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Friday, 13 April


People Save Baby 'Kitten' Then Realize She's Not What She Seems "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Last week, Martine Vos was called out on a rescue mission she likely won't soon forget.

Vos is a volunteer with Cat Shelter Limburg, a Belgium-based group that specializes in caring for homeless felines. So, naturally, when she received word about one such animal in need, she didn't hesitate to help.

"A man called our rescue number because he found a very little black kitten, only a few days old," Vos told The Dodo. "He asked us to come and pick up this little baby."

Little did she or anyone know at the time, however, that things weren't exactly how they seemed.

Credit: Martine Vos

A search of the area where the little animal had been found turned up no signs of her mom, or any possible siblings, so Vos planned to take the orphan to a foster family who could care for her.

It was around this time that Vos noticed that something was off about the supposed kitten.

"When I took the baby in my hands, she seemed really big and it felt totally different how a kitten should feel," Vos said.

A closer inspection revealed that her face really wasn't so kitten-like either.

Her curiosity piqued, Vos and a colleague visited a veterinarian in hopes of confirming just what sort of animal this little baby actually was. But the vet was stumped, too.

"The one thing she was sure of is that it was a baby girl," Vos said.

Next, Vos decided to consult a nearby wildlife rescue center and with that, the mystery was solved.

"They recognized it as a baby fox," Vos said.

Turns out, fox pups are often a darker shade very early on in life, and they do have a vaguely cat-like look.



Commandant of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation: Who Is Robert Alvaro? "IndyWatch Feed"

Colonel Robert Francisco Alvaro took command of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) at Fort Benning, Georgia, on July 19, 2017, succeeding Col. Keith W. Anthony. Called the School of the Americas (SOA) from 1946 to 2001, WHINSEC is a US combat training school mainly for Latin American soldiers and police90% of classes are taught in Spanish. The name change was prompted by a scandal when the Pentagon released SOA training manuals that taught torture, extortion, and execution. In fact, more than 80,000 Latin American military and police officers have received training at SOA/WHINSEC, including such human rights violators as Panamas Omar Torrijos and Manuel Noriega; Guatemalas Efran Ros Montt; and Chiles Manuel Contreras.


Born March 12, 1969, Robert Francisco Alvaro earned a B.A. in Psychology at the University of Puerto Rico in 1991 and an M.A. in Latin American Studies at the University of South Florida in 2004. He also completed courses in 2005 at the U.S. Armys Command and General Staff College and in 2008 at the Joint and Combined Warfighting School, which is part of Joint Forces Staff College at National Defense University.


Alvaro has spent his entire career in the U.S. Army, first in the infantry and later as a foreign area officer, rising to the rank of colonel. He has served as battalion logistical officer, company executive officer, and rifle platoon leader in the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York; as plans officer in the Second Infantry Division in South Korea; and as division G3 readiness officer and company commander in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.


As a foreign area officer, Alvaro has served as chief of the Office of Security Cooperation-Nicaragua; deputy Army section chief of the Office of Security Cooperation-Iraq; country director at the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Western Hemisphere Affairs; political military planner; country desk officer at the United States Southern Command; and exchange instructor at the Argentine Army Mountain Operations School. He also served during Operation New Dawn (2010-2011) in Baghdad, Iraq.


From October 2014 to June 2017, Alvaro served as chief of strategic outreach and chief of strategic plans and communications at the William J. Perry Ce...


AMD users running Windows 10 get their Spectre fix "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

AMD has released new microcode updates for mitigating variant 2 of the Spectre attack and Microsoft has released an OS update with the mitigation to AMD users running Windows 10. As you might remember, AMD processors were found not to be vulnerable to Meltdown attacks, but they were affected by Spectre (both variants). Variant 1 necessitates application-level fixes and variant 2 (CVE-2017-5715) requires changes at the OS level. Microsoft fixes problem for Windows 10 users More

The post AMD users running Windows 10 get their Spectre fix appeared first on Help Net Security.


3D infrared animation of Jupiters north pole "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

NASA's Juno scientists have unveiled their 3D infrared movie depicting densely packed cyclones and anticyclones that permeate Jupiters polar regions, and the first detailed view of a dynamo, or engine, powering the magnetic field for any planet beyond...... Read more

Natural cycles: A link between formation of supercontinents and strength of ocean tides "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A new study suggests there is a likely link between the cyclic strengthening and weakening of ocean tides over tens of millions of years and another, longer cycle - the formation of Earth's supercontinents every 400 to 600 million years. The new research...... Read more

Brazils high court curbs executive power to dismember protected areas "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Provisional Measures (MPs) were originally instituted as a means of taking emergency action. But over the years, MPs have been employed by the executive branch to dismember conservation units in the Amazon rainforest and elsewhere. Last weeks Supreme Court ruling disallows that practice. Photo by Rhett A. Butler / Mongabay In a ruling welcomed by environmentalists, Brazils Supreme Court decided unanimously on 5 April that it was unconstitutional for the executive branch to have used MP 558, a Provisional Measure (Medida Provisria), to reduce the size of seven conservation units by 100,000 hectares (247,000 acres). Five of the units are located beside the Tapajs River, in one of the Amazons most biodiverse regions. The judgement is far reaching: it precludes the Temer government and all future administrations from using MPs to change protected area boundaries. Instead, the executive branch will need to submit such changes in draft bills to Congress. This approach gives civil society an opportunity to express its views regarding proposed reductions to conservation units. Importantly, the executive can still use provisional measures to push through other policies potentially harmful to the environment. The Supreme Courts decision is both important and necessary, given the power of the lobby against protected areas, said Daniel Azeredo, Brazils Attorney General. These areas are vulnerable because of inadequate government structures and competing land claims. A large number of provisional measures to reduce the size of protected areas are in the pipeline. Areas known to be vulnerable included the Nascentes da Serra do

NGOs acquire land in Brazil to create wildlife corridor "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Brazils Atlantic Forest is one of the worlds biodiversity hotspots. However, over the last 500 years its extension has been dramatically decreasing, and today it occupies roughly 15 percent of its original area and 7 percent of its original forest cover. The remaining forest areas are severely fragmented, causing habitat loss and increasing the pressure on the remaining species. Conservationists have found that a way to alleviate the impact of fragmentation is to implement wildlife corridors that connect interspersed patches of remnant forests. On April 9, three conservation NGOs announced they had acquired land for one such corridors also known as a land bridge. The area will be created in the vicinity of the Biological Reserve of Poo das Antas, in the state of Rio de Janeiro. The corridor will include a bridge overpass over a large highway that runs north of the reserve and will allow animals to circulate beyond the limits of the reserve. Among the species that will benefit from the corridor is the endangered golden lion tamarin (Leontopithecus rosalia), endemic to the region. The golden lion tamarins protection has been at the core of the project. SavingSpecies is one of the three non-profits that have joined efforts to create the corridor. The other two are the Associao Mico-Leo-Dourado (AMLD), a Brazilian NGO that has been working on the conservation of the golden lion tamarin for the last 25 years, and the Netherlands-based DOB Ecology, a philanthropic organization that supports restoration and conservation programs in Africa and


Film set on Pine Ridge Reservation already called one of the year's best "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Rider, a film set on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, is garnering favorable news coverage and reviews.


Hiroji Yamashiros message from Okinawa "IndyWatch Feed War"

April 12, 2018

Good afternoon to all our friends attending the Spring Action against wars and US Militarism.

My name is Hiroji Yamashiro, and I am sending this message from Henoko, Okinawa.

I greatly appreciate the support we receive from so many Japanese and American people in the U.S. in our struggles for justice on Okinawa.

After being put through a legal trial for 1 years, including 5 months of being held in pre-trial solitary confinement, my colleagues and I received our sentences on March 14.
I was sentenced to two years imprisonment, suspended for three years.  Hiroshi Inaba was sentenced to eight months imprisonment, suspended for two years. Soeda was sentenced to one year and six months imprisonment, suspended for five years.

Throughout the trial, we argued that these accusations were part of a broad effort by the Japanese government to crush the people of Okinawa in the battle against the new base in Henoko, and all other anti-base movements in Okinawa.

Unfortunately, the judge ruled against us by focusing only on the petty crimes of our physical actions, and found us guilty of assault, destruction of property, forcible obstruction of official business and obstruction of performance of public duty, all without considering the background of the protest movement.

The court and the government simply ignored our arguments.

We are completely dissatisfied with this verdict, which is unfair and unjust.  They should not judge us simply by our actions of resistance.
For decades, Okinawa has suffered from discrimination and forced sacrifice by the Japanese government.
They mobilized as many as 1000 riot police to Takae from all over the county to suppress the local protests.

The construction of the new U.S. military base in Henoko is yet another example of oppression against which we have protested.
Our struggle has been a fight for justice for Okinawa, and to object to the violence perpetrated by the Japanese government against the Okinawan people.
As the district court did not consider these facts at all, we appealed the decision to the high court on March 14, soon after the sentence was given.
There is no telling what will happen at the high court, but we are determined to keep fighting by speaking out for our cause and agai...


Bernie Sanders: Trump Has No Legal Authority to Bomb or Attack Syria "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Bernie Sanders Trump Syria(CD)  With expectations high that President Donald Trump will order airstrikes or a bombing campaign against Syria at any time, Sen. Bernie Sanders declared Wednesday afternoon that the president has no legal authority to directly target the government or military forces of Syriaa sovereign nation. President Trump has no legal authority for broadening the war []


CVE-2018-0950 flaw in Microsoft Outlook could be exploited to steal Windows Passwords "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

An 18-month-old CVE-2018-0950 vulnerability in Microsoft Outlook could be exploited by hackers to steal the Windows Password.

Almost 18 months ago, the security researcher Will Dormann of the CERT Coordination Center (CERT/CC) has found a severe vulnerability in Microsoft Outlook (CVE-2018-0950), time is passed but Microsoft partially addressed it with the last Patch Tuesday updates.
The flaw in Microsoft Outlook ties the way Microsoft Outlook renders remotely-hosted OLE content when an RTF (Rich Text Format) an email is previewed and automatically initiates SMB connections.

The CVE-2018-0950 flaw could be exploited by attackers to steal sensitive data such as Windows login credentials by tricking victims into preview an email with Microsoft Outlook,
Outlook blocks remote web content due to the privacy risk of web bugs. But with a rich text email, the OLE object is loaded with no user interaction. Lets look at the traffic in Wireshark to see what exactly is being leaked as the result of this automatic remote object loading. wrote Dormann.

The vulnerability, discovered by Will Dormann of the CERT Coordination Center (CERT/CC), resides in the way Microsoft Outlook renders remotely-hosted OLE content when an RTF (Rich Text Format) email message is previewed and automatically initiates SMB connections.

The attack scenario sees a remote attacker exploiting the vulnerability by sending an RTF email to the victim, the malicious message contains an image file (OLE object) that is loaded from a remote SMB server under the control of the attackers.

Here we can see than an SMB connection is being automatically negotiated. The only action that triggers this negotiation is Outlook previewing an email that is sent to it. The following screenshot shows that IP address, domain name, Username, hostname, SMB session key are being leaked.



Jerusalem Responds to Russia: Iranian Aggression Is Destabilizing Syria Not Israel "IndyWatch Feed War"

Putin called Netanyahu yesterday and urged Israel to refrain from taking action in Syria PM told Russian leader that Israel wont allow Iran to set up military presence in Syria

.Putin Netanyahu at a Black Sea resort of Sochi, 2013.
Putin Netanyahu at a Black Sea resort of Sochi, 2013.REUTERS

Israel responded to Russias claim that its alleged attack in Syria only worsened the situation there. What is destabilizing Syria is the Iranian aggression and attempts by Iran to set up a military presence in Syria to threaten Israel and other nations, a senior diplomatic source in Jerusalem says.

Russias Foreign Ministry said Thursday that a strike on a Syrian airbase carried out by Israel has only worsened stability in the war-torn country.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke on Wednesday, when the Russian leader urged Israel not to take action in Syria and to threaten its security. Israeli officials confirmed the call took place and said that...


Old Journalism gives lying politicians a platform to lie and misinform (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH) appeared on Morning Joe. His interview illustrates why old-style journalism is responsible for an American population that is misinformed.


User Privacy Isn't Solely a Facebook Issue "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

During Congressional hearings about Facebooks data practices in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica fiasco, Mark Zuckerberg drew an important distinction between what we expect from our Internet service providers (ISPs, such as Comcast or Verizon) as opposed to platforms like Facebook that operate over the Internet.

Put simply, an ISP is a service you pay to access the Internet. Once you get online, you run into a whole series of edge providers. Some, like Netflix, also charge you for access to their services. Others, like Facebook and Google, are platforms that you use without paying, which support themselves using ads. Theres a whole spectrum of services that make up Internet use, but the thing they all have in common is that they are gathering data when you use them. How they use it can differ widely.

The divide between ISPs and edge providers is most obvious in the context of the net neutrality debate. Platforms, by and large, want as many people accessing the Internet as possible, as easily as possible. ISPs want to charge customers as much as possible for that access and also want to start double-dipping by charging platforms a fee when you visit their websites, as protection money, so the ISP doesnt throttle or de-prioritize your connection.

Zuckerberg brought up that difference a couple of times during the hearings. He mentioned how he had no ISP choice when he founded Facebook in college and that paid prioritization would have hobbled his new company. Whatever you think of Facebook, its not good for the Internet to have ISPs deciding what platforms are allowed to exist and succeed.

The distinction is also apparent in the privacy context. Your ISP is your conduit to everything you do online, so it has the opportunity to be even more invasive of your privacy than Facebook. You can protect yourself with VPNs and HTTPS, but the ISP still has a privileged position and is likely to be able to put together a pretty complete picture of most subscribers online habits.

That privileged position means that protecting your privacy vis--vis an ISP is a different issue than protecting it with respect to online platforms. Besides, youre already paying your ISP for services; the idea that youre willingly trading your privacy in exchange for a service does not apply.

ISPs, however, have attempted to muddy the waters to avoid regulation, by insisting that Congress come up with a one size fits all approach to online privacy.

The issue was illustrated during the hearing on T...


Math News "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Various mathematics-related news:


Universal Chip Analyzer: Test Old CPUs in Seconds "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Hackaday reports

Collecting old CPUs and firing them up again is all the rage these days, but how do you know if they will work? For many of these ICs, which ceased production decades ago, sorting the good stuff from the defective and counterfeit is a minefield.

Testing old chips is a challenge in itself. Even if you can find the right motherboard, the slim chances of escaping the effect of time on the components (in particular, capacitor and EEPROM degradation) make a reliable test setup hard to come by.

Enter Samuel, and the Universal Chip Analyzer (UCA). Using an FPGA to emulate the motherboard, it means the experience of testing an IC takes just a matter of seconds. Why an FPGA? Microcontrollers are simply too slow to get a full speed interface to the CPU, even one from the '80s.

So, how does it actually test? Synthesized inside the FPGA is everything the CPU needs from the motherboard to make it tick, including ROM, RAM, bus controllers, clock generation, and interrupt handling. Many testing frequencies are supported (which is helpful for spotting fakes) and, if connected to a computer via USB, the UCA can check power consumption and even benchmark the chip.

We can't begin to detail the amount of thought that's gone into the design here, from auto-detecting data bus width to the sheer amount of models supported, but you can read more technical details here.

[...] The list of compatible ICs is impressive: Intel 8085/8086/8088, Zilog Z80, RCA/COSMAC 1802, NSC800, Intel 8051 & 8048 are just a few of the currently supported series, and more are being added at an astonishing rate! Shields for RAM and BSP [board support package] are also underway.

Depending on interest, Samuel is considering a non-profit Kickstarter or Indiegogo, so be sure to comment if you dig it!

Original Submission

Read more of this story at SoylentNews.


Additional 800 police officers on patrol to protect citizens from crime "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

More than 800 police officers will be withdrawn from the service of VIP persons and buildings and be deployed to Patrol Service on the streets, Minister for Citizens Protection, Nikos Toskas, announced on Thursday. The measure comes amid increasing crime in Athens and broader Attica and sharp criticisms by opposition parties and average people. 700

The post Additional 800 police officers on patrol to protect citizens from crime appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.


Trump says meeting Thursday on Syria; decisions soon "IndyWatch Feed War"

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) U.S. President Donald Trump said he is holding meetings on the Syria crisis on Thursday and he expected decisions to be made soon on the American response to a suspected chemical attack.

Were having a number of meetings today, well see what happens, Trump said. Now we have to make some decisions, so theyll be made fairly soon.

Reporting by Jeff Mason; Writing by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Dan Grebler


Add your voice, Cambridge: Demand community control over police surveillance! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Communities across the nation are fighting for control over police surveillance, and nows the time to act in Cambridge to pass a strong local law requiring it.

Facial recognition, drones, license plate readers, biometric finger print readers, surveillance cameras, social media monitoring systems: Increasingly, state and local law enforcement are adopting high-tech surveillance tools, often in the dark with no public input. In Cambridge, weve been working for nearly two years on an ordinance that would ensure community control over police surveillance.

On Tuesday, April 17 at 2pm, Cambridge residents have an opportunity to make their voices heard about this critical issue. If you can, come out and add your voice to demand community control over surveillance!

