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Saturday, 16 June

04:55

Ambassador of Madagascar to the United States: Who Is Eric Andriamihaja Robson? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The new ambassador to the United States from the island nation of Madagascar is no stranger to the U.S. Eric Andriamihaja Robson was appointed on February 27, 2018, arrived in Washington, DC, by the middle of the month, and presented his credentials to President Donald Trump on March 28, 2018, in an Oval Office ceremony. According to a report issued by Andriamihaja Robson, in 2016, Chinese companies opened 154 businesses in Madagascar and U.S. companies just 12.

 

A native of Madagascars largest city and capital, Antananarivo, Robson is a graduate of the College of St. Michael Amparibe, an elite secondary school located in the Amparibe quarter of Antananarivo.

 

Robson journeyed to the U.S. for his postsecondary education. He earned a B.S. in Business Administration and Management in 1999, and an MBA with an emphasis on International Marketing in 2000, both at the University of South Carolina.

 

Robson joined the Economic Development Board of Madagascar (EDBM) in March 2007 as the representative of President Marc Ravalomanana. He later became the organizations director of facilitation and business. He was promoted to deputy director general in 2009, and was named director general and CEO in May 2015. EDBM promotes investment in Madagascar.

 

Robson has been affiliated with the African Infrastructure Development Partnership, a Swiss-based organization offering alternative approaches to African development, since 2015.

 

Robson teaches Business Administration at the Ecole Suprieure Sacr Coeur Antanimena (ESCA), a private college in Antananarivo, the University of Antananarivo, and at other schools in the area. He speaks fluent English, French, and Malagasy.

-Matt Bewig

 

To Learn More:

LinkedIn Profile

AFIDEP Profile (African Infrastructure Development Partnership)

De la promotion des investissements la diplomatie: Eric Robson Andriamihajamananirina nous reprsente aux Etats-Unis! (Madagascar Foreign Ministry)

04:02

Tropical Cyclone "Gaemi" hits Taiwan, heading toward Japan "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Tropical Cyclone "Gaemi" made landfall in Kaohsiung, a massive port city in southern Taiwan, between 07:00 and 08:00 local time (midnight UTC) on June 15, 2018, disrupting traffic and closing schools and offices. While Weather Forecasters in Taiwan and...... Read more

Stationary Tropical Depression Four-E to become tropical storm before reaching Mexico "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A new tropical depression formed June 14, 2018, on the same day Tropical Storm "Bud," the second named storm of the 2018 East Pacific hurricane season, was making landfall along the southern tip of Baja California Sur. This new storm is currently a...... Read more

The 5G network threatens to overcrowd the airwaves, putting weather radar at risk "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The new 5G network promises to revolutionize mobile telecommunications. But it could also push telecommunications companies onto the frequencies used by the Bureau of Meteorologys weather radars, indirectly putting the accuracy of weather information at risk....... Read more

Species recognition shifts into auto with neural networks "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

People love camera traps. Placed in the middle of a forest or savanna, their motion sensors trigger a photo when an animal or person passes by. They allow us to verify the presence of cool, cryptic animals at a given place and time, and grids of camera traps help us better understand site-level distributions and potential interactions among species. As image datasets grow to include millions of photos, project teams spend increasingly greater amounts of time manually extracting the desired information such as the presence and number of poachers or of rare and nocturnal wildlife from the images. In a study published last week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), a multinational team of scientists assessed the capacity of an advanced type of machine learning, called deep neural networks, to automatically recognize the number, species, and behavior of animals in the savanna ecosystem of Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. The studys artificial intelligence system says that in this camera trap photo there is a zebra, moving. He is really moving! Image by Snapshot Serengeti project/Norouzzadeh et al. 2018. PNAS . From image collection to analysis Analysis, rather than collection, of camera trap data has become a bottleneck to obtaining the desired wildlife information. Manually obtaining information from hundreds of thousands of camera trap photos has become an expensive, time-consuming process. Moving vegetation can trigger a motion-sensor camera to take a photo, resulting in many camera trap images with no animals. When animals that are

Trump verhngt 50 Milliarden Dollar Strafzlle gegen ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Trump verhngt 50 Milliarden Dollar Strafzlle gegen China.

Wie eine Motte zum Licht macht Trump immer genau die Sache, die ihm am meisten Aufmerksamkeit bringt.

In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, June 15, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Here are a few stories published this week by other news outlets. Tropical forests NASA now has three-dimensional views of the Amazon, and theyre helping scientists puzzle out the effects of El Nio (NASA/Phys.Org). Forest researchers are working to restore ecosystems in Mexico (CIFOR Forests News). Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo is now 80 years old (African Parks). Scientists have found a fungus, previously seen only in South America, in threatened amphibians in India (University of Plymouth/Phys.Org). Conservationists in Costa Rica are concerned that more isnt being done to keep wildlife safe from being electrocuted by power lines (Undark). Overfishing in South America could be damaging the continents forests (National Geographic News). Other news Scientists and conservationists are working with fishers in Greece to create new marine protected areas (News Deeply). Greener neighborhoods have healthier kids, new research has found (USDA/EurekAlert). The rules governing fishing arent keeping up with the shift of stocks in response to climate change (Rutgers University/EurekAlert). The Pope spoke with oil executives and enjoined them to move toward cleaner forms of energy (BBC News, Reuters). North Atlantic right whales need stronger protections if theyre going to survive the next 30 years (University of California, Santa Barbara/EurekAlert). Animals are ducking the light of day and becoming nocturnal to avoid humans (The Atlantic). If coral reefs disappear, flooding will get a lot worse, a new study finds (AFP/The Hindu). Climate change is threatening key archaeological sites (Pacific Standard). The most recent storm season in

