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Friday, 16 November

23:00

Reporting on Extinction Rebellion in London 17th November "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

I will be in London on Saturday Nov 17th to film the Extinction Rebellion direct actions. The plans is to shut down London's 5 major bridges to force Government action on the climate. I will be reporting from one of these bridges.
Lambeth
Blackfriars
Waterloo
Westminster
Southwark

For more details on the events https://rebellion.earth/rebellion-day/ or on facebook here




Undercurrents is an award winning alternative news service producing videos of people taking inspiring actions. http://www.undercurrents.org

22:15

Pompiers de Paris accuss de viols sur mineure: patriarchie, consentement et supplice chinois "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Laffaire de cette ado utilise comme objet sexuel par des pompiers de Paris issus de plusieurs casernes, affaire requalifie en  "atteinte sexuelle" par le parquet, et qui risque donc dtre renvoye en correctionnelle, fait effet boule de neige. [...]

21:44

Kurze Durchsage des UN Poverty Envoy:The UK government ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Kurze Durchsage des UN Poverty Envoy:

The UK government has inflicted great misery on its people with punitive, mean-spirited, and often callous austerity policies driven by a political desire to undertake social re-engineering rather than economic necessity, the United Nations poverty envoy has found.

19:27

The euros inevitable crisis begat the racist political forces Mr Steve Bannon is now courting Oxford Union address, 16th November 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

On 17th October 2018, Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice President of the European Commission, addressed the Oxford Union in support of the motion that the euro has never been stronger. Today, Friday 16th November 2018, Steve Bannon is addressing the Oxford Union also. In between, on Wednesday 14th November 2018, I had the opportunity to also address the Oxford Union with the following message: The euros inane architecture caused and reinforced the colossal crisis in Europe which underpinned Brexit and begat fascist movements across the continent the ones Mr Steve Bannon is now cultivating into a Nationalist International.

In this context, Mr Dombrovskis and Mr Bannon represent the two sides of the same coin: an axis of authoritarian politics and ludicrous economic policies turning Europe into Donald Trumps ultimate dream a reactionary, divided Europe that serves perfectly well his designs for a reactionary, divided world. The two men, I added, share something else too: On hearing that the Oxford Union had invited me to be his opponent on 17th October, Mr Dombrovskis office demanded that I be dis-invited. Similarly, Mr Steve Bannon withdrew from a debate between us that was to have taken place earlier.

For the discussion that followed my speech, click below:

18:10

Talking to KPMG about Brexit 27 September 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Whether or not you agree with his politics, theres no denying that Greeces one-time Finance Minister, Yanis Varoufakis, offers a lot of food for thought to British businesses. The economist, politician, author and dedicated European reformer addressed our KPMG Executive Exchanges dinner in Leeds in late September. Theresa May, Brexit, Angela Merkel, deflation, the northern powerhouse, idle liquidity and Michel Barnier were all given the Varoufakis treatment in a thought-provoking analysis of the world as he sees it.

Chris Hearld, North Regional Chair

No way but Norway

Varoufakis views on Brexit (best to aim for a Norwaystyle agreement with a customs union agreement thrown in) and a second referendum (no chance; its no longer a binary choice) are well publicised.

Do not bother trying to negotiate with Barnier and the EU, said Yanis. The EU doesnt do negotiations. Highly regimented and inflexible; it is structurally incapable of negotiating. It has too many interests to protect and is fearful of the message that any sort of Brexit leniency will send to the rest of Europe.

The way to go into discussions with the EU is to have a firm idea of what you want to get which you can push ahead with, regardless of what they come back with. Once Theresa May went in there, needing something from them, creating lines that would need to be crossed, the game was up.

Yanis is often referred to as radical and controversial but when I asked him whether this is unfair, hes seemingly indifferent. We live in a world where common sense has been painted as controversial. Its a reflection of the crisis were going through. I dont believe that advocating that a bankrupt entity [the Greek state] shouldnt take on more loans is either controversial or radical. But the fact that it is painted as such means that were in deep trouble.

Time is of the essence

As he drew out the parallels between Brexit and his experience in Greece, talk inevitably turned to 2015 and the intense period of negotiations he led. In 2015, with his feet having scarcely touched the floor in his new ministry, he had to face down the troika of the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund over the proposed Greek bailout. At the time, he secured a four month debt deadline extension.

I bought those four months as breathing space to help our creditors find more common ground with us. Instead, they used that time to heap more pressure on my Prime Minister. It worked and he buckled. With hindsight, securing those extra four months was actually a mistake. Looking back, perhaps I should have known better but I had too much faith in him.

The reason this is interesting is that time is exactly what he suggests Ther...

16:40

Nov. 16, 2018: U.S. Exposes Assads Evil Plan To Hurl Middle East Into Chaos "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-nov-16-2018-u-s-exposes-assads-evil-plan-to-hurl-middle-east-into-chaos/ On November 15, US Ambassador to Syria James Jeffrey exposed an evil plan of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to create ISIS and to hurl the Middle East, particularly Syria

16:03

Make Christmas Merrier with SHARE! "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

SHARE Christmas Display

The SHARE Christmas Window Display

Around 5 million tonnes of waste both recyclable and not is created around Christmas in the UK every year, equivalent to 450,000 double decker buses. At SHARE we want to do our small part in reducing this number by encouraging borrowing from our growing selection of Christmas items.

Save yourself money and storage space by borrowing our 6ft artificial Christmas tree from 3 per fortnight, covered in pine cone and berry decorations. Or steady your real tree (which can be recycled!) with one of our 3 tree stands.

Go for a new look this Christmas with one of 6 sets of baubles and decorations available to borrow. Choose from traditional...

15:58

FAN Newsletter "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

A few days ago the Fluoride Action Network* sent out a request to professionals in any medical, scientific, legal, educational, environmental or other field, to sign a "New Professionals' Statement" calling for an end to water fluoridation worldwide--see the list of signers to the new statement.
This "New Professionals' Statement" has been triggered by the publication of very important and disturbing U.S. Government-funded studies (Bashash et al, 2017 and 2018).  These studies have added very strong additional evidence to the large number of existing studies that show that fluoride is neurotoxic. They underline that the critical period of exposure to fluoride is in the womb and that at levels of fluoride exposure currently experienced by pregnant women in fluoridated communities there is a strong correlation with the lowering of IQ and ADHD symptoms in their offspring.
Sadly, and possibly because the imposed dental practice of water fluoridation is so entrenched in the psyche of the medical, dental and public health establishments in fluoridated countries, neither governments not the mainstream media are warning the public about this large - and growing - body of scientific research.
Thus, we are appealing to professionals to sign this statement. We hope by circulating this it will help us get this information out to more professionals, the public (especially pregnant women), the media and decision-makers in fluoridated countries, and eventually halt this unnecessary and reckless practice being imposed on our children.
Please note, we are inviting all professionals to sign this new statement regardless of whether they signed the original 2007 statement or not. For the moment we will be treating this as a standalone statement, but so that we dont lose the weight of nearly 5000 signers to the previous statement we will find some way of combining the totals of unique signers in the future.
If you are a professional and wish to add your name...