WHEN: April 17, 2pm

WHERE: Cambridge City Hall

WHAT: Public Safety Committee hearing on surveillance

Across the country and right here in Massachusetts, people are calling on their local lawmakers to pass laws to require the following:

  • Surveillance technologies should not be funded, acquired, or used without express city council approval.
  • Local communities should play a significant and meaningful role in determining if and how surveillance technologies are funded, acquired, or used.
  • The process for considering the use of surveillance technologies should be transparent and well-informed.
  • The use of surveillance technologies should not be approved generally; approvals, if provided, should be for specific technologies and specific, limited uses.
  • Surveillance technologies should not be funded, acquired, or used without addressing their potential impact on civil rights, civil liberties, and the budget.
  • Surveillance technology use and deployment data should be reported publicly on an annual basis.
  • City council approval should be required for all surveillance technologies and uses; there should be no grandfathering for technologies currently in use.
Please come out Tuesday at 2pm to tell the Committee you support these demands. If you cant make it in person, you can submit testimony to the Committee by emailing Please copy on any testimony you submit, so we know how many people have added their voices.

The post Add your voice, Cambridge: Demand community control over police surveillance! appeared first on Privacy SOS.


Study Shows Escort Service Websites Save Lives Right As Trump Signs Bill to Shut Them All Down "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"


Research has shown that the classified websites targeted by the government have actually helped to reduce the homicide rate among sex workers.

The post Study Shows Escort Service Websites Save Lives Right As Trump Signs Bill to Shut Them All Down appeared first on The Free Thought Project.


Tesla Withdraws from NTSB Agreement in Fatal Crash Probe "IndyWatch Feed War"

Electric auto maker says it still plans to assist the agency in its investigation

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Updated April 12, 2018 11:56 a.m. ET

Tesla Inc. withdrew from a formal agreement to cooperate with a U.S. National Transportation Safety Board probe of a fatal crash involving its semiautonomous driving system, contending the accords restrictions on the company releasing information were unsound.

The Silicon Valley electric auto maker late Wednesday night said it had withdrawn from a so-called party agreement with the agency. The NTSB often designates companies as parties to its probes of significant transportation mishaps, and has them sign an agreement that


Encuentran pistas de caso Ayotzinapa en Estados Unidos "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

En una investigacin contra narcotraficantes de Guerreros Unidos en Chicago, se obtuvieron conversaciones telefnicas vinculadas al caso Ayotzinapa.   Regeneracin, 12 de abril de 2018.- Un grupo de ocho narcotraficantes en Chicago, jefes del Cartel Guerreros Unidos, tuvieron comunicaciones con sus sicarios en Mxico durante la llamada Noche de Iguala, lo que podra dar luz []

La entrada Encuentran pistas de caso Ayotzinapa en Estados Unidos se public primero en Regeneracin.


Is Ivory Coast becoming an illegal wildlife trade hub? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


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Ivorian authorities must safeguard the country against the growing threat of wildlife trafficking.

Since 2016, Cte dIvoire has recorded at least five major events (seizures and/or arrests) related to wildlife trafficking.

The most recent of these occurred in January, with the seizure of a staggering 578 kg of ivory, and over half a ton of pangolin scales, leopard skins and other items. According to media reports, the pangolin scales were likely poached and harvested in Cte dIvoire, while the elephant tusks originated from countries in West, East and Central Africa.

These seizures and arrests are the result of multiple investigations aimed at dismantling networks of wildlife traffickers. These investigations are being carried out by the Ivorian authorities, notably the Transnational Organised Crime Unit (UCT) and the Ministry of Water and Forests. They are assisted by the EAGLE Network a non-governmental organisation that works to fight wildlife trafficking.

The seizures indicate that wildlife trafficking is a major phenomenon in the country, and while they highlight regional and international ramifications, they dont indicate the magnitude of the crime.

However, based on these reports and what is known about wildlife trafficking, this crime still seems smaller in scale in Cte dIvoire than other countries of the region (such as Nige...


FakeApp lets people make fake videos of anyone "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Click on photo to start video.

Face-swapping videos could lead to more fake news.


Scientists solve mystery of how Giants Causeway was formed "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Volcanologists use samples from Eyjafjallajkull in Iceland to recreate famous hexagonal columns in laboratory.

Science correspondent.


Holey moly! Three holes have burst open on the sun hurtling geomagnetic storms towards Earth "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Will lead to very interesting weather.

The sun just developed three new holes with a spectrum of effects expected.



Mark Trahant: Paul Ryan's legacy included less for Indian health care "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Paul Ryan came to Washington to blow up Washington. What happened?


3M Sound Page - Recordable Paper "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

I've been on the lookout for one of these machines for a while, and while they do occasionally turn up for sale on ebay, I'm so glad I managed to acquire this particular one as the unique accompanying material weaves quite a tale. Hearing non-commercial recordings from the past is always a bit eerie and the subject matter of these is something that is going to stay with me for quite a while.



ACLU Tries To Drag Catholic Charities Into Illegal Immigrant Abortions "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

If the American Civil Liberties Union has its way, Catholic Charities and other faith-based organizations providing care for illegal alien minors will be forced to proclaim to the girls in their care during the shelters orientation that they have a right to an abortion. The ACLU seeks to compel this speech under the auspices of providing notice to the members of the recently certified class action in Garza v. Hargan.

The Garza case first made headlines in October of 2017, when the ACLU sued the federal government, trying to force the Office of Refugee Resettlement to release unadmitted illegal alien minors to obtain abortions. The ORR countered that its refusal to facilitate abortions for minors within its care did not create a substantial burden under Supreme Court abortion jurisprudence because the minor could voluntarily return to her own country of origin or seek release to a sponsor. In response, the ACLU stressed that it did not want the governments assistance, but merely wanted the ORR to allow others to transport the girl to an abortion clinic, pay for her abortion, and then return her to federal custody.

The ACLUs argument convinced a federal district court judge to order the government to release the plaintiff, identified only as J.D., and the D.C. Circuit, hearing the case en banc  meaning all active members of the court participated in the case affirmed the lower courts ruling. Before the DOJ had a chance to appeal, J.D. had her abortion, prompting the government to ask the Supreme Court to vacate the circuit courts decision. That petition is pending.

Meanwhile, the ACLU added as plaintiffs three individuals, Jane Moe, Jane Poe, and Jane Roe. The district court directed the ORR to release one of the girls for an abortion, while the ORR released the second girl to a sponsor, and the third girl was released on her own recognizance, after the government discovered she was, in fact, not a minor.

Even though the ACLU succeeded in obtaining abortions for (or release of) the four girls in ORR custody, it sought certification of a class action lawsuit with the class consisting of all pregnant unaccompanied minors held in government shelters. On March 30, 2017, federal judge Tanya Chutkan certified the ACLUs requested class and entered a preliminary injunction against the ORR, requiring the federal government to facilitate abortions. As I explained at the time, Chutkan, a Barack Obama appointee, erred in certifying a class of all pregnant girls in ORR custody because a class action is only appropriate when there are numerous plaintiffs, and the ACLU only identified a handful of girls who wanted an abortion.

Following Judge Chutkans decision, the DOJ filed...


Russia Exposes Syrian False Flag, Zuckerberg Claims Facebook Not Spying & JP Morgan Bitcoin Fraud "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (4/10/18). Since last night the internet has been abuzz with speculation, all trying to be the first to announce that the US might be, possibly, considering, thinking about []

The post Russia Exposes Syrian False Flag, Zuckerberg Claims Facebook Not Spying & JP Morgan Bitcoin Fraud appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.


New stable kernels "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Greg Kroah-Hartman has released three new stable kernels: 4.16.2, 4.15.17, and 4.14.34. Users of those kernel series should upgrade.


OPCW only confirms nerve agent was used Boris claims that as proof Russians did it - Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs VA "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Jim W. Dean - You just can't make this stuff up. Boris continues his clown act like Trump continues his Tweet foreign policy, as it is all they seem to know how to do.


Libyan strongman Haftar in coma after suffering stroke, reports say "IndyWatch Feed War"

Military commanders spokesperson says hes in good health amid reports he is in coma after suffering stroke

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A spokesperson for the military leader of Libyas eastern government, Khalifa Haftar, has denied reports that he has suffered a stroke and is in a coma.

Al Jazeera network reported on Wednesday that Haftar is in a coma at a hospital in Paris after suffering a stroke, but the generals spokesperson dismissed the account as fake news, insisting that he is in good health and overseeing military operations in eastern Libya.

Haftar, 75, whose forces have taken most of eastern Libya from Islamist fighters and militants, may run for president in Libyas upcoming election this year.

French newspaper Le Monde said that Hafter was transferred from Jordan to receive medical care in France. Journalist Huguex Vincent, who writes for French weekly LExpress, tweeted on Tuesday that Haftar was admitted to a hospital in Paris for a serious condition.

Several officials in Haftars self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) denied the reports.

Theres no truth to the news spreading around about field marshall; hes in excellent health, Haftar LNA spokesperson Ahmed al-Mismari said.

Still, two anonymous LNA sources told Reuters that Haftar was indeed experiencing health issues.

One high-ranking east Libyan military source told Reuters on Tuesday that Haftar had been flown to Jordan, and would travel on from there to a third country for treatment for a critical health condition.

A second source close to the east Libyan military command said on Wednesday that Haftar was in France, but gave no details on his condition.

Libyas 218 TV channel, which is supportive of the LNA, reported that Haftar was undergoing a medical inspection in Paris and that there was no real danger to his health.

Haftar has for several years been the dominant figure in eastern Libya, and...


Congress demands State Department release game changer report on myth of Palestinian refugees "IndyWatch Feed War"

That this report has still not been released even as the Trump administration withholds millions from UNRWA testifies to the ongoing presence of Obama loyalists in the State Department, determined to sabotage the Trump policies. In any case, Palestinian refugee status is as much of a scam as the Palestinian nationality as a whole. Its []


Let's Listen to Jews.... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

The onslaught against Jeremy Corbyn is a window into the Zionist occupation of the political discourse in this kingdom. Since British MSM ignores these Jews. I'll try to help their voice be heard.  


CC Notes: Almost Back To Life. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Sorry for the abrupt disappearance, I was in very bad shape Tuesday and Wednesday. The chemo pump will be coming off shortly, and hopefully, Ill start recovering from this last round. First and above all, my thanks to Charly and Voyager, who kept Affinity up and running in fine, interesting style. I cant say thank you enough for that, and all your posts are so popular. Speaking of, I am so behind in answering emails, I have received them, I will answer! Ive also gotten all the new submissions, and there are a lot, so it might be a few days before you see your stuff up, but I will get there, I promise.

I did manage to avoid another Neulasta, my neutrophil count was over 10 after the first dose of that nastiness, and its hoped it can carry me through the final cycles. If not, I can opt to do the more minor injections over three days, rather than the on body. This time, what knocked me on my arse washeartburn! Yep. It started while still in the infusion center, but it wasnt horrible. This was my first Tuesday, and never again. Holy shit, it was stuffed full of extremely talkative old folks, along with a nurse coming back out of retirement temporarily, and one who is a major, loud talker. Two of the older gentleman who had been trading work war stories, and complaining about the current crop of people were concluding their talk next to my chair, as the one gent was getting ready to leave. During his final chat, said gent was burping throughout, quite loudly. Then I heard a woman across the hall talking about her horrible bout of heartburn/acid reflux, which she dealt with by taking old-fashioned pepto bismal. I should have taken all that as an omen.

Chemo now exhausts me to the point that walking out of the hospital pretty much eats all my energy. I couldnt even make it into the store to pick up my dex from the pharmacy. Got home, attended to my bag and all that jazz, then fell over into bed. Rick made me some Malt O Meal, which went down well enough. It wasnt until late in the evening that the heartburn from hell hit. There was pain, there was burping. There was vomiting. I spent the night pretty much chained to the lav, leaking out both ends. Antacids werent helping, and I was out of the old-fashioned pink stuff. Rick was in town working on Wednesday, and I asked him to get me all the things, which he did. After taking much more than I should have of the generic prilosec and zantac, I was finally able to get some damn sleep. It still hasnt gone away, I can feel it lurking in my throat, but heres hoping I can keep a leash on it.

I really do count myself as lucky that I made it through half my cycle...


Friday Free Software Directory IRC meetup time: April 13th starting at 12:00 p.m. EDT/16:00 UTC "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Help improve the Free Software Directory by adding new entries and updating existing ones. Every Friday we meet on IRC in the #fsf channel on

When a user comes to the Directory, they know that everything in it is free software, has only free dependencies, and runs on a free OS. With over 16,000 entries, it is a massive repository of information about free software.

While the Directory has been and continues to be a great resource to the world for many years now, it has the potential to be a resource of even greater value. But it needs your help! And since it's a MediaWiki instance, it's easy for anyone to edit and contribute to the Directory.

This week we are improving everyone's luck by resurrecting dead entries. While we always want to keep growing the Directory by adding new entries, every now and then we need to do some spring cleaning to wipe away the detritus. Millions of users visit the Directory each year, but we want to make sure they're not stumbling into a graveyard of out-of-date information. So this Friday the 13th, we'll be hunting dead links and reviving older entries!

If you are eager to help, and you can't wait or are simply unable to make it onto IRC on Friday, our participation guide will provide you with all the information you need to get started on helping the Directory today! There are also weekly Directory Meeting pages that everyone is welcome to contribute to before, during, and after each meeting.


Video Gaming as a Geroprotective Strategy "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Contrary to certain sensationalist articles declaring that video games are harmful, there is, in fact, growing evidence that playing video games may have a positive effect on cognitive health, particularly in older people [1].

Today, we will be taking a look at the scientific evidence to see if brain training or hitting your favorite video game titles could help keep you healthy as you age.


Turkey plans to place quarter of top students in Islamic schools "IndyWatch Feed War"


The Islamic schools received around 23 percent of this year's education budget despite comprising only 11 percent of schools in Turkey


Syria - Threat Of Large War Recedes But May Come Back "IndyWatch Feed War"

The expected U.S. attack on Syria last night did not happen. Today U.S President Trump seemed to pull back from his earlier attempt to pressure Russia over a faked chemical incident in Ghouta, Syria: Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump - 10:15...


Who Wants a Hot War with Syria and Iran? "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Philip M. GIRALDI | Strategic Culture Foundation | 12.04.2018 There is a vast industry in the United States that wants a hot war with Syria and Iran as well as increased confrontation with Russia and China. It is appropriate to refer to it as an industry because it has many components and is largely []


Hacker Can Steal Data from Air-Gapped Computers through Power Lines "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Do you think it is possible to extract data from a computer using its power cables? If no, then you should definitely read about this technique. Researchers from Israel's Ben Gurion University of the Negevwho majorly focus on finding clever ways to exfiltrate data from an isolated or air-gapped computerhave now shown how fluctuations in the current flow "propagated through the power lines"


#Berlin, Germany: Courtdate in the eviction case against the groundfloor of Rigaer 94 "IndyWatch Feed War"

OUR IDEAS ARE NON-NEGOTIABLE Courtdate in the eviction case against the groundfloor of Rigaer 94.

Originally published by Contra Info.

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.

Berlin, Germany: Courtdate in the eviction case against the groundfloor of Rigaer 94

OUR IDEAS ARE NON-NEGOTIABLE Courtdate in the eviction case against the groundfloor of Rigaer 94.

In Court

On the 14th of May 09:00 AM, the doors of the court will open up again to enforce German law.
The discussion will revolve around paragraphs that were created to protect and perpetuate the capitalist system,
paragraphs that value property the highest of all. On this date of course, judiciary, the senate and the owner will try anything to leave the courtroom with an eviction title. This letterbox company will try to enforce the claim, that stones put on top of each other are their property. Little later they will try to take our spaces violently, breaking in with hundreds of their uniformed bandogs.They will think themselves victorious.

When we oppose them in the courtroom we are not hoping for any kind of justice. Whoever believes that despite countless examples of counter evidence, the dignity and freedom of people plays any role at all in capitalism, only shuts their eyes, ignores reality and stagnates in submission to the authorities that oppress us violently everyday. It should be clear to all of us, that our ideas
can not be judged at the bar. Yes, its about our house, places to connect, an infrastructure, the Kadterschmiede and the youth club. But whats determining those places are our ideas, and those are about the whole picture. We dont want a piece of the cake, we want the whole bakery. Its about adopting a strong stance on the question who can make decisions about other peoples lives, be it by property claims, with the baton in their hand or with law and order. For us its about the fight for a self-led life, l...


The governors and the National Guard "IndyWatch Feed War"

(editorial comment) In full disclosure I should say that I was a National Guardsman long ago when in high school in Maine. My school friends decided to join the local rifle company of the 103rd Infantry Regiment and asked me...


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Russia Closes Airspace Above Syrian Coast

On April 11, Russian warships kicked off naval exercises near the coast of Syria, a message in the international notification for aviation personnel (NOTAM) and navigational warning for seafarers said.

The message contains coordinates of the closed area and states the fact of firing exercises. The area of the exercises located in international waters of the Mediterranean is adjacent to the sea border of Syria. It will be closed on April 11-12, April 17-19 and on April 25-26 from 10 to 18 Moscow time.

