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Monday, 11 June


Suspicious minds "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Spain has said it will take in a rescue ship which has been stranded in the Mediterranean with more than 600 migrants on board after both Malta and Italy refused it permission to dock. Italy's new hardline interior minister said he would not allow his country to turn into what he called a "huge refugee camp". The ship, the Aquarius, which has hundreds of women and children on board, has been waiting in the sea between Malta and Sicily. 
That was how BBC One News at Six introduced this widely-reported story tonight. 

I'll now quote it again and add bold lettering to highlight some of its interesting use of language:
Spain has said it will take in a rescue ship which has been stranded in the Mediterranean with more than 600 migrants on board after both Malta and Italy refused it permission to dock. Italy's new hardline interior minister said he would not allow his country to turn into what he called a "huge refugee camp". The ship, the Aquarius, which has hundreds of women and children on board, has been waiting in the sea between Malta and Sicily. 
Who wouldn't feel deep sympathy for "hundreds of women and children" in a "rescue ship" who have been "stranded" by a "hardline"ruler? It's like something out of an ancient Greek play, isn't it?  

The use of the term 'rescue ship' is intriguing. It usually refers to military tugs who come to the aid of stricken vessels and was most commonly heard of during World War Two. The Aquarius is a private ship operated by a couple of NGOs whose activities off the coast of Libya have proved controversial. The use of the term 'rescue ship' to describe them doesn't seem to be a neutral term given that it's a term used by supporters of the NGOs. Isn't the BBC taking sides by using it?


Aus der beliebten Serie "bei UNS ist Kernkraft SICHER", ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Aus der beliebten Serie "bei UNS ist Kernkraft SICHER", heute: Doel 4 ist runtergefahren. Damit sind alle Doel-Reaktoren vom Netz. Doel war das marode Kernkraftwerk in Belgien (das andere ist Tihange).

In diesem Sinne ist in Doel gerade tatschlich die Kernkraft sicher.

Sehr geil auch das Statement der Betreibergesellschaft:

"Es ist nicht ungewhnlich, dass einer der Reaktoren ausfllt", sagte Nele Scheerlinck, Engie-Electrabel-Sprecherin laut der belgischen Zeitung Grenzecho und ergnzte: "Im Durchschnitt gibt es weltweit einen automatischen Stopp pro Reaktor und Jahr, aber es kommt in der Tat nicht oft vor, dass alle vier Reaktoren abgeschaltet werden."
Lieber einmal zu frh runterfahren, wenn ihr mich fragt.

Ich beobachte gerade mit Bestrzung, wie immer mehr ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Ich beobachte gerade mit Bestrzung, wie immer mehr Online-Medien ihr Geschftsmodell auf das Spammen von Amazon-Affiliate-Links umstellen. Die WM-Angebote von Amazon haben keinen Nachrichtenwert. Das ist Werbung, als redaktioneller Inhalt getarnt. Gibt es kein Medienhaus, dass da mal eine Abmahnwelle wegen unlauteren Wettbewerbs lostreten kann?

Die deutsche Autoindustrie ist offenbar voll am Abnippeln.Hausdurchsuchung ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Die deutsche Autoindustrie ist offenbar voll am Abnippeln.

Hausdurchsuchung beim Audi-Chef, VW kann anscheinend gar keine sauberen Motoren bauen, bei 15.000 Dieselbesitzern drohen jetzt Zwangsstilllegungen und als der Minister den Daimler-Chef zu sich zitiert, probiert der es mit schmutzigen Tricks.

Ab wann klassifiziert man diesen ganzen Haufen eigentlich rein rechtlich gesehen als kriminelle Vereinigung? Was genau mssen die tun, damit das passiert? Frage fr einen Freund.

Und noch ein Erfolg der DSGVO:Dank der DSGVO haben ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Und noch ein Erfolg der DSGVO:

Dank der DSGVO haben spanische Nutzer erfahren, dass die App ihrer Fuball-Liga bers Mikro nach nicht lizenzierten, ffentlichen bertragungen fahndet.
Was fr eine Frechheit!

Also so was trauriges habe ich ja noch NIE gehrt: ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Also so was trauriges habe ich ja noch NIE gehrt: Hessens Datenschutzbehrde prft die Praktiken der Schufa.

Na das wre ja TRA-GISCH, wenn die ihren Laden zumachen mssten!


Licensed to Shill "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

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

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




Even After Madoff, Ponzi Schemes Continue to Proliferate "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

By Pam Martens and Russ Martens and cross-posted from Wall Street on Parade

Most Americans are not aware that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) had the opportunity to stop Bernie Madoffs Ponzi scheme 16 years before he confessed in 2008. In 1992, the SEC settled an investigation against two Florida accountants, Frank Avellino and Michael Bienes. The duo had been raising money for Bernie Madoff to invest for their clients for 30 years by handing out promissory notes to investors that promised returns of 13.5 percent or higher. Avellino and Bienes sold over $440 million in these unregistered notes to thousands of unwitting investors.