15:27

Die USA haben Julian Assange angeklagt, aber die Anklage ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Die USA haben Julian Assange angeklagt, aber die Anklage versiegelt, damit es keiner merkt. Damit Assange wie ein paranoider Spinner aussieht, wenn er sagt, die Amis wollen ihn anklagen.

Das wissen wir, weil sie an anderer Stelle eine Aktennotiz vergessen haben.

The disclosure came in a filing in a case unrelated to Assange. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kellen S. Dwyer, urging a judge to keep the matter sealed, wrote that due to the sophistication of the defendant and the publicity surrounding the case, no other procedure is likely to keep confidential the fact that Assange has been charged. Later, Dwyer wrote the charges would need to remain sealed until Assange is arrested.
Einmal mit Profis arbeiten!

Tolle Idee: Das BSI mchte gerne Ampeln wie im Lebensmittelregal ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Tolle Idee: Das BSI mchte gerne Ampeln wie im Lebensmittelregal im Supermarkt auch bei Routern anbringen. Grn fr "ist sicher" oder so.

Grandiose Idee! Alles, was wir jetzt noch brauchen, ist ein Weg, wie wir erkennen, ob ein Router sicher ist!

Oh ich habe eine Idee! Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle! Wie beim CE-Logo! Die Hersteller verpflichten sich einfach, das ab jetzt alles richtig zu machen, und dann drfen sie das Logo aufdrucken. Fuck yeah! Ein weiterer erfolgreicher Arbeitstag fr BSI-Chef Arne Schnbohm!

Update: Mehr Details zu der Router-TR gibt es bei Golem. Erster Punkt: Die Hersteller mssen das Mindesthaltbarkeitsdatum (bis wann es garantiert Updates gibt) nicht auf die Verpackung drucken. Weil, h, wo kmen wir da hin. Wir wollen ja hier nichts wirklich verbessern. Wir wollen nur sagen knnen, wir htten uns gekmmert.

Ja gut, denkt ihr euch jetzt bestimmt, das muss man ja auch nicht auf die Verpackung drucken, wenn eh 5 Jahre vorgeschrieben sind oder so.

Wie bereits von Schnbohm Anfang Oktober besttigt, macht die TR keine zeitlichen Vorgaben fr einen Mindestsupport.
Natrlich nicht! Das wre zu einfach! Sie mssen nicht mal alle Sicherheitslcken schlieen, nur die mit CVSS-Wert grer 6. Das heit, dass sich Hersteller in der Praxis mit Diskussionen ber die Schwere und Exploitbarkeit von Bugs jahrelang aus der Verantwortung stehlen knnen und dann ist verjhrt. Tolle Wurst, liebes BSI! Oder, wie mein Kumpel Frank das formuliert hat:
Damit erfllt das BSI offenbar eine Forderung der Hersteller. Nach Angaben von Frank Rieger, Sprecher des Chaos Computer Clubs (CCC), sagten einige Hersteller zum Thema Mindesthaltbarkeitsdatum in den Beratungen der BSI-Arbeitsgruppe: "Wenn wir das draufschreiben, dann ist der Verkauf dieser Router ja nicht mehr wirtschaftlich."
JA DANN BAUT LIEBER GAR KEINE ROUTER! Die Verbraucherzentralen hatten brigens kostenfreie Sicherheitsupdates fr die gesamte tatschliche Nutzungsdauer digitaler Produkte gefordert. Daraus ist natrlich nichts geworden. Wir machen hier schlielich Wirtschaftsfrderung und in der Politik geht es um Arbeitspltze. Und nichts schafft so sicher Arbeitspltze wie wenn die Kunden alle paar Monate alles neukaufen mssen, weil die Hersteller keine Updates zur Verfgung stellen. Gut, die Arbeitspltze schafft das in China, nicht hier, aber wollen wir mal nicht ppstlicher als der Papst sein!

Der CCC hatte noch gefordert, dass man als Kunde auch eine eigene Firmware einspielen knnen muss. Das ist natrlich auch ignoriert worden.

Besonders peinlich f...

Kennt ihr den schon? Facebook beauftragt PR-Agentur, ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Kennt ihr den schon? Facebook beauftragt PR-Agentur, um Kritik an Facebook als Kampagne von George Soros darzustellen?

In October 2017, Facebook also expanded its work with a Washington-based consultant, Definers Public Affairs, that had originally been hired to monitor press coverage of the company. Founded by veterans of Republican presidential politics, Definers specialized in applying political campaign tactics to corporate public relations an approach long employed in Washington by big telecommunications firms and activist hedge fund managers, but less common in tech. []

Facebook also used Definers to take on bigger opponents, such as Mr. Soros, a longtime boogeyman to mainstream conservatives and the target of intense anti-Semitic smears on the far right. A research document circulated by Definers to reporters this summer, just a month after the House hearing, cast Mr. Soros as the unacknowledged force behind what appeared to be a broad anti-Facebook movement.

George Soros irgendwelche Dinge in die Schuhe zu schieben ist fr die Republikaner so selbstverstndlich wie es fr die Democrats ist, sich ber Trump aufzuregen. Der ist fr die der Traditions-Jude, der im Hintergrund steht und mit klandestinen Geldern Widerstand gegen Republikaner bezahlt, den es sonst nicht gegeben htte. Das ist sozusagen deren Dolchstolegende. Nein nein, die Leute mgen uns gar nicht wirklich mehrheitlich nicht. Das sind blo bezahlte Soros-Schauspieler.

Besonders geil: Mark Zuckerberg und Sheryl Sandberg wussten von nichts!!1! Ungeschlagen im Feld, betrogen von ihrem eigenen Kommunikationsteam!1!!

Ein Leser hat mir einen langen Leserbrief mit Hintergrnden ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Ein Leser hat mir einen langen Leserbrief mit Hintergrnden zur ACE-Konferenz geschickt, die das ganze in einem anderen Licht erscheinen lassen. Hier ist er:

