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Thursday, 19 January

11:00

Rebecca Solnit: Penis Power "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Hillary Clinton was all that stood between us and a reckless, unstable, ignorant, inane, infinitely vulgar, climate-change-denying white-nationalist misogynist with authoritarian ambitions and kleptocratic plans. A lot of people, particularly white men, could not bear her, and that is as good a reason as any for Trump’s victory. Over and over again, I heard men declare that she had failed to make them vote for her. They saw the loss as hers rather than ours, and they blamed her for it, as though election was a gift they withheld.

Alexander Briant: Oil Industry Corruption "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

‘Eileen’ tells me that the crime ring is making money hand over fist. She is the only one standing up to them. She cannot provide documentation – that would be too risky for her – but she names names. She speaks slowly, deliberately, weighing each word. ‘I am so confident that my words that no one wants to hear will be of good help to you. Please treat this as confidential because no one else has heard what you are hearing now. For the sake of my life and that of my family.’ Feebly, I tell her that I will do my best.

Adam Shatz: Frantz Fanon’s Revolution "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Author of the anti-racist jeremiad Black Skin, White Masks; spokesman for the Algerian Revolution and author of The Wretched of the Earth, the ‘bible’ of decolonisation; inspiration to Third World revolutionaries from the refugee camps of Palestine to the back streets of Tehran and Beirut, Harlem and Oakland; founder, avant la lettre, of post-colonialism; hero to the alienated banlieusards of France, who feel as if the Battle of Algiers never ended, but simply moved to the cités: Frantz Fanon has been remembered in a lot of ways, but almost all of them have foregrounded his advocacy of resistance, especially violent resistance.

Letters "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

The letters page from London Review of Books Vol. 39 No. 2 (19 January 2017)

Table of contents "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Table of contents from London Review of Books Vol. 39 No. 2 (19 January 2017)

Friday, 13 January

07:58

FDA urges patients to implement patch to secure their cardiac implants "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Patients who have been implanted with pacemakers and defibrillators manufactured by US-based St. Jude Medical are urged to make sure that their Merlin@home Transmitter unit is plugged in and connected to the Merlin.net network, so that it can receive a critical security patch. The alert comes both from the company and the US Food and Drugs Administration (FDA). The latter has been notified of vulnerabilities in these specific company products, has reviewed the provided information, … More

06:50

Brother and sister arrested for spying on Italian politicians for years "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Two Italian siblings have been arrested on Monday and stand accused of having spied on Italian politicians, state institutions and law enforcement agencies, businesses and businesspeople, law firms, leaders of Italian masonic lodges, and Vatican officials for years. 45-year-old Giulio Occhionero and 49-year-old Francesca Maria Occhionero, both from Rome but currently residing in London, have allegedly used specially crafted malware (dubbed “EyePyramid”) to compromise the targets’ computers and exfiltrate all kinds of documents, as well … More

03:48

Amazon scammers hijack seller accounts, lure users with good deals "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Amazon buyers are being targeted by clever scammers that either set up independent seller accounts or hijack those of already established, well-reputed sellers, then offer pricy items at unbeatable prices. In an example offered by Comparitech’s Lee Munson, the item in question is a big LCD TV that is usually sold at around £2,300, but the scammer offers it at almost half the price for a “used – like new” item. But when the potential … More

03:42

More than 50 houses swept away into Cross River, Nigeria "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A devastating landslide took place on Saturday, January 7, 2017, in Agwagune Community of the Nigerian Cross River State. The slide swept away more than 50 houses into the Cross River. This area is well known for landslides and flooding. In 1997, a deadly landslide...... Read more »

Europe in deep freeze, over 60 dead as new Arctic blast arrives "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

More than 60 people have died in Europe since the beginning of the month when cold Arctic airmass started descending south, toward the Mediterranean. The most vulnerable, and many of the victims, are homeless and migrants. The temperatures are expected to somewhat...... Read more »

Indonesia adds more than 1,100 to the official tally of its islands "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

JAKARTA — The archipelagic country of Indonesia has revised upward the official count of its islands, from 13,466 to 14,572. The former figure was submitted in 2012 to the last UN Conference on the Standardization of Geographical Names. The next conference is scheduled to be held in August of this year. Indonesia plans to present a higher number — an assertion of its sovereignty at a time of wrangling over Southeast Asia’s maritime borderlands, especially as China imposes its presence in the region. “We want to record these islands as a part of Indonesia, so that no other state can recognize them” as part of their own territory, said Bryahmantya Poerwadi, a spokesperson of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. The Muslim-majority nation is often said to be a country of some 17,000 islands. In 1987, the Indonesian military’s mapping service put the number at 17,508. That’s the figure now cited by the US Central Intelligence Agency’s World Factbook. In 2002, Indonesia’s National Institute of Aeronautics and Space cited satellite imagery it said indicated as many as 18,306 islands, so far the highest estimate. Beginning in 2007, however, the country’s Geospatial Information Agency undertook a three-year survey that produced the 13,466 figure. The agency has said that the higher estimates failed to exclude sandbars and reefs that only appear at low tide. Under the UN’s definition, an island must appear at high tide, too. In any case, the Indonesian archipelago spans one eighth of the world’s circumference, about the same as…

Poaching gang of wealthy software engineers, coffee planters arrested in India "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Fourteen members of a poaching gang were recently arrested in southern India for shooting protected wildlife. They had shot and killed two Sambar deer (Rusa unicolor) around Bhadra Tiger Reserve in Karnataka, and hidden the deer carcasses in the forest for subsequent retrieval. The large deer, categorized as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List, is an important tiger prey. The incident came into light around New Year’s Eve, when members of a local conservation activist group WildCat-C alerted the Forest Department staff about the presence of poachers around Bhadra Tiger Reserve. Together, they have caught 14 men belonging to the hunting team so far. The gang consisted of wealthy coffee estate owners, a timber business owner, software engineers, environmental consultants, college students, and a member of the Rifle Association of Karnataka State. One member of the gang, Rafiq Ahmed, a real estate agent form Bangalore, is currently on the run. According to the Wildlife Conservation Society-India, all the accused men in custody have confessed, and have been charged under various sections of the Indian Wildlife Protection Act of 1972. Punishments involve fines and imprisonment of 3 to 7 years. "This may be the tip of a new iceberg,” D.V. Girish of the Bhadra Wildlife Conservation Trust and WildCat-C said in a statement. “A new and ugly generation of wealthy, educated poachers appears to be emerging, to so casually destroy the conservation gains achieved through decades of hard work by forest officials and conservationists in India.” [caption id="attachment_192321" align="aligncenter" width="768"] Wild Sambar deer. Photo by Kalyan Varma.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_192323"…

Thousands hold ‘Global Protest Day’ to support world’s largest mangrove forest "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Plans for a huge power plant situated near the world's largest mangrove forest in Bangladesh has incited outrage from many Bangladeshi conservationists and citizens. This weekend, those in other countries rose up to show their criticism of the project, with a Global Protest Day stirring protests around the world. Environmental NGO representatives estimate thousands of people took to the streets on Saturday, January 7, to show their opposition to the Rampal power plant and their support of the Sundarbans mangrove. The Sundarbans lies along the northern shore of the Bay of Bengal, straddling the border between India and Bangladesh. Encompassing more than 10,000 square kilometers (3,860 square miles), the mangrove is the world's largest and provides habitat for around 700 animal and 340 plant species. Endangered Bengal tigers roam its forests, as do huge, cow-like animals called gaurs, which are listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN. Its waters are home to the only two remaining species of freshwater dolphins in Asia: the threatened Irrawaddy river dolphin (Orcaella brevirostris) and the endangered Ganges river dolphin (Platanista gangetica). Because of its ecological importance, the Sundarbans is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site; it's also a Ramsar bird conservation area. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="798"] Sundarbans mangrove forest at mid-tide. Photo by V. Malik via Wikimedia Commons (CC 2.0)[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="1072"] The site for the Rampal power plant sits along the Passur River just upstream from the Sundarbans mangrove. Global Forest Watch shows that the Sundarbans is host to a…

Meet the new ‘Skywalker’ gibbon "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The force is with a new species of gibbon discovered in Southeast Asia. The primate was discovered in the forests of the Gaoligong Mountains, which straddle the border between southwest China and northern Myanmar. The species represents a new addition to the genus of hoolock gibbons, also known as white-browed gibbons due to their conspicuous facial markings, which are the second-largest gibbons after the siamang. The team of researchers that made the discovery was led by Fan Pengfei of Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China, and also included scientists from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL). The team chose to name the ape the “Skywalker” hoolock gibbon (Hoolock tianxing) in order to reflect its preferred home high in the forest canopy, as well as what they describe as “the historical Chinese view of them as almost mystical beings.” The researchers described the Skywalker hoolock gibbon in a paper published in the American Journal of Primatology. There are already two previously-described living species of hoolock gibbon, the western (H. hoolock) and eastern (H. leuconedys) hoolock gibbons, which are geographically separated by Myanmar’s Chindwin River. [caption id="attachment_192348" align="aligncenter" width="780"] A pair of adult Skywalker gibbons (Hoolock tainxing). Photo by Fan Pengfei.[/caption] But Fan Pengfei and team believed that a population of hoolocks found east of the Irawaddy and Nmai Hka Rivers, which had previously been categorized as members of H. leuconedys, might in fact be a separate species altogether. Based on their study of the genetic characteristics of wild gibbons and museum…

‘Day of Terror’: Munduruku village attacked by Brazil’s Federal Police "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXJICXzkFXI&feature=youtu.be[/embed]   (Leia essa matéria em português no The Intercept Brasil. You can also read Mongabay’s series on the Tapajós Basin in Portuguese at The Intercept Brasil) The Tapajós River Basin lies at the heart of the Amazon, and at the heart of an exploding controversy: whether to build 40+ large dams, a railway, and highways, turning the Basin into a vast industrialized commodities export corridor; or to curb this development impulse and conserve one of the most biologically and culturally rich regions on the planet. Those struggling to shape the Basin’s fate hold conflicting opinions, but because the Tapajós is an isolated region, few of these views get aired in the media. Journalist Sue Branford and social scientist Mauricio Torres travelled there for Mongabay, and over coming weeks hope to shed some light on the heated debate that will shape the future of the Amazon. This is the third of their reports.   Pariwat in the Munduruku language means both non-Indian and enemy. Perhaps if the police in charge of the Eldorado Operation had known this word, they might have carefully considered the proud warlike character of the Munduruku people, and their complex, troubled relationship with the “white” world. Instead, the authorities ordered a group of heavily-armed, ill-prepared men into the indigenous territory, where language, cosmology, political and legal systems, values, and, even, ways of thinking, are very different. All with predictable results: the federal raid on the Amazon indigenous village went terribly wrong. One Munduruku Indian was shot…

Myanmar’s ‘green princess’ is a humble activist on a mission "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Devi Thant Cin lives on one of the most prestigious roads in Myanmar, just a few feet from the famous Shwedagon Pagoda and next to the tomb of the country’s last queen, but her humble home is more difficult to find than you would expect. As well as being an environmental activist – possibly Myanmar’s first, and certainly one of its most prominent – Thant Cin is also a princess. She is the great-granddaughter of Burma’s last royal family, King Thibaw and Queen Supalayat. They were deposed and exiled by the British colonialists in 1885, just over 130 years ago. She lives not in a palace but in a modest two-story, half wooden, half concrete house in Yangon. But Thant Cin finds it funny that people are surprised by this. “I have lived here for 50 years,” she said simply. “It was given to my grandfather for religious purposes, to look after the tomb [of Queen Supalayat].” She shares the house with two other royally descended families, and her attitude toward the house is indicative of her approach toward her glittering genealogy. For Thant Cin, royalty – even remembered royalty, like her own – is more about duty than palaces. “What I do is as important as who I am,” she said. By all measures, her chosen contributions have been significant. Thant Cin, 69, is a leading light in Myanmar’s fledgling green movement. In a country where the focus is on much-needed development of the economy rather than protecting its…

Der Typ, der die Trump-Memos geschrieben hat, ist übrigens ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Der Typ, der die Trump-Memos geschrieben hat, ist übrigens enttarnt und ist aus seinem Haus in Surrey geflohen, weil er um sein Leben fürchtet.

His research was initially funded by anti-Trump Republicans, and later by Democrats.

Wisst ihr, worauf ich ja bei Fake-News schon seit Wochen ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Wisst ihr, worauf ich ja bei Fake-News schon seit Wochen warte?

Dass sich jemand entblödet, Netzsperren zu fordern.

Und natürlich von der CDU, ist ja klar! Von wem auch sonst. Die AfD ist ja noch nicht an der Regierung.

Ich gucke ja keinen Tatort, aber diverse Einsender ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Ich gucke ja keinen Tatort, aber diverse Einsender haben mich darauf hingewiesen, dass der aktuelle Tatort eine gute Medienkompetenzschulung ist, weil er alle Register zieht, um die fiesen Rechtsradikalen ohne so Lästigkeiten wie Beweisführung als Täter zu etablieren.

Das Arbeitsamt macht nicht nur die Arbeitslosen kaputt, ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Das Arbeitsamt macht nicht nur die Arbeitslosen kaputt, sondern auch die Mitarbeiter.

Im Zuge eines Modellversuchs hatte das Jobcenter sogenannte Eingliederungsvereinbarungen (EGV) an Hartz-IV-Empfänger verschickt – per Serienbrief und ohne vorherige Einzelfallprüfung. In den schwer verständlichen vierseitigen Schreiben wurden die Klienten pauschal zu einer Reihe von Aktivitäten aufgefordert, zum Beispiel, mindestens fünf Bewerbungen pro Monat zu schreiben, ein Praktikum zu absolvieren und sich eine Kinderbetreuung zu organisieren. Die Empfänger, darunter auch Kranke und Migranten mit geringen Deutschkenntnissen, sollten das Papier unterschreiben, einschließlich der wahrheitswidrigen Behauptung, dass vorher Beratungsgespräche stattgefunden hätten. Nur wer schriftlich widersprach, bekam eine individuelle Vereinbarung.
Da hatte eine Jobcenter-Mitarbeiterin nicht mitmachen wollen, und die ist jetzt selber rausgemobbt worden, hat vom "Rechtsstaat" eine Breitseite abgekriegt und ist jetzt selbst arbeitslos.

Lest euch mal bitte kurz diesen Artikel über einen ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Lest euch mal bitte kurz diesen Artikel über einen harmlosen Bastler durch und stellt euch vor, statt eines Realschülers aus bürgerlichem Hause habe es sich um einen südländischen Flüchtling gehandelt, möglicherweise gar um einen "Nafri".

OK zu der Filmfrage gehen hier Dutzende von Kommentaren ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

OK zu der Filmfrage gehen hier Dutzende von Kommentaren ein, und praktisch alle von ihnen drehen sich darum, ob es einen Plan gibt, ob das absichtlich geschieht, ob wir manipuliert werden.

Liebe Leser, willkommen bei der Medienkompetenzschulung. Erfolgreiche Manipulation funktioniert heute nicht mehr so, dass man unwahre Dinge behauptet, sondern dass man Dinge nicht sagt sondern nur andeutet. Natürlich habt ihr alle Recht, dass die Frage nach der Absicht solcher Konditionierung auch wichtig ist, aber ich hatte sie nicht gestellt. Die schwang nur mit.

Mir ging es vielmehr darum, dass Kriege, Unterdrückung und Ausgrenzung immer eine Dehumanisierung des Gegners benötigen. Die Nazis haben viel Aufwand investiert, um das Konzept des „Untermenschen“ zu etablieren. Das ist auch heute noch zentraler Bestandteil des Narrativs gegen Ausländer, nur umschreibt man es. Heute wird die angeblich inhärente Rückständigkeit des Islam als Argument für die Dehumanisierung der Flüchtlinge genommen, oder ihre angeblich höhere Kriminalität, oder ihre angeblich geringere Bildung. Immer Dinge, bei denen wir hier ein höheres Niveau zu haben glauben, und das wird dann in dem Narrativ zum Standard erhoben und wer unter den Standard fällt, ist halt weniger wert. So funktioniert das.

Und die Synapsenbahnen, die man für die Dehumanisierung der Flüchtlinge braucht, werden durch so Bilder wie bei World War Z trainiert. Das ist jedenfalls die These, über die ich euch zum Nachdenken bringen wollte.

Glaube ich, dass es da einen Kabal an Filmemachern gibt, die die Anti-Flüchtlings-Agenda vorantreiben wollen? Nein. Aber was durchaus seit Jahren bekannt ist, ist dass Actionfilme nicht ohne Hilfe des US-Militärs die ganze geile Militär-Hardware zeigen können, und das US-Militär hilft nur mit, wenn sie Einfluss auf die Agenda des Films nehmen dürfen. Googelt da mal ruhig selber ein bisschen.

