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Friday, 09 November


Early-season Tropical Cyclone "Alcide" forms near Madagascar "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Tropical Cyclone "Alcide" formed November 6, 2018 as the first named storm of the 2018/19 South-West Indian Ocean cyclone season. Over the next 48 hours, this system strengthened into a Category 3 hurricane equivalent. Its formation comes 9 days before the...... Read more

Four of six black rhinos translocated to Chad are now dead "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Two black rhinos have been found dead in Chads Zakouma National Park, adding to the two individuals that died last month after being brought in from South Africa. The most recent deaths were reported by the governments of South Africa and Chad, as well as African Parks, an NGO that helps run protected areas in nine African countries. The dead rhinos were from a group of six individuals reintroduced to Zakouma in May from South Africas Addo National Park, marking the return of black rhinos (Diceros bicornis) to Chad after nearly 50 years of absence. None of the four dead rhinos were poached, African Parks said in a press release. Post-mortem reports and analysis of blood, tissue and fecal samples from the rhinos did not find anything to indicate that infectious disease or plant toxicity may have led to their deaths, either. There was some evidence of exposure to trypanosomes, a parasite thats transmitted to animals and humans by tsetse flies, but this is unlikely to have caused mortality, the statement said. All four dead rhinos had low fat reserves, though. Low fat reserves suggest that maladaptation by the rhinos to their new environment is the likely underlying cause, although tests to be undertaken on brain and spinal fluid may shed additional light on the exact cause of deaths, the statement said. Park officials and veterinarians are keeping a close eye on the two remaining rhinos. They have captured one and placed it in an enclosure, and are in the process

Roads divide opinions along with forests, study finds "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Politicians and planners often sell roads as wholly beneficial to communities. New arteries open up opportunities for employment, connections to markets and access to services such as health care, so the thinking goes. Despite these potential benefits, however, support for new roads isnt universal. Thats a key finding of a recent study of indigenous communities in Malaysia, published Oct. 10 in the journal Human Ecology. Members of the Jahai ethnic group in northern Malaysia. Image by Muhammad Adzha via Wikimedia Commons (CC 2.0). I did not expect such divided opinions, Gopalasamy Reuben Clements, lead author of the study and a conservation scientist who co-founded the research organization Rimba, said in an email. For example, indigenous people living further from the road had much stronger negative opinions of roads, Clements, also an associate professor in biological sciences at Malaysias Sunway University, said. I assumed that most of them would have wanted similar lifestyles of those living nearer to roads! Prior research has documented the environmental dangers that accompany road construction, from fractured wildlife habitats to altered water dynamics. Often, too, the promised social and economic benefits dont materialize the way theyre presented by project proponents. Malayan tiger (Panthera tigris jacksoni) cubs playing. Image by Malcolm via Wikimedia Commons (CC 2.0). Studies in Latin America have shown that roads can dramatically alter the livelihoods of indigenous people once a road is built near them, said Clements, who led the research as a doctoral student at James Cook University in Cairns, Australia. I wanted to

Die Nato hat ja ein fettes Manver gemacht diese Tage, ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Die Nato hat ja ein fettes Manver gemacht diese Tage, um Russland mal so richtig zu zeigen, wo der Hammer hngt.

Russland hat dann ein Gegenmanver gemacht und ein paar Raketen in die Peripherie des Nato-Manvers geschossen, mit Ankndigung versteht sich und nicht um jemanden zu treffen.

Aber ein Schiff der Nato-bung hat ist trotzdem schwer beschdigt, eine norwegische Fregatte:

Die Fregatte KNM Helge Ingstad hatte 137 Mann Besatzung an Bord. Alle konnten gerettet werden. Acht Menschen wurden leicht verletzt. Das Schiff schlug leck und bekam Schlagseite.
Russische Rakete? Feindliches U-Boot? Seeminen? Nein! Die sind mit einem Tankschiff kollidiert!

Hey wir hatten diese Woche noch gar keine Cisco-Hintertren!Keine ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Hey wir hatten diese Woche noch gar keine Cisco-Hintertren!

Keine Sorge.

In der Software von Business Switches steckt ein bislang undokumentierter Account. Diesen knnte ein Angreifer aus der Ferne unter nicht nher ausgefhrten Umstnden aktivieren und sich so ohne Authentifizierung Zugang zu Gerten verschaffen, um Befehle mit Admin-Rechten auszufhren.
Wie kann diese Firma berhaupt noch am Markt vertreten sein? Was mssen die noch machen?

Evicted for a showpiece project, this PNG community fights for justice "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I lost everything, says Joe Moses, recalling the day homes in his community of Paga Hill were demolished. Moses is one of thousands of Papua New Guineans who have lost their homes to make way for new developments as the country prepares to host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, which begins Nov. 17. Plans for the gathering in the capital, Port Moresby, were underway as early as 2011, when the summit was held in Honolulu, Hawaii. The government has since embarked on a building spree to accommodate the world leaders and business executives expected to attend. Throughout Port Moresby, roads have been resurfaced, cathedral-like conference centers have gone up, and endless billboards and flags proclaim the start of the summit. Ordinary citizens, meanwhile, complain about the poor state everywhere else of infrastructure and basic services, including roads, hospitals and schools. The events climax, the APEC Leaders Summit, will take place in a glass conference hall built on reclaimed land right next to Paga Hill. The APEC Haus, photographed in June 2018, which will host world leaders during the APEC summit in November. Construction is said to have cost 120 million kina, around $37 million. Image by Lucy Woods for Mongabay. Given Paga Hills central, seaside and APEC-integral location, development plans for the area, which had previously been proposed and dismissed, accelerated into one of the nations biggest development projects. Moses had just graduated from studying sociology and anthropology at the University of Papua New Guinea at the time, and


Second thoughts on the election Trump had a bad day, Democrats had a good day "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Now that I have had time to reflect on the election and shift my attention away from the high-profile elections, my early lukewarm feelings need to be revised. It looks like Tuesday turned out to be pretty good for Democrats and bad for Donald Trump. If you needed to see that Trump was not happy, one can read the transcript of the press conference that he held on Wednesday where he was even more peevish, mean, and spiteful than he usually is. He even name-checked several Republicans who he claimed lost their congressional races because they did not embrace him (that narcissism and desperate need to be loved surfacing again) while ignoring those who did embrace him but lost anyway.

The big disappointments were that Andrew Gillum and Stacey Abrams did not win the governorships in Florida and Georgia and Beto ORourke did not beat Ted Cruz, and that the Republicans will increase their majority in the Senate by at least two seats. Those were hard to take but we have to remember that these were high-profile races simply because they were long shots in heavily Republican areas. And to balance them, here are ten high-profile Republicans who lost their races. The fact that they came so close had benefits for down ballot races where the increased Democratic voter turnout and enthusiasm led to the Democrats gaining control of the House of Representatives, overcoming the major hurdles of gerrymandering and voter suppression that often requires the Democrats to win by as much as a 10-point margin just to break even in the number of seats. In the Northeast, Republicans were almost wiped out, with just one, possibly two, Republicans winning in New Jersey, and three Republican seats flipping in New York.

Here are the races that have still not been decided as of this Thursday morning consisting of 12 House seats, 3 Senate seats, and one governorship.

This is a major development. That Democratic voter enthusiasm also led to major gains in state legislatures and governorships and in various ballot measures and that is important for future elections. There was also a big jump in the number of young people who voted. (Ohio however remains a Republican state with all but one statewide office remaining in Republican hands, thou...


Colorado DOT selling questionable portable breathalyzers to first time DUI offenders "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

According to an article in the Colorado Sun, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has sold or given away 3,000 portable breathalyzers to first-time DUI offenders.

Why has the CDOT invested close to one million dollars in a portable breathalyzers?

The CDOT's relationship with BACtrack under the guise of reducing impaired driving is extremely suspicious.

CDOT spokesman Sam Cole said, "were trying to change the social norm around drinking and driving in this country by giving people a device that allows them to make smarter and better informed decisions.

But does partnering with a private company that sells portable breathalyzers really allow people to make "smarter and more informed decisions"?

Last year, I warned everyone about an inaccurate million dollar portable breathalyzer, that the FTC called "deceptive and dangerous." The AO1 Smartphone Breathalyzer or Breathometer was so inaccurate the FTC banned them from making breathalyzers or breathometer apps until they can be supported by rigorous testing.

How accurate is BACtrack?

The answer is complicated,  the Food and Drug Administration's review of BACtrack warns:

"This device was not tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The sponsor performed their own testing and collected performance data using the NHTSA requirements for precision and accuracy as a guide."

Did you catch that? BACtrack performed their own tests to verify its accuracy.

BACtrack also claims their portable breathalyzers have unparalleled accuracy and that's pretty much it.  BACtrack's claim of being the most accurate in independent portable breathalyzers brings you to a mass media love story featuring fluff news articles praising BACtrack.

BACtrack's owners have to pay $24.99 for a...


Dead Brothel Owner Still Wins Nevada Assembly Seat "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

America Voted. The Climate Lost. (Kirsty)

From the New Republic: Fossil fuel companies spent record amounts to oppose pro-climate ballot initiatives, and it paid off.

Mike Bloomberg and Tom Steyer Become Kingmakers for Democrats as Both Billionaires Mull a 2020 Run (Jimmy)

The author writes, Those close to Bloomberg said the odds of him running going into the midterms was at 50 percent. But they noted that if the Democrats regained the House, it could give the former New York City mayor the confidence he needs to commit to running in a Democratic primary for president.

In Superstar Cities, the Rich Get Richer, and They Get Amazon (Reader Luke)

The author writes, In the end, even Amazon has behaved according to this rule: In the modern tech economy, cities that already have wealth, opportunity, highly educated workers and high salaries will just keep attracting more of them.

Chris Hedges on Elections, Christian Fascists, and the Rot Within the American System (Jimmy)

When asked by the Intercepts Jeremy Scahill if there is a difference between Republicans and Democrats in the Trump era, journalist Chris Hedges responds, Well, of course theres a difference. Its how you want corporate fascism delivered to you.

The post Dead Brothel Owner Still Wins Nevada Assembly Seat appeared first on WhoWhatWhy.


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Eritrea President's Visit to Ethiopias Amhara Region Confirmed
Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban 
07/11 - 15:57

The Eritrean president, Isaias Afwerki, is due to back in Ethiopia this Friday with a scheduled visit to the Amhara region, Ethiopia state media outlet, FBC, have reported.

It was announced in August this year that Afwerki will visit the region but no details of the date was advanced. He is due to visit the regional capital Bahir Dar and the historic city of Gondar, the report added.

The trip will be Afwerkis third to Ethiopia following the July 8 peace deal with Ethiopia. It was during Prime Minister Abiy Ahmeds historic visit to Asmara that the two nations agreed an end to decades of no peace no war footing.

Afwerki, days after Abiys visit returned the gesture by flying to Addis Ababa his first in two decades.

During the visit, he officiated the reopening of Eritreas embassy in Addis Ababa, held talks with the then president and other government officials before attending a concert in the capital.

He recently returned to Addis Ababa to discuss ways of implementing the peace deal, he joined Abiy to commission a Sugar factory in southern Ethiopia after bilateral talks.

Abiy has also visited Eritrea once since the deal was signed. He stopped by on his return from Beijing where the Forum for China Africa Cooperation, FOCAC, was held in September.

He also joined Afwerki and Somali president Mohammed Abdullahi Farmaajo to sign a trilateral peace agreement for the Horn of Africa neighbours.


Edmond Police Officer, Accused of Running Steroid Ring, Pleads Guilty to Manufacturing, Money Laundering "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

OKLAHOMA CITY A former Edmond police officer facing federal drug trafficking and international money laundering charges in connection to an investigation alleging he ran an illegal steroid trafficking ring

The post Edmond Police Officer, Accused of Running Steroid Ring, Pleads Guilty to Manufacturing, Money Laundering appeared first on Filming Cops.


Midterm elections might be a harbinger of good things to come "IndyWatch Feed War"

Is this election cycle really over?  Do we get even a slight respite to recharge before the 2020 Presidential election campaign begins?  Well, maybe a month or two, before politics starts up again for real in January 2019. According to David Axelrod on CNN Tuesday night, Sen. Barack Obama, in office only two years, convened his brain trust and decided to run for President the day after the 2006 midterms.  To all those who couldnt bear to watch, whose main feeling about the 2018 midterms was anxiety, go out and smell the roses or if you live in Northern climes where roses dont bloom until Spring, take a walk because you dont have much time before it all begins again.

Politics, of course, had become a spectator sport, an entertainment, even before Trump made it over in his image. It had come to rival sports, movies, and television as means by which we amused ourselves. But as we have learned anew these last two years, politics is and has always been a very serious business which, as my father used to say, often determines who lives and who dies, who gets rich and stays poor, who lives with human rights and dignity and who lives under the yoke of oppression.

This was an election cycle in which few words were heard about Palestinians or Palestinian rights, other than in a few Congressional districts in which Muslim women were elected, including Rashida Tlaib in Michigan, the first Palestinian-American woman ever elected to Congress, and one in which Mexican-Palestinian-American Ammar Campa-Najjar went down to defeat. It was an election in which liberal Democrats again stayed silent, or worse.  

Sen. Corey Booker (D-N.J) is just one prominent example.  He wasnt running for reelection but seems about to toss his hat into the ring for the Democratic Presidential nomination.  Having posed with Palestinian advocates with a big smile on his face and a sign saying, FROM PALESTINE TO MEXICO, ALL THE WALLS HAVE GOT TO GO at the New Orleans NetRoots Nation conference in August 2018 , this progressive said the next day he didnt realize the sign had anything to do with Israel, and then, for good measure, later came out in favor of th...


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Cameroon Kidnap: Joy as Freed Students Returned to Parents
7 November 2018
BBC World Service

Students kidnapped from a boarding school in Cameroon's restive North-West region have been reunited with their parents amid joyful scenes.

The 78 boys and girls and three others were seized early on Monday in the region's capital, Bamenda.

A driver was also freed, but the principal and a teacher are still being held.

The government and English-speaking separatists have accused each other of orchestrating the kidnapping.

After being released, the students were taken in army vehicles back to the Presbyterian Secondary School where their parents were waiting.

It was a very emotional scene as they tried to come to terms with what their children had been through, journalist Peter Tah told the BBC.

One of those who had been kidnapped, a 15-year-old girl, told the BBC that she had been treated well by the kidnappers.

Those held captive had been given fruit, food and warm water to wash with, she said.

The North-West and South-West regions are Cameroon's two English-speaking regions
She said she could tell they were separatist rebels, who are demanding an independent state of Ambazonia, by the way they looked and spoke.

But an Anglophone group, the Ambazonia International Policy Commission (AIPC), has denied that the separatists were behind the kidnapping.

The secessionist movement took up arms last year to demand independence for the North-West and South-West regions - the two English-speaking regions in a country where French is the most widely spoken official language.

How were the children freed?

According to the Presbyterian Church of Cameroon, the students were abandoned in one of its buildings in the town of Bafut, about 24km (15 miles) from Bamenda.

"The release was done peacefully... by unidentified gunmen. They were brought into the church premises," Rev Fonki Samuel, Presbyterian Church Moderator in Cameroon, told the BBC Focus on Africa programme.

"The first information we got from them [kidnappers] is their call and they were telling...


Court restrains IGP, CP from proscribing Benue livestock guards "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A Makurdi High Court presided over by Justice Austine Ityonyiman has issued an interim order restraining the Inspector General of Police, and the Benue State Commissioner of Police from dismantling, Prohibiting or closing down the offices of the Benue State Livestock Guards in any part of the State. The Court also restrained the Inspector General []

The post Court restrains IGP, CP from proscribing Benue livestock guards appeared first on Newtelegraph.


New Android API Lets Developers Push Updates Within their Apps "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

You might have read somewhere online today that Google is granting Android app developers powers to forcefully install app updatesbut it is not true. Instead, the tech giant is providing a new feature that will help users to have up-to-date Android apps all the time and yes, it's optional. Along with the launch of a number of new tools and features at its Android Dev Summit 2018, Google has


Facebook Portal Non-Review: Why I Didnt Put Facebooks Camera in My Home "IndyWatch Feed War"

Facebooks new video-calling device works great if you can bring yourself to use it

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Ive had one of Facebook s FB -2.92% new video-calling gadgets, the Portal+, in my home for the last week. And by in my home, I mean, in the basement, in a closet, in a box, in a bag thats in another bag thats covered with old coats.

