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Cronkite News: Economic recovery moves at a glacial pace in Indian Country "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Recovery from the Great Recession has been slow in much of Arizona, but in Indian Country the pace has been glacial.

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Tuesday, 09 January


Tough lessons in Transnistria "IndyWatch Feed"

Poorly-funded state education is common enough in post-Soviet countries. But how do schoolchildren fare in a state that has gone unrecognised for 27 years? RU

Tenth grade in the village of Plot', Rybnitsa district. It's one of the smallest classes in Transnistria this academic year. (c) Victoria Pashentseva. All rights reserved.Transnistria is a self-proclaimed state on a sliver of land between Ukraine and the river Dniester. The territorys independence is not recognised by any UN member state, who all consider it part of Moldova. Over the last few years, Transnistrias education system has undergone radical reform with a focus on so-called optimisation in other words, financial efficiency. The territorys public purse is chronically empty, and this years budget has a 51.8% deficit. And unlike prices in the shops, Transnistrians incomes are hardly growing.

Transnistria has to import the majority of its goods, and its own industry is losing momentum political isolation has taken its toll, and after a financial-economic crisis over many years, cash is in short supply. Not only pensions and benefits are affected, but other public institutions, including education.

The need for financial prudence is only one reason for an academic efficiency drive in the PMR: theres also a shortage of schools and teachers. Every year the number of university graduates willing to work in the territorys villages drops, whatever incentives theyre offered.

Unrecognised state, unrecognised degree

Transnistria is not like other countries as a de-facto state, you wont find it on maps, and its residents are obliged to seek citizenship from the surrounding countries: Ukraine, Moldova and Russia. This has a crucial impact on education academic and professional qualifications are hard to come by in this breakaway republic, so many school leavers move to these countries for their higher education.

After Transnistria held a referendum on unification with Russia in 2006, the Transnistrian authorities have been harmonising some of their laws wi...


Amnesia: a key feature of Belarusian memory "IndyWatch Feed"

There isnt much space in Belarus for public discussion about the countrys traumatic past (or authoritarian present). This theatre in Brest is doing what it can to involve people in public debate. RU

Play "Chernobyl". Photo courtesy of the theatre "Kryly Khalopa".Before World War Two, nearly half the population of Brest in north-western Belarus was Jewish. Today, Brests pre-war past is almost forgotten, and the heroism of the defenders of the Brest Fortress often pushes out other stories. But the independent Kryly Khalopa theatre is trying to resurrect Brests Jewish history and make a space for public conversation. The theatre, which was set up in 2001 and has become a focus for art and activism in Brest, recently released Brest Stories Guide, an audioplay dedicated to the Jewish history of Brest. The play, created in the form of an Android application (currently available only in Russian), offers a guided tour of Jewish Brest starting from 1937.

For oDRs series on memory activism in the post-Soviet space, I spoke to the theatres manager, director and actress Oksana Haiko about the play, Belarusian anti-semitism and Brests heroic memory.

From the start, Kryly Khalopa stated its mission was to present critical perspectives on the social and politi...


Libyas Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Wafa Bugaighis? "IndyWatch Feed"

Wafa Bugaighis, who had already been serving as her countrys charg daffaires in Washington, presented her credentials as Libyas ambassador to the United States on December 1, 2017.


Bugaighis father was a general in the Libyan army under King Idris, who was overthrown by Moammar Gadhafi in 1969. Bugaighis graduated from American International School in Vienna, Austria, in 1982 before coming to the United States to study at Catholic University of America. She initially majored in nuclear engineering, but when the U.S. government banned Libyans from studying that field in the United States, she switched to chemical engineering, earning a B.Sc. in 1987. She also studied at George Washington University.


Bugaighis began her career in 1988 as a chemical engineer for Arabian Gulf Oil Co. and continued in that position for more than 18 years. She moved into public service in September 2007 as deputy chairwoman of Nour Al Maarif Education Co. In 2011, she was director of the International Collaboration Bureau for east Libya, where she worked to rebuild her countrys education system after the revolution that year that deposed Gadhafi.


Bugaighis moved into the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in March 2013 as deputy minister for political affairs and for five months in 2014 was acting foreign minister.


In June 2014, Bugaighis cousin, attorney and human rights activist Salwa Bugaighis, was killed in Benghazi after voting in a local election. Islamic militants were thought to be responsible for the assassination. In December of that year, Bugaighis was appointed charg daffaires at Libyas embassy in Washington. She held that rank until being officially made ambassador in late 2017.


Bugaighis speaks Arabic, English and German.

-Steve Straehley


To Learn More:

Official Biography

Wafa Bugaighis (LinkedIn)

Despite Assassinations, Libyan Women Seek Place in Government (by Nadia Dreid, Scripps Howard Foundation Wire)

Libyas Wafa Bugaighis: We Desperately Need Help (by Larry Luxner, Washington Diplomat) 


CBP releases new guidelines on phone, laptop searches at US borders "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Late last week, the US Customs and Border Protection agency released an update to its Directive governing Border Searches of Electronic Devices. According to the new directive, which supersedes the one from 2009: Border searches of electronic devices will be limited to only the information that is resident on the device. Information that is solely stored remotely (i.e. only in the cloud) is off limits, and to make sure that this limitation is complied with, More


Cronkite News: Economic recovery moves at a glacial pace in Indian Country "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Recovery from the Great Recession has been slow in much of Arizona, but in Indian Country the pace has been glacial.


Mark Trahant: What does it take to manage the Indian health care system? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

What qualifications are needed to manage (and possibly reform?) the Indian health system?


Mount Washington records -37.7 C (-36 F), tied for second-coldest location on Earth "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

With an ambient air temperature of -37.7 C (-36 F), the Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire (elevation 1 916 m / 6 288 feet a.s.l.) tied for the second-coldest location on Earth on Saturday, January 6, 2018. "We're only 2 F [1.1...... Read more

Damit sich hier nicht das Gefhl einstellt, hey, Intel ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Damit sich hier nicht das Gefhl einstellt, hey, Intel sind halt inkompetent, htte man das mal IBM machen lassen: Ein toller CPU-Bug auf der Xbox360 (PowerPC).

Endlich verbreitet auch mal ein Einsender Hoffnung ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Endlich verbreitet auch mal ein Einsender Hoffnung bezglich Meltdown:

Meltdown scheint ja am Gefhrlichsten zu sein, da es Kernelmemory dumpen und auf andere Prozesse zugreifen kann, und ist sogar mit eigenem Logo am start. Es hat allerdings eine Einschrnkung, die derzeit irgendwie keiner auf dem Schirm hat und die meiner Ansicht nach im Meltdown-Paper mindestens unvollstndig oder gar falsch steht. Dort steht man knnte "simple" (ber 0xffff8800xxx) den gesamten RAM auslesen:

Seite 11: "On such systems, an attacker can use Meltdown to dump the entire physical memory, simply by reading from virtual addresses starting at 0xffff 8800 0000 0000."

Alle existierenden PoCs, sowie meine Tests und auch Google kommen allerdings zu einem anderen Ergebnis:

"PoC for variant 3 that, when running with normal user privileges, can read kernel memory on the Intel Haswell Xeon CPU under some precondition. We believe that this precondition is that the targeted kernel memory is present in the L1D cache."

Man kann das - offensichtlich - nur ausnutzen, wenn man das auszulesende "Geheimnis" im Speicher bereits im L1 Cache der gleichen CPU hat, was kein triviales Problem ist, wenn man es selbst nicht lesen darf und auch (von mir getestet) Befehle wie prefetch oder simpler Zugriff ber MOVen vom unberechtigten Prozess kein L1 Caching bewirken.

Schn kann man diese Anhngigkeit an allen so funktionierenden und verfgbaren Meltdown-Code sehen, die im Kernel "linux_proc_banner" ausgeben: Das geht erst, wenn man "/proc/version" fters ausliest, und es damit in den L1 Cache gelangt:

    fd = open("/proc/version", O_RDONLY);

        ret = pread(fd, buf, sizeof(buf), 0);
        if (ret < 0) {

 +      int fd = open("/proc/version", O_RDONLY);
 +      int ret = 0;
 +      char thing[256];
 +      ret = pread(fd, thing, sizeof(thing), 0);

"Added the ability to dump the linux_proc_banner"

Also wer KVM betreibt, der wird von Spectre 2 nicht so begeistert sein. Browserhersteller finden Spectre 1 und 2 nicht so toll. Auch ist Meltdown natrlich nicht schn, allerdin...

Sydney experiences hottest day since 1939: 47.3 C (117 F) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A short, sharp burst of very hot desert air hit South Australia and the southeastern States over the weekend forcing authorities to issue total fire bans and health advisories. The brunt of the heat took Penrith, west of Sydney where Sunday's temperatures...... Read more

Kadovar could turn explosive, landslides and tsunamis possible, P.N.G. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Following the first known eruption of Papua New Guinea's Kadovar volcano that took place on January 5, 2018, the Rabaul Volcanological Observatory (RVO) believes that the eruption could become explosive, posing a risk of landslides and tsunamis. RVO said they...... Read more


I Didn't Call Don Trump Jr Treasonous, 1968 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Good morning, Im still reporting on: I Didn't Call Don Trump Jr Treasonous, 1968 Synopsis: Former Trump insider, Steve Bannon, today praised Donald Trump, Jr. as a patriot and a good man and apologized for not responding sooner to the inaccurate reporting in the new Michael Wolff book, Fire and Fury. Bannon did not offer an explanation for his absence from public view since his departure from the Trump White House which has allowed Wolff to say anything, do anything to gain more attention for his books release two days ago. Where have you been, Steve? In any case, in an exclusive story to the left-leaning 2017 startup news site, Axios, Bannon said he did not think Donald Trump Jr. had been treasonous for taking the offered meeting with a group of Russians. He said that his comments about the meeting were aimed at former Trump campaign chairman, Paul Manafort. [As] a seasoned campaign professional with experience of how the Russians operate, [Manafort] should have known they are duplicitous, cunning and not our friends. To reiterate, those comments were not aimed at Don Jr. Bannon apologized for his absence in responding to Wolffs book: "I regret that my delay in responding to the inaccurate reporting regarding Don Jr has diverted attention from the president's historical accomplishments in the first year of his presidency." "Donald Trump, Jr. is both a patriot and a good man. He has been relentless in his advocacy for his father and the agenda that has helped turn our country around." "My support is also unwavering for the president and his agenda. "President Trump was the only candidate that could have taken on and defeated the Clinton apparatus. I remain ready to stand in the breech for this president's efforts to make America great again." Support Our Sponsors: - Virtual Shield VPN - the easiest way to create a home VPN. Go to: - Nobel Gold: Protect Your Money With Gold - Click Here- Or Call - 877-646-5347 - Jeevy Computers: Move up to business-level computer protection. 800-844-8613 - Trade Genius Academy: Learn the safe, sure way to trade. - SeaShell Diamond Gallery, Custom Fine Jewelry Made in Hawaii. 808-338-9988; - PrepareWithBill - Food Storage You Can Depend On. 888-756-8727 - Kangen Water, ionized, alkaline water, website: Still Report BTC address: 18Ky2c3CgPY3eu5N7ySoM3X6NjgEAN2w4v Connect with me; Bill Still: newspaper editor/publisher, economics reporter - top US publications, authored 22 books, 4 documentary videos & daily host of this Y/T channel, THE STILL REPORT: Get the word Out: Please LIKE, COMMENT & SHARE! Our website: Considered by informed insiders as the ultimate resource fo...


Tips for an Information Security Analyst/Pentester career - Ep. 51: Meterpreter detection "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

So far I've enjoyed playing on the offensive end, by exploiting my VMs through Meterpreter payloads and taking control of them.

My ultimate goal is to be a white hacker/red teamer.

However, I've been an analyst, too, and you can't be that good as a hacker/pentester/red teamer if you don't understand how to defend against Meterpreter and if you don't know what such an exploit looks like on the victim machine.

You can learn how to get stealthier with your attacks.

Likewise, you can't be a good analyst/defender/blue teamer if you don't understand what type of artifacts, signatures, patterns or logs you should keep an eye on.

This is a short introduction. I intend to go way deeper into the rabbit hole, leveraging my forensic studies, if I can.

Scenario: Windows 7 VM exploitation through msfvenom and a reverse shell payload


I performed a usual exploitation against my Windows 7 machine and I could pop a shell and obtain a privilege escalation.

Then I migrated to a system process.

What it looks like on the victim machine

On the other end, nothing suspicious pops up.

However, if we run netstat -abno command and redirect it to a text file (much easier to read it this way), we notice a process listening on port 4444 TCP on our Kali machine (notice its IP address).


Precios de alimentos subirn 20% en 2018, alertan lderes agrarios "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

El cambio en los precios de los combustibles se debe a la liberacin que permiti el gobierno de Enrique Pea Nieto y que est impactando directamente en el bolsillo de los mexicanos, pues cada distribuidor establece un precio a discrecionalidad, lo que genera una presin a los precios del resto de los productos.Regeneracin, 08 enero []

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1967, Judge Jeanine Blasts Clinton Foundation, 1967 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

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1966, How NSAs Adm Rogers Stopped the Coup, 1966 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

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Axios reports on what it tells us is the president's real schedule -- not the one that's released to the public,. It's -- how do I put this? -- relaxed:

President Trump is starting his official day much later than he did in the early days of his presidency, often around 11am, and holding far fewer meetings, according to copies of his private schedule shown to Axios. This is largely to meet Trumps demands for more Executive Time, which almost always means TV and Twitter time alone in the residence, officials tell us.
One example:
On Tuesday, Trump has his first meeting of the day with Chief of Staff John Kelly at 11am. He then has "Executive Time" for an hour followed by an hour lunch in the private dining room. Then it's another 1 hour 15 minutes of "Executive Time" followed by a 45 minute meeting with National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster. Then another 15 minutes of "Executive Time" before Trump takes his last meeting of the day a 3:45pm meeting with the head of Presidential Personnel Johnny DeStefano before ending his official day at 4:15pm.
Do we even have a president? We have a guy who, when he's not golfing, takes a couple of meetings a day and otherwise watches TV, eats, and tweets. It looks as if he's using Twitter as part of the way he governs, but, as The New York Times notes, nations around the world question the significance of what he posts:
Two things stand out about the foreign policy messages Mr. Trump has posted on Twitter since taking office: How far they veer from the traditional ways American presidents express themselves, let alone handle diplomacy. And how rarely Mr. Trump has followed through on his words. Indeed, nearly a year after he entered the White House, the rest of the world is trying to figure out whether Mr. Trump is more mouth than fist, more paper tiger than the real thing.

Countries are unsure whether to take his words as policy pronouncements, or whether they can be safely ignored. If Mr. Trumps threats are seen as hollow, what does that do to American credibility?
Domestically, as The Washington Post tells us, Trump also seems irrelevant:
President Trump expressed misgivings about his administrations infrastructure plan Friday at Camp David, telling Republican leaders that building projects through public-private partnerships is unlikely to work and that it may be better for the government t...


Controversial former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke to face trial on Jan. 22 "IndyWatch Feed World"

Former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke is set to face trial later this month for allegedly violating the civil rights of an airplane passenger on a flight from Dallas last year, USA Today reported Saturday. What's going on? According to USA Today, Clarke is set to stand trail for allegedly violating the First Amendment rights of Daniel Black when he used the official Milwaukee County sheriff's Facebook page to retaliate against Black for an incident that happened on an airplane on Jan. 15, 2017.


US Has Deadly Accidents And Crumbling Infrastructure "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Japan's high-speed bullet train system carries 1 million riders every day and has a remarkable safety record, at least compared to passenger trains in the United States. Passengers have taken billions of rides on Japanese bullet trains since the system was established 50 years ago, but not one passenger has died due to a derailment or collision. In the US commuters and travelers use trains less than the Japanese, but US passenger train lines have suffered five major wrecks that killed or injured passengers over the past decade, including the recent derailment of an Amtrak passenger train that killed three people and injured more than 50 others in DuPont, Washington on December 18. Among the dead were two active members of the Rail Passengers Association, a group that pushes for greater access to passenger rail services.


Now in Effect: Virginia Law Takes First Step to Support Sound Money "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Now in Effect: Virginia Law Takes First Step to Support Sound Money by Michael Maharrey Tenth Amendment Center via Activist Post On Jan. 1, a Virginia law that repeals sales taxes from some purchases of gold and silver went...

The post Now in Effect: Virginia Law Takes First Step to Support Sound Money appeared first on The Daily Coin.


Are Green Berets What They Used To Be? One SF Soldier Says No "IndyWatch Feed World"

(TFC) Lately, whenever Green Beret is mentioned in the news, it only seems bad. Whether the tragic death of Sergeant David Johnson in Niger, ambushes in Jordan, or the killing of another in Mali by a Navy SEAL member. Some low key news continues the trend, this time regarding worries that the elite military units training is compromised.

Our regiment has a cancer, began an anonymous letter written by an operative deep within the Green Berets ranks. And it is destroying the SF (Special Forces) legacy, its capability, and its credibility. The letter was uploaded to Document Cloud in mid-December, raising many questions about the quality of todays elite units.

The letter flamed both bias, self-serving senior officers in the Beret leadership, and submissive, sycophantic, just-as-culpable enlisted personnel. Grunts, in other words. According to the source who wrote the letter, this dynamic boosts......


Free Fire and Fury "IndyWatch Feed War"

Wikileaks Publishes Michael Wolffs Entire Sold Out Trump Book As A PDF Read it (while its still up) here Full text of controversial book on Trump, "Fire and Fury", by Michael Wolff, leaks onto internet: WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 8, 2018


To our readers: FOTM has the safest rating from McAfee "IndyWatch Feed"

Some of readers have reported to this blog that they are experiencing two problems when they get on Fellowship of the Minds: A pop-up warning saying that FOTM is a dangerous site. Very slow uploading speed. I dont doubt that Continue reading


Chairs for Fire Pit "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Chairs for Fire Pit - A patio is all about relaxing. That's what I think. Like how great the terrace area could be to set up a card tables to get her hearts club my wife might have other ideas. But mepersonally, I think that it's good simply tom have some speed to be quiet and think about the day that's only slipping away to the sunset.