Primate-rich countries are becoming less hospitable places for monkeys, apes and lemurs "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Our primate cousins have managed to colonize a broad swath of the planet, taking up residence in 90 countries. Still, the majority of monkey, ape, lemur, tarsier and lorisid species live in Brazil, Indonesia, Madagascar and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and a new study finds that 62 percent of those species face the specter of extinction due to hunting and the splintering and outright loss of their habitats. It came as little surprise to University of Illinois primatologist Paul Garber that these four countries, forested bulwarks of biodiversity that they are, have been fertile grounds for the rise of unique species. The sheer proportion of the worlds primates they contain, however, was telling, Garber said. The realization that these four countries harbor 65 percent of the worlds primate species made writing our current paper a priority, he said in an email to Mongabay. He and his colleagues report their findings today in the journal PeerJ. The four countries in the study are home to 65 percent of the worlds primate species, including this red leaf monkey (Presbytis rubicunda), found in Indonesian and Malaysian Borneo. Image by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay. In 2017, Garber and 30 other primate researchers from around the world concluded that 60 percent of all primate species could be wiped out soon by human activity. It was during the research and writing of that manuscript that I first realized how critically important Brazil, Indonesia, Madagascar and DRC were to avoiding a mass primate extinction crisis, he

03:57

Former Central Banker: Oil Pipeline Protesters Will Be Killed. So Be It. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Oil Pipeline Protesters(CD)  As Canadas controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project faces ongoing opposition, the former governor of the Bank of Canada said that protesters may die but that the government should push the project through anyway. Speaking at an event Wednesday, David Dodge said, Were going to have some very unpleasant circumstances, the Edmonton Journal reported. There are some people that []

03:51

Podcast: One Year After The Baseball Shooting, Steve Scalise, And Race For Speaker "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Elania Plott, staff writer at The Atlantic, reports on Majority Whip Steve Scalise after attending his first baseball practice since the shooting exactly one year ago.

On this episode of the Federalist Radio Hour, Mary Katharine Ham and Plott discuss Scalises miraculous recovery and the tension surrounding the race for the next Speaker of the House.

People started seeing the Steve Scalise thats always been there, Plott said. The thing about House Republicans is for the most part they dont have high profilessuddenly hes this national icon of resilience in such a fractured American political moment.

Listen here:

03:49

Candidato del PRI habra desviado 18.5 mdp para comprar de terrenos "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

Claudio Cetina, candidato del PRI, a la Alcalda de Campeche, est acusado de desviar 18.5 millones de pesos para comprar siete predios en Mrida.   Regeneracin, 15 de junio de 2018. Otro priista est involucrado en el desvo de recursos pblicos para comprar propiedades, se trata del candidato del PRI a la Alcalda de Campeche, []

La entrada Candidato del PRI habra desviado 18.5 mdp para comprar de terrenos se public primero en Regeneracin.

03:49

Annual Wool and Mohair Buy on Navajo Nation -- Fairer Prices for Dine' "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sorting through wool to pull out any debris before its washed. Photo by Angelo Baca Annual Wool and Mohair Buy on Navajo Nation -- Fairer Prices for Dine' By Samuel Tunick Black Mesa Water Coalition Censored News This summer, Black Mesa Water Coalition, in partnership with Din College and the Land Grant Office, is hosting the 7th Annual Wool & Mohair Buy. This event brings

03:48

Video Exposes Border Patrol Running Over Tohono O'odham in Topawa Today "IndyWatch Feed War"

. Video exposes U.S. Border Patrol agent intentionally run over young Tohono O'odham man in Topawa community on the Tohono O'odham Nation on Thursday, June 14, 2018. The Border Patrol agent fled the scene in this hit and run, and the O'odham victim is in the hospital. Watch video on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MissSalcidoXIII/videos/10155575421518030/?hc_ref=

03:47

Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement Endorses the Prison Strike "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement Endorses the Prison Strike appeared first on It's Going Down.

The Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement (RAM) endorses the historic #August21 prison strike.

People incarcerated in the United States, suffering some of the worst abuses in the world, are calling for a nationwide prison strike on August 21st. We at the Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement stand with these brave individuals and support their demands for better conditions and revolutionary action, as they risk their lives and health, not only for themselves but for the millions incarcerated nationwide.

The impetus for this call arose from the shameful loss of life recently at Lee Correctional Institution in South Carolina. The problem, prison organizers argue, stems from greed and a lack of respect for human life that is embedded in our nations penal ideology. From racist policing practices, harassment of families, and routine methods of torture, we have a system that is one of the most barbaric in the world. While reforms are desirable, we all are aware that total abolition of this system is what is necessary.

Since the civil war, the US government has been committed to ensuring the system of slavery continued. Black people were to remain policed, surveilled, controlled, and held captive. The struggle for black liberation reached unparalleled heights with the Black Panthers, and the states response was to make the largest prison population in the world, criminalize the black populace, and destroy the fragile social programs that existed. Slavery in the US was never primarily about free labor, but about controlling, owning and ultimately denying black humanity. The plantations of the past, like Angola plantation in Louisiana, transformed into Louisiana State Penitentiary. The same modes of control on the plantation exist in the prison. The prison system then, like the slave system of the past, is not a social phenomenon to debate, but to totally destroy.

The risks people inside are taking to regain their humanity and dignity stand as a model for all abolitionists and revolutionaries. Our actions outside must amplify their voices and match their commitment.

We call on all abolitionists and revolutionaries in this country, and those abroad, to stand with the prison strikers resistance. This is the struggle of our day. From inside the walls to the streets we will abolish slavery, the prisons, and all the institutions that make such a barbaric world possible.

03:47

Facebook Defies Congress and Hires Even More Censorship Agents "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

 

Congress was previously reviewing Zuckerbergs Marxist-Communist style of censorship on Facebook. After prolonged scrutiny, Zuckerberg left the Congressional hearings and made an unbelieveable and outrageous statement. Despite being raked over the coals for Facebook censorship, Zuckerberg has announced a new army of Facebook censorship agents havebeenhired. Here is the story.

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03:46

The Babchenko False Flag Exposed The Deep State-Journalist Nexus "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Self-exiled Russian journalist Arkady Babchenkos false flag assassination in Kiev is one of the most scandalous media stunts in recent memory. Most people are already aware of his dramatic stunt in appearing at a live press conference about his reported killing and then admitting that the whole thing was staged in order to capture what he claimed []

The post The Babchenko False Flag Exposed The Deep State-Journalist Nexus appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

03:35

Jaynes Day Out, Part 2. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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C. Ford, all rights reserved.

