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Wednesday, 06 December

08:22

Georgia: Strasbourgs scrutiny of the misuse of power "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

A new European Court of Human Rights ruling on the misuse of power in Georgia creates an important precedent in cases of political persecution.

European Court of Human Rights. Photo(c): Winfried Rothermel/DPA/PA Images. All rights reserved. These are unsettling times for the human rights system which covers the whole European continent 47 states from Ireland to Russia, from Norway to Turkey. Hostile politicians and commentators are wont to rail against judges sitting on the Council of Europes European Court of Human Rights, arguing that they unjustifiably extend their purview into sovereign, domestic affairs. The Courts position as the legitimate apex of human rights adjudication is now further under threat by the rise of European populism and the far right, as well as the fallout from Brexit. The deluge of cases from Turkey after mass arrests following the failed coup in 2016, the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine, and Russias unprecedented 2015 law that allows its Constitutional Court to pick and choose which European Court judgments to implement, have put further strain on the Court.

Human rights are under serious challenge too in the European Union. Given, the executives exertion of control of the Constitutional Tribunal at the behest of the ruling Law and Justice Party in Poland, and the machinations of Viktor Orbns illiberal regime in Hungary (characterised as rule of law backsliding and creeping autocracy within the EU), as we scan the European horizon these days is it right to ask if the very principle of the rule of law is under threat?

Last weeks judgment from the Strasbourg Courts Grand Chamber concerning the circumstances of the criminal prosecution of Ivane Merabishvili, the former Minister of Interior and Prime Minister of Georgia, represents a significant moment and, indeed, test for democracy and the rule of law in Georgia.

Merabishvili was a key...

07:55

Ambassador of Moldova to the United States: Who Is Aureliu Ciocoi? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The eastern European nation of Moldova has sent its first ambassador to Washington in two years. Career diplomat Aureliu Ciocoi was appointed ambassador in June 2017 and presented his credentials to President Donald Trump on September 8, 2017. A Romanian language-speaking country wedged between Romania and Ukraine near the northwest coast of the Black Sea, Moldova was part of the Soviet Union from 1940 to 1991, when it declared independence. Ciocoi, who most recently served as Moldovas ambassador to China and Vietnam, succeeds Igor Munteanu, who left the U.S. in 2015. 

 

Speaking at The Heritage Foundation on October 3, Ciocoi accused the Russian regime of Vladimir Putin of trying to destabilize Moldova and other nearby countries through television propaganda and by maintaining 1,500 non-peacekeeping troops in the Transdniester region of eastern Moldova.

 

Aureliu Ciocoi was born on June 5, 1968. Like many post-Soviet east European diplomats, Ciocoi enjoyed a first career as a reporter. He studied journalism at Moldova State University in Chisinau, Moldovas capital and largest city. He wrote for several newspapers, including  Viata Satului (Village Life) from 1988 to 1989; Cuvantul (The Word) from 1989 to 1990; Curierul de sear (Evening Courier) from 1990 to 1991; and Sfatul ]rii (National Counsel) from 1991 to 1992.  

 

After Moldova declared independence in August 1991, its newly created Foreign Ministry needed diplomats untainted by service to the former regime. Ciocoi began studying International Relations at the National University for Politics and Public Administration in Bucharest, Romania, in 1992, where he earned a doctorate in 1996.

 

Ciocoi also joined the Moldovan Foreign Ministry in 1996. His first assignment was to take a one-year course of study for young diplomats from Central and Eastern Europe. The program was run by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bonn, where Ciocoi lived until graduating in 1997.

 

Ciocois first job title at the Ministry was as second secretary in the Department for European Organizations from 1996 to 1998, followed by service as head of that department, which was responsible for cooperation with the Council of Europe and European integration, from 1998 to 2001.

 

His first foreign posting had him return to Bonn as first secretary at Moldovas embassy branch office from 2001 to 2004.

 

Ciocoi spent the next four years in Chisinau, returning to lead th...

05:55

Hacker who tried to spring friend from jail will end up in prison himself "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

A Michigan man by the name of Konrads Voits pleaded guilty to hacking Washtenaw Countys computer network and changing the Washtenaw County Jail records, with the intent to help a friend get released early from jail. Unfortunately for him, his fiddling with the inmate electronic records was spotted, an FBI investigation was mounted, and it led back to him. He was arrested on March 10, 2017, in his apartment. According to MLive, Voits was sitting More

05:34

Security and costs holding back those looking to implement IoT projects "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

While 94% of IT professionals from organisations that are undertaking Internet of Things (IoT) initiatives say they need to invest in IoT over the next 12 months in order to stay competitive, most admit they have encountered barriers to adoption. These mainly include security concerns, the cost of implementation and commitment from the companys leadership. The research carried out by Vanson Bourne, looking at attitudes to IoT, including the drivers, barriers, challenges and benefits, surveyed More

01:40

The key to success with prevention strategies like remote browser isolation "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

It is tempting as a security practitioner to think you can prevent every attack. Especially in a people-strapped industry, why wouldnt you want to? If we could just use technology and prevent attacks, we wouldnt need that many new security practitioners after all. Prevention is definitely a good strategy, and has prompted much investment from both the VCs and security teams. For instance, recently weve seen remote browser isolation (RBI) essentially using disposable containers More

00:45

The next step in network security evolution "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

In 1987, Bernd Fix developed a method to neutralize the Vienna virus, becoming the first known antivirus software developer. In 2017, as we pass the 30-year anniversary, a lot has changed in endpoint security. I have been fortunate enough to have a front row seat to this evolution, and the parallels between how endpoint security has transformed and what must occur within network security are striking. When the first antivirus products were developed, there were More

00:26

How cybersecurity solutions can help with GDPR compliance "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Technical (protection) measures, means, technologies, rules and resources are mentioned multiple times throughout the GDPR text. The Regulation does not, however, specify any security technology implementation as obligatory (a few methods are suggested as optional solutions for the specific usage). Choice and evaluation of adequacy is the sole responsibility of the data controller and processor. The range of possible technical mechanisms and safeguards for processing personal data depends primarily on the existing business processes and More

00:11

In age of forest fires, Israels law against Palestinian goats proves self-inflicted wound for Zionism (Jonathan Cook ) "IndyWatch Feed World"

05/12/2017 - A ban by Israel on herding black goats on the pretext they cause environmental damage is to be repealed after nearly seven decades of enforcement that has decimated the pastoral traditions ...

00:06

Devin Nunes FBI & DOJ Need Investigation, 1923 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

- Denas Pain Relief Store - exclusive importers of the Denas PCM 6 portable pain relief device. Call Coach Jimmy at 503-395-4142, or check the website: http:// www.denaspainreliefstore.com Good morning, Im still reporting on: Devin Nunes FBI & DOJ Need Investigation, 1923 Synopsis: In a blockbuster report in the Washington Examiner, ace reporter Byron York says that House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes has had enough of the stonewalling by the FBI and DOJ and is drafting a letter to hold both agencies in contempt of Congress. Why? The final straw was a story that broke in both the Washington Post and the NYT on Saturday that an FBI manager named Peter Strzok is an unabashed Trump hater. But heres the problem; Strzok was a key manager in the Trump-Russia investigation. Nunes has apparently known this for several months and has asked the FBI and DOJ for documents on Strzok on 6 different occasions since Aug. 24th. On each occasion Nunes got back zero responses. Now, it appears that the source for the NYT and Wash. Post stories was an orchestrated leaker designed to make the Muller probe look more credible. Nunes blasted the FBI and DOJ in a statement Saturday afternoon: "By hiding from Congress, and from the American people, documented political bias by a key FBI head investigator for both the Russia collusion probe and the Clinton email investigation, the FBI and DOJ engaged in a willful attempt to thwart Congress' constitutional oversight responsibility." "This is part of a months-long pattern by the DOJ and FBI of stonewalling and obstructing this committee's oversight work, particularly oversight of their use of the Steele dossier. At this point, these agencies should be investigating themselves." Nunes says he has instructed committee staff to draw up contempt of Congress citations for Asst. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray. Nunes says he will issue the citations before the end of December unless the FBI and DOJ meet all the committees outstanding demands. Support Our Sponsors: - Virtual Shield VPN - the easiest way to create a home VPN. Go to: https://www.virtualshield.com/billstill - Nobel Gold: Protect Your Money With Gold - Click Here- https://goo.gl/kx2yzW Or Call - 877-646-5347 - Jeevy Computers: Move up to business-level computer protection. 800-844-8613 http://jeevycomputers.com/pcs/ - Trade Genius Academy: Learn the safe, sure way to trade. https://www.TradeGeniusAcademy.com - Virtual Shield VPN - the easiest way to create a home VPN. Go to: https://www.virtualshield.com/billstill - SeaShell Diamond Gallery, Custom Fine Jewelry Made in Hawaii. 808-338-9988; https://www.SeaShellDiamondGallery.com - PrepareWithBill - Food Storage You Can Depend On. 888-756-8727 https://preparewith.com/Bill.Still - Kangen Water, ionized, alkaline water, website: https://www.TopShelfWater.com Wealth365 Summit - Largest Online Financial Conference, Jan. 15-20. SIGN UP NOW! Call them at: 262-299...

00:06

Violencia contra oaxaqueas se dispar en primer ao de gobierno de Murat "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

De acuerdo con el Consorcio para el Dilogo Parlamentario y la Equidad Oaxaca, se contabilizan 120 feminicidios y 78 desapariciones slo en su primer ao como gobernador. Regeneracin, 5 de diciembre de 2017.- El primer ao de la administracin priista a cargo de Alejandro Murat en Oaxaca, se convirti en el ms violento para las mujeres []

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00:05

Police in two states use hospitals to take motorists blood without a warrant "IndyWatch Feed Tech"


Police state America has found a disturbing new way to forcibly take motorists blood without a warrant.

Law enforcement is using private hospitals to do their dirty work.

Earlier this year, I reported that police in Oregon were forcing hospitals to take motorists blood without a warrant.

I thought it would end there and the courts would call the practice illegal, I could not have been more wrong.

Oregon Appeals court sides with law enforcement...

"As part of defendants medical treatment, hospital staff had drawn a sample of his blood and tested it, ascertaining that his BAC was .333 percent. After defendant refused to consent to a blood draw, Trooper Dunlap did not seek a warrant for a blood draw. Nor did he ask hospital staff for the results of the blood test. However, pursuant to their duty under ORS 676.260, hospital staff verbally disclosed to Dunlap that defendants BAC was .333 percent and Dunlap included that information in his police report."

Trooper Dunlap did not need to get a warrant, because he knew that the hospital would take motorists blood without a warrant and give it to them.

"Oregon statue 676.260 says a health care facility shall notify a law enforcement officer in the course of treatment when a persons blood alcohol level exceeds .08 percent or their blood contains a controlled substance."

Appeals court, refuses to consider hospital staff to be state actors...

"We need not, and do not, consider whether the fact that OR S676.260 required the hospital staff to disclose defendants BAC to law enforcement means that the disclosure constituted state action."

It does not take a law professor to know, that when private hospitals forcibly take people's blood without a warrant, they become state actors.

Illinois law enforcement, also want hospitals to do their dirty work.

Supreme Court lets hospitals forcibly take motorists blood
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00:05

Trumponomics is in fact novel, we neglect it at our peril "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

That is the topic of my latest Bloomberg column, here is the opening bit:

Ive seen hundreds of articles on President Donald Trump and trade, but the real significance of the Trump economic revolution for better or worse is a focus on investment. There is no coordinating mastermind, but if you consider the intersection between what the Trumpian nationalists want and what a Republican Congress will deliver, its this: wanting to make the U.S. a new and dominant center for investment, including at the expense of other nations.

And:

In essence, a new kind of supply-side economics has been invented. The theory of the 1980s focused mainly on individuals, and lowering the tax rates they faced on labor income and capital gains. Cutting these rates was supposed to mobilize the power of those individuals, through more work or more investment. The idea today is that the real power of mobilization comes through corporate associations. Assuming the tax bill passes, that theory is about to get a major test.

Strikingly, the tax bill and the trade policies of the Trump administration can be viewed as having a similar underlying philosophy, whether entirely intended or not. One of the presidents first official acts was to withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Although I favored that agreement, as did most other economists, its worth considering what the most intelligent nationalist case against the TPP looks like. Its not about trade, because the deal wouldnt have affected tariff rates faced by Americans very much (exports of beef to Japan aside). Rather, the TPP would have given American certification to Vietnam, Malaysia and eventually other emerging economies as stable repositories of foreign investment from multinationals. That could in turn draw investment away from the U.S.

Do read the whole thing, it is my favorite recent piece by me.

 

 

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00:00

Senate Passes Its Version of Fake Tax Reform (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Senate Passes Its Version of Fake Tax Reform Video Peter Schiff Video Source

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Tuesday, 05 December

23:59

Former cop to be sentenced in videotaped killing of unarmed black man "IndyWatch Feed World"

The former South Carolina police officer Michael Slager will be sentenced and fined this week in the federal civil rights case over the the shooting death of Walter Scott, an unarmed black man who fled a traffic stop in 2015. Slager's murder trial ended in a hung jury in December 2016. In May, he pleaded guilty to a federal charge of violating Scott's civil rights, under a plea deal that dropped state charges and two other federal charges.

23:58

Death to Democrats: How the GOP Tax Bill Whacks Liberal Tenets "IndyWatch Feed War"

Bloomberg

By Sahil Kapur

December 5, 2017, 4:00 AM EST
  • SALT deductions, education benefits among those under attack
  • Conservatives bolstered by other provisions in GOP tax plans
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 Some of the biggest losers under the Republican tax overhaul include upper-middle class families in high-tax areas like New York City, graduate students, government workers and public school teachers.

The one thing they have in common? Theyre mostly Democrats.

President Donald Trump and GOP leaders have promised that the two main goals of a tax code revamp are to benefit middle-class families and to slash the corporate tax rate. But paying for those changes has come in large part at the expense of breaks that are important to residents of high-tax states, which tend to be Democratic.

Benefits used by universities and gradu...

23:56

Notes on archetypes, landscapes, models, symbols, icons, idols "IndyWatch Feed World"

Notes on archetypes, landscapes, models, symbols, icons, idols

 

By Jon Rappoport

 

At the core, the imagination exercises I developed for my collection, Exit From The Matrix, came from the work of ancient Tibetan practitioners.  They were operating beyond metaphysics and cosmology.  They werent trying to form a picture of the universe.  They were confirming that many potential universes existed inside the human being.  The creative power of the individual was limitless.  These Tibetan were unique.  No other teaching like this existed in spiritual systems.  The Tibetans werent going up against other teachings.  They were simply surpassing them.  (Notes for Exit From The Matrix, Jon Rappoport)

 

The elements listed in the headline of this piece are contained in the mind.  They are not the same in every mind.  But they all do share one common feature:

 

Over time, they tend to freeze and turn quiescentbecause the individual turns passive.  Once upon a time, the landscapes and icons in the mind were fresh and new and dynamic, because THE INDIVIDUAL IMPORTED THEM AND CREATED THEM FOR THE PURPOSE OF ASSISTING AND INSPIRING HIM TO INVENT THE FUTURE HE TRULY DESIRED.

 

In that sense, the content of these symbols and archetypes was of lesser importancethe fact that they were THERE and THEY INSPIRED was the main event.

 

Likewise, now, when the icons and symbols are stale, their content is relatively unimportant.  Their staleness is far more important.

 

If the individual has gone passivewell, that is the situation and the problem.

 

A person could spend 50 years researching the meanings (content) of archetypes in the mind and come up empty, because he is failing to notice the key factor:

 

Is the individual creating the future he profoundly desiresor is he in a passive state?

 

ALL human psychology hinges on these options.

 

The basic purposes of the minds contents need to be understood.  Once that happens, everything comes clear.  There is no more mystery.  The individual stores those contents to remind him of his own creative power.  If he isnt using that power, the curtain falls and the contents of his mind raise questions, and mysteries aboundand then he can circle around the mysteries and probe them and emerge with no useful answers.  In ancient cultures, that was called the Labyrinth.

 

Down through history, in 99.99% of the philosophies of both West and East, the individuals creativ...