zu der ACE-Geschichte noch ein paar Hintergruende:
  1. Der Organizer, Adrian Cheok, hat letztes Jahr auf der Foundations of Digital Games einen Vortrag gehalten, der auf der Konferenz und auf Twitter (relativ) sachlich kritisiert wurde. Die Kritik war definitiv links angehaucht, und das Thema "Love and sex with robots" ist wohl von Natur aus etwas kontroversiell, aber bei so einem Thema kann man damit rechnen, dass nicht alle auf einer Linie sein werden. Er ist daraufhin ziemlich entgleist und hat die Kritiker, und in weiterer Folge auch FDG persoenlich angegriffen (sowas wie "Even a 10 year old could understand my talk. SAD and DUMB!"). FDG hat sich dann von seiner Position distanziert und das war (soweit ich das mitbekommen habe) alles, was die Konferenz mit ihm zu tun hatte (und jetzt sind sie auf seiner naughty-list, obwohl sie mit der ACE Geschichte nix zu tun hatten). [1, 2]
  2. Das ACE steering committee hat dann, mit Cheok gemeinsam, beschlossen, dass es fuer das Image von ACE besser waere, wenn er zuruecktritt, und jemand anderes die Konferenz organisiert. Das hat er dann aber nicht gemacht, worauf der Rest des Steering Committees zurueckgetreten ist (das war im Fruehjahr dieses Jahres). Ausserdem haben einige von den Leuten, die als Reviewer auf der Website gestanden sind, gar nicht davon gewusst. Daraufhin hat es dann mal Fragen darueber gegeben, ob da ueberhaupt ordentlich reviewt wird. [3] Der Publisher hat dann auch irgendwann gemeint, sie koennen ordentliche reviews nicht garantieren, deshalb werden die proceedings nicht publiziert.
  3. Als neues Steering Committee Mitglied ist dann David Levy ernannt worden, der gerade in einen lawsuit verstrickt ist, weil er beschuldigt wird mit einer indiegogo Kampagne 500 000 GBP verdient zu haben ohne jemals was zu liefern/produzieren [4]. Gibt einige Leute, die darueber ziemlich veraergert sind, und alle (soweit ich das sehen kann) von den persoenlichen Angriffen gegen Levy kamen von einem einzigen Twitter account, der quasi ausschliesslich ueber diese indiegogo Geschichte wettert, und dann halt fuer mehr visibility auch den #boycottACE Hashtag zu verwenden begonnen hat [5]

Die ganze Konferenz war also schon eine shitshow bevor Bannon auch nur angekuendigt war. Ich war letztes Jahr auf der FDG und hab den Talk gesehen, und ganz abgesehen vom In...

15:03

NO CONFIDENCE Vote Called Against Mayor Joe PLANT "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

BREAKING NEWS!