03:31

Grassroots O'odham Deliver Third Load of Emergency Food to O'odham on Border "IndyWatch Feed War"

Grassroots O'odham Deliver Third Load of Emergency Food to O'odham on Border Photos and article by Ofelia Rivas Censored News O'odham Land -- Thank you for your generous donations, collected supplies and food for O'odham in need. In 108 degree heat, we loaded up food for delivery. Donations are needed for repair of a community truck used for hauling water and firewood.  Donate to

03:30

Re: CVE-2018-12356 Breaking signature verification in pass (Simple Password Store) "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by Jakub Wilk on Jun 15

* Marcus Brinkmann , 2018-06-15, 16:43:

Thanks for doing this. I didn't mean to imply that you were not diligent
enough.

I was hoping somebody else would take care of this.

Please do! :-)

03:26

Cold Case Christianity For Kids reprise "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

My ten-year-old daughter and I, both atheists, are teaming up to review J. Warner Wallaces childrens apologetics book Cold Case Christianity For Kids. Links to all posts in the series are collected at the end of this introductory post.

This was originally meant to be the second post about Chapter Five. Then, as part of the segue into the main bit, I went back to talk about the end of Chapter Four and started writing some explanatory bits about why there was a problem with Jeffries last statement there. Several paragraphs later, I looked at this and thought Actually, I seem to have just written a post. So here is that post. Following this, I will get back to Chapter Five.

Chapter Four ended with Jason asking this excellent question:

and Jeffries assuring him that he would help him answer that question in the next session.

Which is interesting, because one thing we do know for sure is that the story of Jesus was changed over time.

For one thing, Bible scholars have ascertained that the four gospels were written at different points in the first century, running from Mark as the earliest to John as the latest which gives us a chance to compare how the stories change over time. Of course, its important to remember that we can expect some differences between them regardless; when four different people with four different perspectives each write their account of a particular set of events, youre going to end up with four different accounts, due to peoples different memories and different opinions on whats important enough to put in. It is, however, noticeable how much more remarkable the miracles seem to get in the later gospels compared to the gospel of Mark. For example, the gospel of Matthew tells us about dead people coming out of their graves and speaking to other people at the time of Jesuss death; the gospel of John tells us that Jesus restored a man whod been dead for four days to life. Even allowing for differing perspectives, its very odd that the other gospel writers wouldnt have wanted to include stories as amazing as those unless, of course, those stories were added as part of a natural process of embroidery and exaggeration as the account...

03:22

The Last Zero-Sum Game: Planet or People? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

CJ EAC OCT TML FIRE-EARTH Presentation: The Last Zero-Sum Game: Planet or People? Humans final zero-sum game has a major twist. [Prepared by FIRE-EARTH Science Teams.] Presented via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. . . . . . Advertisements

03:20

Do People Care When We Died?: Foreign Policy Under Trump "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Do People Care When We Died?: Foreign Policy Under Trump appeared first on It's Going Down.

In this episode of the Its Going Down podcast,we again speak with long term journalist Abby Martin, host of The Empire Files. In this discussion we again cover lots of ground, but largely discuss US foreign policy under Trump. As Martin points out, while Trump ran as an isolationist and stated that he wanted to keep the US out of interventionist wars, in fact, air strikes has actually doubled and US intervention and manipulation in various countries only continues.

As Axios wrote:

Since President Trump took office, the U.S. has carried out more airstrikes in more places, expanded its use of drones and been increasingly willing to risk civilian casualties.

Towards this end, Martin discusses her recent work in Columbia, Venezuela, and Palestine, and talks about the struggle to not only bring this news to the US, but also staying safe while covering it. Throughout our conversation, she tells stories of running from right-wing hit squads on the streets of Venezuela, to hearing the frustrations of Palestinian journalists who ask if people in the US simply do not care when Israeli soldiers shoot them dead.

We also discuss some of Martins recent work that touches on domestic issues, including the various corporations that are making a killing off of the opioid crisis, and the Christian fundamentalist backed attacks on transgendered people.

More Info: Abby Martin on Twitter and Empire Fires

03:20

Media watch Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

16 June 2018 Media Watch is a focus on New Zealand media, blogs and social media. You can post any items of interested related to media. A primary aim here is to hold media to account in the political arena. A credible and questioning media is an essential part of a healthy democracy. A general []

03:18

Breaking: Paul Manafort Sent to Jail to Wait for Trial "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Paul Manafort Jail(ZHE Op-ed)  It seems Special Counsel Robert Mueller finally has Paul Manafort right where he wants him behind bars. The judge overseeing the case against the former Trump campaign executive has ruled that the witness tampering charges levied against Manafort a week ago are serious enough to justify canceling his house arrest terms. Manafort will []

03:16

ISIS Video Simulates Terror Attack By Drone Upon Russias Sochi Stadium Depicting Mobs in Flames "IndyWatch Feed War"

Pro-ISIS Video Threatens Attacks on World Cup, Shows Russias Sochi Stadium in Flames

On June 13, the pro-ISIS media outlet Al-Adiyat released a short video threatening attacks on the 2018 World Cup soccer tournament in Russia. The video consists mainly of a compilation of combat footage from ISIS videos documenting battles in Mosul, Iraq, with a segment from a 2016 video released by the organizations Caucasus branch in which operatives issue threats to Russia. The final scene is an animated clip of a drone with an ISIS logo surveilling the Olympic village in Sochi and the stadium where the World Cup games are to be held, followed by animated explosions.

Man 1: Nobody knows that we are mujahideen and that we are operating here in the city not our families, not our friends, not our work colleagues, and not even our brothers. It is only these few people, and they have been working together for many years. You have been arresting us and you have been afraid of us just because of our beards, even though we have not done anything. You were afraid of what we would do today, and you wanted to postpone it, but today, Allah willing, we will not postpone fighting you anymore. Nobody knows that we are setting out today. We have been lying in wait for you, just like predators do with their prey. I say to the tyrannical rulers: If this group does not get you,...

03:15

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Is there any way we could have a thread for the more lightweight stuff like music and general chat? Do it here. Please no personal attacks or bickering. Anything abusive, provocative or inflammatory may be deleted.

03:15

Trump Administrations Policy of Separating Children is Reminiscent of Indian Boarding Schools "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Remembering the 227 American Indian students who died while attending Mt. Pleasant Indian Industrial boarding school last week in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Native News Online photo by Levi Rickert

Commentary

Published June 15, 2018

There is a lot of news these days about the Trump administration separating children from their parents at the U.S. border to Mexico. On Thursday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions even invoked the Bible to bolster the federal governments justification of its zero-tolerance immigration policy that uses the tactic to separate children from their parents by placing them in holding units.

