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Wednesday, 14 November



Catholic Church: 'people are suffering & dying to make APEC a success "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Samarai Catholic Church
Sacred Heart Church, Samarai

MEDIA STATEMENT | Catholic Bishops Conference of PNG & Solomon Islands

PORT MORESBY - The primary task of the Catholic Church in Papua New Guinea is to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to the people. As such the church adopts no particular position on political or economic issues except to bring gospel values to this part of life.

However, since the Catholic Church is known and expected to speak for those without a voice, and has a reputation for its concern for the rural poor of PNG, many have asked us for our position on APEC.

We have addressed this issue many times in the past and more recently appealed for a return to the division of powers that could ensure that political power and the equitable distribution of wealth are kept separate.

We share the concern of many about the huge amount of our limited resources being expended on this event which seems designed to entertain and impress the rich and powerful.

Given its inevitability, we can only hope for its success, which can only mean that the welfare of the poorest people of PNG will somehow indirectly be improved. Although we all would like to make a good impression on our visitors, this cannot be at the expense of the truth.

So we must now look to life after APEC.

This has to be a life where we will see a return to the principles and values of our national constitution and the national goals and directive principles on which our nation was built.


PNG to create 7,500 square kilometers of new marine protected areas in Bismarck Sea "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Papua New Guinea has announced its commitment to creating 7,500 square kilometers of marine protected areas in the Bismarck Sea by 2021. The government of Papua New Guinea (PNG) made the announcement at the 5th annual Our Ocean Conference in Bali, Indonesia with the support of two conservation NGOs: the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Marine Protected Areas Fund and Oceans 5. The PNG government has pledged to triple the coverage of its current marine protected area (MPA) network, and this new 7,500-square-kilometer (nearly 2,900-square-mile) commitment will achieve that goal. According to WCS president and CEO Cristin Samper, the new MPAs will also help the country meet its Aichi Target goal of protecting 10 percent of its territorial waters and coastline by the year 2025. Lavongai islands. Photo Credit: Elodie Van Lierde. The new MPA network will encompass 2,500 square kilometres of coastal areas around Tikana and Lavongai islands, including key coral reef systems, in the Bismarck Sea, as well as 5,000 square kilometres of offshore areas identified as high priorities for marine conservation in New Ireland Province. We applaud the Government of Papua New Guinea for its recently announced commitment to protect an enormous expanse of one of the worlds natural wonders: the Bismarck Sea, Samper said in a statement. Papua New Guinea is already well known as a land of great cultural diversity and home to the famous birds of paradise; what is less known is that the countrys marine riches are just as spectacular, and the Bismarck

Chile: Mining waste continues to be expelled into the sea "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Little by little, the ocean floor of Chapaco Bay is being blanketed in sludge. Hctor Zuleta is no longer able to harvest shellfish from among the caves, ridges and woodlands of the bay because everything is clogged up. Recently, fishers and shellfish gatherers have had to go and find other places to work. Zuleta attributes the reduction in marine resources to the activity of a local iron processing plant, but hes only confirming what the authorities already suspect. Compaa Minera del Pacfico (CMP), a member of the mining and steel conglomerate CAP (Compaa de Acero del Pacfico), has been discharging its mining waste into the sea in the port city of Huasco in northern Chile since 1978 dumping it directly on the beach initially, before piping it out into the bay from 1993 onward. Huasco sits on a patch of the most arid desert in the world, and in 2012 it was declared a sacrifice zone due to its high pollution levels. Huasco, Atacama region, Chile. Image by Claudia Pool/Oceana. That mining waste is being dumped in the bay has long been an open secret. However, what the inhabitants were not aware of was that CMP, the main iron ore producer on the western coast of South America and the largest steel manufacturer and processor in Chile, was doing so without environmental authorization. When the marine conservation organization Oceana submitted complaints to the environment superintendent in August 2017, the latter sanctioned the company for 20 regulatory infringements. Today, CMPs

Vietnam-EU legal timber agreement signed, but much work remains "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

HO CHI MINH CITY The European Union has signed an agreement to support Vietnams forest governance improvement goals, aimed at ensuring that the timber it imports from the Southeast Asian country is legally sourced. The Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) was signed Oct. 19 in Brussels by Federica Mogherini, the EU high representative for foreign affairs, and Nguyen Xuan Cuong, Vietnams minister of agriculture. The implementation of the VPA will involve multiple steps, according to Bruno Angelet, ambassador of the EU delegation to Vietnam. Currently timber and timber products exported to the EU from Vietnam are subject to the due diligence requirements of the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR), which prohibits placement of illegally harvested timber on the EU market, Angelet wrote in an emailed response to Mongabay. They [Vietnam] will remain under the EUTR regime even after the ratification of the FLEGT-VPA until such time that Vietnam develops and implements the Vietnam Timber Legality Assurance System (VNTLAS) foreseen in the VPA. Vietnam now has to draft legislation to establish the VNTLAS, after which it and the EU will set up a committee to monitor implementation of the VPA. Phuc Xuan To, a program analyst with Forest Trends, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, said he was hopeful about the impact of the agreement, but cautioned that major challenges remained. Vietnam imports 4-5 million cubic meters [141 million to 177 million cubic feet] of timber from more than 100 countries every year, consisting of 150-170

Die Lage fr Ideen auerhalb der engen Grenzen der ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Die Lage fr Ideen auerhalb der engen Grenzen der aktuellen Dogmatik in der Wissenschaft ist so bel, dass jetzt ein Journal Publikationen kontroverser Ideen unter Pseudonym ermglichen soll.

Fandet ihr TLS auch viel zu sicher? Da kann man ja ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Fandet ihr TLS auch viel zu sicher? Da kann man ja gar nicht mitschnffeln! Das geht nicht. Wie soll der Arbeitgeber denn dann die TLS-Verbindungen aufbrechen und gucken, dass da keine Pornos oder Malware reinkommt?! Nee, das geht so nicht. Verschlsselung ist nur wirklich sicher, wenn man die unterwegs entschlsseln kann.

Findet jedenfalls die ETSI und nennt ihre kaputtgemachte Version von TLS 1.3 "eTLS". e nicht fr elektronisch sondern fr "Enterprise". Fuck, yeah!

Aber der Hhepunkt der Meldung ist, wie sich vllig unironisch das zustndige Kommittee nennt:

ETSI Technical Committee CYBER has recently released a Middlebox Security Protocol specification
Kannste dir gar nicht ausdenken sowas.


A familiar invasion: Settlers take another mountain top, soldiers follow, and Palestinians demonstrate for their rights "IndyWatch Feed War"

It was the day before Eid al-Adha last summer, and millions of Palestinian Muslims across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, Gaza, and Israel were preparing for the biggest holiday of the year.

But when the residents of the Ramallah-area village of Kafr Nima woke up, expecting to spend the day decorating their homes and preparing sweets for the visitors they would receive the following morning, they were shocked to find a group of visitors on the outskirts of the town.

The settlers came in the middle of the night, no one knew. By morning they had paved a road up to the mountain, set up their tents, and had soldiers protecting them, Zafer Attayah, a resident of Kfar Nima told Mondoweiss.

Attayah pointed to the top of Risan mountain, located just 500 meters northeast of the village. You can see now they have set up a caravan, and there are some soldiers around them, he said.

The family of settlers, which Attayah estimates numbers around 10, first showed up on Risan mountain on September 7th. Every day since then, the soldiers have been present in the area. Day and night they are there, Attayah said.

Armed Israeli forces are now a permanent fixture on the Risan mountain (Yumna Patel)

The Risan mountain is nestled between three villages northwest of Ramallah, just a few kilometers from the Green Line Kafr Nima, Ras Karkar, and Kharbetha Bani Hareth.

People from all three villages own land on the mountain, Attayah said, noting that his family is among the landowners.

After the settlers came, the Israeli occupation authorities told us that they were confiscating the land for the settlers, he said. They want to take 1,000 dunums [about 250 acres] of our land.

Ever since the settlers showed up two months ago, the Palestinians from Risans three surrounding villages have been staging weekly Friday protests on the mountain in attempts to stop the confiscation.

We have to maintain our presence in the area, Attayah said. They think they can just come and take the land, but we will not make it easy for them.

A history of resistance

The villagers of Kafr Nima are no strangers to resisting the Israeli occupation. The village sits just four kilometers from the Green Line, the skyline of Israels large coastal cities clearly visible beyond the hills of the West Bank.



Encuentran una maleta con restos de una menor de edad en Tlatelolco "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

La menor presentaba golpes en diversas partes del cuerpo, de acuerdo a las primeras indagatorias, el cuerpo corresponde a una nia llamada Dalia Rivero Regeneracin, 13 de noviembre de 2018.- En Tlatelolco fue encontrado el cuerpo sin vida de una nia de 14 aos, el cual se encontraba dentro de una maleta color gris. La []

La entrada Encuentran una maleta con restos de una menor de edad en Tlatelolco se public primero en Regeneracin.


National Facial Recognition Database to Use Loyalty Rewards to Identify American Shoppers "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By MassPrivateI For years, I have been warning people about facial recognition in retail stores, but this story might convince you to avoid retail stores...


Mechanisms: Lead Screws and Ball Screws "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Translating rotary motion to linear motion is a basic part of mechatronic design. Take a look at the nearest 3D-printer or CNC router at least the Cartesian variety and youll see some mechanism that converts the rotation of the the motor shafts into the smooth linear motion needed for each axis.

Hobby-grade machines are as likely as not to use pulleys and timing belts to achieve this translation, and that generally meets the needs of the machine. But in some machines, the stretchiness of a belt wont cut it, and the designer may turn to some variety of screw drive to do the job.

Lead Screws

We have all seen CNC projects where the builder has built a linear actuator from a length of hardware store threaded rod. Chopped to size with a hacksaw, held in place with a couple of bearings, and attached to a stepper with a coupling of some type, these screw drives do a decent job of producing linear motion. But its far from a perfect solution, mechanically speaking.

The main problem with this arrangement is the thread profile. As we mentioned in our post on screw threads, the V-thread profile on threaded fasteners is optimized for providing a high axial clamping force and a non-overhauling property, or the tendency for the fastener to self-lock. This requires a high friction arrangement, which is not optimal for a screw drive.



Strong Towns Members are Changing the Conversation "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Strong Towns approach is a radically new way of thinking about the way we build our world. In the last ten years, weve influenced the way countless people think about the costs and benefits of growth and new infrastructure, and weve introduced brand new terms like Growth Ponzi Scheme and stroad into the lexicon of grassroots advocates and urban policy makers alike.

But we dont do this by lobbying members of Congress (though we do write about federal policy). We dont write design guides, or white papers, or academic case studies. We dont work as a consultant for public agencies.

Rather, we believe that the change we want to see is going to require a broad cultural shift: a different set of understandings about what makes a place prosperous and resilient. We believe true resilience can only be built locally. And so we believe that any cultural paradigm shift we achieve is going to have to come from the ground up, in every community across North America. Itss going to have to be informed in each place by local realities, and endorsed with the credibility of local voices.

This is why were so proud of our members, who are taking the Strong Towns message to their own communities and fighting their own particular battles.

Are you a local advocate for responsible budgeting, safe streets, affordable housing, environmental protection, mom-and-pop entrepreneurs?

Are you a local elected official, or have you considered running on a platform that advocates for Strong Towns principles?

Do you want more of the information and resources that will help you change the conversation in your city?

Then become a member of Strong Towns today, so that we can help you and people like you be a more effective change agent.

Join the Movement

Heres just one story of a member who is working to change the conversation in her own town. Marlene Druker is a Strong Towns member in Gig Harbor, Washington. She wrote to us with the following update on a grassroots campaign she organized in Gig Harbor this year:

My city in general, and I in particular, just lost an election.

Editors note: Hold on, stop the presses. Were pleased to report that as of a more recent count, Drukers no campaign was in the lead by 51 votes. Anyway, well let Druker tell you about he...

Malaria struck MP who couldnt find drugs at district clinic "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Ijivitari MP Richard Masere
Richard Masere MP couldnt find anti-malarial drugs in Popondetta. He was airlifted to Port Moresby for treatment

SCOTT WAIDE | My Land, My Country

LAE - Before we get to the story about the politician, lets take a look back at how it began.

Two weeks ago, a senior doctor who works at Laes Angau Hospital added to the long list of health professionals who are pointing out the obvious: There is a severe medicine shortage throughout Papua New Guinea.

Dr Lincoln Menda has served in the public health system for 36 years and is the most senior health professional to speak out about the medicine shortages.  

His primary job is to visit clinics all over Morobe Province to treat and refer people with serious medical problems to the main hospitals.

He has not been able to do his job well.

We need drugs. We are facilitators of the end users of the drugs. They are our clients, he said. We are now prescribing drugs for our clients to buy them from the private sector.

We are passing the buck when the government is telling us that that drugs and everything are supposed to be free. Treatment in hospitals is supposed to be free.

Dr Menda was at the Milfordhaven clinic, one of seven urban clinics facing a dire shortage of medicines and other supplies.

In the clinics dispensary, the shelves were void of much needed basic supplies.  On a list provided by the officer in charge, he noted antibiotics, painkillers and antimalarial drugs were in short supply.

Everywhere I go, I carry folders of prescription forms. I prescribe everything from Panadol to amoxicillin to other major medical drugs that need a doctors prescription.

Everything from Panadol, aspirin, malaria drugs are non-existent currently.

Dr Menda wasnt the only one to speak out.  Nurses who are at the front line of health service delivery also spoke out about the shortages.

The situation took a personal toll on health....


Intense Tests Reveal Elusive, Complex Form of Nitrogen "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Submitted via IRC for Bytram

Get your nitrogen crystals here!

Intense tests reveal elusive, complex form of nitrogen

The study shows for the first time that simple molecular elements can have complex structures at high pressures. It could inform similar studies in other elements, researchers say.

An international team of scientists led by the University of Edinburgh used a high-pressure diamond-tipped anvil to squeeze tiny amounts of nitrogen at pressures half a million times that of Earth's atmosphere, while heating it to about 500 Celsius.

[...] Their findings resolve speculation over the structure of this form of nitrogen, known as -N2. It was discovered 15 years ago but its structure was unknown until now.

