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Friday, 05 January

01:14

36 fake security apps removed from Google Play "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Google has recently pulled 36 fake security apps from Google Play, after theyve been flagged by Trend Micro researchers. Posing as legitimate security solutions, and occasionally misusing the name of well-known AV vendors like Avast, the apps seemed to be doing the job: they showed security notifications and other messages, warned users about malicious apps, and seemingly provided ways to fix security issues and vulnerabilities: But, it was all an act: the notifications are bogus, More

00:58

80% of smartphones will have on-device AI capabilities by 2022 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Artificial intelligence (AI) features will become a critical product differentiator for smartphone vendors that will help them to acquire new customers while retaining current users, according to Gartner, Inc. As the smartphone market shifts from selling technology products to delivering compelling and personalized experiences, AI solutions running on the smartphone will become an essential part of vendor roadmaps over the next two years. Gartner predicts that by 2022, 80 percent of smartphones shipped will have More

00:30

Building a program for GDPR compliance: Can you answer these key questions? "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The clock is ticking and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will start to be enforced in May. Now is a critical time for organizations to plan, budget and make any remaining changes needed to meet its guidelines. Failure to comply with GDPR standards will result in hefty non-compliance fines, and even U.S. organizations could be affected. Remember: GDPR guidelines will affect any organization handling personal data of individuals no matter where they are located, More

00:11

Sharp M4.7 earthquake followed by 5 - 10 seconds of shaking hits San Francisco, California "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A sharp M4.7 earthquake hit 3 km (1.9 miles) ESE of Berkley, California at 10:39 UTC (02:39 PST) on January 4, 2017, according to the USGS. The quake hit at a depth of 13 km (8 miles) and was felt for about 5 - 10 seconds as far away as Marin and Sonoma counties as...... Read more

First snowfall in 28 years hits parts of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A powerful winter storm brought snow, sleet, and freezing rain to parts of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina on Wednesday, January 3, 2017. Although measured amounts aren't impressive at all, compared to what regions further north are used too, in many places...... Read more

00:07

Iran Erupts in All Out Street War, 1963 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

- Trade Genius Academy: Learn the safe, sure way to trade. https://www.TradeGeniusAcademy.com Good morning, Im still reporting on: Iran Erupts in All Out Street War, 1963 Synopsis: The Iranian people arent giving up. They are willing to fight for their freedom with only their fists and a few rocks. This incredible video was taken on New Years Day, then smuggled out of the country. It shows average people surrounding and attacking a group of Revolutionary guards. They are the ones in the black helmets. 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: https://RuggedReserves.net/billstill - - 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 host of this Y/T channel, THE STILL REPORT: https://plus.google.com/u/0/109353617116072656672 Get the word Out: Please LIKE, COMMENT & SHARE! Our website: http://www.billstill.com Considered by informed insiders as the ultimate resource for surviving economic or financial collapse/crash and attaining the unvarnished truth about the latest US and world news, current events in Washington, and todays United States political climate. Please Like, Comment & Share. Bill Still is a former newspaper editor and publisher. He has written for USA Today, The Saturday Evening Post, the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, OMNI magazine, and has also produced the syndicated radio program, Health News. He has written 22 books and two documentary videos and is the host of his wildly popular daily YouTube Channel the Still Report, the quintessential report on the economy and Washington. Connect with Bill Still: https://www.youtube.com/user/bstill3 https://plus.google.com/u/0/+BillStill http://billstills.blogspot.in/ https://twitter.com/billstill http...

00:03

Newt Dems Will NOT Sweep 2018 Elections, 1962 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

- Virtual Shield VPN - the easiest way to create a home VPN. Go to: https://www.virtualshield.com/billstill Good afternoon, Im still reporting on: Newt Dems Will NOT Sweep 2018 Elections, 1962 Synopsis: Yesterday, the new Democrat talking point became that there would be a Democrat landslide in next Novembers elections. These talking points are powerful because of two things: Democrats generally fall in line when Big Brother speaks uhhh, sends out his daily talking points email; and secondly, the talking points are buttressed by stories in the MSM compliant media. Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich found the notion of a Democratic landslide laughable. 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: https://RuggedReserves.net/billstill - - 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 host of this Y/T channel, THE STILL REPORT: https://plus.google.com/u/0/109353617116072656672 Get the word Out: Please LIKE, COMMENT & SHARE! Our website: http://www.billstill.com Considered by informed insiders as the ultimate resource for surviving economic or financial collapse/crash and attaining the unvarnished truth about the latest US and world news, current events in Washington, and todays United States political climate. Please Like, Comment & Share. Bill Still is a former newspaper editor and publisher. He has written for USA Today, The Saturday Evening Post, the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, OMNI magazine, and has also produced the syndicated radio program, Health News. He has written 22 books and two documentary videos and is the host of his wildly popular daily YouTube Channel the Still Report, the quintessential report on the economy and Washington. Connect w...

00:02

Tomorrow is Pivotal Day for Clinton Crime Cabal, 1961 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

- Nobel Gold: Protect Your Money With Gold - Click Here- https://goo.gl/kx2yzW Or Call - 877-646-5347 Good evening, Im still reporting on: Tomorrow is Pivotal Day for Clinton Crime Cabal, 1961 Synopsis: Congressman Ron DeSantis blasted the Clinton Crime Cabal as they desperately are trying to change the subject to anything other than the Trump dossier because tomorrow is the deadline set by House Intel Committee Chair, Devin Nunes for the FBI and DOJ to answer some basic, yet long standing questions about the Trump dossier. Congressman Ron Desantis, a member of both the House Judiciary Committee and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform took to Fox News this morning to explain whats going on in simple terms: [insert We want answers to all ..a long time ago] The suspicion around the Beltway is that unbelievably, top officials at the FBI and DOJ colluded with the Clintons and the Russians to create the fictitious Trump dossier during the Fall of 2016 as an insurance policy against a Trump victory. But the last-minute slander didnt work. The people put their trust in Trump and he beat Clinton fair and square. Now the whole truth is about to come out and so the real Russia conspirators the leading lights in the FBI and DOJ are now colluding with the Clintons again to desperately try to change the subject from the dossier to anything else. 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: https://RuggedReserves.net/billstill - - 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 host of this Y/T channel, THE STILL REPORT: https://plus.google.com/u/0/109353617116072656672 Get the word Out: Please LIKE, COMMENT & SHARE! Our website: http://www.billstill.com...

00:00

Meade rechaza ser padre de gasolinazos y asegura victoria porque ya lo dijo la bruja Zulema "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

La bruja Zulema, el Financial Times y Aguascalientes ya lo dijeron: vamos a ganar, asegur Meade en su encuentro con priistas.Regeneracin, 4 de enero de 2018.- Jos Antonio Meade, precandidato del PRI a la presidencia de la Repblica, rechaz ser el padre de los gasolinazos y que el precio de los combustibles se fija internacionalmente []

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00:00

Timothy Charles Holmseth: Mike Pence & Pam Bondi in Willful & Obvious Defiance of Presidential Order on Child Trafficking (Pedophilia)? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Timothy Holmseth & Grandchild

Conclusion Up Front

President Donald Trump would be well advised to proceed with an abundance of caution regarding any trust he might place in Michael Pence and/or Pam Bondi.

An abundance of evidence shows both Michael Pence and Pam Bondi are in willful and obnoxious defiance of President Trumps Executive Order on February 9, 2017 Presidential Executive Order on Enforcing Federal Law with Respect to Transnational Criminal Organizations and Preventing International Trafficking.

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In Re: MEMO / Transnational Child Sex Trafficking / Mike Pence / Pam Bondi

December 20, 2017

Jeff Sessions

U.S. Attorney General

U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001

Attorney General Sessions,

I am contacting you regarding information that pertains to matters of National Security; public safety; and through its nature may reveal a threat to President Donald Trump.

This information should be of interest to your office in light of President Trumps Executive Order filed under National Security and Defense on February 9, 2017 Presidential Executive Order on Enforcing Federal Law with Respect to Transnational Criminal Organizations and Preventing International Trafficking.

The information I possess and present herein is in regards to (but not limited to) Vice President Michael Pence and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.

Ill explain.

I began assisting the FBI in the summer of 2009 with information I obtained as a journalist regarding a child kidnapping that occurred in Florida. Records and secret emails that were hidde...

Thursday, 04 January

23:55

Bean Bag Chairs Cheap "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Bean Bag Chairs Cheap - Seats keep getting better, and only have been in existence for centuries. Together with the incorporation of new stuff, technologies, and designthey feel much better. Chairs are essential pieces of equipment in any home, office, or setting. And although seats are sometimes viewed as "only a piece of gear", it doesn't mean that it must become tasteless and uneasy. On the contrary, chairs on the market now are comfortable, and are very reasonably priced.

Aside from some certain chairs in our property, almost all of our seat sitting time is invested on Office Chairs. This is 1 area of seat design and performance that has become its own over the last few years. Manufacturers are recognizing that folks want office chairs which won't send you home and provide comfort all day long. Or maybe you're worried about the clients' comfort that visit your office. Office chairs, even though they don't always seem like it has been designed with relaxation in mind. Even if sitting for 2-3 hours at the seat, your body will love you. A fantastic office chair shouldn't be overlooked as an essential piece of gear to not only your job but your well being.

For house or house, Ergonomic Chairs are worth having a peek at. They use to be viewed almost as a piece of equipment but are still selling at a quick pace. You know what I am talking, if you've ever had issue. These chairs are designed to improve posture and take the pressure giving you a more comfortable position. If you believe they look bulky, consider so that they may be kept in an upright or flat position most chairs today are designed to fold.

Iran writes to UN, accusing US of grotesque interference in its internal affairs via numerous absurd tweets "IndyWatch Feed War"

How interesting that the Islamic Republic of Iran is offering exactly the same view of this as that offered by the American Left and the chief architects and defenders of the disastrous Iranian nuclear deal: Ben Rhodes, Susan Rice, et al. Iran protests: US accused of grotesque interference, BBC, January 4, 2018: Iran has accused []

23:55

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23:53

Ouch: Wikileaks drops 200+ emails proving widespread NBC collusion with Hillary after NBC news defends bogus NY Times Trump-Russia story "IndyWatch Feed World"

The folks at NBC News on Tuesday tried to prop up a failing and flailing New York Times story - one of many - on the Trump Russia saga which has largely been fabricated by the mainstream media as little more than red meat for their ignorant readers. Then Julian Assange decided to intervene. His disdain for the mainstream media may be unrivaled even by the millions of Americans who do not trust a single word it prints. Follow the Tweets below:

23:52

ARM Preps ARMv8.4-A Support For GCC Compiler "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

ARM Holdings has submitted patches implementing support for the ARMv8.4-A instruction set update for the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC)...

23:50

Brick & Mortar Meltdown Reaches Movie Theaters "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Brick & Mortar Meltdown Reaches Movie Theaters by Wolf Richter Wolf Street Is jacking up ticket prices helpful in this environment? Click here to sign up for The Daily Coin FREE newsletter covering precious metals, war, health and prepper suggestions! We keep hearing the...

The post Brick & Mortar Meltdown Reaches Movie Theaters appeared first on The Daily Coin.

23:42

German study: Rise in violent crime due to migrants but not refugee's, and higher incidence in reporting "IndyWatch Feed World"

The massive inflow of refugees into Germany has significantly contributed to the recent rise of violent crimes, a new study says. It adds that effective integration and more aid are needed to tackle the issue. Germany has been recording a decrease in violent offenses for more than seven years before the refugee crisis, with the total number of such crimes falling by 22 percent over that period. The massive influx of asylum seekers, however, reversed this trend, leading to a renewed increase in violent criminal acts, the study conducted by a group of criminologists and forensic experts stated. The review was conducted at a request of the German Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth.

23:36

Bitcoin's Gender Divide Could be a Bad Sign, Experts Say "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The CBC reports, http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/bitcoin-s-gender-divide-could-be-a-bad-sign-experts-say

Bitcoin, and the world of cryptocurrency, is a boys' club, say some experts, and that should be cause for concern.

Google Analytics results put the divide at 96.57 per cent men to 3.43 per cent women: https://coin.dance/stats/gender.

That's a huge red flag to Duncan Stewart, research director of Deloitte Canada's technology division. "It isn't merely that the value has risen as far and as fast as it has; it's the fact that it's 97 per cent men that is, in and of itself, a potential danger sign," he says. "There are studies out there that suggest men are predisposed towards bubbles in a way that women are not."

Stewart made his case in a recent online post about the subject: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/bitcoin-bubble-gender-split-says-probably-duncan-stewart/?trackingId=LlXWi2rCxUW0itfA92%2BhSQ%3D%3D

Stewart said he "cannot think of any security, currency or asset class in history that shows that extreme a gender divide and has been sustainable."

[...] Iliana Oris Valiente is a rarity in the cryptocurrency world. She has emerged as a female leader in this space and was recently chosen to lead consulting firm Accenture's global blockchain innovation division. Oris Valiente doesn't buy into the theory that an outsized amount of male interest in a particular asset in and of itself creates a bubble. "If we have primarily men involved in building the businesses and being the early-stage investors, they're likely to share the new tidbits and the new deals with their own established networks."

But without a major catalyst, she doesn't see the gender divide in this field narrowing anytime soon.


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23:33

Italy: Jesus replaced with Peru in Christmas carol so as not to offend Muslims "IndyWatch Feed War"

Every way one thinks of this comes out absurd. Of course they were singing Italian carols and not English ones, but the effect is no doubt the same: Peru, Lord, at thy birth? Peru, the light of the world? Anyway, its worse than absurd. It creates a cultural vacuum, and you know what they say []

23:31

Birds and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 3 January 2018 video is about birds and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA; which thanks its supporters for helping birds in 2017.

23:31

After Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico Faces Indifference "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

More than 100 years ago, in September of 1899, a category 4 hurricane hit Puerto Rico, killing 3400 people. A headline in the New York Times revealed the attitude of the day:

SUFFERING IN PUERTO RICO

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Hurricane Deprived Lower Classes of All Means of Livelihood

MANY PEONS ARE STARVING

Such expressions lower classes, peons are painful to our modern, presumably enlightened sensibilities, but they are used in private by far too many people in the US today. And we wonder if the attitude reflected by these words is the real reason why the US government has done so little to save Puerto Rico. A statement signed by over 200 scholars, professors, writers, and Latin American experts contains these heartbreaking words:

Efforts are delayed for a population that the federal government considers expendable.

The situation is of course much more complicated. Below we present a small collection of insightful comments from a variety of sources on the issue. While it is complex, it is also tragically simple.



Puerto Ricans are not citizens like the rest of us, because Puerto Rico is not a state. It is a so-called commonwealth of the United States, whose people are denied electoral representation in the federal government that decides their political destiny: no voice in Congress, no vote in Presidential elections. This arrangement, born of Americas conquest of the island, in the Spanish-American War, makes the islanders more like colonial subjects than citizens of a democratic republic. They are, in effect, second-class citizens.

Philip Gourevitch, ...

23:30

The US Legal Cannabis Market Just Doubled Overnight "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The US Legal Cannabis Market Just Doubled Overnight by Justin Spittler Casey Research Justins note: Regular Dispatch readers know a major moneymaking opportunity in marijuana stocks is staring us in the face right now. Ive been traveling and covering...

The post The US Legal Cannabis Market Just Doubled Overnight appeared first on The Daily Coin.

23:30

Paul Adams: Trump Report Card 2018-01-02 "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 (JPEG)

23:30

Philadelphias new DA vows to trade jails for school "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Didnt criminals already have a chance at school? According to Wikipedia: Philadelphia consistently ranks above the national average in terms of crime, especially violent offenses.It has the highest violent crime rate of the ten American cities with a population greater than Continue reading

23:29

Rather Than Banding Together To Kill All Men This Year, Women Should Learn To Love "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

As the new year approached, Huffington Post editor Emily McCombs tweeted that her resolutions for 2018 are to cultivate female friendships and band together to kill all men. She subsequently deleted the tweet and protected her account, but Internet Archive preserved it.