I just couldnt bring myself to set up Facebooks camera-embedded screen in the privacy of my familys home. Can you blame me when you look at the last 16 months?


Unemployment in Greece falls to 18.9% in August, remains high for youth "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Unemployment in Greece feel below 19 percent to 18.9% in August, supported by strong tourism trends, Greek Statistics Authority ELSTAT said on Thursday.

In comparison, unemployment was at 19.1% in July this year and 20.8%t in August 2017.

The statistics service, in a monthly report, said the number of unemployed people totaled 896,588 in August.

Youth unemployment for workers aged 15-24 fell to 36.8% in August 2018.

he number of unemployed people fell by 95,760 compared with August 2017 (a decline of 9.6 pct) and by 7,886 compared with July 2018 (a decline of 0.8 pct).

The number of employed people was 3,858,189, up 85,997 compared with August (up 2.3 pct) and up 25,249 compared with July 2018 (up 0.7 pct).

The unemployment rate among women fell to 23.7 pct in August from 25.1 pct last year, remaining significantly higher compared with men (15 pct from 17.4 pct, respectively).

The 15-24 age group recorded the highest unemployment rate (36.8 pct from 40.4 pct in 2017), followed by the 25-34 age group (24.2 pct from 26.6 pct), the 35-44 age group (17.1 pct from 18.9 pct), the 45-54 age group (15.8 pct from 16.5 pct), the 55-64 age group (14.8 pct from 17.2 pct) and the 65-74 age group (10.1 pct from 13 pct).

Among the countrys regions, Epirus-Western Macedonia recorded the highest rate (23.5 pct in August from 26.1 pct in August 2017), followed by Attica (19.7 pct from 21.3 pct), Macedonia-Thrace (19.5 pct from 21.5 pct), Peloponese-Western Greece-Ionian Islands (18.8 pct from 21.1 pct), Thessaly-Central Greece (18.6 pct from 19.8 pct), Aegean (17.4 pct from 17.6 pct) and Crete (12.8 pct from 15.9 pct).

Lets see the rates when the tourism season is over.

It is worth noting, however, that the Autumn Report of the European Commission published today forecasts unemployment at 16.9% for 2020.

The post Unemployment in Greece falls to 18.9% in August, remains high for youth appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.


Experts detailed how China Telecom used BGP hijacking to redirect traffic worldwide "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Security researchers revealed in a recent paper that over the past years, China Telecom used BGP hijacking to misdirect Internet traffic through China.

Security researchers Chris C. Demchak and Yuval Shavitt revealed in a recent paper that over the past years, China Telecom has been misdirecting Internet traffic through China.

China Telecom was a brand of the state-owned  China Telecommunications Corporation, but after marketization of the enterprise spin off the brand and operating companies as a separate group.

China Telecom is currently present in North American networks with 10 points-of-presence (PoPs) (eight in the United States and two in Canada), spanning major exchange points.

The two researchers pointed out that the telco company leverages the PoPs to hijack traffic through China, it has happened several times over the past years,

According to the experts, the activity went unnoticeable for a long time, but to better understand how it is possible to hijack the traffic lets reads this excerpt from the paper:

Within the BGP forwarding tables, administrators of each AS announce to their AS neighbors the IP address blocks that their AS owns, whether to be used as a destination or a convenient transit node. states the paper.

Errors can occur given the complexity of configuring BGP, and these possible errors offer covert actors a number of hijack opportunities. If network AS1 mistakenly announces through its BGP that it owns an IP block that actually is owned by network AS2, traffic from a portion of the Internet destined for AS2 will actually be routed to and through AS1. If the erroneous announcement was maliciously arranged, then a BGP hijack has occurred.

On April 8th, 2010 China Telecom hijacked 15% of the Internet traffic for 18 minutes, experts speculate it was a large-scale experiment for controlling the traffic flows.

The incident also affected US government (.gov) and military (.mil) websites.

Many other similar cases were reported by the experts over the years, in December 2017, traffic for Google, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, and other tech giants routed through Russia, also in this case experts speculated it was an intentional BGP Hijacking.

According to the research paper, China Telecom used numerous PoPs to hijack domestic US and crossUS traffic redirecting the flow to China over days, weeks, and months.

The patterns of traffic revealed in traceroute research suggest repetitive IP hijack attacks committed by Ch...


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Stacey Abrams, Brian Kemp and Neo-Jim Crow in Georgia
I saw the election through the eyes of black people who had to deal with Jim Crow, who remembered the euphoria of Barack Obamas wins and who now have to grapple with Neo-Jim Crow.

By Carol Anderson
Dr. Anderson is the author of, most recently, One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy.

Nov. 7, 2018
New York Times

So much has been written about the election for governor in Georgia between the Democrat Stacey Abrams, who would be the first black woman in that role, and Brian Kemp, her Republican opponent, a race that may not be over as they wait for absentee and provisional ballots to be counted.

But it was bracing to see the election through the eyes of black people who had to deal with Jim Crow, who remembered the euphoria of Barack Obamas wins, who witnessed the hatred and obstruction he endured for eight years and who now have to grapple with the rising swamp of Neo-Jim Crow. Mr. Kemp, the man who controls the elections in the state while also vying for governor, has done everything in his power to block African-Americans from casting their ballots.

All of that was clear on Election Day, as I drove people who needed a ride to their polling stations. One of my passengers was 90 and had voted in every election since she was 18. As we pulled away from the polls, she latched onto a memory.

In Georgia, she recalled, officials at a polling station made her read something before she was allowed to vote. Read something, she kept repeating. She was talking about the literacy test, which had reduced black voter registration in some areas in the South to less than 10 percent and which only the legal power of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 had stopped.

But since 2013, when the Supreme Court gutted Section 4 of the act, that power to prevent the use of discriminatory devices has been greatly hobbled. That was evident as my nonagenarian passenger struggled to pull out of her wallet a government-issued photo ID so that the poll workers, who have known her for decades, could allow her to vote.

In addition to voter ID laws, Georgia had implemented a program called exact mat...


The VictimNot the Crazed Cop Who Choked Him at a Waffle HouseHeads to Trial "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

waffle house

The victim of a high-profile police brutality incident that happened outside of a Waffle House is now headed to trialfor being beaten by a cop.

The post The VictimNot the Crazed Cop Who Choked Him at a Waffle HouseHeads to Trial appeared first on The Free Thought Project.


Senator Adeleke is not dead Campaign organisation "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The governorship campaign organisation of Senator Ademola Adeleke has denied reports that the Osun state Peoples Democratic Governorship candidate in the 2018 governorship election, Ademola Adeleke is dead. In a statement signed by the office, it described the report as untrue and handiwork of the senators political opponents. Our attention has been drawn to an []

The post Senator Adeleke is not dead Campaign organisation appeared first on Newtelegraph.


Mystery Math Whiz and Novelist Advance Permutation Problem "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Mystery Math Whiz and Novelist Advance Permutation Problem

A new proof from the Australian science fiction writer Greg Egan and a 2011 proof anonymously posted online are now being hailed as significant advances on a puzzle mathematicians have been studying for at least 25 years.

In less than an hour, an anonymous person offered an answer not a complete solution, but a lower bound on the number of episodes required. The argument, which covered series with any number of episodes, showed that for the 14-episode first season of Haruhi, viewers would have to watch at least 93,884,313,611 episodes to see all possible orderings. "Please look over [the proof] for any loopholes I might have missed," the anonymous poster wrote.

The proof slipped under the radar of the mathematics community for seven years apparently only one professional mathematician spotted it at the time, and he didn't check it carefully. But in a plot twist last month, the Australian science fiction novelist Greg Egan proved a new upper bound on the number of episodes required. Egan's discovery renewed interest in the problem and drew attention to the lower bound posted anonymously in 2011. Both proofs are now being hailed as significant advances on a puzzle mathematicians have been studying for at least 25 years.

Mathematicians quickly verified Egan's upper bound, which, like the lower bound, applies to series of any length. Then Robin Houston, a mathematician at the data visualization firm Kiln, and Jay Pantone of Marquette University in Milwaukee independently verified the work of the anonymous 4chan poster. "It took a lot of work to try to figure out whether or not it was correct," Pantone said, since the key ideas hadn't been expressed particularly clearly.



Bail Set at $100,000 For Suspended Springfield Police Officer in Child Rape Case "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

SPRINGFIELD Bail was set at $100,000 Wednesday for a suspended city police officer accused of child rape. The lawyer for Daniel Cintron asked for his clients bail to be

The post Bail Set at $100,000 For Suspended Springfield Police Officer in Child Rape Case appeared first on Filming Cops.


Pakistan and IMF talk bailout "IndyWatch Feed War"

Dawn report by Mubarak Zeb Khan states that Pakistan and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) formally began two-week talks on Wednesday. The talks will aim to ascertain the size of the funding gap facing Islamabad that must be plugged to avert a balance of payments crisis.

Pakistan and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) formally began two-week talks on Wednesday. (AFP/File)

 The talks will aim to ascertain the size of the funding gap facing Islamabad that must be plugged to avert a balance of payments crisis.

The funding gap to be determined at the end of the talks will become 13th IMF bailout package for Pakistan since the 1980s.

A day before the technical level talks, a statement from Finance Minister Asad Umar set the tone for negotiations in which he claimed that an immediate balance of payments crisis had been overcome with the help of bilateral assistance from China and Saudi Arabia. He did not give a figure.

Pakistan to provide Fund full details of Saudi and Chinese loans

A senior official of the finance ministry said the talks would cover data sharing in the first three days. The policy dialogue, according to the official, will start from Monday onwards.

The available IMF funding quota for Pakistan is approximately $6-6.5 billion. The official said that in some facilities this limit could be exceeded. However, the actual quantum of the package will be finalised by Nov 20.

It is too early to speculate the funding amount now, the official said.

Pakistans last IMF package was negotiated in 2013.

During the meetings, Pakistan will provide details about the Saudi assistance and funding from China and other sources. We will provide them [IMF] full details regarding all external and internal inflows, the official said.

According to the official, the IMF team will then measure the year-wise financing gap facing Pakistans economy, and then judge the size of the balance of payments support the economy needs in the immediate term as well as the medium-term over the next three years at least.

Pakistan requires approximately $12 billion for balance of payments support by the end of June next year, according to the finance minister.

Last month, the government announced a commitment from Saudi Arabia of $3bn in foreign currency support and another loa...


Facebook quadrupling size of international headquarters "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Facebook is planning to quadruple the floor space at its international headquarters in Dublin and double the number of staff it has there as it enters a long-term lease in the country, the company told Reuters on Thursday....


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Thousand Oaks Gunman, 29, Drove Mother's Car to Bar, Silently Opened Fire. Source Identified Him as Ian Long
NOV 08, 2018 | 7:00 AM
Thousand Oaks gunman, 29, drove mother's car to bar, silently opened fire. Source identified him as Ian Long

Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean updates reporters after a gunman killed 12 people at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks. (Sean Greene / Los Angeles Times)

A witness said early Thursday that the gunman in the Thousand Oaks shooting was dressed in black when he entered the Borderline Bar & Grill around 11:20 p.m.

Holden Harrah, 21, was among the hundreds inside listening to music Wednesday night as a part of a college night event.

He said he looked over at the front door and saw the man walk in wearing a black hat, glasses and a black shirt. He had a beard, Harrah said.

He just pulled out a gun and shot my friend that was working the front desk, he said.

The first couple of shots, Harrah said, his voice wavering, hit the girl he knew and immediately everyone dropped to the floor. Harrah said he got access to a side door and ran out.

I heard more gunshots behind me. I was freaking out, he said.

Little is known about the man who caused so much carnage, killing at least 12 people and injuring more. The suspect himself died in the incident, authorities said

Authorities have not disclosed the suspects name, but a law enforcement source told The Times that he was Ian Long, 29 of Newbury Park. He had Glock .45 handgun and some type of smoke device.

He drove his mothers car to the attack and said nothing upon entering the bar, the source said.

The gun was purchased in Ventura County, the source said.

Authorities said the man was heavily tattooed but apparently didnt have identification on him.

Police detectives are trying to determine a motive. We have no idea if theres a terrorism link, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said Thursday.

Police initially learned of the rampage from numerous 911 calls. The first law enforcement personnel arrived o...


Al da ingresan ilegalmente dos mil armas a Mxico provinientes de Estados Unidos "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

Diariamente, cerca de dos mil armas ingresan de manera ilegal al territorio mexicano por la frontera con Estados Unidos, y terminan en manos de la delincuencia organizada, lo que incrementa su poder letal, dijo en la UNAM el comisionado Nacional de Seguridad, Renato Sales.

ste es un factor que ha contribuido al incremento de homicidios con armas de fuego en nuestro pas, que pasaron de tres de cada 10 en 2006, a siete de cada 10 en la actualidad, expuso al participar en el Encuentro Acadmico sobre Prevencin de la Violencia Armada y Delitos Relacionados con Armas de Fuego, en el Instituto de Investigaciones Jurdicas (IIJ).

Estados Unidos cuenta con la mayor cantidad de armas en el mundo, tiene ms armas que habitantes: ms de 300 millones de armas, y la mayor parte se concentra en los estados fronterizos con Mxico: California, Arizona, Nuevo Mxico y principalmente Texas, expuso.

Ante ello, el gobierno mexicano plante a la Unin Americana formar un grupo binacional con la Agencia de Alcohol, Tabaco, Armas de Fuego y Explosivos (ATF, por sus siglas en ingls), y con la Oficina Federal de Investigacin de Estados Unidos (FBI) para que compartan informacin encaminada a la toma de decisiones.

Armas, dinero ilegal, trfico de personas y drogas utilizan los mismos pasos fronterizos. Estados Unidos pide que apoyemos su poltica migratoria, y nosotros que apoyen con la poltica de armas. Es irnico, pero es mucho ms sencillo comprar un arma larga que un jarabe para la tos: para adquirir el jarabe se requiere receta mdica, y para un arma, nada, insisti Sales.

Al respecto, Sara Irene Herreras Guerra, subprocuradora de Derechos Humanos, Prevencin del Delito y Servicios a la Comunidad, de la Procuradura General de la Repblica (PGR), indic que el uso de armas de fuego no es exclusivo de la delincuencia organizada, sino tambin de la delincuencia comn.

Aproximadamente dos de cada tres homicidios dolosos en Mxico son cometidos con armas de fuego, y esa proporcin va a la alza. sta es la cruda realidad que tenemos que combatir, remarc.

Coincidi en que la vecindad con EU y su laxa regulacin sobre las armas generan que su trfico sea uno de los mercados criminales ms complejos y prioritarios a perseguir, y uno de los de mayor impacto negativo en los derechos humanos y el estado de derecho.

En su oportunidad, la presidenta de la Comisin de Derechos Humanos de la Ciudad de Mxico, Nashieli Ramrez, expuso que se requiere que distintos actores empujen un programa integral de desarme, pues las armas de fuego inciden en la violencia intrafamiliar, en la juventud y la infancia.

De acuerdo a...


We don't need daily press briefings at the WH. "IndyWatch Feed War"

There was an unseemly verbal brawl yesterday in the East Room of the White House in which members of the press who are avowed enemies of President Trump (Acosta, Peter Alexander and April Ryan among others) attempted to debate the...


Spotlight Fever "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Its what they call stage fright here. Whats comforting is that Ill be among a thousand other singers and no one will hear which notes I miss.

In other words, yes, its performance day. Heres a fragment as performed during the Song and Dance Festival, this same soloist is performing the main role tonight. Not as good as the other guy, but hell do. The rest of the cast is also quite stellar; Ill share my impressions after.

(Less comfortingly, I will not have the anonymity of these thousands of singers. But I think one among a thousand is okay, too.)


A small child plays in the crossroads,

Beneath the cart wheels, beneath the hooves,

Beneath the iron footprints.


A small child plays in the crossroads

Like time, sand runs through his fingers  

It is our freedom, it is our life.


Call me louder, child,

Call me, I still hear  

I still have a voice and words.

Call me, child!


Call me louder, child,

Call me, I still hear  

I still have a voice and words.

But call me louder!


A small child plays in the crossroads

Like time, sand runs through his fingers  

It is our freedom, it is our life.




