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Thursday, 25 October


Eliot Weinberger: Ten (More) Days in America "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

On Brett Kavanaughs first day as justice, the Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal to a ruling written by Kavanaugh himself in 2017 when he was an appellate court judge. Kavanaugh had determined that the EPA lacked the authority under the Clean Air Act to enforce an Obama administration rule regulating hydrofluorocarbons, industrial chemicals that deplete the ozone. (And so it begins.)

Meehan Crist: Am I My Mother-in-Law? "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Before I got pregnant, I thought I understood how DNA works: parents pass on some combination of their DNA, which codes for various heritable traits, to their children, who pass on some combination to their children, and so on down the neat branching lines of the genealogical tree. What I didnt know was that women can also receive DNA from their children.

Christopher Tayler: The Psychologicals "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

On the one hand, its clearly part of Anna Burnss project in Milkman to redescribe the Troubles without using such terms as the Troubles, Britain and Ireland, Protestant and Catholic, RUC and IRA. On the other, the narrators mad, first-principles language, with its abundance of phrases in inverted commas and sudden changes of register, is also used to describe the inner world of a young woman with no idea whom to tell, and no templates for what she might say, when shes stalked and groomed by a powerful older man. The public-political and the personal-political arent easily disentangled, and theres no reason that they should be. But the plot complicates the readers and the narrators sense of the way they interact.

Nico Muhly: How I Write Music "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

The primary task, I feel, is to create a piece of art that is better than the same amount of silence; I would prefer to sit silently thinking for ten minutes than to listen to certain pieces of music, and therefore feel that it is my duty as a composer to occupy the time of the listener and the musicians with something challenging, engaging and emotionally alluring. I dont want to play them a movie with a clear exposition, obvious climax and poignant conclusion, nor do I want to drop them blind into a bat cave of aggressively perplexing musical jabs. I try to create an environment that suggests motion but that doesnt insist on certain things being felt at certain times. Mapping the pieces route helps me avoid the temptation of the romantic journey or the provocateurs dungeon.

Letters "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

The letters page from London Review of Books Vol. 40 No. 20 (25 October 2018)

Table of contents "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Table of contents from London Review of Books Vol. 40 No. 20 (25 October 2018)

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Saturday, 20 October


Landslide zone at Baku's Badamdar intensifies, Azerbaijan "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Landslide activity caused by heavy rain is intensifying at the Badamdar zone in the Sabail district of Baku, Azerbaijan. Heavy rains are expected to continue, raising the threat of further destabilization and loss of life and property. According to the results of...... Read more

Riverine flood alert along Trinidad's major rivers "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Although Trinidad and Tobago is currently under no tropical storm or hurricane threat, watch or warning, the country's meteorological service (TTMS) is warning communities located along major river courses and associated tributaries to prepare to safeguard life...... Read more

Large landslide hits construction site after heavy rain, Malaysia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

At least 3 people have been killed and 12 others are missing after heavy rain caused large landslide in Penang State of northwest Malaysia early October 19, 2018. The slide took place at the construction zone of elevated bypass road from Bandar Baru Ayer Itam to...... Read more

Womens work in Senegalese conservation includes exorcising demons "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

This is the third story in Mongabays three-part profile of the Kawawana ICCA. Read the others: Senegal: After reviving fish and forests, Jola villages tackle new threats Watching the wildlife return: Q&A with a rural Senegalese river monitor   MANGAGOULACK, Senegal Women control a key aspect of the Kawawana ICCA, an indigenous conservation group in Senegals Casamance region: setting and enforcing the rules for oyster cultivation. Older women, who are highly respected for their knowledge of village tradition and the natural environment, have additional responsibilities. They protect the environment through an authority believed to be vested in them alone, according to ancient animist traditions. They also play a central role in mediating conflicts that arise with outsiders. The women have contributed to the success of the Kawawana ICCA, which covers eight ethnic Jola villages in the 97-square-kilometer (37-square-mile) Mangagoulack rural municipality. (The term ICCA denotes traditional lands conserved by indigenous and local community groups.) After being formalized in 2010, the group made huge strides in repopulating the local river with fish, reducing damaging levels of salinity in its waters, and halting deforestation. It did so largely by returning to traditional fishing and forestry practices. The 12,000 residents of Mangagoulack depend heavily on the Casamance River for sustenance. Women and mens roles are strictly divided, with no female fishermen, no male fishmongers, and very few men cultivating oysters. But both play an equal role in providing food for their families, selling goods, and growing rice and vegetables. Mariama Dieme, a

Villagers in limbo as World Bank abandons controversial Kosovo power plant (Sasha Chavkin) "IndyWatch Feed World"

19/10/2018 - The decision ends the World Banks support for coal worldwide, but also leaves villagers unsure of their fate as the Kosovo government vows to push ahead with the power plant. KEK, Kosovo ...


Syrias UN Rep. Jaafari Puts Saudi Arabia in Its Place "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Imagine a country where a royal family spends billions of dollars on US and UK weaponry in order to increase their domestic and regional hegemony, engaging in a brutal regime change war by force by bombing its neighbors, as well as funding and arming radical Wahhabi terrorists throughout the Middle East, particularly in Syria, along with killing and beheading hundreds of its own citizens and activists. Would such a country be entitled to demand that Syria reforms its democracy and rewrite the Syrian constitution?

UN permanent representative for Syria, Dr Bashar al-Jaafari, brilliantly rebuffs hypocritical Saudi demands for Syria to draft a new constitution, informing Saudis UN Ambassador that not only does the oil Kingdom country not have a written constitution, but but also does not even have a proper name as a country (named after the current ruling family).

Watch this video posted by Syriana Analysis

READ MORE SYRIA NEWS AT: 21st Century Wire Syria Files



"Covert" facial recognition street lights coming to a neighborhood near you "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

image credit: WISX 

A recent Reuters article reveals that ST Engineering has been awarded $5.5 million to install facial recognition street lights in Singapore.

ST's smart street lights come equipped with sensors, LED screens and covert cameras already installed.

Incredibly, ST claims their spying street lights can bring "healthcare benefits to residents."

Just like smart city projects everywhere, Singapore claims that spying street lights "are not built by the government but by all of us - citizens, companies, agencies."  And just like Riverhead, New York who claimed that police surveillance drones will revitalize downtown, Singapore claims their spying street lights will "lead to meaningful and fulfilled lives."

Facial recognition street lights are designed to be covert

ST Engineering has even gone so far as to rename it's covert facial recognition program: ST Countenance.

"ST Countenance identifies people from a distance, without being intrusive. Covert and scalable, the system has the capability to be integrated with CCTV systems, reducing awareness that it is in operation."

ST boasts that their street lights can secretly identify people in real-time 24/7.

"Their system is able to achieve identification of persons covertly 24/7 by utilizing the right design and engineering."

But it doesn't end there, ST has also won a contract to install their smart street lights in Hong Kong.


Problemas con sus riones? ya no ms, con estas alternativas caseras "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

Indiscutiblemente una buena hidratacin es fundamental para mantener sanos los riones, de lo contrario ser imposible expulsar de forma correcta, las toxinas y desechos que, de acumularse, perjudican la salud. Aprenda a cuidarlos con remedios naturales.

Lo indispensable de mantener el buen funcionamiento de los riones

Sus riones cumplen una importantsima funcin, la de filtrar de su sangre toxinas y los minerales. La consecuencia de que dejen de trabajar correctamente, es el colapso del sistema de su organismo en poco tiempo, de ah lo fundamental de mantenerles sanos.

Cmo cuidar los riones?

Una buena hidratacin es la base y forma ms sencilla, natural y econmica de prevenir enfermedades renales; bastar con que ingiera al menos 8 vasos de agua diario para mantenerse hidratado evitando adems, posibles infecciones en riones y tracto urinario.

Las infusiones con ciertos ingredientes claves no pueden faltar; por ejemplo, prevenga la formacin de clculos con las ramas de apio o adicionando su tallo en sus ensaladas; otra alternativa fcil y sabrosa de mantenerse hidratado es consumir sanda, fruta considerada como diurtico natural y remedio casero de gran eficacia.

Asimismo, es imperioso evitar en la medida de sus posibilidades el consumo las bebidas alcohlicas y alimentos con niveles elevados de oxalato; entre ellos, la soja, espinaca, remolacha, acelgas, germen de trigo, chocolate y man.

Combata los clculos renales con remedios caseros?

De todas las enfermedades capaces de afectar el ptimo funcionamiento de los riones, son los clculos los ms comunes. Este temido y doloroso problema es prevenible gracias a los beneficios aportados por algunas medicinas naturales, o en su defecto, combatirlos.

Jugo de granadilla:

La ingesta del jugo, le brinda la posibilidad de terminar con los clculos siempre que se haga varias veces al da.

T de diente de len:

La infusin de la raz de la planta tiene eficacia comprobada en la limpieza del tracto urinario, contribuyendo a la eliminacin de los clculos. Ser necesario que tome al menos dos o tres infusiones diarias si quiere mantener sanos sus riones.

Aceite de oliva con zumo de limn:

Otra de las opciones naturales para c...


Intel Core i9 9900K Linux Benchmarks - 15-Way Intel/AMD Comparison On Ubuntu 18.10 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Intel sent over the Core i9 9900K as their first 9th Gen Coffeelake-S CPU hitting store shelves today. With the embargo on that now expired, let's have a look at how well this eight-core / sixteen-thread processor performs under Linux.


Intel Core i9 9900K vs. AMD Ryzen 7 2700X Linux Gaming Benchmarks "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Complementing the just-published Intel Core i9 9900K Linux benchmarks with the launch-day embargo lift are the Linux gaming benchmarks... This article is looking at the Linux performance between the Core i9 9900K and AMD's Ryzen 7 2700X in a variety of native Linux games as well as comparing the performance-per-Watt. So if you are a Linux gamer and deciding between these sub-$500 processors, this article is for you.

Friday, 19 October


Russian S-300s Supplied to Syria Modernized "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

_________ FARS Russian S-300s Supplied to Syria Modernized The three battalion sets of S-300PM-2 air defense missile handed over to Syria by Russia are more advanced compared to their conventional counterparts, a newspaper wrote, citing Defense Ministry sources in Moscow. Izvestia daily reported the S-300PM-2 system is equipped with a more advanced radar station, an []


Australian Government Cracks Down on Online Piracy "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The Australian Communications Minister is proposing "game changing" laws crack down on Piracy by forcing search engines such as Google to filter content results thereby removing the path people have to finding illegal content online.

