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Sunday, 24 September

22:26

100 suicide attemps among women in 8 months in Kandahar "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

November 29, 2006 -- Some 100 women have attempted suicide by committing self-immolation or taking poison during the last eight months in the insurgency-hit southern province of Kandahar, an Afghan human rights watchdog said on Wednesday. "Our data show that at least 64 women have attempted suicide by setting fire to themselves and 36 others have resorted to taking poisons such as rat killers during the past eight months," Najeeba Hashimi, head of women's rights in the Kandahar office of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), said.

Almost half of all Afghan children not in school - Oxfam "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

November 27, 2006 -- More than half of Afghanistan's children are not going to school because of a shortage of places and teachers, the aid agency Oxfam says. Girls in particular are losing out, with just one in five girls in primary education and one in 20 going to secondary school.

Afghanistan: Behind the burqas "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

November 24, 2006 -- Activist with Afghani organization for womens rights RAWA tells Ynet womens situation in Afghanistan even worse than before American invasion: Rape, kidnapping, murder go unpunished. Without western interference, 9/11 could happen again, warns Sahar Saba

OH: Oh Mann, und der CDU fllt auf, dass ohne Glasfaser ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

OH: Oh Mann, und der CDU fllt auf, dass ohne Glasfaser ihre Kernwhlerregionen wegsterben werden?

Htte sie doch nur jemand gewarnt!!1!

22:20

The New World Order Is Linked with World Zionism and Western Central Banking Cartel "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Ayatollah Khamenei is both prophetic in tone, and impeccably accurate in content when he addresses Western youth with his hopes and fears. He wants them to understand that terrorism is the common enemy of all those who are decent people and men and women of good will.

22:19

Who Is Blocking the Clinton Emails?, 1802 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

- Trade Genius Academy - Learn How To Generate Passive Income Using Bitcoins At: https://www.TradeGeniusAcademy.com Good evening, Im still reporting on: Who Is Blocking the Clinton Emails?, 1802 Synopsis: Tom Fitton, the head of Judicial Watch, just released his weekly update, but there are so many astonishing insider revelations that it had my head spinning. So, Ill break it up into two or more pieces. Here Fitton explains why he is still having to fight in court for every Clinton email disclosure. [insert] So thats the importance of the Democrats blocking all the new Trump appointees. Folks like Jeff Sessions are outnumbered in the Injustice Department by what a thousand to one. So I wonder how that works? Does AG Sessions put out a memo of an intended action and then ask for a vote within his department? [insert] In other words, when it comes to the Clintons 25-year reign in Washington, they are above the rule of law, and everyone who has protected them over the years is above the rule of law as well. Support Our Sponsors: - Life Change Tea: Rid Your Body From Toxins! https://www.GetTheTea.com - Nobel Gold & Silver: Protect Your Money With Gold - Click Here- https://goo.gl/kx2yzW Or Call - 888-596-7916 - Water Smacker - Makes your water less acidic by ionization. https://www.watersmacker.com - Jeevy Computers: Move up to business-level cyber protection. https://www.jeevycomputers.com/pcs/ - Jeevy Computers: Buy/Sell Bitcoin & other Cryptos: 888-844-7806 - Trade Genius Academy - Learn How To Generate Passive Income Using Bitcoins At: https://www.TradeGeniusAcademy.com - Denas Pain Relief Store: http://denaspainreliefstore.com/denas-pcm-6.html 503.395.4142 Protect Your Information From Big Data - Click Here! https://www.virtualshield.com/billstill Use Promo Code: bill still for 20% OFF Still Report BTC address: 18Ky2c3CgPY3eu5N7ySoM3X6NjgEAN2w4v Connect with me; Bill Still: newspaper editor/publisher, economics reporter - top US publications, authored 22 books, 4 documentary videos & daily host of this Y/T channel, THE STILL REPORT: https://plus.google.com/u/0/109353617116072656672 Get the word Out: Please LIKE, COMMENT & SHARE! Our website: http://www.billstill.com Considered by informed insiders as the ultimate resource for surviving economic or financial collapse/crash and attaining the unvarnished truth about the latest US and world news, current events in Washington, and todays United States political climate. Please Like, Comment & Share. Bill Still is a former newspaper editor and publisher. He has written for USA Today, The Saturday Evening Post, the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, OMNI magazine, and has also produced the syndicated radio program, Health News. He has written 22 books and two documentary videos and is the host of his wildly popular daily YouTube Channel the Still Report, the quintessential report on the economy and Washington. Connect with Bill Still: https://www.youtube.com/user/bstill...

22:17

Judge Jeanine Rants On the NFL, 1803 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Good morning, Im still reporting on: Judge Jeanine Rants On the NFL, 1803 Synopsis: Judge Jeanine just blasted the NFL in general and NFL Commissioner for lashing back at President Trump for criticizing the anti-American protesters among a handful of NFL players. [insert] Im still reporting from the one-time, free-speech capital of the world, good day. Support Our Sponsors: - Life Change Tea: Rid Your Body From Toxins! https://www.GetTheTea.com - Nobel Gold & Silver: Protect Your Money With Gold - Click Here- https://goo.gl/kx2yzW Or Call - 888-596-7916 - Water Smacker - Makes your water less acidic by ionization. https://www.watersmacker.com - Jeevy Computers: Move up to business-level cyber protection. https://www.jeevycomputers.com/pcs/ - Jeevy Computers: Buy/Sell Bitcoin & other Cryptos: 888-844-7806 - Learn How To Generate Passive Income Using Bitcoins At: https://www.TradeGeniusAcademy.com - Denas Pain Relief Store: http://denaspainreliefstore.com/denas-pcm-6.html 503.395.4142 Protect Your Information From Big Data - Click Here! https://www.virtualshield.com/billstill Use Promo Code: bill still for 20% OFF Still Report BTC address: 18Ky2c3CgPY3eu5N7ySoM3X6NjgEAN2w4v Connect with me; Bill Still: newspaper editor/publisher, economics reporter - top US publications, authored 22 books, 4 documentary videos & daily host of this Y/T channel, THE STILL REPORT: https://plus.google.com/u/0/109353617116072656672 Get the word Out: Please LIKE, COMMENT & SHARE! Our website: http://www.billstill.com Considered by informed insiders as the ultimate resource for surviving economic or financial collapse/crash and attaining the unvarnished truth about the latest US and world news, current events in Washington, and todays United States political climate. Please Like, Comment & Share. Bill Still is a former newspaper editor and publisher. He has written for USA Today, The Saturday Evening Post, the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, OMNI magazine, and has also produced the syndicated radio program, Health News. He has written 22 books and two documentary videos and is the host of his wildly popular daily YouTube Channel the Still Report, the quintessential report on the economy and Washington. Connect with Bill Still: https://www.youtube.com/user/bstill3 https://plus.google.com/u/0/+BillStill http://billstills.blogspot.in/ https://twitter.com/billstill https://www.facebook.com/TheStillReport https://www.pinterest.com/billstills/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/billstill http://billstills.tumblr.com/ https://billstills.wordpress.com/ https://www.diigo.com/profile/billstill https://www.reddit.com/user/billstills/ http://www.stumbleupon.com/stumbler/billstillss Consider becoming a cherished sponsor: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=3204630 https://youtu.be/R-2db8m8hnc

22:15

Florida sticks it to their citizens and Apple fail (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Florida sticks it to their citizens and Apple fail Video The Daily Economist Ken Schortgen, Jr. Video Source

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22:15

Phil Giraldi: Americas Jews Driving Americas Wars "IndyWatch Feed War"

Philip Giraldi

Americas Jews Are Driving Americas Wars

Shouldnt they recuse themselves when dealing with the Middle East?
Phi Beta Iota: He names names. What he does not do is emphasize the degree to which Members of Congress are being both bribed and blackmailed by Zio-Cons.

22:15

Newt: Frightened About the Future of Freedom, 1801 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

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22:14

The State Of Intel's GPU Virtualization Pass-Through On Linux "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Wrapping up our XDC2017 coverage for this annual X.Org developer event that took place this past week in Mountain View, Zhenyu Wang of Intel presented on their ongoing work for mediated GPU virtualization pass-through support on Linux, Intel GVT...

22:11

Police Raid Anti-Nuke House of Resistance, Activists Against CIGEO Landfill in France "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Renverse

translated by Earth First! Journal

On Wednesday, 20 September, at 6:20 am, some forty gendarmes [cops] entered the House of Resistance, kicking in the door. They also broke many windows of vehicles and caravans all around. About fifteen gendarmes were present at the Gare de Lumville. The home of another militant in Commercy was also searched and computer equipment seized. They stayed there until 4pm.

As the mobilization against CIGEO increases and this [nuclear] landfill project is being criticized by official bodies for the risks it entails, the only response from the authorities is the repression and criminalization of the militants!

[There was a call yesterday] for rallies of support everywhere in France before the Prefectures, from all those who carry Bure in them and they, who feel touched by what is framed by us !!

More than fifteen rallies were held last night throughout France.

The vmc.camp site compiles reports of these gatherings as well as testimonials from people who have undergone the search [all reports not translated; click link for original French content.]

[] As one neighbor said, For me, through this strategy of tension they are creating the conditions for amplification of the revolt. You feel the everyday exasperation in the locals who talk about it more and more, violence, cops, like a litany.'

 

***FRENCH***

Vagues de perquisitions Bure, appel soutien partout en France

Mercredi 20 septembre 6h20 du matin, une...

22:10

Iran launches war games near Iraqi Kurdistan border, Turkey hits militant positions "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Iran and Turkey strongly oppose tomorrow's Kurdish referendum vote as they fear it could fuel separatism among their own Kurds

22:07

U.S. B-1B Bombers Fly Just Off Coast Of North Korea: 4 Reasons Why This Time Its Different "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

B-1B Lancer prepares to take off from Andersen AFB, Guam, Sept. 23, 2017

ZeroHedge| Just before North Koreas foreign minister was due to address the United Nations, the Pentagon announced that U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers escorted by fighter jets flew in international airspace over waters east of North Korea on Saturday, in a show of force which demonstrated the range of military options available to President Donald Trump. The flight was the farthest north of the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea that any U.S. fighter jet or bomber has flown in the 21st century, the Pentagon added.

According to Reuters, the B-1B Lancer bombers came from Guam and the U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle fighter escorts came from Okinawa, Japan. The Pentagon said the operation showed the seriousness with which it took North Koreas reckless behavior.

This mission is a demonstration of U.S. resolve and a clear message that the President has many military options to defeat any threat, said Pentagon spokeswoman Dana W...

22:07

The Golden Altar of Sahl Church, Denmark "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

This medieval golden altar has recently been removed from Sahl Church in northwestern Denmark for study and restoration.

Sahl Church was built around 1150, a very solid Romanesque construction much like those of contemporary Germany.

The age of the altar is not precisely known; likely late medieval. It is made of gold leaf pressed over wood. These were once common in Denmark but most were destroyed during the Reformation.

The altar has been restored multiple times, most recently in the 1930s; by then most of the crystals had fallen off, and they were replaced.

22:07

Suspected acid attack in London leaves six injured "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP/File | A police officer on duty at Stratford station in east London on June 6, 2017

LONDON (AFP)  A suspected acid attack in east London injured six people, police said Sunday adding that they had arrested a 15-year-old male.Police were called late Saturday to the Stratford Centre near Londons Olympic Stadium after a noxious substance was sprayed during an argument between two groups of males.

They said the incident was not terror related.

There were 431 acid attacks in London last year, 398 of which were carried out in Stratfords borough of Newham.

Police said the injuries sustained were not life-threatening or life-changing.

We are working with the Home Office to explore possible restrictions around the sale of corrosive substances in conjunction with retailers and manufacturers.

Witnesses told the Press Association that an argument had broken out shortly beforehand.

Burger King employee Hossen, 28, said a local homeless man came into the fast food outlet to wash acid off his face.

Related:


22:06

The "Wright" Satya Pal & sinister media hacks "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Dr. Satya Pal Singh, India's junior HRD minister, has been lampooned for claiming that it was an Indian, and not Wright brothers, who flew the first plane ever. Shouldn't we pause and give his views a second look?

22:05

IBM and IPO Continue Working Behind the Scenes to Undermine Alice and Promote Software Patents "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Ginni Rometty

Summary: The Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), together with IBM (Manny Schecter, Marian Underweiser and others), is still trying to overturn Mayo and Alice

THREE years ago Alice came to change everything. It was the summer of 2014 when the US patent system became more officially hostile towards software patents. Much has been written on the subject since then, including literally about a thousand articles here in Techrights (we regret not developing a detailed index page in Wiki form as we went along covering Alice; we had made one for the Bilski case).

We constantly need to defend and advocate Alice; in absence of opposition to these saboteurs (usually the patent microcosm, which produces nothing but lawsuits) things can quickly change for the worse.Alice is not a done deal, so to speak. Alice and Section 101 are constantly under attack. USPTO examiners often ignore the determination, instead relying on amorphous and dynamic guidelines, which contain loopholes for patenting software (a bunch of loopholes that courts dont quite fall for).

We constantly need to defend and advocate Alice; in absence of opposition to these saboteurs (usually the patent microcosm, which produces nothing but lawsuits) things can quickly change for the worse. We have already named some of these saboteurs. They dont quite keep it a secret (at least not effectively).

