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Thursday, 22 February

23:01

As Nation Debates Gun Control, US Military Wants $716 Billion for Next Year "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Gun Control Military $716 Billion(ANTIMEDIA Op-ed)  As Americans debate domestic gun control following the mass shooting at a Florida high school last week, funding for military arms has evaded public scrutiny. The United States Department of Defense recently released its summary of the 2018 National Defense Strategy (NDS) with little fanfare. The first thing to note is how little media coverage the NDS []

22:59

Countering Fascism in Black Metal in Olympia: An Analysis "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Countering Fascism in Black Metal in Olympia: An Analysis appeared first on It's Going Down.

When you see misdeeds speak out against them, and give your enemies no peace.
~Odin

For those unaware black metal has always had a neo-Nazi problem. Extreme music attracted people with an affinity for extreme politics. It being infused with macho bullshit and with the boom of neo-Nazi music outside of Oi around 90s black metal and other dark esoteric scenes became a hot bed for esoteric neo-Nazi activity. With neo-Nazis being forced out of the punk scene they retreated into noise, goth, martial industrial, neo-folk, and black metal scenes. Often the main differences between black metal and other genres like grindcore have to do with instrumentation in a small part, but largely have to do with aesthetics and themes. Another appeal of Nazi imagery is the dangerous aesthetic and since the Nazi project and other fascist projects have been in part the aestheticization of politics it only makes sense that where the aesthetic lives so does the ideology.

Likewise heathen pagan circles and esoteric/occult/satanic circles have had a Nazi-sympathizing problem dating back to Julius Evola, Ragnar Redbeard, Aleister Crowley, Charles Manson, and event Anton LaVey. Its most horrid incarnations being satanist neo-Nazi groups like the Order of the Nine Angels (some of whom are rumoured active in Vancouver BC), Aryan supremacist pagans like PNW local Thorfinn Odinson, and Evolian fash-sympathizing spiritualists who are increasingly common in this era.

Ever since I first moved to Olympia Occupied Coast Salish, Nisqually, and Squaxin Land Ive been wary of the dark bar a.k.a. Cryptatropa or the Crypt. Burzum and other racist black metal and goth bands were readily available on the jukebox there, it employed sketchwads affiliated with more esoteric fash-sympathizing, and bands Ive seen loading up gear there were rocking NSBM(Nazi Black Metal). Like many black metal or goth scenes with sketchy elements it seemed like a bunch of willfully ignorant liberals and some more clever fash-sympathizing elements.

In 2015 tensions seemed to come to a head with the bar and the intersection of liberalism and neo-Nazi apologism seemed to bare some especially bitter fruit. Neo-Nazis were out in bigger numbers in Olympia and a worker at the bar had taken down some antifa fliers while making all sorts of excuses for their Ur-Fascist friends. At one point in time a fri...

22:34

Support Emergent Goods: Help Us Build Autonomous Production and Distribution Infrastructure "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Support Emergent Goods: Help Us Build Autonomous Production and Distribution Infrastructure appeared first on It's Going Down.

Donate Here

Emergent Goods is a bunch of weirdos who share the beautiful idea that our lives should be ours. We desire to express, share, and spread that idea. We will design and screen print apparel and tote bags as well as stickers and enamel pins. We will produce original theory, practical guides for the actualization of anarchist desires, and distribute neglected works. All of our materials will be available online as well as at events.

We feel excited about making things and distributing them to old friends and new comrades alike but our aim is much broader than the marketplace. We hope to establish long term infrastructure and resources to expand our production capabilities, make money to feed bail funds and solidarity networks, share ideas, make new friends, and support each other in projects we havent even imagined yet. By working to establish networks of resources, Emergent hopes to expand and share our power outside and against the state and capital.

At the moment we have the in-house capacity to produce beautiful zines, posters, and screen-printed goods. But our skills and capacities are much greater, and a little extra support will allow us to dramatically increase our output. We have a risograph duplicator that needs fixing, screen printing equipment that needs organizing, and a book binder that needs to be moved a thousand miles. Past these logistical obstacles we are beginning to see the project come together. Now we are looking for financial support toward start up costs and a first run of literature and apparel.

Were grateful and excited for any contributions to help get the ball rolling on this project. Raising $3,000 would allow us to set up fundamental infrastructure such as secure web hosting and financial logistics, and get a decent first run of lit and swag. Raising $4,000 would allow all that plus help get all of our readily available means of production up and running, meaning we could start chasing our more out there aspirations. $6,000 would shatter the ceiling of our current scope, give us staying power, and let us make serious steps towards becoming an autonomous distribution and production node.

Against the subjugation of life!

Towards the actualization of our autonomous potentialities!

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22:31

Wheeling, WV: Rally Against Homeless Raids Reclaims Stolen Items From City "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Wheeling, WV: Rally Against Homeless Raids Reclaims Stolen Items From City appeared first on It's Going Down.

The following report comes from a group of anarchists in West Virginia who detail a campaign to fight homeless camp raids that ended in the reclamation of peoples stolen property.

Wheeling is known as the Friendly City, friendly that is if you own property. In recent weeks we have witnessed several police raids against homeless encampments. Using the police and inmate work crews, authorities have seized clothing, tents, personal items and even identification from the homeless, leaving their property in bright orange bags on the side of the road, like some sort of sick monument to middle-class sensibilities.

Needless to say, this pissed us off, and we decided to do something about it. After some group discussion, we assembled a list of demands for the city:

To the City of Wheeling, we make the following demands:
1. Fully investigate the recent incidents in which homeless persons were evicted from their camp and had property seized, and that any City official(s) guilty of malice or gross negligence be held accountable.
2. That the City compensate all victims of this eviction for (1) loss of property and (2) harassment from law enforcement.
3. That the City immediately use its resources to provide humane and adequate housing to all homeless persons living in Wheeling, either by using City property or acquiring housing through purchase or eminent domain.

One good thing about this city is the network of soup kitchens and homeless advocates. One of our friends told us, Youll never go hungry in Wheeling. We tried reaching out to them, requesting support for our protest. We got some love from those on the front lines. The Catholic Workers, who run a cooperative shelter, gave us advice and support, as well as their blessing. One of our members walked into the soup kitchen out of the blue and asked to speak with the director. Once we explained our agenda, the director immediately stopped dinner and asked everybody to listen to what we had to say. There was a lot of enthusiasm from the patrons. They even shared some of their stories and struggles with us, even though we had just met.

Our protest received no support fr...

22:19

American High School Yearbook: 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

It's past time to show the real horror of shootings, and especially mass shootings in America. No more hiding the photographic images of slaughter, writes artist/writer Andy Myer in ThisCantBeHappening.net Let American's see what easy gun access is doing to us and our kids.

22:06

"Governments Are Shaking In Their Boots" Mike Maloney On Blockchain Tech "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

When it comes to blockchain tech decentralization is key moving forward. In this new age of digital currencies competing in an open market governments and bankers alike are scrambling to gain control of this new medium of exchange that is changing the way we interact with them! In this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth speaks with Mike Maloney host of "Hidden Secrets Of Money" about the potential that blockchain tech has to move us "towards the liberation of mankind"

21:58

Watch Ben Domenech Interview Sen. Ted Cruz About Guns, Health Care, And Freedom "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In an interview on CPACs main stage Thursday afternoon, Federalist publisher Ben Domenech interviewed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and asked about guns, health care, and freedom.

In the wake of the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida last week, numerous lawmakers and activists have called for more gun control, which Cruz said doesnt reduce violent crime.

The Lefts answer is always, always, always: strip the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens, Cruz said.  Heres the problem: it just doesnt work. If you look at the jurisdictions with the toughest gun control laws, cities like Chicago, cities like Washington DC, they often have among the highest murder rates and crime rates.

You want to see crime take off? he asked. Disarm the law-abiding citizens. The criminals love it when law-abiding citizens cant defend themselves. If you actually wanna to stop crimes, what does work is targeting violent criminals. Going after them like a ton of bricks putting felons and criminals in jail. Thats what we ought to be doing and thats what we ought to do.

Ben asked Cruz about his dust-up with CNNs Chris Cuomo, who deceptively claimed Cruz was afraid to appear on his show and answer questions about guns.

Im quite certain in the history of the universe, no one has been afraid of Chris Cuomo, Cruz quipped.

After Cruz called Obamacare repeal the biggest unfinished commitment for the first all-Republican Congress and presidency in a decade and detailed Obamacares failures, he said, Its what led Bill Clinton to call Obamacare one of the craziest things in the world. About the only time I ever agreed with Bill Clinton well, other than about Hillary.

He followed with, Im going to get in trouble for that one.

Ben asked the Texas senator about a message he had for young people who face criticisms on campus and from members of the media for their beliefs.

I call young people generation fr...

21:56

March For Our Lives "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Bob M writes: In the wake of the Stoneman Douglas shooting, the high school students at that school and across the country are calling for a walkout on March 24 and again on April 20, the anniversary of the Columbine shooting in 1999. The students are calling for national leaders to listen to them, but as of yet they do not have demands other than getting AR-15s "out of the hands of people who should not have them." Many radicals still hold strong to the important point that de-arming must start with the cops, military, and not take away self-defense from oppressed communities.

21:52

Billboards Opposing Drone Wars Are Going Up All Over Syracuse, NY "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

World Beyond War has been raising funds for and renting billboards in opposition to war. We've run into censorship from numerous billboard companies but persevered, and more billboards are on their way.

21:42

Trump buoyed white supremacists, sparking backlash among black nationalist "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

President Trump's first year in office proved to be just as racially divisive as his campaign -- but even more consequential, says the Southern Poverty Law Center report released on Wednesday (February 21).

21:40

If I Were the Devil "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

 

Here is a very stern warning from 1965 and it is more applicable to today than ever before.

 

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21:36

My First Day as CIA Director "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Former CIA analyst and founder of Veterans Intelligence Professionals for Sanity Ray McGovern, in this tongue-in-cheek article, outlines steps he would take on Day One as CIA Director to get to the bottom of Russiagate.

21:36

Teens March Against School Shootings "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Teen survivors from the school shooting in Florida are standing up and marching on Washington D.C. demanding change. They are determined to make sure this is the last mass shooting. These teens have had enough with the debate on gun control and believe that now is the time to end the argument and make a difference. []

The post Teens March Against School Shootings appeared first on Guardian Liberty Voice.

21:26

Los Angeles Has Criminalized Poverty by Making It Illegal to Sleep in Cars and RVs "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Los Angeles Sleep RVs(TMU)  Raising rent prices and low wages have resulted in thousands of people across the city of Los Angeles becoming homeless, many of them now living in cars and RVs if they were able to keep it together that well. According to the most recent counts by the KPCC, there are at least 7,000 people live in their []

21:16

It was an air assault; bullet strike located on road sign: Las Vegas shooting "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Bullet strike not yet logged by the FBI clearly reveals shot did not originate from the Mandalay Bay but rather the airspace between the Luxor and the Delano

LAS VEGAS (INTELLIHUB) If you are already an avid Intellihub reader than you likely are aware the 1 October massacre was conducted via an air assault but now there is physical evidence supporting the case.

Intellihub Founder and Director Shepard Ambellas recently did a major investigation at the grounds of the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival where last years massacre took place, and what he found may shock you.

While analyzing a Dead End road sign on the corner of Ali Baba Ln. and Giles St. Ambellas discovered a bullet strike which did not originate from ground level.

In fact, the strike appears to be almost nearly head-on with the sign from an elevated position, presumably originating from the airspace between the Luxor and the Delano Hotel.

According to Ambellas the shot was not a ricochet and was likely fired from an elevated position approximately 2,300 feet away.

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Ladies and gentlemen, I have to say, I can see the angle of the bulge and the angle that that bullet is coming from and I can tell you that its not coming from the Mandalay Bay but rather, it is actually coming from the airspace between the Luxor and the Delano, Ambellas explained. I can actually tell that by basically doing a forensic analysis of it, its not even rocket science.

Ambellas is considered a hands-on firearm expert and marksman who has trained on and has fired over forty weapons platforms, shooting nearly fifty-thousand rounds over a 10-year span.

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21:09

Video of Shooting Survivor Slamming CNN for Giving Him Script Goes Viral, CNN Denies Claims "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Florida Shooting Survivor cnn script(ANTIMEDIA)  On Thursday, CNN denied claims from a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student who said the network expected him to ask scripted questions during a televised town hall meeting in Sunrise, FL, that focused on last weeks shooting. CNN had originally asked me to write a speech and questions, and it ended up being all scripted, Colton []

20:47

Donald And Bibi: The Blues Brothers "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This is a satirical would-be conversation between Prime Minister Netanyahu (Bibi) and President Trump (Donald) during Netanyahu's upcoming visit to the White House on March 5th.

20:40

Nobody Wants To Talk About What Many Mass Shooters Have In Common "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

TheLastAmericanVagabond.com

In the aftermath of yet another mass shooting in the United States, the internet and broadcast news alike are inundated with commentary about why this keeps happening in America. Some blame guns, others blame mental health, and still others confidently blame false flag events and crisis actors. But one commonality among numerous mass killings in the []

The post Nobody Wants To Talk About What Many Mass Shooters Have In Common appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

20:38

US Patent 6506148 B2 Confirms Human Nervous System Manipulation Through Your Computer & TV "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

TheLastAmericanVagabond.com

Its hard to find any information at all on a one Hendricus G. Loos, despite the fact that hes filed multiple patent applications, with success, for apparatuses that deal with the manipulation of the human nervous system via a computer screen or a television monitor. In the abstract, he explains the following: Physiological effects have been []

The post US Patent 6506148 B2 Confirms Human Nervous System Manipulation Through Your Computer & TV appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

20:34

WATCH: Cop Pepper Sprays Teen Girl, Slams Her Into ConcreteNearly Sparking a Riot "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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A dramatic video of a police officer pepper spraying and then body slamming a small teen girl has sparked a backlash against police by people claiming the officer went too far.

The post WATCH: Cop Pepper Sprays Teen Girl, Slams Her Into ConcreteNearly Sparking a Riot appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

20:19

The failed attempt to smear Jeremy Corbyn "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A sign of the growing fear among the British elites about Labour leader Jeremy Corbyns increasing popularity are the attempts to smear him. Robert Mackey writes about one such attempt by the right-wing British tabloid press led by Rupert Murdoch to accuse Jeremy Corbyn of having been a spy for the Czechoslovakian secret service during the Cold War. This was taken up by Conservative prime minister Theresa May and some of her cabinet members but the attempt failed miserably.

So the prime minister presumably thought it would be good politics to joke on Wednesday in the House of Commons about a smear campaign launched by the tabloids on Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposition Labour party. Referring to a recent barrage of poorly sourced stories in the Sun and the Mail accusing Corbyn of having helped Czechoslovakia spy on Britain during the Cold War, May introduced a tortured pun about the Labour leader wanting her to sign a blank Czech.

Corbyns response, a theatrical yawn, delighted his supporters.

A more potent sign that the attacks had failed was how quickly other members of Mays party retreated when the allegations about Corbyn were thoroughly debunked by former British spies and records available in the archives of the Czech secret service.

Faced with overwhelming evidence that their effort to tie Corbyn to Czech intelligence had failed, reporters for the far-right tabloids moved on to loudly demanding that the Labour leader permit the release of a supposed file on him compiled by the East German secret service, the Stasi. That effort also fell flat when German officials who oversee the Stasi archive announced that they had found no documents at all on Corbyn.

20:06

Random notes on male victims of sexual violence "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

[cn: sexual violence, including rape]

So last month, I talked a bit about sexual violence. And when most people think about this topic, they imagine male perpetrators and female victims. But since my personal experience is in gay male contexts, I tend to think of male victims first. And male victims, well isnt that a thing? You have all the usual myths about sexual violence, and problems with how we treat victims after the fact; but on top of that, you have even more issues that are specific to male victims.

In this post, Ill discuss three disparate topics related to male victims. First, Ill talk about some male-specific misconceptions. Second, Ill talk about prevalence statistics, and complain about how people have collected these statistics. Third, Ill talk about feminism.

1. Facts and misconceptions

MaleSurvivor.org has a great list of facts about male victims, debunking common misconceptions. Im not going to reinvent the wheel, Ill just highlight a few points for readers who dont click that link. Yes, men can be victims of sexual violence. Their perpetrators can have any gender/orientation combination. No, survivors are not more likely to become sexual abusers.

One particularly insidious misconception, is that erection equals consent. The one reference I saw suggests that about half of male victims of rape maintain their erections through the incident. That means if you believe the misconception, you could easily erase a significant fraction of male rape victims.  This misconception is commonly believed by both perpetrators and victims, with tragic consequences. Ally Fogg has a great post talking about this, including the aforementioned reference. I feel gratified to discover that one of the best resources on this topic is someone on my blogging network.

2. Statistics and prevalence

Theres an issue with statistics of rape of men. Rape is defined by several institutions to only include incidents where the victim is penetrated, and not incidents where the victim is made to penetrate the perpetrator. To save space, Im going to take it for granted that you, the reader, agree with me that this is nonsense, and that rape should obviously include the category of being made to penetrate. From this perspective, you basically cant trust any statistics of rape, without looking closely at the details.

According to the......

19:57

Homo sapiens is going to go extinct soon, arent we? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

No comment.

Dooooomed. Dooomed, I tells you.

19:48

Italian Elections and Immigration "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Italian elections are always complex affairs, but the upcoming Mar. 4 vote is one of the most bewildering in several decades: the right is resurgent, the left embattled, and the issue drawing the greatest fire and fury has little to do with the economic malaise that has gripped the country since the great economic crash of 2008.

19:33

Yes, We Can Still Use the Second Amendment to Overthrow the Government "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Second Amendment Government(TFC Opinion)  As the subject of the Second Amendment reenters the public discourse, the question of whether or not the right to keep and bears arms is an effective deterrent against tyranny must be examined. In the days of drones, fighters, and tanks, what good is a semi-automatic rifle? This question is typically posed by those who []

19:27

Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, America's Wars, A Generational Struggle (in the Classroom) "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

We already sensed that, with George W. Bush and Dick Cheney in the White House, the attacks would mean war. But like the rest of the world, we didn't yet have the faintest idea how long that war would last. And 16 years on, we still don't know.

19:00

The Futility of Widening, Round 2 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Bruce Nesmith is a founding member of Strong Towns. Today we're sharing a guest article from Bruce, originally posted on his blog, Holy Mountain.


In my home state of Iowa, a discussion is moving forward on widening Interstate 380 between North Liberty and Cedar Rapids into three lanes in each direction. .

I-380 is a spur from I-80 west of Iowa City, bending at Cedar Rapids towards Waterloo

I-380 is a spur from I-80 west of Iowa City, bending at Cedar Rapids towards Waterloo

As I wrote two years ago, the impetus for widening the highway is understandable  population in Linn and Johnson counties has increased; their combined population in the 2016 census estimate is 368,208, up 7.63 percent since 2010 and 39.0 percent since 1990, both faster than the United States as a whole. Intercity commuting has increased with population  average daily traffic counts at the county line increased by about 50 percent between 1998 (38,200) and 2014 (55,600)  and drivers can at times feel trapped in traffic without an extra lane to set them free. The region and the state have sunk their investments into highway transportation, and citizens seem to approve. It seems easier to build on that than to try to create alternatives from nothing.

The arguments against the project remain as strong as they did two years ago. First, widening the highway does not merely set existing traffic free. It encourages more traffic along the highway. Increased highway capacity encourages more people to commute and existing commuters to drive more. This has been shown in numerous studies. Here are some cited by Tom Vanderbilt (Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (And What It Says About Us), Knopf, 2008) and Edward Humes (Door to Door: The Magnificent, Maddening, Mysterious World of Transportation, Harper, 2016):

  • A 2002 study of projects in England showed that most of the time, the increase in traffic on alternative routes was nowhere near...

18:59

Yes, The United States Used Biological Weapons On North Korea "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

TheLastAmericanVagabond.com

In its near decimation of North Korea, the United States tried to spread diseases like bubonic plague, dropped 32,500 tons of napalm, and killed nearly 3 million people. Its sort of silly that it matters. The United States bombed North Korea flat with ordinary, non-bioweapons bombs. It ran out of standing structures to bomb. People lived []

The post Yes, The United States Used Biological Weapons On North Korea appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

18:39

Brace yourself for more allegations against a prominent atheist: Lawrence Krauss "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I knew this was coming; in fact, I was interviewed several times for this article about misconduct by Lawrence Krauss. I had to tell the journalist that at most Id gotten some second-hand echoes from the whisper network, but that I knew nothing directly about any accusations against him. But then, Im a guy I wasnt at risk for being groped, so no one was going to pull me aside and warn me. Also, as a guy who was hanging out with Krauss now and then, there was no way to trust me not to spread the word to the accusedand whoa, but a lot of women were terrified of being alone with him, and of the effect he could have on their career.

Go read their stories. I believe them.

Its a shame, too, because in theory, hes an ally. He just seems to fall short in practice.

But Krauss says his movement is getting more diverse, not less. He is politically liberal, decrying sexism, racism, and the fear of people who are different, and is a vocal critic of Donald Trump. And yet, hes not always politically correct, whether saying that religion drives xenophobia, dismissing burka-clad Muslims as women in bags, announcing that a statue looks like Jesus on the toilet, or tweeting articles arguing that #MeToo has gone too far.

And in his private life, according to a number of women in his orbit, Krauss exhibits some of the sexist behavior that he denounces in public. Now that these accusations are coming out in the open, some women have doubts that the skeptics will acknowledge the body of evidence about his behavior, and confront their own preconceived beliefs.

Once again, skeptics are afflicted with a curious blindness. Theres a psychology study waiting to happen here.

Skeptics and atheists like to think they are above human foibles like celebrity worship, Rebecca Watson, a prominent feminist skeptic, told BuzzFeed News. In a way, that makes them particularly susceptible to being abused by their heroes. I think we see that over and over again.

Women at skeptics meetings would often warn each other to avoid Krauss, she added, but conference organizers seemed reluctant to act. He was a popular speaker, Watson said. None of them were interested in doing anything about what was happening.

Krauss hasnt done himself any favors, either.

But Krausss reputation took a hit in April 2011, after he publicly defended Jeffrey Epstein, a wealthy financier who was convicted of soliciting prostitution from an underage girl and spe...

18:38

Megabank Warns Recent Stock Crash was Only an Appetizer to Main Course of a Major Crash "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Matt Agorist The new law will create inflation whenever the trusts want inflation. From now on depressions will be scientifically created. ~Congressman Charles A....

18:31

Robert Reich: Morality & the Common Good Must Be at Center of Fighting Trump's Economic Agenda "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Trump's conflicts of interest, his narcissism, his sort of inability to understand that there is something called America that is greater and more important than flag salutes and standing for a national anthem or securing the borders, is symptomatic of something that is much deeper that's gone wrong in America.

18:23

Mainstream Media Now Praising Trump as He Flip Flops and Promises Tyrannical Gun Control "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Matt Agorist If there is one thing consistent about president Donald Trump, it is his inconsistencies. Since he was elected, Trump has reneged on...

18:15

Newsbud Exclusive Divide & Conquer: UN Unleashes Global Mass Migration Plan!! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A new draft for managing mass migration was introduced by the United Nations about a month ago and is expected to be adopted by most of its member states later this year. The draft is called ''global compact for migration'', and if you think it's about restricting the phenomenon, you are wrong. Quite the opposite.

In fact, the global compact for migration seeks to expand even more mass migration and actually legitimize it by blurring the legal status between refugees and migrants, or in the words of UN secretary general Antonio Guterres himself, ''put in place more legal pathways for migration, removing the incentives for individuals to break the rules'' and find ''more credible pathways for migrants who do not qualify for international refugee protection''.

In other words, instead of implementing the existing international laws, let's create new ones to bypass them. No restrictions, no rules to break, no one is illegal, no problem. Genius.

This is a tactic that Kelly Greenhill described in her book entitled ''Weapons of Mass Migration'', where she writes that ''when German Jews were interned on the Isle of Man, British newspapers blurred the distinctions between refugee, alien and enemy, so today, according to Alasdair Mackenzie, coordinator of [UK] Asylum Aid, Theres general confusion in many newspapers between an asylum seeker and someone from abroadeveryone gets tarred with the same brush.'''

Greenhill defines ''coercive engineered migration'' as ''those cross-border population movements that are deliberately created or manipulated in order to induce political, military and/or economic concessions from a target state or states''. The difference with the new draft from the UN is that it transforms Greenhill's ''target states'' into something much bigger: the whole planet.

This is a giant practical step towards globalisation, and of course it's not happening for the sake of ''humanity''.

In an astonishing admission, a spokesman from the International Organisation for Migration...

18:14

Nobody Wants to Talk About What Many Mass Shooters Have in Common "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Carey Wedler In the aftermath of yet another mass shooting in the United States, the Internet and broadcast news alike are inundated with commentary...

18:09

Is The NTP Rat Study Already Obsolete By Design? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Catherine J. Frompovich The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences issued a News Release February 2, 2018 titled High Exposure to Radiofrequency Radiation Linked...

18:08

Thousands of Innocent People Being Rounded Up & Jailed for Being Unable to Pay PRIVATE Debts "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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In a highly illegal practice, breaking several national and state laws against jailing people over private debts, thousands of people are being kidnapped and caged after being turned over to collection agencies.

The post Thousands of Innocent People Being Rounded Up & Jailed for Being Unable to Pay PRIVATE Debts appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

17:59

19th Century Board Games. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Game of The Star-Spangled Banner, or Emigrants to the United States (1830), published by Edward Wallis.

Game of The Star-Spangled Banner, or Emigrants to the United States (1830), published by Edward Wallis.

Look how nice Turtle Island was before all the invaders showed up.

Science in Sport or the Pleasures of Astronomy, A New Instructive Pastime (1804), published by Edward Wallis.

Science in Sport or the Pleasures of Astronomy, A New Instructive Pastime (1804), published by Edward Wallis.

The Royal Pastime of Cupid, or Entertaining Game of the Snake (1794), published by Robert Laurie and James Whittle (all photos by Antoine Bootz/Pointed Leaf Press).

The Royal Pastime of Cupid, or Entertaining Game of the Snake (1794), published by Robert Laurie and James Whittle (all photos by Antoine Bootz/Pointed Leaf Press).

Fascinating board games here, and you can see so many more, and read about them at Hyperallergic. I love the Elephant, but I have a thing about them.

17:55

CNNs Shameful Town Hall Is A Clarifying Moment On Guns "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

CNN hosted an anti-gun rally townhall yesterday featuring freshly grieving children and parents from Parkland High who aimed their ire at the NRA, politicians who are peripherally associated with the NRA and anyone who didnt say exactly what they wanted to hear. It was an event where a Parkland student could compare Marco Rubio to a mass murderer and question whether NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch truly cares about her children without ever being challenged.

I hope CNN got the rating it was looking for, because its almost guaranteed that NRA membership and gun sales are about to spike.

Between all the demonizing, heckling, sophistry, gaslighting, platitudes and emotional appeals, members of the crowd people who should never be the target of conspiracy theories or ad hominem attacks, but who shouldnt be exempted from a real debate, either  booed a rape survivors story and cheered at the idea of banning every semiautomatic rifle in America. Maybe someone will ask them if they support banning every semiautomatic in America, period, since the latter is responsible for the preponderance of gun homicides. One death is too many, after all.

Whatever the case, these young people are about to be hit by a harsh reality, because banning semiautomatic rifles or handguns is not only impractical (there are probably over 5 million AR-15s in circulation alone; and semiautomatics constitute the majority of modern guns) and not only likely unconstitutional (the Supreme Court has found that weapons in common use by law-abiding citizens are protected) but, for many millions of Americans who worry about the Second Amendment, also highly undesirable.