[...] Under the proposed laws to be introduced to Parliament today, authorities will also be able to force search engines like Google to stop "unashamedly facilitating crime" by promoting pirate sites that allow internet users to illegally download music or films.

Graham Burke, chief executive of Australian film company Village Roadshow, last night hailed the new laws as game-changing for the industry while slamming Google for acting "as evil as Big Tobacco" in its online behaviour.

"We stand ready to be co-operative with Google. We see good Google and bad Google. But bad Google is as evil as Big Tobacco was 30 years ago. They know what they're doing. They know they're facilitating and enabling crime and it's time for them to clean their act up," he told News Corp.

He accused Google of "unashamedly facilitating crime" by taking people to criminal pirate websites.

Does the Australian government really need to give weapons to special interest groups to enforce civil laws the majority of people do not support?

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Cobra personal de servicios de Salud Pblica por atender a pacientes y hacer su trabajo "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

Ms de una tercera parte de los usuarios del Sistema de Salud Pblica ha tenido que pagar, hacer regalos o favores a cambio de atencin.   Regeneracin, 19 de octubre de 2018.- El sistema de Salud Pblica est plagado de personal que insiste en cobrar la atencin con dinero, regalos o favores a los usuarios. []

La entrada Cobra personal de servicios de Salud Pblica por atender a pacientes y hacer su trabajo se public primero en Regeneracin.


Yoda: Diversity Matters Be Very Concerned "IndyWatch Feed War"

Weve Wiped Out So Many Mammals, Earth Will Need 5 Million Years to Evolve Replacements

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature predicts that 99.9 percent of critically endangered species and 67 percent of endangered species will be lost within the next 100 years.

The five other times a mass extinction has occurred over the past 450 million years, natural disasters were to blame. But now, human activity is killing mammal species.

In a study published Monday in the journal PNAS, scientists from Aarhus University in Denmark calculated how fast extinctions are happening, and how long it would take for evolution to bring Earth back to the level of biodiversity it currently has.

The scientists concluded that in a best-case scenario, nature will need 3-5 million years to get back to the level of biodiversity we have on Earth today. Returning to the state Earths animal kingdom was in before modern humans evolved would take 5-7 million years.

Read full article.


ZeroHedge: 4Chan Slams Democrats with NPC Meme Twitter Bans All Criticism of Democrats. Seriously. "IndyWatch Feed War"

4Chan Sparks Mass Triggering With NPC Meme; Twitter Responds With Ban Hammer

The weaponized autists at 4Chan have done it again, because they can; a new meme suggesting that liberals are soulless idiots who cant think for themselves has gone viral. The concept compares Democrats to nonplayable characters, or NPCs the recurring characters in video games with repetitive lines and limited knowledge. Lack of an inner voice is a dead giveaway that someone may be an NPC.

Dynamite graphic below the fold.

Read full article with graphics and videos.  It is BRILLIANT. And damns Twitter.

Tip of the Hat to Ray Songtree.


Sam Sugar: How US Judges and Lawyers Screw the Elderly with Abusive Guardianship Drug Them, Lock Them Up, and Steal Everything They Own Never Mind the Protesting Relatives "IndyWatch Feed War"

Amazon Page

This book describes a judicial system that preys on the elderly and is determined to deem them unable to care for themselves. It is a system that allows those in control to take full advantage of their wards of the statelegally and under the watchful eyes of judges. It is called guardianship. Somewhere in there the elderly are looted, never mind their protesting relatives.

Phi Beta Iota: Separately we are told that judges, prosecutors, and sheriffs are receiving considerable percentages for participating in the looting of the elderly as high as 20% for a judge, 2% for the sheriff. This is one of three areas of concern to the International Tribunal for Natural Justice that is now sponsoring the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Human Trafficking and Child Sex Abuse, the monetization, torture, and murder of children.

The other two areas are the looting of the elderly, and the looting of very wealthy individuals that are foolish enough to embrace offshore wealth strategies and are NOT part of the Rothschild network they are stripped of their assets with the complicity of judges, prosecutors, and registrars.

See Also:

Americans Against Abusive Probate Guardianship

Matt Taibbi, The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap

Review: GriftopiaBubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America


Donald Trump and The Art of the Duped "IndyWatch Feed War"

Jamal Khashoggi, a journalist and frequent critic of the Saudi regime, attends a meeting at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. His wife waits outside for him in a car, but her husband never exits the building. He has disappeared without a trace.

President Trump, after a call with the Saudi King: maybe it was rogue elements who killed him.

Russia, a longtime enemy of the West, dusts off its Soviet-era information warfare playbook and makes it fit for purpose in the digital era. It puts these new methods to use by nurturing societal divisions and promoting parties sympathetic to Russian interests in elections across the democratic world. Intelligence agencies on both side of the Atlantic detect these activities and try to sound the alarm.

President Trump, after a summit with his Russian counterpart: I dont see any reason why Russia would be responsible [for election interference].

North Korea, a repressive regime thats still technically at war with a US ally, flouts the international non-proliferation regime and becomes a de facto nuclear power. In the subsequent years it establishes a diplomatic pattern of promising big, delivering nothing, and employing all manner of schemes to induce appeasement from the international community, including rampant cyber-attacks and the sinking the Cheonan in 2010. The Trump regime initiates a new diplomatic initiative thats front-loaded with concessions long sought by the North Koreans. Unsurprisingly, there has been no tangible progress toward denuclearization since then.

President Trump, after receiving a new letter from Kim Jong-un: Were in love.

Its hard to miss the strange pattern emerging in Trumps dealings with foreign leaders.

Trump seems willing to take friends and enemies alike at their word more so than any other US president in memory. Really, more than any elected leader in memory. Youd think that Saddam Hussein could have dodged Desert Storm if Trump were in power, just say the Iraqis were filming a war movie and then compliment the president on his tan.

But what is it that makes President Trump so eminently suggestible?

It could be that thats just the way he is: easily duped. Theres no shortage of evidence to suggest this is the case. And many of these accounts come from administration insiders who...


Greek Police arrests policeman beaten by Pakistani migrants in Nikaia "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

The police officer who was found to have been beaten by Pakistani nationals in Nikaia was arrested by Greek Police on Friday. The 34-year-old policeman faces charges for robbery in complicity, while police is seeking for two of his accomplices, Greek Police said in a statement. ,

The post Greek Police arrests policeman beaten by Pakistani migrants in Nikaia appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.


Macedonia 2 A Glorious Three-fer "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I present a triune of lizards for your eyes. For some of you, a lizard may be no big deal, but I come from a land where lizards are rare, and the only ones we have are tiny and brown (but very cute!).

Lizard number 1 was hiding out in bright sunlight on some flat rocks, when I nearly stepped on it.

See if you can spot it:

I am invisible

The dramatic reveal below the fold

I approached it gently, and we spent a good few minutes staring at each other with great suspicion (different kinds of suspicion, of course, but still suspicion).

Still shy

And it was kind enough to hold still for a portrait, of sorts:

Suspicion impersonated.

Lizard number 2 was a runner. Long, thin, green in body and red of tail, like a tiny little dragon not paying attention to where it was going. It nearly ran over my foot! I got a couple of photos before it ran off into the grass.

Look at that gorgeous super-long tail!

And some super-long toes, too!

Lizard number 3 was a Cool Dude hanging out near the moth-attracting light on the hotel wall. Here he is, just chilling (picture quality bad because I was standing on a wobbly chair and light was poor excuses, excuses!):



Jack Mullen: The Sandy Hook Hoax, The Germans Holocaust (Post Victory by the Allies), and the Real Final Solution "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Sandy Hook Hoax, The Germans Holocaust (Post Victory by the Allies), and the Real Final Solution

The Sandy Hook School Shooting, of December 2012, is the continuation of events and agenda that deliberately incited World War Two (WW2) ultimately resulting in the western world being captured and enslaved by a mentally ill cult, which today masquerades as a morally enlightened, culturally advanced state of benevolence shielding people from hate, racial disharmony, resource disparity, while progressing toward an egalitarian nirvana.

WW2 was a premeditated war, a stepping stone toward removing from the Earth, forever, people who would and could stand in the way of an attempt to destroy nation-states, nationalism and racial bloodlines. The idea of creating a world of masters and slaves, with a ruling class coming from a small group of self-designated chosen ones, whose stated designs on world domination has been known for thousands of years, is not new, its only been censored from modern Western History.

Read full article strongly recommended.

Phi Beta Iota: The hidden history of the world, if known to the public, would change everything.  Jack Mullen has done a fine job focusing on the Chabad Zionists (vice Jewish Zionists consider most Jews to be lesser and lumped in with Christians and Muslims as animals.  When we inquired about the Vatican and the Rothschilds he responded with the below very learned comment:

Begin new material from Jack Mullen

I have definitely included the Banking families by inference. The banking families I included by inference when I mention Zionists The Banking empire is a Zionist Controlled Organized crime syndicate and is used to fund Communism around the worl...


Berto Jongman: UK Defence Strategic Survey "IndyWatch Feed War"

Berto Jongman

Global Strategic Trends:  The Future Starts Today

UK Ministry of Defence, 10/2018

Five thematic chapters:

  • environment and resources;
  • human development;
  • economy, industry and information;
  • governance and law; and
  • conflict and security

Sixteen issues of varying impact and uncertainty:

1. Harnessing artificial intelligence
2. An expanding competitive space
3. Increasing proliferation of weapons of mass effect
4. Erosion of state sovereignty
5. Adaptation of the rules-based international system
6. An expanded and unregulated information space
7. Rising inequality, reducing social cohesion, and fragmented societies
8. Understanding human enhancement
9. Increasing competition in the global commons
10. Increasing disruption and cost of climate change
11. Increasing demand and competition for resources
12. Greater automation and an increasingly diverse workforce
13. Managing technological change
14. The challenge of affordability
15. Increasing threat from crime and extremism
16. Managing demographic change

PDF (282 Pages): UK MoD Global Strategy 2018 (Sixth Edition)

Source in UK (Same Downloadable PDF)


Splunk addressed several vulnerabilities in Enterprise and Light products "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Splunk recently addressed several vulnerabilities in Enterprise and Light products, some of them have been rated high severity.

Splunk Enterprise solution allows organizations to aggregate, search, analyze, and visualize data from various sources that are critical to business operations.

The Splunk Light is a comprehensive solution for small IT environments that automates log analysis and integrate server and network monitoring.