In a speech yesterday, the attorney general cited the Bible:  I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained the government for his purposes.

Historically, Romans 13 has been used to justify man-made laws of Jim Crow in the South, apartheid in South Africa and even by Adolf Hitler after he had laws enacted so that he could commit his evil deeds in Nazi Germany.

Children are taken into custody of border patrol agents. PBS photo

Last evening, former Senator Barbara Boxer said on MSNBC that the zero-tolerance tactics that separate children from their parents are sinful and wondered about the lifelong...

03:10

Open Forum Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

16 June 2018 This post is open to anyone to comment on any topic that isnt spam, illegal or offensive. All Your NZ posts are open but this one is for you to raise topics that interest you.  If providing opinions on or summaries of other information also provide a link to that information. Bloggers []

03:10

Mir 0.32 Is Inching Close To Release With Many Improvements "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Canonical's developers working on the Mir display server are putting the finishing touches on the Mir 0.32 release...

03:10

After Two-Week Review, St. Lukes in Houston Reopens Its Heart Transplant Program "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Baylor St. Lukes Medical Center said Friday it has reopened its storied heart transplant program, two weeks after suspending it to conduct an internal review of two recent deaths.

In a written statement, the hospital said its review of the deaths did not identify systemic issues related to the quality of the program but that it had nonetheless reorganized its transplant surgery team, refined the criteria for which patients it would accept for heart transplants, and made other improvements to strengthen the program. It did not provide details.

After reviewing two recent cases and taking steps to strengthen the heart transplant team, we are confident that the program is ready to move forward and serve the critically ill patients and their families who have placed their trust in us, Doug Lawson, CEO of Catholic Health Initiatives Texas Division, which owns St. Lukes, said in the statement. Our unwavering focus is always to ensure our patients receive the best possible medical care, and in ways that reflect our core values of reverence, integrity, compassion, and excellence.

The decision to temporarily halt the program came after an investigation by ProPublica and the Houston Chronicle found that it had performed an outsized number of transplants resulting in deaths and had lost several top physicians in recent years.

Fridays decision means that the program will once again be in a position to accept hearts donated for the 88 patients on its waiting list. As of Thursday, a half dozen were listed as Status 1A, meaning they were in urgent need of a new organ and could receive an offer any day. Twenty-five of the patients on the list are currently inactive, meaning that they are not eligible to receive donor hearts, due to illness or other factors.

Although the program is reopening, St. Lukes is continuing its efforts to fill several key positions related to the heart transplant program, including a surgeon to replace one who left last month and a vice president to oversee all of the hospitals transplant operations. The hospital has posted openings for several nursing p...

03:08

Entreg Sindicato de la CDMX 2 mil 500 a 250 agremiados para que consigan votos para el PRD "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

El lder de la seccin 21 del Sindicato nico de Trabajadores del Gobierno de la CDMX entreg dinero en efectivo a sus agremiados.   Regeneracin, 15 de junio de 2018.- El PRD est manipulando al Sindicato nico de Trabajadores de la Ciudad de Mxico para que los agremiados consigan votos en favor del PRD. En []

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03:07

AMLpolis, el plan de Morena para las ciudades "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

Romn Meyer, eventual titular de la Secretara de Desarrollo Agrario, Territorial y Urbano (Sedatu) en el gobierno de Andrs Manuel Lpez Obrador, anunci AMLOPOLIS, el plan de desarrollo territorial del pas de los prximos seis aos. 15 de junio del 2018.-Romn Meyer, encargado del plan de gobierno de Sedatu en la posible administracin de Andrs []

La entrada AMLpolis, el plan de Morena para las ciudades se public primero en Regeneracin.

03:05

US Navy to Bring Back the Warrant Officer-1 Rank for "Cyber Sailors" "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

In a short article, the US Naval Institute reports that the Navy will bring back the Warrant Officer-1 rank for certain specialists:

After a 44-year absence, the rank of warrant officer-1 will return to the Navy in 2019 for cyber specialists, a move signifying the great lengths the service must take to retain talent and fill leadership roles in an increasingly tight labor market.

The return of warrant officer-1 (W-1) discontinued by the Navy in 1975 is both a Navy bid to keep highly sought-after computer technicians and is indicative of the greater challenge facing the service as it seeks to meet growing recruiting and retention targets.

[...] Only a small number of enlisted personnel will qualify for W-1, the pay still will not match what the private sector offers, and the Navy will still face tough recruiting and retention challenges. However, those sailors who do qualify for W-1 will be the ones the Navy hopes will consider remaining in the service longer because [the] rank offers something the private sector can't as easily match a quicker path to management positions.


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03:01

Terrifying new strain of bird flu that kills over a THIRD of those who contract it "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A new strain of deadly bird flu which kills 38 per cent of those infected and could spark a global pandemic has been identified in China.

Scientists around the world believe the new pathogen, dubbed Disease X, could be as lethal as 1918 Spanish flu which killed up to 100million people.

Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, deputy chief medical officer for England, told The Telegraph that virus H7N9, which is circulating poultry in China, could cause a global outbreak.

He said: [H7N9] is an example of another virus which has proven its ability to transmit from birds to humans.

Its possible that it could be the cause of the next pandemic.

In China, the deadly pathogen has killed 623 of the 1,625 people which have been infected.

The post Terrifying new strain of bird flu that kills over a THIRD of those who contract it appeared first on Intellihub.

03:01

Books You Should Read: Sunburst and Luminary, an Apollo Memoir "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The most computationally intense part of an Apollo mission was the moon landing itself, requiring both real-time control and navigation of the Lunar Module (LM) through a sequence of programs known as the P60s. Data from radar, inertial navigation, and optical data sighted-off by the LM commander himself were fed into the computer in what wed call today data fusion.

The guy who wrote that code is Don Eyles and the next best thing to actually hanging out with Don is to read his book. Dons book reads as if you are at a bar sitting across the table listening to his incredible life story. Its personal, hilarious, stressful, fascinating, and more importantly for those of us who are fans of Hackaday, its relatable.