Unusually complex phase of dense nitrogen at extreme conditions (open, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-07074-4) (DX)

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Para Cambiar Todo en formatos PDF y web "IndyWatch Feed War"

El fracaso de la izquierda y los triunfos de la derecha son suficientes para mantenernos luchando contra ambos. Presentamos nuestra introduccin al anarquismo, Para Cambiar Todo, en varios formatos y varias lenguas, una de ellas viviendo bajo la bota de El Estado Espaol, y otra en el hemisferio occidental colonizado por el mismo Estado Espaol. Por favor imprmanlos y distribyanlos donde quiera que estn. Aquellos en los Estados Unidos, todava pueden ordenar nuestra versin impresa de Para Cambiar Todo de CrimethInc., pero apresrense que se agotan.

Las versiones de la web estn aqu y aqu.

PDF por Espaa

PDF por Amrica Latina.

The failures of the left and the successes of the right are enough to keep us fighting against both. Were presenting our introduction to anarchism, Para Cambiar Todo, in several formats and two dialectsone for those living under the thumb of El Estado Espaol and one for those in the portions of the Western Hemisphere that were colonized by El Estado Espaol. Please print these out and distribute them wherever you are. Those in the United States can still order our printing of Para Cambiar Todo from CrimethInc. Far East, but hurryits almost out of print.


Registran ola de suicidios con herbicidas en la Montaa de Guerrero "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

En la Montaa de Guerrero se ha registrado una ola de suicidios con herbicidas, la sustancia se vende a 120 pesos el litro y no existen restricciones para su compra Regeneracin, 13 de noviembre de 2018. En la comunidad mephaa de la montaa de Guerrero se han registrado una ola de suicidios con herbicidas, sustancia []

La entrada Registran ola de suicidios con herbicidas en la Montaa de Guerrero se public primero en Regeneracin.


Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Todays face of the day was our face of the day during the server outage so he disappeared from view as the post was not published. Since then one despicable Australian media outlet has seen fit to attack him. They have attacked Trolley Man, a homeless Australian HERO who risked his life to protect others. Let that [] The post Face of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.



A helpful question "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

BBC One's London local news this afternoon reported on Sadiq Khan's attendance at a memorial ceremony for the Bataclan massacre in Paris today and BBC reporter Karl Mercer interviewed the Mayor. 

How's this for 'message placement' courtesy of the BBC?:

Sadiq Khan: I'm here to pay my respects but also to show solidarity. London and Paris have many links. Last year we suffered four terrorist attacks and 14 people lost their lives. It's really important we show solidarity to our French friends.
Karl Mercer: And there's been much cooperation over those three years, particularly in the field of counter-terror, something you're worried will change come March?
Sadiq Khan: One of the things that many Londoners may not realise is that because we're members of the EU our police and security service have a huge amount of cooperation with our colleagues - European Arrest Warrant, being members of Europol, being able the EU passenger name records. On a daily basis our police and security services check DNA records, fingerprints, wanted lists. The UK Borders Agency checks  the watchlists of most of those coming into our country. If there's somebody who leaves London and they've committed a crime we can get them extradited really quickly. And my worry is if it appears to be the case that we leave the EU with no deal, as seems very likely, what will happen on March 30th? There'll be no deal whatsoever. What I'm saying to our government is that bearing in mind there's a possibility now, a real possibility of no deal, work now on a separate security arrangement so on March 30th our police and security services can still work with the EU.

And that was that.


SpaceX to Launch CubeSat Containing Soul of First African-American Astronaut "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The mysterious satellite is a collaboration between artist Tavares Strachan and Los Angeles County Museum of Art

A Falcon 9 rocket due to take off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California next week will launch a unique cargo into orbit alongside the usual communications and observation satellitesthe soul of Robert Henry Lawrence Jr., the first African-American astronaut.

The launch manifest for the SSO-A SmallSat Express mission, organized by Seattle-based Spaceflight Industries, lists a spacecraft called Enoch, owned by LACMAthe Los Angeles County Museum of Art. And for months, that was all that was publicly known about the satellite.

Now, IEEE Spectrum has learned that Enoch contains a 24-karat gold canopic jar with a bust of Lawrence. Canopic jars were used by ancient Egyptians to house the organs of the deceased for use in the afterlife. This jar was blessed at a Shinto shrine in Japan and recognized as a container for Lawrences soul, according to the Museum.

[Lawrence is] someone who has a mostly untold story, who I look at as a hero, but who wasnt necessarily considered one when I was a child in school, says Tavares Strachan, the artist behind Enoch, in an interview with IEEE Spectrum.

Although Guion Bluford Jr. was the first African-American to reach space, on a Space Shuttle in 1983, Lawrence was the first black astronaut, selected for training in 1967. Just six months later, Lawrence died in the crash of an F-104 Starfighter jet while teaching a junior pilot Shuttle landing techniques.

A black guy doing space exploration with the U.S. government wasnt a normal situation in 1960s America. He was traversing a very difficult time, says Strachan. Strachan first learned about Lawrence while researching an earlier project on cultural invisibilitythe tendency for minority figures to get written out of history.

A gold jar with a bust etched into the top, displayed on a black stand. Photo: Tavares Strachan/LACMA Enoch holds this canopic jar sculpture with a bust of astronaut Robert Henry Lawrence Jr.



Teachers Corner: I hate teachers "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"


When last time I ranted against parents, its my esteemed colleagues this time. And sorry guys, this ones on you. Of course #notallmaleteachers are problematic, many of my male colleagues are wonderful, dedicated people who work hard for their students, but those colleagues who are problematic are overwhelmingly male.

One issue is the sexualisation of girls. While my school is grades 5-10, my building only holds 5-7, so were talking about children. Some time ago one of our headteacher team asked who was teaching a certain class now, because there was a new girl here for that class. Their teacher asked, loudly, probably within earshot of a kid between 11 and 12 is she nice and pretty?.

A colleague at a different school told me about a male colleague who had told a primary school girl who had misbehaved if she liked pushing? Because soon she would be pushed a lot and she would like that, too!

In the first case, we reacted quickly with several women saying in unison that this was not OK. In the second case, my colleague, young, new at school, female, was too shocked to say anything.

Another aspect is the discipline issue. For many teachers (not just the male ones, but theyre loudest about it), kids have to obey and to function. If they dont, well, thats their problem. So today I had a fight with one of them. There was an incident with a kid who is totally beyond (self) control right now. Im not going to go into details, but think your basic tragic neglected childhood that leads to aggression and delinquency. While the kid causes a lot of problems, he also has a lot of problems. But just hearing about the incident, that guy went he needs to disappear from here, immediately!

Not just that this isnt possible anyway, because the school for kids with severe behavioural problems has a waiting list, we cannot just disappear problematic kids. I snapped that yes of course, thats the solution to all our problems, send the kids away. He tried to argue that we just dont have the resources and we have to think of the other kids. I told him we were working at it.

He later tried to make peace by telling me that it wasnt meant as an attack on me (because Im the special ed teacher) and I told him that this wasnt about me, this was about how he was talking about a child. Fuck that shit. I know those kids are exhausting and draining, because I get them all. But theyre children. Children who have been told theyre good for nothing for their entire lives and thank you for adding to their sense of not being worth shit and nobody wanting them.

Thankfully our principal (also a dude, #notalldudes, eh?) is firmly on my side. Not that he was involv...


NEO: Casualties of American Democracy: Trump Serves Up Immigrants as Scapegoats "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Henry Kamens for Veterans Today and New Eastern Outlook, Moscow   One thing that is most predicated about the American political landscape is the pack-of-lies that flows before elections, especially under the Trump administration. We have heard so many recently that most have even stopped trying to separate the truths and half truths from []


Bungle over tree planting in Northland, seedlings mulched, money wasted "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Minister of Planting Lots of Trees, Shane Jones, has admitted there has been a stuff up in a planned planting of 1.2 million pine trees in Northland. Only 200,000 seedlings could be planted as most of the land was not sufficiently prepared for the planting. Some seedlings were redistributed, but many were mulched at a []


1. The RICO Act Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Its about time the Justice Department starts to take apart the corrupt influences in our political system, the FBI, the security Agencies, and yes, even their own Justice Department. An initial response by some might conclude this is akin to the old adage of physician heal thyself, but I believe the majority of Americans, I []


Wildfire Carnage in California, Dozens Dead, Hundreds Missing as Fire Now Visible from Space-PHOTOS "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"


Wildfires are still raging through California in the worst crisis in history as hundreds of thousands evacuate, and dozens have been killed.

The post Wildfire Carnage in California, Dozens Dead, Hundreds Missing as Fire Now Visible from Space-PHOTOS appeared first on The Free Thought Project.


Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The word for today is milieu (noun) An environment or a setting. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : The etymology of milieu comes down to mi and lieu. English speakers learned the word (and borrowed both its spelling and meaning) from French. The modern French term comes from two much older French forms, [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Greek archaeologists say ancient city of Tenea settled by Trojan POWs located "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Greeces Culture Ministry has said that archaeologists have located the first tangible remains of the lost ancient city of Tenea that, according to tradition, was first settled by Trojan war captives after the Greeks  sack of Troy.

In a statement Tuesday, the ministry said excavations from September to early October in the southern Greek region of the Peleponnese turned up proof of the existence of the ancient city of Tenea, which was only known up to now from ancient texts.

Lead archaeologist Elena Korka, who has been excavating in the area since 2013, told The Associated Press the team unearthed walls, door openings, floors of buildings apparently houses and household pottery, dating from the 4th century B.C. to late Roman times.

Excavation work also continued on the rich cemeteries surrounding ancient Tenea.

During the excavation tombs, skeletons, pottery, jewelry, cons and other items from the Hellenistic and Roman times were found.

The Ancient city of Tenea was established approximately 15 kilometres SE of Corinth and 20 kilometres NE of Mycenae shortly after the Trojan War.

Findings of ancient Tenea

It is believed that the first inhabitants were Trojans prisoners of war to whom King of Mycenae  Agamemnon permitted to build their own town.

Hence the name Tenea resembles that of Tenedos, their home-town, an island opposite of ancient Troy..

Together with Rome, according to the...


Stan Lee Died A Comic Legend, And Rightfully So "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

It is right to honor Lee; it is right to make a legend of him. He gave us myths we still find enchanting, both as audiences and as myth-makers.


Personal Finance and Financial Management Tips "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

There are several other aspects of managing your personal finance apart from the ones mentioned above. However, the aforesaid tips are the basic ones for financial planning. If you follow them, you could ensure that you are prepared financially for the future.


Russia brings Taliban on table as India observes "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Russia secured a huge diplomatic victory when it got Taliban to turn up at a meeting on Afghanistan, attended by no less than a dozen countries, in Moscow last Friday. This was the first time Taliban were face to face with the other side, the government-appointed Afghanistan High Peace Council, in the "Moscow Format" multilateral meeting which lasted less than three hours and was only aimed at kick-starting peace talks.


Green Minister criticised for rubber stamping foreign purchases of land "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Green MP and Minister of Land Information Eugenie Sage is under fire again, this time for approving 21 applications to sell land to foreigners. I think this illustrates the contrast between the ideals when in opposition and the reality of Government responsibilities Im bound by the law, and as a minister, I implement the []


Evo Morales felicita a AMLO por su cumpleaos 65 "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

Felicidades, compaero Manuel!, tu prxima asuncin es una esperanza de mejores das para tus compatriotas y para la regin, escribi Evo Morales en su cuenta de Twitter Regeneracin, 13 de noviembre de 2018. Evo Morales, el presidente Estado Plurinacional de Bolivia, felicit este martes a Andrs Manuel Lpez Obrador con motivo de su cumpleaos, llamndolo []

La entrada Evo Morales felicita a AMLO por su cumpleaos 65 se public primero en Regeneracin.


In Memoriam; Yasser Arafat "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

On the 14th anniversary of the passing away of Yasser Arafat, we look back on the days before and after his death.


Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Proverbs 14 27 Fear of the Lord is a life-giving fountain; it offers escape from the snares of death. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.








Transformation "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Kestrel has finally shared some of her jewellery making with us and its phenomenal. What starts out as a pile of horsehair becomes ordered and ultimately beautiful at the hands of a master artisan. Ill let kestrel explain the process

Im working on my website and one of the things that needs to be done is to re-shoot all the photos. Since most of my work is custom (in other words, people send me hair from their own horse, and then I make stuff out of it for them) I dont have things in inventory, and that means I had to re-make all the items in order to take new photos. One of the things I like about my work is being able to transform my materials, whatever they may be but in this case a messy pile of hair, into something orderly and worth having. 

kestrel, all rights reserved

Some of the braiding was done before it occurred to me to take a photo, but that messy pile of hair is going to be turned into 6 bracelets: 3 that are an 8-strand braid, and 3 that are a 25-strand braid, one each of white, chestnut and black. In case you are wondering: that messy pile of hair is made up of 1,761 individual hairs. That I had to count. On purpose. I dont usually sit down and figure out things like that, because I just really dont want to know; its a little depressing. But, if one is going to braid hair, one must first count it. 

kestrel, all rights reserved

Part way finished, you can see the 3 8-strand bracelets are done and Ive just started on the black 25-strand bracelet. 


kestrel, all rights reserved

All done! It looks very different from how it started out. Now...



A Look At The GCC 9 Performance On Intel Skylake Against GCC 8, LLVM Clang 7/8 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

With GCC 9 embarking upon its third stage of development where the focus ships to working on bug/regression fixes in preparation for releasing the GCC 9.1 stable compiler likely around the end of Q1'2019, here is a fresh look at the GCC 9 performance with its latest development code as of this week compared to GCC 8.2.0 stable while using an Intel Core i9 7980XE test system running Ubuntu Linux. For good measure are also fresh results from LLVM Clang 7.0 stable as well as LLVM Clang 8.0 SVN for the latest development state of that competing C/C++ open-source compiler.


Its Spreading: Now the British Media Is Pushing Microchipping In The UK "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Adam Palmer Its no coincidence that a veritable public relations advertisement concealed as an article in the Daily Mail regarding the microchipping of thousands...