Yet a star-studded line-up of liberals, many of whom are funding the activism of Parkland students with big checks, cheered with them. Do they all agree that every semiautomatic rifle in America should be banned? Do they agree that anyone who supports legal semiautomatic rifles has blood on their hands? Someone with access should ask.

What we do know is that the entire liberal political class couldnt stop praising the activism and lack of cynicism displayed by these kids (a selective admiration reserved for those who coincidentally align with their positions.) The kids were indeed earnest, even if they were generally uneducated about gun laws, legal process, and the underpinning of the Second Amendment which is...

17:55

Cronkite News: Students stage walkout to call for reform of gun laws "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The captain of the Mesa High School basketball team started the protest on Snapchat. A 15-year-old sophomore merged the social media brainstorming into a solid plan.

17:53

Venezuela: Revenge Of The Mad-Dog Empire "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Only in the world of comic-book fantasies is the United States a friend to the oppressed in Africa or anywhere else on the planet. In the real world, the U.S. is a predator, colonial/capitalist nation. But like the imagined nation of Wakanda, in the latest cultural assault on critical mass consciousness, American exceptionalism and make America great again two slogans representing both sides of the imperialist coinruling class interests are obscured and the people are reduced to working against their objective interests and being accomplices to imperial lawlessness. In every part of the world, the United States is engaged in maniacal, criminal assaults on democracy, basic human decency and common sense.

17:50

WATCH: Hero FL Survivor Exposes CNN Scripting of Town Hall Meeting on Gun Control "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

CNN

A hero student from the shooting in Parkland, Florida has come forward explaining how CNN wouldn't let him ask his own questions and, instead, handed him a script to readhe politely refused to participate in their propaganda.

The post WATCH: Hero FL Survivor Exposes CNN Scripting of Town Hall Meeting on Gun Control appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

17:47

The US Is Executing A Global War Plan "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

February 18, 2018 "Information Clearing House" - Washington is moving inevitably on a global war plan. Thats the grim conclusion one has to draw from three unfolding war scenarios. Ultimately, its about American imperialism trying to assert hegemony over the international order for the benefit of US capitalism. Russia and China are prime targets for this global assault. The three unfolding war scenarios are seen in Syria, North Korea and Ukraine. These are not disparate, disassociated conflicts. They are inter-related expressions of the American war plans. War plans which involve the moving of strategic military power into position. Last weeks massacre of over 100 Syrian government forces by American warplanes near Deir ez-Zor was an audacious overt assault by the US on the Syrian state.

17:45

Mass shootings and psychiatric drugs: the connection "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Mass shootings and psychiatric drugs: the connection

by Jon Rappoport

February 22, 2018

Ive been tracking the connection since 1999, when I wrote a long white paper, for the Truth Seeker Foundation, on school shootings and psychiatric drugs. The paper was titled: Why Do They Do It? School shootings Across America.

The drugs arent the only causative factor, but they produce what I call the Johnny Appleseed effect throughout society. Sprinkle enough of the drugs among enough people and you get otherwise unexplainable violence popping upin schools, in workplaces. The psychiatric plague eats out the country from the inside.

Here are excerpts from my 1999 report

The massacre at Columbine High School took place on April 20, 1999. Astonishingly, for eight days after the tragedy, during thousands of hours of prime-time television coverage, virtually no one mentioned the word drugs. Then the issue was opened. Eric Harris, one of the shooters at Columbine, was on at least one drug.

The NY Times of April 29, 1999, and other papers reported that Harris was rejected from enlisting in the Marines for medical reasons. A friend of the family told the Times that Harris was being treated by a psychiatrist. And then several sources told the Washington Post that the drug prescribed as treatment was Luvox, manufactured by Solvay.

In two more days, the drug-issue was gone.

Luvox is of the same class as Prozac and Zoloft and Paxil. They are labeled SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors). They attempt to alleviate depression by changing brain-levels of the natural substance serotonin. Luvox has a slightly different chemical configuration from Prozac, Paxil, and Zoloft, and it was approved by the FDA for obsessive-compulsive disorder, although many doctors apparently prescribe it for depression.

Prozac is the wildly popular Eli Lilly antidepressant which has been linked to suicidal and homicidal actions. It is now given to young children. Again, its chemical composition is very close to Luvox, the drug that Harris took.

Dr. Peter Breggin, the eminent psychiatrist and author (Toxic Psychiatry, Talking Back to Prozac, Talking Back to Ritalin), told me, With Luvox there is some evidence of a four-percent rate for mania in adolescents. Mania, for certain individuals, could be a component in grandiose plans to destroy large numbers of other people. Mania can go over the hill to psychosis.

Dr. Joseph Tarantolo is a psychiatrist in private practice in Washington DC. He is the president of the Washington chapter of the American Society of Psychoanalytic Physici...

17:42

WaPo Just Admitted Russian Propaganda Was Actually US Mainstream Media, And Was Factual "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Rachel Blevins, The Free Thought Project

During the 2016 election, the narrative that interference from the Russians had an impact on Donald Trumps success was alive and well, and it was pushed heavily by the Washington Post. However, the Post is now claiming that the propaganda it accused Russian bots of spreading was actually American, and it was factually accurate.

In a new story titled Russia used mainstream media to manipulate American voters, the Post admittedthat instead of creating and spreading fake news, the accounts it claimed were controlled by Russians actually focused on sharing stories from American mainstream media outlets, and one of their most used sources just happened to be The Washington Post.

Citing an analysis by Columbia University social-media researcher Jonathan Albright, the Post noted that the majority of the Russian propaganda spread by these accounts was made up of factually accurate stories from American sources:

Some well-chronicled hoaxes reached large audiences. But Russian-controlled Twitter accounts, Albright said, were far more likely to share stories produced by widely read sources of American news and political commentary. The stories themselves were generally factually accurate, but the Russian accounts carefully curated the overall flow to highlight themes and developments that bolstered Republican Donald Trump and undermined his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.

Among the tweets Albright studied...

17:34

NASA Just Shared Its latest Images Of Jupiter: The Result Are Amazing "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

BLuke Miller Truth Theory

Every 53.3 days, the NASA probe Juno passes Jupiter in its orbit. This magnificent feat allows for some beautiful snaps of the great gas giant, and the latest to be released by NASA are no disappointment.

On February 7, the Juno probe passed jupiter for the 11th time. As the $1 billion machine flew through space at an estimated 130,000 miles an hour, it took some truly breathtaking images of the planet.

It takes days (often a little longer) for data to reach our planet, however the pictures are certainly worth the wait. Business Insider reports, the data is posted to a special website where we can take a look, and those who have the photoshop skills can take the black-and-white files and turn them to beautiful pictures. The pics can then be uploaded for all to see.

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17:30

U.S. Empire Still Incoherent After All These Years "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I recently reread Michael Manns book, Incoherent Empire, which he wrote in 2003, soon after the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Mann is a sociology professor at UCLA and the author of a four-volume series called The Sources of Social Power, in which he explained the major developments of world history as the interplay between four types of power: military, economic, political, and ideological. In Incoherent Empire, Mann used the same framework to examine what he called the U.S.s new imperialism after the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. He predicted that, The American Empire will turn out to be a military giant; a back-seat economic driver; a political schizophrenic; and an ideological phantom. What struck me most forcefully as I reread Incoherent Empire was that absolutely nothing has changed in the incoherence of U.S. imperialism.

17:16

Argentinas Government Tries To Suppress Anti-Austerity Protests "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Argentinas main worker unions, social movements and human rights groups have planned a massive protest in Buenos Aires to oppose President Mauricio Macris economic policies, layoffs, the recent pension reforms, judicial persecution of social leaders, and other intended labor reforms. A series of actions and mobilizations against the austerity measures started on Feb. 15. The various groups, including the General Confederation of Labor (3 million members) and the Argentine Workers Central Union (1.5 million members) and the Association of State Workers (roughly 250,000 members) will arrive downtown at noon on Wednesday. Transport union leader Hugo Moyano, will address the crowd. The union called Camioneros (or truckers) has roughly 200,000 members and is reported to have the capacity to paralyze the country.

17:14

Second Amendment is No Excuse for Murder By Proxy "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Amid all the turmoil associated with the recent high school massacre of students and teachers in Parkland, Florida, two things stood out in stark contrast to the response of NRA sponsored politicians and lobbyists, the bravery of so many victims and the honesty of so many survivors. It is doubtful that either of these qualities will impress or even register with the majority of the Florida State House and Senate...

17:12

Pakistan's Sindh and Khyber follow Punjab in Banning Ajinomoto's Monosodium Glutamate "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The first domino is falling in the direction of eventual worldwide bans of Neurotoxic food additives; it can't be propped up by corporate bribes, threats, or lawsuits, thanks to the courageous health ministers in Punjab, Sindh, and now Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, representing 92% of Pakistan's population. I think this will inevitably lead to Pakistan's banning of Ajinomoto's other neurotoxic carcinogenic poison, Aspartame.

17:06

Watch CNNs Scripted Anti-Gun Town Hall Go Completely Off The Rails "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

CNNs Jake Tapper was thrown off kilter during an anti-gun town hall Wednesday night when a student went off script and attacked a Democrat senator instead of a spokesman for the National Rifle Association (NRA).

The student had prepared a question she was supposed to ask Dana Loesch, who spoke at the town hall on behalf of the NRA, but aimed her question at Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) instead.

I had a question for Ms. Loesch but shes not here yet, so, for her and the NRA, which shes probably watching, and all of you puppet politicians that they are backing: was the the blood of my classmates and my teachers worth your blood money?

Rather than chide the questioner for such a dishonest, partisan screed, Tapper immediately jumped to Nelsons defense.

Senator Nelson, you dont have to answer that question, he said. Lets move on to the next question.

The crowd jeered, and the student was not happy. Excuse me? Im a student. I should

I understand that, Tapper interrupted. But your question, I thought you were going to ask Senator Nelson a question. Your question sounds like you want to ask Dana Loesch a question in the next segment. And Im happy to do that, if you want.

The reaction of both Tapper and Nelson indicates that the scripted event went awry, as Tapper was clearly expecting an approved question for Nelson, not a premature rant aimed at a woman who had not even been brought on stage by the network yet.

Colton Haab, one of the students who survived last weeks mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, told the media he chose not to attend the town hall, because CNN tried to give him written questions to ask at the event. Haab is a Junior ROTC enlistee who personally helped dozens of students stay safe during the shooting by moving them to a more secure classroom and setting up Kevlar screens to shield students from bullets.

CNN had originally asked me to write a speech that and questions and it ended up being all scripted, he told a local news outlet. I expected to be able to ask my questions and give my opinion on my questions.

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17:06

Trump and GOP Want the Supreme Court to Take on a Major Gerrymandering Battle in Pennsylvania "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Pennsylvania's GOP gambled and lost in its effort to preserve its supermajority House delegation, but that doesn't mean they are going quietly into the night. They are cornered and desperate and are trying everything to delay implementing the state's new congressional map until 2020.

17:04

Corporations Profiting From Water Infrastructure Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Here are some numbers to start. In 2014, 64 percent of bottled water was, essentially, filtered tap water -- up from 51.8 percent in 2009.  From 2010 to 2014, total federal funding for public water infrastructure fell from $6.9 billion to around $4.4 billion. In other words: as funding for safe public water fell 37 percent, bottled water companies were able to increase sales of what was basically just tap water under the guise that it was safer. Even though the U.S. government requires stricter safety monitoring of tap water than for bottled water. When Congress doesn't fund water infrastructure, Nestl wins. And this is something they spend millions doing.  The International Bottled Water Association, Nestl Waters NA, Nestl USA and Coca-Cola lobbied Congress on issues including bottled water, water infrastructure...

16:59

The importance of hope and the danger of cynicism and pessimism in politics "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I am usually optimistic about politics, that however bleak things look at the moment for the causes of equality and justice (and boy are they bleak right now) over time things will improve. But there is one issue where I felt where things would not improve and that is with gun control. My pessimism on that particular issue was sealed with the murders of twenty first grade children in Newton, an event that did not lead to any movement to limit the easy availability of high-powered weapons that pretty much anyone could get with no difficulty. It seemed like the political class was not going to interfere with the ability of any individual to buy unlimited numbers of weapons and ammunition to kill as many people as they can.

If such a horrific event did not produce any action, what would? Or so my thinking went. But Alec MacGillis warns that my kind of cynicism is playing right into the hands of the gun extremists in the NRA and congress, who are trying to create this sense of pessimism.

For one thing, such pessimism demoralizes, and dismisses, those who are motivated to fight against gun violence, such as the network of angry moms that sprung up after the Sandy Hook massacre and the organization led by former Arizona congresswoman Gabby Giffords, which have managed to achieve a series of state-level successes even as reform stalls at the national level.

For another thing, it lets off the hook those who are opposed to stronger gun laws. Declaring preemptively that any new effort at gun-law reform is doomed spares opponents from even having to make their arguments for protecting the gun lobby.

Most importantly, liberal fatalism on gun control overstates the strength of the opposition. The National Rifle Associations influence depends heavily on the perception of its power. By building up the gun lobby as an indomitable force, pessimists are playing directly into its hands.

Bottom line, the widespread fatalism on guns is self-fulfilling. It inflates the power of the opposition, undermines activists, and gives off the air of defeat, never a good thing in a country that prizes winners.

But now a new generation may be showing a different way. A remarkable wave of student outrage and activism is spreading from Parkland, serving as a rebuke not only to conservatives who have blocked gun-law reform, but also to liberals who had given up the fight.

When weve had our say with the government and maybe the adults have gotten used to saying it is what it is, but if us students have learned anything, its that if you dont study, you will fail, declared Emma Gonzalez, a Parkland student, in a spe...

16:53

In Nigeria, A Template For Solar-Powered Minigrids Emerges "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

How a unique partnership, innovative financing and stubborn persistence created a model for localized solar and batteries. On a humid November day in the small Nigerian village of Gbamu Gbamu (pronounced bomb-ou bomb-ou), Akinola Oduola clambers down a wooden ladder propped against a minaret that overlooks a tight cluster of adobe, wood and concrete homes. This is my work, Oduola says by way of introduction, gesturing toward the mosque that is taking shape nearby. This is not hyperbole. Oduola has spent the past three years single-handedly willing this mosque into existence. Hard work is important for those who call Gbamu Gbamu home. When hes not building his mosque, Oduola is a welder and motorcycle repairman -- an in-demand profession in a town where the bulk of the population travels to and from Gbamu Gbamu along a deeply rutted 10-kilometer dirt road.

16:50

Shooting survivor: CNN gave me a scripted question after denying question of armed guards "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This is yet another propaganda alert coming straight from one of the survivors of the Florida school shooting. He says CNN gave him a scripted question after denying him the right to ask about armed guards.

According to Real Clear Politics, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Colton Haab said he was approached by CNN to ask a question at Wednesday nights town hall but decided not to after the network gave him a scripted question,  and quashing the one he wrote himself. Haab, a member of the Junior ROTC who shielded students while the school was under attack from the shooter, said he was going to ask about using veterans as armed security guards. 

That doesnt fit CNNs narrative, however, so they disallowed Haab from simply asking his question. CNN had originally asked me to write a speech and questions and it ended up being all scripted, Haab told WPLG-TV.  I dont think that its going get anything accomplished. Its not gonna ask the true questions that all the parents and teachers and students have.

I expected to be able to ask my questions and give my opinion on my questions, Haab said.

Colton Haab, a member of the Junior ROTC who shielded classmates in the midst of terror says he did not get to share his experience, WPLGs Janine Stanwood explained. Colton wrote questions about school safety, suggested using veterans as armed school security guards but claims CNN wanted him to ask a scripted question instead so he decided not to go, Stanwood reported.

So what was CNN...

16:43

A Larger Role for Midwives Could Improve Deficient U.S. Care for Mothers and Babies "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In Great Britain, midwives deliver half of all babies, including Kate Middletons first two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. In Sweden, Norway and France, midwives oversee most expectant and new mothers, enabling obstetricians to concentrate on high-risk births. In Canada and New Zealand, midwives are so highly valued that theyre brought in to manage complex cases that need special attention.

All of those countries have much lower rates of maternal and infant mortality than the U.S. Here, severe maternal complications have more than doubled in the past 20 years. Shortages of maternity care have reached critical levels: Nearly half of U.S. counties dont have a single practicing obstetrician-gynecologist, and in rural areas, the number of hospitals offering obstetric services has fallen more than 16 percent since 2004. Nevertheless, thanks in part to opposition from doctors and hospitals, midwives are far less prevalent in the U.S. than in other affluent countries, attending around 10 percent of births, and the extent to which they can legally participate in patient care varies widely from one state to the next.

Now a groundbreaking study, the first systematic look at what midwives can and cant do in the states where they practice, offers new evidence that empowering them could significantly boost maternal and infant health. The five-year effort by researchers in Canada and the U.S., published Wednesday, found that states that have done the most to integrate midwives into their health care systems, including Washington, New Mexico and Oregon, have some of the best outcomes for mothers and babies. Conversely, states with some of the most restrictive midwife laws and practices including Alabama, Ohio and Mississippi tend to do significantly worse on key indicators of maternal and neonatal well-being.

We have been able to establish that midwifery care is strongly associa...

16:42

Community Blockades Detention Center To Protect Asylum Seekers "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Community members have blockaded the gates of MITA detention centre in Broadmeadows this morning in a desperate bid to stop the deportation of Tamil asylum seeker, Santharuban. Grave fears are held for him should he be returned to Sri Lanka. As a former member of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (Tamil Tigers), he faces plausible threat to his safety on return. Former Tiger members and returned Tamil refugees are routinely harassed, interrogated and some are subjected to torture by Sri Lankan security forces. The UN Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) has asked the Australian government to stop Santharubans deportation until it is able to perform an investigation. The Home Affairs Department has issued a deportation notice for the 22nd of February in spite of the UNCAT request.

16:38

Hundreds Protest Object Used in FL Attack, Forgetting FBI & Police Ignored Threats that Let It Happen "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

While the students who survived a school shooting in Florida have been vocal in their protest against the inanimate object that was used in the attack, they have ignored the failures of the FBI and local police to prevent it.

The post Hundreds Protest Object Used in FL Attack, Forgetting FBI & Police Ignored Threats that Let It Happen appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

16:36

DA Drops Charges Against Remaining Confederate Statue Protesters "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

District Attorney Roger Echols announced Tuesday afternoon that he is dropping the charges against the five remaining people accused of destroying a Confederate statue in downtown Durham last summer. The announcement follows a long day in District Court Monday in which a judge acquitted one defendant, Raul Mauro Jimenez, and dismissed the charges against two others, Peter Gilbert and Dante Strobino, after an assistant district attorney presented all her evidence. The judge said the prosecution failed to prove the defendants were guilty of three misdemeanors: injury to real property, defacing a public building or monument and conspiracy to deface a public building or monument. Prosecutors presented all of the admissible evidence available, Echols said. Since his office planned to present the same evidence against the remaining defendants, it no longer made sense to prosecute the case...

16:25

Two Simple Laws Could Solve America's Epidemic of Violence "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Since the vast majority of mass murders of the 1930s were accomplished with fully automatic weapons, tightly regulating who could buy and own them pretty much removed mass murders from the streets of America. It's time for the NRA to get out of the way, or for American politicians to gather together the courage to stop taking the NRA's money.

16:21

Warning: Trumps Infrastructure Plan Will Make It Harder To Fight Pipelines "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

As green groups continue to denounce the Trump administration's recently unveiled infrastructure plan as a "scam" that's designed to keep the nation trapped in its "dirty and destructive past," analysts are also warning the proposal will "make it harder for the next big anti-pipeline movement" to launch successful legal challenges to new fossil fuel projects. The plan aims to not only fast-track the construction of more pipelines across the U.S., but also to limit "the legal options available to lawyers at environmental groups opposed to new fossil fuel infrastructure" in part by changing "the standard under which a pipeline project could be temporarily halted by a judge," as Dino Gradoni explains in a Washington Post piece published Friday.

16:20

Bi Any Means Podcast #138: Queer Disbelief with Camille Beredjick "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

My guest for today is Camille Beredjick. Shes a journalist who blogs about LGBTQ rights on the blogs GayWrites and Friendly Atheist. She has a new book out called Queer Disbelief that explains why atheists should care about LGBTQ rights. Today we talk about her back story, her work, and the new book.

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16:14

Your Pipeline Fights; Polluting Along Race Lines & Invading White Spaces "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This week on Act Out! big oil and gas pay a small fine so they can keep on polluting. Next up, YOUR solidarity is needed in an upcoming week of action against the Bayou Bridge Pipeline. Not in the bayous? Well, you don't need to be. This affects us all. Finally, the impact of dirty energy on black and brown communities plus community organizer Maurice Cook joins us to talk white supremacy, the importance of battling racism, of recognizing black history and how to organize TOGETHER in our place and time.

16:13

CNNs Insane Anti-Gun Townhall Will Only Help The NRA "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Last nights CNN town hall amounted to a massive in-kind donation to the National Rifle Association. It was absolutely astounding. The problem wasnt the poor students on stage though a few of them were, as young people are, overwhelmed by the moment and engaged in disrespectful behavior toward the guests the problem was a crowd that would cheer anything and everything anti-gun, including in one of the more extreme moments shouting Youre a murderer at NRA representative Dana Loesch. One Parkland High School JROTC member refused to participate after being told he couldnt ask his question about having armed guards in school. The crowd even booed when Loesch brought up a rape survivor who is pro-gun. That was the level of intelligence put on screen, to the point that at varied junctures Jake Tapper attempted to quiet the crowd or ask for respect, to no avail.

The attendees openly cheered for seizing roughly half the guns in the country, even as politicians from both parties presented these ideas as ridiculous. 

Multiple times during the town hall the crowd erupted with cheering at the idea of a ban on all semi-automatic weapons every time it was brought up. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) was booed all night long and the NRA was painted as a domestic terrorist organization by people who blamed them for the shooting despite the fact that they had nothing to do with it.

The first such instance came when Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson mentioned banning AR-15s. The second instance came when Rubio underscored the fact that a ban on semi-automatic firearms means a ban on every semi-automatic rifle sold in America The event got so out of hand that left-leaning CNN anchor and host of the town hall, Jake Tapper, had to tell people to tone it down and be respectful because they werent even giving Rubio a chance to talk.

Here was Loeschs response to student Emma Gonzalez

I dont believe that this insane monster should have ever been able to obtain a firearm, ever. I do not think that he should have gotten his hands on any kind of weapon. Thats number one.

This individual was nuts and I, nor the millions of people that I represent as a part of this organization, that Im here speaking for, none of us support people who are crazy, who are a danger to themselves, who are a danger to others, getting their hands on a firearm.

And, we have been, for over 20 years, and I have been screaming about this, which is why Im here, because I have kids and Im not just fighting...

16:00

Favorite Invention Thursdays "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This gadget gets me right in the nerdy bone. I think Im going to buy one, and pretend I did it solely to get my boyfriends niece and nephew more interested in science.

15:57

Thors Day Mood. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Playing For Change Stand By Me. If you do nothing else today, take 5 minutes out of your day to listen and watch all these wonderful musicians and singers, from all over the world. Youll find out who and where as you go along. Makes me feel good about people, this.

15:53

Its Time to Admit the War in Afghanistan Is Total Nonsense "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

War in Afghanistan(CN)  Whatever happened to the Donald Trump who tweeted in 2013, Lets get out of Afghanistan we waste billions there. Nonsense! And whatever happened to the reality TV star who used to tell under-performers, youre fired? Today, as commander in chief, President Trump is indefinitely extending the Afghan wars record as the longest in U.S. history. Hes []

15:53

Daily Inspiration --- Social Connections, Health and Longevity "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Many of us are interested in self-care to optimize our personal health and extend our lives. But the best thing we can do for ourselves isn't focused on self--it's connection to family and community.

15:50

Remembering the Times Beach Contamination "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Blue Cross Execs Are Working Hard Against a Pro-Single-Payer Candidate for Governor (Trevin)

Michigan gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed, former executive director of the Detroit Health Department, is promoting single-payer healthcare and is not taking corporate PAC money. Meanwhile, Blue Cross Blue Shield feel strongly that El-Sayeds opponent Gretchen Whitmer will be a great leader for Michigan.

Lies About Trump Country (Reader Steve)

Were told states like West Virginia and Iowa are the heart of Trump country. Which is code for: white and rural. Well, that isnt the whole story.

Why Is It Easier to Buy a Gun Than Drive a Car? (Jimmy)

Thom Hartmann breaks down two common-sense gun regulations that would save lives.

Time to Admit the Afghan War is Nonsense (Jimmy)

Officially, the US military objective in Afghanistan is to force the Taliban to the negotiating table, but just last month President Trump said that talks with the Taliban are off the table, indicating an incoherent policy, as Jonathan Marshall notes.

Did the US Use Biological Weapons in the Korean War? (Reader Luke)

North Korean and Chinese accusations of US biological warfare during the Korean conflict, as well as confessions of captured US airmen, were dismissed by the US government as propaganda and false confessions. But a long-suppressed report on the subject raises questions about what really happened.

Meet the Woman Defending Assange (Dan)

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is a target of liberal ire not only because of the 2016 election, but now also in the wake of the #MeToo movement. Many wonder how attorney Melinda Taylor can justify defending an alleged rapist, who they say played a key role in preventing the first woman from becoming president.

The post...

15:37

Infusion Center. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Finally got a couple shots of the Infusion Center with my ancient coolpix. First is the station across from me, I waited until that person was done and had left. Its like this all the way down, both sides. The nursess station is to the side of this chair. Second photo is my chair, got a bit of work done, and took this while I was still hooked up, but close to done. Click for full size. The worst effect of this cycle so far? My tea now tastes like a combination of soap & vomit. This might be a world ending event.

C. Ford, all rights reserved.

15:34

What's happening to us old white men? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Are old white men the last group we can generalize about? If so, why? Some old white men have suffered more than anyone else at the hands of other old white men.

15:28

Icebreaker Pt 2 Confidential Homeland Security Asset Forfeiture and Search and Seizure Handbooks "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Unicorn Riot obtained confidential Department of Homeland Security manuals showing how DHSs largest investigative arm, Homeland Security Investigations, advised its agents to conduct their operations. Part 2 of the Icebreaker series covers the HSI Search and Seizure and Asset Forfeiture handbooks.

Some of the material presented here has been obtained in court proceedings but is otherwise not generally available. Since the documents were created, new court cases would have forced these manuals to be replaced and updated.

Icebreaker Part 1 covered the Denaturalization Investigations Handbook of DHS-HSI. The two manuals, provided by an anonymous source and released today, never before published in this complete form, consist of 138 pages total.

According to a table of contents for 2016 vintage HSI Special Agent Handbooks, Asset Forfeiture Handbook HB 10-04, issued May 30, 2010, was still current, having been the primary policy guide for six years. The Intercept obtained an identical manual and published a report on it Oct. 13, 2017. Ryan Deveraux and Spencer Woodman wrote about the significance of the document:

[Asset Forfeiture Handbook] offers an unprecedented window into ICEs wide-ranging asset forfeiture operations and the premium the agency places on seizing valuable property. Forfeiture proceeds can bolster ICEs partnerships with local police departments, which are now the subject of heightened debate given the Trump administrations hard-line immigration agenda. At that time ICE confirmed to The Intercept that the handbook reflects the agencys most up-to-date guidance on asset forfeiture. []

Much of the handbook is devoted to describing the process of seizing real estate homes, farms, and businesses and it is in these pages that the dual priorities of financial gain and law enforcement objectives become most apparent. While the handbook contains little discussion on how to utilize asset forfeiture to maximize crime-fighting outcomes, there is extensive discussion of how agents should painstakingly determine whether a property is valuable enough to make seizure worthwhile.  Ryan Deveraux and Spencer Woodman, The Intercept

The manual obtained here is HSI HB 10-05 dated August 18, 2010. Search and Seizure Handbook HB 12-04 dated 09/14/2012 was still the primary policy document in 2...

