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Friday, 24 November

20:01

Firm but fair (and rather long) "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

According to our sidebar there are 145 posts on this blog tagged Andrew Marr.  The question is, are we, or have we ever been, unfair to Andrew Marr? (Im sure Andrew Marr is tormented by such uncertainty)

I began by trying to categorise all 145 under headings like: positive negative value-neutral -  just as Craig might have done. Then I realised this was too ambitious, too unquantifiable, too time-consuming and a waste of time.

Eventually I deduced that most of this impressive total was authored by Craig. Firm but fair, Craigs posts brim with stats (cant argue with stats) and feature several carefully transcribed excerpts from Marrs most exciting exchanges with ladies and gentlemen from all corners of the political scrotum.

Craig must have a crush on Andy; or maybe it's because Andy tackles lots of potentially bias-laden topics - Brexit, domestic politics, current affairs and other contentious matters. Lets assume its the latter.

Although tagged Andrew Marr, many of my Marr-related posts (but a paltry 20-something) contain minimal references to Andy, and are often deeply buried within miscellanies and rambles. However, most of the relevant content fits the positive category. 

I know Ive made this observation before somewhere - I cant quite lay my hands on it right now, but the gist of it is that without personal experience one can never truly be sure that reports and articles aren't littered with inaccuracies and omissions, which explains how quickly lies travel round the world before the truth has time to put its clod-hoppers on.

Searching YouTube for something entirely different, I stumbled upon the clip from Question Time in which Owen Jones, looking about twelve, rattled off a litany of wrong information to much applause from his fans in the audience. He got away with it simply because no-one, bar one solitary, but very erudite member of the audience (whom everyone ignored) knew any better.

(I do wonder if little Owen has ever offered an apology, perhaps for asserting that the siege of Gaza stops basic supplies getting in or for the melodramatic tale a...

19:41

BBC One's 'News at Six' slips on a Banana skin "IndyWatch Feed Europe"


Historic moment in Zimbabwe

I was just watching BBC One's News at Six and was brought up short by yet another clanger from BBC News.

Introducing the programme's second story Sophie Raworth read out the following:
Zimbabwe has a new President, only its second in 37 years. Thousands of people celebrated in Harare today as Emmerson Mnangagwa was sworn in. 
Well, that's simply wrong. Mr Mnangagwa is Zimbabwe's third President in 37 years.

They've obviously forgotten President Banana - the one whose name it was made a criminal offence to joke about (for some reason):

Canaan Banana 1980-1987
Robert Mugabe 1987-2017
Emmerson Mnangagwa 2017- 

So another day, another embarrassing blunder from one of the BBC's flagship news programmes.

Seriously, is the BBC getting worse at this kind of thing? I don't remember them making so many mistakes in the past.

19:31

Prominent hotel group in Kos up for auction for outstanding bank loans "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Several hotel units in Greece are set to go on the auction block in the upcoming period, with most coming under foreclosure due to defaults on bank loans. According to narfemporiki, one company in bankruptcy liquidation is the Lakitira S.A. company, which managed three units on the holiday island of Kos. The former has 37

The post Prominent hotel group in Kos up for auction for outstanding bank loans appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.

19:14

Alexander Solzhenitsyns 1978 Harvard Address "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Transcript: I am sincerely happy to be here on the occasion of the 327th commencement of this old and most prestigious university. My congratulations and very best wishes to all

18:35

Scientists link recent flash floods to climate change and man-made causes "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

An event like the recent Greek flood cannot be called a natural disaster without recognizing the man-made causes exacerbating such events, said scientists participating in the 7th annual general assembly of the European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility (ENSSER) held in Athens. In a press release, the scientists highlighted the role of

The post Scientists link recent flash floods to climate change and man-made causes appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.

18:04

Greeces budget records a primary surplus of 5.331 in Jan-Oct 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Greeces budget recorded a primary surplus of 5.331 billion in January-October 2017, compared with a primary surplus of 4.859 billion in the corresponding period of 2016 and a target of a primary surplus of 2.752 billion. This is apparent from the state budget execution figures for January-October 2017, which also saw a

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17:55

The Truth Will Get You Into Trouble "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

David Hirsh and the JC: Don't let the facts interfere with the 'truth'...

David Hirsh and the JC: Don't let the facts interfere with the 'truth'...

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By Gilad Atzmon

Perhaps in the goyims world, the truth will set you free, but in the Jewish Chronicles universe, the truth gets you into trouble. In the ghetto, the truth is at best an obstacle and at worst, a bitter enemy that must be suppressed. The Jewish Chronicle today reveals that an inquiry has been launched into the conduct of a truth telling teacher who had the audacity to present historical facts in the presence of pupils.

Apparently, Ethan Saunders, who teaches history and politics at Jewish Free School, strongly defended Ken Livingstons truthful statements about Zionist collaboration with Nazis. Saunders statements came during a book launch for Dr. David Hirshs latest book, Contemporary Left Antisemitism. 

Hirsh, an anti intellectual academic and a dedicated hasbara mouthpiece, complained to the JC: There were questions from students and then a teacher stood up at the back and, in a fairly kind of belligerent way, said: I dont agree with anything you said. He said that I hadnt told the whole story to the students; it was a pretty clear allegation not only that I kind of got it wrong, but that I was speaking in bad faith.

Doing things in bad faith is symptomatic of Hirshs conduct as a notorious Zionist disinformation merchant. Many, including yours truly, have pointed out his duplicitous inclinations in the past.

Mr. Saunders reportedly said: You (Hirsh) havent explained to the students about the Haavara Agreement and the real collaboration between the Nazis and the Zionists. [...] You havent explained that it was Israel who was responsible for nurturing Hamas at the beginning, and Hamas is a creature of Israel.

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17:27

Bedford "IndyWatch Feed Europe"





































Searched Google for article but never came up and it did not come up when searching the Bedfordtoday.co.uk, don't know why.

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17:27

Das Europaparlament will Exportkontrollen ausweiten. ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Das Europaparlament will Exportkontrollen ausweiten. So soll jetzt auch der Export von Spyware verboten werden. Die Formulierung klingt ein bisschen grobschlchtig:

EU export controls will be extended on goods and technologies designed for civilian use but possibly used for human rights violations,
Ich finde den Vorsto gut, mache mir aber Sorgen, dass man letztlich ber alles sagen kann, dass es benutzt werden kann, um Menschenrechte zu verletzen. Na mal gucken.

Schulz ist schonmal vorgestrzt. Die SPD ist so gut ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Schulz ist schonmal vorgestrzt. Die SPD ist so gut wie umgefallen.

Update: Ich bin mir sicher, dass das nichts mit Opposition oder nicht Opposition zu tun hat, und viel mehr mit den Neuwahlen, die die Merkel angedroht hat, bevor sie in eine Minderheitsregierung geht. Denn dann mssen die ganzen Damen und Herren von der SPD damit rechnen, dass ihnen die FDP mal Projekt 18 von nahem zeigt und sie auerparlamentarische Oppositionsarbeit machen drfen. Und hey, wenn man sich einmal an die Diten gewhnt hat, ...

Update: Ein SPD-Whler (?) schreibt mir gerade, dass das eigentlich das total schlaue Manver war von der SPD. Erst nach der Wahl sagen, dass man fr eine Koalition nicht zur Verfgung steht (nach der Wahl heit kein Wahlversprechen, damit kein Umfallen). Dann bei einem Bierchen die CDU an der FDP zerschellen sehen und sich dann gro bitten lassen, ob man nicht doch und endlich mal Hebel haben.

