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Thursday, 14 December

07:14

Igor Yasin: If theres no freedom of assembly for LGBT, theres none for anyone else "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

Russian activist Igor Yasin on attitudes towards LGBT in Russias regions, why the opposition has a homophobia problem, and how to assert your rights and still be heard. RU

Igor Yasin. Photo(c): Yulia Koroleva. All rights reserved.Life isnt easy for representatives of Russias LGBT community who dont hide their sexual orientation. A 2013 law on gay propaganda has, in effect, legalised LGBT discrimination. Today, when Russian courts examine offences committed against LGBT people, they often do not even establish hate as a motivating factor.

As part of oDRs series on Russian civic activists (check out our other articles here and here), I spoke to Igor Yasin, one of the leaders of the Rainbow Association, an organiser of public meetings in support of LGBT and co-chair of the Union of Journalists, about attitudes towards LGBT in Russias regions, why the Russian opposition has a homophobia problem and how to speak about your rights and be heard.

How did you come to activism?

Igor Yasin: I was finishing my undergraduate degree in Egypt, at Cairo University, where I got interested in politics. I first took part in street protest in 2003, in anti-war demonstrations. When I returned to Russia, I decided to figure out what was happening here politically. At that point, Id already realised left-wing views chimed with mine. I began searching online about organisations and found AKM [Avantgarde of Red Youth, the youth wing of Working Russia; its leader is Sergey Udaltsov - ed.], and spoke to a few of its activists. Later, I found Socialist Resistance, which was then renamed to the Committee for the Workers International. Back then,...

02:00

3 Essential Questions to Ask at Your Next Tech Interview "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

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3 Essential Questions to Ask at Your Next Tech Interview

01:21

TD "Urduja" to become a tropical storm before it hits the Philippines "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Tropical Depression "Urduja" formed December 12, 2017, near Palau and is expected to strengthen into a tropical storm before it makes landfall in Sorsogon - Northern Samar area of the Philippines on December 15. A low-pressure area developed into a...... Read more

Nein, ich bin nicht gehackt worden. Nein, das war keine ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Nein, ich bin nicht gehackt worden. Nein, das war keine NPD-Werbung. Ja, das war eine Medienkompetenzbung.

Anscheinend sage ich zu hufig an, dass ich Medienkompetenzbungen mache, und mache zu selten welche.

Der Link ging brigens hier hin.

Roy Moore hat in Alabama die Wahl verloren. Der, der ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Roy Moore hat in Alabama die Wahl verloren. Der, der Lustgreis, der jahrezehntelang minderjhrigen Mdchen nachgestellt hatte. Der sich neulich gegen Antisemitismusvorwrfe damit verteidigt hat, sein Anwalt sei ja Jude.

Dass die AP das als "stunning" bezeichnet, und was das jetzt fr berraschungs- und Begeisterungsstrme auslst, sagt einem eigentlich schon alles ber das verkackte Wahlsystem in den USA.

Update: Oh und guckt euch mal die Statistik hier an: 75% der weien Mnner und 70% der weien Frauen haben Moore gewhlt. WHAT THE FUCK!

Jerusalem will never be the capital of a settler colony (Hamid Dabashi ) "IndyWatch Feed World"

13/12/2017 - If you want to understand the psychopathology at the root of the Zionist psychosis, you must go to the heart of their delusion, like an analyst placing a mentally sick person on a couch - and today ...

01:16

Ex Spy Chief Admits War With Trump 1938 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

- Virtual Shield VPN - the easiest way to create a home VPN. Go to: https://www.virtualshield.com/billstill Good evening, Im still reporting on: Ex Spy Chief Admits War With Trump 1938 Synopsis: Mike Morell, the former DCI Director, Central Intelligence in an interview in Politico is in essence waving a white flag of surrender to President Trump and begging for mercy for all the Deep State to see. Morell admits that his role in helping to politicize the intelligence community against President Trump was something he and other Deep State spooks didnt think through. Morell, infamously said in a 2016 NYT op-ed that he was committed to helping Hillary Clinton by doing: " everything I can to ensure that she is elected as our 45th president." But he went completely over the edge by saying that candidate Trump was: a threat to our national security. But it gets worse. Morell even said: in the intelligence business, we would say that Mr. Putin had recruited Mr. Trump as an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation. This one statement made Mr. Morell unclearable for the rest of his natural life. This one statement opened the door to the most inept smoke-and mirrors job in intelligence history trying to hide the treasonous relationship between the former Secretary of State and the Russians particularly the Uranium One deal. Smoke and mirrors is one of the oldest disinformation tricks in the spy business blame your political opponent with the crimes you, yourself, have committed in an attempt to divert sufficient attention so that you can get away with your crimes. Well, this set of crimes goes under the treason category, and Mr. Morell knows it, so he wants to be the first one into the life boat. The question is; what drives an entire group of highly-educated, highly-cleared group of top intelligence officials think that they could get away with placing a criminal cabal permanently at the head of the government of the United States of America? Only the memoirs of these guys over the next decade will tell that tale. Support Our Sponsors: - Virtual Shield VPN - the easiest way to create a home VPN. Go to: https://www.virtualshield.com/billstill - Nobel Gold: Protect Your Money With Gold - Click Here- https://goo.gl/kx2yzW Or Call - 877-646-5347 - Jeevy Computers: Move up to business-level computer protection. 800-844-8613 http://jeevycomputers.com/pcs/ - Trade Genius Academy: Learn the safe, sure way to trade. https://www.TradeGeniusAcademy.com - Virtual Shield VPN - the easiest way to create a home VPN. Go to: https://www.virtualshield.com/billstill - SeaShell Diamond Gallery, Custom Fine Jewelry Made in Hawaii. 808-338-9988; https://www.SeaShellDiamondGallery.com - PrepareWithBill - Food Storage You Can Depend On. 888-756-8727 https://preparewith.com/Bill.Still - Kangen Water, ionized, alkaline water, website: https://www.TopShelfWater.com - Rugged Reserves, home of the solar-powered tactical flashlight with...

01:12

Democrats find their candidate "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Steve Brawner

2017 by Steve Brawner Communications, Inc.

If youre an Arkansas Democrat, the glass-half-empty perspective is that your candidate for governor apparently is going to be Jared Henderson, a 39-year-old political newcomer youve probably never heard of. Thats also the glass-half-full perspective. Read the rest

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01:11

South Korea, U.S. and China Unite to Give Talks With North Korea Another Chance "IndyWatch Feed War"

South Koreas Moon visits Beijing in effort to repair ties with China

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01:06

The American Propaganda War Heats Up, 1936 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

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01:06

En Iztapalapa no pueden comprobar entrega de casi 4 mdp destinados a programas "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

La delegacin no cuenta con comprobantes que acrediten la entrega y/o aplicacin de los recursos de los programas Poder Pasear y Ciudad y Palabra 2016. Regeneracin, 13 de diciembre de 2017.- En Iztapalapa se gastaron casi 4 millones de pesos, pero no se puede comprar la entrega de esos recursos ni indicar dnde fueron aplicados.De []

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01:04

UK Colder then Moscow- One World Banker/Oligarch Climate Summit "IndyWatch Feed War"

Were supposed to believe the planet is warming and this is all because of carbon and very bad humans- Yet  very cold, cold temperatures in Britain. That unusual snow in the deep south.
 Rare Snow Storm Hits Deep South: Travel Warnings And colder then usual temps in my locale. -9 Celsius right now! 6:50 pm est. Our usual low -4 Celsius. And it's set to get colder still tonight! Warming hardly seems an issue.
December 13/2017 awoke to a frigid -14  C or 6 Fahrenheit
December 12/2017  Max (high) : -1.5C / 29.3 F 
Min (low) : -12.1C/10.2F
Averages for December 12..Max 2C. Min -4C..   or    Max 36F. Min 25F.
As you can read we're much colder yesterday and today!
 
Freezing Temps Make Britain Colder then Moscow

"Temperatures in parts of the UK have dropped to below those currently recorded in Moscow, following the coldest night of the year so far.
The mercury dropped to as low as -13C in Shrop...

01:03

Our Strange, Agenda-Free Radicalism "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

David Brooks:

Were living in an age of radicalism.

But todays radicalism is unusual. First, we have radical anger without radical policies.

Stylistically and culturally, Trumpian populism screams blow it up and drain the swamp. But Donald Trumps actual policies are run-of-the-mill corporatist. The left-wing radicals talk a lot against the systems of oppression and an institutionalized injustice. But they are nothing like the radicals of the 1930s or the 1960s.

Todays radicals do not want to upend the meritocracy, which is creating a caste system of inherited inequality. They dont want to stop technical innovation, which is displacing millions of workers. They dont have plans to reverse individualism, which atomizes society and destroys community. A $15 minimum wage may be left wing, but its not Marxist-Leninism.
The level of anger in America is indeed completely unrelated to the agendas of our political parties. A few years ago we had a screaming debate about taxes, accompanied by charges of "fascism" and "socialism," but the issue was really whether the top income tax rate would be 33% or 38%. Sometimes it seems like the loud rhetoric serves partly to hide the smallness of the actual differences between the parties.

So far as I can see there are no new ideas in our politics. Nobody knows how the meritocracy might be improved or what might replace it, and nobody has a plan for restoring the lost community solidarity that Brooks spends so much time bemoaning. Nobody knows what to do about the coming rise of robots and artificial intelligence. Nobody knows how to heal the rifts in our nation.

So we shout empty slogans and accuse each other of sin.

01:02

Tom Friedman Thanks the People of Alabama "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Friedman is gushing:

Thank you to the majority of Alabamians for loving our country more than you hated Democrats. Thank you for voting as citizens, not as members of a tribe. Thank you for understanding that sending a credibly accused child molester to represent Alabama in the U.S. Senate would not only have denigrated your state, it would have denigrated that whole legislative body. Thank you for seeing the decency of Doug Jones, even though he is a Democrat, and seeing the indecency of Roy Moore.

And most of all, thank you for sending a message to Donald Trump and Stephen Bannon that you are not as dumb as they think you are. That you see what they are up to trying to use divisive tweets and racist dog whistles to get as many Americans as possible so aroused and inflamed that they wont think about the real issues, they wont think about the actual candidates, they wont think about the national interest, or even their own self-interest, but just how much they dislike the other and youre not buying it any more.

God bless every one of you. Yours was a deeply patriotic act.
I do find it encouraging that even given our deep divisions, not everybody would vote for a yella dog of his own party over a saint from the other.

It probably helped Jones that Roy Moore has been making trouble in Alabama politics for a long time, so many voters have had time for their dislike of his shenanigans to harden.

01:00

The Daily Bird #559. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

From Charly, Blue Tit takeoff! Click for full size.

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01:00

My Life with the Bernie Sanders Cult "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

NOTE: This article was originally published at Right On on June 18, 2016. Im re-posting it here as the site is now defunct.

While Bernie Sanders campaign was doomed by demographics, the awakening hes ignited among young Whites is not going away. My experiences at a Bernie Sanders dance party/fundraiser in Brooklyn opened me up to the fanaticism of his supporters.

This is the way the Bernie Sanders campaign ends: not with a bang, but a whine. All the desperate donations from unemployed Millennials and riots at Trump rallies have resulted in Lizard Queen Hillary ascending to the throne, albeit only after a protracted struggle. Try as he might, Sanders couldnt contend with the fact that his partys base is now primarily non-White, and his dried-out, Depends-sporting countenance has zero appeal to the dusky hordes whoObama willing!comprise Americas future.

That wont stop him from trying, though. As of this writing, the presidential primaries have ended, with Clinton scraping past the finish line thanks to the support of party apparatchiks (formally referred to as superdelegates). However, Sanders has indicated that hell be fighting all the way to the Democratic convention in July, and last month, he decided to burn his bridges by endorsing DNC Chairyenta Debbie Wasserman-Schultzs opponent in the Democratic House primary.

His personal spinelessness notwithstanding, Bernie Sanders is no corporate muppet. By relying exclusively on...

01:00

North Korea is Not a Threat to the US "IndyWatch Feed War"

by David William Pear, via OpEdNews Like Pavlovs dog, the mainstream media slobbers platitudes every time North Korea launches another test missile. Listening to the blather one would think that once Kim Jong-un has a missile capable of reaching the US, he is going to use it in an unprovoked nuclear attack on the US mainland killing millions of Americans. For Kim to attack the US he would have to be insane, paranoid, and suicidal. Top officials in the US intelligence agencies say he is not. Director of Intelligence Dan Coats has said publicly that Kim is acting very rational; the Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says that Kim is not insane ; the CIA deputy director of the Korea Mission Center, Yong Suk Lee, says that Kim is not suicidal, either. So we can rest with ease that Kim Jong-un is highly unlikely to wake up one morning and nuke America because he can. According to Yong, Kim wants to rule for a long time and die peacefully in his own bed.[CNN, October 6,

01:00

Taking the physicians pulse on cybersecurity "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

More than four in five U.S. physicians (83 percent) have experienced some form of a cybersecurity attack, according to Accenture and the American Medical Association (AMA). This, along with additional findings, signals a call to action for the healthcare sector to increase cybersecurity support for medical practices in their communities. Cybersecurity concerns The findings, which examined the experiences of roughly 1,300 U.S. physicians, underscore the recognition that it is not if but when a cyberattack More

01:00

Another Democrat Running To Prevent Monopolies From Destroying The American Way Of Life-- Meet Jess King (PA-16) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


Goal ThermometerA few days ago, we compared the endorsement questionnaires that Lancaster Stands Up sent out to the PA-16 candidates. The differences between the garden variety corporate candidate, Christtina Hartman, who the DCCC is pushing, and who was unable to respond to even simple policy questions, and the progressive grassroots candidate, Jess King, were startling. Right after that we started thinking that we needed to endorse Jess' campaign. Monday we ran a post about the dangers inherent in monopolies, Why Aren't More Democrats Using Anti-Monopoly Arguments In Their Congressional Campaigns? Well, Jess is one who is. She wrote this guest post for DWT readers. If you like the list of what she has to say, please consider contributing to her campaign by tapping on the Act Blue thermometer on the right.

Guest Post
-by Jess King


I grew up in a small business family. My parents-- neither of whom had college degrees-- launched a paint store and painting business in 1980 and raised me and my three siblings on it. I learned an incredible number of lessons there-- about hard work, cash flow, conflict resolution, customer service. That business sustained my parents for over 30 years and sent all four of us kids to college.

I clearly remember the moment-- probably in the late-1990s-- when my mom realized she could get gallon cans of Kilz primer at Home Depot for less than the wholesale price at the locally owned paint distributor. I remember realizing for the first time that there was no way my parents could compet...

01:00

A Case Against Net Neutrality "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Allowing ISPs to throttle and prioritize network traffic could improve the user experiencebut we need better ways to monitor such behavior Illustration: IEEE Spectrum; Icons: Getty Images

This is a guest post. The views expressed in this article are solely those of the blogger and do not represent positions of IEEE Spectrum or the IEEE.

The U.S. Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) proposal to roll back the previous administrations Open Internet Order has put network neutrality back in the news. The FCCs new order, titled Restoring Internet Freedom, removes the bright-line rules enforced by the previous order. If the FCC passes its new order tomorrow, Internet service providers (ISPs) will no longer be prohibited from blocking, throttling, and prioritizing traffic.

A widely expressed concern about the FCCs new proposal is that permitting ISPs to create fast lanesin other words, letting ISPs charge content providers for delivering their traffic to users at a certain speed or quality will jeopardize long-term innovation. While large content providers such as Google, Facebook, and Netflix can afford to pay ISPs for that service, a new company probably wont be able to. Allowing ISPs to throttle traffic if content providers dont pay up will make it more difficult for startups to compete with large companies.

However, an aspect of network operations that is often ignored in the popular network neutrality debate is this: It is, in fact, desirable that ISPs not always be neutral in handling network traffic.

As an example, consider two users whose Internet traffic goes through the same congested link. If one user is streaming video and another is backing up data to the cloud, a perfectly neutral network would slow down both transfers. Most people would probably agree that, to create the best experience for the most users, it would be best to slightly slow down non-interactive traffic such as data backups, and free up bandwidth for videos and voice-over-IP calls.

Both the Open Internet Order from 2015 as well as the proposed order on Restoring Internet Freedom recognize the need for ISPs to manage their networks. The difference lies in how the two orders account for network management techniques.