The Korean War: The Moral Bankruptcy of Interventionism "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Jacob G. Hornberger | FFF | November 13, 2018 An article in Sundays New York Times entitled Remembering the Forgotten War demonstrates perfectly the moral bankruptcy of the philosophy of foreign interventionism. Calling for the Korean War to become more highly remembered, the author, Hampton Sides, extols some of the popular justifications for subjecting []


Mark Trahant: Election lessons for Indian Country "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

So much history was made this Election Day and it really was the year of the Native woman.


Even Simon McCoy... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Fans of ITV's The Chase will know that chaser Paul Sinha is often described as "Sarcasm In a Suit" by Bradley Walsh, but maybe it's time that the BBC followed suit and christened its very own Simon McCoy "Sarcasm In a Suit" too. 

As you may know, Simon is the BBC News Channel's main anchor in the afternoon.

And here his is, this very afternoon, being deadpan about Donald Trump:

But he still might do well I think to heed the following friendly words of caution, however much he knows the nation loves him:


Israeli press review: Israeli politicians call for more blood in Gaza "IndyWatch Feed War"


Lieberman denounced as a 'toy Rambo' and 'absolute zero', while a candidate for prime minister promises assassinations if elected


Mad About Your High Utility Bills and Smart Meters? Group Analyzes Campaign Contributions By Utility PACs and Executives. Hello Govnor! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By B.N. Frank Activist Post has previously highlighted analysis provided before in re political contributions made by Telecom companies.  This recent article from the Energy...


A Serb's comment on French policy in history - Jovan Pjescic "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sometimes its hard to understand the big powers - case of France During the recent commemoration of the end of WWI in Paris, in the Notre-Dam Cathedral, among other flags, there was the flag of Kosovo*. When you take a...


Big businesses oppose Trump actions against the transgender community "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

One of the most encouraging signs on the social issues front is that while businesses are doing extremely well with Donald Trump and the Republicans sending all the tax cuts their way, they are not willing to sign on to the anti-LGBT war being waged by the administration, especially against the transgender community.

As an example, over 50 tech companies that include the big names like Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Intel, Cisco have jointly signed a letter opposing the administrations attempts to reverse Obama-era civil rights protections for transgender and gender non-conforming people.

According to language proposed in a portion of a draft memo obtained by CBS News from a D.C.-based advocacy group, the Trump administration is suggesting a rollback of the more expansive gender identities originally contemplated by the Obama administration. The memo, which is believed to be a few months old, suggests that people should be categorized for Title IX considerations solely by the biological traits with which they were born.

The draft language reads, Proposed Definition: Sex means a persons status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth. The sex listed on a persons birth certificate, as originally issued, shall constitute definitive proof of a persons sex unless rebutted by reliable genetic evidence.

Early in his administration, Mr. Trump reversed Obama-era policies requiring public schools to allow children to use restrooms corresponding to their gender identity. In 2016, then-President Barack Obama issued guidance to public schools that said they were to treat transgender students according to their gender identity, even if it differs from their birth identity.

The joint letter says in part:

We oppose any administrative and legislative efforts to erase transgender protections through reinterpretation of existing laws and regulations. We also fundamentally oppose any policy or regulation that violates the privacy rights of those that identify as transgender, gender nonbinary, or intersex rights of those that identify as transgender, gender nonbinary, or intersex.

Recognizing that diversity and inclusion are good for business, and that discrimination imposes enormous productivity costs (and exerts undue burdens), hundreds of companies, including the undersigned, have continued to expand inclusion for transgender people across corporate America....



National facial recognition database to use loyalty rewards to identify American shoppers "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

image credit: Zenus Biometrics

For years, I have been warning people about facial recognition in retail stores, but this story might convince you to avoid retail stores altogether.

A recent article in Biometric Update. com (BU) reveals that retail stores have a master plan to convince Americans to accept facial biometrics.

BU interviewed four facial biometric company CEO's and what they revealed is frightening.

The article starts off innocuously enough by telling us that U.S. retail biometrics is used primarily in loss-prevention but things quickly take a turn for the worse.

BU's interview with FaceFirst CEO Peter Tripp is especially disconcerting, as he reveals how retailers plan to use a "facial recognition opt-in environment."

There is another step though that exists which has more to do with consumer loyalty, and consumer experience, that is not quite as expensive an endeavor, and I think there are lots of folks looking at ways of doing that in a friendly opt-in environment, where privacy is not the cornerstone issue, Tripp said."

If any of this sounds familiar its because they are doing the exact same thing with digital drivers licenses.

Biometric companies are trying to convince Americans to accept digital drivers license by tying them to loyalty rewards programs.  Last year the Lincoln Motor Company installed...


Gaza Under Israeli Attack, Yemen Death Toll Over 100,000, US Arms Sales Up 13% & US Afghan Opium "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (11/12/18). Today is Veterans Day, and in my eyes there is no better day to honor the sacrifice of so many by taking the quintessentially American action of []

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Spider poop "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

As promised threatened, I took some photos of spider poop this morning. Its surprisingly colorful! But then, these are from the spiderling vials, so maybe its like baby poop, which also tends to have surprising colors.

The big circular feature is an artifact at the bottom of the plastic vial.

This is my masterpiece: I call it Still life with spider poop, molted cuticle, and little blue bits of dried fly medium. Im thinking of printing it out on a 10 foot wide sheet and selling it to MOMA.


Israel Wins 2018 Election "IndyWatch Feed War"

No matter who is elected Israel comes first By Philip Giraldi Unz Review November 13, 2018 Judging from the mainstream media, Israel was not a major issue in the midterm election but it sure did come up a lot when candidates for office were wooing Jewish or Evangelical voters. To cite only one []


November 13, 2018: Gaza Is On Edge Of Israeli Ground Invasion "IndyWatch Feed Europe" The Gaza Strip is on the brink of a large-scale Israeli military intervention. The current round of escalation started on November 11 when a covert unit of the Israeli



Norwegian frigate sinks after collision with Greek-owned tanker "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

There go 400 million euros under water and the captains career. The Norwegian frigate KNM Helge Ingstad sank deeper in the water in the night from Monday to Tuesday, just days after its  crew ignored warning signals by a Greek-owned tanker that a collision was imminent.

The pictures made public by the Norwegian Defense show. Tuesday morning, most of the navy ship is under water.

Last Thursday morning while it was still dark, KNM Helge Ingstad and the giant oil tanker Sola TS collided in Hjeltefjorden, north of the Sture crude oil terminal in ygarden municipal in Hordaland on the west coast of Norway.

Photo: Jakob stheim / Norwegian Defense

The warship, one of Norways five top modern frigates, was on her way home to Haakonsvern naval base after participating in NATOs large-scale exercise Trident Juncture.

It is still a mystery why the well-equipped warship couldnt avoid colliding with the 250 meters long oil tanker just north of the oil terminal. The weather was good, the waters in the area has real-time shipping control systems, there was radio-contact between the vessels up front. And, maybe the biggest unanswered questions: Why couldnt the easy-to-steer frigate, with all its radars and sensors, manage to change course?

While an official investigation is launched by the marine department at the Norwegian Accident Investigation Board (AIBN), the navy in cooperation with others have worked around-the-clock to secure the wrecked frigate. 10 wires were bolted to the rocks onshore, but several of the wires were broken during the night to Tuesday.

The photos from the Defense shows that only the radar-tower of the frigate is over water. The warship still has all weapons on board.  via the barentobeserver

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Facebook Messenger to offer Unsend feature to delete sent messages "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

By Waqas

Facebook has made many efforts so far to refine its Messenger app. This year in May, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg along with other executives of the social network admitted that the Facebook Messenger has to be refined since the current app contained many useless features while lacked critically important ones. Such as, its UI could []

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That Domain You Forgot to Renew? Yeah, its Now Stealing Credit Cards "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

If you own a domain name that gets decent traffic and you fail to pay its annual renewal fee, chances are this mistake will be costly for you and for others. Lately, neglected domains have been getting scooped up by crooks who use them to set up fake e-commerce sites that steal credit card details from unwary shoppers.

For nearly 10 years, Portland, Ore. resident Julie Randall posted pictures for her photography business at julierandallphotos-dot-com, and used an email address at that domain to communicate with clients. The domain was on auto-renew for most of that time, but a change in her credit card details required her to update her records at the domain registrar a task Randall says she now regrets putting off.

Julierandallphoto-dot-com is now one of hundreds of fake ecommerce sites set up to steal credit card details.

Thats because in June of this year the domain expired, and control over her site went to someone who purchased it soon after. Randall said she didnt notice at the time because she was in the middle of switching careers, didnt have any active photography clients, and had gotten out of the habit of checking that email account.

Randall said she only realized shed lost her domain after failing repeatedly to log in to her Instagram account, which was registered to an email address at julierandallphoto-dot-com.

When I tried to reset the account password through Instagrams procedure, I could see that the email address on the account had been changed to a .ru email, Randall told KrebsOnSecurity. I still dont have access to it because I dont have access to the email account tied to my old domain. It feels a little bit like the last ten years of my life have kind of been taken away.

Visit today and youll see a Spanish language site selling Reebok shoes (screenshot above). The site certainly looks like a real e-commerce shop; it has plenty of product pages and images, and of course a shopping cart. But the site is noticeably devoid of any SSL certificate (the entire site is http://, not https://), and the products for sale are all advertised for roughly half their normal cost.

A review of the neighboring domains that reside at Internet addresses adjacent to julierandallphoto-dot-com (196.196.152/153.x, etc.) shows hundreds of other domains that were apparently registered upon expiration over the past f...


WATCH: Skin Cancer Survivor Ticketed for Window Tint She Had to Protect Her from the Sun "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"


A skin cancer survivor who had window tint on her vehicle to protect herself from the sun was ticketed by a cop for dark tint who was just doing his job.

The post WATCH: Skin Cancer Survivor Ticketed for Window Tint She Had to Protect Her from the Sun appeared first on The Free Thought Project.


Researchers Find New Pathway to Regulate Immune Response, Control Diseases "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

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Researchers find new pathway to regulate immune response, control diseases

Researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington have found a potential new pathway to regulate immune response and potentially control inflammatory diseases of the central nervous system such as meningitis and sepsis. "We need to know what turns on inflammatory response to bacterial infection to be able to modulate the process," said Subhrangsu Mandal, the UTA associate professor of chemistry who led the research. "If we can do so, we can control inflammatory diseases of the central nervous system that have been hard to treat up to now, such as sepsis and meningitis, as well as cancer and muscular dystrophy, which can also be seen a kind of inflammation," he added.

[...] The researchers have found that the long non-coding RNA molecule HOTAIR present in white blood cells has the capacity to signal these cells to activate immune response in the presence of bacteria. RNA, or ribonucleic acid, is present in all living cells. Its primary role is to carry instructions from DNA. "Knowing that HOTAIR has a role in the signaling pathway also means that we can use it as a biomarker for bacterial infection," he added. "Simple blood tests could indicate infection much more quickly, enabling better treatment for patients of rapidly-moving diseases such as septic shock and meningitis, which have been hard to treat up to now."

The researchers used the resources of UTA's North Texas Genome Center to demonstrate that noncoding RNA expression -- including HOTAIR -- is induced in white blood cells treated with lipopolysaccharide, which are molecules found on the outer membrane of bacterial cells. The research showed that HOTAIR gene was expressed alongside cytokines, which are excreted by cells as part of immune response, and inflammatory response genes such as iNOS. As a result, it is possible to conclude that HOTAIR is a key regulator for pathogen-induced cytokine expression, immune response and inflammation.

LncRNA HOTAIR regulates lipopolysaccharide-induced cytokine expression and inflammatory response in macrophages (open, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-33722-2) (DX)

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Media watch Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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


Mary Annette Pember: Witnessing history on Native Election Night "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

While covering the midterms from Minnesota, I couldn't help but feel the pride my mother would have felt had she lived to see this day.


Jens Stoltenberg at the NATO Industry Forum, by Jens Stoltenberg "IndyWatch Feed War"

Good morning. It's great to see you all. Let me start by thanking Germany for hosting our conference this year. And for being a major driver in technology and innovation. Let me also thank all of you for being here and for joining us at this NATO Industry Forum. A very important platform for strengthening the cooperation between NATO, NATO allies and Industry which is so important for the whole Alliance. I would also like to thank commissioner Elbieta Bienkowska for being here today I (...)


General chat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Is there any way we could have a thread for the more lightweight stuff like music and general chat? Do it here. Please no personal attacks or bickering. Anything abusive, provocative or inflammatory may be deleted.


When I ran for Congress: Insights "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Jon Rappoport I met with one nutritional-supplement-company president, a self-involved oaf who bragged about his expensive tastes, his vacations, his large house. His main...


CNN Sues Trump Administration Over Jim Acosta Press Credentials "IndyWatch Feed War"

The network says revocation of reporters credentials violates CNN and Acostas First Amendment rights

CNN said it filed a lawsuit against President Trump and his administration that seeks to reinstate the credentials of Jim Acosta, the cable news channel correspondent who was banned from the White House after clashing with the president during a press conference last week.

The wrongful revocation of these credentials violates CNN and Acostas First Amendment rights of freedom of the press, and their Fifth Amendment rights to due process, CNN said in a statement.

The lawsuit, filed in D.C. District Court, asks for a restraining order requiring the return of Mr. Acostas White House press pass.

When the White House suspended Mr. Acostas pass last week, it said it did so because he had placed his hands on an intern who was trying to take the microphone from him after Mr. Trump indicated he was no longer taking his questions. Video of the altercation shows only incidental contact. CNN has said this fight wasnt about the intern but rather about the presidents contempt for Mr. Acosta and CNN.

While the suit is specific to CNN and Acosta, this could have happened to anyone. If left unchallenged, the actions of the White House would create a dangerous chilling effect for any journalist who covers our elected officials, CNN said. CNN is a unit of AT&T Inc.

We have been advised that CNN has filed a complaint challenging the suspension of Jim Acostas hard pass. This is just more grandstanding from CNN, and we will vigorously defend against this lawsu...