And the best aspect of that relaxing time for me is my favourite patio chair. I personally like my teak patio recliner, but different individuals have their own idea on how best to decorate their own patios. But seats are a vital part of anybody's patio decoration.

So many styles to choose from, and there are just. You will find the elegant looking Adirondack style chairs with sloping seat their high springs and armrests that are oversized; perfect for resting on a drink on. Sometime it is possible to receive these with matching ottomans to present your tired feet a rest. My neighbor has his favourite lounge that his wife got to get their anniversary. I have seen him on many a night sitting out having a glass of iced green tea on his deck.


Russiagate Turns On Its Originators "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Russiagate Turns On Its Originators

Paul Craig Roberts

Russiagate originated in a conspiracy between the military/security complex, the Clinton-controlled Democratic National Committee, and the liberal/progressive/left. The goal of the military/security complex is to protect its out-sized budget and power by preventing President Trump from normalizing relations with Russia. Hillary and the DNC want to explain away their election loss by blaming a Trump/Putin conspiracy to steal the election. The liberal/progressive/left want Trump driven from office.

As the presstitutes are aligned with the military/security complex, Hillary and the DNC, and the liberal/progressive/left, the Russiagate orchestration is a powerful conspiracy against the president of the United States and the deplorables who elected him. Nevertheless, the Russiagate Conspiracy has fallen apart and has now been turned against its originators.

Despite the determination of the CIA and FBI to get Trump, these powerful and unaccountable police state agencies have been unable to present any evidence of the Trump/Putin conspiracy against Hillary. As William Binney, the former high level National Security Agency official who devised the spy program has stated, if there was any evidence of a Trump/Putin conspiracy to steal the US presidential election, the NSA would most certainly have it.

So where is the evidence? Why after one year and a half and a special prosecutor whose assignment is to get Trump has no evidence whatsoever been found of the Trump/Putin conspiracy? The obvious answer is that no such conspiracy ever existed. The only conspiracy is the one against Trump.

This has now become completely apparent. Russiagate originated in a fake Trump dossier invented by Christopher Steele, a former British MI6 intelligence officer. It is not yet clear whether it was the DNC, the CIA, or the FBI who paid Steele for the fake dossier. Perhaps he sold it to all three.
What we do know is that the FBI used what it knew to be a fake dossier to go to the FISA court for a warrant to spy on Trump.

As a consequence both Comey and the FBI, special prosecutor Mueller, and Christopher Steele are in hot water. The Chairman of the US Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Grassley, has instructed the US Attorney General to launch a criminal investigation of Steele for false statements to FBI counterintelligence officials.

You can see where this leads as former FBI director Comey is a participant in the Russiagate attack on President Trump. To protect himself Steele will have to rat on who put him up to it. If President Trump had any sense, he woul...


The US-Israeli Secret Deal To Manipulate Protests In Iran "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

TEHRAN, IRAN (Analysis)  Using the recent protests as cover, the governments of the United States and Israel are advancing a much larger plan for covert regime change against the Iranian government, one born out of the secret deal negotiated and signed between the two countries right before the widely covered but relatively small protests in Iran began in late December. That deal, negotiated between National Security Adviser and neocon darling H.R. McMaster and his Israeli counterpart Meir Ben-Shabbat, secured the full cooperation of the Trump and Netanyahu administrations in targeting Irans threatening activities through a series of memorandums of understanding. As the Times of Israel reported, such cooperation is ultimately expected to translate into steps on the ground a vague way of implying that aggressive actions will soon target Iran, including potential military action.


Second emergency landing in three days for US helicopters in Japan "IndyWatch Feed War"

RT | January 8, 2018 A US attack helicopter made an emergency landing near a hotel in Japans Okinawa on Monday. The incident came as a disabled rotorcraft was removed from a beach, where it had landed on Saturday. The AH-1 helicopter landed on the premises of a hotel in the village of Yomitan after []


St. John's Cathedral, 's-Hertogenbosch "IndyWatch Feed"

St. John's Cathedral at 's-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands is one of the last great churches of the first Gothic era. It was built between 1370 and 1529. It began as a parish church, so 's-Hertogenbosch must have been one of those late medieval towns that was rich and prominent but still had not bishop.

In 1629 the town was conquered by Dutch Protestants who banned Catholic worship and turned this into a Reformed church. Fortunately they seem to have left the building pretty much alone.

Then in 1810 Napoleon came to visit and received a delegation of citizens who pointed out to him that since most of the townspeople were Catholics, this great edifice was mostly unused and falling into disrepair. Napoleon, who was at that time trying to make nice with the Pope, agreed and transferred the building back to the Catholic church. He also promised the people a bishop, and the Pope dutifully created one. So this huge finally became a Cathedral, thanks to Napoleon, one of Europe's great unbelievers.



Theresa May shakes up government in crunch year for Brexit "IndyWatch Feed War"



AFP / by Alice RITCHIE | British Prime Minister Theresa May is reshuffling her cabinet, a move sparked by the sacking of her deputy last month

LONDON (AFP)  British Prime Minister Theresa May began a major shake-up of her ministers on Monday as she seeks to give fresh impetus to her government in a crucial year for the Brexit negotiations.The most senior foreign, finance and Brexit ministers were expected to keep their jobs, but many others were expected to move in a reshuffle sparked by the sacking of Mays deputy last month.

Damian Green was the third minister to leave the cabinet in a space of weeks, after the defence secretary and international development minister both quit all three following separate scandals.

The prime minister has started a refresh of her ministerial team, said the official Downing Street Twitter feed.

The chairman of Mays Conservative party, Patrick McLoughlin, was the first to go, telling Sky News that his time in government had been a great privilege.

In a chaotic start, a new chairman was announced on Twitter only for the tweet to be almost immediately deleted. A different minister, Brandon Lewis, was then confirmed to the role.

McLoughlin had been widely tipped for the sack after last summers disastrous snap election, in which the Tories lost their parliamentary majority.

He also drew fire after a protester interrupted Mays speech to the party conference in October an address that was also marred by a coughing fit and a collapsing set.

It was one of several low points in a tough year for the prime minister, who took over the helm of a divided government and country in July 2016 after the EU referendum.

The cabinet reshuffle is being viewed as a chance at a fresh start, although it also brings risks of upsetting the delicate balance of eurosceptic and pro-European ministers.

May was reportedly set to create a new no-deal cabinet post with responsibility to prepare for a possible break-down in the talks with the European Union.

Britain is due to leave the bloc in March 2019, and although it has reached agreement on the key separation issues, the toughest talks on the future relationship have yet to begin.

Ahead of the reshuffle announcement, Northern Ireland secretary James Brokenshire revealed he was stepping down for health reasons.



NUMSA: S. African Union Confronts New Forms Of Apartheid Through Class Struggle "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Ill answer your question first and then Ill give some context. Our view of the current South African government is we have taken a very oppositionist perspective, we are opposed to the ANC -- African National Congress, ruling party in South Africa -- -led government. Up until 2013 NUMSA was an active member and an alliance partner and supporter of the ANC. This was because in the days of the liberation movement when we were still fighting the apartheid regime, all of the various formations, the trade unions, the NGOs and the popular community struggles which were all fighting against apartheid all came together in an alliance. So if you were an ANC member you were automatically a supporter of all of the trade union federations, of COSATU --Congress of South African Trade Unions -- for example.


New Feminist Business School To Fight Masculine Capitalism "IndyWatch Feed"

As useless as a degree in womens studies. Via PJ Media: People who yearn to become entrepreneurs may find guidance at the new Feminist Business School, an online program that aims to help women launch businesses founded upon the theory of feminine entrepreneurship and body-loving business practices. Starting next week, the California-based Feminist Business School []


Who Is Crazy? "IndyWatch Feed World"

Who Is Crazy?
By Susan Stamper Brown

"As Sen. Ted Cruz said last year, The Democratic Partys base is bat-crap-crazy, especially when it comes to President Trump and will believe, do and say anything if they think doing so damages him.

More recently, theyve latched on like leaches to Michael Wolffs new book, Fire and Fury, which the author himself admits hes not sure if everything is true. The books prologue states: Many of the accounts of what has happened in the Trump White House are in conflict with one another; many, in Trumpian fashion, are baldly untrue. These conflicts, and that looseness with the truth, if not with reality itself, are an elemental thread of the book.

In essence, Wolff unloaded a pile of garbage and dutiful Democrats were right there to scoop it up. They will cling to Wolffs book like they did the Fusion GPS Steele dossier, which we now know was little more than a political ploy cooked up by the Democratic Party, the Clinton campaign and the Russians. An interesting side note when the dossier scheme was being cooked up, Michelle Obama was speaking at the DNC convention saying, When they go low we go high, which roughly translated means, When they go low, we scrape the bottom.



Israel has revoked Jerusalem residency permits of 14,600 Palestinians since 1967 "IndyWatch Feed World"

President Trump has recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital. But a third of Jerusalem's residents are not Israeli citizens at all. They're Palestinians who hold Israeli residency papers. Israel has revoked those papers from thousands of Palestinian residents, rights groups say. Jerusalem's mayor, however, would not acknowledge it. "I'm not aware of anybody that his residency was provoked [sic]," Mayor Nir Barkat said in an interview with NPR's Morning Edition about the revocations. "I think, factually, this is probably not true." But according to an August report by Human Rights Watch, Israel has revoked the residency status of at least 14,595 Palestinians in East Jerusalem since Israel captured the territory from Jordan in 1967. The group cited data that lawyers and rights groups collected from Israel's Interior Ministry through freedom of information requests and court cases.


Squirrel. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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C. Ford.


Jason A: Prophetic Events are Happening! (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

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North Korea & South Korea Threatening To Seek Peace "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A few gestures of mutual respect between North Korea and South Korea during the first week of January are a long way from a stable, enduring peace on the Korean peninsula, but these gestures are the best signs of sanity there in decades. On January 1, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un called for immediate dialogue with South Korea ahead of next months Winter Olympics there. On January 2, South Koreas President Moon Jae-in proposed that talks begin next week in Panmunjom (a border village where intermittent talks to end the Korean War have continued since 1953). On January 3, the two Koreas reopened a communications hotline that has been dysfunctional for almost two years (requiring South Korea to use a megaphone across the border in order to repatriate several North Korean fishermen).


Reacting to a big breach "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

As I write this, the industry is still wagging its fingers at the latest big breach. But in the time that it takes to get this published, there could easily be another colossal security disaster that leaves large numbers of peoples private information exposed. And with every headline announcing a security failure comes the anger and blame-storming, a lot of it from security professionals. Understandable, but how useful is it? Rather than face-palming all over More


Michael D'Andrea: Why is Trump's CIA man in Iran missing from conversations about the protests? "IndyWatch Feed World"

Isn't the man in charge of the CIA's Iran operations taking a serious interest in the latest events in Iran? Surely he is. That's his job, isn't it? But why this silence? Most of us know the extremely rare but slightly creepy feeling of driving down a road or seeing a hill or listening to a conversation and being overcome by the absolute conviction that we've seen it or heard it before. Perhaps in an earlier incarnation. Or maybe just a few years ago, though we may not be able to place the experience in a time frame. It took me quite a while before a trusted friend was able to pinpoint why I found Iran's latest miniature street revolution so weird. And so familiar. And so chilling. Let's run through the sequence of events. A large number of young, disenfranchised and poor/unemployed young people take to the streets of a Middle East nation to complain about their poverty, the corruption of the regime, their own lack of freedom - and quickly, they turn against their own leaders. Perfectly justified. But within days, guns are being used against opponents of the government which both claims the people's right to freedom of speech but warns that those who use violence will pay the price. At least 21 - two of them members of the security forces - are killed as protestors respond to the shoot-to-kill tactics of the governments' armed supporters. The most powerful leader - supported by state militias - complains that the unrest is fomented by foreigners, traitors, spies. The most senior leader in the state puts it all down to "money, weapons, politics and intelligence services". America, Britain and Saudi Arabia are named as the principal suspects. And then vast pro-government crowds - dwarfing in numbers (if not in enthusiasm) the demonstrators, march in their hundreds of thousands to condemn the street protests, holding pictures of their beloved leaders above their heads. The regime calls the protests "finished".


Turkey/Halkbank: The Biggest (Conjured Up) Sanctions-Evasion Scheme in Recent History "IndyWatch Feed War"

Not sure why this news is garnering no coverage- Given the sanctions regime that is openly discussed and undoubtedly being readied  to further destabilize Turkey. 

January 2018- The Atlantic Authored by Jonathon Schanzer

Jonathan Schanzer is senior vice president at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. He is a former terrorism finance analyst at the U.S. Treasury.
I'd like to first address some interesting information regarding the Foundation for Defense of Democracies- Consider FDD's advocacy for Israel and it's Likud party leanings as you continue to read about the Halkbank "trial" and the preperation of a Magnitsky 2.0 type sanctions regime for Turkey.

Via Slate- The Little Think Tank that Could
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the so-called 800-pound gorilla, is the big player in lobbying against the nuclear weapons agreement that the United States and five other countries signed with Iran. When it comes to influencing members of Congress, AIPAC has the access to financial contributors with which to reward the compliant and pressure the recalcitrant.
Opponents of the deal, if they are to carry the day, need crisp talking points and plausible arguments; they need credible experts who will back up their position in congressional hearings, on opinion pages, and on TV and radio. And no organization has been better at providing this kind of intellectual firepower than the little-known Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a relatively small Washington think tank that is devoting itself to defeating the Iran deal.
FDD also describes itself as a global research organization. Its purpose, it says, is to conduct research and provide education on international terrorismthe most serious security threat to the United States and other free, democratic nations. But it...


The Free Market Made Us Do It! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Apologists for the many millions in compensation that Americas largest corporations regularly dole out to their top executives have essentially one basic, all-purpose go-to defense. Americas corporate giants, this defense contends, are just paying the going market rate for top-notch executive talent. So chill out, America. Average Americans who complain about excessive executive pay, says Stanford Business Schools Nick Donatiello, simply do not realize how much compensation is required, given the market for talent, to attract and motivate the right people. Any company that tries to go cheap and get by without that right talent, Americas corporate wisdom continues, would never be able to successfully compete in our globalized marketplace. Does this defense hold any water? Not any more.


Israel issues BDS blacklist against 20 organizations badge of honor, Munayyer says "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Israeli government has finally published its BDS blacklist, which would prevent entry to Israel known for months to be in the works. It includes 20 organizations that support the Palestinian-led, nonviolent Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) resistance movement against the occupation including U.S.-based organizations American Muslims for Palestine, CODEPINK, the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights and Jewish Voice for Peace.

The blacklist would Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan, who played a crucial role in compiling the blacklist, touted it as a strategic change in the way Israel handles BDS. 

We have shifted from defense to offense, Erdan said, as reported by Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz. The boycott organizations need to know that the State of Israel will act against them and not allow [them] to enter its territory to harm its citizens.

The other blacklisted U.S.-based organizations are National Students for Justice in Palestine and the American Friends Service Committee, as well as eleven European organizations and three more based in South America and Africa.

Leaders and members of the blacklisted organizations view it as an official implementation of Israels long followed unofficial policy of turning away Palestinian human rights activists at its border.

Omar Barghouti, a founder of the BDS movement, said the move by Israels far-right regime would only help the campaign to boycott Israel (in a statement released by IMEU):

Israels new McCarthyism is reaching a new low. By waging an all-out war on the peaceful BDS movement for Palestinian rights and by now banning international human rights organizations and advocates from entry, Israels desperate and brutal attempts to weaken support for BDS are already backfiring.

In an interview with +972 Magazine, Jewish Voice for Peace executive-director Rebecca Vilkomerson noted that Israels decision to specifically ban JVP leaders from entry is disconcerting but not surprising, given the consistent erosion of democratic norms as well as increasing fear of the BDS movement in Israel.

To Vilkomerson, the blacklist is not only an organizational hardship but a personal one. The Brooklyn activist is married to an Israeli and has extensive family and friends in Israel and the West Bank whom she will likely no longer be able to visit. 

But the barring of Jewish Voice for Peace, an explicitly Jewish organization, suggests a true ideological contradiction forming between Israels claim as homeland to all Jews and Israels fear of the catalyzing BDS movement. And it further r...


Blizzard leaves people in Iqaluit without city services, including water delivery and waste management "IndyWatch Feed World"

Services, which include water that's trucked into homes and waste management, have been on hold since Saturday City officials in Iqaluit suspended all municipal services this weekend until further notice due to extreme weather conditions. The services, which include water that's trucked into homes and waste management, have been on hold since Saturday in Nunavut's capital.


Hondurans Hold Mass Protests Until The Corrupt Are Removed "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

"The people wont stand for this dictatorship," said former Opposition Alliance presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla. Despite heavy rains, an estimated 80,000 Honduran opposition supporters marched in San Pedro Sula on Saturday to protest what they call a "fradulent" presidential election. Surrounded by his supporters, former presidential candidate for the Opposition Alliance Salvador Nasralla told the crowds, "The people want Salvador Nasralla as the President of Honduras." "The people wont stand for this dictatorship," he said, adding, "we wont stop until weve removed the corrupt from power." Nasralla does not recognize the results of the Nov. 26 Honduran presidential election, which was riddled with accusations of fraud and corruption. He maintains that he won the polls, but would be willing to repeat them.


BREAKING: FIRE AT TRUMP TOWER in New York City At Least Two Injured (VIDEOS) "IndyWatch Feed"

A fire broke out on the roof of the 58-story Trump Tower on 5th Avenue in New York City on Monday morning.