15:23

US May Open Path for Saudi Arabia to Acquire Nuclear Weapons "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Saudi Nuclear Weapons(MEMO)  Saudi Arabia is moving swiftly to become the next country in the Middle East with nuclear power. The Kingdom is on the verge of striking a deal with the US for the purchase of nuclear reactors despite concerns over its refusal to accept stringent restrictions against the proliferation of nuclear weapons. Crown Prince Mohamed Bin []

15:15

Fluff. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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15:13

James OBrien sees right through them "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Hate solves nothing, but as it fails, its proponents can only respond by escalating the hatred.

Just to add the cherry on top, theres Marco Rubio pretending he hasnt been bought.

Then the student closed in. So, Senator Rubio, he said casually, can you tell me you wont be accepting a single penny from the NRA?

The crowd cheered like it was a slam dunkfest.

People buy into my agenda, insisted Rubio, ignoring the public disgust with buying and selling politics.

So you wont take more NRA money? Kasky pressed on.

Thats the wrong way to look at it, Rubio said. People buy into my agenda.

OK, Rubio, so your agenda aligns with that of a radical terrorist organization, the NRA.

15:02

Billy Graham Innovated the World of Evangelism "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Billy Graham innovated the world of evangelism. As a preacher during the post-war era traveled near and far-spreading the good news of Jesus Christ. As Grahams ministry developed, he focused on outreach. Seeking to reach more people and broaden the base, he often crossed lines of partisanship and doctrinal alignment. Graham died this morning at []

The post Billy Graham Innovated the World of Evangelism appeared first on Guardian Liberty Voice.

14:59

US Looking at New Sanctions Against Russia "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

New Sanctions Russia(ANTIWAR.COM)  Three unnamed senior Trump Administration officials told reporters on Wednesday that they are advancing through the process of considering new rounds of sanctions against Russia, rejecting criticism that they werent sanctioning Russia often enough. The officials said that the review process is slow and arduous, and that as a result the administration isnt able to impose []

14:59

I could take up surfing! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I believe that the University of Minnesota, Morris is an ideal learning environment: small classes, good teachers, a real commitment to education. But I also have to be honest and tell you that it has one flaw location. We really are on the edge of nowhere. I suppose I could spin it and say it has a kind of monastic atmosphere, free of distractions, but I often pine for a place that is a little closer to a real airport, maybe has some public transportation that can take me to someplace other than a grocery store, and has some of the amenities of a larger city.

Now I discover there is a solution. Invent a place! Alireza Heidari is an amazingly prolific scientist who has published hundreds of papers and is on the editorial board of countless journals, and he does it all from his institution, California South University.

What? Youve never heard of it? Its just down the road from UC Irvine; it takes up 50 city blocks, has 39,000 students, and is one of the top 50 universities in the United States! I dont know how you missed it.

Well, actually, Heidari has carried out the most extreme job of rsum padding ever. He invented a whole fictitious university, and built an entire web site to document its existence. Although, really, he simply stole the University of Albertas website, and through the power of search and replace, changed Canada to the US, and Edmonton to southern California. Its a good trick. Im sure Edmontonians are confused and uncertain whether to celebrate the better climate or be horrified to find themselves under President Trump.

Im going to suggest to the administration that we edit our web page to say were the University of Hawaii, Morris, and relocate the campus to Kauai. Im tired of being so cold all the time, and we could also fix up our ocean beach deficit at the same time.

14:49

The Olympic Mountain Snow Shadow and Prospects for Snow this Week "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Some light snow is falling over Seattle now, as a weak upper level disturbance moves though.  Perhaps a half-inch on the ground in North Seattle.

But in general, Seattle has been left out of the bounty, even though we are cold enough to snow.  More snow north, south, east and west of us.  But why are we being short changed?

There IS a reason.

Let's start by showing the distribution of snow depth tonight at 10 PM from the NOAA National Snow Analysis.   On the left, is last night and on the right, 10 days ago.

Quite a bit more over the west lowlands, particular south of Olympia, and east of the Cascade crest.  Very light amounts over Seattle and south King County.



A year ago? More snow than this year over the Oregon Cascades, less over the western lowlands and slightly more over the WA Cascades.
So why has snow been generally light or absent over central Puget Sound?

A major reason:  winds in the lower atmosphere have been too persistently out of the Northwest, leaving Seattle in the rain shadow of the Olympics.  To illustrate, here is the National Weather Service precipitation analysis for the last week....lots of precipitation in the mountains, but major rain shadowing over Puget Sound. And with cold air over us, that means snow shadowing as...

14:35

Police Announce Program to Illegally Stop People for SAFE Driving & Facebook Owns Them "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Safe driving is now a reason for police to pull you over, check the inside of your car, demand your papers, and stomp what is left of the 4th Amendment into the ground.

The post Police Announce Program to Illegally Stop People for SAFE Driving & Facebook Owns Them appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

13:58

Only Armed Personnel In Every School Can Protect Our Children "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Gun free zones is where students go to die.


I did my student teaching at Columbine High School in Littleton, CO. Do you think I am sensitive to the topic of school shootings? Once upon a time, I was very proficient in martial arts and various forms of self-defense and I have taught classes to individuals and groups. Individuals like myself and Bob Griswold and myself have a degree of situational awareness that most in our society do not have. Anyone with any degree of training in self-defense will tell you, that our present level of self-defense practiced in our schools is criminally negligent.

Do not blame the teachers, the administrators or even the school boards. They are overwhelmed by mindlessfederal and state government liberal bureaucrats that believe that the designation gun-free-zones somehow makes our students safer. What a joke! Such a declaration is a message of open season on defenseless students and teachers.

The liberal morons who run much of our society dont even give a second thought to protecting the targets of a would-be-mass-murderer. Their only response is to seize the guns  which is an exercise in futility. There are over 300 million guns in America. No amount of registration and even gun confiscation can even make a dent. Why? Because they FBI tells us that 90% of the gun used in a crime are stolen, thats why! Ron Paul put out a statement where decries the illogic of such a move.

We have George Soros inspired and funded young people who just magically organized themselves into organized protest rallies promoting gun confiscation, like a teenager would know the first thing about organizing such a movement. This is the definition of an orchestrated event.

There is an objective, from the liberal left, on why they want all the guns and they are willing to exploit school shootings to achieve their objective, but that is another topic for another day. For the p...

13:51

Culture wars: a childs medical right to change gender in the Brave New World "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Culture wars: a childs medical right to change gender in the Brave New World

Wikipedia: Gender dysphoria or gender identity disorder (GID) is the dysphoria (distress) a person experiences as a result of the sex and gender they were assigned at birth.

by Jon Rappoport

February 21, 2018

Technocracy is shaping a new world based on twisting morality into pseudoscientific facts that demand compliance. Its a hoax on a grand scale. (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)

Government programs to teach the issue of gender in schools are gaining steam. Fluid-gender is the artificial construct used to promote these programs.

For years, Ive been warning about the fabricated use of medical labels as a pretext for protecting the rights of the child.

The op goes this way:

Shift a decision about morality into a decision about the right to obtain medical treatment. For example, claim there is a disorder called Gender Dysphoria. Claim many children suffer from it.

State that gender reassignment is the treatment that cures the disorder.

State that every child has the right to choose the treatmentAND parents who oppose it are illegally restricting their children.

Breitbart reports on a current case: Parents of a 17-year-old girl lost custody of their daughter for opposing her wish for transgender medical treatments.

Judge Sylvia Sieve Hendon of Hamilton County, Ohio has allowed the girl to be taken into the custody of her grandparents who support her medical transition allowing them to make decisions that will further along her physical transition to the opposite sex.

The parents reportedly continued to call their daughter by her given name, rather than a male name, and refused to consent to hormone treatments that were recommended by her medical team. The girl claimed she became suicidal as a result of her parents refusal to accept that she wanted to transition to a male.

We think the grandparents are the ones who have an open mind and will make this sort of decision best for the child, said attorney Paul Hunt, who represents the court-appointed guardian ad litem. The parents have clearly indicated that theyre not open to it.

According to the news st...

13:21

I Bought A Military Rifle At Age Nine. That Was Normal, And There Were No Mass Shootings "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In 1953, when I was a nine-year-old growing up in Georgia, I saw an ad in the back of a magazine by Golden State Arms, a mail-order firearms dealer in California. It announced the sale of surplus Russian Mosin-Nagant 7.62 mm bolt-action rifles with 50 rounds of ammunition for just $9.99 each.

Wow! The rifle shown in the tiny ad looked cool, and the price was right. So, after robbing my piggy bank and without parental consultation, I sent a postal money order to California and waited.

A month later, a Railway Express driver appeared at our front door with a long narrow box. I hadnt known that the Mosin-Nagant was more than 48 inches long. So I immediately confronted a tactical problem. The package was almost longer than I was tall, and it had arrived on a Saturday when my father was home. My hastily improvised plan was to sneak my new rifle into the basement and figure things out from there.

I wrestled the package through the living room and dining room. The door leading to the basement stairs was within reach. The plan was working!

But then, my father appeared out of nowhere and fixed me with a cold gaze.

Son, what have you got there?

Nothing, sir. For some reason, he didnt seem convinced.

Well, then, he replied, lets open up that package and see what nothing looks like.

Deflated, I watched as he withdrew my new rifle and a flimsy cardboard box containing 50 rounds of ammunition. Hefting the rifle, he expertly worked the bolt back and forth and pulled the trigger. He wasnt a big gun owner, but he knew firearms and kept a .22 rifle for home defense. Then he removed the bolt and handed me the rifle.

Here you go. Have fun.

But, daddy, the gun wont shoot without the bolt! I protested.

My, he smiled benignly, youre such a bright little fellow. Now get along.

That was my introduction to gun control.

This Is What a Healthy Gun Culture Looks Like

Even though my Mosin-Nagant never fired a round, plenty of other working firearms were readily available to the boys in our neighborhood. Along with knives, homemade explosives, fireworks, chemistry sets, full-contact football without pads, bicycles without helmets, fist fights, and so on, we occupied ourselves with daily activities that would today result in our parents arrest by the child-rearing experts from Children and Youth Services.

Somehow we managed to reach adulthood pretty much unscathed. As for all those readily available firearms, we used them for plinking, target practice, hunting, and competitive shooting. In those long-ago days, this was considered normal.

In adolescence, some of us joined our high sc...

13:21

Forced To Resign For Her Faith, This Magistrate Sued The State And Won "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Gayle Myrick, a 68-year-old grandmother of three, loved her job as a magistrate in North Carolina. For almost five years, she set bonds, issued warrants, and granted protective orders to domestic violence victims, all while offering a message of hope to individuals in a tough spot.

You can start over every day, Gayle would tell the Americans who came before her. You dont have to be in this situation forever. Theres plenty of people that want to help you.

She especially loved presiding over marriage ceremonies.

Presiding over two people committing their lives to each other filled me with so much joy that I routinely stepped in for other magistrates who didnt like performing that task, she wrote in a column published in The Washington Post. 

But all of that changed in October, 2014, when same-sex marriage was made legal in North Carolina. As a Christian, Gayle could not in good conscience perform same-sex marriages, since Christianity reserves sex exclusively to a married man and woman. Yet she also didnt want to prevent anyone from getting married, nor to feel he or she was treated differently.

After praying and thinking, she and her supervisor came up with a solution: they would alter Gayles schedule so she wouldnt perform any marriages. The judge that supervises her office rejected this plan, and Gayle was forced to resign just two months shy of being eligible for retirement.

I lost it all, she said.

You Stand Up For Your Convictions At Any Cost

Throughout our phone conversations totaling 90 minutes, its clear Gayles identity is deeply rooted in her family and faith. She says she inherited her strong convictions and a willingness to stand up for her beliefs from her father, an extremely hard worker and honest man. He worked as a welder and farmed on the side, working from three oclock in the morning until six or seven oclock at night each day.

He was going to do what was right and the consequences did not matter to him, she said of her father, who passed away 2005. He showed them we can agree to disagree . . . without back-biting. . . Thats the way he is remembered to this day. He is just a person who stood for what he believed.

Her mother was a stay-at-home mom, which entailed a lot more back then than it does now, Gayle tells me. She cooked, cleaned, sewed her familys clothes, gardened, and taught Gayle about her faith.

You stand up for your convictions at any cost, she said. And youre...

13:20

Its Time To Disband DCs Public School System Once And For All "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Washington DC public schools are facing yet another round of scandals. By now, its probably time to stop calling that unceasing reality news. Schools chancellor Antwan Wilson resigned Tuesday after it was revealed he pulled strings to get his daughter into a better public school rather than resigning her fate to the districts lottery assignment system. Thats only the tip of the iceberg.

This year, the FBI began investigating the school system after it was revealed that the district fraudulently awarded high school diplomas to a third of last years graduates. Last year, the Washington Post found the previous school chancellor also helped connected parents get their kids into better public schools without having to use the lottery system, and that DC schools were lying about their suspension rates.

Theres more: Last year, only 178 out of 2,307 graduates from all DCPS high schools had satisfactory attendance. Almost half of DCPS students who missed more than half of the school year graduated last year, notes Max Eden (emphasis added). This is disgusting. How can someone truly earn a diploma without actually being present in school to do the work?

Corruption is endemic to DC public schools and has been for decades. The famed Michelle Rhee came in as chancellor in 2007 after the districts school board was stripped of powers due to gross mismanagement over the previous four decades, including financial corruption, nepotism, and union heads going to ja...

13:20

Professional Feminists Lena Dunham And Jill Filipovic Find The Facts Of Life Are Stubbornly Conservative "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The facts of life are stubborn things. No matter how many times we try to modify or ignore them, there they are. It turns out to be true even if youre rich, famous, or a progressive feminist in good standing. Just ask Lena Dunham and Jill Filipovic.

Dunham recently took to Vogue to discuss her hysterectomy at age 31 and foreclosing the possibility of ever bearing her own biological children. Meanwhile, Filipovic wrote on changing her mind about marriage for Cosmopolitan. For those who havent heard, Filipovic is now Mrs. McCormick (at least, traditionally speaking).

What was so striking about both personal essays wasnt the content, per se. Marriage and motherhood are BIG things. Theyre life changing things that countless people have reflected on in essays and book-length treatments. Its also common for people to feel ambivalent about both of them, especially before taking either plunge.

No, what was fascinating was how both women outspoken feminists, if ever there were found themselves attracted by elements of the traditional life script seemingly at odds with Filipovics writings and Dunhams public image.

Now to be fair, marriage and parenthood arent inherently partisan, but in todays culture, both can feel politicized. Filipovic has tweeted and written in favor of child-free living. For her part, Dunham has described attending a wedding ceremony and finding it patronizing, outdated, and terrifying. So, presumably these women would agree they are both coloring outside certain feminist lines.

Each essay chronicles a seismic shift in the writers life. Filipovic, in particular, appears to struggle with her life-changing choice. Her discomfort with the institution of marriage is palpable. Filipovic explains, my own cynicism, bolstered by feminist theory put me squarely in the marriage-free camp throughout my 20s. She watches women pair off before age 30 and considers them child brides. She watches women pair off after 30 and worries they are settling for the sake of stability.

Filipovic writes that not only did she not want to wed until same-sex marriage became legal (like Dunham), but she also worried marriage couldnt be egalitarian and about the perceived s...

13:20

Trumps Proposed Bump Stock Ban Is Either Lawless, Stupid, Or Both "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Gun owners know firearm laws. We must. The slightest slip-up can result in serious consequences. This is why gun owners eyes roll when firearm ignoramuses talk about gun policy. It doesnt take long to tell whether a gun control bill was written by someone who understands firearm laws and regulations.

One of the most basic rules that law-abiding gun owners must follow is dont turn your gun into a machine gun. The consequences for breaking this rule are serious.

To help make sure innocent people dont accidentally become felons, a machine gun has a very simple definition: when you pull the trigger, more than one bullet is fired. If you cannot make your gun fire multiple bullets with a single trigger pull, then you dont have a machine gun.

When I read President Donald Trumps memo to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, my eyes rolled before I even made it past the memos subject line: Application of the Definition of Machinegun to Bump Fire Stocks and Other Similar Devices

The real eye-rolling really kicked in a little further down the page: Today, I am directing the Department of Justice to dedicate all available resources to complete the review of the comments received, and, as expeditiously as possible, to propose for notice and comment a rule banning all devices that turn legal weapons into machineguns.

That is already illegal. It is illegal for anyone without the proper permits and licenses to modify their semi-automatic weapon to fire multiple bullets with a single trigger pull.

I own multiple bump stocks. One of them I 3D printed myself, just to prove that modern technology makes banning them pointless. I did not manufacture a machine gun. I manufactured a stock that moves freely along a rifles buffer tube.

The buffer tube is the piece of aluminum that an AR-15s stock attaches to. The buffer tube has deliberately drilled holes that allow a shooter to collapse their butt stock to change the rifles length of pull. That allows for an AR-15s stock to be pinned into place, either permanently in states with assault weapon bans or temporarily in the case of collapsible stocks.

A bump fire stock, at its core, is nothing but a thumbhole stock (where the pistol grip and stock are one piece) that is not pinned in place on a rifles buffer tube. The bump fire stock moves forward and backward on the buffer tube as the rifle is fired, allowing the shooter to harness the rifles recoil to reset the trigger faster than their trigger finger muscles could on their own.

A bump stock does not change the mechanics of the rifle in any way, shape, or form. It does not turn a semi-automatic rifle into a machine gun. Trumps memos in...

13:20

Why Sex Asymetry In STEM Jobs Actually Shows Women Have More Freedom Than Ever "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Womens alienation from STEM jobs is causing major pains among the more extreme equity feminists and their elite culture allies. When women are under-represented in a particular field of employment, these folks auto-default to the conclusion that women are kept out because of sexism and traditionalist expectations.

Of course, prejudice against women does happen in the workplace, but it is certainly not the cause of all such employment differences. Sometimes it merely comes down to womens own freely chosen preferences. Most women just dont desire to work in certain male-dominated fields, so they make other choices. They do so with complete clarity and full knowledge of what they are doing.

Very robust research has shown for some time what most of us simple folk already knew. A brand new study published this month in Psychological Science explains the supposed inequity in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields is not a function of social prejudice, but mere personal preference. An analysis of womens academic choices in 67 diverse countries and regions, it reports that women consistently register lower interest in STEM education and careers compared to men. This fact has remained stable over the decades, despite most developed countries taking considerable efforts toward understanding and changing this pattern, explain these scholars.

The More Legal Equality, The Bigger the Sex Differences

This has remained true even as women are far outpacing men in earning bachelors and masters degrees and largely neck-and-neck with them in earned doctoral degrees. Starker even still is in countries where women enjoy greater political, social, and economic freedom, they are less likely to seek degrees and hold careers in science, engineering, and technology. The studys authors explain that the most gender-equitable countries in the world, as measured by the World Economic Forums Global Gender Gap Index, tend to have the largest gaps between men and women in the STEM fields.

While Finland is one of the most gender-equitable countries, Finland has one of the worlds largest gender gaps in college degrees in STEM fields, and Norway and Sweden, also leading the gender-equity rankings, are not far behind. Fewer than 25 percent of STEM grads in these countries are women. These scholars pronounce a clear correlation: the greater a countrys gender equality rating, the greater its gender gap in STEM degrees and employment. As gender equity increases, STEM parity declines.

The Atlantic...

13:19

School Shootings Arent Due To Toxic Masculinity, But A Lack Of Masculinity "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In the wake of the Parkland tragedy, America is searching for the cause of this senseless attack on innocent children. Gun laws, a broken mental health system, and toxic masculinity are just a few of suggested causes of our nations epidemic of mass gun violence. Id like to focus on the third topic. Toxic masculinity is not plaguing our society a lack of masculinity is.

Aaron Feis, an assistant football coach at Parkland High School and the father of a young daughter, stepped in front of a hail of bullets fired at children by a coward, sacrificing his life to save theirs. Feis could have run, rationalizing his flight because others depended on him back home, but instead he used his body as a shield and absorbed an attack meant for those more vulnerable than he was. He shielded two kids from being shot. He took the bullets himself,' student Julien Decoste, told NBC News. As I was being escorted out of the building, I had to step over him.

There were two males in that hallway in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday afternoon one behaved like a man, the other did the opposite.

I am not linking any policy or cultural trend to the specifics of this instance or this particular shooter (whose name is not worth mentioning), and it would be simplistic to blame a single cause for the crisis we see today. The copycat factor fueled by wall-to-wall coverage of mass shooters, for instance, likely plays a role to some extent. Nevertheless, any discussion of this crisis must include the cultural rot of masculinity. Since Columbine, a disproportionate number of mass shootings have been committed by males under thirty years old.

In an insightful essay titled The Revenge of the Lost Boys, Tom Nichols profiled the men who have committed some of societys worst crimes over the past decade and a half. From traitors like Edward Snowden and Bowe Bergdahl to racist mass murders like the Charleston church shooter, these Man-Boys have many traits in common: social isolation, delusions of grandeur, and perpetual adolescence. Failed attempts at military service is another theme. In short, they are not men in any sense of the word that connotes responsibility, restraint, self-discipline, or the other traditional masculine virtues.

How did we get here? No single factor is to blame,...

13:18

Social Justice Warriors Want To Scream At Me Over Feminism, So Ill Argue With Myself Instead "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

At their best, our universities are a haven for the life of the mind. At their worst, they are incubators for mindless intolerance. Boise State University, where I teach, is not Berkeley or Middlebury, but my wellpublicized treatment there has been instructive, and unsettling.

An academic career afforded me the opportunity to study the most challenging and profound thinkers about what it means for a life to be well lived. Part of the package has been the opportunity to inspire students to think about the elements of a good life and good society. Whether the twenty-first-century university facilitates or impedes such research and teaching in no longer clear.

In summer 2017 I published Sex, Gender, and the Origins of the Culture War for the Heritage Foundation. The report traces the feminist movement through its leading theorists: Simone de Beauvoir, Betty Friedan, Kate Millett, and Shulamith Firestone. Feminism, I argued, separated sex, anatomically defined, from gender, socially defined roles for men and women.

The fully realized sexual revolution, Millett wrote in Sexual Politics (1970), would have three main aspects. First, it would seek to eliminate the different ways boys and girls are socialized, so men and women would have the same status, roles, and temperaments in later life and all segregation and disparity between the sexes would disappear. Second, it would seek to cultivate complete economic and emotional independence of women and children from the family. Third, it would seek an end to traditional sexual inhibitions and taboos involving sexual activity.

In other words, feminism has no obvious end point. Abolition of marriage and the family, the sweeping change some feminists advocate, is just an opening skirmish in this rolling sexual revolution.

This Is How Feminism Begat Transgenderism

Transgender theory is a logical part of the struggle. The works of Judith Butler, in particular, show how transgenderism breaks down traditional socialization sexual taboos.

It also cultivates the complete independence of children from the family, as I argued in a follow-up article in Heritages Daily Signal, Transgender Activists Seek to Undermine Parental Rights. If a boy tells his teacher, I...

13:18

Churchills Unwavering Defense In Britains Darkest Hour Made His Life A Triumph "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In an essay about Rudyard Kipling, George Orwell agreed with 1930s-era critics that Kipling was a jingo imperialist and reactionary. Yet, Orwell noted, Kipling has lasted as a literary figure, while other more politically correct writers had not.

This same longevity occurs with Winston Churchill, the subject of the film The Darkest Hour, which has nabbed nine Academy Award nominations. For the Left and even his fellow conservatives in the 1930s, Churchill was an unapologetic imperialist, much of which was true. He defended British control of India. At wars end, Churchill cut an imperialist deal with Joseph Stalin: in exchange for no Russian interference against the British military forces in Greece, Churchill promised to look the other way at Soviet behavior in Eastern Europe.

Yet still he stands. The reason is Churchills uncompromising defiance of Adolf Hitler upon assuming the role of prime minister in 1940, the subject of the Oscar-nominated film starring an astonishing Gary Oldman. To understand just how courageous it was of Churchill to push back against Hitler, one should consider the conditions of 1940, particularly the one month covered in the filmfrom May to June 1940.

It Was Truly Britains Darkest Hour

By May 1940, all of Western Europe, save a neutral Spain, was under Hitlers control. With France fallen, the Nazis were within invasion distance of England, and had begun their relentless blitzkrieg of England. England was truly alone in this fight. U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt was blocked from any military participation by the isolationist mood in Congress and the public at large. Meanwhile Stalin, who had previously demanded an anti-fascist security front against Hitler, was now a military partner of Nazi Germany, and was carving up Eastern Europe while the Luftwaffe was bombarding the British people night and day.

The atmosphere was indeed dire. Citizens militias were springing up (Orwell, a veteran of the Spanish Civil War, was among them) and were given shotguns for the anticipated house-to-house warfare when Germany invaded. But not everyone in the government was willing to use such desperate measures. Neville Chamberlain, that dogged appeaser, sought to broker a deal to spare England the coming slaughter by negotiating with Hitler via Italys Benito Mussolini, and King George VI backed this for a time.

Hitlers blitzkrieg of the British did not move the populace to such ideas, however. When the bulk of the British army was pinned down on the benches of Dunkirk, ordinary citizens manned boats to get them off. And the British airmen who flew night and day to defend England from Hitlers bombers truly were the gallant few.

Churchill Was Right There With His People

The irony of this situation was that Churchill, that blu...

13:18

Dr. Nick Riviera From The Simpsons Explains Obamacare "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

He graduated from Hollywood Upstairs Medical College, thinks choc-o-tastic qualifies as a food group, and has a strange habit of jumping out of windows when called to the coroners office. Hes also an animated character, for what its worth. So what does Dr. Nick Riviera, Springfields resident quack on The Simpsons, have to do with Obamacare?

As it happens, plenty. Dr. Nick provides a humorous example of what may happen in future years, as cascading reductions in reimbursements due to Obamacare wreak havoc on our health care systemand could make doctors like Dr. Nick the only access option for some patients.

Productivity Adjustments Ahead

Most economists consider health care a superior good. That is, as income rises, people want more of it. Moreover, in many cases patients equate price with quality. People generally want the most, and best, health care money can buy, even if the most expensive care does not always equate to the best care. In Springfield, that high-cost care gets provided by giggling physician Dr. Julius Hibbert.

Obamacare included several major changes to reimbursement systems that attempted to change this drive for more, and more expensive, care, but also included arbitrary payment reductions that will lead to abysmally low payment levels. Most notably, the law included so-called productivity adjustments to the Medicare formula for hospitals and other providers, reducing the growth of their payments every year.

The CEO of a major hospital trade association admitted back in 2010 that this trade-offa one-time increase in insured patients for hospitals in exchange for lower payments from Medicare foreverprobably didnt amount to a great deal for his industry in the longer term. Nonpartisan budget experts agree.

The Congressional Budget Office in September 2016 released an analysis showing the Obamacare pr...

13:06

Why the Accused 9/11 Mastermind Cant Get a Fair Trial "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Its been nearly 17 years since hijacked airplanes crashed into the World Trade Center and Pentagon, killing nearly 3,000 people. Its been 15 years since Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, one of the alleged 9/11 planners, was captured in Pakistan. And its been 10 years since he was arraigned in a military court in Guantnamo Bay, Cuba. Yet Mohammed, whom the government characterizes as the mastermind of that horrific attack, has yet to stand trial.

According to Mohammeds lead defense attorney, David Nevin, the delay stems in part from the prosecutions efforts to hide details of torture the accused suffered at the hands of the US government.

The government has made it clear: It will not reveal even to the defense team (who have top secret security clearances) who did exactly what, and exactly when and where [the torture] was done, Nevin told WhoWhatWhy. The defense team argues that it is their professional obligation to investigate what role torture might have played in the governments case against their client.

The defense team alleges that prosecutors have threatened them with prosecution if they attempt to independently investigate the details of their clients torture.

