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Thursday, 14 December

11:00

William Carter: The Case of the Missing Barrels "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Tripoli was dangerous not as dangerous as Benghazi but still dangerous. Random, lethal violence was to be expected. There were no police officers, no official law enforcement of any kind only tribal militia, who ruled the roost. He told me to be careful of ambushes while being driven around the city. What should I do if I get ambushed? I asked. Well, standard operating procedure in the army is to shoot your way out. Dont be static. Push on, fight back. I pointed out to him that I was an unarmed middle-aged lawyer who would be sitting in the back of a rickety saloon car when the moment came. He shrugged.

Neal Ascherson: Gorbachevs Dispensation "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Not many people change the world. Fewer still are thanked for it. Adolf Hitler changed the world on 22 June 1941: by invading the Soviet Union, he delivered Hitlers Europe, the divided continent we lived in until 1989. We were not grateful for that. Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev changed the world, as so many adoring millions saw it at the time, by ending the threat of their extermination by nuclear war and by allowing Europes captive nations to liberate themselves. But then, a Samson already blinded by his enemies, he brought down the gigantic temple of the Soviet Union on his own head, and his own power perished with it.

Jean McNicol: Harriet Harman "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Harman was first elected to the shadow cabinet in 1992 and her account of her difficulties in her first job, as shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, Gordon Browns deputy, are typical of the descriptions she gives of her ministerial career as a whole. She stresses her own inadequacy and failure in a way its almost impossible to imagine a mans political memoir doing.

Eric Foner: After Hamilton "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

One political leader who apparently tried to act on the idea of establishing a new nation in the heart of North America was Aaron Burr. Apparently, because the exact scope and intentions of what came to be known as the Burr Conspiracy of 1805-7 remain murky at best. Until recently, Burr was really known for one thing: killing Alexander Hamilton in a duel in 1804.

Letters "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

The letters page from London Review of Books Vol. 39 No. 24 (14 December 2017)

Table of contents "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Table of contents from London Review of Books Vol. 39 No. 24 (14 December 2017)

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Sunday, 10 December

00:30

Farmers Market Wayville "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Adelaide families now have the opportunity buy fresh food directly from producers from all over SA at the Adelaide Showground Farmers Market. The 20,000 strong crowd that turned up for the farmers market which formed the centrepiece of the 'Go Organic Festival' in September in 2005 encouraged the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society (RAHS) to back the foundation of a permanent farmers market by a not-for-profit community organisation. The market opened on October 1st 2006 with a massive crowd of 10,000 shoppers and runs each Sunday (apart from the weeks of the Royal Show) from 9am-1pm.

In the tradition of farmers markets, it is a food market at which both food producers and consumers can get a fair price for food produced in SA and support regional and sustainable land use. The market guarantees that you buy direct from the producer and is known for its strict adherence to the ethics of farmers markets which now number in their thousands worldwide as families seek to avoid overstored food from major retailers who pass on meagre prices to farmers. In Australia, the farmers market movement is represented by the Australian Farmers Market Association and SA's peak body, the SA Farmers Market Association, will soon be launched.

The Adelaide Showground location is superb, with a major bike trail, the Glenelg tram line, a major rail line, numerous bus routes all converging to make it one of the most accessible sites in Adelaide. Parking is also easy and cheap.

120 producers offer their extraordinarily diverse products (everything from oysters to almonds and bread to boysenberries!). It is accessed from the car parks at the Leader Street (southern) end of the Showgrounds.  

Becoming a member brings with it 10% discount on all purchases as well as a right to vote in the management of the market. Details and memberships are available at www.adelaidefarmersmarket.com.au.

The Food Forest is a foundation stallholder at the market and presents a wide range of foods, always including its signature specialty - organically certified pistachio nuts. We are there on alternate weeks (we run short courses on the other weekends).

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Saturday, 09 December

06:54

Beyond the scandal: what is Ukraines new education law really about? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

After three years of discussion, Ukraine has adopted a new framework law on education. Its only caused more debate. RU

Photo (CC BY-SA 2.5): Vodnik / Wiki. Some rights reserved.Ukraines new law on education came into force on 28 September: the previous regulatory document had been around for 26 years. This new law has been four years in the making: three to debate its content and one for amendments between its first and second reading (100 were added at this stage).

After the law was finally passed, Ukraines Minister of Education Liliya Grinevich called it the key instrument for modernising Ukraines education system and bringing it up to EU standards. In Hungary and Romania, however, a serious row has arisen over Paragraph Seven of the new law, which regulates the language of instruction for Ukraines ethnic minorities. The Hungarian government reacted to the new law by threatening to hit back hard over Ukraines future in other words, to block any Ukrainian initiatives within the European Unions Eastern Partnership and initiate a re-examination of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. In September, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis cancelled a visit to Ukraine, saying he was unpleasantly surprised that the Ukrainian Parliament had, without any preliminary discussion with Ukraines partners, passed a law placing strict limits on the rights of ethnic minorities to be taught in their own language(s).

On 28 September, Ukraine sent the text of the new legi...

03:12

Chrome site isolation option offers more security "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Chrome 63, which was promoted to the stable release channel on Wednesday, comes with many security fixes and improvements, especially for the enterprise audience. Site Isolation The biggest news is Site Isolation. Enterprise IT administrators can now make it so that Chrome renders content for each open website in a separate process, isolated from other websites. Site isolation can be turned on for all websites, or for a list of specific websites (e.g. sites that More

00:11

Second strong earthquake in Micronesia, shallow M6.4 hits State of Yap "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A second strong earthquake of the day hit the State of Yap, Micronesia at 09:51 UTC on December 8, 2017. The USGS registered it as M6.4 at a depth of 20.3 km (12.6 miles). The first one was registered as M6.5 at 00:22 UTC today. EMSC registered the latest one as...... Read more

Strong and shallow M6.5 earthquake hit State of Yap, Micronesia "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.5 hit the State of Yap, Federated States of Micronesia at 00:22 UTC on December 8, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 13.7 km (8.5 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.5 at a depth of 15 km...... Read more

Strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake hits Kermadec Islands "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.2 hit the Kermadec Islands, New Zealand at 02:09 UTC on December 8, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 0 km. EMSC is reporting...... Read more

00:06

Al ao, mexicanos tiran a la basura 20.4 millones de toneladas de alimentos: estudio "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

Si esa comida no fuera a parar a la basura, podra ponerse fin a la pobreza alimentaria en que viven ms de 7 millones de mexicanos.Regeneracin, 8 de diciembre de 2017.- El estudio Prdidas y desperdicios de alimentos en Mxico, elaborado por el Banco Mundial (BM), revel que cada ao, los mexicanos desperdician 20.4 millones []

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00:03

Disturbing Body Cam Shows Cop Murder Innocent Unarmed Dad Begging for His LifeCop Not Guilty "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The graphic body camera footage showing an Arizona cop murder an innocent unarmed dad has just been releasedfollowing the killer cop's acquittal.

00:01

Trump Impeachment Vote Crushed, 1927 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

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00:00

Has the FBI Become America's Secret Police?, 1928b "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

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00:00

The Trump Administration Is Scuttling a Rule That Would Save People From Dying of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

After Hurricane Irma hit three months ago in Orlando, Florida, the local police got a desperate 911 call from a 12-year-old boy reporting that his mother and siblings were unconscious. Fumes overcame the first deputy who rushed to the scene. After the police arrived at the property, they found Jan Lebron Diaz, age 13, Jans older sister Kiara, 16, and their mother Desiree, 34, lying dead, poisoned from carbon monoxide emitted by their portable generator. Four others in the house went to the hospital. If 12-year-old Louis hadnt made that call, they might have died, too.

Portable generators release more carbon monoxide which is particularly dangerous because it is odorless and invisible than most cars. As a result, the devices can kill efficiently and quickly, though accidentally. The Diaz family usually placed the generator properly, outside the house, a neighbor told local reporters. But for some reason, they had brought it into their garage. From there, the generators murderous byproduct spread silently through the house.

During hurricanes, floods, and noreasters, portable generators save lives except when they take them. Irma, Harvey, and Maria all left thousands without power and reliant on their portable generators. The government has not yet done its official count, but 11 people using these generators died just from Irma, according to preliminary government estimates. Many more died from Harvey and Maria, experts say, especially in Puerto Rico, which has been without a functioning power grid for months.

These deaths rarely merit more than short stories on local news sites. Civil servants then accumulate the statistics into dry reports that end up buried somewhere on .gov websites. The latest of these shows that portable generators have killed on average 70 people a year since 2005. Thats a small fraction of the toll from car accidents. Still, generators rank as one of the deadliest consumer products on the market. A further 2,800 people a year suffer from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by the equipment.

Portable generator deaths are preventable, and for the past 16-plus years, the United States government has tried to do just that. The job has fallen to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which, with its $126 million budget and 520 employees, oversees almost every product Americans use in their home, office, or out in the yard, save for food, drugs, and cars. The CPSC, based in Bethesda, Maryland, is tiny, especially compared to many of the corporations it regulates, and hamstrung by Congressional rules that require it to seek voluntary standards before attempting to impose...

Black Women Disproportionately Suffer Complications of Pregnancy and Childbirth. Lets Talk About It. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

About 700 to 900 women die each year from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. And for every death, dozens of women suffer life-threatening complications. But there is a stark racial disparity in these numbers. Black mothers are three to four times more likely to die than white mothers. Nevertheless, black womens voices are often missing from public discussions about whats behind the maternal health crisis and how to address the problems.

It is estimated that up to 60 percent of maternal complications are preventable. One way to prevent them is to talk to and learn from women who have nearly died from these complications. So, we reached out to nearly 200 black mothers or families that shared stories of severe complications as part of our maternal health investigation Lost Mothers.

Maternal Complications

Since this disparity has existed for decades, we were interested in learning how it might have affected generations of black women and maybe even women in the same families.

We also know difficult conversations can sometimes be easier with a loved one. We asked women if they would be willing to discuss their near miss with their mother or daughter.

To help navigate these tough conversations, we gave each pair of women a tailored set of questions and got out of the way (you can download a copy of the questions here). We spent an hour recording them, some in their living rooms and others over the phone. Weve organized these conversations by the complications each woman faced. We included several generations of women from 6 to 64 years old.

Postpartum Hemorrhage

A postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) occurs when a woman experiences heavy blood loss after giving birth...

Friday, 08 December

23:57

Missouris Liberty High School suspends student for criticizing support for jihad terror among Muslims "IndyWatch Feed War"

He told The College Fix in a phone call Monday that he pointed to pro-terrorist sentiment among British Muslims. That got him suspended. The mindset is near-universal on college and university campuses, and apparently in high schools as well: Muslims are victims of wholesale discrimination and harassment, and so any discussion of jihad terror that []

23:54

New cars to be equipped with 'complimentary' TSA PreCheck biometric scanners "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

image credit: Ford

I cannot believe what I am writing, the TSA has officially invaded auto manufacturing.

According to a Lincoln Motor Company media release, their 2018 Lincoln's will offer 'complimentary' CLEAR biometric memberships to new car owners.

"Working with CLEAR, Lincoln takes effortless travel to the next level, offering complimentary memberships for new Lincoln owners."

Lincoln owners and their passengers, wishing to travel to the airport or sports arenas will have the 'complimentary' pleasure of being spied on by DHS!



"To help make airport travel easier, Lincoln is collaborating with CLEAR which offers the fastest, most predictable way through security to provide new Lincoln owners with a complimentary CLEAR membership, allowing them to speed through security at participating airports and major arenas nationwide."

Last year, I warned everyone that auto manufactures were working to put iris and fingerprint scanners in new cars. And now it appears that my worst fears, have become a reality.

Lincoln's spying vehicles are...

23:50

Thousands march in Istanbul to protest Trumps Jerusalem recognition "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP | Protesters shout anti-US and anti-Israel slogans as they march in Istanbul to protest Trumps decision on Jerusalem
ISTANBUL (AFP)  Thousands of pro-Palestinian supporters marched after Friday prayers in Istanbul in an angry protest at the decision of US President Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, an AFP correspondent said.Chanting slogans including Jerusalem is ours and will remain so! and down with America, down with Israel, the protesters marched after prayers at the Ottoman Fatih mosque in the centre of Istanbul, the correspondent added.

Other protests were planned elsewhere in Istanbul and across Turkey on Friday.

We consider Jerusalem as the bastion of the Muslim community We are here to show our unity and our strength. Nobody can deter us, said protester Doguhan, 17.

Merve, a student, said she and her colleagues had left their classes to attend the protest, describing the US decision as null and void.

What Trump says is empty words and means nothing to us. Whenever we see the name of Israel on a map, we cross it out and write Palestine, she added.

Turkeys President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has taken a strong line against the move and called an emergency summit meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on December 13 in Istanbul.

Last year, Turkey and Israel ended a rift triggered by Israels storming in 2010 of a Gaza-bound ship that left 10 Turkish activists dead and led to a downgrading of diplomatic ties.

The two sides have since stepped up cooperation, particularly in energy, but Erdogan, who regards himself as a champion of the Palestinian cause, is still often bitterly critical of Israeli policy.


23:50

More Uncertainty, As Stock Market Indexes Trade Along New Record Highs "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

More Uncertainty, As Stock Market Indexes Trade Along New Record Highs by PAUL REJCZAK Sunshine Profits Briefly: Intraday trade: Our Wednesdays intraday trading outlook was neutral. It proved accurate because the S&P 500 was unchanged following neutral opening of...

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23:47

Gay Marriage and Party Loyalty in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

As in the US, the issue of gay marriage divides Australians in a different way than most other political issues. Former Liberal (=conservative) Party PM Tony Abbott tried to stall a Parliamentary vote on the question by demanding a national referendum, which returned a 60 percent majority for legalizing gay marriage.
But while the outcome of the postal survey may not have been a big surprise to Australians, the district-by-district results were a different story, revealing demographic and political changes that will reverberate through Australian politics long after the debate on same-sex marriage fades. The data make it clear that Australian attitudes on race, gender and sexuality do not fit neatly into the traditional conservative-progressive divide. . . .

In Mr. Abbotts own safe Liberal Party seat in Sydney, 75 percent of respondents to the survey favored same-sex marriage. That is a serious repudiation of his years long campaign against same-sex marriage from voters who are otherwise sympathetic to his conservative policy positions. And its a pattern that repeated itself to varying degrees in seats held by the loudest opponents to same-sex marriage.