Nun, ja. Schne Theorie. Aber. Erstens htte die SPD auch all die Jahre vorher einen Hebel gehabt, aber sie haben ihn nicht genutzt. Zweitens verkackt das ja gerade die SPD-Basis, wenn sie in einem ffentlich einsehbaren Votum sagen, dass sie doch mit der CDU koalieren wollen. Dann wei die Merkel ja, dass Schulz'' Geziere Bullshit ist und sie die SPD wie sonst auch in Ruhe aufs Brot schmieren kann.

Nun, wir werden sehen :-)

Frankfurt: Anklage gegen Restaurantbetreiber wegen ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Frankfurt: Anklage gegen Restaurantbetreiber wegen erfundenem Nafri-Sexmob Silvester 2016.

Wie berichtet, hatten die beiden im Februar 2017 im Gesprch mit einem Journalisten der Bild-Zeitung behauptet, bis zu 50 arabischstmmige junge Mnner htten in der Silvesternacht in Frankfurt Frauen belstigt, Schlgereien angezettelt und Gste beklaut.
Das hatte er nicht nur der "Bild" sondern auch der Polizei gesagt, und dann stellte sich raus, dass seine Komplizin, die er als Opfer prsentiert hatte, gar nicht in Frankfurt war zu der Zeit. Andere Gastwirte hatte der Darstellung widersprochen.
Mais Glaubwrdigkeit stand im Zweifel, nachdem bekannt wurde, dass er der fremdenfeindlichen Pegida-Bewegung sowie der AfD nahestand.

15:52

Six in ten Greeks pay from their own pocket for health services "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Majority of Greeks pay from their own pockets for health care services, an average of 300 euros per year for doctors visits and laboratory and diagnostic tests. At the same time, 21 percent say they did not receive medical care they needed mainly because mainly of the cost. The nationwide survey HELLAS HEALTH VII took

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15:18

Why do the BBC rate Michael Gove and the Guido Fawkes blog as more reliable sources than the British Medical Journal? "IndyWatch Feed Europe"


In November 2017 the widely respected British medical Journal published a study suggesting that Tory austerity dogma is linked to 120,000 excess deaths since 2010.

The BBC quashed any coverage of this shocking study on the advice of a shadowy advisory group that is part-funded by organisations like the Daily Mail and the UK government themselves. Apparently the British medical Journal and the academics who worked on the study were not reliable enough to warrant any coverage whatever.

Fast forward one week and the BBC joined various other outlets in championing an absolute sham of an article from the Guido Fawkes blog accusing other websites of being "downmarket trash clickbait" in an attempt to create a furore over fake news.

It is absolutely indisputable that Tory MPs voted to defeat an amendment to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill designed to ensure that the UK government recognises animal sentience after Brexit. Here's a link to the vote on Hansard. We can all see from the public record that the Tories voted against the amendment to recognise animal sentience, making sure it lost by 313 votes to 295.

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13:08

Trumps Thanksgiving-Ansage an das Militr war ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Trumps Thanksgiving-Ansage an das Militr war speziell. Er hat ihnen erklrt, dass sie ja endlich mal fr was echtes kmpfen unter ihm. Fr was? Na fr

U.S. President Donald Trump gave a bullish Thanksgiving address to troops overseas on Thursday, hailing progress in Afghanistan and against ISIS, and telling them they were fighting for something real, including a stock market at record highs and his promised big, beautiful fat tax cuts.
Fuck yeah! Fr die Steuergeschenke an die Superreichen! Dafr kmpft ihr!

Ich stelle mir gerade vor, wie so ein fetter Motivationsschub durch die anwesenden Soldaten ging :-)

Was tut ein Stromunternehmen, wenn ihnen der Strom ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Was tut ein Stromunternehmen, wenn ihnen der Strom abgeschaltet wird?

Na klar! Beim Nachbarn klauen!

12:35

OCED confirms Greeces tax tsunami in 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Greece experienced the largest tax increase among 35 members of the member states of  the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) last year. According to new figures released by the OECD, taxes in Greece went up to 38.5 percent in 2016, reaching a 30-year high. Tax revenues in Greece, as a percentage of GDP,

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12:07

Erdogan will be the first Turkish president to visit Greece in 65 years "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be the first Turkish president to visit Greece in 65 years. The visit originally scheduled for 7. and 8. December has not been officially announced yet. Reason for the delay is that the Greek side is still considering about the possible impact of such a visit in Thrace home of the

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11:08

Beim Diskutieren ber das bedingungslose Grundeinkommen ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Beim Diskutieren ber das bedingungslose Grundeinkommen habe ich mir das immer so zurecht gelegt, dass nur noch die Leute arbeiten mssen, die echt Bock drauf haben, und die anderen stehen nicht mehr im Weg. Und als Nebeneffekt knnen jetzt viel mehr Leute Kunst machen.

Aber das geht ja davon aus, dass Kunst keine Arbeit ist. Mir schwebte da jemand vor, der zuhause tpfert oder Bilder malt oder so. Aber die Kunst, die ich persnlich hufiger rezipiere, sind Knstler auf Tournee. Und da fiel mir vorhin auf, dass das ja sehr wohl Arbeit ist.

Was meint ihr, wrde sowas noch stattfinden, wenn man ein bedingungsloses Grundeinkommen htte? Wrde dann noch jemand auf Tournee gehen und Konzerte geben?

Oder msste man davon ausgehen, dass dann nur noch Konzerte stattfinden, die das Ego des Knstlers befriedigen? Also Carnegie Hall wre noch ausgebucht, aber im Brgerhaus Elmstetten wre tote Hose? (Ohne jetzt Elmstetten auf die Fe treten zu wollen, nur als Beispiel gemeint)

Was meint ihr?

Update: Ein Einsender merkt an, dass die grere Frage ist, ob man dann noch Bhnenmeister und Zeitungsaustrger findet. Ein anderer meint, es sei eher zu befrchten, dass dann auch die ganz schlechten Bands auf Tournee gehen :-)

Ein Dritter meint, dass die Kunst dann besser werden knnte, weil man im Moment den Song raushaut, weil man das Geld braucht, nicht wenn er fertig ist. Und hier ein Ausschnitt aus einem besonders schnen Kommentar:

Nachdem mir mein Nachbar (ein naufflliger, netter Kerl) beimm x-ten Bier erffnete, er wrde an einem Roman schreiben, habe ich mich mal umgehrt: Allein in meinem kleibrgerlichen Umfeld ist fast jeder zweite ein Dichter, Autor, Holzschnitzer, Maler auf meist (!) erstaunlich hohem Niveau. Mit Familie und Kindern fehlt einem nur meist die Zeit und das Geld, das weiter auszuleben.

10:28

Black Friday frenzy in Greece with some weird deals "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

It was still dark when the first customers arrived outside stores long before the opening hours. It was mostly young people building long queues outside shops with electronics, waiting for the best Black Friday deals. Among them also school students who thought a Black Friday deal is much more interesting than a dull day in

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10:12

Australia - EPA probes Westfield toxic waste handling "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

DANGEROUS: Authorities are investigating the handling of tonnes of toxic waste uncovered during the $90 million redevelopment of Westfield Kotara. Picture: Jonathan CarrollTHOUSANDS of tonnes of toxic waste that threatens the health of construction workers has been uncovered during building works at the $90 million Westfield Kotara redevelopment.
Poisonous aluminium salt slag was discovered by workers, who noticed a pungent smell, during excavation of a car park near Northcott Drive in mid August....
....The hazardous material was dug up by contractors installing a new sewer line and tests revealed the slag contained arsenic, cyanide, chloride, aluminium, sulphide and fluoride.
According to the Greencap report, the main concern is the slags leachability and its reactivity to water and humidity that can cause toxic, harmful, explosive, poisonous and unpleasant odorous...

