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Saturday, 06 January


Trump Sets Modern Record for Least Number of Bills Signed into Law "IndyWatch Feed"



As of today, President Trump has signed the fewest bills into law by this point in any presidents first year at least as far back as President Eisenhower.


Throughout 2017, the President and Republican leaders in Congress have touted their passing of the most legislation in modern history. On his 100th day in office, the President announced he had signed the most bills of any president since Trumanand repeated it many times (it wasnt entirely true to begin with). House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy recently tweeted that the House of Representatives passed more bills in the Presidents first 11 months than in the same time period of the five most recent presidents.


By his own standard, the President has sunk to last place with 94 bills signed into law by his 336th day in office (Dec. 21, 2017). Thats 8 fewer than President George W. Bush and not even half as many as presidents Bill Clinton (209) and George H.W. Bush (242).


The President has not held the title of signing the most new legislation since his 101st day and has been in the bottom half for most of his presidency.


The counts were made on the heels of major legislation the President was expected to sign soon, like the 185-page tax reform bill (which includes a repeal of the Affordable Care Acts individual mandate) which the President signed on December 22, 2017. Other major policy initiatives, such as disaster relief, a legislative fix to DACA, full repeal or replacement of the Affordable Care Act, and increasing infrastructure spending may soon come into play. But past presidents had major legislation coming up at this point in their terms too, and without a major turn-around the President will remain at or near the bottom.


Counting bills is not a measurement of legislative productivity

There are many reasons why counting bills is not a valuable measurement of productivity, and we might not be writing this post at all if the President had not portrayed his early successes as being about volume.


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DHS insider breach resulted in theft of personal info of staff and people involved in investigations "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The US DHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) has confirmed that the privacy incident discovered in May 2017 resulted in the theft of personally identifiable information of DHS employees and individuals associated with investigations. The incident was the result of an attempted inside job by three DHS OIG employees who, according to the New York Times, stole the OIGs computer system with the plan to modify the proprietary software for managing investigative and disciplinary cases, More


Browser makers move to mitigate risk of Spectre browser attacks "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Apple has confirmed that it has already pushed out security updates for iOS, macOS and tvOS that mitigate the danger of users being affected by Meltdown attacks. (watchOS did not require mitigation.) The updates were released in early December, and apparently there is no measurable reduction in the performance of macOS and iOS due to the implementation of the mitigations. But, when it comes to reducing the risk of Spectre attacks, updates are yet to More


Rare explosive cyclogenesis of East Coast cyclone, return interval 25 - 30 years "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Although not unprecedented, the explosive deepening of mid-latitude cyclone over this part of the Western Atlantic during winter (where central pressure drops more than 50 hPa in 24 hours) as witnessed on Thursday, January 4, 2018 is rare, NWS said. Detailed records...... Read more

Series of earthquakes under Mount St. Helens, Washington "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A series of small to moderate earthquakes shook Mount St. Helens volcano in Washington over the past couple of days. The largest was M3.9 at a depth of 10.2 km (6.2 miles) on January 3, 2018, followed by M2.7, M2.0 and M1.9. The quakes are believed to be tectonic in...... Read more

Rapidly deepening low hits New Zealand with heavy rain, powerful winds and destructive storm surge "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A powerful storm is affecting much of New Zealand since January 3, 2018 with very heavy rain and powerful winds. At least one person has been killed, authorities confirmed, numerous roads were closed, air traffic halted and more than 20 000 homes lost power. The...... Read more

Nabi Saleh is where I lost my Zionism (Lisa Goldman) "IndyWatch Feed World"

05/01/2018 - By the time I began going to Nabi Saleh, I had spent about four years reporting on what I saw in the West Bank and Gaza, watching detachedly as my politics moved ever leftward. What I witnessed in ...

And if Ahed Tamimi were your daughter? (Gideon Levy ) "IndyWatch Feed World"

05/01/2018 - How is it that Israelis are totally indifferent to the plight of the blond girl behind bars who could easily be their child?   Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi enters a military courtroom escorted ...


The End For Clinton Finally Begins, 1964 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

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DHS and the US Army are turning teachers into first responders, who's next? "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

DHS and the US army have created an active shooter training scenario designed to turn teachers into first responders.

Watching the above video reveals how DHS uses our fear of mass shootings to keep the 'War on Terror' alive.

DHS and the US Army claim their latest 'War on Terror' video will be free to all school teachers this year.

A recent article in the Orlando Sentinel reveals that school teachers across the country will soon be trained with DHS's Enhanced Dynamic Geo-Social Environment (EDGE) active shooter scenarios.

With teachers, they did not self-select into a role where they expect to have bullets flying near them. Unfortunately, its becoming a reality, said Tamara Griffith, a chief engineer for the project. We want to teach teachers how to respond as first responders.

EDGE trains teachers to consider anyone to be a potential mass murderer.

We have to worry about both children and adults being suspects project manager Bob Walker said.

For years, I have warned people about DHS. Now they have combined forces with the US Army and are actively training teachers to consider everyone a possible mass murderer.

What could possibly go wrong?

Imagine a student voicing his or her displeasure over a teacher or homework. Because the teacher has been trained to suspect everyone, they label him or her as a potential threat or mass murderer.

The police are notified and question the student and parents because terrorists could be anywhere.
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Pakistan Says Alliance With U.S. Is Over "IndyWatch Feed War"

America has turned Islamabad into a whipping boy, its foreign minister said, after the U.S. suspended security aid to the country

Jan. 5, 2018 7:37 a.m. ET

ISLAMABADThe U.S. failed to behave as an ally and turned Islamabad into a whipping boy for its own shortcomings in Afghanistan, Pakistans foreign minister said, after the Trump administration suspended security-related aid to the country.

We do not have any alliance with the United States, Khawaja Muhammad Asif said in an interview Friday. This is not how allies behave.



U.S. suspends at least $900 million in security aid to Pakistan



Police respond to bogus 911 call by killing grandfather in his own home "IndyWatch Feed World"

A family is heartbroken after their grandfather was shot and killed in his own home by police officers who arrived at the house in the middle of the night, and opened fire 30 seconds after they claim that they saw him in the kitchen with a firearm. Video has yet to be released and details are still emerging from the Jan. 1 shooting that killed Mark Steven Parkinson, 65. Police have admitted that the beloved grandfather was not the target of the alleged welfare check that was being carried out by the sheriff's deputies who knocked on his front door. The deputies were initially dispatched after police received an anonymous 911 call around 3 a.m. that requested a welfare check at the residence. A report from the Walker County Messenger claimed that during the call, "information was provided that stated a female at the residence was threatening to kill herself and her children." The call did not originate from the Parkinson residence.


Trump Trafficking EO, Voter Fraud, CNN Pot New Year "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Trump Trafficking EO, Voter Fraud, CNN Pot New Year by Greg Hunter USA Watchdog The Trump Executive Order (EO) on human rights or corruption may get some use in 2018. Anonymous sources and Washington insiders think this EO will...

The post Trump Trafficking EO, Voter Fraud, CNN Pot New Year appeared first on The Daily Coin.


Vinculan a proceso a Roberto Borge, ser trasladado a penal federal de Morelos "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

El exgobernador de Quintana Roo ser trasladado al Centro Federal de Rehabilitacin Psicosocial nmero 16, en el estado de Morelos.Regeneracin, 5 de enero de 2018.- Roberto Borge, exgobernador de Quinta Roo, fue vinculado a proceso por un juez federal de control por su probable participacin en calidad de coautor de operaciones con recursos de procedencia []

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Addictive gaming to be recognised as disease: WHO "IndyWatch Feed War"


AFP/File | Gaming disorder can lead to computer games taking precedence over other interests, according to the current working definition

Gaming disorder will be recognised as a disease later this year following expert consensus over the addictive risks associated with playing electronic games, the World Health Organization said Friday.

The disorder will be listed in the 11th edition of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), to be published in June, WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic told reporters in Geneva.

WHO is leading the process of updating ICD-11, which includes input from global health practitioners.

The current working definition of the disorder is a pattern of gaming behaviour, that can be digital gaming or video gaming, characterised by impaired control over gaming, increased priority given to gaming over other activities to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other interests, Jasarevic said.

Other symptoms include the continuation and escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences.

The provisional guidelines say that an individual should demonstrate an abnormal fixation on gaming for at least a year before being diagnosed with the disorder, which will be classified as an addictive behaviour, Jasarevic said.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that the condition disproportionately effects younger people more connected to the ever-expanding online gaming world.

But the WHO spokesman cautioned that it was premature to speculate on the scope of the problem.

Gaming disorder is a relatively new concept and epidemiological data at the population level are yet to be generated, he said.

Despite the lack of hard data, health experts basically agree that there is an issue and that official inclusion in the ICD is the next appropriate step, Jasarevic said.

There are people who are asking for help, he added, noting that formal recognition of the condition will help spur further research and resources committed to combatting the problem.



S Korean President to Meet Former Comfort Women Amid Row With Japan Reports "IndyWatch Feed World"

(Sputnik) According to the agency, the meeting will take place at the Cheong Wa Dae presidential residence in Seoul and will involve eight former comfort women.

Moon intends to extend his personal sympathy to those women, who suffered from sex slavery during Japanese colonial rule.

The meeting will take place amid the ongoing dispute between Seoul and Tokyo over the 2015 deal between the two countries regarding the comfort women, under which Japan provided 1 billion yen ($8.8 million) to a fund to help victims. Seoul says that the agreement did not meet the needs of the Korean women, who had been the victims of sexual slavery.

Comfort women is a term used to describe women forced to work in wartime brothels for the Japanese military during World War II. With the exact number of women involved in the practice still a subject of debate, most of the women were taken from countries occupied by Japan between 1932 and 1945, mainly Korea, China, and the Philippines.

Originally published by Sputnik

The post S Korean President to Meet Former Comfort Women Amid Row With Japan Reports appeared first on The Fifth Column.


Remaining Peaceful Was Their Choice "IndyWatch Feed War"

Human Wrongs Watch

By Kathy Kelly*

1 January 2018 (TRANSCEND Media Service)  People living now in Yemens third largest city, Taiz, have endured unimaginable circumstances for the past three years. Civilians fear to go outside lest they be shot by a sniper or step on a land mine.


Kathy Kelly

Both sides of a worsening civil war use Howitzers, Kaytushas, mortars and other missiles to shell the city. Residents say no neighborhood is safer than another, and human rights groups report appalling violations, including torture of captives. Two days ago, a Saudi-led coalition bomber killed 54 people in a crowded market place.

Before the civil war developed, the city was regarded as the official cultural capital of Yemen, a place where authors and academics, artists and poets chose to live.

Taiz was home to a vibrant, creative youth movement during the 2011 Arab Spring uprising. Young men and women organized massive demonstrations to protest the enrichment of entrenched elites as ordinary people struggled...


Easy Chairs for Sale "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Easy Chairs for Sale - You are able to tell when your church seats are due for replacement. It's no secret that all worn out seating is not comfortable. They are visually unappealing, not to mention structurally unsound and reflect to a church. Structurally seating that is compromised can give way at any given moment, hurting a salesman member or possibly embarrassing.

When buying church chairs, caliber is more non-negotiable; it is always much better to put money into a few pops of quality seats that will endure for many years to come as opposed to purchase a space full of cheap seats that will begin to fall apart at the seams in the minute they're first used. In regards to seats, you get what you purchase. While great quality chairs may not be economical, they give a much greater worth, as they will last more than lower quality seats. Purchasing chairs will also offer your congregation an worship experience and a comfortable surroundings.

It can be difficult in the event the church is already overwhelmed by other obligations to obtain church chairs. Fortunately, there are a number of tips that you may use in the face of a church budget that is tight to make sure that you are able to buy quality church chairs.


The Daily Bird #581. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Woodland Pigeon from Giliell, click for full size!

Giliell, all rights reserved.


To Unlock the Brains Mysteries, Pure It "IndyWatch Feed War"

Vooral de laatste helft is mindblowingly interessant.

To Unlock the Brains Mysteries, Pure It

A Vanderbilt neuroscientist has discovered an unusual but shockingly fruitful way to study our most enigmatic organ.

Brains of several dozen species of mammals and birds stored...


Four misconceptions around compensating controls "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

As the New Year celebrations come to a close, the deadline to become compliant with the EUs new consumer protection regulation GDPR is creeping closer. With this new law coming into effect in late May, businesses around the world are running out of time to prepare or else risk facing reputation and financial ruin. The best preparation will include companies phasing out the use of compensating controls to ensure proper compliance and the health of More


Trump on Saudi Leadership Shake-up: Weve Put Our Man on Top! "IndyWatch Feed War"

Maryam Saleh 05-01-2018 | 10:06 When Saudi Arabias Mohammad bin Salman effectively launched a coup and unseated his political rival in June, President Donald Trump took private credit. Weve put our man on top! Trump told his friends, writes Michael Wolff in his forthcoming book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. Saudi Arabias []


Owls in Canada video "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 4 January 2017 video is about owls in Canada.



TRUMP & #PEDO RESEARCHERS TARGETED, AS ELITE PANIC Video SGTReport Either Steve Bannon has been bought and paid for or hes a man with zero integrity. Because if hes telling the truth, he should have spoken up long ago,...

The post TRUMP & #PEDO RESEARCHERS TARGETED, AS ELITE PANIC (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.


What can we expect from Januarys Patch Tuesday? "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

You know how sometimes you look at the weekend forecast on Thursday morning and you see that it will be sunny until early next week and then you look out the window to see it is pitch black and hailing? My forecast was going to predict some OS updates that included the fixes for the OS side of the CPU vulnerabilities that were identified late last year. Then I saw the swarm of emails, posts, More


Trump-Zinke Want to Open 90% of US Continental Shelf to Drilling; Florida Objects To More Tar Balls On Its White Beaches "IndyWatch Feed"

Mueller needs to hurry up already and remove Trump and Zinke. Mueller should recommend tar-balling and feathering as punishment.

In 2017 Zinke took a number of steps to make it easier to lease and explore for onshore and offshore oil, including removing some safety regulations put into place after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. (VOA)

If everyone is pumping oil and gas how will they keep prices up?

What Florida beaches should look like:

Pensacola Beach white sand U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Emily F. Alley....


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Muellers Investigation is Unconstitutional While Crooked Hillary and Dirty Cop Comey Walk Free AG Sessions Needs to Go! "IndyWatch Feed"

Guest post by Joe Hoft

If Attorney General Sessions was doing his job, corrupt Hillary Clinton and disgraced former FBI Director James Comey would be in jail or in court, the entire Obama Administration would be under investigation for corruption and criminal activities, the leadership in the FBI and DOJ would be behind bars, and MS13 would be eliminated from the US. Instead President Trump faces daily attacks related to totally fictional crimes and the Clintons and Obama run free.  Sessions must resign now!

There has been more than enough time for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to address the many corrupt and criminal activities and individuals within the DOJ and FBI and throughout the government. Instead he has done nothing.  He focuses on weed and MS13 while Hillary runs free.  His actions related to the Mueller investigation result in daily attacks against President Trump and a narrative that could have been totally avoided if the AG did his job.  The DOJ and the FBI are perceived as corrupt entities like those found in banana republics.  Its now time for deep state operative Sessions to resign.

On Wednesday Paul Manaforts legal team filed a suit against the DOJ, Mueller and Rosenstein claiming their special investigation is not legal as it goes beyond the mandate of what a special counsel is legally able to partake. The DOJ is under the purview of AG Sessions.  If AG Sessions were doing his job the investigation would have never started but after yesterdays court filing he surely would have halted the Mueller inv...


Robert Steele: Seeking 12 People with 500K Each Affordable Paradise, Protected Rights "IndyWatch Feed War"

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ROBERT STEELE: The last totally isolated set of 106 islands has been incorporated under license within a protected forestry region of Indonesia toward becoming the worlds first Open Source Everything Engineering (OSEE) eco-resort. I have agreed to be the security and intelligence officer for this endeavor

A very very limited number of investors will own a luxury zero footprint villa with free energy, unlimited desalinated water, and high-speed Internet.  The organizer is seeking 12 individuals able to provide $500K each in five scheduled payments. This buys up to two months of the year for each of 15 years of exclusive use of the villa built to agreed upon standards, and shared use of the entire private island development including the restaurant, library, bar, dive centre, boats, spa and so forth. A mix of silent and active partnership and revenue-sharing options are available. This is the first in price, the equivalent price is expected to escalate very rapidly toward $1-3M each over the next five to ten years. This is a long-term multi-generational play.

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Email me if you are a qualified investor and seriously interested in leasing a piece of the exclusive successor to Tahiti as it once was. The next team visit to the islands is planned for the second week in February.


Michael Wolff: Who is the Fire and Fury author? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Wolffs expose on the Donald Trump presidency Fire and Fury shot to the top of Amazons best-seller list even before it was released. So who is the man behind the most-talked about book of the year?

