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Saturday, 23 September


Enterprise cloud adoption and IaaS security "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Barracuda Networks and research firm Vanson Bourne polled 300 IT decision makers from organizations across the US on their use of public cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). Survey results Respondents included IT professionals across small, medium, and large-sized organizations, and their answers paint the following picture: Respondents currently run 44 percent of their infrastructure in the public cloud, but expect this percentage to increase to 75.57% in five years 74 percent of respondents state More


U.S. Ambassador to India: Who Is Kenneth Juster? "IndyWatch Feed"

Kenneth Ian Juster, who served on Donald Trumps economic team, but fell out of favor early in the administration, was nominated September 1, 2017, to be ambassador to India, after having been rumored for several months to be the appointee. If hes confirmed, it will be his first such assignment.


Juster was born November 24, 1952, in New York and grew up in Scarsdale, New York, where his mother taught at the local high school. Juster attended Greenacres Elementary School there, and in sixth grade was able to interview Mick Jagger for the school paper. Juster attended Scarsdale High School, from which he graduated in 1972. He went on to Harvard, earning a B.A. in 1976 and then his law degree and a masters in public policy in 1980.


Juster took a job with the influential law firm Arnold & Porter in 1981. Among his clients was deposed Panamanian president Eric Delvalle, who went into exile after the rise of Manuel Noriega. Juster joined the George H.W. Bush administration in 1989, first as deputy to then-Deputy Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger and then in 1992 as acting counselor for the State Department. He returned to Arnold & Porter after Bush lost his bid for re-election.


When George W. Bush moved into the White House in 2001, Juster was back in government, this time as under secretary of commerce for the Bureau of Industry and Security. He served as U.S. chair of the U.S.-India High Technology Cooperation Group, and was instrumental in the Next Steps in Strategic Partnership initiative between the United States and India, which led to a civil nuclear agreement between the nations. This experience, and subsequent dealings with India, make Juster perhaps more qualified for his post than most non-State Department ambassadorial appointees.


Juster left government service in 2005 to become executive vice president for law, policy and corporate strategy at, a San Francisco-based software company. In 2010, Juster moved to equity firm Warburg Pincus as a partner and managing director. This relationship may prove troublesome for Juster in his new job; Warburg Pincus began increasing its Indian holdings shortly after Justers name was floated for the post. Juster will have to step carefully to avoid conflicts of interest as ambassador. While at Warburg Pincus, Juster also served as chairman of Freedom House, a non-governmental organization that conducts research and advocacy...


Is your router sending out spam? "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

A Linux Trojan that has been infecting IoT devices for half a year and made them run a SOCKS proxy server has now acquired spam-sending capabilities. About Linux.ProxyM Doctor Web virus analysts first documented Linux.ProxyM back in February 2017, and posited that cybercriminals use this Trojan to ensure online anonymity. With the latest upgrade, they can also earn money by sending out spam. Two builds of this Trojan exist for devices possessing the following architectures: More


Spoofed IRS notice delivers RAT through link updating trick "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The malware delivery trick involving updating links in Word documents is apparently gaining some traction: the latest campaign to use it likely takes the form of fake emails from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The fake email includes an attachment, supposedly a CP2000 notice, which is sent by the IRS when the income and/or payment information they have on file doesnt match the information the person reported on his or her tax return. This mismatch More


Mark Trahant: States complain to Senate about the burdens of Indian health care "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Wouldnt it be cool if once, just once, there was a debate in Congress that could only be decided by a vote that benefits Native people?


Cronkite News: Tribal leaders focus on marijuana industry at conference in Arizona "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Tribal leaders discussed the potential opening of legal marijuana businesses on tribal lands at the National Indian Gaming Association conference.


New infosec products of the week: September 22, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Cyber-defense for critical infrastructure including factories, plants, utilities & hospitals NTT Security has launched IT/OT Integrated Security Services, delivered via a combination of both Consulting Services (CS) and Managed Security Services (MSS). CS visualize components and potential risks of an industrial control system, and provides effective and efficient security measures. MSS provides proactive defense for industrial control system by continuously monitoring, detecting and blocking a cyberattack. WhiteHat Scout reinvents the way developers create secure software More


Maria's death toll rises to 37, Caribbean "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Hurricane "Maria" has left a trail of destruction across the Caribbean islands and has so far claimed the lives of at least 37 people. Maria is the 13th named storm, 7th hurricane, 4th major hurricane, and the 2nd Category 5 hurricane of the unusually...... Read more

Liberian park protects Critically Endangered western chimpanzees "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The Liberian government designated a new national park in August 2017 that will protect an important population of Critically Endangered western chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes verus), as well as several other species of large mammals. The rainforests of the new Grebo-Krahn National Park in southeastern Liberia are home to some 300 western chimpanzees, according to the Wild Chimpanzee Foundation (WCF), based in Leipzig, Germany. A decade in the making, the 961-square-kilometer (371-square-mile) park won the approval of Liberias legislature on Aug. 22. Now, it only requires signatures from the president and the Minister of Foreign Affairs formalities, WCF says to become officially designated. Grebo-Krahn National Park is situated in southeastern Liberia and is part of the Ta-Grebo-Sapo forest complex that extends into Cte dIvoire. Map courtesy of the Wild Chimpanzee Foundation Creating a new national park is of course very exciting after years and years of collecting data and engaging the various stakeholders, said Annika Hillers, a primatologist with WCF, in an email. What bigger reward could there be? But those years of work that WCF, other conservation organizations, and the Liberian government have put it were just the beginning, Hillers said. It is now that we all have to work harder than ever, to make sure that Grebo-Krahn National Park is effectively protected and local communities are adequately involved, she added. Grebo-Krahn forms the heart of the Ta-Grebo-Sapo forest complex, extending into neighboring Cte dIvoire. The contiguous habitat is a critical home to not only chimpanzees, but

Documenting Africas poaching epidemic: Q&A with the director of The Last Animals "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

After years of documenting some of the worlds bloodiest conflicts, a vacation in Kenya inspired photojournalist Kate Brooks to turn her lens to a different kind of violence: the slaughter of elephants and rhinos to feed black-market demand for ivory and rhino horn. Poaching is having a devastating impact on Africas wildlife. From 2006 to 2015, the population of African elephants is estimated to have declined by around 110,000, leaving just 415,000 still alive in the wild. The situation is no better for the continents rhinos: demand for their horns as decorative items and in traditional medicine has caused more than 7,100 to have been poached in the last decade, leaving a population of just 25,000. In her film The Last Animals, war-photographer turned filmmaker Kate Brooks traces this deadly trade across four continents traveling from protected areas in Africa to wildlife markets in Asia and North America in order to illustrate the complex web of global consumer demand, transnational criminal syndicates and local conflicts and political problems that contribute to the current poaching epidemic.  Along the way, Brooks also meets with investigators, scientists, zookeepers and rangers engaged in an all-too-often life threatening struggle to preserve the last remaining elephants and rhinos. The Last Animals is a finalist for the Special Jury award in the 2017 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival taking place September 24-29 in Jackson, Wyoming. Winners in 25 awards categories will be announced September 28. In an email interview, Kate Brooks shared her experience documenting the

Geht euch das auch so? Formel 1 ist einfach zu leise? ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Geht euch das auch so? Formel 1 ist einfach zu leise? Ja?

Keine Sorge, am Abhilfe wird gearbeitet!

Formula One is working on a microphone that can be attached to a cars exhaust system to make the sport louder and more visceral for television viewers.
Na also! Geht doch!


Syrian War Report September 22, 2017: US-backed Forces Push For Syrian Oil "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

from SouthFront Early on Friday, the Israeli Air Force struck a target in the Damascus International Airport, according to pro-opposition sources and the Israeli media. There are no details about the damage caused by airstrikes. Pro-Israeli sources claim that the Israeli Air Force targeted a part of the airport used for providing supplies to Hezbollah. []


Research: Todays American Teens Delay Reponsibility Longer Than Ever "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

18-year-olds now look like 15-year-olds used to, Jean Twenge says. Members of Generation Z, born between 1995 and 2012, are less likely to drink alcohol or have sex in high school. But they are also less likely to pursue independent acts of responsibility, like getting a drivers license or procuring a job while in high school.

Many people in Gen Xand even some among the millennial generationare rather dumbfounded by these trends. In my home state of Idaho, teens my age could procure a drivers license at 14, due to the states rural, farming nature. There wasnt a single kid who didnt look forward to his 14th birthday: it carried with it the prospect of independence, and eventually car ownership.

But the problems and dilemmas my generation facedsurrounding sex and alcohol, driving and recklessnessare not necessarily mirrored in younger generations, if Twenge is to be believed. The new book iGen: Why Todays Super-Connected Kids are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood has a lot of people talking, with good reason. It tries to address both the boons and perils of the smartphone era, considering both the strengths and weaknesses of the young people its helped shape.

iGen Has Grown Up In A Different World

Twenge is careful not to make digital media the sole scapegoat for iGens growing-up problems. When it comes to larger trends toward safety and abstaining from adult experiences (like car ownership and sex), Twenge suggests that other generational shifts could also be playing a part: todays teens are growing up in smaller families, she notes, with parents who nurture them more carefully and expect them to go to college. Kids often spend their summers focusing on extra-curriculars or internshipsnot blue-collar or service jobs.

When you add smartphones on top of these larger familial and educational trends, it makes sense that teens are increasingly staying in rather than venturing out into the wider world. Social media encourages teens to inhabit a virtual and curated reality, one that neednt carry them outside their bedrooms. As Twenge puts it, When the partys on Snapchat, you dont have to go out as much.

Physical Versus Mental Health


Venezuela Has Officially Abandoned The Petrodollar Does This Make War With Venezuela More Likely? "IndyWatch Feed World"

Venezuela Has Officially Abandoned The Petrodollar Does This Make War With Venezuela More Likely? | petrodollar | Economy & Business Sleuth Journal Special Interests War Propaganda World News

Venezuela is the 11th largest oil producing country in the entire world, and it has just announced that it is going to stop using the petrodollar.  Most Americans dont even know what the petrodollar is, but for those of you that do understand what I am talking about, this should send a chill up your spine.  The petrodollar is one of the key pillars of the global financial system, and it allows us to live a far higher standard of living than we actually deserve.  The dominance of the petrodollar has been very jealously guarded by our government in the past, and that is why many are now concerned that this move by Venezuela could potentially lead us to war.

I dont know why this isnt headline news all over the country, but it should be.  One of the few major media outlets that is reporting on this is the Wall Street Journal

The government of this oil-rich but struggling country, looking for ways to circumvent U.S. sanctions, is telling oil traders that it will no longer receive or send payments in dollars, people familiar with the new policy have told The Wall Street Journal.

Before we go any further, we should discuss what we mean by the petrodollar for those that are not familiar with the concept.  The following comes from an excellent article by Christopher Doran

In a nutshell, any country that wants to purchase oil from an oil producing country has to do so in U.S. dollars. This is a long standing agreement within all oil exporting nations, aka OPEC, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries. The UK for example, cannot simply buy oil from Saudi Arabia by exchanging Briti...


Trees Walking. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Trees Walking, William T. Horton, A Book of Images. (My favourite!)


Brexit Talks Could Continue Close to UKs March 2019 Exit, Theresa May Says "IndyWatch Feed War"

FLORENCE, Italy Britains negotiations with the European Union could continue close to its scheduled March 2019 departure from the bloc, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Friday.

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier has said the two sides need to come to an agreement by November next year in order to allow time for it to be ratified by parliaments.

Of course we will leave at the end of March 2019 and negotiations will be continuing potentially up quite close to that time, May said during a question-and-answer session following a speech in Florence setting out her Brexit plans.

(Reporting by William James; Writing by Kylie MacLellan; Editing by William Schomberg)


Turkey To Deploy Troops to Idlib Per Astana Agreement "IndyWatch Feed War"

Part of the bigger picture..


"NEW YORK, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday Turkey will deploy troops in Syria's northern Idlib region as part of a so-called de-escalation agreement brokered by Russia last month.

The "de-escalation" zones, agreed by Turkey, Russia and Iran, would be further discussed in talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin during his trip to Ankara next week, Erdogan said in an interview with Reuters while he was in New York for the annual United Nations General Assembly.

"The de-escalation zone agreement was a promising idea ... under which Russians are maintaining security outside Idlib and Turkey will maintain the security inside Idlib region," Erdogan said. "The task is not easy ... With Putin we will discuss additional steps needed to be taken in order to eradicate terrorists once and for all to restore peace."

Another Day, Another Israeli Strike on Syria


It's amazing to me how under reported the expose on massive 2.2 Billion dollar, scratching the surface, US gun running in the vicinity of the ME is? Or how just dribs and drabs of it come through in varying reports? Without explaining the scale/scope of this operation... I thought it quite an exercise of creating a both a convoluted paper and real world trail to discourage anything concrete being put together and yet- somebodies managed to shed some light on what is surely a vastly larger gun running scale, by their own admission, then they could expose! Gotta give them credit for taking the time and doing the digging!

It's covered...


Its Shocking How Empty The Stadium Was For Thursday Night Football "IndyWatch Feed"

Actions have consequences. Via Daily Caller: The San Francisco 49ers Thursday night game against the Los Angeles Rams kicked off in front of a nearly empty stadium. Los Angeles Times reporter Lindsey Thiry tweeted a photo at the time of kickoff, which showed thousands of open seats. In fact, most sections in the photo have []


Israel Strikes Damascus After Syrian Missile Defense Fires On Aircraft "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Israel Strikes Damascus After Syrian Missile Defense Fires On Aircraft from ZeroHedge For the third time in as many weeks Israel has reportedly bombed positions inside Syria. Syrian state media along with multiple regional outlets showed fires burning at a...

The post Israel Strikes Damascus After Syrian Missile Defense Fires On Aircraft appeared first on The Daily Coin.


