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Saturday, 15 December


Police Dog Can't Quite Figure Out His New Winter Booties "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Jary has a very demanding job in law enforcement for a dog.
The 5-year-old Belgian Malinois joined the Rapid City (South Dakota) Police Department in 2016, and has gone everywhere with his dad and handler, Senior Officer Hower, ever since.
The K9 always finds a way to lighten the mood at the station and brighten his fellow officers' day.
His personality is that of a puppy. He loves to play and meet new people, Hower told The Dodo. He loves going to work and hanging out with the other officers at the station.

Credit: Facebook/Rapid City Police Department

Jarys natural talent for entertainment came into play last week, when his dad bought the pup some protective footwear to battle the winter chill. Jary has to be prepared for anything, so a little snow and ice cant get in his way when it comes to fighting crime.
But when Hower put the new booties on Jary, he didnt expect the dogs hilarious reaction. Luckily, a fellow K9 handler had his phone handy.

Credit: Rapid City Police Department

Shoes can throw off a dogs balance and friction, and its clear Jary is struggling with both. This was his first time wearing these particular brand of boots, Hower said. We had a good laugh while watching his response to the boots, but encouraged him at the same time.

Hower was just going to share the clip with his family and friends, but since it was posted to the police departments official Facebook page, Jary has become a star. To the surprise of his handler, Jarys video has been viewed nearly 6 million times in under a week.
I had...


Cow Takes Wrong Step And Falls Into Huge Sinkhole "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

One morning last week, the Lincoln County Fire Department got a call about a cow whod gotten stuck in a sinkhole, and was completely unable to pull herself out on her own. The hole was about 20 feet deep, and while the man who found her tried everything he could think of to help her out, he eventually decided to call for help

Credit: Dustin Whited

Around noon, the man contacted the fire department in hopes that they could help. The department sent some firefighters out to the scene, but they quickly realized that the rescue was going to be a tricky one, and wasnt something they would be able to do on their own. 

In order to make sure everything went as smoothly as possible, the Lincoln County Fire Department decided to call in the Jessamine County Fire Department and the Lexington County Fire Department as well, to provide extra crew members and equipment, so that the poor cow would have the absolute best chance of getting out of that sinkhole as quickly as possible. 

Credit: Dustin Whited

Once on scene the fire department realized the rescue was beyond their scope, Captain Dustin Whited, who works with both the Lexington County Fire Department and the Lincoln County Fire Department, told The Dodo. Most of them know that I am on the technical rescue team in Lexington. I got a call about the cow and they inquired if we would respond to assist them. 

Once the entire rescue crew was assembled, they all assessed the situation together and formulated the best plan to get the cow out of the hole safe and sound. Throughout the entire process, the cow seemed scared and confused and yet remained calm, as if she knew that a whole team of people were working together to get her out. 


People Can't Believe Who They Find Outside In Freezing Cold Tent "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

When one border collie escaped the makeshift outdoor enclosure where she and 15 others were being kept, she started running, doing what she was trained to do.

These border collies had been bred to be working dogs who herd cattle. But when this dog tried to do that to a group of cows nearby, tragedy struck.

Credit: ECHO Rescue

"Apparently she escaped from his makeshift enclosure and ran onto the neighbors cattle farm," Debbie Lazaro, president of East Coast Herding Dog Organization (ECHO) Rescue, told The Dodo. "The farmer shot her in order to protect his livestock ... [the cows] did sustain some unfortunate injuries."

Credit: ECHO Rescue

Such a loss never would have happened if the 16 dogs had not been left in a backyard shed in Kansas after a backyard breeder decided to shut down his operation.

"He moved away from the property and the dogs were left behind," Lazaro said. "He visits approximately once a day to 'take care of them.'" 

Credit: ECHO Rescue

It was obvious to rescuers that the breeder's care couldn't be sufficient.

"It's cold in Kansas. These dogs are outside ... It is not safe for these dogs," ECHO Rescue wrote in a plea on Facebook earlier this week. ...


The homemade politics of Abahlali baseMjondolo, South Africas shack dweller movement (Tricontinental) "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

14/12/2018 - The shack-dwellers movement Abahlali baseMjondolo, or AbM is among the organizations of the worlds poor and dispossessed fighting for land reform and dignity. Despite waves ...

Category 4 Tropical Cyclone "Owen" to hit Queensland, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Severe Tropical Cyclone "Owen" is currently a Category 3 strength system in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia. Owen is forecast to continue on a generally easterly track for the remainder of today, intensifying to Category 4 strength before making...... Read more

Record-breaking rains hit Victoria, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The moisture from Tropical Cyclone "Owen" is feeding the low-pressure system over Victoria this week, bringing record-breaking rains and floods to the region. The worst affected were northeast and northwest regions of Victoria, around Birchip, and east of...... Read more

Hobby-grade drones above can monitor marine animals beneath the surface "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Using drones for wildlife surveys isnt new to marine wildlife research, but its been focused mainly on detecting the large mammals and sea turtles that break the oceans surface to breathe. Researchers in The Bahamas wanted to test whether they could also locate the many sharks, rays, and other species that spend time just below the oceans surface using small, commercially available drones. They published their findings and testing methods last month. We found that drones can be used to count and make species-level identifications of marine species, particularly in shallow marine environments, lead author Enie Hensel, a Ph.D. candidate at North Carolina State University, said in a statement. Sharks, rays, and sea turtles are both disproportionately threatened by human activity and difficult to monitor. The aerial viewpoint offered by drone-borne cameras allows the pilot to detect these large animals beneath the surface. So the researchers set out to test if they could reliably identify animals in video footage taken from drones at different locations. Study lead author Enie Hensel flies a small commercial drone over the shallow waters of The Bahamas to test its utility in surveying and monitoring large marine animals. The researchers conducted aerial surveys and analyzed drone video footage to record the numbers and species of animals spotted. Image by Duncan Brake. They used small commercial-grade quadcopter drones that are relatively affordable, easy to use, and able to carry fairly high-definition video cameras to mimic the equipment that might be available to a wide range of

Amazon Besieged: Q&A with Mongabay contributor Sue Branford about new book "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

From 2016 to 2017, Mongabay contributors Sue Branford and Maurcio Torres traveled to the Tapajs River Basin, in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon, to report on the controversial plan to turn the region into a major commodities export corridor. Along the way, they visited many of the indigenous villages and other local communities whose very survival is threatened by the more than 40 large hydroelectric dams that are to be built in the region in addition to a railway and numerous roads, canals, and port complexes, all so that soy and other agricultural products can be exported to global markets and fuel Brazils economic growth. Branford and Torres wrote a 15-part investigative series (published in partnership with The Intercept Brazil) based on what theyd found during their travels for Mongabay in the Tapajs Basin, one of the most biodiverse and culturally rich places on Earth. Now, the reporters have turned those pieces into a book, Amazon Besieged, which was published by Practical Action Publishing this month. Cover of Amazon Besieged. Courtesy of Practical Action Publishing. Amazon Besieged tells the story of two writers long investigative trip along the basin in 2016 and 2017, according to Practical Action Publishing. As if travelling through history, the authors were able to trace the way an outside economic force arrives and dispossesses earlier inhabitants. The book has already been heaped with praise. Journalist George Monbiot said: This is a fascinating, important and astonishing account of the battle to save the living world and

Madagascar auctioning a large swath of virgin waters for oil exploration "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

At an oil industry event in Houston in September, representatives of Madagascars government went into auctioneer mode. Their message: Let the bidding commence! They had traveled to Texas to announce that Madagascar was opening up a large area of marine territory to oil exploration. None of the 44 concessions on offer, which cover 63,296 square kilometers (24,440 square miles) in the Mozambique Channel off the countrys west coast, has ever been tendered or explored before. Members of the hydrocarbon industry expressed excitement about the news, but civil society groups oppose the sale, arguing that the potential projects environmental and social impacts have not been evaluated. The coastal waters have a high level of biodiversity, a fragile coral reef network, and a number of marine areas that local fishers manage themselves, all of which could be threatened by oil exploration or drilling. [T]he offshore exploration and production of oil and gas on this scale goes directly against the objectives of protecting fisheries resources and preserving the marine ecosystems on which the livelihoods and food security of a large part of the Malagasy population depend, wrote four civil society groups, led by the Antananarivo-based Research and Support Center for Development AlternativesIndian Ocean (CRAAD-OI), in a statement late last month. International groups have also voiced opposition to the sell-off. The opening of this bidding round is clearly worrying for Madagascars unique marine ecosystems and biodiversity, Franois Chartier, an oceans campaigner for Greenpeace France, told Mongabay by email. Oil drilling could threaten vulnerable species, coral reefs

COP24: Will they stay or will they go? Brazils threat to leave Paris "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

President-elect Jair Bolsonaro pretends to shoot a gun, a signature gesture he uses to punctuate a point in his speeches. The gesture has become a sort of meme and accompanies incendiary language which critics say may be inciting some Brazilians in remote rural areas to violence against indigenous groups and other minorities. Image by Carlos Eugenio. KATOWICE, Poland One by one, Brazilian representatives from science, government and civil society gamely responded publicly in a press conference this week to a question theyd been fielding privately since arriving at the 24th United Nations climate summit, COP24, here in Poland: Would the volatile and staunchly anti-environmental President-elect Jair Bolsonaro follow the path of another volatile and staunchly anti-environmental president to the north and join the United States as the only other nation on earth to promise to leave the historic Paris Agreement? The answer is critically important not only to Brazilians, but to the world. The South American country is the worlds eighth largest economy and is guardian to much of the Amazon rainforest the worlds largest carbon storehouse. I dont think he will leave, said Alfredo Sirkis, a former presidential candidate and member of Brazils Congress, now executive director of the Brazilian Forum on Climate Change. But I didnt think the Trump government would leave either. It depends on a lot of political circumstances. There will be very strong pressure, especially from agribusiness, to remain in the Paris Agreement. At the same time, this is a very idiosyncratic group

In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, December 14, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Tropical forests By keeping pests in check, bats could help farmers in Madagascar, reducing the need to expand their farms into nearby rainforests (Science Daily, Scitech Europa). Corruption allows the plunder of Guinea-Bissaus forests to continue, the Environmental Investigation Agency says (All Africa). The region around the Mekong River in Southeast Asia is home to nearly 160 new species of plants and animals discovered in 2017 (Vietnam News, Xinhua). African cocoa producers arent ending deforestation (The Guardian, Confectionery News, Thomson Reuters). Deforestation is down in 2018 in Brazils Cerrado (VOA News). Ghanas government is taking steps to address illegal logging in the West African country (Ghana Business News). Conservation groups warn of an illegal mining epidemic in the Amazon (CGTN, The New York Times). Forest and rangeland restoration could help combat climate change in Ethiopia (Thomson Reuters). Other news The Tanzanian island of Kisiwa Panza is struggling to cope with climate change (PRI, Reuters). Carbon emissions limits could be relaxed by the EPA (The Washington Post). Most of the oldest ice in the Arctic has melted away, scientists warn (The Washington Post). Environmental groups object to the permits awarded to oil and gas companies in the U.S. that allow them to harm animals in the ocean (The Washington Post). A new book captures Icelands glaciers in photographs, before theyre all gone (The New York Times). Climate change could be a disaster for the worlds infrastructure, engineers say (Devex). Conservationists blame geotagging on Instagram for ruining natural places (The New York

Cloudflare verkauft ihr Schlangenl angeblich an Terroristen ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Cloudflare verkauft ihr Schlangenl angeblich an Terroristen auf der Watchliste der US-Regierung. Mir wre ja lieber, wenn denen Accenture oder McKinsey Rstungs-Beratung verkauft, oder vielleicht Homopathie oder so. Eine astrologische Beratung, Feng Shui, whatever. Immer schn deren Geld verbrennen.

Aber so wird die US-Regierung das nicht sehen, ist anzunehmen. Knnte uns ja eigentlich vllig egal sein, aaaaaaber Cloudflare waren auch die, denen Mozilla den DNS-Traffic ihrer User schenken wollte. Und da wird es dann doch interessant fr Verschwrungstheoretiker.

Das Ausformulieren berlasse ich mal Bert Hubert, der PowerDNS gegrndet hat. Das ist kein direkter Konkurrent von Cloudflare. Der hatte sich auch schon ausfhrlich ber Mozilla-DNS-via-Cloudflare geuert. Spoiler: Er ist kein Fan.

The Indiscreet Charm of the Gilets Jaunes (C.J. Hopkins) "IndyWatch Feed World"

14/12/2018 - So it appears the privatization of France isnt going quite as smoothly as planned. As I assume you are aware, for over a month now, the gilets jaunes (or yellow vests), a multiplicitous, ...


High temperature superconductivity record "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

When current flows in materials, it generates heat because of the resistance it encounters. This causes the materials to get hot and this has to be accounted for when designing electrical systems in order to avoid fires or meltdowns. This heat is also a major source of energy dissipation and loss. Superconductors are materials that do not have any resistance to the flow of current and thus can cut down energy consumption tremendously.

Superconductivity was first discovered more than a century ago in 1911 but the catch was that those materials only became superconductors at extremely low temperatures close to absolute zero (at below 4K which is around -269C) that could only be reached using liquid helium. This made it impractical for everyday use and the search was on to see if materials could be found that would work at higher temperatures, with the ultimate goal being room temperature superconductivity. If that is achieved, it would enable a whole host of revolutionary new technology.

