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Monday, 21 May


Hundreds joined the 11th annual march for remembrance of... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Hundreds joined the 11th annual march for remembrance of the African victims of enslavement, trade with enslaved people, colonial occupation and racist violence. The march took place for the eleventh time.

The date was determined after the last day of the Congo conference in Berlin from November, 15th 1884 to February, 26th 1885.

The activists called to rename streets with racist names (as the Mohrenstrasse) They also urged to return holy objects and mortal remains from German museums to their African owners. 02/25/2017.
#berlin #africa #colonialism #slavery #racism #blacklifesmatter #rally #demonstration #reportage #blackandwhite #photojournalism #documentary #photography #photo #streetsofberlin #berlineransichten #berlinstagram #photooftheday #latergram #schwarzweiss #fromthearchives


#berlin #txl #tegel #airport#couple #hug #streetphotography... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

#berlin #txl #tegel #airport#couple #hug #streetphotography #dailylife #blackandwhite #photography #photo #streetsofberlin #berlineransichten #berlinstagram #picoftheday #latergram #schwarzweiss


Glyphosate Hurts Gut Microbiome, Genes and Sexual Development at Safe Dose "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Heather Callaghan, Contributor
Waking Times

Glyphosate-based herbicides like Monsantos Roundup are used the world over. In fact, Roundup is still the most popular and widely used weedkiller in the entire world. Pesticide propagandists are fond of leaning on the idea of safe dose, but can there really be a safe dose for a substance that causes breast cancer at parts per trillion?

A new study shows some startling, adverse health affects in mice given glyphosate in doses at levels considered safe by regulatory agencies. This news i...


Moveable Feast Cafe 2018/05/21 Open Thread "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

2018/05/21 17:30:01Welcome to the Moveable Feast Cafe. The Moveable Feast is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of


Twin Towers The Falling Man Tarot The Hanged Man Was it real or was it a Symbolic Message "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Hanged Man Tarot Card Meanings and Description

The Hanged Man shows a man suspended, upside-down, from the living World Tree, rooted in the underworld and supporting the heavens. Given the serene expression on his face, it is believed he is hanging on the tree of his own will. His right foot is bound to the tree but his left foot remains free, bent at the knee and tucked in behind his right leg. His arms are bent, with hands held behind his back, forming an inverted triangle. The man is wearing red pants representing human passion and the physical body, a blue coat for knowledge, and yellow shoes representing his high ideals. Around the Hanged Mans head is a bright yellow halo showing spiritual attainment, with the grey background suggesting invisibility (a good reminder to not flaunt your spirituality). This is the card of ultimate surrender, of being suspended in time and of martyrdom and sacrifice to the greater good. This is the archetype to meditate on to help break old patterns of behaviour and bad habits that restrict you.

The Hanged Mans number is 12 a higher octave of the number 3, representing careful planning and orderly growth leading to spiritual development. 1 (beginning) + 2 (the reasoning force) = 3 (the product of rebirth). The ruling planet is Neptune, the planet of self-sacrifice and idealism.

The Falling Man

The Falling Man is a photograph taken by Associated Press photographer Richard Drew of a man falling from the North Tower of the World Trade Center at 9:41:15 a.m. during the September 11 attacks in New York City. The subject of the image, whose identity remains uncertain, was one of the people trapped on the upper floors of the skyscraper who either fell searching for safety or jumped to escape the fire and smoke. At least 200 people are believed to have fallen or jumped to their deaths that day while other estimates say the number is half of that or fewer. Officials could not r...


Geschichten aus der neuen Welt:Northern Lebanon School ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Geschichten aus der neuen Welt:

Northern Lebanon School District students are required to smile while walking the hallways between classes, while bullying incidents are being ignored by administrators, according to some parents and teachers.

Students who dont have a smile on their face while in the hallways between classes are told to either smile or go see a guidance counselor to discuss their problems.


ERYCs Atrocious Complaints Record Exposed "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

ERYCs Atrocious Complaints Record Exposed

  • an In My View article by NIGEL WARD, examining the Local Government & Social Care Ombudsmans 2016/17 Annual Review of East Riding of Yorkshire Councils handling of Formal Corporate Complaints.


Regular readers will be aware that I have been drawing the attention of the public to the total inadequacy of our various public authorities Complaints Procedures for a number of years now.

Many of my articles have concerned themselves with the ludicrous Complaints Procedure at Scarborough Borough Council. I have also criticised the Complaints Procedure of the North Yorkshire Police and even the North Yorkshire Police & Crime Commissioner, Mrs Julia MULLIGAN, has publicly agreed with me, describing it as Not Fit for Purpose.  My exchange with her on that subject is recounted here.