Head shot of author Michael Wolff.

After more than 40 years in journalism, Michael Wolff has become an overnight sensation with the publication of an expose of the Trump presidency.

Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, paints a picture of a bumbling and dysfunctional White House under US President Donald Trump. Such is the interest the book has aroused, publication has been brought forward to Friday.

Just days ago, 64-year-old Wolff was little known outside of Americas media ecosystem, but his new book, dismissed by the White House as nothing more than trashy tabloid fiction, has already shot to the top of Amazons best-seller list.


The Temple that Floated on the Abyss "IndyWatch Feed"

On the slopes of the Iztaccihuatl volcano, at an elevation of 13,000 feet, is a pond that sometimes reflects the sky like a mirror. Archaeologists exploring the site discovered that the pond is artificial, created by damming the water coming from a spring.

Poking around in the pond they found stone ruins, and they drained the pond so they could investigate closely. They found the ruins of a small temple, placed in the center of the pond. In it and all around the pond were artifacts associated with the rain god Tlaloc. The artifacts date to between 750 and 1150 AD.
The researchers have surmised that the placement of the stones is meant to portray a miniature model of the mythical universe. The placement itself creates the effect of making it seem like the stones are 'floating' on the water's surface rather than lying on the pond bed. . . .

Archaeologist Iris del Rocio Hernandez Bautista, who is from the Subaquatic Archeology Subdirectorate (SAS) of the INAH, pointed out that according to Mesoamerican creation myths, the world was devoid of any land. Cipactli (the monster of the earth) floated on the primitive waters and from his body, the sky and the earth were created.

She believes there was a ritualised control of the water coming from nearby springs to irrigate the pond with the aim of causing a visual effect in which it seemed that the structure and the mounds of stone floated on the water mirror, which in turn reflected the surrounding passage.
This image of the primeval world floating on the abyss of the waters is found across the Americans, deep in the lore of most Indians. We know that ancient Mexicans were very theatrical in their religion and built many of their temples as great stages for elaborate rituals, so this seems like just the sort of thing...


Argentinian geoscientist faces criminal charges for not committing scientific fraud in glacier survey. "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Guest post by David Middleton George Orwell on steroids Argentinian geoscientist faces criminal charges over glacier survey Government researcher Ricardo Villalba stands accused of shaping a study to benefit mining interests. Jeff Tollefson & Emiliano Rodrguez Mega A prominent geoscientist in Argentina is facing criminal charges over accusations that he manipulated a government survey of


British Thatcherite massive torture of children "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video from Australia says about itself:

Four Corners Australias Shame. Shocking vision of Child Torture in Youth Detention

26 July 2016

WARNING: This video contains graphic images.

Last nights Four Corners revealed shocking vision of a young boy being repeatedly victimised while in youth detention facilities in the Northern Territory. The boy, who was between 13 and 14 at the time, is forcefully stripped naked, held in a hog tie position, carried by the neck and thrown across a room as well as being knocked to the floor by staff.

See also here.

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Hundreds of boys tortured at youth detention centres in 1970s and 1980s

Survivors calling for public inquiry into sexual and physical abuse during Thatcherite short, sharp shock policy

Lizzie Dearden, Home Affairs Correspondent

Thursday 4 January 2018 20:12 GMT

Hundreds of boys say they were subjected to sexual and physical abuse amounting to torture in youth detention centres, sparkin...


The Leveraged Economy BLOWS UP In 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The Leveraged Economy BLOWS UP In 2018 by Steve St. Angelo SRSRocco Report Enjoy the good times while you can because when the economy BLOWS UP this next time, there is no plan B.  Sure, we could see massive...

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German debt clock counts down for first time in 22 years "IndyWatch Feed War"


AFP | The debt clock, in reverse for the first time
BERLIN (AFP)  A debt clock in Berlin, run by German tax lobbyists to shame the government into reining in spending, is falling for the first time in its 22-year history.In a sign of Berlins famously tight fiscal discipline, it shows public coffers moving into the black at a rate of 78 euros ($94) per second.

Granted, at this pace it would take some time more than 800 years for federal and state governments to pay off all of the massive two trillion euros ($2.4 trillion) they owe.

But the Federation of German Taxpayers (BdSt), the group that set up the digital clock, nonetheless hailed the turnaround as a good sign for Europes biggest economy.

Only recently the federal and state governments bore responsibility for this policy of piling up debt, said its president Reiner Holznagel in a statement.

This policy that harms future generations has fortunately now been stopped.

Debt levels have in fact been falling since 2013 to around 23,827 euros per person now.

But Holznagel said the effect would only be reflected in national and regional budgets from this year.

The BdSt, famous for its annual black book listing absurd or questionable uses of public funds, set up the clock at the entrance to its central Berlin headquarters in 1995.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her fierce former finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble enshrined balancing the books a goal known as the black zero at the heart of their programme from 2014.

In fact, the country has in recent years booked budget surpluses running into billions.

The bonanza is expected to continue over the four years ahead to the tune of 30 billion euros according to Peter Altmaier, Merkels factotum now running the finance ministry.

As coalition talks with the Social Democrats get under way, politicians see the cash as an opportunity to lavish gifts on their bases in the form of tax cuts, higher spending or public investments.

But on the European scale, such fights are a luxury problem.

With debt at 68.1 percent of gross domestic product, Germany is one of the few EU members that approach the 60-percent limit set in the Treaty of Maastricht, along with Lithuania, Estonia, Luxembourg, Finland and the Netherlands.

Meanwhile, France...


Cane Dining Chairs for Sale "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Cane Dining Chairs for Sale - Seats keep getting better, and only have been around for centuries. Together with the incorporation of new materials, technology, and designthey feel far better. Chairs are essential parts of equipment in almost any house, office, or general atmosphere. And although seats are sometimes viewed as "just a bit of gear", it does not mean that it must become tasteless and uneasy. To the contrary, seats in the marketplace today are functional, comfortable, and are very affordable.

Besides some certain chairs in our property, nearly all of our seat time is invested on Office Chairs. This is one area of chair design and performance that has become its own during the past couple of years. Manufacturers are realizing that folks desire office chairs which will not send you home with a headache and provide comfort all day long. Or perhaps you are concerned about the comfort of the clients that visit your workplace. Though they do seem like it has been designed with comfort in mind, Office chairs. Your body will enjoy you if sitting for 2-3 hours at this seat. A fantastic office chair shouldn't be overlooked as an essential item of gear to not just your work but your wellbeing.

For house or house, Ergonomic Chairs are worth taking a peek at. They use to be considered as a part of medical equipment but are still selling at a fast pace. You understand what I mean in case you've ever had back issue. Take the pressure off your back and shoulders, giving you a more relaxed position and these seats are intended to enhance posture. If you think they seem bulky, consider again, many chairs nowadays are intended to fold so that they may be kept in an upright or flat position.


10 Friday AM Reads "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

My end of week, man its cold, BLS-free, morning train reads:  If I gave you $130 million, could you build a $9.5 billion AUM RIA firm in 11 yearsand still need another $75 million in capital to get to profitability? Thats Wealthfront in a nutshell. (Tech Crunch)  The Evangelist of Molecular Biology (New Atlantis)  The Wolff

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Court refuses to free jailed Catalan ex-vice president "IndyWatch Feed War"


AFP/File | Protesters called for the release of jailed former Catalan vice president Oriol Junqueras in front of the city hall of Sant Vicenc dels Horts, near Barcelona, on Thursday

MADRID (AFP)  Spains Supreme Court on Friday decided not to release former Catalan vice president Oriol Junqueras, jailed while he is investigated for rebellion and sedition over the regions independence drive.Three judges ruled unanimously that there are signs that Junqueras committed the offences of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds, a spokesman for the Madrid court said.

They also decided there was a risk he would re-offend as there is no sign that the defendant has any intention of abandoning the route he has followed until now.

The court also denied claims that Junqueras, in custody since November 2, was a political prisoner as claimed by his supporters and those who want independence for Catalonia.

The judges said that the Constitution allows for the defence of any political position, but this must be defended without committing any offence.

Junqueras was instrumental in Catalonias attempt to break away from Spain via a referendum that took place on October 1 despite a court ban and a unilateral declaration of independence later that month.

After the declaration, Madrid sacked the regional government including Junqueras, imposed direct rule on the semi-autonomous region, dissolved its parliament and called snap Catalan elections.

The polls on December 21 saw separatist parties, including a ticket led by Junquerass leftist ERC party, retain their parliamentary majority and the former vice president elected as a regional lawmaker despite being in prison.

Junqueras argued before the judges on Thursday that he should be released to be able to take his oath as a lawmaker, his lawyer, Andreu Van den Eyden, told reporters.

Catalonias former president Carles Puigdemont, who fled to Belgium shortly after the independence declaration, was also re-elected.

It is unclear, however, how they will be sworn in.

Separatist parties won 70 seats in the 135-seat Catalan parliament, but eight belong to politicians who are either in jail or have fled to Belgium.



Whats next in IT outsourcing? 6 trends to watch "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

As more companies consider service providers as an extension of their own enterprise, an increasing number are choosing to outsource business functions to trusted partners, especially when it comes to information technology. Here are six trends that will come to the forefront over the coming year, including a growing emphasis on partnerships and a heightened demand for specialization in emerging technologies like IoT and AI. 1. Traditional captive centers will decrease Captive centers will die More


Trump dissolves voter fraud commission "IndyWatch Feed World"

President Donald Trump has signed an order to collapse his Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. The Trump administration had faced opposition or limited cooperation from most states, when the commission controversially requested voter information, such as Social Security numbers and addresses. In a statement, the White House said, "Despite substantial evidence of voter fraud, many states have refused to provide the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity with basic information relevant to its inquiry. Rather than engage in endless legal battles at taxpayer expense, today I signed an executive order to dissolve the Commission, and have asked the Department of Homeland Security to review these issues and determine next courses of action." After announcing that he was dissolving the committee, Trump tweeted on Thursday morning that the "system is rigged, must go to Voter ID," adding that it was "mostly Democratic states" that refused to share voter data because "they know that many people are voting illegally." Only Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Ohio and Washington State had complied with all of the commission's requests. California, Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, New Mexico and South Carolina had all signaled their unwillingness to cooperate.


Little dog lives to bark her tale after being snatched by an eagle "IndyWatch Feed World"

Felipe Rodriguez says he thought he was hallucinating when an eagle snatched his sister's little white dog from her yard, flapped its massive wings and disappeared over the trees. Did he really just see that? He had. Zoey the 8-pound bichon frise was gone, taken by a hungry raptor Tuesday afternoon not 50 feet from his sister's house on the banks of the Lehigh River in Pennsylvania, Rodriguez said. "It seemed like something from the 'Wizard of Oz,'" he told The Associated Press on Wednesday. "I'm a city boy. This doesn't happen in my world." Even more astonishing: Zoey would live to bark the tale. More on that later. But first, let it be said that eagles are quite capable of taking a small dog or a cat. "It has been documented before, but not that often," said Laurie Goodrich, a biologist at nearby Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, a ridgetop preserve that annually records tens of thousands of migrating hawks, eagles and falcons. With food scarce and waterways freezing up, raptors are "looking a little more widely and taking advantage of whatever might be out there," she said. Rodriguez said he was by himself at his sister's home in Bowmanstown, about 80 miles (128 kilometers) north of Philadelphia, and Zoey was playing in the fenced yard when he heard a loud screech, hurried to the door and looked out.


FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai cancels industry trade speech over death threats "IndyWatch Feed World"

Weeks after repealing net neutrality, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai canceled a planned appearance at a tech industry trade show because of death threats, according to a report. On Wednesday, Gary Shapiro, president of Consumer Technology Association (CTA), released a statement that said Pai would not be attending the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this year.


Exgobernador Eugenio Hernndez ser defendido por exabogado de El Chapo "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

El exgobernador priista de Tamaulipas es requerido por el gobierno de EU. Se le acusa de asociacin delictuosa en cortes federales de Texas.Regeneracin, 5 de enero de 2018.- El exgobernador de Tamaulipas, Eugenio Hernndez, ahora ser defendido por Jos Refugio Rodrguez, exabogado de Joaqun El Chapo Guzmn.El exgobernador es requerido por el gobierno de Estados []

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Mongoose: Pope, Podesta, Pedophilia Red Shoes "IndyWatch Feed War"


Red shoes, Podesta and pedophile symbols (pizzagate)

Look at the shoes on second pic from an email sent to Tony Podesta from Ashok Mahbubani :

A man shows off his red shoes in front of the pope (is it him?), smiling. The mail says : Attached are pictures that capture some of the spirit of the evening -** at a couple of different levels**.

Like for Podesta 65th birthday. Wow, everybody had red shoes !

Why red shoes ? Because of wizard of oz

In Wizard of oz, Judy Garland go over the rainbow(BOOM pedophile symbol) thanks to her red shoes. And nothing will never be the same.

Thanks to her rubby slippers, judy walks in a yellow spiral (BOOM FBI pedophile logo) to go to the magic world, a color world :

Not sure ? Look further : Tony has the exact same shoes than the 2011 Debbie reynoldss shoes on red shoes wizard of oz wikipedia page : Arabian red shoe.

BONUS : Soross son at Spirit cooking event. Guess the color of his shoes ?



Antifa Anarchists Call for International Day of Action on January 20 "IndyWatch Feed"

Still reeling from President Donald Trumps election, Antifa anarchists are calling for an international day of action for the anniversary on January 20.

The call to action published on the popular Antifa website Its Going Down urges people across the globe to participate in solidarity with those who were arrested during the inauguration for rioting and causing chaos and mayhem in Washington, DC.

During the riot six police officers were injured, businesses were vandalized, multiple people were assaulted and a limousine was spray painted and set on fire. The cost of the damage to the city was estimated to be approximately $100,000 by the US Attorneys office.

The felony rioting charges against the first group of six rioters were dropped by DC Superior Court Judge Lynn Leibovitz, but there are still 188 people who were arrested that day and have to stand trial.

In the call to action to support the rioters, the anonymous contributor wrote that as the Trump administration brings the world to the brink of disaster on an almost daily basis, it is important to stand with those in the United States who risked their freedom to oppose him from his first day in office. The Inauguration Day protests set the tone for much of resistance that would come and affirmed that the Trump administration and its far right allies would not be unopposed. Subsequently, people around the country used direct action to shut down nearly every international airport in the country in a historic protest that temporarily halted the new governments anti-immigrant and Islamophobic policies.

The website does not specify what they hope the solidarity on this day of action will look like, but frequently promotes the use of black bloc techniques and rioting.

This is a call for an international day of solidarity on January 20, 2018. Solidarity actions from around the world have warmed the hearts of defendants at a time when they are facing intense repression. Moreover, they are part of a political praxis that recognizes we are engaged in a shared struggle that transcends borders. We ask for solidarity not as a...

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15k New Yorkers lose heat, airports close amid 'very serious storm' "IndyWatch Feed World"

Thousands of New Yorkers were left in the cold as parts of the city were blanketed under more than a foot of snow. All inbound and outbound flights at JFK and LaGuardia airports were temporarily suspended. Winter Storm Grayson hit New York City hard Thursday, causing more than 6,500 New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) apartments to lose power. Six NYCHA developments, which house more than 15,000 people, all lost heat, hot water, or both at some point, according to New York City Patch.


CVE-2017-15129: Linux kernel: net: double-free and memory corruption in get_net_ns_by_id() "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by Vladis Dronov on Jan 05


A use-after-free vulnerability was found in a network namespaces code affecting the Linux
kernel since v4.0-rc1 through v4.15-rc5. The function get_net_ns_by_id() does not check
for the net::count value after it has found a peer network in netns_ids idr which could
lead to double free and memory corruption. This vulnerability could allow an unprivileged
local user to induce kernel memory corruption on the system, leading to a crash....


Gold: Not the Typical Year-End Buying Opportunity "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Gold: Not the Typical Year-End Buying Opportunity by Ron Struthers The AU Report Gold Price As of my last Seeking Alpha comments on gold on September 15, gold (GLD) had hit my $1,360 target and I was contemplating the possibility...

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A Massive Water Reservoir the Size of all Oceans Combined May Exist in Earths Mantle "IndyWatch Feed World"

Last year, it was reported that scientists want to drill into the Earths mantle, thought to be composed of lava essentially, for the first time in a dangerous endeavor that could cause volcanic eruptions.

Perhaps even more risky, in 2017 it was proposed that researchers drill into the pool of magma beneath Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, to prevent a catastrophic event in North America when the super-volcano in Wyoming erupts or to accidentally cause the eruption early.