23:55

Trump Endorses Roy Moore, 1924 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

- Rugged Reserves, home of the solar-powered tactical flashlight with a 100% lifetime guarantee. Call 800-621-7902. Website: http://RuggedReserves.com Good morning, Im still reporting on: Trump Endorses Roy Moore, 1924 Synopsis: This morning at 06:17 am, President Trump tweeted out his first whole-hearted endorsement for Roy Moore in the June 12 Alabama special election to fill Jeff Sessions Senate seat. Democrats refusal to give even one vote for massive Tax Cuts is why we need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama. We need his vote on stopping crime, illegal immigration. Border Wall, Military, Pro Life, V.A., Judges, 2nd Amendment and more. No to Jones, a Pelosi/Schumer Puppet! This follows last nights Breitbart report that Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell has folded in his criticisms of Moore and has now adopted the part line let the people of Alabama decide. McConnell announced his course change yesterday on ABC News This Week with George Stephanopoulos. His new position on Roy Moore is radically different from his last position of just a few weeks ago with was I think he should step aside. McConnell sees which way the wind has shifted in the real polls which show Moore with nearly a double-digit lead, despite fake polls still showing Moore slightly behind Jones. Moores lead in some polls is as a result of the stories of his accusers falling apart. Support Our Sponsors: - Rugged Reserves, home of the solar-powered tactical flashlight with a 100% lifetime guarantee. Call 800-621-7902. Website: http://RuggedReserves.com - Virtual Shield VPN - the easiest way to create a home VPN. Go to: https://www.virtualshield.com/billstill - Nobel Gold: Protect Your Money With Gold - Click Here- https://goo.gl/kx2yzW Or Call - 877-646-5347 - Jeevy Computers: Move up to business-level computer protection. 800-844-8613 http://jeevycomputers.com/pcs/ - Trade Genius Academy: Learn the safe, sure way to trade. https://www.TradeGeniusAcademy.com - Virtual Shield VPN - the easiest way to create a home VPN. Go to: https://www.virtualshield.com/billstill - SeaShell Diamond Gallery, Custom Fine Jewelry Made in Hawaii. 808-338-9988; https://www.SeaShellDiamondGallery.com - PrepareWithBill - Food Storage You Can Depend On. 888-756-8727 https://preparewith.com/Bill.Still - Kangen Water, ionized, alkaline water, website: https://www.TopShelfWater.com Wealth365 Summit - Largest Online Financial Conference, Jan. 15-20. SIGN UP NOW! Call them at: 262-299-6200; or Go to: Wealth365.com/bill to register for FREE. Still Report BTC address: 18Ky2c3CgPY3eu5N7ySoM3X6NjgEAN2w4v Connect with me; Bill Still: newspaper editor/publisher, economics reporter - top US publications, authored 22 books, 4 documentary videos & daily host of this Y/T channel, THE STILL REPORT: https://plus.google.com/u/0/109353617116072656672 Get the word Out: Please LIKE, COMMENT & SHARE! Our website: http://www.billstill.com Considered by informed insiders a...

23:50

Stock Markets Ready For Major Reversal, And Why Bitcoin Is A Fantasy, Gold Is Gold "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Stock Markets Ready For Major Reversal, And Why Bitcoin Is A Fantasy, Gold Is Gold from King World News Stock markets ready for a major reversal, and why Bitcoin is a fantasy, gold is gold. By Bill Fleckenstein President Of Fleckenstein...

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23:49

Prosecutors say Manafort worked on op-ed with Russian while out on bail "IndyWatch Feed World"

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was ghostwriting an op-ed while out on bail last month with a Russian who has ties to the Russian intelligence service, Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Muller's team said Monday. In a new filing Monday afternoon, Mueller's investigators said Manafort was working on an editorial in English as late as last Thursday and that it related to his political work for Ukraine, which factored into his money-laundering and foreign lobbying criminal charges. The filing asks for the court to revisit a bail agreement Mueller's office and Manafort's lawyers made jointly last week. The court had not yet approved a change to his $10 million unsecured bail and house arrest.

23:47

Lebanons PM rescinds resignation as government agrees deal Lebanon Wont Respond to Israeli Attacks on Hezbollah or Iran in Syria Hezbollah remains armed "IndyWatch Feed War"

Reuters

BEIRUT (Reuters) Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri rescinded his resignation on Tuesday and said all members of the government had agreed to stay out of conflicts in Arab countries.

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Saad al-Hariri who suspended his decision to resign as prime minister gestures to his supporters at his home in Beirut, Lebanon November 22, 2017. REUTERS/Jamal Saidi

Hariri quit his job in a broadcast from Saudi Arabia a month ago but later said he might withdraw the resignation, providing all parties in Lebanons government agree to adhere to the states policy of dissociation from regional conflicts.

The Lebanese government said in a statement read by Hariri: The cabinet thanks its leader (Hariri) for his position and for revoking his resignation.

All (the governments) political components decide to dissociate themselves from all conflicts, disputes, wars or the internal affairs of brother Arab countries, in order to preserve Lebanons economic and political relations, Hariri said.

His resignation offer thrust Lebanon back into a regional tussle between Riyadh and its main regional foe, Iran.

Lebanese officials said Saudi Arabia had coerced Hariri, a long-time ally of the kingdom, into resigning and held him there against his will until an intervention by France led to his return to Lebanon. Saudi Arabia denies this.

Iran backs the powerful armed Shiite group, Hezbollah, which is part of the Lebanese government and which Saudi Arabia accuses of sowing strife in the Arab world with support from Iran.

The cabinet meeting on Tuesday where the statement was agreed was the first since Hariris resignation plunged the country into political crisis.

Reporting by Lisa Barrington and Ellen Francis, editing by Alison Williams, Larry King

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Lebanon Wont Respond to Israeli Attacks on Hezbollah or Iran in Syria

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23:46

Baltimore marks 320 homicides, higher than 2016 total "IndyWatch Feed World"

A series of shootings resulted in Baltimore's 320th homicide this year. Killings continue as the Maryland city becomes the nation's murder capital, pulling ahead of New York City in raw numbers and Chicago in terms of homicides per capita. A police investigation is under way into a triple shooting in the southern Baltimore neighborhood of Brooklyn, which left one man dead and two wounded on Sunday. These shootings come after Baltimore saw its 319th homicide of 2017 last week, surpassing the 318 killings of 2016. That grisly number still does not match the 344 homicides Baltimore saw in 2015.

23:45

2017 Has Been The First Time In A Decade Without A Major X.Org Server Update "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

It's been thirteen months since the release of X.Org Server 1.19 and there is no expedited effort to get the next major release out the door, but X.Org Server 1.20 is still expected to happen in the months ahead...

23:45

Mongoose: Israel Loves ISIS "IndyWatch Feed War"

Mongoose

IDF-LINKED THINK TANK ADMITS ISRAEL, ISIS ARE ALLIES IN CONFRONTING IRAN IN SYRIA

Despite suggesting no formal alliance between ISIS and Israel, an IDF affiliated think tank Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center reports that interests of both ISIS and Israel align, making them allies against Iran.

23:44

They doth protest too much: Holder, Comey fire back at Trump's FBI slam "IndyWatch Feed World"

Former Attorney General Eric Holder and ex-FBI Director James Comey fired back Sunday at President Trump, who claimed the FBI's reputation is in "tatters" after its handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation. "Nope. Not letting this go. The FBI's reputation is not in 'tatters,'" Holder, who served as attorney general under President Obama, tweeted. "It's composed of the same dedicated men and women who have always worked there and who do a great, apolitical job." Holder added, "You'll find integrity and honesty at FBI headquarters and not at 1600 Penn Ave right now," referring to the White House. Comment: Yea right.

23:43

Syrian Army Recaptures al-Shihab Hill In Beit Jinn Pocket (Map) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Units of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) have recaptured al-Shihab Hill from members of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) in the Beit Jinn pocket in southern Syria.

This advance is a part of a wider effort of the SAA and the NDF to isolate the militant stronghold of Beit Jinn in the area. Right now, government forces are working to take control over the hills and other points west of Beit Saber.

Syrian Army Recaptures al-Shihab Hill In Beit Jinn Pocket (Map)

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23:43

Former Swedish PM calls Muslim migrants a blessing, compares influx to couples having children "IndyWatch Feed War"

Former Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has claimed that the large-scale influx of asylum seekers to Sweden is a blessing for the country, comparing them to couples having new children. Reinfeldt also instructs Swedes to put up with the costs of migrants as anyone would do for their children. Reinfeldts inane comment is insulting to []

23:41

The Secret Behind Numbers 3, 6, 9 Is Finally REVEALED! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Secret Behind Numbers 3, 6, 9 Is Finally REVEALED! Nikola Tesla did countless mysterious experiments, but he was a whole other mystery on his own. Almost all genius minds have a certain obsession. Nikola Tesla had a pretty big...

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23:39

1 dead, thousands evacuating wildfire in Southern California "IndyWatch Feed War"

UPI

By Sara Shayanian  |  Dec. 5, 2017 at 7:10 AM

Dec. 5 (UPI)  One person has been killed and thousands are being forced to evacuate their homes as a fast-moving wildfire torches Southern California.

Authorities said the Thomas Fire had burned through more than 26,000 acres of land in the city of Ventura by early Tuesday. Multiple structures, including an apartment complex, have been destroyed by the flames so far.

23:37

Vivaldi Web Browser Now Available For Linux ARM / Raspberry Pi "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Are you still using the Vivaldi web browser? If so, you can now use it on ARM devices like the Raspberry Pi...

23:37

Amazing pictures - Drowned city of the Caesars Baiae was Roman empire's wine-soaked party town of luxury "IndyWatch Feed World"

The sunken city of the Caesars, lost for centuries beneath the waves, has been revealed in stunning new photographs. Baiae was the resort of choice for the Roman super-rich and became notorious for its sprawling mansions. Italy is hardly short on Roman ruins - but what's left of Baia is in a league of its own

23:36

The depletion of human energy "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The depletion of human energy

By Jon Rappoport

Energy.

As in: energy depletion.

Without energy, the individual feels trapped. In that state, he seeks to conform, fit in, survive long enough to die of old age.

Body and mind deploy various feedback mechanisms to inform a person about his available supply of energy, and when these signals are taken as absolute truth, trouble comes.

I can sense my energy is dwindling. So I have tosettle for less, or see a doctor, or give up, or accept that Im getting older, or change my values, or tune up a victim-story, or join a group, or

On and on it goes.

In this twilight zone, the individual is unwilling to consider solutions that could restore his vitality. Hes already opted for a lower level of life.

In particular, hes unwilling to explore the one aspect of his capability that works like magic: imagination.

Thats out. No dice. Preposterous. Absurd.

After all, imagination is just that spring rain he felt as a child, that unknown space that held all the promise in the world.

That was then; this is now.

Now is sober reflection. Now is routine. Now is habit. Now is empty.

Once upon a time, he read a science fiction novel and, at the end of it, he felt as if he were standing, triumphant, in deep space at the crossroad of a hundred solar systems.

Now he knows there is no such place. Now he is intelligent.

And now he has no energy.

The light that once flared is gone.

The idea that his own imagination could lead him to discoveries beyond anything he knows is fools gold.

Yes, once when he was twenty, he woke up in the middle of the night and walked to his window and looked out over a city and knew he was on the cusp of an endless futurebut what can he do about that now? There is no returning.

So his imagination waits. It idles.

Yetif he took a chance, if he began to dream again, if he started up the engine, if he considered offloading the interlocking systems that have become his daily life, what might happen?

What layers of dead thought might peel away?

What abiding convictions might dissolve?

What energies might be restored?

Is there a huge space beyond his common neurological impulses and rigid survival habits, where Vision can be played out on a vast scale?

Is there a different kind of life he can enter, crossing the threshold from tired knowledge into mystery?

Can he take a route ar...

23:34

"IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

ISTANBUL (AFP)  Turkey has detained 17 suspects in an investigation into a Turkish-Iranian gold trader who was once a close ally of the government but is now testifying against officials as a star witness in a high profile US case, reports said on Tuesday.

Erdogan has rubbished the accusations and on Tuesday said that the case was a plot aimed at hurting Turkey.

Zarrab, 34, was arrested by US authorities in March 2016 on suspicion of taking part in the alleged sanctions-busting scam but is now cooperating with the authorities in an apparent plea bargain.

Ankara has reacted with fury to the switch by Zarrab once seen as the golden boy of the Turkish business world with a pop star wife seizing his assets and opening an investigation against him on accusations of espionage.

A total of 17 people have now been detained as part of this investigation, with three picked up initially and 14 more in a later sweep, the Anadolu news agency reported.

The three detained initially are accused of sending documents to the US regarding the case and links to the group of Fethullah Gulen who Ankara accuses of masterminding the July 15, 2016 failed coup. Gulen denies the charges.

Turkish officials have repeatedly argued that the US case is a bid by Gulen to besmirch Erdogan and Turkey, following a corruption scandal in late 2013 that had also seen Zarrab arrested.

The case is not a plot against America, its a plot against Turkey, Erdogan told supporters in a speech on Tuesday.

The case has nothing to do with law, justice or trade, its an acrobatic spectacle, he added.

Since Zarrab became a witness, deputy chief executive of Turkish lender Halkbank Mehmet Hakan Atilla is now the lone defendant in the dock accused of violating sanctions, bribery and money laundering.

Zarrab has admitted to bribing former Turkish economy minister Zafer Caglayan and being involved in the multi-billion-dollar...

23:34

MailSploit Email Spoofing Flaw Affects Over 30 Popular Email Clients "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

If you receive an email that looks like it's from one of your friends, just beware! It's possible that the email has been sent by someone else in an attempt to compromise your system. A security researcher has discovered a collection of vulnerabilities in more than 30 popular email client applications that could allow anyone to send spoofed emails bypassing anti-spoofing mechanisms.

23:32

Canada: Quebec Judge strikes down veil ban "IndyWatch Feed War"

Superior Court Justice Babak Barin has stayed a key provision of the controversial law banning people from receiving or giving a public service with their face covered.. under which people can apply for a religious accommodation to the legislation. Two key questions immediately come to mind: whose religious accommodations are being considered most? And when does []

23:31

Is Facebook Down, FB messenger down for many users "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Facebook suffers an outage, FB messenger down

Its not just you Facebook messenger is down for many.

Hundreds of users were left clueless when they found their favourite social network messenger/chatting service , Facebook messenger down due to a worldwide outage. The sudden worldwide outage occurred half hour ago and the reason of the outage is not known.

Outage.report shows Both Facebook and Facebook messenger having extreme outage right now

Facebook Down, All services including FB messenger down for many users

Update: While Facebook is now working properly for most of the users, its messenger and chat services are still facing down time.

Messages from both mobile and desktop versions of messenger/chat are having difficulties being sent or received.

Facebook is investigating the issue and has mentioned on their developer page that,

Starting 11AM UTC on December 5th, we are seeing an increased error rate in our Messaging API. Sending and receiving messages might not work. Our team is working to resolve this.

Bug report Temporary send message failure. Please try again later.

Facebook Down, All services including FB messenger down for many users

Update: All services are coming back up to normal now

This is a developing story.

The post Is Facebook Down, FB messenger down for many users appeare...

23:30

International Tribunual for Natural Justice: Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Human Trafficking and Child Sex Abuse "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Inaugural seating of the ITNJs Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Human-Trafficking & Child Sex Abuse takes place in London, England on April 10th 2018.

Official Announcement

Commissioners and Advocates

Present Evidence to the Commission

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23:30

Gold: The Once and Future Money with James Rickards (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

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23:30

Bloomberg foundation gives $5M to Baltimore to fight crime "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

As of December 3, Baltimore had 322 homicides, with 280 of those caused by a shooting. This occurs despite having very strict gun laws. And the shootings occur despite having over 600 cameras to make a person think twice before Continue reading

23:28

What could the latest life expectancy projections mean for the State Pension Age? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

At the end of last week, the ONS published the latest future projections showing its best estimate of how long we can expect to live. We dont automatically associate our living standards with factors like health or how many years of life we may have. But just like income, life expectancy is an important indicator of our standard of living. As our recent report found, these projections have big implications for peoples living standards in later life.

In perhaps a growing, and worrying, theme for prosperity-linked metrics, expected improvements in life expectancy have been revised down. As the chart below shows, a person born today can now expect to live for about a year and a half less than previously thought.  That may not seem significant over a lifespan totalling 90 years, but it represents a lost decade of improvement, with expectations now back to where they were under 2006-based projections. It is not just income that is little improved since the financial crisis.

Demographic projections are often wrong, but the greatest error has tended to lie with expectations of migration or birth patterns. Improving mortality had become something of a given. Its stalled in recent years, and by enough for ONS to reduce their expectations of how fast life expectancy will improve in future. Exactly what is driving this slowdown is less clear.

Some have linked this stalled trend in mortality improvements to the impact of austerity on health services. Others have drawn attention to the persistent link between low life expectancy and local areas with high levels of deprivation. The ONS states that the reasons remain unclear but include among a range of possible factors greater resistance to antibiotics. What is clear is that government cannot simply rely on this being a blip. It must do far more to get to the root causes of this weakened outlook for longevity.

Lower life expectancy has an immediate feed through in...

23:27

Why The Cake-Baking Cases Are Really About Courts Deciding What Americans Can Believe "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

On a sunny day in July 2012, Charlie Craig and David Mullins walked into a Colorado cake shop, looking to buy a wedding cake. A few minutes later, the two men were fleeing the building through separate doors, flipping the middle finger and cussing so hard they hadnt time to wait for Mullins mother to leave with them.