Many of my article have dealt with the Complaints procedure in respect of breaches, by Councillors, of the Councillors Code of Conduct, as fudged by the Localism Act 2011. Today, I turn my attention to the handling of Formal Corporate Complaints against Council Officers this time at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, as chronicled in a hitherto unpublished (as far as I can ascertain) letter to ERYC Chief Executive and Head of Paid Service, Mrs Caroline LACEY, announcing the ERYC 2016/17 Annual Review of the Local Government & Social Care Ombudsman (the LGO), dated 20th July 2017. The Ombudsman examines Complaints Decisions made by the Council.

The Ombudsman summarises the 2016/17 Annual Review, which covers the period 1st April 2016 to 31st March 2017, in the following table:

The table tells us that Decisions were made in 89 of the 95 Complaints. 3 were adjudged Incomplete or Invalid; 3 remain undisclosed.

Of those 89 Complaints, only 10 were Upheld, 8 of which were remedied not by the fair judgement of the Council (who remedied only 1 Complaint freel...


Too soon, victory for the ZAD led to despair "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

In the 1970s the French government announced its next major airport expansion in Notre-Dame-des-Landes, Nantes. The 200-hectare site, projected to become the third largest airport in the country, represented a massive threat to the environment and drew significant opposition from locals and green campaigners. Defeated at the time, the project was resurrected in 2003 by


Canada - Fluoride question to be left off ballot "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

A request to have a question regarding fluoride in Owen Sound's drinking water on the municipal election ballot has been denied.
The city announced Friday that a petition requesting that the ballot for the 2018 municipal election include a question about the removal of fluoride from the city's drinking water did not meet a requirement that it contain 10 per cent of electors in the city.
Sandra Barker, a member of the group that had gathered the signatures and submitted the petition, said she was disappointed with the city's finding and was left confused as to how they didn't get the required signatures. We did everything we possibly could to make sure, Barker said. The proportions don't make any sense.
In the news release issued on Friday it stated that a petition had been submitted to clerk Briana Bloomfield prior to the May 1 deadline. In accordance with the Fluoridation Act, the petition must be signed by at least 10 per cent of electors in the municipality and certified as sufficient by the clerk.
The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation provided Bloomfield with current elector information for Owen Sound, in order to certify each name. With the current number of electors in Owen Sound pegged at 15,884, the petition would require the signatures of 1,589.
Barker said she had been told by city officials that more than 900 signatures from their petition had to be removed for various reasons.


Dr Mercola "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Fluoride, a pernicious pervasive toxin. Youre likely drinking it, bathing in it. You need to get serious about removing it from your life. Fluoride has been classified as a chemical having substantial evidence of developmental neurotoxicity. There is no doubt that fluoride should NOT be ingested.
So just what incentives do the American Dental Association and other industries have for continuing to promote it?
These people are hopeless, they are just hopeless. Like the health establishment in general and the public health community, and professional bodies, theyre absolutely trapped by the fluoridation paradigm that fluoridation is safe and effective, and all they do in terms of research is just state this again and again.Its a complete mindset now, its become a religion and you can see it in their reflex reaction
Over 50 human population studies have linked elevated fluoride levels with neurological effects, particularly lowered IQ. More than 200 animal studies also show that fluoride has adverse and detrimental effects of learning and memory.
If any study comes out that finds harm, its a bad study. If any scientist comes out and says fluoridation is a bad idea Oh you must be a junk scientist. Theyre working backwards from some perceived need of keeping fluoridating going regardless of the evidence.
Sadly, the current White House administration has vigorously opposed federal regulatory actions against water fluoridation and has already reversed many of the environmental safety precautions previously established.
97% of Europe does not fluoridate its water and yet, the tooth decay in12 year olds, according to the World Health Organisation, theyre not suffering accordingly. The tooth decay rates are coming down just as fast in the nonfluoridating countries as the fluorid...


Dr mercola "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

A few years ago, fluoride was proclaimed to be the best public health benefit of the 20th century. How can a toxic chemical linked to various diseases be the best?


Tweet, tweet "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Meanwhile, our old blogging friend DB is still out there in the badlands of Twitter, binoculars at the ready, watching BBC twitterers going about their daily activities and faithfully recording their Twitter deposits (for science's sake). 