To mitigate these issues, Splunk recommends upgrading to the latest release and applying as many of the Hardening Standards from the Securing Splunk documentation as are relevant to your environment. Splunk Enterprise and Splunk Light releases are cumulative, meaning that future releases will contain fixes to these vulnerabilities, new features and other bug fixes, reads the advisory published by Splunk.

The most severe issue fixed by the company is a high severity cross-site scripting (XSS) flaw in the Web interface, tracked as CVE-2018-7427, that received the CVSS score of 8.1.

Another severe vulnerability is a DoS flaw tracked as CVE-2018-7432 that could be exploited using malicious HTTP requests sent to Splunkd that is the system process that handles indexing, searching and forwarding. This issue was tracked as medium severity by the company.

The company also addressed a denial-of-service (DoS) vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2018-7429, that could be exploited by an attacker by sending a specially crafted HTTP request to Splunkd.

The last flaw addressed by the vendor, tracked as CVE-2018-7431, is a path traversal issue that allows an authenticated attacker to download arbitrary files from the vendor Django app. The vulnerability has been rated medium severity.

Below the affected versions:

  • Cross Site Scripting in Splunk Web (CVE-2018-7427)
  • Affected Product Versions: Splunk Enterprise versions 6.5.x before 6.5.3, 6.4.x before 6.4.7, 6.3.x before 6.3.10, 6.2.x before 6.2.14, 6.1.x before 6.1.13, 6.0.x before 6.0.14 and Splunk Light before 6.6.0
  • Affected Components: All Splunk Enterprise components running Splunk Web.
  • Denial of Service (CVE-2018-7432)
  • Affected Product Versions: Splunk Enterprise versions 6.5.x before 6.5.3, 6.4.x before 6.4.7, 6.3.x...


How the FBI Silences Whistleblowers "IndyWatch Feed War"

Speaking truth to power has ruined Darin Jones, a former FBI contract specialist who reported evidence of serious procurement improprieties. He should be the last federal whistleblower victimized, writes John Kiriakou.


The United States Cant Ditch Saudi Arabia, But It Shouldnt Let Khashoggi Slide, Either "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Looking away from Saudi perfidy is an embarrassment to the thesis of a rule-based order, but be careful about ditching Riyadh for the sake of idealism.


Khabib Nurmagomedovs Brawl Aimed To Make Islam Off-Limits For UFC Trash Talk "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Sporting a Dagestani papakha and praising Allah, Khabib Nurmagomedov creates an interesting identity crisis for American UFC fans.


Why Is Khashoggi Being Made The Defining Issue Of U.S. Foreign Policy? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The alleged killing of Jamal Khashoggi reveals far more about the nature of the American press and political establishment than it does foreign policy.


The North American Martyrs Offer A Way To Atone For Historic Sins "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The relationship between Europeans and the indigenous American peoples is often not reducible to the simplistic paradigm of aggressive colonizer and peaceful natives.


Learning How To Make The Benedict Option A Reality "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Leah Librescos new book, 'Building the Benedict Option: A Guide to Gathering Two or Three Together in His Name,' offers lots of practical advice for how you can build and strengthen your Christian communities.


Mitch McConnell And Democrats Mutually Reassure Our National Destruction From Entitlements "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell should be reminded that two wrongs dont make a right.


What Keeps America From Civil War Is Not Markets But Shared First Principles "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Jay Costs recent article in National Review attempts to answer an increasingly important question about why and how the United States remains united, but he misses something.


Today Is Conservative Luminary Russell Kirks 100th Birthday "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Russell Kirk was so much more than a Cassandra ceaselessly caviling against Communism. To our great fortune, Kirk scoured the worlds great literature, philosophy, and political theory.


Obamacare-Inflated Health Costs Are Sucking Away Tax Reforms Success For Families "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Despite good economic news, the high costs of health care remain the most pressing and worrisome domestic issue for families and individuals.


Democrats Are Tired Of The Clintons, But The Clintons Are Still Going On Tour "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Recently, the Clintons promoter announced the pair would begin touring select cities next month. Mercifully for Democrats, it will begin after the midterm elections.


Black Trump Supporters Declare Their Independence From The Democratic Party "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Growing numbers of non-white conservatives and libertarians suggest Democrats might be losing their monopoly on the minority vote.


CNN: Twitter has suspended accounts that appear to smear Khashoggi "IndyWatch Feed War"

Further indication of the alleged murder of Khashoggi being a narrative issued from high levels in the power structure is rolling out all the time. But this is a significant little pointer: Twitter has suspended accounts that appeared to be setting out to smear missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi CNN (@CNN) October 19, 2018 The Khashoggi murder narrative, true or false, is being protected and promoted aggressively by the mainstream media. I dont think this is simply because the press are mad about the attack on one of their own or because the scandal is just too big to ignore. In fact I think these frequently-repeated claims are based on a fundamental and dangerous misapprehension about the relationship between the media and its masters and how narratives are currently produced. Whatever happens with the Khashoggi story we need to keep talking about these misapprehensions because they fatally undermine peoples ability to grasp the reality of our current situation. I guess Ill be returning to it in the future. In the meantime, I note several


Facebook's Election 'War Room' Takes Aim at Fake Information "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Days after President Donald Trump's surprise victory, Zuckerberg brushed off assertions that the outcome had been influenced by fictional news stories on Facebook, calling the idea "pretty crazy ."

But Facebook's blase attitude shifted as criticism of the company mounted in Congress and elsewhere. Later that year, it acknowledged having run thousands of ads promoting false information placed by Russian agents. Zuckerberg eventually made fixing Facebook his personal challenge for 2018.

[...] The war room is a major part of Facebook's ongoing repairs. Its technology draws upon the artificial-intelligence system Facebook has been using to help identify "inauthentic" posts and user behavior. Facebook provided a tightly controlled glimpse at its war room to The Associated Press and other media ahead of the second round of presidential elections in Brazil on Oct. 28 and the U.S. midterm elections on Nov. 6.

"There is no substitute for physical, real-world interaction," said Samidh Chakrabarti, Facebook's director of elections and civic engagement. "The primary thing we have learned is just how effective it is to have people in the same room all together."

More than 20 different teams now coordinate the efforts of more than 20,000 peoplemostly contractorsdevoted to blocking fake accounts and fictional news and stopping other abuses on Facebook and its other services. As part of the crackdown, Facebook also has hired fact checkers, including The Associated Press, to vet new stories posted on its social network.

To assess the factual content of news stories published by agencies like the Associated Press, Facebook is hiring the Associated Press.

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Ink "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

[Warning: body mods]

I liked Ievas badger design so much I asked my old friend Leah K. if shed be willing to turn it into a tattoo on me. I was scheduled to have that done last December but I was interrupted by my kidney stone. Her schedules very busy but she poked me a couple weeks ago and offered to come in on her off-day. And, so it happened.

My first piece of ink was done by Tux Farrar in 1984, back in Baltimore. In those days, it was a kind of sleazy thing and the tattoo shops were usually in the bad part of town next to the porn theaters (back when there were porn theaters) I was the quintessentially nerdy kid who showed up on a bicycle.

The technology and techniques have changed a lot since then. They used to use deodorant as a transfer medium to move a copy of the design now its all inkjet transfer paper. Even the needle-machine is different; nowadays Leah is using some cool-ass rotary thing, which has a horizontal motor instead of a doorbell interrupter. Im sure thats a much more reliable design.

Im so white.

Thanks Ieva and Leah! I will keep this always.

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Leah usually does her work in watercolor style. Its fantastic. [instagram] It has been so fun and fascinating to watch her style evolve over the 20-odd years Ive known her. This is hufflepuff another badger design Leah did on someone else:


World view Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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


41 people die in Greece due to mosquito-transmitted West Nile Virus "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

The number of people who died of complications from the mosquito-transferred  West Nile virus has increased to 41, Greeces Center for Disease Prevention and Protection KEELPNO said in its weekly report. From the begin of mosquito period in 2018 until 13:00 on 18. October, 308 people were diagnosed to have been infected with the West

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VestaCP users warned about possible server compromise "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Unknown attackers have compromised the official distribution of the VestaCP hosting control panel solution to harvest server IPs and admin credentials. That information was exploited to install malware with DDoS capabilities (Linux/ChachaDDoS) on victims web servers. About the software A web hosting control panel is a web-based interface provided by a web hosting service that allows users to manage their servers and hosted services. There are many web hosting control panels out there. Some are More

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October 20 in history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

1548 The city of Nuestra Senora de La Paz (Our Lady of Peace) was founded by Captain Alonso de Mendoza by appointment of the king of Spain and Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V.

1632 Sir Christopher Wren, English architect, was born (d. 1723).

1740 Maria Theresa takes the throne of Austria. France, Prussia, Bavaria and Saxony refused to honour the Pragmatic Sanction (allowing succession by a daughter) and the War of the Austrian Succession began.

1781 Patent of Toleration, providing limited freedom of worship, was approved in Habsburg Monarchy.

1803 The United States Senate ratified the Louisiana Purchase.

1818 The Convention of 1818 signed between the United States and the United Kingdom which, among other things, settled the Canada United States border on the 49th parallel for most of its length.

1827  Battle of Navarino  a combined Turkish and Egyptian armada was defeated by British, French, and Russian naval force in the port of Navarino in Pylos, Greece.

1859  John Dewey, American philosopher, was born (d. 1952).

1873  Nellie McClung, Canadian politician and activist, was born (d. 1951).

1883  Peru and Chile signed the Treaty of Ancn, by which the Tarapac province was ceded to the latter, bringing an end to Perus involvement in the War of the Pacific.

1891  James Chadwick, English physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate, was born (d. 1974).

1904  Anna Neagle, English actress, was born (d. 1986).

1910  The hull of the...


A Robotic Arm For Those Who Like Their Kinematics Both Ways "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

A robotic arm is an excellent idea if youre looking to get started with electromechanical projects. Theres linkages to design, and motors to drive, but theres also the matter of control. This is referred to as kinematics, and can be considered in both the forward and inverse sense. [aerdronix] built a robotic arm build that works in both ways.

The brains of the build is an Arduino Yun, which receives commands over the USB interface. Control is realised through the Blynk app, which allows IoT projects to easily build apps for smartphones that can be published to the usual platforms.

The arms position is controlled in two fashions. When configured to use inverse kinematics, the user commands an end effector position, and the arm figures out the necessary position of the linkages to make it happen. However, the arm can also be used in a forward kinematics mode, where the individual joint positions are commanded, which then determine the end effectors final position.

