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Monday, 13 February


Damaging earthquake swarm hits Western Turkey "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A series of shallow and damaging earthquakes are shaking the tip of the Biga Peninsula in Western Turkey this month. The sequence includes four damaging M5+ earthquakes in which over 350 buildings sustained extensive damage. The quakes are occurring at the...... Read more

Gute Nachrichten: Ich bin wieder in Europa. Ich glaube, ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Gute Nachrichten: Ich bin wieder in Europa. Ich glaube, angesichts der Trump-Aktivitten war das auch erstmal meine letzte USA-Geschftsreise. Was fr ein Gruselkabinett.

Will Andrew Jackson Trump Embody the Bannon Doctrine? (Pepe Escobar ) "IndyWatch Feed World"

12/02/2017 - Amidst the deep recesses of Trumpology the new discipline crammed with experts trying to decode the new American presidency it has become fashionable to deride Chief White ...

The Empire Files: Inside the Hotbeds of Israeli Settler Terror (Abby Martin) "IndyWatch Feed World"

12/02/2017 - Abby Martin goes on-the-ground to the epicenters of state-backed settler terrorism in Palestines West Bank, in Part II of her report on illegal Israeli settlements and home demolitions. This ...


Jeers, Sneers and Pants On Fire. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A person shouts to Rep. Jason Chaffetz during his town hall meeting at Brighton High School on Thursday. CREDIT: AP Photo/Rick Bowmer.

A person shouts to Rep. Jason Chaffetz during his town hall meeting at Brighton High School on Thursday. CREDIT: AP Photo/Rick Bowmer.

The GOP is getting desperate in the face of their constituents, who will not stop protesting, showing up, and demanding answers. The reek of cowardly ordure emanating from repubs is overwhelming at this point, and they are saying the first thing that pops into their vacuous heads in an attempt to make everyone shut up and go away, including the resurrection of the infamous lie about death panels. Yep. There are two stories here, well start with Utah, and Rep. Jason Chaffetz.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) says paid protesters were among the thousand-plus people who gave him a raucous, negative reception at a town hall in Salt Lake City on Thursday. The crowd chanted shame! and do your job.

It was more of a paid attempt to bully and intimidate than a reflection of the feelings of his constituents, Chaffetz told the Deseret News. But reporters who were at the event and interviewed attendees say they found no evidence anybody was paid to be there.

No, they wouldnt, because the paid protesters nonsense is nothing more than a lie, and attempt to justify stupid and harmful actions along with evading questions about said actions.

Utah state Rep. Marie Poulson (D-Cottonwood Heights) represents the area around the high school where the town hall was held. She told the Deseret News she believes almost all the protesters were local.



ENERGY: Ethanol Breakthrough at Oak Ridge "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Team at Oak Ridge National Laboratory accidentally discovered nano-method to convert CO2 to ethanol.


Randi & Lily, For The Good Of Unions, Please Step Down "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Steven Singer in Gadfly On The Wall. Unions are facing hard times. We are under attack by the new fascist wing of the Republican party. So-called right to work laws are being drafted at the national level to strip us of our rights and transform us into the factory slaves of The Gilded Age. New court challenges at the state and federal level could make it next to impossible to collect dues without allowing countless free riders. And in the mass media criticism of teacher tenure is mounting despite widespread ignorance of what it even means. More than ever we need to be united in our efforts to fight the forces of regression and tyranny. We need each other to protect our public schools and our students from those who would do them harm. But the biggest obstacle to doing that isnt Donald Trump. Nor is it Mike Pence, Steve Bannon or even Betsy DeVos. It is you. Both of you.


#NoDAPL Begins Week Of Actions "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Staff for #NoDAPL Solidarity Team. As you know, The Department of the Army has granted the final easement permit that is needed to complete the Dakota Access Pipeline! Drilling has begun! We need you now! We are calling all able bodied, prepared Water Protectors to the frontlines! Come to camp prepared! The conditions are hazardous and North Dakota State Legislature is passing laws that target Water Protectors! Be prepared for these conditions. Several contingents of US Veterans are on their way back to camp. Join us! We need you now! This is our last stand! Lastly, the NoDAPL Global Solidarity Campaign currently share access to our website, mailchimp, Zoom and Maestro systems with other amazing organizations.


So SAD! Young Man Gets Stuck With His Bike In Gutter Following A Horrible Truck Accident (Pics) "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

It was such an extremely SAD sight to behold after a man was trapped in the gutter with his bike, following a horrible truck accident, which claimed one of his legs.
According to eyewitnesses, the terrible incident which happened in Sokoto road along Kano round-about, Zaria, Kaduna state, made residents of the area to mobilize themselves to save Bukhari Ahmed, who was badly injured.. More pics..


Transcript: Opening debate on 'The Big Questions', 12 Feb 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

NICKY CAMPBELL: On Tuesday, Mrs May held talks at Downing Street with her opposite number in Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu. Increasing trade and investment with Israel was high on the agenda. The day before, the Knesset, Israel's parliament, passed a bill legalising settlements on privately owned Palestinian land on the West Bank, in direct contradiction of a UN Security Council Resolution. Mrs May was clear that Britain opposes settlement activity and believes the two-state solution is the best way to bring peace to the region. Should we trade with Israel now the settlements have been recognised? Well, I've been doing debates on this issue for 30 years now. And it's never that quiet. It's very, very impassioned on both sides. We shall attempt to proceed in a civilised direction. Now, Ryvka from War on Want, many would say, "Are you serious? Come on! We've had trade deals with Saudi Arabia, with China, with Russia, with the United Arab Emirates, some of the worst human rights abusers on the planet - none of them a democracy like Israel is. How can you possibly justify this?"
RYVKA BARNARD (War on Want): Well, I think there's a major issue with the UK. The UK should be putting human rights and international law at the centre of all of its trade negotiations with all countries. 
NICKY CAMPBELL (interrupting): Should we stop trading with all those countries? 
RYVKA BARNARD: I think it's a question to be brought up. I think we can't talk about trade without talking about human rights and international law. That's why it's important for the UK to take action right now, move beyond words and suspend its trade relations with Israel because of its systematic violations of international law. 
NICKY CAMPBELL (interrupting): If we stop trading with countries with human rights abuses, at a time when we need friends, we'd go out of business.



Stone: Declassify All Secret Documents On Ukraine Conflict "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Alex Christoforou for The Duran. The Obama Administration, with the help of the CIA and main stream media, cleverly diluted the fact they they violently overthrew the democratically elected government in Ukraine, and encouraged the illegal, putsch government to attack its own citizens in the east of the country. Oliver Stone was never fooled by Obamas Ukraine game, which resulted in the former POTUS getting outplayed in Crimea by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Oliver Stone is now urging US President Donald Trump to make public any secret documents he has in his possession on the origins of Obamas conflict in Ukraine.


Why won't march to unite all movements include peace? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Will you stand for peace? Petition to the organizers of the April 29 People's Climate March


6 Ways To Start Your Own Personal Revolution "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Luke Miller Truth Theory

We live in a world where we often pass the buck when it comes to responsibility, especially when that responsibility comes at the cost of changing our behaviour. However it is very possible for us to change part of the external world we live in by simply changing our inner world. This is how we create our own personal revolution.

The analogy I like to use for this is that we are all light bulbs, we all have the ability to shine bright, the problem is we are often surrounded by other bulbs that are not shining. When we switch on our light, not only do we realise we have the ability to shine bright, but those around us also realise that they have the ability to shine full beam. We all have this in us it is just a question of activating our light.

There are many ways we can be that shining light in a world full of dormant bulbs here are 6 ways-

Love Unconditionally

You can always share things with people, the paradox here is it can often be hard to share your feelings with those you love, however we always have that inner ability to do so. Tell someone they are beautiful without conditions. Smile at someone when you pass them in the street. Love everyone without expecting them to do so in return, because when you do- all that is love gravitates to you and this allows others to do the same.

Spend Ethically...


Strictly come Israel-bashing "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Its hard to blog about the BBCs bias without straying from the narrow remit of the BBCs bias and gravitating to the bias of the interviewees and participants in programmes like TBQs and Andrew Marrs Sunday morning annoyingfest.

Im going to use the anti-Nigel Farage manoeuvre to say that I dont see why we have to see so much of Rachel Shabi on our screens. Shes shrill, biased and irritating. (Maybe thats why?)

Laura Perrins (and Kathy Gyngell) must have invented some kind of skin-toughening technique as theyre always going to be in a minority on the BBC, and will have to be subjected to boos and heckles, and endure the subsequent fall-out on social media. But someones got to do it, and luckily for those of us who want to hear the other side of the story, the BBC is marginally more interested in creating theatre than total consensus. 

You can tell how this plays out in the way they frame TBQs. For starters, todays Big Question about Israel . Should the UK Trade with Israel now settlements are recognised? is as imprecise as it is inflammatory. What do they mean Now settlements are recognised? Well, the term settlements is almost enough on its own, even without the are recognised bit. Red rag to a bull, especially when the bull consists of the average panel, the average TBQs audience and yer common or garden average  BBC viewer. 
My guess is that the BBC saw the controversial (in Israel too) new bill to retroactively legalise settler homes built on privately owned Palestinian land as an ideal excuse to do a bit of Israel- bashing. 

Never mind, this is the BBC and we know what to expect. Our loins are girded and our breath bated.
If were sticking strictly to the BBCs bias, we have to confine ourselves to what Nicky Campbell did or did not say, and how he chaired the debate. I imagine he must have given a stern warning to the...


Immigrants, Allies Denounce First Round Of Deportations "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Mark Hand for DC Media Group. Hundreds of people showed up at the White House on Feb. 11 to denounce the Trump administrations series of raids in recent days that targeted undocumented immigrants across the country, including in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York. Among the hundreds of people arrested in the raids were many with no criminal records. As part of President Donald Trumps shock-and-awe policy strategy during his first three weeks in office, the raids by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are creating uncertainty and fear in immigrant communities. Through traffic checkpoints and raids on peoples homes and workplaces, ICE agents, in collaboration with local police forces in some cases, have detained hundreds of people, including 200 immigrants in Georgia, 160 in Los Angeles and 44 in Austin, Texas.


CNN Caught Reminding Objective Audience Members What Debate Questions to Ask "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

cnnA recently surfaced photo purports to show the questions given to presidential candidates during town halls were pre-selected by CNN.


Federal Government Of Nigeria Recovers Another $151M, As Whistle-Blower 'Blows Whistle'- Lai Mohammed "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Federal Government said it recovered another 151 million dollars and N8 billion looted funds from three sources through whistleblowers.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed disclosed this in a statement issued on Sunday in Lagos.

Mohammed sad actionable information given by whistle-blowers to the office of the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation led to the recovery of the looted fund.

He said the looted funds do not include the 9.2 million dollars in cash allegedly owned by a former Group Managing Director of the NNPC, also a dividend of the whistle-blower policy.

   ''The biggest amount of 136.7 million dollars was recovered from an account in a commercial bank, where the money was kept under an apparently fake account name.

   ''This was followed by N7 billion and 15 million dollars from another person and N1 billion from yet another.'' He said.

The minister reiterated the position of government that there was a primitive and mindless looting of the national treasury under the last administration.

He said the whistle-blower policy has started yielding fruit, few months after its adoption by the government.

   ''The whistle-blower policy is barely two months old and Nigerians have started feeling its impact, how a few people squirrelled away public funds.

   ''It is doubtful if any economy in the world will not feel the impact of such mind-boggling looting of the treasury as was experienced in Nigeria.

   ''Yet whatever has been recovered so far, including the 9.2 million dollars by the EFCC, is just a tip of the iceberg.'' He said.

The minister appealed to Nigerians with useful information on looted funds to continue to provide the authorities with such information, saying confidentiality will be maintained with regards to the source of the


New Movement Begins: Open Source Food, Nutrition & Supplement Industries "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Jefferey Jaxen via Collective Evolution

The next wave of the food, supplement and nutrition market is upon us with little fanfare. Perhaps because the age of information we are in has once again caught the public and market by surprise with its rapid pace.

The idea of health supplements is nothing new, however the market has become lazy. Consumers settled for the status quo and companies were happy to take a back seat to meet that demand. However, all are in for a rude awakening. Garden of life and Subway just received their warning shot, and in doing so a revolution was quietly started. No longer will the informed public trust hype, social media marketing pushes, celebrity endorsement, or promises of meaningless words like natural. What is needed are truer, more honest products that place integrity and transparency above all other aspects.

We are witnessing the beginning of an open source food, nutrition and supplement movement. Open source being defined as having universal access to a products design or blueprint. This runs opposite of the dominant trend of centralized, elusive practices that are constantly seen. For example, when Whole Foods was pressed to go GMO free, they released a statement saying that such a goal...


Cop Admits to to Sex with Underage Teen, Giving Her Booze, Has Charges Erased "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

justiceIn spite of a massive case against him, and his own admissions, a California cop will face no consequences for paying for sex with and underage teen.

Citizen Lab 2016 Report highlights and year in review "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

This post is a summary of six major research reports released by the Citizen Lab in 2016 which received substantial national and international media coverage.

Citizen Lab researchers published in August a report titled Million Dollar Dissident: NSO Groups iPhone Zero-Days used against a UAE Human Rights Defender. This report investigated malware exploits sent to internationally recognized, UAE-based human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor. Mansoor received SMS text messages on his iPhone promising new secrets about detainees tortured in UAE jails if he clicked on an included link. Instead of clicking, Mansoor sent the messages to Citizen Lab researchers, who recognized the links as belonging to an exploit infrastructure connected to NSO Group, an Israel-based cyber war company that sells Pegasus, a government-exclusive lawful intercept spyware product.  NSO Group is reportedly owned by an American venture capital firm, Francisco Partners Management. If infected, Mansoors phone would have become a digital spy in his pocket, capable of employing his iPhones camera and microphone to snoop on activity in the vicinity of the device, recording his WhatsApp and Viber calls, logging messages sent in mobile chat apps, and tracking his movements.  Apple immediately released security updates that patched the vulnerabilities identified in the report. Read Citizen Lab Director Ron Deiberts blog post on this report.

Group 5: Syria and the Iranian Connection, another report also released in August, described an elaborately staged malware operation with targets in the Syrian opposition. We named the operator Group5, and suspect they have not been previously reported. Group5 used just enough technical sophistication, combined with social engineering, to target computers and mobile phones of well-connected individuals in the Syrian opposition with malware. The report was covered in an exclusive release with the Associated Press, and Director Ron Deibert offered further comment in a blog post.

In another study, researchers discovered the presence of malware attacks coordinated by a sophisticated operator against Emirati journalists, activists, and dissidents. The software, dubbed Stealth Falcon by Citizen Lab researchers, was explored in the report titled Keep Calm and (Dont) Enable Macros: A New Threat Actor Targets UAE Dissidents....


VibroContraPea, gana a VibraMxico en Twitter "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

En la guerra de hashtags y de posturas sobre la marcha de hoy, #VibroContraPea lleva la delantera, al menos en Twitter.   Regeneracin, 12 de febrero de 2017. Luego de una semana de dimes y diretes, de confirmaciones y rechazos de la marcha de este domingo, la etiqueta #VibroContraPea tom la delantera, horas antes de []

El post VibroContraPea, gana a VibraMxico en Twitter apareci primero en Regeneracin.