The Obama-era FCC administration required that ISPs be prepared to present evidencefor example, in the form of performance measurements of their networksto prove that they are managing their networks in a reasonable way. In contrast, Trumps FCC administration believes that this regulation places an undue burden on ISPs.

It is, in fact, desirable that ISPs not always be neutral in handling network traffic.

Instead, the FCCs new pr...

A Case for Net Neutrality "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Without it, a new era of paid prioritization will hurt the economy and leave the public behind Illustration: IEEE Spectrum; Icons: Getty Images

This is a guest post. The views expressed in this article are solely those of the blogger and do not represent positions of IEEE Spectrum or the IEEE.

In the first decades of the 20th century, telecom regulation arrived late. Facing significant competition from independent telephone companies, AT&T lost 50 percent of its market share once its patents expired. To stifle the competition, AT&T blackmailed its independent rivalsAT&T would never interconnect with them unless they were acquired by AT&T.

As a result, many customers needed two different phonesone for AT&T, and one for their local independent telephone company. AT&Ts market share increased to 89 percent by acquiring its rivals until this absurd situation was solved by imposing mandatory interconnection through regulation in 1935.

Fast forward to 70 years later. Similar to AT&Ts historical long-distance network, the Internet has become todays most important network. But, because the Internet is based on public protocols, its difficult for any one company to control. Since its inception, it has operated under network neutrality, which means the order of arrival of information packets is not disturbed by telecom and cable companies.

The dynamic changed in 2005, when AT&T officially declared its intent to kill network neutrality in order to create a new revenue stream. AT&T wanted to create two lanesa priority lane for which content and applications providers would pay extra, and a slow lane for the rest. Information from companies that did not pay would arrive later to customers. All other Internet service providers (ISPs) said they would do the same.

Under paid prioritization, all residential customers would have their Internet choices determined by the ISPs and not themselves. With no competition-based solution, regulation was the only solution. After 10 long years of proceedings, in 2015, the FCC passed rules formalizing the existing de facto network neutrality. These rules were upheld by the Appeals Court in 2016.

Unfortunately, tomorrow the FCC, heavily influenced by ISP lobbyists, will formally kill network neutrality and usher in the era of paid prioritization. Killing network neutrality is a disaster that will have long and deep negative effects on the U.S. economy, the tech sector, and economic growth.

First, it will hobble innovative small and new technology companies that, unable to pay the fees demanded by ISPs, will be put in the slow lane. These companies are the engine of growth for the economy, and th...

Mexico: Reject Internal Security Law "IndyWatch Feed World"

 

(HRW) The Mexican Senate should reject legislation that would enshrine the role of the Mexican armed forces in law enforcement activities, Human Rights Watch said today.

On November 30, 2017, Mexicos Chamber of Deputies approved the Law of Internal Security, which authorizes military involvement in domestic law enforcement activities. But the bill does nothing to increase the transparency of the military operations or accountability for military personnel who commit abuses. The Senate could vote on the bill as early as this week.

Mexico has relied heavily on its armed forces to fight organized crime for more than a decade, and the results have been disastrous, said Daniel Wilkinson, Americas managing director at Human Rights Watch. The country desperately needs to improve its law enforcement capabilities, but turning the job over to a military with a terrible human rights record is not the answer.

Between 2006 and 2016, Mexicos National Human Rights Commission received almost 10,000 complaints of abuse by the militaryincluding more than 2,000 during the current administration. Human Rights Watch and other rights advocates have also documented numerous cases in which military personal ostensibly involved in law enforcement activities were implicated in extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, torture, and sexual violence. Impunity remains the norm for these abuses.

Since Mexico launched its war on drugs in 2006with major deployments of the armed forces to fight organized crimemore than 100,000 people have been killed and more than 30,000 have gone missing. Homicide rates dropped in 2014 and 2015, but have climbed steadily since, with 2017 on track to be the deadliest year in Mexico in two decades.

The proposed law grants the Mexican military broad authority to engage in internal security, including in gathering intelligence by any legal means possible. The National Human Rights Commission has said that the laws vague definitions and lack of objective criteria for what constitutes internal security mean that the law can apply to any situation. For example, the military would be authorized to engage in crime prevention and investigation.

The proposed law does not include measures to strengthen civilian police institutions, nor an exit strategy for ending the use of the armed forces in law enforcement. The law also includes no measures to ensure independent civilian control and oversight of military operations, or to ensure that civilian authorities properly investigate and prosecute military abuses.

There needs to be a much more serious debate about security iss...

00:58

Digitizing DNA - what could possibly go wrong? "IndyWatch Feed World"

Biology is becoming increasingly digitized. Researchers like us use computers to analyze DNA, operate lab equipment and store genetic information. But new capabilities also mean new risks - and biologists remain largely unaware of the potential vulnerabilities that come with digitizing biotechnology. The emerging field of cyberbiosecurity explores the whole new category of risks that come with the increased use of computers in the life sciences. University scientists, industry stakeholders and government agents have begun gathering to discuss these threats. We've even hosted FBI agents from the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate here at Colorado State University and previously at Virginia Tech for crash courses on synthetic biology and the associated cyberbiosecurity risks. A year ago, we participated in a U.S. Department of Defense-funded project to assess the security of biotechnology infrastructures. The results are classified, but we disclose some of the lessons learned in our new Trends in Biotechnology paper.

00:56

"Trump Should Go F Himself" - Texts Leak From FBI Agents On Russia Probe, Hillary Emails Investigation "IndyWatch Feed World"

Over 10,000 text messages sent between two top FBI investigators - one of whom led both the Clinton email investigation and the early Trump-Russia probe, have been turned over to Congress Tuesday evening and promptly leaked to the press. The profanity-laced messages reveal a deep hatred for Trump between veteran agent Peter Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page, who were having an extramarital affair while working together on the Clinton email investigation when the texts were exchanged. Strzok and Page were fired from Robert Mueller's special counsel in mid-August over the messages, yet the reason was not revealed until last month. Strzok notably changed the wording of then-FBI Director James Comey's statement on Clinton's mishandling of classified information from "grossly negligent" to "extremely careless."
...

00:55

We Saved Net Neutrality Once. We Can Do It Again "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Democracy lives or dies on the quality of public conversation. Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, Thomas Jefferson wrote, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. Today it doesnt take the smarts of a Jefferson to realize that our public conversation, filtered through corporate-controlled, often-fractured media, is faltering. While analyzing how to fix our broken news system, from the promotion of public broadcasting to eliminating fake news, is complex, right now is a critical moment to hold the line. If we hope to reinvigorate our media, today democracy defenders are called upon to play defenseand quickly.

00:54

Woman Offered $200,000 to File Sex Charges on Trump, 1935 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

- Jeevy Computers: Move up to business-level computer protection. 800-844-8613 http://jeevycomputers.com/pcs/ Good evening, Im still reporting on: Woman Offered $200,000 to File Sex Charges on Trump, 1935 Synopsis: Well, here it comes. The desperate Democrats are getting set up now for their final push in their weak attempt to bounce Pres. Trump out of office. They have gotten rid of two of their most problematic members of Congress in hopes that this will set a sufficient precedent in the public mind too then use it against Trump. The latest Trump accuser is a woman named Summer Zervos, a contestant on The Apprentice in 2005. Last Tuesday, December 5, Zervos appeared in New York City with - guess who - Atty. Gloria Allred. Zervos claims that Trump kissed her 12 years ago on the lips without her consent twice - no less. And on the second occasion, he grabed her shoulder, placed his other hand on her breast, and pressed himself against her. In the B.O. era (before Obama), this would have met with the swift justice of a good slap in the face -- UNLESS the woman was there in his Beverly Hills hotel room to get something for herself. Well, what do you know, shes already admitted that she was there to try to get a job. Really? Is this the best the Deep State can dredge up? Trump has called her allegations: false smears for personal fame, [and] total lies. Consequently, Zervos is suing President Trump for defamation in New York for this Trumps shocking rejoinder to her shocking allegations about a big, shocking 12-year-old nothing if you ask me. Support Our Sponsors: - Virtual Shield VPN - the easiest way to create a home VPN. Go to: https://www.virtualshield.com/billstill - Nobel Gold: Protect Your Money With Gold - Click Here- https://goo.gl/kx2yzW Or Call - 877-646-5347 - Jeevy Computers: Move up to business-level computer protection. 800-844-8613 http://jeevycomputers.com/pcs/ - Trade Genius Academy: Learn the safe, sure way to trade. https://www.TradeGeniusAcademy.com - Virtual Shield VPN - the easiest way to create a home VPN. Go to: https://www.virtualshield.com/billstill - SeaShell Diamond Gallery, Custom Fine Jewelry Made in Hawaii. 808-338-9988; https://www.SeaShellDiamondGallery.com - PrepareWithBill - Food Storage You Can Depend On. 888-756-8727 https://preparewith.com/Bill.Still - Kangen Water, ionized, alkaline water, website: https://www.TopShelfWater.com - Rugged Reserves, home of the solar-powered tactical flashlight with a 100% lifetime guarantee. Call 800-621-7902. Website: http://RuggedReserves.com - - Denas Pair Relief Store - exclusive importers of the Denas PCM 6 portable pain relief device. Call Coach Jimmy at 503-395-4142, or check the website: https://www.denaspainreliefstore.com Still Report BTC address: 18Ky2c3CgPY3eu5N7ySoM3X6NjgEAN2w4v Connect with me; Bill Still: newspaper editor/publisher, economics reporter - top US publications, authored 22 books, 4 documentary videos & daily...

00:54

Looking To Portugal For the Road Leading Out of the Opoid Crisis "IndyWatch Feed War"

Portugals radical drugs policy is working. Why hasnt the world copied it?

Since it decriminalised all drugs in 2001, Portugal has seen dramatic drops in overdoses, HIV infection and drug-related crime.

 

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Moscow university student reportedly attacked for offending Muslims, Christians, & 'all women' on social media "IndyWatch Feed World"

On December 8, a group of Moscow university students attacked a classmate and forced him to apologize on camera for comments he published on social media Oleg Tereshchenko (who uses the online pseudonym Alexey Knyazev) told Meduza that he left campus on the afternoon of December 8. The 18-year-old management student at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) says he then ran into his classmate, Rashid Khamokhoev. Tereshchenko says the two had never spoken in person before, but they had interacted online, where they'd discussed various Muslim traditions. The two young men peacefully continued this conversation, while walking off campus, until they encountered another five students from RANEPA (Tereshchenko isn't naming them publicly, and they have yet to name themselves). The group then forced Tereshchenko to apologize for his comments about Islam on the Vkontakte student community "Love and Hate at RANEPA." In particular, they ordered him to apologize for his comments in a discussion about families in the North Caucasus forbidding their girls from dating Russian men. Tereshchenko had written that Russian federal laws do not allow such restrictions on individuals' freedom. The group of men recorded his apology on their smartphones.

00:53

Rep. Devin Nunes orders investigators to physically remove outstanding documents from DOJ; threatens to hold McCabe in contempt "IndyWatch Feed World"

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) ordered congressional investigators to physically remove all outstanding documents from the Justice Department on Thursday. "Intel Cmte chair Nunes says Hse Intel Cmte will send investigators to DoJ Thursday to do a "scrub" of documents they have pursued since winter. Nunes says if McCabe doesn't appear next Tuesd, he will move to subpoena him..or potentially hold McCabe in contempt of Congress," tweeted Fox News' Chad Pergram. Comment: Interesting: FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe abruptly cancelled his closed door testimony in front of the House Intelligence Committee as news emerged that the wife of Senior DOJ official Bruce Ohr worked for Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm which assembled the infamous "Trump dossier." Ohr was demoted last week after allegedly trying to conceal his contacts with Fusion. Fox News reporter Chad Pergram's sources tell him "McCabe has an Ohr problem," and they believe "FBI DepDir McCabe not coming to Hse Intel Cmte tomorrow because he'd be asked about Bruce Ohr & Ohr's wife Nellie who worked for Fusion GPS," adding "something far more sinister." Pergram also tweeted "Expect subpoenas to compel McCabe to appear this wk."

00:53

The Saudi war in Yemen: A Western-sponsored genocide "IndyWatch Feed World"

Almost three years have passed since Saudi Arabia announced it was intervening militarily, with its allies, in Yemen, to remove the Houthis (officially called Ansar Allah) from power after they had taken over the capital. Western analysts saw it as a bold move from recently-empowered (deputy) crown prince Mohammad bin Salman (MbS), weapons manufacturers and their political representatives were delighted. But what had been predicted as a swift military operation has turned into a humiliating stalemate. Unable to impose its will by force, Saudi Arabia and its bold prince have resorted to war crimes and collective punishment, imposing a humanitarian catastrophe on the Yemeni people. The lack of media interest makes it seem like a crisis unfolding in slow motion. But that is only because outrage and compassion are now meant to be weaponised when they can be useful in justifying imperialist interventions. For the Yemeni people the agony is real and there is no escaping it. In what was already the poorest country in the region, the Saudi-led bombings of infrastructure and the blockade imposed on Yemeni ports have left millions on the brink.

00:53

MSM was wrong about Assad & ISIS - and as usual they won't admit it "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Islamic State is a shadow of its former self. In 2014, the extremist group seemed to make substantial inroads in achieving its stated goal of a caliphate. It boasted tens of thousands of fighters and territorial control over an area roughly the size of South Korea. By almost every metric, Islamic State has collapsed in its Syria stronghold, as well as in Iraq. As a former foreign fighter recently admitted, "It's over: there is no more Daesh left," using an Arabic acronym for Islamic State. The rollback of Islamic State must come as a shock to the chorus of journalists and analysts who spent years insisting that such progress would never happen without toppling the regime of Bashar Assad - which is, of course, still standing. A cavalcade of opinion makers long averred that Islamic State would thrive in Syria so long as Assad ruled because the Syrian Arab Army was part of the same disease.

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FCC Chair Blasts Google & Facebook, 1937 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

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The Sugar Conspiracy "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

By James Corbett and cross-posted from Steemit!

An explosive new study in the PLOS Biology journal confirms three things that independent health researchers have been saying for years:

  1. Sugar-heavy diets are worse for your health than fat-heavy diets.
  2. Researchers have known this fact for decades.
  3. The sugar industry actively covered up the research supporting this fact.

The studybearing the typically unwieldy title Sugar industry sponsorship of germ-free rodent studies linking sucrose to hyperlipidemia and cancer: An historical analysis of internal documentsreads like an unlikely pairing of crime thriller and academic article.

At the heart of this medical thriller lies the mysteriously named Project 259, a research study which ran from 1967 to 1971 to examine the link between sucrose consumption and coronary heart disease. From the outside, the project, headed by Dr. W.F.R. Pover at the University of Birmingham, appeared to be just another clinical study in nutritional science. It involved a feeding experiment in which lab rats were separated into two groups, one eating a high-sugar diet and the other eating a so-called basic PRM diet of cereal meals, soybean meals, whitefish meal, and dried yeast.

But this was not the passion project of an impartial scientist trying to get to the truth. This was a study sponsored by the Sugar Research Foundation (SRF), which (in case you couldnt tell) has organizational ties to the Sugar Association, the trade association of the US sugar industry.

The results of the SRFs experiment, according to an interim assessment issued in 1969, were extremely interesting:

Among [Project 259s] observations was that the urine from rats on the basic diet contained an inhibitor of beta-glucorinidase activity in a quantity greater than that from sucrose-fed animals. This is one of the first demonstrations of a biological difference between sucrose and starch fed rats.

Having been a point of scientific inquiry and debate for decades, the first experimental evidence that sugar and starch are actually metabolized differently was significant enough. But, as the PLOS Biology article explains, the way in which this difference manifested was even more significant:

This incidental finding of Project 259 demonstrated to SRF that sucrose versus starch consumption caused different metabolic effects and suggested that sucrose, by stimulating urinary beta-glucuronidase, may h...

00:51

Israeli Intelligence Minister Invites Saudi Crown Prince to Visit Israel "IndyWatch Feed War"

Describing Saudi Arabia as the leader of the Arab world, Yisrael Katz proposes that the kingdom would be a sponsor of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process

By Noa Landau Dec 13, 2017 2:18 PM
Haaretz

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a graduation ceremony in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, January 25, 2017.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a graduation ceremony in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, January 25, 2017. Faisal Al Nasser/REUTERS
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Intelligence Affairs Minister Yisrael Katz invited Saudi Arabias Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to Israel.