Was ich erreichen wollte: Dass ihr beim nächsten Mal im Kino aufmerksam beobachtet, wie die eure Synapsenbahnen trainieren, wenn sie euch gesichtslose Horden von namenlosen Degenerierten zeigen, gegen die die Helden sich mit einer Mauer schützen müssen. Seien es jetzt Aliens, Zombies oder Roboter. Seid euch dessen bewusst, was da gerade passiert.

Zu der Meldung, dass die AfD Plakatkleber-Jobs zwecks ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Zu der Meldung, dass die AfD Plakatkleber-Jobs zwecks Lohndumping an billige, notleidende Flüchtlinge rausgeben will, hat übrigens Tradition unter Rechtspopulisten. Die FPÖ ist 2015 mit ungarischen Plakatklebern "erwischt" worden.

Was tun, wenn die Rechtspopulisten in deiner Stadthalle ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Was tun, wenn die Rechtspopulisten in deiner Stadthalle einen Kongress durchführen wollen?

Koblenz verkauft schnell-schnell die Stadthalle an einen chinesischen Flughafenbetreiber.

Da sich die Rhein-Mosel-Halle in öffentlicher Hand befindet, möchte die Stadt Koblenz durch den Verkauf der rechtlichen Verpflichtung entgehen, jeder demokratisch gewählten Partei in öffentlichen Gebäuden ein Forum zu bieten.
Warum an die Chinesen, fragt ihr euch jetzt vielleicht? Nun, äh, ...
Allerdings darf in diesem Fall, lt. den Dokumenten der Stadt Koblenz, die chinesische Betreiberfirma die Veranstaltung nicht durchführen, da es seitens der KPC (Kommunistische Partei Chinas) untersagt ist, politische Veranstaltungen auszurichten, auch im Ausland.
Kannste dir gar nicht ausdenken, sowas.

Update: Ganzen Artikel lesen, auch das Kleingedruckte unten!

Wisst ihr eigentlich, wer in Freital (bekannt aus "die ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Wisst ihr eigentlich, wer in Freital (bekannt aus "die Perlen von Freital") die GEZ-Gebühren eintreibt?

Es geht nach Pesterwitz, Freitals „Goldstaubviertel“. Ja, auch dort gibt es Menschen, die ihre Rechnungen nicht bezahlen, sagt Süßmann. Er blättert: Bußgelder, Strafbefehle, Hundesteuern, Bibliotheksgebühren, Beiträge für Krankenkassen und öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunk. Die GEZ, jetzt Beitragsservice, ist der wichtigste Gläubiger.
Na?
Er ist der Mann, den keiner einlädt und der trotzdem kommt. Notfalls darf Rolf Süßmann die Besuchten sogar verhaften.
Kommt ihr NIE drauf! Der Pressesprecher der AfD! :-)

Bei der Frage des Einflusses von Filmen auf Menschenbilder ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Bei der Frage des Einflusses von Filmen auf Menschenbilder wies ein Einsender auf diesen Wikipedia-Abschnitt hin. Dort wird behauptet, das Logo der Identitären sei ein großes Lambda und stamme aus dem Film "300", wo die europäischen Spartaner-Helden das Vaterland gegen die außereuropäischen Horden aus Persien verteidigen.

Also unter uns: Ich hielt das Identitären-Logo gar nicht für ein Lambda, ich dachte das sieht wie ein Militärabzeichen aus.

Bis mich jemand auf dieses Logo hinwies.

Update: Ein Einsender empfiehlt eine Bildersuche nach "spartan shield".

Wie ist das eigentlich, wenn man Kindern Superhelden-Kram ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Wie ist das eigentlich, wenn man Kindern Superhelden-Kram zeigt? Nehmen die das dann als Vorbild und wollen auch die Unschuldigen schützen?

Nein. Die werden dann bloß aggressiver.

Update: Ein Einsender kommentiert, man möge sich als Kontrast dazu mal Benjamin Blümchen angucken :-)

Neulich gab es bei Heise eine Meldung über Herzschrittmacher. ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Neulich gab es bei Heise eine Meldung über Herzschrittmacher. Der Hersteller hat was gefixt.

Da wird sich vielleicht der eine oder andere ein bisschen Sorgen gemacht haben, und lieber nicht genau nachgeguckt haben, was da das Problem war.

Nun, so leicht kommt ihr mir hier nicht davon. Matthew Green schildert das Problem in einer Tweet-Serie.

Die benutzen 24-bit RSA. Nein, wirklich. 24-bit. Kein Typo. Aber falls das jemand nicht gebrochen kriegt: Es gibt auch noch einen 3-byte fixed override code.

Zu meiner Film-Frage gestern kam ein Kommentar rein, ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Zu meiner Film-Frage gestern kam ein Kommentar rein, der sein eigenes Blogposting verdient:

als Filmstudent ist man in der komischen Lage, dass man sich noch so lang mit dem Thema beschäftigen kann, man hat trotzdem nie das Gefühl "mehr" sagen zu können als andere, die das aus der reinen Konsumentenperspektive sehen. Deiner These würde ich zumindest teilweise zustimmen: das hat was mit den grausamen, barbarischen und gleichzeitig irgendwie untoten Massen zu tun, die im krassen Kontrast zu dem Individuum des Helden stehen. Aber ob das jetzt Flüchtlinge sind oder ob das vielleicht nicht doch eine liberale Hollywoodelite ist, die mit den blöden Orks, Zombies usw. die Menschen in ihrem Land gemeint haben, die sich jetzt (aus ihrer Perspektive) erdreistet haben den Falschen zu wählen? Kann man nicht sagen, denke ich, im Film gibt es keinen Einfluss in Reinform, heute ist alles eine Mischung aus 1000 Einflüssen: ökonomische Zwänge, Zuschauerstudien, Verträge mit Stars die bestimmte Shots haben wollen, Gewohnheiten, Eitelkeiten, Zufälle, das Gefühl Angesichts der CGI-Möglichkeiten megalomanisch zu werden, welche Nachrichten ein Drehbuchautor an dem Tag gesehen hat als er eine bestimmte Szene geschrieben hat usw.
Dazu kurz meine Replik: Ich habe extra nicht die Frage gestellt, ob das absichtlich passiert, sondern nur ob es passiert. Aus meiner Sicht ist nämlich die Dehumanisierung der Gegenseite die wichtigste Kriegsvorbereitung, die es gibt. Und das machen bei uns die Hollywood-Filme.
Ich würde dem nicht so viel Bedeutung beimessen. Es gibt wesentlich stärkere "Verblendungen" im modernen Kino. Siehe:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZSRxp-dJ-Q

Dieser großartige Videoessay vergleicht das erste (und unübertroffene) Meisterwerk "Seven Samurai" von Akira Kurosawa mit dem heutigen Actionfilm. Criswell beschreibt da ein Gefühl, das ich schon ganz lange habe, wenn ich heutige Filme schaue: man sieht ganz oft Aktion, aber ganz selten die Folgen von dieser Aktion. Alles ist seltsam virtuell und folgenlos. Was bringt einem die Explosion einen ganzen Öltankers, wenn man nciht das Gefühl hat, dass es irgendwelche Folgen für Protagonisten, Umgebung und den weiteren Verlauf hat? Kurosawa schneidet in seinem Film von dem, der zuschlägt immer auch auf die Leute die dadurch sterben – es gibt eine Aktion und eine Folge. Im heutigen Actionfilm klebt die Kamera förmlich an den Helden und zeigt diejenigen die sie bekämpfen auf eine seltsam entrückte Art und Weise. Oder die Kamera fliegt entfesselt durch das unübersichtliche Getümmel wie in World War Z und stellt CGI wie einen Jahrmarkteffekt aus. Man stelle sich vor wie die Schlacht um Helms Kamm bei Kurosawa ausgesehen hätte..?

Ich versuche schon länger meinen Finger darauf zu legen was das genau für eine Entrü...

Neulich so: Die Rechten übernehmen das "progressive" ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Neulich so: Die Rechten übernehmen das "progressive" Drangsalierkonzept "Safe Space" und wenden es gegen die "Progressiven" an.

Jetzt so: Die Rechten übernehmen das "progressive" Drangsalierkonzept "Political Correctness" und wenden es gegen die "Progressiven" an.

Money Quote:

Das Eskalationspotenzial sozialer Medien verändert die Wahrnehmung des Einzelnen dramatisch. Schnell steht man gefühlt oder tatsächlich einem digitalen Mob gegenüber - obwohl die meisten auf der anderen Seite glauben, sie seien ja bloß empörte, kritische, sarkastische Einzelpersonen.
Es gibt da so einen schönen Spruch, den ich gerade nicht ordentlich zitiert kriege. Sowas wie "jeder Tropfen in einem Tsunami hält sich nur für einen Tropfen". Ach naja. Ihr wisst schon.

Jedenfalls bleibt mir, wie so häufig, bloß der Stoßsäufzer: Hätte uns doch nur jemand gewarnt, dass das passieren würde!!1!

Update:

No single rain drop thinks it is responsible for the flood

Update: Ein Einsender hat mal den Ursprung von Political Correctness herausgearbeitet und verortet ihnen bei den Rechten, nicht den Linken.

Die Perspektive des Deep State in den USA auf Trump. ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Die Perspektive des Deep State in den USA auf Trump. Sie finden, die edlen und missverstandenen USA seien bereits im Krieg mit den fiesen, subversiven Russen, und insbesondere dass sich in den Nato-Osterweiterungs-Ländern niemand Illusionen macht, die USA würden sie im Zweifelsfall verteidigen, wenn Russland einmarschiert. Besonders toll finde ich diese steile These hier:

To understand the shift underway in the world, and to stop being outmaneuvered, we first need to see the Russian state for what it really is. Twenty-five years ago, the Soviet Union collapsed. This freed the Russian security state from its last constraints. In 1991, there were around 800,000 official KGB agents in Russia. They spent a decade reorganizing themselves into the newly-minted FSB, expanding and absorbing other instruments of power, including criminal networks, other security services, economic interests, and parts of the political elite. They rejected the liberal, democratic Russia that President Boris Yeltsin was trying to build.
Später, über Surkov, haben sie aber noch diese wirklich treffende Formulierung:
Third, information warfare is not about creating an alternate truth, but eroding our basic ability to distinguish truth at all. It is not “propaganda” as we’ve come to think of it, but the less obvious techniques known in Russia as “active measures” and “reflexive control”. Both are designed to make us, the targets, act against our own best interests.

Was haltet ihr eigentlich von der These, dass wir mit ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Was haltet ihr eigentlich von der These, dass wir mit Filmszenen wie dem Kampf um Helm's Deep oder World War Z oder jetzt neu The Wall auf eine bestimmte Einstellung bezüglich Flüchtlingen konditioniert werden?

Aus der beliebten Serie "mit der AfD wird alles besser", ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Aus der beliebten Serie "mit der AfD wird alles besser", heute: Stadtratskandidat der AfD arbeitet beim BND!

Was sagt ihr? Wenigstens einer bei denen, der was kann? Nun, äh, …

Elischewski war fünf Jahre lang Innovationsberater bei der IHK Unternehmens- und Technologie-Beratung GmbH Karlsruhe.
Innovationsberater, ja? Bei der IHK?

Nun ja, wenigstens moralische eine Instanz, der Mann!1!!

Kurze Durchsage von Kreml-Sprecher Dmitry Peskov:"The ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Kurze Durchsage von Kreml-Sprecher Dmitry Peskov:

"The Kremlin does not engage in collecting compromising information," he told reporters on Wednesday.
Oh ACH SO ist das! Na dann … *räusper* Bedauerliches Missverständnis!1!!

Habt ihr die Trump-Pressekonferenz verfolgt? Ist euch ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Habt ihr die Trump-Pressekonferenz verfolgt? Ist euch der frenetische Applaus aufgefallen?

Nun, das waren bezahlte Jubelperser, sagt Politico.

On Wednesday morning, when the president-elect once again faced hundreds of reporters from around the globe gathered in his lobby — this time for his first press conference in seven months — Trump filled the room with paid staffers who clapped and cheered as he blasted members of the media as purveyors of “fake news.”
Denn Fake-Klatschen ist ja viel weniger anstößig als Fake-News, müsst ihr wissen.

Deutsch statt Französisch "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

(Eigener Bericht) - Eine Debatte über die Aufwertung des Luxemburgischen (Lëtzebuergesch) und eine damit verbundene Abwertung des Französischen im offiziellen Sprachgebrauch begleitet den heutigen Besuch von Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel in Luxemburg. Eine aktuelle Petition fordert, das Luxemburgische zur Ersten Amtssprache zu erheben. Kommt es dazu, dann müssten unter anderem die Gesetze des Landes vollständig aus dem Französischen ins Luxemburgische übersetzt werden; die Abkehr von Frankreich und die Hinwendung zu Deutschland würden ein weiteres Stück voranschreiten. Der deutsche Einflusskampf um Luxemburg ist alt; zweimal hat er zur Okkupation des Landes geführt. Ungeachtet der deutschen Verbrechen im Zweiten Weltkrieg hat die Bundesrepublik schon bald nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg begonnen, ihren Einfluss wieder auszubauen - zunächst ökonomisch, dann politisch.

03:34

Big Pharma Worries As Trump Elects Vaccine Sceptic To Lead Vaccine Committee "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Jess Murray Truth Theory

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has reportedly selected Robert Kennedy Jr. to lead the Commission on Vaccine Safety and the mainstream media are not happy about it.

The news was announced by Kennedy, who spoke of his newly appointed position on Tuesday, following a meeting with Trump. However, the news has caused mainstream media outlets to refer to Kennedy as “an environmental activist and skeptic of vaccines” as they reported the news.

It was previously reported that Kennedy has been very vocal about his views on the Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine, voicing his critic against it. His belief that there is a link between autism and a preservative that is present in the MMR vaccine, called Thiomersal, has since been mocked by media outlets.

During an appearance on MSNBC in 2012, Kennedy explained his critic of the vaccine, saying, “What happened was, the vaccine schedule was increased. We went from receiving about 10 vaccines in our generation, to these kids receive 24 vaccines, and they all have this Thiomersal in them—this mercury—and nobody bothered to do an analysis of what the cumulative impact of all of that mercury was doing to kids. As it turns out, we are injecting our children wit...

03:33

Paul Craig Roberts: Trump Is Being Framed As a Russian Agent- "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Paul Craig Roberts believes that there are forces who are framing Trump as a Russian agent. The Russian fake news is losing steam and this is the latest attempt to discredit Trump. Do I have concerns about Trump’s appointments? Some, but not all.

 

 

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03:32

Stay Afloat. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Every Moment Counts, 1989, Rotimi Fani-Kayode.

Every Moment Counts, 1989, Rotimi Fani-Kayode.

Conversation with a Mannequin, 2013, Kelvin Atmadibrata performance for the camera.

Conversation with a Mannequin, 2013, Kelvin Atmadibrata
performance for the camera.

Lovers Lane, 2016, Sharmar Johnson White pencil Black paper, 22x28.

Lovers Lane, 2016, Sharmar Johnson
White pencil Black paper, 22×28.

A Pile of Crowns, for Jean-Michel Basquiat, 1988, Keith Haring acrylic on canvas, 108x120, Keith Haring artwork © Keith Haring Foundation.

A Pile of Crowns, for Jean-Michel Basquiat, 1988, Keith Haring
acrylic on canvas, 108×120,
Keith Haring artwork © Keith Haring Foundation.

…“In our work and in our living, we must recognize that difference is a reason for celebration and growth, rather than a reason for destruction.” Reflecting on this quote by Audre Lorde, I know that these sentiments are the way forward. Although, I am honestly a bit anxious about the next four years, I see strength and intelligence in these artists. I love the humor in RALPH HALL’s piece Bassethound, which pictures a fluorescent dog with butt plug. I also salute the tenacity of young artists like Kia Labeija. As seen in all their work, many of the artists in the Visual AIDS A...

03:31

After 1:00 AM Vote, GOP Plans to Strip Healthcare "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Sen. Brian Schatz called the Republican senators’ action “shocking, reckless, and immoral”

Early Thursday, Senate Republicans took the first step toward repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, overcoming a slew of Democratic amendments meant to defend popular parts of the law and setting the stage for tens of millions of Americans to lose their health insurance.

The 51-48 vote, taken around 1:00am, advances a budget resolution that instructs committees to write legislation stripping the healthcare law of its funding and spending provisions. It allows Congress to consider repeal legislation through the budget reconciliation process, requiring only a simple majority of 51 votes rather than the 60-vote supermajority required for most major bills and blocking the possibility of a Democratic filibuster.

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky was the only Republican to join all Democrats in voting no.

Indeed, the New York Times reports:

During the roll call, Democrats staged a highly unusual protest on the Senate floor to express their dismay and anger at the prospect that millions of Americans could lose health insurance coverage.

One by one, Democrats rose to voice their objections. Senator Maria Cantwell of Washington said that Republicans were “stealing health care from Americans.” Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon said he was voting no “because healthcare should not just be for the healthy and wealthy.”