President Donald Trump and his family are not currently at their residence in the building.

According to the initial reports from the New York City Fire Department, the blaze was due to an issue with an electrical box. There was no fire inside the building.



Democrats Push Women to Run for Office But Only Jewish and Muslim Women Not Christian Women "IndyWatch Feed"

Democrats are pushing more women to run for office.

Because voters should choose candidates based on their sex.

Not only that.

Democrats want Muslim and Jewish women to run for office.

But they dont want any more Christian women to run.

Via Mike:

The post Democrats Push Women to Run for Office But Only Jewish and Muslim Women Not Christian Women appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.


MSM Propaganda: We live in Stupid times "IndyWatch Feed World"

Remember the "harmonic convergence"? It was the alignment of the planets that took place in 1987 some said was going to bring about major changes in the world. And then there was Y2K, when people hoarded canned goods and caused at least one person to take a homemade concoction that turned his skin permanently blue. Those were stupid times. But they have nothing on today. What a clown show we've become. The year is a week old today and already dumb enough to make me yearn for 2017. The big story this week was a book written by a guy known for exaggerating about a guy known for exaggerating with the main source being another guy known for exaggerating. And I'm not exaggerating.


Chuck Spinney: Zionist Theft of Palestinian Land The Book "IndyWatch Feed War"

Chuck Spinney

This book review summarizes the history of the legal issues and precedents surrounding the settlement of Jews in Palestine. 

This Land Is Our Land

Raja Shehadeh, New York Review of Books, January 18, 2018 Issue

The story of the transformation of the land in Palestine/Israel from the Ottoman period to the present takes up much of Fieldss book. But he tells it in a larger setting, tracing the idea of enclosure through England and North America before arriving at his discussion of the Palestinian landscape. What has happened there, he argues, belongs to a lineage of dispossession that can be followed back to the practice of overturning systems of rights to land stemming from the enclosures in early modern England. He describes at length how maps, property law, and landscape architecture were enlisted by modernizers from the seventeenth century onward in the Zionist practices in the Occupied Palestinian Territories to gain control of land from existing landholders and remake life on the landscape consistent with their modernizing aims.

See Also:

Review: STOP, THIEF! The Commons, Enclosures, and Resistance

Review: The Manufacture of EvilEthics, Evolution and the Industrial System


California Regulations May Hinder Trump Effort To Renew Offshore Drilling "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) In the decades since a 1969 oil spill near Santa Barbara tarred sea-life and gave rise to the U.S. environmental movement, politicians and environmental activists have built up ample ways to make it difficult but not impossible for the Trump administration to renew drilling off Californias coast. The Interior Department said Thursday it plans to open most federal waters off the United States to oil leases. In California, where no new federal leases offshore have been approved since 1984, Gov. Jerry Brown joined governors of Oregon and Washington in vowing to do whatever it takes to stop that from happening off the West Coast. State officials, environmental groups and oil-industry analysts say California has solid regulatory and legal means to try to make good on that threat.


Fish Farm Protesters Continue Fight Against Industry "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Molina Dawson and Karissa Glendale are vowing to continue their fight against the fish farm industry despite a British Columbia Supreme Court ruling that granted injunctions to two companies against them. The provinces highest court has granted Marine Harvest Canada and Cermaq Canada injunctions at four different salmon farms north of Vancouver Island. This means Dawson, Glendale and a number of other First Nation protestors must stay away or face being arrested. But they say the injunctions wont stop them. We are going to continue being out in the water in our territory so we can see what the fish farms are doing and keep an eye on them regardless of the injunctions, said Dawson.


10 years of research reveal multiple causes to bipolar disorder "IndyWatch Feed World"

Bipolar disorder used to be known as manic depression. There is no one specific cause of bipolar disorder, new research finds. It is not down to one chemical imbalance or one specific life event. Rather, bipolar has many common features. The results come from over 1,100 people who have been studied for over ten years. Over 730 had bipolar disorder, the rest did not.


Berlin to evaluate online hate law as minister falls victim called a fellow politician an idiot "IndyWatch Feed War"


AFP/File / by Hui Min NEO | German Justice Minister Heiko Maas has himself fallen afoul of the new law over a tweet dating back to 2010

BERLIN (AFP)  Germany signalled Monday it was open to amending a controversial law combatting online hate speech as the justice minister fell victim to the rules he himself championed.The move came after Twitter deleted a post by Heiko Maas dating back to 2010 before he was appointed justice minister, in which he called a fellow politician an idiot.

The post was deleted after Twitter received several complaints, fuelling a simmering row over the new regulation which critics say stifle freedom of speech.

Government spokesman Steffen Seibert said an evaluation would be carried out within six months to examine how well the new law was working.

Its best to conduct the evaluation with an open mind, and then well see what experience can be drawn from it, what impact and then all that would be weighed up, he told reporters.

Germany adopted the law, one of the toughest in the world, after a surge in racist and incendiary speech online, particularly since the arrival of more than one million asylum-seekers since 2015.

The legislation, which came into force on January 1, requires social media giants to remove hate speech and other illegal content, or risk fines of up to 50 million euros ($57 million).

Companies such as Twitter and Facebook have 24 hours to remove posts that openly violate German law after they are flagged by users.

But critics the law pushes social media companies into taking a pro-active stance in deleting potentially offensive posts, effectively handing them the power of censorship.

Parties including the AfD, the pro-business FDP, far-left Linke as well as Chancellor Angela Merkels Bavarian allies CSU are lining up to demand it be scrapped or amended.

Wouldnt tweet that today

The row returned to haunt the justice minister over the weekend when he found his tweet about Thilo Sarrazin, a politician who wrote a controversial book on Muslim immigrants, had been deleted.

Speaking to Bild on Monday, Maas said he did not receive any information from Twitter about why the tweet was deleted, admitting there are things that I would no longer tweet today.

Barely a week after coming into force, the new law has sparked intense debate as it snared high-profile individuals.



Mass protests in Honduras asking for the removal of 'the corrupt' who stole election "IndyWatch Feed World"

"The people won't stand for this dictatorship," said former Opposition Alliance presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla. Despite heavy rains, an estimated 80,000 Honduran opposition supporters marched in San Pedro Sula on Saturday to protest what they call a "fradulent" presidential election. Surrounded by his supporters, former presidential candidate for the Opposition Alliance Salvador Nasralla told the crowds, "The people want Salvador Nasralla as the President of Honduras." "The people won't stand for this dictatorship," he said, adding, "we won't stop until we've removed the corrupt from power." Nasralla does not recognize the results of the Nov. 26 Honduran presidential election, which was riddled with accusations of fraud and corruption. He maintains that he won the polls, but would be willing to repeat them.


Red Satin Chair Sashes "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

61Oz oCsw7L SL1200

Red Satin Chair Sashes - Chairs are so prevalent that we hardly think twice about them. There are among the oldest and most renowned forms of comfort known to mankind. Regardless of how old or long past seats were invented they continue to evolve. Chairs nowadays are made for various chairs functions that vary from office seats to general home seating etc..

Chairs today come in several of shapes, sizes and designs. The task of a chair now isn't only to help making it effortless for people to sit also functions an ecstatic intent. It has to look good and blend in with the surroundings it is meant for. So for example office chairs need to appear nice and fit nicely with an office setting as opposed to a simple chair or rocking chair which needs to fit nicely with a national environment.

Today chairs can be purchased from any store and they are also made from a number. In the past chairs were only made of wood but the newest advancement in technology has made it possible for individuals to buy chairs made from vinyl, fiber, and metal etc..


"Perfect Common Sense" "IndyWatch Feed World"

This makes perfect sense to me, at least...


Yemen: 2017 in review "IndyWatch Feed"

2017 has been a year of utter despair in light of countless human rights atrocities committed on multi-fronts.

Boys sit on the rubble of a two-floor building destroyed by Saudi-led airstrikes on the northern outskirts of Sanaa, Yemen, 23 August 2017. Picture by Hani Al-Ansi/DPA/PA Images. All rights reserved.A U.N. official warned days ago that, Yemen could be the worst humanitarian crisis in 50 years. As 2018 begins, these words reflect the increasingly deteriorating unspeakable human suffering in Yemen, after the UN had been calling Yemen throughout last year as the largest humanitarian crisis in the world.

The poorest Arab nation with a population of around 25 million has been sent into destitution after nearly four years of war. 2017 has been a year of utter despair in light of countless human rights atrocities committed on multi-fronts; from the Saudi-led coalition to Saleh-Houthis forces and the U.S. counter-terrorism military operation, all sharing responsibility of creating unspeakable human suffering in Yemen. However, the killing of Saleh at the end of 2017 marks a historical transition thats going to drastically change Yemens political map for years to come.

Human suffering

 One-third of Saudi air raids hit non-military sites in Yemen

Salehs violent death gives a glimpse into the gruesomeness of this war. Both combatants and noncombatant innocent civilians are caught up in the violence. While Houthis (and Salehs for a certain time, until his death) forces in Taiz continued their indiscriminate shelling or, as described by the UN Human Rights Office, the unrelenting shelling, against civilian i...


What To Make Of Irans Demonstrations "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Starting Dec. 28, 2017, Iran has witnessed anti-government protests in several cities and towns. The character and the demands of the demonstrations have varied greatly and seem to have already evolved over the course of a few days. From the beginning, Iranian government officials have stated that people have a right to demonstrate, but that acts of sabotage and violence would be dealt with forcefully. The first few protests focused mainly on economic issues. Demonstrations were peaceful and marched down streets chanting slogans. These initial protests seemed to occur without major incidents. From there, some of the marches become more militant and aggressive, with garbage cans and police cars set ablaze. By the night of Dec. 31, 2017, protests took on the form of armed attacks on government buildings and police stations. By Jan. 3, hundreds had been arrested and 21 people have been killed.


Study Finds That 22 Percent Of Bitcoin Investors Are Using Debt To Fund Their Investments "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Study Finds That 22 Percent Of Bitcoin Investors Are Using Debt To Fund Their Investments by Michael Snyder The Economic Collapse Blog Investing in cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ripple, Ethereum and Litecoin is extremely risky, and experts all over...

The post Study Finds That 22 Percent Of Bitcoin Investors Are Using Debt To Fund Their Investments appeared first on The Daily Coin.


Undeniable Proof That Jeff Sessions Is a Deep State Operative "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

If anyone had any doubt if Attorney General Jeff Sessions was an agent for the Deep State, this article should go a long way in confirming these suspicions.

Jeff Sessions has declared war on all 50 states. In effect, in violation of the 10th Amendment, he has told all 50 states that if you promote the use of marijuana, either for recreational or for pharmaceutical reasons, he will put people in prison.

Millions of people smoke pot and as I have detailed here on this website, marijuana has significant side-effects. However, its use as a counter to chemotherapy and its positive impact on people with certain eye conditions, is undeniable. Of course, the Deep State does not want pot legalized in any form, because it would compete with their illegal drug trafficking and Jeff Sessions is doing his part in protecting that illicit endeavor.

Further, The Common Sense Show has previously documented the disproportionate amount of  people that are arrested for simple possession of marijuana the vast numbers of people that occupy our grossly over-sized prison population. And with the recent combination of events, initiated by Trump and Sessions, the prison population in America is going to grow exponentially.

The move to crimnalize pot smoking, by Sessions, combined with the undeserved tax breaks to the private prison industry, in the new tax bill, constitute aiding and abetting Deep State interests.

ThePresidents Tax Plan Favors the Deep State Private Prison Interests

Several tax experts have reviewed the recently passed tax plan and have concluded that it is, in part, designed to favor the private prison industry. Here is an example of this majority opinion from the Guardian:

Individual investors in US private prisons are poised to collect their most lucrative earnings ever thanks to ...


US theaters see lowest movie attendance in 22 years "IndyWatch Feed World"

As online streaming services become increasingly popular, first-run corporate movie-theater chains are seeing a drastic drop in attendance. Movie theater tickets sold in the US will hit a 22-year low for 2017 and, as Netflix, Amazon and other video streaming platforms drop prices and make inroads into American homes, entertainment options have skyrocketed.


The Daily Bird #584. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Eurasian Robin from Giliell, click for full size!

Giliell, all rights reserved.


Slap This! New Yorkers Rally In Support Ahed Tamimi "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

During rush hour Friday, more than 100 people gathered under the hallowed arches of Grand Central Terminals Main Concourse to protest the detention and likely conviction of 16-year-old Palestinian Ahed Tamimi. The teenage girl was detained by Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) on Dec. 19 during a pre-dawn raid on her familys home in the occupied West Bank village of Nabi Saleh. Her crime: slapping an IDF soldier who was armed with an M-16 assault rifle. The incident was captured on video and has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times online. Only moments prior to the soldiers arrival, Tamimi had learned that her cousin, 15-years-old Mohammed Tamimi, was in life-threatening condition after another soldier shot the boy at close-range with a rubber bullet. Half of Mohammed Tamimis skull is caved in and he will likely be disabled for the rest of his life.


US Plans to Recognize Annexed Syrian Territory as Kurdish "IndyWatch Feed War"


Washington is planning 'concrete steps' toward providing a Syrian Democratic Forces-controlled area in northern Syria's eastern Euphrates area three times the size of Lebanon with diplomatic recognition, a leading Arabic international newspaper has reported.
The 28,000 square km territory, controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces, a collection of predominantly Kurdish militias including the YPG (PKK) People's Protection Units, took its first step toward US recognition after US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis promised to send US diplomats to SDF-controlled areas to work alongside US troops operating in the region, the official said.
UPDATE January 08/18: BasNews

The United States is planning concrete diplomatic steps to recognise the northern Syrian territories now governed by indigenous (not so much) Kurds and Arabs (just a veneer) , an anonymous senior Western official said.
The official revealed that Washington is also planning greater assistance to the SDF, including empowering local councils, backing reconstruction efforts, assisting in training of government agency workers, improving public services and infrastructure, protecting the SDF areas and engaging in the upkeep of military bases.
All of which will eventually lead to diplomatic recognition.

I reported the Mattis news December 30/2017:

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis Sees U.S Civilian Presence Increasing in Syria

Mattis said :"What we will be doing is shifting from what I would call an offensive, shifting from an offensive terrain-seizing approach to a stabilizing [effort].....


FEMEN activist goes full 'Donald Trump' in Kiev nuclear protest "IndyWatch Feed World"

A topless FEMEN activist braved the cold Ukrainian winter to impersonate Donald Trump outside the US embassy in Kiev on Friday. The near naked 'Trump' was helped clambour onto the US embassy sign by two clothed activists. 'Trump' carried a 'nuclear football' with her and had the words 'Mr Big Button' emblazoned across her chest.


Haaretz: Time for Jews to Boycott Israel "IndyWatch Feed War"

BDS Blacklist: Sadly, Now Might Be the Time for Jews to Boycott Israel

The Israeli government has issued a list of 20 activist organizations from around the world whose leaders and active members are to be denied entry. Coming on the heels of last springs law announcing an entry ban on boycott, divestment and sanction (BDS) supporters, this isnt particular surprising.

But it shines a light on the degree of fear gripping Israels leaders when it comes to BDS, and casts into question Israels commitment to democratic norms. All this suggests that BDS activists may actually be on to something.

Read full article.

Phi Beta Iota: The legislation before Congress in the USA, making it a felony to criticize Israel or call for a boycott of Israel, is one of seven strikes that are helping end the Zionist occupation of the US economy, government, and society. The days of Israel as a neo-fascist occupying power in both the USA and Palestine are drawing to an end.  A salute to Haaretz, one of the most honest and legitimately Jewish (good) sources against the Zionist (bad) tyranny.  American organizations banned from visiting Israel include:

American Friends Service Committee
American Muslims for Palestine
Code Pink
Jewish Voice for Peace
National Students for Justice in Palestine
US Campaign for Palestinian Rights

See Especially:

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.

See Also:

Israel publishes BDS blacklist: These are the 20 groups whose members will be denied entry

How a U.S. Quaker group that won the Nobel Peace Prize ended up on Israels BDS...


Healthcare breaches involving ransomware increase year-over-year "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

2017 has been a very challenging year for healthcare institutions as these organizations remain under sustained attack by cybercriminals that continue to target their networks. End of year research conducted by Cryptonite indicates that there were a total of 140 data breach events characterized and reported to HHS/OCR as IT/hacking in 2017 representing a 23.89% increase over the 113 IT/hacking events reported in 2016. The number of reported major IT/hacking events attributed to ransomware by More


UKs Independent falsely accuses Trump of trying to limit free speech, ignores real Islamic attempts to limit it "IndyWatch Feed War"

The title of the Independent article below is misleading. It states: Donald Trump suggests he wants US law to limit free speech in wake of publication of explosive new book. Unfortunately, far too many people read little more than headlines, so in this case, they are left with the impression that Trump due to []


Another Border Dispute Refuses to Die in the Western Balkans "IndyWatch Feed War"


For more than a quarter-century, Slovenia and Croatia have been embroiled in a border dispute along the Adriatic Sea one that has even managed to put a squabble over washing machine customs duties into the international headlines. Now members of the European Union and NATO, the former Yugoslav nations were expected to resolve tensions once and for all following an international court ruling in June last year. Instead, negotiations ignominiously collapsed at the end of December. While the Balkan wars ended two decades ago, the echoes of Yugoslavias bloody breakup still ring across the region. All of its former republics, from Slovenia to Montenegro, continue to suffer from after effects, from turf disputes to instability at home.

With Slovenia backing the deal, Croatia dropped out of arbitration, citing breach of process by its neighbor to the north after evidence emerged of a Slovenian judge on the panel exchanging confidential information with the government in Ljubljana. Given six months by the court to review and adopt the ruling, which saw the establishment of a 10 nautical mile-long corridor linking Slovenia to international waters, the deadline for reaching an agreement expired days after Christmas. Slovenia and Croatia are no closer to reaching a deal, and 2018 looks to be a rocky year as a result.