Meanwhile, politicians on the left face a related problem. The responses against same-sex marriage were disproportionately concentrated in Western Sydneys immigrant communities, in districts dominated by the Labor Party, which has been pro-marriage equality.
I wonder what happens in the longer term to the alliance between white liberals and Mexican Catholic, Muslim or Hindu immigrants? Will something happen one day that will make them all switch to voting for conservative parties? Or will the issues of race and immigration continue to dominate, for them, over everything else?

23:45

Berto Jongman: Did TIME Just Blow the Story of the Year? "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Interesting that they can finally cover the abuse of adult women while ignoring the abuse and murder and blood and body harvesting of children.

Phi Beta Iota: We agree. TIME blew the story of the year. You can read the book for free:

Pedophilia & Empire: Satan, Sodomy, & The Deep State by Joachim Hagopian

23:45

Comcast Releases New 1.5 Gbps (Capable) Wireless Modem "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Comcast's xFi Advanced Gateway modem is now available nationwide

It's no secret that modems provided by your ISP can leave a lot to be desired. While we generally recommend you use your own hardware when it comes to your internet connection, plenty of people just go with the standard default modem and router. Comcast is making that process just a little bit easier thanks to the xFi Advanced Gateway modem and router. The modem, which the company is billing as the most advanced device it's ever made, made its debut back in May, but starting today it's available in every market that Comcast offers gigabit internet.

The company's goal with this new modem/router is to make setting up, connecting to and using the internet as simple as possible. Comcast's SVP of Hardware Development, Fraser Stirling, told Engadget: "I want your parents to stop phoning you about their internet connection." That was one of the primary goals when designing the interface of xFi app, which we've previously covered in detail. It allows you to set up your WiFi, change and customize settings, set up profiles for use and more. If you want to turn off the WiFi to your kids' devices at 9PM, you can easily do that in the xFi app.

Does it deliver greater Xfinity speeds to Anonymous Leechers? Yes it does.

Also at Digital Trends, CNET, USA Today, and FierceCable.


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23:42

Migration Minister cannot rule out migrants deaths in upcoming winter "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Greek Migration Minister, Yannis Mouzalas, has admitted that migrants in the Moria Camp on the island of Lesvos may die of cold in the upcoming winter. In an interview to German magazine Der Spiegel, Mouzalas said that he cannot rule out migrants death because of hypothermia. He said that authorities were making preparations to ensure

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23:41

ProPublica Local Reporting Network Selects Seven Newsrooms Across U.S. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

ProPublica today named the seven newsrooms and local reporters that will participate in the inaugural ProPublica Local Reporting Network.

The yearlong initiative, which kicks off in January, was created to support investigative journalism at local and regional news organizations, particularly in cities with populations below 1 million. ProPublica will reimburse the newsrooms for salary for the selected reporters and provide extensive support and guidance for their stories.

Winners were selected from a pool of 239 applications from 45 states, plus Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. The projects selected by editors should surprise and probe deeply, with the potential to spur positive change. Topics covered, among others, will include conflicts of interest, housing, mental health care, criminal justice and workplace safety. The selected newsrooms and reporters are:

  • The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.) Rebekah Allen
  • Charleston Gazette-Mail (Charleston, W. Va.) Ken Ward, Jr.
  • Malheur Enterprise (Vale, Ore.) Jayme Fraser
  • Santa Fe New Mexican (Santa Fe, N.M.) Rebecca Moss
  • South Bend Tribune (South Bend, Ind.) Christian Sheckler
  • The Southern Illinoisan (Carbondale, Ill.) Molly Parker
  • WMFE (Orlando, Fla.) Abe Aboraya

Participants in the ProPublica Local Reporting Network will work in and report to their home newsrooms while collaborating with ProPublica senior editor Charles Ornstein. ProPublica's expertise with data, research and engagement will be available for their stories as well. The stories will be jointly published by their news organizations and ProPublica.

This project was started to give local newsrooms across America needed resources and support to execute investigative journalism that digs deep and holds power to account, Ornstein said. The powerful proposals from our inaugural group of reporters are very much in that spirit, and I look forward to working with them to help bring their stories to fruition over the next year.

23:39

The axis of Arab autocrats standing behind Trump who enabled the Jerusalem decision "IndyWatch Feed World"

Whatever domestic constituency he is appealing to, Trump could not, and would not, have made his announcement without regional backers So Donald Trump revealed his hand on Jerusalem. In so doing, he tossed aside any lingering pretence of the US being able to broker a deal between Israel and Palestine. There can be no "neutrality" now. Without Jerusalem as its capital, no Palestinian state can exist. Without that it is only a matter of time before another uprising starts. Only a symbol as powerful as Jerusalem can unite Palestinians as viscerally opposed to each other as Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah and Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas. Only Jerusalem has the power to unite the inmates of all the prisons and places of exile Palestinians find themselves in - Israel's physical prisons and its metaphorical ones, the Palestinians in 1948, Gaza, West Bank, the refugee camps and the diaspora. Only Jerusalem speaks to billions of Muslims around the world. As Trump will soon learn, symbols are powerful. They have a habit of creating a reality all of their own.

23:38

Trump Forfeits US Mideast Mediator Role, Russia Should Step In "IndyWatch Feed War"

President Donald Trumps announcement this week that the US is henceforth recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will have many harmful repercussions for the entire Middle East.

23:38

The 100 Most Influential Africans of 2017 "IndyWatch Feed World"

A deaf-blind law activist, a teen dance troop from a Ugandan slum, and a Mauritanian modern-day slavery abolitionist hero are on the 100 Most Influential Africans of 2017 list.

23:38

#Lesvos: 14 #RefugeesGR Still Detained After Police Operation on December 4 "IndyWatch Feed War"

Lesvos, Greece: 14 of the refugees who were detained during the police operation on December 4 are still detained. Yesterday a group of women started to protest in front of the regional council building. The protesting refugees demand freedom of movement and want to leave the island.

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Image by Twitter account @AHampay

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 the Enough is Enough reports about RefugeesGR; here.

Lesvos: 14 RefugeesGR Still Detained After Police Operation on December 4

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23:37

Archeologists discover early Islamic coins featuring an image of a menorah "IndyWatch Feed War"

This supports the argument that I presented in my book Did Muhammad Exist?, that Islam was not presented to the world in complete form by a man named Muhammad, but began to appear only decades later than the traditional date for Muhammads death, and is an amalgam of material from multiple sources, principally Judaism and []

23:30

Jayant Bhandari: Emerging Markets Are in Huge Trouble? (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Jayant Bhandari: Emerging Markets Are in Huge Trouble? Video Wall St for Main St Jason Burack of Wall St for Main St interviewed first time guest, resource stock investor, Jayant Bhandari http://jayantbhandari.com/. Jayant is constantly traveling the world to...

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23:30

Is Gen HR McMaster Deep States White House Spy?, 1926 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

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23:30

Jennifer Lawrence wants to throw a drink in Trumps face "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Take a chill pill, girl. Better yet, go get on that farm. Its not like Hollyweird box office will miss you since your latest movies have not been all that stellar. From HuffPo: Jennifer Lawrence has never met President Donald Trump, but Continue reading

23:30

'One person killed every minute of every day of the year' "IndyWatch Feed World"

The global homicide rate increased last year for the first time since 2004, with the highest death rates in Syria, El Salvador, Venezuela, Honduras, and Afghanistan.

23:30

Paul Adams: Trump Report Card "IndyWatch Feed War"

Paul Adams

About Paul Adams:

In the mid-80s, he co-founded Tracking Technology Inc., a forerunner to GPS. He became a stockbroker for eight years, then segwayed to project finance, consulting for such notables as Darryl Quarles (writer/director of Family Ties & Fresh Prince of Belair), Larry Namer (founder of E!Entertainment), Joseph Nikolson (founder of TradeStation and Bonds.com), and Richard Waryn (former Investment Manager of the World Banks private arm, the IFC), through his company New Planet Group (NPG LLC). He has lived in nine countries and knows three languages.

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23:24

Prayer and Meditation for Saturday, December 9, 2017 This is the way; walk in it. Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give. "IndyWatch Feed War"

Saturday of the First Week of Advent
Lectionary: 180

Reading 1 IS 30:19-21, 23-26

Thus says the Lord GOD,
the Holy One of Israel:
O people of Zion, who dwell in Jerusalem,
no more will you weep;
He will be gracious to you when you cry out,
as soon as he hears he will answer you.
The Lord will give you the bread you need
and the water for which you thirst.
No longer will your Teacher hide himself,
but with your own eyes you shall see your Teacher,
While from behind, a voice shall sound in your ears:
This is the way; walk in it,
when you would turn to the right or to the left.He will give rain for the seed
that you sow in the ground,
And the wheat that the soil produces
will be rich and abundant.
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On that day your flock will be given pasture
and the lamb will graze in spacious meadows;
The oxen and the asses that till the ground
will eat silage tossed to them
with shovel and pitchfork.
Upon every high mountain and lofty hill
there will be streams of running water.
On the day of the great slaughter,
when the towers fall,
The light of the moon will be like that of the sun
and the light of the sun will be seven times greater
like the light of seven days.
On the day the LORD binds up the wounds of his people,
he will heal the bruises left by his blows.

Responsorial Psalm  PS 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6

R. (see Isaiah 30:18d) Blessed are all who wait for the Lord.
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23:23

Why The Supreme Court Is Likely To Rule For Jack Phillips While Dodging The Big Religious Liberty Question "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

If Tuesdays oral argument is any indication, the year-long anticipation for the Masterpiece Cakeshop Supreme Court showdown will result in a narrow opinion that provides little clarity in the continuing conflict between culture and religious liberty.

By now the basics are well-known: When a homosexual couple asked Jack Phillips, the owner of the Colorado-based Masterpiece Cakeshop, to design a wedding cake for them, Phillips informed the pair that he could not, in conscience, create a cake to celebrate a same-sex marriage. The men filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Division, claiming Masterpiece Cakeshop discriminated against them in a place of public accommodation because of their sexual orientation.

An administrative law judge (ALJ) found in favor of the couple and ordered Masterpiece to provide wedding cakes to same-sex couples. The seven-member Colorado Commission on Civil Rights upheld the ALJs decision. The Colorado Court of Appeals affirmed the commissions conclusion that Masterpiece Cakeshop violated the states anti-discrimination law.

The state appellate court also rejected Masterpieces argument that compelling Phillips to use his artistic talents to create a cake for a same-sex marriage violated his free speech and free exercise of religion rights. Masterpiece Cakeshop then appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

That brings us back to Tuesday, when the Supreme Court heard oral argument. While there is always a risk of reading too much into the justices questions, there is often much to be gleaned. And so it was in this case.

We Like Free Speech, But Not Yours

The oral argument quickly revealed that Phillips free speech claim lacked traction, with the justices demanding to know the dividing line between protected artistic expression and unprotected services: If cakes receive constitutional protection, what about an exquisitely prepared meal? What about makeup artistsIts called an artist, Justice Elena Kagan quippedor florists or hairdressers?

Then came the death knell from Justice Anthony Kennedy, as he addressed Masterpiece Cakeshops attorney: But the problem for you is that so many of these examples and a photographer can be included do involve speech. It means that theres basically an ability to boycott gay marriages. With this comment, Kennedy rendered it next to impossible to envision the Supreme Court cobbling together a majority finding for Masterpiece Cakeshop on its free speech claim.

But Kennedy had earlier hinted that the free speech issue wasnt his concern, when he asked a quick question on that claim, with this prefatory comment: [J]ust one more thing, and then well leave this part alone, at least as far as Im concerned (emphasis added).

What did concern Kennedy w...

23:23

Stop Coming Up With Christmas Parties For My Family To Attend "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

One fun thing Ive noticed about 2017 is that at least once a week, everyone has a National Conversation about something. The process seems to go as follows:

  1. The country wakes up in the morning.
  2. Someone gets into a snit about something.
  3. A National Conversation ensues.

In that spirit, and since its the holidays, Id like to be so bold as to propose the next big National Conversation. Ive chosen the topic du jour in the usual way: by conducting an extensive survey of my own feelings and realizing that something irritates me. The thing I dont like, about which we as a nation are now obliged to converse because I say so, is Christmas party culture.

Now, before you rush straight to the name-calling portion of the National Conversation, let me assure you that Im neither Scrooge nor a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union. I adore Christmas. I love the music, the decorations, the food, and even the gift-giving. More than anything, I love the religious significance of the holiday, and the chance to reflect on the divine incarnation, both at church and in the quietness of my home.

Of course, like many of you, I find it difficult to enjoy the quietness of my home when Im not actually there. This brings me to Christmas parties.

Christmas Party Culture = Oppression

They begin innocently enough. You have a social group of some kind: a club, team, class, or workplace. Some alert member of the group looks at the calendar, realizes Christmas is coming, and concludes that a party, performance, or similar festive event is warranted.

Now, if youre single, or have a family with only one or two associations in your lives, theres no problem. A party or two at Christmas can be delightful. But when we take a typical American two-parent family with their 2.2 children, and multiply times three or more social groups per person (a conservative estimate in our activity-driven society), the situation quickly becomes untenable. December, once the most wonderful time of the year, is now reduced to a string of days on which to go to parties, buy presents for parties, bake cookies for parties, shop for ugly sweaters to wear to parties, and clean up after parties.

Even as your calendar starts to look like youre running for president in late October, every other circumstance is conspiring to make you want to stay home. For instance, at some point early in the month, a beastly frozen wind started blowing. (Actually, I know exactly when it started: the same day you put up your outdoor Christmas lights.) That wind is still out there, whipping around at this very moment, ready to blow right through your fancy party clothes the moment you open the door.

Its not just the weather: as we speak, ap...

23:23

In Raising Trump, Ivana Trump Tells All, To Her Own Detriment "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Going into reading Ivana Trumps memoir Raising Trump, I had two primary objectives: First, to discover how the likes of Ivanka, and to a lesser extent Don Jr. and Eric Trump, were molded by their father, Donald Trump. Second, I wanted to get a sense of what President Donald Trump is like on an interpersonal level from someone who was once inside his inner circle. To save you the experience of reading her book, Ill tell you what I learned.

