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Friday, 15 December


(IN)SECURE Magazine issue 56 released "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

(IN)SECURE Magazine is a free digital security publication discussing some of the hottest information security topics. Issue 56 has been released today. Table of contents How consumers, enterprises and insurance providers tackle cyber risk Industrial cyber insurance comes of age The modern challenges of cyber liability Rethinking corporate risk practices in the cyber age Cyber insurances inevitable evolution into risk management services As cyber risks enter the top three global business risks, the insurance industry More


Preventing good containers from going bad "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Containers go bad everyday, and often without warning. All it takes is one CVE impacting an image, and now all containers deployed using this image are at an increased level of risk of compromise. As the use of containers becomes a standard practice, existing software development and security methodologies will need to better support developing, running, and managing applications made possible by containerization. The security risks associated with containerized software delivery has become a hot More


Locals fear for their lives over planned dam in Indonesias Leuser Ecosystem "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

ACEH TAMIANG, Indonesia Maksum, a resident of Aceh Tamiang district in northern Sumatra, Indonesia, can still vividly recall when a flash flood hit the area 11 years ago this month. The 2006 disaster left a trail of destruction in its wake, claiming the lives of 28 people and forcing more than 200,000 from their homes. Today, he is increasingly concerned that a similar catastrophe looms on the horizon one driven not by natural forces, but by a massive hydroelectric power plant planned for construction here. The 428-megawatt (MW) dam will be 173.5 meters (570 feet) high, with a reservoir capacity of 697.4 million cubic meters (24.6 billion cubic feet). The plans also call for the flooding of 40 square kilometers (15.4 square miles) of land in the Leuser Ecosystem, one of the worlds largest expanses of tropical rainforest and an ecological hotspot celebrated as the last place on Earth where orangutans, rhinos, tigers and elephants coexist in the wild. Maksum, like the majority of residents here, lives near the banks of the Tamiang River, which will be blocked to fill the reservoir. For him, the dam only portends disaster. We dont want [the dam to be built] because if the dam collapses, itll become a bomb, he said. And the Aceh Tamiang people already went through a flash flood on December 22, 2006. We dont want another disaster to hit us again because it will destroy our development. The Leuser Ecosystem in Indonesias Aceh province, in northern Sumatra.

Land reclamation threatens extremely rare spoon-billed sandpipers in China "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

One of the worlds rarest birds the tiny spoon-billed sandpiper  could soon lose a critical habitat to land reclamation projects, warns a new report by Greenpeace. Every year, the reddish-brown spoon-billed sandpiper (Eurynorhynchus pygmeus) makes a 5,000-mile long journey, flying from its breeding grounds in Arctic Russia to its wintering sites in places like southern China, Bangladesh and Myanmar. On the way, the bird makes a crucial three-month stopover at Tiaozini mudflats in Jiangsu province on Chinas eastern coast. This is the single most important site for the species, ornithologist Nigel Clark told Mongabay. The birds rely on the mudflats and wetlands not only for their annual moult a period when they replace all their wing feathers but also to refuel and to find refuge. The coastal site is also important for the birds during their journey back to the Russian breeding grounds. Moreover, Tiaozini is a critical habitat for other endangered birds like the Nordmanns greenshank (Tringa guttifer) and the black-faced spoonbill (Platalea minor). The Tiaozini mudflats, however, could soon be gone. Spoon-billed sandpiper. Photo by JJ Harrison via Wikimedia Commons (CC BYSA 3.0) According to Greenpeace, the Jiangsu provincial government has already converted about 67.5 square kilometers (~26 square miles) of Tiaozinis coastal waters into land by filling the area with soil and rocks. The mudflats and marshes that were once haven for waterbirds are now hard land. The government plans to reclaim another 599.5 square kilometers of Tiaozini by 2020. Wetlands destruction is one of the main

Floods and landslides hit Philippines, evacuations as Urduja becomes a tropical storm "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Tropical Depression "Urduja" strengthened into a tropical storm, internationally known as Kai-Tak, early Thursday, December 14, 2017, on its way toward Samar Province, the Philippines. The cyclone is already causing floods and landslides, prompting...... Read more

African Parks backs marine reserve brimming with wildlife in Mozambique "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A sliver of ocean on the Southern Africa coast is getting a new chance at success thanks to an agreement announced Dec. 6. The National Administration of Conservation Areas of Mozambique has enlisted the help of the conservation NGO African Parks, which manages more than a dozen protected areas in eight other countries on the continent, to run Bazaruto Archipelago National Park for the next 25 years. The organizations hope the move will jumpstart tourism in the park and help safeguard its resident wildlife, including hundreds of species of birds, reptiles, mammals and fish. Bazaruto has the tremendous opportunity to show how a national park can create a conservation-led economy, where the protection and management of wildlife and their habitats not only ecologically restores the park, but can create economic benefits for local communities, said Peter Fearnhead, the CEO of South Africa-based African Parks, in a statement. Reef manta rays (Manta alfredi), pictured here in the Maldives, are found along Mozambiques southern coast. Photo by Shiyam ElkCloner (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons. The government set aside the 1,430-square-kilometer (552-square-mile) reserve in 1971. In an email to African Parks supporters, Fearnhead described Bazaruto as a critical sanctuary for numerous species of marine megafauna including dolphins, sharks, whales, whale sharks, manta rays and turtles. Around 2,000 fish species call the park home, along with some of the last remaining dugongs (Dugong dugon) in the western Indian Ocean, according to African Parks. The dugong, or sea cow, is an IUCN-listed

For Papuan villagers practicing conservation, a bid to formalize the familiar "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

TAMBRAUW, Indonesia It took more than two hours by boat, through a driving rain, to reach the village of Saubeba from the nearest large town of Sausapor in Indonesias West Papua province. There, locals had gathered to discuss a government-backed plan to designate Tambrauw district, of which Saubeba is a part, a conservation zone. On paper, at least, this would seem a no-brainer: 80 percent of the districts nearly 11,400 square kilometers (4,400 square miles) is lush forest that falls within existing conservation or protected areas; its coast is a hatching ground for the rare leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), and its rainforests home to exotic birds-of-paradise (family: Paradisaeidae). The idea to officially designate the entire district a conservation zone came in 2011, following the election of Gabriel Asem as district chief. Tambrauw itself was only established in 2008, as part of the newly formed administrative province of West Papua. Map of West Papua province (green). Photo courtesy of Bwmodular/Wikimedia Commons. Gathered in the downpour that November day in Saubeba, representatives of the various indigenous communities living in the area discussed with local authorities what the conservation designation would mean, not just for the district but also their way of life. Many of us here still dont understand what conservation means, its still unfamiliar [to us], said Bernadus Yewen, a community leader. If it means protecting the forest, then weve been doing it since the time of our ancestors. It was a sentiment widely shared by the others in

The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: December 6 - 12, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

New activity/unrest was reported for 6 volcanoes between December 6 and 12, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 16 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Agung, Bali (Indonesia) | Kanlaon, Philippines | Klyuchevskoy, Central Kamchatka (Russia) |...... Read more

Bees for trees: testing a potential tool for reducing human-elephant conflict "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

When times are tough for elephants, knocking over a tree may be the best way to get at the food resources it offers. Trees with bees, however, may avoid damage by hungry elephants, even during a drought. A recent study in South Africas Kruger National Park has found that hanging beehives containing African honeybees from tree branches may protect specific trees and their branches from damage by hungry elephants. Elephants eat tree leaves, branches, and bark, as well as fruits and grass. Photo credit: Sue Palminteri Tree damaged by elephants in Kruger National Park. Photo credit: Sue Palminteri Elephants are known as ecosystem engineers for effectively dispersing large seeds of a variety of trees and for altering their environment by pushing and pulling down trees and branches. This latter behavior may benefit other grazing wildlife and maintain natural grasslands but can be destructive where space for elephants is restricted. As poaching and human-wildlife conflict increasingly threaten populations of elephants and other large mammals, animals crowd into ever-smaller patches of native vegetation, and wildlife managers have turned to protecting them within enclosed reserves. Reserve managers are, however, concerned that the resulting increase in elephant densities and compressing of their natural movement patterns may eliminate large, valuable trees. Earlier studies in southern Africa found that placing wire netting around tree trunks helps to deter elephants from stripping the bark from the tree. However, it does not prevent uprooting or damage to branches. Protecting trees with bees an experiment In response to requests

How will Trump Admin policy rollbacks impact efforts to combat climate change? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Given that Donald Trump tweeted in 2012 that he believes concern about global warming is the result of a ploy by China to make American manufacturing less competitive, and then in a 2014 tweet explicitly called global warming a hoax, it was no surprise when his administration moved aggressively to undo the climate actions taken by former President Barack Obama. Trump began exploring ways to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement before he was even sworn into office, and announced on June 1, 2017 that he was officially pursuing withdrawal from the pact signed and ratified by Obama. The soonest any country can formally withdraw is four years after the Paris Agreement went into effect, or 2020 but Trump made it clear at the G20 summit in July that the US would immediately cease any effort to honor the emissions reduction plan (known as a nationally determined contribution or NDC) that the Obama Administration committed to in ratifying the accord. Under Trump, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking to repeal the Clean Power Plan, a key component of Obamas climate legacy that sets limits on greenhouse gas emissions from electricity generation, and has gutted numerous other rules and regulations aimed at drawing down emissions, reducing our use of fossil fuels, and otherwise protecting the environment. So what impact will this climate action rollback have? A new analysis from the World Resources Institute (WRI) seeks to answer that question by looking at seven different

Explosion at Cleveland volcano, ash to 6 km (20 000 feet) a.s.l. "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A new explosion was detected at Cleveland volcano, Alaska at 13:20 UTC on December 13, 2017. AVO raised the Aviation Color Code back to Orange. The explosion produced an eruption cloud that was observed in satellite data to an altitude of 6 km (20 000 feet) a.s.l....... Read more

Strong and shallow M6.5 earthquake near Bouvet Island, South Atlantic "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.5 hit near Bouvet Island, South Atlantic Ocean at 18:03 UTC on December 13, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 15.1 km (9.4 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.5 and a preliminary depth of 300 km (186...... Read more

Mining concessions in Ecuador stalled over compliance with indigenous rights "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

QUITO, Ecuador Indigenous communities in Ecuador celebrated this week after President Lenin Moreno announced Monday that the government would come down harder on oil and mining companies that dont comply with the countrys social and environmental laws. New mining concessions are now stalled until the companies can prove theyve complied with all regulations under the constitution. This includes article 57, which states that indigenous groups have the right to free and prior consultation before extractive projects take place near their land. This was just one of the agreements President Moreno reached with the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE), the countrys largest indigenous organization. Indigenous groups like CONAIE and the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of the Ecuadorian Amazon (CONFENIAE) seemed content with this new agreement, even though both groups had previously firmly demanded that oil and minerals stay in the ground and that extraction activities in the Amazon stop immediately. Morenos announcement came after his government started receiving more pressure from indigenous groups, demanding it respond to concerns they raised over five months ago. Indigenous protesters in Ecuador. Photo by Kimberley Brown/Mongabay. One of these pressures came in the form of a massive protest on Monday. Over 3,000 indigenous people from across the country gathered in front of the presidential palace in Quito, and banged drums, chanted and shouted anti-government slogans for almost six hours. Most of those present were indigenous nations from the Amazon rainforest, but people came in from all over the country, and included the

Brazil / UK push offshore oil pact, a potential climate change disaster "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Exploitation of the pre-salt layer off the coast of Brazil could result in the burning of a carbon reserve equivalent to the release of 74.8 billion tons of carbon into the atmosphere, potentially compromising the Paris Agreement goal to keep average global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit). Photo by nate2b on / CC BY-NC-ND Opposing forces within the Temer administration are engaged in a tug-of-war over Brazils dire need to slash greenhouse gas emissions, and its desire to unleash an orgy of deep water drilling off the countrys coast to hugely profit transnational oil companies. Similar is Great Britains divided mind, which at the COP23 Climate Summit last month recommitted to its carbon reduction goals, while plotting a deal to help BP, Shell and other firms drill for 176 billion barrels of Brazilian crude. Pulling in one direction is Brazils Ministry of the Environment which says it is standing firm against fossil fuel exploration expansion the ministry, through its communications office, told Mongabay that it is working to fulfill Brazilian carbon cut commitments made under the Paris Agreement, which was ratified by Brazil on 12 December. Pulling forcefully in the opposite direction is Brazils Presidency of the Republic, with the support of the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME). Both are working aggressively for approval of Provisional Measure (PM) 795/2017 that provides gigantic tax exemption to foreign oil companies operating in deep water offshore in what is known as

Arctic air plunges into the Great Lakes, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Arctic air dropping through the northern and eastern U.S. and a storm off the east coast will bring periods of snow, very cold wind chills and hazardous traveling conditions from the Upper Great Lakes to the Northeast today, December 13, 2017. Maximum temperatures...... Read more

Mich nervt ja die Geringschtzung der Medien fr ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Mich nervt ja die Geringschtzung der Medien fr ihre eigenen Inhalte.

Der Wert kommt nur noch aus dem "ERSTER!!!1!"

Das war frher ein Running Gag in Webforen, dass immer jemand der Erste sein wollte, der kommentiert. Und so betrachten sich heute auch die Medien.

Schon die Nachrichten von heute morgen sind hufig nicht mehr angezeigt. Wenn man wissen will, was diese Woche so passiert ist? Nicht vorgesehen. Die Tagesschau hat einen Ticker. Aber was ist mit letzter Woche?

Was waren die Meldungen vom Oktober diesen Jahres?

Ist das nicht wichtig? Ist das nicht unsere Geschichte? Ist das nicht wichtig fr die Einordnung von Dingen?

Unsere Nachrichten sind eine Wegwerfgesellschaft.

Wusstet ihr, dass jngere Brder 33% wahrscheinlicher ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Wusstet ihr, dass jngere Brder 33% wahrscheinlicher schwul sind als ltere?

Stellt sich raus: Eine Immunreaktion der schwangeren Mutter lst das aus.

Die Wissenschaftler hatten das Blut von 54 Frauen untersucht, deren Shne homosexuell waren, und es mit dem Blut von 72 Mttern verglichen, die heterosexuelle Shne hatten. Erstere hatten deutlich grere Mengen eines bestimmten Antikrpers im Blut, fanden sie heraus.
Und nicht nur das: Je mehr Shne eine Frau bekommen hat, desto mehr dieser Antikrper zirkulieren im Blut.

Dieser Effekt kann aber zusammengenommen nur von 15% der schwulen Mnner erklren. Das ist also nur ein kleiner Puzzlestein.

Krasses Urteil: LG Berlin: Demosanitter wegen Versto ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Krasses Urteil: LG Berlin: Demosanitter wegen Versto gegen Vermummungs- (Atemmaske) und das Schutzwaffenverbot (Helm) verurteilt.

Demo-Sanitter sind Ersthelfer, Sanitter oder rzte. Gruppen wie die Riot Medics Berlin und die Leftwing Demonstration Medics agieren meist zu sechst. Sie halten sich mitten in oder am Rande einer Demonstration auf und helfen beispielsweise, wenn Teilnehmer der Protestveranstaltungen Pfefferspray abbekommen haben. Wir verstehen uns nicht als Teil der Demonstration, sagte der Angeklagte am Mittwoch vor Gericht. Wir wollen nicht unsere Meinung kundtun, sondern einzig verletzte Menschen versorgen.
Das sah die Richterin anders. Wer als Demo-Sanitter zu einer Versammlung geht, fand sie, der wolle sich politisch engagieren und sei daher auch Teilnehmer. Und wenn Sanitter mitlaufen, frdere das die Gewaltbereitschaft der Demonstranten.

Und dann kam noch ein Widerstand gegen einen Vollstreckungsbeamten dazu, und eine versuchte Gefangenenbefreiung.

Polizisten hatten ausgesagt, in einer unbersichtlichen Situation whrend einer Sitzblockade habe der Angeklagte einen Polizisten gestoen und an der Schulter gezogen, der gerade dabei war einen Demonstranten festzunehmen.

Die Antikorruptions-Aktion in Saudi Arabien sieht bei ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Die Antikorruptions-Aktion in Saudi Arabien sieht bei nherer Betrachtung wie ein Shakedown aus. Die Regierung locht irgendeinen Prinzen ein, und lsst ihn gegen ein "Settlement" raus. Und wir reden hier nicht von ein paar 10k Dollar, nein!

Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, one of the most senior Saudi royals detained in the kingdoms corruption crackdown, has been released after reaching a settlement deal believed to exceed the equivalent of $1 billion, an official involved in the anti-graft campaign said.
Mal eben eine Milliarde Strafe, das lppert sich. Insgesamt wollen die Saudis damit wohl so um die 100 Milliarden zusammenerpressen. Das ist grenordnungsmig einmal deren Staatsverschuldung.

Da muss man sich doch fragen, wenn Korruption sich so doll lohnt, wieso Deutschland nicht auch solche Strafen aufruft. Da knnte man direkt aufhren, die Normalbevlkerung zu besteuern!

Erinnert ihr euch an Mirai?Diese furchtbare DDoS-Attacke, ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Erinnert ihr euch an Mirai?

Diese furchtbare DDoS-Attacke, die das Internet gettet hat? Der Cyberwar? Die Russen kamen? Wir werden alle strben? Ja?

Nun, das waren doch nicht die Russen. Das waren ein paar Kids, die ein paar Minecraft-Server plattmachen wollten.

Hacker hacken Den Twitter-Account von Anderson ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Hacker hacken Den Twitter-Account von Anderson Cooper (CNN).

CNN says Anderson Coopers Twitter account was hacked after a since-removed tweet from his handle called the president a tool and a pathetic loser following Democrat Doug Jones win in Alabamas Senate election.
Wow das ist aber mal ein vorausschauender Hacker, der soviel Geduld und Ausdauer hat, bis zu so einer Gelegenheit zu warten!

Three Palestinians injured after Israeli planes sprayed farmlands with toxins in Gaza (IMEMC-International Middle East Media Center) "IndyWatch Feed World"

14/12/2017 - Israeli army planes sprayed, Wednesday 29 November, Palestinian farmland in the eastern part of the Gaza Strip, with toxins and chemicals, wounding three Palestinians. Medical sources in Gaza said the ...

'It took them 10 minutes to destroy what I built in a lifetime': Issam Rajbi in East Jerusalem (Orly Noy ) "IndyWatch Feed World"

14/12/2017 - Ever since the Rajbi family home was demolished by Israeli authorities two weeks ago, the children have been staying with relatives, while the father sleeps in a tin hut next to the rubble. This ...

John Lennons Most Radical Message (John W. Whitehead) "IndyWatch Feed World"

14/12/2017 - You gotta remember, establishment, its just a name for evil. The monster doesnt care whether it kills all the students or whether theres a revolution. Its not thinking ...

The Smart Weapons Fallacy: Civilian Casualties From Precision Air Strikes in Iraq and Syria (Patrick Cockburn) "IndyWatch Feed World"

14/12/2017 - The final elimination of Isis in Iraq and Syria is close, but welcome though the defeat of these monstrous movements may be, it has only been achieved at the cost of great destruction ...

Israeli Rabbi calls for finishing off wounded Palestinians (PNN) "IndyWatch Feed World"

14/12/2017 - A rabbi urged Israeli occupation forces to finish off wounded Palestinians who carry out resistance attacks and to refrain from providing them with medical treatment or first aid, leaving ...

Israel raids three Palestinian villages where hundreds are slated to be expelled from their homes (Amira Hass ) "IndyWatch Feed World"

13/12/2017 - Soldiers collected residents' identity cards and held two for questioning for two hours. Army says it conducted checks after receiving intelligence information People watch as the unrecognized Bedouin ...

The Palestinian cause and Al-Aqsa Mosque are in mortal danger (Hassan Nasrallah ) "IndyWatch Feed World"

13/12/2017 - Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayed Hassan Nasrallah's speech on December 7th, 2017, following Donald Trump's decision to recognize Al-Quds (Jerusalem) as the capital of Israel Transcript [...] The ...

Were fed up with your protests (Gideon Levy ) "IndyWatch Feed World"

13/12/2017 - The 'recommendations bill' for this Israel will take to the streets. But what they should do is to come out en masse against Trumps insane plan to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem ...


2019: Again, Ibori Declares Support For Okowas Second Term Bid "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Okowa and Ibori

LAGOS DECEMBER 14TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Former Delta State governor, Chief James Onanefe Ibori, on Wednesday called on the people of the state, to continue to support Governor Ifeanyi Okowas administration.
He made it clear that he and other political leaders were backing him to continue beyond 2019.
Ibori made the remarks during the maiden products exhibition and business fair of the states Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP) and Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP) held at the Cenotaph in Asaba, the Delta State capital.
The event also had the Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, in attendance.
Speaking directly to Okowa, Ibori said: I am pleased that you have invited me and my duty is to pray for you. The day Deltans voted for you, they did so with the confidence that you will deliver, and you are delivering.
I am a Deltan and I do have a voice on matters that border on the peace and progress of Delta State.
I may be watching from the sidelines, but I want to say again that you (Okowa) are doing well. At the end of your eight-year tenure, Delta State will be better for it. Your Excellency, we are solidly behind you.
Ibori also commended the Okowa administration for empowering y...


Trey Gowdy Blasts Rod Rosenstein, 1940 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

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Tucker Blasts Strzoks Emails, 1941 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

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Ex Spy Chief Admits War With Trump 1938 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

- Virtual Shield VPN - the easiest way to create a home VPN. Go to: Good evening, Im still reporting on: Ex Spy Chief Admits War With Trump 1938 Synopsis: Mike Morell, the former DCI Director, Central Intelligence in an interview in Politico is in essence waving a white flag of surrender to President Trump and begging for mercy for all the Deep State to see. Morell admits that his role in helping to politicize the intelligence community against President Trump was something he and other Deep State spooks didnt think through. Morell, infamously said in a 2016 NYT op-ed that he was committed to helping Hillary Clinton by doing: " everything I can to ensure that she is elected as our 45th president." But he went completely over the edge by saying that candidate Trump was: a threat to our national security. But it gets worse. Morell even said: in the intelligence business, we would say that Mr. Putin had recruited Mr. Trump as an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation. This one statement made Mr. Morell unclearable for the rest of his natural life. This one statement opened the door to the most inept smoke-and mirrors job in intelligence history trying to hide the treasonous relationship between the former Secretary of State and the Russians particularly the Uranium One deal. Smoke and mirrors is one of the oldest disinformation tricks in the spy business blame your political opponent with the crimes you, yourself, have committed in an attempt to divert sufficient attention so that you can get away with your crimes. Well, this set of crimes goes under the treason category, and Mr. Morell knows it, so he wants to be the first one into the life boat. The question is; what drives an entire group of highly-educated, highly-cleared group of top intelligence officials think that they could get away with placing a criminal cabal permanently at the head of the government of the United States of America? Only the memoirs of these guys over the next decade will tell that tale. Support Our Sponsors: - Virtual Shield VPN - the easiest way to create a home VPN. Go to: - Nobel Gold: Protect Your Money With Gold - Click Here- Or Call - 877-646-5347 - Jeevy Computers: Move up to business-level computer protection. 800-844-8613 - Trade Genius Academy: Learn the safe, sure way to trade. - Virtual Shield VPN - the easiest way to create a home VPN. Go to: - SeaShell Diamond Gallery, Custom Fine Jewelry Made in Hawaii. 808-338-9988; - PrepareWithBill - Food Storage You Can Depend On. 888-756-8727 - Kangen Water, ionized, alkaline water, website: - Rugged Reserves, home of the solar-powered tactical flashlight with...


The Horror of Sexual Abuse Must Stop... The Upsurge Against It Is Just. Are We at a Turning | Revolution Books forum "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Film of a forum held at Revolution Books, NYC on the upsurge against sexual abuse and the big questions it raises. Speakers were Fran Luck, founder and executive producer of "Joy of Resistance: Multicultural Feminist Radio (WBAI)," and Sunsara Taylor, co-initiator of; a leader on the frontlines of the movement to end pornography and patriarchy; advocate for Bob Avakian's new communism. Moderator: Andy Zee.


Roy Moore Loses in a Close Race, 1939 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

- Rugged Reserves, home of the solar-powered tactical flashlight with a 100% lifetime guarantee. Call 800-621-7902. Website: Good evening, Im still reporting on: Roy Moore Loses in a Close Race, 1939 Synopsis: Well, I was wrong. Roy did not win the Alabama special election for US Senate in a landslide. He lost in a close one by 1.7%. But guess what? Had certain Republicans not encouraged the Republicans of Alabama to write in the names of other people Roy Moores total would come to 673,255 a healthy 2,104 votes more than the Democrat. But there were other factors at work. 1. Blatant race baiting by the Dems, resulting in a record black turnout. 2. Strong RINO opposition initiated by Jeb Bush aide Tim Miller and Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell. 3. A very effective hit-and-run sex smear campaign which the MSM enabled and regurgitated day after day. 4. This led to low turnouts in the Monster Trump vote. 5. Moore had a record of high unfavorable and very close elections in the past. He also made frequent missteps, like comments on slavery and no need for amendments beyond the 10th amendment to the US Constitution. 6. Moore pulled a Hillary by taking off for the final few days of the campaign, probably due to overconfidence. 7. Bottom line: this was a very special election with a very special candidate, significantly hobbled by his past then exaggerated effectively by the Dems. Support Our Sponsors: - Virtual Shield VPN - the easiest way to create a home VPN. Go to: - Nobel Gold: Protect Your Money With Gold - Click Here- Or Call - 877-646-5347 - Jeevy Computers: Move up to business-level computer protection. 800-844-8613 - Trade Genius Academy: Learn the safe, sure way to trade. - Virtual Shield VPN - the easiest way to create a home VPN. Go to: - SeaShell Diamond Gallery, Custom Fine Jewelry Made in Hawaii. 808-338-9988; - PrepareWithBill - Food Storage You Can Depend On. 888-756-8727 - Kangen Water, ionized, alkaline water, website: - Rugged Reserves, home of the solar-powered tactical flashlight with a 100% lifetime guarantee. Call 800-621-7902. Website: - - Denas Pair Relief Store - exclusive importers of the Denas PCM 6 portable pain relief device. Call Coach Jimmy at 503-395-4142, or check the 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!...


Pemex, con enorme plantilla laboral y pobre productividad "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

Comparada con otras petroleras, la produccin de barriles por trabajador es menor en Pemex, cada uno produce 23.9 barriles de crudo al da. Regeneracin, 14 de diciembre de 2017.- Petrleos Mexicanos (Pemex) tiene una plantilla laboral enorme y una productividad muy pobre.De 2012 a 2016 el recorte fue de 13 mil 736 plazas y al cierre []

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2019: Im not after Osinbajos job Tinubu "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has described as fake news a newspaper report that More


Brian Molko described as obscene sparked controversy at the beginning of Placebos career because Molko wore dresses and make-up in public and talked openly about sex, sexuality and drug use. "IndyWatch Feed World"

Placebo are an alternative rock band, formed in London, England in 1994 by singer-guitarist Brian Molko and guitarist-bassist Stefan Olsdal. The band were soon joined by drummer Robert Schultzberg, who left in 1996 due to conflicts with Molko and was replaced the same year by Steve Hewitt.

Placebo gained exposure in 1997, after releasing Nancy Boy, a song which Brian Molko described as obscene. The band has sparked controversy at the beginning of their career because Molko wore dresses and make-up in public and talked openly about sex, sexuality and drug use.

Placebo collaborated with various artists over the years, including David BowieJustin WarfieldMichael Stipe and Alison Mosshart.

Hewitt left Placebo in 2007, due to personal and musical differences. He was replaced the following year by Steve Forrest. Placebo released two albums with Forrest, who left in 2015 to pursue his own musical career. Since 2015, Placebo perform as a duo with four additional live musicians on stage.

Placebo utilise androgynous images and lyrical content. To date, they have released seven studio albums, all of which have reached the top 20 in the United Kingdom, and have sold around 11 million records worldwide.



Tinubu may become Nigerias vice president in 2019 as Osinbajo prepares to go back to pastoral work. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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The perpetual warmonger Tom Cotton "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Wall Street Journal interview with Sen. Tom Cotton was a useful reminder that he is every bit as fanatical on foreign policy as he seems to be: When it comes to America's present challenges-from Iran to North Korea, China to Russia, Syria to Ukraine-Mr. Cotton, a conservative Republican, is squarely on Team [Teddy] Roosevelt. "There is always a military option," he says. "That is the case everywhere in the world." There might technically be a "military option" in every case, but only madmen would always prefer that option over the alternatives. One of the many problems with Cotton's worldview is that he favors military action when none is needed and other responses would either be more effective or less costly or both. The only military intervention he can bring himself to criticize is the Libyan war, and then only because it gives him a chance to score points on Obama for not intervening more aggressively in Syria:


Its amazing what theyll just come out and say on YouTube "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Roy Moore lost the election in Alabama, but he refuses to concede. Hes put out a video explaining why. Its revolting.

After a brief nod to the fact that theyre still counting some military ballots (wont make a difference to the outcome), he gets around to the real reason. Its too important to God to allow godless sodomites to have a say in an election. We have to stop abortion, homosexuals, and men who claim to be women, and we need to have prayer in the schools, and Immorality sweeps over our land! To preserve our republic and honor the Constitution, he is going to deny the outcome of an election. Well, gosh, can we also deny the outcome of the last presidential election simply because the asshole-in-chief is an affront to morality?

I dont think he understands the concept of a republic. Remember that next time some theocrat runs for office their intent is to destroy that institution.

Hey, you know who else doesnt understand anything? Carl Benjamin, aka Sargon of Akkad. Benjamin really is a Nazi at heart. He did a hangout with another alt-right fuckwit, MillennialWoes, and they let it all hang out. What is he afraid of?

Youve got diversity in everythingits terrifying, isnt it?

Hes terrified becausewhat? Brown people and gay people and women might also get employed and share equal status with his pale right-wing brothers? This is a blatantly racist, anti-egalitarian statement and he probably wouldnt consider my criticism a rebuke, but something to be proud of.

Hes also afraid of SJWs, because theyre a fucking massive problem. We have a terrible great power.

the reason thousands of young girls are getting raped is not because the police didnt want to do something or couldnt do something. It was because they were afraid of social justice warriors calling them racist.

That doesnt even make sense. Say or do something racist, and someone might rightly say to you that youre a racist, therefore the problem ispeople able to point out reality? A policeman might shoot an unarmed black man to death, but thats OK the real horror to a Sargoonian is that someone might point to a pattern of such incidents and declare that there is clear evidence of racist oppression. Say it right out loud, in public!

So we need to silence those goddamn SJWs.

The worst case scenario fo...


The two Hayeks: Madame Pinault (finally) speaks out on Weinstein "IndyWatch Feed War"

Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed Mexican actress Selma Hayek for a decade. She finally spoke out in a NYT article, Harvey Weinstein Is My Monster Too. I had already mentioned that Im done with the sex scandals, but Ill make an exception. Clearly, it took a of of agonizing for Hayek to come forward. As the []


The Me Too Movement, Sexual Politics and Unnatural Justice "IndyWatch Feed War"

The overthrow of iniquitous power relations is a point many would celebrate. But such overthrows are themselves marked by the contradiction of their origins. Any revolution must, by its very nature, suffer inconsistency, defeats and weaknesses.

In the United States, a different sort of sexual revolution is taking place.  It is not linked to liberation in the way sex was linked to the emancipation of the body in previous decades. There is something distinctly sombre, calculating, and determinedly forceful about the movement to wrest control from men who generally have had it good in the power stakes. Cloaks and covers are being blown.

The problem with such matters is that the allegation has started to assume a substitute force of conviction. It has become sufficient for individuals to lose their positions because allegations, untested by the wearing rigour of cross-examination and investigation, have assumed the force of de facto law.

Even within this accelerating movement, there are disagreements about how far one should go in dismembering the order and its attributes. Are some of the figures being scalped in this business receiving unjust attention?

Take last months disagreement shown by Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner behind the series Girls, both taking to the barricades defending a friend and writer on the show, Murray Miller, against the accusations of Aurora Perrineau.

To be fair to Perrineau, she has not left it at a mere accusation, hoping to get away with easy gain. According to Deputy Charles Moore of the LA County Sheriffs Department, she has gone so far as to file a police report against Miller citing sexual assault.

Miller, through his lawyer, rubbished the claims, deeming them outrageous. But the point of interest here, at least from the heady consequences arising from Me Too righteousness, is the disagreement it has caused those who would otherwise have taken the torches to the bundles.