Nnamdi Azikiwe international airport records 3.36m passengers in 9 months "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), says a total of 3.36 million passengers travelled through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja between January and September. FAAN disclosed this in its 2018 Passengers Traffic Statistics obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Tuesday in Abuja. The report showed that a total of []

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$5.8bn NEMA fraud: Osinbajo has questions to answer Reps "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Contrary to a rebuttal from Vice President Yemi Osinbajo that he did no wrongdoing in the approval of N5.8 billion for emergency intervention of food security to the northeast in June 2017, when he was acting president, the House of Representatives of Representatives has insisted that the number two man may have questions to answer, []

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Beyond Finding Stuff "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Beyond Finding Stuff


BREAKING: Anambra Speaker, Rita Maduagwu, impeached "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Speaker of the Anambra State House of Assembly, Rita Maduagwu, has been impeached. She was impeached by 20 out of the 30 members of the House on Tuesday. The motion to impeach her was moved by Ikem Uzozie, representing Aguata II constituency. He was seconded by Onyebuchi Offor(Ekwusigo constituency) Maduagwu was accused of financial []

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Military Situation In Afghanistan On November 13, 2018 (Map Update) "IndyWatch Feed War"

This map provides a general look at the military situation in Afghanistan on November 13, 2018. Over the past few days, the Taliban has continued its offensive operations against the US-backed Afghan government across the country. A sucidie bombing attack also took place in the city of Kabul.

Military Situation In Afghanistan On November 13, 2018 (Map Update)

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Trump planning shakeup, eyeing new chief of staff and DHS secretary "IndyWatch Feed War"

President Donald Trump is considering yet another shakeup of his administration, preparing to remove Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and looking at possible replacements for Chief of Staff John Kelly, including Vice President Mike Pences Chief of Staff Nick Ayers, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.

Nielsen, who became secretary at Homeland Security when John Kelly left DHS to become Trumps chief of staff, is expected to leave her role in the coming weeks and could be asked to resign, according to sources. However, Kelly is fighting to delay her departure, the sources said.

The timeline for a shakeup remains unclear and the White House has not responded to a request for comment.

PHOTO: Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen speak to the media during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, June 18, 2018.Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen speak to the media during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, June 18, 2018.more +

The Secretary is honored to lead the men and women of DHS and is committed to implementing the Presidents security-focused agenda to protect Americans from all threats and will continue to do so, DHS spokesperson Tyler Houlton said in a statement Tuesday.

The Washington Post first reported the news of Nielsens potential departure. The White House did not immediately respond to ABC News request for comment about the potential changes.

Meanwhile, Kellys job is also uncertain and his fate has been in question for some time. Sources tell ABC News that within the last few weeks, the p...



Where was Detective Sergeant Nicholas Bailey Poisoned? "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Rob Slane | The Blog Mire | November 12, 2018 I wrote back here that the Achilles Heel of the door handle theory is Detective Sergeant Nicholas Bailey. When his name was first mentioned publicly, on 8th March, it was widely reported that he had been one of the first responders at the bench []


Open Forum Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

14 November 2018 This post is open to anyone to comment on any topic that isnt spam, illegal or offensive. All Your NZ posts are open but this one is for you to raise topics that interest you.  If providing opinions on or summaries of other information also provide a link to that information. Bloggers []



EFF, Human Rights Watch y ms de 70 grupos de la sociedad civil solicitan a Mark Zuckerberg que proporcione a todos los usuarios y usuarias un mecanismo para apelar ante la censura de contenidos en Facebook "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

La libertad de expresin del mundo est en sus manos, dicen estos grupos al director ejecutivo de Facebook

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San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation y ms de 70 grupos de derechos humanos y digitales pidieron hoy a Mark Zuckerberg que aadiera transparencia y responsabilidad real al proceso de eliminacin de contenidos de Facebook. Especficamente, los grupos exigen que Facebook explique claramente -  cunto contenido elimina, correcta o incorrectamente, y que proporcione a la totalidad de sus usuarios un mtodo justo y oportuno para apelar estas eliminaciones y ver la restitucin de su contenido.

Mientras que Facebook ya est bajo una enorme -y creciente - presin para eliminar material que es verdaderamente amenazante, sin transparencia, imparcialidad y procesos para identificar y corregir errores, las polticas de eliminacin de contenidos de Facebook con demasiada frecuencia resultan contraproducentes y silencian a las mismas personas que deberan poder hacer or sus voces en la plataforma.

Polticos, museos, celebridades y otros grupos e individuos de alto perfil cuyo contenido removido indebidamente puede atraer la atencin de los medios de comunicacin, pueden tener pocos problemas para llegar a Facebook y recuperar el contenido; a veces incluso reciben una disculpa. Pero el o la usuario/a medio? No tanto. Facebook solo permite a la gente apelar las decisiones sobre contenido en un conjunto limitado de circunstancias, y en muchos casos, los usuarios no tienen absolutamente ninguna opcin para apelar., un proyecto de EFF en el que cualquier usuario puede denunciar avisos de retirada de contenido, ha recopilado informes de cientos de...


Reforma laboral en Brasil redujo ingresos, no gener empleo y precariz el trabajo "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

Foto: Para atender el inters de los patrones, la reforma desfigur la CLT y no resolvi la crisis / Agencia Brasil / Jos Cruz

La reforma laboral del gobierno golpista de Temer (Movimiento Democrtico Brasileo), que alter ms de 200 puntos en la Consolidacin de Leyes Laborales (CLT por sus siglas en portugus) -conjunto de leyes que protega los derechos de los trabajadores cumpli un ao este domingo (11).

A lo largo de este perodo, las previsiones catastrficas de los especialistas fueron confirmadas y la reforma, que quit derechos fundamentales a las y los brasileos, slo sirvi para agravar la crisis de empleo e ingresos. Actualmente, segn el Instituto Brasileo de Geografa y Estadstica (IBGE),12,5 millones de personas estn desempleadas en Brasil.

Con la falsa promesa de ser una vacuna contra la disminucin de la oferta de puestos de trabajo, la propuesta de reforma atendi a intereses del mercado financiero y de los empresarios, segn el analista poltico Marcos Verlaine, del Departamento Intersindical de Asesora Parlamentar (DIAP).

Esa tentativa de alterar la CLT viene de hace mucho tiempo. No es una cosa reciente. Pero, desde la redemocratizacin, los empresarios y el mercado no haban conseguido reunir los elementos para aprobar el cambio, que seran: una bancada en el Congreso con ese objetivo, fuerza poltica en la sociedad brasilea y dificultades del movimiento sindical para resistir, dijo Verlaine.

Para debilitar a los sindicatos, la reforma atac la fuente de financiamiento de las entidades. Hubo una cada de ms o menos de 80% de la recaudacin de los sindicatos con el fin de la contribucin obligatoria. Eso desequilibr bastante las negociaciones, afirm.

Los cambios aprobados hace un ao, segn Verlaine, alteraron radicalmente las caractersticas de la CLT y abrieron espacio para la precarizacin de los empleos.

Sale la Consolidacin de las Leyes de Trabajo y entra la consolidacin de las leyes de mercado. La legislacin vigente privilegia al patrn y al mercado en detrimento del trabajador, resumi el analista poltico. La creacin de nuevas modalidades de contratacin, con...


Christine Assange Issues Call For All Journalists, Politicians, Medical Professionals and Activists To Stand Up For Julian Assange "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Aaron Kesel WikiLeaks founder and former editor Julian Assange is in dire need of health assistance, according to his mother in an emergency plea...


Ya hay fecha para la ltima temporada de Game of Thrones "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

HBO ha publicado tambin un triler en el que no se desvela ningn detalle extra ni ninguna imagen nueva sobre esta octava temporada, que actualmente se mantiene bajo el mximo secreto Regeneracin, 13 de noviembre de 2018. Aunque haba rumores al respecto, finalmente HBO ha confirmado hoy la fecha de estreno de la octava y []

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Crete: Drunken priest punches police officer, bites another "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

A drunk priest on the island of Crete punched one police officer and bit another after he was stopped for driving down a local road the wrong way.

The priest was found on Sunday night to drive a lane in Herakleios main avenue the opposite way. He was driving under the influence of alcohol.

When police stopped him, the priest refused to undergo an alcohol  test.

The police officers took him to the central police station in the city and informed his daughter to come and get him.

After he was found guilty for offenses regarding traffic regulations, the man got angry. He attacked and punched a police officer and bite another.

The clergyman was taken to the court on Monday for insulting and causing bodily harm to the officers.

The priest asked for a deadline for his testimony, his trial is set for later this month.

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Why did the Catastrophic Camp Fire Start Where it Did? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The tragic Camp Fire of northern California has killed at least 31 people, destroyed approximately 7000 structures, and basically leveled the retirement community of Paradise, California.

It appears that the fire was initiated by a failing PG&E  power line in the Feather River Canyon just to the north of the town of Pulga (see map with arrow below).  The time of failure was roughly 6:15 AM November 8th, with fire reported 15 minutes later.

A regional terrain map shows the position of the town of Paradise (big star) and the fire initiation (red oval).

But why did the fire start in the specific location northeast of Paradise?    Even more interesting,  the regional winds were blowing, but were not THAT strong--which probably explains why PG&E did not de-energize the power lines.

The map below shows the winds (see barbs, and max gusts over the past hour-red numbers) at 6 AM Nov. 8th, right before the power line failed.  The red oval shows the failure location (click to expand).  Sustained winds of 25 knots at the Jarbo Gap location just to the south of the failure, but mostly less.  Jarbo Gap had a gust to 51 mph, and the other locations were less.  You wouldn't think that such winds would take down big high-tension power lines.

The Jarbo Gap RAWS site is about 5.5 miles to the S-SW of the failure site, and loc...

Security updates for Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Security updates have been issued by Debian (firmware-nonfree and imagemagick), Fedora (cabextract, icecast, and libmspack), openSUSE (icecast), Red Hat (httpd24), Slackware (libtiff), SUSE (apache-pdfbox, firefox, ImageMagick, and kernel), and Ubuntu (clamav, spamassassin, and systemd).


Ebola in DRC: A Lingering Threat "IndyWatch Feed War"


The latest WHO situation report sheds new light on the evolving Ebola outbreak in the DRCs North Kivu province. According to the report, there have been 29 new cases over the past week, 15 of which are located in Beni.

With 329 confirmed and probable cases, the WHO has now declared this Ebola outbreak to be the worst in the history of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Yet there are also some positive developments of late. For one, despite a series of false alarms, the disease has yet to spread to neighboring countries like Uganda, South Sudan, or Rwanda. A vaccination drive has also seen some 27,360 people receive an experimental vaccine, including over 9,000 frontline health workers, with encouraging early results.

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Federal Researchers Complete Second Round of Problematic Tattoo Recognition Experiments "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Despite igniting controversy over ethical lapses and the threat to civil liberties posed by its tattoo recognition experiments the first time around, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently completed its second major project evaluating software designed to reveal who we are and potentially what we believe based on our body art.

Unsurprisingly, these experiments continue to be problematic.

The latest experiment was called Tatt-E, which is short for Tattoo Recognition Technology Evaluation. Using tattoo images collected by state and local law enforcement from incarcerated people, NIST tested algorithms created by state-backed Chinese Academy of Sciences and MorphoTrak, a subsidiary of the French corporation Idemia.

According to the Tatt-E results, which were published in October, the best-performing tattoo recognition algorithm by MorphoTrak had 67.9% accuracy in matching separate images of tattoo to each other on the first try.

NIST further tested the algorithms on 10,000 images downloaded from Flickr users by Singaporean researchers, even though it was not part of the original scope of Tatt-E. These showed significantly improved accuracy, as high as 99%.

Tattoo recognition technology is similar to other biometric technologies such as face recognition or iris scanning: an algorithm analyzes an image of a tattoo and attempts to match it to a similar tattoo or image in a database. But unlike other forms of biometrics, tattoos are not only a physical feature but a form of expression, whether it is a cross, a portrait of a family member, or the logo for someones favorite band.

Since 2014, the FBI has sponsored NISTs tattoo recognition project to advance this emerging technology. In 2016, an EFF investigation revealed that NIST had skipped over key ethical oversight processes and privacy protections with its earlier experiments called Tatt-C, which is short for the Tattoo Recognition Challenge. This experiment p...


The War Inside 7-Eleven "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Why Jeff Sessions Final Act Could Have More Impact Than Expected (Russ)

From ProPublica: Just before he left, the departing attorney-general adopted a policy to limit the Justice Departments ability to oversee abusive police departments. That same policy could also hamper the departments role in environmental, voting-rights, and other cases.

Before Envelopes, People Protected Messages With Letterlocking (Gerry)

Surveillance and interception of communication predates computers. So do attempts to thwart the prying eyes.

The DEA and ICE Are Hiding Surveillance Cameras in Streetlights (Chris)

The author writes, The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have hidden an undisclosed number of covert surveillance cameras inside streetlights around the country, federal contracting documents reveal.

How Blue States Help Red States (Reader Steve)

The author writes, Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress love to demonize government handouts. But their own red-state supporters depend on these handouts. And the handouts are increasingly financed by the inhabitants of blue states.

Military Service Serves the Ruling Class (Jimmy)

The author writes, I realized in that moment that there is no forgiveness for destroying an entire country generations of Iraqis whose lives have been shattered. Was I to explain...


Caravana migrante: acuerparse y reinventarse para sobrevivir "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

Miles de migrantes caminan hacia Estados Unidos y, pese al dolor por dejar atrs sus tierras, construyen nuevos vnculos y formas que desafan la opresin estatal.

Para Mxico, no es novedad la migracin del pueblo centroamericano hacia Estados Unidos. En lo que va del ao, ms de 40.000 personas cruzaron la frontera de Guatemala, emprendiendo el duro camino hacia el Norte, donde muchos de esos cuerpos quedan a mitad de camino por diversos motivos: deportaciones, desapariciones y muertes.

Sin embargo, por estas semanas, hay algo novedoso que exige otros puntos de anlisis, ya que la migracin se est dando masivamente a travs de la denominada caravana migrante. El 13 de octubre, sali el primer grupo migrante desde la localidad de San Pedro Sula, Honduras (una de las ciudades ms peligrosas del mundo). En estos das, ya son cinco las caravanas que transitan por distintos puntos de Mxico desde la frontera sur, en Chiapas, hacia Oaxaca, Veracruz y Ciudad de Mxico. Se estima que ms de 10.000 personas, principalmente de Honduras y en menor medida de Guatemala y El Salvador, se encuentran desplazadas, por lo que ya se habla de un fenmeno migratorio que tiene las condiciones de un xodo. El sacerdote hondureo Melo dijo, hace unos das en Radio Progreso, que este pas es una olla a presin, el xodo va a seguir aconteciendo, esto recin comienza.