Prior to the election, there were a few Hail Mary possibilities that opponents of the president counted on. Reports from a former producer indicated there were disqualifying statements on tapes from the set of The Apprentice, including rumors they were racist or anti-Semitic. There was the hope that the contents of his tax returns would become public and perhaps shady business dealings or the revelation that he was not nearly as rich or successful of a businessman would stop the Trump train. Another hope was that Trumps ex-wives, either Ivana or Marla Maples, might come forward with stories of abuse from their time married to the man.

Ivana Trump was born in communist Czechoslovakia, and moved to Canada at 24 years old to escape. While working as a model visiting New York City, she met Donald Trump at a restaurant. Despite living with another man back in Canada, they stayed in communication, and soon, a relationship formed.  We had the same kind of drive and energy. Not a lot of people are like us, and we recognized those qualities in each other, she explains.

Blowing Up The Mommy Wars

They are also two of the most narcissistic people in already highly narcissistic industries: business, show business, and politics. Normally when one writes a book, you put your best foot forward in order to at least appear likable. One would think an editor would steer a writer in the direction of framing stories and anecdotes in order to come across as relatable. Neither happened in this memoir.

The battles of the mommy wars are particularly hot points for female readers, and Trump did herself no favors to endear herself to any fellow mothers reading her memoir. On pregnancy: I didnt get morning sickness or other digestive problems. I only gained twelve pounds. Some women make pregnancy the excuse to eat ice cream non-stop.

On how she labored more efficiently than any other woman in human history after an elective induction with their first child, Don Jr.: I know my body well from being an athlete, so I contracted all the right muscles. I think other women bear down in the wrong places, like their earlobes or necks or cheeks. I put my energy where it counted. Ten minutes later, my son was born. The clock on the wall said five twenty p.m. start to finish, my entire la...

23:23

Why Blade Runner 2049 Is The Best Film Of 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Spoilers ahead.

The cult film with a considerable afterlife has to be Ridley Scotts future-noir Blade Runner (1982). The films beginnings certainly fit the definition of a cult film, as it was initially rejected by most audiences but over time gathered a committed fan base. Things should be different with its 2017 sequel, which deserves consideration as the best film of the year.

A minority of critics at the time and a growing fan base courtesy of the films release on video saw a compelling story buried under the undeniably breathtaking images, while acknowledging Scotts clear prioritization of visuals over story. (When Scott read the script by actor Hampton Fancher, he believed it lacked a picture of the world outside the window, and set about obsessively supplying it.)

Even Its Champions Had Criticisms

But even Blade Runners champions criticized the story. They hated the Philip Marlowe-like voice-overs delivered by an almost comatose Harrison Ford (although Scott, who at the time famously quarreled with Ford onset, later acknowledged that he shortchanged the actors performance). They saw these as clunky, unnecessary, and even insulting to an audience the film-makers clearly believed could not understand the story on their own.

They equally hated the happy ending clumsily tacked on, in which Fords replicant lover, Rachel, did not have a lifespan limited to four years as did the other replicants. It was an obvious crowd-pleasing device that fans felt compromised the films tough-minded approach.

Seven versions later, Scott, given complete artistic control over the film, finally devoted attention to the story, editing out (also to Fords satisfaction) the voice-overs and optimistic ending. Now freed from them, the complexities of the story became more apparent, chiefly the irony of Ford being less human than the replicants were.

Thankfully, Blade Runner 2049 needs no corrective editing, for it is a much better film on every level. Indeed, it is the best film of 2017. The story is based on a screen treatment by Fancher (who hated Scotts finished product) and fleshed out by Michael Greene, a fan boy clearly not intimidated by the original. It is much more skillful and compelling. Director Denis Villeneuve has not neglected the visuals of environmental and nuclear devastation, but this time the images (...

23:23

Study Suggests Medicaid Is A Persistently Inferior Form Of Health Coverage "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

How many individuals would knowingly want to enroll in a form of health coverage with persistently inferior outcomes? Its a good question, as a new study released last week suggests that Medicaid provides those persistently inferior outcomes in the nations largest state, raising more questions about the program that represents the bulk of the coverage expansion under Obamacare.

What This Study Looked Into

The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Oncology, used a California data registry to compare cancer survival outcomes across multiple forms of insurance and nearly two decades (1997-2014). The study classified patients based on four forms of insurance: Private coverage; Medicare; other public coverage, about three-quarters (74 percent) of whom were Medicaid patients; and the uninsured.

Because the underlying data registry featured a small number of patients without insurance coverage, the study had a higher degree of statistical uncertainty for uninsured patient outcomes than for the other groups.

The study examined five-year cancer survival rates for the five most common cancers in California: breast, prostate, lung, colorectal, and melanoma. As the chart demonstrates, the study looked at survival rates over three separate periods (1997-2002, 2003-2008, and 2009-2014) to determine trends over time.

And The Results Were

Overall, the study found substantial and persistent disparities in survival for patients with either no or other public insurance compared with private insurance for all 5 of the cancer sites examined. In general, these disparities increased rather than decreased over time: with few exceptions, survival disparities were largest among those diagnosed during 2009-2014 relative to the two earlier time periods.

Moreover, improvements in survival rates during the time period the survey examined came almost exclusively from individuals with private insurance or Medicare. [F]or patients with other public [i.e., Medi...

23:22

Post-Common Core, U.S. Kids Slide On Another Academic Measure "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

International test results released this week show U.S. students losing ground on yet another measure in the Common Core era, reading test results for fourth graders. On the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study, a comparison given every five years in 58 countries, U.S. fourth graders dropped from 556 in 2011 to 549 in 2016, out of 1,000 possible points.

This caused the United States to drop from fifth on the international comparison to 13th, even though the decline was within the margin of error (i.e., not statistically significant). The decline was even more pronounced among the lowest-performing American students. On this test, U.S. students have made no statistically significant improvement since 2001.

The 2016 slide is especially notable because 2016s fourth graders have spent virtually their entire schooling inside public schools forced to shift their instruction to fit Common Core. Thats a set of national curriculum mandates and tests the Obama administration imposed in 2010 and began phasing in in 2013. Their lack of progress cannot be linked with other kinds of curricula, as can older students.

Its also important because U.S. fourth graders have been almost the only grade level to make any significant gains in achievement since federal meddling in local schools dramatically increased under 2001s No Child Left Behind. If this test is an early indicator of achievement declines among these youngsters, U.S. schools will have increased per-pupil spending by approximately 400 percent since the 1970s to no achievement gains, which is already the case for U.S. eighth and twelfth graders.

On a press call, Peggy Carr, acting commissioner for the National Center for Education Statistics, told reporters the stagnant performance of students in the U.S. mirrors results of other internationally benchmarked exams, including the Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA, the blockbuster test that assesses 15-year-olds in reading and math, U.S. News and World Report paraphrased.

These are the only latest test score declines to follow Common Cores adoption. There have been zero...

23:20

DID THE MARS ROVER FIND PROOF OF A WAR ON THE RED PLANET? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

NASAs Curiosity Rover, also often known as the Mars Rover took a picture thats riled up space conspiracy theorists. They claim that this is 100% proof that there was once a war on the Red Planet.

Conspiracy theorists claim that an object spotted in a photograph taken by NASAs Curiosity Rover on Mars is evidence of a past war on the planet. Others, however, claim the object it is quite simply, a rock. Take a look a the photo below:

cannonball on mars

Conspiracy theorists color-enhanced the image taken by the Curiosity Rover, and now say that the image shows a round object, that they claim is a metal cannonball.

Scott C. Waring claims the ball is 100% evidence of a war on Mars and he suggests it was fired at the planet in an attempt to destroy Mars atmosphere.

A video posted on YouTube by channel WhatsUpInTheSky37 shows the image with an explanation as to why it is believed that this is a cannonball.  In the video, the image has been color enhanced to make the ball look grey against the red rocks. Commenting on the video, Scott C. Waring, who runs the site UFO Sightings Daily, said: This metal ball is perfectly formed and about the size of a softball here on Earth. Guess what? That also matches the size of a cannonball.

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23:20

Photos: Islamic prayer on London streets and sidewalks, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed War"

A declaration of supremacism: Muslim street praying every Friday all over London, blocking streets and sidewalks.

23:19

Re: Re: Recommendations GnuPG-2 replacement "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by Ludovic Courts on Dec 08

Hi Marcus,

Marcus Brinkmann skribis:

Given that you worked on GnuPG, can you give some background? It isnt
clear to me why using C++/Botan/CMake to give a modern feel (what does
it mean?) will lead to better software (under which criteria?).

The multiple-process design in GnuPG had clear justifications
AFAIKe.g., having dirmngr and gnupg-agent in separate address...

23:18

No, Kids Wont Lose Their Wonder If You Tell Them Santa Isnt Real "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

When our parents said Go, my three brothers and I raced downstairs into the living room. We tugged our stockings off the mantle, treasuring each chocolate goodie from Santa and eyeing his empty cookie plate and half-drunk milk glass. By turns, we shucked gold- and green-wrapped presents with festive tags marked from Santa. Overjoyed by the Star Wars Lego sets and that new American Girl doll, we turned to our parents.

Thanks, mom and dad!

We never believed in Santa Claus. But growing up, I didnt much miss him. To us, he was both a historical figure and an imaginary character. We should all embrace the joy of Santa this way, not as our annual chimney sweep.

We kids celebrated the real Santa Claus, the third-century bishop from modern-day Turkey who dispersed his hefty inheritance among the poor, delivering not Lego sets but bags of gold to those who needed them. On December 6, the day of his death, we celebrated St. Nicholas Day.

Every year, a lovely friend from church, an migr from Holland, would knock on our front door, and in what is evidently a Dutch tradition she would hover in the doorway singing Sinterklaas Kapoentje and pelting us with ginger cookies. We read books on St. Nicholas and admired the good bishop, and never had to ask mommy how the holy man was still alive and kicking.

Telling the Truth Inspires Trust

Parents who tell their children the truth that the jolly old man died some 1,700 years ago build camaraderie with their kids. I appreciated that my parents respected me enough to be honest with me, and the truth became an inside joke between us. With four kids bumbling about the house, they also saved themselves the hassle of stowing away wrapping paper and devising excuses for why Santa decided against the $400 bike this year.

Encouraging children to emulate St. Nick also inspires good behavior more than warning them to keep off the Naughty List. Lets be real: Kids know that Santas gifts will always materialize under the tree, temper tantrum or not.

Some of you will shake your heads sadly and call me an angry elf. CNN accused the U.S. Air Force of similar surliness last month after it shattered the magic of Christmas for millions of children by tweeting that Santa wasnt real. On its official Twitter account, the Air Force told two of its bases to drop a feud by threatening no Christmas presents because Santa is a phony.

After the Washington Examiner reported the tweet, the Air Force revisited its joke to avoid Scrooge status. It tweeted, Santa is real, and tagged the N...

23:18

Writer Andy Kopsa Is Right: Partial-Birth Abortion Is A Terribly Misleading Phrase "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Graphic content warning: This article explains what happens during partial-birth abortion.

Euphemisms are inherent to politics. Take, for example, partial-birth abortion. On Tuesday, left-wing journalist Andy Kopsa challenged Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse on his use of the term.

There is no such thing as Partial Birth, Kopsa tweeted. That is a lie. There are third trimester abortion incredibly rare incredibly rare and most often to save life of the mother. Stop Lying.

Kopsa is correct. Partial-birth abortion is an inaccurate euphemism that hides the truth about a gut-wrenching incident. Those who use the term should examine what it actually is and consider a more accurate phrase.

First, partial is an incredibly vague word. It could be anything; 1 percent, 20 percent, 33 percent. The truth about so-called partial-birth abortion is that the baby is pulled through the birth canal until only his or her head remains inside. At 33 weeks of gestation, the middle of the third trimester, the average baby is 16.5 inches tall and has a head that is five inches from the bottom of the chin to top of the cranium, meaning the baby is 70 percent born when a partial birth abortion occurs. Partial clearly understates the degree to which the baby is outside the womb during the abortion.

Second, what does the word abortion even mean? Health care? Reproductive justice? A womans right to choose? Again, these are euphemisms, as Kopsa so astutely opined. Abortion, in the context of partial birth, is where an abortionist pulls the baby 70 percent of the way through the birth canal until the babys neck is exposed. The abortionist then takes a pair of scissors and stabs the baby in the base of his or her skull. The babys body will jerk before going limp, at which point the abortionist opens the scissors to enlarge the wound.

The abortionist completes the partial-birth abortion by inserting a suction catheter into the babys head through the open wound and sucking out the babys brain. His or her skull will collapse and, with his or her head still partially attached to his or her body, the baby will slide right out.

Kopsa deserves credit for bringing attention to the dishonesty that surrounds discussion of partial-birth abortion. A more accur...

23:18

Hurtle Through Space With Vast Asteroids Debut Album "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Theres that wordimpact. It shows up frequently, even when were not talking about meteors, molars, colons, or even asteroids. We could say affected, maybe effected, but we dont, because were going for maximum impact. It gets ugly.

But sometimes we are talking about an asteroid, one that circles about before resuming its original trajectory and making impact. Do asteroids normally circle? I dont know. Im not going to Google it. I can tell you that Vast Asteroidthe latest offering from frontman James Poulos, this time with Mark Reback on percussion and Mimi Star on bassdoes follow a circular path, one that ends just beyond where it started.

So, we find ourselves in a moment. It doesnt offer a huge opportunityits an album. But it does give us a chance to sit back and chill, to think about our next step, even if the next step is into an unknown hurtling. Our expanse is vast, after all.

Pay Attention to What Isnt There

The chief architect, he tells us to pay attention to the vocals. We tell him that the last 18 minutes are mostly instrumental and the vocals in the part that isnt instrumental are drawn from the intro. They also dont come until roughly 16 minutes into said outro. By my really sloppy math, that means that for about 40 percent of the album were supposed to pay attention to whats not there.

Theres a precedent for this, though. See, theres this soundtrack to Singles, the romantic dramatic mildly comedic film from 1992. It was heavy on Seattle. At the end of the soundtrack, not-Seattle band Smashing Pumpkins showed up with Drown. It was notable for the fact that the song ends roughly halfway through then meanders along pointlessly for another four minutes. Its forgivable. Frontman Billy Corgan was trying to do something, he just didnt succeed.