McCombs is a founder of the feminist site xoJane.com, and moved on from there to editorial director of the Huffington Post parenting section, which presumably is aimed at parents of both females and males. In another irony, McCombs is the mother of a son, whom presumably she neither wants to kill now or when he grows to be a man:

Now, look: We all say stupid stuff. This might have been just a random stupid comment unthinkingly posted on Twitter. That does indeed seem to be the bulk of Twitter postings, and Im certainly not guiltless in that regard. Like all of us, Ive said lots of stuff I regret as jokes, stupid asides, and serious statements, especially to the people I love most. But that doesnt make the stupid or cruel stuff ok...

23:26

The Essential Tension "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Essential Tension

When I ran across The Essential Tension by Sonya Bahar, my first thought was that it sounded very much like something my PhD advisor could have written:

The Essential Tension explores how agents that naturally compete come to act together as a group. The author argues that the controversial concept of multilevel selection is essential to biological evolution, a proposition set to stimulate new debate.

The subtitle is Competition, Cooperation and Multilevel Selection in Evolution, which is more than vaguely reminiscent of the cooperation and conflict framework Rick Michod has built over the last twenty years.

This wont be a review, since I havent read the book. Im not willing to spend $70 on the e-book, and the Google Books preview is missing too much to try to read it there. There are chapters on, among other things, multicellularity in Dictyostelium and Volvox, biofilms, and experimental evolution, though, so Id be remiss if I didnt mention it.

The Volvox chapter (Multicellularity: Volvox) seems, from what I can see on Google Books, to be a fairly straightforward review of Volvox biology and evolutionary relationships within the Volvocaceae. It gets fairly detailed in parts:

These laboratories [Richard Starrs, Robert Huskeys, and David Kirks] identified a panoply of mutants MulB, MulC, MulD, MulX, MulA, MegA, R-1, R-2, RadA, doughnut, double-posterior, S16, pld, Inv, Dis, Exp, Rel, Flg, Eye, Rot, and many othersThe Mul mutants are known as pattern-switching mutants, and cause asexual spheroids to develop in a pattern similar to male or female spheroids. MulB leads to asexual spheroids with gonidia distributed similarly to the eggs in a female spheroid

The point of all this detail isnt always clear, at least not from the parts I can see. Theres no indication of a larger theme until the very end (again, there could be larger themes in the pages not shown in the preview, but what I can see reads very much like a straightforward review of what we know about Volvox and its relatives)....

23:25

Indian tiger authority denounced for violating tribal rights "IndyWatch Feed World"

Indias National Tiger Conservation Authority comes under pressure over an order banning the recognition of tribal forest rights in tiger reserves.

23:25

Collective Action Kills Innovation "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Oregon has just passed a law that gives gas stations in rural counties the option of allowing self-pumping (in some rural counties this is allowed only between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.!) As you have probably heard, this incomplete lifting of an absurd restriction has some Oregonians upset and afraid.

I dont even know HOW to pump gas and I am 62, native Oregonian ... I say NO THANKS! I dont like to smell like gasoline! one woman wrote.

No! Disabled, seniors, people with young children in the car need help. Not to mention getting out of your car with transients around and not feeling safe. This is a very bad idea. Grrr, another woman wrote.

Ive lived in this state all my life and I REFUSE to pump my own gas ... This [is] a service only qualified people should perform. I will literally park at the pump and wait until someone pumps my gas.

Most of the rest of the Americawhere people pump their own gas everyday without a second thoughtis having a good laugh at Oregons expense. But I am not here to laugh because in every state but one where you can pump your own gas you cant open a barbershop without a license. A license to cut hair! Ridiculous. I hope people in Alabama are laughing at the rest of America. Or how about a license to be a manicurist? Go ahead Connecticut, laugh at the other states while you get your nails done. Buy contact lens without a prescription? You have the right to smirk British Columbia!

All of the Oregonian complaints about non-professionals pumping gasonly qualified people should perform this service, its dangerous and what about the jobsare familiar from every other state, only applied to different services.

Once we got familiar with self-pumping it didnt seem like a problem, but its surprising we ever got self-pumping as it would have been easy to scare people into voting no. After all, the case for trained gas pumpers is far stronger than for licensed barbers. Perhaps we were less risk averse and complacent in the past. I dont think we could build the Hoover Dam today either.

Its easier to scare than to inform and we fear losses more than we desire gains so collective decision-making defaults toward stasis.

We have innovations like U...

23:23

Sue Monk Kidd the Mermaid Chair "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Sue Monk Kidd the Mermaid Chair - A terrace is all about relaxing. That's what I think. My wife might have other thoughts, such as how good the patio area could be to set a card tables to get her kisses club up. But me, I think it's good tom possess some speed think about the day that's merely slipping away to the sunset and to be silent.

And the best portion of the time for me personally is my patio chair. I like my teak patio recliner, but other people have their own idea on how best to decorate their own patios. But chairs are a vital part of anybody's patio decoration.

So many styles to select from, and there are. There are the classy looking Adirondack style seats with their high backs seat and armrests that are oversized; for resting on a drink on perfect. Sometime it is possible to receive these with matching ottomans to provide your tired feet a break. My neighbor has his chaise lounge that his wife got to get their anniversary. I've seen him on many an evening sitting outside having a glass of iced green tea on his deck.

23:22

Mass murder in Donald Trumps USA "IndyWatch Feed World"

Murder in Donald Trump's USA

This picture from the USA shows different governmental reactions in mass murder cases. Often, if one person massacres people, then whole categories of people including their innocent majorities, get considered to be criminals.

However, not so if the murderers are white; or, more precisely, white supremacist.

THIS IS THE NEO-NAZI TWITTER ACCOUNT TIED TO A VIRGINIA DOUBLE HOMICIDE On Twitter, Nicholas Giampa wrote about race war, convincing transgender people to kill themselves, and using Jews as target practice. [HuffPost]

23:16

Philippines fines Sanofi, suspends clearance for dengue vaccine Dengvaxia "IndyWatch Feed War"

 

The government spent 3.5 billion pesos on a Dengvaxia public immunization program in 2016 to reduce the 200,000 dengue cases reported every year. (Reuters)

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23:14

Can The Trump Deregulatory Boom Save The GOP In 2018? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

When New York Times columnist Paul Krugman made a hysterical election night prediction that a Trump presidency would lead to an immediate downturn in the financial markets from which the nation would probably never recover, most of his liberal audience nodded in agreement.

Krugman has since taken back that foolish guess, but he and other liberal pundits and economists have not backed off the idea Trump and his administration have no idea what theyre doing. No matter how high the Dow went during the last 13 months, Krugman and the rest of the liberal chorus have largely stuck to their prophecies of doom decrying any evidence otherwise as the result of either Trumpian luck or circumstances beyond his control.

Yet The Times reported in a front page feature Monday that there is now an emerging consensus in the business world, and even among economists, that a wave of optimism has swept over American business. And that wave is bringing with it the sort of investment in new plants, equipment and factory upgrades that bolsters economic growth, spurs job creation and may finally raise wages significantly.

Whats even more astonishing is that as the storys headline concedes, this impending boom is being directly caused by The Trump Effect. American businesses arent, as The Times points out, merely happily anticipating the cut in corporate tax rates provided by the reform bill passed last month by Congress. Whats really fueling the upturn, according to The Times, is the Trump administrations regulatory pullback.

Despite the widespread consensus in the mainstream media that the administration has been a disaster on all fronts, Republicans have often singled out regulatory reform as a highlight of Trumps first months in office. Liberal economists have dismissed this assertion as nothing more than a talking point to reassure Republicans that Trump was, despite his populist tone, trying to govern like a conservative. But, as The Times report points out, the impact of his orders to cut back on regulations that hamstring businesses is real.

Since business leaders are reassured that not only will many Obama-era regulations be cut back, but also that no new arcane rules will be implemented in the next few years, theyre able to plan with confidence. That means more investment, more jobs, and ultimately higher wages for workers in a trifecta that appeals to both big business and also to the needs of the working class voters who were responsible for electing Trump last year.

If even the front page of The Times is prepared to accept that Trumps policies are having a tangible and positive impact on the economy, then those who, like Krugma...

23:13

Why We Should Prioritize American Interests Above Our Values In Foreign Policy "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The latest dustup in the world of foreign policy gurus occurred when a memo written to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson by Brian Hook, an influential policy aide, was leaked to Politico. The memo was written in May 2017, weeks after Tillerson made a speech where he called for the United States to balance the pursuit of our values overseas with our interests.

Its really important that all of us understand the difference between policy and values, Tillerson said.

In the controversial memo, Hook outlines foreign policy basicsthe difference between realism and idealismand seems to call for a major shift to a more realist foreign policy: Allies should be treated differentlyand betterthan adversaries. Otherwise, we end up with more adversaries, and fewer allies. Hook also says America should stop badgering allies on issues such as democracy, the rule of law, or human rights.

To back up his argument, Hook turned to history. According to the memo, foreign policy idealists have harmed American interests, such as when Jimmy Carter didnt fully support U.S. allies like the shah of Iran. Today, Hook feels that in the age of a rising China and widespread terror in the Middle East, there is even less optimism that the world can be reshaped simply by expressing American liberal values.

How to Promote Human Rights

Because of this, Hook says the Trump administration should tout human rights primarily as a means to attack Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran. This is because pressing those regimes on human rights is one way to impose costs, apply counter-pressure, and regain the initiative from them strategically.

Many, including Tom Malinowski, a former Obama administration State Department official, took issue with Hooks Machiavellian worldview for doing exactly what Russian and Chinese propaganda says we douse[ing] human rights as a weapon to beat up our adversaries while letting ourselves and our allies off the hook.

He utterly misses the elemental fact that Americas moral authority is one of our main advantages in the world, and that it would disappear if we apply it as selectively as he advises, said Malinowski. Malinowski also disagreed with Hooks reading of history. According to Politico, Malinowski argued that anti-Americanism in Iran started long before Carter, due to American intervention in Iran and support for the regime that followed.

What History Teaches Us

The Central Intelligence Agency-backed overthrow of democ...

23:13

The Vaticans Crche Is Bad, But Not For Celebrating Homosexuality "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Since Francis of Assisi devised the first manger scene in the hills of Guccio, the Christmas crche has represented the Incarnation, the hearts blood of Christian faith. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. The Jewish babe asleep on the hay embodiesincarnatesGods covenant with his people. The crche is an 800-year-old emblem of divinity ushered into time and history. It is a theological symbol, not a political one.

Christmas celebrates Gods own action, not our own. But contemporary culture is more amenable to politics, expressed in social action, than proclamations of God at work in the world. It is time now to align the crib scene with secular social justice concerns. Accordingly, the Vatican displayed a crche that collaborates with political agendas phrased in Christian terms.

Last years crche in St. Peters Square added a Maltese fishing boat to signify the plight of migrants. Its presence erased crucial distinctions between the ancient command to welcome the strangerhighly nuanced in biblical timeswith endorsement of mass migration. This year, the boat was absent from the crib scene but occupied Pope Francis Christmas homily.

His address exploited the common but faulty equation of Mary and Joseph with todays migrants (those who have lost their land, their country, their dreams). It calls for a revolutionary tenderness to welcome and protect all peoples kept at a distance, feared and forced to live on the edges of society.

Repeat Theme for World Peace Day and the New Year

Francis repeated the theme in his message for World Peace Day, January 1, 2018: Migrants and Refugees: Men and Women in Search of Peace. RadioVaticana released the speech in November, providing a keynote for Advent and preparing the way for his Christmas sermon.

For World Day of Peace, Francis called for a four-point program of action for welcoming, protecting, and promoting migrants. He also advocated international agreements to facilitate safe, orderly and regular migration. The key word there is regular.

In anticipation of the political thrust of this years Christmas message, the crche was rebranded Nativity of Mercy. A suitable cast of new characters was also introduced to illustrate papal exhortation to embrace the stranger, the naked, the sick, the imprisoned.

Dotted among the customary shepherds and wise men are tableaux representing the corporal works of mercy. Life-sized terracotta figures in eighteenth-century Neapolitan dress bury the dead, visit the imprisoned, clothe the naked. With its eye on two upcoming United Nations global compacts, the updated crche splits the difference between the significance of Christmas and a tutorial on good works acceptable to international policy initiatives.

No H...

23:13

Logan Pauls Suicide Forest Video Is An Overdue Call For Restraint On Social Media "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Resident YouTube frat boy Logan Paul recently uploaded and has since deleted a video in which he filmed and tactlessly reacted to the body of a man who had taken his life in Japans Aokigahara forest, a 12-square mile plot of land at the base of Mount Fuji that has garnered international attention for being one of the worlds most popular suicide sites.

Paul and his cohorts come across the body of a suicide victim and somehow deem it appropriate to record close-up footage of the dead mans body, while providing thoughtless running commentary on the man. While displaying a level of emotional disconnect that can only be explained by assuming that this guy must be a closeted sociopath, Paul laughs off his buddies discomfort at the situation, saying, What, you never stand next to a dead guy? while he continues to film his observational callousness.

Paul is rightly facing a relentless backlash. Countless actors, fellow content creators, and other celebrities have taken to their public spaces to call a repulsive spade a spade and are pressing YouTube to demonetize and remove Pauls account entirely. Paul, in a likely attempt to protect a significant income stream and the backbone of his social media empire, released a half-hearted, typed-out apology that made sure to remind readers of his massive viewership and influence, while seeming alarmingly disconnected from why he had so massively effed up.

And it was Paul, not YouTube, who ultimately took the video down, but not before it had amassed 6.3 million views, a particularly horrific thing to digest after realizing that most of Pauls 15.2 million subscribers are mostly kids. To put that into perspective: Logan Paul has more subscribers than the entire populations of Greece, Belgium, Portugal, or Sweden. Imagine, hypothetically, that half the population of one of those countries is children. Now imagine all of them watching 15 minutes of an insensitive idiot degrading the severity of suicide in order to garner clicks on a YouTube video to ultimately make himself more money. If youre not outraged, check your pulse.

Paul is deserving of every ounce of flack hes receiving for this, but I cant help but think that the steady decline of social media content and etiquette has somewhat paved the way for influencers to blindly believe that theyre well within the boundaries of acceptability when stepping outrageously out of line like this. To some degree, we shouldnt be surprised when a content creator cluelessly believes bleeping out curse words and blurring the face of a corpse is more important than not filming the body of a man who took his own life for the sake of shock value and views.

Almost every social media platform is riddled with targeted harassment, threats of physical harm and, chillingly, even death threats, many of which are often met with a blind eye from hos...

23:13

Taylor Swifts Reputation Asks Women To Expect More From Men "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

An idea came to me while I was listening to Taylor Swifts new album. I have decided that this is not an embarrassing admission. Swift is one of the great marketers of our time, her music is catchy and well-produced and, doggonit, I like it.

High-school me would not be embarrassed either. I remember being in a car full of student athletes on the way to after school practice windows down, Love Story blasting from the car radio. Teenage girls in sweatpants and sincere expressions, arms flailing out the windows, screamed more than sang Its a love story, baby just say Yes!'

It occurs to me now that we all liked Love Story, and many of Swifts earlier songs, because we wanted to believe them, and we were so young and inexperienced at life that we did believe them, if only for a few minutes on the way to practice.

This is not to say that Swifts earlier albums did not have realistic songs about love and loss. Tear Drops on My Guitar (2008) and White Horse (2010) come to mind. But there is a different tone compared to her latest albums. While the older songs deal with breakups and unrequited love, there is an air of disappointment in them that makes listeners believe things should have turned out differently. Maybe it is the air of a sincere idealism so common in girls that age.

This idealism seems to be gone from Swifts newest album Reputation (2017) and even her last album 1989 (2015). In its place is a shrewd, calloused attitude that says, I dont have any dumb idealistic expectations about relationships anymore. Try to take advantage of me at your own peril.

This first came through with Swifts 2014 hit single Blank Space (You can tell me when its over/if the high was worth the pain) and is even more developed in her latest single Ready for it (Knew he was a killer/First time that I saw him/Wonder how many girls he had love and left haunted). Many are chalking up this new T-Swift to your typical pop artist trying to mature their brand and grow their fan base. But I think there is another reason.