[WATCH] Alabama Police Officer Shoots Driver Holding Wallet "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

LEE COUNTY, Ala. A little more than three years to the date, the dashcam video of Airman Michael Edwards being shot by Opelika police officer Phillip Hancock on Interstate

The post [WATCH] Alabama Police Officer Shoots Driver Holding Wallet appeared first on Filming Cops.


Is Spain Going to Explode Over Catalonian Secession? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The autonomous region of Catalonia has once again called for a referendum for secession from Spain, and all hell is breaking loose. Although the vote is still two weeks away, this week has seen a marked increase in tension and conflict between the two sides thats quickly reaching a boiling point. The government in Spain, which calls the planned vote illegal, has frozen Catalonias access to public funds so that they cant be spent on organizing the referendum. It is also trying to shut down its access to ballot boxes, although the Catalan government says it has 6,000 of them hidden away.

On Wednesday, the Spanish military arrested 14 high ranking Catalan officials and raided 41 Catalan regional government departments across the region. They have also raided newspapers to look for documents having to do with the referendum, following a judges order. This caused more than 40,000 protesters to take to the streets of Barcelona on Thursday night, which then provoked the Spanish government to send troops into the city. Tens of thousands are gathering again in the city today for more protests.

Demonstrating the severity of the situation, the government in Madrid had attempted to send 4,000 police officers to the region on Thursday in police boats which were meant to dock in Catalonia to deal with the escalating situation, but the boats couldnt dockthe port workers wouldnt cooperate. They either boycotted or refused docking access to the ships. The government responded by hiring ferries to be moored in the Port of Barcelona as temporary housing for police.

This Isnt The First Time Catalonia Has Sought Independence

Catalonia has long called for independence from Spain. As recently as 2014, it tried to hold a similar independence referendum. At that time, the Spanish government pushed back, calling the vote illegal. That caused Catalan leaders to rebrand the vote as a participation process to see how much support the Catalan government had for political independence. Catalan leaders still faced legal consequences for holding that vote, something that was presumably meant to scare Catalonia off from holding another referendum.

That clearly didnt work. This time around, Catalonia is much more defiant and is not taking no for an answer, which seems to be part and parcel of the populism thats been sweeping Europe in the last couple of years. Now, it appears Catalonias boldness could boil over into the kind of civil unrest that Western Europe hasnt seen in decades.

According to the...


Daily Inspiration "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Fall Song, by Mary Oliver Everything lives, shifting from one bright vision to another, forever in these momentary pastures.


To My Friends In Australia: The Vaccine War Deepens "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The string of abuses laid on citizens of Australia by their government grows almost week by week. Now, parental rights to raise children, without interference from the State, is under a new form of attack. This must be resisted. Schools are bringing doctors on board, as a permanent feature. Young children will be subjected to []


Stocks and Precious Metals Charts Ubi Sunt? Not With a Bang, But a Whimper "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Stocks and Precious Metals Charts Ubi Sunt? Not With a Bang, But a Whimper by Jesse Jesses Crossroads Cafe Love does not make you weak, because it is the source of all strength, but it makes you see...

The post Stocks and Precious Metals Charts Ubi Sunt? Not With a Bang, But a Whimper appeared first on The Daily Coin.


Well celebrate fall of Daesh in 2 months: General Soleimani "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Jim W. Dean - Standard current US geopolitical propaganda psyops focuses on framing anyone being able to defend themselves from American domination and aggression as a threat so they can be subjected to financial sanctions and military action.


Israeli strikes hit weapons depot by Damascus airport Warehouse belonging to Lebanese militant group Hezbollah "IndyWatch Feed War"


AFP/File | Israel and Syria are still technically at war, though the armistice line on the Golan Heights had remained largely quiet for decades until civil war erupted in Syria in 2011
BEIRUT (AFP)  Israeli strikes hit a weapons depot by Damascus airport overnight, targeting a warehouse belonging to Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, which is allied with the Syrian government, a monitor said Friday.Israeli warplanes targeted with rocket fire a weapons depot belonging to Hezbollah near the airport, said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

There was no immediate official confirmation from either Damascus or Israel, but the Jewish state has been accused of carrying out multiple strikes in Syria, including earlier this month.

On September 7, the Syrian army said Israeli warplanes hit one of its positions near the central town of Masyaf.

The site was reportedly used by Hezbollah forces and those of Iran, another Syrian government ally.

In April, the government accused Israel of firing several missiles at a military position near Damascus airport, triggering a huge explosion.

Israel has remained quiet on the accusations, but has repeatedly warned it stands ready to take military action to prevent Hezbollah from obtaining advanced weaponry.

Earlier this month, the Israeli military fired a Patriot missile to bring down what it said was an Iranian-made drone operated by Hezbollah on a reconnaissance mission over the Golan Heights.

Israel and Syria are still technically at war, though the armistice line on the Golan Heights had remained largely quiet for decades until civil war erupted in Syria in 2011.

Israel seized 1,200 square kilometres (460 square miles) of the Golan Heights from Syria in the Six-Day War of 1967 and later annexed it in a move never recognised by the international community.

Israel has expressed concern about Irans growing power in Syria, as well as that of Hezbollah.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Tuesday that Israel would fight to prevent an Iranian curtain descending on the Middle East.

We will act to prevent Iran from establishing permanent military bases in Syria for its air, sea and ground forces, he said.



The Neocon War Machine Seduces Morgan Freeman to Attack Russia "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Driving Miss Daisy actor has been coopted lately by the Powers That Be to attack Russia


1797, Curt Shilling ESPN is Openly Biggoted, 1797 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

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HURRICANE CONDITIONS OCCURRING ON THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS NHC Status as of 11:00 AM EDT Fri Sep 22 Location: 22.3N 71.0W Moving: NW at 8 mph Min pressure: 958 mb Max sustained winds: 125 mph [~200 km/h, Cat. 3B hurricane on FEWW New Hurricane Scale]   Advertisements Filed under: News Alert Tagged: Caribbean islands, []


The Data Demontrates That America Should Build the Wall and Initiate Merit Based Immigration "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"


immigration phoenix

I did not enjoy writing this article because I usually find myself rooting for the underdog, whether it is in sports or in politics. For example, I took great delight that I was able to take part in the greatest upset in American political history in which Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton.  Having been raised in Denver, I reveled in the fact, that after 17 straight losing seasons, the Denver Broncos have managed to win three Super Bowls.  Subsequently, when I look at immigration, it is the story of the down-trodden and how they have made a life for themselves. I can personally identify with this sentiment, because I am a first generation American on my fathers side of the family.

Despite my affinity for the underdog, I find myself adopting pragmatist views towards immigration. First, allow me to say that many immigrants are my Christian brothers and sisters. And those that are here, minus the hard-core criminals, should not be deported because it is a case of too much water under the bridge. However, there is something that can be done, and should be done, with regard to future immigration. The numbers simply do not lie.

The Truthful Answers Are Often the Simplest

Joe Guzzardi is a Californians for Population Stabilization and Senior Writing Fellow and he developed the following quiz on immigration:

1) What, for the last three decades, is the average number of immigrants legally admitted?

2) What is the Diversity Visa, and name at least three countries whose nationals have received the DV?

3) Approximately how many refugees does the U.S. resettle annually? Name at least three countries theyve come from.

4) Name the number of times Americans have voted on immigrant admissions, visa issuance, or refugee resettlement.


1) More than one million, all given life-time work authorization, a total that continues despite 9/11, the 2008 mortgage meltdown, a...


Jims Mailbox "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Dear Jim, Bert would not have fit into such a world. I am pretty sure I/you would not have graduated kindergarten and would have been some sort of negative poster children? Travesty is an understatement! Best, Bill Florida Parents Outraged After Teacher Demands Her 5th Graders Use Gender Neutral Pronouns September 21, 2017 Over the... Read more

The post Jims Mailbox appeared first on Jim Sinclair's Mineset.


Syria Kurds hold first local vote to cement federal push "IndyWatch Feed War"


AFP/File | Kurds made up around 15 percent of Syrias pre-war population and were long oppressed by the central government

QAMISHLI (SYRIA) (AFP)  Residents of Kurdish-majority areas of northern Syria began voting Friday in the regions first local elections, as part of a push to cement a semi-autonomous regional government.

Fridays vote is the first stage in a three-part election to select representatives at the district, municipal and regional levels.

The vote has been dismissed by Syrias central government as a joke, but for Kurds it represents a step towards a long-sought federal system.

Kurds made up around 15 percent of Syrias pre-war population and were long oppressed by the central government.

But they largely stayed out of the uprising that erupted in March 2011, instead quietly building local control in Kurdish-majority areas after the withdrawal of most government troops.

In March 2016, they declared three semi-autonomous regions in the areas under their control, where voting began Friday for representatives at the neighbourhood or commune level.

Elections for executive councils for towns and larger areas are planned for November 3.

Then, on January 19, a final phase will elect legislative councils for each of the three regions, as well as a single joint legislative assembly.

At a polling station in Qamishli, in the northwestern province of Hasakeh, men and women, young and old, waited to vote, some eagerly brandishing their light blue voting cards.

They pressed their fingers into ink to fingerprint the cards, and then voted behind a curtain before placing their ballots in envelopes and into transparent boxes.

At the end of the process, an official coated a fingertip on each voter with blue ink to mark them as having voted.

A portrait of Abdullah Ocalan, the leader of Turkeys outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) who is jailed in Turkey, hung in the voting room in one polling station.

Voter Mohamed Khalil said the election was the realisation of a dream for Syrias Kurds.

Before, we were foreigners deprived of the right to run in elections and vote, the man told AFP, his grey hair and moustache neatly groomed.

We didnt know the meaning of freedom, and we didnt have any rights. Today, and for...


Viewers Freak Out After Cable Provider Accidentally Airs Emergency Warning About The Apocalypse "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A Christian numerologist recently declared the Rapture will begin Saturday, September 23. Now, some residents of Orange County, California are freaking out because a local cable company accidentally broadcast a warning about the end of the world.

Some Cox cable subscribers in Orange County saw an Emergency Alert test that had audio of a preacher who was prophesying the apocalypse, reported CBS Los Angeles.

Realize this, in the last days, extremely violent times will come, boomed a voice while the screen simply showed an  Emergency Alert.

Stacy Laflamme of Lake Forest was alarmed wen the strange voice came on the TV, which made her think of Hitler.

It almost sounded like Hitler talking, she said. It sounded like a radio broadcast coming through the television.

People took to social media to discuss what had happened, some believing the message was about the actual return of Jesus.

According to Cox Communications, the alert was supposed to be a routine test of the Emergency Broadcast System, but the original audio for the test seems to have been replaced by an End Times preachers speech.

Cox said that it didnt know exactly how the apocalyptic message got aired, but speculated it might have been a hacker, or simply interference that occurred when more than one local radio station was broadcasting an emergency alert at the same time.

The radio station that sent the alert didnt turn off their programming when the alert ended, Cox said...


12 dead, 92 missing as flooding hits eastern Congo following torrential rain "IndyWatch Feed World"

At least 12 people died and 92 were missing after heavy rains caused flooding in two villages in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, an official said Wednesday. "The provisional toll after torrential rain hit the villages of Bihambwe and Matanda in Masisi Territory is 12 dead, 18 injured and 92 missing," said Julien Paluku, governor of Nord Kivu province, where the villages are located. The rain started on Tuesday, causing a river to flood, local residents told AFP. "The rain began in the afternoon, forcing those coming back from the fields to take shelter in homes near the river. The flooding caught them by surprise," said Joseph Ndabita, a resident of Bihambwe. He told AFP he had counted "10 bodies and (seen) others being swept away by the strong current towards the river."


The Morgan Freeman psy-op: The 'Deep State' has become increasingly desperate "IndyWatch Feed World"

Morgan Freeman's latest publicly stunt permanently stained his legacy after the famous actor decided to join the fake news industry by passing off a blockbuster script as a true story. Morgan Freeman declared in his latest two-minute video that "We have been attacked. We are at war", but he's wrong in saying that Americans have been victimized by Russia, but should have rather told the truth that they're under attack by their own government. To channel Freeman, "Imagine this movie script", albeit modified to reflect real-life events instead of conspiratorial ones: A globalist power cabal made up of the permanent military, intelligence, and diplomatic bureaucracies (the "deep state"), in conjunction with the Democratic Party, "Cultural Marxist" professors, the Mainstream Media, and Hollywood have attacked American democracy using non-stop infowar operations against their own fellow citizens to spread propaganda and false information aimed at convincing people that the Republican candidate and future President of the United States is really a Russian puppet.


Human Rights: The Latest Weapon Against Venezuela "IndyWatch Feed War"

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Lilian Tintori, wife of opposition leader Leopoldo Lpez who is currently serving a 13 year sentence (in house arrest) for his responsibility in the deadly violence of the 2014 guarimbas. By Ricardo Vaz | InvestigAction | September 21, 2017 The mainstream media have a crucial role to play []


Historical Holocaust: Daeshs Lasting Legacy "IndyWatch Feed War"


After months of bloody fighting, Kurdish peshmerga and Iraqi government forces backed by pro-Iranian Shia militias have driven Daesh out of Mosul and are advancing in the Euphrates valley. Across the border in Syria, Arab militias and Kurdish forces have liberated much of Daeshs de facto capital of Raqqa, while regime troops and Russian airpower broke the groups siege of Deir ez-Zor. The groups final defeat in Iraq and Syria is a long-awaited turning point, but its few short years in ascendancy leaves a trail of destruction that will take decades to undo.

Daesh is not solely responsible for the destruction that has ravaged both countries, but it is uniquely sadistic in singling out global heritage sites for ruination. In deliberate provocations against places chosen for their cultural and religious significance, Daesh went out of its way to defile historic monuments and holy places belonging to Shia, Kurdish, Yezidi, and Christian communities alike. With many of these places only now being freed from Daesh control, the full extent of the devastation is still coming into focus.