A Fishy New Deal "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

With all of the craziness the Trump administration is throwing at us, there is always a chance that a major story is going to slip through the cracks. Like this one: Remember when Donald Trump stood next to piles of (likely empty) folders and pretended that he would take any number of steps to separate himself from his business interests? His attorney even promised that to prevent further conflicts, the Trump Organization wouldnt do any new international deals.

Well, it now appears that the concept of existing deals can be stretched to an extreme, and include revival of just about any old, dead deal, regardless of prior form.

Such A Deal I Have For You! The AP reports on the negotiations to revive one such deal that the Trump Organization is involved in: licensing its name to a project that aims to sell 68 ultra luxury lots and other properties at Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.  

The Lebanese-Dominican Hazoury familys company, Cap Cana S.A., financed a fair portion of the project, in the form of bonds. They reportedly accepted auction bids for most of the lots, but the project tanked when the global investment market crashed in 2007-2008, leaving unhappy bondholders after multiple defaults and empty lot owners. Many blame the Hazourys for misappropriation of funds and mismanagement of the project.  

The Trumps later sued the business and its principal backers and reportedly received a substantial portion of the initial license fees in settlement in 2013. The Trumps exited, taking back the rights to their name on the project at the time of settlement.  

The project remains in disarray, with many lots now reverting to jungle, but time seems to heal all wounds for the Hazourys and their project. Charges of illegality and corruption lodged against the developers with Dominican officials are pending (Spanish language source ...


Patience Jonathan Set To Run For The Senate In 2019?? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Duno how true this is though, but reports says, the immediate past First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, will run for the Senate in 2019.

Patience Jonathan is the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, who was defeated by President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2015 General Election.

Dame Patience Jonathan will be representing Rivers East Senatorial District in Rivers State if elected in 2019.


Nasa quiere buscar vida en Europa, satlite de Jpiter "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

Un reporte publicado por la NASA describe la serie de objetivos de la misin propuesta para buscar vida en Europa, el satlite con ocano de Jpiter.  El objetivo principal de esta misin, dice el reporte, es buscar directamente evidencia de vida. Europa ha sido un objetivo primario en la bsqueda de vida extraterrestre desde mediados []

El post Nasa quiere buscar vida en Europa, satlite de Jpiter apareci primero en Regeneracin.


...from both sides "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

In the interests of ITBB impartiality, I must note that all the 'BBC bias' hashtags on Twitter today are absolutely chock-a-block with links to an article on a left-wing site called Evolve Politics ('Truly Independent News and Media for the Awakened Generation') headlined Report reveals biased BBC has high dependency on the Conservatives for statistics.

When you click on it and look into the report, it turns out to be one from last October (so nothing new) from the BBC itself - the BBC Trust's impartiality report into the BBC's use of statistics, and the figure which is provoking such feverish twittering comes from Cardiff University's media department (the one stuffed with far-left activists and ex-BBC bigwigs) - the very people who 'found', statistically, that the BBC is right-wing and anti-EU a few years back on a very small sample.

The statistical point is that nearly three quarters (73%) of the BBC's use of statistical references from party politicians come from the Conservatives, which Cardiff University concludes shows a high dependence on the governing party.

The phrase "high dependency on the Conservatives" is being tweeted far and wide (often with an accompanying photo of a sour-looking Laura Kuenssberg).  

Of course, it would be good to know (and I can't find it anywhere) what percentage of statistical references from party politicians came from the Labour Party when they were in power. Would it have been similar, or less, or more? That would put this statistic into context. Is that just something that happens regardless of who's in power, simply because they're the government? Or is...


Happy Darwin Day, unofficially! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"


Hey, like, do you remember when congress proposed to recognize Darwin Day, officially, years ago? Yeah, its been kind of bouncing around for a long time. Didnt pass.

Hey, also, remember when Congressman Paul Broun of Georgia, a member of the House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology, said a few words about that Darwin stuff?

Gods word is true. Ive come to understand that. All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the big bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of Hell.

Heh. Good times, good times. Hey, didja know this kind of bill has been proposed over and over again, and always dies in that same Committee on Science, Space and Technology? The one that is currently chaired by Lamar Smith, with luminaries like Dana Rohrabacher on board? I wonder how that happens.

Last month, another Darwin Day bill was shuffled off to that committee. How do you think it will fare?

Oh, well, we shall celebrate evolutionary biology in our hearts. Or on YouTube Ill be going live here around noon to play Ask an Evolutionist for a while, as promised.


ISIS Offers $1M Reward For Death Of Politics Student And Human Rights Fighter "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

ISIS social media channels have offered a 1 million dollar reward for the death of Joanna Palani, a Kurdish-Danish currently facing trial in Copenhagen for violating a travel ban.

Palani first left Denmark in 2014 after dropping out of university, when she traveled to Syria to fight for the Peoples Protection Unit (YPG). She then went on to join the Peshmerga forces in Iraq, the Kurdish Regional Governments Western-backed army, after becoming inspired to fight for womens rights, for democracy  for the European values I learned as a Danish girl.

As a consequence, Palani was issued with a year-long travel ban and had her passport confiscated by police and Danish intelligence agency PET. Palani is the first foreign fighter to be jailed under new passport laws, and if found guilty of violating the ban, could face up to six months in prison.

How can I pose a threat to Denmark and other countries by being a soldier in an official army that Denmark trains and supports directly in the fight aga...


Dwarf planet Pluto "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

A revolutionary new concept for a fusion powered rocket could not only deliver an orbiter to Pluto but a lander too!

This video represents a research study within the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program. NIAC is a visionary and far-reaching aerospace program, one that has the potential to create breakthrough technologies for possible future space missions. However, such early stage technology development may never become actual NASA missions. For more information about NIAC, visit:


3D Printed Rockets are a Gas "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Weve probably all made matchstick rockets as kids. And around here anything that even vaguely looks like a rocket will get some imaginary flight time. But [austiwawa] is making some really cool 3D printed rockets that use common CO2 cartridges as a propellant. You can see them in action in the video below.

You might think just sticking a CO2 cylinder in a 3D printed jacket isnt such a big deal, but [austiwawa] really went the extra mile. He read up on how to make the rocket stable (by manipulating the center of gravity versus the center of pressure) and explains what he had to do to get the rockets flying like youd expect.

In addition, the launch tube is pretty interesting. A 3D printed part holds a sharp point and a spring. You lock the spring and when released it punches a clean hole in the propellant casing. The actual tube is a long piece of PVC pipe. From the video, it looks like these little rockets fly pretty high.

Judging from the video, the rocket body and launcher came from TinkerCAD. The way [austiwawa] put the fins on was both simple and clever.

Of course, you could also use Coke and propane, if you like. Weve also seen some pretty cool setups with compressed air. Check out the rockets in action after the break,

Filed under: 3d Printer hacks


28Years Old Nigerian Drug Dealer Nabbed In India (Pic) "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A drug trafficking gang has been busted by Delhis Police... Among the traffickers is a Nigerian drug dealer!!

According to HinduNewpaper, as much as 170 grams of cocaine and 590 grams of fine-quality heroin estimated to be worth a consolidated amount of 2 crore, about $320,000 in the underground drug market were seized from the accused identified as Uchenna (28), from Nigeria, Indian Ajay (33) and his associate, Naresh Kumar, (39), from Mohan Garden in west Delhis Uttam Nagar.

Ravindra Yadav, joint Commissioner of Police (crime) disclosed that Uchenna was arrested after a trap was laid for him near a local taxi stand at Dwarka Mor between 2 p.m and 3 p.m on Saturday.

In the second incident, a tip-off led a Crime Branch team to Ajay and Naresh Kumar from near the local TVS Bajaj showroom on the Mor road leading towards Vikas Nagar.

The duo were apprehended and 260 grams of fine quality heroin was seized from Ajay. The heroin is roughly worth 50 lakh in the international market, according to the police.


Guys Checkout The List Of Artistes And Presenters For The 59Th Annual Grammy Awards Tonight "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

It's Grammy Awards baby, *winks*. Tonight, the biggest music award celebration will be held and James Corden will be hosting the event tagged 'Music's Biggest Night'.

However, James is not alone in this as he will be joined by artistes who will be performing tributes to late music icons Prince and George Michael.

Bruno Mars will also be returning to the Grammy stage, with the best in country, hip-hop, pop, and rock also taking the stage.

Artistes that will be performing at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards tonight include;

Kelsea Ballerini
William Bell and Gary Clark Jr
Chance The Rapper and Kirk Franklin
Cynthia Erivo and John Legend for a special In Memoriam tribute performance
Lady Gaga and Metallica
Little Big Town
Demi Lovato with Andra Day and Tori Kelly celebrating the music of the Bee Gees and the 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Fever
Lukas Graham
Bruno Mars
Maren Morris and Alicia Keys
Anderson Paak and A Tribe Called Quest
Katy Perry
Sturgill Simpson
Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban
The Weeknd with Daft Punk 

While the award presenters are;

Camila Cabello
The Chainsmokers
Kelly Clarkson
Laverne Cox
Jason Derulo
Celine Dion
DNCE Halsey
Taraji P. Henson
Paris Jackson
Nick Jonas


Ejrcito ucraniano irrumpe y saquea casas en Donbass "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Fuerzas armadas ucranianas irrumpen y saquean casas en el Donbass (Este de Ucrania), segn denuncia la Polica de la Repblica


Top 5 Hackers Arrested by Authorities in 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Here Are The Top 5 Hackers Arrested in 2016

Hacker was a term used to denote a skilled programmer who had competency in machine code and operating systems. Such individuals were proficient in solving unsatisfactory problems and often interpreted competitors code to work as intelligence agents for small software companies. However, over a period of time, hacking has a more negative implication, as black hat hackers have caused irreparable damage by breaking into secure networks to destroy, modify, or steal data; or to make the network unusable for those who are authorized to use the network. They also sell information about the security holes, zero-day vulnerabilities, and exploits to other criminals for them to use.

As a result, in order to try and bring cybe...


I Was Literally Surrounded By Them When I Was 14 Corey Feldman Exposes Hollywood Pedophilia "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Arjun Walia via Collective Evolution

For those who havent already heard, Corey Feldman (arguably the biggest child actor of the 80s) went public about being sexually abused by Hollywood moguls many times over the course of his childhood. He describes how he and fellow former child star Corey Haim were constantly fed drugs and taken advantage of. Feldman started speaking out after the death of his friend, explaining that the trauma Haim experienced as a child played a large role in his death.

This isnt the first time an actor or actress has come out; Allison Arngrim, the former Little House on the Prairie star, also wrote about her own experiences in the book Confessions of a Prairie Bitch, revealing how she was abused multiple times.

Sex abuse charges have been laid many times against Hollywood employees. Martin Weiss is one of them, a 47-year-old Hollywood manager who represented several child actors. Another one is Jason James Murphy, 35, a casting agent who frequently worked with young clients.

On a personal note, based on everything I have looked at over the years I have no doubt in my mind that Hollywood is filled with pedophiles and occultists. The same group of corporations that own Hollywood also own major oil, energy, pharmaceutical companies, and more. This group controls the entire military industrial complex, including Hollywood. You can read more about that here, in an article which examines one major shareholder of the few corporations that control the entertainment industry, among others as mentioned above.

Id also like to mention that Randy Quaid went on record saying that there are a group of star whackers  in Hollywood. He said that actors...


Solve Security-Enhanced Linux Issues With Ease Using SELinux Alert Browser "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Jack Wallen asks via TechRepublic

Has SELinux got you down by blocking your apps or causing general havoc? Instead of disabling it, discover how to use the SELinux Alert Browser to solve those problems.

If you're using a Linux distribution that takes advantage of SELinux, such as CentOS, Red Hat, Fedora, or SUSE, you know it can be a blessing and a curse. While SELinux is an incredibly powerful tool that goes a very long way to keep your Linux-powered machines secure, it can be a nightmare to configure. Fortunately, there is a tool called SELinux Alert Browser that can ease those troubles.

With SELinux Alert Browser, you can get quick solutions when SELinux is causing you issues. In fact, you'd be hard-pressed to find an easier route to solving your SELinux-based headaches.

[...] The Troubleshoot button will reveal possible actions you can take to resolve your issue. In some cases sealert will instruct you how to have SELinux stop auditing the issue; in other cases sealert will show how to generate a new policy module that allows an object (such as xenconsoled) access to a resource.

When SELinux Alert Browser makes suggestions, they will be in the form of commands you can run to solve the problem. If you agree with the suggestion offered by sealert, go back to the Terminal window and issue the suggested command(s). Hopefully, your issue will be resolved. If you're unsure that access should be allowed, I highly recommend doing research before issuing the suggested command(s).

Any Soylentils ever get so fed up with SELinux that you just disabled it? Think this might have avoided that?

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Oh, how the mighty hath fallen. Going by the old testament, or the apocrypha, which was cut in the final edit, Jehovah was very much what one could call an interventionist god, even if that isnt terribly accurate. Jehovah got bored a lot, and had many temper tantrums or warped whims, so any situation it bothered to intervene in was one it had caused in the first place. According to Todd Starnes, Jehovah has once again been busy with intervention:

I would not discount the power of what Franklin Graham did, Starnes said. He did not endorse, but what he did do in 2016 was stage massive prayer gatherings at every single state capital in the country. And I believe that we experienced divine intervention last November and I believe that God was giving us a second chance. So weve been given a second chance and Christians, weve got to stand up and weve got to get it right.

Huh. Thats not much in the godly intervention stakes, is it? Especially when the reality of the whole sorry mess is right there, plain to see. But no, it must be Jehovah, must! Well, even if you believed such nonsense, its quite the sad and sorry show for the god who ran rampant and drenched in blood in the old days. As the Tiny Dictator would say, Loser!

Going by Lance Wallnau, Jehovah is up to a slightly more impressive intervention, by making Trump an exorcist.

Wallnau said he knows the real reason that millions of people marched against the new president the day after the inauguration: Upon taking office, Trump evicted an evil spirit of witchcraft from the White House, causing that demonic spirit to go out into the general population.

What I believe is happening is there was a deliverance of the nation from the spirit of witchcraft in the Oval Office, he said. The spirit of witchcraft was in the Oval Office, it was about to intensify to a higher level demon principality, and God came along with a wrecking ball [Trump] and shocked everyone, the church cried out for mercy and bamGod knocked that spirit out, and what youre looking at is the manifestation of an enraged demon through the spirit....


CIA grants terrorism medal to Saudi Crown Prince "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

No government of any other Muslim-majority country even comes close to Saudi Arabia when it comes to terrorism. Yet the CIA gives these guys medals. What's up with that?


Government-Approved Transphobia (or Things Keep Going Backwards) "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Trump Drops Defense of Obama Guidelines on Transgender Students

The Trump administration has dropped the federal governments challenge to a nationwide injunction issued last year that blocked the fulfillment of Obama administration guidelines stating that transgender students access to bathrooms and other gender-segregated school facilities was protected under existing federal civil rights law.

