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Saturday, 15 December

10:42

Herr Flick of the EU "IndyWatch Feed Europe"


Normal business will resume again next week...

...but, having been out last night and having had ever-so-slightly far too much to drink, I'm hoping I didn't do anything like this over the course of the evening:


Maybe it's because I'm hungover, but I'm seriously expecting BBC comedians to go into mockery overdrive over this, and for BBC reporters to endlessly sneer at Herr Juncker, and for Newsnight to do a #MeToo special over him behaviour, and for Women's Hour to spend weeks discussing this kind of patriarchal, misogynistic hair-flipping. (Not really, of course).

And just imagine if Donald J. had done it! (Of course, he's teetotal, so it's a bit different). Katty, Anthony, Jon, Nick, Tara, James, Hugh, the other Nick, Emily, Jane, and myriad dozen others, would have gone into hyperdrive about it. And it would surely have been on the main BBC One news bulletins faster than you can say 'backstop'.

I've not checked any of the BBC One bulletins or Newsnight but I'll place a bet that they didn't report this, even in passing, and there's no video of it on the BBC News website yet.

10:36

USA - City Council To Discuss Fluoride At Next Meeting "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

The Sheridan City Council will discuss putting a measure concerning fluoride on the 2020 ballot during the upcoming Dec. 17 city council session.

The measure will determine whether the city will continue using Hydrofluosilicic acid, commonly known as fluoride, in the citys water.

City Attorney Brendon Kerns addressed the agenda item at the councils last study session and described what the ballot measure would look like.

Its very simple, Kerns said. It mentions, of course, the fluoride, and its a simple yes or no request for voters.

Kerns said that, if the resolution to include the ballot measure passes, city staff would submit the ballot measure to the county clerk at least 60 days before the general election. Kerns said that he does not suggest submitting a ballot measure much before that 60-day mark.

I just get a little bit nervous about, honestly, doing that, Kerns said. Things get lost in the shuffle sometimes. I would feel much more comfortable if our staff has a hold of that.

Mayor Roger Miller asked who the ballot measure would apply to. Kerns said that, unless additional steps are taken, only city residents would vote on the measure.

If the county wanted to get on board, you could do it county-wide, Kerns said. Otherwise, this would be just for the city.
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09:57

F.A.N. Newsletter "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Yesterday, we raised a magnificent $7,157 from 39 donors bringing our current totals to $84,152 from 188 supporters.
Today, again each donation up to a total of $1,000 will be doubled and when we reach 200 donors (of any amount) - and that's just 12 donors away - we will receive another $1000 pledge. Another day like yesterday could see us close to $90,000 by the end of the weekend.

Thank you everyone for everything you are doing to end this reckless and unethical practice.

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03:38

Und noch ein Lesetipp: Zu Besuch in Xinjiang, der Provinz ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Und noch ein Lesetipp: Zu Besuch in Xinjiang, der Provinz mit den Uiguren, die vor ein paar Jahren in Unruhen den Aufstand wagten und seit dem ist da Lockdown. Also nicht im Sinne von "Panzer rollen durch die Stadt", nein nein, im Sinne von: berwachungs- und Polizeistaat. Es geht damit los, dass er da Freunde trifft, und die warnen ihn eindringlich, nicht am Telefon ber Politik zu reden.

Spter, in einer Bar, nach mehreren Bieren, fragen sie die Locals, ob es stimmt, dass man innerhalb von maximal 30 Minuten von den Bullen abgeholt wird, wenn man am Telefon ber Politik redet. Ihre Antwort:

I got weird looks after that, but the consensus seemed to be: Nah, never heard of anything like it. Why would you do that anyway?
Da luft es mir klter den Rcken runter als wenn sie von gewaltttiger Unterdrckung geredet htten.

In der ganzen Stadt gibt es unfassbar viel Polizei und Propagandaposter, beim Betreten von Einkaufszentren und Lden muss man den Pass zeigen und/oder es gibt Gesichtserkennung und wenn der Cop schlechte Laune hat, dann gibt es einmal Abtasten.

Weiter unten geht es um Religion:

A big white wall was painted with scenes of ethnic harmony. One scene said in very clear terms: No Illegal Religious Activities Allowed. No religious activities at all allowed in public places. Do not interfere with marriage, family planning, or education in the name of religion. Speaking of religion, we saw a few mosques, but many looked abandoned, or taken over by local committees, or Communist Party branches. No call to prayer. Certainly nobody praying. Islam has been extirpated from the public space. Its hardly visible at all.

Lesenswertes Essay ber "Shame Storms", von einer ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Lesenswertes Essay ber "Shame Storms", von einer konservativen Frau, die schon mal einen erlebt hat, als das noch ein neues Phnomen war. Aber es geht auch um andere. Ich finde Shame Storm ja zu sanft. Das sind Online-Lynchmobs. Wie Hynen.

Ich verlinke das vor allem, weil sie einige Abstze in die Ausreden und Rechtfertigungen der Teilnehmer und Auslser solcher Online-Lynchmobs investiert. Hier ist z.B. ein schnes Beispiel:

Most victims of public shaming arent nationally famous editors like Ian Buruma. They are ordinary folks like ID Adam, who lost his job at a box assembly company in Winston-Salem after reports that he racially profiled a black woman at a community pool. It turned out that he, as the pool chair on duty, had asked to see her ID, because, when signing in, she had given an address on a street in the neighborhood where no houses had yet been built. It took him days to get his side of the story into the papers, and it didnt make him any less fired.
Schon im alten Rom wusste man: Audiatur et altera pars. Immer auch die andere Seite zu Wort kommen lassen.

Das muss man sich mal auf der Zunge zergehen lassen. Je weiter sich unsere Technik entwickelt, desto mehr fllt unsere Zivilisation zurck. Das alte Rom haben wir schon ... unterholt.

Aber im Gegensatz zu mir hat sie noch Hoffnung und hat sich mit ihrem Ex-Freund getroffen, der ihren Online-Lynchmob damals ausgelst hatte, und sucht mit ihm nach Lsungen.