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Katz confirmed to Haaretz that he extended the invitation in an interview to the Saudi online newspaper Elaph, however, the online publication chose to edit the invitation out.
Saudi Arabia does not have official diplomatic ties with Israel.

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Describing Saudi Arabia as the leader of the Arab world, Katz proposed that the kingdom would be a sponsor of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Katz added that Israel would be happy to participate in such negotiations.

Also on Wednesday, Saudi Arabias King Salman commented on U.S. President Donald Trumps recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital, saying that the Palestinians have a right to East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state. Salman made his comments as Arab and Muslim leaders gathered in Istanbul to discuss Trumps decision.

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King Salman appointed his son, 32-year-old Mohammad bin Salman, also known by his initials MBS, as Saudi Arabias heir to the throne in June. Many expect that in the not-too-distant future, King Salman, who is elderly and ill, will step down and hand the scepter to bin Salman.

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The princes firm anti-Iranian position makes him an important partner to the U.S. and Israel. Several Arab websites have reported in the past few years that bin Salman has met with several top Israelis.

According to these reports, one such meeting took place in Eilat in 2015; another on the margins of the Arab summit in Jordan this March, and there are regular meetings between Saudi and Israeli officers in the joint war room where Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United States coordinate.

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Last month, Elaph published an unprecedented interview with the Israeli military chief, Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, marking the first time any senior Israel Defense Forces officer, let alone the chief of staff, was interviewed by a media organization in Saudi Arabia.

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In the interview, Eisenkot called Iran the real and largest threat...

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Fake News Toilet Overflows "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Fake News Toilet Overflows by Harley Schlanger Rogue Money Greenwald begins, Friday was one of the most embarrassing days for the U.S. media in quite a long time. The humiliation orgy was kicked off by CNN, with MSNBC and...

The post Fake News Toilet Overflows appeared first on The Daily Coin.

00:50

Two People Locked Themselves To Crane At Port Of Tacoma "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Two protesters have locked themselves to a crane at the construction site of a Puget Sound Energy (PSE) liquefied natural gas facility at the Port of Tacoma this morning, according to activist group 350 Seattle. A spokesperson for the Port of Tacoma confirmed that Tacoma Police and the fire department have responded to the scene. Climate activists and the Puyallup Tribe have been protesting the facility for years. It sits on the tribe's ancestral land at the Port of Tacoma, between two stretches of the Puyallup reservation. Two years ago, the tribe filed a lawsuit against the City of Tacoma, PSE, and the Port of Tacoma, claiming that the project would impact tribal members' ability to fish in treaty waters.

00:49

The Great White Fuckups of America finally begin to lose "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Last night, I stopped paying attention to the news when I heard, early in the returns, that Doug Jones was far behind Roy Moore in the Alabama election.

The last thing I read about it was Charles Pierces despairing description of a Moore rally.

You grow exhausted from the effort it takes to keep mockery at bay long enough to explain that what Moore and Bannon are selling is a dangerous blend of religious extremism and McCarthyite bombast, Roy Cohn in Torquemada drag. You grow exhausted by the effort it takes, over and over again, to remind yourself that there are good people in the crowd cheering this river of sludge and nonsense.

Finally, you give up. Roy Moore is a vehicle for collecting suckers, for liberating them from their responsibility as citizens in a self-governing republic, and anybody who thinks this waterheaded theocrat belongs in the United States Senate is a dupe and a fool. Finally, you dont care if the people behind Roy Moore, and the people in the crowd in front of him, believe you are a member of the coastal elite or an agent of Lucifer. Finally, you grow weary of the smug condescension of religious bigots. Finally, you decide to put down the twin burdens of excusing deliberate ignorance and respecting the opinions of people who want to light the world on fire to kill their imaginary enemies. And you give up and tell the truth.

These people deserve what they get.

Then I went to bed.

I woke up to howling winds rattling the house, and I peeked out the window to see a bleak cold landscape to match my soul. So I resignedly opened up the news to this, Rosie Grays post-election wrap up.

Everything had to break exactly right for Doug Jones to win the Senate election in deep-red Alabama, and it did. Jones ran a disciplined campaign that hinged on black turnout, and it delivered for him.

WTF? Jones won? How could that happen? Moore had Bannon and Clarke and Gohmert and Trump all backing him he had all the racist/nationalist/dumbshit fuckwits pulling for him in Alabama. That isnt a recipe for success anymore? And then I read how Jones won. He had the black vote. Black citizens turned out in spite of all the obstacles put in front of them, all the voter suppression, all the dirty tricks, like all the stories I read of Alabama cops pulling over black drivers on the way to the polls to make them late, the weird games with demanding that they re-register, that they were listed as inactive voters and had to jump through extra hoop...

00:45

Exxon To Disclose Climate Risks Under Pressure From Investors "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Under pressure from investors, prosecutors and global regulators, ExxonMobil Corp. agreed on Monday to strengthen its analysis and disclosure of the risks its core oil business faces from climate change and from government efforts to rein in carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels. That will require Exxon to face squarely the implications of reduced oil demand if the world makes good on the pledges of the Paris climate agreement to cut carbon emissions practically to zero fast enough to avoid the worst effects of global warming. In a one-paragraph filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission, the oil giant said it would stop resisting motions filed by dissident shareholders seeking this kind of risk disclosure.

00:45

IoT data exchange: Building trust and value "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The results of Ciscos IoT Value/Trust Paradox report show that, while most consumers believe IoT services deliver significant value for them, very few understand or trust how their IoT data is being managed and used. This conclusion has revealed an interesting paradox: despite their lack of trust in IoT data security, consumers on the whole say that they are unwilling to disconnect from IoT services, even temporarily. These findings indicate that we are approaching the More

00:44

British PM facing rebellion over key Brexit bill Its not over until its over "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP/File | Britains Prime Minister Theresa May managed to strike a deal in Brussels last week to move onto the next stage of Brexit negotiations, but is already facing more problems
LONDON (AFP)  

British Prime Minister Theresa May was Wednesday facing a rebellion from her own MPs over whether parliament will have a meaningful vote on the final Brexit deal in what would be a damaging defeat.

A vote is expected later on Wednesday on an amendment to a landmark bill ending Britains membership of the European Union and incorporating thousands of pieces of EU legislation into the British statute books.

Dominic Grieve, an MP in Mays Conservative Party, proposed the amendment requiring any Brexit deal to be made law by a binding parliamentary vote.

Ten Tory MPs have signed Grieves amendment.

If the government loses, that would deal a heavy blow to May less than a week after she struck a deal in Brussels to move onto the next stage of negotiations.

The government needs to listen to whats being said to them, Grieve told Sky News on Wednesday.

Unfortunately, my impression of the last few days, when Ive been talking to the government, is that it seems to be a bit of a dialogue of the deaf. Theyve turned this into a battle of wills.

Keir Starmer, chief Brexit spokesman for the main opposition Labour party, has tweeted that his MPs will back the amendment if pushed to a vote.

Government committed to vote

Tory MP Iain Duncan Smith, a hardline Brexiteer, earlier accused Grieve of looking for ways to derail the bill, saying the amendment would tie the governments hands in negotiations with the EU.

The row revolves around Clause 9 of the bill, which hands the government Henry VIII powers to implement the Brexit deal without parliamentary approval.

Brexit secretary David Davis has promised to give MPs a final vote, and issued a statement Wednesday in a bid to head off the rebellion.

The government has committed to hold a vote on the final deal in parliament as soon as possible after the negotiations have concluded, he said.

This vote will take the form of a resolution in both Houses of Parliament and will cover both the Withdrawal Agreement and the.

The stateme...

00:43

Appeals Panel Wont Allow Trump-Bashing Dummy Her Defamation Suit After Being Labeled Real Dummy "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Guest post by Mike LaChance at American Lookout:

Remember Cheryl Jacobus? Shes a Republican consultant who got into a war of words with Donald Trump who ultimately called her a dummy. She then wanted to sue, claiming Trump hurt her career. The courts seem to agree she did that to herself.

The New York Post reports:

Appeals panel upholds dismissal of defamation suit against Trump

President Donald Trump has survived a GOP consultants attempt to revive her $4 million defamation case against him, with an appeals panel ruling that Cheryl Jacobus couldnt show that his tweets calling her a real dummy hurt her career.

A lower court tossed Jacobus Manhattan Supreme Court suit in January finding that Trumps statements were opinion, not fact.

Now a unanimous appellate panel has affirmed that ruling, adding that her defamation claim was correctly dismissed in the absence of actionable factual allegations that tended to disparage her in the way of her profession, trade or business.

Trump also tweeted at Jacobus in February 2016 that she had begged my people for a job.

Turned her down twice and she went hostile. Major lose, zero credibility! the tweet says.

But Jacobus claims she turned down a job with the Trump campaign. His tweets came after she criticized his policies on CNN.

Either way the appeals panel found that the alleged defamatory statements are too vague, subjective, and lacking in precise meaning (i.e. unable to be proven true or false) to be actionable.

It looks like her 15 minutes of fame are over.
Bye now.

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00:42

People Support Living Longer if it Means Remaining Healthy "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

A number of studies in different countries show that when people are asked how long would you like to live?, they respond with a figure equal to or slightly higher than the current life expectancy in a given country[14]. So, why does the public often lack enthusiasm for longevity?

These studies have shown that, generally, the public is uninterested in living longer than normal because they believe that these extra years will be spent suffering from the illnesses of old age. This is why the public often reacts to words like longevity this way; to them, ten extra years likely means a decade spent in a wheelchair or some other decrepit state robbed of independence and health.

00:40

How Movements Can Turn Money Into Victories "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

As an organizer in the climate movement, I dont usually have a lot of spare cash to donate to the cause. (Still waiting on that Soros money!) But since the people doing the work are my friends and comrades, I know when theyre not getting support for vital, underappreciated stuff. So on the occasions when I can afford it, I throw a little money their way, and they do the same for me and for groups Im working with. Often, this means giving to a bail fund after a successful direct action, for example, or helping a veteran organizer come up with a months rent to get on their feet during a hard time. In other words, its the kind of thing that a philanthropic foundation is unlikely to touch. But for the scrappy, grassroots groups that are most effective at stopping new fossil fuel projectsand that are also proposing the most creative, promising alternativesits precisely the kind of thing that can make or break a campaign. Thats because smaller organizations are much less able to weather the kind of spur-of-the-moment expenses that inevitably come up.

00:39

Breakthrough Listen to Observe Interstellar Asteroid 'Oumuamua for Radio Emissions "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

'Oumuamua's interstellar origin and unusually elongated shape has been enough to convince the billionaire-backed Breakthrough Listen to observe it to look for signs of alien technology:

The team's efforts will begin on Wednesday, with astronomers observing the asteroid, which is currently speeding away from our Solar System, across four different radio frequency bands. The first set of observations is due to last for 10 hours.

[...] Mr Milner's Breakthrough Listen programme released a statement which read: "Researchers working on long-distance space transportation have previously suggested that a cigar or needle shape is the most likely architecture for an interstellar spacecraft, since this would minimise friction and damage from interstellar gas and dust."

Andrew Siemion, director of the Berkeley SETI Research Center, who is part of the initiative, said: "'Oumuamua's presence within our Solar System affords Breakthrough Listen an opportunity to reach unprecedented sensitivities to possible artificial transmitters and demonstrate our ability to track nearby, fast-moving objects." He added: "Whether this object turns out to be artificial or natural, it's a great target for Listen."

Previously: Possible Interstellar Asteroid/Comet Enters Solar System
Interstellar Asteroid Named: Oumuamua
ESO Observations Show First Interstellar Asteroid is Like Nothing Seen Before


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00:38

US Congressman Cummings Backs Calls for Oversight Committee to Investigate Multiple Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Trump "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Cummings Backs Calls for Oversight Committee to Investigate Multiple Sexual Harassment Allegations Against President Trump
Dec 12, 2017 Press Release
Cummings Backs Calls for Oversight Committee to  Investigate Multiple Sexual Harassment Allegations Against President Trump
 
Washington, D.C. (Dec. 12, 2017) Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, issued the following statement in response to a letter [1] from 59 female Members of Congress asking the Committee to investigate numerous sexual harassment allegations against President Donald Trump:

Congress is in the midst of a critical and long-overdue examination of allegations against its own Membersboth before and after they were elected to Congress.  The Oversight Committee is charged with examining similar allegations against Executive Branch employees and the President.  It is extremely hard for Republicans to argue that Congress should ignore these multiple allegations.  They deserve a bipartisan review, and I hope Chairman Gowdy will launch an investigation immediately.

The 59 Members of Congress sent the letter to Cummings and Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy requesting a decision within 10 days.

As Chairman, Gowdy has authority to call hearings, issue subpoenas, compel the production of documents, and demand that witnesses sit for depositions.

Alternatively, the full Committee has authority under House rules to vote on proceeding with the investigation, in which case a majority of the current Members of the Committee could decide to approve any of these investigative steps.  However, Gowdy would have to allow these motions to be placed on the Committees official agenda for Members to debatea step he has not allowed [2] in any investigation since he became Chairman.
 
Issues: 
Administration
115th Congress
https://democrats-oversight.house.gov/news/press-releases/cummings-backs-calls-for-oversight-committee-to-investigate-multiple-sexual
[1] https://democrats-oversight.house.gov/sites/democrats.oversight.house.gov/files/DWWG%20Letter%20to%20OGR.PDF
[2] https://democrats-oversight.house.gov/news/press-releases/oversight-committee-republicans-block-all-debate-and-votes-on-subpoena...

00:37

Greeces annual inflation rose 1.1% in November "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Greeces annual inflation rate rose to 1.1 pct in November this year, from 0.7 pct in October and -0.9 pct in November 2016, the Hellenic Statistical Authority ELSTAT said over the weekend. The statistics service, in a monthly report, attributed this development to an increase in the prices of tobacco, transport and telecommunications. More specifically,

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FBI Agent, Lawyer Disparaged Trump and Supported Clinton Then Appointed By Mueller Team To Investigate Trump, Russia Ties Raises specter of bias in the investigation "IndyWatch Feed War"

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a fundraising event for Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Boston. (AP)

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Germanys Angela Merkel and SPD start grand coalition talks "IndyWatch Feed War"

Germanys conservative and Social Democratic leaders are meeting to discuss the possibility of forming a new grand coalition government. After initial cold feet from the SPD, what are the chances of success?

Seehofer, Merkel and Schulz (picture-alliance/dpa/G. Fischer)

Chancellor Angela Merkel, leader of Germanys conservative Christian Democrats (CDU), is set to meet Social Democrats (SPD) leader Martin Schulz on Wednesday evening for the first unmediated discussions about whether to extend the countrys current grand coalition government.

After their worst electoral performance in post-war German history, the SPD is wary about signing on for another stint as the junior partners to the CDU, along with their Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU). Indeed, Schulz twice categorically dismissed another grand coalition before being forced to change his position.

It certainly wasnt a very good idea to rule out entering into another grand coalition so soon, political scientist Lothar Probst of Bremen University told DW. But naturally the SPD still feels the pains of two grand coalitions in nine years, and many members of the grass roots and not only there  feel that another one would be to their detriment.

Read more: What you need to know about another Angela Merkel-led grand coalition in Germany

Negotiations expert Wolfgang Bosch advertises himself as someone who assists people in overcoming feelings of helplessness in the face of overwhelming partners a phrase that could accurately describe the Social Democrats at present. What would his advice be to Schulz and company?

Id encourage them to go into talks without too many preconceived notions and free themselves from their misgivings after four years of a grand coalition, Bosch told DW. They should go into the talks with confidence and inner strength and say: Were the SPD  weve been around for 150 years.

Bosch added that its very important for Merkel, CSU leader Horst Seehofe...

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Tanzania: President pardons two child rapists while another official calls for pregnant school girls to be forced to identify father "IndyWatch Feed World"

Activists accused Tanzania's leaders of "promoting a culture of human rights violations", as the release of two high-profile child rapists this week coincided with calls for pregnant schoolgirls to be arrested. John Magufuli, the Tanzanian president, pardoned the two men, who were convicted of the rape of 10 primary school children aged between six and eight, along with thousands of other prisoners, in his independence day speech on Saturday. News of their release emerged as a government official in the east African country called for pregnant pupils to be taken into custody. On Monday, John Mongella, the regional commissioner of Mwanza, said the move would force girls to testify against those who impregnated them. This followed calls from the president earlier this year to ban pregnant girls from school.