Yesterday we were reminded of the effect of stacked panels because Juves UPC specialist wrote: Nine panelist @Vossius #UPC Conference to vote on new start date of #UPC. All: at some day in 2019

We have already named some of these saboteurs. They dont quite keep it a secret (at least not effectively).I guess none of these panelists was a UPC sceptic, I wrote. Just gotta push the lie of Unitary Patent being inevitable.

UPC is a great example of echo chamber politics. Lots of people with financial stake in the outcome keep misleading one another. Its like a blind religion.

The same is true for software patents.

Just a short while ago IBMs patent chief, Manny Schecter, wrote that 99%...

22:00

50% of Millennials would give up their right to vote to get student loans erased "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

From Fox Business: As the staggering national student loan debt tally sits at an all-time high of $1.33 trillion, according to the Department of Education, many Millennials say they would go to extreme lengths to wipe their slate clean. According Continue reading

22:00

Kaliya Identify Woman Young: Humanizing Technology "IndyWatch Feed War"

Kaliya Hamlin Young

Humanizing technology

Its easier to turn technology in the direction of democracy and social justice when its developed with social and emotional intelligence..

One key element of the answer to that question is to generate a digital identity that is not under the control of a corporation, an organization or a government.

I have been co-leading the community surrounding the Internet Identity Workshop for the last 12 years. After many explorations of the techno-possibility landscape we have finally made some breakthroughs that will lay the foundations of a real internet-scale infrastructure to support what are called user-centric or self-sovereign identities.

21:59

Trump at the UN and Team America "IndyWatch Feed War"

The late North Korean Leader Kim Jong Il (in puppet form).The late North Korean Leader Kim Jong Il (in puppet form). (Photo: Screenshot from Team America: World Police)

 

WARNING: This article discusses an R-Rated satire movie with crude sexual themes, violence, racism etc. If you are easily offended, please do not read this article.

This weeks news is almost identical to the plot of the 2004 smash hit movie Team America: World Police, made by the creators of South Park.

Dont believe me?

North Koreas program of weapons of mass destruction pose a threat to the lives of millions of people, not to mention the stability of the fragile international order. There is strong evidence they are cooperating with Islamist extremists in Iran to secure nuclear weapons capabilities for both countries. Left-wing activist movements with a strong media presence urge restraint and negotiations and blame American aggression for the crisis. An effete and ineffectual United Nations meddles and hand-wrings, but ultimately does nothing. Meanwhile erstwhile allies look on askance at what they see as Americas crass, boorish, cowboy approach, lamenting that force alone cannot solve geopolitical problems. Many are asking if ...

21:59

(Sunday Homily) Jesus' Surprising Position on Minimum Wage: $58.00 per Hour "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In this Sunday's Gospel reading, Jesus tells a comic story about wages in a workers' paradise: the Kingdom of God. There workers will make $58.00 an hour!

21:58

Arab Women Breaking the Glass Ceiling "IndyWatch Feed War"

Illustrative photo of from a Muslim weddingIllustrative photo of from a Muslim wedding (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/ Nabeelktd)

 

Women in Arab countries have been slowly breaking the glass ceiling in an unlikely profession as officiators of marriage and divorce.

Over the last years, governments in Tunisia, Egypt the UAE and the Palestinian territories appointed qualified women to be officiators, a job once monopolized by men. Tunisia, which appointed its first woman to the position in 2007.

I was the first woman appointed to this job, said Doucha a-Sachbani. It was in a rural village and the men who held this position before me were sheikhs and others who had graduated from high institutions for judges. The job was hard in every way but particularly because I had to fight against all the old customs, and I wasnt even from the area.

But despite all the difficulties, marriages are now being officiated by a woman. The people have a choice either to use a man that they know or me.

The next year Egypt followed suit, appointing Amal Suileman Affifi to the position. Despite the fact that Affifi had a degree in law, a group of men who worked in the profession demanded the government only appoint men citing the limitations of women in sharia law.

Their demand was rejected.

Seven years later, the government appointed another woman, Waffa Kuttub, to the position. Kuttab has a masters degree in law and sharia and is the youngest person in Egypt ever appointed as a marriage and divorce officiator.

In the entirety of the Gulf States, only one woman has been appointed to such a position. In 2008, Fatima el-Awani was appointed in Abu Dabi by the United Arab Emirates. After obtai...

21:58

Yemen's Hadi sees only a military solution to crisis "IndyWatch Feed War"

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On the sidelines of the UN in New York, the Saudi-backed president says 'intransigence' of the Houthi rebels is prolonging Yemen's war

21:54

Lightning strikes kill at least 11 in 3 districts of Bangladesh in a day "IndyWatch Feed World"

At least 11 people were killed in lightning strikes in three districts of the country on Saturday. In Dinajpur, eight were killed as lightning struck them in separate areas of the district in the morning. Of them four were killed at Bochaganj upazila. The deceased are Bonita, 35, Kushal, 16, Sukradi, 30, and Meser Ali, 32. Bochaganj police station Officer-in-Charge Arzu Mohammad said the four were killed while they were working in the field. On the other hand, three were killed in Birol upazila as lightning struck them while they were working in the field during the rain. The deceased could not be identified yet, said Abdul Majid, officer-in-charge of Birol police station. Another unidentified man was killed in Chirirbandar upazila as lightning struck him in the morning.

21:49

China Steps Up Ideology Drive on College Campuses "IndyWatch Feed War"

Party schools: Xi Jinping bolsters lessons in Marxism ahead of leadership congress

Sept. 24, 2017 7:00 a.m. ET

BEIJINGChina may have poured billions into making its universities more globally competitive, but its idea of a quality education is guided more than ever by the Communist Party.

In a drumbeat that has accelerated ahead of Octobers twice-a-decade Party Congress, President Xi Jinpings campaign to rein in civil society, online media and speech has extended to the classroom.

Top universities seen as insufficiently rigorous in

https://www.wsj.com/articles/china-steps-up-ideology-drive-on-college-campuses-1506250801

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Xi calls for more thought control on Chinas campuses


21:45

5.5 Million Ounces of Gold with an Economy in Decline: Patrick Donnelly "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

5.5 Million Ounces of Gold with an Economy in Decline: Patrick Donnelly

5.5 Million Ounces of Gold with an Economy in Decline: Patrick Donnelly by Rory The Daily Coin Patrick Donnelly, President First Mining Finance, has a unique perspective of the economy. He lives in Canada, spends a lot of time in...

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21:45

Record-high health insurance premiums hit New Mexico "IndyWatch Feed World"

Health insurers in New Mexico are increasing premiums at the highest rate seen in the four-year history of the state's exchanges, the Albuquerque Journal reported. Insurers will increase premiums next year from a range of 36 to 41 percent for midlevel insurance plans. For all plans, premiums are expected to rise a range of 17 to 49 percent. Sixty percent of consumers in New Mexico will qualify for subsidies to lower the cost of the increasing premium. "I feel sorry for the other 40 percent though," said John Franchini, the state's insurance superintendent. "Forty percent have to pay the full brunt of the rate increases." Franchini says that instability of the exchanges is the main reason insurers want premium rate increases. By raising premiums, insurers can be more confident about participating in Obamacare if the extra cash can insulate them from major financial losses.

21:45

The View From the End of the American Empire "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In his United Nations General Assembly speech last week, President Donald Trump loudly stated his intention to effectively dismantle the world order that the United States painstakingly built over the past century. Trump lauded nationalism before the assembled delegates at the same global institution that the U.S. helped create: I will always put America first just like you, the leaders of your countries, should put your countries first, he thundered. There can be no substitute for strong, sovereign, independent nations.

Trumps speech was a remarkable departure from decades of U.S. policy aimed at creating an integrated post-nationalist world under its own leadership. At the end of the Second World War, the U.S. emerged for the first time in its history as a true superpower: a country able to reach out beyond its borders and reshape the nature of global politics. Most people alive today were born into a world whose institutions, economic systems, legal rules, and political boundaries have all been shaped to some degree by American influence. While the U.S. has never been comfortable with embracing its identity preferring to refer to itself with such euphemisms as the indispensable nation a sober accounting of Americas influence on world affairs can only arrive at the designation of an empire.

Through a network of nearly 800 military bases located in 70 countries around the globe, in addition to an array of trade deals and alliances, the U.S. has cemented its influence for decades across both Europe and Asia. American leaders helped impose a set of rules and norms that promoted free trade, democratic governance in theory, if not always in practice and a prohibition on changing borders militarily, using a mixture of force and suasion to sustain the systems that keep its hegemony intact. Meanwhile, although the U.S. generally eschewed direct colonialism, its promotion of global free trade helped open a door through which Americas preponderant economic strength would enter and dominate all the underdeveloped areas of the world, wrote the revisionist historian William Appleman Williams in his more-than-half-century-old classic, The Tragedy of American Diplomacy.

That strategy of non-colonial imperial expansion, as Williams called it, became the basis for U.S. foreign policy over the past century. For American elites, such a policy has provided remarkable benefits, even if the resulting largesse has not always trickled down to the rest of the country. Thanks to its status as the worlds only superpower, the U.S. today enjoys the exorbitant privilege of having its dollar serve as the worlds reserve currency, while U.S. leaders dominate the agenda of international institutions promoting governance and trade. With the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1990 and the successful creation of a global military allian...

21:44

21:44

Putin Calls Zuckerberg a Liar-No Russian Ads On Facebook "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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As an overriding fact that should color the entire spectrum of this article, please consider the fact that Zuckerberg has stated that he wants to become the President. Although he is not old enough to hold office, now, he will be by the 2020 election.

In a previous podcast, I cited polling statistics which stated that Communist, Bernie Sanders was leading among Democrats most likely to vote and that Elizabeth never met a member of the Muslim Brotherhood that she did not like Warren was second in the polling. Zuckerberg was a dark-horse third place Democratic Presidential candidate .

Muellers Russian Investigation is Going Nowhere

The former FBI director, Robert Mueller, and Zuckerberg have something in common. They both need and want Donald Trump out of the way. Several political pollsters state that is the 2020 election was held today, Trump would win, no matter who the candidate would be.

The former FBI director and pseudo federal prosecutor is shooting nothing but blanks with regard to the Russian allegations against Trump. It is clear to me that Zuckerberg and and Mueller have joined forces and have invented allegations that show that the Russians have taken out ads on Facebook in favor of Trump.

RT reports:

Facebook co-founder and Chairman Mark Zuckerberg said on Thursday that the company is actively working with the US government on its ongoing investigations into Russian interference.

The company also said that it will help government authorities complete the vitally important work of assessing what happened in the 2016 election.

We are looking into foreign actors, including additional Russian groups

...

21:43

A foot of snow falls on Mount Bachelor, Oregon; skiing season starts early "IndyWatch Feed World"

After a foot of snow this week, Mt. Bachelor has become the first place in North America to offer skiing and snowboard this early in the season. Officials set up a terrain park in the base area, where snowboarders and skiers used rails to slide around on the snow. They're offering free access to the terrain park, as well as free "snow-seeing" chairlift rides for foot passengers only. "The storm gave us an opportunity to try something new and unique," said Drew Jackson, Mt. Bachelor's director of sales and marketing. "There was too much snow to open our bike trails this weekend, so we thought we'd put something together with what we had to work with - which was about a foot of snow."

21:35

They Didnt Migrate: How do deal with an invasive species "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The government of Chiayi county, Taiwan, is offering a (modest) reward for the capture of brown anoles, a species of lizard native to the Carribean.  The species is capable of destroying indigenous wildlife, and the snake population, while plentiful and dangerous, is not large enough to deal with the problem naturally. The anoles obviously got here because of human intervention (read: stupidity), but did they get here by plane or by cargo ship? I doubt they were smuggled in.(Ive unintentionally come within a few metres of cobras and pythons while riding bike trails near rives and streams in Taiwan.  Just last week a woman in Kaohsiung was bitten by a cobra in her kitchen.  Thankfully, she survived.)

Chiayi Offers Reward for Capturing Invasive Lizard Species

September 23, 2017

Chiayis Shuishang Township is offering a reward for residents that capture brown anoles, a lizard native to the Caribbean. The town will give NT$5 for each brown anole caught until November 10, UDN reported.

According to Chiayi County statistics, 168,000 brown anoles have been brought in for a reward. The government said that the campaign is to contain the lizard species from expanding and to maintain the local ecosystem. The brown anole not only eats insects, but can consume other local lizard species.

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Some residents joked that instead of turning the lizards in for a reward, they should invent dishes that include the reptiles.

The male brown anole can generally grow to about 20 cm in length, with female lizards reaching about 15 cm. The species has been known to spread rapidly once introduced to an ecosystem.

Im glad to see some people have a sense of humour about it: Make recipes from the lizards. It wouldnt be the first time people here eat things most westerners (i.e. me) turn their noses up to (picture courtesy of Michael Turtons Taiwan blog).  Ive been served frog fat soup at special events but couldnt make myself eat it.  And no, I dont go to snake...