Overall, its a well-documented build that lays out everything from the basic mechanical design to the software and source code required to control the system. Its an excellent learning resource for the newcomer, and such an arm could readily be used in more complex projects.

We see plenty of robotic arms around these parts, like this fantastic build based on an IKEA lamp. If youve got one, be sure to hit up the tip line. Video after the break.


US Impedes Efforts to Reconstruct War-Ravaged Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

The restoration of Syria is the best way to fight terrorists the threat the US makes a show of being so concerned about. By impeding this process, it is shooting itself in the foot.


This awkward condition "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Ive written several times about the process of inversion that occurs during the development of algae in the family Volvocaceae. Today I was going through a paper Id read (and even written about) before, and I came across a turn of phrase I appreciated regarding inversion:


Stable links:

Klein, B., D. Wibberg, and A. Hallmann. 2017. Whole transcriptome RNA-Seq analysis reveals extensive cell type-specific compartmentalization in Volvox carteri. BMC Biol. 15:111. BMC Biology. DOI: 10.1186/s12915-017-0450-y


Can Mohammed bin Salman survive Khashoggi's assassination? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Nothing has put the relationship between Washington and Riyadh to the test like the Khashoggi affair


Turkish police search forest, coastal city for journalist's remains "IndyWatch Feed War"


Turkish officials said a 'farm house or villa' near the city of Yalova could be a potential burial site for Jamal Khashoggi's remains


Khashoggi and Chaos: The Reckless Path of Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince "IndyWatch Feed War"

A real U.S. break with Saudi Arabia is unlikely. America has too much invested in the Saudis, and the Saudis have too much invested in the United States... Trump should be reevaluating Americas relationship with Saudi Arabia before it creates a fresh disaster in the region.


What does the Saudi consuls departure mean? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

_________ Hurriyet What does the Saudi consuls departure mean? The mystery surrounding the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who has not been seen since entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2 at 13:14, has become one of the most important issues in the international community. If not fully solved, the sensitivity shown []


Friday Follies "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Pope to Visit Norks?

Pope Francis accepted a handwritten letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, delivered by President Moon Jae-in, on 18 October, inviting him to visit Pyongyang. North Korean communists are as anti-Christian as any people on earth. However, one of Kim Il-sungs (few) friends was the late Reverend Billy Graham.

Casting the chicken bones to see precisely how the whole North Korean situation will play out is something that many of us do - but that place is so messed up at every possible level that it's impossible to accurately forecast anything.

Screwed Up States

On 18 October, Ecuador announced (mood music link) that it was expelling Venezuela's ambassador over "offensive" comments. The move was in response to accusations by Venezuela Communications Minister, Jorge Rodrguez, that Ecuador President Lenn Moreno was "lying" about the number of Venezuelan migrants pouring into Ecuador. 

During his speech at this year's General Assembly, Moreno had said his nation has received more than 6,000 Venezuelan migrants a day and that "children are arriving with measles, diphtheria and polio." 

Rodrguez seized on those statements and said it would take "140 bus-loads per day for seven years" to reach the number of Venezuelan migrants that Ecuador claims to have.

Not only are the Venezuelan leaders bad governors and bad neighbors, they cant do math. Despite the expulsion and disrespect, Ecuador continues to assist Venezuelans who reach its borders after transi...


Homeland Security Warns Central America: The United States Will Use EVERY Available Measure To Prevent Your Illegal Entry "IndyWatch Feed World"

Mac Slavo
October 18th, 2018

The migrant caravan heading towards the U.S. border appears to be growing in number by the day.
Despite warnings from President Trump to leaders of Central  American countries that he would cut financial aid if they failed to act, the caravans numbers are growing, having reportedly reached 4,000 or more people on Wednesday.
Following criticism from open border proponents who say stopping the caravan is a human rights issue that will inevitably lead to child separations, Trump took a hard line, suggesting he may utilize the United States military to secure the border from the large wave of migrants.


England set to turn right COLD "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Met Office has forecast Arctic air will head south across the US and Canada before the jet stream moves in colder temperatures over Britain towards the end of the (October) month.

A weather chart from WXCHARTS shows a band of cold air engulf much of the country in the last few days of October.

High pressure is expected to build in the mid-Atlantic and bring cold air to Britain as early as next week.

Met Office forecaster Aidan McGivern said: The air is even colder so it will be quite chilly, it looks like.

So the features next week, a lot of dry weather in the south but it will be colder with some showers.

BBC Weather forecasters have also warned of plunging temperatures on Wednesday night.

Forecaster Matt Taylor said: For most of you, it is going to be quite a chilly night, with temperatures in Northern England, Scotland and Ireland very close to freezing.

Discussing the prospect of snow in the UK this winter, the Met Offices Aidan McGivern said: The trend into the early part of November is actually for it to be colder than average.

But the overall trend is for as we go into December the longer range forecast is actually for more mobility, and actually that means it will tend to be warmer than average with a bit more rain.

So, there is still an awful lot to play for. It is way too early to say anything like that.

But some forecasters have warned temperatures could take a nosedive towards the end of October bringing substantial snowfall across Scotland, northern and central England.

Exacta Weathers James Madden said November threatens a hellish cocktail of freezing temperatures, storms and howling gales.

The mercury will plunge further towards the official start of winter in December with parts of the nation even facing US-style ice storms, he added.



US Treasury Leakers Had Ties With Mueller Mob, 2413 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

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Widespread power outage hits Venezuela, hospitals becoming large-scale morgues "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Another widespread power outage took place in Venezuela on October 15 and 16, 2018. The outage affected the entire country and hospitals in 16 states, leaving at least 3 patients dead. At least 16 children have died at one hospital this year due to poor hygiene, and...... Read more


Remove Grenfell flammable cladding in Britain now "IndyWatch Feed World"

GRAHAM LANGTON (left) with tenants from Salfords Malus Court

From daily News Line in Britain:

Friday, 19 October 2018

REMOVE FLAMMABLE CLADDING IMMEDIATELY demand Fuel Poverty Action campaigners

At a demonstration outside the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government on Wednesday, Fuel Poverty Action handed in a letter to the Secretary of State, the wording of which was signed by over 100 different organisations, MPs and councillors.

Earlier this month the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) joined Fuel Poverty Actions Safe Cladding and Insulation Now campaign! Matt Wrack, FBU General Secretary, signed the open letter outlining that people are still not safe in their homes one year after Grenfell, joining the Bakers and Allied Food Workers Union BFAWU, the National Education Union NEU and the Public and Commercial Services Union PCS unions, along numerous Unite and Unison branches from round the country.

At Wednesdays demonstration of over 50 before the handing in of the letter to the ministry, Graham Langton from Malus Court Tenants and Residents Association in Salford, told News Line: There are a large number of tower blocks in Salford and we are demanding that the cladding is removed. Theyve started to remove some, but only on a number of floors and its now a matter of extreme urgency.

Addressing the demonstration, Beverley Logue, from the Green Quarter in Salford, said: We are here today because of 72 lives that were needlessly lost in the tragedy at Grenfell. In Salfords Green Quarter over 300 properties will need to be re-clad.

The builders, Lendlease, a comp...



Reverse Brexit with second referendum to save your economy, OECD tells UK "IndyWatch Feed World"

The positive impact on growth would be significant, influential thinktank says of reversing Brexit  as it forecasts 40bn cost of ploughing on..

Economic experts have made an explosive suggestion of a further referendum to reverse Brexit, to avoid the crippling of the British economy.

The influential Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development(OECD) said the deadlock in the exit talks now threatened a disorderly Brexit, with severe consequences.

Its report controversially puts the case for a dramatic rethink on the agenda suggesting halting EU withdrawal is a route to avoiding that fate.

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In case Brexit gets reversed by political decision (change of majority, new referendum, etc), the positive impact on growth would be significant, the report said.

The suggestion is certain to infuriate Brexiteers, but will bolster campaigners calling for the British public to be given a second vote, when the facts of Brexit are known.

The report was immediately seized on by one pro-EU group as the final nail in the coffin for the already long-buried notion that Brexit will benefit our economy.

The OECD analysis suggests a no-deal Brexit would wipe up to a staggering 40bn off UK economic growth by 2019.

The UK economy....


Mohammad bin Salman Must Go", but US-Saudi Ties Are Here to Stay "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The rapidity with which the US media, and especially dozens of Republican and Democratic senators, attacked Saudi Arabia, blaming it for the atrocious crime, is rather unusual. After all, the Saudi elites have been inclined to behave in such a manner over the last 40 years.


Campaigners demand from Eurogroup full return of ECB profits to Greece "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Campaigners from pressure groups Positive Money Europe, WeMove.EU and Eurodad will hand in a petition to the Eurogroup as it meets at 15h00 CEST on Friday demanding Greek debt profits are fully returned from the European Central Bank. According to pressure groups investigation, 8 billion are missing from the Eurogroup deal for the Securities and

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Russia joins forces with Egypt to establish law and order in the Middle East "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

__________ Pravda Russia joins forces with Egypt to establish law and order in the Middle East Following the official visit of the Egyptian president to Russia, the two countries signed an agreement on strategic cooperation. Vladimir Putin said that over the year, the volume of Russian-Egyptian trade increased by 62 percent and amounted to 6.7 []



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Fascism and Brazil "IndyWatch Feed"

Jair Bolsonaro and his volunteers envision a state of war for Brazil: that is the experiment they are hoping to deliver to the world, an experiment that sacrifices conviviality to cruelty and finds in death a solution.

Caricature of Steve Bannon, leader of extreme-right initiative "The Movement", who is helping Jair Bolsonaro's electoral campaign. Wikipedia Commons.

Extreme right-wing presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro, poised for victory in the run-off on October 28, was not the most surprising winner in the first round of Brazilian elections. Christian Democrat former judge Wilson Witzel won 41 percent of the vote for governor on October 7, more than twice as much as Eduardo Paes, the bon-vivant former mayor of Rio de Janeiro, who governed before and during the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games and oversaw an enormous flow of money for urban reforms and building projects.

Paes is a consummate professional politician who has somehow emerged unscathed from Operation Car Wash, the judicial investigation of federal government corruption that began in March 2014 and is still under way. He was by far the best debater among the candidates, he had ample television advertising time and vastly more name recognition than any candidate other than footballer Romrio.

But Witzels resounding victory in the primary let the cat out of the bag: something odd was happening in these elections. The surprise was accompanied by the question, Who is Wilson Witzel?