Russia currently has about 15 warships and logistics vessels of the Black Fleet in the Mediterranean Sea, including Admiral Grigorovich and Admiral Essen frigates(they carry Caliber cruise missiles), as well as submarines.

According to The National Interest, the US Army is likely to use AGM-86B and Tomahawk cruise missiles, as well as F-22 Raptor fighters and B-2 Spirit bombers in the event the US administration decides to attack Syria. The publication also said that Russian S-300 and S-400 missile systems would not be able to intercept these weapons of the US Armed Forces.


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Audio Hacking With The ESP8266 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

If you study the specifications of the ESP8266 wi-fi-enabled microcontroller, you will notice that it features an I2S audio interface. This is a high-speed serial port designed to deliver 16-bit audio data in a standard format, and has its origins in consumer audio products such as CD players. It would be usual to attach a dedicated DAC to an I2S interface to produce audio, but [Jan Ostman]s synthesiser projects eschew that approach, and instead do the job in software. His I2S interface pushes out a pulse density modulated data stream in the same manner as a 1-bit DAC, meaning that the only external components required to produce audio are a simple low-pass filter. Hes posted a video of the synth in action, which weve placed below the break.

The example he gives us is a basic clone of a Roland 909 drum machine, and he takes us through the code with extensive examples including MIDI. Hes using the Wemos D1 Mini board, but the same could be replicated with many other ESP8266 platforms.

Weve featured [Jan]s work many times before, from his minimalist Atmel-based devices through to small but perfectly-formed complete instruments.


The Tarnac Verdicts: Unraveling the Logic of Anti-Terrorism : After Ten Years, the Tarnac Affair Concludes in France "IndyWatch Feed War"

In 2008, the state of France accused the Tarnac Ten of terrorism, charging that they had formed a group of the ultraleft, of the autonomous type, maintaining links with international extremist movements.1 After a decade-long ordeal, the remaining defendants received their final verdict on April 12, 2018.

All of the defendants were found not guilty of the charges of sabotage, rioting, and conspiracy; the terrorism charges had been dropped much earlier. Christophe Becker was sentenced to six months of probation for possession of fake IDs and a fine of 500 euros for refusal to give a DNA sample to the authorities. Julien Coupat and Yildune Lvy were also found guilty of refusing to give DNA, but face no sentence on account of the amount of time that has passed. Considering how many resources the French state had invested in this court case, this represented a massive victory for the defendants.

What can we learn from this passage of a few people through a rather long trial for terrorism? Lets review the background of this story, the details of the case, and its implications for the future.

The defendants, prosecutor, judge, and police embark on an absurd field trip to re-enact the alleged crimes.

All the Unsettled Debts of History

As popular movements around Europe collapsed in the 1970s, anti-imperialist armed struggle groups formedincluding Action Directe in France and the infamous Red Army Faction in Germany. Taking on the state in symmetrical warfare proved a doomed venture; by the early 1990s, all that remained of these groups was the repressive apparatus that the state had generated in the course of destroying them. Capitalism appeared to have permanently triumphed, with few signs of revolt visible within the core countries. Nonetheless, in the United States and in France, a few strange young people began reading the Situationists and plotting their escape from the 20th century.

In the United States, the mid-1990s saw the emergence of the CrimethInc ex-Workers Collective, a decentralized network of aspiring revolutionary dropouts, whose publication of Days of War, Nights of Love upturned traditional revolutionary dogma. Across the ocean, a mysterious review of critical metaphysics called Tiqqun appeared, advocating for the formation of a Society for the Advancement of Criminal Science, repurposing the concept...


Two World Wars Is Enough A Song for WBW by Antti Honkasalo "IndyWatch Feed War"

Antti Honkasalo has contributed an original song for World Beyond War. Check it out on our new Soundcloud page:

Writer: Antti Honkasalo
Arrangement: Antti Honkasalo, Mikko Tiainen, Kai Tuominen
Vocals: Jimi Holmberg
Lead guitar: Kai Tuominen
Rhythm guitars: Mikko Tiainen
Midi instruments: Mikko Tiainen
Production: Mikko Tiainen

Lyrics: say welcome for this new song
its going to be a big one
its for people like you who are open to all new
when you feel like all is lost
suddenly we raise from the dust
so take this song and sing along to everyone

two world wars is enough
two world wars is enough
two world wars is enough
cause we only want peace

two world wars is enough
two world wars is enough
two world wars is enough
reach the sea of dreams

some say that wars belong here
endlessly year after year
but if we only had more trust all warmongering would end
we dont want to make life end
rather make peace a strong trend
so why not demand complete change before its way too late

two world wars is enough
two world wars is enough
two world wars is enough
cause we only want peace

two world wars is enough
two world wars is enough
two world wars is enough
reach the sea of dreams

the situation is getting worse
than it has been in years
but hopefully this new song for peace
will make the fighting cease
when they try to silence us
keep up the noise
for what we really need is a
world beyond war

two world wars is enough
two world wars is enough
two world wars is enough
cause we only want peace

two world wars is enough
two world wars is enough
two world wars is enough
reach the sea of dreams

two world wars is enough
cause we only want peace
cause we only want peace
now reach the sea of dreams


F.A.N. "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Good News! One of FANs long-time benefactors is prepared to help boost the number of supporters donating to our TSCA Legal Fund for our lawsuit against the EPA.* FAN will receive $250 when we reach 350 donors, $500 when we reach 400 donors, $250 when we reach 450 donors and $1000 when we reach 500 donors. All of this to help us increase the number of our supporters in our legal team.
You, and any of your family members, can join that team by donating $10 or more to our legal fund.
Currently our total stands at $46,742 from 308 donors. Thanks to everyone who has donated so far and for everything else you and they are doing to end the reckless practice of water fluoridation.

When years from now historians write about the peculiar practice of deliberately adding a known neurotoxic substance, that is also a known endocrine disruptor, to the public drinking water, while health agencies cheered on and the major newspapers remained silent, they will find that there were individuals like you who said no, who organized against huge odds, to end this practice. Such a victory will be seen as a victory for community action, scientific integrity, and the legal system.

We hope that you will continue to be part of that community action.

Our goal is to raise $75,000 by May 31. If we make that deadline then we have another long-time benefactor and one non-profit organization that have each pledged to donate $75,000 to yield a healthy legal fighting fund of $225,000. Ideally, we would like the burden to be shared by a 1000 people.
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Germany: Muslim migrant stabs his ex-wife and one-year-old daughter to death at train station "IndyWatch Feed War"

This is a manifestation of the culture of violence that is created by the divine mandate for the beating of disobedient women (Quran 4:34) and the general reduction of women to commodities: when they get out of line, there is no limit to the punishment that can be meted out. Child and mother stabbed at []


International Day of Peasants Struggles is April 17, 2018: La Via Campesina Calls for Coordination of Decentralised, United Action "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

For land and for life! Enough Free Trade Agreements, enough impunity!   This 17th April, on the International Day of Peasants Struggles, La Via Campesina recalls the massacre of the 19 landless peasants, murdered by agribusiness (#AgroMata). United... Read More

The post International Day of Peasants Struggles is April 17, 2018: La Via Campesina Calls for Coordination of Decentralised, United Action appeared first on Global Justice Ecology Project.


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Putin: The World is Plunging Into Chaos

Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that the current state of affairs in the world is becoming "more and more chaotic." Speaking at the ceremony with ambassadors of 17 countries, Putin said that he was very concerned about the current situation in the world.

"Indeed, the state of affairs in the world can not but cause concerns. The situation in the world is becoming more chaotic. Nevertheless, we still hope that common sense will eventually prevail and international relations will enter the constructive course, and the entire world system will become more stable and predictable," Putin said.

The President added that diplomats play a special role in the world today. According to Putin, the heads of diplomatic offices have a responsible mission - to promote the development of relations with Russia.

Putin noted that Russia is ready to support all constructive initiatives. "You can count on support from the Russian leadership, government bodies, business circles and the general public of our country," Putin assured.

On April 11, ambassadors of Austria, Benin, Vietnam, the Gambia, Ghana, Egypt, Jordan, Italy, the Congo, Cte d'Ivoire, Cuba, Nigeria, the UAE, El Salvador, Saudi Arabia, Montenegro and South Korea presented their credentials to the Russian president.

During the recent weeks, Russia has experienced a new stage of the diplomatic crisis. Against the backdrop of London's accusations in connection with the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, the UK expelled 23 Russian diplomats. The USA and other countries of the West followed the example of Great Britain, whereas Russia took mirror measures in response.


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Jeffrey Whalen: Rancher takes on the Bureau of Indian Affairs and wins "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Curtis Temple, a rancher on the Pine Ridge Reservation, is fighting back after his cattle was seized.


Copy of Letter to Dr Caroline Johnson, MP "IndyWatch Feed War"

Dear Mrs. Johnson,

This is an open letter that has been copied to the Grantham Journal and the website Dissident Voice.

According to news reports today, the United States is poised to launch missile strikes against Syria. Unless this is supported by a resolution from the United Nations Security Council such an action would be illegal in international law a war crime in other words. As you are the Member of Parliament who is supposed to represent me I would like you to know that I strongly object to any British support for any illegal action, especially if initiated by the United States. Given that Britain has a bleak history of involvement in Americas illegal wars, there is very real concern that HMG may feel inclined to do so yet again, and I cannot strongly enough stress my opposition to any such move.

The events that took place in Salisbury a couple of weeks ago are deeply suspicious. Allegedly two Russians were attacked with an illegal chemical agent. With truly breathtaking haste, given the fact that there was no evidence to support it, the British government blamed the Russian government. The fact there was no such evidence was verified by the absence of any claim to that effect by the police, who attended the scene, as well as a statement issued from Porton Down, who examined the forensics and clearly said there was no proof of Russian involvement. The only other possibility that might have supported the British allegation is that evidence was supplied by secret sources. But if that was the case, and given the very rapid accusation by the British government following the alleged attack, one of two assumptions then follow: either the secret services are incompetent (or they should have prevented the attack), or the secret services were somehow involved in it.

Not only has there not yet been any verifiable evidence of Russian involvement in the Salisbury incident, arguably more to the point there is no rational reason as to why Russia would do so especially given the fact that it is due to host the World Cup imminently, and is even less likely than usual to risk its international reputation for no obvious benefit.

And then a couple of days ago we hear of yet another alleged chemical attack in Syria for which, unsurprisingly, the Russian government is again supposedly implicated. Once more there is absolutely no hard evidence to that effect. Once more there is no good reason why either the Syrian government or the Russian government would use illegal chemical weapons when there is absolutely no conceivable reason to do so. Yet were told that Syria must expect missile strikes in retaliation.

In contrast, when dozens of defenceless Palestinians are murdered by the Israeli army, and hundreds more injured which also happened recently we hear not a single word of condemnat...


Luego de 8 das, liberan a periodista acusada de robo por La Razn "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

Mara Dolores Luna Maya, fue puesta en libertad tras das de incertidumbre y encarcelamiento.   Regeneracin, 12 de abril de 2018.- Mara Dolores Luna Maya, ex editora de La Razn, acusada de robo, fue puesta en libertad tras das de encarcelamiento, luego de pasar de ser testigo de un crimen a detenida. La editora fue []

La entrada Luego de 8 das, liberan a periodista acusada de robo por La Razn se public primero en Regeneracin.


Famous figures who should immediately be banned by Facebook "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Issue Zuckerberg a warning. If he persists in left-leaning language, suspend his account. Keep in mind that Facebook only has 2 billion users. There are 7.5 billion people on Earth. Why is Zuckerberg so far behind in securing the goal of EVERYONE having a Facebook account?


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Russia Ready for Military Operation in Syria, Warns of Catastrophic Consequences

On Monday, Donald Trump announced that the United States would strike a missile blow on Syria within 48 hours. Afterwards, he called Russia to get ready as US was going to use "nice, new and smart" missiles for the attack. On April 12, Donald Trump tweeted: "Never said when an attack on Syria would take place. Could be very soon or not so soon at all! In any event, the United States, under my Administration, has done a great job of ridding the region of ISIS*. Where is our "Thank you America?"

Moscow preferred not to respond to Trump's bellicose tweets that he made on April 11. Putin's official spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated that Moscow was not a champion of Twitter diplomacy. "We are supporters of serious approaches. We still believe that it is vital not to take the steps that could harm the already fragile situation," he said. A representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, later said that smart missiles should fly in the direction of terrorists, rather than the legitimate government of Syria that also struggles against terrorism.

The USA intends to strike Syria in response to the alleged chemical attack in the city of Douma. However, the fact of the attack has not been confirmed. Why would Syrian President Bashar Assad want to gas civilians in a situation when the West had clearly warned him many times that he would thus cross the "red line." How could he conduct a chemical attack if the OPCW had officially confirmed that the Syrian government had destroyed all poisonous substances?

Meanwhile, the Pentagon has several scenarios for a military operation against Damascus, including a variant of joint actions with Great Britain and France. Donald Trump held negotiations with British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday, April 10. The UK was against a "hasty response" and asked for additional evidence of what had happened in Douma. On Wednesday, Pentagon chief James Mattis admitted that the department was still investigating the incident in Syria's Douma.

On Wednesday, officials with the Russian Defence Ministry did not make any harsh statements. Vladimir Poznikhir, First Deputy Chief of the Main Operations Direc...


Arabic press review: Where's Bashar? "IndyWatch Feed War"


As Syria is threatened with Western strikes, media reports in the region about the Syrian president's whereabouts are all over the place


Idiocy Is Bringing the End of the World "IndyWatch Feed War"

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, October 20, 2015 (The Kremlin)


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Russian Envoy Slams WHO for Recklessly Releasing Dubious Information on Douma Incident
April 12, 11:52 UTC+3

Moscow considers it "unacceptable"

GENEVA, April 12. /TASS/. Members of the World Health Organization (WHO) exhibited a lack of responsibility when they released allegations that almost 500 people asked for medical help in the Syrian city of Douma on April 7 with symptoms of poisoning. These actions by the WHO employees only serve to egg on those powers that are stoking the conflict in Syria, said Gennady Gatilov, Russias Permanent Representative to the UN Office and Other International Organizations in Geneva, in a conversation with TASS.

Gatilov regarded the WHOs statement as a serious one, highlighting that "it was made right when Syria had experienced a new uptick in tensions."

"We all have been hearing about the possibility of American strikes and the emergence of such a statement plays into the hands of those who strive for a scenario involving the use of force in Syria," the diplomat noted. "We consider it unacceptable."

"We reached out to WHOs employees in charge and demanded that they present concrete sources of information on which this statement was based. Furthermore, [we] asked them to name the so-called healthcare partners that the WHO is referring to and to provide information on which specific medical facilities these almost 500 affected people turned to, who counted them and who made the diagnoses." "According to the information we possess, these partners are none other than the representatives of the notorious White Helmets organization," Gatilov said.

"We regard all this as a flagrantly reckless dissemination of unsubstantiated information," Gatilov stressed.

A number of NGOs, including the White Helmets, stated that chemical weapons were used in Eastern Ghouta on April 7. The Russian Foreign Ministry slammed this report as fake news. The Russian Defense Ministry stated that the White Helmets are an unreliable source of information and are notorious for disseminating falsified material. Representatives from the Russian Reconciliation Center for the Opposing Sides examined Douma on April 9, and found no trace of any use of chem...


[SECURITY] [DSA 4079-2] poppler regression update "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by Salvatore Bonaccorso on Apr 12

Debian Security Advisory DSA-4079-2 security () debian org Salvatore Bonaccorso
April 12, 2018

Package : poppler
CVE ID : CVE-2017-9776
Debian Bug :...


Proud to Be Indigenous Weeks start Monday, April 16 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Proud to Be Indigenous Weeks start Monday, April 16

Apr 12, 2018
agnes Thu, 04/12/2018 - 11:09

Proud to Be Indigenous Weeks start Monday, April 16

Indigenous Peoples from around the world will be descending on New York City for the...


Sheinbaum se compromete a subsanar el sistema de salud de la CDMX "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

Debido a que el sistema de salud de la Ciudad de Mxico est en psimas condiciones, la candidata por la coalicin Juntos Haremos Historia, se comprometi a dotar de medicinas y abrir ms centros de salud. Regeneracin, 12 de abril de 2018.- La candidata a jefa de Gobierno de la CDMX por la coalicin Juntos []

La entrada Sheinbaum se compromete a subsanar el sistema de salud de la CDMX se public primero en Regeneracin.


Trump Backtracks On His Aggressive Stance "IndyWatch Feed War"

 Donald Trump has been tweeting again. A day after warning Russia to get ready for US missiles in Syria, Mr Trump seemingly sought to backtrack on his aggressive stance. Never said when an attack on Syria would take place, he tweeted. Could be very soon or not so soon at all! In any event, the United States, under my Administration, has done a great job of ridding the region of ISIS. Where is our Thank you America? The presidents apparent threat of military action on Twitter on Wednesday triggered deep unease among foreign policy specialists. Daniel Fried, a former ambassador who co-ordinated sanctions policy for the US government during the Obama administration, said Mr Trumps tweets had put the US in [the] same chest-thumping rhetorical space with Putin.  Never thought wed go full Khrushchev-table pounding, but here we are and it could hurt us, said Mr Fried, referring to Mr Khrushchevs 1960 shoe-banging protest at the UN.