I see this callousness in the same girls screaming Love Story at the top of their lungs. Theyre now twenty-something professionals and have experienced what this world has to offe...

23:13

Oregon Court Holds Bakers Responsible For How People Feel About What They Say "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Oregon Court of Appeals decided unanimously this week to uphold a $135,000 fine against the owners of a local cake shop who declined to use their artistic skills to create a custom cake for a same-sex wedding. Sound familiar? Its a similar case to Masterpiece Bakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, argued before the Supreme Court in early December. In that case, baker Jack Phillips argues the government cannot compel speech that is against an individuals sincerely held belief.

In a nation whose people, politics, and especially religious beliefs are sharply divided, the Masterpiece decision will have critical effects on the preservation of the right to disagree, free speech, and freedom of belief in America. In the Oregon case, the baker owners Aaron and Melissa Klein were forced to pay emotional distress damages under Oregon law, which essentially means that if a customer feels offended on a basis protected by anti-discrimination law, he can successfully sue for damages.

What is most alarming about the Oregon courts opinion is the rejection of the Kleins argument that their custom designs rise to the level of artistic expression that is a clear message intended by the author. Rather, the court irrationally held that it is the burden of the speaker to show that his or her message is perceived correctly by others.

Although we accept that the Kleins imbue each wedding cake with their own aesthetic choices, they have made no showing that other people will necessarily experience any wedding cake that the Kleins create predominately as expression rather than as food, the opinion held.

This is the courts sleight of hand and end run around the First Amendment. Free speech and freedom of expression are fundamental rights held by the speaker. The Constitution does not protect a hearer or perceiver of speech from his or her subjective offense, misperception, oras the lesbian couple alleged in the Oregon caseemotional and mental distress.

If Meaning Is Up to Listeners, Theres No Speech

Meaning and expression have always been and must be inherently vested with the author or speaker, otherwise they become literally meaningless. If meaning is left open to the subjective whim of the perceiver, communication itself cannot happen.

You may disagree with the content of this article, but the words and phrases that I as the author choose and intend to convey are not open for subjective determination. Any mistake of communication, whether through my poor word choice or your poor understanding, do not negate the original intent of what I actually intended.

This kind of rationale from a court of law is the hallmark o...

23:12

The 10 Best Films Of 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This was a truly great year for cinema, and I struggled over this list, especially since horror is my favorite film genre and it has seen a massive resurgence of quality in the last decade. 2017 was one of the strongest years in this trend so far.

That includes the massive critical and blockbuster successes of Get Out and the first installment of It, as well as M. Night Shyamalans return to form with his excellent Unbreakable spinoff Split. We also saw three excellent Batman films (Justice League not included) and three awesome Kaiju films, with more on the way.

We had a bold, epic, and controversial new Star Wars, two follow-ups to legendary films by Ridley Scott that didnt stink, as they almost certainly should have, two Wonder Woman movies, an epic end to the excellent Planet of the Apes trilogy, and some amazing stuff on Netflix! Ticket sales may be down, but cinemas vitals are strong.

So here is where I finally came down on the top 10 movies from 2017.

1. Batman and Bill

I flipped and flopped over this because I know it wasnt actually the best film that came out this year. But it might be the most important, and it was certainly my favorite.

We live in an era where facts are supposedly up for debate, where news is suspect and partisan. But in the midst of all this nonsense there was a tiny flicker of truly bipartisan journalism. It was the myth-busting Hulu documentary Batman and Bill, the best Batman film ever made.

The Dark Knight and Mask of the Phantasm are better adaptations of the character, but this film tells the true origin story of the greatest superhero ever. Bob Kane has always been credited as the man behind the bat, but his sordid tale makes Charles Foster Kane look like Brian Gumble.

The true Batmans name was Bill Finger. While fans like me have known the truth for a long time, it took the dogged guts of Marc Tyler Nobleman to finally bring the truth into the gloriously tragic light. We all owe him a debt of gratitude for his journalistic work on this deep, dark secret. The truth really is more amazing than fiction. We had to say goodbye to one Batman this year (Adam West), and thanks to Nobleman millions have gotten to know a Batman they didnt even know existed.

2. Get Out

Get Out was hands down the best fictional film of the yearand not because it tries to be woke. This is the best film of the year because every aspect of it was Hitchcockian perfection. Like Hitch and all his best horror disciples, this film breaks free of mere genre appeal. It works very well as a horror movie, but even better as a film.

One of the strongest directorial debuts ever, it deserves to win every single award it gets nominated for, and oodles more. Ide...

23:12

Montana Health Insurance Debacle Proves Regulators Cant Regulate Themselves "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

My recent investigation into insurance commissioners failure to consider, let alone prepare for, a new presidential administration withdrawing unconstitutional cost-sharing reduction payments when examining rates for the 2017 plan year included one particular story worth highlighting.

In Montana, the insurance commissioner branded Blue Cross Blue Shields premium increase as unreasonable, in part because it wished to prepare for an eventualitynamely, withdrawal of the cost-sharing reduction paymentsthat the commissioner herself ignored.

Democrats used this type of naming and shamingor, if one prefers, public scapegoatingof insurance companies to help get Obamacare passed back in 2010. Now, they look to do the same thing to pharmaceutical companies. The example in Montana thus could serve as a precursor of liberals future strategy, and the problems inherent with it.

Insurers Request for Contingencies

As noted last month, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana first requested that state regulators permit it to stop reducing cost-sharing to low-income beneficiaries if the federal government withdrew the payments reimbursing insurers for those discounts. However, federal regulators rightly noted that Obamacare requires insurers to lower cost-sharing for qualified individuals, regardless of whether the federal government provides reimbursement for this, making this proposal impossible to implement.

Because it could not stop lowering cost-sharing if the federal reimbursements ceased, Blue Cross Blue Shield requested a higher premium increase for 2017, to cushion against the risk of an unfunded mandatethe federal government requiring the company to lower cost-sharing without reimbursing it for that. However, Montanas insurance commissioner, Monica Lindeen, dubbed the carriers proposed premium increase unreasonable.

In a letter of deficiency posted on the commissions website, Lindeen found several portions of the premium increase proposed by Health Care Services Corporation (Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montanas parent company) unreasonable, including the portion linked to uncertainty over the cost-sharing reduction payments:

HCSC has added 4.2% to its rates because it believes that the government will lose a lawsuit that concerns the validity of the appropriation for cost-sharing reductions and that CMS [the federal Center...

23:11

Justice Minister hints the 8 Turkish soldiers could be tried in Greece "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Justice Minister Stavros Kontonis hinted on Thursday that the 8 Turkish soldiers who fled after the failed coup in July 2016 could be tried in Greece. In a press conference held at noon Kontonis said the 8 Turkish soldiers could be tried in Greece if Turkey submits a relevant request. The Minister added that according

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23:10

Iran Erupts in All Out Street War (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Iran Erupts in All Out Street War Video Bill Still The Iranian people arent giving up. They are willing to fight for their freedom with only their fists and a few rocks. This incredible video was taken on New...

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23:03

Michael Gove subsidy promises could seed an era of agricultural and ecological renewal "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Michael Gove subsidy promises could seed an era of agricultural and ecological renewal

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23:01

Making Solar Cells "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

We will admit that it is unlikely you have enough gear in your basement to make a solar cell using these steps. However, it is interesting to see how a bare silicon wafer becomes a solar cell. If youve seen ICs going through fabrication, youll see a lot of similarities, but there are some differences.

The process calls for a silicon wafer, some ovens, spin coaters, photolithography equipment, and a dice saw, among other things. Oh, you probably also need a clean room. Maybe you should just buy your solar cells off the shelf, but it is still interesting to see how they are made.

Modern solar cells have some extra structures to improve their efficiency, but the cells in this video are pretty garden-variety. For example, some experimental cells use multiple layers of active devices, each tuned to absorb a different wavelength of light.

If you really want to make your own, theres another process where you can start with some copper and wind up with a kind of solar cell that uses a copper-based semiconductor material. But dont be fooled into thinking that making the silicon variety is totally out of reach to hackers, weve seen [Sam Zeloof] pull it off.


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23:00

Ive Sent Out 1,018 Open Records Requests, and This is What Ive Learned "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

If you want to know how much money the city of Chicago spends on holiday parade security in a given year, you can file an open records request with the city for the details.

If you want to know how a college president spends his or her time, you can ask for his or her official calendar through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

FOIA allows anyone to request information from the government. In my first six months at ProPublica Illinois, Ive sent over 1,018 requests for information, to everyone from the Department of Transportation to the state lottery.

As a data reporter, I need to understand what information government bodies across the state keep, how they keep those records and what they dont retain in documents or databases. To do that, I need to know different state and local agencies, and maintain a list of contacts throughout the state.

Finding your way through some of the records systems is like walking in the dark and getting information can take a lot of time. While Ive sent requests all over the country, Ive learned Illinois has its own quirks.

Here are a few things Ive learned about FOIA in Illinois that might help you get the information you want.

Tip 1: Do your research and know the law. Be patient and diligent about follow-ups.

Filing records requests takes time, persistence and putting a bit of pressure on officials to have them produce information on time. Illinois law requires agencies to respond to requests within five business days, so typically I give them a call if I dont hear back when the deadline passes.

With every request, I think about how agencies might respond and where they might raise objections. Heres a sample denial letter, as well as a sample grant of request, I like to reference.

Compared to other places where I've filed FOIAs, agencies in Illinois seem more likely to immediately ask for an extension and they often cite the same reason.

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22:59

Huge cracks appear on hillside prompting evacuation at Rattlesnake Ridge, US (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed World"

A potential landslide on Rattlesnake Ridge in Yakima County is threatening homes and Interstate 82 near Yakima. The area of concern is east of Union Gap, east of Thorp Road -- an area also known as Anderson Quarry. A section of Thorp Road has been closed as a precaution and Yakima County Emergency Management has urged some homeowners to evacuate. The landslide, which is 20 acres in size, is moving at a rate of about 1.3 feet per week and is accelerating each week, according to state geologist Dave Norman. The concern is that the landslide would keep moving, even closer to I-82. Video shot from a drone showed the landslide in striking clarity, with giant fissures in a hillside, widening, as the earth shifts.

22:58

South China Sea: Fiery Cross Reef transformed into Chinese airbase, says report "IndyWatch Feed War"

Aerial photos aired by China Central Television show the completed construction of facilities on Fiery Cross Reef, one of Beijings artificial islands in the Spratly Islands. CCTV via Asia Times

MANILA, Philippines  Fiery Cross (Kagitingan) Reef, one of Beijings artificial islands in the Spratly Islands, has been transformed into a fortified airbase complete with military installations.

A yearend feature aired by Chinese state broadcaster China Central Television showed an aerial shot of Fiery Cross Reef which has transformed into a big island.

Hong Kong-based news site Asia Times reported that the island now features a 3,125-meter runway for 6K strategic bombers to land.

 This image provided by CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative/DigitalGlobe shows a satellite image of Fiery Cross ...This image provided by CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative/DigitalGlobe shows a satellite image of Fiery Cross Reef in Spratly island chain in the South China Sea, annotated by the source to show areas where China has conducted construction work above ground during 2017. Photo: AP

The island also has a hospital and military facilities including early warning radars and close-proximity weapons systems. More than 200 soldier...

22:58

'Dupes of the Great Satan': Iranian army chief vows to quash protests "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Iran's army chief said he was prepared to send in troops to confront protesters if needed

22:54

Turkey furious over US sanctions-busting conviction "IndyWatch Feed War"

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AFP/File / by Fulya OZERKAN | Turkeys President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had repeatedly slammed the New York trial of a Turkish banker as a plot against Turkey
ISTANBUL (AFP)  Turkey reacted furiously Thursday to the fraud conviction in New York of a Turkish banker which came after an explosive trial over Iran sanctions-busting that implicated ex-ministers and even President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.The conviction of Mehmet Hakan Atilla, deputy chief executive of Turkish lender Halkbank, is set to further ratchet up strains between Washington and Ankara in an increasingly trouble-plagued relationship.

The US court has interfered in Turkeys domestic affairs in an unprecedented way based on so-called evidence that is only fit for forgery and political abuse, the Turkish foreign ministry said in a statement.

A jury in New York found Atilla guilty on Wednesday of five counts of bank fraud and conspiracy.

The federal trial hinged on the testimony of well-connected Turkish-Iranian businessman Reza Zarrab, who became a government witness after admitting his involvement in the multi-billion-dollar gold-for-oil scheme to subvert US economic sanctions against Iran.

His testimony implicated former Turkish ministers and Erdogan in the scheme, and identified 47-year-old Atilla as a key organiser.

Turkeys foreign ministry branded the US ruling as unfair and unfortunate, and a shame of law.

Erdogans spokesman Ibrahim Kalin meanwhile described the conviction as a scandalous decision in a scandalous case and a shameful scenario.

Political plot-

Erdogan had repeatedly slammed the trial as a plot against Turkey and, according to American newspaper reports, had often raised the case in talks with US leaders.

Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, at that point part of Zarrabs legal team, had even met Erdogan in Ankara in search of a solution to the case.

Zarrab, a prominent gold trader, agreed to testify after striking a deal to plead guilty to violating US sanctions in a switch that infuriated Ankara. His assets in Turkey were later seized.

Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag blasted the case as a political plot, saying the jurys conviction doesnt have any legal value from Turkeys point of view.

This decision is against international law, he wrote on Twitter.

Ties between Turkey and the US have been strained over a number of issues including Washingtons re...

22:53

India: Tiger authority denounced by government experts for violating tribal rights "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

This Baiga woman was evicted from Kanha tiger reserve.
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Indias National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) is coming under increasing pressure over its illegal order banning the recognition of tribal forest rights in tiger reserves. The order prompted Survival International to launch a global tourism boycott in November.

Information released to Survival has revealed that Indias tribal peoples Commission (officially called the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST)) has directly challenged the NTCAs order in private meetings in Delhi. The Commission demanded that the NTCA suspend any planned evictions of tribal peoples, who have been dependent on and managed their forests for millennia.

After demanding to meet with the NTCA, the Commission argued that the order violates Indias Forest Rights Act which guarantees tribal peoples rights to their forests. It was intended to address the historical injustice against tribes and other traditional forest dwellers.

In November, representatives of tribal communities met with many human rights and environment activists in Delhi, amidst mounting concern over the NTCA order.

A Baiga woman works for daily wages on Vedantas Bodai-Daldali bauxite mine, Chhattisgarh
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J.K. Thimma, a Jenu Keruba man who lives in Nagarhole National Park, and was present at the meeting, said: The NTCA order is an attack against our culture and our tradition. This is anti-Constitutional and the NTCA have no right to stop the implementation of an Act passed by the Parliament This is denial for our existence. The order needs...

22:53

End Aid to Pakistan, Give it to Iranians to Topple Regime "IndyWatch Feed War"

Clarion Projects National Security Analyst Prof. Ryan Mauro, director of Clarion Intelligence Network & Clarion Projects Shillman Fellow, reacts to President Trumps decision to end indiscriminate aid to Pakistan and argues for transferring it to Iranian opposition groups to help them topple the regime.

 

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22:51

Snow buntings feeding, video "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 24 November 2017 video shows snow buntings in winter plumage feeding on European beachgrass at the Zandmotor area of the Dutch North Sea coast.


22:45

10-bit Color Visual Support Lands In Mesa "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Mario Kleiner's work on plumbing Mesa for handling 10-bit colors has landed in Mesa 17.4-dev Git...

22:45

White and Grey Chair "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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White and Grey Chair - Parsons seats come in a lot of appealing variations that choosing the ideal one can be a bit daunting. This guide has been assembled to assist you select parsons chairs to match your home decor design. Whether you're trying to find a set of dining chairs or one or 2 chairs to use for dwelling room dividers, this guide is going to steer you in the perfect direction.