Quienes integran la marcha saben que el camino que les espera para llegar a Estados Unidos es difcil y peligroso, con riesgos como ser asaltadxs, desaparecer, morir, ser violadas; aun as, deciden arriesgar sus vidas porque ya no pueden sobrevivir en sus pases. Es morir en el camino intentndolo o morir all, donde ya no tienen nada que perder, porque sus vidas son desechables. No existe mucha claridad ni planificacin a largo plazo de cmo llegar, pero la marcha se gesta cada da en asambleas, buscando estrategias para sobrevivir. El eje amalgamador es llegar juntxs de cara a un territorio de crueldad. Subversionando a Atahualpa Yupanqui, esta caravana busca los modos de ser tierra que anda en esta humanidad de fronteras, control y opresiones territoriales.

Caravana migrante al final del viaje esta el horizonte la-tinta(Imagen: Pa RioBlanco / Colectivo TragameLuz)

Por qu huir de nuestros territorios?

En un pas como Honduras, con nueve millones de habitantes, ms del 68,8 por ciento de la poblacin vive en situacin de pobreza, del cual el 44,2 por ciento est en situacin de pobreza extrema, segn datos del Fondo Social de la Deuda Social y Externa del pas. Esta violencia econmica estructural fuerza los despl...


Consulta del Tren Maya se har para ratificar lo que la gente quiere: Jimnez Pons "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

El futuro titular del Fonatur indic que ya tienen definido el presupuesto y la ruta del Tren Maya, la consulta se realizar para ratificar lo que la gente quiere Regeneracin, 13 de noviembre de 2018. El prximo titular del Fondo Nacional de Fomento al Turismo (Fonatur), Rogelio Jimnez Pons, asegur que la consulta que se []

La entrada Consulta del Tren Maya se har para ratificar lo que la gente quiere: Jimnez Pons se public primero en Regeneracin.


Nationalism and Patriotism "IndyWatch Feed War"

Elie Kedourie wrote in "Nationalism," perhaps his greatest work, that "Patriotism is the love of one's country or group, while Nationalism is the love of one's country or group at the expense of everyone else." George Orwell wrote in "Notes...


Ivan Star Comes Out: Our problems can be traced to our tribal constitution "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I believe life on the homeland will not evolve until we rid ourselves of this so-called 'constitution' that was shoved down our throats.


UK Against Fluoridation "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Sorry about no posts but spent five days in hospital recovering from a minor stroke. Will see how I feel about restarting. If you find it useful let me know by making a comment. or email me  


Introducing Jake Glass, FSF campaigns and licensing intern "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Hello software freedom supporters! I am Jake Glass, and I will be interning for both the campaigns and the licensing teams this fall/winter. I am a recent graduate of the University of Michigan, where I earned an engineering degree in computer science, and I am currently in the process of applying to law school.

During my summers as an undergraduate, I worked in software development, where I began to consider the ethical ramifications of computing. I realized that my peers and I were often unintentionally building tools to exert social and political control. As the Snowden leaks were emerging around this time, it became clear to me that the pervasiveness of these tools is an imminent threat to freedom worldwide. This was my original motivation in supporting the free software movement: how can we be sure the programs running on our own machines are not spying on us without having access to the source, as required by the Four Freedoms? My interest in these issues concerning copyrights, patents, and civil rights on the Internet has convinced me to attend law school, where I can engage in formal study of these topics.

The FSF's campaigns target important opportunities for free software adoption and development, empower people against specific threats to their freedom, and build communities around free software. My work with the campaigns team will focus on preparing written material for the Libreplanet 2019 conference and the 2019 fundraising season. On the licensing side, I will be assisting in the FSF Licensing & Compliance Lab, the preeminent resource of free licensing for free software developers for over 20 years. Specifically, I will be helping free software developers with their questions sent to, along with creating some new licensing educational material for and I like to quickly describe my internship as copywriting and copyrights! Im excited to explore the legal and ethical questions concerning computing while building my writing and analytical skills through a organization contributing to global good.

Outside of internet and software freedom, my technology interests include machine learning, data science, and distributed systems. When I'm not working with tech, I enjoy cooking, hockey, biking, and card games.


CNN sues Trump over White House reporter "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

CNN filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the Trump administration over the revocation of press credentials for White House correspondent Jim Acosta, whose questions and reporting have been a frequent target of criticism by President Donald Trump. We have asked this court for an immediate restraining order requiring the pass be returned to Jim, and []

The post CNN sues Trump over White House reporter appeared first on Newtelegraph.


Benjamin Netanyahu and Zio New World Order lie "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Together, we must unite in complete resolve to defeat a Global Zionist Beast which has as its foundation a cancerous Culturally Marxist, fascist Multi-National Corporate Conglomeration held together by its coercive Central Banks, accompanied by a desire to destroy anyone and anything in its path. With our unequivocal resolve, we can and will annihilate them.



US Calls for Ceasefire, Keeps Attacking Yemen "IndyWatch Feed War"

In case you missed it, US efforts to prolong the worlds most serious humanitarian crisis in Yemen continue to succeed spectacularly. US military support enables the Saudi coalition to continue to bomb markets, docks, mosques, hospitals, school buses, weddings and funerals, and other civilian targets with impunity. The Saudis Yemeni enemy, the Houthi rebels, have no effective air defenses. On March 26, 2015, with the blessing and tactical support of the Obama administration, Saudi Arabia and its allies launched an illegal, genocidal, aggressive war on Houthi-controlled Yemen. Yemen was and is in the midst of a civil war in which the long-oppressed Houthis overthrew the legitimate government that the US and others had imposed on Yemen. Since March 2015, the US and the Saudi coalition have subjected Yemen to daily war crimes, not only killing civilians but destroying non-military targets of all sorts, causing a form of biological warfare with a cholera plague, as well as massive famine for more than half the countrys 25 million people. The UNs World Food Programme (WFP) head said on Septembe...



Falana, NHR to police: Stop parading suspects "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Human rights activist, Mr Femi Falana, SAN, and the Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, Mr Tony Ojukwu yesterday called for the immediate eradication of the act of parading suspects, yet to be charged to court, by the Nigerian police. Falana and Ojukwu spoke during the inauguration ceremony of the hearing of []

The post Falana, NHR to police: Stop parading suspects appeared first on Newtelegraph.


Statement by Heads of State on the Global Information and Communication Space "IndyWatch Feed War"

Joint statement of Roch Marc Christian Kabor (Burkina Faso), Justin Trudeau (Canada), Carlos Alvarado (Costa Rica), Lars Lokke Rasmussen (Denmark), Emmanuel Macron (France), Raimonds Vjonis (Latvia), Saad Hariri (Lebanon), Dalia Grybauskait (Lithuania), Erna Solberg (Norway), Macky Sall (Senegal), Alain Berset (Switzerland), Beji Caid Essebsi (Tunisia) The Heads of State or Government of Burkina Faso, Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, France, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Norway, Senegal, (...)


Court orders Yahoo boy to pay N100.000 for defrauding American lady "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of an Ikeja Special Offences Court, Lagos, has ordered an internet fraudster (aka yahoo yahoo boy), Abraham Sunday to pay the sum of N100,000 or risk spending one year in jail. Justice Taiwo gave the order while delivering a judgement against Sunday after he expolited the opportunity of a plea bargain agreement []

The post Court orders Yahoo boy to pay N100.000 for defrauding American lady appeared first on Newtelegraph.


Facebook is the least-trusted major tech company- study "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Facebook Is the Least Trusted Major Tech Company Among Americans For Protecting Personal Data, Suggests Polls

Facebook, the social networking giant, has been voted as the least trustworthy tech company, according to a recent survey conducted by Fortune. Thanks to Facebooks increasing scrutiny for its handling of data privacy, ad targeting, and propaganda that has made its users trust the company the least.

According to the survey, only 22 percent of Americans trust Facebook with their personal information out of all major tech companies. On the other hand, Amazon with 49 percent ranks the highest in terms of trust, followed by Google (41 percent), Microsoft (40 percent), and Apple (39 percent).

Facebook is in the bottom in terms of trust in housing your personal data, said Harris Poll CEO John Gerzema. Facebooks crises continue rolling in the news cycle. The poll was carried out by Harris Poll on behalf of Fortune in mid-October that surveyed over 2,000 U.S. adults.

This obvious lack of trust is bad news for Facebook, which is mainly due to factors such as leadership, ethics, trust, and image. Also, the Cambridge Analytica scandal earlier this year where up to 87 million Facebook users data was shared without their permission, along with the September data breach in which roughly 50 million of its users data was exposed through an attack on its network, has only attributed to Facebooks low rankings.

Additionally, 48 percent of those who took the survey admitted to viewing Facebook more negatively than six months ago.

According to the survey, only 59 percent of respondents said they were at least somewhat confident in Zuckerbergs leadership in the ethical use of data and privacy information. With 77 percent, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos came in first, followed by Apples CEO Tim Cook at 72 percent, Microsofts CEO Satya Nadella at 71 percent, and Googles CEO Sundar Pichai at 68 percent.

That would be a C or D in grade school, Gerzema said about Zuckerberg.

Facebook declined to comment on the poll. The company instead pointed to recent remarks made by Zuckerberg where he said that Facebook continues to invest in security and that its defenses are improving.

Not only the Facebook users, but some of the companys major investors too are disappointed by Zuckerberg. Last month, several major public investment funds had proposed removing Zuckerberg as the companys chairman of the board.

Source: PYMTS

The post...


When I ran for Congress: insights "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

by Jon Rappoport

November 13, 2018

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I met with one nutritional-supplement-company president, a self-involved oaf who bragged about his expensive tastes, his vacations, his large house. His main advice (he didnt back my campaign with a donation) was to see his tailor and have him make me a high-priced suit.

Ultimately, I believed vote fraud occurred in my 1994 run for a seat in the US Congress, from the 29th District in Los Angeles. Ive written and spoken about that elsewhere.

This article is about something else.

I was running at the height of the so-called Health Freedom movement in America. My primary issue was the right of every person to manage his/her own health. The right to have access to the full range of nutritional supplements (under attack by the FDA). The right to consult alternative health practitioners (the FDA was attacking those practitioners). The right to know the full truth about toxic medical drugs. The right to refuse medical treatments. The right to have the FDA prosecuted for criminal collusion with drug companies.

The Health Freedom movement spawned more letters to Congress than any issue in the history of America. Several nutritional companies were backing the movement with money.

Eventually, during my campaign, I saw what was happening. Although millions of Americans wanted all those rights I just listed, and were becoming more aware of the extreme dangers of the medical/pharmaceutical cartel, the inside backers of the Health Freedom movement and their core agents wanted something very specific.

They wanted to pass the federal Hatch Bill, which would, they said, offer protection to the American publicpeople would continue to have access to the full range of nutritional supplements, and the FDA attacks would stop.

The Hatch Bill eventually passed and became federal law. But as a few smart attorneys knew and warned, the Bill had loopholes, and the FDA would still be able to throw up roadblocks against supplement companies.

My efforts, as a candidate, were much wider. I wanted a full-scale exposure of the crimes of the FDA. I pushed this issue. Hard.

The nutritional supplement industry backed away from my campaign (with one notable exception). They thought I was going too far. They wanted that Hatch Bill passed, and then they wanted to go home and continue business as usual.

I met with one supplement-company president, a self-involved oaf who bragged about hi...


Ubuntu 19.04 Development Starts Off With Python 3.7, Merged Usr Directories "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Ubuntu 19.04 "Disco Dingo" development is now officially underway...


Shall I feed my daughter or educate her?: The abysmal state of girls education in Pakistan "IndyWatch Feed War"

HRW report says barriers to girls education include under-investment, prohibitive school fees and gender discrimination

A free non-government school in Karachi's Lyari's neighbourhood provides a few hours of classes per day to children who otherwise have no access to education. *Image by Insiya Syed for Human Rights Watch*
A free non-government school in Karachis Lyaris neighbourhood provides a few hours of classes per day to children who otherwise have no access to education. Image by Insiya Syed for Human Rights Watch

Pakistan is failing to educate a huge proportion of the countrys girls, who have little or no access to education, notes a recent report released by Human Rights Watch (HRW).

The report called Shall I Feed My Daughter, or Educate Her?, catalogs barriers to girls education based on over 200 interviews most of them with girls who never attended school or were unable to complete their education, and their families conducted in all four of Pakistans provinces in places like Peshawar, Quetta, Karachi, Lahore, and several nearby rural areas.

The report concludes that in a country of 200 million, a shocking 22 million children are out of school  with a majority of them being girls.

In fact, by 9th grade only 13 percent of girls are still in school.

Also read: 10 alarming statistics about Pakistans out-of-school children

The Pakistan governments failure to educate children is having a devastating impact on millions of girls. Many of the girls we interviewed are desperate to study, but instead are growing up without the education that would help them have options for their future. Liesl Gerntholtz, womens rights director at HRW.

Even parents who are not educated themselves understand that their daughters future depends on them going to school, but the government is abandoning these families, Gerntholtz said.

As of 2017, Pakistan was spending less than 2.8 percent of its gross domestic product on education  far below the recommended 4 to 6 per...


OPNFV Gambia Doing What We Do Best While Advancing Cloud Native "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Today, the OPNFV community is pleased to announce the availability of Gambia, our seventh platform release! I am extremely proud of the way the community rallied together to make this happen and provide the industry with another integrated reference platform for accelerating their NFV deployments.


Native Sun News Today: Tribes discuss takeover of troubled hospital "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The future of the Sioux San Hospital, an Indian Health Service facility in South Dakota, is at stake.


Convening Native American Women Writers at Hedgebrook "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Convening Native American Women Writers at Hedgebrook

Nov 10, 2018
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Giving Thanks for Tammy Duckworth's Continuing Contributions "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Senator, Lt. Colonel., Dr. Tammy Duckworth (IL-D) calls Nov. 12 her "Alive Day," it is the anniversary of the helicopter crash 14 years ago when an RPG tore through the cockpit of the helicopter she was flying over Iraq, and from which she emerged without her legs and with limited use of one arm. But that didn't stop her.