The collapse of the proposed agreement has seriously worried the EU and other stakeholders, as the deal was set to be a model of conflict resolution for other Balkan states hoping to accede to the bloc. Instead, the 7.3 square miles in the Bay of Piran, of which Croatia claims half ownership, is set to remain a thorn in Brussels side for some time yet.

The dispute underscores a lingering suspicion among many southeastern European states that has persisted even decades after the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s. And most importantly, it raises serious concerns about how ready these states are to shed their quarrels of the past and build towards a more amicable, stable future.

After all, Slovenia is not the only country in Croatias sights; the only Balkan republic not in a dispute with the coastal country is Macedonia, for the simple reason that it does not share a border with Croatia. Bosnia and Herzegovina, for one, has unresolved territorial disputes with Croatia along the coastline; the islands of Veliki Skolj and Mali Skolj are uninhabited and too small to serve any real purpose to either state, but maintain a...

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US, Israel and Saudi policies on Iran 'would lead us to war' says French President Macron "IndyWatch Feed World"

French President Emmanuel Macron said the policies concerning Iran of the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia may lead to war. Macron, who in November said France wished to counter "Iranian hegemony" in the region, made the remarks on Jan. 3 in Paris during a talk with media outlets and diplomats, the Russian news channel RT reported. "The official line pursued by the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia, who are our allies in many ways, is almost one that would lead us to war," Macron said in his statement, which is unusual in that it lays blame on France's allies rather than its estranged trade partner Iran for a perceived risk of escalation. Seyyed Abdolrahim Mousavi, an Iranian military officer currently acting as the Commander-in-Chief of the Islamic Republic of Iran Army, in September said: "We will destroy the Zionist entity at lightning speed, and thus shorten the 25 years it still has left." He added: "Every stupid act will turn Tel Aviv and Haifa into dust."


Mueller investigating Ivanka Trump for saying hello to Russians in elevator lobby "IndyWatch Feed World"

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Ivanka Trump over a brief elevator encounter with the two Russians at the center of a controversial 2016 meeting at Trump Tower that she did not attend. The Los Angeles Times broke the news this morning, with a report that Ivanka exchanged pleasantries with the Russian duo. Investigators also are exploring the involvement of the president's daughter, Ivanka Trump, who did not attend the half-hour sit-down on June 9, 2016, but briefly spoke with two of the participants, a Russian lawyer and a Russian-born Washington lobbyist. Details of the encounter were not previously known. It occurred at the Trump Tower elevator as the Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, and the lobbyist, Rinat Akhmetshin, were leaving the building and consisted of pleasantries, a person familiar with the episode said. But Mueller's investigators want to know every contact the two visitors had with Trump's family members and inner circle. Mueller long has sought to nail down details of the unusual gathering at the height of the presidential race between three of Trump's top campaign aides - his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and his campaign manager, Paul Manafort - and Veselnitskaya, Akhmetshin, plus a Russian language translator, a U.S.-based employee of a Russian real estate group, and a British music promoter with Russian business ties who helped bring the group together."


The Ocean Has Frozen Over in Massachusetts. "IndyWatch Feed World"

While these images may look like the Arctic or Antarctica, they're actually much closer to home. As a result of the recent 'explosive cyclogensis' - a term used by meteorologists to describe dramatic or destructive unexpected weather events - the sea at Old Silver Beach in North Falmouth, Massachusetts has frozen over. Persistent temperatures as low as -20F (-30C) caused the upper layers of water to freeze solid enough for locals to walk on it. The frozen mass extended about 1 mile out from the beach.


Who I write for "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Who I write for

By Jon Rappoport

Imagination is the souls way of saying: I never give up. (The Magician Awakes, Jon Rappoport)

I have published this piece before. It stands as my best description of why I do what I do. And now Im adding a new introduction:

When I began writing seriously, in the summer of 1959, the idea that I would focus on The Individual was the farthest thing from my mind.

I assumed everyone was an individual. Case closed. Why bother to mention it? Why bother to think about it?

Even then, though, a massive propaganda operation was underway. It was aimed at replacing the individual with the group. Some people call this cultural Marxism. Its much larger than that. Its Collectivism at every possible level. It aims to eradicate the individuals awareness that he is an individual. Why? Because if he truly knows what he is, then he also knows that society and civilization are opposing him. They are dedicated to the creation and sustenance of groups. Groups are manageable. Individuals arent.

Needless to say, much has happened since that time.

Skipping ahead, by the late 1990s it had become apparent to me that many people were falling by the wayside. Their universal tolerance was a form of self-sabotage. They were sacrificing themselves on the soft buttery altar of doing good. It was obvious to me, for example, that the notion of repairing all past injustices of society was a well with no bottom. It was a covert op. It was an attempt to entangle minds in a case of amnesia about individual power. Rather than trying to raise people up, it was a plan to victimize a permanent (and ever expanding) underclass.

I wasnt sure my message about all this would reach many readers. I wasnt sure what their reaction would be. But I didnt care. I was motivated to make my case. So I did. So I do.

And lo and behold, people have responded. Over and above the nonsensical static of trolls and self-appointed victims, a wave of confirmation reached me. People were still thereas individuals. They knew it. They were seeing the demise of society around them.

Beyond confirmation, though, what I was aiming at was (and is) expansion of individual power. Not just an acknowledgment of it.

Power. Creative power. The power of imagination. The capacity of the individual to conceive of his deepest desires, pursue them, and turn them into visible fact in the world. (This is shorthand for what I cover extensively in my collection, Exit From The Matrix.)

Since I was a child and read great sea-adventure novels and science fiction novels, I assumed that fleshing out a vision of what one wants for his future was the obvious and standard enterprise for every p...


Greece rejects claims it urged Ecumenical Patriarch to replace Archbishop of America "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Greeces Press and Information Office in New York categorically denied on Sunday a report published in The National Herald on Sunday which claimed that the Greek government urged the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to replace Archbishop Demetrios of America, after the bankruptcy of the Archdiocese of America. The government of Greece, under Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras,

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Zakharova: US started seeing 'Kremlin's hand' in polls only after Trump's victory "IndyWatch Feed World"

Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Mike Pompeo told CBS that Russia have been meddling in the US election for decades The United States started seeing "the Kremlin's hand" in the US election only after Donald Trump was elected the US president, Russian Foreign Ministry's Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on her Facebook page on Monday. Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Mike Pompeo told CBS on Sunday that Russia and others have been meddling in the US election, and Moscow has been allegedly doing this "for decades."


Falling Dollar Props Up Chinas Foreign Exchange Reserves "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Falling Dollar Props Up Chinas Foreign Exchange Reserves by Wolf Richter Wolf Street Stiffened capital controls help. The weak dollar, Chinas complex web of capital controls, and its efforts to crack down on its huge and over-leveraged conglomerates to...

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Al Jazeera says $1.5bn illegal deal traced to three Ukranian tycoons linked to Yanukovich (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed World"

Three Ukrainian oligarchs traded part of around $1.5bn in illicit assets traced to cronies of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, an exclusive investigation by Al Jazeera revealed on Sunday. They did so as the war-torn country struggled to return suspected misappropriated funds to its coffers. An unsigned contract obtained by Al Jazeera's Investigative Unit identifies Alexander Onyschenko - the gas tycoon, former member of parliament and currently one of Ukraine's most-wanted men - and Pavel Fuchs, a real estate tycoon who made his fortune in Moscow, as the buyers in the illegal deal. Other documents suggest the seller was Serhiy Kurchenko - a fugitive Ukrainian gas tycoon based in Moscow who was known as Yanukovich's "family wallet".


Benjamin Fulford Report (Excerpt): "Final Showdown Looms" -- January 8, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed World"

Weekly Geo-political News and Analysis

Financial war may escalate into massive EMP attacks as final showdown looms

By Benjamin Fulford, White Dragon Society

The ongoing war over the control of the financial system, and thus control over the future of the planet, is reaching a dangerous crescendo, multiple sources agree. Most significantly, the U.S. military distracted world attention last week with a fake feud between U.S. President Donald Trump and his former consiglieri Steve Bannon while they used SpaceX to launch their secret Zuma satellite, Pentagon sources say.

This ElectroMagnetic Pulse (EMP) satellite was launched as the U.S. governments January 31st payment deadline looms, and will be used against North Korea, the sources say. Since North Korea is a proxy and is really too analog to be affected by an EMP attack, this is clearly a veiled threat at the Swiss controllers who hollowed out the U.S. and built up China.

Please note that the Western secret government uses the movements of celestial bodies to time major geo-political events, and that January 31st is going to be the date of the first combination blue moon, supermoon, and lunar eclipse in 150 years.

Celestial events aside, the U.S. petrodollar system is in mortal danger these days now that major oil exporters Russia, Venezuela, and Iran are selling oil without going through the dollar system. U.S. agency attempts at regime change in Iran and Venezuela have failed so far; emboldening other major energy exporters like Qatar and Indones...


Berto Jongman: Mormon Leader Pedophilia Implications for Mitt Romney? "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Mormon Cult Leaders Indicted for Forcing Almost Daily Sex Rituals With Underage Girls, Said God Would Destroy Their Families if They Refused

According to the court documents filed Wednesday, girls between the ages of eight and 14 were forced to participate in sex acts that were filmed by members of the church. The practice came to the attention of the authorities after one of the girls came forward.

Phi Beta Iota: The article is careful to note that this is an off-shoot of the primary Mormon church that has officially renounced both polygamy and pedophilia. However, we believe that all Mormon leaders, including particularly Mitt Romney, will eventually be found culpable for covering up polygamy and pedophilia as well as Satanic blood rituals by Mormon elites, not just in offshoots, but in the primary Mormon church. All Governors all church leaders irrespective of denomination are going to be subject to public outrage for a half-century of cover-ups (most) and participation (some) related to pedophilia and child sacrifice. This is the story of the century this is the end of the Deep State and the emergence of a new generation of ethical leaders who believe that the truth at any cost lowers all others costs.

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Pedophilia & Empire: Satan, Sodomy, & The Deep State

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Exposing the "Trailer Trash" myth: A stagnant economy and unaffordable housing "IndyWatch Feed World"

"Trailer trash" remains one of the last unquestioned relics of political incorrectness in our nation. This slur rests on fundamental cultural assumptions about people who live in trailer parks: that they are simple-minded, lawless, reckless with fertility, and indifferent to the very behaviors that mark as them worthy of ridicule. As a toxic slur, the "trailer trash" brand works to stigmatize an entire category of people marginalizing them from mainstream society. During the late 1990s, the two of us spent considerable time at the kitchen tables of parents raising children in rural trailer parks. Virtually all of these parents worked full time in manufacturing and service jobs in which wages have been stagnant for decades. They embarked on mobile home ownership just as financial giants like Countrywide opened a gateway to homeownership for low income households by offering high-interest loans with no down payment. Trailer park residency was not a lifestyle choice but the consequence of financial realities and a dream that homeownership might offer their children a kind of stability, security, and respect they lacked in their own adverse childhoods. Today, some 12 million Americans live in one of our nation's 45,000 rural trailer parks.


10 Best Websites To Learn Ethical Hacking In 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

10 Best Websites To Learn Ethical Hacking 2018 Edition

Who doesnt want to learn hacking these days? With constant threat of cyber-attacks and data breach looming large these days, it very important to have basic or even more advanced knowledge in cyber-security to keep your own network or your companys network secure.

However, hacking is not an easy task, as you need to have basic knowledge about computers and network security. For beginners to know, there are two types of hacking: Ethical (White Hat) and Unethical (Black Hat). Unethical hacking is considered illegal while ethical hacking may be regarded as legal.

Ethical hackers or white hat hackers identify system vulnerabilities and access points for penetration, and prevent unwanted access to network and information systems. This not only helps them earn lucrative money but also keeps them away from facing prison time.

In this article, we have compiled a list of 10 best websites that teaches you ethical hacking. However, it is important to note that as a beginner to not perform any hacking and cracking tactics that breach any cyber law.

  1. Hackaday

Hackaday is one of the top ranked sites that provides hacking news and all kinds of tutorials for hacking and networks. It also publishes several latest articles each day with detailed description about hardware and software hacks so that beginners and hackers are aware about it. Hackaday also has a YouTube channel where it posts projects and how-to videos. It provides users mixed content like hardware hacking, signals, computer networks and etc. Besides hackers, this site is also useful for people who are in the field of Digital Forensics and Security Research.

  1. HackThisSite, commonly referred to as HTS, is an online hacking and security website that gives you hacking news as well as hacking tutorials. It aims to provide users with a way to learn and practice basic and advanced hacking skills through a series of challenges, in a safe and legal environment. HTS involves a small, loose team of developers and moderators who maintain its website, IRC server, and related projects.

  1. EC-Council CEH Ethical Hacking Course

The International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) is a member-supported professional organization. The EC-Council is known primarily as a prof...


The ECB is the Most Unaccountable Central Bank in History "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

By Richard Werner, professor of economics at the University of Southampton, and cross-posted from the Real-World Economics Review Blog

In my analysis of the ECB, published first in 2003 as chapter 19 of my bestseller Princes of the Yen: Japans Central Bankers and the Transformation of the Economy, and published in 2006 here, I pointed out that the ECB had not, in fact, been modelled on the Bundesbank, as had been variously claimed.

No doubt, the strong track record of the Bundesbank was the main reason why the ECBs promoters felt it was beneficial for them to make such a claim. And since the ECB was located in Frankfurt, the psychological connection was suggestive. But as I show in my work, the truth could not have been further from it. To see this, to understand just what made the Bundesbank different and successful, and to understand just which central bank the ECB was in fact modelled on, one has to go back further into history.

The party line pushed by the talking heads and corporate media at the time was that the Bundesbank was so successful, because of its great independence. Hence making the ECB independent meant that the ECB was modelled on the Bundesbank, it was said, and thus would be equally successful in its endeavours. I had warned that this was not the case and that, sadly, under the ECB the euro zone was likely to experience massive bank credit-driven asset bubbles, banking crises and large-scale recessions with vast unemployment. As readers know, this warning of mine from 2003 came to pass almost ten years ago, initially in Ireland, Portugal, Spain and Greece. Today Germany is next in line to receive the ECBs bubble/bust treatment.

But back to the argument. The official party line that the ECB was modelled on the Bundesbank, was equally independent, and hence was going to be as successful, was based on the simplistic and, in fact, fraudulent, analysis peddled by the European Commission since 1990 (see the commissioned Emerson study One Market, One Money, here, which claimed that greater central bank independence meant lower inflation. James Forder, Deputy Warden of Balliol College, University of Oxford, debunked these claims, proving that data points were mysteriously moved and wrong in crucial and much-cited studies. A careful reworking of the actual data even within the restricted Emerson framework showed no such link between central bank independence and low inflation. To repeat, there was in fact no evidence that more independent central banks delivered less inflation.

But an eve...


Desk Chairs with Lumbar Support "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Desk Chairs with Lumbar Support - Chairs are so prevalent that we hardly think about these. There are likely among the forms of comfort. Irrespective of how long or old ago seats were invented they nevertheless continue to grow. Chairs nowadays are manufactured for various seating purposes that range from office seating to overall home seating etc..

Chairs today come in a number of layouts, shapes and sizes. The task of a seat today is not only to help making it effortless for individuals to sit still but also serves an ecstatic purpose. It ought to appear good and blend in with the surroundings it's intended for. For example office chairs will need to appear good and fit in well with an office setting instead of an easy chair or rocking chair which must fit in well with a national atmosphere.

Today chairs can be purchased from any shop and they're also made from a number. In the past chairs were only made from wood but the most recent progress in technology has made it feasible for people to buy seats made of vinyl, fiber, metal etc..


Porn in parliament: 24,000 attempts at accessing porn-streaming sites over six months "IndyWatch Feed World"

Access to porn-streaming sites have been attempted by British parliament computers more than 24,000 times over a six-month period following the general election last year, new figures have shown. Official data examined requests made between June and October 2017, revealing that 24,473 attempts were made to reach porn websites, amounting to 160 requests per-day from computers that were connected to the parliamentary network.


Alliances with US is 'over' says Pakistan's Foreign Minister after aid cut "IndyWatch Feed World"

Pakistan's alliance with the United States seems to be coming towards an end following the latter's decision to suspend security aid, Minister of Foreign Affairs Khawaja Asif told the Wall Street Journal in an interview late Saturday night. Asif said he believes the US-Pakistan relations are now at risk, especially after the tensions heightened and moods turned sour when President Donald Trump warned Islamabad to "do more" against terrorists, to whom, he alleged, the country provides safe havens. "We do not have any alliance [with the US], this is not how allies behave," the minister told WSJ.


Author of Trump-bashing Fire & Fury admits many accounts in book are untrue "IndyWatch Feed"

Michael Wolff is the author of the Trump-bashing book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, which, though rushed to publication just three days ago because of a cease and desist order from Trumps lawyers, is already a best-seller. Continue reading


10 Monday AM Reads "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

My back to work morning train reads:  A stoners guide to federal marijuana policy under Jeff Sessions (Vice) but see The Cannabis Industry Is Well-Armed to Fight Jeff Sessions And Congress may help it. (Slate)  The Great Fund Fee Divide (Barrons)  How to fix Facebookbefore it fixes us (Washington Monthly) Ive Studied the Trump-Fox Feedback Loop for Months.

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US university budgets slashed as foreign students decline "IndyWatch Feed World"

At Wright State University in Ohio, the French horn and tuba professors are out. So is the accomplished swimming team. At Kansas State, Italian classes are going the way of the Roman Empire. And at the University of Central Missouri, The Muleskinner, the biweekly campus newspaper, is publishing online-only this year, saving $35,000 in printing costs. Just as many universities believed that the financial wreckage left by the 2008 recession was behind them, campuses across the country have been forced to make new rounds of cuts, this time brought on, in large part, by a loss of international students.