10:04

Australia -- Bottled water: Concerns aired at Beechworth public meeting "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Community concern: Up to 200 people attended a public meeting in Beechworth about the use of groundwater for bottled water. Picture: Allan Thompson
ALLAN THOMPSON, The Weekly Times
TEMPERS were tested when up to 200 people packed a public meeting in Beechworth last night to address growing community concern about the use of groundwater for bottled water in the area.

Organisers, Indigo, Alpine and Towong councils kept a tight rein on the meeting, keeping the question and answer section of the forum brief and to the point.
Even so, the depth of emotion was apparent as supporters and opponents of the bottled water industry strongly argued their case and, on one occasion, started talking over the top of each other.

Indigo Shire Council Mayor Jenny OConnor said the bottled water industry had come out of left field and councils keep hitting brick walls with legislation trying to regulate it.
She believed the water should be kept at its source for agriculture and community use rather than used for bottled water while Alpine Mayor Ron Janas expressed concern on the impact and cost of the trucks used to transport water on local infrastructure. He described the water as liquid gold for some and said there were moral and ethical concerns over its use.

New Towong Mayor, Aaron Scales told the meeting he was worried about local amenity.
We are trying to encourage people to move into our area and if that amenity is not there, then they wont move, he said.
However, Black Mount Spring Water owner Tim Carey, who extracts and trucks the local water to Asahi in Albury, defended the industry, saying only 0.1 per cent of water extracted from the ground in Australia was used for bottled water. The industry was legal and Goulburn Murray Water closely monitored the aquifers to ensure it was sustainable, he said. He gained support from a number of speakers in the audience who claimed tap water was a health risk due to the chlorine and fluoride added to it.
We used to kill rabbits with fluoride, one man told the crowd.
However, guest speaker Huw Kingston, who led the charge to make his hometown of Bundanoon in NSW the first in the world to become plastic bottle water free, said there were high levels of public health control over tap water and it was perfectly safe. He added bottled water often contained a percentage of tap water as well as the same chemicals.

He said despite the monitoring of the aquifers by auth...

09:00

A Person Related to the Ripper Museum Awarded Labour Party LGBTQ Lead Advisor Post "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Linda Riley was awarded the post of Labour Party LGBTQ Lead Advisor. Riley was listed as one of the directors of Jack the Ripper Museum in Whitechapel, and, according to Whois, was the owner of the museums website domain. Apart for her involvement in the Ripper Museum, Linda Riley has rather impressive CV: she is

04:39

Syria war, Sochi peace "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

In a well choreographed Sochi summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin defines a peaceful future for Syria after the liberation of the country from militants by Pepe Escobar of the Asia

00:43

The MBS Blackwater marriage of convenience "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

by Ghassan Kadi for the Saker blog Mohamed Bin Salmans (MBS) royal Saudi coup is still in the making and its stories of mystery and intrigue are unfolding. Some recent

00:01

What Did You Expect? "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

In a satirical spirit, the North Yorks Enquirer presents the one hundred and twenty-second in a continuing series of so-called Photoons cartoons developed from digital photographs highlighting the more amusing aspects of current affairs in North Yorkshire and far beyond.

Readers are left to place the protagonists in the context of news articles.

Enjoy!

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23:22

Truthy McTruthface? "IndyWatch Feed Europe"




The scene that captured the public's attention above all this week was the moving scene with the pilot whales and the dead calf. Here's David Attenborough's script for the segment:
Surviving in the open ocean has always tested animals to the limit, but today they face a new additional threat: Plastic. Just over 100 years ago, we invented a wonderful new material that could be moulded into all kinds of shapes and we took great trouble to ensure that it was hard-wearing, rot-proof and virtually indestructible. Now, every year, we dump around eight million tonnes of it into the sea. Here, it entangles and drowns vast numbers of marine creatures. But it may have even more widespread and far-reaching consequences. A pod of short-finned pilot whales. They live together in what are, perhaps, the most closely knit of families in the whole ocean. Today, in the Atlantic waters off Europe, as elsewhere, they have to share the ocean with plastic. A mother is holding her newborn young. It's dead. She is reluctant to let it go and has been carrying it around for many days. In top predators like these, industrial chemicals can build up to lethal levels, and plastic could be part of the problem. As plastic breaks down, it combines with these other pollutants that are consumed by vast numbers of marine creatures. It's possible her calf may have been poisoned by her own contaminated milk. Pilot whales have big brains. They can certainly experience emotions. Judging from the behaviour of the adults, the loss of the infant has affected the entire family. Unless the flow of plastics and industrial pollution into the world's oceans is reduced, marine life will be poisoned by them for many centuries to come. The creatures that live in the big blue are perhaps more remote than any animals on the planet. But not remote enough, it seems, to escape t...

22:58

NYP: Appeal re Scarborough Purse Theft "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

NYP: Appeal re Scarborough Purse Theft

Police are appealing for information following a theft in Bon Marche on Westborough, Scarborough.

Officers want to speak to the man in the CCTV image in connection with the incident.

The incident happened at 10.10am today, 23 November 2017, when a woman was approached by a man from behind. The man, who had entered the store with a woman, pushed the female victim in the shoulder then stole her purse from her handbag.

The victim has described her purse as a long plain gold purse from TK MAXX (value 11) inside the purse was 40 in cash (1 ten 1 five) and loose change.  Nothing else was taken.

Anyone who recognises the man in the CCTV or who has any information is asked to contact police.

Dial 101, press 1 and ask to speak to DC Graeme Boast or email Graeme.boast@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Please quote reference number 12170210324 when passing on any information.

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22:49

The Lugansk Republic situation, MID note to the DOS concerning Myrotvorets "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

by Scott Humor On November 15,  President Putin supported Viktor Medvedchuks proposed prisoner exchange between Ukraine and the Donetsk and Lugansk Republics. Putin met with the Leader of the Ukrainian Choice  Peoples Right

22:03

Syrian War Report November 23, 2017: Syrian Army Liberates Dozen Villages In Euphrates Valley "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-november-23-2017-syrian-army-liberates-dozen-villages-in-euphrates-valley/ If youre able, and if you like our content and approach, please support the project. Our work wouldnt be possible without your help: PayPal: southfront@list.ru or via: http://southfront.org/donate/ or via: https://www.patreon.com/southfront Syrian government forces have

21:09

#berlin #txl #tegel #airport #streetphotography #blackandwhite... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"



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20:47

An Independent view of 'Newsnight' "IndyWatch Feed Europe"



What with (a) incorrectly captioning footage of King Felipe VI of Spain with the name of his father Juan Carlos, and then (b) getting the year of the Queen and Prince Philip's marriage date wrong by ten years, and then (c) with Emily Maitlis mistakenly conferring a generalship on Emmerson Mnangagwe of Zimbabwe, and now (d) the programme wrongly using a clip of Jeremy Corbyn responding to this years Spring Budget instead of Wednesday's Autumn Budget, Newsnight has certainly had its fair share of foot-in-mouth incidents over the past few weeks. 

And now, to make matters worse (for them), the Independent's media guru Ian Burrell has gone and applied a friendly boot to the programme's abdomen in a piece suggesting that, for all its virtues, it's no longer "a must watch" and that it looks to be at severe risk after its two main champions - Ian Katz and James Harding - announced that they were heading for the hills.  