Recent moves by the Trump administration have made the nature of any future trial even more uncertain. The Miami Herald reported earlier this month that Secretary of Defense James Mattis had suddenly fired the Pentagon official tasked with overseeing the military tribunals at Guantnamo the so-called convening authority Harvey Rishikof, and his legal advisor Gary Brown.

According to anonymous sources cited by the New York Times, Rishikof and Brown had been in the midst of trying to negotiate plea deals with the 9/11 defendants. A Pentagon spokesperson did not respond to the Timess inquiry of whether the firings were related to any plea deals.

Plea deals would finally bring an end to the protracted legal battle by sidestepping the thorny issue of torture. But such deals would also preclude the governments efforts to sentence the defendants to death. Insistence on the death penalty, on the other hand, aligns with President Donald Trumps bellicose rhetoric about how to deal with those accused of terrorism.

But the firing of the convening authority officials could backfire if Mattis or others in the Trump administration are found to have run afoul of military commiss...

12:00

The Hotwire #19: Reactions as Students Flood Streets "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post The Hotwire #19: Reactions as Students Flood Streets appeared first on It's Going Down.

This episode is packed to the gills with news! There is antifa activity in Tennessee and folks in the Northwest continue to hold it down against the fascist creep. Solidarity for Afrin spreads and an inspiring model to fight ICE raids emerges out of Koreatown, Los Angeles. We offer some analysis about the school shooting in Parkland, FL and interview both an anarchist attending the student led rallies there and an anarchist author whos written about gun control.

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There is a short update on the repression Florida prisoners are enduring due to Operation Push. Walter Bond is in need of support and we have some good news about accused confederate statue topplers in Durham, NC. To wrap things up, there are loads of upcoming events, so stay tuned until the end!

Notes and Links

  • Table of Contents:
    • Introduction {0:00}
    • Headlines {1:25}
    • Parkland school shooting & interviews {11:30}
    • Repression Roundup {25:40}
    • Prisoner Birthdays & Next Weeks News {29:55}
  • Antifascists in Washington, D.C. are calling for protests this Saturday, February 24 against a fancy alt-right dinner.
  • This weekend, February 23 to the 26, the...

12:00

Taking a Hike on Walk Score Mountain "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Curious about the relationship between financial productivity and walkability, our friend Josh McCarty at Urban3 took data from Walk Score a site that calculates the walk-friendliness of locations all over the world and combined it with data on tax value per acre in Durham, NC.

In the video below, Josh walks us through the results with a three-dimensional visualization showing that the most walkable places also tend to be the most financially productive, and he discusses the implications of this with Chuck Marohn. Josh also overlays other data like street maps, parking lot coverage and city age with WalkScore data to further illustrate the concept.

Want to see tax value or Walk Score visualized and assessed in your town? Contact Urban3 to get started.


11:19

Class War in the Classroom: Defend Your Campus from Fascism "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Class War in the Classroom: Defend Your Campus from Fascism appeared first on It's Going Down.

For the time being, the street presence of the neo-fascist movement has been decimated. What remains of the horde that invaded the Berkeley campus in April of 2017 has burnt itself out through a combination of ineptitude, infighting, and an inability to match the speed and reach of antifascist organizing. When the tattered remnants of the Alt-Right showed up to Chicano Park on February 3rd to protest murals, they were nothing more than a fly on the shoulder of the all-out party being enjoyed by the parks occupants.

However, this raises the question: after the failure of Charlottesville and the winding down of public fascist mobilization, where did all of that early inertia go? Unsurprisingly, the revanchist political faction that fueled the Trump campaign has not vanished simply because the pugilistic boneheads have temporarily hung up their white laces. Rather, the fascist undercurrent of America has retreated to those spaces where it cannot be directly attacked, safely camouflaged by the far-right ecosystem which still holds legitimacy in the media, newspapers, podcasts, and most importantly, college campuses. While outright neo-Nazi propaganda is typically frowned upon by society, media figures like Tucker Carlson have tapped into the frustrated ethos of the white nationalist movement, reformatting their talking points for mass appeal. The rhetoric of fascism, hypernationalism, and xenophobia has unavoidably seeped into public discourse, and that is a point of no return.

But rhetoric alone cannot sustain a subculture, and what the neo-fascist movement needs most is fresh recruits. Winnowed by their constant failures, and overpowered by antifascist uprisings, white nationalists and their politically-adjacent sister movements have accelerated their recruitment drive on college campuses, in order to refill their dwindling ranks. The New Right organizations that acted as a vehicle for neo-fascism in 2016 have continued their offensive...

11:00

Thirty Years War vs Syrian Civil War "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

OSCAR-MIKE-GOLF, there is a lot of chatter around among the historically inclined about how the Syrian Civil War is remarkably like the Thirty Years War. I have been asked by bloggers to throw my cracker in the soup twice, so I will.

The Thirty Years' War was fought in Central Europe between 1618 and 1648. It was a deadly religious war that resulted in eight million deaths in a time when being a casualty of war and dying in war was essentially the same thing. (No medivac/casevac)

It began as war between Protestants and Catholics and then expanded as many of the great powers of the day entered the conflict. Some nations grew in influence because of the war and others were devastated. I invite you to read more about the gritty details if you're interested.

As with all significant civil wars (the War of Northern Aggression in the US 1860-65 comes to mind),  emotions scar the societies involved that reverberate to this day. The only winners of the Thirty Years War were England who stayed out, France who waited til the end to get in and Sweden who temporarily became a great power due to its  intervention.
P. S. Flushed with success, the Swedes then went to war with Russia and were handed their hats. Then they became a less than great power once again.
In the Syrian Civil War, Syria's enemies, Israel and the US (the little and big satan, respectively) are winning because they're staying out of the fighting.  The US is present in the area because it showed up to defeat ISIS under President Trump's leadership, but that doesn't extend to the Civil War in any significant extent.

The US clearly projects power by its presence East of the Euphrates and we've read on several blogs how the Russians and their proxies wanted to take the Americans down to Chinatown (kick their butts to Pizza Hut) and it turned out very badly for them. The problem that the Russians and their friends have is that they feel if they can beat Arab militias and the Syrian Army, the Americans should be a push-over. (too bad/so sad)

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10:43

Winnebago Tribe sees boost in home ownership as more return to reservation "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Visitors especially those from Indian Country are often surprised to see how much new development has taken place on the Winnebago Reservation.

10:08

Ottawas Anarchist Renaissance: Announcing Resistance is Fertile 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Ottawas Anarchist Renaissance: Announcing Resistance is Fertile 2018 appeared first on It's Going Down.

The following announcement and report comes from anarchists in Ottawa, Canada.

Over the past year, there has been something of a resurgence in anarchist activity in Ottawa, a vibrant community has begun to form, and it feels like the conditions are right for rapid growth in the radical milieu of our city. That is why we say: Resistance is Fertile!

Most visibly, for the first time since the shuttering of Exile Infoshop over 7 years ago, Ottawa now has a anarchist social center that is not also a punk house. This social center, known as the Garden Spot (or G-Spot for short) is near Carleton University, and is already serving to bring together radical and leftist students from Carleton, the University of Ottawa, high schools, and the broader community. To build on the current momentum, we decided to hold a series of events of interest to comrades and newcomers alike.

You can find the Facebook event for the week of activities here.

The schedule for the week is as follows:

Monday: DOUBLE WHAMMY

The Truth about Truth and Reconciliation at Faith House

Concerning Violence Movie Screening with Anti Colonial Action at the Garden Spot

Tuesday:

Kurdish Voices on the Rojava Revolution (G-Spot)

Wednesday:

Anarchist Community Organizing (G-Spot)

This event is for people who are currently involved in anarchist projects in Ottawa please request an invite if you would like to attend.

Thursday:

Closed workshop

Friday:

Daughters of Dust Viewing to celebrate Black History Month (G-Spot)

Saturday: DOUBLE WHAMMY

The Garden Spot is sponsoring a for youth by youth Alt Art Show

Canadian Involvement in the Pillaging of Latin America (Fait...

09:33

Chemtrail Poisoning: 3 Natural Herbs That Protect Against and Detox Your Body From Heavy Metals "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Garlic is back in the picture again, along with two other herbs.  This time to help you to protect yourself against the chemtrails, and against the heavy metals you find in food, water, air, and virtually omnipresent throughout the home.  In truth, we face a toxic array of chemicals: a labyrinth that is difficult to find an exit from.  These herbs are the clew to give you a good start.

Chelation Therapy Could Be the Key

First, what is chelation therapy?  It is a little-known and often misunderstood arena of holistic health care.  It is a simple concept.  Chelants are organic substances that (through the activity of ions) manage to bind themselves to metal ions, termed chelation; in so binding, chelation makes it possible for the metal to be excreted from the body.

Studies too numerous to count have found that chemtrails (those lovely, wispy, cloudlike-trails in the sky) produced by jet contrails) contain excessive chemicals and metals, especially Aluminum and Magnesium among others.  These metals (when inhaled or ingested, such as when they settle on crops and fresh produce or penetrate the water supply) cause many different ailments in the body, such as Alzheimers Disease, and other associated degenerative disorders of the brain and its neuron complex.

Were going to cover three herbs you can use to start out your medicinal arsenal to battle the intake of these metals, from whatever source they originate.  Lets do it!

3 Herbs That Protect Against Chemtrail Poisoning

  1. Garlic (Allium sativa): Aww, you knew it was coming! Yes, JJs favoritethe greatest of all the herbal broad spectrum healers!  Metals are no different: garlic does a number on them.  Garlic chelates lead, mercury, and cadmiummajor pests of metals found in water and food.  It binds to them and effectively pulls them out of the body.  Safe, not invasive, and inexpensivebe advised: the stuff you buy fresh in your grocery store is indeed excellentsoft-neck garlic possesses the greatest and strongest herbal medical potential.
  2. Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum): Oh, yeah, baby! Cilantro is another big gun for your arsenal.  The herb neutralizes intercellular deposits of metalsthose are metals that go into the cells....

09:20

Russia Surpasses China With Massive Gold Purchases In January "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Russian Central Bank Gold Reserves Rise to 1,857 Tons in January, Passing Peoples Bank of Chinas 1,843 Ton Gold Hoard.

  • Russian gold reserves are now the fifth largest in the world.
  • Russia added 600,000 ounce of gold (18.66 tons) to reserves in January.
  • Russia added a record 224 tons of gold to reserves in 2017.
  • Since June 2015, the Central Bank of Russia has added over 576 tons of gold to reserves.
  • Overall Russian reserves rose from $432.742 billion in December to $447.735 in January.
  • Russian holdings of U.S. Treasuries top $100 billion for ninth in a row.
  • Gold reserves worth $80.4 billion constitute 17.95% of overall Russian reserves.

Russian Gold Reserves

After adding 6,700,000 ounces (208 tonnes) of gold to her reserves in 2015, the Russian Central Bank added 6,400,000 ounces (199 tonnes) in 2016 and another 224 tons (7,202,000 ounces) in 2017.

The Central Bank of Russia ended 2016 with 1838.21 tonnes of gold on their balance sheet.

Central Bank of Russia added 7.2 Million ounces (approximately 223.945 tonnes) in 2017.

The chart below shows the Central Bank of Russias Gold Reserves by month with tonnage rounded to the nearest metric ton.

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08:44

Did David Hogg Record His Gun Control Interview 4 Hours Before School Shooting??? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Videos filmed by student journalist bring timeline into question

Editors Note: I am not claiming that all the surviving students of this horrific operation are fake or that Dave Hogg is some crisis actor. However, he is connected to the FBI via his father, Kevin Hogg, a retired FBI agent and that in itself should be suspect along with the reported alleged shooter, Nikolas Cruz, being well-known by the FBI.

INFOWARS: Anti-gun activist and Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school student David Hogg interviewed classmates about gun control during what was believed to be the actual shooting.

However, unedited video shows Hogg saying hes recording the interview at 9:32 on February 14th, 2018, almost 4 hours before the shooting took place.

Scroll to 0:57

This is Alex View, this recording is taken at 9:32 on February 14th 2018, Hogg says. Alex, are you ok with me recording this?

Yes, I am ok with you recording this, Alex responds.

I personally have rallied for gun rights and less control, not necessarily less control but this experience has definitely changed my viewpoint, she says.

What experience? The shooting drill, or the actual shooting that hasnt happened yet?

I wanted to be a junior NRA member, I wanted to learn how to hunt, I was always fascinated by guns as a young girl, but this experience was so traumatizing to the point where now I cant even fathom the idea of a gun in my house.

If that isnt strange enough, theres more that corroborates the time discrepancy.

In another video, Hogg whispers, An hour into school. An active shooter. Its not a drill.

An hour into school would typically be about 9:30am.

But then he goes on to say, its 2:52. I hea...

08:31

Peoria Tribe prepares for election as long-time leader faces challenge "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Citizens of the Peoria Tribe will go to the polls on March 3 to elect a leader.

07:57

Tribes take Wind River Reservation boundary case to Supreme Court "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

After being abandoned by the Trump administration, the Eastern Shoshone Tribe and the Northern Arapaho Tribe are taking their homelands case to the nation's highest court.

07:19

Northern Cheyenne Tribe returns ousted leader to office with new vote "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

L. Jace Killsback has returned to office as president of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe amid political and legal drama.

07:18

Steven Pinker, Historian "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Its funny, if you look back over my blog posts on Steven Pinker, youll notice a progression.

Ignoring social justice concerns in biomedical research led to things like the Tuskegee experiment. The scientific establishment has since tried to correct that by making it a critical part. Pinker would be wise to study the history a bit more carefully, here.


Setting aside your ignorance of the evidence for undercounting in the FBIs data, you can look at your own graph and see a decline?

When Sargon of Arkkad tried and failed to discuss sexual assault statistics, he at least had the excuse of never having gotten a higher education, never studying up on the social sciences. I wonder what Steven Pinkers excuse is.


Ooooh, I get it. This essay is just an excuse for Pinker to whine about progressives who want to improve other peoples lives. He thought he could hide his complaints behind science, to make them look more digestible to himself and others, but in reality just demonstrated he understands physics worse than most creationists. What a crank.

Youll also notice a bit of a pattern, too, one that apparently carries on into Pinkers book about the Enlightenment.

It is curious, then, to find Pinker breezily insisting that Enlightenment thinkers used reason to repudiate a belief in an anthropomorphic God and sought a secular foundation for morality. Locke clearly represents the opposite impulse (leaving aside the question of whether anyone in period believed in a strictly anthropomorphic deity).

So, too, Kant. While the Prussian philosopher certainly had little use for the traditional arguments for Gods existence neither did the exceptionally pious Blaise Pascal, if it comes to that this was because Kant regarded them as stretching reason beyond its proper limits. Nevertheless, practical reason requires belief in God, immorality and a post-mortem existence that offers some recompense for injustices suffered in the present world.

Thats from Peter Harrison, a professional historian. Even I was aware of this, though I am guilty of a lie of omission. Ive brought up the Cult of Reason before, which was a pseudo-cult set up during the F...

06:54

Report Back from Confronting the TWP at the University of Knoxville "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Report Back from Confronting the TWP at the University of Knoxville appeared first on It's Going Down.

The following report back comes from Nashville ARA, who discusses a recent mobilization against a neo-Nazi group in Tennessee.

We came, we saw, fascists took over Knoxville. Not literally of course, and their victory was not won in our preferred arena. Well take our wins there. Now is the time for increased action.

The Holler Network welcomed us back for the second time in less than a month to join them and drive TWP back out by any means necessary. The TWP cant and wont beat us with force. They win through laws, politics, and hiding behind cops. It has become abundantly clear that law enforcement will not only fulfill their legal obligations to protect Nazis and fascists, but they will do so willingly and joyfully.

In a recent post and call to action, we predicted that Heimbach and the TWP would:

pull into a parking structure where they are greeted by their police escort. They will discuss the minutes of previous meetings between them and the local police department where plans for security and details of the day will be laid out. They will leave the parking structure under the protection of law enforcement and proceed to their destination. They will be guarded as they safely park and leave their vehicles and make their way to their pre-arranged location with police and sheriffs watching for anti-fascists who will likely show up to do whatever is necessary to make it as hard for them to speak as possible.

That is exactly what happened, again, on February 17th at UT. It keeps happening. We will never get another Charlottesville. We will never get the chance again to openly engage racists...

06:29

YES! Magazine: Promoting reparations for Indigenous and Black farmers "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The creators of a new map envision equitable distribution of land and resources through 'people-to-people' reparations.

05:44

I wonder what the difference is "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I cant quite put my finger on why the two are treated differently.

(Via Matt Bors)

05:03

Call-In Campaign Against Burgerville for Firing Union Worker "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Call-In Campaign Against Burgerville for Firing Union Worker appeared first on It's Going Down.

Recently, members of the Burgerville Workers Union (BVWU), a part of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), launched a three day strike against the fast food chain, Burgerville USA. In response to the strike, Burgerville fired Michelle in retaliation. Now, people are calling on supporters to flood Burgerville with calls to get Michelles job back. To hear more about the strike, check out our podcast interview here.

Burgerville has had the weekend to reflect on their aggressive union busting, but corporate still hasnt done the right thing and reinstated Michelle. Lets keep up the calls to tell them to immediately end their racist union busting. An injury to one is an injury to all!

Information on Who to Call and Script Here:

05:00

From the Webmaster: Do psychology and evolution mix? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Wendy Onofrey
Webmaster for the Bolingbrook Babbler 

Our neighbors here at Freethought Blogs love to blog about Evolutionary Psychology.  HJ Hornbeck has the latest on a new EvoPsych paper.

Im not a fan of EvoPsych. It manages the feat of misunderstanding both evolution and psychology, its researchers are prone to wild misrepresentation of fields they clearly dont understand, and it has all the trappings of a pseudo-science. Nonetheless, Ive always thought they had enough sense to avoid promoting scientific racism, at least openly.

[CONTENT WARNING: Some of them dont.]

Its a great post, though it probably means that if he ever visits Bolingbrook, well have to keep him away from the EvoPsych house.

04:38

Toronto: Residents on Rent Strike Flyer Neighborhoods of Landlords "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Toronto: Residents on Rent Strike Flyer Neighborhoods of Landlords appeared first on It's Going Down.

Residents in the working-class neighborhood of Parkdale are engaged in a rent strike against their landlords, and recently carried out the following flyering campaign. To learn more about Parkdale Organize, check out our podcast interview with them here.

Over the long weekend flyers were delivered to Michael and Marsha Laxs neighbours in their Bathurst and Sheppard-area neighborhood. More flyers appeared in the area of Bnei Akiva schools where Michael Lax sits on the Board of Directors.

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04:29

Ethics and the Arts "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Having tied themselves to the Zionists, the orchestra leadership will not be able to react rationally to the charge that they are aiding and abetting apartheid. In a certain sense the orchestra, as an institution, has sold its cultural soul for donor silver. Perhaps some of the musicians will preserve their own cultural integrity by deciding to stay home.

04:05

Republicans AND Democrats Are Gutting the Rules on Wall Street "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The American people -- Democrats, Republicans, and Independents -- want tougher rules on big banks, not weaker ones. It's time to hold Republican AND Democratic Senators who support this bill accountable for siding with their big bank donors instead of working families.

04:00

Billy Graham and the Gospel of Fear "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Billy Graham left behind a United States government in which religion plays a far greater role than before he intruded into politics in the 1950s. The shift from secular governance to "In God We Trust" can be laid squarely at this minister's feet.

03:29

Its As Easy as 1-2-3 and We Dont have Much Time to Stop It "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

 

Our nation is changing before our eyes. Our lives are changing with it. WE have entered a new phase. Those that will survive will be the ones who are prepared and can adapt. There is a 3 step plan that any totalitarian regime uses to overthrow legitimate authority. This message needs to go far and wide.

 

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03:01

Comedian Chris Rock Is Promoting Racial Violence "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

It is the position of The Common Sense Show to NEVER promote racial division and as human beings, we are all children of the Almighty, regardless of our background.  It is a tragedy when a child of any race is killed. However, wishing for death of children from any specific race is wrong serves to promote the divisions that are all to prevelant in our society. All races and people of all backgrounds have the same common enemy, the forces of darkness that are attempting to control every aspect of our lives. Chris Rock is a talented comedian. However, Rocks comedy is devisive and serves to promote racism and model violence among the youth. Nobody in this day and age should promote the killing of any group, but Chris Rock is and for that transgression, he should be ignored until he comes to his senses and stops promoting notions of racial and ethnic murder. Here is the story.

 

 

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03:00

Tano: Extinct Indigenous Americans Never Actually Disappeared, Ancient Tooth Reveals "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

An ancient tooth has proven Tano indigenous Americans are not extinct, as long believed, but have living descendants in the Caribbean today.

Researchers made the discovery when they used the 1,000-year-old tooth to sequence the first complete ancient human genome from the Caribbean. The tooth was found in a cave on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas and belonged to a woman who lived at least 500 years before Christopher Columbus set foot in the region.

The research is published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The Tano were one of the biggest indigenous groups in the Caribbean and were the first to bear the brunt of European colonization after the arrival of Columbus. As a result, many historians had believed the group was extinct.

The tooth-derived genome is the first concrete gene...

02:53

Norway House installs checkpoint to block drugs, liquor "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Norway House checkpoint 1

The 24-hour checkpoint is on Highway 73, the only road into Norway House. (Norway House Cree Nation/Facebook)

Visitors and community members must pull into 24-hour checkpoint staffed by security guards

CBC News, Feb 20, 2018

Anyone driving into Norway House Cree Nation now has to go through a border patrol-like checkpoint.

The dry community is taking the extra step to prevent alcohol and drugs from entering the reserve.

All visitors and community members must pull into the 24-hour checkpoint a building that resembles a registration gate at a national park where trained security guards will ask for a licence and registration.

We have a lot of issues with drugs and alcohol in our community and we have people driving in and out all hours, and this was one way for us to at least alleviate some of that, said Norway House Chief Ron Evans.

The community of about 5,000 pe...

01:53

Government Control To Solve A Government Created Problem "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

TheLastAmericanVagabond.com

Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (2/21/18). Just as I warned, and as we have seen so many times in the past, the recent shooting has completely eclipsed all else. The faint idea of []

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01:18

The Koch Klan is funding a stealthy war against the principle of the Common Good "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The great majority of Americans are still unaware of the enormity and villainy of what's been done to them by the property supremacists and their political enablers. It's important to note that the Koch coup has been pieced together with the full complicity of practically all GOP officials, and it's also been condoned or actively abetted by corporate Democrats.

01:16

Mexico: Armed Group Sets Bus on Fire, Threatens Zapatista Indigenous Agrarian Movement "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Mexico: Armed Group Sets Bus on Fire, Threatens Zapatista Indigenous Agrarian Movement appeared first on It's Going Down.

Below is a translation of a statement from the Zapatista Indigenous Agrarian Movement (MAIZ), an organization made up of indigenous communities in 12 states in Mexico, after a bus their members in Puebla rented to attend a protest was set on fire by armed men linked to the local government on February 9. The communities in Puebla are organizing to resist the construction of hydroelectric dams in their territory.

To the media
To national and international public opinion
To social and human rights organizations
To the indigenous peoples of Mexico and the world

Rebellious people walk towards freedom;
submissive people march towards slavery.
L.R.

Last Friday, armed and masked individuals traveling in a black Ford Lobo extended cab pickup truck burned a bus belonging to the AU line that was rented by our organization, near the community of Alcomunga in the Sierra Negra of Ajalpan.

The AU drivers were returning from dropping off our compaeros in the municipality of Tlacotepec de Daz after participating in mobilizations and protests in Mexico City against the Ministry of Energy (SENER), demanding the definitive cancellation of the Coyolapa Atzala Hydroelectric Project, a property that Autln Mining is seeking to build in the lower part of the mountain.

The attackers blocked the road outside the community mentioned above. The drivers were handcuffed and violently removed and threatened. Later they sprayed gasoline and set the bus on fire, indicating that it was a warning for us.

We denounce Cirilo Trujillo Lezama, mayor of Tlacotepec de Daz, as the material author of this criminal act of intimidation. Gunmen at his and his brother Marcels command pointed their weapons at the drivers and set fire to the bus. Behind these acts of violence and intimidation one will find, of course, Autln Mining.

This is not the first time that Trujillo Lezama turned to violence as his modus operandi. On November 24, 2016, two armed gunmen contracted by him and his brother attacked Radio Tleyole, The Voices of the Corn, an independent and community station that belongs to our movement. This attack left announcer Gerardo Rivera Juarez wounded by a 9mm bullet, a crime that remains unpunished.

The same thing has happened with Fermn Gonzlez Len, the mayor of Zoquitlan. He, his family and relatives have repeatedly resorted to threats and physical attacks...

01:12

Oughta be better than Sharknado "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Amazon is going to make a movie of Iain Banks Consider Phlebas. Thats going to be tough. Not only would I consider much of it impossible to film, but The Culture isnt exactly capitalism-friendly, and it will be interesting to see how a mega-corp can develop a movie that is counter to its own ethos without mangling it.

Also, its kind of a downer of a story, dont you know? There isnt going to be a sequel or a series with the cocky, devil-may-care hero, and I dont think theyll sell many t-shirts or video games of Bora Horza Gobuchul.

At least theyre not trying to make Use of Weapons. I dont think that one would be popular with the happy-clappy space hero crowd.

01:03

Nobody Wants to Talk About What Many Mass Shooters Have in Common "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

mass shooters(ANTIMEDIA)  In the aftermath of yet another mass shooting in the United States, the internet and broadcast news alike are inundated with commentary about why this keeps happening in America. Some blame guns, others blame mental health, and still others confidently blame false flag events and crisis actors. But one commonality among numerous mass killings in the []

00:40

CNN exploits dead and traumatized children as puppets to push radical left-wing agenda "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In what can only be called the highly unethical exploitation of dead and traumatized children to push a radical, left-wing anti-gun narrative, CNN has reached a whole new low in fake news.

The backlash against CNN is growing, even as the discredited fake news network desperately coaches high school children to parrot left-wing talking points designed to destroy the Second Amendment and disarm law-abiding Americans. The latest tactic of the mob rule Left is to puppeteer high school students, parading them in front of cameras as experts on gun control and the Second Amendment, all while rehearsing scripted talking points with them to make sure they stay on point, I reminded readers yesterday at NewsTarget.com.

Today, John Nolte from Breitbart News has put together a more detailed list of journalists, publishers and authors who are widely condemning CNN for its exploitation and mental abuse of traumatized children. There is no low thats too low for CNN, it seems, when their propaganda parade is desperately trying to dismantle this Constitutional Republic and replace it with a radical, left-wing totalitarian regime.

Heres the full article from John Nolte at Breitbart. (Original source link.)

CNN Faces Growing Criticism Over Use of Traumatized Children to Push Anti-Gun Agenda

The far-left cable channel CNN is facing a growing storm of criticism over its frequent use of minor children (14 to 17) to further its anti-gun agenda.

Already a number of the children, those who witnessed last weeks shooting massacre at a high school in Parkland, Florida, have made countless appearances on the anti-Trump cable network. In furtherance of its anti-gun propaganda push, CNNs anti-Trump pundit, Jake Tapper, will host a town hall Wednesday night featuring these children.

Many, however, see CNNs use of these minors as an act of partisan exploitation that is not only immoral, but also not good for the mental health of children so soon after they have witnessed such a traumatic event.

Appearing on Fox News, the Federalists Mollie Hemingway said, Theres been unfortunate media handling of these traumatized children. Theyve used them as ways to...

00:23

Florida Shooting Survivor David Hogg Exposed as Son of FBI Deep State Agent "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

President Donald J. Trump has been right about one thing all along: The American Pravda media is the biggest threat to our way of life and form of government in the history of our republic.

The latest evidence of this is the disgusting manner in which the establishment press is turning some students who survived the Florida school shootings into media stars and Left-wing darlings, all to you guessed it bash the president.