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Autistic behaviors seen as reasonable suspicion for arrest: Cop who assaulted autistic boy cleared of wrongdoing "IndyWatch Feed World"

Following a national outcry surrounding the violent takedown of an autistic boy by Officer David Grossman, the Buckeye Police Department is in damage control mode. In a press conference, BPD spokesperson Tamela Skaggs addressed reporters in an effort to explain to the public why Grossman confronted Connor Leibel, a 14-year-old autistic boy. Skaggs described Grossman as a "drug recognition expert" with the department's patrol division. As The Free Thought Project has reported, officers can attend a weekend training seminar where they learn how to escalate traffic stops under suspicion of drug use and charge more motorists with "driving under the influence of drugs," even though many who are charged had no drugs in their system at all. Reporters immediately questioned how a so-called "drug recognition expert" could not immediately recognize that Leibel was first, a juvenile, and second, a person with special needs-instead of someone who was high on drugs as Grossman admitted he believed Leibel to be. Skaggs said she could not begin to speculate or "get into his [Grossman's] mind," but said Leibel's behavior was suspicious enough to make contact with him, apprehend him when he pulled away, and detain him. However, Skaggs stopped short of saying Grossman took Leibel violently to the ground. Instead, she said the two both fell to the ground together. Leibel's family maintains their son was injured in the process - having the photos to prove it - and they are demanding an apology from Grossman, for the officer to undergo community service within the Autism community, and additional training for the entire department.

21:32

The Killing of History "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Featured image: The lone survivor of an all-women anti-aircraft battery near Hanoi. Most were teenagers. (Photo: John Pilger 1975)

One of the most hyped events of American television, The Vietnam War, has started on the PBS network. The directors are

21:32

Donald Trump get endangered cheetahs fur from Saudi king "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video says about itself:

Rapid decline of cheetahs due to depleting habitat & poaching

27 December 2016

Scientists are warning that the cheetah is rapidly heading towards extinction, with depleting habitats and poaching to blame for the plummeting numbers. CCTVs Clementine Logan reports.

From the (Conservative) Daily Telegraph in Britain:

Cheetah-fur robes and silver dagger among 83 gifts Donald Trump received from Saudi Arabia

By Emma Gatten

5 September 2017 7:21pm

The White House accepted 83 gifts from Saudi Arabia during a presidential visit by Donald Trump earlier this year, including cheetah and tiger fur-lined robes,

Tigers are endangered animals. Tiger products are illegal in most countries. Cheetahs are endangered. Most people found out to have cheetah fur robes or leopard fur robes get arrested by police. Apparently, there is one law for most people, and quite another law for...

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Tech's Push to Teach Coding Isn't About Kids' Success - It's About Cutting Wages "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Commentary from The Guardian

The rationale for this rapid curricular renovation is economic. Teaching kids how to code will help them land good jobs, the argument goes. In an era of flat and falling incomes, programming provides a new path to the middle class a skill so widely demanded that anyone who acquires it can command a livable, even lucrative, wage.

This narrative pervades policymaking at every level, from school boards to the government. Yet it rests on a fundamentally flawed premise. Contrary to public perception, the economy doesn't actually need that many more programmers. As a result, teaching millions of kids to code won't make them all middle-class. Rather, it will proletarianize the profession by flooding the market and forcing wages down and that's precisely the point.


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21:30

Giant D20 Is A Critical Hit in More Ways than One "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

[Mikael Vejdemo-Johansson] is a member of the NYC Resistor hackerspace and an avid fan of a D&D themed improv theatre called The Campaign. To show his appreciation, he decided to gift them a Christmas present: a giant D20. The original plan called for integrated LEDs to burst alight on a critical hit or miss, or let out pulses if it landed on another face. Cool, right? Well, easier said than done.

[Vejdemo-Johansson] figured a circle of 4 tilt sensors mounted on the one and twenty face would be enough to detect critical rolls. If any of the switches were tilted beyond 30 degrees, the switch would close. He mounted eight ball-tilt switches and glued in the LEDs. A hackerspace friend also helped him put together an astable multivibrator to generate the pulses for non-critical rolls.

This did not work out so well. His tilt sensor array proved to be a veritable electronic cacophony and terribly sensitive to any movement. That and some other electronic troubles forced a shelving of any light shows on a critical hit or miss. [Vejdemo-Johansson] kept the pulsing LEDs which made for a cool effect when shining through the mirrored, red acrylic panes he used for the die faces. Foam caulk backer rods protect as the dies structure to stop it from being shattered on its first use.

Before The Campaigns next show, [Vejdemo-Johansson] managed to stealthily swap-out of the troupes original die with his gift, only for it to be immediately thrown in a way that would definit...

21:30

10 Sunday Reads "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

My easy like Sunday morning reads:  Investors Seeking Green Assets Make Companies (Somewhat) Cleaner (Bloomberg)  Norways sovereign-wealth fund passes the $1trn mark (The Economist)  Wall Streets Newest Puzzle: What Passive Buying and Selling Means for Individual Stocks (Wall Street Journal)  Market Pullbacks Since 2009 & Greenspan 1994 Comparison (Big Trends)  Social Proof in the Markets (A Wealth of Common Sense)

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Poet Aja Monet: White Folks Have to Face Who Trump Is "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The Brooklyn-born Cuban-Jamaican poet Aja Monet has emerged as a powerful voice of struggle for justice against police violence and violence against women. Her poems also critique capitalism and men who make war. Monet spent time in Palestine and has become an outspoken critic of Israeli occupation. Aja Monets weapon is her poetry and spoken word. She has a new collection of her poetry that has just been published by Haymarket Books. It is called My Mother Was a Freedom Fighter.

On the Intercepted podcast, we talked to Aja Monet about the struggles of being a woman in modern society, racism, war, and Donald Trump. She said that Trump has not changed her or her work. Its no different, she said, adding, I think its different for a lot of white people. I think a lot a majority  felt like this country was progressive because it had a black president. And so I think people were really blind to whats actually going on in this country and whats always been going on. And so, for me, I think Trump is only a reflection of their quote-unquote worst, but theres even worse out there. And I think white folks have to face who Trump is and they need to face what he represents and what hes spewed to the world and the values that hes demonstrating that he believes are American. What follows is the transcript of the entire interview:


Jeremy Scahill: Aja Monet, welcome to Intercepted.

Aja Monet: Thank you. Thank you for having me.

JS: Theres a lot I want to ask you about, but I first wanted to go in on the title of your latest book, My Mother Was A Freedom Fighter. Maybe you could just explain where the inspiration for that title came from?

AM: So the title is from a poem that is called My Mother Was A Freedom Fighter, and the poem essentially covers what I feel is the story of the trajectory of women who have nurtured and who have had to take care of other people and raise society and raise cultures and raise civilizations. And we think about mothers in such a, like we say it in a very romantic way, like, Oh, my mother, I wouldnt be here without my mother, blah blah blah. But I dont think we talk about it very practically. Like, what women do and what specifically women who bear children and take care of children, or maybe not be able to bear children, but nurture and take care of other peoples children, they teach the values of society.

And so I feel like every woman...

21:30

Casual Observation "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

While it's not the tactic I would advise, I'd like to remind everyone that people aren't kneeling during the national anthem because they don't like the singing or the lyrics. They aren't doing it because they think our flag is ugly. Their point is not to show disrespect or disapproval of either. They're kneeling to draw attention to the fact that people of color get shot or choked or tased to death by the police at an alarming rate in this country and that the shooters and chokers are almost never found to have committed a sanctionable offense, let alone a crime.

So, when the president says that the protesters are sons of bitches who should be fired for their disloyalty, that's not just a calculated way to benefit politically, it's primarily a way to avoid acknowledging the whole point.

That it is so easy to divert attention from the whole point and to benefit politically while doing so is a good argument against the protest tactic, and I might offer some alternatives that would be more effective. But I'd never dismiss the sentiment behind it. I'd never call someone a son of a bitch because they think it's wrong that so many young men of color are losing their lives without any form of due process, or because he or she is outraged that it's nearly impossible for a cop to be punished or prosecuted for taking a life no matter how strong the evidence is against them.

This isn't really even a protest against the police. Not really. It's only a protest against the police if the police collectively take the attitude that killing black and brown people with near impunity is not only a solid policy but their God-given right. If they believe bad shootings and wrongful deaths are no big deal, then obviously the kneeling becomes a protest against the police in general. But that's their choice to react that way and turn the people against them. If they want to respond to people begging for black lives to matter by insisting that all this criticism is a way of arguing the blue lives don't, then they've brought broad moral condemnation on themselves. No one forced them to misunderstand or pretend to misunderstand, or to take sides against the people who criticize the bad cops in their ranks.

The president is a born asshole seeking to lead every born asshole in the country. If you take his side on this, you're joining a truly deplorable army. You can disagree with the tactic of kneeling during the anthem without joining an army of born assholes.

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Did McCain Just Kill Obamacare Repeal, Again? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Lets see if we can count to three, because thats how many Republican senators it will take to kill the Graham-Cassidy plan to destroy the Affordable Care Act and deny thirty million Americans their access to health care. All these articles were published within the last few hours:

One (Game):

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) announced on Friday that he will vote against the latest GOP effort to repeal ObamaCare, potentially dooming the legislation.

I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal. I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried, he said in a statement, referring to the legislation spearheaded by GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham (S.C) and Bill Cassidy (La.).

Two (Set):

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said on Friday she has serious concerns about the latest GOP bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare as Republicans prepare to vote on the legislation next week.

Im leaning against the bill, Collins told the Portland Press-Herald. Im just trying to do what I believe is the right thing for the people of Maine.

The premiums would be so high they would be unaffordable, she said, referring to the cost for individuals with pre-existing health conditions.

Three (Match):

Rand Paul, a definitive no on Senate Republicans last-ditch effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, wont be bribed or bullied into supporting the bill, the Kentucky Republican said Friday.

Calling a bill that KEEPS most of Obamacare repeal doesnt make it true. Thats what the swamp does, Paul tweeted. I wont be bribed or bullied.

Pauls tweets came after President Donald Trump singled him out in seeking to pressure GOP lawmakers via Twitter on Friday morning to back the bill.

I guess we dont need to worry about whether or not Lisa Murkowski of Alaska can be successfully bribed. Although, I wonder how sh...

What Now for Puerto Rico? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

I continue to see apocalyptic estimates that it will take about four months for electric power to be restored on the island of Puerto Rico. There must be some way that we can improve on that number. We definitely should marshal every expert and every resource we have to do better than that. In the meantime, however, it will inevitably cause at least a short-term exodus of people to the mainland. Anyone with the resources or family connections to move is going to move. Would you stay somewhere without power for months if you had any alternative? What happens to the economy in a situation like that? How do you make a living and pay the rent or the mortgage?

Our first concern should be humanitarian. Generators and the fuel to power them should be near the top of the list. Health care facilities will need them, but also businesses that might thereby manage to operate, stay afloat, and keep people employed. Vulnerable people who need electricity to power life-saving medical equipment may have to be evacuated, and theyll need some kind of housing. This is an unimaginable catastrophe.

Inevitably, many of the people who come to the mainland over the next few months will not make it back anytime soon, if ever. The second they arrive somewhere in the fifty states, theyll be eligible to vote. In some places, particularly Florida, their numbers may be large enough to change political outcomes. If they align overwhelmingly with one political party, this will be much more likely. For this reason, both parties have an interest in avoiding a situation where they are blamed for an inadequate response. If the Republicans discover that theyre not getting much support from the refugees, theyll be all the more incentivized to repair Puerto Rico quickly so that a reverse migration takes place.

These dynamics could be helpful in terms of Puerto Rico getting the attention and resources that it needs. Theres still a longer-term risk though that the imposition of harsh conditions for repayment of loans and other efforts to Detroitify the island will cause a political backlash. This process was already in motion before the hurricanes hit, but it will probably go into overdrive now.

Its also not clear to me that law and order can stand up for months when there is no power and people cant get their basic needs met. What this might do to the existing political order in Puerto Rico and how it might erode sympathy on the mainland are hard to predict. I cant even predict whether this will add or subtract from the sentiment for full s...

21:29

9 inches of snow hits the mountains of Colorado "IndyWatch Feed World"

It will be a chilly and wet weekend around metro Denver. High temperatures won't make it out of the the 50s on Sunday and Monday. Colorado will have cloudy skies, fog, breezy winds, and rainfall in the lower elevations with snow in the mountains through Monday. Rainfall totals for Denver and the Front Range will be anywhere from .25 to .75... great news for our current drought. A rain/snow mix possible in the Foothills on Sunday-Monday. Mountains: Snow will come in two batches during the weekend ... one on Saturday and one on Sunday. The Grand Mesa near Grand Junctions had 9 of snow on the ground at the higher elevations by late Saturday afternoon.

21:29

NYT Just Telegraphed Americas Next Military Action "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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The NYT just telegraphed Americas next military action. This country is getting invaded and getting invaded soon.

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S. Florida Residents Must Remain on Grid and Pay Fine for Hurricane Damaged Homes "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Florida has been devastated. Some families will never recover. But in the face of extreme hardship, the Miami-Dade County government has topped even the most repressive third-world-governmental dictatorships. You will not believe what the local government is doing to the citizens of South Florida.

