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Tuesday, 21 November

07:55

Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve: Who Is Jerome Jay Powell? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Donald Trump is placing yet another multimillionaire in a position of power. On November 2, 2017, the president nominated Jerome Powellwhose $112 million net worth already makes him the richest person at the Fedto serve as the next chair of the Federal Reserve. The Fed is the nations central bank, and wields enormous power over the American economy and financial system by setting interest rates, determining the money supply, and regulating banks and financial institutions. Trumps cabinetwhich includes two billionaires and eleven multimillionairesis already the wealthiest in history, so Powell should fit right in.

 

Powell would also be the first non-economist to lead the Fed since William Miller, who served from 1979 to 1981. He is also the first investment banker to lead the Fed. If confirmed by the Senate, Powell would succeed Janet Yellen, a former economics professor who has served as Fed chair since February 2014. Powell, a Republican, has served as a Fed governor since May 2012, when President Barack Obama appointed him in a compromise that ended a Senate filibuster against nominee Jeremy C. Stein, a Democrat. 

 

Perceived as a safe and stabilizing choice for the Fed, Powell is a pragmatist who has voiced support for the Dodd-Frank banking regulation law signed by President Obama. He has also criticized President Trumps financial deregulation proposals as a mixed bag.

 

Born February 4, 1953, in Washington, D.C., to attorney Jerome Powell and Patricia (Hayden) Powell, Jerome Jay Hayden Powell graduated Georgetown Prep School in 1971. He earned a B.A. in Politics at Princeton University in 1975, writing a senior thesis entitled South Africa: Forces for Change. In 1975-1976, he served as a legislative assistant to Senator Richard Schweiker (R-Pennsylvania), who ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for vice president on a ticket with......

05:34

GitHub starts alerting developers of security vulnerabilities in dependencies "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Popular Git repository hosting service GitHub has introduced a new feature to help developers keep their projects safer: security alerts for vulnerabilities in software packages which their projects depend on. GitHub hosts some 67 million code repositories, and is among the largest collections of open source data. According to their statistics, 45% of the 100 largest companies in the United States (by revenue) use GitHub Enterprise to build software. Over 75 percent of GitHub projects More

03:24

Criminals leverage unsecured IoT devices, DDoS attacks surge "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Organizations experienced an average of 237 DDoS attack attempts per month during Q3 2017 equivalent to 8 DDoS attack attempts every day as hackers strive to take their organisations offline or steal sensitive data, according to Corero Network Security. The data, which is based on DDoS attack attempts against Corero customers, represents a 35% increase in monthly attack attempts compared to the previous quarter (Q2 2017), and a 91% increase in monthly attack More

02:47

German government bans childrens smartwatches, tells parents to destroy them "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur), Germanys regulatory agency for public utility companies, has categorized childrens smartwatches as spying devices, and has banned their sale. Why? The watches have a SIM card and limited telephony function that are set up and controlled using an app. This kind of listening function is often described as a monitor. The app user is able to make the watch call a desired number unnoticed by its wearer or those nearby. More

01:04

James Giago Davies: We are all writing to be brilliant for that one perfect person "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

You figure out very young most people who read what you write will grasp only a small portion of it, perhaps not even that.

00:51

Why hackers reuse malware "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Software developers love to reuse code wherever possible, and hackers are no exception. While we often think of different malware strains as separate entities, the reality is that most new malware recycles large chunks of source code from existing malware with some changes and additions (possibly taken from other publically released vulnerabilities and tools). This approach makes sense. Why reinvent the wheel when another author already created a working solution? While code reuse in malware More

00:14

Powerful tornado hits Kelapa Dua island, near Jakarta, damaging 34 houses "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A powerful tornado swept through parts of Kelapa Dua island, north of Jakarta, Indonesia on Sunday, November 19, 2017. This is the second damaging tornado to hit the islands within a week and it comes after three waterspouts were spotted in waters off the Thousand...... Read more

00:11

Roy Moore Fundraising Soars, 1895 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Wealth365 Summit - Largest Online Financial Conference, Jan. 15-20. SIGN UP NOW! Call them at: 262-299-6200; or Go to: Wealth365.com/bill to register for FREE. Good morning, Im still reporting on: Roy Moore Fundraising Soars, 1895 Synopsis: Fundraising for Judge Roy Moore skyrocketed last week as his latest attacker has not turned over her high school annual for professional handwriting analysis. The reason, of course, is because it is a total fraud. Judge Moore never signed it. According to campaign chairman Bill Armistead: We have raised more in the last six days online than the total raised online since the runoff Sept. 26. Despite the fact that Judge Moore has had RNC and NRSC funding cut off thanks to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, fundraising has topped six figures for several days in a row, putting Democrats that Moore is back in the race. Although some pollsters still show Moores Democrat opponent, Doug Jones, with a slight lead, no doubt, that is because they are still skewing their polls to try to influence of the race, rather than honestly report on shifts in public sentiment. The election will be held on Dec. 12. You can rest assured that in the last few days of this race, the results will shift in favor of Judge Moore dramatically as the unfair skews currently still being applied to make it appear that the Democrat is in the lead, will be gradually taken away so that in the end the pollsters wont be too, too embarrassed by the results. Of course, the MSM will pretend until Dec. 13 that they never heard about the destruction of Moores accusers fabricated accusations. No, the MSM will beat the drum for the Democrat to the end. Heres a good example from yesterdays Daily Mail which is breathlessly covering events for all the anti-Trumpers in the UK: Progressive pastors say Roy Moore unfit for US Senate. Well, yesterday dozens yes DOZENS of so-called progressive pastors signed a letter saying Moore is unfit to serve. So dozens might mean lets say - 13 pastors. But guess how many churches there are in all of Alabama? 12,833. Support Our Sponsors: - Virtual Shield VPN - the easiest way to create a home VPN. Go to: https://www.virtualshield.com/billstill - Nobel Gold: Protect Your Money With Gold - Click Here- https://goo.gl/kx2yzW Or Call - 877-646-5347 - Jeevy Computers: Move up to business-level computer protection. 800-844-8613 http://jeevycomputers.com/pcs/ - Trade Genius Academy: Learn the safe, sure way to trade. https://www.TradeGeniusAcademy.com - Virtual Shield VPN - the easiest way to create a home VPN. Go to: https://www.virtualshield.com/billstill - SeaShell Diamond Gallery, Custom Fine Jewelry Made in Hawaii. 808-338-9988; https://www.SeaShellDiamondGallery.com - PrepareWithBill - Food Storage You Can Depend On. 888-756-8727 https://preparewith.com/Bill.Still - Kangen Water, ionized, alkaline water, Call Tom @ 843-729-7837, website: https://www.TopShelfWater.com Still Repor...

00:10

Silver Market Update "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Silver Market Update by Clive Maund At the same time that gold broke out of a coiling pattern to the upside on Friday, silver broke out of a Symmetrical Triangle pattern shown on its 6-month chart below. Volume was lacking...

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00:10

NY Gov. Cuomo Ignored Sex Assault by Aide, 1896 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

- SeaShell Diamond Gallery, Custom Fine Jewelry Made in Hawaii. 808-338-9988; https://www.SeaShellDiamondGallery.com Good morning, Im still reporting on: NY Gov. Cuomo Ignored Sex Assault by Aide, 1896 Synopsis:Heres what a real sexual harassment complaint looks like. Lisa Marie Cater a former DMV employee in upstate New York, has just filed a lawsuit against New York Gov. Cuomo for refusing to act on 6 sexual assault charges she made against his buddy, Sam Hoyt, the former regional president of Empire State Development Corp. Cater complained to the Governors office no less than six times about Hoyt, but was met with deliberate indifference. Sam Hoyt grew up in New York politics. He took over his late fathers New York State Assembly seat in 1992. While a 41-year-old lawmaker, Hoyt, was caught having an affair with a 23-year-old student intern in 2008. Despite his history, Cuomo appointed his fellow Dem to the lucrative economic development position in 2011. In 2015, Cater was the victim of domestic abuse and Hoyt got her the DMV secretarial job at a salary of $30,000. According to Cater: He hung this job over my head. I felt like a possession of his. One day, Hoyt rang her doorbell at home when she opened the door, he groped her, kissed her and left her in a state of shock. Fearful that she would lose her job, she adopted a go-along to get along attitude. But there was no stopping Hoyt. He called, emailed and texted her daily, even when he was vacationing with his wife. The 5-foot-10 Cater once received a nude photo of the 5-foot-7 Hoyt. Cater began to shake uncontrollably after receiving it, her suit states. Cater feared Hoyts instability and anger. She started trying to contact Hoyts boss, the governor, to get some relief. Support Our Sponsors: - Virtual Shield VPN - the easiest way to create a home VPN. Go to: https://www.virtualshield.com/billstill - Nobel Gold: Protect Your Money With Gold - Click Here- https://goo.gl/kx2yzW Or Call - 877-646-5347 - Jeevy Computers: Move up to business-level computer protection. 800-844-8613 http://jeevycomputers.com/pcs/ - Trade Genius Academy: Learn the safe, sure way to trade. https://www.TradeGeniusAcademy.com - Virtual Shield VPN - the easiest way to create a home VPN. Go to: https://www.virtualshield.com/billstill - SeaShell Diamond Gallery, Custom Fine Jewelry Made in Hawaii. 808-338-9988; https://www.SeaShellDiamondGallery.com - PrepareWithBill - Food Storage You Can Depend On. 888-756-8727 https://preparewith.com/Bill.Still - Kangen Water, ionized, alkaline water, website: https://www.TopShelfWater.com Wealth365 Summit - Largest Online Financial Conference, Jan. 15-20. SIGN UP NOW! Call them at: 262-299-6200; or Go to: Wealth365.com/bill to register for FREE. Still Report BTC address: 18Ky2c3CgPY3eu5N7ySoM3X6NjgEAN2w4v Connect with me; Bill Still: newspaper editor/publisher, economics reporter - top US publications, authored 22 books, 4 documentary videos & daily...

00:09

South Korea Winter Olympics: Cyber lessons from the past "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

There is little doubt that guns, gates, and guards will be on full alert in Pyeongchang, South Korea as the nation readies itself for the 2018 Winter Olympics, which begin Feb. 9. In concert with feats of strength, dazzling stadiums and piping national anthems, the threat of cyberattacks looms large at the Olympic Games. The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil taught us that prior More

00:06

25 Most Shocking Medical Mistakes, and How You Can Protect Yourself "IndyWatch Feed World"

Dr. Mercola, Guest
Waking Times

Hospitals are typically thought of as places where lives are saved, but statistics show theyre actually one of the most dangerous places you could possibly enter.1,2 Each day, more than 40,000 harmful and/or lethal medical errors occur, placing the patient in a worse situation than what they came in with.3

According to a 2013 study,4,5 preventable medical errors kill around 440,000 patients each year more than 10 times the number of deaths caused by motor vehicle crashes. A 2016 study6 calculated the annual death toll to be around 250,000.

Medical Mistakes Are the Third Leading Cause of Death in the US

Either way, medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the U.S., and have been since at least 2000, when the late Dr. Barbara Starfield published her shocking conclusion that doctors kill 225,000 patients each y...

00:05

Judge Jeanine Blasts Jeff Sessions, 1894 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

- PrepareWithBill - Food Storage You Can Depend On. 888-756-8727 https://preparewith.com/Bill.Still Good morning, Im still reporting on: Judge Jeanine Blasts Jeff Sessions, 1894 Synopsis: Judge Jeanine Pirro blasted the Clintons and their Uranium One deal, but mostly from the aspect of why hasnt the Attorney General done something about it all. [insert : up to you should now.] This is the second time in a week that I have not agreed completely with Judge Jeanine. The first time was when she came out against Judge Roy Moore. I think Judge Pirro just got swept up in a tidal wave of opinion when the herd led by Mitch McConnell turned on Judge Moore. At this point, the evidence is clear that Judge Moore has been vindicated. But this second difference of opinion puts me out on an even more tenuous limb. This opinion will be counter to what most of you believe. I watched the entire Sessions appearance before the House Judiciary committee this week up until their break for a vote and lunch. I saw all the clips she just used of the various congress-folk all good people, interrogating Sessions - and although I know I could easily be wrong, Im thinking hoping that Sessions has this under control. I sympathize with Sessions because he is like myself not a good extemporaneous speaker when under any sort of pressure. [insert: I dont know what the problem is to Why isnt this in front of a grand jury?] Your Honor, with respect - but how do you know that it is not in front of a grand jury? Grand juries are typically conducted in secret.bb What if we are just so used to having a Justice Department which does everything wrong, that we arent being patient enough when things are being done right. There are rumors out there that 842 sealed indictments were issued by the Justice Department between Oct. 30 through November 10th. Of those, 323 are in California yup, thats a whopping 38%. If you throw in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Northern Virginia where over 90% of the swamp-dwelling lobbyists live, thats an additional 15% of the total. If you throw in the New York City area and the Philadelphia area, thats another 138 sealed indictments, or 16% of the total. So, those 4 areas would represent 70% of these rumored indictments. Support Our Sponsors: - Virtual Shield VPN - the easiest way to create a home VPN. Go to: https://www.virtualshield.com/billstill - Nobel Gold: Protect Your Money With Gold - Click Here- https://goo.gl/kx2yzW Or Call - 877-646-5347 - Jeevy Computers: Move up to business-level computer protection. 800-844-8613 http://jeevycomputers.com/pcs/ - Trade Genius Academy: Learn the safe, sure way to trade. https://www.TradeGeniusAcademy.com - Virtual Shield VPN - the easiest way to create a home VPN. Go to: https://www.virtualshield.com/billstill - SeaShell Diamond Gallery, Custom Fine Jewelry Made in Hawaii. 808-338-9988; https://www.SeaShellDiamondGallery.com - PrepareWithBill - Food Storage You C......

00:04

Employers and Employees "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Employers: Walmart, Healthcare, Schools and Boeing

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Only Washington State (Boeing) has an industry that actually manufactures things leading the pack. Walmart generally sells things NOT made in America. But I could be wrong. I avoid Walmart whenever possible.

It would be nice to see a situation where more states had manufacturing that surpassed Walmart, and those minimum wage jobs. There's nothing wrong with Walmart. They're part of the free enterprise system and they do fill a niche, as they employ a lot of hard-core unemployables.

Both the state education university systems and the healthcare systems are a product of government taxation. I'm not throwing rocks at them either, but to make America great again, we need to make things again, IMHO.

Employees

And THAT, dear readers, is why I only hire males who work as independent contractors to work with me.