That brings us to this other track that has even fewer vocals than Drown, but does have some meandering. Meandering doesnt have to be boring. Was Robert Frost trying to depict peaceful ambling when he discussed two roads diverging in a wood? Dont be silly.

Music to Crush Your Enemies By

No, he was talking about purpose. Intentional steps. Thats where Drown goes to the misreading of Frost and Spacegaze captures what Frost was getting at. Were children of the 90s. We need an enemy-crushing soundtrack, and we need it to rock. It just took us a while to grow up and chart this, to lay out our strategy and to finish what we started a few decades ago, to pick out the path we would travel by.

It was bound to happen. We lat...

23:15

Korea: American Citizens Faulty Assumptions, Financial Stability and World Peace - Veterans Today "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I woke up early this morning and ran into a person who I perceive must be a Republican at 7-Eleven when I stopped and bought coffee. The interesting thing is that he said that he was former military, and commented about North Korea and the missiles were fired, seemingly anxious to get into a conflict. []

23:14

Dozens of Protesters Wounded in Clashes With Israeli Forces (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed World"

(Sputnik)  The representatives of the local medical services told Sputnik on Thursday that over 100 Palestinians have been injured in clashes with Israeli security forces, which occurred in the West Bank and Gaza.

The number of injured in the West Bank raised to 104 people. Four of those wounded were injured with regular bullets, and 18 people [were wounded] with rubber bullets, Irab Fuqaha from the Palestine Red Crescent Society said.

Over 70 people people were injured after the Israeli forces used tear gas on the protesters, according to Fuqaha.

Gaza Healthcare Ministry spokesman Ashraf Qidra said that seven people had been injured in clashes with the military on the enclaves border. The condition of one Palestinian woman was assessed by the medics as critical, the official added.

RT Journalist Injured in Ramallah

Producer of RT broadcaster was injured during the dispersal of a rally in the Palestinian city of Ramallah in the central West Bank on Thursday, RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan said.

Our producer suffered from gas [inhalation] during the dispersal of a rally in Ramallah. We wish him a speedy recovery, Simonyan wrote in her Twitter blog.

The RT broadcaster earlier reported that the RT film crew was in the area where the Israeli military used tear gas to disperse the protesters burning tires.

The report said that producer Amzhad Shahin almost fainted and was sent to a hospital in the ambulance.

Trumps...

23:13

Has the human race reached its physical peak? Scientists warn this is as good as it gets for mankind "IndyWatch Feed World"

The human race has peaked, with mankind reaching its maximum limits for height, lifespan and physical performance, scientists have claimed. Despite stories that each generation will live longer and longer, a new report suggests there may be a maximum threshold to our biological limits that we cannot exceed. In particular, the French research team behind the study found what appears to be a plateau in the maximum biological limits for humans' height, age and physical abilities.

23:13

Midge Ure: The moment I realised I was an alcoholic "IndyWatch Feed War"

Its Christmastime, so the airwaves are alive with the chimes of the evergreen Do They Know Its Christmas?
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Its Christmastime, so the airwaves are alive with the chimes of the evergreen Do They Know Its Christmas?, with every penny of royalties still going to the Band Aid Trust.

You might expect the man who made it all happen to be reflecting proudly on the tens of millions pounds hes raised to relieve famine and poverty in Africa since that first 1984 recording. But instead, Midge Ure the-then Ultravox frontman who produced and co-wrote the single then organised much of the follow-up Live Aid concert, a tireless elf to Sir Bob Geldofs Santa is, to say the least, ambivalent about his ongoing role as saviour of a continent.

Its an oddity, says Ure, in his strong Glaswegian tones. Its not something I ever dreamed about growing up in a Glasgow tenement, and Im still very surprised I got involved. But once I had, I couldnt get away from it. I had to see it through. He chuckles. Im still seeing it through.

Ure, its clear, only ever wanted to make music and was dragged into the cause by total fluke. It was my Sliding Doors moment, when life could have taken one of two paths: I was standing next to Paula [Yates, Geldofs late, ex-wife] when Bob called saying they had to do something about the Ethiopian famine in Ethiopia, and she put him on to me. I was too embarrassed to say No.

It could have so easily been someone else, but luckily it was me, because I had skills Bob lacked and he has skills I lack. I have musicality, Bob writes songs, but hed be the first to say hes not a great musician. Indeed, in Ures autobiography, he recalls uncharacteristically snapping at Geldof for commanding the 40 confused megastars who recorded Band Aid to imitate his out-of-tune rendition.

Yes, he was terrible, and I had to say so. But there was no way I could stand up and shout like Bob about Give us your f money. So it was a match made in heaven.

Berating world leaders is not who I am at all, Ure continues, grinning. Bob is a big mouth, again hed be the first person to say it, but hes a loudmouth of the right kind, hes still the same guy he was in his p...

23:11

Action Needed to Avoid the End of Modern Medicine "IndyWatch Feed War"

Human Wrongs Watch

By Martin Khor*

PENANG, Malaysia, Dec 5 2017 (IPS) The next time you have a bad cold and reach for the antibiotics left over from your last visit to the doctor, think again.
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Antibiotic resistance is rising to dangerously high levels in all parts of the world, threatening our ability to treat common infectious diseases

Unregulated sales of antibiotics are contributing to growing resistance. Credit: Adil Siddiqi/IPS

Firstly, the antibiotics wont work as they only act against bacteria while the cold is caused by a virus.

Secondly, you will be contributing to the arguably the worlds gravest health threat antibiotic resistance.

The wrong use and over-use of antibiotics is one of the main causes why they are becoming increasingly ineffective against many diseases, including pneumonia, tuberculosis, blood disorders, gonorrhoea and foodborne diseases.

While an effective antibiotic kills most of the targeted germs, a few may survive and develop resistance which can spread to other bacteria that cause the same infection or different infections.  The rate of resistance and its spread can increase if antibiotics are wrongly or over used, and they then become increasingly ineffective to treat bacterial infections.

When a new global financial crisis strikes, the developing countries will be more damaged than in the last crisis as they have become less resilient and more vulnerable. They thus need to prepare from being overwhelmed, says Martin Khor

Martin Khor, Executive Direc...

23:10

Warning: Trumps Federal Reserve Pick Hates Gold and Cash "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Warning: Trumps Federal Reserve Pick Hates Gold and Cash By The Daily Bell Staff In case of emergency, you should always have a solid chunk of cash on hand. These days, that isnt much riskier than keeping your money in a...

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23:10

St. Petersburg court turns properties of banned Jehovah's Witnesses over to government "IndyWatch Feed World"

According to the court findings, the Jehovah's Witnesses administrative center in Russia transferred an estate on the shore of the Gulf of Finland to the Society as a donation in 2000 A district court in St. Petersburg passed a resolution on Thursday to confiscate 16 items of real estate in St. Petersburg worth more than 880 million rubles [$14.9 mln], which belong to the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania registered in the U.S., and to turn them over to the government, the united press service of city courts said on Thursday. The Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania received the immovable property from the Jehovah's Witnesses administrative center in Russia that has been banned by the Russian authorities.

23:10

Is This as Low as They Can Get? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

So, this happened yesterday:

James OKeefe, the conservative activist who attempted to plant a false story in The Washington Post this month about GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore, was presented Wednesday with an Impact Award, handed to him by Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

OKeefe accepted the award on behalf of his organization, Project Veritas, at an event hosted by the conservative group United for Purpose at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C..

Proud to receive the Impact award from Ginni Thomas on behalf of the @project_veritas team, OKeefe wrote on Instagram, before praising other 2017 award recipients such as Fox New host Sean Hannity and Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton as fighters.

I just want to briefly review some facts here. James OKeefe sent an employee named Jaime Phillips to spy on Washington Post reporters and try to get them on tape saying things that could be used to end their careers. This employee was then repurposed to tell a false story of being statutorily raped by Roy Moore as a teenager and impregnated. According to her fable, Moore drove her to Mississippi to get an abortion. The hope was that the Posts reporters would report all of this as true. The next step, obviously, would have been to expose the story as a fake and thereby undermine the reporting being done on Moores credible accusers.

Fortunately, the Posts were vigilant and figured out the entire scheme without being taken in. But the effort was clearly concocted in an effort to discredit Moores accusers and to give substance to the accusation that the mainstream press is biased and untrustworthy. And this was in the service of getting a plausibly-accused child molester elected to the U.S. Senate.

For this, the wife of a Supreme Court Justice gave him an award. And not just any Supreme Court Justice. Clarence Thomas was also plausibly accused of inappropriate sexual behavior, which you may remember from his confirmation hearings.

I dont know if the conservative movement can get lower than this.  Unfortunately, I suspect they can.

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We Can't Fix This at the Ballot Box "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Considering the fact that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson vociferously opposed the presidents decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel and to announce that well be moving our embassy there, its not surprising that the State Department issued a new worldwide travel alert for any Americans dumb or reckless enough to think theyre still welcome in most of the globes countries. As you might expect, Trump would not listen to anyone who told him this would be a very bad idea, and went ahead with it anyway because he wanted to fulfill a campaign promise.

Several advisers said he did not seem to have a full understanding of the issue and instead appeared to be focused on seeming pro-Israel, in the words of one, and making a deal, in the words of another

The debate came to a head at a White House meeting Nov. 27 to hash out the waiver issue. According to people briefed on the meeting, Trump repeated his earlier assertions that he had to follow through on his campaign pledge, seemingly irritated by objections over security and the break with previous policy.

The decision wasnt driven by the peace process, one senior official said. The decision was driven by his campaign promise.

Naturally, Trump did not heed warnings that he might endanger our diplomatic corp and produce more Benghazis.

Tillerson, mindful of the death of four Americans in militant attacks in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012, pushed back vocally, one White House official said. Already at odds with Trump over other aspects of the presidents approach to the Middle East, Tillerson argued that the move could unleash a dangerous chain reaction across the region.

R.C. Hammond, a Tillerson adviser, said Tillerson and [Defense Secretary James] Mattis requested time to evaluate U.S. outposts and fortify them if necessary

Its insane. Were all resistant, said one Trump confidant who recently spoke to the president about it. He doesnt realize what all he could trigger by doing this....

Trump Will Need to Throw Flynn to the Wolves "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

At a certain point in the not-too-distant future, the president of the United States is going to feel compelled to assert that he was taken in and duped by Michael Flynn and that he feels betrayed, his feelings are hurt, and that he didnt know one damn thing about any of it. I cant see any other way that Trump can get the separation from Flynn that hell need to survive in office.

The latest revelation begins with a text message received by someone in the inaugural crowd at 12:11pm on January 20th, 2016.

As President Trump delivered his inaugural address on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in January, his new national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, sent a text to a former business associate telling him that a plan to build nuclear power plants in the Middle East in partnership with Russian interests was good to go, according to a witness who spoke with congressional investigators.

Flynn had assured his former associate that U.S. sanctions against Russia would immediately be ripped up by the Trump administration, a move that would help facilitate the deal, the associate told the witness.

This was a chance encounter.

According to [Rep. Elijah] Cummingss letter, the witness said he met Alex Copson, Flynns former business associate, at an inaugural event. Copson is the managing director of ACU Strategic Partners, a Washington-based company that Flynn said he advised from April 2015 through June 2016, according to a financial disclosure he filed this August.

The witness told Cummings and committee investigators that Copson shared a text message he had just received from Flynn, who was on stage at the Capitol during Trumps speech.

Perhaps because of his eyesight or the glare, the witness couldnt read the text message but he did note the time stamp. Because he was disturbed by the conversation, he took contemporaneous notes. Lets look at the conversation:

As the president spoke, Flynn reportedly texted Copson that the nuclear project was good to go, the witness said Copson told him.

Mike has been putting everything in place for us, Copson said, according to the witness, adding: This is going to make a lot of very wealthy people.

Trump had been president for eleven minutes and was still deliverin...

Bannon Disparages Mormon Missionary Work "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Im no expert on the Church of Latter Day Saints, but I feel pretty confident in saying that their missionary work is pretty central to their whole belief system. For example, young men between the ages of 18 and 25 who meet standards of worthiness are strongly encouraged to consider a two-year, full-time proselytizing mission. I dont think too many Mormons consider this some kind of clever way of avoiding military service, although it obviously can serve that purpose.

Steve Bannon, however, obviously feels differently. At a rally for U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore in Fairhope, Alabama last night, Bannon attacked Mitt Romney:

Judge Roy Moore has more honor and integrity in that pinkie finger than your entire family has in its whole DNA, Bannon said in his 30-minute speech at Oak Hollow Farm. You hid behind your religion. You went to France to be a missionary while guys were dying in rice paddies in Vietnam. Do not talk to me about honor and integrity, he said, referencing Romneys Mormon faith.

Theres a lot of heat in those remarks. He accuses Romney not only of being a coward who lacks honor and integrity, but of being an insincere missionary who was proselytizing out of his own convenience instead of any conviction. Bannons condemnation is sweeping enough to call into question the LDSs entire practice of missionary work if it happens to take place in wartime.

There are other religious faiths that would fare poorly by this standard, including the Quakers, but this is a pretty strong attack on a pillar of Mormon faith and religious practice, and I dont imagine it will be received well.

Amazingly, Bannon thinks he can disparage Mormonism like this and still have standing to talk about who will represent Utah in the Senate.

Bannon has reportedly toyed with the idea of endorsing Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) for reelection, fearful that a Hatch retirement would allow Romney to walk into the Senate in 2018 and become a conservative thorn in Trumps side.

Id like to know how Orrin Hatch feels about Bannons assertion that young Mormon men on mission are lacking in honor, integrity, courage, or conviction. Does Hatch endorse that view himself? Does he want Bannons support? Will he disavow Bannon and defend the honor of Mitt Romney and their religious brethren?

Inquiring minds want to know.

...

23:09

The Whistleblower Who Could Have Prevented 9/11 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A congressional report found that, before September 11, 2001, intelligence agencies were poorly organized, poorly equipped, and slow to pursue clues that might have prevented that days terrorist attacks. The following story offers a unique insight into how that could be.

Bill Binney was, as far back as the 1960s, one of the NSAs most distinguished analysts. He had almost a sixth sense for understanding the patterns behind the webs of relationships that would often prove to be even more valuable than the actual contents of intercepted communications.