The Avellino and Bienes matter was settled by the SEC with an order for the accountants to stop selling unregistered securities and with Madoff returning the money. No inquiry was made into where Madoff obtained the funds to pay back investors. The SEC did not lay a finger on Madoff because the investigators assigned to the case simply accepted Madoffs client statements as proof that the investment securities existed rather than going to the Depository Trust Company (DTC), the outside clearing entity that could have confirmed that they did not exist.

After the 1992 missed opportunity, multiple more Madoff investigations were equally inept by the SEC, leading its Inspector General to conclude in a 457-page report released in August 2009 that there were systematic breakdowns in the manner in which the SEC conducted its examinations and investigations.

As interest rates on safe fixed income investments (like FDIC-insured bank Certificates of Deposits and U.S. Treasury Notes where interest payments and return of principal at maturity are guaranteed by the U.S. government) have dwindled over the past decade since the financial crash in 2008, Ponzi schemes offering promissory notes have proliferated across the U.S. The SEC and state regulators have caught dozens of these Ponzi operators but there is no question that many more have gone undetected and are operating in broad daylight today.

Most of these promissory note Ponzi scheme operators are content to swindle millions or tens of millions of dollars from investors. But on December 21 of last year the SEC announced that it had uncovered a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme using promissory notes that had defrauded more than 8,400 investors, mostly senior citizens

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De la propagande en matire de protection de l'enfance: le cas de l'affaire d'Outreau "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

On navait pas reparl de laffaire dOutreau depuis longtemps, parce que le procs de Legrand tait pass et quon nallait pas remuer le couteau des faits dans la plaie dune justice inique. Mais comme, depuis le temps, les mdias, certains juges et [...]


Today five years ago hundreds joined a rally and the later... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Today five years ago hundreds joined a rally and the later following spontaneous demonstration in Berlin Kreuzberg against Turkeys president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. They called the AKP administration in Turkey to step down and expressed their solidarity with the Turkish opposition. 06/11/2013.
#berlin #turkey #kreuzberg #akp #erdogan #geziparki #occupygeziparki #direngezi #heryertaksim #gezi5yanda #tamam #rally #demonstration #reportage #blackandwhite #photojournalism #documentary #photography #photo #streetsofberlin #berlineransichten #berlinstagram #photooftheday #latergram #schwarzweiss #fromthearchives


Who Really Murdered Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman? "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Joe Vialls Aug 24, 2002 Updated Nov 6, 2013

British Police torture least likely suspects Ian Huntley and Maxine Carr from Soham Village, while deliberately ignoring thousands of more likely suspects from nearby American Air Force bases

ian Huntley

Ian Huntley

Staff Sergeant Frank Ronghi

Staff Sergeant Frank Ronghi

Maxine Carr

Maxine Carr

Staff Sergeant Frank Ronghi (pictured right) from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, pleaded guilty to forcibly sodomizing and then murdering an 11-year-old girl during early 2000.
When British police arrested Ian Huntley and Maxine Carr [pictured left and centre above] during the early hours of Saturday 17 August, on suspicion of the abduction and murder of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, they did so in the certain knowledge that absolutely no hard evidence existed incriminating either suspect. The reason for the rapid arrests was very simple: Just hours earlier, two small bodies had been found near the perimeter fence at USAF Lakenheath, and the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street was terrified of a massive political scandal involving American servicemen based in, or transiting through, the United Kingdom.
Shortly after the arrests, British and American media organizations demonized Ian Huntley and Maxine Carr so successfully that public attention was diverted away from Lakenheath completely, and focused instead on the young couple from Soham who had earlier willingly spoken to television crews about their concerns for the well being of the two missing 10-year-old girls. Both knew the girls reasonably well. Ian Huntley was...


Syrian War Report June 11, 2018: Syrian Army Repels Series Of ISIS Attacks On Al-Bukamal "IndyWatch Feed Europe" Last weekend, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies repelled another series of ISIS attacks on the town of al-Bukamal at the Syrian-Iraqi border. ISIS used several suicide


The Tories can't blame anyone else for the High Street apocalypse they're created "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

After the department store House of Fraser's announced that they're shutting down half of their outlets a load of Tory apologists suddenly began astroturfing the Internet to posit the most absurd excuses for it.

One of the most common excuses was that department stores like House of Fraser simply can't compete with online retailers like Amazon and Ebay.

The obvious flaw in this line of defence is that there's nothing more inherently efficient about online retailers, especially given the extra transportation overheads of running millions of deliveries to customer's houses, often several separate deliveries per order!

Of course online retailers are often cheaper than high street stores, but the price difference has little to do with inherent efficiency, and a lot more to do with the fact that they've been getting away with paying almost zero tax on their British profits for the last decade.