NO CONFIDENCE Vote Called Against Mayor Joe PLANT

  • an In My View article by NIGEL WARD.

~~~~~

The North Yorks Enquirer has received a Press Release announcing that a Requisition calling for an Extraordinary Meeting of Scarborough Borough Council has been served, calling for a Vote of No Confidence in Scarborough Mayor, Councillor Joe PLANT [Con.]. The Proposer of the Motion is Labour Group Deputy Leader Councillor Tony RANDERSON, with Independent Group Leader Councillor Sam CROSS as Seconder:

Download the PDF file PRESS_RELEASE_No-Confidence_Mayor_Nov2018.

Primary legislation governing the methodology of convening an Extraordinary Meeting can be found in Schedule 12, Part 1, s. 3(1) of the Local Government Act 1972:

3(1) An extraordinary meeting of a principal council may be called at any time by the chairman of the council. 

(2) If the chairman refuses to call an extraordinary meeting of a principal council after a requisition for that purpose, signed by five members of the council, has been presented to him, or if, without so refusing, the chairman does not call an extraordinary meeting within seven days after the requisition has been presented to him, then any five members of the council, on that refusal or on the expiration of those seven days, as the case may be, may forthwith call an extraordinary meeting of the council. 

In the event that the Mayor (or, in this case) the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Dilys CLUER [Green], ignores or fails to act upon the Requisition, then the signatories will presumably instruct SBC Democratic Services Manager Mr St John HARRIS to schedule the Extraordinary Meeting as soon as practicably possible.

It should be remembered that an earlier Requisition for an Extraordinary Meeting to examine the legality of the conduct of the Chief Executive has apparently been disallowed by the Chief Executive. A clear and thoroughly reprehensible conflict of interests.

...

14:23

We Love You Theresa May - A Message of Support "IndyWatch Feed Europe"


 
Brought to you on behalf of the can't be arsed to get off my arse and vote party
 
 

10:55

The nine ways fluoride is harming your brain "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

(Natural News) The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) calls the fluoridation of water one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century. Nonetheless, even though fluoride occurs naturally in small amounts in water and can be found in the earths crust, its addition to drinking water to supposedly strengthen teeth and prevent cavities is a highly controversial and dangerous practice.

The World Health Organization, referencing countries where well water is high in fluoride, warns:

The consumption of fluoride-rich drinking-water results in serious health effects, ranging from dental fluorosis to crippling skeletal fluorosis, both effects being irreversible. Children whose teeth and bones are still developing are most susceptible to high fluoride concentrations. This is further aggravated by poor nutritional status. Symptoms start to develop during childhood, and preventing exposure represents the only effective intervention. [Emphasis added]

While there is virtually no evidence that fluoridation strengthens teeth in any way, there is loads of evidence that it is a neurotoxin with devastating effects on the brain.

Be Brain Fit recently reported on nine different ways in which fluoridated water can negatively impact your mental health.

A developmental neurotoxin
A recent study published in the journal The Lancet recommended that fluoride be classified as a developmental neurotoxin a substance which is destructive to the brain, nervous system and/or spinal cord before birth and during infancy along with arsenic, mercury, toluene and lead.

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Lowers IQ
More than 50 peer-reviewed studies have linked th...

10:47

France Chases Londons Gold Market Amid Soft-Brexit Hopes "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

In the feverish reshuffling of financial services for a post-Brexit world, London still comes out ahead, but less so.

As two years of Brexit negotiations finally come to a head and all eyes are on British Prime Minister Theresa Mays frantic efforts to get the draft deal passed, France is making a big move on the City of Londons gold market. As Reuters reported Monday, the Bank of France has partnered with mega-bank JP Morgan Chase, one of the worlds largest bullion trading banks, to offer global central banks and sovereign wealth funds the full gamut of swaps, leases, and gold deposits.

Sylvie Goulard, the Bank of Frances deputy governor, recently wrote in The Alchemist, the in-house journal for the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA), that Paris is looking to reestablish itself as a mover and shaker in the international bullion market. While these gold investment services have until now only been offered from London, it recently became possible for the Banque de France to offer them also from Paris, she said.

France is already the worlds fifth biggest sector gold holder, carrying around 2,435 tonnes of gold in its official reserves. But until now central banks holding gold at the Bank of France had to go through London, home to the worlds largest commercial bullion trading pool, if they wanted to perform market transactions.

But the Bank of France has been expanding its gold services. Its newly consummated partnership with JP Morgan, a member of a select group of global banks that settles trades in the LBMA, is the clearest sign yet that Paris wants a piece of Londons $25 billion-a-day gold bullion market

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10:23

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09:00

On expropriation of land "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

In the discussion after the presentation at the Anarchist Communist Group hosted Land and Liberty meeting at the London Radical Bookfair on Saturday 2nd June 2018, a question was raised by one of the attendees about the expropriation of land. Essentially, their concern was would it be a violent process and if so, would

03:19

Neulich so: Boykottiert ACE!1!!Jetzt so:In a tragic ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Neulich so: Boykottiert ACE!1!!

Jetzt so:

In a tragic moment in the history of human civilization, and the trampling of academic free speech, an academic conference, ACE 2018, The 15th International Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology, which was to have been held at the University of Montana, USA has been forced to shut down by anti-free speech groups comprising of mainly academic researchers, who have been acting in a fascistic manner.
Aber nicht doch, mein Herr! Das ist nicht Faschismus, wenn man sagt, es diene der Faschismusbekmpfung!

Ich warte ja darauf, dass der Trump das kapiert, und seine Familientrennungen an der Grenze mit Faschismusbekmpfung begrndet.

Ach komm, Fefe, du wirst doch nicht Leute, die Steve Bannon einladen, als Opfer darstellen wollen, wenn das ganz klar die Tter hier sind!1!! Naja, h,

The words that were used in their email and social postings about ACE Committee members and the ACE 2018 Keynote Speaker include sicko, child-abuser, TOOL, Peadophiles, child-rapist, fraudster, scammers, criminals, horseshit, monkey, prick, Nigerian 419 scammer, druf trafficker, pig, twat, scumbag, 6mm nano penis, conman, fraudster, monster, creepy, hag, criminal, etc. There were also significant racist attacks on our esteemed committee member Prince Akinwale Ojomo (a highly qualified World Economic Forum Global Leader and awardee of the highly prestigious US Presidents Volunteer Service Gold Award), simply because he is African and Nigerian. These anti-free speech people were supported in public statements by the academic societies British DiGRA and DiGRA Australia and the FDG (Foundations of Digital Games) Conference.
Da wei man doch, was man hat! Rassismus ist nmlich auch kein Rassismus, msst ihr wissen, wenn es von Leuten gemacht wird, die blo den Faschismus bekmpfen wollten!1!!

Ich hatte gehofft, dieses Mal knnen wir Schlimmeres verhindern, bevor Bcher verbrannt werden.

Update: Es gibt inzwischen mehrere Reaktionen auf den Text, die ich sehr spannend finde. Die ignorieren nmlich rundheraus den Rassismus sondern machen sich ber ... festhalten! ... das "Opfer-Getue" lustig. Dieser Konferenz-Veranstalter jetzt. Denn das sind ja Nazis, daher steht denen kein Opferstatus zu. Dieselben Leute, die ansonsten ganztgig damit beschftigt sind, auf der Linken Opferrollen zu verteilen und sich gegenseitig zu besttigen, wie marginalisiert sie doch seien, die finden das jetzt unertrglich, wenn diese Konferenz-Veranstalter sich in ihrer angenommenen Opferrolle suhlen.

Ich fr meinen Teil halte Opferrollen immer fr schdlich, egal von wem und waru...

Du weit, dass du mit einer Urheberrechtsreform zu ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Du weit, dass du mit einer Urheberrechtsreform zu weit gegangen bist, wenn man Softwareentwickler ausnehmen muss, damit das Land nicht in eine Steampunkzeit zurckfllt.

Neben dem Auskunftsrecht wird ein Rckholanspruch diskutiert. Dann knnte ein Software-Entwickler die Weiterverwertung untersagen, ein ganzes Programm wrde vllig unbrauchbar, sagt Braun. Er erhalte bereits Signale von Firmen, die sich unter diesen Umstnden lieber aus Europa zurckziehen wollten, um sich einen Rechtsstandard auerhalb der EU zu suchen, der dieses Problem nicht aufwrfe.