 

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21:20

Uncle Sam vs. Russia in Eastern Syria: the Nightmare Scenario "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The impending collapse of ISIS has touched off a race for territory in the oil-rich eastern part of Syria pitting US-backed forces against the Russian-led coalition of Syria, Iran and Hezbollah.  This is the nightmare scenario that everyone wanted to

21:20

Danish Prime Minister warns of emergence of Muslim parallel societies, no-go zones "IndyWatch Feed War"

Danish Prime Minister warns of emergence of Muslim parallel societies, no-go zones
Its very late to come to this realization, butbetter late than never. Danish Prime Minister Warns of the Emergence of Muslim Parallel Societies, No-Go Zones, by Chris Tomlinson, Breitbart, September 22, 2017 (thanks to Blazing Cat Fur): Danish Prime Minister Lars Lkke Rasmussen has warned that his country may be seeing a rise of Muslim parallel []

21:20

From Baghdad to Istanbul: How Iraqi Kurds Could End Up Under De facto Turkish Rule "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

21st Century Wire says

After seven years of war in Syria, and three years of ISIS marauding through Iraq, one thing is for sure: Iraqi Kurdistan is not what it was five years ago when its geopolitical chaperone in Washington was still militarily occupying Iraq, and with oil pegged above $100 per barrel and its capital Erbil was a booming economic powerhouse. Back then, unimpeded progress was the order of the day. Not so today.

Politically and economically, Iraqi Kurdistan is fractured, which opens the door for a number of issues yet to unfold after this weeks historic move for independence.

As writer Adam Garrie points out in this piece below, the referendum is only the first step. Afterwards, some very serious problems are likely to follow.

Adam Garrie
The Duran

Turkeys President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has promised heavy sanctions against parts of northern Iraq, should Kurdish secessionists go through with their threat to hold a referendum for independence in two days time.

With leaders of the separatist movement declaring that they will proceed with the referendum in spite of the US, Russia, Turkey, Iran and Iraq all opposing such a move, Turkey is already working on the details of its contingency plan.

Historically, Turkeys relations with Iraqi Kurdish groups has been better than its relations with those in Syria, as the latter are openly aligned with the PKK, a Turkish based group classified by most countries as a terrorist organisation. In spite of this, Turkey is steadfastly opposed to Kurdish separatism in all areas, including in Iraq.

The Iraqi Kurds stand in defiance of the international community in holding their referendum which non-Kurds in the area are set to boycott. Turkeys National Security Council has held meetings in order to develop a response that based on the language used in the Turkish press and by Turkish officials, implies a stronger response than mere economic sanctions or even economic boycott.

One of Turkeys deputy Prime Ministers, Bekir Bozdag offered the following statement on the situation:

We have discussed all options in the e...

21:18

Dori Liszkai, Advisory Council Member Blockchain at GLG (Gerson Lehrman Group), joins our New Money Systems Board. "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Dori Liszkai, Advisory Council Member - Blockchain at GLG (Gerson Lehrman Group), joins our New Money Systems Board.

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#Catalonia: Statement by #CNT Union of #Catalunya & Balearic Islands "IndyWatch Feed War"

Statement by the anarchist CNT union of Catalonia and Balearic Islands.

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Originally published by CNT L Hospitalet.

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.

Read all our reports about Catalonia; here.

Catalonia: Statement by CNT Union of Catalunya & Balearic Islands

The CNT local unions from Catalonia and the Balearic Islands publicly state our support for the self-determination of the Catalan people.

As anarcho-syndicalists, we dont think that political reforms within a capitalist framework can reflect our desire for social transformation, a change that would place production and consumption means in workers hands. Because of this, our daily struggles do not focus on creating new states or backing parliamentary initiatives.

However, we cant look the other way when regular people are being attacked...

21:15

In the Murk "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

In the Murk by James Howard Kunstler Welcome to Americas first experiment in the World Made By Hand lifestyle. Where else is it going? Watch closely. Ricardo Ramos, the director of the beleaguered, government-owned Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, told...

The post In the Murk appeared first on The Daily Coin.

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Rise of the Robolawyers "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Thankfully, no ones out there systematically murdering lawyers. But advances in artificial intelligence may diminish their role in the legal system or even, in some cases, replace them altogether. Heres what we stand to gainand what we should fearfrom these technologies.


How legal representation could come to resemble TurboTax.

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Sadly, North Koreas Pursuit of Nukes and ICBMs Makes Sense "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Here is a bit of North Korean realpolitik that nobody is talking about: Regrettably, Kim Jong-uns regime is absolutely right to develop nuclear weapons and a delivery system that reaches the United States.

Thats neither an endorsement of North Koreas policies nor of other countries arming themselves with nukes. Far from it. Its simply an acknowledgement that the only way a small country can protect itself from American aggression is by amassing enough firepower to force even the mighty US military to suffer heavy losses.

Hopefully, its not a model that other countries will follow. If President Donald Trump withdraws from the Iran nuclear agreement, however, there is a good chance that the Islamic Republic will be next.

After all, when its neighbor Iraq was attacked, Iran had a front row seat to what happens when a country ends up on a list of US targets, such as the axis of evil, and is unable to defend itself.

In order to understand why North Korea is defying the international community, circumventing sanctions, and developing a nuclear weapon and long-range intercontinental missiles, one has to look no further than to Saddam Husseins regime.

Leading up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, I was fairly sure that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction (WMD). The evidence presented by UN weapons inspector Hans Blix, whose team visited hundreds of sites in Iraq and had found nothing, was much more compelling than the circumstantial case for war the Bush administration was putting together.

Still, there was a tiny sliver of doubt. Maybe the regime of Saddam Hussein had successfully deceived the world and managed to put together a stockpile of chemical or biological weapons.

That evaporated when, after only one day of airstrikes on Baghdad, ground troops started advancing on the Iraqi capital at high speed and embedded journalists were covering the invasion live.

I thought to myself back then that it was highly unlikely that US war planners would send in American soldiers if there was even a remote chance that Saddam Hussein could launch a chemical or biological strike and harm a great number of them. And I absolutely knew that there was no way that military commanders would risk having a journalist killed.

It was the final bit of proof not only that there were no WMDs but also that the administration was dead certain Saddam Husseins military posed no significant threat to US forces.

North Korea is in a different league. Sure, its armed forces could not defeat the USs in a prolonged war, but such a conflict would leave so many Americans dead that no sane leader an important caveat would order such an attack.

And Kim Jong-uns regime could counter a campaign of airstrikes by launchi...

21:03

Quetta Is Home-Base For the Afghan Taliban, Just Ask Any Hazara (Shiite) In Balochistan "IndyWatch Feed War"

[Pakistani officials will never stop lying about its safe-havens for the Afghan Taliban, and they will never admit the truth about the so-called Quetta shura, home-base for the Mullah Mansour branch of the Afghan Taliban.]

Kuchlak area of Balochistan, HQ for Mullah Akhtar Mansour Group 

Kharotabad: A Taliban safe havenOct 17, 2011

Mullah Mansour Reportedly Killed AgainThis Time By Drone In Balochistan

 

21:03

United States bombs killing Yemeni children "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video from the USA says about itself:

Amnesty International Reveals the Bomb That Killed 16 Civilians in Yemen Was Made in the U.S.A.

22 September 2017

A major new investigation by Amnesty International reveals a bomb that killed 16 civilians in Yemens capital last month was made in the U.S.A. Among the survivors was 5-year-old Buthaina, whose photograph went viral in the aftermath of the strike. She lost her entire family in the strike.

Amnesty Internationals arms expert analyzed remnants of the weapon and found clear markings that matched U.S.-made components used in laser-guided, air-dropped bombs. Coalition airstrikes continue to be the leading cause of child casualties, as well as overall civilian casualties. The latest finding by Amnesty comes as some European Union countries recently tabled a motion at the U.N. Human Rights Council calling for an independent inquiry into human rights abuses committed by all sides in the conflict. The U.N. high commissioner for human rights has called the humanitarian crisis in Yemen an entirely man-made catastrophe. We speak with...

20:59

Soldiers of the Russian Northern Fleet in the Donbas in 2014 "IndyWatch Feed War"

Much is known about the participation of Russian marines in the war in eastern Ukraine. In the...

The post Soldiers of the Russian Northern Fleet in the Donbas in 2014 appeared first on InformNapalm.org (English).

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20:54

Something must be wrong at Arsenal? "IndyWatch Feed World"

Sanchez has asked to leave the Chile national team camp in order to sort out his club future???????

by Leon

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As we write Arsenal FC , after 5 games played, lie in 12th place in the Premiership . Its certainly an unusual start to the season for the North London club and their strong following of faithful almost religious Arsenal supporters? The Daily Mail in particular having a field day writing virtually every day about Arsenals unfortunate demise.

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Turkish~German star Ozil looked deflated after Arsenal were shattered at Anfield

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20:53

Recent Acts of Sabotage Against Animal Abusers: Chile, England, France, Germany, and Sweden "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Bite Back

CHILE, Sept. 20: Arson attack against the rodeo ring of Olmu in Valparaso (Chile): On September 7, an incendiary attack was carried out against the infrastructure of the Olmu rodeo ring in the Cajn Grande sector in the fifth region of Valparaiso. There were no injuries or arrests. No pamphlets were found at the site and so far no group has claimed the action.

ENGLAND, Sept. 17 : [In] Cornwall: According to a report from a family member within the shooting estate, thousands of pounds worth of damage were caused at two locations by anti badger cull activists. After smashing badger cages, anti cull activists broke two release pens, got rid of multiple electric fences and took feeders and drinkers away, allowing the game birds to free roam and decide where they want to live

FRANCE, Sept. 22: A butcher shop entrance door lock have been glued this saturday night at Saint Pierre La Palud (Rhne), France.

FRANCE, Sept. 8: Last night, four vegan activists destroyed five shooting towers in the West of France. They were tagged with ALF

GERMANY, Sept. 21: August 2017, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany: more than 40 posters and banners of circus Charles Knie damaged and/or sabotaged and spraypainted with messages against animal abuse. Charles Knie is earning money in exploiting animals. sadly we havent destroyed all the posters. animal abuse in circus and every other case is not welcome in freiburg. well fight and we will continue until every cage is empty. ALF

SWEDEN, Sept. 10: Several hunting lodges burned down and several hunting towers destroyed in northern Sweden. ALF anti-hunt division

20:49

Blank Check to Kill with Impunity: Trump to Quietly Scrap Drone Restrictions "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

President Donald Trump is reportedly gearing up to roll back even the most limited restrictions on U.S. drone operations overseas, further opening the door for the expansion of airstrikes and commando raids into nations like the Philippines and Nigeria and

20:49

85 wildfires on a single day: Houses burned, hotel evacuated "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Eighty five wildfires broke out in the 24 hours from Friday to Saturday across the country, the Greek Fire Service said in a statement. From Peloponnese in the South up to Halkidiki and Serres in the North the wild fires burned down thousands of acres of forest land and this although the wildfires season

The post 85 wildfires on a single day: Houses burned, hotel evacuated appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.

20:46

Wildfire on Gran Canaria burns over 2000 hectares "IndyWatch Feed World"

More than 300 firefighters have been battling the infernos overnight on the Spanish island in the Canaries, which is popular with British tourists. As of 8am this morning, officials said the fire was "neither controlled or stabilised" with at least 800 people being ordered to leave their homes. Footage taken from the region shows one firefighter surrounded by flames as he desperately tries to dampen them with hoses. The blaze has already ravaged 2,000 hectares, having been fanned by strong wind and the dry conditions.

20:45

Markets Ross Clark. China, US Fed Jim Rogers. Canada Taxes Danielle Park. ABN.V, CCD.V, AMY.V (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Markets Ross Clark. China, US Fed Jim Rogers. Canada Taxes Danielle Park. ABN.V, CCD.V, AMY.V Video Talk Digital Network Ross Clark Markets, Seasonal Bump email: ross.carl@cibc.ca Jim Rogers China, US Fed. Guests website: http://www.jimrogers.com/...

The post Markets Ross Clark. China, US Fed Jim Rogers. Canada Taxes Danielle Park. ABN.V, CCD.V, AMY.V (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

20:45

US to Plunder Afghanistan"s Mineral Riches "IndyWatch Feed War"

Endless US aggression in Afghanistan has nothing to do with combating terrorism (America supports it), everything to do with controlling the country, using it for oil and gas pipelines, part of encircling Russia and China with US military bases, and plundering vast Afghan mineral riches likely worth trillions of dollars, a prize corporate predators covet.

20:41

Why North Korea? "IndyWatch Feed War"

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My Threats Are Bigger Than Your Threats

Behind all the hysteria over North Korea lies the basic question: why would rather small North Korea embark on a nuclear war with the United States?
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20:40

Sunday palate cleanser: The Flying Dutchman "IndyWatch Feed War"

with Bryn Terfel as the Dutchman, Operhaus Zurich 2013, Libretto

20:38

The Silent Terrorism on Our Doorsteps "IndyWatch Feed War"

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The Silent Terrorism on Our Doorsteps

Why aren't mass killings related to domestic violence given the same media attention as Islamic terrorism?
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20:34

SCAPE Studio in Pittsburgh presents Petrochemical America "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Also: Beaver Station on Oct. 16 - 20, 2017

Petrochemical America: From Cancer Alley to Toxic Valley

Described by Group Against Smog & Pollution (GASP), Newsletter, September 23, 2017

Join the growing regional conversation on Wednesday, September 27 at 5 p.m. at an Opening Night Cocktail Reception for the art exhibit Petrochemical America, from Cancer Alley to Toxic Valley.