Todds advice for our fellow-shamed was no better than mine. When a tsunami is heading for your house, at a certain point you have to say, Im just gonna stand here and hold this piece of plywood and see whats left standing when its all over. Arguing back is no use. If youre tweeting, youre losing. Even in the immediate aftermath of the C-SPAN2 incident, when Todd, on his blog, attempted to make his case at length against my evil beliefs, he saw his arguments get lost in the maelstromequally ignored by both supporters and detractors. If we had a breakthrough in our conversation, that was it: There is no content to a shame storm. It is mindless by its very nature. It is indifferent to truth, even in cases where the truth could possibly be determined. Therefore, like the Ring, it cannot be used for good.

The solution, then, is not to try to make shame storms well targeted, but to make it so they happen as infrequently as possible.

Johnson & Johnson hat Jahrzehntelang Asbest in ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Johnson & Johnson hat Jahrzehntelang Asbest in ihrem Babypuder verkauft. Nicht weil sie das da bsartig reingetan htten, und auch nicht in groen Mengen, aber es braucht halt keine groen Mengen, um Menschen krank zu machen.

Besonders krass: Es gab schon Ende der 90er Gerichtsverfahren deshalb, und da haben die einfach einen auf dicke Hose gemacht, und der Richter hat sie dann nicht gezwungen, ihre Akten offenzulegen. Die haben einfach gelogen und sind damit durchgekommen.

Erst in spteren Verfahren hat dann das Gericht Einblick in die Akten erzwungen und da kam dann die ganze Chose ans Licht.

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Friday, 14 December

23:07

Cloudflare verkauft ihr Schlangenl angeblich an Terroristen ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Cloudflare verkauft ihr Schlangenl angeblich an Terroristen auf der Watchliste der US-Regierung. Mir wre ja lieber, wenn denen Accenture oder McKinsey Rstungs-Beratung verkauft, oder vielleicht Homopathie oder so. Eine astrologische Beratung, Feng Shui, whatever. Immer schn deren Geld verbrennen.

Aber so wird die US-Regierung das nicht sehen, ist anzunehmen. Knnte uns ja eigentlich vllig egal sein, aaaaaaber Cloudflare waren auch die, denen Mozilla den DNS-Traffic ihrer User schenken wollte. Und da wird es dann doch interessant fr Verschwrungstheoretiker.

Das Ausformulieren berlasse ich mal Bert Hubert, der PowerDNS gegrndet hat. Das ist kein direkter Konkurrent von Cloudflare. Der hatte sich auch schon ausfhrlich ber Mozilla-DNS-via-Cloudflare geuert. Spoiler: Er ist kein Fan.

Update: Falls jemand Bert Hubert nicht kennt: Das ist ein verdienter Ingenieur, der neben DNS z.B. auch fr die einzige brauchbare Einfhrung in iproute2, die ipsec-tools und Traffic Shaping bekannt ist. Der wei, wovon er redet. Wenn sein Wort gegen das von Cloudflare steht, wrde ich immer erstmal ihm glauben.

19:22

Appeal re High-End Burglary at Olivers Mount "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Appeal re High-End Burglary at Olivers Mount

North Yorkshire Police is appealing for witnesses and information about a burglary that occurred in Scarborough.

Between Friday 7th December and Monday 10th December 2018 Olivers Mount race circuit at Scarborough had a number of their storage buildings broken into. As a result almost 9,000 worth of equipment including 8 generators, a large motorbike trailer and a Billy Goat road sweeper were stolen.

We are requesting the publics assistance to help establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident.

In particular, we are appealing for information about suspicious vehicles that may have been seen around the Olivers Mount circuit over the weekend and any information about the location of the items that have been stolen.

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2, and ask for PC Adam Elliott. You can also email adam.elliott@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Please quote the North Yorkshire Police reference number 12180229322.

Contact details:

Adam Elliott #1068

adam.elliott@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk | 31068

Incident reference:

12180229322

18:40

Nicht nur McKinsey macht sich um die Abrstung und ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Nicht nur McKinsey macht sich um die Abrstung und den Frieden verdient, auch Accenture trgt ihren Teil zu einer demilitarisierten Welt bei:

The audit found that as of Oct. 1, CBP had paid Accenture Federal Services approximately $13.6 million of a $297 million contract to recruit and hire 7,500 applicants, including Customs and Border Protection officers, Border Patrol agents, and Air and Marine Interdiction agents. But 10 months into the first year of a five-year contract, Accenture had processed only "two accepted job offers," according to the report.
Fuck, yeah! Zwei Rekruten zu viel, wenn ihr mich fragt. Aber ein guter Anfang!

Die Chinesen haben die Schnauze voll davon, dass US-Gerichte ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Die Chinesen haben die Schnauze voll davon, dass US-Gerichte bei Patenttrollereien ihre Produkte aus dem Markt nehmen, und drehen jetzt mal den Spie um: Chinesisches Gericht verhngt Verkaufsstopp fr Iphones in China.

The Fuzhou court ruled that Apple infringed two of Qualcomms patents and granted a requested injunction against the sale of the Apple products that are currently in the market ranging from the iPhone 6S to the iPhone X. This means that Apple is essentially banned from selling all infringing iPhones in China.

Forschung des Tages:Parachute use to prevent death ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Forschung des Tages:

Parachute use to prevent death and major trauma when jumping from aircraft: randomized controlled trial
Ergebnis:
Parachute use did not significantly reduce death or major injury (0% for parachute v 0% for control; P>0.9).
Wie, niemand ist gestorben? Waren die Flugzeuge nicht in der Luft? Richtig! Die Flugzeuge waren am Boden!

hm, wieso machen die diese bekloppte Studie? Hier ist der Hintergrund :-)

Ich muss ja sagen: Auch unabhngig von dem Hintergrund ist die Studie eine schne Medienkompetenzbung fr typische Studien... *hust*

Die Zeiten sind hart, wir mssen alle sparen. Zum ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Die Zeiten sind hart, wir mssen alle sparen. Zum Beispiel bei der Atommllentsorgung! Stellt sich raus, wenn man die berbleibsel von Atombomben als "low-level radioactive waste" klassifiziert, dann wird die Entsorgung viel billiger!1!!

The Associated Press reported the agency said the reclassification would shave $40 billion off the cost of cleaning up after the production of nuclear weapons.

KI wird uns retten: Chinesische Forscher stellen KI ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

KI wird uns retten: Chinesische Forscher stellen KI vor, die Kommentare fr Java-Code schreibt. Dann knnen wir ja auch endlich die Software von KI schreiben lassen. Wenn wir sie nicht verstehen, lassen wir einfach die andere KI drber laufen, und die generiert dann Kommentare!