Watch below:

The Huffington Post...

03:31

Baby’s First Hands-Free Stroller "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

So you’ve had your first child. Congratulations; your life will never be the same again. [Dusan] was noticing how the introduction of his children into his life altered it by giving him less time for his hobbies in his home laboratory, and decided to incorporate his children into his hacks. The first one to roll out of his lab is a remote-controlled baby stroller.

After some engineering-style measurements (lots of rounding and estimating), [Dusan] found two motors to drive each of the back wheels on a custom stroller frame. He created a set of wooden gears to transfer power from the specialized motors to the wheels. After some batteries and an Arduino were installed, the stroller was ready to get on the road. At this point, though, [Dusan] had a problem. He had failed to consider the fact that children grow, and the added weight of the child was now too much for his stroller. After some adjustments were made (using a lighter stroller frame), the stroller was eventually able to push his kid around without any problems.

This is an interesting hack that we’re not sure has much utility other than the enjoyment that came from creating it. Although [Dusan]’s kid certainly seems to enjoy cruising around in it within a close distance to its operator. Be sure to check out the video of it in operation below, and don’t forget that babies are a great way to persuade your significant other that you need more tools in your work bench, like a CNC machine for example.


Filed under: wireless hacks

03:31

Enough Fearmongering: Only One Democratic State Is Possible In Palestine And Israel | Countercurrents "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Enough Fearmongering: Only One Democratic State Is Possible In Palestine And Israel | Countercurrents: In fact, unlike common belief, the push to establish a Palestinian and a Jewish state side-by-side goes back years before the passing of United Nations Resolution 181 in November 1947. That infamous resolution had called for the partitioning of Palestine into three entities: a Jewish state, a Palestinian state and an international regime to govern Jerusalem.

A more thorough reading of history can pinpoint multiple references to the Palestinian (or Arab state) between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea.

The idea of two states is western par excellence. No Palestinian party or leader had ever thought that partitioning the holy land was ever an option. Then, such an idea seemed preposterous, partly because, as Ilan Pappe’s ‘Ethnic Cleaning of Palestine‘ shows, “almost all of the cultivated land in Palestine was held by the indigenous population (while) only 5.8% percent was in Jewish ownership in 1947.”

03:30

DutchTurks.nl - Zo gaan Turkse vrouwen om met een smeerlap... | Facebook "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

DutchTurks.nl - Zo gaan Turkse vrouwen om met een smeerlap... | Facebook: Zo gaan Turkse vrouwen om met een smeerlap die zijn geslachtsdeel liet zien aan ��n van de passagiers in een bus in Kocaeli.

03:30

Moveable Feast Cafe 2017/01/12 … Open Thread "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

2017/01/12 16:30:01Welcome to the ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’. The ‘Moveable Feast’ is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of

03:28

Frente frío 22 traerá bajas temperaturas al país "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

Habrá ambiente de frío a muy frío durante la mañana y la noche en el Valle de México, así como cielos nublados. El resto del día será cálido     Regeneración, 11 de enero de 2017.- A partir de este jueves, el frente frío número 22 causará bajas temperaturas en el país y fuertes vientos […]

El post Frente frío 22 traerá bajas temperaturas al país apareció primero en Regeneración.

03:25

Patent Trolls and Software Patents: CloudTrade, Patent Practitioners Density, and Via Licensing "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

CloudTrade patents

Summary: Software patents armament from a British company, charted concentration of the patent microcosm in the United States, and US-leaning patent trolls that prey on China

“CloudTrade Awarded US Patent for Its Proprietary Document Data Extraction Software,” says a press release that was widely circulated yesterday [1, 2, 3]. CloudTrade is British and is not a patent troll, but it sounds as though it has nothing to brag about except crappy (and creepy) software patents — those that PTAB and patent courts would likely trash immediately (if a petition or lawsuit gets filed).

Why is a British company pursuing software patents in the US? Has it not heard yet about the futility of such as exercise? Did it receive bad advice from patent practitioners? Previously, the firm bragged about “patented e-invoicing technology” and “patent-pending technology”. They went as far as Australia for software patents. Unless they intend to start suing competitors (sometimes threaten to sue unless competitive products are removed from the market or settlement money is paid out of court), we fail to see what CloudTrade is thinking here. Maybe too much Kool-Aid from the patent microcosm…

Published hours ago was also this analysis by Jason Rantanen, who put together some data to find out which places in the US have a disproportionate number of patent practitioners (lawyers, attorneys etc.) and it...

03:12

Donald Trump appoints vaccine conspiracy theorist Robert Kennedy Jr to lead vaccine committee "IndyWatch Feed Europe"



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Both Mr Kennedy and Mr Trump share a belief that vaccines can lead to autism
Donald Trump has appointed Robert Kennedy Jr, a prominent vaccine conspiracy theorist, to chair a commission on "vaccination safety and scientific integrity".
Mr Kennedy accepted the request at Trump Tower where they talked about vaccines and immunisations, according to the President-elect’s press secretary Sean Spicer. Both men share a belief that there is a link between vaccines and autism. The theory has been repeatedly debunked and the Center for Disease Control said on its website that there not "any link" to the neurodevelopmental disorder. "President Trump has some doubts about the current vaccine policies and he has questions about it," said Mr Kennedy. "He says his opinion doesn’t matter, but science does matter. And we ought to be reading the science, and we ought to be debating the science."
The President-elect tweeted about the supposed link as early as 2012, around the same time he claimed on social media that climate change was a hoax invented by the Chinese. 
Fluoridation perhaps afterwards?
...

03:08

El heredero de Samsung, interrogado por escándalo de corrupción "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

“¡Arresten a Lee inmediatamente!”, gritaban los manifestantes Regeneración, 12 de enero del 2017.-El heredero del grupo surcoreano Samsung, Lee Jae-Yong, fue interrogado este jueves como sospechoso por los investigadores independientes del caso de corrupción que provocó la destitución por el Parlamento de la presidenta Park Geun-Hye. Lee, vicepresidente Samsung Electronics, fue interrogado en relación a […]

El post El heredero de Samsung, interrogado por escándalo de corrupción apareció primero en Regeneración.

03:07

La siembra del ombligo "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

Largo es el camino de las radios comunitarias, más de medio siglo lo constatan. En la actualidad el neoliberalismo y su modelo extractivo han diversificado las formas políticas, judiciales y militares del despojo territorial a los pueblos indígenas, socavando la unidad interna, el sustento socioeconómico y los modos de vida, perjudicando no sólo de forma inmediata a los pueblos, sino derivando en una crisis civilizatoria a nivel planetario.

Ante esto, los medios de comunicación comunitarios se han ido posicionando en su práctica político-comunicacional; así es como nació una nueva ola de radios comunitarias en los últimos quince años. No sólo desempeñan un papel de apoyo a las acciones colectivas de las organizaciones sociales sino que también se han convertido en actores sociales: desde las radios se convoca, se organiza. Algunas han tratado de articularse en cumbres, encuentros, foros y seminarios para mantenerse coordinadas ante lo que a todos aqueja: el despojo territorial. Para Socrates de la Radio Jëmpoj en Tlahuitoltepec Mixe, Oaxaca, el territorio no sólo es el lugar físico donde se asientan como comunidad, sino que partimos de que es una relación simbólica con sus habitantes que le dan sentido en lo filosófico, emocional, lingüístico, espiritual y organizacional; es la base para la reproducción de una identidad colectiva […] espacio físico y ontológico porque permite la trascendencia del ser con y hacia otros seres, reafirmada por la historia.

En un largo camino por Abya Yala, acompañamos procesos de radios comunitarias y pudimos conocer organizaciones y colectivos radiofónicos que luchan por el derecho a la libre determinación y la defensa de la tierra y el territorio. Conocimos por ejemplo en Centroamérica la Red Mesoamericana de Radios Comunitarias, Indígenas y Garífunas, donde destacan Radio Zacate Grande y Faluma Bimetu en Honduras. Estos medios son conocidos por defender los derechos de sus comunidades y en particular el derecho a la tierra ante los riesgos de expropiación que enfrentan por los megaproyectos turísticos emprendidos por un grupo de políticos y empresarios nacionales. Esta resistencia le ha valido a Faluma Bimetu que a finales del año 2009 incendiaran su cabina de radio.

Abajito de Honduras se encuentra un pequeño país, grande en historia, que libró la batalla contra la dictadura con Radio Venceremos: el Salvador. Ahí transmite Radio Victoria, creada en 1993 por los desplazados y desplazadas de la guerra civil, que regresaron del campamento hondureño de Mesa Grande a finales de los años ochenta, después de permanecer exiliados casi ocho años. Ellos y ellas están en contra de la minería a cielo abierto y desde el 2004 se han convertido en la voz de las comunidades locales, en defensor...

03:01

Police Investigation Into St James, The School Of Economic Science "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By gojam

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This post is to notify anyone with information that there is now an ongoing Metropolitan police investigation into allegations of child abuse by former pupils at St James’ and St Vedast’s schools run by The School of Economic Science.

The investigation broadly concerns allegations during the 1970s and 1980s.

If you have information that may help then please email DC Katy Lee, of the Met’s Child Abuse Investigation Team, on Katy.lee@met.pnn.police.uk

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03:01

Rex Tillerson the Christian Capitalist Gambit "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The promise of Christian behavior by a puritanical capitalist? Wait for it...

03:01

Fake Food Versus Real Food – A Question of Life or Death – Julian Rose "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

 

220369909086326c7e22de08b5172e0aAs the New Year dawns, so does our thinking process have an opportunity to do likewise. And why not make it a first call to get your priorities sorted out about your 2017 eating habits. After all, it is the quality of the fuel that you put in the tank that ensures how well your engine runs.

Although they might look nice, the great majority of supermarket foods are just a brilliant con trick. And I’m telling you this, sensing that the majority reading this article are most likely still doing most of their food shopping in a supermarket or ‘superstore’.

Alright, so put on your safety belt, because I’m going to take you on a rapid ride down the isles of

that ‘superstore’ just down the road from you.

First impression: Wow, so much choice! Wrong, the product range you are looking at is made up of many slight variations of ‘one food’, and that one food has a number of different manufacturers. So you go to get a litre or two of milk; Oh my! Six different mega dairies have their goods on display, all churning out the same white stuff (called milk), and they all look identical. Choice? Oh yes, you can have skimmed, reduced low fat, or whole; all of which are pasteurised and homogenized. And, of course, there’s ultra heat treated (UHT). But there’s no ‘milk’ available. I think you get my drift: each of those products is a denatured distortion of ‘real milk’. Real Milk is ‘illegal’ in these places – unless you’re in France. Raw unpasteurised milk, with nothing added or taken out: not allowed.

Stick with me on dairy, because in many ways it’s symbolic of all the rest of the junk in this ‘superstore’. Did you know that ‘homogenized’ milk involves forcing the cream layer (which normally floats on the top) to morph into the rest of the milk? Yes, that’s what happens; and it’s a  particularly dodgy business because this forcing is done under very high pressures, where the milk is blasted through a metal plate perforated with many small holes, thereby forcing the cream into the milk and the milk into the cream, so you can’t see the difference. What comes out the other end resembles ‘another food’ – and by the time it’s also been heat treated (pas...

03:00

Seth Meyers "IndyWatch Feed War"

Meyers would be good if he is funny and interesting but he is neither.

03:00

Don't buy Assad's talk of compromise: The regime will not share power "IndyWatch Feed War"

Assad may have said everything will be on the table at upcoming peace talks, but political reforms are more unlikely than ever

02:59

On This Day… "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Now-Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX), during his 2012 campaign CREDIT: AP Photo/Pat Sullivan.

Now-Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX), during his 2012 campaign CREDIT: AP Photo/Pat Sullivan.

A day after Donald Trump shouted down CNN reporter Jim Acosta at his first “press conference” since July and accused his network of providing “fake news,” a Republican Congressman is demanding that Acosta be fired.

Two years ago to the day, Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX) made national news for a tweet comparing the president of the United States — unfavorably — to Hitler. He laterapologized for his observation that “Even Adolph [sic] Hitler thought it more important than Obama to get to Paris. (For all the wrong reasons.) Obama couldn’t do it for right reasons,” and deleted the tweet.

He never removed a January 2014...

02:57

Military Situation In Syria On January 12, 2017 (Map Update) "IndyWatch Feed War"

The map provides a general look at the military situation in Syria on January 12, 2017

Click to see the full-size map

Click to see the full-size map

The post Military Situation In Syria On January 12, 2017 (Map Update) appeared first on .

02:57

Zionist Occupation Takes Its Tolls "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

When  an occupation becomes an Israeli right, Palestinian resistance becomes an essential obligation! 

voltaire-zionZionist Occupation and Expulsion Take Their Tolls!

by Evelyn Hecht-Galinski, translated by Milena Rampoldi,  edited by author William Hanna

Netanyahu and his regime reacted with customary “outrage” to the attack in Jerusalem where Netanyahu with immediate instinctiveness appeared centre stage to invent a connection between the Islamic State and the Palestinian perpetrator, Fadi al Hanbar, a 28-year-old father from Dschaba, an illegally occupied part of East Jerusalem. It is absolutely mysterious how Netanyahu arrived at this conclusion without any apparent evidence: especially since the Israeli-Palestinian problem is not due to the Islamic State, but to the decades-long illegal occupation of Palestine and the expulsion of Palestinians.

Was this young Palestinian “attacker” not himself a victim? He had been just released from an Israeli prison, where – of course – he was detained as a “terrorist suspect” rather than a brave “resistance fighter” as was the case for those Europeans who during the Second World War fought against Nazi occupations. Currently more than 6,000 Palestinians are detained indefinitely and without trial in Israeli prisons under Administrative Detention Orders. Almost all Palestinian families at one time or another had family members who were detained or are still being detained without knowing when or if they will ever be released. Men and women, old and young, are brutally tortured and kept in unacceptable, inhumane conditions that contravene the Geneva Convention. The Apartheid regime illegally occupying Palestine does not hesitate to use its infamous secret services Shin Bet and Mossad – along with their renowned superpower ally – perpetrate murderous crimes on a global scale. Extra-judicial executions by the “Jewish Defence Forces”; barbaric attacks by illegal Jewish settlers; and targeted killings by Mossad are carried out with impunity everywhere because the “Jewish State” has granted itself the licence to kill.

Should there be astonishment at such attacks and explicitly against soldiers who were ironically on a bus tour through Jerusalem. Furthermore, these officer cadets have been trained to...

02:55

GStreamer 1.11.1 Released "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

GStreamer 1.11.1 is now available as the first unstable release of this multimedia framework for their 1.11 development series, which will culminate with GStreamer 1.12...

02:55

An Autocrat and a Party of Control-Obsessed Politicians Take Charge; What Next for America? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

There have been times in this nation's history -- at the onset of the Civil War, the Great Depression of the 1930s, the assassination of President Kennedy, and the aftermath of the 911 tragedy -- when Americans were full of apprehension and possessed a great deal of fear about the direction in which this country was heading.

02:53

Patent Maximalism — Like Copyright Maximalism — Relies on Misconceptions and Mass Deception "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Summary: The latest examples of discussions about patent scope, courtesy of those looking to benefit financially by pushing such monopolies to the max

PATENT scope is key to success of a nation’s economy. Unrestricted scope is a recipe for disaster everywhere and it makes an economy less competitive at the international context/stage. One cautionary tale is the Eastern District of Texas, which we shall deal with separately when we write about patent trolls. After Alice (and possibly quite soon TC Heartland LLC) at SCOTUS a lot has changed for the better in the US. But it should not be taken for granted. Some people are trying to undo progress.

Joseph A. Capraro Jr., a Partner at Proskauer (the misleading cherry-pickers), is going to speak for patent maximalism at this upcoming event whose synopsis says: “Since the 2014 US Supreme Court decision on Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has become much more strict when evaluating patent eligibility for certain types of computer-implemented inventions. The Alice decision severely affected software patent applications, such that the USPTO began issuing Section 101 rejections based upon Alice where no previous subject matter eligibility rejection had been raised–and the USPTO even withdrew allowances for some applications. The Alice decision created an alarming landscape for the larger patent world as well, calling into question the validity of many existing software-based patents.”

Patent law firms just can’t help promoting software patents. To them it’s just business, irrespective of the effect on sellers and buyers (of actual goods, not patents). At IAM, for example, the patent microcosm of India now bemoans the exclusion of patents on “computer-related inventions” — whatever that actually means. Software patents are not permitted in India and as the microcosm puts it:

The first step has clearly been borrowed f...

