis.

Bioarchaeologist Ronika Power and Egyptologist Yann Tristant, both of Macquarie University in Sydney, reviewed published accounts of pot burials at 46 sites, most near the Nile River and dating from about 3300 B.C. to 1650 B.C. Their results appear in the December Antiquity.

A little over half of the sites contained the remains of adults. For children, pot burials were less common than expected: Of 746 children, infants and fetuses interred in some type of burial...

21:18

Gambia's Yaya Jammeh has no chance of beating Ecowas "IndyWatch Feed World"

If Gambia's Yaya Jammeh refuses to step down when his mandate expires on 19 January he does not have what it takes to deafeat his opponents.

21:17

Al Sayyed Nasrollah and the confidence in victory is a strategy السيد نصرالله وثقة النصر استراتيجية "IndyWatch Feed War"

Al Sayyed Nasrollah and the confidence in victory is a strategy Written by Nasser Kandil, The Sheikh of stability, the friend the late Abdul Nasser Jabri has deserved from the Secretary-General of Hezbollah Al Sayyed Hassan Nasrollah a dedicated speech. After Al Sayyed Nasrollah had linked paragraphs of his speech with returning to the characteristics […]

21:16

Trump Aims to Cut the Neocon Deep State Off at the Knees "IndyWatch Feed War"

Trump Aims to Cut the Neocon Deep State Off at the Knees by Charles Hugh Smith I have long held that America’s Deep State–the unelected National Security State often referred to as the Shadow Government–is not a unified monolith but a deeply divided ecosystem in which the dominant Neocon-Neoliberal Oligarchy is being challenged by elements […]

21:12

Re: Re: Firejail local root exploit "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by Marcus Meissner on Jan 06

Hi Mitre,

Is this correct? It starts quite far into the 2017 namespace?

Or have other CNAs allocated the previous 5000 ?

Ciao, Marcus

21:12

Working migrants now total 150 million "IndyWatch Feed World"

There are about 150 million migrant workers around the world, says a UN study.

21:11

Memes Against Our Not-So-Common-Warmanity! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Here are some more deeply unpleasant graphics.

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OK, Tony, tell us what you think about ISIS again? I mean, seeing as your opinion is so much less non-inconsequential than everyone else's!




Neocons are out for blood. But let's not forget that various regressives are out to carry water for those shedding blood. First Jesuit Pope? Well, yes and no... !




How long is it since the UK has had a Prime Minister that dared to stand up to Uncle Sam? Less dickwaving, please...



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21:11

Memes for the Disrespectful and Pestiferous "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Neocons and liberal interventionists may be creatures of the gutter; but like Oscar, some of us will one day soar among the stars...


Hopefully there won't be too much pork when the David Cameron Foundation finally gives way to an explosion of salty dissident pork-foolery.


Guitar hero, WMD hero, rap hero... 
Nuremberg hero?



And finally, a quick and somewhat sobering reminder:

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21:10

Wrongfully Accused ‘Movie Pirate’ Gets $17,000 in Compensation "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

trollsignFor more than half a decade so-called “copyright trolling” cases have been keeping the U.S. judicial system busy.

In many cases the copyright holders end up extracting a settlement from the alleged pirates, but every now and then a defendant fights back with success.

This also happened in Oregon last summer, in a case filed by the makers of the Adam Sandler movie The Cobbler. The judge dismissed a direct infringement complaint against an alleged movie pirate from the outset, as it was clear that the defendant wasn’t the infringer.

The defendant in question, Thomas Gonzales, operates an adult foster care home where several people had access to the Internet. The filmmakers were aware of this but decided to move their case ahead nonetheless.

For this decision they now have to pay. Following an earlier recommendation from the magistrate judge, District Judge Michael Simon this week ruled that the filmmakers should pay the legal fees of the falsely accused man.

“The Court will issue a Judgment dismissing with prejudice Plaintiff’s indirect infringement claim and without prejudice Plaintiff’s direct infringement claim against Mr. Gonzales,” he writes.

In addition, the copyright holder, Cobbler Nevada, is ordered to pay Gonzales $17,222 in attorney fees as well as $255 in other expenses.

Apart from the decision being a financial success for the defendant, it also provides some great ammunition for people who end up in a similar position.

As explained in the magistrate’s recommendations, the option to shift the legal fees to the rightsholder should send a strong message to other rightsholders that dragging people to court without proper evidence is not without consequences.

“Compensating Gonzales will encourage future defendants with valid defenses to litigate those defenses, even if the litigation is expensive,” Judge Beckerman wrote.

“Conversely, and perhaps more importantly, awarding fees to Gonzales should deter Plaintiff in the future from continuing its overaggressive pursuit of alleged infringers without a reasonable factual basis,” she added.