Und ich bin mir sicher: Wenn wir die Kommentare nicht verstehen, wird jemand eine Kommentar-Interpretier-KI schreiben!

Gewerbs- und bandenmiger Diebstahl, Hehlerei, Betrug, ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Gewerbs- und bandenmiger Diebstahl, Hehlerei, Betrug, Urkundenflschung, Versto gegen das Waffengesetz, Bestechung, Bestechlichkeit sowie Versto gegen Datenschutzvorschriften. Das wird alles einem Berliner Polizisten zu Last gelegt, der in einem internationalen Autoschieberring eine zentrale Rolle gespielt haben soll.

Und der Tagesspiegel erffnet, ganz mein Humor, mit einem Foto von polnischen Grenzschtzern.

In der Liste fehlt brigens noch das Betubungsmittelgesetz:

Dort schlugen die Ermittler zu. Bei der Durchsuchung stieen sie auf umfangreiches Beweismaterial. Darunter waren acht teils hochwertige Pkw, ein Motorrad, Datentrger, Bargeld sowie Drogen, aber auch Spezialwerkzeuge, um Autos aufzubrechen und Wegfahrsperren zu umgehen.
Und bei dem Bargeld kann man doch bestimmt noch was mit Geldwsche zimmern. Seid doch mal so kreativ, wie ihr bei der Festnahme von Demonstranten seid!!

Ich beende das mal mit einem Nietzsche-Zitat:

Wer mit Ungeheuern kmpft, mag zusehn, dass er nicht dabei zum Ungeheuer wird. Und wenn du lange in einen Abgrund blickst, blickt der Abgrund auch in dich hinein.

Also Humor haben sie ja bei der Bundesdruckerei. Bringen ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Also Humor haben sie ja bei der Bundesdruckerei. Bringen ein Whitepaper zum selbstbestimmten Umgang der Brger mit ihren Daten bei Behrden heraus, und wollen es dann nur gegen Eingabe von Kontaktdaten rausrcken. Ich hoffe mal, in dem Whitepaper geht es dann um noch selbstbestimmteren Umgang mit meinen Daten.

Update: Ein Leser weist darauf hin, dass das Whitepaper auch inhaltlich berzeugt. Sie schlagen dort eine Modifizierte Blockchain mit bidirektionaler Verknpfung fr mehr Sicherheit und Effizienz vor. Hier ist ein schnes Zitat:

Anders als in der Blockchain sind die Kettenglieder in beiden Richtungen miteinander verknpft ein Block kennt also seinen Nachfolgerblock ebenso wie seinen Vorgngerblock. Durch diese Verkettungsstruktur lsst sich die Integritt von Blcken und ihren jeweiligen Nachbarn in beiden Richtungen detailliert und schnell berprfen bis hin zum letzten Kettenglied. Als Absicherungsmechanismus dienen nicht Hashwerte, sondern Funktionen aus der quantenmechanischen Analytik. Vereinfacht gesagt: Aus den beiden benachbarten Blcken werden Informationen vermischt und in beiden als Prfwert integriert.
Wow!

Update: Oh, stellt sich raus: Heise hat da schonmal drber berichtet, insbesondere ber den Quanten-Teil. Ladungswolken! Datacule (statt Molecule)! Ich muss angesichts der Menge der neuen Terminologie gerade hart Assoziationen von revolutionrer Vollbit-Verschlsselung unterdrcken :-)

18:14

Unedited NASA footage of moon landing You still dont believe in a flat earth? "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Phil Stone says

Perhaps it didnt appear fake to the audience in 1969, but its clearly fakes to everybody now. Just look at the supposed cloud formation spanning the whole earth.


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15:59

Ao Nuevo, casa nueva "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Obtn tranquilidad con una mudanza tranquila y una renovacin oportuna.

En esta poca de festividades se siente un sano sentimiento de cambio, de cerrar ciclos y en general, una sensacin imperante de revitalizar y reordenar nuestra vida.

Es probable que una de las opciones ms benficas para sentirnos completamente renovados sea un cambio de 360 grados que involucre nuevas reformas a la casa, unos aditamentos novedosos, o inclusive la posibilidad de mudarse a un domicilio completamente nuevo.

Hacia su nueva casa

Aunque se suele pensar que un proceso de mudanza es un completo engorro, es en realidad un problema de logstica y organizacin, adems de que nos presenta la valiosa oportunidad de deshacernos de toda esa chatarra que hemos acumulado sin reflexionar durante aos, y no tiene que por qu ser un rato que implique mayor problema.

Con la vida tan ocupada que nos lleva el administrar nuestras agendas sociales, familiares y laborales, es una buena idea contar con profesionales que nos asistan en la pesada tarea de encajar, embalar y empacar todas nuestras posesiones, y que cuenten con la experiencia y garanta de otros clientes satisfechos que respaldan sus habilidades.

En https://www.mudanzas-granada.es ofrecen muchas opciones que involucran cualquier tipo de proceso de mudanza. Adems de contar con servicios de trabajos locales, municipales e internacionales, pone a tu disposicin la posibilidad de mudanzas compartidas o combinadas para un mayor ahorro, as como la alternativa de utilizar una gra montacargas para los objetos ms pesados como maquinaria, o los ms delicados como instrumentos musicales.

Seguridad

Ahora que ya ests instalado en tu nueva casa, resulta una buena alternativa el tener en cuenta el apoyo de un dispositivo que nos permite vigilar y resguardar nuestro nuevo hogar. Ya sea que requieras tener a la vista la puerta de tu reciente residencia o tener a la vista a un trabajador mientras ests fuera de casa, las cmaras ocultas y de vigilancia constituyen una solucin prctica para mantener el resguardo de tu hogar.

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14:28

Another referendum with the Tories still in charge would be a disastrous gamble with the nation's future "IndyWatch Feed Europe"



Theresa May's Brexit shambles is so hopelessly dead in the water that she's demonstrably terrified of putting it before a parliamentary vote.

In my view the only sensible course of action once it collapses for good is to stop the clock ticking by scrapping the Article 50 deadline by revoking Article 50 in accordance with the ECJ ruling that the UK parliament can do this without fear of retribution, or by asking the EU for an Article 50 extension to sort out Theresa May's mess (as suggested by the Irish taoiseach).