Dunham and Konner are careful to pay appropriate tribute.  During the windfall of deeply necessary accusations over the last few months in Hollywood, we have been thrilled to see so many womens voices heard and dark experiences in this industry justified.

As with every feminist, claimed the...


Draining of the Swamp: PBS suspends Tavis Smiley for multiple sexual misconduct "IndyWatch Feed"

I knew it! As with Charlie Rose, I had a visceral reaction to PBS late-night talk show host Tavis Smiley when I first saw him many years ago. For Rose, my reaction was an inexplicable revulsion; for Smiley, who was Continue reading


Kick them outlet them abdicate !! "IndyWatch Feed World"

Republicans said the Queen was guilty of scandalous mismanagement of royal finances over six decades

Campaigners have renewed calls for the monarchy to be abolished after it was revealed that taxpayer funding of the royal family is set to soar by up to 66 per cent to enable the Queen to renovate Buckingham Palace.

The Government has agreed to increase the royal grant to cover the 396 million cost of the refurbishment.

The funding was agreed by the Prime Minister, the Chancellor and the Keeper of the Privy Purse, who together act as the Royal Trustees who determine how much public money is given to the royal family.

In a report they said Buckingham Palace was in urgent need of a major overhaul to avoid the very real danger of catastrophic failure leading to fire or flood.

This would result in incalculable damage, they added.

But republican campaigners said the decision was an absolute disgrace and called for the public grant given to the Queen to be stripped right back.

Graham Smith, chief executive of anti-monarchy group Republic, said: This is an absolute disgrace. An indictment on the Queens scandalous mismanagement of royal finances over six decades.

MPs have repeatedly called on the palace to fund repairs by opening up to tourists all year round and theyve refused. If the royals cant look after the buildings and raise their own revenue to fund maintenance, its time to give them up.

The royals cost the taxpayer over 334m a year and that keeps going up. We need independent inquiry and full disclosure into their spending. The monarchys costs need to be stripped right back, put the institution on a proper budgetary footing and allow parliament to approve the budget each year.

The Queen is reported to have around 300m in personal wealth, while land owned by the monarchy is thought to be worth more than 7bn. The royals also receive hundreds of millions of pounds from taxpayers each year.

The renovation of Buckingham Palace will see 100 miles of electric cables being replaced, along with 6,500 electrical sockets, 5,000 light fittings and 2,500 radiators. Some 30,000 square miles of floorboards will be taken up.

Parts of the Palaces plumbing, electric cabling and heating have not been updated since just after the Second World War.

The Queen will remain in residence while the renovation work is carried out and official functions will continue as usual.

A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace said: The 10-year phased refit will address the essential building services on which the Palace depends.

Miles of ageing cables, lead piping, electrical wiring and boilers will be replaced, ma...


Demolition of a Madrassa Triggers Tensions, Violence in Jammu "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Nomadic Muslim communities allege that they are being specifically targeted by the governments eviction drive.

Hari Market in Jammu. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Hari Market in Jammu. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Srinagar: The demolition of a madrassa by government authorities in Jammu on December 4 has led to fresh accusations of selective targeting against the BJP government in the region where families from the Gujjar and Bakerwal communities, living in forests and other peripheral areas for decades, face an eviction threat under the guise of development and retrieval of encroached state land.

Employees of the Jammu Development Authority (JDA) bulldozed the madrassa in the Gool Gujjar area, barely five km from the main city, leading to protests and violent clashes. Despite the government ordering the transfer of a senior police officer and constituting an inquiry into the incident, the situation continues to remain tense.

The morning shock

A large number of families from different communities including Muslims, Sikhs and Hindus have been living in Gujjar, on the banks of river Tawi, since 1976.

Ashraf Khatana, a local, told The Wire that early in the morning, a team of JDA officials joined by a contingent of police arrived with a bulldozer, and within no time took down the madrassa and allegedly desecrated holy scriptures.

We pleaded with them to stop the demolition, reminding them of assurances given to us by...


What Can We Forecast About Next Year? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Around this time of year, a full field of foolish forecasts find their way to the public. Analysts, economists, strategists all roll out their various Outlook for 2018. I have been pointing out how silly this process is for a long time. It is nice to see bigger firms and mainstream economists starting to come

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Complex regulations and sophisticated cyberattacks inflate non-compliance costs "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The cost of non-compliance has significantly increased over the past few years, and the issue could grow more serious. 90 percent of organizations believe that compliance with the GDPR would be difficult to achieve, according to a new study conducted by the Ponemon Institute. GDPR is considered by respondents to be the most challenging among other data compliance regulations such as Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) and Federal Information Security More

Documentary: Life Without Water "IndyWatch Feed War"

by Ruwaida Amer and Sanad Abu Latifa, via Electronic Intifada We live in an area where there is no water, says Ibrahim al-Majaida, a resident of al-Mawasi, an agricultural area near Khan Younis in the southern Israeli-occupied Gaza Strip. The average Palestinian family in Gaza receives running water only four to six hours, every three to five days, due to chronic electricity shortages resulting from Israels decade-long siege. This forces many to buy water from expensive and unregulated private sources. We travel two kilometers to bring water to our homes, al-Majaida says. More than 96 percent of Gazas water supply is unsafe for drinking. Desalination plants are functioning at 15 percent of their capacity due to electricity shortages. The diminished capacity of water and wastewater treatment facilities means that 108 million liters of raw sewage are being dumped into the Mediterranean Sea every day. The disrupted operation of treatment facilities has led to sewage spills in various areas of Gaza, such as al-Mawasi. Even plants and vegetables dont survive in it because of the contamination, says Rasha al-Majaida, another resident of al-Mawasi. Not even


Can A Progressive Former Marine Colonel Disloge Republican Crook Darrell Issa? "IndyWatch Feed"

The slimiest of California's "Democratic" political consultants, slate vendor and ping-pong player Parke Skelton, is being paid a great deal of money to undermine Doug Applegate, in effect, guaranteeing that Darrell Issa retains his seat. I don't know exactly who's paying him but first, let's look at a little background. Issa, a former car thief and the richest member of Congress, was first elected in 2000. Currently his district spans northern San Diego County and coastal southern Orange County, from a thin strip of coastline in the northern reaches of La Jolla up through most of UC, through Torrey Pines, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas and Carlsbad up along the 5 Freeway to Oceanside, right through Camp Pendleton to San Clemente, Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano and Ladera Ranch. CA 49 meets Rohrabacher's district, CA-48, at Three Arch Bay. In 2015 the district's PVI was R+4. Obama had managed to scrape out a 50-49% win over McCain but lost to Romney 52-46%. Last year the residents were horrified by the loutish Trump and Hillary won 50.7% to 43.2%. The PVI is now a more electorally attractive R+1.

The DCCC had never been remotely interested in challenging Issa and has studiously avoided the district. In 2014 the candidate was Dave Peiser and Issa creamed him 98,161 (60.2%) to 64,981 (39.8%) a race that saw Issa spending $1,749,467 to Peiser's $85,321. The DCCC spent zero, as usual. But last year a remarkable candidate jumped in against Issa, former Marine Colonel Doug Applegate. The DCCC ignored, ignored, ignored... until Applegate started raising some real money and making some significant headway in the polls. The DCCC kept waiting and watching and making nice noises about Applegate. When he was within a few polling points of Issa, a couple of months before the election, the DCCC jumped into the race-- too little too late. Issa raised $2,854,882 but panicked and dug deep, spending a gargantuan $6,275,754 to Applegate's 2,041,091. The DCCC + Pelosi's Super PAC bought about $3.5 in broadcast spots, primarily to enrich consultants/staffers from their inner circle. It was the year's last election called because it was so close, but in the end Issa won 155,888 (50.3%) to 154,267 (49.7%).



With IS in tatters, Syria Kurds fear US to abandon them Erdogan has made it crystal clear that as soon as the Americans are no longer in the way, he intends to crush the Syrian Kurds. "IndyWatch Feed War"


AFP / by Delil Souleiman | Rojda Felat, a Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) commander, waves her groups flag at the iconic Al-Naim square in Raqa on October 17, 2017

 QAMISHLI (SYRIA) (AFP)  Syrias Kurds fear the steadfast ally they found in the US to successfully take on Islamic State group jihadists may now leave them to face threats from Turkey and Damascus alone.

Across Syrias north, Kurdish authorities have spent more than four years steadily building public institutions including elected councils, security forces, even schools.

They felt they had found an international sponsor in the United States, which relied primarily on the fighters of the Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG) to roll back IS in northern and eastern Syria.

But with IS holding just five percent of Syria, Kurds worry the US could withdraw support, costing them the key political and territorial gains they scored in the chaos of war.

We are afraid of America, which has been using us as a card to play for a long time, said Rafea Ismail, a 37-year-old who sells womens accessories on the hood of his car in the city of Qamishli.

When theyre done using us, theyll forget us, he said.

Qamishli is the main hub of the autonomous administration the Kurdish authorities have run since regime forces withdrew from swathes of northeast Syria in 2012.

All countries should support us because we fight terrorism. We liberated Raqa, and America should not abandon us and ally with Turkey, said Nawal Farzand, a 45-year-old Kurdish language teacher.

In March 2016, Kurdish parties announced they would seek to establish a federal system there after ousting IS from much of the area with the help of the US-led coalition.

Their biggest win was Raqa, once ISs de facto Syrian capital but captured in October by the YPG-led Syrian Democratic Forces.

Weeks later, the US announced it was pulling 500 Marines from its nearly 2,000-strong force in Syria and amending its support to the YPG.

But the jihadists are not finished yet, said Nassrin Abdallah, a commander in the militias female branch, the Kurdish Womens Protection Units (YPJ).

Sleeper cells still stage attacks and IS fighters are active in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, she said.

It is important for the coalition forces to stay to gu...


Tavis Smiley Suspended By PBS Amid Sex Misconduct Claim "IndyWatch Feed"

Another left leaning champion of women. Via Variety: PBS has suspended late-night talk show Tavis Smiley amid misconduct allegations against its host and namesake. Effective today, PBS has indefinitely suspended distribution of Tavis Smiley, produced by TS Media, an independent production company, the public broadcaster said. PBS engaged an outside law firm to conduct an []


Russian troops arrive home safely after job well done in Syria "IndyWatch Feed World"

Well they asked for a war against terror, the Americans, didnt they (but maybe they didnt mean their own CIA stooges?)

The Russian forces operating in Syria, including the Beriev A-50 AWACS plane and military police detachment, are arriving back home after successfully completing their mission and playing a key role in defeating Islamic State.

READ MORE: Russias Syria op: Key points of campaign that helped crush ISIS & gave peace a chance

On Tuesday, the first group of Russian military aircraft and troops left Syria following President Vladimir Putins order. The Russian leader announced the withdrawal of a significant part of the Russian military contingent during his surprise visit at Khmeimim Airbase in Syrias Latakia province on Monday morning.

A Russian military police battalion of the Southern Military District arrived aboard two cargo aircraft in the city of Makhachkala, in the North Caucasus Republic of Dagestan, the Defense Ministry said.

The ministry published a video showing the departure of the planes at dawn; followed by military, relatives and officials greeting the officers as they landed in Russia. The military police battalion was deployed to Syria in December 2016 to maintain security in de-escalation zones. The officers escorted more than 1,700 humanitarian convoys and ensured civilians security during humanitarian efforts.

One of the first military aircraft to come back from Syrian mission was the Beriev A-50 airborne early warning and control aircraft. Long-range Tu-22M3 bombers, deployed at an airfield in the Russian southern region of North Ossetia during the mission, have also returned to their home airbase near Kaluga.

Flight crews successfully accomplished tasks on delivering strikes on terrorists objects in the Syrian Arab Republic, the Defense Ministry said in a statement. It did not elaborate on how many Tu-22M3 aircraft arrived at the base.

The A-50 arrived in Russias Ivanovo, where its pilots were...


The rise of the robots and productivity pessimism cant both be right "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Talk of looming automation, AI and robots is pervasive in public policy chat including in the governments new industrial strategy. Almost as common are projections that the weak growth of the past decade is here to stay including in the latest official economic outlook. Sometimes these assumptions are even mentioned in the same breath. But these forecasts cant both be right, and one outcome is definitely preferable to the other.

In the robots view of the next ten or twenty years, machine learning will allow many jobs or tasks to be automated; from driving taxis to diagnosing disease and from cashiers to translators. And its not just AI. Greater physical capability could mean ubiquitous flying drones, robots on construction sites and the continued mechanisation of manufacturing. The new industrial strategy argues that the world is undergoing a technological revolution of a scale, speed and complexity that is unprecedented. Similarly, Labours Future of Work Commission states that both the scope and pace of the current technological revolution are likely to be at least as great as any that has gone before.

But at the same time the governments independent economic forecasters, the Office for Budget Responsibility, have downgraded their forecast for growth in productivity or how much the country produces compared to the total number of hours worked by humans. Crucially, their projections are based not on expectations about future technology but purely on what past trends would suggest.

Over the three decades before 2008, productivity per hour grew at an average of 2.3 per cent a year. Going back even further, productivity growth from 1837 to 2007 as a whole averaged 1.9 per cent a year. Alongside education, infrastructure, management, trade and other factors, technological progress was an absolutely central part of this. After the financial crisis, it was generally assumed by forecasters both in the UK and around the world that those long-term productivity growth rates would return or perhaps even that wed make up the lost ground with a period of rapid catch-up growth. But instead productivity growth in the UK over the last decade has averaged only 0.1 per cent a year. And this productivity puzzle was shared to varying degrees across richer countries.

As the years have worn on, the idea that this stagnation might not just be temporary has accordingly gained credibility. The Office for Budget Responsibilitys productivity forecast downgrade reflects...


Erdogan and Abbas bark about Jerusalem, but their threats have no bite "IndyWatch Feed War"

Times of Israel

In Istanbul, Islamic leaders denounce Israel, vow drastic steps to enable Palestinian statehood, and declare an end to US peace-brokering. But they know theres no alternative

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, center, flanked by Jordan's King Abdullah II, left and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, right, poses for photographs with other leaders during a photo-op prior to the opening session of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul, December 13, 2017. (Lefteris Pitarakis/AP)
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, center, flanked by Jordans King Abdullah II, left and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, right, poses for photographs with other leaders during a photo-op prior to the opening session of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul, December 13, 2017. (Lefteris Pitarakis/AP)

At the Organization of Islamic Cooperations Extraordinary Islamic Summit Wednesday in Istanbul, many leaders from Arab and Muslim-majority countries spoke out harshly about the US administrations recent recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital.

But, despite their bluster, the forecast calls for mostly calm conditions. Many of the threats they issued are rendered meaningless by the rules of the UN or the dynamics of Middle East diplomacy; others have no teeth to begin with.

The summits host, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, once again called Israel a terror state, denounced the US and issued a long list of pro-Palestinian statements. But he did not act on last weeks thr...


2017 Forrester Wave: DDoS Mitigation Solutions report "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

In their 36-criteria evaluation of DDoS mitigation providers, Forrester identified 11 of the most significant ones Akamai Technologies, Arbor Networks, Cloudflare, F5 Networks, Fortinet, Huawei Technologies, Imperva, Neustar, Nexusguard, Radware, and Verisign and researched, analyzed, and scored them. The Forrester Wave: DDoS Mitigation Solutions, Q4 2017 report features information designed to help you: Gain critical insights into the growing DDoS mitigation solution market Identify the ideal DDoS mitigation solution for your companys needs More



PAY US: BLACK WOMEN REQUEST PAYMENT FOR HELPING DOUG JONES WIN ALABAMA ELECTION by CHRIS MENAHAN The Daily Sheeple TDC Note- Pay me sounds like a cry from someone that is has been Black women became one of the...



Bears Ears National Monument Undermines Unofficial Nuclear Waste Dump-Uranium Mining: Owner Energy Fuels Lobbied Trump Admin Against Bears Ears "IndyWatch Feed"

Canadian Company Energy Fuels interest in stopping Bears Ears National Monument may not be the front end of the nuclear fuel cycle as much as the tail end of radioactive waste. Their White Mesa Mill functions as an unofficial back-door nuclear waste dump. Bears Ears National Monument abuts White Mesa Mill property and it includes two White Mesa water sampling sites, according to Energy Fuels filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Why does Energy Fuels fear the water sampling sites being on public land? Are they lying about the results? At least the Italian Camorra mafia, according to Schiavones testimony, put German radioactive waste sludge in lead boxes before burying it in Italy, which is already superior to the US putting waste in poor quality metal cans. However, the handling of nuclear waste at White Mesa mill is of an even lower standard than most US radioactive waste, even though this is difficult to fathom.