NVIDIA 415.13 Beta Linux Graphics Driver Released With Assorted Improvements "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

NVIDIA today released their first beta release for Linux/Solaris/BSD users in the 415 release stream...


China and US need to accurately assess strategic aims, Xi Jinping tells Henry Kissinger "IndyWatch Feed War"

  • Chinese president meets veteran diplomat in Beijing in latest bid to reduce tensions between the two nations
  • Former US secretary of state says China and the US should apply strategic thinking and perspective to better understand each other
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Chinese President Xi Jinping says Beijing and Washington should accurately assess each others strategic intentions as trade tensions rise his latest message ahead of a face-to-face meeting with US President Donald Trump later this month.



Time for Pelosi to Go "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Two things happened within the space of 24 hours that tell much about why expectant House Speaker California Democrat Nancy Pelosi must go. The first were her words. Even before the final 2018 mid-term election results were in confirming the Democrat's retake of the House, Pelosi was offering soothing salve to the GOP. She promised a return to bi-partisan deals with the it.


Webinar: Top 6 security needs for APIs and serverless apps "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Serverless computing is gaining momentum among developers. Software engineers are now able to build applications that deliver scale and business value without consideration for the complexity of operations and security. However, to believe there are fewer security problems with serverless applications would be an unwise assumption. Security problems still exist with serverless, but our focus needs to shift particularly to the world of application programming interfaces (APIs) where sensitive data is prominently transferred in these More

The post Webinar: Top 6 security needs for APIs and serverless apps appeared first on Help Net Security.


Youtube Video: Feudal Japanese vs Medieval European CASTLES "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Shad of the YouTube channel Shadiversity is a bit peculiar fellow. His performance is a bit over the top, but that is his selling point and it has an entertainment value. He has some old-fashioned notions about gender, but that is sadly to be expected, because not only is he male, he is also a practicing mormon. Thus being another proof of the to me totally baffling fact that evidently intelligent and well-educated people can believe the most ridiculous, silly and multiple-times over falsified notions if those notions are under the guise of religion.

However his videos on medieval castles are very informative, educational and fun to watch, so I can recommend those with clear conscience.


The Dual In-Line Package and How It Got That Way "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

For most of human history, our inventions and innovations have been at a scale thats literally easy to grasp. From the largest cathedral to the finest pocket watch, everything that went into our constructions has been something we could see with our own eyes and manipulate with our hands. But in the middle of the 20th century, we started making really, really small stuff: semiconductors. For the first time, we were able to create mechanisms too small to be seen with the naked eye, and too fine to handle with our comparatively huge hands. We needed a way to scale these devices up somewhat to make them useful parts. In short, they needed to be packaged.

We know that the first commercially important integrated circuits were packaged in the now-familiar dual in-line package (DIP), the little black plastic millipedes that would crawl across circuit boards for the next 50 years. As useful and versatile as the DIP was, and for as successful as the package became, its design was anything but obvious. Lets take a look at the dual in-line package and how it got that way.

Too Many SIgnals

The history of the DIP is shrouded in mystery, which is somewhat unusual for an industry that trumpets innovations far and wide and routinely patents everything. Theres even some doubt as to who the actual inventor or inventors were. The consensus seems to fall on three employees of Fairchild Semiconductor: Don Forbes, Rex Rice, and Bryant Buck Rogers, and a credible source, the Computer History Museum, backs up that assertion.



Ashwagandha extract helps cancer patients stay strong "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Ashwagandha extract helps cancer patients stay strong

(Natural News) Cancer brings with it a host of deleterious health conditions such as cachexia, where the body of the patient grows weak. Indian researchers believe ashwagandha root can mitigate this physical degeneration. They tested an extract of the herbal remedy for its anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor activities, which help prevent the progressive co...


Watch Live: Leftist Mob Attacks Tucker Carlsons House As Rachel Maddow Pushes Violence "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Watch Live: Leftist Mob Attacks Tucker Carlsons House As Rachel Maddow Pushes Violence

Unhinged leftists are continuing to #Resist the Trump administration post-midterms.

The post...


Media Lies, Claims Acosta Video is Doctored "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Media Lies, Claims Acosta Video is Doctored

Press invents bizarre conspiracy theory to distract from Acostas behavior.

The post Media Lies, Claims Acosta Video is Doctored appeared first on Alternative News Network.


Whitaker must Recuse Himself: Petition from DFA "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

From DFA: URGENT: Donald Trump FIRED Attorney General Jeff Sessions -- and there's reason to believe that the new acting AG, Matt Whitaker, will try to interfere with the Mueller investigation. (Petition)


California mass murderer identified as Ian Long, heavily-tattooed white man "IndyWatch Feed War"

Not jihad, as far as the available information goes. Tattooed trenchcoat-wearing gunman, 29, identified after massacring twelve people during student night at country bar: Suspect kills himself after hurling smoke grenades onto dance floor and killing cop in California, by Connor Boyd For and Jennifer Smith,, November 8, 2018: Twelve people have been []


Asesinaron a otro defensor del bosque en Chihuahua: Joaqun Daz Morales "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

El lder ejidal de Guadalupe y Clavo, defensor del bosque, luchaba contra la tala ilegal en el llamado Tringulo dorado, donde convergen Chihuahua, Sinaloa y Durango.   Regeneracin, 08 de noviembre de 2018.- Otro defensor del bosque fue asesinato en Guadalupe y Calvo, Chihuahua, en menos de dos semanas, se trata de Joaqun Daz Morales, []

La entrada Asesinaron a otro defensor del bosque en Chihuahua: Joaqun Daz Morales se public primero en Regeneracin.


Lion Air jet in another accident, a week after deadly crash "IndyWatch Feed War"

A Lion Air passenger jet has been involved in another accident just a week after a plane from the Indonesian airline crashed with the loss of all 189 people on board.

In the latest incident, the jet clipped a pole as it taxied to the runway at Bengkulu airport on Sumatra island ahead of its flight to Jakarta.

The planes left wing was visibly damaged, forcing all passengers to disembark. They were flown to the capital later Wednesday evening aboard a different aircraft.

Lion Air spokesman Danang Prihantoro said all 143 passengers and seven crew were safe.

AFP/File | A Lion Air passenger jet has been involved in another accident just a week after a plane from the Indonesian airline crashed with the loss of all 189 people on board

Lion Air apologises to all passengers for any inconvenience it has sent a team to inspect the aircraft, the spokesman said.

The transport ministry said it would launch an immediate investigation.

The plane and the pilot have been grounded for investigation, said Pramintohadi Sukarno, a senior ministry official.

The accident happened just 10 days after a Lion Air Boeing 737-Max 8 plane plunged into the Java Sea minutes after takeoff from Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang city.

All 189 people on board were killed and the Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee has said that flight recorder data has so far revealed the planes air speed indicator had not been working properly on its last four journeys, including on the fatal flight.

But the preliminary result of the investigation will only be known at the end of November.




13 Killed in Mass Shooting After Gunman Opens Fire on California Bar "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Mass Shooting California Bar(ZHE)   Update 3: More details have emerged about the shooter, 28-year-old Ian David Long, who opened fire at let off at least 30 shots from a Glock with an extended magazine. Long, an ex-marine, was dressed in all black during the shooting and eventually turned the gun on himself after police officers arrived. BREAKING: CA Shooter identified -Ian []


How to Move Files Using Linux Commands or File Managers "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

How to Move Files Using Linux Commands or File Managers


ABC News: California mass murderer a white man in his late twenties "IndyWatch Feed War"

Another ABC reporter says that an eyewitness called the gunman middle eastern looking with a beard: Just spoke with a man who was at the front door of the bar when the shooter began firing. Says he had a handgun, shot the guard at the door, threw several smoke bombs inside, and then continued firing. []


Security updates for Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Security updates have been issued by CentOS (python-paramiko and thunderbird), Debian (firefox-esr, libdatetime-timezone-perl, and mariadb-10.0), Fedora (curl, NetworkManager, and xorg-x11-server), openSUSE (kernel), Oracle (java-1.7.0-openjdk, python-paramiko, thunderbird, and xorg-x11-server), Red Hat (java-11-openjdk and spice-server), SUSE (firefox, kernel, and SDL_image), and Ubuntu (nginx).


News Media Gave Blanket Coverage To Flawed Climate Paper "IndyWatch Feed War"

Global Warming Policy Forum 07/11/18 A week ago, we were told that climate change was worse than we thought. But the underlying science contains a major error. Independent climate scientist Nicholas Lewis has uncovered a major error in a recent scientific paper that was given blanket coverage in the English-speaking media. The paper, written []


Pakistan in the middle of Saudi, Iran and rival pipeline plans "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

As US sanctions on Iran come into force, the government of Imran Khan is carefully negotiating its position with neighbors and regional powers, each with their favored pipeline plans by


Tesla announces replacement for Musk as board chairman "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Tesla's board on Thursday named the chief financial officer of Australias largest telecommunications company as its new chair, replacing Elon Musk as part of a settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC)....


Hidde J. van Koningsveld. Zonder Dollen: Wees Gewaarschuwd! 2 "IndyWatch Feed War"

Hidde J. van Koningsveld heeft geretweet stan van houcke
Toiletpapier is op, maar gelukkig bestaat er nog! 

Let op Hidde, voorzitter van de jongerenafdeling van het Centrum Informatie en Documentatie Isral (CIDI). Met die frisse Friese jongensnaam,' verwijzend naar de 'Germaanse Hild in de betekenis van strijd, begin jij als jongeling, bij gebrek aan argumenten, een ordina...


Asamblea. Una lectura crtica "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

Despus de Imperio, Multitud y Comn, Toni Negri y Michael Hardt prolongan su reflexin con otro libro cuyo ttulo-concepto-propuesta es, nada ms y nada menos, Asamblea*.

Al margen de las crticas que merecen tanto aquellas y como esta ltima obra, hay que reconocer que, a lo largo de casi medio siglo, desde los aos 70 a la fecha, Negri no ha dejado de formular ideas novedosas y de generar debates y polmicas, siendo un punto de referencia del pensamiento crtico militante.

A Negri se le podra reprochar el contrario, ya que una espasmdica bsqueda de las tendencias en curso, lo ha llevado a evidenciar, y a menudo sobredimensionar, los rasgos emergentes de los sujetos anticapitalistas y las transformaciones del sistema capitalista, en esta secuencia ya que -segn el principio obrerista formulado por Tronti que Negri sigue reivindicando- la contracara viene antes de la cara: el trabajo determina al capital, las luchas desde abajo orientan los ajustes desde arriba.

Bajo esta lgica, Asamblea viene a dar continuidad a una lnea de interpretacin de la composicin poltica del sujeto multitud, aunque de paso vuelve sobre su composicin tcnica. A contrapelo de la hiptesis de la autonoma de lo poltico, Negri y Hardt insisten en la interioridad de lo poltico en lo socio-econmico, en la inmanencia de la multitud heredera del obrero-masa y el obrero-social del siglo XX. Multitud forjada en el antagonismo con el imperio y el capital (ahora analizados y denominados como finanza, moneda y administracin neoliberal), unida en su diversidad, acorazada de autonoma, enraizada en el trabajo inmaterial y cognitivo, articulada por la cooperacin, la produccin social y la puesta en comn, es decir el cuidado y la gestin de lo comn.

Subjetividad multitudinaria que es definida por Negri y Hardt, como un terreno de lucha entre sujecin y subjetivacin, control y resistencia, produccin de mercanca y capacidad de innovacin, nueva esclavitud y dignidad e potencialidad cooperativa y de intelectualidad de masa: entre tecnologas capitalistas de la medida y las fuerzas inconmensurables y excedentes de una produccin y reproduccin social alargada, que residen en y que producen lo comn.  

Al mismo tiempo, aflora aqu una de las pendientes ms resbalosas de toda la obra de Negri, el desbordado optimismo que deriva de la exaltacin o idealizacin de la autonoma subjetiva como principio y factor irreductible y decisivo de la subversin comunista del capitalismo. En este ltimo libro, los autores apoyan esta actitud de confianza en la oleada de movimientos de 2011, en la composicin tcnica de las nuevas generaciones, su capacidad cooperativa e inclusive en la precariedad que las aleja de las ataduras del disciplinamiento laboral, en su capacidad emprendedora, de management, un concepto...


Crimen que se renueva: tres aos de lodo en Rio Doce, estado de Minas Gerais, Brasil "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

Foto: Estudios realizados despus del crimen evidencian negligencia por parte de la empresa / Lorena Zschaber / Mdia Ninja

En la tarde de 5 de noviembre de 2015, la represa de Fundo de la minera Samarco se rompi y verti 50 millones de metros cbicos de desechos de mineral de hierro a lo largo 43 municipios de los estados de Minas Gerais y Esprito Santo, hasta desembocar en el mar. El crimen dej 19 muertos y afect de diferentes formas a personas que vieron sus vidas transformarse con el paso del lodo txico. El mayor desastre socio ambiental de Brasil cumpli, el da 5, tres aos sin que hubiese condena de los responsables.

En los aos que precedieron a la rotura, la Samarco aument significativamente su produccin, elevando consecuentemente el volumen de desechos.Informes de la propia empresa muestran que en 2011 produca cerca de 15,6 millones de toneladas de desechos por ao. La cifra subi a 21,8 millones en 2015.

Diversos estudios realizados despus del crimen evidencian negligencia por parte de la empresa. Un dictamen realizado por la Polica Federal, presentado en 2016, seal fallas graves de manutencin de la represa y la omisin de la Samarco en reparar los problemas detectados ya en 2014. Todava conforme al estudio, 28% del lodo vertido en Fundo en 2014 vena de la Vale y no haba licencia ambiental para la operacin.

Otro informe realizado por el Ministerio Pblico Federal afirma que la Samarco promovi alteraciones significativas en la represa de Fundo, de forma ilegal, sin ninguna licencia o control y que la empresa indujo a los rganos ambientales al error, presentando estudios, dictmenes e informes falsos, por omisiones gravsimas, en los procedimientos de licenciamiento y fiscalizacin.

De acuerdo con datos del Departamento Nacional de Produccin Mineral, el yacimiento de la Samarco, de donde vinieron los desechos de Fundo, representa 12,5% de las reservas brasileas de hierro. Segn informes de la propia minera, el yacimiento tiene potencial de explotacin de 2.900 millones de toneladas. Hasta la fecha de la rotura de la represa, la empresa mantena una explotacin anual de 25 millones de toneladas. De acuerdo con levantamiento realizado por el Movimiento de Afectados por Represas (MAB por sus siglas en portugus), el yacimiento an tiene potencial de explotacin para 115 aos ms.

Todo seala que la Samarco opt por ignorar la seguridad de la poblacin y producir ms para no afectar sus ganancias. No fue un desastre, sino un crimen que vena dando seales de que iba a suceder, afirma Pablo Dias, de la coordinacin estadual del MAB.

A pesar de no hab...


Russia & China Invest in Infrastructure; U.S. Instead Spends on Military "IndyWatch Feed War"

Washington D.C. (SCF) Chinas Belt and Road Initiative is famous as an extension of their domestic infrastructure investments, but Russia is also investing heavily in infrastructure. Both countries need to do it in order to improve the future for their respective populations, and both Governments have avoided the Western development model of going heavily into debt in order to pay for creating and maintaining infrastructure. Both are, in fact, exceptionally low-debt Governments.

According to the Global Debt Clock at Economist, China has a public debt/GDP of 17.7%, and Russias is 8.0%. For comparison, Americas is 93.6%. (Others are: Germany 85.8%, Spain 91.2%, Italy 122.6%, Greece 147.1%, India 54.2%, Pakistan 47.0%, and Brazil 55.0%.)

The United States isnt going into public debt in order to finance building or maintenance of infrastructure, but instead to finance expansions of its military, which is already (and by far) the worlds largest (in terms of its costs, but not of its numbers of troops).

While the US Government now spends around half of the worlds military expenditures and plans to conquer Russia, China, and all countries (such as Iran and Syria) that cooperate with those enemies (and please click onto a link wherever you question the truthfulness of an allegation made here), Russia and China plan to improve their infrastructures, in order to boost their national economies and to minimize the impacts that (the mainly US-caused) global warming will have. These infrastructure projects are optimistic and long-term expenditures, which are being planned and built only because the countries that the US aristocracy are targeting to conquer, expect the US aristocracy to fail to achieve its clear #1 goal, of controlling the entire world and conquering them of Americas rulers finally achieving the global fascist empire t...