Don epitomizes 1960s counter-culture. He has been featured in Rolling Stone magazine, credited with saving Apollo 14 by a creative software hack to bypass the faulty abort switch on the LM, in the article entitled Don Eyles: Extra! Weird-Looking Freak Saves Apollo 14!.  Don is also a well known photographer in Boston area. If you want to meet him show up to one of his exhibits.

I met up with Don recently at a talk he presented at the MIT Museum on his book: Sunburst and Luminary; An Apollo Memoir.

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03:01

Debian Is Looking For Help Coming Up With The Artwork For 10.0 Buster "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

If you are more the artistic type than a software developer, Debian is looking for your help. They are soliciting proposals for the artwork/theme for next year's Debian 10 "Buster" release...

03:00

Can Detroit's Suburbs Survive the City's Rebirth? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Friend of Strong Towns Pete Saunders grew up in Detroit and blogs at The Corner Side Yard. The following story is republished from his site with permission.


I've written quite a bit about Detroit's recent history, particularly the Motor City of the last ten years: Kwame Kilpatrick and the aftermath of his corrupt administration, the subsequent bankruptcy and emergence from it, the binding of local government, business and nonprofit forces in creating a new template for leadership, and the very real rebound that Detroit is currently experiencing.  Detroit is indeed booming, but it's not growth generated by external forces.  The city is in the process of regaining favor by losing its stigma

 Downtown Detroit is coming back to life. What does that mean for the rest of the region? (Source: Johnny Sanphillippo)

Downtown Detroit is coming back to life. What does that mean for the rest of the region? (Source: Johnny Sanphillippo)

Detroit's not gaining in population; in fact, it's still losing people, albeit at some of the lowest year-to-year levels seen over the last 60 years or so.  The Detroit metro area isn't gaining people either.  In 1970 Metro Detroit had 4.5 million people.  In 2016 it had 4.3 million.  But the metro area is nearing the completion of a major economic transition as it moves from a manufacturing-dominant economy to a more mixed modern economy, and the transition is bearing fruit in gains in metro gross domestic product.  Neighborhoods near downtown are showing improvements hardly imagined in my lifetime, as the Detroit Reclamation Project continues to gather momentum. 

And that's exactly it: in a city and region that aren't gaining new residents, there's a transfer taking place.  Suburban offices that left the city are returning downtown, and former suburban youth are pining for the Midtown/Corktown/Riverfront urban lifestyle.  ...

There is Hope for Every Child Ever Born "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Wardley Barry at work
Ward Barry - master poet

WARDLEY BARRY

There is hope for every child ever born
under city lights or kerosene lamps.
God is fair, our paths with dreams he adorns.

The homeless, recruited young to be tramps,
children scavenging among rubbish bins,
sheltering under drains or shanty camps;

the child spotting its mums eyes and dads chins,
cradled in white gossamer blankets,
garbed and magnified in lustrous satins.

Each child, at birth, was welcomed with trumpets
sounded by angels of the sacred choir,
whether they were born of saints or strumpets,

love bestowed upon us savage desire
and a long train of unspeakable dreams;
that give us wings to navigate the fire.

Our Father records every labour screams,
there is hope for every child ever born.
So smile when everything is gone, it seems.
God is fair, our paths with dreams he adorned.

02:56

FIRE-EARTH Alerts: KMTR, HNGW 061502 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

CJ IGE OCT TML FIRE-EARTH Alerts: KMTR, HNGW 061502 ALERTS issued by FIRE-EARTH Science. Details available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. Alerts 061502 . . . . .

02:50

Manafort To Go To Jail; Why It's Significant Beyond Manafort "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A judge has revoked Paul Manafort's bail and ordered that he be put in jail. Manafort had put up a $10 million bond. After he was found to be violating the terms of his bail by attempting to influence two government witnesses, the judge took away his freedom. This is good news in a number of ways that go beyond Manafort.

02:49

NEW INTErVIEW WITH CANADAS KING OF CONSPIRACY, RICHARD SYRETT "IndyWatch Feed War"

THere's a new interview up with Canada's king of sonspiracy, Richard Syrett: http://conspiracy-unlimited.blubrry.net/2018/06/15/

The post NEW INTErVIEW WITH CANADAS KING OF CONSPIRACY, RICHARD SYRETT appeared first on Giza Death Star.

02:45

Cartoon Trump: Extremist Publisher Fires Top Cartoonist for "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Gordon Duff, Senior Editor Rob Rogers spent 25 years as a cartoonist at the Pittsburth Post-Gazette until being fired by John Robinson Block, a known Trump enabler. Block owns the Toledo Blade as well along with nearly everything else in Toledo and is famous for personal vendettas, sometimes right, but always personal, always vengeful []

02:45

Laguna Larga: otra tragedia por el desplazamiento forzado en Guatemala "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

Nos engaaron, la primera vez nosotros hablamos con COPREDEH y con la PDH y les preguntamos cmo va la situacin de Laguna Larga? Un da nos dijeron tranquilos no va a haber desalojo y al otro nos dijeron, s va a haber desalojo.

El gobierno de Jimmy Morales desplaz de manera forzada a ciento once familias que habitan en la Laguna Larga en Petn, comunidad asentada mucho tiempo atrs, previo a la reglamentacin de ley de reas Protegidas. Las familias tuvieron que huir de su comunidad a causa de un desalojo autorizado en 2017 por el juez Sharon Emilio Orozco Lpez, promovido por el CONAP y por la fiscala  Delitos contra el Ambiente del Ministerio Pblico.

A un ao, las familias viven el desarraigo en condiciones precarias, desplazados en la lnea fronteriza con Mxico, el mismo xodo que tuvieron que vivir muchas comunidades durante la guerra. La Comunidad Laguna Larga A Un Mes Y 13 Das Del Desplazamiento Forzado: Una Crisis Que Va En Aumento 

Las Naciones Unidas definen as el desplazamiento forzado: Personas o grupos de personas obligadas a huir o abandonar sus hogares o sus lugares habituales de residencia, en particular como resultado de un conflicto armado, situaciones de violencia generalizada, violacin de los derechos humanos (ONU, 1998, 4).