Fk you and your f-ck-ng homophobic cake shop! one screamed.

The whole interaction prior to this moment lasted only 20 or 30 seconds, but it would end up writing Masterpiece Cakeshops and its owner, Jack Phillips, into Supreme Court history.

The reason? Phillips had declined to make Craig and Mullins a same-sex wedding cake. Phillips is a devout Christian who had been blasted in a review a year or two previously when his shop refused to make a cake for a Halloween-themed wedding. This time, his refusal may have sounded similar: Sorry, guys: Ill make you birthday cakes, shower cakes, sell you cookies or brownies, but I just dont do cakes for same-sex weddings.

Yet the results were very different. An administrative law judge kicked off the process by claiming Phillips had violated the sexual orientation provision in Colorados anti-discrimination law. Phillips appealed, but lost again and again. Many in Colorado watched anxiously, both sides knowing that the issue at stake was not so much whether a baker would bake a particular cake, but whether the courts will require individuals who believe homosexual behavior is wrong to actively support celebrating it.

Celebrate My Behavior, Or Else

Tuesday, the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in this case, and thats why everyone is talking about it again. Phillips story is hardly unique. Twenty states currently include sexual orientation in their anti-discrimination laws, and the past ten years have seen a number of Christian florists, bakers, and photographers ground through courts for refusing to design celebratory materials for same-sex weddings.

Each case involved a hardworking and courteous entrepreneur who was more than happy to serve people who identify as gay, but refused to design any part of a same-sex wedding. In some instances, it is almost stunning to hear that the defendant was found guilty of discriminating against the plaintiff on account of his sexual orientation.

Baronelle Stutzman of Washington state, for instance, had sold bouquets to plaintiff Robert Ingersoll, knowing that he was a practicing homosexu...

23:27

What We Know About The Russia-Clinton Uranium One Deal So Far Is Crazy Enough "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In 2013, Russias state-run uranium monopoly, Rosatom, purchased a Canadian mining company, Uranium One, in which it had previously held a controlling interest. Uranium One owns a controlling interest in other global uranium companies, whose owners have donated hundreds of millions of dollars to Bill and Hillary Clintons Clinton Foundation, with pledges of millions more.

Uranium is a highly sensitive material key to nuclear weapons, and the Uranium One sale was approved by various Obama administration agencies, including the U.S. State Department then headed by Hillary Clinton. In 2017, the U.S. House Intelligence Committee opened an investigation into Russias purchase of Uranium One following New York Times reports that Russian business people with close financial ties to Uranium One donated millions to the Clinton Foundation before and after the sale.

In October, President Trump directed the U.S. Department of Justice to release an informant from a nondisclosure agreement he had signed regarding a bribery and extortion scheme inside a U.S. branch of Rosatom during its acquisition of Uranium One, Reuters reported last month. On Monday, The Hill reported that prosecutors did not interview the informant, lobbyist William Campbell, in the FBIs Russian nuclear bribery case before it filed criminal charges in the case in 2014. And the prosecutors did not let a grand jury hear from the paid informant before it handed up an indictment portraying him as a victim of the Russian corruption scheme or fully review his extensive trove of documents until months later, the officials confirmed.

More:

Justice Department officials began briefing Congress last week, divulging missteps in a case that nonetheless proved the Russian state-owned Rosatom was engaged in criminal activity through its top American executive beginning in 2009, well before the Obama administration made a series of favorable decisions benefitting Moscows nuclear giant.

Multiple House and Senate committees already are investigating whether the FBI alerted President Obama or his top aides to the Russian criminal act...

23:26

For Public Sanitys Sake, Its Time To Slow The News Cycle "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

As the news broke that the Washington Post had uncovered credible allegations that Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore had inappropriate and possibly criminal sexual relations with teenagers, the reaction was swift. Immediate calls rang out for Republican politicians and conservative outlets to demand he drop out of the race.

In the ensuing days, most Republicans did withdraw support, though notably not President Trump. Still, for many on the Left, the condemnation did not come quickly or harshly enough.

A few days later it was conservatives turn to be outraged by politicians and publications dragging their feet to comprehensively condemn Sen. Al Franken after evidence emerged that he, too, was a sexual predator. Within minutes of the allegations, and before Franken had even reacted to them, conservative calls for him to resign were exploding like popcorn.

In the weeks since these events, kneejerk reactions and outrage at a lack thereof seem to have had little or no effect on what actually happened. Moore is still in the race, albeit with less national GOP support, and Franken is still in the Senate, with a vague ethics committee investigation pending. The political lesson here, and a good one generally in life, is that instant angry reactions to events do little to clarify them or adjust their eventual course.

ABC News Michael Flynn Mistake Is a Prime Example

Former Trump advisor Michael Flynns recent guilty plea for lying to the FBI offered another object lesson, this time with more concrete and catastrophic consequences. As soon as the news came down, news outlets and social media accounts rushed to figure...

23:25

Why I Would Never File A Lawsuit Saying My Child With Cystic Fibrosis Should Not Have Been Born "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Shock and anger rushed upon me when I read Jen Ganns recent article in the New Yorker magazine arguing that her son, Dudley, who has cystic fibrosis (CF), should have never been born. She says she should have instead been given a chance to abort him. Then I felt unmistakable sadness.

Ganns article is about her effort to win a wrongful death lawsuit based on her sons disease. Her child is alive, but the mother argues that due to failed prenatal testing that led her to believe her child was healthy, she was not afforded the chance to terminate her pregnancy, which she would have done if she had prior knowledge of his CF.

This mothers story is quite personal to me because, I too, have a young child with cystic fibrosis. I can relate to the detailed description of her sons daily breathing treatments, expensive medications, and the serious lung infections that ail those with CF.

How My Anger Turned Into Sadness

Additionally, as a pro-life Christian, you can imagine the frustration I felt when reading a mother lamenting the missed opportunity to abort her sick child. As one would imagine, I had an overwhelming desire to write a response that would refute every single one of her points, making a fool of her arguments and calling into question her credibility as mother and provider for her son.

But, as I read her story a second and a third time, I began to relate to her on the one item we could probably agree onthe fact that having a child with a severe illness is scary. For her, this fear seems to have manifested into anger. She writes about mothers (like me) who choose to give birth to a CF child, The women who willingly made choices that were never presented to me and chose a childs suffering: Sometimes I hate them. I also hate the women who were supposed to care for me. I hate the faceless people at the lab.

I get the angerIve been there. Angry that you cant control the situation, angry that its happening to you, and angry that you cant save your child from a life full of hardship and pain. But as negative as this mom sounds, I believe her anger comes from a place of lovelove disordered, but love nonetheless.

Tim Keller explains it best when he says that, Anger is actually a form of love. Anger is how we respond to whatever threatens someone or something we care about. How we perceive and respond to reality has to do with our love. If we want to know what we have to be angry about, we should look to the objects of our affection.

I believe Ganns anger at her sons CF is the result of a disordered love, redirected away from Dudley as a person to a love only for his safety and health. It is subtle distinction, but when a mom wishes that her sons li...

23:25

Why The Lefts Sex Assault Scandals Are Only Beginning "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi embarrassed herself last weekend by casting doubt on sexual assault allegations leveled against powerful Democratic Rep. John Conyers.

Conyers has been accused by at least five women of sexual harassment, and reports last week detail how the U.S. Congresss Office of Compliance paid $27,000 in taxpayer money to a woman in 2015 after, she said, Conyers fired her for refusing his sexual advances. Over the last 20 years, this office has settled 264 employment complaints, including those of sexual misconduct, to the tune of $17.2 million.

Pelosi implied that the allegations leveled against Conyers were vague, and that since Conyers was an icon he should be afforded due process. In the same interview, she curtly said that Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore was a child molester. Many even on the Left found Pelosis response grossly inadequate, and Pelosi has since called Conyers to step down:

But rather than being an isolated incident, Pelosis response is a trend on the Left. Yes, both sides are guilty of a double standard for sexual misconduct, but the Lefts hypocrisy has been particularly egregious, and has likely allowed the problem to metastasize and fester.

Its Been Years of a Double Standard

Despite the maddening trend where allegations of sexual assault against Republicans seem to surface only weeks before the date of a general electionnot during primariesMoores accusers have been overwhelmingly believed right-of-the-aisle. This is as it should be. The accounts given have been heart-wrenching and credible, and Moores answers have been lacking (although he still insists on his total innocence).

Contrast this with what weve seen from the Left for decades. Assault accuser Anita Hill was meant to torpedo Clarence Thomas nomination to the Supreme Court, but ten years later libe...

23:22

Why Tax Cuts Are The Morally Right Thing To Do "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The U.S. Senate voted 51 to 49 along party lines to pass a tax reform bill early Saturday morning. No Democrat voted for the bill. Democrats and their media echo chamber wasted no time labeling it a handout to the rich at the expense of the poor.

The GOP and their supporters have made many counter arguments about how this bill will help many middle-class Americans economically. However, no one has yet made a compelling moral argument for why we need tax reform.

Taxation Is a Form of Coerced Taking

Im no anarchist, so I understand that for government to perform the functions for which we have given consent, such as maintaining a judicial system and national defense, the government needs revenue and thus a certain amount of taxation is necessary. James Madison acknowledged that The power of taxing people and their property is essential to the very existence of government.

While a certain amount of taxation is necessary, we shouldnt kid ourselves about the true nature of taxation. Its a form of coerced taking. From the founding of this nation until the Civil War, the U.S. government, with very limited functions, was largely funded by tariffs and consumption taxes. In 1861, the U.S. Congress passed the Revenue Act of 1861, which included a tax on personal incomes to help pay Civil War expenses. It was a temporary measure, and the tax was repealed in 1871.

In 1894, U.S. Congress passed the Federal Income Tax Act of 1894, which imposed a 2 percent tax on all income over $4,000 (about $106,784.86 in 2015). In the following year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the act unconstitutional. The majoritys opinion rested on their understanding that all taxes on real estate or personal property or the rents or income thereof were regarded as direct taxes. Under the U.S. Constitution, direct taxes had to be apportioned by state population, which the Federal Income Tax Act of 1894 failed to do.

Once the progressive movement started to ascend in the early twentieth century, Congress ratified the Sixteenth Amendment, which removed the constitutional requirement of apportionment for income tax. Since then, the federal government has relied on its power of force to take a portion of private property from individuals each year. The growing taxation helped finance the growth of government, expanding its reach to many aspects of our lives and beyond the limits our founders envisioned.

You Work for Five Months to Pay for Government

According to the Tax Foundation, Americans today on average have to work for the first five months of the year to earn enough to pay annual federal, state and local taxes. This is insane. As Calvin Coolidge said, collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery.

Tax cuts are a way to reduce such l...

23:22

What We Know About The Dismissed FBI Agent Who Interviewed Michael Flynn "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A top FBI official who was heavily involved in ongoing probe into the Trump administration and potential Russian collusion was removed from the case several months ago for exhibiting an anti-Trump, pro-Hillary bias.

Before Peter Strzok was reassigned to the FBIs human resources department in July amid allegations that he sent text messages critical of the president to a coworker he was allegedly having an affair with, he served as deputy head of counterintelligence. During his tenure, Strzok was one of the two FBI agents to interview Trumps former national security advisor Michael Flynn who on Friday pled guilty to lying to the agency about meetings with then-Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak last December.

Strzok was also heavily involved in the investigation into Hillary Clintons private email server that she used to transmit classified information in violation of the law.

As The Daily Callers Chuck Ross pointed out, Strzok was the guy who interviewed Clintons longtime aides, Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills, about their bosss private, unsecured server she illegally used during her tenure as secretary of state. Abedin and Mills told the FBI they did not know about the server, but e-mails reveal these two had knowledge of the server prior to the FBI interview.

CNN reported that Strzok was also the FBI agent who helped then FBI director James Comey change the description of Clintons use of a private server from gross negligence, a punishable offense,  to extremely careless in a statement that cleared the former secretary of criminal wrongdoing. FBI documents reveal Strzok was present when agency officials interviewed Hillary Clinton on July 2, 2016 about her use of a private, unsecured e-mail server to conduct official government business.

23:22

No Surprise U.S. Wants Out Of U.N. Migration Pact Given Europes Track Record "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

President Trump is ruffling international bureaucrats feathers once again. The Trump administration announced over the weekend that the United States is pulling out of the United Nations Global Compact on Migration.

The announcement came just two days before a U.N. conference on migration was set to begin in Mexico. While many are calling this a sign of American isolationism, administration officials maintain the compact threatens U.S. sovereignty. And theyre not wrong.

The U.N. migration talks first began back in April, the product of a political declaration in September 2016 that all 193 members of the U.N. General Assembly signed to address the ongoing problem of refugees and migrants. The New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants essentially states that the U.N.s 193 member states intend to end all mistreatment of refugees and migrants, including xenophobia. Part of that declaration included a commitment to ensuring that migrants and refugees have access to jobs and education, wherever they wind up.

Trump administration officials tried to make clear that their decision to pull out of the Obama-era compact is not about dismissing concerns about refugees and immigrants. The U.S. representative to the U.N., Nikki Haley, whose parents emigrated to America from India, said in a statement that America is proud of our immigrant heritage and our longstanding moral leadership in providing support to migrant and refugee populations, but that Americas decisions on immigration policies must always be made by Americans and Americans alone.

The Trump administration also did not say it wouldnt cooperate with the U.N. on migration issues. In fact, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was explicit on this front.

Why Turn to the UN for a Humane Migration Strategy?

For many, however, its difficult to comprehend how America could walk away from talks to help in the humane treatment of migrants at a time of stunning mass migration, especially in the wake of unrest and war in the Middle East. Yet it is that very crisis that casts doubt on international agencies ability to handle such things.

The New York Declaration states that all 193 countries are determined to address the root causes of large movements of refugees and migrants. But thats exactly what the body couldnt or wouldnt do for the Syria...

23:22

Heres What To Buy Your Bibliophiles For Christmas "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

During the busy Christmas shopping season, desperate gift-givers often forage for the perfect present, only to settle for the easy pleaser of electronics. This holiday, why not instead choose a book to anchor the Christmas list.

After all, books last a lifetimeeven if the bindings and pages dont, the characters, drama, emotions, and imagination spurred by a timeless story endure forever. Here are six quick tips to make tucking a book under the tree this year an easy choice.

Make It an Heirloom, and a Tradition

Beautifully bound classics present the easiest way to incorporate books into the gift exchange. Along with the dolls, Legos, and other fun playthings, each year add a new title to grow a collection that a young child will love and cherish for the rest of his life.

Easton Press offers the top shelf of collectors editions, with gold-inscribed, leather-bound works spanning the spectrum from the Little House on the Prairie collection to Animal Farm. For a less pricey option, consider Dover Publications Calla Editions, Sterling Unabridged Classics, or Barnes and Nobles Collectible Editions. For families who take joy in finding second-hand treasures, Ebay and Amazon offer hundreds of like-new leather and pleather handsome editions from the International Collectors Library.

Children will also enjoy this lovely tradition a dear friend shared: Each year in anticipation of St. Nicholas Day, their children leave their shoes out, then awaken the next morning to a special Christmas-themed book. As the little ones grow, so does the collection of special stories and memories. A good starter piece? Tomie dePaolas The Legend of the Poinsettia.

To complete the lifetime collection theme, add a custom stamp or embosser From the Library of, with the recipients name engraved. Sarah Mackenzies Read-Aloud Revival offers a couple of options, along with many other thoughtful ideas for accoutrements for the bibliophile in your life.

Cater to a Hobby

For those on your list with a well-established hobby or interest, consider a newer release, such as ...

23:22

Windows 7 users are getting broken Windows Update, error 80248015 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Windows Update broken for some Windows 7 users, throwing error 80248015

Many users are reporting that Windows Update in Windows 7 is broken, as they are getting an error 80248015 while trying to update their operating system. The users came across this issue on December 3 and has been growing since then.

When Windows 7 users attempt to run Windows Update on their machines, they are greeted with a message which says, Windows Update cannot currently check for updates because the service is not running. You may need to restart your computer.

On the other hand, Mary Jo Foley from ZDNet came across a different error message, which read, Windows could not search for new updates.

Apparently, restarting the computer does not resolve the issue, and you may still come across the error message if you have downloaded updates on your computer recently.

The issue is widespread as noted on the thread on Microsofts Answers forum. It is unclear if all Windows 7 systems or if only a subset of systems are affected by the issue.

The problem seems to be related to an expiration date that Microsoft has forgotten to change claim affected users. Currently, the only temporary solution is to set the date to something older than December 3, 2017, and run Windows Update.

However, Microsoft is yet to comment on the issue, which means that Windows 7 users will have to wait until the problem is resolved by the company. With Microsoft set to officially end its support to Windows 7 only on January 14, 2020 means that the users could expect a fix from the company very soon. This is a developing story and we will keep you updated.