The exhibit was inspired by the book Petrochemical America by Richard Misrach and Kate Orff (New York: Aperture, 2012), which tells the story of the degradation of the Louisiana landscape and the people who live there.

This presentation features drawings from the book by landscape architect Kate Orff and SCAPE Studio alongside photography from the Photographers of the Marcellus Shale Documentary Project, audio recorded by Public Herald, and a selection of documentary films. It relates a unique narrative of the people who live in the midst of a growing web of fracking well pads, pipelines, cryogenic plants and, soon, petrochemical plants. This show is curated by Sophie Riedel in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon Universitys CREATE Lab.

On September 27, keynote speaker Wilma Subra will share stories and photographs about the people she has served in Cancer Alley and beyond. A chemist and scientist, she has devoted the last 30 years to helping defend local communities and workers against the oil and gas industries. Described as the Rachel Carson of Louisiana, she is a recipient of a MacArthur Fellow Genius Award, recognized for helping ordinary citizens understand, cope with, and address environmental issues that come with the growth of the petrochemical industry.

Those seeking knowledge about the petrochemical industry and the impact it will have on the environment and peoples health will find this exhibit illuminating. RSVPs are required.

Learn more about this event and more by visiting the Eventbrite page.

Wednesday, September 27, Time: 5 to 8 p.m.
SPACE Gallery
812 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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How many angels could stand on the point of a pin? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The legacy of  Obamaism is still around. And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed if all records told the same tale then the lie passed into history and became truth. And yet the past, though of its nature alterable, never had been altered.  Whatever was true now was true from []

20:32

Catalonia: On referendums and government spending "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Writing for Spanish anarchist website A Las Barricadas, Acratosaurio rex explores the bizarre spectacle of Spains central government spending tens of millions of Euros on preparations for an extreme police crackdown against Catalonia, partly on the grounds of saving money that would otherwise be wastefully spent on an independence referendum by the regional administration. All this []

20:29

Everything Is About Frequency, And Your DNA Is The Ultimate Antenna "IndyWatch Feed World"

Everything Is About Frequency, And Your DNA Is The Ultimate Antenna

By Josh Richardson
Preventdisease.com

Your entire existenceall matter, all life, all experienceseverything owes its existence in the physical world to frequency. Read More

20:23

Antidepressants are killing people: Risk of early death increased by 33% "IndyWatch Feed World"

Image: Antidepressants are killing people: Risk of early death increased by 33%

(Natural News) There is no doubt that the intense stresses and pressures of modern life have left many people feeling depressed and unable to cope. Read More

20:19

David Davis dismisses made up 40bn Brexit bill as he tries to calm Tory backlash "IndyWatch Feed War"

Brexit Secretary also said the power of the European Court of Justice in the UK will end in 2019

By Lizzy Buchan Political Correspondent

The Independent

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David Davis has sought to calm Tory anger over Theresa Mays Brexit speech by saying the UK will not face a 40bn divorce bill as a result of leaving the EU.

Ahead on the next round of crunch talks with Brussels, the Brexit Secretary said reports around the final financial settlement were made up and claimed the power of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) would end in 2019 when Britain formally leaves the bloc.

Ms May used a landmark speech in Florence to propose a two-year transition period after Brexit with similar arrangements, prompting concern among Tory Eurosceptics over the prospect of staying in the single market and keeping freedom of movement.

However cracks are already beginning to show at the top of the party amid reports Boris Johnson has demanded commitments Britain will not adopt any new EU rules during the transition period.

Mr Davis conceded that the UK would pay around 10bn a year to the EU up to 2019 but he rejected claims the final settlement could be far higher.

He told BBC Ones Andrew Marr Show: Things like pensions and other things, these are debatable to say the least.

The last time we went through line by line and challenged quite a lot of the legal basis of these things and well continue to do tha...

20:15

China Just Handed Us a Bitcoin Buying Opportunity "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

China Just Handed Us a Bitcoin Buying Opportunity by Justin Spittler Casey Research Justins note: Today, Palm Beach Letter analyst Greg Wilson explains why China is going to be a massive force in the growth of bitcoin and cryptocurrencies....

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20:15

Morgan Freeman Joins Propaganda War Effort "IndyWatch Feed War"

Morgan Freeman, the Oscar winner and five-time Golden Globe nominee, is featured in a video running on the organization website, encouraging Americans to fight back against Russia's influence. We have been attacked. We are at war, says the movie star, calling on President Trump to address the nation about the attack the United States came under during the presidential election...

20:13

UK credit rating downgraded due to Brexit uncertainty Moody Blues "IndyWatch Feed War"

Moodys agency said it is no longer confident that the UK government will be able to secure a replacement free trade agreement with the EU which substantially mitigates the negative economic impact of Brexit

By Ben Kentish

The Independent
theresa-may-speech-12.jpgTheresa May hoped her speech in Florence would provide clarity on the UKs Brexit negotiating position Getty

The UKs credit rating has been downgraded by Moodys Investor Service because of economic uncertainty surrounding Brexit.

The downgrade came just hours after a major speech by Theresa May, which she had hoped would clarify the UKs position on Brexit.

Moodys also said an easing of austerity was behind its decision to lower the UKs rating.

The news will come as a huge blow to Ms May just hours after her speech in Florence, Italy, in which she confirmed that Britain will leave the European single market but offered little clarity on plans for an alternative economic relat...

20:11

The Sordid History Of State Sponsored Terrorism Against Iran "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Sordid History Of State Sponsored Terrorism Against Iran For decades, Western empires have waged a silent war against Iran, using tactics ranging from supporting known terrorist groups to deposing the countrys leaders and leveraging regional rivalries. The war continues today, even as the U.S. condemns Iran for sponsoring terrorism itself. With blood still fresh []

20:04

US to Plunder Afghanistans Mineral Riches "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Endless US aggression in Afghanistan has nothing to do with combating terrorism (America supports it), everything to do with controlling the country, using it

20:03

2nd Indian 'godman' guru arrested for rape "IndyWatch Feed World"

Indian police have arrested a well-known spiritual guru for allegedly raping a 21-year-old woman. Falahari Maharaja was imprisoned for 15 days while authorities complete their investigation. The woman, a law student, said the guru sexually assaulted her on August 7 when she went to give him 3,000 rupees she had earned while working with an attorney in New Delhi. "Her family told her to give it to the Baba. When she went to meet him, he told her to wait and then raped and threatened her. The parents came to us after the woman told them everything and we registered a case," said police officer Archana Jha, as cited by NDTV.

19:58

"Turn your grief into positive energy" (By Kate Hannan, about her volunteer work with RAWA) "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

December 12, 2006 -- Courage, hope, determination, steadfastness, devotion, action &.all these radiate from the RAWA members and supporters I met during my stay in Pakistan in October 2006.

RAWA communiqu on Universal Human Rights Day "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

December 10, 2006 -- Five years ago, America and their allies attacked Afghanistan in the name of bringing "Human Rights", "Democracy", and "Freedom" to the war-torn country. The Taliban regime fell and Hamid Karzai's puppet regime, which included the world-known Northern Alliance criminals or as UN envoy Mahmoud Mestri said, "the bandit gangs", took over in the name of a fake democracy.

HRW: Karzai Must Hold Officials Accountable for Past Crimes "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

December 12, 2006 -- President Hamid Karzai should immediately enforce a program to provide truth, reconciliation and accountability for war crimes and major human rights abuses over the past 30 years in Afghanistan, Human Rights Watch said today. The Afghan government should establish a special court to try those responsible, some of whom hold high office, as soon as possible, Human Rights Watch said.

New Taliban Rules Target Afghan Teachers: 2 teachers killed "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

December 9, 2006 -- The Taliban gunmen who murdered two teachers in eastern Afghanistan early Saturday were only following their rules: Teachers receive a warning, then a beating, and if they continue to teach must be killed.

Drug addiction on rise with Afghan kids "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

December 6, 2006 -- Afghanistan is the world's leading producer of opium and heroin, exporting drugs to Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the United States. But the scale of domestic drug abuse has only recently become apparent. The first nationwide survey on drug use, conducted last year by the Ministry of Counter Narcotics and U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, found nearly 1 million addicts in this nation of about 30 million people, including 60,000 children under age 15.

Warlords gang-rape a woman in Badakhshan "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

November 29, 2006 -- A local commander and his 11 men gang-rape a 22-year-old woman in Shahre Buzurg district of the northeastern Badakhshan province on Nov.28. The crime took place in the Shah Dasht village, by a local warlord called Mujtaba who belongs to Jamiat-e-Islami Afghanistan led by Burhanuddin Rabbani (now member of the parliament).

So, ich geh dann mal whlen.Und ihr geht hoffentlich ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

So, ich geh dann mal whlen.

Und ihr geht hoffentlich auch alle whlen heute!!

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19:53

Free Raif Badawi: Plea at UN Human Rights Council "IndyWatch Feed War"

Activists hold banners as they demonstrate outside the Saudi Arabian Embassy against the recent Saudi court ruling that upheld a previous verdict of ten years in prison and 1,000 lashes for Saudi blogger Raif Badawi on June 11, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.Activists hold banners as they demonstrate outside the Saudi Arabian Embassy against the recent Saudi court ruling that upheld a previous verdict of ten years in prison and 1,000 lashes for Saudi blogger Raif Badawi on June 11, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo: Carsten Koall / Getty Images)

                                                               

President Donald Trump in his address to the UN General assembly in New York last week critiqued some of those countries holding positions in the human rights council that offer no human rights for their own citizens.

I tend to agree with him as I have seen during my trips to the UNHRC in the past five years the rise of the influence of the OIC and the plight of certain communities under authoritarian regimes.

There is a consensus that the United Nations is a body that is impotent and has no influence on world events. In a way that is correct. However, it is the only international body we have, and sooner or later, we do make a difference since everything is tabled and recorded.

At the very least, the member states who attend are forced to listen.

This was the case as I headed out to Geneva for the 36th session of UNHRC. I am accredited with The Center for Inquiry in Washington and was accompanied by Robyn Blumner, president and CEO of CFI. We agreed to be there during the middle week of the session when most people are there.

Apart from the formal sessions and the plenary, the council is a place that is always buzzing. There are more people schmoozing in the Serpentine bar than in the main hall where the statements are made. There is a buzz of different languages, costumes and cultures which holds the attention.

Added to this are the peacocks roaming the gardens of the council. The place...

19:47

Abu Ghraib Ex-Inmates' Lawsuit Moves Ahead in Federal Court "IndyWatch Feed World"

Abu Ghraib Ex-Inmates' Lawsuit Moves Ahead in Federal Court --The lawsuit has been dismissed multiple times, only to be reinstated each time by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond | 22 Sept 2017 | After nine years of fits and starts, dismissals and reinstatements, a federal lawsuit filed by one-time inmates at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq against civilian interrogators who worked there is moving ahead. "We're not dismissing this case. It's going to go forward," U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema said at the conclusion of a hearing Friday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria. It's been 13 years since photos documenting abusive treatment of inmates at Abu Ghraib first became public, and nine years since the lawsuit was first filed against CACI Premier Technology, which supplied civilian interrogators to the prison on a contract basis.

19:46

Auditor Says He Was Forced to Quit Vatican After Finding Irregularities "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Pope Francis is greeted by Libero Milone (R), the Vatican's auditor general, during a meeting at the Vatican

Pope Francis is greeted by Libero Milone (R), the Vaticans auditor general, during a meeting at the Vatican, April 1, 2016. Osservatore Romano/Handout via Credit: Reuters/Files

Vatican City:  The Vaticans first auditor-general, who resigned without explanation in June, has broken his silence, saying he was forced to step down with trumped-up accusations after discovering evidence of possible illegal activity.

Speaking to reporters from four media organisations including Reuters in the office of his lawyers in Rome, Libero Milone also said he believed that some in the Vatican wanted to slow down Pope Franciss efforts at financial reform.

He said he could not give details of the irregularities he had found because of non-disclosure agreements. Reuters was unable to independently verify his assertions, whi...

19:45

European Banking Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

European Banking Crisis by Martin Armstrong Armstrong Economics Perhaps this period will be looked back upon ass the Draghi Deflation. After nearly 10 years of this failed policy, the European banking industry is contracting on every possible level. The...

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19:45

How Merkel"s Win May Hide Rising Discontent "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

With German Chancellor Merkel expected to win reelection on Sunday, the European elites may celebrate having turned back a populist surge, but their neo-liberal policies continue to fuel discontent, says Andrew Spannaus.

19:44

Mexico Shaken by Quake Aftershock, Volcanic Ash Adds to Fear "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Mexican and international rescue teams remove a painting as they search for survivors in a collapsed building after an earthquake, at Roma neighborhood in Mexico City, Mexico September 23, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Carlos Jasso

Mexican and international rescue teams remove a painting as they search for survivors in a collapsed building after an earthquake, at Roma neighborhood in Mexico City, Mexico, September 23, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Carlos Jasso

Mexico City: A magnitude 6.2 aftershock that shook Mexico on Saturday was blamed for five deaths, spreading fear among anxious residents reeling from a string of natural disasters and interrupting the search for survivors from a bigger tremor ea...