The British public should then be presented with a repeat referendum with two choices: "cancel Brexit" vs "back to square one and try again" but a sensible choice like this is impossible with the Tories.


A second referendum with Theresa May and her incompetent bunch of Tory charlatans still running the show would be an inevitable disaster.

The big (and very obvious) risk with a second referendum (no matter who is in government) is that it could end up creating a completely inescapable double-mandate for Brexit.

If the Tories were to remain in power during a re-run of the 2016 EU referendum, it's beyond obvious that a parade of Tory Brextremist government ministers actively promoting a "no deal" meltdown would add to the ultra-nationalist frenzy and make a repeat Brexit vote significantly more likely.
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14:12

DiEM25s European New Deal plan can succeed where Macron and Piketty failed The Guardian "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

If Brexit demonstrates that leaving the EU is not the walk in the park that Eurosceptics promised, Emmanuel Macrons current predicament proves that blind European loyalism is, similarly, untenable. The reason is that the EUs architecture is equally difficult to deconstruct, sustain and reform. While Britains political class is, rightly, in the spotlight for having made a mess of Brexit, the EUs establishment is in a similar bind over its colossal failure to civilise the eurozone  with the rise of the xenophobic right the hideous result.

Since his election, the French president has attempted a two-phase strategy: Germanise Frances labour market and national budget (essentially making it easier for employers to fire workers while ushering in additional austerity) so that, in the second phase, he might convince Angela Merkel to persuade the German political class to sign up to his minimalist eurozone reform agenda. It was a spectacular miscalculation perhaps greater than Theresa Mays error in accepting the EUs two-phase approach to Brexit negotiations.

When Berlin gets what it wants in the first phase of any negotiatio...

14:04

Our progressive internationalism The Nation "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

On November 25, at a hip event loft in Berlin, Yanis Varoufakis announced that hed be campaigning for office in two countries at once. In the spring, the former Greek finance minister had declared his intention to run for prime minister back home in Athensand in ordinary times, that might have been enough. Today, though, discontent, xenophobia, and precariousness are on a triumphant march around the world, as Varoufakis told his mostly German audience.

Flanked by a dozen members of DiEM25, the pan-European movement launched in 2016 to democratize the continents institutions, Varoufakis announced that he would run for a seat representing Germany in the European Parliament. He would make his bid as a Greek, a European, and, you might even say, a Berlinerall to drive home a larger point about the necessity of thinking beyond borders. No European people can be prosperous and free when other European countries are condemned to the permanent depression that eternal austerity creates, he said.

Persistent unemployment, cuts to welfare, and other suffocating economic policies across the continent help explain why Varoufakis chose Germanya country hes best known for antagonizing, precisely over its leaders support for austerity, in the fraught negotiations over Greeces debt in 2015. These circumstances are also the motivating force behind the Progressive International, an initiative that Varoufakis launched five days later in Burlington, Vermont, with DiEM25 and the Sanders Institute.

 Building broad-based coalitions takes time, and for now, the Progressive International is just a website with some inspiring language and a video. Its membership is also very Eurocentric. But Varoufakis hopes it will blossom into a global movement that helps leftists create coherent platforms, policies, and parties to defeat the nationalist international masterminded by Donald Trumps former chief strategist, Steve Bannon.
The logic is simple. Financiers have long had global network...

12:09

Why we need a Progressive International. With Christiane Amanpour on CNN Int "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Western democracies in chaos: In the face of divisive nationalist movements, DiEM25 co-founder and former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis wants the worlds progressives to fight for democratic rights and an International Green New Deal. Here he explains why. 

12:05

Missing: A Pair of Balls "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Guest Author ALI WILKINS examines Scarborough Borough Councils accounting of Scarborough town centre footfall, as reported by Yorkshire Coast Radio under the title Scarborough Footfall Drops By Nearly A Quarter According To Figures.

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I saw the article on the YCR web page (link above) about the Scarborough Town footfall figures.

The figures were there in black and white from the council, yet Cllr Heather Phillips disputes these figures saying the drop in footfall is much less than calculated. So are we to believe that the figures released by the Council are wrong?

This leads me to wonder if there is either an effort to play down the figures or the abacus used for these calculations within the Council is missing a couple of balls because the Phillips figure of  7.5%,  which she assures us is right, looks to be out by a whopping 16%.

The period in question is from Sat 2nd December 2017 to 8th August 2017 = 151,065, as against Saturday 1st December 2018 to 7th August 2018 which, by Councillor Janet Jeffersons, Yorkshire Coast Radios and most other peoples calculation is a drop of 23%.

These are the tables showing the 2017 and 2018 figures.

No, I am not going to work out each, week on week, to show individual calculated drops in footfall. We only need to show the overall drop in footfall, going on the totals for each year, which is 13.6%.

An interesting point given by Cllr Heather Phillips is that the reason for the higher figure in 2017 was the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, which would have affected the footfall.

But wait a minute. Didnt we have these sales this year, too?

I will be interested to see what will be put in place to attract people to our town centre because the Christmas market stalls have been moved to the Market Hall, the lights switch on has been stopped for Health & Safety reasons, as Janet says. There must be something SBC can do to attract people to our town centre? Something that will replace what we have lost.

Overall our town needs help and this would normally come from the Counc...

12:01

Detenido en Brasil uno de los autores de la matanza de Atocha "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

En Brasil las fuerzas de seguridad han detenido a Carlos Garca Julia quien tena una requisitoria internacional a consecuencia de su participacin en la matanza de Atocha de unos abogados en 1977.

Garca Julia tena 24 aos cuando perpetr los asesinatos de los abogados de Atocha y fue condenado a 193 aos de prisin por la Audiencia Nacional como autor material de cinco asesinatos.

La matanza de Atocha

El da 24 de enero del ao 1977 dos pistoleros irrumpieron en el despacho laboralista de Comisiones Obreras en el nmero 55 de la calle Atocha lugar del suceso.

La matanza de Atocha fue un atentado de la extrema derecha en el ocaso del franquismo, que fue cometido por un grupo activista e ideolgico, que se rehusaba al cambio institucional que se estaba produciendo en Espaa. Cambio que un ao despus dio lugar a la creacin de la Constitucin Espaola de 1978.

Junto a Garca Julia, quien estaba adscrito a la Falange cuando cometi los asesinatos, hubo otros tres implicados en los asesinatos, fueron Francisco Albadalejo, Jos Fernndez Cerr y Leocadio Jimnez Caravaca, quienes fueron condenados a penas de entre 73 y 193 aos.