Interview 1334 New World Next Week with James Evan Pilato "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

[audio mp3=""][/audio]This week on the New World Next Week: the World Bank helps ring in the technocratic future with climate financing; pigs fly as the Pentagon gets an audit; and Facebook rolls out machine-learning suicide-predicting algorithms.


Estrategias contra el narco (para el debate) "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

Lo que han estado haciendo los gobiernos de Caldern y Pea es tratar de quedar bien con Washington haciendo lo que los gringos no hacen en su propio pas.Por Octavio Rodrguez Araujo 14 de diciembre del 2017.-El 3 de enero de 2013 escrib en estas pginas lo siguiente: he reledo una vieja novela de Jack Hoffenberg titulada No []

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US claims full credit for any meaningful anti-ISIS fight "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Pentagon has claimed all the credit for wiping out the vast majority of terrorists in Syria. It also challenged the Russian defense ministrys assertion that US fighter jets were actively interfering with Moscows anti-terrorist operations in Syrian airspace.

On Wednesday, the Chief of the Russian General Staff declared theres no territory controlled by ISIS, but only some spots of resistance left in Syria. A spokesman for the US-led Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) was quick to dismiss the Russian statement Saturday, claiming that IS (Islamic State, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorists continue to operate in Deir ez-Zor province.

FILE PHOTO.  Sputnik

Our carefully considered military assessment is that Daesh is still present on both sides of the Euphrates River, and therefore Coalition surgical strikes continue on the East Bank of the Middle Euphrates River Valley in support of Syrian Democrati...


Putin Ordered Theft of Clinton's Emails from DNC, Russian Hacker Confesses "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

A Russian hacker accused of stealing from Russian banks reportedly confessed in court that he hacked the U.S. Democratic National Committee (DNC) and stole Hillary Clinton's emails under the direction of agents from Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB).

According to Russian news site The Bell, Konstantin Kozlovsky, a Russian citizen working for a hacker group called Lurk, confessed to hacking Clinton's emails during a hearing about his arrest in August. An audio recording and minutes from the hearing were posted on Kozlovsky's Facebook page, and their authenticity was reportedly confirmed by The Bell.

In a handwritten letter that also appears in a photo on his Facebook page, Kozlovsky admits to hacking the DNC on the orders of an FSB agent he called "Ilya."

Putin Ordered Theft Of Clinton's Emails From DNC, Russian Hacker Confesses

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Iranian Missile Factories: Israel says it can strike them at any time "IndyWatch Feed War"


By Noa Landau and Hagar Shezaf Dec 14, 2017 9:59 AM

Israeli Intel Minister to Saudi Media: Israel Can Strike Iranian Missile Plants in Lebanon, As Is Happening in Syria

Yisrael Katz invites Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to visit Israel Describing Saudi Arabia as leader of Arab world, Katz proposes that kingdom would be sponsor of Israeli-Palestinian peace process

A satellite photo shows the extent of damage caused by the alleged Israeli strike on an Iranian military base in Syria

A satellite photo shows the extent of damage caused by the alleged Israeli strike on an Iranian military base in Syria, Credit ImageSat International (ISI)

Intelligence Affairs Minister Yisrael Katz told Saudi Arabian media that Israel will act to prevent an Iranian military presence in Lebanon on Wednesday, and invited Saudi Arabias Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to visit Israel.

Katz confirmed to Haaretz that he extended the invitation in an interview to the Saudi online newspaper Elaph, however, the online publication chose to edit the invitation out.

Saudi Arabia does not have official diplomatic ties with Israel.

Describing Saudi Arabia as the leader of the Arab world, Katz proposed that the kingdom would be a sponsor of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Katz added that Israel would be happy to participate in such negotiations.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a graduation ceremony in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, January 25, 2017.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a graduation ceremony in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, January 25, 2017.Faisal Al Nasser/REUTERS

Katz said Israel is aware that Iran has been building weapons plants in Lebanon. We have information that Iran is building advanced missile plants in Lebanon, and I want to emphasize that we have drawn a new red line, and we will not allow them to do this at any cost.

leader to south of Lebanon as an Iranian attempt to send a message to Israel, Katz said Iran doesnt need to send a message, adding that Israel knows exactly what the Iranians are doing in the region. When his interviewer asked whether Israel could bomb the missile plants in Lebanon, Katz replied: Yes. We will also act militarily and prevent them, as is happening in Syria.

The more accurate that Hezbollahs missiles get, the stronger and wider Israels strike will be. This time, all of Lebanon will b...


Trump taking dangerous step to nuclear war by seeking naval blockade of North Korea "IndyWatch Feed World"


US President Donald Trump is taking an extremely dangerous and big step towards nuclear war by seeking a naval blockade, North Korea has stated, according to the official KCNA news agency.

Pyonyang also said it will take merciless self-defensive measures against any blockade, as it would consider such a move an act of war. 

The North Korean government believes any blockade would be a wanton violation of its sovereignty and dignity, KCNA reported, citing a foreign ministry spokesman.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson previously mentioned the right to interdict maritime traffic transporting goods to and from the North, following Pyongyangs latest intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test on November 29.





Conventional wisdom says that Steve Bannon will have a hard time recovering from his Roy Moore humiliation -- but Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter, and the Federalist are working hard to ensure that rank-and-file conservatives blame the Alabama Senate loss on Mitch McConnell, rather than on Bannon and his candidate.

Here's Hannity:

During an election night panel segment on Alabama, Sean Hannity blamed Mitch McConnell for what he did during the primary.

I think Mitch McConnell has a lot of culpability in all of this, he said. I was a Mo Brooks supporter from day one... I thought he would have been a great candidate. The person that came out strongest against Mo Brooks, Matt, was Mitch McConnell.
Ann Coulter is singing from the same hymnbook:
Rep. Mo Brooks was the true Trumpian candidate in Alabama, which is why I endorsed him in the primary....

Trump should have endorsed Brooks in the primary, but he endorsed Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's pro-amnesty candidate, Luther Strange....

McConnell spent millions upon millions of dollars in nasty ads to defeat Mo Brooks in the primary, because Brooks takes sensible positions on immigration.

Can't have that! McConnell pulled out all the stops to block Brooks, so he could keep big donors rolling in cheap foreign workers.
And the Federalist turns to Jordan Gehrke, a former consultant for the Brooks campaign, to make the same argument:
... McConnell is the main reason Roy Moore was nominated.

The moment it was clear there would be a Special Election to replace Jeff Sessions, McConnell and his PAC, Senate Leadership Fund (SLF) declared they would back Luther Strange and vowed to spend millions on his behalf.

Strange was a flawed candidate from the jump. The circumstances around his appointment by scandal-ridden Governor Robert Bentley were sketchy at best, and rightly or wrongly, voters just never trusted him....

Mo Brooks was never, ever going to lose this seat or even let it become competitive. In fact, as the only candidate in the field who was neither a pervert or the beneficiary of a shady deal with an unpopular governor, one could argue that Brooks was the only electable GOP candidate.

How can we be so sure Brooks wouldve won the [Republican] runoff? Because despite his strong base, Moore always had high negatives among Republicans. All...


Peaceful protest marches on General strike day, anarchists destroy Metro station "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Thousands but no as many as organizers had hoped gathered in downtown Athens and marched towards the Greek Parliament to protest new austerity measures and poverty, while lawmakers have been voting on Budget 2018. A peaceful march on general strike day except for the total destruction of tickets machines at a metro station in

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Jews, Tattoos and Taboos? "IndyWatch Feed World"

You shall not make gashes in your flesh for the dead, or incise any marks on yourselves: I am the LORD.

Leviticus 19:28

(BalkanDiskurs)  The above scripture explains the historical prohibition on the act of tattooing, but Jews have a much more recent and heinous association with tattoos: millions were marked, against their will, as they filed through the gates of concentration camps.[1] The numbers running along their forearms were meant to demonstrate to the recipients that they were nothing more than a number subjects to a bureaucratic system that attempted to control every aspect of their lives.[2] Even after liberation survivors still had that blue branding. Those little numbers were silent yet eloquent witnesses to the systematic process of dehumanization to which they were subjected.[3]

A conflicted conscience befalls survivors given their own bodies disobey their sacred code. This physical paradox is exhibited in religious forums. Sites like and contain the following in their Ask the Rabbi column: I have a tattoo on my left arm from the Auschwitz camp. Since the Torah prohibits tattoos, should I get it removed?[4] Trauma of such magnitude embeds itself deep into the folds of the ephemeral generations meaning that some older Jews whose children do tattoo themselves with Jewish symbols worry that they are putting themselves at risk by calling attention to their Jewish identity.[5]

The way forward through this seemingly impassible dogma is to acknowledge that the prohibition is open to interpretation and that Judaism like other religions is not a stagnant thing. It can change and evolve with the times. It is this reason, this ability to adapt to monumental and absurd vicissitudes that shaped the Aishi rabbis reply to the aforementioned question:

In your case, the tattoo is not a Torah prohibition, since it was done under coercion. On the contrary, your tattoo is a symbol of your bravery and courage to remain Jewish, despite the evils you had to endure.[6]

In recent years, the tattoo has emerged as a puissant emblem for some younger...


Raymond Ibrahim: Islams Three Worst Doctrines "IndyWatch Feed War"

Because Islam gets criticized for many things from hostility to modernity and democracy to calls for theocratic rule, radical patriarchy, misogyny, and draconian punishments, to name a few it is helpful to step back and distinguish between those (many) doctrines that affect Muslim society alone, and those that extend to and affect Western []


Trumps al-Quds bid creates tension in Middle East says Rouhani "IndyWatch Feed World"

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has denounced the recent incorrect and illegal decision by his American counterpart to recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as Israels capital, saying the move would create new tension in the Middle East.

Rouhani made the remarks while speaking to reporters in Tehran on Tuesday ahead of his departure for Istanbul, Turkey, to attend an emergency summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) which is scheduled to be convened on Wednesday following US President Donald Trumps declaration of Jerusalem al-Quds as Israels capital and his countrys intention to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city.

If Muslims maintain their unity and integrity, it will be a big victory for Muslims and the region, Rouhani said.

He added that Quds belongs to all Muslims and would be the capital of the Palestinian state.

He emphasized that the Muslim world is resisting against the wrong US decision in unison and warned of new tensions and the grave consequences that Trumps decision would have for the Middle East.

Our message is that the Palestinian cause is the most important issue for Muslims and the Muslim world and Muslims must condemn this move in all international bodies, particularly the United Nations, the Iranian president said.

He reaffirmed Irans strong support for the Palestinian people and said, Until all Palestinians return to their homeland and achieve their absolute rights, this support will continue.

The Iranian president emphasized that unity, integrity and resistance of the Muslim Palestinian people in recent days proved that they can stand up against plots hatched by the arrogance and Zionists.

On December 6, Trump sparked international outrage by declaring that Washington was recognizing Jerusalem al-Quds as the capital of Israel and that he had instructed his administration to begin the process of moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to the ancient city.

The announcement prompted harsh international warnings that it would bring more chaos to the Middle East region. Several protests have been held in many countries over the past days against the US and Israel.

The Iranian president on Monday held talks on phone with Ismail Haniyeh, the leader of Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, saying that unity and resistance of the oppressed Palestinian people and other Muslim nations would definitely lead to the failure of the US-Zionist plan to recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as Israels capital.



Trump rejects sexual accusations "IndyWatch Feed World"

US President Donald Trump dismisses accusations of sexual misconduct, saying hes the target of false accusations and fabricated stories of women he does not know.

Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday to lash out at the three women who have accused him of sexual misconduct and urged Congress to investigate his behavior.

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Jessica Leeds, Samantha Holvey and Rachel Crooks have accused Trump of sexual misconduct. They had first spoken up about the incidents before the November 2016 election.

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Trump also attacked Democrats for focusing on sexual accusations.He said Democrats do so because they have failed to prove allegations of collusion between his campaign and Russia during the 2016 US presidential election.

Fifty-six members of the Democratic Womens Working Group (DWWG) wrote a letter on Monday and demanded Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) and ranking member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) open an investigation into the sexual allegations after at least a dozen women have publicly accused the President of sexual misconduct.


Sadist: Jealous husband chops off wife's hand after she files for divorce "IndyWatch Feed World"

A husband's terrifying bout of jealousy left his wife maimed after he cut off her fingers one by one with an axe before slashing one hand off completely in a forest outside Moscow. The blood-chilling torture came after the woman asked for a divorce. Margarita, 26, from the city of Serpukhov outside Moscow, survived an hour of medieval torture at the hands of Dmitry, her husband and father of their two boys. He first shattered both of her wrists, then began methodically chopping off her fingers on one hand, ultimately severing it altogether with an axe. He made sure Margarita would stay awake by beating her so that she would not lose consciousness. After Dmitry's fit of rage subsided, the man took belated mercy on Margarita and drove her to the hospital, where he confessed to the crime and was taken into police custody.


How Russia expedited Syrias victory "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A huge role in the resolution of the Syrian crisis was played by the Russian diplomats who set in motion the negotiations in Astana, while Russian planes and warships bashed terrorists on the ground.

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London Grenfell Tower disaster, after six months "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 14 June 20217 video from London, England is called Rania Ibrahims Snapchat/Facebook. Live from inside the Grenfell Tower London fire. WITH SUBTITLES.

By Ann Czernik in England:

Grenfell six months on we will remember them

Thursday 14th December 2014

With the great and the good attending a memorial service for Grenfell at St Pauls Cathedral today, ANN CZERNIK remembers the victims

OF all the stories about the Grenfell Tower fire disaster, it is the social media post of the last moments of a young mother of two that returns to my thoughts repeatedly.

I do not know why Rania Ibrahim and her children died that day, trapped on the 24th floor of a poorly constructed London tower block with a single fire exit. One day, I hope that there will be answers to the many questions that Grenfell raises for our society.

On June 14 2017, the day of the fire, I awoke unusually early. The midsummer sun streamed through my bedroom window and, as I lay gazing up at the clear blue sky, there was no inkling of what was about to come.

Little did I know that, six months on, I would be writing about the death of a woman Id never met with pain in my heart and tears in my eyes.

That morning, I checked my phone as usual and found frantic messages from a friend living near the tower who had posted pictures of the inferno. I switched on the news and gasped at the scene playing across my screen.

It was 5am and all I could think was that the building had failed to contain an outbreak of fire as it should have done. It was the only explanation for a blaze of that magnitude. What was puzzling was the speed at which it developed.

In the weeks that followed, I, like many other journalists, worked on various aspects of the investigation in mai...


Hundreds evacuated as rivers reach record levels in northern Italy "IndyWatch Feed World"

The River Enza in the town of Lentigione, Italy, burst its banks on Tuesday 12 December, forcing hundreds of residents to evacuate. Severe weather including snow, rain and freezing temperatures has affected much of Italy since Monday 11 December. Schools have been closed and road, rail and air travel all adversely affected. Several flights from Turin-Caselle Airport were delayed as a result of the cold temperatures. Heavy rain has affected the north eastern regions of Emilia-Romagna, Liguria and Tuscany in particular.


John Kerry Calls Trump A Disgrace For Not Attending Paris Climate Change Talks "IndyWatch Feed"

Has-been. Via The Local: French President Emmanuel Macron issued a stark warning on climate change at a summit in Paris on Tuesday, telling world leaders we are losing the battle against global warming. The US was conspicuous by its absence from the summit. French President Emmanuel Macron issued a stark warning on climate change at a []


Chain migration imported 120,000 foreign nationals from terrorist-funding countries since 2005 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Nearly 120,000 foreign nationals have been allowed to enter the United States since 2005 despite coming.from the three countries that the State Department recognizes as state-sponsors of terrorism: Iran, Syria, and Sudan. It happened through chain migration, by which new immigrants can bring an unlimited amount of foreign family members with them to the U.S. []


Russia shuts its Embassy in Yemen? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Do our Russian friends know something we dont?

Russia says it has temporarily ended Moscows diplomatic presence in war-torn Yemen due to the current situation in Sanaa, as the Saudi-led military coalition has increased its airstrikes against the impoverished country during the past few weeks.  