Ooooder vielleicht lassen wir einfach diese stndigen bekloppten, alle nach hinten losgehenden "Reformen", die angeblich "den Kreativen" helfen sollen.

02:30

Project Marshall: Aquila and NATS "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Update to existing article, 16th November 2018, with new information on Project Marshall: Aquila and NATS. A major overhaul of the UK MoD's air defence infrastructure. Original article is: TEMPEST electronic eavesdropping counter-measures, as originally featured in Eye Spy Magazine.

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21:46

La revolucin digital en los negocios "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

La llegada del e-commerce ha marcado por completo la forma de hacer negocios y ahora los espacios virtuales han ganado tanta importancia como las tiendas fsicas. De ello se ha tornado vital la buena presencia corporativa. Al igual que con una tienda fsica, la web requiere de algunos cuidados importantes para que pueda tener el mismo impacto y presencia que su espacio fsico, es por ello que a continuacin se describen los ms importantes as como tambin sus mecanismos de aplicacin.

El diseo web, la nueva cara de los negocios

Un diseo web no busca solamente convertir un espacio de ventas en una cara bonita, sino conseguir un equilibrio entre el pblico que se pretende alcanzar con los productos disponibles en el stock y los existentes que ofrece la competencia. Este mundo digital se encuentra lleno de competencia, y es por ello que resulta vital lograr un buen diseo web.

Servicios, productos y variedad

Es importante conocer bien las capacidades de los productos, de ello depende qu tanto pueden ser antepuestos por los de la competencia. No obstante, conocer de cerca el mercado y la competencia existente en el mismo resulta vital para comprender las tendencias y las necesidades del pblico.

El diseo web en Valencia, facilitado por Webcomunica.com, hace hincapi en la clasificacin de los productos con el propsito de saber a quin dirigirlos. Esto permite una gran optimizacin de los recursos. Una campaa de marketing digital debe ser alimentada con una certera e inteligente seleccin de palabras clave, pues un mensaje o un par de palabras sern suficientes para alcanzar a clientes potenciales.

Posicionamiento, la herramienta detrs de una buena web

Un diseo web no puede aplicarse sin antes asegurar un buen posicionamiento. El posicionamiento web es una poderosa herramienta para colocar un sitio web en el mapa, pues la gran mayora de las personas acuden a un motor de bsqueda para encontrar...

21:45

La imprenta, un invento que sigue revolucionando al mundo "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Desde la invencin de la imprenta en el siglo XV, se transform la conservacin y difusin de la cultura. Con el avance de nuevas tecnologas y el desarrollo de Internet la informacin escrita est conservndose, sin embargo, en algn momento se requiere imprimir ciertos datos por lo que el formato fsico nunca pierde vigor. En los ltimos aos, la imprenta e Internet se han aliado para formar lo que hoy llamamos la imprenta online. En este artculo se ilustrar acerca de sus principales ventajas adems de los productos que esta puede ofrecer.

Inicialmente el funcionamiento de una imprenta consista en dos planchas metlicas donde se introduca aquello que se quera imprimir. En estas planchas se haban distribuido y entintado previamente los moldes tipogrficos en el orden establecido del texto. Al presionar las planchas, aquello que haba sobre ellas el texto quedaba impreso en la superficie. La imprenta facilita la reproduccin en serie de todo tipo de documentos, indistintamente estos tengan el fn de ser impresos o no.

Correcta eleccin de la imprenta online

En la imprenta online se reproduce informacin de texto o imagen a travs de varios mtodos de presin y entintado sobre diversos materiales como papelera, tela o bolgrafos, entre otros. Esta suele ofrecer los mismos servicios de la imprenta tradicional, diferencindose de la misma por brindar facilidad de contrato a travs de Internet, garanta en los trabajos elaborados, trato personalizado, comodidad de envo, calidad y economa, adems de rapidz en la produccin del pedido cuando sea necesario.

En el momento de elegir una imprenta online es difcil encontrar la que mejor cubra las expectativas que se requieren. Es por ello que se deben tener en cuenta aspectos como el diseo de la pgina web de la imprenta (atractivo y organizado), la disposicin de contacto online (chatbot o email), la informacin sobre el equipo tcnico, que la empresa cuente con buenas reseas y opciones en Internet, y que muestren trabajos anteriores.

Entre el pblico que destaca se encuentran las pequeas y medianas empresas con la necesidad de crecer en el mercado y que buscan emplear el merchandising de productos personalizados con el logo de la empresa para atraer al pblico a travs de tarjetas de visita, flyers, trpticos, talonarios, carpetas, revistas y catlogos, carteles, lonas y pa...

20:24

Another November Open Thread "IndyWatch Feed Europe"


As there doesn't seem to be very much going on news-wise at the moment, here's a brand new Open Thread instead. Thank you as ever for your comments.

20:24

Love? "IndyWatch Feed Europe"



As you may have noticed, there's been a bit of news day. And it's still going on.

Meanwhile, taking a longer view, and working over months rather than minutes, David and Andrew at News-watch have been very busy surveying another BBC series about Brexit - namely Mark Mardell's  Radio 4 Brexit: A Love Story.

We dipped into it (posting about three of its episodes) and found it severely wanting impartiality-wise. But David and Andrew have gone beyond mere dipping and have devoutly drenched themselves in the entirety of the thing.


The stats speak again. This was a series that, statistically-speaking, was sharply biased against pro-Brexit points of view. And the word count has shown what a simple count of the allegiances of the contributors could only hint at:
Although there was only a slight numeric advantage in favour of pro EU/EEC contributors, those speakers delivered 64 per cent (13,392) of the words spoken, against 28 per cent (6,009 words) from the antis, a ratio of 9:4. In addition, of the top 10 contributors by running length, eight were pros and only two were anti. Strong Europhiles such as Tony Blair, Nick Clegg and Sir Stephen Wall had much more space to advance their pro opinions than those who were negative about Europe. 
And that's only for starters: Only six speakers of the 121 contributor...

20:23

Steun Behoud Lutkemeer bij de raadscommissie "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Date: 

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 12:30

Op 21 november zal de raadscommissie Ruimtelijke Ordening de Lutkemeerpolder bespreken. Platform Behoud Lutkemeer is aanwezig om de belangrijkste argumenten nog een keer toe te lichten. We hopen dat er veel Amsterdammers aanwezig zullen zijn om ons daarin te steunen. 

We verzamelen om 12.30 bij de Dokwerker. Daar vertellen we over de laatste ontwikkelingen en is er soep. In demonstratieve optocht gaan we vervolgens naar de commissiezaal in de Stopera. 

De raadscommissie vergadering start om 13.30.

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18:58

Hamas Won Again "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

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By Gilad Atzmon

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Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avigdor Liberman announced yesterday that he was resigning as defense minister and called for the government to be dismantled and new elections held.

Liberman said his decision followed Tuesdays ceasefire agreement  between Israel and Hamas. Libermans action was essentially an open admission that Hamas had won the latest round of violence. What happened yesterday, the ceasefire, together with the deal with Hamas, is a capitulation to terror. There is no other way of explaining it, Liberman  told reporters on Wednesday.

Liberman has harsh words for the IDF as well. What we are doing right now is buying quiet for a heavy price with no long-term plan to reduce violence toward us...To put it lightly, our response was drastically lacking to the 500 rockets fired at us.

But, in truth, the Israeli military doesnt have a military solution to Israels  security problems. The IDF cannot win a war with either Hamas or  Hezbollah. This may explain PM Netanyahus frequent confrontations with Syria and Iran:  winning battles against sovereign entities may simply be more achievable for Israel and its Lobby than quelling unruly freedom fighters.

When it comes to Hamas and Gaza, Israels elected government comes short of setting military objectives. In this light, the IDF and the Israeli government are left with one option only: capitulation. 


17:51

Price hikes of 4%-6.5% due in bread and products based on flour "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Shocking price hikes from 4 percent to 6.5 percent are expected in bread and dozens of other products based on flour as of end of November due to the increase in grains world wide.