Las vctimas mortales, de este comando de ultraderecha en la matanza de Atocha, fueron los tres abogados laboralistas, Enrique Valdelvira Ibaez, Luis Javier Benavides Orgaz y Francisco Javier Sauquillo, el estudiante de Derecho Serafin Holgado y el administrativo, Angel Rodrguez Leal. Asimismo aquel funesto da hubo cuatro heridos de gravedad.

El hecho conmocion a Espaa y pas a la historia de la Transicin como la matanza de Atocha, por ello cada ao, el da 24 de enero, se rememora en Madrid (Espaa) la matanza de Atocha con actos en la plaza de Anton Martn, donde una escultura El Abrazo, obra de Juan Genovs, rinde homenaje a los abogados asesinados y a las vctimas del atentado.

El juicio celebrado en Espaa por la matanza de Atocha se realiz en 1980 y la sentencia sum 464 aos de crcel. Jos Fernndez Cerr y a Garca Julia fueron condenados a 193 aos de crcel como autores materiales.

El detenido este jueves en Brasil, se haba fugado aprovechando un permiso penitenciario tras cumplir 14 aos de condena, huyendo a Bolivia, donde fue encarcelado por un delito relacionado con el narcotrfico. Mientras estaba huido en Sudam...

El presidente ecuatoriano habla con Manafort sobre expulsar a Assange de la embajada "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

El presidente de Ecuador habl con Paul Manafort sobre su deseo de destituir a Julian Assange de la Embajada de Ecuador en Londres, confirm el lunes un portavoz de Manafort.

Cuando el Sr. Manafort se reuni con el presidente Moreno de Ecuador para hablar sobre el Fondo de Desarrollo de China, el presidente plante ante el Sr. Manafort su deseo de sacar a Julian Assange de la embajada de Ecuador, declar Jason Maloni, portavoz de Manafort, en un comunicado.

 

El Sr. Manafort escuch, pero no hizo promesas, ya que esto era secundario al propsito de la reunin, agreg la declaracin de Maloni. No se mencion a Rusia en la reunin.

El medio estadounidense New York Times fue el primero en informar que el presidente Lenin Moreno y sus asesores haban expresado su deseo de que Assange dejara la embajada en al menos dos reuniones con Manafort a cambio de concesiones de los Estados Unidos (EEUU) como alivio de la deuda, y cit a tres personas familiarizadas con las conversaciones. Assange lleva refugiado en la embajada ecuatoriana desde 2012.

Segn informaron al Times, en las reuniones, que tuvieron lugar a mediados de mayo de 2017 en Ecuador, Manafort sugiri que podra ayudar a negociar un acuerdo que incluira la entrega de Assange a los Estados Unidos.

En ltima instancia, no se lleg a un acuerdo con Ecuador, informa el Times. No hay evidencia de que Manafort estuviera trabajando con el presidente Donald Trump u otros funcionarios de la administracin, segn el mismo medio. Viaj a Ecuador principalmente para ver si poda obtener una gran comisin al negociar un acuerdo en el que China invertira en el sistema de energa de Ecuador. Manafort se enfrentaba a una deuda cada vez mayor y necesitaba pagar las cuentas legales, segn el Times.

Carl Bernstein, de CNN, inform que la semana pasada el equipo del asesor Robert Mueller estuvo investigando una reunin entre Manafort y Moreno en Quito en 2017 y pregunt si se habl de WikiLeaks o Assange en la reunin, segn una fuente cercana.

La oficina de Mueller est considerando presentar ms cargos penales contra Manafort, tras ser acusado el ex presidente de campaa de Trump de violar su acuerdo de culpabilidad para cooperar con los fiscales. Manafort se declar culpable a principios de este ao de dos cargos de conspiracin y manipulacin de testigos, aunque admiti pblicamente que cometi varios delitos financieros y de cabildeo. l a parte, fue declarado culpable por un jurado en Virginia de ocho cargos de fraude financiero relacionados con sus ingresos...

Fallece Paco Aura, ltimo superviviente valenciano de Mauthausen "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

El ltimo superviviente valenciano del campo de concentracin de Mauthausen, Paco Aura, muri el pasado martes en Alcoi, ciudad de Alicante (Espaa). Aura pas en el campo de concentracin ms de cuatro aos, y tras una vida dedicada a contar su historia para luchar contra el olvido de lo ocurrido, y de trabajar por la paz y la concordia, ha fallecido prximo a cumplir los 100 aos.

El Ayuntamiento de Alcoi, el cual puso en 2014 su nombre al puente que une los barrios del Viaducte y Zona Nord, ha trasladado, tras conocer su fallecimiento, su apoyo y solidaridad A la familia, compaeros y amigos en unos momentos dolorosos debido a la prdida del alcoyano Paco Aura Boronat que el prximo 30 de diciembre habra cumplido 100 aos.

Las palabras de Aura el da en que el puente recibi su nombre fueron las siguientes:

Solo espero que este puente se convierta en un smbolo de la paz y la concordia y sirva de recuerdo para lo que ocurri.

El alcalde de la localidad, Toni Francs (PSPV), destacaba del superviviente valenciano:

Paco dedic la vida a recordarnos la parte ms oscura de la historia de la humanidad para que nunca volviera a suceder

Nos ha dejado una persona que siempre formar parte de la historia de Alcoi y de la humanidad. Paco era ejemplo de todo aquello bueno que tiene el ser humano y dedic la vida a recordarnos la parte ms oscura de la historia de la humanidad para que nunca volviera a suceder.

Francs asimismo record a Paco Aura como un hombre humilde y sencillo, profundamente humano, ejemplo de dignidad y resistencia que nos mostr lo que significa la capacidad de perdonar, que no tiene nada a ver ni con el olvido ni con la impunidad. Paco seguir con nosotros siempre, ejemplo de la lucha contra los totalitarismos, su experiencia nos hace tener muy presente que la democracia y la paz tenemos que cuidar da a da, y trabajar intensamente para defenderla cada segundo de nuestra vida.

El consistorio tena previsto a mitad de diciembre, coincidiendo con el cumpleaos del fallecido, presentar una exposicin sobre la vida de Aura y la reedicin de un libro junto al Cahea. El acto se mantendr segn el alcalde como Un sentido homenaje pstumo a su persona y a la gran tarea de divulgacin que realiz a favor de la paz y la concordia.