A Word to my Westminster MP on Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

A reminder to my MP that his party boss Theresa May and her out-of-control foreign secretary Boris Johnson impatiently jumped the gun on Iraq and look like making the same mistake on Syria in an apparent attempt to provoke a wider war.

In a crazy-dangerous situation like this, when our country is run by fools who never learn, what can one legitimately do short of taking to the streets in a mob? Write to ones MP, of course. though much good it will do. Most MPs are not there to express the wishes of their constituents but to obey the diktats of their tribal leaders (or the shadowy powers that pull their strings).

I well remember being on high alert during the last cold war, and Im not going through that again just to satisfy the pathological hatred some government ministers have for Russia, Iran and Syria while cosying up to the worlds truly vile regimes like Saudi Arabia and Israel and even rolling out the red carpet for them.

So I for one have written to my MP along these lines:

Lets remember that Theresa and Boris enthusiastically supported the loons who took us to war in Iraq and both voted against saying that the case for war against Iraq has not yet been established (see Both were impatient to commit the gravest crime in the book, namely, taking a nation to war, without being sure of the facts and without even bothering to run basic checks that would have told them the info fed to Parliament by Labour was bollox. Millions of ordinary citizens had managed to work that out for themselves, so why not MPs who are entrusted with getting it right?

Boris, as weve seen, still hasnt learned the lesson and is none too careful about the way he seeks, interprets and broadcasts intelligence. Or the way he recklessly hurls accusations when hes actually paid to make friends and do trade.

We now hear that Theresa May is under pressure from ministers and allies to join a US-led military strike against the Assad regime in retaliation for a suspected chemical attack. She says that President Assad and Russia will be held to account. if they are found to be responsible. Funny she isnt so keen to hold the Israeli regime to account for its barbarism in recent days. Or the Saudi regime for its genocide in Yemen.

Shes been warned that Britain risks losing influence in Washington and Paris if she refuses Trumps request to join his murderous military adventure. Crude and despicable stuff from our nice allies.

Trump, like Boris, might not last long. Let us pray for that. Meanwhile the whole insane caper has a high chance of going badly, and I do mean badly, wrong and this time therell be no hiding place for the warmongers who were part of it....


Native Sun News Today: Native youth lacrosse team banned by league "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A lacrosse team, made up primarily of Native teens, has been banned from a league in South Dakota, ironically in a game which has its roots in indigenous nations.


Merkel to Change Her Tune on Nord Stream 2 Pipeline? "IndyWatch Feed War"

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has broken with precedent by declaring that Nord Stream 2 cannot proceed without guarantees that Ukraine will keep its status as a gas transit country going forward. Merkel had previously maintained that Nord Stream 2 was strictly an economic project that wouldnt have undue influence on geopolitical considerations such as Ukraines struggle with Russia-backed separatists and the EUs attempts to diversify energy supplies away from Russia.

Nord Stream 2 is an expansion of the original Nord Stream gas pipeline that runs through the Baltic Sea to Germany, bypassing traditional land transit states such as Poland and Ukraine. Unlike the cancelled South Stream that would have traversed the Black Sea before branching toward Bulgaria and Italy, Nord Stream 2 has survived the recent EU-Russia freeze and persists as a hot-button issue in capitals around the continent.

When completed, the expansion will double the capacity of the existing pipeline, bringing the total to 55 billion cubic meters (bcm). Europe imported some 193.9 billion bcms from Russia in 2017, an increase of 8.1% from the year before. Gazprom, Russias state-owned gas pipeline monopoly, provided over 40% of Europes supply, though its prices have been depressed due to competition from other suppliers in the United States and the Middle East.


The post Merkel to Change Her Tune on Nord Stream 2 Pipeline? appeared first on Geopolitical Monitor.


Trumps exit door is open on Syrian attack "IndyWatch Feed War"

By M K Bhadrakumar | Indian Punchline | April 11, 2018 US President Donald Trumps fateful decision on a military strike against Syria is imminent and it will impact not only Syrias future and Middle Eastern politics but also the US capacity to impose its global hegemony in the emergent world order. As expected, the []


Q Is For Quench. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"


This hooded crow was quenching the thirst, drinking from a puddle in the sidewalk, in Hakaniemi, Helsinki, between the round Ympyrtalo and triangular Arena building. Im guessing the puddle was less salty than the sea (which isnt all that salty, about 0.5 % salt) and definitely less salty than the water in the puddles on the lanes for motor vehicles.

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Ice Swimmer, all rights reserved.


FTC Makes Clear 'Warranty Void If Removed' Stickers Are Illegal "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

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Those stickers on gadgets that say you'll void your warranty if they're removed? You've probably come to expect them whenever you purchase a new device. The FTC has just made clear, however, that those warranty notices are illegal when it fired off warning letters to six companies that market and sell automobiles, mobile devices and video game consoles in the US. It didn't mention which automakers and tech corporations they are, but since the list includes companies that make video game consoles, Sony and Microsoft could be two of them.

[...] Thomas B. Pahl, Acting Director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection, said in a statement:

"Provisions that tie warranty coverage to the use of particular products or services harm both consumers who pay more for them as well as the small businesses who offer competing products and services."


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Time For Russia To Renounce Use of Chemical Weapons "IndyWatch Feed War"


Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has warned Russia to ensure the latest chemical weapons attack in Syria is investigated.

Russia has vetoed the United Nations Security Council investigating the attack in Douma, where up to 80 people were killed and hundreds more injured.

We call on Russia to use its enormous influence in Syria to ensure that this is investigated and those who have been responsible are brought to justice, Mr Turnbull told Triple M radio on Thursday.

This use of chemical warfare whether its in Syria or on a park bench in Salisbury in England is a shocking violation of international law and an affront to humanity.

US President Donald Trump earlier tweeted that Americas relationship with Russia is worse now than its ever been including during the Cold War.

Asked about that assessment, Mr Turnbull said it was a very strong judgment.

I think what hes doing there is calling on his counterpart in Russia, President Putin, to stop this disruption of the international order and bring to an end these offences against international law and humanity, he said.

Mr Trump also told Russia there would be imminent military action, as Moscow warned any US missiles fired at Syria over the deadly assault on a rebel enclave would be shot down.

Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and smart!, the president tweeted.

You shouldnt be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!, he wrote, referring to Russias alliance with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders later clarified final decisions had not been made.

Were maintaining that we have a number of options, and all of those options are still on the table, she said.

Defence Minister Marise Payne said Australia had not been asked by the US to join military action, but would consider any reasonable request.

It is absolutely vital the international community stands up and opposes the use of chemical weapons in the strongest possible terms, Senator Payne told ABC radio.

She pointed to Australias support for last year...


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

First OPCW Experts Looking Into Incident in Syrias Douma Arrive in Beirut Source
April 12, 17:15 UTC+3

Russia and Syria have invited OPCW experts to visit the town of Douma in order to find out what had happened there

DAMASCUS /Syria/, April 12. /TASS/. A first group of OPCW experts, who are investigating the incident in the Syrian town of Douma, has arrived in Beirut, a Russian military and diplomatic source told reporters on Thursday.

Russian envoy slams WHO for recklessly releasing dubious information on Douma incident
"Today, a first group of experts from the OPCW (Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) [whose mandate is to establish facts of the use of toxic chemicals in Syria] has arrived in [Lebanons] capital of Beirut," he said.

"The OPCW FFM expert group accompanied by representatives of the office of the United Nations special envoy for Syria and UN Department of Safety and Security will head to Damascus," he said. "There, the OPCW specialists will be carrying out a set of conventional procedures to gather information about an alleged incident in Douma on April 7."

The source could not rule out that soil samples and other samples near Douma would be gathered for further research at OPCW certified laboratories.

Douma alleged chemical weapons attack

Some non-governmental organizations, including White Helmets, claim that chemical weapons were used in Douma, Eastern Ghouta, on April 7. According to the statement uploaded to the organizations website on April 8, chlorine bombs were dropped on the city to kill dozens and poison other local civilians who had to be brought to hospital.

The Russian Foreign Ministry dismissed that as fake news. The Russian Defense Ministry stated that White Helmets were an unreliable source, notorious for disseminating falsehoods. The Russian center for the reconciliation of conflicting parties on April 9 examined Douma to find no traces of chemical weapons. Earlier, various official Russian agencies repeatedly warned that preparations had been underway in different parts of Syria for provocations and simulations of chemical attacks t...


How Privatization Sparked The Massive Oklahoma Teacher Uprising "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

OKLAHOMAOn April 2, an estimated 30,000 Oklahoma teachers walked out of schools across the state, some traveling hundreds of miles to the capital to protest. This momentum has not stopped: At the time of this writing, teachers are marchingby footfrom Tulsa to Oklahoma City. Across the state, they are planning to continue to mobilize, despite legislative opposition that has gone so far as to accuse the teachers of bussing in protestors from Chicago. To explain the reasons for the strike and ongoing mobilizations, most mainstream media have been marketing poverty porn: This teacher sells plasma. Another works six jobs to make ends meet. Some teachers in Oklahoma tell In These Times that major outlets are specifically only asking to speak with the poorest teachers.


The U.S. A Nation of Lunatics "IndyWatch Feed War"

The corrupt Mainstream Media in the West. They now have to support Trump as The New York Times shows, the voice of the liberals, and also the Dutch msm follow obediently. Only when he makes war can they support the American president. So go on Trump. 

Go on, my dear Americans, whip your horses to the utmost Excitement; money! politics! open all your valves and let her go going, whirl with the rest you will soon get under such momentum you can't stop if you would. Only make provision betimes, old States and new States, for several thousand insane asylums. You are in a fair way to create a nation of lunatics.
Walt Whitman. 1878



Respeto a los derechos humanos de los 25 del Cecop "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

La semana pasada 25 personas privadas de la libertad, integrantes del Consejo de Ejidos y Comunidades Opositoras a la presa la Parota (Cecop) asistieron a una serie de audiencias de ejecucin para buscar la revisin de las medidas de internamiento en las que se encuentran durante su prisin preventiva que inici luego de las detenciones arbitrarias del 7 de enero de este ao.

Dentro de lo que representa la construccin de un nuevo paradigma que tiene su parteaguas en el 2008 cuando se aprob la reforma al sistema de justicia penal en Mxico, tenemos adems de los conocidos como juicios orales lo correspondiente al sistema penitenciario; a la ejecucin penal. Para el catedrtico Miguel Sarr no sirve un juicio justo si la ejecucin de las resoluciones no es justa, si no hay una ejecucin apegada a derecho.

El investigador nos dice que los jueces de ejecucin penal se erigen como la autoridad mxima de las prisiones, teniendo como encomienda garantizar que las sentencias y las rdenes de prisin preventiva se cumplan sin excesos, sin abusos y sin privilegios, en el marco normativo de la Ley Nacional de Ejecucin Penal que se promulg el mismo da que el Cdigo Nacional de Procedimientos Penales.

Es decir, para transformar el rostro de las prisiones, por un lado las direcciones de los centros penitenciarios deben rendir cuentas al juez de ejecucin a su vez que es tarea de la defensa, los visitantes, observadores de la sociedad civil, representantes de grupos vulnerables, generar una interaccin en torno a la prisin para insistir en que se cumplan las resoluciones judiciales en un espacio donde las personas se desarrollen libremente en las limitaciones de la prisin, que las personas privadas de la libertad tengan derecho a su plan de actividades, a no perder su identidad, a tener su proyecto de vida, ubicados en un espacio controlado por el Estado donde no se viole sistemticamente la ley como ocurre en varias prisiones. Condiciones razonables sin excesos ni privilegios, prisin con ley, nos advierte Sarre.

A nivel internacional, uno de los referentes en la cuestin de internamiento son las Reglas Mnimas de las Naciones Unidas para el Tratamiento de los Reclusos (Reglas Nelson Mandela). Las reglas destacan que todos los reclusos sern tratados con el respeto que merecen su dignidad y valor intrnsecos en cuanto seres humanos. Ningn recluso ser sometido a tortura ni a otros tratos o penas crueles, inhumanos o degradantes, contra los cuales se habr de proteger a todos los reclusos, y no podr invocarse ninguna circunstancia como justificacin en contrario.

Para mencionar una de las reglas que traen a colacin una de las situaciones expuesta por los 25 del Cecop, tenemos que la regla 42 nos dice: Las condiciones de vida generales a las que se hace referencia en las presentes reglas, incluidas las relativas a la iluminacin...


Universalising the Holocaust "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

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By Gilad Atzmon

Israel is upset!  Ynet reports today that Dublin Mayor Mchel amonn Mac Donncha addressed a Palestinian Authority international conference in Ramallah on Wednesday, despite the Israeli Interior Minister instructing authorities to stop him from entering the country. 

Mac Donncha boasted at the conference that his city's council adopted a resolution calling for the expulsion of Israel's ambassador to Ireland. Such a move didnt make Mac Donncha popular in the Jewish State.

The symposium titled Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the State of Palestine focuses on Jerusalem's significance in the eyes of Palestinians in the light of American president Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. 

"Jerusalem is of paramount importance in the world. I think an attempt by any one state or religion to exclusively reign supreme over Jerusalem is wrong. The American recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital is therefore very wrong," Mac Donncha said expressing a universal ethical position.  

Palestinians are not used to seeing Western politicians taking their side. Such an ethical move never goes unpunished as Jeremy Corbyn and thousands of his party's members can tell. 

Israeli Coordinator of Government Activities in the Occupied Territories Maj.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai questioned yesterday weather the honourable Mchel Mac Donncha chose the event and its timing intentionally or not." Today Israel marks the Holocaust Remembrance Day. "Perhaps tomorrow's siren will remind him that (Mufti) Amin al-Husseini met with the mass murderer Adolf Hitler, and then he'll try to come up with things to tell his city's Jewish community." I want to believe that Maj.-Gen. Mordechai doesnt expect Dublins mayor to compromise on basic ethics just to appease Dublins Jews. Needless to mention that it may also be possible that some of the 1500 Jews who live in Dublin may actually support the Mayors humanist approach.  

Maybe Maj.-Gen. Mordechai should use the occa...


Mesa 17.3.9 Is Coming With About Two Dozen Fixes To End Out Mesa 17.3 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Mesa 17.3.9 is expected to be released at the start of next week as the final point release for the Mesa 17.3 driver series that was introduced back in Q4'2017...


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Assad Blasts Western Threats Against Damascus
April 12, 16:13 UTC+3

The Syrian president and the top adviser to Irans supreme leader held a meeting in Damascus

Kremlin believes Trumps insulting remarks about Assad are incorrect

MOSCOW, April 12. /TASS/. Western countries "are trying to change the course of events in Syria after witnessing its armys achievements in the fight against terrorists," Syrian President Bashar Assad said Thursday. The presidents office stated that the Syrian leader and Ali Akbar Velayati, top adviser to Irans supreme leader, held a meeting in Damascus.

During the meeting, Assad warned that "Western threats aimed at Damascus will destabilize the situation in the region and throughout the world."

He noted that "some Western politicians statements about a possible military attack on Syria are based on facts fabricated by their accomplices."

The Iranian envoy talked about "Tehrans support of Syria and its people during the war on terror."

Earlier, during an interview by the Suria TV channel, Velayati stressed that Syria and Iran "will jointly counteract any provocations and threats coming from the US, Israel and their allies.".



The Saker interviewed (in French) for "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Yesterday I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Slobodan Despot, writer and publisher, the founder of Xenia publishing in Switzerland, the Chief editor of and the author of


Trump's Rush to Judgment on Syrian Chemical Attack: Illegal and Deadly "IndyWatch Feed War"

Trump's Rush to Judgment on Syrian Chemical Attack: Illegal and Deadly

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Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

White Helmets Staged Douma Chemical Weapons Attack on Civilians Russian General Staff
April 11, 17:46 UTC+3

On April 7, a number of NGOs, including the White Helmets, alleged that chemical weapons were used in Douma, Eastern Ghouta

MOSCOW, April 11. /TASS/. The chemical weapons attack on civilians in the Syrian town of Douma was staged and filmed by members of the White Helmets organization, First Deputy Chief of the Russian General Staffs Main Operations Department Lieutenant General Viktor Poznikhir told reporters on Wednesday.

"On April 7, probably the last attempt to stage a chemical weapons attack in Eastern Ghouta was made. The notorious White Helmets, who operate as part of terrorist groups, staged and filmed a chemical weapons attack on civilians in the town of Douma," he said.

Terrorists have failed to fake any chemical weapon attacks against civilians in Eastern Ghouta, he added.

"During the humanitarian operation, the illegal armed units fighting in Eastern Ghouta have incessantly attempted to organize provocations involving the alleged use of toxic chemicals so as to put the blame for the use of chemical weapons on the Syrian government forces," he said.

"Since the beginning of the humanitarian operation in Eastern Ghouta terrorists have failed to fake a single so-called chemical weapon attack against the civilian population," the general said.

A workshop where militants had been loading ammunition with poisonous chemical agents has been found in underground tunnels in Syria, he went on.

He said the militants had been plotting provocations involving the use of war gases, but all those plans had been timely exposed by the Syrian authorities and the Russian center for the reconciliation of conflicting parties.