19:39

UKs Boris Johnson opposes adopting any new EU rules during Brexit transition "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Boris Johnson, Britains Foreign Secretary, arrives for a cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street in London, September 21, 2017. REUTERS-Toby Melville

Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) British foreign minister Boris Johnson will oppose any move to adopt European Union regulations made after Britain leaves the bloc in March 2019, the Sunday Telegraph newspaper reported, risking reigniting divisions over Brexit.

Johnson, who campaigned to leave the EU in last years referendum, is one of Britains highest-profile politicians and seen as a possible replacement for Prime Minister Theresa May. On Friday, he praised a speech by May in which she set out her plan for a roughly two-year transition period after Brexit.

But the Telegraph reported that Johnson had set out a new set of demands, reviving talk of a split among Mays senior ministers which has the potential to destabilize her minority government.

Boris will be one of those Cabinet ministers pushing to make sure we dont have any new EU rules and regulations during the transition, a cabinet source was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

Johnson had fueled talk of a leadership challenge ahead of Mays speech by publishing his own 4,000-word plan for Brexit which was seen as a criticism of Mays more cautious approach.

Mays transition plan, set out in the Italian city of Florence in a speech that sought to break an impasse in negotiations with the EU, underlined the importance of regulation to the future economic relationship with the bloc.

She highlighted the fact that Britain and the EU start with identical regulatory standards and said she wanted a practical app...

19:32

Russian General Staff to US: Youre Only Pretending to Fight ISIS Get Out of Our Way "IndyWatch Feed War"

Russian General Staff to US: Youre Only Pretending to Fight ISIS Get Out of Our Way   Defense Ministry Spokesman General Konashenkov Russian irritation with US support for ISIS is on full display This is a repeat of an article which ran this morning entitled: Areas With US Special Forces Are Source of Attacks []

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19:30

SURPRISE SURPRISE THE CIAS OSWALD FILES ARE CONVENIENTLY ... "IndyWatch Feed War"

2017 is supposed to be the year of disclosures, when classified files are scheduled for release. To be specific, 2017m is the year that

The post SURPRISE SURPRISE THE CIAS OSWALD FILES ARE CONVENIENTLY ... appeared first on Giza Death Star.

19:30

Debt Rattle September 24 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Elliott Erwitt Gateway Center Demolition Area Pittsburgh 1950   All The Bubbles That Are About To Pop In One Chart (Dillian) Americas $20 Trillion Debt In Global Context (HowMuch) Accounting Error Spells Chaos For Global Economy (Graeber) The American Golden Calf (PL) Boobs on Credit (Jim Quinn) Bernanke Past

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19:30

Doom and Gloom (Sunday Sermonette) "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The World Should Have Ended

Religious scholars predicted the end of the world yesterday. Since you're reading this blog, they were wrong. However, 'your' world can end at ANY TIME. Repent now. (how's that for a sermonette?) 

Even under the Sword of Damocles it's difficult to get through life

Hep A

There are two epidemics of hepatitis A in Southern California that I'm aware of. One exists in the hobo jungle on the borders of the Cities of Orange and Anaheim, near Angel Stadium. This is a place where the city fathers handed out tents to vagrants and suggested that they set up a permanent homestead with the whole sanctuary city thing in mind. Over a thousand people live there. The reports vary, but somewhere close to 50 people have come down with the illness. 

The second epidemic is in San Diego (Sandy Eggo) and it's much worse. San Diego has declared itself a sanctuary city and is building massive tent structures in the parks to house and feed thousands of vagrants at taxpayer expense. The low-lifes crap everywhere despite the presence of portable toilets and that's led to hundreds of cases of Hep A according to the public health people. San Diego declared a health emergency last week.

Both Anaheim and San Diego have begun hosing down the area with bleach and other chemicals designed to kill the Hep A that resides on the ground  (where vagrants sleep) as a result of careless scat deposits. Progressive? You bet!!

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19:30

CIA files on Lee Harvey Oswald set to be released in October have gone missing "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Countless concerned individuals are still searching for answers surrounding the mysterious death of the 35th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy. The official narrative, that a lone former Marine named Harvey Oswald assassinated him, is widely disputed. All available documents from all government entities are required by the Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act

19:27

North Korean leadership wont be around much longer Trump "IndyWatch Feed World"

Donald Trump has once again taken to Twitter to threaten Kim Jong-un after North Koreas foreign minister spoke on the floor of the United Nations General Assembly Saturday.

Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at U.N. If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they wont be around much longer! Trump tweeted in response to Foreign Minister Ri Yong-hos comments.

Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at U.N. If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they wont be around much longer!

...

19:24

Trump is Kims ideal partner for war dance, but war in Korea detrimental to everyones interest "IndyWatch Feed World"

Despite belligerent rhetoric over Korean nuclear crisis, neither party would win from actual military action, observers say. But there is a risk of a war by mistake, triggered by some unintentional accident and spiraling out of anyones control.

U.S. President Donald Trump Kevin Lamarque

If you get to be US President you get a little stars and stripes pin to wear and can place your hand over your heart mimicking an ultra~patriotic gesture, while secretly despising and acting against the interest of normal American people.

...

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19:23

Police Lathi-Charge Students Protesting Victim Shaming in BHU, Administration Denies Involvement "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The students said the cops lathicharged without provocation and that they even tried to enter the womens hostel.

Students told ANI that girls were beaten and abused during the lathicharge. Credit: Twitter/ANI

New Delhi: Clashes broke out at the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) late on Saturday night, after police lathi-charged on women protesting against the alleged inaction and victim-shaming by the university administration.

Videos have emerged showing cops charging towards women as others run to their hostels. No women constables can be seen in the videos. The lathi-charge happened just hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modis visit to Varanasi.

A first-year student, who lives in the university hostel, was allegedly molested and grabbed by three bike-borne men just outside the BHU campus on Thursday evening. According to NDTV, the protesting students were struggling to meet the Vice Chancellor to apprise him of the safety situation and to urge him to take necessary steps. But last night, as they tried to enter his residence, they were stopped by a couple of university guards before the cops intervened and lathicharged to disperse them. Several students got injured in the scuffle.

According to the NDTV report, the students said that the police lathicharg...

19:22

Disgruntled customer "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Dear Lush,

I wish to advise you of the sub-optimal performance of your "Wash That Man Right Out Of My Hair" shower gel, purchased from your online shop in the last month.  

While frequent applications have reduced the size of Winston Peters the smell has increased, and stubborn Bill English has hardly budged at all.  David Seymour persists, defying all logic.  I appreciate that Gareth Morgan has largely washed away, but that was always going to be an easy one given the recency and diminutive standing of that particular stain.

Even though it is a shower gel, I used it as a shampoo as well, to increase its potency.

I'm prepared to give your product two more weeks to prove useful.  If it has not had a meaningful impact on National's party vote by October 7th then I will be making use of your money-back guarantee, and I am prepared to pursue my rights under the Consumer Guarantees Act if necessary.

Yours sincerely
etc


19:20

Bangladesh imposes mobile phone ban on Rohingya refugees "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP/File | Bangladesh mobile phone providers have been threatened with fines if they provide any of the nearly 430,000 newly arrived refugees from Myanmar with phone plans

DHAKA (BANGLADESH) (AFP)  Bangladesh has banned telecommunication companies from selling mobile phone connections to Rohingya refugees, citing security concerns for the latest restrictions, officials said Sunday.Bangladeshs four mobile phone providers were threatened with fines if they provide any of the nearly 430,000 newly arrived refugees from Myanmar with phone plans while the ban is in force.

For the time being, they (Rohingya) cant buy any SIM cards, Enayet Hossain, a senior officer at the telecoms ministry, told AFP on Sunday.

The decision Saturday to impose a communication blackout on the stateless Muslim minority was justified for security reasons, said junior telecoms minister Tarana Halim.

Bangladesh already prohibits the sale of SIM cards to its own citizens who cannot provide an official identity card, in a bid to frustrate the organisational capacity of homegrown militants.

We took the step (of welcoming the Rohingya) on humanitarian grounds but at the same time our own security should not be compromised, Halim said, without elaborating on what specific risk the Rohingya posed.

Bangladeshs telecoms authority said the ban could be lifted once biometric identity cards are issued to the newly arrived refugees, a process the army says could take six months.

It is just the latest restriction imposed on the Rohingya who have fled in huge numbers from violence in neighbouring Rakhine State into squalid camps in Bangladeshs southernmost Coxs Bazar district in the past four weeks.

The nearly 430,000 refugees have been herded by the military into a handful of overstretched camps near the border, where tens of thousands live in the open without shelter.

Many have been evicted from squatting in forest and farmlands by police and soldiers, who have been ordered to keep the Rohingya from seeking shelter in major cities and nearby towns.

Roadblocks have been erected along major routes from the camp zones, where a dire shortage of food, water, shelter and toilets is creating what aid groups describe as a humanitarian crisis.

Some 5,100 have already been stopped at these checkpoints and returned to the designated camps, police said.

We have set up 11 check posts across the Coxs Bazar highway...

19:19

Trudeau Government seeking to oust Venezuelas President Nicolas Maduro "IndyWatch Feed War"

Alongside Washington and Venezuelas elite, the Trudeau government is seeking to oust President Nicols Maduro. While Ottawas campaign has recently grown, official Canada has long opposed the pro-poor, pro-working class Bolivarian Revolution, which has won 19 of 21 elections since 1998.

Following a similar move by the Trump Administration, Global Affairs Canada sanctioned 40 Venezuelans on Friday. In a move that probably violates the UN charter, the elected president, vice president and 38 other officials had their assets in Canada frozen and Canadians are barred from having financial relations with these individuals.

In recent months foreign minister Chrystia Freeland has repeatedly criticized Maduros government. She accused Caracas of dictatorial intentions, imprisoning political opponents and robbing the Venezuelan people of their fundamental democratic rights. Since taking office the Liberals have supported efforts to condemn the Maduro government at the Organization of American States (OAS) and promoted an international mediation designed to weaken Venezuelas leftist government (all the while staying mum about Brazils imposed president who has a 5% approval rating and far worse human rights violations in Mexico).

Beyond these public interventions designed to stoke internal unrest, Ottawa has directly aided an often-unsavoury Venezuelan opposition. A specialist in social media and political transition, outgoing Canadian ambassador Ben Rowswell told the Ottawa Citizen in August: We established quite a significant internet presence inside Venezuela, so that we could then engage tens of thousands of Venezuelan citizens in a conversation on human rights. We became one of the most vocal embassies in speaking out on human rights issues and encouraging Venezuelans to speak out. (Can you imagine the hue and cry if a Russian ambassador said something similar about Canada?) Rowswell added that Canada would continue to support the domestic opposi...

19:15

American Hypocrisy About Kurds "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Donald Trumps address to the UN General Assembly on September 19 was a harangue of swaggering abuse and arrogant belligerence but his first public utterance, the day before, was not as spiteful and malevolent. Indeed it was greeted with relief and surprise by the many people who had expected a tirade against the United Nations Organisation on the lines of his comment that it was just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time, which was as absurd, insulting and vulgar as so many of his remarks.

19:13

Morgan Freeman used in later war propaganda video against Russia "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Morgan Freemans latest publicly stunt permanently stained his legacy after the famous actor decided to join the fake news industry by passing off a blockbuster script as a true story. Morgan Freeman declared in his latest two-minute video that We have been attacked. We are at war, but hes wrong in saying that Americans have been victimized by Russia, but should have rather

19:12

The Crazy Imbalance of Russia-gate "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The core absurdity of the Russia-gate frenzy is its complete lack of proportionality. Indeed, the hysteria is reminiscent of Sen. Joe McCarthy warning that one communist in the faculty of one university is one communist too many or Donald Trump

19:10

Security Researchers Warn that GO Keyboard is Spying on Millions of Android Users "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

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Security researchers from Adguard have issued a warning that the popular GO Keyboard app is spying on users. Produced by Chinese developers GOMO Dev Team, GO Keyboard was found to be transmitting personal information about users back to remote servers, as well as

Adguard made the discovery while conducting research into the traffic consumption and unwanted behavior of various Android keyboards. The AdGuard for Android app makes it possible to see exactly what traffic an app is generating, and it showed that GO Keyboard was making worrying connections, making use of trackers, and sharing personal information.

Read more of this story at SoylentNews.

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Prayer and Meditation for Monday, September 25, 2017 No one who lights a lamp conceals it Nothing remains secret Everything will be known and brought to light St. Thomas Aquinas and the Theology of Death "IndyWatch Feed War"

Monday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 449

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Reading 1 EZR 1:1-6

In the first year of Cyrus, king of Persia,
in order to fulfill the word of the LORD spoken by Jeremiah,
the LORD inspired King Cyrus of Persia
to issue this proclamation throughout his kingdom,
both by word of mouth and in writing:
Thus says Cyrus, king of Persia:
All the kingdoms of the earth
the LORD, the God of heaven, has given to me,
and he has also charged me to build him a house in Jerusalem,
which is in Judah.
Therefore, whoever among you belongs to any part of his people,
let him go up, and may his God be with him!
Let everyone who has survived, in whatever place he may have dwelt,
be assisted by the people of that place
with silver, gold, goods, and cattle,
together with free-will offerings
for the house of God in Jerusalem.'