This ability was a valuable tool in making sense of Soviet communications and intercepts. Binneys work might very well have warned us of 9/11, and other terrorist attacks, had it been allowed to continue. Instead Binney was forced to become a whistleblower and a crusader for both his work and the privacy protections of American citizens.

Using his methods, he anticipated the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia, the onset of the 1973 Yom Kippur War and even the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

The funny thing was that many of his higher ups in the intelligence community didnt take him seriously.  Even after he had proved himself almost prescient, they all felt that his methods were too inexpensive and too simple to be the real thing.

As the digital age arrived and Binney moved from the Army to the NSA, he was shocked at how primitive the NSA technology was. He tried to change that.

And while many of his colleagues liked to think the Soviet threat would be around forever, he foresaw the threats from international crime and terrorism and the need for appropriate programs of information collection.

In response, he developed cutting-edge computer programs of pattern recognition, with off-the-shelf software, to try to foreshadow these threats. The problem once again was that Binney worked too cheaply.

The leaders of the NSA wanted to spend well in excess of three billion dollars for projects that were unproven, and performed poorly when tested, compared to what Binney had created for one-tenth the cost.

Thats when higher ups at the NSA, including then-director Gen. Michael Hayden, decided that Binney and his work had to be neutralized.

The harrowing story that follows is told by Binney in his conversation with WhoWhatWhys Jeff Schechtman in this weeks podcast. Binney explains how his ThinThread program worked how it protected privacy and passed Constitutional muster. He explains why he had to leave the agency when his work was shut down in favor of programs that didnt work ones that totally ignored privacy concerns, but that provided...

23:04

How Hard is it to Count Violent Crimes? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A new survey finds its more difficult than you might think.

23:03

Bitcoin Exchange NiceHash Hacked, Over $67 Million In Bitcoin Stolen "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Largest Cryptocurrency Mining Market NiceHash Hacked And Over $67M In Bitcoin Stolen

NiceHash, touted as one of the worlds largest Bitcoin trading and mining site, has revealed that hackers have compromised its payment system and wiped out its entire Bitcoin wallet, resulting in over $60 million loss.

For those unaware, formed in 2014, NiceHash serves as a marketplace for miners to rent out their hash rate to others, which sees them earn Bitcoin at regular intervals.

The breach was announced by the company on social media as well as its website.

Unfortunately, there has been a security breach involving NiceHash website. We are currently investigating the nature of the incident and, as a result, we are stopping all operations for the next 24 hours, the company said in a statement on Wednesday (December 6).

Importantly, our payment system was compromised and the contents of the NiceHash Bitcoin wallet have been stolen. We are working to verify the precise number of BTC taken, it added.

Clearly, this is a matter of deep concern and we are working hard to rectify the matter in the coming days. In addition to undertaking our own investigation, the incident has been reported to the relevant authorities and law enforcement and we are co-operating with them as a matter of urgency.

BTC address shared by a NiceHash user on Reddit suggests that a sum of 4,736.42 BTC an amount equivalent to $67 million at current prices was stolen, reported CoinDesk, a site specializing in cryptocurrency news and data, on Thursday.

Worried Bitcoin users took to Twitter to express their concerns. A user named Lohit tweeted, Are we going to get our btc? or might as well just forget it. Your press release said nothing about sending us what you owe. I have 4000$ stuck in your wallet which is now almost 4300$. Another NiceHash user Philip Richardson tweeted: If I dont get my BTC back I will never use your service again.

NiceHash is suggesting......

23:02

The Flynn plea makes it hard for Trump to fire Mueller without being accused of a cover-up "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Flynn plea makes it difficult for Trump to can the special counsel without inviting charges of a cover-up and sparking a constitutional crisis. The Dec. 1 plea deal struck with President Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, marked a big step forward in Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. It may also have provided some protection for Mueller against being fired by the president-and helped ensure that his probe will continue, even if one day he's not leading it. Flynn pleaded guilty to one count of lying to federal agents about his communications with the Russian ambassador last December. Given the other potential crimes that Flynn may have committed, including his failure to disclose that he was being paid millions of dollars by a Turkish company while serving as a top official in the White House, the relatively light charge signaled to many that Flynn had something significant worth sharing. As Mueller's probe has gotten closer to Trump's inner orbit, speculation has risen over whether Trump might find a way to shut it down. The Flynn deal may make that harder. For one thing, it shows that Mueller is making progress. "Any rational prosecutor would realize that in this political environment, laying down a few markers would be a good way of fending off criticism that the prosecutors are burning through money and not accomplishing anything," says Samuel Buell, a former federal prosecutor now at Duke Law School.

23:00

Keep unexpected holiday security surprises to a minimum "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The chilly weather is setting in here in the northern hemisphere, and as we get ready for the holidays many of us are gathering round a cheery fire. But not everyone is enjoying the warmth of this experience. Its only a matter of time before we see more legislation around all types of data protection, company breach disclosures, and associated fines. The Equifax incidents started the fire and there is plenty of fuel to continue More

23:00

I Spent Years Reporting on Chicagos Property Tax System. Heres What Got Me Out of the Weeds. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Coefficient of dispersion, price-related differential, first-pass, second-pass, assessment level, effective tax rate ... Id use these terms in meetings with my editors, and I could feel my own eyelids getting heavy.

For about 2 1/2 years now, Ive been reporting on the Cook County property tax assessment system, uncovering inequities and explaining them to readers. At times, the work has been mind-numbing, with long stretches when I was lost in the weeds. But one thing was certain: Behind all the technical terms and the statistics was a story about the simple concept of fairness.

In many ways, the assessors office is a black box. Not even attorneys who have worked in the field for decades understand how the office derives values. And Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios has refused to make that information public. My work, to some degree, involves poking holes in the box so we can shed light on how the office operates. My story this week on commercial and industrial assessments is the latest, following work I did on residential assessments for the Chicago Tribune.

In the early days of reporting these stories, I found Illinois Department of Revenue studies that suggested the property tax assessment system was deeply unfair. I wanted to determine if the evidence supported that assertion and proved the system was broken. As my reporting and my work with colleague Sandhya Kambhampati progressed and I learned more, I began to see how those with the least were paying more than they should while the wealthy paid less.

At a time when income inequality has grown to staggering proportions in our country, I came to see that the property tax system aggravated those disparities. Many of those who benefited were political heavyweights who also work as property tax lawyers.

How could I present this information in a way that would move readers and, perhaps, drive change? I knew the key was getting behind the numbers and finding the people who were harmed by the system. Their compelling stories fueled the narrative as we presented the nuts and bolts of this arcane system and our investigative findings about it.

I found people like Brenda Doyle, owner of Sweet Pea Academy day care, in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood on the South Side. She ran the day care with her husband, Larry, and daughter Jamilah. Sweet Pea is exactly the kind of small, family-owned business that should get a fair shake. Instead, its tax bill was far...

Fill Your Hot Tub With Sand. For Science! "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Here at Hackaday, we can understand if you dont like sand. Its coarse, rough and irritating, and it gets everywhere. With that said, [Mark Rober] discovered a great way to have fun with sand right in your own back garden.

Well preface this by stating that this isnt the easiest hack to pull off on a lazy Saturday afternoon. You need a spare hot tub, plenty of pipe, and a seriously big air supply. But if you can pull it all together, the payoff is fantastic.

What [Mark] has achieved is turning a regular hot tub into a fluidized bed. In simple terms, this is where a solid particulate material (like sand) is made to act more like a fluid by passing pressurized fluid through the material. Through a carefully built series of drilled copper pipes, [Mark] manages to turn the hot tub into a fluidized bed, much to the enjoyment of his young nephews.

While its not the easiest hack to copy at home, [Mark] drives home the science of both the fluidized bed and why certain objects float or sink in the sand. Its something that can also be easily tackled at a smaller scale, if youre looking for something more achievable for the average maker.

For more sand science, how about using it to hold up your car?

[Thanks to Keith for the tip!]


Filed under: classic hacks

22:59

Robert Spencer video: How Robert Mueller sabotaged counterterror training in 2012 "IndyWatch Feed War"

In this new video, I explain how, while he was director of the FBI, Robert Mueller presided over and approved of the removal of all mention of Islam and jihad from counterterror training materials, thereby hamstringing agents ability to understand the motives and goals of jihad terrorists, and to counter them effectively.

22:58

Campaign Against Antisemitism is Grooming British Police Forces "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

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Please see yourself invited to review the intimate correspondence between the ultra Zionist Campaign Against Antisemitism and our British police forces. 

Documentation here

Listen  to the great Richie Allen elaborating on the above. 

22:58

Brexit Breakthrough: Headfake or May Trying to Engineer Further Capitulation to EU? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The UK has managed show "sufficient progress" so as to be allowed to go to the\ next phase of Brexit talks. But what does that really mean?

22:57

Pope Francis calls to adjust line in 'The Lord's Prayer' "IndyWatch Feed World"

Pope Francis has called upon the Roman Catholic Church to adjust the translation of phrase on temptation in the most famous Christian prayer, 'Our Father', also known as 'The Lord's Prayer'. The Italian and English translations of the prayer, better known as 'Our Father' among Catholics, ask God to "lead us not into temptation." "That is not a good translation," the pontiff said in a television interview on Wednesday evening, as cited by the Vatican Radio.

22:55

ISIS vows to make New Years Day hell and attack people on foot at Christmas markets to dodge security barriers "IndyWatch Feed War"

All those security barriers that European authorities have dressed up as festive Christmas decorations may be useless. And prepare against them whatever you are able of power and of steeds of war by which you may strike terror in the enemy of Allah and your enemy and others besides them whom you do not know, []

22:50

John Lennon Was Right: The Government Is Run by Maniacs for Maniacal Means "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

John Lennon Was Right: The Government Is Run by Maniacs for Maniacal Means by John W Whitehead Rutherford You gotta remember, establishment, its just a name for evil. The monster doesnt care whether it kills all the students or...

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22:46

TIDBIT: SITE NEWS: EARLY START TO TODAYS VIDCHAT "IndyWatch Feed War"

Hi folks, this is Joseph... I am probably going to have an early start to chat today, at 6PM... hope to see everyone!  Already

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22:44

The Main Challenges of Enterprise Mobility Management "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Retail is for sure a sector with specific challenges and difficulties, and enterprise mobility management (EMM) is yet another field that IT departments of retail businesses have to consider. Besides bring-your-own-device (Corporate phones and BYOD), retail organizations are beginning to control other technologies like tablets with access to corporate Wi-Fi networks.

The effect is an intricate environment with different operating and devices systems, which IT departments have to control, secure and make compliant. While doing so, they wish to provide access to business resources for employees on those devices, wherever theyre positioned, to boost efficiency.

Answering Tough Questions About Enterprise Mobility

In the event that you would like to provide access to corporate resources, internal files, confidential data, corporate mail or internal apps to an extensive range of devices, should not you first secure those devices and ensure the compliance of theirs with corporate policies before allowing access? Would you impose similar security policies and restrictions on devices owned by the corporation as on individual devices? How about location tracking? Would you track employees on the personal devices of theirs or simply on corporate-owned devices? Can there be any law in put that applies to this kind of tracking? If one of these devices is stolen, wouldnt it be a smart idea to remove corporate data?

Thesere the often tough questions which need to be discussed between many different departments and stakeholders within a business. When youve answered these questions, defined the security policies of yours and identified corporate resources to which you wish to provide access from outside of the network of yours, you are going to need a solution to enable you to use those EMM rules.

Enabling Enterprise Mobility in Retail

With a solution as IBM MaaS360, you are going to be ready to brand the environment of yours as well as customize the user experience. In the event that you would like to isolate the business side from the private aspect of the device and stay away from data leakage, you are able to leverage container technology.

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22:44

Japans Economy Boosted by Surge in Capital Spending "IndyWatch Feed War"

Japans July-September GDP growth raised to 2.5% from 1.4%

Updated Dec. 8, 2017 12:44 a.m. ET

TOKYOJapans stronger-than-expected growth offers another sign that Prime Minister Shinzo Abes economic policies, assisted by a global upturn, may be helping the nation emerge from years of stagnation.

A jump in firms capital spending amid optimism about the global economic outlook prompted a revision of Japans economic growth for the July-September quarter to 2.5% on an annualized basis, compared with an initial estimate of 1.4%, government data released Friday showed.

22:40

'Unstoppable bull run': Bitcoin juggernaut smashes $18,000 "IndyWatch Feed World"

Bitcoin's unstoppable bull run continues with the world's most valuable cryptocurrency beating its own records day after day. After passing the $15,000, $16,000 and $17,000 levels the day before, bitcoin breached $18,000 on Friday. Bitcoin peaked at $18,353 by 1:54 GMT, with the market value of the digital currency at the time exceeding $300 billion, according to data from CoinMarketCap. The price has since retreated to below $17,000.

22:39

Woman gives up men to have sex with ghosts "IndyWatch Feed World"

A 27-year-old English woman shared her "experience" of having sex with spirits on a TV show Thursday. Amethyst Realm, a spiritual guidance counselor from Bristol, has revealed she has had sexual intercourse with 20 different ghosts, and turned her back on men after that. While her fianc was away, she felt the presence of something strange and unknown in their new house. "It started as an energy, then became physical," she told hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby during the British TV show This Morning. "There was pressure on my thighs and breath on my neck. I just always felt safe. I had sex with the ghost. You can feel it. It's difficult to explain. There was a weight and weightlessness, a physical breath and stroking, and the energy as well."

22:38

The death of Kissingers Shuttle Diplomacy: the Jerusalem factor "IndyWatch Feed War"

December 07, 2017 by Ghassan Kadi for the Saker Blog No man has possibly served the American Empire as much as Henry Kissinger did, and with all the literature, including screenplays, that have been written about him and his shuttle diplomacy, none probably described his biggest ever performance than Patrick Seale in his book Asad. After []

22:30

Some of the most encouraging graphs about the human condition youll ever see "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Despite all the fear-mongering over the condition of our planet as well as the human condition, there is encouraging news. Dina D. Pomeranz writes on Twitter: (h/t to Steve McIntyre) This figure is quite amazing. Never ever before has the world changed as it has from 1990 to 2015. Heres another: Theres a lot of

22:30

How Low Will Silver Go? (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

How Low Will Silver Go? Video Silver Fortune As silver falls below $16, how much further can we expect it to fall? As we head into 2018, where are precious metal prices heading? Video Source

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22:28

Trump slurrs through Jerusalem speech - WH says he had dry throat, but announces physical exam (video) "IndyWatch Feed World"

The day after President Trump slurred through part of a speech, the White House announced that he will undergo a physical exam. Trump will take the exam at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington, D.C., early next year and the results will be made public, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday.