02:53

Trump's pick for CIA: trained by Frank Gaffney "IndyWatch Feed War"

"Occasionally, Pompeo gestures at the idea that not all Muslims are the enemy, but he’s often quick to assign collective guilt. In June 2013, he took to the House floor to falsely accuse Muslim leaders of failing to condemn terrorism in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing. “When the most devastating terrorist attacks on America in the last 20 years come overwhelmingly from people of a single faith, and are performed in the name of that faith, a special obligation falls on those that are the leaders of that faith,” he said. Then he added: “The silence in the face of extremism coming from the best-funded Islamic advocacy organizations and many mosques across America is absolutely deafening. It casts doubt upon the commitment to peace by adherents of the Muslim faith.”
In 2014, Pompeo appeared on a Family Research Council podcast along with the group’s president, Tony Perkins. Both were indignant at Obama’s claim that America isn’t engaged in a clash of civilizations with the Muslim world. “It is in fact a clash of civilizations!” said Perkins. “This is exactly what we’re facing here, and if he is unwilling to acknowledge that, how in the world do you protect Western civilization?” Pompeo responded: “In Western thought, there is this idea that you can’t address an evil absent calling it by its name. President Reagan understood that. President Bush, although he did not complete the mission, I think he understood that deeply.” Perhaps someone in the Senate can ask him how he plans to complete George W. Bush’s mission when he gets to the CIA."

02:52

Fake Food vs. Real Food – A Question of Life or Death "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By WakingTimes

Julian Rose, Contributor
Waking Times

As the New Year dawns, so does our thinking process have an opportunity to do likewise. And why not make it a first call to get your priorities sorted out about your 2017 eating habits? After all, it is the quality of the fuel that you put in the tank that ensures how well your engine runs.

Although they might look nice, the great majority of supermarket foods are just a brilliant con trick. And I’m telling you this, sensing that the majority reading this article are most likely still doing most of their food shopping in a supermarket or ‘superstore’.

Alright, so put on your safety belt, because I’m going to take you on a rapid ride down the isles of that ‘superstore’ just down the road from you.

First impression: Wow, so much choice! Wrong, the product range you are looking at is made up of many slight variations of ‘one food’, and that one food has a number of different manufacturers. So you go to get a litre or two of milk; Oh my! Six different mega dairies have their goods on display, all churning out the same white stuff (called milk), and they all look identical. Choice? Oh yes, you can have skimmed, reduced low-fat, or whole; all of which are pasteurised and homogenized. And, of course, there’s ultra heat-treated (UHT). But there’s no ‘milk’ available. I think you get my drift: each of those products is a denatured distortion of ‘real milk’. Real Milk is ‘illegal’ in these places – unless you’re in France. Raw unpasteurised milk, with nothing added or taken out: not allowed.

Stick with me on dairy, because in many ways it’s symbolic of all the rest of the junk in this ‘superstore’. Did you know that ‘homogenized’ milk involves forcing the cream layer (which normally floats on the top) to morph into the rest of the milk? Yes, that’s what happens; and it’s a particularly dodgy business because this forcing is done under very high pressures, where the milk is blasted through a metal plate perforated with many small holes, thereby forcing the cream into the milk and the milk into the cre...

02:52

George Soros Lost Nearly $1 Billion Following Trump Election "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

George-Soros-Billion-electionWhich, of course means, he only has $29 or so billion left.

02:50

Iran is 'biggest destabilising influence in Middle East,' says Pentagon chief hopeful "IndyWatch Feed War"

Undefined

General James Mattis is seeking a waiver to allow him to take up the civilian post after 44 years in the military

02:48

Syrian War Report – January 12, 2017: Syrian Army Increases Military Activity Near Al-Bab "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-january-12-2017-syrian-army-increases-military-activity-near-al-bab/

02:48

Flashing a peace sign could set you up for identity theft "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Security Researcher Cautions Against Striking Japan’s Favorite Picture Pose That Could Steal Your Identity

The last few years has seen an upsurge in a strange phenomenon called the “selfie”. Powerful cameras and vast reach of social media along with expansion of mobile technology have contributed to making “selfies” a craze.

While selfies can be fun, it can put one in dangerous situation too. Besides, being responsible for many selfie related deaths, did you know that your selfie could put you up for identity theft too, albeit a certain pose?

According to a security researcher from Japan, a particular picture pose that is very popular among...

02:48

The Linux Foundation Welcomes JanusGraph "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Title: 
The Linux Foundation Welcomes JanusGraph

02:46

Liquid Modernity: Zygmunt Bauman and the Rootless Condition "IndyWatch Feed War"

It was the rational world of modern civilization that made the Holocaust unthinkable.

— Zygmunt Bauman

Modernity, as the late Zygmunt Bauman noted in his magisterially provocative Modernity and the Holocaust (1989) has not necessarily entailed enlightenment, the liberation from immaturity.  Since the cave dweller existence, humanity has retained traditional forms of savagery.  What mattered was the sheer lethality of it all, driven by a sociopathic rationality: mass murder became industrialised; population control became ever more ruthless.

The zealous could be, essentially, more efficient, thereby doing, as Adolf Eichmann did, a sterling job for his employers in the Nazi death machine.  Hitler may have been the fantasist of racial purity, but what his dreams needed were the machine men and women on the ground, the practitioners to make a vision not merely real but grotesquely normal.

The glories of technological discovery could easily be reversed: the radio, becoming a disseminating device for hatred; the television, a dystopian tool for surveillance; the charnel house, the final resting place for millions.

Zauman was better equipped than most to understand that: Poland’s Institute of National Remembrance retains a file documenting his own stint in the country’s communist past as an official of the Internal Security Corps.  It was a point that delighted historian Bogdan Musial, who insisted in 2006 that Bauman had actively engaged in the purging of regime opponents.

Bauman would subsequently dismiss most of Musial’s charges, but accept that he did join the secret service for three years after turning 19. For that stint at “counter-espionage,” (“Every good citizen should participate in counter-espionage.”) he bore “full responsibility.”  The greatest test of character in the twentieth century, a point noted persistently through Bauman’s works, is retaining such responsibility within the totalitarian nightmare that subverts, even inverts, the framework of ethics.

The circumstances of the modern condition did not make Bauman morbid. Using the spirits of those in mass graves, the tormented memories of survivors, the trauma of history, was not something that appealed to him.  He proved harsh, for instance, on Israel’s continued, near infantile insistence on using the Holocaust for political gain even as it persecuted the Palestinians.  The premise of avoiding victimhood can become the basis for the next round of historical bullying.

He was the analyst and examiner of modern deracination, the floating wonder of societies where the family and social...

02:44

Software Patents Still Promoted by IBM and Its Lobbyist (and Former Employee) David Kappos, in Defiance of Much-Needed US Patent Reform "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

While the corporate media celebrates IBM as though it’s some kind of ‘champion’ for hoarding patents that it then uses to attack companies which actually grow

IBM logo on media

Summary: Patent aggression and patent lobbying from IBM is a growing problem, especially now that patent lawsuits are on the decline and software patents are going away

Thomas F. Cotter, a Briggs and Morgan Professor of Law (from the University of Minnesota Law School) wrote about Mexico’s patent law, invoking some drool-dripping ‘IP’ academics (Mike Schuster in this case) who say that in “Mexico, patent damages must be 40% of public selling price of infringing products…”

“Under the new CEO, or so it would seem, IBM is back to the days of suing companies like Sun.”IBM’s patent chief, who keeps plotting and scheming to blackmail the whole industry using software patents, cited the above ‘IP’ academics and noted that: “Patent damages would seem to be (potentially) quite high…”

Remember that IBM is now suing various companies and shaking them down for patent payments. Under the new CEO, or so it would seem, IBM is back to the days of suing companies like Sun (Florian Müller once called them “International Bullying Machines”).

We remind readers that today’s IBM is nothing like the IBM of 5 or 10 years ago. The company is still manipulating the media and lobbying for software patents, much to the detrime...

02:44

Trump: gabinete de magnates y ultras "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

“Me vienen a la mente porque voy a hablar del equipo, abrumadoramente de hombres blancos, nominado por Donald Trump para gobernar Estados Unidos” Por Ángel Guerra Cabrera Regeneración, 12 de enero del 2017.-Resuenan todavía en mis oídos las tramposasmenciones de Obama a los padres fundadores en su discurso de despedida, también magnates de su tiempo. Pero no […]

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02:44

Israel plans to build settlement on site of Jerusalem home of Palestinian attacker "IndyWatch Feed War"

Violence / Detentions — West Bank / Jerusalem

Report: Israel planning to build settlement on site of Jerusalem attacker’s home
BETHLEHEM (Ma‘an) 11 Jan — The Jerusalem municipality has reportedly approved plans to establish a new settlement in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabal al-Mukabbir, on the site of the home of a Palestinian who carried out a deadly truck attack on Saturday, according to Israel’s Channel 10. Israel’s security cabinet has already ordered Fadi al-Qunbar’s home to be demolished, after he drove his truck into a group of Israeli soldiers in the illegal Israeli settlement of East Talpiyyot that neighbors Jabal al-Mukabbir, killing four, and was shot dead at the scene. In spite of their insistence that they had no advanced knowledge of plans by al-Qunbar to carry out an attack, the family will be left homeless by Israel’s policy of punitive home demolition, which has been widely condemned as an act of collective punishment and illegal under international law. Al-Qunbar’s mother and 12 others of his relatives will also have their Jerusalem residency status revoked, as Israeli leaders have also called for the family to be exiled to the blockaded Gaza Strip or even war-torn Syria. According to a Hebrew-language report on the website for Israel’s Channel 10, the Jerusalem municipality is preparing to build a new settlement on the remains of the soon-to-be destroyed house and a large surrounding area in the neighborhood. The report claimed that plans for 2,500 settler units have been approved for construction in Jabal al-Mukabbir. A spokesperson for the Jerusalem municipality told Ma’an that “the plans in question were approved a year ago, and are unrelated to recent events,” adding that the planned housing units “were designed to address the needs of Jabal al-Mukabbir’s residents and to serve the local community.”
http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=774861

Palestinian teen undergoes leg amputation ‘after being hit by Israeli jeep’
BETHLEHEM (Ma‘an) 11 Jan — A 16-year-old Palestinian detainee has had to undergo a below-the-knee amputation due to a severe injuries he sustained after an Israeli jeep hit him at an Israeli military checkpoint in the northern occupied West Bank district of Jenin last week, according to Palestinian prisoners’ rights group Addameer. Addameer wrote in a...

02:44

Al-Bab: A stumbling block for Erdogan in Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Inside Syria Media Center, Jan 12, 2017 The Turkish military operation Euphrates Shield, in the course of which the Turkish army invaded Syria in August 2016, has lasted for almost half a year. Initially, the Turkish Army Command planned that its army would gloriously march along the Syrian-Turkish border and, assisted by the Ankara-backed ...

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02:43

Unanswered Phone Call Leads to Attempted Fourth Amendment Violation by Florida Police "IndyWatch Feed War"

The following post and accompanying videos were shared with the CopBlock Network by a man named Tony, who did not want to give his last name, via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page.

According to the description, police attempted to force their way into Tony’s house because his phone had died and his ex, who wanted to speak to their son, was unable to reach him for an hour. In an attempt to do so, Officer Gordy had blocked the door from closing with her foot.

The officers from the Coral Springs Police Department wanted to perform a welfare check and speak to his son, even though Tony maintains that the ex had not made any sort of specific complaint about a possible danger to his son, outside of being unable to reach them by phone. In addition, his son and the ex were at that time talking on the phone, therefore even that issue had already been resolved.

If you have a video, personal story involving police misconduct and/or abuse, or commentary about a law enforcement related news story, we would be happy to have you submit it. You can find some advice on how to get your submission published on the CopBlock Network within this post.

Date Of Incident: November 25, 2016
Department Involved: Coral Springs (FL) Police Department
Officers Involved: Officer Gordy Badge #945, Officer Crawford Badge #753, and Sergeant Hubbard Badge #788
Department Facebook Profile: Coral Springs Police
Department Twitter Account: @CoralSpringsPD
Department Youtube Channel: Coral Springs Police

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02:39

Sen. McCain exposed as traitor, gave blackmail hoax dossier to FBI "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Youtuber and analyst Mark Dice breaks it down

(INTELLIHUB) — War monger and a traitor to the American people Sen. John McCain admits that he is the one that gave the 35-page fake dossier recently linked by BuzzFeed to the F.B.I. back in December.

McCain said that he was “unable to make a judgment” of the dossier’s accuracy so he decided to turn over the fake report to the F.B.I. for a more thorough investigation.

Youtuber Mark Dice who posted his analysis on the subject said that it’s likely these fake documents were mere ‘Clinton Campaign opposition research.’

Donald Trump called out CNN at a press conference Wednesday over the matter as previously reported by Intellihub.

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02:38

Saker community prospects for 2017 and, yes, appeal for support "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Dear friends, All in all 2016 has been an excellent year for our community and we are entering 2017 with a great deal of hope, not only because 2017 could

02:37

Zygmunt Bauman, dead: his "liquid" Zionism "IndyWatch Feed War"

Bauman has died and the obituaries in the West did not bother to mention his interesting views on Israel and Zionism.  I don't support all his views on Israel: he refused the calls for boycott and gave lectures there in recent years.  He also had family ties to Israel. He was in Poland a hard-core communist and he was expelled from Poland after his father visited the Israeli embassy and inquired about emigration to Israel.  But when he moved to Israel he could not last: he said that he was escaping from nationalism.  He famously in an interview in Polish compared Israeli racist separation wall with the Nazi wall around Warsaw Ghetto.  That really infuriated Zionist hoodlums around the world.  He later tried to "clarify" his remarks but then added: that if the Palestinians were to have ignited the wall, the Zionists would have been the first to draw that analogy.  He was very critical of Israeli and Zionist political exploitation of the Holocaust for political ends.  But he believed in dialogue and all that.  

02:35

Buscando a Javier Duarte, encuentran 23 millones de pesos que escondió en cajas de cartón "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

En su casa de la Colonia del Valle, Duarte escondió 23 mdp, centenarios y dos cajas fuertes; el operativo donde fue hallado el dinero se realizó en diciembre del año pasado.   Regeneración, 12 de enero 2016.- Agentes de la Procuraduría General de la República (PGR) encontraron 23 millones de pesos en cajas de cartón […]

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02:34

Protestan durante conferencia de Trump contra “régimen ilegítimo y fascista” "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

Ciudad de México | Desinformémonos. Grupos de manifestantes protestaron contra el “régimen” de Donald Trump y Mike Pence que comenzará el próximo 20 de enero, al cual calificaron de “ilegítimo” y “fascista”. La protesta se desarrolló frente a la Torre Trump en Nueva York, al mismo tiempo que el presidente electo daba su primera conferencia de prensa desde su elección el pasado 8 de noviembre.

Durante el acto los manifestantes corearon consignas contra el mandato próximo del magnate, ondearon banderas y levantaron pancartas en las que se leían mensajes como “Trump a la basura” y “Nos reusamos a tener un fascista en América”.

La policía neoyorquina cerró una zona amplia alrededor de la entrada a la torre y no permitió que avanzaran las protestas más que al otro lado de la calle.

Por otro lado, artistas y críticos se sumaron a una petición para que las instituciones culturales estadounidenses vayan a paro el 20 de enero. La petición se llama #J20 Art Strike y dice:

“Esta llamada concierne más que el campo artístico. Se hace en solidaridad con la demanda nacional de que el 20 de enero, las empresas no procedan como de costumbre en ningún ámbito.

Consideramos que la huelga de arte es una táctica entre otras para combatir la normalización del trumpismo, una mezcla tóxica de supremacía blanca, misoginia, xenofobia, militarismo y regla oligárquica.

Como cualquier táctica, no es un fin en sí mismo, sino una intervención que se ramificará en el futuro. No es una huelga contra el arte, el teatro o cualquier otra forma cultural. Es una invitación a motivar nuevamente estas actividades, a reimaginar estos espacios como lugares donde pueden producirse formas resistentes de pensar, ver, sentir y actuar.

Nos dirigimos a las personas que hacen funcionar nuestras instituciones culturales a diario, incluyendo a muchos de nuestros propios amigos y colegas. Sin embargo, usted decide responder a esta llamada, es una oportunidad para afirmar y promulgar los valores que nuestras instituciones culturales pretenden encarnar.

Las interrupciones de J20 (20 de enero) son sólo el comienzo.Reunámonos para las prolongadas batallas que han estado en marcha y las que están en el horizonte.”

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Durante la conferencia de prensa, Donald Trump habló sobre la construcción del muro en la f...

02:30

Australia Day Lamb Video has jumped the shark. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

For the first time in 10 years I'm not running the lamb video. It's just boring. If you want to see it in all its forced cliche try-hardness you'll find it here. Interesting that comments are disabled. Meanwhile Henry Winkler nails it.

02:29

Back to What Healthcare? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) speaks during a health care news conference to oppose Republicans’ effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. CREDIT: AP Photo/Evan Vucci.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) speaks during a health care news conference to oppose Republicans’ effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. CREDIT: AP Photo/Evan Vucci.

In a classical villain move, the rethugs met in the middle of the night to kill off healthcare. PZ has posted about this, and Think Progress has a comprehensive look at what went down.