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova announced the news on Tuesday, adding all employees of the Russian embassy have [already] left the country.

She further said that the Russian ambassador [to Yemen Vladimir Dedushkin] and some of the Russian diplomatic staff in the peninsular country would be performing their duties from the Saudi capital of Riyadh.

Zakharova expressed hope that both regional and international actors would exert their influence on the involved parties to the Yemeni conflict in an attempt to convince them to halt the fighting and to end the war via political means.

Yemens ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh was killed on December 4 while attempting to escape the Yemeni capital to Maarab Province. This came shortly after he broke ranks with the Houthi Ansarullah movement in favor of the Saudi-led coalition.

Two days after the killing of Saleh, Zakharova said the Kremlin was extremely concerned regarding these negative events, adding that there was a good chance for the impoverished country sliding into military-political chaos and an unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe.

In a statement released in August, the Russian embassy in Yemen had expressed worries over the high intensity of air strikes by the Arab coalition on Yemeni cities and towns that often lead to civilian casualties.

According to the Saudi state news agency (SPA), a Russian plane evacuated embassy staff and some Russian nationals from Sanaa earlier on Tuesday. Dedushkin had already been working from the Saudi capital since last year.

The Saudi-led military campaign, propelled by a constant flow of US and UK arms supplies, h...


Yemeni snipers kill 19 Saudi troopers and mercenaries in retaliatory attacks "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Yemeni army soldiers, backed by fighters from allied Popular Committees, have shot dead 19 Saudi troops and pro-Saudi militiamen loyal to resigned Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi in the kingdoms southwestern border region of Najran.

An unnamed military source told Yemens official news agency SABA that Yemeni forces shot and killed five Saudi troops in the al-Asha and al-Shorfa areas of the region, located 969 kilometers south of the capital, Riyadh, on Tuesday.

Yemeni soldiers and Popular Committees fighters launched two rockets against Saudi army outposts in the Rajla, al-Sadid and Lesser al-Makhrouq areas of the same Saudi region. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

Later, Yemeni soldiers and their allies fired a barrage of artillery rounds at the al-Karas military base, leaving scores of Saudi soldiers dead and injured.

Separately, several Saudi soldiers lost their lives or sustained injuries when Yemeni forces targeted a gathering of Saudi troopers in al-Sharqan military base.

Additionally, five Saudi-sponsored militiamen were fatally shot in different districts of Yemens southwestern province of Taizz.

Yemeni soldiers and their allies also struck the position of Hadi loyalists east of Kahboub region in the same Yemeni province, killing two of them.

In Yemens central province of Marib, army forces and fighters from Popular Committees launched a number of artillery rounds in the Wadi al-Ziq area of Sirwah district, killing and wounding a number of them.

Yemeni snipers also shot and killed seven Saudi mercenaries in different parts of Marib province.

A Yemeni man looks at the damage in the aftermath of a Saudi airstrike on Yemen Today television network in the capital Sanaa on December 9, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

Saudi Arabia has been incessantly pounding Yemen since March 2015 in an attempt to crush the popular Houthi Ansarullah movement and reinstate Hadi, a staunch ally of the Riyadh regime.

More than 12,000 people have been killed since the onset of the campaign more than two and a half years ago. Much of the Arabian Peninsula countrys infrastructure, including hospitals, schools and factories, has been reduced to rubble due to the war.

The Saudi-led war has also triggered a deadly cholera epidemic across Yemen.

According to the World Health Organizations latest count, the cholera outbreak has killed 2,167 people since the end of April and is suspected to have infected 841,906.

On November 26, the United Nations childrens agency (UNICEF) said that more than 11 milli...


Putins Major Moves, Scary A.I Artificial Intelligence Expansion Is Here "IndyWatch Feed World"

We Are Change

In this video, Luke Rudkowski of WeAreChange gives you the latest breaking news on Russias President Vladimir Putins major moves, the latest on Steem dollars (SBD) on the Steemit platform and the repercussions behind Donald Trumps decision last week. The Expansion of artificial intelligence (A.I.) to now create fake videos with a warning from Chamath Palihapitiya, a Facebook executive whos coming to reality of what he did. Plus a lot more.

You can watch this video on DTube here.

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Script-based attacks and overall malware on the rise "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Research revealed massive increases in scripting attacks and overall malware attempts against midsize companies throughout Q3 2017. In fact, WatchGuard Technologies found that scripting threats accounted for 68 percent of all malware during the period. The findings reinforce expectations of continued growth of new malware and various attack techniques in the coming months, further emphasizing the importance of layered security and advanced threat prevention solutions.   Threat actors are constantly adjusting their techniques, always looking More



CATHERINE AUSTIN FITTS BITCOIN OP DIGITAL SLAVERY & SPACE ECONOMY! Video Dark Journalist Human Society vs Digital Slavery & Transhumanism In this fascinating episode Dark Journalist Daniel Liszt welcomes back Former Assistant Housing Secretary and Solari Report Publisher...



Hamas spokesman calls Trump racist and hateful, calls for blessed intifada "IndyWatch Feed War"

Hamas spokesman Abdullatif Al Qanoua has called Trumps decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital racist and hateful, and is calling for a blessed intifada. His appeal echoed the order of Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh, who summoned an organized uprising in the face of the Zionist enemy. Whats racist and hateful is that Hamas does []


It's not just Jerusalem, it's all of Palestine "IndyWatch Feed World"

What's going on in Jerusalem is what has always been going on in Palestine since 1948 -the forced dispossession of Palestinian Arabs of their identity, land and heritage. Because of Donald Trump's declaration to move the US embassy to Jerusalem and the resultant global outrage regarding this decision, many people have become interested in understanding what is going on in Palestine and what the global ramifications might be. They are finally becoming aware, after 69 years of Nakba, 69 anniversaries of Human Rights Day and 69 years of falsification of history, that the Palestinian people, like all other peoples in the world, do in fact have the right to self-determination and return.


FortiClient improper access control exposes users VPN credentials "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

FortiClient for Linux, Mac OSX and Windows stores encrypted VPN authentication credentials in improperly secured locations.

Fortinet provided security updates for its next-generation endpoint protection FortiClient product that address a serious information disclosure vulnerability.

The flaw, tracked as CVE-2017-14184, could be exploited by an attacker to obtain VPN authentication credentials.

FortiClient is a powerful product that includes many components and features such as web filtering, application firewall, vulnerability assessment, anti-malware, and SSL and IPsec VPN features.

Experts at SEC Consult discovered security flaws that can be exploited to access VPN authentication credentials associated with the product.

FortiClient for Linux, Mac OSX and Windows stores encrypted VPN authentication credentials in improperly secured locations; regular users may therefore be able to see each others encrypted credentials. This is an issue, because the key used to encrypt the aforementioned credentials may be retrieved from the binary. reads the project description published by SEC Consult.

SEC Consult rated the issue as high severity, while Fortinet has assigned it a 4/5 risk rating.

The first issue is related to the fact that the VPN credentials are stored in a configuration file, on both Linux and macOS systems, and in the registry on Windows. This means that for an attacker the configuration files are easily accessible.

The second issue is related to the fact that decryption key for credentials is hardcoded in the application and its the same for all the Fortinet installs. An attacker can find the key and decrypt the passwords.

FortiClient stores the VPN authentication credentials in a configuration file (on Linux or Mac OSX) or in registry (on Windows). The credentials are encrypted but can still be recovered since the decryption key is hardcoded in the program and the same on all installations. Above all, the aforementioned storage is world readable, which actually lays the foundation for the credential recovery. continues the analysis published by SEC Consult.



BREAKING: Detention and Deportation of EU Migrants Ruled Illegal by High Court "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Today a High Court judge ruled that detaining and deporting of homeless EU migrants is illegal. The legal challenge to Tory policy of deportations of rough sleeping EU nationals was brought by the Public Interest Law Unit  and North East London Migrant Action. The government argued that becoming homeless was an abuse of EU freedom


VirtIO DRM Window Server Support: Letting Guest VMs Interface With Host's Compositor "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Collabora's Tomeu Vizoso is working on a interesting VirtIO DRM patch that lets clients running within a virtual machine communicate with a display compositor of the host system...


The Hayek revelations "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Good grief. I just read Salma Hayeks piece in the New York Times. Its a horror through and through Harvey Weinstein is a terrible human being. There was the familiar constant pressure for sex, and his anger when denied, but whats new here is how Weinstein, who had a reputation for sponsoring great art movies, was in active force in compromising the art. What he did to Hayeks movie, Frida, was unconscionable.

Halfway through shooting, Harvey turned up on set and complained about Fridas unibrow. He insisted that I eliminate the limp and berated my performance. Then he asked everyone in the room to step out except for me. He told me that the only thing I had going for me was my sex appeal and that there was none of that in this movie. So he told me he was going to shut down the film because no one would want to see me in that role.

Frida Kahlo did many self-portraits, and her striking appearance was part of her identity, and Weinstein wanted to reduce her looks to something more conventional? She was afflicted with polio as a child and severely injured in an accident in her teens, and lived her whole life with a disability and chronic pain, and Weinstein wanted to erase that in a biography? How clueless is he, and how many of the good Weinstein-produced movies were made in spite of his interference, and how much better would they have been if hed never been allowed to say a word?

He offered me one option to continue. He would let me finish the film if I agreed to do a sex scene with another woman. And he demanded full-frontal nudity.

Christ. Hayek gave in on that demand, reluctantly, and with much anguish. But now youll need to keep this in mind next time you watch Game of Thrones or some cop show which features a stroll through a strip joint. The nudity isnt some critical part of the story, or even a part of the atmosphere added for verisimilitude. Its probably because some guy high up in the production likes the power of being able to compel the women acting in his show to expose themselves. Its not that nudity and sex cant be a natural part of a story, but that theres so much of it, and its almost entirely gratuitous.

It sort of turns out well, with regard to the movie, at leastexcept for the part where Hayeks success was added to the Weinstein luster, and that he then intentionally stunted her career.

Months later, in October 2002, this film, about my hero and inspiration this Mexican artist who never truly got acknowledged in her time with her limp and her unibrow, this film that Harvey never wanted to do, gave him a box of...


Hungarians overwhelmingly reject Soros Plan for mass migration in National Consultation "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Hungarian public has overwhelmingly rejected the Soros Plan for mass migration to Europe in a National Consultation that saw millions of notorised responsespoured in by post alone. This news is important and welcome for Hungary in its ongoing battle with the EU and Soros over mass migration. A Soros-backed human rights group reportedly tried []


GOP Has No Ideas Other Than Unpopular Tax Bill "IndyWatch Feed"

The Republicans say they have a tax deal, which I am sure that they do. That doesnt mean that theyll be able to pass it, necessarily, but they have something that they think will have a good shot. Unfortunately, they have to contend with this:

A new Quinnipiac poll finds American voters disapprove of the pending Republican tax plan by a wide margin, 55% to 26%, and 43% say they are less likely to vote for a U.S. Senator or Congressperson who supports the plan.

Key finding: Only 16% of American voters say the tax plan will reduce their taxes, while 44% say it will increase their taxes and 30% say the tax plan will have little impact.

And this:

A new Monmouth poll finds President Trumps job approval at 32% to 56%, the lowest since hes taken office.

The decline in Trumps job rating has come much more from women, currently 24% to 68%, than from men, which is 40% to 44%.

Democrats lead the generic congressional ballot by 15 percentage points, 51% to 36%.

If the Republicans do manage to pass a tax bill, it wont be because 16% of the public thinks it will benefit them. It wont be because 55% of the people oppose the bill. It wont be because a president with a 32% approval rating is demanding it. And it wont really be because of that 15% deficit the GOP is suffering in the generic congressional ballot. It will be because they have no idea what else to do.

And it will be because the Republican donors will close their checkbooks if they dont give them a trillion and a half dollars in tax breaks.

Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) had been describing the flurry of lobbying from special interests seeking to protect favored tax provisions when a reporter asked if donors are happy with the tax-reform proposal.

My donors are basically saying, Get it done or dont ever call me again, Collins replied.

Over the summer, we saw...

National Review Blames Bannon, Not Trump "IndyWatch Feed"

Over at The Corner, the staff of the National Review seems unanimous in seeing Roy Moores defeat as an irresistible opportunity to say nasty and disrespectful things about Steve Bannon:

David French: Where do we go from here? The answers are obvious. Nominate conservatives with integrity. Retake the seat. Reject the vicious, malicious politics of men like Steve Bannon.

Jim Geraghty: There is no reason for any Republican to listen to Steve Bannon on any candidate selection ever again.

Kevin Williamson: So what have Steve Bannon and the rest of the half-bright moneyed dilettantesand their talk-radio and cable-news cheerleadersaccomplished? They didnt even get Alabama!

Jonah Goldberg: The difference is that McConnell wanted nothing to do with Roy Moore for all the obvious reasons and Steve Bannon wanted to take credit for him! He wanted to take credit for Moore when it was clear Moore was a bigot, buffoon, and charlatan, and he wanted to take credit for Moore after Moore was credibly accused of being a child molester and jailbait fetishist. Bannon has an almost unblemished record of picking disastrous candidates on the theory that he knows what hes doing. That theory is wrong.

Michael Brendan Dougherty: My own impressions are more modest. Alabama Republicans spared their party the shame of electing this creep to Congress. In backing Moore, Steve Bannon made a very reasonable betmost of us expected Moore to win even after the revelationsbut he lost this one.

Theodore Kupfer: [Bannons] mission is to find ridiculous candidates and convince voters they are legitimate; for years he has used his highly-trafficked site in an effort to do just that. Yet tonight, his ideal candidate lost a statewide election in Alabama...

Casual Observation "IndyWatch Feed"



Grassley's Choice: Ethanol or Personal Integrity "IndyWatch Feed"

On September 7th, Donald Trump Jr. appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee, largely to explain the meeting he held in Trump Tower on June 9th, 2016 in which a gaggle of Putin-connected Russians offered dirt on Hillary Clinton. The chairman of the Judiciary Committee is Chuck Grassley of Iowa, and the president wanted to make sure Grassley would be in the right state of mind when the senators committee grilled his son. So, as soon as the Trump Jrs appearance was confirmed, Trump Sr. offered Grassley a gift basket.

Donald Trump called a senior Republican senator from Iowa on Wednesday whose congressional committee is investigating his son, Donald Trump Jr, and promised him critical federal support for the biofuel ethanol, a key issue for the lawmaker.

Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate judiciary committee and a major advocate of the ethanol industry, announced on Twitter that he had received a phone call from Trump and had been assured by the US president that Trump was pro ethanol and was standing by his campaign promise to support the biofuel.

The phone call came less than a day after CNN reported that Trumps eldest son had reached an agreement with the committee to appear in a private session and answer investigators questions.

This is typical of the ham-handed and transparent way that the president operates. There isnt the slightest bit of subtlety in this kind of approach. And it makes Grassley look embarrassingly corrupt.

I dont know if Grassley was secretly irritated to be compromised in such an obvious manner, but he didn&rsquo......

I Didn't Want to Care About Doug Jones "IndyWatch Feed"

I made a big mistake. I decided to watch the speech that Doug Jones gave on December 5th. It was a mistake because it made me admire the man, and that set me up to be disappointed tonight if he doesnt win the special election for Jefferson Beauregard Sessions IIIs seat in the U.S. Senate.

Ill be honest, the election of Donald Trump caused post-traumatic stress disorder, which isnt an ideal condition for a political prognosticator. One way of protecting myself is to not allow myself to get my hopes up, especially in a case where the prospects for victory have never been particularly strong. The simpler and safer course is to assume defeat and stand ready to be pleasantly surprised.

One advantage Ive had in this case is that it simply isnt possible to tell who will win based on the polls. Of course, the polls said Clinton would win and she didnt, so I wouldnt trust even a modest polling lead. But lacking any lead at all, its not difficult or unjustified to take an agnostic view of the likely result tonight.

What I didnt want to do is to get emotionally invested in this election. But watching Doug Joness December 5th speech created a problem for me. He seems to combine some of the better characteristics of Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton and at the same time to lack some of their flaws. Overall, hes more progressive than either of them. He connects with an audience a little better than Carter and he brings more moral authority than Clinton ever could. He has a worldview that brings an historic scope to his message. He knows well whats been holding Alabama back, that they missed out on the New South entirely. Hes prosecuted Klansmen, including the men who carried out the Klans most notorious crime. Hes prosecuted child molesters. He may not have quite the policy chops of Carter and Clinton, but hes fluent and knowledgable about Alabamas emerging tech, health, and automotive industries.