22:28

South China Sea: China continues assertive initiatives "IndyWatch Feed War"

December 07, 2017 08:13

VOA

Beijings new move to assert air control over the disputed South China Sea risks alarming countries that had agreed last month to work out differences diplomatically.

State-run China Central Television and one English-language news outlet said last week the military had deployed domestically built J-11B jet fighters to Woody Island in the Paracel archipelago.

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Hangars in the island chain would improve Chinas overall control of the sea, the television network said, quoting a Chinese military expert. The country eventually could intercept foreign aircraft, it said.

Five other governments, all militarily weaker than China, contest Beijings claims to about 90 percent of the 3.5 million-sq.km sea thats prized for fisheries, marine shipping lanes and undersea fossil fuel reserves.

Chinas aircraft deployment will raise alerts among the other claimants as well as the United States, which has more fire power than China and insists the sea remain open to all, analysts believe.

But China and Southeast Asian states, which are used to Chinese maritime maneuvers and recipients of Chinese economic support, are expected to remain friendly.

Artilleries are fired during a military drill in Qingtongxia, Ningxia Autonomous Region, China on Sept. 25, 2017. /Reuters

In November China agreed to negotiate with the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on a code to prevent accidents at sea by 2018. An official from Beijing said then that China would ensure freedom of navigation for the Southeast Asian states.

China probably intends to stick to both pledges, analysts say. Beijing is mixing friendly gestures with assertive initiatives, said Fabrizio Bozzato, a Taiwan Strategy Research Association fellow who follows Southeast Asia.

At the end of the day, their South China Sea policy remains unchanged, Bozzato said. They regard the South China Sea as Chinese waters. It seems to me they have a clear intention to make the South China Sea or most of it Chinese waters by what we could say 2030.

Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam assert sovereignty over parts...

22:17

'Holy crap': Experts find tax plan riddled with glitches that could be gamed for tax avoidance "IndyWatch Feed World"

Republicans' tax-rewrite plans are riddled with bugs, loopholes and other potential problems that could plague lawmakers long after their legislation is signed into law. Some of the provisions could be easily gamed, tax lawyers say. Their plans to cut taxes on "pass-through" businesses in particular could open broad avenues for tax avoidance. Others would have unintended results, like a last-minute decision by the Senate to keep the alternative minimum tax, which was designed to make sure wealthy people and corporations don't escape taxes altogether. For many businesses, that would nullify the value of a hugely popular break for research and development expenses.

22:17

SBC Statement re Devious Daves Email Interceptions "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

SBC Statement re Devious Daves Email Interceptions

  • an In My View article by NIGEL WARD, examining and analysing SBCs knee-jerk reaction to the Private Eye expos of email interception by Deputy Monitoring Officer David P. KITSON.

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The statement issued by Scarborough Borough Council, as published on the Scarborough News web-site, contains a small number (single figures) of truths and a (larger) number of outright lies.

I propose to deal with them in the order in which they appeared. But before doing so, let us take note of the fact that Deputy Monitoring Officer David P. KITSONs false claim in Full Council (and again in an email to all Councillors) to be acting lawfully under the terms of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, has been quietly discarded.

Let it be noted, too, that every nuance and connotation of the word intercept bespeaks a unilateral intent to negate transparent communication and to conceal information from its intended recipients. It is autocratic. It is dictatorial and entirely inappropriate conduct on the part of servants of the public.

I have separated the SBC statement into paragraphs for ease of reference:

1) The council has in place a policy for dealing with unreasonably persistent and unreasonable complaint behaviour, which can be accessed on the councils website. Such behaviour is dealt with by a simple, overt, and reasonable practice, which is in operation throughout the public sector for the protection of not only staff and members (councillors), but also to protect limited resources.

The first sentence is true. The second is patently false; the so-called redirection of emails is not overt, nor is it reasonable practice.

It cannot be overt because none of the Councillors with whom I have spoken (double figures) was aware that it was in operation.

That suffices to al...

22:16

Information injected into monkey's brains "IndyWatch Feed World"

When you drive toward an intersection, the sight of the light turning red will (or should) make you step on the brake. This action happens thanks to a chain of events inside your head. Your eyes relay signals to the visual centers in the back of your brain. After those signals get processed, they travel along a pathway to another region, the premotor cortex, where the brain plans movements. Now, imagine that you had a device implanted in your brain that could shortcut the pathway and "inject" information straight into your premotor cortex. That may sound like an outtake from "The Matrix." But now two neuroscientists at the University of Rochester say they have managed to introduce information directly into the premotor cortex of monkeys. The researchers published the results of the experiment on Thursday in the journal Neuron. Although the research is preliminary, carried out in just two monkeys, the researchers speculated that further research might lead to brain implants for people with strokes.

22:15

DTrace & ZFS Being Updated On NetBSD, Moving Away From Old OpenSolaris Code "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The NetBSD operating system has been working on updating their DTrace and ZFS implementations...

22:15

Ian Buruma en 'het betrekkelijk goedaardige imperialisme uit Washington' 33 "IndyWatch Feed War"

European populism historically almost always was anti-American,

aldus opiniemaker Ian Buruma in de weekend-editie van de Financial Times van 9 januari 2004, nog geen jaar nadat miljoenen Europese burgers de straat op waren gegaan om te demonstreren tegen de illegale inval in Irak onder aanvoering van de VS. Wikipedia meldt dat Europa destijds saw the biggest mobilization of protesters, including a rally of three million people in Rome, which is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest ever anti-war rally. Ook Buruma's formulering is kenmerkend voor zijn stijl van beweren, namelijk halfslachtig. Op die manier kan hij telkens weer weg glippen. Desondanks suggereert hij dat het Europese populisme en anti-Amerikanisme wat dit laatste ook moge betekenen met elkaar te maken hebben. Oprechte kritiek op de Amerikaanse schendingen van het internationaal recht komen zodoende onmiddellijk in een verdacht licht te staan. En juist dat is de bedoeling van mijn oude vriend. Door zijn gebrek aan empathie met de ontelbare slachtoffers van het beleid dat de elite in Washington, in overleg met de elite op Wall Street, voert, kan hij zonder enige gewetenswroeging de terreur negeren van de zwaarst bewapende grootmacht in de geschiedenis van de mensheid. In zijn boek Creating Freedom. Power, Control And The Fight For Our Future (2017) wijst de Britse beeldend kunstenaar Raoul Martinez in he...

22:14

China denies making impossible demands for collapsed US$14 billion infrastructure deal with Pakistan "IndyWatch Feed War"

Beijing did not ask for ownership rights to Diamer-Bhasha dam, an unnamed official with Chinas top planning agency was quoted on state media

By Viola Zhou
South China Morning Post

PUBLISHED : Friday, 08 December, 2017, 10:01am
UPDATED : Friday, 08 December, 2017, 11:15am

22:13

Christmas Behind Barbed Wire Cars Of Hope Supports Refugees on #Lesvos "IndyWatch Feed War"

On December 17th Cars of Hope activists from Wuppertal (Germany) and surrounding cities will head off to Greece to support refugees. Some of the Enough is Enough team will join them. The central work will take place on Lesvos. Part of the group will stay until mid-January 2018. Misery is even harder during the cold season, several people suffered a painful death due to extreme temperatures last year. And the supply situation remains more than poorly: refugees staying in Moria Camp are served food only once a day. With a capacity of 2000 people, Moria Camp is currently facing the challenge of supplying up to 5000. Other refugees live in one of two additional camps or are completely on their own.

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Christmas Behind Barbed Wire Cars Of Hope Supports Refugees on Lesvos

On December 17th Cars of Hope activists from Wuppertal (Germany) and surrounding cities will head off to Greece to support refugees. Some of the Enough is Enough team will join them. The central work will take place on Lesvos. Part of the gro...

22:12

Woman's Lawsuit Against a Neo-Nazi Website is Going Forward "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The idea of suing a website might seem abhorrent to advocates of free speech on the internet, but maybe one case shows that it can be justified?

Whitefish Woman's Lawsuit Over 'Daily Stormer' Harassment Proceeding

The Missoulian is reporting [archive] that a Whitefish woman's lawsuit against a Nazi website is going forward.

Montana Public Radio reports that Andrew Anglin, publisher of The Daily Stormer, is being sued by an individual the website targeted because of the mother of Richard Spencer:

The Daily Stormer called for readers to harass her and her family over her dealings with the mother of white nationalist Richard Spencer.

Image of part of the complaint (PDF).

Northwestern Montana, however, has had some experience in dealing with neo-Nazis in the neighborhood.


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22:11

Consuming Allergens During Pregnancy Protects Babies Through Mum's Milk "IndyWatch Feed World"


Consuming common allergens during pregnancy and breastfeeding could help protect against food allergies in children by passing on certain protective proteins through breast milk, say researchers.
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22:10

A Potential Government Shutdown Is Literally Just Hours Away, But Congressional Leaders Insist That Everything Will Be Just Fine "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

A Potential Government Shutdown Is Literally Just Hours Away, But Congressional Leaders Insist That Everything Will Be Just Fine by Michael Snyder The Economic Collapse Blog Either the Republicans are going to give Democrats virtually everything that they want,...

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22:08

Saudi Gangsters "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Dog That Didn't Bark
Imprisoning and Torturing Billionaire Oligarchs

22:05

Paul Craig Roberts 226 "IndyWatch Feed War"

Wall Street Journal Editorial Board Says Mueller Should Resign as Special Prosecutor

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22:04

Rain- and thunderstorms and snow over the weekend, warns "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Greeces National Meteorology Service (EMY) warns of weather deterioration with strong rainfalls and thunderstorms, stormy winds and snowfalls in semi-mountainous areas over the weekend. Analytically the weather forecast and the areas affected. Saturday, Dec 9 2017: Saturday afternoon to Sunday morning rain and thunderstorms in Western Greece, Peloponnese, Crete, West Central Aegean Sea. In the

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22:03

Tikkun "IndyWatch Feed War"


Editors note:  Resisting ageism may be the most difficult topic for progressives to face. We all know that we are going to die, and many of us hope to postpone that day, yet if we are successful we will personally have to face the ageism in most Western societies. Yet getting people to face that is difficult because most of us are in denial about this reality. The media glorifies youth as part of its focus on selling consumer goods to that population. In a society where each individual is taught to fend for her/himself and with a government rapidly dismantling the minimal and vastly inadequate safety net that liberals built, this sense of being alone will intensify, and with it the despair about building a movement addressing ageism. Joining  with elders to demand that their needs be taken seriously is unlikely to be recognized as a priority for social change activists until others start demonstrating and challenging liberals and progressives to overcome their ageism. All the more reason why we spiritual progressives at Tikkun and the NSP recognize this as an extremely important focus for social justice activists and should be pushing social change activists to do so as well. And if you agree with this focus, then help us to bring this message into the public arena by joining our Network of Spiritual Progressives at www.spiritualprogressives.org/join ...

22:01

ARB_get_program_binary Implementation Lands In Core Mesa, Intel Driver "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The past few weeks Intel developers working on their Mesa open-source graphics driver have been working on the ARB_get_program_binary OpenGL extension so it actually works for applications wanting to use this extension to retrieve a compiled shader/program by the driver...

22:01

U.S. Military Planned First Strike Nuclear Attack on Every City in Russia and China "IndyWatch Feed War"

U.S. Military Planned First Strike Nuclear Attack on Every City in Russia and China and Gave Many Low-Level Field Commanders the Power to Push the Button

Interview with Daniel Ellsberg

22:00

2018 Lamborghini Urus "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

For those of you who care to spend $200k for a crossover, may I present the update to the Lambo LM002: the Urus. It has a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 that develops 650hp and 850Nm of torque, moving the 2 ton sport ute from 0 to 62mph in 3.6 seconds.   Source: Classic Driver     Source: Classic

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22:00

Willy van Damme "IndyWatch Feed War"

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22:00

The Real Reason Your City Has No Money "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I've been pulling on an intellectual string for a while and this year it really started to come loose for me. That string ended up being connected to the study of human psychology. I'm going to release my 2017 reading list on Monday and it will feature a number of books in this topic area. It's so important to what we're doing here at Strong Towns. It's filled in a lot of empty space in my thinking.

The Curbside Chat, the presentation of our core insights at Strong Towns, continues to evolve as a narrative. This year I added a brief set of insights from behavioral science to explain the transition from the complex, adaptive nature of the Traditional Development Pattern to the hubris of the Suburban Experiment. Are we fundamentally different people now? No, of course not, we're just freed of the constraints of the past.

A quote from the following piece:

Psychologists call this temporal discounting. Humans are predisposed to highly value pleasure today and to deeply discount future pain, especially the more distant it is.

It's easy today to rationalize that future expense, especially when you feel so assured that new growth will make those future people better off. This thinking is how you end up with two dollars of public infrastructure for every one dollar of private investment. This is how you spend yourself into bankruptcy.

This isn't a political, cultural or social failing. As humans, we're wired to act this way. Modernity removed most physical restraints, government removed the financial, and we did the rest.

I love watching people's faces when I explain this during a Chat event. I watch the conversation cut through all those biases we've built up -- the left/right, urban/rural, educated/ignorant, etc... paradigms we've allowed ourselves to be defined by and have defined other with -- and help people appreciate that our current set of problems are human failings. A shared experience. 

We are human, so human.


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21:59

Josef Mengele "IndyWatch Feed War"

Ron heeft een nieuwe reactie op je post "Ian Buruma en 'het betrekkelijk goedaardige imperi..." achtergelaten: 

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De Josef Mengele van onze tijd dr. Davis is in 2006 door de American Psychological Association onderscheiden voor zijn gruweldaden .....
"American Psychological Association Honors Dr. Michael Davis for Contributions to the Study of Behavioral Neuroscience"..
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21:59

Japan Eyes Tax Cuts To Enourage Corporate Pay Hikes for Employees and Capital Investment "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Yomiuri Shimbun

7:30 pm, December 08, 2017

The government and ruling parties are considering cutting corporate tax in two phases for companies that take such measures as giving high pay raises, it has been learned.