This taxation disparity is a problem that is attributable to the Tory government that has not only failed to rectify the problem in their 8 years in power, but has also repeatedly intervened to obstruct international efforts to clamp down on the worst tax-dodgers of all.

Another factor that critically undermines this "natural consequence of online retailing" argument is the subsequent total collapse of Poundworld just a few days later.

It's easily possible to argue that people are more likely to buy their kitchenware, clothing,...


Crucial developments for Greeces coalition after FYROM PM calls Tsipras on Macedonia agreement "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

The much anticipated phone call by FYROM Prime Minister,  Zoran Zaef, to his Greek counterpart, Alexis Tsipras, over the Macedonia agreement took place at 3 p.m. on Monday. No further details about the content of the conversation have been revealed, except that the phone call was in a positive atmosphere, as Tsirpas office said in

The post Crucial developments for Greeces coalition after FYROM PM calls Tsipras on Macedonia agreement appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.


Moveable Feast Cafe 2018/06/11 Open Thread "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

2018/06/11 14:30:01Welcome 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


New Austerity bill: Generics free of charge for two patients categories, but. "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Insured in the Greek Public Health Care system are to receive generics mediation without the self-participation of 10 to 15 percent. The change that is to relieve thousands of patients is included in the latest austerity reforms bill expected to be approved by the Palriament on upcoming Thursday. but this is the only positive thing

The post New Austerity bill: Generics free of charge for two patients categories, but. appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.


The Tories are actually trying to spin their anti-Muslim bigotry scandal as a vote winner! "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

After the Muslim Council of Britain and several senior Conservatives demanded an investigation into anti-Muslim prejudice in the Tory party, many on the left have been quick to point out the tiny flicker of mainstream media coverage on the issue in relation to the massive Labour anti-Semitism furore before the local elections.

The discrepancy in coverage is obvious, but it should come as no surprise at all given the relentless pro-Tory anti-Corbyn bias that not only dominates the print media, but also thrives on the supposedly neutral BBC too.

The allegations of widespread Islamophobia in the Tory ranks and specific accusations of anti-Muslim discrimination against Michael Gove and the Tory leadership should surely be getting more media coverage, but the reason these stories aren't getting much traction are obvious.

Of course mainstream media journalists don't want to scrutinise Tory Islamophobia to the same extent they attacked Labour over allegations of anti-Semitism. Firstly such scrutiny would run entirely counter to the mainstream media groupthink objective of protecting the neoliberal status quo by working to oust Jeremy Corbyn, and secondly "the Tory party is over-run with bigots" is really more of a common sense assertion rather than a groundbreaking news story anyway, isn't it? 

For m...


Cops in soap drama "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

The shop front campaign by Lush cosmetics has opened up a major public debate about the role of spycops and the history of political policing over the last fifty years.
While Lush have focused their campaign on spycops and worked closely with the women whose lives were ruined by the deception of the undercover officers in the Special Demonstration Squad (SDS), there is a bigger picture which links to modern day protests, such as those communities opposing fracking. Lush have run many successful social justice and animal welfare campaigns over the years.
I myself was put on the Met Police's Domestic Extremist database when an elected politician sitting on the Met's own Police authority
Indeed, it is their connection with campaigners who have exposed the abuse of animals which gives them a link to the spycop saga. The SDS targeted such campaigners in the 1980s and 1990s. I myself was put on the Met Police's Domestic Extremist database when an elected politician sitting on the Met's own Police authority. I was overseeing the Met's performance while they were spying on me for over a decade. All at the taxpayer's expense.
With a lot of the groups that the police targeted, their fringe concerns have become a mainstream minimum standard. Public opinion in Britain has shifted a lot as a result of the work those campaigners did and subsequent regulations have improved the welfare of animals. The campaigning and the improvements are undoubtedly connected, so why were spycops taking sides?
Other major organizations targeted by campaigners who were spied upon include McDonalds, who have recently spent millions making all kinds of ethical improvements in order to try to redeem their damaged reputation.
One of the famous McLibel campaigners was Helen Steel, who is also one of the women who uncovered the whole spycop deception. Ind...


Grey Wolves leader & Erdogans ally claims Cyprus is Turkish, warns Greece "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

The leader of far-right extremists Grey Wolves and leader of MHP, Devley Bahceli, an ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has said Cyprus was Turkish and accused neighbour Greece of playing games in the Aegean Sea, Turkish pro-government Yeni afak newspaper said. Bahelis Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) is struggling in the polls and has formed

The post Grey Wolves leader & Erdogans ally claims Cyprus is Turkish, warns Greece appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.


Crowdfunding for legal expenses of ex ELSTAT chief, Andreas Georgiou "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Andreas Georgiou is a man in need. Not only has he been hounded by the Greek justice authorities, he cannot even cover the legal expenses emerging from multiple prosecutions and appeals. This is the opinion of Georgious international friends and supporters. As the former chief of the Greek Statistics Authority has a lots of friend

The post Crowdfunding for legal expenses of ex ELSTAT chief, Andreas Georgiou appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.