Of course, Newsnight still has its defenders (and I think me and Rob will have to agree to disagree on this one): 

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19:31

Flights from Greece: Berlin agrees to limit controls at German airports to travel documents only "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Germany, Greece and the European Commission have reached an agreement on the control procedure at German airports for passengers arriving from Greece. The agreement was reach in a trilateral meeting in Brussels. Commission spokeswoman Natasha Bertaud said that Germany has agreed that from now on passport controls for passengers coming from Greece will take place

The post Flights from Greece: Berlin agrees to limit controls at German airports to travel documents only appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.

18:20

Is Rebecca Pow really so out-of-touch that she thinks people are better off than ever? "IndyWatch Feed Europe"


When the Tory MP Rebecca Pow intervened in John McDonnell's parliamentary speech to make the ridiculous assertion that "people have more money than ever" McDonnell replied in a very polite manner.

He calmly pointed out the horrifying fact that there are 4 million kids growing up in poverty in the United Kingdom, and the majority of them actually come from working families.




That the working poor make up the majority of people living in poverty in austerity Britain should be common knowledge, but thanks to the complicity of the mainstream media, uncomfortable facts like this are barely mentioned outside of left-wing independent media sites and in the slew of damning reports on the sheer scale of the problem from the likes of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Child Poverty Action Group and the Resolution Foundation.

It doesn'...

17:36

Google Does Evil "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Cross-posted from Moon of Alabama

Up to about 2006 or 2007 Google provided an excellent search engine. It then started to prioritize and present more general results even where one searched for very specific information. It became cumbersome to search for and find details. The situation has since further deteriorated.

The Google News search is now completely useless. It delivers the main stream media trash without showing divergent views or opinions. What is the use of a search result page that links to twenty sites with the same slightly rewritten Associated Press story?

Googles algorithms now amount to censorship. Since August it downgrades websites that offer alternative views to the left of the pack. Searches that earlier led to the World Socialist Web Site or to Media Matters no longer show these sites, or show them way down the result pages. Traffic to these sites collapsed.

This week Google announced that it will censor RT.com, the website of the international Russian TV station: Google will de-rank RT articles to make them harder to find Eric Schmidt. Schmidt, the CEO of Google and its parent company Alphabet, claims that he is very strongly not in favor of censorship. That is laughable. Intentionally downgrading a website that has relevant content IS censorship. Down-ranking means that less people will find and come to the site. Its content will have less viewers. It will be censored out of the public perception.

The original Google algorithm used the number of links to one site as a measure for its relevance. It was reasonable. In 2004 Googles founder proclaimed:

Our search results are the best we know how to produce. They are unbiased and objective, and we do not accept payment for them or for inclusion or more frequent updating We believe it is important for everyone to have access to the best information and research, not only to the information people pay for you to see.

Back then the motto of Google was Dont be evil. When its new parent company Alphabetwas launched that motto was discarded.

Google has become a prime...

17:24

Politicians Want to Move Us Towards a Cashless World. It Would Be a Disaster "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

By Ross Clarke and cross-posted from The Spectator

What could be more terrifying than a return to the 15 per cent interest rates with which homebuyers had to contend in the early 1990s? Possibly the vision presented last week in UBSs Global Economic Outlook: interest rates at minus 5 per cent. It would take us to an unknown world where savers who deposited 100 in a bank would return a year later to find only 95 left.

This months small rise in interest rates has rekindled fears that the era of ultra-low rates could be at an end and that millions of borrowers, enticed into loans thinking rates of virtual zero are normal, could be left with debts they could not repay. But there is an alternative scenario. UBS notes that during the last crisis the Bank of England slashed rates from a peak of 5.75 per cent in the summer of 2007 to a low of 0.5 per cent 18 months later. If we were to head into another recession with rates at 0.5 per cent, the bank reasons, it would require a similar loosening of monetary policy, with rates having to go well into negative territory.

It would ensure that, as after the 2008/09 crisis, the people who ended up paying the price for the latest binge in consumer debt were not borrowers at all but savers; people who carefully put money aside while others splashed out. Their savings would effectively be raided to bail out the reckless.

We can expect a recession sooner rather than later, too Brexit or no Brexit. Eight years, historically, has been a long time to go without a recession. Moreover, personal debt is building again to unsustainable levels. In September, the outstanding unsecured debts of UK consumers once more nudged over 200 billion, the level it reached in the summer of 2007.

Trouble is, how does a Central Bank impose interest rates that are significantly below zero? Until recently it was thought impossible. But in recent times we have had mildly negative rates. The European Central Bank has had a deposit rate of minus 0.4 per cent since early 2016. In one or two cases this has been passed on to savers. This March, UBS started charging depositors with more than 1 million in their accounts an interest rate of minus 0.6 per cent.

But there is a very big problem to overcome before banks could start imposing interest rates of minus 5 per cent on ordinary savers. What if, instead of sitting by and watching our savings whittled away by negative interest, we instead withdrew them en masse and stuffed them under the mattress?

Quite a lot of us appear to have done exactly this during the banking crisis. A little remarked-upon phenomenon of that time was the sudden and remarkable rise of...

17:13

Young Greek model arrested at Hong Kong airport with 2.6kg cocaine "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

A 19-year-old Greek model was arrested at the Hong Kong international airport carrying 2.6kg cocaine worth HK$2.4million ($300,000, 310,00). She faces life sentence. The local community on the island of Lesvos is shocked as the young woman is the daughter of a respected policeman. The woman arrived to Hong Kong on a flight coming from

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17:10

Benutzt hier jemand Atom (den Texteditor)?With a little ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Benutzt hier jemand Atom (den Texteditor)?

With a little bit of work, I was able to chain multiple vulnerabilities in Atom into an actual Remote Code Execution.
Dank Electron haben wir jetzt endlich auch Cross Site Scripting in Desktop-Anwendungen!

Den Fortschritt in seinem Lauf hlt halt weder Ochs noch Esel auf.

Liebx Lesx, nicht nur hierzulande gibt es progressive ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Liebx Lesx, nicht nur hierzulande gibt es progressive Sprachrenovierung zum Zweckx der Gender-Gleichstellung, auch Frankreich arbeitet an sowas.

Take the rule that the masculine trumps the feminine when referring to a group that contains at least one man. In French, 10 sisters and one brother are collectively "heureux" - happy in a masculine way. Under proposed inclusive rules they would be "heureux.euse.s".

More generally people of both sexes would be "nomm.e.s" (appointed) to certain positions. Similar endings would apply to nouns. The "lecteurrices" (voters) would go to the polls, provided they are "bon.ne.s citoyennes" (good citizens).

Diesen September ist das bis in ein Schulbuch vorgedrungen, und daraufhin gab es pltzlich einen reaktionrx Aufschrei.

17:03

Researchers Show Where The Aluminum Travels To In The Body & Stays After Vaccination "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

by Arjun Walia

When it comes to the most widely used adjuvant ingredient found within vaccines, aluminum, many questions have yet to be answered, particularly when it comes to where the aluminum goes after injection, an issue known as biopersistence.

One reason this question arises is because a causative role has been established in whats known as macrophagic myofasciitis (MMF) lesion in patients who have myalgic encephalomyelitis, or brain inflammation. Myalgia, arthralgia, chronic fatigue, cognitive dysfunction, dysautonomia, and autoimmunity have been temporally linked to aluminium adjuvant-containing vaccine administration (Gherardi and Authier, 2003; Authier et al., 2003; Exley et al., 2009; Rosenblum et al., 2011; Santiago et al., 2014; Brinth et al., 2015; Palmieri et al., 2016).