The superconducting temperatures crept higher but seemed to plateau at about 30K (243C). A big breakthrough came in 1986 with the discovery of certain ceramic materials that were superconducting at 138 K (135C), which could be reached much more cheaply using liquid nitrogen. Temperatures started creeping higher again but slowly but now a scientific group has claimed that they have reached a new record temperature of 250K (-23C), which is a big jump from the previous record of 203K (-70C). This is a temperature that is achieved in winter in areas near the poles. The material also has to be at an extremely high pressure of 170 GPa which is about 1,677,769 times atmospheric pressure.

Actually three conditions usually have to be met before a material is declared to be a true superconductor.

There are three tests, reports MIT Technology Review, that are considered the gold standard for superconductivity, and the team has only achieved two: the drop in resistance below a critical temperature threshold, and replacing elements in the material with heavier isotopes to observe a corresponding drop in superconductivity temperature.

The third is the Meissner effect, which is the name given to one of the signatures of superconductivity. As the material passes below the critical temperature and transitions into superconductivity, it ejects its magnetic field.

The team has yet to observe this phenomenon because their sample is so small well below the detection capabilities of their magnetometer. However, the transition into superconductivity has an effect on the external magnetic field, too. Its not a direct detection, but the team was a...


Verizon Signals That its Yahoo! and AOL Divisions Are Almost Worthless "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

In news that nobody could have foreseen and will be a shock to everyone:

Verizon signals its Yahoo and AOL divisions are almost worthless

The on-paper assessment represents a realization that Verizon's online ad strategy, called Oath, is a bust.

Only a year and a half after it built Oath from the assets of the communications giants Yahoo and AOL, Verizon now says they're virtually worthless. In a filing Tuesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, Verizon Communications Inc. said it was taking a $4.6 billion charge on the goodwill balance of Oath, the division it created in June 2017 after it spent billions of dollars to buy Yahoo Inc. and AOL Inc.

[...] Oath was supposed to be Verizon's big push into web-driven advertising, a bid to compete with behemoths like Google LLC and Facebook Inc. in the U.S. online ad market, which the Internet Advertising Bureau projects could top $100 billion this year. But rather than eat into Google's and Facebook's market shares, Oath's ad revenue fell by 7 percent in the third quarter, which ended Sept. 30, to just $1.8 billion.

Google's parent company, Alphabet Inc., by comparison, hoovered up $29 billion in ad revenue in the same three months, a rise of more than 10 percent over the previous quarter. [...] Meanwhile, the growth of another player, Amazon Advertising which outpaced Oath with $2.5 billion in ad sales in the third quarter has pushed Oath even lower down the food chain.

[...] Writing off 96 percent of its value is like "ripping off the Oath band-aid," Fritzsche wrote. [...] Verizon bought AOL for $4.4 billion in 2015, and it bought Yahoo for $4.5 billion in 2017. It then merged them into a new venture called Oath.

Who could possibly have imagined that with big names like AOL and Yahoo! this venture wouldn't compete well against the mere likes of Google, Facebook, and Amazon.

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Verizon cuts 10,000 jobs and admits its Yahoo/AOL division is a failure

Verizon's Oath division failing in ad market, and it could get even worse.



New Thoughts on Tornadoes "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

AGU: New Research Finds Tornadoes Form From The Ground Up, Contrary To Popular Thought Submitted by Carol A. Clark/From the Daily Post Los Alamos A tornado May 25, 2012 in Galatia, Kansas as it was decaying. Courtesy/Jana Houser AGU News: WASHINGTON, D.C. New research challenges existing assumptions about how tornadoes form. Historically, scientists assumed []


Sharp Decline Puts Dow in Danger of Correction "IndyWatch Feed War"

Three major indexes on track to close week lower as weak data on global economies spark investor retreat

The Dow Jones Industrial Average teetered on the brink of correction territory Friday as disappointing economic data from China and the eurozone sparked a retreat by investors and traders hesitant to enter the weekend with big bets.

A steep drop at the end of a week has become a pattern during the recent stretch of m...


Megan McArdle On Kitchen Appliance Guidance And Holiday Meals "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Washington Post columnist Megan McArdle discusses The Weekly Standard, the best kitchen gadget gifts, and what to make for Christmas dinner this year.


Russia can take away the moon forever "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Chinese lunar program has entered another qualitatively new round. China launched a space station that went into orbit of the moon. The station is equipped with a landing module and a lunar rover, which must descend to the surface of the Earth satellite and begin work there. While about the area of the lunar area is []


Actrices argentinas denuncian la violencia sexual en la industria: No nos callamos ms "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

Durante nueve aos lo anul para poder seguir adelante. Hasta que hace unos meses escuch a otra chica acusar a la misma persona. Y eso fue un cachetazo para m. As empieza el vdeo de dos minutos y medio con el que la actriz argentina Thelma Fardn describe los hechos que ha denunciado en Nicaragua.

Fardin acusa al actor Juan Darths de haberla violado cuando ste tena 45 aos y ella 16, durante la gira internacional de la serie infantil patito feo Patito Feo en Nicaragua, pas en el que se ha interpuesto la denuncia penal: Me agarr la mano, me hizo que le tocara y me dijo mir como me pons, hacindome sentir su ereccin. Yo segua diciendo que no. Me tir en la cama, me corri el shorcito y empez a practicarme sexo oral. Yo segua diciendo que no. Me meti los dedos, yo segua diciendo que no. Le dije tus hijos tienen mi edad. No le import. Se subi encima mo y me penetr. En ese momento alguien toc la puerta y yo pude salir de esa habitacin.

Fardin anunci en la tarde del martes, arropada por ms de medio centenar de actrices, la interposicin de esta denuncia contra un actor al que ya han denunciado otra tres compaeras: Calu Rivero, Anita Coacci y Natalia Juncos. El artista acusado fue declarado inocente por falta de pruebas.

En rueda de prensa, y de manera colectiva como hicieron en Espaa las mujeres de La Caja de Pandora para denuncias el acoso en las artes hace casi un ao, varias mujeres del colectivo Actrices Argentinas, que agrupa a ms de 400 profesionales del espectculo leyeron de manera conjunta un comunicado en el que denuncian que las agresiones y abusos sexuales son la norma en la industria del espectculo. Las actrices recordaron que segn una encuesta de SAGAI, el 66% de las intrpretes afirm haber sido de algn tipo de acoso o abuso. Se parece ms a una norma que una excepcin, dice el comunicado. Porque, a quin vamos a denunciar? Al jefe de casting? Al dueo de la productora? Al director? Al maestro de teatro?.

Las actrices ponen en su comunicado el acento en la precariedad y las condiciones laborales de la industria del espectculo y enlazan as sus demandas con las del #MeToo, lema cuyas races estn en la lucha por los derechos de las mujeres trabajadoras.

Las actrices explicaron que las movilizaciones por el aborto legal sirvieron como punto de partida: de ah surgen asambleas sistemticas en las que las mujeres empezaron a compartir sus experiencias.
Con pauelos verd...


Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Variety is the spice of life   Annette Scott:

Its tough, rough country but Island Hills Station owners Dan and Mandy Shand are passionate farmers and innovative in their diversification to achieve financial sustainability. Annette Scottcaught up with them on their remote North Canterbury high-country property. 

Dan and Mandy Shand farm Island Hills, a 7000ha station in the back of beyond in the rugged Hurunui high county.

When the young couple took over the property from Dans parents Ed and Jan, they knew from the generations before them it would be tough going. In the early days access and weeds were the two biggest challenges.

For Dan initially, it was possums. . . 

OutcomesshouldberuralproofedRWNZsays Yvonne OHara:

Gower Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) would like to see any outcomes of the Governments mental health and addiction inquiry report, which was released last week, rural proofed, national president Fiona Gower says.

Quite a few of our members went to workshops held around the country to ensure we had coverage, Mrs Gower said.

We wanted to make sure the rural message was heard loud and clear. . . 

Drought relief grows recogniton:

As Jessie Waite drove down Taranakis coastal highway there was no escaping the savage drought gripping the region.

It was January 2018. Parched, dusty paddocks flanked the busy tourist route. Failed turnip crops were a stark reminder of rains that never came.

For many coastal farmers it was the worst season in decades. . .


Pravda: Russia has transferred an entire C-400 division to its western borders "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Russian Federation decided to redeploy the S-400 anti-aircraft missile division to its western state borders. This was reported to the domestic media by a source in the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. According to the source, the S-400 anti-aircraft missile system division will take up duty as soon as possible December 20th. The []


AIs Strive to Juggle Signals and Thwart Jammers in DARPAs Spectrum Challenge "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Six teams won US $750,000 each by showing that their AIs could responsibly manage spectrum

Its not clear which is more challenging: constructing AIs that can collaboratively learn to manage radio spectrum more effectively than humans can, or presenting the results in a way that isnt snooze-inducing. Yet both were accomplished during Phase 2 of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agencys (DARPA) Spectrum Collaboration Challenge (SC2), held on 12 December at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab.

For three hours, presenters cracked jokes and gave a play-by-play rundown of test results, complete with hand-drawn circles and arrows, that would have made any sportscaster proud. While watching replays of the most high-stakes tests, the audience gasped and cheered and shouted encouragement at the AI programs.

AI-managed spectrum allocation might not seem important enough to celebrate with such zeal. But bandwidth is a finite resource, and engineers are searching for ways to squeeze as many bits as possible out of every hertz. One way to avoid a spectrum crunch is to teach machines to be better at managing bandwidth than humans could ever hope to be. That idea is important enough that DARPA has dedicated a Grand Challenge to it, which completed its Phase 1 competition in December 2017.

Rather than regulators chopping spectrum into defined, rigidly-allocated bands, the hope is that devices can learn to autonomously manage their own spectrum use. That means training devices to listen for gaps in transmissions on viable frequencies, broadcast which frequencies they intend to use ahead of time, and perhaps most importantly, negotiate with nearby devices that also need to send and receive signals.

DARPA tested those skills in a series of matches representing scenarios that such an AI might encounter in the real world, like managing transmissions from squads of soldiers deployed in an urban environment, or from Wi-Fi routers trying to deliver service despite a nearby radio jammer.

Each AI scored points based on the number of connections it was able to deliver using the available spectrumspectrum it was sharing with two, three, or four other AIs at a time. The kicker is that all the participating AIs in each match only earned as many points as the lowest-scoring AI in the group, to ensure the AIs were sharing resources fairly rather than battling for spectrum supremacy.

DARPA tallied the points each AI earned across the more than 400 ma...


6-Year-Old Separated From His Father Tells Judge He Wants to Go Home "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Nearly an hour into Judge Anibal Martinezs afternoon immigration docket, the bailiff called out Wilder Maldonados name. The 6-year-old hadnt made a fuss about the wait, quietly coloring pictures of animals. Now, he set aside his blue crayon, tiptoed up to the defendants table and took a long, deep breath.

Wilder Hilario Maldonado Cabrera, chubby-cheeked with a toothless grin, has done a lot of waiting. He and his father left grinding poverty El Salvador for the United States in June, but they were caught by Border Patrol agents after they illegally entered the country. The agents then separated the pair along with nearly 3,000 others as part of the administrations zero-tolerance policy. Faced with sweeping condemnations, the administration retreated from the policy and, led by immigrant advocates and lawyers, began putting the families back together. Wilders case is one of the last that remains unresolved.

Since their separation, Wilder has been living in a temporary foster home in San Antonio while his father is held in an immigration detention facility less than an hours drive away. Wilder has spent the last six months one-twelfth of his life in limbo, waiting for his fathers plea for asylum to work its way through the system and determine whether the two of them could start a new life in the United States, or be sent back to the one they left.

Part of Wilders waiting involved coming to Martinezs court. Wilder was last here a few weeks ago, right before Thanksgiving. That day, he was striking, wearing a hat stitched with two googly eyes and a red yarn mohawk. This time, he dressed without flourish, in a dark denim jacket with gray sleeves. Last time, he appeared alone, without a lawyer. This time, his fathers lawyer, Thelma O. Garcia, appeared on both the father and sons behalf.

Garcia said that Wilders father had been denied asylum and had decided not to appeal any further. Hed grown desperate sitting in detention, while his wife and three other children remained back in El Salvador struggling to cobble together enough money to eat. He was his familys sole breadwinner, Garcia said, and if he wasnt going to be able to stay here, he needed urgently to go home. And he wanted take Wilder with him.

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Ian Buruma's Gebrek aan Logica "IndyWatch Feed War"

Mijn oude vriend Ian Buruma beweerde in zijn column op de Worlds Opinion Page van de website Project Syndicate van 7 december 2018 het volgende: 

Jeremy Corbyns Labour Party ideologues view the European Union as a capitalist plot to undermine the purity of their socialist ideals. And Brexiteers on the right still dream of Britain as a great power, whose global reach should not be hampered by membership of European institutions 


Chris Hedges and Mark Crispin Miller: The Destruction of an Independent Press "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Destruction of an Independent Press with Mark Crispin Miller

Mark Crispin Miller, Professor of Media Studies at New York University, discusses the destruction of an independent press in the United States.


Gresham College: Prof Jagjit Chadha Blueprint For Brexit Britain: #3/6 The Housing Market "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

About the series

The prospect of leaving the EU has forced the UK to debate its economic future. The government will have to address long term problems such as productivity, savings and investment, the housing market, the structure of finance, regional policies and infrastructure.