Some plans to drill deep into Earths mantle sound harebrained and dangerous, yet I feel an innate curiosity that honestly makes me excited to know what it is made of. However, who knows if the real truth would even be released to the public. Who knows if scientists havent already drilled into the mantle without us knowing.

So a few years ago it was revealed that a massive reservoir of water, if not several of them, must exist beneath the surface of the Earth. As far back as 2007, it was reported in separate research that massive amounts of water are present in Earths mantle.

A rare gem called ringwoodite was cited as proof that massive oceans exist beneath Earths surface. Scientists say that ringwoodite is created when a very common material in Earths mantle, olivine, is highly pressurized.

When exposed to a lesser amount of pressure, it reverts back into olivine. Ringwoodite was previously found in meteorites and even created in a laboratory setting, but it had never been found in a sample of the Earths mantle until a few years ago.

A diamond expert found ringwoodite inside of a seemingly unremarkable brown diamond, and found that about 1.5 percent of the ringwoodites weight was composed of trapped water, proving that water exists beneath the Earths surface.

Graham Pearson of the University of Alberta stumbled upon the 3 millimeter brown diamond, originally found in Mato Grosso, Brazil, while researching something else. His findings were published in the journal Nature.

His peers from the Un...


African patients 'twice as likely to die after surgery' "IndyWatch Feed World"

Patients in African hospitals are twice as likely to die after surgery than the average patient across the globe, mainly because of infections.


New Rohingya arrivals In Bangladesh at risk from poor diets "IndyWatch Feed World"

Although over 90 per cent of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh have received emergency food aid, there is concern about limited access to a balanced diet, says a new study.


Berto Jongman: Is Donald Trump a Made Man Owned by the Rothschilds? [PBI: Or Will Trump Do a Putin and Chop the Hands Off His Illicit Benefactors?] "IndyWatch Feed War"

Berto Jongman

How Rothschild Inc. Saved Donald Trump

In 1987 Donald Trump purchased his first casino interests when he acquired 93% of the shares in Resorts International. Resorts International has a sordid history which began in the early 1950s when it evolved from a CIA and Mossad front company which had been established for the purpose of money laundering the profits from drug trafficking, gambling, and other illegal activities.

On October 30, 1978, The Spotlight newspaper reported that the principle investors of Resorts International were Meyer Lansky, Tibor Rosenbaum, William Mellon Hitchcock, David Rockefeller, and one Baron Edmond de Rothschild.

For those wondering, Wilbur L. Ross Jr. spent 24 years at the New York office of Rothschild Inc. In the late 1990s he started a $200 million fund at Rothschild Inc. to invest in distressed assets.  In 2000, on April Fools day, Ross raised an additional $450 million to invest in troubled companies. The timing of this strategy could not have been better, as this report from New York Magazine stated:

The 20001 rolling stock-market crash, 9/11, and a globally synchronous recession pushed scores of companies into bankruptcy. New Economy highfliers like Enron, WorldCom, and Global Crossing went bust. But so did Old Economy stalwarts in industries like steel and textilesvictims of excess capacity, global competition, and generous union contracts.

Read full article.

Phi Beta Iota:  All indications are that Donald Trump was indeed bought and paid for by the Rothschilds, both in earlier decades and in the run up to the election. However, all indications are also that he is doing a Putin and cutting off the hands of his illicit benefactors now that he has the power to do so.

In relation to the activities of Wilbur L. Ross Jr. it merits comment that the Rothschilds had advance notice of 9/11 (to the point of being on a balcony with a safe view of  the World Trade Center attack on the morning of the attack), and also had advance notice of the Gold War managed by Buzzy Krongard from the CIA at the direction of George Bush Senior (himself a participant in the assassination of John F. Kennedy).



2017 Favorite Mammal Portraits "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Arctic Hare [Churchill, Manitoba, Canada] Talk about a cooperative subject! This Arctic Hare (my first ever!) was browsing willows on the tundra near Hudson Bay. Shed eat a while, then sit and rest and look about. I like this wider shot as it shows a bit of habitat and I love the translucent orange eyeball []


Apocalypse Watch "IndyWatch Feed"

Court battle erupts over the control of Charles Manson's corpse; one of the claimants claims to be his son, another his grandson.


Nos EUA e no mundo, foram muitas as derrotas em 2017. O que podemos esperar de 2018? "IndyWatch Feed"

Voc j se envolveu numa briga? Numa porrada de verdade. No uma luta de artes marciais, mas uma briga do tipo que no d nem tempo de fazer pose ou dar gritos  la Bruce Lee, essa coisa ensaiada para a TV. As brigas de verdade so uma baguna, e depois que voc se envolve em uma, passa a olhar as outras de outro jeito.

Para muitos de ns, 2017 foi uma porrada. Como comum em brigas, nem d para ter certeza se ganhamos ou perdemos, mas tenho a impresso de que perdemos. Sei que estamos todos estropiados e doloridos. Acertamos um golpe ou outro, ainda estamos de p se isso vencer, no quero nem saber o que seria perder.

Para muitos de ns, 2017 foi uma porrada. Estamos estropiados e doloridos.

No ano passado, mais gente foi morta pela polcia dos Estados Unidos do que em 2016, mas o procurador-geral Jeff Sessions e o Departamento de Justia esto fazendo o que podem para eximir a polcia da responsabilidade. Os direitos de muulmanos, imigrantes e indgenas norte-americanos foram atropelados. Pessoas morrem de fome no Imen. Africanos esto sendo comprados, vendidos e assassinados na Lbia. Nos EUA, os ricos acabam de ganhar enormes redues tributrias, enquanto a maior parte dos americanos no consegue nem pagar assistncia bsica de sade ou as anuidades da faculdade. E os polticos que se dizem progressistas parecem estar constrangidos demais para agir como deveriam.

Houve tambm derrotas mais concretas, e foram muitas.

O sbito ataque cardaco e o coma que levaram  morte de Erica Garner, de 27 anos, me e ativista contra a violncia policial, at fez sentido como ato final de 2017. Sua morte foi um desfecho terrvel para um ano incrivelmente difcil. Erica era minha amiga, e eu confiava nela. Era a pessoa mais honesta e autntica do mundo. Ela praticava o exerccio dirio de dizer a verdade aos que esto no poder e no tinha pacincia para enrolao. sombra de sua morte precoce que contemplo 2018 e tento imaginar o que nos aguarda.

Melhor comear pelas coisas que no vo acontecer em 2018.

Donald Trump no vai sofrer um impeachment, ponto final. Em primeiro lugar, porque independentemente do que o promotor especial Robert Mueller descubra em sua invest...


Sudan recalls Egyptian ambassador as relations sour "IndyWatch Feed War"


Relations between Khartoum and Cairo continue to sour over Nile dam project, disputed territory and Egypt's alleged support for Darfur rebels


US District Judge rules Fusion GPS to turn over banking records "IndyWatch Feed World"

U.S. District Judge Richard J Leon ruled today that Fusion-GPS must turn over their banking records as required under the existing congressional subpoena. Fusion GPS had sought an injunction from the federal court blocking the U.S. House Intelligence Committee from forcing them to provide banking records related to their 2016 opposition research work on Russia related matters. In a 26-page-ruling (full pdf) Judge Leon rebuked each of the Fusion GPS reasons for the injunction and ruled the subpoena from the congressional committee was appropriate, proper and lawful. This is critical and presents a joint approach toward the entire scheme. At the same time the Judicial Committees are focusing on the DOJ and FBI and how they used the FISA court, the House Intel Committee is focusing on the underlying documents, research and evidence behind the manipulated FISA warrant. Splendid.


Red Hat's Latest Nouveau Developer Posts Updated NIR Code "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Not only is RadeonSI working on NIR support but Red Hat has begun working on NIR support for the open-source NVIDIA "Nouveau" driver as part of a compute effort and possible Vulkan support in the future...


'PUBG' is Quietly Changing Video Games With its 3D Replay Technology "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Submitted via IRC for SoyCow1984

The new replay tools offered in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds are so much more than standard video-capture technology. In fact, it isn't video capture at all -- it's data capture. The 3D replay tools allow players to zoom around the map after a match, tracking their own character, following enemies' movements, slowing down time and setting up cinematic shots of their favorite kills, all within a 1-kilometer radius of their avatar. It's filled with statistics, fresh perspectives and infinite data points to dissect. This isn't just a visual replay; it's a slice of the actual game, perfectly preserved, inviting combatants to play God.

The toolset comes from South Korean company Minkonet, which just opened a second office in Los Angeles. PUBG is its first big client, and last month's rollout marks the first real mainstream implementation of this data-capture technology.

It definitely won't be the last. According to Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer Gilbert Kim, Minkonet's phone has been ringing off the hook since the PUBG announcement, with studios around the world wanting a piece of the replay pie.


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Fold Out Lounge Chair "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Christopher Bollyn: The Zionist Criminal Network "IndyWatch Feed War"

Christopher Bollyn is a US citizen and journalist famed for his solving 9/11 work. He has been crowd-stalked by Zionists and assaulted by Zionists on his private property in front of his family, subsequently convicted by a Zionist-controlled judge for resisting arrest. He is in many ways emblematic of both the open mindedness that makes America great, and the vulnerability of single individuals who dare to challenge the Zionist monsters occupying the United States of America.

About Christopher Bollyn

Christopher Bollyn on The Zionist Criminal Network

Christopher Bollyn Books at Amazon

See Also:

Steele, Robert, Zionism in America Steven Strikes & Counting, Veterans Today, 14 December 2017.

Steele, Robert, How The Deep State Controls Social Media and Digitally Assassinates Critics: #GoogleGestapo Censorship & Crowd-Stalking Made Easy, American Herald Tribune, November 7, 2017.


Flu outbreak across Americareally? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Flu outbreak across Americareally?

By Jon Rappoport

The press is playing up two angles this winter: the seasonal flu vaccine may only be 10% effective; and there is an outbreak of flu across 37 states, at last count.

Underneath these claims, something far different is going on.

Dr. Peter Doshi, writing in the online BMJ (British Medical Journal), revealed the monstrosity.

As Doshi states, every year, hundreds of thousands of respiratory samples are taken from flu patients in the US and tested in labs. Here is the kicker: only a small percentage of these samples show the presence of a flu virus.

This means: most of the people in America who are diagnosed by doctors with the flu have no flu virus in their bodies.

So they dont have the flu.

Therefore, even if you assume the flu vaccine is useful and safe, it couldnt possibly prevent all those flu cases that arent flu cases.

The vaccine couldnt possibly work.

The vaccine isnt designed to prevent fake flu, unless pigs can fly.

Heres the exact quote from Peter Doshis BMJ review, Influenza: marketing vaccines by marketing disease (BMJ 2013; 346:f3037):

even the ideal influenza vaccine, matched perfectly to circulating strains of wild influenza and capable of stopping all influenza viruses, can only deal with a small part of the flu problem because most flu appears to have nothing to do with influenza. Every year, hundreds of thousands of respiratory specimens are tested across the US. Of those tested, on average 16% are found to be influenza positive.

Its no wonder so many people feel that flu shots dont work: for most flus, they cant.

Because most diagnosed cases of the flu arent the flu.

So even if youre a true believer in mainstream vaccine theory, youre on the short end of the stick here. Theyre conning your socks off.

What are typical flu symptoms? Fever, chills, cough, sore throat, muscle aches, headache, fatigue. Well, these symptoms can be caused by a variety of circumstances.

Immediately calling them flu is an unwarranted assumption. And as it turns out, respiratory samples from patients, sent to labs, are going to come back with no sign of the flu, in the overwhelming percentage of cases.

But the mainstream press cant report any of this.

It would topple the flu-treatment money machine.

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Civil War MAGA: President Donald Trump vs. Steve Bannon (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Civil War MAGA: President Donald Trump vs. Steve Bannon Video Stefan Molyneux Michael Wolffs new book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House has sparked a MAGA civil war leading to a very loud and public falling...

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Virginian Republican David Yancey wins tie-breaking draw "IndyWatch Feed"

The day before the drawing, the demorat candidate tweeted this: I will continue to fight. Yancey has declined my offer to make the draw tomorrow final, so I guess the only sure thing is that this wont be settled tomorrow. Continue reading


Major chip flaw leaves billions of devices vulnerable to security concerns "IndyWatch Feed World"

Two major flaws in computer chips could leave a huge number of computers and smartphones vulnerable to security concerns, researchers revealed Wednesday. And a U.S. government-backed body warned that the chips themselves need to be replaced to completely fix the problems. The flaws could allow an attacker to read sensitive data stored in the memory, like passwords, or look at what tabs someone has open on their computer, researchers found. Daniel Gruss, a researcher from Graz University of Technology who helped identify the flaw, said it may be difficult to execute an attack, but billions of devices were impacted. Called Meltdown and Spectre, the flaws exist in processors, a building block of computers that acts as the brain. Modern processors are designed to perform something called "speculative execution." That means they predict what tasks they will be asked to execute and rapidly access multiple areas of memory at the same time. That data is supposed to be protected and isolated, but researchers discovered that in some cases, the information can be exposed while the processor queues it up.


Get Your Hands Off Our Weed: Republicans disapprove of Sessions marijuana directive "IndyWatch Feed World"

The attorney general announced a new marijuana directive on Thursday. And he forgot to tell anyone in advance. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has pulled off something that would have been unthinkable just a few years back: he managed to rally Republican lawmakers behind weed. Sessions announced on Thursday that he would be rescinding a policy from the Obama administration that had discouraged prosecutors in states where marijuana was legalized from bringing charges for marijuana-related crimes, unless they involved distribution to minors, revenue sale benefiting gangs or cartels and a few other federal priorities. In its place, federal prosecutors would be given discretion (not guidance) to pursue marijuana-related prosecutions. The announcement was a reversal of a memo authored by former Deputy Attorney General James Cole in 2013, who wrote the Obama-era guidelines after Colorado and Washington voted to decriminalize marijuana for recreational use. And it managed to tick off a number of lawmakers from those states as well as the eight others - in addition to Washington D.C. - who have voted to legalize recreational marijuana use since.


Critical Unpatched Flaws Disclosed In Western Digital 'My Cloud' Storage Devices "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Security researchers have discovered several severe vulnerabilities and a secret hard-coded backdoor in Western Digital's My Cloud NAS devices that could allow remote attackers to gain unrestricted root access to the device. Western Digital's My Cloud (WDMyCloud) is one of the most popular network-attached storage devices which is being used by individuals and businesses to host their files,


Wonkette Roasts Brittain "IndyWatch Feed World"

Shooting the Messenger cited by Wonkette article about Arizona Senate candidate Craig R. Brittains revenge porn past


Via We Need To Discuss This Revenge Porn Douchebro Running For Jeff Flakes Senate Seat by Robyn Pennacchia, Wonkette, January 4, 2018:

Meet Craig Brittain! He is hoping to replace Jeff Flake and be the next senator from Arizona. He is also, if not the act...


Things Get Complicated Sometimes "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This is not a complaint. Its just a fact, though, that sometimes projects get complicated. Things dont work quite as simply as they ought to.

One thing that pretty much basically never works simply is rural truck delivery. Or maybe its just me.

The other day, the bench-top for my welding bench arrived (in a full-sized semi!) and that was only 250lb or so to get into the back of my Tahoe. But the pice de rsistance arrived yesterday, in the form of a bubblegum pink 16-ton forging press made for me by Coal Iron Works. It weighs in at a cool 700 or so pounds.

The trucking company calls (as they do) Were delivering it tomorrow. Uh, OK? So I explain that its a bit hard to get to my facility and I hope they have a truck with a lift-gate, as was clearly specified on the bill of lading. Yes! The driverll text you a half hour before hes in the area. So, yesterday afternoon, I get a text I am about 10 minutes out. Where are you?

It being frozen hell over at the shop, I am sitting at home, 10 miles away, wrapped in my fleece bathrobe, drinking coffee and pondering the disaster that is the American Political System. Run! Run!

I get there as the full-sized semi is pulling up. I had told the dispatcher that its hard to get back to my shop and they should send a shorty. Naturally, the driver heard nothing of this; he takes one look at the driveway and its steep ditches on either side and says, not backing down that. The best he can do is either take it back and I can come get it with my own semi (not happening) or: he can deliver it to the side of the road and its my problem. Thats when things start getting complicated.

The driveways at my studio are on a 25 degree slope, with riprap-filled ditches about 3 deep. Its pretty icy and its snowing. I have a 700lb forging press sitting on a pallet by the side of the road; motorists whipping by slow down to stare. Perhaps they think I am taking it out for a walk?

Why do they call it jury rigged?

So, thats how I got the forging press up to the door. It worked surprisingly well, other than a bit of slipping tires; my truck didnt slide side-to-side much because I had this great big land-anchor attached to the back. The upper guylines turned out not to be necessary but seemed like a good idea anyway: I could imagine the whole thing flipping over backwards and winding up in the ditch.