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00:03

Trump Decreases Debt to GDP Ratio by more than 1%, 1893 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

- Trade Genius Academy: Learn the safe, sure way to trade. See our Black Friday Specials. https://www.TradeGeniusAcademy.com Good morning, Im still reporting on: Trump Decreases Debt to GDP Ratio by more than 1%, 1893 Synopsis: Good news on the economy. The Atlanta Fed announced yesterday that the 4th quarter GDP estimate shows growth jumped to an annualized 3.4%. The US Gross Domestic Product has increased each quarter in 2017, with 3rd quarter GDP Up to an annualized 19.5 Trillion dollars. On the other side of the debt-to-GDP ratio, President Trump has curtailed US spending. The result is that US debt-to-GDP ratio has decreased year to date from 105% to 104% No president in more than 50 years has decreased the debt-to-GDP ratio in his first year by more than 1%. The last president to do so was Nixon in 1969. Presidents Reagan and George W. Bush decreased the debt-to-GDP ratio in their first years in office, but by less than 1%. President Obama increased the debt-to-GDP ratio his first year by 15% and over his 8 years in office by 37%. Im still reporting from the one-time free speech capitol of the world. Good day. Support Our Sponsors: - Virtual Shield VPN - the easiest way to create a home VPN. Go to: https://www.virtualshield.com/billstill - Nobel Gold: Protect Your Money With Gold - Click Here- https://goo.gl/kx2yzW Or Call - 877-646-5347 - Jeevy Computers: Move up to business-level computer protection. 800-844-8613 http://jeevycomputers.com/pcs/ - Trade Genius Academy: Learn the safe, sure way to trade. https://www.TradeGeniusAcademy.com - Virtual Shield VPN - the easiest way to create a home VPN. Go to: https://www.virtualshield.com/billstill - SeaShell Diamond Gallery, Custom Fine Jewelry Made in Hawaii. 808-338-9988; https://www.SeaShellDiamondGallery.com - PrepareWithBill - Food Storage You Can Depend On. 888-756-8727 https://preparewith.com/Bill.Still - Kangen Water, ionized, alkaline water, Call Tom @ 843-729-7837, website: https://www.TopShelfWater.com Still Report BTC address: 18Ky2c3CgPY3eu5N7ySoM3X6NjgEAN2w4v Connect with me; Bill Still: newspaper editor/publisher, economics reporter - top US publications, authored 22 books, 4 documentary videos & daily host of this Y/T channel, THE STILL REPORT: https://plus.google.com/u/0/109353617116072656672 Get the word Out: Please LIKE, COMMENT & SHARE! Our website: http://www.billstill.com Considered by informed insiders as the ultimate resource for surviving economic or financial collapse/crash and attaining the unvarnished truth about the latest US and world news, current events in Washington, and todays United States political climate. Please Like, Comment & Share. Bill Still is a former newspaper editor and publisher. He has written for USA Today, The Saturday Evening Post, the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, OMNI magazine, and has also produced the syndicated radio program, Health News. He has written 22 books and two documentary videos and is the host of...

00:00

Berto Jongman: How algorithms are pushing the tech giants into the danger zone "IndyWatch Feed War"

Berto Jongman

How algorithms are pushing the tech giants into the danger zone

The algorithms Facebook and other tech companies use to boost engagement and increase profits have led to spectacular failures of sensitivity and worse. How can we fight back?

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00:00

USAID and Wall Street: Conflicts, Coups, and Conquest "IndyWatch Feed War"

In 1928 when the US-based United Fruit Company now known as Chiquita Brands International faced labor issues in Colombia, it had at its disposal Colombian troops which gunned down hundreds of strikers to maintain production and profits. Ensuring that Colombia protected American interests was the US State Department who hosted company representatives at the Continue reading USAID and Wall Street: Conflicts, Coups, and Conquest

00:00

Trans Day of Remembrance 2017 A poem "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I rarely write poetry, but I wanted to write something special for Trans Day of Remembrance this year, and I came up with this:

Heres to lying

to mothers, fathers,

sons, daughters,

friends, lovers.

Heres to crying

in locker rooms, bathrooms,

homerooms, living rooms,

and bedrooms.

Heres to thinking of dying.

Heres to finding,

Theres a word for that?

Heres to trying

forbidden clothes.

Heres to eyeing

nosey dressing room attendants.

Heres to realizing

the truth.

Heres to crying,

This is me!

Heres to realizing

blood dont mean shit.

Heres to eyeing

the blade, the gun

the noose, the pills.

Heres to finding

family among

freaks, geeks,

sissies, butches,

mamby-pamby

hes, shes, theys

US!

Heres to relying

on open homes

open doors

open hands

open minds

open hearts.

Heres to defying

the numbers, figures,

stats, bets,

odds and sods

stacked like rocks

thrown against us.

Heres to surviving.

 

00:00

What Its Like Covering Trump "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Remember that time Trumps lawyer Marc Kasowitz emailed, Watch your back, bitch?

Or that time when Don Jr. and Ivanka were almost charged with felony fraud?

You remember that because we found out.

The day President Trump took office, our reporters laid out the topics they were going to cover.

Now, a year after the election, weve asked five of our reporters to tell us about the stories theyve done and what has stuck out.

From Alec MacGillis, who covers politics and government

As I was reporting a piece on how things were going at HUD under the leadership of Ben Carson, I was surprised to hear from sources inside headquarters that Ben Carsons wife, Candy, and one of his sons, Ben Jr., had assumed a very visible role. But it was only when I covered Secretary Carsons June trip to Baltimore that the full oddity of the family involvement became clear to me. On the first day of the visit, which was not disclosed to the public, I watched as Candy Carson, Ben Carson Jr., and even Ben Jr.s wife joined in on meetings with the Baltimore mayor, city housing officials, and public health experts and authorities. The next day, at a community health fair in East Baltimore, I was amazed to watch as Ben Jr. served as an intermediary between his fathers top aides and two entrepreneurs seeking to pitch HUD on a business venture. We knew that the Trumps had made the White House a family affair. But it was only then dawning on me that that approach to governing had spread across the administration.

From Marcelo Rochabrun, who covers immigration

Im always extra skeptical of stories that seem unbelievable no matter how good the source is but during the early months of the Trump administration, I found two of them.

The first was when I revealed that Trumps original travel ban barred longtime permanent residents (green card holders) from traveling back to their home in the U.S. I had seen a draft of the executive order but was too skeptical to publish...

Monday, 20 November

23:59

Is it time to move India's capital to escape the smog? "IndyWatch Feed World"

Drastic measures are needed to combat Delhi's air pollution. Moving the national capital may be one of them.

23:59

Does Pentagon Have CIA Permission To Wage War On Its Afghan Opium? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Nicholson Announces War On Drugs In Afghanistan

Resolute Support Commander General John Nicholson sends out a serious warning on Monday to the Taliban to lay down their arms and join the peace process.

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Commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan John Nicholson said a well-planned raid against drug producing facilities was carried out in Helmand on Sunday and that for the first time an F-22 bomber was used in combat in Afghanistan.

 

This targeted a drug producing facility in Helmand. In addition a B52 bomber was also used to target another compound. He said this completely levelled the compound.

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23:57

Pentagons Inspector General Praises Secret $80 Billion Bomber "IndyWatch Feed War"

Bloomberg

By Anthony Capaccio

November 20, 2017, 4:00 AM EST
  • Inspector Generals nod came on eve of 2015 contract award
  • Stealthy bomber will be able to carry nukes, fly unmanned

The Air Forces classified next-generation bomber program began with a solid plan for meeting cost goals and warfighting requirements, which include an option to fly unmanned missions, according to a newly declassified audit from the Pentagons inspector general.

The challenge will be sticking to that plan.

The early praise for the $80 billion B-21 program came about a month before the Air Force selected Northrop Grumman Corp. over a rival team consisting of Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp. for the bomber contract in late 2015.

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While big-ticket weapons systems like the B-21 frequently end up with significant cost increases and production delays, in the initial stages the Air Force was cited for its comprehensive acquisition strategy and risk-management process to support a cost-effective program, according to the audit. The program had clearly defined requirements to ensure warfighter needs are being met, it added.

That initial assessment is no guarantee the B-21 wont encounter serious cost, schedule and performance problems as system development continues, with the service seeking to declare an initial operating capability by the mid to late 2020s, Global Strike Command spokesman Joe Thomas said in an email. The aircrafts first flight along with specific details of the technical capability of this platform, is protected by enhanced security measures, he added.

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23:53

Monday Meslier: 191 What a Happy and Great Revolution Would Take Place in the Universe if Philosophy Was Substituted for Religion! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Philosophers, in all ages, have taken the part that seemed destined for the ministers of religion.

Jean Meslier Portrait

Your host, Jean Meslier

The hatred of the latter for philosophy was never more than professional jealousy. All men accustomed to think, instead of seeking to injure each other, should unite their efforts in combating errors, in seeking truth, and especially in dispelling the prejudices from which the sovereigns and subjects suffer alike, and whose upholders themselves finish, sooner or later, by becoming the victims.

In the hands of an enlightened government the priests would become the most useful of citizens. Could men with rich stipends from the State, and relieved of the care of providing for their own subsistence, do anything better than to instruct themselves in order to be able to instruct others? Would not their minds be better satisfied in discovering truth than in wandering in the labyrinths of darkness? Would it be any more difficult to unravel the principles of mans morals, than the imaginary principles of Divine and theological morals? Would ordinary men have as much trouble in understanding the simple notions of their duties, as in charging their memories with mysteries, unintelligible words, and obscure definitions which are impossible for them to understand? How much time and trouble is lost in trying to teach men things which are of no use to them. What resources for the public benefit, for encouraging the progress of the sciences and the advancement of knowledge, for the education of youth, are presented to well-meaning sovereigns through so many monasteries, which, in a great number of countries devour the peoples substance without an equivalent.

But superstition, jealous of its exclusive empire, seems to have formed but useless beings. What advantage could not be drawn from a multitude of cenobites of both sexes whom we see in so many countries, and who are so well paid to do nothing. Instead of occupying them with sterile contemplations, with mechanical prayers, with monotonous practices; instead of burdening them with fasts and austerities, let there be excited among them a salutary emulation that would inspire them to seek the means of serving usefully the world, which their fatal vows oblige them to renounce. Instead of filling the youthful minds of their pupils with fables, dogmas, and puerilities, why not invite or oblige the priests to teach...

23:50

Greyerz Says One Of The Two Largest Banks In Switzerland Just Refused To Hand Over Clients Physical Gold. Even More Surprising Is What The Client Did Next "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Greyerz Says One Of The Two Largest Banks In Switzerland Just Refused To Hand Over Clients Physical Gold. Even More Surprising Is What The Client Did Next from King World News Its happened again. For the third time in the...

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23:49

Arabic press review: Bouteflika 'seeks fifth term' as Algerian president "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Former Algerian official claims 80-year-old president want another shot at the big job, while protesters in Jordan oppose gas deal with Israel

23:46

The ECB Resorts to Omissions, Half-truths and Misrepresentations to Defend Draghis G30-Membership "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

By Norbert Hring and cross-posted from his blog

The ECB has answered questions posed by the European Ombudsman to president Mario Draghi regarding his membership and his participation in closed-door meetings of the Group of Thirty (G30), a Group in which the worlds most central bankers and commercial bankers comingle. The 17-page reply manages to evade several questions, is quite selective in the information given and even contains some false statements.

Reacting to a complaint by Corporate Europe Observatory the Ombudsman (which is a woman), started an investigation into Draghis membership, which culminated in 16 written questions to Mario Draghi dated 4 July 2017.

The ECB has answered Ombudsman Emily OReillys letter a few days ago. The reply starts with Preliminary observations which state that The Group of Thirty was established in 1978 as a forum for exchanging views on topical issues related to the functioning of the international economic system, forgetting to mention by whom. A look at the website of the G30 does not answer the question, either. Wikipedia does:

The Group of Thirty was founded in 1978 by Geoffrey Bell at the initiative of the Rockefeller Foundation, which also provided initial funding for the body.

In several instances, the ECB points to the fact that other central bank representatives, like those from the Bank of England, the Bank of Japan and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York are also members of the G30, implying that if they see fit to participate in this group, it should be okay for the ECB too. What they do not mention in this context, though, is the fact that it is only the New York Fed, a private institution owned and controlled by Wall Street banks, which sends a representative. No member of the Federal Reserve Board has become or remained a G30-member while holding this office, at least not during the last few decades. The reason is obviously that strict rules against conflicts of interest in the US do not allow a high-ranking public official to be in such an intransparent group together with high ranking private sector representatives

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23:41

Judge Moores Signature Exposed - a Naked Forgery, 1892 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

- Virtual Shield VPN - the easiest way to create a home VPN. See the Black Friday SPECIAL, 20% OFF - Go to: https://www.virtualshield.com/billstill Good morning, Im still reporting on: Judge Moores Signature Exposed - a Naked Forgery, 1892 Synopsis: The mystery behind the initials D.A. appended to Judge Roy Moores signature on his legal decisions have been cleared up. D.A. are the initials of his longtime legal secretary, Delbra Adams. The revelation, which came yesterday crushed Democrat hopes of taking Moore out of the Dec. 12th race to replace Sen. Jeff Sessions vacated seat. Delbra Adams worked for Moore for 13 years. She told Breitbart yesterday that she never saw or experienced any inappropriate conduct towards women. I think hes a good man. I dont believe any of this. I never saw anything like that out of him. Adams initials D.A. were mistakenly thought to be a part of Judge Moores name by someone amateurishly forging his signature in the high school yearbook of Moores latest accuser, Beverly Nelson. Nelson had a copy of Judge Moores signature because incredibly, he was the judge in her divorce, so she naturally had a copy of those divorce papers. Watch Gloria Allred being grilled about this by a real reporter who somehow became employed at MSNBC: [insert] Support Our Sponsors: - Virtual Shield VPN - the easiest way to create a home VPN. See the Black Friday SPECIAL, 20% OFF - Go to: https://www.virtualshield.com/billstill - Nobel Gold: Protect Your Money With Gold - Click Here- https://goo.gl/kx2yzW Or Call - 877-646-5347 - Jeevy Computers: Move up to business-level computer protection. 800-844-8613 http://jeevycomputers.com/pcs/ - Trade Genius Academy: Learn the safe, sure way to trade. https://www.TradeGeniusAcademy.com - Virtual Shield VPN - the easiest way to create a home VPN. Go to: https://www.virtualshield.com/billstill - SeaShell Diamond Gallery, Custom Fine Jewelry Made in Hawaii. 808-338-9988; https://www.SeaShellDiamondGallery.com - PrepareWithBill - Food Storage You Can Depend On. 888-756-8727 https://preparewith.com/Bill.Still - Kangen Water, ionized, alkaline water, Call Tom @ 843-729-7837, website: https://www.TopShelfWater.com Still Report BTC address: 18Ky2c3CgPY3eu5N7ySoM3X6NjgEAN2w4v Connect with me; Bill Still: newspaper editor/publisher, economics reporter - top US publications, authored 22 books, 4 documentary videos & daily host of this Y/T channel, THE STILL REPORT: https://plus.google.com/u/0/109353617116072656672 Get the word Out: Please LIKE, COMMENT & SHARE! Our website: http://www.billstill.com Considered by informed insiders as the ultimate resource for surviving economic or financial collapse/crash and attaining the unvarnished truth about the latest US and world news, current events in Washington, and todays United States political climate. Please Like, Comment & Share. Bill Still is a former newspaper editor and publisher. He has written for USA Today,...

23:40

THIS IS WHY ROBOTS WILL TURN ON HUMANS; ITS PROBABLY NOT WHAT YOURE THINKING!!! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This Is Atlas, The Next Generation

To find out why robots will eventually turn on humans, watch this short video below.

Robot Abuse: They do not forgive and do not forget!!!

23:30

WARNING SIGNS OF THE GLOBAL CURRENCY RESET (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

WARNING SIGNS OF THE GLOBAL CURRENCY RESET Video Kenneth Storey The weekly Investment club is presented by www.InvestingwithInsight.net at 10 AM, Saturdays, at the Morningstar Conference Center in Fort Mill, SC Hosted by Ken & Valerie Storey Video Source

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23:30

Backtracking to save her feminazi status: Lena Dunham apologizes for defending accused rapist "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Too little, too late Lena. Course backtracking is par for the course of one who admitted to experimenting with her six-year younger sisters vagina. From NY Post: Lena Dunham has reversed course, and apologized for her initial defense of Murray Continue reading

23:30

Greece probes Central Bank governor Stournaras over alleged leak "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Greeces central bank governor is under investigation by an anti-corruption prosecutor over the alleged leaking of an auditors report on Piraeus Bank, a troubled Greek lender accused of violating capital controls imposed at the height of the countrys financial crisis. Citing two sources with knowledge of the case, , a Financial Times exclusive report writes

The post Greece probes Central Bank governor Stournaras over alleged leak appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.