This week’s ruling shows that falsely accused pirates shouldn’t simply cave to intimidating threats. While it is not without risk to fight these cases, it is perhaps the only way...

21:08

Samoa in talks with Tahiti, American Samoa in efforts to boost internet capabilities "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Samoa’s Government is in talks with its counterparts in Tahiti and American Samoa to increase Samoa’s internet capabilities.

Samoa is currently connected to the internet via satellite and the older American Samoa – Hawaii Cable System.

According to Samoa’s Minister for Communication Information Technology, Afamasaga Rico Tupa’i this needs to improve to meet the growing demand for connectivity.

“Our active Samoa Submarine Cable company are also in talks with Tahiti for an additional connection from there as well,” he said.

The minister also indicated that Samoa will not only rely on the submarine cable project linked to the Southern Cross Cable in Fiji.

“It’s important to know that we aren’t going to wait around for the connection from Fiji to complete, which is by September this year. Complacency is the enemy here, when we know that this one submarine line isn’t enough to hold the standard we aim for,” Afamasaga said.

Samoa Submarine Cable Company Limited and Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks signed a contract to roll out a new submarine cable system named Tui-Samoa Cable.

The undersea cable will span more than 1,470 km, providing an advanced broadband highway.

Tui-Samoa Cable will have landing points in Apia, Tuasivi on Savaii Island and Suva, Fiji.

As for the project with American Samoa and Tahiti, the government of Samoa hopes it will be achieved by late 2018.

“We would have the capacity to reach the rural areas not just at home, but in schools, at hospitals and businesses. All that can be accomplished with good communications,” Afamasaga added.

“This is why we have also started work on our broadband highway centre here in Samoa. So that once the Tui- Samoa cable reaches here by September we would have already had somewhere it could connect to,” he added.

The Minister for MCIT says costs of internet would reduce by half.

Afamasaga says such a drop would benefit Samoa in more ways than one.

“This is the beginning and once it’s off the ground we will then start to look at things like planes, businesses and even that call centre we have been dreaming of setting up,” he said.

“The better the communication and connection is the more eyes will be on Samoa for businesses and imagine the wealth in our country when we have all these good established businesses station...

21:06

How The CIA vs. Donald Trump War Is Just Getting Started "IndyWatch Feed War"

In this video Luke Rudkowski covers the latest Senate hearing on Russia election hacking that got Donald Trump elected. As well as bigger revelations being made about a bigger fight between the intelligence communities and CIA vs the President elect  

21:04

Hypocrisy of Russia-Did-It Stories Is Hard to Stomach "IndyWatch Feed War"

Hypocrisy of Russia-Did-It Stories Is Hard to Stomach Originally appeared at FAIR It is, of course, worth knowing what involvement any other country might have had in the US election, but elite media’s consumption with the Russia-did-it storyline so far is discouraging to say the least. The Intercept‘s Sam Biddle (12/14/16) has a breakdown of […]

21:03

Chipko revisited "IndyWatch Feed World"

A movement cannot have an impact until people realise the need for it. But once the immediate objective is achieved, people may forget why they had embarked on it.

21:01

US sends four Gitmo inmates to Saudi Arabia "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The United States has sent four prisoners from the country’s notorious prison facility at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba to Saudi Arabia. The Pentagon announced the resettlements on Thursday. All of the four transferred were Yemenis, who had been imprisoned without trial for up to 15 years over suspected links to the al-Qaeda terrorist group, it […]

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‘Propaganda intended to incite Americans’: John McAfee to RT on ‘Russian hacking’ claims "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The sloppiness of the alleged DNC hack by itself proves it was not organized by a nation state, and the “utter nonsense” presented as proof of Moscow’s involvement is rather evidence of intelligence agencies being “ignorant and naïve,” John McAfee told RT. Cybersecurity legend McAfee is one of the modern computer tech pioneers and the […]

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21:01

Acorn worms, new research "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This video says about itself:

29 November 2016

What if humans could regrow an amputated arm or leg, or completely restore nervous system function after a spinal cord injury?

A new study of one of our closest invertebrate relatives, the acorn worm, reveals that this feat might one day be possible. Acorn worms burrow in the sand around coral reefs, but their ancestral relationship to chordates means they have a genetic makeup and body plan surprisingly similar to ours.

Read more here.

From Science News in the USA:

These acorn worms have a head for swimming

Putting off trunk development may make catching prey easier, researchers say

By Emily DeMarco

10:00am, January 3, 2017

Certain marine worms spend their larval phase as little more than a tiny, transparent “swimming head.” A new study explores the genes involved in that headfirst approach to life.

A mud flat in Morro Bay, Calif., is the only known place where this one species of acorn worm, Schizocardium californicum, is found. After digging up the creatures, Paul Gonzalez, an evolutionary developmental biologist at Stanford University, raised hordes of the larvae at Stanford’s Hopkins Marine Station in Pacific Grove, Calif.