As The Gateway Pundit reported:

In less than a week since they survived a mass murdering gunman attack on their school, two students who quickly became media stars of the Parkland, Florida school shootings are now media obsessed to the point they say they are snubbing an invitation to meet with President Donald Trump this Wednesday in favor of appearing on a televised town hall with CNNs Jake Tapper.

One student, in particular, David Hogg has been astonishingly articulate and highly skilled at propagating a new anti-Conservative/anti-Trump narrative behind the recent school shooting. Few have seen this type of rapid media play before, and when they have it has come from well-trained political operatives and MSM commentators. 

Wow, that was quick wasnt it?

It sure was, but theres a reason why young Hogg who is being exploited by American Pravda media thugs as the latest weapon with which to undermine Trump, by the way was so articulate in his Trump attacks.

It seems his father is a retired FBI agent and he was likely coached in his responses. The Gateway Pundit noted further:

Adding to the credibility of Hogg, in a recently uncovered early cut from one of his interviews it appears he was heavily coached on lines and is merely reciting a script. Frequently seen in the footage mouthing the lines he should be reciting. Hogg becomes flustered multiple times, is seen apologizing, and asking for re-takes.

And naturally, the disgusting media whores never mentioned it.

00:16

David Clarke: Fla. students gun control push has George Soros fingerprints all over it "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. insinuated Wednesday that student survivors of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting were being manipulated by Democratic billionaire George Soros to organize for gun control.

In a tweet, the former Wisconsin sheriff wrote that media appearances and an activism campaign from students of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School against gun violence had George Soros fingerprints all over it.

Via The Hill


Featured Image: George Soros (Norway UN/Flickr)

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00:09

Navy sends destroyers to Black Sea to desensitize Russia "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Navy has deployed the guided-missile destroyer Carney to join the destroyer Ross in the Black Sea in a move that U.S. military officials told CNN is intended to desensitize Russia to the presence of American military assets in the strategically important region.

The deployment of the Carney marks the first time in four years that two American destroyers have operated in the Black Sea outside of scheduled exercises. The move comes as Russia continues to militarize Crimea, the peninsula it seized from Ukraine in 2014.

In recent years, the U.S. and NATO have accused Russia of sending troops and military hardware to Crimea, and there are now reports that submarines have been added to the mix.

Nevertheless, U.S. and NATO officials have insisted that they are not playing tit-for-tat with the Russians.

Via Military Times

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23:45

CNNs Chris Cuomo Retweets and Defends Bogus News Story About Buying Guns "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Chris Cuomo CNN(TIM)  On February 19th, CNN host Chris Cuomo retweeted an article, written by Cody Davis and published by The Tab, which bore the headline I was able to buy an AR-15 in five minutes. In the 2-year-old article, Davis described a visit to a Virginia gun shop. He wrote that he approached an employee for assistance in picking []

23:34

Florida House Refuses To Debate Guns But Declares Porn A Health Risk "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Source: Patheos After refusing to even consider a ban on assault rifles the Florida House declares pornography to be a public health risk. Only days after 17 students and teachers were gunned down at a Florida []

23:34

CNN pushes false story about AR-15 purchase "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Its becoming clear that most mainstream media news is nothing more than globalist propaganda. CNNs Chris Cuomo proved that when he pushed a story about a lying kid who said he purchased an AR-15 without an ID.  But Cuomo was busted, then continued to deflect from the fact that he pushed a fake story.

CNNs Chris Cuomo retweeted the account of one @usaphotodude quoting a reporter named Cody Davis on Tuesday. The tweet read, I was able to buy an AR-15 in five minutes. Im 20 and my ID is expired. Theres only one problem: that never happened. The article itself states, After [the sales representative] walked me through the paperwork, all five pages of it, I told him I changed my mind and wanted to think more before I bought an AR-15. He told me it wasnt a problem and listed the store hours if I wanted to come back. I then said thank you and walked back to my car.

The tweet actually says that the gut never filled out paperwork, a necessary step to purchasing a gun, which would then be run through the background check system.  But Cuomo obviously didnt read that part or didnt care. And then deflected the conversation and lied further.

According to the Daily Wire, when called on it, Cuomo tweeted, Isnt the point that the kids age and lack of ID wasnt a deterrent? and this isnt all gun shops. Place I bought my shotgun basically goes farther than the law requires and makes judgments about whom to sell to. Point is the system should be better.

Which, of course, is not the point. The point is that Cuomo tweeted out false information. National Reviews Charles Cooke pointed that out:

22:58

Lebanon -- Should it be Devil, Deep Blue Sea" or Russia? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Lebanon, as so often in the past, is facing mortal danger. Saudi Arabia is putting great pressure on the Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, a powerful but controversial figure who holds dual nationality - Saudi and Lebanese. Riyadh expects Lebanon to play by its own rules, sidelining Hezbollah, ending Iranian influence in the country, and promoting Saudi business and political interests" or else.

22:57

Bloc Party: Our Neighbors to the North "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Bloc Party: Our Neighbors to the North appeared first on It's Going Down.

In an effort to broaden our coverage of prisons across the borders to both the North and South of us, weve brought in some comrades from so-called Canada to share a history of the establishment of the Canadian prison system, as well as a history of resistance in Ontario and Quebec.

While we know there is always resistance that we will never hear about outside the prison walls, these folks have done their best to contextualize what resistance has looked like across decades. Were excited to share this history!

Well be back next week with a follow up interview with these comrades that catches us up on current prisoner resistance and support efforts in Quebec and Ontario. Next week we will also include both the article and interview in zine format for you to add to your distro tables. Now for all that history from the bloc

This piece is written by a couple people who have been engaged in anti-prison, prisoner justice, and prisoner support organizing for almost ten years. We are not academics, nor are we ex-prisoners. However, much of the information compiled within this text comes to us from people who have done a lot of time and a lot of research and we are grateful to them for sharing their stories and their research. We consider this to be a working document, and welcome your feedback at: canprisonzine@riseup.net

This text started off as a presentation for Americans on the Canadian prison movement. It also covers our relationship to the prison movement from our perspectives in Kingston, Ontario and Montreal, Quebec. 

Most of this article focuses on the situation in federally ru...

22:45

CNN Reporter Berates American For Posting About Trump Rally She Didnt Know Russians Organized "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

An American who unwittingly interacted with Russian trolls online when planning a pro-Trump rally is facing extreme vitriol online after CNN posted her name and a video of a reporter haranguing the older woman on her own front lawn.

After spending more than a year hyping narratives that advance Russias election meddling goals, the network sent reporter Drew Griffin to confront Florine Gruen Goldfarb for unknowingly interacting with a Russian agitprop farm on Facebook. Goldfarb runs a Facebook page that Russian operatives targeted during the 2016 election, and that page promoted a pro-Trump rally the Russians had organized, through invitation posts and pictures of the event. She seems to have had no idea the event was created by Russian operatives when Griffin showed up on her front lawn.

The Russians? I dont care if they were involved or not, that to me is the least important thing, she said.

But they were involved with you, did you guys know that? Griffin asked.

They werent involved with us, she replied. You know, just make sure that you report it correctly that you know

But you guys were involved with Being Patriotic, right? he pressed.

Goldfarb didnt realize he was talking about the name of a Russian front groups Facebook page. The page she runs is different: Team Trump Broward County.

Very, she replied. Very patriotic, but not

Being Patriotic, Griffin interrupted. Being Patriotic was the group that contacted and helped to organize some of these activities that you posted on your own Facebook account.

By the end of the brief interview, its clear this woman has no interest in working with Russians and had no idea she encouraged people to attend a rally for Trump that Russians had organized. Its also apparent CNN didnt have any real purpose for the interview, except to embarrass and shame a random American with different political ideas who, while in denial about or not understanding the trivial accusations against her, did nothing wrong.

Her Facebook page is easy to find a search for her name brings up only one result and since the...

22:44

5 Big Drivers of Higher Inflation Rates Ahead "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Stefan Gleason Investors got lulled into a state of inflation complacency. Persistently low official inflation rates in recent years depressed bond yields along with...

22:43

22:43

Russiaphobia Is Out of Control "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

When a country armed to the teeth with nuclear weapons and overwhelmed by its own exceptionalism and indispensability has political and media lunatics equating a bait-click commercial marketing scheme with Pearl Harbor, that country is a recipe for the end of the world.

22:37

Stop Counting Votes and Start Counting Bodies "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The GOP needs to open its eyes and count the bodies. The NRA doesn't hold the future of their party, the American people do.

22:10

Financing Infrastructure with Value Capture: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Rick Rybeck is the Director of Just Economics, a firm that helps communities harmonize economic incentives with public policy objectives to build better places. We're pleased to share this guest article from him today. You can hear more from Rick in this 2014 episode of the Strong Towns Podcast.


President Trumps infrastructure investment program was circulated recently. Page 24 of the program states that value capture financing will be required for any transit project to be eligible for federal funding assistance.

What is value capture? Unfortunately, the term has been poorly defined and applied by many so-called experts. Value capture is explained below along with some common misunderstandings about it.

INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENTS CREATE LAND VALUE

When infrastructure is well-designed and well-executed, it often increases the value and price of well-served locations. In urban areas, land value typically reflects the totality of all nearby amenities (and nuisances) that make a particular place suitable (or unsuitable) for residential, commercial or industrial purposes. Today, most of the land value created by new or improved infrastructure ends up as a windfall to those landowners who own the best-served land.

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22:07

DailyInspiration --- Feb 21, 1954 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Many are convinced that on this day in 1954, President Eisenhower was whisked away by his aides for a meeting with visitors from the Pleiades, and at the meeting, he signed a treaty with The Greys.

21:56

Long Live the Jersey Tomato "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The resurrected Rutgers tomato isn't hard enough to be machine-harvested and shipped across country -- which is one its major virtues. The fact that this tomato must be grown and marketed regionally is one step towards a decentralized, deindustrialized, and better food economy. This tomato represents an understanding that our food system can -- and should -- cooperate with nature and foster the growth of regional economies.

21:32

Homeless Man Dies Days After Council Took His Sleeping Bag Away "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Days after the local council in Bournemouth, Dorset, took a homeless mans sleeping bag away, he was found dead near a town hall. The 66-year-old man, only known as Kev, was found by his friend under a flyover in a car park. His friend told the media that just days earlier, folks from the Bournemouth Borough Council removed his sleeping bag and possessions.

I put my hand on him to shake him and thats when I knew something was wrong and my heart sank, said Kevs friend. A couple of weeks ago he said the council took his sleeping bag. They see it as rubbish but they dont realise these are homeless people; sleeping bags are the stuff that keeps them warm.

When speaking to the local press, the friends said that Kev never drank, used drugs, or asked for anything. Said Kevs friend: I commute through Bournemouth every day and he would sit on the wall at the corner of the road. Thats what made me pull over the first time I stopped to ask him if he was okay and we got talking. I wondered, if I gave him some money, would it go on drugs and alcohol but to be honest he never did any of that, just smoked roll-ups. He never, ever asked for anything from me.

As Metro reports, this isnt the first time the Bournemouth Borough Council has come under fire for its unconventional methods. Previously, the council played bagpipe music to deter people from slee...

21:29

Foreign Federal Reserve President Sounds Panic Over Level Of Orchestrated U.S. Debt "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Nearly a decade after the US unleashed its biggest debt-issuance binge in history, doubling the US debt from $10 trillion to $20 trillion under president Obama, which was only made possible thanks to the Feds monetization of $4 trillion in deficits (and debt issuance), the Fed is starting to get nervous about the (un)sustainability of []

21:28

New Report Claims Meat Eaters Are Destroying The Planet "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Those who care about the environment may want to consider going vegetarian. According to the report Appetite for Destruction, meat consumption is impacting some of the worlds most valuable and vulnerable regions. This is largely due to the substantial amount of land needed to produce animal feed.

The Western diet, which is notoriously high in meat in dairy, is the major culprit. In fact, the growing popularity of the diet means an area 1.5 times the size of the European Union could be saved if global consumption of animal products was cut to meet nutritional requirements, reports The Independent.

The areas most threatened include the Amazon, Congo Basin and the Himalayas. There, water and land resources are already sought after.

According to the report, excessive animal product consumption is responsible for 60 percent of all biodiversity loss. The world is consuming more animal protein than it needs and this is having a devastating effect on wildlife, said Duncan Williamson, WWF food policy manager.

A staggering 60 per cent of global biodiversity loss...

21:27

Senators Fight Wall Street Corruption With Kid Gloves "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Aaron Kesel Bernie Sanders, John Cornyn and Elizabeth Warren are three very outspoken United States senators concerning bad faith judicial rulings and failures of...

21:25

Giant Sloth And Human Bones Found In The Worlds Largest Underwater Cave System "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Gran Acuifero Maya

BLuke Miller Truth Theory

The 347 kilometres cave has unearthed remains of giant sloths, ancient elephants and humans. The archaeological discovery also contains lost secrets of the Mayan people and a shrine to the Mayan god of war and commerce.

In January, researchers from the Great Maya Aquifer Project shared their discovery of the worlds largest underwater cave system in Yucatn after realising a link between 2 giant cave systems, the Dos Ojos and the previously discovered Sac Actun. The team have now released their findings to the public.

The team led by underwater archaeologist Guillermo de Anda from Mexicos National Institute of Anthropology and History discovered 15,000-year-old remains of giant sloths, proto-elephants called gomphotheres, and bears. There was also a shine to the Mayan god of war and commerce.

They found more than 120 artifact sites which included burnt human bones, pottery, and wall art. It is thought that some of these artifacts date back more than 12,000 years.

...

21:21

Your Brain Hallucinates Your Conscious Reality "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Fattima Mahdi Truth Theory

One of the most puzzling, yet fascinating, aspects of existence is consciousness. Anil K Seth is a professor of cognitive and computational neuroscience who has published over 100 scientific papers on this subject. In his TED conference (embedded below), he describes the experience of being anaesthetised and recalls a sense of detachment before ceasing to exist. He goes on to explain that when one falls into a deep sleep they may wake up confused and anxious about how much time has passed but they still have an understanding of time having passed, a sense of continuity between then and now. But with anesthesia he lost this sense and the experience, for him, affirmed the idea that consciousness is far more entangled in flesh and blood than in some other unknown realm. My research is telling me that consciousness has less to do with pure intelligence and more to do with our nature as living and breathing organisms.

Seths work has brought him to the conclusion that consciousness occurs when the brain is able to recreate the world around it, and simultaneously experience the world it created. This ultimately makes the brain a prediction machine.

...

21:11

Merchants Of Death: Americas Toxic Cult Of Violence Turns Deadly "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

TheLastAmericanVagabond.com

We are caught in a vicious cycle. With alarming regularity, the nation is being subjected to a spate of violence that terrorizes the public, destabilizes the countrys fragile ecosystem, and gives the government greater justifications to crack down, lock down, and institute even more authoritarian policies for the so-called sake of national security without many []

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21:07

War Preparations Against Venezuela As Election Nears "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Trump administration has failed in its attempts to instigate war with North Korea and Iran. The terrible diplomatic performance of Vice President Pence at the Olympic games, where the two Koreas began to make progress toward peace and unification, puts the US in a weaker position to threaten North Korea. Let's stop this next war before it begins!

20:52

Megabank Warns Recent Stock Crash was Only an Appetizer to Main Course of a Major Crash "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

inflation

The chief cross-asset strategist at Morgan Stanley, says the recent correction was just an "appetizer, not the main course." Coupled with the Fed's incitement of panic over inflation, it seems a perfect storm is brewing.

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20:47

How Donald Trumps Policies Have Brought Us To The Brink Of World War 3 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

TheLastAmericanVagabond.com

On February 7, 2018, the U.S.-led coalition in Syria conducted air and artillery strikes against what were believed to be pro-government forces in response to an unprovoked attack launched by these pro-regime troops. Not long after, reports began emerging that significant numbers of Russian personnel were included in the over 100 dead and wounded. While Russia denied this []

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20:46

Major Escalation: Trump to Promote US Killing Russians as Proof Hes Not Putins Puppet "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Killing Russians Putin's Puppet(ZHE)  In the aftermath of Robert Muellers indictment against 13 Russian operatives for meddling with the US presidential election, President Trump has been under fire for lashing out at everyone except Russia. So, in response, Bloomberg reports that the Trump administration is weighing citing the deaths of more than 200 Russian fighters or rather mercenaries in []

20:29

Political Censorship: Twitter Purges Thousands of Right-wing Accounts "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Silicon Valley continues to  exercise their self-appointed role in shaping the political conversation in the United States and beyond.

Last night a number of politically active Twitter users reported under the hashtag #TwitterLockOut a sudden drop in their number of followers. It is unknown exactly how many accounts were deleted by Twitter, but based on current flood of purge reports, its likely the number could be in the tens of thousands, possibly even in the hundreds of thousands.

One possible explanation for Twitters mass account deletion, was a fake news story circulated by The Hill which claimed the The Russian Bots were pushing pro-gun hashtags in the aftermath of the Florida Shooting. The Hills source was...

20:24

Jennifer Lawrences Response To Dumb Dress Outrage Might Actually Fix Democracy "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Actress Jennifer Lawrence announced this week shes giving up acting for a year to fix our democracy. For this the 27-year-old Hunger Games star was roundly mocked on social media. But Wednesday her response to a very silly online outrage mob suggests she might be onto something that would help.

It all started with a Versace dress at an outdoor press event in London. As part of Lawrences promotional work for the upcoming spy thriller, Red Sparrow, she posed with male costars Jeremy Irons, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, and the films director, Francis Lawrence, on a rooftop. The men were bundled in pea coats, dress jackets, and boots while Lawrence wore a black formal dress with a plunging neckline and high slit.

Some observers declared it a literal picture of sexism that Lawrence was exposed to the relative cold while the men were dressed casually and comfortably. The dress was discordant with the #TimesUp movement, you see.

But Lawrence had something to say to them. She is a grown woman who can decide whether she needs a coat. Shes a star, she gets to pick her own dresses, and shell be cold if she wants to, she said in a Facebook...

20:14

Are Consensus Science Gold Standard Peer Reviews Fraudulent BS Science? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Catherine J. Frompovich We conclude that penises are not best understood as the male sexual organ, or as a male reproductive organ, but instead...

20:07

On guns, the students are leading the nation "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Trump has the opportunity of a lifetime if he wants to be the president of all the people, if he can think like a father protecting his children and not the leader of a faction protecting their interests. He can leave a lasting legacy for life over bloodshed by standing with the students, and telling his friends and foes that guns that kill enemies in war should not kill students in schools.

20:06

Podcast With Andy Ferguson On Writing, Politics, And Bogus Expertise "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Andrew Ferguson is a senior editor and national correspondent for The Weekly Standard. He joins Ben Domenech on the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss his long career in journalism, writing, magazines, and his least favorite things about our current politics.

I write a lot about social science because there is so much bogus social science out there, Ferguson said.

Im worried about people getting cowed by experts and intellectualsthere are ways of breaking those bubbles of hot air that these people blow.

Listen to their full conversation here:

20:04

Well, that got icky fast "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A doctor has lost his license to practice medicine after he was found guilty of fondling the breasts of patients during examinations. He was not, however, found guilty of pressing his penis against their legs because, as he himself argued, he was too fat to get that close to them. You might be wondering how that was determined. No. Youre not wondering that, because thats kind of the last thing you want to know about this case. I didnt want to know, either, but the article goes ahead and tells us.

Urological experts were hired by both the college and the doctors defence team to chemically induce erections in Kunynetz and then simulate patient examinations to determine if indeed his penis could be felt against a patients leg.

After conflicting results from the two experts and after consulting photographic evidence from one of the procedures, the discipline panel could only conclude that the impossibility of contact between the doctors penis and a patients skin (through clothing) was not established.

TMI! TMI! I dont even understand why they needed to get to this level of detail, since hed already been found guilty of sexual abuse and professional misconduct. Why should precisely determining which patch of skin touched which other patch of skin even matter, since the general violation of ethical conduct had already been determined?

Oh, well. The important thing is that he wont be practicing medicine anymore, he has lost his appointment with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, hes facing some massive fines, and he has still another court date at which he may be convicted of assault.

20:00

CDC Alleges Kratom Is Contaminated With Salmonella, MSM Blows It Up "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

TheLastAmericanVagabond.com

Yesterday, the CDC announced that they believe an outbreak of at least 28 cases of salmonella infection in 20 US states has been linked to kratom products. Immediately, astonishingly fast in fact, every mainstream outlet you could think of from CNN to Time picked up the story. It went so big, you could look up salmonella and find nothing []

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19:34

Without Changing A Stripe, ISIS Morphs From USs Deadly Enemy To Useful Weapon To Perfect Target "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

TheLastAmericanVagabond.com

By refusing to eliminate the ISIS contingent, while also not impeding the fighters fleeing westward, the anti-ISIS coalition, who profess their dedication to preventing ISIS from exporting their terror around the world, have not only not been helping to mitigate this outcome but have actually helped to enable it. Euphrates River Valley, Syria (Analysis)  While []

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19:10

Israel Suffers Major Setback in Syria "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Israel Large Scale Attack Syria(MEMO)  The military confrontation between Israeli and Syrian/Iranian forces on 10 February set off widespread analysis and speculation on the probability of a major regional war. The severity of the latest clash with reports that Israel may have destroyed up to 50 per cent of Syrian air defense systems  underscores the depth of tension in the area. But []

19:09

Kids: Then and Now "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

OK, so why is the country falling apart? Specifically, why are kids blowing each other away? America has become a source of wonder the world over with its Colulmbines and hundreds and hundreds of dead in Chicago and Baltimore and its burning cities and riots. Other advanced countries dont do these things.

America didnt either until recently.   Why now? Something has changed, or some things. What?  People under under forty have never seen the country when it was sane. Let me point out things that have changed, at risk of sounding like a boilerplate cadger: By cracky, wen I was a boy, we could amuse ourselves for hours with just a piece of string and a couple of sticks. Lets compare today with the Fifties and Sixties. I mean this as sociology, not nostalgisizing.

I think that a combination of social changes have led to tremendous stress on todays kids that my generation did not suffer. To wit:

In my rural Virginia school, there was no racial tension. We were all white: teachers, students, parents.

The black kids went to their own school, Ralph Bunche. We had virtually no contact with each other. There was no hostility, just no contact. The academic gap didnt exist in the absence of contact. Inintegration would prove cruel when it came. and the black kid s sank to the bottom. The causes can be argued, but the fact cannot.

There was no black crime to speak of or, as far as I knew any black crime. Certainly blacks did not shoot each other, or anybody. Neither did we. The reasons I suspect were similar.

Divorce was extremely rare, so we all had parents. Whether it is better that unhappy couples stay together or that they divorce can be argued, but they then did stay together. It made a large difference in outcomes if one accepts the statistics. The welfare programs of the Great Society had not yet destroyed the black family, which I speculate accounted in part for low crime.

Drugs did not exist. These appeared only with the Sixties. A few of us had heard of marijuana. I read a clandestine copy of The Naked Lunch. That was it. We drank a lot of beer.

In the entire school I remember only one, moderately fat kid. Why? Because, I  will guess, we were very physically active. The school had PE classes, football and basketball teams, and so on. In summer kids aboard Dahlgren spent their days at the base swimming pool or swimming in Machodoc Creek{{it was perhaps three-quarters of a mile widebicycling, canoeing- playing tennis. The country kids chopped cord wood, lifted hay. There was  ice skating for hours in winter. Gloria, my best girl, got up at four a.m. to help her father pull crab pots on the Potomac, Though feminine, she probably could have thrown a Volkswagen over a four-store building. Again, I offer this not as nostalgia but as biological f...

19:07

Mainstream Media Now Praising Trump as He Flip Flops and Promises Tyrannical Gun Control "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

gun control

Gun owners and Trump supporters alike are voicing their concern over the president's new push for stricter gun control legislation in the wake of the Florida shooting.

The post Mainstream Media Now Praising Trump as He Flip Flops and Promises Tyrannical Gun Control appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

19:01

Russiagate Suddenly Becomes Bigger "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Russia, if the indictment is accurate, may have run an influencing operation and gotten caught with its hand in the cookie jar. Or maybe not. And Washington might also actually have information suggesting that Russia is preparing to engage in further interference in the 2018 and 2020 elections, as claimed by the heads of the intelligence agencies, though, as usual, evidence for the claim is lacking.

19:00

Can Austin Keep Streets Weird (and Safe)? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Strong Towns member Heyden Black Walker together with colleague Jay Blazek Crossley are sharing today's guest article about their hometown of Austin, TX and their fight to make it a safer, more people-oriented place.


 We need more streets like this...

We need more streets like this...

 ...and less like this.

...and less like this.

In Austin, Texas we have a perfect storm brewing. We all know there is a growing challenge to keep Austin weird when our artists, musicians, and neighbors are being priced out of the city; with the high cost of limited housing, many are forced to move further out, significantly increasing already high transportation costs and travel distances.  The city's current plans call for adding housing with multimodal transportation choices along our urban corridors, transforming them into areas suitable for the complex environment of streets where people can live, work, and play. Once intended solely for cars, these places could begin to support healthy human interaction and serve everyone.

We want to make it through this storm stronger with a new understanding of what we expect out of these corridors. Design options are currently under consideration, giving residents the chance to really define our twenty-first century transportation networks. But with these future plans on the line, there's also a...

18:40

Michigan Committee Passes Bill to Ban Material Support or Resources for Warrantless Federal Surveillance "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Michael Maharrey A Michigan Senate committee passed a bill that would ban material support or resources for warrantless federal surveillance programs. This represents an essential...

18:37

State Bans Popular AR-15 Accessory; Police Shocked After Only 4 People Comply "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Rachel Blevins Massachusetts became the first state to ban bump stocks for firearms; and after three weeks with the new law in effect, police...

18:35

Mass Shootings Will Never Negate The Need For Gun Rights "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Brandon Smith Though the media often attempts to twist the gun rights debate into a web of complexity, gun rights is in fact a...

18:33

What the Hell Else Did They Expect? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Iraqi army got US-made M-1 Abrams tanks (older generation) from the Americans. [stderr] Its the worlds premier main battle tank; the gold standard of tankness.

Now, exactly as expected, the M-1 Abrams that the Iraqi army abandoned and ran away from, are coming home to roost as it were flying Hezbollah flags. [al araby]

The guy on the right appears to be holding an SA-18 Grouse MANPAD; theyre bad news (but not the worst news) for ground attack aircraft or helicopters.

Its unsure exactly where the M-1 came from but there are several and they are operational. The going assumption is that the Iraqi army abandoned them to ISIS when they fled from Mosul, and then Iranian-backed Hezbollah units obtained them when ISIS units evaporated under coalition attacks. [longwar]

The US brilliant decision to involve itself in a ground war in Iraq has given Iran access to some fine American examples of high-tech tank building. Way to go, guys! USA! USA!

As they say, the optics on this are not good which is exactly why Hezbollah is driving their new American gear around: its great propaganda.

Theyre probably going to keep it very carefully hidden because you can bet that intelligence and special forces are scouring the area to find them, and when they do, there will be a gigantic air-strike. Some F-22 pilot is going to have one of the most unusual tank, target kills in Air Force history. Its just awkwardness compounded by awkwardness. Actually, my money says that the US will let Israel handle it.

uparmored M119s and a Humvee

This is fun wording [the daily beast]

The Pentagon is pressuring Iraq to seize any M-1s that are still in the PMFs hands. As recipients of U.S.-origin defense equipment, Iraqi authorities have an obligation to adhere to end-use requirements as outlined in agreements c...