About the lecture

Housing represents the main asset class held by UK households and we shall try to understand why it is held as such a large share of assets. We shall then outline whether this choice has other knock on effects in the economy such as labour and social mobility. And what the case is for changes the tax treatment of housing.


ONLY one day left to order your Whale Meat before Christmas "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Do you want your order from the Whale Meat Company delivered before Christmas? **ONLY one day left to order. Your chance to get yummy meat for the holiday season is fast running out. This Sunday night is the cut off if you want a Whale Meat Company delivery before Christmas. You can still order over [] The post ONLY one day left to order your Whale Meat before Christmas appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


A bug in Facebook Photo API exposed photos of 6.8 Million users "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

New problems for Facebook, the social network giant announced that a bug related to Photo API could have allowed third-party apps to access users photos.

Facebook announced that photos of 6.8 Million users might have been exposed by a bug in the Photo API allowing third-party apps to access them.  
The bug impacted up over 870 developers, only apps granted access to photos by the user could have exploited the bug. 
According to Facebook, the flaw exposed user photos for 12 days, between September 13 and September 25, 2018.

The flaw was discovered by the Facebook internal team and impacted users who had utilized Facebook Login and allowed third-party apps to access their photos.

Our internal team discovered a photo API bug that may have affected people who used Facebook Login and granted permission to third-party apps to access their photos. We have fixed the issue but, because of this bug, some third-party apps may have had access to a broader set of photos than usual for 12 days between September 13 to September 25, 2018. reads a post published by Facebook.

Theoretically, applications that are granted access to photos could access only images shared on a users timeline. The bug could have exposed also other photos, including ones shared on Facebook Marketplace or via Stories, and even photos that were only uploaded but not posted.

Currently, we believe this may have affected up to 6.8 million users and up to 1,500 apps built by 876 developers. The only apps affected by this bug were ones that Facebook approved to access the photos API and that individuals had authorized to access their photos. continues the post.

Facebook is notifying impacted people via an alert in their account.

Were sorry this happened. Early next week we will be rolling out tools for app developers that will allow them to determine which people using their app might be impacted by this bug. We will be working with those developers to delete the photos from impacted users. concludes Facebook.

We will also notify the people potentially impacted by this bug via an alert on Facebook. The notification will direct them to a Help Center link where theyll be able to see if theyve used any apps that were affected by the bug.


Paul Craig Roberts 310 "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Camp of the Saints

Jean Raspails novel is unfolding before our eyes.
The Russians and Chinese do not need to do anything about Europe and the US. The West is self-destructing at a rapid pace.
Open letter says French citizens have another reason to revolt
A group of French military generals have written an open letter to Emmanuel Macron accusing the French President of committing treason by signing the UN migration pact.
The pact, which was signed by 164 nations on Monday, including France, is not legally binding but greases the skids for unlimited migration to be treated as a human right and criticism of mass migration to be treated as hate speech.
A letter written by General Antoine Martinez and signed by ten other generals, an admiral and a colonel, as well as former French Minister of Defense Charles Millon, warns Macron that the move strips France of more sovereignty and provides an additional reason for an already battered people to revolt.


AI for Scholarship: How Machine Learning can Transform the Humanities "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Will AI transform or replace the Humanities?

Artificial Intelligence has the potential to revolutionize the Humanities by transforming how we analyze texts.



For 40 Maseratis, we could elevate 3,000 Marlenes "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

StarThanks to these readers, Marlene Potoura has been enabled to....

  • move to a better and safer place
  • take her kids on a Christmas outing
  • mobilise her new learning centre
  • visit her family in Bougainville for the first time in 14 years
  • meet the man who killed her father
  • gather material & photographs for her forthcoming memoir
  • better pursue her avocation as a writer

Allan Kidston; Craig Coolum; Ross Wilkinson; Anonymous; Norm Wilson; Simon & Bea Ellis; Janis Roberts; Bob Cleland; Frank Alcorta; Dan & Judy Duggan; Max Uechtritz; Michael Main; Geoffrey Hancock; Bill Brown MBE; Alex Harris; Rick Nehmy; Deborah Ruiz Wall; Paul Munro; Gary Tongs; Joe Herman; Chris Overland; Col Young; Anne-Marie & Peter Smith; Paul Oates; John in Adelaide; Murray & Joan Bladwell; John Bennett; Betty, Nikitta & Valesca Kagl; Bill Welbourne; David Ransom; Ed Brumby; Jo Holman; Lindsay Bond; Jan MacIntyre; Phil Fitzpatrick; Elissa Roper; Robin Lillicrapp; Tess Newton Cain; Keith Jackson AM

The first tranche of $2,500 (K6,016) has been received by Marlene's bank and the second tranche (standing at $1,326) will be transferred this weekend. There are many Marlenes in Papua New Guinea. They are the ordinary people who, in large measure, have been abandoned by their own government - a malodorous government fawned upon by people and institutions who should know better, including the government of Australia. PNG Attitude has only been able to help Marlene and her two children. We hope that, before too long, those in a position to assist the entirety of the fine and hospitable people of PNG will begin to fully realise their responsibilities. You know who you are. Perhaps you can start now. This Christmas - KJ

IT problem or government interference in petition process? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Have you signed the petition to prevent New Zealand from signing the UN Migrant Compact? If you have, well done. If you havent, then you may find it very difficult, maybe even impossible because, according to Right Minds NZ, there has been interference in the petition. They also seem to think that it is the [] The post IT problem or government interference in petition process? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Time magazine honors journalists facing repression -- but snubs Julian Assange "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

It is most of all notable that the Time cover story on courageous journalists risking violence and repression to uncover the truth makes no mention of the most famous persecuted journalist on the planet, Julian Assange. The former editor of WikiLeaks has been effectively jailed in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for the past six years, seeking to avoid extradition to the United States.


Kelly Robson, author of A Human Stain, joins our Futurists Board. "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Kelly Robson, author of "A Human Stain", joins our Futurists Board. This story won the Nebula Award for Best Novelette.


Yemen won't see peace without addressing southern demands: Separatist leader "IndyWatch Feed War"


Any agreement that does not 'satisfy the aspirations of the southern people' will not lead to peace, Ahmed Omar bin Farid says


FreeBSD ZFS vs. Linux EXT4/Btrfs RAID With Twenty SSDs "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

With FreeBSD 12.0 running great on the Dell PowerEdge R7425 server with dual AMD EPYC 7601 processors, I couldn't resist using the twenty Samsung SSDs in that 2U server for running some fresh FreeBSD ZFS RAID benchmarks as well as some reference figures from Ubuntu Linux with the native Btrfs RAID capabilities and then using EXT4 atop MD-RAID.


This Could Be the Best Quantum Computer Yet "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

A startup based in Maryland has released and tested an impressive new quantum computer that demonstrates the power of an occasionally overlooked quantum computing architecture.

Companies like IBM, Google, and Rigetti are developing new kinds of computer processors that rely on the mathematics of subatomic particles to potentially perform calculations difficult for classical computers to do. These devices use superconductors as the basis for their qubits. A company called IonQ, however, has now announced a state-of-the-art system that relies on the quantum nature of atoms themselves, and its one of the best-performing quantum computers yet.


Marie Is the First Life-Sized, 3D-Printed Human Body "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Mariea five-foot-one, fifteen-pound 3D printed bodycould be used to help create better radiation treatments for cancer.


Clothing patch is like a personal heating system "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

A new flexible patch sewn into your clothes could one day keep you warmand lower your electricity bill at the same time.


Surprises are in store for the New Horizons fly by "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

There will be no New Years Eve revelry for those working on NASAs New Horizons space probe. They will need to be stone cold sober with their wits about them when, on New Years Day 2019, it whizzes past one of the fossil building blocks of the planets and one of the most primitive bodies in the Solar System.


FIRE-EARTH Conference: Giga Trends A Sustainable Future Scenario "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

IN PROGRESS TIA [September 24, Confidential 10] RNR [December 3, Confidential 10] GTEG [December 11, Confidential 10] Nominated Groups: Executive Based on earth dwellers inability to change direction, economy and lifestyle, together with assessment of the elite Zeitgeist, the available data and trends, as well as History of civilization (past experience) Current socioeconomic developments (present []


Newly Released 'Integrity Intitiative' Papers Include Proposal For Large Disinformation Campaigns "IndyWatch Feed War"

The person(s) who first published documents of the shady UK organization Integrity Initiative decided that the discussion is about the Initiative is not yet sufficient and published more documents. The first dump on the Cyberguerilla site happened on November 5....


Stuff: The fascists "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Remember this article from November 30th?   In the article, we told how a Whaleoil reader had spoken out against Stuffs attitude towards dissenting views on climate change. Our reader wrote a letter to the editor, complaining that this was a breach of free speech and that a mainstream media organisation should not be adopting such an [] The post Stuff: The fascists appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.



Arduino-Powered Rocket Test Stand "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

If youre into amateur rocketry, you pretty quickly outgrow the dinky little Estes motors that they sell in the toy stores. Many hobbyists move on to building their own homebrew solid rocket motors and experimenting with propellant mixtures, but its difficult to know if youre on the right track unless you have a way to quantify the thrust youre getting. [ElementalMaker] decided hed finally hit the point where he needed to put together a low-cost test stand for his motors, and luckily for us decided to document the process and the results.

The heart of the stand is a common load cell (the sort of thing youd find in a digital scale) coupled with a HX711 amplifier board mounted between two plates, with a small section of vertical PVC pipe attached to the topmost plate to serve as a motor mount. This configuration is capable of measuring up to 10 kilograms with an 80Hz sample rate, which is critically important at this type of rocket motors only burn for a few seconds to begin with. The sensor produces hundreds of data points during the short duration of the build, which is perfect for graphing the motors thrust curve over time.

Given such a small window in which to make measurements, [ElementalMaker] didn&#821...


How to check RAID configuration in Linux "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

I need to check RAID configuration in Linux. How do you check your current software RAID configuration in a Linux-based server powered by RHEL/CentOS or Debian/Ubuntu Linux?

The post How to check RAID configuration in Linux appeared first on nixCraft.


Torture: Lagos police command investigates officer "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, CP Imohimin Edgal, has ordered for the immediate investigation of an officer who allegedly tortured a good Samaritan. Edgals order is contained in a statement signed by the spokesman of the command, CSP Chike Oti, who did not name the officer. Oti said that the order was given []

The post Torture: Lagos police command investigates officer appeared first on Newtelegraph.


Army accuses UNICEF of training spies, supporting terrorists, suspends human services in North East "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Few days after reorganising Operation Lafiya Dole, the Nigerian Army has announced the suspension of all forms of humanitarian activities undertaken by the United Nations International Childrens Fund (UNICEF) in the North East. The Army said its decision was informed by alleged credible information suggesting that UNICEF was engaging in activities that could undermine the []

The post Army accuses UNICEF of training spies, supporting terrorists, suspends human services in North East appeared first on Newtelegraph.


Judge Emmet Sullivan in the Michael Flynn case orders the Mueller group to disclose interview material "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Robert Willmann Two days ago, federal judge Emmet Sullivan in Washington D.C. ordered the "special counsel" Robert Mueller group to do the following by 3:00 p.m. eastern time today, as shown on the court clerk's docket sheet-- "12/12/2018 MINUTE...


Agency Policing Tent City for Immigrant Kids Lacks Experience Investigating Sex Crimes Involving Children "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The federal agency responsible for primary policing duties at a controversial tent city housing thousands of immigrant children in Tornillo, Texas, doesnt have experience investigating child sex offense cases, despite evidence that such assaults are occurring within the nations shelter system.

The tent city, built on a patch of federal land near the border in El Paso County, has been a focal point of criticism and controversy as the number of children housed there has ballooned in recent months to about 2,800.

Late last month, as part of a larger investigation into child safety at the shelters, the inspector general for the Department of Health and Human Services warned that the Trump administration had waived FBI fingerprint background checks for employees at the emergency tent shelter and had hired dangerously few mental health counselors.

To handle any potential crimes at the tent city, the government has assigned the largely obscure Federal Protective Service.

The chief mission of the FPS is to protect federal buildings, such as the Census Bureau and the Social Security Administration, which it mostly does through its force of 13,500 private security guards. The agency also employs 1,000 law enforcement officers, who conduct site assessments, handle bomb threats and investigate any crimes, such as assaults and burglaries, that occur on federal property.

But an FPS spokesman acknowledged Thursday that the agency doesnt have experience investigating the allegations of children who may have been abused or sexually assaulted.

I dont know of us investigating any cases in recent history, said Robert Sperling, director of communications for FPS. The agencys mission is protecting federal facilities, theres not often areas or instances where something like that may happen or occur.

Experts in forensic interviewing and child abuse said children in the shelters are doubly vulnerable because they fear reporting assaults might affect their immigration cases.

Andrea Asnes, a pediatrician specializing in child abuse and an associate professor at Yale School of Medicine, said she also worried that children may be unlikely to disclose abuse at Tornillo and caregivers there may hesitate to alert law enforcement because it could reflect poorly on their vigilance.



10,000 Vaccines Safely at Once? How the CDC Lies about Vaccine Safety "IndyWatch Feed War"


Permit Hearing for Taiwanese Plastic Plant in Louisiana Turns into a Referendum on Environmental Racism "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

About 40 people attended the December 6 hearing in Valcherie, an unincorporated community in St. James Parish, Louisiana, located 50 miles west of New Orleans. It was held by representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), and the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR).