When a is visualized by people, they consider large, formal dining rooms and rooms. A totally furnished, richly upholstered parsons seat does seem positively regal! But parsons chairs can be accommodated for more environments. These designs are classic and refinedgoing out of fashion. Legs are included by traits of style chairs that are parsons . The thighs are usually from the "s-curved" Queen Anne style-- also called cabriole legs - or in the bolder Chippendale fashion. The seat backs are scrolled, crescent or camel contour. Parsons chairs can be skirted, with triple or box pleats for a look.

You've got choices that are extensive when choosing upholstery parsons chair. Select complements the color scheme and general mood of this space. 1 sure-fire idea is to put a mild fabric-- either solid colored or subtly stained-- using a wood. Ivory blue or green that is soft are options. Designed seats can stand up to heavier prints and colors, like large florals patterns greens, burgundies, dark blues and golds. Nailhead trim, stainless steel rings and tassels are upholstery accents.

22:45

Is Ripple The Next Hot Cryptocurrency? Some Are Calling It The Bitcoin That Banks Like "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Is Ripple The Next Hot Cryptocurrency? Some Are Calling It The Bitcoin That Banks Like by Michael Snyder The Economic Collapse Blog After Bitcoin, can you name the second largest cryptocurrency?  Until recently it was Ethereum, but now it...

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22:43

Debbie--have you seen THE AGONY OF BUN O'KEEFE by Heather Smith? "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"



A reader wrote to ask if I've seen The Agony of Bun O'Keefe by Heather Smith. Published in 2017 by Penguin Teen; here's the description:
It's Newfoundland, 1986. Fourteen-year-old Bun O'Keefe has lived a solitary life in an unsafe, unsanitary house. Her mother is a compulsive hoarder, and Bun has had little contact with the outside world. What she's learned about life comes from the random books and old VHS tapes that she finds in the boxes and bags her mother brings home. Bun and her mother rarely talk, so when Bun's mother tells Bun to leave one day, she does. Hitchhiking out of town, Bun ends up on the streets of St. John's, Newfoundland. Fortunately, the first person she meets is Busker Boy, a street musician who senses her naivety and takes her in. Together they live in a house with an eclectic cast of characters: Chef, a hotel dishwasher with culinary dreams; Cher, a drag queen with a tragic past; Big Eyes, a Catholic school girl desperately trying to reinvent herself; and The Landlord, a man who Bun is told to avoid at all cost. Through her experiences with her new roommates, and their sometimes tragic revelations, Bun learns that the world extends beyond the walls of her mother's house and discovers the joy of being part of a new family -- a family of friends who care.
Busker Boy is Native, and apparently, there is a lot of Native content. At one point, someone calls Busker Boy a "drunken Indian" and Bun tries to intervene. There's also something about the actor who played the part of Tonto. I'll pick up a copy at the library and be back with a review.



22:41

86 stars get official names "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 11 December 2017 video is called International Astronomical Union approves 86 new star names from around the world.

By Mariah Quintanilla, 9:00am, January 2, 2018:

86 stars get official names

Choices reflect international community

In December, astronomers and space enthusiasts received an early present: 86 newly official star names.

Such designations are often derived from Arabic, Greek or Latin origins. But the new monikers also draw inspiration from ancient mythologies and historical star names from indigenous cultures around the world, including in China, Australia and southern Africa. The star names were officially recognized by the International Astronomical Union, which oversees the naming of objects in space, and announced on December 11. Here are some of the names we thought shined the brightest.

Xamidimura

Constellation: Scorpius
According to South African lore, the indigenous Khoikhoi people nicknamed the pair of stars just before the end of the scorpions tail xami di mura, meaning eyes of the lion.

Fafnir

Constellation: Draco
Fafnir is a dwarf from Norse mythology who became a dragon to guard his treasure. He was slain by the hero Sigurd.

Pipirima

Constellation: Scorpius
Pipirima is named for a pair of fraternal twins, the boy Pipiri and his sister Rehua, from a Tahitian legend. When their parents didnt share a meal of fish one night, the two kids ran away. As the parents came closer to finding them, the twins climbed onto the back of a passing stag beetle and were carried into the sky.

Chalawan

Constellation: Ursa Major
Chalawan, a villainous crocodile king from a Thai folktale, lived in an underwater cave. A man named Krai Thong fell in love with one of Chalawans two wives and killed the crocodile king.

Ran

Constellation: Eridanus
Ran, a Norse goddess of the sea, created peril by capturing sailors in her net.

Unurgunite

Constellation: Canis Major
In stories from Australias aboriginal people, Unurgunite has two wives, which are represented by stars on either side of the named star. Whe...

22:40

Corporate America Unmasked "IndyWatch Feed War"

Most Americans recently polled reportedly seem to hold favorable opinions about Americas corporations.1 If true, it means that most Americans dont know what I know and what they need to know. Trained as an organizational psychologist much of my research and consultative work during my career were for government agencies at the local, state and federal level. But I also have studied exhaustively the corporate side of organized life and have written more about it than the government side.2 My overall conclusion, not opinion, regarding all large organizations, especially large corporations, is that when they are unmasked their leadership is found to be morally depraved, and their organizations dysfunctional. I frame this overall conclusion about corporate America as an overarching simple truth that subsumes many other simple truths.

A Moral and Functional Framework for the Simple Truths

The primary intent of this article is to unmask corporate America by telling you about those simple truths. Even simple truths need an explanation, otherwise their full meaning and validity may be missed, and the massive and relentless lies may remain unchallenged. So, I want to tell you what they mean in the case of large, publicly traded corporations, at least to me.

a) Morality

Many decades ago I learned what morality really meant from a brilliant lawyer turned ethicist, believe it or not. He had studied all cultures throughout time and identified what he called the ten universal values: accountability, caring for and respecting others, commitment to excellence, fairness, honesty, integrity, justice, loyalty, promise keeping, and responsibility....

22:40

The threat of a thing is more powerful than the thing itself. Getting people to think differently is among the most difficult tasks at hand. "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The Pentagons New Artificial Intelligence Is Already Hunting Terrorists After less than eight months of development, the algorithms are helping intel analysts exploit drone video over the battlefield. Earlier this month at an undisclosed location in the Middle East, computers using special algorithms helped intelligence analysts identify objects in a video feed from a small ScanEagle []

22:40

Hundreds of GPS Location Tracking Services Leaving User Data Open to Hackers "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Security researchers have unearthed multiple vulnerabilities in hundreds of GPS services that could enable attackers to expose a whole host of sensitive data on millions of online location tracking devices managed by vulnerable GPS services. The series of vulnerabilities discovered by two security researchers, Vangelis Stykas and Michael Gruhn, who dubbed the bugs as 'Trackmageddon' in a

22:40

Trump Doesnt Deny Anything Bannon Said "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Here is the president of the United States of Americas official statement on his former chief advisor:

Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind. Steve was a staffer who worked for me after I had already won the nomination by defeating seventeen candidates, often described as the most talented field ever assembled in the Republican party. Now that he is on his own, Steve is learning that winning isnt as easy as I make it look.

Steve had very little to do with our historic victory, which was delivered by the forgotten men and women of this country. Yet Steve had everything to do with the loss of a Senate seat in Alabama held for more than thirty years by Republicans. Steve doesnt represent my base-hes only in it for himself.

Steve pretends to be at war with the media, which he calls the opposition party, yet he spent his time at the White House leaking false information to the media to make himself seem far more important than he was. It is the only thing he does well.

Steve was rarely in a one-on-one meeting with me and only pretends to have had influence to fool a few people with no access and no clue, whom he helped write phony books. We have many great Republican members of the Make America Great Again agenda. Like me, they love the United States of America and are helping to finally take our country back and build it up, rather than simply seeking to burn it all down.

What the president did not say:

1. that Bannon had blood coming out of his eyes, blood coming out of his wherever.
2. that Bannon was bleeding badly from a face-lift.
3. that Bannon was wrong when he said the chance that Don. Jr did not walk [the Russians he met with in Trump Tower] up to his fathers office on the 26th floor is zero.
4. that Bannon was wrong when he said that the campaign should have called the FBI rather than hold a meeting with Kremlin-connected Russians peddling illegally obtained dirt on Hillary Clinton.
5. that Bannon was wrong when he said that holding the meeting was treasonous.
6. that Bannon was wrong when he said that holding the meeting was unpatriotic.
7. that Bannon was wrong when he said that holding the meeting was bad shit.
8. that Bannon was wrong when he mocked the brain trust that decided to meet with the Russians with no lawyers present.
9. that Bannon was a coffee boy.

I dont know how well the president will do in deflecting these criticisms with this stupid press release but if this is the kind of criminal defense he and his family are hoping to offer, hes really going to wish he...

Team Trump Braces for Phase Three Indictments "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

I dont expect any better from the New York Posts Page Six, but this is still remarkable:

The federal grand jury handing down indictments for special counsel Robert Mueller doesnt appear to include any supporters of President Donald Trump, according to one witness who recently testified before the panel.

The grand jury room looks like a Bernie Sanders rally, my source said. Maybe they found these jurors in central casting, or at a Black Lives Matter rally in Berkeley [Calif.]

Of the 20 jurors, 11 are African-Americans and two were wearing peace T-shirts, the witness said. There was only one white male in the room, and he was a prosecutor.

It reminds me of this, from October 22nd, 2008:

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin apologized yesterday for implying that some parts of the country are more American than others, even as similar comments by two Republican congressmen were causing a backlash that threatened their chances for reelection.

In an interview on CNN, Palin said comments she made last week in North Carolina praising small towns as the real America and the pro-America areas of this great nation were not intended to suggest that other parts of the country are less patriotic or less American.

If thats the way it has come across, I apologize, she told CNNs Drew Griffin.

That might be the last time that Sarah Palin or the conservative movement apologized for anything, and it obviously wasnt sincere. In their view, the country is divided into whites, particularly white men, and everyone else. White men can serve on a grand jury but if anyone else serves on a grand jury then the proceedings lack legitimacy.

The obvious point here is to undermine the credibility of the investigation into the Trump campaigns dealings with the Russians. Not only is the FBI biased, but the grand jury pool is biased, too. They might as well...

The Hunt for Clintons 33,000 Deleted Emails "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

When I was a kid, my parents watched the television program Lou Grant and sometimes they let me stay up and watch it, too. My favorite character on the show was Joe Rossi who was played by Robert Walden. There was something about Rossi that appealed to me, and I developed a fondness for the actor who portrayed him. Later on, when I was probably in my early teens, I watched the movie All the Presidents Men about the Watergate scandal and President Nixons downfall. I took a special interest in the character of Donald Segretti specifically because he was played by Robert Walden. Even to this day, I can picture his scenes with Dustin Hoffman (Carl Bernstein) in vivid detail, with his sweater and his coffee and his beautiful balcony view.

I actually felt some sympathy for Segretti, despite the nickel and dime ratf*cking he did for the Nixon campaign. That was partly the intent of the screenwriters but also a result of my inability to fully disassociate the role of Segretti from the role of Joe Rossi on Lou Grant. It was only later that I came to despise everything Segretti and his University of Southern California Trojan mafia stood for.

And what they stood for was dirty campaign tactics. Segretti, along with other USC undergrads that went on to serve Nixon like Press Secretary Ron Zeigler and chief of staff Bob Haldemans hatchet man Dwight Chapin, cut his teeth running student government campaigns. In the movie, Segretti claims that what they did for Nixon was tame compared to what they did in college.

One thing Segretti did for Nixon was to steal Democratic presidential candidate Edmund Muskies letterhead and forge documents stating that Senator Henry Scoop Jackson had an illegitimate child with a 17-year-old and that Senator Hubert H. Humphrey had engaged in sexual misconduct. You can recognize his tactics in some of the things you see Roger Stone and James OKeefe engaged in today.  More ominously, you can see a replay of the Trojan mafias efforts to achieve a conservative takeover of student government in Jane Mayers recent pie...

Donald Trump's Misadministration of Justice "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Benjamin Wittes is the editor in chief of Lawfare and a Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. Yesterday, he decided to revisit a piece he wrote back in May 2016 warning of what a prospective President Donald Trump might do to the administration of justice in this country. With the benefit of hindsight, he concludes that his forebodings could notunfortunatelyhave been more spot-on.

Wittes also produced a helpful list to demonstrate his prescience:

  • He has demanded substantive outcomes from investigations.
  • He has demanded investigations of political opponents.
  • He has raged against the norms that prevent these wishes from being fulfilled.
  • He has attackedpublicly and by namepeople who have acted honorably to defend those norms.
  • He fired the redoubtable FBI director whom I flagged as an inconvenient bulwarkfor precisely the reason that James Comey was functioning as an inconvenient bulwark.
  • He has harassed Comeys management team and demanded publicly their replacement.
  • He has made the environment for those assistant U.S. attorneys committed to their jobs so uncomfortable that one literally sat in my office and told me that he was going to resign because I dont want to stand up in court any more and say, Im [his name] and I represent the United States.
  • He has appointed an attorney general he specifically intended to protect him and go after his opponents.

Predictably, Wittes is scathing in his assessment of the presidents performance.

This is banana-republic-type stuff.  One year into Trumps term in office, his character has not changed. The president of the United Statesas John Bellinger warned as early as December 2015 and as I elaborated on in March of 2016remains the principal threat in the world to the national security of the United States. His aspirations are as profoundly undemocratic and hostile to the institutions of democratic gove...

22:37

Disturbing Video Shows Cops Beat 15yo Boy, Knock His Tooth Out for a Weed Pipe "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A non-violent 15-year-old boy, who was clearly not resisting, was brutally attacked and badly injured for allegedly possessing a pipe for smoking a plant.

22:34

Neo-Nazi behind Daily Stormer website Andrew Weev Auernheimer is of Jewish descent, his mother says "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

The mother of a neo-Nazi who co-runs the white supremacist website Daily Stormer has said he has Jewish relatives on both sides of his family.

Andrew Weev Auernheimer, who has previously said Jewish children deserve to die, comes from a large, mixed race family and is of Jewish descent and Native American heritage, his mother Alyse told Newsweek.

Auernheimer, 32, from Arkansas, who runs the technical side of the website alongside editor Andrew Anglin, has been estranged from his mother for more than ten years, she told the magazine.

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22:34

SCIENTISTS DISCOVER THAT HUMANS HAVE A MAGNETIC 6TH SENSE TO DETECT SOMETHING WE CANT EVEN SEE "IndyWatch Feed World"

 

Its called magnetoreception, and it refers to the ability to perceive magnetic fields. Several animals use it to find their way over long distances by aligning themselves with the Earths magnetic field.

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22:30

Teenage Suicide Bomber Kills Father in Mosque Attack "IndyWatch Feed War"

A previous attack by Boko Haram terrorists who burned down the homes of an entire village.A previous attack by Boko Haram terrorists who burned down the homes of an entire village. (Photo: Reuters)

A teenage suicide bomber in Nigeria blew himself up in a mosque, killing his father among others who were praying at the time.

Reports of the death toll varied between five and 11 people in the explosion which the bomber set off during the 5 am service.

The attack occurred in Gamboru, a town in the Borno state in northeastern Nigeria located on the border with Cameroon.

It was not immediately known to which group the teenage attacker identified, but the attack had all the markings of the terror group Boko Haram, which is known for targeting crowded mosques and market places and using children to carry out their deeds.

Boko Haram (which literally means secular education is forbidden) opposes all groups including Muslims that do not adhere to their extreme beliefs.

See Clarion Projects Special Report on Boko Haram

Boko Haram is also believed to be behind the recent disappearance of 30 loggers in the same area. Local sources feared the loggers mostly men in their 20s had been kidnapped after they left Gamboru early Tuesday morning, January 2, to gather firewood and failed to return.

Last month, 30 soldiers disappeared after a raid on a military base in the same region, known to be a Boko Haram stronghold.

 

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22:30

How to Keep a Behemoth Growing . . . "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Very interesting article in the WSJ about Vanguards new CEO, Tim Buckley: Vanguards new chief executive has a challenge his three predecessors didnt: How to how to grow a firm that is already the worlds second largest investment manager. When Tim Buckley started at Vanguard in 1991, the firm managed $77 billion and attracted $15 billion

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The post How to Keep a Behemoth Growing . . . appeared first on The Big Picture.