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Central European Gas Hub explosion halts Russian gas transit to Austria "IndyWatch Feed War"

Central European Gas Hub explosion halts Russian gas transit to Austria

The blast that rocked the gas hub at Baumgarten in Austria has reportedly left one dead and several injured, forcing the operator OMV to shut the facility

MOSCOW, December 12. /TASS/. Transit deliveries of Russian gas to Austria via Slovakia are temporarily suspended because of the explosion on the gas hub near Baumgarten an der March (Lower Austria) occurred on Tuesday, Slovensky Rozhlas radio station said on Tuesday.

Gas deliveries to the Czech Republic are implemented in full scope, CTK news agency said at the same time.

Natural gas supplies to Austrian regions are implemented normally, Austrias EAA Gruppe said in its turn.

Provision of gas to Austria after the explosion in Baumgarten is taking place from reserves in Austrian gas storages. Enterprises of EAA Gruppe prudently accumulated large gas volumes for its consumers in required quantity, press service of EAA Grup...

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Islamic countries recognise East Jerusalem as capital of Palestine "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Draft OIC summit statement condemns US recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital, and brands Israel 'racist'

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Listen up Theresa, you don't actually need a dick to be a misogynist "IndyWatch Feed Europe"


Theresa May has resorted to a crude display of dick-counting in order to score cheap political points against Labour. She was trying to make the absurd case that because she's a woman and Jeremy Corbyn is a man, the Tories are somehow more female-friendly than Labour.

The glaring problem for Theresa May and her Tory colleagues is that they have repeatedly voted in favour of imposing ruinous austerity dogma on the British economy. Not only does Tory austerity dogma (or deliberate under-investment as it could also be described) provably cause vast amounts of social and economic damage in general, but 86% of the burden of it has been loaded onto the shoulders of women from poor and ordinary women.

The reality is that Theresa May and her Tory mates are the misogynists who believe in economically punishing millions of women from poor and ordinary backgrounds for the reckless gambling of the wealthy (and mainly male) bankers who trashed the global economy and caused the soaring UK budget deficit in the first place.

On the other hand Labour and Jeremy Corbyn want to scrap the Tories' ruinous and discriminatory austerity agenda, and implement numerous policies that would benefit women across the UK too. For example the Labour policy of a 10 minimum wage would benefit millions of women, because the vast majority of workers earning poverty pay are female.

So while Theresa May and her elitist Tory chums fo...

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Your Favorite Websites Could Soon Disappear Courtesy of the MSM "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

It is not just Facebook. All the MSM is engaged in a plot to silence the alternative media. This a crtically important issue.


The alternative media, or as I prefer, the Independent Media, is beating the daylights out of the Mainstream Media (MSM). CNNs ratings are so far in the toilet that they need a plumber to excise the network.

The American public has become sensitized to the odor of the MSM and its penchant for fake news. People often write to me and ask me how we in the Independent Media (IM) get to the truth behind the stories with much more depth and accuracy of the Independent Media? The reasons are simple:

  1. We are not owned by corporate media and are beholding to their money-making (at all costs) agenda. Therefore, we have no restrictions on telling the truth.
  2. Confidential sources, with an important story to tell, do not trust the MSM because of their lack of integrity and therefore, turn to the IM.
  3. The present generation of MSM journalists are script writers and teleprompter readers. They have neither the desire of the ability to connect the dots required by the demands of quality investigative journalism. In fact, much of the copy for the MSM is written by the intelligent agencies (eg CIA). Remember, WAPOs, Jeff Bezos, signed a 6$600 million dollar deal with the CIA and we know the CIA runs CNN and ABC.

The emerging dominance of the MSM could come to a screeching halt. More on that later. First, how does the IM outperform the MSM in critical stories. It has to do with out collective ability in the IM to connect the dots and knowing where to look for classified information.

Open Source vs. Closed Source Information

The world of intelligence gathering is a very complex process. Some people in the world of intelligence gathering, to be used a data/trend fathering tool is also not a perfect science. However, there...

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10 Wednesday AM Reads "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

My Roll Tide morning train reads:  What Hedge Funds Will Do After the Hedge Fund Model Dies (Bloomberg) Ignore Volatility; Focus on Ambiguity (Moneybeat) Unfettered building, scant oversight add to cost of hurricanes in U.S. (Reuters)  Can China Contain Bitcoin? (MIT Technology Review)  Were All Behavioral Economists Now (Behavioral Scientist) What are you reading? Continues here

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Flaw in Office 365 with Azure AD Connect could result in domain compromise "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The Preempt research team has uncovered a vulnerability with Microsoft Office 365 when integrated with an on-premises Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) using Azure AD Connect software that unnecessarily gives users elevated administrator privileges, making them stealthy administrators. Preempt discovered this surprising issue was occurring when customers were installing Microsoft Office 365 with Azure AD Connect software for on-premise AD DS integration (hybrid deployment). Most Active Directory audit systems easily alert on excessive privileges, More

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Mussolini Era Law Used By Italy Against Pipeline Protesters "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Italian authorities are using a Mussolini-era law to put an entire town under lockdown while they force through a gas pipeline against the wishes of the local community, activists have said. A so-called red zone was declared around Melendugno by the central governments military police force this month, after months of protests against the effect of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) on the local area. Activists on the ground who contacted The Independent say the police swooped in the middle of the night and barred people from leaving their homes, blockaded streets, and fenced off olive farms. Some locals have been expelled and cannot access Melendugno... for the next three years, Sabina Giese, one resident of the town said.

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Grassley's Choice: Ethanol or Personal Integrity "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

On September 7th, Donald Trump Jr. appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee, largely to explain the meeting he held in Trump Tower on June 9th, 2016 in which a gaggle of Putin-connected Russians offered dirt on Hillary Clinton. The chairman of the Judiciary Committee is Chuck Grassley of Iowa, and the president wanted to make sure Grassley would be in the right state of mind when the senators committee grilled his son. So, as soon as the Trump Jrs appearance was confirmed, Trump Sr. offered Grassley a gift basket.

Donald Trump called a senior Republican senator from Iowa on Wednesday whose congressional committee is investigating his son, Donald Trump Jr, and promised him critical federal support for the biofuel ethanol, a key issue for the lawmaker.

Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate judiciary committee and a major advocate of the ethanol industry, announced on Twitter that he had received a phone call from Trump and had been assured by the US president that Trump was pro ethanol and was standing by his campaign promise to support the biofuel.

The phone call came less than a day after CNN reported that Trumps eldest son had reached an agreement with the committee to appear in a private session and answer investigators questions.

This is typical of the ham-handed and transparent way that the president operates. There isnt the slightest bit of subtlety in this kind of approach. And it makes Grassley look embarrassingly corrupt.

I dont know if Grassley was secretly irritated to be compromised in such an obvious manner, but he didn&rsquo......

I Didn't Want to Care About Doug Jones "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

I made a big mistake. I decided to watch the speech that Doug Jones gave on December 5th. It was a mistake because it made me admire the man, and that set me up to be disappointed tonight if he doesnt win the special election for Jefferson Beauregard Sessions IIIs seat in the U.S. Senate.

Ill be honest, the election of Donald Trump caused post-traumatic stress disorder, which isnt an ideal condition for a political prognosticator. One way of protecting myself is to not allow myself to get my hopes up, especially in a case where the prospects for victory have never been particularly strong. The simpler and safer course is to assume defeat and stand ready to be pleasantly surprised.

One advantage Ive had in this case is that it simply isnt possible to tell who will win based on the polls. Of course, the polls said Clinton would win and she didnt, so I wouldnt trust even a modest polling lead. But lacking any lead at all, its not difficult or unjustified to take an agnostic view of the likely result tonight.

What I didnt want to do is to get emotionally invested in this election. But watching Doug Joness December 5th speech created a problem for me. He seems to combine some of the better characteristics of Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton and at the same time to lack some of their flaws. Overall, hes more progressive than either of them. He connects with an audience a little better than Carter and he brings more moral authority than Clinton ever could. He has a worldview that brings an historic scope to his message. He knows well whats been holding Alabama back, that they missed out on the New South entirely. Hes prosecuted Klansmen, including the men who carried out the Klans most notorious crime. Hes prosecuted child molesters. He may not have quite the policy chops of Carter and Clinton, but hes fluent and knowledgable about Alabamas emerging tech, health, and automotive industries.

I had been thinking about Jones more for what he can accomplish for the resistance against Trumps agenda. With his vote in the Senate, it may be possible to block things that would have otherwise passed. His election would serve as a rebuke to Trump and further undermine his power and sway. Simply by keeping Roy Moore out of the Senate, he would do everyone a service, including the Republican leadership there that doesnt really deserve the favor. His election...

Trump's Victory Was Not Legitimate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In my previous piece, I noted that Donald Trump acknowledged for the first time on January 11th that the Russians had been responsible for hacking into Democratic servers and stealing and leaking damaging materials. And thats true as far as it goes. But he didnt stick with that story.

Id forgive you if have forgotten but Anthony Scaramucci was briefly Trumps communications director, even if he never signed the paperwork to get a paycheck or make his position official. Back in July, he went on CNNs State of the Union and tried to explain why the president keeps lapsing into doubt about the Russians culpability.

On Sunday, Mr. Trumps new communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, repeated the White House position that Mr. Trump remains unconvinced by the evidence Russia was the culprit behind the election hacking. He said that when the subject comes up, Mr. Trump cannot separate the intelligence findings from his emotional sense that the issue is being used to cast doubt on his legitimacy as president.

It actually in his mind, what are you guys suggesting? Mr. Scaramucci said on CNNs State of the Union. Youre going to delegitimize his victory?

This is a reminder that were dealing with a crazy person. At times, Trump understands his campaign was sending people all over the globe to meet with Russians. He knows that his team met in Trump Tower with Russians who were promising dirt on Hillary Clinton. He knows that his campaign chairman owed a Russian oligarch $15 million dollars and offered to give him private briefings and hoped to be released from some of his debt. He knows that his son-in-law was meeting with Russian intelligence officers and Putins representatives and trying to set up backchannels to communicate with them outside of the eye of the American intelligence community. He knows that he promised a relaxation of sanctions, which is why so much Russian help was forthcoming. He knows hes in deep shit.

But at other times, he convinces himself that this is just a big hoax drummed up to deny him the adoration he deserves for pulling off the biggest upset win in American electoral history.

I truly believe that these two states of consciousness do not coexist. He flips between them.

In other words, sometimes when hes lying, hes actually convinced that hes telling the truth.

But it does no good to look at the established facts and respond by saying What are you suggesting?

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The Underlying Crime in #TrumpRussia "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Carol Lee and Julia Ainsley of NBC News have a helpful piece up that explains that Robert Mueller is focusing heavily on an obstruction of justice case against the White House, and it provides a good refresher and timeline.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is trying to piece together what happened inside the White House over a critical 18-day period that began when senior officials were told that National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was susceptible to blackmail by Russia, according to multiple people familiar with the matter.

The questions about what happened between Jan. 26 and Flynns firing on Feb. 13 appear to relate to possible obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump, say two people familiar with Muellers investigation into Russias election meddling and potential collusion with the Trump campaign.

I have no problem with the special counsels office looking at obstruction charges, but I think it will be a shame if that is all he comes up with that he feels he can bring as evidence of criminal behavior. I think we should be focused first and foremost on the underlying behavior that led to a cover-up.

To illustrate my point, lets go back in time a bit.

On December 1st, 2016, Jared Kushner and Michael Flynn had a meeting at Trump Tower with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. At this meeting, they allegedly discussed a possible easing of U.S. sanctions. Kushner also proposed using Russian diplomatic facilities in the U.S. to set up a secret communications backchannel so that the transition team and the Russians could communicate without U.S. intelligence services overhearing. A couple of other things happened at this meeting that should interest us.

In addition to their discussion about setting up the communications channel, Kushner, Flynn and Kislyak also talked about arranging a meeting between a representative of Trump and a Russian contact in a third country whose name was not identified, according to the anonymous letter.

It appears that this arranged meeting actually took place on January 11th, in the Seychelles, an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, off East Africa. Erik Prince, the brother of Secretary of Educa...

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GOP Eyes Cut for Top End, 21% Corporate Rate: Tax Debate Update "IndyWatch Feed War"

Bloomberg

December 13, 2017, 4:00 AM EST

President Donald Trump plans to make what his staff members called a closing argument for tax-overhaul legislation Wednesday as congressional Republicans consider last-minute revisions to key provisions. Here are the latest developments, updated throughout the day:

GOP Eyes Cut for Top End, 21% Corporate Rate

Million-dollar earners would get a bigger tax break, and corporations would get a slightly smaller one under changes Republican tax writers were discussing behind closed doors Tuesday changes that would revamp their overhaul legislation as it nears final votes next week.

Lawmakers and congressional staffers worked into the night Tuesday, amid discussions of setting the top individual tax rate at 37 percent down from the current 39.6 percent and lower than the Senates plan to set the top rate at 38.5 percent. Discussions of that potential boon for the highest earners confirmed by two people familiar with the talks come as Trump plans to pitch the bills benefits for American families during a White House speech on Wednesday.

Despite strong support for the tax plan among Republican lawmakers, who are rushing to complete the bill for Trumps signature next week, polls show the plan is unpopular with Americans amid perceptions that the tax changes would favor the wealthy. Administration officials say the polls have been skewed and they predict the plans popularity would grow as Americans focus on the legislations specifics.

But lawmakers were considering changing those details on Tuesday as people familiar with the secret negotiations described various potential revisions:

  • Cutting the top individual income tax rate to 37 percent, which would help address top earners complaints about losing certain tax deductions, but could also damage claims by Trump and others that the measure is mostly aimed at middle-class relief.
  • Setting the corporate tax rate at...

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FLASHBACK: Senators Schumer and Gillibrand pulled visa strings for athlete accused of sex abuse "IndyWatch Feed World"

A snowshoe racer from India who got a visa after Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand pulled some strings was being held Friday in an upstate jail on a sex charge. The US embassy in New Delhi rejected Tanveer Hussain's application for a visa so he could compete in the World Snowshoe Championship last month, Fox News reported. Local officials then appealed for help to Schumer and Gillibrand, and their offices reached out to the New Delhi embassy, which let Hussain successfully reapply for a visa. "Obviously, this is a troubling matter for him - these are troubling accusations," Brian Barrett, Hussain's lawyer, told Fox. "He is in good spirits and he looks forward to fighting these charges."

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Two huge current vaccine scandals the press isnt covering "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Two huge current vaccine scandals the press isnt covering

by Jon Rappoport

December 13, 2017

The old question about a tree falling in the forest is relevant here. Does the tree make a sound if no one is there to hear it?

If a scandal erupts and the press doesnt cover it, is it a scandal?

If this sounds strange, consider that, since the dawn of time, whatever has passed for mainstream news has substituted for the direct observation of events by humans. The press has functioned as the eyes and ears and even mouths of the public.

If someone tells you, I am your eyes, trust me, and then they fail, on purpose, to see something vital, where are you if you trust them? Youre blind.

Two giant vaccine scandals are in progress at the moment. The mainstream press is mentioning them, here and there, but without any intent to raise alarms, dig in, investigate, and get down to the core of what they mean.

The first scandal revolves around the flu vaccine for the current year. As I recently wrote, a new study has concluded the vaccine has a very low effectiveness rate. Why? Because the vaccine is produced using chicken eggs, and in that medium, the flu viruswhich is intentionally placed in the eggsmutates. Therefore, it isnt the same virus which is causing flu this year.

FiercePharma reports: Based on data from Australia, which already had its flu season, scientists warn that this seasons flu shot might be only 10% effective. And the reason for such a low level of protection might lie in the method by which the majority of flu vaccines are made: in eggs.

Ten percent effectiveness. Now thats ridiculous. And its assuming you accept the whole model of how vaccines workthat they actually do protect (safely) against disease, rather than, at best, repressing the visible symptoms of the disease.

Amidst their spotty coverage of this scandal, here is what the press is failing to mention: the problem with the flu vaccine isnt just a 2017 flaw.

Its been the same problem ever since chicken eggs have been used to manufacture the vaccine.

Healthline.com: The majority of flu vaccines are gro...

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FCC Does Not Understand Internet, Flawed Analysis "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality repeal "is based on a flawed and factually inaccurate understanding of Internet technology," a group of inventors and technologists told members of Congress and the FCC in a letter today. The letter's 21 signers include Internet Protocol co-inventor Vint Cerf; World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee; Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, public-key cryptography inventors Whitfield Diffie and Martin Hellman; RSA public-key encryption algorithm co-inventor Ronald Rivest; Paul Vixie, who designed several widely used Domain Name System (DNS) protocol extensions and applications; and security expert and professor Susan Landau, who has fought against government attempts to make phone encryption less secure.