Yalda Mousavinia, Cofounder of the Space Cooperative, joins our Space Settlement Board. "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Yalda Mousavinia, Cofounder of the Space Cooperative, joins our Space Settlement Board.


Limited edition: Special Christmas breakfast pack with BLACK pudding! "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

OMG yum. That black pudding was fantastic! When was the last time you said that? Now you can treat yourself for Christmas. The Whale Meat Company has a limited number of boxes with the NEW black pudding that has the stamp of approval from the Whale Meat Taste Test Panel. How do you make a [] The post Limited edition: Special Christmas breakfast pack with BLACK pudding! appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.



A college I am associated with has a tradition of publishing in its magazine details of old collegians who have completed their tertiary studies along with the degree earned.

So in the summer edition of the magazine I see listed details of graduates from Massey, AUT, Lincoln, Unitec, Canterbury, Otago Waikato and Victoria.

And this under Auckland ... 'The University of Auckland, which is attended by a very large number of old collegians, has this year declined to supply names of recent graduates on the grounds of privacy.' 

PC gone completely barking mad.

Read the top five posts from yesterday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Our Whats Hot post and Must Read posts up the top of our home page are based on the two articles from the day before that attracted the most comments. This post is to provide you with the links to the top five most read posts as the vast majority of our readership do not comment and the post with the [] The post Read the top five posts from yesterday appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


"Man is a singular creature. He has a set of gifts that make him unique among the animals: so that, unlike them, he is not a figure in the landscape, -- he is a shaper of the landscape." #QotD "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

"Man is a singular creature. He has a set of gifts that make him unique among the animals: so that, unlike them, he is not a figure in the landscape, -- he is a shaper of the landscape. In body and mind he is the explorer of nature, the ubiquitous animal, who did not find but at made his home in every environment."        ~ Jacob Bronowksi, from his book Ascent of Man .


The Americans wet their pants because of the Russian Tu-160 in Venezuela "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Expect De Telegraaf to be denounced as Islamophobic and apologize, but theyre actually correct: not all devout Muslims are violent jihadis, but all violent jihadis are devout Muslims. Counterterror analysts in the U.S. used to consider this, but all that was swept away by Obamas enforced willful ignorance in 2011. France is looking to striking []


Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Reaches Space for the First Time "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Submitted via IRC for SoyCow1984

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo reaches space for the first time

Virgin Galactic has come a long way since its tragic 2014 crash. The company's SpaceShipTwo has reached space after months of testing, flying to an altitude of 271,268 feet before returning to Earth. The stay was brief (SST fired its rocket for all of a minute), but it was enough to both verify the spacecraft as well as conduct four NASA-backed scientific experiments that studied the effects of microgravity and devices that could handle life support and counteract vibration.

[...] Actual passenger flights aren't likely to happen for some time. Virgin stressed that it wanted to finish its tests "safely," not just quickly. The successful visit to space makes that more a question of when than if, though, and suggests that Richard Branson might be vaguely realistic when he talks about hopping aboard his own flight within months.

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All of Pakistans problems are due to lack of education experts "IndyWatch Feed War"

At the Tanjai Cheena school in northwest Pakistan, students squeeze into makeshift classrooms where plastic tarps serve as walls and electricity is sparse, as a surging population overstretches the countrys fragile education system.

Sandwiched behind desks like sardines, students repeat words learned in Pashto and English during an anatomy lesson: Guta is finger, laas is hand.

At the Tanjai Cheena school in northwest Pakistan students squeeze into makeshift classrooms where plastic tarps serve as walls and electricity is sparse. (AFP)

Two teachers rotate between four classrooms at the school, which lacks even the most basic amenities, including toilets.

The girls usually go to my house and the boys to the bushes, principal Mohammad Bashir Khan, who has worked at the school in the picturesque Swat Valley in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province for 19 years, said.

With birth control and family planning virtually unheard of in this ultraconservative region, the ill-equipped public school system has not kept up with population growth.

In 1984, when my father started the school, there were 20 to 25 kids. Now they are more than 140, Khan said.

Pakistan sits on a demographic time bomb after years of exponential growth and high fertility rates resulted in a population of 207 million two-thirds of whom are under the age of 30.

And each year the country gains three to four million more people, overburdening public services from schools to hospitals.

At the Malok Abad primary school in the town of Mingora, 700 boys share six classrooms, many of which remain damaged from a 2005 earthquake with clumps of plaster still falling from their ceilings.

The youngest students study in the courtyard sitting on the ground, while others are forced to gather on the roof under the baking sun.

We are doing our best. But those kids are neglected by the system, teacher Inamullah Munir said.

On the girls side, the situation is even more dire with the smallest classes hosting up to 135 students packed into a space measuring about 20 square meters.

This is emergency education, said Faisal Khalid, a local director at the education department in Swat.


The stakes are high in a country where education has long been neglected and received little in...


JUST IN: EFCC slams money laundering charges against Tunde Ayeni "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has filed an eight-count of money laundering against a former Chairman of Skye Bank Plc (Now Polaris Bank), Mr. Tunde Ayeni. The EFCC had detained Mr Ayeni on Wednesday. The charges which were filed before the Federal High Court, Abuja, said Ayeni and one Timothy Oguntayo conspired to withdraw []

The post JUST IN: EFCC slams money laundering charges against Tunde Ayeni appeared first on Newtelegraph.


In Parts of Pakistan, Thousands of Schools Not Functional "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Balochistan government has stepped up action against ghost employees and chronic absentee teachers to improve the woeful state of education in the province, where over a million children remain out of schools.

Pakistan sits on a demographic time bomb after years of exponential growth and high fertility rates resulted in a population of 207 million two-thirds of whom are under the age of 30. (AFP/File)

At least 1,800 state-run primary, middle and high schools in the province have been found to be non-functional. Another 2,200 schools are without shelter and 5,000 primary schools across Balochistan are being run by single teachers, according to documents of the education department obtained by DawnNewsTV.

Children sit on the floor at an open-air school in Balochistan. Asmatullah Khan/File
Children sit on the floor at an open-air school in Balochistan. Asmatullah Khan/File

We have suspended 179 teachers, ordered inquiries against 97 and issued show-cause notices to 82 during the past one month, said Balochistan Education Secretary Tayyab Lehri while talking about the government crackdown on ghost and absentee teachers.

See: Schools without roofs: the state of govt-run schools in Balochistan

The education department has also deducted over Rs141 million from the salaries of chronically absent teachers during the last three years, the documents show.

The total number o...


Compounds in pomegranate juice found to trigger cancer cell death "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"


(Natural News) With proper dietary supplementation with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agents, cancer may be prevented or slowed down. One of these powerful anti-cancer agents is pomegranate. According to research, pomegranate juice and pomegranate extract contain powerful...





Actos, a commonly prescribed drug for diabetes, can give you bladder cancer "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"


(Natural News) The drug pioglitazone (brand name Actos) can allegedly help control and regulate blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes. However, the results of a study have revealed that some patients with d...



Stoneman Douglas High School Commission Votes 13-1 In Favor Of Arming Teachers "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"


Educators want to be prepared in order to prevent another attack.

The post...



Home Sales Slow to a Crawl "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"


Previously hot markets falling hardest

The post Home Sales Slow to a Crawl appeared first on Alternative News Network.



Adam is bored with: "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

NZ Pundits

NZ Pundits who like Jacinda Ardern

Duncan Garner

Jack Tame

Phil Twyford


Thank you everyone, you have made so many things possible "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Marlene with Darhlia Dee & Martin GrayMARLENE DEE GRAY POTOURA

LAE - My two children, Darhlia Dee and Martin Gray, and I would like to thank you all, our overseas readers of PNG Attitude who contributed in the Australian spirit, well known throughout the Pacific, to make sure my kids and I have an awesome Christmas.

I want to kindly and gratefully inform you all that you succeeded. My two children and I are most grateful, which writing here cannot express.

Firstly, we have moved out from a really shitty cave like building, where I had tried to operate a learning centre this year.

The struggles I went through in that cave are not worth mentioning now because it was downright unbelievable.

On 22 February, a week after resigning from a teaching job I had with the Salvation Army School, I was robbed senselessly and mercilessly.

All my writing from over 20 years went to nothing, taken right out on my two laptops, an external drive and over 16 flash drives. I nearly went insane, because I was worried.

The worst feeling was that people did not understand and see how important my writing was. I didnt even care about the computers and the phones. I was really worried about my years of work that I treasure more than anything.

I felt friendless and sad. I even told my friend Ed Brumby the way I was feeling and he told me how sad he was too that my work had been stolen.

Some weeks later, I pulled myself together. I have realised long ago that there is no one to help me and I must always be strong and make things happen.

I scavenged for hard copies of my work from files I kept on shelves and got myself into intensive writing. This year, I have published two more youngsters books which are My Brother Warrollu 2 and 6 Whacky Tales for Youngsters.

Then, on Wednesday 28 November, while we were still sleeping, thieves crept through a window and stole all our phones, my electric sewing machine, money in cash, my sons graduation attire and brand new shoes that I had got ready for his graduation the following Wednesday.

When the three of us woke up in the morning, we were dumbfounded and sat on the floor and looked at each other. I was really angry and frustrated. 

I had to get new graduation things for my son and t....


US tech giant has been offering cybersecurity to terrorist groups: report "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

American tech giant Cloudflare is providing cybersecurity to at least seven terrorist organizations and militant groups, HuffPost reported Friday.Cloudflare has more server traffic than Twitter, Amazon, Apple, Instagram, Bing and Wikipedia...


Pro-Sharia, hijabbed Muslim Rep.-elect Ilhan Omar mocks Mike Pences Christian faith "IndyWatch Feed War"

Pro-Sharia, hijabbed Muslim Rep.-elect Ilhan Omar mocks Mike Pences Christian faith
Just imagine the establishment media uproar that would ensue if Pence had mocked Omars faith. But in this case, Leftist journalists will just join in with Omar and mock Pence themselves. Jesus take the wheel! #BorderWall Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) December 11, 2018 Incoming Muslim Congresswomen Mock Pences Christian Faith, by Patrick Goodenough, CNS []


Intel Drop: Beyond Toast, Either America or Trump Falls, Does it Matter? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Currently, we are aware of up to 600 felony counts against Trump and a case now being made against Pence.


Friday Feathers "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

These are from David who notes:

If its a murder of Crows


Its a Parliament of Owls,

then surely it must be

A brothel of shags?


David Brindley, all rights reserved


David Brindley, all rights reserved


To me a s a German, English collective nouns are both a delight and a bane. I mean, a pride of lions and a murmuration of starlings?

In German its quite easy: If it flies or swims, its a swarm (Schwarm), with the exception of marine mammals (they have Schule, schools like in English). Carnivores that hunt together are a Rudel, a pack like wolves. Grazers? Herde (herd). Trees? Forest, unless youre my husband who once famously couldnt remember forest and kept talking about a pack of trees.


NewDay USA Donates Learning Center to Help Homeless Veterans "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A ceremony will be held at The Baltimore Station to celebrate a new learning center donated by NewDay USA to help homeless veterans move forward. In attendance will be NewDay Chairman Rear Admiral Thomas Lynch USN (Ret.) NewDay USA Brings Warmth, Education to The Baltimore Station Fulton, Maryland Dec. 14, 2018 NewDay USA, []


Erdogan and Trump discuss 'coordination' in northern Syria as tensions flare "IndyWatch Feed War"


Turkish and US leaders' phone call comes a few days after Ankara said it would launch a new operation against US-backed Kurdish fighters


Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This is Subscriber Content. You can access subscriber content, including crosswords, sudoku, polling, commentary and podcasts by subscribing to one of our membership packages. The post Daily crossword appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.



Appeal re High-End Burglary at Olivers Mount "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Appeal re High-End Burglary at Olivers Mount

North Yorkshire Police is appealing for witnesses and information about a burglary that occurred in Scarborough.

Between Friday 7th December and Monday 10th December 2018 Olivers Mount race circuit at Scarborough had a number of their storage buildings broken into. As a result almost 9,000 worth of equipment including 8 generators, a large motorbike trailer and a Billy Goat road sweeper were stolen.

We are requesting the publics assistance to help establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident.

In particular, we are appealing for information about suspicious vehicles that may have been seen around the Olivers Mount circuit over the weekend and any information about the location of the items that have been stolen.

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2, and ask for PC Adam Elliott. You can also email

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Please quote the North Yorkshire Police reference number 12180229322.

Contact details:

Adam Elliott #1068 | 31068

Incident reference:



Trumps Inauguration Paid Trumps Company With Ivanka in the Middle "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

When it came out this year that President Donald Trumps inaugural committee raised and spent unprecedented amounts, people wondered where all that money went.

It turns out one beneficiary was Trump himself.

The inauguration paid the Trump Organization for rooms, meals and event space at the companys Washington hotel, according to interviews as well as internal emails and receipts reviewed by WNYC and ProPublica.

During the planning, Ivanka Trump, the president-elects eldest daughter and a senior executive with the Trump Organization, was involved in negotiating the price the hotel charged the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee for venue rentals. A top inaugural planner emailed Ivanka and others at the company to express my concern that the hotel was overcharging for its event spaces, worrying of what would happen when this is audited.