22:30

Inching to Parking Sanity "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A year ago I was appointed to serve on the planning commission in my hometown of Brainerd, Minnesota. It's been an interesting year of getting to (kinda) know how things work under-the-hood in my city. Contrary to what some of you might think, being thought of (at least in some circles) as an influential urban thinker means very little here in my small town. Getting positive things done requires the same stuff here as everywhere else: time, relationships and endless meetings. 

In the latter half of 2017, the school district came to our meeting and presented their plan for an upcoming bond referendum, including potential changes to each of the district's neighborhood schools. There is a lot to discuss there, but one thing that stood out was the district's passion for off street parking facilities. Their extensive slide deck showed their proposed amount of parking as well as the city's requirements. Sometimes they wanted more than we require, but sometimes we required more than they were asking for.

Anticipating some detailed discussion on this in the coming months, I felt it was important to sideline the city's parking mandate. I and some of my fellow commissioners did not want our code -- which is arbitrary and excessive like most parking requirements -- to set the floor for the conversation. After some discussion, we proposed an ordinance amendment to repeal that line item -- just the minimum for schools -- and forward that recommendation to the council.

As part of the conversation at the planning commission, I made a presentation in what is becoming my second language (powerpoint). I gave the same presentation this past Tuesday to the city council. I'm sharing it here so you can see how I'm approaching this conversation in my own community. It's a slow, difficult conversation that I hope picks up momentum in time.

When I make presentations like this, I don't want my points to be confusing. You'll see that I have eight arguments in support of the ordinance amendment. Each one gets its own slide. This is perhaps the most important: we lose a lot of revenue when we turn our valuable land into parking lots so we shouldn't make that mandate without giving the consequences due consideration.

When I make presentations like this, I don't want my points to be con...

The Marshall Project and Diversity "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

What we're doing to diversify our staff and board.

22:28

Taiwan demands immediate halt to new China flight routes "IndyWatch Feed War"

Beijing has cut off official communications with Taipei since Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen came to power in May 2016. (AFP)

TAIPEI: Taiwan on Thursday demanded China immediately close new flight routes launched close to the island, calling it a reckless and politically motivated move.

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22:22

Al-Nimr Hit The Project for Dismantling Qatif and Returned to Haunt Them "IndyWatch Feed War"

Ali Mrad Two years have passed since the execution of the martyr Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr, who was arrested by the Saudi authorities in August 2012 and executed on January 2, 2016. It was not enough time for the regime to turn the page on the Sheikh who shook the halls of power with his []

22:21

Unusual Israeli Statement and Palestinian Silence Suggest Target of Gaza Strike Was Attack Tunnel "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Israeli army said it will operate below and above ground to thwart attacks after three rockets were fired at Israeli communities

Amos Harel and Yaniv Kubovich Jan 04, 2018 12:13 PM
Haaretz

A member of Palestinian security forces loyal to Hamas walks while searching for missing or dead militants after Israel blew up a cross-border tunnel, in Khan Younis November 3, 2017.

A member of Palestinian security forces loyal to Hamas walks while searching for missing or dead militants after Israel blew up a cross-border tunnel, in Khan Younis November 3, 2017. IBRAHEEM ABU MUSTAFA/REUTERS
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The Israeli military said early Thursday that it had struck central terrorist infrastructure in the Gaza Strip after three rockets were fired at Israeli border communities a day earlier.

The statement added that the military will continue to employ all measures available to it below and above ground to thwart attempted attacks on Israeli citizens.

The unusual wording of the statement implies that the target of the attack was an attack tunnel. The assessment is reinforced by the fact that the Palestinians have not yet revealed the target of the Israeli strike.

We are prepared and ready for a variety of scenarios, and we will work to face every attempt to breach Israeli sovereignty, the military statement said.

On Wednesday, three rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip toward Israeli communities near the border. All the rockets exploded in open areas, causing no injuries or damage, the army said. In the first two cases, sirens did not sound, while a siren sounded for the third one.

The army also said on Wednesday morning that Islamic Jihad was behind a rocket attack on Friday, in which militants in Gaza fired a rocket toward Israel that disrupted a ceremony for a fallen IDF soldier.

The Israel Air Force hit a Hamas military compound in the Strip early Tuesday morning. The rocket was in retaliation to an earlier rocket fired from Gaza, which struck an open area in southern Israel on Monday. There were no casualties or damage in the incident.

Amos Harel
read more: https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.833008


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22:19

Tense New England Police Encounter Confirms National Police ID Database "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

An example of how police are heavy-handed even in affluent, low-crime areas.

22:17

How Women Migrant Workers Defy Social Control with Everyday Resistance "IndyWatch Feed War"

Human Wrongs Watch

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22:16

Weather warning: Snow, strong rainfalls and thunderstorms and wind up to 9-10 B "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Real winter weather with unpleasant rain, snow-rain, stormy winds and low temperatures. From North-West to South-East Greece is in the grip of a bad weather front that is not expected to last long though. Thunderstorm forecast Thursday, Jan 4, 2018. The National Meteorology Service warns of  strong rainfalls and thunderstorms in the Ionian Sea, the

The post Weather warning: Snow, strong rainfalls and thunderstorms and wind up to 9-10 B appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.

22:15

Its Not About Democracy: Control Fraud Is the Core of our Political System "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Its Not About Democracy: Control Fraud Is the Core of our Political System by Charles Hugh Smith Of Two Minds The many are finally calling out the abusers of power because theres no longer any need to pay the...

The post Its Not About Democracy: Control Fraud Is the Core of our Political System appeared first on The Daily Coin.

22:15

Canceling Permits By The Collective Unconscious Races In Control "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

By David Topi

We said in the last article that since everything is based on energy, there were two factors needed to remove in order to decrease the chances that they manifest in the physical plane the military and geopolitical those governing the system of human control intentions. So, stop being batteries for the system and eliminate the distribution networks of this energy. Most of these plans, still in the making mental and etheric level, have been delayed, not canceled, and diminished in potential.

Everything happens for a reason, and when it is perceived that at least a part of the human race takes the reins and action to implement something that goes against your highest good, others listen, and others get involved and help because action is by, albeit tiny part of humanity, to want to reverse, get out, and remove something that is, obviously, a huge network of understanding complicated and confusing as few for those who are inside.

This makes these two previous actions, thousands of people who have been executed, has earned some time, and that gives us room to continue running other things that hopefully give us even longer, and thus more likely to reverse the current path line 33 ahead.

As we said, the line 33 remains as an evolutionary school needed to be the prelude to the line 42 , and therefore, can not and should not suffer greater damage than those that the same human race, without manipulation, could reach cocreate therein. That means it would be a line, a reality where things will go, or would go, like humans connected to it want...

22:15

India Avenges Soldiers Death, Over 10 Pakistan Rangers Killed "IndyWatch Feed War"

Post injury to BSF trooper Head Constable R P Hazra from unprovoked fire by Pak forces on Jammu IB in Samba sector yesterday, the retaliation continued till late night, the BSF said in a statement.

Arunima | CNN-News18Arunima24

Updated:January 4, 2018, 4:19 PM IST

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Jammu: A day after a BSF jawan was killed in Jammu in unprovoked firing by Pakistan, India hit back, destroying three Pakistan Army posts. According to sources, over 10 Pakistan Rangers were killed in the BSF action that took place late on Wednesday night.
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Post injury to BSF trooper Head Constable R P Hazra from unprovoked fire by Pak forces on Jammu IB in Samba sector yesterday, the retaliation continued till late night, the BSF said in a statement.
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 BSF Jammu (IG) refused to confirm the number of Pakistan Rangers killed. We have inflicted heavy damage to both infrastructure and life in Pakistan. At least four of their BoPs have been destroyed, he said.
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 The BSF statement said that Pak mortar positions were located, targeted and destroyed by BSF troopers.
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Intelligence agencies suspect that the recent round of firing could be a tactic by Pakistan to provide cover fire to intruding terrorists. This morning, despite dense fog in the R S Pura area troopers detected an intrusion attempt around 5:45am. The intruder was neutralized around 7am. Complete area is cordoned off. Search will commence after fog gets clear, BSF said....

22:06

Etnaviv DRM Updates Roll Out For Linux 4.16 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Lucas Stach has submitted the DRM driver updates for Etnaviv that are requested to be pulled for Linux 4.16...

22:03

Small Leather Accent Chairs "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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22:00

Steamrolling Charter rights in street surveillance "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Street surveillance, sometimes called street checks or carding, are a common practice for police in Edmonton, Alberta. It was recently revealed in The Star that those same police have been handing over data harvested from street surveillance to intelligence authoritieswho have then, in turn, constructed profiles on entire communities without any specific allegation of criminal behaviour.

Much to my frustration, there is a substantial portion of Canadian progressives who stop paying attention after the ballot box. The Liberals arent the same as the Conservatives, but they dont differ in a number of critical areasincluding surveillance, the tool that arguably threatens grassroots organizing the most.

Cell phone video of an Edmonton Police Service (EPS) officers interaction with a group of young black men at a south side gym last month offered a rare close-up look at the controversial practice of carding or street checks, as the police prefer to call it and raises troubling questions about whether EPS is violating citizens Charter rights even as both the Edmonton Police Commission and the provincial justice department is reviewing the practice.

On the video, an officer can be seen engaging with a group of young men who are waiting around for a manager to give them a refund. The officer demands the men produce identification and when they question why, they are all threatened with arrest. When one of the young men says he doesnt feel comfortable giving the officer his identification, the officer responds (at 3:07 of the video clip), You dont feel comfortable? How about I tell you right now that youre under arrest for obstruction? Turn around and put your hands behind your back.

The incident which arose out of a now-resolved commercial dispute between a business and customers (neither of which wished to be quoted on the record for this story) resulted in no arrests. No complaint that a crime had been committed was ever filed.

While there are some occasions when an individual is required by law to provide identification, she said, It does not appear that the individuals depicted in the video would be required to do so as there is no lawful basis for an arrest and minimal prior investigation to justify them as being legitimate suspects.

We asked the Edmonton Police Service if they felt the officer acted appropriately. Based upon the information provided by both parties and a review of the incident, the EPS believes the officers actions were appropriate, responded EPS communications advisor C...

21:58

Europe Between Trump and Xi "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

French President Emmanuel Macron is trying to advance a new kind of "offensive multilateralism." But unless the European Union as a whole embraces the cause, Europe risks becoming a casualty of Chinas efforts to bend the multilateral system to its own will or, worse, Trumps efforts to dismantle it altogether.

21:58

The Rise of Untraceable Ghost Guns "IndyWatch Feed War"

An emerging black-market gun-making industry lets buyers bypass background checks and gun regulations, authorities say

Jan. 4, 2018 5:30 a.m. ET

Axel Galvez had a deal: $7,500 for five untraceable semiautomatic rifles. And he had a buyer: a felon who planned to ship them overseas. Now, he just needed weapons that would be invisible to regulators.

To avoid background checks, Mr. Galvez bought rifle parts, then assembled the five guns at the Los Angeles machine shop where he worked. He offered to build his buyer 100 more for $130,000.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-rise-of-untraceable-ghost-guns-1515061800

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Former Representative Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona in October. She survived an assassi...

21:58

Spectre? Meltdown? F*CKWIT? Calm down and make yourself some tea "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Don't panic, drink tea.

There is not much that consumers can do other than wait for security patches and mitigations to be released, and then apply them as a matter of priority.

21:56

Debt Rattle January 4 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

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21:55

I, Neocon the Foreign Policy of Emperor Trump "IndyWatch Feed War"

WAYNE MADSEN | 04.01.2018 | WORLD / I, Neocon the Foreign Policy of Emperor Trump Not many observers believe that US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will survive as the most-neutered US Secretary of State since the days when Richard Nixons national security adviser Henry Kissinger called the shots on foreign policy to the chagrin of Secretary []

21:55

Russia urges U.S. not to interfere in Irans domestic affairs "IndyWatch Feed War"

Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) Russia urges the United States not to interfere in what Moscow calls Irans domestic affairs, TASS news agency cited Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov on Thursday as saying.

U.S. President Donald Trump has expressed his support for protesters who have been staging rallies across Iran over the past week against the countrys clerical leadership.

Writing by Denis Pinchuk; Editing by Gareth Jones


21:52

Vulnerability in computer chips sparks security fears and debate "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

Josh Edelson/AFP| An Intel sign at the Intel Museum in Santa Clara, CA. Security weaknesses found in computer chips, including ones made by Intel, prompted concerns on Wednesday.

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Latest update : 2018-01-04

Researchers expressed concerns on Wednesday that hackers could access sensitive data on most modern systems, as technology firms sought to play down the security risks.

Chip giant Intel issued a statement responding to a flurry of warnings surfacing after researchers discovered the security hole which could allow privately stored data in computers and networks to be leaked.

Intel labeled as incorrect reports describing a bug or flaw unique to its products.

Intel chief executive Brian Krzanich told CNBC that basically all modern processers across all applications use this process known as access memory, which was discovered by researchers at Google and kept confidential as companies work on remedies.

Google, meanwhile, released findings from its security researchers who sparked the concerns, saying it made the results public days ahead of schedule because much of the information had been in the media.

The security team found serious security flaws in devices powered by Intel, AMD and ARM chips and the operating systems running them and noted that, if exploited, an unauthorized party may read sensitive information in the systems memory such as passwords, encryption keys, or sensitive information open in applications.

As soon as we learned of this new class of attack, our security and product development teams mobilized to defend Googles systems and our users data, Google said in a security blog.

We have updated our systems and affected products to protect against this new type of attack. We also collaborated with hardware and software manufacturers across the industry to help protect their users and the broader web.

Spectre and Meltdown

The Google team said the vulnerabilities, labeled Spectre and Meltdown, affected a number of chips from Intel as well as some from AMD and ARM, which specializes in processors for mobile devices.

Intel said it was working with AMD and ARM Holdings and with the makers o...

21:52

Chelsea Clinton Denies She Has Ties To Church Of Satan "IndyWatch Feed World"

Chelsea Clinton, who is often seen wearing an inverted cross, has denied any ties to Satanism, after she tweeted a message to the Church of Satan on New Year. In an attempt to quash rumors [...]

21:46

U.S. military warns against getting hopes up over North Korean overture "IndyWatch Feed War"

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SEOUL (Reuters) The head of U.S. forces in South Korea warned on Thursday against raising hopes over North Koreas peace overture amid a war of words between the United States and the reclusive North over its nuclear and missile programs.

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In a New Year address, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he was open to dialogue with U.S. ally South Korea and could send a delegation to the Winter Olympics to be held in the South in February.

Kim also warned that he would push ahead with mass producing nuclear warheads, pursuing a weapons program in defiance of U.N. Security Council sanctions.

In response, Seoul on Tuesday proposed high-level talks at a border village and on Wednesday, the two Koreas reopened a border hotline that had been closed since February 2016.

We must keep our expectations at the appropriate level, the chief of United States Forces Korea (USFK), Vincent Brooks, was quoted by Yonhap news agency as saying in an address to a university in Seoul.

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Kim Jong-un shows new style, January 1, 2018. Reuters photo

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have exchanged a series of bellicose comments in recent months, raising alarm across the world, with Trump at times dismissing the prospect of a diplomatic solution to a crisis in which North Korea has threatened to destroy the United States, Japan and South Korea.

Trump has mocked Kim as Little Rocket Man and again ridiculed him on Twitter this week, raising some eyebrows at home.

Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but...

21:45

How Far Are the Exceptional Fallen "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

How Far Are the Exceptional Fallen by Jesse Jesses Crossroads Cafe Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt. He therefore is the truest friend...

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21:43

ASUS Will Use Routers You Already Own for a Mesh WiFi Setup "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

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Getting WiFi to every corner of your home is made much easier these days with a mesh network, which uses a specialized router and individual nodes that can configure themselves. Companies like Netgear, Samsung and ASUS all have kits of varying price that can help you make one in your own home, but you generally have to purchase a whole new set of devices to make it work. Now, ASUS is offering AiMesh, a system that uses your current ASUS routers to create a mesh network without pricey extra hardware.