Source: Neowin

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23:20

It Aint Paranoia If Youre Really Being Investigated "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Today, Darren Samuelsohn of Politico provides us with yet another article about how people in the White House are freaked out and worried that everyone they talk to is wearing a wire. There are a lot of silly things in this piece, including the dubious idea that no one can ever be surreptitiously recorded if they have a lawyer. Find me a mob boss who doesnt have a lawyer.

But the main problem is with something that goes completely unstated. Yes, it would certainly be unnerving to go to work each day wondering if any of your conversations are being listened to by federal law enforcement officers. I get that, and I think you get that, too. But it wouldnt make you paranoid for your own safety unless youre in the habit of having incriminating conversations with your friends and colleagues at work.

Both [the Flynn and Papadapoulos] cases raise the possibility that other current or former colleagues have also flipped sides and theyre prompting anxiety that those people could be wearing wires to secretly tape record conversations.

Everyone is paranoid, said a person close to Trumps White House. Everyone thinks theyre being recorded.

If were talking about Paulie Walnuts having a conversation at that bar in the Bada Bing, then I can see how a wiretap aimed at one crime might uncover another. But, is the White House the criminal equivalent of a mobbed up Jersey strip joint?

White House attorneys and private counsel representing both current and former Trump aides told Politico they immediately checked in with their clients once they learned about Muellers plea agreements with Papadopoulos and Flynn, asking whether theyd had any communications with their former colleagues that could have been secretly recorded and reminding them to diligently avoid conversations with anyone except their lawyer related to the Russia investigation.

Theyre probably shing bricks, said an attorney who represents a senior Trump aide caught up in the Russia investigation. How can you not?

Again, I get that the lawyers have a job to do. But why would so many people in the White House be shitting bricks that they may have been or could be recorded in the future? Even discussions of the Russia investigation shouldnt be problematic unless something was said that the Special Counsel might want to introduce in court.

Now, I can see how someone might be totally innocent but still worried that they might get summoned to speak with a grand jury and then incur legal fees, but how likely is that to happen if they havent sa...

It's Not About the Logan Act "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Over the weekend, I wrote a piece called Flynn and Kislyaks Israel Talks Were a Bigger Deal, by which I meant that the Flynn-Kislyak communications on December 22nd about the anti-settlers U.N. resolution were more troubling than their December 29th communications about the expulsion of thirty-five Russian diplomats. My basic point is backed up by Daniel Hemel and Eric Posner in a New York Times opinion piece this morning called Why the Trump Team Should Fear the Logan Act. As they argue persuasively, if the Logan Act has any legitimate application at all, it must be appropriate in a situation where someone has both the power and the influence to actually undermine the U.S. governments position on a U.N. Security resolution.  Flynn did not succeed in convincing Russia to veto or force the delay of the resolution, but the Trump team did succeed through other means in forcing a temporary delay.

It should be noted here, though, that the egregiousness of what the Trump team did to undercut the governments position on the U.N. resolution had nothing in particular to do with Russia.  Flynn was instructed to contact all fifteen members of the U.N. Security Council, and Russia was on that list because theyre a permanent member, not because of anything they might have done to help Trump get elected.  Flynn lied about discussing sanctions with Kislyak because it would have looked incriminating in light of the release of the Steele Dossier and the declassification of the Intelligence Communitys report on Russian hacking. He lied about asking Russia to veto or delay the U.N. Resolution because it was a potentially criminal violation of the Logan Act.

Thats not to say that the Logan Act wasnt implicated in the sanctions conversations, but it was a less obvious and more defensible violation because Flynn didnt ask Russia to do anything beyond showing restraint.

These are distinctions largely missed by Byron York. For him, the FBI would never have questioned Michael Flynn on January 24th if they werent relying on the Logan Act as their justification. And, since the Logan Act has never been successfully prosecuted and is...

Two Quotes "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

As reported in the New York Times, August 28th, 2017:

I arranged for Ivanka to sit in Putins private chair at his desk and office in the Kremlin. I will get Putin on this program and we will get Donald elected. We both know that no one else knows how to pull this off without stupidity or greed getting in the way. I know how to play it and we will get this done. Buddy our boy can become president of the USA and we can engineer it. I will get all of Putins team to buy in on this, I will manage this process. Letter from Felix Sater to Trump attorney Michael Cohen, on finalizing a deal to build a Trump Tower in Moscow

As reported in the New York Times, December 2nd, 2017

On Dec. 29, a transition adviser to Mr. Trump, K. T. McFarland, wrote in an email to a colleague that sanctions announced hours before by the Obama administration in retaliation for Russian election meddling were aimed at discrediting Mr. Trumps victory. The sanctions could also make it much harder for Mr. Trump to ease tensions with Russia, which has just thrown the U.S.A. election to him, she wrote in the emails obtained by The Times.

It is not clear whether Ms. McFarland was saying she believed that the election had in fact been thrown. A White House lawyer said on Friday that she meant only that the Democrats were portraying it that way.

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23:19

Women being banned from Facebook for calling men 'Scum' "IndyWatch Feed World"

Women had accounts banned from Facebook for responding to male trolls with sentences like 'men are trash,' in part because the company classifies white men as a protected group. When comic Marcia Belsky sarcastically replied "men are scum" to a friend's Facebook post back in October, she never anticipated being banned from the platform for 30 days. That was exactly what happened. Belsky was shocked at the severity of the punishment considering her relatively innocuous comment, and immediately spoke to her fellow female friends about the ordeal. They could relate. In the wake of the #MeToo movement, countless women have taken to Facebook to express their frustration and disappointment with men and have been promptly shut down or silenced, banned from the platform for periods ranging from one to seven days. Women have posted things as bland as "men ain't shit," "all men are ugly," and even "all men are allegedly ugly" and had their posts removed. They've been locked out of their accounts for suggesting that, since "all men are ugly," country music star Blake Shelton "winning the sexiest man isn't a triumph."

23:19

Weakened May scrambles to shore up Irish Brexit deal "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP / by Alice RITCHIE | British Prime Minister Theresa May is scrambling to salvage an agreement on the status of the Irish border after Brexit

LONDON (AFP)  British Prime Minister Theresa May scrambled Tuesday to salvage a deal over the post-Brexit border in Ireland after it was rejected by her DUP allies, exposing the weakness of her position in EU negotiations.May was expected to hold talks with Northern Irelands small Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which keeps her Conservative minority government in office, after it blocked agreement on a major issue holding up Brexit talks.

Sources said Britain had agreed to keep EU trade rules for British-controlled Northern Ireland, even if the country as a whole withdrew from the European single market and customs union.

This followed a demand from Dublin for guarantees that Brexit would not lead to the return of frontier checks, amid fears of inflaming sectarian tensions in a region plagued by violence in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

But as May sought to close the deal over lunch with European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels on Monday, the DUP made clear that any special deal for Northern Ireland was unacceptable.

As I understand it, the DUP were spoken to about the proposal but the precise wording it seems was not made clear, former British Brexit minister David Jones told BBC radio on Tuesday morning.

Clearly the prime minister has got a lot of talking to do with (DUP leader) Arlene Foster today.

Ireland said it would not change the text agreed with the EU and London, but European affairs minister Helen McEntee told the state broadcaster RTE that further clarification was needed.

May met her cabinet on Tuesday morning, and British Finance Minister Philip Hammond said the government was still very confident of reaching a deal.

He said that May would return to Brussels later this week for fresh talks.

The frenzied diplomacy caused the pound, which had rallied on Monday on hopes of a deal, to fall on the currency markets against the euro and the dollar.

Special deal for entire UK

Mays domestic critics seized on her failure to secure a deal on Ireland, one of three issues on which she must make progress if EU leaders are to agree to open trade talks with Britain at a summit next week.

Each passing da...

23:19

Sanctions buster Reza Zarrab goes from hero to crook in Turkey "IndyWatch Feed War"

Undefined

The Turkish-Iranian businessman has now become a witness, after charges were initially levelled against him for violating US sanctions

23:15

Media admits: Trump 'not shy' about talking to press, more accessible than Obama "IndyWatch Feed World"

The editor of the Washington Post revealed an inside Washington secret Monday about President Trump: He is far more accessible to reporters than former President Obama.

23:14

Bitcoin Doesnt Exist 1 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Gustave Courbet The wave 1869     A while ago, I asked a regular commenter at the Automatic Earth, who goes by the moniker Dr. D, to try and write an article for us. Not long after, I received no less than 31 pages, and an even 12345 words. Way too long for todays digital

The post Bitcoin Doesnt Exist 1 appeared first on The Automatic Earth.

23:13

South Korea extends smoking ban to pool halls, other indoor sports facilities "IndyWatch Feed World"

Pool halls, screen golf studios and other indoor sports facilities are among popular leisure destinations for jaded urban dwellers to blow off some steam, often followed by a puff of cigarette. However, these indoor sports and leisure facilities are going smoke-free under the new legislative ban that came into force Sunday. With the latest amendment to the National Health Promotion Act, the smoking ban has been extended onto some 56,000 indoor sports and leisure facilities nationwide, including 21,980 pool halls and 9,222 indoor golf studios. Lighting up in these facilities is now an offense carrying up to a 100,000 won ($92) fine

23:11

How a hack almost sprung a prisoner out of jail "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

How a hack almost sprung a prisoner out of jail

In an audacious attack, a hacker attempted to get his friend released from prison early.

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

23:10

The Cost Basis of our Economy is Spiraling Out of Control "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The Cost Basis of our Economy is Spiraling Out of Control by Charles Hugh Smith Of Two Minds What will it take to radically reduce the cost basis of our economy? If we had to choose one big picture...

The post The Cost Basis of our Economy is Spiraling Out of Control appeared first on The Daily Coin.

23:09

Blame A Politicized Prosecution For Kate Steinle Killers Verdict "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In the aftermath of the jury verdict in the Kate Steinle case, America expressed outrage, calling the verdict a miscarriage of justice. Fox News Judge Jeanine Pirro devoted her opening monologue to the verdict, saying Steinles life was worth nothing on the political market. Nearly every other talking head bandwagoned and fueled the anger that an illegal immigrantthe confessed shooterwould be found not guilty of the murder of a beautiful young American citizen.

Many commentators blamed a liberal San Francisco jury and even went so far as to make wild claims that a white American citizen would have been found guilty. Reading the commentary, one would think the jury was either completely stupid or solely politically motivated.

Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN) is now calling for prison time and punishments for elected officials who vote for or support sanctuary cities or shelter illegal immigrant criminals, through a bill introduced in Congress, Stopping Lawless Actions of Politicians Act (the apt acronym SLAP Act), and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is maintaining his call to support Kates Law.

Its understandable to be frustrated with the lack of enforcement on immigration policy and Attorney General Jeff Sessions had a point when he said in a statement that, but for his five-time deportation and continual reentry, shooter Jose Garcia Zarate would not have been on the San Fransisco Pier to begin with. Had the immigration system worked effectively to secure our borders, Steinle would not have been shot.

It seemed like an open and shut case to the public. We are supposed to be secure! Unfortunately, thats exactly what the prosecutors banked on. In the criminal justice world, political agendas and facts irrelevant to the narrow legal question before the jury legally cannot (and ethically should not) be introduced to the juryregardless of how persuasive the political agenda, how horrible the facts, or how much we desire justice to be served.

This Jury Couldnt Consider Immigration, For Good Reason

This is precisely the point of our judicial branch. It is designed to be the non-political and non-emotional branch of government. This case was not about illegal immigration and sanctuary cities. This case involved someone whose collateral issues fit into those two categories, and thats what the media focused on. Thus, t...

23:09

GOP Lawmaker: Well Just Dismantle Whatever Stops Our Out-Of-Control Spending "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

To demonstrate that most Republicans have no desire to reduce federal spending, one need look no further than a Politico story last Thursday. The article recounted how the pending tax bill could trigger automatic reductions in mandatory spending, including to Medicare, under the pay-as-you-go law. When presented with that scenario, Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN) responded thusly:

Medicare is underfunded as it is. If we have to change the PAYGO [pay-as-you-go] rules [that trigger the spending reductions], well just change em. At the end of the day, weRepublicans and Democratshave to go home and face our constituents. I wouldnt want to go home and face my constituents if Id cut Medicare.

Over and above the obvious fact that Roe expressed less-than-zero interest in actually reducing federal spending, he also showed some tortured and erroneous logic in arriving at his position.

For one, Medicare is not underfunded. According to the Congressional Budget Offices most recent baseline, Medicare will consume $592 billion taxpayer dollars in the fiscal year ending next September 30, a total that excludes seniors out-of-pocket spending (e.g., Part B premiums, co-payments, etc.). By 2027, federal spending on Medicare will nearly double, to $1.17 trillion. In the intervening decade, the federal government will spend a total of $8.63 trillion on Medicare. Thats $8,630,000,000,000.

To put Medicares spending in another context: According to International Monetary Fund...

23:09

Washington Post Columnist Brings Up Sarah Huckabee Sanders Body In Border Wall Comparison "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In an interview with NPRs On Point on Sunday, a Washington Post columnist compared White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to the proposed border wall between the United States and Mexico. Kathleen Parker, a columnist for The Washington Post, got very close to fat shaming Sanders when explaining why the White House official is a physical barrier between the public and the Oval Office.

Shes impermeable, Parker said. You know, weve heard forever and ever that were going to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, and the wall that weve wound up with is named Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

And she is, you know, shes just, uh, shes just there, Parker continued Shes larI have to watch my descriptors here because I dont want to say anything physically insulting but she is, um, you know, she provides a, uh, barrier, essentially, between the American public and White House.

Hooo boy.

NPRs Tom Ashbrook changed the direction of the conversation by tossing a question to  CBSs Major Garrett.

We dont have to go physical in any way to observe that this is a very formidable person at the microphone, Ashbrook said. Characterize Sarah Huckabee Sanders as a White House press secretary for us.

Garrett continued to talk about the Trump administration and Sanderss role in the White House. You can listen to the exchange here. Parkers comments about Sanderss physical appearance start at the 2:30 minute mark.

23:07

Bus Bomb Kills 8 in Syrias Homs "IndyWatch Feed War"

BY REUTERS
 DECEMBER 5, 2017 13:59

A string of bombings have struck cities under government control in Syria this year, including the capital Damascus.

People and security personnel look on at the area of a blast in Homs, Syria December 5, 2017

People and security personnel look on at the area of a blast in Homs, Syria December 5, 2017. (photo credit: SANA/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS)

BEIRUT A bomb blast killed eight people and injured 16 others on a bus in Syrias Homs on Tuesday, state media said, citing the citys health authority.

Islamic State claimed the attack, saying the blast killed 11 members of the Syrian army, its official news agency AMAQ said.

Many of the passengers were university students, Homs Governor Talal Barazi told state-run Ikhbariya TV. The blast in the government-held city hit the Akrama dis...

23:04

German pilots refuse to deport refugees to death "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video from Germany says about itself:

19 November 2016

Hundreds of protesters gathered in Hanover, Saturday, to protest against the German governments plans to deport Afghan nationals under an agreement signed by the EU.

Protesters argue the move will put deportees in danger, due to the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan, and the resurgence of the Taliban. Claudia, a protester, said in Afghanistan there is still a war going on, those who will get deported, probably they will die or really suffer.

After police in Honduras refusing to kill pro-democracy demonstrators, now this.

By Elizabeth Schumacher in Germany, 4 December 2017:

German pilots refuse to carry out deportations

Pilots across Germany are stopping planned deportations of rejected asylum seekers. At the same time, refugees are appealing their deportation orders in record numbers and winning.

Many pilots in Germany are refusing to participate in deportations, local media reported on Monday.

Following an information request from the Left party, the government said that 222 planned flights were stopped by pilots who wanted no part in the controversial return of refugees to Afghanistan, whi...

23:04

India: Two doctors fired after 'dead' baby wakes up on way to funeral "IndyWatch Feed World"

A hospital in India fired two physicians and promised an investigation after a baby who was declared dead woke up in a bag while the family was driving to his funeral. The case has sparked outrage across the country, police are involved, and the New Delhi health minister has threatened to cancel the hospital's license. Max Healthcare in New Delhi issued a statement saying the "unfortunate incident" occurred Thursday following a premature delivery of twins after a five-month pregnancy. The second child was stillborn; the first was declared dead a short time later. The babies were placed in plastic bags and the family was driving to the crematorium when they saw movement. They opened the bag to find the live child.

23:04

Anatomy of a CIA Assassination: How it Went Down "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Was Mary Pinchot Meyer killed in an intricate, CIA-conducted operation like something out of the old television show, Mission Impossible?

Did Meyer, who was President John F. Kennedys mistress, know too much about his assassination, and about the organization she believed was involved? Her own husband, Cord Meyer, was in charge of a CIA division that was involved in, among other things, assassinations, according to Peter Janney.