Trump Administration rolling back fines for nursing home abuse "IndyWatch Feed World"

The nursing home industry, which has long been awash in claims of health violations and neglect, may soon be freed from the kinds of penalties it has paid in the past. A new Trump administration policy will roll back fines against nursing homes cited for mistreatment or abuse. The American Health Care Association and the nursing home industry are largely in favor of the move, having requested the change to Medicare's penalty protocols in 2016. The Hill reports: The American Health Care Association had argued that inspectors were too focused on finding wrongdoings at nursing homes instead of assisting the facilities. "It is critical that we have relief," Mark Parkinson, the group's president, wrote in a letter to Donald Trump, then president-elect, in December 2016. According to the [New York] Times, nearly 6,500 nursing homes have received at least one citation for a serious violation since 2013 and about two-thirds of those have been fined by Medicare. Under the new rules, regulators are now discouraged from giving nursing homes fines, in some cases. Fines for some homes may also be decreased as a result of the new guidelines.


Two 19-Year-Old Bedouin Women From Israels South Charged With Plotting ISIS Attack "IndyWatch Feed War"

The 19-year-old women are accused of swearing allegiance to the organization, trying to enlist supporters and plotting bombing attack on New Years Eve

By Almog Ben Zikri Jan 08, 2018 2:25 PM

19-year-olds Rahman al-Assad (left) and Tasnin al-Assad from Bedouin town of Lakiya in southern Israel.

19-year-olds Rahman al-Assad (left) and Tasnin al-Assad from Bedouin town of Lakiya in southern Israel. Shin Bet security services

Two teenage Bedouin women from Israels south region were charged Monday with planned to carry out an attack on behalf of the Islamic State group, Shin Bet security services said in a statement.

19-year-olds Rahman al-Assad and Tasnin al-Assad from the Bedouin town of Lakiya are accused of swearing allegiance to the organization, trying to enlist supporters and plotting a deadly terror attack against Israelis and Jews.

A 24-year-old man, Ahmad Abu Ramila, was also charged in connection to the plot with contacting a foreign agent, conspiracy to commit a crime, and destroying evidence for erasing his communication with the women.

A gag order was placed on their arrests in late December prior to the indictments submitted to the Beer Sheva District Court.

The women, acccording to the indictment, had plans to travel abroad with the intention to join the Islamic States affiliate in Egypts Sinai region, saying the teens made contact with the group sometime last year.

According to the indictment, the group requested the women explore the possibility of carrying out an attack in Israel. Tasnin was asked to visit Ben-Gurion University to determine whether they could bring in a bomb. After visiting, they determined such a venture impossible.

Upon request to consider the Beer Sheva central bus station as a site for attack, the women refused, citing the amount of Muslim citizens of Israel who pass through.

The indictment also wrote that Rahma al-Assad contacted Abu Ramila inquiring whether he would assist in an attack during New Years Eve celebrations. He refused to carry out the attack, but Rahma insisted. According to the indictment, Tasnin attempted to help Abu Ramila get out of committing the attack.

A gag order was placed on their arrests in late December prior to the indictments submitted to the Beer Sheva District Court. It is unclear whether the two women are related.

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How Mainstream Media Lose Their Reputation - #Fakenews On Iran And Egypt "IndyWatch Feed"

The "western" media like to rant against fake news. But they are indeed the biggest provider of such. Yesterday the British news agency Reuters claimed: Iran bans English in primary schools after leader's warning DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran has banned...


[SECURITY] [DSA 4079-1] poppler security update "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by Moritz Muehlenhoff on Jan 08

Debian Security Advisory DSA-4079-1 security () debian org Moritz Muehlenhoff
January 07, 2018

Package : poppler
CVE ID : CVE-2017-9406 CVE-2017-9408...


Sea anemone in the Netherlands "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 8 January 2017 video shows a dahlia anemone in the Grevelingen estuary lake in the Netherlands.

Diver Harry Brummelhuis made this video.


PS. Explain This: Iran's Unrest "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

When Iran agreed in 2015 to halt its nuclear weapons program, ordinary Iranians expected rapid economic improvement with the lifting of strict international sanctions. More than two years later, most Iranians remain no better off. Today, that fact, and the sense of hopelessness it is inciting, is costing the government something money cant buy.


China is Proving a Complete Technocracy is not a Fictional Conspiracy Theory "IndyWatch Feed World"

Have you ever wondered what its like to be an activist, or even just a person who speaks out against injustice on social media in China?

You might end up stripped of your ability to do every basic thing you need to do to survive.

One man is restricted from owning property, unable to board flights and many trains, and worse because he got on the wrong side of an Orwellian social credit system in China.

The system is already a real life example of an age old conspiracy theory that a digital or one world currency would be used as a means to control people, and remove them from the right to use money if they get on the bad side of the state (like having your chip turned off, as the theory goes).

Liu Hu was an activist in China for 20 years, pushing a hard line against the rigid censorship they are subjected to. He was like the independent journalists we know, using his own blog to point out the corruption and immorality of high-level officials and publish info about tyranny.

In 2013, he was imprisoned and accused of fabricating and spreading rumors. A not so speedy trial, in late 2016 he was found guilty of defamation.

The court ordered him to apologize on his own social media account with 740,000 followers. He was unwilling to do that, so the court said he could pay $115 to publish his fake apology on an authorized website. He paid the money, but the judge raised the fee to $2,900: because f**k rules, the state can just do whatever it wants?

Now at the beginning of last year, he was rebuilding his life and he discovered he had been stripped of many of his most basic rights. Without any notice, Chinas new social credit system (which even mainstream media describes as a pervasive new tool for social control) struck him hard.

According to the Globe and Mail:

Without any notice, he had been caught up in the early reaches of a social-credit system that China is developing as a pervasive new tool for social control one expected to one day tighten the states grip on its citizens. Critics...


CVE-2017-16884 Mist Server v2.12 Unauthenticated Persistent XSS (hyp3rlinx / ApparitionSec) "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

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Strong Government Is Expected To Be Key To Chinas Economy In 2018 "IndyWatch Feed War"

I write about the Chinese economy and financial sector.  Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.

Chinas President Xi Jinping speaks on the final day of the APEC CEO Summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 10, 2017. (NYEIN CHAN NAING/AFP/Getty Images)

While China laid out several stated goals at its central economic work conference at the end of last year, including maintaining financial stability, reducing poverty, and improving the environment, the biggest unstated economic outcome that we can expect in 2018 is continued strong government involvement in the economy. This comes with a host of problems as marketization of the economy is stalled.

Stronger government presence will be found in three major areas, based on past experience:

State owned enterprisesPresident Xi Jinping has repeatedly focused the reform process on enhancing state firms rather than on private firms and the market economy as a whole. Central state owned enterprises (SOEs), which often dominate their sectors, are being strengthened rather than weakened, with private capital going to support government-associated firms rather than to expand private sector competition. This will allow the government to continue influence economic outcomes and monopolize certain areas of the economy that it views as strategic such as the power, petroleum, railway, and telecommunications sectors. Many Chinese SOEs are also expectedto be engaged in outbound mergers and acquisitions, particularly on Chinas flagship One Belt One Road.

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Only in La-La Land: Actress at the Golden Globe Awards wears Poverty is Sexist t-shirt that costs $380 "IndyWatch Feed"

Last night at the Golden Globes Awards show the Hollyweird libtards were out in force, wearing black to show solidarity for victims of sexual abuse and every other social justice warrior issue they proclaimed to support via virtue signaling. Case Continue reading


Deutsche Bank: A Global Bank for Oligarchs American and Russian, Part 1 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Editors Note: We publish this lengthy, in-depth, technical piece by a former IRS investigator, knowing it raises more questions than it provides answers. But we believe that is a very useful service, particularly in relation to a complex topic of considerable public import one that may be a key component for special counsel Robert Muellers ongoing Trump-Russia investigation. We hope in the coming weeks to explore many of these questions in greater depth. And we welcome reader comments.

Martin J. Sheil is a retired branch chief of the IRS Criminal Investigation division.

Acronym Reference

DFS       DDepartment of Financial Services

LIBOR      London Interbank Offered Rate (calculates interest payments across the globe)

DOJ          US Department of Justice

SDNY       Southern District of New York

EDNY       Eastern District of New York

FinCEN    Financial Crimes Enforcement Network

OCCRP     Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project

President Donald J. Trump claims he has the absolute right to do what I want to do with the Justice Department. This chilling assertion invites speculation about just what the president has in mind. For clues to what may surface when investigators dig deeper, consider the pending prosecution of banking giant Deutsche Bank over money laundering activities involving Russia.

Recent media reports confirm that Deutsche Bank has been subpoenaed for records in relation to the ongoing Russia collusion investigation. This development immediately raises questions: Chiefly, what did a certain bankrupt but ambitious American real estate developer have in common with predatory Russian oligarchs who had been plundering their own countrys industry and generating vast currency flows out of their homeland since the 1990s?

Indeed, Deutsche Bank is a common thread in numerous probes of questionable financial activities including tax evasion and money laundering with ties to multiple oligarchs and their businesses in the US and abroad. So far the bank itself has suffered minimal consequences.

In all the flurry of media attention to the Russia collusion story, little attention has been paid to the Department of Justices (DOJ) criminal investigation of Deutsche Bank in Manhattan.

What are the ramifications for Deutsche of this pote...


Antifa/BLM to Be Declared Terrorist Organizations (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Antifa/BLM to Be Declared Terrorist Organizations Video BPEarth Watch TDC Note We have been calling for the arrest of these criminals since they showed up almost three years ago. Their violence towards citizens, towards police and random acts...

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CMS Tree Page View [CSRF, Privilege Escalation] "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by Panagiotis Vagenas on Jan 08

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Context behind "Slap heard around the world": Israel blames 16-Year-Old Ahed Tamimi "IndyWatch Feed World"

She stood up for her family and her people. It's been called the "slap heard around the world." For wielding a bare-handed slap, Israeli soldiers ripped 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi out of her bed in the middle of the night, threw her into the back of a military jeep and locked her up in a prison isolation cell. Yesterday, the Israeli military court, notorious for its 99.7 percent conviction rate, indicted Ahed on 12 charges. Israel claims Ahed is a violent and dangerous criminal. The crimes she is charged with, such as assault of a soldier, stone throwing and incitement, could result in a lengthy prison sentence. Before we consider whether Ahed deserves a life behind bars, we must first take a closer look at what is a criminal action and what is a life of enduring state violence. Is the criminal a 16-year-old girl who dares to raise her hand to an armed Israeli soldier, or an ongoing illegal occupation that places soldiers in the lives of unarmed teenage girls


A Thermometer for the Oceans "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Arthur T Knackerbracket has found the following story:

The oceans are the largest global heat reservoir. As a result of man-made global warming, the temperature in the global climate system increases; around 90% of the extra heat is absorbed by the oceans. This means that the average sea temperature can tell us a lot about the state of our climate, both today and in the past. However, it is difficult to determine an accurate average value across all sea depths and regions of the world.

The results of previous measurement methods heavily depend on location, season or sea depth, which can lead to distorted results. As part of the WAIS Divide Ice Core Project, an international research team led by Bernhard Bereiter from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography - now working at Empa and the University of Bern - has developed a method of measuring ocean temperatures over the last 24'000 years with high accuracy.

These measurements have now been published in Nature. "Our study clearly shows that the basic idea - the connection between the concentration of noble gases in the atmosphere and the average ocean temperature - is correct and that the method works," said Bereiter.

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Syria and Iraq air strikes drive doubling of civilian death toll: report "IndyWatch Feed War"


Majority of 11,000 killed from 'explosive violence' in Syria and Iraq died in air strikes, says Action on Armed Violence


Sex criminals revealed on a large scale "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Sex criminals revealed on a large scale

But the press will only go so far. Then the curtain drops.

By Jon Rappoport

We are seeing some exposure of sexual predators. But there are very large cases already out in the open.

And the press carries out its prime directive: cover the issue BUT dont follow up, dont reveal the stunning implications.

Here are just three examples of many

LA Times, 10/27/11: The addresses for more than 1,000 state-licensed care facilities for vulnerable people in California matched addresses on the state sex offender registry, according to a newly released audit.

What?? How were 1000 registered sex offenders allowed to attach themselves to care facilities, or even worse, organize the facilities? And are we supposed to believe these 1000 occurrences were independent of each other? Or were they the result of an overall plan? No press follow-up.

State Auditor Elaine M. Howle said the California Department of Social Services failed to check the sex offender registry even after her office advised it to do so in 2008.

The facilities matching the registry of sex offenders included foster homes, group homes and day-care facilities for children, as well as facilities for adults with special needs and the elderly.

Investigations are now complete and the state said eight licenses have been revoked or suspended and regulators issued 31 orders barring individuals from licensed facilities.

What?? A thousand registered sex offenders are connected to care-facilities, but only 39 actions have been taken? Again, no press follow-up.

CBS News, May 5, 2014: The Vatican revealed Tuesday that over the past decade, it has defrocked 848 priests who raped or molested children and sanctioned another 2,572 with lesser penalties, providing the first ever breakdown of how it handled the more than 3,400 cases of abuse reported to the Holy See since 2004.

The Vaticans U.N. ambassador in Geneva, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, released the figures during a second day of grilling by a U.N. committee monitoring implementation of the U.N. treaty against torture.

Only in 2010 did the Vatican explicitly tell bishops and superiors to also report credible cases to police where local reporting laws require them to.

What?? Where reporting laws REQUIRE THEM to? In other words, as far as the Vatican is concerned, if there is no explicit law, HIDE THE CRIMES. This in itself is not a major press story? Where is the deep follow-up?

The figures, however, only cover cases handled directly by the Holy See, not those handled by local diocesan tribunals, meaning the total number of sanctio...


Defense team says hacker who stopped WannaCry, indicted for malware, gave a forced confession "IndyWatch Feed World"

Lawyers for a hacker who stopped the WannaCry ransomware that paralyzed computers around the world and almost brought the NHS to its knees, says he was coerced into confessing to spreading malware, being tired and intoxicated. Marcus Hutchins, 23, was arrested in Las Vegas airport after attending the annual Def Con hacking convention and later indicted for advertising, distributing and profiting from a malware code called "Kronos" between July 2014 and July 2015. Kronos is downloaded via email attachments and exposes banking and credit card credentials.


South Korea to raise the issue of war-torn families and ways to ease military tensions with North Korea "IndyWatch Feed War"

Mr Cho on Tuesday morning will lead a five-member delegation to talks with counterparts from Pyongyang in Panmunjom, a village inside the heavily fortified demilitarised zone that separates the two Koreas.

The talks will be the first high-level dialogue since communications between the two sides were cut following Pyongyangs fourth nuclear test two years ago.

North Koreas delegation will be headed by Ri Son-gwon, chairman of the countrys Committee for Peaceful Reunification the agency that oversees inter-Korean relations and a veteran negotiator with Seoul.

Negotiations offer a potential pathway to peace on a peninsula that last year appeared poised to collapse into conflict.

The development comes after Kim Jong Un, North Koreas supreme leader, extended an olive branch to Seoul in a new years addre...


UK Soldier Out of Ammo Beheads Jihadi With a Spade "IndyWatch Feed War"

British commandos prepare to board a Chinook helicopter in AfghanistanBritish commandos prepare to board a Chinook helicopter in Afghanistan (Photo: Royal Navy/Getty Images)

Ambushed by jihadis in Afghanistan, a British special forces soldier who had run out of ammunition used the only weapon he could find against a charging ISIS fighter: a spade, the Daily Star reported.

Using the long-handled shovel with its sharp, rectangular blade, the soldier cut off the jihadis head with one blow. He then grabbed the fighters weapon and managed to kill the rest of his attackers.

The veteran soldier, a sergeant who has seen action in many battles, was one of a group of SAS (Special Air Service) troops caught in a six-hour firefight with ISIS militants about six weeks ago on a patrol in eastern Afghanistan.

The troops had just finished meeting with former Taliban fighters who had since switched side to the Afghan government when they were ambushed by the ISIS jihadis.

The unit took refuge in a local farm and a six-hour firefight ensued.

The SAS thought they had seen their last day, said a source quoted by the Daily Star. They made a pact that they wouldnt be taken alive and vowed to fight to the death.

Capture would mean torture and a filmed execution, and they werent prepared to let that happen.

They made every bullet count, and when they ran low on ammo they waited for the jihadis to get close enough so they could be killed with grenades or using rifles as clubs that was when one of the SAS managed to kill a man with a spade.

The Star reported that some of the jihadis spoke English and threatened the Brits that they would decapitate them and send their heads back to their wives.

The soldiers, meanwhile, radioed for help, but they didnt know if the message got through to their...


REPORT: Inspector General Report May Trigger Second Special Counsel As Comey, Lynch & Clinton In Crosshairs "IndyWatch Feed"

In what is the deepest dive yet into Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitzs investigation, independent researcher TrumpSoldier, has brilliantly laid out why it is likely the IGs upcoming report will prompt a second special counsel ultimately putting Comey, Lynch and Clinton in his crosshairs. Here is a review of the investigation via Zerohedge:

  • The DOJ is taking a fresh look into the Hillary Clinton email matter 

  • The FBI has launched a new investigation into the Clinton Foundation the day after the Clintons Chappaqua property catches fire

  • Former FBI Director James Comeys full Clinton memo was released, revealing felony evidence of changes which decriminalized Hillary Clintons behavior. Oh, and every one of the memos he leaked to his Cornell professor buddy was classifiedper a sworn statement by the FBIs chief FOIA officer in a sworn declaration obtained by Judicial Watch.

  • The House Intelligence Committee will be granted access to all remaining investigative documents, unredacted, along with all witnesses sought per a deal reached between Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Nunes

  • Opposition research firm Fusion GPS was ...