Since you're using routers that you already own to create a mesh network, you can decide which one is the primary and which will act as nodes. You simply find the router with the best capabilities, drop it in a central location, then use the built-in software to configure the network.

AiMesh only runs on routers from ASUS, though.

Source: https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/03/asus-mesh-wifi-aimesh/


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21:36

Hot Off The Press: British Anti Witch-Hunt Group expelled half its supporters "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

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By Gilad Atzmon

When you think that British 'Left' has reached rock bottom you wake up to learn that this political comedy act has no limits.

We learned today that the anti witch-hunt labour group LAW (Labour Against the Witch-hunt ) has expelled half of its members over anti-Semitism.

Times of Israel reports today that LAW has cut ties to Socialist Fight because of the views of its members. Socialist Fight is accused of being supportive of controversial Israeli-born author Gilad Atzmon.

Needless to mention that I am thrilled by all of that. I enjoy being supported by proper radical left groups; people who adhere to universal principles of equality and human brotherhood. Despite the fact that in my entire life, I have never been a member of any political body or party, I can clearly see that my writing is now making a change.

If you are wondering what it is that I am saying that pushes LAW leaders Jackie Walker and Tony Greenstein, two self identified (political) Jews, over the edge, to the point that they themselves have decided to act, in the open, as witch hunters, I will provide a brief answer.

I argue that if Israel defines itself as a Jewish State we must ask who are the Jews, what is Jewishness and what is Judaism. We should then proceed and  examine Israeli politics and Jewish lobbying in the light of the above questions. I basically argue that Zionism is just one symptom of Jewish choseness. I actually identify the exact same exceptionalist tendencies in Jewish Left and in particular in Walker and Greensteins political act. To add to my sins, I am also responsible for the popular adage by now, we are all Palestinians. Like the Palestinians we are not allowed to articulate the true nature of our oppression.  

No one could articulate this observation better than Jackie Walker and Tony Gr...

21:35

Military Situation In Damascus Eastern Ghouta On January 4, 2017 (Map Update) "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Ahrar al-Sham Movement and its allies have besieged a group of Syrian Army troops in the Armoured Vehicles Base in Damascus Eastern Ghouta and now are storming the area. Meanwhile, the Syrian military has started forming an assault force to lift the siege from the area. MORE DETAILS HERE

Military Situation In Damascus' Eastern Ghouta On January 4, 2017 (Map Update)

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21:32

More Linux Kernel & GCC Patches Come Out In The Wake Of Spectre+Meltdown "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Besides the already-merged Kernel Page Table Isolation (KPTI) patches, other Linux kernel patches are coming out now in light of the recent Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities...

21:31

We get letters: HJ Hornbeck and other matters (Fiction) "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Doug Fields
The Readers Editor

Hello! While the rest of the staff is enjoying a vacation, Ive decided to publish some of the letters weve received recently.  I am known for being a harsh editor, but it is possible to get a letter published by me.  I will give you a hint, death threats or links to pornographic fan fiction about Mayor Roger Claar will be filed in my round drawer.

Our first letter probably was sent to us by mistake, but its worth a read:

Dear Mr. Bolingbrook Babbler:

We at the Skeptic Society cant believe it! HJ Hornbeck, a protege of the objectively evil PZ Myers, is attacking us.  We can counter his thousands of words but, unlike Hornbeck, we dont have a mountain of ad revenue to back us up.  Our backs are up against a virtual wall, but we can fight back against the many-headed creature that is Freethought Blogs.

We will need your help, though.  For a small donation of $1 million, we can find writers who can counter Hornbecks fake skepticism!  For the cost of a summer home, you can make huge difference in our fight against political correctness.  If you can become a member of our army of small donors, youll save secularism and help our founder, Michael Shermer, keep his platform!

If you have any doubts, just remember that we are standing by our positive review of Milo Yiannopouloss book, and Rebecca Watson wont be at any of our events.

Donate today, and youll get an advance copy of Michaels soon to be released book, The Female Brain.

The Skeptics Society
Altadena, CA

Pass.

Locally, one reader has a question:

To the Editor:

Why dont you write about our great high school basketball teams?  Dont you love our community?  Dont you love our students?  Are your reporters the kind that hate Bolingbrook High School because were diverse?

Get with the program!

Lee X. Pilger
Bolingbrook, IL

Lee, our focus is on the supernatural happenings in Bolingbrook.  Yes, we have great teams, but you can read about them in any suburban publication.  Youll only be able to read about the Bolingbrook High School Interplanetary Track and Field team on in the Babbler!  Theyre favored to win the Triton Invitational Tournament.

Our next reader is concerned:

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21:29

VIDEO: BREAKING War With Iran Imminent As US Gives Israel Green Light To Assassinate Top General "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

We have seen the same story happening in Syria and we have even been told by General Wesley Clark that Iran was the last on the list of seven countries they were going to destroy. So who can still ignore the fact that the riots in Iran are part of the plan and have been provoked by the Jews?

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21:29

Trump administration to announce cuts in security assistance for Pakistan "IndyWatch Feed War"

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) U.S. President Donald Trumps administration has been informing members of Congress that it will announce as soon as Wednesday plans to cut off security assistance to Pakistan, congressional aides said on Wednesday, a day after the White House warned Islamabad it would have to do more to maintain U.S. aid.

 

Aides in two congressional offices said the State Department called on Wednesday to inform them that it would announce on Wednesday or Thursday that aid was being cut off, although it was not clear how much, what type or for how long.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders declined to say whether an announcement was imminent. The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The calls to Capitol Hill came a day after Washington accused Pakistan of playing a double game on fighting terrorism and warned Islamabad it would have to do more if it wanted to maintain U.S. aid.

Pakistan-US war of words over Donald Trump's tweet

Ties between Pakistan and the US have deteriorated recently [File: Alex Brandon/AFP/Getty]

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Tuesday that Washington would withhold $255 million in assistance to Pakistan. Her statement followed an angry tweet from Trump on Monday that the United States had been rewarded with nothing but lies and deceit for giving Pakistan billions in aid.

Pakistan civilian and military chiefs rejected what they termed incomprehensible U.S. comments and summoned U.S. Ambassador David Hale to explain Trumps tweet.

Relations between Islamabad and Washington have been strained for years over Islamabads alleged support for Haqqani network militants, who are allied with the Afghan Taliban.

The United States also alleges that senior Afghan Taliban commanders live on Pakistani soil and has signaled it will cut aid and take other steps if Islamabad does not stop helping or turning a blind eye to Haqqani militants crossing the border to carry out attacks in Afghanistan.

Many members of the U.S. Congress, particularly Republicans, who control both houses of the legislature, have been critical of the Pakistani government and called for cuts in military and other aid.

Reporting by Patric...

21:29

Illegalist Praxis: Notes on a Decade of Crime by Paul Z. Simons "IndyWatch Feed War"

ILLEGALISM

( I am, on occasion, asked about my time in with the worlds of the lawless. And while reticent to discuss any current activities that might be construed, by anyone, as being illegal; I realize that as regards my earlier shenanigans, the statute of limitations is in my corner. Before I begin, a disclaimer or two, first I never knowingly physically harmed anyone. Material harm? Property harm? Different story. Second, most of my criminal activities were driven by survival, in some cases by desperationthe need to eat, to obtain shelter, to keep a needle in my arm. It was only later that I realized the political ramifications of these actions; their moment as a rejection of nation-state and Capital. In effect, their resonance.pzs)

Basic Terms

Robbery Usually armed. The use of force or the threat of the use of force to get money or goods from a store or a person. Considered sloppy, violent, usually counter-productive by most of the people I ran with. Why threaten a person or business when you can walk away unharmed by just outsmarting them?

Burglary Breaking into, entering, and relieving a domicile, office, or business of...

21:28

Pakistan Releases Another Kulbhushan Jadhav Confession Video; India Dismisses as Propagandistic "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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A still from the video released today.

New Delhi: Pakistan today released another video of Indian death row prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav purportedly confessing that he was a commissioned officer of the Indian Navy and that the diplomat who was accompanying his family for the meeting yelled at his mother.

However, the veracity of the video which was released by the Pakistan Foreign Office could not be ascertained. It was not released to the public but a screening was organised for the press. All videos online are only secondary videos of the screening. The Wire has prepared a transcript of the video available online, parts of which are inaudible or unclear. Jadhav is heard saying:

my mother came over. it was a very pleasant one and my mother was very happy to see me in a good state, my physical fitness, and she was really very satisfied, and she said also: I am feeling very relaxed after seeing you. I am satisfied. She said also. She said a dua that is among the Hindus very common, for me.

I said dont worry Mummynow that you are happy I have so many things. My diet is very beautiful, I have done a very good thing here, they have taken care of me. They have not harmed me, they have not touched me. She believed once she saw...

21:27

Beyond Local Self-organization: A Call for a Reinvigorated Defense of Liberal Democratic Institutions "IndyWatch Feed War"

In times of the social and economic injustice, environmental degradation and fascist upheavals, it is easy to forget the resistance and mobilization this development nourishes. In the face of systemic injustices, which often entail the dominance of neoliberal ideals of economic growth and the exclusion of values such as solidarity and community, we can observe the growth of new forms of popular mobilization, such as self-sufficient collectives on the Portuguese countryside1 and self-organized camps employing direct democracy on the stairs of Wall Street.

There is a romantic shimmer around these popular projects, glorified by both journalists and academics who see an amazing renewal of democracy, whether they refer to the projects mentioned above, Chavista communes in Venezuela or revolutionary villages in Zapatista territory in Mexico. Please do not misunderstand me now; there is something politically significant about self-organized popular mobilization, but it also shows what is believed to be possible to challenge and change in an era of economic, social, ecological and political injustice. Therefore, I want to discuss why these forms of resistance risk not being a radical demand for change, but instead something that not challenges status quo. I want to call this resistance the inward resistance.

Let me start with a short discussion on what I believe are the primary inspirational sources for this kind of resistance. In 2004, Antonio Negri and Michael Hardt published their book Multitude2 which, together with the books Empire3 and Commonwealth...

21:25

Teak Adirondack Chairs Sale "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Teak Adirondack Chairs Sale - You may notice that your shoulder or your spine hurt, if you work in a computer on a regular basis sometimes. Massages can resolve this and a fresh office chair might help. A whole lot of people suffer from repetitive strain injury and also it can be wise to buy. By way of instance, miracles can be worked by a seat with lumbar support to your spine - you might wish to think about wrist supports for your mouse and keyboard.

There are a range of options which can be found on the internet so that it's a good idea. It is entirely up to you which options you choose to select. However, when it comes to buying things such as this online, prior to making any huge decisions, you will want to contemplate doing a bit of research. It's a fantastic idea to scope out the industry and find out before you buy the first thing which you see what else can be found.

Doing a bit of price comparison is also a wise idea as that way you can be certain that you're getting yourself the finest bargains on the web. Remember to go at your own pace and use a pen and paper to keep track of your progress. Don't be tempted to rush into anything. Purchasing a new office chair on the web is truly simple but you'll have to consider other choices also. Doing some investigation will certainly help you keep up to date with what's available on today's market and it should save you quite a little bit of cash.

21:24

Indian Maharajas Jewels Worth Millions of Euros Stolen From Qatari Royal Collection in Venice "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The theft took place on the final day of an exhibition of around 300 items showcasing five centuries of Indian craftsmanship.

Doges Palace in Venice. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

New Delhi: Thieves on Wednesday stole precious jewels from a collection of an Indian maharajas treasures on display at the Doges Palace in Venice.

The theft took place on the final day of the Treasures of the Mughals and the Maharajahs exhibition  which opened in September  of around 300 items showcasing five centuries of Indian craftsmanship.

The items  earrings and a brooch  were stolen from a display case by one or possibly two men, who were caught on CCTV cameras but managed to escape.

Investigators said the thieves had managed to take the items from a reinforced display case early on Wednesday morning after deactivating the alarm system. They then melted into the crowd and escaped, the Guardian reported.

Police told Italian media that even though the declared value of the stolen jewels was around 30,000 euros, in reality, they were worth millions.

The collection of treasures, owned by a member of the Al Thani ruling family of Qatar, is kept under...

21:22

Sayyed Nasrallah: Iran to Disappoint Trump, Axis of Resistance Victorious in Coming War "IndyWatch Feed War"

Zeinab Essa 04-01-2018 | 09:46 Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah assured that what Iran has been witnessing from protests has been well absorbed and is not comparable to what happened in 2009. The issue behind Irans mass protests in 2009 wasnt a political one, it had to do with the elections, he []

21:21

Understanding The Context of Devin Nunes Requests Obamas 2016 DOJ/FBI Spying Operation "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

As we have walked through the investigative deep weeds of corruption within the FBI (Counterintelligence Division) and DOJ (National Security Division), many people have asked why CTH has not pulled in the ODNI (Clapper) and CIA (Brennan) aspect of the Continue reading

21:19

Thai penis whitening fad drives social media nuts Also touting beautification treatment called a 3D Vagina "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

LELUX HOSPITAL/AFP | A man undergoes a penis whitening procedure at the Bangkok branch of Lelux Hospital
BANGKOK (AFP)  A Bangkok clinic that has drawn 100 men a month to its penis whitening service has caused a stir in Thailand, with social media users both baffled and alarmed by the phallic fad.The Lelux Hospital, renowned for its body whitening expertise in a country obsessed with skin colour, began offering the unconventional treatment six months ago after a male customer complained of dark parts on his groin.

These days a lot of people are asking about it. We get around 100 clients a month, three to four clients a day, Bunthita Wattanasiri, a manager for the Skin and Laser department at Lelax Hospital told AFP.

The procedure, which uses laser whitening, got wide play on Thai television and social media on Thursday after the hospital released images of a man undergoing the treatment.

We have to be careful because its a sensitive part of the body, Bunthita said, adding most clients were aged between 22 and 55-years-old with many from Thailands LGBTQ community.

The same hospital stirred controversy last year for touting beautification treatment called a 3D Vagina in which the customers own body fat is used to make genitalia more plump.

The whitening service costs around $650 for five sessions.

I think its a good market to enter so we offer the ultimate body treatment to our clients, either men and women, Bunthita said.

Whitening and bleaching are not uncommon in other parts of the world and are widely offered online.

But they are particularly sought after in Thailand, where skin-whitening ads have caused outrage and accusations of racism.

The obsession people nowadays cant embrace their own skin color, said one Facebook user.

Another user Parin Ruansati posted: Oh god what ever happened to the world?

Another had a lighter response, writing why not?.


21:19

Chinas Soft and Sharp Power "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

As democracies respond to Chinas use of information warfare, they have to be careful not to overreact. Much of the soft power that democracies wield comes from civil society, which means that these countries' openness is a crucial asset.

21:18

Military Situation In Syria And Iraq On January 4, 2018 (Map Update) "IndyWatch Feed War"

This map provides a general look at the military situation in Syria and Iraq on January 4, 2018:

  • An intense fighting is ongoing between government forces and militants in Damascus Eastern Ghouta and southern Idlib;
  • The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces are developing momentum against ISIS along the eastern bank of the Euphrates River.
Military Situation In Syria And Iraq On January 4, 2018 (Map Update)

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21:17

How Italian women are organising against obstetric violence "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

This gender-based violence, perpetrated by health workers, is widespread In Italy. A recent survey said it impacts one in five mothers.

Credit: Obstetric Violence Observatory.Eight years ago, Alessandra Battistis water broke. She walked into a hospital in Rome, confident that she would receive quality care. Several days later, she left the building in a wheelchair. She was in severe pain and struggled to lift her newborn daughter.

I had a regular pregnancy, Battisti told me. Before the birth, my gynaecologist advised me to sign a contract with the hospital. He [said] it would ensure I was admitted... to be cared for by a qualified team and have continuity of care during the birth. So I did it.

But it didn't go according to plan. Battisti had entered the hospital with regular contractions but doctors soon gave her oxytocin to speed up the birth. She says this was not explained, and that she wasnt asked for consent.

Only two hours later, they were preparing for a cesarean section. Battisti says she repeatedly asked for an explanation, but that the doctors only became more and more aggressive, denying her requests for a natural birth. 