Janney, who has spent nearly a lifetime researching the murder of this woman, came upon the most intriguing stories from alleged witnesses, and these stories create a plausible picture of not only why she was murdered but how. The excerpt below is about the how.

We dont know if this is what really happened to Meyer, but we think it possibly could have, and that is grimly fascinating.

Much has been written about the kinds of chicanery US intelligence agencies have been up to, so I see no need to elaborate here. But I do want to share with you one of the more bizarre tricks they planned, but never had the occasion to execute: Operation Dirty Trick which was revealed by declassified documents in 1997. As described by the Washington Post,

the idea was to provide irrevocable proof that, should the MERCURY manned orbit flight fail, the fault lies with the Communists et al Cuba. This could be accomplished, the planners suggested in a Feb. 2, 1962, memo, by manufacturing various pieces of evidence which would prove electronic interference on the part of the Cubans.

If the Agency had been able to manufacture irrevocable proof that Castro caused the space flight to fail then its not so hard to believe they could manufacture proof that a poor black laborer murdered Mary Meyer, a troublesome woman who was asking too many questions about the Kennedy assassination.

The excerpt below is from Chapter 12 of Marys Mosaic: The CIA Conspiracy to Murder John F. Kennedy, Mary Pinchot Meyer, and Their Vision for World Peace, Third Edition (Skyhorse Publishing, 2016). (To see Part 1 of chapter 12, please go...

23:00

Get Government out of the Welfare Business "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

By: Lee Friday

Fighting poverty is a favorite pastime of government because politicians get to portray themselves as champions of the poor. However, the unfortunate few tend to be far fewer in number when aid is extended privately instead of through tax funded programs.

Government Bureaucracies Benefit from Welfare Programs

Coercion is used to acquire the revenue (taxes) to finance welfare programs. As evidenced by the commission it retains prior to redistributing this wealth, government bureaucracies are one of the beneficiaries of these programs, and thus highly incentivized to claim a perpetual need for the programs. I live in Canada, where the number of federal government welfare program employees increased by 43% between 2006 and 2012. Clearly, it serves the interests of politicians and bureaucrats to create (impose) a culture of dependency. As Murray Rothbard wrote in For a New Liberty:

Since welfare families are paid proportionately to the number of their children, the system provides an important subsidy for the production or more children. Furthermore, the people being induced to have more children are precisely those who can afford it least; the result can only be to perpetuate their dependence on welfare, and, in fact, to develop generations who are permanently dependent on the welfare dole.

Economist Thomas Sowell wrote:

The black family, which had survived centuries of slavery and discrimination, began rapidly disintegrating in the liberal welfare state that subsidized unwed pregnancy and changed welfare from an emergency rescue to a way of life.

The government exacerbates the problems it is supposedly trying to solve.

Why Private Aid is Superior to Public Aid

Drawing on the work of David Beito, historian Hildegard Hoeller describes the presence of decentralized systems of mutual aid:

Regardless of where they came from, the members of nearly all ethnic and national groups erected formidable networks of individual and collective self-help for protection. These social welfare systems fell into two broad categories: hierarchical and reciprocal relief.

While hierarchical relief was often bureaucratic, Beito notes, reci...

ProPublica Illinois Q&A: Meet Reporter Jason Grotto "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Jason Grotto, who came to ProPublica Illinois from the Chicago Tribune, believes journalists must fight to get to the bottom of an issue because if youre complacent and just take things at face value, youre going to miss the truth. In the ninth of a series of Q&As with ProPublica Illinois staffers, Grotto talked with ProPublica Emerging Reporter Andrea Salcedo.

What inspired you to become a journalist?

I actually stumbled into journalism. Originally, I wanted to be a high school history teacher. After graduating from school and bouncing around doing a bunch of jobs, I ended up getting an internship at a nonprofit magazine called Catalyst, which covers public education in Chicago, because I was interested in writing. I started working for them and, in doing so, caught the journalism bug. Id always been very interested and passionate about social justice issues.

Reporter Jason Grotto. (Michael Schmidt, special to ProPublica Illinois)

I grew up in Chicago and was a bit of a problem child. I went to public schools and did not do well. My mother was remarried, and I ended up moving to the suburbs and got a lot more attention. I used to ditch a lot of school, and I couldnt do that in the suburbs because they had systems in place. I personally had an experience where I was able to see firsthand the contrast and I went to a good public school in Chicago. It always made me realize some of the notions that we have about living in a meritocracy are suspect. It just raised a lot of questions for me. Thats kind of been a driving force behind my journalism.

Whats been your most rewarding experience as a journalist?

Whenever you see impact from your work, its really rewarding. When I was at the Miami Herald, I did a series of stories on a poverty program that funded a massive redevelopment project in a poor neighborhood. The developer was from Boston. What this developer was going to do was su...

Grabbing Raw Images From A New Russian Satellite "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The Soviet Union took the world by surprise when it sent its Sputnik satellite into low earth orbit way back in 1957. The event triggered a space race between the Soviets and the United States and ushered in technologies that would go on to touch the lives of every human on earth. Today, several nations have a space program. And one of the more useful things to put in orbit are weather satellites. In 2014, the Russians launched their Meteor N M-2 weather satellite into a polar orbit. The part that were most interested in is the fact that it transmits images at 137.1 MHz using the standard LRPT protocol.

Now, before you get your jumper wires in a bunch we are well aware that receiving satellite images is nothing new. However, the newer Meteor N M-2 transmits images at twelve times the resolution of US NOAA satellites. No typo there   thats twelve (12!) times. Have we got your attention now?

We shouldnt have to tell you to jump on over to [phasenoises] blog which gives you everything you need to start grabbing some of these awesome images.

Thanks to [Roy Tremblay] for the tip!

 

 


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22:57

How Silicon Valley Became The FCC Chairs Scapegoat "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Joshua Brustein for Bloomberg - The debate over internet regulation has steadily morphed over the last few years from an insular fight between telecom experts into a standard-issue political screaming match. The process seemed to devolve fully over the last week, starting when Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai released his plan to roll back Obama-era open internet rules on Nov. 22, the day before Thanksgiving. The proposal was a logical candidate for a pre-holiday news dump. Significant public support has built over the last three years for net neutrality, the principle that internet providers shouldnt give preferential treatment to certain websites and services. If internet providers have this power, the argument goes, they could smother views they dont like, or services that compete with their own. The energy to prevent this is coming nearly entirely from the Democratic side, and resulted in the strongest-ever net neutrality protections in the form of the 2015 Open Internet rules. Most Republicans thought the rules were unnecessary, and hated that the FCC claimed greater regulatory power over companies like Comcast Corp. and AT&T Inc. in implementing them. For some reason, restoring the lost power of huge telecom companies hasnt lit a fire in grassroots circles on the right, a point that Pais political allies have been acknowledging privately for months. So the FCC chair came back from Thanksgiving looking to create a spark.

22:57

Roy Moores Liberal Enablers "IndyWatch Feed War"

If he wins, he can thank Al Franken and Jimmy Kimmel among others.

Bill Clinton and Al Franken during a rally at the University of Minnesota, Oct. 10, 2014.
Bill Clinton and Al Franken during a rally at the University of Minnesota, Oct. 10, 2014. PHOTO: JEAN PIERI/ASSOCIATED PRESS

When Alabamans go to the polls a week from now in a special election to choose their next senator, not even Mrs. Roy Moore will be rooting as hard for her Republican husband as the junior senator from Minnesota, Al Franken.

The reason is simple. Mr. Franken knows that if Mr. Moore takes his Senate seat, it becomes less likely the former Saturday Night Live comic will have to relinquish his. And therein lies a larger tale about how the liberal opposition to Mr. Moore may be backfiring.

Until this race, plausible accusations that a candidate had engaged in sexual conduct with girls as young as 14 would be enough to sink most any man. Coming as these charges do amid a national sexual reckoning that has already brought down many powerful men hitherto thought untouchable, they ought to be even mo...

22:56

Glazov Gang: Saudi Curriculum in American High Schools "IndyWatch Feed War"

This new edition of The Glazov Gang features Dr. Charles Jacobs, the president of Americans for Peace and Tolerance. Dr. Jacobs discusses Saudi Curriculum in American High Schools, unveiling the meaning of Jihad in Newton. Dont miss it! Subscribe to the Glazov Gangs YouTube Channel. Please donate through our Pay Pal account to help The []

22:55

Ian Buruma en 'het betrekkelijk goedaardige imperialisme uit Washington' 32 "IndyWatch Feed War"


Dinsdag 6 juni 2017 verkondigde Ian Buruma tegenover de wereldbevolking die Engels leest, en The Worlds Opinion Page van Project Syndicate onder ogen krijgt, dat

even if the end of Pax Americana does not result in military invasions, or world wars, we should ready ourselves for a time when we might recall the American Empire with fond nostalgia,

een waarschuwing die niet licht opgevat moet worden, al was het maar omdat mijn oude...

22:55

Supermoon creates rare moon halos and moondogs over Alabama "IndyWatch Feed World"

While there's no formal definition of a Supermoon, it's typically considered a full moon that occurs at perigee. Perigee is the point in the moon's orbit in which the moon is closest to the earth. A full moon at perigee will look up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than a full moon that is located farthest from the earth, known as apogee. Sunday night, we got something more than just a super moon! Look at this -- it is a super rare moondog!

22:54

Navajo Nation Files Joint Complaint to Defend Bears Ears "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published December 5, 2017

WINDOW ROCK, NAVAJO NATION  Yesterday the Navajo Nation joined the Hopi Tribe, Zuni Tribe, Ute Indian Tribe, and Ute Mountain Ute Indian Tribe in filing a Complaint against the Trump administration for its actions revoking and replacing the Bears Ears National Monument.  The five Tribes formed a Coalition that worked to have the Monument designated in 2016. President Obamas decision to designate the Monument came after years of extensive outreach and coordination with the five Coalition Tribes.

In their Complaint the Tribes argue the actions taken by President Trump are a violation of the Antiquities Act and are unconstitutional. Under the Constitution, Congress has exclusive authority to make decisions regarding property belonging to the United States. Through the Antiquities Act, Congress delegated to the President the limited authority to designate National Monuments and retained to itself the power to revoke or modify National Monuments.  The Proclamation signed by President Trump today is so extreme that it revokes and replaces Bears Ears and thereby violates the Antiquities Act and seizes authority that the Constitution vests solely in Congress. The Tribes argue this overreach by the President should be declared unlawful and be enjoined to prevent its implementation.

The Presidents actions came after months of tribal leaders expressing opposition to his proposal to shrink the Monument. During these months some 685,000 comments were submitted by the public in support of the Monument. Despite this outpouring of support, the President, without adequate tribal consultation, dismantled the Monument and lifted protections from 85 percent of the Bears Ears landscape.

The Complaint filed today with the D.C. District Court alleges President Trump was without legal authority to take this action. The Navajo Nation has maintained its position to defend the entirety of the Monument, which it does today in the joint Complaint.

Bears Ears has been ho...

22:53

ABC News president rips staff over Brian Ross' Michael Flynn flub "IndyWatch Feed World"

ABC News president James Goldston excoriated staff Monday over Brian Ross' major error on a report about former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, and announced that Ross, the network's chief investigative reporter, will no longer cover stories related to President Trump. Goldston also told staffers that the network was conducting a "full review" of the error and its aftermath. Ross had initially reported Friday morning that Flynn was prepared to testify that Donald Trump as a candidate had instructed him to reach out to the Russians. Ross said more than seven hours later on "World News Tonight" that his information was actually that Flynn was prepared to testify Trump made the request as president-elect. On Saturday evening, ABC News said Ross had been suspended for four weeks without pay for what it termed the "serious error."

22:51

Turkey threatens to ax diplomatic ties with Israel if US recognizes Jerusalem as capital "IndyWatch Feed War"

Turkey threatens to ax diplomatic ties with Israel if US recognizes Jerusalem as capital

5dec - door admin - ...

22:51

FLASHBACK: Email: Hillary Clinton didn't know name of dead US ambassador Chris Stevens "IndyWatch Feed World"

The night a U.S. ambassador was killed in a terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, Hillary Clinton sent a message to three senior State Department officials. The recepients were Jake Sullivan, Deputy Chief of Staff to then-Secretary of State Clinton, Cheryl Mills, an adviser to Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign and Counselor and Chief of Staff to the Secretary, and Victoria Jane Nuland, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs. "Cheryl told me the Libyans confirmed his death. Should we announce tonight or wait until morning?" Clinton says in the email, time stamped 11:38 p.m. on Sept. 11, 2012. The email had as its subject line: "Chris Smith." The murdered ambassador was Chris Stevens. The Secretary of State didn't even know the name of the U.S. ambassador to Libya - even after terrorists stormed an American compound and killed him. Sean Smith, an information management officer with the United States Foreign Service, was also killed during the attack in Benghazi. They'll no doubt say she meant him - but she actually got BOTH names of the dead wrong.

22:50

Children: Oral Health - Question "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Photo of Lord Hunt of Kings HeathLord Hunt of Kings HeathShadow Spokesperson (Cabinet Office), Shadow Spokesperson (Health), Shadow Spokesperson (Education)

My Lords, I am sure that we are all grateful to the Minister for his wisdom in advising us on such important matters. I declare an interest as president of the British Fluoridation Society. To return to the point that I have raised with many Ministers over the past few years, the Minister says that it is down to local decision-making. The problem is that the hurdles that have been put in place make it almost impossible for local authorities to get fluoride into their water supplies. Will he look again at the rules and the law and agree that this is a strategic decision that needs to be made by government?

Lord O'Shaughnessy The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

I am certainly happy to look again at that issue because we know the benefits of fluoridation. That is one reason why more children are having fluoridevarnishes, for example.

Never ending!

22:49

Massachusetts, Protesters Balk At Pipeline Companys Payments To Police "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Eoin Higgins for The Huffington Post - SANDISFIELD, Mass. When Karla Colon-Aponte arrived at the Otis State Forest on the morning of Oct. 25, she intended to join her fellow protesters praying beside energy giant Kinder Morgans Connecticut Expansion Project line, a four-mile-long natural gas pipeline that runs in a loop through the town of Sandisfield in the Berkshire hills of western Massachusetts. The Connecticut Expansion Project has been the focus of sustained activist resistance in this sleepy rural community ever since Kinder Morgan began work at the site in late April. The pipeline, which went into operation last month, links natural gas infrastructure in Massachusetts, New York and Connecticut. The portion of the project in Sandisfield cuts through Berkshire wilderness, across old-growth forest and alongside waterways, which pipeline critics say could potentially damage the natural resources in the state forest. Colon-Aponte, 22, is Taina, the indigenous people of Puerto Rico, and is part of a group known as the water protectors, who have traveled the country protesting energy infrastructure projects, using nonviolent resistance tactics to stop projects that they see as endangering water resources. The Massachusetts State Police, expecting trouble from the protesters, were already on site in force when Colon-Aponte arrived at the pipeline. The two sides converged on a dirt road as tensions began to rise with the early morning mist. It started as a faceoff between the protesters and the cops, but quickly escalated. As the police closed in, Colon-Aponte tried to move away from the front line.

22:48

Swedish men grow weary of #Metoo sex scandals "IndyWatch Feed World"

In the past weeks, Swedish media flow has been dominated by the #metoo anti-harassment campaign, with accusations reaching as far up as the Swedish Academy and associates of the Royal Family. Now, almost half of Swedish men believe they have had enough. Sweden became arguably the nation most swept by the #metoo campaign against harassment, with dozens of trade organizations reaching out to thousands of allegedly affected women over the past weeks and dictating the narrative.

22:48

Egypt arrests Mubarak's interior minister, say security sources "IndyWatch Feed War"

Undefined

Habib al-Adly, who served under Hosni Mubarak, had been missing since April and failed to attend his sentencing in a corruption case

22:46

German Government prepares Law for backdoors and hacking back "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The German Government is preparing a law that will force hardware vendors to include a backdoor in their products and to allow its unit to hack back.

The German Government is preparing a law that will force hardware vendors to include a backdoor in their products. The law aims to allow law enforcement agencies to use backdoors to gather information during their investigations.

The law would target devices in any industry, including telecommunications, automotive and IoT products.

According to local news outlet RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland (RND), German Officials are expected to submit their proposal for debate this week.

The acting Federal Minister of the Interior Thomas de Maizire (CDU) wants to oblige the industry, German security authorities to open digital gateway for the spying on private cars, computers and smart TVs. states the news outlet.

The application is overwritten with Need for action on the legal obligation of third parties for measures of covert information gathering according to 100c and 100f StPO. De Maizire wants to drastically expand the so-called eavesdropping attack by using technical means against individuals. Above all, large corporations and producers of digital security systems should be required to provide information and notification.

The proposal is strongly supported by the Federal Minister of the Interior Thomas de Maizire who cites the difficulty investigations have had in the past especially when fighting against terrorist organizations.