The destruction we do know about is already appalling. Once a top tourist destination, Palmyras 2,000-year-old Monumental Arch was destroyed in October 2015 after the group seized the area. Nearby, the Temple of Bel was also reduced to rubble. The detonation of the temple of Baalshamin was broadcast on social media to horrified audiences across the world. The minaret of the Great al-Nuri Mosque in Mosul was brought down in similarly callous fashion this past June, after previous attempts were foiled by local residents forming a protective human chain.

Hell-bent on exterminating non-Sunnis in areas they controlled, this campaign of desecration served Daeshs purposes well. In addition to generating shock value and valuable propaganda, the targeting of pagan sites like Palmyra fit well with the groups apocalyptic brand of jihadism and removed some of the most powerful symbols of shared history that bound together diverse communities. Robbing thos...


Hillary Clinton, psychopath, is like herpes "IndyWatch Feed"

Like herpes, Hillary is painful, embarrassing and just wont go away. Brilliantly hilarious, but true, video from InfoWars Paul Joseph Watson! Watson calls Hillary a sociopath, but I beg to differ. Hillary is a psychopath. Though both sociopath and psychopaths Continue reading


A (weak) homage to democracy in Catalonia "IndyWatch Feed"

The images of a half-empty parliament during the referendum law vote illustrate how Democracy and Catalonia have gone their separate ways. Democracy is not the law of the majority, but the protection of the minority.

Hundreds of Catalan separatists gather to protest in front of the Catalan Economy Ministry. September 20, 2017. Barcelona, Spain. Matthias Oesterle/Zuma Press/PA Images. All rights reserved.

Being in a minority, even in a minority of one, did not make you mad. There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad.

- George Orwell, 1984

Catalonia may be closer than ever to being independent, but it is increasingly far from embodying the democratic evolution that many of its supporters would have us believe. The secessionists have used a slim majority to approve the referendum and transition law, without any regard for legal safeguards and democratic norms. The images of a half-empty parliament during the votes, while a MP removed the Spanish flags left behind by members of the opposition, illustrates how the secessionist movement and democracy have gone their separate ways. With the full support of the president of the Parliament, a position that ought to be impartial, the road was left open for a referendum to be called for 1 October, and for less than a half of Catalans to decide on the future of the rest. Mr. Rajoys government in Madrid says it will not allow it, as both the referendum and the laws approved to enact them are unconstitutional. But as the 1 October nears and appeals for dialogue make no progress, both sides seem to be in route for a head-on clash.

Just ends can never justify unjust means

Recognizing that nationalism often springs from the wounded pride and sense of humiliation of a people is important. But the sense of humiliation alone cannot explain the sharp increase in support...


Pope Francis: Concern for cultural identity doesnt justify opposition to mass Muslim migration "IndyWatch Feed War"

I wont hide my concern in the face of the signs of intolerance, discrimination and xenophobia that have arisen in different regions of Europe, often fueled by reticence and fear of the other, the one who is different, the foreigner. Maybe people have reticence and fear of the other because of the others tendency to []


capitalism and war "IndyWatch Feed War"

"To be successful, Mattis and Tillerson decided they should use talking points and commentary with which they believed Trump would be most familiar: the role that the military, intelligence officers and diplomats play in making the world safe for American businesses, like The Trump Organization, to operate and expand abroad."


Al-Khalifah and Israel "IndyWatch Feed War"

"In recent years, Bahrain has begun to slowly externalize its relations with Israel." "Nonetheless, diplomatic sources claim that Bahrains changed attitude reflects Saudi Arabias stance. Statements such as the one by Bahrains king are not made without receiving the go-ahead from Riyadh. It is likely, they argue, that Saudi Arabia was the one encouraging Bahrain to step forward in regard to Israel."


Israel and Al-Qa`idah: if only Americans knew "IndyWatch Feed War"

"Israel has even provided air cover to Syrian al-Qaeda. In June, journalist Nour Samaha published a lengthy article interviewing Syrian rebels in the illegally occupied Golan Heights who openly spoke of how Israel has supported them." (thanks Amir)


Vintage Voyager: Online Video Resources "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

With Voyager on my mind because of its recent anniversary, I had been exploring the Internet landscape for archival footage. But Ioannis Kokkinidis made my search unnecessary with the following essay, which links to abundant resources. The author of several Centauri Dreams posts including Agriculture on Other Worlds, Ioannis holds a Master of Science in Agricultural Engineering from the Department of Natural Resources Management and Agricultural Engineering of the Agricultural University of Athens. He went on to obtain a Mastre Spcialis Systmes dinformations localises pour lamnagement des territoires (SILAT) from AgroParisTech and AgroMontpellier and a PhD in Geospatial and Environmental Analysis from Virginia Tech. Now a resident of Fresno CA, Ioannis tells us in addition how a lifelong interest in space exploration was fed by the Voyager mission and its continuing data return. 

by Ioannis Kokkinidis


Back in the end of August 1989, when I was 9 years old and the whole family was on vacation, the Greek press set aside momentarily its coverage of the continuing shenanigans of Greek politics and the rapidly changing situation to the north of our borders due to the collapse of communism and instead put Voyager 2s encounter with Neptune in its front pages. My late grandfather was an avid reader of newspapers, which I would also read afterwards. I devoured what I could get my hands on, which alas was not much, it was after all August.

The next year my family moved to California for two years, my father was a visiting professor at UCSF, and I read all the books and magazines about space I could find in the public libraries. I even discovered NASAs Spacelink, a NASA public education computer service hosted by the Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama, containing mostly NASA press releases, and I would dial in with our PC XTs 2400 bps modem. However feeding my space interest was a privilege and my parents made me do a thing I truly dreaded in exchange for dialing the long distance number and indulging myself: play the piano.

After we returned to Greece keeping myself appraised of the latest space developments proved difficult since there is very little popular scientific press in Greece and the mainstream press is not that interested in space. When I got our first internet connection NASAs Spacelink, now a website, was still up, it still had similar content, though more importantly the releases now included in the bottom instructions on how to g...


How Western media celebrate Jamal Khashoggi "IndyWatch Feed War"

Khashoggi, who worked for various Saudi princes (Prince Khalid bin Faisal, and then Turki bin Faisal, and then Walid bin Talal, among others) never ever protested Saudi regime repression. He only spoke out when he was muzzled repeatedly and when some of his friends (pro-regime people) also spoke out.  Mr. Khashoggi is clear at what he wants: he wants repression in the country to go back to what it was a month ago.  Then, it was a democratic paradise for him.  He was very clear when he was asked about twitter: he wanted revolutions in Arab countries but not in Saudi Arabia because he thinks it constitutes an exemplary democracy.  A sample of the accolades he has been getting. Also, if a supporter of the Asad regime or the Iranian regime spoke out and said: I want things to go back to the repression of a month ago, would he/she be lionized in Western media?
Ben Hubbard (@NYTBen)
Quite a cri de coeur from Saudi journalist @JKhashoggi: Saudi wasnt always this repressive. Now its unbearable.


Black Lives Matter Says World War I Symbol At Oklahoma Museum Is Offensive "IndyWatch Feed"

Crack open a history book. Via KJRH: An Oklahoma group is calling a symbol at a Claremore museum offensive and asking for it to be removed. It was the cornerstone in Clem Van Rogers livery stable, Will Rogers Memorial Museum Public Relations Director Pat Reeder said. From a distance, its hard to read the message []


South Africas Rhino Paradox "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

South Africas recent reversal of a ban on trade in rhinoceros horn has invigorated support for commercial farming of the product. But breeders' argument that a legal market will protect wild populations ignores how the illicit trade in wildlife products actually functions.


[WATCH] Iowa Cop Leaves Man Paralyzed During Traffic Stop "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

After being shot three times by an Iowa cop during a traffic stop on November 1, Jerime Mitchell is now paralyzed from the neck down. Linn County Attorney Jerry Vander

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Another Hizbullah commander confess to an anti-hizbollah site "IndyWatch Feed War"

"a commander told Middle East Eye."  Does this commander drink thick black coffee like the commander who spoke to NBC news?


Ben Hubbard does what he does best: produces propaganda for the Saudi royal family "IndyWatch Feed War"

Look he summed up the life of King Faisal: "One ruled Saudi Arabia for 11 years, outlawed slavery, spread public education and introduced television to his country."  This is the man who was first to declare Jihad (in the religious fanatical meaning of the word), the man who fought progressive, secular movements thoruhogut the world, the man who was a benefactor of every reactionary anti-communist movement in the region and beyond, the man who inspired the alliance of Islamist political forces in the Cold War, the man who sponsored the fanaticism of Ibn Baz, who would inspire Bin Laden and his ilk, the man who used the oil wealth to fight the war in Yemen, the man who solidified the alliance between the house of Saudi and the religious Wahhabi establishment.  King Faisal was one of the most notorious anti-Semites in the entire contemporary history of the region, and he funded anti-Semites in the world.  But for Ben Hubbard, he "ended slavery and brought television".  In fact, he did not want to end slavery but the regime of King Saud in its last year, championed progressive issues especially in the economic and oil sphere, and Faisal did not want to appear less progressive and Western powers supported his coup in return for the ostensible reforms which he announced.  Slavery in the kingdom did NOT end in 1964. 


Jordan Roy-Byrne on GDXJ and GDX (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Jordan Roy-Byrne on GDXJ and GDX Video The Daily Gold Finding the right mining companies to invest in is not an easy task and thats why newsletter writer Jordan Roy-Byrne says it is important to focus attention on a...

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Trump is Right: 65 MSM Reporters Met With or Coordinated with Hillary Camp 91% of Media Reports Trashed Him "IndyWatch Feed"


On Thursday Facebook announced it would turn over 3,000 Russian-linked ads to GOP-led congressional committees. The left now claims 3,000 ads costing $100,000 that were neither favorable or unfavorable for either candidate flipped the 2016 election.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg even released a statement on the conspiracy.

President Trump went to Twitter to respond to the latest Democrat-media hoax.

Trump is right.
The liberal media was totally biased against him during the 2016 election.

The Media Research Center found 91% of the coverage of Trump in the weeks leading up to the election was hostile towards the Republican candidate.



Greece Could Leave The EU: Why The Grexit Option Deserves Consideration "IndyWatch Feed World"

Eight years into the deepest economic depression that an industrialized country has ever experienced, we are now being told that Greece is a success story. Having accepted the bitter medicine prescribed by the troikathe European Commission, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fundthe storyline today is that Greece is on the road to recovery, firmly within the European Union and the eurozone.

This narrative was recently echoed by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in his annual speech at the Thessaloniki Trade Fair, Greeces equivalent to the State of the Union address. In this speech, Tsipras triumphantly declared that talk of Grexitor a Greek departure from the eurozone and the EUhas been replaced by that of Grinvest.

Within such a context, there is seemingly no room for discussions about whether it is in Greeces best interest, even after so many years of implementing the troikas austerity diktats, to consider a departure from the eurozone and the EU. Indeed, the narrative is that the people of Greece overwhelmingly have never supported the prospect of Grexit.

All throughout the economic crisis in Greece, it has been reported that polls have consistently shown clear majorities favoring the countrys European trajectory and rejecting the possibility of a departure from the eurozone and EU.

So the Greeks want the euro at all costs, even if it means more harsh austerity measures and cuts to wages, pensions and social services. Or so we are told. These claims would be believable if they were the product of robust public debate and deliberation on the respective pros and cons of remaining within the European family or departing. But in Greece, and in most of the global mainstream media, there is no such debate and never has been.

Instead, what has taken place in Greece during the economic crisis has been the complete elimination from public debate of opponents of the prevalent economic and political doctrines. Those who oppose the eurozone, the EU, or simply the austerity measures, are stamped with the scarlet letter of being nationalists, xenophobes, or fascists. Such rhetoric became even more polarized following the Brexit referendum result. The Brexit result and the rise of populism have themselves been demonized, while poll results that contradict the mainstream narrative are habitually buried by the supposedly objective major media outlets.

Following the first installment of this series in which the less-than-democratic r...


Baltimore Gun Task Force Officers Kidnapped Couple and Stole $20,000 From Their Home "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Carroll County woman is suing members of a rogue Baltimore Police Department unit, the first civil claim since the officers were indicted over a series of robberies and extortions. The

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Syrian Army Surprisingly Pushes Northwest Of Deir Ezzor, Captures Villages En Rote To Maadan (Maps) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Syrian Army Surprisingly Pushes Northwest Of Deir Ezzor, Captures Villages En Rote To Maadan (Maps)


On Friday, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies captured Halbiy, Zalbiya and Qasabi villages in the northwestern Deir Ezzor countryside, according to the Hezbollah media wing in Syria. Government troops also entered the nearby villages of Madan Atiq.

The SAA is now only 4km away from the strategic Madan town located on the administrative border between Raqqa and Deir Ezzor governorate.

Syrian Army Surprisingly Pushes Northwest Of Deir Ezzor, Captures Villages En Rote To Maadan (Maps)

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The aim of the SAA military operation in the northwestern Deir Ezzor countryside is to capture the Raqqa-Deir Ezzor highway. Once the highway is captured it will be used as a safe road to Deir Ezzor city. The advance also slows down a possible redeployment of the SDF from Raqqa to Deir Ezzor province.

In a separated development, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced that its fighters besieged ISIS units inside Tabiyeh and al-Isba oil fields in the northwestern Deir Ezzor countryside.

According to this official announcemen, the claims that the SDF captured the two oil fields on Thursday were likely false or the SDF was not able to secure the gains.


Lightning strike kills civil servant in Kwara, Nigeria "IndyWatch Feed World"

A 47-year-old civil servant, Salami Adekunle, was on Thursday struck to death by lightning in Oro, Kwara State, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. NAN gathered that the deceased was, until his demise, a staff of the Registry Department of the College of Education, Oro, in Irepodun Local Government Area of the state. The deceased was said to be leaving the institution's examination office for the registry department at about 10a.m. when the incident happened during a downpour. The body of the deceased, who hailed from Ilesa in Osun State, was sighted lying on the spot of the incident.