The answer about Witzel soon circulated on social media: he was a third, pudgy figure, fist in the air, microphone in hand, initially absent from a widely distributed photograph of two beefcakes in the national colours, celebrating because they had taken down and broken a street sign purporting to rename a square in Rio de Janeiro in homage to Marielle Franco, the human rights activist and town councilwoman shot to death on March 14 this year.[1]

Bolsonaro runs a social media campaign, focusing especial...


Guess what? Top EU banks guilty of multi-billion tax fraud "IndyWatch Feed World"

Tax-scams operated by the EUs top banks cost treasuries 55.2bn, a cross-border investigation has shown.

The scams, dubbed the biggest tax robbery in European history, involved Deutsche Bank and Santander the largest lenders in Germany and Spain.

  • Deutsche Bank also handled billions of illicit Russian funds (Photo: Bjoern Laczay)

They also involved Germanys Commerzbank, Hypovereinsbank, Landesbanken, and Warburg Bank, British lender Barclays, French bank BNP Paribas, and global banks JPMorgan, Meryll Lynch, Morgan Stanley, and UBS.

The scams worked via so-called cum-ex buying of shares and bonds.

The latin term, which means with-without, is jargon for a kind of trade that enables banks to conceal the identities of their clients.

This, in turn, helps the clients to claim false, double, or multiple tax rebates of capital gains tax paid on the anonymous trades.

The fraud cost German taxpayers 31.8bn between 2001 and 2016, the investigation estimated. It cost France 17bn, Italy 4.5bn, and Denmark 1.7bn. It also harmed Austria, Belgium, Finland, the Netherlands, and Spain.

News of the problem first came to light in Germany in 2016.

But its full scale was exposed by a cross-border investigation, involving 19 media in 12 countries, which consulted more than 180,000 pages of evidence, including letters from German prosecutors, and which published its findings on Thursday (18 October).

This is the biggest tax robbery in European history, Christoph Spengel, a tax expert at the University of Mannheim in Germany, told German newspaper Zeit.

The news comes on the heels of revelations that Denmarks top lender, Danske Bank, perpetrated the biggest money-laundering scandal in European history.

The Danish bank funnelled some 200bn of suspicious Russian money into other jurisdictions via Estonia, that investigation showed.

Deutsche Bank previously admitted to handling some 10bn of illicit Russian trades.

The bank sectors disgrace did not stop EU leaders, at a summit in Brussels also on Thursday, from agreeing to go ahead with a banking union.

Everyone is determined to put a package on the table by the December summit that describes the banking union of the future and also says something abou...


1938 BMW 327/28 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

A pretty, somewhat rare, and relatively reasonably priced pre-war European convertible, the BMW 327/328 was higher-powered (versus the 327) with a straight-6 OHV petrol engine making 79 horsepower. There were 569 of these cars built from 1937-40. The BMW 327/328 can be found in the $100-200k range.     Source: Classic Driver

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Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrovs interview with Euronews "IndyWatch Feed War"

Via The Saker October 18, 2018 Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrovs interview with Euronews, Moscow, October 16, 2018 Question: The issue of Russias financial contribution to the Council of Europe has long been on the agenda after Russias voting right was suspended. How important is the Council of Europe to Russia? What, in your view, is the []


Turkey denies giving 'any kind of audio tape' on Khashoggi to US "IndyWatch Feed War"


Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu denied a report on ABC that his government had shared audio of Saudi journalist's death with US


Irish Studies in London "IndyWatch Feed"

W B YeatsIt was a pleasure to be at the Irish Embassy last night to celebrate the launch of the M.A. in Irish Studies offered at the London campus of the Irish Institute of the University of Liverpool in Finsbury Square. As well as looking the work of writers from W.B. Yeats to Seamus Heaney (and my own favourite, Oscar Wilde, I hope), the course also examines what it calls hidden histories ranging from the immram voyage narratives about heroic sea journeys to modern forms of writing about the past known as history. Students will explore modernity, identity and diaspora in terms of understanding the cultural history of emigration, exile and the transnational as they have been expressed through a range of plays, films and TV programming. Inevitably controversy and conflict in Northern Ireland will feature, but so too the histories, people and culture of Irish diaspora cities. As the Irish Ambassador, Adrian ONeill pointed out in his welcoming remarks last night, London is the worlds fourth largest Irish city. The M.A. course can be completed in one year or else staggered over two. I only regret that my busy life precludes such a commitment, otherwise I would be very tempted to sign up myself!


Mexico sends police to southern border "IndyWatch Feed World"

Mexico has sent hundreds of police to its southern border as a caravan of thousands of Central American migrants approaches from Guatemala.

The move came after President Donald Trump threatened to use military force to completely close the US-Mexico border over the issue.

He also said aid could be cut to countries allowing the caravan to pass.

The group of Salvadoreans, Hondurans and Guatemalans say they are fleeing violence and poverty.




NATO"s Unholy Intrigues Behind Church Rupture to Weaken Russia "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The unholy intrigues in the Orthodox Church are beckoned by completely areligious and profane political objectives. It is a shame that the Constantinople and Kiev Patriarchates are evidently willing to make an expedient, selfish pact with the devil of foreign imperialist ambitions.


Advanced long-range missile for S-400 system accepted for service in Russia "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

__________ TASS Advanced long-range missile for S-400 system accepted for service in Russia The 40N6 long-range surface-to-air missile of the S-400 Triumf system has been accepted for service in the Russian Army, a source in the domestic defense industry told TASS on Thursday. The 40N6 long-range missile [the 40N6E as its export version] has been []


Troops and police are preventing Honduran migrants from crossing the border into Guatemala "IndyWatch Feed World"

United States President Donald Trump is threatening to deploy the military and close the countrys southern border as more Hondurans and Salvadorans join thousands of migrants in Guatemala heading north.

Key points:

  • Mr Trump says he is asking Mexico to stop the migrant onslaught
  • He says the issue is more important than the new US-Mexico-Canada trade deal
  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is meeting with Mexicos president

Several thousand Honduran migrants travelled this week through Guatemala headed to Mexico, with some hoping to cross into the United States to escape violence and poverty in Central America.


Central American migrants hiked from Honduras through muddy jungle and residential streets, some toting babies along with backpacks, Reuters images show.

Mr Trump made the threat in a series of tweets, where he described the movement of migrants as an assault on our country by Central American nations, led by the Democratic Party.

The President yesterday tweeted I am watching the Democrat Party led (becaus...


What sanctions on Russia and China really mean "IndyWatch Feed War"

Via The Saker October 18, 2018 The Pentagon may not be advocating total war against both Russia and China as it has been interpreted in some quarters by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with The Asia Times by special agreement with the author) A crucial Pentagon report on the US defense industrial base and supply chain resiliency bluntly accuses []


Obama State Dept Lied To Protect Hillary From Email Server Lawsuits Federal Judge Finds "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Obama State Dept Lied To Protect Hillary From Email Server Lawsuits Federal Judge Finds from ZeroHedge The noose appears to be tightening further around the law-less behaviors of the Obama administration in their frantic efforts to protect former Secretary...

The post Obama State Dept Lied To Protect Hillary From Email Server Lawsuits Federal Judge Finds appeared first on The Daily Coin.


Swedish court tells ISP to block The Pirate Bay in the country "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

By Waqas

Another day, another court order against The Pirate Bay (TPB). This time, the Patent and Market Court of Sweden has ordered the telephone company and mobile network operator Telia to block The Pirate Bay and other torrenting websites including NyaFilmer, FMovies, and Dreamfilm in the country. According to TorrentFreak, the interim order came after a complaint filed by a []

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South American marsupials climb higher than thought "IndyWatch Feed World"

This February 2018 video from Chile is called Monito del monte (Dromiciops gliroides).

From the Ecological Society of America:

South American marsupials discovered to reach new heights

For the first time, scientists catch on camera a tiny marsupial climbing higher than previously thought in the forest canopy

October 18, 2018

In the Andean forests along the border of Chile and Argentina, there have long been speculations that the mouse-sized marsupial monito del monte (Dromiciops gliroides) climbs to lofty heights in the trees. Yet, due to the lack of knowledge about the regions biodiversity in the forest canopies, no previous records exist documenting such arboreal habits for this creature.

Some tree-climbing researchers are changing that.

Javier Godoy-Ginao and colleagues set motion-sensing camera traps in the tree canopy to capture photographic evidence confirming the high-climbing theories surrounding this miniature mammal. The findings are published in a new study in the Ecological Society of Americas journal Ecosphere.

The monito del monte (Spanish for little monkey of the bush, although not a monkey at all) is a small, inarguably cute marsupial that is found solely in the temperate rainforests of Argentina and Chile. It eats mostly insects with some fruit and seeds and nuts, and it also hibernates, which is unusual for marsupials. Females can carry up to five young in a pouch, and a prehensile tail makes it adept at climbing. It is listed as Near Threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Researchers thought this marsupial may live in the canopy because of its mobility in the vegetation above the forest floor, called the understory. However, Godoy-Ginao writes, all previous studies on D. gliroides have been conducted from the ground, with no documentation of this species ability to climb trees, or how high they may reach. Following the clues from reported sightings, he and his colleagues found the mystery intriguing and decided it worth finding out first hand just how high they climb.

Along with Ivan Daz, professor in charge of t...


Is this the inclusive Government Cameron spoke about? "IndyWatch Feed World"



Conservative party say one thing and do another



Low-budget Cobalt Air collapses leaving thousands tourists stranded "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Cypriot budget airliner Cobalt Air suspended all its operations late on Thursday leaving hundreds of tourists stranded in Greece and Cyprus and others just with the flight ticket on their hands. Colbat Air is the third European airliner to go bust, after Danish Primera Air last month and UKs Monarch Air last year. The carrier,

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Die vllige Bankrotterklrung der deutschen Justiz "IndyWatch Feed World"


Dozens of Israeli tanks mass around Gaza ahead of Friday protests "IndyWatch Feed War"


Deployment comes as UN envoy for the Middle East says Gaza 'on the brink of another potentially devastating conflict'


Epic Games Sues YouTubers Promoting Fortnite Cheating Software "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Royale-lly Screwed: Epic Sues YouTubers Promoting Fortnite Cheats

Part of Fortnite's appeal is that it offers a level playing field. People can't unlock new weapons, start a match with equipment, or augment their abilities by grinding for in-game upgrades. Everyone drops out of the Battle Bus with the same tools, a glider and a pickaxe so their skill will determine whether they catch the 'dub or take an L. So it may not come as a surprise that Epic Games is suing two YouTubers for upsetting that balance with cheats.