The change is aimed at encouraging companies to use their internal reserves savings accumulated through profits earned for pay hikes for employees and capital investment.

Companies that raise wages 3 percent or more or that boost capital investment can be eligible for a reduction of their effective rate of corporate tax to around 25 percent. Under the plan, the rate will be decreased to around 20 percent for companies that improve their productivity by investing in advanced technologies including software designed to realize the internet of things (IoT).

The Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito will iron out the details at their respective research commissions on the tax system, with the aim of including these changes in the tax revision package for fiscal 2018.

Japans effective corporate tax rate the rate at which companies profits are taxed is currently 29.97 percent. The figure will be trimmed to 29.74 percent from fiscal 2018.

Under the new two-phase tax reduction scheme, rates will not officially change, but corporate tax will be reduced for companies that meet the requirements.

Specifically, stricter requirements will be introduced for companies to be eligible for an existing tax relief system which encourages wage hikes for their employees as the mandatory rate of wage hikes will be raised from the current 2 percent or more to 3 percent or more.

Expanding investment in domestic plants will also be added as a new requirement.

These will be a higher hurdle for firms to become eligible for tax reductions, but if firms clear these requirements, they will enjoy a larger tax cut.

The changes also cover additional tax relief for businesses that are active in human resource development efforts, such as employee training. If companies meet the requirements, the effective corporate tax rate for them will decrease to around 25 percent.

Preferential consideration for tax cuts will start for firms that invest in IoT and other advanced technologies. Companies that meet all those requirements can see their rate of corporate tax reduced to about 20 percent.

http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0004115561

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21:58

Another demotion: DOJ official Bruce G. Ohr demoted as House investigators subpoena records of his Fusion GPS meetings "IndyWatch Feed World"

A senior Justice Department official was demoted on Wednesday amid an ongoing House intelligence committee investigation into his contacts with Fusion GPS, the firm responsible for the Trump dossier, according to Fox News. Bruce G. Ohr, who was until Wednesday associate deputy attorney general, met during the 2016 campaign with the author of the dossier, Christopher Steele, according to evidence obtained by committee investigators. Ohr also met "shortly after" the election with Glenn Simpson, co-founder of Fusion GPS, investigators also found.

21:56

New Online Project: Warrior Up Techniques for Sabotaging Capitalist Infrastructure & Extractive Industries "IndyWatch Feed War"

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The question is no longer one of theory, but of practice: How to blockade the flows of capitalism as to halt ecological degradation and human exploitation? It may end with generalised social war, but it begins with groups of friends. Hand in hand, bands of friends can co-ordinate to halt the flow of commodities and carbon. Flexing their muscles, perhaps just first for an hour. Then a day. Then a month. The goal: forever. Introduction to the Apocalypse

Warrior Up is a research project open to any anonymous input, turning an eye towards the infrastructures and extractive industries that the capitalist economy depends upon how they function, and how they are vulnerable to direct action.

This project is inspired by the infrastructural sabotage carried out by indigenous warriors in the territory dominated by the Canadian state during land and water defense in the last decades. We want to be a resource for anarchists and other rebels carrying out actions against the economy of death how can we make these actions more effective, safe, creative, and reproducible?

We need the help of all the brilliant trouble...

21:55

The state of society: British YouYuber cements his head in a microwave, emergency services called "IndyWatch Feed World"

A YouTube prank gone awry resulted in a young man ending with his head stuck in a microwave full of wet cement, leaving the local fire department which leapt to his rescue "seriously unimpressed." Jimmy Swinger, a 22-year old Briton and one of the authors of the TGFbro YouTube channel managed to land himself in a bizarre predicament after he deliberately stuck his head into a microwave oven filled with wet cement. The YouTuber and his friends apparently intended to use the microwave as a mold, but then something went wrong and Swinger found himself unable to extricate his head from the cement. Fortunately, his friends managed to slip Swinger an air tube to enable him to breathe, allowing the hapless prankster to survive until the emergency services arrived.

21:55

Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

 

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21:50

How Much Did the Fires in California Cost? Answers Emerge "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

How Much Did the Fires in California Cost? Answers Emerge by Wolf Richter Wolf Street The most destructive and deadliest fires in the states history. The wildfires in Californias North Bay area that started on October 8 and killed...

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21:48

Malaysians protest against Trump Jerusalem move "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP | Trumps announcement has been met by an almost universal diplomatic backlash and protests

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP)  Thousands of protesters in Muslim-majority Malaysia demonstrated Friday outside the US embassy over President Donald Trumps recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital, denouncing it as a slap in the face for Muslims worldwide.Some 5,000 demonstrators marched on the Kuala Lumpur mission after the main weekly Muslim prayers in a nearby mosque, chanting and waving banners that read Hands off Jerusalem and Down USA President Trump.

Trumps announcement has been met by an almost universal diplomatic backlash, sparked Palestinian protests, sporadic clashes with Israeli security forces and a call for a new intifada from Hamass leader.

The status of Jerusalem is deeply sensitive for Muslims, and protesters have started taking to the streets in cities across the world following the policy shift.

The protesters in Kuala Lumpur were led by Khairy Jamaluddin, the sports minister and head of ruling party UMNOs youth wing, who accused of Trump of having made an illegal announcement.

What you did is against international law Muslims cannot accept your action, he said in a speech to the crowd during the hour-long protest.

Mohamad Rasul, a 51-year-old train driver taking part in the demonstration, described Trumps move as a slap in the face for Muslims.

This insensitive action will inflame the hearts of Muslims worldwide.

Police said 5,000 demonstrators took part. The protest was peaceful bar some pushing between protesters and security officials.

In neighbouring Indonesia, the worlds most populous Muslim-majority country, several hundred people demonstrated outside the US embassy in the capital Jakarta, carrying placards that said No to Trump and unfurling a large Palestinian flag.

Both Indonesia and Malaysia are staunch supporters of the Palestinian cause and solidarity protests are not uncommon.

Israel was deploying hundreds of additional police officers Friday after Palestinian calls for protests following the main weekly Muslim prayers.

Trumps recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital puts him at odds with the international community, which insists the issue can only be resolved in negotiations.

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21:45

Deutsche Bank Subpoena Is About Hillary Not Donald "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Hillary has wlked into a trap set by Donald Trump and Robert Meuller as the Deutsche Bank subpoena was not meant for Trump but rather Hillary.deut

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21:45

Russia, Latin America: Promising Prospects for Military Cooperation "IndyWatch Feed War"

Latin America accounted for only 4.6 percent of Russian arms sales to other countries in the period of 2000-2016, with Venezuela and Nicaragua being the biggest buyers. Russia is making strides to expand its share of arms sales in Latin American arms market.

21:43

S. Nasrallah Says Trump Quds Decision Blatant Aggression, Calls for Mass Rally in Dahiyeh "IndyWatch Feed War"

Marwa Haidar Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah sounded alarm on Thursday over US President Donald Trumps decision to recognize Al-Quds as Israeli capital, calling for a mass rally in Beiruts southern suburb (Dahiyeh) next week in solidarity with the holy city. During a televised speech via Al-Manar, Sayyed Nasrallah said that Hezbollah supports Palestinian []

21:43

Lawsuit filed against 'X-Men' director Bryan Singer for alleged rape of teenage boy "IndyWatch Feed World"

Director Bryan Singer is being sued for allegedly raping and forcibly performing oral sex on a 17-year-old boy in 2003. According to a lawsuit filed Thursday and obtained by TMZ, Singer was in attendance at a party on tech investor Lester Waters' yacht in Seattle in 2003 when he allegedly offered to give then-17-year-old Cesar Sanchez-Guzman a tour of the boat. Sanchez-Guzman claims in the suit that during the tour, Singer took him to a private room, where he then brought him to the floor, slapped him in the face with his genitals, and forced him to perform oral sex. The suit claims that Singer continued with the act as Sanchez-Guzman choked and pleaded with him to stop. Singer then allegedly forcibly performed oral sex on Sanchez-Guzman, and then raped him, according to the lawsuit filed by attorney Jeff Herman. The suit also claims that Singer allegedly told Sanchez-Guzman that he could help him break into the movie business in exchange for remaining silent about the incident.

21:42

Mapping areas at risk from liquefaction "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A team of researchers has joined forces to investigate and find solutions to tackle one of the most devastating forms of seismic phenomena - liquefaction. Liquefaction occurs in loosely-compacted sandy soils which are fully saturated with water. Seismic vibrations...... Read more

21:40

5 Tips for Promoting Ecommerce Urgency for Black Friday and Cyber Monday "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Half the battle is getting customers to your website. But what do they do once they arrive? If theyre routinely looking through your product selection without sealing the deal, perhaps you need to impart the feeling your customers should buy today? Black Friday and Cyber Monday present the perfect opportunities to boost urgency (which, in

21:36

Male-to-female transgender weightlifter wins silver in women's competition "IndyWatch Feed World"

At the World Weightlifting Championships that ended in Anaheim, California, transgender athlete Laurel Hubbard won the silver medal among women in the heavyweight division. Hubbard is a transgender athlete, who changed her sex. She was allowed to compete with women, as she met the IOC criteria for transsexuals. International sports federations are obliged to comply with IOC recommendations. However, the coaches of other athletes encountered such rivalry with hostility, saying that she has an advantage.

21:31

Top 5 Top Veterans Stories in Todays News Dec. 08, 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.

21:30

Ron Paul Surprised With His Followers Resounding Pick of Bitcoin Over Gold (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Ron Paul Surprised With His Followers Resounding Pick of Bitcoin Over Gold Video KitCo News Former Republican Congressman Ron Paul said he was surprised, when the majority of his devout gold followers, chose bitcoin over the yellow metal as...

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21:28

X.Org Server Patches Updated For Non-Desktop & Leases To Better VR HMD Support "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Keith Packard has sent out his latest X.Org Server side patches for the improvements he's been working on the past year for improving the SteamVR / VR HMD support on the Linux desktop...

21:28

Trump's Jerusalem unilateralism: The finishing touches on an Israeli victory "IndyWatch Feed War"

Trumps policy is a toxic mixture of ignoring law, morality, blatantly harming America's wider national interests, humiliating the Palestinian national movement and ignoring Jerusalem's symbolic status for Muslims and Arabs

21:26

Evangelical Christians Lobbied Hard for Trumps Move on Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed War"

Leaders were nearly uniform in their support of the policy shift, which many see as a biblical imperative

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By Ian Lovett
The Wall Street Journal
Dec. 7, 2017 10:55 a.m. ET

President Donald Trumps announcement on Wednesday that he will recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital followed a sustained push by evangelical Christians that began before he was in office.

While the American Jewish community has been split in its support of recognizing Jerusalem as the capitala politically fraught issue, with far-reaching implications for any peace agreement with the Palestiniansevangelicals have been almost uniform in their support of the move, which many see as a biblical imperative.

Evangelical leaders have urged supporters to email the White House about moving the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. They have advocated on television. And since Mr. Trump took office, they have spoken about it frequently with him and other White House officials, according to multiple evangelical leaders close to Mr. Trump.

While this decision was not made exclusively in response to evangelicals, it would not have been made without the evangelical influence.

Johnnie Moore, founder of the Kairos Co.

 

While this decision was not made exclusively in response to evangelicals, it would not have been made without the evangelical influence, said Johnnie Moore, a member of Mr. Trumps evangelical advisory board and founder of the Kairos Co., which does public relations for many evangelical and Jewish leaders.

Like Jews and Muslims, Christians prize Jerusalem as a holy city, with special status as the place of Christs death and his awaited return.

Many evangelicals believe that the land was given to the Jews by God, who promises in the Bible to bless those who bless Israeland that designating Jerusalem as capital is a reflection of evangelical solidarity with the Jewish people. Some of Mr. Trumps evangelical advisers have visited Jerusalem dozens of times.

Mr. Moore said recognizing Jerusalem as the capital has been a frequent topic of conversation when evangelical leaders visit the White House, which under Mr. Trump has been almost daily.

In June, he said, Jerusalem was the subject of an hourlong discussion between religious leaders and administration officials.

There was a lot of agreement that there was unfinished business with resp...

21:22

Scientists Have Tried First-Ever Gene Editing Directly Inside a Patients Body "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

In a bold first-of-its-kind experiment, scientists have edited a persons genes directly inside living tissue in an ambitious bid to cure a man of a rare, crippling genetic disorder.

While CRISPR has broken ground in things like editing human embryos and injecting patients with genetically edited cells, this alternative technique pioneers a new real-time approach to infusing a persons blood with a gene-editing virus.

For the first time, a patient has received a therapy intended to precisely edit the DNA of cells directly inside the body, says CEO of Sangamo Therapeutics, Sandy Macrae, whose company is testing the experimental procedure.

21:15

Russia-gate"s Reach into Journalism "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The investigation to somehow blame Russia for Donald Trumps election has now merged with another establishment goal of isolating and intimidating whistleblowers and other dissidents, as Dennis J Bernstein describes.

21:14

An unflattering portrait of Malaysian politics "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

PM Najib Razak has stirred racial divisions and cynically divided rivals ahead of elections opponents hope will turn on his alleged massive corruption


As political parties begin to mobilize ahead of general elections which must be held by August 2018, Malaysias long-serving Prime Minister Najib Razak is arguably in his strongest political position in years.

While opposition parties continue to rally on an anti-graft platform centered on the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) state fund multi-billion dollar money laundering scandal, Najib appears increasingly confident he has ridden out the storm.

That was seen in Najib and his deputy Ahmad Zahid Hamidis surprise visit last month to jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim in hospital after he underwent surgery for a shoulder injury. It was the first time in Malaysias history that a sitting prime minister visited a prisoner.

Detained since 2015, Anwar is serving a five-year jail term after being found guilty of sodomy, a criminal offense in Muslim-majority Malaysia, on charges widely seen as politically motivated. Pictures of the political rivals circulated widely on social media, showing the premier grinning ear-to-ear amid rumors of his underlying motives.

While Najib likely intended to portray himself as being compassionate and above political animosities, some interpreted the visit as an enforced courtesy call. Indeed, while the bedridden opposition politician appeared cordial, his pictured family members were visibly uncomfortable.

Read the full story at the Asia Times.