Cuatro aos de reclusin en Mauthausen

Paco Aura vivi con 17 aos la Guerra Civil espaola y la II Guerra Mundial como exili...

10:10

CANADIAN STUDY LINKS FLUORIDE TO INCREASING RATE OF ADHD IN CHILDREN "IndyWatch Feed Europe"


Phillip Schneider, Contributor
Waking Times

ADHD is one of the most common issues with children these days. According to 2016 data from the CDC, approximately 2.4 million children ages 6-11 have ADHD in the US and that number tends to increase over time. Seeing as though its very hard to treat and affects so many kids, wouldnt a better solution be to prevent it altogether?  Ridding the world entirely of ADHD might be a bit of a stretch but learning what causes it and minimizing exposure is a much more reasonable solution. Some causes may be obvious, such as head injuries or genetics, but others may be less conspicuous such as exposure to the sodium fluoride found in most tap water. 


A new study from the University of Toronto is shedding light on the impact that water fluoridation may have on rates of childhood ADHD. According to the study, there is an association between the levels of fluoride found in pregnant mothers and ADHD-like symptoms in the Children once they become school-age, around 6-12 years old. 

Our findings are consistent with a growing body of evidence suggesting that the growing fetal nervous system may be negatively affected by higher levels of fluoride exposure. Dr. Morteza Bashash, Study Author 

The study recruited researchers from some a diverse range of institutions, including the University of Toronto, the National Institute of Public Health of Mexico, University of Michigan, Indiana University, the University of Washington and Harvard School of Public Health. 

After controlling for a series of variable including birthweight, birth order, sex, maternal marital status, smoking history, age at delivery, education, and socioeconomic status, the team found that the parents who had higher exposure to fluoride still reported higher levels of ADHD in their children compared with other parents who did not have as much exposure. 

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10:02

Canada - New debate on controversial tap water fluoridation for new city council "IndyWatch Feed Europe"


Windsors newly elected council will grapple on Monday night with the contentious and emotional issue of fluoridating the municipal water supply.

Its the new councils first substantive meeting after a ceremonial swearing-in on Dec. 3. The fluoridation debate is rearing its head again after a deferral in the spring headed off a long list of delegations arguing both sides of the issue. Flouride was removed as an additive in city drinking water in 2013 after a council vote following another lengthy city hall debate.

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is urging its re-introduction, citing an oral health study reporting on the rise in cavities among children and other signs of declining dental health. Based on school screenings between 2011/12 and 2016/17, it says theres been a dramatic 51-per-cent rise in the number of children with tooth decay requiring urgent treatment, as well as a decline in the percentage of cavity-free kids. Comparing Windsor-Essex, where no municipalities fluoridate, with the rest of Ontario, where 70 per cent do, the percentage of children with urgent dental needs was double.

The health unit has the backing of multiple dental and public health organizations urging the return of fluoridation.

We need to accept as a community we have a problem with oral health and we need to take action, said acting medical officer of health Dr. Wajid Ahmed. And we know from an evidence-based perspective that fluoridation of water is regarded as a success story of the last century by many of the world (health) agencies.

When you look at the local percentages of children, the decline in their oral health is pretty significant since fluoride was removed, said Ahmed.

Its my obligation and my duty to provide the best advice to the community and this is based on the evidence.

When council debated the issue in 2013, voting 8-3 to end 51 years of fluoridation, there was a five-hour debate which included 27 delegations, 16 of whom wanted it removed. There were 81 submitted reports and letters. And while most of the dental...

09:51

F.A.N. Newsletter "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Yesterday we raised $795 from 12 donors, and two of our long-term supporters pledged to DOUBLE EVERY DONATION we receive today and tomorrow up to a total of $2,000.
With our current total at $76,755 from 150 donors this would leap us forward to over $80,000 by the end of Saturday. 
Moreover, in order to show foundations that we have many active supporters, they are also helping us push for more donors.  To this end they are pledging to add another $800 if we can get to a total of 200 donors by Saturday at midnight PT- that means we need 50 donations of any amount of $5 or above in two days. We urge those considering donations to include active family members (at $5 or more per head). Simply list their first names when you sign online (e.g. John, Alice, Julie etc...Smith).
Please help us to get to both goals - top $80,000 and reach 200 donors, starting today. 
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09:30

Syndikat: The local pub taking on a corporate giant "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Workers at a radical Berlin bar are heading to London on December 18th to confront Pears Global, part of a shadowy property giant which has been hiking rents in Neuklln.  One of Berlins 12 major boroughs and historically one of the citys most multicultural areas, Neuklln has been on Germanys gentrification frontline for the last ten

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Ankara stalls the Sochi agreement while Washington builds new military bases in Syria: some thoughts on the recent developments "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

by Aram Mirzaei for The Saker Blog Three months have passed since the Sochi agreement on the so called Idlib demilitarized zone. The terms of the deal were that all

03:00

Gute Nachrichten! "Congress To Make Members Pay Out ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Gute Nachrichten! "Congress To Make Members Pay Out Of Pocket For Sexual Harassment Settlements". Ja, richtig gesehen! Abgeordnete waren bisher nicht persnlich betroffen, wenn sie sexueller bergriffe beschuldigt wurden und es zu einer auergerichtlichen Einigung kam.

Und wir streiten uns hier noch ber Abtreibungen.

Hey, wisst ihr was? Wenn die Amis so einen Schritt machen knnen, und wenn Irland Abtreibung legalisieren kann, vielleicht kann unser Parlament dann mal wirksame Manahmen gegen Abgeordneten-Korruption beschlieen. Was meint ihr?

01:34

Alan MacSimin (1957-2018): a pioneer of anarchism in Ireland "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

alan.jpgOn December 5th we were pained to hear about the untimely death of Alan MacSimin, veteran anarchist, trade unionist and tireless organiser in Ireland. Today we said farewell to him at Glasnevin cemetery in Dublin, where many other revolutionaries before him have been put to rest. Many friends and comrades from all parties and movements of the left joined his family to bid farewell to this exceptional man. SIPTU, his trade union, had arranged a guard of honour for him. The previous night, the wake at the Teachers Club was equally well attended by comrades of all persuasions: from the Communist Party, the Socialist Party and the Socialist Workers Party, Sinn Fin, Workers Solidarity Movement, Workers Party, even Labour. He, as a true non-sectarian, had friends in every single left-wing party, a friendship nurtured in decades of activism.