I was terrified, I was shaking. I cried, I implored. Finally, they said there were signs of fetal suffering, said Battisti, who underwent surgery and was only able to see her daughter six hours after the birth.

Battisti was discharged only after showing proof of payment for the intervention. For months, the new mother struggled with the physical and psychological consequences of a surgery that she explicitly refused and was, apparently, medically unnecessary. 

But Battisti is also a lawyer. She did her research and recognised what she had experienced as abusive medical treatment. Then, she launched a lengthy legal and advocacy battle against seemingly widespread but little-discussed 'obstetric violence.'

Dehumanised treatment

Obstetric...

21:17

IMF Country Report Commends Government Efforts and 100 Day Plan Positive Outlook for Papua New Guinea in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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The Treasurer and Acting Prime Minister,  Charles Abel MP, has welcomed the 2017 Article IV Country Report from the International Monetary Fund that provides analysis of economic governance in the Nation, including the initial policy decisions of the new Government.

Minister Abel further highlighted the positive growth projections for the National economy through 2018, particularly as Papua New Guinea hosts APEC under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister ONeill.

Referring to the latest IMF Country Report, Minister Abel said the Government, working through the Department of Treasury, has seen increased engagement with development partners including the IMF who provide important economic advice and support.

The Article IV Report is frank in acknowledging the challenges facing the PNG economy but is predicting improvements in 2018 on the back of a 2.4% growth in GDP, up from 2.2% in 2017, the Acting Prime Minister said.

The IMF recognises that this outlook does not factor in any of the emerging resource projects such as the Papua LNG, PNG LNG Project expansion, Stanley Gas, Wafi Golpu or Frieda River.

The IMF Country Report stated:
- The authorities are making bold spending reductions to contain public debt at prudent levels and remain committed to a credible pro-growth consolidation path over the medium term.
- Authorities upon moving into office in July passed a 100-day Plan. To date, the Plan has accomplished its macroeconomic stabilization objective with the passing of the 2017 Supplementary Budget in September.
- The Supplementary Budget took bold measures to narrowing the fiscal deficit.
- On wage bill control, the Supplementary Budget efforts included commencement of physical audit into the payroll, a freeze on new recruitments, ceasing use of the parallel payroll system and migration of all government employees onto the centralized government payroll and to have a national identification card, as well as, identifying list of offices and agencies for amalgamation in 2018.
- At the same time, to pr...

21:16

Free Yourself From Depression Forever By Applying These 10 Basic Principles "IndyWatch Feed World"

(By: A New kind of Human) Depression is a horrible condition to live with. As some of my readers may know, enduring its presence in my life when I was younger, made me seriously contemplate suicide, because I began to delude myself into thinking that there simply was no other way out.

Fortunately, it never came to that. But for many others who are never shown a better way, it does.

It is this reason, that has inspired me to write this short blog. I remember my struggle very well, and if I can help someone else to overcome their depression naturally, then I am happy and honored to do so.

I sincerely hope that this helps you

1) ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY THAT YOU MUST CHANGE YOUR LIFE 

In this world most of us are victims my friends, some obviously more than others.

I myself was born into chaos, and my earliest memory of childhood was violence and turmoil, and naturally much of my life was filled with violence and turmoil as a result. My upbringing created a mental blueprint that caused me a great deal of difficulty growing up, one that almost destroyed me.

This is unfair, yes, because babies (to the best of our human knowledge) dont ask to be born into this madness. But as the saying goes, it is what is is, theres no point in crying over spilt milk, we just have to figure out a way to clean it up or move on and yes, there is always a way to clean things up or at least move on.

What Im tryna say is, we all have a story my friends, but obsessing over our struggles, making excuses, practicing avoidance, or looking for sympathy from other people is not going to change that story, its only going to prolong our pain. Change starts with accepting the responsibility that we need to face our pain, deal with our pain, and find a way to overcome our pain.

No one is coming to save us and no one actually can because the problem is inside us. And all the money in the world cannot fix that. The best husband or wife cannot save us from what is inside, they can only distract us from our pain and depression temporarily, and giving this responsibility to them is unfair. We have to figure out how to do it ourselves, or we will just be using relationships, money and the like to distract us from our pain.

GET RID OF YOUR TOXIC OUTLETS & REPLACE THEM WITH POSITIVE ONES 

Growing up I did everything and anything I could to avoid my depression, anxiety, and pain. I used video games, television, porn, alcohol, drugs, junk food, sex, social media, intimate relationships, and anything I could to help distract me from what I felt inside. And the longer I did this, the more powerful my pr...

21:15

The Cabal Didnt Expect This To Happen, Next Event Locked And Loaded (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The Cabal Didnt Expect This To Happen, Next Event Locked And Loaded Video X22 Report More information is exposed which shows the FBI was hiding evidence of Clintons email server. There was a fire at Clintons residents house. Macron...

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21:15

Iran ProtestsCIA Fingerprints? "IndyWatch Feed War"

RonPaulLibertyReport Is it just a coincidence that the biggest protests since 2009 have hit Iran shortly after a secret agreement was revealed between Washington, Tel Aviv, and Riyadh to destabilize Iran? And shortly after a new Executive Order was issued by President Trump allowing him to seize US assets of anyone he deems a human []

21:15

US Seen Airlifting ISIS Leaders to Safety to Reconstitute America"s Proxy Army in Syria "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Once again, the United States has been accused of cooperating with ISIS forces in Syria. Citing eyewitness reports, Syrias SANA news agency reported that U.S. helicopters evacuated ISIS leaders from numerous areas across the Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor.

21:14

Angola Chinese continue to plunder forests for timber "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

J C Gutner and Jaime V. Azulay(Facebook)

 

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In Angola, illegal logging of primary forests continues without any real control of the authorities, with the agreement of corrupt officials. Columns of trucks belonging to Chinese companies carry hundreds of m3 of wood to angolan ports to Asia. The government has still not responded to this ecological massacre. No official news or information in the provinces of huambo, Benguela, bi and others. Greenpeace International; WWF; The Rainforest Site. Angolas forestry resources, which have been inaccessible for 40 years as a result of the armed conflict, are now prey to a traffic. Jaime V. Azulay

The plundering of Angolas natural resources continues!!!
In the whole world, no responsible government allows the indiscriminate slaughter of the primary forests of your country and the export of crude wood as you see here!
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21:14

Silver Created the Greatest Transfer of Wealth in History To-Date "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Silver Created the Greatest Transfer of Wealth in History To-Date by Rory The Daily Coin The past few days I have been reminded of how important silver is to our world and how silver is the one asset the...

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21:11

Notes of an accidental jailer "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

THE LEAST EXPERIENCE OF PRISONS teaches you that theyre criminal universities for prisoners; they morally corrupt all law-enforcement officers; they make criminal the societies theyre intended to protect. Like every human creature I have ever met or heard of, I am in part evil. Between the convicted and the unconvicted, the only differences I can

21:10

Ex-British PM Tony Blair ups calls for Labour to back Brexit U-turn "IndyWatch Feed War"

Former UK Prime Minister Blair has warned British voters time is running out to stop Brexit. An overwhelming majority of Labour members although not their leaders or many voters share his wish for a Brexit reversal.

A bumper stickers shows the letters GB inside the European flag (Getty Images/M. Cardy)

Tony Blairs evaluation of the opposition Labour Partys Brexit strategy was set out in an article published on Thursday on his Institute for Global Change website in which he called for the party to join the fight to keep the UK from leaving the European Union.

Blair said Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn wants to have his cake and eat it on Brexit.

Read more: UK to abide by EU rules in Brexit transition, with no voice

Labours position is confusing, Blair said, adding it would be far better if the Labour Party made the case that leaving isnt and never was the answer.

Make Brexit the Tory [ruling, Conservative Party] Brexit, Blair said. Make them own it 100 percent. If Labour continues to go along with Brexit and insists on leaving the Single Market, the handmaiden of Brexit will have been the timidity of Labour.

21:10

USA: Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement (RAM) Chapter Formed in Chicago "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Received on 04.12.18:

Announcing: Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement Chicago

We are proudly announcing the establishment of the Chicago RAM chapter. Following RAMs principles, vision and aims, we assert our commitment to fight against the white supremacist patriarchal state and its political-economical system based on impoverishment, murderous violence and enslavement.

Our struggle for liberation, power and autonomy will take place in collaboration with our communities and local revolutionaries.
We intend to achieve our broader political objectives by initiating and participating in the building of local councils, solidarity economies and self-defense mechanisms.

In this, we follow the example set by the Rojava revolution.

Burn down prisons! Burn down borders!
Burn down the establishment!

Long live our struggle for a dignified life!

RAM Chicago

Email: RAM-Chicago@protonmail.com
FB: https://www.facebook.com/ramchicago/


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21:09

While US Backs Carnage, Norway Cites Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen and Halts Weapons Sales "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

While US Backs Carnage, Norway Cites Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen and Halts Weapons Sales Source: Julia Conley @ Common Dreams Citing grave concerns over the humanitarian crisis thats exploded in Yemen as a result of the U.S.-backed war in the impoverished country, Norway has taken action to curb its support of the violence and carnage. []

21:09

Why the December 31 Militant Attack in Kashmir Should Have Security Forces Worried "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The use of locals to carry out attacks represents a changed tactic for militant groups including Jaish-e-Mohammad in the Valley.

Fardeen Ahmad Khanday in a video released by Jaish-e-Mohammad. Credit: Video Screengrab

Fardeen Ahmad Khanday in a video released by Jaish-e-Mohammad. Credit: Video Screengrab

Tral (Jammu and Kashmir): Fardeen Ahmad Khanday was an introvert who preferred the solace of his room to hanging out with friends. He was a bookworm, says his father Ghulam Mohammad, and had been rigorously preparing for his class X exams. On September 15 last year, after drinking his early morning tea, the 16-year-old boy told his mother that he was going out for a walk.

When he didnt come back home till evening, Fardeens parents rang up relatives and his friends and asked them to look for their son. A week later, they had all but given up on the search when a picture of Fardeen tall, lean and the eldest of four brothers appeared on social media brandishing an AK-47 rifle. He had joined Jaish-e-Mohammad, a decision which shocked his parents and neighbours who had known Fardeen since h...

21:06

How Anti-Fascists Won the Battles of Berkeley : 2017 in the Bay and Beyond: A Play-by-Play Analysis "IndyWatch Feed War"

Black Bloc in Berkeley, August 27, 2017.

The perilous politics of militant anti-fascism defined 2017 for the anarchist movement in the United States. The story in the Bay Area mirrors that of the country at large. Its a narrative full of tragedies, setbacks, and repression, ultimately concluding with a fragile victory. Yet there was no guarantee it would turn out this way: only a few months ago, it seemed likely we would be starting 2018 amid the nightmare of a rapidly metastasizing fascist street movement. What can anti-fascists around the world learn from what happened in Berkeley? To answer this question, we have to back up and tell the story in full.

Fascists chose Berkeley, California as the center stage for their attempt to get a movement off the ground. The advantage shifted back and forth between fascists and anti-fascists as both sides maneuvered to draw more allies into the fight. Riding on the coattails of Trumps campaign and exploiting the blind spots of liberal free speech politics, fascists gained momentum until anti-fascists were able to use these victories against them, drawing together an unprecedented mobilization. As we begin a new year, anti-fascist networks in the Bay Area are stronger than ever. Participants in anti-fascist struggle enjoy a hard-earned legitimacy in the eyes of many activists and communities targeted by the far right. By contrast, the far-right movement that gained strength throughout 2016 and the first half of 2017 has imploded. For the time being, the popular mobilization they sought to manifest has been thwarted. The events in the Bay Area offer an instructive example of the threat posed by contemporary far-right coalition buildingand how we can defend our communities against it.

2016: A New Era Begins

Clashes escalate outside a Trump Rally in San Jose on June 2, 2016.

The clashes between far-right forces and anti-fascists that gripped Berkeley for much of 2017 were the climax of a sequence of events that began a year earlier. On February 27, 2016, Klansmen in the Southern California city of Anaheim stabbed three anti-racists who were protesting a Ku Klux Klan rally against illegal immigration and Muslims. The rhetoric of the Klan echoed the same vulgar nationalism that the Trump campaign was broadcasting. Under the banner of the alt-right, many white supremacist and fascist groups began to use the campaign as an umbrella under which to mobilize and recruit. They aimed to build an ideologically diverse social movem...

21:05

Commentary: Trump, Tehran and the failure of the Iran Deal "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Its impossible to view the current unrest in Iran apart from the deal that President Obama struck with Tehran

Its the first day back at work in 2018 for us pundit types, and already one of last years biggest memes is back too, courtesy of the Iran protests: #ThatsHowYouGetTrump.

The premise of the meme is that, while intellectual elites might be smart in a general way about broad political issues, they failed to see their practical impact on real peopleparticularly blue-collar, lower-middle-class peoplehere at home.  So, for example, while elites write 5,000 word articles about the evils of building a border wall, many Americans are more moved by stories like the shooting of Kate Steinle, allegedly carried out by an illegal immigrant, or the diversity lottery terrorist who hit New York City on Halloween.

On foreign policy, President Obama offered a nuanced argument for refusing to back up his red line on Syrian use of chemical weapons against children, while President Trump later offered argumentsjust a missile barrage that so far has brought the attacks to an end.

And so it is with the street protests in Iran, a story thats impossible to view apart from the Iran Deal, the centerpiece of Obamas foreign policy.

The anti-regime protests, the Rouhani governments violent crackdown and the resulting deaths all feed the notion that liberal elites have an inability to see the forest through the trees, as Mideast analyst Michael Rubin puts iton Iran, or on the world as a whole. Its another argument for the pro-Trump view that, while Barack Obama had a patina of egghead-ism and elegance, the current president at least knows the good guys from the bad guys.

And for most Americans, Iran has long been the bad guys....

21:05

Why Clarion Project Ignores Theology "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Blue Mosque, IstanbulThe Blue Mosque, Istanbul (Photo: Benh Lieu Song / Wiki Commons)

Religious freedom is a key principle that must not be abandoned in the fight against radical Islam. Some of those who seek to combat jihadism and political Islam do so by attacking what they see as the root of the problem: Islam itself. This view sees Al Qaeda and ISIS as truly representative of Islam and therefore holds that any approach which doesnt tackle the religion directly as ultimately doomed.

Clarion disagrees. Our position is in alignment with one of the founding principles of western classical liberalism.

Freedom of religion in the West can be traced back to the aftermath of Europes brutal Protestant Reformation. English philosopher John Locke argued in his famous Letter Concerning Toleration (1689) for the then-revolutionary idea that different Christian sects ought to be tolerated by the state. Locke reasoned that government and religion have different roles. Whereas it is the governments duty to promote external interests, like national security, religion exists to promote internal interests (i.e., the salvation of the soul).

Given that these functions are very different, there is no need for the one to interfere with the other. These ideas gradually evolved into the notion of freedom of religion, later enshrined in the First Amendment of the United States constitution.

This baseline...

21:03

Turkish Religious Authority Says Girls As Young As 9 Can Marry "IndyWatch Feed World"

Turkeys state Directorate of Religious Affairs popularly known as the Diyanet infuriated the countrys largest opposition party on Wednesday when it said that, under Islamic law, girls as young as nine could marry.
The comments triggered an outpouring of rage on social media, as Turkish womens groups expressed outrage at the sudden clarification.
The directorate responded that it was only defining points of Islamic law.
Turkey's legal age of marriage is 18 but the practice of underage weddings in religious ceremonies is widespread. Turkish law also allows 17-year-olds to marry with the consent of their parents or guardian, or 16-year-olds in exceptional circumstances with court approval.

21:03

Donald Trump: From Reality TV Star to Mass Murderer in One Short Year "IndyWatch Feed World"

U.S. president Donald Trump ran his presidential campaign on a strict platform of anti-interventionism (with the exception of his campaign pledge to bomb the sh*t out of ISIS oil fields). In reality, Trump hasnt just bombed the sh*t out of ISIS he has bombed the sh*t out of the entire region, making former President Obamas warmongering legacy pale in comparison.