It certainly is a bit rum for a senior BBC reporter to derisively tweet snowflake symbols to someone else

And as I follow Mike's Twitter feed I know it's far from the first time that he's tweeted derisively to and/or about the alt-right like this. It's a real habit of his, and - as DB says - it really is pretty much all one way. Maybe his alt-right targets deserve it but, nevertheless, it still makes him look like an activist rather than a scrupulously impartial BBC reporter.

And, of course, the never-knowingly-non-derisive Anthony Zurcher has been in action too. Here he is following up on a CNN tweet:

Yes, there's the BBC man saying that President Trump's language -...


Oliver North legt kraftvoll los in seinem neuen Amt ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Oliver North legt kraftvoll los in seinem neuen Amt als NRA-Prsident: Schuld an den School Shootings ist Ritalin. Oh und die Kultur von Gewalt und Verwahrlosung an den Schulen. Klar. Damit meinte er natrlich Videospiele. Und das sagte er natrlich bei einem Fox-News-Interview.

Update: Lacht nicht, Oliver North kennt sich aus! Der war selbst Berater fr die Call of Duty-Reihe!

Alle 34 Bischfe in Chile treten zurck. Die katholische ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Alle 34 Bischfe in Chile treten zurck. Die katholische Kirche scheint jetzt also tatschlich mal ernsthaft ihre Kindesmissbrauchsskandale aufzuarbeiten. Freut mich. Weitermachen!

Wie wre es jetzt noch mit Gefngnisstrafen?


Ramzan Kadyrov personally commands rescue of Orthodox hostages in a church in Gronzy "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

RT reports: Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the Saturday attack on an Orthodox church in Russias Chechen Republic, which left a worshiper and two


Hanno Bck hat einen neuen Efail-Angriff verffentlicht. ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Hanno Bck hat einen neuen Efail-Angriff verffentlicht. Der greift diesmal nicht das Nachladen von Inhalten an, was bei Thunderbird standardmig deaktiviert ist, sondern benutzt andere Aspekte von HTML-Mail. Damit ist es immer noch kein PGP- oder GPG-Problem, aber immerhin scheint diesmal die Behauptung wahr zu sein, dass es einen ungepatchten Angriff gegen Default-Installationen gibt.

Hanno empfiehlt, HTML in Mails zu deaktivieren. Das war schon immer eine gute Idee. Genaugenommen ist mir vllig unbegreiflich, welcher Schwachkopf jemals auf die Idee kam, es sei eine gute Idee, HTML in Mails zu haben. Wer mir eine HTML-Mail schickt, wird im Allgemeinen kommentarlos ignoriert.

Update: Ich redete von HTML-only-Mails. Das macht zum Glck so gut wie niemand. Ausnahmen wie die Herren Spezialexperten bei GMX besttigen die Regel.

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Sunday, 20 May


Does Money Make You Mean? "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Its amazing what a rigged game of Monopoly can reveal. In this entertaining but sobering Ted Talk, social psychologist Paul Piff shares his research into how people behave when they feel wealthy. (Hint: badly.). But its not all bad news.



What Is the Yield Curve Telling Us About the U.S. Economy? "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Maybe its time to buckle up the seat belt.

By Pam Martens and Russ Martens of Wall Street on Parade

On November 9 of last year, a mere six months ago, we asked the question: Does Jerome Powell Hear the Alarm Bells from Flattening Yield Curve? Jerome Powell is, of course, the new Chairman of the Federal Reserve the U.S. central bank and the body in which the United States has entrusted its monetary policy, for better or worse.

We wrote at the time:

As of 7:48 a.m. this morning, the spread between the 10-year Treasury Note (yielding 2.33 percent) and 30-year Treasury Bond (yielding 2.81 percent) is even smaller, at a meager 48 basis points or less than half of one percent.

It is a serious commentary on the bizarre financial times in which we live that a fixed income investor would be rewarded with less than half a percent of additional income to add 20 years of risk to the maturity date on his bond.

Buckle up your seat belt because things have gotten a lot dicier since we penned that commentary. As of this morning at 6:41 a.m., the 10-year U.S. Treasury was trading at a yield of 3.06 percent while the 30-year U.S. Treasury was yielding a feeble 3.19 percent. The spread, meaning the difference between the two yields, has shrunk from 48 basis points on November 9 to a startling 13 basis points today.