"For instance, on March 3 the militants workshop was found in an underground tunnel in Hazrama. Makeshift ammunition pieces were charged with poisonous agents there," he said.

On April 7, a number of NGOs, including the White Helmets, alleged that chemical weapons were used in Douma, Eastern Ghouta. According to the statement published on the organizations website on April 8, chlorine bombs had been dropped on the city, killing...


Trump and Syria: The worst case scenario is now our reality "IndyWatch Feed War"

As all becomes ever more rapidly surreal it seems that, barring a miracle, Draft Dodger in Chief, Donald Trump might trigger a world war, over an incident in Syria which is entirely evidence free.

The discredited White Helmets a rescue group only operating in areas held by rebels who routinely decapitate, including children, set fire to people and commit numerous unspeakable acts have produced a video of an apparent chemical attack on 7th April.

The White Helmets are funded in millions by the UK Foreign Office, the US, Canada and various other Western governments. Coupled with this is: A UK government 5.3 million media activists programme included training Syrian independent journalists and activists, including for reporting of White Helmets activities across Twitter and Facebook.1

No wonder every seemingly staged rescue always has a few convenient camera people handy, recording the victims. The duty of first responders, of course, is to also protect the victim at all cost, in their vulnerable state, from public view.

The latest camera friendly crisis is yet another chemical weapons attack which the US, UK and usual suspects are blaming on the Syrian government. However, this is such a worn and discredited theme, were it not for trigger-happy Trump and his band of war obsessed mongers, it would simply be dismissed out of hand. For the US both supplying chemical weapons to the moderate head choppers and the discrediting of the endless attempts to pin chemical attacks on the government, see Professor Michel Chossudovskys meticulous documentations. See also Robert Stuarts impressive, minute unraveling of the propaganda which was Saving Syrias Children.

It also seems to have escaped the Trumposphere that in 2013, Syria surrendered all stocks of chemical weapons, under the auspices of the UN Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical weapons and international observers and participants.

I wrote at the time:

On 12th September 2013 Syrias President al-Assad committed to surrender Syrias chemical weapons, with the caveats that the United States must stop threatening his country and sup...


Cuello de botella migratorio al sur de Mxico "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

Foto: Centroamericanos leen la informacin que les han dado sobre el proceso de asilo mientras hacen cola para darse una ducha en el albergue de migrantes en Palenque. Paul Miranda.

Mxico no est haciendo nada por frenar la migracin hacia el norte, como afirma el presidente de los EE.UU., Donald Trump.

En estas preguntas y respuestas, el director del programa para Amrica Latina y el Caribe de Crisis Group, Ivan Briscoe, dice que Washington debera ayudar a Mxico a enfrentar los desafos que traen los flujos migratorios y de refugiados centroamericanos, que ahora estn concentrndose en sus conflictivos estados sureos.

A qu se debe la crisis migratoria en Mxico?

La pobreza y la violencia en el Tringulo Norte de Amrica Central (que comprende a El Salvador, Guatemala y Honduras) estn obligando a cientos de miles de centroamericanos a huir cada ao hacia Mxico. La mayora se dirige hacia el norte debido a la profunda inseguridad econmica.

Pero el 39,2 por ciento de los centroamericanos encuestados en Mxico por Mdicos Sin Fronteras (MSF) en diciembre de 2016, dijeron que abandonaron sus hogares porque ellos o sus familias fueron atacados, amenazados, extorsionados o presionados para unirse a bandas criminales.

Bajo estas circunstancias muchos de ellos probablemente calificaran como refugiados, con derecho a proteccin internacional bajo las leyes aplicables.

Durante las ltimas dos dcadas, Estados Unidos ha respondido al movimiento de personas desde Mxico y Amrica Central con una aplicacin cada vez ms estricta de sus controles fronterizos: en el ao 2000 los Estados Unidos detuvo al mayor nmero de migrantes indocumentados, cerca de dos millones, en su frontera sur.

Pero como tema poltico y asunto de intenso escrutinio pblico en los EE.UU., la migracin sufri un revolcn en 2014 tras la llegada de una oleada de menores no acompaados desde Amrica Central.

Durante su campaa presidencial, el ahora presidente estadounidense, Donald Trump, dijo infamemente que Mxico estaba enviando a EE.UU. a personas que describi como trayendo drogas, trayendo crmenes y violadores.

Prometi tomar medidas enrgicas contra su ingreso a los EE.UU., incluso construir un muro en la frontera con Mxico y presionar a ese pas para detener el flujo hacia el norte. Con su renovado y grandilocuente discurso anti-mexicano de principios de abril, parece que busca hacer cumplir esas promesas.

Entre 2013 y 2017, Mxico ha visto que las solicitudes de estatus de refugiado se han multiplicado once veces.

Un control fronterizo ms estricto y el temor infundido por la retrica de la administracin Trump han reducido el nmero de...


Crowd Fund Your Next Mortgage on the Blockchain "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

For most of the past decade, home ownership and mortgage banking have had a souring effect on most people. Ignorance and maleficence on a colossal scale helped created one of the most inflated housing markets in history. When the housing bubble burst in 2008, it thrust the entire world economy into a recession that would require most of a decade to recover from.

This week, a startling chart and pictograph by The New York Times gave credence to the desperate scope of the problem.

Although the economy is roaring once again, the housing market continues to struggle. New home construction is at its lowest level in decades, and first-time home buyers are finding it exceedingly difficult to attain affordable housing in the tight market. The Wall Street Journal is calling it the next housing crisis, and its undoubtedly garnering a lot of attention from pundits, politicians, and ordinary people.

All of this negative coverage has overshadowed another problem in the mortgage industry: its ridiculously outdated and inefficient processes and technology. Although we are living in the center of the digital age, mortgage companies remain a paper-based initiative that requires considerable effort from the borrower and the lender. Whats more, the currency lending industry involves an abundance of third-parties that complicate the process, and they add to the already costly expenses of purchasing a home.

Housing is critical for human flourishing. Its one of the first needs that people possess, and its a constant preoccupation for many people. Not only is a thriving mortgage industry essential for homeowners, but it has implications for the entire economy as well.

For the mortgage industry to truly thrive, it should be employing the latest technology to make it the most productive, efficient, cost-effective, and secure process possible. The newest technology, the blockchain, is allowing new platforms to create innovative solutions for our most pressing problems.

Introducing Homelend: A Blockchain Solution for the Mortgage Industry

Homelend is a blockchain-based, peer-to-peer mortgage lending platform that harnesses the power and potential of the blockchain to create a transformative and disruptive platform for the lending industry. The company is the brainchild of Itai Cohen and Netanel Bitan who respectively serve as the companys CEO and CTO.

The platform is hosted on the...


The Souls Of Poor Folk "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Souls of Poor Folk is an assessment of the conditions today and trends of the past 50 years in the United States. In 1967 and 1968, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., alongside a multiracial coalition of grassroots leaders, religious leaders, and other public figures, began organizing with poor and marginalized communities across racial and geographic divides. Together, they aimed to confront the underlying structures that perpetuated misery in their midst. The move towards a Poor Peoples Campaign was a challenge to the national morality: it was a movement to expose the injustice of the economic, political, and social systems in the U.S. during their time. 50 years later, The Souls of Poor Folk challenges us to take a look at how these conditions have changed since 1968.


Police use corporate 'Public Safety' apps to spy on everyone "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Law enforcement and more than one hundred colleges and universities have convinced their students to download 'public safety' apps that send tips to police in real-time.

The apps go by names like 'LiveSafe' and 'SafeTrek' and their selling point is, helping students feel safe.

These apps use GPS technology which allows law enforcement to monitor a students' location in real-time.

As you will see from the videos below, playing to one's fear of crime and terrorism is a great marketing ploy.

Safe Trek's scare ads

Is crime in America so prevalent that we need to use scare tactics to give companies and police our exact location in real-time?

No, it's not. In fact the exact opposite is true.

Crime in Boston and across the country are reporting low crime rates. In fact violent crime in America is at historic lows.

Violent crimes in Dorchester and Mattapan, Massachusetts are down by 27-37 percent. Nationally the story is the same but these companies would prefer that you didn't know.

Three years ago, Reuters reported that violent crime in America was at 1970's levels. And not much has changed since then.

Last year, CBS News reported that violent cri...


UK Labour leader Corbyn says MPs should have say on military action in Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

Press TV April 12, 2018 The leader of Britains opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, says members of parliament (MPs) should decide if British Prime Minister Theresa May can join the United States in any military action against Syria in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack. Corbyn, a veteran anti-war campaigner, also demanded a []


Security updates for Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Security updates have been issued by Debian (poppler), Fedora (koji and libofx), Gentoo (adobe-flash), Oracle (kernel), Red Hat (qemu-kvm-rhev and sensu), and Scientific Linux (firefox).


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Saber-rattling Against Syria Tramples on UN Charter, Notes Russian Diplomat
April 12, 17:02 UTC+3

Extremist groups are determined to derail the peace process in Syria and are ready to resort to radical methods, a Russian diplomat says

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova Valery Sharifulin/TASS

MOSCOW, April 12. /TASS/.  Threating Syria with the use of force blatantly violates the United Nations Charter, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday.

"The threat to use force against a UN member state is, in itself, a blatant violation of the organizations charter," she said. "This is the organization the US ambassador to the United Nations has been so active in, thus confirming its legitimacy," Zakharova added.

"Given the statements weve been hearing from the US ambassador, we would like to have an answer to the following question: Will a threat to use force against a sovereign state be legitimate? To say nothing of how far Syria has come in the fight against international terrorism, struggling to protect its sovereignty," Zakharova noted.

Radical insurgent groups are determined to derail the peace process in Syria and are prepared to resort to extreme measures, she added.

"The extremists have stepped up their activities amid the backdrop of achievements reached through negotiation procedures to resolve the situation in Eastern Ghouta, which have made it possible to save thousands of ordinary Syrians lives. They are obviously not interested in such a solution. Their sponsors, who, as experience shows, are ready for extreme steps to carry out their interests in Syria and who have nothing to do with the genuine interests of the Syrian people, have become more active as well," she said.

According to Zakharova, accusations against Syrian government troops of the alleged chemical attack in Syrias Douma are an attempt to undermine the peace process in the war-torn country.

WHO statement

Russia regards the World Health Organizations statement on Syrias Douma as misinformation fanning tensions in the country, Zakharova said.

"We regard the WHO statement as an instance of irr...


Syrian War Report for 4-12-18, plus some thoughts on the Bizarreness of Trumps Tweets "IndyWatch Feed War"

Above is South Fronts latest Syrian War Report. Additionally, some thoughts on Trumps tweets: it has seemed to me for a while now that the presidents tweets are so inconsistent and contradictory that either Trump is suffering from some form of multiple personality disorder or, possibly, that someone else besides him has access to his []


African Daisies 6. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Last one, from Nightjar, click for full size!

Nightjar, all rights reserved.


Zimbabwe how the ivory case against Grace Mugabe will benefit the new president "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Conversation

April 12, 2018 3.11pm BST

Zimbabwes former first lady Grace Mugabe is being inves...


The Electronics Cooling System 400 Million Years in the Making "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

How an ancient insect can help ensure progress in electronics Photo: iStockphoto

Over hundreds of millions of years of evolution, water-repellant skin has enabled tiny insects, called springtails, to breathe through their skin without suffocating in damp soil flooded by rainwater. More recently, such natural engineering has inspired a new approach to cooling new generations of miniaturized electronic devices.

The secret of the springtails skin is tiny surface compartments that contain sharp edges: a physical design that resists the advance of liquids and can help contain the flow of liquids. Researchers in the United States and South Korea adapted this idea in a porous membrane design that could someday keep electronic systems from overheating through evaporative cooling. The porous membrane consists of tiny liquid-filled pillars that rely upon the sharp-edged trick to keep the liquid contained, even as the open ends of the pillars allow for liquid evaporation to get rid of excess heat.

Springtail Sitting on wood Photo: iStockphoto Springtail

This technology can significantly improve the cooling efficiency in a wide variety of applications such as data centers, says  Damena Agonafer , an assistant professor in mechanical engineering and materials science at Washington University in St. Louis. In addition to a robust cooling, it will also increase the electronic footprint as compared to traditional cooling technology.

Many layers of such porous membranes could eventually be integrated within microelectronic stacks to provide cooling within laptops, Internet of Things devices and data centers. Agonafer and his colleagues published their work in the 15 March 2018 online issue of the Journal of Colloid and Interface Science .

Better cooling is necessary for packing more electronics into a smaller amount of physical space. Such efforts lie at the heart of modern technological advancement with ordinary people expecting smaller and yet more powerful computing devices. Companies expect the same boost in computing power provided by warehouse-size data centers in order to harness a growing number of online applications and services.

One popular solution to meet the demand for more computing power has come from deploying 3D stacked chips in the high-end server...


Coincidencias en poltica exterior, pero cmo aplicarlas, es la diferencia: Vasconcelos "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

El secretario de Mexicanos en el Exterior y Poltica Internacional del Comit Ejecutivo Nacional de MORENA particip en un foro organizado por la UNAM y el INE para discutir sobre las plataformas electorales. Regeneracin, 12 de abril de 2018.- Los representantes de los candidatos a la presidencia de Mxico coincidieron que existen convergencias en la []

La entrada Coincidencias en poltica exterior, pero cmo aplicarlas, es la diferencia: Vasconcelos se public primero en Regeneracin.


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Kremlin Cautions Against Moves That Whip Up Further Tension in Syria
April 12, 12:39 UTC+3

Moscow is closely watching Washingtons statements on Syria, the Kremlin spokesman noted

MOSCOW, April 12. /TASS/. Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov warned on Thursday that steps to stir up tensions around Syria are very destructive, and urged that they be avoided.

"We still believe that it is very necessary to avoid any steps which can trigger an escalation in tensions in Syria," Peskov told reporters. "We believe that this could have a very destructive impact on the entire Syrian settlement," he stressed.

Moscow is keeping close tabs on Washingtons statements regarding Syria, Peskov stressed.

On Monday, US President Donald Trump vowed that he would be making major decisions "over the next 24 to 48 hours" about the United States swift action against the Syrian authorities following the suspected chemical weapons attack on civilians in Douma. In turn, Moscow warned Washington of serious consequences should a potential US strike on Syria put Russians there in harms way.

A number of non-government organizations (NGOs), including the White Helmets, allege that a chemical weapons attack took place in Douma, a suburb of the Syrian capital, on April 7. The White Helmets claimed that the use of chlorine-filled bombs were involved in the attack leaving dozens dead. Moreover, the infamous group claimed that 500 people "reached medical centers with symptoms of exposure to chemicals."

The Russian Foreign Ministry slammed the statement as fake news, while Russias Defense Ministry pointed out that the White Helmets were not a reliable source of information, since they are notorious for spreading falsified information.

On April 9, officers from the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing Sides in Syria visited Douma and did not find any traces of chemical weapons.

Russian officials have warned many times about imminent provocations and staged chemical weapons attacks in Syria.



Crack FERC Open "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

BXE is planning a three day sharing/training, art-build and action from June 23-25, beginning the morning of Saturday, June 23rd. Will you join us? Our communities and our planet are in desperate need of a halt to the permitting and building of all new fossil fuel pipelines and other infrastructure. Communities in the way of proposed new [ADD pipelines, compressor stations, storage and export facilities] [CUT infrastructure] face toxic industrialization, eminent domain abuse, air, land and water pollution, and threats to health and safety. And our disrupted climate can only heal when jobs-creating renewable energy and energy efficiency have displaced fossil fuels, and people power has displaced corporate power. For decades FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, has supported the oil, gas, coal and nuclear industries.


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Lawmaker Calls Possible US Strike on Syria 'Trumps Image Story
April 12, 17:15 UTC+3

US President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter earlier that Russia should be ready to shoot down missiles fired at Syria

MOSCOW, April 12. /TASS/. Head of the Federation Councils Interim Commission for Information Policy and Mass Media Relations Alexei Pushkov said that the US may conduct a military strike on Syria, but denounced it as absolutely senseless and the statement about it as President Donald Trumps "purely image story."

"This is posturing. This action has no sense at all, save the one: to show that Trump is a strong president, that he remains the leader of a free world. Two irreconcilable things have been thrown into the scale: the posture of a strong leader and the danger of an armed conflict between Russia and the US. This posturing may trigger a dangerous process," Pushkov said on Thursday at a meeting with representatives for the Association of Foreign Correspondents at the Federation Council.

"This is, of course, Trump. He can say something tomorrow, that nothing will happen, but it will sound rather strange. I think that some sort of a strike will be carried out [by the US on Syria,]" the senator noted, adding that he take Trumps tweet about "smart" missiles seriously, firstly because there was a precedent a year ago when the US hit the Shayrat Airbase, and secondly the American president is now demanded to take inclusive measures on Syria.

Pushkov added that the US cannot reverse or change the conflict in Syria without sending several tens of thousands of its soldiers there. "The conflict in Syria is predetermined, to my mind. Even if the US delivers a strike, this wont change the power balance in Syria," the MP said. If the US goal is to intimidate Russia, then Washington will fail, the senator said.