I’m just going to focus on the fear, the terror, the despair. Every single fucking person who voted for that sick fucker Trump, every single fucking person who didn’t bother to strike a valid vote against him, ever single fucking person who bleats about voting republican because, there simply are not enough deeply nasty words for you. There isn’t anything out there compared to the bone deep ugly inside of yourselves. Rotten to the godsdamn core, all of you who brought this about. :spits:

And one more fucking time: The Affordable Care Act, which has now been gutted out of fucking spite, is the same thing as Obamacare.

Amelia

@keithellison As a breast cancer survivor, this is a death sentence for me.

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As a Stage 3 cancer survivor I’m ineligible for life insurance and soon won’t be able to afford health insurance. Is this how “great” feels?

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02:29

DHS creates the 'National Livestock Readiness Program' to control our food supply "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

image credit: ApexTribune
 
DHS wants to control our food supply, this sounds like a 'fake news' story but unfortunately it's all too real.

Last year, DHS gave the National Agricultural Biosecurity Center (NABC) $331,118 to develop the 'National Livestock Readiness Program'.

Don't we already have two government agencies that control disease outbreaks in animals?

The government created the FDA and the USDA to control disease, foodborne pathogens etc., why do we need a national livestock program run by DHS? (click here to read about mad cow disease.)

The very name Department of Homeland Security should give people pause. Many of us have watched DHS turn America into a police state ruled by fear. DHS has created fear of each other (See Something Say Something) fear of drugs, fear of drunk & drugged driving, fear of terror and now fear of hate crimes.

The endless wars and fear of everything is the only reason DHS exists.

DHS and the Feds to control our food supply

None of us could have imagined DHS controlling our food supply.

"The program also entails extensive...

02:27

Microsoft sued by employees for making them to watch child porn, murder and violent videos "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Forced to watch child porn and murder for their job, Microsoft employees develope...

02:25

Where are the baby dinosaurs? "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

http://www.ted.com/talks/jack_horner_shape_shifting_dinosaurs/transcript?language=en - Video Script / Subtitles

By about 1970, some scientists were sitting around and they thought, "What in the world -- Look at these dinosaurs, they're all big. Where are all the little ones?"

And it comes down to a couple of things. First off, scientists have egos, and scientists like to name dinosaurs. They like to name anything. Everybody likes to have their own animal that they named.

9:50
Nobody noticed the gnarly stuff sort of looked alike. But they did look at these three and they said, "These are three different dinosaurs, and Dracorex is probably the most primitive of them. And the other one is more primitive than the other." It's unclear to me how they actually sorted these three of them out. But if you line them up, if you just take those three skulls and just line them up, they line up like this. Dracorex is the littlest one, Stygimoloch is the middle-size one, Pachycephalosaurus is the largest one. And one would think, that should give me a clue.

10:39
So if we cut open Dracorex -- I cut open our Dracorex -- and look, it was spongy inside, really spongy inside. I mean, it is a juvenile and it's growing really fast. So it is going to get bigger. If you cut open Stygimoloch, it is doing the same thing. The dome, that little dome, is growing really fast. It's inflating very fast. What's interesting is the spike on the back of the Dracorex was growing very fast as well. The spikes on the back of the Stygimoloch are actually resorbing, which means they're getting smaller as that dome is getting bigger. And if we look at Pachycephalosaurus, Pachycephalosaurus has a solid dome and its little bumps on the back of its head were also resorbing.

11:28
So just with these three dinosaurs, as a scientist, we can easily hypothesize that it is just a growth series of the same animal. Which of course means that Stygimoloch and Dracorex are extinct.


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02:24

Immune System, part 2: Crash Course A&P #46 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Part 2 of the immune system explained in this easy going pop culture style series.


In the penultimate episode of Crash Course Anatomy & Physiology, Hank explains your adaptive immune system. The adaptive immune system’s humoral response guards extracellular terrain against pathogens. Hank also explains B cells, antibodies, and how vaccines work.

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02:22

Video: US Intensifies Operations in the Syria-Iraq Battlespace. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Dense artillery and rocket shelling was reported in southern Aleppo on January 9 and January 10 as government forces and Jabhat Fatah al-Sham-led coalition of militant groups were targeting each other in the area. This clearly showed that the Syrian…

02:19

#DayAgainstDenial Protests Across U.S. Call Attention To Climate Change "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Sharon Kelly for Desmog Blog - President-elect Donald Trump's nominees for the Cabinet began appearing before the U.S. Senate to start their confirmation hearing process on Tuesday — and some of the slots to be filled will have major implications for American climate change policies. Rex Tillerson, who announced his retirement as CEO of ExxonMobil, is scheduled to appear before the Senate on Wednesday, as is Elaine Chao, Trump's nominee for Secretary of Transporation. On Monday, environmentalists nationwide organized protests at senators' home offices, with organizers calling on their representatives to refuse to confirm Cabinet nominees hostile to combating climate change.

02:19

[SECURITY] [DSA 3760-1] ikiwiki security update "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by Moritz Muehlenhoff on Jan 12

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https://www.debian.org/security/ Moritz Muehlenhoff
January 12, 2017 https://www.debian.org/security/faq
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Package : ikiwiki
CVE ID : CVE-2016-9646 CVE-2016-10026...

02:18

Syrian War Report – January 12, 2017: Syrian Army Increases Military Activity Near Al-Bab "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

…from SouthFront The Syrian Air Force has reportedly delivered a number of airstrikes against terrorists south of the strategic ISIS-held town of al-Bab which is under the siege by Turkish forces. Reports said that up to 30 ISIS terrorists and 6 vehicles were destroyed. Airstrikes came amid reports that the Syrian army had deployed between […]

02:17

CVE Request: MUJS null pointer dereference and Heap buffer overflow write "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by Dileep Kumar on Jan 12

Hi,

The details of the two bugs found in MUJS (https://github.com/ccxvii/mujs)
are as follows :

1. Null pointer dereference in regexp.c

The return value from malloc is not properly checked before
dereferencing it which can result in a crash.

More details on the bug in the bug report at:
https://bugs.ghostscript.com/show_bug.cgi?id=697381

This has been fixed by the MUJS team in the commit:...

02:17

New Wireless Daemon for Linux "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

This presentation from Marcel Holtmann is about a new 802.11 wireless daemon for Linux. It is a lightweight daemon handling all aspects around WiFi support for Linux. It is designed with a tiny footprint for IoT use cases in mind.

02:14

Donald Trump Effect : Users rush to Pornhub for ‘Golden Shower’ Videos "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Pornhub Sees Massive 102 % uptick In Users Searching For ‘Golden Shower’ Videos after Buzzfeed allegation about Donald Trump

There is no doubt that the world loves kinky and sordid stuff. Just after BuzzFeed leveled unsubstantiated allegations against...

02:14

Rex Tillerson Is Big Oil Personified. Damage He Can Do Is Immense "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Bill McKibben for The Guardian - In one of the futile demonstrations that marked the run-up to the Iraq war, I saw a woman with a sign that read “How Did Our Oil End Up Under Their Sand?” In nine words she managed to sum up a great deal of American foreign policy, back at least as far as the 1953 coup that overthrew Mossadegh in Iran and helped toss the Middle East into its still-boiling cauldron. If the Senate approves Rex Tillerson after his testimony on Wednesday, they’ll be continuing in that inglorious tradition – in fact, they’ll be taking it to a new height, and cutting out the diplomats who have traditionally played the middleman role.

02:13

India’s Demonetization Triggers Extreme Poverty and Famine "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The demonetisation of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes by the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is disproportionately impacting the poor of India. Presently 4.5 million Indians die avoidably from deprivation each year and demonetisation will make this worse…

02:11

Cambridgeshire Police Officers Illegally Assault UK Cameraman for Filming in Public "IndyWatch Feed War"

The following post and accompanying videos were shared with the CopBlock Network by Marcus Potter, who has submitted numerous other videos to the CopBlock Network, as well. It was shared via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page.

Date of Incident: November 20, 2016
Officers Involved: Police Community Support Officers Luke Upcott 7326 and Gary May 7191; Police Constables Leigh 1907 and Browne 2449
Department Involved: Cambridgeshire Constabulary
Department Telephone No.: +441480456111
Department Twitter Account: @cambscops

On the 20th of November 2016, I was assaulted by a Police Community Support Officer, namely PCSO Luke Upcott 7326. I did not initially believe Upcott to be a real PCSO and asked another male PCSO, namely PCSO Gary May 7191, who was standing next to him, to produce his identification and designation cards, which May is required to do under force policy. May refused to produce either card and I then asked Luke Upcott to produce his identification and designation cards in accordance with this requirement.

As Luke Upcott was exercising his powers, he was also under an obligation to produce these two cards under the Police Reform Act 2002. However, Luke Upcott did not show me either card. Luke Upcott also took my phone out of my hand, then once he returned it to me called me a “PATHETIC YOUNG MAN”. I then walked away from both PCSOs Upcott and May.

I was told by Luke Upcott that I was not at this point detained, but that a police officer (who I now know to be Police Constable Leigh Browne) had been called and that Browne was on his way to come and speak to me. I walked some distance, at which point Luke Upcott then decided to detain me by force. Luke Upcott grabbed hold of my right arm causing extreme pain.

I then informed Upcott that I would be calling the police. I removed my mobile phone from my pocket and dialed 999. When I got through to the operator, she asked me which service I required. I asked her to put me through to the police and she put me through to the Cambridgeshire Constabulary Contact and Control Room (CCR). I explained...

02:10

Watch Kellyanne Conway dominate CNN’s Anderson Cooper over fake news report "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

CNN defends fake BuzzFeed report

(INTELLIHUB) — “CNN and BuzzFeed have a lot in Common,” Kellyanne Conway said, referring to a fake 35-page report released by BuzzFeed and reported by CNN recently.

CNN reported on the story and posted it on their website, prompting Donald J. Trump to call out CNN in a presser Wednesday morning, resulting in CNN’s (Time Warner) stock dropping rapidly.

“It’s true that you have no evidence of it other than unnamed briefing documents,” Conway told Cooper, who claims CNN has “multiple sources.”

“The fact is the media has a 16% approval rating for a reason, it has been earned,” said Conway.

Cooper continued to argue the fake unsourced news six ways to Sunday.

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02:09

Time And Money Run Out For Nuclear Revival "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Paul Brown for Climate News Network - LONDON, 11 January, 2017 – The prospects for expansion of the nuclear industry worldwide look worse in 2017 than at any time since the first atom stations were built in the 1950s. Toshiba, the giant Japanese company that owns the American reactor designer Westinghouse, is the latest company to face financial difficulties due to unforeseen cost overruns and delays that run into billions of dollars. Westinghouse Electric’s troubles began after it bought construction contractor CB&I Stone & Webster and then had to write down the value of the acquisition by billions of dollars because of problems with building four new reactors for US utilities.

02:09

Cory Booker and the pathetic response of Muslim Americans and their lousy organizations "IndyWatch Feed War"

I understand that liberals are hoping for another national leader who can inspire them like Obama. They have now focused on Cory Booker: who has the charisma of Chuck Schumer.  This is a man who can't inspire anyone even if his life depended on it.  His understanding of the meaning of leadership is to reproduce Democratic cliches about politics.  He is a fanatical Zionist who thinks that his fast rise in politics can be accomplished by serving the Zionist lobby with more enthusiasm than his colleagues.  He spoke fiercely against the UN vote and cosponsored a resolution against it.  Yet, Muslims in New Jersey honored this guy.  But then again: Muslim American organizations invite humiliation and subjugation of Muslims. So I am not really surprised.

02:07

02:07

How I got over the Milk-and-Honey-and-Chosen-People place "IndyWatch Feed War"

This personal story was told by Menucha Sara, bat Eliyahu, to Phil Weiss a year ago. His questions have been removed from the narration. –Editor.

I grew up modern orthodox, very Zionist. I went to Jewish day school, but I was always questioning. Not about Israel, but I was a questioning kid. There’s a prayer that’s said every day by the men, “Thank you, God, for not making me a woman.” I used to bug my teachers about that.

When I got to high school, I’d hear about antiwar demonstrations. This was Vietnam days, and I couldn’t go to demonstrations because they were on Saturday and I was a Sabbath observer. But I would read stuff. One teacher recommended we read The Autobiography of Malcolm X, and I read Michael Harrington’s The Other America. So I was starting to find out what was happening in the country. Though nothing about Israel.

Then I went to college in 1968, which was a really cool time to go to college. I was in New York, and I went to a couple of antiwar demonstrations, and by 1970 I got real active in antiwar activism. Lots of schools across the country, including mine, shut down in May of 1970, with the murder of the four white kids at Kent State, and then two Black kids two weeks later at Jackson State. Attica happened the next year. And it just opened my eyes to– everything I’d grown up learning about the land of the free and the home of the brave was a crock. And I started reading more, and understanding imperialism more.

It was also the time of the women’s liberation movement. So I was pulled in both directions, women’s liberation and left politics. I got into a Marxist study group and into a woman’s consciousness raising group, and my last two years of college I was doing both, along with school and two part-time jobs.

I had stopped being religious. It was 1969. Some friends of mine said we’re going to a music festival upstate, do you want to come? It was the end of freshman year. I had never ridden on the Sabbath before. I said ok, sure. So I went. That was Woodstock, the first time I ever rode on the Sabbath.

It was no big deal once I was in the car and riding. Because I hadn’t stayed observant when I got to college. I didn’t go to synagogue. I just kept kosher and kept the Sabbath. I didn’t do all the other things around it that had been in the structure of my life growing up.

And then one day some friends invited me over for dinner and I said, what are you eating? Chili. I just ate it. I didn’t ask, How did you kill the cow? I just ate it.

The next step was, I was in my dorm room, and I took a piece of kosher salami and a piece of cheese and put them together, and I kind of looked for the lightning to come through the window. And it didn’t. So that was it on kosher. I don’t remember it being loaded. But I really did look out the...

02:05

COURT RULES MEDICAL MARIJUANA USERS CANNOT BE CHARGED WITH DUI "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In 2017, cannabis is now more legal and accessible than ever. And its growing use is presenting new problems for law enforcement. Chief among those issues is how to handle folks who chief and drive. This issue is this: there is no reliable way to test how cannabis use influences driving. And in fact, several studies show that marijuana use does not impact driving ability very much. In light of this, an Arizona court ruled last week that legal medical cannabis patients can fight their DUI charges.

An Important Ruling for Medical Marijuana Patients

Following Arizona’s Court of Appeals ruling, the burden of proof for charging cannabis users with a DUI is now on the police, not patients. Medical marijuana patients charged with a DUI can fight it in court. Importantly, this means that it’s now up to the arresting officer to prove that the THC impaired the driver.

And police are going to have a hard time doing so, because of two factors. Firstly, how impaired a driver is, has little to do with the amount of THC in their bloodstream. And secondly, people respond to THC very differently. So there’s no concrete basis for setting a legal limit on THC, unlike alcohol. What gets one person too high to drive might not affect another person very much.

Even the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration admits that it’s impossible to tell intoxication based on THC levels. Their website states that it is “difficult to establish a relationship” between THC in the blood and impairment.

It also says that it is “inadvisable” and “impossible” to predict any specific impacts based on THC concentration. Put simply, just because you have cannabis in your system doesn’t mean your driving will suck.

How To Challenge A Marijuana DUI

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02:04

How the Dark Web is Used for Political Attacks and How One Company is Trying to Stop it "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Cyber-Intelligence Company, Sixgill, Aims To Expose And Mitigate Dark Web Based Attacks Before They Occur

This past US election cycle has been a rollerc...

02:04

Lula llama a investigar papel de EU en destitución de Rousseff "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

Lula añadió que es posible que se vuelva a postular como candidato presidencial por el Partido de los Trabajadores, en las elecciones de Brasil de 2018     Regeneración, 11 de enero de 2017.- Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, ex presidente de Brasil, pidió que se investigue si Estados Unidos intervino de alguna manera en […]

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02:03

India’s Caste System, Social Inequality and Demonetization "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

For over a millennium one of the recurring debates among Indian philosophers was whether this world was real or a mere dream. To be more precise, the claim was, we are all part of Maha Vishnu’s dream as He sleeps…

02:03

Friday Fight for Freedom Free Software Directory IRC meetup: January 13th starting at 12 p.m. EST/17:00 UTC "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Participate in supporting the FSD by adding new entries and updating existing ones. We will be on IRC in the #fsf channel on irc.freenode.org.

While the FSD has been and continues to be a great resource to the world over the past decade, it has the potential of being a resource of even greater value. But it needs your help!

This week's theme is focusing on software to help people fight for a cause. Activists need software for organizing and communicating, and for protecting their privacy from spying eyes. We want the FSD to be a great tool for anyone working to improve the world, so we have to have all the software they need listed and up to date in the FSD. Come help build the future with us this Friday!

If you are eager to help and you can't wait or are simply unable to make it onto IRC on Friday, our participation guide will provide you with all the information you need to get started on helping the FSD today! There are also weekly FSD Meetings pages that everyone is welcome to contribute to before, during, and after each meeting.