German Government prepars Law for backdoors and hacking back

The Interior Minister explained that modern technology is able to alert suspects for every suspicious activity conducted by law enforcement agencies.

The Minister cited the cases of smart cars that alert an owner as soon as the car is shaken or any other anomalous activity is conducted by police officers.

Well the presence of a backdoor could allow investigators to operate stopping any warning is sent to the suspect.

De Maizire stressed out that companies have a legal obligation to introduce backdoors for the use of law enforcement ag...

22:45

The president cannot obstruct justice "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The president cannot obstruct justice because he is the chief law enforcement officer under (the Constitutions Article II) and has every right to express his view of any case, [President Trumps personal lawyer John] Dowd told NBC News Monday.

Damn, that sounds familiaroh yeah:

Well, someone else shares that view.

Heres the original:

Nixons admission was shocking precisely because it revealed a fundamental misunderstanding of what it means to be an elected leader in a nation of laws. The quote from the current Presidents lawyer should scare you for exactly the same reason.

22:45

THE DISINFORMATION WAR: The Attempt To Disregard Silver Investor Demand In The Market "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

THE DISINFORMATION WAR: The Attempt To Disregard Silver Investor Demand In The Market by Steve St Angelo SRSrocco Report TDC Note This reads like a combination of several of the articles I have written over the past several...

The post THE DISINFORMATION WAR: The Attempt To Disregard Silver Investor Demand In The Market appeared first on The Daily Coin.

22:45

Largest Clutch of Pterosaur Eggs Ever Discovered Found in China "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Over 200 fossilized pterosaur eggs have been found at a single dig site in China:

The largest clutch of [pterosaur] eggs ever discovered suggests that the extinct flying reptiles may have gathered together in vast colonies to lay their eggs. More than 200 eggs were discovered at one location in China.

Little is known about how the pterosaurs reproduced. The find suggests that hatchlings were probably incapable of flight when they emerged from the egg, and needed some parental care.

Fossilised pterosaur eggs and embryos are extremely rare. Until now only a handful of eggs have been found, in Argentina and north-western China. The large collection of eggs suggests pterosaurs may have nested in colonies, where they defended their offspring from predator attack.

Also at NYT and NPR.

Egg accumulation with 3D embryos provides insight into the life history of a pterosaur (DOI: 10.1126/science.aan2329) (DX)


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22:42

Henry Giroux: Gangster Capitalism "IndyWatch Feed War"

Gangster capitalism and nostalgic authoritarianism in Trumps America

In one year, the Trump regime has wrought immense damage to democracy, culture and thought. But theres new hope

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22:42

Round Teak Table and Chairs "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Round Teak Table and Chairs There are a number of pieces of furniture which each business needs: a great office chair to sit reception seats for your guests to wait , in, a table to match in, and conference seats to sit in during meetings. Whether you are currently working at a fortune 500 company or a small start up business, pretty much every business needs a good set of seminar chairs to finish their meeting room. Even a meeting space or A seminar room is a location where both workers and clients meet to talk about ideas and strategies for your enterprise, and these meetings could last for long periods of time. Whether its your clients that will get the most use from your conference chairs or your workers, you wish to be certain that they are comfortable while seated. Conference chairs also supply you with the opportunity to present your meeting room an expert appeal and also the capability to express the culture of your company through design. As with every other piece of timing, furniture and consideration should be given to what kind of convention chair will be perfect for your company.

The very first issue to remember while buying a pair of conference chairs is the atmosphere of your furniture and your business. Does your office have a design that is contemporary to it or is it traditional in look? It is important to fully comprehend the character of your company also, for instance, if you are a law office that is best known for its professionalism and traditionalism, then you would not wish to buy a pair of modern looking conference chairs to your meeting room. You would most likely want to go for a chair with leather that is real and a wood trim to complete your look that is traditional. Be sure to match your whole office with a styling, if your style and furniture are mismatched that can come off as cheap and simple. Furniture truly has the capability to shape the way so it is essential for them to depart with a positive feeling your own company is perceived by your guests.

The next thing to do is to pick, after specifying the style you may want for your seminar chairs in. Leather is the choice to go with and has the widest choice of styles to choose from. Its also a option, easy to clean, and gives off a feeling of professionalism. The only drawback to leather is that its expensive; it might be best to go for a leather alternative thats more affordable, if youll use your seminar space. Vinyl is yet another choice because its usually a little cheaper in cost than its own leather counterpart looks identical. For a more contemporary look, look at a me...

22:38

Locals paint the garbage bins and change the mood in their village "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

With a simple move, residents of Apikoia on the island of Andros changed the look of their village. They painted the ugly garbage bins in bright colors and the landscape and the mood changed immediately. All they needed for this pioneer action was good will and inspiration, a few liters of paint, brushes and eager

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22:38

World chaos diagnosis: Acute Zionist infestation causing misery in America and everywhere else "IndyWatch Feed World"

"Western societies have been infected by an insidious flesh eating bug, a blood sucking tick that spreads a bigoted and elitist disease that will eventually destroy us all." "Average Joe," who's an American veteran down on his luck, could have begun his own landscaping or mechanic business when hard times came. Only Uncle Sam was too broken to gift good old Joe $30,000 or so to get things rolling. It's too bad, because Joe got a bronze star and lost a leg over there in Iraq. If Joe's family only knew how Zionist, pig bankers had cost millions of Americans an alternative future, then maybe we'd all stand a better chance of life and liberty. But, they don't know yet. For a couple of years now I've laid awake nights trying to figure out how to convey to my countrymen the catastrophic abuse of power leveraged by Israel's Washington-based henchmen. At first, I was like most people, worried friends and enemies alike might call me an "anti-Semite" for the insinuation of Zionist lobby skullduggery. Then, a murdered and sodomized Libyan leader made fun of by a presidential candidate, and a few tens of thousands of dead kids over there in Syria, Yemen, and in Gaza, and some more in Yemen, all caused me not to give a damn what people label me as. But wait, what about my Jewish friends? What would they think if I jumped feet first into Bibi Netanyahu and his AIPAC vampires?

22:34

Apple, Facebook find something to praise China for amid Internet clampdown The Chinese government doing a fabulous job on that. "IndyWatch Feed War"

WUZHEN, CHINA (REUTERS) Top executives at Apple Inc and Facebook Inc managed to find something to praise Beijing for at an Internet conference in China this week, even as its Communist Party rulers ban Western social media and stamp on online dissent.

Chinas World Internet Conference attracted the heads of Google and Apple for the first time to hear China vow to open up its Internet just as long as it can guard cyberspace in the same way it guards its borders.

The tacit endorsement of the event by top US tech executives comes as China introduces strict new rules on censorship and data storage, causing headaches for foreign tech firms permitted to do business in China and signalling that restrictions banning others are unlikely to be lifted any time soon.

Id compliment the Chinese government in terms of leadership on using data, Facebook vice-president Vaughan Smith said on Tuesday (Dec 5), citing government bodies such as the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) and Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).

The Chinese government, the CAC and MIIT are doing a fabulous job on that.

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22:29

Doublespeak: When racism is disguised as anti-racism "IndyWatch Feed World"

When I started my graduate education at Portland State in 2015 after a long hiatus from academe, I attended an event titled, "Students of Color Speak Out." The university president encouraged all students, staff and faculty to attend the event, organized in reaction to alleged racial tensions on campus. As a student of color and the gay son of refugee immigrants, the event's premise interested me. As I sat in the front, I listened to students detail their daily trauma of existing on a campus that was majority white. Students representing many ethnicities repeatedly shared feeling unsafe. I was confounded because their anecdotes spoke of an experience that sounded similar to those who lived in apartheid-era South Africa or Jim Crow Mississippi - not something I remotely recognized in ultra-progressive Portland. Still, I was sympathetic and recognized that my personal experiences may not be shared by others.

22:28

Net Neutrality Reg Rollback Riles Religious Groups "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By John Eggerton for B& C - Religious groups are calling on FCC chairman Ajit Pai not to eliminate the bright-line network neutrality rules, which he has proposed doing at the FCC's Dec. 14 public meeting. That came in a letter Monday from, among others, the National Council of Churches, the Islamic Society of North America and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Saying communications was "one of Gods great gifts to humanity," they said, and suggested net neutrality was needed to protect that gift. "We implore the policymakers at the Federal Communications Commission to retain the existing policies which maximize an open and free Internet," they wrote. "We are concerned about paid prioritization and other policies that will increase costs and limit opportunities for our nonprofit organizations and the communities we serve," they added. "We urge you to retain the existing protections to protect an Open Internet and to use the strongest legal authority to prohibit paid prioritization. Robust net neutrality protections are essential for all sectors of society, including ours." Pai is proposing eliminating the rules against blocking, throttling and paid prioritization, instead having the Justice Department take action against any conduct it deems anticompetitive, and the Federal Trade Commission police for conduct that is unfair or deceptive, including holding ISPs to their promises of no blocking or throttling.

22:27

Evenflo Modtot High Chair "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Evenflo Modtot High Chair You can tell if your church seats are due for replacement. It is no secret that all worn out seating isnt comfortable. They are unappealing, not to mention structurally unsound and reflect on a church. Structurally compromised seating can give way at any given moment, hurting a salesman member or possibly embarrassing.

When buying church chairs, quality is more non-negotiable; it is always better to put money into a couple of pops of quality seats that will last for years to come rather than buy a space full of cheap seats that will start to fall apart at the seams from the minute they are first employed. You get exactly what you pay for, in regards to seating. While quality seats might not be economical, they offer a worth that is much greater, as they will last considerably longer than quality seats. Investing in chairs will offer your congregation an enhanced worship experience and a comfortable environment.

It could be difficult to obtain church seats in the event the church is already overwhelmed by other obligations. There are a few ideas that you can use even in the face of a church budget that is tight to make sure that you are able to buy quality church chairs.

22:25

Philippines President Duterte proclaims Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing, the New Peoples Army, as terrorist groups "IndyWatch Feed War"

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said President Rodrigo Dutertes order will enable law enforcers to run after individuals who provide financial support to CPP-NPA. AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File

MANILA, Philippines (Updated 6:35 p.m.) 

President Rodrigo Duterte has proclaimed the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing, the New Peoples Army, as terrorist groups.I, Rodrigo Roa Duterte, declare the CPP-NPA as designated and/or identified as a terrorist organization pursuant to the Section 3 and 15 of the RA 10168 and its Implementing Rules and Regulations, presidential spokesman Harry Roque announced Tuesday afternoon.

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Dutertes order would enable law enforcers to run after individuals who provide financial support to CPP-NPA as Republic Act 10168 criminalizes the financing of terrorism.
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Roque also read the memorandum issued by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea to Justice Se...

22:23

Germany: Hunter Dies After Wild Boar he Was Trying to Shoot Attacked Him "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from The Guardian

Police in Germany say a hunter has died after being attacked by a wild boar he was trying to shoot.

The 50-year-old man was on a boar hunt with a dozen others near the north-eastern town of Greifswald on Sunday when he was attacked by the male boar.

Witnesses reported that he fired off a shot and then moved into some reeds, where he apparently encountered the pig.

Police say the man suffered serious injuries to his left thigh and fell into nearby water. He died at a hospital and has not been identified.

Police say the boars whereabouts are unknown, and it is not clear if the animal was injured.

About 500,000 wild boars are killed each year in Germany. Experts say that is not enough to stop the population from growing.

22:21

November dragonflies video "IndyWatch Feed World"

This November 2017 video from the Netherlands shows a female common darter dragonfly, in tandem with a male, depositing eggs under water. Next spring, the young dragonfly larvae will hatch.

The first serious freezing of the year will kill the adult dragonflies.


22:20

Department of Health written question answered on 4th December 2017. "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Photo of Lord O'ShaughnessyLord O'Shaughnessy The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

National dental surveys show that inequalities in childrens oral health are associated with deprivation, geography and ethnicity. Inequalities in child oral health have been reported in surveys carried out as part of the dental epidemiology programme in England, and within the decennial Childrens Dental Health Survey. A copy of the executive summary is attached.
For example, children in the north of England have higher levels of tooth decay than those in the south, and those from Chinese and ...

22:19

Spain drops international arrest warrant for Catalonia ex-leader Puigdemont "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

Aurore Belot, AFP | Catalonias dismissed leader Carles Puigdemont, along with other members of his dismissed government, arrives to address a press conference at The Press Club in Brussels on October 31, 2017.

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2017-12-05

Spains Supreme Court said on Tuesday it had withdrawn an international arrest warrant for Catalonias former leader Carles Puigdemont and four of his cabinet members saying the politicians had shown willingness to return to Spain.

All five travelled to Belgium following a unilateral declaration of independence in the Catalan parliament on Oct. 27, considered illegal by Spanish courts.

The withdrawal of the arrest warrant also prevented more than one European jurisdiction overseeing the case, the court said.

(REUTERS)


22:19

Supreme Court OKs Trump Travel Ban "IndyWatch Feed War"

A woman wearing an Islamic head covering protests Trump's temporary travel ban in front of the U.S. Supreme CourtA woman wearing an Islamic head covering protests Trumps temporary travel ban in front of the U.S. Supreme Court (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Trumps latest iteration of his travel pause will go fully into effect following a ruling from the Supreme Court. The court granted a request from the administration to allow the temporary ban to go into effect while legal battles continue in lower courts.

The decision passed with two dissenting voices from Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayer.

Trump has long promised to temporarily restrict immigration from countries where chaos and terrorism is widespread in order to protect the American people from potentially importing dangerous radicals.

The travel ban impacts citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad, North Korea and Venezuela, who will now, with some exceptions, no longer be able to enter the United States.

Critics of the pause call it a Muslim Ban since six of the countries on the list are Muslim majority. Lawyers opposed to the ban argue it unfairly singles out Islam as a faith and therefore violates the First Amendment.

The travel ban has gone through three iterations since January when it was first unveiled. Versions one and tw...

22:18

FBI Agent Peter Strzok changed Hillary email scandal language from "grossly negligent" to "extremely careless" "IndyWatch Feed World"

Over the weekend we noted that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's top FBI investigator into 'Russian meddling', agent Peter Strzok, was removed from the probe due to the discovery of anti-Trump text messages exchanged with a colleague (a colleague whom he also happened to be having an extra-marital affair with).

22:15

Are We Losing Our Will To Empathize? (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Are We Losing Our Will To Empathize? Video We Are Change In this video, Luke Rudkowski of WeAreChange gives you the latest breaking news on empathy, and the ability to empathize which has been going down drastically in the...

The post Are We Losing Our Will To Empathize? (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

22:15

VIDEO: Saakashvili threatens to jump off roof in Kiev before being detained "IndyWatch Feed War"

The ever-grotesque situation in Ukraine took another nose dive into farce today as Mikhail Saakashvili, ex-president of Georgia and governor of Odessa, climbed to the roof of his eight storey apartment building in Kiev and threatened to jump for no very obvious reason. His rash action was apparently precipitated by the arrival of the Ukrainian Security Service (the SBU) to search his home as part of an ongoing criminal investigation, in which Saakashvili is charged with attempting to oust the Ukrainian authorities. According to some unsourced claims both Saakashvili and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko have accused each other of being Russian agents. Presumably at least one of them is wrong. Filed under: latest, Ukraine, video

22:14

A decade of G7 central bank collusion and counting "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Since late 2007, the Federal Reserve has embarked on grand-scale collusion with other G-7 central banks to manufacture a massive amount of money. The scope and degree of this collusion are historically unprecedented and by admission of the perpetrators, unconventional in approach, and depending on the speech ineffective. Central bank efforts to provide Continue reading A decade of G7 central bank collusion and counting

22:14

#NoG20: Cops Raided More Than 20 Buildings Across #Germany Today "IndyWatch Feed War"

December 5, 2017: German cops raided more than 20 buildings in several German states today by order of the special investigation unit Black Bloc, which is investgating the clashes during the G20 summit in Hamburg. Several people were injured during the police raids. Update 01:00pm: Police press conference after todays raids. Update 01:30pm: Tonight demo against NoG20 repression in Hamburg.

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Image: Spontaneous protests in Gttingen, Germany against NoG20 police raids this morning. Image by Twitter account @linksunten_goe

Published by Enough is Enough.

Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of  these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.

Read all our NoG20 reports; here.

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22:13

Digging Deeper (Roots, cont'd) "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"


In another installment of "Roots", I found that the Quidley family, to whom I am directly related and who settled on Hatteras Island in North Carolina's outer banks first came to the New World in the 1680's, on the Brigantine, Gull, out of Portsmouth, England. The ship's master, Patrick Quidley, established a base for himself by transplanting family members as colonists. Though the mists of time hang heavy over precisely what the 'colonists' intended to do, their subsequent actions speak for themselves.