We say startling because at this rate, we could be looking at an inverted yield curve faster than the Fed has factored into its thinking. An inverted yield curve, where short-term interest rates on Treasuries are higher than long-term rates, is typically a precursor to a recession. We saw this phenomenon ahead of the 2001 recession and in 2006-2007 ahead of the epic financial downturn in 2008-2009

Continue reading this article


Language Emily! "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

While I'm still catching up and remembering things I meant to blog about earlier, the latest edition of Newsnight used some interesting language in its main Brexit report. Emily Maitlis and Nick Watt variously use the terms "a hard Brexit", "a moderate Brexit" and "Brexit hardliners in [Mrs May's] Cabinet" in their piece about Justine Greening, Amber Rudd and Damian Green's apparent plan to beat off Jacob Rees-Mogg. 

I raised my eyebrows at that. 

And then Emily moved on to the Italian political scene and the possible Five Star Movement-Lega-led new 'populist' government coalition there. 

Our Emily was straight in there with "The party started by a clown is about to govern Italy with a party of the far right". 

And - to the consternation of people other than just me - she later compared the coming-together of what she called "the alt-left and the firm right" to the idea of Momentum and UKIP forming a governing coalition in the UK. 

She also cited the horseshoe view of politics to claim that the extremes of right and left were converging, united by their Euroscepticism and pro-Russian sentiment. 

Now, I'm not a high profile BBC presenter (lest you thought I was) but even I know that the Five Star Movement isn't particularly close to the ideological place where Momentum sits - though an imputation that they're both rather cult-like might have held if she'd thought of explicitly pushing it. (Did she implicitly push it?) 


Hat eigentlich mal jemand geguckt, wer mehr Weie ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Hat eigentlich mal jemand geguckt, wer mehr Weie in den USA umbringt? Waffenbesitz weier Mnner oder Einwanderer/Schwarze/Latinos?

Wobei ich die Schuld fr einen Amoklauf hier den Eltern zuschreibe.


Greece police arrests 2 men in mob attack against Thessaloniki mayor Boutaris "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Two people have been arrested as suspects participating in the attack against the mayor of  Thessaloniki, Yiannis Boutaris.  The two are a 20- and a 36-year-old man who has been known to police for thefts, media report adding that police has identified another eight persons from the rich attack footage posted all over the internet,

The post Greece police arrests 2 men in mob attack against Thessaloniki mayor Boutaris appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.


"Don't Hate the Debate" "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

The following video from BBC Teach, which the BBC says is "suitable for teaching 14-16s", discusses the hot topic of immigration...


...provoked a strong attack from Nigel Farage in the Daily Telegraph under the headline The BBC is poisoning our children's minds with pro-immigration claptrap

Nigel has a point. The BBC Teach video begins:
Think immigrations a recent thing? Think again. Because, you see, youve got the Celts, the Romans, the Anglo Saxons and the Vikings, the Normans, the Flemish, the Irish, black Britons and Jewish people. Yup, we were multicultural long before curry and carnival. Its in our DNA. Theres no such thing as a pure Brit, despite what some flag wavers would have you believe. The average one is just 36 per cent Anglo Saxon. Migration did step up after the Second World War, when people arrived from all over the colonies. Places like India, the Caribbean, Pakistan, Uganda and Kenya. Then we joined the EU, which meant we could easily move to Paris, Rome, Berlin, Barcelona, and that people there could come here. Some people come fleeing war or poverty. Others, because we have a better music scene. But its only the past 20 years that have seen more people come and go. Even so, you cant open a paper without some people giving it large about immigration.
Does the BBC really think that this video demonstrates its impartiality?

P.S. Why is the Jewish character Mr Bean with a comedy moustache?


Views my own "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Caroline Wyatt

The World This Weekendpresented this week by Caroline Wyatt, ran a long segment today on antisemitism in the UK (now and then) with a particular focus on antisemitism in the Labour Party.

Furious Corbynista activists immediately took to social media to accuse the BBC of "propaganda not news," of "making it all about Labour", of "weaponising" antisemitism against Labour, of "having an agenda", and of "despising Corbyn".

But elsewhere I've read an equally furious comment from 'the opposite side' (and from someone I like) saying that this was a "hit piece" against Jews and Israel and is that blamed Israel for causing antisemitism and gave Corbyn's Labour a clean bill of health.

The former used such words as "disgraceful" to describe the piece; the latter called it "appalling".

So was this report a partisan hatchet job on Corbyn's Labour or a defence of it? And did it "weaponise" antisemitism spuriously or did the report actually come close to being antisemitic itself? And is this 'complaints from both sides' proof that the BBC must be getting it about right?