Thats not really very many scientists "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Oh, look. Were supposed to be impressed with All the Candidates With Science Backgrounds Who Just Got Elected. I condensed down the list; there are 21 with science backgrounds out of the 435 in the US House of Representatives, and when you look closely, the list has been padded quite a bit, mainly because journalists (and the general public) dont have a very good idea of what science is.

  1. Lauren Underwood (D) Nursing and public health
  2. Joe Cunningham (D) Ocean engineer & attorney
  3. Elaine Luria (D) Nuclear engineer
  4. Chrissy Houlahan (D) Engineering degree
  5. Jacky Rosen (D) Bachelors in Psychology
  6. Sean Casten (D) Molecular biology and biochemistry
  7. Kim Schrier (D) Pediatrician
  8. Ami Bera (D) Clinical medicine
  9. Jerry McNerny (D) Mathematics, engineering
  10. Tony Cardenas (D) Electrical engineering
  11. Ted Lieu (D) Computer science
  12. Raul Ruiz (D) Medicine, public health
  13. Dan Lipinski (D) Mechanical engineering
  14. Brad Schneider (D) Industrial engineering
  15. Bill Foster (D) Physics
  16. Steve Watkins (R) Army engineer
  17. Martin Heinrich (D) Mechanical engineering
  18. Jeffrey Van Drew (D) Dentistry
  19. Paul Tonko (D) Mechanical engineering
  20. Chris Collins (R) Mechanical engineering
  21. Kevin Hern (R) Engineering

Not to disrespect them at all, but engineering and medicine are not science. Its also hard to argue any more that any Republican is actually pro-science, given that the party is a deranged mob of science denialists right now.

So Id actually say only four (in blue) actually have science backgrounds the others have backgrounds more in applied science (Again, thats not a bad thing at all). Foster and Casten in particular have advanced degrees in physics and biology, respectively, and have definitely earned the acknowledgment.

The others, though, are also important, because theyll at least contribute to a more favorable attitude towards science in congress. But I dont think it does them any favors to inflate their credentials or misrepresent them. Nursing and medicine and engineering and dentistry are all demanding and credible disciplines without pretending theyre something theyre not.


Trumps Policy Could End U.S Global Hegemony "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Paul Antonopoulos On Nov 8, 2018 Just like  the failed policies of the former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev caused the collapse of the USSR, Trump economic success is likely to have the same fate, writes Asian media. According to columnist Raja Murthy in the Asia Times, in creating conditions for other nations to give up negotiating, President []


7-Count Federal Indictment Returned Against Louisville Metro Police Department Officer "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

LOUISVILLE, KY A federal grand jury has returned a seven count federal indictment against a former Louisville Metro Police Department officer. No man is above the law, U.S. Attorney

The post 7-Count Federal Indictment Returned Against Louisville Metro Police Department Officer appeared first on Filming Cops.


BBC Radio Comedy Drama: A Right Royal Rip Off (1979) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This play by Wally K. Daly features the same characters as in Burglars Bargains


Police Ignore Parents After Video Showed Them Execute Their Unarmed Son, Shooting Him in the Head "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"


Nearly a year after gruesome video showed police execute their unarmed son, the victim's parents are still begging for answers and their being ignored.

The post Police Ignore Parents After Video Showed Them Execute Their Unarmed Son, Shooting Him in the Head appeared first on The Free Thought Project.


Stop complaining, your time almost up, Fayose tells Buhari "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Ayodele Fayose, the immediate past Governor of Ekiti State, has again told President Muhammadu Buhari to face governance and stop complaining about problems of the past governments. Fayose said the Presidents time was almost up, adding that he said has spent three and half years blaming his predecessors and inflicted both security and economic crises []

The post Stop complaining, your time almost up, Fayose tells Buhari appeared first on Newtelegraph.


Cronkite News: Arizona awaits outcome of key Senate race "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Senate race between Kyrsten Sinema and Martha McSally remained too close to call. But results from Arizona are expected soon.


25 Ways Sessions and His Justice Department Criminalized and Terrorized Communities of Color "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Getty/Aaron P. Bernstein
Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at a press conference at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., on October 26, 2018.

Published November 8, 2018

Editors Note: This article was originally published by the Center for American Progress. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

As the chief law enforcement officer of the United States, the attorney general is responsible for ensuring equal justice under the law for all Americans. But Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, the recently forced out U.S. attorney general, used his office and position to undermine the rights and freedoms of people of color. From civil rights and criminal justice, to immigration policy, Sessions, also a former Republican U.S. senator from Alabama, did not miss an opportunity to criminalize and terrorize people of color.

The American public was long aware of Sessions dangerous record and potential to inflict harm on communities of color. In 1986, Sessions was denied a federal judgeship due to alarming laudatory statements he made about the Ku Klux Klan and racist remarks aimed at his black colleagues. Coretta Scott King, the widow of Martin Luther King Jr., even submitted a letter warning the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee of Sessions record of using his power as a former U.S. attorney to intimidate and chill the free exercise of the ballot.

As a U.S. senator, Sessions routinely fought against protections for historically marginalized communities. He...


Andrew Henderson, Whose Camera Was Seized as he Recorded Deputies, Sues Ramsey County "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Its been more than five years since Andrew Henderson had his camera seized by a Ramsey County deputy after Henderson refused to identify himself or stop recording law enforcements conduct

The post Andrew Henderson, Whose Camera Was Seized as he Recorded Deputies, Sues Ramsey County appeared first on Filming Cops.


Grouping, Joining, and Danger "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Asymmetric Warfare (low intensity conflicts) dove deep into analysis of Asymmetrical and Fourth Generation Warfare on their website. You can read more about it HERE. I have different thoughts on the subject, but will suggest that any glorification of a "militia movement" in the US brings with it a significant danger. No matter how well intended, most of these ad hoc organizations tend to be hijacked by lunatics.  The article is fair and balanced as far as it goes, but it brings a focus on private, organized militias and gives them a positive spin. My spin on those sorts of organizations, while legal, that suggests an exercise in exceptional prudence and circumspection.

Every election, every flaw in the democratic process brings fear of tyranny. However good an arms and ammo salesman that Barack H. Obama was, the eight years of obamanation were followed by President Trump. It was not the infinitely corrupt Hillary Clinton who won the presidential election. And America gave the Republicans control of Congress. Sure, there was huge push-back from people like former Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan - who hated America's choice of leadership more than almost everything else. But the point is that America chose and they didn't choose an enemy of the Republic (for a change).

A study of "Small Wars" and low intensity conflict is useful. I have studied it extensively both from a professional perspective and as a matter of personal interest. Thus the article has value both in its exploration of historical precedence and some of its predictions of potential conflicts in the future as a matter of cause and effect.

To me there is value in "going Galt" and leaving the rush and crush of the city behind. There is value in a pastoral existence - at least there is to me. But I'm not much of a joiner.



PowerDNS Security Advisories for dnsdist 2018-08 "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Posted by Remi Gacogne on Nov 08

Hi all,

We just released dnsdist 1.3.3, fixing a security issue that was
reported to us, allowing a remote attacker to craft a DNS query with
trailing data such that the addition of a record by dnsdist, for example
an OPT record when adding EDNS Client Subnet, might result in the
trailing data being smuggled to the backend as a valid record while not
seen by dnsdist.

This is an issue when dnsdist is deployed as a DNS Firewall and used to


Identifican a Mara del Rosario, estudiante de la UNAM asesinada con signos de abuso y golpes "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

El cuerpo de la estudiante de la UNAM, Mara del Rosario Prez Garca, fue hallado sin vida el pasado domingo, en Ciudad Lago, Nezahualcyotl.   Regeneracin, 08 de noviembre de 2018.- Mara del Rosario Prez Garca, de 25 aos de edad, alumna de la carrera de Contadura en la Facultad de Estudios Superiores (FES) Cuautitln, []

La entrada Identifican a Mara del Rosario, estudiante de la UNAM asesinada con signos de abuso y golpes se public primero en Regeneracin.


Spam-spewing IoT botnet infects 100,000 routers using five-year-old flaw "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Security researchers are warning that a botnet has been exploiting a five-year-old vulnerability to hijack home routers over the last couple of months.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.


St. Martinville Officer Found Guilty of Excessive Force, Obstruction and Conspiracy "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The former St. Martinville Police Department officer was found guilty Monday on four felony counts, including a civil rights violation for using excessive force against an arrestee, and three counts

The post St. Martinville Officer Found Guilty of Excessive Force, Obstruction and Conspiracy appeared first on Filming Cops.


Proposition 112 was Defeated, but Colorados New Governor is Aware of Climate Change "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Colorados new Governor Jared Polis supported Proposition 112

Colorados New Governor Has Most Ambitious Renewables Goal in U.S.

From an Article by Lorraine Chow,, November 7, 2018

Democratic Colorado Governor-elect Jared Polis arrives onstage with running mate Dianne Primavera on November 6th in Denver. Jared Polis, who won Colorados gubernatorial race to become the nations first openly gay governor-elect, is charting the states bold path towards clean energy.

The Democrat, who has served in the House of Representatives since 2009, ran on a platform of transitioning Colorado to 100 percent renewable energy by 2040 the most ambitious renewable goal in the entire country, Climate Home News reported. Thats even faster than California and Hawaii, which both aim to phase out of fossil fuel generation by 2045.

On his campaign website, Polis said the green energy transition would create tens of thousands of jobs and save consumers 10 percent on energy costs. Pointing to a government study, he said that utility-scale wind is now cheaper than natural gas and that new energy storage technology would further improve these cost benefits. Thats not to mention the public health benefits of cleaner air and water.

Aside from a strong environmental platform, Polis campaigned on other progressive issues such as Medicare-for-all, paid family medical leave and stronger gun laws.

At the end of the day we all believe in our childrens future, we all believe in protecting our amazing parks and open space, we all believe in saving people money in health care, Polis said in his victory speech Tuesday night. And together we are going to get back to work because we have work to do to turn a bold vision into reality here in our amazing state of Colorado.

The fossil fuel industry has a major presence in the Centennial State the sixth largest and one of the fastest-growing U.S. oil producing states. Oil and gas companies and their supporters poured about $40 million into a campaign to help successfully defeat Proposition 112, according to the Colorado Sun. The ballot initiative, which Polis supported, would have banned oil and gas drilling on 85 percent of the states land, but was voted down 57 percent to 43 p...


Bureau de change operator charged with defrauding woman $1,500 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A trader, Salisu Abdullahi, who allegedly defrauded a woman by collecting $1,500 dollars from her on the pretext of giving her naira equivalent, was on Thursday bought before an Ikeja Magistrates Court. The accused, 28, whose residential address was not provided, is facing a two-count charge of stealing and obtaining by false pretences. The prosecution []

The post Bureau de change operator charged with defrauding woman $1,500 appeared first on Newtelegraph.


JUST IN: Senatorial candidate, party chairman kidnapped in Ondo "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Senatorial Candidate of the African Democratic Congress, ADC for Ondo North Senatorial district, Mr. Jide Ipinsagba and the Ondo State Chairman of the party, Mr Bisi Ogungbemi have been kidnapped along the notorious Owo/Ikare road in the state. The Owo/Ikare road was notorious for high profile kidnapping in the past few months as prominent []

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Uncommon Sense: The Coming Revolt of the Guards "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

All those histories of this country centered on the Founding Fathers and the Presidents weigh oppressively on the capacity of the ordinary citizen to act.

They suggest that in times of crisis we must look to someone to save us: in the Revolutionary crisis, the Founding Fathers; in the slavery crisis, Lincoln; in the Depression, Roosevelt; in the Vietnam-Watergate crisis, Carter. And that between occasional crises everything is all right, and it is sufficient for us to be restored to that normal state. They teach us that the supreme act of citizenship is to choose among saviors, by going into a voting booth every four years to choose between two white and well-off Anglo-Saxon males of inoffensive personality and orthodox opinions.

The idea of saviors has been built into the entire culture, beyond politics. We have learned to look to stars, leaders, experts in every field, this surrendering our own strength, demeaning our own ability, obliterating our own selves. But, from time to time, Americans reject that idea and rebel.

Howard Zinn (A Peoples History of the United States)

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In May 2017 [stderr] I did a post in which I pointed out that Robert Mueller is not our friend just because in this brief time he is somewhat opposed to Trumps overt interests: One of my personal agendas in blogging here is to help people defeat the assumption that someone whose interests appear to be aligned with theirs on one thing, is aligned with theirs on most things. Mueller is not our savior. He is, in fact, a distraction a hook The People can hang their hopes on while all of the other mechanisms stand idle that ought to have perp-walked a remarkably corrupt and dishonest president. To paraphrase Mark Twain, if Muellers investigation was going to seriously threaten Trump, it would have never been allowed in the first place. And the blue wave doesnt appear to be a savior, either: one of the first things Nancy Pelosi said was that they werent going to start impeachment proceedings. All those people who backed the Democrats, because they were hoping the Democrats would save them they just got fucked, their usefulness is over for now.

Meanwhile, were expected to stand back and watch...


PostgreSQL 11.1 Released To Address The Latest Open-Source Security Vulnerability "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

PostgreSQL 11.1 is out today with fixes over last month's PostgreSQL 11 introduction but there are also updates to the 10.6, 9.6, 9.4, 9.4, and 9.3 release streams due to a new security issue...


Bolsonaro in Brazil: Good News for the US, Setback for China "IndyWatch Feed War"


Jair Bolsonaro will soon be sworn in as the president of Brazil, marking a decisive swing to the right for the country after years of leftist administrations. But his election is not just relevant for Brazils domestic politics; it will also have repercussions in the international sphere. In particular, we can expect Brazil to forge closer ties with (Trumps) America, which could be bad news for the regional strategy of other powers like China and Russia.



With a population of over 200 million citizens, a GDP of 3.24 trillion USD in 2017 (9th in the world), and a surface of 8.5 million square kilometers, Brazil is undoubtedly the dominant power in South America. It controls abundant natural resources (like oil, minerals, and timber), is a prominent agricultural producer, and has a quite a powerful military as well. Even though the country has been struggling to eradicate poverty and has long struggled to deal with the environmental fallout of mass deforestation, its international relevance has only grown over the past 20 years. Brazil is a member of the BRICS group that unites of the worlds emerging powers (the others being Russia, China, India and South Africa); and it is expanding its influence beyond its region. This expansion is made easier by geography: Brazil has comfortable access to the Atlantic Ocean, and therefore to rich regions like Europe and the United States, but also to Africa and the Middle East. Its geography is also favorable on land. The country includes large swathes of the continent, including most of the Amazon basin; it also has access to the Rio de la Plata in the south.

The post Bolsonaro in Brazil: Good News for the US, Setback for China appeared first on Geopolitical Monitor.


Quantum systems: Same, but different "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Remarkable rules have been detected in the apparent chaos of disequilibrium processes. Different systems behave identically in many ways, if they belong to the same universality class. This means that experiments can be carried out with quantum systems that are easy to handle in order to obtain precise information about systems that cannot be directly studied in the experimentsuch as the Big Bang.

Some phenomena are so complicated that it is impossible to precisely calculate them. This includes large , which consist of many particles, particularly when they are not in an equilibrium state, but changing rapidly. Such examples include the wild particle inferno that occurs in particle accelerators when large collide, or conditions just after the Big Bang, when particles rapidly expanded and then cooled.

At TU Wien and Heidelberg University, remarkable rules have been detected in the apparent chaos of disequilibrium processes. This indicates that such processes can be divided into universality classes. Systems belonging to the same class behave identically in many ways. This means that experiments can be carried out with systems that are easy to handle in order to obtain precise information about other systems that cannot be directly studied in the experiment. These findings have since been published in the journal Nature.


How Dads Stresses Get Passed Along to Offspring "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Mouse studies show tiny intercellular pods convey to sperm a legacy of a fathers hard knocks in life.


Norwegian frigate at risk of sinking after collision with Greek-owned tanker (videos) "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

A race against time is underway in the North Sea with huge efforts to prevent a Norwegian frigate from sinking. A Greek-owned crude oil tanker collided with frigate KNM Helge Ingstad off Norway last night.

The KNM Helge Ingstad was returning from the NATO exercise Trident while the tanker Sola TS had just departed Equinors Sture oil terminal with a cargo of North Sea crude when the accident took place in calm waters.