18:26

Goofy Indictments Divert Attention From Criminal Abuses At FBI And DOJ "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

February 19, 2018 "Information Clearing House" - Robert Muellers Friday night indictment-spree, is a flagrant and infuriating attempt to divert attention from the damning revelations in the Nunes memo (and the Graham-Grassley criminal referral) which prove that senior-level officials at the FBI and DOJ were engaged in an expansive conspiracy to subvert the presidential elections by spying on members of the Trump campaign. The evidence that the FBI and DOJ improperly obtained FISA warrants to spy on Trump campaign affiliate, Carter Page, has now been overshadowed by the tragic massacre in Parkland, Florida and the obfuscating indictments of 13 Internet trolls who have not been linked to the Russian government and who are being used to conceal the fact that the 18 month-long witch hunt has not yet produced even one scintilla of hard evidence related to the original claims of hacking or collusion.

18:20

CBSNews.com Dumb Things to Boost Possible Cancer Risk Includes Encouraging Kids to Use Cell Phones. Sprint Giving Free Cell Phones to High School Students. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By B.N. Frank You just cant make this stuff up. From CBSNews.com post Cell Phones & Cancer:  8 Dumb Things to Boost Possible Cancer Risk...

18:17

Workers VS The Environment: The Fraying Of The Blue-Green Alliance "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Nothing ignites a local environmental justice campaign more quickly, in California, than a refinery fire or explosion affecting down-wind neighbors. Three years ago, an Exxon-Mobil facility was rocked by a huge explosion in Torrance, a city of 145,000 just south of Los Angeles. According to a Justice Department lawsuit, the blast catapulted a 40-ton piece of equipment perilously close to a tank containing 50,000 pounds of hydrofluoric acid, a highly toxic and volatile chemical, used, with additives, in only two California refineries. If released in the air in large enough quantity, Modified Hydrofluoric Acid (MHF) can form a ground-hugging cloud, able to drift for miles. Anyone exposed to it would suffer choking, searing of the eyes and lungs, internal organ damage or possible death.

18:15

Is The US Intentionally Killing Russians In Syria? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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After an attack on February 7 by the United States military against Syrian pro-regime forces, reports quickly emerged that the U.S. had killed a number of Russians embedded with the Syrian forces. While the Russian government remained silent, the U.S. soon announced that it had indeed killed scores of Russians in that air raid. Later, Russia confirmed []

The post Is The US Intentionally Killing Russians In Syria? appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

18:09

Do We Need Police? That Question Is Not As Crazy As It Sounds "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The first time someone offered up the suggestion to abolish police, I was shocked and confused. Ive known for a long time that the prison industrial complex is poison, that predominantly black and brown communities are over-policed and underfunded, that for the most part cops are assholes but even with all that, the idea of doing away with cops entirely seemed unacceptable to me. We need cops, I thought. But why? Why are cops necessary? Well, first off, lets consider why they were ever necessary to begin with. Though a child of the British empire, American policing did not last long in its shadow. Todays U.S. police forces are not descendants of whats known as the Peel model; the citywide police force suggested by home secretary Robert Peel and accepted by Parliament in 1829.

18:04

More Coal Capacity Closed In 2018 Than First 3 Years Of Obama Admin "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Last week, the Sierra Club announced the latest U.S. coal plant to close: FirstEnergys Pleasants Power Station in West Virginia. Its No. 268 in a long line of U.S. coal plants that have shut down since 2010, and among several to suspend operations this month. The environmental organization lauded the closure as a victory in its Beyond Coal campaign and an affirmation that coal continues to lose when pitted against other fuel sources. The latest Sustainable Energy in America Factbook from Bloomberg New Energy Finance and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy noted that the steady march of coal plant closures did slow somewhat in 2017, with just six plants closing compared to the previous years eight. But BNEF expects the closure trend to resume next year, with nearly as much plant capacity set to shut down 2018 as during the 2015 peak, when the coal industry dropped 15 gigawatts.

18:00

Consensus Emerges: Russia Committed an "Act of War" Like Pearl Harbor and 9/11. Should the U.S. Response Be Similar? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Since last week's indictments alleging that 13 Russian nationals and entities created fake social media accounts and sponsored political events to sow political discord in the U.S., something of a consensus has arisen in the political and media class (with some notable exceptions) that these actions not only constitute an "act of war" against the U.S., but one so grave that it is tantamount to Pearl Harbor and 9/11.

17:58

UAE Just Overthrew Yemens Government And Nobodys Talking About It "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

TheLastAmericanVagabond.com

Between a major regional confrontation on the horizon taking place in Syria between Israel, Syria, Russia, Iran, Turkey, and the United States and a potential nuclear standoff with North Korea and China, it is no surprise that there are many newsworthy stories that continue to go unnoticed. One such story is what is currently taking place in Yemen, and []

The post UAE Just Overthrew Yemens Government And Nobodys Talking About It appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

17:58

The #MeToo Conversation Erases Trans People My First Article for HuffPost Opinion "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

CN: Sexual Assault, Transphobia

The Me Too movement has given many women the courage to speak up about their experiences with sexual assault and has opened up a nationwide dialogue about consent and sexual misconduct in our culture. As with many mainstream feminist movements, however, the movement has been silent at best and hostile at worst when it comes to the experiences of transgender people.

Take, for example, actress Rose McGowans encounter with a trans woman at a Jan. 31 speaking engagement. During an appearance at the Union Square Barnes & Noble in Manhattan, Andi Dier stood up and challenged comments McGowan had made on RuPauls podcast Whats the Tee? last year. They [trans women] assume, the actress said on the podcast, because they felt like a woman on the inside . . . Thats not developing as a woman. Thats not g...

17:52

Legal Marijuana Propelling Public Banking "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Things are moving fast in California. A Los Angeles City Council committee approved a resolution February 16 to support the recently introduced state bill that would create a Public Bank that could take deposits from legal marijuana businesses. California Senate Bill 930, introduced at the end of January, would establish a state-chartered bank that would allow a person licensed to engage in commercial cannabis activity to engage in banking activities in California. The LA resolution to support SB 930 was proposed by Council President Herb Wesson and approved by the councils Rules, Elections and Intergovernmental Relations Committee. Wesson proposed creating a Public Bank for the City of Los Angeles in July 2017.

17:47

How City-Owned Public Banks Could Transform Cities "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Its no surprise that Malia Cohen worries about what local public dollars are doing. As a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, the municipal legislative body, its her job to know how, where and why the citys money is coming in and going out. But recently, Cohen has joined a growing number of public officials around the country who are wondering what happens in between what happens when the money in the city coffers goes to sleep at night. In fiscal year 2017, the city of San Francisco took in an average of $508 million a month in revenues and put out $467 million a month in expenses. But in between, the banks that handle all that cash sometimes used public dollars in ways that, in the opinions of Cohen and others, contradict the reasons why that money is coming and going in the first place.

17:38

The Emperors New Terrorist "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Israeli occupation prosecutors have been working arduously for two months, like the tailors in Hans Christian Andersens The Emperors New Clothes, to tailor a case for Ahed Tamimi, in order to make her a terrorist. After her arrest, it was ruled that she must be kept in prison until the end of proceedings, because, God forbid, she might slap again. After indicting her on some rather ridiculous charges such as interfering with a soldier carrying out his duties, her trial was to actually begin on her 17th birthday, the 31st of January but it was delayed a week, and then another week. The prosecutors needed more time to tailor the final, invisible touches to this amazing case. Finally, last week, the trial started, and we were meant to witness it.

17:31

Young America "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Nearly a century ago, Mohandas Gandhi started a new publication to share his vision of nonviolent organizing, filling it with inspiring quotations and political insights. He titled the journal Young India, to indicate that its teachings were intended to help the people plan for eventual independence, fusing the methods of building a movement with those required to begin (re)building a nation. Gandhi saw the means and ends as interconnected, and reflected this in his personal practices and societal aspirations. Of particular interest is the March 23, 1922, issue of the journal, which recounted proceedings from The Great Trial in which Gandhi was charged with attempting to promote disaffection toward the British colonial government. The exhibits against him were three articles he posted in Young India, including one titled Tampering with Loyalty.

17:28

There are six of them? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I saw the first Sharknado movie it failed to reach the low, low standard of being so bad it was entertaining. But now I learn that there have been multiple sequels, and theyre working on a sixth? I think theyre reaching. I didnt watch 2, 3, 4, or 5 didnt even know they existed and the synopsis of #6 doesnt appeal at all.

After losing his family to the deadly sharknados, Fin (played by Ian Ziering) discovers the ability to travel through time using the sharknados as a sort of portal. His mission is to bring his family back to life through the powers of time travel and/or prevent the threat of the terrifying fish funnels altogether. In a new spin on Sharknado 5s world-traveling plot, Fins time traveling will bring him in contact with all manner of legends and historical figures. You can read the full synopsis below:

All is lost, or is it? Fin unlocks the time-traveling power of the SHARKNADOS in order to save the world and resurrect his family. In his quest, Fin fights Nazis, dinosaurs, knights, and even takes a ride on Noahs Ark. This time, its not how to stop the sharknados, its when.

The movie poster shows the hero holding a chainsaw. There must always be a chainsaw.

I hear theres a Fifty Shades of Grey sequel. The concept makes my stomach churn, but I think Id rather see that. Or maybe Id rather give in to a masochistic urge to bleach my eyeballs. So many choices!

17:23

A Womans Rebellion "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Naila and the Uprising, the latest documentary by Brazilian filmmaker Julia Bacha, who previously directed the 2009 documentary Budrus, centers on the life of Naila Ayesh and how she came to resist the Israeli occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Naila was imprisoned and tortured for her resistance, and upon her release organized women to lead the uprising known as the first intifada that began in 1987. The film opens with a present-day scene of Naila looking through a photo album with her son Majd, who observes that asking someone to recall their past also means asking them to relive it. The viewer senses that this process will invoke painful memories, and indeed it does. Naila recalls that she was 8 years old in 1967, when the Israeli military invaded and took control of the West Bank...

17:15

Florida Students March To Stoneman Douglas High To Show Solidarity Over School Shooting "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Hundreds of students walked out of classes at a Florida high school on Tuesday morning and were marching nearly 11 miles to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where a mass shooting left 17 students and staff members dead last week. Students from West Boca Raton High School left their classes to protest gun violence and to express solidarity with the school community in Parkland, Florida, that lived through last weeks massacre, according to local reports, The Palm Beach County Sheriffs office initially monitored the students march to ensure their safety, a department spokesperson told HuffPost. Deputies with the Broward County Sheriffs office then met them at the county line as they continued to walk toward Stoneman Douglas high, which remains close following the shooting.

17:08

Venezuela Just Became First Country to Have Its Own Cryptocurrency and Its Backed by Oil "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

cyrptocurrency

Venezuela has just become the first country in the world to launch their own cryptocurrency, the "Petro," as a direct response to the US blockade on their oil markets. It raised nearly a billion in a day.

The post Venezuela Just Became First Country to Have Its Own Cryptocurrency and Its Backed by Oil appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

17:04

Facebook's Ugly And Dark Side "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

And the other takeaway is that the people who engage in this kind of behavior -- I hate to say it -- are not the most educated or sophisticated on Facebook or social media.

16:55

Another NO: Religious Tax Exemption. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Focus on the Family has posted a tax return on its website that declares that it is a church, but has not filed the return with the government.

Focus on the Family has posted a tax return on its website that declares that it is a church, but has not filed the return with the government.

Im just about to head out for chemo, but this caught my eye, and this should be a huge, furious NO NO NO no more tax exemption for religious anything. Most churches have more money than 10 gods combined, this is not something they need, especially when they constantly violate the rules of the exemption. The latest to join in the tax free haven religion provides is Focus on the Family, James Dobsons little hate group.

The IRSs master database of tax-exempt organizations, last updated on February 13, also indicates that Focus is listed as a church that is not required to file a 990.

Focus on the Family declaring itself to be a church is puzzling. While the Colorado Springs-based organization has somewhat softened its image since it was led by the firebrand Dobson, it remains active in political debates and advocacy (even in a nominally nonpartisan way). A social issues section on the groups website currently features information on a supposed threat to bathroom safety posed by transgender people thanks to LGBTQ activists fighting in politics, churches and popular culture, and contains an update on cultural issues in the courts. In June, Focus invited Vice President Mike Pence to speak at an event celebrating its 40th anniversary, where he promised the group it had an unwavering ally in President Trump.

Gail Harmon, an attorney who has advised nonprofits on tax law for more than 30 years,...

16:49

WATCH: Tyrant Cop Caught On Video Attacking a Man for Legally Filming "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

filming

For legally filming the police, and doing nothing wrong, an innocent man was attacked and kidnapped by deputies and forced to work to earn back his freedom.

The post WATCH: Tyrant Cop Caught On Video Attacking a Man for Legally Filming appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

16:40

Doing the right thing for the wrong reasons "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I am back from my travels and was greeted with the news that Donald Trump seems to have backed off his earlier support for the anti-vaccination movement. At various points, he had expressed support for widely debunked claims that vaccines could cause autism and had even proposed setting up a commission to study the issue, which many people feared would provide a highly visible platform for the skeptics to spread their ideas.

The most prominent of the skeptics who had been supposedly tasked with heading the commission is Robert F. Kennedy Jr. who as far as I know has no scientific credentials but is exploiting his political pedigree as the son of the former attorney general and nephew of the former president. But apparently Trump has been cool to the idea of the commission recently.

The son of former US attorney general Bobby Kennedy met Trump in New York during the presidential transition in January last year and announced that he had been asked to chair a commission to review vaccine safety.

Scientists warned that it would give credence to debunked theories, while a Trump spokeswoman denied any decision had been made.

Then, a year ago this week, Kennedy told reporters he had met many times with members of Trumps transition team, trading documents about what the commission would look like. But little has been heard of the plan since then.

I would say theres zero progress, Kennedy told the Guardian last week. We were told President Trump wanted to meet directly with us. Not only did nothing happen, theyve cut off all communication with people who care about this issue. The administration has decided to go in another direction.

It is too much to hope that Trump has been persuaded by the science, since he has not bothered to even appoint a head of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the person responsible for giving science advice to the president. Trump is a man who is not only ignorant but proudly flaunts his ignorance by claiming to be an expert on any topic that comes before him. The reason for his hesitation is likely that the drug companies have quietly weighed in in favor of the vaccines. Part of the anti-vaxxers argument is that vaccines are being promoted by the drug companies as a big money maker for them and that they are conspiring with scientists to hide the risks. The drug companies may have feared being targeted by the commission.

Kennedy blamed the presidents shift on high-level corruption tying the administration to the pharmaceutical industry, which he claims has historically blocked research into vacci...

16:31

On Teen Excellence, Guns, and Adult Failure "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

the right responds to parkland

A collection of garbage people showing off their trash on Twitter.

When I was 17, I worked with the local universitys Students for Jesse Jackson chapter. When I was 17, I caucused for Jesse Jackson for president, went to the county convention, and got my parents to do the same. When I was 17, a group of us organized a walk-out over an upcoming school referendum we needed to fund our school and that the public was resisting.

Anyone doubting the kids from Parkland and other kids taking up the cause of gun violence in America either has forgotten being young or spent their own youth in self-absorbed dissolution.

Anyone who doubts these kids is ignoring the many examples of teen excellence that surround us, from student governments to Olympians and everything in between.

Is it believable that a 17-year-old can have the fortitude and dedication to win a gold medal but somehow inconceivable that a 17-year-old would rise up over the bodies of their murdered friends and demand change from the adults who are supposed to be running the world?

When I was 17, Columbine was twelve years into the future. I worried about the safety of school funding, which was already under attack. I did not worry about the safety of my body beyond hurled insults and soda cans. When I was 17, I did not rehearse lock-downs like my son did when he was five.

Its over 30 years later, and here we are with a right wing that wants to turn our schools into fortresses rather than take any steps to curb the prevalence of guns and gun violence in America. That would rather turn the United States into a police state than confront what is a unique and deadly American problem.

And that other issue? The school funding? Its 30 years later and republican policies have hamstrung our public schools and left our kids with fewer resources to work with for their education let alone their safety.

And the right wing now has the nerve to act surprised when survivors of a massacre stand up to say #NeverAgain? It has the grotesque audacity to claim these kids are paid shills or pawns of the left when they speak out against decades of adult garbage policies that helped put them in those rooms where their friends and teachers died?

Go get em, kids. Go get their apathy and cynicism, and burn it down. Go get their powerful powerlessness, and expose them for the cowards they are. A...

16:31

Photos=> Student School Massacre Survivors and CBS Reporter Party Like Rock Stars "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Shocking photos posted to Twitter of a CBS News reporter and students who survived last Wednesdays high school massacre in Parkland, Florida that killed seventeen students and faculty, show the reporter and students laughing uproariously and posing for the photos like they are partying rock stars. The photos featuring CBS reporter Gisela Perez and the []

16:30

Christian Evangelist Billy Graham Has Died At 99 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Rev. Billy Graham died at age 99 in his home in North Carolina, networks reported Wednesday.

The evangelical Christian is famous for the massive evangelistic rallies he held all over the globe, later known as crusades, in which he delivered a straightforward message of the gospel that struck a chord with millions. He served as an adviser to several U.S. presidents, and is considered one of the most influential Christian preachers of the 20th century.

A spokesman for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association confirmed his death Wednesday morning to several news outlets and released a brief statement saying he died at 7:46 a.m. He was diagnosed with Parkinsons disease in 1992 and was hospitalized several times in recent years for a pulmonary condition, and had battled cancer, pneumonia and other health issues.

Graham is estimated to have reached some 215 million people in 185 countries with the Christian message to turn from sin and trust in Jesus Christ, in part because of his pioneering use of television and radio. He largely retired from his ministry after holding a final crusade in New York City in 2005, and passed his mission over to his son, Franklin Graham. In a final recorded sermon released in 2013, Graham said hes wept for America.

Our countrys in great need of a spiritual awakening, he said. There have been times that Ive wept as Ive gone from city to city and Ive seen how far people have wandered from God.

Graham advised numerous presidents including Harry Truman, Lyndon Johnson, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, and was a friend of Queen Elizabeth. President Ronald Reagan awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1993.

16:30

Russia Surprisingly Admits Several Dozen of Its Citizens Were Killed in US Strike "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Russia Admits(ANTIWAR.COM)  Russias Foreign Ministry offered a surprising confirmation on Tuesday, saying that indeed dozens of the people killed in a recent flurry of US strikes against pro-government forces in Syria were either Russian citizens or citizens of other former Soviet states. Reports are that hundreds of people were killed in the US attack on February 7, which the []

16:25

On Russia, Democrats Try To Rewrite History "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This week, CNN fact checked Donald Trumps recent claim that he had been tougher on Russia than Barack Obama. (No he wasnt) maintained the cheeky chyron. Though the network fancies itself the arbiter of truth in the Era of Trump apples and bananas and all that this particular contention is, at the very least, debatable. In fact, theres a good case to be made that in nearly every way, save rhetoric, the president has been tougher on Russia than his predecessor.

This isnt necessarily a heavy lift when we consider Obama spent most of his eight years placating Vladimir Putin and his allies in the Middle East. Much of the trouble we find ourselves in now can be directly traced to Obamas feckless policies.

By the time Obama let Putins stooge Dmitry Medvedev know that the administration would have more flexibility on missile defense, the president had already canceled the sale of American missile-defense systems to our allies in Poland and the Czech Republic. This pleased Putin greatly. At the time, Obama and his allies were arguing that the Poles didnt really need these kinds of unproven weapons. Yet, at the end of 2017, Trumps State Department approved the sale of a Patriot missile defense system to Poland. Apparently, the Poles disagreed with both Putin and Obama.

Does anyone believe that a Clinton administration would have reversed course?

By the time Obama, and most Democrats, were mocking Mitt Romney for warning about Russian geopolitical threats, Medvedev had little reason to transmit the presidents promise on missile defense to Vladimir. Obama and Medvedev had already signed a treaty to shrink their nations nuclear arsenals. The Russian arsenal was deteriorating and the United States had absolutely no reason to contract its own other than to pacify the Russians. It is clearly a legacy issue for the Obama administration, explained CBS News foreign affairs analyst Pamela Falk.

There was more. Conveniently forgotten by todays fact-checking press, who note that Trump only ...

16:25

A Merry Christmas Thank You "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Ralph Reed went all gushy on Prezs Day (I had no idea until Rick took off to the bank in Glen Ullin, came back with a duh, presidents day.) Our work schedules dont make us aware of that particular long weekend. Anyroad, Mr. Reed just couldnt shut up about all the wondrous christian values the Tiny Tyrant supports:

Reeds email gushed that Trump has proven, time and time again, that hes a fearless champion for conservative values, praising Trumps support for the Republican tax bill and his administrations zeal in rolling back regulations.

Reed praised Trump as a tireless advocate for Christian values, writing, From the onset, President Trump promised to make America say Merry Christmas againand fight back against anti-Christian bigotry. Reed also celebrated Trump for addressing the anti-abortion-rights March for Life and supporting legislation to ban abortions after 20 weeks.

Just how much fucking hash is going to be made about this merry mishmush business? FFS, no one stopped anyone from saying it in the first place. Your choice of greeting is personal, so its a good thing theres all manner of them. Can all you fucking christians shut the fuck up about it now? Theres nothing remotely amusing about the rest of the massive mess the Tiny Tyrant is making. Mr. Reed did provide one bright spot in the amusement area

In what seems like an effort to make sure that Trump notices Reeds adoration, Reeds email repeatedly linked to a pre-written message that readers could post on Twitter:

.@POTUS, thank for your standing up for Christian and conservative values. #presidentsday #ffc

Trump supporters who tweeted as Reed asked them to on Monday afternoon shared the #ffc hashtag with fans of the Fulham Football Club, who were still celebrating the London soccer teams Saturday victory over Aston Villa.

Hahahahahaha, oh my. If I thought Mr. Reed had any capacity for thought, that might teach him to check hashtags first.

The full story is at RWW.

16:14

Opera Singer Robert Magyar Brings Down the House at the G Salvatore Fashion Showcase [Video] "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Opera singer Robert Magyar has sung with many opera greats. At the G Salvatore Fashion Showcase, an event filled with people half his age who are into trap music, he sang a song by Frank Sinatra and brought the house down. Magyar began singing in primary school with the internationally acknowledged choir Tth Lajos ltalnos []

The post Opera Singer Robert Magyar Brings Down the House at the G Salvatore Fashion Showcase [Video] appeared first on Guardian Liberty Voice.

16:09

Complicit Western Media Primps for Its China Witch Hunt Close-up "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Its Chinese New Year and time for our special entertainment edition of China Watch.  We document the atrocities at the CCTV New Years Gala!  Racism! Outrage!  And the back story on why China went blackface to show its love for Africa!

Then we look at witch hunts against foreign influence.  Do you know why witch hunts arent coming back in America?  Because they never went away!  China Watch examines the US governments witch hunt machinery that was developed to root out Communist influence in glamorous Hollywood and is now gearing up for a run at Chinese influence in the United States.  No its not McCarthyism.  Its a lot, lot worse.  And scarier.

And doing the dirty dog is dangerous to your health!  A Malaysian rapper risks Malaysian government wrath over a risqu Year of the Dog video.

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2018 CCTV Spring Festival Gala

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16:07

Brian Hogg appeared on CBS 6 months ago, appears to be groomed by media "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In what can only be described as outright strange, David Hogg, a survivor of the Florida mass shooting who has quickly risen to prominence as a mainstream media promoted anti-gun activist, actually appeared in a CBS Los Angeles news report six months ago!

The CBS report featured Hogg as an apparent eyewitness and videographer of a shocking confrontation between Hogg, a lifeguard, and one of Hoggs friends who is seen being harassed by the lifeguard over a seemingly minor infraction.

Hogg is interviewed in the report and claimed that the entire issue was over his surfer friend resting a bodyboard on a beach trashcan.

Interestingly, now, just days after the horrific shooting, Hogg has reconnected with CBS for an anti-gun piece in which the survivors and the CBS reporters pushing their gun grabbing agenda took multiple smiling photos as if they were rock stars getting ready to do their next show.

Infowars reports:

Hogg has reconnected with CBS for an appearance on CBS This Morning as the mainstream media unabashedly features high school students as figureheads for a new anti-gun push.

A CBS employee posted a photo of Hogg with fellow teen activists and CBS reporter Gisela Perez, which was later taken down after Kristinn Taylor of The Gateway Pundit reported on the photo shoot and how strange it seemed that all parties looked so cheerful and enthusiastic in the wake of such a tragedy.

These photos were taken over the weekend on the set of an interview taped for broadcast Monday morning, Taylor wrote.

This means the students were only three or four days out from surviving a massacre in their school. In just a few days they have become celebrated heroes of the anti-Trump resis...

16:06

Billy Graham is dead "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Yall remember Billy Graham, right?

On the account of James Warren in the Chicago Tribune, who has filed excellent stories down the years on Nixons tapes, in this 1972 Oval Office session between Nixon, Haldeman and Graham, the President raises a topic about which we cant talk about it publicly, namely Jewish influence in Hollywood and the media.

Nixon cites Paul Keyes, a political conservative who was executive producer of the NBC hit, Rowan and Martins Laugh-In, as telling him that 11 of the 12 writers are Jewish.

That right? says Graham, prompting Nixon to claim that Life magazine, Newsweek, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and others, are totally dominated by the Jews.

Nixon says network TV anchors Howard K. Smith, David Brinkley and Walter Cronkite front men who may not be of that persuasion, but that their writers are 95 percent Jewish.

This stranglehold has got to be broken or the countrys going down the drain, the nations best-known preacher declares.

You believe that? Nixon says.

Yes, sir, Graham says.

Oh, boy, replies Nixon.

So do I. I cant ever say that but I believe it.

No, but if you get elected a second time, then we might be able to do something, Graham replies.

Magnanimously Nixon concedes that this does not mean that all the Jews are bad, but that most are left-wing radicals who want peace at any price except where support for Israel is concerned. The best Jews are actually the Israeli Jews.

Thats right, agrees Graham, who later concurs with a Nixon assertion that a powerful bloc of Jews confronts Nixon in the media.

And theyre the ones putting out the pornographic stuff, Graham adds.

Later Graham says that a lot of the Jews are great friends of mine. They swarm around me and are friendly to me. Because they know I am friendly to Israel and so forth. They dont know how I really feel about what theyre doing to this country.

After Grahams departure Nixon says to Haldeman, You know it was good we got this point about the Jews across.

Its a shocking point, Haldeman replies.

Well, says Nixon, Its also, the Jews are irreligious, atheistic, immoral bunch of bastards.

Now look at how the cookie-cutter obituaries in the major ne...

16:04

Fake News? Try Fake Video and Audio Technology "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Court Determines Military Burn Pits Caused Lung Disease in Troops (Reader Pat)

And now those involved in burning trash and other chemicals in Afghanistan and Iraq will receive treatment, which was previously denied by their health insurance.

US-Backed Police in Honduras Hunting Down Protesters (Russ)

Honduras is still in uproar after a contentious election. The winning party, with US support, is now hunting down protesters to calm lingering civil strife.

Trumps Iran Nuclear Deal for Saudi Arabia (Dan)

The Obama administrations 2015 nuclear deal with Iran was an agreement to halt nuclear development in the country in exchange for loosened sanctions for Western investment. The deal was met with pushback and skepticism by Republicans and then-candidate Trump. Now President Trump is negotiating a similar deal with Saudi Arabia, whose nuclear ambitions have been obvious for some time.

The Fundamental Uncertainty of Muellers Russia Indictments (Jimmy)

The author writes, Both sides have rushed to interpret Rosensteins statements as offering certainty: with the White House claiming that the Trump campaign has been exonerated, and the legacy media running with the story of a sophisticated, bold Russian plan to meddle in American elections.

Compensation for the Wrongly Imprisoned? Act Fast (Reader Steve)

California requires that wrongly imprisoned inmates prove their innocence within two years of the day of their release in order to receive state compensation.

CNN Compares Russia with Islamic Terrorists (Dan)

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper delivered a lengthy monologue comparing President Trumps ability to call out the enemy of radical Islamic terrorism,...