Bangladesh minister hopes Rohingya repatriation will start 'very soon' "IndyWatch Feed World"

Bangladesh information minister Hasanul Haq Inu has expressed hope that the repatriation of Rohingya refugees from his country to Myanmar will start "very soon".


Donald Trumps son-in-law urged sacking of FBI director to protect family fortune, new book claims "IndyWatch Feed War"

Donald Trump, left, and Jared Kushner CREDIT: AP PHOTO/PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS

Donald Trumps son-in-law urged him to fire FBI director James Comey because of fears his familys finances were being investigated, a controversial new book has claimed.

Jared Kushner, the senior adviser to the president and who is married to Mr Trumps daughter Ivanka, provided a written list of reasons why Mr Comey should be sacked, according to the new account.

Mr Kushner and his wife were said to have become increasingly panicked that the FBI was looking into his familys wealth, the book by journalist Michael Wolff claims.

The book alleges the pair repeatedly pushed for the sacking, claiming Mr Trump made the dec...


Federal Judge Obliterates Fusion GPS Attempt To Hide Info From Investigators "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

On Tuesday, Fusion GPS founders Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritschjan wrote an op-ed for The New York Times. In it, they claimed they and their opposition research firm were nothing but an open book and were seeking greater transparency from three congressional committees who have been digging into the probe of Russian election meddling.

All three committees have sought information from Fusion GPS and its principals, who were hired by Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee to do opposition research. That funding paid for the salacious and still-unsubstantiated dossier alleging treasonous collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. In Fusion GPS vague telling, theyve been nothing but forthright with the committees, which came as news to those committees.

A spokesman for Sen. Chuck Grassley of the Senate Judiciary Committee reminded Fusion GPS that the firm and its principals routinely fought the committee. Spokesman Taylor Foy said, Senator Grassley provided Fusion GPS an opportunity for transparency six months ago when he invited the firm to publicly testify at an open committee hearing. Mr. Simpson declined. When faced with a subpoena from the Chairman and Ranking Member, Mr. Simpson refused to provide public testimony, using his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination to negotiate for a closed-door interview. Despite his public statements, Mr. Simpson and his attorney demanded during the interview that the transcript be kept confidential. Mr. Simpson has refused to answer dozens of questions voluntarily, and has failed to provide the Committee with documents and responses to follow-up questions after the interview.

On the other side of the Hill, its also been far from the picture of compliance and transparency that Fusion GPS claimed in its op-ed. The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence has spent much of the previous year fighting Fusion for access to basic records tied to the investigation.

On Thursday, a U.S. District Judge denied Fusion GPSs effort to keep the House committee from bank records it sought. Judge Richard Leon, who took over the case after the previous judge Tanya Chutkan recused herself midway over unspecified conflicts, smacked down all four grounds by which Fusion GPS tried to block the congressional subpoena. That subpoena included requests for records of payments from Fusion GPS to journalists who have covered the Russian dossier story.

Fusion said the request for records lacked a valid legislative purpose, were overbroad...


The New York Times Selective Outrage About Murder Victims Will Sicken You "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Content warning: This article includes graphic details of torture and murder.

Alicia Elmore was 17 when she went missing. One October evening, Bill Benefiel grabbed her off the street a mere two blocks from her Terre Haute, Indiana home. Benefiel took Alicia to his house and bound her, naked and blinded, to a bed. He had glued her eyes shut.

Over the next four months, Benefiel tortured Alicia. He cut her with a knife. He cut off one of her fingernails. He stuffed clothing or toilet paper in her mouth and bound her lips shut with duct tape. He raped her repeatedly, 64 times before she stopped counting. He wedged a gun in her vagina and sodomized her.

Benefiel had been gentle with Alicia. Two months later, he abducted Delores Wells. Benefiel handcuffed her naked to a second bed. Alicia, whose eyes had since become unstuck, saw Benefiel beat Delores, first with his fists and then with an electrical cord. He raped her. He cut off her finger. He put super glue in Delores nose, pinched it together, stuffed toilet paper in her mouth and taped it shut. Delores squirmed as she tried to breathe.

After chaining Alicia to a bed, Benefiel left. Two hours later he returned, telling Alicia he had killed [Delores] by tying her arms and legs to two separate trees. He then wrapped duct tape around her head until she died. To make sure she was dead he popped her neck. Then he buried her.

Police somehow connected Benefiel to Delores disappearance and raided his house. There they discovered Alicia hidden in a crawlspacevoluntarily, she claimed. But once safely away from Benefiel, Alicia told of her four-month ordeal. A jury convicted Benefiel of murder and sentenced him to death.

Scene Two

The doctor paused. She checked for a heartbeat. The injection hadnt worked. He should have died, but instead his heart raced. A twitch of the leg confirmed that life still ran through his veinsinnocent blood. He hadnt tortured or raped Alicia Elmore. He hadnt killed Delores Wells. He was innocent. But the law didnt care. He received all the due process the law required. He must die.

First a leg. He recoiled from the doctors sterile grasp. But like Benefiels victims, he had no escape. The forceps closed. Pulled. Twisted. Relaxed. Next, an arm. Another arm. The torso stuck. Pop. The neck had snapped. Death came with one of the passes. The unborn boy, 21 weeks old, bled to death.

Every year approximately 10,000 unborn babies in the United States die this way, innocent blood spilled in the name of reproductive freedom. Of these victims, the press remains silent. Instead, on New Years Eve, The New York Times editorial board...


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

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Chip And Joanna Gaines Are Having Baby Five, And More People Should "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A few months after announcing theyd end their HGTV show Fixer Upper after the current season, which opened Tuesday, Chip and Joanna Gaines announced this week theyre pregnant with their fifth child.

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While Us Weekly chose to focus coverage on a few random Twitter users rude reactions, the responses in Chips Twitter feed to the announcement have been overwhelmingly positive.



No, Polar Bears Are Not Dying Off In Droves Because Of Climate Change "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Can we just leave the polar bears out of this?

Polar bears have long been an unwitting poster child for climate change. Theres just something about a forlorn polar bear clinging to a melting iceberg that really tugs at the heartstringsand the media knows it. For nearly two decades now, Time magazine in particular has relied on some variation of polar-bears-on-icebergs for its big climate change stories. (One cover from 2006 featured the iconic image with an alarmist headline: Be Worried. Be Very Worried.) That same year, Al Gore popularized the idea of drowning polar bears in his docudrama, An Inconvenient Truth, claiming that melting arctic ice would leave polar bears adrift at sea with nowhere to rest.

Last month brought the latest entry to the genre, with a twist. Photographers with a conservation group called Sea Legacy captured video footage of an emaciated polar bear wandering through an ice-barren landscape in the Canadian arctic, desperately searching for food. The video, set to mournful violin music, went viral after photographer Paul Nicklen posted it on Instagram. Nicklen subsequently gave multiple interviews to major outlets like the New York Times and National Geographic with quotes like, When scientists say bears are going extinct, I want people to realize what it looks like.

Nicklens hyperbole notwithstanding, the footage is sadthat bear really is starving to death. But the video and the emotional reaction to it online speaks volumes about the intellectual dishonesty of global warming alarmists. Theres no way to know why this particular animal is dying. There was no postmortem done on the bear and there is of course nothing scientific about the emotionally-charged video.

Several wildlife biologists have criticized Sea Legacy for linking this one bear with climate change, noting that polar bears starve to death every year for reasons that have nothing to do with climate change. Moreover, the video was shot in August, a period of seasonal famine for polar bears, which build up reserves of fat in the spring and summer.



Craig And Fred Highlights Our Tendency To Put Mans Best Friend Above Our Fellow Man "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Dog is my co-pilot is a popular bumper sticker encapsulating the bond between man and dogyet we dont put dogs in seatbelts. Why? I recently asked a friend. Because its just a dog, man, he retorted.

I was thinking about that as I read Craig and Fred: A Marine, A Stray Dog, and How They Rescued Each Other, by Marine Corps Sgt. Craig Grossi. The book is a harrowing, inspirational tale about Grossis experiences as a veteran of Afghanistan and the dog he discovered there and surreptitiously exfiltrated to the United States. Yet I simply couldnt shake the fact that, regardless of the dogs many admirable traits, the praise for this animal seems a bit out off kilter. Its Craig, not Fred, with the story we need to hear.

A Heros Tale

Purple Heart recipient Craig Grossi spent almost a year in Afghanistan in 2010 as a Marine Corps intelligence collector and interrogator in the notoriously violent Sangin District of Helmand Province. During his tour, Grossi saw plenty of action, some of which he describes in heart-pumping detail.

Taliban fighters continuously poured down 107 mm rockets and small-arms fire on Grossis unit. Grossi barely survived one such rocket attack, which resulted in head trauma and took him out of the battlefield for weeks. He lost multiple close friends, including one courageous soldier, Gunnery Sgt. Justin E. Schmalstieg, who performed a sweep for improvised explosive devices amid a firefight with the Taliban, only to accidentally hit one. His mortal act of bravery likely saved numerous Marines that day.

Grossi describes another particularly heart-wrenching anecdote in which he and other members of his team, positioned in a makeshift fort in rural southern Afghanistan, spied an Afghan couple walking toward their compound in broad daylightan unusual site, given the surrounding violence. The couples determination lightened the Marines hearts, until the wife stepped on an IED, blowing her to bits. Grossi and other Marinestaking a serious risk by dropping coverpoured out of the compound to help the shocked husband. Although he is more eager to heap praise on his fellow Marines, Grossi is undoubtedly an American hero.

The book is at its best when Grossi is describing his military service, and what its like to return to American from the war zone suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Speaking of his experience coming home, he writes, one of the biggest challenges vets face is this overwhelming sense of isolationfeeling like youre alone, like no one gets it. For those of us who separated from active duty, it was easy to suddenly find ourselves...


The EPOs Attack on the Boards of Appeal Dooms the Unitary Patent (UPC) and Team UPC Alters Its Tactics "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Ad hominem tactics are now permitted as well? Has it really come to this?

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Summary: The crisis of the Battistelli regime means that credibility of patent justice is significantly lowered and Team UPC finds itself scrambling for ways to salvage whats left of the UPC (even if that means mocking the complainants)

THE EPO had a slow start this year. Theres not much report, but there is still plenty to analyse.

Yesterday we found this puff piece about the EPO. According to a recent study published by the European Patent Office (EPO), it said, Europe is the leader within the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies industry.

What has the EPO turned into? Where is it going?It makes the EPO sound so benign if not helpful. Well, the EPO was retweering this the following day (this morning); maybe they participated in placing it in the media. We have written a great deal about how the EPO handles the media and we are certain that many of these 4IR puff pieces were created in cooperation/participation/coordination with the EPO.

Anything else in the news about the EPO? No. Were checking these things very closely.

Experienced examiners and patent attorneys will tutor you throughout the Oral Proceedings workshop, the EPO wrote yesterday. Experienced examiners are becoming fewer at EPO, I told them. The EPO suffers extraordinary brain drain which insiders are telling us about, citing clear evidence. The EPO is unable to recruit talent.

We will soon close the call for applications for the Judicial internships at the Boards of Appeal, the EPO also wrote yesterday. For the Boards of Appeal to actually start functioning, I responded, they need not burden of tutoring interns but full-time staff.

The bottom line is, the UPC may be in fatal trouble here; what happened to Corcoran is quite likely the very last str...


5 Reasons You Should Binge-Watch The Godfather On Netflix Right Now "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This contains plot spoilers.

On January 1, Netflix finally earned its modest monthly cost in full, when it began streaming the iconic, award-winning trilogy, The Godfather. While older generations may know everything there is to know about the quotable mafia flick, millennials may have yet to bask in the glory of Marlon Brandos mystifying role as godfather to an Italian-American family operating the family business in New York City.

Your significant other wanna Netflix and chill? Not this weekend, baby. Youre legit-binge-watching one of the greatest American mafia films of all time.

1. Its the Best Mafia Story Ever

There are films dedicated to characters and films dedicated to plot, and a handful knock both out of the park. These do so with the same characters three times. The Godfather Trilogy is to the Italian-American mafia what Citizen Kane was to American politics. The story involves everything a good film or novel should: Sex, lies, murder, love, and loyalty. The trilogy manages to show just what you think the mob would doon steroids. In other words, the plot remains just beyond the average moviegoers active imagination, which is part of its lasting appeal.

In The Godfather, released in 1979, family patriarch Don Vito Corleone is shepherding his sons through the family business: organized crime. At first, Vitos oldest, Sonny, takes over while other son Michael gets his hands dirty getting back at a drug lord for attempting to assassinate their father. As a result, he is forced to hide in Sicily, where he marries a woman who is subsequently killed in a car bombing. After Sonny is murdered, Michael returns to America to take over. He proves a vicious patriarch.

The Godfather Part II, released two years after the original, is said to be one of the best sequels of our time. It presents parallel dramas, prequel and sequel to the first. This centers on Michaels ability to lead as the new don, keeping his business ventures successful. The film shows several flashbacks of Vitos childhood in Sicily and migration to New York City.

The Godfather Part III was not released until 1990. It completes Michaels journey as don, as he tries to legitimize his mafia empire. Sonnys son Vincent begins to take over for Michael. It includes several fictionalized real-life events like the death of Pope John Paul I.

In every plot and subplot, first-time viewers will struggle to predict the next scene, which keeps everyone inundated. Even the predictable sceneslike when Kay tells Michael she...


Uneasy Techno-Fear Gives Way To Existential Terror In Season 4 Of Black Mirror "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This review contains some light spoilers.

Netflix has just dropped a 4th season of Black Mirror, the acclaimed near-future anthology series created by Charlie Brooker that taps into collective unease about the technology with which we have surrounded ourselves.

The locales in series 4 are as diverse as the genres, from space opera to crime scene investigation. If series 3s focus on high-tech eye-tech and ubiquitous social media seemed a few minutes behind the times, series 4 taps into a timeless, primitive fear of being trapped in the very digital hells weve constructed minds with no bodies, no agency. The queasy techno-fear unease of previous seasons often gives way to full-blown existential terror (or perhaps thats my claustrophobia talking).

Criticism of Black Mirror as Luddite is unfounded: Every episode betrays an attraction to the crisp cleanness, the undeniable neatness of new tech. Still, a word to the wise: If youre caught in a Black Mirror episode, dont volunteer for any beta-testing, no matter what the free swag.

The underlying techno-theme of these six new episodes is digital consciousness, uploaded and exploited for amusement, profit, revenge, and (most frighteningly) obsolescence. After 2017, a world where we found out all too much about our fellow citizens, Black Mirror sends us into 2018 with the fear of existence as a solitary consciousness, utterly cut off.

Black Mirrors song choices are, as usual, on point without being too on the nose. Strict Machine is heard in the background of a dance club in Crocodile (your guess is as good as mine; Brooker likes puzzling titles) and the youll always be a part of me line in the pop standard Always Something There to Remind Me takes on a sinister quality.

Ive rated the six episodes comprising series 4 below, keeping in mind that any adequately mixed anthology will fail to please everyone each time out. Anthologies arent necessarily built for binge-watching, especially one so stylistically spread out, but if you do binge, Netflixs suggested episode order works fine (and the last episode makes more sense if watched last). 

Episode 1, Grade: A

The first one up, USS Callister, is the crme de la crme, an unqualified success, taking familiar-seeming parts (the technical genius and put-upon schlub who is a secret hero in his digital fantasy life) and scrambling them into something new and...


Netflixs Bright Is A Delightful, Paint-By-Numbers Urban Fantasy "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The entertaining, kind-of-dumb, straight-to-video Netflix contemporary fantasy offering Bright is as paint-by-numbers as a Hallmark Christmas movie in its plot. I didnt want to like it. But Ive had a great deal of fun thinking about it, arguing with its points, and generally turning the thing over in my brain for the past few days.

In fact, Bright has proved a nice antidote for the Great December Disappointment of 2017, the pretentious, awful Star Wars offering, The Last Jedi. To redeem my embittered December, along came Bright.

The movie is helmed by Suicide Squad director David Ayer and written by scriptwriter Max Landis, the son of B-movie king John Landis. It is too violent and cuss-word-ridden to be suitable for kids, which is a shame because they might have been the best audience for its central conceit. In the film, a Bright is someone who can handle a magic wand. If youre not a Bright and you touch a wand, you will literally explode.

More Elves and Fairies for Grownups

Bright takes place in a Tolkien-lite universe of elves, humans, magic users, and orcs, but with contemporary Los Angles substituted for Middle Earth. Our heroes are human Daryl Ward (played by Will Smith) and Tolkien-rip-off orc Nick Jacoby (played by Joel Edgerton).