02:02

Oil Change International Statement On First Morning Of Tillerson Hearing "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By David Hasemyer for Inside Climate News - “Rex Tillerson seems determined to run US foreign policy like he ran Exxon: deny, evade, and even lie, in order to defend power and certainly without regard to any 'moral compass'. "The first morning of Rex Tillerson’s testimony showed that Rex Tillerson’s 41 years at ExxonMobil have prepared him for one thing only: to be CEO of ExxonMobil. Tillerson filibustered, dodged, and floundered through questions about Aleppo, Russia, and other imminent global threats. He appears to have lied under oath about Exxon’s lobbying against Russian sanctions. The Boy Scouts should demand that Tillerson return his Honesty Badge.

02:01

Get Ready for the Great Eclipse of 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

On August 21, 2017, the moon will cast its shadow across most of North America, with a narrow path of totality tracing from Oregon to South Carolina. Tens of millions of people will have a chance to see something that the continental US hasn’t seen in ages — a total eclipse of the sun. Will you be ready?

The last time a total solar eclipse visited a significantly populated section of the US was in March of 1970. I remember it well as a four-year-old standing on the sidewalk in front of my house, all worked up about space already in those heady days of the Apollo program, gazing through smoked glass as the moon blotted out the sun for a few minutes. Just watching it was exhilarating, and being able to see it again and capitalize on a lifetime of geekiness to heighten the experience, and to be able to share it with my wife and kids, is exciting beyond words. But I’ve only got eight months to lay my plans!

Where and When

First, the basics. Totality will cross the Pacific coast at 17:15 UTC just north of Depoe Bay, Oregon. It will proceed across southern Idaho into Wyoming – Grand Teton and Yellowstone visitors will have quite a treat – then Nebraska, a tiny corner of Kansas, Missouri, small slivers of Illinois and Kentucky, across Tennessee and a fraction of North Carolina, finally heading out to sea between Charleston and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina at 18:49 UTC. Need to see how close you are to totality and when you can expect the eclipse to start? NASA has put together a handy interactive Google Map for just that purpose.

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02:00

OpenSSL For Apache and Dovecot: Part 2 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Title: 
OpenSSL For Apache and Dovecot: Part 2

02:00

How to Make the Most of the Free Intro to DevOps Course on edX "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Title: 
How to Make the Most of the Free Intro to DevOps Course on edX

02:00

Brexit/Trump Effect: Patent Systems With Institutional Corruption and Nepotism "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Jo Johnson rumoured to be the next IP minister

Jo Johnson

Summary: Rumours about Britain’s head of patents (and copyrights etc.) being the brother of the Brexit campaigner and Foreign Minister; meanwhile, on the other side of the Atlantic, rumours suggest that the corrupt judge Rader might be the next head of patents in the United States

“Hold onto your hats,” IAM wrote yesterday, “we have just heard that Jo Johnson – brother of UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson – is to become the UK’s IP minister. [] Jo Johnson was on other side to his brother in EU referendum – he supported the Remain side. Some claim Boris may have done, too – secretly.”

Is he really the one to replace Lucy, whose departure was quietly confirmed? And if so, what does that say about the state of British politics? Is it the ‘Trump effect’ or the ‘Bergot effect’? [1, 2, 3, 4]

Jo “Johnson joined the Financial Times in 1997,” according to Wikipedia. That’s the ‘news’ paper that the EPO bribed in exchange for puff pieces and apparently also for the pro-UPC propaganda.

What would Johnson do about UPC ratification at times of Brexit, which his brother is still advocat...

01:59

Trump Bump Dumps – Confidence Collapses As Inauguration Looms "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Tyler Durden

Despite the latest Small Business Optimism explosion of confidence (in December), the most up-to-date surveys of US consumer confidence appear to be crumbling after the ‘Trump Bump’…

The headline confidence index has erased all its post-Trump gains…

“Buying Climate” has plunged…

And ‘Personal Finances’ are tumbling…

It appears the rose-colored glasses of hope are starting to turn grey.

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01:58

Everyone shares the blame in Gaza electricity crisis "IndyWatch Feed War"

The two generators of Gaza’s sole power plant stopped operating Jan. 6 due to a severe fuel shortage—out of the 600 megawatts required to meet the needs of the 2 million people, less than 150 are available. For most residents, that means most areas are receiving power for a mere three hours in between 12-hour blackouts. In some areas, electricity only comes for three out of 48 hours. (Of course, even when there isn’t such a crisis, it’s bad—usually eight hours on and eight hours off.)

Who and what is to blame is a subject of many dark jokes and frustration—sometimes breaking into protests and arrests. Popular comedian/singer Adel al-Mashwakhi was reportedly arrested simply for saying in a social media video. “There are no jobs, no borders, no food, no water and no electricity. I can live without everything, but not electricity. Enough Hamas.”  (To date, it has been viewed more than 150,000 times!). On Thursday, youth in Jabalia camp protested, marching toward the Gaza Electricity Distribution Corp. (GEDCO) to deliver a statement.

The contributing causes cited by various reports include shortages from the Egyptian side due to frequent breakdowns in the North Sinai; corruption in Hamas, which controls the power plant and is charged with skimming fuel for its loyal members; punitively high taxes imposed on Israeli imports by the Fatah-controlled Palestinian Authority; and a failure by the mostly impoverished residents to pay their electricity bills. And then, of course, there is the fact that the power plant hasn’t run at full capacity in years, with Israel’s crippling blockade severely limiting imports of both fuel and parts to fix the plant, which has been repeatedly bombed in past wars.  Most residents in Gaza, however, place a large share of the blame on feuding political leaders.

“The electricity crisis is political par excellence due to the absence of Palestinian reconciliation and internal bickering,” the Palestinian Centre for Human rights said bluntly in a statement.

Meanwhile, of course, the people suffer. Last week, an all-too-common scenario occurred: a father and his two daughters were injured after a fire broke out in their home in Gaza City, caused by a candle the girls lit so they could do their homework. According to the PCHR, about 130 residents already have died from fires caused by candles and faulty generators.

Protest videos are starting to pop up on Facebook. In one, for instance, an angry man says to the Minister of Energy: “What do you want us to do? Do you want us to hate our country? We won’t. We hate you…. My clothes smell like smoke. I cannot have a shower. My mom cannot cook, and I cannot surf the internet. Now we have electricity for only three hours. Why? Yet our electricity bills are the same. If the electricity comes, we pay 300 shekels. An...

01:58

Only in snowy Greece possible: Tough guys in action (video) "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

During the week-long extreme weather horror, the majority of Greeks complained and swore loud about the snow the freezing temperatures the slippery roads the inefficiency of the state the mayors and municipalities the Public Power Company the Water Company the Telephone Company the plumbers the electricians the home constructors the […]

01:56

Global Consequences of Corrupt Politics in United States – Part V "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

CJ Members EAC OC Teams Presentation: Consequences of Corrupt U.S. Politics at the Edge of Apocalypse — Racketeering  & Unending Wars [Prepared by Affiliated Scientists] Parts I – V are available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. Filed under: News Alert Tagged: 000112, apocalypse, Corrupt Politics, FIRE-EARTH PULSARS, Racketeering, Trump-Kushner Presidency, Unending Wars, United States

01:55

Analysis: The climate papers most featured in the media in 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Every year, thousands of scientific journal papers are published by researchers across the world, but only a tiny proportion make it into the pages of the newspapers.

Altmetric scores academic papers based on how many times they’re mentioned in online news articles and on social media platforms. You can read more about how the Altmetric scoring system works in last year’s article.

Top of the table

The highest scoring article of the year, with an Altmetric tally of 2,716, is the Nature paper “Contribution of Antarctica to past and future sea-level rise”, by Prof Robert DeConto of the University of Massachusetts and Dr David Pollard of Penn State University.

Published in March, the study found that Antarctica has the potential to contribute more than a metre of sea level rise by 2100 and more than 15 metres by 2500, if greenhouse gas emissions continue unabated.

The paper had more coverage in the news than another other climate paper published in 2016. It was featured in 386 news stories and was covered by – among 271 outlets in total – the BBC, Guardian, MailOnline, Independent, Huffington Post, New York Times, Washington Post and the New Yorker.

The study made a particular splash in the US after further analysis, published in August by estate agent firm Zillow, highlighted that 1.8m of sea level rise by 2100 could put two million American homes underwater.

The paper – not the news stories – was also tweeted f...

01:55

Obama’s Legacy of War, Repression and Inequality "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

US President Barack Obama’s “farewell address to the nation,” scheduled for tonight, has been preceded by a concentrated media buildup on the theme of Obama’s legacy. This has included fawning tributes portraying the president as a brilliant orator, progressive reformer,…

01:55

Water war: Wadi Barada and Assad's latest weapon "IndyWatch Feed War"

Against both rebels in the besieged valley and supporters in Damascus, Syria's president uses water scarcity to empower himself ahead of talks

01:53

¡Hija de delegada de Miguel Hidalgo es “afortunada”! En una hora encuentran su camioneta robada "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

Miles de habitantes de la CDMX nunca encuentran su vehículo robado, pero Seguridad Pública capitalina halló la camioneta de la hija de la panista Xóchitl Gálvez en menos de una hora. Regeneración, 12 de enero 2016.- Parece que la justicia no llega a todos, pero sí a quienes están el poder, muestra de ello es […]

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01:53

The Obama Legacy: “Dying Democracy”, Extrajudicial Assassinations, Wars, Terrorism, Refugee Crisis… "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Nobel Peace Prize winner President Barack Hussein Obama is counting his final days in the White House and has given his farewell speech in Chicago to recap his accomplishments and  encourage the public to become more politically engaged and fight…

01:49

Viral Image Shows The Impact Oil Drilling Is Having On the Amazon’s Waterways "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

When you hear about the impact that industry is having on the Amazon, deforestation is one of the first things to come to mind, however oil development is making a huge impact in terms of biodiversity loss, indigenous conflict and widespread air, soil and water pollution.

Amazon’s Waterways Turn Black

The image below makes a shocking point about the magnitude of the devastation that oil companies are bringing to the Amazon’s waterways. It shows unbelievable contamination where the waters have turned completely black. It shows indigenous people working to clean up oil spilled by Petroperu’s Northern Peruvian Pipeline in early 2016. After the spills, two tributaries that serve as a source of fresh water for eight indigenous tribes that live in the Peruvian Amazon were filled with 3,000 barrels of oil.

The Amazon river is about 4,000 miles (about 6400 km) long, and is the home of over 3,000 species of fish including the boto, also known as the pink river dolphin. Furthermore, it is the largest river in terms of water discharge in the world, responsible for about 20% of the Earth’s fresh water entering the ocean. Oil pollution of this magnitude is not only killing the biodiversity of the Amazon River and its tributaries, but it also affects the delicate ecosystems of the oceans.

Below is a short video that further shows the shocking effect of Petroperu’s oil spills.

This indispensable region of planet Earth is under continued threat. Its animal and plant life is increasingly pushed towards endangerment. In addition, the indigenous people are mistreated by failed government policies and unscrupulous companies, such as Petroperu.

Oil Development in the Amazon

Oil development in the Amazon is still on the rise. Not long ago, the public was outraged at the Ecuadorian government for permitting oil exploration in the Yasuni, one of the world’s most ecologically diverse places. In Peru, a serious political struggle is underway to prevent drilling in one Peru’s biggest oil block...

01:46

The Real Purpose of the U.S. National Intelligence Report on Alleged Hacking by Russia "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Some thoughts on “Russia’s Influence Campaign Targeting the 2016 US Presidential Election,” the newly released declassified report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. 1. The primary purpose of the declassified report, which offers no evidence to support…

01:45

Amazon To Create 100,000 New Jobs In The US "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Tyler Durden

With Amazon having an exponentially growing (if mostly part-time) work force, which as of Q3 amounted to just shy of 320,000 employees…

… not to mention a surging robotic support base, on Thursday the rapidly growing internet retailer issued a press release stating it “plans to create an additional 100,000 full-time, full-benefit jobs in the U.S. over the next 18 months.” Of course, it is likely that Amazon would have added that number of jobs anyway, simply by extrapolating its current growth rate.

The announcement by Trump’s nemesis, Jeff Bezos, coming just over a week ahead of Trump’s inauguration, is hardly a coincidence, as Trump’s insistence on creating US jobs is by now well-known to most US CEOs.

These new job opportunities are for people all across the country and with all types of experience, education and skill levels—from engineers and software developers to those seeking entry-level positions and on-the-job training. Many of the roles will be in new fulfillment centers that have been announced over the past several months and are currently under construction in Texas, California, Florida, New Jersey and many other states across the country. In addition to direct job creation, Amazon businesses like Marketplace and Amazon Flex will continue to create hundreds of thousands of jobs for people across the U.S. who want the flexibility to start their own business, work part-time or set their own schedule.

Also, perhaps to appease members of the military, Amazon added that it “already employs over 10,000 military veterans, and last year pledged to hire and train an additional 25,000 veterans and military spouses over the next five years. In addition, the company committed to training 10,000 active duty service members, veterans and military spouses not employed by Amazon in cloud computing through AWS Educate.”

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01:45

Obama’s Farewell Address. Nuclear Proliferation, Killing Bin Laden, Reversing the “Great Recession” … "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Last night, January 10, 2017, Barack Obama gave his farewell address to the nation. The scene was a strange and disappointing attempt that failed, to replicate the hope, the energy, and optimism of his first 2008 address to the nation.…

01:45

Obama"s "Farewell To Arms" As War Presidency Ends "IndyWatch Feed War"

Eight straight years of warmongering come to an end as US President Barack Obama bows out with his «farewell to the nation» speech this week, as fawning American media dubbed his valediction...

01:43

US Intelligence Agencies Try to Strong-Arm Trump into War with Russia "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Powerful elites are using the credibility of the US Intelligence agencies to demonize Russia and prepare the country for war. This is the real meaning of the “Russia hacking” story which, as yet, has not produced any hard evidence of…

OpenGL 4.3 Lands For Maxwell With Nouveau Gallium3D, Plus 1.5~3.5x Performance Boost "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

It should be a busy end of week for Mesa with the Mesa 17.0 feature freeze being this weekend. In addition to Haswell hitting OpenGL 4.2, Nouveau's NVC0 Gallium3D driver has enabled OpenGL 4.3 support for newer Maxwell and Pascal hardware...

01:42

BBC partially corrects ‘The World Tonight’ inaccuracies "IndyWatch Feed War"

As documented here last month, the December 28th edition of the BBC Radio 4 programme ‘The World Tonight’ included a number of inaccuracies. [all emphasis added]twt-28-12

“[BBC presenter] Ley told listeners that:

“Last week President Obama authorised a change of tactics towards Israel. The US opted not to deploy its veto on a Security Council resolution condemning building by Jewish settlers on what had been Palestinian land until the Six Day War.” […] 

Ley continued:

“It was a war which lasted less than a week yet the territory seized by Israel then is still de facto controlled by Tel Aviv today.”

Referring to “Gulf Arab states like Saudi Arabia”, he later told listeners that:

“They also share Tel Aviv’s anxiety about the growing importance of Iran in the region.” […]

Ley also told audiences that:

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01:42

Three Realities You Aren’t Being Told About Afghanistan. “US is Not Fighting Terrorism” "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

US commander of US Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A) General John Nicholson’s December 2016 briefing was paradoxical and perhaps indicative of the bankrupted foreign policy that defines America’s occupation in Afghanistan. The US Department of Defense published General Nicholson’s full briefing titled,…

01:40

Flashing a peace sign in selfies could lead to identity theft, scientists warn "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Will you think twice before flashing the "peace" sign in photographs?

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.

01:39

AMD Has Been Working On An Open-Source GPU Debug Tool, To Be Released Soon "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Yesterday we noted the new open-source AMD GPU debugging tool being developed by a Valve engineer as part of their work on the open-source RADV/RadeonSI/AMDGPU code. It turns out AMD has officially been working on a GPU debugging tool too...

01:37

Russia Deploys More Warplanes In Support Syrian Army against ISIS-Dash "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Last night, Syrian army troops, backed up by artillery strikes, attacked ISIS units north of the Kuweires Airbase. There are no detailed reports from the area, but pro-government sources argued that the army had been able to kill some 4…

01:37

Massive 10-Year Study Has Linked Diet Soda To Heart Attacks And Stroke "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

So you’ve decided to take control of your diet and try and live a healthier life, but you just can’t resist soda. In your mind, you rationalize the decision and decide that you can keep drinking it as long as you switch to diet soda instead. It’s a choice that millions of people make every year, as the clever marketing departments of large soda companies convince us that switching to diet is a perfectly healthy alternative.

The reality is that these claims are simply untrue! Most soda manufacturers use an artificial sweetener, called aspartame, to replace sugar. A new study carried out by the University of Iowa, has shown that this chemical is linked to an increased likelihood of heart disease.