Die ZTE-Affre hat China gezeigt, wie dringend sie ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Die ZTE-Affre hat China gezeigt, wie dringend sie sich von amikanischem Knowhow unabhngig machen mssen.

Chinas technology boom, it turns out, has been largely built on top of Western technology.

The ZTE incident, as it is called in China, may be the countrys Sputnik moment. Like the United States in 1957, watching helplessly as the Soviet Union launched the first human-made satellite, many people in China now see how far the country still has to go.

We realized, said Dong Jielin, an adjunct professor at the Research Center for Technological Innovation at Tsinghua University in Beijing, that Chinas prosperity was built on sand.

Und das ist keine schne Einsicht.

Trump hat die Angewohnheit, Papiere zu zerreien, ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Trump hat die Angewohnheit, Papiere zu zerreien, wenn er dem Vorgang fertig ist.

Das Weie Haus hat Vorschriften, wie lange Dokumente gelagert werden mssen.

Daher gibt es Leute, die Trumps zerrissene Papierfetzen wieder zusammenpuzzeln.


Merkel in self-pity claims she was victim of austerity policies in the Euro zone "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended the harsh austerity policies implemented in the debt-ridden countries of the euro zone claiming she did the right thing. She even presented herself as a victim, complaining about being target of insults in Greece and Portugal. In a self-righteous and self-pity performance, she insulted the millions of struggling Greeks, Portuguese,

The post Merkel in self-pity claims she was victim of austerity policies in the Euro zone appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.


Truth, Truthfulness and Palestine "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

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Talk delivered at Deep Truth-Countering Deep State Lies (online conference)   

Sun 10 June

By Gilad Atzmon

A healthy society doesnt need a truth movement.  But we Americans, Brits, French and Germans are far from healthy and our so-called truth movements havent led us towards any sources of light. The question is: Why?

One possible answer is that truth movements are ideal environments for the operators of controlled opposition -- those who insist upon vetting any discussion about the truth by claiming to know what the truth is, what it comprises and who its enemies are.

Karl Popper posited that since no number of scientific experiments could definitively prove a scientific theory we should utilise a methodology based on falsifiability. While we posses the means to refute a scientific theory or scientific truth, we lack the ability to verify a single scientific theory by means of experiments. For instance, if you state that the sun rises in the East is a valid scientific truth, a single occasion of the sun popping up early in the morning in the West will refute your theory. Building Number Seven may not point at the culprit behind 9/11 but it is thought to refute the official 9/11 narrative. Furthermore, history laws such as Holocaust denial laws in Europe or the Nakba law in Israel exist to defy alteration, refutation or scholarly debate about the past. Instead of helping us to grasp our past, the existence of such laws reveals to us that some parties are desperate to stop anyone from exploring  what really happened.

The French philosopher Jean-Franois Lyotard observed in his book, Heidegger and The Jews that history may claim to tell us what happened, but most of the time history is institutionally engaged in concealing our shame. The Americans, for instance, conceal the brutality of slavery, the Brits conceal the crimes of the empire, the Jews suppress any inquiry into Jewish accountability for Jewish historys chain o...


Rouvikonas anarchists try to raid Ministry of Public Order, 20 detentions "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

It was just a few minutes after 8 o clock Monday morning, when a group of people came running from several different directions and entered into the yard of the Ministry for Citizens Protection through the main entrance. A riot police squad stationed there rushed to the group that was running towards the main building.

The post Rouvikonas anarchists try to raid Ministry of Public Order, 20 detentions appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.


Bosnia and the new Balkan route "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Freedoms refugee support correspondent Chiara Lauvergnac reports from Bosnia and Balkans. A growing number of refugees and other migrants are using the new Balkan route through Albania, Montenegro and Bosnia to reach the EU. Many passed recently to Bosnia from Serbia. An estimate 4000 to 5000 migrant people are now in Bosnia, most of whom

Sunday, 10 June


Kennt ihr Jarek Duda? Der Mann ist ein Wissenschaftler ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Kennt ihr Jarek Duda? Der Mann ist ein Wissenschaftler aus Polen, dem einen Durchbruch bei Kompressionsverfahren gelungen ist, schon 2014.

Die lteren unter euch werden sich noch an PKZIP erinnern, und den Erfinder von Deflate, Phil Katz. Phil war Amerikaner und hat den Schei patentiert, aber war schlecht beraten und hat nur genau das Verfahren patentiert, nicht Variationen davon. Daher gab es zlib und gzip, die sind eine Variation davon. Phil Katz starb vor ein paar Jahren, angeblich verschuldet.