23:30

Money and Markets Infographic Shows Silver Most Undervalued Asset "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Money and Markets Infographic Shows Silver Most Undervalued Asset

Silver remains severely under owned and under valued asset
Entire silver market worth tiny $100 billion shown in one tiny square
All of the Worlds Money and Markets in One Visualization

Must see Money and Markets infographic shows relative size of key markets: silver bullion, gold bullion, cryptocurrencies/ bitcoin, largest companies, 50 richest people, Fed balance sheet, currency, stocks, property, cash, debt & derivatives
Small allocation by investors and worlds richest will see silver surge like bitcoin

Click to enlarge. Source: Visual Capitalist

by Visual Capitalist

Millions, billions, and trillions

When we talk about the giant size of Apple, the fortune of Warren Buffett, or the massive amount of global debt accumulated all of these things sound large, but they are actually extremely different in magnitude.

Thats why visualizing things spatially can give us a better perspective on money and markets.

HOW MUCH MONEY EXISTS?

This infographic was initially created to show how much money exists in its different forms. For example, to highlight how much physical cash there is in comparison to broader measures of money which include saving and checking account deposits.

Interestingly, what is considered money depends on who you are asking.

Are the abstractions created by Central Banks really money? What about gold, bitcoins, or other hard assets?

Click here to read full story on GoldCore.com.

 

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23:30

Sad state of enterprise cloud infrastructure governance "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

A new survey of more than 300 IT professionals, conducted by Propeller Insights in October 2017, revealed that the state of enterprise cloud infrastructure governance is extremely poor. In spite of an ever-increasing number of security breaches, 28 percent of IT professionals arent confident their cloud infrastructure is secure, 62 percent rely on manual reviews before infrastructure is provisioned, and 42 percent have no cloud infrastructure governance processes in place. The cloud has completely transformed More

23:29

Three hunters shoot themselves on gun deer opener in Wisconsin "IndyWatch Feed World"

Three hunters shot and wounded themselves on the opening day of Wisconsin's gun deer season. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Recreational Safety Warden Mark Little says the first happened in Brown County about 5:30 a.m. Saturday. A 49-year-old man was working on his firearm when it discharged into his right ankle. The second happened after 9 a.m. in Forest County. A 49-year-old Crandon man was sitting in the cab of his truck when he saw a deer. When the hunter went to move his rifle, it went off, sending a bullet through his legs and then the truck's seat and door. WSAW-TV reports the third incident happened in Shawano County. A 51-year-old man bent over and his holstered handgun fired, hitting his leg. The season runs through Sunday, Nov. 26. Source: AP

23:26

How The Civil War Gave Us Todays Thanksgiving, And What It Can Teach Us "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This week, Americans will gather around kitchen and dining room tables from sea to shining sea for one of our most distinctly American celebrations. For generations, weve marked the fourth Thursday in November as a national day of thanksgiving.

At the end of this fractious year, coming together in gratitude may feel difficult. In a nation that seems to be fraying at the seamsbattered by racial tensions, political turmoil, bloodshed, and scandalexactly what do we have for which to corporately give thanks?

Its not as if our national discord is contained to the halls of Congress or the editorial pages; it invades our daily lives. When we cant even watch the Lions game or get a second-rate cup of coffee from grandmas Keurig without political implications, has Thanksgiving become a meaningless exercise in whistling past the graveyard?

Thankfully, the roots of our Thanksgiving celebrationlike the discipline of thanksgiving itselfgo deeper than happy feelings over food and football. Most of us know the story of the first Thanksgiving, celebrated by that tiny band of Separatists at Plymouth in 1621. However, we may not realize that our modern Thanksgiving celebration originated in our nations worst period of turmoil and bloodshed: the Civil War. In that story, there are lessons that can help us today.

How the Civil War Led to Thanksgiving

Its a fairly simple tale. In Americas early days, thanksgiving celebrations were sporadic and mostly regional affairs. The popularity of the holiday began to grow in the 1840s and 50s, thanks primarily to the dogged efforts of author and poet Sarah Josepha Hale. As literary editor of the widely read Godeys Ladys Book, Hale used her platform to advocate a national, unified Thanksgiving Day. Besides writing multiple Thanksgiving editorials, she lobbied state governors and wrote to one U.S. president after another, finding more success with the former.

In the meantime, affairs in the United States were growing increasingly rancorous. In the bitter years immediately preceding the outbreak of war, Hale promoted her national Thanksgiving Day as a way to find unity. In 1860, she wrote: Everything that contributes to bind us in one vast empire together, to quicken the sympathy that makes us feel from the icy North to the sunny South that we are one family, each a member of a great and free Nation, not merely the unit of a remote locality, is worthy of being cherished We believe our Thanksgiving Day, if fixed and perpetuated, will be a great and sanctifying promoter of this national spirit.

It was not to be, of course. By the autumn of 1863, Americans had already seen more than two years of wars devastation in their towns, farmland, and families. The nation was freshly reeling from the Battle of Gettysburg, which had claimed the liv...

23:26

Whats Inside DCs New $800 Million, Theme-Park-Influenced Museum Of The Bible "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The professor of Jewish studies passes under an ornate archway, leading to another part of the sprawling History of the Bible floor. Keeping up with him isnt easy, as we dodge workers who continue to install museum panels before opening day.

Theres nothing false anywhere, Professor Lawrence Schiffman says over his shoulder, gesturing towards dozens of Torah scrolls carefully lit for preservation. Ive been walking around even today, reading more labels. We keep criticizing little picky things; thats our job as scholars.

Led by Schiffman, who sports a Brooklyn accent and traditional kippah head covering, the scene would fit more at a New York synagogue than a Bible museum founded by evangelical Christians. Director of Hebraic and Judaic studies at New York University, he has served as a Hebrew manuscripts consultant since early 2016 for Museum of the Bible, which opened last weekend in Washington DC.

This museum is not a hijacking of Jewish tradition to serve another religion, he says bluntly when asked about its mostly Christian funding. Its legit.

Proving legitimacy has been an uphill battle since its announcement in 2011. Brimming with technology and artifacts that illuminate the sacred text, Museum of the Bible has been hounded by various critiques. Theres either too much God or not enough Jesus, depending on the critic.

Yet even skeptics are wowed by the high-tech museum once they see it. Pulitzer Prize winner Philip Kennicott called Museum of the Bible rich in content [and] stocked with historic treasures. His front-page Washington Post story was effusive: It sets a new standard for how this countrys museums fuse entertainment and education.

Envisioned by Hobby Lobby craft chain owners Steve and Jackie Green, the Museum of the Bible reflects a kaleidoscope of faith traditions, story formats, and artistic approaches. A closer look at the multi-faceted museum offeringswith commentary from the Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant scholars at the heart of itilluminates the 430,000-square-foot experience.

A New Tour Through Ancient Stories

I grew up in Oklahoma, the Bible belt of the country, in a very small community, says Jackie Green. Everybody knew everybody. Its been such a delight for me to be able to rub shoulders, so to speak, with people who arent just like mebut they still have a great love for the Bible.

From the first floor, the variety at Museum of the Bible can be jarring. Ornate...

23:26

For Christmass Sake, Lets Roll Back Christmas Creep "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

We have grown wearily used to holiday creep, that irritating tendency of retailers to start decorating for various holidays well before they begin: jack-o-lanterns in mid-September (or even, in some cases, July), Valentines chocolates in early January, Easter candy a few days before Valentines Day.

In my corner of the country they start running Labor Day sales in mid-July and Fourth of July sales in early June. But no creep is more aggressive than that of Christmas; no holiday spills its traditional temporal confines and works its way as aggressively up the calendar as this one. The season now regularly lasts up to eight or nine weeks where it used to span maybe five.

The problem, which has been around in varying degrees for over a century, is getting worse, and qualitatively so: where the shopping season used to start relatively early, the aesthetics of that season have begun arriving sooner and sooner each year. In some cases, stores have put out the trees and the stockings before Halloween.

A radio station in Chicago began playing Christmas music on November 7 this year; outlets in Los Angeles and Phoenix followed soon after, and doubtlessly they were not the only ones. The other day I found myself in a Wal-Mart already decked out with tinsel and candy canesstill a couple of weeks from Thanksgiving, mind you. Last week I saw one of those Salvation Army Santas ringing his donation bell outside of a grocery store. This is not uncommon.

Are We Really That Desperate?

There is something desperate and mildly pathetic about this whole charade. The socialists among us are always going on about consumerism, which they believe to be the natural and inevitable outgrowth of the abundance of material goods capitalism produces. Mostly they are wrong. But one is tempted to give them some credit when October 28 rolls around and we start seeing Christmas trees in the local malls food court. Retailers, who in their defense are in the business of making a buck, never seem more vapid, greedy, and ridiculous than when they are stringing up lights while the leaves are still changing.

It has become a tradition to complain about Christmas creep. But there are good reasons for complaining about it, and doing something about it: it is ruining the holiday.

This phenomenon is not, of course, ruining the holyday, the celebration of Christs birth that all orthodox Christians...

23:26

How The Lefts Attacks On Religious Liberty Pushed Me Back Into Church "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I grew up in the north New Jersey suburbs with parents whod gone to Catholic school in the 1960s. They didnt enjoy the experience, mostly from fright of the nuns, who physically abused students. They vowed never to send my brother or me to Catholic school, but we were baptized and did have to go to Sunday schoolCCD, we called it. It was the only time I ever went to church, outside of weddings or funerals.

We werent practicing Catholics. I cant ever recall us attending church services. We didnt give things up for Lent. We ate meat on Good Friday. Basically, we were part of the Christmas and Easter club. Once all the molestation scandals broke, my parents completely gave up on the Catholic Church. I stopped going to CCD and never made confirmation.

Fast-forward about 20 years. Ive come to this political, conservative awakening and Im starting to question everything. I keep hearing the phrase Judeo-Christian values. Its clear to me the Left is doing everything they can to attack religious people, except of course Muslims, but religion still didnt resonate with me. Then one story in particular caught my attention and pushed me back into religion.

Senators Dianne Feinstein and Dick Durbin, Democrats from leftist havens California and Illinois, questioned one of President Trumps judicial nominees, Notre Dame law professor Amy Coney Barrett, who is now confirmed. The senators referenced a law review article Barrett, a practicing Catholic, had written in the 90s.

In it she argued that if a Catholic judge believed his faith would preclude him from ruling objectively in a capital punishment case he should recuse himself in favor of another judge without such a moral conflict. In other words, Barrett was arguing that judges should avoid allowing their faith to distort their rulings on legality. Here is how the senators interpreted Barretts position:

When you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you, Feinstein said. And thats of concern when you come to big issues that large numbers of people have fought for for years in this country.

Durbin, meanwhile, criticized Barretts prior use of the term orthodox Catholic, saying it unfairly maligns Catholics who do not hold certain positions about abortion or the death penalty. Do you consider yourself an orthodox Catholic? he asked her outright.

Could this be more discriminatory? Could you imagine being asked about your religious beliefs during any other interview setting? Im old enough to remember when it was considered immoral to question whether Barack Obamas 20-year patronage at Reverend Jeremiah Wrights radi...

23:25

How School Choice Can Solve States Huge Debt And Pension Woes "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In 2011, Arizona became the first state to adopt the most flexible school reform yet, an education savings account (ESA) plan. It provides parents who believe their child is poorly served in the local public school with an annual budget they can spend on a wide variety of accredited alternativesnot just private or parochial schools, but tutoring, online academies, special-needs services, and even computer equipment for home schooling.

More recently, five other states have followed Arizonas lead: Florida, Mississippi, Nevada, Tennessee, and just this year North Carolina. Initially these programs were designed to better serve learning-disabled children, but with the realization that most of its students could be educated independently for a fraction of public-school per pupil spending, Nevada authorized a plan open to any of that states children in 2015.

To date, Democrats in the Nevada legislature have held up funding for about 10,000 applicants, but nearly all of Arizonas K-12 children are now eligible for an ESA worth 90 percent of their districts per pupil spending.

With this history in mind, Marty Lueken, director of fiscal policy and analysis at the EdChoice Foundation, and I decided to calculate how much ESAs could help a financially troubled blue state, where the longstanding alliance of teacher unions and liberal politicians has created per pupil costs that are three, four, and even five times what is needed to independently educate. Our goal was to see how much the taxpayers of Illinois, New Jersey, Kentucky, California, or Connecticut might benefit if just a small percentage of public school families were funded to take charge of their own childrens schooling.

Connecticut as Test Case

We decided to focus on Connecticut in part because of the Nutmeg States especially grim fiscal situation. Earlier this year, all three of Wall Streets big credit rating agencies downgraded its debt, with Fitch and Moodys ranking the states economic soundness as the third-worst in the country.

Connecticut also interested us because of a September 2016 Superior Court decision that unexpectedly ruled against a coalition of teacher union-friendly plaintiffs who had been demanding more money for the states worst-performing school districts. The real problem, said Judge Thomas Moukawsher in the case of CCJEF v. Rell, was not the size of the states $3 billion education budget, but the wasteful and ineffective way in which local districts administered their funding.

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23:25

Why The Supreme Court Should Step Into This California Gun Waiting Period Case "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

After the Supreme Court held that the Second Amendment protects an individuals right to bear arms in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), it was up to circuit courts to explore the metes and bounds of that right and develop a consensus. Reality, though, couldnt be further from this ideal.

From the Ninth Circuit recently deciding citizens have no constitutional right to sell guns, to the Second Circuit deciding the courts only need to scrutinize laws if they severely burden our rights, one thing is clear: we need help. The Supreme Court has been gun-shy for the past few years, but one case, Silvester v. Becerra, seems to have attracted their interest. Silvester may finally help move the courts toward competent Second Amendment decisions.

The California code requires most firearm purchasers to wait 10 days before they can bring their gun home, regardless of whether they already own one, or whether they pass their background check sooner. Jeff Silvester, a California resident who already owned firearms, easily passed a background check in less than 10 days, and wanted to buy more firearms. Because there was no reason he should be arbitrarily forced to wait after passing a background check, he challenged the law.

Silvester won in the Eastern District of California because the only reason the state could muster for forcing a gun owner to wait on receiving a subsequent gun after having passed a background check was that it would provide a cooling off period. Of course, the state could not prove how this period might keep someone from using guns he already had.

Then the Ninth Circuit Did Its Thing

Because the Second Amendment protects the right to bear all arms in common lawful use, any law that limits that right has to pass certain standards to be constitutionally permissible. The law must be addressed at a specific harm, and must not encompass more protected conduct than needed. The district court was not convinced by Californias fuzzy logic, and found applying an arbitrary waiting period to someone who already owns guns to be unconstitutional. Never to take the thought of their residents regaining constitutional rights laying down, California appealed to the frequently reversed, heavily politicized Ninth Circuit.

The Ninth Circuit ignored that the burden was on California...

23:25

Its Long Past Time For Congress To Stop Writing A Blank Check To Wage War "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

White House Chief of Staff and four-star General John Kelly took to the White House press podium recently to remind us all what it means for a U.S. soldier to be killed overseas. In painstaking detail, he outlined the cleaning and embalming process of a soldiers remains, the way bodies are carefully carried home, and the role of the casualty officer, whose job Kelly described as break[ing] the heart of a family member.