Patrick Quidley's brush with the law is recorded in the book, "The Admiralty Sessions, 1536-1834: Maritime Crime and the Silver Oar".
"Dr. Fisher Littleton presided over the Admiralty court and took the view that those who adhered to James II were not enemies, but rogues. The prosecution proceeded at the Admiralty Sessions held at the Marshalsea in February 1694, even though the nine accused men asserted that they fought under a lawful commission issued by James II. At these hearings, Captain John Golden and Thomas Jones were convicted for treason and Patrick Quidley and Darby Collins for piracy. On March 5,  1694, they were hanged."
As the book points out, there was some dispute as to whether they (pirates) sailed under a letter of marque or as pirates. The distinction between the two was a fine one...

The body of ....

22:12

Guest post: Is gas a bridge to nowhere for UK climate policy? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Steve Pye is a principal research associate at the UCL Energy Institute, specialising in energy systems analysis.

Gas is hugely important for meeting the energy needs of the UK. In 2016, it was used to produce more than 40% of the total electricity generated and was the primary source of heating for around 85% of UK households (23m).

Yet there is a crucial question as to whether gas, which accounts for more than a third of UK emissions, can continue to play a role in the provision of energy, given the UKs current climate ambition and the need to increase that ambition following the Paris Agreement.

Recent analysis by the Tyndall Centre suggests its role will be extremely limited, due to the limited remaining carbon budget, lack of progress on carbon capture and storage (CCS) and the potential for fugitive emissions of methane from the gas sector. It concludes that in Europe: Fossil fuels (including natural gas) have no substantial role in an EU 2C energy system beyond 2035.

In our new paper, published in the journal Energy Policy with Christophe McGladeand colleagues in the UK Energy Research Centre, we explore whether gas could act as a bridge, helping the UK shift to a low-emission energy system, because it could displace fossil fuels, such as coal and oil, which have higher emissions per unit of energy. The paper also assesses whether gas has any significant role to play in the longer term.

Given the UKs current reliance on gas for energy and the large infrastructure that supports its extraction, transport and use, these are crucial questions for decision-makers to tackle. Reinvesting in or making new investments in gas infrastructure risks locking in fossil fuels, the use of which may not be compatible with the em...

22:11

BREXIT in Jeopardy? "IndyWatch Feed World"

The top story in Britain is the collapse of BREXIT negotiations thanks to the stupidity of Northern Ireland. If Northern Ireland wants to remain inside the EU, we already have Scotland saying they would want the same deal and the Mayor of London adds his two-pence to the issue think he will save the City of London financial system.  Of course, none one of these people understands the first thing about economics no less they are surrendering power to Brussels. The Brits have always come in dead last in everything inside the EU. BREXIT was the only thing that would save Britain of it too will be dragged under by the failure of the Euro.

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22:07

US Hysteria Blooms in Wake of North Korean Missile Splashdown "IndyWatch Feed War"

Will Trump Launch a Nuclear Holocaust? US Hysteria Blooms in Wake of North Korean Missile Splashdown

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22:07

Tribal Leaders-Bears Ears Commission Of Tribes Indignant Over Trumps Proposal To Destroy Bears Ears National Monument Leaving It Vulnerable To Looting; Grave Robbing; Fossil Fuel And Uranium Exploitation "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Well tell the next generation, You see that ash pit over there, thats where Bears Ears was. Now its a uranium mine, Davis Filfred, Navajo Nation. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/dec/04/native-american-alliance-bears-ears-trump

Bears Ears and ruins By Josh Ewing

@savebearsears We as a sovereign nation, a Tribal Council, approved the resolution saying that we want the Bears Ears designation. Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye. #StandWithBearsEars! @realDonaldTrump @WhiteHouse #MonumentsForAll

President Trumps proposal to shrink the Bears Ears National Monument leaves tens of thousands of sacred sites vulnerable to looting and grave robbingthe very threats the Antiquities Act was designed to protect againstas well as to fossil fuel development and uranium mining. (Bears Ears Coalition News Release)

The Bears Ears Commission of Tribes holds a vision of a Bears Ears National...

22:06

Sperm whale carcass washes up on beach in Hopetoun, Western Australia "IndyWatch Feed World"

Leaders of a popular tourist town on Western Australia's south-east coast have been left with a 45-tonne headache, after a dead sperm whale washed up on a popular tourist beach. Initially spotted last week, the carcass became caught on a reef offshore from Hopetoun, 574km southeast of Perth, on Sunday afternoon. Shire of Ravensthorpe chief executive Ian Fitzgerald said the high tide had washed the mammal ashore by Monday morning. "Obviously a rotting carcass, with the lovely aroma it gives off, plus the leaching of the waste into the water and the ground didn't make for a good environment," Mr Fitzgerald said.

22:06

SOTT FOCUS FLASHBACK: John Kerry admits that Russia entered Syrian war to stop ISIS, U.S. used ISIS to pressure Assad "IndyWatch Feed World"

Back in late September, the New York Times published an interesting piece: Audio Reveals What John Kerry Told Syrians Behind Closed Doors. (PolitRussia's Ruslan Ostashko commented on it here.) But the NYT piece left out THE most damning statements made by Kerry. The full video is below, followed by one of the biggest revelations: 26:09: "I mean, the reason Russia came in is because ISIL was getting stronger. Daesh was threatening the possibility of going to Damascus and so forth. And that's why Russia came in. Because they didn't want a Daesh government. And they supported Assad. And, and, uh, and we we know that this was growing. We were watching. We saw that, that Daesh was growing in strength. And we thought Assad was threatened. Uhh, we thought our, we could probably manage, uh, you know, that Assad might then negotiate. Instead of negotiating, you've got Assad and you've got Putin to support him."

22:05

Death of a Dictator: Ali Abdullah Saleh "IndyWatch Feed War"

Yemen's former President Ali Abdallah Saleh in 1993. (Photo: MANOOCHER DEGATI/AFP/Getty Images)Yemens former President Ali Abdallah Saleh in 1993. (Photo: MANOOCHER DEGATI/AFP/Getty Images)

Yemens former president and strongman, Ali Abdullah Saleh, was killed by militia forces as he tried to flee the capital of Sanaa on Monday. The militias of treason are finished and their leader has been killed, a statement put out by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels said.

Saleh ruled Yemen from 1978 until 2011, when he was forced to resign after protests against his rule gripped the country. He did not actually quit until February 2012. However, unwilling to retire from public life, he made a deal with the Iranian-backed Houthis. Armed factions loyal to him helped the Houthis seize the capital of Sanaa in 2014 from his successor, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

Saudi Arabia then entered the war in an attempt to reinstate Hadi. In the process, they caused a humanitarian catastrophe.

Two days before his death, Saleh turned on his Houthi allies (who were formerly his enemies during his lengthy tenure as president)...

22:03

Most Comfortable Stadium Chair "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Most Comfortable Stadium Chair There are a number of pieces of furniture which each company needs: a good office chair to sit reception chairs for the visitors to wait , in, a desk to fit at, and conference chairs to sit in during meetings. Whether you are currently working in a fortune 500 company or a small start just about every business requires a pair of conference chairs to complete their meeting room. A meeting room or A seminar room is a place where both employees and customers meet to discuss strategies and ideas for your organization, and these meetings could last for long periods of time. Whether it is your clients thatll get the maximum use out of your conference chairs or your workers, you wish to be certain that theyre comfortable while seated. You are also given the opportunity to give your meeting room an expert appeal and the capacity to communicate your companys culture by seminar chairs. Like with every other piece of timing furniture and consideration ought to be given to what kind of conference chair will be excellent for your company.

The very first thing to keep in mind when buying a new set of conference seats is the overall atmosphere of your company and your furniture. Does your office have a design that is contemporary or is it more traditional in look? It is important to completely comprehend the character of your business also, for instance, if you are a law office thats famous for its professionalism and traditionalism, then you would not wish to buy a pair of contemporary looking conference chairs to your meeting area. You would wish to opt for a chair with real leather along with a wood trim to complete your look that is conventional. Make sure to match your office if your furniture and style are mismatched this may come off as inexpensive and unprofessional. Furniture has the capability to shape the way that your guests perceive your business so it is important for them to depart with a positive impression.

The next thing to do is to pick after deciding the design you will want for your seminar seats in. Leather is the option to choose and has the widest selection of styles to pick from. It is also an extremely durable choice, simple to clean, and provides an aura of professionalism. The only downside to leather is that it is pricey; it might be better to go for a leather alternative that is less expensive, if youll be using your seminar room. Since its usually a bit cheaper in cost than its own leather counterpart looks almost indistinguishable vinyl is just another choice that is selected. Think about a mesh design or some c...

22:00

Interview with Fares Shehabi, an Aleppo-based member of the Syrian parliament "IndyWatch Feed War"

INTERVIEW WITH MR FARES SHEHABI ALEPPO MP AND HEAD OF INDUSTRY

Interview with Fares Shehabi, an Aleppo-based member of the Syrian parliament, Chairman of the Syrian Federation of Industry.
Follow Fares Shehabi:
-on Twitter @ShehabiFares
-on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/fares.shehabi

22:00

Weekly phpMyAdmin contributions 2017-W48 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Looking at list of handled issues, last week was extremely productive. Many of that are issues where I've been working on them for long time and I've managed to complete them last week. For example the user preferences cleanup to store less things in cookies or common.inc.php cleanup.

I've also gone through open pull requests and merged the ones which made sense or were basically good to merge, but needed some cleanups.

There was also some fun with phpseclib 2.0.8 which was mistakenly released from master branch instead of 2.0, what lead to API breakage. Fortunately this was really just a mistake and 2.0.9 reverted these changes.

Handled issues:

21:56

Microsoft's Linux / Open-Source Actions Of 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

It's been another interesting year of Microsoft open-source/Linux announcements...

21:52

Reasonable basis to believe UK soldiers committed war crimes in Iraq: ICC. Actually just being in Iraq was a war crime "IndyWatch Feed War"

Reasonable basis to believe UK soldiers committed war crimes in Iraq: ICC Critics say the British government has been unwilling to bring soldiers and commanders who committed abuses to justice File photo of Iraqi soldiers training with British soldiers inside UK base on the outskirts of Basra, 15 February 2006 (AFP) The International Criminal Courts []

21:49

Trump White House weighing Blackwater founder's plans for private spies to counter "Deep State" enemies "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Trump administration is considering a set of proposals developed by Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a retired CIA officer - with assistance from Oliver North, a key figure in the Iran-Contra scandal - to provide CIA Director Mike Pompeo and the White House with a global, private spy network that would circumvent official U.S. intelligence agencies, according to several current and former U.S. intelligence officials and others familiar with the proposals. The sources say the plans have been pitched to the White House as a means of countering "deep state" enemies in the intelligence community seeking to undermine Trump's presidency. Comment: We can already see the flaw in the plan. Who is to say that the founder of Blackwater, a retired CIA officer, Oliver North and Mike Pompeo are not already working for the "deep state"? Even if they aren't, how likely are they to succeed against a system that has been in place for at least half a century? The creation of such a program raises the possibility that the effort would be used to create an intelligence apparatus to justify the Trump administration's political agenda. "Pompeo can't trust the CIA bureaucracy, so we need to create this thing that reports just directly to him," said a former senior U.S. intelligence official with firsthand knowledge of the proposals, in describing White House discussions. "It is a direct-action arm, totally off the books," this person said, meaning the intelligence collected would not be shared with the rest of the CIA or the larger intelligence community. "The whole point is this is supposed to report to the president and Pompeo directly."

21:48

High Tech Suicide Machine Makes Death Painless & Peaceful in News & Holographic Medical Pods "IndyWatch Feed World"

 

In the High Tech Suicide Machine Makes Death Painless & Peaceful & Holographic Medical Pods information is provided about how voluntary medically assisted dying via technology is a way to depopulate the planet and convince people that dying is a way out from suffering. The Holographic Medical Pods are technology that can cure diseases, heals wounds, and can revive people on the brink of death or dying.

Where does the soul go after death and what happens to us.

21:45

G-Worldwide drags Kiss Daniel to court "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Record lable, G-Worldwide, has dragged her estranged artiste, Kiss Daniel, to court, accusing him of taking steps to appoint a new manager, solicit for bookings, and has continued to negotiate and enter performance agreements in respect of the songs from the album New Era, and Evolution which is set to be released soon containing singles such as Yeba, For You, Senorita, Sofa and others, produced under the contract, including using the stage name Kiss Daniel without the companys prior consent and permission. Recall that Kiss Daniel had recently been promoting a new record label, Flyboy...

The post G-Worldwide drags Kiss Daniel to court appeared first on Newtelegraph.

21:45

US Demand for Electricity Falls Further: What Does it Mean? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

US Demand for Electricity Falls Further: What Does it Mean? by Wolf Richter Wolf Street Layoffs at GE Power, for example. The weekend started Friday night with layoff news from GEs power division, in two locations. First, there was...

The post US Demand for Electricity Falls Further: What Does it Mean? appeared first on The Daily Coin.

21:45

Mueller empty handed as Flynn deal disproves election collusion "IndyWatch Feed World"

This whole charade with former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn reeks of desperation and makes clear that Mueller's team has an empty hand... To summarize the plea agreement from the FBI Special Counsel's "Statement of the Offense" On December 29, 2016, Flynn called a senior official of the Presidential Transition Team to discuss whether or not to talk to the Russians about recent U.S. sanctions imposed by Obama. Flynn got the go-ahead from someone (does not name Trump) and called the Russian Ambassador, requesting that Russia not escalate the situation - asking that they only respond to the U.S. sanctions in a reciprocal manner. On or about December 30 - the next day, Russian President Vladimir Putin released a statement indicating that Russia would not take retaliatory measures in response to U.S. sanctions. Flynn lied about this on January 24 in a voluntary interview with the FBI Flynn also lied to the FBI about calls he made to the Russian Ambassador and other countries to try and influence a UN resolution submitted by Egypt regarding Israeli settlements, stating he only asked the countries' positions on the vote ABC news takes it a step further, reporting from an anonymous source that "Donald Trump directed him to make contact with the Russians, initially as a way to work together to fight ISIS in Syria." - though NBC News reports it was Trump's son-in-law and advisor Jared Kushner.

21:45

Shallow M4.2, M2.8 earthquakes hit northeast Oklahoma "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The U.S. Geological Survey registered two shallow earthquakes near Stillwater in northeast Oklahoma on December 5, 2017. The first, registered as M4.2 at 04:26 UTC (22:26 CST, December 4) hit at a depth of 3.3 km (2 miles) and the second, registered at 04:53 UTC as...... Read more

Astronomer's map reveals location of mysterious fast-moving gas "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

An Australian scientist has created the most detailed map ever of clouds of high-velocity gas in the Universe around us. The map covers the entire sky and shows curious clouds of neutral hydrogen gas that are moving at a different speed to the normal rotation of the...... Read more

21:45

US New Moves: War with Iran May Be Much Closer Than We Think "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

There are signs that a coordinated campaign to roll back Iran is underway. The possibility of war against Iran has grown immensely in the recent days.

21:41

War rumblings continue: Bibi says Iran is another Nazi Germany "IndyWatch Feed World"

Dangerous rumblings of war continue in the Mideast, the day after Israeli warplanes and surface-to-surface missiles attacked an Iranian military base near Damascus. Suspicion continues that an alliance among Benjamin Netanyahu, Donald Trump and the Saudi Crown Prince, 32-year-old Mohammed bin Salman, plans to widen the conflict and target Iran. Netanyahu reinforced this fear with a saber-rattling speech to the Saban Forum in Washington, D.C., in which he repeatedly called Iran another Nazi Germany, with a "ruthless commitment to impose tyranny and terror . . . to murdering Jews." The Israeli prime minister spoke by satellite yesterday from his office in Jerusalem to the Forum's yearly conference on the Middle East. He once again denounced the Iran deal, and endorsed Trump's effort to "fix the great flaws" in the agreement.

21:41

Honduras police refuse to kill pro-democracy demonstrators "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video says about itself:

HONDURAN POLICE REFUSE TO REPRESS PROTESTERS AND DEMAND CLEAN ELECTIONS

4 December 2017

All national police will refuse to enforce a curfew after days of deadly violence triggered by allegations of electoral fraud: here.

This video says about itself:

Thousands of Hondurans are out in the streets protesting state repression and possible election fraud by the right-wing government of President Hernandez.

4 December 2017

  • ...

21:37

Russias FM Lavrov Called Nikki Haley a Liar Hes Being Far Too Kind "IndyWatch Feed War"

Russias FM Lavrov Called Nikki Haley a Liar Hes Being Far Too Kind Its a lie Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov The fact that Nikki Haley occupies the position she does is a real head-scratcher, but then again, maybe not. Haley is one of the most abject grovelers to the American Israel lobby. []

21:37

ISPs and Movie Industry Prepare Canadian Pirate Site Blocking Deal "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

ISP blocking has become a prime measure for the entertainment industry to target pirate sites on the Internet.

In recent years sites have been blocked throughout Europe, in Asia, and even Down Under.