16:01

Turkish Invasion of Syria (update) "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A blend of pro-government Syrian forces entered Afrin yesterday. The convoy of pick-up trucks with armed fighters in them that was shown on TV on 19 February leaving Aleppo arrived in Afrin on the morning of the 20th. Lebanese Hizballah posted the images of the arriving fighters, suggesting Hizballah, or at least Shiite, militiamen were sent to Afrin. 

Turkish regulars executed an artillery barrage as the pro-government forces arrived, according to Syrian state media. "Turkish regime forces targeted the locations of popular forces with artillery fire as they arrived in the Afrin region." 

Turkey said it fired "warning shots" at Syrian pro-regime forces in Afrin. "Pro-regime terrorist groups that are trying to advance towards Afrin retreated to about 10 kilometers (six miles) from the town because of the warning shots," the Turkish state news agency Anadolu said.

CNN-TURK and two other mainstream Turkish news outlets reported that the pro-government Syrian forces were driven back, leaving the impression that the Turks prevented their arrival in Afrin. That is disinformation, aka false news. Coming from CNN, it can't surprise any of this blog's readers.
Kurds confirmed the reinforcements. In a statement on the 20th, the Peoples Defense/Protection Units (YPG) spokesman Nuri Mahmud said in a statement, "The Syrian government responded to the invitation, answered the call of duty and sent military units today, 20 February, to take up positions on the borders, and participate in defending the territorial unity of Syria and its borders." 
A large Hizballah deployment would be significant. Hizballah fighters have proven to be the equal of Islamic State and pro-al-Qaida al Nusra Front fighters, similar to the Peoples Defense/Protection Units (YPG). They are tougher fighters than the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army and probably many Turkish army units.

...

15:55

Chemo DayI Hope. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Harry Sieplinga via Getty Images.

So, Im supposed to have my second infusion today. Ive been pushed back so far, Im back to the beginning again, so its eight cycles, not seven. The I hope is because I have to be in same day surgery first, to have Grimhild irrigated, and I got a feelingwell, if I am imprisoned again, Ill be prepared. Ill have my artwork, packed duffel, Hekate (spare computer), and I found and dusted off one of my little stealth cameras, my coolpix, um, I think it might be an S1 or summat. So, hopefully Ill have everything I needJust In Case.

Anyroad, I wont be around all day, because I probably wont get out of chemo until around 4pm, and if its possible, and if I dont feel like death, were gonna Black Panther!

15:42

Video Released Showing Police Kill Unarmed 17yo Boy in His DrivewayNo Charges "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

unarmed

An unarmed Overland Park, Kansas teenager and beloved high school sports star was killed by police when after his girlfriend called 911 to tell them he may have been suicidal.

The post Video Released Showing Police Kill Unarmed 17yo Boy in His DrivewayNo Charges appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

15:25

Stooge Time for Amerika "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

One recalls, when in the late 70s they rebroadcast the re-runs of The Three Stooges comedy show, aficionados of the show would shout out ' It's Stooge time! ' Well, sadly, after the latest school shooting in Florida, it is Stooge Time again.

15:20

Word Wednesday. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Miscreant / Concatenation / Onomastic

 
Miscreant, adjective:

1: Unbelieving, heretical.

2: Depraved, villainous.

Miscreant, noun:

1: Infidel, Heretic.

2: One who behaves criminally or viciously.

[Origin: Middle English miscreaunt, from Anglo-French mescreant, present participle of mescreire to disbelieve, from mes + creire to believe, from Latin credere.]

(14th Century)

Concatenate, adjective: linked together.

Transitive verb -nated; -nating: to link together in a series or chain.

-Concatenation, noun.

[Origin: Middle English, from Late Latin concatenatus, past participle of concatenare to link together, from Latin con- + catena chain.]

(15th Century)

Onomastic, adjective: of, relating to, or consisting of a name or names.

-onomastically, adverb.

[Origin: Greek onomastikos, from onomazein to name, from onoma name.]

(1716)

Miscreant & Concatenation:

It hadnt surprised him one bit. Joss had always known that objects large and small have secret, vicious lives of their own. He could perhaps make an exception for pieces of fishing tackle that had never taken him on in the living memory of the Brittany fleet; but otherwise the world of things was manifestly focused on making mans life sheer misery. The merest slip of a hand can give a supposedly inanimate object enough freedom of movement to set off a chain of catastrophes which may peak at any point on the Murphy Scale, from Damn Nuisance to Bloody Tragedy. Corks provide a simple illustration of the basic pattern, viz. a wine cork dropped from the table never rolls back to nestle at the boot of whoever let it slip. Oh no, its evil mind always elects to reside behind the stove, like a spider looking for inaccessible sanctuary. The errant cork thus plunges its hereditary hunter, Humankind, into a trial of strength. He has to move the stove and the gas connection out of the wall; he bends down to seize the miscreant bung and a pot falls off the hob and scalds his head. But this mornings case arose from a more complex concatenation. It had begun with the t...

15:17

Russia Committed an Act of War Against the US on Par With Pearl Harbor and 9/11? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Russia Pearl Harbor(INTERCEPT)  In the wake of last weeks indictments alleging that 13 Russian nationals and entities created fake social media accounts and sponsored political events to sow political discord in the U.S., something of a consensus has arisen in the political and media class (with some notable exceptions) that these actions not only constitute an act of war against the U.S., but one so []

15:17

Teen Survivors Dominate Gun Control Conversation, Plan March on DC "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In less than a week after a gunman massacred 17 at their school, teen survivors from Florida's Parkland High School have emerged as the gun control activists of our time, inspiring widespread support. Five of the teens began planning the "March for Our Lives" rally, to take place in Washington DC on March 24, and put up a website, and already have $2 in donations from 4 celebrity sources.

14:57

Trump nominee for Indian Health Service drops out amid doubts about record "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Robert Weaver, President Donald Trumps embattled nominee to lead the Indian Health Service, is no longer under consideration for the job.

14:42

Biohackers: irresponsible showboats trusting homeostasis to keep them alive "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Look. When this guy thinks maybe biohacking has gone too far, you know biohacking has gone too far.

Zayner is no stranger to stunts in biohackingloosely defined as experiments, often on the self, that take place outside of traditional lab spaces. You might say he invented their latest incarnation: Hes sterilized his body to transplant his entire microbiome in front of a reporter. Hes squabbled with the FDA about selling a kit to make glow-in-the-dark beer. Hes extensively documented attempts to genetically engineer the color of his skin. And most notoriously, he injected his arm with DNA encoding for CRISPR that could theoretically enhance his musclesin between taking swigs of Scotch at a live-streamed event during an October conference. (Experts sayand even Zayner himself in the live-stream concededits unlikely to work.)

Josiah Zayner has done lots of stupid stunts. Now he calls himself a social activist, which apparently in his mind means someone who does irresponsible and ineffective stunts to provoke the public to be similarly irresponsible. Now hes waking up, a little bit, to what hes been doing.

I didnt realize what my actions could result in. Im just starting to come to grips with that.

Biology is really, really complicated, minor changes can have radical consequences, and we dont understand 90% of it. OK, 95%. Maybe 99%. When peoples lives are at stake, you poke at it very, very cautiously, because you dont know what kind of cascading systems failure youre going to trigger. The system does exhibit a lot of resilience that helps maintain equilibrium, which means these showboats can play games that mostly do nothing, giving the misleading idea that theyre harmless, but all it takes is one accident to set everyone back. Responsibility is an important concept in science.

14:21

Nsschen 3. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

From Giliell, click for full size!

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14:20

Contemptible disinformation "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

It happens every time. A terrible event happens, and despicable conspiracy theorists/propaganda agents respond by spreading terrible lies. Its happening right now with the survivors of the Parkland shooting, a concerted effort to discredit anyone who criticizes the status quo by lying about the event.

Some students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School immediately took to social media calling on President Donald Trump and Congress to do something about guns and calling out commentators like Foxs Tomi Lahren for saying now wasnt the time to talk about guns. David Hogg, a student journalist who interviewed students on lockdown during the shooting, made several TV appearances demanding leaders take action. Another student, Emma Gonzalez, called out the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the legislators who do its bidding. Melissa Falkowski, a teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, went on CNN calling on Congress to do more to to end gun violence, to keep our kids safe. Lori Alhadeff, whose 14-year-old daughter was killed, screamed at President Trump on CNN to do something. Student survivors are organizing a march on Washington D.C..

And now, Parkland survivors are targets for fake news campaigns, conspiracy theories, harassment and doxxing. Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has already suggested that the entire shooting is a false flag, which implies that all of the survivors are actors in an elaborate hoax. As survivors speak up, there are already attempts to attack and discredit them individually.

There are tells that let you know these sources are lying to you. These words are dead giveaways: False flag and Crisis actor. You see someone babbling about that, theyre simply awful, dishonest, crazy people. Another giveaway is when they start piecing together photos of the victims or the crime scene and try to match them to other photos theyve crudely googled to pretend that the actual victims were actually in Hawaii or something, when all theyve demonstrated is that people resemble other people. Just shut them down.

There are some people/sources that have negative credibility.

Alex Jones
Tucker Carlson
Fox & Friends
Gateway Pundit
NRATV
Lucian Wintrich
Dinesh DSouza
r/theDonald
4chan
Anyone with the last name Trump

And many more. One additional problem, though, is that Twitter has become the perfect propaganda machine anyone can manipulate it to automate broadcasting thousands of tweets promoting the lies invented by other disinformation agents, masking their origin and making sound like they hav...

14:14

The Empire Strikes Back-The Deep State Is Planning Massive Terror Attacks "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

 

cbn attack

Five years ago, I reported that Ex-federal officials belonging to virtually every alphabet soup agency are continuing to early retire and bug out from their present location. They know what is coming. I am getting reports that these defections and bug-outs are increasing exponentially, Man in FEMA and DHS fear that the United States will soon be exposed to a series of chemical, biological and nuclear attacks. Trump is still president and the number of people awakening is frightening.

Deep State propaganda is failing. CNN isnt even used as a night-light anymore. The Deep State must do something.

Trump Led Populism Must Be Stopped At All Costs

The ground swell of Trump-led populism will not be tolerated by the criminal elite. Before they forfeit their free trade agreements and the benefits enjoyed by their multi-national corporations, due to illegal immigration, they will fight back against the rising tide of global defiance from the people. Their Trump card (pun intended) is to unleash mass genocide against the people in the form of a chemical/biological/nuclear (CBN).  Then the perpetrators will blame ISIS, or more likely North Korea and World War III will be started.

Even many Silicon Valley is bugging out (New Zealand).The reports I am getting oabout the prominent and the Alphabet Soup people leaving are dramatically increasing.

Ex-FEMA Relocations

north carolinaOver 5 years ago, I reported that recently retired officials from FEMA/DHS are relocating to the rolling hill areas, in the Southeast. Their enclave contains resources consisting of air, water, food and guns. These enclaves also include underground structures which are sensibly self-contained and can serve to isolate the inhabitants from the outside. I have two sources on this information which includes a family member and a retired FEMA official who has chosen not to participate in this relocation. The nonparticipant ex-official from FEMA did not seek sanctuary with these g...

14:11

Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation makes strides in health care system "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Cherokee Nation Health Services offers our citizens some of the best care available in Indian Country.

14:05

Volvox 2019 dates and location "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Fifth International Volvox Conference will be held at the University of Tokyo July 26-29, 2019, hosted by Professor Hisayoshi Nozaki. The tentative schedule is as follows:

Friday 26 July 2019
Registration and welcoming reception and poster set up.

Saturday 27 July 2019
Oral session and Poster session
Mixer

Sunday 28 July 2019
Oral session
Dinner party

Monday 29 July 2019
One day and/or half day trips to Volvox-field collection/algal culture collection at NIES etc. (not determined).

This is all I know at this point, but I will keep you posted.

Previous meetings have been at Biosphere 2 outside Tucson, Arizona; University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, New Brunswick; Cambridge University in Cambridge, U.K.; and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, Missouri. This meeting will represent the third continent and the fourth country for the current series of Volvox meetings, which began in 2011.

14:00

The Daily Bird #626. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A gorgeous Eurasian Jay from Giliell, click for full size!

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13:45

Skull&Bones, Antony Sutton, and bankrolling the enemy "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Antony Sutton, Skull&Bones, bankrolling the enemy

by Jon Rappoport

February 21, 2018

When you see the same elites funding, encouraging, and enabling both sides in a major war, youre on the road to understanding war from a higher perspective. These elites use war to create chaos, which they then solve by imposing, in the aftermath, their kind of ordergreater control over life, greater control over institutions of government. They call this operation peace. But its really the shrinking of freedom. (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)

The prodigious author and researcher, Antony Sutton (1925-2002), wrote about hidden men behind momentous events.

I recently came across a 1999 interview with Sutton, conducted by Kris Millegan, researcher and head of TrineDay publishers.

Millegan wrote about Antony Sutton in 1999: Antony C. Sutton, 74, has been persecuted but never prosecuted for his research and subsequent publishing of his findings. His mainstream career was shattered by his devotion towards uncovering the truth. In 1968, his Western Technology and Soviet Economic Development was published by The Hoover Institute at Stanford University. Sutton showed how the Soviet states technological and manufacturing base, which was then engaged in supplying the North Vietnamese the armaments and supplies to kill and wound American soldiers, was built by US firms and mostly paid for by the US taxpayers. From their largest steel and iron plant, to automobile manufacturing equipment, to precision ball-bearings and computers, basically the majority of the Soviets large industrial enterprises had been built with the United States help or technical assistance.

Then, someone sent Antony a membership list of Skull and Bones and a picture jumped out. And what a picture! A multigenerational foreign-based secret society with fingers in all kinds of pies and roots going back to Illuminati influences in 1830s Germany.

Here are excerpts from the 1999 interview:

Millegan Can you tell the story of how you learned of Skull & Bones? And how you felt?

Sutton I knew nothing of S&B until I received a letter in the early 80s asking if I would like to look at a genuine membership list. For no real reason I said yes. It was agreed to send the package by Federal Express and I could keep it for 24 hours, it had to be returned to the safe. It was a black bag job by a family member disgusted with their activities.

For the benefit of any S&B members who may read and doubt the statement; the membership list is in two volumes, black leather bound. Living members and deceased members in...

13:45

Jury Finds Minneapolis Cop Not Guilty in Shooting at Car With Six Youth "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Minneapolis, MN On Tuesday, February 20, a Hennepin County jury found Minneapolis Police Officer Efrem Hamilton not guilty on multiple felony charges for shooting at a car occupied by six young adults. Hamilton was charged with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, reckless discharge of a weapon, and felony discharge of firearm after a November 19, 2016 incident in which he shot his 9mm gun at a car in downtown Minneapolis.

Jurors deliberated for two days and came to the conclusion that Hamilton was not guilty on all charges levied against him. The trial lasted a few weeks and at times featured a tense courtroom with one of the victims parents being kicked out of the proceedings, testimony from an ex-cop cited in recent excessive force cases, and Hamilton himself taking the stand.

Efrem Hamilton

Prosecutors...

13:38

Let 16-year-olds vote so they can defend themselves against us "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

vote, Mark Moore, 16-year-oldsThe legal voting age since 1971 has been 18. Maybe that should be the maximum instead of the minimum, at least for a few election cycles.

I write that at age 48 after observing young people lately interact with the world created by supposedly responsible voting-age adults. Read the rest

The post Let 16-year-olds vote so they can defend themselves against us appeared first on independentarkansas.com.

13:31

How The Media Enable Rep. Adam Schiffs Russian Bot Conspiracy Theories "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Last week, Laurence Tribe suggested, without evidence, that a plane crash in Russia was related to fallout from the Russian dossier operation orchestrated and funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign. Tribe is a Harvard Law professor, a passionate critic of President Donald Trump, and a known Russia conspiracy theorist. So it should have been surprising that the same day he was tweeting out plane crash conspiracy theories, he also argued in a facially absurd op-ed in The New York Times that Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., should be charged with obstruction of justice no, really for performing congressional oversight of the FBI.

Then again, it was only last March that The New York Times published another Russia conspiracy theorist named Louise Mensch talking about Russian hacking. Yes, the same Louise Mensch who believes that the Marshal of the Supreme Court told Trump about his impeachment and that Steve Bannon faces the death penalty for espionage. (Forget it, shes rolling.)

When it comes to the Russia-Trump collusion theory, a bit more journalistic rigor is in order. One of the most enthusiastic promulgators of a Russia-Trump collusion theory is Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the ranking member on Nunes House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. For more than a year, Schiff has been hopping around all the TV stations claiming, without benefit of specifics, the existence of a vast conspiracy between Trump and Russia.

Leaks from his committee that advance this theory frequently get published,...

13:31

Collusion-Mongers Hurt America Far Worse Than The Indicted Russians Did "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The most breathtaking aspect of special counsel Robert Muellers indictment of 13 Russian nationals is not the charges against the defendants, but how perfectly those charges describe the machinations of the Russiagate Players.

By Russiagate Players, I refer to the relevant Hillary Clinton campaign officials and allies, Obama administration principals and holdovers in the law enforcement, national security and foreign policy apparatuses, Fusion GPS players and the journalists apparently in cahoots with them, who all helped create and disseminate the fast-collapsing Trump-Russia collusion narrative.

In spite of the media spin on the indictment, the primary actions of the Internet Research Agency that employed these 13 Russians can best be described as follows: Russian nationals fraudulently funded and created social media accounts and hosted or supported rallies to propagate varying political messages favorable to varying candidates and constituencies at different points during and after the 2016 election. The indictment details the Russian conspirators at one time or another supporting a total of four candidates, including Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Jill Stein. It details the Russian conspirators backing issues at one time or another ranging from Black Lives Matter to immigration limits.

Thus, while the major headline was the indictments calling out of the conspirators operations supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trumpand disparaging Hillary Clinton, and adds that some of the defendants communicated with unwitting individuals associated with the Trump Campaign, this is an unfair characterization of the full indictments descriptions. It is at the very least interesting that Mueller makes this specific assertion given the details in the indictment.

More accurately, based on the substance of the entire document, the indictment describes the defendants as having knowingly and intentionally conspired with each other (and with other persons known and unknown to the Grand Jury) to defraud the United States by impairing, obstructing, and defeating the lawful functions of government through fraud and deceit for the purposes of interfering with the U.S. political and electoral processes, including the presidential election of 2016.

The ultimate strategic goal [was] to sow discord in the U.S. political system, including the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Fraud to Interfere With an Election Describes Who?...

13:30

13 Ways Public Schools Incubate Mental Instability In Kids "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Why doesnt anyone investigate the toxic effects of todays bureaucrat-run mega-schools in the wake of a school shooting? Its high time we place a share of the blame there.

Apologists for these noxious systems continue to shift blame for their failures using the media, various left-wing lobbies, and the kids themselves as programmed mouthpieces for statist agendas like gun control. Meanwhile, they keep feeding the beast by mass institutionalizing kids.

The correlation between public school environments and the deteriorating mental health of children has been intensifying for decades. We ought to consider how these settings serve as incubators for the social alienation that can fuel such horrors.

First, consider how common it is for a public high school today to house thousands of teenagers for most of their waking hours for four solid years. (More than 3,000 students attend the Florida school where the most recent shooting took place.) During their time in that maze, kids learn to socialize, basically by finding their place in a schools hierarchy of cliques.

This sort of pecking order dynamic tends to breed resentment, status anxiety, and social dysfunction. Combine that with the toxic effects of social media and family breakdown, and youve got a deadly brew. Public schooling is increasingly unhealthy for kids emotional stability. Let us count the ways.

1. The Size and Model of Mass Schooling Is Alienating

Back in 1929-30, there were about 248,000 public schools in the United States, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. How many today? Far less than half. By 2013-14, the number had shrunk to 98,000.

When you consider that the U.S. population nearly tripled in that timeframe, theres no question this factory model of schooling has grown exponentially. The numbers speak to the intense bureaucratization of a public school system that is becoming more centralized with less local control, packing ever-larger numbers of students in one place.

The natural effect is an emotional malaise that fuels a sense of confusion and detachment. I believe the sociologist Emile Durkheim coined the term anomie to describe this sense of isolation. Even the physical architecture of public schools is getting more estranging. They tend to be larger and more looming, almost blade-runner-like in their effect of shrinking and sequestering individuals to irrelevance.

Theres alread...

13:30

Judge Who Removed Trans Teen From Parents Highlights Whats At Stake "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Transgender boy wins right to transition before college read the headlines last week after Hamilton County (OH) Juvenile Court Judge Sylvia Hendon awarded custody of a 17-year-old female (identifying as a transgender boy) to her grandparents.

To understand what is at stake in this complicated case, some background is in order. (While the case proceedings are not fully available, the judges February 16, 2018 decision is available here and provides some factual context, although the timeline is not completely clear from the courts order.)

In 2016, the teen apparently was suffering from anxiety and depression severe enough that her parents sought inpatient treatment for her at Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center. Cincinnati Childrens, which boasts of its status as a leading center for the treatment of transgender youth, subsequently diagnosed the teen with gender dysphoria.

Up until the summer of 2016, the court noted, the child had lived consistent with the assigned gender at birth (female). After beginning care with Cincinnati Childrens, the child was diagnosed as transgender and within months the hospital recommended the teen begin hormone treatment. (Given that the teen was 16 at the time, the recommended hormones were likely cross-sex hormones, which would sterilize the child.)

Then Things Got Worse

By early 2017, family relations had frayed. The parents sought Christian counseling for the teen, who resisted and called a crisis hotline alleging, according to news reports, that one parent had told the teen to commit suicide. On February 8, 2017, the Hamilton County Department of Jobs and Family Services (HCJFS) sought interim custody of the teen but the parties agreed instead to allow the teen to continue living with the childs maternal grandparents and to continue receiving therapy from Cincinnati Childrens.

By April 2017, according to the court, the situation had deteriorated and HCJFS obtained temporary custody of the teen. The parents, grandparents, and county agreed to work towards a permanency goal in which the teen would be under the grandparents care.

But with the teen under the countys interim custody, Cincinnati Childrens stepped up pressure to begin hormonal therapy to affirm the girls masculine gender identity. The county filed case plans with the court stating that the hospital would like to begin hormone the...

13:25

Former CIA Director James Woolsey Admits CIA Interferes In Foreign Elections For A Very Good Cause "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Aaron Kesel Former CIA director James Woolsey has admitted the U.S. interferes in foreign elections for a very good cause. In an interview on...

13:24

Gun Control Across The World Only Leads To Acid, Knifings, And Bombings "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I have been living in Bangkok for nearly half a decade now, but I was raised in America, and I too am watching the extensive back and forth between gun rights supporters and those pushing for strict gun control in the wake of the Florida school shooting.

In my extensive world travels, I have made a number of observations in countries that have gun control that might add something of value to the ongoing debate in the U.S. I will begin with my present home, Bangkok. We have one of the most effective gun control systems on Earth in Thailand almost nobody can afford them. Most Thai people do not have enough disposable income to afford a handgun or a rifle. So, nowadays, the bad guys use bombs.

On Sunday, February 1, 2015, I was sitting at Bangkoks luxurious Siam Paragon shopping mall. As my friends were chatting away, I heard a strange loud thud, and felt a slight rotation that I had never felt before. What was that? I asked. Thunder, my friend replied.

No, I said. And then, just as I looked over my right shoulder, I saw the second bomb go off. I had front row seats to a terrorist bombing, and I watched everyone in the plaza run for their lives. It turned out that I had walked within inches of the bombs only minutes before they went off.

And this was not to be my last close call. Six months later, on August 15, 2015, my bus crept past the Erawan Shrine in Bangkoks downtown rush hour traffic. Once we got a few blocks away, I heard the bus backfire. Well, Bangkoks buses are nearly fifty years old so I thought nothing of it until I got home. Suddenly, my telephone rang. One of my translators was on the other end. She asked if I was okay. I said yes.

And thats when I got the news: Terrorist bombing. Narrowly missed me. Twenty dead. One hundred and twenty-five wounded. The Erawan Shrine and downtown Bangkok devastated. Days later, I was able to determine that my bus was one of the last to clear that shrine before the bomb went off. Had we been just one stop light later, the death toll might have been about 70 people more.

So, thats been the result of gun control in Thailand. People normally resort to bombs here, but it is also not uncommon to hear of rural citizens building their own basic guns from scratch. So much for gun control in Thailand.

The Middle East is not far from here and I have been through several of those countries. Over there, they also seem to like bombs. Only their bombs are much bigger than those in Thailand. Sometimes they even use cars or, when all of that is in short supply, they might use a good old-fashioned sword, or even throw you off a roof if youre really unlucky.

England is not all that far from there and Ive been there, too. They have strict gun control in England. So instead of guns, they use acid. England had a rec...

13:23

Kids Should Be Told The Truth About E-Cigarettes. Theyre Not As Dangerous As Smoking "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Food and Drug Administration chairman, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, took aim at the increasing use of e-cigarettes among minors in the United states on Twitter last week. Heres what he had to say.

A few things stand out here. First, as many people noticed, e-cigs currently sold in the United States do not contain any tobacco. Its possible that Gottlieb was referring to a new generation Heat Not Burn technology that does use actual tobacco in creating a vapor without combustion. IQOS, the worlds most popular product using this technology is currently under review by the FDA, which is considering an application from Phillip Morris International, to sell the product in the United Sates. Traditional e-cigs though, do not contain any form of tobacco.

Gottlieb seems to be suggesting the 17 percent of young people who believe e-cigs are a safer alternative to combustible cigarettes are wrong, but nothing could be further from the truth. There is no scientific doubt that e-cigs absolutely are a dramatically safer product than traditional cigarettes. It is actually quite a damning statistic for the FDA, which has fought tooth and nail to keep the truth about e-cigs from the American people.

The Science Is Clear

In a recent policy statement the American Cancer Society (hardly a bosom buddy of big tobacco) had this to say: Some smokers, despite firm clinician advice, will not attempt to quit smoking cigarettes and will not use FDA approved cessation mediations. These individuals should be encouraged to switch to th...

13:23

Chris Rocks Netflix Special Tamborine Shows A Comedian Losing His Touch "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Chris Rock has a new Netflix special, as all self-respecting comedians do these days. Its called Tamborine, the point being that sometimes you play lead vocals in a band, sometimes tambourine. Whichever you have to play, do it well.

Surely, thats a family values message. Well, maybe. But this is his confessional tour. Hes busy telling you he screwed up and cheated on his wife, who divorced him, and now raising the kids is hard. The last act of the show is him bragging about how good he has it in the trying circumstances of a millionaires divorce, as women throw themselves at him so hard, so fast, hes embarrassed. I guess it is hard, but I wouldnt know, and neither would anyone else watching this show.

The millionaire lifestyle and its problems have caught up to Rock, and its hard to find what he might have in common with people who play tambourine to his lead vocals. He was a poor kid and then a struggling artist a long time ago. Tamborine was released just after his 53rd birthday. Hes been rich and famous half his life and is still trying to drum up sympathy for laughs.

From Loving America to Exploiting It

This is bad news for America. Before Dave Chappelle emerged, Rock was the big hope in stand-up comedy. His three-hour HBO specials, Bring The Pain (1996), Bigger and Blacker (1999), and Never Scared (2004) were the best stand-up had to offer at the time. He offered racial reconciliation and was always arguing on the American side despite admitting all Americas faults. Thanks to his background, he was there to prove you can make it in America and that, if you do, you owe it to others to help them, too.

Theres not much of that left. Since Barack Obamas election to the presidency, Rock has betrayed his previous all-American reputation and turned into uglier and uglier partisanship. He sounds pretty embarrassing now. Hell tell you, if you care to listen, that Donald Trump might be a good thing in a way. After all, George W. Bush was so bad he gave us Obama! Trump is so much worse: Hell give us Jesus! This coming from a guy who can never for a second countenance the thought that maybe Obama was so bad he gave us Trump.