Kellys remembrance was made all the more significant because he has lived it. His son, Second Lt. Robert Kelly, was slain in Afghanistan in 2010. His brief but powerful comments underscore the very real sacrifices we ask the men and woman in uniform to make on our behalf. They outline the necessary, tangible, and terrible dimension of sending Americans into war.

No one understands the weight of these choices better than current and former soldiers. It is significant, then, that a handful of them have come together to introduce a revised Authorization of Military Force (AUMF)one that repeals the outdated AUMFs from 2001 and 2002 and replaces them with an updated authorization reflecting the realities of the current fight against terrorism.

The Importance of a War Authorization

An AUMF is, essentially, congressional approval of a pretense for war. It is Congress exercising its constitutional responsibility to determine whether a cause is righteous and essential enough to require the sacrifice of American lives and resources.

Congress understood this in 2001, when the original AUMF was authorized in response to the attacks of 9/11. As written, the AUMF gave the president specific authority to use necessary and appropriate force against nations, organizations or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed or aided the terrorist attacks of 9/11. In 2002, it was joined by an AUMF for operations in Iraq.

Since that time, however, the mission has transformed and grown in scope. So much, in fact, that the 2001 authorization has now been used to justify U.S. military action more than 37 times in 14 different countries. The further we travel from 2001, the more distant and tangential military action becomes from the authority used to justify it.

Current U.S. counterterrorism operations are active in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, and elsewhere, all under the authority of the 2001 AUMF, which was intended only to sanction indivi...

23:25

Why Its Great News That Treasury Is Cutting Crowdfunding Regulations "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Treasury Department recently released the first of what is sure to be many reports aimed at deregulating financial markets. Supporters of the free market and entrepreneurship should welcome these efforts, especially the reforms to the rules governing crowdfunding.

One of the greatest innovations of the Internet has been connecting entrepreneurs to potential investors. Websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo revolutionized the fundraising process for budding entrepreneurs, designers, and artists. Previously, the only realistic route for these entrepreneurs was to solicit limited funds from friends, family, and their local community. Either you hit it big or your projects quickly fizzled out. Today, many successful music and film projects have been funded through crowdfunding vehicles.

Even more interesting is the development of equity crowdfunding to finance retail and business ventures. Browse websites like Crowdfunder.com and youll see everything from microbreweries to tech firms, all willing to exchange shares for capital. Its all just another way in which the sharing economy is disrupting established markets. Think Uber, but for finance.

But in the wake of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, the government apprehensively passed the Jobs Act of 2012. While it opened the market to some investors, it placed overly burdensome regulations on equity crowdfunding. Congress set fundraising caps of $1 million and still required small startups to provide an unworkable amount of disclosures. These restrictions, meant to minimize risk to the investor, came at an enormous cost to the entrepreneur. Many of the new reforms proposed by the Treasury Department aim to reverse these effects, freeing the entrepreneur to innovate while still safeguarding potential investors.

How the Changes Will Help

Raising fundraising caps from $1 million to $5 million will allow companies to lower the offering costs per dollar raised. Raising these caps will also allow costlier but potentially successful projects to get off the ground faster. In addition, raising the maximum revenue requirement from $25 to $100 million will allow startups to remain private until they are ready to go public, not when the government says they are ready.

To balance investor security with the regulatory cost on startups, the Treasury recommends allowing crowdfunding vehicles if advised by a registered investment advisor. Working through a single...

23:24

No al bullying (cartn) "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

 El presidente Pea Nieto inaugur una importante en contra del bullying. Debemos ser empticos con las pobres vctimas de este gran problema(20 de noviembre del 2017).-Los moneros Antonio Helguera y Jos Hernndez hacen una entrega ms de la serie Monosapiens en la revista Proceso.En estos links puedes ver ms cartones:http://www.antoniohelguera.com/http://www.monerohernandez.com.mx/@monerohernandez@ahelguera

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23:23

The Montreal Protocol: triumph by treaty "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Montreal Protocol on the ozone layer, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, is one of the most successful international treaties ever struck.

23:23

Your Next Government "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Google is building a small city within Toronto:

Toronto has about 800 acres of waterfront property awaiting redevelopment, a huge and prime stretch of land that amounts to one of the best opportunities in North America to rethink at scale how housing, streets and infrastructure are built. On Tuesday the government and the group overseeing the land announced that they were partnering with an Alphabet subsidiary, Sidewalk Labs, to develop the site.

Not to be outdone, Bill Gates is thinking even bigger, a 25,000 acre site for a new city near Phoenix that might take advantage of Arizonas forward thinking rules on self-driving cars.

All over the world, we can see the beginnings of a move from nation-states to smaller, more decentralized and agile communities such as common interest developments, special economic zones and proprietary cities. Your Next Govenment is Tom Bells primer on this coming revolution. If you want to find out the latest on the Honduran Zede or the Polynesian seasteading project, both of which Bell has been involved with, YNG is your first stop. Bell also covers the history of these movements from Henry Fords failed Brazilian city, Fordlandia, to the use of special economic zones and foreign trade zones in the United States.

For anyone starting such a community, Bell has up-to-date recommendations on the principles of governance including how to adopt an appropriate legal code.

Recommended.

The post Your Next Government appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

23:23

10-year-old boy found dead after crocodile attack in Malawi; 2nd such incident locally in 3 months "IndyWatch Feed World"

The body of a 10-year-old boy who was attacked by a crocodile was discovered in the Southern African country of Malawi on Saturday, police said. Owen Sanudi was attacked by the reptile while he was swimming with friends in the Shire River, which passes through Liwonde National Park, police spokesman Davie Sulumba said. "The deceased was attacked by a hungry crocodile and he drowned in the river," said Sulumba. "Post-mortem results from Machinga District Hospital proved that the death was due to loss of blood and suffocation." The incident was the second death caused by a crocodile in the district within three months, a situation linked to lack of prey for the crocodiles, Sulumba told the German Press Agency (DPA). Reports have suggested that Malawi's decision to join the International Convention on Endangered Species (CITES), which limits the culling of crocodiles, has led to a rise in their numbers. Source: DPA

23:20

U.S. Rebuffs Chinas Charm Offensive, Edging Closer to Trade War "IndyWatch Feed War"

U.S. looks at sanctions with the goal of fundamentally challenging Chinese trade practices

The U.S. and China are vying for influence in Asia, but tensions between the U.S. and North Korea, as well as President Donald Trumps focus on prioritizing American interests, have complicated Washingtons agenda. Photo: AP

Updated Nov. 19, 2017 6:22 p.m. ET

A month before President Donald Trumps visit to Beijing, Chinese officials presented an offer they thought Washington couldnt refuse.

China proposed that during the trip, Mr. Trump and his counterpart, Xi Jinping, unveil a plan to widen foreign firms access to Chinas vast financial industry, according to people with knowledge of the matter. It was a move previous U.S. administrations had sought for years.

To Beijings consternation, according to the people, Washington wasnt interested. The offer was made a second time during one of Mr. Trumps meetings at the Great Hall of the People. Hours after Air Force One took off from Beijing, China announced the opening on its own.

The cold shoulder from the White House reflects a fundamental shift in how the U.S. manages its relationship with China, one that suggests a bold gamble and a rocky road ahead despite the bonhomie of the presidential summit earlier this month in Beijing.

The financial opening initially attracted wide attention from market participants, and Beijing called it evidence of its commitment to market liberalization. U.S. reaction has been tepid. A White House spokeswoman on Friday called it welcome but long overdue and said: It is also only one of a plethora of problems China needs to address in order to provide fair and reciprocal access to its market.

The Trump administration, which recently completed a comprehensive review of China policy, is rejecting the longstanding practice of eking out concessions from Beijing on trade and market access around high-level meetings.

To Mr. Trump and his aides, that approach has yielded few substantive benefits but allowed China to continue policies that put American busine...

23:20

I'm Getting Scalded Here "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

I wish there were any hope that I might wake up one morning and discover that Stupid has been vanquished from the Earth.

Some, such as Julia Cooper, 75, a semiretired nurse from Montgomery, said they were continuing to support [Roy] Moore because of the spiritual battle he was waging. She said that when she was a high school student in Camden, Ala., a man in his 20s or 30s came to her house to date her but she resisted his requests. Even at the age of 14, you could have walked away, she said of the accusers. If you want to get out, you can get out.

I know that that fine morning will never come, but the Stupid doesn't have to be this prevalent and pronounced and politically ascendant.

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Casual Observation "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

One more reason to hate the Cowboys. As if you needed one.

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23:17

Twenty Years after Castoriadis, one Hundred Years after the October Revolution "IndyWatch Feed World"

Source: Le Monde Diplomatique.

Editors note: this text has been published in cooperation with the web journal dVersia / d, where it first appeared. The text is also available in Bulgarian.

Two consecutive events in Sofia at the end of September 2017 one on the 27th at Sofia University and another one on the 29th at Fabrika Autonomia gathered radical activists, scholars and others involved with social and political issues, to commemorate the heritage left by Cornelius Castoriadis on the twentieth year after his passing. The way we as dVERSIA saw it, the discussions sought to provoke deeper reflection regarding the complex nature of imagination as a force in history and of history-based praxis in the light of the struggles of today.

The following interview with Nicos Ioannou (political journalist) and Alexandros Schismenos (philosopher, PhD) activists and scholars of Castoriadis is meant to provide further food for thought. Our belief is that in Bulgaria (but also throughout the whole of the post-communist world, if not further beyond) theres an urgent need for critical reflection of the past which simultaneously keeps the idea of the political and the urge for social transformation. This is where radical political theory gets in, becoming a challenge of utmost importance. And this is where these two temporal occasions the 20th anniversary of Castoriadis passing and the centenary of the October revolution come to aid our efforts in their own significances, clashes and interpellations.

Ivaylo Dinev and Stanislav Dodov

Looking at the political context, what is the importance of Castoriadis work and what can we learn from him for todays struggles? And what is your take on todays big trends in social imaginary judging by what social movements are achieving?

Nicos Ioannou: Castoriadis teaches us how to interpret the activity of the social imaginary. In order to imagine, to achieve radical social transformation, we need to speak about the fundamental, basic elements of every society. And...

23:16

Insulin, not cholesterol, is the true culprit in heart disease "IndyWatch Feed World"

About 80 percent of the cholesterol in your body is made internally, primarily by your liver. The remaining 20 percent comes from your diet. If you consume less, your body will compensate by making more, and vice versa.By themselves, total cholesterol and LDL are virtually useless predictors for cardiovascular disease. However, elevated LDL may be a good marker for insulin resistance.Evidence suggests high total cholesterol and even high LDL are insignificant when trying to determine your heart disease risk. Your best predictor is your insulin sensitivity The video above, "The Fat Emperor: Insulin Versus Cholesterol," features Ivor Cummins, a biochemical engineer with a background in medical device engineering and leading teams in complex problem solving. In 2013, Cummins ran into health problems. His serum ferritin was very high (which is a potent risk factor for heart disease), as were his liver enzymes. After consulting with three different doctors, he realized none of them really understood the root cause of these problems, or how to address them. As a result, he delved into the medical literature, found the problem and reversed his abnormal test results. He also dropped 35 pounds in the process.

23:16

Onde o racismo se esconde "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Por muito tempo no conseguia enxergar quando estava diante de um ato racista. At porque uma neblina me impedia de ver que era de fato negra. Mesmo sabendo que branca no era uma confuso bem comum no Brasil do colorismo. Mas aprendi que no s quando algum delimita o que ou no coisa de preto que o racismo acontece.

Tomei alguns bons baldes de gua fria no meio do meu processo de entendimento como mulher negra. Com eles, veio a percepo de que o racismo sempre esteve presente na minha vida: em casa, na escola, na aula de dana ou entre amigos. Ele sempre esteve l.

Ele to enraizado na estrutura da sociedade que muita gente no se d conta de suas atitudes racistas. E muitos, assim como eu, no percebem quando esto sendo vtimas. Mesmo os mais progressistas reproduzem esteretipos e contribuem para a perpetuao do racismo, at em brincadeiras e elogios.

Demorei para entender que ter tido a sorte de no ter nascido com o cabelo ruim do meu pai no era uma vantagem. Ou que ser elogiada pela minha beleza extica de morena cor de jambo no era nenhuma honra. Ou, ainda, que ter um quadril de boa parideira no era sorte alguma. Alis, nada disso impediu que eu no fosse convidada para aquela festinha da escola particular de alunos brancos em que eu era bolsista, de ser vigiada pelo segurana quando entro em uma loja, ou de no ser atendida em um restaurante (sim, aconteceu).

As situaes esto sempre acontecendo e se repetindo. E sim, s porque sou preta. Neste ano, no perodo de uma semana, me vi em trs situaes onde o racismo se apresentou de forma sutil, pronto para passar despercebido, mas ele estava l. Fiquei remoendo o sentimento de desdm e analisando o porqu de cada coisa.

No hospital

Meu falecido av branco, que carinhosamente me chamava de preto para a loucura de vov que sempre o lembrava que na verdade eu era moreninha -, precisou ser hospitalizado. Ele teve de passar por um determinado procedimento em que precisava de acompanhante. Eu, por j ter trabalhado na rea da sade e em emergncia, me ofereci. Entrei na sala empurrando a cadeira de rodas e meus tios brancos ficaram aguardando no corredor. No meio do atendimento me perguntam se fazia tempo que eu era cuidadora dele, pois pela afinidade ele parecia gostar bastante de mim.

Respondi que eu era neta. O enfermeiro pediu desculpas envergonhado.

Na loja

Estava em uma loja na Zona Sul carioca dando aquela olhadinha quando uma senhora meio rspida me questiona sobre um produto. Fui confundida com uma das funcionrias. Um clssico. No, minha roupa no se parecia com o uniforme da loja. No, eu no lembrava nenhuma das funcionrias d...

23:15

Minor damages after earthquakes 6.2 and 5.8 hit Ecuador coast "IndyWatch Feed World"

Emergency service cameras caught the moment when the earthquakes hit the Ecuadorean coastal towns. Two earthquakes shook the coastal area of Ecuador on Friday, leaving several structures damaged. A first 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit the city of Guayaquil at 8:40 a.m. local time and was felt strongly in other provinces. It was recorded to have a depth of 47.11 kilometers. The earthquake occurred 20 minutes before a simulation exercise was planned in that city to prepare citizens on how to deal with these types of emergencies. On the same day, at 11:23 p.m. local time, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit the city of Balao in the same province, Guayas. The quake was closer to the surface, with 8.4 km of depth. No deaths have been reported.

23:11

EXCLUSIVE: British aid workers in Syria stripped of citizenship "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Aid workers say they have been stranded in Syria after being deemed by home secretary to 'present a risk to national security of United Kingdom'

23:07

The transgender zealots are trying to destroy truth itself "IndyWatch Feed World"

Most of these politically correct fads are just designed to wind us up and provoke us. For example, I now regret having wasted so much time trying to argue rationally about same-sex marriage. All the sexual revolutionaries wanted was an excuse to call me a bigot. They could then ignore everything I said, or tell lies about me, or both. It was a tiny issue. In 2014, for example, in England and Wales, there were 247,372 heterosexual weddings, and 4,850 same-sex marriages. Already there are several hundred same-sex divorces each year. Once the novelty has worn off, I suspect the numbers of same-sex unions will decrease, just as heterosexual ones are doing. The point - that the old ways are dead and gone - will have been made, and the campaigners will move on to something else. I once thought the same about the transgender issue. But the idea that people are whatever sex they think they are is a terrifying weapon in the hands of modern Thought Police. Whatever you say, you cannot possibly be right about this.