Jacoby is the first orc on the Los Angeles Police Department and hes deeply hated by just about everyone, cop and criminal alike. The other cops loathe him for being an orc, and the gang-banging street orcs hate him because hes trying to fit in with humans. This is heavy-handed allegory for, one supposes, pre-civil-rights-era American bigotryand the movie does wallow in the implication.

Whats fun is that the film takes this prejudice even farther. It presents an apartheid mentality beyond anything experienced in America since slavery. Jacoby has to live with the fact that orcs historically chose to serve evil in the form of the Dark Lord, and his entire race has been deeply suspect ever since.

The prejudice goes both ways, too. Jacoby has to file down his tusks, for instance, because he is not blooded into the orc horde, and other orcs revile him for it. The casual bigotry against Jacoby is so visceral and unremitting that pretty soon we forget the allegory and just feel bad for this dude.

Smiths Ward wants nothing to do with Jacoby at first. Hes been forced to partner with him for public relations, and he fears something will go wrong and endanger his retirement. Ward has gone from a hopeful rookie to a jaded, but effective beat cop who now wants only to get along and provide for his family. Stereotypical? Absolutely. But often in fantasy, stereotype is better than nuance to illustrate the weirdness of the world, which is the real star.

About Those Mag...


Does This Proposed Health Plan Rule Expand Affordability, Washingtons Power, Or Both? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Why would Sen. Rand Paul praise as conservative care health reform a proposed regulation that increases Washingtons power?

A proposed rule released Thursday regarding association health plans (AHPs) will likely provide more affordable health coverage options to the self-employed, or individuals working for small businesses. However, it would do so by increasing the number of individuals purchasing health coverage regulated by Washington, making it a mixed bag for conservatives.

A Look at Current Law

Obamacare created multiple new requirements for insurance coverage, based upon whether that coverage was purchased in the individual, small group, (i.e., fewer than 50 workers), or large group (i.e., 51 or more workers) markets. Many coverage requirements in the law apply only to individual and small group plans, including:

  1. Essential health benefits (including actuarial value requirements, limits on out-of-pocket expenses, and deductibles in the small group market);
  2. Risk adjustment payments;
  3. Single risk pool requirements (i.e., requiring insurers to consider all individual coverage, and all small group coverage, offered in a state as one block of business); and
  4. Premium variation requirements imposing strict limits on age-rating, and prohibiting variation by anything other than age, family size, geography, and tobacco use.

The absence of all these requirements gives large group coverage a decided regulatory advantage compared to individual and small group coverage. Self-insured health plansthat is, employer plans that retain the insurance risk themselvesare likewise exempt from the Obamacare requirements listed above, regardless of the business size (i.e., whether they have more or fewer than 50 employees).

However, for AHPs that currently buy coverage from insurance carriers (i.e., fully insured plans), the Obama administration in 2011 issued guidance that stated regulators would look through the association to its members to determine whether their coverage qualified as small group or large group. To give an example, consider an association of restaurant franchises with two members: one with 30 employees, and one with 75 employees. While the restaurant with 75 employees would meet the standard of a large group plan, the one with 30 would classify as a small group plan.

As a result of the 2011 guidance, coverage for the latter would have to meet all the Obamacare coverage...


Why You Should Start Your New Years Resolutions With Zumba "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Yes, its again the beginning of a new year and time to put your resolutions to work. If youre like millions of Americans, being healthy probably is one of your top resolutions. So, if you are going to the hit the gym soon and keep the momentum going, why not try a new workout?

Have you ever tried Zumba? It is a Latin music-infused dance workout. The story behind Zumba is a great immigrant success story. In 1999, Beto Perez immigrated to the United States from Colombia with nothing but a love for dance. He made a living as an aerobics instructor.

One day, he walked into his aerobics class and realized he had forgotten his aerobics music. So he grabbed his own music CD from his backpack, which contained the popular Latin music he had grown up with. He improvised moves based on Latin dances he knew as the class went along. Everyone loved it and asked him what this was. Thus, a new workout called Zumba was born.

Today, Zumba is more than a dance workout. It has exploded into a global phenomenon. More than 15 million people around world are taking Zumba classes each day. Zumba has evolved into a global brand and Zumba Corporation has expanded into music and apparel.

How I Got Hooked on Zumba

I started taking Zumba classes about five years ago, when I got bored doing the same kind of treadmill routine and was looking for something new to keep me interested in going to the gym. One of my girlfriends couldnt stop talking about how much fun she had at Zumba classes, so I finally decided to give it a try.

My first Zumba class was crowded. Like other newcomers, I stood at the back of the room, a little unsure of what to expect. Once the music started, however, everyone was transformed. Granted, not all of us knew what we were doing, but everyone had a big smile on her face. The one-hour class passed before I even noticed.

That first class converted me into a Zumba aficionado. I like Zumba so much that I became a certified Zumba instructor and Ive taught Zumba in my spare time for a few years now (the opinions here are entirely my own and not sponsored).

Everything about Zumba can be summarized in one word: sexy. A typical Zumba class covers some of the most popular Latin dances such as salsa, merengue, reggaeton, and samba. Zumba creators modified those dance moves so its easier for average Joes to follow, but kept the sensual appeal of those dances.

During a regular Zumba class, you will do many chest pumps and hip twists. If you dont know what Im talking about, check out this popular Zumba dance video. Most people who take Zumba classes are women. These moves are very effective at toning and firming many womens problem areas such as their core and bottom.



Yara Shahidi Starts Grown-ish Stuck In Limbo Between Vices And Sanity "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Ever since I got here, I havent been myself, says college freshman Zoey Johnson (Yara Shahidi) during the premiere of new Freeform series Grown-ish. The moment of vulnerability arrives after Zoey realizes she doesnt like the person shes become. Drugs, parties, and boys distract her during her first weeks at college, so she swears them off. Then, in the last scene of the episode, she gets a text from a sophomore boy (!) and seems ready to fall into her old ways again.

Television offers lots of shows about high school (The Goldbergs, 13 Reasons Why, even Young Sheldon in a way) and post-college life (The Bold Type and recently concluded Girls), but Freeform formerly ABC Family is aiming for Generation Z and young millennials with a new show about college, Grown-ish.

The shows writers portray the consequences of pursuing hedonism in college, yet dont provide any alternatives for a student who doesnt want to be lame. Yes, main character Zoey spells out whos lame in the premiere: its the kids sitting in the quad behind a booth that says Build a Wall and a gaggle of awkward Jewish guys trying to be cool. But what else would you expect from ABC?

A TV Pedigree

Grown-ish is a spinoff of Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated Black-ish, an ABC show about an upper-middle-class black family. When oldest daughter Zoey goes to college, the camera follows her for her own sitcom that premiered on January 3 with two episodes. Ads for the show have been on blast on Facebook and Twitter, so if youre a young person, odds are youve heard of it, even if you dont plan on watching.

Grown-ish isnt just another teen show. Its smartly written (references to artist Jean-Michel Basquiat and author James Baldwin flow as naturally as jokes about weed) and is at least trying to meet college students where they are. The writers seem to be reassuring young viewers they have time to figure it all out. But what figured out loo...


20 Films That Flopped, Flamed Out, Or Were Generally A Disaster In 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

These end-of-the year Hollywood compendiums typically focus on the greats, but lets take a look at the films that flopped in 2017 instead the flameouts, the fiascos, and the financial disasters.

The tweed-coat set wrangle with each other over which cinema merits their plaudits, but I like to root around in the dumpster behind the theater, and there was plenty there this year to root through. My initial cut-down list brought in more than 30 titles.

Paring that down to a mere 20 meant pushing aside normally disqualifying titles a Sophies Choice of sewer cinema. But be confident. Of the following titles dismal quality and/or financial failure is assured.


Writer/director/producer Dax Sheppard was in full control here, and he fumbled. Following the new formula of contemporizing old television shows for the big screen (see Baywatch) this farce misfired like a Harley with bad plugs. Dax plays Jon, a former X-Games stunt rider with numerous injuries who cannot shoot a gun, and has a pain-killer addiction. Despite these challenges and the lowest aptitude scores he graduates as the oldest patrol recruit ever. This is how the movie begins, to give you an idea of its problems.

19. Collide

This film basically amounts to a wan thriller plot draped on an extended chase routine, where for some reason Anthony Hopkins and Ben Kingsley appear as crime bosses who menace a young couple in Europe. Collide set an all time record for the worst second week drop ever, losing -88.5 percent of its audience from an already weak opening. It was released on 2,000+ screens, and it barely managed $2 million. That wouldnt cover the salaries of the stars before you even begin shooting.

18. The Circle

Quick pop quiz. What do you know about this film? Nothing, right?

This is a film released on over 3,000 screens, starring Tom Hanks and Emma Watson, yet its a film nobody even remembers, let alone went to see. Watsons character gets a job at the mega-tech corporation owned by Hanks character. Theres supposed to be all sorts of supposed intrigue about privacy and internet freedom, but it was actually about as intriguing as your uncle saying, You HAVE to read my FaceBook post about the President!

17. Snatched

The once comedic darling Amy Schumer found little love in this action farce set in Central America. Her raw and ribald routine with Goldie Hawn failed to land with her audience as they strained to ad-lib for giggles, becoming more painful as a result. Prior to release, Schumer did more than her share of social signaling battling sexist expectations and joining her uncle Chuck in promoting gun control. Despi...


Khloe Kardashian Is Right To Exercise While Pregnant, And So Should Everyone "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Khloe Kardashian is in the news for being body shamed again. After months of rumors and speculations, she has finally confirmed her pregnancy. This joyful news was public for about a hot second before body shamers rushed in to climb all over her for supposedly scandalous and dangerous behavior for a pregnant woman. Not because shes drinking, smoking or being reckless. Nope, because shes daring to exercise.

While the Kardashian family seems to attract a lot of both positive and negative attention for their bodies, Khloes had a particularly rough time in the media with body critics. When she was younger and Keeping Up With the Kardashians was a much newer show, Khloe was cruelly called the fat sister. Thursday she said even her family pressured her to lose weight because it was hurting the family brand.

When her life got difficult, with a marriage that was publicly falling apart, Khloe threw herself into fitness and nutrition, and the critics still kept wagging their tongues. She was no longer too fat, but now she was too thin, or too vain, or too fit.

Now shes apparently actively risking the health and wellness of her baby in order to stay fit during her pregnancy, and moms to be everywhere need to sit back and start pounding cake just to be on the safe side. If you thought that birth was hard work and being in good physical condition would help, and all those things that your obstetrician said about being active during pregnancy were actually important pieces of advice to follow, well, the internet is here to correct that.

The Old Wives and their tales havent missed the transition to social media, and theyre every bit as unhelpful as they were in the past. But in reality, while every pregnancy and every doctors advice will be different, there are actually some well-established guidelines women can use to identify a safe and effective exercise routine for their life.

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), has a common sense committee opinion on exercise plans. Their plan lays out the benefits of exercise, from cardiovascular health, enhanced psychological wellbeing to lower risks of gestational diabetes for obese mothers.

Can All Mothers Exercise? Yes

The ACOG suggests active women stay active, and that women who werent active before pregn...


Cannabis Tax Revenues Will be a Roadblock to Sessions's Drug War Obsession "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

By: Ryan McMaken
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Through November of 2017, the State of Colorado collected more than $226 million in revenues from cannabis taxes, licenses, and fees. That's a lot for a state government with total discretionary spending of about $10 billion. 

This doesn't count tax revenues produced by industries that serve cannabis industries but aren't cannabis businesses per se. Like other businesses, cannabis businesses also hire bookkeepers, lawyers, landscapers, janitors, and construction workers. 

In other words, cannabis employs people, produces tax revenue, and is as much a part of the local economy as any other industry. (The industry employs more than 30,000 people.)

What's happening in Colorado, though, is likely to be dwarfed by the new cannabis industry in California where there are far more people, including many more millionaires and billionaires. Many of them will likely be interested in making some money in the new industry. 

Mike Tyson, for example, has announced he plans to open a "cannabis resort" in the California desert. 

The state government, of course, will be planning to cash in also. 

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions meanwhile, has decided to ratchet up his own personal Drug War on Marijuana, with which he as an odd fixation:

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday rescinded a trio of memos from the Obama administration that had adopted a policy of non-interference with marijuana-friendly state laws.

The move essentially shifts federal policy from the hands-off approach adopted under the previous administration to unleashing federal prosecutors across the country to decide individually how to prioritize resources to crack down on pot possession, distribution and cultivation of the drug in states where it is legal. 

One gets the impression, however, that on this matter, the horse left the barn a long time ago. Even among Republicans, Sessions appears to be out in left field on this matter. Colorado's GOP Senator Cory Gardner was clearly furious by Washington standards after Session's announcement,...


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

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Stage-3 myeloma cancer completely ELIMINATED with a turmeric supplement British Medical Journal "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Stage-3 myeloma cancer completely ELIMINATED with a turmeric supplement British Medical Journal by: Mike Adams  Natural News For decades, the medical establishment has colluded with the for-profit cancer industry to smear anyone who talked about herbs, spices or superfoods fighting...

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Protests put spotlight on Irans vast and shadowy Syria war "IndyWatch Feed War"


In this Sept. 27, 2017 file photo, thousands attend the state funeral of Mohsen Hojaji, a young Revolutionary Guard soldier beheaded in Syria by the Daesh group, in Tehran, Iran. (AP)
BEIRUT: In demonstrations across Iran, chants are going up against the militarys vast and shadowy war in Syria, one of Tehrans closest allies and a frontline state in its confrontation with its archenemy, Israel.
Although the protests have focused on economic issues, demonstrators have also voiced strong opposition to the governments policy of sending young Iranians to fight and die in Syria while spending billions of dollars on the military when they say the priority should be working to provide jobs in Iran and control the rising cost of living.
Their slogans include, Leave Syria, think about us! and Death to Hezbollah! the Iranian-backed Lebanese militant group that has been a key instrument of Tehran in Syrias war.
Syria saw its own domestic demonstrations morph into anti-government protests in 2011. They were met with a brutal crackdown by President Bashar Assads security services, sending the country into civil war.
But as cracks appeared in Assads military, with soldiers refusing to fire on protesters and defecting to the opposition, Iran and later Russia stepped in to support their ally.
Irans theocratic leadership has cast the effort as a religious war for Shiite Islam, an epochal struggle to defend the shrine of the Prophet Muhammads daughter in Damascus from Sunni...


London Mayor's response to knife crime epidemic: 10,000 on 'knife wands' for schools, effectiveness not being tracked "IndyWatch Feed World"

London Mayor Sadiq Khan's response to the knife crime epidemic overtaking his city has been to issue metal-detecting 'knife wands' to schools - but City Hall is not tracking how many times they are being used, or how many knives are being confiscated, if any. Seventy-six schools across the capital are already using the wands, under what City Hall described as "Sadiq's robust and comprehensive knife crime strategy", and is "urging" more to take up his offer to provide them. Breitbart London asked the mayor of London's office how long the initiative had been planned, and whether it was a response the Mayor's Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC) figures, as well as where it has already been rolled out, how effective it has been in driving down knife crime, and how much it is expected to cost.


AMD Posts Last KFD Kernel Patches For Discrete GPUs, Needed For Upstream ROCm "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

AMD has posted their remaining patches for now for getting the discrete GPU support upstream in the AMDKFD "Kernel Fusion Driver" that is part of their ROCm compute stack...


A crowdfunding platform aims to solve the puzzle of aging "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Dr. Oliver Medvedik Vice President of LEAF appears in this new TED interview where he talks about aging research and the possibilities of future medicine.

Aging happens to all of us, but scientists still dont know the mechanism behind it. We need to focus on finding an answer, says molecular biologist Oliver Medvedik.

If given the option, would you choose to live forever? Many of us would say yes, but with one major caveat: just as long we dont age. In scientific terms, aging means a progressive loss of fitness in an organism over time, says molecular biologist and TED Fellow Oliver Medvedik. What causes this loss of fitness in humans is multifaceted, although scientists are exploring different theories including and these are just a few of the many avenues of research the deterioration of the health of our telomeres (the ends of our chromosomes), changes in cell mitochondria, inefficient clearance of damaged cell proteins, and the senescence of stem cells, leading to chronic inflammation and a depletion of stem cells.

Although it causes a loss of fitness and health, aging is not seen as a disease. The FDA defines a disease as something that afflicts only a segment of the population. But aging affects everyone, says Medvedik, the co-founder of Genspace, a citizen science biotech lab, and a professor of bioengineering at the Cooper Union in New York City. And because aging is not considered a disease by the government, it limits the amount of federal funding available in order to study it.



Imaging The Neighborhood with Solar Panels "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Like many people who have a solar power setup at home, [Jeroen Boeye] was curious to see just how much energy his panels were putting out. But unlike most people, it just so happens that hes a data scientist with a deep passion for programming and a flair for visualizations. In his latest blog post, [Jeroen] details how his efforts to explain some anomalous data ended with the discovery that his solar array was effectively acting as an extremely low-resolution camera.