TorrentFreak has reported that Epic's lawsuit targets Brandon "Golden Modz" Lucas, a cheat distributor and content creator whose YouTube channel has 1.7 million followers, and Colton "Exentric" Contor, who has over 7,000 followers. The cheat in question combined an aimbot with ESP features that offered information that players would otherwise have no way of knowing. It reportedly cost $55 (30 days) or $300 (unlimited) from the Golden Godz website.

[...] The suit appeared to have a quick impact. Golden Modz's last video was published on October 12, and the Golden Godz website currently says that "No packages exist at this time," even though a dialog box claims that "Payment systems are back up and new packages have been added!" The site claims to offer various "services" for several Call of Duty games and Grand Theft Auto: Online; all of them appear to have been pulled.

Also at Polygon.


Previously: Epic Games Sues 14-Year-Old after He Files a DMCA Counterclaim for a How-to-Cheat Video
U.S. Federal Judge Blocks Man From Selling GTA V Cheating Software

Related: Game About Net Neutrality Receives Grant from Epic Games
Epic Games (Developer of the Unreal Engine) Shows Off "Siren" Demo
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Newsroom: again the online voting spin from NZ media "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Another piece of online voting spin. This time from Newsroom. 

Note the conclusion:

I stand by my prediction that well eventually be able to vote online in our general election, but as I said it wont be in the next election or the one after. It could be a decade or more away, judging by the current period of trials and cautious monitoring.

Alternatively: BOHICA

Adam posted about this a few days ago. In that post Adam linked to this:-

Prof Thomas looks at this with an open mind and comes up with a number of conclusions.

Make up your own mind.

Adam is not convinced, that in a NZ context, that online voting is desirable.


Dow drops 327 points as market turbulence deepens "IndyWatch Feed World"

The jittery stock market is once again heading south.

The Dow dropped 327 points, or 1.3%, on Thursday, with selling accelerating after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin backed out of a conference in Saudi Arabia. The index had been down 471 points at one point.
Tech stocks fell sharply, sending the Nasdaq tumbling 2.1%. Netflix declined 5%, while Facebook and Amazon lost about 3% apiece.
Stock market volatility is back on Wall Street. Fears about rising bond yields and the US-China trade war sparked heavy selling last week, the worst for all three major indexes since MarchStocks rebounded sharply on Tuesday, before another wobbly session on Wednesday. The CNN Business Fear & Greed Index of market sentiment is flashing extreme fear.
The market slide gathered steam on Thursday after Mnuchin announced on Twitter that he will not participate in the Saudi summit. Mnuchin said it was a joint decision with President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. An administration official told CNN that no other government officials will attend the event in Mnuchins place.
The news adds to rising global uncertainties, including concerns about Italys budget and a plunge in Chinas stock market.
David Kotok, chief investment of Cumberland Advisers, said he believes Thursdays market slide was driven more by concerns about Italy and China.
But Mnuchin doesnt help things, said Kotok.


Italys Debt Crisis Thickens "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

But outside Italy, credit markets are sanguine, and no one says, whatever it takes.

Italys government bonds are sinking and their yields are spiking. There are plenty of reasons, including possible downgrades by Moodys and/or Standard and Poors later this month. If it is a one-notch downgrade, Italys credit rating will be one notch above junk. If it is a two-notch down-grade, as some are fearing, Italys credit rating will be junk. That the Italian government remains stuck on its deficit-busting budget, which will almost certainly be rejected by the European Commission, is not helpful either. Today, the 10-year yield jumped nearly 20 basis points to 3.74%, the highest since February 2014. Note that the ECBs policy rate is still negative -0.4%:

But the current crisis has shown little sign of infecting other large Euro Zone economies. Greek banks may be sinking in unison, their shares down well over 50% since August despite being given a clean bill of health just months earlier by the ECB, but Greece is no longer systemically important and its banks have been zombies for years.

Far more important are Germany, France and Spain and their credit markets have resisted contagion. A good indicator of this is the spread between Spanish and Italian 10-year bonds, which climbed to 2.08 percentage points last week, its highest level since December 1997, before easing back to 1.88 percentage points this week.

Much to the dismay of Italys struggling banks, the Italian government has also unveiled plans to tighten tax rules on banks sales of bad loans in a bid to raise additional revenues. The proposed measures would further erode the banks already flimsy capital buffers and hurt their already scarce cash reserves. And ominous signs are piling up that a run on large bank deposits in Italy may have already begun

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AMDVLK Radeon Vulkan Driver Updated With A Slew Of Additions "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

It had been more than two weeks since the last time AMD developers updated their public source trees making up the official AMDVLK Vulkan driver but fortunately that has now changed. Given the time since the last commit, there is a lot of goodies with this new AMDVLK driver refresh...


Distribution Release: Kubuntu 18.10 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Continuing the Ubuntu release day news, here is the announcement of the release of Kubuntu 18.10, an official Ubuntu flavour featuring KDE Plasma 5 desktop: "Kubuntu 18.10, featuring the beautiful Plasma 5.13 desktop from KDE, has been released. Code-named 'Cosmic Cuttlefish', Kubuntu 18.10 continues our proud tradition of....


The Disruptive Power of Ethnic Nationalism "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The backlash against globalization has brought a resurgence of the old-fashioned politics of blood and belonging. Unless countries devise a new way to balance liberal democratic values and peoples craving for a sense of belonging, they will end up paving a path to disaster.


Georgia secretary of state whos running for governor just froze 53K voter registrations, over 90 percent of whom are people of color "IndyWatch Feed World"

Red alert,

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who is the Republican nominee for governor this year, has put the registrations of 53,000 voters on hold90 percent of whom are people of color.

Kemp is using Georgias exact match law to hold up registrations. This extremely strict law gives him the power to hold up registrations on which any letter, character or symbol that doesnt exactly match data from state and federal databases.

Lawsuits have already been filed, but the politics of this move are clear: Democrat Stacey Abramsthe first black woman nominated for governor by a major partyis running neck-and-neck with Kemp in the polls, and disqualifying the registrations of 53,000 mostly-black voters could be a blow to her campaign. This a blatant, disgusting move by a Republican with a long history of voter suppression.

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Stop Shell propaganda in museums "IndyWatch Feed World"

Anti-Shell demonstrator in Manchester, England

By Peter Lazenby in England:

Friday, October 19, 2018

Campaigners gatecrash science exhibition sponsored by Shell

ENVIRONMENTAL campaigners dressed up as Shell representatives gatecrashed an exhibition in Manchester that the oil giant is sponsoring.

The protest at Manchester Science and Industry Museum on Wednesday night saw activists from the Shell Out! group target its new exhibition, Electricity: the Spark of Life.

Shell Out! says the oil giant is a major contributor to the worlds looming climate crisis through its massive extraction of fossil fuels.

Laura Williams from Carbon Co-op, a founding member of the Shell Out! collective, said: Last weeks announcement by the international scientific authority on climate change made it clear that unless we take drastic and urgent action to reduce our carbon emissions we will see frightening changes to the way that we live.

The museum has a responsibility to show the public Shells true colours, instead of allowing the company to be seen as a legitimate provider of future energy.

Manchester science festival partners withdraw over Shell sponsorship. Science and industry museum accused of hypocrisy for taking money from oil company: here.


Khashoggi Murder Suspect Dies "IndyWatch Feed War"

Cleaning Up Loose Ends? 

Khashoggi Murder Suspect 

Dies in Suspicious Car Accident

A member of the 15-man team suspected in the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has died in a mysterious accident, according to Turkish media.


"Love Is Stronger..." "IndyWatch Feed World"

"I believe...
love is stronger than death.
- Robert Fulghum


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Saudi prince ordered elimination of journalist "IndyWatch Feed World"

Its alleged that Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS) had personally ordered the assassination of Saudi-national Jamal Khoshoggi, according to American writer and political analyst Stephen Lendman. 

According to Turkish police, the US-based dissident journalist entered the Saudi embassy in Istanbul and never came out.


Author and radio host Lendman said the impetuous crown prince, whom media refer to as MBS, directly ordered the assassination of Khashoggi.

MBS, absolutely, ordered the elimination of Jamal Khashoggi. Thats what happened, Lendman told Press TV in a phone interview on Thursday.

The Chicago-based author and radio host suggests that following the international coverage of the incident, which harrowing details are coming out, Riyadh has been trying to whitewash and manage the blowback.


The Saudis have been playing coy with this, trying to come up with cover stories to explain what wa...




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Danish Doctor Issues Warning about HPV Vaccine: The Vaccine Should be Stopped Immediately! "IndyWatch Feed World"


Image from the Danish documentary: The Vaccinated Girls Sick and Betrayed. The documentary has been removed from YouTube.

HPV Vaccine Controversy: A Danish Doctors Perspective

by Dr.

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Intel KVMGT 2018-Q3 Released As Their Latest Open-Source GPU Virtualization Bits "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Intel developers today announced the release of KVMGT 2018-Q3 (also known as Intel GVT-g for KVM) as well as the accompany Xen hypervisor tailored XenGT 2018-Q3 update...


Debt Rattle October 19 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Paul Gauguin Horsemen on the beach 1902   Implosion of Stock Market Double-Bubble in China Hits New Lows (WS) Trump Trade War Forces Beijing To Retreat From Its Anti-Debt Battle (CNBC) Italys Debt Crisis Thickens (DQ) Italian Bond Yields Spike To 4-Year Highs As EU Slams New Budget Plan (CNBC)

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China plans to launch artificial moon bright enough to replace citys streetlights by 2020 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

China is reportedly in the process of creating three artificial moons that would light up the south-western city of Chengdu, saving $240 million in annual electricity costs. 18 October 2018 China is reportedly in the process of creating an artificial moon that would be bright enough to replace the streetlights in the south-western city of []

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Dominions Proposed Charles Compressor Station Cancelled in Southern Maryland "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Proposed Charles Compressor for Cove Point LNG export terminal

Community Victorious; Dominion Wont Build Proposed Compressor Station

From an Article by lowkell, AMP Creeks Council, Blue Virginia, October 15, 2018

The AMP Creeks Council and greater Southern Maryland Community are Celebrating a Victory in a two-year fight against Dominion Energy Cove Points (DECP) efforts to build a giant fracked gas compressor station on 14 clear cut acres surrounded by fragile wetlands that often flood in the Accokeek/Bryans Road area.