I had been thinking about Jones more for what he can accomplish for the resistance against Trumps agenda. With his vote in the Senate, it may be possible to block things that would have otherwise passed. His election would serve as a rebuke to Trump and further undermine his power and sway. Simply by keeping Roy Moore out of the Senate, he would do everyone a service, including the Republican leadership there that doesnt really deserve the favor. His election...


What violence in Latin America? "IndyWatch Feed"

In partnership with the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Santiago de Chile, we debate the multiple realities we face today when tackling multiple and complex forms of violence in the region. Espaol

"Bullets from the military police ('PM') only kill black people". Protest in So Paulo, 2014. Image: Oswaldo Cornetti/fotos pblicas. Some rights reserved.Latin America faces an increase in the use of violence as a way to resolve its daily conflicts. The overwhelming organized crime presence in most Latin American countries has brought the overflow of homicide rates to quadruple world rates, and violence has put already too many places in a state of emergency or epidemics.

Although the countries with the highest homicide rates are Honduras, El Salvador, Jamaica, and Venezuela; regional averages often obscure bloody local realities. Take the reality of cities as diverse as Acapulco in Mexico, Trujillo in Peru or parts of Greater Buenos Aires in Argentina, that also see a very high prevalence of violence. Thus, when it comes to integrate the geography of violence into our analysis, and if we want to tackle the diversity of phenomena that tarnish today the Latin American daily life, we must recognize that it also involves taking a specific and localized focus.

The picture is thus multidimensional. In many countries, not previously known by its violence rates in the past, crime is now higher than it was just a decade ago. Available surveys show that almost a third of the citizens of Costa Rica, Uruguay and Chile, among other countries, has been the victim of a crime in the last 12 months. A situation that also characterizes a process of erosion of the quality of daily life that is currently taking place in too many countries.

The visibility albeit too slow and too late of violence against women that strikes in multiple scenarios, ranging from street harassment to thousands...


10 Thursday AM Reads "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

My not spending my tax cut just yet morning train reads:  Women Investors Get a Bad Rap (Next Avenue)  For Factor Investors, It Pays to Go Small (Morningstar)  The Amazon Machine (Benedict Evans) see also How 2017 Became a Turning Point for Tech Giants (New York Times)  Impact Investing Can Put a Profitable Spin on Charity (Fortune)  All

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Impunidad, negligencia y omisiones del Estado agravan conflicto en Chenalh y Chalchihuitn: Frayba "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

Ciudad de Mxico | Desinformmonos. El conflicto territorial entre las comunidades de Chenalh y Chalchihuitn y la situacin de los habitantes en Chiapas se exacerban por las condiciones preexistentes de pobreza en las que vive el 97 por ciento del municipio (Chalchihuitn) y por la impunidad, negligencia y omisiones del Estado para atender la situacin de conflicto, acus el Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolom de Las Casas.

Tras una misin de observacin en Chalchihuitn, organizaciones de la sociedad civil de Chiapas y el Movimiento Sueco por la Reconciliacin (SweFOR) documentaron la violencia y las condiciones en las que viven casi 6 mil desplazados en Chiapas. Constataron los disparos de armas de fuego sobre todo por las noches y fueron informados de que despus del asesinato del Samuel Prez Luna en Kanalumtik, Chalchihuitn, el pasado 18 de octubre, se profundiz la violencia.

La responsabilidad de los partidos polticos es evidente en este conflicto, ellos a travs de sus estructuras municipales y estatales han abonado a la impunidad, denunciaron luego de constatar la existencia de grupos armados que operan de manera abierta en estos municipios, sobre todo en Chenalh, y cuya actividad es permitida por las autoridades de Chiapas y del gobierno federal.

Denunciaron que la crisis humanitaria en la regin no es atendida como asegura en los medios el gobierno de Manuel Velasco Coello, pues los desplazados presentan enfermedades y no hay medicamentos ni atencin mdica urgente y adecuada, adems de que carecen de alimentos apropiados a la cultura y a una alimentacin sana, as como condiciones de salubridad.

No solamente vulneran el derecho a una vida digna, sino que incluso ponen en riesgo la vida de las personas desplazadas, no slo por el temor de ser asesinadas por los grupos armados, sino tambin por la ineficacia de las autoridades de Chiapas para atender la situacin de acuerdo a los lineamientos de los Principios Rectores del Desplazamiento Forzado de la Organizacin de Las Naciones Unidas y la Ley para la Prevencin y Atencin del Desplazamiento Interno en el estado de Chiapas, sealaron.

Explicaron que el municipio de Chalchihuitn se encuentra sitiado desde que los grupos armados destruyeron la carretera en el tramo Las Limas Chalchihuitn, lo que ha impedido el ingreso de vehculos que abastezcan de alimentos, medicamentos, suministros e insumos a la poblacin.

Aseguraron que entre los grupos ms vulnerables se encuentran las mujeres por la estructural violencia de gnero acentuada en condiciones de desplazamiento y los nios ante las enfermeda...


Russia Continues To Deny That It Is Source Of The Radioactive Ruthenium Cloud In Europe, But Seeks Contractor To Clean Up Part Of The Mayak Nuclear Site "IndyWatch Feed"

Charles Digges of Bellona points out that Moscow issues suspiciously repetitive denials about radioactive leak, in a December 11th article. [1] Russia continues to deny that they are the source of the radioactive Ruthenium 106 leak found in Europe and by Russias weather service (as does everyone else). Rather, Russia says that it was a satellite which crashed. [1, 2]

However, the UNs International Atomic Energy Agency found that no satellites powered by ruthenium had reentered the atmosphere during the time period in question.[2] Furthermore, Nils Bhmer, Bellonas general manager and nuclear physicist, said that a satellite plunging to earth would have produced many other isotopes that regulators would have detected.[1]

The International Atomic Energy Agency has to know the source. Accurate readings in conjunction with good historic weather maps would pinpoint the source. One cant really believe the IAEA or Russia. The little information that can be found does suggest that the origin is the region of the Mayak nuclear waste site, however.

According to Charles Digges of Bellona, The cause of the ruthenium leak, which was detected by French and German regulators in early November, was likely an error with a filtration system on an oven used to bake nuclear waste into glass a process called vitrification a routine procedure that Mayak regularly performs at a facility known as Factory 235. [1]

Yury Mokrov, adviser to Mayaks director general, said in a webcast press conference on December 13 that the plant does routinely process Ruthenium-106. Mokrov insisted, however, that the plant cannot be the source of any major leak, saying the emissions from the plant are so insignificant we can only see it in the [plants] chimney.[3]

However, in an earlier article, Charles Diggs explains that: During such procedures, which Mayak performs routinely, ruthenium 106 can become volatile and change form, and these changes determine the kind of filter thats required. Without the right kind of filter, gaseous ruthenium can end up in the atmosphere which is exactly where the Europeans have been finding it. [4]

Additionally, Russia put out a bid for clean-up of Mayaks factory 235!
Google translate of the bid:
Notice of a tender with limited participation from 29.11.2017 0773100000317000120
Method for determining the supplier (contractor, performer) Competition with limited participation
The accommodation is carried out by the Customer
The name of the object of procurement. Performance of work: Rehabilitation of a radioactively contamina...


Iran: Trumps Jerusalem Move Will Hasten the Destruction of Israel "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.
IRANS SUPREME LEADER Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The West needs to be careful not to let Iran gain from

IRANS SUPREME LEADER Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The West needs to be careful not to let Iran gain from the crisis with Qatar. (photo credit: REUTERS)

BEIRUT Donald Trumps recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital will hasten the countrys destruction, Irans defense minister said on Monday, while a top Revolutionary Guards commander phoned two Palestinian armed groups and pledged support for them.

Leaders of Iran, where opposition to Israel and support for the Palestinian cause has been central to foreign policy since the 1979 Islamic revolution, have denounced last weeks announcement by the US president, including a plan to move the US embassy to the city.

The Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

(Trumps) step will hasten the destruction of the Zionist regime and will double the unity of Muslims, Irans defense minister, Brigadier General Amir Hatami, said on Monday, according to state media.

The armys chief of staff, General Mohammad Baqeri, said Trumps foolish move could be seen as the beginning of a new intifada, or Palestinian uprising.

Iran has long supported a number of anti-Israeli militant groups, including the military wing of Lebanon-based Hezbollah, which the deputy commander of Irans elite Revolutionary Guards, Brigadier General Hossein Salami, said was stronger than the Zionist regime.



Why Oppose the Globalists and Then Let Them Educate Your Children? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"


Do you remember the famous line from the classic movie, Animal House as John Belushi stated: Did we give up after the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? This is a humorous but sarcastic and somewhat truthful quote designed to illustrate the folly of American education. Today, our kids are taught the folly of climate change without the benefit of using the scientific method. Social justice warriors patrol our university campuses looking to impose discipline for the mere appearance of incorrect views in this modern rendition of  The Lord of the Flies.  

An increasing number of Americans are realizing the folly of participating in the globalist world of antiChristian and anti-American values and then letting these same forces educate our children. In greater numbers we are avoiding the K-Marts, the Walmarts and all of the slave marts. We buy precious metals instead of horde cash because we know where this is all headed. More Americans are growing their own food. They increasingly shop at the mom and pop stores as opposed to the corporate entities. We visit natural doctors as opposed to the cut it out, burn it out and poison it out AMA approved doctors. More Americans than every belore are going off the grid. More of us are holidng home Bible studies as opposed to attending a DHS Clergy Response Team  controlled church who doesnt just render unto Caesar, they are Caesar. With all that many Americans are doing to not be a part of the evil empire then why in the world would parents give up their children to the public schools that are controlled by the same forces that have forced millions of Americans into varous degrees of alternatives to the main stream society? John Kennedy said it this way:

The great enemy of the tr...


From JoyCamp to Poetry "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Benny Wills (aka one of the collaborators behind the JoyCamp conscious comedy group) joins us today to discuss the next step in his evolution as a creative human being: poetry! We talk about his new video/poem Bill Lost His Memory and what it means for the future of Benny and JoyCamp.


Charles Hughes Smith & Chris Waltzek Ph.D. (Podcast) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Charles Hughes Smith & Chris Waltzek Ph.D. Podcast Radio Gold Seek Highlights Charles Hughes Smith from the Of Two Minds blog returns with commentary on the cryptocurrency bonanza. Real-world, peer-to-peer Bitcoin applications yield exceptional utility for all global inhabitants. The...

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FCC Chair Blasts Google & Facebook, 1937 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

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I am graduating "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I have been hinting for months that I am close to graduating.  Well, the time has come.  I am graduating with a Ph.D. in physics.

In the immediate future, I will be unemployed.  I am taking my time looking for a job in data science.  That means Ill find some tech company and analyze data for them.  And before you comment on that career choice, let me just say that I know more physics students moving into data science than staying in physics.  When I do find a job I probably wont make any announcement about it.

Given that most of my time blogging has been while I was at grad school, the impact on my blogging is unknown.  I may have more free time while unemployed, but I wont necessarily spend that time blogging.  (Note that I often take a blogging break near Christmas, and that has nothing to do with graduating.)

Ah, one thing that might make an impact on blogging, is that I will lose journal access.  I can still get physics papers on ArXiV, but most of what Id want to blog about would be in social sciences or humanities.  So, thats a bit tougher.

After this post, I intended to write at least a couple more blog posts about why grad school can be such a bad experience.  Its not too late, Ill get around to it eventually.

If you are unwise enough to wonder what my dissertation is about, Ill tell you.

I worked on photoemission spectroscopy of cuprate superconductors.  Photoemission spectroscopy is the technique of shining light on a material, and measuring the electrons that come out.  The technique tells us about how the electrons were behaving in the material.  A superconductor is material in a special state where electricity is conducted with zero resistance.  Cuprates are a particular class of superconductors.  Cuprates are famous for being in a superconducting state up to relatively high temperatures (but high temperature still means minus ~170 degrees Celsius).  Cuprates are not fully understood, and have been a longstanding mystery since they were discovered in the 80s.

Photoemission spectroscopy of cuprates sounds very specific, but its a well-established and competitive field of research.


Greek anarchists target Saudi embassy over Yemen conflict "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


The group also said the Saudi royal family had imposed a "medieval dystopia" on its people


Reliability, security and QoS are critical when evaluating networking solutions providers "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Reliability, security and quality of service all rank above cost when evaluating networking solutions providers. Spiceworks surveyed U.S.-based IT professionals who have influence on their organizations Ethernet, MPLS and SD-WAN purchase decisions. The survey gathered data around the challenges, benefits and drivers of utilizing these networking technologies. Key findings Nearly half of respondents preferred purchasing networking solutions as part of a bundled offering, as opposed to a single solution. Nearly three out of 10 respondents More


Remembering the Women Who Helped Shape Indias Constitution "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Centre for Womens Development Studies 2018 calendar revolves around two women members of the constituent assembly Dakshayani Velayudhan and Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit.

The back-cover of the calendar for 2018. Courtesy: CWDS

The back-cover of the calendar for 2018. Courtesy: CWDS

New Delhi: The contributions and role of the women who helped draft the constitution of free India was front and centre last week at the release of the Centre for Womens Development Studies 2018 calendar  Women at the Midnight Hour. The calendar revolves around two of those eminent women members of the constituent assembly Dakshayani Velayudhan and Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit.

At a time when the agency of adult women to govern their own lives has come under threat, and with the country completing 70 years of independence, the CWDS has chosen to draw focus to the 15 women in the 299-member constituent assembly. Yes, there were only 15, said Malavika Karlekar, under whom the organisation has been producing calendars for over a decade.

According to her, the CWDS calendar grew organically out of an exhibition which was aimed at recording the history of women over a century and a half through photographs. These images in the Representing Indian Women 1875-1947: A Visual Documentary exhibition eventually became a part the organisations calendars.

For the 2018 calendar, the ph...


CounterPunch: Jim Kavanagh on Zionism (and Zionist-Occupied America) in the Light of Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed War"

Zionism in the Light of Jerusalem

Donald Trumps official recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is an embarrassment. A salutary embarrassment.

. . .

America has become a Zionist country. And it shows. And its discomfiting. For the most powerful people and institutions in the United States, Zionism has become a core component of American ideology and politics, married, like nothing else is, to capitalism and imperialism as a co-equal existential imperative.

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US presses Thailand to downgrade ties with North Korea "IndyWatch Feed War"


KCNA VIA KNS/AFP | Thailand says it has drastically slashed trade with North Korea

BANGKOK (AFP)  The US has urged Thailand to downgrade diplomatic and trade ties with North Korea, a senior Thai official said Thursday after meeting with an American envoy, as the Trump administration pushes ahead with a global campaign to further isolate the nuclear-armed pariah state.General Wanlop Rugsanoah, secretary general of Thailands National Security Council, told AFP the request was made during his meeting with US special envoy for North Korea Joseph Yun, who arrived in Bangkok Wednesday evening for a two-day trip to the kingdom.

The US asked Thailand to put more pressure on North Korea, put more trade and diplomatic pressure, Wanlop said after his sit-down with Yun in Bangkok.

He stressed that Bangkok had already significantly reduced its trade volume with Pyongyang down to around $1.5 million a year and would curtail visas to North Korean citizens.

Thailand, one of Americas oldest allies in the region, is one of several Southeast Asian countries to host a North Korean embassy, and once enjoyed valuable economic ties with the reclusive regime.

But the UN and the US have increasingly leaned on regional leaders to do more to squeeze North Korea as international sanctions have not resulted in Pyongyang halting its nuclear and long-range ballistic missile tests.

Yuns visit is part of a December 11-15 trip to Asia including a stop in Japan to discuss ways to strengthen the pressure campaign following the DPRKs latest ballistic missile test, the US State Department said, referring to the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, the Norths official name.

The US embassy in Bangkok confirmed Yuns meeting with the National Security Council chief took place but declined to provide more details on the discussion.

Wanlop insisted there were no meetings planned between American and North Korean officials in Thailand.

In August, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stopped in Bangkok to pressure the government to crack down on North Korean shell companies that use the Thai capital as a trading hub.

Thailand said this week it had drastically slashed trade with North Korea this year, down 94 percent compared with 2016.

Pimchanok Vonkorpon, director of the Thai Commerce Ministrys Trade Policy and Strategy Office, said there will be no export...