It all started when he noticed that in some months, the energy produced by his panels was not following the expected curve. Generally speaking, the energy output of stationary solar panels should follow a clear bell curve: increasing output until the sun is in the ideal position, and then decreasing output as the sun moves away. Naturally cloud cover can impact this, but cloud cover should come and go, not show up repeatedly in the data.

Expected versus actual power output.

[Jeroen] eventually came to realize that the dips in power generation were due to two large trees in his yard. This gave him the idea of seeing if he could turn his solar panels into a rudimentary camera. In theory, if he compared the actual versus expected output of his panels at any given time, the results could be used as pixels in an image.

He started by creating a model of the...


The Hanseatic League: An "Empire" of Commerce "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

By: Marcia Christoff-Kurapovna

Once upon a time there was a northern, medieval phenomenon as much the subject of universal myth and curiosity as that of the enchantress city-republics flourishing down south: the Hanseatic League of the mid-13th to 16th centuries. The Hansa (old German for associations) or The League, as it was known, began as a treaty between Lbeck and Hamburg to clear the road of pirates and robbers between the Elbe and the Trave [a river in northern Germany with its delta at the Baltic sea]. It gradually increased to add Cologne and Bremen, later expanding to Gdansk, Riga and Novgorod, finally incorporating Bruges, Brunswick, and many satellite-cities throughout Scandinavia. The main goal of this expansion was to keep the herring fisheries of the Baltic in the hands of the merchant-princes of Lbeck and decidedly out of the hands of Frederick II Hohenstaufen, stupor mundi extraordinaire, who, in 1226, decreed that lovely, gothic-gabled town an Imperial City. Then, too, routes to capture the salt trade to Cyprus were critical. Soon, The League was dominating commercial relations with the Levant, Venice, Spain, France and England in timber, fur, grain, honey, Scandinavian copper and iron, in return for spices, medicine, fruit and wine and cotton. Such is how this loose coalition of Flying Dutchman--capitalists emerged as an empire without a State.

Navigare necesse est, viviere non est necesse is inscribed over the door to the old shipping house in Bremen: It is necessary to carry on navigation, it is not necessary to live. This old Hanseatic wisdom truly captured the spirit of this great port-civilization. Ruled by a code of honor as a de-centralized alliance, trade was everything and The State was looked upon as a land-locked, bureaucratic annoyance. The League came together and stayed together to share the risks of trading, seafaring andwhere necessaryto deal with pestering overlords who knew nothing of commerce on the high seas but could smell a fresh source of taxation from a thousand Baltic tributaries away. They were men who would not fight or steal; who would not live by plunder for pay, as a 19th century British magazine, The Illustrated Magazine of Art, once swooned in nostalgia. As those who wished to sell honestly, they were compelled to unite together for their own protection in order that they not be deprived of the rich goods they brought back with them from Italy for the north of Europe. They formed an associationone which ultimately became the proud and powerful rival of Kings and Emperors.

In no time...

How Does Journalism Work? Ask Us Questions. We Can Explain. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Last week, Louise Kiernan, our editor-in-chief, wrote about some of the work behind our journalism here at ProPublica Illinois. She detailed time-consuming fact-checking techniques, long reporting trips and what can feel like countless rabbit holes our reporters jump into just to find a single source. In what is a particularly turbulent time for the press, she wrote, many of us in journalism have come to realize the public doesnt necessarily know as much about the way we go about our jobs as we may think.

We want to change that. But wed like your help to get us started.

To be honest, the extent to which Kiernans post seemed to resonate with people surprised us.

One response that stuck with us came from @someonetobe:

Thank you for this article. I'm barely informed on the process of journalism, and I am often surprised to still find myself the most informed person in many rooms. Please continue to share examples like this. Thank you.

We do plan to continue sharing examples and writing about the work behind our work. Offering insight into our reporting can be not only a useful resource, but also open the metaphorical door to our newsroom a bit wider. But to make these future posts as helpful and relevant as they can be, we could use some kindling from you to spark what we write about next.

So I have a question Id like you to think about: What do you want to know about how journalism works and how journalists do their jobs?

When you think of something, email us or tweet us. You can write us at, or tweet us at @ProPublicaIL. Theres no time limit for this inquiry. Whenever a question you have for us pops into your mind, let us know anytime.

The value of transparency isnt new to us its baked into the mission of ProPublica and ProPublica Illinois. Thats why we often publish the data we use in our stories. And...


Keyboards Are the New F-15s "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Modern warfare is now a clash of narratives that fit in a tweet.

Not as an adjunct to physical warfare, as propaganda once was, but as an end in itself. As we have seen in Ukraine, and in what might be called Cold War 2.0, disruption, confusion, and uncertainty about what is and isnt true can contribute to the destabilization of entire countries.

In this weeks WhoWhatWhy podcast, journalist David Patrikarakos, author of War in 140 Characters, says that Twitter and other social media create the charisma of certainty. They subvert the very concept of objective truth, because these platforms are the perfect vehicles for sensationalism. Designed for speed and reach, they are inherently unfriendly to nuance or accuracy.

Patrikarakos talks to Jeff Schechtman about the fact that never before have so many people had the ability to reach so many other people so fast, with no filter or arbiter.

As a case study, Patrikarakos examines how this happened with both Donald Trump and with ISIS. If Trump is the social-media president, ISIS is the social-media terror organization. Both are about division and the radicalization of individuals, and both promote and benefit from political and social instability.

Social media may not be the sole cause of our divided politics, but it exacerbates it in ways that are historically consistent with how technology, from the printing press to the internet, has always created havoc by overturning previously accepted norms and conventions.

David Patrikarakos is the author of War in 140 Characters: How Social Media Is Reshaping Conflict in the Twenty-First Century (Basic Books, November 2017) and Nuclear Iran: The Birth of an Atomic State (I.B.Tauris, November 2012).



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Heading for a big one? Series of small earthquakes hit San Andreas fault "IndyWatch Feed World"

Earthquakes have hit California sparking frantic speculation the terrifying 'big one' is on its way. In the last 48 hours, the southwestern State in the US has been rocked by eight tremors, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). All but three of the tremors have come along the San Andreas fault - a deadly line which runs through California and is one of the most seismically active regions in the world. The strongest of the quakes came in Berkeley, near the east coast of California, which measured 4.4 on the Richter scale. Californian residents took to social media to share their experiences of the earthquakes, with many fearing that the worst is yet to come.


Hard to tell how US aid suspension will affect ties with Pakistan But Pakistan is unlikely to change its strategic calculus in Afghanistan "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Nirmal Ghosh
The Straits Times
January 5, 2018

The US government has decided to suspend aid to Pakistan but it remains unclear if the move will change the close but prickly relationship between the two countries.

While American annoyance with its ally is not new, President Donald Trump had opened an entirely new bargaining space, which is an unexpected positive, Dr Christine Fair, South Asia expert and Associate Professor at Georgetown University, told The Straits Times.

Pakistan is unlikely to change its strategic calculus in Afghanistan, she added.

Pakistan is not going to give up (its support for) the Afghan Taleban over this money, Dr Fair said.

Mr Uzair Younus, director, South Asia at the consultancy Albright Stonebridge Group, said forthcoming polls in Pakistan would have a bearing on its response.

He told The Straits Times : With elections coming up (in July), the (Pakistan) government will not want to be seen as succumbing to US demands for a few hundred million dollars which, if the need arises, Islamabad could receive from its strategic ally, China.

Members of the First Battalion, 87th Infantry, tending to a wounded comrade in Kunduz, Afghanistan. Credit Damon Winter/The New York Times

State Department spokesperson, Heather Nauert, said on Thursday the US would suspend military aid until Pakistan took decisive action against groups like the Taleban that were aredestabilising the region and targeting US personnel.

Reuters news agency, quoting US officials, said at least US$900 million (S$1.19 billion) in security assistance would be affected.

The relationship between the US and Pakistan is riven with contradictions. Sixteen years after invading Afghanistan to drive the Taleban out of power in retaliation for their harbouring of Osama bin Laden, who masterminded the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Centre, the US is still in Afghanistan, fighting a resurgent Taleban whose fighters find refuge across the border in Pakistan.

If the US withdraws from Afghanistan, the Taleban which controls a sizable chunk of territory may well seize power again in Kabul.

Elements in the Pakistani security establishment see the Taleban as a foil against...


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Mountain bluebird (I think), Yellowstone National Park, August 24, 2014.

Bird ID is not my thing, so if Ive gotten this one wrong, feel free to correct me.


Switzerland too Falls Out of Love with the EU "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Switzerland too Falls Out of Love with the EU from Wolf Street Did someone say referendum? By Don Quijones, Spain, UK, & Mexico, editor at WOLF STREET. The EUs relations with key third-party country Switzerland have sunk to their lowest point in...

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Kamchatka volcano in Russia spits up ash 5-7 kilometers high "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Klyuchevskoy Volcano in the Kamchatka Region has been spewing up ash for three days in a row, the Kamchatka Volcanic Eruption Response Team (KVERT) at the Institute of Volcanology and Seismology of the Far Eastern Department of the Russian Academy of Sciences told TASS on Friday. "The volcano emitted ash as high as 5.5 km [above sea level.] The volcano itself is 4.75 km high," the response team specified. The ash spread 92 km in a north-western direction from the volcano. This is the third time Klyuchevskoy erupted ash in 2018. On January 3, it spewed up ash as high as 6 km, and on January 4 an orange hazard code was declared for aircraft after the second eruption at the same height.


The U.S. Opioid Crisis: How Can We Remedy? U.S. has five percent of the worlds population but uses 50 percent of the worlds opioids "IndyWatch Feed War"



This post was contributed by Gerald McKenna, MD, a board member of the Physicians Foundation and the CEO and Medical Director of his private practice in Addiction Medicine, McKenna Recovery Center.

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The United States is in the midst of an opioid crisis unlike anything we have seen in medicine since the HIV epidemic in the 1990s. Imagine, the U.S. has five percent of the worlds population but uses 50 percent of the worlds opioid analgesics. In 2017 alone, an opioid overdose was the cause of more than 60,000 deathsquadruple the number of deaths since 1999. This death rate continues to increase and shows no signs of slowing.

In order to understand the origins of this opioid epidemic, we need to go back to the early 1990s. New guidelines on analgesic treatment and quality assurance issued by the U. S. government (1995), the American Pain Society (1995), and the World Health Organization (1996) tell the story.

There was a movement to treat pain more adequately than what had been done in prior decades. Pain was to be labeled as the fifth vital sign in medicine, in addition to blood pressure, pulse, respirations, and temperature. As a result, physicians were ordered to adequately evaluate and address pain in their patients. As part of this order, there was a requirement in California to obtain at least ten Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits per year to ensure that all physicians with a California license adhered to the new policy. Phys...


Senate Judiciary boss Grassley says Comey likely leaked classified information "IndyWatch Feed World"

A top Republican senator said Wednesday that it appears former FBI Director James B. Comey leaked classified information in his effort to shape the narrative surrounding President Trump's decision to fire him. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley said Mr. Comey wrote seven memos, and shared four of them with a professor he was using as an intermediary to defend him. Of the seven, four are marked at the confidential or secret level - meaning at least one of the memos Mr. Comey shared contained restricted information. Mr. Grassley now wants to know when and how the memos were deemed classified, and what that might mean for Mr. Comey.


In Nabi Saleh, the Palestinians arent legally blonde (Amira Hass ) "IndyWatch Feed World"

05/01/2018 - The Tamimi family jokes about everything, but had the bullet hit just a half-millimeter to the side, they wouldnt have had a son at all Blond, thats how the Israelis remember the children ...


Punes Fire Temple Pours Cold Water on the Parsi Right-Wing "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Like the new fire temple in Pune whose doors will be open to all, members of the Parsi community too must embrace marrying non-Parsis to stave off extinction.

The fire temple in Pune. Credit: Association for Revival of Zoroastrianism

The fire temple in Pune. Courtesy: Association for Revival of Zoroastrianism

Born a little over a hundred years ago in Uttar Pradesh, my grandmother was both a devout and a highly-liberal Parsi; she wrote books on Zoroastrianism for children and railed against the orthodoxy. As a student at Bombay University over half a century ago she went back for a college education when she was in her 50s she once told her professor that she was frustrated over just how narrow and closed the Parsi community in India had become. Her professor said that change took time; a few generations at the very least.

My grandmother died just two weeks short of her 100th birthday. I wish she had been around to see a major change last week: the inauguration of a new fire temple in Pune whose doors will be open to people of all communities. This fire temple has been funded by well-known Parsi industrialists, lawyers and philanthropists, proof that many eminent members of the community are not represented by the orthodox elements.

The fire temple will...


Outrage in Turkey after religious affairs agency approves child marriage as young as nine, later retracts "IndyWatch Feed World"

Turkey's religious affairs state agency came under heavy criticism on Thursday from the main opposition party after it reportedly said girls as young as nine could marry under Islamic law. The Diyanet religious affairs directorate said on Tuesday the minimum age for girls to marry was nine, while for boys it was 12, according to Turkish media including Hurriyet daily quoting the agency's official website. The post, which took the form of an explanatory statement on Islamic law, has since been taken down, after a backlash from the opposition and women's rights groups. The head of the High Commission of Religious Affairs Ekrem Keles on Thursday told Hurriyet that the earliest age for a girl to marry is 17 and 18 for a boy.


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Chinese rapper accused of sexism blames black music Rape-themed song has obscene language "IndyWatch Feed War"


AFP | PG One came under fire after official media highlighted lyrics from his song Christmas Eve
BEIJING (AFP)  After drawing public criticism for lyrics deemed sexist and promoting drug use, one of Chinas best-known rappers has dug an even deeper hole by blaming the influence of black music.PG One came under fire after official media on Thursday highlighted lyrics from the 24-year-old rappers 2015 song Christmas Eve, in which he uses obscene language to boast about forcing himself on a woman.

He also raps of sleeping in the day, shouting at night, pure white powder walking on the board.

The China Womens News, which is published by the All-China Womens Association, posted an opinion piece on social media Thursday accusing PG One of instigating drug use among youths and publicly insulting women.

It said his lyrics were essentially offensive to women.

The rapper responded later Thursday on social media with an apology, saying he was removing any offending songs from the internet, and promised to promote positive energy in his future work.

The spirit of hip-hop should always be peace and love, said PG One, who rose to fame last year when he was declared champion of The Rap of China, the countrys wildly popular hip-hop reality show.

But he undercut any goodwill by saying on Chinas Twitter-like Weibo platform that early exposure to hip-hop culture and the deep influence of Black music were to blame for his vulgar lyrics.

That drew even more online criticism.

What does insulting women have to do with black music? Strictly speaking this is racial discrimination, wrote one angry commenter on Weibo.

Chinese hip-hop draws from hip-hop the musical style and rap techniques, not their swear words! wrote another.

State-run Xinhua news agency followed Friday with an online post saying vulgarity cannot be branded as an individual character, and infamy cannot get you money.

This kind of singer disrespects the industry and the audience and doesnt deserve to own the hip-hop stage.

PG Ones victory on The Rap of China brought him over four million followers on Weibo.

The first season of the internet-based show, which concluded in September, accumulated a stunning 2.94 billion online views, shining a light on Chinas emerging hip-hop c...


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World is doomed: Erdogan denounces U.S. justice collapse after Turkish banker trial American plot to undermine Turkeys government "IndyWatch Feed War"

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ISTANBUL (Reuters) Tayyip Erdogan denounced U.S. justice on Friday and suggested Turkey could rethink some bilateral agreements with Washington, after a U.S. court convicted a Turkish banker in a trial that included testimony of corruption by top Turkish officials.

In his first public comments on Wednesdays verdict, the Turkish president cast the case as American plot to undermine Turkeys government and economy an argument likely to resonate with nationalist supporters.

If this is the U.S. understanding of justice, then the world is doomed, Erdogan told a news conference before his departure to France for an official visit.

A U.S. jury convicted an executive of Turkeys majority state-owned Halkbank (HALKB.IS) of evading Iran sanctions, at the close of the trial which has strained relations between the NATO allies. Some of the court testimony implicated senior Turkish officials, including Erdogan. Ankara has said the case was based on fabricated evidence.

Without being specific, Erdogan said the case put agreements between the two countries into jeopardy: .The bilateral accords between us are losing their validity. I am saddened to say this, but this is how it will be from now on.

Turkeys foreign ministry on Thursday condemned the conviction as unprecedented meddling in its internal affairs. The row has unnerved investors and weighed on the lira currency, which hit a series of record lows last year.

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The court case has put pressure on relations between Washington and the biggest Muslim country in NATO, already strained since a 2016 failed coup in Turkey which Erdogan blames on followers of a cleric who lives in the United States.