***

Guatemala la justicia no existe para los pobres

Las familias no tuvieron derecho a un juicio justo, ya que nunca supieron que en su contra se discuta la autorizacin del desalojo, la justicia nunca llega para los pobres.

Para detener el desalojo, el 29 de mayo de 2017, la Organizacin Comit Central de Laguna del Tigre present un amparo en contra de dicha orden argumentando que el desalojo no cumple con el debido proceso ni estndares internacionales en materia de desalojos y de derechos humanos, pero el mismo fue denegado 11 meses despus por la Corte de Constitucionalidad CC-.

El pasado 2 de junio de 2018, se cumpli un ao de haberse realizado el desalojo de los habitantes de Laguna Larga. Por este motivo, ms de 21 comunidades de Laguna del Tigre y Sierra del Lacandn, organizaciones de derechos humanos de Guatemala y Mxico, en solidaridad, hicieron presencia al lugar donde se encuentran las familias en la lnea fronteriza entre Guatemala y Mxico cerca de un poblado Mexicano llamado El Desengao.

A casi un ao del desalojo forzado que oblig a la comunidad de Laguna Larga, Guatemala, a desplazarse a la lnea fronteriza con Mxico, el gobierno de Guatemala de nuevo incumpli acuerdos mnimos para el dilogo, lo que obliga a ms de cien familias a permanecer en condiciones crticas. Equipo Indign...

02:42

Credit Due "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Pat Parker is a particularly awesome poet, although its true that we all tend to value most highly those things we cant do ourselves, and whatever talent I have with language, it certainly doesnt include a gift for brevity. So maybe I overvalue Parker because shes able to make a point much more succinctly than I?

Hmm. Lets see:

For Willyce

When i make love to you

i try

with each stroke of my tongue

to say

i love you

to tease

i love you

to hammer

i love you

to melt

i love you

 

and your sounds drift down

oh god!

oh jesus!

and i think

here it is, some dudes

getting credit for what

a woman

has done

again.

 

Nope! No overvaluing. Parker is pure awesome. She deserves all the credit.

 

 

02:39

Facebooks Screening for Political Ads Nabs News Sites Instead of Politicians "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

One ad couldnt have been more obviously political. Targeted to people aged 18 and older, it urged them to vote YES on June 5 on a ballot proposition to issue bonds for schools in a district near San Francisco. Yet it showed up in users news feeds without the paid for by disclaimer required for political ads under Facebooks new policy designed to prevent a repeat of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Nor does it appear, as it should, in Facebooks new archive of political ads.

The other ad was from The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit news outlet, promoting one of its articles about financial aid for college students. Yet Facebooks screening system flagged it as political. For the ad to run, The Hechinger Report would have to undergo the multi-step authorization and authentication process of submitting Social Security numbers and identification that Facebook now requires for anyone running electoral ads or issue ads.

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When The Hechinger Report appealed, Facebook acknowledged that its system should have allowed the ad to run. But Facebook then blocked another ad from The Hechinger Report, about an article headlined, DACA students persevere, enrolling at, remaining in, and graduating from college. This time, Facebook rejected The Hechinger Reports appeal, maintaining that the text or imagery was political.

As these examples suggest, Facebooks new screening policies to deter manipulation of political ads are creating their own problems. The companys human reviewers and software algorithms are catching paid posts from legitimate news organizations that mention issues or candidates, while overlooking straightforwardly political posts from candidates and advocacy groups. Participants in ProPublicas Facebook Political Ad Collector pr...

02:38

High Level Seattle Cop Found Guilty of Repeatedly Raping His Own Children "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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A 21-year veteran police sergeant from the Seattle police department has been convicted on numerous accounts of rape an incest for unspeakable crimes against his own daughters.

The post High Level Seattle Cop Found Guilty of Repeatedly Raping His Own Children appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

02:38

The Quran says the highest dignity man can attain is that of making war in person against the enemies of his religion "IndyWatch Feed War"

Ramadan Day 30 thought for the day from my new book The History of Jihad: Sharaf ad-Din Ali Yazdi, a fifteenth-century Persian who wrote a biography of the Mongol Muslim warrior Tamerlane, observed that the Quran says the highest dignity man can attain is that of making war in person against the enemies of his []

02:35

The Bilderberg Plan to Force Us on the Digital Grid "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Truthstream Media Outside of their obvious geopolitical influence and machinations, the Bilderberg Group is firmly entrenched in the push by global tech elites toward...

02:31

Vulnerability in GnuPG allowed digital signature spoofing for decades "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

A vulnerability affecting GnuPG has made some of the widely used email encryption software vulnerable to digital signature spoofing for many years. The list of affected programs includes Enigmail and GPGTools. About the vulnerability (CVE-2018-12020) CVE-2018-12020, dubbed SigSpoof by Marcus Brinkmann, the researcher which found it, arises from weak design choices. The signature verification routine in Enigmail 2.0.6.1, GPGTools 2018.2, and python-gnupg 0.4.2 parse the output of GnuPG 2.2.6 with a status-fd 2 option, which More

The post Vulnerability in GnuPG allowed digital signature spoofing for decades appeared first on Help Net Security.

02:30

Meghan McCain Schools Joy Behar On Immigration After Ridiculous Nazi Germany Comparison "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Once again, Meghan McCain was the lone voice of reason on The View this week, this time as the ladies were discussing immigration. She is one courageous woman to hold the only point of rationality in a room full of agitated ignorance. To breakout applause, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin, and Whoopi Goldberg were opining on the Trump administrations policy of separating children and families at the border in order to discourage illegal immigration and groundless claims for asylum.

Behar called the policy of separating children from their parents vicious and likened it to Nazi Germany, although it is completely within the bounds of asylum law in this country. When a family requests asylum at a port of entry, they must demonstrate a credible fear of harm if they return to their home country. Many do. But Border Patrol officers say migrants are being coached to use magic words  so they will fall within the statute of credible fear.

More and more migrants are using magic words to gain entry. In the past three years, the number of asylum applications from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras increased 234 percent, from 7,723 to 25,801. More individuals sought asylum from the Northern Triangle Countries in 2014, 2015, and 2016 than in the preceding 17 years combined.

Magic words arent the only tip migrants are getting. According to at least one former immigration judge, parents know to bring children with them to the border so they will be released as a family pending their asylum hearing. The number of families apprehended at the southern border increased by 435 percent in May of this year compared to last.