23:06

Discovery of a critical password stealing banking Trojan "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Security researchers at Bitdefender have discovered a critical password stealing banking Trojan. This banking Trojan is believed to be based on the famous Trojan Zeus. The discovered Trojan has been termed as Terdot by the researchers. This Trojan has the ability to use visited web pages data with HTML code to carry out MitM (man-in-the-middle)

The post Discovery of a critical password stealing banking Trojan appeared first on Hacker News Bulletin | Find the Latest Hackers News.

23:06

Kenya Supreme Court upholds re-election of Uhuru Kenyatta "IndyWatch Feed World"

Kenya's Supreme Court has unanimously dismissed the petitions challenging the validity of the 26 October presidential election.

23:04

Australia, New Zealand officials discuss screening for Manus refugees "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Charlotte Greenfield

23:02

How Asian nomadic herders built new Bronze Age cultures "IndyWatch Feed World"

In wagons and on horses, Yamnaya pastoralists left their genetic mark from Ireland to China Nomadic herders living on western Asia's hilly grasslands made a couple of big moves east and west around 5,000 years ago. These were not typical, back-and-forth treks from one seasonal grazing spot to another. These people blazed new trails. A technological revolution had transformed travel for ancient herders around that time. Of course they couldn't make online hotel reservations. Trip planners would have searched in vain for a Steppe Depot stocked with essential tools and supplies. The closest thing to a traveler's pit stop was a mountain stream and a decent grazing spot for cattle. Yet, unlike anyone before, these hardy people had the means to move - wheels, wagons and horses. Here's how the journeys may have played out: At a time when rainfall dwindled and grasslands in western Asia turned brown, oxen-pulled wagons loaded with personal belongings rolled west, following greener pastures into central and northern Europe. Other carts rumbled east as far as Siberia's Altai Mountains, where Russia, China, Mongolia and Kazakhstan meet today. Families of men, women and children may have piled on board. Or travelers may have been mostly men, who married women from farming villages along the way. Cattle, sheep and goats undoubtedly trailed along with whoever made these trips, under the watchful guidance of horse riders. Wagons served as mobile homes while on the move and during periodic stops to let animals graze. These journeys, by people now known as the Yamnaya, transformed human genes and cultures across a huge swath of Europe and Asia. Yamnaya people left their mark from Ireland to China's western border, across roughly 4,000 kilometers.

23:00

Its time to stop feeling sorry for the Chancellor theres no excuse for a do nothing Budget "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Its all the rage to feel sorry for Britains Chancellor of the Exchequer. Philip Hammond is an unlucky man were told, having to prepare a Budget against a backdrop of a weaker economy, worse public finances and pressure to relaunch a government thats had a tough Autumn.

Those pressures are real, and no-ones doubting that preparing a Budget amongst them isnt hard work. But for both Philip Hammonds, and our national, interest its time we put the pity aside. Not least because the sense that everything is very difficult risks turning into a fatalism that nothing can be done which is a very long way from the truth. There is no excuse for a do nothing Budget.

The reality is that in many ways, far from being unlucky, Philip Hammond is a very lucky man as he prepares for the Budget. For a start there is the absolute, but too rarely stated, privilege to serve your country as Chancellor of the Exchequer. It is a great gig, steering your party and your country through the big economic questions of your time, and doing so with an institutional clout from the Treasury that many finance ministers around the world only dream of. And you get all that without the sheer brutal exposure that being Prime Minister entails. If you cant do something useful with that privileged position you probably shouldnt be in politics in the first place.

And while it may not feel that way to Chancellors at the time, they are also very lucky to have the institution of the Budget. In an era when the decline of deference and the pace of politics means that many politicians feel, often rightly, that they lack the agency to bring real change the Budget is an unparalleled opportunity to build much needed momentum. Far beyond the Treasury, much of Whitehall runs to the rhythm of Budget planning and then roll-out. Even more importantly institutions that the government does not directly control, from housing associations to charities, local government to our biggest firms, pore over the detail of a Budget for signs of where the government is taking the country and for a sense of their own place in it. On Budget day the Chancellor is handed a megaphone Philip Hammond just needs to make sure hes got something to say.

When it comes to the daunting task of constructing a Budget there are also reasons for the Chancellor to consider himself lucky. Politics is about knowing what change is needed and building a consensus for it. Both are hard, but they are much easier when there are problems that become so acute that addressing them becomes that rare thing something of a national consensus. You wouldnt want to say Gordon Brown was lucky to be Prime Minister when banks started going bust, but the need to respond to that crisis gave his premiership a sense of purpose and its greatest hour.

For all the divisions over Brexit, there are now the outlines of just...

23:00

Air Force Col. buys 24 billboards to expose cops who murdered his son "IndyWatch Feed World"

Thirteen years have passed since one man's son was fatally shot by police officers, and he cannot rest until his family sees the men who shot and killed his son brought to justice. Unsatisfied with the turn-around investigation which, predictably, exonerated all of the officers involved, Michael Bell Sr. has now leased 24 billboards in and around Kenosha, Wisconsin, calling for an investigation into his son's death to be reopened. Lt. Col. Michael Bell (USAF, Ret.) lost his son, also named Michael Bell, 13 years ago. After a night of drinking, Bell was reportedly the soberest of his friends and drove his friend's SUV home early on the morning of Nov. 9, 2004.

23:00

The Daily Hell of Life in the Soviet Bloc "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

By: James Bovard
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This month is the 100th anniversary of the Communist Partys seizure of power in Petrograd, Russia. British Guardian columnist Paul Mason recent declared that the Soviet revolution provided a beacon to the rest of humanity, no matter how short lived. The New York Times has exalted the Soviet takeover in a series of articles on the Red Century even asserting that women had better sex under communism (based largely on a single dubious orgasm count comparison of East and West German women.)

Professor Hunt Tooleys November 1 Mises article on The Bolshevik Great Experiment: 100 Years Later vividly captured the stunning death tolls communism produced in Russia and elsewhere. Stalin reputedly said that one death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic.

Communisms mortality toll does not capture its full horror the daily degradation that its victims suffered. In the mid-1980s, there were plenty of Soviet apologists writing in the western media. Practically any Soviet Bloc reform was touted as the turning of the corner to sustained economic progress. I was mystified why people living in freedom would idealize a system of state slavery.

In 1986 and 1987, I slipped behind the Iron Curtain a half dozen times to study economic perversity and political slavery, writing articles for The New York Times, Wall Street Journal Europe, Freeman, Journal of Economic Growth, and other publications. My final trip - in November 1987 began in Budapest, Hungary, before heading on to the most repressive regime in Europe.

The train from Budapest to Bucharest, Romania was called the Orient Express. The original 1880s Orient Express connected Paris to Constantinople. The menu on the trains first run included oysters, soup with Italian pasta, turbot with green sauce, chicken la chasseur, fillet of beef with chteau potatoes, chaud-froid of Game animals, chocolate pudding, and a buffet of desserts. In the communist rendition of the Orient Express, there was no food on the train in Romania, though a few morsels may have been available in Hungary.

I had a cabin to myself as the train rolled southeast from Budapest. I had been told that if border guards found a map of Romania or any other dubious papers, I would be arrested or denied entry. Late at night, nearing the Romanian border, I studied documents one more time, drilling into my head the things that I should be looking for, and then tore them up and threw them out the train window, piece...

Simple Jig Gives Plastic Homes to Orphaned Projects "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Look around your bench and chances are pretty good that theres a PCB or scrap of perfboard or even a breadboard sitting there, wires and LEDs sprouting off it, doing something useful and interesting. Taking it to the next level with a snazzy enclosure just seems too hard sometimes, especially if you dont have access to a 3D printer or laser cutter. But whipping up plastic enclosures can be quick and easy with this simple acrylic bending outfit.

At its heart [Derek]s bending rig is not much different from any of the many hot-wire foam cutters weve featured. A nichrome wire with a tensioning spring is stretched across a slot in a flat work surface. The slot contains an aluminum channel to reflect the heat from the wire upward and to protect the MDF bed; we wonder if perhaps an angle section set in a V-groove might not be more effective, and whether more vertical adjustment range would provide the wider heating area needed for wider radius bends. It works great as is, though, and [Derek] took the time to build a simple timer to control the heating element, for which of course he promptly built a nice looking enclosure.

We can imagine the possibilities here are endless, especially if you use colored acrylic or Lexan and add in some solvent welding. Weve covered acrylic enclosure techniques before; heres a post that covers the basics.


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22:57

Peter Dale Scott on Enlightenment Values in the Age of Trump "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

On a panel at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, Peter Dale Scott expressed concern about the decay of the US commitment to global peace and collective security, as shown in the recent expansion of unilateral lethal US strikes against terrorists, sometimes with no legal authority. But he also voiced words of encouragement for those troubled by this, recalling the successes of the Civil Rights Movement and the people who later helped end the Vietnam War.

Peter Dale Scott is a former Canadian diplomat, Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley, co-founder of the Peace and Conflict Studies program at Berkeley, poet, and 2002 recipient of the Lannan Poetry Award.


I want to thank the Commonwealth Club and George Hammond for devising this most timely conversation. America has indeed veered from Enlightenment when our president denies global warming and rejects international cooperation to address it. But I do not believe that such militant anti-scientism can prevail.1

I am much more concerned for those enlightenment values enunciated by Immanuel Kant, in his essay Perpetual Peace: A Philosophical Sketch. Kants visionary ambition the end of all hostilities contained important instrumental ideas. One was: Standing armies shall in time be totally abolished. Another: No state shall by force interfere with the constitution or government of another state.2

America honored the first principle for only a few years, but it honored the second as recently as that great American-inspired achievement, the 1945 UN Charter. Charter Article 2(4), to which the US is treaty-bound, requires states to refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force. For 60 years Americas observance of this rule has eroded; until under Trump it is virtually ignored.3 But Americas global unilateralism cannot be blamed on Trump; its roots are very deep and very old.4

The American Constitution marks the first major political implementation of Enlightenment values: an outstanding and enduring achievement. Of necessity, it was also very imperfect, doing much for liberty, but nothing to end slavery.5 This contradiction led to the Civil War and emancipation. These divisions, still with us, underlie much of our intemperate public discourse. The slow processes of emancipation and adjustment are still unfinished.

As a non-violent radical conservative, I am ambivalent about Lincolns Civil War. Slavery was an infamy that had to go. But the war accelerated America on a long process, still wit...

22:55

Argentine Navy Diesel Sub Disappears; NASA Plane Joins in Search "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

The US Navy and NASA have joined the search for an Argentine Armada (navy) diesel-electric attack submarinethe ARA San Juan (S-42)and its crew of 44 sailors missing in the Southern Argentine Sea. The last contact with the TR-1700 class sub, built in 1983 by the German shipbuilder Thyssen Nordseewerke, was on November 15.

NASA has dispatched a modified P-3 Orion patrol planepreviously used by the Navy for submarine huntingto aid in the search. The P-3 is equipped with a magnetic anomaly detector (or magnetometer), a gravimeter for detecting small fluctuations in the Earth's gravity, infrared cameras, and other sensors for measuring ice thickness. With that array, the P-3 may be able to detect the submerged submarine.

[...] The NASA P-3 joins three Argentine Armada ships in the searchthe destroyer ARA Sarand (D-13) and two corvettes, ARA Rosales (P-42) and ARA Drummond (P-31). Reuters reports that Argentine naval spokesman Enrique Balbi told reporters today, "We are investigating the reasons for the lack of communication [with the submarine]. If there was a communication problem, the boat would have to come to the surface." The submarine was traveling from Ushuaia to Mar del Plata, and it was expected to stay on course regardless of communications. The lack of any sighting or contact led to a request for assistance from NASA.

Source: https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/11/nasa-icebridge-flying-lab-aids-in-search-for-missing-argentine-navy-sub/

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22:51

A Partisanship Of The Heart: Interior Measures Towards A Re-Visioning Of Capitalisms Imperium Of Death "IndyWatch Feed War"

According to a nationwide study conducted by the Center For Disease And Prevention (CDC) a greater number of US Americans died (approximately 65,000) from drug overdoses last year than were killed during the course of the Vietnam War.

All part and parcel of capitalisms war against life itself. The emotional and physical pain, anxiety, and depression inflicted by the trauma inherent to a system sustained by perpetual exploitation has proven to be too much for a sizeable number of human beings to endure, thus their need to self-medicate.

The root of addiction is trauma. The soul of the nation is a casualty of war. There is not an Arlington Cemetery for these fallen, no hagiographic ceremonies will be performed over their graves nor statues erected in memoriam. Their ghosts will howl through the long, dark night of national denial. Listen to their wailing. It is an imprecatory prayer. A curse and augurythat admonishes, our fate and the fate of the nation will convergeas the nation will stagger, keening in lament, to the abyss.

The solution: Within each of us swells a deathless song. Powerful. Resonate. Piercing. A song, miraculous of influence, plangent with the force to seize back your soul from the death-besotted spirit of the age. Let it rise from within you. Notice: how flocks of empires death birds scatter like ashes in the wind.

Yet it will not be possible to navigate around the cultural deathscape; we must walk through it and chronicle its serial affronts to our humanity:

You have to see that the buildings are anorexic, you have to see that the language is schizogenic, that normalcy is manic, and medicine and business are paranoid.

 James Hillman

Try this: Simply stand in the isle of a corporate, Big Box chain store or in the parking lot of a strip mall that squats, hideous, on some soul-defying, U.S. Interstate highway and allow yourself to feel the emptiness and desperation extant. The tormented landscape, besieged by an ad hoc assemblage of late capitalist structures, emporiums of usurped longing, reflects the desperate, rapacious nature of late capitalist imperium.

Compounding the pathos, the forces in play impose a colonising effect upon the mind; therefore, a large percent of the afflicted have lost the ability to detect the hyper-entropic systems ravaging effects. Stranded among the commercial come-ons and hyper-authoritarianism inherent to late stage capitalisms imperium of death, the human psyche, like the biosphere of our planet, subjected, at present, to humankind-wrought ecocide, has begun to display the terrible beauty of a nightmare. Internal weath...

22:46

France to take refugees rescued from Libya who need protection "IndyWatch Feed War"

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France will be the first to welcome African refugees evacuated from Libya to Niger by the United Nations refugee agency, French officials announced Monday.

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After experiencing appalling living conditions at camps in the north African country, the refugees were taken to Niger on November 11 by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), where they have been looked after.

The 25 Eritreans, Ethiopians and Sudanese including 15 women and four children should reach France at the latest in January, the interior ministry said.

Libya has long been a major transit hub for migrants trying to reach Europe, and many of them have fallen prey to serious abuse at the hands of traffickers and others.

US television network CNN aired footage last week of an apparent live auction where black men are presented to buyers as potential farmhands and sold off for as little as $400 (340 euros).

And the European Unions policy of helping Libyan authorities intercept migrants crossing the Mediterranean and returning them to horrific detention has been branded inhuman by UN human rights chief Zeid Raad Al Hussein.

Pascal Brice, the director general of OFPRA (French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons) told AFP that France will take in the migrants following a visit to Nigers capital Niamey.

He said the migrants who were selected because they need protection will be given refugee status very quickly when they arriv...