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21:14

Defamation by Laura Stuart "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

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Introduction by GA: In the following commentary, Laura Stuart points out the duplicitous nature of the arguments that were levelled against her. Stuart shows that Labour councillor Adam Langleben doctored her tweets in order to present a misleading message of anti Jewish bigotry. In Stuarts tweet, she referred to Israeli film maker Yoav Shamirs grandmother who was caught on camera being highly critical of her own peoples affinity to money; in Langlebens evidence of Stuarts antisemitsm the reference to Shamirs film was left out. If Jewish Labour councillor Langleben thinks that justice is on his side, why does he feel the need to doctor evidence?  Is deception in the attempt to defame consistent with Labour Partys values? 

Quoting with precision is at the core of Athenian methodology and Western scholarly ethics. The Labour Party will have to choose between Athens and Jerusalem.  I wonder how long it will be before the Labour Party openly expresses fatigue with the foreign lobby that is determined to derail Labour ideologically, politically and spiritually. 

 

Defamation

By Laura Stuart

As evidence of my being anti-Semitic, Adam Langleben has tweeted a number of screens hots with accusations against posts on the Gaza Boat Convoy Twitter feed.  Lets lets pick just one of ALs Tweets just so we can try to understand the real duplicitous nature of this character.

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Now compare this with a screenshot of the Tweet of mine used by the charity, the Campaign Agai...

21:10

Expect Desperate and Insane Behavior From Government in 2018 Part 3 (War) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Expect Desperate and Insane Behavior From Government in 2018 Part 3 (War) by Michael Krieger Liberty Blitzkrieg In the first two installments of this series, I discussed the potential for the U.S. federal government to make some spectacularly...

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21:09

NVIDIA Launches The TITAN V Graphics Card At $2,999 USD "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

NVIDIA has launched their latest TITAN ultra high-end graphics card, the TITAN V, which they say is the most powerful PC GPU ever created. The TITAN V is based upon their Volta architecture and will set you back $2,999 USD...

21:09

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

081217 Robbery in Buka town

Robbery in Buka is a big concern for registered business houses who are struggling to improve their businesses and also contribute to the economy of Bougainville.
This year there were a number of robberies that occurred in Buka town.
Early Sunday morning this week, between 2am and 3m, burglars broke into Bakoline heavy Metal shop in Buka town and stole goods amounting to K10500.00.
The shop owner was not aware of this incident until daybreak because she lives in another part of Buka town while the retail shop is situated in the heart of Buka town in a building adjacent to Likui Trading.
The shop owner, who wishes to be unidentified, said that this would not happen if there was proper security to the rented shop.
She said that they have reported the incident to the Police but up to now there is still no lead from the police.
She is appealing to the general public to help prevent this activity because such behaviour does not portray a referendum ready community.

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21:08

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

081218 interview with PPC Kingsley Lua
By- Theresa Baranangko
Police are ensuring that there is law and order in Bougainville to pave way for a successful conduct of Referendum.
They are calling for Communities Corporation and participation with Bougainville Police to help minimise criminal activities that is continuously occurring within Buka town and also other rural communities in North Bougainville.
According to the Provincial Police Commander, Mr. Kinsley Lua, Police have been receiving many reports of criminal activities mainly from Suir, Siara and Selau District and a few in Buka Town.
He said that most of which is alcohol related therefore he is strongly appealing to youths especially to control their drinking or more so enjoy it at home rather than going around in public areas where they will sure find trouble.
The PPC said that Police are also aware of an illegal trade which involves few mothers who are selling Homebrew at Stalls purposely intended for selling bettle nut. He said that this activity is mainly occurring at Kokopau and he is therefore appealing to those involved to stop this illegal trade before they are caught by police and face the consequences or even face tribunal.
He said that police will not tolerate such activity because Home brew is one of the major contributing factors enabling criminal activities.
The PPC is also appealing to students who are going into partying after graduation to take precaution during this festive season and avoid getting into trouble.
He said the police officers have been dispatched to communities to conduct awarenesss to ensure youths do not get into trouble therefore he is appealing to the public to respect the young police officers because they are doing their job to maintain peace and stability within communities. ENDS

21:07

Protests flare on day of rage by Palestinians after Trumps Jerusalem pronouncement More expected Friday, Saturday "IndyWatch Feed War"

Fallout continues from Trumps recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital https://t.co/2Kk2UcmwSP

By Samir Zedan, Nabih Bulos
The Los Angeles Times

Protests erupted throughout the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and cities across the Middle East on Thursday in what was dubbed a day of rage after President Trumps recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital.

Trump announced on Wednesday that he would officially recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital, sparking worldwide condemnation, including from Washingtons closest allies in the region. Some Palestinian leaders called for a new intifada, or uprising, in response to the move.

In the wake of his speech, Palestinian factions called for a general strike on Thursday, and the Palestinian Education Ministry canceled classes so that students and teachers could participate in the demonstrations.

Thousands of residents poured into major thoroughfares in Ramallah, Jericho, Hebron and Bethlehem in the West Bank as well as East Jerusalems Damascus Gate.

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Lebanese and Palestinian students burn a picture of President Trump as they protest in the port city of Sidon, Lebanon, on Dec. 7, 2017. (Mohammed Zaatari Associate Press)

Although both sides have long claimed their right to Jerusalem, recent iterations of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process have designated East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state.

How can the president of the United States flout international resolutions and ignore the feelings of millions of Arabs and Muslims? asked Suha Arrar, a 43-year-old employee at the Palestinian Ministry of Health. She said she had come out to protest the unprecedented arrogance of the U.S. administration.

Ahmed Ghneim, a leader with the Palestinian faction Fatah, expressed his rejection of the Trump decision, adding that the honeymoon between Trump and Netanyahu would not come without costs.

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21:04

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

081217 Lack of communication in Nissan Island
By- Theresa Baranangko
The Lack of communication has triggered concern for the people of Nissan Island.
A concerned parent who wishes to stay anonymous said since there is no digicel Network and currently due to the disconnection of the telecom tower, they are unable to use cell phones to enable communication.
She said that because of this issue parents especially are facing difficulties trying to contact their school children who are attending Institutions outside of Nissan. Parents are more concerned with their childrens safety while travelling back to Nissan for the Christmas Holidays.
In regard to this issue, she is appealing to the Member for Nissan, Hon. Jerry Napto, to take this serious issue into consideration and do something so communication can be re-established in Nissan.
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Bose Sells Off Its Revolutionary Electromagnetic Suspension "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Thirty-seven years after Dr. Amar Bose hit on the idea of beefing up a loudspeakers electromagnetic driver to be an adaptive car suspension, Bose is selling off the technology to ClearMotion, another Boston-area tech company founded by MIT graduates. Bose got as far as developing prototype cars that were exhibited in 2004, though it did bring to market an offshoot, electromagnetically suspended seats for long-haul truck drivers.

21:04

For the First Time, a Robot Passed a Medical Licensing Exam "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Chinese AI-powered robot Xiaoyi took the countrys medical licensing examinations and passed, according to local reports. Xiaoyi is just one example of how much China is keen on using AI to make a number of industries more efficient.

Experts generally agree that, before we might consider artificial intelligence (AI) to be truly intelligent that is, on a level on par with human cognition AI agents have to pass a number of tests. And while this is still a work in progress, AIs have been busy passing other kinds of tests.

21:04

Have You Ever Seen an Atom? Now You Have "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Researchers at the University of California Los Angeles have figured out a way to generate strikingly detailed 3D reconstructing of platinum nanoparticles at the very atomic scale. These are being used to study minute structural anomalies called dislocations. You can read the research paper here. Watch the video below for more.[no-sidebar].

21:03

Algorithm better at diagnosing pneumonia than radiologists "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Stanford researchers have developed an that offers diagnoses based off chest X-ray images. It can diagnose up to 14 types of medical conditions and is able to diagnose pneumonia better than expert radiologists working alone.

A paper about the algorithm, called CheXNet, was published Nov. 14 on the open-access, scientific preprint website arXiv.

Interpreting X-ray images to diagnose pathologies like pneumonia is very challenging, and we know that theres a lot of variability in the diagnoses radiologists arrive at, said Pranav Rajpurkar, a graduate student in the Machine Learning Group at Stanford and co-lead author of the paper. We became interested in developing machine learning algorithms that could learn from hundreds of thousands of chest X-ray diagnoses and make accurate diagnoses.

21:03

Optically tunable microwave antennas for 5G applications "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Multiband tunable antennas are a critical part of many communication and radar systems. New research by engineers at the University of Bristol has shown significant advances in antennas by using optically induced plasmas in silicon to tune both radiation patterns and operation frequency.

Conventional antenna tuning is performed with diodes or Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) switches. However, these approaches have significant drawbacks as systems become more complex and move to higher frequencies, which is anticipated for 5G systems.

The first paper, published in IET Optoelectronics, co-authored by Dr Chris Gamlath, Research Associate in RF Engineering during his PhD, shows how a silicon superstrate placed over a slotted microstrip patch can be used to tune radiation patterns.

21:03

Scientists Have Created Programmable Shape-Shifting Liquid Metal "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Scientists have invented a way to morph liquid metal into physical shapes.

21:00

The Climate-Change Fight Returns to Paris "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

In 2015, the so-called high ambition coalition of developed and developing countries pushed the Paris climate agreement past the finish line. But when global leaders reconvene in Paris for new talks on climate change at the upcoming One Planet Summit, financial commitments must be the order of the day.

21:00

Lobbyists Bring Holiday Cheer to Lawmakers and Congressional Staff With Glitzy Parties "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Instagram post showing Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., at the American Trucking Association holiday party at Charlie Palmer Steak on Dec. 5, 2017.

21:00

Meet the Seven Reporters Joining Us on ProPublicas Local Reporting Network "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

There are two types of police reporters, Christian Sheckler recalls his executive editor telling him not too long ago: Those who try to make friends with officers and get rewarded with juicy tips about crimes, and those who press for answers on such thorny topics as civil rights, misconduct and accountability.

In his four years covering criminal justice at the South Bend Tribune, Sheckler said hes chosen the second approach.

That hasnt gotten me invited to any barbecues, he wrote in an application to be part of ProPublicas new Local Reporting Network, but I believe Ive better served my readers with aggressive reporting on issues such as excessive force, the imperfect protective order system for domestic battery victims and policies on deadly high-speed police chases.

Sheckler and the South Bend Tribune are among seven applicants we selected to be part of our inaugural local reporting project. With support from a new three-year grant, were covering the salary and benefits of a reporter at each of these news organizations. The reporters will spend next year working on an investigative project in their home newsrooms and they will receive extensive guidance and support from ProPublica. Their work will be co-published by their home newsroom and by ProPublica.

They were selected from a pool of 239 applications and will cover a diverse array of topics, including conflicts of interest, housing, workplace safety, mental health and criminal justice.

The other reporters and newsrooms chosen to take part in the reporting network include:

  • Abe Aboraya, a health reporter at WMFE, an NPR affiliate in Orlando. Aboraya has covered the deadly shooting at the Pulse nightclub and produced an hour-long documentary and podcast on the health care workers who responded to the massacre. Aboraya has also looked at HIVs impact in Florida and how state budget cuts have reduced access to prenatal care.

  • Rebekah Allen, a reporter at The Advocate, based in Baton Rouge, La. She is a member of the papers small team of reporters focused on investigative projects and enterprise stories. Last year, she produced a three-pa...

20:58

More Climate Change Refugees Means More Walls "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Yves here. Weve pointed out that since the early 2000s, Defense Department analyses have been anticipating climate-change-induced mass migrations. As this post describes, they are happening at at an accelerating pace. By Todd Miller, who has written on border and immigration issues for the New York Times, Al Jazeera America, and the NACLA Report on []

20:57

THE BIG UGLY Why U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras Recusal From Mike Flynn Case is a Big Deal "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Last night news broke that U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras has been recused from the case overseeing the prosecution of General Mike Flynn. Details are vague. According to Reuters, both the judge and the Flynn legal team have yet Continue reading

20:56

Merkel delighted to hold coalition talks with SPD next week "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

dpa/AFP/File | German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet leaders of the Social Democrats next Wednesday, ten weeks after an inconclusive general election left German politics deadlocked

BERLIN (AFP)  German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet leaders of the Social Democrats next week after the labour party gave the green light to exploratory talks on ending the countrys political stand-off.SPD parliamentary group leader Andrea Nahles told German radio on Friday that she would join the meeting along with SPD leader Martin Schulz, who has called for a United States of Europe by 2025.

The head of Merkels Bavarian sister party, Horst Seehofer, will also attend the talks.

At a fractious party congress on Thursday, Schulz won members approval for open-ended talks that could lead to either a new right-left grand coalition, a Merkel minority government or, if negotiations fail, new elections.

Ten weeks after an inconclusive general election left German politics deadlocked, Schulz had pleaded with his party to give its blessing for such talks, promising to push key demands including improving social welfare and strengthening the European Union.

Schulz, the former president of the European Parliament, vowed to extract a high price if the SPD supports Merkels bid to lead Europes biggest economy for a fourth term from early 2018.

Nahles said the SPD would start the negotiations, which begin on Wednesday next week, in a constructive spirit.

You dont go into talks with a giant rucksack full of red lines otherwise you can forget about negotiations.

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20:56

Charlie Manson, Serial Killers, LSD, Hippie Culture, Cults and Bitcoin Explosion Boiler Room EP #138 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Tune in to the Alternate Current Radio Network (ACR) for another LIVE broadcast of The Boiler Room tonight 6:00 PM PST | 8:00 PM CST | 9:00 PM EST for this special broadcast. Join us for uncensored, uninterruptible talk radio, custom-made for bar fly philosophers, misguided moralists, masochists, street corner evangelists, media-maniacs, savants, political animals and otherwise lovable rascals.

Join ACR hosts Hesher and Spore along side Jay Dyer of Jays AnalysisAndy Nowicki of the Nameless Podcast,  and Randy J (ACR & 21WIRE contributor) and the rest of the boiler gang for the hundred and thirty eighth episode of BOILER ROOM. Turn it up, tune in and hang with the ACR Brain-Trust for this weeks boil downs and analysis and the usual gnashing of the teeth of the political animals in the social reject club.

On this episode of Boiler Room the ACR Brain-Trust is having a barstool discussion about Charlie Manson, serial killers, LSD, Hippie culture, Cults, Dave McGowan and the Bitcoin value skyrocketing at the end of 2017.

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