US President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter earlier that Russia should be ready to shoot down missiles fired at Syria. In his next tweet the American president stated that American-Russian relations are currently the worst in history and also suggested Russia should stop the arms race.



Assad adviser: Syria ready for war with West, Israel will be biggest loser "IndyWatch Feed War"

Buthaina Shaaban tells Lebanese media that Syria is not afraid of confrontation, will be prepared for it if it happens

April 12, 2018

Syrian senior presidential advisor Buthaina Shaaban speaks to a Syrian TV reporter at the United Nations Offices in Geneva, on January 26, 2014. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP)

Syrian senior presidential advisor Buthaina Shaaban speaks to a Syrian TV reporter at the United Nations Offices in Geneva, on January 26, 2014. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP)

Claiming that the rules of the games have changed, a political and media adviser to President Bashar Assad claimed Thursday that Syria was ready for war with international forces if hostilities were to break out.

We are not afraid of war and we will be prepared for it if it happens, Buthaina Shaaban told Lebanons Hezbollah-affiliated Al Mayadeen TV station.

Her statements came against a backdrop of heightened tensions between Syria and Russia on the one side and the US and possible its European allies on the other. Washington has threatened to punish Syria militarily for the chemical attack in Eastern Ghouta over the weekend in which some 40 people died.

Syria, with Russias backing, has denied responsibility for what happened in the rebel enclave.

Shaaban said that Syria and Russia had made preparations for a US attack, and claimed the cards were now stacked in Damascuss favor, with the Syrian regime in a much better situation now that it had been in the past.

She charged that Israel was interested in prolonging Syrias civil war but that a Syrian government victory over the rebels would change the region and the world, and that Israel would be the biggest loser.

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DARPA Awards Ginkgo Bioworks and Transcriptic $9.5M to Bring AI into the Lab "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The industry partners will use the money to train artificially intelligent laboratory robots.

Many people assume that when robots enter the economy, theyll snatch low-skilled jobs. But dont let a PhD fool you AI-powered robots will soon impact a laboratory near you.

The days of pipetting liquids around were already numbered. Companies like Transcriptic, based in Menlo Park, California, now offer automated molecular biology lab work, from routine PCR to more complicated preclinical assays. Customers can buy time on their robotic cloud lab using any laptop and access the results in a web app.


House committee looks to boost troubled Indian Country coal facility "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

President Donald Trump famously ended the so-called war on coal when he took office more than a year ago but that hasn't improved the outlook for a troubled coal-fired power plant in Indian Country.


Israeli army clears sniper filmed shooting unarmed Palestinian "IndyWatch Feed War"


'The sniper failed. I was only injured,' says Gaza resident Tamer Abu Daqqa, who said he did not constitute a threat when he was shot


Woman Behind Effort to Stop Release of Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes Found Dead in Swimming Pool "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Via: MemoryHole: On Tuesday, April 10 Washington DC authorities recovered the body of Key West-based environmental activist Milagro de Mier from the pool of a hotel close to the DC Convention Center . de Mier was in the nations capital to raise awareness and petition the US Food and Drug Administration and Environmental Protection Agency []


Under International Law, Military Strikes by the US Against Syria Are Illegal Acts of Aggression "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

International LawIn this statement released Wednesday, a group of international law experts warn that a U.S. military strike on Syria would be illegal if not in self-defense or with U.N. Security Council authorization. (CN)  We are practitioners and professors of international law. Under international law, military strikes by the United States of America and its allies against []


Bi Any Means Podcast #145: My Suicidal Episode "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

As you may remember from the intro to last weeks episode, I recently had an emergency where I almost drank myself to death. Im doing much better now, thankfully, but Ive been focused so much on recovery that I didnt feel like booking a guest for this week, so instead Im going to tell you what happened and how Im re-evaluating my life.

Needless to say, this episode has all the trigger warnings, so if youre not in a good place right now, you can skip this and come back if and when youre in a much better space.

I wasnt sure if I was going to do this episode or not because Im sure Ill write about it in future articles and mention it on other podcasts. But since most of you all know me best through this podcast, I figured this would be the best place to share my story right now.

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Sharks, Wardrobes, And Crypto VS The Prison Industrial Complex "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Stranger Than Fiction Headlines from the Front Lines. First up, are you on the WARdrobe watch list? And I do mean WAR drobe. And thanks to this new military program, sharks may soon be getting laser beams. Catholics fill baby bottles with their own blood and walk onto a nuclear arms base. Like Exxon, Shell knew too, and finally the resistance is spreading. Teacher strikes and tree-sits loudly call for a system that puts people and planet over profit. Finally, cryptocurrencies are often used to talk about personal economic gain. But what if we could use them as a tactic? Grayson Earle is a technologist and activist who doesnt think very highly of capitalism - and he has no illusions about cryptos potential for enriching the already rich. That being said, this decentralized, blockchained monetary system leaves the door open for new innovation.


Roban piedra de Yoko Ono valuada en 17 mil 500 dlares "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

La roca, forma parte de la pieza de Yoko Ono titulada El Cauce de Ro, que se encontraba en exposicin en un museo de Toronto.   Regeneracin, 12 de abril de 2018.- Una roca de la pieza El Cauce de Ro de Yoko Ono, valuada en 17 mil 500 dlares, fue sustrada del Gardiner Museum, []

La entrada Roban piedra de Yoko Ono valuada en 17 mil 500 dlares se public primero en Regeneracin.


Development Release: SparkyLinux 4.8 RC "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

SparkyLinux is a Debian-based distribution which is available in Stable and Rolling editions. The project has published a new release candidate for the distribution's Stable edition. The new candidate, SparkyLinux 4.8 RC, is based on Debian 9 Stretch and features the Calamares cross-distro installer. "There is a new,....


The sneaky ways China and Russia could threaten US satellites "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Were seeing development of broad range, everything from kinetic destructive technologies to jamming and hacking but the operational use so far seems to be limited to the jamming and hacking types.

WASHINGTON Major global powers, such as China and Russia, are focusing more on space weapons that neutralize others satellites rather than those that destroy payloads on orbit, a new report has found.

The study by the Secure World Foundation, released Wednesday morning and previewed exclusively with Defense News, is a comprehensive collection of public-source information about the counterspace capabilities of China, Russia, North Korea and other world powers that could threaten American dominance in space.

When most Pentagon leaders discuss anti-satellite or counterspace capabilities, they reference the infamous 2007 Chinese test of an anti-satellite kinetic weapon, which successfully destroyed an old Chinese weather satellite and scattered thousands of pieces of debris in orbit.

But a more likely attack in 2018 would come in the form of electronic warfare jamming that could prevent users from turning on their equipment, directed energy attacks to dazzle sensors, or perhaps most plausibly, hacking a terminal on the ground so troops cannot operate it.

Via Defense News

Featured Image: A Delta II rocket launches with the NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP) spacecraft payload from Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. on Friday, Oct. 28, 2011. NPP is the first NASA satellite mission to address the challenge of acquiring a wide range of land, ocean, and atmospheric measurements for Earth system science while simultaneously preparing to address operational requirements for weather forecasting. (Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls)

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The USPTO Has a Nepotism and Lobbying Problem That Jeopardises the Rationality of US Patent Law "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The Office is now being run, almost literally, by the patent microcosm (Andrei Iancu)

Washington sights

Summary: The influence games of Washington are spilling over to the US patent office and poisoning/harming its ability to conduct professional operations without corporate influence (from either side, both corporations and law firms)

THE USPTO has a big and growing problem in its hands. Its nowhere as severe as EPO scandals, but it could potentially develop over time. There is almost one single issue we habitually criticise the USPTO for and its to do with former officials, several of whom seem to have become lobbyists, typically for the patent microcosm. Lobbying is quite an epidemic in Washington (DC); its renowned if not notorious for it. There are no effective restrictions on such behaviour/operations because its big business in DC.

There are no effective restrictions on such behaviour/operations because its big business in DC.Lobbyist David Kappos keeps meddling, this time in a largely Microsoft-sponsored (Kappos sponsor also) think tank, Fordham IP. Why does the USPTO not intervene? Do they even understand how terrible this looks? He came from IBM and now he lobbies again for IBM among others like Microsoft. He uses his connections (which he acquired during his time as USPTO Director) to steer agenda. Watch last nights article (titled US intellectual property in the age of Trump) which says:

President Trump has already made his mark by appointing a USPTO director and taking a stand against China. Panellists [sic] at the Fordham IP Conference, including David Kappos and James Pooley, assessed the impact Trump could have on IP

Pooley isnt too bad (we wrote about him in the past), but what on Earth does Kappos do there? Panelist?

He might be ready to do some damage (to patent reform).Thankfully, for a number of years Kappos was replaced by Michelle Lee, who helped clean up the mess....


Border Patrol Supervisor Arrested for Allegedly Beating a Mom and Her Infant Son to Death "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

border patrol

A decorated Border Patrol supervisor was arrested this week on two counts of capital murder after a woman and her one-year-old son were found dead in a park.

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The Washington Posts Breakthrough On The MLK Murder "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

For the fiftieth anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.s murder, The Washington Post last week overcame its tainted history of softball coverage and published a hard-hitting account quoting the King familys disbelief in the guilt of convicted killer James Earl Ray. The bold, top-of-the-front-page treatment on April 2 of reporter Tom Jackmans in-depth pieceThe Past Rediscovered: Who killed Martin Luther King Jr.?   represents a major turning point in the treatment of the case for the past five decades by mainstream media. Print, broadcast and all too many film makers and academics have consistently soft-pedaled ballistic, eye-witness and other evidence that undermines the official story of Kings death. This time, the Post and Jackman, an experienced reporter, undertook bold but long overdue initiative.


The Daily Bird #673 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Im posting the daily bird today because its a Russian bird whos name is Jack. Well, Im not really sure his name is Jack, but I was told he is a Jackdaw. He and his amigos were pretty bold about begging and stealing food while we were docked at the Moscow Canal.


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Semi-Infinite Trove of Rare-Earth Metals Found in Japanese Seabed "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Via: CNBC: Researchers have found hundreds of years worth of critical rare-earth metals beneath Japanese waters enough to supply to the world on a semi-infinite basis, according to a study published on Tuesday. The materials sit in a roughly 965-square-mile Pacific Ocean seabed near Minamitorishima Island, which is located 1,150 miles southeast of Tokyo, []


To Ferrule or Not to Ferrule? "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

We recently posted about a spectacular 3D-printer fire that was thankfully caught and extinguished before spreading to the hackers house or injuring his family. Analyzing the remains of the printer, the hacker determined that the fire was caused when a loose grub screw let the extruders heater cartridge fall out and touch the ABS fan shroud. It ran full-on and set things on fire.

A number of us have similar 3D printers, so the comments for this article were understandably lively, but one comment stood out by listing a number of best practices for wiring, including the use of ferrules. In particular, many 3D printers connect the heated bed, which draws a lot of current, with screw terminals to the motherboard. While not the cause of the fire in the original post, melted terminal blocks are a common complaint with many DIY 3D printer kits, and one reason is that simply jamming thick stranded wire into a screw terminal and hoping for the best can result in increased resistance, and heat, at the joint. In such situations, the absolutely right thing to do is to crimp on a ferrule. So lets talk about that.


A Series of Tubes

So what is a ferrule anyway? In general, any kind of band or clamp thats used to attach, reinforce, or secure objects to each other. Thats a broad definition that covers everything from the aglets applied to shoelace ends to prevent unraveling to the stout metal clamps used to connect wire ropes together. But in the world of electrical wiring, ferrules have a more specific definition, and very different purposes than ferrules used for purely mechanical applications.

An electrical wiring ferrule is a soft metal tube that is crimped onto the end of a stranded wire to improve the wires connection characteristics. Most ferrules are made of copper, which is usually plated with tin. The ferrule is sized for a specific gauge of wire, both in terms of its diameter and its length. A ferrule is not just a simple cylinder, though it has a lip or flare formed into one end that serves to collect and consolidate the individual strands of the wire as they are inserted into the ferruule.


Thursday, 12 April


Russian Embassy doubts statement released by UK police was indeed Yulia Skripals "IndyWatch Feed War"

RT | April 12, 2018 The statement released by UK police on behalf of Yulia Skripal appears to be designed to cut her off from outside contact, the Russian Embassy in the UK says. The mission is calling for verification that the statement is genuine. Scotland Yard earlier issued a statement that was apparently from []


Corte aprueba segundo amparo para el uso recreativo de la marihuana "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

La SCJN puntualiz que no autoriz actos de comercio, suministro o la distribucin de la cannabis, ni tampoco se pronunci sobre la despenalizacin de la marihuana con fines ldicos y recreativos. Regeneracin, 12 de abril de 2018.- La Primera Sala de la Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nacin (SCJN) otorg el segundo amparo a []

La entrada Corte aprueba segundo amparo para el uso recreativo de la marihuana se public primero en Regeneracin.


Xi makes surprise visit to fleet in South China Sea drill "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP/File | Chinas sole aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, passed through the Taiwan Strait last month, according to authorities in Taipei

BEIJING (AFP)  Chinese President Xi Jinping Thursday stressed the urgent need to build a powerful navy during a surprise visit to observe naval exercises in the disputed South China Sea, state media reported as the country prepares for live-fire drills in the Taiwan Strait.

The region has become a potential flashpoint, with the US saying Chinas activities in the area pose a threat to freedom of navigation in the strategically vital waterway, where Beijing has built an archipelago of artificial islands capable of hosting military equipment.

Footage of Xis visit on state broadcaster CCTV showed the president watching jets taking off from Chinas sole aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, and joining sailors for a meal.

In a speech to the assembled troops, Xi said Chinas task to build a powerful navy has never been as urgent as it is today.

His visit comes as Washington engages in its own muscle flexing in the region, where the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt gave a demonstration Tuesday for members of the Philippine government.

Chinas own naval drill involving the Liaoning and dozens of other vessels began at the end of March, with US officials saying the two exercises are separated by several hundred kilometres (miles).

Some 48 warships, 76 fighter jets, and more than 10,000 navy personnel took part in the drill at an undisclosed location, said China Military, a newspaper affiliated to the Peoples Liberation Army.

Beijing asserts sovereignty over almost all of the resource-rich South China Sea despite rival claims from several of its Southeast Asian neighbours.

China regularly protests when US warships carry out freedom of navigation operations near its islands.

Live-fire exercise

Xis visit came as China announced plans to hold live-fire naval drills next week in the narrow strait separating the mainland from Taiwan, an act that could ratchet up tensions with the island.

Live-fire military manoeuvres will take place in the Taiwan Strait on (Wednesday) April 18, 2018 between 8am and midnight, the maritime safety administration of Fujian, the province that lies opposite Taiwan, said in a statement.

China, which regards self-ruled Taiwan as its territory to be reunited by force if necessary has stepped up air and nava...


On Lebanons civil war anniversary, Israel's crimes are far from history "IndyWatch Feed War"

As Israel continues its murderous machinations against Palestinians while regularly threatening to attack Lebanon, the hope for peace is slim


Made in China 2025 plan irking Beijings trading partners Trade war or recession, only one thing is clear: China vows to do whatever it takes to implement Made in China 2025 "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Joe McDonald
The Associated Press

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BEIJING U.S. officials have a name for their frustration with Beijings technology ambitions: Made in China 2025.

Issued in 2015, it calls for China to develop its own global competitors in fields from information technology to electric cars to pharmaceuticals. The U.S. Trade Representatives Office cited Made in China 2025 in announcing last week a $50 billion list of Chinese goods targeted for President Donald Trumps tariff hike.

Many countries have similar plans. But American officials contend Chinas tactics include subsidizing local companies, shielding them from competition and pressuring foreign companies to hand over technology.

The plan reflects Beijings intention of seizing economic leadership in advanced technology, said the USTR statement.

Made in China 2025 isnt the first time Beijings technology and industry plans have rankled trading partners who say they violate promises to open markets and treat foreign and Chinese companies equally.

Below are some details on the issue:

Communist leaders want to transform China from a low-cost factory into a creator of profitable technologies in areas including electric cars, solar and wind power, robotics and information technology.

China assembles 90 percent of the worlds mobile phones and 80 percent of its computers. But it relies on technology and components from the United States, Europe and Japan, which get most of the profit. Its leaders want China to capture more of that, securing better-paid jobs and restoring Chinas historic status as a leading culture.

Made in China 2025 is the first stage in a plan to make China a global manufacturing power by 2049, the centenary of the communist revolution.

Targets include making 70 percent of components and materials domestically and establishing 40 innovation centers by 2025.

The Chinese government has promised the equivalent of hundreds of billions of dollars in support.

A decade ago, foreign companies complai...


Do U.S. Oligarchs Exist? Not in Mainstream Media "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I hear the anchors on CNN and MSNBC getting us riled up about the schemes of this or that Russian oligarch with links to the Kremlin. Ive heard that phrase incessantly in recent weeks And plenty of others have heard the Russian oligarch phrase. reported that oligarch was one of its most searched-for words on April 5th following reports that Robert Mueller had questioned Russian businessmen to whom this descriptor applies. But heres a phrase I havent heard from any of the purportedly progressive hosts on MSNBC: A U.S. oligarch with links to Washington. That avoidance is revealing when one considers an indisputable fact: U.S. oligarchs have done far more to undermine U.S. democracy than any Russian.