Only last week the United States and Turkey lifted all visa restrictions against each other, ending a months-long visa dispute tha...


Trumps Reckless Tweets vs. Pakistans Democratic Hopes "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Pakistans slow progress toward developing a stable and inclusive political system faced new challenges in the second half of 2017, and the US president's recent tweets could make matters worse. If Pakistan continues to falter in 2018, the consequences will be felt across South Asia and the broader Muslim world.


Being There "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

After the deluge of tweets by Donald Trump after the New Year one cant help but questioning not only his qualification as the leader of U.S. presidency, but his sanity. Those so called serious people in DC no longer call out President Xi as authoritarian, and U.S. president as symbol of democracy, but avoid the comparison totally. Foreign leaders are now embarrassed and frightened to be associated with him and hoping Mueller will save the day. The situation reminded me of a movie I saw from 1979, Being There, starring Peter Sellers so much, that I ordered from On Demand and watched it again.

The movie was a satire of American politics and politicians, that people in poverty as the camera panned across downtown Washington DC of the homeless and jobless young African Americans, while Chauncey Gardner, an imbecile former gardener walked among them with the background music of 2001, A Space Odyssey, signaling the dawning of a new age. He accidentally became avatar of the rich, his utterances became pearls of wisdom, with a blank page which people wrote their own biases and desires. The black humor of him being unable to read or write but relied on TV for wisdom is peerless now that we have Trump being essentially the same except the contrast of innocence with evil today. It is life imitates art with an evil twist that no one could have predicted it became reality, except probably what the black maid Louise said in the movie, What white people with no brain can do, maybe become president. The movie ends with Mr. Gardner walking away over the water as if hes Christ.

I was saying before the election that Trump if elected will be a disaster and accelerate the decline of American empire. Events since then has validated my view. Yet while this has been good for China, we should not underestimate the danger it poses for the world. After all, 1/3 of U.S. wants the nuclear preemption war against North Korea, its probably higher in the military, with Trump in desperation and senility we may see it yet. I myself have no sympathy for the Kim Dynasty, and China probably has no more danger beyond the radiation fallout and refugee camps, but still the thought of millions dead nauseates me.




Why Iraqs Assyrians took up Arms "IndyWatch Feed War"

by Austin Michael Bodetti. He is an analyst and journalist specializing in Afghanistan and Iraq. He has a comedic email list about the Middle East that you can join here.


'Fire and Fury': Hope Hicks' family, friends say she'll need therapy after she leaves Trump "IndyWatch Feed World"

Family and friends of Hope Hicks believe the White House communications director will have to seek professional counseling after she leaves her job in the administration, according to a report published Thursday. "Following the Trump victory and her [Hope Hicks] move into the White House, her friends and intimates talked with great concern about what kind of therapies and recuperation she would need after her tenure was finally over," an excerpt from Michael Wolff's forthcoming book "Fire and Fury" stated, as reprinted in GQ. Hicks, 29, was the first person President Trump's campaign hired in 2015. She had worked for Matthew Hiltzik's New York-based public relations firm before jumping to Ivanka Trump's fashion brand, where the eldest Trump daughter recommended Hicks for her father's campaign.


Precious Plumage "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

From left, the feathers of an opal-crowned manakin, a snow-capped manakin and the golden-crowned manakin. Credit University of Toronto Scarborough via NYTimes

Out of the roughly 250 bird families in the world, manakins (Pipridae family) are probably my favorite, because theyre like birds of paradise (Paradisaeidae family), except you dont have to take a helicopter to remote areas of Papua New Guinea to see them. Almost all manakins are colorfulor at least the males are; females normally being a drab greenand they often have interesting behavior as well. I saw my first manakins in Ecuador, where two flashy species had some fun sounds to go along with their calls, but most of my exposure to the family has been in Costa Rica, where I did my best to record a...


Elon Musks Latest Corporate Welfare Effort? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Guest essay by Eric Worrall If the Fire and Fury Musk excerpt is true, Elon Musk appears to be rapidly adapting to the spending priorities of the Trump era downplaying his climate ventures, advancing proposals for himself to be at the helm of the Trump push for exploration missions to other planets. But in


The End For Clinton Finally Begins (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The End For Clinton Finally Begins Video Bill Still The beginning of the end of the CCC the Clinton Crime Cabal has finally begun. According to a new report, the Justice Department has reopened the investigation into...

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The Feminist Threat To Women And Men "IndyWatch Feed World"

Recently I read in CounterPunch two feminist rants against men. Not all men, just white heterosexual men. It is not always easy for a male of my generation to understand what feminists are saying, but I try.

by Paul Craig Roberts

One seems to be saying that women live in a society that puts in power men who believe that violence against women is acceptable.

Elevating her accusation to a fact, the writer says that women should not have to prove their case when they bring sexual harassment and assault charges, much less prove their personal validity to even be making a case against a man.

Is the writer saying that any irate woman should have the right to impugn a man with an unchallenged charge? Do men and American society believe that violence against women is acceptable?

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Tessellation Shaders Land For RadeonSI NIR Backend "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The work led by Valve Linux driver developer Timothy Arceri on adding tessellation shader support to RadeonSI's NIR code-path has been merged to Mesa 17.4-dev Git...


"Life Is Like..." "IndyWatch Feed World"

"Life is like arriving late for a movie, having to figure out what was
going on without bothering everybody with a lot of questions,
and then being unexpectedly called away before you find out how it ends."
- Joseph Campbell


Hoera, De Rijken Worden Nog Rijker!!! "IndyWatch Feed War"

Dow Jones knalt door de 25.000 punten

De Amerikaanse aandelenbeurzen blijven maar stijgen. Op de derde handelsdag van het nieuwe jaar zette Wall Street weer allerlei nieuwe records neer.
De Dow Jones is donderdag voor het eerst door de 25.000 puntengrens heen geschoten. De toonaangevende index heeft er niet meer dan 23 dagen over gedaan om er duizend punten bij te krijgen. Ook dat is een record. De Dow legde die afstand van duizend punten nog nooit zo snel af.
'Dit gaat wel een beetje heel hard', moet ook Wim Zwanenburg toegeven. Toch baart de spurt van de Dow Jones de beleggingsstrateeg van Stroeve Lemberger niet direct zorgen. 'Ik zie collega's die een beetje last hebben van hoogtevrees. Dat is ook weer misplaatst.'


Why My Father Shuns Social Media "IndyWatch Feed World"

Why My Father Shuns Social Media
By Tom Purcell

"My father is behind the curve on social media, but I think he is onto something. You see, my father was born in 1933. He was a paperboy in the days when paperboys stood on city corners and shouted Extra! In his home, the newspaper still is king. He has two delivered daily. He reads every inch of both. He does the crossword puzzles in both, too with a pencil. (Note to people under 30: A pencil is a small, yellow stick that leaves a mark when its tip is pressed against paper.)

My father knows that people can do crossword puzzles on their computers and smartphones, but the idea is nutty to him. Only an idiot would bring electronic equipment into the bathroom.

To be sure, my father has shunned the communications marvels of modern times. He uses my mothers smartphone but only to avoid long-distance charges. I showed him how to use her phone to text family members, but he gave up on that fast. (Note to people over 50: texting is when yo...


World watch Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Friday GMT For posting on events, news, opinions and anything of interest from around the world.


Chaos in Catalonia Hits Barcelona Housing Bubble "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Barcelona wanted to take some air out of its property bubble. Will it wind up getting more than it bargained for?


Has rape become a weapon to silence atheists in Bangladesh? "IndyWatch Feed"

There is no place for me in Bangladesh," says a young woman blogger who fled the south Asian country in 2017 following a gang rape.

Bangladeshi Islamists protest in 2016 against Bangladeshi Islamists protest in 2016 against "mockery" of Islam. Photo: NurPhoto/SIPA USA/PA Images. All rights reserved.Its no longer news that non-believers and members of minority communities face random persecution by Islamists in Bangladesh.

Five years ago, the Awami League government, which claims to be secular, introduced draconian penalties for blasphemy by electronic publishers by amending section 57 of the Information & Communication Technology Act.

This amendment aimed to curb free speech and targeted bloggers and writers who were trying to promote secular values in a civilised and peaceful way. Atheists were brutally attacked and several were killed in subsequent bloodbaths in 2015 and 2016.

Sexual violence has also been used against atheist bloggers, including 22-year-old Nirala*, a young feminist of Singhalese origin. She was gang raped in 2016, and fled Bangladesh in 2017.

Though rape of young women is...


January 6 in history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

1367  Richard II of England, was born (d. 1400).

1412  Joan of Arc, Roman Catholic Saint and national heroine of France, was born legendary date, some scholars think it was January 7-  (d. 1431).

1494  The first Mass in the New World was celebrated at La Isabela, Hispaniola.

1540 King Henry VIII of England married Anne of Cleves.

1714 Percivall Pott, English physician, was born. He was one of the founders of orthopedy, and the first scientist to demonstrate that a cancer may be caused by an environmental carcinogen (d. 1788).

1721 The Committee of Inquiry on the South Sea Bubble published its findings.

1781 In the Battle of Jersey, the British defeated the last attempt by France to invade Jersey.

1838 Samuel Morse first successfully tested the electrical telegraph.

1878 Carl Sandburg, American poet and historian, was born  (d. 1967).

1883 Khalil Gibran, Lebanese writer, was born (d. 1931).

1893 The Washington National Cathedral was chartered by Congress.

1907 Maria Montessori opened her first school and daycare centre for working class children in Rome.

1923 Norman Kirk, New Zealander Prime Minister, was born  (d. 1974).



1969 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

What a lovely example of late 60s 365 GT. This Pininfarina-designed, 500 Superfast-inspired, 2 + 2 imposes its presence via a huge hood and sizable trunk. Powered by three Weber 40 DF / 1 double-barrel carburettors, the Ferrari 365 GT V12 is a bored to 4 liters out of the 330. The most powerful road Ferrari

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Larry Wall illustrated "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

At Browserling I hired a professional artist to illustrate famous computer people. Here is how he illustrated Larry Wall, the creator of Perl programming language.

In case you're joining just now, here are the previous comics:

See you next time!


Dangers of Old Indian Medical Council Act Remain in New National Medical Commission Bill "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The long-term implications of the National Medical Commission Bill have not been adequately debated, and several of its features have caused widespread anger.

Doctors protest in New Delhi on January 2. Credit: Twitter/ANI

Samuel Becketts Waiting for Godot is a play where nothing happens and yet the audience remains riveted. The National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill belongs to the very same genre. Despite nine years of confabulating, the Bill has the danger of having similar outcomes as the old Indian Medical Council (MCI) Act. The Indian Medical Association (IMA) and doctors at large have expressed outrage at some of the provisions in the Act.

The idea of reforming and revamping the MCI took root in the Independence Day speech of former prime minister Manmohan Singh in 2009. The vision was to replace the MCI with an overarching National Commission for Human Resources fo...


Saudi Arabias air defense system intercepts ballistic missile fired from Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Saudi Arabias anti-missile defense system. (AFP)

DUBAI: Royal Saudi Air Defense forces intercepted a ballistic missile on Friday over the southern province of Najran, bordering Yemen.

The foiled attack took place shortly after Houthi affiliated news channel Al-Masirah TV published a statement stating that the militias had fired a missile at Saudi Arabia.
Meanwhile last year, the Iran-backed Houthi militias in Yemen intensified their attempts on Saudi Arabia, targeting several civilian areas in the kingdom.
Last month, Houthi militias fired a ballistic missile at Riyadh, this...


Who Owns the Neighborhood Character? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Andrew Martin is a Strong Towns member and engineer who shares some thoughts on neighborhood character in today's guest article.

Individuals, especially homeowners, who express opposition to changes in their neighborhood often do so on the basis of preserving the character of their neighborhood. For this expression, they earn themselves the scornful moniker of NIMBY, although such labels rarely lead to productive discussion. (See this essay by Daniel Herriges for more on the subject.) But is the label appropriate? These homeowners may have bought their home a particular bundle of lumber, pipes, and plaster on a particular plot of land with the expectation that they were also purchasing a particular view from their front porch, or a particular decibel level of noise on their street. So, if a developer or nonconforming neighbor proposes to alter that view or bring in new development that would raise that noise level, the homeowner will be adversely affected without any available recourse.

This brings into the conversation the idea of externalities. An externality is a side effect or consequence of an industrial or commercial activity that affects other parties without this being reflected in the cost of the goods or services involved. Externalities can be either positive or negative. For instance, a bakery might produce delectable smells that people who are simply wandering by and not necessarily customers of that bakery still get to enjoy. On the other hand, an airport might be a loud and dirty annoyance for those who live nearby, whether or not they ever fly out of it. In general, externalities result from unclear ownership of the resource under consideration, and when they are not accounted for, they either lead to a dearth or excess of the transactions that generate them, for both positive and negative externalities, respectively.

Lets consider an example of a valley that contains a factory and a house. The factory has an incentive to produce as many gadgets as it can do so profitably. If it makes too many, then it will not be able to sell the last few gadgets for more than it cost to make them, but if it produces too few, then it will miss an opportunity to sell additional gadgets at a price greater than their cost. If the factory produced no pollution, this would be the end of the story.

However, lets say that the factory releases a certain amount of pollution for each gadget that it produces. Now, this is a cost that is borne by the homeowner, which is not accounted for in the factorys decision of how many gadgets to make. But what if the homeowner alone owned the right...


Fox News pundits and neocons who cheered Iraq war suggest arming Iranian protesters "IndyWatch Feed World"

Sharing the world with neocons is like living with an Alzheimer's patient. "I want to go home!" "You are home, Mum. Remember? You live here now with me and Dave? And your grandkids? You've been living here for two years. This is your home." "Oh, okay." [Two minutes pass.] "I want to go home!" Except they're not forgetful. They're just evil.


If freedom of the press is democracy, then how do you call this? "IndyWatch Feed"

Defending media freedom has never been so important. Governments are becoming subtler in attempting to hide the truth. Journalists must become subtler too in uncovering it. Espaol

A woman takes part in a protest against the murder of journalists in Mexico, at Reforma Avenue. Mexico City. March 25, 2017. NurPhoto/SIPA USA/PA Images. All rights reserved.

       We must all know that each mediocrity, each surrender, each act of complacency will harm us as much as the enemy's rifles. Albert Camus

Being a journalist in Turkey or Egypt may cost you your freedom. In Syria or Mexico, it may cost you your life. According to the 2017 World Press Freedom Index, the world is becoming a more dangerous place for journalists to do their job.

Governments and non-state actors limit the freedom of the press for a variety of reasons. The Obiangs and Berdymuhamedovs do it simply to hold on to power. The Rouhanis and Salman bin Abdulazizs, to defend morality. And the Erdogans and Maduros to stifle opposition, using social unrest as an excuse. The problem, however, goes well beyond Cold War era dictatorships, autocratic regimes and rel...


New York Times: Beating a hasty retreat from the Steele dossier "IndyWatch Feed World"

Fusion GPS and the New York Times want to disassociate the dossier from the collusion narrative they labored to create. The New York Times' Russian Reset continues. My weekend column argued that the Democrats and the media are scrambling to pull together a new origination account of the Trump-Russia collusion narrative. The original origination account has become a political liability because it centered on Carter Page, a former Trump campaign adviser who featured prominently in the so-called Steele dossier. The dossier, a compilation of Russia-sourced reports authored by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele, is now known to have been a Clinton campaign-funded opposition-research project. Though its key allegations seem never to have been verified by the FBI, the dossier was apparently used by the Obama Justice Department in applying to the FISA court for a surveillance warrant targeting Page as a Russian agent enmeshed in a corrupt plot against the 2016 election. On cue, the Times has now published a defensive op-ed by the two founders of Fusion GPS, the research firm that produced the Steele dossier. What is most striking about this offering by Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch is what it studiously avoids addressing: the specific allegations in the dossier.


FLASHBACK: California Democrats propose to spend $1 billion dollars on health care for illegal immigrants "IndyWatch Feed World"

Democrats, who have a monopoly of power in California politics, are proposing to spend $1 billion a year to provide health care to illegal immigrants living in the state. Medi-Cal, which is the state's Medicaid program, would eliminate legal residency requirements. The proposal was offered as part of a $4.3 billion proposal from San Francisco Democrat Assemblyman Phil Ting, the head of the Assembly budget committee. According to NBC Bay Area, 7% of people residing in California lack health coverage, many of them illegal immigrants. California has already eliminated legal residency requirements for Medicaid coverage for people under 19; Ting's proposal would extend that to all ages.


Storm Eleanor causes havoc across Europe, gusts of 100mph/161kmh reported "IndyWatch Feed World"

The first windstorm of the new year has caused damage and major travel disruption across western Europe. Locations from the British Isles into France, Netherlands and Germany all endured powerful winds, rain and coastal flooding.