The complicated legacy of Yasser Arafat "IndyWatch Feed War"


Fourteen years after his death, Palestinians still have mixed feelings about the achievements of their iconic leader


Amazon officially picks New York, Northern Virginia for new offices "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Amazon on Tuesday officially announced that it would split its "second headquarters" between New York City and Arlington, Va., confirming reports that emerged in recent months.The announcement comes after dozens of cities tried to woo...


New additions to RSA Conference Advisory Board bring wealth of industry knowledge "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

RSA Conference, the worlds leading information security conferences and expositions, today announced the addition of nine new members to its Advisory Board for a total of 16 members across a wide array of positions in the industry. This expansion falls under the governance pillar of the new diversity and inclusion initiative that was also announced today. We are beyond excited to welcome these nine industry titans to our Advisory Board, said Sandra Toms, Vice President More

The post New additions to RSA Conference Advisory Board bring wealth of industry knowledge appeared first on Help Net Security.


South Korea rejects report on Norths undeclared missile sites "IndyWatch Feed War"

Press TV November 13, 2018 South Korea has dismissed a new report by a United States-based think tank that accused North Korea of being engaged in deception based on purported commercial satellite images that it said showed a number of undeclared missile operating bases inside the country. The Washington-based Center for Strategic and International []


10 Best Free Sports Streaming Sites "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

A majority of people still rely on either cable or satellite-based television services for watching live sports or for streaming.

Surprisingly there are many other reliable services that can be used for free live sports streaming. So these are some of the best free sports streaming sites that are worth checking out.

Top 10 Best Free Sports Streaming Sites

ALSO READ: Watch TV Shows Online For Free | Sites For Streaming Full Episodes


The first and one of the most popular free live sports streaming site on the list is ESPN. You can easily stream many major sports on ESPN and a majority of content is available in HD. ESPN allows users to watch both live sports streams and replays. Moreover, ESPN also offers detailed updates about ongoing sports events.

As for downsides, ESPN is only available for US residents. Furthermore, some games require a valid cable or satellite subscription.



The next most reliable website for free sports streaming is HotStar. This free sports streaming site has gained immense popularity due to its many nifty features. Well, theres no need of signing up for the service and you can straightway watch live streams and replays of your favorite sports. HotStar is very prominent in the Indian region.

Different sports like football, cricket, table tennis, hockey, and many others have dedicated sections on Hotstar. As for downsides, the free account on HotStar delays the live stream by a few minutes. Overall, HotStar is a perfect sports streaming site that offers HD content.

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AMLO cumple 65 aos y lo felicitan en redes "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

Usuarios de redes sociales mandaron mensajes de felicitacin al presidente electo, Andrs Manuel Lpez Obrador, con motivo de su cumpleaos nmero 65 Regeneracin, 13 de noviembre de 2018. El presidente electo, Andrs Manuel Lpez Obrador, cumple este 13 de noviembre 65 aos. Usuarios de redes sociales no hicieron esperar y mandaron mensajes para felicitarlo. Lpez []

La entrada AMLO cumple 65 aos y lo felicitan en redes se public primero en Regeneracin.



Alice Evans: Brucellosis, or Why We Pasteurize Milk "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Its easy to forget how much illness and death was caused by our food and drink just one hundred years ago. Our modern food systems, backed by sound research and decent regulation, have elevated food safety to the point where outbreaks of illness are big news. If you get sick from a burger, or a nice tall glass of milk, its no longer a mystery what happened. Instead we ask why, and who screwed up?

In the early 20th century though, many food-borne illnesses were still a mystery, and microbiology was a scientific endeavor that was just getting started. Alice Catherine Evans was an unlikely figure to make a dent in this world at the time, but through her research at the United States Department of Agricultures (USDA), and later at the Hygienic Laboratory (now the National Institute of Health) she had a huge impact on the field of bacteriology, the dairy industry, and consumer safety.

Childhood and Education

In her memoirs, Alice describes her childhood and continuing education as a straight path with limited options:

Until my academic education was completed I seemed never to have an opportunity to make a choice in matters concerning my future. I always stepped into the only suitable opening I could see on my horizon.

Growing up on a farm in rural Pennsylvania, her primary education took place in the local one-room schoolhouse with good teachers most of the time. With no high school available in her district, she traveled to a nearby town for her secondary eduction.

Without the financial means to attend college, she pursued the only professional career available to women at the time: teaching. She taught grades 14 for four years, but despite finding the children interesting, she quickly grew bored with teaching the same curriculum over and over again. I was glad when I found a way to escape, she said of that time.

Her escape was facilitated by another opportunity that presented itself: the College of Agriculture at Cornell University started offering a tuition-free two-year course for rural teachers intended to help them foster a love of nature in their students. Using savings from her time spent teaching, she attended this Nature Study course, and studied botany, zoology, entomology, ornithology, geology, and meteorology. By the time she was done with her studies, she was hooked:

I was no longer interested in obtaining the certificate to which I was eligible. My interest in science had been whetted by the basic courses I had taken, and I wanted to continue the study of science any branch of biologic science would satisfy me.



Forest Path Statues Part 5 Lamps "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A few of the statues had an abstract look to them and they had metal hooks, very probably for hanging up lanterns.

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Hugh Fitzgerald: Robert Azzi, Still With His Ask-A-Muslim Anything Shtick (Part Two) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Hugh Fitzgerald: Robert Azzi, Still With His Ask-A-Muslim Anything Shtick (Part Two)
3. Mr. Azzi, I found in reading the Quran, one verse 98:6 that describes Unbelievers as the most vile of created beings. And another 3:110 about how Muslims are the best of peoples. Can you tell me if Muslims really believe that, and if so, what can or should be done []


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Tree Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This week we have glorious fall colour from Avalus,

Lets begin with some brightly coloured leaves from the first of October.

Golden walnut trees, red wild grapes and assorted green plants.

And it was quite good timing, just half a week later, the walnuts were all leafless.

Your timing was perfect, Avalus. All that deep, rich autumn colour shot against a clear blue sky. Thanks so much for sharing.

Herbstfarben, Avalus, all rights reserved

Herbstfarben, Avalus, all rights reserved

Herbstfarben, Avalus, all rights reserved


Michigan FGM Defense Lawyers Push New Tactic "IndyWatch Feed War"

(Illustrative photo: Pxhere/ photo: Pxhere/

Lawyers defending a doctor charged with performing female genital mutilation (FGM) on young girls in Michigan tried a new tactic to have the charges dismissed. The defense lawyers claimed the U.S. law that prohibits the procedure is unconstitutional, The Detroit News reported.

In 1996, Congress forbade FGM under the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. However, lawyers for Dr. Jumana Nagarwala of Northville, Michigan, who is accused of mutilating nine young girls, argued Congress lacked the authority to enact the law because FGM has nothing to do with interstate commerce.

Mutilation is not an economic activity, said Nargawalas lawyer, Molly Sylvia Blythe. It has nothing to do with commerce or an economic enterprise.

However, the lawyer for the Justice Departments Human Rights and Special Prosecutions section, Christian Levesque, disagreed saying:

Female genital mutilation is part of a health-care service, an illicit health-care service, an illegal and detrimental health-care service. All forms of female genital mutilation are an economic service at its core.

Levesque noted that parents used cellphones to arrange having the procedure carried out and children were transported across state lines where they underwent the procedure using medical tools in state-licensed clinics.

Nagarwala is part of the Dawoodi Bohra, a Muslim sect from India that has a small community in the Detroit area. The sect believes FGM is a religious obligation.

The girls were cut at the Livonia clinic of Dr. Fakhruddin Attar, who is also charged in the case, along with Attars wife, Dr. Farida Attar.

FGM includes all procedures involving partial or complete removal of the external fe...


Inside Laurel Canyon with Dave McGowan "IndyWatch Feed War"

TheLipTV2 | February 23, 2015 The hippie movement of the 1960s, which began in Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles and peculiar military and political ties to prominent figures in the scene like Jim Morrison and Frank Zappa are looked at with Weird Scenes Inside the Canyon author Dave McGowan. We also discuss movement pioneer Vito Paulekas, []


Intel Core i9 9980XE Released As A Skylake-X Refresh "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

This morning Intel officially announced the Core i9 9980XE as the refreshed Skylake-X part succeeding the Core i9 7980XE...


US Has Gone Rogue with SWIFTs Iran Cutoff "IndyWatch Feed War"

SWIFT cut a raft of Iranian banks including the countrys central bank off from its system on Monday, having come under pressure from the US to do so. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that the move is the right decision to protect the integrity of the international financial system. Prof. Keen, an economist Continue reading US Has Gone Rogue with SWIFTs Iran Cutoff


El respeto a disentir "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

En una sociedad democrtica, el respeto de las ideas es una base fundamental para la cohesin del tejido social. El debate debe generar un dilogo constructivo, no una descalificacin a priori en donde se imponga la intolerancia por encima de la razn.

 Un debate mal encauzado o claramente manipulado, puede generar que salgan a flote los sentimientos ms oscuros de la sociedad; la disidencia, da lugar a la descalificacin, al escarnio, a la ofensa y en el peor de los casos al linchamiento social.

Las redes sociales se han convertido en la arena pblica, donde lo mismo se dirimen cuestiones banales, que son parte de la vida estrictamente privada de un personaje pblico, que temas de inters social relacionados con el ejercicio poder.

El grado de polarizacin generado por ciertos temas, ha obnubilado la razn de mucha gente. Veo con preocupacin que algunos militantes o simpatizantes del presidente electo Andrs Manuel Lpez Obrador y del partido MORENA, no logran diferenciar la crtica constructiva que seala las inconsistencias entre la retrica y el plan de gobierno, as como la incongruencia poltica del partido que ahora incurre en muchas de las prcticas que tanto conden.

La falta de anlisis de los temas, ocasiona que la crtica constructiva,  se confunda con el anhelo que es innegable que tambin est presente en varias opiniones- de que el futuro gobierno fracase, an en el caso de los agoreros del desastre. El respeto a la libertad de expresin y pensamiento, debe ser el instrumento que prevalezca en las discusiones 

La implementacin y el resultado de la consulta pblica sobre la construccin del Nuevo Aeropuerto Internacional de la Ciudad de Mxico (NAICM) y la entrevista que realiz el reportero del semanario Proceso lvaro Delgado, al jurista Diego Valads, la cual fue destacada en la portada de esa revista, son dos temas recientes, que ejemplifican claramente como la descalificacin...


Ethiopia arrests ex-head of army firm as crackdown targets security services "IndyWatch Feed War"

Ethiopia arrested the former head of the military-run industrial conglomerate METEC on Tuesday, state media reported, a day after authorities announced investigations targeting senior members of the powerful security forces.

Kinfe Dagnew, a Brigadier General in Ethiopias army, was detained near the northwest town of Humera, close to the border with Sudan and Eritrea, state-run broadcaster EBC said. Footage showed him surrounded by soldiers.

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Kinfe Dagnew

The arrest came after the attorney general announced a series of inquiries and detentions that one Western envoy described on Tuesday as a full frontal assault on the establishment. The diplomat asked not to be named.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed promised to rein in security services after he became prime minister in April part of a series of radical reforms that have upended decades-old policies and hierarchies.

He also promised to let private investors get stakes in the huge conglomerates run by the army and other state bodies that have dominated the economy since the ruling EPRDF coalition came to power in 1991.

On Monday, attorney general Berhanu Tsegaye said investigations had uncovered corruption at METEC, which manufactures military equipment and is also involved in many other sectors from agriculture to construction. Reuters has not been able to contact METEC for comment senior public relations officials were among those arrested.

The attorney general said several METEC officials had been detained alongside intelligence officers, police and other military officials targeted by separate investigations into abuse of prisoners.

He also accused senior members of the security services of ordering an attack on the prime minister in June.

Dozens of METEC employees and security officials appeared in court later on Monday. A judge denied the suspects bail and gave police 14 days further to investigate. None were charged.

A list of the arrest warrants released by the attorney generals office named 27 METEC current and former executives including the head of military equipment production and the head of corporate logistics and supply. Six of those on the list are current and former deputy directors at METEC. Army officers hold senior positions in the company.

One of those arrested was caught while trying to destroy evidence, the document read.

Abiy Ethiopias first leader from its largest ethnic group, the Oromos was chosen by the EPRDF after three years of street protests and strikes piled pressure on the coalition to reform....


Ocasio-Cortez blasts tax breaks for Amazon, says HQ2 will displace the working class "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) criticized Amazon on Monday over the news that it has picked Long Island City in Queens as the site of a new headquarters, arguing it will hurt the local community in the New York City borough."Weve been...


Target and other high profile Twitter accounts exploited for cryptocurrency scams "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

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The latest high profile account to be abused by scammers to promote a cryptocurrency giveaway? US retail giant Target.


A $2bn Saudi Plan to Assassinate Irans Leaders "IndyWatch Feed War"

So maybe the Iranians do have much to be paranoid about. An explosive New York Times story citing multiple unnamed sources familiar with the matter details how top Saudi intelligence officials conspired to assassinate Iranian leaders  including Iranian Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) Quds force commander Qassim Suleimani  in a plot wherein the Saudis mulled using private contractors, and even approached Erik Prince, the Continue reading A $2bn Saudi Plan to Assassinate Irans Leaders


Hariri blames Hezbollah for Lebanon government block "IndyWatch Feed War"

Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri on Tuesday blamed Hezbollah for blocking the formation of a government.

Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri speaks during a news conference in Beirut on Nov. 13. (Reuters)

Hariri said the process had hit a big obstacle and blamed the Iran-backed militant group for the stalemate.

Shiite Hezbollah has been pressing one of the Sunni MPs allied to it to get a cabinet portfolio, something Hariri refused.

Lebanon has been struggling to form a government since elections in May.