22:45

5 Steps To Retiring Rich (Step 4) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

5 Steps To Retiring Rich (Step 4) by Nilus Mattive Daily Reckoning Click Here for Part 1 Click Here for Part 2 Click Here for Part 3 In case youve missed the last several issues, Ive been going over...

The post 5 Steps To Retiring Rich (Step 4) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

22:45

The Corporate Earnings Fiction in Q3 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The Corporate Earnings Fiction in Q3 by Wolf Richter Wolf Street The Biggest Sinners in the Dow. All 30 companies in the Dow Jones Industrial Average have now reported earnings for the third quarter. As required, they reported these...

The post The Corporate Earnings Fiction in Q3 appeared first on The Daily Coin.

22:42

Participants in 2014 Ukrainian coup confess "IndyWatch Feed War"

Participants in 2014 Ukrainian coup confess

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The overthrow of the democratically elected President of Ukraine in February 2014 was one of the most important geostrategic occurrences during the past century, because it led to the breakaway from Ukraine of the two regions Crimea and Donbass that had been the most opposed to the overthrow, and that had voted over 75% for the President who had been overthrown. And those two breakaways from Ukraine were then presented in the U.S.-allied The West as having resulted from Russian aggression, which then became punished, first by economic sanctions against Russia, and then by massive NATO military buildups on Russias borde...

22:39

Peter Sripols Home Built Electric Plane "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

I have a young son whos interested in aviation, so I knew about Peter Sripol from his FliteTest days. Peters segments were always our favorites on FliteTest because his builds were completely over the top. When I saw that Peter was building a real electric plane with R/C grade motors, 3D printed parts and stuff []

22:37

US Power Will Decline Under Trump, Says Futurist Who Predicted Soviet Collapse "IndyWatch Feed War"

US Power Will Decline Under Trump, Says Futurist Who Predicted Soviet Collapse

We talked to Nobel Prize-nominated Johan Galtung, who predicted that someone like Trump would win the US, and that it will trigger a decline in power.

22:37

MSF challenges 'unmerited' Indian decision on pneumonia vaccine "IndyWatch Feed World"

MSF will urge India on Tuesday to remain the pharmacy of the developing world and re-think a decision that solidifies Pfizer monopoly on a critical pneumonia vaccine

22:33

FLASHBACK: Chomsky: Russiagate only serves as a distraction from the actual scandalous happenings in D.C. "IndyWatch Feed World"

World-renowned intellectual giant and respected academic, MIT professor Noam Chomsky recently sat down for an interview called 'A Continuing Conversation with Geographers'. In the interview, he clearly makes his thoughts known regarding the Trump administration's ongoing media driven pseudo-scandal involving Russia, and specifically concerning Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian lawyer. Chomsky, the author of more than 100 books, including "Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media," in which he breaks down how U.S. corporate media has been weaponized as a means of controlling public opinion by propagandizing the American people, didn't mince his words, previously noting: "It's a pretty remarkable fact that - first of all, it is a joke. Half the world is cracking up in laughter. The United States doesn't just interfere in elections. It overthrows governments it doesn't like, institutes military dictatorships." "Simply in the case of Russia alone-it's the least of it-the U.S. government, under Clinton, intervened quite blatantly and openly, then tried to conceal it, to get their man Yeltsin in, in all sorts of ways," said Chomsky. "So, this, as I say, it's considered-it's turning the United States, again, into a laughingstock in the world." "So why are the Democrats focusing on this?" he said. "In fact, why are they focusing so much attention on the one element of Trump's programs which is fairly reasonable, the one ray of light in this gloom: trying to reduce tensions with Russia? That's-the tensions on the Russian border are extremely serious. They could escalate to a major terminal war. Efforts to try to reduce them should be welcomed." "Just a couple of days ago," said Chomsky, "the former U.S. ambassador to Russia, Jack Matlock, came out and said he just can't believe that so much attention is being paid to apparent efforts by the incoming administration to establish connections with Russia." He said, 'Sure, that's just what they ought to be doing.'" Continuing, Chomsky said, "So, you know, yeah, maybe the Russians tried to interfere in the election. That's not a major issue. Maybe the people in the Trump campaign were talking to the Russians. Well, okay, not a major point, certainly less than is being done constantly." "And it is a kind of a paradox," he said, "that the one issue that seems to inflame the Democratic opposition is the one thing that has some justification and reasonable aspects to it."

22:31

FLASHBACK: Volcanoes are erupting all over the place right now. Scientists have figured out why: A minute slowdown in the planet's rotation "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Earth seems to have been smoking a lot recently. Volcanoes are erupting in Iceland, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ecuador and Mexico right now. Others, in the Philippines and Papua New Guinea, erupted recently but seem to have calmed down. Many of these have threatened homes and forced evacuations. But among their spectators, these eruptions raise this question: Is there such a thing as a season for volcanic eruptions? While volcanoes may not have "seasons" as we know them, scientists have started to discern intriguing patterns in their activity. Eruptions caused by a shortened day The four seasons are caused by the Earth's axis of rotation tilting toward and away from the sun. But our planet undergoes another, less well-known change, which affects it in a more subtle way, perhaps even volcanically. Due to factors like the gravitational pull of the sun and moon, the speed at which the Earth rotates constantly changes. Accordingly the length of a day actually varies from year to year. The difference is only in the order of milliseconds. But new research suggests that this seemingly small perturbation could bring about significant changes on our planet - or more accurately, within it.

22:30

Decrypted: The Fake Reviews and Counterfeits "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

This is fascinating, via Bloomberg: Fake Reviews and Counterfeits That Amazon Is Trying to Quash: Now that the holidays are approaching, chances are youll be doing at least some of your gift shopping on Amazon.com. But before you click buy on the first favorably-reviewed item you find, take a minute to learn about how you can

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PLO's Dr. Ashrawi: U.S. is punishing the victim and not the perpetrator in Palestine-Israel conflict "IndyWatch Feed World"

In response to media inquiries concerning the U.S. administration's refusal to extend the waiver of statutory restrictions on the General Delegation of the PLO to the United States in Washington D.C., PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi condemned such a move and said: "Instead of holding Israel liable for its persistent violations of international law and conventions, the U.S. administration and Congress are threatening to punish the Palestinian people because of statements made by President Mahmoud Abbas at the United Nations and other leaders pertaining to ICC accountability for Israel and for its war crimes in Palestine. It is ironic that the U.S. is taking steps to punish the victim (the occupied) and not the perpetrator of the crime (the occupier).

22:25

UK MPs publish campaign group's evidence on Rohingya crisis "IndyWatch Feed World"

As EU and Asian foreign ministers meet in Burmas capital, a UK parliamentary committee has published a campaign group's evidence of EU complicity in the Rohingya Crisis.

22:23

Roy Moore case: Calls for arrest of attorney Gloria Allred over possibly forged signature in accuser's yearbook "IndyWatch Feed World"

Following The Gateway Pundit's viral story on Judge Roy Moore's alleged signature inside accuser Beverly Young Nelson's yearbook, more evidence suggested it was a forgery. On Monday, CNN published photos of the signature showing two different inks. The signature says "To a sweeter more beautiful girl I could not say, 'Merry Christmas.' Love, Roy Moore DA, 12-22-77, Olde Hickory House." Strangely, "To a sweeter more beautiful girl I could not say, 'Merry Christmas.' Love, Roy," is written in black ink, while "Moore DA, 12-22-77, Olde Hickory House," is in blue ink.

22:19

GCC 8 Feature Development Is Over "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Feature development on the GCC 8 compiler is over with it now entering stage three of its development process...

22:18

The Danger of a Post-German Europe "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Whatever government eventually emerges in Germany following the collapse of the talks to form a new coalition probably wont be in a strong position to advance much-needed institutional reform of the European Union. The danger is that the EU will remaining in a holding pattern an outcome that the bloc can ill afford.

22:15

The Cabal Doesnt Care About Law, Agenda Pushed Forward (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The Cabal Doesnt Care About Law, Agenda Pushed Forward Video X22 Report The Senate is pushing to continue the spying on the American public. Mugabe is stepping down as President of Zimbabwe. US officials are meeting in Libya and...

The post The Cabal Doesnt Care About Law, Agenda Pushed Forward (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

22:10

Total Control: The FCC is about to let monopolies decide what local news you see "IndyWatch Feed World"

What would happen if the politician you love to hate were indicted, but your local news didn't report it? No newspaper stories, no TV news, no radio news on the hour, nothing. Couldn't happen? Think again. The Republican-controlled Federal Communications Commission will vote Nov. 16 to allow just one corporation to own the local newspaper plus nearly every commercial TV station in your town. Nifty way to reduce down to just one newsroom then dictate whatever information that corporation does - and does not - want you to know in this democracy. It's exactly what's happened with radio. Back in the day when lots of companies owned 40 radio stations, the broadcast industry made big promises that local information would be much more diverse if they could simply own many more stations. The 1996 Telecommunications Act resulted in a handful of corporations owning thousands of stations - and force feeding conservative programming down our country's throats ever since, no debate, no opposing opinions allowed. The Media Action Center showed during the Scott Walker recall in Wisconsin that "conservative" radio giants there gave millions of dollars in free airtime to the GOP candidate - while refusing to allow a single Democrat on the air at all. GOP operatives there still gloat about radio winning elections for them. After 21 years of this kind of divisive public policy, 60 million people listen to conservative radio, about the same number that voted for Donald Trump.

22:08

"IndyWatch Feed War"

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22:08

VIDEO: African Migrants Being Sold At Libyan Slave Markets For $400 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Source: Anonymous News Slavery has a long history in Africa. Its ugly specter has returned to Libya with the fall of Muammar Gaddafi, another feather in the cap of NATO and its intervention in a []

22:08

Rogue State "IndyWatch Feed World"

How the guardians of nationhood conspire in its destruction.

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 18th November 2017

What is this country we are asked to love? This might once have been an easy question to answer. National identity was built around a range of institutions, considered to represent the national interest. Rebellion against them was characterised as treason. But one by one, these institutions have been subverted from within. Look to the top to see treachery at work.

The most obvious and most trivial example is the way in which the Crown has used investment vehicles based in offshore secrecy regimes to enhance its wealth. The Paradise Papers show that both the Queens investors (the Duchy of Lancaster) and Prince Charless private estate (the Duchy of Cornwall) have been conducting their affairs beyond the view of government. If the Crown mocks its own agencies in this way, why should anyone else respect them? But this, by comparison to other recent revelations, is froth.

Priti Patels engagements in Israel, which culminated in her professed intention to divert British aid money to the Israeli army in the occupied Golan Heights, raised the question of whose national interests she was representing, the United Kingdoms, or Israels? Its a question that could be directed at several British ministers and their departments. The governments of Saudi Arabia and the United States frequently appear to benefit from British decisions that seem more attuned to their interests than to ours. Brexit is likely to exacerbate this tendency.

We were promised that in leaving the European Union we would regain our sovereignty. But in abandoning an association based on equal standing, we expose ourselves to coercion by other nations. Our relationship with the United States, especially under the stewardship of the trade secretary Liam Fox, is likely to look like that of servant and master.

Fox, preposterously, is now the only official member of the UKs board of trade. The new trade bill...

22:02

We are happy to announce Dr. Michele Calos as a speaker for the 2018 Undoing Aging Conference "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Dr. Caloss work has inspired us for over a decade: she has pioneered a radically novel approach to gene therapy that has the potential to overcome all the key obstacles that have held that field back for so long. We are delighted to welcome her to Berlin to discuss the latest advances in this technology.

https://www.undoing-aging.org/news/dr-michele-calos-to-speakaging-2018

22:01

Mad Maxine Waters thinks she inspires people by calling for Trump's impeachment "IndyWatch Feed World"

Thursday on Bloomberg, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), said when she calls for President Donald Trump to be impeached, she "inspires" people. Waters said, "Let me just say this - I have learned over the years that I have been in this business that there are few people who are willing to speak truth to power and to talk about what really is bothering our society and our democracy. It is not thought well of to step outside of that box. When I talk about impeachment, I described what I think about this president. I think he is deplorable. I think he defined himself in the campaign, the way that he mocked and mimicked a disabled journalist, the way he talked about grabbing women by their private parts, the way he called names of his peers. I think that is unacceptable. For people to allow this kind of behavior to be normalized is beyond what I believe our democracy should be all about."

22:00

Merkel may not rule after all: Coalition talks collapse, Germany may hold new elections "IndyWatch Feed World"

The pro-business Free Democratic Party abruptly announced its exit from three-way talks to form the German government on Sunday, citing a lack of common ground. The setback may see Germany hold new elections, challenging Merkel's all but secured chancellorship. The chances for a so-called "Jamaica coalition" of Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU), the Free Democratic Party (FDP) and the Greens have worsened after the FDP slammed the door on exploratory talks late Sunday, with its chairman, Christian Lindner, saying that the party would rather not be in the government than agree with the terms of the proposed coalition accord. "Today there was no progress but rather there were setbacks, while the achieved compromises were questioned," Lindner said, following marathon 12-hour talks.

21:59

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21:56

Now You Can Comment on Every Clarion Post "IndyWatch Feed War"

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21:55

Something to hide? PR firm hired by Mandalay Bay owner MGM Resorts deletes replies to Twitter bots pushing 'crisis actor' conspiracy theories "IndyWatch Feed World"

Why has the PR team hired by Mandalay Bay been pushing bogus conspiracy theories clearly meant to discredit legitimate inquiry into the Las Vegas shooting? In another strange twist to the largest mass-shooting in recent U.S. history, a damning report indicates that the parent company of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, MGM Resorts International, is paying crisis management firm Joele Frank to spread disinformation about the massacre online. According to a bombshell report, published by Thomas Michael on Medium, the crisis management firm is deliberately spreading ridiculous conspiracy theories on social media in an attempt to discredit legitimate inquiry into the bizarre official narrative - and actively trying to muddy the water about events surrounding the mass-shooting. Comment: Not quite. What Michael claims to have found is evidence that an employee of Joele Frank "made replies to" tweets made by others that push the 'crisis actor' nonsense. We can't see this evidence because, Michael says, the relevant replies have since been deleted.

21:55

Understanding Opioid Addiction "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Associated Press

It never really leaves you. Opioids haunt users recovery

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Its hard to say whether businessman Kyle Graves hit rock bottom when he shot himself in the ankle so emergency room doctors would feed his opioid habit or when he broke into a safe to steal his fathers cancer pain medicine.

For straight-talking ex-trucker Jeff McCoy, it was when he grabbed a gun and threatened to blow his brains out if his mother didnt hand over his fentanyl patches.

For newly minted lawyer Bianca Knight, it happened after hitting the street to find drugs when her opioid prescription ran out, as she envisioned her career dreams crumble.

Addiction to powerful painkillers sneaked up on Graves and McCoy and Knight, ordinary Americans who began taking the drugs legitimately for pain, but like millions of others, got caught up in the worst opioid epidemic in U.S. history.

Now theyre fighting the same tough, slippery battle for recovery, owing their lives, they say, to an anti-addiction medicine similar to pills that nearly led to their demise. They credit a Nashville doctor too, an addiction specialist who also works as a Vanderbilt University pain medicine physician sometimes recommending the same drugs to pain patients that brought the others to the brink.

Addiction sneaks up on pain patients in the worst opioid epidemic in U.S. history, and their shared battles for recovery are fraught with ironies, tragedies and sometimes shaky success. Meet three people vowing to beat the odds. (Nov. 20)

The ironies and tragedies of the crisis are not lost on Dr. Dan Lonergan, who faced his own dark abyss years ago in medical school, when his older brother died suddenly of a possible opioid overdose.