Dangers of Drinking Diet Soda

The study, headed up by Dr. Ankur Vyas, was one of the most comprehensive of its type with nearly 60,000 women participating over nine years. Known as the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study, the research found that participants who drank two or more cans of diet soda a day were 30% more likely to have a cardiovascular event (e.g. heart attack) and 50% more likely to die of a heart-related disease than someone who drank none.

‘This is one of the largest studies on this topic, and our findings are consistent with some previous data, especially those linking diet drinks to the metabolic syndrome,’ said Vyas. Given the scale of the study and the fact that approximately one in five people in the United States consume diet drinks on a daily basis, the results could prove to be hugely significant to overall public health.

The 59,614 participants were split into four groups by the research team: two or more diet drinks a day, five to seven diet drinks per week, one to four diet drinks per week, and zero to three diet drinks per month.

After nearly nine years the health records of each woman was analyzed and the results were that coronary heart disease, congestive heart failure, heart attack, coronary revascularization procedure, isch...

01:36

CVE Request: Irssi out of bounds read in format string "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by Ailin Nemui on Jan 12

Hi,

can you please check whether the following Irssi issue needs a CVE

- Printing the value %[ leads to oob read

This has been reported to the Irssi project by Hanno Böck and is
already fixed as part of the last CVE request, however I failed to
include this issue in the initial report. Hanno has blogged about this
at [1] and linked it to the other issue which we credited him for (but
it is in fact a separate issue).

Thanks,

[1]...

01:36

Apollo Rising: The Dangerous Donald Drumpf (Trump) Occult/MAFIA Agenda "IndyWatch Feed War"

Shortly after emigrating to New York, the German named Frederich Christ Drumpf and his Scottish wife Mary Ann McLeod took on a much more Anglican surname of Trump after arriving at Ellis Island. The literal English translation of Drumpf is “Trump Card” — aka the “Joker” — i.e. the 53rd ...

01:35

Trump and MH17: Just One Step Too Far? The Propaganda Campaign against Russia "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The propaganda campaign by the NATO war alliance against Russia has several components. The newest elements are the surreal allegations being made by the Obama regime, suffering a fit of apoplexy over the victory of Donald Trump in the American…

01:34

The untold story of how the killing of Abdulfattah al-Shareef was taped "IndyWatch Feed War"

Media all over the world have covered the case of the killing of Abdulfattah Al-Shareef, the Palestinian teenager who was shot in his head in cold blood by Israeli soldier Elor Azaria on 24th March 2016 in the Tel Rumeida district in Hebron, the largest city in the West Bank. Hebron is unique among West Bank cities in that illegal Israeli settlements are distributed not only at its periphery, but also in the heart of the city, including in Tel Rumeida. These are accompanied by military checkpoints spread out over the city centre which prevent the free movement of its inhabitants, dividing the city into isolated sections which have become a sort of exhibition of contemporary apartheid, or – from the point of view of the terrorized inhabitants who remain – a ghost town.

The wide publicity which this particular video received (after it was published by B’Tselem) is a good and important thing, in so far as it helped to reveal the criminal acts which are perpetrated by Israel’s military occupation of the West Bank – the founding purpose of our group, Human Rights Defenders. And yet there are facts which have seldom been spoken about in the Israeli media, or indeed the international media, which continues to rely to a disproportionate extent on Israeli media sources for its information.

In particular, international media has had little to say about the story behind the filming of the attack. It wasn’t just good luck that placed a camera in the hands of a local Palestinian resident on that day in March. Rather, it was the result of a long, difficult campaign to organise a community.

Let’s start with the camera that Imad Abu Shamsiya used to film the killing. As it happens, that particular camera was one of four which were donated by a group of American activists based on Northern California. We received them after the Israeli army broke into my house roughly a year ago, and began to trash its contents. I’d been filming an incursion by the army into my neighbourhood as they carried out warrantless searches of nearby houses. Perhaps ironically, that’s what attracted their attention. The film was distributed online, where it caught the attention of our generous Californian partners who went on to donate the cameras, which we in turn distributed to vulnerable families in the neighbourhood, forming the basis of an expanded campaign of citizen journalism which we decided to call ‘Capturing the Occupation’.

This is becoming a familiar pattern. The very attempts made by the military forces occupying our communities to suppress our documentation of their violations of our rights and hold them to account produce further violations which end up increasing our resolve, and that of our growing network of international partners.

Imad Abu Shamsiya and I founded Human Rights Defenders in 2014 with precisely this purpose: documenting crimes and vi...

01:33

Trump Blasts CNN’s “FAKE NEWS”, Says “Credibility Will Soon Be Gone!” "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Tyler Durden

One day after totally shutting down CNN’s Jim Acosta at his first press conference as President-elect, Trump continues to hammer CNN saying they’re “in a total meltdown with their FAKE NEWS because their ratings are tanking since election and their credibility will soon be gone!”

.@CNN is in a total meltdown with their FAKE NEWS because their ratings are tanking since election and their credibility will soon be gone!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2017

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For those who missed it, here are the epic exchanges from yesterday.

In an epic (mutual) trolling between president-elect Trump on one hand and BuzzFeed and CNN, on the other, the two media organizations which issued yesterday’s unsubstantiated report about Russia having compromising information on the president-elect, Trump first addressed the question of why he referred to Nazi Germany, saying it is “disgraceful” that intelligence communities would allow the release of any information. “That’s something Nazi Germany would have done and did do,” he says.

He then unleashed on Buzzfeed which alone published the 35-page memo behind the Russian allegations, saying “Buzzfeed which is a failing pile of garbage… will suffer the consequences

And then, in an even more stunning episode, Trump slammed CNN reporter Jim Acosta, who he also called out during the presser over their report on a two-page synopsis they claim was presented to Trump.

With Trump looking to call on other reporters, Jim Acosta yelled out, “Since you are attacking us, can you give us a question?”

“Not you,” Trump said. “Your organization is terrible!”

Acosta pressed on, “You are attacking our news organization, can you give us a chance to ask a question, sir?” Trump countered by telling him “don’t be rude.”

“I’m not going to give you a question,” Trump res...

01:32

Rex Tillerson’s notes at Senate confirmation hearing compromised by spy? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

WaPo editor Doris Truong snaps pics?

(INTELLIHUB) — A spy, possibly Washington Post’s weekend homepage editor Doris Truong, was captured on camera snapping photos of Rex Tillerson’s paperwork during the Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday when Tillerson left for a break, according to a recent Twitterstorm.

If so, it appears that the “deadline-driven multimedia journalist [with] nearly 20 years of experience” may have been capturing information off of paperwork Tillerson left at his table in confidence, before the hearing reconvened.

The perpetrator can be seen pulling a separate apple device out of her right side coat pocket just before snapping a few pics of Tillerson’s paperwork and personal effects before she then looks around the room to see if anyone saw her.

During the hearing Tillerson, who is Donald Trump’s choice for Secretary of State, faced off with Rep. Sen. Marco Rubio.

“Rubio — who refused to say if he would vote for Tillerson after a day of testimony — pressed the former ExxonMobil CEO hard Wednesday on a slew of human rights questions, pushing him to denounce the behavior of Russia, China, Saudi Arabia and the Philippines and expressing deep disappointment when the Texan refused to do so,” CNN reported.

Related: Trump declares war on MSM and corrupt intelligence operatives helping them

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The Lobby P1: Young Friends of Israel "IndyWatch Feed War"

January 10, 2017 In the first of a four-part series, Al Jazeera goes undercover inside the Israel Lobby in Britain. We expose a campaign to infiltrate and influence youth groups, including the National Union of Students, whose president faces a smear campaign coordinated by her own deputy and supported by the Israel Embassy. CORRECTION: At […]

01:31

Big Pharma Shaking In Their Boots as 80% Of Cannabis Users Give Up Prescriptions Pills For Pot "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

 

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A new survey conducted by the Centre for Addictions Research of BC helps explain why Big Pharma is so afraid of cannabis. The pharmaceutical and alcohol industries, both powerful influences in Washington, have long lobbied against cannabis legalization in order to protect their profits.

However, the tide has turned as decriminalization of medical and recreational cannabis sweeps the nation and the continent. With legalization, more and more people are discovering how this plant can provide a safe alternative to the dangerous effects of prescription pills.

 

The survey of 473 adult therapeutic cannabis users found that 87% of respondents gave up prescription medications, alcohol, or other drugs in favor of cannabis. Adults under 40 were likely to give up all three of these for medical cannabis.

The most startling revelation, and one that will have Big Pharma running to their crony lawmakers, is that 80% of respondents reported substituting cannabis for prescription drugs.

In addition, 52% said they substituted cannabis for alcohol and 32% said they substituted it for illicit substances. These results indicate a very promising trend of people moving away from dangerously addictive and deadly substances in favor of a miracle plant that has never caused an overdose death.

“The finding that cannabis was substituted for all three classes of substances suggests that the medical use of cannabis may play a harm reduction role in the context of use of these substances, and may have implications for abstinence-based substance use treatment approaches. Further research should seek to differentiate between biomedical substitution for prescription pharmaceuticals and psychoactive drug substitution, and to elucidate the mechanisms behind both.”

As The Free Thought Project has reported before, the U.S. is in the midst of a painkiller epidemic, with overdose deaths skyrocketing as Big Pharma has secured its gr...

01:30

Proponen paro nacional el 31 de enero "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

Dirigentes de organizaciones sociales planean construir un frente unido contra el gasolinazo y proponen un paro nacional.   Regeneración 11 de enero de 2017.– La Coordinadora Nacional Plan de Ayala (CNPA) convocó a un paro el 31 de enero así como a la toma de puentes fronterizos para demandar que se revierta el incremento al […]

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01:27

Ancient Egypt archaeology: Burial site of crocodiles, infants, scorpions is discovered "IndyWatch Feed War"

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The researchers found intact remains of infants, cats and scorpions as well as a mysterious crocodile skeleton

01:26

Historical Legacy of Obama The War Criminal, Butcherer of Women and Children, US Dropped 26,171 Bombs in 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

There is no doubt that US President Barak Obama is a war criminal as are his military and intelligence officials and most of the House and Senate. Obama is the first president to keep the US at war for the…

01:26

Disgraced diplomat Shai Masot resigns from Israeli foreign ministry "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Political officer at London embassy who talked about 'taking down' British minister and a 'hit list' of MPs quits post

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The Alabama Privacy Act. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Like many other states, legislators are rushing in all their transphobic policies, attempting to turn bigotry and hate into law. Alabama’s attempt is a bit different, seeing as it demands lavatory attendants. The purpose of said attendants isn’t entirely clear.

While several conservative states are preparing “bathroom bills” for the upcoming legislative session, Alabama’s anti-LGBT bill is changing the game by requiring costly bathroom attendants.

The bill, prefiled by Alabama Sen. Phil Williams, is called the “Alabama Privacy Act.” If passed, the bill would require public places with bathrooms or changing rooms to have single-person rooms, rooms for multiple people of the same gender, or rooms for people “irrespective of their gender” staffed by a bathroom attendant.

If a public place fails to provide these options, a fine of $2,000 will be imposed for the first violation, increased to $3,500 for each violation afterward.

The bill’s language is odd for several reasons. First, the bill does nothing to define what “gender” means—something that other conservative legislatures have taken great pains to do in opposition of the transgender community. Second, it’s not entirely clear what purpose a bathroom attendant would serve in gender-neutral bathrooms. The bill says they would “monitor the use of the restroom and answer any questions or concerns posed by users.”

Answer any questions? Really. Umm, I’d think people who had no problem with a unisex type lav wouldn’t have any particular questions. Just what are they expecting here, someone to rush in with an urgent need to piss, and must know, right now, should they stand or sit? I’m pretty sure all the homophobic and transphobic bigots out there don’t want to be going into a all gender lav. Or maybe they do, what do I know?

Full story at Out.

01:25

Live Stream: Russia, Iran and International Alliances To Take Center Stage At Mattis Confirmation Hearing "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Tyler Durden

With two days of grueling confirmation hearings in the books, it’s time for Retired Marine General James “Mad Dog” Mattis, Trump’s pick for Secretary of Defense, to field some questions. In his prepared remarks, Mattis is expected to emphasize the importance of international alliances and bringing “business reforms to the Department of Defense by instilling budget discipline.” Per The Hill:

“We must embrace our international alliances and security partnerships. History is clear: nations with strong allies thrive and those without them wither,” he is expected to say.

The statement is somewhat of a departure from the rhetoric President-elect Donald Trump used on the campaign trail, where he called into question the value of alliances such as NATO.

Mattis will also list strengthening alliances as one of his priorities, along with strengthening military readiness and reforming the Pentagon. “If you confirm me, my watchwords will be solvency and security in providing for the protection of our people and the survival of our freedoms,” he will say.

“My priorities as secretary of Defense will be to strengthen military readiness, strengthen our alliances in league with our diplomatic partners, and bring business reforms to the Department of Defense by instilling budget discipline and holding our leaders accountable.”

Mattis retired from the military in 2013, and entered the business world as a board member of General Dynamics and Silicon Valley start-up Theranos. He resigned from Theranos earlier this month and will step down from General Dynamics if confirmed. Only three years removed from his military post, Mattis will need a waiver from Congress exempting him from a law requiring a Defense secretary to be out of uniform for at least seven years, a waiver the Congress hasn’t granted since 1950.

Senators will undoubtedly focus questioning today on how Mattis wi...

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Trump’s Sting Against Intel Agencies ; Rising Tensions Between China and Taiwan ; China’s President to Attend Davos Economic Forum …and More Picks "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

PICKS are stories from many sources, selected by our editors or recommended by our readers because they are important, surprising, troubling, enlightening, inspiring, or amusing. They appear on our site and in our daily newsletter. Please send suggested articles, videos, podcasts, etc. to picks@whowhatwhy.org.

Tensions Rise Between China and Taiwan (Dan)

China sent its only aircraft carrier through the Taiwan Strait this week. Taiwan then scrambled fighter jets through the Strait in response. Is all this a response to the incoming Trump administration’s abandonment of the ‘One China’ rule? Or is China looking to further dominate to region? Could be both.

Trump Conducts ‘Sting Operation’ Against Intelligence Officials (Trevin)

Says he caught briefers leaking information about a classified meeting he told no one about, not even members of his staff.

China’s President Xi Jinping to Attend Davos Forum (Dan)

The World Economic Forum at Davos has been primarily “Western” or “American” led. With isolation movements gaining influence in the West – not to mention the America First policy of Trump – China is possibly looking to fill the void.

LA Valley College Pays $28,000 Hacker Ransom (Jimmy)

The LA Community College District paid the ransom in bitcoin after the campus computer network, emails, and voicemail systems were locked by a virus.

Trump Team to Present Obamacare Replacement (Dan)

Republicans are under pressure to present a replacement to Obamacare before repeal. Trump may have the answer – as long as the repeal happens ‘immediately’.

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EyePyramid – Police arrests two for hacking into emails of politicians, lawyers, entrepreneurs, and masons "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Two Italian siblings have been arrested by Italian Police and they were charged with a long-running cyber espionage campaign.

This is a very intriguing story, two Italian siblings Giulio and Francesca Maria Occhionero gave been arrested by Italian Police and they were charged with a long-running cyber espionage campaign that targeted Italian politicians, lawyers, entrepreneurs, and masons. The president of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi, two former Italian prime ministers, Matteo Renzi and Mario Monti, and also the Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi were victims of the cyber spies.

The suspects used a malware known as EyePyramid, a name that conjures to mind the Masonic symbolism.

Giulio Occhionero is a member of the Grand Orients Masonic lodge, and among the victim of his espionage activity, there are other members of the Italian lodge, including the grand master of Italy.

In all, it appears that more than 18,000 email accounts may have been compromised. Draghi’s ECB account is not thought to have been compromised, and there is no evidence that any ECB account has been compromised.

“There were tens of thousands of email accounts hacked, and among them were accounts belonging to bankers, businessmen and even several cardinals in the Vatican,” Roberto Di Legami, head of the specialized police cyber unit that conducted the investigation, told Reuters.”

The attacker behind the EyePyramid launched spear-phishing campaigns aimed to compromise email accounts of the targeted people, particularly those belonging to attorneys and associates in several law firms.

“Once opened, the malicious attachment, which is actually the aforementioned malware, bootstraps and concludes its loading routine by planting a copy of itself with a pseudo-random name and an .exe extension” wrote TrendMicro.

Which is the motivation?

Difficult to say considering to say that it is still not clear which information was stolen and who accessed it. Data exfiltrated by the EyePyramid malware was sent to servers in the US. The police already seized two servers that acted as Command and Control for the botnet managed by Occhionero. We have to wait forensic investigation of the machine in orde...

01:17

Honeytraps used to infect Israeli soldiers' smartphones with spyware "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Bogus social networking profiles of young, attractive women are being used to trick soldiers into installing malicious spyware on their smartphones.