Trump to Scrap Drone Restrictions "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Human rights groups argue the move could led to an upsurge in civilian casualties, which are already soaring under Trump.

(COMMONDREAMS)  President Donald Trump is reportedly gearing up to roll back even the most limited restrictions on U.S. drone operations overseas, further opening the door for the expansion of airstrikes and commando raids into nations like the Philippines and Nigeria and setting the stage for an upsurge in civilian casualtiesalready at record highs in Afghanistan and soaring in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen.

Zeke Johnson, senior director of programs for Amnesty International USA, told the New York Times in an interview that while Obama-era restrictions on drone strikes fell far short on human rights protections, any move to water down drone warfare rules even further would be a grave mistake.

The White House appears to be committed to the move nonetheless, the Times reported on Thursday, noting that the plan has quietly taken shape over months of debate among administration officials and awaits Trumps expected signature.

The Times notes that at least two rules are on the chopping block:

  • First, the targets of kill missions by the military and the CIA, now generally limited to high-level militants deemed to pose a continuing and imminent threat to Americans, would be expanded to include foot-soldier jihadists with no special skills or leadership roles.
  • And second, proposed drone attacks and raids would no longer undergo high-level vetting.

The plan, in effect, would deepen American military involvement in nations considered to be beyond combat zones and allow the U.S. militaryand the CIA, which has for months lobbied for more drone authorityto target individuals that are not even deemed national security threats by the U.S. government.

[D]rone operators and commanders would face fewer internal hurdles to launching specific strikes or raids, the Times concluded.

As Common Dreams...


Pakistan: Muslims beat and rape Christian boy, police side with perpetrators "IndyWatch Feed War"

Victims father approached local police and informed them about the incident; however police seems reluctant to take action against the alleged assaulters. This is because the police are Muslims themselves, and have scant sympathy for Christians who are victimized and brutalized; they may also want to avoid having an angry Muslim mob show up at []



Naval Hospital Employees Fired After Mishandling Newborns, Calling Them Mini Satans "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Two employees at the Naval Hospital of Jacksonville have been removed from patient care after posting disturbing pictures giving the finger to newborn babies, referred to as mini Satans, as well as videos using them as puppets to dance to music.

The woman taking pictures and videos is identified on social media as Allyson Thompson, and the one in the pictures is identified as Joanie Barrett, reported News 4 Jax.

Thompson posted various pictures of newborn babies and making videos while holding the babies and treating them like puppets dancing to music.

She also posted a picture of her giving a baby the finger with the caption, How I currently feel about these mini Satans.

A military spouse shared the photos, which have gone viral, You can see the post here.

The Naval Hospital has responded on Facebook with their disapproval.

(Article By Jeremiah Jones)


Will the Siege of Marawi Be Repeated in the Philippines? "IndyWatch Feed War"



Nearly four months after being overrun by ISIS-aligned militants, the southern city of Marawi is on the verge of being liberated by government troops. Located on the southern island of Mindanao, Marawi is the largest majority-Islamic city in the Philippines.

On 23 May, militants from the radical Maute and Abu Sayyaf terrorist groups launched a surprise assault on the city. The attack followed a botched operation by the Philippine armed forces to capture wanted rebel leader Isnilon Hapilon, who was thought to be hiding in the area. When the violence first erupted, the military was hoping to put down the insurgency in a matter of days. However, the operation soon transformed into a protracted and deadly urban warfare scenario, one which left hundreds of people dead and destroyed large portions of the city.

The last remaining militants thought to number less than 60 are now facing imminent defeat having been confined to an area of less than one square kilometer in the center of the city. Yet Mindanaos history of instability, conflict, and armed uprisings suggests the threat from Islamist militants will not end with this groups surrender.

The siege of Marawi came as a shock to Manila, both in its sudden outbreak and the ensuing difficulties in retaking the city. Are there more shocks to come?



The siege of Marawi may have taken many by surprise earlier this year, but Mindanao has a long history of instability and is home to a number of well-armed rebel groups. The island is the most impoverished and underdeveloped region of the Philippines and is home to the countrys Muslim-minority Moro population, many of whom possess grievances against the central government in Manila. These grievances date back as far as the Spanish and US colonial periods, and have persisted through the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos and numerous post-independence administrations to the present day. The long-standing complaints of the Moro minority revolve around a perceived lack of access to the regions natural resources, and a dearth of political rights and economic opportunities.

The historical sense of injustice amongst the Moro population led to the emergence of an armed insurgency in the early 1970s. This insurgency was initially waged by the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), which was founded by Nur Misuari in 1972. As the armed resistance campaign progressed, the MNLF splintered into factions and a major offshoot the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) was established in the early 1980s. MILF soon becoming the major force behind the fight for greater autonomy and independence for the Moro people. Fighting between the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and these two groups has cont...


Venezuelan Dictator Calls Trump The New Hitler "IndyWatch Feed World"

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro lashed out at President Trump following his blistering UN speech Tuesday, calling him the new Hitler of international politics. The scathing remarks by the socialist dictator were retaliation for Trumps comments about Venezuelas faithful implementation of socialism which have resulted in riots, mass starvation, and bankruptcy in the country. The problem []


CVE-2017-14489: Linux kernel: scsi: nlmsg is not properly parsed in iscsi_if_rx() "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by Vladis Dronov on Sep 22


It was found that the iscsi_if_rx() function in 'drivers/scsi/scsi_transport_iscsi.c'
in the Linux kernel since v2.6.24-rc1 through 4.13.2 allows local users to cause
a denial of service (a system panic) by making a number of certain syscalls by
leveraging incorrect length validation in the kernel code.

Our tests show that indeed an unprivileged local user can easily cause (i.e. run a binary)
a system panic or a compete lock...


Is The Kremlin Working To Turn Out An Audience For Trump And Strange In Alabama This Week? "IndyWatch Feed"

Friday or Saturday (depending on if you're paying attention to Trumpanzee's tweets or to Luther Strange's campaign announcements], Trumpanzee is traipsing off to Huntsville to campaign for appointed incumbent Republican Senator Luther Strange, who is currently running several points behind far right psychopath Roy Moore (Bannon's candidate). Tuesday is the Republican primary runoff. Moore led in the first round and the 3rd place candidate, Mo Brooks, endorsed Moore last week.

Tuesday, Breitbart reported that the White House political department is flipping out in the fear that Trump won't draw a big enough crowd to satisfy his ego (and that he'll fire someone-- as he did after the debacle in Phoenix, where Bernie drew 4 times as many people as he did).

They already took down the size of the venue, from the Madison City Stadium, where Trump last stopped in Huntsville to the Von Braun Center's Propst Arena, which only holds 9,000 people. [Bretibart's reporting, as usual, is screwy on this since the Madison City Stadium is actually the slightly smaller venue.] The poorly-written report claims that "White House aides" told then that "they were worried about turning out a large crowd size for Trump, given they know the president has already given his endorsement and that he and the Vice President Mike Pence are campaigning for the establishment candidate against the presumed anti-establishment candidate."].
It doesnt look good to have them [Trump and Pence] stumping for the guy who is going to lose, one White House official said.


UN Treaty Signing a Significant Step Towards a World Free of Nuclear Weapons "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Shanta Roy

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons opened for signature at United Nations headquarters in New York on 20 September 2017 and will remain open indefinitely. Once 50 nations have ratified or acceded to it, it will enter into force. Credit: ICAN

UNITED NATIONS (IDN) The international community took its first significant step towards a world free of nuclear weapons when over 50 countries signed a landmark treaty, which was adopted by UN member states on July 7.

The signing ceremony, which began September 20 on the sidelines of the 72nd session of the General Assembly, is expected to continue, as more countries will join the list of signatories to a treaty that was overwhelmingly voted on by 122 countries, with one against (Netherlands) and one abstention (Singapore).

The treaty has taken added significance against the backdrop of a possible military confrontation and triggered by nuclear threats by two nuclear powers, the United States and North Korea.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, UN Secretary-General Antnio Guterres summed it up when he said: It is an honour to oversee this historic treatys opening for signature the first multilateral disarmament treaty in more than two decades.

He said, the heroic survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki the Hibakusha continue to remind us of the devastating humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons.

The Treaty is an important step towards the universally-held goal of a world free of nuclear weapons. It is my hope that it will reinvigorate global efforts to achieve it, Guterres added.

There remain some fifteen thousand nuclear weapons in existence. We cannot allow these doomsday weapons to endanger our world and our childrens future, he declared.

The nuclear ban treaty explicitly outlaws the use, threat to use, development, testing, production, manufacturing, acquiring, possession, stockpiling, transferring, receiving, stationing, installation, and deployment of nuclear weapons. It also bans states from lending assistance, which includes such prohibited acts as financing for their development.

The treaty will enter into force 90 days after 50 or...


150 Years of Hurricanes "IndyWatch Feed"

Cool map by John Nelson; click to enlarge. A remarkably high percentage hit the Caribbean or the Philippines.


Senate Republicans Arent Just Aiming To Destroy Obamacare And Medicaid "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Steven Rosenfeld for AlterNet - The Senate Republicans latest anti-Obamacare bill has bigger goals than destroying the Affordable Care Act and dismantling Medicaid. This bill aims to blow up the very foundation upon which a national health care system could be builteven if it roils private insurance markets via massive premium hikes for 2018. This overarching goalto destroy the health care systems structural underpinnings that could be used to create a national health care systemwas made clear in the opening boasts of the Senate bill's co-sponsor, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, when he introduced the bill on the same day Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT, introduced a Medicare for All bill. If you want a single-payer health care system, this is your worst nightmare, Graham boasted on September 13, referring to his own bill. Hell no to Berniecare! If that wasn't clear enough, Graham doubled down on Tuesday, when in an appearance with Vice President Mick Pence, Graham said, federalism versus socialism, you pick. Then on Wednesday, a Pence aide told reporters the vice president was leaving a U.N. Security Council meeting on peacekeeper reforms to speak with leader McConnell on continuing momentum behind Graham-Cassidy.


The Day of the Generals: Winning Armageddon "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In a room, somewhere deep inside the Pentagon generals and admirals met recently in order to prepare an assessment for the United States Senate Armed Services Committee. Present at the metering were General Mark Milley, the U.S. Armys Chief


Jimmy Kimmel Has No Clue What Hes Talking About "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In 1850, Frederic Bastiat wrote in The Law that Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all. We disapprove of state education. Then the socialists say that we are opposed to any education. We object to a state religion. Then the socialists say that we want no religion at all. We object to a state-enforced equality. Then they say that we are against equality. And so on, and so on. It is as if the socialists were to accuse us of not wanting persons to eat because we do not want the state to raise grain.

This is the classic mistake ABC late night host Jimmy Kimmel, an example of an average human white male comedian who did his best work over a decade ago on The Man Show and who has consistently failed upward, is making in his analysis of the Republican effort to shift Obamacare funding back to the states via Graham-Cassidy. It reveals the inability to have any kind of debate across partisan lines regarding health care spending at the federal level: Kimmel is so convinced of the rightness of his cause and the truth of his baseless and incorrect analysis of a piece of legislation that he will continue on this jaunt without any amount of self-reflection or consideration that maybe, just maybe, he might be wrong.

Perhaps the best part of Kimmels rant is where he says Graham-Cassidy is a gift to the insurance lobby, operating from a typically leftist frame which assumes every Republican step is a gift to industry and every Democratic step is looking out for the little guy. Guess what: the health-insurance lobby opposes Graham-Cassidy, as they have opposed every single repeal plan of any kind (the only plans they have supported are those which, lo and behold, bail out their industry with other peoples money).

Phillip Wegmann writes: Jimmy Kimmel has recreated himself. Where the late night comic once stood, an inflatable...


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

How the US Became a Warmonger Police State SUPPORT YOUR WEBSITE Donate Now Paul Craig Roberts Professor David Ray Griffin is a tenacious person. He has written a number of carefully researched books that demonstrate the extraordinary shortcomings in the...

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Distrustful U.S. Allies Force Spy Agency to Back Down in Encryption Fight "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

An international group of cryptography experts has forced the U.S. National Security Agency to back down over two data encryption techniques it wanted set as global industry standards, reflecting deep mistrust among close U.S. allies.

In interviews and emails seen by Reuters, academic and industry experts from countries including Germany, Japan and Israel worried that the U.S. electronic spy agency was pushing the new techniques not because they were good encryption tools, but because it knew how to break them.

The NSA has now agreed to drop all but the most powerful versions of the techniques - those least likely to be vulnerable to hacks - to address the concerns.

Have the chickens come home to roost for the NSA, or should we distrust the report that they backed down?

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Miraculous Healing Using the Mind Alone is Possible Heres Why "IndyWatch Feed World"

September 23rd, 2017 By Carolanne Wright Contributing writer for Wake Up World Dr. Joe Dispenza has an impressive background studying biochemistry at Rutgers University with a focus on neuroscience, graduating magna cum laude with a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from Life University in Georgia, and postgraduate education spanning neuroscience, memory formation, cellular biology, and aging and []


Ill Kill You: Duterte Vows To Have Son Murdered If Drug Trafficking Allegation True "IndyWatch Feed World"

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte says he will not hesitate to have his own son murdered if allegations of his involvement in a $125-million drug shipment prove to be true. He has also vowed to protect the police who kill him. I said before my order was: If I have children who are into drugs, kill []


Canada: Female jihadi like moving a mountain of defiance in court "IndyWatch Feed War"

Rehab Dughmosh is in Canadian court after being arrested in June following a vicious attack on customers and staff at a Canadian Tire outlet.with a golf club and a large knife and a bow. In its coverage of the case, the Toronto Star reveals (below) in detail Dughmoshs contempt for Canada, its infidel people, and []


[WATCH] County Jail Supervisor Uses Excessive Force on a Female Inmate "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica" fought for and secured the release of body cam video showing county jail supervisor Brendan Johnson pepper spraying a female inmate in an incident of use of excessive force.