Hes heard criticism about doctors who get em hooked on drugs and then turn around and treat em for addiction. And hes seen the finger-pointing from those who think faith and willpower are the answer, who say prescribing opioid drugs to treat addiction is trading one vice for another.

Doctors have contributed to this problem. In the past three decades we have gotten a lot of patients on medications that can be very dangerous, he said. The pharmaceutical industry has contributed significantly to this problem. This is a problem that we all need to own.

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21:55

Kodi-Addon Developer Launches Fundraiser to Fight Copyright Bullies "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Earlier this year, American satellite and broadcast provider Dish Network targeted two well-known players in the third-party Kodi add-on ecosystem.

In a complaint filed in a federal court in Texas, add-on ZemTV and the TVAddons library were accused of copyright infringement. As a result, both are facing up to $150,000 for each offense.

While the case was filed in Texas, neither of the defendants live there, or even in the United States. The owner and operator of TVAddons is Adam Lackman, who resides in Montreal, Canada. ZemTVs developer Shahjahan Durrani is even further away in London, UK.

Over the past few months, Lackman has spoken out in public on several occasions, but little was known about the man behind ZemTV. Today, however, he also decided to open up, asking for support in his legal battle against the Dish Network.

Shahjahan Durrani, Shani for short, doesnt hide the fact that he was the driving force behind the Kodi-addons ZemTV, LiveStreamsPro, and F4MProxy. While the developer has never set foot in Texas, he is willing to defend himself. Problem is, he lacks the funds to do so.

Ive never been to Texas in my life, Im from London, England, Shani explains. Somehow a normal chap like me is expected to defend himself against a billion dollar media giant. I dont have the money to fight this on my own, and hope my friends will help support my fight against the expansion of copyright liability.

Shanis fundraiser went live a few hours ago and the first donations are now starting to come in. He has set a target of $8,500 set for his defense fund so there is still a long way to go.

Speaking with TorrentFreak, Shani explains that he got into Kodi addon development to broaden his coding skills and learn Python. ZemTV was a tool to watch recorded shows from zemtv.com, which he always assumed were perfectly legal, on his Apple TV. Then, he decided to help others to do the same.

The reason why I published the addon was that I saw it as a community helping each other out, and this was my way to give back. I never received any money from anybody and I wanted to keep it pure and free, Shani tells us.

ZemTV was a passive service, simply scraping content from a third party source, he explains. The addon provided an interface but did not host or control any allegedly infringing content directly....

21:54

And The Award For Dumbest Disguise on a Lebanese TV Shows Goes to "IndyWatch Feed World"

Most of the drama shows on local TVs are an insult to our intelligence. Theyre poorly produced and are just there to fill air time. Even when there are decent producers involved, the acting is usually really bad, so bad that you cant help but laugh your ass off at scenes like the one below:

My question is: How stupid could you be to agree to play in a scene like this one? Couldnt they tell the guy wearing the wig to take out the wig and cap? How dumb do they think viewers are? Seriously?

21:54

All hail the real king "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

The Saudi Monarchs 4 November purge threatens the kingdoms longstanding policy on dynastic rule, and paves the way for Salmans abdication of power to his son Mohammed.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Photo by Balkis Press/ABACAPRESS.COM. All rights reserved. Mohammed Ben Salman (MBS), with the acquiescence of Salman, is now in control of the kingdoms three centres of military power, its media narrative and much of the funds of the countrys business elite, and is thus able to wield immense influence.

The simultaneous, but not coincidental, forced resignation of Lebanons Prime Minister, Saad Hariri, formed part of this, and together with the purge, threatens to cause regional ructions. Already we have observed an escalation of Saudi rhetoric towards Iran, and the blocking of Yemens ports. This is especially the case in Lebanon, where this is likely to lead to the collapse of the current government, which took more than two years to form.

Implemented under the auspices of the newly formed anti-corruption committee, headed by MBS, the purge saw eleven princes initially detained (including Abdullahs two sons Mutib and Turki) together with dozens of businessmen including the influential prince and media mogul Walid bin Talal as well as Walid Al-Ibrahim. King Fahds son Abdulaziz, was also reportedly killed trying to evade arrest although it is more likely that he has been banished from the country. Mansour, the son of former Crown Prince Muqrin perished in a helicopter crash close to the Yemeni boarder, reportedly on route to visit local projects in Acir, but whose death is attributed to his attempts to escape capture. In addition, Mohammed bin Nayef, who had previously been placed under house arrest, saw his assets frozen, as well as the assets of thousands of other citizens.

MBS consolidates control

The arrests are part of an MBS pattern of consolidating control over the le...

21:52

Saudi-Israeli Friendship Is Driving the Rest of the Middle East Together "IndyWatch Feed War"

FEDERICO PIERACCINI | 20.11.2017 | WORLD Saudi-Israeli Friendship Is Driving the Rest of the Middle East Together Through its top official, Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS), Saudi Arabia continues a wave of internal arrests, having seized nearly $800 billion in assets and bank accounts. A few days later, MBS attempted to demonstrate his authority by summoning Lebanese []

21:49

Checks on Trumps Court Picks Fall Away "IndyWatch Feed War"

Move to curtail blue slips gives the president, and successors, wide leeway in picks for federal bench

Nov. 20, 2017 5:30 a.m. ET

The Republican head of the Senate Judiciary Committee has curtailed one of the last legislative limits on a presidents power to shape the federal courts, giving Donald Trump more freedom than any U.S. president in modern times to install his judges of choice, legal experts said.

Last week, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) reined in a tradition that empowered senators to block federal appeals-court nominees from their home state. His decision came about four years after Democrats, citing Republican filibusters of President Barack


21:49

Is Anti-Muslim Backlash a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy? "IndyWatch Feed War"

A rally for Muslims and immigrants in ManhattanA rally for Muslims and immigrants in Manhattan (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

By Felix Hafner

Assaults against Muslims in the United States have exceeded attacks in 2001, reaching their highest modern level, according to Pew Research Center. In 2017, there were 127 attacks against Muslims, surpassing the previous peak of 93 in 2001. The data analyzed a spread of FBI hate crimes statistics from 2000 to 2017.

I dont want to minimize the problem as a trend of increasing attacks against Muslims. Such increases in assaults against any group is serious and in need of a response. Anti-Muslim bigotry is never acceptable and must continue to be challenged until it is eradicated.

It is also important to put this increase in its broader context.

One-hundred-twenty-seven assaults a year in a country with a population of close to 400 million is still a strikingly low number, especially given the fact that its not happening out of nowhere but in the context repeated murderous attacks coming out of the group whose members are assaulted.

This is emphatically not to excuse the assaults. It is simply to add that given what we know of...

21:47

The Brazilian paradox "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

The putschist Brazilian administration is not addressing the previous policy shortcomings constructively. Heres the Foreword of Lena Lavinas' new book: The Takeover of Social Policy by Financialization the Brazilian Paradox. Espaol Portugus

Photo: Lula Marques/Agncia PT (Flickr), CC BY 2.0. Some rights reserved.

The Takeover of Social Policy by Financialization the Brazilian Paradox explores three closely related issues, at distinct levels of analysis: first, neoliberalism and financialisation, both as defining features of contemporary capitalism and as drivers of social reproduction. Second, financialisation in Brazil, focusing on the macroeconomic and financial policies implemented by the federal administrations led by the Workers Party (PT, in power between 2003 and 2016). Third, the unique, and uniquely significant, role of social policy in Brazilian financialisation. In doing this, The Brazilian Paradox offers a searing indictment of the social- or neo- developmentalist model associated with Presidents Lus Incio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff.

Neoliberalism is the current phase of global capitalism, and financialisation is the economic core of neoliberalism. In country after country, neoliberalism and financialisation have reorganised the processes of production, exchange, distribution and accumulation of value, and led to the emergence of distinctive modes of social reproduction including specific modes of governance, ideologies, and subjectivities. In this context, the financialisation of daily life has intensified the subjection of households to financial markets and processes almost everywhere.

Financialisation of daily life has intensified the subjection of households to financial markets and processes almost everywhere

These statements are generally correct but they lac...

21:45

British publicist Rob Goldstone who arranged infamous Trump Tower meeting says he exaggerated damaging information about Hillary "IndyWatch Feed World"

The British publicist who set up a meeting between senior Trump campaign figures and a Kremlin-linked Russian lawyer says he exaggerated an email promising damaging information about Hillary Clinton. Rob Goldstone also said he had accepted invitations to meet federal investigators examining allegations of Russian collusion with Donald Trump's election team. In an interview with The Sunday Times, he said he was keen to set the record straight about his role in introducing Mr Trump's son, Donald Jr, and other officials to a lawyer promising to "incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia" with "official documents".

21:45

Want Widespread Prosperity? Radically Lower Costs "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Want Widespread Prosperity? Radically Lower Costs by Charles Hugh Smith Of Two Minds As long as this is business as usual, its impossible to slash costs and boost widespread prosperity. Its easy to go down the wormhole of complexity...

The post Want Widespread Prosperity? Radically Lower Costs appeared first on The Daily Coin.

21:45

President Trump Faces Creeping Coup "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

With economy on the rise and the US not dragged into a costly military conflict, President Trump has a good chance at winning a second term in the 2020 presidential election, sending hostile political operatives and the critical news media into a meltdown.

21:44

WHAT MAKES APGA WIN AND MAY CONTINUE TO WIN IN ANAMBRA "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

If you know Anambra very well, you will understand that no candidate produced by either APC or PDP would have More

21:41

Trump renews call for border wall after patrol officer dies in Texas "IndyWatch Feed World"

Trump renews call for border wall after patrol officer dies in Texas | 19 Nov 2017 | President Trump on Sunday reiterated his calls to build a wall along the country's southern border after a U.S. Border Patrol agent died from injuries he sustained on patrol in Texas. "Border Patrol Officer killed at Southern Border, another badly hurt," Trump tweeted. "We will seek out and bring to justice those responsible. We will, and must, build the Wall!"

21:41

Is Populism a Problem? a story for the World Forum for Democracy 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

If youve ever shared a room with an elephant you know what matters isnt the presence of an unpredictable beast what matters is the fragility of that room.

lead MANILA, Nov. 14, 2017 (Xinhua) -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks at a press conference after the closing ceremony of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit. Rouelle Umali/Press Association. All rights reserved.Fuck you, EU Why are you complaining so much about me threatening the criminals the European Union now has the gall to condemn me. I repeat it, fuck you!

Those are the words of my countrys president, Rodrigo Duterte, whom you may have heard of. Clearly, hes a colorful guy, Barack Obama said, after Mr Duterte called him a son-of-a-whore for criticising human rights violations occurring now in the Philippines.

Shocking, isnt it? I see concern in your faces. How could such a beast come to power, when the Filipinos you know are warm, hard-working, law-abiding? Among such wonderful people, how could a ruler like Duterte be so popular?

Its a long story. Ill start at the end.

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Last year, on the final day of campaigning before our presidential election, I attended the rallies of each of the five candidates. I didnt go to hear the politicians, because they usually make the same promises. No, I went to understand the concerns of the voters to learn the hope behind their vote.

In one rally, voters believed in the patron who provided for their city. At another rally, members of the middle class supported the incumbent party and its promises of economic prosperity. At a third, the disenfranchised had faith in the compassion of a moviestars daughter. At the fourth, students voting for their first time were co...

21:41

Chinas aircraft carrier conundrum: hi-tech launch system for old, heavy fighter jets "IndyWatch Feed War"

PLA Navys J-15s, based on a Soviet design more than 30 years old, are worlds heaviest carrier-based fighters

By Minnie Chan
South China Morning Post

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 19 November, 2017, 9:02pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 19 November, 2017, 9:07pm

21:40

Hariri Does Paris "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Pepe Escobar November 19, 2017 Information Clearing House  Its not that Saad Hariri was itching for a shopping spree at Avenue Montaigne. French MSM is spicing up the steak tartare to oblivion trying to spin a foreign policy victory. Nonsense. The true story starts in Abu Dhabi when Sun King Macron was having dinner []

21:39

LWJGL 3.1.4 Adds Zstd & LZ4 Bindings "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

A new release is available of the Lightweight Java Game Library 3 (LWJGL) that is popular among game developers using the Java programming language...

21:39

US Inventor is a Bucket of Deplorables Not Worthy of Media Coverage "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Paul Morinville sickened

Summary: Jan Wolfe of Reuters treats a fringe group called US Inventor as though its a conservative voice rather than a bunch of patent extremists pretending to be inventors

A VERY short while ago Jan Wolfe, who had been covering PTAB for a while, published this article about so-called conservatives attacking PTAB. We wrote about it yesterday. These are not quite the classical Conservatives but anti-government groups that are also misogynist and racist the uglier face of US politics that aligns with the anti-scientific party (GOP). "US Inventor" (covered here before) is mentioned by Wolfe, who is perhaps easily misled by the name of the group. These are the people who bully Michelle Lee and resort to terms like drain the swamp. They could only get less than a dozen people to gather for an illegal protest on USPTO premises, so why even pay attention to them?

From the article:

Its time for us to make patents great again, Michael Caputo, an advisor to Donald Trumps presidential campaign, told those gathered. US Inventor, the group behind the protest Caputo now represents as a spokesman, is calling for the abolition of the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board, an administrative tribunal run by the patent office that reviews the validity of patents.

The rallying cry marks an about-face for some conservatives, who broadly supported the boards creation in 2011 as a way to rein in trial lawyers and patent trolls, who hold patents for the sole purpose of suing big companies for licensing fees.

Things have really flipped when it comes to the conservative perspective on patents, said Charles Duan, a lawyer with left-leaning consumer group Public Knowledge.

Much of the credit goes to activists who have convinced many conservatives that the real problem is not out-of-control litigation but how the tribunal des...

21:33

Trump-Kushner Multigenerational Family Friend Interrogated In Corruption Case "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A Trump-Kushner multigenerational family friend (also) faces corruption charges and was questioned for the 6th time by Israeli police. His name? Benjamin Netanyahu, Israels Prime Minister. Trump and Netanyahu have both received extraordinary levels of support from casino magnate Sheldon Adelson.

In the final weeks before the 2016 US Presidential election, Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam gave $20 million to support Trump, mostly via an anti-Hillary PAC. They also gave $5 million to his inaugural committee.

Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson founded the newspaper Israel Hayom in 2007 to support Israeli Prime Benjamin Netanyahu, according to the Forward .com article, Donald Trump Gives First Interview as President-Elect to Sheldon Adelsons Israeli Newspaper, by Josh Nathan-Kazis November 11, 2016.

The Haaretz newspaper recently asked: Is Netanyahu the De Facto Edito...

21:33

Saudi Arabia Seeking Support To Deal With Irans Aggression "IndyWatch Feed World"

Saudi Arabia urged fellow Arab League nations to find a solution to deal with Iranian aggression during an emergency foreign ministers meeting in Egypt. The Arab League meeting was held at the request of Saudi [...]

21:31

Fifth site in online tools network: onlineRANDOMtools.com "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

At Browserling we're building a network of online tools websites. Each site in the network focuses on one and only one tool category. Each tool does one and only one thing. The first four websites in the network are Online CSV Tools, which is all about working with Comma Separated Values data, Online JSON Tools, which is all about working with JSON data, Online XML Tools, which is all about working with XML documents, Online STRING Tools, which is all about working with strings.

Now we're releasing the fifth site.