The negative health effects of EMF and how to reduce exposure "IndyWatch Feed World"

The negative effects of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) continue to ignite conversations and controversy worldwide. The most dangerous pollution affecting you is the invisible sea of EMFs your body swims in daily. You are exposed to EMFs all day long, not only in public but inside your home, too. Most of the radiation emits from cellphones, cell towers, computers, smart meters and Wi-Fi, to name just a few of the culprits. While it's nearly impossible to avoid EMF exposure completely, there are practical ways to limit it. Given the number of EMFs that bombard you all day long, getting educated about the negative effects of EMFs is imperative to your well-being. Particularly if you are dealing with a serious illness, it is well worth your time to reduce your EMF exposure as much as possible. If you have been told EMFs are safe and not a danger to humans, you may want to consider: The telecommunication industry has manipulated federal regulatory agencies, public health authorities and professionals through powerful and sophisticated lobbying efforts leaving consumers confused and unaware of the health risks associated with EMFs Any negative health effects from EMFs, similar to smoking, may not be immediately noticeable, but will likely develop gradually over time. Cell phones indeed are the cigarette public health threat of the 21st century.


French President Macron threatens anti-farmer violence "IndyWatch Feed World"

Sign saying We are here and we will stay here! Airport no! Photo by Frank Renout/NOS

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Battle threatens on French fields where an airport is supposed to come

Today, 12:00 Updated at 12:45

An immense agricultural and animal husbandry area in Western France has become involved in a bizarre power struggle. The Macron government reportedly has a few thousand police ready to decide this fight, if necessary by force.

It is all about the construction of an airport near the village of Notre-Dame-des-Landes, not far from Nantes. The idea was to create one or even two runways there. But for the time being there are pirate flags, car tires are piled up high and roadblocks.

About half a century ago, the French authorities decided that a new airport could be built north of Nantes. At the time, the press had already been jubilant: the area could well become the Rotterdam of aviation in Europe.

But as ambitious as the plans were, the effect was disastrous. Farmers in the area protested and many French people showed solidarity.

Caravans and cabins

Almost ten years ago the first occupants settled in the area: they squatted buildings, put caravans in the meadows and built ramshackle huts along mud paths. To save the environment and to support the farmers, they say.

The result: not one French government dared to continue the construction of the airport. The protest seemed too big. The opponents always won the battle for public opinion and managed to stop the plans for decades. Until Emmanuel Macron became president. He announced action.

At a certain moment you have to make a decision and really do something, said Prime Minister douard Philippe last week. We are taking a decision this month and will be implementing it.



Brexit: Fears of disruption to flow of medicines means UK must stay under EU regulation, say government figures "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Independent

Britain to push to remain under Brussels supervision  after warning that tens of millions will have to be diverted from developing new drugs to cope with Brexit

By Rob Merrick Deputy Political Editor

Drug giants have warned of significant disruption to the supply chain for medicines NHS Photo Library

Looming disruption to the flow of medicines after Brexit means Britain must seek to stay under EU regulation, senior Government figures have conceded.

Ministers are already pushing for the chemicals and aviation industries to remain under Brussels supervision despite it clashing with Theresa Mays pledge to end oversight by the European Court of Justice (ECJ).

Now three leading Government figures have told the Financial Times that Britain will also need to stick with the EUs rules on standards and safety for medicines.

The move follows a stark warning by the drug giants of significant disruption to the supply chain for medicines and that customs delays would damage time and temperature sensitive materials.

Meanwhile, Britains biggest drugmaker said it would have to divert up to 70m from developing new cancer drugs in order to prepare for the impact of Brexit.



110 Million TON Silver Reserve Discovered in Mongolia Region, China "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

110 Million TON Silver Reserve Discovered in Mongolia Region, China by Rory The Daily Coin This certainly has my full undivided attention. Apparently 110 MILLION TON silver ore reserve has been discovered in Chinas Mongolia region. Did the silver...

The post 110 Million TON Silver Reserve Discovered in Mongolia Region, China appeared first on The Daily Coin.


WpJobBoard v4.4.4 - Multiple SQL Injection Vulnerabilities "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

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Yemeni party names new leader after Saleh killed "IndyWatch Feed War"


Former agriculture minister named as leader of General People's Congress in party statement that does not mention Saleh's exiled son


The Fatal Mistake Crypto Investors are Making Now "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The Fatal Mistake Crypto Investors are Making Now from Investment Research Dynamics I find it amusing that the stock market is attributing so much value to the blockchain technology.  In reality, blockchain technology is just a piece of software that...

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Social Media Widget by Acurax [CSRF] "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by Panagiotis Vagenas on Jan 08

* Exploit Title: Social Media Widget by Acurax [CSRF]
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Taking land will make South Africa a Garden of Eden, says Ramaphosa "IndyWatch Feed World"

South Africa could turn into paradise if it expropriates land without compensation, ruling party president Cyril Ramaphosa said on Sunday.


SonicWall SonicOS NSA Web Firewall - Multiple Web Vulnerabilities "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

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Treat Mental Health Talk Against Trump Like The Coup Attempt It Is "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In the second season of the TV show 24, President David Palmer (Dennis Haysbert) is removed from office for failing to launch a war against three Middle East countries purportedly behind a nuclear attack on U.S. soil.

Palmer has reason to doubt his intelligence agencies assurances of who was behind it, and it turns out the attack was orchestrated by a cabal of business and military leaders who want to launch a war for personal gain. The means by which Palmer is removed from office during the 4:00-5:00a hour on Day 2 is the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, a portion of which reads:

Section 4. Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide to the Senate and theHouse of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.

Palmers chief of staff explains, it seems there are people, cabinet members, who question whether youre fit to continue as chief executive. The conniving vice president says in the cabinet meeting putting the president on trial, What I intend to show is a pattern of erratic behavior since this crisis started. Using half-true innuendos and rumors as well as deliberately false information, he convinces enough of the cabinet to depose Palmer. In other words, Palmer is the victim of a bloodless coup.

Now, 24 was so over the top that its dramatic twists became something of a punch line. How preposterous to imagine that a presidents handpicked cabinet would vote to oust him in a palace overthrow! But that fantasy land is precisely what some of the mostly unelected opposition hopes to see happen with President Trump as part of the more-than-a-year-long temper tantrum against the results of the 2016 election.

In the last debate of 2016, Fox News host Chris Wallace asked Trump if he would accept the election results, and he said I will tell you at the time. Hillary Clinton responded to Trump by calling his remark horrifying. The general media environment was to react with unabashed horror for at least 72 hours.

Trumps comments were wrong undermining confidence in the electoral process is unbecoming of a political leader of this great nation. Bu...


CVE-2017-17055 Artica Web Proxy v3.06 Remote Code Execution (hyp3rlinx / ApparitionSec) "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

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James Clapper Knows Nothing About The FBIs Collusion Probe. So Why Does He Keep Pretending Otherwise? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

James Clapper knows nothing about the FBI investigation into Donald Trump and his associates. You read it right. Not a thing.

He doesnt know what started the investigation; what role the Christopher Steele dossier played in the investigation; whether (or which) Trump associates were electronically surveilled during the Trump investigation; if or when Trump himself is (or was ever) under investigation; what justification the FBI used to apply for and obtain a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant on Carter Page; or whether anything of substance in the Steele dossier has ever been corroborated.

Nothing. In this area, the man is clueless.

That is not to say the man wasnt doing his job. By most accounts, Clapper was a conscientious, hands-on manager with a solid grasp of the myriad intelligence activities carried out under his purview. Its just that this particular investigation apparently wasnt carried out under his purview.

How do we know this? Clapper himself told us as much at a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing with former acting Attorney General Sally Yates on May 8, 2017:

During my tenure as DNI, it was my practice to defer to the FBI director, both Director Mueller and then subsequently Director Comey, on whether, when and to what extent they would inform me about such investigations. This stems from the unique position of the FBI, which straddles both intelligence and law enforcement. And as a consequence, I was not aware of the counterintelligence investigation Director Comey first referred to during his testimony before the House Permanent Select Committee for Intelligence on the 20th of March, and that comports with my public statements.

He expanded on his testimony during an interview with Jake Tapper on CNNs State of the Union on May 14. They had this exchange.

So you did not even know that there was an FBI investigation until Comey testified (on March 20)? Tapper asked.

I did not know. Thats right, Clapper replied. And that was my first official knowledge of such an investigation, particularly as it addressed potential political collusion.

So, the bottom line is, I dont know if there was collusion, political collusion, and I dont know of any evidence to it, so I cant refute it and I cant confirm it.

I Am Happy To Keep Talking About How I Know Nothing

By the second week of May 2017, it was clear that Clapper had nothing of value to offer regarding the FBI collusion investigation, yet he has since gamely participated in dozens of televised interviews on the subject. A number of those interviews were conducted by the very host (Tapper) to which he i...


Heres The Perfect Cast For Fire And Fury: The Movie "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The big expose from Michael Wolff on the Trump White House is out. Fire and Fury paints the administration as dysfunctional, desperate and dimwitted, and so far its been a huge success. The White House has already threatened legal action over the book, which Trump claims is wildly inaccurate, and that will probably only increase its sales. The book Trump wants banned.

An adaptation for the silver screen is almost sure to follow, probably in 2020, just in time to influence the election. The movie Trump doesnt want you to see. The only real question here is how the movie will be cast.

That wont be easy, and not just because Hollywood is losing casting directors left and right over sexual misconduct (there are what, maybe 3 left?). Director Rian Johnson is going to want the movie to be cast, just so.

So, heres his perfect cast.

Donald Trump: John Lithgow

Trump is a hard character to cast and portray, precisely because he is such a character. His mannerisms, voice and tone are so specific that attempts at mimicry like Alec Baldwins on Saturday Night Live fall flat. Lithgow has a subtle style and is good as a villain who deep down is kind of all right. Basically, he will channel his business man bad guy in Santa Claus: The Movie.

Runner up: John Goodman

Steve Bannon: Owen Wilson

Wilson will be the star the emotionally crippled antihero in six shirts who betrays his own creation for the good of the country, or was it for his own good? Wilson has the straight acting chops to make a compelling Bannon, but also the comedic chops to bring some levity to the grueling four and half hour film. Hell have to gain some weight

Runner up: William H Macy

Special Note: It sucks that Philip Seymour Hoffman is not around to play this part.

Ivanka Trump: Margot Robbie

With raves coming in for her Oscar-worthy performance in I Tonya, Robbies transition from sexy action star to serious actor is complete. Robbie has the look and appeal to capture the first daughter. Her big bittersweet and powerful moment will be an impassioned speech about paid maternity leave. As she utters the last words, it will be revealed she is talking to an empty conference table.

Runner up: Mira Sorvino

Jared Kushner: Ashton Kutcher

The former teen heartthrob should have an easy time in this role given the similarity of the last names. He also comes off as a little sneaky, which will be key for the Jared character. While hes not the best actor in the world, Kutcher wont have to worry about sounding like Kushner, because nobod...


The Feds Completely Botched The Bundy Prosecution. Will This Saga Continue In Court? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A federal district court will hear oral arguments January 8 on whether to allow further prosecution of Nevada cattleman Cliven Bundy and his associates on charges arising from an armed 2014 standoff with federal authorities over a land dispute. Judge Gloria M. Navarro has declared a mistrial in the case, based on the governments failure to turn over evidence favorable to the defendants Cliven, his two sons and a co-defendant.

The evidence that emerged only as the Bundy case headed to trial raises serious questions about the Bureau of Land Managements (BLM) use of FBI surveillance and snipers to confront ranchers who were deemed nonviolent by several government agencies, and whose original offenses were alleged trespassing on federal land and nonpayment of grazing fees.

The now years-long battles between Bundys family and federal law enforcement is now something of an epic tale, but the current trial and the questions it raises stem from the story that first put Bundy on the national news. Lets go through what happened.

The government alleged Bundy was required to obtain a permit from and pay fees to BLM to graze his cattle on federal land near his ranch, but had failed to do so since 1993. The unpaid sums, along with fines for failure to pay, exceeded $1 million dollars. BLM obtained court orders in 1998, 1999, and 2013 requiring Bundy to remove the cattle from the lands at issue, but Bundy allegedly continued to keep and graze cattle there.

BLM and its contractors began attempting to impound Bundys cattle in April of 2014. Bundy and his sons, having said they would do whatever it takes to protect their property, took up arms, along with dozens of armed followers and militiamen who had learned of the confrontation. After a week-long standoff, BLM called off the cattle gather operation, but vowed the agency was not finished pursuing Bundy.

Ultimately, Bundy was arrested on February 10, 2016, at Portland International Airport which was smart insofar as Bundy was unlikely to be armed or among his followers there. Indeed, Bundy had flown to Oregon to support Ammon Bundy, who had led a group of armed supporters to take over the Malheur National W...


Eliminating The Goldwater Rule Because Of Trump Will Damage The Mental Health Professions Credibility "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

It can hardly be coincidence that President Trumps election has sparked debates from certain members of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) about eliminating the Goldwater Rule. The rule was the consequence of a 1964 article in Fact magazine that published the results of a survey theyd given 12,356 psychiatrists asking whether Sen. Barry Goldwater was fit to be president.

The response was modest, but telling. Of the 2,417 respondents, 1,189, or less than half (49 percent), affirmed Goldwater was indeed unfit for office. The survey was part of an expos on the senator entitled, The Unconscious of a Conservative: A Special Issue on the Mind of Barry Goldwater.

Goldwater later sued the magazine editor Ralph Ginzburg for libel, and was awarded $75,000. It seems what some psychiatrists deemed a necessary call, nay, an obligation to diagnosis from afar, turned out to be libelous. In 1973 the APA remedied this embarrassing display of amateurism by adding section 7.3 to their Principles of Medical Ethics, now known as the Goldwater Rule. The rule states:

On occasion psychiatrists are asked for an opinion about an individual who is in the light of public attention or who has disclosed information about himself/herself through public media. In such circumstances, a psychiatrist may share with the public his or her expertise about psychiatric issues in general. However, it is unethical for a psychiatrist to offer a professional opinion unless he or she has conducted an examination and has been granted proper authorization for such a statement.

A Timeline of Degrading Standards

A Google search (a lodestar for informational trends) lays out a timeline that shows almost to the day when substantive opposition to the rule started. A 2015 Vanity Fair article published shortly after Trump announced his candidacy showed where opponents were heading. Not unlike the Fact article a half century before, several therapists were interviewed about Trumps mental fitness. The responses varied from intrigued to genuine alarm.

Textbook narcissistic personality disorder, said clinical psychologist Ben Michhaelis. Hes so classic that Im archiving video clips of him to use in workshops because theres no better example of his characteristics, added clinical psychologist George Simon. Yet history does actually provide equally, if not more illustrative, examples of narcissism than Trump.

Others were a little more...


Republicans Ignore Their Promises To Reform State Health Insurance Subsidies "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In spring 2015, Senate Republican leaders pressured their members to accept a clean, two-year reauthorization of the State Childrens Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) added as part of a larger health spending measure.

The SCHIP reauthorization added to a larger Medicare bill included none of the reforms Republicans had proposed that year, many of which attempted to turn the programs focus back toward covering low-income families first, as the George W. Bush administration had done. But Republican leaders said that the two-year extension, rather than the four-year extension Democrats supported, would allow conservatives to fight harder for reforms in 2017.

Two years later, with a Republican House, a Republican Senate, and a Republican in the White House, what do Republicans in Congress do? They fold like a cheap suit.

So Much for Our Promises, Voters

On the underlying policy, all the groups who pledged to fight for conservative reforms vacated the field. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT), who brags about how he created the program as part of the Balanced Budget Act in 1997, cut a deal with Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) that, as detailed below, includes virtually no conservative reforms to the programraising questions about whether Hatch was so desperate for a deal to preserve his legacy that he failed to fight for conservative reforms.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) did not repudiate the agreement Hatch and Wyden struck, even though that agreement maintained virtually...


Is The Diplomatic Breakthrough Between South And North Korea A Good Thing? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The last year has seen nonstop escalation of the North Korean nuclear crisis. Every month or two, the regime of Kim Jong Un has conducted a nuclear test or launched a ballistic missile, coming ever closer to its goal of mounting a nuclear device on the tip of a missile that can reach the United States. Last week there were a number of new developments.

In his annual New Years day speech to his impoverished people, Kim made an overture to South Korea, saying that he was open not only to talks but was also interested in sending a delegation to the Winter Olympics, which are being held in the South Korean city of Pyeongchang next month, just 50 miles from the North Korean border.

Seoul jumped at the opportunity. North and South Korea have scheduled high-level talks after more than two years of icy silence between the two neighbors, and without any mention from Pyongyang that its willing to give up its nuclear program. In a statement, the South said it is ready to meet the North without limits on the timing, venue, and method of talks.

None of this is very surprising coming from Seoul. Long before his election last year, South Korean President Moon Jae In said he would seek resolution with the North through dialogue, and apparently thats what a lot of South Koreans want as well after all, 40 percent of the votes went to Moon in last years election.

But whats more surprising is what happened before these high-level talks between North and South were agreed upon. On Thursday, Moon and President Trump spoke on the phone for a half-hour. In the conversation, Trump agreed to postpone joint military drills that were planned to overlap with the Olympic games, something South Korea has been trying to get the United States to agree to for some time now. It was only after the postponement of these drills that North Korea agreed to high-level talks with the South.

This Indicates Trump Is Not a Mentally Instable War Monger

Trumps decisions to postpone the drills is a significant refutation of the notion, popular among Democrats and the mainstream media, that Trump is trying to provoke North Korea into a military confrontation because hes mentally unstable or some kind of a war monger.

Trump has been slammed for...


Discussion of iTR Publication "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

AgeX, one of our supported startups aiming at turning basic research into actual rejuvenation therapies for human application, just published a breakthrough genetic discovery that could enable us to activate tissue regeneration capabilities in humans.

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A discussion on the discovery of genes implicated in regeneration in humans, the possibility of inducing tissue regeneration (iTR) as a new medical modality, and the role of the genes in cancer.