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Why Centrism Absolutely Sucks "IndyWatch Feed"

You probably didn't hear Ann Coulter ranting and raving on Howie Carr's Hate Talk radio show Wednesday. She still trusts in what she calls Trumpism... but not so much in Seor Trumpanzee. She still wants to see him impeached. "If we're not gettin' a wall, we may as well have an attractive, dignified Republican there. We'll get better Supreme Court justices under Pence. We'll get better Supreme Court justices under Pence; we won't have to worry about Nikki Haley being sent to the Supreme Court at least."

The new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll found that "only a third of the public believes Trump has accomplished much as president, and fewer than 30 percent back his handling of health care, race relations and the violent episode in Charlottesville." The only thing the public likes about his tenure in office so far-- by an overwhelming 71% to 8% margin-- was his outreach to Chuck and Nancy on government funding. On everything else-- from North Korea and Climate Change to Joe Arpaio, healthcare and race relations, the public is giving a big collective thumbs down.



Man faces charges after London Tube attack "IndyWatch Feed War"


Two men remain in custody in relation to the incident, three others have been freed


VPSslim VPS+Dedicated Server offers! "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Hey LowEndBox community! The guys over at VPSslim sent over an offer today and were pleased to have them back. Theyve been posted quite a few times, going all the way back to 2012, but we havent had anything from them since 2015. Theyve always had good reviews and support, so were happy to have a new offer to share.

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Chicago Activists: Soul Of City At Stake In Obama Library Agreement Which Obama Wont Sign "IndyWatch Feed"

Obama wont guarantee jobs or economic development. Via Chicago Sun Times: About 300 residents packed a South Side auditorium Wednesday night to demand that the promise of jobs, economic development and other benefits of the Obama presidential library center be put in writing. The activists and residents want a community benefits agreement, something many say []


4 Sugar Alternatives That Wont Poison You "IndyWatch Feed World"

4 Sugar Alternatives That Won't Poison You | DietWithoutDeprivation | General Health Special Interests Toxins

You may think that staying slim and eating healthfully means NO sweets, but guess what? There are natural and delicious sweeteners that wont wreck your diet, and are even GOOD for you!

No arena of health and wellness is more debatable than what we should be eating. Looking back through time, the foods that constitute a healthy diet have changed so dramatically, you can literally mark the passage of time by the coming and going of dietary fads.

  • Weight-loss clubs and diet pill popping in the 1970s
  • Cabbage soup and liquid diets in the 80s
  • The Zone and blood-type diets (along with lawsuits related to diet pills!) in the 90s
  • In the aughts, Atkins and gluten-free
  • In the 2010s, its Paleo, raw, and local

Despite this obsessive focus on what to eat, Americans are fatter and in many ways, unhealthier than ever before[1]In 2016, two-thirds of the adult population were considered overweight or obese, according to a U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services study[2]. This health epidemic spans ethnic and cultural boundaries, and is affecting more adults and children every year.

One factor that is contributing to Americas growing problem with weight is our obsession with sugar. You probably dont need to see the results of a clinical study to believe that the more sugary calories you consume, the greater your risks of obesity[3]. What you may not k...


Big SAR operation to locate missing UK tourist, 64, in Rodopi, NE Greece "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Police and Fire brigades are searching for a 64-year-old British tourist who has been missing since Thursday afternoon in Thrace in north-eastern Greece. After a visit to a local archaeological site, the woman had decided to return on foot. She called her relatives in UK that she was attacked by stray dogs. Contact to the

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Network Analysers: The Electrical Kind "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Instrumentation has progressed by leaps and bounds in the last few years, however, the fundamental analysis techniques that are the foundation of modern-day equipment remain the same. A network analyzer is an instrument that allows us to characterize RF networks such as filters, mixers, antennas and even new materials for microwave electronics such as ceramic capacitors and resonators in the gigahertz range. In this write-up, I discuss network analyzers in brief and how the DIY movement has helped bring down the cost of such devices. I will also share some existing projects that may help you build your own along with some use cases where a network analyzer may be employed. Lets dive right in.

Network Analysis Fundamentals

As a conceptual model, think of light hitting a lens and most of it going through but part of it getting reflected back.

The same applies to an electrical/RF network where the RF energy that is launched into the device may be attenuated a bit, transmitted to an extent and some of it reflected back. This analysis gives us an attenuation coefficient and a reflection coefficient which explains the behavior of the device under test (DUT).

Of course, this may not be enough and we may al...


That Cuban Sonic Weapon Mystery Just Became More Mysterious "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

By Joseph P. Farrell

If youve been following that strange mystery surrounding the so-called sonic weapon attacks on the American embassy in Havana, Cuba, then the story just became a whole lot stranger with this article that was discovered and shared by Mr. B:

US diplomat in Cuba claims he was attacked in bed after walking through some invisible wall

What intrigues me here is a hypothesis I first advanced a few days ago in another blog on this mystery, namely, that this story might somehow be related to the strange ramming incidents of U.S. naval vessels the John McCain and the Fitzgerald which occurred near Singapore and Japan, respectively.

Theres a bit more information in this article that might tend to corroborate my high octane speculations in this regard. In my previous speculations, I have entertained various ideas that might account for the strange rammings of the missile frigates, namely (1) some sort of directed interference upon the electronics systems of the ships, via either (a) remote electromagnetic targeting of specific systems or (b) hacking of the systems through compromised hardware and/or software,; or (c) remote triggering of covertly implanted flaws in the hardware or commands in the software. But Ive also advanced the idea that (2) one might not rule out the idea that the crews of the ships themselves were targeted by some sort of mind manipulation technologies. Recall in this respect that one member of the Fitzgerald stated that he felt mystified, a state of mind indicating confusion, inability to take decisions, and perhaps even confusion over reading whatever electronic equipment he might have been responsible for. The Navy seems to have opted for an incompetence and inadequate training explanation, as youll recall, but it is to be noted that this explanation could be masking precisely the more sinister possibility of mind manipulation technologies.

So back to Mr. B.s shared article. Consider the following:

Aside from their homes, officials said Americans were attacked in at least one hotel, a fact not previously disclosed. An incident occurred on an upper floor of the recently...


Pitivi 1.0 Release Candidate Arrives "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The Pitivi open-source non-linear video editor has been in development for thirteen years while its v1.0 release is finally near...


North Korea Ramps Up International Rancor With H-Bomb Threat North Korea Hits New Level of Brinkmanship in Reacting to Trump "IndyWatch Feed War"

Experts warn of potentially dire consequences if Kim Jong Un detonates a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean

Images of North Korean missile launches on display outside the central railway station in Pyongyang on Friday.
Images of North Korean missile launches on display outside the central railway station in Pyongyang on Friday. PHOTO: ED JONES/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES

Updated Sept. 22, 2017 7:50 a.m. ET

SEOULNorth Koreas latest threatto detonate a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Oceanif carried through would mark a new level of defiance in the face of warnings from the U.S. and the international community.

Pyongyang has notched milestone after milestone this year in its quest to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the continental U.S., each time causing a furor and inviting toughly worded responses from President Donald Trump....


Should Republican Lawmakers Participating in Anti-Trump Russia Collusion Witch Hunt Be Primaried from Office? "IndyWatch Feed"

There are currently three Republican-led congressional committees investigating the Trump-Russia collusion hoax.
** The Senate Intelligence Committee
** The House Intelligence Committee
** The Senate Judiciary Committee

Each of these committees has been investigating the Russia-collusion hoax since the beginning of the year.
Each of these committees has found no collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

It was all a hoax.

But they continue to investigate this nonsense rather than focusing on tax cuts, repealing Obamacare, or the several Obama administration crimes.

At what point to conservative voters rally against these anti-Trump group of lawmakers?

Here are the Republican members of the three committees investigating the Russia collusion hoax:

Senate Intelligence Committee:
James Risch Idaho
Marco Rubio Florida
Susan Collins Maine
Roy Blunt Missouri
James Lankford Oklahoma
Tom Cotton Arkansas
John Cornyn Texas

Senate Judiciary Committee:
Senator Chuck Grassley (R IA)
Senator Orrin G. Hatch (R UT)
Senator Lindsey Graham (R SC)
Senator John Cornyn (R TX)
Senator Michael S. Lee (R UT)
Senator Ted Cruz (R TX)
Senator Ben Sasse (R NE)
Senator Jeff Flake (R AZ)
Senator Mike Crapo (R ID)
Senator Thom Tillis (R NC)
Senator John Kennedy (R LA)

House Intelligence Committee:

Devin Nunes, Chairman
22nd District of California
Mike Conaway
11th District of Texas
Peter King
2nd District of New York
Frank LoBiondo
2nd District of New Jersey
Tom Rooney
17th District of Florida
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
27th District of Florida
Michael Turner
10th District of Ohio
Brad Wenstrup
2nd District of Ohio
Chris Stewart
2nd District of Utah
Rick Crawford
1st District of Arkansas
Trey Gowdy
4th District of South Carolina
Elise Stefanik
21st District of New York
Will Hurd
23rd District of Texas

At what point to Republican voters say, Enough is enough! of this collusion hoax?


Another Cost of Global Warming "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

This paper documents a small but systematic bias in the patent evaluation system at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO): external weather variations affect the allowance or rejection of patent applications. I examine 8.8 million reject/allow decisions from 3.5 million patent applications to the USPTO between 2001 and 2014, and find that on unusually warm days patent allowance rates are higher and final rejection rates are lower than on cold days. I also find that on cloudy days, final rejection rates are lower than on clear days. I show that these effects constitute a decision-making bias which exists even after controlling for sorting effects, controlling for applicant-level, application-level, primary class-level, art unit-level, and examiner- level characteristics. The bias even exists after controlling for the quality of the patent applications. While theoretically interesting, I also note that the effect sizes are relatively modest and may not require policy changes from the USPTO. Yet, the results are strong enough to provide a potentially useful instrumental variable for future innovation research.

From a paper by Balzs Kovcs, here. Hat tip Kevin Lewis.

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Muslims who plotted to behead Pamela Geller hoped to achieve martyrdom "IndyWatch Feed War"

They wanted to kill Pamela Geller for blaspheming Muhammad, and they were confident that Allah would grant them the rewards of Paradise. For these were devout, observant Muslims: Ismail Abdurrashid, an assistant imam at The Mosque for Praising Allah in Roxbury, Massachusetts, said that Usaamah Rahim was a very pleasant young man. He had a []


Russian special forces repel a US-planned attack in Syria, denounce the USA and issue a stark warning "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Russian special forces repel a US-planned attack in Syria, denounce the USA and issue a stark warning by The Saker Something rather unprecedented just happened in Syria: US backed good terrorist forces attempted a surprise attack against Syrian government forces...

The post Russian special forces repel a US-planned attack in Syria, denounce the USA and issue a stark warning appeared first on The Daily Coin.


Angry Trump Tweets Response To Madman Kim Jong Un "IndyWatch Feed World"

The tit-for-tat war of words between Kim Jong-un and President Trump is turning ugly, with the latter now calling the former madman after being labelled as a barking dog. Donald Trump will pay dearly for [...]


The Unbearable Whiteness of Being "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

"The First White President," an Atlantic essay by Ta-Nehishi Coats, is a must read for progressives. Coats argues that Donald Trump was elected for one reason: his unapologetic whiteness. "It is often said that Trump has no real ideology, which is not true--his ideology is white supremacy, in all its truculent and sanctimonious power."


Defying families, Israel moves four Palestinians bodies to Cemetery of Numbers ahead of court ruling "IndyWatch Feed War"

For the past two years Azhar Abu Srour has played the last weeks of her son Abeds life over and over in her head, unable to find closure as she waits for Israeli authorities to release her sons remains. Her then 19-year-old son died a year and a half ago, after detonating a bomb on an Israel bus, killing himself and injuring 20 Israelis.

Azhar, along with the families of five other Palestinians killed during actual or alleged attacks against Israelis, brought a case in demand of their family members remains to court, hoping Israels justice system could help them give their loved ones a proper burial.

However last week, days before the families next court date had been set, Azhar got the news from a fellow parent that four of the six remains being fought over in the case had been moved to Israels Cemetery of Numbers, where Palestinians are buried by Israeli authorities with only numbers marking their graves.

The news came as a shock to the families involved in the case, who were expecting time for a ruling to be decided before authorities made such a move.

It is estimated that around 249 Palestinian bodies are being held in such graves though some estimates are much higher leaving hundreds of families without the closure a burial could grant.

Israeli authorities have been inconsistently using the practice of holding Palestinians bodies since 1967, though the practice, which has been criticized by various Israeli institutions and officials, has been halted and renewed several times throughout the years.

In general, three reasons are given as to why Israeli authorities insist on not handing over the remains. Bodies are either withheld as punishment, an attempt at deterring future attacks, or as leverage in negotiations and potential prisoners exchanges particularly with the Hamas movement in Gaza, where at least two Israeli civilians are being held.

They have more than two hundred bodies buried in the Cemetery of Numbers, and 7,000 Palestinian prisoners. They think holding the bodies will give them leverage for negotiations, but it doesnt make sense. They have so much to use against us as leverage they dont need our childrens bodies, Azhar said, following a march in protest of the news.

In a 2016 article, Haaretz reported that Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman thoroughly opposed the handing over of bodies, reportedly saying in a closed meeting that he believed withholding Palestinian remains would act as a deterrent for future attacks.

During the same meeting, a representative of the Israeli army, Maj. Gen. Nitzan Alon, the armys Operations Directorate head, called for the practice to...


Muslim group demands that Marriott cancel counter-jihad groups event "IndyWatch Feed War"

Note BuzzFeeds predictably vicious coverage, beginning with the headline calling Act for America an anti-Muslim group. It is now taken for granted in the establishment media that to oppose jihad terror and Sharia oppression is to be anti-Muslim. The media maintains this even while insisting that jihad terror and Sharia oppression have nothing to do []


China fumes over S&P credit rating downgrade "IndyWatch Feed War"

China is angry at Standard and Poors (S&P) following a downgrade of its creditworthiness by the ratings agency over concerns about the countrys rising debt. S&P underestimated Chinas financial strength, Beijing said.