FIRE ROSENSTEIN, 2155 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

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16 killed, 100 injured as storm hits northwestern India, 80% crop loss "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

At least 16 people were killed in unprecedented storms and rainfall in the state of Rajasthan, India on April 11, 2018. Five people were killed in Bharatpur district and 11, including five children, in Dholpur district. At least 100 people got injured. Local farmers...... Read more

Das EU-Parlament schlgt vor, Robotern einen rechtlichen ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Das EU-Parlament schlgt vor, Robotern einen rechtlichen Status als "elektronische Person" zu geben. Das ging schneller als ich dachte. Ich rechnete erst bei Stardate 42534.7 damit :-)

Hey, ist das der Versuch, die Haftungsfrage bei selbstfahrenden Autos zu klren? Niemand haftet! Das Auto haftet!1!!

Old and busted: Syrer fliehen ber Trkei nach Deutschland.New ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Old and busted: Syrer fliehen ber Trkei nach Deutschland.

New hotness: Syrer fliehen zurck in Richtung Trkei.

Syrische Flchtlinge reisen illegal und auf zum Teil riskanten Routen in die Trkei, da sie kein Visum fr die Ausreise erhalten.

Gute Nachrichten! Die OPCW hat sich zum Skripal-Fall ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Gute Nachrichten! Die OPCW hat sich zum Skripal-Fall geuert! Gucken wir doch mal:

Die Organisation fr das Verbot chemischer Waffen (OPCW) kommt bei der toxikologischen Untersuchung im Fall des frheren russischen Doppelagenten Sergej Skripal zum gleichen Ergebnis wie Grobritannien.
Aha. Also: Die Russen waren es, ja?
Das verwendete Gift wird darin nicht benannt, es zeichnete sich nach Angaben der Experten aber durch eine "hohe Reinheit" aus.
Hmm. Na vielleicht sollten wir mal In den Bericht gucken!
The results of analysis by the OPCW designated laboratories of environmental and biomedical samples collected by the OPCW team confirm the findings of the United Kingdom relating to the identity of the toxic chemical that was used in Salisbury and severely injured three people.
Oh ach, warte mal. Sie besttigen nicht allgemein, was die Briten sagen, sondern was die Briten sagen, welches Gift das ist. Sie besttigen explizit nicht, was die Briten ber den Tter oder die Herkunft sagen. Das tut die OPCW brigens generell nicht. Das ist gar nicht deren Aufgabe.

Aber weiter im Text:

The TAV team notes that the toxic chemical was of high purity. The latter is concluded from the almost complete absence of impurities.
Warum sagen sie uns das? Weil man Herkunftsanalysen anhand der Verunreinigungen macht. Der Stoff war so rein, dass man nicht sagen kann, wo es herkam.

Ja, h, Mist!

Skoda-Angestellte in Tschechien kriegen 12% mehr Lohn. ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Skoda-Angestellte in Tschechien kriegen 12% mehr Lohn. Das nenne ich mal eine kraftvolle Tarifstreit-Einigung! Herzlichen Glckwunsch an die Skoda-Mitarbeiter!

Leserbrief zur Beschneidungsfrage:Ich erlaube mir mal, ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Leserbrief zur Beschneidungsfrage:

Ich erlaube mir mal, den Zuschriften, die du da erhalten hast, zu widersprechen. Ich musste mich im Alter von ca. 20 Jahren beschneiden lassen, weil es medizinisch notwendig war. Nun hatte ich schon das Glck, dass mein Urologe von vornherein meinte, dass er sowas grundstzlich nur mit Vollnarkose macht - anscheinend ist bei religis motivierten Beschneidungen selbst ne lokale Narkose lngst keine Selbstverstndlichkeit (um es mal zurckhaltend auszudrcken). Z.B. in Israel verwenden laut Zahlen von 2012 nur 20 der insgesamt 400 "Mohels" berhaupt Ansthesie bei Beschneidungen.

(meine Primrquelle war eig. ein Print-Artikel aus der SZ von 2013, der im Wikipedia-Artikel "Brit Mila" referenziert wird, aber die Zahlen ergeben sich auch aus dem oben verlinkten Tagesspiegel-Artikel)

Und selbst ohne die Schmerzen der Operation an sich kann ich dir sagen: Das waren zwei Monate oft fast unertrgliche Schmerzen, insgesamt hat es locker 4-5 Monate gedauert, bis wirklich alles so weit verheilt und "abgestumpft" war, dass es im Alltag nicht mehr gro gestrt hat. Und selbst danach bleiben dauerthaft immer noch Probleme wie "Eichel bleibt gern mal am Stoff der Unterhose "kleben", und natrlich deutliche Einschrnkungen beim Sex (fhlt sich einfach nicht mehr so intensiv an).

Die Proponenten der "Beschneidung auf Vorrat" erzhlen dann gerne noch den lngst widerlegten Unsinn, dass Kinder angeblich noch kein so ausgeprgtes Schmerzempfinden htten wie Erwachsene. Dabei ist eher das Gegenteil zutreffend: Je frher Kinder starken Schmerzen ausgesetzt sind, desto schmerzempfindlicher scheinen sie als Erwachsene zu werden.

Und selbst wenn all das nicht wre, bleibt das Risiko medizinischer Komplikationen.

Es ist berhaupt nicht einzusehen, warum es Eltern gestattet sein sollte, ohne medizinische Notwendigkeit eine solche Operation an ihren Kindern vornehmen zu lassen. Mir ist vllig schleierhaft, wie man z.B. in Deutschland das Recht der Eltern auf freie Religionsausbung und Kindererziehung hher gewichten kann als das Recht der Kinder auf krperliche Unversehrtheit. Insbesondere wenn ich bedenke, dass Eltern, die ihre Kinder schlagen, sich zumindest der einfachen Krperverletzung ( 223 StGB) strafbar machen.

Sagten wir, WENIGER Waffenexporte an Krisenregionen ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Sagten wir, WENIGER Waffenexporte an Krisenregionen und in kriegfhrende Warlords?

Wir meinten natrlich MEHR Waffenexporte nach Saudi Arabien!

Im ersten Quartal 2018 war Saudi-Arabien Hauptprofiteur von deutschen Rstungsgenehmigungen. Das zustndige Bundeswirtschaftsministerium erteilte im ersten Quartal des laufenden Jahres Einzelausfuhrgenehmigungen im Wert von 161,8 Millionen Euro, wie die ARD unter Berufung auf eine Antwort der Bundesregierung auf eine Kleine Anfrage der Linkspartei berichtet.
Immer diese fiesen Linken mit ihren fiesen Kleinen Anfragen!1!! Alles machen die kaputt! Alles!!1!


AMLO pide que Marichuy tambin entre a la contienda presidencial "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

Si se dio certeza a competidores fraudulentos como el Bronco y Margarita, la candidata indgena debera ser tomada en cuenta.   Regeneracin, 12 de abril de 2018.- Luego de que el Tribunal Electoral del Poder Judicial de la Federacin (TEPJF), decidieran aceptar a Jaime Rodrguez Caldern en la boleta presidencial, AMLO hizo un llamado para []

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Deadline Day - Nunes Says Impeach, 2154 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

- Virtual Shield VPN - the easiest way to create a home VPN. Go to: Good morning, Im still reporting on: Deadline Day - Nunes Says Impeach, 2154 Synopsis: Although Congressional investigators did get an additional 3,000 documents on Monday, according to Fox News, most of them were worthless duplicates. In other words, the Deep State has now produced just about as many documents as they can without letting out the really damaging secrets those documents hold. Support Our Sponsors: - Nobel Gold: Protect Your Money With Gold - Click Here- Or Call - 877-646-5347 - Virtual Shield VPN - the easiest way to create a home VPN. Go to: - Trade Genius Academy: Learn the safe, sure way to trade. - Natural Hemp Oil - Use promocode: BillStill for 10% off. Vets get 15% off. - Cerule - makers of plant-based products which have been scientifically proven to naturally increase the number of adult stem cells in your body. CLICK HERE: - Doterra Essential Oil products: -Jeevy Computers: Move up to business-level computer protection. 800-844-8613 - Kangen Water, ionized, alkaline water, website: Still Report BTC address: 18Ky2c3CgPY3eu5N7ySoM3X6NjgEAN2w4v Connect with me; Bill Still: newspaper editor/publisher, economics reporter - top US publications, authored 22 books, 4 documentary videos & daily host of this Y/T channel, THE STILL REPORT: Get the word Out: Please LIKE, COMMENT & SHARE! Our website: Considered by informed insiders as the ultimate resource 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: Consider b...


Raymond Craib: Para m es esencial recuperar la alianza entre estudiantes y obreros "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

santiagosubversivo.jpgDurante 10 aos, el historiador de la Universidad de Cornell estuvo trabajando en las persecuciones que sufrieron dirigentes y simpatizantes anarquistas tras las masivas marchas del hambre, y cuyo smbolo trgico es el poeta de 24 aos Jos Domingo Gmez Rojas. Su muerte, ocurrida en un hospital siquitrico luego de ser acusado de sedicioso, es el nudo de Santiago subversivo 1920, una historia de persecucin poltica y tnica que muestra, a su vez, la convulsionada vida en las asambleas, escuelas populares, teatros, cafs e imprentas.


TEPCO Admitted Tsunami Risk To Govt. 4 Days Before Disaster "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A TEPCO official admitted as part of his testimony in the criminal negligence trial of TEPCO execs that they did



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#ZAD: Communiqu From the General Assembly on Wednesday at La Wardine after 3 Days of Expulsions "IndyWatch Feed War"

Communiqu From the General Assembly on Wednesday at La Wardine after 3 Days of Expulsions. The ZAD is issuing a call to rail workers, students, strikers at Air France, at Carrefour, and anyone and everyone who is in struggle.

Originally published by ZAD.

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.

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ZAD: Communiqu From the General Assembly on Wednesday at La Wardine after 3 Days of Expulsions

12 April 2018

The ZAD is issuing a call to rail workers, students, strikers at Air France, at Carrefour, and anyone and everyone who is in struggle.


The firings and job cuts following adoption of the governments (anti-)labor law, selective entry into what were once free universities, the deportations of immigrants its all the same logic of a State that considers living beings to be merchandise, the same anti-social bulldozer that is trying to bury our lives. Yet, in the occupied universities and on the strike picket lines, in the ZAD and in the streets, anger is rising and is breaking through to the surface. On the numerous fronts where people are struggling, energized in reaction to the governments politics of carnage, an urgent need is making itself felt: To unite so that the other side can feel the fear for a change. Here, in the bocage of NDDL, resistance to the military operation is beginning to look like a civil war: destruction of our homes, armoured vehicles, drones flying overhead, attack dogs, rubber-metal shrapnel grenades dropped from helicopters, police/army with assault rifles, and more than thirty injuries yesterday, probably twice that number today, including several irreversible mutilations. In spite of all that, resistance continues in the image of the anti-airport movement: joyous, determined, and taking many different forms. From rock-throwing to picnics of senior citizens, tractor ballets before the barricades, from torched backhoes to paint balloons, all while managing to keep the canteens supplied, the energy being...


Lawyers To Petition DoJ Demanding 9/11 Grand Jury Investigation of WTCs 1, 2 and 7 - Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs VA "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A federal grand jury should investigate the collapses of the World Trade Center Twin Towers during the 9/11 attacks, as well as WTC 7.



The criminally insane kleptocracy in charge of the West is at it again... and you know where:
US Says No Evidence Assad Behind Chemical

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Stop Trumps war, British Labour says "IndyWatch Feed World"

From the BBC, 11 April 2018 (hat tip: here):

Jeremy Corbyn warns against US-Russia hot war

Air strikes in response to an alleged chemical attack risk triggering a hot war between the US and Russia over the skies of Syria, Jeremy Corbyn says.

The Labour leader also said Parliament should always be given a say on any military action.

US president Donald Trump has warned Russia to get ready for missiles being fired at its ally Syria.

Speaking during a visit to Plymouth, Mr Corbyn said he had been making the case for Parliament which is currently in recess for Easter to be given a say on any military action for many, many years.

He said all countries had to get around the table to come up with a political solution to the war in Syria, adding: We cannot risk an escalation a......


Syria Any U.S. Strike Will Lead To Escalation "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Over the last month Russia has several times warned that such fake gas attacks were being planned by the so-called 'rebels'. It also warned the U.S. that any strike it might take in 'retaliation' of such a fake attack would endanger Russian troops and installations in Syria. The Russian said they will respond to any severe U.S. attack with a strike against U.S. missile launching platform - be they jets or ships. Israel immediately tried to further escalate the situation. Last night it hit the T4 airport in Homs with 8 cruise missiles launched from Israeli planes flying over Lebanon. The T4 airport is in the middle of Syria. Some Iranian drones are stationed there next to Syrian planes and helicopters to help in the fight against ISIS in east Syria. The damage was relatively light, but the Israeli strike requires a response.


Rosenstein Has The Most To Lose, 2153 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

- Nobel Gold: Protect Your Money With Gold - Click Here- Or Call - 877-646-5347 Good morning, Im still reporting on: Rosenstein Has The Most To Lose, 2153 Synopsis: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has the most to lose if the IG's 1.2 million document trove is released to the Congress. Support Our Sponsors: - Nobel Gold: Protect Your Money With Gold - Click Here- Or Call - 877-646-5347 - Virtual Shield VPN - the easiest way to create a home VPN. Go to: - Trade Genius Academy: Learn the safe, sure way to trade. - Natural Hemp Oil - Use promocode: BillStill for 10% off. Vets get 15% off. - Cerule - makers of plant-based products which have been scientifically proven to naturally increase the number of adult stem cells in your body. CLICK HERE: - Doterra Essential Oil products: -Jeevy Computers: Move up to business-level computer protection. 800-844-8613 - Kangen Water, ionized, alkaline water, website: Still Report BTC address: 18Ky2c3CgPY3eu5N7ySoM3X6NjgEAN2w4v Connect with me; Bill Still: newspaper editor/publisher, economics reporter - top US publications, authored 22 books, 4 documentary videos & daily host of this Y/T channel, THE STILL REPORT: Get the word Out: Please LIKE, COMMENT & SHARE! Our website: Considered by informed insiders as the ultimate resource 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: Consider becoming a Patreon sponsor:


War-Bent Trump Ready to go to Bat for Radical Islamic Terror Group "IndyWatch Feed World"

WASHINGTON On the campaign trail and during much of his time as president, Donald Trump has repeatedly railed against radical Islamic terror, which he once promised to eradicate from the face of the Earth. Less than two years into his presidency, however, Donald Trump has now threatened to attack a sovereign nation, Syria, at the behest of a radical Wahhabi terror group known as Jaysh al-Islam, or the Army of Islam, which seeks to topple Syrias secular government and replace it with an Islamic state based on an extremist, Wahhabi interpretation of Islam.

This past Saturday, an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, a rebel-held suburb of Damascus, drew a strong response from Trump, who tweeted on Sunday:

Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria. Area of atrocity is in lockdown and encircled by Syrian Army, making it completely inaccessible to outside world [] Big price to pay.

As Trump noted, the area is inaccessible and the accusations coming from within Douma could not be independently verified, making his assignment of blame clearly premature. The accusations exclusively came from the so-called White Helmets, who have long been exposed as a foreign-funded propaganda-construct...


Debbie--have you seen BLOOD MOON: AN AMERICAN EPIC OF WAR AND SPLENDOR IN THE CHEROKEE NATION by John Sedgwick? "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

A reader wrote to ask if I've read John Sedgwick's Blood Moon: An American Epic of War and Splendor in the Cherokee Nation. It isn't for children or young adults, but, the reader notes, some people might get it for a young adult or a young adult collection in a library.

I haven't read it. I can make some initial observations, based on how I go about analyzing books. I'm using what I see in the preview from Google Books for some of these observations and I'm using information made available about the book, including the book trailer at the Simon and Schuster website. Let's start with that video.

Sedgwick begins with "who knew" in an astonished tone, that Native people fought in the Civil War. Whenever someone uses that "who knew?" phrase that way, we are told a lot about that person. In this case, Sedgwick means that he didn't know, and that people he knows didn't know. From that body of people who did not know, he utters the "who knew" phrase. You know who knew? Cherokees. They know. So do a lot of Native people, including those of us who read beyond the master narratives of history. Then, he talks about how people know about the Trail of Tears, but that they don't know about a disagreement within the Cherokee Nation, about removal.  That's what his book is about.

Now, the book itself: 

First: Is Sedgwick (the author) Cherokee? Answer: No. Does that mean he cannot write this book? Obviously, no. The book is out there, from a major publisher. Does it mean he should not write the book? Again, no. Anyone can write about anything they want to. The significant questions are these: are the contents of the book accurate? Who vetted the book? When/if I get the book, will I find that Sedgwick worked with the Cherokee Nation on this book? Was their feedback used? If their feedback was ignored (that happens in children's lit, for sure), it sure would be good to know, but, that sort of feedback isn't usually provided. Sometimes, it comes out, post-publication. 