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Stay up to date with email updates from WNYC and ProPublica about their ongoing investigations.

If the Trump hotel charged more than the going rate for the venues, it could violate tax law. The inaugural committees payments to the Trump Organization and Ivanka Trumps role have not been previously reported or disclosed in public filings.

The fact that the inaugural committee did business with the Trump Organization raises huge ethical questions about the potential for undue enrichment, said Marcus Owens, the former head of the division of the Internal Revenue Service that oversees nonprofits.

Inaugural workers had other misgivings. Rick Ga...


New York Times photographer posted support for Palestinian jihad terrorism on Instagram "IndyWatch Feed War"

New York Times photographer posted support for Palestinian jihad terrorism on Instagram
Will the New York Times fire him? No, theyll probably give him a raise. New York Times photographer posted support for terrorism on Instagram, by Eylon Levy, i24News, December 14, 2018: A Pulitzer-nominated New York Times photographer posted support for terrorism on his social media, i24NEWS has discovered. Wissam Nassar posted pictures of the suspected []


UN migration pact protest TODAY December 15th "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Gday, Following last weekends successful event, the same organisers are hosting a demonstration outside the prime ministers office in Mount Albert. Time: 12 PM 4 PM Place:  658 New North Road, Morningside,  Auckland This weekend will feature people in hazmat suits and a large banner, alongside the yellow hi-vis vests to show solidarity with [] The post UN migration pact protest TODAY December 15th appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


How to upgrade, renew or change your Whaleoil subscription "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If your subscription has not automatically renewed it may be because you hadnt ticked for it to automatically renew when you set it up because your credit card has expired because you have removed your credit card details from Paypal. because of insufficient funds If you want to update your credit card details click here. If [] The post How to upgrade, renew or change your Whaleoil subscription appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Desenterrar la arena: sobre los Chalecos Amarillos y la cultura poltica francesa "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

Deca el revolucionario y mdico francs asesinado en 1793, Jean-Paul Marat, que era necesario organizar el despotismo de la libertad contra el despotismo de los reyes. Marat, hombre clave de la Revolucin Francesa, luego identificado como la cara visible de los excesos revolucionarios tras el fin de la llamada etapa del terror y la cada de la Repblica, no podra haber supuesto nunca que, ms de 200 aos despus, en la Francia de 2018 -y el mundo-, los reyes seran las finanzas internacionales sin rostro, las lites globalistas y un importante sector de la clase poltica tradicional, mientras que el pueblo oprimido seguira siendo el mismo.

Charles De Gaulle, quien fue hroe de la resistencia contra los nazis, fundador de la V Repblica y mandatario francs por poco ms de diez aos, supo decir que tanto el deseo de privilegio como el gusto por la igualdad son pasiones dominantes y contradictorias de los franceses de toda poca. Lo cierto es que, en Francia, histricamente, se ha exigido garantizar servicios sociales, como la educacin y la salud, a la vez que pedir la reduccin de impuestos, considerados extremadamente altos por la amplia mayora de los franceses, siempre reticentes a la accin recaudadora del Estado, quizs, en parte, herencia de la revolucin de 1789, en una manera similar a los norteamericanos.

No es un dato menor que la chispa que comenz el incendio de las ltimas semanas fue el aumento en los precios de los combustibles y que una de las mayores exigencias del movimiento sea la de reducir los impuestos.

Francia manifestante chaleco amarillo la-tinta

Otra de las famosas mximas gaullistas puede servir hoy para entender qu moviliza a los seguidores del Frente Nacional de Marine Le Pen-, la que tiene grandes posibilidades de convertirse en la fuerza poltica mayoritaria de Francia, encabezando todas las encuestas para los comicios a celebrarse en 2019 para el Parlamento Europeo: No hay que engaarse. Est muy bien que haya franceses amarillos, franceses negros y franceses morenos. Eso ensea al mundo que Francia est abierta a todas las razas y que tiene una vocacin universal. Pero con la condicin de que sean una pequea minora. Si no fuera as, Francia no sera Francia. Somos todos, ante todo, un pueblo europeo de raza blanca, de cultura griega y latina, y de religin cristiana. Basta de cuentos. Por ahora, junto a Jean-Luc Melenchon, del frente de izquierda Francia Insumisa, la lder de extrema derecha parece ser la nica dirigente poltica capaz de encarnar el descontento popular, con un discurso que interpela tanto a los sectores trabajadores empobrecidos como a las capas medias descontentas con la inmigracin, especialmente proveni...


Politician scores for 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Its that time of year when political journalists rate the politicians on their performances. Tracy Watkins: After a huge year in politics, one politician stands out Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern 9.5 I think thats very generous. Ardern has done well at some things especially her public performances and her rapport with journalists but []


Go security releases 1.11.3 and 1.10.6 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by Dmitri Shuralyov on Dec 14


We have released Go 1.11.3 and Go 1.10.6 to address three recently
reported security issues. You can see an announcement at

We are making this posting to oss-security list now that the security
issues are public to follow the policy described at We
recommend subscribing to the golang-announce list at...


The Yellow Vest Movement: Showdown with the State : Reports from the Clashes in Paris, around France, and across Europe "IndyWatch Feed War"

Since November, France has been shaken by the yellow vest movement, a grassroots reaction to President Macrons proposal to increase fuel taxes in order to force the poor to pay for the transition to ecological technologies. Like the Occupy movement, the yellow vest movement cohered around shared tactics and frustration rather than common goals or values; consequently, the movement has been a battleground for many different political agendas and factions. The far right initially took advantage of the movements apolitical character to gain influence, especially online; but as the movement spread and the clashes with the police intensified, anarchists and other uncontrollable rebels also staked out ground within the movement.

Paris, December 8.

Although divided as to how to relate to the movement, anarchists and other autonomous rebels chose to get involved in order to confront fascist and authoritarian tendencies from within, undermine the legitimacy of the authorities, and reorient the movement towards more systemic solutions. These efforts bore fruit: fascists have been driven out of demonstrations; anti-capitalist and anti-fascist blocs have marched together in Paris; new connections have arisen between anarchists, autonomists, and other yellow vesters, not to mention rail workers, students, and those who live on the margins of the metropolis; demonstrators have attacked manifestations of capitalism and the state with increasing frequency; slogans from the protests against the Loi Travail and other radical movements have spread among the protesters. Yet the outcome of the yellow vest movement might still benefit any number of different groups, including the far right.

Macrons government has repeatedly attempted to establish dialogue with the spokespersons of the yellow vests. All these attempts have failed. The majority of the movement has refused any negotiation with officials and seems to reject the political system as a wholethis is why it has been successful in compelling Macron to promise concessions...


Tiny implantable wireless devices could help people repair nerves and lose weight "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Implanted electronics are typically large, require batteries, and sometimes need replacementbut new technology could change that.

Some of the devices even dissolve in the body once their work is done.


Scott Swaaley On High Voltage "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

If you were to invent a time machine and transport a typical hardware hacker of the 1970s into 2018 and sit them at a bench alongside their modern counterpart, youd expect them to be faced with a pile of new things, novel experiences, and exciting possibilities. The Internet for all, desktop computing fulfilling its potential, cheap single-board computers, even ubiquitous surface-mount components.

What you might not expect though is that the 2018 hacker might discover a whole field of equivalent unfamiliarity while being very relevant from their grizzled guest. Its something Scott Swaaley touches upon in his Superconference talk:  Lessons Learned in Designing High Power Line Voltage Circuits in which he describes his quest for an electronic motor brake, and how his experiences had left him with a gap in his knowledge when it came to working with AC mains voltage.

When Did You Last Handle AC Line voltages?

If you think about it, the AC supply has become something we rarely encounter for several reasons. Our 1970s hacker would have been used to wiring in mains transformers, to repairing tube-driven equipment or CRT televisions with live chassis,  and to working with lighting that was almost exclusively provided by mains-driven incandescent bulbs. A common project of the day would have been a lighting dimmer with a triac, by contrast we work in a world of microcontroller-PWM-driven LEDs and off-the-shelf switch-mode power supplies in which we have no need to see the high voltages. It may be no bad thing that we are rarely exposed to high-voltage risk, but along the way we may have lost a part of our collective skillset.

Scotts path to gaining his mains voltage experience started in a school workshop, with a bandsaw. Inertia in the saw kept the blade moving after the power had been withdrawn, and while that might be something many of us are used to it was inappropriate in that setting as kids are better remaining attached to their fingers. He looked at brakes and electrical loads as the solution to stopping the motor, but finally settled on something far simpler. An induction motor can be stopped very quickly indeed by applying a DC voltage to it, and his quest to achieve this led along the path of working with the AC supply. Eventually he had a working prototype, which he further developed to become the MakeSafe power tool brake.

Get Your AC Switching Right First Time

The full talk is embedded below the break, and gives a very good introduction to the topic of switching AC power. If youve never encountered a thryristor, a triac, or even a diac, these once-ubiquitous components make an entrance. We learn...


New Facebook Bug Exposed 6.8 Million Users Photos to Third-Party Apps "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Facebook's latest screw-up a programming bug in Facebook website accidentally gave 1,500 third-party apps access to the unposted Facebook photos of as many as 6.8 million users. Facebook today quietly announced that it discovered a new API bug in its photo-sharing system that let 876 developers access users' private photos which they never shared on their timeline, including images uploaded


Jacks Walk "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"


Bubbles trapped in melting ice, voyager, all rights reserved

Its been above zero for a day or two and most of our snow has vanished. In its place we have soggy ground, slush, mush and mud. Lots of mud. Jack didnt mind. He was so happy just being outside again that I didnt want to limit his fun, so I let him get dirty. His wound has healed and water is cheap and we keep a stack of dog towels for just such an occasion. Sometimes a dog just needs to be a dog. I remember once taking my other lab Lucy, who died last year, to the dog park. There was a small white poodle there who clicked with Lucy and the two dogs romped and played right through a mud puddle. The poodles owner stormed over to me quite angry that my dog had gotten her dog dirty. I laughed and said something about how much fun the dogs had while getting dirty and that made her even angrier. I finally told her that she shouldnt bring her dog to the off-leash park again with such a bad attitude. She bent down to the dog and made quite a show about not wanting to touch the ick while she attached his leash. Her face was all screwed up and she was breathing noisily and heavily with punctuated snorts. Finally, mumbling not quite under her breath, she and her dog walked away and got into a small white car. Lucy and I both had a laugh. This is one of my favourite stories and its possible that Ive already told it. After some 200+ Jacks Walk its getting hard to remember. If it is a repeat, Im sorry. The photo is new, though. Happy Friday, everyone.


Saturday soapbox "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Saturdays soapbox is yours to use as you will within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. Youre welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse, but not abuse.



Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Good morning, welcome to our daily Whaleoil General Debate. Our evening General debate is called Backchat and will start at 6 pm On General debate, you are encouraged as a commenter to share your own stories, discuss other news, bring NEW news, catch up with friends or make new friends with other commenters. To participate youll [] The post Whaleoil general debate appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Would You Move to a New City for $10,000? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Tulsa, OK made the news recently for trying to tempt remote workers with the offer of a housing stipend for a furnished apartment, a desk at a local co-working space, andoh yeah$10,000 in cold, hard cash, if theyll only move to Tulsa for one full year. While far from the first place to try itother cities and even states have lured telecommuters with everything from cash to cover relocation costs to outright student loan forgivenessthe move is still pretty novel in an age where economic development usually involves tax credits for big corporations and massive, landscape-altering construction projects. But are Tulsas direct-to-worker payouts a fresh, new strategy to seed their local tax rolls with rising stars, or are they just a silver-bullet boondoggle in another package?

Chuck and Kea take that exact question on in the most recent episode of Upzoned. And while Kea starts out on the fence, Chuck has an immediate and decisive gut reactionand hes also got some big ideas about what Tulsa and other cities considering schemes like this should do to build from here.

Then in the Downzone, Chuck and Kea talk about their December reads. While Chucks been neck-deep in Christmas cookie baking, hes been indulging in his other favorite holiday hobby: adventure novels on audiobook while he rolls out the dough. And Keas getting a jump on her New Years resolution to write more fiction by studying up on the work habits of famous creative minds.

Top photo via PxHere.

The Manus babies who face a stateless future "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Manus baby 1LYANNE TOGIBA & MICHELLE CHENG | The Guardian

SYDNEY - The children of Manus Island refugees and local women are being denied birth certificates, according to their families, potentially leaving up to 39 of them stateless.

A number of refugee men detained in the Australian-run Manus Island regional processing centre and Papua New Guinean women started relationships as early as 2015, with some children born shortly after.

The regional processing centre was shut down in 2017 but at least 750 refugee and asylum seeker men remain in the country, with 580 of those on Manus Island, according to UN high commissioner for refugees estimates from July.

Families say authorities have refused to issue birth certificates to their children, despite multiple attempts to obtain the documents.

I just want a marriage certificate for my wife and I, birth certificates for our two babies, citizenship and an area where we can live, Haroon Rashid, a 27-year-old Rohingyan refugee, says.

Rashid fled Myanmar because of ethnic cleansing by government forces and arrived in PNG in 2013. The following year he was found to be a refugee and married a 22-year-old Manusian woman, Molly Noan.

The couple says provincial authorities have refused to issue birth certificates for their two-year-old son, Mohammed, and 17-month-old daughter, Almeera.