The injunction was issued in August by Judge Reed OConnor of the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Texas as part of a lawsuit filed by more than a dozen states over the Obama administrations position that Title IX, the federal law that bans sex discrimination in schools, protects transgender students.

Under that interpretation, transgender students have access to facilities like bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their gender identity, a proposition to which social conservatives strongly object. They argue that allowing transgender students to use those facilities poses a threat to the privacy and safety of other students.

No. The only threat posed is to transgender students, and they way to assuage that is to allow them to use the fucking bathrooms that correspond with their fucking gender identity. This isnt hard

The rolling back of rights fought hard for continues. Its not hard to figure out whos next. Cheeto Hitler and his Nazi Government* are going to take us back to the 1700s in terms of civil rights.

As usual, we have to fight this. We cannot allow the administration to get away with this. Call, write, email, and fax your senators and representatives. Protest. Sign petitions. Donate time and/or money. This is just going to get worse.

*Yes, I did actually write that. It isnt a mistake. And you can keep your whining about hyperbole to yourself, thanks. Godwin can go fuck himself sideways into the ocean with a cactus.


Cops Justified for Going to Wrong House and Shooting Innocent Grandpa "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

intrudersAn innocent 76-year-old man was shot in his own home by two intruders who will not face any consequences because they are police officers.


Evacan aeropuerto de Hamburgo por supuesto veneno en aire acondicionado "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

Este domingo el aeropuerto de Hamburgo fue evacuado luego de que varias personas presentaran problemas respiratorios por un supuesto veneno en el aire acondicionado. Regeneracin, 12 de febrero de 2017.-Cerca de 50 personas resultaron afectadas, presentaron ardor en los ojos y problemas respiratorios. Los afectados se encontraban en la zona de control de identidad y []

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Seattle City Council Pulls Out Of A $3 Billion Investment For The Dakota Access Pipeline "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Jess Murray Truth Theory

A decision has been made by a committee of the Seattle City Council after vote results favoured a divestment of $3 billion of city money from Wells Fargo, following the banks role in the construction of the recently reinstated building of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

According to a record by the Seattle Times, council members Kshama Sawant and Tim Burgess co-sponsored the bill. At the time that the bill was being heard before the Affordable Housing, Neighborhoods and Finance Committee, pipeline opposition activists were gathered outside in protest against the building of the pipeline. Huge campaigns and public pressure to divest from the banks that are contributing to the building of the pipeline is what led to the preliminary hearing.

Energy Transfer Partners was forced to stop the construction of the pipeline when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers stated that a full environmental impact assessment must first be carried out. The halting of the project was seen as a small victory and was expected to last quite a while, whilst officials assessed the safety of the Dakota Access undercutting...


Recommended reading "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Daphne takes in Silent Witness, a BBC Travel piece (that we licence fee-paying Brits can't read), and John Sweeney's sneering report on Geert Wilders ("brazenly thumbing the nose at Al Beeb's obligations to be objective required of it by its Charter and its Producers' Guidelines"), and joins the dots convincingly. 

She begins:
Ah, the crafty BBC.  If they can't get their leftist propaganda across by one route, they'll get it across by another. 
Or at least they'll try


Indian Ministry of Home Affairs website hacked, authorities take it down "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Home Ministrys website hacked; Hackers exploited Drupal vulnerability

Unknown hackers today used a Drupal exploit to hack, which is Indian governments Ministry of Home Affairs website. Immediately after the website was hacked, National Informatics Center which maintains...


Veterans Forming Human Shield To Protect #NoDAPL Protesters At Standing Rock "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

We are prepared to put our bodies between Native elders and a privatized military force, Elizabeth Williams, a U.S. Air Force veteran, told the Guardian on her decision to come to Standing Rock as a human shield.

Williams and perhaps hundreds of other military veterans are descending on several remaining camps at Cannon Ball, North Dakota, near the banks of the Missouri Rivers Lake Oahe reservoir in a last stand against construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

This is a humanitarian issue, asserted U.S. Navy veteran Matthew Crane. Were not going to stand by and let anybody get hurt.

But things could get ugly. They have multiple times in the past.

Indeed, hostilities have increased on every front the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Council voted to ask water protectors not from the area to go home. A multi-state police force led by the Morton County Sheriffs Department randomly employs violence against water protectors it also wishes would leave.

Meanwhile, the few hundred water protectors remaining in Standing Rock have vowed to halt the pipeline, no matter the cost up to and including paying with their lives. Thats where the veterans come in they see shielding the unarmed water protectors as not only the right thing to do, but as duty.

And they are well prepared.

Weve stood in the face of fire before, Williams continued. We feel a responsibility to use the skills we have.
Jake Pogue, a veteran of the Marines, expressed concerns about possible police tactics in coming days and told the Guardian, Were not coming as fighters, but as protectors. Our role in that situation would be to simply form a barrier between water protectors and the police force and try to take some of that abuse for them.

This is no ordinary protest camps at Standing Rock began breaking ground in April last ye...


Steve Warburton. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"


Steve Warburton is an artist in Australia, with a very interesting perspective. The work is evocative, and I find many of the pieces to be of an expansive nature for me, they are pieces to ponder, not just savour, and allow all the different layers of associations to come up. Theres a distinct sense of dystopia in many of the pieces, but they are all the more beautiful in their poignancy, and the hope that we do not follow such paths to their inescapable conclusions. Definitely worth spending some time, going through the galleries!

I didnt include much here, because the galleries are set up for viewing, not borrowing, so have a wander, expand your mind, and let your imagination take you on a trip. Steve Warburton.


Vancouver, WA: Oil-Trains Disrupted in Solidarity with #NoDAPL "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Puget Sound Anarchists

This is a claim of responsibility for causing disruption to the Pacific Northwest Corridor Rail Line north of Vancouver WA. On several occasions over the last few weeks, 6-Gauge Booster cables were attached to rail junctions at several points along the rail lines. Artificially triggering the railway signalling system. This is a low risk and easily reproducible form of sabotage that can potentially cause massive delays and economic losses to the every day functioning of extraction industries.

This particular railway was targeted because it is a key transportation rout for crude oil from the Bakken region of North Dakota. Over 1000 oil-trains pass through this rail line annually. The practice of crude-oil-by-rail poses an immediate threat to local communities and ecosystems with the prospect of derailment always present. This is a direct act of solidarity with those continuing the resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline in the face of recuperation and brutal government repression.

-some anarchists


Not Just Austim, Major Yale Study Shows Vaccines Tied to Multiple Brain Disorders "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

vaccinesScientist found a strong correlation between vaccines and developing a brain disorder such as OCD, anorexia, ADHD, and major depressive disorders.


Pablo Iglesias reelegido secretario general de Podemos "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Con el 89 por ciento de las votaciones escrutadas, Pablo Iglesias se impuso para liderar la nueva directiva de Podemos.


More Power Consumption / Perf-Per-Watt Figures For Intel Kabylake On Linux "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

In yesterday's Core i3 2100 "Sandy Bridge" vs. Core i3 7100 "Kabylake" comparison I included all of the power consumption and performance-per-Watt results. If you are looking for additional power numbers from other Kabylake CPUs, here is some additional data...


Assad Destroys New World Order Fake News "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Assad to Isikoff: When were your institutions honest about whats happening in Syria? Never. If the FBI says something, its not evidence."


More Big Questions "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Today's 'big questions' on The Big Questions, just like last week's ones, all seemed to spring from a left-liberal standpoint: 

The first focused on the campaign to boycott Israel and the last - hinging around the desire of a married Muslim man (from and to have another wife - discussed whether polygamy might be a good thing?

Here's how Nicky Campbell framed the debates today:

  • On Tuesday, Mrs May held talks at Downing Street with her opposite number in Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu. Increasing trade and investment with Israel was high on the agenda. The day before, the Knesset, Israel's parliament, passed a bill legalising settlements on privately- owned Palestinian land on the West Bank, in direct contradiction of a UN Security Council Resolution. Mrs May was clear that Britain opposes settlement activity and believes the two-state solution is the best way to bring peace to the region. Should we trade with Israel now the settlements have been recognised?
  • This week, the National Health Service has been acknowledged to be in crisis. Hospitals have been failing to meet patient targets for waiting in A&E, waiting for cancer treatments, waiting on trolleys, and waiting for ambulances to arrive. A key factor has been the inability to discharge patients no longer in need of medical treatment, that awful phrase bed blockers, because of the lack of social care in the community. And while the number of people over 65 has risen by more than 15%, budgets for adult social care run by local councils have been cut by 6.4% since 2009. Now local councils, who need to win a local referendum to raise counc...


Sex, Depression, Marriage. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Signe Baumane wants to make a new film, and the bits Ive seen are captivating, to say the least. Watch the video, and if you have a bit of pocket change to send Signes way, that would be fantastic! Or just spread the word. Or both!


Lets Practice for Some War Crimes "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Military exercises are a form of imperial messaging. Right now, the US has troops in Poland in what is being described with Orwellian irony as anti-Russian aggression NATO exercises[1]

The troops will rotate training in Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia for the next nine months. The regional training exercises are also designed to test how U.S. forces respond on short notice to a possible conflict with Russia.

Nothing shows your commitment to resisting aggression like deploying the largest force youve deployed since the end of the Cold War, and ordering them to drive around the edge of another powers border. Because aggressive behavior in the name of anti-aggression is not remotely like military aggression. Its a show of peaceful force. Like Gandhi with 150mm self-propelled artillery, sort of.

Military arrows on map [source]

Military arrows on map [source]

The guidance, which is designed to detect, disrupt, destroy and defend the 4 Ds has the major...


Cops and Lawmakers Exposed in Massive $800m Private Prison Bribery Conspiracy "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

prisonMississippi sued 10 people and 15 corporations this week to recoup more than $800 million in state money lost in a seven-year prison bribery scandal.


Windows 10 vs. Linux With AMDGPU+RadeonSI, NVIDIA Pascal, Lots Of Games Coming "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

There's going to be fresh AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce Windows 10 vs. Linux comparisons on Phoronix in the week ahead. Here are the early details and a RFC for our patrons...


Dreadful Nuclear Poisoning for 40 Years, in a Village in Jharkhand "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Courtesy: youthkiawaaz I am visiting two nearby houses, to meet children with disability, supposedly by nuclear radiation pollution. I have read about it online, but am curious to see for myself. Im in the Bango village of East Singhbhum district near Jadugoda, to see the evidence of radiation pollution on []

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Gorgeous Doves! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Charly sent photos of more of his moms (and his) work in knipling. Absolutely gorgeous doves! Charly says: These two doves were made in 2011. The first one is my mothers design. After she made it, I asked her if she could do another one with my design, and she did. My input included not only new outline, but I also suggested the use of different colours and different lace /knotting.  The difference in style is quite apparent. The first dove is what would be called traditional style, because in this style are made laces, collars, doilies etc.

Pictures are behind glass, so I had to adjust colour saturation and levels to bring the colours out so the pictures look like the real fabric and not too grey. They are actually larger than life on screen, in reality they are only approximately 35 cm (14 inches) diagonally. For completenesss sake I am also including the templates, I think you might find them interesting.

I definitely find them interesting! Click for full size.





Charly, all rights reserved.


Environmental Disaster? The PolyMet Mining Project and the Lethal Impacts to the St Louis River Watershed and Lake Superior "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Environment Canada reported that the metallic contaminants that had been dumped in the tailings pond included: Lead, Arsenic, Nickel, Zinc, Cadmium, Vanadium, Antimony, Manganese and Mercury. Each of these 9 heavy metal contaminants are highly toxic to all life forms.


640 Pilot Whales Run Aground on New Zealand Beach "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Radio New Zealand and the New York Times report that two pods of pilot whales, totalling 640 individuals, grounded themselves on a New Zealand beach on Thursday and Saturday. Volunteers tagged and re-floated some members of the first group; none of those were found in the second group. Pilot whales are a type of dolphin. The reason for the groundings is unknown, but mass strandings at the same site, Farewell Spit, have been observed before.

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The Daily Bird #262. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Blue Jays. Click for full size.


C. Ford.


New chairman quickly shakes up FCC "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Ajit Pai, the new Republican chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, is quickly making his mark on the agency, shaking up its operations and rolling back Obama-era initiatives.His moves have drawn Republican praise, but also alarmed...

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Legacies, Badlands and Rough Diamonds "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

 Untold, development assistance, anecdotes from Lashkar Gah - Helmand Province:  Southern Afghanistan

Disputed territory, towns, borders and key installations in southern Afghanistan Courtesy of the Independent newspaper 
In anticipation of the draw down by International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF)and subsequent closure of Camps Bastion (British) and Leatherneck (American) in 2014, core development partners were adamant that gains, however small, should be both protected and sustained in partnership with the incumbent Afghan Provincial Government. The Helmand Provincial and Reconstruction Team (PRT), initially located in Lashkar Gah and then subsequently at Bastion, was funded by the troika of British, Danish and Estonia governments closed down well in advance of the military scale down. Collectively, they turned towards the last man standing in the form of the enduring UN agencies, specifically the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), as part of a potential exit strategy.


Intel's Linux Graphics Driver To Enable Atomic Support By Default "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The patch landed in Intel's drm-intel-next-queued branch this week for enabling atomic support by default on the hardware platforms where it's fully supported...



Reporting Process for the ABG

Anthony Kaybing


Since the inception of the Autonomous Bougainville Government there have been numerous development plans that have not come into fruition.

While many of these plans have been well laid out they lacked further development due to incapacitation issues in the Bougainville Administration to carry them out to a successful end.

Chief Secretary to the ABG Joseph Nobetau said that he has reviewed many of these plans and has come to the conclusion that though these plans were well-formed they lacked action after their development.

This problem is not unique only to Bougainville and I do not want to detract from the important work many of our dedicated public servants have undertaken in the past, Nobetau said.

Rather, I see the need for the Bougainville Public Service to build on that former planning work in undertaking new corporate and strategic planning so that we can measure and asses our success, he said.

Nobetau further stated that it was not enough to develop a plan in and of itself; the public service needed to move past the development and launch phase of the planning process to the implementation phase to prove its worth to the government and the people of Bougainville.

Mr Nobetau also revealed that in the coming months a new formal reporting process to the government will be implemented that allows the administration to measure and asses the success of the public service in meeting key corporate and strategic planning goals.

As it stands the reporting process will be divided into four key quadrants; Budget and Financial Management, Civil Society, Peace and Law and Order, Social Services (Health, education etc) and Economic Development, Growth and Infrastructure.

The aim of the reporting process will be to document activities and actions that seek to address and meet the priorities of the government, it will also act as a monitoring and evaluation mechanism that allows for improvement.

I firmly believe that 2017 will be a year of transformation for the public service and I ask all Bougainville Public Servants to join with me as we embark on this exciting journey to make Bougainville the Black Pearl of the Pacific as she truly is, Nobetau encouraged.


Kubu market.....


X.Org Server 1.20 Breaks The Video Driver ABI "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Just a quick note for anyone who routinely builds the latest X.Org Server from Git, the video driver ABI has been broken again, thus you'll need to rebuild your dependent DDX drivers assuming they have been modified for this new ABI...