Konzernzentrale von Standard and Poors in New York USA (dapd)

Chinas Ministry of Finance said on Friday that S&Ps downgrade of Chinese sovereign debt was a wrong decision and based on a long-standing mode of thinking, and misreading of the Chinese economy.

On Thursday, the New York based ratings agency cut Chinas sovereign credit rating from A+ to AA- , however keeping the countrys outlook on stable. The one-notch downgrade came after Moodys Investors Service made a similar move in May  the first time in almost three decades that the nations credit rating was cut.

In a statement, S&P said it decided to make the call after concluding that Chinas de-risking drive that started early this year was having less of an impact on credit growth than initially expected.

Despite the fact that the government has shown greater resolve to implement the deleveraging policy, we continue to see overall credit in the corporate sector staying at a 9 percent point, S&P senior director of sovereign ratings, Kim Eng Tan, said in a conference call. Weve now come to the conclusion that deleveraging is likely to be much more gradual than we thought could have been the case early this year.

Debt-fueled investment in infrastructure and real estate has underpinned Chinas growth for years. But Beijing has launched a crackdown amid fears of a potential financial crisis.

Ballooning debt

Chinas banks extended a record 12.65 trillion yuan ($1.84 trillion or 1.60 trillion euros) of loans in 2016, roughly the size of Italys economy. Total social financing (TSF) a broad measure of credit and liquidity in the economy was a record 17.8 trillion yuan.

Tan said broader lending by all financial institutions has started to rise after growing by a relatively steady 12-13 percent in the last few years. That was the key metric that we look atand we believe while this growth of aggregate debt financing could come down somewhat over the next few...


Yes, Roy Moore Hates the Gays "IndyWatch Feed"

I am a little perplexed that people are focusing so much today on the fact that Roy Moore, an Alabama candidate for U.S. Senate, said back in 2015 that homosexuality ought to be illegal. I thought that this was a core belief of Moores that pretty much everyone who knew even a tiny bit about him already understood. I mean, isnt the following the most basic biographical information about Moore?

Moore was elected to the position of Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court in 2001, but removed from his position in November 2003 by the Alabama Court of the Judiciary for refusing to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments commissioned by him from the Alabama Judicial Building, despite orders to do so by a federal court

Moore was again elected Chief Justice in 2013, but was suspended in May 2016, for directing probate judges to continue to enforce the states ban on same-sex marriage despite the fact that it had been overturned. Following an unsuccessful appeal, Moore resigned in April 2017, and announced that he would be running for the United States Senate seat which was vacated by Jeff Sessions, upon his confirmation as Attorney General of the United States.

Hes a fundamentalist who thinks the Old Testament is binding law. Thats who he is and thats why hes been twice removed as the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court for failing to uphold the Constitution. If you didnt know that he considered homosexuality to be prohibited by biblical law and that he considers biblical law to be preeminent over civil law, Im not sure you knew anything about this guy at all.

Thats not to say that people shouldnt highlight these facts, especially with the special election less than a week away, but its hardly breaking news.

Heres something that people probably dont know but should:

Moore was also a notable opponent of a proposed amendment to the Alabama constitution in 2004. Known as Amendment 2, the proposed legislation would have removed wording from the state constitution that referred to poll taxes and required separate schools for white and colored children, a practice already outlawed due to civil rights-era legislation during the Civil Rights Movement. Moore and other opponents of the measure argued that the amendments wording would have allowed federal judges to force the state to fund public school improvements with increased taxes. Voters in Alabama narrowly defeated the proposed amendment, with a margin of 1,850 votes out of 1.38 million...

Were Manafort and Flynn Recruited? "IndyWatch Feed"

Wikipedia has a pretty darn good page on methods of spy recruitment, which I found to be a pleasant surprise. Most people find matters of espionage confusing and frustrating, which is understandable because its part of the plan for all well-designed clandestine activities. Some things are more difficult than others, though, and its certainly easier to understand how you should go about getting someone to betray their country than it is to pierce the plausible deniability built into every decent covert operation.

Simple greed is the most classic weakness spies exploit to recruit foreign agents, but sex isnt too far behind. Financial inducements can work in cases where need rather than greed is the motivator. Americans have been able to exploit access to our generally excellent health care system, for example, by making expensive surgeries available for spouses and children. During the Cold War, ideological affinity worked well for the Soviets, but the Russians have moved on to exploiting left-wing disgust with iniquities in American society rather than relying on the theoretical attractiveness of their own. When working spotting promising recruits, disaffection is a major attraction. Someone prominent who is visibly upset with how theyve been treated is a natural target. Sometimes simple flattery can work with them without the need to cultivate their thirst for revenge. In some cases, naivet or basic stupidity can be exploited, particularly when the subject doesnt realize that theyre being recruited at all. In other cases, ex-pats lingering prideful loyalty to their homeland can be used to get them to turn on their adopted country. And, of course, theres the old trusty blackmail.

I wasnt surprised to see that ex-CIA chief of staff Jeremy Bash was on television yesterday saying that it is quite possible that Paul Manafort was sent to the Trump campaign by the Russians. That had been my first thought ever since I read that Manafort had applied for the job unsolicited and with the promise that he would require no pay. All I knew about Manafort at the time was that he had been a partner with Roger Stone in an epically cynical influence-peddling consulting and lobbying firm during the 1980s. Hed worked for some of the most notorious dictators in the world and had a business model based on his ability to...

The Only Memorial Robert E. Lee Should Ever Get "IndyWatch Feed"

I dont think Robert E. Lee is the personification of evil. He was a complicated man who had many admirable qualities. But he made the wrong decision when he decided to commit treason in the defense of slavery, and we need to always keep some key statistics in mind. Approximately 620,000 Americans lost their lives in the Civil War. On the Union side, 360,222 people died preserving the integrity and unity of our nation. You cant celebrate Gen. Lees military genius without taking into consideration his contribution to those numbers.

As you can imagine, it takes a lot of space to bury 360,222 people. The available burial plots in and around northern Virginia filled up quickly.

At the outbreak of the Civil War, most military personnel who died in battle near Washington, D.C., were buried at the United States Soldiers Cemetery in Washington, D.C., or Alexandria Cemetery in Alexandria, Virginia, but by late 1863 both were nearly full. On July 16, 1862, Congress passed legislation authorizing the U.S. federal government to purchase land for national cemeteries for military dead, and put the U.S. Army Quartermaster General in charge of this program. In May 1864, Union forces suffered large numbers of dead in the Battle of the Wilderness. Quartermaster General Montgomery C. Meigs ordered that an examination of eligible sites be made for the establishment for a large new national military cemetery. Within weeks, his staff reported that Arlington Estate was the most suitable property in the area. The property was high and free from floods (which might unearth graves), it had a view of the District of Columbia, and it was aesthetically pleasing. It was also the home of the leader of the armed forces of the Confederate States of America, and denying Robert E. Lee use of his home after the war was a valuable political consideration.

Its nice to pretend that the Arlington Estates high ground was a major consideration, but we all know that burying the dead in Robert E. Lees yard was a way of punishing him for his treachery and the butchery we was causing to the Union forces. Arlington National Cemetery is the nations monument to Robert E. Lee. It is a fully appropriate fuck you to a man who was invited to lead the Unions forces but chose to fight for secession and slavery.

On April 18 [1861], Lee met separately with Francis Preston Blair Sr. and General Winfield Scott. Empowered by Lincoln to ascertain Lees intentions and feelings, Blair asked Lee to assume command of the army being raised to put down the rebell...

Puerto Rico Will Need Our Help and Attention "IndyWatch Feed"

Puerto Rico is devastated. There's no power on the island and it could be months until it is restored. We're going to have to pull together and come up with some innovative and creative solutions here, because we haven't seen a humanitarian crisis in our country like this in my memory.


Can the Senate Republicans Get to Fifty? "IndyWatch Feed"

Senate Republicans seem exasperated with Rand Pauls contempt for their stupid Graham-Cassidy health care idiocy. But apparently they arent even trying to change his mind. I dont think most Democrats trust Sen. Paul to vote no, but his Republican colleagues seem convinced that he will. Thats why theyre focused on flipping two votes from the three members who voted against and killed the moronic skinny repeal bill back in early August.

Of the three, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine seems like the hardest case. But if they cant convince her to basically walk back everything shes said about health care over the last two months, theyll have to get both Sen. John McCain of Arizona and Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska to come over to their fantasyland idea of rational health care policymaking.

Now, Murkowski and Collins are both supporters of Planned Parenthood and while they might not have the best voting records, theyre more pro- than anti-choice. I suppose neither side would really want to claim Murkowski, but shes definitely an unnatural ally of the Graham-Cassidy bill.

Which makes this interesting:

[Rand] Paul is also drawing opposition from the anti-abortion lobby, a reliable ally. Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser said Pauls outright opposition to the bill and his dismissiveness of the pro-life priorities within it is alarming and damaging and called his stance an unacceptable position for a pro-life Senator to have.

Sergio Gor, a spokesman for Paul, replied: There is no one more pro life then Senator Rand Paul.

If opposing Graham-Cassidy is an unacceptable position for an anti-choice senator to have, then supporting it must be an unacceptable position for a pro-choice senator to have. If that holds, it would seem that theres no chance that Collins and Murkowski will flip.

Now, Murkowski has a nuanced position. Shes Catholic and personally morally opposed to abortion, but she also interprets her oath of office as committing her to upholding the Constitution. And she says that the Constitution protects abortion rights. On the other hand, she also interprets the Constitution as allowing reasonable federa...

Lowry, Trump and The Handmaid's Tale "IndyWatch Feed"

Its kind of amazing what Republican politicians are willing to say once theyve made the decision to retire. For example, Rep. David Reichert of Washington states 8th congressional district, recently had some candid things to say about President Trump. The congressman has an interesting background. While serving in the King County sheriffs department in the 2000s, he helped track down and arrest the Green River killer. Gary Ridgway was responsible for murdering perhaps as many as ninety women, primarily in the Pacific Northwest. Reichert became a bit of a hero for apprehending him and that launched his political career. It probably also helped him survive in a competitive district through a couple of rough election cycles for Republicans. For whatever reasons, however, Reichert doesnt want to test 2018 and he recently announced that he wont seek reelection.

Now that he doesnt really need to worry about what his right-leaning constituents think, hes willing to be honest about what he thinks of our president:

Retiring Republican Rep. Dave Reichert said if President Donald Trump had made his 2005 comments about grabbing women in Washington when he was a cop, he would have arrested him.

Reichert was speaking in an interview with Vice News about the difficulty moderate Republicans face.

Reichert, a former sheriff in King County, Washington, said he never endorsed Trump last year. He also said that as a former police officer, Trumps Access Hollywood comments revealed in October resonated with him.

When somebody says that you know, those recordings came out regarding sexual assaults, he said. If the statute of limitations was still in existence, and he made those comments in King County, and you know it happened in King County, thats a person that I would have to arrest.

Reichert said Trumps comments were sort of an admission of guilt from him.

There was no reasonable explanation for those words, he said.

I thought about Reicherts comments when I saw how upset Rich Starbursts Lowry is about The Handmaids Tale winning eight Emmy awards. What annoyed Lowry more than anything was the perception that the Hulu mini-series...



I'm sure I don't have to tell you that Roy Moore -- soon to be the junior senator from Alabama -- really loves God:

Controversial former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore warned that America was falling apart because of things like transgender troops in the military.

The comments came shortly after he said he wanted to free the country and military from political correctness and social experimentation like transgender troops in our bathrooms.
Last week on the campaign trail, there was this:
The man most likely to be Alabamas next senator told his supporters late last week that rape, murder and child abuse are on the rise and are so because of Americans lack of faith....

Moore later read one of his poems about how America is falling apart.

Some choice lines:

Babies piled in dumpsters, abortion on demand,
Oh, sweet land of liberty, your house is on the sand.

Weve voted in governments that are rotting to the core,
Appointing Godless judges who throw reason out the door.
Too soft to put a killer in a well deserved tomb,
But brave enough to kill that child before he leaves the womb.

You think that Gods not angry, that our lands a moral slum?
How much longer will it be before His judgment comes?
We've been told that the new right doesn't have much use for the Christian right, but at Breitbart, John Nolte is lavishing praise on Moore:
Time and again, I heard people say of Trump, I dont agree with everything he says, but Im damn glad he is saying it.

That statement reveals a key part of Trumps appeal. Even those who were not completely onboard with him policy-wise or with the Birther stuff, they still understood that Trump was freeing our society, breaking the despotic chains of political correctness, making it okay to not whisper....

Which brings me to outsider U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, who is like a Super Trump in this res...


Satanic Fashion Show Inside a Church at London Fashion Week "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Via: Vigilant Citizen: Turkish designer Dilara Findikoglus presented her Spring/Summer 2018 collection at London Fashion Week and it was nothing less than a satanic Black Mass. Indeed, the event took place at the altar of St Andrew Church in London and incorporated heavy occult and satanic symbolism. In short, the event summed up everything the []


Boy attacked by shark off Gran Canaria "IndyWatch Feed World"

A shark my have been responsible for badly injuring the foot and leg of a boy as he surfed off a Spanish beach. Pictures of his mutilated foot show tooth-like marks on his leg as well. It is not clear how the unnamed youth sustained his injuries - with no explanation provided by the authorities. The Spanish media has only reported that the incident happened off the island of Gran Canaria. Local officials say that although they were informed of a shark sighting a few days ago, they did not treat the report as being significant. The Gran Canaria government says that it will now conduct an inspection of the area to ensure the safety of swimmers.