The frigate quickly took on water, all 137 crew members were evacuated and eight people were treated for slight injuries.

The accident took place shortly after 4:00 am (0300 GMT) in a busy waterway in the Hjeltefjord near Bergen, Norways army said.

Images of the frigate published online and broadcast on television showed the frigate was partly underwater and had been moved near the shore.

No oil spill has been detected in the sea area where the collision took place in a fjord north of Bergen.

The 62,000-tonne tanker, which was flying the Maltese flag, was only slightly damaged and none of the 23 peop...


Yurok Tribe brings on new chairman and vice chairman "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Two candidates who ran as a team are serving as chair and vice chair of the Yurok Tribe.


Buhari declares state of emergency on water, sanitation sector "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President Muhammadu Buhari has declared a state of emergency on Nigerias water supply, sanitation and hygiene sector. Buhari made the declaration at the inauguration of the National Action Plan for Revitalisation of Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Sector at State House Conference Centre on Thursday in Abuja. He directed governments at all levels to []

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DJI plugs security flaws that could have enabled access to users data and drone images "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Researchers at Check Point and DJI today shared details of a potential vulnerability that could have impacted DJIs infrastructure. Vulnerability impact If exploited, the vulnerability would have given an attacker full access to a users account and the information within it, including video footage and photos taken by their drones as well as flight paths, GPS locations and other confidential data, without the user being aware of any intrusion. Researchers outlined the process in which More

The post DJI plugs security flaws that could have enabled access to users data and drone images appeared first on Help Net Security.


Jordan Peterson is a fool, Part Ive-Lost-Track-Of-The-Number "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

You cant do anything about global warming, he says. Might as well burn more coal, otherwise youll have to start burning trees. Theres nothing anyone can do to mitigate climate change.

There are more trees in the Northern Hemisphere* than there were 200 years ago, which says to me that we do have the power to enable changes in the environment. Where he goes off the rails is in implying that it would be worse to burn trees than to burn coal. Trees are a renewable resource. There is no net gain in atmospheric CO2 if you plant trees at a rate equal to or faster than the rate you burn them, while burning coal releases CO2 that has been sequestered for hundreds of millions of years.

No, you dont have to turn off your heat (Minnesota, in the winter? No, thanks). But you can get your heat from renewable sources that dont contribute to greenhouse gases. About a third of US electricity generation is from coal, another third from natural gas, and the other third is from renewables and nuclear power. We can shift that in Germany, about half their power is generated from renewables and nuclear, so you can clearly work in that direction without compromising industry. One thing we could do is phase out new coal power plant construction and encourage more solar and wind power (and nuclear, maybe although thats guaranteed to start arguments among environmentalists). Its going to take time, but it doesnt help to have apologists for the fossil fuel industry advocating for giving up.

It also helps to set personal limits and long-term goals. That was the whole point of the Paris climate agreement, to set goals and provide practical guidance in meeting them. You know, the agreement our President* reneged on to keep his coal and oil friends happy.

And that Peterson guy has a packed house listening to him babble garbage.

*You should ask yourself, what about the Southern Hemisphere? Why doesnt he say anything about...


El rostro ms duro de la pobreza en Etiopa "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

El pas de frica Oriental, el segundo ms poblado del continente, sufre una pobreza estructural que golpea principalmente a los nios y a las mujeres.

Abushu mira al espacio vaco, ajeno al tumultuoso trfico de Addis Abeba, la capital de Etiopa; su mundo social se limita a la docena de muchachos parados o sentados junto al bordillo que separa las carreteras concurridas en un semforo.

Cuando los autos se detienen a la seal de luz roja, camina hacia la ventana de un conductor, aparentemente al azar, y se traslada de un coche a otro antes de que el trfico comience a moverse. Pasa la mayor parte de su da suplicando dinero, dirigindose a cada chofer como Babaye, un nombre que los chicos de la calle comnmente le dan a cualquier extrao que entra en su radar.

Por todo atavo, tiene un abrigo de color caqui gris grasiento y con frecuencia tira hacia arriba de las largas mangas para revelar una pequea botella de plstico cortada por la mitad.

Cuando la hilera de carros est en movimiento, inhala una sustancia griscea dentro del contenedor, sujetndolo con fuerza. Es un pegamento que l, al igual que todos los compaeros a su alrededor, olfatean para quedarse espaciado en un lugar lleno de personas que le son indiferentes, que solo parecen interesados en lo que est haciendo, si logra atraer la atencin de alguien.

Etiopia Africa jovenes en las calles la-tinta

En absoluto. Ese es el momento en que prueba su suerte. Cada vez que alguien extiende una mano generosa hacia l, se aleja rpidamente. Pero afortunado o no, se mueve, mostrando pocas seales de alegra o tristeza.

Vine como un beb a esta rea con mi madre, cuenta, cediendo a la insistencia de este escritor para que se abriera. Se neg a dar su nombre completo o tal vez el real. Pasa por Abushu, un apodo por el que sus correligionarios lo llaman.

No conoce a su padre ni de dnde viene; solo revel que su madre no est muy lejos vendiendo pauelos, masticando chicle y otras cosas, en el borde de una avenida. De 14 aos, es solo uno de los miles de adolescentes que desafan el ambiente de Addis Abeba, una ciudad bulliciosa donde el nmero de habitantes est sorprendentemente en aumento.

Es comn encontrarse con mujeres jvenes que acunan a sus bebs en brazos, adolescentes varones oliendo pegamento, personas mayores que caminan y piden, hombres sanos que duermen bajo largos puentes de cemento con trenes ligeros que pasan a toda velocidad sobre ellos, y nias vendiendo goma de mascar y tejidos.

Es una...


Man docked over alleged unpaid N337,000 hotel bills "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The police on Thursday arraigned a 59-year-old man, Yemi Kuku, in a Mararaba Upper Area Court, Nasarawa State, over unpaid N337,000 accumulated hotel accommodation bills. Kuku is charged with criminal breach of trust. The prosecutor, Sgt. Godwin Ejeh, told the court that one Samme Enweonwu of Divine Suite Hotel, Mararaba, reported the matter at the []

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Mandate parties to digitise membership register, ADP urges INEC "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Chairman of Action Democratic Party (ADP), Benue chapter, Prof. Yakubu Ochefu, has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to mandate political parties to digitise their membership register. Ochefu made the call in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja. He said the call became necessary in view of []

The post Mandate parties to digitise membership register, ADP urges INEC appeared first on Newtelegraph.


An upcoming lecture for UK based readers "IndyWatch Feed War"

Given the BBCs repetitive, monochrome and partial portrayal of the status of Jerusalem under international law, particularly over the past year or so, an upcoming lecture organised by UKLFI may be of interest to BBC Watch readers based in the UK.

Booking and details here.



Woman slaps man in Ogun, gets N50, 000 bail "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A 32-year-old woman, Oluwakemi Saheed, was on Thursday brought before an Ota Magistrates Court in Ogun for allegedly slapping a man publicly. Saheed, who lives at No. 12 Tolani St., Iyana-Iyesi near Ota, is facing a charge of assault. According to Police Prosecutor Chudu Gbesi, the woman committed the offence on Nov. 4 at 7.00 []

The post Woman slaps man in Ogun, gets N50, 000 bail appeared first on Newtelegraph.


Russian propaganda isnt even good "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Russian propaganda isnt even that good

Agitprop online is not a meme

These are propaganda posters. They are not internet memes as we understand them. They simply espouse an ideology, an extremist ideology, but theyre still just propaganda posters.

This is a meme


More AMD Zen Microarchitecture Tuning For Mesa Is Likely Ahead "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Published back in September was some Mesa RadeonSI tuning for AMD Zen CPUs. That tuning to pin the application thread and driver execution thread to the same L3 cache benefits the Zen micro-architecture with its multiple core complexes (CCX). That code was merged a short time later unconditionally but it looks like that behavior needs to be refined for delivering maximum performance...


Premiere Pro Bug Ate My Videos! Bloke Sues Adobe After Greedy 'clean Cache' Wipes Files "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

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Premiere Pro bug ate my videos! Bloke sues Adobe after greedy 'clean cache' wipes files

Adobe is being sued after Premiere Pro unexpectedly deleted a snapper's valuable media files.

David Keith Cooper on Wednesday sued Adobe in San Jose, USA, on behalf of himself and anyone who purchased Premiere Pro 11.1.0, and, as a result, had their personal media files nuked by the video-editing suite. The sueball claims a bug in the application caused it to judiciously erase expensive footage for his projects when he hit the "Clean Cache" function.

[...] At some point, he wanted to free up space on that drive, so told the app to instead use the "Videos" directory on an external storage device to store cached materials. That "Videos" directory also happened to contain footage Cooper, a professional photographer and videographer, had been using for his work. We think you know where this is going.

When he later hit a button to clean the suite's cache, rather than delete the "Media Cache" folder in his "Videos" directory, it instead wiped everything that hadn't been accessed for 90 or more days from the whole "Videos" directory, it is claimed.

[...] Adobe declined to comment on the case, citing a policy against discussing pending litigation.

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Billionaires, Corporate Money Swing Toward Democrats "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The 2018 midterms have been the most expensive congressional elections in US history, with an estimated $5.2 billion raised and spent by Election Day, according to data collected and reported by the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP). The total not only rose 35 percent over the previous midterm record in 2014, it exceeds the money spent on congressional races during the 2016 presidential election year. Significantly, the Democratic Party and affiliated political action committees raked in the lions share of the record fundraising. Of the $4.7 billion spent by the latest reporting period, Democrats accounted for $2.5 billion, compared to $2.2 billion for Republican candidates and committees. Republicans have traditionally enjoyed a massive fundraising edge.


California: Gunman murders 12 at dance bar, is Middle Eastern looking with a beard "IndyWatch Feed War"

This middle eastern looking gunman knew what he was doing, and proceeded with determination: he had a handgun, shot the guard at the door, threw several smoke bombs inside, and then continued firing. Jihad? Possibly, but not certainly. 13 dead in mass shooting at Thousand Oaks bar, including gunman and sheriffs deputy, Associated Press, November []


Yemeni War Report November 8, 2018: Saudi-led Coalition Achieves Several Successes In Battle Of Al-Hudayadh "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

from SouthFront On November 3, the Saudi-UAE-led coalition kicked off a new large-scale military operation to capture the port city of al-Hudaydah from the Houthis and their allies. Prior to that the coalition had concentrated several tens of thousands of troops and a few thousands of various military equipment on frontlines near the city. Additionally, []


"IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Vice President Yemi Osibanjo with memersof AsabaIDPs camp

LAGOS NOVEMBER 8TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Some persons believed to be thieves have allegedly diverted relief materials donated to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at Ogbe Afor primary School Camp in Asaba Delta State by the Red Cross Society of Nigeria last Monday.
The victims at the Camp, who spoke to newsmen on Wednesday in Asaba in tears, called on the state government to as a matter of urgency constitute a probe panel into the willful activities of the thieves who had been allegedly diverting relief materials donated to them since they moved into the camp.
The leader of the victims, Patrick Major, who claimed to be native of Bomadi community in the state, disclosed that the relief materials suddenly grew wings the same day the Red Cross Society donated them to them at the camp.
Major added that the relief materials: six bags of rice and beans including toiletries were allegedly carted away in the night by the thieves who claimed to be government agents
He said; These persons were dressed in red white with government identity cards. They are not taking care of us well again; the thieves have taken over the camp. We want the state government to intervene and bring the thieves to book before we leave for our homes officially. They feed us once a day; we need the attention of the government.
But the Camp Commandant at the Ogbe Afor Primary School, Danie...


U.S. Farmers Arent Checking Trump On Trade "IndyWatch Feed War"


Beijing thought it had the American heartland figured out. Tuesdays midterm result shows it may have overestimated its leverage.

Chinas main response to U.S. tariffs has been to slap its own tariffs on U.S. agricultural exports including soybeans, pork and sorghum. The idea was to raise the political cost to President Trump of attacking China by squeezing his rural support base. China was, until very recently, the largest overseas market for key U.S. farm productsparticularly soybeans, Americas biggest agricultural export.

There is little doubt U.S. soy farmers are hurting: Exports to China were down over 90% on the year in September, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and soybean export prices from the U.S. Gulf Coast are 20% cheaper than from South America, the other big producing region. Moreover, the U.S. soybean-marketing season is just beginning, meaning the real pain for many farmers lies ahead.

Still, Tuesdays election results show that Mr. Trumps rural base isnt punishing him too harshly. That bodes ill for a meaningful Sino-U.S. trade settlement, hopes of which have boosted global markets ahead of a planned meeting between Mr. Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping at the Group of 20 summit that st...


Glazov Gang: Newtons Anti-Semitism Problem "IndyWatch Feed War"

This new edition of The Glazov Gang features Dr. Charles Jacobs, President of Americans for Peace and Tolerance, and Ilya Feoktistov, Executive Director of Americans for Peace and Tolerance. Charles and Ilya focus on Newtons Anti-Semitism Problem, and they answer the question: Why exactly are American children being given a Saudi education about the Middle []


Chuck Spinney: Event 14 November, Screening of Who Killed LT Van Dorn? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Chuck Spinney

I am pleased to announce the Washington premier of an important investigative documentary film. Who Killed Lt. Van Dorn, will premier on November 14 at 7 PM in Landmarks E Street Cinema, located at 555 11th Street NW, Washington DC  Attached FYI is the official flyer by the sponsors of this premier.

This superb documentary shows how the interests, idealism, and safety of young soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen at the pointy end of the spear are short shrifted time after time by contractor-friendly decision-making priorities aimed at promoting the welfare the Military Industrial Congressional Complex.

If you want to understand why throwing money at the Pentagon always ends in more cries about low readiness, aging, and shrinking forces and cries for ever higher defense budgets, this movie may anger you, but it is a good place to begin your research.

Chuck Spinney

Announcement, Links, Reviews Below the Fold.


The Investigative Reporting Program at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and the...


False Flag CALEXIT-Inspired Mass Murder Event of White People In a California Bar "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

It wasnt Mandalay Bay, the site of the Las Vegas Massacre, but it may as well have been. In verse two of the same event, we see the same variables and the same exact scenario acted out again and nobody in the MSM is the slightest bit suspicious.

A well-trained gunman threw smoke bombs and fired about 30 rounds into a crowd of hundreds inside a Thousand Oaks bar late Wednesday night. In the aftermath of the carnage we see that  that there are 12 dead including a Sheriffs sergeant who was murdered as he bravely tried to stop the intended victims. This newest false flag, aimed primarily at white people occurred at the Borderline Bar & Grill.

There Are No Coincidences

As soon as I read the first accounts of this mass shooting in California, I immediately knew that this was a false flag event. I knew that this was the kind of false flag event that Paul Preston of Agenda 21 Radio had warned us was coming out of the CALEXIT movement should they not be successful in exiting the United States to become a protectorate of the United Nations. Yes, America, Paul Preston and I have been warning America since before the 2016 election that this was going to happen and that it would be primarily white people who would be victimized in mass shootings. After reading the remaining portions of this article, anyone who does not see the false flag ramifications is either blinded by cognitive dissonance or is an avowed coincidence theorist.


Botswana hundreds of byuffalo drown fleeing lions "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


BuffaloesImage copyrightSERONDELA LODGEImage captionOn Wednesday morning local people woke up to find hundreds of dead buffaloes in the Chobe river

Hundreds of buffaloes have drowned in a river on the border between Botswana and Namibia.

Early investigations suggest the herd was being chased by lions and ran into the river, say Botswana authorities.

A local lodge owner told the BBC that it looks like the buffaloes then got stuck because the bank on the other side of the river was too high and that they panicked and stampeded.

He has never heard of such a large group of buffaloes drowning before.

The authorities in Botswana estimate that roughly 400 buffaloes died.

People living in the area collected the buffaloes and took them home to eat.

Simone Micheletti, who owns a lodge on the Namibian side of the river, said that the herd was unusually large at roughly 1,000 buffaloes.

He took photos of the scene:

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Mr Micheletti told the BBC that he heard the lions roaring a lot on Tuesday night. When he went down to the river on Wednesday morning he saw hundreds of dead buffaloes.

He added that it was cloudy on Tuesday night so he suspects the clouds blocked the moonlight, meaning the buffaloes couldnt see.

Botswanas environment ministry released a statement saying that mass drownings are not unusual in the Chobe River, but Mr Micheletti says that the scale of the deaths is unheard of. The biggest mass drowning he has heard of...