Emily Architzel, an AMP Creeks Board member who recently moved from Bryans Road to Accokeek and is disabled said, Holy cow! Im breathing a giant fracked gas-free sigh of relief. The pollution from this compressor station would have driven my family out of the area because of the potential impacts to my health.

This morning Dominion released the following statement:

Dominion Energy will not construct a natural gas transmission compressor station at its Charles County Marshall Hall site. We will continue our existing operations at that site, which consist of a field office, a warehouse, and pipeline inspection and safety-related equipment.

We are actively evaluating alternatives for this component of our Eastern Market Access project. This requires the engagement of multiple stakeholders, as successful solutions must meet the needs of the projects customers. Discussions with customers are ongoing.

Dominions application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) included a schedule announcing November 1, 2017 as the date they intended to begin construction of the Charles Station compressor station. If built, the Charles Station compressor station would increase capacity on the Dominion Cove Point pipeline, purportedly to send gas to a power plant that now seems unlikely to get built in Brandywine and to Washington Gas and Light.

None of the gas would go to the area in which Charles Station was proposed (Charles County, in spitting distance of the Prince Georges County line). Indeed, it is widely believed that Charles Station was intended to push gas to Dominions Cove Point export termi...


The Catholic Church and Pedophilia: Trafficking Children as Sex Slaves "IndyWatch Feed World"

Comments by Brian Shilhavy
Editor, Health Impact News

In the years we have covered the topic of medical kidnapping and child abductions through child social services, we have exposed the corruption behind these legal kidnappings, and the reasons why they happen. Read More


The World of A.I. "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Judging by the breathless coverage, it can seem as if the only countries developing A.I. are the United States and China. But while companies in those two countries are leading the way in cutting-edge research and products, its still early for the industry and other nations are working hard to become major A.I. players. Here are six that could challenge the two juggernauts.

From Singapore to Israel, countries besides the United States and China are striving to play a role in the field of artificial intelligence.


Federal Judge "Shocked" To Find Obama State Dept Lied To Protect Hillary From Email Server Lawsuits "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The noose appears to be tightening further around the law-less behaviors of the Obama administration in their frantic efforts to protect former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from lawsuits seeking information about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email server and her handling of the 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

As Fox News reports, the transparency group Judicial Watch initially sued the State Department in 2014, seeking information about the response to the Benghazi attack after the government didn't respond to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Other parallel lawsuits by Judicial Watch are probing issues like Clinton's server, whose...


"Its Okay to Feel Bad For No Reason" "IndyWatch Feed World"

"Its Okay to Feel Bad For No Reason"
by David Cain

Looking back, I cant believe how often I felt like that. Each time, all I knew is that I needed to either act normal, or provide an explanation for my low-spirited state (I stayed up late; I didnt drink enough water today).

Internally, I mostly attributed it to a certain ineptitude I felt I had at being an adultI wasnt getting enough done, I wasnt organized enough, I hadnt done some important thing yet. Once the worst of it passed, I would try to figure out the problem and how I could address it. Often Id end up with a list of new resolutions or goals that I figured would keep me at even keel. I made hundreds of lists like that.

I dont have clinical depression. Ive taken the tests and I dont fit the symptoms. Same with...


Keeping Up Appearances S03 E05 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

lousy formatting, audio OK and best viewed full screen. In many ways the audio is the main attraction



Keeping Up Appearances is a British sitcom created and written by Roy Clarke. It aired on BBC One from 1990 to 1995. The central character is eccentric and snobbish middle class social climber Hyacinth Bucket(Patricia Routledge), who insists that her surname is pronounced Bouquet.[2]The sitcom follows Hyacinth in her attempts to prove her social superiority, and to gain standing with those she considers upper class. Her attempts are constantly hampered by her lower class extended family, whom she is desperate to hide. Much of the humour comes from the conflict between Hyacinths vision of herself, and the reality of her underclass background. In each episode, she lands in a farcical situation as she battles to protect her social credibility.

The show comprised five series and 44 episodes, four of which are Christmas specials. Production ended when star Patricia Routledge moved on to other projects



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Explore Racial Disparities in Hundreds of Illinois Schools and Districts "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This week, ProPublica launched Miseducation, an interactive database where you can search, examine and compare racial disparities in thousands of schools and school districts across the United States. The tool based on data from the U.S. Department of Educations Civil Rights Data Collection program measures these disparities in four ways: enrollment in advanced classes, student discipline, gaps in academic achievement and level of segregation at the district and state level.

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Since I helped build the tool and live here in Illinois, Im going to break out some important takeaways from our states data and explain how you can use it to find information important to you. And, please, let us know what you discover about the data from your school district. Does it match your experience? Do you know more about factors that could explain what you see? Send us an email or tweet at us.

1. Nationally, black students are more likely to be disciplined than children of other races. Illinois follows this pattern.

In most of the country, black students are overrepresented in discipline (defined as an out-of-school suspension). That goes for Illinois, too, as you can see on...

Gazas Great March of Return: Six months on, we are still struggling against Israeli oppression "IndyWatch Feed War"

Despite the bloody fallout, all indications point to the continued momentum of the Palestinian protest movement


Opportunities Abound After Khashoggi-Gate "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Beginning the process of loosening ties with Saudi Arabia in light of Khashoggi-gate would be a good start.


Ingve Bjrn Stjerna Has Just Warned That If Team UPC and the European Patent Office Rigged the Proceedings of the German Constitutional Court, Consequences Would be Significant "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Fair trial

Summary: The EPO is back to mentioning the Unified Patent Court and it keeps making it abundantly clear that it is only working for the litigation industry rather than for science and technology (or innovation as they like to euphemise it)

EUROPES patent system is under attack. Its under attack from lawyers, who try to hijack the system, taking it away from scientists and technologists (the same thing, incidentally, has been happening at the USPTO, partly due to Trump's awkward appointment this year). Underhanded tactics have been used by a cabal of lawyers to basically undermine the very purpose of patent systems. All they want is lots and lots of lawsuits; for that (litigation galore) they need lots and lots of low-quality even invalid patents to be granted and circulated, e.g. among patent trolls.

There are pressures to grant even software patents in Europe, irrespective of the EPC (the founding document).It has already become incredibly hard to be a potent patent examiner at the EPO. There are pressures to grant even software patents in Europe, irrespective of the EPC (the founding document).

Regarding Inventiveness of the cocktail, a new IP Kat comment said last night (the comments are as usual better than the posts): According to an English translation of the German description: Surprisingly, it has been found that this cocktail obtained in this way has a very rounded, mild fruity taste that meets the taste of many. The EPO Examiner did not raise an inventive step objection, or ask for evidence of the technical effect.

Blaming the examiners as if EPO examiners still have time to properly examine patent applications under their corrupt management. They dont have quality; they just have targets (quantified not in terms of quality). The EPO is basically fast-tracking justice and putting it under the control of people who mock and attack justice. People like Battistelli and...


TITAN Cement S.A. transfers its corporate listing from Greece to Belgium "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Titan S.A., one of the biggest cement producers in South-East Europe and an industrial cornerstone in Greece for 116 years, dropped a bombshell late on Thursday. The company said it is transferring its corporate headquarters to Belgium, citing difficult and expensive borrowing in Greece. Titan follows other major industrial units, such as Viohalco and Coca

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Seven of bin Salman's bodyguards among Khashoggi suspects "IndyWatch Feed War"

EXCLUSIVE: Seven of bin Salman's bodyguards among Khashoggi suspects

MEE reveals the military ranks of Saudi men suspected of killing Jamal Khashoggi - and their close links to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
Turkish forensic and investigation officers arrive at the Saudi consul-general's residence on Wednesday (AFP)


Wife of Interpol ex-chief fears for his life and her own safety "IndyWatch Feed War"

The wife of fallen former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei has expressed fears for his life and her own safety, lashing out at what she called the cruel and dirty Chinese government that arrested him in mysterious circumstances.

I think it is political persecution. Im not sure hes alive, Grace Meng said in the interview conducted in France, where Meng was based at Interpols headquarters.

AFP/File | Meng Hongwei, president of Interpol, went missing on a trip to China last month

Meng Hongwei, also a Chinese vice public security minister, went missing on a trip to China last month. He subsequently resigned as head of the international police organisation on October 7 after Chinese authorities announced he was under investigation.

China has since said he is suspected of accepting bribes.

I tell (my children) daddy is on a long business trip, the sobbing Grace Meng said, appearing in the interview only in silhouette to hide her appearance.

Complaining that there is no limit to Chinas power to act against opponents, she claimed to have received threatening phone calls suggesting she was being targeted in France.

They are cruel. They are dirty, she said.

I must stand up and I dont want any other wives and children like me.

The body investigating Meng, the National Supervisory Commission, can hold suspects for as long as six months without providing access to legal counsel.

Xis anti-graft campaign has punished more than one million officials, and has wide support from citizens fed up with endemic corruption. But some analysts say it also enables the Chinese president to eliminate rivals.

One of the most powerful officials to fall was former security ministry chief Zhou Yongkang, who promoted Meng more than a decade ago and was sentenced to life in prison in 2014.

The relatives of fallen officials are typically silenced, and Grace Mengs outspoken advocacy on behalf of her husband is unprecedented and no doubt seen as an embarrassment by Beijing.

China has pushed to have high-level representation in international bodies.

Mengs Interpol appointment was seen as a major success in that drive, but political experts say his downfal...


How to Make a Fortune in the Gold-Backed Crypto Revolution "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

How to Make a Fortune in the Gold-Backed Crypto Revolution by Nick Giambruno Casey Research Justins note: Recently, we broke new ground at Casey Research. Crisis Investing chief analyst Nick Giambruno revealed a revolutionary way to make big money...

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Disruptive technology and organized religion "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Even in the era of AI and gene splicing, religious leaders have much to contribute in terms of moral compass and meaning.

At a recent Vatican-sponsored conference, I learned that disruptive technology and organized religion have more in common than not.


Paul Craig Roberts 301 "IndyWatch Feed War"

Erasing History, Diplomacy, Truth, and Life on Earth

Erasing History, Diplomacy, Truth, and Life on Earth


Prenatal Fluoride Exposure Linked to ADHD in Kids "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Prenatal exposure to higher levels of fluoride not only impairs cognitive development but also significantly increases the incidence of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, new research shows.
"Our current study suggests that fluoride not only interferes with overall IQ or overall cognitive development but may also contribute to symptoms of ADHD," lead investigator Morteza Bashash, PhD, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Canada, told Medscape Medical News.