Clif High|The attack of the big G spot! "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

The big G spot! Strategies and tactics to avoid SEO golden showers from TPTB.

This video is a brief discussion of the recent coca-colaing = censorship of the alt media by the bit G spot.

The masters of the big G spot have instructed the working metal heads in the bowels of the googlebeast to ratchet down the valves on alt media under the guise of a plan that we call here the golden showers such that traffic dries up and we all blow our way into history.

One of my thoughts, as this is all being done with algos that have to work on linguistic structures, is to deliberately alter our own language patterns in videos and written material. Now, please note, this tactic is NOT trying to escape their algo, but rather, in a guerrilla fighter fashion, we use this approach to derail the intent of the algo, and to co-opt it into being our bitch.

The strategy of resistance, and this tactic, as well as a few others are discussed in this video about the subject.

Please note that in this description you will have been reading deliberately and precisely placed uses of specific language forms to start off the tactic with this very video.

So to note that the tainting talk includes the slap on the back of the guy wearing the tuxedo with your hand covered in stinking tar. This tactic is illustrated by my reference to Casey Neistat, commonly known as the YouTube Sellout.

If you run a site that deals in real news, real stuff, conspiracy investigation, anti-globalist agenda, space aliens, out of place artifacts, milab (military abductions), gold, silver, bitcoin, alternative views on physics or chemistry, then you need to be monitoring your social media trends as the big G spot, and the equivalent masters of social over at Facebook, have decided to scrub the annoyance out of their lives, and that means you.

Among others.

This is where we have power; we out number the bastards. Yes, they have digital power, and lots of computing power, but we own the language that is their main source of tools to enslave us.

Another source of power is that computer software is dumb. Really really dumb. Aint no such thing as AI, or machine is all just very very very fast idiots able to do some maths. But computers do not understand any of the following: words, context, connotations, denotation, grammar, slang. Thus we own their algos, should we decide to use that power.

Remember, change your language and the whole of the big G spot MUST spend tons of money, time, and energy to change as well. They need that time, energy, and money to be and remain competitive. Every time you change your language usage, you degrade their algos effectiveness and force them to address t...


Forecasting the 2017 Assembly Election "IndyWatch Feed"

The snap Assembly election called for the 2nd of March 2017 will be the first to return 5 MLAs from each constituency, reducing the total number of MLAs from 108 to 90. This, combined with indications of a fall in support for the DUP and a rise in support for the Green Party and People more...


President Trumps Weekly Address, 1492 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

President Donald Trump's Weekly Address, Feb. 11, 2017 Visit our website at Considered by informed insiders as the ultimate resource for surviving economic or financial collapse/crash and attaining the unvarnished truth about the latest US and world news, current events in Washington, and todays United States political climate. Please Like, Comment & Share. Good evening, Im still reporting on President Trumps Weekly Address Bill Still is a former newspaper editor and publisher. He has written for USA Today, The Saturday Evening Post, the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, OMNI magazine, and has also produced the syndicated radio program, Health News. He has written 22 books and two documentary videos and is the host of his wildly popular daily YouTube Channel the Still Report, the quintessential report on the economy and Washington. Connect with Bill Still: Consider becoming a cherished sponsor:


Betcha Didnt Know Abraham Lincoln Was An Inventor "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Of the 45 persons who have served as president, only one ever received a Letters Patent for an invention: a man whose 208th birthday we commemorate on the twelfth of this month. A week after retiring from Congress, Abraham Lincoln filed a patent application for his invention Buoying Vessels over Shoals, an inflatable floatation device for freeing a river boat run aground in shallow water.

The Patent Office issued Lincolns patent 6,469 a few months later on May 22, 1849. Lincoln conceived his side-mounted hull bellows from knowledge gained as a circuit lawyer in Illinois on behalf of conflicting transportation interests. As the citizenry expanded westward, these means included river vessels and railroads, particularly at bridge intersections. Despite the effort he put into it, Lincolns bellows were never commercialized, and controversy lingers as to whether his concept would have successfully functioned.

America in the nineteenth century exhibited an inventive spirit, particularly in agriculture where most people gained their livelihood. The sparseness of rural population necessitated mechanization for grain crops in the Midwest, particularly for harvesting.

Cyrus McCormick and John Manny were the most famous producers of reaping machines. In 1855, the former sued the latter for $400,000 over infringement on two patents. With public attention on the upcoming courtroom battle, both sides hired big-league legal teams. Among others, McCormick retained the future Secretary of State William H. Seward from New York, while Manny retained the future Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton from Philadelphia.

Because McCormick v. Manny was to be tried in Chicago, Mannys lawyers decided to hire a member of the Illinois bar, selecting an obscure attorney from Springfield. Lincolns unpolished speech, ill-fitting clothing, and back-woodsman appearance dismayed the defense team to such extent that Stanton described him as a damned gawky long-armed ape. The venue transferred to Cincinnati, enabling Stanton to personally present arguments in court, which resulted in a favorable bench verdict.

The Reaper patent infringement suit marked a turning point for Lincoln, despite his sidelined participation. Uninformed of the venues change, Lincoln labored on legal arguments in a lengthy brief, which was summarily discarded, unread. Nonetheless, Lincoln listened with rapt attention to Stantons arguments in court, later reporting to Ralph Waldo Emerson that he would return home t...


Raptor Engineering Hopes To Bring OpenBMC To An ASUS Motherboard "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

While Raptor Engineering was unsuccessful with their Talos Secure Workstation effort to build a high-end, libre POWER8 workstation, they are now backing a more realistic effort: opening the Baseboard Management Controller of an ASUS server motherboard still on the market...


Horse evolution, new study "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This video says about itself:

7 August 2015

The evolution of the horse occurred over a period of 50 million years, transforming the small, dog-sized, forest-dwelling Eohippus into the modern horse. Paleozoologists have been able to piece together a more complete outline of the evolutionary lineage of the modern horse than of any other animal.

The horse belongs to the order Perissodactyla, the members of which all share hooved feet and an odd number of toes on each foot, as well as mobile upper lips and a similar tooth structure. This means that horses share a common ancestry with tapirs and rhinoceroses. The perissodactyls arose in the late Paleocene, less than 10 million years after the CretaceousPaleogene extinction event. This group of animals appears to have been originally specialized for life in tropical forests, but whereas tapirs and, to some extent, rhinoceroses, retained their jungle specializations, modern horses are adapted to life on drier land, in the much harsher climatic conditions of the steppes. Other species of Equus are adapted to a variety of intermediate conditions.

The early ancestors of the modern horse walked on several spread-out toes, an accommodation to life spent walking on the soft, moist grounds of primeval forests. As grass species began to appear and flourish, the equids diets shifted from foliage to grasses, leading to larger and more durable teeth. At the same time, as the steppes began to appear, the horses predecessors needed to be capable of greater speeds to outrun predators. This was attained through the lengthening of limbs and the lifting of some toes from the ground in such a way that the weight of the body was gradually placed on one of the longest toes, the third.

From Science News:

Horse evolution bucks...


Attrition for the bears "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

silver gold

Attrition for the bears by Alasdair Macleod for Gold Money Since President Trump won the Presidency, the dollar has risen strongly, but doubts are now entering investors minds. In the first three days of this week, precious metal prices rose, before running into a minor correction yesterday (Thursday). The net result is gold is little

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Who Betrayed SEAL Team Six?, 1491 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Ive been very concerned with the report of a security breach in President Trumps first military mission that he approved. This most likely means there is a traitor in the midst of Trumps core team. The Jan. 29th raid sending in SEAL Team 6 to penetrate an al-Qaida compound in Yemen was done under the tightest need-to-know security procedures as far as the military goes; but someone tipped the targets of the raid off because even though it was a moon-less night, as soon as Seal Team 6 hit the ground, they were met with ferocious resistance. As a result of the intense firefight, SEAL Team 6 member Ryan Owens was killed and two other SEALS were wounded. In addition, 23 civilians were killed and a $90 million Osprey, tilt-rotor aircraft was destroyed. This was a very unusual outcome for a SEAL raid. Everything is done to keep the operation secret, especially among the military side of the operation. As a result, when I first heard the news, there was one person who immediately fell under my suspicion, someone on the new White House staff who has no experience working in a secure environment, and no appreciation for the military, or how determined they can be to investigate the source of a security breach. My prime candidate would be Reinhold Richard Priebus. Visit our website at Considered by informed insiders as the ultimate resource for surviving economic or financial collapse/crash and attaining the unvarnished truth about the latest US and world news, current events in Washington, and todays United States political climate. Please Like, Comment & Share. Good evening, Im still reporting on Who Tipped Off the Terrorists that SEALS Were Coming? Bill Still is a former newspaper editor and publisher. He has written for USA Today, The Saturday Evening Post, the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, OMNI magazine, and has also produced the syndicated radio program, Health News. He has written 22 books and two documentary videos and is the host of his wildly popular daily YouTube Channel the Still Report, the quintessential report on the economy and Washington. Connect with Bill Still: Consider becoming a cherished sponsor:


#PizzaGate: Child Sex Slavery In Afghanistan Condoned By The Obama Administration "IndyWatch Feed War"

Because the boy was being raped and was imprisoned on a US military base, This story made its way to Sergeant Martland and his detachment commander, Captain Daniel Quinn. These two highly decorated special forces soldiers did exactly what every American who reads this article would do under the same circumstances. They confronted the child


Watch: Mukul Kesavan and Srinath Raghavan Discuss Nationalism "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A free-flowing conversation on the peculiarities of Indian nationalism, its changing forms and more.

New Delhi: In an event organised by Indus Syndicate at India International Centre on January 28, 2017, Mukul Kesavan and Srinath Raghavan delved into various aspects of nationalism. A full transcript (edited for clarity) is below.

Srinath Raghavan (SR): Good evening everyone, thanks for being here today. Mukul before you help us with nationalism, help us out why are we talking about nationalism today? Indian nationalism has got to be the oldest subject ever since the Indian nation has been around. I mean, people were talking about it even while the nation was coming into being. So why choose a Saturday evening to talk about nationalism?

Mukul Kesavan (MK): Especially when the talk scheduled for the Saturday evening has this enormous, hugely informative title with just nationalism. I think there is reason for this, we dont have to pretend not to notice the elephant in the room. The past year has seen nationalism of a particular sort in the ascendant all over the world and while we could argue about whether everything thats happened in England or America or might happen in France or has happened earlier in Turkey or Russia whether they are the same phenomenon.

We can certainly see that there is a certain enthronement of a particular form of nationalism and as desis we have the privilege of being slightly smug about this because we got here three years ago in 2014, so in a sense we anticipated much of what has happened since. I think thats the reason we are here.

SR: Okay lets just skin the cat a little bit, so one way of thinking about nationalism to say what the great Czech nationalist Jan Masaryk use to say, that nationalism is a ideology which says that the nation is the highest political value. If you look back as a historian at Indian nationalism it seems to me that the peculiar thing about Indian nationalism is that most Indian nationalists insisted that nation was not the highest political value, so in that sense is there something different? I hesitate to use the word exceptional because all nationalisms believe they are exceptional, but was there something fundamentally different about Indian nationalism?

MK: As you say, all nationalisms claim to be exceptional and unique and peculiarly interesting. But what you say a...


How Blair and Clinton created the conditions for Brexit and Trump. "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

It's easy to look around for explanations of how Britain and America got themselves into such trouble that public ended up lashing out with wildly self-destructive "fuck you" protest votes against the perceived political establishment.

One of the most common explanations for Brexit has been the way that senior Tories and the right-wing propaganda rags systematically blamed things like immigration and the EU for the appalling social consequences of three decades of unconstrained hard-right Thatcherite economic dogma followed up by six more years of George Osborne's even more radically right-wing "let's cut our way to growth" austerity agenda.

There is a similar popular explanation for the rise of Donald Trump; that working Americans felt that they have been forgotten and left behind by the political class.

Both explanations have reason of course. It's a testament to the subservient "mustn't grumble" attitude of the British that they've endured a post-crisis wage slump only matched in severity by debt-stricken Greece in all the developed world without widespread strikes and civil disobedience grinding the country to a halt.

Of course an awful lot of people took the opportunity to say a huge "fuck you" to the political establishment when...


Working class racism "IndyWatch Feed"

Following my initial surprise, my first reaction, as always when I encounter the rhetorically inclusive we, was to wonder who they might be; was I now part of this we ?

lead lead Bill Haley and Elvis Presley at the Brooklyn High School Auditorium, Cleveland, Ohio, October 20, 1955. Wikicommons/Disc Jockey Tommy Edwards.Some rights reserved.We tend to associate racist and sexist attitudes with uneducated, low-income working class people

In the British case, the working class here the uneducated low-income working class people   whose conduct is to be explained is normally implicitly white while, in the American case, commentators refer explicitly to the white working class. After a flurry of efforts to explain Britain's Brexit vote and Trump's election in terms of working class disaffection from mainstream politics, and particularly from what many commentators still view as progressive political parties, more-informed commentators pointed out that the LEAVE victory was not simply down to the working class while others (eg Hsia-Hung-Pai openDemocracy 11 July 2016) insisted that the British working class was not entirely white.

The same paper gives a clear example of the assumption Hsia-Hung-Pai disputes, continuing that many find it difficult to fathom ... that [racist & sexist] attitudes are not only those of uneducated low-income classes, but that they are prevalent amongst the educated middle classes before contrasting both the uneducated low-income classes and educated middle classes to people of colour, thereby implying that members of the classes in question are without colour, ie.white. 



Inter-Shia tension mounts in Baghdad after clashes "IndyWatch Feed War"


In a statement reacting to the killing of his followers on Saturday evening, Sadr said: 'Their blood won't have been shed in vain'


When the Government Really Did Fear a Bowling Green Massacre From a White Supremacist "IndyWatch Feed World"

By A.C. Thompson / ProPublica

Assault rifles, body armor, a possible kill list, but not much attention when feds arrested a white man they said was bent on race war.

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Pinterest IPO in 2017 Is a Possibility "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Stephen Karmazyn

Pinterest IPO Could Be in the Cards
If 2017 is going to be a major year for big-tech initial public offerings (IPOs), then its going to need more moves from companies like Pinterest, Inc.

With the Snap Inc. IPO leading the way, many investors are hoping that Snap (which runs Snapchat) is the first domino to fall, and are hoping that many other leading private tech companies will take their business to the open market. That hope includes the potentially juicy Pinterest IPO.

The thing about IPOs.

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The Republican War on Facts "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I am a firm believer in the people, Abraham Lincoln supposedly once said. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.

While Republicans love to refer to themselves as the Party of Lincoln, they seem to disagree wholeheartedly with the sentiment of this quote. They certainly dont want the American people to have facts and nobody in their right mind would ever refer to their current standard-bearer as Honest Don.

The GOPs War on Information, however, goes back much further than the current national gaslighting campaign spearheaded by Donald Trump and Kellyanne Conway. Republicans and their allies have been fighting against facts for years.