Because a larva and an adult worm look so different, scientists wondered if the same genes and molecular machi...

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21:00

… OH, BY THE WAY, BOEING HAS A NEW EMP WEAPON… "IndyWatch Feed War"

A few days ago I blogged about an article from Israel which cited Russian sources that believe the crash of its airliner at Sochi…

The post … OH, BY THE WAY, BOEING HAS A NEW EMP WEAPON… appeared first on Giza Death Star.

21:00

European Immigration: Mainly Muslim, Mainly Male, Mainly Young "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Tyler Durden

Submitted by Douglas Murray via The Gatestone Institute,

  • In the wake of the attack in Nice, there should have been a fulsome public discussion over what if anything can be done to ensure that people who have been in France for many years — in some cases their entire lives — are not indoctrinated to hate the country so much that they drive a truck through a crowded sea-front on Bastille Day.
  • Or there could have been a wide public debate over whether, with so many radicalised Muslims already in France, it was a wise or foolish idea to continue to import large numbers of Muslims into this already simmering situation.
  • Merkel seems to hope that with this raising of a burka ban the German public will forgive or forget the fact that here is a political leader so devoid of foresight that she unilaterally chose to allow an extra 1-2% of the population to be added to her country in a single year, mainly Muslim, mainly male and mainly young.
  • The burka and burkini, like the headscarf, are only issues because millions of people have been allowed, unchecked, into Europe for years. The garment is merely the simplest issue at which to take aim. Far harder are the issues of immigration and integration. It is possible that Europe’s politicians cannot answer these questions, because any and all answers would point the finger at their own failings.
  • The European publics might get fed up with the distraction tactics of talking about garments and instead seek answers to the challenge we now face, as well as retribution at the polls for the politicians who brought us here.

2016 was a fine year for Islamist terrorism and an even finer year for Western political distraction. While Islamic terrorists repeatedly succeeded in carrying out mass-casualty terrorist attacks, as well as a constant run of smaller-scale strikes, the political leadership of the free world continued to try to divert their public.

The most striking example of the year came in the summer with the French debate over whether or not to ban the “burkini” from th...

20:54

Top 20 Examples Of Mandela Effect "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Perhaps one of the most fallible aspects of being human is our tendency to “misrecognize” people and things, or “misremember” the occurrence and order of events. There are times and situations when the facts seem different from what we thought them to be all along, making us wonder whether or not there exists a parallel universe where everything we think we already know is what it is but, well, not quite.

As if that’s not strange enough, there are instances when this phenomenon – which experts argue is a glitch in the human memory – is experienced by several individuals. This is called the Mandela Effect, a term coined by paranormal historian Fiona Broome after realizing that she, along with many others, had a false thought that it was in the 1980s that Nelson Mandela, South African president and human rights advocate, died – as opposed to his actual death in 2013.

Here are 20 of the most notable examples of the Mandela Effect:

20:53

Syria withdrawal: Russian aircraft carrier to leave country "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Analysts say promised Russian scale-back 'remains to be seen,' but could be linked to domestic economic woes

20:51

Ex-Haiti rebel leader wanted in US arrested during talk show - Houston Chronicle "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Ex-Haiti rebel leader wanted in US arrested during talk show - Houston Chronicle: Guy Philippe was being interviewed on the show with another recently elected lawmaker when the host abruptly announced that police were outside the studio in the Petionville district of the capital to arrest him. The host came back on air and said authorities had taken him away.

Radio host Gary-Pierre Paul Charles later told The Associated Press the police were members of the Haitian anti-drug unit and fired shots into the air to disperse a crowd that had gathered.

"It was shocking. People were running everywhere," he told the AP.

20:50

Mugshots Released of Facebook Livestream Kidnapping Suspects and Charged with Hate Crimes "IndyWatch Feed World"

These four suspects were the ones that kidnapped and tortured a mentally challenged boy live on Facebook. The morons were stupid enough to put their faces on camera, made it easy to identify and be found by the police. You can watch the video here.

Tesfaye Cooper, 18 Tanishia Covington, 24 Jordan Hill, 18 Brittany Covington, 18

It didn’t take long for the police to find and arrest them. But the controversy didn’t stop there. In the video the teens said some pretty hateful stuff. They said “f*ck white people” as the four black teens forced the white boy to drink toilet water. 

At first the police were adamant about charging them with a hate crime saying that it didn’t look racially motivated despite all the evidence, but today the police released the final list of charges.

At the press conference the police stated “Jordan Hill, 18, of Carpentersville; Tesfaye Cooper, 18, of Chicago; Brittany Covington, 18, of Chicago; and Tanis...

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