According to the Council on Foreign Relations Micah Zenkos estimate, Donald Trump dropped 20,650 bombs in his first six months of office alone compared to Barack Obamas 26,171 bombs for all of last year. As commander-in-chief of the U.S. military, Donald Trump relaxed the restrictions in place to inhibit air strikes, giving free reign to military commanders in the field to call in airstrikes with zero oversight. This privilege was also granted to Iraqi commanders, who called in an airstrike that killed well over 200 civilians in the Iraqi city of Mosul.

In Afghanistan, the Obama administration restricted U.S. forces to only carrying out defensive strikes with the sole aim of protecting Afghan forces rather than launching offensive strikes against enemy forces. Whether or not this distinction had any effect on the ground (regardless, during the Obama era NATO forces were documented carrying out brutal raids on innocent families), Donald Trump quietly overturned Obamas restrictions, a move that led to U.S. forces dropping three times as many bombs and missiles as last year.

In total, American warplanes, including the infamous B-52, dropped more than 3,900 bombs and missiles in Afghanistan this year to the detriment of the Afghan population. Daniel R. Mahany, a program director at the Center for Civilians in Conflict advo...

21:00

SOMETHING IS CLEARLY GOING ON: SILICON VALLEY AND THE PRINCESS AMIRA ... "IndyWatch Feed War"

Many thanks to all of you who communicated your well-wishes to Daniel and me during the Christmas and New Years' holidays, and our best

The post SOMETHING IS CLEARLY GOING ON: SILICON VALLEY AND THE PRINCESS AMIRA ... appeared first on Giza Death Star.

21:00

A.I. Is Taking Over Bit By Bit: The Implication Of Rapidly Improving Artificial Intelligence "IndyWatch Feed World"

Mac Slavo
January 3rd, 2018
SHTFplan.com 

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Recognizing the human voice, new tech gadgets can play music, search the web, shop online, check the weather, and even switch on the lights or control the central heating. But while we get to know these new interactive electronics, a report last week sounded the alarm over the implications of rapidly improving artificial intelligence.
They listen, they talk and very soon, according to some experts, they will be taking over our homes, our jobs and our lives. Thousands of Americans unwrapped voice-activated electronic devices on Christmas Day. Amazons Alexa service, Apples Home Pod, and Googles Home speakers were among the best-sellers.
The study, from the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) warns of thousands of jobs being lost to robots and those with those on lowest wages likely to be hardest hit. As it becomes more expensive to hire people for work because of government intervention like minimum wage hikes and overbearing regulations, more companies are shifting to robotics to save money on labor.
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21:00

Will We Grow Out of It? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is teetering on 25,000; economic growth is pushing along at +3%; businesses and individuals are paying less tax; government regulations have been eliminated to the extent prudent and the US is oil/energy independent and has begun to export. The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), said to float on a vast sea of oil is being explored and drilling leases will be sold there. The taxpayers will win with ANWR and leases on other government land (forbidden during the years of Obamanation) both in profit from drilling leases, in well paid drilling jobs and everything that supports drilling crews and infrastructure, in export taxes paid by oil companies and in profits that will flow back to the US from foreign sales.

And we have a $20 trillion deficit, half of which was accrued under Obama's watch (not all his fault, but a lot of it was). If you've followed this blog long enough, I've said for a long time that the only way that I could see the US dredging itself out of the financial hole it sank into was through oil. The US/Canada have the world's largest proven oil reserves - larger than the Saudis. Some of that oil and gas was difficult to access in the past but technology has provided the solution and we're able to profitably extract it now.
California, ever the opportunistic state, has slapped a $1.00 per gallon excise tax on the retail sale of gasoline to further social justice, income redistribution, and coddling non-US citizens who are encouraged to vote for the Democrat of their choice in elections. Some people claim that it's insanity and many people are fleeing the People's Republik for those and other related reasons.
Some have had enough of California and are seeking
sanity and sanctuary elsewhere.
The sly, corrupt, lying, elite medi...

20:56

Norway stops selling weapons for Yemen war "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This 2015 video from the United Arab Emirates shows relatives of conscript soldiers, forced by the dictatorial regime to fight in the bloody war in Yemen, crying after their loved ones returned in coffins.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Norway halts arms sales to Emirates over Yemen invasion

NORWAY suspended arms exports to the United Arab Emirates today over its role in the invasion of Yemen.

Oslo called the move a precautionary line based on its assessment of the devastating situation in Yemen, where the Saudi-led nine-nation coalition, which includes the UAE, has killed more than 10,000 civilians and displaced three million in nearly three years of war.

The coalition was formed in 2015 to fight Houthi rebels who now control much of northern Yemen and the capital Sanaa.

Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Soreide said she had no information that any of Norways military exports had been used in Yemen, but she acknowledged great concern over the humanitarian crisis there.

However, Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang published a video released by Houthi forces yesterday, allegedly showing a US spy submarine they had seized.

The newspaper said the vehicle was a REMUS 600...

20:54

Nobody stealing your jobs, you spend too much on wars, Alibaba founder tells US "IndyWatch Feed World"

A novel idea: maybe the reason the US is in a spiralling debt is because the US government has been spending money on all the wrong places (including war).

Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba.com and one of the richest men in the world, believes this is the case.

Over the past thirty years, the Americans had thirteen wars spending 40.2 trillion dollars, said Ma, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos. What if they spent a part of that money on building up the infrastructure, helping the white-collar and the blue-collar workers? No matter how strategically good it is, youre supposed to spend money on your own people.

And the other money which Im curious about is that when I was young, all I heard about America was Ford and Boeing and those big manufacturing companies. The last 10-20 years, all I heard about is Silicon Valley and Wall Street, he continued.

And what happened? The year 2008: the financial crisis wiped out 19.2 trillion dollars in the USA alone and destroyed 34 million jobs globally. So what if the spent on Wall Street and the Middle East was spent on the Mid-West of the United States, developing the industry there? That could change a lot.

Perhaps the real issue is the allowance of a small group of financiers to control the money.  The Federal Reserve is a private company and has been doling out cash to the US, on loan, since 1913 (when it was created).  Theyve been putting the taxpayers into debt ever since.

Ma reiterates, its not that other countries steal jobs from you guys, it is your strategy!

Perhaps its time to buckle down, stop wasting money on bombs that cost $1 million each, and start placing the money into a new world of technological advances, including solar powered roads, graphene bridges and wireless electricity.  Plan for the future and spend accordingly.


This article (Nobody stealing your jobs, you spend too much on wars, Alibaba founder tells US) was originally published on Minds and is reprinted here. Image: Ruben Sprich/Reuters

The post Nobody stealing your jobs, you spend too much on wars, Alib...

20:51

Fox News Doctor Spreads Marijuana Propaganda "IndyWatch Feed War"

Dr. Marc Siegel appeared on the Fox News Channel morning program on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 and had nothing good to say about Californias new marijuana law. Siegel is convinced that marijuana in a gateway drug and poses a danger for many people who are pregnant, driving a motor vehicle, or working in an academic environment. He seemed to say that routine, prolonged use caused brain damage. Peace and Freedom will try to get the video of his remarks Wednesday on Fox and Friends because he issued a clear cautionary note to California.

Read more: National Institutes of Health Report Include

The video is athttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxyaehZvU6w

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20:51

As US seeks emergency UN meeting on Iran, Russia reminds it of Ferguson & Occupy crackdowns "IndyWatch Feed War"

As US seeks emergency UN meeting on Iran, Russia reminds it of Ferguson & Occupy crackdowns St Louis County police officers hold an anti-police demonstrator in Ferguson, Missouri August 10, 2015.  Lucas Jackson / Reuters The US has said it will call an emergency UNSC meeting to discuss the unrest in Iran, citing the need []

20:50

Deaf Paedophile Has Jail Sentence Slashed Because He Cant Hear TV "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A paedophiles jail term has been reduced after he complained he had no one to communicate with and he was unable watch tv Egyptian-born Gamal Demian was sentenced to 20 years for rape and sexual [...]

20:48

Waterproof Lounge Chair Cushions "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Waterproof Lounge Chair Cushions - A terrace is all about relaxing. At least that's what I believe. My wife might have other thoughts, like how great the patio space might be to set up a card tables to get her hearts club. But me, I think it's good simply tom have some pace think and to be silent.

And the very best portion of that time for me personally is my favorite patio chair. Different people have their own idea on how best to decorate their very own patios, although I personally like my teak patio recliner. But no matter what style your patio is, chairs are an essential part of anyone's patio decor.

And there are just so many styles to choose from. There are the elegant looking Adirondack style seats with their backs, sloping seat and armrests that are oversized; perfect for resting on a beverage. Sometime it is possible to get these with matching ottomans to give your weary feet a rest. My neighbor gets his favorite lounge that his wife got to get their anniversary. I've seen him on many an evening sitting out with a glass of iced tea on his deck.

20:45

Florida has snow for first time in 29 years "IndyWatch Feed World"

Florida has seen its first snowfall in three decades as a rare winter storm hit the southeast of the US on Wednesday. The weather office in the sunshine state's capital Tallahassee measured 0.25cm (0.1ins) of snow on its roof, marking the first time it had experienced the white stuff since 1989. Plenty of excited locals - including the police force - took to Twitter to share pictures and videos of the exceptionally rare conditions. Five to eight centimetres (2-3ins) of snow were expected in northeast Florida, where there have been warnings of icy roads, power cuts and freezing temperatures.

20:45

Israel begins expelling African migrants "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Menahem Kahana, AFP | This file photo taken on September 02, 2017 shows Christian African Eritrean migrants walking outside at a makeshift church in southern Tel Aviv.

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2018-01-04

Israel on Wednesday began implementing a plan to force tens of thousands of African migrants out of the country by April, threatening to arrest those who stay.

This plan will get under way today, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the start of a cabinet meeting.

Under the programme, some 38,000 migrants who entered Israel illegally, mainly Eritreans and Sudanese, will have until the end of March to leave.

Each will receive a plane ticket and $3,500 (2,900 euros) to do so. After the deadline, this amount will decrease and those who continue to refuse to go will face arrest.

Holot, an open facility in Israels desert south that can host 1,200 migrants who are allowed to leave to work during the day, is also set to be closed.

It currently holds 970 people, the interior ministry said this week.

The plan was originally approved by the cabinet in November, drawing concern from the UN refugee agency.

Wednesdays cabinet session marked the programmes transition from the planning stage to action, migrant aid worker Adi Drori-Avraham told AFP.

We see here the implementation of the decision, said Drori-Avraham of the Tel Aviv-based Aid Organisation for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Israel (ASSAF).

The Africans currently hold short-term residence visas which must be renewed every two months.

From today when a person goes to request an extension to their visa, if he does not have a pending asylum application his visa will not be renewed and he will be given a d...

20:45

Take these steps to help protect yourself and your family from the flu this and every year NATURALLY "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Take these steps to help protect yourself and your family from the flu this and every year NATURALLY by: JD Heyes  Natural News Long-time readers of Natural News know that our founder/editor Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, has absolutely no...

The post Take these steps to help protect yourself and your family from the flu this and every year NATURALLY appeared first on The Daily Coin.

20:45

"I, Neocon" the Foreign Policy of Emperor Trump "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Unlike Claudius, Trump has no strong political Praetorian Guard to ensure his ultimate survival. Trump has created more enemies than friends within the establishment Republican Party, not to mention in the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the CIA, and the military services.

20:44

What do you call somebody who supports israel? "IndyWatch Feed War"

What do you call somebody who supports Israel?   By Stuart Littlewood Being racist normally invites strong disapproval, a ban, perhaps criminal prosecution. So why is supporting a racist regime like Israel not only tolerated but actively encouraged in the Wests corridors of power and often rewarded with high office? If opposing Israel is anti-Semitism, []

20:40

Iran declares victory against anti-government protesters following week of unrest that left 21 dead "IndyWatch Feed War"

There are concerns that interference by the Trump administration may exacerbate political and economic situations in the future

By Kim Sengupta Diplomatic Editor
The Independnet

Iran declares victory against anti-government protests that left 21 dead

Huge counter-demonstrations have taken place against the protests in Iran with the head of the Revolutionary Guards declaring victory against forces of sedition which had sought to create anarchy, insecurity and intrigue in the Islamic Republic.

As what was described by the state media as the revolutionary outburst of Iranian people against lawbreakers took place in towns and cities, General Mohammad Ali Jafari announced that units of the Guards had been deployed in the three provinces of Isfahan, Lorestan and Hamadan, which had been the main centres of the demonstrations.

However, the week of marches and rallies which led to violence with 21 dead and more than 450 arrested has exposed deep divisions in the country which are likely to resurface. There are concerns that interference by the Trump administration may exacerbate political and economic situations in the future.

There is growing evidence that the days of upheaval were the result not just of economic hardship but the long-running power-struggle between hardliners and reformists, with groups outside the country attempting to exploit the violence.

It has emerged that Ayatollah Ahmad Alamolhoda, the father-in-law of Ali Raisi, the hardline candidate who lost in last years presidential campaign to the reformist Hassan Rouhani, has been ordered to appear before Irans National Security Council to...

20:39

Modding Legends Team-Xecuter Announce Future-Proof Nintendo Switch Hack "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Since the advent of the first truly mass-market videogames consoles, people have dreamed about removing the protection mechanisms that prevent users from tinkering with their machines.

These modifications which are software, hardware, or combination of the two facilitate the running of third-party or homebrew code. On this front, a notable mention must go to XBMC (now known as Kodi) which ran on the original Xbox after its copy protection mechanisms had been removed.

However, these same modifications regularly open the door to mass-market piracy too, with mod-chips (hardware devices) or soft-mods (software solutions) opening up machines so that consumers can run games obtained from the Internet or elsewhere.

For the Nintendo Switch, that prospect edged closer at the end of December when Wololo reported that hackers Plutoo, Derrek, and Naehrwert had given a long presentation (video) at the 34C3 hacking conference in Germany, revealing their kernel hack for the Nintendo Switch.

While this in itself is an exciting development, fresh news from a veteran hacking group suggests that Nintendo could be in big trouble on the piracy front in the not-too-distant future.

In the light of a recent presentation at the Chaos Communication Congress in Germany weve decided to come out of the woodwork and tease you all a bit with our latest upcoming product, the legendary Team-Xecutor just announced.

While the hack announced in December requires Switch firmware 3.0 (and a copy of Pokken Tournament DX), Team-Xecutor say that their product will be universal, something which tends to suggest a fundamental flaw in the Switch system.

This solution will work on ANY Nintendo Switch console regardless of the currently installed firmware, and will be completely future proof, the team explain.

Xecutor say that their solution opens up the possibility of custom firmware (CFW) on Nintendos console. In laymans terms, this means that those with the technical ability will be able to dictate, at least to a point, how the console functions.

We want to move the community forward...

20:33

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Social media has both advantages and disadvantages, good points and bad, pluses and minuses.

Among the positives are the gems that come among the dross, the post that makes the reader/viewer laugh or think or just see life from a new perspective.

In the last few days Facebook has introduced me to Brain Pickings where today I found this from Albert Camus:

We have not overcome our condition, and yet we know it better. We know that we live in contradiction, but we also know that we must refuse this contradiction and do what is needed to reduce it. Our task as [humans] is to find the few principles that will calm the infinite anguish of free souls. We must mend what has been torn apart, make justice imaginable again in a world so obviously unjust, give happiness a meaning once more to peoples poisoned by the misery of the century. Naturally, it is a superhuman task. But superhuman is the term for tasks [we] take a long time to accomplish, thats all.

Let us know our aims then, holding fast to the mind, even if force puts on a thoughtful or a comfortable face in order to seduce us. The first thing is not to despair. Let us not listen too much to those who proclaim that the world is at an end. Civilizations do not die so easily, and even if our world were to collapse, it would not have been the first. It is indeed true that we live in tragic times. But too many people confuse tragedy with despair. Tragedy, [D.H.] Lawrence said, ought to be a great kick at misery. This is a healthy and immediately applicable thought. There are many things today deserving such a kick.

Today Im grateful for the good that social media brings and the inspiration to kick at misery.


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