Texas School Lies to Students- Tells Them That Standing for the Pledge Is the Law "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The topic of kneeling for the National Anthem has brought fierce debate from both sides of the table. Many see exempting oneself from standing for the anthem as disrespectful to those who have fought or died for the countrys freedom, while others view it as a political l protest- highlighting that the nation does not live up to tunes ideals of freedom, liberty, and justice for all.

Recently, however, it was not the National Anthem that made the headlines, it was the pledge of allegiance, and the debate is on questioning whether standing for the pledge is mandatory.

During a presentation on the Pledge of Allegiance at Midland High School in Texas, students were shown a slide telling the students its the law to stand during the pledge and stay silent during the moment of silence, which is an outright lie.

As Patheos reports:

So what the hell were they thinking?

Whats unclear from the news stories about this incident is what the assembly was about, how school officials responded to the situation, and whether they made clear to students that standing during the Pledge is optional.

A local CBS affiliated quoted one person (without a title, though she apparently works in the HR department) saying that, if students wish not to participate, their parents can fill out a form to remove them during the pledge. But thats wrong, too. You dont need your parents permission to remain seated.

The same article quotes district offic...


Security Tools to Check for Viruses and Malware on Linux "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Security Tools to Check for Viruses and Malware on Linux


Cops Union Urges Harassment Of Pizza Shop After Owner Criticizes Police Tactics "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

ST. LOUIS Chris Sommers was pissed. The owner of Pi Pizzeria had been handing out cups of water at one of his restaurants in the citys Central West End

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Facebook helps Rohingya genocide in Myanmar "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video says about itself:

11 September 2017

The United Nations has described the reported atrocities [against] the Rohingya Muslim minority community in Myanmar as nothing short of ethnic cleansing.

Rohingya villages in Myanmar are either burned to the ground or are still in flames.

Al Jazeeras Divya Gopalan reports from Balukhali Camp in Bangladesh, where the large numbers of refugees arriving daily are putting a strain on resources.

According to Dutch NOS TV today, Facebook corporation has decided to block messages by the Rohingya ARSA rebels from Myanmar (Burma). These rebels arose in reaction to the oppression and violence by the Myanmar dictatorship against the Rohingya national minority.

Facebook claims ARSA are terrorists.

The NOS writes (translated):

Facebook and Twitter are widely used in Myanmar for dissemination of information, also by the army. As far as known, messages by the army and government are not banned by Facebook.

Apparently, according to the Facebook censors, governments cannot be terrorist except, maybe, governments which the United States government hates and may want to start a humanitarian regime change war against.

However, the Myanmar government and armed forces are not in that category,...


Open-Source OpenCL Adoption Is Sadly An Issue In 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

While most of the talks that take place at the annual X.Org Developers' Conference are around the exciting progress being made across the Linux graphics landscape, at XDC2017 taking place this week at Google, the open-source GPGPU / compute talk is rather the let down due to the less than desirable state of the open-source OpenCL ecosystem...


Ship Officers Accused of Robbing Guests of Casino Winnings "IndyWatch Feed World"

Two cruise ship officers are accused of robbing guests who reportedly won over a million dollars from the ship's casino. The incident reportedly occurred several weeks ago on an unnamed cruise ship while it was docked in Piraeus, Greece.

Cruise CasinoA newspaper in Greece reports that over the course of two nights, two Bulgarian passengers gambled in the ship's casino and won over $1,000,000 dollars. After their big night of winning, the guests cashed in their winnings ($1,030,.000) and returned to their staterooms. The newspaper explains that an hour later, one of the guests alleges that he was attacked and robbed by two ship officers (reportedly a Canadian and an Israeli officer), who stole $430,000 in cash from the guest's cabin safe. The guest reported the incident to the ship and the port authority. 

Local police boarded the ship and arrested the two officers who reportedly had $430,000 in cash with them. However, the officers claim that the guests, who were not arrested, were cheating and the officers were simply obtaining the illegal proceeds back from the guests. 

Hat tip to the popular Crew Center for first reporting the bizarre story to the cruise community. 

The newspaper in Greece did not disclose the name of the cruise line or cruise ship where the incident occurred.

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Hundreds of universities have helped DHS create a nation of fear "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Ever wonder who's responsible for our daily dosage of fear, terror and crime?

Look no further than our colleges and universities.

According to DHS, 'Homeland Security Centers of Excellence' (COE) are 'led by a college or university'.

COE's are responsible for blacklists, countering violent extremism and DHS propaganda videos and literature.

Colleges and universities have been working with DHS for fifteen years.

Since 2002, when the Homeland Security Act was passed, numerous colleges and universities have been feeding from the DHS money trough. Each year they line up like good little Bundists, promoting DHS's vision of terror.

Think about that, everything you've been told about terrorism and extremism is coming from colleges!

Schools across America will do anything, even if that means working with DHS, so they can get a piece of the annual $35-$40......


Gold and the Dollar Testing Key Technical Levels (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Gold and the Dollar Testing Key Technical Levels Video maneco64 In this report I cover the early market action from London on Friday, September 22nd, 2017. I look at the technical picture for gold and the dollar index and...

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LTCM: The Innovative Financial Technology Company "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Long-Term Capital Management L.P. (LTCM) hedge fund management used absolute-return trading strategies that combined sophisticated analytics (tee hee!) with 100 to 1 financial leverage. The firms master hedge fund, Long-Term Capital Portfolio L.P., collapsed, leading to an agreement on September 23, 1998, among 16 financial institutionswhich included Bankers Trust, Barclays, Bear Stearns, Chase Manhattan Bank,

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The Agony of the Welfare State, Finnish Style "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

By: Joseph T. Salerno

The title of this postminus the reference to Finlandis shamelessly copped from a prescient essay that Ludwig von Mises wrote in 1953.  In his article Mises pointed out that in Great Britain and Europe, the system of progressive taxation was already confiscating nearly the entire  surplus incomes of the successful capitalists and entrepreneurs, meaning that higher tax rates would no longer produce additional funds to finance these countries ever-expanding welfare states.  Henceforth, Mises foretold, the funds of the beneficiaries themselves have to be tapped if more handouts are to be made to them.

Today things have gotten far worse than even Mises foresaw.  For now it is becoming evident that the beneficiaries of the most advanced welfare states are not reproducing rapidly enough to pay for the benefits that they are receiving and are therefore endangering the long-term survival of the more generous welfare states.  A notable example is Finland, which faces a massive baby problem.   Thus, in 2016, Finland recorded the lowest number of newborn babies in 148 years, or since the great famine of 1868.  The Finnish fertility rate has fallen to 1.57 per woman and the number of people under 20 years of age as a percentage of the working age population is the lowest among Nordic countries at less than 40%, down from 60% in 1970. 

The situation has left mainstream economists devoid of solutions and wringing their hands in despair.  For Heidi Schauman, the Aktia Bank chief economist, the statistics are "frightening.  As Ms. Schauman explains:

They show how fast our society is changing, and we don't have solutions ready to stop the development.  We have a large public sector and the system needs taxpayers in the future.

Schauman clearly does not appreciate the delicious irony of the modern welfare state revealed in the emphasized part of her statement.  Without ability to further expropriate wealthy capitalists and entrepreneurs, the welfare state has become a crazy machine with no purpose but to perpetuate its own existence by devouring massive quantities of taxes extracted from the people it ostensibly serves.  If demographic trends threaten the exis...

Friday, 22 September


President Trump Blasts Latest Media Hoax on Russian-Linked Facebook Ads "IndyWatch Feed"

On Thursday Facebook announced it would turn over 3,000 Russian-linked ads to GOP-led congressional committees. The left now claims 3,000 ads costing $100,000 that were neither favorable or unfavorable for either candidate flipped the 2016 election.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg even released a statement on the conspiracy.

President Trump went to Twitter to respond to the latest Democrat-media hoax.

President Trump is right again. A Harvard study found 77% of the media coverage of Trump before the election was negative.

The Media Research Center found 91% of the coverage of Trump in the weeks leading up to the election was hostile towards the Republican candidate.

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Fighting Breaks Out at Turkish Presidents Speech in New York "IndyWatch Feed War"

Violence broke out at a New York hotel Thursday afternoon when protesters disrupted a speech by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey.

In the middle of Mr. Erdogans speech, delivered in Turkish, a man one of a handful of protesters screamed in English: Youre a terrorist. Get out of my country! The ballroom at the Marriott Marquis hotel in Times Square instantly erupted, with many attendees chanting Mr. Erdogans name to drown out the protesters.

Videos showed the protesters one of them wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with a picture of Michael Israel, an American who was killed in a Turkish airstrike while volunteering with the Kurdish Peoples Protection Units, or Y.P.G. being punched and slapped by several attendees as security personnel removed them from the room. Security also removed at least one person who had assaulted the protesters.

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Anti-Erdogan demonstrators are punched as they are removed from a New York hotel, Thursday, September 21, 2017. From a VOA video

Meghan Bodette, who identified herself as one of six protesters (one of whom was filming), said their goal was to call attention to the Turkish states war crimes and human rights abuses against the Kurdish...


Another Day, Another Israeli Strike on Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"


Israeli forces are reported to have carried out attacks from outside the Syrian border early on Friday, according to the Lebanese Al Mayadeen. It said the strike led to a fire, with no casualties or disruptions at Damascus International Airport reported.
Pictures allegedly showing the moment of the attack have emerged online on Arab and Hebrew-language social media.- see images at RT link

According to Israeli media reports, there were three separate strikes.

Meanwhile, footage that reportedly captured Syrias air defense forces responding to the strike was uploaded on Facebook. The air defense forces are said to have shot down one of the missiles.


An airstrike of probable Israeli origin launched two missiles at a civilian airport in Syria's capital, Damascus early on Friday morning, Lebanese TV station al-Mayadeen reported.
A source at the airport spoke to Prensa Latina, saying that nobody was hurt in the attacks, and little damage was caused.
The explosions resulted in fires in several areas which were quickly extinguished, and the sound of the explosion could be heard around Damascus.
Al-Masdar News reported that a Syrian military source said that the Syrian Air Force has shot down an Israeli drone near the Damascus province border shortly after the attack.




Block The Pirate Bay Within 10 Days, Dutch Court Tells ISPs "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Three years ago in 2014, The Court of The Hague handed down its decision in a long-running case which had previously forced two Dutch ISPs, Ziggo and XS4ALL, to block The Pirate Bay.

Ruling against local anti-piracy outfit BREIN, which brought the case, the Court decided that a blockade would be ineffective and also restrict the ISPs entrepreneurial freedoms.

The Pirate Bay was unblocked while BREIN took its case to the Supreme Court, which in turn referred the matter to the EU Court of Justice for clarification. This June, the ECJ ruled that as a platform effectively communicating copyright works to the public, The Pirate Bay can indeed be blocked.

The ruling meant there were no major obstacles preventing the Dutch Supreme Court from ordering a future ISP blockade. Clearly, however, BREIN wanted a blocking decision more quickly. A decision handed down today means the anti-piracy group will achieve that in just a few days time.

The Hague Court of Appeal today ruled (Dutch) that the 2014 decision, which lifted the blockade against The Pirate Bay, is now largely obsolete.

According to the Court of Appeal, the Hague Court did not give sufficient weight to the interests of the beneficiaries represented by BREIN, BREIN said in a statement.

The Court also wrongly looked at whether torrent traffic had been reduced by the blockade. It should have also considered whether visits to the website of The Pirate Bay itself decreased with a blockade, which speaks for itself.

As a result, an IP address and DNS blockade of The Pirate Bay, similar to those already in place in the UK and other EU countries, will soon be put in place. BREIN says that four IP addresses will be affected along with hundreds of domain names through which the torrent platform can be reached.

The ISPs have been given just 10 days to put the blocks in place and if they fail there are fines of 2,000 euros per day, up to a maximum of one million euros.

It is nice that obviously harmful and illegal sites like The Pirate Bay will be blocked again in the Netherlands, says BREIN chief Tim Kuik.

A very bad time for our culture, which was free to access via these sites, is now happily behind us.

Todays interim decision by the Court of Appeal will stand until the Supreme Court hands down its decision in the main case between B...


46,000 new phishing sites are created every day "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

An average of 1.385 million new, unique phishing sites are created each month, with a high of 2.3 million sites created in May. The data collected by Webroot shows todays phishing attacks are highly targeted, sophisticated, hard to detect, and difficult for users to avoid. The latest phishing sites employ realistic web pages that are hard to find using web crawlers, and they trick victims into providing personal and business information. Unique phishing URLs per More


Fool Me Twice: Trojan Horse Democrats Pile Into The House Of Single-Payer "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Staff of The Polemiscist - Its great that more than a third of Democratic senators have signed on to co-sponsor Bernie Sanderss Medicare-for-All bill. Its a potentially strong bill thats been welcomed by single-payer activist organizations like Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) and National Nurses United (NNU), and it represents a victory for the tireless work of single-payer activists and the popular pressure they stoked. It is also, we must recognize, only possible because of Bernies insistent promotion of healthcare as a right, in a campaign that widened the field of American political discourse. Above all, it is a result of continuing disgust with American for-profit health insurance system. It marks the exasperation with Obamacares half-assed attempt to patch up that system, and the rejection of the even crueler Republican schemes. At the very least, this bill puts single-payer on the table of legislative action and public discussion. The public discussion part is perhaps the most important. People will now hear about single-payer, and its advocates will not be completely shut out of media coverage from Fox to PBS, as they are now. Even the Democratic Party will have to talk about it. But please, please, do not be fooled. It does not mean that most, or any, of those co-sponsoring Democratic senators actually support single-payer. Most of those Democrats have signed on because they felt politically forced to, because they knew they could not face their constituents if they didnt.


Sayyed Nasrallah: We Are Ready to Confront All Enemies When Duty Calls "IndyWatch Feed War"

Source Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Nasrallah stressed on Thursday that the Muslims must follow Prophet Muhammads sample of carrying out all the religiously assigned missions, adding that sticking to ones assignment is the standard of propriety. During Hezbollah central Ashura ceremony on the first Eve of the Hijri Month of Muharram, Sayyed Nasrallah said, We []


How to Disappear an Activist (Or, Where IS Andy Ostrowski?) "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Janet Phelan As reported here, activist attorney Andy Ostrowski was taken into custody by the Wilkes-Barre, PA police department on September 19, for a...