The reason the children are there to begin with is this belief [among immigrants] that a parent with a child will not be detained, says Andrew Arthur, a resident fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies.

Compounding the problem, asylum hearings can be scheduled as far as two years out due to the backlog of applications. This fact gives the released migrant family ample opportunity to disappear into the shadows and forget all about that hearing.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently said:

Not surprisingly, many of thos...

02:29

Four children who died at Indian boarding school being return to families "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Four students who died at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania are being returned to their tribal families.

02:28

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

FDI: A Breath of Fresh Air for the Job Market
15 JUN, 2018 - 00:06

President Mnangagwa officially opens the $30 million Pepsi plant in Harare on Wednesday. At least 600 people have already been employed at the plant

Victoria Ruzvidzo
In Focus
Zimbabwe Herald

Zimbabweans are looking for jobs so they can enjoy a better quality of life. Their hope has been rekindled by the new dispensation that is operating in overdrive to ensure the economy begins to function normally again.

Decades of under-performance have drowned employment opportunities as economic activity almost ground to a halt.

Therefore, jobs have been long in coming but such projects as the $30 million Pepsi plant launched on Wednesday are sweet music to the ears of the many that have been waiting for years, if not decades to be gainfully employed.

At least 600 people have already been employed at the Varun Beverages Plant while its chairman, Mr Ravi Jaipuria, yesterday said their potato project would generate an additional 600 direct jobs to farmer families. This means many more indirect jobs will be created through this project.

This is arguably the whole essence of investment. Creating jobs for the people, generating wealth and other sweeteners that will contribute to the countrys Gross Domestic Product.

Thousands of people have been laid off over the past decade or so as firms succumbed to economic challenges and had to shut down or scale down operations significantly.

Thousands of graduates from universities and other tertiary colleges have also found the going tough in terms of securing employment or resources to start income-generating projects. Hence the demand for employment is quite high.

President Mnangagwa was quite apt on Wednesday when he said the entrance of more foreign companies is aimed an upgrading peoples standard of living and creating a middle income economy by 2030.

Certainly the majority have had to make do with very little, with many living below the Poverty Datum Line but increased investments by both foreign and local companies will bring a better qua...

02:22

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

ED Mulls Tax Incentives to Lure Investors
15 JUN, 2018 - 00:06

President Mnangagwa (right) on tour of the Pepsi plant accompanied by RJ Corp Group head Technical Rajinder Bagga and other dignitaries during its official opening in Harare on Wednesday. - Picture by Justin Mutenda

Ishemunyoro Chingwere
Business Reporter
Zimbabwe Herald

PRESIDENT Mnangagwa has implored Finance and Economic Planning Minister Patrick Chinamasa to consider tax incentives and tax holidays for foreign investors to encourage investment and grow the domestic economy.

The President said this on Wednesday while officiating at the commissioning of a $30 million Varun Beverages plant in Harare. Varun Beverages is a subsidiary of global conglomerate RJ Corp and produces Pepsi products.

Tax holidays and incentives, the President said, will help attract more attract foreign investment into the country, which will go a long way in creating decent jobs for the populace and help the country to attain the Governments agenda of making Zimbabwe a middle income state by 2030.

When I arrived (at Pepsis plant) I saw Patrick Chinamasa, Minister of Finance (and Economic Planning), I said why are you here, said the President.

He said I just wanted to see whether this is a taxable entity and I think he is smiling, but Minister (Chinamasa), such investments also require incentives.

I know he (Minister Chinamsa) will agree with me. As Government we will have more companies coming here if we give them incentives, tax breaks. . .

While this investment (by Varun Beverages) attests to the steadily increasing attractiveness of our business climate to investors from far and wide, my Government is continuously monitoring our investment climate to ensure that it remains conducive and open for business to grow and succeed, he said.

Minister Chinamasa on his part has previously conceded that Zimbabwe had high taxes compared to other international destinations, pointing out Government was working on a framework to reduce as an incentive to grow the cake.

Taxation, I...

02:22

NASA is about to launch astronauts into space again and a massive business for big companies "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Its been seven years since astronauts launched into space from U.S. soil.


From idolized to anonymous, what it means to be an American astronaut is changing once more.

02:22

UN sides with Hamas against Israel over Gaza clashes, ignores Palestinian violence "IndyWatch Feed War"

This is no surprise, given the UNs ongoing targeting of Israel, but it is inexcusable. The UN should be defunded and expelled from New York City. After all, what good does it do? UN sides with Hamas against Israel in Gaza clashes, World Israel News, June 14, 2018 (thanks to Inexion): The United Nations General []

02:20

US Fake Freeze In Spending Is Over $6.6 Million Goes To The White Helmets "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Brandon Turbeville Only months after the U.S. governments spending freeze and review of money allocated to the al-Nusra Front propaganda wing known as the...

02:20

Dance Of Death: Physician and Cripple. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Click for full size. Text translation in comments. Is it just me, or does the urine-inspector* look like Sam Harris? (*See translation.)

02:19

Jaime Dunaway // The Fight Over Whos a Real Indian "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

The Fight Over Whos a Real Indian: [amp.slate.com] Since the earliest recorded instances of tribal disenrollment in the late 19th century, researchers believe nearly 80 tribes across 20 states have engaged in the practice that has affected up to 10,000 people, said David Wilkins, who co-wrote the book Dismembered: Native Disenrollment and the Battle for Human Rights. Although disenrollment is a relatively modern phenomenon among the 567 federally recognized tribes, its causesgreed and government corruptionare familiar.

The success of the gambling industry brought newfound prosperity to tribes as they looked for ways to alleviate poverty and improve living conditions on reservations. According to the most recent data from the National Indian Gaming Commission, gaming revenue increased more than 4 percent in 2016 to $31 billion, spurring economic development and supplementing federal funds with per capita payments to tribal members. It was the seventh-consecutive year of growth in gross gaming revenues for the tribal market as a whole. Critics say that wealth is exactly what caused disenrollment to reach epidemic levels. The logic is simple: Reducing the number of tribal members means more money for those who remain.