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Insanity: Teacher faces sack after mistakenly calling trans student 'girl', despite immediate apology (UPDATE) "IndyWatch Feed World"

A schoolteacher could be out of a job, suspended for calling a trans pupil by the wrong gender while praising a group of students for a job well done. Mathematics teacher Joshua Sutcliffe, 27, told a group of students that included a teen who identifies as a boy "Well done girls," when he spotted them working hard in class. Sutcliffe said he was then corrected by the student, and apologized immediately. The Oxfordshire teacher was suspended six weeks after the incident, when the student's mother lodged an official complaint. The school has conducted an investigation into the complaints made against Sutcliffe, and he faces a disciplinary hearing this week.

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Trump punted the Iran deal to Congress. Congress just punted it back. "IndyWatch Feed War"

Trumps big decertification strategy hasnt borne fruit yet.

Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

When President Trump decertified the Iran nuclear deal, he was punting the question of whether it should be torn up to Congress. Congress just punted it back to him and hes back to square one, with the deal he promised to scrap still in place.

Thats because Tuesday was the deadline for Congress to take advantage of a law that made it incredibly easy to impose the kind of sanctions on Iran that would likely kill the deal. Republican lawmakers didnt do that. Nor have they made any progress on a bill that would have imposed stricter conditions on Tehran. In other words, the deal remains as it always was, despite Trumps fiery criticism of it.

The fight over the nuclear deals future began in October, when Trump declared that Iran was not complying with all the terms of the Obama administrations pact with Tehran and that the deal itself was not in Americas national security interest.

But instead of torpedoing the deal himself, he decided to put the fate of the bill in Congresss hands.

When Trump decided to decertify the Iran deal under the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, it opened a 60-day window for Congress to easily reimpose old sanctions on Iran that would end the deal. During that time, Republicans were able to use...

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Senior IDF service members arrested over alleged scam "IndyWatch Feed World"

Almost two dozen senior Israel Defense Force service members, Defense Ministry officials and technology company employees were put in handcuffs on Tuesday for allegedly stealing $28 million, or 100 million new Israeli shekels, from the government, the Times of Israel reported. The scheme to steal taxpayer funds allegedly involved the suspects billing Israel's Defense Ministry for telecom projects that never happened or were only partially complete. Giltech and Uricom, two telecommunications firms in Israel, were listed as the technology companies involved in the scam, according to the Times of Israel. The identities of the IDF and officials involved in the operation have not been disclosed.

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Infiltration And Intense Law Enforcement At Standing Rock Camp "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

AS LAW ENFORCEMENT officers advanced in a U-shaped sweep line down North Dakota Highway 1806 last October, pushing back Dakota Access opponents from a camp in the pipelines path, two sheriffs deputies broke formation to tackle a 37-year-old Oglala Sioux woman named Red Fawn Fallis. As Fallis struggled under the weight of her arresting officers, who were attempting to put her in handcuffs, three gunshots allegedly went off alongside her. According to the arrest affidavit, deputies lunged toward her left hand and wrested a gun away from her. Well before that moment, Fallis had been caught in a sprawling intelligence operation that sought to disrupt and discredit opponents of the pipeline.

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Jon Rappoport: Ten Elements of a Covert False Flag Operation "IndyWatch Feed War"

Jon Rappoport

Ten essential elements of a covert op

List below the fold. For expansion, click on headline.

ONE: Compartmentalization.

TWO: Gaining tremendous media coverage for the effect of the op (even exaggerating the effects), while hiding the cause and the players who planned it.

THREE: Blaming the wrong people as the originators of the op. Relentlessly discrediting truth tellers who see whats really going on.

FOUR: Developing and promoting a false cover story to describe the details of the op; in many cases, those details are wrong.

FIVE: Laying down false trails for investigators and independent researchers.

SIX: At least several goals.

SEVEN: Testing public response.

EIGHT: Controlled opposition.

NINE: Distraction.

TEN: Limited hangout.

Read full post with expansion of each of the above elements.

See Also:

False Flag @ Phi Beta Iota

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Mika Brzezinski Roasts Trump over Gillibrand Tweet "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Trump's demeaning tweet about NY Senator Kirsten Gillibrand brought Mika Brzezinski to angry tears on Morning Joe. She says she is so upset she is literally shaking in anger, calls Trumps tweet "one of the worst things I have seen in this presidency." Mika angrily calls for Huckabee-Sanders and other women on staff in the White House to stop covering for presidential bullying.

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Another double-standard for Pelosi: 'Horrible' that accuser Paula Jones was able to sue Bill Clinton "IndyWatch Feed World"

In the eyes of Nancy Pelosi, sexual harassment accusers are equal. Some are just more equal than others - and equality apparently depends on the political party of the accused. The House Minority Leader, and highest ranking woman in the U.S. government, told reporters she thought it was "horrible" that Paula Jones was able to sue President Bill Clinton for sexual harassment in the 1990s. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Pelosi recalled hearing the news that Jones would have her day in court. Pelosi said she was traveling with Bill and Hillary Clinton through Europe and stopped in London to meet with Prime Minister Tony Blair.

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Gregory Mannarino: Fed Darth Vader Bitcoin Pump & Dump "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Gregory Mannarino: Fed Darth Vader Bitcoin Pump & Dump by Greg Hunter USA Watchdog Analyst/trader Gregory Mannarino says the record high stock markets have some big money people worried, and you should be too. Mannarino says, On a...

The post Gregory Mannarino: Fed Darth Vader Bitcoin Pump & Dump appeared first on The Daily Coin.

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CODEPINK Protests Democrats Supporting Saudi Weapons Deals "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Its the holiday season in Washington, and Christmas carolers with bells and funny red hats are everywhere. But CODEPINKs carolers werent interested in decking the halls with boughs of holly on Monday. Instead: nows the time to stop the killing. CODEPINK visited Senate offices against a record-breaking arms deal with Saudi Arabia amid the ongoing Yemeni civil war and deepening proxy conflicts with Iran. Washington and Riyadh concluded the largest arms deal in American history in May, immediately providing the Saudis with billions in combat-ready equipment. Thousands protested the deal in the Yemeni capital, and a Saudi blockade imposed following an attempted missile attack by Houthi rebels stocked fears of a worsening humanitarian crisis.

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Trump saved basketball player from Chinese prison, now he is leaving the country "IndyWatch Feed World"

Suspended UCLA basketball player LiAngelo Ball is going to play in Lithuania after a very public feud between his father Lavar Ball and the president over his role in saving his son and two other players from imprisonment in China.

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Turkey slams 'weak' response of some Arab countries to Trump's Jerusalem move "IndyWatch Feed World"

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has criticized the Muslim countries which failed to show a strong response to Washington's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, accusing them of being afraid of the US. "There was a lot of strong reaction, reaction from the highest level. Some countries, however, have shown a very weak response. It seems that some countries are very timid, since the decision came from that country [the US]," the Minister told NTV broadcaster on Tuesday, adding that such countries were afraid of challenging the US and its "superpower mentality." The remarks came ahead of an extraordinary Summit and Ministerial meetings of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on the Jerusalem issue, scheduled to take place in Istanbul on Wednesday. Several countries, namely Egypt and the United Arab Emirates will send only foreign ministers to the meeting, according to Cavusoglu, while Saudi Arabia and some others still have not decided how they would participate

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En Puebla, chofer de Cabify patea en el pecho a mujer vigilante (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

Tras un mes de reanudar operaciones en Puebla, otro chofer de Cabify caus controversia al ser captado pateando a una mujer hasta tirarla al piso. Regeneracin, 13 de diciembre de 2017.- Cabify tiene apenas un mes de haber reanudado operaciones en Puebla y otro de sus choferes caus controversia al ser captado pateando a una mujer []

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How Baltimore Prosecutors Pursued A Police Shooting Victim "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Victory, the Baltimore States Attorneys Office tweeted in October after Keith Davis Jr. was found guilty of second-degree murder. Keiths wife Kelly and members of the activist group Baltimore Bloc who have been advocating for Davis for years called attention to the language: the SAO, headed by celebrated, purportedly progressive prosecutor Marilyn Mosby, best known for indicting the six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, declared Victory instead of invoking Justice. It was evidence that, in Kelly Davis words, Mosby and the SAO have a vendetta against her husband. Keith Davis Jr.s story begins on June 7, 2015, when he was shot by the Baltimore Police three times near the Park Heights neighborhood in West Baltimore.

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Palestinians have right to east Jerusalem as capital: Saudi king "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP/File | The Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa mosque, a highly contested site at the centre of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, seen in a general view of Jerusalem on December 1, 2017

RIYADH (AFP)  Palestinians have the right to Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem as their capital, Saudi King Salman said Wednesday, echoing calls at an Islamic summit in Istanbul from which he had stayed away.The kingdom has called for a political solution to resolve regional crises, foremost of which is the Palestinian issue and the restoration of the Palestinian peoples legitimate rights, including the right to establish their independent state with east Jerusalem as its capital, the king said.

Salmans address to the kingdoms Consultative Council came as the worlds main pan-Islamic body held an emergency summit in Istanbul in response to last weeks US recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital.

The king renewed his condemnation of President Donald Trumps decision, saying it represents an extreme bias against the rights of the Palestinian people in Jerusalem that have been guaranteed by international resolutions.

At Wednesdays summit, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on the world to recognise east Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine, while Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas warned there could be no peace in the Middle East until such a move was made.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani a Saudi arch foe used his speech to make a thinly veiled jab at Washingtons Arab allies.

Some countries in our region are in cooperation with the United States and the Zionist regime in determining the fate of Palestine, he said.

Jordanian King Abdullah II, Lebanese President Michel Aoun, the emirs of Qatar and Kuwait and the presidents of Afghanistan and Indonesia all joined the summit.

But Saudi Arabia, which hosts the pan-Islamic blocs secretariat, sent only a senior foreign ministry official.


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Leftists Blame Trump For Pornstars Suicide after Leftists Bully Her for Not Doing Shoot with Gay Man "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

I understand if most readers of The Gateway Pundit and other right wing sites arent familiar with August Ames or the controversy surrounding her suicide. After all, porn stars and politics rarely mix. But this is a disturbing tale that shows the true colors of the The Gay Mafia, exposes leftist hypocrisy (nothing new there), and presents about about-face stance for what a woman can and cant do with her own body.

Porn star August Ames was found dead last week of an apparent suicide by hanging herself. She had been bullied to death, literally, by the LGBT community and their supporters. Why? Because Ames didnt want to, ahem, work with a gay male on a porn set.

Here was the tweet that she sent out, two days before she committed suicide.

She faced a relentless assault from bullies, calling her all sorts of names.

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00:00

Mongoose: Bullshit from Little Minds Evidence points to Bitcoin being an NSA-engineered psyop to roll out one-world digital currency "IndyWatch Feed War"

Mongoose

Evidence points to Bitcoin being an NSA-engineered psyop to roll out one-world digital currency

Phi Beta Iota: The headline says it all, read the idiocy direct if you want to waste your time.  Below the fold are slams from John McAfee and Defango. Waiting to hear from William Binney.

John McAfee on the record:

I find it unlikely. Most analyses of Satoshis white paper indicate it was written by one person not a committee. I also personally know the first Bitcoin miner, who is a personal friend of Satoshi.  The miner is a computer Geek, and, allegedly, so is Satoshi. Both are long time members if Anonymous.

Defango on the record:

 

That Article is a Piece of Garbage and this Mike Adams guy doesnt know his ass from his face. Ill break it down

First off Bitcoin was created to fix the double spend problem Digital Cash had in 1993. Maybe years before the Idiot that wrote this said it was created. (1997).

By this logic hes talking about some things that arent connected. The People Behind RSA are the ones that wrote the OG Digital Cash paper Im my opinion and none of them worked for the NSA.

The NSA or CIA or whoever didnt start researching into Digital Cash until 2012 after the creation of bitcoin and the fabled CIA meeting was in 2013

SHA-256 this guy doesnt know what hes talking about and is providing examples for RSA encryptions when Bitcoin used ECC. Which is a completely different animal and created to fix the problems with RSA. Its not the end all but it is a clear problem in this logic.

Hope that helps.

00:00

Emerging trends companies should prepare for in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Todays organizations face a cyber security landscape that is more difficult to navigate than ever before. To shed light on what lies ahead and help businesses better prepare for emerging threats, Experian Data Breach Resolution released its fifth annual Data Breach Industry Forecast with five key predictions for 2018. Our threat landscape is constantly evolving, making it increasingly difficult for businesses to mitigate risk, said Michael Bruemmer, vice president at Experian Data Breach Resolution. Its More

00:00

Climate change tripled chances of Hurricane Harveys record rain "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

When Hurricane Harvey struck Texas on August 25, the state was hit by catastrophic flooding caused by record rainfall. In just three days, up to 40 inches (100cm) of rain fell on Houston and its surrounding towns, leaving 80 dead and more than 100,000 homeless.

Now, scientists have calculated that those record rains were made at least three times more likely by climate change.

The analysis also shows that similarly extreme rainfall could become a further three times more likely to occur by the end of the century, even if global warming is limited to 2C.

If no efforts are made to stop the release of greenhouse gases, rainfall events on the same scale as Hurricane Harveys downpour could become up to ten times more likely by 2100, the research finds.

The research was conducted by scientists at the World Weather Attribution (WWA) project, which aims to assess the role of climate change in recent extreme events, such as droughts, heatwaves and floods.

Human influence

At 10pm on Friday 25 August, the category 4 Hurricane Harvey made landfall near Corpus Christi on the southern coast of Texas. By Saturday, it had arrived in Houston, dumping close to 40 inches of rain by Monday morning.

As news coverage tracked the path of Harvey across Texas, much of the coverage began to question how climate change could have influenced the chances of such a disaster.

Three months on, the new analysis, published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, attempts to address this question. It is what is known as a single event attribution study.

Single event attribution studies attempt to work out to what extent climate change could have...

00:00

Light Camera Founder Explains Delays, Software Bugs, and Slow Data Transfer "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Light has shipped 2,000 of its multi-lens cameras, and says a deal with a cell phone manufacturer is in the works Photo: Light

Light, the company that aims to revolutionize photography by digitally combining the output of dozens of small, low-cost camera modules with plastic lenses to create professional-quality images, started filling pre-orders last July, after about a year of delays.

Reviews, to date, have been less than enthusiastic, dinging the device on its low light performance, slow transfer rates, focusing issues, and spotty resolution with artifacts. The company promises, however, that these problems are solvableand will be fixed quickly.

I checked in with Light founder and CTO Rajiv Laroia for the details. (For more on the cameras development, read this article that Laroia wrote for IEEE Spectrum in October 2016.)

Light founder Rajiv Laroia Photo: Light Rajiv Laroia is the founder and CTO of Light. 

It is minimally viable, Laroia said of the current version, called the Light L16, and pre-order customers were told that the company had work to do before finalizing their orders. You can take pictures, he said, but it may be frustrating because we are refining the software. We gave the pre-order people an option to get the camera now and help us improve it, or to press a pause button on their purchase until it is good enough for them.

Some 2,000 customers opted to go through with their purchases since the camera started shipping in July, and all have received their cameras. Next year, Laroia predicts, tens of thousands of cameras will ship to customers. And he expects that the 120-person company will soon announce a deal with a manufacturer to integrate the technology into cell phones, which has been Lights goal from the beginning.

The Light camera takes incredible pictures when everything goes right, Laroia says. That happens more and more...

Wednesday, 13 December

23:58

The documentary must not be allowed to die "IndyWatch Feed World"

I first understood the power of the documentary during the editing of my first film, The Quiet Mutiny. In the commentary, I make reference to a chicken, which my crew and I encountered while on patrol with American soldiers in Vietnam. "It must be a Vietcong chicken - a communist chicken," said the sergeant. He wrote in his report: "enemy sighted". The chicken moment seemed to underline the farce of the war - so I included it in the film. That may have been unwise.