*With Reuters


By their friends ye shall know them: Israel and its brutal allies "IndyWatch Feed War"

Netanyahus ongoing support for Saudi Arabia, despite the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, highlights a lack of moral legitimacy



The USPTO and EPO Pretend to Care About Patent Quality by Mingling With the Terms Patent and Quality "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

A working coup: The EPOs Working Party on Quality is Battistellis Own Ministry of Truth

Short: EPOs Working Party for Quality is to Quality What the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea is to Democracy

Ministries of Nineteen Eighty-Four
Reference: Ministries of Nineteen Eighty-Four

Summary: The whole patent quality propaganda from EPO and USPTO management continues unabated; they strive to maintain the fiction that quality rather than money is their prime motivator

AS we noted in our previous post, the European Patent Office (EPO) keeps promoting software patents in Europe (even in those words, not CII); the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is meanwhile moving in the exact opposite direction (in practice at least). It has gotten a lot harder to receive US software patents and then successfully enforce these.

It has gotten a lot harder to receive US software patents and then successfully enforce these.Janal Kalis wrote: The USPTO Reported 28 New PTAB Decisions Regarding 101 Eligibility. All of the Decisions Affirmed the Examiners Rejections.

Kalis alludes to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and to 35 U.S.C. 101, which helps eliminate most if not all software patents in the US. Programmers in the US are happy and programmers in Europe should be paying closer attention to what the EPO is up to; Ideas are cheap, as one European opponent of software patents put it yesterday, execution difficult (patents dont cover execution/impleme...


Britains conspiracy of silence over the Brexit deal "IndyWatch Feed War"

The UK can only secure frictionless trade with the EU by losing control of the rules

Dominic Raab, on the left, and Michel Barnier at the podium

Dominic Raab, UK Brexit secretary, left, and Michel Barnier, chief EU negotiator, in Brussels in August Reuters

By Peter Mandelson

The paradox at the heart of Brexit is only now becoming apparent. It was brutally exposed by Jo Johnson when he spoke of vassalage in his resignation from the UK government last week. The very event that was intended to give Britain greater control outside the EU can only be implemented by ceding even greater control to it. No wonder the cabinet is struggling to agree a position.

This conclusion is not the consequence of any failure on Theresa Mays part. It is ridiculous to blame the prime ministers weak leadership or lack of negotiating skills or, indeed, her lack of a parliamentary majority.

Nor is it due, as the more hot-headed Brexiters suspect, to a pro-European conspiracy in the civil service. The paradox is intrinsic to Brexit: we can only secure continuity of frictionless trade by complying with the rules but without a say in them once the UK has left the EU. (This would be the case even without the complicating factor of losing further sovereignty, so as to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic.)

Prospective Labour ministers might imagine that, through patient and friendly negotiation, they could find a magic formula that gives Britain both autonomy and full market access outside the EU. But this is a delusion. For those who think this paradox is going to ease with time, I have disappointing news. If anything it will worsen.

The longer Britain lingers inside either the single market or the customs union, or both, either through indecision, the operation of the Irish border backstop or a desire to put off the consequences of leaving, the more onerous the conditions will become. As a former member of the European Commission, I have been on the opposite side of the negotiating table.

I saw what happened in Switzerlands case. EU states, bound by a tough rule book inside the EU, will simply not allow more flexibility for a country outside it that wants preferential market access and customs privileges. Notwithstanding the trade benefits for both sides, the EU will not welcome the inevitable tensions and arguments that will be sparked in administering these arrangements.

Brussels will impose rigid conditions for operating such a system and the European Court of Justice, or a surrogate body, will be the final court of appeal.

The closer Britain r...


Courage To Resist: Troops Ordered Deployed To Border "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Military brass suggested that these camps would not violate the constitutional prohibition against using the military to police and enforce domestic immigration law, based on the fact that the military has occasionally provided shelter to people during humanitarian crises, for short periods of time. Apparently, because the military helped out a bit following a hurricane then long term immigrant concentration camps are just fine. According to the Military Times (October 2, 2018), HHS has completed site surveys at Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, Texas; Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, Texas; Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas; and Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas.


Operation Shaheen Pakistan Air Force members targeted by nation-state attackers "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Security firm Cylance has uncovered a sophisticated state-sponsored campaign, tracked as Operation Shaheen, against the Pakistan Air Force.

According to the experts the campaign was carried out by a nation-state actor tracked as the White Company with access to zero-day exploits and exploit developers.

The preliminary findings detail one of the groups recent campaigns, a year-long espionage effort directed at the Pakistani Air Force. Cylance calls the campaign Operation Shaheen and the organization The White Companyin acknowledgement of the many elaborate measures the organization takes to whitewash all signs of its activity and evade attribution. reads the press release published by Cylance.

The Pakistani Air Force is not just an integral part of the countrys national security establishmentincluding its nuclear weapons programbut it is also the newly announced home of the countrys National Centre for Cyber Security. A successful espionage operation against such a target could yield significant tactical and strategic insight to a range of foreign powers.

As part of Operation Shaheen, White Company hackers targeted members of the Pakistan Air Force with spear-phishing messages that weaponized lure files with names referenced events, government documents, or news articles of interest for the targets (i.e. the Pakistani Air Force, the Pakistani government, and Chinese Military and advisers in Pakistan).

Attackers initially used phishing messages with links to compromised websites, then they switched to emails using infected Word documents as attachments.

In both cases, the researchers found, the emails were specifically crafted to reference topics that would be relevant to appeal to the targets: the Pakistani Air Force, the Pakistani government, and Chinese Military and advisers in Pakistan.

We cannot say with precision where those documents went, or which were successful. However, we can say that the Pakistan Air Force was a primary target. This is evident by the overriding themes expressed in document filenames, the contents of the decoy documents, and the specificity employed in the military-themed lures. continues the report published by Cylance.

In addition, as explained below, the malware delivered by these lures was delivered from domains not just of legitimate, co...


Israel to Police European Coastlines Protecting the Continent from Refugees? "IndyWatch Feed War"

November 12, 2018 by Peter Koenig for The Saker Blog This sounds like a bad joke. It aint. Its real. One fascist government helps another fascist government. Yes, I have written about fascism invading the west before warning that the European Union (non-union) is being gradually, but ever faster turned into a fascist dictatorship []


Amazon Reportedly Picks New York, Northern Virginia for HQ2 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Amazon Reportedly Picks New York, Northern Virginia for HQ2 :

Decision to be formally announced as soon as Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal reports.

[...] It appears Amazon couldn't settle on a single site for its second corporate headquarters and has decided to divide the duties between a second and third headquarters.

The online retailing giant is expected to announce as soon as Tuesday it's chosen New York City and northern Virginia's Crystal City for its planned second headquarters  -- dubbed HQ2, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday night, citing people familiar with the matter. Other cities may get other responsibilities, the newspaper added.

Amazon's HQ2 gained attention as one of the biggest corporate projects in the US, with the e-retailer planning to hire 50,000 workers and spend $5 billion. The company fueled excitement about its plans by inviting cities to pitch themselves as sites for the development.

It was reported earlier this month that Amazon was examining the option of creating two separate 25,000-person campuses, in part due to the need to hire enough tech talent and partly to ease housing and traffic concerns. Two HQ2 projects would also ensure that Seattle remains Amazon's definitive headquarters.

I don't suppose Amazon would settle for one 30,000 person campus and one 20,000 person campus, should they be able to cut a better deal with one city over the other?

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Neo-Nazi Splinter Group Chats Shows a Fractured, Violent Movement "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Sale Creek, TN Following the disastrous Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville in August 2017, the white supremacist movement in the United States fractured into various smaller groups. One of the groups, the National Socialist Legion (NSL), has emerged more recently, founded by former

The post Neo-Nazi Splinter Group Chats Shows a Fractured, Violent Movement appeared first on UNICORN RIOT.


Assad amends Law 10, giving Syrians a year to claim their property "IndyWatch Feed War"


Controversial legislation has been accused of institutional ethnic cleansing by its detractors


Crucifying Julian Assange "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Julian Assanges sanctuary in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London has been transformed into a little shop of horrors. He has been largely cut off from communicating with the outside world for the last seven months. His Ecuadorian citizenship, granted to him as an asylum seeker, is in the process of being revoked. His health is failing. He is being denied medical care. His efforts for legal redress have been crippled by the gag rules, including Ecuadorian orders that he cannot make public his conditions inside the embassy in fighting revocation of his Ecuadorian citizenship. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has refused to intercede on behalf of Assange, an Australian citizen, even though the new government in Ecuador...



Brief Look At Military Situation In Syria On November 13, 2018 (Map Update) "IndyWatch Feed War"

This map provides a brief look at the military situation in Syria on November 13. During the past 24 hours, the situation did not change signfiicantly.

  • Clashes are still ongoing between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and ISIS in the al-Saf area in southern Syria;
  • One SAA soldier was reportedly killed and another one injured in a fresh series of militant attacks on SAA positions near al-Sakaraia in eastern Idlib;
  • In the area south of Karf Nabudah in northern Hama, clashes were reported between the SAA and militant groups;
  • In the area of Hajin, the situation remains relatively calm as ISIS has carried out no offensive operations against the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) over the past two days.
Brief Look At Military Situation In Syria On November 13, 2018 (Map Update)

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PHOTOS: 19-year-old female suicide bomber arrested "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A female suicide bomber has been arrested in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital. Nineteen-year-old Shaidatu Adamu was arrested by soldiers after an attempt to detonate a suicide vest in Maiduguri. She was arrested by troops of the 251 Task Force Battalion in Maiduguri. She also disclosed that she had been in Sambisa Forest for about []

The post PHOTOS: 19-year-old female suicide bomber arrested appeared first on Newtelegraph.


Volvox email "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I got an email from a science teacher in India. This is the internet being what we thought it would be in the 1990s. I did my best to answer, but feel free to weigh in in the comments.

Dear Matthew,

This is Subhashini, I am a science teacher and a content writer for higher secondary school in India. I have gone through your research papers about Volvox. I still have few questions about Volvox. As I do not want children to get confused need some clarification. I would appreciate if you can help me in answering few questions regarding the same.

Q.1 Is Volvox unicellular, multicellular or colonial organism? Why? (I understand the evolutionary process and the relation of the same but need the explanation about specific cellularity.)

Q.2 If I remove few cells from volvox or cut Volvox in half will it still survive and function like naturally occuring Volvox? or it functions differently?

[Q. 3 Why can not Volvox be called as multicellular organism? (I personally feel, Volvox should be called as multicellular. I read about it but have never worked with it, hence the above question ]

Is it okay to mail you for further more queries regarding the same? Looking forward to hearing from you.

Thank you,


Subhashini kindly gave me permission to post this here. I replied,

Dear Subhashini,

Thank you for the great questions!

Regarding Q.1., in my opinion, Volvox is a multicellular organism. However, different people use different criteria to decide this. For many, the dividing line between a colonial organism and a multicellular organism is cellular differentiation (or a germ-soma division of labor), which Volvox has. Some authors require cell-cell communication, and there is no evidence that this occurs in Volvox. I take a third view, namely that the complex developmental process of inversion, which occurs in all members of the Volvocaceae, implies a degree of integration that suffices to call them multicellular. Please note that I do sometimes call individual Volvocaceans colonies, but this is just a lazy informality; spheroids or coenobia would be preferable....


CIA Whistleblower: Brennan And Clapper Should Not Escape Prosecution "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, the longtime chairman of the Judiciary Committee, made a dramatic announcement Nov. 1 that should lead to jail time for both former CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. As reported, but widely overlooked amid the media focus on the midterm elections, Brennan ordered CIA hackers to intercept the emails of all potential or possible intelligence community whistleblowers who may have been trying to contact the congressional oversight committees, specifically to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Judiciary Committee. Hacking the Senates computer system constitutes illegal use of a government computer, illegal espionage, and wire fraud.


Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Tribal leaders from Arizona, North Dakota and Oklahoma are testifying in support of bills that affect their communities.


Human Rights as a weapon "IndyWatch Feed War"

When human rights become a weapon, by Alfred de Zayas / The people want to set the course themselves, by Werner Wthrich / Direct democracy facing a practical test, by Marianne Wthrich / Indispensable white gold the well-established Swiss salt supply system, by Peter Aebersold and Eliane Perret / After the elections in Bavaria, by Karl Mller / Propaganda is marching, by Christian Fischer / The glut of money. Draghi has emulated in real life what Mephisto explained in advance as a fairy tale, by Eberhard Hamer / Do not rely on politics turn active yourself. Civil rights activist Vera Lengsfeld on democracy in Germany / Impressions from Saxony, by Rita Brgger.


SWIFTs Iran Ban Will Expedite Global De-Dollarization "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The blacklisting of Iran from international financial messaging system SWIFT serves as a warning to Washingtons enemies, but will hasten the demise of the dollar, stockbroker-turned broadcaster Max Keiser told RT. SWIFT, a system that facilitates cross-border payments between 11,000 financial institutions in more than 200 countries worldwide cut several Iranian banks, including the countrys central bank, off from its services on Monday. The move came as a result of US pressure and was described by US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin as the right decision to protect the integrity of the international financial system.



Mays Leaked Speech: Anti-Russian Propaganda with a Twist "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

British Prime Minister Theresa Mays Russian policy speech at Mansion House was supposedly leaked to proverbial deep state media outlet, The Guardian newspaper also covered in depth on yesterdays UK Column News. The speech includes all of the usual tough talking points, but also has an insert stating London still wants to have better relations with Moscow. May is also supposed to note that the collective response measures are a sign of the Western countries will to protect their values and democracies. Will the British state abandon the current anti-Russian agenda, or will it stay the course with US who appears to be ramping-up the rhetoric past a new Cold War, and towards hot one?

Radio Sputnik discussed this and the wider geopolitical implications with 21WIRE editor Patrick Henningsen. Listen:

21st Century Wire Russiagate Files




EFF, Human Rights Watch, and Over 70 Civil Society Groups Ask Mark Zuckerberg to Provide All Users with Mechanism to Appeal Content Censorship on Facebook "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Worlds Freedom of Expression Is In Your Hands, Groups Tell CEO

Spanish version 

San FranciscoThe Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and more than 70 human and digital rights groups called on Mark Zuckerberg today to add real transparency and accountability to Facebooks content removal process. Specifically, the groups demand that Facebook clearly explain how much content it removes, both rightly and wrongly, and provide all users with a fair and timely method to appeal removals and get their content back up.

While Facebook is under enormousand still mountingpressure to remove material that is truly threatening, without transparency, fairness, and processes to identify and correct mistakes, Facebooks content takedown policies too often backfire and silence the very people that should have their voices heard on the platform.