Suppliers have already informed Greeces supermarkets that price increase 4% to 6.5% are to be expected in bread and products based on flour, while the hikes in flour itself is expected to be between 7& and 10%.

Still suffering from the economic crisis Greeks will see unprecedented price hikes in what they mostly love to eat: bread!

According to newspaper Ethnos, the price hikes are to be gradually implement as of the end of November and reach their peak by the end of the year.

Since September, we have been buying flour at a price 20%-25% higher. This will have a domino effect as the price hikes will inevitably pass to consumers, a senior industry executive told the daily.

Bakeries keep a stand-by approach and havent increased their prices yet.

The president of the Bakery Federation of Greece, Michalis Mousios said professionals in the area are watching with considerable concern the burden on the cost of raw materials, but they are not  planning to increase their prices yet.

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17:48

Oxford: students mobilise to oppose Steve Bannon talk "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Following the news that former Chief Strategist to President Donald Trump, Steve Bannon, is to speak at the Oxford Union on Friday 16th November, students are mobilising to oppose the meeting with the white supremacist celebrity. Despite of evidence that Bannon was confirmed as a speaker at the start of September, the news of his

16:33

House of Cards finale: #MeToo, sure, but women are just as bad as men "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog (SPOILER ALERT! This article is not very good.) If House of Cards only had a first season and a final season it could

16:33

John Simpson has his say "IndyWatch Feed Europe"


The BBC's World Affairs Editor John Simpson has contributed his two penn'orth to the day's events. In the later tweet he has a point to make and uses some specific targets to make it:

16:15

Strict security measures for Students Uprising Anniversary close also Metro stations "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Greek police is on alert for the commemoration celebrations of the 45. Anniversary of the Students Uprising on 17. November 1973.

Due to increased attacks by anarchists against police officers and stations, all police stations have been equipped with additional fire extinguishers. Flash grenades, helmets and shields have been additionally distributed to police officers on night-shifts. Commanders and deputy commanders have been ordered to remain at police stations until late at night. The extra security measures affect police stations in Attica, media report.

More than 5,000 policemen are to be deployed in downtown Athens, especially on Saturday when the festivities end with a big march rally from the Polytechnic School next to the National Archaeological Museum to the US Embassy next to Megaron Mousikis.

Policemen are to be reportedly deployed outside police stations and governmental buildings, while policemen in civilian cloths are to monitor potential suspected moves especially in Exarchia district, famous for the anarchists in the area.

Drones and also police helicopters will survey the rally from above transmitting live footage to the Police Coordination Center.

By police order, at least three Metro stations in downtown will be closed to public on 17. Nov 2018:

Metro station will close at 3:00 p.m., and at 3:30 p.m.

Metro trains will pass through the stations but will not halt. They will open again when the rally is over and Police gives the order.

Traffic measures have already gone into effect on Thursday (Nov 15) as the 3-day commemoration activities started.

Buses and trolley buses in the area of Polytechnio are to be diverted.

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14:52

Euro Working Group gives green light to Greece to scrap pension cuts "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

The Euro Working Group has reportedly given the green light to Greece to scrap implementation of further pension cuts as of 1. January 2019.

Citing a well-informed source, state news agency amna reported Thursday afternoon that the heads of the eurozone finance ministries were warmly positive about the Greek budget and the European Commission suggestion that Greece can achieve a primary surplus in 2019, without cutting pensions.

The positive measures in the Greek budget are in the direction of development, the same source said.

So far there is no official statement either by the EWG or the Greek Finance Ministry.

According to procedures, the final decision will be taken at the Eurogroup meeting beginning of December, where the budgets of all the EZ member states will be discussed.

The official recommendation by the European Commission on EZ states budget will be published on November 21.

Greece has recorded a mammoth primary surplus of 6.46 billion in the period January-October 2018 well above the target.

However, this most probably happened due to no return of taxes to taxpayers, cut state investment and not pay out of full pensions.

One of my aunts, 82, has been struggling to live on a widow pension of 324 euros for the last 17 months. This is pension in advance; she was supposed to have received 50% the full pension of her deceased husband already last year.

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14:07

Nachdem Jeff Sessions ja jetzt drauen ist, musste ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Nachdem Jeff Sessions ja jetzt drauen ist, musste Trump natrlich den Beweis antreten, dass er jemanden noch ungeeigneteren finden kann. Es ist ihm gelungen.

Matthew G. Whitaker, the acting attorney general of the United States, spent over a year on the advisory board of an invention-promotion scam firm that hawked Bigfoot paraphernalia, masculine toilets, and underwear with sophisticated marketing pitches like: "How are your balls feeling today?"
Wartet, kommt noch besser! Die Firma ist dieses Jahr von einem Bundesrichter zwangsgeschlossen worden, weil es Scammer waren. Whitaker sagt natrlich, er wisse von nichts.

Was meint ihr, wrdet ihr das mitkriegen, wenn eine Firma, bei der ihr im Beirat sitzt, Bigfoot-Produkte verkloppt? Oder Zeitreise-Technologie?

Oh, and it promoted a future where time travel technology was within reach.
Von Japan lernen heit siegen lernen!

An dieser Stelle mchte ich der c't-Redaktion herzlich ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

An dieser Stelle mchte ich der c't-Redaktion herzlich zum 35-jhrigen Jubilum gratulieren. Ich habe als langjhriger Abonnent auch viel Freude am Retro-Jubilumsheft gehabt. Weiter so!

"Cisco berrascht mit gutem Start ins neue Geschftsjahr"Da ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

"Cisco berrascht mit gutem Start ins neue Geschftsjahr"

Da verlierste echt den Glauben an die Menschheit. Mir fllt gerade keine andere Firma ein, die so hufig und so krass belste Mngel beheben musste, und zwar nicht vom Niveau "wenn die Sterne in dieser Konstellation stehen, dann ist mglicherweise " sondern eher "es gibt da einen Backdoor-Account mit hartkodiertem Passwort". Und die Leute reien denen ihren Schei aus den Hnden!

Wir brauchen mal wieder so eine richtige Dot-Com-Apokalypse glaube ich. Einen Meteoreinschlag, der alles kaputtmacht, damit wir nochmal frisch anfangen knnen. Oder vielleicht einfach aufhren, gegen den Klimawandel kmpfen zu wollen.

Japans Cyber-Security-Minister musste zugeben, noch ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Japans Cyber-Security-Minister musste zugeben, noch nie einen Computer benutzt zu haben.

Der Mann ist wie geschaffen fr den Job! Genau wie der Reaktorsicherheits-Zustndige damals bei Fukushima!

Kompetenz wird ja eh voll berbewertet.

Im El-Chapo-Gerichtsverfahren hat jetzt einer der Kartell-Buchhalter ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Im El-Chapo-Gerichtsverfahren hat jetzt einer der Kartell-Buchhalter mal ein paar Details genannt.

Zambada spoke matter-of-factly about allies in law enforcement: a shipment of cocaine Zambada organised from Colombia into Chiapas was guarded by government officials from the PGR [attorney generals office] and the federal transport police, said Zambada.
Vorher kam schon die Verteidigung zu Wort und hat u.a. gesagt:
He bribed the entire government of Mexicoincluding the current president of Mexico, Lichtman argued in an attempt to explain Zambadas freedom, also saying the current and former president of Mexico received hundreds of millions in bribes from Mayo
El Chapo behauptet nmlich, er sei blo der Sndenbock fr den eigentlichen Kartellchef El Mayo.

Old and busted: Nach Software-Update geht das Gert ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Old and busted: Nach Software-Update geht das Gert nicht mehr.

New hotness: Nach Software-Update explodiert das Gert.

Bei Hacker News hat sich gerade ein Ex-Oracle-Entwickler ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Bei Hacker News hat sich gerade ein Ex-Oracle-Entwickler ein bisschen den rger von der Seele geredet. In den Kommentaren kommen dann andere Oracle-Entwickler zu Wort.

Auf der einen Seite scheint das noch schlimmer zu sein als man von auen eh vermutet hatte.

Auf der anderen Seite zeigt es, wie wichtig und mchtig ordentliche Tests sind.

Die EU hat bei den Brexit-Verhandlungen anscheinend ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Die EU hat bei den Brexit-Verhandlungen anscheinend groflchig versagt.