23:57

U.S., Japan Express Concern Over Chinas Interest in Saudi Oil Giant "IndyWatch Feed War"

Officials urge international offering for Aramco, rather than selling a stake to Beijing, which they fear would boost its standing in Middle East

Dec. 13, 2017 5:30 a.m. ET

The U.S. and Japan have urged Saudi Arabia to pursue an international listing for oil giant Aramco, fearing the possible sale of a stake to China would give Beijing too much sway in the Middle East, people familiar with the matter said.

Saudi Arabian Oil Co., or Aramco, was slated to become the worlds largest-ever public offering, with a domestic and international listing next year. More recently, Riyadh has instead considered selling a private placement to a Chinese consortium of state-held entities, people familiar with the matter said.

U.S. and Japanese concerns come amid increased tensions in the region, where Saudi Arabia and its allies are facing off against Iran and Riyadh is dealing with domestic political turbulence.

The U.S. is concerned that a Chinese stake in Aramco would create a close bond between Beijing and Riyadh, a longstanding American ally, by cementing Chinas status as a big and steady consumer of Saudi Arabian oil, one of the people familiar with the matter said.

China is the worlds top oil importer and is looking to secure a steady supply of crude as its economy continues to race ahead. Aramco holds around 16% of the worlds proven crude reserves and is one of the biggest oil exporters.

For Tokyo, any move that could potentially give China preferential access to Saudi Arabian oil is alarming, given Japans dependence on that crude for more than a third of its supply, another person familiar with the matter said.

China will have a little...

23:57

Disbelief as Boston Globe confirms median net worth of black Bostonians is $8 "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Boston Globe had to explain there were no typographical errors in its report about Boston's black community. Readers contacted the paper after it reported the median net worth of African-American households in the Boston area is a paltry $8. The Boston Globe's Spotlight investigation team cited the statistic in its first installment of a series focusing on Boston's black community and the city's reputation as one of the most racist urban regions in America. Sandwiched between other realities facing African-Americans living in the periphery of Massachusetts' capital, the eyebrow-raising statistic left many readers wondering if the number was a typo, prompting the Boston Globe to write a follow-up article the next day, on December 11, titled: "That was no typo: The median net worth of black Bostonians really is $8."

23:50

Could Central Banks Dump Gold in Favor of Bitcoin? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Could Central Banks Dump Gold in Favor of Bitcoin? by Charles Hugh Smith Of Two Minds All of which brings us to the crazy idea of backing fiat currencies with cryptocurrencies, an idea I first floated back in 2013,...

The post Could Central Banks Dump Gold in Favor of Bitcoin? appeared first on The Daily Coin.

23:49

'F TRUMP': Infamous Strzok texts emerge calling Trump 'loathsome human,' 'an idiot' "IndyWatch Feed World"

Text messages between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page in 2016 that were obtained by Fox News on Tuesday refer to then-candidate Donald Trump as a "loathsome human" and "an idiot." More than 10,000 texts between Strzok and Page were being reviewed by the Justice Department after Strzok was removed from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe after it was revealed that some of them contained anti-Trump content. The messages were sent during the 2016 campaign and contain discussions about various candidates. On March 2, Strzok texted Page that someone "asked me who I'd vote for, guessed [Ohio Gov. John] Kasich."

23:48

We believed our cleric: Kids contract polio after Muslim clerics say vaccination is un-Islamic "IndyWatch Feed War"

A Pakistani Muslim cleric has said that polio vaccinations are un-Islamic. And such extremist clerics are not just in Pakistan: in Nigeria, a Muslim cleric was arrested for playing a role in sparking the murders of polio workers. We Believed Our Cleric: Pakistani Polio Victims Regretful Father Urges Others To Use Vaccine, by Ron Synovitz []

23:48

Video surfaces showing killer cop Philip Brailsford beating up teens months before he murdered Daniel Shaver "IndyWatch Feed World"

Arizona police officer Philip Brailsford became known on the internet after he was caught on video shooting and killing pest control worker Daniel Shaver. However, before Brailsford was acquitted of murdering Shaver-who was innocent and unarmed-he reportedly had a history of violent behavior. In January 2016, police arrived at the hotel Shaver was staying in after someone claimed they saw a man with a rifle. While Shaver did have a gun in his room, it was a pellet gun using in his business of pest control. Last week, a jury found Brailsford not guilty in Shaver's homicide. However, there are still members of the public who do not believe he is innocent, and they are determined to prove Brailsford's true character.

23:45

Berto Jongman: ISIS Weapons Traced to USA "IndyWatch Feed War"

Berto Jongman

Exclusive: Tracing ISIS Weapons Supply ChainBack to the US

Most next-generation terrorism and future-of-war scenarios focus on artificial intelligence, drones, and self-driving car bombs. But those are, at best, only half the story, projecting white-collar Americas fears of all the possible dystopian uses of emerging technology. The other, and potentially more worrisome, half lies in the blue-collar technicians of ISIS. They have already shown they can produce a nation-states worth of weapons, and their manufacturing process will only become easier with the growth of 3-D printing.

23:43

Bleichenbachers Oracle Attack rediscovered after 19 years "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

A famous 19 year old vulnerability known as Bleichenbachers Oracle attack has been rediscovered in RSA encryption system to give man-in-middle access to encrypted messages. The ROBOT attacks rediscovery was analysed and researched by Hanno Bck, Juraj Somorovsky of Ruhr-Universitat Bochum/Hackmanit GmbH, and Craig Young of Tripwire VERT. They have given detailed explanations of this

The post Bleichenbachers Oracle Attack rediscovered after 19 years appeared first on Hacker News Bulletin | Find the Latest Hackers News.

23:42

Poll Results: Should Radical Islam Be Criminalized? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Islamic State foreign fightersIslamic State fighters (Photo: ISIS Propaganda video)

earlier this week we asked if you think radical Islam should be criminalized?

We posed the question after we heard of such a law being proposed in Bulgaria designed to weed out radical Islam and its promoters in their country.

The law would criminalize the promotion of radical Islam, including the advocating for violent jihad, a caliphate or sharia law.

The law would also make criminal promoting any ideology of violence or the replacement of the nations laws or constitution. It would also outlaw the forcible application of religious principles, promoting a [violent] sacred war against non-Muslims and agitating for the creation of an Islamic State [i.e., caliphate].

Here are the results of our poll in which we asked you: Should the U.S. criminalize the promotion of radical Islam? Some of you comments follow.

  • 91.6 percent said: Yes, promotion of an ideology that advocates the replacement of the U.S. Constitution with sharia law is treason.
  • 5.7 percent said: Only if the promotion of radical Islam includes advocating violent jihad.
  • 2.7 percent said: No, until violence is committed, the promotion of radical Islam is protected under the constitutionally guaranteed right of free speech.

Comments

No otherwise illegal activity ever becomes OK because it is yoked to religion (i.e. child rape, cannibalism). Period.

This would help protect moderate Muslims who denounce theocracy and live in peace in our country and other western nations.

Radical Islam is no different from gang warfare and the law should try to eliminate such antisocial behavior.

The UN should have declared radical Islam and its various components on a list (including Al-Qaeda, Taliban, the Muslim Brotherhood, etc.) of criminal enterprises that commit crimes against humanity and not only terrorist organizations. So yes, the USA should lead the way because the UN hasnt enough morality left to lead anyone.

Any person who advocates a violent war (Jihad) against people of other faiths and replace the constitional liberties of the United States with Sharia law ought to face the full brunt of such a law.

Immigrants who want to relocate must honor and pledge allegiance to the host country....

23:39

Nigel Farage says Brexit will have to be fought all over again "IndyWatch Feed War"

Nigel Farage told MEPs that Britain will effectively, once transition is granted, have left the EU at the end of March 2019 in name only

Brexit will have to be fought all over again after the great deception of a transition deal pushing back the date of the UK-EU divorce, Nigel Farage said today in a fiery debate in the European Parliament.

MEPs in Strasbourg were debating ahead of Fridays Brussels summit, where EU leaders will formally agree that Britain can move on to trade and transition talks after making sufficient progress on the financial settlement, citizens rights and Ireland.

Theresa May asked for a transition deal of about two years in her Florence speech, which would mean Britain would not leave the EU until 2021. During that time it is expected Britain will pay into the EU Budget and observe EU law but lose its voting rights.

I fear Brexit at some point in the future will need to be refought all over again, said Nigel Farage, an MEP and former leader of the UK Independence Party.

We will effectively,

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23:38

Reconsidering the radical feminist slogan "The personal is political" "IndyWatch Feed World"

"The personal is political" is a slogan that has been around for a long time, used especially though not exclusively by radical feminists. In practice it has served as an exhortation that people make ideology the sole dimension of their personal identity, that they set aside all other bases on which to evaluate their relations with other people and order their conduct even in their most intimate dealings with others. (Here is a recent example so perfect it seems like a caricature.) To carry on one's life in accordance with such an exhortation is a recipe for endless misery. The misery comes from the entailed sacrifice of the countless opportunities for connecting fruitfully with others through, for example, family relations, friendships, comradeship, and partnerships based on non-ideological commonalities such as neighborhood, shared artistic appreciation, and participation in team efforts in sports and other activities.

23:36

US Security Head Singles Out Brotherhood as Grave Threat "IndyWatch Feed War"

Muslim Brotherhood supporters in JordanMuslim Brotherhood supporters in Jordan (Photo: AWAD AWAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Declaring the ideology of radical Islam an obvious and grave threat to all civilized people, U.S. National Security Adviser General H.R. McMaster singled out the Muslim Brotherhood and its brand of political Islam as a specific threat.

McMaster made the remarks in a speech at Policy Exchange in Washington, D.C. where he spoke alongside his British counterpart Mark Sedwill.

While acknowledging not all Muslim Brotherhood groups are alike, McMaster mentioned two particularly dangerous branches of the Brotherhood those in Turkey and Egypt where the Brotherhood controls powerful political parties.

In Egypt, McMaster noted how the Brotherhood took advantage of the power vacuum created by the

National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster answers questions during a press briefing at the White HouseNational Security Advisor H.R. McMaster answers questions during a press briefing at the White House. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images...

23:34

1000s of desperate Ukrainians rally in Kiev to support corrupt political animal Saakashvili, demand Poroshenko's impeachment "IndyWatch Feed World"

Thousands of protesters marched through the streets of Kiev to demand the impeachment of President Petro Poroshenko, as well as the release of former Georgian president turned Ukrainian opposition leader, Mikhail Saakashvili. Chanting "Free Misha!" and "Poroshenko should resign!", the protesters made their way to the Maidan square of the capital, scene of the 2013-14 unrest which brought about the coup and subsequently the civil war in the east. Among the demonstrators was Saakashvili's wife, Sandra Roelofs. "They have already crossed the red line," Roelofs told the crowd. "You don't need to put your opponents in jail, no. You need to show that you too can make reforms, that you too want what's good for the people. But we do not see this. So get up, Kiev, Ukraine, get up!" In a post on Facebook, the Movement of New Forces - the political party headed by Saakashvili - claimed some fifty thousand Ukrainians attended the rally. Police, though, put the figure closer to 2,500, while the UNIAN news agency reported 2,000 supporters.

23:31

The maternal state in America "IndyWatch Feed World"

In the late nineteenth century, many Americans took pride in living in a country that boasted so much freedom. In describing their society and polity, they often contrasted them with what they called paternalism, which they believed was the rule in certain European countries, such as Germany, where a proto-welfare state began to be developed as early as the 1880s and became a beacon for Americans who disliked the high degree of personal freedom in the USA and wished to replace it with various forms of government dictation and direct participation. So, in the late nineteenth century, despite the prevailing embrace of freedom, a growing group Americans set out, slowly and haltingly at first, to put their own forms of paternalism in place, beginning with campaigns against alcohol and tobacco, proceeding to mandatory-school-attendance, anti-child-labor, and women's working-hours laws, and continuing until today, when governments seek to prohibit even forms of speech that some people dislike and perceive as harmful and to punish parents for letting children get out of their sight even in safe circumstances. Compared to the German paternalism of a century or more ago, the American paternalism of today extends much more broadly and deeply into social and political life, and its march shows no sign of losing momentum.

23:31

Evolution of outcrossing and selfing "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Sex is costly. You could die trying to find a mate. Your mate could kill you, or give you a disease. You could be unable to find a mate in the first place, in which case youd be better off if you could reproduce asexually. Even without those risks, though, even in a simple genetic simulation, sexual reproduction means you only pass on half of your genes to your offspring.

So why do it? We know that its possible to reproduce without sex; lots of things do. Its not just bacteria and protists, either: asexual reproduction occurs in some plants, insects, snails, amphibians, and reptiles, among many others. The logic of natural selection suggests that sex must confer some benefit that outweighs all the costs, at least in some situations. Essentially all of the proposed benefits of sex have to do with outcrossing, or mixing your genes with those of another, genetically distinct, individual.

Nevertheless, a lot of things that reproduce sexually do so without outcrossing. This is especially common in plants, where its called self-pollination or just selfing. Selfing is thought to provide short-term advantages relative to outcrossingbasically by avoiding the costs Ive listed above. However, selfing also doesnt provide most of the benefits associated with sex, so its thought to be a bad strategy in the long term. This leads to selfing being thought of as a dead-end strategy: the short-term advantages make it unlikely that a selfing species will return to outcrossing, and the reduced genetic variation produced by selfing make diversification less likely.

Erik Hanschen and colleagues have tested these predictions in the volvocine algae (Im among the colleagues, as are John Wiens, Hisayoshi Nozaki, and Rick Michod): do selfing species ever return to outcrossing, and do they have a lower rate of diversification than outcrossing species? Both mating systems exist within the volvocine algae, and so they make a good test case. Roughly speaking, the term heterothallic refers to outcrossing species and homothallic to selfing species:

Hanschen et al. Fig. 1

Figure 1 from Hanschen et al. 2017. Diversity of mating systems in the volvocine green algae and their respective life cycles. (A) In outcrossing (heterothallic) species, distinct genotypes (male on left and female on right) sexually differentiate producing either eggs or sperm. A diploid zygospore (red) is produced after fertilization. Sexual offspring hatch a...

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23:30

Whitepaper: Top 20 cyber attacks on ICS "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The technique for evaluating the risk of cyber-sabotage of industrial processes are well understood by those skilled in the art. Essentially, such risk assessments evaluate a typically large inventory of possible cyber attacks against the cyber-physical system in question, and render a verdict. Communicating the verdict to business decision-makers who are not familiar with cyber-security minutia is more difficult, especially for the low-frequency, high-impact (LFHI) type of attacks for which there is little statistical data. More

23:30

College enlists Care Bears to comfort stressed-out students "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Good grief. Any wonder why millennials dont want to be called snowflakes? From Campus Reform: A dorm display at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst is using Care Bears to help students who feel grumpy or stressed. Feeling grumpy or stressed? Let Continue reading

23:30

Phil Kennedy: No Bitcoin/Litecoin/Crypto Bubble Until Total Crypto Market Cap in the Trillions? (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Phil Kennedy: No Bitcoin/Litecoin/Crypto Bubble Until Total Crypto Market Cap in the Trillions? Video Wall St for Main St Jason Burack of Wall St for Main St interviewed returning guest, Phil Kennedy https://www.philipkennedy.com/. Besides being a certified fraud examiner,...

The post Phil Kennedy: No Bitcoin/Litecoin/Crypto Bubble Until Total Crypto Market Cap in the Trillions? (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

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.

Trump Report Card Below the Fold

23:27

A Victory for a Night, a Loss for the Future "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Doug Jones' win over the odious Roy Moore is good news, yes, but the particulars of the race bode ill for the health of our two-party system.

23:26

Thank You Alabama! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Let's all pause for a moment and give the good people of Alabama a huge thank you for doing the right thing.

23:24

Bizarre sight as hundreds of birds found dead on a road in northern Sweden "IndyWatch Feed World"

Translated by Sott.net A bizarre sight hit Mikael Lind from rnskldsvik. Hundreds of gray birds suddenly died in the middle of the road. "It was surreal," he told SVT News. He was headed towards Gottne in November when he saw the birds just lying there in the middle of the road, over an estimated 25 meter stretch. "At first I thought it was rocks or gravel, so I slowed down to around 50 kph, but the closer I came, it turned out to be birds. But they did not move so some of the birds were picked up by the car and got stuck in the grill," he says. He then stopped to examine the absurd view more closely.