00:53

The Inequality Gap on a Planet Growing More Extreme "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

The good times have left out too many people

By Nomi Prins and cross-posted from Tom Dispatch.

As we head into 2019, leaving the chaos of this year behind, a major question remains unanswered when it comes to the state of Main Street, not just here but across the planet. If the global economy really is booming, as many politicians claim, why are leaders and their parties around the world continuing to get booted out of office in such a sweeping fashion?

One obvious answer: the post-Great Recession economic recovery was largely reserved for the few who could participate in the rising financial markets of those years, not the majority who continued to work longer hours, sometimes at multiple jobs, to stay afloat. In other words, the good times have left out so many people, like those struggling to keep even a few hundred dollars in their bank accounts to cover an emergency or the 80% of American workers who live paycheck to paycheck.

In todays global economy, financial security is increasingly the property of the 1%. No surprise, then, that, as a sense of economic instability continued to grow over the past decade, angst turned to anger, a transition that from the U.S. to the Philippines, Hungary to Brazil, Poland to Mexico has provoked a plethora of voter upheavals. In the process, a 1930s-style brew of rising nationalism and blaming the other whether that other was an immigrant, a religious group, a country, or the rest of the world emerged.

This phenomenon offered a series of Trumpian figures, including of course The Donald himself, an opening to ride a wave of populism to the heights of the political system. That the backgrounds and records of none of them whether youre talking about Donald Trump, Viktor Orbn, Rodrigo Duterte, or Jair Bolsonaro (among others) reflected the daily concerns of the common people, as the classic definition of populism might have it, hardly mattered. Even a billionaire could, it turned out, exploit economic insecurity effectively and use it to rise to ultimate power.

Ironically, as that American master at evoking the fears of apprentices everywhere showed, to assume the highest office in the land was only to begin a process of creating yet more fear and insecurity. Trumps trade wars, for instance, have typically infused th...

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Thursday, 13 December

23:41

How the New Silk Roads are merging into Greater Eurasia "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Russia is keen to push economic integration with parts of Asia and this fits in with Chinas Belt and Road Initiative by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with The Asia Times by

22:30

Die NZZ erklrt, wieso die Bahn so runtergewirtschaftet ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Die NZZ erklrt, wieso die Bahn so runtergewirtschaftet ist:

Die deutsche Regierung kmmert sich lieber um knstliche Intelligenz als um eine pnktliche Bahn
SEHR schn formuliert!

Der Generalanwalt des EuGH findet, das deutsche Leistungsschutzrecht ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Der Generalanwalt des EuGH findet, das deutsche Leistungsschutzrecht drfe gar nicht angewendet werden.

Stein des Anstoes: Das Bundesjustizministerium hatte es whrend des Gesetzgebungsverfahrens unterlassen, den Entwurf der EU-Kommission und den Mitgliedsstaaten vorzulegen. Eine solche "Notifizierung" ist ntig, wenn Dienste der Informationsgesellschaft betroffen sind.
Die Inkompetenz der Unterdrcker ist immer noch unser beste Schutz gegen den Unterdrckungsstaat. :-(

Update: Ein damaliger Mitarbeiter von Julia Reda schreibt mir dazu:

2015 haben wir durch IFG-Antrge herausgefunden, dass die Bundesregierung von dem Bug im Gesetzgebungsverfahren wusste. Moneyquote aus dem Bro des Kulturstaatsministers im Mrz: "Ich verstehe, dass hinter der gewhlten Auslegung der Richtlinie [gemeint ist die Notifizierungsrichtlinie] der politische Wunsch nach mglichst schneller Verabschiedung des Leistungsschutzrechts steht. Diesem Willen will sich K31 [Das Referat im BKM] nicht verschlieen. Auf die Gefahr einer spteren Blamage durch die Nichtanwendbarkeit des Gesetzes sollte BMJ aber zumindest hingewiesen werden."

Das zeigt, dass in den Ministerien immerhin fhige Leute sitzen, die die Rechtslage korrekt einschtzen knnen. Es war halt eine politische Entscheidung, gegen die Wand zu rennen und nicht Unfhigkeit zu erkennen, dass da eine Wand ist.

Die unbesungenen Helden sind fragdenstaat.de, die die Plattform fr einefache IFG-Anfragen bereitstellen und Julia Reda im Europaparlament, die es mir damals erlaubt hat, mehrere Monate mit IFG-Antrgen an die Ministerien und die Europische Kommission zu verbringen.

20:46

Turkey Threatens US-backed Kurdish Forces With New Operation "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Syrian War Report Dec. 13, 2018: Turkey Threatens US-backed Kurdish Forces With New Operation Turkey has threatened a new plan to launch a military operation against US-backed Kurdish groups

20:10

People who say there's no difference between Labour and the Tories on Brexit are lying through their teeth "IndyWatch Feed Europe"


People keep misleadingly claiming that there's absolutely no difference between Labour and the Tories on Brexit, and even that there's nothing to indicate that a Labour Brexit would be any less harmful than a Tory one!

In reality there's an absolute mountain of evidence from the last 30 months of chaos that it couldn't possibly 
be anything like as bad as the Tories running Brexit exclusively for their own selfish party political interests.

I'm certainly not advocating a Labour Brexit in this article, in fact I feel they should move position at some point in the near future towards offering a "cancel Brexit" vs "back to square one and try again" referendum. However I'm so utterly sick of the despicable campaign of lies from disingenuous Remainer fanatics that I need to point out just how dishonest they're being when they pretend there's no difference between Labour and the Tories on Brexit. 
  • Labour have repeatedly assured the public that they would never deliberately trigger a disastrous "no deal" meltdown like Theresa May keeps threatening, because they say it's "the worst possible deal for Britain". So at least this devastating nightmare scenario would be completely off the table under a Labour/progressive coalition government.

19:32

Coca-Colas products Sprite and Fanta may be poisonous, rules Nigeria Court "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

High levels of benzoic acid and sunset additives in the popular soft drinks could pose a health risk to consumers when mixed with vitamin C

A high court judge in Nigeria has ruled that some popular soft drinks sold under the Coca-Cola brand could be poisonous.