Well, I think this time the 'complaints from both sides' argument actually holds water (for once). And, putting on my oh-so-impartial blogger's hat, I believe from the evidence before me that Caroline Wyatt actually made a valiant attempt here to be both thoughtful and fair, and that she succeeded.

We heard from David Feldman of the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism (and vice-chair of Shami Chakrabarti's much-criticised review into Labour Party antisemitism), three worried Jewish shoppers in Barnet, Dave Rich of the Community Security Trust, Tanya Sakhnovich and Sajid Mohammed from a Nottingham food ba...


Far-right football lads humiliated in Manchester on match day "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

After a worryingly large turnout in London earlier this month the much-hyped Football Lads Alliance (FLA) was humiliated yesterday, pulling in barely 300 people to be penned in by police and outmatched by anti-fascists. The FLA rump, already split after an internal argument, was from the start restricted to Castlefield Bowl area by police and


Para una teora de la estrategia "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Cuadro 1Nuestra estrategia permanente pasa por la construccin de poder popular a partir de la creacin (o recreacin) de organizaciones populares clasistas y autnomas, que avancen paso a paso en su protagonismo como pueblo organizado. Pero, solo una carta de intenciones no bastara para cumplir con la tarea de participar y disputar la hegemona d este poder popular. No se trata apenas de propagar los principios sino incidir y garantizar el funcionamiento de estas organizaciones. Cuanto ms libertarias y socialistas sean internamente estas organizaciones y movimientos, nuestro proyecto tendr ms oportunidades. Es decir, tener un federalismo funcional como modo de gestin poltica; apuntar a la autogestin como modo de produccin socioeconmica; tener un comportamiento solidario con las dems organizaciones y movimientos de clase; contar con democracia interna y alto grado de participacin popular, y dar la pelea en la forma ms avanzada para cada etapa de la lucha popular. De esta forma construiremos la hegemona anarquista en el seno de los movimientos populares en construccin y/o avance.


Warum kaufen eigentlich so viele weie Mnner Schusswaffen ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Warum kaufen eigentlich so viele weie Mnner Schusswaffen in den USA?


Research suggests it's largely because they're anxious about their ability to protect their families, insecure about their place in the job market and beset by racial fears

Aber wartet, gibt noch ein krasses Detail:

Three percent of the population now owns half of the countrys firearms, says a recent, definitive study from the Injury Control Research Center at Harvard University.

Der Brgermeister von Thessaloniki ist von einer Horde ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Der Brgermeister von Thessaloniki ist von einer Horde marodierender Nationalisten verprgelt worden.

The mayor, who is known for his anti-nationalist views, was attending a ceremony to mark the killing of ethnic Greeks by Turks in World War One.
Da weit du doch, dass du auf der richtigen Seite kmpfst, wenn dein Mob einen 75-Jhrigen krankenhausreif prgelt!1!!


Colombia: La guerra contra las comunidades contina "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

indigenas1.jpgEn memoria de Ramn Ascue, liberador de la Madre Tierra en Corinto, con quien compartimos largas conversaciones a cerca del futuro de la Liberacin, imaginando aquellas tierras totalmente recuperadas, al son de unas buenas totumadas de chicha. En las tardes, cuando ya se iba ocultando el sol, el baln, en medio de una cancha que antes era cultivo de caa, nos llamaba a desbordar el talento para gritar un gol. Don Ramn, Liberador que denunciaba, informaba y comunicaba lo ltimo en el territorio: mire este vdeo, para que lo difundan y denuncien all en Bogot; entre otras, amigo y compaero de procesos de la ciudad de Bogot, lo asesinaran el 14 de mayo, sicarios al servicio del paramilitarismo.
El sol an no se ha apagado!


Professor Jordan B. Peterson Week at the BBC "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

It's been Professor Jordan B. Peterson Week at the BBC (Radio 4 - Start the Week; Radio 3 - Free Thinking; Radio 2 - The Chris Evans Breakfast Show; and BBC 2 - The Daily Politics). 

The main structural difference between the two I heard - Start the Week and Free Thinking - was that Free Thinking was a one-against-one encounter (Philip Dodd v Jordan Peterson) while Start the Week was a four-against-one encounter (Tom Sutcliffe, Louise ONeill, Hashi Mohamed and Lawrence Wright v Jordan Peterson). Free Thinking, being fairer in its set-up, was the more interesting and enjoyable discussion. It was good to hear two minds grappling with each other. Start the Week left a much sourer taste in the mouth


#berlin #txl #tegel #airport #couple #waiting #streetphotography... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

#berlin #txl #tegel #airport #couple #waiting #streetphotography #dailylife #blackandwhite #photography #photo #streetsofberlin #berlineransichten #berlinstagram #picoftheday #latergram #schwarzweiss


Frankie Boyle says the BBC edited out his criticisms of Israel "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Frankie Boyle was on the receiving end of plenty of Corbynista fury for devoting half of his latest programme to discussing antisemitism in the Labour Party. He's a sell-out apparently, and George Galloway even swore at him on Twitter. 