Evidence that aluminum-coated particles phagocytozed in the injected muscle and its draining lymph nodes can disseminate within phagocytes throughout the body and slowly accumulate in the brain further suggested that alum safety should be evaluated in the long term. (source)

This study has prompted further research evaluating the potential hazards of injected aluminum, which begs the question, why hasnt proper evidence and evaluation been published showing that its safe to inject aluminum into babies via several vaccines in a short period of time? Aluminum adjuvants may be effective for stimulating an immune response, but to simply presume there are no consequences for doing this, or to not emphasize or even state the adverse effects that have been discovered, is, I would argue, criminally negligent.

Such negligence is not uncommon when dealing with pharmaceutical companies, however. For example, a study published in the British Medical Journal and conducted by researchers at the Nordic Cochrane Center in Copenhagen showed that pharmaceutical companies were not disclosing all information regarding the results of their drug trials.

Even the...

17:00

Fracking the Greatest Threat? "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Todays Guest Author is MARK VESEY, Green Councillor for the Ramshill Ward of Scarborough Borough Council, who writes to shed light on the controversial subject of hydraulic fracturing fracking.

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What is the greatest threat to the residents of the Borough of Scarborough?

We live in a time of turmoil and change. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. We are often unhappy with control from Europe, from Westminster, from Northallerton and even from our local council. Crumbling assets, reducing local healthcare services, poor housing, lack of jobs and many other issues make us wonder what lies ahead?

Fracking may not be on your list of things to worry about but it is the elephant in the room and typifies the stark dangers that lie in wait for us all, rich or poor. 99% of the worlds governments accept that man-made climate change is generating huge problems for us in the years ahead. We have all agreed, except Donald Trump, that we must cut our emissions by at least 2% a year and phase out the use of fossil fuels as soon as possible.

The first site to start fracking in the UK is likely to be a few miles South of Pickering and Flamingoland at Kirby Misperton.

The pristine countryside in the Vale of Pickering was once a flood plain for the river Derwent. Trapped in the shale rock 1000 metres below the surface are small bubbles of gas. With the aid of huge, expensive machinery and specialist engineers, a drill can go down and sideways into the layer of shale. High-pressure clean water, sand and various other chemicals are pumped at huge pressures into the cracks. This fluid dissolves the shale and releases the gas. The wastewater is so contaminated when it returns that it cannot be recycled and is sometimes radioactive.  One million gallons of water can be used per frack. In the USA, wastewater is held in open-air ponds or driven away in tanker trucks causing a massive impact on local roads.

Fracking in the USA is big business but has caused many cases of local drinking water source pollution and illness in residents from gas escapes. The UK regulatory authorities assure us that British fracking will be safe, despite the fact that we have no expe...

16:56

Ian Pannell and Darren Conway reported to National Counter Terrorism Security Office "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

From: Robert Stuart
Sent: 22 November 2017 12:13
To: NaCTSO@cpni.gsi.gov.uk
Subject: Former BBC reporter Ian Pannell and BBC cameraman Darren Conway

To Whom It May Concern

I wish to inform you that the above named individuals apparently established a business relationship with members of a jihadi group with links to al-Qaeda and ISIS in Syria in August 2013.

At 10 minutes 18 seconds in the 2013 BBC Panorama programme Saving Syrias Children Mr Pannell states: Western journalists have been targeted in Syria, so I have to travel with my own security.

From 10 minutes 28 seconds to 10 minutes 38 seconds in the programme the logo of Ahrar al-Sham is visible on the front of one the vehicles in Pannell and Conways security convoy (see image below).

Wikipedia categorises Ahrar al-Shams ideology as Salafist jihadism and...

16:49

2-Year-Old Celebrates Being Seizure-Free After Using Hemp Oil "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

An epileptic toddler is now seizure-free after using hemp oil. We caught up with his mother to learn more about their familys journey into CBD.

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In Illinois, a toddler is now seizure-free after using hemp oil. His story is a triumph for both himself and his parents. And thankfully, its not at all a fluke. Now that more research is being conducted on medical cannabis, greater numbers of patients are finding relief thanks to the plant.

Epilepsy

Before we talk about getting seizure-free after using hemp oil, lets go over what seizures actually are. According to the Epilepsy Foundation, seizures are sudden surge[s] of electrical activity in the brain. These surges often cause convulsions throughout the body and may even cause a loss of consciousness.

However, there are few different types of seizures, broadly categorized as focal seizures and generalized seizures. While not every type of seizure causes full-body spasms or a loss of consciousness like you would commonly see in the media, its important to be aware of seizure symptoms and treatment.

Epilepsy is the most common cause of seizures, but other factors, like a head injury or high fever (especially in children), can cause them. Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder that can affect anyone and can be either congenital or can stem from an illness or injury.

Treating Seizures With CBD

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16:02

B is for Book Burners "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

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The New York Daily News reports that Leaders of a prominent West Side synagogue are threatening to cancel a book fair next month unless a nearby store ditches a pro-Palestine childrens book.

P is for Palestine teaches children the alphabet using Palestinian references. But Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch  (photo above) of the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue said it also glorifies violence.

The book states that I is for Intifada, Arabic for rising up for what is right, if you are a kid or grownup! Rabbi Hirsch said in an open letter posted on the temples website. The intifada was not a rising up for what is right. It was a mass descent into immorality. 

It would be helpful if the Rabbi explains to us how a popular uprise against a brutal racist occupier is 'immoral.'  I would also like to learn from the rabbi whether book burning is a reform Jewish value, it has clearly become a popular exercise.

The book "P is for Palestine" is on sale at the Book Culture bookstore on Columbus Ave. on the Upper West Side.

Or buy online here 

 

14:09

Judge extends swingeing injunction barring fracking protests against Ineos "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Environmental activists were heavily restricted at or banned from seven sites belonging to frack firm Ineos today, along with the surrounding roads. The wide-ranging Chancery Division ruling by judge Morgan represents a major extension of legal cover for the firm and has sparked fears that other fracking companies could piggyback their own injunctions against activists.

13:27

Film Review: New Town Utopia "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Directed by Christopher Ian Smith Release date: 2018 Running time: 80 minutes New Town Utopia is a feature documentary film about utopian dreams and concrete realities the challenging, funny, and sometimes tragic story of the British new town of Basildon, Essex. The narrative is guided by the artists, musicians and poets of Basildon on

13:24

Enough with the wilfully out-of-context bragging already "IndyWatch Feed Europe"


The Conservatives absolutely love to use the impressive-sounding big number technique to bamboozle the gullible into believing that they're doing a great job.

On the face of it Philip Hammond's budget announcement that 1.1 million new houses have been built since they came to power in 2010 sounds good, but only if you completely ignore all context.


In reality, far from being something to boast about, this level of house building is actually the lowest since 1924.

What's even worse is that the Tories have delivered this piteously low level of house building at a time of extremely high housing demand.

Despite their ludicrous pledge to reduce net immigration to below 100,000 the Tories actually oversaw the biggest inwards surge of migration ever, peaking at 336,000 in 2015.


Immigration in itself is not harmful, but if the government of the day does not account for it by increasing housing stock appropriately and by improving and expanding local services in areas that experience high population growth, then it obviously creates problems.

Not only did the Tories fail to deliver the level of required house building to cope with their immigration surge, they also set about gutting funding for local infrastructure and services out of ideological adherence to ruinous austerity dogma.


Then there are other factors to consider too. Demographic ch...

12:49

Qt kann brigens selbst in Version 5.9.2 nicht mit ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Qt kann brigens selbst in Version 5.9.2 nicht mit OpenSSL 1.1 gebaut werden.