One of the best-known examples is the so-called Dickey Amendment, which was first passed in 1996 and effectively ended the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions research on gun violence. Rep. Jay Dickey (R-AR), after whom the amendment is named, has since expressed regret that the language he introduced has had that effect on this type of research.

In the area of climate science, the fossil fuel industry and its GOP allies in Congress have been trying to obscure facts for decades through a well-funded campaign. Most recently, this effort included trying to cut back funding for climate change research conducted by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and denying funds to the Department of Defense to investigate what impact the warming of the planet would have for the US military.

Last year, Republicans also backed an effort to prevent the IRS from collecting information on big money donors who give to nonprofit organizations, many of which are used for influencing elections. While national sunshine groups opposed that legislation, the Koch brothers supported it.

With Trump in the White House and a GOP majority in Congress, these (and many other) efforts to keep the government from collecting data that could prove harmful to those funding the Party of Lincoln will likely be revived and expanded this year.

But the Republican anti-information crusade is not limited to big ticket items that capture national attention, such as gun violence or climate change.

A little-known bill introduced last month by Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Mike Lee (R-UT)   called the Local Zoning Decisions Protection Act of 2017 wou...


Blade Runners Voight-Kampff Test Gets Real "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Youre in a desert, walking along in the sand when all of a sudden you look down and see a tortoise. Its crawling toward you.

The machine itself is an odd mix of 70s and 80s electronics with older technology. Three mini CRT displays, a sensor arm, and a bellows are some of the machines best-known features. [Tom] is starting with the sensor arm, an odd mix of belts and telescoping rods. Hes already got a manually operated prototype built. Add a motor, and one part of the machine is ready for action.

Theres quite a lot of work to be completed. Lets hope for humanitys sake that [Tom] gets it done before the contest deadline of March 6.

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Biologist Proves Measles Isn't A Virus, Wins Supreme Court Case Against Doctor "IndyWatch Feed World"

In a recent ruling, judges at the German Federal Supreme Court (BGH) confirmed that the measles virus does not exist. Furthermore, there is not a single scientific study in the world which could prove the existence of the virus in any scientific literature. This raises the question of what was actually injected into millions over the past few decades.
Not a single scientist, immunologist, infectious disease specialist or medical doctor has ever been able to establish a scientific foundation, not only for the vaccination of measles but any vaccination for infants, pregnant women, the elderly and even many adult subgroups. 

The fact that many vaccines are ineffective is becoming increasingly apparent. Merck was slapped with two separate class action lawsuits contending they lied about the effectiveness of the mumps vaccinein their combination MMR shot, and fabricated efficacy studies to maintain the illusion for the past two decades that the vaccine is highly protective. 

Studies such as one...


Erdogan says Turkish troops inside Syria's al-Bab "IndyWatch Feed War"


Erdogan says the final goal is not just to retake al-Bab, but to cleanse a border region - including the IS de facto capital Raqqa - of militants


Texas woman gets eight years in prison for voting "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video from the USA says about itself:

Trump Says Voter Fraud. Stephen [Colbert] Says Bull.

7 February 2017

Stephen looks into President Trumps claim that three to five million people voted illegally and runs the numbers for himself.

From the Washington Post in the USA:

Republican green-card holder who voted illegally in Texas gets 8 years in prison

By Amy B Wang, February 11 at 5:54 PM

A permanent U.S. resident living in Texas has been sentenced to eight years in prison for illegally voting, a punishment that will probably result in the womans deportation after she completes her sentence.

On Wednesday, a Tarrant County, Tex., jury convicted 37-year-old Rosa Maria Ortega on two felony charges of illegal voting, for casting a ballot as a noncitizen in 2012 and 2014. Ortega is a green-card holder who was brought to the United States from Mexico when she was an infant, her attorney said.

The decision was hailed by some including Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R), who prosecuted the case as a sign the state intends to crack down on voter fraud.

However, Ortegas lawyer and others said the punishment was unusually harsh and meant to appease those who are swept up in the Trump hysteria where he is trying to find an explanation for why he lost the popular vote.

President Trump has...


The Greater Depression, War on Cash, Trade Wars, Real War (Podcast) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The Greater Depression, War on Cash, Trade Wars, Real War (Podcast) Get prepared, warns billionaire commodity guru Jim Rogers, because were going to have the worst economic problems in your lifetime and a lot of people are going to disappear. In this wide-ranging interview with MacroVoices Erik Townsend, the investing legend discusses everything from whether Russia is being scapegoated (yes,

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Not The Onion: Saudi Crown Prince Receives CIA Medal For "Efforts Against Terrorism" "IndyWatch Feed World"

We are sad to report that despite the change in administration, the "new" CIA is exactly the same as the "old" one.
In a stunning mockery of fact, either real, "alternative" or gratuitously made up, on Friday the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, who is also Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, received a medal from the CIA for his distinct intelligence-related counter-terrorism work and his contributions to ensure international peace and securityAl Arabiya proudly reported.
The medal, named after George Tenet, was handed to him by the new CIA Director Micheal Pompeo after the Crown Prince received him in Riyadh on Friday in the presence of Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman al-Saud, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense. The meeting came days after the Washington Times reported that Trump is set to unblock a multi-billion weapons shipment to Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, including precision-guided missile technology and dozens of F-16s fighter jets.


Juncker: Greece aid program on shaky ground as IMF undecided "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Greeces third bailout program could fall apart as the International Monetary Fund has not yet made up its mind whether to take part in providing more aid, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said. Yes, it is on a shaky ground in the sense that we dont see how the International []


Tripadvisor War Trolls or Vengeance? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Tripadvisor War hurts hospitality business Camiguin Island (and probably elsewhere). Fake accounts post fake reviews on Tripadvisor.

I myself use Tripadvisor when preparing one of our multiple journeys each year. I take the time to read the reviews and I inspect the Poor and Terrible reviews. We recently had been in Vietnam and Cambodia. The Tripadvisor recommendations made our trip unforgettable all the hotels, inns and restaurants were absolutely matching our expectations. If you want to have alook at my reviews, go to Tripadvisor and look for waebi.

Tripadvisor War bad reviews

Bad reviews can heavily damage the business of any hotel, resort, inn or restaurant. When I am unhappy, I directly contact the owner or manager on duty. If this isnt possible, I contact him or her by e-mail or their websites contact form. And only then, when I do not receive any answer or a rude answer, I publish a negative review on Tripadvisor, Agoda or Venere. is too silly, I do not use them anymore. Up to now I had only twice been in the need to publish a really negative evaluation on these public platforms.

Tripadvisor War in Camiguin

Is it a troll or is it an act of vengeance? Any way hit happens and it happens repeatedly. Last Thursday, February 9, 2017, a user calling himself marlaeschool and saying to be from Amsterdam, Holland, did post a series of 5 reviews on Camiguins restaurants.

Tripadvisor War

Two of these reviews are poor to terrible. Are they true? NO! They arent true. I know both restaurants. I frequently eat there and in the case of Casa Roca, I am eating there for now many years at least twice a...


Xiaomi to Build its Own "Pinecone" Smartphone SoCs "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Move over, Qualcomm and MediaTek. Here comes Xiaomi:

According to a report from The Wall Street Journal , Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi is looking to join the ranks of Apple, Samsung, and Huawei by developing its own smartphone chips. The report says the move is part of "aspirations to join the top tier" of smartphone manufacturers and an attempt to stand out from the slew of other OEMs.

For now, Xiaomi's processor is apparently called "Pinecone," and it will be released "within a month" according to the report. This might be talking about the processor of the Xiaomi Mi 6, which, if Xiaomi keeps to the usual yearly release cycle, should be out sometime in March. Xiaomi's chip design division isn't coming from nowhereusing a shell company called "Beijing Pinecone Electronics," Xiaomi paid $15 million to acquire mobile processor technology from Datang subsidiary Leadcore Technology Ltd.

Also at TechCrunch and Engadget.

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Kamikaze Economics with Slow-Motion Debt Crash "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Wee bit of Contagion? Catalonian default will be seen as Spanish default: Moodys

An impending train crash. Those are the words increasingly being used to describe Madrids seemingly intractable conflict with Spains separatist north-eastern region of Catalonia. The latest flashpoint in tensions is the political show trial of Catalonias former president, Artur Mas, and two other Catalan politicians for their role in organizing a purely symbolic, non-binding referendum on national independence in November, 2014.

Mas has been charged with serious disobedience and other crimes for ignoring a court injunction against the unofficial vote, which the central government in Madrid considered illegal. If found guilty he could be barred from public office for up to ten years.

For Catalonias separatist movement, the trial has provided yet another PR coup just as popular support for the movement was beginning to wane. Once again, the outside world is being reminded, no matter how briefly, about the regions national aspirations and the central governments increasingly repressive efforts to thwart them.

Upping the Ante

Apart from the estimated 3,000 Catalan-based companies that have upped sticks for other parts of Spain, particularly Madrid where business taxes are lowest, the political tensions and uncertainty have had limited direct repercussions on Catalonias macro-economy.

But that could be about to change, what with the simmering war of words and gestures once again reaching fever pitch

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Suspected Istanbul Attacker Formally Charged "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Flowers and pictures of the victims are placed near the entrance of Reina nightclub in Istanbul, Turkey, January 17, 2017. Credit: Reuters

Flowers and pictures of the victims are placed near the entrance of Reina nightclub in Istanbul, Turkey, January 17, 2017. Credit: Reuters

Istanbul: A Turkish court on Saturday remanded in custody an Uzbek national accused of killing 39 people in an Istanbul nightclub on New Years Day, state-run media said, an attack the authorities blamed on ISIS.

Abdulgadir Masharipov, who was caught in a police raid in Istanbul on January 16, was formally charged with membership of an armed terrorist group, multiple counts of murder, possession of heavy weapons and attempting to overturn the constitutional order, the state-run Anadolu news agency said.

ISIS claimed responsibility a day after the mass shooting at the exclusive Reina nightclub on the shores of the Bosphorus waterway, saying it was revenge for Turkish military involvement in Syria.

NATO member Turkey is part of the US-led coalition against ISIS and launched an incursion into neighbouring Syria in August to drive the Sunni militants, and Kurdish militia fighters, away from its borders.

The jihadist group has been blamed for at least half a dozen attacks on civilian targets in Turkey over the past 18 months, prompting the authorities to intensify their efforts to break up its suspected networks in the country.

Police in the southern city of Adana detained a Danish and a Swedish citizen suspected of receiving weapons and explosives training in Syria and of planning attacks in Europe, Anadolu said on Saturday.

On Thursday, police in Gaziantep, another city near the Syrian border, detained four ISIS suspects believed to be planning attacks in Turkey, along with suicide belts and explosives.

The arrests came after the biggest round-up targeting the jihadist group in Turkey last weekend, in which 748 suspects were detained.

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Is Grexit Back on the Table? "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Source: The Real News Network

By focusing on serving an unsustainable debt rather than addressing high unemployment, Syriza has set the stage for a right-wing victory in future elections, says former parliamentarian Costas Lapavitsas.

This is the first of three segments. Click here to watch the other two at TRNN

Filed under: Brussels Business, Clip Joint, The Euro Debacle


PROPHETIC Putins Munich Speech from 2007: Unipolar World Will Lead to Chaos (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

PROPHETIC Putins Munich Speech from 2007: Unipolar World Will Lead to Chaos Video TDC Note This is a must watch and please remember this speech is ten years old. #### Most westerners have never heard or read a speech by Vladimir Putin. Why should they bother, when CNN very helpfully provides them with out-of-context

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Veterans Return To Standing Rock To Shield Protesters From Police "IndyWatch Feed World"

US veterans have returned to Standing Rock, vowing to shield indigenous protesters and activists opposed to the Dakota Access pipeline from attacks by a militarized police force. The growing group of military veterans are willing to put their bodies between Native American activists and the police who are trying to remove them. The veterans are gathering in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, with more still on their way. Veterans unite for second deployment to #Standing Rock: #ActOnClimate #NoDAPL #NoKXL #WaterIsLife Mike Hudema (@MikeHudema) February 11, 2017 Press TV reports: Army veterans from across the US have either arrived in Cannon Ball area of the northern state of North Dakota, or are currently en route after press reports that President Donald Trumps administration has allowed the oil corporation to finish drilling across the Missouri river, the UK-based Guardian reported Saturday. According to the report, the increasing inflow of the military veterans into the area may make it more difficult for police and government authorities in their efforts to remove hundreds of activists, who remain camped near the construction site amid hopes that the move will limit the use of excessive force by police officers during protest rallies. The veterans camp [...]

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Taking a Walk "IndyWatch Feed"

I'm taking John Prine's advice:

It's about my mortal frame.


Is It a Coup If They're Just Following the Law? "IndyWatch Feed"

Its not real if you call it fake news:

For the first time, US investigators say they have corroborated some of the communications detailed in a 35-page dossier compiled by a former British intelligence agent, multiple current and former US law enforcement and intelligence officials tell CNN. As CNN first reported, then-President-elect Donald Trump and President Barack Obama were briefed on the existence of the dossier prior to Trumps inauguration.

None of the newly learned information relates to the salacious allegations in the dossier. Rather it relates to conversations between foreign nationals. The dossier details about a dozen conversations between senior Russian officials and other Russian individuals. Sources would not confirm which specific conversations were intercepted or the content of those discussions due to the classified nature of US intelligence collection programs.

But the intercepts do confirm that some of the conversations described in the dossier took place between the same individuals on the same days and from the same locations as detailed in the dossier, according to the officials. CNN has not confirmed whether any content relates to then-candidate Trump.

The corroboration, based on intercepted communications, has given US intelligence and law enforcement greater confidence in the credibility of some aspects of the dossier as they continue to actively investigate its contents, these sources say.

Reached for comment this afternoon, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said, We continue to be disgusted by CNNs fake news reporting.

Its interesting that the intelligence agencies continue to investigate Donald Trumps connections to the Russians even after hes president and even after hes put in a new CIA director and a new Secretary of Defense. Youd think that he could put a stop to it, but somehow it doesnt appear that he can. Trumps National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn, is getting savaged, too.

So, whats the shelf-life on this presidency again?


GOP Can't Legislate Out of Paper Bag "IndyWatch Feed"

This piece in The Hill does a good job of describing how difficult it will be for Paul Ryan's House of Representatives to achieve all their legislative goals this year. It doesn't mention the effort to confirm a new Supreme Court Justice because that's the Senate's job, but ultimately nothing becomes a law unless both the House and Senate vote on it. So, in reality, the battle over Merrick Garland's stolen seat on the Supreme Court will add to the backlog on the must-do list.

Doing the committee work and scheduling all the votes present daunting challenges. But there are two other major hurdles. One is a lack of cohesiveness within the Republican caucus. Consider that when Speaker Ryan gave President Trump a roadmap of his legislative schedule, he omitted any reference to a bill on infrastructure. Trump noticed this and ordered Ryan to include it.

But the House Republicans are never united about spending money on infrastructure, can't agree on how to pay for it, and have a large rump that is ideologically opposed to adding to the deficit.

It appears like everything the leadership and the administration wants to do will run afoul of that ideology. They'll have to pay for construction of a border wall (at least, initially), and their tax reforms will dramatically lower revenue. Trump wants to ramp up defense spending considerably, and it will be hard to avoid losing money when they screw around with the Affordable Care Act.