The other half of the programme was given over to the Royal Wedding, and Frankie wasn't exactly polite about the Royal Family. 

He later quipped about the reaction (on Twitter):
New World Order on player. We talk about The Labour Party and The Royal Wedding. Had a lot of complaints about not showing sufficient respect to our natural leaders, but the Royalists have been fine.
This further tweet is intriguing though:
There were, of course, various jokes in this weekss New World Order monologue about the situation in Gaza, and about Israel being an Apartheid state. Edited out for reasons nobody has yet explained to me, despite assurances to the contrary.  
Of course, the same people are now accusing the BBC of being a pro-Israel propagandist.

The BBC could have edited his anti-Israel bits out because of reasons of time. Short show, lots of guests.


Play for the Day: 'A Difference of Opinion' "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Act One

Enter Media Guido and Rob Burley of the BBC, through different doors.

Media Guido: The probability of six guests selected at random all being remain supporters is 0.03125 - amazingly Peston has managed it.
Rob Burley: Its not June 2016. Ex- Remainers are members of a Brexit delivering government and a Brexit supporting Labour Party. This measure is silly.
Media Guido: Brexit is still the main subject of discussion in politics, this is a political discussion show with six guests, none of whom campaigned for Brexit. You think drawing attention to that is silly. No further questions m'lud.
Rob Burley: I think the measure is wilfully designed to distort. Parking a specific programme I have no involvement with, I suggest we stop measuring as if its June 23rd 2016. Its just not.
Trap door opens. Stephen Colvin rises, delivers heckle and descends again.
Stephen Colvin: (to Rob Burley) You are an embarrassment. The discussion is very much alive and it is up to so called impartial broadcasters to demonstrate it. 
Trap door closes. Exit Media Guido. Enter BBC Waste, stage right.
BBC Waste: Brexit still prism through which everything seen & decisions taken (govt policy shaped by opinions of those for or against within cabinet). Naive to think those who publicly back don't privately what to demur or seek to modify. Silly of BBC to ignore. Measure entirely appropriate.
Rob Burley: Disagree. Nuances of these issues reflected in the coverage but to base balance on position of guests pre-referendum is neither desirable or practical.
BBC Waste: Further difficulty with this position is this is the position BBC (rightly) adopts for aportioning airtime to political parties. But now not referendum views?
Rob Burley: We did in, yes, the referendum.
BBC Waste: Do love a robust courteous debate. Yes. Those attacking the BBC should also acknowledge the impossible task they have to balance. Good for Peston/ITV and others to be mindful of optics though. Looks bad. And very easy to  criticise.
Exit BBC Waste, stage right pursued by a 'Like' from Rob Burley. Enter Andy #FBPE, stage left.
Andy #FBPE: Therein lies the problem with the BBC...they think it was all over in 2016 and choose to ignore  both reality and the ongoing debate.
Rob Burley: Thats precisely the opposite of the point.
Exeunt omnes. Enter Tim Montgomerie. Turns to face audience. 


In praise of Emma Barnett "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Emma Barnett

Here I was this morning tuning into The Andrew Marr Show after a post-wedding evening do last night (no, not that wedding) and hoping for a bit of restful political interviewing only to find Emma Barnett going after her guests like a magpie after a fledgling. Her style of interviewing is bracing to say the least. Piles of feathers lay strewn over the studio floor by the end of the programme. Shifting animal comparisons, she also has a fascinating cobra-like way of staring fixedly at her victims before, during and after she asks her questions.

I found her both very impressive and fair, and most people seem to agree (at least if Twitter's anything to go by - and it always is) - that is, of course, with the predictable exception of the Corbynistas who obviously didn't enjoy seeing their man (silver-tongued Barry Gardiner) getting taken down and torn apart. (eg. "Emma Barnett's shameful haranguing of decent Barry Gardiner looked personal & vindictive; by comparison Tories just aren't gone after personally like this on the Marr Show. Illustrates once again the BBC's failure to abide by political impartiality in its political offerings"). Even the anti-Trump former CIA head General Michael Hayden didn't get the easy ride I expected him to get, with Emma putting the case for President Trump with surprising gusto (and you don't often see that on the BBC).