Then the family heads of Judah and Benjamin
and the priests and Levites
everyone, that is, whom God had inspired to do so
prepared to go up to build the house of the LORD in Jerusalem.
All their neighbors gave them help in every way,
with silver, gold, goods, and cattle,
and with many precious gifts
besides all their free-will offerings.

Responsorial Psalm  PS 126:1B-2AB, 2CD-3, 4-5, 6

R. (3) The Lord has done marvels for us.
When the LORD brought back the captives of Zion,
we were like men dreaming.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with rejoicing.
R. The Lord has done marvels for us.
Then they said among the nations,
The LORD h...

19:06

This new ransomware asks to send nude photographs instead of Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

nRansomware demands victims to send nude pics instead of Bitcoin

Most of us are aware that ransomware is a type of malicious software from cryptovirology that threatens to publish the victims data or perpetually block access to it unless a cryptocurrencytypically Bitcoin is paid. But what happens if you are asked to send nude photographs instead of Bitcoin to get access to your device? Shocked, right?

That is what a new ransomware known as nRansomware is doing. On Thursday, the researchers at MalwareHunterTeam, a research group focused on ransomware, discovered the ransomware software installed through a file called nRansom.exe, which demands at least 10 nude photographs from the victim in order to get their files back. The victim is actually forced to create a Protomail account, which will then be verified as legitimate by the attacker. Once the photos are sent, the victim will receive a code to disable the malware. It appears that the attackers are looking to sell the photos to make money.

The ransomware has a background of several images of the fictional childrens character Thomas the Tank Engine and an image stating the conditions. The malware also appears to play looped music in the background.

The below screenshot was tweeted by the researchers displaying the message when a victims device is hacked:

Your computer has been locked. You can only unlock it with the special unlock code, reads the message. The victim is also asked to create an email account on a specified website and then email to hackers from that address. After we reply, you must send at least 10 nude pictures of you. After that we will have to verify that the nudes belong to you.

It is still unclear how many people have been affected with this ransomware or whether the demand is legitimate threat and not a prank. However, the file nRansom.exe, to some extent does appear to be legitimate, as it is classified as malicious by several antivirus engines, including VirusTotal and Hybrid Analysis, which are both public malware repositories.

To stay clear from these kinds of ransomware,...

18:59

Belgium Wants to Blacklist Pirate Sites & Hijack Their Traffic "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The thorny issue of how to deal with the online piracy phenomenon used to be focused on punishing site users. Over time, enforcement action progressed to the services themselves, until they became both too resilient and prevalent to tackle effectively.

In Europe in particular, theres now a trend of isolating torrent, streaming, and hosting platforms from their users. This is mainly achieved by website blocking carried out by local ISPs following an appropriate court order.

While the UK is perhaps best known for this kind of action, Belgium was one of the early pioneers of the practice.

After filing a lawsuit in 2010, the Belgian Anti-Piracy Foundation (BAF) weathered an early defeat at the Antwerp Commercial Court to achieve success at the Court of Appeal. Since then, local ISPs have been forced to block The Pirate Bay.

Since then there have been several efforts (1,2) to block more sites but rightsholders have complained that the process is too costly, lengthy, and cumbersome. Now the government is stepping in to do something about it.

Local media reports that Deputy Prime Minister Kris Peeters has drafted new proposals to tackle online piracy. In his role as Minister of Economy and Employment, Peeters sees authorities urgently tackling pirate sites with a range of new measures.

For starters, he wants to create a new department, formed within the FPS Economy, to oversee the fight against online infringement. The department would be tasked with detecting pirate sites more quickly and rendering them inaccessible in Belgium, along with any associated mirror sites or proxies.

Peeters wants the new department to add all blocked sites to a national pirate blacklist. Interestingly, when Internet users try to access any of these sites, he wants them to be automatically diverted to legal sites where a fee will have to be paid for content.

While its not unusual to try and direct users away from pirate sites, for the most part Internet service providers have been so...

18:58

Revolutionary Mind Trap - Bernhard Guenther "IndyWatch Feed World"

 

Unseen forces are using narcissistic identity politics to turn us into angry souls feeding the Beast! Will augmented reality form the final rift in our society? What will happen when we no longer worry about consequences? Hostile forces leave us believing violence is the way to enact changes on planet Earth.http://freemantv.com/augmented-realit...

18:57

Passwords and much more for 540,000 SVR Tracking accounts leaked online "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Login credentials for 540K records belonging to vehicle tracking device company SVR Tracking (aka Stolen Vehicle Records Tracking) have been leaked online.

Another day, another data breach to report, login credentials of more than half a million records belonging to vehicle tracking device company SVR Tracking (aka Stolen Vehicle Records Tracking) have been leaked online.

The incident potentially exposes the personal data and vehicle details of drivers and businesses using the SVR Tracking service.

A few hours ago Verizon data was leaked online, and last week a similar incident affected the entertainment giant Viacom, in both cases data were found on an unsecured Amazon S3 server.

The unsecured AWS S3 cloud storage bucket containing SVR Tracking data was discovered by experts at Kromtech Security Center.The SVR Tracking service allows its customers to track their vehicles in real time by using a physical tracking device hidden in the vehicles.

SVR Tracking device

The S3 bucket contained details of roughly 540,000 SVR accounts, including email addresses and passwords, as well as users vehicle data, such as VIN (vehicle identification number) and the IMEI numbers of GPS devices.

The exposed archive also includes information where the tracking device was hidden in the car.

The repository contained over a half of a million records with logins / passwords, emails, VIN (vehicle identification number), IMEI numbers of GPS devices and other data that is collected on their devices, customers and auto dealerships. Interestingly, exposed database also contained information where exactly in the car the tracking unit was hidden. reads the blog post published by Kromtech.

Experts highlighted that leaked passwords were protected by the weak SHA-1 hashing algorithm that was easy to crack.

The experts discovered a Backup Folder named accounts contained 540,642 ID numbers, account information that included many plate & vin numbers, emails, hashed passwords, IMEI numbers and mo......

18:55

Catalonia referendum: Spain moves to take over local policing "IndyWatch Feed War"

BBC News

Why some Catalans want independence

The Spanish authorities have moved to place all policing in Catalonia under central control to stop the disputed independence referendum on 1 October.

Col Diego Prez de los Cobos has been put in charge of Catalan and central police forces in the autonomous region.

The order was justified as a way to achieve better co-ordination. But the Catalan authorities rejected it, saying it was an unacceptable interference.

Thousands of extra police are being sent to the region to block the vote.

The Constitutional Court says the vote is illegal but Catalan leaders are determined to hold it.

The Spanish authorities have sought to stop the independence vote by seizing voting materials, imposing fines on top officials and arresting temporarily dozens of politicians.

The public prosecutors office justified the the appointment of Col Prez de los Cobos on the basis of a law governing joint operations in an autonomous region.

The order will remain in place until 1 October, Catalan newspaper La Vanguardia reports.

...

18:47

Air conditioner that can fit in your pocket "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

This Air Conditioner Can Fit in Your Pocket

UCLA researchers have developed a new type of air conditioner that is not only energy efficient and eco-friendly , but can also fit inside your pocket. When we think about air conditioners, the image that comes into our minds is a big bulky machine that is fitted onto a wall that cools down the entire room. These machines usually pump refrigerant fluids, that can harm the environment when they break down or arent disposed of properly. This new research, can possibly change all of this.

How does it work ?

These devices are named   thermoelectric coolers do not work in the same manner as traditional ACs. They need expensive ceramic materials and are not the most efficient in cooling down entire rooms as the traditional ACs. The reason for this is the way they work.

The researchers have said these devices use electrocaloric effects , in simpler terms, an electric field is used to move the unwanted heat through specially designed materials. Polymers with special properties are used and is placed between two points a heat source where the heat is generated and the heat sink that takes away the heat.

When this polymer comes in contact with the heat source, it will absorb the heat. At this point, the electric field is inactive. When the polymer comes in contact with the heat sink, the electric field is turned on. This field will cause the molecules of the polymer to arrange themselves in a particular order which will push the heat into the sink.

Cheaper than traditional ACs ?

Besides being energy efficient, there is another reason why this technology could end up being cheaper than the AC we use today. Traditional ACs are used to cool an entire room. With this technology, companies could instead cool down individual seats thus saving on their AC bills. The researchers have even used this method to cool a Galaxy S4 by making a cooling device with flexible materials. Their results showed that this caused the phone to cool down by around 8 degrees.

Source: Sciencr

The post Air conditioner that can fit in your pocket appeared first on TechWorm.

18:47

israel Doomed "IndyWatch Feed War"

Israel Doomed Lasha Darkmoon Darkmoon Sept 23, 2017 In ten years time, there will be no more Israel. Henry Kissinger, October 2012 PALESTINE, COME BACK AGAIN! A controversial article was published yesterday on the Darkmoon site. Written by brilliant political analyst Franklyn Ryckaert, it was called Israel Is Here To Stay. Within a []

18:45

Rubens painting rediscovered after centuries "IndyWatch Feed World"

The newly rediscovered portrait of the Duke of Buckingham by Rubens dates from around 1625

From the BBC in Britain today:

Rubens Duke of Buckingham found after 400 years

A lost portrait by Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens has been rediscovered after almost 400 years.

The 17th century Flemish artists head study of the Duke of Buckingham was identified by Dr Bendor Grosvenor from BBC Fours Britains Lost Masterpieces.

It was in Glasgow Museums collection and on public display at the citys Pollok House stately home.

But overpainting and centuries of dirt meant it was thought to be a later copy by another artist.

The restored portrait of George Villiers, the 1st Duke of Buckingham, was authenticated as a Rubens by Ben van Beneden, director of the Rubenshuis in Antwerp.

He said it was a rare addition to Rubenss portrait oeuvre, showing how he approached the genre.

Dr Grosvenor said: The chance to discover a portrait of such a pivotal figure in British history by one of the greatest artists who ever lived has been thrillingly exciting.

The portrait of the duke in a doublet with an elaborate lace collar and a sash dates from around 1625.

He was a controversial figure in the Jacobean era who rose from minor nobility to become one of the favourites of James I, who was...

18:40

For capitalism to work democracy must be in chain "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

As Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell attempts to revive a bill to overturn Obamacare, we look today at the radical rights attempt to reshape the role of the federal governmentfrom healthcare to education to housing. While the Congressional Budget Office predicts 22 million would lose health insurance as a result of the Senate bill, some []

18:37

Doctors Report Evidence of Rape in Myanmar Army Cleansing Campaign "IndyWatch Feed War"

COXS BAZAR, Bangladesh Doctors treating some of the 429,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar in recent weeks have seen dozens of women with injuries consistent with violent sexual attacks, U.N. clinicians and other health workers said.

The medics accounts, backed in some cases by medical notes reviewed by Reuters, lend weight to repeated allegations, ranging from molestation to gang rape, leveled by women from the stateless minority group against Myanmars armed forces.

Myanmar officials have mostly dismissed such allegations as militant propaganda designed to defame its military, which they say is engaged in legitimate counterinsurgency operations and under orders to protect civilians.

Zaw Htay, spokesman for Myanmars de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, said the authorities would investigate any allegations brought to them. Those rape victim women should come to us, he said. We will give full security to them. We will investigate and we will take action.

Image result for doctors treat rohingya muslims in bangladesh, photos

Rohingya refugees wait for aid in Coxs Bazar, Bangladesh, September 20, 2017

Suu Kyi herself has not commented on the numerous allegations of sexual assault committed by the military against Rohingya women made public since late last year.

Violence erupted in Myanmars northwestern Rakhine state following attacks on security forces by Rohingya militants last October. Further attacks on Aug. 25 provoked a renewed military offensive the United Nations has called ethnic cleansing.

Reuters spoke with e...

18:36

"Three Nights in Philly" "IndyWatch Feed World"

"Three Nights in Philly"
By Joe Bageant

"A fellow expatriate told me recently when I left Belize, Central America, which I now consider my home: "America is a sticky place, Joe, hard to get out of again, even from a short visit. The everyday money and business stuff alone will trap you like flypaper." And that keeps ringing in my head during this current return to sell my house and fulfill my promotional obligations for the book I just published here. Which could take months.

But it's sticky in other ways too, some of them rooted in the hearts of its working class people. Last week I found myself in Philadelphia, a working class town if ever there was one. In this sprawl-and-mall age, it's surprising for non-metro people like me to run into whole neighborhoods of folks who are not full of suburban self-important horseshit and three-car garages, and when you do they always seem to be immigrant or working class neighborhoods. But then, maybe I was just around too many bland American "sluburbs" for too long before I skipped the country.

Old men see a lot of phantoms when they revisit the scenes of their youth. Philly is like that for me. I was stationed at the now-defunct South Philly Naval Base in 1965. And it was in roaming that city during off-duty hours that city I experienced my first intellectual awakening, or at least the first one that had other human participants. I hung out at places like the Artist's Hut or the Guilded Cage off Rittenhouse Square, learned of the folk music and peace protest movements and heard poetry read live by real poets for the first time.

The p...