In most countries, these blockades are ordered by local courts, which compel Internet providers to restrict access to certain websites. In Canada, however, theres a plan in the works to allow for website blockades without judicial oversight.

A coalition of movie industry companies and ISPs, including Bell, Rogers, and Cineplex are discussing a proposal to implement such measures. The Canadian blocklist would be maintained by a new non-profit organization called Internet Piracy Review Agency (IPRA) and enforced through the CTRC, Canadaland reports.

The plan doesnt come as a total surprise as Bell alluded to a nationwide blocking mechanism during a recent Government hearing. What becomes clear from the new plans, however, is that the telco is not alone.

The new proposal is being discussed by various stakeholders including ISPs and local movie companies. As in other countries, major American movie companies are also in the loop, but they will not be listed as official applicants when the plan is submitted to the CRTC.

Canadian law professor Micheal Geist is very critical of the plans. Although the proposal would only cover sites that blatantly, overwhelmingly or structurally engage in or facilitate copyright infringement, this can be a blurry line.

Recent history suggests that the list will quickly grow to cover tougher judgment calls. For example, Bell has targeted TVAddons, a site that contains considerable non-infringing content, Geist notes.

It can be expected that many other sites disliked by rights holders or broadcasters would find their way onto the block list, he adds.

While the full list of applicants is not ready yet, it is expected that the coalition will file its proposal to the CRTC before the end of the month.

Thus far, the Government appears to be reluctant in its response. In comments to Canadaland spokesperson Karl Sasseville stressed that Canada maintains committed to an open Internet.

Our government supports an open internet where Canadians have the ability to access the content of their choice in...

21:33

Statoil, partners to spend $5.9 billion on new Arctic oil field "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP/File | Norwegian oil giant Statoil and its partners plan to invest 49 billion kroner (nearly 5 billion euros, $5,9 billion) to develop the Arctic Johan Castberg oil field, a cost cut in half compared to initial forecasts

OSLO (AFP)  Norwegian oil giant Statoil and its partners plan to invest 49 billion kroner (nearly 5 billion euros, $5,9 billion) to develop the Arctic Johan Castberg oil field, a cost cut in half compared to initial forecasts.Located about 240 kilometres (149 miles) from the far northern Norwegian town of Hammerfest, the offshore project is scheduled to launch production in 2022, Statoil said in a development plan submitted on Tuesday to the Norwegian authorities.

Its recoverable reserves are estimated at between 450 and 650 million barrels of oil equivalent.

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The projects fate has long been uncertain as the necessary investment was initially estimated at more than 100 billion kroner, requiring a barrel at 80 dollars in order to be profitable.

Thanks to a redefinition of the concept and the general drop in costs in the oil services sector, the bill was reduced to 49 billion kroner with a break-even point at less than 35 dollars per barrel.

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This investment is good news for the oil sector in Norway, where black gold production has halved since its peak in 2000-2001.

The operation of Johan Castberg is expected to represent about 1,700 jobs, including 500 in northern Norway, Statoil said in a statement.

Statoil owns 50 percent of the project, which includes Italys Eni (30 percent) and the Norwegian public company Petoro (20 percent).

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21:30

Top 5 Top Veterans Stories in Todays News Dec. 05, 2017 - Veterans Today "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

We encourage you to browse our list so that you can take what you want and keep what you need.

21:29

Whats Worse: Natural Disasters Like Ockhi or Manmade Ones Like Our Governments? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

From unwise land-use change to infrastructure erected to disrupt the natural flow of waters, Indias engines of economic change are actively making life worse for coastal people and environments.

A worker places sandbags on a beach in Kochi after Cyclone Ockhi struck it on December 2, 2017. Credit: PTI

A worker places sandbags on a beach in Kochi after Cyclone Ockhi struck it on December 2, 2017. Credit: PTI

Cyclone Ockhi has come and gone, and were picking up the pieces of many of the same lessons from yet another natural event that ended a major disaster. As state and central relief agencies tweet out self-congratulatory photographs, questions remain on whether the disaster itself could have been averted, mitigated or managed better.

Accusations against the government disaster management machinery of mishandling Ockhi fall broadly in three categories. First, that the warning was delayed; second, that the warning was ineffective because it could not be conveyed to hundreds of fisherfolk already out at sea; and third, that the rains quickly turned to flooding because like in Chennai in 2015 the governments mega infrastructure projects encroached on water bodies and water courses.

The science of warnings

Ockhis deadly dance was well underway barely 12 hours after the first rough seas warning was put out, on November 29. The weather system around the Comorin area remained a deep depression till late ni...

21:29

Raging wildfire threatens hundreds of homes in Ventura County, California; 1,000 households told to evacuate "IndyWatch Feed World"

A raging wildfire has threatened hundreds of homes near Los Angeles as 1,000 households are told to evacuate. Residents have been forced to leave their homes and one motorist was killed desperately trying to flee the rapidly-growing fire. The 10,000-acre wildfire, known as the Thomas Fire, burned dry brush after erupting earlier in the evening in Ventura County, 70 miles northwest of Los Angeles. More than 150,000 homes were without power and at least two structures were destroyed, media reported.

21:28

How will Trumps Asian diplomacy play out? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Akihiko Tanaka, left, and Ryozo Kato

2:07 pm, December 05, 2017

The Yomiuri Shimbun

U.S. President Donald Trump has completed his first Asian tour since being inaugurated. With the Asia-Pacific region facing problems, including the threat of North Koreas continued nuclear and missile development and the conflict between China and its neighbors as Chinas economic and military strength fuels increased maritime expansion, what was the outcome of Trumps America First diplomacy? What are its future tasks? We asked experts for their thoughts.

 

Time to assess North Korea sanctions

Akihiko Tanaka

President of the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies

Trump safely passed the diplomacy test. He was able to maintain the deterrence power against North Korea and to deliver the message of reinforcing sanctions. On this point, he received a degree of commitment even from slightly worried South Korean President Moon Jae In and Chinese President Xi Jinping. It was also significant that Southeast Asian countries have expressed the idea of implementing economic sanctions against North Korea.

Now is the time to assess the effect of sanctions. We can see North Koreas attitude and decide whether to hold talks with them. If it continues its nuclear and missile development, there is no point in talking.

The United States has adopted an offensive military stance to ensure that deterrence is effective. The question is whether the United States will start a preemptive war to destroy nuclear and missile facilities even if there is no indication of a nuclear attack by North Korea. That would violate international law and is difficult to imagine, since it is unknown whether a North Korean counterattack could be 100 percent contained.

The United States would lose authority in the event of massive casualties among the South Korea...

21:28

Hastening Evolution "IndyWatch Feed World"

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A North American snail kite in Florida. Researchers say the bird species has rapidly evolved larger beaks and bodies to eat a larger, invasive snail. CreditRobert Fletcher/University of Florida

Things Looked Bleak Until These Birds Rapidly Evolved Bigger Beaks

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21:26

Supreme Court Upholds Trumps Travel Ban "IndyWatch Feed World"

NYT Protest Immigrants

I have warned that all the protests against Trumps Travel Ban were just politics. It was by no means discriminatory against Muslims, it was targeting the countries where terrorists come from. As I have said before, we employ people of every race and religion. We have no problem with our Muslim staff flying in from Europe for meetings. It was never targeting a religion, but a culture specific to nations that support terrorism. So the Supreme Court ruling is the correct ruling when the duty of the President is to protect the state and close borders to specific groups for national security. The Travel Ban has been just an excuse to attack Trump on every possible thing he does.  That is expected to continue.

21:25

Mass Shooting at US Mosque Prevented "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Islamic Center of Northeast Florida; inset: Bernandino BolateteThe Islamic Center of Northeast Florida; inset: Bernandino Bolatete (Photo: Facebook)

A mass shooting was prevented at a Jacksonville, Florida mosque by the local Sheriffs department and the FBI. A tip in October led law enforcement officers to Bernandino Bolatete, 69, who revealed to an undercover detective his hatred of Muslims and his plan to carry out the shooting.

Bolatete and the detective met on numerous occasions at local gun ranges where Bolatete revealed he was already in possession of the weapons needed for the attack. The weapons included five rifles, including one AR-15 that could be converted to an AR-47.

Bolatete said he intended to climb the mosques minaret and use the high-powered rifles in the attack, after which he planned to commit suicide by cop.

He planned to carry out the attack against the Islamic Center of Northeast Florida on a Friday, because, as he told the detective, their Sunday equivalent to us Christians is Fridaygo up to the tower and start shooting, right? It will be great, right?

Bolatete also revealed his motive to the detective. I just want to give these freaking people a taste of their medicine, you know? They are the ones who are always doing the shootings, the killings. You knowlet them try it themselves, he said.

During the investigation, law enforcement agencies notified the FBI, which implemented a plan to protect the mosque.

Due to many safeguards we had in place during this investigation, at no time were [the imam] or the members of his congregation at risk, said FBI Special Agent in Charge Charles Spencer.

Bolatete was arrested after an undercover agent sold him a gun silencer. Buying a silencer not registered to the purchaser is a federal offense that carries with it up to 10 years in prison. At present, t...

21:23

21:22

Coinbase Ordered to Report 14,355 Users to the IRS "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The Verge reports

[On November 29], Coinbase suffered a major defeat at the hands of the Internal Revenue Service, nearly a year after the case was initially filed. A California federal court has ordered Coinbase to turn over identifying records for all users who have bought, sold, sent, or received more than $20,000 through their accounts in a single year between 2013 and 2015. Coinbase estimates that 14,355 users meet the government's requirements.


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21:19

NETANYAHU CALLS THE KETTLE BLACK "IndyWatch Feed War"

Originally posted on Desertpeace:
The pot calling the kettle black. War rumblings continue, as Netanhayu says Iran is another Nazi Germany Ironic or not?

21:19

Alleged N4.6bn fraud: Court admits Fani-Kayodes account statement "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Justice Rilwan Mohammed Aikawa of a Federal High Court in Lagos has admitted the account statement of a former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, at Zenith Bank Plc, as an exhibit.  The admissibility of the document was a subject of heated debate between the prosecution and the Fani-Kayodes lawyer, Norrison Quakers (SAN). However, in a ruling today on the contentious issue, Justice Aikawa held that the document has been properly certified by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The judge added that contrary to the views of Fani-Kayodes...

The post Alleged N4.6bn fraud: Court admits Fani-Kayodes account statement  appeared first on Newtelegraph.

21:19

Ikea See Through Chair "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Ikea See Through Chair Whenever someone walks into a room, their eyes goes to a eye catching piece in the room. When they walk in, individuals usually comment on pieces in a room. This spikes a dialog about the piece, in which you purchased it at, and whats unique about that product, how you have it. A great rocking chair can do precisely that.

1st Decide on a theme and color: decorate a space could be enjoyable and a little time consuming. Figuring out just how to redecorate a room begins with thing or a fantastic idea. Folks use the world wide web to locate unique things when decorate any room. This is a great alternative to driving around for hours looking at items in stores, spending weeks and weeks searching for items.

Lots of people have topics for decorating a kids room. If youve got a women who loves princesses, or ballerina or dancing or particular colors, theyre many rocking chairs that match that theme, which creates a excellent conversational piece. In case youve got a boy who loves race cars, bikes, farms, trains, fire engines their are numerous rocking chairs that fit that theme. Some children and many children simply adore animals and horses, respectively and a terrific piece for a childs room could be a horse or rockers. Rockers are just like a horse but rather than a horse its a bunny, lion, dog, bear, elephant, or giraffe. Whats also searching on the web for motifs or accent pieces, is after you find something on a web site or ecommerce store, they have items relating to that identical thing or motif. You buy online and pay transport in some instances rather than gas, although an ecommerce store is a shop online selling items like Walmart or Meijers does.

21:18

PTAB, Which Invalidates Software Patents, is Still Under Attack Using Lies From Sites Like Patently-O "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Trolly-O Patently-O

Summary: In an effort to put an end to inter partes reviews (IPRs), which basically reassess the potency/legitimacy of granted US patents, the patent microcosm promotes the canard of patents as rights and property

THE PTAB has helped put an end to most software patents in the US. In fact, the USPTO now makes it a lot harder to pursue software patents and already-granted US patents get invalidated every day. This is a good thing. Except for the patent microcosm

Found via this tweet was yesterdays article about a fashionable new trick for dodging Section 101 and somehow patenting software, essentially by tying computer code to a car or something along those lines. To answer that, the article said, and other questions about Autonomous Drive Systems (ADS), we looked at both acquisitions and patents to get a better grasp on where the industry is headed.

Well, it is certainly trying to make a patent pool out of the mere act of driving, which has over a century of prior art (people who actually drive). I already developed some software intended to automate driving and theres nothing in it which wasnt already attempted a long time ago. Computer vision is just a branch of computer science and/or mathematics. Theres no room for patents there. Any patents in that area would just stifle/slow down programmers.

The patent microcosm is trying hard to kill PTAB, for the very fact is that PTAB helps end software patents. It even invalidates patents which were granted before Alice.

Several different strategies have been used in an effort to weaken if not altogether eliminate PTAB. One such strategy was misuse of tribal immunity in the US. Josh Landau from CCIA has just revisited the subject. Last night he wrote:

At the House Judiciary Committees IP Subcommittee hearing on sovereign immunity, Chairman Issa had a simple request for Phil Johnson, one of the witnessesto, for the record, look at the various off-ramp possibilities for PTAB proceedings. An off-ramp is a way for a patent owner to take their patent and...

21:16

Jews in Iran are safer than Muslims in israel: Irans Jewish community in Esfahan: We feel at home "IndyWatch Feed War"

Irans Jewish community in Esfahan: We feel at home By Frederik Pleitgen, CNN Irans Jews unfazed by strife with Israel Esfahan, Iran (CNN)If youre looking for the Jewish community in the Iranian town of Esfahan, you wont have to search for long. The main synagogue is on Palestine Square, right in the heart of Irans []

21:15

U.N. rights boss says cant rule out crime of genocide against Rohingya "IndyWatch Feed War"

Reuters

GENEVA (Reuters) The United Nations top human rights official said on Tuesday Rohingyas were continuing to flee northern Rakhine state in Myanmar, where he said the crime of genocide by state forces could not be ruled out against the Muslim minority.

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Rohingya refugees disembark from a boat on September 13 on the Bangladeshi side of the Naf River. Getty Images

Zeid Raad al-Hussein, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, addressing a special session of the Human Rights Council, said that none of the 626,000 Rohingya who have fled violence since August should be repatriated to Myanmar unless there was robust monitoring on the ground.

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Zeid Raad Al Hussein, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Prosecutions for the violence and rapes against Rohingya appear extremely rare, Zeid said. Can anyone can anyone rule out that elements of genocide may be present?, he told the 47-member state forum in Geneva.

Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Alison Williams

Related:

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Pope Francis meets with sick people and staff of the Mother Teresa House in the Dhakas Tejgaon neighborhood, Bangladesh, December 2, 2017. REUTERS-Andrew Medichini


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21:15

Why Is An Appendectomy In The United States 10 Times More Expensive Than An Appendectomy In Mexico? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Why Is An Appendectomy In The United States 10 Times More Expensive Than An Appendectomy In Mexico? by Michael Snyder The Economic Collapse Blog This is what can happen when you go to a socialized healthcare system.  A lot...

The post Why Is An Appendectomy In The United States 10 Times More Expensive Than An Appendectomy In Mexico? appeared first on The Daily Coin.

21:15

America's Foreign Policy Failures Have Put Its National Security at Risk "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

American foreign policy is in desperate need of reform. Far from creating economic opportunity or enhancing national security, our current method of forming and executing policies abroad harms our interests, increases insecurity and thwarts our ability to expand trade. U.S. engagement with Iran and North Korea over the past several decades best illustrates Washingtons dangerous deficiencies.

21:11

Another Arctic blast coming to the US this week and will stay around for weeks "IndyWatch Feed World"

The mild weather of the last few weeks will soon be a distant memory as the coldest air of the season invades most of the central and eastern U.S. Frigid temperatures, but little snow, will hit from the Midwest to the Southeast. Even parts of Florida will see nighttime temperatures dip into the 30s. Unlike previous cold snaps this fall, this one looks to stay around for a while, potentially until the first day of winter on Dec. 21, AccuWeather meteorologist Max Vido said. Comment: Just a few weeks ago in the middle of November the US was blasted by Arctic cold. This weather pattern is becoming the norm: US: Polar vortex to bring 'extended period of severe winter weather', amidst already record breaking cold

21:10

Jenkins stored cross-site scripting vulnerability "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by Daniel Beck on Dec 05

Jenkins is an open source automation server which enables developers around
the world to reliably build, test, and deploy their software.

The Jenkins project released a security advisory today. A description of the
vulnerability is below. More details, severity, and attribution can be found
here:
https://jenkins.io/security/advisory/2017-12-05/

We provide advance notification for security updates on this mailing list:...

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