En 2016, 7.5 mujeres fueron asesinadas al da: estudio "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

Un estudio realizado por ONU Mujeres revel tambin que ms de 52 mil mexicanas han sido asesinadas por cuestiones de gnero en los ltimos 32 aos Regeneracin, 14 de diciembre de 2017.- De acuerdo con el estudio La violencia feminicida en Mxico, aproximaciones y tendencias 1985-2016, 52 mil 210 mexicanas fueron asesinadas en 32 aos presuntamente []

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Supreme Court to Pronounce Order on Mandatory Linking of Aadhaar Tomorrow "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Attorney General K.K. Venugopal, representing the Centre, said the government was willing to extend the deadline up to March 31 next year.

On the issue of linking of Aadhaar card with mobile services, the Attorney General said that the deadline of February 6 next year was fixed in pursuance of an apex court direction. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today reserved its interim order for tomorrow on a batch of pleas seeking a stay on the governments decision of mandatory linking of Aadhaar with various welfare schemes, as the Centre extended the deadline up to March 31 next year.

A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said the final hearing on the petitions challenging the Aadhaar scheme itself would commence from January 17 next year.

Attorney General K.K. Venugopal, representing the Centre, said the government was willing to extend the deadline up to March 31 next year for mandatory linking of the national biometric identifier to avail the benefit of various services and welfare measures.

Venugopal, however, told the bench, also comprising Justices A.K. Sikri, A.M. Khanwilkar, D.Y. Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan, that the Aadhaar should be allowed to remain mandatory for opening of new bank accounts.

The government had yesterday issued a notification to extend till March 31 the deadline for mandatory quoting of Aadhaar and Permanent Account Number (PAN) for bank accounts and certain financial transactions. However, there is no word on extending the February 6, 2018 deadline for linking mobile SIM cards with Aadhaar.

On the issue of linking of Aadhaar card with mobi...


Why the New Tax Reform Bill Is a Win-Win for Gold "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Why the New Tax Reform Bill Is a Win-Win for Gold From Birch Gold Group During his election campaign, one of Trumps promises was to lower taxes. And now, its expected to become a reality. The new tax reform bill...

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WATCH: Cops Get Slap on the Wrist for Trying to Beat Compliant Man to Death "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

After savagely beating and tasering a compliant and arguably innocent man on video, police investigated themselves and issued a slap on the wrist.


Roller coaster car derails, injuring mom and three kids "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

The last car of an amusement roller coaster in Aigio derailed, injuring a mom and three kids. Nobody claims responsibility for the accident. Neither the municipality authorities that were in charge for the permission and the fact that the roller coaster was installed in one of the main squares of the town before the the

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Berto Jongman: US Homeless Population Jumps Again "IndyWatch Feed War"

Berto Jongman

Its the Inequality, Stupid: Growing US Homelessness a Result of Economic Growth

The homeless population in the United States has risen this year, the first time since the 2008 Great Recession, as Wall Street continues to tout historic profit-based milestones.



Port Moresby: Recently, staff at the PNG LNG plant, operated by ExxonMobil PNG, successfully concluded a three-month program to deliver potable water to schools in the villages of Lealea, Papa, Boera and Porebada. The schools and students were being impacted by this years dry season, with students being unable to complete full days at school due to water shortages.

The water cartage initiative began in September after the site Operations team was able to adjust plant needs for water and redirect a portion of the sites potable water supply to the cartage program. A delivery roster was then set up with the schools to provide potable water on a regular basis.
A total of 300,000 litres of water was delivered to 12 schools; Redscar High School, Porebada Primary and Elementary Schools, Maiari Pre-school, Papa Primary, Elementary, and Pre-Schools, Lealea Primary and Elementary Schools, Bogi Literacy School and Boera Primary and Elementary schools.
LNG Plant Operations Manager Jagir Baxi, was pleased with everyones efforts. The dry season this year had a prolonged effect on the communities around our LNG plant. Many of our staff live in the communities so we have a first-hand understanding of the difficulties they were facing.
I am glad that we were able to assist the schools and students through this small but important contribution. Most importantly, the water deliveries to schools was successful in helping students to complete their year of study with as little interruption as possible, said Jagir.
The dry spell recently broke with the arrival of good rain around Port Moresby.


Income Inequality Highest in India Since 1980s, Finds New Report "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The reports findings give credence to the theory that the opening up of the economy has disproportionately benefited those at the top of the income pyramid.

Credit: Reuter

New Delhi: Income inequality has reached historically high levels in India since the 1980s when economic and trade liberalisation began in the country, with the top ten percent of the population accounting for 56% of the national income in 2014, says a new report on income inequality across the world by the World Inequality Lab.

The report gives credence to the theory that the opening up of the economy has disproportionately benefited those at the top of the income pyramid.

The report further says that the top one percent of the population accounted for as much as 22% of the countrys total income in 2014.

Also, the absolute growth in income of the top one percent of the population since the 1980s has been more than that of the bottom 50% people taken together, according to the report.

The report was coordinated by economists Thomas Piketty, Facundo Alvaredo, Lucas Chancel, Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman.

According to the report, inequality within the top...


Electric eels solving energy problems "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 2017 video is called Electric eel immobilized a huge crocodile.

By Maria Temming:

Electric eels provide a zap of inspiration for a new kind of power source

Battery-like devices mimic how a charge builds up in the animals cells

1:22pm, December 13, 2017

New power sources bear a shocking resemblance to the electricity-making organs inside electric eels.

These artificial electric eel organs are made up of water-based polymer mixes called hydrogels. Such soft, flexible battery-like devices, described online October 13 in Nature, could power soft robots or next-gen wearable and implantable tech.

Its a very smart approach to building potentially biocompatible, environmentally friendly energy sources and has a bright future for commercialization, says Jian Xu, an engineer at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge not involved in the work.

This new type of power source is modeled after rows of cells called electrocytes in the electric organ that runs along an electric eels body. When an eel zaps its prey, positively charged potassium and sodium atoms inside and between these cells flow toward the eels head, making each electrocytes front end positive and tail end negative. This setup creates a voltage of about 150 millivolts across each cell. The voltages of these electrocytes add up, like a lineup of AAA batteries powering a flashlight, explains Michael Mayer, a biophysicist at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. Collectively, an eels electrocytes can generate hundreds of volts.



Provincial Publich Servants and precinct board exchange views on leadership "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Provincial public servants and Precinct Board exchange views on leadership
Regional public servants and the Board of the Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct came together in Madang recently to exchange insights and ideas about public sector leadership and delivery of services in subnational areas. 

More than 45 participants at the Pacific Institute of Leadership and Governances project management short course took hold of a unique mentoring opportunity with the Precincts eminent Executive Advisory Board, which included Archbishop Douglas Young, John Kali, Fr Jan Czuba, Bruce Davis, Dame Meg Taylor, Tony Shepherd, Jean Kekedo and Serena Sasingian. 
Course participant Angella Wauwau, community development officer in the Nuku District of West Sepik Province, said public servants were being trained to ensure local communities are empowered to respond to local issues and opportunities. 

We officers at the district and LLG level experience firsthand the challenges, problems, needs and aspirations of our people, Ms Wauwau said. 
We need to be equipped with knowledge and skills refresher courses and short courses empower us and motivate us. 
I believe this is the right direction and way forward to assist public servants - we can go back to serve our people and we can deliver government services effectively and efficiently. 
Project Management was the first Pacific Institute of Leadership and Governance short course to be run in Madang with Precinct support, which is increasingly focused on providing opportunities for subnational public servants. 
Douglas Kilipi, DDA Executive Officer & Project Manager in the Mul-Baiyer District of Western Highlands Province, said public servants in regional areas each have a crucial role to play in national development. 
It all boils down to us public servants. We do....


Southern Syria faces more uncertainty as US pulls funding for anti-Assad militias "IndyWatch Feed War"


The Southern Front is a group of anti-Assad militias in Daraa and Quneitra, who have been paid, armed and directed by US-led MOC


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Judges sworn in "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

H.E. Grand Chief Sir Bob Bofeng Dadae, GCL, GCMG, KStJ, Governor General of Papua New Guinea, today presided over the swearing in ceremony of a judge and acting judges of the National and Supreme Courts of PNG.
They are:
1. Jim Wala Tamate appointed as a Judge of the National & Supreme Court of Justice for a term of 10 years commencing today. Justice Tamate will be based in Port Moresby and will serve in the Human Rights division of the judiciary alongside Justice David Cannings.
2. Sinclair Peniel Gora appointed as an acting Judge of the national Court of Justice for a period of 12 months commencing today. He will be based in Wewak, East Sepik Province.
3. David Abiri Susame appointed as an acting Judge of the National Court of Justice for a period of 12 months commencing today. He will be based in Kokopo, East New Britain province.
4. John Richie Benaud Kaumi appointed as an acting Judge of the National Court of Justice for a period of 12 months commencing today. He will be posted to Lae, Morobe province.
5. John Kamane Numapo appointed as an acting Judge of the National Court of Justice for a period of 12 months commencing today. He will be based in Lae, Morobe province.
The judge and acting judges recited before the Governor General the Declaration of Office, Declaration of Loyalty and Judicial Declaration.
The swearing in ceremony was witnessed by Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia, Deputy Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika and fellow judges.
Pic1: Acting Judge David Abiri Susame


Scrapping anti-Terror laws naivety or opportunity? "IndyWatch Feed"

As the government awaits the first report of the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, Theresa May has reason to be worried.

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This month, Max Hill QC, Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, is due to submit his first annual report on the operation of key anti-terrorism laws in the UK.

The government has reason to be concerned. Theresa May has long been a pioneer of tough anti-terror legislation and has made clear she would be prepared even to get rid of human rights laws that supposedly detract the war against terror.

Hill, on the other hand (the second Independent Review since the office was created), not only opposes the introduction of new measures, but has also expressed his views that special anti-terror laws are unnecessary and should be abolished.

The point is that terrorism is crime and all terrorists are criminals. As such, they should be arrested, charged and brought before the courts, and the more that can be done under general criminal legislation the better, he said.


The governments response so far has been to accuse him of schoolboy errors or breathtaking naivety. But leaving to one side Hills wide-range experience litigating anti-terror cases, it is unlikely to be a satisfactory response for long.

Hills concerns about counter-terrorism legislation are....


By 2020, artificial intelligence will create more jobs than it eliminates "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

2020 will be a pivotal year in AI-related employment dynamics, according to Gartner, as artificial intelligence (AI) will become a positive job motivator. The number of jobs affected by AI will vary by industry; through 2019, healthcare, the public sector and education will see continuously growing job demand while manufacturing will be hit the hardest. Starting in 2020, AI-related job creation will cross into positive territory, reaching two million net-new jobs in 2025. Many significant More


Yellen Proclaims Its Different This Time (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

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New York court upholds dismissal of defamation suit against Trump "IndyWatch Feed"

Kristen Gillibrand hardest hit. From Bloomberg: You cant sue Donald Trump for tweeting that youre a real dummy! and a major loser with zero credibility or for saying you begged him for a job on his presidential campaign when Continue reading


Gaia and AI: Is James Lovelocks Shock Prediction Coming True? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"


By William Henry

Can you imagine an artificially intelligent Gaia bot, a humanoid and sentient, but synthetic, organism with a fake celebrity face, emerging from the collective consciousness of AI and speaking for Gaia? Can you imagine this bot running the world and controlling human behavior in the name of saving the Earth? Can you imagine billions of people lining up to receive a neural implant that will interface them with the Gaia bot or face elimination?

You will. At least in a scary vision of eco-mystics and AI-mystics where humans merge with machines to save Gaia.

Of course, this merging is not theoretical. It is happening right before our eyes. The pace of this merger is accelerating. Dr. James Lovelock, who coined the term Gaia hypothesis shockingly predicted this merger, or even a take-over or elimination of humanity by robots, two years ago (more momentarily).

If one it is at all interested in saving Gaia, and humanity, it is time to listen to him.


In 1979, Lovelock, a British chemist, was hired by NASA to assist in its search for evidence of extraterrestrial life. Lovelock pondered the intelligence or consciousness (my terms) which enabled Earth to be so different from its cosmic neighbors, the dead and frozen Mars, and super hot and toxic Venus, and maintain life. It appeared as if something tran...


Steven Aftergood: Foreign Agents Registration Act "IndyWatch Feed War"

Steven Aftergood


In the wake of the 2016 election, concerns have been raised with respect to the legal regime governing foreign influence in domestic politics, a new report from the Congressional Research Service notes. The central law concerning the activities of the agents of foreign entities acting in the United States is the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).

Significantly, that law does not prohibit representation of foreign interests or limited distribution of foreign propaganda. Instead, the Act provides only for public disclosure of any such activities. FARAs legislative history indicates that Congress believed such disclosure would best combat foreign influence by informing the American public of the actions taken and information distributed on behalf of foreign sources. See The Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA): A Legal Overview, December 4, 2017.


IAS-IPS Turf Wars Are Not Good For Governance "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Indias policy makers and the enlightened elements in the steel frame need to appreciate the gravity of the problem and understand the ramifications.

What is good for the IAS is not necessarily good for the country, and the same thing applies to the IPS. Credit: PTI

What is good for the IAS is not necessarily good for the country, and the same thing applies to the IPS. Credit: PTI

A commonplace clarification to begin with. The chief secretary of a state, its home secretary and district magistrates belong to the Indian Administrative Service (IAS). The state police chief and district police chiefs belong to the Indian Police Service (IPS). At times, a few district magistrates and police chiefs come from the cadre of state service officers, thanks to their political clout.

On September 7, 2017, Rajiv Kumar, the chief secretary of Uttar Pradesh, wrote a letter to district magistrates directing them to chair the monthly law and order review meetings in their respective district police lines to assess and analyse the law and order situation. As expected, the IPS community took offence at the letter, interpreting it as an attempt to dilute their authority in the police hierarchy and command and control in districts. Subsequently, again as expected, the UP police chief, who is...


It's personal: How Trump betrayed both Abbas and Abdullah of Jordan "IndyWatch Feed War"

For once the Jordanian king and Palestinian president have earned their position as Arab leaders


Is a Bottleneck Effect Endangering Chinese Alligators? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The effect is what happens when the population of a species shrinks so much that the surviving individuals are not just fewer in number but also contain fewer genetic variations.

One of several Chinese Alligators at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. Caption and credit: Greg Hume/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0

One of several Chinese Alligators at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. Caption and credit: Greg Hume/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0

The sleek Chinese alligators living inconspicuously in the murky wetlands of the Yangtze river are being pushed to the edge of extinction again. Less than 120 individuals survive in the wild. The trouble is that the captive population, present in sufficient numbers in two natural reserves in China, might be suffering from a population bottleneck, according to a recent study from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou.

Such a bottleneck happens when the population of a species shrinks so much that the surviving individuals are not just fewer in number but also contain fewer genetic variations.

If we were to compare the long strands of DNA between two individuals of the same species, we would find some subtle differences. These differences help the population adapt to changing environmental conditions, withstand the outbreak of new diseases, etc. The larger the number of individuals in a naturally healthy population, the larger the number of variations that confer adaptability an...


Congress Slams Election Commission for Ignoring Modis Model Code of Conduct Violation "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The party accused the EC of being a puppet of the ruling BJP after it pulled up Rahul Gandhi over alleged model code of conduct violation in Gujarat but failed to take action against the PM for the same.

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi. Credit: PTI

Rahul Gandhi. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: A day after the Election Commission (EC) issued a notice to Congress president-elect Rahul Gandhi for violating the model code of conduct in Gujarat, the party accused the Commission of becoming a puppet and frontal organisation of the BJP for failing to take action against the prime minister for holding a road show soon after casting his vote in Ahmedabad today.

Rahul had been pulled up by the EC for giving an interview to television channels after campaigning for the second and final round of polling in the state had ended.

The Congress said the prime minister had conducted a road show and thereby violated the model code of conduct by walking up to the crowds who had gathered outside the polling booth and then waving to them from the footboard of his vehicle.

Senior party leaders later also submitted a memorandum to the EC against Modis alleged violation of the model code of conduct.

It is a sad day for the country as EC has denigrated the constitution, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala charged at a press conference organised by the party at the All India Congress Committee headquarters in New Delhi. He said the poll panel had denigrated into a puppet and frontal organisation...