Ein anderes bahnbrechendes Verfahren in der Datenkompression ist arithmetische Kompression. Das war patentiert, also hat es in der Praxis kaum jemand verwendet, bis das Patent auslief.

Jarek Duda hat sich entschieden, seinen Durchbruch explizit nicht zu patentieren sondern das der Public Domain zu bergeben, d.h. alle drfen es verwenden, es ist gemeinfrei und gehrt der ffentlichkeit. Daher sage ich: Der Mann ist ein Held. Ein ungesungener Held, leider.

Und, wie sich rausstellt, nur weil er das 2014 gemeinfrei gemacht hat, heit das nicht, dass nicht eine stinkenden Kapitalistenklitsche wie Google losrennt und anderer Leute Public Domain zu patentieren versucht. Sorry, Google, aber von allen Arschloch-Moves auf der Welt ist das einer der ganz, GANZ groen. Das ist noch drei Grenordnungen arschlochiger als die Daten der Welt sammeln und fr Werbe-Targeting verwenden. Euer Ruf ist jetzt so verschlissen, das kriegt ihr nie wieder repariert.

Darauf angesprochen meint Google brigens:

"Google has a long-term and continuing commitment to royalty-free, open source codecs (e.g., VP8, VP9, and AV1) all of which are licensed on permissive royalty-free terms, and this patent would be similarly licensed."
Jaja, commitment, kennen wir schon. Bestimmt wollten sie uns nur schtzen! Damit keiner der Bsen das patentiert!1!!

Ja nee, Google, so luft das nicht.

Duda isn't convinced, though. "We can hope for their goodwill; however, there are no guarantees," he said in an email to Ars. "Patents licensed in 'permissive royalty-free terms' usually have a catch."
Ja, h, wenn das permissive und royalty-free ist, wieso patentiert ihr es denn dann berhaupt?

Das US-Patentrecht hat fr sowas recht klare Regeln. Wenn das vorher irgendwo dokumentiert war, ist das Prior Art und invalidiert das Patent. Insofern ist das jetzt eine klare Sache, nur dass halt jemand Kohle in die Hand nehmen muss in den USA, um dieses Patent aktiv zu bekmpfen. Google hofft anscheinend, dass das niemand tun wird.

Update: Xiphmont glaubt, das knn...


Putin and Xi top the G6+1 "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Asia Times by special agreement with the author) East vs. West: the contrast between the dueling summits this weekend was something for the history


Hassan Nasrallah on Israeli Warmongering & US Sanctions: Hezbollah Stronger than Ever, Resistance Not For Sale "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Speech of Hezbollah Secretary General Sayed Hassan Nasrallah on May 25, 2018, on the occasion of the commemoration of the 18th anniversary of the Liberation of Lebanon. Translation: Transcript:


Humans Need Not Apply: AI to Take Over Customer Service Jobs "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

With Amelia, we graduate into automating the knowledge worker, the customer service agent.

The last ten years have been a rough time for many bank employees in Spain. The countrys lenders have laid off 89,500 workers on the back of narrowing margins, industry consolidation, mass closures of branches and gathering digitization. In 2008, when the financial crisis struck, Spain was home to some 278,000 banking professionals; today there are just 195,000. Another 3,000 redundancies are expected in the coming months, as Santander and Bankia plan to further streamline their businesses, pushing the total number of layoffs close to 95,000.

The job losses are unlikely to end there. In fact, they could accelerate, especially if a potential new threat to traditional branch and front-office jobs materializes: artificial intelligence (AI). As Finextra reports, BBVA, Spains second largest banking group, is on the verge of enlisting AI agent Amelia, developed by New York-based IPsoft, for many of its customer support functions:

BBVA has become the latest bank to employ Amelia, calling in the virtual assistants creator IPsoft to help develop AI-powered digital customer support services. The technology has already been trialled at BBVAs call centre in Mexico to address customer complaints and enquiries. Now it will be extended to other markets and areas, as the bank seeks to digitise sales, advisory and support services.

Javier Daz, CEO, IPsoft for Spain and Latin America, says: Amelia is the result of 20 years of research during which we have tried to emulate the way the human brain works.

It appears to be working. Amelias marquee clients already include around 20 Fortune 100 firms. The company is also in the process of developing pre-trained, limited-function mini-Amelias for small and medium-size businesses

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To cover a protest or not to cover a protest...(2) "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

'Funtime' Frankie McCamley of the BBC

Returning to the theme of a post from last month, which marches or protests should the BBC cover and which should they ignore? 

I ask again because there have been more marches and protests this weekend (as ever) and the BBC has been all over one of them, sending reporters to cover it and making it BBC News website front page news hours before it even began - namely the marches to commemorate the suffragettes - whilst, at the same time, sidelining other marches and protests, such as yesterday's latest Free Tommy protest in London (by supporters of Tommy Robinson) and today's Al-Quds Day march in London (by haters of Israel), which have barely had a look-in.