Before they even get to that, they need to jack up spending to keep the government operating past April 28th, and then they'll have to raise the debt ceiling shortly thereafter. We've seen how difficult it is to get the Republicans to keep the government open and to raise the debt ceiling without relying on Democratic votes. Will enough of them swallow their pride and capitulate on these issues now that the leaders won't have to go begging for Pelosi's support?

There are some other items that the House must do, like reauthorizing the FAA before September is over, and then they have a goal of passing all the appropriations bills by that point, too. Another time sink is the need to do two budgets in one year, which is necessitated by their strategy of using two budget reconciliation bills to achieve the repeal of Obamacare without needing 60 votes in the Senate.

In the Senate, it's not just a Supreme Court battle that will divert their attention. The administration is behind schedule in nominating people to serve at the Assistant and Deputy levels in every department of government. Unless the Democrats allow most of these folks to get confirmed with a voice vote, debating their qualifications will chew up a lot of the legislative clock. And don't forget that there are district and appea...

After Three Weeks, Trump Baffled, Staff Exhausted "IndyWatch Feed"

Politico has a new piece up on low morale in the White House. Its based on interviews with nearly two dozen people whove spent time with Trump in the three weeks since his inauguration. Its kind of amazing to realize that its only been three weeks because, to me, it seems more like a millennium. And I guess the administrations staff feels about the same way.

Its only been three weeks, but thats been long enough for Trump to create a climate where people are very careful who they talk to.' Its been long enough to create a powder-keg of a workplace where job duties are unclear, morale among some is low, factionalism is rampant and exhaustion is running high.

Hell, considering that two visitors to the White House last week said they were struck by how tired the staff looks, things were already so bad after only two weeks that people were wearing down.

Stamina. How does it work?

Yesterday, Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway violated obvious ethics rules and probably the law by pimping Ivanka Trumps product lines, which forced the administration to counsel her and drew an instant rebuke from Congress.

Conways remarks drew a sharp and unusual rebuke from a top Republican lawmaker, House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who said that Conways comments were absolutely wrong, wrong, wrong and clearly over the line.

Chaffetz, who has resisted calls by Democrats to investigate potential conflicts related to President Trumps businesses, joined with the Oversight Committees ranking Democrat, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (Md.), in sending a letter to the Office of Government Ethics calling Conways comments unacceptable. The letter asked the agency to recommend discipline given that Trump, who is Conways agency head, holds an inherent conflict of interest due to the involvement of his daughters business.

I can see how something like that might sap your energy and enthusiasm for Making America Great Again.

Today, were watching National Security Adviser Michael Flynn circl...

Democrats Can't Sit Still and Win "IndyWatch Feed"

By constitutional design, only a third of the Senate is up for reelection at any given time. This is supposed to stiffen the bodys ability to rebuff populist passions that will inevitably arise from time to time and manifest in foolish and panicked legislation in the House of Representatives whose whole body is accountable to the voters every two years.

For the same reason, senators were not supposed to be elected directly by the people, but the corruption that seemed to attend every vacancy in the Senate caused progressives to push for reform. In 1913, the 17th Amendment was ratified. It was an advance in accountability but a blow to the Senates independence. After all, we already had one representative body, and its design was calibrated to reflect the actual distribution of population in the country. The Senates two-seats-per-state rule isnt representative at all, so its hard to discern its purpose if all it does is act as a second directly elected legislature.

The Senates filibuster rule has served as one meaningful distinction with the House. By requiring unanimous consent to do anything, and a supermajority (once 67 votes, now 60 votes) to overcome a lack of unanimous consent, the rule gave power to the minority party and assured that some compromise was necessary. This has served our nation as a kind of ballast that lengthens the wavelength of our political oscillation in power. It has made sudden change difficult, with a trade off of unique reliability and stability. We could spend a lot of time considering the tradeoffs involved. Injustices tend to persist for longer periods here than in parliamentary systems, but, once attained, rights tend to persist, and the world uses our currency and follows our leadership for reasons that go beyond raw economic and military power.

This has been our system, and it has always been a thumb in the eye of any conceit that were a true direct and representative democracy. Weve lived with, enjoyed and suffered from its flaws and virtues, but it has now fully broken.

Already weakened, the filibuster will most likely soon suffer another blow as it is taken away from the Democrats in order fill a stolen seat on the Supreme Court. It may persist a while longer for legislation (as opposed to nominations) but the principle that undergirds the filibuster will be eviscerated. If the Senate Democrats obstruct President Trumps legislative agenda, the filibuster will go the way of the Whigs.

Its not unprecedented, but its a good example of the unrepresentative nature of the Senate that the members who voted against the nomination of Betsy DeVos (all the Democrats and two Republicans) represent...


B&A Poll: Independent vote collapses by 7% bouncing FF into a lead in the low 30s% "IndyWatch Feed"

Whilst I think this poll needs to be treated as an outlier, to me the greatest significance is not the FF bounce so much as the apparent collapse in the Independent vote, not least because people have seen them floundering in government as much as party men and women. Headline figures are:  FF 32% (+3); more...


Germany repatriating gold faster than planned as confidence in euro plunges "IndyWatch Feed"

RTFebruary 10, 2017 Berlin is bringing home its gold reserves stored in New York, London and Paris faster than scheduled, Germanys central bank said Thursday. The move is linked to surging euroskepticism, as new governments in France and Italy may ditch the single currency. The German Bundesbank has already moved 583 tons of gold out []


Spains Podemos party on verge of split before Vistalegre II congress "IndyWatch Feed"

Spains Podemos party on verge of split before Vistalegre II congress By Alex Lantier and Alejandro Lpez 11 February 2017 In the weeks leading up to its Vistalegre II congress opening today in Madrid, an extraordinary crisis has erupted inside Spains Podemos party. The party that proclaimed itself an electoral war machine fighting for []



February 13 in history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

711 BC Emperor Jimmu, Japanese emperor, was born (d. 585 DC).

1322 The central tower of Ely Cathedral fell on the night of 12th-13th.

1462 The Treaty of Westminster was finalised between Edward IV of England and the Scottish Lord of the Isles.

1503 Disfida di Barletta challenge between 13 Italian and 13 French knights near Barletta.

1542 Catherine Howard, the fifth wife of Henry VII , was executed for adultery.

1575 Henry III of France was crowned at Rheims and married Louise de Lorraine-Vaudmont on the same day.

1633 Galileo Galilei arrived in Rome for his trial before the Inquisition.

1668 Spain recognised Portugal as an independent nation.

1689 William and Mary were proclaimed co-rulers of England.

1692 Massacre of Glencoe: About 78 Macdonalds at were killed early in the morning for not promptly pledging allegiance to the new king, William of Orange.

1728 John Hunter, Scottish surgeon, was born (d. 1793).

1743 Joseph Banks, English botanist and naturalist, was born (d. 1820).

1766  Thomas Robert Malthus, English economist and scholar, was born (d. 1834).

1815 The Cambridge Union Society was founded.



Antifascistas marchan en Gnova contra conferencia de la extrema derecha "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Manifestantes italianos se enfrentaron con la polica durante una protesta en contra de una conferencia de la extrema derecha en


When Will the West Wake Up to the Fact That the World has Changed "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

2343412341231The changes that are taking place in todays world often are so rapid and unpredictable that they leave certain US and European politicians utterly confused. The state those people often find themselves in can be most accurately described as panic, as they feel the floor falling out from underneath their feet. Those people are unable to explain why the comfortable carefree life that theyve been enjoying for decades is nowhere to be found, while the presumably unipolar suddenly looks multipolar. In their understanding the sole superpower should be determining the way that our world works, and this situation should be carried on to infinity. Perhaps those gentlemen didnt care enough to study Hegel back when they were students. When repetitive processes are getting accumulated they lead to a qualitative change in any system. It would be a gross mistake to assume that the changing balance of powers in the world today can be escaped or ignored.

How can one fail to recognize the fact that Chinas buying power has already surpassed Washingtons? Is it possible to ignore the fact that Russias actions in Syria have tipped the scales in favor of the legitimate government, creating preconditions for a political settlement of the conflict.

Additionally, it would be naive at best to underestimate the importance of demographic trends. Is it even possible not to take into account the rapid growth of Indias population, which has recently hit the mark of 1.2 original residents, while this impressive population is making rapid advancements in high-tech industries. So by stating that the world would remain unipolar one drives himself into a cruel time trap. Then he will start claiming that the events that are taking place in the world are completely random, unrelated to the changes taking place in the world. Then Brexit is an accident, Italians voting against the constitutional reform is also an accident, and then, out of the blue, Donald Trump wins the presidential election in the US.

And how many more of such accidents are going to happen in the upcoming elections in the Netherlands, France, Germany, and across the rest of Europe? The easiest way to do in this situation is to dig ones head in the sand and take the ostrich position, but this will only complicate the matters even further.

Sometimes, indeed, its amazing how deceiving the Cold War s.....


Courts and Mental Health top tips for surviving the court system "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

It goes without saying that courts are damaging to your mental health. Cases often drag on for months and leave an ominous weight hanging over you, creating a constant source of stress. Preparing defences means reliving often traumatic instances of state violence. There are, however, steps you can take to relieve some of the pressure []


How to open ssh port using ufw on Ubuntu/Debian Linux "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

How do I allow incoming SSH connections from a specific IP address or subnet on a Ubuntu or Debian Linux server using ufw?


Belgium Alarm over Spread of Saudi-backed Wahhabism "IndyWatch Feed World"

Belgium has voiced concerns over the spread of Saudi-backed Wahhabism throughout the country and the rest of Europe.According to a Wednesday report by De Standaard, the countrys OCAM national crisis center stressed that Wahhabism is being preached in an increasing number of the countrys mosques receiving financial support from Saudi Arabia. We believe that a growing number of mosques and Islamic centers in Belgium, like the rest of Europe, are under the influence of Wahhabism, said the OCAM Wahhabism is no more than an engineered perversion, a division, an abomination which has but spread like a cancer onto the Islamic world and now threatens to destroy all religions. Wahhabism and its legions: Al Qaeda, ISIS, Boko Haram, are but the manifestations of a reactionary atheist movement which seeks the death of all faiths. As Wahhabism began its land and mind grab in Hijaz now known as Saudi Arabia one family, Al Saud saw in this violent and reactionary school of thought a grand opportunity to claim and retain power. This unholy alliance has blotted the skies of Arabia for centuries, darkening the horizon with its miasms. Wahhabism has now given birth to a monstrous abomination extreme radicalism; a beast which has sprung and fed from Salafis and Wahhabis poison, fueled by the billions of Al Sauds petrodollars; a weapon exploited by neo-imperialists to justify military interventions in those wealthiest corners of the world. OCAM national crisis center noted, we also note that the imams of these mosques are regularly being salafized or are already salafized,. It noted that Saudi Arabia has also initiated a generous bursary system for foreign students, who are later encouraged to indoctrinate people in Belgium and other countries with Wahhabism. The Saudi authorities and the Wahhabist establishment have clearly settled on this method to reinforce the influence of the doctrine and practice of Wahhabism in Muslim communities in Europe, it stressed. According to officials, Belgium has the highest amount of extremists leaving the country and joining terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq in proportion to is population. The terrorist attacks in Belgium on March 22nd, 2016 have shown that the War on Terror is not going to go away any time soon. The country has been on high alert since the Brussels airport and underground system attacks last year that left 32 people dead. The attacks were claimed by the Daesh terrorist group, one of whose major regional supporters is widely reported to be Saudi Arabia.


Debt Rattle February 12 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Model wearing Dior on the banks of the Seine, Paris 1948   Does UKs Lucrative Arms Trade Come At The Cost Of Political Repression? (G.) UK Journalists Who Obtain Leaked Official Material Could Face Jail (Tel.) Women And Children Raped, Beaten And Abused In Dunkirks Refugee Camp (G.) Bank For International

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A2A with Mercenary Geologist Mickey Fulp (Podcast) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

A2A with Mercenary Geologist Mickey Fulp Podcast With metals prices moving higher and a rebound in the mining shares, what a great time to welcome back independent exploration geologist and analyst Mickey Fulp. One of the most difficult aspects of mining share investing is dealing with the challenge of discerning a high quaility opportunity from

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In Uttarakhands Ranikhet, the Battle Between Congress and BJP Continues "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

While the Congress is confident that a BJP rebel standing as an independent will work in their favour, the BJP still think they have the upper hand.

BJP supporters at the candidates office in Ranikhet. Credit: Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar

BJP supporters at the candidates office in Ranikhet. Credit: Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar

Ranikhet, Uttarakhand: The keen fight between the Congress and the BJP across Uttarakhand has meant that both parties have sent all their warhorses into the battle. The picturesque Ranikhet, a hub of military training, is witnessing a fight between two traditional rivals, sitting MLA and state BJP president Ajay Bhatt and Karan Mahara of the Congress. Bhatt lost to Mahara in 2007, but defeated him in 2002 and 2012, the last time by a wafer thin margin of just 78 votes.

Ranikhet can be seen as a example of the close contests traditionally witnessed between the Congress and the BJP. This time, what has make the contest even more competitive is the entry of BJP-rebel Pramod Nainwal, who contested from the neighbouring Salt constituency last time but lost and was denied a party ticket this time.

The Congress believes that Nainwal could spell doom for Bhatt, one of the tallest figures of the BJP in state politics. The partys argument is that even last time he won through the postal ballot and his victory margin was low in 2002 as well. Also, they say that Nainwals wife is a block president in the constituency and that would ensure a split in the BJP vote. 

The Congress has been focussing on stopping Bhatt by intensifying the campaign against him. Former Delhi minister Raj Kumar Chauhan, who has been camping in the constituency in support of Mahara for nearly a fortnight, said the party has been united in its campaign all across the state. Even Rahul ji (party vice president Rahul Gandhi) had two rallies in Ranikhet and Someshwar, and the attendance showed that we are in a strong position, he told The Wire.

Congress flags at main market in Ranikhet. Credit: Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar

Congress flags at main market in Ranikhet. Credit: Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar



US to Review Its Strategy in Afghanistan "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Afghan Defence Ministry welcomed on February 10 suggestions by the commander of international forces in Afghanistan that more troops were needed to train Afghan security forces who are battling to hold back a growing Taliban-led insurgency. Mr. Nicholsons comments came just as US President Donald Trump and his Afghan counterpart Ashraf Ghani spoke by phone for the first time since Trump's inauguration last month.


Greece WWII Bomb: Phase I of neutralization concluded, 72,000 evacuated (pcts, video) "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Thousands of Greeks evacuated their homes on Sunday morning to allow army experts defuse a World War II bomb found under a petrol station in Kordelio suburb of Thessaloniki, in Northern Greece. Refugees and migrants in the hot spot Softex, an abandoned factory, were also evacuated. In the biggest evacuation []


Riyadh-Dubai invisible economic war "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Some informed sources close to the vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum have learned that following an order from the prime minister to cede a special economic zone (SEZ) to Saudi princes and businessmen, many Saudi princes and businessmen have moved their assets to the Emirates.Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum ordered the construction of an SEZ called City Walk near Jumairah and in front of The Dubai Mall to attract foreign investments including those of Saudi Arabia.This move by the Emirati prince provoked Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Nayefs anger which led to his strong opposition to the UAE prime ministers decision. He called for a halt in the transfer of Saudi princes and businessmens assets to the Emirate.In response, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum ordered to grant special privileges to Saudi investors through a third country.