23:22

Russia rebukes US, Japan and South Korea for sowing "regional instability" as military drills begin "IndyWatch Feed World"

The latest round of military drills involving the US, Japan and South Korea began their latest set of tracking drills on Monday, DW reported, citing sources in the South Korean military. The drills - which are meant for "practicing tracking an object and sharing information on it among the three countries" - were being held in waters off the coast of Japan, according to Japan's Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera. The US and its regional allies are stepping up their military drills in response to North Korea's decision to test-launch the Hwasong-15, a new ICBM that US intelligence believes has the capacity to strike Washington, DC, as well as nearly any other part of the US - though the degree of accuracy remains questionable. In response to drills held last week, North Korea warned that it is "ready for nuclear war" with the US. Though its threats have long rung hollow, US, South Korean and Japanese intelligence officials say that the North might soon attain the ability to load a nuclear warhead on its newest ICBM, which would enable it to launch a nuclear strike - or possibly an equally devastating EMP attack.

23:21

Trey Gowdy rejects call to investigate Trump's alleged sexual misconduct, says its a job for the police "IndyWatch Feed World"

House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy said Tuesday he would not launch an investigation into sexual harassment and assault allegations against President Trump, saying it's the job of the police and prosecutors to investigate crimes. He said the alleged crimes involve state law and should be referred to the Justice Department, but acknowledged the Justice Department doesn't have jurisdiction over violations of state law. "Allegations brought for now or in the future that, while serious, do not allege violations of specific criminal statutes, should be referred to the Judiciary Committee, which has jurisdiction over allegations related to fitness for office and non-criminal matters," Mr. Gowdy said in his letter addressed to the Democratic Women's Working Group.

23:19

Roy Moore Is A Lesson On The Folly Of Angry Populism "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

They told me I should keep my elite media nose out of it and let the voters in Alabama decide for themselves whether to elect Roy Moore as their next senator. Well, alright then. The voters decided, and they elected a Democrat. In Alabama. I think thats a pretty definitive judgment about the merits of Moore as a candidate.

The obvious lesson here is that angry populism fueled by resentment against the bogeyman of supposed elites is not the basis for a political party or movement. Even before the allegations that as a grown man Moore used to troll the malls for teenage girls to date, it was pretty obvious that he was trouble. He has always been a grandstanding attention addict who likes to shoot off his mouth without thinking first.

More to the point, he thrived by pandering to the deplorables whom normal candidates wisely choose not to pander to. Moore pandered to those who like to engage in Confederate nostalgia, to those who want to return to the persecution of homosexuals, to those who fantasize about imposing a religious test for public office.

When called to account for these views, he follows the angry populist playbook Donald Trump established: call it all fake news and campaign against the media and the elites. Its the perfect way never to be held responsible for your own statements and actions. Everything is always a conspiracy by those corrupt insiders in Washington DC to foist their will on the decent, God-fearing folk out here in the heartland. Its a formula that covers a multitude of sins.

Until it doesnt. No one could have predicted specifically that Moore would end up having a history of showing creepy sexual interest in teenage girls back when he was a district attorneythough this was apparently whispered about in some political circles in Alabama. What we could have predicted is that he is the kind of personality that is a constant source of random political embarrassment. To be sure, Alabama leans so far toward the Republicans these days that Moore could have gotten away with lesser embarrassments. But his thing for teen girls turned out to be a fatal character flaw for a man who had built his reputation on being holier than thou.

Yet Moore doubled down on the playbook: blame the media, blame the establishment, blame Mitch McConnell. Count on your core supporters to be so eaten from within by hatred for Democrats, RINOs, and the fake news media that they will automatically dismiss anything bad that is said about you and vote you into office just to poke a finger in the eye of the imagined...

23:19

Instead Of Taxing Endowments, Congress Should Slash College Subsidies "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The House and Senate tax bills ignited a mini controversy over proposing to tax at 1.4 percent the annual income from college endowments worth $250,000 per student or more for colleges of at least 500 students.

An endowment is like a retirement account: a pot of economic investments expected to generate annual returns that fund college programs and scholarships. An endowment at $250,000 per student at a 5 percent average annual rate of return would generate $12,500 per student per year. Approximately 65 colleges fit the criteria for this new tax should it become law (heres a list).

A late amendment to the Senate bill would apply the tax only to colleges with assets of $500,000 per student, approximately 30 higher education institutions. That level of assets with a 5 percent rate of return generates $25,000 per student per year, or about enough to cover half a students tuition costs at a typical private college.

Theres No Real Good Justification for This Carveout

Yet its not exactly clear why the tax bills contain this provision, as part of the justification for tax reform at all is simplifying the tax code and eliminating carveouts aimed at select groups decided by narrow political preferences. By this principle, if there are changes to investment taxes they should apply to all investment income for all endowments, trust funds, retirement accounts, and the like, or none at all.

If the goal is to soak the rich, its not only unjust to target those who take more care to provide for their own students and long-term stability, its class warfare, which is built upon a foundation of envy and therefore despicable. It could be, as Tim Carney suggests, motivated by culture war politics; but conservatives shouldnt use tax law to target the other sides institutions, because a war between the Leviathan State and the institutions of civil society is a war that conservatives automatically lose.

If the goal is to pay for some of the tax cuts elsewhere in the bill, that could be done much more fairly, with better profit for students and Americans, and with bigger savings to taxpayers by instead cutting federal college sub...

23:19

The #MeToo Movement Is Destroying Trust Between Men And Women "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

How do people from different walks of life, diverse experiences, and varied points of view live together peacefully within a civil society? What is the main ingredient necessary for democracy to thrive? It can be boiled down to one word: trust. Civil society is built on relationships, friendships, and associations that foster confidence in ones fellow man or woman.

Freedom and community flourish in a culture of trust, and were losing it. This has been happening for some time. We see it across the American landscape in varying degrees. The poor dont trust the rich. Blacks dont trust whites. Populists dont trust the elites. Voters dont trust politicians. Teachers dont trust parents. Citizens dont trust the media. Democrats dont trust Republicansand vice versa.

We experience so much distrust that were numb to it; we even expect it, and often we thoughtlessly feed it. After all, we dont think the distrust being bred out there in politics and social media affects us in our daily lives. But it does, and its increasing, expanding. Like a disease, its now infecting our most foundational relationship as a people, the building block of a free, civil societythe relationship between men and women.

Demonizing Men Undermines Both Sexes

The breakdown of trust between the sexes is the tragic legacy of the modern feminist movement, but it has taken on a new fervor with the #MeToo campaign and the growing accusation that masculinity is vile, toxic, and inherently predatorial. Fear of men is legitimized, as accusation is treated as fact. Men are seen as the enemy, an embodied deviance that must be remolded into the image of a woman. Their sexuality is assumed to be naturally brutal, a threat to be controlled and reduced for the individual man to be considered safe.

While womens willingness to hold men accountable for criminal sexual behavior is to be applauded, the scorched-earth approach we are seeing today is destructive because it undermines trust. When anything from a naive touch during a photo shoot to an innocent attempt at a kiss is compared to rape and sexual abuse, we are not healing society but infecting relationships with the poison of distrust.

Whether its in the workplace, church, or home, the interaction between a man and a woman is unique and primary to all other relationships. When a breakdown of trust happens there, when fear of the other sex becomes generalized, society simply cant thrive.

Essential to the relationship between men and women is the sexual dynamic. For trust to flourish, this reality cant denied, and it must be handled with respect, care, and honesty. It cant be shut down. It cant be abused, and one part of the polaritywhether its masculine or femininecannot be labeled toxic, brutal, or evil (as was done in the past by certain totali...

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Here's what Muslim leaders said at the emergency summit on Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said that the US had a role in peace talks 'no more'

23:18

The 9 Worst Kinds Of Hilariously Trendy Church Names "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Christian satire site Babylon Bee recently skewered the growing trend of trendy church names. Forget words like Faith, Bible, Church, orheaven forbidthe name of your denomination, they advised. Dont go with a name that gives visitors information about your church, said imaginary consultants. Go with a name you can market.

I had a good laugh, but it got me thinking. What if I compiled my own list of the most cringe-worthy actual church names? So I conducted an informal social media survey, and was overwhelmed by the responses. For your convenience, Ive pared down the list (really, I did!) and broken these church names (all of which Ive checked, and all of which are real) into nine handy categories.

Understand that I count all of you who belong to these, ahem, creatively named churches as brethren and sistren, so please, no angry emails. Were all in this together, and whats life if you cant laugh at yourself? Without further ado, here are the nine types of trendy, new church names.

1. Just Random Words

These led me to suspect the branding agencies or committees in charge of renaming, say, First Baptist Church of Springfield, or Pleasant Grove Presbyterian simply wrote nouns and verbs on slips of paper, threw them into a hat, and named their church according to whatever one or two words the senior pastor pulled out.

They include such oddities as, City, City Hope, Cornerstone, Create Church, Destiny City Church, Dream City Church, Intersect Church, Elevate Church, Elevate Life Church, Lifebridge Church, The Compass Church, Reality Church, and Rise.

Some names made me wonder if a deacons kid selected them while looking out the window during a road trip. Among them were Red Door, The Branch, The Harbor, The House, The Journey, The Orchard, The Painted Door, and The River.

2. The Grocery Store Romance Novel

These subtle-yet-sentimental congregational cognomens irresistibly evoke the titles of paperbacks in the supermarket checkout aisle aimed at middle-aged momsbooks whose covers feature brawny, classically masculine men with their heads cropped off, holding breathless, bonnet-clad women in front of an idyllic vista that hints at the traditional mores holding back their achingly unconsummated love.

The best included, Burning Hearts, Door of Hope, Epiphany Station, Liberating Spirit, Mercy Road, New Horizons, Passion, Second Chance Church, Shepherd of the Prairie, The Nest of Love, The Refuge, and Word Aflame.

3. The Gated Community

For Christians, church can offer a sense of place. Its where a body of local believer...

23:18

Repealing The Mandate Doesnt Fix Obamacare. Its The Regulations, Stupid "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

As Congress considers repealing Obamacares individual mandate as part of tax reform, some conservatives believe doing so would fulfill [Republicans] promise to the American people by return[ing] personal decisions about health care choices to patients.

In reality, however, repealing only the mandate would accomplish little of the former, and virtually none of the latter. For this conservative, at least, the answer to what would fulfill Republicans promise echoes James Carville: At its core, an Obamacare repeal is about the regulations, stupid.

To be sure, repealing the individual mandate would alleviate a regressive tax on the poor, and create revenue to provide tax relief elsewhere. But, as a lawyer familiar with courtroom rules of evidence might say, repealing the mandate alone focuses solely on pruning back the fruit of the poisonous tree, rather than attacking that poisonous trees roots.

We Dont Want to Own the Consequences of Our Policies

In 2009, Democrats probably didnt want to subject themselves to attacks for spending trillions of dollars on new entitlements. They didnt want to take the political hit for raising taxes and reducing Medicare spending to pay for those entitlements. Also, Democratsnot least Barack Mandate to Buy a House Obama, who ran against the mandate in the 2008 presidential primariescertainly didnt want to require individuals to purchase government-mandated insurance.

But they realized that imposing unprecedented federal regulations on insurers would raise premiums, necessitating requirements on employers to offer, and individuals to purchase, that costlier coverage, higher spending on subsidies to make that more expensive coverage affordable, and new taxes to pay for that higher spending.

By contrast, repealing only the mandate would do nothing to restore health-care freedom, or return health care choices to patients. While Americans would not face taxes for not buying coverage they may not want, need, or afford, they would have no greater or lesser ability to buy coverage they do want and can afford than they did in the first place, because all of Obamacares regulations would remain in place.

Moreover, repealing the mandate alone could allow Republicans to walk away from their promise to repeal Obamacare root and branch, because many seemed disinclined to dismant...

23:18

"IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The investigation of Russias meddling in the U.S. election has been going on for almost a year now. Its scope and objectives seem to expand daily. It has consumed the majority of our attention and resources.

In the meantime, another country has more subtly and expensively wielded its soft power on U.S. soil. That country is China. Unlike Russia, the Chinese government has a different set of objectives: it wants to use its influence to quiet critics of its authoritarian regime and its policies on human rights and international affairs. By controlling discussions and shaping public opinion in America, China hopes to export its authoritarian ways globally with little resistance.

Fortunately, Chinas interference in the United States didnt go unnoticed. This Wednesday, the Congressional Executive Commission on China, chaired by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), will host a public hearing, titled The Long Arm of China: Exporting Authoritarianism with Chinese Characteristics. Such a hearing is long overdue, because Attempts by the Chinese government to guide, buy, or coerce political influence and control discussion of sensitive topics are pervasive, and pose serious challenges in the United States and globally.

Some Countries Have Fallen to Chinas Interference

Chinas interference on foreign soil usually involves several means. One is using technology to obtain political, economic, and even personal information to its advantage. For example, the German intelligence agency (BfV) disclosed  Monday morning that Chinese intelligence used fake profiles on LinkedIn, a networking site, to target at least 10,000 Germans, many government officials and politicians. According to BfV, the Chinese objective is to gather information on these Germans and even possibly turn some as informants.

Three years ago, two U.S. government databases, which contain personnel records and security-clearance files on about 22 million Americans, were hacked. It was one of the worst cyber intrusions in U.S. history, and officials said they traced the hack to the Chinese government.

No country has suffered more than Australia. Australias domestic spy chief Duncan Lewis alerted Parliament that Chinas interference in Australia was occurring on an unprecedented scale. The Sydney Morning Herald filed a...

23:18

Why Even Non-Catholics Can Appreciate Our Lady Of Guadalupe "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

December 12 is the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, an event commemorated in the Catholic Church marking three days in 1531 when Mary supposedly appeared to Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin, a poor Aztec peasant, in Mexico.

Most Americans knowledge of Our Lady of Guadalupe probably extends to recognizing the famous image of Mary, often found in the homes and businesses of many Mexican-Americans. Indeed, Mexicans often display the image on their cars, clothing, and even on their bodies vis-a-vis tattoos.

That image, and the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe, may seem like a parochial element of Mexican culture of little interest to broader America. Yet it is a thoroughly American story, one with a message of faith, hope, and love not only for Catholics, but for all Christians and even non-Christians, as well.

What Reportedly Happened

The story of Our Lady of Guadalupe begins in Mexico in December, 1531. The colony formerly the great empire of the Aztecs had only been in the hands of the Spaniards for ten years. The vast majority of the inhabitants, including Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin, were Aztecs, a small number of whom, like Juan Diego, had converted to Christianity.

On December 9, 1531, a maiden dressed in traditional Aztec clothing and speaking Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs, appeared to Juan Diego at a place called the Hill of Tepeyac. She identified herself as Mary and requested a church be built at the site in her honor.

Juan Diego appealed to the archbishop of Mexico City, Fray Juan de Zumrraga, and related the story. The bishop, unsurprisingly, did not believe him. Later that day, Mary reportedly appeared to Juan Diego again, and urged him to continue to entreat the archbishops aid.

The next day, Juan Diego again sought out the archbishop, who instructed the peasant to return to Tepeyac Hill and petition the lady for a miraculous sign to prove her identity. Diego promptly returned to Tepeyac, and encountered the maiden yet again, and reported the request for a sign. The maiden consented to provide one the following day, December 11.

The next day, however, learning of a desperately ill uncle, Juan attempted to avoid the maiden in his rush to find a priest to say last rites. The woman confronted Juan on his alternative route, told him his uncle would be healed, and instructed him to gather flowers from the top of Tepeyac, a hill typically barren, especially in December. Juan obeyed, and found blooming there Castilian roses, a species foreign to Mexico.

The woman arranged the flowers in Juans tilma, or cloak, and Juan Diego headed off to see the archbishop. When he reached him, he opened his cloak, the flowers fell to the floor, and prominently displayed on the fabric was the image of the Virgin of Guad...

23:17

Fusion GPS Paid Top DOJ Officials Wife To Dig Up Dirt On Trump "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Court documents reveal the opposition research firm that put together a dossier filled with wild, unsubstantiated claims about Donald Trump hired the spouse of a newly demoted Justice Department official to dig up dirt on Trump.

Glenn Simpson, co-founder of Fusion GPS the infamous firm behind the dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele stated in a court declaration that his firm hired Nellie H. Ohr as a subcontractor to help with research and analysis of Mr. Trump, according to Chuck Ross at The Daily Caller. Nellie H. Ohr is married to Bruce G. Ohr, who was associate deputy attorney general at the DOJ until he was recently demoted.

The timing of Bruce Ohrs demotion is curious, as he retained his status as a top DOJ official until just before Fox News broke the story about his wifes role at Fusion GPS and his own secret meetings with Steele and Simpson in 2016.