This time I'll just throw the floor open to your views (if you're not feeling too hot to think about such things)....

What criteria should the BBC use to judge whether a particular march or protest is worth covering or worth ignoring? 

Is it numbers? Is it topicality? Is it if any violence occurs? Is it about the likelihood of it bringing about change? 


I've Been Wendling My Way Back To You Mike "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Imagine (if you can) that you're a senior BBC journalist - say (purely hypothetically) one who played a major part in setting up the corporation's hip-and-happening BBC Trending project.

And then imagine yourself deciding to write a book about something related to your field as a BBC journalist - maybe something looking at the political extremes of social media.


Would you, being determined to be seen as impartial, write a book focused on (a) only the extreme right, (b) only the extreme left, or (c) both extremes?  

If you make the brave decision to focus on either (a) only the extreme right or (b) only the extreme left, would you, as an impartial BBC journalist, make every effort to appear to be reporting them from a detached, disinterested but intrigued position? Or would you instead try to make your readers see that these are people who deserve to be disapproved of (just as Nazis, fascists and all shades of communists need to be disapproved of)?

Plus, would you, as a hypothetical senior BBC journalist, use your BBC-branded Twitter feed to plug your book, or not? (If you're even allowed to.)

And would you, as a hypothetical senior BBC journalist, use your BBC-branded Twitter feed to focus almost exclusively on the subject matter of your book or, instead, make every effort to show yourself to be broadminded and scrupulously impartial by focusing on extreme manifestations from 'the other side' (the side you've chosen not to write about) just as much? Or, if not 'just as much', at least 'pretty often'? Or, at a push, at least 'a few times'? 



Mark Mardell This Weekend "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Though there were three topics on today's The World This Weekend - the parliamentary goings-on over Brexit, the SNP and the Daily Mail - the common thread running through all of them was Brexit, with many a passing opinion about it being given along the way. The curious thing was that all of those opinionated interviewees (from Ken Clarke in the first section to all those SNP people in the second section to Nicholas Coleridge in the third and final section) are unsympathetic towards Brexit. 

Yes, it was a clean sweep this week. Does that constitute 'due impartiality'?

The Daily Mail bit, if you were wondering, focused on Remain-supporting Geordie Greig taking over  as editor from Paul Dacre. Mark Mardell framed it like this: 
We ask will the new man sand down the Mail's abrasive edges?
Besides a further use of "abrasive" Mark went on to call the paper "feverishly fierce", "aggressive" and "scarcely nuanced", especially in its Brexit coverage. However fair those terms might be they aren't neutral language.

The programme's opening angle, on the parliamentary Brexit debate, was that Ken Clarke was going to appear and tell his fellow MPs to ignore Amber Rudd and vote against the government. And the programme then used that as its closing headline: 
One closing headline: On this programme the pro-EU former Conservative cabinet minister Ken Clarke has urged fellow backbenchers to rescue Theresa may from Brexit-supporting Cabinet ministers by voting against the government in the Commons this week.
As this interview was recorded before the programme went on air that...


Extreme-right sympathisers just spectacularly proved how gullible they are "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

The extreme-right always prey on the ignorant and easily manipulated, but this latest piece of fakery they just fell for just goes to prove how gullible and ignorant extreme-right sympathisers really are.

Before we get to the fake photo, it's first necessary to point out that the Free Tommy Robinson (real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon) protest that did happen in London was populated by a bunch of Britain-hating fascists and gullible idiots who actually fell for the lamentable argument that Yaxley-Lennon had been jailed for "free speech" rather than for deliberately and knowingly breaking a court order in an effort to disrupt a court case against child sex offenders, risking the collapse of interlinked trials (a crime he pleaded guilty to).

The mixture of fascist thugs, gullible idiots, and paedophilia defenders who turned out to support the extreme-right hate preacher and serial cri...


Greek Parliament honors Athens Pride 2018 with rainbow colors "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

A smart part of the Greek Parliament was lit up in rainbow colors on Saturday night to honor Athens Pride 2018. It was a symbolic move with the aim to pass the message of respect diversity and human rights to the citizens. The lighting followed an initiative by Parliament Speaker, Nikos Voutsis (SYRIZA). Thousands of

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#berlin #txl #tegel #airport #waiting #solitaryman... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

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Pikermi excavation: When monkey, giraffes, rhinos and hyenas lived near Athens "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

It was in 1835, a few years after the founding of the Greek state, when a Bavarian soldier of King Ottos army walks along the banks of the Great Stream of Pikermi, known today as Valanaris. While searching for something that he could take back to his homeland, he finds a white hollow object with

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Habt ihr das gesehen? Das tolle Foto des G7-Gipfels? ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Habt ihr das gesehen? Das tolle Foto des G7-Gipfels? Wie die Merkel sich da fordernd nach vorne beugt, und Trump wie ein trotziges Kind umringt wird, auch die Krperhaltung der anderen sieht sehr klar aus?