So well done Emma Barnett!


Questions of language and balance "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Talking of complaints from both sides...

This week's edition of Newswatch (only on the BBC News Channel last night due to today's Royal Wedding coverage) featured complaints about the BBC's coverage of the violence on the Gaza-Israel border. 

Samira Ahmed said that "hundreds" had complained that the BBC's reporting had been pro-Israel, and the programme then featured two examples of such complaints. Both focused on BBC headlines. The first said the BBC headline calling it a "clash" was a disgrace and that it was a "massacre" of "unarmed protestors, some of whom were children". The second objected to the headline use of the word 'defending' (as in 'Israel was defending itself') and say that in using it the BBC was "playing [its] part in this atrocity and supporting future atrocities".

Then Samira said that "hundreds" had also complained that the BBC's reporting had been anti-Israel, again featuring two examples of those kinds of complaints. The first complained about the BBC using the word 'protest' to describe the Palestinians' "war-like actions at the Gaza border" and saying it should have been called a 'riot'. The second said the BBC's coverage was "unrelievedly from the Palestinian point of view" and that Israel faced "a massed invasion" that, if successful, "could easily have resulted in the murder of many Jews".

Complaints from both sides then, and it's interesting that it was the BBC's choice of language that was the main thorn of contention from both sides.

Next came a BBC statement. As you won't be surprised to hear, it didn't admit to any failings on the BBC's part: 


Pagourtzis father apologizes for rampage in Santa Fe, says for him son is a victim "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Two days after the rampage in the high school of Santa Fe, the father of the 17-year-old shooter, Dimitris Pagourtzis, still cannot believe what happened. I have a funeral here, I have no joy, I feel the pain of the others, but I also have pain I lost my child, I apologize, Antonis Pagourtzis said

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US Vice Pence intervenes in Macedonia name, Greece rejects Zaefs proposal "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Us Vice President Mike Pence has intervened in the Macedonia name negotiations and called Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, on Saturday. Pence urged Tsipras for a solution to the Macedonia name dispute with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, taking into consideration the time pressure. A statement released by the White House said Pence expressed

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Three Pontus Federations condemn attacks against Thessaloniki mayor "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Three Pontus federations unanimously condemn the attack against the mayor of Thessaloniki,, Yiannis Boutaris. In a joint statement issued late on Saturday, the federations underline that the perpetrators are extreme elements not related to the organized Pontus field. We condemn in the most categorical manner the attack at Mayor of Thessaloniki, Yannis Boutaris, received today.

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UK Against Fluoridation "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

NEWS NOW: Overabundance of fluoride in some CFPUA water

Too much fluoride


On Accountability in the Light of Israeli Brutality "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

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For the last few weeks Israel has displayed a new level of institutional criminality. Fearing that Palestinian protestors attempting to return to their land would cross the Gaza border fence, Israel deployed hundreds of snipers, scores of tanks and drones across the Gaza Strip border. The government ordered forces to shoot at anyone who managed to reach the border. (although it is clear that Israeli forces also shot well inside the border.) This was a premeditated massacre: a cold blooded governmental decision to shoot at protestors.  The outcome of this disastrous  decision is known and it reveals the murderous nature of the Jewish State. 

The world reacted in disgust. The UN voted two days ago to send an international war crimes probe to Gaza.  Israel has already refused to cooperate with this fact finding mission. 

These events in Gaza proved that the nature of Israeli barbarism has no precedent in human history. Israel is not a tyrannical dictatorship deploying death squads against protestors, nor were the killings the result of an outburst by a lone commander on the battlefield. Instead, Israels actions resulted from a non-ethical continuum that stretched from the Israeli PM to the last IDF sniper on the Gaza dunes. The Jewish state is a democracy. Its army is a popular army. The events in Gaza were the direct outcome of a policy that remained unchanged for 6 weeks despite the high level of civilian casualties on the Palestinian side.  We are talking about an murderous system that is institutionalised  at all levels of  the state that repeatedly defines itself as The Jewish State.

This has exposed a complete absence of moral awareness.  Israel has acted with impunity to kill on a mass scale as if ethics had never made it to Israel.  However John Adlington from Treflach seems to be really upset that I  insist that Jews must look into themselves so that they can understand what is it about their culture and politics that evoke so much fury. ...