Why 2018 Wont Be Another Year Of The Driverless Car "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

To listen to a growing, ever-more-vocal crowd, driverless cars are in Americas very near future. Commentators have taken the media to task for giving short shrift to the new technology, with some going as far as to declare 2017 the year of the driverless car (Or was that 2016? 2015?). Ars Technica senior reporter Timothy Lee is confident that driverless car adoption will only accelerate in 2018, pointing to tests in Phoenix thanks to permissive regulations.

Critics of government intervention paint driverless car rules as just another front in the battle against heavy-handed regulations. At first glance, this certainly appears to be the case. Contrast Arizona Gov. Doug Duceys permissive approach to autonomous vehicle testing with Californias long list of specifications about vehicle readiness and company-customer communication. But regulations pertaining to roadworthiness, or the suitability of a vehicle for the road, require a different conceptualization than most other government rules.

To see why, consider the following thought experiment: instead of allowing driverless cars on Arizona roads, Ducey allows any citizen to drive without passing a road test. This shouldnt and wouldnt be viewed as a deregulatory action, since roads are almost entirely public and officials establish countless rules to ensure they are used safely and effectively. If the road system were sold to private entities and state rules didnt apply, companies would likely enforce a variety of competency tests of their own choosing.

Yet most administrators, public or private, would not in their right mind allow people to take to the roads regardless of experience and knowledge of the rules. Allowing pre-teens (or adults with bad driving records) to get behind the steering wheel would likely increase accidents and unfairly impede motorists, leaving large productivity losses and bloodthirsty commuters. Decreased safety would also lead to more taxpayer dollars devoted to accident response and maintenance.

Are Driverless Cars Really Safer than Human Drivers?

But driverless cars are nothing like 12-year-olds behind the wheel, proponents insist. Robots are far more trustworthy drivers than their human counterparts, making it in the public interest to put driverless cars in the fast-lane toward public use. T...


To Understand Trump Talk, You Must Speak Outer Borough "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Appearing on Fox News last week, actor Scott Baio explained a very important fact about President Trumps rhetorical style. In responding to attacks on the presidents tone and and general fitness for office, Baio had this to say:

Im going to help the media right now, okay, Im going to try to help themIts not going to go anywhere, but Im going to try to help them because theyve called the president, the president has dementia, hes and idiot, hes not matureIm from Brooklyn, President Trump is from Queens. This is what we do. We mess with people. Thats it.

Baio is talking about a way of expressing oneself that is very common in the outer boroughs of New York City, which include the Bronx and Staten Island in addition to Brooklyn and Queens. It is often self-aggrandizing and hyperbolic. There are a lot of playful insultsbusting stones, if you will. Trump spent almost all of his childhood in Queens, and still sounds like it. Even his accent and facial posture give this away.

People from the Outer Boroughs Exaggerate Everything

According to accent experts, who help actors prepare for parts, there are a few basic elements of the Queens accent. One of the most important is that the corners of the mouth pinch out and do work that in most accents is done by the jaw. If this rings a bell, it should. It explains the chin-out, lips-puckered expression Trump is so well known for.

But more important than his accent or diction is the grandiose content of his speech, something the outer borough is known for. Hyperbolic analogy is extremely common, along the lines of, This freakin guy, Im waiting three days for a cup of coffee. Obviously this is not meant to be taken literally, its a way to, as Baio puts it, mess with people, and express displeasure.

Likewise, praise is loaded with huge statements. Its not good pizza, its the best pizza anywhere, ever. Almost all of Trumps utterances and tweets express either extreme pleasure or displeasure. Time and again, his failure to speak in the measured tone of most p......


Research Finds Corporate Do-Gooder Initiatives Reduce Charity, Increase Negative PR "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Virtually everyone is familiar with some kind of corporate social responsibility, or CSR: the fundraisers for a local charity, team-building-service-projects, fundraising drives where a company pledges to contribute a certain amount to a charity for every sale completed, big donations to schools and social relief organizations. CSR is great: companies doing well use their resources to do a little good. Who could have a problem with that?

Well, it turns out, lots of people, and for good reason. Many CSR efforts end up looking like double-dealing or just old-fashioned retention efforts, like charitable donations to a foundation run by executives of a company or their family members, or donations to scholarships likely to go to employees children.

Others are only socially responsible from a certain point of view: Chick-Fil-As donations to conservative groups got it in hot water with progressives, while many companies donations to left-leaning causes or marketing efforts in that respect have provoked the ire of conservatives. It turns out corporate social responsibility isnt quite so easy.

A series of economic working papers suggest these side-effects may hurt the companies in question. Last month, a team of economists reported on an experiment in partnership with an Italian company. Workers were paid for completing specific tasks, but the payment offers were varied randomly: some just cash, some cash and a donation made to a charitable cause, and some cash, with a donation made to a charitable cause that was perceived to benefit the employer.

The results were striking: while some workers were positively motivated by the prosocial incentives, some were not. Some workers actually reduced their work output in response to CSR efforts, as they saw do-gooder payment structures as a signal that a company was shorting them: if the task yields money to give to a charity, why is it being given to the charity, instead of the worker? And when the charity was perceived to benefit the employer (think of Twitter donating to a political campaign: seems like influence-buying as much as social responsibility), even more workers reduced their output.

Corporate Giving Substitutes for Employee Giving

Thats pretty rough for folks who want companies to support their social cause de jour, but it actually gets even worse. Last week, a different team of economists partnered with Amazon Mechanical Turk to test the impact of CSR incentives. Their working paper found even more striking results: introducing prosocial incentives actually increased antisocial worker behavior!

Basically, this experiment paid part of the fee for task completion up front,...


Oregon Just Relaxed Its Ban On Pumping Your Own Gas, And People Are Freaking Out "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Since January 1, Oregon drivers in rural counties have been allowed to pump their own gas. Its a small concession in a law thats been in place since 1951, according to NPR.

Oregon and New Jersey are the only states in the union with bans on self-service at the pump. Despite their progressive politics, many Oregonians are clinging to tradition and anxious about the change. KTLA compiled comments from panicked Oregon residents, whom the Internet mocked mercilessly.

One commenter wrote, I dont even know HOW to pump gas and I am 62, native OregonianI say NO THANKS! I dont want to smell like gasoline!

Another objector stated, Ive lived in this state all my life and I REFUSE to pump my own gas. I had to do it once in California while visiting my brother and almost died doing it. This [sic] a service only qualified people should perform. I will literally park at the pump and wait until someone pumps my gas. I cant even.

Still another complained about transients around and not feeling safe while pumping gas. Some amateur satirists seized on the opportunity, of course. This harrowing self-service fantasy is from Kozy A Pivo:

You Oregonians had it so easy.

According to The Bend Bulletin, sundown to sun-up self-service for rural areas has been legal since 2015. This new law allowing 24-hour self-service for counties with populations below 40,000 will affect relatively few Oregon residents. Retailers with markets or convenience stores still cant offer self-service. The Bulletin also reported that most of the gas stations they contacted didnt have plans to add self-service.

Bureaucrats Reactions Are Priceless, Too

The ban has been in place for almost 70 years, but a 1999 statute outlined 17 different reasons for why the b...


Justin Timberlakes Filthy Is Hot Trash "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Justin Timberlake dropped his new single Filthy last night, accompanied by a music video. The only reason I know is that the song is playing every hour on the hour on my local pop radio station. I wish I were exaggerating. I am not.

The song starts with a promising intro. Electric guitar and some strange muffled yelling promises something upbeat, maybe a little rocky, enough to keep me from turning my radio off immediately. Unfortunately, all of the potential the songs first ten seconds offers is left unrealized as the repetitive hook begins.

It starts with Timberlake chanting haters gonna say its fake over a ridiculous drum loop ad infinitum. Im not completely sure what haters are going to say is fake, but I can only presume it is Timberlakes musical talents.

This portion of the song reminded me of something that I couldnt quite put my finger on. I heard it approximately 47 times in the course of the song, but it still eluded me. After the third time hearing the song on the radio in the same day, it came to me: this portion of Filthy bears a strong resemblance to the forgotten classic Space Cowboy, by the equally forgotten group The Jonzun Crew. Take a listen.

That was it. Timberlakes half-whispered complaints about haters reminded me of Space Cowboy, a ridiculous song no one has heard, and for good reason. Yes, the most flattering thing I can say about Filthy is that it reminds me of an 80s electro/funk/hip-hop song with lyrical poetry that includes Hes bad, hes mean, hes the space cowboy in the spacey jeans. Hes bad, hes number one, hes the space cowboy with the laser gun. The Jonzun Crew beats Timberlake on at least one count, however: the song is at least musically consistent.

In terms of actual song structure, Filthy seems to have very little tonal consistency, besides the simple fact of being repetitive. The song can be broken into three different sections, none of which fit with the others in any aesthetically significant way. Perhaps Timberlake is drawing inspiration from Meghan Trainors absurdly popular Me Too, another song that sounds as if a producer heard three different, average, annoying pop song concepts and thought, Maybe we can just Frankenstein all three together?

Perhaps, I thought, the music video for this new single can help me understand what is happening here. Again, I was disappointed. The music video provides no help. The video begins with an Apple-style product reveal, only the product is an immensely realistic dancing robot. The robots athletic abilities soon make way for an extreme...


SWAT team sent to bust kids with marijuana, chief brags about it on Facebook "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Clay County Sheriff's Department is receiving heavy backlash on social media this week after making a video of a SWAT raid in which hundreds of thousands of dollars of police resources were used to bust a handful of kids who had some marijuana. In the ominous video that looks more like a terrorist organization threatening its enemies than public servants solving crimes, Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels taunts his massive militarized police army and how it was just used to kidnap a bunch of young people for having marijuana. Masked men carrying AR-15s, multiple Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles equipped with battering rams, and what looked like an entire platoon of tactical soldiers were all dispatched Friday morning to the home to serve a narcotics search warrant. In the video, Daniels claims his raid netted him 15 arrests. However, according to arrest records, only five young adults were charged. As the 'copaganda' video begins, the person filming is at the other end of the street and filming the entire scene. There are more than a dozen kids sitting on the sidewalk in disbelief at the massive army that was just deployed to bust them for having marijuana.


'Worst year for civilian deaths from explosive weapons' since 2011 "IndyWatch Feed World"

Exlosive weapons killed at least 15,399 civilians in January-December 2017, making it "the worst year for civilian deaths from explosive weapons" since 2011.


The Majesty of Saturns Rings Lighting Your Abode "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

[Modustrial Maker] is at it again with another seriously cool LED visualizer. This time around, hes built pair of pendant lights inspired by the rings of Saturn.

The rings are made mostly of walnut plywood using a circle router jig to make the cut easier. If you are inspired to make these for yourself, [Modustrial Maker] is clear the order in which you cut out the pieces of the rings is absolutely critical. The pieces are glued together with any edges sanded smooth and edgebanding applied using a hot air gun due to the curved surface before staining. Duplicate for the second (or more if you so choose!) rings. Be forewarned a little geometry will be needed to find anchor points that will keep the rings properly balanced.

[Modustrial Maker] suggests an off-the shelf LED controller to handle the visualizations and lighting effects, but he used an Arduino Mega clone as the brains code available here, a MonkeyJack MAX9814 electret mic, and a four-channel RF remote/transceiver to control the different modes. Pulsing along to the music, these rings make for sleek lighting indeed.

Link this pendant light to a radio telescope, and you might be able to achieve a real-time visualization of the radio emissions from Saturn itself!

[Thanks for the tip, Itay!]

Filed under: Arduino Hacks, LED Hacks


Boon High Chair Tray "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Boon High Chair Tray - Their eyes goes to a eye catching piece within the room whenever someone walks into an area. When they walk in, people typically comment on particular pieces in a room. This spikes a dialog about the piece, where you purchased it at, and whats special about that product you have it. A great rocking chair may do that.

1st Decide on a theme and color: decorate a room could be entertaining and a bit of time consuming. Figuring out just how to redecorate a room begins with item or a excellent idea. Men and women use the world wide web to find unique items when redecorating any room in the house. This is a great alternative to driving around for hours looking at things in shops, spending weeks and months looking for items.

People have for decorating a child's room topics. In case you have a little women that loves princesses, or ballerina or dancing or colors, they're many rocking chairs that fit. Their are numerous rocking chairs that match that theme too if you've got a boy that enjoys sports, race cars, bikes, farms, trains, fire engines. Some children and many children love animals and horses, respectively and a wonderful piece for a kid's room could be a rocking horse or even rockers. Rockers are similar to a horse but rather than a horse its own a cow. Whats also nice searching on the web for accent pieces or motifs, is once you find something on a site or ecommerce shop, they have other things relating to that thing or motif. An ecommerce shop is a shop online selling things like Walmart or Meijers does, however you buy online and pay shipping in some instances rather than gas.


ACLU Says New Jersey Prisons Banning of The New Jim Crow Is Unconstitutional "IndyWatch Feed"

Americas jails and prisons have long since banned and censored books that the institutions determined posed a material danger to the safety of inmates and employees. There is a logic, at least, to prohibiting how-to manuals on crafting homemade weapons or escaping confined spaces. But at least two prisons in New Jersey have gone a step further, deciding to ban Michelle Alexanders groundbreaking work on the rise of mass incarceration in America, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, according to a letter from the ACLU of New Jersey to the states Department of Corrections.

The ACLU of New Jersey initially received multiple complaints from incarcerated individuals and their family members concerning the ban of the book. The civil liberties group then filed an Open Public Records Act request, the response to which, according to the letter, indicated that New Jersey State Prison and Southern State Correctional Facility banned the book as a matter of policy.

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander

The ACLU of New Jersey said the ban violated the Constitution.

The ban on The New Jim Crow violates the right to free speech enshrined in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and the correlative protection of Article 1, paragraph 6 of the New Jersey Constitution, ACLU attorneys Tess Borden and Alexander Shalom wrote to Commissioner Gary Lanigan of the New Jersey Department of Corrections.

The ban also points to some blood-boiling ironies.

Michelle Alexanders book chronicles how people of color are not just locked in, but locked out of civic life, and New Jersey has exiled them even further by banning this text specifically for them, said ACLU of New Jersey Executive Director Amol Sinha in a statement. The ratios and percentages of mass incarceration play out in terms of human lives. Keeping a book that examines a national tragedy out of the hands of the people mired within it adds insult to injury.

The ACLU shared a copy of the Department of Corrections response to its public records request, which we are publishing exclusively here. The lists of banned publications go on and on various books and magazines and for two prisons explicitly include The New Jim Crow.



Raymond Ibrahim: Islamic Terrorists or Tragic Heroes? "IndyWatch Feed War"

The so-called mainstream medias approach to and apologias for Islamic terrorism have become as predictable as they are farcical. In a recent piece entitled, A Mysterious Act of Mercy by the Subway Bombing Suspect, the New York Times Jeffrey Gettleman portrays would-be suicide bomber Akayed Ullah whose foiled attempt at Times Square subway last month could []


Ian Buruma en 'het betrekkelijk goedaardige imperialisme uit Washington' 38 "IndyWatch Feed War"

For about three hundred years, since the Glorious Revolution, zo stelt Ian Buruma in zijn boek Anglomania. A European Love Affair (1998), bezat Groot Brittanni een remarkable combination of civility and freedom. Deze bewering wordt op Burumaanse wijze ogenblikkelijk in de volgende zin teniet gedaan door de opmerking dat het land was also a society of great social and economic inequality, cruel penal codes, cultural philistinism, barbarous mobs, and insular attitudes to the outside world. Kan een gemeenschap een opmerkelijke combinatie van beschaafdheid en vrijheid bezitten en tegelijkertijd een samenleving zijn met grote sociale en economische ongelijkheid, en met een wrede strafrechtspleging? Volgens de stedelijke elites, waarvan Buruma de opiniemaker is, kan dit wel degelijk, zo valt uit hun meningen op te maken. Daarentegen zijn er buiten de mainstream om genoeg burgers met een dissidente opvatting, en die civility and freedom onverenigbaar achten met inequality en cruel penal codes.  Het is van belang dit niet te vergeten aangezien Buruma in n adem tevens verwijst naar cultural philistinism en barbarous mobs. Ter verduidelijking: philistinism is de denigrerende term voor the social attitude of anti-intellectualism that undervalues and despises art, beauty, spirituality, and intellect. Wat op het eerste gezicht een duidelijke beschuldiging lijkt, blijkt bij nader inzien buitengewoon verwarrend te zijn. Wat is namelijk het geval? Burumas stedelijke elites, die hij in bescherming neemt tegen de kritiek van populisten en hun aanhang, zijn dezelfde elites die sinds eind jaren zeventig van de vorige eeuw hebben geprofiteerd van het neoliberalisme met zijn grote sociale en economische ongelijkheid,  zonder dat zij zich massaal politiek of cultureel hebben verzet tegen het neoliberale anti-intellectualism that undervalues and despises art, beauty, spiritua...


Admin Menu Tree Page View [CSRF, Privilege Escalation] "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

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10 Best Tech Companies To Work For In 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Top 10 tech companies to work for in 2018

Career job site Glassdoor has just released its 10th-annual list of the 100 best places to work across the U.S. under the name Employees Choice Awards. The compiled list of 100 companies to work for, includes 28 companies that belong to the technology sector.

Glassdoor browsed its huge database of company reviews and ratings from current and former employees to find the companies with the most satisfied workers. Ranking includes companies with more than 1,000 employees, and its based on employee reviews submitted since November 2016. Organizations were ranked based on employee ratings across several factors, such as overall satisfaction, career opportunities, compensation and benefits, work-life balance, culture, values and business outlook.

Based on employees reviews, companies received overall ratings on a scale of one to five, with five signifying the most satisfied employees.