Nun, h, wie so hufig im Leben hngt das von der Perspektive ab :-)

brigens ist auch geklrt, wieso Trump frher abgereist ist. Seine Hand tat weh vom Macron-Power-Handshake. Das war dem Macron wohl sehr wichtig, immer schn die Handmuskeln zu trainieren :)


Appel la solidarit avec nos camarades Russes! "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

rssnprsnrs_1.jpgLe Worker Solidarity Movement Ireland manifestera le 20 juin 19h devant l'embassade Russe
Le Mardi 12 juin ( journe de la Russie) nous appelons une journe d'action pour mettre en lumire la dtention et la torture d'anarchistes antifascistes russes qui sont dtenus sur la base d'aveux extorqus concernant des accusations de terrorisme.

Les actions proposes: prenez vous en photo avec un message de solidarit et de soutien aux prisoniers anarchistes. Vous pouvez inclure des panneaux comportant les noms des personnes dtenues ou tortures (liste des noms ci-dessous)

Le Worker Solidarity Movement Ireland manifestera le 20 juin 19h devant l'embassade Russe avec des panneaux de ce type.


Appello di solidariet con i compagni russi! "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

rssnprsnrs_2.jpgIl Workers Solidarity Movement Ireland condurr inoltre una protesta il 20 giugno alle 7 della sera fuori dall'ambasciata russa a Dublino
Marted 12 giugno (festa nazionale della Russia) chiamiamo a una giornata di azione per denunciare la tortura e lincarcerazione di alcuni anarchici antifascisti russi,che al momento si trovano in carcere a seguito di confessioni estorte con la violenza.

Le azioni: postate una vostra foto con messaggi di sostegno e di solidariet per i prigionieri anarchici. Potete includere dei cartelli con i nomi dei compagni detenuti e torturati (riportati qua sotto).

Il Workers Solidarity Movement Ireland condurr inoltre una protesta il 20 giugno alle 7 della sera fuori dall'ambasciata russa a Dublino, con cartelli e striscioni simili.


Call for Solidarity with our Russian Comrades! "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

rssnprsnrs.jpgDublin demo outside the Russian embassy on the 20th of June at 7pm
Tuesday, June 12 (Russia Day) We are asking for a day of action to highlight the torture and detention of Russian Antifascist Anarchists who are being detained with forced confessions for charges of terrorism.

The Actions: Please take photos of yourselves with messages of support and solidarity for the Anarchist prisoners. You can include signs with the names of those detained and tortured (names are below).

Workers Solidarity Movement Ireland will be holding a demo outside the Russian embassy on the 20th of June at 7pm with such posters and signs.


Radio 4 profiles George Soros "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

For the first few minutes it sounded as if Edward Stourton's Radio 4 Profile of George Soros was going to be nothing but a hagiography but, towards the end, we did get some brief, dissenting comments - one from the spokesman of the Hungarian government, the other from a journalist whose beef with Mr. Soros is that his Open Society projects (such as the ones in Russia) haven't been anywhere near as effective as they should have been. (Not the usual criticism we hear of the meddling Mr. Soros). Plus we also heard a comment from a friend who described him as a benevolent feudal prince (which could be taken as a criticism or a compliment or a mixture of both).  

Ed's language was typically 'BBC' - e.g. In introducing the spokesman from the Hungarian government and describing its immigration policy he didn't just call it "hardline" (in the usual BBC way), he called it "very hardline". ("Hungary has taken a very hardline indeed on immigration and refugees"). 


New Austerity Bill strikes Greeks with 5.1billion until 2022 "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Greece submitted a draft bill to parliament late on Friday, a bill fully packed with austerity measures worth 5.1 billion euros and counter-measures worth 1.5 billion, in an effort to sweeten the bitter pill to thousands of pensioners and employees. The bill outlines reforms in the energy, pension and labor sectors as the government races

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He came, refueled and left: US President Trump on Crete (videos) "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

He came, refueled and left. Air Force One landed on the island of Crete at 3:07 Sunday morning and took off 90 minutes later. On board US President Donald Trump, Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, and several journalists. The plane landed for refueling on the Souda Naval base and took for for Singapore for the historic

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Oh Alastair! "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

First former MEP Edward McMillan-Scott tweeted, "So far the BBC has not reported this important breaking story (which is on multiple sources) on its once mighty  News & Current Affairs output". Then former spin doctor Alastair Campbell joined in: "Why not BBC News ? Because if its bad for Brexit it aint on the Beeb".