Kennt sich hier zufllig jemand mit X11-Programmierung ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Kennt sich hier zufllig jemand mit X11-Programmierung aus? Ich habe ein Problem, von dem ich nicht wei, wie man sowas debugged. Ich starte ein gvim (x86_64-linux), minimiere das Fenster, und wenn das Icon dann das nchste Mal den Fokus kriegt, ranzt gvim mit

BadMatch (invalid parameter attributes)
Vim: Got X error
Vim: Finished.
ab. Ich habe den vim-Leuten einen Bug gemeldet, aber die konnten das auf ihren 32-bit-Systemen nicht nachvollziehen. Das scheint auch nur mit gtk+3 aufzutreten. Mein Verstndnis von X11 ist, dass die Fehlermeldung asynchron reinkommt. Frher konnte man per Environment-Variable die Verarbeitung von asynchron auf synchron umstellen und dann kracht es direkt bei der Operation, die den Fehler verursacht. Das scheint aber nicht mehr zu gehen. Und jetzt wei ich nicht, wie man sowas am geschicktesten debuggen wrde. Falls das jemand wei, wrde ich mich ber eine Mail freuen.

Update: Es kamen mehrere Tipps rein. Eine Empfehlung war xtrace, aber das hat bei mir zwar gvim gestartet aber keinen Trace ausgegeben. Eine andere Empfehlung war xtruss, damit kommt gvim aber gar nicht erst richtig hoch sondern failed mit einer "not supported" GDK-Fehlermeldung irgendwo wegen Shared Memory nehme ich an. Dann empfahl jemand xscope, und damit habe ich in der Tat einen Dump extrahiert gekriegt. In dem Dump sieht man, dass der X-Server dem gvim einen ungltigen Event-Typen zurckliefert. Ich vermute, dass das von fvwm kommt. Um diese Hypothese zu testen, habe ich twm genommen, wo das nicht passiert, aber twm untersttzt auch keine pixmaps mit Transparenz, also habe ich auch nochmal jwm installiert, und damit geht Minimieren und Restaurieren von gvim. Ich glaube jetzt also, dass das ein fvwm-Bug ist und habe bei denen einen Bug gefiled. Danke fr die Hilfe!

Update: Oh und ich habe rausgefunden, dass man per gdb eine globale Variable setzen kann, um aus synchron zu schalten. Wenn ich das tue, tritt der Fehler nicht auf :-(

Saturday, 19 May


#berlin #txl #tegel #airport #sunset #airplane #blackandwhite... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

#berlin #txl #tegel #airport #sunset #airplane #blackandwhite #photography #photo #streetsofberlin #berlineransichten #berlinstagram #picoftheday #latergram #schwarzweiss


Far-right mob beats Thessaloniki mayor Yiannis Boutaris (videos) "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Dozens of furious members of the far-right spectrum, an angry mob attacked mayor of Thessaloniki, Yiannis Boutaris, during an event  to commemorate the massacre of Pontus Greeks by Turkey in the beginning of 20th century.They kicked the 75-year-old mayor if when he fell on the ground. No arrest so far. When the 75-year-old mayor approached

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Box of soil from Crete battlefield for War Monument in Australia (video) "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

77 years after the Battle of Crete, the Municipality of Rethymno gave a box with soil from the battlefield to Ambassador of Australia. The move followed a request of the Australian government that will put the box  together with another 99 boxes of soil from different battlefields at a monument in Sydney on the occasion

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Greece, Cyprus and Malta coordinate to strengthen their voices on shipping "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Cyprus, Greece and Malta on Friday enhanced already-close cooperation on shipping matters, at their 6th trilateral meeting, in Nicosia, aiming to strengthen their collective voice in the EU and the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). Natasa Pilides, Deputy Minister of Shipping chaired the meeting with her two counterparts, Greeces Shipping and Island Policy Minister Panagiotis Kouroumblis

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Greek parliament passes Novartis pharma probe over to judiciary "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Greeces parliament has no jurisdiction to investigate the role of ten politicians in alleged bribes by Swiss drugmaker Novartis, lawmakers ruled late on Friday night when they voted in favor to hand investigation over to judiciary. The majority of the lawmakers mostly SYRIZA-ANEL that were present in the parliament, 168 out of 172, voted against

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Chef Koulousias adds Greek olive oil and Kozani saffron to the royal wedding menu "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Talented Greek chef, Nikos Koulousias, is one of the 24 selected chefs enlisted to prepare the official menu for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Speaking to private ANT1 TV on Friday, Koulousias, talked about the challenges of the task but also revealed that two Greek products have been allowed as ingredients: Olive

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