In 2016, after their eldest child was born, they asked the Manus Island provincial administrator for documents but were told to get confirmation from the PNG Immigration and Citizenship Authority.

But the authority told the couple it was not its responsibility and referred the matter back to the Manus Island provincial government.

Rashid and Noan have given up trying to get these documents owing to what they say are continual delays and refusals. Our marriage and life is aimless and our destiny is uncertain without him being a citizen, Noan says.

The future remains unknown for these refugee and asylum seeker men without PNG citizenship, while others face a long wait for resettlement in third countries. Now their children face a risk of statelessness too, as they lack birth certificates to prove they were born and registered in PNG.

Experts warn that the denial of birth certificates violates the childrens international legal right to be registered immediately after birth.



South Korea, US Fail to Agree on Sharing Costs for USFKs Stationing Reports "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sputnik 14.12.2018 Seoul and Washington failed to agree on the amount of South Koreas financial contributions for the stationing of the US Forces Korea (USFK) in South Korea, the Yonhap news agency reported, citing a government official. Again, nothing is agreed until everything is agreed Theres still a big difference over the total []


International email bomb hoax proves to be a spectacular failure "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

International email bomb hoax proves to be a spectacular failure

Authorities in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are said to be investigating a wave of bogus bomb threats that have been sent to a variety of organisations late on Thursday.

But if the hoaxer thought they were going to make a lot of money through the scam, theyre going to be disappointed.


Re: Multiple telnet.c overflows "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by Hacker Fantastic on Dec 14

I have revised the original advisory for this issue due to discovery of a
wider range of impacted clients and the latest updated copy can be found
here and also at the following URL's:

So far the list of impacted clients for these issues:
* Apple Sierra telnet client
* netkit-telnet 0.17
* inetutils telnet
* NetBSD telnet...


Jamal Khashoggi killer heard saying 'I know how to cut' in recording: Erdogan "IndyWatch Feed War"


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says audio recording of journalist's murder was shared with US, Germany, France and Canada


History Is Written By The Winners "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By corbettreport Who gets to write the history textbooks? Where do the history teachers learn about history? What documents are allowed into the historical record,...


Hamid Anbari, CEO and Cofounder of IKAP Robotics, joins our Robotics/AI Board. "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Hamid Anbari, CEO and Cofounder of IKAP Robotics, joins our Robotics/AI Board.


Re: Linux kernel: userfaultfd bypasses tmpfs file permissions (CVE-2018-18397; since 4.11; fixed in 4.14.87 and 4.19.7) "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by Solar Designer on Dec 14

I agree, assuming it's likely also unknown to at least a subset of
potential attackers, whereas the known would also be known to them.

However, a major aspect is how often and how quickly you update in
response to new bug findings. What I'm saying is that if you run a "too
recent" kernel, you have to update far more often than if you run a
"sufficiently old" kernel. If you're not sure to update often and...


Endanger "nationalists" and neo-Nazis in Ukraine peace throughout Europe?, by Matthias Erne "IndyWatch Feed War"

With the Soviet Union disintegrated 1991 a multi-ethnic state, in which lived about 100 ethnic groups. The political elites in the successor states then faced the problem of creating an independent national identity in order to protect themselves in the long term against reintegration into a successor realm. For ideological reasons, the leadership of the Soviet Union never paid much attention to the question of nationality. Relations between Soviet republics were close in every respect, and (...)



Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Legendary talkback host Leighton Smith joined Mike Hosking in studio, to discuss his long career, dream homes, new podcast and plans for retirement. The post Face of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Paris Cyber Agreement Dj Vu All Over Again? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Air Force officers monitor a cyber warfare exercise. (Carrie Kessler/US Air Force)


NZ plummets in energy investment ranking, Government happy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

New Zealand has dropped from 14th to 46th in a ranking of attractiveness to energy investors. This isnt surprising after the Government put significant limitations on oil and gas exploration. Green or alternative energy prospects dont seem to rate Im still unclear how we will meet al our energy needs if we transition away []


Hundreds of children of IS members jailed in Iraq set to return to Turkey "IndyWatch Feed War"


Most of the children are currently in prison in Baghdad where their Turkish parents have been sentenced to death or jailed for life


NVIDIA Is Making Faces At You "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Some folks at NVIDIA have developed a "style-based generator architecture for generative adversarial networks", borrowing from "style transfer literature". It has been demonstrated to generate remarkably realistic (and fictitious) human faces. As impressive as it is, it's not obvious the extent to which the demonstration of this architecture is like a little old lady who only drove it to church on Sundays. Regardless, it looks like the AI overlords can now have alleged supermodel girlfriends in Canada too:

The video demonstration is at

Their explanation/description is at

Original Submission

Read more of this story at SoylentNews.



Ziad Fadel Issaam Al-Buwaydhaani, a/k/a Abu Hammaam Al-Buwaydhaani, (from Douma) is seen here studying the 12-year old catamites he has been gifted by the Qataris.  This Salafist is now on death-row. He is the head of Jaysh Al-Islaam, having been elected to that post after the Syrian Air Force turned his predecessor into infected hamburger meat in 2015, to wit:  Zahraann Alloosh.  []



Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The word for today is acceptation (noun) 1. The usual or accepted meaning, as of a word or expression. 2. Favorable reception; approval. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : Acceptation is older than its synonym acceptance; it first appeared in print in the 15th century, whereas acceptance makes a 16th-century appearance. Grammarian H. [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Zionist regimes disturbed dreams will never come true: Iran "IndyWatch Feed War"

Press TV Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Photo by AFP) The Iranian Foreign Ministrys spokesman has described the Zionist regime of Israel as the main cause of instability in the region, noting that its bad dreams about Iran will never come true. Bahram Qassemi made the remarks on Thursday in reaction to earlier statements by the []


Weekly report on israels terrorism against Palestinians Territory (06 12 December 2018 "IndyWatch Feed War"

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations  Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes, in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), for the week of 06 12 December, 2018. Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against protestors in the Gaza Strip. A 4-year-old child was killed in the southern Gaza Strip, while 93 civilians, []


Unedited NASA footage of moon landing You still dont believe in a flat earth? "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Phil Stone says

Perhaps it didnt appear fake to the audience in 1969, but its clearly fakes to everybody now. Just look at the supposed cloud formation spanning the whole earth.



Fedora Developers Are Trying To Figure Out The Best Linux I/O Scheduler "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Fedora developers are working on trying to figure out the best default behavior moving forward for their I/O scheduler selection...


Changes proposed for End of Life Choice Bill "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

David Seymour is recommending changes to his End of Life Choice Bill after getting feedback from public submissions (a record 37,000) and by the sound of things, to get sufficient support from MPs. NZH: Act leader David Seymour recommends changes to End of Life Choice Bill Seymour has written a report on his End []


The Green New Deal Should Address Militarism "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Environmentalists need to contest the Pentagons staggering global footprint. The U.S. military is the worlds largest institutional consumer of fossil fuels and the largest source of greenhouse gases, contributing about 5 percent of global warming emissions. Almost 900 of the EPAs 1,300 Superfund sites are abandoned military bases, weapons-production facilities or weapons-testing sites.


Video: Russian Forces Start Siege of US Controlled Zone (Military Base) in At-Tanf, Southeastern Syria. Unconfirmed Report "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Russian forces have established several military positions near the US-controlled zone of at-Tanf, pro-government media activists reported on December 12.

A source familiar with the situation, told SouthFront that several air-defense systems and other military equipment were deployed at the

The post Video: Russian Forces Start Siege of US Controlled Zone (Military Base) in At-Tanf, Southeastern Syria. Unconfirmed Report appeared first on Global Research.


Video Friday: Agile Amphibious Robot, and More "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. Well also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; heres what we have so far (send us your events!):

Robotic Arena  January 12, 2019  Wrocaw, Poland
RoboDEX  January 16-18, 2019  Tokyo, Japan

Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy todays videos.

The bar has now been set for robot holiday videos, thanks to FZI. Happy ROS-lidays!

Still waiting for a robot with a cookie to show up at my door. Any time now, Im sure. 

[ FZI ]

Thanks Arne!

Looks like Honda will be showing a new mobile robot at CES next month:

Honda PATHBot is a robot equipped with AI that recognizes surrounding situations and moves with the optimum route to the destination while avoiding people and obstacles. Honda aims at a society in which robotic devices coexist and cooperate with people and expand the possibilities of people. PATHBot has a function to smoothly move public space where people go, without giving anxiety to people, which is essential for utilizing robotics devices in real society.

[ Honda ] via [ Robotstart ]

Berkshire Grey is helping customers radically change the essential way they do business by delivering game-changing technology that combines AI and robotics to automate omni-channel fulfillment. Berkshire Grey solutions are a fundamental engine of change that moves you forward by transforming pick, pack and sort operations to deliver competitive advantage for enterprises serving todays connected consumers.



An Anti-Aging Vaccine? "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Researchers from the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School are attempting to defy and reverse the biological aging process by developing a therapeutic vaccine that would bolster the essential repair and regeneration processes of cells.

This is potentially important research since the current life expectancy at birth is around 78.8 years in the USA.

In the United States, about 46 million people are above the age of 65. This number is expected to double by 2060, therefore increasing age-related health issues, reports



Hoover Institution: Uncommon Knowledge Why Does Joseph Stalin Matter? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Recorded on January 25, 2018. Joseph Stalin, Soviet dictator, creator of great power, and destroyer of tens of millions of lives Thus begins this episode of Uncommon Knowledge, which dives into the biography of Joseph Stalin. This episodes guest, Stephen Kotkin, author of Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929-1941(, examines the political career of Joseph Stalin in the years leading up to World War II, his domination over the Soviet Union, and the terror he inspired by the Great Purge from 193638. Why does Joseph Stalin matter? is a key question for Kotkin, as he explains the history of the Soviet Union and Stalins enduring impact on his country and the world. Kotkin argues that Stalin is the gold standard for dictatorships in regard to the amount of power he managed to obtain and wield throughout his lifetime. Stalin stands out because not only was he able to build a massive amount of military power, he managed to stay in power for three decades, much longer than any comparable dictator. Kotkin and Robinson discuss collectivization and communism and how Stalins regime believed it had to eradicate capitalism within the USSR even in regions where capitalism was bringing economic success to the peasants, with the potential of destabilizing the regime. This led to the Great Purge, a campaign of political repression that resulted in the exile and execution of millions of people. For the full transcript go to


Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Proverbs 15 28 The heart of the godly thinks carefully before speaking; the mouth of the wicked overflows with evil words. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


UK bans accused blasphemer Asia Bibi, but welcomes Muslim clerics who support murderer of foe of blasphemy law "IndyWatch Feed War"

UK bans accused blasphemer Asia Bibi, but welcomes Muslim clerics who support murderer of foe of blasphemy law
Leftists and Islamic supremacists frequently bring up the fact that Im banned from entering the UK as if it is in itself proof that Im an extremist who must be shunned by all decent people. In reality, as this story shows yet again, its a badge of honor. The Home Office recently banned Martin Sellner, []


Keanu Reeves Has Been Running a Secret Cancer Foundation to Fund Childrens Hospitals "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"


It is no secret that Keanu Reeves is Hollywood's biggest low-key real-life hero, but did you know that he also secretly funds children's hospitals?

The post Keanu Reeves Has Been Running a Secret Cancer Foundation to Fund Childrens Hospitals appeared first on The Free Thought Project.


Me story long Talk Pinglish "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


This fella (th)em story belong talk Pidgin
Me by talk him you (long) talk English
Talk pidgin (th)em talk talk belong all one talk
Time all sin down (na) gossip easy easy
Time all sun up (na) story kind kind
Time all eye sleep (na) sail him think think

Talk Pidgin come up number one talk talk now
Belong you me all Papua New Guinea
This fella talk talk (he) come before
Time you me like talk talk one time all whiteman
(Long) all mission (na) plantation long New Guinea
(Long) Madang (na) Rabaul (na) Kavieng (na) Buka

All this fella whiteman belong country Germany
All Germany learn him me fella
(Long) talk raus (na) makmak
(Na) me fella learn him too
(Long) talk gumi (na) maski

(Na) time me fella work one time all Catholic
All mission learn him me fella
(Long) talk pyre (na) pater
(Na) me fella learn him too
(Long) talk beten na bruder

(Na) time me fella work (long) all plantation
Me fella work one time all one talk belong Tolai
All Tolai learn him me fella
(Long) talk guria (na) avinun
(Na) me fella learn him too
(Long) talk turangu (na) tumbuna

(Na) time big fella fight (he) been come
All army fight man belong Australia (na) America
All Australia learn him me fella
(Long) talk bomb (na) cartridge
(Na) me fella learn him too
(Long) talk savvy (na) soccer

(Na) time big fella fight (he) finish
All kiap patrol officer belong Australia (he) come
All kiap learn (him) me fella
(Long) talk house line (na) master
(Na) me fella learn him too
(Long) talk humbug (na) bighead

(Na) all (a)nother fella (he) been talk talk
Time all been steal (him) all go (long) ship
Time all been work (long) sugar plantation
All too learn him me fella
(Long) talk this fella (na) kaikai
(Na) me fella learn him too
(Long) talk pikinini (na) calaboose

Time me fella go back (long) ol place
Belong me fella one one
Me fella (he) been smart true
Me fella (he) been lose him place long fella time true
(Na) me fella come up big fella man hurry up true



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3 New Ways To Take A ScreenShot On Android Smartphones "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Android is possibly the most popular Smartphone OS with more than 2 billion monthly active devices.