Even though Silicon Valley bigwigs make a strong showing, this years list represents a diverse group of employers hiring across the country, including top companies in tech, retail, health care, consumer goods, consulting and more, said Robert Hohman, Glassdoors CEO and co-founder.

While you can check the entire list of Glassdoor here, lets have a look at the top 10 tech companies to work for in 2018.

  1. Nvidia

Company Rating: 4.4 (out of 5)

About: Nvidia Corporation designs graphics processing units (GPUs) for the gaming, cryptocurrency, and professional markets, as well as system on a chip units (SoCs) for the mobile computing and automotive market.

An employee says:

Working at Nvidia is fun! The working environment is great, colleagues are very helpful and extremely smart. Everything happens here at Speed of Light. Lot of amazing benefits that are best in the industry.  NVIDIA senior network engineer (Santa Clara, California).

  1. DocuSign

Company Rating: 4.4 (out of 5)

About: DocuSign provides electronic signature technology and digital transaction management services for facilitating electronic exchanges of contracts and signed documents.

An employee says:

It sounds trite, but the people make DocuSign an amazing place to work. Everyone I have met during my time at DocuSign has been kind, considerate, and generally happ...

De Hoop Scheffer: Poetin werd radicaler door NAVO "IndyWatch Feed War"

De NAVO-top in Boekarest in 2008 vormde een breekpunt in de relatie tussen Rusland en het Westen. De NAVO zette de deur open voor Georgi en Oekrane. Beide landen mochten lid worden, al werd er geen datum genoemd. Dat was de wens van de Amerikaanse president Bush. De Duitse bondskanselier Merkel verzette zich daartegen. Maar de NAVO besloot de deur toch op een kier te zetten. Voor Rusland was dat onbespreekbaar en Poetin liet dat na afloop ook weten.
De voormalige secretaris-generaal zegt nu dat hij de reactie heeft onderschat en dat hij meer had moeten doen om de partijen op n lijn te houden. Volgens De Hoop Scheffer heeft het besluit geleid tot een radicalisering bij Poetin. 
Hij ziet een direct verband met de oorlog in Georgi (2008) en Oekrane (2014). Inmiddels is de Hoop Scheffer ervan overtuigd dat er voor beide landen geen sprake meer kan zijn van lidmaatschap. 


Top 10 Most Popular Torrent Sites (2018 edition) "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Here Is The List Of Top 10 Best Torrent Websites Of 2018

Happy New Year Techworm readers!!! Its that time of the year when we bring out the top 10 best torrent websites for the current year. The past year has been a torrid one for the torrent website industry where many of them were blocked by the government due to copyright issues.

In this article, we have compiled the best free torrent sites for ones who are looking to download games, movies, music, TV shows and e-books. Some of these sites may not be accessible from your location or countries maybe facing an ISP level ban. In such cases, users are suggested to use VPN (virtual private network).

Disclaimer: Please note that this article is for educational purpose only and should not be used as it is illegal and prohibited in many countries. Techworm shall not be responsible for any consequences.

  1. The Pirate Bay

Founded in 2003, The Pirate Bay (commonly abbreviated TPB) is called the king of torrents. TPB is an online index of digital content of mostly entertainment media, where visitors can search, download and contribute magnet links and torrent files, which facilitate peer-to-peer file sharing among users of the BitTorrent protocol. It is currently operating from its original .org domain name.

  1. Zooqle

Zooqle is a newcomer to the peer-to-peer (P2P)/torrenting scene with an awesome and intuitive user interface. Zooqle does not have popups and advertisements on its site. One needs to create an account on the site (information required such as an email address, username, and password to sign up) to manage subscriptions to over 1,300 TV shows and 30,000 movies.

  1. 1337X

Launched in 2007, 1337X is another best and most popular torrent site. This site is basically based on community, where people share best torrent files for free download. It indexed in large database from many torrent sites like torrentz, torrentdb etc. Most of traffic of this site comes from UK and is liked by UK users a lot.

1337x has traditionally been a community driven torrent site but had some issues a year ago where several of the admins and moderators protested over security concerns. However, much progress and improvement has been made since with the site growing in traffic, and recently rolling out a new design as well. The link to access this website is



Mark Zuckerberg to explore cryptocurrency and put power into peoples hands "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to look into using cryptocurrency and encryption to improve platform services

Last year saw Bitcoin emerge as the King of Crytocurrency when it crossed $19,000 bringing joy to many of the cryptocurrency enthusiasts. The sudden surge of Bitcoin has even made the founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg think of exploring power the encryption and cryptocurrency.

In his latest post, Zuckerberg said that the internet is becoming too centralized, and controlled by a few huge companies that include Facebook itself.

According to Zuckerberg, 2018 will be a serious year of self-improvement where the company will learn from fixing issues that have caused controversy. We wont prevent all mistakes or abuse, but we currently make too many errors enforcing our policies and preventing misuse of our tools, Zuckerberg wrote. If were successful this year then well end 2018 on a much better trajectory.

He further stressed that Facebook had a lot of work to do in order to protect the community from abuse and hate, and protecting against interference by nation states.

On his personal goal for 2018, Zuckerberg said that he wants to study the positive and negative aspects of cryptocurrency and encryption.

This may not seem like a personal challenge on its face, but I think Ill learn more by focusing intensely on these issues than I would by doing something completely separate. These issues touch on questions of history, civics, political philosophy, media, government, and of course technology. Im looking forward to bringing groups of experts together to discuss and help work through these topics.

He said, For example, one of the most interesting questions in technology right now is about centralization vs decentralization. A lot of us got into technology because we believe it can be a decentralizing force that puts more power in peoples hands. (The first four words of Facebooks mission have always been give people the power.) Back in the 1990s and 2000s, most people believed technology would be a decentralizing force.

By exploring trends like encryption and cryptocurrency, these two could decentralize power believes Zuckerberg.

But today, many people have lost faith in that promise. With the rise of a small number of big tech companies and governments using technology to watch their citizens many people now believe technology only centralizes power rather than decentralizes it.

There are important counter-trends to this like encryption and cryptocurrency  that take power from centralized systems and put it back into peoples hands. But they come with the risk of being harder to con...


Prayer and Meditation for Tuesday, January 9, 2018 Jesus Casts Out an Evil Spirit "IndyWatch Feed War"

Tuesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time

Lectionary: 306

Gerbrand van den Eeckhout - Anna toont haar zoon Samul aan de priester Eli.jpg

Hannah presenting her son Samuel to the priest Eli, ca. 1665

Reading 1 1 SM 1:9-20

Hannah rose after a meal at Shiloh,
and presented herself before the LORD;
at the time, Eli the priest was sitting on a chair
near the doorpost of the LORDs temple.
In her bitterness she prayed to the LORD, weeping copiously,
and she made a vow, promising: O LORD of hosts,
if you look with pity on the misery of your handmaid,
if you remember me and do not forget me,
if you give your handmaid a male child,
I will give him to the LORD for as long as he lives;
neither wine nor liquor shall he drink,
and no razor shall ever touch his head.
As she remained long at prayer before the LORD,
Eli watched her mouth, for Hannah was praying silently;
though her lips were moving, her voice could not be heard.
Eli, thinking her drunk, said to her,
How long will you make a drunken show of yourself?
Sober up from your wine!
It isnt that, my lord, Hannah answered.
I am an unhappy woman.
I have had neither wine nor liquor;
I was only pouring out my troubles to the LORD.
Do not think your handmaid a neer-do-well;
my prayer has been prompted by my deep sorrow and misery.
Eli said, Go in peace,
and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.
She replied, Think kindly of your maidservant, and left.
She went to her quarters, ate and drank with her husband,
and no longer appeared downcast.
Early the next morning they worshiped before the LORD,
and then returned to their home in...


Overheating and fire hazards make HP recall over 50,000 computer batteries "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

HP recalls computer batteries worldwide for safety reasons

Computer giant HP has announced a worldwide voluntary safety recall of over 50,000 lithium-ion batteries for its notebook computers and mobile workstations over the danger of fire and overheating.

According to the recall, the issues came to HPs attention after eight customers reported instances of battery packs overheating, melting, or charring.

The quality and safety of all HP products is our top priority. We recently learned that batteries provided by one of our suppliers for certain notebook computers and mobile workstations present a potential safety concern, reads HPs blog post.

We are taking immediate action to address this issue including a voluntary recall and replacement of the batteries. This action pertains to 0.1 percent of the HP systems sold globally over the past two years, the company added.

The potentially affected batteries were shipped with specific HP ProBook (64x G2 and G3, 65x G2 and G3), HP x360 310 G2, HP ENVY m6, HP Pavilion x360, HP 11 notebooks, and HP ZBook (17 G3, 17 G4, Studio G3) Mobile Workstations sold around the world during December 2015 and December 2017. These batteries were also sold as accessories or provided as replacements through HP, or an authorized HP Service Provider for the HP ZBook Studio G4 Mobile Workstation or for any of the preceding products.

The company is advising its users to visit their special HP website, where they can download a battery validation tool to check if their laptop is affected.

Also, HP is recommending users immediately download a BIOS update, which will put the laptop in Battery Safety Mode so it can be used safely off the mains, bypassing the battery completely until it is replaced.

Customers should cease use of affected batteries immediately. As many of these batteries are internal to system and are not customer replaceable, HP is providing a BIOS update that will discharge the battery and disable future charging until the battery is replaced. HP customers affected by this program will be eligible to receive replacement battery services for each verified, affected battery at no cost.

This is not the first time that HP is recalling batteries involving its computers. The two most recent recalls involved overheating batteries back in January 2017 and June 2016.

The post Overheating and fire hazards make H...


Epiphany 2018 winner: Granny walks into the sea, fully dressed, to catch the Cross (video) "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Hundreds of Greeks had to jump into the January cold waters on Epiphany Day to catch the Holy Cross. A granny in Dilesi, near Chalkida Attica, did not bother at all to exposed herself to the chilly weather. Dressed with her warm coat, holding her bag, wearing her shoes and armed with her strong faith,

The post Epiphany 2018 winner: Granny walks into the sea, fully dressed, to catch the Cross (video) appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.


Dont dump and run "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In the December issue of EMBO ReportsMatheus Sanita Lima and David Roy Smith argue that biologists utilizing next-generation sequencing data should include detailed methods with their submissions to the Sequence Read Archive (the paper is paywalled at the publisher site but available here):

For those who are unfamiliar with it, the SRA is an international public online archive for next-generation sequencing (NGS) data, which was established about a decade ago under the guidance of the International Nucleotide Sequence Database Collaboration (INSDC)Once there, you will find yourself at a sequencing-read superstore.

Sanit Lima & Smith

But the value of the sequencing reads you can download from the SRA is often limited by an insufficient description of the methods:

Recently, we were mining data from the SRA to study transcription in mitochondria and chloroplastsApart from the price of a computer and a commercial bioinformatics software suiteand significant time investment, of coursethe research project cost us nothing. We did, however, encounter some setbacks when trying to determine the protocols used to generate the various RNA-seq data sets employed in our analysis. In short, we were confronted with an SRA annotation issue.

We had used hundreds of RNA-seq experiments generated from different laboratory groups, often using very different protocols. Some of these experiments contained detailed and meticulous information on the growth conditions, RNA isolation and purification techniques, library preparation, and sequencing methods. Other experiments, unfortunately, had little or no accompanying details about how they were generated, leaving us guessing about the underlying experimental procedures.

Usually, the detailed methods are in the publication that results from the sequencing data, but as Sanita Lima and Smith point out, not everything in the SRA is published.

Moreover, it would have taken a lot of time and energy to look up the individual papers for hundreds of different experiments, many of which were behind a paywall, which goes against the purpose of an open-access data bank like the SRA. In our opinion, it is much more efficient, fair, and useful to have the methods directly linked to the SRA entry. In ma...


Yes, But at What Cost? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Yes, But at What Cost? by Charles Hugh Smith OF Two Minds This is how our entire status quo maintains the illusion of normalcy: by avoiding a full accounting of the costs. The economys going greatbut at what cost?...

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Apple accused of overcharging customers for repairing old batteries "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Apple accused of overcharging for repairing old iphone batteries

Apple fans were extremely happy on hearing the news of discounted battery replacement cost. But a battery manufacturers claims to not consider it as price cut turned to be a bummer. The Investor, a south Korean Publication quoted an anonymous statement from a battery manufacturer who claimed that iPhone makers already charge twice as much as Samsung for repairing old batteries when the technology used in batteries of both the companies are almost same.

Flagship phones such as Samsung have batteries with higher capacity as compared to iPhones batteries which have the comparatively smaller capacity. For instance, iPhone7, which is the latest eligible model for this discounted replacement program has a 1960 mAh battery whereas Samsungs Galaxy S8 features a 3000 mAh battery unit.

The representative from the battery maker was quoted saying, All flagship phones from Samsung, LG, and Apple have the most advanced batteries in the market. There is no reason for the price difference. Battery replacement for an iPhone may be trickier considering its use of unique parts like black pouch and tape. Still, it is difficult to understand why the cost is so high.

Battery replacement for an iPhone may be trickier considering its use of unique parts like black pouch and tape. Still, it is difficult to understand why the cost is so high, he said further.

An official from a smartphone manufacturer who chose to be anonymous as well said, Apple is saying they are reducing the price for consumers, but the price is never a discount considering parts and labor costs.

Apple has not given any official statement on this yet.

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Rare common redpolls in the Netherlands "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 8 January 2018 video is about common redpolls. These birds are usually rare in the Netherlands. But this winter there are more than normally. The video shows a flock of about fifty birds in Ede town in the Veluwe region in the Netherlands.


Elizabeth Warrens CFPB Faces New Scandal Amid Out of Control Spending on D.C. Headquarters "IndyWatch Feed"

Another day, another scandal for Elizabeth Warrens brainchild the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. According to Richard Pollock of the Daily Caller, renovation costs for the agencys headquarters may place it on the list of top ten most expensive office buildings in Washington, D.C. 

Daily Caller reports:

Original cost estimates for the CFPBs renovation were estimated at $55 million, but the bureau ran up the proposed cost to $216 million. The Federal Reserve Inspector General rejected the proposal in 2014, saying there was no sound basis for the figure.

As the CFPB renovation costs continued to escalate, renovation was taken out of the CFPBs hands and transferred to the General Services Administration (GSA). GSAs budget, however, was nearly twice the original $55 million, hitting $99 million.

That figure ballooned to more than $124 million, according to a June 30, 2017, GSA document obtained by TheDCNF under the Freedom of Information Act. The document was part of a release of change orders and modifications submitted by Grunley Construction, the Washington, D.C.-based general contractor selected by GSA to renovate the CFPB building.

Why are costs so high? the CFPB forked over $88,000 just for bike racks and parking lot striping. Employees enjoy separate gyms for men and women, sunken garden areas, along with premium quartz countertops and an outdoor patio.

The CFPB has been under heavy scrutiny after a whistleblower came forward to allege the agency falsified documents in order to penalize a lender. In a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, former CFPB staffer Cassandra Jackson, accused the agencys managers of widespread racism and gender discrimination. Jackson also accused the agency of forcing her to falsify evidence to justify fines against a pay-day lender.

I was specifically told to cite Ace Cash Express for a violation for which I had verifi...


Trump Faces Pivotal Decisions on Iran Sanctions "IndyWatch Feed War"

The president must choose whether to extend U.S. sanctions relief to Iran under the 2015 nuclear deal

Jan. 7, 2018 4:32 p.m. ET

WASHINGTONThe 2015 Iran nuclear agreement faces a potentially fateful week, with a series of deadlines awaiting President Donald Trump as Tehran reacts to recent antigovernment protests.

Mr. Trump is expected to again notify Congress he doesnt believe the Iran deal is in the best interest of the U.S., restating a well-known position. More important, Mr. Trump will have several opportunities starting Wednesday to refuse to extend U.S. sanctions relief to Iran under the deal, which would put Washington in breach of its terms.

To stay in the deal, Mr. Trump must periodically agree to waive penalties imposed under a variety of U.S. statutes. In exchange for sanctions relief from the U.S., the United Nations and other countries, Iran agreed to curb its nuclear program.

The recent protests in Iran have added to the uncertainty, as Mr. Trump has backed protesters while denouncing the economic benefits he says the nuclear agreement has provided to Irans government.

While Mr. Trump could seize on the protests as a basis for rejecting the sanctions waivers, he could also sign the waivers while taking other steps to punish Iran.

Many of Mr. Trumps advisers are critical of the nuclear deal but have urged Mr. Trump to remain a party to it while looking for additional ways to confront Irans destabilizing behavior in the Middle East. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis are among advisers who have publicly taken that position.

Mr. Mattis declined on Friday to tell reporters at the Pentagon whether his advice had changed, but said, I just dont think the protests will have any influence over my advice to the president one way or another.



Abyss Web Server < v2.11.6 Memory Heap Corruption (hyp3rlinx / apparitionsec) "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

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Jacob Wohl Adds Deadbeat to His CV "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

@TBPInvictus here: Last we heard from Jacob Wohl see original story here for background Wohls attorney appeared at a hearing on October 23 2017 to tell the Arizona Corporation Commission that the young scamster needed another month to make the initial ~$16,000 payment of some $32,000 he owes under a prior Consent Order

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Replacing the Medical Council Wont Solve Issues Plaguing Indias Healthcare Community "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Through the National Medical Commission Bill, the government appears to be taking the easy way out and creating a new institution rather than reforming an older one.

After a year of drafting the Bill, its passage has been stalled mainly as a result of resistance from the professional community. Credit: PTI

After a year of drafting the Bill, its passage has been stalled mainly as a result of resistance from the professional community. Credit: PTI

The Bill to create the National Medical Commission was introduced in the Lok Sabha on December 29 and was to be discussed in early January. However, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) and several senior professionals have opposed it across the country. Even when the Bill was first drafted by the NITI Aayog in 2016, the IMA had expressed its reservations on several of its provisions. While the government is keen to enact it,...

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