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Delta: Gunmen Attack Catholic Priest, Kidnap Four At Agbor-Umutu Road "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


LAGOS NOVEMBER 8TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Unidentified gunmen yesterday kidnapped four Catholic priests, wounding others in a brazen broad day attack that has sent shivers down the spine of the survivors who were lucky to escape.
The abducted priests include Rev. Fr. Victor Adigboluja of Ijebu Ode Diocese, Rev. Fr. Anthony Otegbola, Abeokuta Diocese, Rev. Fr. Joseph Idiaye, Benin Archdiocese and Rev. Fr. Obadjere Emmanuel of the Diocese of Warri.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, one of the priests who escaped, said they were all returning from their annual class meeting that held in Warri between Monday, November 5 and Tuesday November 6, which incidentally marked their 10th year priestly anniversary.
Thereafter, we moved over to the Seminary Of All Saints, Uhiele-Ekpoma, our Alma Mater, to celebrate with the Seminary community as part of the alumni events for this year. After the successful completion of the meeting in Warri on Tuesday evening and while we were going back to Ekpoma between Agbor and Umutu in Delta State, these fierce-looking and heavily armed men suddenly burst out of the bush and started firing at our bus. While some managed to escape from their evil clutches, unfortunately, four of our brothers w...


Koko: Solar Fuel? "IndyWatch Feed War"


Scientists are trying to bottle solar energy and turn it into liquid fuel

A solar thermal fuel is like a rechargeable battery, but instead of electricity you put sunlight in and get heat out.

Scientists have spent decades looking for a way do just that, and now researchers in Sweden are reporting significant progress. Theyve developed a specialized fluid that absorbs a bit of sunlights energy, holds it for months or even years and then releases it when needed. If this so-called solar thermal fuel can be perfected, it might drive another nail in the coffin of fossil fuels and help solve our global-warming crisis

Unlike oil, coal and natural gas, solar thermal fuels are reusable and environmentally friendly. They r...


The Late, Late Movie: The 39 Steps (1935) Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll director Alfred Hitchcock "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

There have been several film versions,at least one radio play and a stage play as well. It is an enduring story. Richard Hannay, the central character was the hero in several of Buchans novels.


The Economy Does Not Care Who Won The Midterm Elections "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Brandon Smith Over the past few weeks I received numerous requests from readers to publish my predictions on the outcome of the midterm elections,...

Thursday, 08 November


Microsoft is Supporting Patent Trolls, Still. New Leadership at USPTO Gives Room for Concern. "IndyWatch Feed Tech"


Summary: New statements from Microsofts management (Andersen) serve to show that Microsoft hasnt really changed; its just trying to sell Azure IP Advantage, hoping that enough patent trolls with their dubious software patents will blackmail GNU/Linux users into adopting Azure for protection

THIS morning we wrote four articles about the European Patent Office (EPO), but we havent lost sight of American matters, which we typically cover in the weekend due to lack of time. Yesterday we wrote about the aggressive past (arguably patent trolling) of the new Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). This past of hers has been mentioned in IPPro Patents coverage that yesterday noted Peter was also previously vice president and general counsel of Immersion Corporation, where, among other legal roles, she led its IP portfolio.

Immersion Corporation is a patent aggressor that many out there have also dubbed patent troll. Peters boss/superior is another person who comes from a questionable background and was likely appointed because of nepotism. So what on Earth is going on? Its not hard to see who benefits (cui bono).

The Microsoft-friendly and Microsoft-sponsored IAM (it is also sponsored by Microsofts patent trolls) has just quoted/paraphrased Microsofts patent chief Andersen as saying: more valuable for us to essentially license our patents through Open Invention And LOT Networks than to try to license them on our own

What on Earth does that even mean? Can that be interpreted as Microsoft using OIN to just tax/cross-license with software patents? Remember that Microsoft staff was...


US sanctions againt Iran to harm Greeces shipping sector "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Although Greece is one of the eight countries currently exempted from the US sanctions against Iran, the shipping sector will soon see the negative effects.

  • Of the 217 oil tankers that ferried Iranian crude oil in the first six months of this year, 81, or 37%, were Greek-owned.

Thanks to President Trump there may be choppy waters ahead for Greeces vital shipping industry.

As the US this week reinstated a global ban on Iranian oil exports, there are few countries outside of Iran that will be more affected by the move than Greece.

This is because Greeces merchant shipping fleet the biggest in the world by tonnage is also the largest transporter of Iranian oil.

Of the 217 oil tankers that ferried Iranian crude oil in the first six months of this year, 81, or 37%, were Greek-owned. The next highest was Irans own National Iranian Tanker Company with 51 ships, followed by Denmark, China and Japan.

Although Greece is one of eight countries to be given a 180-day extension by the US with the others being China, India, Italy, Japan, Turkey, South Korea and Taiwan the White House has told those nations to start reducing their Iranian oil orders.

And with every other country told to stop immediately, or else face their own knock-on trade penalties from the US, Greeces oil tankers may be about to see a substantial drop in business.

Speaking to bbc, Dimitrios Lyridis, associate professor of maritime transport at the National Technical University of Athens, says that most Greek shipping companies will comply with the ban, because the US is also targeting individual firms doing business with Iran.

As a result, continuing to ship Iranian oil could see Greek firms banned from doing business in the US and from using American ports.

Greek shipping companies will comply with Trumps order, says Mr Lyridis.

Many of these companies are on the US stock market, so the risk of non-compliance is just too high.

I see them diversifying towards other markets, for instance, the Saudi one, currently under pressure to increase its oil output.

George Vaggelas, researcher and consultant on port economics, management and policy issues, at the University of the Aegean on the Greek island of Chios, agrees that Greek shipping firms listed in the US such as Navios Maritime Holdings and Tsakos Energy Navigation will comply.

However, Mr Vaggelas thinks that some Greek shipping firms without links to the US financial markets may continue to ship Iranian oil. (full story bbc)

The post...


Israel Finds Another Natural Partner on the Far-Right "IndyWatch Feed War"

With Brazils Bolsonaro, Israel Finds Another Natural Partner on the Far-Right

 Posted on November 08, 2018

The victory of Jair Bolsonaro in Brazils presidential election last week has won Israel a passionate new friend on the international stage. The worlds fifth-most populous nation will now be colored in blue and white, an Israeli official said, referring to the colors of Israels flag.
The Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediately called to congratulate Bolsonaro, a former army officer with a pronounced nostalgia for his countrys 20-year military dictatorship. Critics describe him as a neo-fascist.


Fayemi revokes shop allocations at Oja Oba market in Ado-Ekiti "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti on Thursday ordered the immediate cancellation of the allocation of over 800 shops at the multi-billion naira new Oja Oba Market in Ado Ekiti. The cancellation of the shop allocations was conveyed via a statement in Ado-Ekiti by the governors Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olayinka Oyebode, which said that the []

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Hetze Campagne van het CIDI "IndyWatch Feed War"

Vliegeren met ruimteCAESUUR

Betreft | open brief aan de gemeenteraad van Vlissingen
Kenmerk | caesuur_2018_126
Middelburg, donderdag 25 oktober 2018

Geachte leden van de gemeenteraad Vlissingen,

Op zaterdag 20 oktober organiseerde ruimteCAESUUR de kunstactie Vliegeren met CAESUUR op het badstrand in Vlissingen. Het referentiekader van deze actie was de controverse rond het oplaten van vliegers in de Gaza Strook. Enerzijds is vliegeren daar een vrijetijdsbesteding die regelmatig gebruikt wordt voor vreedzame protestacties (bijvoorbeeld in 2010, bij het verbreken van het wereldrecord vliegeren). Anderzijds worden vliegers gebruikt om brandbare materialen en kleine explosieven naar Isralisch grondgebied te laten vliegen en daar schade aan te richten. Hoewel er tot dusver geen menselijke slachtoffers zijn gevallen, is vee gedood en zijn aanzienlijke stukken land en natuur doo...


Tomgram: Arnold Isaacs, Misremembering Vietnam "IndyWatch Feed War"

Heres a paradox of the last few decades: as American military power has been less and less effective in achieving Washingtons goals, the rhetoric surrounding that power has grown more and more boastful...


Dr. T and the Women "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Come January there will be almost 100 women in the House of Representatives. That is more than at any point in history. If that doesn't scare The Donald, it should. It's certainly good news for America and brings the larger representative body closer to the complexion of the country. Smart women have no use for Trump and no patience for his condescension or corruption.


At least 12 killed in California country western bar attack "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

At least 11 patrons and a sheriffs deputy were shot dead at a country western themed bar in Thousand Oaks, California Wednesday night by a crazed gunman.

Shots rang out at Borderline Bar & Grill located at 99 Rolling Oaks Drive around 11:20 p.m. when the gunman opened fire on about 100 crowd goers at the popular Ventura County country music venue, reports say.

A young woman named Teylor Whittler witnessed the mayhem.

I saw him shoot, she told reporters. Then someone yelled: Everybody get down.

According to reports, the gunman is deceased.

Authorities are investigating the shooting which they say is not terror-related.

The shooting comes a little over a year after the Las Vegas massacre in which 58 people were shot and killed when a country music venue was attacked.

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Emmanuel Macron: PR man for Mohammed bin Salman? "IndyWatch Feed War"

The French president is in denial about how his government facilitates Saudi violence at home and abroad


American Citizen Detained by Trump Admin Without Charge for More than a Year Finally Set Free "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Derrick Broze A U.S. citizen illegally detained by the Trump administration for more than a year was finally set free thanks to the work...


The Anticipated Linux Driver Requirements For The Radeon Instinct MI50 / MI60 (Vega 20) "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

With this week's announcement of the Radeon Instinct MI60 and MI50 as what we previously knew as Vega 20, here's a look at what is likely required from the Linux software side for making use of these professional GPUs that will begin shipping in early 2019...


CIDI Propaganda. Cnaan Liphshiz "IndyWatch Feed War"

Leugens over vliegerproject belanden via ex-medewerker CIDI in Isralische pers

Een leugenachtig artikel in Isralische media over het geannuleerde vliegerproject in Vlissingen blijkt van de hand van voormalig CIDI-medewerker Cnaan Liphshiz. Zoals vaker is hij het tussenstation tussen de Nederlandse Isral-lobby en Isralische media, die zijn nepnieuws kritiekloos publiceren.


Stephen E. Arnold: Amazon Global TakeOver Removing Open Source Plums from the Marketplace "IndyWatch Feed War"

Stephen E. Arnold

Amazon: Global Takeover to Leverage the Cloud

From bookstores to grocery stores to even video stores, we have gotten used to the idea that Amazon is impossible to stop once it begins in a new market. However, some folks re worried about a market that Amazon has been involved with for a while. We learned more from a recent Tech Crunch story: Common Clause Stops Open-Source Abuse.

According to the story:

Amazon takes Redis (the most loved database in StackOverflows developer survey), gives very little back, and runs it as a service, re-branded as AWS Elasticache. Many other popular open-source projects including, Elasticsearch, Kafka, Postgres, MySQL, Docker, Hadoop, Spark and mor...


EPO Stacking up Buzzwords (4IR, AI, Now SDV) to Compel Examiners to Grant Patents on Algorithms "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Summary: Instead of looking for ways to better obey the law and comply with the EPC, President Campinos is creating new loopholes, further lowering patent quality in order to fake growth

FRENCHMAN (dual national) Antnio Campinos has brought promotion of software patents in Europe to unprecedented levels. The European Patent Office (EPO) promotes such patents about twice or thrice a day, on average. We never saw anything quite so grotesque under Battistelli. In that regard, namely scope/quality of patents, Campinos seems to be even worse than Battistelli (and thats just the start of his term; it can get a lot worse in years to come).

Self-driving vehicle technologies are progressing strongly, the EPO wrote yesterday, citing its very own study (a new EPO study confirms). Its like another one of those Battistelli studies; has much actually changed since Battistelli left? Maybe only the buzzwords. Battistelli kept saying 4IR; now they have a new three-letter buzzword, SDV, to obsses over. This typically means software patents pertaining to something inside the car (like those infamous over the Internet or on a phone patents).

It didnt take long for the EPO to also tweet: @RobertaRomanoG, COO for Mobility & Mechatronics at the EPO, spoke on the panel debate of the #EUCAR conference about the recently published study on trends in #selfdriving vehicle innovation

For all we can see/gather, EPO staff hates her. Its hard to forget that Roberta is a career climber close to Battistelli. She allegedly defended his abuses and corruption [1, 2] something for which people get rewarded at the Office. In other words, the only/best way to get a raise/promotion is to be evil and potentially complicit in criminal activities.

The number of...


Chinas state-run press agency has created an AI anchor to read the news "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

But the agencys new host isnt any more sophisticated than a CGI puppet.


Blockchain as a Catalyst for Good "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Blockchain as a Catalyst for Good


Smashing Security #103: An Instagram nightmare, crazy iPhone deaths, and election hack claims "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

One travel blogger finds you dont have to be Kylie Jenner to be targeted by an Instagram hacker. When 40 iPhones at a hospital mysteriously die, what could be the explanation? And, surprise surprise, political parties in the USA are throwing around hacking accusations.

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning Smashing Security podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Naked Securitys Mark Stockley.


Here Come the Judges! States Push to Maintain Judicial Independence "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

What do the following seemingly disparate events have in common?

Pennsylvania: After the courts decision to throw out a Congressional redistricting plan, state legislators call for the impeachment of state Supreme Court judges.

Iowa: After voting to uphold same-sex marriage, Iowa state Supreme Court judges are recalled from office.

Arizona and Georgia: Republican majority legislatures vote to enlarge their state Supreme Courts by two seats, allowing their governor to appoint new partisan majorities.

According to some court-followers, these varied political developments are part of a longer-term effort to achieve one nefarious goal: to undermine the political independence of the judiciary and, along with it, our system of checks and balances.

Why Should You Care? You Be the Judge


With the more immediate, in your face issues of healthcare, the lack of decent jobs, and global warmings impact, fretting about an independent judiciary would seem to be solely the concern of policy wonks.

Yet so many judicial decisions impact the everyday lives of American citizens.

In the state of Florida, bills that greatly restricted reproduction rights, placed...


Eurozone Economy Seen Cooling as Risks Mount "IndyWatch Feed War"

The European Union says a sharper slowdown is possible if the U.S. economy overheats or trade tussles escalate

Image result for Eu flag, photos


By Paul Hannon and Giovanni Legorano
The Wall Street Journal


The eurozone economy will cool over 2018 and the coming years as global demand for the blocs exports wanes, with a sharper slowdown possible if the U.S. economy overheats or trade tussles escalate, the European Union said Thursday.

The EU also used its quarterly economic forecasts to increase the pressure on Italys government over its borrowing plans, projecting the countrys budget deficit will exceed the upper limit set by the bloc in 2020.

The EU still expects the gross domestic product of the 19 countries that use the euro to grow by 2.1% this year, having expanded by 2.4% in 2017, which was the currency areas best year in a decade. The bloc cut its 2019 growth forecast to 1.9% from 2% in July and now projects a further slowdown to 1.7% in 2020.

A Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese factory in Italy. The EU warned that increased borrowing by the Italian government could threaten eurozone growth.
A Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese factory in Italy. The EU warned that increased borrowing by the Italian government could threaten eurozone growth. PHOTO: MARCO BERTORELLO/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES

It highlighted a number of threats to that scenario, chiefly the possibility that the U.S. economy grows too rapidly in response to cuts in taxes and increased government spending, prompting the...


Former U.S. Attorney Matthew Whitaker: Enough Evidence to Have a Special Prosecutor Investigate Clinton Foundation (Podcast) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Former U.S. Attorney Matthew Whitaker: Enough Evidence to Have a Special Prosecutor Investigate Clinton Foundation Podcast by John Hayward Breitbart On Thursday, Matthew Whitaker, former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa, told SiriusXM host Matt Boyle of...