Theresa May hat genau die EU- Rosinen bekommen, die sie wollte: Nicht nur zollfrei kann Grobritannien weiterhin seine Waren ber die Exportdrehscheibe Nordirland in die EU verkaufen. Sondern auch weitgehend kontrollfrei. Obwohl die Gefahr gro ist, dass die Arbeitsschutzbestimmungen und Verbraucherschutzregeln der EU in Zukunft beim "made in Britain" ignoriert werden. Und dass in Zukunft staatlich subventionierte britische Waren zu Dumpingpreisen via irische Insel in die EU gelangen.
Was haben wir da eigentlich fr inkompetenten Vollpfosten in Amt und Wrden!?

13:12

Giannis Antetokounmpo sad and disappointed after racist attack against his brother "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Greek Freak Giannis Antetokounmpo could not remain silent to the despicable racist attack by a sports presenter against his brother Thanassis after a Panathinaikos-Olympiakos match a few days ago.

If this can happen to Thanassis, who proudly represents National Greece and Panathinaikos, I can not imagine what other colored people are going through in Greece. Giannis wrote in a message posted on his social media accounts.

At first, I want to apologize to you, Thanassis, because I know what I will say will turn a lot of eyes on you and on me and I know that this is something you do not want But Im sure when Dad were here he would be very disappointed if I keep silent. I have lost my sleep in the last few days for the recent racist incident. If this can happen to Thanassis, who proudly represents National Greece and Panathinaikos, I can not imagine what other colored people are going through in Greece. I am rather sad and disappointed.

But we will not let the negative comments change this family and our love for the country we grew up in. Me and my brothers are Greek-Nigerians and whoever likes it or not we will continue to represent and speak with the best words about our Homeland.

Greeces Radio & Television Council has summoned for November 20 those responsible for the sports magazine at Extra TV, after the General Secretary for Human Right, Maria Giannakaki submitted the video with the racist attack at Thanassis Antetokounmpo.

Among other, sports magazine presenter Takis Tsoukalas said This Antetokounmpo is an ape.

Tsoukalas comment triggered an unprecedented racism attaagainst Thanassis Antetokounmpo on social media.

Tsoukalas who is notorious for his dirty mouth now claims that his motive was not racist. He threatens with lawsuits those journalists who tried to raise the issue to racism in an effort to slander him.

It is not the first time, the Antetokounmpo brothers become victims of racism by Greek sports reporters.

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11:40

Number of debtors to Greek state increased over summer "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Almost 600,000 Greeks were added to the long list of state debtors over the summer, according to a report by the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO), with experts viewing this as a sign of deterioration for the private economy in Greece.

The PBO quarterly report for the July-September 2018 period noted on Tuesday that compared with the previous quarter, 584,979 more individuals and taxpayers owed money to the state.

According to Independent Authority for Public Revenue figures, this has taken the total number of debtors to the tax authorities to over 4.3 million by the end of September, or roughly two in every three taxpayers in Greece.

That is a reflection of the worsening situation for individual taxpayers and corporations alike, Independent Authority for Public Revenue board member Nikolina Kosteletou commented to Xinhua on Wednesday.

The PBO attributed this increase to the seasonal factor, i.e. the deadline of certain categories of tax installments to which a section of taxpayers was unable to respond. This has reversed the declining trend seen in previous quarters, according to the report.

Compared to the end of 2017, there has been a major increase by 312,812 individuals and corporations who owe the state a relatively small amount, up to 500 euros (560 U.S. dollars), the data showed.

It is a sign that the private economy is not doing well, otherwise these people would have paid off their dues, as they used to do in the previous period, added Kosteletou, also a lecturer of Economics at the University of Athens.

She also estimated that this will only change once the economy reverts to robust growth so as to help incomes increase.

The total amount of dues to the tax authorities came to 103.09 billion euros in the end of September, up by 4.72 billion euros from a year earlier, the PBO report noted. [reuters]

The post Number of debtors to Greek state increased over summer appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.

11:11

Espaa est abocada a una revolucin segn Pedro Baos "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Pedro Baos, militar espaol, Coronel del Ejrcito de Tierra especialista en geoestrategia, defensa, seguridad, terrorismo yihadista e inteligencia, hace un recorrido por los temas de actualidad y durante la entrevista afirma que Espaa est abocada a una revolucin.

China y EEUU

Baos afirma que es cuestin de tiempo el enfrentamiento militar entre China y los Estados Unidos en el Mar de China.

Desde las Guerras del Peloponeso y las Guerras Pnicas siempre han existido colisiones entre una potencia ascendente y otra decadente. Y China necesita muchos recursos y expansionarse

El temor de los EEUU es que los 1.500 millones de chinos se consoliden an ms econmicamente lo que conllevar mayor gasto del pas en su defensa e inteligencia.

Donald Trump puede impulsar a los EEUU a recuperar el poder que tuvo, desde el fin de la II Guerra Mundial y desde el colapso de la URSS, es un presidente centrado en la economa.

EEUU tiene en Donald Trump, a pesar de su histrionismo, al presidente que necesita

Europa

Los europeos tenemos que despertar y reinventarnos si queremos hacer algo en el mundo

Pedro Baos no cree que funcione la defensa comn europea, seala que nos falta un enemigo comn, hay disparidad de presupuestos, intereses Polonia por ejemplo ha ofecido 2.500 millones de dlares a EEUU para construir una base que le proteja de Rusia Si eso es as, para qu tener un ejrcito europeo? Es muy difcil Los europeos competimos entre nosotros. As es imposible.

El futuro de la Unin Europea como superpotencia alternativa

Manifiesta que la unin de los pases que forman la Unin Europea tienen como nexo slo un dbil hilo econmico, y algunos comienzan a no obedecer a Bruselas.

El presidente norteamericano, quien considera a Europa un enemigo, es una potencia con una superioridad militar nunca vista hasta ahora, es el mayor empleador del mundo con 2,5 millones de personas en nmina entre militares y civiles y lanza el siguiente mensaje al exterior y tambin de consumo interno:

Si Europa no gasta un 2% en Defensa para gastar ms en ayudas sociales, nosotros tenemos que pagar su cuenta y no podemos ayudar a nuestros ciudadanos -cita Baos-.

Rusia

La Rusia de Putin, al que define como astuto,...

11:00

N & E Yorks Tory Melt-Down Begins "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

N & E Yorks Tory Melt-Down Begins

  • an In My View article by NIGEL WARD, reporting on a crisis of confidence ripping through our regions Conservative Associations.

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Many Enquirer readers who also follow the anti-corruption and public interest endeavours of East Riding of Yorkshire Councillor Andy STRANGEWAY [Ind.Ind.] will have seen his article covering the extraordinary Tweet by Angus YOUNG, political columnist for the Hull Daily Mail, disclosing an allegedly leaked hand-written list of seventeen ERYC Tory Councillors who supposedly will not seek re-election in May 2019.

The suggestion is that the furore surrounding the various allegations against ERYC Leader Councillor Stephen PARNABY [Con.] has wreaked havoc upon the Conservatives public approval ratings, leaving Members whose majorities are slender suddenly at high risk of defeat next May. Some are opting to step down rather than suffer the humiliation of a trouncing at the ballot-boxes.

In North Yorkshire, too, Conservative NYCC Councillors are experiencing a burgeoning crisis of confidence regarding one of their highest-profile public figures.

Police & Crime Commissioner Julia MULLIGAN [Con.] is floundering at present, having at first been defiantly unrepentant over the NYP&C Panels finding that she bullied staff, then publishing a weasel-worded apology she is sorry, she says, that staff members perceived themselves to have been bullied by her. That would be their mistake, then? Snowflakes? As apologies go, this one was a classic example of too little, too late. The image below reproduces BBC local news coverage.

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10:35

Brexit Deal has Greece hope for return of Parthenon Marbles "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Brexit deal has been approved by the British cabinet, and as the European Union prepares to negotiate a whole new relationship with the UK post-Brexit, Greece might be able to make the United Kingdom an offer it cant refuse.

What we have now is the only opportunity in 200 years to force the return of the Parthenon Marbles, says Alexis Mantheakis, co-founder of the activist group International Parthenon Sculptures Action Committee.