OpenSSL 1.1 ist im August 2016 released worden.

Qt hat sich damit (bei mir) selbst ins Aus geschossen. Projekte, die nur mit Qt gehen, verwende ich dann halt nicht mehr. Viele sind das ja eh nicht.

Aber ich kann mich da echt nur wundern, dass die da so nachlssig sind, wenn nicht gar fahrlssig. Der alte OpenSSL-Kram wird ja nicht besser, der wird irgendwann nicht mehr supported und dann muss der Schritt eh gemacht werden.

Update: Es gibt da seit Mai (!) Code, aber den liefern sie noch nicht aus. Vielleicht in 5.10 dann. Seufz.

Update: Ich sehe gerade, dass openssh nicht mehr mit openssl 1.1 baut. Ich habe hier ein openssh mit openssl 1.1 gebaut und im Einsatz, aber jetzt checkt configure das und bricht den Build ab. WTF?

11:58

Robert Pattinson tours the Acropolis before attending Good Time premiere in Athens "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Hollywood star Robert Pattinson has been in Athens to attend the premiere of his latest film Good Time. A day earlier, he visited the Acropolis together with some of his friends. Good times in Athens. more pictures justjared In neo-grindhouse thriller Good Time, Pattinson plays the role of outcast and bank robber Constantine Connie Nikas,

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11:26

'They never send their children to fight for their country' "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

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Reported by Gilad Atzmon

Israel's deputy foreign minister Tzipi Hotovely attacked U.S. Jewry in an interview with i24 News on Wednesday.  Hotovely referred to American Jews as  people that never send their children to fight for their country, most of the Jews dont have children serving as soldiers, going to the Marines, going to Afghanistan, or to Iraq. Most of them are having quite convenient lives

PM Netanyahu was very quick to condemn his deputy minister. This is understandable, after all Jews being reluctant to fight American wars doesnt fit nicely  with the embarrassing  fact that America has been fighting Israeli wars for a while. The pro-war Neocon school is largely a Zionist gathering and the Jewish American Lobby has been pushing for the escalation of immoral interventionist conflicts in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Iran.  

Haaretz writes  today that the U.S. military stopped recording the religion of recruits decades ago, but until then Jews served in slightly greater proportion than their percentage in the general population. It would be fascinating to find out what the current figures are. 

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10:55

Sagt mal, wundert ihr euch auch so, dass die SPD noch ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Sagt mal, wundert ihr euch auch so, dass die SPD noch nicht umgefallen ist?

Keine Sorge, ist nur eine Frage der Zeit.

Schulz steht massiv unter Druck aus der ffentlichkeit und aus den eigenen Reihen. Zwei von drei Parteiflgeln haben sich ffentlich gegen ihn gestellt und fordern Offenheit statt Ausschlieeritis.
Das wird ein toller Bauchklatscher!

Wenn ich mir bei einer Sache nicht sicher bin, und ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Wenn ich mir bei einer Sache nicht sicher bin, und frchte, dass ich mich da jetzt wochenlang mit aufhalte, bevor ich zu einer Entscheidung komme, dann knpfe ich das gerne an externe Faktoren. Beim 34C3 zum Beispiel haben wir ja keine Fnord-Show eingereicht, und da stand ich vor der Entscheidung, ob ich da dann berhaupt hingehen soll oder nicht. Ich habe das also an eine externe Entscheidung geknpft und einen anderen Vortrag eingereicht.

Der wurde jetzt angenommen.

Es geht um Antipatterns in der Softwareentwicklung, aber nicht (nur) beim Programmieren sondern so beim Drumherum.

Sieht also gerade so aus, als werde ich doch zum 34C3 gehen.

Habt ihr gute Theorien dazu, wieso Bayern (also eigentlich ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Habt ihr gute Theorien dazu, wieso Bayern (also eigentlich ist es ja blo der Groraum Mnchen) wirtschaftlich so gut luft? Nach 4 Tagen Teilnahme am ffentlichen Nahverkehr bin ich gewillt, das (und die Verkehrsplanung generell) als vorteilhaften Faktor auszuschlieen :-)

Es knnen auch nicht alles Steuergeschenke und Korruption der CSU sein, denn Bayern ist ja Netto-Geberland im Lnderfinanzausgleich.

Ist es das angeblich so berlegene Schulsystem? Oder sind das vielleicht selbstverstrkende Effekte, wenn Reichtum weiteren Reichtum anzieht?

Ich hab jetzt nicht genug Einblick, um da Sachkompetenz bundeslandbergreifend beurteilen zu knnen, und ich wrde auch nicht mit dem BER-Land Berlin vergleichen wollen, aber sagen wir mal mit NRW oder Sachsen oder Niedersachsen.

Update: Hier ist eine:

ein Grund der wirtschaftlichen Strke des Groraums Mnchen und der relativen Schwche Berlins drfte in der deutsch-deutschen Teilung liegen. Viele groe Unternehmen haben nach WW2 ihren Stammsitz in die Amerikanisch-Britisch-Franzsische Besatzungszone verlegt. Unter anderem haben nach 1945 die Allianz, Siemens und die Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (im Grunde aus der Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gesellschaft mit Sitz in Berlin hervorgegangen) ihren Hauptsitz von Berlin nach Mnchen verlegt.

Update: Andere Vorschlge: Ein Lehrer aus einem anderen Bundesland sagt, in Bayern hat der Lehrer am Ende der Grundschule das letzte Wort, ob das Kind aufs Gymnasium oder die Hauptschule kommt, und das wrde dazu fhren, dass am Gymnasium halt auch Schler sind, die dem Stoff folgen knnen, und nicht die anderen ausbremsen. Das hielt der fr einen so groen Faktor, dass er das Bildungsniveau in Bayern fast komplett darauf zurckfhren wrde.

Und ein anderer Einsender glaubt, die Bayern htten frhzeitig in Atomkraftwerke investiert und damit den Strompreis soweit gesenkt, dass sie fr Schwerindustrie attraktiv wurden, und die hat sie dann reich gemacht.

Faszinierend.

10:08

Mouthwash may kill beneficial bacteria in mouth and trigger diabetes, Harvard study suggests "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Sarah Knapton, science editor
22 NOVEMBER 2017 5:54PM
Mouthwash may seem a beneficial, or at least harmless, addition to a daily tooth brushing routine.

But a new study suggests that swilling with anti-bacterial fluid could be killing helpful microbes which live in the mouth and protect against obesity and diabetes.

While mouthwash is supposed to target the bacteria which cause plaque and bad breath, in fact, it is indiscriminate, washing away beneficial strains.

Researchers at Harvard University found that people who used mouthwash twice a day were around 55 per cent more likely to develop diabetes or dangerous blood sugar spikes, within three years.

Although previous studies have found that poor oral hygiene can lead to health problems elsewhere in the body, it is the first research to show that seemingly positive practices can have unexpectedly negative consequences.

Kaumudi Joshipura, professor of epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health, said: Most of these antibacterial ingredients in mouthwash are not selective.

In other words, they do not target specific oral bacteria-instead, these ingredients can act on a broad range of bacteria.
The study looked at 1,206 overweight people aged between 40 and 65 who were deemed at risk of getting diabetes.

Over the study period around 17 per cent of people developed diabetes or pre-diabetes, but that rose to 20 per cent for those using mouthwash once a day, and 30 per cent for those who used it in the morning and evening.

Prof Joshipura said helpful bacteria in the mouth can protect against dia...