PHP Fatal error: Call to undefined function curl_init() in /home/httpd/a/includes/functions.php(1) "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

I setup a LEMP (Linux, Nginx,MySQL, PHP ) stack. But, getting the following error in /var/log/nginx/error.log file:     PHP Fatal error: Call to undefined function curl_init() in /home/httpd/a/includes/functions.php(1) How do I solve this problem on Linux server?


Cannabis Oil; An idiots guide "IndyWatch Feed"

Patrick, 84 this year, is nothing short of a minor miracle.  A bright, intelligent and curious man, had he not been such a heavy and committed drinker, his life might have been very different.  He has always lived in the street where he grew up in the pitiful poverty of the 1930s.  In spite of more...


Video: Drone buzzes last Soviet-era nuclear missile base in Lativa "IndyWatch Feed"

Drone footage captures the last Soviet military nuclear base in Latvia, outside of Gulbene, ahead of its demolition. The mainly underground, nine storey Dvina Via Youtube


UK police gear up for spike in hate crimes after Brexit "IndyWatch Feed"

Police forces across the UK are preparing for a rise in hate crimes when Prime Minister Theresa May initiates the process of leaving the European Union. The number of racially and religiously-motivated crimes increased dramatically last year following the June referendum on Brexit. Law enforcement authorities are now ramping up intelligence gathering in vulnerable communities []



Grandes jornais apoiam escolha de Moraes para o STF "IndyWatch Feed"

No dia 20 de janeiro, a Folha de So Paulo publicou:

Em conversas reservadas, o presidente j manifestou o desejo de indicar um nome de perfil tcnico e apartidrio, que no desperte desconfianas de que o Palcio do Planalto poderia querer intervir na Operao Lava Jato.

A pose republicana do presidente no eleito durou pouco. Temer dizia querer um nome apartidrio para o STF para que ningum desconfiasse de que sua nomeao seria mais uma fora-tarefa da Operao Estanca Sangria. Pois bem, o apartidrio escolhido um filiado do PSDB, ou melhor, era. Alexandre de Moraes se desfiliou do partido essa semana e talvez tenha adquirido automaticamente a iseno necessria para integrar a mais alta corte do pas.

Como bem lembrou Glenn Greenwald para  The Intercept Brasil, a nomeao de um ministro alinhadssimo ao governo se encaixa perfeitamente no roteiro descrito na famosa conversa vazada entre Juc e Machado. o grande pacto nacional, com Supremo, com tudo.

direita e esquerda, o nome de Alexandre de Moraes foi contestado. Boa parte da comunidade jurdica se revoltou. Alm de ser colega de governo de vrios acusados na Lava Jato processo do qual ser revisor no plenrio , o tucano coleciona uma infindvel quantidade de polmicas em todos os cargos pelos quais passou. Com um perfil completamente diferente de Teori Zavascki, Alexandre no discreto, sbrio ou tcnico. Sempre teve pretenses polticas e costuma promover pirotecnia em suas aes. O futuro ministro do STF inegavelmente um...


Africa Faces a New Threat to Democracy: The Constitutional Coup "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Attempts to deepen democracy in Africa by limiting presidential terms to two have not entirely quashed a culture of entitlement to rule. Glimpses of it persist, much against citizens wishes.

A protest against President Joseph Kabila. The poster reads: Kabila must leave without any conditions. Reuters/Francois Lenoir

A protest against President Joseph Kabila. The poster reads: Kabila must leave without any conditions. Credit: Reuters/Francois Lenoir

Conventional wisdom tells us that good political societies are built on the principles of constitutionalism. This entails upholding the rule of law and separation of powers. This is to ensure an even distribution of power where a society is built on principles of law, not men.

In the 1990s many African states reinvented their constitutions to build good political societies. They moved away from one-party authoritarian states to embrace a constitutional political order and representative democracy. They also enacted two-term presidential limits. This was, as Charles Fombad tells us:

a clear recognition of the need for radical changes In some cases, it meant a total break with a dreadful past but in most cases it meant recognising that a constitutional framework built around the one party system that had bred authoritarian and dictatorial rule was a recipe for political instability and economic decline.

But the limitations on presidential terms have not enti...


China, Turkey complete underground gas storage project "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Erdogan wants to link Chinas One Belt, One Road trade initiative with Turkeys Middle Corridor project [Xinhua]

China and Turkey on Sunday finalized an underground gas storage project located in Turkeys Salt Lake area.

The one billion cubic meter facility is Turkeys first such storage capacity and is designed to alleviate the countrys gas shortages.

The project is seen as part of Chinas enhanced cooperation with Turkey, which Beijing views as a crucial partner in the Silk Road Economic Belt trade and economic partnership initiative.

Chinese plans for the Silk Road run through Central China to the northern Xinjiang from where it travels through Central Asia entering Kazakhstan and onto Iraq, Iran, Syria and then Istanbul in Turkey from where it runs across Europe cutting across Germany, Netherlands and Italy.

China and Turkey, both important members of the G20, face mounting common challenges and obligations against the backdrop of a complex and volatile international situation, a gloomy global economy and grim security situation in West Asia and North Africa, said the Chinese president.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi said during his November 15 visit to Ankara that Turkey will be an important building block of the transport corridor, linking Asia and Europe, acting as a Steel Silk Road running all the way from China to London.

The BRICS Post with inputs from Agencies


Syrian War Report February 10, 2017: Syrian Army Clashes With Pro-Turksih Militants Near Al-Bab "IndyWatch Feed War"

South Front In the northern Aleppo countryside, the towns of Tell Rifaat, Menagh, Mayer, Tell Jibbin, Maarasteh Khan and Hardatnin have joined a reconciliation agreement with the Syrian government after talks with a Russian mediation. Tell Rifaat and Menagh had been controlled by the Kurdish YPG. On February 9, an escalation erupted between Syrian government []


Philippines Dismisses Nearly 100 Policemen For Drug Abuse "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks while talking to police officers who are under investigation for various infractions during a meeting at the Malacanang presidential palace in metro Manila, Philippines February 7, 2017. Credit: Reuters

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks while talking to police officers who are under investigation for various infractions during a meeting at the Malacanang presidential palace in metro Manila, Philippines February 7, 2017. Credit: Reuters

Manila: The Philippine police have sacked nearly 100 policemen since the start of the year because they were found to be drug users, a top official said on Saturday, in a clean-up of the ranks after President Rodrigo Duterte halted police anti-drug operations.

More than 7,700 people have been killed since Duterte unleashed his bloody war on drugs seven months ago, about 2,500 in police operations, while the rest are being investigated.

Duterte had been unwavering in defending the police in the face of international outrage over the toll, but his faith was shaken by the killing of a South Korean businessmen late last year by rogue officers.

Ninety police officers have been fired since the start of the year and nine were removed last year, Internal Affairs Service Inspector General Alfegar Triambulo said in comments broadcast on ANC TV.

Those caught using illegal drugs, according to the civil service rules, must be dismissedthat is a grave offence, he said, adding that he had promised the chief of police that he would quickly resolve outstanding cases.

Triambulo said he would recommend, next week, the dismissal of 40 more policemen to the chief of police.

Last month, Duterte denounced the police as corrupt to the core and suspended their role in anti-drug operations, although he vowed to forge ahead with the drug campaign.

Human rights groups suspect many of the killings being investigated were committed by vigilantes or hitmen supported by the police.

The Philippine Drugs Enforcement Agency has been put in charge of anti-drug operations and Duterte has also raised the possibility of getting the military to help.



A US minor is behind the cyber attack that hit Brussels airport after bombings "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Prosecutors confirmed that the failed cyber attack on Brussels airport a few hours after 2016 bombings was launched by a US minor.

Prosecutors confirmed that the failed cyber attack on Brussels airport a few hours after dramatic 2016 bombings in Belgiums capital was launched by a US minor.

On March 2016, suicide bombers attacked Zaventem airport and a metro station in the Belgium capital causing Thirty-two people died.

Many more were injured in the attacks. The toll did not include three bombers who died. So-called Islamic State said it was behind the attacks. reported the BBC.

Brussels airport bombings

The US youngster, a 14 years old based in Pittsburgh, has admitted having launched a cyber attack on the systems at the Brussels airport.

The young hacker launched a cyber attack against the airports computer system on the night of 22-23 March 2016, but the cyber incursion failed.

In a statement on Thursday, Belgiums federal prosecutors say the attempt to take down Zaventems website and hack into the airports computer system on the night of 22-23 March 2016 was unsuccessful. continues the BBC.

The Belgium authorities conducted a joint investigation with the FBI that allowed them to identify the US minor, who confessed having committed the acts.

The cyber attack has no terrorist motives and according to prosecutors, it was not related to the Brussel bombings.

According to the prosecutors, the FBI identified and interrogated a minor of American nationality who confessed having committed the acts.

From the investigation and the first analyses of the seized hardware it appeared that there were no terrorist motives, the statement added.

The prosecutors say avoided to disclose further information on the case because the investigation is ongoing.

Let me close with an observation on the case:

The lack of perception for a cyber crime. The vast majority of youngsters hack out of boredom or to satisfy their egos, but completely ignores the consequences of a cyber attack. These attacks can have serio...


Gold Stocks Strong New Upleg "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Gold Stocks Strong New Upleg by Adam Hamilton Gold stocks are on fire this year, powering higher in market-dominating performance. This is a massive reversal from their dark fourth quarter, with 6/7ths of those losses already erased. But this strong new upleg still remains young and small by historical standards. Gold stocks recent rally is

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Mad dogs in the White House! "IndyWatch Feed War"

Mad dogs in the White House!   National Security adviser Michael Flynn Washington DC Saturday February 11, 2017 America has never been a safe place for sane people. How can it be when its claim to fame rests on its ability to kill the largest number of people worldwide (at least 4 million people since []


US Abortion Debate Heats up, Protesters Face Off "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Planned Parenthood supporters hold signs at a protest in downtown Denver, Colorado, US, February 11, 2017. Credit: Reuters

Planned Parenthood supporters hold signs at a protest in downtown Denver, Colorado, US, February 11, 2017. Credit: Reuters

Washington/Marietta: Anti-abortion protesters rallied at scores of Planned Parenthood clinics on Saturday to urge Congress and President Donald Trump to strip the health services provider of federal funding, while supporters of the organisation staged counter-demonstrations around the US.

With anti-abortion groups expecting protests at up to 225 clinics, Planned Parenthood supporters organised 150 protests of their own at parks, government buildings and other sites, including clinics. At some of those clinics, the counter-demonstrators outnumbered those demanding an end to federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

All told, rallies and marches were called in 45 states in cities large and small, from Washington and Philadelphia to St. Paul, Minnesota and Orange, California

As many as 6,000 people turned up for competing demonstrations in St. Paul, Minnesota, police said, but at other places, only a few dozen demonstrators turned out.

Supporters of Planned Parenthood rally outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Detroit, Michigan, US February 11, 2017. Credit: Reuters

Supporters of Planned Parenthood rally outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Detroit, Michigan, US February 11, 2017. Credit: Reuters

We expected that tens of thousands of pro-lifers will be out today sending a message that we want Planned Parenthood to be defunded, Monica Miller, director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society and one of the national organisers of the anti-abortion rallies, said in a telephone interview.

As long as they are going to stay in the...


Nigerian airport workers threaten strike while runway is repaired at Abuja "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


Nigerian airport employees may walk out over pay issues at the capitals temporary airport while the main airports runway is being repaired, their trade union said on Saturday.

The Abuja airport runway had deteriorated to such an extent that some major international airlines had refused to fly there, and some aircraft reported damage to their undercarriage.

Nigerias government has said airlines will be able to use the airport at the provincial city of Kaduna, 100 miles (160 km) north of Abuja during the six-week repair period from March 8.

But scepticism over the governments plans reigns, as a new terminal for Kaduna was still being built in January and airlines have said they will not fly there to keep servicing Abuja.

The federal government has to pay staff posted from Abuja to Kaduna all their entitlements before we can contemplate moving to Kaduna to give our services, said Olayinka Abioye, secretary general of the National Union Of Air Transport Employees (NUATE).

There have been situations in the past when such staff were owed their travel and other associated entitlements for two to three years. We do not want a repeat.

Abuja-bound passengers will have to temporarily fly to Kaduna and travel by bus under security escort to the capital on a road where kidnappings have taken place in the past few years.

Kaduna airport handled just 12 international flights in December 2015, the last month for which Nigerias airports authority has figures, compared with 812 that used Abuja.



Recent News Dispatches From Standing Rock (DAPL) "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The Guardian reports that the U.S. Army sent a letter, dated 7 February, to member of Congress Ral Grijalva, saying it would grant a permit for the construction of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline. Work could resume as early as 8 February.

"I have determined that there is no cause for completing any additional environmental analysis," wrote Douglas W Lamon, the senior official performing the duties of assistant secretary of the army, wrote in a notice to the federal register.

More recent news in Standing Rock from Feb 9:

The restarting of the drilling operation, which a pipeline spokeswoman confirmed on Thursday morning, began soon after the US government gave the oil corporation the green light to proceed on Wednesday. The controversial pipeline could be transporting crude oil from North Dakota to Illinois within three months.

At the Standing Rock camps in Cannon Ball where activists have been stationed since last spring to fight the project indigenous and environmental organizers vowed to stay put and continue opposing the pipeline.


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Kenya Akasha drug gang smuggled ivory "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Daily Nation

Drug suspects from left: Gulam Hussein, Baktash Akasha Abdalla and Ibrahim Akasha Abdall arrive at a US airport. PHOTO | FILE | AGENCIES

Drug suspects from left: Gulam Hussein, Baktash Akasha Abdalla and Ibrahim Akasha Abdall arrive at a US airport. PHOTO | FILE | AGENCIES 

In Summary

  • The four are accused of conspiring to ship 98 kilogrammes of heroin to the US from Kenya.
  • If convicted, the four alleged kingpins of the so-called Akasha Organisation could be sentenced to life imprisonment in the US.
  • The Akasha brothers and Mr Goswami and Mr Hussein are also heavily involved in ivory smuggling, says Gretchen Peters.
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The four suspects being held in New York on drug-trafficking charges after extradition from Kenya are also thought to be heavily involved in the ivory trade, according to US-based investigators.

Baktash and Ibrahim Akasha, brothers and Kenyan nationals, were arrested in Mombasa and flown to New York on January 30 along with Indian citizen Vijaygiri Goswami and Gulam Hussein, a Pakistani.

The four are accused of conspiring to ship 98 kilogrammes of heroin to the US from Kenya. They appeared in federal court in Manhattan on Friday in shackles and prison uniforms.

If convicted, the four alleged kingpins of the so-called Akasha Organisation could be sentenced to life imprisonment in the US.