The world is focused on the divorce agreement that the UK will make with the EU, but thats only the beginning. Once the UK Brexits the EU at the end of March, the negotiations start all over again, over trade, security and the rest of the future relationship.

The treaties that come out of those negotiations will almost certainly have to be ratified by all 27 remaining EU parliaments before they can take effect. If Greeces parliament  or any other, for that matter  refuses, theres no deal.

There is no blackmail. This is political bargaining. I mean Britains doing it right now with Brexit, theyre doing it all over the place, says Mantheakis. When you want something, you put on pressure.

Past EU trade deals have been held up by objections from national parliaments including Italy and Greece and Belgiums Walloons, says Piet Eeckhout, professor of EU law and dean of the faculty of laws at University College London, although the ransom demands in the past have had to do with the text of the treaties themselves, not side issues. But they dont have to.

Nothing prevents any member state from saying, this is a really significant issue, and were not willing to just march along unless this is settled as well, he says.

Supporters of the sculptures repatriation  who include British comedian Stephen Fry, British lawyer Amal Clooney and the late British journalist and author Christopher Hitchens  say the British peer who took the marbles did so without proper permission. The UK says no laws were broken, and maintain that the sculptures are rightly the property of the British Museum. Opinion polls show the British people generally support the marbles return to Greece.

But Marlen Godwin of the campaign group British Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles says using Brexit to force the issue is mixing apples and pears. Brexit, she says, is complicated enough already.

Greece has the power to throw a wrench into that post-Brexit machine. Whats unclear is if it has the nerve to use it.

Simon Usherwood, deputy director of the independent think tank UK In a Changing Europe, thinks, probably not. He says no matter how much Greece wants the Parthenon Marbles back, its likely to care about its relationship with the EU more.

But if Greece inde...

10:19

UK Against Fluoridation "IndyWatch Feed Europe"





All about headaches you might find interesting. Since retiring 20 years ago I haven't had one. To my mind it is stress that causes them.

10:10

Thanking vets for their service why? "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

[This article was written for the Unz Review] Depending on the context, the small word why can be totally innocuous or it can be just about the most subversive and

10:06

Goldman Sachs Is Implicated in Historys Largest Financial Con But Will It Be Held Accountable? "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Even if it is unproven that top Goldman executives knew what was going on, what does it say about the culture of the bank that individuals like Tim Leissner were employed there? Who is accountable for that culture?

By Ben Chu and cross posted from The Independent

Even by Wall Street standards of gouging customers this was one hell of a skim.

In 2012 and 2013, the Malaysian government was raising $6.5bn (5bn) from investors to establish a sovereign wealth fund and finance various domestic infrastructure investment projects. And the cut for Goldman Sachs the most prestigious investment bank in the world for arranging the fundraising from the global capital markets? Ten per cent, or $600m.

Now we can have a guess as to why the Malaysian authorities were so insouciant about those extortionate fundraising costs: because they themselves were, apparently, going to loot the pot in one of the biggest frauds in history.

Around half of the fund has gone missing. According to the US Justice Department a fair amount has been pumped into luxury American real estate and shady art auction bids. Appropriately, some went into investing in Martin Scorseses The Wolf of Wall Street.

At one stage $680m mysteriously appeared in the bank account of the former Malaysian prime minister, Najib Razak, who chaired the 1MDB advisory board, and who is now charged in his own country with corruption.

Malaysian politicians, officials and financiers had effectively bought Goldman Sachs blue chip reputation to pull in naive investors to the 1MDB state investment fund. Ten per cent probably seemed a reasonable cut in the circumstances.

The question is: what did Goldman know about the theft?

The bank claims today that it was completely oblivious. But the senior Goldman banker on the ground in Malaysia, Tim Leissner, certainly knew. He pleaded guilty in New York to financial crimes related to 1MDB last week, including bribery of officials to ensure Goldman was the sole fundraiser

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10:03

Ferries to remain docked as Seamens Union joints 24h strike "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Ferries will remained docked as the Pan-Hellenic Association announced its members will participate in the 24-hour strike of Greeces private sector on November 28, 2018.

Ferries will remain docked from 00:01 until 24:00.

Private sector umbrella union GSEE has declared a 24-hour strike demanding collective bargains, rise in wages and pensions as well as increase of minimum wage from 580 to 750.

If you plan to travel on Nov 28, please, check with your travel agent or local port authorities.

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09:46

Professor Michael Lennon OBE has coe back on the scene "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Hull Water Fluoridation on the National Agenda
As an avid reader of the 543 blog, youll be aware of our support for the Hull water fluoridation campaign. As dental professionals, we deal daily with the consequences of poor oral health and its heart-breaking to think how much of it could be avoided especially in children simply by adding a harmless amount of fluoride to our water. Thankfully, were not alone.
The Secretary of State for Health, Matt Hancock, has now announced a commitment to focusing public health resources on prevention. This, in turn, has prompted Professor Michael Lennon OBE, spokesperson for the British Fluoridation Society, to publish recommendations for a national strategy to drastically improve preventive oral health.
He highlighted the ongoing struggle for fluoridation here in Hull, supported by former MP Alan Johnson, and stated that government support and funding is essential. He also said fluoridation is a cost-effective measure which reduces dental decay and indicated that the decision to fluoridate water should be taken by the Government and not left to loc...

09:45

UK Against Fluoridation "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

I've had a few encouraging  comments to continue with the blog and as it is helpful for them in their fight against fluoridation. I shall continue for as long as I can.

Bill

05:00

Moveable Feast Cafe 2018/11/15 Open Thread "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

2018/11/15 04:00:01Welcome 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

02:50

Eternal Maidan Three Sources, Three Components "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

By Rostislav Ishchenko Translated by Ollie Richardson and Angelina Siard cross posted with http://www.stalkerzone.org/rostislav-ishchenko-eternal-maidan-three-sources-three-components/ source: http://alternatio.org/articles/articles/item/64584-vechnyy-maydan-tri-istochnika-tri-sostavnye-chasti In Ukraine there is talk about the first Maidan, the second Maidan, a future

00:39

Is the UKs Next Carillion About to Fall? "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

The outsourcing giant with 70,000 employees is circling the drain.

When UK construction giant Carillion collapsed in January, it shook the foundations of Britains outsourcing industry to its core, casting a harsh light on the high-growth, thinning-margin, poor cash-flow, high-debt business model that has come to dominate the sector. It was the countrys biggest corporate bankruptcy in years. But now another outsourcing firm may be about to follow Carillions doomed footsteps.

That firms name is Interserve. It employs over 70,000 people worldwide, with around 20,000 employees based in the UK. On Monday its shares plunged over 30% to 30 pence a piece, their lowest level in 30 years, before rebounding somewhat. Theyre down 95% since April 2014.

The trigger this time was news that the company had missed yet another deadline for handing over a 145 million waste-to-energy plant in Derby, England. The plant was supposed to have started operating in March but didnt. Then, on Monday, in its interim results for 2018-19, Interserves partner on the project, Renewi, revealed that Interserve had missed the project long stop date to get the plant working, which had been scheduled for the end of September.

In failing to meet this latest deadline, Interserve now faces the prospect of having to pay liquidated damages. That could be a problem for a firm that keeps losing money while racking up ever increasing amounts of debt, and whose market cap, after years of uninterrupted decline, is a measly 58 million

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