10:05

PM Tsipras receives Awards for Political Courage and European Commitment "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will be awarded for his courage to keep Greece in the euro, Patrick Wajsman, the founder and director of the quarterly French political affairs magazine Politique Internationale, told the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA) on Wednesday. During his visit to Paris, Tsipras will receive the Prix du Courage politique from the magazine

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10:03

USA - Fluoride Question Goes to Edgartown Voters "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

The decision about whether to add fluoride to Edgartowns public water supply will now go before voters next April, following a successful petition effort by residents.
The Edgartown town clerks office confirmed Wednesday that a petition had been certified with enough signatures to place the fluoridation question before voters at the annual town meeting next spring. The question will require a vote on the town meeting floor and by ballot at the annual town election, assistant town clerk Karen Medeiros said.
Board of health chairman Harold Zadeh (right): "Let's move ahead."  Mark Lovewell
Meanwhile, at a meeting Tuesday, the Edgartown board of health stood by its vote last month to take steps to add fluoride to the water supply. The vote has sparked heated debate at meetings before the board of health and water commission in recent weeks.
Board of health members Harold Zadeh and Dr. Garrett Orazem reaffirmed their Oct. 10 vote to fluoridate the town water supply. The third board member, Kathie Case, abstained from the original vote and was not at the meeting.
The boards d...

09:43

The ancient Macedonian Amphipolis Tomb to be open to public "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Culture and Sports Minister Lydia Koniordou revealed that the ancient Macedonian Kasta Tomb also known as the Amphipolis Tomb will open to public most probably in three years time. Speaking at a press conference during the presentation of a new temporary exhibition on the Emperor Hadrian at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, Koniordou said

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09:18

New York Times review of Adults in the Rooom, by Justin Fox "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

A gripping tale of an outspoken intellectuals sudden immersion in high-stakes politics, an attempt to divine why smart, seemingly decent politicians and bureaucrats would continue pushing a pointlessly cruel approach long after its pointlessness had become clear.

Varoufakis wasnt always trying to make waves. And he seems to have approached his chief task with great seriousness.

Why the Greek Bailout Went So Wrong

Short of leaving the euro, a move with no precedent or procedure and a high risk of cascading chaos, this was not an option for Greece. So in May 2010, the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund stepped in with what was characterized as a 110 billion euro ($146 billion at the time) bailout.

It wasnt so much a bailout of Greece, though, as of its lenders, notably the struggling big banks of France and Germany. Greece still owed an impossible amount of money, only now its main creditors were the troika of E.C., E.C.B. and I.M.F., which went on to impose harsh austerity measures. That austerity accelerated Greeces economic decline, making repayment of its debts even less likely. More bailouts that werent exactly bailouts followed.

Fiscal waterboarding is the name that the University of Athens economist Yanis Varoufakis gave to this process, after the torture method that simulates near-drowning again and again. And just as intelligence experts generally dont think waterb...

07:41

Dutch supermarket chain Spar to return to Greece "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

The Dutch super market chain Spar will apparently return to the Greek market year through its participation in a consortium with local retailer Asteras, a year after the former ended its agreement with the Veropoulos group. The latter, in fact, sold its Greece operation to Metro S.A., but retained units in southeast Europe under its

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07:30

Italy to join trilateral Cyprus-Greece-Egypt energy cooperation "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

The trilateral cooperation between Cyprus, Greece and Egypt will expand with the participation of Italy, following an initiative of President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades, Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides has said. In statements on Wednesday at the Presidential Palace, the Spokesman, said that two months ago, the Cypriot President proposed the expansion of the trilateral cooperation

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05:40

[Sofia Prison] Message in Solidarity with the Resistance in Greek Prisons from the Bulgarian Prisoners Association "IndyWatch Feed Europe"


22.11.17:

International Solidarity with the Greek Prison Resisters Now!

There have been rolling strikes and protests throughout Greek prisons in reaction to the SYRIZA Party led coalition governments plans to bring into force increased repressive legal measures into the prison law codes.

In May, prisoners from A, B and C wings of Korydallos Prison, Greeces main prison located in Piraeus, announced the formation of the Coordinating Struggle Committee to express the opinions of prisoners from Korydallos and other prisons who have decided to join the protests, to issue regular updates regarding prisoner protests and to communicate with people outside the prisons who stand in solidarity with the ongoing struggle of the prisoners. This statement was translated into English and can be read on the Enough Is Enough blog here.

Over two months ago protests began in Korydallos. These protests have now spread to other wings of Korydallos, including the womens prison at Korydallos. Prisoners are protesting by refusing to return to their cells for afternoon lockup and roll call. In this way prisoners show their resolve, unity and solidarity with one another. The protests are peaceful, but like a tsunami contain their power under the surface not visible until the wave hits the shore.

In a radio interview conducted earlier this month, imprisoned anarchist comrade and member of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, Christos Tsakalos, speaking as a representative of the Coordinating Struggle Committee, and not as an anarchist or as a member of CCF, stated that imprisoned men and women in prisons across Greece were due to join in the non-cooperation protests on the 20th November 2017. Christos also stated that the prisoners would not allow these repressive measures to pass without resistance and or repercussions. The interview with Christos has been translated into English and can be read on the Enough Is Enough blog here.

Here is s summary of the Greek governments proposed changes to the Prison Law codes:

Reintroduction of repressive super maximum regimes called Type C for those convicted of organizing escapes and other offences committed within detention facilities and under the applicable criminal and terrorist law will...

04:47

Philip Catherine Noburl (1975) "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

One of the most original compositions of my favorite Jazz guitarist.  Enjoy! The Saker

03:16

Greece: Insurrection Cannot Be Negotiated by Imprisoned Comrade Panagiotis Argyrou, member of Conspiracy of Cells of Fire FAI-IRF "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Uka Jacha Uru (the big day will come)
CCF in freedom Bolivia, Andes.

 November 13, 2017                                                                                                  

Insurrection Cannot Be Negotiated

Time is the illness of reality. In prison, time seems to poison the atmosphere. The air thickens as though it is flooded with lead filings and each and every day our lungs are infested with this oxygen so toxic that it weighs on us again and again, more so with each passing day.

You feel so burdened that at some point you begin to think that every step you take, removes a day from your life; each step and a day less, each step and a day less

During these almost 6 years and a half of my imprisonment, I always felt like I was killing so many days while moving endlessly back and forth in courtrooms. I have seen the despicable ritual of trials taking place in the name of Democracy too many times repeatedly and every single time I walked away with packs of decades of sentences on my back.

However, it is not only the harsh sentences imposed on me by all this bureaucratic barbarity which has been grinding lives in the millstone of justice that bothers me the most, but also the arrogant and self-righteous style of the judges that execute our freedom while maintaining the illusion of representing something special.

We now, therefore, are in the process of a new round of trials, where the judicial decisions of the proceedings at first instance are being reviewed on whether they were correct or not. Personally, I didnt attend this process to beg for mitigating or commutation. I did it to confront the propaganda of authority, a propaganda that is trying to legitimize morally and politically our convictions. For sovereignty, it is quite important and wise not only to eliminate its enemies by holding them hostage for years but also to deconstruct their personalities so that thei...

02:25

Greece: Imprisoned Comrades Pola Roupa and Nikos Maziotis, Revolutionary Struggle Members, Begin New Hunger Strike "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Well meet in the streets of cholera (A)

November 11, 2017

THE ROTTEN SYSTEM AND THE ABSENCE OF RESISTANCE ARE THE REASONS FOR THE ROTTING OF SOCIETY

Almost 10 years after the outbreak of the crisis with the collapse of the financial system, bank bankruptcy, and seven years after the commencement of the era of the memorandum and the monitoring of the country by the troika (IMF, EC, ECB), the social base in this country has suffered the strongest blow since the Second World War.