There might be times when you are looking for how to take screenshots on Android smartphone?

Here in this article, we are providing you with the best easiest ways to take a screenshot on android devices.

A screenshot is an image taken of whatevers on your screen. The process of taking screenshots on Android smartphones might sound obvious to many users but still, its good to learn some new stuff.

So these are the three best ways to capture and share a screenshot on Android smartphones.

ALSO READ: 5 New Ways To Take A Screenshot On Windows 10

Here is how to take a screenshot on Android smartphone?

The Standard Way To Take Screenshot On Android

The most basic way to capture a screenshot on Android smartphones is by pressing the volume down and power button at the same time. This will instantly capture a screenshot of whatevers on your screen.

A screenshot captured by using the above-mentioned process is generally verified by a screenshot capture sound, screen flash, or a notification.

Screenshot Using Gestures

The next best way to capture screenshots on Android is by using third-party applications. These Screenshot applications eliminate the need of pressing physical buttons to capture a screenshot.

Furthermore, using screenshot capturing applications you can even use gestures to capture screenshots. Third-party screenshot capturing applications also offer photo editing tools.

You can find an extensive collection of applications to capture screenshots on Playstore.

Scrolling Screenshots In Android



The Old U.S. Trade War With Japan Looms Over Todays Dispute With China "IndyWatch Feed War"

China would have superseded us in two years as an economic power; now, theyre not even close.

The Reagan administration won big concessions at the time, with dire effects on the Japanese economy


A fast-rising Asian power has built up a huge trade surplus with the U.S. and threatens American economic supremacy. Washington is outraged at how this new giant has acquired U.S. technologyoften, U.S. officials warn, by theftand how it has used the heavy hand of government to thrust its companies into a dominant global position. Now a Republican president who won election with surprising support from blue-collar men in the Midwest says that the economic rival had better make a deal, or else.

That, of course, is a description of the mid-1980s, when the rise of Japan was a top challenge for President Ronald Reagan and the U.S. was constantly setting deadlines and threatening tariffs. Now the U.S. has a similar challenge on its handsonly this time, it is China, which has replaced Japan as the worlds No. 2 economy and Americas No. 1 challenger.

President Donald Trump announced a temporary truce after a grilled sirloin dinner with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Buenos Aires on Dec. 1, and talks have resumed with a quick Chinese offer to trim auto tariffs. But a U.S. deadline looms: Without a new overall agreement in 90 days, Washington will slap 25% tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods. Days before the dinner, Mr. Trump told The Wall Street Journal, They have to open up China to the United States. Otherwise, I dont see a deal being made.

Under similar pressure three decades ago, Tokyo made a fateful choice: major concessions to the U.S., including in the 1985 Plaza Accord that let Japans currency rise against the dollar. What happened next offers important lessons for the U.S. ab...


Operation Timber Sycamore continues "IndyWatch Feed War"

Operation Timber Sycamore, initiated by President Barack Obama was privatized a little before the election of President Donald Trump. It is now coordinated by the investment fund KKR (established by Henry Kravis and whose military activities are led by the former head of the CIA, General David Petraeus). Timber Sycamore is the most important arms trafficking operation in History. It involves at least 17 governments. The transfer of weapons, meant for jihadist organizations, is carried out (...)


Minority Report: NYPD unveils plan to deploy drone fleet that will soon use facial recognition to scan citizens on the streets "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The New York City Police Department (NYPD) has a new crime-fighting tool at their disposal and it will forever change how police do their jobs. The NYPD has unveiled a new Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) which will assist during hostage situations and crime scene surveillance. The new program includes eleven new quad copter drones that can be deployed quickly for tactical operations. The NYPD will also possess two larger, weather-resistant drones equipped with 3D mapping and 30X zoom cameras with thermal imaging capabilities.

The large surveillance drones are intended to help out with search and rescue missions, but their capabilities could easily be abused to spy on suspicious targets and commit color of law abuses. Right now the NYPD says the tactical drones will not be equipped with weapons and will not conduct routine patrols. This does not mean that the drones wont be used to patrol, monitor, and record when the NYPD deems that the safety of the public is at risk.

In what ways will the NYPD push the boundaries of tactical and surveillance drones?

According to the police commissioner, the drones will be used responsibly for incidents such as hazardous materials accidents. The drones will also be used to survey inaccessible crime scenes. As the NYPD gets comfortable with the technology, in what ways will they push the boundaries? If officers were desperate to locate a specific person, they could use facial recognition technology on the drones to scan citizens on the streets. This level of police power will inevitably enforce greater citizen compliance to laws and regulations, and desensitize them to abuse. The New York Civil Liberties Union is speaking out about the NYPDs new drone policy, which doesnt do enough to safeguard against potential privacy violations. They also question whether the new drone fleet provides for sufficient law enforcement needs.

Police Commissioner James ONeill said the new drone fleet will make situations safer for everyone. As the largest municipal police department in the United States, the NYPD must always be willing to leverage the benefits of new and always-improving technology, ONeill said. Our new UAS program is part of this evolution it enables our highly-trained cops to be even more responsive to the people we serve, and to carry out the NYPDs critical work in ways that are more effective, efficient, and safe for everyone.

Just because a group in power believes they can make the public more safe, does not mean that liberties wont be lost in the process and abuses wont occur?

The NYPD joins more than 900 emergency response teams and state and local police forces around the country that have drones at their disposal. New York City is a very different landscape for drones; th...



Unesco presented with a complaint against France and Turkey "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Syrian Arab Republic has filed a complaint with UNESCO (the UN body dealing with Education, Science and Culture) against France and Turkey, charging them with looting cultural assets belonging to the Syrian people. Specifically, the complaint alleges that the French and Turkish armies supervised searches on the territories that they occupied (Manbij, Afrin, Idlib, Hassak and Raqqa). They looted archeological treasures that they then sent abroad. Furthermore, at the beginning of the (...)


Facebook reveals bug affecting photos of up to 6.8 million users "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Facebook said on Friday that up 6.8 million people may have been affected by a software bug exposing their photos to third-party app developers who did not have permission to view them.Tomer Bar, Facebooks engineering director, said in a blog post...


Mueller's final conclusions: a great day for America; or the unfolding of a nightmare scenario "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller is moving ever closer to the end of his Russian investigation and issuing a report on his findings. What is contained in those findings will determine whether we will see the dawning of a great new day for America or if we will see a nightmare scenario unfold across this nation.


What is Mac OS? Pros and Cons | Explanation "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Apple the most valuable brand in the world produces some of the best Hardware & Software products and Mac OS is just one of them.

If you dont know what is it? then you came at right place because here, in this article, we are providing you with everything you need to know about MacOs.

Also Read  MacOS vs Windows vs Linux: Which one is better?

What is Mac Os?

The term Mac OS stands for Macintosh Operating System.

Its a UNIX based operating system by Apple, exclusively for MacBooks and iMacs.

In the market of Desktops, Laptops, and Home Computers its the second most widely used desktop OS after Windows.

Brief History of Mac Os

After the departure of Steve Jobs from Apple, the company suffered a huge loss and board of directors at Apple decided to bring Steve back from NEXT and lead the company on an interim basis.

This really made Steve and his team work harder on Mac Os and soon they proved that Apple really has a potential.

The first initial Release of Mac Os was on March 24, 2001, which is nearly 17 years ago from now.

And till now Mac OS is improving with every new release.

Myths Related to Mac Os

1. Mac OS is more secure than Windows

Many of you might have heard that Mac Os is more secure than windows. But thats not true.

The market share of Mac is less than 10% which results in less malware and spyware attacks.

Actually, the main reason behind this is iMac and Macbook.

These two products running on Mac OS which is a bit expensive as compared to windows. So this automatically results in less damage.

Also Read Why real hackers prefer Linux over Windows and Mac

2. Mac is built for Artists

Mac Os comes with lots of built-in creative and useful tools as compared to Windows.



Ukraine reveals the motive behind the incident at Kertch "IndyWatch Feed War"

In 1997, Ukraine and Russia concluded a Treaty of Friendship which entered into force in 1999. This document was supposed to be automatically renewed every 10 years unless it was denounced by one party or the other. In October 2018, Ukraine decided to denounce this treaty. Then it organized the incident at Kertch. Furthermore, President Petro Poroshenko gave his administration the task of listing all the agreements concluded with Russia and identifying those that he should denounce. One (...)


Michael Cohen didnt tell the whole truth about the hush payments in GMA interview "IndyWatch Feed War"

Breaking News: Michael Cohen is bitter. And he might still be lying.

It should come as a surprise to precisely no one that what Michael Cohen said Friday on ABCs Good Morning America about Trump and the now-famous 2016 hush-money payments was so inaccurate that you have to wonder if hes still lying.

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Cohen, newly convicted felon and former lawyer to President Trump, asserted that Trump directed the payments to porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal specifically to influence the election.

You have to remember at what point in time that this matter came about two weeks or so before the election, post- the Billy Bush [Access Hollywood] comments, so, yes, he was very concerned about how this would affect the election, said Cohen.

But this only relates to one of the payments, the one to Daniels, and excludes information that indicates such payments may have been routine for Trump going as far back as 2014, more than a year before Trump launched his campaign.

The payment to McDougal took place well before the Access Hollywood tape was released on Oct. 8, 2016. That agreement, made as part of a deal with the National Enquirer, was sealed on Aug. 5, more than two months before anyone would know about the Access Hollywood tape.

The U.S. governments sentencing memorandum from two weeks ago said that this alliance between Trump and the Enquirer was forged more than a year before Trump began his long shot bid for the White House.

In August 2014, [Enquirer Chairman David Pecker] had met with Cohen and [Trump] and had offered to help deal with negative stories about [Trumps] relationships with women by identifying such stories so that they could be purchased and killed,' reads the memo.

So, the catch and kill plan was the Enquirers idea all the way back in 2014. One of the payments was made in August of 2016, three months before the election; and then there was a second payment, which theres no evidence wouldnt have taken place regardless of its timing.

Cohen was sente...


Antnio Guterres and the fakes news of the Pact on Migration "IndyWatch Feed War"

More than 150 states have registered for the conference on the adoption of the Global Pact for sure, orderly and regular migration of Marakesh [Note: the reference document in English is entitled Global Pact but the UN translates it as the World Pact]. In his introductory remarks, the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, took great pains to denounce the false information on the Pact. In particular, he emphasized that the text is not binding and it will not limit state sovereignty. (...)


Re: Linux kernel: userfaultfd bypasses tmpfs file permissions (CVE-2018-18397; since 4.11; fixed in 4.14.87 and 4.19.7) "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by Solar Designer on Dec 14

Definitely. But relatively few people build their own per-machine
kernels. For many Linux distros, it's a choice of which base kernel to
use and maintain, and then they enable plenty of features that are in
any demand at all.

For someone doing their own kernel builds and bothering to spend time
deciding on every option, yes. This was slightly time-consuming in the
2.0.x days. Much more so later. Probably unaffordable for most now....


Pide matrimonio previo al Amrica Vs Cruz Azul; lo rechazan (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

Lo sorprendente de esta historia, es que la respuesta que recibi fue un no. Regeneracin, 14 de diciembre del 2018.-Un aficionado al futbol, tuvo la original idea de pedir matrimonio a su novia previo a la Final de ida en el Estadio Azteca entre Amrica y Cruz Azul. Muchos pretendientes aprovechan este tipo de eventos para []

La entrada Pide matrimonio previo al Amrica Vs Cruz Azul; lo rechazan (VIDEO) se public primero en Regeneracin.


European Parliament Votes to Give 13 Billion Subsidy to Arms Companies Via European Defence Fund "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Campaigners have condemned the decision of the European Parliament to support a 13 billion budget for the European Defence Fund for 2021-2027.

The proposal was included in a report called Establishing the European Defence Fund which was compiled by the

The post European Parliament Votes to Give 13 Billion Subsidy to Arms Companies Via European Defence Fund appeared first on Global Research.


Bernard Kouchner enters Syria illegally "IndyWatch Feed War"

On 1 Dec 2018, the former French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bernard Kouchner, entered Syria illegally. He participated in an International Forum on Racial Cleansing and Demographic Change, organized in the zone occupied by the United States and administered by the PKK's Kurdish militia. When the pro-US Coalition invaded Iraq, Mr Kouchner tried in vain to be appointed as the special representative of the UN Secretary General in the Iraqi Kurdistan, as he had been in Kosovo after the NATO (...)


Crimes Against the Earth "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Dear Caesar 
Keep Burning, raping, killing
But please, please
Spare us your obscene poetry
And ugly music

(From Senecas last letter to Nero)

The excavation of more than 600 billion tons of toxic carbon and hydrocarbon geological remains of

The post Crimes Against the Earth appeared first on Global Research.


New Facebook bug may have exposed unposted photos Were sorry this happened. "IndyWatch Feed War"

Facebook apologized Friday for a bug that may have exposed unposted photos from as many as 6.8 million users over a 12-day period through third-party applications.

In the latest in a string of incidents on data protection, the leading social network said using Facebook login and granting permission to third-party apps to access photos may have led to the unintended lapse between September 13 and 25.