01:14

Meet Trump's Politburo "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

For your convenience, here's a guide to the working relationships that will guide the Trump presidency:

01:14

Preocupación mundial ante el cambio de época "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Todos los procesos mundiales son cíclicos y la historia de la humanidad siempre estará en constante movimiento, tal es así que la multipolaridad del siglo XX, después de la desintegración de la Unión Soviética, cedió lugar al mundo unipolar bajo…

01:12

Alleged “Moscow Blackmailing”: Trump Slams BuzzFeed as ‘Failing Pile of Garbage,’ Rejects CNN Question Over ‘Fake’ Report "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

President-elect Donald Trump called BuzzFeed a ‘failing pile of garbage’ over the report that Moscow has been blackmailing him over past sex adventures in Russia. He also refused to answer a question from CNN, another outlet that published the report.…

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Trump and Israel: “Close The Open Hand Out Of Love”. Relocate US Embassy to Jerusalem, Unfettered Support for Settlements "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

President-elect Trump’s appointment of David Friedman (known for his support of the settlements) to be the US ambassador to Israel, his appointment of Walid Phares (a Maronite Christian known for his pro-Israel track record and distaste for the Palestinians) as…

01:06

Manifestantes obligan a diputados de Sinaloa a renunciar a vales de gasolina "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

Los diputados de Sinaloa se vieron obligados a renunciar también al apoyo de transporte; implica un ahorro de más de un millón 100 mil pesos al mes.   Regeneración, 12 de enero 2016.- Decenas de personas se unieron a la protesta en contra del gasolinazo y obligaron a los diputados y diputadas de Sinaloa renunciar […]

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01:05

Terry Pratchett, the author for our times "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

io9 has compiled 10 most appropriate Pratchett quotes for those of us feeling a bit unhappy right now. Here’s two I really like..

Commander Vimes didn’t like the phrase “The innocent have nothing to fear,” believing the innocent had everything to fear, mostly from the guilty but in the longer term even more from those who say things like “The innocent have nothing to fear.”

There are, it has been said, two types of people in the world. There are those who, when presented with a glass that is exactly half full, say: this glass is half full. And then there are those who say: this glass is half empty.

The world belongs, however, to those who can look at the glass and say: ‘What’s up with this glass? Excuse me? Excuse me? This is my glass? I don’t think so. My glass was full! And it was a bigger glass! And at the other end of the bar the world is full of the other type of person, who has a broken glass, or a glass that has been carefully knocked over (usually by one of the people calling for a larger glass), or who had no glass at all, because they were at the back of the crowd and had failed to catch the barman’s eye.

They left out the one I’m feeling right now.

If there was anything that depressed him more than his own cynicism, it was that quite often it still wasn’t as cynical as real life.

I bet some of you have a favorite Pratchett quote. Share.

01:04

Users reporting Electronic Arts (EA) servers are doing "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

By Agan Uzunovic

Electronic Arts users are taking their questions on Twitter wondering why they are unable to connect to the servers. The service interruption started about two hours ago and since then users have been reporting the issue to the official support Twitter account of Electronic Arts. In a reply to one of those tweets, the EA support […]

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01:02

Fury at Azaria Verdict is Israel’s Trump Moment "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The United Kingdom has Brexit. The United States, an incoming president Trump. And Israel now has Elor Azaria. It may not have the same ring, but ultimately the turning point could prove as decisive. Two fallacious narratives have greeted the…

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Municipality cleaners find corpse in garbage bin close to police and metro station "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

A municipality cleaner made a creepy finding in the early morning hours of Thursday: the body of a man inside a garbage bin. The body was wrapped in a blanket and a sleeping bag secured with cables and wires. The body was in “advanced state of decomposition”. According to media, […]

01:00

New Linux WiFi Daemon Streamlines Networking Stack "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

If you’ve ever used an embedded Linux development device with wireless networking, you’ve likely benefited from the work of Marcel Holtmann, the maintainer of the BlueZ Bluetooth daemon since 2004, who spoke at an Embedded Linux Conference Europe panel in October.

01:00

Elderly Couple Evicted, Thrown Out On The Street, For Failing To Pay Property Taxes On Their Home "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By The Free Thought Project

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by Claire Bernish

Albion, ME — Maine Governor Paul LePage wants to rewrite the law after becoming incensed at the plight of an elderly, disabled couple — one of whom is a veteran — who were evicted from their home of 33 years because they are too impoverished to pay taxes.

According to the Portland Press Herald, in December 2015, the town of Albion moved to foreclose on the “rundown camp” of National Guard and Marine veteran Richard Sukeforth and his wife, Leonette, when taxes went unpaid.

Then, the town put the couple’s home up for auction — it sold for just $6,500 — and the new owner, Jason Marks, kicked the two 80-year-olds to the curb last week.

LePage is irate — and wants to ensure this can never happen again.

“He’s living in poverty,” he said of Richard in an interview with the Morning Sentinel. “Now, we’re throwing him out on the street. That’s just awful.”

“I’m livid about it,” LePage asserted of the ‘legal’ but seemingly unscrupulous eviction, “and I think we have to have laws to protect our most vulnerable.”

LePage appealed to nonprofit Pine Tree Legal — an advocacy group providing free legal advice for Maine residents with limited income — but, it turns out, the eviction followed the letter of the law.

As the Sentinel reports,

LePage said he thinks it is immoral that a veteran and his sick, bedridden wife, who are at the end of their lives, were kicked out of their home and he is going to fight to ensure the practice is prohibited in the future.

As he explained in the interview,

I’m going to ask for an ombudsman to mediate disputes between communities and taxpayers, not just elderly. I want to change the foreclosure law as it relates to poverty, and one of the thi...

Ten things you need to know about TiSA "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

While global attention has been focused on other trade deals, such as the failed TPP, governments and corporations have been working hard to push through the Trade in Services Agreement” (TiSA).

Negotiations have been shrouded in secrecy but leaked documents show that global services corporations and some governments are using the deal to push a deregulation and privatisation agenda.

A deal could be reached as soon as early 2017. Here’s what you need to know.

1. It's massive, but excludes most low income countries

All 28 EU member states, as well as the United States, Australia and 20 other mostly high income countries* are involved in TiSA negotiations, meaning the deal will cover around 70 per cent of global trade in services.

Emerging economies like Brazil, India, China, Russia, and over 100 developing country WTO members are not included in making the rules, but would be pressured to join later.

2. Negotiations are secret

TiSA negotiations are held behind closed doors, with very little public consultation and no public access to negotiating texts. But ‘corporate advisors’ representing global services companies have access to negotiators to push their deregulation and privatisation agendas.

3. Almost all services will be affected

TiSA could set rules affecting almost all service provision including education, healthcare, transport, water, telecommunications, postal services, aged care, child care, energy, retail and banking services. These are services which many of us use each day. It’s claimed that “public services” are not included in the negotiations but the TiSA definition of what constitutes a public service is very ambiguous.

4. De-regulation is the aim

Instead of reducing tariffs on goods, TiSA aims to reduce government regulation on services, by freezing regulation at current levels and reducing it over time. This suits global services corporations but not peoples’ needs.

Many services require regulation or pu...

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London’s Metropolitan Police Harass; Attempt to Take Advantage of Autistic Cameraman "IndyWatch Feed War"

The following post and accompanying video were shared with the CopBlock Network by Marcus Potter, who has submitted numerous other videos to the CopBlock Network, as well. It was shared via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page.

Date of Incident: July 27, 2016
Officer Involved: Police Constable 5205CO
Department Involved: Metropolitan Police Service
Department Twitter Account: @MPSWestminster
Department Facebook Page: Met Police UK
Department Telephone No.: +44300 123 1212

On the 27th of July 2016, I was crossing a road and waited halfway for a vehicle to pass. Having decided to cross back, I was approached by a police officer, namely PC 5205CO from London’s Metropolitan Police Service who pretended to be concerned for my welfare in an attempt to obtain my name. I refused to provide it, but rather foolishly answered the rest of her questions.

I later made a subject access request to another police force and found that the Metropolitan Police Service had provided details of this encounter to them and read an intelligence report that was generated as a result. This states that officers were later briefed about me and that they wanted to know who I was for intelligence purposes, so that they could link that person (who turned out to be me) with a Marcus Potter (me) who was “known” to be “mentally ill,” have a “hatred for the police and all they stand for,” and pose a threat to police officers and the government.

This I can assure is all bullshit and whilst I do have a criminal record for two petty offenses it in no way demonstrates that. The reasons they have cited for these beliefs have been completely unrelated to the crimes that I was convicted of namely disorderly conduct and sending a malicious communication. It is also interesting to know that I was attacked from behind by PC Lyons 1762CW (warrant number 231593) later that day and the reasons cited to justify the attack was that I was suspected of being a terrorist on the grounds that I was filmin...

01:00

Neil Patrick Harris is Count Olaf. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

After years of chasing a laugh track on How I Met Your Mother, the actor is following roles in Gone Girl and American Horror Story with Netflix’s new Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, based on the classic children’s books. In the new super-stylized series, Harris stars as the villainous Olaf, who becomes the guardian of three orphans solely to abscond with their fortune.

“I’m drawn to puzzles and darkness,” says Harris. “The Alfred Hitchcock–y vibe is something I’ve been into since I was kid, and I loved Gene Wilder’s take on Willy Wonka and Bridge to Terabithia.”

“Playing someone so miserable makes things hard to complain about,” says Harris, who spends two and a half hours having prosthetics applied for the role. “I can ingest my annoyances and use them.”

Going by the trailer, Harris also infuses the role of Count Olaf with humor. A performance to look forward to, along with the rest of the cast.

Via Out.

00:58

Fox News Defends Rival CNN Against Trump "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This writing leads the reader to a Yahoo! article regarding Trump's criticisms of CNN. Could it be Trump is wanting a world without "Free Speech?" The question is, can the reader see the pattern?

00:58

What Should We Expect from the Talks on Syria in Astana? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

At the beginning of March 2017, it will be exactly six years since the beginning of the conflict in Syria. Some journalists even make unfavorable forecasts wondering about the very possibility of reconciliation. Complicated by the foreign intervention on the…

00:57

Military Situation In Iraqi City Of Mosul On January 12, 2017 (Map Update) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Iraqi security forces (ISF) have secured the district of Sumer and besieged the University of Mosul in the eastern part of Mosul in the Iraqi province of Nineveh.

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00:56

Trump a los ojos de China "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Cuando Donald Trump ganó la elección presidencial de Estados Unidos en noviembre, tenía muchos seguidores chinos. Pero la popularidad de Trump desde entonces se desplomó, debido a sus declaraciones -muchas veces vía Twitter- sobre cuestiones controversiales, como Taiwán y el…

00:54

Turkish Lira Spikes Most In A Month As Erdogan Threatens To “Thwart Games” "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Tyler Durden

Having crashed unrelentingly to record lows in the last few weeks, the world’s most volatile currency is surging higher this morning after President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday the Turkish central bank and other banks must thwart games played with the foreign exchange rate, which is being used against the country like a weapon.

Cited by Reuters, the Turkish president said “It’s clear that the speculation on the forex rate has no depth…. Our central bank and other banks must thwart these games.”

Erdogan also added that “The central bank has the necessary tools and ability to take measures on this. I am also calling on the business world, it is time to invest and create jobs,” he said

Finally, he also compared FX traders to terrorists, when quoted by Bloomberg he said, “terrorists with dollars and with weapons have no difference.”

Earlier in the week the central bank made a futile attempt to stop the rot by adjusting its bank reserve ratio by 50bps lower, and said it stood ready to do more if the rout worsened. In December, he helped spur a brief rally in the lira by urging citizens to repatriate their dollar holdings into the local currency. That, too, did not help.

For now, his jawboning has prevented the daily plunge in the Turkish currency.

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00:52

Impending British Parliament Vote on EU-Canada CETA Trade Deal Which Forced Tar Sands on Europe "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

EU-Canada trade deal CETA, like its more well-known ‘evil twin’ deal, TTIP, is a new form of trade deal which targets the removal of social, health and environmental regulations, locks in privatisation of public services and introduces a ‘corporate court’…

00:52

Jon Rappoport: Does Goldman Sachs Own Donald Trump? The Ultimate Quid Pro Quo? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Jon Rappoport

What deal did Donald Trump make with Goldman Sachs?

Wall Street On Parade (January 9) details the boggling Goldman Sachs presence on Trump’s team. My comments will follow the list of names.

Read full post with list of names and analysis.

Phi Beta Iota: One reason Donald Trump may have chosen not to divest himself of his “empire” is that it is not an empire at all, but a massive ponzi scheme rooted in very large loans from very large banks. The absolute last thing Trump wants is for the world to see him as less than a mega billionaire — not the $10B he claims, not the $5B Bloomberg estimates, but perhaps $1B or even less. Loans are leverage. The dirty little secret here that Jon Rappoport focuses on is that Goldman Sachs owns Donald Trump. Having said that, we also believe that Donald is extremely clever and very independent — given time (and the right advisors) he could “flip” this relationship in constructive ways.

See Also:

Trump @ Phi Beta Iota

Goldman Sachs @ Phi Beta Iota

00:52

Aumentaron arbitrariamente de 8 a 10 pesos pasaje en Edomex "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

Transportistas del Estado de México aplicaron el gasolinazo a sus usuarios sin que la autoridad lo haya regulado, mientras el secretario de Movilidad mexiquense busca una candidatura independiente al gobierno del estado.   Regeneración, 12 de enero de 2017.- Luego del incremento en las tarifas de los combustibles el 1 de enero pasado, concesionarios del […]

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00:52

New Jersey State Legislature Considers Open Data Initiative "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The New Jersey State Legislature is considering an act to make state government data freely available online. Enacting similar policies in government everywhere has long been a cherished goal of Open Data advocates. Having free and easy access to reliable data is a boon to software entrepreneurs and app creators.

The text of the Act begins:

1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "New Jersey Open Data Initiative."

2. The Legislature finds and declares:

a. In recent years, the idea that certain data should be freely available to everyone to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions from copyright, patents, or other mechanisms of control, has become prevalent;

b. This concept, which is generally referred to as open data, applies to data generated by government departments and agencies, some of which may already be public and available electronically;

c. It is in the interest of this State to increase public awareness and access to data and information created by and available from State departments and agencies, enhance government transparency and accountability, encourage public engagement, and stimulate innovation with the development of new analyses or applications based on the unique data provided by the State;

d. A significant benefit of open data is that it can spur economic development, as it enables private–sector companies to build upon such data to produce innovative and creative items and services that benefit society;

e. The intent of this act is to require the State to conduct a multi-year, multi-phased open data initiative program;

f. The intention is not to impede or delay the ongoing efforts of State government to move data online, nor to limit or expand a person's ability to access a public record; and

g. This act would protect the State from any liability for making open data available to the public, except in the case of gross negligence, willful and wanton misconduct, or intentional misconduct.


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00:49

Trump Straight Talk, Calling CNN “Fake News” "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

CNN operated as the Clinton News Network throughout the political season, delivering one-sided election coverage, press agent journalism, not the real thing. At his Wednesday news conference, Trump justifiably blasted the network as “fake news,” a “terrible” organization, refusing to…

00:45

Dangers of Genetically Modified Corn: New 90-Day Rat Study Destroys Corporate GMO Propaganda "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

GM proponents who constantly drone on with untrue claims that the science has clearly demonstrated GMOs as safe were dealt yet another blow shortly before Thanksgiving this past year. This is because yet another study has been published demonstrating the…

00:44

Soros Lost $1 Billion Following Trump Election "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Tyler Durden

While Carl Icahn infamously made a killing following the “surprise” Trump election, another prominent hedge fund manager was not nearly as lucky. According to the WSJ, “George Soros lost nearly $1 billion as a result of the stock-market rally spurred by Donald Trump’s surprise presidential election.”

As discussed in 2016, Soros returned to trading at Soros Fund Management LLC, which manages $30 billion for the Soros and his family. At the time, “Soros was cautious about the market going into November and became more bearish immediately after Mr. Trump’s election, according to people close to the matter.” In retrospect, that clearly proved a mistake as the market rallied on expectations that Trump’s policies will boost corporate earnings and the overall economy, even if such expectations may end up being premature. To be sure, Soros wasn’t alone as many other experts had predicted a tumble for stocks in the wake of the election, but instead the Dow Jones Industrial Average has climbed 9.3%.

As a result, the WSJ reports that Soros incurred losses approaching $1 billion. Mr. Soros adjusted his positions and exited many of his bearish bets late last year, avoiding further losses, the people added.

The broader portfolio held by Mr. Soros’s firm performed better, posting profits before and after the election from long-held investments in sectors including financials and industrials, according to people familiar with the firm. Those gains helped Soros Fund Management gain about 5% on the year.

Meanwhile, Soros’ former protege, Stanley Druckenmiller, who publicly changed his dour outlook on the economy following the Trump election which he said would prove positive for stocks and the economy, did far better, “and racked up sizable gains, according to people close to the matter...

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