Now it has to be said that comments could be going a lot better for Alastair:
  • Is it not the story that's on their front page? Looks like it to me.
  • Headlining on BBC Radio 4 news...worth checking perhaps before tweeting?
  • Second story on both 5 Live and BBC Breakfast after Trump meltdown. Which seems fair. Sometimes, if you squint enough, people can contort the facts to fit their view.
  • As long as you ignore, for example, the front page of its website.
  • Not disagreeing with the generalisation but in this case its the second story on the web after Trump/G7.
So it actually looks as if "if it's bad for Brexit it is on the Beeb".

And talking of things that are on the Beeb...

Here's BBC editor Rob Burley rubbing a little more salt into Alastair Campbell's wounds:


Letting the Sundays go by (same as it ever was) "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

This morning's Sunday programme on Radio 4 was like most other editions of Sunday on Radio 4 - just even more so.

It continues to "offer perhaps the most undiluted liberal bias to be found anywhere on the BBC". 

It's the kind of programme where different speakers in different segments will end up saying the same things. Today its main themes included hate crimes, Islamophobia, social cohesion, LGBTI rights and the danger posed by the far-right - the latter arising as a theme because so many of the voices heard from, entirely independently of each other, emphasised the problem of the far-right. And, also entirely independently of each other, a studio interviewee and a talking head in an unrelated report brought up the spike in hate crimes following the Brexit referendum. 

Still at least there was an interesting bit about Cossacks.


Geert Wilders: Exit Stage Left "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Yesterday in London, Geert Wilders, Dutch Leader of the Opposition from the Partij voor de Vrijheid (PVV or Party for Freedom) spoke at a rally in Whitehall. Mr Wilders spoke at the Free Tommy Robinson rally and he thanked the British men and boys for liberating his country from the Germans in World War 2.

Mr Wilders spoke about mass uncontrolled immigration and open borders that have been forced on many European countries by the EU and our own governments. He further spoke about the complicity of the UK government in the brutal rape of British girls by grooming gangs over many years. They looked the other way.

All of this will has a familiar ring to it as people from Scarborough remember that the local establishment, North Yorkshire Police, Scarborough Borough Council and the Scarborough & Whitby Conservative Party looked the other way as Jimmy Savile and Conservative Councillor Peter Jaconelli did exactly the same.

The most poignant part of the rally was Mr Wilders exit down King Charles Street to a waiting car on Horse Guards Road, which highlighted the personal price you pay for speaking out.

None of this was reported by the BBC but was in fact reported by Russian state media channel RT.


Suffer little children Eric Witchell, Williamson House and Enoch Powells wretched old volcanic shafts "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

By Joseph de Brca

Eric Witchell is a serial paedophile. In the 1970s he ran Williamson House where he preyed on pre-pubescent boys and young teenagers. He and his accomplices drove at least three of them to commit suicide; and another two to attempt it. One of his charges was supplied to Enoch Powell MP, for abuse. A select few were transferred to the notorious Kincora Boys Home when they reached 14 years of age. At Kincora they became fodder for MI5 honey trap blackmail operations.


Part One: Williamson House


Eric Witchell, a serial paedophile, was a key figure in the Anglo-Irish Vice Ring about which Village has been writing for the last two years. He is currently living in London aged 70, safe in the knowledge that a succession of senior MI5 figures have gone to extraordinary lengths to cover-up what he and his associates did in Belfast, London, Manchester, Liverpool and elsewhere as they MI5 benefited from the existence of an Anglo-Irish paedophile network of which he was a key member. In Northern Ireland (NI) MI5 exploited the network to gain leverage over influential Loyalists, including members of the DUP.

Witchell, who hailed from England, was born in 1948. He became a Franciscan at the age of 19. Before his appointment to Williamson House, he had been a housefather in an English boys school attached to the Franciscans. He became the Officer-in-Charge (OiC) of Williamson House in May of 1975 at the age of 27.

The small boys Witchell abused were abandoned, vulnerable and powerless waifs. A select few were later sent to the notorious Kincora Boys Home where they were used as bait in MI5 honey trap blackmail operations. Sir Michael Hanley was Director-General of MI5 at the time. Ian Cameron ran MI5 operations on the ground in NI for Hanley from his office in Lisburn.



UK Against Fluoridation "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Dr.John Bergman : Recognising Neurological Damage


Justin Trudeau hat Trump ein gerahmtes Foto eines "Hotels" ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Justin Trudeau hat Trump ein gerahmtes Foto eines "Hotels" berreicht, das Trumps Grovater in Kanada betrieben hat. Er sieht aus, als knne er sein breites Grinsen kaum zurckhalten bei der bergabe. Das liegt daran, dass das "Hotel" ein Bordell war. :-)

Komisch, die Briten finden keine Au Pair-Hilfskrfte ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Komisch, die Briten finden keine Au Pair-Hilfskrfte mehr jetzt mit Brexit und so.

May, June and early July are when most au pair placements are arranged, before the beginning of the school term in September, but Guardian Money has learned that some agencies are unable to find a single young European for British families to even interview.
Ja, h, wieso wrden Europer das auch machen wollen?

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