Politicians, museums, celebrities, and other high profile groups and individuals whose improperly removed content can garner media attention seem to have little trouble reaching Facebook to have content restoredthey sometimes even receive an apology. But the average user? Not so much. Facebook only allows people to appeal content decisions in a limited set of circumstances, and in many cases, users have absolutely no option to appeal., an EFF project for users to report takedown notices, has collected reports of hundreds of unjustified takedown incidents where appeals were unavailable. For most users, content Facebook removes is rarely restored, and some are banned from the platform for no good reason.

EFF, Article 19, the Center for Democracy and Technology, and Ranki...



FG denies landing permit to UN country representative visit to Benue Ortom "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has disclosed that a team of the United Nations delegation led by the country representative who were billed to visit the state on a humanitarian visit to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of Fulani herdsmen attacks were yesterday denied landing permit at the Makurdi airport on the orders of []

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Sloppy BBC News report omits rocket hits on Israeli homes "IndyWatch Feed War"

About an hour and a half after terrorists in the Gaza Strip had begun a barrage of attacks on civilian targets in Israel on the afternoon of November 12th the BBC News website published an article titled Israel-Gaza violence erupts after covert op killings.

The report has since been amended numerous times but its headline has not been changed and its opening paragraph remains basically the same:

Version 1: Violence has flared between Israel and Gaza, a day after seven militants and an Israeli soldier were killed amid an undercover Israeli operation in Gaza.

Version 13: Violence has flared between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza, a day after seven militants and an Israeli soldier were killed during an undercover Israeli operation in Gaza.

The militants actually all members of armed terror groups were not killed during an undercover Israeli operation but afte...


[security bulletin] MFSBGN03831 rev. - Service Management Automation, remote disclosure of information "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by cyber-psrt on Nov 13


Document ID: KM03286178
Version: 1

MFSBGN03831 rev. - Service Management Automation, remote disclosure of

NOTICE: The information in this Security Bulletin should be acted upon as
soon as possible.

Release Date: 2018-11-12
Last Updated:...


[security bulletin] MFSBGN03830 rev.1 - Service Manager, unauthorized disclosure of information "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by cyber-psrt on Nov 13


Document ID: KM03286177
Version: 1

MFSBGN03830 rev.1 - Service Manager, unauthorized disclosure of information

NOTICE: The information in this Security Bulletin should be acted upon as
soon as possible.

Release Date: 2018-11-12
Last Updated:...


N5.7b fraud: Ex-SURE-P boss testifies against ex-Gov. Shema "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Mr Nasiru Ingawa, Special Adviser to ex-Gov. Ibrahim Shema of Katsina State on SURE-P, on Tuesday told a Federal High Court in Katsina how Shema allegedly directed him to use about N5.7 billion state SURE-P funds for politics during his tenure. The former special adviser testified at the resumed hearing of a fraud case against []

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The Worlds Paying Too High A Price For Inequality And It Needs To Be Addressed Quickly "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

As Donald Trump stirs his base ahead of midterm elections with fearmongering over a raggle-taggle band of would-be immigrants wandering through the Mexican countryside towards the US border, claims of victimhood in international trade, and the rise of a modern yellow peril, one has to wonder what has happened to the issue that is truly eating the US from within extreme and entrenched inequality. As Stiglitz noted in the Scientific American: By most accounts, the US has the highest level of economic inequality among developed countries. It has the worlds highest per capita health expenditures yet the lowest life expectancy among comparable countries. It is also one of a few developed countries jostling for the dubious distinction of having the lowest measures of equality of opportunity.


En 20 minutos, un nio puede ser vctima sexual en internet "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

Cada 20 minutos, un nio puede ser vctima de un depredador sexual en internet, seal el doctor Ciro Humberto Ortiz Estrada, gerente General de Seguridad y Proteccin Bancarias (Seproban), quien particip en la mesa redonda Conoces y ests preparado para las amenazas de ciberseguridad, realizada en la Universidad Iberoamericana Ciudad de Mxico.

Las y los infantes quedan expuestos inmediatamente a travs de un mtodo llamado ingeniera social, en donde la vulnerabilidad que explota el depredador sexual es quiz lo que llamamos la adolescencia. Adolece de algo el joven, y esta persona se lo da: saberla escuchar, saberla motivar o motivarlo, comprenderle, etctera.

Comnmente, el depredador lo que busca es obtener imgenes para poderlas intercambiar. Luego va a pedir a la jovencita o al jovencito ms imgenes o informacin de l o ella, y si no las proporciona, lo amenaza con subir las imgenes a las redes sociales, a las de su familia.

Al seguir hablando de ciberseguridad, Ortiz Estrada us la sabidura popular al citar el dicho muerto el nio hay que tapar el pozo, para asegurar que el pozo es el internet, las redes de comunicacin que, al no poderse tapar, lo que se debe hacer es blindarlas. Pero muchas veces el blindaje es irresponsable, porque trata de proteger los sistemas, financieros, los sistemas sociales, los sistemas bancarios, las redes sociales; porque el delincuente siempre va por el dato, por la informacin.

Y as, ciertamente, se protegen las redes, los sistemas y la informacin. Pero no necesariamente la proteccin o el blindaje generan el mejor mecanismo para ello, porque al final favorecemos algo que yo le llamo el ciclo de la impunidad; porque nadie ha pensado que hay que ir por el sujeto, por la persona que genera la accin delincuencial.

Los ciberdelincuentes tienen en las redes, los celulares y los sistemas informticos el medio por el cual delinquen desde el anonimato. Y una de las maneras en que operan es contactar a personas que no les conocen, por ejemplo, diciendo que son extranjeros, y/o subiendo la foto de una mujer guapa o un hombre atractivo, que dicen ser y los quieren conocer, pero en realidad no son; y las vctimas se convierten en tales cuando acceden a hacer contacto, y de sta forma obtienen su informacin.

La vulnerabilidad informtica 

As como los jvenes en edad universitaria tienen los ms altos ndices de deceso en accidentes provocados por conducir bajo el influjo del alcohol, pero generalmente piensan que eso no les pasar a ellos; lo mismo pasa en torno de la seguridad informtica, al pensar la gente que a quien le roban la identidad, su informacin, a quien le cometen fraude, es a terceras personas.

Y entonces uno no tiene conciencia de lo que puede ocurrir y de l...


237 die in Ogun road crashes in 10 months FRSC "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Ogun Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Tuesday said that no fewer than 237 persons died in road crashes within the last 10 months in the state. Mr Oladele Clement, FRSC Sector Commander in Ogun, made the disclosure at the 2nd Bi-Annual Retreat /Zonal Operators meeting in Ota, Ogun. The News []

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[security bulletin] MFSBGN03823 rev.1 - Micro Focus Service Manager, unauthorized disclosure of data "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by cyber-psrt on Nov 13


Document ID: KM03286176
Version: 1

MFSBGN03823 rev.1 - Micro Focus Service Manager, unauthorized disclosure of

NOTICE: The information in this Security Bulletin should be acted upon as
soon as possible.

Release Date: 2018-11-12
Last Updated:...


All aboard "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Meanwhile, a freedom of information request from The Times has forced the BBC to reveal that "more than 2,700 BBC staff were handed pay rises of more than 10 per cent last year, despite the corporations claims that it does not have enough money":
The median increase was 4,979, and the total cost to licence fee-payers is 17.8 million a year. The BBCs total headcount is about 18,200, indicating that about 14 per cent of the workforce were given substantial pay rises.
The top five comments beneath the Times report are all pretty much of one mind:

  • BBCs latest accounts show 523m in cash!!! Bloated, arrogant state organisation which requires restructuring to remain relevant.
  • Further evidence the BBC has lost touch with reality.
  • The gravy train rolls on. The BBC, financed by a tax for owning a television, needs sorting out. For a start make it a subscription service.
  • 10% - absurd - when so many millions only receive 1, or 2 or at best a 3% pay rise.   The BBC needs to be held more to account.  Perhaps we should all refuse to pay our TV licence, until such indefensible and irresponsible pay awards are checked, and the pay of already grossly overpaid presenters is frozen or reduced.
  • Noses in the trough. Abolish the licence fee and make it s subscription channel. They can then pay them what they like.


[slackware-security] libtiff (SSA:2018-316-01) "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by Slackware Security Team on Nov 13

[slackware-security] libtiff (SSA:2018-316-01)

New libtiff packages are available for Slackware 14.2 and -current to
fix security issues.

Here are the details from the Slackware 14.2 ChangeLog:
patches/packages/libtiff-4.0.10-i586-1_slack14.2.txz: Upgraded.
This update fixes some denial of service security issues.
For more information, see:


Gaza Conflict Report November 13, 2018: Gaza Is On Edge Of Israeli Ground Invasion "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

from SouthFront The Gaza Strip is on the brink of a large-scale Israeli military intervention. The current round of escalation started on November 11 when a covert unit of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) opened fire at a patrol of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the Hamas military wing, in the town of Khan Yunis []


Too Many Cuddly Global Warming Mascots Threatening Inuit Peoples "IndyWatch Feed War"

I've covered this topic previously.
Polar Bears are and have been thriving in the Arctic.
They have no predator other then an armed man/woman to fend off an attack or reign in out of control populations- One wonders if the seals can survive an over abundant polar bear population?
An unarmed human stands little to no chance of fighting off a polar bear attack
Just the facts. If you want spin, go elsewhere.
World's Largest Land Predator

Polar bears are the world's largest land predators. They top the food chain in the Arctic.
they spend most of their time on the pack ice or in the water, hunting down their favorite food - seals

To say they are fierce would be an understatement 

Two Behemoths Fighting
And the cutesy coca cola drinking polar bear is for people out of touch with the reality of nature. And life on this planet.


Another post featuring Andrew Neil "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Hope he's not going to get told off by the BBC for this one as well, as he's only telling it like it is:

He also calls The Mash Report "thirty minutes of self satisfied, self adulatory, unchallenged left wing propaganda" and says The Now Show is "contrived ideological commentary" - and he's not wrong there either. 

Here's the whole exchange:

Simon Pinsa: I would be happy if the BBC were just impartial. When was the last time they had a right wing comedian on the BBC?
legalclaret: Geoff Norcott on the Mash Report last Friday.
Andrew Neil: For three minutes out of thirty minutes of self satisfied, self adulatory, unchallenged left wing propaganda. Its hardly balance. Could never happen on a politics show. Except this has become a politics show.
Marchal: Like HIGNFY and The Last Leg the show exists so that audiences can applaud themselves at how clever and progressive they are.
Dave P: HIGNFY is on its last legs. Never heard of The Last Leg.
jeff: I've only managed to watch some moments of each but, incredibly, I'd say it was more left wing. It's hard to imagine how broadcasters get away with the continuous overt propaganda.
Andrew Neil: When it comes to so called comedy the BBC has long given up on balance, on radio and tv. Nobody seems to care. And I dont want right wing comedy, whatever that is. Id just like comedy. Which is in really short supply. On tv and radio.


Was There a Blue Wave? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

There seemed to be a singular narrative on election night.

Democrats were making an impressive showing, recapturing a majority in the House, while Republicans were strengthening their majority in the Senate.

So was election night an electoral wash or, as President Donald Trump claimed, a GOP victory? No.

Democrats are projected to win a net of 37 House seats. This number may climb as high as 40 once the final races are called, which would be the largest Democratic gain in the House since the Watergate fallout in 1974.

Even more impressively, the Democratic surge occurred while the presidents party is overseeing a relatively healthy economy, with the unemployment rate hovering around 3.7 percent and inflation at a paltry 2.3 percent.  

The 2006 midterm election, which was called a wave election, saw only a net gain of 32 seats for the Democrats.  

The national leftward swing this year occurred on an impressively grand scale. Compared to election results from 2016, only a few dozen districts swung to the right, while a whopping 317 swung to the left. The swing of the average district ....


Canada Is Richer Than The US, According To A New Wealth Ranking In Fact, The US Doesnt Even Make The Top 10 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The United States is home to more millionaires than any other country in the world. But whether the country is truly the wealthiest in the world depends on how you measure. A report released by Credit Suisse in October says the US is "in the lead" when it comes to global wealth. But a closer look at the numbers in that report reveals a different story. While it's true that wealth in the US is growing faster than anywhere else in the world, it's not the richest when you compare the average amount of wealth per adult. That prize goes to Switzerland, as you can see in the map below.


Lakota woman remains in critical condition after brutal attack "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Sheena Between Lodges, 32, came out of a coma after being severely beaten. She remains under close watch in South Dakota.


The Ceph Storage Project Gets a Dedicated Open-Source Foundation "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Ceph is an open source technology for distributed storage that gets very little public attention but that provides the underlying storage services for many of the worlds largest container and OpenStack deployments. Its used by financial institutions like Bloomberg and Fidelity, cloud service providers like Rackspace and Linode, telcos like Deutsche Telekom, car manufacturers like BMW and software firms like SAP and Salesforce.




Dos motociclistas mueren en Tamaulipas, una avioneta se desplom sobre ellos "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

Dos motociclistas perdieron la vida al caerles una avioneta encima, la aeronave se desplom sobre la carretera Altamira-Aldama en Tamaulipas Regeneracin, 13 de noviembre de 2018. Una avioneta se impact sobre dos personas que viajaban en motocicleta en una carretera de Altamira, Tamaulipas; las personas perdieron la vida. Proteccin Civil del estado inform que se []

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Iran Sanctions: How Deep Will They Bite? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

For anyone watching the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League final, hosted in Tehrans Azadi stadium on Saturday, the only disappointment was the nil-nil score that denied Irans team first place in Asia. The stadium scene was energized by a musical performance similar to the half-time show of the U.S. Super Bowl as well as the cheers of 100,000 fans, including hundreds of women. This ebullience was in sharp contrast to the gloom elsewhere in Iran that has descended since the United States withdrew from the Iran nuclear accord (the Joint Comprehensive Program of Action or JCPOA) and re-imposed sanctions. In Iran, officials blame the sanctions for the economic crisis, while in the United States, officials blame the Iranian government.


Maureen Brians funeral "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Her daughter has written about Maureen Brians funeral, making me sad all over again. She was a wonderful person, for those of you who recall her participation online.

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