White Power: The Proud Boys "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Proud Boys Have Revived Far-Right Gang Terror With GOP Support


Most winningest blog post of the year "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

No contest - this will never, ever get old.  In a post on Kiwiblog, David Farrar writes:

National should trigger the waka jumping law.

Do you know how many posts David Farrar has written about what a disgraceful affront to democracy the waka jumping law is?  No, I don't either, I got sick of scrolling through the Google results list.

It sure would be funny if National did trigger this law.  After all their huffing and puffing about it, they'd be the first to use it, and that only a couple of weeks after it became law. Oh please, do it do it do it....


Critical Flaws Found in Amazon FreeRTOS IoT Operating System "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

A security researcher has discovered several critical vulnerabilities in one of the most popular embedded real-time operating systemscalled FreeRTOSand its other variants, exposing a wide range of IoT devices and critical infrastructure systems to hackers. What is FreeRTOS (Amazon, WHIS OpenRTOS, SafeRTOS)? FreeRTOS is a leading open source real-time operating system (RTOS) for embedded


#MeToo in a country that worships God as woman "IndyWatch Feed"

During a festival celebrating the Goddess who kills a demon menacing Gods, scores of educated Indian women have unmasked their tormentors and sparked a mini-revolution.

lead Detail. Durga slaying the Buffalo Demon. India, Karnataka, 13th century. Wikicommons/Los Angeles Museum of Art. Some rights reserved.

It has led to resignations in the media world, boycotts in the film industry and the closure of a famous film company. Junior foreign minister M J Akbar was made to resign. During a festival celebrating the Goddess who kills a demon menacing Gods, scores of educated Indian women have unmasked their tormentors and sparked a mini-revolution. A journalist has compared these #MeToo revelations to the eruption of a volcano.

These women had for years suppressed their trauma with silence, but when a visiting US-based Indian woman opened a can of worms, dozens of victims spoke out causing quakes in the worlds of films, journalism, sports and literature.

Akbar, an editor-turned-politician, brazened it out for days and filed a criminal defamation case against one of the 16 women journalists for naming and shaming him by describing his alleged misconduct in the work place. Akbar denied all allegations. But finally, he had to resign as minister. The Prime Ministers silence and the ruling partys wait-and-watch policy failed to protect him politically for more than 10 days. The Prime Ministers silence and the ruling partys wait-and-watch policy failed to protect him politically for more than 10 days.

Banner headlines

Akbars resignation got banner headlines. The Indian Express, having demanded days ago his exit from his work place, said it marked a new benchmark in politics of women, by women, for women and men. The ministers exit was hailed as a watershed moment and a seminal moment in Indias history.

One of the victims had alleged that when she knocked at Akbars hotel room door, he opened the doo...


Fifteenth site in online tools network: "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

At Browserling we're building a network of online tools websites. Each site in the network focuses on one and only one tool category. Each tool does one and only one thing. The first twelve websites in the network are Online CSV Tools, which is all about working with Comma Separated Values files, Online TSV Tools, which is all about working with Tab Separated Values files, Online JSON Tools, which is all about working with JSON data, Online XML Tools, which is all about working with XML documents, Online YAML Tools, which is all about working with YAML configs, Online STRING Tools, which is all about working with strings, Online RANDOM Tools, which is all about doing random things, Online BINARY Tools, which is all about working with binary zeros and ones, Online PNG Tools, which is all about working with PNG images, Online HEX Tools, which is all about working with hexadecimal values, Online JPG Tools, which is all about working with JPEG images, Online ASCII Tools, which is all about working with ASCII charset, Online MATH Tools, which is all about doing mathy things, Online IMAGE Tools, which is all about working with various image formats.

Today we're releasing the fifteenth site.

The fifteenth site in our network is Online UTF8 Tools. Online UTF8 Tools is a collection of simple, free and easy to use utilities for working with UTF8 encoded data. There are no ads, popups or other garbage. Just UTF8 utilities that work in your browser. Load UTF8 and instantly get result.

Here's a list of all UTF8 tools:


Classic TV Drama: Upstairs Downstairs S05 E01 On With The Dance "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Upstairs, Downstairs is a British television drama series produced by London Weekend Television (LWT) for ITV.It ran for 68 episodes divided into five series on ITV from 1971 to 1975.

A BBC Wales and Masterpiece produced continuation also called Upstairs Downstairs was broadcast by BBC One in 2010.

Set in a large townhouse in Belgravia in West London, the series depicts the servants downstairs and their mastersthe family upstairsbetween the years 1903 and 1930, and shows the slow decline of the British aristocracy. Great events feature prominently in the episode but minor or gradual changes are also noted. The series stands as a document of the social and technological changes that occurred between those 27 years, including the Edwardian period, the Suffragettes, First World War, the Roaring Twenties and the Wall Street Crash.

The show was a ratings success for ITV, and received outstanding acclaim worldwide winning multiple awards.

Series had an excellent cast with many well known actors appearing over the life of the series. Some are still active to this day.


OAT: The Unmentionable Quarter-Million "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

OAT: The Unmentionable Quarter-Million

  • an Open Letter to Councillor Mrs Elizabeth COLLING [Lab.], in her capacity as Chair of the Overview & Scrutiny Board of Scarborough Borough Council, seeking clarification in regards to the Councils public statements concerning the operating costs of the Open Air Theatre.


Councillor Elizabeth COLLING [Lab.] Chair of the Overview & Scrutiny Board SBC



I write requesting your attention to the increasingly confused issue of the operating/trading figures for the Open Air Theatre (OAT).

You will, I am sure, have read and digested the Scarborough News article in which your colleague and Group Leader (and your predecessor in the Chair of the Overview & Scrutiny Board), Councillor Steve SIDDONS [Lab.],  is quoted, thus:

As we have suspected for a long time, the Open Air Theatre costs the residents of this Borough over 100,000 each year to run, with no guarantee those costs wont increase in the future.

We are supposed to share in the profits from the shows with the operator, so it comes as some surprise that following one of the best years of operation with acts such as Britney Spears, Lionel Richie and The Script, we still get no share of the profit.

This is not a partnership of equals and we need to urgently review these arrangements.

In the same article, the assertion is made that:

Scarborough Council has revealed its financial results for the 6,500 capacity attraction, which show that the cost to the council of operating the venue for the year will be 107,000, with the councils finance director warning that it will see no income from a profit sharing deal. The cost of operation of the venue, was reduced by 25,000 as income exceeded expectations by 73,000, which reduced costs from 132,000.

For the most part, this information accords closely with the equivalent report on the Yorkshire Coast R...


DR Congo communities gain legal rights to forests "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


  • Provincial authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have approved forest concessions for five communities.
  • Following the implementation of a new community forest strategy in June, this is the first time the government has given communities control of forests.
  • Sustainable use of the forest is seen by conservation and development organizations as a way to both combat rural poverty and fight deforestation.

Five communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and the more than 10,000 residents who call them home, now have legal control of the forests on which they depend.

This month, government officials in DRCs Equateur province signed off on applications by communities to manage sections of the countrys forests, covering about 300 square kilometers (116 square miles).

A forest official from Equateur province presents community forest documents to the residents of the village of Bosende, DRC. Image courtesy of RFUK.

If community forestry in DRC is to succeed, it must be done by and for communities themselves, Julien Mathe, director of the NGO Group dAction pour Sauver lHomme et son Environnement (GASHE), said in a sta...


Planning more genocide? israel (apartheid state) ramps up armoured forces on Gaza border "IndyWatch Feed War"

Israel ramps up armoured forces on Gaza border Israel has reportedly deployed the biggest number of armoured forces on the Gaza border since the 2014 war. Around 60 tanks and armoured personnel carriers were seen at a deployment area near the border, according to a Reuters photographer, who said the show of force was clearly visible []


Ruger PC Carbine: Not Much We Dont Like (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Ruger PC Carbine: Not Much We Dont Like Video NutNFancy So why do we have a Ruger 9mm chambered carbine again? The previous M1 Carbine-looking Ruger PC9 was not exactly a success. The answer might lie within this GRV.little...

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Second nature: an adventure into rewilding "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Second nature: an adventure into rewilding

brendan 19th October 2018
Teaser Media


Tales from future pasts: Musings on Time Travel "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

An article on the possibility of Time Travel in the popular Next Big Future Science and Technology blog entitled "Quantum mechanics time travel indicates no grandfather paradox" got me to thinking about my interpretation of the Grandfather Paradox, and Time Travel in general.


Global carbon emissions to hit new record "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Global carbon emissions to hit new record

Jeanette Gill 19th October 2018
Teaser Media


Why UK trans rights debates are so frustrating, but I wont give up hope "IndyWatch Feed"

Proposed reforms to the Gender Recognition Act have led to a vile backlash in the media. But we all deserve freedom.

Supporters of trans rights at a Pride parade in Scotland last year. Supporters of trans rights at a Pride parade in Scotland last year. Photo: David Cheskin/PA Archive/PA Images. All rights reserved.Anyone following the debate about trans rights in the UK will have heard about the proposed reforms to the Gender Recognition Act (GRA). Given the amount of energy and time spent debating this in the media, I wouldnt blame you for thinking this is the single most important trans rights issue in recent times.

While reform opponents go on about how they will impact the safety of cis women, creating avenues for abusive men to pretend to be women, the GRA is just about trans people being able to get new birth certificates. The reforms are about updating the current intrusive, outdated, bureaucratic process.

The proposals would create a new legal process for people to sign a statutory declaration in order to get a new birth certificate. This process already exists in other countries including Malta, Argentina, Denmark and Ireland.

The sky hasnt fallen in these places, nor have abusive cis men seized the opportunity to put on a dress and lipstick and march into womens toilets to abuse women. All that has happened: a handful of trans people have got new birth certificates without having to prove to complete strangers who they are.

Reforms, not revolution

GRA reform will potentially include legal gender recognition for non-binary people as well, who are not currently recognised under the l...


Polemics with CNBC on the Russian hypersonic missiles, by Valentin Vasilescu "IndyWatch Feed War"

In reaction to the article by Valentin Vasilescu revealing that in theory Russia could sink US airplane carriers as they crossed the Gibralta straits, the Pentagon has had a documentary published through CNBC. The US news channel's thesis is that Russian missile Avangard would not be able operate. However to our minds, the basis for this assertion does not work.

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