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Israeli police recommend Netanyahu associates face corruption charges "IndyWatch Feed War"


No charges against PM, but Israeli police say probe into submarine deal implicates his lawyer and generals


Troika of trouble for Bolivias Cordillera de Sama Reserve "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

This year there was a hailstorm which ruined our garlic crops, says Hilda. A resident of the community of Pasajes in the southern Bolivian department of Tarija, Hilda says the hail destroyed the plants, and what little could be saved was unfit to sell. Juvenal Galan, from the Vicuayo community nearby, says the recent cold weather is the worst the area has seen. Pasajes and Vicuayo are part of a wider ecosystem served by the Cordillera de Sama Biological Reserve, home to two permanent and 18 seasonal lakes. The 1,085-square-kilometer (419-square-mile) reserve also hosts the Tajzara basin, declared a Ramsar site 18 years ago in recognition of its importance as a wetland. Cordillera de Sama was designated a reserve in 1991 primarily to protect these water sources, which feed the department of Tarija and the Tarija central valley. The reserve ranges between elevations of 2,000 and 4,700 meters (6,600 15,400 feet) above sea level. This variation in altitude makes the reserve a unique natural space, endowing it with different climates, landscapes and ecosystems. The Tajzara basin. Image courtesy of SERNAP, Bolivias government agency for protected areas. Sama provides water to the residents of Tarija, a community located in the south of Bolivia. Image courtesy of SERNAP. But the reserve faces a medley of threats, from loss of land to grazing and highway construction, to climate change, which is bringing about more frequent instances of extreme weather events, ranging from hailstorms to increasingly severe droughts. In 2017, lakes in the Tajzara

For Javan rhinos, the last holdout may also be a deadly disease hotspot "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Indonesias Ujung Kulon National Park sits at the westernmost tip of Java Island. Its remote peninsular location offers access only from the east, along a rough road used mostly by local villagers. As dawn breaks, great sweeping pastures can be seen along the roadside, dotted with lazy water buffalo and small wooden shacks between thickets of shadowy forest. Its a beautiful scene. It also represents a deadly threat to one of the rarest animals on the planet: the critically endangered Javan rhino (Rhinoceros sondaicus). The pathway to Ujung Kulons banteng viewpoint. Much of Ujung Kulon has been invaded by the arenga palm plant, which out-competes the vegetation rhinos depend on for food. Image by Katy Waters. Life on a knifes edge The entire known population of the species, 68 individuals at last count, resides within the park. As goes Ujung Kulon, so goes the Javan rhino. Sitting on the Sunda continental shelf and within the confinements of the Krakatau nature reserve, the park is at the mercy of earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions that could strike at any time, without warning. The ongoing eruption of Anak Krakatau, successor to the infamous volcano that killed more than 36,000 people when it erupted in 1883, is a stark reminder of just how fragile life in Ujung Kulon can be. The plight of the Javan rhino doesnt stop there. It shares a habitat with two potential disease carriers: wild cattle known as banteng (Bos javanicus) and domestic water buffalo (Bubalus bubalis). Buffer villages

Hahahaha, geil, darauf hab ich ja gewartet: Ein Hollnder ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Hahahaha, geil, darauf hab ich ja gewartet: Ein Hollnder will gerichtlich sein Alter ndern. Er ist 69 und hat auf Tinder keine Chance, will da jetzt 49 sagen knnen. Das ist Altersdiskriminierung!!

Tja und warum nicht? Wenn das hier OK ist, wieso sollte man nicht auch dieser Fall?

Boykottiert ACE! Wie, nie gehrt? Ich auch nicht. ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Boykottiert ACE! Wie, nie gehrt? Ich auch nicht. Das ist eine kleine Computerspielekonferenz.

Warum boykottieren? Na die haben Steve Bannon als Keynote-Redner eingeladen. Und der hat offenbar so krass gute Argumente, dass man unbedingt vermeiden muss, ihnen ausgesetzt zu werden. Daher lieber gleich die Konferenz boykottieren.

Vortragen wollte er darber, wie man mit Protektionismus Minderheiten eine Jobchance in der Computerspielebranche geben kann. Alleine an dem Thema sieht man, dass der Bannon klger ist als seine hysterisch kreischenden Gegner. Er hat sich extra ein Thema genommen, wo er inhaltlich ein Ziel setzt, das seine Gegner vorgeblich alle haben wollen, einen Weg zum Ziel beschreibt, der tatschlich funktionieren kann, und inhaltlich alle offensichtlichen Angriffspunkte vermeidet.

Aber es geht ja bei sowas heutzutage nicht mehr darum, was jemnd sagt, sondern was jemand ist. Und Bannon ist EVIL!!1!

Die Computerspieleindustrie sollte ja aus meiner Sicht mal GANZ leise sein, wenn es um moralische Bewertung von Verhalten geht. Die verbrennen seit Jahren ihre Mitarbeiter in unwrdigsten Lohnsklaven-Arbeitsverhltnissen, und Firmen wie EA werden mit schner Regelmigkeit in die Top 5 der unbeliebtesten Firma der USA gewhlt -- neben Stinkern wie Comcast und AT&T.

Benutzt hier jemamd Virtualbox?Ich sag ja schon die ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Benutzt hier jemamd Virtualbox?

Ich sag ja schon die ganze Zeit, dass VMs viel zu komplex sind und viel zu viel Code haben, als dass man sie einfach so als Security-Boundary einziehen kann. Aber auf mich hrt ja keiner.

Der Generalbundesanwalt / Justizminister der USA heit ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Der Generalbundesanwalt / Justizminister der USA heit Jeff Sessions und ist eigentlich ein Trump-Loyalist. Aber als er sich selbst bezglich der Untersuchungen zur Trump-Wahl und mglichen Einfluss durch die Russen fr befangen erklrte, anstatt die Untersuchungen wie von Trump gewnscht kurzerhand zu beenden, da waren seine Tage gezhlt.

Jetzt ist Jeff Sessions zurckgetreten worden. Nach den Midterm-Wahlen haben ja die Democrats im Unterhaus die Mehrheit und knnen Untersuchungen gegen Trump lostreten. Da ist das fr Trump nicht mehr tolerierbar, wenn sein eigenes Personal solche Ermittlungen dann auch noch zulsst.


Shark scales study helped by Alan Turing "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 1 July 2015 video from the USA says about itself:

The Math of Shark Skin

Emory math professor Alessandro Veneziani, an expert in fluid dynamics, draws inspiration from nature. The rough surface of shark skin, for instance, helps sharks move faster through the water. Mathematicians have developed an equation for how this roughness translates into less viscosity for a swimming shark. Veneziani has applied this knowledge to everything from swimsuit design to the study of human blood flowing through arteries, to help doctors devise the best strategies for treating aneurisms.

From the University of Sheffield in England:

Codebreaker Turings theory explains how shark scales are patterned

November 7, 2018

A system proposed by world war two codebreaker Alan Turing

The British government rewarded Turing for helping to win the war against nazi Germany with homophobic persecution, killing him. Like they had done before to Irish author Oscar Wilde.

more than 60 years ago can explain the patterning of tooth-like scales possessed by sharks, according to new research.

Scientists from the University of Sheffields Department of Animal and Plant Sciences found that Turings reaction-diffusion theory widely accepted as the patterning method in mouse hair and chicken feathers also applies to shark scales.

The findings can explain how the pattern of shark scales has evolved to reduce drag whilst swimming, thereby saving energy during movement. Scientists believe studying the patterning could help to design new shark-inspired materials to improve energy and transport efficiency.

Turing, forefather of the computer, came up with the reaction-diffusion system which was published in 1952, two years before his death. His equations describe how molecular signals can interact to form complex patterns.

In the paper,...


Cerebellum Does "Quality Control" for Our Thoughts: Study "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Arthur T Knackerbracket has found the following story:

[...] In a study that appeared last week (October 25) in Neuron, Dosenbach and his colleagues report what those late-night data reveal about the cerebellum, a region nestled underneath the cerebral cortex at the back of the skull. Their results suggest the anatomy of this region is highly individual, and that it is involved in not only coordinating and smoothing out physical movementits most famous functionbut in running quality control of our thoughts.

[...] And in the Midnight Scan Club data, activity in cortical areas associated with those higher cognitive functions was soon followed by activity in connected regions of the cerebellum, revealing integrated networks between the two, the authors say. "The regions that are involved in these executive functions . . . in the cerebellum, they temporally lag behind the cortex by several hundred milliseconds," says Scott Marek, a postdoc in Dosenbach's lab and first author on the study. He thinks nascent thoughts are relayed from the cortex to the cerebellum, which "has some sort of internal model about how the world should be, and if [the signals are] correct, great, the output goes out, but if not, then those signals get relayed back to the cerebral cortex to adjust the output."

In essence, the cerebellum appears to be performing quality control over our thinkingsomething it's already known to do for motor functions. Fiez says other neuroscientists had suspected it does so in higher cognitive functions, and she agrees with Marek that the new results are evidence for that hypothesis.

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Cinnamon 4.0 Desktop Update Begins Rolling Out As A Tasty Update "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Linux Mint's Cinnamon desktop environment derived from GNOME/GTK components has tagged its v4.0.0 release in source and is already beginning to appear in distribution repositories from the likes of Manjaro...


One World of Nations Report #19 -- Turning the Tide: A New America "IndyWatch Feed World"

Turning the Tide | Report #19 | A New America

Turning the Tide Series
7 November 2018

Source: One World of Nations

With the realignment of empirical Global territories, new wealth, power and dominance will all have to be rethought through. Each nation now seeks to be free of the US Cabal Zionist Hegemony snout.

But how will the old dual Anglo American forces now re-task and reemerge, each still with a viable hold of dominance, however hidden. Be assured, smart pervasive forces in each nation will play out new roles for position. Can we each cope with the new Chess Board moves? Because, we must.

Donald Trump is trying to free America of the Deep State. Americans have no greater enemies than those Usurpers of Freedom within.

Evolution or Revolution? Even the British seek Brexit to re-evolve as a nation freed from Socialist Pariahs. They will of its people who said No More!

The shock for the Deep State as (God Bless you ALL those Thinking Americans who voted for change) Trump was elected by the WILL of the people to Drain the Swamp. But will he?

The social drive of Asia now wanting its own territorial freedom to emerge will be accommodated. Board games are yet to be played out. London is the most accomplished Chess Player bar none, and its US Alliance is strong with the City itself being key to all of Washington's capital dependency based positions. As new reemerging and re-tasking for all new profile players, the Anglo American Alliance will become more convoluted and strategically intense than ever. Mutually dependent. Let us do Good!

Repositioning now is key. Also conceding old strategies.



Pakistan Will Double Exports To China; China and The U.S. Learning to Live Without Agriculture Trade "IndyWatch Feed War"

China has agreed to increase its imports from Pakistan to $2.2 billion by end of 2018-19 from the existing level of $1.2bn and to $3.2bn by end of next fiscal year, Adviser to Prime Minister on Commerce, Industry and Investment Abdul Razak Dawood said on Wednesday.

He was addressing a joint press briefing along with Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Khusro Bakhtiar.

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Makhdum Khusro Bakhtyar and Adviser to PM for Commerce, Textile and Industry Production Abdul Razak Dawood jointly addressing a press conference on Wednesday.APP
ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Makhdum Khusro Bakhtyar and Adviser to PM for Commerce, Textile and Industry Production Abdul Razak Dawood jointly addressing a press conference on Wednesday.APP

We wanted China to give Pakistan market access and increase tariff lines with similar conditions that it had offered to Bangladesh and member countries of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), the adviser said.

Keeping in view the lengthy process of amending the priority list tariff lines between the two countries, Chinese Premier Li had assured the Pakistani side to enhance its imports from Pakistan immediately, he added.

On the occasion, the adviser said that media was misquoting Minister for Finance Asad Umar by reporting that the countrys exports would be doubled within the current year. In fact, the finance minister had said that Pakistans export to China would be doubled by end of current year.

Mr Dawood said the government and private sector must identify potential areas including textile, leather, agriculture, surgical goods, and light engineering for enhancing exports to China.

The adviser said that unless export culture flourishes in the country, the current account deficit issue cannot be addressed on a permanent basis. We cannot pay debt by borrowing more. The government, he said, was determined to facilitate local industry to enhance exports and to provide proper facilitation at the ports.

Mr Dawood underlined the need to develop and promote local industrial sectors on modern lines to produce competitive products.



Port Macquarie pummelled by 'life-threatening' tennis ball-sized hailstones in Australia "IndyWatch Feed World"

Rollands Plains and Kundabung on the New South Wales mid-north coast were pummelled by "life-threatening" hailstones measuring up to 9 centimetres on Wednesday afternoon. Mark Wilgar from the Bureau of Meteorology described the hailstones as "extraordinary". "That's probably life-threatening at that size," Mr Wilgar said. "With an impact that would be like, somebody standing on a cloud and throwing a cricket ball at your head. "Unbelievable stuff, mother nature showing off again. It seems so outrageous."


The Late Movie: Porridge The Movie "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A movie spinoff from the classic BBC TV Comedy starring Ronnie Barker,Richard Beckinsale with a superb cast in support.


National Grids New Venture Firm in Silicon Valley Funds First 5 Startups "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Got an idea to make the grid better? National Grid Partners wants to hear from you

National Grid, an international energy company based in the United Kingdom, this week launched its Silicon Valley venture capital arm by funding five companies. The current size of the fund hasnt been disclosed, but Lisa Lambert, National Grids chief technology and innovation officer, says the team plans to invest US $253 million over the next two to three years, making 10 to 15 investments per year. The first five investments totaled $19.5 million.

Its a great time to invest in energy-related startups, says Lambert. For one, there is surprising little competition.

There was a massive boom in clean tech and energy sector companies in the first half of the 2000s, Lambert says. Massive amounts of capital were going into solar, wind, biofuels, and photovoltaics. These werent the typical VC deals, instead, they had long gestation periods, involved high amounts of capital. They were complex ventures.

Then the bubble burst in 2008, and everyone left the sector.

But some companies did come out of the carnage, cross the chasm, and become mature companies. These are interesting for us to invest in. There are a lot of [energy-related] areas that are emerging as big sectorsresidential energy, distributed generation, and solar, for examplewith huge companies in them. Amazingly, however, the VC industry has largely been ignoring these sectors. So many VCs have scars from the last time around. But we think these are important categories, that these technologies are important to futureproofing our business, and that there is a huge opportunity.

National Grid Partners expects to be closely involved with the companies they invest in. While some of its investments are going into mature companies, others will be seed investments.

By investing early in the life cycle of a startup, we can help form the strategy, to better fit National Grids needs, Lambert says.

The organization plans to open up a co-working space to help incubate its companies, Lambert says. The location will be somewhere in the Bay Area and will open soon, but shes not specifying where or when.

The companies in the inaugural class of National Grid Partners are:

  • AutoGrid, a data analytics company out of Stanford University. Founded in 2011, the companys technology h...

Steady Hand Repurposes Cheap SSD Modules "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

For hackers, cheap (and arguably disposable) consumer hardware makes for a ready supply of free or low-cost components. When you can walk into a big box store and pick up a new low-end laptop for $150, how many are going to spend the money to repair or upgrade the one they have now? So the old ones go to the bin, or get sold online for parts. From an ecological standpoint our disposable society is terrible, but at least we get some tech bargains out of the deal.

Case in point, the dirt cheap 32 GB eMMC SSDs [Jason Gin] recently scored. Used by Hewlett Packard on their line of budget laptops, he was able to snap up some of these custom drives for only $12 each. Only problem was, since they were designed for a very specific market and use case, they arent exactly the kind of thing you can just slap in your computers drive bay. He had to do some reverse engineering to figure out how to talk to them, and then some impressive fine-pitch soldering to get them plugged in, but in the end he got some very handy drives for an exceptionally low price.

[Jason] starts by figuring out the driveR...


Boeings new 737 MAX may abruptly dive due to errors ? "IndyWatch Feed World"

Following the deadly 737 MAX 8 crash in Indonesia, Boeing is preparing to alert airlines that errors in its newest aircraft series can make the plane abruptly dive, Bloomberg revealed.

The bulletin from Boeing will say that erroneous readings from the jets flight-monitoring system can cause the planes to abruptly dive, the news agency reported Wednesday.


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According to the report, the warning is based on the investigation of the Lion Air Flight 610 crash  On October 29, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft crashed in the sea shortly after takeoff, killing all 189 people on board.

Data extracted fr...