When someone gives permission for an app to access their photos on Facebook, we usually only grant the app access to photos people share on their timeline, engineering director Tomer Bar said in a message to developers.

In the latest in a string of data protection incidents, Facebook said unposted photos as many as 6.8 million users may have been exposed through third-party applications

In the latest...


Financial Investigators Testify That Clinton Foundation Operated as Foreign Agent "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In explosive new testimony to the U.S. Congressional House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Thursday, a team of financial investigators raised serious questions about the legal status of the Clinton Foundation presenting evidence that alleges the organization operated as a foreign agent and does not qualify as a 501c3 charity.

PAY-FOR-PLAY: The Clinton Foundation accepted millions of dollars in donations from the very Gulf states she knew were funding ISIS and Al Nusra terrorists.
PAY-FOR-PLAY: The Clinton Foundation accepted millions of dollars in donations from the very Gulf states she knew were funding ISIS and Al Nusra terrorists.

These and other damaging revelations swirling around the foundation are against the political backdrop of a Republican majority that will cede control to Democrats come January. Translation: Unless some dramatic action happens between now and recess, were not likely to see this evidence pursued any further by the Clintons political firewall embedded in the new congress.

Tom Fitton, President of Judicial Watch, also testified and tweeted this out after the hearing:

Watch Oversight of Nonprofit Organizations: A Case Study on the Clinton Foundation:

Sara A. Carter reports

The Clinton Foundation operated as a foreign agent early in its life and throughout its existence and did not operate as a 501c3 charitable foundation as required by its and is not entitled to its status as a nonprofit, alleged two highly qualified forensic investigators, accompanied by three other investigators, said in explosive testimony Thursday to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

John Moynihan and Lawerence W. Doyle, both graduates of the...


Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation continues to support veterans "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Americas veterans, including many Cherokee men and women, committed a portion of their lives to preserving our collective freedoms.


Arabic press review: UN Palestinian agency says 2018 was toughest year yet "IndyWatch Feed War"


And in the West Bank, Asharq al-Awsat says it's as tense as when Israeli forces besieged former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in 2002


"Global Order" Equals the "New Fascism" "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The current "neoliberal" bailed-out "free market" diseconomy, imposed globally by military war crimes, erases nation-state sovereignty and self-determination in favour of supranational totalitarian predation.


The Hague: Acquittal in Fight Repression case "IndyWatch Feed War"

On 19 November 2016 about 250 people gathered on Kerkplein to demonstrate from there against the repression that has been spreading in recent years against anarchists and anti-fascists in The Hague and beyond. 

Originally published by Fight Repression.

Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.

 Repression being the always prohibiting of demonstrations and the identifying of anarchists and antifascist to then take repressive measures against them. This demonstration has also been repressed with violence from the police and with the arrest of 166 people.

Now, almost two years later the public prosecutor decided to prosecute the 166 demonstrators that were arrested at the Kerkplein. De first 50 people had to show up in court last month. After two full days in court, the judge ruled on December 3rd and the first 50 people were acquitted. Yesterday (13/12/2018) the public prosecutor decided not to appeal and to dismiss the remaining cases.

The court case
During the court case that lasted two days, a few things became clear. The police ended the demonstration at the Kerkplein, because some people were wearing face covering. In court it became clear, as our lawyers had already put forward, that there was no restriction on face coverings imposed by the mayor.

The police claimed in their file, that they assumed there was a restriction imposed on face coverings. The police also claimed that the mayor had given the order to end the demonstration. However, it did not become clear from the files who exactly gave that order. What it basically comes down to, is that the police decided on their own with using violence, to arrest, repress and deny demonstration rights because the demonstration simply did not please them.

This occurrence fits the image of repression that the demonstration was aimed at. The police in The Hague has been targeting anarchists and antifascists in a sickening way. Demonstratio...


Ignore rumors about Trump quitting before the end of his term "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

One of the features of the current administration of Donald Trump is that it has caused the political rumor mill in the US to go into overdrive. There are non-stop speculations about possible personnel changes, squabbling among aides, indictments by the special prosecutor and US attorneys, and so. Most of these speculations can be safely ignored because they are fact-free and largely serve as fillers to meet the needs of the 24/7 cable news channels. But there is one particular speculation that keeps surfacing from time to time that is particularly absurd and that is the one that says the Trump will leave office before his term is over because of the mounting legal troubles involving convictions of his close associates.

This is purely wishful thinking and will never happen, for one simple reason. We have never before seen an administration that consists of a president and his family who are such open grifters, seeking to milk their positions for personal gain at every opportunity. It is not that past presidents were paragons of virtue. But they at least seemed to care about maintaining the appearance of probity and were thus somewhat circumspect about their actions, focusing more of laying the groundwork for cashing in after they left office rather than while they were still in office. But the Trumps are utterly shameless. They are insatiably greedy. They want money, as much of it as they can stuff into their pockets, and they want it now.

Trump and his family are not the brightest bulbs on the Christmas tree but like all grifters they are acutely sensitive to their own needs. They know that they are under scrutiny and what protection they currently have is by virtue of daddy Trump being president. He will know that once he leaves office, he and his family will lose the biggest shield they now have and so he will delay that departure date for as long as he can. So not only will he not quit early, expect him to run for a second term even if nobody in his party wants him to. What will be interesting to see is what he will do in the last days of his office to try and ensure that his grifting is not prosecuted.

He may well do what Richard Nixon very likely did before his resignation and that is negotiate a deal with his vice-president to get a full pardon for him (and his family) after he leaves office. Or it is possible that he will issue pardons for his family, leaving only him to get a pardon from his successor. (He may even try to pardon himself, since nothing it too outr for this bunch of grifters.) But that it difficult too. Such a deal is possible only if he resigns before his term is over and the vice-president becomes president automatically. But if he holds on until almost the end, it will be hard for his successor to argue that there was no deal, the way that Gerald Ford tried to claim with Nix...



Personal Bank Accounts in Venezuela Frozen to Fight Terrorism "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Organic Preppers Editors Note: This article by Jose about the blocking of personal bank accounts in Venezuela made me think about how the Patriot...


Flowers for Friday "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Earlier this week I promised more flowers from DavidinOz and here they are, full, lush and in bright, cheerful colours. I hope they help chase away the winter blues.

Not everything in Renmark was roses Cheers, David.

David Brindley, all rights reserved

David Brindley, all rights reserved

David Brindley, all rights reserved

David Brindley, all rights reserved

David Brindley, all rights reserved


Mass nationwide protests bring Togo to the brink of ending 50 years of dictatorship "IndyWatch Feed War"

by Regina Asinde

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Hundreds of thousands took to the streets of cities across the West African country of Togo on Dec. 8, as part of a recently revived wave of nationwide protests demanding political reforms. At the center of their demands is the reinstatement of the 1992 constitution, which included a two-term limit on the presidency before being stripped away by former president Eyadma Gnassingb, father of current president Faure Gnassingb.

Mass protests first erupted in August 2017, forcing the government into internationally-moderated negotiations, which in an attempt to resolve the decades-long political crisis led to the reinstatement of the two-term limit. However, outrage was soon reignited when it was discovered that past presidential terms would not apply, thereby allowing Faure Gnassingb already in his third term to run for president in 2020 as if it were his first time. Negotiations broke down soon after that, leading to the revival of protests last month.

Nobody is willing to take that in Togo, said Togolese Civil League executive director Farida Nabourema. After 51 years of the Gnassingb, asking us to give them an additional 10 years, starting 2020, is basically asking us to commit suicide. Its something we cannot let happen, and its the reason we are back on the streets.

After first allowing protests in pre-approved zones, the government outright banned large demonstrations before the Dec. 8 mobilization. When upwards of 500,000 people turned out in Lom, the capital city, the regime deployed heavy military force, wounding dozens of civilians and killing at least three including an 11-year-old boy.

A coalition of 14 opposition parties, known as C14, have been one of the major forces driving the protests and whats known as the Faure Must Go movement. Since negotiations with the government ended last month, they have called for the cancellation of the legislative elections on Dec. 20 and urged their members not to participate. According to movement leaders, the government has been engaging in voter fraud by enrolling minors, as well as disenfranchising eligible voters through coercive tactics in preparation for Faure Gnassingbs 2020 presidential bid.

While th...


Ana Brbara hace el ridculo al cantar el Himno Nacional en partido Amrica Vs Cruz Azul (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

Se equivoca Ana Brbara al cantar el himno nacional antes del enfrentamiento entre America y CruzAzul en la Final Liga MX  Regeneracin, 14 de diciembre del 2018.-La cantante de msica grupera, Ana Brbara, fue invitada para cantar el Himno Nacional Mexicano en la final de ida en el Estadio Azteca entre Amrica y Cruz Azul. []

La entrada Ana Brbara hace el ridculo al cantar el Himno Nacional en partido Amrica Vs Cruz Azul (VIDEO) se public primero en Regeneracin.



Dexterity Hand is a Configurable Prosthetic Hand "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

One of the interesting benefits of the 3D printing revolution is the dramatic increase in availability of prosthetics for people with virtually any need. With a little bit of research, a 3D printer, and some trial and error, virtually anyone can build a prototype prosthetic to fit them specifically rather than spend thousands of dollars for one from a medical professional. [Dominick Scalise] is attempting to flesh out this idea with a prosthetic hand that he hopes will be a useful prosthetic in itself, but also a platform for others to build on or take ideas from.

His hand is explained in great detail in a series of videos on YouTube. The idea that sets this prosthetic apart from others, however, is its impressive configurability while not relying on servos or other electronics to control the device. The wearer would use their other hand to set the dexterity hand up for whatever task they need to perform, and then perform that task. Its versatility is thanks to a unique style of locks and tensioners which allow the hand to be positioned in various ways, and then squeezed to operate the hand. It seems like a skilled user can configure the hand rapidly, although they must have a way to squeeze the hand to operate it, or someone will need to develop an interface of some sort for people without needing to squeeze it.

To that end, the files for making your own hand are available on Thingiverse. [Dominick] hopes that his project will spark some collaboration and development, using this hand as a basis for building other low-cost 3D printed prosthetics. There are many good ideas from this project that could translate well into other areas of prosthetics, and putting it all out there will hopefully spur more growth in this area. Weve already seen similar-looking hands that have different methods of actuation, and both projects could benefit from sharing ideas with each other.

Thanks to [mmemetea] for the tip!


Bash check if string starts with character such as # "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

My bash shell script read a config file line-by-line using a bash while loop. I need to check if a string stored in $var starts with some value such as # character. If so I need to ignore that value and read the next line from my config file. How do I check if variable begins with # in bash shell scripting running on a Linux or Unix-like operating systems?

The post Bash check if string starts with character such as # appeared first on nixCraft.



Tens of Thousands of Police Prepare for Act 5 of Yellow Vest Protests "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Joseph Jankowski France is ready to deploy tens of thousands of police in anticipation for a fifth round of the Yellow Vest protests that...


Can You Pass This Astronaut IQ Test? "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Take this NASA IQ test and see if youve got the brains to be an astronaut.


Facebooks latest privacy scandal: The private photos of millions of users were accidentally shared with 1,500 apps "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Were sorry this happened, Facebook said in a statement after disclosing yet another privacy failing.

Facebook said on Friday in a developer-focused blog post that it had discovered a nasty bug in its photo software.

The bug allowed authorized app programmers to access photos that people had uploaded to Facebook but not publicly shared, as well as those posted on Facebooks Marketplace software or Facebook Stories, the post said.

There are several cases in which someone might have uploaded a photo but didnt share it, Facebook explained.


Computers could soon run cold, no heat generated "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Transistors, superconductors, and chip design have all seen efficiency breakthroughs this year. So much so, that we may see the cold-running computer before too long.


Poland UN Climate Conference & Running to Catch a Bus to the Apocalypse (Photo of the Month) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Copenhagen, Denmark: Fingers are pointed at Corporations and Bankers as the drivers of climate change during the UNFCCC (2009)Photo: Langelle/GJEP-GFC Via Intro from Orin Langelle 13 December 2018: I was going to wait until the final words were hammered out... Read More


Media watch Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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


New Shamoon Malware Variant Targets Italian Oil and Gas Company "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Shamoon is back one of the most destructive malware families that caused damage to Saudi Arabia's largest oil producer in 2012 and this time it has targeted energy sector organizations primarily operating in the Middle East. Earlier this week, Italian oil drilling company Saipem was attacked and sensitive files on about 10 percent of its servers were destroyed, mainly in the Middle East,


Black South African Political Leader Defends Comments to Kill Whites Kill Their Children and Women (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed"

The leader of the South African Black First Land First Party came under fire this week after calling for the murder of white people, their women and children.

Andile Mngxitama, president of Black First Land First (BLF), was upset about a taxi dispute when he made the threats in a rally last weekend. His supporters roared with delight as he called for the murder of white people.

Political leader Julius Malema is also notorious for making threats against white South Africans.

It may be a good time to think about moving your family if you still live in South Africa.

Mngxitama defended the remarks this week saying he was taken out of context despite video of his comments.

The Daily Mail reported:

The leader of a South African political party has called for the killing of white women and children in a row over the taxi industry.

Andile Mngxitama, president of Black First Land First (BLF), was speaking at a rally on the weekend in Potchefstroom near Johannesburg when he made the violent comments.

He tells the cheering crowd: For each one person that is being killed by the taxi industry, we will kill five white people.

For every one black person we will kill five white people.

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