18:34

The Kurds: Historical Revisionism and the Real Reasons They Have Remained Stateless "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Kurds: Historical Revisionism and the Real Reasons They Have Remained Stateless By Sarah Abed, The Kurds are the largest group of nomadic people in the world that have remained stateless since the beginning of time. This fact has allowed Western powers to use the stateless plight of the Kurdish people as a tool to []

18:32

Trumps UN Speech, Hypocrisy and Lies "IndyWatch Feed War"

Related  Filed under: AngloZionist Empire, China, hypocrisy, Netanyahu, North Korea, Proxy War, regime change, Russia, Saudia, Trump, Turkey, US Foreign Policy, USA, Venezuela, War on Syria

18:30

The Environmental Impact of a Coal Plant in Kenya Is Being Underplayed "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Apart from the unfavourable economic and financing aspects for generating energy from coal, the plant may be Kenyas single largest pollution source.

An old coal-burning power plant in China. Credit: Reuters

An old coal-burning power plant in China. Credit: Reuters

China is transforming its sources of energy domestically in a bid to reverse decades of environmental pollution. But the switch to renewable energy has brought about a conundrum: what to do with the jobs and industries that have no future in this new system?

Export them. Several African countries are accepting the poisoned chalice of Chinas subsidised development through the construction of outdated, dirty...

18:30

Game Boy Advance Hiding In a Medical Device "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

It turns out that medical manufacturers also do hacking once in a while. [JanHenrikH] recently tweeted a photo of an ECG-Trigger-Unit that hed opened up. Inside he found that the LCD screen was that of a Game Boy Advance (GBA) and the reason he could tell was that the screens original case was still there, complete with GAME BOY ADVANCE SP written on it.

In the manufacturers defense, this device was likely made around the year 2000 when gaming products were some of the best sources for high speed, high quality, small LCD displays.  This design document for a portable ECG measurement instrument from as recently as 2013 cites reasons for using a GBA as:

  • impressive plotting results,
  • no serious transmission delays, and
  • fine graphics processing capability.

The Verge had even turned up this US patent from 1997 that has the diagnostic medical device be a cartridge for plugging into a Game Boy. At the time, PCs were frequently used for medical displays but this patent cites issues such as the higher cost of PCs, software installation issues, and crashing. However, they talk about the crashing being due to running word processing and spreadsheet software on the same PC, something not likely to happen if the PC is dedicated to bedside monitoring.

But despite all those pros, wouldnt you feel surprise and alarm when you first glimpse the Game Boy inside the device thats monitoring your heart? We also have to wonder what licensing these products went through in the countries in which they were used. This particular device was made by German company Medical Imaging Electronics.

Game Boy hacks arent limited to the medical industry though. Here on Hackaday, weve seen them turned into remote controls for flying drones and weve seen Game Boy cartridge emulators that use STM32. Finally, if youre wondering where you saw [Jan Henrik]s name before, he was one of the two hackers driving the motorized armchair in a photo in our [Jenny List]s SHACamp 2017 write-up.

Our thanks to [geonomad] for the tip!


Filed under: Medical hacks...

18:30

18:29

Lebanons First Hockey Team "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A group of Lebanese Montrealers who love to play hockey have decided to get organized and form Lebanons first hockey team. Theres still no formal structure but they have already played a couple of exhibition games against Team Haiti, Egypt, Morocco & Algeria and have won on every occasion.

Theyre doing it out of love for the sport and their country Lebanon but theyre also aiming big and want t get accepted into the International Ice Hockey Federation. Unfortunately, in order to do so, they will need the support of the Lebanese authorities and proof that the country has at least one ice hockey rink and a league with teams, which is not gonna happen anytime soon.

Lebanons hockey team has players coming in from Toronto, Ottawa, Michigan, Calgary and France. Thats a pretty awesome initiative. I wish them the best of luck and I hope they will be able to take things to the next level.

You can check out their Facebook page [here] and heres a video of their full game against Algeria:

18:27

How did the world ever work without Facebook? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Almost every day, somebody tells me there is no way they can survive without some social media like Facebook or Twitter. Otherwise mature adults fearful that without these dubious services, they would have no human contact ever again, they would die of hunger and the sky would come crashing down too. It is particularly disturbing []

18:26

U.S. Is Not Ready for the End of War in Syria. The White House does Not Want Peace "IndyWatch Feed War"

U.S. Is Not Ready for the End of War in Syria. The White House does Not Want Peace By Firas Samuri, It is no secret that the American government has been supporting terrorist groups during the entire Syrian conflict. One of these days, another fact proving this statement was recorded. On September 20, Hayat Tahrir []

18:25

Germany Votes as History Beckons for Merkel, Far-Right "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a breakfast with supporters at the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party election campaign meeting centre in Berlin, Germany, September 23, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a breakfast with supporters at the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party election campaign meeting centre in Berlin, Germany, September 23, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch

Berlin: Germans began voting in a national election on Sunday that is likely to see Chancellor Angela Merkel win a historic fourth term and a far-right party enter parliament for the first time in more than half a century.

Merkels conservative bloc is on track to rema...

18:23

Canada - More emotional blackmail. "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Another video to scare Canadians into accepting fluoridation.

18:23

How the US Became a Warmonger Police State "IndyWatch Feed War"

How the US Became a Warmonger Police State By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, Professor David Ray Griffin is a tenacious person. He has written a number of carefully researched books that demonstrate the extraordinary shortcomings in the official account of the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon and the subsequent anthrax attack. []

18:20

"What's the Significance of Life? Who Are We?" "IndyWatch Feed World"

"What's the Significance of Life? Who Are We?" 
 by Meanings of Life

"Is human life just a dream, from which we never really awake, as some great thinkers claim? Are we submerged by our feelings, by our loves and hates, by our ideas of good, bad, beautiful, awful? Are we incapable of knowing beyond those ideas and feelings? Listen to Shakespeare and Joseph Conrad:
 
"We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep"

William Shakespeare, "The Tempest"

"A man that is born falls into a dream like a man who falls into the sea."
Joseph Conrad, "Lord Jim"

Is the reality we know a reality imposed to us by nature? Is the reality and the meaning of life a creation of men, such as music, or love or colors (science tells us that there isn't such things a...

18:18

Canada - Pro fluoride one sided propaganda. "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Anyone in Canada able to produce a video using the same technique to counter this?



18:16

Tamasgir Mangala Bansode and the Tamasha of Her Life "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The informal economy of tamasha stigmatises artistes and at the same time, provides possibilities and power, however limited, to some women.

Mangalatai leading the group of dancers in Pune in 2004. Credit: Shailaja Paik

Mangalatai leading the group of dancers in Pune in 2004. Credit: Shailaja Paik

Beyond the stereotypical vulgar song and dance, fun and play, bawdy lavani (folk song) performance, and the rural disorderly spectacle, tamasha (travelling folk theatre), the significant lokakala of Maharashtra, is best understood through the analytical matrix of mobility and migration, access to means of everyday survival, pedagogy of survival and negotiations for work. The Dalit tamasha legend, Vithabai Narayangavkar sang a famous Lavani in the 1960s:

laaj dhara pavana janachi manachi
potasathi nachatey mee parva kunachi
dava dola jhakun khunavu naka ho asa tumhi hinavu naka
aathavan dete mee tarnya panachi
potasathi nachatey mee parva kunachi

(O guest, maintain your shame for others as well as for your self. I am dancing for my everyday sustenance; I do not care for anybody else. Do not make sexual gestures by winking your left eye at me. You are actually mocking me. I provide you a remembrance of your youth. I am dancing for my everyday living. I do not care for anybody else.).

Vithabais daughter, Mangalatai Bansode, sang the famous lavani for me, when I interviewed her in the village of Kada in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra on September 9 and...

18:15

Is the NFL dying? 49ers game played in front of a nearly empty stadium "IndyWatch Feed World"

The San Francisco 49ers Thursday night game against the Los Angeles Rams kicked off in front of a nearly empty stadium. Los Angeles Times reporter Lindsey Thiry tweeted a photo at the time of kickoff, which showed thousands of open seats. In fact, most sections in the photo have more empty seats than fans.

18:13

"Meanwhile, On Mars..." "IndyWatch Feed World"

Click image for larger size.
This is image of the Red Planet, snapped by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows blue sand dunes covering part of the Rabe crater, a 100-kilometre-diameter impact site in the planet's southern highlands. The dunes are an accumulation of basalt sands from the crater's floor, sculpted by Martian winds. This granular image reveals the thumbprint-like texture of the ridges, troughs and ripples formed there.

Blue sand dunes? Looks like water to me... what do you see?

18:12

N. Koreas foreign minister says Trump is mentally deranged "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

Jewel Samad, AFP | North Koreas Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho addresses the 72nd session of the United Nations General assembly at the UN headquarters in New York on September 23, 2017.

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2017-09-24

North Koreas foreign minister assailed US President Donald Trump at the United Nations on Saturday, deriding him as a mentally deranged leader whose threats had increased the chances of military confrontation.

Ri Yong-ho told the General Assembly that Trumps vow to totally destroy his country if necessary had made our rockets visit to the entire US mainland all the more inevitable.

Describing Trump as a mentally deranged person full of megalomania, Ri said the US leader who holds the nuclear button posed the gravest threat to international peace and security today.

In his first address to the General Assembly on Tuesday, Trump called leader Kim Jong-Un a Rocket Man on a suicide mission, prompting Kim to warn in turn that the US president would pay dearly for his threat.

Ri accused Trump of turning the United Nations into a gangsters nest where money is respected and bloodshed is the order of the day, and of insulting Kim.

None other than Trump himself is on a suicide mission, he declared.

The North Korean nuclear crisis has dominated this years gathering of world leaders at the United Nations amid fears that the heated rhetoric could accidentally trigger a war.

North Korea in recent weeks detonated its sixth nuclear bomb and has test-fired intercontinental missiles saying it needs to defend itself against hostility from the United States and its allies.

Trump later responded on Twitter, insulting Kim once more and appearing to threaten both men.

Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at U.N. If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they wont be around much longer! he wrote late Saturday night.

Nuclear hammer of justice

...

18:11

Iran Ready to Use 10-Ton Bomb Against Americans "IndyWatch Feed War"

Anti-American graffiti in Tehran, tha capital of Iran. (Photo: ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)Anti-American graffiti in Tehran, tha capital of Iran. (Photo: ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)

 

Iran has a 10-ton bomb and is ready to use it against American soldiers, an Iranian general has claimed.

Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps airspace division claimed in an interview that Iran has the capacity to drop a 10-ton bomb he called the father of all bombs, from aircraft.

These bombs are at our disposal, can be launched from aircraft, and they are highly destructive, he told Fars News Agency.

Hajizadeh also claimed to have infiltrated American bases in Iraq and Syria, according to a report by the Washington Free Beacon. We have infiltrated into the Americans command control centers over the recent years. We have been present there. We saw what locations they were observing and targeting.

In other news, the U.S. is concerned over possible Iranian violations of the nuclear agreement signed with previous US President Barack Obama. Nevertheless, President Trump signed a sanctions waiver last week that was promised as part of the deal.

 

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The post Iran Ready to Use 10-Ton Bomb Against Americans appeared first on Clarion Project.

18:09

UN peacekeepers in Congo hold record for rape and sex abuse, over 700 cases "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

She had been orphaned by a brutal conflict, but the 14-year-old Congolese girl found refuge in a camp protected by United Nations peacekeepers. The camp should have been safe the day she was raped. A delegation from the U.N. was paying a visit, and her grandmother had left her in charge of her siblings. That

18:03

ADA Untroubled By Yet Another Study Pointing To Fluorides Negative Health Impacts "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

For decades, many groups have fought against the inclusion of fluoride in publicly supplied water, arguing that the risks of mass fluoride consumption outweigh the purported benefits. Now, a new study published in Environmental Health Perspectives has added to the scientific literature that suggests that fluoride negatively impacts human intelligence, especially in children and infants.

The study, surprisingly, was widely reported in the U.S. mainstream media despite the fact that its findings contradict the governments official position regarding the safety of fluoride.

The study examined nearly 300 sets of mothers and children living in Mexico and tested the childrens cognitive development twice over a 12 year period. A drop in scores on intelligence tests was observed for every 0.5 milligram-per-liter increase in fluoride exposure beyond 0.8 milligrams per liter found in maternal urine. While researchers found a potential connection to prenatal fluoride exposure, they found no significant influence of fluoride exposure on brain development once a child was born.

While the study is likely to cause concern for mothers-to-be around the world, the findings of this study will be of particular concern for those living in areas where public water is fluoridated. In Mexico, where the study was conducted, fluoride is not added to public water supplies and fluoride exposure largely occurs via naturally occurring fluoride in the environment, fluoridated salt and supplements. In contrast, three-quarters of the U.S. population is exposed to fluoride through public water, in addition to other sources of fluoride such as fluoridated toothpaste.

FluorideHowever, the American Dental Association (ADA) took issue with the study, stating, its findings are not applicable to the U.S. The ADA continues to endorse fluoridation of public water as the most effective public health measure to prevent tooth decay. The ADA declined to state why the studys findings were not applicable to pregnant women in the United States, given that fluoride consumption in the U.S. is much higher than in Mexico due to public water fluoridation.

Furthermore, contrary to the ADAs claim, the inclusion of fluoride in drinking water does not actually reduce the incidence of cavities at all instead causing a form of tooth decay known as dental fluorosis, a widespread phenomenon that the government has admitte...

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