Netflix doesnt make for communityit makes money out of convincing young Americans to abandon any community and retreat into their apartments. Its more self-righteous products make money by stirring national hatred as much as any partisan media outlet. Rock is a businessman doing likewise. Maybe its nice work if you can get it. But its not moral, and its below the dignity of any American artist.

Chris Rock Still Has Some Redeeming Qualities

This is not to say that Rock has lost his touch entirely. He still has a capacity to tell liberal audiences things they dont want to hear, in this case about religion and vio...

13:21

Indiana House Guts Informed Consent Bill On Trans Ideology In Public Schools "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Six months ago, parents throughout the country expressed outrage upon learning that a California school taught kindergarteners boys could become girls and girls could become boys. This school did so without notifying the childrens parents or allowing the parents to opt their children out of these transgender classroom discussions.

Earlier this year, the Indiana Senate took steps to prevent a similar scenario from playing out in the Hoosier state by passing Senate Bill 65. Passed by a 37-12 majority, Senate Bill 65 would have required schools to let parents inspect all instruction materials used for instruction on human sexuality, including sexual activity, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Additionally, the bill would have required schools to obtain signed parental consent before providing a student with instruction on human sexuality, including sexual activity, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

But yesterday the House Education Committee sold out parental rights to LBGT activists by gutting Senate Bill 65 before voting it out of committee 8-5. Mondays vote came less than a week after the committee took testimony on the bill, hearing from speakers such as 17-year-old Sarah Russell. Russell, a high school senior, told the committee her speech class included instruction on gender-neutral pronouns that sought to teach students that you can change your sex and thats normal. She added that her parents were not informed of this material before [she] took the class and were shocked to see it in [her] textbook.

Among others, Purdue University education professor Tara Johnson argued to the contrary. She said Senate Bill 65 would silence opportunities to discuss the issues that lead to LGBTQ students being bullied. Of course, Senate Bill 65 leaves intact any school anti-bullying measures, and transgender students would be equally protected from harassment from their peers.

The education committee adjourned last week without voting on the bill. Their delay provided the American Civil Liberties Union and other LGBT activists the opportunity to pressure committee members to eviscerate the parental rights the law sought to protect.

Their efforts succeeded: On Monday, the House committee amended the Senate version, deleting the requirement that schools provide parents access to instruction materials related to sexual activity, sexual orientation, and gender identity. The committee also rem...

13:20

Campus Activists Reveal Their Anti-Speech Strategy Is To Wear Decent People Out "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Los Angeles Times reports that from August 27 to September 27 last year, the University of California Berkeley spent $3.9 million on security at three different free-speech oriented events. The extra security was deemed necessary in the wake of previous events with controversial speakers, such as conservative pundit Ben Shapiros visit in February 2016, during which rioting broke out. Berkeley is not alone in needing to shell out more money for security when controversial speakers come to campus. Milo Yiannopoulos visit to the University of Washingtons Seattle campus in January 2017 clocked in at around $75,000 in security-related expenses.

As costs continue to mount, its easy to see why colleges are starting to give way on free speech issues in the name of financial expediency. While understandable, such a reaction is exactly what the explicit opponents of free speech hope to achieve. Colleges shouldnt give in to them.

The main front in the war on free speech is, without a doubt, on college campuses around the country. Driven by ideological fervor, many young students engage in various antics in efforts to prevent speakers they disagree with from talking. Such disruptions often take place under the guise of anti-fascism, but have been used against speakers ranging from Yiannopoulos, often associated with the alt-right, to mainstream academics like Charles Murray, and even Claire Guthrie Gastaaga, the director of the Virginia ACLU.

No platforming preventing someone from speaking by pressuring universities or causing chaos during the actual event is an integral part of the Antifa strategy, and it is talked about at length in Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook, by Dartmouth lecturer Mark Bray. Bray counters arguments that disrupting speech of people like Anne Coulter and Yiannopoulos only benefits them by giving them more attention, by arguing that such attention is only gained in the short-term. Disrupting the speakers is important on its own to prevent the in-person organization of racists and fascists (a definition Bray uses very broadly in his book to...

13:20

No, Fairy Tales Are Not Morally Ambiguous, And Thats Why Theyre Worthwhile "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Darth Vader was seduced by the other side of the Force. Actually, it was the dark side, not the other side. Vader was seduced by a set of values in contradiction to what Jedi took for granted about the Force and its usage. Unless we dust off this most obvious of pointsthat conflict is the result of the conflict of valuesthen just what were all those space battles about? If we are not fighting over values, and moralizing about them, what is there exactly to fight and moralize over?

AEON magazine recently published The good guy/bad guy myth: Pop culture today is obsessed with the battle between good and evil. Traditional folktales never were. What changed? by Catherine Nichols. Nichols well-researched article says folk tales and ancient literature were more ambiguous in how characters and their intentions played out in the worlds of their making, whereas today there are largely two distinct teams of good guys and bad ones.

In old folktales, no one fights for values, Nichols writes, Individual stories might show the virtues of honesty or hospitality, but theres no agreement among folktales about which actions are good or bad. That is, except maybe the virtuous actions of honesty and hospitality.

Nichols uses a variety of stories to make her point, including everything from The Illiad to the latest Wonder Woman movie, then points out how often moralizing seeps into the way we perceive the stories we tell, even if there is no basis for it.

Stories from an oral tradition never have anything like a modern good guy or bad guy in them, despite their reputation for being moralizing. In this vein, Cinderella was beautiful merely to make the story work. In the tale of the Three Little Pigs, neither pigs nor wolf deploy tactics that the other side wouldnt stoop to. Its just a question of who gets dinner first, not good versus evil. Even Jack from Jack in the Beanstalk has no ethical justification for stealing the giants things, like his golden harp and golden goose.

Is Declaring a Good and Evil Propagandistic?

Beyond her historical accounts, Nichols all but claims that such modern-day moralizing is essentially the very kind of propaganda that leads to dehumanization of the other and the zealotry to commit the same kinds of crimes one often accuses ones enemy of:

Good guy/bad guy narratives might not possess any moral sophistication, but they do promote social stability, and theyre useful for getting people to sign up for armies and fight in wars with other nations When we read, watch and tell stories of good guys warring against bad guys, we are essentially persuading ourselves that our opponents would not be fighti...

13:20

Barack Obamas Presidential Portrait Fits Him Perfectly "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The recent unveiling of President Obamas presidential portrait has brought much criticism because of its untraditional style. But after having a look at every portrait of every president since the very beginning, I like President Obamas portrait. It is not only accurate, but refreshing, suitable for both the man and for the moment, in both negative and positive ways. In that sense, it achieves what we need art to be.

So before we criticize this new stuff, take a look at the old and familiar.

We know of George Washingtons portrait painted by Gilbert Stuart, titled the Lansdowne Portrait. It includes a number of symbols, including fasces (a symbol for authority), the original flag (in the head of the chair), pen and paper (symbols for rule of law), books labeled, American Revolution, Constitution and Laws of the United States, the Federalist Papers, and so on.

Washingtons pose depicts him renouncing a third term (an act that earned him praise from King George as the greatest man in the world). Dolley Madison and her servants rescued it from ruin by the British, and it hangs in the East Wing of the White House today. We do not look at this painting and think of him as a god or a monarch. We see him as a great man.

It is an accurate portrait. It tells a story both in its physical history as well as in its presentation, one that truthfully conveys who we know Washington to be. It also ensures (along with Mrs. Madisons efforts) that an image of our first chief executive is saved for posterity.

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13:12

Three Sips "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"


Because I saw this book advertised on several of your blogs, I decided to buy Three Sips of Gin by Major Tim Bax, Rhodesian Selous Scouts. I read the book and I enjoyed it. So I'm passing it on by making my own recommendation. It can be yours on Kindle for just over $4 - and I think that it's entertainment worth the price.

I personally identified with some of what Tim Bax went through, though I'm not African, and never lived there. You don't have to chew the SAME dirt to appreciate what another lived through.

I'm lucky to have lived in largely the same era as Tim Bax. He's a bit older than I am, but coming of age in a military environment prior to and during the Age of Reagan and Bush-the-Elder was a far simpler, far more interesting, and far more challenging age. It was a time of adventure, so often lacking in the controlled times we live in now. 

The story revolves around Bax's own journey and the colorful and often eccentric people he met along the way.

Living a life well, in my opinion, requires that one take risks and leap from the aircraft into the dark (hopefully with a functioning parachute). If you're not a risk taker and don't take a measure of thrill from pushing the envelope, you'll never  understand why I recommended the book.

I know people who peaked in high school, and while that may be enough for them, I didn't really like high school and only came into my own later - facing tough training and a far tougher real world. It is from that perspective that I appreciated Three Sips of Gin.

13:07

Tribes see continued challenges as more cases head to highest court "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

An unusually large number of Indian law petitions have been presented to the nation's highest court as tribes face continued challenges to their sovereignty.

13:07

FBI Whistleblower: Americas Culture of Violence Starts With Perpetual Wars "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Coleen Rowley is a former FBI special agent whose bravery as a whistleblower exposed many of the FBIs pre-9/11 failures. She was named one of Time magazines Persons of the Year in 2002. This week she talks with Jeff Schechtman about the recent shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Rowley accentuates two problems with the FBI. One, that local threats even in high schools are not the province of the FBI. It would, however, have been the bureaus job to make sure that local law enforcement was aware of the tips it received.

The second problem she identifies is that too much information is coming into the bureau. Ever since 9/11, and particularly since the revelations by whistleblower Edward Snowden, we know that giant sweeps of national security data are producing more information than the government can process, no matter how many analysts are employed. She claims that, at this moment, there may be over one hundred million names on a government watch list.

Rowleys biggest concern, though, is what she sees as the US culture of violence. More than 17 years of perpetual war has left Americans psychologically bruised, and this is putting their safety at risk.

In this weeks podcast she points out that military service is emerging as something that is significantly correlated with if not a cause of Americas dramatic increase in mass shootings. Nikolas Cruzs ROTC experience may be related to this very idea.


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13:00

Is Technology More Agonizing Than We Recognize? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Catherine J. Frompovich In the 1960s there was a Broadway play/show titled Stop the World, I Want to Get Off!  My late husband and...

12:00

4 Problems with the Way Governments Communicate about Public Meetings "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Last week, I shared my frustrations about how hard it is to find out about public meetings in my city. I was overwhelmed by how many people responded to the piece. Some shared similar concerns. Others offered their perspective on these challenges as government employees themselves. Today, I want to review this conversation about the surprising difficulty our towns face when it comes to the basic task of informing residents about public meetings, and talk about some concrete solutions based on everyones feedback. 

1. Requirements to publish public meeting notices in the local paper are very outdated.

One comment I received on my article pointed out that most cities have a legal requirement to notify residents about meetings via the local paper:

I am a City Planner. I get asked all the time how to find out about meetings. My first answer is: the state requires us to advertise our meetings in a paper of general circulation. If you want to know about any of our meetings go to that paper and look at the public notices. This is the boring answer out of civics class but it is the real answer.

My city government is required to post notices of public meetings in the local paper. Thats problematic because its in a section no one reads, in a typeface and format that screams ignore this, and most importantly its printed in a media format that is dying.

My first reaction to this (and the reaction of several other commenters) was that this requirement is hopelessly outdated. I have never subscribed to a daily local newspaper in my life for a combination of reasons: its expensive, Ive moved a lot over the last few years (and mostly lived in urban apartments where it would be challenging to ensure that a paper actually got to me without being stolen or destroyed first) and I dont want to waste all that paper when I can just read news online anyway. I suspect many people (and not just young people like me either) are in the same boat. We are long past the decades when every household took a daily paper on their doorstep each morning.

Other commenters chimed in about the myriad of problems with only requiring that public meetings be posted in local newspapers:

My city government is required to post notices of public meetings/hearings/etc. in the local paper. That's problematic because it's...

11:46

How America Is Becoming a Ghetto Nation "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

 

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11:20

CBSNews.com #4 Dumb Thing to Boost Possible Cancer Risk Addresses Those Who Gab and Drive: Using a Cell Phone When Signal is Weak "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By B.N. Frank Last month, CBSNews.com posted Cell Phones & Cancer:  8 Dumb Things to Boost Your Possible Cancer Risk #4 on their list: Going...

11:17

New Fed Chairman Will Trigger A Historic Stock Market Crash In 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This article was written by Brandon Smith and published at Alt-Market.com.

Ever since the credit and equities crash of 2008, Americans have been bombarded relentlessly with the narrative that our economy is in recovery. For some people, simply hearing this ad nauseam is enough to stave off any concerns they may have for the economy. For some of us, however, its just not satisfactory. We need concrete data that actually supports the notion, and for years, we have seen none.

In fact, we have heard from officials at the Federal Reserve that the exact opposite is true. They have admitted that the so-called recovery has been fiat driven, and that there is a danger that when the Fed finally stops artificially propping up the economy with constant stimulus and near zero interest rates, the whole farce might come tumbling down.

For example, Richard Fisher, former head of the Dallas Federal Reserve, admitted a few years ago that the U.S. central bank has made its business the manipulation of the stock market to the upside:

What the Fed did and I was part of that group is we front-loaded a tremendous market rally, starting in 2009.Its sort of what I call the reverse Whimpy factor give me two hamburgers today for one tomorrow.

Im not surprised that almost every index you can look at was down significantly.

Fisher went on to hint at the impending danger (though his predicted drop is overly conservative in my view), saying: I was warning my colleagues, dont go wobbly if we have a 10-20% correction at some point. Everybody you talk to has been warning that these markets are heavily priced.

One might claim that this is simply one Fed members point of view. But it was recently revealed that in 2012, Jerome Powell made the same point in a Fed meeting, the minutes of which have only just now been released:

I have concerns about more purchases. As others have pointed out, the dealer community is now assuming close to a $4 trillion balance sheet and p...

11:04

Prepping: Billionaires Brace For The Apocalypse And New World Order "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This article was written by Mac Slavo and originally published at SHTFplan.com

In the event that the entire economy collapses and food and become scarce, billionaires are looking for high-end places to hold out and await the new world order.  Many billionaires are now preparing for the apocalypse, and their survival plans dont include anyone outside the global elites.

Peter Thiel, the billionaire behind PayPal, is among those tech giants who see New Zealand as a good place to go in the event of an apocalypse. New Zealand is seen as a particularly safe place for billionaires in the event of an apocalypse. In fact, Thiel has bought a $13.5 million 193-hectare section on the shores of Lake Wanaka, although the only building there at the moment is a barn (that can be seen).

According to the Mirror, plans show he is fitting a panic room in another property he owns in the country and he has been granted New Zealand citizenship in a streamlined process not available to normal (non-global elitists) members of the public. A rough and ready description of the attraction of New Zealand came last year in The New Yorker magazine, with LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman suggesting the country had become shorthand for apocalypse insurance in Silicon Valley.

In 2011, Thiel declared hed found no other country that aligns more with my view of the future than New Zealand. The country is more relaxed in terms of government than many places, has ample drinking water, and some of the worlds cleanest air.

Saying youre buying a house in New Zealand is kind of a wink, wink, say no more, Hoffman said. Once youve done the Masonic handshake, theyll be, like: Oh,...

11:00

Video: This Obscure Plea Deal Offers Freedom to the Wrongfully Convicted at a Huge Cost "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In 1987, police detectives whod later be made famous by David Simon, creator of The Wire used flimsy evidence to pin a burglary, rape and murder case on James Thompson and James Owens. They were both sentenced to life in prison. Then, 20 years later, DNA evidence cleared them of the rape and unraveled the states theory of the crime. But instead of exonerating the two men, prosecutors pushed them to plead guilty to the crime in exchange for immediate freedom.

Watch the video.

What prosecutors offered was a controversial deal called an Alford plea. This little-known plea allows defendants to maintain their innocence while pleading guilty. Prosecutors pressure wrongly convicted defendants to take it by threatening to retry them, which could take months or even years. For the two Jameses, whod already spent decades behind bars for a crime they didnt commit, taking the plea meant they could walk out free men. But, in the eyes of the law, theyd still be convicted murderers. The plea had another catch it would prevent them from suing for wrongful imprisonment. For prosecutors, such deals keep wins on the books and let them avoid admitting any wrongdoing. But the deals also keep the cases closed, and the real culprits forgotten.

Last year, ProPublica investigated prosecutors use of Alford pleas and similar deals in cases of wrongful convictions and found they often cover up official misconduct. Finding these stories is especially difficult. No one tracks how often the wrongly convicted take Alford pleas. In Baltimore City and Baltimore County alone, weve found 10 cases since 1998 in which defendants with viable innocence claims ended up agreeing to a plea or a similar time-served deal. Watch the story of the two Jameses to see what happened after the Alford plea was offered in their cases.

This piece makes up the fifth installment in Voxs collaboration with ProPublica. You can find this video and all of Voxs videos on YouTube. Subscribe and stay tuned for more from our partnership.

10:47

250 Civilians Killed in Last 48 Hours in Syrias Eastern Ghouta "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

ANTIWAR.COM| Intense Syrian airstrikes and shelling against rebel-held parts of Eastern Ghouta, a suburb of the capital city of Damascus, has inflicted the deadliest two-day casualties in the country in years, with an estimated 250 civilians killed in 48 hours, and another 1,200 estimated wounded.

Casualties have been mounting in Eastern Ghouta in recent weeks, as the Syrian militarys victories elsewhere have allowed them to focus anew on trying to expel the rebels from their last holding near the capital city.

Rebels have held much of Eastern Ghouta throughout the Syrian War, and while some of the frontier areas have been surrendered back to the military in evacuation deals, the key strongholds dont seem willing to countenance similar deals.

Eastern Ghouta is particularly important because the rebels within have used it as a staging area to attack the capital, most recently mortar fire against the city, but also at times outright infiltration through tunnels.

With the rebel-held parts of Eastern Ghouta all towns and cities, strikes against them have tended to cause large amounts of civilian casualties. This has been a recurring problem throughout Syria, with no one showing an ability to reliably target militants.

10:00

Trump, Inc. Podcast: Russia, Trump and Alternative Financing "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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After special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russians for an intensive, elaborate effort to interfere with the 2016 elections, President Donald Trump reacted as he has before with bluster and bellicosity, at everyone but Russia.

This week on Trump, Inc., were exploring the presidents, well, persistent weirdness around Russia: Why has Trump been so quiet about Russia and its interference?

Glenn Simpson has a theory that one cannot understand the Russian collusion scandal without understanding Trumps business.

Simpson is the head of Fusion GPS, the investigative firm behind the now-famous Trump dossier. Before that, he was a Wall Street Journal reporter who specialized in the nexus of money, politics and international skullduggery. Simpson was hired, first by conservatives and then by Democrats, to dig into Trumps business record.

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Simpson has been pilloried on the right as a tool of the Clinton campaign or worse. Hes been sued multiple times. But amid all the charges, few have followed the details of what Simpson concluded: After a string of Trump failures, disappointments and bankruptcies, Western financiers shut him off. Trump still needed money to fund his projects. Where did he get it? Simpson came to believe it came from Russia and Russian-connected sources. It came via golf courses, condos and other conduits.

The eventual result, Simpson suggests, is that Trump ended up beholden to those providing his businesses with alternative financing.

One note: The Trump Organization and White House declined to answer our questions for the podcast.

And remember, we want to hear from you: Were always eager for tips. We also want to hear your questions. What would you like to know about Trumps businesses? What confuses you?

You can contact us via Signal, WhatsApp or voicemail at 347-244-2134. Heres more about how you can contact us se...

09:27

MSM Screams About East Ghouta But Ignores Victims of Rebels In Damascus "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Brandon Turbeville As the Syrian government launches its operation to retake and liberate the area outside of Damascus known as the East Ghouta, Western...

08:42

Former Lummi Nation chairman Larry Kinley passes on at age of 71 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Larry George Kinley, a former chairman of the Lummi Nation, passed away after a battle with cancer. He was 71.

08:04

Most 'isolated' towns are near reservations in Montana and Nevada "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Four of the 10 most 'isolated' towns in the United States are on or near reservations in Montana and Nevada, according to The Washington Post's Wonkblog.

07:49

Far From a Gift: What the Center Got Wrong & Antifa Got Right "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Far From a Gift: What the Center Got Wrong & Antifa Got Right appeared first on It's Going Down.

Writing on The Daily Stormer Anglin argued, [Organizing] large rallies on public property, where we know there is going to be confrontation with antifa, are not a good idea.

And for everyone that declared that the Alt-Right should simply be ignored, on August 11th, as a small group of high school and college students were surrounded and beaten by hundreds of young men carrying tiki torches and throwing up Nazi salutes while local police looked on they got their wish. By the same time the next evening however, as word had spread across social media about the murder of Heather Heyer, thousands would be marching across the United States and the world in solidarity. Over the next several days, statues would be torn down, freeways blockaded, graffiti written, and Alt-Right trolls confronted and driven out of demonstrations. Finally, after months of antifascists being literally shot, stabbed, attacked, and railroaded on trumped up charges, millions of Americans were seeing what antifascists across the country had already been experiencing: the violence of a growing fascist movement operating largely with State and police impunity.

Soon, tens of thousands were mobilizing to confront Alt-Right events across the US. In Boston, over 40,000 people came out to shut down a rally organized by Kyle Based Stickman Chapman, the leader of one of the groups, the Fraternal Order of Alt-Knights (FOAK), who had attended Unite the Right. Weeks later in San Fran...

07:32

Oglala Sioux Tribe seeks investigation into misuse of education funds "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Oglala Sioux Tribe is calling on authorities to investigate the misuse of federal education funds in South Dakota.

06:46

Supreme Court turns away another conservative attack on Indian Child Welfare Act "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The nation's highest court has turned away another conservative attack on the Indian Child Welfare Act.

06:22

Graham Lee Brewer: Native man's death opens old wounds in Canada "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Why the shooting of a Canadian Cree man has so many people angry.

06:04

The Gun Violence the Media Shows Us and the State Violence They Don't "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

What is not said enough is that gun violence is a natural consequence of a society that solves its problems through violence and conquest abroad. A society that promises an American dream and never gives anything in return leaves a trail of despair. A society that defines success as profit off of others no doubt makes others into adversaries.

06:02

YES! Magazine: Let's learn from states where gun violence has fallen "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

To have an honest, nonpartisan discussion about gun violence, we must look at what happened in New York, California, and Texas.

05:46

Kucinich Leads the Way in Assault Weapons Ban "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Ohio gubernatorial candidate Dennis Kucinich and running mate Tara Samples held a rally to ban assault weapons in Cleveland on Saturday. The team is not waiting until they are elected to start making changes -- the campaign is providing a sample council resolution for any activists to download and share with their local city council members

05:32

Yes, the United States Used Biowarfare on North Korea "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

It's sort of silly that it matters. The United States bombed North Korea flat with ordinary, non-bioweapons bombs. It ran out of standing structures to bomb. People lived in caves, if they lived. Millions died, most of them from regular old non-scandalous but mass-murderous bombs (including, of course, Napalm which melts people but doesn't give them exotic diseases).

04:06

The School Shooting in Parkland, Florida: Why Do These Atrocities Keep Happening? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Young people, full of potential, their futures before them, shot down... at school, supposedly a place for learning, growing, making friends, even falling in love. Why are mass shootings such a prominent feature of American life? Digging into and answering that question takes you to the foundation of American capitalist society and its bloody history of genocide, slavery, patriarchy, and American expansionism.

03:54

The new U.S. nuclear posture: playing with fire in a combustible world "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The new nuclear defense doctrine insanely advocates using "low-yield" nuclear weapons in response to non-nuclear attacks, including cyber strikes. It increases the risk of nuclear war amid the tension created by NATO expansion and the U.S. forces continuing to fight in Syria despite the reconquest of ISIS-held territory. The danger is heightened by the fear mongering and hypocritical rhetoric of Russiagate.

03:43

Nocturne In A Purple Bar "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Poem describes a moment of lost time, moment of alienation, a moment of escape

02:42

Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Russiagate "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In case anyone's forgotten, Russia is a nuclear power. Throwing around the phrase "act of war" is over-the-top insanity. It's a call for the transformation of some Facebook ads into burning cities and piles of body bags, all because an election didn't come out the way some people wanted and expected it to.

02:10

Cancer: Busting the Myths Part 2 (Natural Cancer Cures) "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

natural cancer cures

natural cancer cures

There are copious promising & outright proven natural cancer cures, treatments and remedies many cheap and easily self-administered.

Natural Cancer Cures

exist, and are even widely known, but the first things to get past are your own doubts and fears. It can be hard to step out of the box of orthodox, conventional, mainstream, allopathic Western Medicine, especially when faced with a serious illness like cancer. However, the prospect of facing surgery, radiation or chemo, each with its own set of toxic and even lethal side effects, is not appealing. Below is a summary of a variety of natural cancer cures; many are proven natural cancer treatments with a solid record of efficacy, while others are natural cancer remedies which are promising enough to consider.

Numerous Natural Cancer Cures with Solid Evidence of Efficacy

Humanity has a very good idea of how to handle cancer for a long time its just the top natural cancer cures have been suppressed because there was no money in them (couldnt be patented by Big Pharma) and beca...

01:49

UAE Just Overthrew Yemens Government and Nobodys Talking About It "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

UAE Yemen(ANTIMEDIA Op-ed)  Between a major regional confrontation on the horizon taking place in Syria between Israel, Syria, Russia, Iran, Turkey, and the United States and a potential nuclear standoff with North Korea and China, it is no surprise that there are many newsworthy stories that continue to go unnoticed. One such story is what is currently taking place in Yemen, and []

01:28

John Francisco Paiva Hits Capitola Renters with No-Cause Eviction "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Maria Anderson is one of many tenants facing eviction from eight units in two apartment buildings at 2661 and 2651 Fresno Street in Capitola. The buildings were sold to a house flipper registered in Morgan Hill. The buyer Charity Homes, LLC is owned by John Francisco Paiva who, according to a 2014 press release from the San Jose Real Estate Investment Club, is a former executive with Cisco Systems and has acted as the full time president of Charity Rehabbers, LLC since 2013. Soon after the purchase cleared, each apartment in the two buildings received 60-day eviction notices.

01:04

Short Takes 1: On Trump-stuff and the Florida Shooting/Gun Control "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

With this column I am beginning an occasional series of what I will call "Short Takes." That is, instead of a lengthy column on a single theme, I will be offering a series of thoughts, briefly stated, on a variety of themes. In length, they will more often than not be like Tweets, but fully spelled out, which Tweets by myself and others often are not.

00:24

NO. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

It seems today is yet another fucking special holiday, National Love Your Pet Day which is unofficial, thankfully. This mania needs to bloody stop. A very small sample:

Baby Grace.

Doll & Jayne.

Barnaby Jones & Sullivan.

I have had pets all my life. There has never been one godsdamn day I have not loved them and cared for them. Much like my feelings for V.D., my answer to such fucking nonsense is NO. What is this but yet another way companies have to push insanely overpriced goodies and treats, and to guilt you for being a rotten pet owner if you arent spending a ton on junk for them? NO. If you need a day to remind you to play with your pet, dig around in the treat drawer, go for a walk with them, or whatever, then you should not have a bloody pet in the first place. All responsible owners love their animals, they mean the world, and they would do anything for them already.

Besides this being a greedy capitalists wet dream, this is also yet another burden on all those people who have lost their beloved, no matter what type of animal. Back when I kept koi, I about collapsed when I lost my beautiful Guin when he was yet a babe, Id had him for 16 years. Whatever being it might be which captures a human heart, we already care. We dont need yet another stupid manufactured day. This sort of special day thing needs to die. In a fire.

Tuesday, 20 February

16:29

Agency that targeted tribal lenders in line for even more big changes "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Trump administration continues to chart a dramatic new course for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a federal agency that targeted tribal lending businesses during the Obama era.

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