Bitcoin Hype Pushes Hackers to Lesser-Known Cryptocurrencies "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

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Cybercriminals are increasingly moving away from bitcoin as their preferred digital currency in favor of lesser-known cryptocurrencies because of prolonged transaction delays, surging transaction costs and general market volatility, experts tell CyberScoop.

Although cybercriminals have been slowly moving away from bitcoin for months, researchers say a noticeable shift towards alternative coins such as Monero, Dash and ZCash occurred when bitcoin's value skyrocketed over $19,000 for one bitcoin in mid-December. The price has drastically fluctuated between $12,000 and roughly $19,000 since then.

"Many cybercriminals emulate the operational best practices of legitimate businesses in order to minimize their overhead costs and maximize returns, and in the case of high transaction costs with bitcoin, it makes perfect sense to look at other coins with smaller overheads," said Richard Henderson, a global security strategist with endpoint cybersecurity firm Absolute.


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Apple to issue fix for iPhones, Macs at risk from Spectre chip flaw "IndyWatch Feed War"


SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) Apple Inc will release a patch for the Safari web browser on its iPhones, iPads and Macs within days, it said on Thursday, after major chipmakers disclosed flaws that leave nearly every modern computing device vulnerable to hackers.

Browser makers Google, Microsoft Corp and Mozilla Corps Firefox all confirmed to Reuters that the patches they currently have in place do not protect iOS users. With Safari and virtually all other popular browsers not patched, hundreds of millions of iPhone and iPad users may have no secure means of browsing the web until Apple issues its patch.

Apple stressed that there were no known instances of hackers taking advantage of the flaw to date.

 Apple to issue fix for iPhones and Macs at risk from 'Spectre' chip flaw

On Wednesday, Alphabet Incs Google and other security researchers disclosed two major chip flaws, one called Meltdown affecting only Intel Corp chips and one called Spectre affecting nearly all computer chips made in the last decade. The news sparked a sell-off in Intels stock as investors tried to gauge the costs to the chipmaker.

In a statement on its website, Apple said all Mac and iOS devices were affected by both Meltdown and Spectre. But the most recent operating system updates for Mac computers, Apple TVs, iPhones and iPads protect users against the Meltdown attack and do not slow down the devices, it added, and Meltdown does not affect the Apple Watch.

Macs and iOS devices are vulnerable to Spectre attacks through code that can run in web browsers. Apple said it would issue a patch to its Safari web browser for those devices in the coming days.

Shortly after the researchers disclosed the chip flaws on Wednesday, Google and Microsoft released statements telling users which of their products were affected. Google said its users of Android phones more than 80 percent of the global market were protected if they had the latest security updates.

Apple remained silent for more than a day about the fate of the hundreds of millions of users of its iPhones and iPads. Ben Johnson, co-founder and chief strategist for cyber security firm Carbon Black, said the delay in updating customers about whether Apples devices are at risk could affect Apples drive to get more business customers to adopt its hardware.

Something this severe gets the attention of all the employee...


Folding Wooden Chairs for Sale "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Folding Wooden Chairs for Sale - You are able to tell when your church chairs are due for replacement. It is no secret that worn chairs out is not comfortable. They reflect badly on a church and therefore are visually unappealing, not to mention structurally unsound. Structurally seating can give way at any given time, damaging a family member member or potentially embarrassing.

When buying church chairs, quality is more non-negotiable; it is always preferable to invest in a few rows of quality seats that will endure for many years to come instead of purchase a room full of cheap chairs which will begin to fall apart at the seams in the moment they're first used. You get exactly what you purchase when it comes to seats. They offer you a worth, as they'll last much more than diminished quality seats while quality seats may not be cheap. Purchasing good chairs will even provide your congregation a more comfortable environment and an worship experience.

It may be difficult to get church chairs if the church is currently overwhelmed by other financial obligations. Luckily, there are a couple of tips which you can use even in the face of a church budget that is tight to make sure that you are able to buy quality church chairs for your congregation.


No Refuge for the Boroughs Battered Wives? "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

No Refuge for the Boroughs Battered Wives?

  • an In My View article by NIGEL WARD, examining continuing fierce resistance to the proposed Womens Refuge at Danes Dyke, Newby, Scarborough.


When the Planning & Development Committee of Scarborough Borough Council met on 12th March 2015, it considered PLANNING APPLICATION (14/02380/RG4) LAND AT DANES DYKE, NEWBY the proposed Womens Refuge. The Minutes show that Planning Consent was GRANTED in accordance with Officers recommendations, despite strong dissent from Councillor Derek BASTIMAN [Con.] (Scalby Ward)  who was a mere two months away from assuming the Leadership and Newby ward Councillor Andrew JENKINSON [Con.], who can generally be found following faithfully in his Svengalis footsprints.

According to the Councils own specification, the Danes Dyke location matched the requirement criteria exactly; none of the other prospective sites complied.

Only the Danes Dyke location is suitable. No Danes Dyke? No Refuge.

The Safeguarding Joint Commissioning Plan 2012-2016 for the whole of North Yorkshire (inc. City of York Council) stated that its number one priority is:

  • Safeguard Domestic Abuse Accommodation based services and specialist floating support services as much as possible.

According to this Independent report, around 200 women and children fleeing from domestic abuse are turned away from refuges each day in England.

So, with no provision at all in the Borough of Scarborough, I wondered why Councillor BASTIMAN was so fiercely opposed to an ideally qualified Refuge for battered wives in a ward only neighbouring his own. Was it really just the NIMBY factor? Was Councillor BASTIMAN simply tryin...


Anti-Trump Outrage in Pakistan Includes Demand to End Role as US Gun for Hire "IndyWatch Feed War"

It is time for Pakistan to delink from the U.S., said Pakistani politician Imran Khan, a long-time critic of American drone program


Pakistani opposition politician and cricket legend, Imran Khan, speaks out against President Pervez Musharraf and emergency rule at a press conference in Islamabad, Pakistan. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

Amid reports that President Donald Trump is preparing to announce cuts to U.S. security assistance to Pakistan, a chorus of Pakistani officials slammed the move, including Imran Khana political leader and fierce opponent of the American drone programwho denounced Trump for attempting to humiliate and insult his country and urged the government to never again be used as an American gun for hire.

The lesson we must learn is never to be used by others for short-term paltry financial benefits, Khan said in a scathing statement issued through a spokesperson on Thursday. We became a U.S. proxy for a war against the Soviet Union when it entered Afghanistan and we allowed the CIA to create, train, and arm Jihadi groups on our soil and a decade later we tried to eliminate them as ter...


Valve Ships Its First SteamOS Brewmaster Beta Of 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

While SteamOS has felt like it's just been on life-support the past year, Valve is starting off 2018 by a fairly sizable SteamOS Brewmaster Beta update...


Trumps Justice Department Takes U-Turns on Obama-Era Positions Potential ramifications on election law, labor practices, immigration, marijuana "IndyWatch Feed War"

The flurry of reversals have potential ramifications on election law, labor practices, immigration and other issues.

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WASHINGTONWhen the Supreme Court hears a major election-law case next week, the Justice Department will argue that nothing prevents Ohio from canceling the voter registration of citizens who dont confirm their eligibility after not voting for two years.

Thats the exact opposite of the departments argument during earlier stages of the litigation when, under Obama administration leadership, it contended that Ohios practice unlawfully stripped eligible voters from the rolls.

Its one of an array of cases in which Trump administration appointees over the past year have flipped the Justice Departments position, moves with potential ramifications on election law, labor practices, immigration and other issues.

Its not unusual for the department to adjust some legal positions under a new administration. But legal analysts say the shifts since President Donald Trump took office have been particularly numerous and pronounced.

Every administration does, and certainly in my time we did do, the occasional U-turnbut with great reluctance, said Harvard law professor Charles Fried, who, as solicitor general under President Ronald Reagan represented the government before the Supreme Court and in select lower-court litigation.

But the solicitor generals office has long been viewed as the protector of executive prerogatives regardless of which party is in power, leading to relatively consistent legal positions across administrations, Mr. Fried said. What sets apart the Trump administration, he said, is that it not only has changed several positions quickly to reflect new policies, but in some instances has taken positions that could limit federal authority in the future.

He cited the Justice...


yum find out path where is package installed to on CentOS/RHEL "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

I have install htop package on a CentOS/RHEL. I wanted find out where and at what path htop package installed all files. Is there an easy way to tell yum where is package installed on a CentOS/RHEL?

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Jeff Sessions Foolishly Targets Pot: 3 Reasons Measure Cant Work "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Jeff Sessions Foolishly Targets Pot: 3 Reasons Measure Cant Work by Mike Mish Shedlock The Maven TDC Note Jeff Sessions needs to come join us in the 21st century OR make another attempt at outlawing alcohol and why...

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The Story Behind Ahed #Tamimis Slap: Her Cousins Head Shattered by israeli Soldiers Bullet "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Story Behind Ahed Tamimis Slap: Her Cousins Head Shattered by Israeli Soldiers Bullet Just before Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi slapped one of the soldiers whod invaded her yard, she learned that her 15-year-old cousin Mohammed had been shot in the head at close range By Gideon Levy and Alex Levac, Haaretz Half a head. []


Russia says U.S. is looking for reasons to pressure Iran on its nuclear program "IndyWatch Feed War"


AFP/File | Iran has previously said there was no possibility of its nuclear deal with world powers being overturned by US President Donald Trump despite his threat to rip it up

MOSCOW (AFP)  Russias Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov on Friday said Washington is looking for reasons to pressure Iran on its nuclear programme.Ryabkov was responding to US Vice President Mike Pence who this week said Washington will not remain silent on Iran and called for a replacement to the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement.

If (the US) is looking for reasons to increase pressure on Iran that have nothing to do with the (nuclear) deal, and thats how it looks like from what we see, then this is an unworthy method that should not be used by a great power, Ryabkov said.

The 2015 Iran deal gave Iran sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program.

We see no reason whatsoever to change the Iran deal, he added.

Earlier this week Ryabkov warned Washington against interfering in Irans internal affairs after US President Donald Trump pledged to help Iranians take back their government following protests.

US President Donald Trump tried to ramp up pressure on what he called a brutal and corrupt regime in Iran amid anti-government protests in the country this week.

Much of Trumps response has focused on playing up perceived errors in foreign policy by the Obama administration, including the 2015 Iran deal.

On Thursday, the United States imposed sanctions on five Iranian companies it alleges are working on part of the Islamic republics illegal ballistic missile program.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin linked the measure to recent anti-government protests, arguing that Iran ought to spend more on public welfare than on banned weapons.

Protests over economic problems broke out in Irans second largest city Mashhad on December 28 and quickly spread across the country, turning against the regime as a whole.

Tens of thousands of Iranians took to the streets in several cities on Wednesday for pro-regime rallies.



Flu crisis strikes the UK: Operations cancelled, no beds available, long waits "IndyWatch Feed World"

The number of people forced to wait long periods in ambulances rose dramatically during the Christmas period, whilst Britain's hospitals were dangerously full. National Health Service (NHS) figures show 16,893 patients waited more than 30 minutes in ambulances at Accident and Emergency (A&E) departments in the week before New Year's Eve. This represents a 42 per cent rise on the 11,900 which endured half hour handover waits the week previously. Those stuck for more than an hour almost doubled, shooting up by 95 per cent to 4,700 compared to 2,400 the week before.


No One Wants a War in Gaza, but the First Israeli Casualty Could Change Everything "IndyWatch Feed War"

With deterrence measures used since the 2014 Gaza war appearing less effective, Israel is operating on borrowed time

By Amos Harel Jan 05, 2018 11:27 AM

A Palestinian demonstrator reacts during clashes with Israeli troops in the southern Gaza Strip near the border with Israel, December 29, 2017.

A Palestinian demonstrator reacts during clashes with Israeli troops in the southern Gaza Strip near the border with Israel, December 29, 2017. IBRAHEEM ABU MUSTAFA/REUTERS

There is a growing sense that Israel may find itself sliding toward another military confrontation in the Gaza Strip, despite the still-valid assumption that it has no interest in one, and the highly likely belief that Hamas doesnt, either. Sporadic rocket and mortar fire from Gaza has been going on for a month, ever since U.S. President Donald Trumps declaration recognizing Jerusalem as Israels capital in early December. The fact that there have been no casualties from the 45 rockets and shells launched from the Strip, half of which fell inside Israel, is the main reason that the countrys leaders can refrain from taking harsher retaliatory measures.

However, with respect to Gaza, Israel is operating on borrowed time. Heads of local councils along the border and in the Negev are patient, as long as there are no casualties and the cycle of sirens and people running to shelters is not exacting a psychological toll on the residents. The army has managed to fine-tune the mechanism that alerts residents of an area likely to be hit by a rocket, which excludes many communities from being notified each time another one is launched.

Until this week the fire was attributed to Salafists, the smaller and more extreme groups operating in Gaza, with claims that Hamas was trying to restrain them. The rockets indeed stopped for a few days but was renewed this week with a barrage of mortar shells, which landed near Kibbutz Kfar Aza, where a memorial ceremony was being held for Sgt. Oron Shaul. The Israel Defense Forces admitted belatedly that the Islamic Jihad, a much larger organization than the Salafists, which is not always willing to obey Hamas directives, was responsible for the incident. Since then the Salafists have also resumed their fire, which now comes every two or three days. What seems like a routine journalistic chronicle from Tel Aviv may again make life intolerable in places like Sderot and Kibbutz Nirim.

Late on Wednesday night the Israel Air Force attacked a different type of target for the first time in this round of escalation. It was defined somewhat mysteriously as a key terrorist infrastructure target; the Palestinians also kept silent...


The USAs own colour revolution: What Did Kissinger Mean By A White House War Between Jews And Non-Jews? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Same thing happened in Russia 100 years ago which resulted in the Jewish Bolsheviks and communism Kissinger: White House War Between Jews And Non-Jews Henry Kissinger knows a few things about wars, about Jews, and about the White Houses. But his quip to journalist Michael Wolff on the subject, as quoted in Wolffs bombshell new []


Wolff is Credible on Trumps Diminished Capacity "IndyWatch Feed"

Donald Trumps decision to let Michael Wolff roam around the West Wing during his first year in office seems to have been as rash and ill-considered as his travel ban. Why he thought Wolff would be sympathetic or an ally is a mystery, and its not even clear that he should have trusted Wolffs basic journalistic integrity. Wolff has always employed a degree of Gonzo journalism that is good for making a polemical point but not necessarily consistent with an objective retelling of the facts. There are three things I noted from Wolffs article in the Hollywood Reporter that struck me as particularly important while being broadly corroborated enough by other sources to be credible.

Two of them have to do with observations of diminished capacity. In this first section, its clear that a preexisting tendency to repeat himself verbatim has grown noticeably more pronounced:

There was more: Everybody was painfully aware of the increasing pace of his repetitions. It used to be inside of 30 minutes hed repeat, word-for-word and expression-for-expression, the same three stories now it was within 10 minutes. Indeed, many of his tweets were the product of his repetitions he just couldnt stop saying something.

The way that reads, it seems almost like something that might result from a brain lesion like Drew Barrymores character in 50 First Dates whose anterograde amnesia causes her begin each day with no memory of the previous one. This is supported by a second segment in Wolffs article where he claims that at Mar-a-Lago, just before the new year, a heavily made-up Trump failed to recognize a succession of old friends.

These are relevant allegations because theyre different in kind from simple observations about Trumps basic character. They indicate that there may be a rather significant health issue that is progressive and growing at a fast enough pace to catch the notice even of people who interact with Trump on a daily basis.

The other point of note is the basic unanimity among everyone close to President Trump that he simply is incapable of doing the job.

Donald Trumps small staff of factotums, advisors and family began, on Jan. 20, 2017, an experience that none...

Trump Doesnt Deny Anything Bannon Said "IndyWatch Feed"

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"

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...


Clinton's Emails To Be Investigated Against By DOJ "IndyWatch Feed World"

Hillary Clintons emails are being brought into the spotlight again. Justice Department officials are revisiting Clintons use of a private email server during her time as secretary of state ...


Russia Warn US Against Interfering in Irans Domestic Affairs "IndyWatch Feed World"

While the U.S., Israel Saudi Arabia support the the violent opposition protests in Iran, Russia has warned against interfering in Iranian affairs. Russias Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov warned the U.S. not to interfere in [...]


Who Will Pay the $250+ Billion Reconstruction Cost in Syria? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The US Government blames Syrian President Bashar Assad for everything. That charge is, however, quite problematic, given the facts in the case. The US CIA was behind the Arab Spring movements to overthrow and replace Assad and other Arab leaders who dissatisfied the US regime, and it then fed into Syria the rebels until now.

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