Greek puppet governments have definitively delegated substantial economic and political governance to EU supranational organizations and indirectly to the capital markets and are imposing new measures of social euthanasia for large sections of the population in this country, they are now insignificant for their added value to capitalist wealth. Thats why it does not matter if they disappear. This condition of condemnation is also a prerequisite for the survival of the system itself, for the preservation of the political regime, for the perpetuation of capitalism.

The governments propaganda to overcome the crisis and return the Greek economy to a recovery path is a common European lie to showcase the supposed success of the programs and memoranda, to allow the EU to be removed from the obligation to continue to financially support the Greek regime and to let the capital markets take the lead from the EU in the recycling of Greek debt and speculation through it. A debt that regime agents already admit that if not drastically reduced in the immediate future will force the Greek state to declare bankruptcy. Not least that the exit to the markets of the Greek state will further exacerbate the already exaggerated Greek debt, which now exceeds 180% of GDP.

The message, however, that the worlds powerful have taken from these years with the rescue policies of the system by the central banks and governments that have put th...

02:25

Joint statement by Presidents of Iran, Russia and Turkey "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

President of The Islamic Republic of Iran Hassan Rouhani, President of The Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and President of The Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan, gathered in Sochi on

01:00

HOW THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH AFRICA WERE MISLED AND CAN RISE AGAIN "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Returning to South Africa, John Pilger delivers an inaugural lecture in Cape Town in memory of the anti-apartheid campaigner, Abdulhay Ahmed Saloojee. He asks why the struggle for freedom has yet to be won, why a form of apartheid still rules and why this oppression has become a model for much of the world in the 21st century.WATCH THE LECTUREYou can also watch John Pilger's 1999 film Apartheid Did Not Die on this website.

00:59

Aclaracin sobre la coordinacin de los CDRs de Catalunya "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Reunin para conformar un CDR en la zona del Eixample de Tarragona (Diari de Tarragona)Dirigido a todas las personas que mueven y se vinculan a los CDRs
Hace unos das publicamos la propuesta de organizacin para los Comits de Defensa de la Repblica de Catalua que, inspirada en el confederalismo democrtico kurdo, plante la Plataforma Azad. Traducimos ahora un nuevo escrito de la plataforma, en que confirman que el anterior se aprob cara a la coordinacin de los CDRs y en el que observan algunos "puntos donde no se est siguiendo nuestra propuesta".

@CDRCatOficial: Twitter de la coordinadora nacional de CDRs. Mapa con los CDRs actualmente existentes.

https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1L597USWtLb5Ga...6&z=7

00:05

Kosherizing  Palestine "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

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Introduction by Gilad Atzmon

When Palestine is concerned, the discourse of the oppressed is shaped by the sensitivities of the oppressor.

The following article was written in a disgusting attempt to educate the Goyim on how to discuss the Israeli-Palestine conflict without offending the Jews.  Israel defines itself as The Jewish State. Its airplanes and tanks are decorated with Jewish symbols. The Jewish state is institutionally supported by world Jewry.  This means that  the relationships between and among  Israel, Zionism, Jews, Judaism and Jewishness must be open to scrutiny and criticism. The articles author insists that this is not the case.  He or she endeavours to set guidelines -- a rule bound  Jerusalemite mode of engagement that sustains complete intellectual, political and spiritual paralysis.

I guess that before we delve into the liberation of Palestine we may want to emancipate ourselves first.

 

How to Criticize Israel Without Being Anti-Semitic

http://this-is-not-jewish.tumblr.com/post/34344324495/how-to-criticize-israel-without-being-anti-semitic

If youve spent any time discussing or reading about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, I guarantee youve heard some variation of this statement:

OMG, Jews think any criticism of Israel is anti-Semitic! 

In the interests of this post, Im going to assume that the people who express such sentiments are acting in good faith and really dont mean to cause pain to or problems for Diaspora Jewry.  For those good-faith people, I present some guidelines for staying on the good side of that admittedly murky line, along with the reasoning why the actions I list are problematic.  (And bad-faith people, you can no longer plead ignorance if you engage in any o...

Wednesday, 22 November

23:24

Deep State Take Down, WW3, Indictments, Zionist Info War with Robert David Steele "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Robert David Steele rejoins the program to discuss the sealed indictments that are mounting. We also discuss the deep states attempts to remain in power and how Trump can defeat them and the Zionist Info war and agenda. He describes the Zionist agenda to start WW3 and the need to refocus our countries efforts on the needs of the nation.


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22:05

Could Italys Banking Crisis Drag Down Draghi? "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Just dont mention Antonveneta.

A blame game has begun in Italy that risks casting a bright light on the leadership of both the Bank of Italy and Italys financial markets regulator Consob. The controversial decision to award the central banks current Chairman Ignazio Visco a fresh six-year mandate despite presiding over one of the worst banking crises in living memory has ignited a tug-of-war between political parties and the president, who makes the ultimate decision on who to appoint as central bank chief.

The first to cast aspersions was Italys former premier Matteo Renzi, who, no doubt in an effort to distract from his own partys part in the collapse of Monte dei Paschi di Siena (MPS), called into question the supervisory role of both the Bank of Italy and Consob during Italys banking crisis.

Silvio Berlusconi, a key player in the center-right coalition whose party came out on top in recent elections in Sicily, was next to join the fray. The Bank of Italy did not exercise the control that was expected of it, he told reporters in Brussels in response to a pointed question about Visco.

As the controversy grows, it risks drawing the role of Viscos predecessor, current ECB President Mario Draghi, into the spotlight. Many of the key events that helped pave the way to Italys current crisis took place during his mandate as governor of Italys central bank. And now the skeletons are beginning to crawl out of the closet

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Filed under: Brussels Business, Central Banking, Italy Banking Crisis, The Euro Debacle

21:47

Greenville, USA: The ALF prisoner anarchist comrade Walter Bond on hunger strike "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

received on 11/22/2017

Walter Bond the Animal Liberation Front political prisoner has started a hunger strike to protest mistreatment in prison

The comrade is in the SHU (solitary confinement) and is only permitted use the phone for 15 minutes per month. Walter has been on hunger strike for 6 days in prison.

Statement from Walter Bond recorded by the North American Animal Liberation Press Office on 11/15/17 :
soundcloud.com/rufrebelradio/urgent-message-special-announcement-from-walter-bond-the-alf-lone-wolf

Since my arrival in Greenville two-and-a-half years ago, my communications with the world have been made incredibly difficult and at times impossible. I have been repeatedly denied books, magazines, letters and pictures. Its standard operating procedure that my mail be it my email or snail mail is habitually days, weeks and even months late. It is not at all uncommon for my mail, both incoming and outgoing, to simply never arrive.

Ive beenIve even been denied copies of my own book, Always Looking Forward, which I wrote in prison and is approved for me to have.

It has also become impossible for me to adhere to my Vegan diet, because none of the so-called meat options offered at Greenville, Illinois are even close to Vegan. Because of this, I have been forced at great cost to my friends, family and supporters to pay outrageously for foods from the commissary that continue to be an inadequate version.

I have tried now for over a year to obtain a transfer from FCI Greenville, Illinois closer to New York City where I intend to live upon my release, but I have been denied this as well through petty and irrelevant disciplinary reports.

Despite all of this, I have maintained years of patience, quietly awaiting my freedom. But, my coo...

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