Fall Brings the Onset of SAD "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

When fall begins, it brings with it cooler days, grey skies, and the onset of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). The people who are afflicted by this unique depression experience increased symptoms throughout the winter and early spring. The disorder typically affects those living in the northern regions of the globe. While SAD is different than []

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Furaco Maria desencadeia as foras da privatizao em Porto Rico "IndyWatch Feed"

The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) thermoelectric plant stands San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Saturday, April 30, 2016.


Hundreds of homeless people vanish in Salt Lake City after police operation "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Police say that the whereabouts of several hundred homeless people are unknown and residents of the city are concerned

SALT LAKE CITY (INTELLIHUB) Police say that they do not know where hundreds of homeless people that used to congregate on the streets near a local shelter disappeared to following a local operation.

Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown told the press that he has checked all of the local encampments along the river banks and all the parks but is still perplexed how over 200 homeless people just vanished. Now some locals fear the worst and want answers.

All of this raises questions after a homeless man from Houston who survived Hurricane Harvey told a reporter that two local shelters were killing everybody.

Salvation Army and Russian Winds homeless shelter where they were accepting people were caught killing everybody that was in there, the man told NBC.

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US Troops Had No Idea How to Train Afghan Police, so They Used TV Show Cops "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

US troops actually watched old episodes of Cops and NCIS to figure out what they should teach Afghan police.

(ANTIWAR.COM)  In the course of the 16-year occupation of Afghanistan, the Pentagon set itself out to take up a huge string of tasks. Among these were training up a whole new Afghan military, and the other was a whole new national police force.

The military was comparatively easy to understand for the Pentagon. They are a military, after all, and had at least some idea how to train Afghans to serve as a military of their own. Police were another matter, as Special Inspector John Sopko noted that US trainers had little idea how to even start training up a police force.

In fact, curriculum was so non-existent for US trainers that they actually watched old episodes of Cops and NCIS to try to figure out the sort of things they should teach the police. Between that, and all the trainers being military personnel has left the Afghan National Police with an identity crisis, unclear if theyre a military force, or simply a police force trained by network television.

Sopko described the progress in the $70 million US training mission as poor, but expressed hope at least a somewhat better future, with signs of improving from what was a dismal decade and a half start.

By Jason Ditz / Republished with permission / ANTIWAR.COM / Report a typo

This article was chosen for republication based on the interest of our readers. Anti-Media republishes stories from a number of other independent news sources. The views expressed in this article are the authors own and do not reflect Anti-Media editorial policy.


Nuclear future ? "IndyWatch Feed World"

Producer Marc Steinmeyer

Nuclear Power in the European Union

The EU depends on nuclear power for more than one-quarter of its electricity, and a higher proportion of base-load power. 

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GoFundMe Bans Glazov Gang from Accepting Donations "IndyWatch Feed War"

Crowdfunding online company GoFundMe has banned The Glazov Gang, a web-tv show that tells the truth about the threat from the Left and Islam, from accepting online donations. GoFundMe suspended The Glazov Gang campaign without any notice or explanation. Nor have they responded to any queries. This conduct by GoFundMe is part of its larger []


Nixon, Reagan, Trump and DACA "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

TrumpBy Steve Brawner

Ironically, American presidents sometimes have extra freedom to do the opposite of what they made their name talking about. For that reason, President Trump might emphasize might be the best thing that could have happened for those DACA kids to gain legal status or even citizenship. Read the rest

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South Front Launching Kalibr cruise missiles at terrorist targets in Syria. 14.09.2017 Vadim Savitskii / Sputnik On September 22, the Russian Black Sea fleets submarine, Veliky Novgorod, carried out a cruise missile strike on Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formelry Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) targets in Syrias Idlib province, the Russian Defense Ministry []


US & Russian Militaries Hold Face to Face "IndyWatch Feed War"

According to US reports. Reports which were made after the fact.
Military Times

Senior American and Russian military leaders met for an unprecedented, face-to-face session somewhere in the Middle East this week to discuss the increasing tensions around one of the remaining Islamic State strongholds in Syria.

Syrian government forces, Russian special forces and U.S.-backed militants are all battling ISIS around the oil-rich Deir el-Zour province.

The meeting, however, also suggests an expanded U.S. and Russian effort to coordinate their efforts, raising questions about how the Pentagon ISIS adhering to an American prohibition against military-to-military cooperation with Moscow. Congress enacted that law in the wake of Russias annexation of the Crimea region of Ukraine in 2014.

Army Col. Ryan Dillon told Pentagon reporters on Thursday that U.S. and Russian general officers shared maps, graphics and information about where their forces are battling around Deir el-Zour. He would not provide details on when or where the meeting occurred, beyond saying it took place in recent days somewhere in the region.


How Profit Deals With Protest: The Disappearance Of Argentinian Activist Santiago Maldonado "IndyWatch Feed World"

Over 40 days have passed since the forced disappearance of Argentinian activist Santiago Maldonado. President Mauricio Macris government appears to be more preoccupied with protecting the impunity of the Argentine Military Police, also known as the gendarmerie, than with listening to the demands for Maldonados release or at least for information on his whereabouts and condition being made by a mobilized populace.

Maldonado was detained and disappeared on August 1 while participating in a protest in Chubut calling for the release of Mapuche leader of the Ancestral Mapuche Resistance (RAM), Facundo Jones Huala. Jones had been detained upon extradition requests by Chile. Both Argentina and Chile have labeled Jones a terrorist, on account of his resistance activities against capitalist exploitation of ancestral Mapuche territory.

The group of activists together with Maldonado, who blocked the road during the protest, were accosted by the Argentine Gendarmerie, who fired rubber bullets at the activists upon orders given by the Security Minister, Patricia Bullrich.

According to witnesses, Maldonado was beaten by the military police and forced into a van. His whereabouts and fate remain unknown. Matias Santana, who testified before Judge Guido Otranto on September 5, stated that he watched through binoculars as Maldonado was beaten and taken away by the military police to an undisclosed location.


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Philippine dictator Marcos gold bars: Fact or fiction? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Philippine dictator Marcos gold bars: Fact or fiction? by Chris Powell GATA By Gerry Lirio ABS-CBN News, Quezon City, Philippines Thursday, September 21, 2017 MANILA By the late industrialist Enrique Zobels recollections, former strongman Ferdinand Marcos left...

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Thousands in Germany Protest Over Planned Steel Merger The future of steel in Germany is at stake "IndyWatch Feed War"

BERLIN Thousands of steelworkers have gathered in western Germany in a protest over the planned merger of the European steel operations of Thyssenkrupp and Tata Steel, which is expected to cost up to 4,000 jobs.

News agency dpa reported that nearly 7,000 people took part in Fridays protest in Bochum, and steel production was largely halted ahead of the demonstration. Germanys top labor union leader, Reiner Hoffmann, accused Thyssenkrupps management of failing to take account of employees interests, while German Labor Minister Andrea Nahles said the future of steel in Germany is at stake.

Germanys Thyssenkrupp and Indias Tata on Wednesday signed a preliminary deal to create a joint venture headquartered in the Netherlands. The move to create Europes second-largest steel company is an effort to consolidate the struggling industry.


Every Single Hot Girl Under 26 "IndyWatch Feed"

This is a guest post by Kid Strangelove. Kid originally published this article at his own blog, but he deleted the site a while ago so he could focus on other projects. He asked me if Id be willing to re-post some of his articles on my blog and I said yes.

Let me tell you some things about every single hot girl under the age of 26:

  • They have 75 cousins, 67 college friends, and 32 high school friends visiting NYC at any given time.
  • They have the most demanding work schedules, often having to work way late thanks to their asshole bosses.
  • They have twelve friends that recently got dumped by their asshole boyfriends and are completely devastated, so they need to be comforted.
  • They have the health and immune system of Mr. Glass from the movie Unbreakable (one of Samuel L. Jacksons more underrated performances).

As you can see, hot girls under the age of 26 have incredibly busy lives and its a damn miracle if you can hang out with one at all

until you fuck them and fuck them hard. Then all of the things above mysteriously disappear. Funny, isnt it?

I slipped last night. I forgot how busy these hot young girls are before you fuck them hard (unless youre a Yankee, that seems to have the same effect as fucking them hard), and made plans to meet this hot 22-year old at 8PM. She texts me at 7:50 apologizing profusely about how she couldnt make it. However, at 7:50 I was on the subway heading over to meet her, so I only got the text right as I arrived, with my trademark perfect timing, at 8PM.

And I wasnt mad at her. Its 2012. A hot thin young girl you havent fucked hard yet flaking on you is to be expected. Wait, did I say flaking? I meant the myriad of valid reasons she has for cancelling the date I described above.

I was mad at myself for not making backup plans and letting this put a damper on my evening. It was a Tuesday night, and everything in NYC that isnt in the Meatpacking District (where the party starts at midnight no matter what) just had dive bars with the happy hour crowd already clearing out. It was rather depressing, really.

Always have a backup plan.

Read Next: How to Crush a Girls Self-Esteem

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International Systems of States and Global Security Models "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"


The fundamental aim of the text below is to deal with the concept and models of global security as one of the crucial topics of global politics studies. We have to keep in mind that a term and notion


The 'Palestinian propaganda' invading US schools? Bring it on "IndyWatch Feed War"

A new study finds that American children are being indoctrinated by skewed accounts of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and Islam. But if sharing verifiable facts and non-Western points of view is skewed, teach on


Brexit and the Status Quo Ex-Ante "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Where we are

At the end of August Britains Labour Party formally announced its policy towards future relations with the European Union. The policy document explicitly accepts the referendum result and will build a close new relationship with the EU.


Afghanistans Opium Trade: A Free Market of Racketeers "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Featured image: A man in an opium-yielding poppy field, Dara-i Mazor, Nurgal district, Kunar province, Afghanistan (May 2017) (Source: Franz J. Marty)

DARA-I MAZOR, NURGAL, KUNAR, AFGHANISTAN  It is only a short drive into a side valley just off


Planned U.S. 'humanitarian intervention' in Venezuela means "provoking armed confrontation" "IndyWatch Feed World"

Translation by Tortilla con Sal. As Southern Command chief Admiral Kurt Tidd put it, "The growing humanitarian crisis in Venezuela could make necessary a regional response." The military option against Venezuela mentioned recently by President Donald Trump has been active since even before he made his remarks. In an unconventional warfare scenario, conventional military action as such is not to be expected. The Petri dish nutrient is "humanitarian crisis" cultured by agents of anti-Chavismo both nationally and internationally. Unusual and extraordinary military exercises The number of U.S.-led military exercises is growing all the time covering various aspects of warfare, but it is noteworthy that the "humanitarian" component is always present, even when the substantive contribution of U.S. armed forces in dealing with natural disasters with tragic consequences is unknown. What happened in Houston, Texas, is just one example. A combined exercise was held last June in Barbados "to improve the collective ability of defense forces and police to counteract international organized crime and carry out humanitarian relief/disaster operations." Based in Barbados' capital Bridgetown, this international exercise in maritime security and disaster response, titled, "Caribbean Tradewinds 2017," involved 20 countries, including Mexico.


Happy Birthday CIA: Seven Truly Terrible Things the Agency Has Done in 70 Years "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

On Monday, President Trump tweeted birthday wishes to the Air Force and the CIA. Both became official organizations 70 years ago on September 18, 1947, with the implementation of the National Security Act of 1947.

After spending years as a


Former ATE Bank executives charged for loans without collateral and guarantees "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Greeces corruption prosecutor has brought criminal charges against 30 former executives of the now defunct Agricultural Bank of Greece (ATE) for approving loans over a 10-year period to construction company ATTIKAT as well as to a private citizen who did not meet the necessary requirements. The cost incurred by the bank is estimated at 80,000,000

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John Rubino: We Are Building a Turn-Key Totalitarian State (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

John Rubino: We Are Building a Turn-Key Totalitarian State Video Reluctant Preppers From the global De-Dollarization pivot away from the US Dollar, to crypto-currencies threatening central banks, and geo-political tension hotspots casting a looming shadow to embroil the worlds...

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Petrodollar System Under Attack "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Once upon a time, the U.S. dollar was backed by the gold standard in a framework that established what was known as the Bretton-Woods agreement, made in 1944. The dollar was fixed to gold at a price of $35 an


Silicon Valley Should Just Say No to Saudi "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

American companies face a difficult tradeoff when dealing with government requests, but they should just say no to Saudi Arabia, which is using social media companies to do its dirty work in censoring Qatari media. Over the past few weeks, both Medium and Snap have caved to Saudi demands to geoblock journalistic content in the kingdom.

The history of Silicon Valley companies compliance with requests from foreign governments is a sad one, and one that has undoubtedly led to more censorship around the world. While groups like EFF have been successful at pushing companies toward more transparency and at pushing back against domestic censorship in the United States, it seems that companies are unwilling or unable to see why protecting freedom of expression on their platforms abroad is important.

After Yahoos compliance with a user data request from the Chinese government in the early 2000s resulted in the imprisonment of two Chinese citizens, the digital rights community began to pressure companies to use more scrutiny when dealing with orders from foreign governments. The early work of scholars such as Rebecca MacKinnon led to widespread awareness amongst civil society groups and the eventual creation of the Global Network Initiative, which created standards guiding companies compliance with foreign requests. A push from advocacy groups resulted in Google issuing its first transparency report in 2010, with other companies following the Silicon Valley giants lead. Todaythanks to tireless advocacy and projects like EFFs Who Has Your Back reportdozens of companies issue their own reports.

Transparency is vital. It helps users to understand who the censors are, and to make informed decisions about what platforms they use. But, as it turns out, transparency does not necessarily lead to less censorship.

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