CNN has reported that the FBI used the Steele dossier as a justification to wiretap a Trump associate, Carter Page. Last week, news broke that Peter Strzok, a top FBI official who was involved in the ongoing probe into whether Trump or his associates colluded with Russian officials to steal the 2016 election from Hillary Clinton, was dismissed after it was discovered he had exhibited an anti-Trump bias. Strzok was demoted last July for text messages railing against Trump that he sent to a woman he was allegedly having an affair with. You can read some of these text messages here.

In one such text message, Strzok makes an apparent reference to Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, CNN reported. 

I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andys office an apparent reference to Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe that theres no way he gets elected but Im afraid we cant take that risk. Its like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before youre 40 . . . . Page does not appear to have responded, according to records reviewed by CNN.

McCabe was scheduled to testify before House intelligence committee members on Tuesday about the o...

23:17

Trump Administration To Reconsider Race-Based Special Education Quotas "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Today the Trump administration plans to suspend last-minute Obama-era regulations that required states to set quotas for special-education services based on race, known as the significant disproportionality rule. Although the regulations became binding two days before the end of the Obama administration, they have not yet affected children because they required data collection and paper-pushing that states were to have completed this coming July. Thats a good thing, because if the rule went into effect its biggest victims were likely those who dont need any more disadvantages: minority special-needs kids.

The initial rule was based on data showing African-American children are more likely to be identified as needing special education services than are kids from other racial groups, said Max Eden, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute who studies education policy. The Obama administration just assumed the reason for that was institutional racism, then rushed to force states to administer special-needs services according to race. If the feds found significant disproportionality a term federal law does not define among the percentages of kids of each race given special-education services, districts could have parts of their federal special education funding redirected.

The goal was to ensure equality, but according to a largely arbitrary standard how much does anyone know about whether a kid needs special education just by knowing his or her race? Basically nothing. Saying it does is to engage in negative racial stereotyping.

Rather than putting a childs individual needs first, under this system states and therefore schools would be pushed to assign kids special-education services such as tutoring or therapy based at least partly on the students race. The policy theory parallels Obama administration school discipline race quotas that left educators across the country decrying a rash of violence and other disruptive behavior especially inside schools and districts with higher minority populations.

Also, new research Eden thinks is of better quality has found that minority children are, on average, more likely to have their potential special needs ignored, rather than overidentified. In other words, at least for some kids, the problem is not that they are too often designated special needs, its that they are not designated such not enough. The key difference is, again, whether the individual child is in need of those additional services or not. Thats, again, not something his or her race can tell you, nor can the percentage of other kids in his or her state of the same race needing...

23:17

7 Things To Know About The Supreme Courts Refusal To Consider Adding Sexual Politics To Employment Law "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Monday, the Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals on whether sexual orientation discrimination is illegal under Title VII.

In a 2-1 decision, the appellate court held in Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital that the plaintiff, Jameka Evans, a former security guard for the defendant hospital, could not sue her former employer for sexual orientation discrimination because sex as used in the federal civil rights law does not mean sexual orientation.

Here are seven quick take-aways from the case and the Supreme Courts denial of review.

1. We Dont Know the Facts Yet

Initially, it is important to recognize that the district court and appellate court dismissed Evans case early on, before any evidence was presented, and that in answering the legal question of whether sexual orientation discrimination is illegal under federal employment discrimination law, the courts assumed Evans allegations were true.

Thus, while Evans claims her employer discriminated against her and harassed her because of her sexual orientation, that may not be the case.

2. The Eleventh Circuit Already Decided the IssueIn 1979

Another preliminary, but significant, point: The appellate court rejected Evans claim of sexual orientation discrimination based solely on circuit precedent. The two-judge majority did not analyze the issue anew, but instead concluded [o]ur binding precedent forecloses such an action, based on the Eleventh Circuits prior precedent rule.

That rule requires the presiding panels (which consists of three judges) to follow prior circuit precedent unless and until it is overruled by this court en banc or by the Supreme Court. (En banc review occurs when all active judgesthere are 12 in the Eleventh Circuitdecide a case as a whole.) In this case, the Eleventh Circuit refused to consider the issue en banc, leaving the panel bound by the circuits prior holding in the 1979 decision of Blum v. Gulf Oil Corp., that [d]ischarge for homosexuality is not prohibited by Title VII . . . .

3. There Is a Split in the Circuits

In denying Evans petition for review, the Supreme Court let stand a disagreement between the federal circuit courts concerning the proper interpretation of Title VII. Until recently, every federal circuit court to have considered the question held that sexual orientation is not a protected class under Title VII.

However, earlier this year, while sitting en banc, the Seventh Circuit held in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College that Title VII prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation. The meaning of federal law, thus, varies depending on where the parties live, with those suing in the federal cour...

23:17

Nebraska Requires Barbers To Train Longer Than EMTs. Thats Ridiculous "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court found that, without proper state supervision, licensing boards can become unaccountable, self-serving organizations that protect themselves from competition rather than protecting consumers. The courts opinion noted that when legislatures hold hearings on licensure practices, they are flooded with special interests that give the false impression that additional occupational regulations will only enhance public safety without imposing costs on aspiring workers.

For proof the court was right, look no further than a recent hearing on barber licensing in Nebraska. This fall, the Nebraska Health and Human Services committee held hearings on lowering the licensing requirements for those who want to work in various personal service occupations, including barbers.

I testified in support of lowering Nebraskas excessive licensing requirements to promote economic opportunity, but other witnesses did not share my biew. Besides a representative from the free-market Platte Institute, nearly every other witness wanted to maintainor even increasethe states licensing requirements. And these opponents of reducing red tape? They work as barbers, for the Board of Barber Examiners, or at barbering schoolsimagine that.

Its Cutting Hair, Not Nuclear Science

Nebraska mandates 2,100 hours of education and training to become a licensed barber, which is tied with Iowas requirement for the longest training requirement in the nation. These long hours lead to tuition costs more than $20,000 for completing the education and training. Here Nebraska is an outlier: in the United States, the average required training is close to the 1,500 hours that more than half of states mandate for barber licenses.

The Nebraska hearings also covered a proposal to lower the licensing hours for cosmetologists, another occupation that has the unnecessarily high barrier of 2,100 hours to work in the state. Some witnesses who opposed easing the requirements argued the extra hours were necessary to teach students professional and life skills like how to market their business and open a retirement account. One witness even called for adding extra hours so the schools could have time to teach the importance of voting.

But these witnesses funda...

23:14

Plastic Ocean: From Thriving Ecosystem to Trash Dumpster "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In the foreseeable future, the weight of plastic trash in the ocean will be greater than the weight of all fish.

Already its been estimated by researchers that virtually all shellfish, and one-quarter of all fish, contain traces of plastic.

Every year about 300 million tons of plastic are produced and eight million tons wind up in our oceans. Thats the equivalent of over 500 trillion plastic water bottles. If you were to stack these bottles one on top of the other, you would be able to make two full trips from Earth, to the Moon and back.

But the problem is not only the millions of water bottles humans consume and discard each hour, but also the plastic we cannot see.

Microplastics are considered to be any piece of plastic that is under five millimeters in length. This also includes small particles like fabric and the plastic microbeads used in facial cleansers.

These particles are found in our oceans, on our beaches, and pretty much anywhere else theres water.

Danger to Humans

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The plastics that wash up on our beaches or end up in massive floating garbage patches come from bottles, bags, containers, straws, shipping materials and other quick-use products that break down over time and in turn become a home for harmful substances.

Toxic chemicals adhere to plastics very easily, Emily DiFrisco, Director of Digital Strategy of the Plastic Pollution Coalition, told WhoWhatWhy. Even in the ocean, PCBs, DDT, pesticides, flame retardants, mercury and other organic pollutants can be absorbed by plastic in the ocean.

DiFrisco, whose group aims to halt the tide of plastics that make their way into the environment, added that the chemicals pass into animals we consume and, as a result, enter our bodies.

It is believed that these chemicals can be found in almost all humans, including newborn babies.

We as producers, consumers and disposers, are directly to blame. More than half the plastic we use everyday, according to the Plastic Oceans Foundation, is used only once.

...

23:10

Fed Gets More Ammo for Rate Hikes "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Fed Gets More Ammo for Rate Hikes by Wolf Richter Wolf Street Producer Price Index rises most in six years. The Producer Price Index for final demand which tracks prices received for goods, services, and construction from the...

The post Fed Gets More Ammo for Rate Hikes appeared first on The Daily Coin.

23:07

Can Comedy Fight Terror? "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Late Show's host Stephen ColbertThe Late Shows host Stephen Colbert (Photo: video screenshot)

Comedians took to the airwaves after the December 11 attack in New York by Islamist terrorist Akayed Ullah, an immigrant from Bangladesh.

Ullah, who was inspired by ISIS, detonated his homemade and apparently defective bomb in midtown Manhattans Port Authority bus terminal, causing damage to himself but little to others.

The attack provided fodder for The Late Show host Stephen Colbert and Comedy Centrals Jordan Klepper, both of whom used the occasion to praise the resilience of New Yorkers and poke fun at the everyday hazards of commuting through Port Authority and the plans of the terrorist himself.

While we can assume that if there had been any serious injuries or deaths, the tone would have been more subdued (as in a spot by Late Night host Seth Meyers following the truck ramming in lower Manhattan the day of Halloween that killed eight and injured at least 11), the show raised a question about the place of comedy in fighting terror.

Does being able to make fun of terrorists give power back to the victims and create an infectious resilience in the population or does it trivialize the real issues and create a false sense of security?

Wed like to hear your opinion.

Enjoy the videos and take our poll below:

23:07

Great tits, blue tits in the snow "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 12 December 2017 video shows great tits and blue tits feeding in the snow.

Simone Kuijt made this video behind the window of her home in the Netherlands.

23:06

Night-Watch With Adam & Jim (Presstitutes & Sociopaths) "IndyWatch Feed World"

Join Adam & Jim West for the Night-Watch podcast where we work to discuss & break down the system around us. Read More

23:03

The Tories and DUP are plotting to use Brexit as an excuse to tamper with democracy in Scotland and Wales. "IndyWatch Feed Europe"


Remember when the Brexit campaigners told us all that voting Leave would give the Tory party (and their uber-nationalist DUP mates) the pability to amend the powers of the Scottish parliament and the Welsh Assembly with no democratic oversight of their actions whatever?

No. Me neither.

Well on the evening of December 12th 2017 the Tories and their DUP backers/puppet-masters joined forces to defeat Amendment 158 to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill by 315 votes to 291.

Amendment 158 sought to prevent the Westminster government from misusing the powers they were awarding themselves to amend EU derived laws in order to undermine the powers of the Scottish Parliament and the Welsh Assembly.

This safeguard is vitally important because there are plenty in the Tory and DUP ranks who would dearly love to restrict the power of the devolved parliaments, if not scrap them altogether. 

All 13 of the Tory MPs representing Scottish seats voted with the government to let them keep the power to alter or revoke devolved powers from their own national parliament without any parliamentary scrutiny of what they are actually up to!

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23:03

Ticks May Have Infested Feathered Dinosaurs "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Fossil evidence suggests that feathered dinosaurs were infested with ticks:

Feathered dinosaurs were covered in ticks just like modern animals, fossil evidence shows. Parasites similar to modern ticks have been found inside pieces of amber from Myanmar dating back 99 million years. One is entangled with a dinosaur feather, another is swollen with blood, and two were in a dinosaur nest.

Scientists say the discovery, which has echoes of Jurassic Park, is the first direct fossil evidence that ticks fed on the blood of dinosaurs. The research is published in the journal, Nature Communications. "Ticks parasitised feathered dinosaurs; now we have direct evidence of it," co-researcher Dr Ricardo Prez-de la Fuente of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History told BBC News. "This paper represents a very good example of the kind of detailed information that can be extracted from amber fossils."

Prototicks? On my nanoraptors?

Also at Science Magazine, NYT, and NPR.

Parasitised feathered dinosaurs as revealed by Cretaceous amber assemblages (open, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-017-01550-z) (DX)


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23:00

Roy Moore defeated by Democrat Doug Jones for Alabama Senate "IndyWatch Feed World"

Doug Jones has become the first Democrat in 25 years to win a US Senate seat for Alabama, after a bitter campaign against Republican Roy Moore. His unexpected victory deals a blow to President Donald Trump, who backed Mr Moore, and narrows the Republican majority in the Senate to 51-49. Mr Moore has so far refused to concede, saying "it's not over". Comment: Yes, it is over Mr. Moore. And we're all much happier for that fact. He fought a controversial campaign, in which allegations surfaced of sexual misconduct with teenage girls.

23:00

Inside the Failed Yemen Peace Talks, a Hard-line U.S. Diplomat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Yemenis gather around burning wreckage of a drone in the country's capital Sanaa, on October 1, 2017. A drone crashed at the northern exit of the Yemeni capital without causing casualties and the Houthis rebels claimed that it had been shot down by their anti-aircraft defense.

23:00

No Neutral Ground: The Problem of Net Neutrality "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

By: Brian Dellinger
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On November 21, the Federal Communications Commission announced plans to revisit its Obama-era internet regulations. It seems likely that the resulting vote will repeal the policies often referred to as net neutrality. The name is, perhaps, misleading; to support net neutrality is to support placing the internet more fully under government supervision. The related political debate often divides traditional allies with arguments for free expression pitted against defenses of small government.

To understand net neutrality, one must see its position in technical history. Traditionally, internet service providers (ISPs), such as Comcast and Verizon, have guaranteed their customers a certain quantity of bandwidth  that is, a certain amount of data per unit of time. It was assumed that even a voracious user would rarely use his maximum bandwidth, and services were priced under this assumption. ISPs also de facto allowed customers to access whatever websites they wished; while there was no legal protection for this behavior, technical complexities made discrimination by website infeasible. The result was a largely open web: anyone with a blog could potentially reach millions.

In the early 2000s, the situation changed. Technological innovations enabled providers to determine which site a user visited and so potentially to restrict access. In principle, an ISP could now sell packages of websites, in a fashion resembling cable television: basic internet for news and Facebook, say, or premium internet for those who wanted more. These years also saw the rising popularity of streaming video services like Netflix and YouTube. Users now binge-watched videos, consuming their maximum available bandwidth for hours at a stretch. Such trends increased costs for the ISPs, leading them to investigate new responses: restricted access to high-usage sites, artificially slow downloads, and so on.

Net neutrality stands in opposition to these changes. Broadly, under net neutrality, the government requires ISPs to treat all web traffic in the same way: no limiting access, no reducing speed. Since 2005, the FCC has several times established net neutrality regulations; inevitably, the courts struck down such rules on the grounds that the FCC lacked the authority to regulate ISPs. In response, in 2015 the FCC redefined broadband internet as a telecommunications service, placing it...

The 2 brides Caption Contest "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

This is the 165th world-famous FOTM Caption Contest! Heres the pic: About the pic: Luke and George celebrate gay marriage in Melbourne, Australia. You know the drill: Enter the contest by submitting your caption as a comment on this thread Continue reading

Bluetooth Gun Safe Cracked By Researchers "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Believe it or not, there are quite a few people out there who have purchased gun safes that can be remotely unlocked by Bluetooth. Now we can understand why somebody might think this was a good idea: the convenience of being able to hit a button on your phone and have your weapon available in the heat of the moment is arguably a big selling point for people who are purchasing something like this for home defense. But those with a more technical mind will likely wonder if the inherent risks of having your firearm (or other valuables) protected by a protocol that often relies on security by obscurity outweighs the convenience of not needing to enter in a combination on the keypad.

Well, you can wonder no more, as researchers at [Two Six Labs] have recently published a detailed document on how they managed to remotely unlock the Vaultek VT20i with nothing more exotic than an Ubertooth. In the end, even the Ubertooth wasnt actually required, as this particular device turned out to be riddled with security issues.

[Two Six Labs] has not publicly released the complete source code of the software demonstrated in their YouTube video for very obvious reasons, but the page on their site does go into fantastic detail on how they uncovered the multiple vulnerabilities that allowed them to write it. Even if youre not the kind of person who would ever need a gun safe, the information contained in their documentation about analyzing Bluetooth communications is fascinating reading.

It was discovered that the PIN for the safe was actually being transmitted by the accompanying smartphone application in plain-text, which would be bad enough normally. But after further analysis, it became clear that the safe wasnt even bothering to check the PIN code anyway.

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