Public hemp-smoking : 2 men face trial in Ogun "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Two men, Anoto Tunde and Sholedolu Sadiq, on Thursday, appeared in an Ota Magistrates Court in Ogun for allegedly smoking hemp publicly and disturbing public peace. They were, however, released on bail in the sum of N40, 000. The accused Tunde, 20, and Sadiq, 16 who are facing a charge of breach of []

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$1.3bn withholding tax: MTNs suit against AG fixed for Dec. 3 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A Federal High Court, Lagos, will on Dec. 3 hear a suit by MTN Nigeria Communication Ltd against the Attorney General of the Federation challenging the legality of N242 billion and 1.3 billion dollars import duties and withholding tax assessment. Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke fixed the date for hearing of all pending applications after counsel representing []

The post $1.3bn withholding tax: MTNs suit against AG fixed for Dec. 3 appeared first on Newtelegraph.


'You are a terrible person!' Trump slams NPC extraordinaire Jim Acosta "IndyWatch Feed World"

Donald Trump and CNN's Jim Acosta clashed at the president's post-midterm press conference. Trump lashed out at Acosta, saying CNN "should be ashamed" of him and he's been horrible to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders. After congratulating Republican candidates on their victories and striking a bipartisan tone towards the now Democrat-controlled House, Trump took questions from the press on Wednesday. CNN's Jim Acosta took Trump to task, grilling the president on a recent campaign ad depicting a thousands-strong 'caravan' of Central American migrants heading for the US border as an "invasion."


EPO Needs to Publicly Apologise for Granting Bogus/Fake Patents to Aggressive Companies Like Monsanto (Now Bayer) "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Battistelli era patents

Ogg Theora

Summary: Admission of patents being granted in error and/or against public interest may be a step towards acceptance that there is a problem; EPO management, however, keeps quiet about it

THE quality of European Patents (EPs) is low. Antnio Campinos takes it even lower by openly promoting software patents in Europe a subject well cover in our next post. How about patents on life and nature? Both the European Patent Office (EPO) and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) are guilty in this regard. Both grant monopolies on these things which arent even inventions.

EPs were once known for legal certainty; nowadays, upon close enough scrutiny, many can be invalidated.Belatedly (years late) the EPO admit theres a problem. It revokes patents. It has no choice. IEG Policy wrote about it, but the European Patent Office (EPO) did not say anything in its Web site, a tweet etc. Maybe they hope nobody will notice; why was such a patent granted in the first place? A lot of anger and a petition led to this.

EPO revokes controversial broccoli was the headline from IPPro Patents, which to its credit began writing about EPO scandals about a year ago. Now it covers this wake-up call about EPO granting lousy patents and correcting only after immense public/outside pressure. To quote:

The patent, which was granted to Monsanto in 2013 and later sold to Bayer, covered plant, seeds and harvested severed broccoli heads that grow slightly higher in order to ease harvesting. An opposition to the patent was originally filed in 2014.

No Patents on Seeds protested the patent by erecting the largest broccoli......


Shithole Strasbourg "IndyWatch Feed World"



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If US Politics Were Real, a Massive Blue Wave Would Be 100% Certain "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Democrats have done almost nothing in the last two years to fight the Republicans in any way that will ensure victory... You are ultimately participating in a game rigged for your oppressors, and that you deserve a much better system than this.

Will the Death of the Mall Bring Back Downtowns? Maybe, Maybe Not "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Malls have been understood as the antithesis of traditional urbanism ever since the inception of the multi-store complexes. Possibly no other type of development quite so embodies the Growth Ponzi Scheme as the shopping mall: it requires massive and costly of up-front public infrastructure, is built to decline, and at the end of its life, it either sits abandoned or receives a second life (usually at additional public expense). Rising to popularity in the 1950s riding a wave of subsidies and new suburban homesteaders, the design embodies the antithesis of so many concepts we push for at Strong Townsfacilities with large parking requirements moving commerce away from downtown cores and toward auto-oriented suburbs.

At the time, though, malls were seen as a shiny, new symbol of wealth. They were anchored by large department stores providing a diverse range of items to shoppers. By the 80s, they were cultural symbols of capitalism, teen angst, and American affluence.

This reallocation of resources to these new economic centers is often cited as a key player in the decline of the downtown shopping district. They were the suburban, auto-oriented counterpart to walkable neighborhoods that came to rise at the same time as homeowners were pushing out of the city.

Yet the Austrian architect of the modern mall, Victor Gruen, had something else in mind. His original 1952 design was inspired by the Vienna downtown square and was intended to bring walkability into the suburbs. His first design featured outdoor space, parks, and sculptures. Eventually he envisioned mixed-use amenities like housing and medical care to be included; he wanted to create community for the suburbs, a third place.

Unfortunately for Gruen, his design did not ease car use in the suburbs as he intended but magnified it. National chains seized on the idea, and service providers like daycares couldnt afford the rent to coexist in these complexes. The shopping center promoted walking inside of its facility, but required driving to get to the site. The malls contributed to the ongoing failure of downtown commercial districts with their controlled environment and shiny, new architecture.

Urbanists Revenge?



Trump brags that he 'retired' Jeff Flake "IndyWatch Feed World"

Putting a good face on an election that saw his party lose control of the House, President Trump bragged that he had "retired" Arizona Senator Jeff Flake, the Republican who opted to step down rather than support Trump. "In Jeff Flake's case it's me, pure and simple. I retired him. I'm very proud of it, I did the country a great service," Trump said at a press conference on Wednesday. "He is retired. I'd like to call it another word, but we're going to treat him with great respect."


Macron blasted for planning homage to WWI hero turned Nazi collaborator "IndyWatch Feed World"

French President Emmanuel Macron has been derided for defending his decision to honor Marshal Philippe Ptain, a veteran leader of the First World War who would later collaborate with the Nazis. "I consider it entirely legitimate that we pay homage to the marshals who led our army to victory. Marshal Ptain was a great soldier in World War One," Macron said. Jewish groups, political opponents and French citizens in general have vented their outrage against the president online. #Ptain is now trending on Twitter in light of Macron's highly controversial remarks.


Calls for a ceasefire in Yemen port city have only yielded more violence "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Instead of bringing calm to the besieged Yemeni city, calls for a ceasefire in Hodeidah have brought some of the worst violence the vital port has yet faced in the three-year war. Baseem al-Janani, who lives in the city, said: "The clashes are absolutely crazy right now. I have a headache from the shelling and bombing in the east. People are trapped in their houses for hours at a time because of shrapnel and gunfire. But their houses are not safe either."


Spanish neofascist murder attempt on prime minister "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This 8 October 2018 video from La Vanguardia daily in Spain says about itself (translated):

The Mossos dEsquadra [Catalonia region autonomous police] detained last September in Terrassa a lone wolf who wanted to assassinate [social democrat Prime Minister] Pedro Snchez for the exhumation of the remains of [dictator Francisco] Franco from the Valley of the Fallen, which has not yet been carried out.

Manuel Murillo Snchez was a security guard with a gun license and a 63-year-old expert sniper. This has been published exclusively by the Pblico newspaper and has been confirmed by La Vanguardia from police sources.

He had been around for years on the extreme right, but he had no criminal record, so it was difficult to control him. According to the newspaper, he was arrested after someone sounded the alarm. He had asked for help in a WhatsApp group to murder the prime minister. Specifically, he asked for information about the prime ministers location and his agenda.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Outstanding sniper planned an attack on Spanish Prime Minister Snchez

In Spain, a 63-year-old man was arrested who, according to the justice department, intended to attack [social democrat] Prime Minister Snchez. That arrest happened already in September, but reports about it are only coming out now. According to Spanish media, the man wanted to repay the governments decision to rebury former dictator Franco.

Against this decision there a strong protests by...


Louis Farrakhan, in Iran, warns Trump a Mideast war possible "IndyWatch Feed War"

Minister Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam, is warning President Donald Trump not to pull the trigger of war in the Middle East at the insistence of Israel.

Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam, is long known for provocative comments and is widely considered anti-Semitic. (File/AFP)

His remarks came during a visit to Iran where Farrakhan spoke to journalists in Tehran on Thursday.

The 85-year-old Farrakhan, long known for provocative comments widely considered anti-Semitic, criticized the economic sanctions leveled by Trump against Iran after he pulled America from the nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.

Farrakhan says hes begging our president and the government that supports him to be very, very careful.

He said: The war will trigger another kind of war which will bring China, Russia, all of the nations into a war. The war will end America as you know it.

Arab News


White South Africans Barred from Government Jobs Website "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

White South African men are reportedly being excluded from a government-partnered youth employment initiative program, according to a new report. The Youth Employment Service ("YES") government job website has the goal of helping South Africans who have been unemployed for more than six months. The program has been endorsed by the National Development Plan 2030, which intends on eliminating poverty and reducing inequality within the next 12 years in the country.

The website reportedly requires applicants to be in accordance with the Black Economic Empowerment ("BEE") definition of black. They are also required to be between the ages of 18 and 34 and citizens of South Africa. BEE is a program launched by the South African government whose aim is redressing inequalities in the nation by giving South African citizens who are black economic privileges that are not available to white people. The program also includes colored and Indian people.
The YES website states:


Russia's State Duma implements law neutralizing Navalny's exploitation of children in protests "IndyWatch Feed World"

The State Duma is toughening criminal responsibility for the organisers of unauthorised protest actions and rallies that involve minors. The relevant draft law was adopted at the first reading by 338 votes from the 416 deputies who were present. According to the parliamentarian Evgeny Revenko, in recent years the non-systemic opposition in Russia more and more often uses the scenario used at Maidan revolutions and attract children to participate in events. This is also confirmed by the statistics of the Ministry of Internal Affairs - during all of last year the police detained 475 minors for participating in unsanctioned rallies, and only in May of this year - 223 teenagers.


Gunman Kills at Least 12 at Thousand Oaks Bar "IndyWatch Feed War"

At least 11 bar patrons and a sheriffs deputy were killed late Wednesday in a shooting at a country and western dance hall in Thousand Oaks, Calif., that was holding an event for college students, officials said.

The gunman is dead, officials said early Thursday, adding that there was no longer a threat to the public after the shooting at the bar, which was filled with about 100 people.

Police officers interview people outside a country music bar and dance hall in Thousand Oaks, in the Los Angeles area where the shooting happened. (USA Today/AFP)

The Ventura County sheriff, Geoff Dean, said there were multiple other victims of different levels of injuries. His voice cracking, he identified the slain sheriffs deputy as Ron Helus. He said that when officers arrived at the scene of the shooting, the suspect had already died.

Sheriff Dean said the suspect had not been identified, that the authorities had no idea whether he had links to terrorism, and that it was not clear if he had taken his own life.

People comforted one another early Thursday near the scene of the shooting in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Credit Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press

Its your worst nightmare, said Brenden Kelly, 22, who was in the club Wednesday night when shots were fired. Its terrible.

Police vehicles near the scene. Credit KABC, via Associated Press

Standing outside without a shirt, he said, Theres only so much you can do.



Group replies PDP on Trader Moni, says Nigerians not for sale "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A political group in Nigeria has rejected the main opposition partys claim on Trader Moni, a Social Investment Programme (SIP) initiated by the Buhari government. Reacting to the claims of PDP, Sunday Akinloye, chairman of the Initiative to Save Democracy (ISD) explained that Nigerians are not for sale at any price. He noted that because []

The post Group replies PDP on Trader Moni, says Nigerians not for sale appeared first on Newtelegraph.


Jim Acostas Self-Important Martyr Routine Is Growing Stale "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Jim Acosta's arrogant behavior and lies make him an effective tool for the Trump administration, but he's too full of himself to realize it.


Prince Charles wont meddle when he becomes king "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Prince of Wales says he will stop speaking out on topics he feels strongly about when he becomes king, as he is not that stupid.

He has campaigned on issues such as the environment for decades, but says he would not do the same as monarch.

Speaking in a BBC documentary to mark his 70th birthday, Prince Charles said the idea that he would continue making interventions was nonsense.

He said he would have to operate within constitutional parameters.

He has campaigned on issues including the environment, wildlife preservation, architecture and the use of GM crops.

Completely different

In the hour-long programme, he was asked about what some people have called his meddling, but said he had always tried to remain non-party political.

He said: I think its vital to remember theres only room for one sovereign at a time, not two.

So, you cant be the same as the sovereign if youre the Prince of Wales or the heir.

But the idea, somehow, that Im going to go on in exactly the same way, if I have to succeed, is complete nonsense because the two the two situations are completely different.

Asked whether his public campaigning would continue, he said: No, it wont. Im not that stupid.

I do realise that it is a separate exercise being sovereign. So of course I understand entirely how that should operate.

Documentary film maker John Bridcut, who followed the royal for 12 months, said Prince Charles bridled a bit at the use of the word meddling, and instead preferred to think of his interventions as motivating.

The heir to the throne said: If its meddling to worry about the inner cities as I did 40 years ago, then if thats meddling Im proud of it.



Albanian authorities detain 4 Greeks, ban 30 from attending Katsifas funeral "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Albanian authorities have taken into custody four Greeks heading to village Vouliarates to attend the funeral of killed ethnic Greek Kosntantinos Kotsifas.

The exact reason for the Greeks detention on Thursday morning is not known with confusing information coming both from Albanian and Greek media.

According to some Albanian media, the four Greeks will be taken to prosecutor for inciting hate between nations and religions.

Earlier reports said that they were detained for carrying banners with slogans about Northern Epirus, The term used by Greeks refers to the historical region of Greeces Epirus that has been part of South Albania since beginning of 20th century. The is rejected by Albanians for its irredentist connotations.

Yellow flag with the Byzantine symbols

According to Albanian Faxweb, two of the detainees had bags with full face masks and t-shirts with paramilitary symbols of extreme far-right organizations.

Security controls at the Kakavia border crossing have been especially thorough by Albanian security forces.

Citing sources from the Greek Ministry for Citizens Protection, Greek media report that the four will be soon taken to the border crossing Kakavia, some 6 km away form the village, and return to Greece.

According to ANT1, Albanian authorities banned more than 30 Greeks from entering the countr...


WATCH: Who Are These Russians And Why Do We Hate Them? "IndyWatch Feed War"

In his film, Regis Tremblay examines the history of US-Russian relations, talks to ordinary Russian people, deconstructs propaganda and attempts to answer the question Who are these Russians? And Why Do We Hate Them? The escalating downturn of US relations with Russia has made the world a more dangerous place than at any time during the Cold War, including during the Cuban Missile Crisis. This film explores the many reasons why the US foreign policy establishment since the end of World War II hates all things Russian. With the exception of John Kennedy who sought to end nuclear weapons and to seek peace with Russia, every president since has used Russia as a threat to American interests, security and Democracy. Is Putin a thug and an assassin? Or he is a great, patriotic leader of a country that was nearly destroyed by President George Herbert Walker Bushs CIA good old boys, Bill Clinton and the CIA asset Boris Yeltsin? But, perhaps the greatest fear is that Russia has regained its superpower status and because


Batteryless smart devices closer to reality "IndyWatch Feed World"

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have taken a huge step towards making smart devices that do not use batteries or require charging. These battery-free objects, which feature an IP address for internet connectivity, are known as Internet of Things (IoT) devices. If an IoT device can operate without a battery it lowers maintenance costs and allows the device to be placed in areas that are off the grid. Many of these IoT devices have sensors in them to detect their environment, from a room's ambient temperature and light levels to sound and motion, but one of the biggest challenges is making these devices sustainable and battery-free. Professor Omid Abari, Postdoctoral Fellow Ju Wang and Professor Srinivasan Keshav from Waterloo's Cheriton School of Computer Science have found a way to hack radio frequency identification (RFID) tags, the ubiquitous squiggly ribbons of metal with a tiny chip found in various objects, and give the devices the ability to sense the environment.


UK paramedics forced into sex (says Iran) "IndyWatch Feed World"

A new report shows that women staffers in a major British ambulance service were forced into giving sexual favors and watching pornography at work.

The female paramedics working in the South Western Ambulance Service Foundation Trust (SWASFT) were called fresh meat when they start the job, with male colleagues often asking for sexual favors, The Sun newspaper revealed in a report on Wednesday.

The independent probe showed that SWASFT was mainly dominated by a boys club mentality, where sexual banter was commonplace and interviewees recounted repeated cases of inappropriate and abusive behavior against them.

Female employees also said managers threatened them if they refused to offer sexual favors, telling them they would get spanked.


The respondents to the inquiry also said that managers openly flirted with new employees in an attempt to exert power and control.

It was made clear to me that if I wanted to progress my career there were sexual favors that were required, said one paramedic.

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