The Akasha brothers and Mr Goswami and Mr Hussein are also heavily involved in ivory smuggling, says Gretchen Peters, the head of a US company that helps governments fight transnational crime.

Federal prosecutors in New York have not brought ivory-related charges against the four because shipping ivory from Africa to Asia does not constitute a violation of US law, Ms Peters said.

But it is clear that the Akashas were at the top of a regional ecosystem thats moving ivory as well as drugs and weapons on and of...


Trumps dangerous idea of safe zones in Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

Trumps dangerous idea of safe zones in Syria   Sunday January 29, 2017 On what authority does Donald Trump say that he wants to establish safe zones in Syria? Is he politically nave or has he never heard of the concept of state sovereignty? Given that he has surrounded himself with gunslingers from the wild, []


South Africa water and sanitation department bankrupt because of poor management "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

City Press

Nomvula Mokonyanes water department is bankrupt

2017-02-12 06:02
Nomvula Mokonyane (File, News24)

Nomvula Mokonyane (File, News24)

Johannesburg The department of water and sanitation is broke.

The critical department is now R4.3 billion in the red, leaving hundreds of contractors unpaid for at least seven months.

Senior executives from National Treasury, the department and a key water board told City Press a few days ago that Cabinet should place it under administration because internal controls, project management and contract management have collapsed.

The situation has become so dire that in late November last year, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan called a crisis meeting with Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane to discuss the departments deteriorating finances.

The cash woes come at a time when Mokonyanes department is facing investigations by both Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane and the Special Investigating Unit (SIU), sparked by City Press investigations.

Mkhwebane, who confirmed her probe a few days ago, will investigate the R26 billion Lesotho Highlands Water Project. Mkhwebane and the SIU are investigating tender and other irregularities in the controversial Giyani Emergency Project, the cost of which has already ballooned from R500 million to over R5 billion.

What the documents reveal

Confidential emails, contracts and letters City Press obtained further reveal that:

. The department has unpaid invoices amounting to R1.7 billion for the current financial year. According to the Auditor-General, the department ended the previous financial year with unpaid invoices worth R1.1 billion.

. The same email trail reveals that the Water Trading Entity, a department unit tha...


Trump and Taxes "IndyWatch Feed"

Entrepreneurial profit . . . is the expression of the value of what the entrepreneur contributes to production.Joseph Alois Schumpeter, The Theory of Economic Development (1934) Just as DJT began to calculate how much money he earned running for president, he used the speech he gave at the National Prayer Breakfast as a vehicle to []




From time to time we have been following the vaccine story and the increasing scrutiny that they are under.
And for good reason, for




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israels alliance with terrorists in Syria may be coming to an end "IndyWatch Feed War"

Could Israels love affair with Al-Qaeda in Syria be coming to an end Israel has for the past few years been in a tactical alliance with Al-Qaeda-led rebels in the south-western section of Syria known as the Golan Heights. It has been granting logistical, and maybe even military, support to an armed rebel group once []


How to install denyhosts on Ubuntu Linux 16.04 LTS ( intrusion prevention security tool ) "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

I host my blog in cloud server, and I set up ssh to manage my Ubuntu Linux 16.04 LTS server. However, I noticed lots of break in and brute-force attacks on my ssh server? How can I stop hacking attempts into my system?


Impartiality guidelines "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

This morning's The Andrew Marr Show raised the issue of impartiality - in terms of the Speakership of the House of Commons and in terms of BBC presenters. and I had a wry smile over my face at something David Aaronovitch said... 

LAURA PERRINS: This is the story again of John Bercow, who seems to believe that the rules of Parliamentary neutrality do not apply to him. Coming after his outspoken remarks against President Trump, which I think bring Parliament into disrepute because he's clearly under a duty to remain neutral on these issues. He's also been found to be speaking in relation to Brexit. And of course, this has very serious implications because he'll be chairing the debate in relation to the Brexit bill, and for him to say "I voted to stay", I think puts him in an untenable position. 
ANDREW MARR: There's about twelve, I think, Tory MPs who have already lined up a motion against him. The question is does this story then turn that twelve into many, many more and start a process that gives him an impossible week? 
LAURA PERRINSI think there's a moral obligation now for him to stand down. It's very important that the Speaker is seen as being neutral. And the rules are very clear. It says that he must remain politically impartial at all times, and if you want to be Speaker = and you get various privileges that come with that role - then it's also your duty and your responsibility to remain impartial and not pick and choose your rules as you go ahead. 
ANDREW MARR: I saw a wry smile over David's face ther...


Trump Confronts New McCarthyism "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

President Trump has hit back forcefully against the New McCarthyism, including a stunning rebuke of Sen. John McCain for fanning a New Cold War with Russia and risking World War III, writes Gilbert Doctorow.


Scientists Use Nanotechnology to Create a Super-Fast Biological Computer "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

In Brief:

Researchers found a new supercomputer using nanotechnology. These biocomputers can solve mathematical problems faster, and they are more energy efficient.

Researchers from Lund University in Sweden have created a biological computer using nanotechnology. This, in itself, is not so remarkable, but it can solve mathematical problems much faster than conventional computers. The team was also able to prove that biological computers using molecular motors are more energy efficient.


North Korea Fires First Ballistic Missile Since Trump Took Office "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

North Korea has reportedly fired a ballistic missile, in the first test since Donald Trump took office as US president. The ballistic missile was launched on Sunday morning and reached an altitude of about 550 kilometers, according to a South Korean military source. Japanese officials said that the missile did not reach its waters. Japans Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the test was absolutely intolerable while President Trump assured the visiting Japanese PM that Washington was committed to the security of its key Asian ally. Press TV reports: South Koreas Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that the missile had been fired from around Banghyon, in North Pyongan Province, which is where South Korean officials have said the North test-launched its powerful mid-range Musudan missile on October 15 and 20 last year. The latest missile flew about 500 kilometers and is believed to have fallen into the sea between the Korean Peninsula and Japan. Japans Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters that the missile did not hit Japanese territorial waters. South Koreas Acting President and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn has threatened to punish North Korea over the move. According to the South Korean Foreign Ministry, Seoul would [...]

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After Big Launch, ISRO Gunning for Mars and Venus With France, US Help "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The second mission to Mars is tentatively slated for a 2021-2022 timeframe and, per existing plans, it may involve putting a rover on the surface of the red planet.

A sequence of images taken by the NASA Solar Dynamic Observatory of the Venus transit, merged together to show the path of Venus across the Sun. Credit: NASA/SDO

A sequence of images taken by the NASA Solar Dynamic Observatory of the Venus transit, merged together to show the path of Venus across the Sun. Credit: NASA/SDO

Buried and hidden in the hundreds of pages of the new format electronic budget documents is the first formal acknowledgement by the government about two new interplanetary missions to Earths immediate neighbours, planned by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)This news comes ahead of ISROs attempting to undertake a launch where it will drop off 104 satellites into space, at 9:28 am on February 15.

Finance minister Arun Jaitley gave the Department of Space a 23% increase in its budget. Under the space sciences section, the budget mentions provisions for Mars Orbiter Mission II and Mission to Venus. The second mission to Mars is tentatively slated for a 2021-2022 timeframe and, per existing plans, it may involve putting a rover on the surface of the red planet.

While Indias first mission to Mars undertaken in 2013 was a purely Indian mission, the French space agency wants to collaborate in making the Mars rover. In fact on a visit to India this month, Michael M. Watkins, director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of NASA, said they would be keen to at least put a telematics module so Nasas rovers and the Indian satellites are able to talk to each other.

The second Indian mission to Mars is likely to be all about doing good science since the first one was a technology demonstrator.



Millions of gallons of untreated effluent dumping into Puget Sound after heavy rainfall "IndyWatch Feed World"

Millions of gallons of untreated wastewater and stormwater began dumping into Puget Sound Thursday after high tides and heavy rains overwhelmed a King County wastewater-treatment center in Seattle. Flooding at West Point Treatment Plant in Magnolia's Discovery Park caused damage that apparently fried an electrical circuit and triggered a system shutdown, a spokesman said. That has caused the county to operate the facility much of Thursday in "emergency bypass mode" dumping untreated effluent directly into Puget Sound. Officials were still calculating how much untreated wastewater had flowed into Puget Sound. Doug Williams, a spokesman for the county's Department of Natural Resources and Parks, estimated more than 150 million to 200million gallons, with that number likely to grow. By Thursday night, Williams said the plant was partially back on line and was providing initial treatment to some of the water which had been flowing untreated into the Sound or diverted to other treatment plants. The dumped sewage is a mix of about 90 percent stormwater and 10 percent wastewater, he said. The county has managed to divert nearly 200 million gallons of sewage water headed for West Point to four other treatment facilities, Williams said. Chris Wilke, executive director of Puget Soundkeeper, an environmental watchdog group, said the amount of untreated sewage dumped so far comprises about one-fifth of the typical overflow amount for the area's sewers annually.


Assad dubious over Trumps change of USA policy in actually fighting terrorism "IndyWatch Feed War"

Assad Dubious About US Help in Combating Terrorism by Stephen Lendman Syria is Obamas war, launched for regime change, wanting a key Israeli rival eliminated, Iran isolated regionally, perhaps ahead of longstanding plans to replace the Islamic Republic with pro-Western despotism. The conflict now belongs to Trump. Its unknown if he wants it continued or []


Video: See you in court: Trump vows to defend travel ban after court upholds block "IndyWatch Feed"

The restraining order on enforcement of the travel ban on seven countries has been upheld unanimously by a three-judge panel of the US 9th Circuit Court of Via Youtube


Snowstorms in Northeast ground 1,000's of flights nationwide "IndyWatch Feed"

Over 3,500 flights were canceled after snowstorms slammed multiple travel hubs in the Northeast. Much of New England was under a winter advisory and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recommended residents to stay at home if possible. Read more New York City, Philadelphia and Boston were all hit with multiple inches of snow []



Links 12/2/2017: Microsoft-Connected Study on Munich, Chromebooks are Spreading "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

GNOME bluefish



  • Poverty Helps You Keep Technology Safe and Easy

    But wait! Theres more! The Android phones that got famous for burning up everything in sight were top-dollar models my wife says she wouldnt want even if we could afford them. Safety first, right? Frugalitys up there, too.

    Now lets talk about how I got started with Linux.

    Guess what? It was because I was poor! The PC I had back in the days of yore ran DOS just fine, but couldnt touch Windows 98 when it came out. Not only that, but Windows was expensive, and I was poor. Luckily, I had time on my hands, so I rooted around on the Internet (at phone modem speed) and eventually lit upon Red Hat Linux, which took forever to download and had an install procedure so complicated that instead of figuring it out I wrote an article about how Linux might be great for home computer use someday in the future, but not at the moment.

  • Advice Wanted: The Underlying OS for

    So, in previous posts, Ive talked about the fact that SoylentNews currently is powered on Ubuntu 14.04 + a single CentOS 6 box. Right now, the sysops have been somewhat deadlocked on what we should do going forward for our underlying operating system, and I am hoping to get community advice. Right now, the obvious choice of what to do is simply do-release-upgrade to Ubuntu 16.04. Weve done in-p...


A Scientists Quest to Photograph the Atom and Life at Large "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Beginning with a perfect analogy for cutting open an atom, Vandana Sharma takes us through the crests and troughs of her research on atom probing machines.

Vandana with one of the RIM systems she has built. Credit: The Life of Science

Vandana with one of the RIM systems she has built. Credit: The Life of Science

Say you have two fruits: an apple and a mango. To see which one has the bigger seed, you have to first cut it, right? Here the fruit is an atom.

The knife to cut an atom is made of charged particles or a source of light. With this, we can cut the atom and observe the fragments coming out and see how they evolve over a period. We can trace back the history of the atom. And now with the advent of laser technology, we can image this in real time!

With this analogy, Vandana Sharma introduced me to her field of research. The 37-year-old heads the Few Body Quantum Dynamics Laboratory at IIT Hyderabad, one of the eight new IITs founded in 2008.

Being less than ten years old with a brand new campus, the institute was not initially on my lab-hopping list. However, the university website changed my mind. It appeared that the R&D wheels were rolling already. Besides, I noticed a happy predominance of young faculty members, many of whom have returned home after being trained at prestigious institutions abroad. Sharma is one of them.

How to cut open an atom

When she first adopted the research problem of imaging atoms during her Ph.D, it was already known that if a charged particle or a photon (a tiny particle of light or electromagnetic radiation) was made to bombard an atom or a molecule sample, this collision would result in the usually-neutral atom losing an electron and becoming positively charged or ionised. Instruments equipped with specialised detectors can sense, amplify and record the electrons that are generated from this collision. These signals tell scientists more about the construction of this atom or the molecule sample it came from.

Though the technology was there, the instruments, called Recoil Ion Momentum Spectrometers (RIMS), were unavailable in India. Even for prestigious academic research institutions like the ISRO-funded Physical Research Laboratory (PRL) in Ahmedabad, where Sharma did her Ph.D, or even IIT, they were too expensive. Thats why back in the early 2000s Bhas Bapat, her Ph.D guide, thought it would be a good idea for them to build their own...


What Happens (NOT REALLY) When You Go Party in #Lebanon "IndyWatch Feed World"

Photo Credits: Vice

It looks like MTV has got some serious competition when it comes to giving advice on partying in Lebanon and reporting what happens at night clubs in Beirut. [Lebanonfiles] shared a small article entitled This is what happens at parties Mingling! Outrageous isnt it??? Can you imagine people mingling at parties and dancing with total strangers??

Anyway we are just getting started:


I used to party 10 years ago and I dont remember ever coming back before 2 or 3 AM. B018 has been open for over 10 years and we all know the party doesnt start before 2 AM there. It appears the person who wrote that article min iyyem el Chabacco


OMG minors at night clubs! Yes this is a new trend, Ive never seen minors at pubs and night clubs in Monot some 15 years ago. I must have been drunk

Goes back to the hotel? what hotel? Are we talking about night clubs or super night clubs here?


Girls wearing small pieces of clothes? Guys jumping on them? WTF are they talking about? I am trying to visualize that scene in my head and I keep laughing every time.


How dare they go to pubs and night to drink and mingle? They should go there to read books an...


The rise or fall of People Before Profit "IndyWatch Feed"

The 2017 Assembly Election has not come at a good time for People before Profit. After making their Assembly breakthrough last year the party was looking forward to using the 5 years until 2021 as an opportunity to build a party infrastructure and establish a media profile which it was doing reasonably well at until the more...


UK Against Fluoridation "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Best Fluoride Vaccine Chemtrail Detox Methods - Regain Health


OConnor for Labour for Ohariu "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

  Greg OConnor has been confirmed as Labour candidate for Ohariu. hriu has selected a Labour candidate. Greg O'Connor rose to the top. (@GregOhariu) "We're up for the battle." #ChangeTheGovernment hriu Labour (@OhariuLabour) February 12, 2017 He could start by getting a better photo. He will stand against Peter Dunne, who won []


Blame ping pong: WikiLeaks accuses BBC of lying about leaks on French politicians "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Steve Says

Doesnt everyone already know the BBC is a full of shit propaganda machine


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