02:18

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Presidential Race Breaks Record 23 Vie for Zimbabwe's Highest Office Its Biggest Number Since 1980
15 JUN, 2018 - 00:06 
Tendai Mugabe
Senior Reporter
Zimbabwe Herald

A record 23 people yesterday successfully filed nomination papers to contest as presidential candidates in the July 30 harmonised elections. The record figure, the highest since independence in 1980, has been described by political analysts as a sign of mature democracy and the opening up of political space by President Mnangagwas new dispensation.

In the 2002 presidential elections, there were five candidates Messrs Robert Mugabe (Zanu-PF), Morgan Tsvangirai (MDC), Wilson Kumbula (Zanu Ndonga), Shakespeare Maya (National Alliance for Good Governance) and Paul Siwela (Independent).

In 2008, the number of presidential hopefuls declined to four Messrs Mugabe (Zanu-PF), Tsvangirai (MDC-T), Simba Makoni (Mavambo Kusile Dawn) and Langton Towungana (Independent).

In 2013, there were five presidential candidates Messrs Mugabe (Zanu-PF), Tsvangirai (MDC-T), Dumiso Dabengwa (Zapu), Weshman Ncube (MDC) and Mr Kisinoti Mukwazhe (Zimbabwe Democratic Party).

This year, the number rose by more than 500 percent to reach 23.

Among those who successfully filed nomination papers yesterday were President Mnangagwa (Zanu-PF) and Messrs Nelson Chamisa (MDC-Alliance), Peter Gava (United Democratic Front), Hlabangana Kwanele (Republicans Party of Zimbabwe), Divine Mhambi (National Alliance of Patriotic and Democratic Republicans) and Blessing Kasiyamhuru (Zimbabwe Partnership for Prosperity).

Other candidates were Dr Thokozani Khupe (MDC-T), Professor Lovemore Madhuku (National Constitutional Assembly), Messrs Noah Manyika (Build Zimbabwe Alliance), Bryn Mteki (Independent), William Mugadza (Bethel Christian Party), Evaristo Chikanga (Rebuild Zimbabwe) and Joseph Busha (FreeZim Congress).

Ms Violet Mariyacha (United Democracy Movement), Joice Mujuru (Peoples Rainbow Coalition), Dr Nkosana Moyo (Alliance for Peoples Agenda), Messrs Johannes Chiguvare (Peoples Progressive Party), Daniel Shumba (United Democratic Alliance), Elton Mangoma (Coalition of Democrats), Peter Munyanduri (...

02:18

Shujaat Bukhari Murder: Suspect Who Picked Up Gun After Shujaat Bukhari Killing Arrested "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Shujaat Bukhari Murder: Suspect Who Picked Up Gun After Shujaat Bukhari Killing Arrested: [ndtv.com] Zubair Qayoom, wearing a white kurta and sporting a beard, can be seen in the photo checking on the bodies in the car, not long after Mr Bukhari was shot dead. As someone pulls out one of the bodies from the car, the suspect is seen picking up a pistol and leaving. The gun has been recovered from him.

"The pistol has since been recovered and he is being questioned about his presence at the scene of the crime. So far, he has not been able to give any convincing answers," SP Pani, Inspector General Kashmir, said.

The police have also formed a Special Investigation Team or SIT to probe the murder.

02:15

How YOU Can Undermine The Evil Cabal "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Dylan Charles Over the years, the description of the tyrants and psychopaths that so often occupy positions of power in our world has evolved,...

02:09

Herd-Mediocrity and The Meta-Narrative of Bourgeois-Capitalism "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Enlightenment meta-narrative of bourgeois-capitalism is committed to mediocrity. In fact, the Enlightenment meta-narrative of bourgeois-capitalism celebrates it. Everywhere the meta-narrative of bourgeois-capitalism reigns supreme, mediocrity follows, due to the fact mediocrity is the order and the criterion of any type of hierarchy founded on the Enlightenment meta-narrative of bourgeois-capitalism. Indeed, as Nietzsche states, under such rubric one and all [is] adjustedto the most dubious mediocrity.1, as the meta-narrative of bourgeois-capitalism concerns itself, foremost, with the propagation, the celebration, and the production of mediocrity, in and across, the stratums of everyday life and socio-economic existence. The reason is due the fact that mediocrity is most profitable and the most obdurate socio-economic substance any socio-economic formation or narrative can fashion for itself.  Meaning, mediocrity increases capitalist profit and the chances of duration, longevity, and resilience, pertaining to any ruling power.

Mediocrity is a congealed, unyielding, mass of citizens, intolerant to social change, novelty and liberty in the sense that mediocrity wants its own suppression, enslavement, and homogenization, which any ruling power can readily accommodate easily. Mediocrity is a herd, according to Nietzsche:

It is a bulbous mass stringently against [differences] of all kinds. [That is,] conservativepar excellence, slow to adopt, reluctant to let go, and [highly] enduring in the midst of tremendous change and mixture of elements. Mediocrity [is] consolidated and solidified [around a grounding] truth. [Its herd is always mediocre and solid.2

In this regard, for Nietzsche, herd-mediocrity is inertia[where] the middle is considered the highest and most valuable3 in the sense that this middle-of-the-road herd mentality is forever directed towards sta...

02:09

Israeli Army Wants to Shoot People in Gaza Preparing to Fly Kites and Balloons "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Fly Kites(ANTIWAR.COM)  The Israeli military is reporting that they are in the process of studying the legal implications of legally defining kites and balloons as weapons. This would be done so that they would have a legal pretext for shooting people in the Gaza Strip preparing to fly either. A series of incidents have occurred on the Israel-Gaza []

02:02

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

ED Commissions $30m Pepsi Plant
14 JUN, 2018 - 00:06

President Mnangagwa unveils the plaque while commissioning the $30 million Varun Beverages plant, which produces Pepsi products, in Harare yesterday. (Picture by Justin Mutenda)

Tendai Mugabe
Senior Reporter
Zimbabwe Herald

President Mnangagwa yesterday commissions a $30 million Varun Beverages plant in Harare and called for more foreign companies to be part of the countrys new economic drive aimed at upgrading peoples living standard and creating a middle class economy by 2030.

Varun Beverages is a subsidiary of global player RJ Corp.

The firm produces Pepsi products, among other beverages like Miranda and Mountain Dew.
It has operations across Africa.

The s