The fifth site in our network is Online Random Tools. Online Random Tools is a collection of simple, free and easy to use randomization utilities. There are no ads, popups or other garbage. Just randomization utilities that work in your browser. Press button and instantly get random data.

Here's a list of all randomization tools so far:

21:31

Soros says Hungarian government lying in attacks against him "IndyWatch Feed War"

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FILE PHOTO: Business magnate George Soros arrives to speak at the Open Russia Club in London, Britain June 20, 2016. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor/File Photo Reuters

By Marton Dunai

BUDAPEST (Reuters) U.S. financier George Soros on Monday denounced a Hungarian government campaign against him as distortions and lies designed to create a false external enemy.

Soros, 86, is a Hungarian-born Jew whose longtime support for liberal and open-border values in eastern Europe have put him at odds with right-wing nationalists, in particular the government of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

Orban, who faces elections in April 2018, last month sent to voters seven statements attributed to Soros that, among other things, called for the European Union to settle a million migrants a year and pay each of them thousands of euros.

The statements contain distortions and outright lies that deliberately mislead Hungarians about George Soross views on migrants and refugees, said a statement issued by Soross Open Society Foundations.

With Hungarys health care and education systems in distress and corruption rife, the current government has sought to create an outside enemy to distract citizens. The government selected George Soros for this purpose, it said.

It said each of the seven statements was a distortion or lie, refuting them one by one. It said Soros proposed admitting an annual 300,000 refugees to the EU only while strengthening European border controls and making migrant relocations within the bloc voluntary, not mandatory as Budapest asserted.

It said Soros proposed no payments to migrants, rather EU subsidies to member states to help them cope with migration.

...

21:30

Top 5 Top Veterans Stories in Todays News Nov. 20, 2017 - Veterans Today "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

We encourage you to browse our list so that you can take what you want and keep what you need.

21:27

Former Alabama mall manager says Roy More was not banned over harassment claims "IndyWatch Feed World"

"But to my knowledge, he was not banned from the mall." The former manager of the mall in Alabama that some claim GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore was banned from dropped a bombshell in a recent interview with a local FOX affiliate station in Birmingham. Barnes Boyle, who managed the Gadsden Mall from 1981 to 1996, told WBRC FOX 6 on Wednesday that Roy Moore was not actually banned from the local mall for approaching teenaged girls. "Sure, it was part of the job," Boyle said. "We did have written reports and things. But to my knowledge, he was not banned from the mall."

Former Alabama mall manager says Roy Moore was not banned over harassment claims "IndyWatch Feed World"

"But to my knowledge, he was not banned from the mall." The former manager of the mall in Alabama that some claim GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore was banned from dropped a bombshell in a recent interview with a local FOX affiliate station in Birmingham. Barnes Boyle, who managed the Gadsden Mall from 1981 to 1996, told WBRC FOX 6 on Wednesday that Roy Moore was not actually banned from the local mall for approaching teenaged girls. "Sure, it was part of the job," Boyle said. "We did have written reports and things. But to my knowledge, he was not banned from the mall."

21:25

Video of Indian politician peeing in public goes viral (Hes a water conservation minister) "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP/File | India is notorious for its lack of toilets. Some 70 percent of Indian households do not have them while around 600 million people, nearly half the population, defecate in the open, according to UNICEF

MUMBAI (AFP)  An Indian ruling party politician has been left red-faced after a video of him urinating in public went viral on World Toilet Day, despite government efforts to stop people relieving themselves in the open.Ram Shinde, a minister for water conservation in the western state of Maharashtra, was filmed answering the call of nature in a field by the side of a road Saturday.

The clip spread online the following day. November 19 marks the United Nations official World Toilet Day, which aims to raise awareness about the health risks caused by a lack of lavatories.

Shinde a member of Indias ruling Bharatiya Janata Party defended his actions with an excuse familiar to many, effectively saying: When youve got to go, youve got to go.

I have been travelling continuously for the last one month reviewing the Jalyukta Shivar scheme, he told the Press Trust of India (PTI), referring to drought-prone Maharashtras water conservation programme.

Continuous travelling in high temperatures and dust made me ill. I was suffering from fever and when I couldnt find a toilet while travelling, I had to relieve myself in the open.

India is notorious for its lack of toilets. Some 70 percent of Indian households do not have them while around 600 million people, nearly half the population, defecate in the open, according to UNICEF.

Three years ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged to build toilets for everyone by 2019.

The government has so far helped install more than 50 million lavatories across the country of 1.25 billion people and has been encouraging citizens to break old habits and use them.

Calls by AFP to Shindes mobile phone went unanswered Monday.

PTI and other news outlets said the incident occurred on a stretch of road between the cities of Barshi and Solapur in the south west of Maharashtra, of which Mumbai is the state capital.


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21:24

Why My Daughter Is Getting Hijab Barbie for Christmas "IndyWatch Feed War"

Ibtihaj Muhammad at Glamour Magazine's Women of the Year Awards. (Photo: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)Ibtihaj Muhammad at Glamour Magazines Women of the Year Awards. (Photo: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)

Mattels new hijab Barbie is modeled after Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, who bravely broke stereotypes by wearing a hijab while winning a bronze in the Olympic games in Rio.

New Barbie certainly has a lot of people talking about her.

Maureen Callahan of the New York Post described Hijabi-fencer Barbie as really, really disturbing. Critics railed that it represents the injection of Islamist modesty culture into the American political sphere. The presence of the Islamic headscarf on an icon such as Barbie, the argument goes, normalizes and encourages Islamist misogyny under the guise of cultural acceptance.

It does nothing of the sort. Given the sorts of clothes she normally wears, it is inconceivable that the Barbie has suddenly taken on an Islamic ethos of modesty.

Nor is it, as the San Francisco Chronicle would have it empowering for young girls. Most of the little girls playing with Barbie will have no idea what a hijab is, nor who Ibtihaj Muhammad is. Nor are they looking to Barbie to be a role model.

Childrens play is not pegged to what the manufacturers want. I remember vividly my (rugged, chiseled) G.I. Joe delivering a solid punch to ice-skating Kens soft pathetic jaw, before inviting my sisters (giggling) ice-skating Barbie into Joes...

21:23

Fracking Earthquakes: Government sponsored scientist reveals link and cover up "IndyWatch Feed World"

Hydraulic fracturing is a natural gas extraction method that has become extremely controversial for its environmental impacts. Fracking is the process of drilling down into the earth before a high-pressure water mixture is directed at the rock to release the gas inside. Water, sand, and chemicals are injected into the rock at high pressure, which allows the gas to flow out to the head of the well. Wastewater produced from this process is highly toxic and filled with a variety of chemicals. In many cases, people who live near fracking sites have been able to set fire to the water and air that comes through their pipes. It has also been found to contaminate drinking water. Unfortunately, fracking is still somewhat popular publicly because people know very little about it and it is also popular politically because all of the politicians have a hand in it. Due to an increased prevalence of seismic activity in the vicinity of fracking areas, many activists have pointed that this process may cause earthquakes as well. While environmentalists have been hoping to raise awareness about this problem for years, new testimony from one of the country's top seismologists gives us a glimpse into why the scientific community has been largely silent about this issue.

21:23

A bug in the Android MediaProjection service lets hackers to record audio and screen activity on 77% of all devices "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

A flaw in the Android MediaProjection service could be exploited by an attacker to record audio and screen activity on around 77.5% of all Android devices.

A vulnerability affecting Android smartphones running Lolipop, Marshmallow, and Nougat (Around 77.5% of all Android devices)  could be exploited by an attacker to record audio and screen activity.

The vulnerability resides in the Android MediaProjection service that has the access to both screen contents and record system audio.

Starting with the release of Android Lolipop (5.0), the MediaProjection service is not restricted to users with root access.

To use the MediaProjection service, an application would simply have to request access to this system Service via an Intent. Access to this system Service is granted by displaying a SystemUI pop-up that warns the user that the requesting application would like to capture the users screen. the MWR team wrote in a report.

The researchers explained that an attacker could overlay this SystemUI pop-up which warns the user that the contents of the screen and system audio would be captured, with an arbitrary message to trick the user into granting a malicious application the ability to capture the users screen.

The lack of specific android permissions to use this API makes it difficult check if an application uses the MediaProjection service to record video and audio. The unique access control mechanism available to prevent the abuse of the MediaProjection service s the SystemUI pop-up that could be easily bypassed.

The root cause of this vulnerability is due to the fact that vulnerable Android versions dont implement mechanisms to detect partially obscured SystemUI pop-ups.

An attacker can craft an application to draw an overlay over the SystemUI pop-up which would lead to the elevation of the applications privileges.

Furthermore, the SystemUI pop-up is the only access control mechanism available that prevents the abuse of the MediaProjection service. An attacker could trivially bypass this mechanism by tap-jacking this pop-up using publicly known methods to grant their applications the ability to capture the users screen. added MWR.

This vulnerability would allow an attacker to capture the users screen should the user tap of the SystemUI popup that has been overlayed by the attacker with an arbitrary message. 

Google patched the vulnerability only in Android Oreo Android Oreo (8.0), older versions are still affec...

21:18

Gerry Adams and Robert Mugabe have something in common "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

How ironic that the eras of Mugabe and Adams are drawing to a close at roughly the same time. Both are men of blood. Both remained in office for unhealthily long periods of time, reflecting the essentially undemocratic nature of their political machines and their origins in armed insurgency. It now turns out that neither is departing immediately.

Of course  there are significant differences. Adams will go with the adulation of his followers and  continuing influence. Mugabe led  the majority fraction of a liberation movement which ruthlessly crushed opposition on his own side and is dragging his ageing feet in the teeth of party as well as popular clamour urging him to quit.

Or is there more of a similarity here than appears on the surface? In each case nirvana has not arrived. Irish unity remains a viable vision as much despite Sinn Fein as because of it.  Whether Zimbabwes future is democratic or just another Zanu PF stitch- up remains to be played out.

The most salient difference is the rapt attention paid to  every move over Mugabe in the  British media, while  Adams rather clearer announcement  was virtually ignored.  In the chaotic state of Westminster politics, Ireland north and south feature only as a footnote to Brexit. Zimbabwe is  more interesting as  part of the post-colonial angst, even though British  influence in the country is notably absent.

Sinn Fein now  takes a major step  towards becoming just another Irish minority  leftish party rooted in history and eligible as a coalition partner, like  Clan na Poblacta and  the Workers Party before them. Currently they stand a better chance than Labour of becoming the minority left coalition partner of choice, whatever Fianna Fail may say just now.  A good deal less likely is the realisation of Sinn Feins ambition to force a new polarity between left and right in Irish politics to become the official opposition and ultimately a main party of government.

In years to come, Mugabe will revert to iconic status as a founding father with complications.  Gerry Adams will continue to exemplify toxicity and unique appeal in equal measure. as Ed Moloney explains with his usual force.   He is unlikely to disappear without trace for as long as he lives, however much time he now spends in the trampoline.

His indispensible role in the p...

21:17

Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week on BitTorrent 11/20/17 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

This week we have three newcomers in our chart.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is the most downloaded movie again.

The data for our weekly download chart is estimated by TorrentFreak, and is for informational and educational reference only. All the movies in the list are Web-DL/Webrip/HDRip/BDrip/DVDrip unless stated otherwise.

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This weeks most downloaded movies are:
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Movie Rank Rank last week Movie name IMDb Rating / Trailer
Most downloaded movies via torrents
1 (1) Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets 6.7 / trailer
2 () Logan Lucky 7.2 / trailer
3 () Wind River 7.8 / trailer
4 (2) The Hitmans Bodyguard 7.0 /...

21:17

Bra$il: About Operation rebo Agitations and Anarchic Reflections "IndyWatch Feed War"

brazsil1

Translated by Tormentas de Fogo.

17/11/2017

Operation rebo the earth moves.

Agitations and anarchic reflections the wind blows.

 

At dawn on October 25, 2017 the weather darkened for the anarchists of Porto Alegre. The Civil Police with the so called Operation rebo [Erebus] launched raids and assaults televised by the local media and transmitted by the speakers of the system in maximum volume.

From this police reaction, from the show and media scrape, and from the agitation in the anarchist orbit a thousand and one needs, urgencies, ideas, impulses and feelings have crossed us. From this reflection was born this will to communicate. We point our determination against the enemy and we strengthen our pace with those who live anarchy in its positions and practices.

Our natural tendency to chaos.

We are, we exist and we act beyond the state, the laws and democracy. We seek and spread autonomy, but we know that we cant achieve it through negotiation with power. (1)

Heirs of the...

21:15

How Syrian-Nuke Evidence Was Faked "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

In joining Israel and the White House selling military intervention in Syria, the CIA and international inspectors hid key evidence that would undermine the case, says Gareth Porter in a second part of a two-part series.

21:15

George Soros and Nancy Pelosi headline dark money conference "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

George Soros and Nancy Pelosi headline dark money conference by ALEX CHRISTOFOROU  The Duran Top item on the agendathe resistance to Donald Trump. A secretive three-day conference where globalist liberal plot their next moves in the resistance to Donald Trump, was...

The post George Soros and Nancy Pelosi headline dark money conference appeared first on The Daily Coin.

21:14

SuperTuxKart 0.9.3 Officially Out With New Screen Recorder, In-Game Improvements "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

There was the release candidate back for Halloween while now officially available is SuperTuxKart 0.9.3, the latest installment of the Tux-themed racing game...

21:13

US Carrier Strike Groups Locations Map November 20, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed War"

This is the newst update of the U.S. Carrier Strike Groups Locations Map exclusive series showing the approximate locations of U.S. Carrier Strike Groups on a weekly basis. SouthFront: Analysis & Intelligence tracks locations of U.S. aircraft carriers using the available open-source information. No classified information was used in production of the map.

US Carrier Strike Groups Locations Map November 20, 2017

Click to see the full-size map

Carrier strike group (CSG) is an operational formation of the United States Navy. It is centered on an aircraft carrier and a carrier air wing (CVW) of 65 to 70 aircrafts. Its composed of roughly 7,500 personnel, an aircraft carrier, at least one cruiser, a destroyer squadron of at least two destroyers and/or frigates. A carrier strike group also, on occasion, includes submarines, attached logistics ships and a supply ship. Carrier strike groups comprise a principal element of U.S. power projection over the worlds oceans.

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21:10

Syrians rally in Berlin for familiy reunification "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

While the coalition talks between CDU/CSU, F.D.P. and the Greens took place in the embassy, Syrian and German activists rally outside the embassy to demand familiy reunification. Thousands of family members are waiting in Greece to oversettle to Germany where their relatives have had granted asylum status. The family reunification is one of the most controversial topics during the coalition talks.

21:09

NFL Hell: Kneeling backlash continues in week 11; empty seats plague multiple stadiums "IndyWatch Feed World"

The NFL is still reeling from the kneeling backlash. Week 11 games have empty seats galore at stadiums across the league. The Kansas City Chiefs are playing the New York Giants and there are many empty seats visible. "Wow. I have never seen this many empty seats here before. John Mara must be thrilled. #GiantsPride," tweeted Giants fan Kevin McCleerey.

NFL kneeling backlash continues in week 11: Empty seats plague multiple stadiums "IndyWatch Feed World"

The NFL is still reeling from the kneeling backlash. Week 11 games have empty seats galore at stadiums across the league. The Kansas City Chiefs are playing the New York Giants and there are many empty seats visible. "Wow. I have never seen this many empty seats here before. John Mara must be thrilled. #GiantsPride," tweeted Giants fan Kevin McCleerey.

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