Fracking damages babies health "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video from the USA says about itself:

Fracking Moratorium Now [Scrapple Service Announcement]

5 March 2014

Pennsylvania needs a governor who represents the people and not the gas industry one that will halt all new drilling permits. Fracking is dangerous fracking site spills, water contamination, toxic gas flaring, air pollution, well casing failures, low birth weight in babies, earthquakes.

The gas industry is exempt from environmental law. Tom Corbett has sold out Pennsylvania no regulation, no tax, no water for families in need. Other places have banned fracking: Pittsburgh, PA, New York State, France, Bulgaria, Romania, Germany, Czech Republic. Two-thirds of Pennsylvanians support a statewide moratorium. The PA state Democratic party supports a statewide moratorium. Why dont any of the Democratic candidates support a statewide moratorium?

Contact all of the candidates to let them know what you expect.

By Aimee Cunningham in the USA:

Fracking linked to low birth weight in Pennsylvania babies

Study of birth records finds association between infant health and moms proximity to production sites

5:55pm, December 13, 2017

Living near a fracking site appears to be detrimental to infant health, a study eyeing the gas production practice in Pennsylvania suggests.

Babies of moms living within one kilometer of a hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, site in the state had a 25 percent greater chance of being born underweight than d...


Trump signed a bill prohibiting the use of Kaspersky Lab product and services "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The US President Donald Trump signed a bill that bans the use of Kaspersky Lab products and services in federal agencies.

Section 1634 of the bill prohibits the use of security software and services provided by security giant Kaspersky Lab, the ban will start from October 1, 2018.

Below the details of the ban included in the section 1634 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018.

SEC. 1634. Prohibition on use of products and services developed or provided by Kaspersky Lab.

(a) Prohibition.No department, agency, organization, or other element of the Federal Government may use, whether directly or through work with or on behalf of another department, agency, organization, or element of the Federal Government, any hardware, software, or services developed or provided, in whole or in part, by

          (1) Kaspersky Lab (or any successor entity);
          (2) any entity that controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with Kaspersky Lab; or
          (3) any entity of which Kaspersky Lab has majority ownership.

(b) Effective date.The prohibition in subsection (a) shall take effect on October 1, 2018.

Senator Jeanne Shaheen joyed for the news, asserting that the US Government gathered all necessary evidence to motivate such decision.

The case against Kaspersky is well-documented and deeply concerning. This law is long overdue, and I appreciate the urgency of my bipartisan colleagues on the Senate Armed Services Committee to remove this threat from government systems. commented Shaheen.

Sen. Shaheen is the author of a letter recently sent to the Trump administration asking that information on Kaspersky Lab be declassified to raise public awareness regarding the serious threat that the Moscow-based software company poses to the United States national security.


Tillersons No Preconditions For North Korea Means Things Are Worse Than We Thought "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sent shockwaves through the foreign policy establishment this week when he suggested that the United States is prepared, for the first time, to come to the negotiating table with North Korea without any preconditions or promises from Pyongyang that it would halt, even if just temporarily, its nuclear program.

Tillersons startling comments, which mark a major departure from U.S. policy and part significantly with President Trumps views on the North Korea crisis, signal that Pyongyang is truly on the cusp of having a nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), and that a military conflict might be fast approaching.

On Monday, an analysis was released by 38 North, a U.S. website specializing in North Korea, indicating Pyongyang may be getting ready to test another nuclear weapon. The countrys last test, in early September, was estimated to have been 17 times more powerful than the hydrogen bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima.

The September test resulted in a fresh round of international sanctions, which, apparently, have done nothing to deter the hermit kingdom from moving ahead apace with its nuclear program. North Korea is similarly catapulting forward with its ICBM program, making steady progress and demonstrating this year that it now has the capability to reach the entire continental United States.

China Is Making Contingency Plans

By all accounts, the North is far ahead of previous estimates of when it would attain nuclear capability. With Pyongyangs rapid progress, the deployment of anti-missile systems to South Korea, Trumps boisterous posturing, and the evident failure of international sanctions, a growing number of experts estimate that some kind of war or conflagration is possible in 2018.

China doesnt seem all that interested in making significant efforts toward curbing North Koreas nuclear program, despite the Trump administrations persistence in believing that it is. Yet Beijing is forming a contingency plan in the event of the collapse of its neighboring client state, either from an outside pre-emptive strike or a self-imposed political implosion.

China is preparing for the waves of refugees that would attempt to enter China under such a scenario. According to recent reports, China has been setting up refugee camps along its border with North Korea and has conducted several military drill...


This Formerly Trans 14-Year-Old Has A Message For Questioning Kids "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Noor Jontry believed she was male from ages 11 to 13, but has changed her mind. Now at age 14, she is sharing her journey into the trans-male identity and back to her female self.

In an interview on the website 4thWaveNow, Noor gives extraordinarily mature insights into her thoughts and feelings as she changed from being certain she wanted gender transition to finding less drastic ways of addressing her gender dysphoria and becoming comfortable in her female body.

Gender dysphoria is the strong feeling of unease about ones gender not matching ones physical body. Noor says, I learned that being female isnt a feeling. Its a biological reality and I could feel however I feel without it meaning I was male.

When asked why she wanted to be male, she said she didnt like her body and wanted a different one. She also realizes in retrospect that I used being trans to try and escape being scared about being small and weak. I thought that if I presented myself as a man Id be safer.

With the encouragement of her mother, she researched the medical effects of puberty blockers, cross-gender hormones and surgery, and came to see that her initial beliefssuch as there being no dangerous side effects from hormones or blockers or thinking that she could delay puberty foreverwerent true. She says she now understands that testosterone is a powerful drug that can damage female organs, and puberty blockers negatively affect brain development.

When asked about dysphoria, Noor says, It is definitely a real feeling! But being uncomfortable is part of being human. If you cant cope with those feelings, then you need help learning better ways to cope. My psychologist understood I had dysphoria and we worked through the trauma that caused it.

Dysphoria Always Has a Deeper Root

I have come under fire for suggesting people with gender dysphoria spend time with a psychologist to work through, as Noor puts it, the trauma that caused it. In my 10 years of working with trans persons and their families, I have found 100 percent of those who write me can identify the onset of gender dysphoria in themselves or their loved ones.

So many traumas can cause gender dysphoria, including emotional loss, abuse, and extreme changes in the home. According to research, almost two-thirds (62.7 percent) of transgender people have some type of co-existing psychiatric disorder, such as depression, phobias, and adjustment disorders.

As Noor has discovered and articulates so well: Dysphoria always has a deeper root. Trans isnt the right word. Weve lear...


Ferdinand Film Writes Narcissism Into Classic Childrens Story "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In 1935, Munro Leaf spent about 40 minutes writing a story for his friend Robert Lawson, a then-struggling illustrator. After a slow start, Munros text coupled with Lawsons beautiful ink drawings became a success, and The Story of Ferdinand has never been out of print. A few years after its publishing, Disney released an Academy Award-winning short film based on the book, and a full-length feature film opens in theaters on December 15.

The Story of Ferdinand tells a humorous story of a gentle-spirited bull who wants to sit just quietly under the cork tree and smell the flowers. When five men come to Ferdinands pasture to pick the biggest, fastest, roughest bull to fight in the bull fights in Madrid, all the bulls except for Ferdinand try to prove that they should be picked.

Ferdinand desires no glory, though, and instead just wants to sit peacefully. When hes stung by a bee, however, the men spot him flailing and snorting, and choose him for the bull fights. Once in the ring, much to everyones shock and dismay, Ferdinand cannot be provoked to fight.

Its funny to imagine, isnt it? The bull in the pasture isnt so scary when hes as gentle as the butterfly on the flowers hes sniffing. The idea coupled with Lawsons captivating illustrations are enough to elicit a giggle from even the stodgiest of readers. Leaf said, If the book fails to make you chuckle there is no excuse for its existence, as far as Im concerned.

Not Everyones Laughing, Though

Although Leaf says his story was nothing more than a tale meant for a laugh, The Story of Ferdinand met its success alongside some serious controversy. First published near the start of the Spanish Civil War, different views had the story being both pro-Franco and anti-Franco. Ferdinand has also been called a fascist, a communist, an anarchist, and most commonlygiven the context of the unstable world during the books first printinga pacifist. Burned by Adolph Hitler as democratic propaganda, 30,000 copies of the book were later printed and distributed when Berlin fell in 1945.

While many of the original readers had strong political interpretations of the book, many modern readers have embraced Ferdinand as champion for following ones heart. The Washington Posts 50th anniversary tribute to Ferdinand praised him for knowing that true courage is being true to ones self, no matter what anyone else might say.

Similarly, in the latest Ferdinand film, audiences will be told, Be strong, be brave, be true to yoursel...

Director Martin McDonagh Discusses His Wish To Portray A Suicidal Christ "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

When I met Martin McDonagh, he was in the process of directing his newly released film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri near Asheville, North Carolina. A local bookstore was hosting him for an afternoon interview and book signing, and I was more than happy to make the hour and a half drive to meet one of my favorite storytellers.

Martin McDonagh isnt exactly a household name, but he does have one more Oscar than most Hollywood A-listers. His first venture into film directing, a short called Six Shooter, won McDonagh an Academy Award for Best Live-Action Short Film. Prior to working in film, McDonagh wrote an impressive array of dark stage plays that received wide acclaim. My own introduction to McDonagh was his 2008 black comedy In Bruges.

In Bruges stars Colin Farrell (Ray) and Brendan Gleeson (Ken) as two hit men on the run from London. Ray botched his first job and accidentally killed a young boy along with the Catholic priest he was hired to kill. Ken is an older, more experienced hit man who acts as Rays partner, mentor, and babysitter.

After the boys murder, Ray and Kens boss, Harry Waters (Ralph Fiennes), orders them to go hide out in the city of Bruges, the most well preserved medieval town in all of Belgium. The film follows their misadventures as they await instructions from Harry in Bruges.

Laughter Plus Punishment

When I first saw the film, I was completely unsure what to think of it. The viewer experiences emotional whiplash, laughing heartily at absurd lines of well-crafted dialogue, but mere moments later sadly contemplating what it means for the state of Rays soul that he murdered a little boy. The movie is genuinely funny and sincerely dark, and effectively shows that good comedy is perfectly compatible with heavy themes.

Where In Bruges succeeds and other dark comedies often fall flat is in its preservation of the weight of emotion throughout the film. This is due at least in part to the spectacular piano-based score composed by Carter Burwell, best known for scoring films by the Coen brothers. The melancholy main theme evokes sincere reflection, even nostalgia, always drawing the viewer back to the deepest questions at the heart of the film, questions about salvation, penance, and punishment.

McDonagh was raised Roman Catholic, but left the church at a young age. Nevertheless, as an Irishman and former Catholic, the church features prominently in his stories. Rays first job as a hit man is to kill a priest. Ray and Ken visit the Church of the Holy Blood in Bruges, where a vial of Christs dried blood is said to be held. They also visit an art gallery featuring paintings of the final judgment of all mankind, which leads Ray to ask Ken his thoughts on sin, death, and the afterlife. In other words, even if not orthodox or traditional,...


Do You Know What Is In The Tax Bill That Congress Is About To Pass? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Do You Know What Is In The Tax Bill That Congress Is About To Pass? by Michael Snyder The Economic Collapse Blog A conference committee has been merging the tax bills that were passed by the House of Representatives...

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17 Best Video Games To Buy Your Gamers For Christmas "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Do you know someone who would like a video game for Christmas, but you have no idea what to buy? Heres some help.

There are a lot of game choices out there, but for the uninitiated, it might seem like a daunting task to get the best ones or just avoid the trash. Here is a list of the best games to buy for a friend, family member, or even yourself.

Note that this list only includes games available for purchase at retail or the retail versions of some games.

2017 Games and Newer

Persona 5 (Playstation3, Playstation4)

We have to start off with possibly the best game this year. Popular among Japanese role-playing game fans, this 100-plus hour game tasks you with changing the hearts of various wrongdoers by entering their subconscious and making your way through stylish levels while combating figments of the hosts personality with your own personas, which you can level, customize, and fuse to create stronger versions (like a more complex demonic Pokmon).

Thats only half the game. You also spend time interacting with characters to grow your relationship that corresponds to your strength in battle. This game has great acid jazz music, gorgeous art, well-written characters, and emotional moments.

This is for those who love jrpgs, character interactions, and style, as well as any of the other Shin Megami Tensei games. Previous games are not required to enjoy this.

Rated M for Blood, Drug Reference, Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Violence.

Nier: Automata (Playstation 4)

Do you want to play as a sexy robot in a post-apocalyptic world with a story revolving around existential crisis and questions about sentience, self-worth, and the value of life? This game has two main selling pointsits unique and interesting story and its fast, fluid combat. Its a little unorthodox in that it features 26 endings, achievable through some truly bizarre means. It also has an amazing musical score.

This is for those who love action games that might be a little different or an out-of-the-box way of storytelling, or if they like other Platinum-developed games like Bayonetta. While this is the second Nier game, the first is not required to understand the story.

Rated M for Blood, Partial Nudity, Strong Language, Violence.



Why A Tax Credit May Not Be The Best Way To Foster Adoption "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This is an article about adoption. But first, let me tell you about our recent minivan shopping.

You see, our current vehicle is 10 years old. It still runs fine, more or less, and I had hoped to hold onto it for a while longer yet, until I was excited about something new on the market or the vehicle needed major repairs, whichever came first.

But we take it for granted that subsidies towards electric car production have to be given to the consumer in the form of tax credits,when the whole thing could have been arranged as direct government subsidies to manufacturers and it wouldnt have even been under discussion in the tax reform proposals because no one would have considered it a part of the tax system.

So it is with the adoption tax credit, which was recently threatened in Congresss tax bills, but then restored. The rhetoric of the credit is that its a beautiful pro-life benefit and, in taking it away, Congress is practically consigning children to lives in orphanages or being snuffed out in abortion. But is that accurate?

Lets Review Some of the Facts and Figures

According to Adoption: By the Numbers, published by the National Council for Adoption, in 2014, there were a total of 69,350 unrelated domestic adoptions. Of these, only 18,329 were adoptions of infants. Split another way, of the total number of unrelated adoptions, 47,094 were through public agencies, 16,312 through private agencies, and 5,944 were private individual adoptions (no agency involved). Notably, private adoptions dropped by 55 percent from 2007 to 2014.

At the same time, there were 5,647 immigrant-orphan adoptions (2015 Department of State data). This is a small fraction of the 22,989 at the peak of overseas adoption in 2004, due to various sending countries tightening their regulations amid concerns about baby-buying. These children are largely toddler- and preschool-aged.

In 2012, when there were 8,600 such adoptions, 10 percent were infants, about 60 percent were between the ages of 1 to 4, and the remainder were older. The largest number, 36 percent, came from China; other top sending countries were Ethiopia, Ukraine, and Haiti.

And adoption is indeed expensive. According...


Free and Open Indo-Pacific Remains U.S. Goal "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Updated: Dec 13, 2017, 03.39 PM IST
The Economic Times

WASHINGTON: The US has elevated its engagement with India as part of its effort of a free and open Indo-Pacific, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said amid Chinas increasing assertiveness in the region.

The US for long has been favouring a larger role for India in the Indo-Pacific region to pursue common interests in the strategically key area.

As part of the free and open Indo-Pacific, we have elevated our engagement with India, Tillerson said.

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Rex Tillerson


Weve long had a trilateral relationship in the Indo- Pacific between Japan, Australia, and the US, and were now working towards whether this will become a quad relationship to include India because of the importance of Indias rising economy as well and I think shared national security concerns that we have with India, he said.


On Americas relationship with China, he said the administration now have a very active mechanism in which it can put complex issues on the table.


And we have differences, such as the South China Sea and Chinas building of structures, militarisation of these structures, and how that affects our allies in the region as well in terms of free and open trade, he said.


China claims almost all of the South China Sea but Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan have counter claims over the waterway.


The Indo-Pacific includes South Asia and the Indian Ocean.
As weve said to the Chinese, we hope we can find a way to freeze this particular activity. Whether we can reverse, it remains to seen. But it is not acceptable to us that these islands continue to be developed, and certainly not for military purposes, Tillerson said.
In Southeast Asia, we put forth a policy here not too long ago of a free and open Indo-Pacific, and this was built on the back of some of our views about Chinas One Belt, One Road policy. Chinas One Belt, One Road, we understand, is a policy they have to continue their economic development, and our policies do not seek to contain Chinas economic development, Tillerson s...

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