Bottles and cans of Fanta and Sprite in Nigeria may soon come with written health warnings after Justice Adedayo Oyebanji ordered the Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC)  the local manufacturer of the soft drinks  to place labels on the beverages to inform consumers against drinking them with vitamin C, according to a CNN report citing local sources.

Coca-Cola said the claims are inaccurate and unsupported by science.

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18:30

The Spectacle Belongs to the Tory Party "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

The spectacle belongs to the Tories and arent they providing top notch entertainment? Theresa Mays vote of confidence by Tory MPs doesnt change anything. In fact it makes it harder for her. She cannot now face a similar challenge from her own party within the next 12 months. In which case the Tories will carry

15:07

Brighton and London rally for Stansted 15 "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Following on from a rally outside the Home Office on Tuesday which drew thousands of people, hundreds more took to the streets of Brighton last night to show their support for the Stansted 15. Organised by a collective including the Devils Dyke Network and Brighton Against Borders, the demonstration attracted over 300 people angry at

13:40

Good news workers, you're poorer than you were 8 years ago! "IndyWatch Feed Europe"


Somehow millions of people still believe the ludicrous fairy story that the Tories are the party of economic competence despite the overwhelming evidence that they're nothing of the sort.

Take this Tweet from Dominic Raab. It clearly shows that UK workers' wages have collapsed in real terms, and that they're only just crawling back towards the level they were at when the Tories came to power in 2010.

The huge dip we can see in the graph that happened between 2010 and 2014 was the longest sustained collapse in workers' wages since records began, and it all came from the economically illiterate Tory assumption that the poorer the workers, the richer the bosses, and the richer the bosses the richer the nation.

This assumption is obvious bollocks because if workers' wages collapse they have less disposable income, and if they have less disposable income the economy flat lines because of the lack of demand (this stuff is so obvious it should barely need stating).



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FTC: Discredit & Disillusionment "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

FTC: Toilet Troubles

  • an In My View article by NIGEL WARD, reporting on growing unrest at Filey Town Council.

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I am sad to report that all seems far from well at my favourite third-tier tentacle of local government Filey Town Council.

Councillor Robert HORLEY (pictured left above) has resigned from the Council in a letter to the serving Mayor of Filey, Councillor Richard WALKER (centre) .

Curiously, the Council seems unwilling publicly to acknowledge the resignation. Certainly, Mr HORLEY still appears as a Councillor on the Councils website albeit with his telephone number redacted.

Mr HORLEY has informed me that his request for his letter of resignation to be read out in Council (and importantly thereby minuted, for the public record) has been declined on the spurious grounds that to do so would be a breach of GDPR this, despite him providing his written consent. There appears to be no reference to former-Councillor HORLEYs resignation on the Agenda for the December meeting.

Mr HORLEYs letter of resignation appears here (I have redacted his home address):

Download the PDF file HORLEY_Resignation).

Quite who is ultimately responsible for drawing a veil over Councillor HORLEYs departure is unclear but sources close to the Council are suggesting that Mayor WALKER, for reasons unknown, is anxious not to be the subject of unwelcome criticism. Others contend that it is simply another example of that gold chain having super-inflated the Mayors sense of self-importance.

This latest conflict follows the resignation of 2017/18 Deputy Mayor Councillor John CASEY (pictured right above), whose departure was also the subject of some contention.

I asked Mr CASEY if he would care to comment and his response (which I reproduce, with his consent, here below) makes clear that Filey Town Council like almost every public authority in the country is deeply divided at present. Party, personal and factional loyalties are being stretched to the limit, at great cost to public services and amenities, and (as so often) money is at the heart of the matter.

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09:57

F.A.N. Newsletter "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Below Oregon campaign organizer and the chairperson of FANs advisory committee Rick North asks the question What if FAN didnt exist, but first we will examine our fundraiser to see how we are doing to make sure that we will continue to exist and achieve more great things in 2019.

With the $1000 doubling challenge pledge yesterday we raised $2,750 from 4 very generous donors. This brings us to our current grand total of $75,950 from 137 donors.
Thank you to all who have so generously helped us to reach our current totals on the way to our goal of $250,000 from 1,250 donors by midnight Dec 31, and our mini-goal of $100,000 by Christmas Eve.


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09:38

Italy Has the Highest Levels of Corruption in Europe, Study Shows "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Corruption is more costly to Italy than any other European country, leaving it lagging behind other western European nations.

Cross-posted from TheLocal.it

The Italian economy loses 236 billion euros a year to corruption, which is about 13 percent of gross domestic product, or equal to 3,903 euros per inhabitant.

The figure is twice as high as that of France, where its equal to 120 billion euros and 6 percent of GDP, and that of Germany, where corruption costs 104 billion euros (4 percent of GDP).

The analysis was conducted by the American NGO RAND for the European Parliament.

89 percent of Italians think that corruption is extremely widespread in their country, with 84 percent convinced that it is part of the business culture of Italy.

The study highlights how, in Italy, the wasted money could resolve all of the countrys major social problems, Repubblica writes.

The cost of corruption in Italy is more than one and a half times the national public health budget.

Its also 12 times bigger than the funding for the countrys police force, 16 times the funding set aside to combat unemployment, and 337 times bigger than the budget set aside for Italys scarce social housing.

In Italy, 80 percent of inhabitants believe that corruption is so widespread in their country that the majority dont bother to report it.

The figure was the same in more than half of European member states, with the same figures found in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Romania, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain.

While Italy suffered most from the cost of corruption overall, Romania was found to be the most corrupt country when looking at the cost as percentage of GDP.

Romania loses 15.6 percent of GDP to corruption every year

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Tuesday, 11 December

00:01

Get A Proper One! "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

A Letter to the Editor from a disgruntled NEIL KIPLING, lamenting the refusal of our Council Tax paid public services to honour the responsibilities that justify their existence playing pass the parcel to an endlessly-looping soundtrack of We shall not be moved!.

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Dear North Yorks Enquirer,

Despite several phone calls to the North Yorkshire Police, Scarborough Borough Council and the North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Services, I was informed that NOBODY would be attending a dangerous vehicle on Westborough in Scarborough.

The vehicle was involved in a rear-end hit-and-run accident approximately 4-5 days ago and has yet to be removed from the carriageway.

So much for safeguarding the Public.

Yours sincerely,

Neil Kipling.

Neil KIPLING, Scarborough. 11th December 2018.

 

 

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