Second: What is Sedgwick's source for what he says about a blood moon? In his "A Note on the Title" page, he writes this:
A blood moon is a rare form of lunar eclipse. For the Cherokee, any vanishing from the night sky was troubling, as it threw their cosmos out of order. A blood moon was especially terrifying, since the moon did not disappear, but turned bloodred. Meteorologists now see that a blood moon is actually lit by an unusual sunset glow picked up from the earth's atmosphere as the sunlight brushes past. But the Cherokee considered the sight an ill portent. The moon was red with rage over what lay below.
Some will find that note compelling. Obviously, Sedgwick is taken with it. He used it as the ti...


Netanyahu says Israeli snipers are doing holy work "IndyWatch Feed War"

Days after an Israeli human rights group urged soldiers to refuse orders to shoot at Palestinian protesters in the Gaza Strip along the fence that divides the occupied territory from Israel, Israels Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday accused the group of outrageous absurdity and defended the military for their holy work.

Last week the Israeli human rights group BTselem launched the advertisements, Sorry Commander, I cannot shoot, to persuade soldiers deployed along the border with Gaza to convince them to disobey orders to use live-fire against Palestinian protestors.

Translation of an ad placed by BTselem in Israeli newspapers calling on soldiers to refuse orders to shoot Palestinian protesters. (Image: BTselem)

In an apparent response to the campaign Netanyahu said in a cabinet meeting this morning, I see the outrageous absurdity that people are going up to IDF soldiers, who are defending them from annihilation, and are calling them terrorists.

They attack the IDF soldiers who act to thwart this destruction. There can be no greater absurdity. I think that every day, but especially today, we are all aware of the great contribution that the soldiers of the IDF make to the security and future of Israel, he continued.

Netanyahu added that Israeli soldiers need to do their holy work, and referred to the Palestinian protesters as terrorist.

Hours later Netanyahus spokes person Ofir Gendelman commented on social media that Israeli soldiers are carrying out a holy mission of defending Israel.


NAICM tiene riesgo de inundacin: experto "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

El Nuevo Aeropuerto Internacional de la Ciudad de Mxico est en riesgo de inundacin, al estarse construyendo en la zona del Lago de Texcoco, Estado de Mxico, el cual se ha usado como un vaso regulador para que la capital del pas no se inunde, y que adems es un lugar que sufre hundimientos diferenciados.

As lo dijo el doctor Arnoldo Matus Kramer, director General de la Agencia de Resiliencia de la Ciudad de Mxico, al impartir ante estudiantes de la Maestra en Proyectos para el Desarrollo Urbano (MPDU) de la Universidad Iberoamericana Ciudad de Mxico la conferencia El proceso para la implementacin de la Estrategia de Resiliencia de la CDMX.

El riesgo de inundacin del nuevo aeropuerto no es slo un asunto de vulnerabilidad para ste, toda vez que cambiar el ciclo hidrolgico del Lago de Texcoco puede tener tambin afectaciones para la Zona Metropolitana del Valle de Mxico, en trminos de inundacin, explic Matus durante su ponencia, que form parte del ciclo de conferencias Resiliencia urbana y sustentabilidad de la MPDU.

En trminos de resiliencia el proyecto del nuevo aeropuerto es muy cuestionable; pero si ya se va a construir, hay muchas formas de hacerlo ms resiliente. S que hay medidas de mitigacin, lo que no s es qu nivel tengan ya de implementacin estas medidas, en torno sobre todo a los componentes asociados con el agua.

Por otro lado, la construccin del nuevo aeropuerto tambin representa una gran oportunidad, al ubicarse a cinco kilmetros del Centro Histrico y financiero de la Ciudad de Mxico. Esto representa una oportunidad para toda esa zona de comunidades marginadas y con un nivel de desarrollo menor, donde se puede impulsar la regeneracin urbana a travs de una mezcla de usos de suelos.

Se ha hablado que una gran parte de ese terreno debe ser un parque. A nosotros (la Agencia de Resiliencia de la Ciudad de Mxico) nos interesa mucho que si se va a hacer algo en el (nuevo) aeropuerto el componente de agua sea clave.

Resiliencia en la CDMX

Al hablar de la resiliencia de la CDMX, Matus Kramer mencion que hay que pensar en el pasado como un determinante de variables claves para entender tu vulnerabilidad presente, pero tambin para pensar en el futuro.

Por ejemplo, el riesgo ssmico de la CDMX y las condiciones de su suelo no se pueden entender si no se considera que sta era una ciudad lacustre, y que a lo largo del siglo XX ha sido transformada hasta convertirse en una de las ms grandes megalpolis del planeta.

Claramente, por las condiciones que tenemos, estamos propensos a inundaciones. Naturalmente, las escorrentas tienden a ir a la zona baja de lo que...


Donald Trump and Paul Manafort Revived Nixon's Race-Based Hate Strategy for the 21st Century "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Paul Manafort -- Trump's longtime associate and former campaign manager--has a long history of helping conservative Republican presidential candidates effectively apply Nixon's Southern Strategy. After the notorious political hatchet man Lee Atwater joined Manafort's firm, Atwater masterminded the infamous "Willie Horton" attack ad for George H. W. Bush that doomed Michael Dukakis's race for the presidency.


Veterans: U.S. Attack on Syria Could Lead to Nuclear War "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Veterans For Peace is warning that a U.S. attack on Syria could lead to a nuclear war. Russian military forces in Syria will undoubtedly be among the targets of U.S. missiles.  Russia has said it will shoot down U.S. missiles, and attack the platforms from which they are fired, i.e. U.S. ships.  Why the rush to war? asked Gerry Condon, president of Veterans For Peace.  Why is the mass media cheerleading for war instead of asking hard questions? Why are Democratic and Republican politicians trying to out-do one another with calls for ever more massive attacks on Syria?


It has always been thus "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

We look at the world now and wonder how the alt-right could possibly have any popularity at all such odious ideas, such terrible ignorant people. But the seeds were planted a long time ago. I was just reading Starship Stormtroopers, a 1977 essay by Michael Moorcock, in which he looks back on recent issues in science fiction, colored by the experience of the Vietnam War and the protests against it. I remember that time, and what I think of are the hippies, and campus radicals, and revolutionary music, and peace and love and rejecting bourgeois capitalism. And now I wonder how did that generation grow up to populate the worst, most corrupt, most destructive government in our history?

The answer is right there in that culture of the 60s-70s. We just didnt notice the contradictions imbedded in it, which Moorcock points out in the context of the popular SF readings of the day.

There are still a few things which bring a naive sense of shocked astonishment to me whenever I experience them a church service in which the rituals of Dark Age superstition are performed without any apparent sense of incongruity in the participants a fat Soviet bureaucrat pontificating about bourgeois decadence a radical singing the praises of Robert Heinlein. If I were sitting in a tube train and all the people opposite me were reading Mein Kampf with obvious enjoyment and approval it probably wouldnt disturb me much more than if they were reading Heinlein, Tolkein or Richard Adams. All this visionary fiction seems to me to have a great deal in common. Utopian fiction has been predominantly reactionary in one form or another (as well as being predominantly dull) since it began. Most of it warns the world of decadence in its contemporaries and the alternatives are usually authoritarian and sweeping not to say simple-minded. A look at the books on sale to Cienfuegos customers shows the same old list of Lovecraft and Rand, Heinlein and Niven, beloved of so many people who would be horrified to be accused of subscribing to the Daily Telegraph or belonging to the Monday Club and yet are reading with every sign of satisfaction views by writers who would make Telegraph editorials look like the work of Bakunin and Monday Club members sound like spokesmen for the Paris Commune.

Ouch. I read all of those authors, but at least I can say I came to detest them, with the exception of Lovecraft, which Ive always read as hilariously badly written dystopian kitsch. But otherwise, I agree even Tolkien, who has become even more popular today thanks to that series of wildly successful movies, created a wierdly asexual, regressive, pastoral universe where old traditional values, like aristocracy and kingship, were revered. Moorcock also hammers on that.



Tonga PM Phiva sacks Minister of Internal Affairs Akosita Lavulavu "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Tongan Prime Minister Akilisi Phiva has dismissed his minister who has been charged with various fraud charges, with effect from Wednesday 11 April 2018.

The Minister of Police told Kaniva News Lavulavu could be returned to Cabinet if she is cleared of wrong-doing.

Pohiva wrote to His Majesty Wednesday to revoke her appointment as Minister for Internal Affairs effective from 11 April 2018. The Prime Minister announced this to the media at at Media Conference this morning.

The Hon Prime Minister had tried in several one-on-one meetings with her to convince her to resign voluntarily from Cabinet because of the criminal charges but she refused. Cabinet had also met several times on the issue and the rest of the Cabinet Ministers supported the Hon Prime Ministers request that she should have resigned voluntarily. But she refused. So, the Hon Prime Minister said that he had no choice but to request His Majesty to revoke her appointment, PM Media Advisor Lpeti Senituli told Kaniva News this morning.

He also announced that he had also written to His Majesty to appoint Rev Dr. Tevita Tonga Mohenoa Puloka as Governor of Haapai with immediate effect.

Lavulavu and her husband had been charged after they allegedly committed crimes on August 2014 using forged documents contrary to section 172 of the Criminal Act to support an application by the Unuaki o Tonga Royal Institute to obtain supplementary government funding to assist students.

Police said the Lavulavus were charged after the Auditor Generals office said hundreds of students supposedly attending their private school could not be identified and that the Institute should repay TP$553,800(US$248,207) to the Technical Vocational Education and Training fund (TVET).

They were ordered to appear at Fasi court on 26 March.



Russian military and battleships going on alert in Syrian region "IndyWatch Feed World"

Global Research, April 11, 2018

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The Russian based media Pravda reported on April 11, that Russian warships kicked off naval exercises near the coast of Syria. According to the Moscow Times, The Russian Navy is reportedly scheduled to launch firing drills off the coast of Syria on April 11 (Wednesday) amid fears of an imminent U.S. airstrike against Syria following a suspected chemical attack.
We are at a Dangerous crossroads: According to the report (which has not been addressed by the Western media):  on Wednesday. U.S. President Donald Trump later directly warned Russia that missiles were coming to Syria after blaming Damascus for an alleged deadly gas attack in the town of Douma.

Screenshot of Moscow Times, April 11, 2018

While, Pravda.rus report intimates that Russia Closes Airspace above Syrian Coast, there is however no official confirmation from the Russian Ministry of Defense other than a routine advisory pertaining to the conduct of war games off the Syrian coastline. According to

The message contains coordinates of the closed area and states the fact of firing exercises. The area of the exercises located in international waters of the Mediterranean is adjacent to the sea border of Syria. It will be closed on April...


World War 3: Cabalists Planning to Dump the Goyim Again? - Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs VA "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

by Jonas E. Alexis and Henry Makow Henry Makow has a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Toronto in 1982 and is the author of the best-selling book Cruel Hoax: Feminism & the New World Order. Makow grew up in a Jewish family. Jonas E. Alexis: Creative destruction is our middle name, Jewish Neocon Michael Ledeen []


Trump Misunderstood Xi Jinping: Beijing Not Making Any Concessions Chinese Policy is Made in China 2025 "IndyWatch Feed War"

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In a speech Tuesday, Chinese President Xi Jinping said the worlds second-largest economy would open itself further and reduce import tariffs on products like automobiles, and those comments were seen by some as China blinking in the ongoing trade standoff with the United States. President Donald Trump took to his Twitter account to thank Xi for the latters kind words on tariffs and automobile barriers.

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Addressing Systemic Challenge At The Heart Of Escalating Inequality And Environmental Destruction "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Let me be clear: I recognize that everyone in this room is doing extraordinary work, has devoted your lives to this cause, and are making some real difference but in the main the difference is being made at the margin. The inconvenient truth is that we face a problem beyond politics and reform, beyond good projects and initiatives and campaigns ours is a systemic crisis at the very heart of our 21stcentury political-economy. One of my colleagues is James Gustave Speth an esteemed environmentalist who founded leading U.S. organizations such as the World Resources Institute and the Natural Resources Defense Council, and who served as chairman of the U.S. Council on Environmental Quality and as the administrator of the United Nations Development Programme.


ANALYSIS: May heads into Syria as junior partner to trigger-happy Trump "IndyWatch Feed War"


Theresa May seeks cabinet approval for attacks on Syria - but questions remain over their legality and how meaningful UK action will be


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US Attack on Syria Is Futile But Serves A Purpose "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A US attack on Syria can distract attention from the stormy controversy that may arise if at this point Trump axes Mueller and derails the investigation against him.

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Researchers Use Machine Learning to Quickly Detect Video Face Swaps "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

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We all know that AI can be used to swap faces in photos and videos. People have, of course, taken advantage of this tool for some disturbing uses, including face-swapping people into pornographic videos -- the ultimate revenge porn. But if AI can be used to face swap, can't it also be used to detect when such a practice occurs? According to a new paper on, a new algorithm promises to do just that, identifying forged videos as soon as they are posted online.


Technology Review continues:

But the work also has sting in the tail. The same deep-learning technique that can spot face-swap videos can also be used to improve the quality of face swaps in the first placeand that could make them harder to detect.

The new technique relies on a deep-learning algorithm that [Andreas] Rossler and co have trained to spot face swaps. These algorithms can only learn from huge annotated data sets of good examples, which simply have not existed until now.

So the team began by creating a large data set of face-swap videos and their originals.

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Gold & Silver Price Update: Gold to Break 2016 Peak (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

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Autoridades se rehsan a iniciar investigaciones de muertes violentas como feminicidios: OCNF "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

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Ciudad de Mxico | Desinformmonos. Las autoridades se rehsan a iniciar las investigaciones de las muertes violentas como feminicidios, inicindolas como supuestos suicidios, incluso en las 19 entidades con un tipo penal que cumple total o parcialmente con las caractersticas adecuadas para poder acreditar el delito, denunci el Observatorio Ciudadano Nacional del Feminicidio (OCNF) durante la presentacin del informe Implementacin del tipo penal de femincidio en Mxico: Desafos para acreditar las razones de gnero 2014-2017.

Por otra parte, las investigaciones que s se llevan a cabo carecen de diligencias bsicas que permitan identificar a los agresores, situacin que lleva a que los casos queden en la impunidad, agreg.

De acuerdo con el Observatorio, los asesinatos de mujeres incrementaron 52 por ciento en 2017 respecto a 2015, y en los dos aos se registr un total de 8 mil 904 feminicidios en el pas.

El OCNF acus que gracias a la impunidad estos crmenes han ido en aumento, pues es un aliciente para la continuidad, incremento y agudizacin del delito del femincidio.

Agreg que varios de los casos de feminicidio son cometidos por el crimen organizado en estados como Guerrero, Sinaloa, Morelos o el estado de Mxico, pero que stos tampoco son investigados.

Mara de la Luz Estrada, coordinadora del OCNF, indic que la mayora de las vctimas fueron asesinadas de manera brutal mediante golpes, estrangulamientos, asfixia, quemaduras, envenenamientos, heridas mutilantes y armas de fuego, y posteriormente encontradas en carreteras, terrenos baldos, hoteles, bares, hospitales, restaurantes y otros espacios pblicos, mientras que 30 por ciento de las vctimas fueron halladas en sus hogares.

Estrada lament que gran parte de los asesinatos pudieron haberse evitado si las autoridades hubieran generado los mecanismos de proteccin necesarios para las vctimas que denunciaron previamente la violencia de la que eran objeto.

El estudio fue realizado por el OCNF y Catlicas por el Derecho a Decidir, y lleg a sus conclusiones a travs de la revisin de datos oficiales y por medio de solicitudes de informacin, anlisis de los informes de las alertas de gnero emitidas y cifras del secretariado ejecutivo del Sistema Nacional de Seguridad Pblica.

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Sixth Amendment Undermined in Louisiana "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Trump Tougher on Russia Than Obama? (Dan)

The Intercepts Glenn Greenwald seems to think so. Heres his evidence.

Why Is Trump Devaluing His Properties? (Reader Steve)

Its certainly not to pay lower taxes on his properties across the nation. President Trump wouldnt do something like that.

The US Empire Has Been Trying To Regime Change Syria Since Long Before 2011 (Reader Luke)

The author writes, If you start asking them [proponents of military intervention] Hey dont you think its a little odd that the government were all freaking out about right now just so happens to be one thats been a target for regime change by US defense and intelligence agencies since long before any of this started? they get real squirmy all of a sudden.

The Strike on Syria Guessing Game (Dan)

President Trumps governance-by-unpredictability is again on full display concerning potential missile strikes on Syria. Trump tweeted that a strike may be imminent. Or maybe not. In fact, there could be no strike at all.

Mike Pompeo Could Go Down If Senate Democrats Decide to Fight (Jimmy)

Today is former CIA director Mike Pompeos senate confirmation hearing for secretary of State. Will Democratic senators put up a fight?

Showing They Learned Nothing From Iraq, Corporate Media Help Beat War Drums for Trump Attack on Syria (Jimmy)

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Finance ministry offers overtaxation protection to occasional workers for 2017 income "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Greeces Finance Ministry submitted a regulation to the Parliament offering tax protection to occasional workers with low annual income. The regulation refers to incomes obtained in 2017 and was submitted ahead of the tax declarations to be made in coming weeks of 2018. The regulation allows low-income tax payers who had occasional employment in 2017

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